Sunday, 19 February 2012

Rainham Marshes

I took a trip down to RSPB Rainham Marshes today. It was a bit chillier than the recent whether we have experienced over the last week after the snow but still a mild day to be out in. Walking through the woodland area it sounded like spring with the air filled with bird song and plenty of tit flocks around. There large numbers of Lapwing still around but the real bonus was the excellent views a very close Reed Bunting that was feeding on the bull rushes. 

Over all rather a good walk round I just hope the weather keeps this way. 

Matthew Foakes

All photos by M.F

Monday, 30 January 2012

Lackford Lakes

On the weekend we went with the RSPB Havering Local Group to Lackford Lakes in Suffolk. After an early start and a short 2 hour conch journey we had arrived. But to our dismay we were greeted by fog, thick fog. Thankfully this soon cleared and as we looked out over the lakes we could see up to 11 golden eye present on some along with other winter wild foul.

There were 4 tundra bean geese and a large collection of gulls settling down roost. We really enjoyed the day and would go back if the opportunity came again.

Young birders.

Matthew Foakes(M.F) Jamie Croft (J.C)

Robin (M.F)

Greylag geese (M.F)

Blackbird (M.F)

Mute Swan (M.F)

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Frozen Rainham

Today I braved the cold weather and went down to Rainham Marshes. The frost looked wonderful covering basically anything it could. With the brilliant still winds it meant that you could see anything in the reeds which come in handy finding a few reed bunting and 2 beaded tits! Really good views I got at a close range. It was a fantastic day out.

Matthew Foakes (M.F)






Sunday, 1 January 2012

We made it

Happy new year everyone. At the begging of the year we said that together we would try to reach 150 birds by the end of the year. And I am pleased to  say that we managed to gain 152 birds between us which may not seem a lot however we did not do any twitching just visiting various places around britain. 

Good luck in the new year and we will continue posting through out the year.

Young Birders,
(M.F) (J.C)