Saturday, 20 August 2011

Bowling green marsh

Just a bit more detail to my earlier post, I watched the marsh from 08:15 till 13:45 and started with the 3 juv ruff and 14 knot and at least 5 yellow wagtails and 1 avocet. Then just before 11:00 Mark saw a BITTERN flying it disappeared before anyone could see it but a few minutes later it flew again over the reeds on the far bank to the delight of all in the hide before droping down into the reeds. The rain was pouring down but still the good birds came a water rail showed briefly on and off and a sparrowhawk and peregrine both swooped low over the marsh.

The final total of over 40 species for the day also included 2 green sandpiper, 20+ Dunlin, 2 whimbrel, 15 greenshank, 6 bar tailed godwits, 1 adult Mediterranean gull,30 little egrets 1 male gadwall.

On the way home stopped of at my local patch in exeter and watched the Dipper on the weir by the Mill on the exe pub to finish of a good.