Thursday, 10 May 2012

Exminster Marshes

I must have visited just after Keith had left. At 6.00 the 3 garganey were very obvious together with 4 teal, one shoveler and several mallard. There were hundreds of swifts, lots of swallows and fewer house martins and even fewer sand martins.
Scattered around the marsh were at least 7 hobbies, including 3 sitting together on a bush and another on the ground. When I had finished counting the hobbies I returned to view the first one only to find it missing. Within 10 minutes all the hobbies had vanished and so had the garganey when I walked back up the lane.
The only waders were 4 whimbrel calling noisily when they flew in from the estuary.