South Brent to the Exe

A remarkable day for weather variations, freezing conditions with snow, rain and mist followed by clear skies and sunshine.

Buckfastleigh WTW ~ Two Grey Wagtail, Wren, Robin, forty plus Black Headed Gull and two juvenile Herring Gull.

Around the feed station at the Haldon visitor centre the reported female Brambling seen three times but only showing very briefly as was a male Yellow Hammer (first one I have seen at the feed station) lots of Siskin and Coal Tit.

Exminster Marsh the reported four Barnacle Geese in full flight circling the marsh they dropped in towards the RSPB car park end of the marsh.

RSPB Bowling Green Marsh not overly busy possibly due to the very high levels of water, but duck species included Tufted, Pintail, Shoveler, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard and a single Pochard. Two Greenshank, Peregrine overhead, Buzzard, plenty of Lapwing, Dunlin, Snipe, seven Greylag Geese, Curlew, Redshank and Black Tailed Godwit.

The reported Yellow Browed Warbler periodically feeding across from the hide its bad eye now almost completely closed, a flock of feeding Wren came down the hedges either side of the road.

Darts Farm surprisingly busy (possibly due to the water levels) Kingfisher, a huge flock of Brent Geese, a single Ruff in with the flock of Black Tailed Godwit (two coloured ringed birds noted) lots of Lapwing, good numbers of Fieldfare, Snipe, Dunlin, Wigeon and Redshank.

Back home at South Brent a female Reed Bunting and Pied Wagtails visiting the garden feed station, twenty plus House Sparrow and a Sparrow hawk chasing a flock of small birds.

Posted January 30th, 2019 at 5:49 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding