Well Dave and Joy picked me up about 6:45 and off to Erith. Our target?
It was dull early on so I've played with some of the photos. Probably overdone it.
Fair amount of wildlife about. Ring Necked Parakeet, Grey Wagtail, Stonechats, Great Grested Grebe and of course....
So we arrive at Rainham Marshes early with the Sun now out. We walk along the path by the Thames with two RSPB volunteers coming the opposite way.
Us - much about ?
Them - Do you want to see a Marsh Warbler?
is the Pope a catholic?
So off we went, and showimg well was a Marsh Warbler. We even had "scope views". I don't have a photo for you but it looks virtually identical to a Reed Warbler, bit greyer, no red brown rump and totally differnt song.
So here is a Reed Warbler.
We had a late breakfast and then on. Mr D saw the Garganey briefly, Joy and I didn't mutter.
Lots of Whitethroats and Reed Buntings.
Dave in summer plumage.
Lots of these, noisey devils.
Lots of Dragons and Damsels. First Hairy Dragonfly, Emperor, Darter and ....
We had a nice lunch at the Rainbow and Dove in Harlow. The reported Lesser Scaup at Amwell was corrected to Greater Scaup but it was a patch tick and so off we went. Also got Little Ringed Plover for the year.
Lovely day in good company as ever.