Oct 282015
 
Ruff

Ruff

Green Sandpiper

Green Sandpiper

The weather forecast did not bode well for last Saturday but in fact when eleven of us met in the car park it was a dry, if not bright and sunny, still day. On the drive in there had been plenty to see. Lapwings and starlings whirling around and a distant sighting of marsh harrier, the first of many for the day. We made our way along the track to a screen where we could view the Swale. The tide was in and there was a considerable number of wigeon present on the water. Scanning also revealed a few pintail, shelduck, great crested grebe and cormorant. Moving on we heard our first bearded tits of the day. It definitely was a great day for these attractive little birds. As we walked along the track we heard and glimpsed them several times until at last we all managed reasonable views. Another bird that it was a great day for was buzzard. We saw several perched on gates and posts throughout the day. We arrived at the first hide for an early lunch and had good views of green sandpiper, ruff, snipe and black-tailed godwit. More buzzards perched, a flyby by a merlin and marsh harriers putting up the wigeon and teal every few minutes. Skylarks were numerous too and it was lovely hearing their singing still. As we returned there were sightings of stonechat and reed bunting sitting atop the reeds and a lone cetti’s warbler called, heard but not seen. Luckily we just made it back when the promised rain started having enjoyed a good day out on the reserve. Thanks to Terry for the photographs.
Irene

 Posted by on 28 October 2015 at 8:35 pm

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