Weather: Misty early on, blue skies, warm and sunny later. Very hot with a cool breeze.
Birds Total: 34
Plus: Brown Argus, Common Blue, Green-veined White, Large White, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White butterflies.
Plus: Blue-tailed damselflies; Brown Hawker, Common Darter, Migrant Hawker, Ruddy Darter dragonflies.
Plus: Chrysolina banksi beetle; Four-spot Orb-weaver female; Lesser Marsh Grasshopper; Common Lizard; Long-winged Conehead; Marsh Frog; Wasp Spider.
Today I visited Rainham in the company of my good friends Marianne and Shane. But this time with the addition of Tony who we also know from the RSPB Forum. It was his first visit to Rainham.
It was another lovely day for a visit. The sun shined, the sky was blue and a good time was had by all.
The birds were still reluctant to show themselves but we were entertained by those that did. And there were plenty of other things about that focussed our attention.
The morning had started out quite misty at first but when the sun rose high in the sky it was soon burned off. A Cetti's called out in the distance and then Marianne spotted a perched Migrant Hawker. We all managed to get plenty of good, close-up shots.
|An obliging Migrant Hawker|
|Chrysolina banksi beetle|
|Go on, M - give him a kiss!|
After we had had our fill of the spiders we called it a day, the hot sun had defeated us. Although there weren't too many birds about we managed to see plenty of other things, not just the spiders. It was another great day out at a great Reserve.
We must do it again sometime.