Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Exminster Marshes

Brief visit this morning in very wet and cold conditions. It didn't feel like June. Maybe the ibis and spoonbill had similar reservations about the weather and moved on. The ibis left shortly after 9.00 yesterday and the spoonbill was not seen yesterday evening although it was present in the morning, at about 11.00 am.

The rain has filled the pools to the benefit of the waterfowl including - 4 tufted duck, 2 gadwall, 2 teal, 2 wigeon, c20 mallard and lots of shelduck (c35). A few waders were on the pool close to the canal-side car park - 1 dunlin (2 yesterday evening both sp), 1 black-tailed godwit (sp), 1 avocet and 2 lapwings.

Flocks of swallows, house martins, swifts and a few sand martins were busy feeding in the lee of any trees. Roll on summer.