Exe Estuary WeBS count

Superb conditions for probably the most accurate WeBS count I've ever done! Sunny weather (bit of heat haze) and no disturbance between Starcross and Dawlish Warren saltmarsh (my section), although plenty of activity elsewhere on the estuary. Among the 2,293 birds were 24 Cattle Egrets (presumably the 19+ with cattle seen earlier above Cockwood Marsh), 18 Shags, 225 Wigeon, 754 Teal, 2 Mergansers, 103 Oystercatchers, 21 Ringed Plover (roosting on Cockwood sea wall), 10 Grey Plover, 13 Knot, 117 Dunlin, 35 Bar-tailed Godwits, Whimbrel, 548 Curlew, 339 Redshank, 38 Turnstone and 4 Common Gulls.  2-3 Rock Pipits were in the saltmarsh (one day I'm going to find a Bluethroat there!).  Looking towards the hide, I could see a group of Pale-bellied Brents with the Dark-bellied Brents and Canadas.

Posted October 11th at 5:28 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News