The walk along the Thames path at 8:30am meant the sun was nicely behind me giving the best light and viewing conditions a man can get.
|Rainham, a hotspot for Whimbrel this spring|
|Reed Warbler, not in reeds.|
Once on the reserve, it was clear there were masses of Reed Warblers setting up homes along with smaller numbers of Sedge Warblers. Today there wasn’t any sign of Yellow Wagtails but up to four Hobbies performed acrobatics in the sky as they fed on damselflies and other insects. the warm weather had certainly woken flies in their thousands and many of these followed me around all morning.
The recent heavy rain has affected the breeding of many of the reserves wader populations. The Lapwings look a bit forlorn and the chick from the previous week has disappeared. The Little Ringed Plovers have also gone which is a real shame. Hopefully there’s still time for all these species to have another brood, this time with more success.