Monday, 9 May 2011

Exminster Marshes

Brief visit between 9.00 and 10.00 this morning. Lots of swifts - calling and flying low over the fields. Probably about 40 with a few swallows, sand martins and house martins.

On the pools 2 whimbrel, 1 or 2 ringed plovers and 3 lapwing until about 60 black-tailed godwits flew in from the north. The combination of no scope, strong wind and a shower meant I was unable to identify a small to medium sized wader (very pale) far out in the centre of the marsh, seen from the canal bank. Still about 30 shelduck roosting.