Bowling green marsh and exminster marsh

Bowling green marsh 07:45 till 09:30

the highlight was a female hen harrier flying over the marsh before dropping out of view onto the clyst at 08:14, 1 grey plover, 75+ avocet,  1 water rail, 250+ bar tailed godwits, good numbers of black tailed godwits, wigeon, 7 tufted duck, 6 pochard(3m,3f), 100+ dunlin and 170+ lapwing, and 30+ snipe, by the viewing platform great views of a very vocal Cetti's warbler and 2 chiffchaffs and the curlew sandpiper was on the clyst with dunlin 

Exminster marsh 10:30 till 12:30

on the lagoon good views of a female smew with pochards and tufted duck, around the marsh 4+ stonechat, 3 Cetti's warblers and 4 chiffchaffs, 120+ golden plover, the male Merlin was over towards the motorway bridge 

a good morning around the marshes 

Posted February 9th, 2013 at 2:49 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News