Saturday, 28 April 2012

Lots of whimbrel- but how many?

Readers of this blog will be aware that the Exe Estuary (& in particular Exminster Marshes) have experienced what appears to be an unprecedented number of passage whimbrel so far this spring.  There have been daily treble figure counts since 18 April, estimates of 700-1000 on 25 April and still over 200 today.  John Waldon and I would like to understand this influx a little better and would like to ask for counts from around the estuary over the past 2 weeks (and next 2 weeks), in particular:

1. any counts, especially high tide roost counts where you have a note of the time of the count, as birds have been mobile & we would like to reduce duplication; 

2. did anyone make an accurate count on 25 April at Exminster Marshes (or were we all too distracted  by the stilts?);

3. any other interesting notes on behaviour, visible migration etc

You can send any info you have via email to

We will try to get  a little note on here once the migration is over and ore importantly use it to get better information about the Exe whimbrel into the WeBS recording system.