Monday, 10 August 2015

Still Alive!

Wow, well over a month since my last blog post, been busy ringing most weekends, working hard to getting my C permit which hopefully is not to far away.

The patch has been a bit neglected of late but did manage to add both Wood Sandpiper and a long overdue Barn owl putting me on 124 for the Rainham year list.

Hopefully some more birding now the autumn is here, I feel a dunge seawatch calling....


Some pictures below of my latest ringing antics



Marsh tit caught 8.8.15 was the autumns first










Spot flys was a new species ringed by me, 2 juvenile birds the above bird more advanced.










this spot fly nest was found nearbye, probably second brood with 3 newly hatched young.











male Nuthatch ringed 2.8.15





Lesser Whitethroat ringed 2.8.15







Little Owl (ad male) ringed 28.7.15




Corncrake (juv) ringed at private site 29.7.15

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Barn Owls 16-6-15

Had some great views of some local Barn Owls of late, a few pictures below.


















Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Patch Update 3/5/15

Just as most of us were complaining of a poor wader passage this spring,  it seems its still on.  Four Temminck's Stints arrived on the target pools last Thursday (again curtesy of A.T) .

Still small numbers of Dunlin being seen alongside the odd Sanderling, Greenshank and Ringed Plovers moving through in double figures.

Last night Two Turnstone graced the pools, alongside a pair of Avocet.  Still chance for another goody before summer kicks in - we hope!!




one of the resident Redshank






These pheasant fledglings were good entertainment as they crossed in front of me.














Rainham Yearlist - 121 

Monday, 25 May 2015

Red-backed Shrike, Fairlop. 25/5/15

Any land locked patchworker will tell you that on the top of their want list, will be to find a stunning male red-backed shrike!   Alan Bell done that today!  Proving very elusive at first (well for 6 hours at least!) the bird finally gave itself up for all to enjoy.

Well done Alan, he has been watching this patch since the late 70's and has a number of quality finds to his name including a lifer back in the day for me, in the shape of a Hume's Warbler.

Today's Stunner!




House Martin 24/5/15

Whilst not seeing a broad-billed sand in suffolk,  Myself and Shaun had great fun taking some House matin shots,  These birds were busy collecting nesting material in Dunwich car-park.













Red-necked phalarope and Bittern were also seen at Minsmere and plenty of Dartfords on the heath.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Ringing 23/5/15


Fairly quiet ringing session this morning numbers wise, as expected for the time of year but a nice selection of species none the less.  With twenty new birds rung, including both Green & Goldfinch and Great spot and Pied wagtail alongside Chiffchaff & Blackcap the highlights.



















Thursday, 21 May 2015

Herons & Egrets

Spent yesterday afternoon ringing Grey Heron and Little Egrets, from a local colony, always great fun with these prehistoric looking creatures!

Despite being Shat & Regurgitated on, can really never get enough of these little fellows.














Keep a look out for these colour ringed birds please.





Grey Herons are never to happy being plucked from there nest.




My list of regurgitated items in the face is coming on nicely now, with goldfish to add onto last years crayfish!