Sunday, 2 June 2013

Oare Marshes

Had a few hours down in Kent at Oare marshes early doors this morning.  First bird noted was a purring Turtle Dove on the telephone wire's along opposite the cottages.  These birds are now very rare and almost extinct on our east London patches, so always a pleasure to see.

On the east flood some 200 Black-Tailed Godwit are still lingering, and a pair of Avocet and a single Greenshank the only other noteworthy waders.

A cracking drake Garganey feeding amongst a couple of Teal and plenty of Yellow Wagtails around.

Above a displaying male Marsh Harrier was a cool sight - though much to the annoyance of every other species!!

At high tide the 1st summer Bonaparte's Gull appeared right on cue and showed well to the large crowd of the four of us!! I guess this species is not so sought after as it once was.........

I phone scoped

with a black-head for comparison 

This rather showy Sedge Warbler performed well along the road.

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