Monday, 9 May 2011

Exminster marshes and Dawlish warren

To add to John's post, the Black tailed Godwits increased to 80 with one sporting colour rings, presumably from the Iceland ringing project. A flock of 16 Whimbrel came in from the estuary and two summer plumaged Dunlin present. They were all put up by the Short eared Owl at 10.50 a.m. and re-settled on the far pool seen from the canal bank. A male Gadwall, a male Shoveler, a handful of house martins and a single sand martin were by the middle car park.
The Lesser Whitethroat was singing well from the same place i.e. the first set of gates along the path by the railway but it only showed itself very, very briefly.
Earlier, seawatching at Dawlish Warren had been all but hopeless with just a passing Red throated diver, 3 eiders on the sea and a flock of around 50 Kittiwakes feeding offshore the only things of note.