Oare Marshes

07 07 17    0830–0900  Hot and humid, with horticultural duties to follow, and Napoleon cherries a pre-cursor to Bonaparte`s Gull ! A few obs included Ruff and Reeve; 1 Spotted Redshank (the predominately all dark individual); Peregrine, Mediterranean Gulls and a smart Common Gull. Water Rail squealed but remained hidden.
08 07 17     1330—1230  On cue date-wise, and thanks to Murray W, the Bonaparte`s Gull was found early doors, and relocated to the gull roost close to the road where it spent much time asleep/ preening and appearing to catch diptera, and /or showing its blood-red gape whilst `yawning`audibly. Adult Common Gulls and Mediterranean Gulls were also evident. 3 Bearded Tits moved through close-in and Greenshank; Ruff / Reeve and Peregrine were noted. Pleased to find an ovipositing female Emperor dragonfly to go with the ever present male. Swifts were again in numbers in the locale, and Gatekeepers were suddenly numerous.
Mike Roser

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