Trip report: Oare Marshes

A reserve run by Kent Wildlife Trust

22 October 2022

Another warm day for October, sunny with a southerly breeze. We started by heading west along the shore, part of the Saxon Shore way, as the tide was low and there was plenty to see on the mud, finishing off with a circuit of the pools. Highlights were a rare view of a Water Rail, plenty of waders, a solitary Sandwich Tern and a juvenile Razorbill drifting on the Swale, a first for quite a few of us.

Here’s the list, 62 species in all:

Brent Goose
Mute Swan
Shelduck
Gadwall
Wigeon
Mallard
Teal
Tufted Duck
Pheasant
Stock Dove
Woodpigeon
Water Rail
Moorhen
Coot
Little Grebe
Great Crested Grebe
Oystercatcher
Avocet
Lapwing
Golden Plover
Grey Plover

Ringed Plover
Curlew
Bar-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit
Turnstone
Dunlin
Snipe
Redshank
Black-headed Gull
Common Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Herring Gull
Sandwich Tern
Razorbill (juvenile)
Cormorant
Grey Heron
Little Egret
Marsh Harrier
Buzzard
Green Woodpecker (h)
Kestrel

Magpie
Jackdaw
Rook
Carrion Crow
Blue Tit
Bearded Tit
Skylark
Cetti’s Warbler
Wren
Starling
Blackbird
Robin
Stonechat
House Sparrow
Dunnock
Pied Wagtail
Meadow Pipit
Linnet
Goldfinch
Reed Bunting

Leader: Geoff Shoebridge