Welcome to the Buteo Wildlife blog, a record of some of the wildlife that we have been seeing and occasional identification articles that will hopefully be useful for those trying to learn about wildlife.

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Note that tours with clients may not always feature prominently on this blog because we are unlikely to have time for photography when out with clients - and walls of text don't tend to make the most interesting posts. If there is time for a few snatched photos they may not always be of the highest quality - but we'll use them anyway!

To try and keep posts in chronological order they may sometimes be given earlier dates/times than when they are actually posted. Apologies, for this - it's not meant to mislead anyone (and we will try to avoid this happening too often).

21 May 2012

Spring at RSPB Rainham Marshes (2 May 2012).

It's amazing what a difference a bit of decent weather makes both to the birds and the pleasure of getting out and seeing them. Spring had certainly come to the Reserve today with 4 Greenshanks, 5 Redshanks, a Whimbrel, 2 Curlews and a Common Sandpiper all on Aveley and Target pools. There were also 12 Northern Wheatears and, I found three of the 13 Yellow Wagtails which had been reported.
Yellow Wagtails are now an uncommon migrant, and scarce breeding species in the London area
(This one was photographed previously in the Lee Valley)

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