Walked around Sherpa Marsh (the reed-bed and ponds just south of the reserve) this morning. 4 Well grown cygnets, and at least one juvenile Little Grebe, but the water levels are really high and there are no muddy margins to attract waders...

This afternoon/evening I cycled down the Toll Road to the flood and sat watching the water level fall. Actually I had hoped it might be rising, but that didn't start happening until I left! Not much on show: 3 Greenshank, 1 Redshank, 3 Curlew, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Oystercatchers 6/7 Little Egrets, 3 Grey Heron and about 15 Dunlin which flew off! Star bird was undoubtedly the very dark adult female Marsh Harrier, which came in from the east (putting most of the birds up again) at just before 5p.m. landed, was spoken to by 3 Crows, and headed up and towards Crow Point before veering right back parallel with the Toll road until lost to view over Braunton Marsh. Not sure I've seen Marsh Harrier up here in July before.

Cycling back along the toll road there were several more Redshank and Greenshank by the waters edge. One adult Mediterranean Gull with about 150 Black-headed on the saltings.

Posted July 23rd, 2017 at 6:29 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News