Trip reports

Oare Marshes, KWT Reserve. Saturday 19th April 2014

Oystercatcher wading in shallow water

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Oare Marshes, KWT Reserve. Saturday 19th April 2014


We had a good turnout for this visit to Oare and some new faces as well which is always very nice. The weather was very bright but a cold wind was blowing into our faces as we started our visit with a look at the Swale from the top of the sea wall by the car park. Before I had a chance to focus my binoculars someone had identified a whimbrel standing below us on the slipway, about thirty yards from where we were standing. This was an excellent start and all had an opportunity to get a good view of its stripey head through a scope.
Walking back up the road a Cetti's warbler called loudly from the willows to our left, and then a bit further on we entered the small viewing area on the right from where we spotted a very active wheatear on the West Flood and some distant buzzards. Of course the majority of birds on the reserve were occupying the area of the East Flood with its large pool, and we studied them from both the road and the hide. Black tailed godwits predominated, probably numbering well over two hundred, and most of them were showing their red breeding plumage. Other waders included avocet, lapwing, dunlin, redshank, oystercatcher, curlew and a single ruff. The ducks looked handsome in the sun, mainly wigeon and teal but with a sprinkling of others including shoveler and shelduck.
From the sea-wall along Faversham creek we enjoyed views of reed bunting, linnet and sedge warbler, and very brief but much appreciated views of bearded tits. The cold wind wasn't so bad when the sun was out but when the clouds covered the sun even the hardiest among us shivered. With only very distant seal's heads visible from the hide on the point I allowed the wind to blow me west along the sea wall to our starting point. We finished a little early but I think some good birds made the visit very worthwhile.
TB