Three Marsh Harriers over the floods included a female with green tags on both wings.The two Long-billed Dowitchers remained until 1st but only the adult has been reported since.The drake Green-winged Teal was seen again on the east flood on 3rd but is proving very elusive.
The adult Long-billed Dowitcher was present throughout the month with the juvenile also seen on 14th.
Other birds reported during the month included two drake Goosanders on 2nd, a ringtail Hen Harrier on 3rd and an adult male on 22nd, a Little Stint on 3rd, a Water Pipit on 22nd and a Brambling on 16th. The adult Long-billed Dowitcher was on the east flood.
Noted 3 Little Stints on the E flood and 12 Ruff with the Redshank / Blk T Godwit flock.
The duck Garganey was with Teal in the SE aspect and the Long-billed Dowitcher was close to the road.
Shelduck numbers have been recently boosted and c 650 were along Sheppey banks too.
Two flocks of c 80 Fieldfares flew W during the morning; but Starling parties were near continous during the walk—-substantial immigration of this sp over the last few days! Following on from the early morning substantial thrush movement through Seasalter there was not one to be seen this PM!0715-1215 Eye watering in 2 deg of near still W air, following Sunday`s extravaganza in the northerlies, per Murray W and Neil B.! A male Marsh Harrier harried by a continuously vocal Raven over the W flood was a good start—20 Greenfinches were at Dan`s Dock and Skylarksong greeted the sun`s warmth.A pair of Stonechats were around the saltmarsh and a further pair W of Uplees copse.Great video clip however by Jonathan L B , of the bird active and swimming in open water prior to weekend.0730-1015 It was just above freezing with minimal cloud but less of a W/ NW blow than predicted.These are the species recorded in the area so far this year. over Sheppey and on the Swale, and on adjacent areas to the reserve itself, west to Uplees copse and in the trees and scrub opposite the cottages.