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Oare Marshes

A productive few hours included the adult Long-billed Dowitcher, the adult Bonaparte’s Gull, an adult Curlew Sandpiper, two adult Spotted Redshanks, two juvenile Little Stints, four Whimbrels, two juvenile Little Ringed Plovers, two Ruffs, a Greenshank, a Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 180 Golden Plovers, 150 Avocets, 60 or so Grey Plovers and three Turnstones among a typical suite of waders and wildfowl. A handful of Mediterranean Gulls were around, including at least four juveniles, as were six Yellow Wagtails and two Bearded…

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Oare Marshes

From 11.30, a warm and sunny day: Cormorant, grey heron, mute swan, mallard, shelduck, tufted, kestrel, sparrowhawk, buzzard, marsh harrier, coot, moorhen, oystercatcher, ringed plover, little ringed plover, golden plover, lapwing, dunlin, common sandpiper, redshank, black tailed godwit, curlew, whimbrel, snipe, ruff, long billed dowitcher, black headed gull, lesser black backed gull, bonaparte gull, medi gull, herring gull, common tern,…

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Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve

11-8-17 (highlights from Monthly transect) Little egret x 1 (From Willow Hide), kingfisher x 3 (1 on West Lake,  1 on the river close to the North Lake, 1 carrying food in front of Slingsby Hide), chiffchaff x 10, nuthatch x 2, bullfinch x 1. 9-8-17 Common sandpiper x 1, sand martin x 10. 5-8-17 Ringed plover x 1, little…

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Oare Marshes

9th August – 08.00 to 12.00. Dry but with threatening clouds to the West, NW wind. The Long-billed Dowitcher found yesterday was still present on the East flood. The bird an adult seemingly moulting out of summer plumage, was watched by many during the morning, roosting and feeding amongst Black-tailed Godwits, Lapwing, Redshank and Dunlin giving good size comparisons. Other…

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Oare Marshes

0745—1200 Blustery and cool; threat of rain. Slowly walked the E flood with Dave P; meeting up with Geoff B . A shallow tide barely lapping the base of the seawall. A Peregrine was on its usual lofty perch; Yellow Wagtails and Whimbrel were on the saltings ; Buzzard and Marsh Harrier were Sheppey-side and another extremely pale `chequered` Clouded…

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Oare Marshes

08.00 to 12.00. Dry and mainly sunny morning with SW light The make-up of waders on the East Flood has not really changed since last week. The Little Ringed Plover still feeding along the south margins. 2 Spotted Redshanks, 5 Turnstone, 3 Snipe, 4-5 Ruff, few Golden Plover and a single Curlew Sandpiper were the main highlights. 3 Sandwich Terns…

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Oare Marshes

0715—1000  Blustery from the S/SW with significant showers in the estuary. With some site clearance work on the E flood margins it was prudent to walk W to the FSB. No sign of the recent Osprey lingering—as reported by Murray W and John S. Some Black T Godwits are in stunning plumage presently and deserve accolade for `best dressed` sp. Family…

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Oare Marshes

1000-1230 Achieved a fifty per cent return on today`s target sps; ie Yes, Clouded Yellow (s), No, Whinchat ! A West side story of a fast flying, `chequered` pale looking butterfly near Uplees copse. Not recognisable by me but eventually `pinned `down on Red Clover where with inevitably the wings closed, it revealed as a Clouded Yellow. Perhaps with closed…

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Oare Marshes

08.00 – 12.00 Mostly spent around East Flood. Waders of note; 3 Spotted Redshanks (1 in full summer plumage, 1 in winter and 1 Hybrid!), 5 Ruff, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Curlew Sandpipers and heard Greenshank. Kingfisher flew across the flood and there was a Lesser Whitethroat calling and feeding along bushes near East Flood hide. Trevor Manship

Oare Marshes

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,…

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