Monday, 30 September 2013
Spotted Crake Twitch at the Oare marshes
6am start this morning with Russell. We got to the Oare marshes not long after 7. 15. We parked at the end near the slipway and spent the next hour walking round until we came to the East hide. There was one guy there already keeping a close watch on the small area where the Spotted Crake has been seen for the last 3 weeks almost. He had been there for an hour without seeing it, although another guy had glimpsed it fly across the ditch. We patiently waited with him for another hour until he went, no sooner had he gone when the bird made a silent appearance, creeping along the back and eventually coming right out into the open where we watched it for an hour and half. Later after doing another circuit we had better views further along in the ditch where it pruned and sunned itself as if we weren't there. Great day. Other birds, Godwits, Ruff, Greenshanks, Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Green Plover, Redshank, Spotted Redsank, Sandwich Terns, Common Terns, Bearded Tits, Egrets, Meadow Pipits, Tawny Owl Calling form Trees.