Author: Michael

Oare Marshes

A cool SW at 11deg. Walked west into TQ beyond FSB. Greenfinch numbers exceeded 20 at Uplees copse; Golden Plovers came high off the Sheppey shoreline; Meadow Pipits were mobile around the piles of Bladder-wrack and 2 Rock Pipits were with them. A duck Goldeneye flew W and dropped into the South Deep channel where accumulatively westward, there were at…

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Oare Marshes

17th October 2017 08.00 to 12.00hrs Dry and calm around 14C – High Tide at roughly 11.30 Spent a pleasant 4 hours this morning, amassing a total of 21 wader species. The Wilson’s Phalarope and Long-billed Dowitcher are still present. The Phalarope seems to like following Teal closely and feeding in their wake. 3 Green Sandpipers were seen over the…

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Oare Marshes

1430—1630 Great to still have the opportunity to view the long staying, clock-wise spinning E flood Wilson`s Phalarope; following a bit of Balkans travel. The bird habitually was in close tow with Teal or Shoveler, picking / jabbing minutia in the disturbed water in the wake of the ducks. Not quite symbiosis ; so maybe `commensalism` ?? Whichever, one heck…

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Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve

9-10-17 Nuthatch x 1 (calling in the car park area). 8-10-17 (including Webs count) Mute swan x 4, greylag goose x 249, Canada goose x 158, Egyptian goose x 14, grey heron x 5, little egret x 1, little grebe x 2, great-crested grebe x 16 adults and 2 young, moorhen x 21, coot x 92, lapwing x 51, common…

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Oare Marshes

1030-1300  A short visit with a W/NW strong breeze and HT. From the seawall hide, Common Terns were fishing in the creek; a Marsh Harrier in distinctly untidy dress laboured towards Sheppey;  two Great Crested Grebes were off the point and a large dark unusual profile in mid channel turned out to be a juv Gannet. 4 others came into…

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Oare Marshes

1000-1130 A brief visit –enjoying with Murray W close views of Long-billed Dowitcher on the E flood . Not as well defined as Jonathan L`s Facebook pics of yesterday; nonetheless even point and shoot through the `scope, produces a recognisable image with the plumage characteristics pronounced. Prominent supercilium; barred flanks; and bold spotting on both vent and under-tail coverts. Q.…

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Oare Marshes

September 13 An adult Sabine’s Gull was seen by Arnie Van Orsouw as it flew up the Swale close inshore, passing the sea wall hide then returning east, at 11.20 am. This is the first here since 2014. Whilst on the subject of gulls, the Bonaparte’s Gull appears not to have been seen since 6th? Geoff Burton