Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Exminster Marshes

A definite influx of greylag geese. At one time there were 11 in the air (7+4) and a further 2 on the ground. A little later I saw another 4 near the railway bridge and I am confident they were different birds. So possibly 17, the highest number I have seen here. The 11 were very flighty easily disturbed by two female peregrines and distant shooting from the estate to the southwest. A couple of the greylags were mixed in with c400 Canada geese and one barnacle goose.

At the Turf c100 brents sitting on the water included one possible pale-bellied bird. Also on the water c100 wigeon and one male pintail. Many more wigeon and teal scattered over the fields. On the lagoon 4 pochard, 2 tufted ducks, 20 gadwall and a few shovellers. There were more shoveller on the wet fields.

In addition to wildfowl and the peregrines; 2 male stonechats, 30 greenfinches and a few redwings. I heard Cettis and water rails from 2 locations each. And I saw a stoat near the railway line.