Oare Marshes

0800—1530 An excellent turn-out from the KOS for this month`s Field Trip led by Ray O`Reilly. Swift and juv Cuckoo were amongst the first sps encountered, together with Sparrowhawk. Spotted Redshank; Whimbrel; Little Stint and Common Sandpiper were amongst the wader flocks with Golden Plover and Black-tailed Godwit numbers remaining significant. Water Rail gave good views and Yellow Wagtailswere at the cattle`s feet; Cetti`s was again loud after summer`s sojourn and a Peregrine announced its arrival sending the waders into dispersal mode. 3 Curlew Sandpipers were subsequently found plus Knotand finally the Long-billed Dowitcher, but bird of the day for some was probably the Osprey , this time over the fishing ponds to the rear of the Reserve, providing lengthy views. A Hobby; Buzzard; Marsh Harrier and Kestrel completed a seven raptor day. Off shore, terns were numerous with buoy resting Sandwich Terns, and mud resting Common and 2 Little Terns. 3 Black Terns  were in the melee, with distinguishing features of Arctic Tern well seen  (thanks Ray !) 95 species for the day was an excellent return with some members getting new sp. sightings under their belts!
Mike Roser

KOS Field Trip Oare marshes