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.
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.
30th September 2017 Bishopstone
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 :