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Gorge 18/01/2014

Went for a walk round the gorge and was suprised to see a Bittern flying walking in. Then saw a Water rail dart out, swim to the other side of the bank and then hide in the reeds.

Cormorant, House Sparrow, Magpie, Greylag & Canada Geese, Grey Heron, Carrion Crow, Wood Pigeon, Bittern, Goldfinch, Black Headed Gull, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Blackbird, Mute Swan, Moorhen, Coot, Great Crested Grebe, Chaffinch, Jackdaw, Water Rail, Shovler, Robin, Blue Tit, Collard Dove, Pochard, Long Tailed Tit and a Green Woodpecker

Gorge 12/01/2014

Took a walk round the gorge with my nan & grandad, uncle's and cousin's. Was telling them the names of the birds that we saw.

House Sparrow, Blackbird, Coot, Black Headed Gull, Magpie, Wood Pigeon, Cormorant, Collard Dove, Canada & Greylag Goose, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe, Moorhen, DUnnock, Mute Swan, Robin, Shovler, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blue Tit, Pochard, Kingfisher, Carron Crow, Great Tit. Wren. Also saw an ant, slug, snail and 5 grey squirrels.

Star Gazing 11/01/2014

Went to a Star Gazing event and saw some Galaxy's for the first time which were Andromeda, M81 (Bode's) and M82 (Ursa Major A). Also could see the Moon, Orion's belt and Orion's Nebula. Could see Jupiter with four moons; Callisto, Europa, Ganymede and Io. Pleiades was best to see through binoculars as could all the stars at once.

They had special telesopes that could look at the sun earlier, could see sun spot and flares coming of the edge.

Rainham Marshes 11/01/2014

Was a nice day, saw a lot of small birds as we was walking round. Was a lot of water and had to wear wellies otherwise would have got wet feet.

Robin, Goldfinch, Magpie, House Sparrow, Wood Pigeon, Carrion Crow, Starling, Dunnock, Blue Tit, Collard Dove, Greenfinch, Dunlin, Wigeon, Shovler, Black Headed Gull, Coot, Shelduck, Canada & Greylag Geese, Teal, Mallard, Cormorant, Curlew, Herring GUll, Great Black Backed Gull, Great Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Wren, Chaffinch, Cetti's warbler, Moorhen, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Grey Heron, Golden Plover, Stonechat, Reed Bunting, Mute Swan, Pintail, Gadwall and a Little Egret.

Was also a rat running round at the bottom of the feeders having something to eat.

Rainham Marshes 04/01/2014

We saw all the teal, lapwing, golden plover fly up but did not see the bird of prey
that scared them. Found our that three Peregrine Falcon's had been seen on the reserve.

Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, White Fronted Goose, Barnacle Goose, Mute Swan, Skylark, Collard Dove, Blue Tit, Carrion Crow, Lapwing, Canada & Greylag Geese, Magpie, Black Headed Gull, Moorhen, Wigeon, Great Blackbacked Gull, Dunlin, Shelduck, Coot, Teal, Herring Gull, Curlew, Cetti Warbler, Gadwall, Mallard, Shovler, Golden Plover, Tufted Duck, Pintail, Marsh Harrier, Cormorant, Ring Necked Parakeet, Barn Owl (in it's box), Wood Pigeon, Common Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Robin.

Spider in a hide, a Brown Rat eating near the feeders and a Mole Hill