Trip reports

Field trip to Oare Marshes

Field trip to Oare Marshes
Mary Hansford

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

A misty start which turned sunnier as the day wore on. A light wind so it was easier to see the smaller birds. Fifteen people attended including one new person. The close views of water rails, spoonbill, bearded reedlings and little stint made for a great day out. A total of 52 bird species were seen or heard.

The leader was Carol Goulden.

Little grebe
Common spoonbill ***
Little egret
Grey heron
Mute swan
Cormorant
Coot
Moorhen
Water rail (two seen well) ***
Brent goose
Mallard
Shoveler
Teal
Gadwall
Wigeon
Shelduck
Marsh harrier (2)
Common buzzard (3)
Kestrel
Green woodpecker
Great black-backed gull
Black-headed gull
Common gull
Herring gull
Little stint **
Lapwing
Grey plover
Golden plover
Ringed plover
Curlew
Black-tailed godwit
Bar-tailed godwit in flight
Ruff
Avocet
Turnstone in flight
Redshank
Dunlin
Carrion crow
Magpie
Starling
Woodpigeon
Blackbird
Robin
Stonechat
House sparrow
Meadow pipit
Pied wagtail
Cetti's warbler (h)
Blue tit
Wren (h)
Reed bunting
Bearded reedling **

A clouded yellow butterfly, ruddy darter dragonfly and a southern hawker dragonfly were seen.

Plants: bristly ox tongue and red clover.