Oare Marshes – 25th July
08.30 to 14.00. Largely cloudy day and some sunny periods in afternoon. Light N / NW breeze.
Clocked up 19 species of wader during the day. Usual high numbers of Black-tailed Godwits, Avocets, Redshank and Lapwing. 4 Whimbrel on mud and few Curlew. Small flock of Golden Plover on East flood near road. 4-5 Ruff, 3 Snipe, 7 Turnstone in summer plumage. Single birds of the following; Greenshank, Spotted Redshank, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper (in summer plumage) and Knot (in summer plumage). As High tide approached around 150 Dunlin came on to East Flood. Oystercatcherswere also present.
The Bonaparte’s Gull started off on the East Flood roosting amongst the Godwits, then flew out onto mud around 10.00 to feed. Mediterranean Gull was on East Flood in afternoon, as well as a Common Tern.
The eclipse Garganey was seen feeding in and out of the reeds on the creek-side of East flood. One of the highlights of the day was seeing a juvenile Cuckoo flying around to the south of the East flood hide track. Turtle Doves were seen on telegraph poles around the paddocks. 3-4 Yellow Wagtails were feeding along creek vegetation.
Singles of Hobby, Kestrel and Buzzard were seen. The only Butterfly of note was a Painted Lady near East flood hide.
Trevor Manship, Dave Sydall and David Hale