Dawlish Warren to Countesswear

From the seafront, 30+ G-c Grebe, 10+Common Scoter, and several distant feeding Gannets, but without a 'scope, the sea was too rough for me to pick up anything else.

In Powderham Park, the herons were busy courting, squabbling and building.

In the estuary from Powderham Corner to Turf and beyond were the usual R-b Mergansers, Avocets, godwits (both), Lapwings and Golden, Grey and Ringed Plovers, plus my first Knot (4) of the year.

On the marshes, the Snow Goose was S of Turf and W of the railway, so only visible from Powderham footbridge, the 4 Barnacles were close to Swan's Nest Road, 10 Greylags were near the main pond, and a Peregrine was disturbing the Lapwings, ducks and Starlings.

On the river from Topsham Lock, 2 Goldeneye were feeding.

Finally, at Countesswear, from the sewage works access road, a Water Rail was feeding out on the exposed mud at least five yards from cover, with a Common Sandpiper nearby, and a Treecreeper singing from the canal-side Oaks.

Overall, more than 80 spp., including 15 each of waders and Anseriformes.

Posted February 4th at 4:54 pm by James Camden in General Birding