Mega flock of Little Terns.
I paid an evening visit to Oare Marshes yesterday the 6th August in the hope of seeing the large number of Little Terns that had been reported and wow what a sight it was to , the most i can ever recall seeing in a single flock , the agreed amount was 220+ birds roosting on the East Flood , every so often they were spooked by a juvenile gull and took to the air giving a tremendous spectacle.
It was very difficult to get a definite total of the amount of Little Terns present but as i said earlier the general consensuses was at least 220 birds , fantastic to see so many and they are most probably from the East Anglia population .
Coming into land.
Roosting on the East Flood.
There were 1000's of waders present including 20+ adult Curlew Sandpipers , 2 Wood Sandpipers , 2 Little Stints , 14+ Greenshanks & 10+ Knot.
4 moulting Ad Curlew Sandpipers.
Adult Curlew Sandpiper .
Two Little Stints.
Wing stretching .
Whilst having another look through the Little Terns Geoff Burton picked out a couple of Black Terns which seemed to appear out of nowhere and were a very welcome year tick.
Black Tern calling.
There were in fact 3 Black Terns in total , with the other two in quite a bit of plumage moult.
Two Black Terns in moult.
Two Black Terns.
Other waders noted were 2000+ Black Tailed Godwits , 200+ Avocets plus large numbers of Redshank & Dunlin , 3 Common Snipe flew out of the flood towards the West Flood plus approx 3 Ruff & Golden Plover plus a single Common Sandpiper were on the far side of the East flood.
3 Golden Plovers alongside a Common Gull.
Another digi scoped Wood Sandpiper.
A really enjoyable birding session .
Thats a stunning sight Rob I would imagine and a super session you had by the looks of it. Not many places in Kent can contend with Oare Marshes I think.ReplyDelete
Cheers Marc , the water levels are near perfect at Oare at the moment , really great looking through so many birds , well worth a look when you get a chance.ReplyDelete
It's more than stunning, especially when you consider that directly opposite Oare, on The Swale NNR, we are currently counting birds in ones and twos if we're lucky!ReplyDelete
Hi Derek , yes that does seem a bit surprising considering it's only just the other side of the SwaleDelete