Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Oare Marshes in the Sunshine

Cetti's Warbler in the paddocks.

I met up with Richard at Oare yesterday morning the 12th April in the hope of seeing some migrants and the Glossy Ibis which was seen the day before on the West flood.

When i arrived Richard was already scanning the East flood where the usual array of waders were present along with a few Cormorants .

Richard headed of to check the West flood from the hide whilst i did my own scan of the East flood and then made my way towards the paddocks , i heard a Nightingale but couldn't locate it then my attention was drawn to 2 Cetti's Warblers which were very active and one bird in particular was singing out in the open.

Cetti's Warbler.

I saw Richard heading back from the hide and he joined me watching the Cetti's , then a male Blackcap made a brief appearance , Richard suggested we should check the West flood from the sea wall which proved to be a good idea (unbelievable i know.....Lol).

On route to the sea wall we heard then saw a Sedge Warbler which was my first of the year, several more were heard and seen during the morning.

Sedge Warbler.

We eventually made it to the sea wall and as we were walking along the Glossy Ibis quickly dropped into the flood after being spooked by a Marsh Harrier , it took only a short while for us to locate it walking around the back of the flood however the views were distant and brief so sadly i never managed any photos.

Glossy Ibis at Stodmarsh in 2013.

We spent a good deal of time here but the Glossy Ibis had walked out of sight behind the tall reeds (although it was seen several times later on) , we headed back to the cars to go visit another site but not before i was treated to some great views of Bearded Tits near the car park.

Bearded Tit.