Sunday, 30 October 2016

Coach Trip to RSPB Titchwell

It was wonderful yesterday to have a full coach for our outing to north Norfolk. We arrived at Titchwell Marsh at around 10.30. This popular reserve has something for everyone. A walk from the visitor centre down to the sandy beach takes you past reedbeds and shallow lagoons. You can sit on benches or watch from spacious, wheelchair-accessible hides. The weather was again kind to us, although overcast, the sun did threaten to appear on a couple of occasions, it was amazingly still and quite mild. There were many highlights from brambling and siskin around the feeding area behind the well equipped visitor centre. 150+ golden plover along with many other wading birds some feeding very close to the path on the fresh marsh. To gannets plunge diving and a few velvet scoters with common scoters on the sea, while sanderling, knot, turnstone and bar-tailed godwits fed along the waters edge. A few lucky people also spotted three shorelarks on the beach. Add to this marsh harriers, bearded tits and water rail and you soon see why Titchwell is such a popular attraction.

Just off the coach and ready to explore the reserve

There were signs of Halloween dotted around the reserve

A blurry distant shot of a brambling

There were an impressive 17 ruff on one lagoon


Redshank reflection

Sharing our lunch!


Common Gull


A quick cuppa before boarding the coach for home!

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

RSPB Rainham Marshes

Had a toil day from work yesterday and spent it at Rainham. Before the reserve opened I walked from the car park to the serin mound and back. The weather was overcast with short occasional showers, they were short because the strong south westerly was moving them through pretty quickly. It also meant that most things were keeping their heads down. Four Avocets in Aveley Bay were good to see and probably my first here this year, also Curlew and Redshank noted.

The twin towered visitor centre
a Redshank with a lot to say!
this Wren had found a sheltered spot near the serin mound
Mistle Thrush on one of the visitor centre's towers

Late morning and the sun had broken through so I spent a bit of time in the woodland area as it was sheltered from the wind.

there were a number of Common Green Shieldbugs on the bramble leaves

Blue Tit

Long-tailed Tit

a couple of Common Darters still around


male Common Wasp

Common Carder Bee

Comma butterfly


Comma again

young Marsh Frog on path near Butts hide, I moved him to the vegetation where he hopped off and disappeared before I could get a more natural looking shot!

From the Marshland Discovery Zone these two Little Grebes were munching their way through the sticklebacks and showing very well.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Islington Ecolgy Centre

Had a meeting at the Ecology Centre in Islington this morning and managed a brief walk around the nature reserve.

The centre is set in the beautiful surroundings of Gillespie Park LNR which is 2.8 hectare and home to a wealth of wildlife, including 244 species of plants, 94 species of birds and 24 types of butterflies.
The area includes ponds, woodland and meadow areas.

If you have never been it is well worth a visit and is open daily. A short walk from Arsenal underground station makes access by public transport easy.

Aster 'Little Carlow'
Sprays of small lavender-blue daisies add colour in late summer and autumn

still a few Speckled Wood butterflies around