Monday, 14 November 2011

Exminster Marshes

Grey, dismal and light drizzle but I still thought a quick visit at lunch-time might be interesting. Almost immediately located the Greenland white-fronted goose amongst c250 Canada geese close to the canal. (the red-breasted goose was reported to be at Pickfresh, Topsham). Lots of teal and wigeon scattered over the fields. A merlin was seen very briefly before it sat on a distant gate post - just a dot in the distance. Overhead fieldfares and redwings (c300) were flying NE. Also a few snipe flying around including one group of 5 and another of 4 but some overlap was suspected.

On the lagoon 18 gadwall was the highest count so far this autumn. Cettis called from the canal bank.