Tuesday 15 April 2014

Migrants and Godwits at Oare Marshes

Black Tailed Godwits in flight .

I paid a visit to Oare Marshes today in the hope of seeing one or two migrants , i started of looking over the East Flood and was straight onto a large number of Black Tailed Godwits in various plumage colours , from the stunning orange to the pale grey , i really love the noise they make as they chat away to each other , among the Godwits were smaller numbers of Dunlin , Avocet and Redshank plus a single Greenshank flew around the flood and seemed to head off over the swale to Sheppy.

Lovely range of colours on these Godwits.

I then drove down to the car park and instantly heard a Sedge Warbler which was in some sort of singing contest with a Cetti's Warbler ,i then headed along the sea wall towards the sea hide adding brief views of 3 Sedge Warblers plus several Bearded Tits were " pinging " their way through the reeds giving only glimpses and not posing for my camera .

One of approx 5 Sedge Warblers seen today.

The wind was quite chilly along the sea wall so i headed off down Faversham creek hearing plenty but not seeing a great deal , i had a small flock of about 5 Med Gulls fly over head heading towards Faversham plus 2 or 3 Reed Buntings put in an appearance , i then headed back behind the East flood hide and heard and saw very briefly a Lesser Whitethroat which was new for the year for me , when i reached the road i saw another first for the year for me in the form of a Swallow which landed on the telegraph wire and gave itself up to my camera.

My first Swallow of the year.

This bird was then joined by a second Swallow who then played chase with each other over the flood , i made my way back along the road to my car taking in this stunning Little Egret which was have a great time fishing.

Little Egret.

 A really enjoyable birding session with some Migrants and Godwits for company.