Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Exminster Marshes

Another wet morning. At least 3 Med gulls with c100 black-headed gulls on the pool nearest to the canal-side car park. Otherwise 9 little egrets, 1 black-tailed godwit and the avocet.

Yesterday evening at about 10.30 pm two flocks of waders flew on to the marshes from the estuary. Together about 120 birds, it was too dark to identify them but they looked about whimbrel size and I could hear whimbrel calls. Interestingly this was after high tide and the water was falling, so did they just arrive or had been disturbed from a high tide roost elsewhere on the estuary. No sign this morning at high water.