14:10 - 15:15.
Plenty of waders and wildfowl about but difficult to count and observe because of disturbance from 3 huge tractors in convoy on the Tarka Trail, flailing hedges and trees. It may be the most economic way to do the job but what a mess it causes. The hedges, bushes and trees look as if they`ve been stripped by a hurricane. Some of the smashed tree branches are 5" dia and split down to the roots. Why do hedges along a beautiful walk have to be trimmed neat and tidy in this manner? Vertical sides and flat topped hedges are not my idea of the natural countryside!
c1000 Dunlin; c400-500 Canada Geese; c120 Brent Geese; C100 Shelduck; c400 Wigeon; c120 Mallard; c90 Curlew; c80 Lapwing and c60 Oystercatcher.
Also 1 Snipe; 2 Grey Plover; 23 Teal; 1 Black-tailed Godwit and 6 Bar-tailed.