A fine Ortolan (found by A.T) was a Rainham briefly this afternoon and was only seen by the Unemployed or if you happen to be off skiving!!! anyway not gonna keep on rambling on about it well done to all you that saw it!! :)
A late evening search did produce two year tics for me, 2 or more Spotted Fly's and a Tree Pipit flushed from the Cordite with the help of little Jack.
Rainham Yearlist: 138 Spotted fly, 139 Tree pipit.
With a promising weather forecast and a scattering of scarce migrants yesterday brought me Jono and Bradders to Norfolk, with a brisk north-east blow looked ideal for a sea watch but didn't really happen, probably as the weather was to nice and clear and not the overcast conditions we were hoping for.
Anyway we smashed Blakeney Point with little joy bar a couple of flight views of an elusive Icky and a single Winchat, 2 Willow Warbler and a chiffchaff.
The sea did provide double figure Arctic Skua's and a few Bonxie's and a single Black Tern.
A visit to Wells woods produced 6 Pied fly's as consolation.
3 adult Turnstones in Aveley bay mid morning was a new year tick for me at rainham today, also 3 Ruff, 2 Whimbrel, 5 Common Sand, 2 Green Sand, 2 Oystercatcher and 8 Dunlin and a single Blackwit were noteworthy.
Walking around the reserve me and Jono find the first two wheatear of the Autumn and a couple of Water Vole.
Last Nights moth trapping was rewarded with the first Jersey tiger of the year as well as Elephant and poplar hawk moths