Naturelog: Thursday 22nd October

Posted: October 23, 2015 in Birds, Kent, Natural History, UK
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A chance to get down to the North Kent marshes for a days birdwatching with Keith, Dave and John. We started out from Gillingham and stopped first at the country park where a Brambling had been reported around the car park. Sadly, the increased human activity seemed to have moved it on and we couldn’t locate it. We did see some common birds such as Dunnock and Wren and were treated to a brief glimpse of a Kingfisher as it flew away from its perch.

Next stop Funton Creek to see what was feeding on the mud,

Funton Creek

Funton Creek

There were a good range of wading birds including Grey and Ringed Plover; Lapwing; Avocet and Redshank. But perhaps the star birds here were a couple of male Great spotted Woodpeckers that Dave found eyeing each other up across a fence

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Photo by Keith)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Photo by Keith)

After a break for coffee it was onto the main target for the day at Oare marshes. A initial look over the pools revealed a large number of Teal together with Shoveller and a few wading birds including Ringed Plover and Common Snipe. In the distance we could see Common Buzzard and Marsh Harrier

Oare Marshes

Oare Marshes

Teal

Teal

We then walked down to the sea wall and along to a point at the head of an inlet. Here we found another birder who was agonising over the identity of a small well camouflaged wading bird on the other side of the inlet. It took us a while to locate it amongst the stones but eventually it was identified as a Curlew Sandpiper.

The Swale at Oare Marshes

The Swale at Oare Marshes

Following the inlet we walked inland. John said he heard a Raven calling, but Dave and I thought it was a distant Dog bark. But sure enough a few minutes later it called again, this time much closer, and the bird was eventually located. Sorry John! It came into land on a distant field and through the telescopes we were able to get good views in comparison with the group of Crows that were also present.

Raven. Photo by Jim Bowen (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jamiedfw/)

Raven.
Photo by Jim Bowen (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jamiedfw/)

We completed our walk and came back to the observation point by the pools. Many of the Black-tailed Godwits we had seen fly in were now resting on the islands, The number of Snipe had risen to 12. Then Dave just happened to be looking in the other direction when he saw a Bittern drop into the reeds. On his call we all turned round but were not quick enough to see it before it disappeared. we waited for sometime but it did not re-emerge. However we did find a pair of Stonechat whilst looking for it.

Shoveller and Black-tailed Godwits

Shoveller and Black-tailed Godwits

An excellent days birdwatching in good company with 60 species recorded !

 

Brant Goose [sp] (Branta bernicla)
Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)
Gadwall (Anas strepera)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)
Eurasian Teal [sp] (Anas crecca)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Western Marsh Harrier [sp] (Circus aeruginosus)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Common Kestrel [sp] (Falco tinnunculus)
Water Rail [sp] (Rallus aquaticus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
European Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria)
Grey Plover [sp] (Pluvialis squatarola)
Common Ringed Plover [sp] (Charadrius hiaticula)
Common Snipe [sp] (Gallinago gallinago)
Black-tailed Godwit [sp] (Limosa limosa)
Bar-tailed Godwit [sp] (Limosa lapponica)
Eurasian Curlew [sp] (Numenius arquata)
Common Redshank [sp] (Tringa totanus)
Ruddy Turnstone [sp] (Arenaria interpres)
Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea)
Dunlin [sp] (Calidris alpina)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
European Herring Gull [sp] (Larus argentatus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Stock Dove [sp] (Columba oenas)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Great Spotted Woodpecker [sp] (Dendrocopos major)
European Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Western Jackdaw [sp] (Coloeus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Northern Raven [sp] (Corvus corax)
Eurasian Skylark [sp] (Alauda arvensis)
Cetti’s Warbler [sp] (Cettia cetti)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)
European Stonechat [sp] (Saxicola rubicola)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
Dunnock [sp] (Prunella modularis)
Pied Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla alba)
Meadow Pipit [sp] (Anthus pratensis)
Common Chaffinch [sp] (Fringilla coelebs)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

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