So, Rainham first. This happened last Wednesday (18th), the day after a very grotty and stormy Tuesday. It was brighter on Wednesday but still windy, which meant the owls were not hunting. Shane and I leant into the wind and walked the loop anticlockwise, with a couple of extra bits in search of owls - along the river first thing, and then down to the Serin mound after doing most of the reserve loop.
We exited the reserve at the gate near the dragonfly pools and turned right, following the trail to the Serin mound. From here we scanned the fields for a good while and enjoyed watching two Marsh Harriers, one a smart adult male.
We decided to have a quick look at the Purfleet hide before heading off. There were ducks aplenty here, mainly Wigeons, and we managed to dig out a couple of Snipes too.
And now on to Woolston. But actually first I'll just mention my first, camera-less weekend in the north-west, which was at the end of October. It rained. Lots. We went to RSPB Burton Mere on the Saturday and despite the rain found some nice birds, including a ringtail Hen Harrier. On the Sunday we visited Pennington Flash and had great views of Willow Tit from the Bunting hide. This time, it was just a couple of hours at Woolston on a sunny but bitterly cold day, and there wasn't a lot about but I took a few photos.
Life's been very busy and I've definitely lost the photography mojo a bit... but I am off to Norfolk in a couple of weeks for several days' birding - and with any luck may manage a trip to Dunge or somewhere else in Kent next week, so there should be more photos to show and more wildlife to witter on about in the near future :)