Trip reports

Oare Marshes KWT Reserve (Leaders Sue Carter & Steve Goodrich)

Oare Marshes KWT Reserve (Leaders Sue Carter & Steve Goodrich)
Clouded Yellow [Steve Goodrich]

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Sunday 6th August dawned bright and proved to be extremely popular with spritsail barges getting ready to sail on the rising tide and at least two other groups of birders doing the circuit.

Eight of us assembled at the 8.30 am start time and remarked upon how the seasons seem to be advancing, with birds nesting and migrating earlier than ever and there a very autumnal feel with masses of berries and fruits already on the trees.

From the car park we saw meadow pipit, great tit, chiffchaff, two kestrels interacting and some common lizards basking on twigs. A common buzzard was circling in the distance.

At the jetty we had pied wagtail, whimbrel, little egret, various gulls and a harbour seal. We then walked west for one hundred yards to the small dyke where we added grey heron, common tern, little grebe, reed warbler and at least eight juvenile bearded tits flying around the reeds calling their familiar "ping" notes.

Turning back past the car park, to head towards the sea hide, we were amazed by the unprecedented sighting of "Buff Man" striding around among the bushes completely starkers!

Constant streams of waders flew from the mud banks to take their places on the high tide roost on the east flood. A few swifts and swallows were overhead wending their way southerly, their breeding season over for another year.

The peregrine was perched on his usual pylon and we stood for ages scanning the massed ranks on the flood with the sun behind us. Black-tailed godwits were innumerable and in their midst we managed to find dunlin, redshank and spotted redshank. The large avocet flock seemed to keep themselves separate from the rest. On the mud in Faversham Creek we found five knot, still in summer plumage, three oystercatchers and some shelducks.

On the section back past the second hide we saw lots of passerines including goldfinches, linnets, whitethroats, house sparrows and reed buntings, plus a green woodpecker which almost collided with Warren! A turtle dove "purring" on top of a telegraph pole was a new bird for this year for some.

Back by the viewing pull-in we scanned through the huge numbers of birds assembled and added turnstones, golden plovers, ringed plovers, immature little-ringed plovers, common sandpipers, ruffs, Mediterranean gulls, common gulls and the icing on the cake, a little stint (August Bird of the Month) and Bony the Bonaparte's gull!

Butterflies seen were clouded yellow, painted lady, holly blue, gatekeeper and small tortoiseshell.

Not a bad morning with sixty-two avian species seen and plenty of laughs.

Sue Carter & Steve Goodrich