Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Exminster marshes

Quick visit around 6.00 pm coincided with the high tide. About 50 curlew roosting. Other waders included the regular 2 oystercatchers, 5 whimbrel and a probable ruff that flew in and vanished. There is still a flock of over 70 shelduck roosting on the marsh. Elsewhere 16 little egrets was the most I have seen for a long time, they were feeding in the wet fields probably on earthworms.

This morning at about 7.30 4 or 5 jays flew north over the village. Another landed in a garden later in the morning. I saw another 2 or 3 a few days ago flying north. Possibly migrants?