Exminster Marshes

A beautiful afternoon, calm and sunny. Walked down Station Road to the canal and then to Turf and returned on the same route. Lots of wigeon, teal and lapwing on the fields. A few shoveller, mallard and 8 tufted duck were in the ditches. 

A flock of c300 brent geese feeding near Turf contained the adult black brant. Another smaller flock were north of Station Road. In the approach to the canal entrance two (a pair) of red-breasted mergansers were fishing. Also kingfisher seen there. A f/imm gooseander flew up and then down the canal.

A few waders on the marsh; dunlin (12), curlew (c20), black-tailed godwit (1) and snipe (6). Saw 2 Cettis warblers and heard c4 others. Several stonechats were on the fields otherwise few other small birds. Good views of a waterail and heard many more.

A colour-rung black-tailed godwit seen recently on the marshes is a familar bird and was rung in France at Sarzeau in 2001 and has been seen almost annually on the Exe since. It was reported on its breeding ground in Iceland in 2010.

Posted December 29th, 2014 at 5:05 pm by John Waldon in Bird News