Sunday, 9 July 2017

The return of Napolean

After a successful night watching Nightjars in the Brecks we headed off this morning in search of the returning American visitor that is the adult Bonaparte's Gull at Oare Marsh.

We arrived early and got distracted by the presence of Turtle Doves for a while before heading off to the the sea wall to search for gull among all the Black-headed Gulls feeding on the mud. We got put on the bird by another birder which helped but once on it it was easy to pick out being the only true Black Headed Gull and slightly smaller than its Brown headed companions.

The bird eventually flew to the east flood and joined the mass of waders which inlcuded Avocet, Blackwit, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, Redshank, Lapwing, Ruff and the usual other suspects for the marsh. Bearded Tit, Water Rail, Marsh Harrier, Little Tern, Common Tern, Sedge and Reed Warbler added to the day list.

Blackbird basking in the sunshine
Young Fox
Great Crested Grebe
Pigeon in the garden 
Sedge Warbler at Oare Marsh
Sedge Warbler

Year list now 244

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