Oare Marshes

08:15-12:45 Cloudy, light westerly wind, low tide rising. The adult Long-billed Dowitcher was on the east flood. There were 12 Pintail on the flood and, as the tide rose, one Ringed Plover, six Grey Plovers, a Knot and 19 Bar-tailed Godwits, with hundreds of Dunlin, joined the flocks of Golden Plovers, Black-tailed Godwits and Redshanks. Only one male Ruff was seen. Single Fieldfare and Redwing were seen in the scrub, a female Stonechat was near the east hide, and four Yellowhammers in rose bushes by the sluice was unusual. A Rock Pipit fed below the sea wall hide and a duck Gadwall was on the west main dyke. Three Marsh Harriers over the floods included a female with green tags on both wings.
Geoff Burton

Juvenile Long-billed Dowitcher Photo: Murray Wright.