South Huish Marsh & South Efford Marsh, Aveton Gifford

South Huish Marsh this morning gave me my first ever sighting of a Yellow Wagtail, the very stiff off shore winds and bright sunshine made for trying birding conditions, not as busy with bird life as on previous visits but two Common Sandpipers a summer plumage Dunlin showing nicely.

Four possibly five Wheatears, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Little Egrets, a Heron flew in landing in front of the gathered birders. Ducks included Teal, Mallard and Shellduck. Good numbers of both Swallow and House Martin throughout the visit and six Whimbrel.

South Efford Marsh,  Aveton Gifford was almost devoid of any birds, the estuary on a dropping tide gave at least seven Common Sandpipers but very little else. A few Shell duck and Gull species on the marsh, a female Sparrow Hawk actively hunting the far hedge, reasonable numbers of Linnets mostly in pairs.

On the way out a male Kestrel hovering in the strong winds and a Willow Warbler singing strongly by the old residential home.

At home in South Brent on the garden feeders a Greater Spotted Woodpecker and a vibrantly coloured male Siskin.

Posted April 21st, 2015 at 6:54 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News