Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Osprey at Oare Marshes

Osprey on a post below Harty Church.

I called into Oare Marshes on 26th September to try and see the Osprey which has been around for the last few days , i parked up near the slip way and walked along the sea wall towards the sea watching hide and scanned across the Swale towards Harty church and located the Osprey perched on a post feeding on a recently caught fish , quite distant views but quality views  through the scope , i took a couple of digi phone scope pics which are pretty poor quality at that range .

Osprey eating a fish.

I could hear both Bearded Tit & Cetti's Warbler in the reeds & bushes behind me but they never showed themselves , i saw a few distant Grey Plovers and a single Whimbrel flew along the Swale.

I decided to have a look at the East flood although the tide was a long way out , however there was a scattering of waders here , there and everywhere but in much smaller numbers , Black Tailed Godwits , Lapwings & Redshank were well represented plus 10+ Ruff , 8+ Knot & single Ringed Plover & Common Snipe were seen , i also saw 2 juv Little Stints.

Juvenile Little Stint.

There was also good numbers of Golden Plover on the East Flood in various state of plumage .




Golden Plovers in various plumage's.

A scan over the West flood produced a single Hobby & 2 Swallows.




Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Rose-Coloured Starling at Dungeness

Juvenile Rose-Coloured Starling.

Yesterday lunch time on the 19th September i heard there was a juvenile Rose-Coloured Starling near the moat at Dungeness showing well , i have never seen one in Kent before so was quite keen to try and see this one .

Rose-Coloured Starling all fluffed up.

I soon arrived at Dungeness and more or less was straight onto the Rose-Coloured Starling which was keeping compnay with approx 40 Starlings , it was mainly perched high up on one of the pylons but often dropped down behind the bushes onto the ground , great scope views of this cracking bird were obtained , this is my 6th new bird for Kent this year.

The Rose Coloured Starling at one point flew down near the road into the Obs and fed on the blackberries.

Feeding on backberries.

I really enjoyed watching this bird before i decided to pop into the Rspb reserve on the way back , from the Dennis hide i saw 1 Great White Egret plus i noticed a few waders nearer to the Firth hide which needed investigating so i headed of there.

Great White Egret.

I soon located the waders once i had settled into the Firth hide and they were 1 juv Little Stint , 3 Ringed Plver , 2 Common Snipe & 2 Dunlin. There was also another  Great White Egret which soon flew off towards the other end of Burrows Pit.

2nd Great White Egret.

I had a look from the Makepeace hide and added a single Pintail plus lots of Cormorants.

Cormorants.

There were plenty of Chiffchaff in and around the bushes plus good numbers of Swallows passing overhead , another really enjoyable birding session.









Thursday, 8 September 2016

Midnight Dash to Scilly

Manx Shearwater from the Scillion taken in 2015.

I left home at midnight and my destination was the Isle of Scilly in the hope of seeing the Cliff Swallow that had been seen on St.Mary's the previous day , i arrived in Cornwall in good time despite two road diversions on route , the Bodmin diversion is horrendous and anyone going to Cornwall should be aware of this and allow extra time for your journey.

I called into Marazion first of all to look for the Buff Breasted Sandpiper which gave great scope views as it fed amongst a throng of waders on the beach picking through seaweed.

Other waders present were Dunlin , Ringed Plover, Turnstone , Redshank, Sanderling & 1 Little Stint.

Fulmar from the Scillion taken in 2015.

The crossing on the Scillion was very rewarding with great views of 2 Cory's Shearwaters ,  2 Balearic & 2 Sooty Shearwaters . There was also several Manx Shearwaters , Gannets & Fulmars .

The news was positive on the Cliff Swallow at Porth Hellick but by the time i got there it had gone missing , it did the same thing yesterday (6th) so a rather anxious wait ensued , however it wasn't  long until someone picked it out over the pines on the left of Porth Hellick house , i only got very brief views and was far from satisfied with these.





Sunday, 4 September 2016

Pleasant Couple of Hours at Dungeness

Red Necked Phalarope.

I spent an enjoyable couple of hours at Dungeness yesterday , my primary aim was to see the Red Necked Phalarope which was being seen at the southern end of the Arc pits , viewing is not easy at this end of the Arc pits because you are more or less standing on a very busy road , i have often wondered why there are no pull ins along this section or even a hide ??

Anyhow i managed to park my car off road near a gate and walked back to view the Arc pits , the Red Necked Phalarope was quite distant but great scope views were obtained although the digi scoped photos are very much record shot only , it often spent alot of time out of view staying behind the hedge row but every so often it appeared in full view  , i also saw a single Little Stint which flew across the pits towards the back.

Whinchat .

After briefly calling into the Rspb reserve to use the facilities and having no luck in locating the Cattle Egret i headed to Galloways to look for migrants and was rewarded with 4 Whinchats and a single Wheatear which was unfortunate to have a 'tick' on top of its bill.

Whinchat.

Wheatear.

Standing tall.

Wheatear with ' Tick '











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.

Wheatear.

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.