Date Details Sitename
Friday 17 May

Rainham Marshes NR RSPB 11:45 to 16:30, Cloudy, some light rain.
7 Great Crested Grebe (River.) 2 Marsh Harrier (Male & female.) 2 Peregrine Falcon 1 Buzzard 1 Kestrel 30 Ringed Plover (At least.) 1 Grey Plover (Summer plumage.) 1 Dunlin (Summer plumage.) 1 Greenshank (Purfleet scrape.) 1 Common Sandpiper (River edge.) 5 Arctic Tern (Down river.) 1 Cuckoo [Andrew Cox]

Rainham Marshes NR RSPB
Saturday 11 May

Rainham Marshes NR RSPB 09:30 to 14:00, Grey but mild. Highlights from 69 species recorded
20 Shelduck (+) 10 Pochard (Drakes) 3 Little Grebe 1 Cattle Egret (Showed well on Purfleet Scrape around cattle. Seen well from centre and river wall) 6 Little Egret 2 Grey Heron 2 Marsh Harrier (Butts Hide/Target Pools) 3 Buzzard (1 on post, 2 circling high over railway) 1 Kestrel (Carrying Short-tailed Vole) 4 Oystercatcher 4 Avocet (Aveley Bay) 2 Ringed Plover (Aveley Bay) 3 Dunlin (Aveley Bay) 2 Bar-tailed Godwit (Aveley Bay) 10 Whimbrel (Aveley Bay) 3 Common Tern (Over river) 1 Cuckoo (Flew over shooting butts numbers, calling) 100 Swift (+) 2 Sand Martin (Target Pools) 3 House Martin (Purfleet Scrape) 10 Swallow (+) 1 Yellow Wagtail (Heard on River Wall) 2 Song Thrush 7 Blackcap (At least) 8 Whitethroat (Many singing) 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Heard near woodland feeders and seen along entrance road) 8 Sedge Warbler (At least) 6 Reed Warbler (At least) 10 Cetti's Warbler (+) 10 Reed Bunting (+) [Ben Mapp]

Rainham Marshes NR RSPB
Monday 06 May

Rainham Marshes NR RSPB 09:53 to 13:10, 1 Water Vole
12 Reed Warbler (+) 21 Sedge Warbler (+) 12 Cetti's Warbler (including 3 seen well) 3 Chiffchaff 12 Whitethroat 4 Blackcap 5 Little Egret (+) 1 Lesser Whitethroat 5 Reed Bunting 1 Barn Owl 1 Cattle Egret (flew from NE corner of reserve to way beyond Target Pools at 10.20. Back in NE corner at 12.15.) 2 Cuckoo (heard only, at opposite ends of reserve) 6 Avocet 1 Greenshank 1 Wigeon [Simon Satchell]

Rainham Marshes NR RSPB
Saturday 20 Apr

Rainham Marshes NR RSPB 10:45 to 16:00, sunny, few clouds, occasional light breeze; warm
1 Cattle Egret (mobile on Purfleet Marshes) 3 Little Egret 3 Wigeon (2 males+ female - Butts scrape) 2 Buzzard 2 Marsh Harrier 2 Red Kite 2 Hobby (behind shooting butts) 1 Sparrowhawk 1 Snipe 2 Curlew 3 Whimbrel 7 Avocet 3 Ruff (target pools) 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults east along Thames) 1 Swallow 4 Cetti's Warbler (seen + more singing) 3 Reed Warbler 2 Lesser Whitethroat 1 Yellow Wagtail 1 Black-tailed Godwit [Mark Gregory]

Rainham Marshes NR RSPB
Thursday 18 Apr

Rainham Marshes NR RSPB 09:40 to 14:30, Sunny, light NE wind.
2 Snipe 23 Cetti's Warbler 3 Chiffchaff 11 Blackcap 8 Sedge Warbler 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker 4 Kestrel 3 Little Egret 1 Barn Owl 4 Marsh Harrier (2 male, 2 female) 21 Redshank 12 Skylark (+) 2 Curlew 2 Reed Warbler 5 Great Crested Grebe 1 Sparrowhawk 10 Reed Bunting (+) 1 Buzzard 1 Little Ringed Plover 1 Ruff 4 Whitethroat 1 Whimbrel 1 Raven 10 Swallow 1 Stonechat 2 Bearded Tit (+, heard) [Simon Satchell]

