Velator reserve and the river Caen.

From the bridge to the reserve field, both Kingfisher and Dipper flew off downstream. Walked the riverbank as far as the lighting gantry. 4/5 Wheatears, 60+ Dunlin, and just when I started giving them a good grilling they all (and all the BH Gulls) went up. Quickly found why: a female Peregrine flew menacingly off towards the main estuary. As I turned to follow in that direction, another Peregrine (male this time) took off from somewhere behind me and did a couple of circuits (of me!) before heading west towards Braunton Burrows. A  family(?) party of 5 Stonechats. 2 Redshank not far south of Marstage Farm. Still several hundred Canada Geese. In the reserve another - or the same - Kingfisher. South of the reserve 2 Cattle Egrets with the cows. One Black-tailed Godwit on the scrape.

Posted September 12th at 1:45 pm by jon turner in Bird News