Sunday, 6 May 2012

Instow Cricket Ground to Jetty Roost, Yelland

06:10 - 08:30.

Instow Cricket Ground
9 Common Gull and 6 Black-headed Gull.

Foreshore to Fuel Jetty.
56 Whimbrel; 1 Turnstone; 22 Black-tailed Godwit; 69 Bar-tailed Godwit; c 70 Dunlin;
2 Grey Plover; 8 Wheatear and 3 Common Whitethroat plus Linnets and 1 Sedge Warbler in bushes by sand dunes.

Fuel Jetty to Main Jetty including Jetty Roost
47 Dunlin; 17 Whimbrel; 5 Wheatear; 2 Ringed Plover; 25 Oystercatcher; 1 Shelduck;
9 Grey Plover; 9 Bar-tailed Godwit and 13 Mute Swan flying in line-astern upriver.

Overflow Pond.
Several Sand Martins and Swallows feeding over the pond plus my 1st Swift of the year.
3 Reed Warbler and 2 Sedge Warbler plus 1 Cetti`s.

Walk back via Tarka Trail and Instow Barton Marsh 08:00 - 08:30.
6 Whimbrel and 8 Bar-tailed Godwit in the marsh with a further 29 Whimbrel flying overhead and inland. No doubt disturbed from the foreshore by this time, by walkers and their canine friends.
Plenty of Common Whitethroat and Blackcap in the bushes and trees along the trail, with
Blue Tits using the nest boxes installed on the heavily "pruned" trees by the side of the path.
Health and safety gone mad again?
Also a Stoat running back and fro across the trail.