2nd March 2011
Visit to Rainham Marshes RSPB Reserve this morning....
There is a guided birdwatch tour every  Wednesday morning throughout the year, come rain or shine, when I go it's more rain,hail,snow,gale force winds and very cold, then shine. Roll on the summer ! There's a great group of regular fellow birdwatchers to go around with, great company ( I have to say that ,because they might be reading this !) plus the bonus of an expert bird identifier on hand. There is a charge for the tour, but it's best to view the RSPB website for details. There is also a guided tour each Friday morning for beginners......I don't get anything for this blatant plug !
You can tell it's not Brickfields by the sightings -  Here go's..... 
Ducks : Pintail, Shoveler, Teal, Gadwell, Shelduck,Wigeon, Pochard and of course Mallard. Others: Mute Swan, Coot, Moorhen, Little grebe,
Heron, Cormorant, Redshank,Snipe,Little Egret,Lapwing and Golden Plover. Oh left off ,four different types of  Gull,Stonechat ( see pict.), Kestral, Marsh Harrier and heard singing Cetti's Warbler. STOP !  There's more,..but go and see them for yourself ! Don't just get jealous. It's always best to go to other different types of habitats if you can, because you won't see a good cross section of species, if you don't.
Back to Brickfields soon...Bye.


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