Oare Marshes

08.00 to 12.00. Dry and mainly sunny morning with SW light

The make-up of waders on the East Flood has not really changed since last week. The Little Ringed Plover still feeding along the south margins. 2 Spotted Redshanks, 5 Turnstone, 3 Snipe, 4-5 Ruff, few Golden Plover and a single Curlew Sandpiper were the main highlights. 3 Sandwich Terns flew in then left just as swiftly. Party of Sand Martins came across feeding as they went. The eclipse Garganey was still feeding on the flood. Around 6-7 Mediterranean Gulls were also roosting.

On the falling tide, the Bonaparte’s Gull went back to feeding on the mud. Few Whimbrel also out on the mud.

A walk to Upless Copse found the Corn Bunting calling from bushes near the copse and a singing Willow Warbler in the copse seemed like a herald to the return migration! 3 Painted Lady butterflies were seen along the sea wall.
Trevor Manship