Monday, 6 May 2013

Oare Marshes

Beautiful weather greeted us at Oare Marshes this morning; a reserve that we've not visited for a short while. We walked the circuit along the road and back along the creek seawall over a four hour period.

Nothing unexpected was seen or heard but a good selection of migrants and observations made for an interesting trip out: Cetti's, Reed and Sedge Warblers, Common and Lesser Whitethroats, Blackcap and Chiffchaffs, Swallows, Cuckoo (1), Nightingale (1), Hobby (1), Peregrine (1), Buzzard (2), Marsh Harrier (1), Yellow Wagtail (4), Whimbrel, Sandwich and Common Terns, Greenshank (1), Wheatear (1), Little Egrets (3), Black-tailed Godwits (c140), included one colour-ringed individual which we'll try and find some history on and a couple of Mediterranean Gulls, one of which appeared to be missing a leg! (Refer to photo below). Sadly, we also heard a 'plop' as a Herring Gull dropped into the creek and appeared to drown after having probably just flown into the overhead power lines immediately above.

Mediterranean Gull

Sedge Warbler

Reed Bunting

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