Because the weather was so nice, I decided to take a leisurely trip down to Rainham. Although spring has arrived, Rainham still seems to have traces of winter stubbornly refusing to leave. With a 2nd winter Iceland Gull and a single snow bunting around, it was an ideal place to catch a few lingering winter birds as well as catch up with some early spring ones.
As with every trip here, I always start with a walk along the Thames path. Always a chance of wheatear or whinchat but not today. Instead, I came across about three water pipits. The Thames foreshore has always been good for these birds and I have usually found them closer to the stone barges so this was a nice surprise.
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|Carrion Crow with an arty reflection|
Food. Who knows, one day the ornithologists and nature scientists will find a way to feed waders in the same way we can feed smaller birds like tits, finches and sparrows. There’s a great feeding station at Rainham that allows you to take good images of birds at close range. Today we had reed buntings, chaffinches, dunnocks and rats, yes rats.
|Reed Bunting, male|
|Reed Bunting, female|