bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide from 08:05 till 12:15

A beautiful morning on the marsh after checking all the groups of dunlin finally located the Curlew sandpiper in front of the hide it quickly flew out of sight but soon returned giving great views to all in the hide, final count of dunlin was 710+ a new high count for me on the marsh, other counts were 1000+ black tailed godwits, 275+ bar tailed godwits, 356+ avocet, 200+ redshank,1 grey plover, 50+ snipe, 3 gadwall, 3 tufted duck(2m,1f), 7 pintail(3m,4f),450+ wigeon, 1 water rail, 1 kingfisher, 3 jay, 21+ redwing , 3 song thrush, 1 mistle thrush , 3 little grebes, peregrine and sparrowhawk, 2 buzzards, 20+ moorhen, 150+ teal, 1 common gull.

From topsham quay while waiting for the bus scanned the river and found the female long tailed duck down river towards turf.

A quick look around the  river by the mill on the exe pub in Exeter produced 2 grey wagtail and great views of a dipper and 5+ common gulls

Posted February 2nd, 2013 at 9:17 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News