Starcross to Dawlish Warren

Amongst the usual hordes of wildfowl and waders, this afternoon's WeBS count produced Slavonian and 2 Great Crested Grebes and 398 Brent Geese, of which 15.5% were juvs (so they've have a reasonable breeding season). In very dull conditions after a shower, Snipe were feeding and preening out on the open mud by the saltmarsh at Dawlish Warren - a total of 53 seen. I've never seen them feeding out in the open on the estuary mud like this before; it was rather bizarre to seen them feeding alongside Turnstones, Redshanks, Dunlin and Oystercatchers! I wonder if they feed on the open mud like this at night? Oh for a hide at the back of the golf course and a night vision camera! A Cirl Bunting singing on the edge of the golf course was a surprise, given the awful weather.

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 8:25 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News