Wednesday, 27 August 2014


This juvenile Garganey showed fairly well at the Ingrebourne Valley on Bank Holiday Monday, despite the awful weather there was plenty of birds on show at the viewing area, including the semi resident Avocet alongside the regular numbers of Black-tailed godwits.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Ringing 23/8/14

Managed to get a few hours in ringing early Saturday morning before other commitments, 40 new birds in total and a nice mixed selection, four warbler species included good numbers of Blackcaps, several Chiichaffs, two Willow Warbler and a single Common Whitethroat.

Chiffchaff  &  Willow Warbler (right)

Best of the rest was a cracking Marsh Tit, a juv Bullfinch, a retrap Treecreeper and a fat Woodpigeon!

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Black wits

Both local sites Dagenham Chase and Ingrebourne Valley are enjoying the recent Black-tailed Godwit invasion with birds commuting between the two sites, which as the godwit flies is probably less than two miles.

With myself scoring 29 birds at DC, I think Shaun managed to pip me to the post by scoring 30 at the valley.

jack doing his blackwit impression 

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Bertha at Dunge

With Tropical storm Bertha making her way across the Atlantic and up through the English channel, myself and Mo give this mornings high tide a bash down at Dungeness.
Arriving at 05:45 on overcast skies and a big sea, the wind just a bit to westerly for the birds to be passing under our feet.  Though we did manage to see both Balearic and Manx shearwaters in small numbers, 3 & 10 respectively.

Several Arctic Skua, single Bonxie went west along with good numbers of Gannet and terns including a single Little and at least 8 Black, mostly adults.

Best of the rest were a close in red-throated diver, several juv Med gulls, double figures of both Fulmar & Kitts and small movement of waders alongside a steady passage of Swift south.

The Arc pits held at least 3 Garganey and large numbers of Sand Martin.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Ringing 27/07/14

Managed a couple of hours ringing in before work, which resulted in the first bird being trapped was this cracking Treecreeper, a first for me.

juv Treecreeper

Four Chiffchaff's also processed today alongside three Great spots (two retraps) and good numbers of the regular species.


male great spot

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Ringing 20/07/14

My fingers are just recovering from extracting my first Great spotted woodpecker from the miss net this morning!! They certainly let you know there not happy at being caught, and i now have holes on my hands big enough for there new nest site... ;-)

juv great spot

Other species caught today were both juvenile Rook and Jackdaw, single juv Bullfinch, Blackbirds,Robins,Dunnocks, both good numbers of Blue & Great tits and a cracking male Blackcap.

juv bullfinch


Saturday, 12 July 2014

Rainham RSPB 12/7/14

A quick walk around early doors produced 2 juv Beardies by the dragonfly pool, one with a tail, one without, one sporting more black on the mantle than the other, very odd!

A female was seen not to far away gathering food, so assuming another brood.

The 1st summer male Marsh Harrier sporting a damaged leg (pegleg) seems to be cracking on with it, lets hope it will mend itself or it may struggle to get through the winter.


Both adult Barn Owls were out hunting till just before 7am, though this was probably only due to the lack of sun this morning.


A Greenshank through and both Wood & Green sands on Purfleet scrape suggest autumn is well underway.