Friday, 2 September 2016

Oare Marsh ..... New Patch Tick

Juvenile Little Stint.

I paid another couple of  visits this week to Oare Marshes firstly on the 29th August , a really enjoyable session with 17 different species of wader seen , the obvious highlights being the great numbers of both Little Stint & Curlew Sandpipers.

6 juv Little Stints.

It's really hard to get an accurate count of these tiny gems as they are always on the move but i counted at least 1 ad & 13 juvenile Little Stints at one time , there were probably alot more , i also counted 5 adult & 20+ juv Curlew Sandpipers .

2 juv Curlew Sandpipers .

There were so many waders to sort through and know doubt other birders will have different numbers to what i saw ,  a single Greenshank was constantly calling and 3 Spotted Redshank flew out to the Swale.

3 Spotted Redshanks.

But the highlight of the day was an Osprey which was picked out flying over the Swale by Alan Pavey (good to meet you), this was a new species for my Oare marsh bird list.

Osprey photo taken on North Uist.

On the 31st August i arrived about an hour before high tide , the usual large numbers of Black Tailed Godwit , Avocet , Redshank & Golden Plover were obvious and there seemed to be Little Stints everywhere with a conservative count of 21 (19 juvs & 2 ads) .

There were two Wheatears on the West flood which were good to see.


There was also 2 or 3 Reed Warblers showing near the pull in .

Reed Warbler.

After checking through all the waders i walked past the East Flood hide and saw a Whinchat on the fence line , there was also 2 Clouded Yellow's  along the track .

1 of 2 Clouded Yellows.

Other birds of note were 8 Curlew Sandpipers (all juvs) & 1 Greenshank.