Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Recent sightings

There were good numbers of Wheatears at RSPB Rainham Marshes on Sunday mainly seen from the path over the landfill site including some cracking males.
Wheatear male

Wheatear female

Wheatear male

Wheatear male

Wheatear male

Wheatear male

Wheatear male

Wheatear male
Also seen along the foreshore were two Whimbrel and five Bar-tailed Godwits.

This morning at Dagenham Chase there are now good numbers of Whitethroats in, also heard Reed Warbler and saw three Common Terns.
Whitethroat

Whitethroat

Whitethroat

Whitethroat

Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff


Monday, 10 April 2017

Sunday stroll

Early morning walk around The Chase starting in Fels Field. Saw my first Whitethroat of the year, also saw and heard a Lesser Whitethroat later in the day..
Whitethroat

Whitethroat


Whitethroat


male Blackbird in the early morning sun

A showy Cetti's Warbler

A showy Cetti's Warbler

A showy Cetti's Warbler

A showy Cetti's Warbler

male Bullfinch

Speckled Wood lots of them around today

fly by Jay

fly by Jay

Mute Swans

Kestrel


Kestrel



Kestrel



Fels Field 1st Pond - water level dropping, not surprising as there has been little rainfall


Fels Field Pond 2 - Dry and some fairly extensive fire damage to the area






Saturday, 8 April 2017

Dagenham Chase

Spent a couple of hours wandering around Dagenham Chase this morning in the summer like weather conditions. Only managed one new year tick and they were two Little Ringed Plovers on The Slack, but distant and a heat haze forming resulted in a heavily cropped rubbish picture.
Little Ringed Plover
There are I think just two pairs of Lapwings this year looking to nest on The Scrape and I just happened to snap a bit of Lapwing porn! Again quite heavily cropped.
Lapwings





Lapwings have such a range of colours!
It was quite for summer migrants, possibly the weather is now too good! But there are plenty of Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps singing.
Blackcap male
Linnet

Long-tailed Tit