Thursday, 26 January 2012

Exminster Marshes

During a walk around the perimeter of the southern marsh I was surprised at the number of wigeon spread out on almost every field. There must have been several thousand. Also lots of lapwing including one or two starting to display in the sunshine. Amongst the 600 brent geese in the field adjacent to the Turf were the red-breasted goose and two possible pale bellied birds. There were 11 greylag geese on the lagoon with 3 gadwall and a few coots.

Also seen were a single kingfisher and a very vocal chiffchaff, the first I have seen this year on the canal bank. Raptors were very evident; 2 kestrels, 2 sparrowhawks (including a strangely marked first winter-spotted back) and a single buzzard. No peregrine to disrupt the party and no sign of the glossy ibis.