On a bright, sunny Saturday afternoon at 21c I took a trip to Oare Marsh to see if there was any sign of the White Rumped Sandpiper, but it wasn't to be, but there was plenty of other birds about, mainly wader varieties because the water level is just about right for them. I was lucky enough to get to park down the road. One of the first birds seen a short distance out was a Avocet with what seemed like a broken right leg. There was a good number of them about, but not as many as there is Black Tailed Godwit. The BONAPARTES GULL is still present with the B/H/Gulls. I did manage to see one of the birds I wanted to see and that was the WOOD SANDPIPER, not a wader I see very often. some years I don't see one at all.
There was some Golden Plover spread out on one of the islands with 1 or 2 LITTLE STINTS feeding among them. Dunlin was in good number, many of them still in breeding plumage.
While I was there off to the right was 2 CURLEW SANDPIPERS feeding and even further right on the dried out mud was 4 Yellow Wagtails, at times they seemed to be playing chase.
Later on while casually scanning through the birds all of a sudden they all went up and it was caused by a Peregrine Falcon making a fly by. After the birds settled again 11 GREENSHANKS flew in and landed directly out in front of me. There was also a few Ruff here and there and among them was one that was showing the remains of it's white ruff (I believe they are called satellite). 3 Common Terns flew in for a while.The other waders present was: Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Redshank. Swallows was feeding low over the scrape.
The biggest bird I saw in the sky was out over the sea hide, and that was a VULCAN BOMBER. It was part of the airshow that was taking place at Herne Bay, as corrected by Derek, not Eastbourne as I thought, because it was on the same day. I had great views of it through the scope. It is something to be admired, I believe it is a plane that was built ahead of it's time.
Other species of bird seen was: Herring Gull, Cormorant, Mallard, Gadwall, Teal, Shoveller, Coot Moorhen, Dabchick, Pied Wagtail, Starling, Wood Pigeon,
My Bird of the Day (apart from the Vulcan Bomber) is the ** WOOD SANDPIPER.**