14 September 2014
Oare MarshesI ran the moth trap overnight for the first time in many weeks, hoping for a few interesting species. The catch was fairly average in the end with a few nice autumn moths though typically no migrants.
With an afternoon high tide I decided to return to Oare Marshes where a slightly increased flock of 15 Curlew Sandpiper arrived not the flood. A single Bar-tailed Godwit and Greenshank joined the main roost of Black-tailed Godwit and Redshank and 3 Little Stint (2 juv, 1 adult) arrived as the tide rose. I had hoped to try to read the ring code on the Curlew Sandpiper seen yesterday, but not read due to the blustery wind.
From the Hide I noticed one of the Curlew Sandpipers on the spit was the red-ringed bird from yesterday. It was asleep in the water and way too far off to read, even if the ring had been fully visible. Later from the road I relocated it. For 30 minutes it slept with its ring obscured below the water. Occasionally it scratched, walked around, jumped on to the bank out of view or ran around too fast to read the ring, but eventually it paused in view and I managed to read the code, which has now been submitted to the BTO. Hopefully as a juvenile this will prove a very interesting record for the ringer and for me.
A small area of the Swale can be seen from the hide and as I scanned across it I noticed an Arctic Skua rise from the water. It was soon joined by two more then the three put up another two. I followed the three which moved higher and into the Swale where they joined another two which circled up high and then headed west. A Kingfisher flew past calling as I walked around to the sea wall hide. Over 45 minutes I scanned hoping for another skua. A couple of Sanderling, a Common Tern and a Sandwich Tern were the best I could manage, and a Turnstone was on the causeway.
|Four of the five Arctic Skua that flew up the Swale|
|Some of the waders in the roost including the red ringed juvenile Curlew Sandpiper, just behind the Goldies|