Friday 22 July 2022

Returning Bonaparte's Gull & 200 up for Oare Marshes

                                                7th July 2022  :  Oare Marshes


Bonaparte's Gull on East Flood.

On the 7th July i was checking the East Flood and saw the Adult Bonaparte's Gull roosting among Black tailed Godwit's , this is it's 10th Year running it has returned to Oare Marshes , first being seen in 2013.

The Bonaparte's Gull is always in pristine condition when it returns for the summer and this year is no different.

Bonaparte's Gull.

200  Up For Oare Marshes

Night Heron with Little Egret.

First seen on the 6th July late in the evening by Johnathan Boyce Leigh it was then all systems go on the evening of the 7th July and we were all waiting and hoping the Night Heron would do a repeat performance and thankfully it did .

It flew in at about 21.40 landed briefly in the North east corner then walked into the reeds out of sight.

Flying into the North east corner of East Flood.

I went again on the 9th & 11th July as well, on the 9th the Night Heron landed near a Little Egret and had a walk around for approx 5 mins, whereas on the 11th it flew straight in and dropped out of sight behind the reeds straight away, both nights it came in at roughly 21.40-45.

Black-Crowned Night Heron.

The Night Heron is my personal 200th bird species for Oare Marshes.

Of Note : The Night Heron was the 1st record for Oare Marshes so congrats to JBL on his superb find.