Friday, 2 September 2011

Powderham Corner, Exe Estuary

One of the highest tides of the year so no waders. At least 5 wheatears on the sea-wall. A couple of sandwich terns over the estuary and at 9.44 an osprey caught a fish in mid channel looking towards Lympstone. It took 3 attempts to get airborne and then flew west to the north of Powderham Park.
Whilst watching the osprey disappear a small falcon flew into view chasing swallows. It was hardly larger than its intended prey and had all the flight features of a merlin. However the brief glimpse I had showed a grey unmarked body! It flew very fast and flew towards Powderham Marshes.
Shortly after a peregrine (female) and buzzard flew south along the shore line.
Yesterday evening at least 10 yellow wagtails on Exminster Marshes in the field NE of the railway bridge.