9 July 2016
Oare Marshes, Kent
After a morning working on Mac's new website I drove over to Oare Marshes for the afternoon. I arrived about an hour before high tide and watched the Black-tailed Godwit numbers steadily building as birds arrived from the tidal Swale.
|Roosting Black-tailed Godwit|
|The Bonaparte's Gull sits surrounded by Black-tailed Godwits and Black-headed Gulls. Note the much |
blacker head of the slighter Bonaparte's
|iPhone-scoped through the Swarovski scope|
I spent the rest of the afternoon and early evening around the flood. A moulting Spotted Redshank appeared on the island among the Common Redshanks before moving to the SE corner to feed. A single Turnstone and 5 Whimbrel (4 flew over and 1 in roost), 1 Dunlin 1 Ruff and 2 Green Sandpiper were the wader highlights. The supporting cast was made up of 80 Redshank, about 700 Black-tailed Godwit and 100 Avocet. Other birds seen on the flood included 2 Common Tern, 100 Black-headed Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull. ThreeYellow Wagtail were nice to see including a bird carrying food to an unseen nest. A Whitethroat, 1 Reed Warbler, 50 Sand Martin, Swallow, 15 Swift and 3 Marsh Harrier were also seen.
The highlight was, as always, the brilliant Black-tailed Godwits. Seen in numbers in their beautiful rusty summer plumage they make a stunning sight.