Oare Marshes 2018

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85 species recorded so far this year
Sightings include those seen from Oare Marshes, including Sheppey and the Swale, and on adjacent areas to the reserve, west to Uplees copse and in the trees and scrub opposite the cottages.
2018 Species List
170 species were recorded in the area in 2017.

For a list of all the species ever recorded in the area see the Oare Marshes Species List and the Oare Marshes Check List

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March 25th
My partner and I spent 4 hours at Oare Marshes on Saturday 25th March, from 7.45 – 12.00. We read the year list and realised that if it is up to date, we can add a couple of species – a single Corn Bunting, near Uplees Copse and two Jackdaws flew over, heading west. We had a Chiffchaff singing in the bushes opposite the cottages and a pair of Marsh Harriers were quartering the reeds around the main part of the reserve when we arrived.
We had four singing Cetti’s – two along the ditches to Uplees Copse, one by the car park (showing well in brambles) and one near the sluice gate in the corner of the East Flood.
Matt Evans

March 5th
A slow wander around the circuit of the east scrape today. A pleasantly ‘warm’ day, overcast, light SE breeze, HW approx 3pm.
The east scrape was still partially frozen today, however there were a few species to be seen including: Mallard, Teal, Pintail, Shoveller, Shelduck, Greylag, Brent, Coote, Moorhen, Mute Swan, GWoodpecker, Lapwing, Blackwits, Oystercatchers, Dunlin, Curlew, Redshank, GPlover, GreyHeron, Cormorant, Lgrebe, GCGrebe, Linnet,
ReedBunting, Goldfinch, Blackbird, Starlings, Carrioncrow, Magpie
Wayne Beale

January 9th

07:35-09:35 Cloudy and calm. Two Chiffchaffs were calling from the trees by the flooded car park. A flock of 17 Greylag Geese came in from the west and settled on the east flood where Tufted Duck numbers had risen to 44. A female Gadwall was with Mallard on the west scrape. A Redwing was feeding with Blackbirds in the paddock and a Fieldfare was seen in the trees behinnd the cottages. Another brief visit in the gloom of the afternoon produced the Long-billed Dowitcher feeding energetically in the creek, a Greenshank which dropped onto the east flood and a fine male Sparrowhawk on the ground by the edge of the east flood.

January 1st 

Murray Wright, Richard Roberts and Philip Goacher spent the whole of New Year’s Day on site and, despite rain for much of the day, amassed a total of 73 species to which Rob Stokes was able to add Knot. The adult Long-billed Dowitcher was seen in the creek and in the SE corner of the east flood. Otherwise it was much as expected. There were six Ruff and two Lesser Redpolls, but perhaps the surprise of the day was a pair of Bullfinches; a species not seen here last year!


Geoff Burton