Powderham Church to Turf Locks

The East Devon Branch field trip was joined by 27 members, who enjoyed the unusually calm and sunny weather this morning. As we set off, there was a Goldcrest in the trees near Powderham Church.  With the large attendence, we were rather spread out.  Before reaching the footbridge over the railway, the leading group were surprised to find a group of buntings, including at least one Cirl Bunting, which unfortunately flew off before everyone had a chance to see it. However, those towards the rear of the party found some Snipe and a Kingfisher nearby. Over the bridge, the tide in the estuary was already quite high, but we had good views of Shelduck and more distant Red-breasted Mergansers. As we walked along the path towards Turf locks, we enjoyed close views of Brent Geese, Oystercatchers, Redshanks and Wigeon in the muddy pools, and quite a large Curlew flock later on. Along the way, we also spotted several Meadow Pipits, a couple of Stonechats, and a smart Grey Wagtail. We didn't see too much more from the Turf Hotel lawn, but we added Common Gull to our list. It was soon time to retrace our steps back to Powderham - though several people decided to extend the walk and go on to Exminster marshes. Those of us who missed the Snipe on the outward journey got very good views on the way back.  

Posted February 4th, 2017 at 4:59 pm by Richard Swinbank in Bird News