Black Tailed Godwit.
I spent an enjoyable couple of hours at Oare Marshes this morning in glorious sunshine , it also gave me the chance to practice digi scoping and all of the images on this blog post were digi scoped , There was a good number of Black Tailed Godwits on the East Flood along with a lesser number of Avocets including some chicks , not sure if they were bred here or flew from Sheppy ?
Black Tailed Godwits.
All the waders took to the air and the culprit that spooked them was a female Marsh Harrier, it doesn't matter how many times i see this huge number of Godwits in flight as i always enjoy it .
Small section of the Godwit flock.
I walked all the way around the East flood and added Little Egret , Lapwing , Redshank , Skylark and Meadow Pipit plus 2 Cuckoo's were playing chase around the back of the hide.
1 of 2 Cuckoo's.
There were plenty of Shoveler, Tufted Duck , Shelduck, Gadwall and Mallard but i could not locate the Garganey that had been seen the last few days .
There were quite a few Grey Herons around and lots of Coots and Moorhens , i heard but never saw Med Gull , Bearded Tit and Cetti's Warbler and finally i ended up back at my car and had one last scan over the flood and finally located 2 Garganey , male & female , there has been up to 3 birds but i was happy with the 2 i got .
On my way out of Oare i noticed a large number of Common Swift's flying over the fields probably totalling 50+ birds.