Turf to Countesswear 1200-1315

In the estuary were 150+ Avocets, 600+ Golden Plovers, and double figures of Grey and Ringed Plovers, no Godwits, but a few Rooks. It is noticeable that over the last couple of years these have started to follow Carrion Crows in becoming estuary birds (easily 500 of the latter most days). A response to, or a cause of, reduced wader numbers, or unrelated?

On Exminster Marsh were a female Marsh Harrier, a Peregrine, and the "missing" Godwits, plus an awful lot of Wigeon and others. Probably eight Water Rails in the ditch alongside the cycle path.

At Matford, a lone Cattle Egret was in the field South of the by-pass, and a Green Sandpiper in the Alphinbrook flood channel.

Seventy plus spp. in total.

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 4:34 pm by James Camden in Bird News