Sunday, 4 August 2013

Good Wading Session at Oare




Golden Plovers.

I had a very enjoyable birding session at Oare Marshes yesterday , the main focus of attention was waders and there was a good selection to look at , there were approx 12 Golden Plovers in various plumage detail , these are really smart looking birds , Black Tailed Godwit were everywhere and although i never did a proper count there must of been nearly 2000 birds here .

Some close Black Tailed Godwits.

There were large numbers of Redshank and Avocets all around the East Flood , a single Greenshank was on the far side of the flood , in with the large number of Black Tailed Godwits were 4 Knot although there probably were more . close by the road was a very impressive 4 Curlew Sandpipers .

2 Curlew Sandpipers.

3 was the most i could get in a photo .

The water level on the East flood is just right at the moment and hopefully in the next few weeks we will get a bumper load of waders on show , there were several Dunlin , 3 Little Ringed Plovers and 2 Ringed Plover  close by the road , and there was a small scattering of Ruff.

Ruff in flight.

Although i spent most of my time looking at the waders there were other birds around such as a large number of Little Egrets , i did a couple of counts and totalled 18 birds at anyone time , a family party of Mute Swans was nice to see .

Mute Swans .

Smaller birds noted were several Pied Wagtails , a single Meadow Pipit and a small flock of approx 5 Sand Martins flew over the flood . 
Of note the 1s summer Bonapartes Gull was present on the East Flood all morning keeping over the back of the flood near the sea wall .