Sunday, 16 August 2015

White rumped Sandpiper Oare Marsh finally!

Another visit to Oare Marsh today and I was greeted with news that the White-rumped Sandpiper had been seen. A walk out along the sea wall to view the north corner and I finally got a confident tag on this elusive little bird just as it got up and flew away. So at least I've finally seen it both walking and flying so It's making the list even if that's all I get on it. The Dunlins it was feeding with soon returned but alas not the WRS so a walk back around the reserve to the main track is in order where I picked up a party of Bearded Tits on route along with a fly over Peregrine and a group of c15 Ringed Plover on the mud.

White rumped Sandpiper
The white rump!
As I got to the bridge I set up to scope the various birds feeding starting with a small group of Dunlin feeding close in and noticed a Little Stint with them and then Bingo!..The White rumped Sandpiper was feeding close in with them and it remained there for a couple of hours enabling most of the gathered birders to make there way around the reserve and get on the bird. A little cracker it was too.

I enjoyed watching it learning more about it and taking in the rest of the riches this reserve has to offer.

Some highlights from todays visit.

White rumped Sandpiper
Bonapartes Gull
Little Stint
Curlew Sandpiper
Spotted Redshank
Little-ringed Plover
Ringed Plover
Bearded Tit
Sandwich Tern
Common Tern
Black Tailed Godwits, Lapwings,Avocet, Golden Plover, Dunlin, Redshank,
Greenshank all in big numbers again.

Bonapartes Gull at Oare Marsh
Black-tailed Godwit
This is the life!.......they are always asleep.
Just a few waders
Year list now 249

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