Sunday, 24 March 2013

Oare Marshes ... 2 more patch ticks

Highland Cattle .

A very productive couple of hours spent at Oare Marshes this morning produced 2 new Oare Marshes patch ticks , i had a quick scan over the East Flood where i counted 10 Avocets , 40 + Dunlin and 5 Grey Plovers , there were the usual duck species , Pintail , Shoveler  and Gadwall in small numbers , from here i headed off to the car park near the slipway and had a bitterly cold walk into the wind along the sea wall , to be honest i was so cold i didn't see anything and decided to carry on around to the new acquisition area which is further inland , and it didn't take me long to pick out my first Oare Marsh patch tick of the morning in the form of a Water Pipit which was amongst a flock of Meadow Pipits , i only saw this through my bins as by the time i set up my scope all the pipits took to the air and landed at the back of the flooded area amongst the Highland Cattle .

Two Coots on the new acquisition .

Sorry for the lack of photos it really was not the weather for photos , well that's my excuse anyway ,  i spent about half an hour scanning for the pipits but they were staying well hidden right at the back , i bumped into Murray Wright and he informed me that he had seen several Little Gulls on the Swale so i said my goodbyes and braved the very cold wind and headed back to the sea wall and scanned the Swale and sure enough i was soon onto 3 adult winter Little Gulls  which were my second patch tick of the morning and very welcome indeed , many thanks Murray , i also added 2 Red Breasted Mergansers from here ,  i was frozen solid and decided to head back to the warmth of my car adding Common Buzzard flying over the Swale towards Sheppy plus there was a large gathering of waders near the slipway which included Redshank , Dunlin , Grey Plover and a single Curlew .