Saturday, 11 December 2010

Exminster Marshes

A walk to the canal revealed that most of the pools remain frozen. The canal and lagoon are partially frozen and most ditches are ice free. On the canal, in a relatively small area free of ice, just south of Topsham Cottage were 89 Gadwell, 3 Pochard and 16 Tufted Duck. An impressive sight. Elsewhere the lack of thrushes was striking, I saw only 30 in total - 10 each of Fieldfare, Redwing and Blackbird. About 20 Meadow Pipits and a probable Water Pipit were close to the lane as were over 1000 Wigeon.

PS to the previous posting - A Firecrest was in my garden minutes after posting the earlier message.