Exminster Marshes

Visited between 8.30 and 9.30. Wind still gusty and at times strong. Between the gusts a few birds sang including Cettis, willow warbler, reed warbler, sedge warbler and blackcap. On the canal were two summer plumaged great-crested grebes and a lesser black-backed gull. The gull was eating a large dead fish (carp?).

Overhead a steady passage of swifts (estimated 100+), one house martin and one swallow. Six whimbrel flew north over the estuary. Few birds on the exposed pools - one male wigeon, c50 shelduck and a brood (4) of mallard. The familiar exotics (3 bar-headed geese, 5 greylags) were joined by a single barnacle goose. A peregrine flew over. The other bird of note was a song thrush carrying food; this used to be a very common bird on the marsh but today is note worthy.

Posted May 10th, 2013 at 10:21 am by John Waldon in Bird News