Exminister to Powderham

Finally got around to going to look for the Snow Bunting this morning and was not disapointed. While walking form Exminster we saw a Peregrine spooking the waders on the estuary, eventually departing with a small wader for breakfast. A pair of Goldeneye landed briefly in the main channel before continuing to fly up the estuary. 3 Red-legged Partridge were our first of the year. The Snow Bunting was found feeding on the mud at the base of the sea wall, it then climbed the wall and was lost when it got close to the top. As we turned to walk back the bunting was in the middle of the path, under our feet. We had to wait for it to fly up on to the wall before we passed! We dropped down onto the cycle track to walk back, flushing a Water Pipit from the edge of the drainage channel next to the track, the bird then showed well, moving in front of us.

Posted January 31st, 2015 at 9:18 pm in Bird News