Sat 11th December 2010. A visit to RSPB Rainham Marshes and adjecent river thames forshore.
River Thames between reserve and concrete barges; Avocet, Black Tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Grey Plover, Curlew, Redshank, Lapwing, Snipe, Shelduck, Teal, Wigeon, Gadwall, Greater Black Backed Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Herring Gull, Common Gull, Meadow Pipit, Greenfinch, Kestrel, Skylark.
RSPB Rainham Marshes; Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Pintail, Shoveler, Wigeon, Teal, 2 squealing Water Rail, Cetti's Warbler, Redwing, Fieldfare, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Herring Gull, Common Gull, Stonechat, Reed Bunting.
We spent some time going through the gulls looking for a Yellow Legged Gull but drew a blank. In one of the hides there was a "Gull i.d. Workshop" we even asked the Gull experts had they seen any Yellow Legged Gulls. We were told that there were none on the reserve. Checking sighting on birdguides this morning I noticed a report of "16 Yellow Legged Gulls RSPB Rainham Marshes (11/12/2010)" Oh well **it happens!
To finish the day we spent an hour on the Serin Mound looking for Short Eared Owl, however, we drew a blank here too.
sh4rpy, Brendan G