Around the Exe

RSPB Bowling Green Marsh just on the high tide in company with several hundred Black Headed Gull were Common Gull 4, Mediterranean Gull 1, large number of Godwits predominately Black Tailed, 71 + Redshank, Dunlin, Snipe, Curlew,  Pintail and Shoveller Duck.

One of the Black Tailed Godwits was subject of the following reply having been seen in Topsham about 8 weeks ago This bird was ringed in Iceland by Tómas Gunnarsson and co-workers. I sent them your sighting, you should receive the bird's life-story from Bodvar Thorisson. All sightings you get of Black-tailed Godwits with 2 colour rings in each tibia, being the lower right tibia position a Red flag are birds ringed in Iceland by Tómas. If you want, you can send him directly the data from future sights ( 

From the viewing platform a count of 81 Avocet, large numbers of Waders on the opposite bank mostly Godwit, Curlew, Dunlin 156+, Grey Plover and Knot. Several birders present viewed a solitary duck on the water that took flight and landed after a short time in the air was declared a female Golden Eye, female Red Breasted Merganser.

Jays almost constantly overhead collecting food, a Water Rail called and soon after two showed in the ditch just below the platform much to the delight of the East Devon group of DBWPS who were just arriving.

Exminster Marsh, Chiffchaff on arrival at the car park and a female Reed Bunting on leaving. Birders leaving reported a Marsh Harrier that had been showing well. From the hide overlooking the lagoon Widgeon, Tufted Duck 2, Pintail 4 and growing numbers of Canadian Geese, 8 Golden Plover flew low over the hide.

Haldon Forest Park, not the expected build-up of birds but Siskin, Song Thrush, GSWP, Green Finch, Pied Wagtails and a Buzzard showing. On leaving three Fallow doe on the Chudleigh road.

Posted November 7th, 2016 at 3:57 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News