Sunday, 13 August 2017

Long-billed Dowitcher at Oare Marsh

Another visit to Oare Marsh today in order for Jim to connect with the Dowitcher.
We arrived at about 7am and with the sun in our face from the path we walked up to the sea wall and quickly found the Bonaparte's Gull out on the mud to the east of the slipway. Whimbrel, Curlew, Redshank and Turnstone added to the list here before we walked around the wall to view the East flood from the East with the sun behind us.

Long-billed Dowitcher ( and Curlew Sand, Ruff, Blackwit, Lapwing, Dunlin, Redshank etc)
Long-billed Dowitcher (distant cropped record shot)
Dowitcher in flight
Bonaparte's Gull


The Dowitcher was showing well from here and gave great scope views as it walked up the edge of the reeds before flying out to join the Blackwits and roost. Two Curlew Sands and a pair of Spotshanks, Ruff , Dunlin, LRP and Snipe added to the wader count. A few Yellow Wagtails were present and Bearded Tit "pinged" as we stood watching the Dowitcher.
Back at the road and we added Common Sand and Little Stint to the day list before setting off for Elmley which was a total disappointment with zero water and zero birds!


Turnstone


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Long-billed Dowitcher at Oare Marsh

A meeting in Orpington today put me close enough to Oare to try for the LB Dowitcher that returned yesterday.
I arrived at 4.30 in the rain and scanned the hundreds of waders finding Blackwits, Avocet, Golden Plover, Dunlin, Redshank, Spotshank, Knot, Snipe and Little Stint before eventually getting a shout from another guy that had located the Dowitcher in the far North East corner of East flood.

The drive home was a nightmare in heavy rain with the M25 and A2 being a real mess but I somehow cut through the traffic and made it home in about 90 minutes.

Year list now 247

And another Fox pic to add some colour.

FOX

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Cley birds

A few images from Cley

Bearded Tit /  Bearded Reedling
Beardie
Bearded Tit
Three of the eight feeding in the bush
Same bush different bird
Sedge Warbler
Meadow Pipit
And apologies but here's a few more Fox shots!.

Fox
FOX
Fox

Blue Rock Thrush accepted


Life list now 385