Saturday 1 December 2012

New Site Tick at Oare Marsh

New patch tick Kingfisher.

I spent a very enjoyable couple hours at Oare Marshes this morning , i parked up by the slip way and walked along the sea wall towards Faversham Creek , the tide was out and there was a scattering of waders on the exposed mud flats , Redshank , Grey Plover and Dunlin were in good numbers , i reached the sea watching hide and scanned the Swale adding plenty of distant Dark Bellied Brent Geese and a single Great Crested Grebe , there were at least 60 + Avocets roosting on the edge of the tide plus a scattering of Curlew were near by .

Common Seals on Sand Bank.

Out on the exposed sand bank in the middle of the Swale were several Common Seals basking , i carried on my walk along Faversham creek towards the sluice , there were plenty of Wrens and Reed Buntings along here plus 2 Stonechats .

Male and Female Reed Buntings.

I could hear a couple of Cetti's Warblers sounding off in the distance , i was hoping to see Bearded Tits and try and get some photos but alas my luck was not in with these today , on reaching the sluice i came across a new bird for me at this reserve in the form of a quite stunning Kingfisher .

Sorry about this off focus image but just loved the blue flash on its back .

 I have tried catching up with this species here for quite a while so was very pleased to finally see one here , it spent most of its time perched on a post on the creek side of the sluice , every now and again it swooped down fishing and was successful on a couple of occasions , from here i walked past the East Flood hide disturbing several Redwing and Blackbirds from the bushes , out on the East flood there were plenty Lapwing and Common Snipe plus at least 4 Pintail were in and amongst the more regular wildfowl , and i finally returned back to my car very happy .