Saturday, 3 September 2011

A day around the exe

A good days birding around the exe today covering bowling green marsh, powderham, and dawlish warren

Bowling green marsh 07:45 till 11:30

The star bird of the morning was the arrival of a CATTLE EGRET  at 10:40 in with the little egrets totals for the morning were 5 green sandpipers, 1 Juv Curlew sandpiper, 50+ knot, 3 bar tailed godwits, 1 snipe, 1 juv ruff , 150+ black tailed godwits , 5+ greenshank, 28+ little egrets, 3 wigeon, 7+ shoveler at least 175+ teal , 1 juv peregrine, buzzard, 30+ dunlin nice to see the avocets numbers up to 12. Also 1 black swan on the marsh early on.

Having had a call from mark about 3 OSPREYS  at powderham at 10:00 this morning i rang him back with news of the cattle egret and soon he was back having a look. We decided to go and have a look at the Ospreys but when we got there about 12:00 we could only hear one calling so headed of to dawlish warren  looking for the wryneck which had been seen there for the last 2 days.

Dawlish Warren 12:30 till 15:20

15+ common tern mostly juv and 20+ sandwich tern 3 bar tailed godwits, plenty of ringed plover and dunlin from the hide and 40+ juv sanderling on the beach  but no sign of the wryneck

Powderham 15:40 till 16:05
A quick look in on way home was rewarded with an adult OSPREY flying in and landing on top of the dead tree  a cracking bird to end the day with.