Sunday, 20 March 2016

Two of the worst images ever...good scarce local birds though!

Spent 90 odd minutes in the Purfleet Hide at Rainham Marshes this morning. Very productive a fly by Kingfisher was a year tick as was a Spotted Redshank over the back of Purfleet Scrape and at least three Water Pipits and eventually the Jack Snipe were seen. Also had a Corn Bunting along the seawall early on.

Sorry about the images below, they are really heavily cropped!
Water Pipit - this image doesn't do it justice, it was a smart bird with a pinky wash to the breast starting to appear

Jack Snipe - it came in to the open briefly and literally ran across the exposed gap to the next small batch of vegetation and disappeared!

Pulborough Brooks

I joined the local RSPB group in Havering on their coach trip to Pulborough Brooks yesterday. Nestled in the sheltered Arun Valley within the South Downs National Park. This nature reserve boasts a great variety of habitats including wetlands, woodland, and heathland. Pulborough Brooks is home for a wide range of wildlife, and provides a fantastic day out for people of all ages.

Friday, 18 March 2016

Thorndon Country Park North

On Sunday I had a walk around Thorndon Country Park North and saw four Nuthatches and two Treecreepers, lots of Coal Tits and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

With the weather being so good, sunny and warm the park was extremely busy with many people out walking their dogs as well as lots of young families. Popped in to the visitor centre and was disappointed to learn that not only do they not keep a note of recent sightings but very few birdwatchers now visit the site!

Friday, 4 March 2016

It's Bumbarrel Time!

Took a couple of images of Long-tailed Tits today at EWT Warley Place.

Now is the time of year when they will be busy building their superb little nest, these were taken in Kent a few years back and are half complete.

Here are a few more of probably my favourite species.