Sunday 4th September 2016

Our day kicked off at the excellent reserve at Oare Marshes where we enjoyed good views of up to 18 LITTLE STINT plus 16 CURLEW SANDPIPERS which included adults with some remnants of summer plumage.

A HOBBY zipped through scattering all the waders so we moved up onto the seawall. Two WHIMBREL were on the saltings and on the Sheppey shore we found CURLEW, BAR-TAILED GODWITS and GREY PLOVER whilst a few MARSH HARRIERS hunted over the marshes.

Our wader list continued to increase with RINGED PLOVERS, AVOCETS and REDSHANK plus two more juvenile CURLEW SANDPIPERS on the mud with DUNLIN. A few YELLOW WAGTAILS fed on the muddy margins along with several RUFF.

We spent some time in the hide noting a good number of BLACK-TAILED GODWITS including some colour-ringed individuals and a SPOTTED REDSHANK was seen briefly. Amongst the LAPWINGS were a few GOLDEN PLOVER and SNIPE which gave good views.

After our great morning exploring the marshes, we moved off south to Dungeness RSPB reserve where we headed straight to the visitor centre for lunch and to get some up-to-date bird information.

Afterwards we headed to the ARC pit to look for the reported Red-necked Phalarope but unfortunately there was no sign although we did have superb views of a juvenile HOBBY powering through.

From the Hanson Hide we found a single KNOT plus LITTLE RINGED PLOVERS and a multitude of wildfowl including lots of SHOVELER!

It was then back to the main RSPB reserve and along the entrance track we had good views of up to four WHEATEAR. Taking a walk to the hides overlooking Burrowes Pit proved successful with three juvenile BLACK TERNS feeding close to the hide with a party of COMMON TERNS.

Our wader theme continued with 10 COMMON SANDPIPER, LITTLE RINGED PLOVER, DUNLIN and SNIPE on the islands.

As we were leaving the hide and heading to the centre for a drink at the end of the day, a superb adult GREAT WHITE EGRET flew over and landed on the pit. We relocated it from the next hide but it didn’t stay long before flying off to the north end of the pit where we had good views of it fishing in the shallows, a fine end to the day!