Thursday, 17 May 2012

Oare Marshes 13/5/12

A visit to Oare Marshes on Sunday due to the cancellation of football (meaning we win the league).

Along the road leading into the marshes we saw a Yellow Wagtail (new one for the year) in the tree alongside a Chaffinch. Once parked up we looked out on the slipway, only Black Headed Gulls and a single Whimbrel. We then walked up to the paddocks and on the way we saw the regulars. Coot, Sedge Warbler, Reed Bunting, Shelduck, Greylags, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Mute Swan and a Crow. At the paddocks we saw Wood Pigeon, Greenfinch, Whitethroat, Stock Dove, House Sparrow, Dunnock, Robin, Linnet, Little Owl, Long Tailed Tit, Magpie, Blackcap and Swallow. A Nightingale was also heard but not seen. We then went to the patch where the Grasshopper Warbler has been seen, after a short wait we heard a short reel and it came out the bushes for a brief moment but not long enough for a picture, it then flew further into the bushes behind and didn't come back while we was there. We then made our way to the East Flood Hide meeting Mike Gould on the way. A group of birders pointed out a Barn Owl on Sheppey, completing the circuit we saw Redshank, Gadwall, Tufted Duck, Oystercatcher, Meadow Pipit, Mallard, Great Crested Grebe, Avocet, Moorhen, Reed Warbler, Herring Gull, Swift, Common Tern, Pochard, Little Grebe, Cormorant, Pheasant and a Buzzard circling over Sheppey.

We then headed to the sewage works at Abbeyfields to see if we could see any other birds. Whilst there we saw a Pied Wagtail, Yellowhammer, Sedge Warbler, Kestrel, loads of Whitethroat, we then heard 3 Grasshopper Warblers and saw 1 and a new one for the year, a Cuckoo.

Grasshopper Warbler
Grasshopper Warbler
Pictures I managed to get of the Grasshopper Warbler at Abbeyfields.

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