Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Wilson's Phalarope 1st for Oare Plus Lapland at Bishopstone

3rd October   2017  Oare Marshes

1st winter Wilsons Phalarope.

News reached me yesterday the 3rd October that a possible Wilson's Phalarope had been seen on the East flood at Oare Marshes , so without haste i grabbed by birding gear and headed straight there and sure enough in the middle of the flood near the reedy island was a cracking 1st winter Wilson's Phalarope !!!!

Such smart looking waders.

I was reliably informed this was a 1st record for Oare Marshes , i have been lucky enough to have seen 3 previous Wilson's Phalaropes  (2 in Kent) but this was by far the best views i have had of one in Kent.

I had really great views through the scope to be able to age this bird but it never really came close enough to get decent photos, all my photos are Digi scoped.

Wilson's Phalarope.

There was a great selection of waders on the East flood including 1 ad & 2 juv Little Stints and 3 juv Curlew Sandpipers, the Long Billed Dowitcher was also showing well close to the road.

Long Billed Dowitcher.

There was also a Black Necked Grebe in Faversham Creek plus i saw 2 Clouded Yellows on route to look at the Grebe.

Black Necked Grebe.

Clouded Yellow.

30th September 2017  Bishopstone

Lapland Bunting.

On the 30th September i called into Bishopstone near Reculver to see the Lapland Bunting which was very confiding to say the least.

Here are a selection of photos i took :

Lapland Bunting.


  1. Nice account Rob, good to catch up at Oare. It was feeding beside the road today (Wednesday)

    1. Many thanks Steve , good to catch up with you to, nice one hopefully it will stick around for a few days .