River Exe, 23rd February

A great day around the Exe!

At Starcross the spotted redshank showed well feeding along the shoreline near the River Kenn mouth at low tide. A surprise bonus was a firecrest feeding in a hedgerow by the roadside in Starcross.

At Exminster the rose coloured starling showed well in trees by the allotments near the church, looking a bit tatty as it moults in to adult plumage.

At Darts Farm the male American wigeon showed well amongst the wigeon flock with 20+ fieldfares in a naerby field and a pair of reed buntings on the feeders. Amongst the brent geese flock I found the white headed bird I saw last Winter on Exminster Marsh and a pale bellied bird.

On the walk back to Topsham from Darts Farm a Jack snipe and 2 water pipits were found on the Marsh near the new footbridge.

From the viewing platform overlooking the River Clyst I found the curlew sandpiper amongst the dunlins before they flew off towards Exminster Marshes.

Finally a look from the hide at Bowling green Marsh and a spotted redshank came in to roost with some redshanks.

Posted February 23rd, 2013 at 8:54 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News