After being stuck in the house all day yesterday , and with the promise of sunshine today , I left the house at 7 o'clock , with 3 sites in mind . RSPB Elmley , Capel Fleet/Harty Ferry and Oare Marsh , hopefully catching high tide there .
Rather than describing it all , I'm posting the day list , adding some information and pictures . Little Grebe , Grey Heron , Greylag Goose , Canada Goose , Mute Swan ( this one flying into the rising sun at Elmley ) , Mallard , Shoveler , Wigeon ( these two males were taking their ablutions this afternoon at Oare Marshes ) , Tufted Duck , Pintail ( female to left , male to right of Greylag Goose , neither lifted their head or moved at all ) , Teal ( female centre left , male centre right , again at Oare Marshes ) . Hen Harrier ( ring-tailed female seen at both Elmley and Capel Fleet ) . Marsh Harrier ( 2 seen at Elmley and 1 at Capel Fleet ) , Common Buzzard ( seen in orchard by side of A2 en route to Oare ) , Kestrel , Merlin ( seen at Elmley , flying low along side of ditch , then disappearing . Got first shot of this female shortly afterwards .She would not turn around , and flew of after a short while . I got this bad record shot of her in flight , she then headed across the other side of the site ) . Red Legged Partridge ( a flock of about 15/20 seen between Capel Fleet and Elmley , but always in a line , so couldn't get a shot of them all ) , Pheasant ( several seen at Elmley in the early morning sun , after not seeing any whilst the snow was down ) , Moorhen , Coot , Ringed Plover ,Lapwing ( probably the most numerous seen species today ) , Dunlin , Redshank , Curlew ( this was just part of a large flock lifting off from one area , then settling on another at Elmley ) , Common and BH Gull , Woodpigeon , Collared Dove , Great Spotted Woodpecker , Skylark , Wren , Dunnock , Robin , Blackbird , Fieldfare ( largest flock I've seen this winter at Capel Fleet , 30/40 birds ) , Redwing , Long Tailed , Blue , Great and Coal Tit ,Magpie , Jackdaw , Rook , Carrion Crow , Jay , Starling ( 1000s of them at Elmley ) , House Sparrow , Chaffinch , Goldfinch , Greenfinch and Little Egret . I make that a total of 52 bird species seen today .
Leaving the birds , as I drove along the track at Elmley , I spotted a brown patch in the longer grass , about 20 metres from the track . With binoculars , I could see that it was in fact a Brown Hare , in it's form , Looking as if he was warming up in the morning sun . It never did move , but on my return , it had gone . I saw two others bounding across the field in the distance , but by the time I got there , they had gone .
As I said earlier , I timed my visit to Oare Marshes to catch the high tide , and this picture shows that it worked out for me , but not for the driver of the car , parked on the slipway as it was so busy there .
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