Oare Marshes

1030-1300  A short visit with a W/NW strong breeze and HT. From the seawall hide, Common Terns were fishing in the creek; a Marsh Harrier in distinctly untidy dress laboured towards Sheppey;  two Great Crested Grebes were off the point and a large dark unusual profile in mid channel turned out to be a juv Gannet. 4 others came into the mouth of the Swale but veered away. Two Spoonbills had a ten-minute stopover on the the E flood (another flew through S per Jonathan L ) Golden Plovers are vocal and twitchy and  in excess of 6oo —-golden indeed in the spasmodic sunlight.  Ruff; Curlew Sandpipers; significant numbers of Ringed Plovers and a good mix of duck sps continue to be a supporting cast—I`m sure the Long-billed Dowitcher was there somewhere, but was flushed from its earlier location close to the road. A small party of Knot joined the plovers and Swallows continued to move through, with the Iberian coast probably sometime this week unless the SW looks good for lingering. A Green Sandpiper was on the W flood and a male Migrant Hawker finally rested on autumnal brambles,  initially well camouflaged in merging colours.
Mike R

male Migrant Hawker, Spoonbills / Mike roser