Sunday, 17 May 2015

Rainham Marshes in May

7th May 2015

As we are now into May probably a good time to visit Rainham Marshes in the hope of photographing some warblers. Although the Purfleet Hide continues to be quiet, the path that runs along the southern perimeter of the reserve was fairly active with Reed and Sedge Warblers and Whitethroats all in full song. Unfortunately, the Sedge Warblers were keeping well-hidden, unlike this Reed Warbler and Whitethroat.

The Rainham Marsh Frogs were now becoming more vocal and were quick to take over the newly positioned Water Vole feeding stations, turning them into Marsh Frog floating pontoons or loafing rafts.

Apparently, the pairs of Lapwings on site are following in the steps of the SNP and are increasing in leaps and bounds, rising from a record 31 pairs last year to 62 pairs this year. Much of this is probably due to the electric Fox fence, although some of the pairs are breeding outside the fence so it will be interesting to see how these birds get on in terms of survival rates.

But the star of the show today was not a warbler at all but a very confiding male Reed Bunting that was staking his claim on the return board-walk that runs parallel with the railway.

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