Trip reports

Coach trip to Oare Marshes, 8th October 2016

Male bearded tit perching on Phragmites
RSPB images

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Along the river we heard a yellowhammer and several Cetti's warblers. Skylarks and meadow pipits were bouncing around and outgoing swallows flew low over us. A sparrowhawk flapped and soared, spooking a starling flock, and we enjoyed good views of several stonechats. Two-a -penny redshanks flew off piping as we neared them and we heard 'chew chew' then saw 2 greenshank, always a joy to see.

From the road bisecting the two sides of the reserve we saw loads of teal, over 100 black-tailed godwit as well as ringed plover and dunlin. There were good views of several golden plover and close snipe and ruff.

At Harty Ferry we saw grey plover, dunlin and bar-tailed godwit. Two bearded tits pinged then flew along the reeds in front of us!

From our lunchtime hide we enjoyed good views of a pair of whinchats perched on brambles. Just outside we watched two little stints doing their 'sewing machine' rapid feeding and found two spotted redshanks.

At the sluice a small group had watched two kingfishers for several minutes (over the day a number of people glimpsed one). Walking towards the sea there was a huge flock of Brent geese (800+) in the distance, also shelduck and avocet. We dived into the hide to avoid a brief downpour and added seals, turnstone and whimbrel to our list afterwards.

83 species seen... as you asked!