Thursday, 26 April 2012

Out and about

Exminster marsh arrived early in hope of seeing the Black Winged Stilts. No sign of them but spotted my first swift of the year. Whimbrel numbers were around 300. Lots of warblers about. Reed, Willow and Cettis. Dawlish Warren set up my scope just as some Pomarine Skuas were passing. Was only here 10 minutes and spotted borh Arctic and Great Skuas when I received news that a Black Winged Stilt had been spotted at Bowling Green Marsh so headed straight there. Bowling Green Marsh got there to quite a crowd gathered looking in to the field to the left of the hide. The Black Winged Stilt was showing very well and we all got great views and photos. Yarner Wood popped along to see if I could see the Wood Duck. Fab views of him and he has paired with a female Mandarin. He has his work cut out fighting off all the other drake Mandarins!!! A walk around the wood produces a Solitary Wood Warbler and 3 Pied Flycatchers! All in all a good day out!