A day out with Bill and Tom on Saturday took us to Oare Marshes and Grove Ferry. The weather was good again with some great light as we made our way around. Starting at Oare at high tide produced good numbers of waders, they included AVOCET, DUNLIN, BLACK TAILED GODWIT, RUFF, RINGED PLOVER, REDSHANK and GOLDEN PLOVER. On the Swale we added CURLEW and a small flock of BRENT GEESE. We walked the circuit and found a pair of STONECHAT and one of the showiest CETTI'S WARBLERS I've ever seen as it sung from the top of a small bush on more than one occasion! BEARDED TITS were heard all along the seawall and eventually they showed well too. Click on photos to make larger.
|Black Tailed Godwits|
Gradually lots of whirring wings passed us as the waders left the flood to feed along the edge of the receding tide. We didn't loads more before we left, apart from a couple of GREY PLOVER. At Grove a CHIFFCHAFF called in the car park and there were loads of TEAL seen from the ramp plus 3 RUFF, 2 BLACK TAILED GODWIT and a SNIPE. The walk along the river produced KINGFISHER, MARSH HARRIER, SPARROWHAWK and a late HOBBY. The paddock held several REDWING and FIELDFARE and a last look from the ramp produced a WATER RAIL, kindly pointed out by a group that were enjoying the view from the ramp.
This morning Tom joined me for a walk round the patch at Sissinghurst, a BULLFINCH showed well in the car park and as we walked towards the barn a few gulls were circling in the distance, among them was a ring tail HEN HARRIER (112) what a bonus, only the second one I've had on the patch!! It was a long way off by the time the camera came out, so I only managed a poor record shot.
REDPOLLS were whizzing around with the odd GOLDFINCH. The wood was quiet and we only managed to hear MARSH TIT. A GREEN WOODPECKER finally gave itself up in Park Field and back out in the arable fields the YELLOWHAMMER flock was around 50 birds. Lastly a COMMON BUZZARD came over low being chased by a ROOK.
|Buzzard and Rook|
|A taste of Autumn|