Monday, 26 August 2013

Spotted Crake at Grove Ferry

With another family day at the coast on the cards I thought it would be wrong to miss the opportunity to see the Spotted Crake reported from Grove Ferry. Shortly after arrival at the viewing mound I had the bird in the scope as it walked along the edge of the reeds on the far side. Views weren't great looking into the sun but more than good enough for the tick. My son came with me and seemed to enjoy the mission too. We stopped in at the hides and had brief views of a Kingfisher and Green Sandpiper but didn't manage to see the Wryneck which seemed a little shy today with the bank holiday crowds present and it had already attracted the attention of the local Sparrowhawk.
Common Blue

We had a little lunch at the picnic site nearby before heading to the coast to enjoy a cornet on the sea wall.
Later we took a detour for some Amber Nectar and had Marsh Harriers for company from the pub garden. So a lovely day out in Kent and I still managed a tick to take the year list to 271.

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