Saturday, 12 July 2014

Plenty of Waders at Oare

Mixed flock of Waders.

I had a very enjoyable wader session at Oare Marshes today , i parked up in the lay by and joined Murray and Richard scanning the East flood , Murray informed me that there were several Wood Sandpipers around and it was not long before we saw 3 birds flying around the flood , i managed a total of 6 Wood Sandpipers in my session although i believe there were 9 birds in total.

2 of the 6 Wood Sandpipers.

There was the usual large number of Black Tailed Godwits and Avocets plus a scattering of Oystercatchers , Dunlin and Redshanks among the throngs of wading birds , a single Greenshank flew nosily around the flood dropping down briefly on an island before flying off again , a single Little Ringed Plover showed every so often quite close in .

Wood Sandpiper and Redshank.

Digi scoped Wood Sandpiper.

There were several Ruff  in various plumage stages including a really stunning male bird with a golden Ruff.

Cracking Ruff.

Lots of bling on this bird.

I believe this colour ringed Ruff was ringed in Holland ? it really is in stunning plumage and well worth a look , there seemed to be waders everywhere you looked at Oare , other birds of note were Marsh Harrier , Little Egret , Grey Heron and Common Tern.

2 more Wood Sandpipers roosting.

I finally managed to catch up with and see a summer plumage Spotted Redshank which was distantly roosting in with the enormous number of Black Tailed Godwits on the far side of the flood , a cracking session with stunning birds and 2 year ticks to boot .

Quiz update : i will reveal the correct answer tomorrow and the last quiz will also be added tomorrow.