Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Red Necked Phalarope & Glossy Ibis at Oare Marshes

                                               28th July 2018  :  Oare Marshes

Red necked Phalarope with Black tailed Godwit.

Oare Marshes has been in fine form all through July with some very special birds being seen , and that run continued with a Glossy Ibis being seen a couple of nights ago , i got a txt from MW early Saturday morning that the Glossy Ibis was on the East flood so i headed straight there to have only missed it by a few minutes , not a great start to the day.

I did a circuit of the East flood with MW and we saw the adult Bonaparte's Gull which has begun moulting it's head feathers but still looked good to me.

Various waders were seen including 5 Curlew Sandpipers , 3 Little ringed Plovers & 2 Common Sandpipers , Turtle Dove was heard near the paddocks and the Little Owl was in it's favoured tree.

I headed off home at about 6.45am and walked in the door made a coffee and settled down to do my bird notes when i get a phone call from RR informing me that there is now a Red necked Phalarope on the East flood , so once again i headed back to Oare & meet up with RR ,MW & JR only to be told it had flown off with some Common Snipe and although the Snipe had returned the Red necked Phalarope had not , i said 1 or 2 expletives as you can imagine.

Adult Red necked Phalarope.

Thankfully MW saved the day and refound the Red necked Phalarope at the back of the East flood , although distant it was great to see this superb wader , i decided i would return in the evening in the hope the Glossy Ibis would come into roost.

Red necked Phalarope.

RNP , Dunlin, Ruff & Black t Godwit.

Really pleased i came back to Oare marshes in the evening , the Red necked Phalarope was showing much closer to the road and there was 5 each of Curlew Sandpiper & Little Stint.

3 Little Stints & 2 Curlew Sandpipers.

Adult Curlew Sandpiper.

3 Little Stints & 1 Curlew Sandpiper.

Watching these waders at close quarters was a real treat , then another birder further down from where i was standing called out the Glossy Ibis is at the back of the flood.

I soon got onto this superb bird and although distant it looked good through the scope.

Glossy Ibis.

Glossy Ibis & Ruff

Glossy Ibis.

Oare marshes has had probably one of it's best July's on record, certainly in my experience of visiting this reserve (sure others will tell me different), hopefully August will be as good !!

Many thanks to MW & RR for the phone calls & txt and well done to Steve Clinch who found the Red necked Phalarope this morning. 

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