Friday, 26 August 2011

Exminster Marshes

A walk in the rain mid afternoon. Lots of birds about but most only offering a fleeting glimpse. Along the railway path - c12 chiffchaffs, 2+ whitethroats, 1+ blackcap, a couple of reed warblers and a redstart.
At Turf a juv. osprey flew very close giving excellent views at 4.05 pm. Also in that vicinity were 1 greenshank, 2 redshanks, 1 turnstone, 1 sedge warbler, 1 kingfisher and 3 black-tailed godwits. Two flocks of dunlin and ringed plovers flew south (total birds c50).
Not much else on the canal apart from another blackcap, 1 sedge warbler and a few chiffchaffs.
Its encouraging to see the shallow pools beginning to hold water.