Friday, 15 April 2011

Exminster marshes

In the drizzle this morning from 08.30 to 09.30. Two common sandpipers, 4 whimbrel (included two feeding on the fields near the viewing platform and two more flying over the estuary calling for their mates) and lots of singing reed warblers and sedge warblers. Two gadwall and a few teal still. Also what looked like a very pale female pintail with a dark cap. Only seen briefly from the middle car park. Yesterday a green woodpecker sang (!) from a dead tree on the canal bank. Its many years since I recorded one of these on the marshes. No sign today. In my garden the resident male robin has incorporated bits of Cettis warbler song into its repertoire. I have heard this once before on the marshes so it may be the same bird.