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Oare Marshes

It was 5 deg and feeling like 0 deg.Over the E flood, Swallows and Sand Martins were `hawking` unseen diptera, and surprisingly 17 Knot were with the Black-tailed Godwitsclose to the road, but were spooked before any chance of a pic. It was eye-watering walking west; Whimbrels were scattered around the saltings and muddy foreshore with upwards of 20 birds…

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Oare Marshes

06:35-11:10 – sunny with a moderate NW wind and cold. A Cuckoo was calling, and showed well, in the scrub opposite the cottages, and a Nightingale sang  but didn’t reveal itself. A Sparrowhawk was chased by about 30 Jackdaws to the west over Uplees. Ducks on the east flood included the pair of Wigeon and a drake Pochard. There were…

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Oare Marshes

0745—0930. 0745—0930: Big skies; high clouds and subtle dawn light. A steady, light passage of Swallows; Whitethroats now evident in all the shrubberies and hedgerows and a Cuckoo distantly calling. Linnets busy collecting nesting material ,particularly `down` from the reed-mace heads.A combination of Sedge and Reed Warblers vying with Cetti`s for decibels. Mediterranean Gulls called, high, and lost in the sun.…

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Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve

24 -4-17 Second grey heron on nest with 3 large chicks (North Lake). 23-4-17 Redshank x 2, little-ringed plover x 7, reed warbler x 3 (all singing, heard from Slingsby Hide), shelduck x 2, great-crested grebe with 3 young on the West Lake and a pair on East Lake with 2 young, grey wagtail x 2 (male and female on…

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Oare Marshes

0800-0845 A breakfast break at Oare produced a distant calling Cuckoo , which then circuited the W marsh calling and hotly pursued by a Magpie. Swallows were moving through in small numbers; a Reed Warbler was loud in the car-park reed-bed with  a Water Rail even louder, although unseen. Whimbrels were in the saltmarsh and a Common Tern was resting…

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Oare Marshes

06:50-11:00 – sunny but very cold in the fresh northerly wind. There were at least six Whimbrel on the saltmarsh west of the slipway. Ducks on the east flood included 51 Teal, 33 Shoveler, 14 Gadwall and a pair of Wigeon. Amongst the flock of c500 Black-tailed Godwits was the pale individual and a female Bar-tailed Godwit. In the scrub…

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Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve

14-4-17 Bullfinch x 2 (calling by visitor centre), willow warbler x1 (singing opposite visitor centre),  grey wagtail x 1 (flying over visitor centre and calling), swallows (over the lakes).   13-4-17 Swallow   12-4-17 Reed warbler x 1 (Slingsby Hide), common sandpiper x 1, house martin x 2, swallow x 30, sand martin x 10, little-ringed plover x 7, shelduck…

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Oare Marshes

15:30-16:50 – cloudy with a light SW wind. Two Sandwich Terns flew west up the Swale and two Common Terns were on the east flood. It was high tide and, in addition to the Black-tailed Godwits which included the pale individual first seen on March 17th, there were 30 Dunlin, 75 Redshanks and an Oystercatcher. A Yellow Wagtail flew west…

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Oare Marshes

0730—1000 Initially a glaring sun and an uncomfortable , eye-watering W/NW breeze. 2 Whimbrels shared the saltmarsh with a Curlew, and Mediiterranean Gulls in numbers drited through high, calling. At the copse. A Song Thrush was knocking six-bells out of a `maritime` mollusc which it had garnered seaward side, and then flown to partial cover. A Canada Goose was loudly making…

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