Sunday, October 2, 2016

Oare Marshes

A day out with a friend to have a look at some waders.  Oare Marshes is surely the best site in the south-east for wading birds.  The East Flood as always was packed with them - hundreds of Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Redshank, Golden Plover, with around 25 Avocet, a few Ruff, and two Little Stint, with Grey Plover, Curlew, and a Curlew Sandpiper picked out on the shore on the receded tide-line.

A few Swallow were still on the move and a couple of Bearded Tit noisily alighted from the reedbed.  The easterly breeze had pushed in seabirds with Skuas seen by visiting birders which we missed, but at least 20 Gannet had flown into the channel, circled, before heading away.

Mediterranean Gull were present on the water off-shore.

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