Sunday, 14 September 2014

Ringing - 14/09/14

47 New birds rung this morning and only two retraps, highlights 10 Meadow Pipits, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Song thrush, 8 Greenfinch and one each of chiffy & blackcap.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Whinchat - Rainham 13/09/14

Its got to be one of the best Autumns for Whinchats this year, with good numbers being seen daily at Rainham Marshes RSPB and many other local patches, up to double figures can be seen from one end of the reserve to the other.

This rather obliging chap was just east of the stone barges.

Monday, 8 September 2014

GWE - Rainham Marshes RSPB

Hatched a last minute plan to twitch today's Great White Egret at Rainham marshes this evening, viewing from the bridge on New tank hill road, the bird could be seen feeding in the centre of aveley pools before flying off east only to return to purfleet scrape (in front of the visitors centre) to roost.

Fairly quiet weekend, the Mayesbrook Pied fly was still about Saturday morning but no sign of Fridays Spot fly that was less mobile!


After a good ringing session on Sunday, I had a walk around the west end of Rainham producing 6 +  Whinchat, good numbers of Yellow wags and a single Hobby and my first Painted Lady of the Autumn.

Hobby crosses the Thames

Painted Lady

Monday, 1 September 2014

Flocking Flycatchers

Well the last day of August ended on a high with all the East London patches scoring with both Spotted Flycatchers and Whinchat, lets hope September is just as rewarding, and if not more!!

The Ingrebourne Valley produced almost double figures of the former, and Wanstead producing more. Both Rainham and Dagenham chase also scoring.

These pics were taken yesterday at the Valley.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Pitsea catch 30/08/14

Pretty tough going yesterday, with it being a bit breezy their was lots of plastic bags and paper blowing across the catch area making birds fairly skittish, we eventually took one catch late morning when a few big gulls settled down and it was safe to do so.

66 New birds processed, all colour ringed:

Black-headed gull - 1
Great black-backed gull - 3
Lesser black-backed gull - 7
Herring gull - 52
Yellow-legged gull - 3

2nd summer Lesser

Lesser's are well worth colour ringing, with previous recoveries as far south as the north African coast of the Gambia, quite amazing how far they travel to their northen breeding grounds.

me with one the the yellow-legged 

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!