Saturday 5 May 2018

Canons Farm, Banstead Woods and Rainham Marshes

I teamed up with Adrian S early morning then we were accompanied by attendees of the CFBW's Spring Migration Tour for a mooch around the patch. Few migrants were around but we managed a Wheatear, a Mistle Thrush and a Pied Wagtail of note at the farm, along with fly-overs of six Cormorants and five Mallards. Eight Whitethroats and three Treecreepers were counted. Two Bullfinches showed nicely at Heathside and four Yellowhammers performed well. In Banstead Woods, we found a pair of Nuthatches lining teir nest and heard another Treecreeper. A Whitethroat in the Harholt Plantation is notable these days, and two Bullfinches were there.

I took my old schoolfriend Panos to Rainham Marshes in the afternoon to introduce him to some birding. It was a rewarding outing and he loved it. The pick of our sightings included a Greenshank, seven Whimbrel, three Ruffs, two Common Sandpipers, two Marsh Harriers, two Bearded Reedlings, two Common Terns, my first Swift of the year and several Reed, Sedge and Cetti's Warblers.

Greenshank at Rainham Marshes

Whimbrel (centre) with Redshank and Greenshank (right) at Rainham Marshes