RSPB Rainham Marshes - Ornithological Summary May 2022

Bar-tailed Godwits 

Glossy Ibis (8th May) 

Grey Plovers

Hobby arrived early May most seen at once was 7

Short Eared Owl 22nd May

Peregrine - 1 seen fairly regularly throughout the month 

Kingfisher has been seen 13 times this month within the reserve which is always a crowd pleaser



Ringed Plover

Little Ringed Plover



Arctic Terns low numbers 

Little Terns 13th May

Cuckoo - 4 present all month 

Spotted Fly Catchers - a pair on 14th May, one has been in and out of the Cordite all month since this date 

Bearded Tits already have fledglings out and about and have shown well all month except on rainy days

Cattle Egret - 2 birds stayed for around a week but the nesting avocets gave them quite a hard time as our cattle also like the avocet nesting area! 

Great White Egret on and off the reserve all May

Spoonbill usually just one pops in but late in the month we had 3, had lovely views of a pair on Purfleet Scrape which returned on 5th June 

Marsh Harriers - 2 pairs nesting and still a couple of last years broods staying on reserve, 6 Marsh Harriers regularly on site

73 pairs of Lapwing

123 pairs of Redshanks

11 Avocet nests

Starling - a flock of about 500 were seen regularly around last week of May 

Tawny Owl - 31st May Roosting in the woodland! Not been seen since. 

Long Tailed Tits - lovely fledglings throughout the woodland 

Grasshopper warbler most heard was 4 early in the month but 1 has been heard regularly since 

Good numbers of:-  blackcap, whitethroat, lesser whitethroat, sedge warbler, chiff chaff and cettis showing well all month 

Mammals & Other things 

Water vole - good numbers and lots of sightings

Badger - seen twice 

Red Fox - occasionally visits our bird feeder area near the VC




(flycatcher pic credits: John Humble)