Monday, 2 January 2012

Exminster Marshes

A late-morning walk timed to avoid the heavy showers. The glossy ibis was close to the Lion's Rest industrial estate. Elsewhere lots of wigeon, lapwings and curlews. 11 greylags near the Turf and a single female peregrine on one of the pylons. The red-breasted goose was reported to be in the large flock of brent geese but the flock had flown out on to the estuary. The flock then flew back on to the marshes but by then we were on the way home.

Of potential interest were two redwings. First seen feeding close to the lane with two fieldfares. I initially thought all 4 birds were fieldfares and was quite surprised to see that 2 were redwings. All 4 birds were of a similar size and shape. The redwings had very dark and well marked/bold streaking on their breasts and throats. The throats looked almost totally black. I wonder if these were Icelandic birds? Turdus iliacus coburni.