Around the Exe (15th september)

A brilliant days birding starting with a visit to Bowling Green Marsh, the Spoonbill was closer than on Sunday visit and showed well, Curlew and Black Tailed Godwit in good numbers,the Spotted Redshank showed periodically but very fleetingly, Dunlin, Redshank, Whimbrel, Ruff, Lapwing and a solitary Avocet regular movement of both Sand Martins and House Martins over the marsh. A Peregrine Falcon made a low level pass across the marsh and a Buzzard showed well from the hide circling to one side of the marsh.

An Osprey was sat on the same post out over the water towards Powderham as it had been on Sunday as viewed from the Goat Walk..

At Exminster marsh as reported near the Lions Rest the reported Grey Phalarope was showing well if screened at times by reed growth, just beyond the pond feeding around the cattle were at least five Yellow Wagtail which were proving difficult to watch due to the distance.

Stopping to speak to another birder on the way out we saw a flock of no less than 15 Yellow Wagtails take flight that had been feeding round a herd of cattle. Just on the exit to the main road another herd of cattle gave close up views of both Pied and Yellow Wagtails the area was alive with them. 

Going across the Powderham side of the Exe the Osprey was still sat on the same marker post, Ring Plover, Oyster Catcher, Common a single female Wheatear in the fieldsalongside the path.

At home in South Brent the visiting Hobby was with me from early morning and again at 2.55pm when it took to the offered food and circled the area eating the food on the wing this being the first time I have seen that behaviour with provided food, the Hillside Willow Tit came onto the feeders late in the day around 6.30pm and the resident Tawny owl showed well in the evening to finish the day off with 64 birds identified for the day.

Posted September 16th, 2015 at 9:52 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News