Oare Marshes

06:35-11:10 – sunny with a moderate NW wind and cold. A Cuckoo was calling, and showed well, in the scrub opposite the cottages, and a Nightingale sang  but didn’t reveal itself. A Sparrowhawk was chased by about 30 Jackdaws to the west over Uplees. Ducks on the east flood included the pair of Wigeon and a drake Pochard. There were about 15 Whimbrel on the saltmarsh west of the slipway and another 15 on the foreshore by Uplees copse. There were five Wheatears  in the field to the west side of Dan’s Dock and a pair of Long-tailed Tits in the copse. Back at the east flood at high tide, there were three Knot amongst the Godwits and three Avocets. Three House Martins flew west whilst about 30 Swallows were hawking over the rape field amongst which there was a single Sand Martin and House Martin.
Geoff Burton