Haldon and Exminster Marsh

Haldon Forest Park while closed the general public due to the potential danger from high winds the staff did let a few birders onto the park which allowed views of two male Bramblings that were frequenting the feed station in front of the Rangers office. Good numbers of both Chaffinch and Siskin. Other species included two Song Thrush, one Redwing, Greenfinch, Nuthatch, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, two Pied Wagtails, Blue, Great and Coal Tit, on leaving a Raven overhead.

Exminster Marsh gave a Peregrine Falcon that was causing a stir amongst the waders and waterfowl, a flock of Golden Plover, lots of Lapwing, Canadian Geese beyond counting, a count of 96 Rook in one field, plenty of  Redshank, Dunlin, largeflocks of Brent Geese. Three Heron, several Little Egrets, female Reed Bunting, three Stonechat, duck species included Wigeon still in very large numbers, Shoveller, Pintail, Tufted, Teal, Shellduck and lots of birders hoping for the Short Eared Owl that again in the time that I was there remained out of sight.

Posted February 3rd, 2016 at 8:52 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News