Powderham Marsh - Exeter Canal - Matford

Walked a loop from Exminster to Matford and back this morning:

- from the Powderham Marsh platform, 3/400 Lapwings, with, initially, c30 Golden Plover mixed in. As the tide rose, another c200 of the latter arrived, glowing in the sunshine, but sounding as mournful as ever. They must know something that we don't.. Three Kestrels were perched on the pylons and trees, several Cirl Buntings visited the bird table, and a 75+ flock of seed-eaters in the hedges, mainly Chaffinches, (perhaps someone else could find a Brambling?), included several Reed Buntings;

- in the ditches of Exminster Marsh and along the canal bank were ten+ Cetti's, some singing, and six+ Water Rails, all squealing. Couldn't see the Goldeneye from Topsham Lock;

- at Matford were eight Redshank (unusual for here), six Snipe and a Green Sandpiper, plus the usual Godwits and ducks (and a dozen or more Coot, so that omission has been rectified).

Posted January 7th at 9:29 pm by James Camden in Bird News