Apr 262016
Riverside Country Park - Trip Report

A large group of 26 keen birdwatchers met in the carpark at Riverside Country Park, Rainham. Although it was sunny, a really cold wind swept away any warmth. Clearly the song birds didn’t like it too much either and they kept a very low profile. We did manage to hear and see blackcap, chiffchaff and […]

 Posted by on 26 April 2016 at 10:01 pm
Apr 252016
Stodmarsh NNR - trip report

Our ever popular visit to Stodmarsh this weekend showed that ‘spring was in the air’.  Ok – most of us were wearing hats and gloves and we had to dodge a few ‘April showers’ but even if the weather did not know it the birds did. We saw most of the expected summer migrants had […]

 Posted by on 25 April 2016 at 10:02 pm
Apr 242016
Getting out and About this Spring

This picture is remarkable – to find out why, read on. This is my favourite time of the year – mainly because of all of the bird song that our Spring migrant birds bring with them. Our resident robins, dunnocks, chaffinches, great tits and wrens are in full song. And this year especially, goldfinches seem […]

 Posted by on 24 April 2016 at 10:26 pm
Apr 152016
Wader Quest talk

On Thursday evening we welcomed Rick and Elis Simpson to speak to us about their love of waders and the charity they set up to support them around the world, called Wader Quest. We learnt a lot about the wide variety of waders that occur around the world and how they are being threatened by […]

Apr 102016
Trip report - Rainham marshes RSPB

Our trip to Rainham Marshes RSPB this weekend was well attended with the reserve busy with birders coming to see the ‘lost’ Razorbill as well as many families enjoying the reserve. Suffice to say our group did not see the Razorbill – we thinked it slipped off into one of the many channels while we […]

Apr 092016

One of our group members, Alan Roman, has recently seen several colour-ringed Black-tailed Godwit. There were over 140 birds seen at Northward Hill on the islands in front of Gordon’s Hide, and one particular bird had the combination of green over orange on the right leg and blue over red on the left.   The red […]

Apr 062016

In case you have not already heard the results of this year’s Big Garden Birdwatch, here’s the link: Big Garden Birdwatch Results But before you do – can you put the top ten species in order?   See how many you get right.

 Posted by on 6 April 2016 at 7:59 pm