25th March 2012 - Oare Marshes

 Hoping for less fog than yesterday, we headed out to Oare Marshes to meet up with the friendly RSPB Epsom & Ewell group.  This was our first time to Oare Marshes and apparently it's usually a lot less foggy and a lot more bird populated.  However, we managed to up our wader count for the year with 4 new ones and also realised upon seeing two, that we hadn't seen a single Little Egret this year.  There were Highland Cattle a plenty, always a bonus. 

Many many Black-tailed Godwit

We were trying to keep an eye out for a Great White Egret spotted a couple of days before but no luck.  Something we weren't expecting was for a Bearded Reedling to do a fly past, but unfortunately I was looking the other way (of course).  I wasn't looking the other way for the bird of the trip though - a Cetti's Warbler!

Lovely Black-tailed Godwit
1) Skylark
2) Greylag Goose
3) Redshank
4) Black-tailed Godwit
5) Oystercatcher
6) Grey Plover
7) Avocet
8) Curlew
9) Little Egret
10) Shoveler
11) Shelduck
12) Moorhen
13) Black-headed Gull
14) Herring Gull
15) Marsh Harrier
16) Snipe
17) Mallard
18) Teal
19) Starling
20) Reed Bunting
21) Lapwing
22) Coot
23) Tutfted Duck
24) Cetti's Warbler - NEW FOR LIFE LIST!
25) Turnstone
26) Golden Plover
27) Gadwall
28) Grey Heron
29) Pintail

My year list for 2012 comes to 113.

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