Sunday, 22 April 2012

Exminster marshes

This evening between 6.00 and 7.30 bird activity on the marshes was dominated by whimbrels. Shortly after 6.30 pm 77 flew north, in small groups and calling loudly. Another 40 were at the roosting site with about 87 curlew, 2 oystercatchers and 2 knot, but another and larger flock of 203 was feeding on the field next to the canal just south of the viewing platform. This gives a total count of at least 320 whimbrels.

Elsewhere 2 peregrines, including a sub-adult on a kill in the middle of the marsh, 78 shelduck and lots of swallows, sand martins (c30) and house martins (c30).