Thursday, 18 August 2011

Exminster Marshes

A visit after the rain and after lunch found most birds on the lagoon including 4 little grebes, 31 teal, c60 coot, 2 wigeon and one common sandpiper. 4 snipe flew over the marshes and 3 waders flew over the lagoon but did not land and continued north; one was a greenshank, another a wood sandpiper and the third was possibly a ruff.
A few chiffchaffs in the canal-side trees were the only warblers seen. A group of reed buntings (c8) suggests a good breeding season. 4 ravens flew over head (10 seen a week ago). A steady flow of sand martins flying over the canal.