Bowling green marsh

A very good day on the marsh this morning watched from the hide 08:00 till 14:30

a very foggy morning limited what could be seen but the curlew sandpiper was very active in front of the hide with 300+ dunlin for most of the morning and 350+ avocet and 250+ bar tailed godwit, 1 grey plover and 40+ snipe, 10 pochard(6m,4f) 2 tufted duck, 2 Cetti's warblers, male reed bunting 

as the fog lifted and the sun came out could see the wigeon on the far side of the marsh as I was checking through them at 11:30ish came across a male American wigeon a second for the marsh after last years bird it showed well as it crossed the main scrape before becoming elusive on the far right from the hide it did eventually make its way in front of the hide giving fantastic views to all in the hide.  

also this morning 500+ brent geese over from darts farm area, and a peregrine flew low in front of the hide and caused havoc with the waders at times and later attacked a group of 20+ snipe.

the female long tailed duck was showing by topsham rec viewed from the exminster side of the river at 15:15

on exminster marsh the male Merlin was between station road and the motorway bridge at 16:10

stopped of on local patch around mill on the exe pub had good views of a dipper, 2 grey wagtail and a nice treecreeper to end a great days birding  

Posted February 16th, 2013 at 8:46 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News