Friday, 19 August 2011

Powderham corner, Exe Estuary

I didn't judge the tides correctly and arrived at 9.00 to find the tide very high and subsequently few waders. Those that did remain included 61 black-tails, 1 curlew and 3 dunlin. However 2 avocets flew north calling with a single shelduck. This is quite an early date.
In the adjacent fields were 2 wheatears, 4 pied wagtails and a yellow wagtail was heard but not located. 6 ravens flew over.
At least 36 little egrets were roosting across the estuary at the end of the garden to the south of the Goat Walk, Topsham.
Also of interest were the number and variety of birds in the large Powderham Oak on the road side just to the east of the church. I counted nuthatches (3+), treecreepers (3+), great tits, long-tailed tits and blue tits.