Wednesday 10 August 2016

Water Levels just right at Oare Marshes

Adult Curlew Sandpiper.

The water levels have dropped at Oare Marshes exposing lots of mud around the East Flood which in turn has started to attract lots of waders and i have been going there a couple of times a week to check them out.

My last visit was on Monday 8th August and i really enjoyed checking through the masses of waders on the East flood , the highlights being 2 adult Curlew Sandpipers & 2 juv Little Stints which were in fine plumage.

Juvenile Little Stint.

There were good numbers of both Golden Plover & Dunlin many of which were adults although a good number of juvenile birds were present to.

Golden Plover


There was approx a 1000+ Black Tailed Godwits and 150+ Avocets on the flood plus a single Spotted Redshank .

Spotted Redshank.

There was really good numbers of Redshanks and at least 3 Ringed Plovers , Lapwings & Ruff were well represented to , 4 Whimbrel flew over the reserve with 3 dropping onto the East Flood.

1 of 4 Whimbrel.

Roosting on East Flood.

A single Greenshank & 3 Green Sandpipers made up the numbers for a great wader watching session  , a Sparrowhawk had a low fly through putting all the waders up at one point plus 7 Yellow Wagtails were feeding along the sea wall and the adult Bonapartes Gull was still around.


Yellow Wagtail.

Bonaparte's Gull.

I also saw my first Clouded Yellow of the year plus a Painted Lady along Faversham Creek.