Such a treat to see cracking birds this morning at RSPB Bowling Green Marsh . As high tide approached the birds came in from the Exe estuary to rest and preen themselves . Picking a few of the top birds on show , Ruff retaining some of its breeding plumage (Saying that most of the birds there were in breeding plumage ) , Spotted Redshank , Spoonbill , Red and Green shank , Whimbrel , Lapwing , Curlew , Bar-tailed Godwit , Grey Heron , Sandwich Tern .