Oare Marshes

0730-1015 It was just above freezing with minimal cloud but less of a W/ NW blow than predicted. For 150 m on the entrance road a Sparrowhawk was in low level attack mode, hugging the shaded side of the hedgerow. A dozen Fieldfares were at early breakfast in the hawthorns, with others to the rear of the shrubbery, in what appeared to be a small overnight fall. `High` tide was low, with Turnstones, Oyster Catchers and 14 Brent Geese around the slipway. With six juveniles in the goose party, this was contrary to the numbers of juveniles seen off South Swale a week ago, where there were single figures within the thousand plus goose flock. 3 Great –crested Grebes were off the point disputing fishing rights. I didn`t recognise the buzzard- sized raptor perched on Mocketts hill. See there`s a Saker X gone AWOL……….maybe? Dave Perrin reported a sighting of a male Hen Harrier later through Sheppey banks—good to know they still get down here for winter given the turbulent times further north. A Little Owl was working the fence posts as sunlight moved through; a Cettis was mobile along the ditches; and further into Oare , 4 Greenshanks were feeding together near the head of the creek. A Goosander was later reported too. Still in the locale , a Grey Wagtail worked one of its favourite watercourses.
There was a Spotted Redshank also, feeding with the Greenshanks.
Mike R

Little Owl, (left) Grey Wagtail / Mike Roser