Gorgeous weather yesterday. Bad luck for Rob, he had to work. But as his work is not far from RSPB Rainham Marshes, I asked him to drop me off there on his way in. With a full day to spend, I really took my time and, while I didn't see anything mega-exciting, it was lovely to be able to sit, wait and watch. And I took about 1,380 photos.
Carrying on, I went along the bit of boardwalk that is screened off with viewing slots over a small patch of reeds, as I was hopeful that a) there would be Reed Warblers in there and b) if there were, they would be easier than usual to observe, thanks to the screen. Both a and b proved to be true - a Reed Warbler was singing vigorously from low in the reeds, while his mate was being more showy, climbing to the reed tips to collect their filmy fronds for her nest.
I didn't see much from Purfleet hide (though it's still a very pleasant place to while away a bit of time. There was a Coot family out in front, and a Little Grebe family tucked around the corner. A single Swallow sped past. I topped up my suncream, gulped some water and carried on.
I stopped by the buddleia again, this time hoping to catch a glimpse of the Cetti's Warbler that was singing from the main middle bush. The Sedgie was still there and chuntering away but the light was now no good for photos of him.
I did stop at the visitor centre after this, for a restorative cup of tea. Then went out one more time. The third loop didn't produce a great deal of new stuff, so not too many more photos to go...
Also today I heard Bearded Tits on 2/3 loops but no sightings. Quite a few Linnets about. Heard a ton of Cetti's Warblers but only managed glimpse-ettes. Saw one Chiffchaff. Butterflies out and about included Orange-tip, Brimstone, Peacock (loads), Holly and Common Blues.