Oare Marshes and beyond

0800 –1430 Initially 3 deg, later warming and thawing the frozen E flood. A murky day with poorish viz. c 3000 Wigeon came off Mocketts and filled the sky eastward. A couple of Snipe and 4 Little Egrets probed the W flood margins. A 60 strong mixed finch flock of Greenfinches, Goldfinches and Linnets circuited the copse and fed in the saltings. 20+ Fieldfares and 4 Redwings were in the berry crop and a couple of Rock Pipits were on the shoreline. Further E a Corn Bunting was swiftly a month`s tick and in the South Deep 61 Great Crested Grebes were counted, with 4 Little Grebes.On the Fowley mudbank 56 Bar T Godwits were spread out and 4 Gadwall in a dyke. Back at the E flood 2 Kingfishers were shoreline feeders—one hovering above the creek waters ( as per GB`s observation earlier) and one on the foreshore noticeboards. 75 seals were counted as the tide filled over Horse Sands and best of all a Great Northern Diver surfaced close to a seal in Fav Creek and steadily made to open water in the Swale.
Mike R