Friday, 14 June 2013

Oare Marshes 5 May

On a lovely sunny day we headed to Oare to pad out the annual list. It started brilliantly with two Arctic terns sitting on the slipway posts soon joined by their common cousin allowing great comparison. Their larger relation from Sandwich passed up the Swale in reasonable numbers but there was no sign of any ‘Littles’.
Four Med Gulls calling overhead were very distinctive and their all white plumage against the blue sky was magnificent. Sedge & Reed Warblers busied themselves whilst the more relaxed Reed Buntings took advantage of a good song post to declare their territory.

Away from the Flood it was nice to see Greenfinch and Song Thrush very common birds of yesteryear that are easily overlooked and a Wheatear worked the ditch side near the sluice. At the Seawall hide the Bearded Tits in the reeds were boisterous for all to enjoy.

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