Oare Marshes

0945-1200 High cloud and a westerly breeze. Up to four Buzzards were thermalling and calling to the East;  a Swallow flew W (still only trickling through for this observer) but Mediterranean Gulls continued to move W , high and very vocal. Corn Buntings have been prominently singing at Dan`s Dock, albeit only ones and twos. Sedge Warblers are are back `in-house` in numbers now, singing from a wide range of reed-bed margins, and no doubt with the predicted warm southerly air we can expect 5-8 more sps in rapid succession over the next 72 hours. A Raven circled high over Uplees then `bombed` away westward; on the TQ boundary up to 45 Mediterranean Gulls were feeding in the close cropped pastures with Black-headed Gulls and a couple of Herring Gull intruders. There appears to be many more of this gull sp this term than I have previously seen;  interesting if others concur and whether it will be reflected in breeding numbers notified further W up channel.Great Crested Grebes were `bowing and scraping`, furiously head dipping, undecided in permanence of bond—-though it looked pretty serious! Cetti`s and seaside Green Woodpeckers have territories; Skylarks are numerous—this is noticable in the wider locale, and further into TR. Little Grebes continue to `whinny` with at least three identifiable pairs around the floods. Green-veined Whites are presently the most numerous butterfly. A Herring Gull and Lesser Black-backed Gull were `dating`, feeding together and showing a modicum of affection;  Water Rails squealed unseen, and pressure builds ! Mike R