Thursday, 3 May 2012

Exminster marsh

Another fantastic day on the marsh arrived 14:35 watched till 19:30 and as John said station road passable bare feet was rather cold had to be done. The 2nd summer Iceland gull was this evening viewable from the canal path under the motorway bridge from 18:45 till 19:15 with large group of herring gulls The highlight for me today was the thousands of swallow sand Martin house martins and swifts the place was alive, 5 hobby 4 over the marsh and 1 over the countess wear sewage works 19:25, 4 yellow wagtails (2m,2f) in field by the s-bends, a short eared owl flew along the canal at the fishermans car park towards the motorway bridge, a grasshopper warbler reeling by the s-bends was heard again along canal path towards the motorway bridge in addition to John on the waders I had 8+ ringed plover, a group of 40+ Dunlin north, 3 whitethroat, missed an osprey, 5 Reed bunting, 7 Reed warbler 3 cetti's, 4 sedge warbler, 4 wigeon, 5 tufted duck, 4 wheatear, kestrel and 2 buzzards The summer plumage grey plover were fantastic