The first Penduline Tit for eight years was seen today by a very luck John Humble & Jonathan Ely outside the Marshland Discovery Zone. It did not linger but we have plenty of reedmace to keep checking although it eluded us in a thorough search this afternoon.

Fingers crossed that it puts in another appearance!

Two great shots from Jonathan Ely - I will add John Humble's when I get them - So jealous

The Barn Owls have been showing incredibly well and at long last two Short-eared Owls played ball this afternoon.

Barn Owl - John Humble

Short-eared Owl - Ian Plume

Short-eared Owl - Tom Bell

And some other highlights from the weekend:

Saturday 16th November 2019

  • RSPB Rainham Marshes: Woodcock, Merlin, Little Egret, Ruff, 2 Barn Owl, 2 Water Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 6 Stonechat, 31 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 8 Bearded Tit, 2 Rook, 30 Avocet, Ruff, 439 Black tailed Godwit,  600 Lapwing, 646 Dunlin, 49 Redshank, 6 Curlew, Brent Goose, 58 Shelduck, 14 Pintail, 360 Wigeon, 47 Canada Goose, Mistle Thrush, 22 Redwing, 17 Blackbird, 46 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, 2 Firecrest, 8 Goldcrest, 16 Pheasant, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard

Sunday 17th November 2019

  • RSPB Rainham Marshes: Penduline Tit, Tree Sparrow, 2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Barn Owls, 2 Firecrests, 11 Water Rail, 2 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Water Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit, 7 Stonechat, 10 Bearded Tit
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