For a bit of fresh air , I had a visit to Sevenoaks Reserve mid week , and on Friday visited Oare Marshes . I made my way straight to the ditch at the back of the East Hide hoping to see the Spotted Crake which has taken up residency there , but the single birder there had not seen it in the previous hour and my wait proved just as fruitless . The only thing I did see was a distant Grey Heron way out
unfortunately none were males with left over breeding plumage like the Golden Plover . I was waiting to see if one of the Ruff would wade under the small bridge , and was surprised when this
Little Egret hopped up , it must have been feeding just on the other side , out of sight . Just a single Yellow Wagtail hurried through , and a single Marsh Harrier was seen hunting along Faversham Creek . I didn't find the Curlew Sandpiper , but without a scope , I didn't have much chance . A single
small wader turned out to be a Dunlin , not the Little Stint that has been seen there . I heard at least two Cettis Warbler on the circuits , one close to the East Hide where I made two more stops to look for the Spotted Crake . Both times I was told that it had showed , in the periods when I was away , once a brief view as it scampered through the reeds , but the other time it was photographed in the open . Trouble is , I'm not good at standing and waiting , I'd sooner be on the move , even though I
might miss things . Heading back to the car , with the sun now out , the Lapwing were coming in for their evening wash and brush up . Some small consolation for dipping the Spotted Crake , were three
Went hedgelaying yesterday , having missed the first outing a fortnight ago . Felt as if I had just finished a session before I started , I think this thing is going to drag on for some time , unfortunately .