Oare

It says something when artists are out at 0500— finding, sketching and having the work on social media the same day. Well done Norman Mc.! The Bonaparte`s Gull was still on the muddy foreshore when I returned from reptile hunting some few hours later. Greenshank, and Ruff / Reeve were again on the E flood together with a Mediterranean Gull. There was plenty going on, though never the best light early doors looking E. Swallows were coming to the water margins—-DIY work with notions of 2nd/3rd broods ??¬† Towards Dan`s Dock, Whimbrels were in the saltmarsh; 2 Sandwich Terns were distinctive as they flew noisily up the Swale, but best beast was a 1m Grass Snake in the glutinous, algae encrusted reservoir. The Sea-lavender demands viewing for its in-depth colours.On departure, Bearded Tits were again ground feeding at the base of reed margins. At South Swale, Yellow Wagtails were again numerous; four calling birds were Whimbrels high towards Oare; five black-bellied Dunlin paused on the tide-line and a Common Sandpiper was a traditional find for this site.
Mike Roser

From top left: Female Common Blue, Grass Snake, Bonaparte’s Gull