Saturday, 26 July 2014

Curlew & Green Sandpipers added to the Year list.....

Cracking Golden Plover.

Once again i found my self at Oare Marshes today and managed to park in the pull in , as i was setting up my scope to check through the waders i bumped into Chidders , a quick scan through the waders produced 20+ Golden Plover in various stages of moult , these are really cracking birds.

Plenty of Golden Plovers among the Godwit's.

I did a scan further back of the East flood and soon found the Adult Bonaparte's Gull which more or less was roughly in the same area as the previous 2 times i have seen it , after a quick chat Chidders had to head off home and i carried on my circuit of the East flood past the hide to the far corner near the sluice and was straight on to the adult Curlew Sandpiper which was a very welcome year tick.

Digi scoped Curlew Sandpiper.

Curlew Sandpiper among the Godwit's.

These are really delightful waders and hopefully the start of a few more birds to come.

Adult Curlew Sandpiper.

There was quite a mixed flock of waders in this corner , Black Tailed Godwit being the most numerous plus lesser numbers of Redshank , Ruff and 2 really smart Spotted Redshanks ,from here i carried on around the flood towards the sea wall and back to the watch house where i had a quick look over the West Flood , i didn't really add much from here except a fly over Common Buzzard.

Common Buzzard.

There was a single Wigeon out on the flood , presumably the injured bird that has been there for awhile , i also saw a very brief Linnet land and fly off straight away.

Linnet landing.

I then headed back to have one more look over the East flood and scan through the masses of waders , as usual very large numbers of Black Tailed Godwits , Avocets , Redshanks plus smaller numbers of Ruff , Lapwing and Dunlin , however among the Godwit's were 2 really smart Knot.

Knot hiding among the Godwit's.

I also saw a very brief flight view of a Green Sandpiper which was my second year tick of the session , my final highlight was a single Clouded Yellow which briefly flew alongside the access road .