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London Natural History Society - The place for wildlife in London

ESSEX compiled by Howard Vaughan

RSPB Rainham Marshes 

A time for breeding with little beyond seven curiously high-flying southbound Barnacle Geese on the 1st until the start of return wader passage with a Knot on the 20th and the first Green Sandpiper on the 24th. This was shortly followed by Whimbrel, Ruff, both races of Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank and Common Sandpiper. A Quail was heard again on the landfill and Med Gulls became almost a daily spectacle with a day peak of five on the 20th. The Marsh Harriers and Bearded Tits seemed to be faring well and a brood of three Garganey was seen on the 30th.

Metropolitan Essex (LHNS area) 

Red Kites were seen daily in the first ten days before going quiet until the 17th when four were seen over the Ingrebourne Valley. Caspian, Yellow-legged and even an Iceland Gull (4th) were seen between Barking Bay and Thames Barrier Park and an immature Gannet went north over Leyton on the 6th. A Sandwich Tern on the KGV Reservoir was unseasonal on the 4th with an adult Med Gull there on the 18th. A brood of Red-crested Pochard was discovered in the Ingrebourne Valley.