Rainham Marshes NR RSPB
Saturday 23 Mar

Rainham Marshes NR RSPB 09:30 to 13:15, Mild - Highlights from 58 species recorded
12 Pintail (6 pairs) 20 Pochard (+) 1 Pheasant (Male) 2 Little Grebe 5 Little Egret 3 Grey Heron 2 Marsh Harrier (Pair over Target Pools) 1 Buzzard (Over Aveley Pools) 1 Oystercatcher (Far side of river) 20 Golden Plover (+, Target Pools) 3 Snipe (1 Visitor Centre, 2 Butts Hide) 2 Common Gull 2 Meadow Pipit 1 Black Redstart (Female perched on posts just past Ken Barret Hide towards woods, in the field in front of Barn Owl box - no owl today.) 1 Blackcap (Heard) 10 Cetti's Warbler (+, many males singing) 3 Chiffchaff (At least) 1 Bearded Tit (Heard near Butts Hide) 2 Linnet (Butts Hide) 10 Reed Bunting (+) [Ben Mapp]

Rainham Marshes NR RSPB 07:30 to 14:00, Overcast with a breeze. Thanks to Howard for opening early, the Mayflower under full steam, was nice to see shortly after 8.30am
2 Water Pipit (1 from Butts hide coming into summer plumage, 1 at Stone Barges) 1 Common Sandpiper (along shoreline by Tilda Rice building) 20 Cetti's Warbler (+, a few showed briefly.) 1 Peregrine Falcon 1 Green Sandpiper (From Serin Mound) 1 Blackcap (Heard only) 2 Song Thrush 2 Marsh Harrier 5 Chiffchaff [Andrew Allen]

Rainham Marshes NR RSPB
Saturday 16 Mar

Rainham Marshes NR RSPB 09:30 to 15:00, Cloudy, very strong SW wind. With Simon Papps.
2 Water Pipit 2 Peregrine Falcon (possibly 3) 1 Wheatear (male) 2 Marsh Harrier (male and female) 1 Barn Owl [Simon Satchell]

Rainham Marshes NR RSPB
Saturday 16 Feb

Rainham Marshes NR RSPB 11:00 to 13:00, Grey, but mild
1 Glaucous Gull (3cy on Thames before flying to landfill) 71 Common Gull (circa.) 22 Meadow Pipit [Sean Nixon]

Rainham Marshes NR RSPB 13:00 to 16:45, Cloudy, mild.
24 Pintail 2 Marsh Harrier (Adult Male & immature.) 8 Black-tailed Godwit (At least. Along the river.) 10 Snipe 30 Dunlin (Approx.) 2 Glaucous Gull (Juvenile & 2nd winter.) [Andrew Cox]

Rainham Marshes NR RSPB
Saturday 26 Jan

Rainham Marshes NR RSPB 09:15 to 15:00, Mainly overcast, Breezy
1 Raven (Heard only, near center) 2 Marsh Harrier 1 Peregrine Falcon 1 Glaucous Gull (Juvenile on Wennington Marsh, viewed from Serin Mound) 1 Redwing 1 Barn Owl 1 Water Pipit (On Target Pools) 3 Skylark (On Target Pools) 2 Pheasant 12 Snipe (+) 30 Avocet (+ along Foreshore) 15 Redshank (at Stone Barges) [Andrew Allen]

Rainham Marshes NR RSPB
Saturday 19 Jan

Rainham Marshes NR RSPB 09:30 to 13:00, Very cold! - Highlights from 51 species seen
9 Pintail (Purfleet Scrape) 1 Little Egret 2 Grey Heron 1 Peregrine Falcon (On pylon just past woodland boardwalk) 1 Marsh Harrier (Male over Target Pools) 50 Dunlin (On far side of Thames viewed from centre) 1 Snipe (Butts Hide) 8 Common Gull (Target Pools) 1 Barn Owl (In usual box) 2 Rock Pipit (Seen on rocks from River Wall) 2 Stonechat (Females) 2 Song Thrush (Cordite Store) 10 Redwing [Ben Mapp]

Rainham Marshes NR RSPB