Trip reports

Reserve Visit: Oare Marshes KWT

Collared dove sitting in grass

Saturday, 8 September 2018

The original weather forecast for Oare Marshes was rain in the afternoon, so our group of 15 were fully prepared for such weather. However, not a drop of rain fell during our visit and what a visit it turned out to be.

The highlights were the Little Owl (really good views of it perched in a tree) and according to Sedley and Alan, they had fantastic views of the Osprey for about fifteen minutes watching it fish.

Oare is a birder's mini paradise with so much to see and marvel at. It's easy walking round the reserve and also has the benefits of two Hides. In terms of human needs it has not a jot when it comes to the most basic creature comforts, but that's a small price to pay for the bird life on show.

Of course spotting all the bird species listed can only happen if one has an excellent bird guide with additional bird identifiers who are willing to share their knowledge with the rest of the group. Therefore grateful thanks go to Neil, our Bird Guide and Main Bird List Contributor, and to Alan, Phil, Sedley and Steven, our Bird Sighting Contributors.

The other birds seen were common tern, green and great spotted woodpecker. swallow, sand and house martin, pied and yellow wagtail, whinchat, blackbird, great tit, starling, magpie, crow, rook, house sparrow, goldfinch, linnet, cormorant, heron, little egret, mute swan. greylag geese, mallard, gadwall, teal, shoveler, marsh harrier, common buzzard, kestrel, coot, moorhen, oystercatcher, avocet, ringed plover, dunlin, little stint, turnstone, black tail godwit, redshank, greenshank, spotted redshank, ruff, knot, golden plover, lapwing, curlew, snipe, whimbrel, black headed gull, collared dove (pictured), wood pigeon, turtle dove, stock dove, common, herring, lesser black backed and great black backed gulls, bearded tit and blue tit. Common seals were also playing hide and seek with us.

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