Exminster Marshes

Walked Down Station Road at 9.00. Still flooded at the S bend but probably negotiable in tall wellies. I didn't bother. Lots of birds everywhere and I did not spend a lot of time counting. A flock of between 500 and 600 dunlin was impressive and eventually landed near the road giving excellent views. With them a few redshank and 6+ snipe. The lapwing were particularly difficult but I counted at least 300. A flock of c300 brent geese flew up from the southern marsh and settled down again. There were a few curlew with that flock. Ducks included wigeon, teal , mallard, shoveller and a couple of gadwall.

In the trees alongside the lane 6 redwing, 6 blackbirds, 1 chiffchaff and 2 goldcrests.

Yesterday (29 Dec) a ring tailed harrier was hunting over the marsh at dusk. I assume it was a hen harrier but looked very slim and buoyant. Also little owl dead on the Exminster by-pass early in the morning.



Posted December 30th, 2012 at 11:26 am by John Waldon in Bird News