Today I went to Rainham Marshes RSPB for some soul cleansing. It's so inspiring to be within such a successful conservation project, thousands of Lapwings, calling Curlews, thousands of waterfowl, a cafe over looking the wetland and good company to boot (great to catch up with Sue and see Howard & Co). No better start to the week than to be energised from such a environment.
Lapwings over the Rainham Temple . About 2000 Lapwing around. Also good numbers of Wigeon, Shoveler, Gadwall, Teal and few Pochard and Pintails
Male Stonechat- one of 4 today. Also plenty of Cetti's singing from the reeds, heard a Bearded Tit, and Reed Buntings, Skylarks, Water Pipit, Linnets, Goldfinches out on the floods.
Curlew Sandpiper with Lapwing- a late individual
Curlews- the evocative call of this enigmatic bird is a spiritual sound
Dunlins going over, also Blackwits, a few Avocets and quite a few Snipe.
A hope for Beddington- an incinerator behind the old Rainham landfill. Industry and nature can co-exist.
I need it!