Another Wednesday, another trip out, only this time without Sue, Malcolm or Sally.
Paul and I decided on a trip to Oare. It was cool and cloudy when we arrived on a high but falling tide. We were greeted by the resident Cetti’s warbler and one of the many Swifts of the day.
We elected to travail anticlockwise around the site to catch birds on the pools and then to be in position as the tide receeded. As we proceeded along the road there were many Swallows and House Martins flying over and and around us. A decidedly bold Sedge warbler was flying up and down in the reeds singing to us as we passed by.
Further along we were told about a small flock of Whimbrel which had flown into the field adjacent to the road and without too much trouble we had reasonable views. The pools held a mixture of birds, Avocets, Tufted duck, Geylag with young, at least 5 Little Egrets, various other ducks and Cormorants.
We headed for the hide overlooking the pools noticing a couple of Wheatears on the ant hills and a Common Tern fishing right in front of us. The highlight for me was watching a pair of G.Crested grebes performing their weed dance.
We headed for the next hide at which we saw more Whimbrel or perhaps the same ones feeding on the mud along with a Curlew. After a welcome lunch we headed for the other side of the reserve to the sounds of calling Marsh frogs and Green woodpecker. From the hide we watched some Pochard diving and had a close flyby of a sub adult male Marsh Harrier( well according to the bird guide!)
Another good day out at Oare.