Up around the Exe today :~

Powderham :~ 21 plus Cattle Egret seen to fly from the Exe and over the deer park at Powderham, a few minutes later 16 Cattle Egret seen roosting on the old boat hulk on the Exe.

Little Egret, Heron, Redshank, 2 Greenshank , 7 Dunlin, Curlew, Oyster Catcher, one ringed with the local blue and yellow ring combination and Black tailed Godwit. 

Good numbers of Teal on the Rv Kenn.

From the Goat Walk :~ Osprey, initially on its usual post off of Exton, it then flew down the Exe and was fishing off of Starcross, Dunlin in their 100’s and in the flocks at least 4 Curlew Sandpiper and 9 Ringed Plover, 9 Knot, 2 Black Swan, 14 Little Egret and several distant Curlew.

RSPB Bowling Green Marsh :~ Ruff, 2 Common Sandpiper, adult Mediterranean Gull, large numbers of Black Headed Gull including a leucistic specimen, 2 LBBG, 3 Yellow Wagtail, Spoonbill, 25 Little Egret, 5 Heron, Coot, almost constant passage of House and Sand Martin, 3 Greenshank, 120 plus Curlew including several ringed birds including two flagged head start project birds, two birds fitted with GPS type transponders, calling Water Rail, two Peregrine sightings, 2 Whimbrel, at least seven Curlew Sandpiper, several Knot, Spotted Redshank, large numbers of Redshank one with a blue tag ring, Black Tailed Godwit and Dunlin in large numbers. In excess of 100 Canada geese.

Duck species included Mallard, 6 Pintail, Shoveler, 3 Gadwall, good numbers of Teal and Wigeon.

The first day of this autumn season where there have been large numbers of birds in evidence, which is very reassuring given the present avian flu situation and reports.