Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Exminster Marshes

What a great day. Went to look for Dragonfly's, starting along the railway line. Saw Hairy Dragonfly, 3 Four Spotted Chasers and 2 Broad-bodied Chasers, and a Banded Demoiselle. Watched 5 Hobby's hawking followed by the Black-winged Stilt, which flew across from the Powderham side of the railway line.

More Hairy Dragonflies as I crossed to Turf Hotel, and on the canal c15 Red-eyed Damselflies. Two more Four Spotted Chasers and a second Banded Demoiselle too. Lots of Common Blue, Azure, Large Red and Blue-tailed Damselflies too.

Got to the fisherman's corner pools, and Glossy Ibis, which looks like an adult but possibly in moult, 3 Garganey (two males and a female) and someone had also kindly found a Pectoral Sandpiper. Also Ringed Plover.

Also saw 12+ male Reed Buntings, 4 Cetti's Warblers, numerous Reed and Sedge Warblers and one Avocet on the fisherman car park pools. Wonderful.