Exeter Quay - Countesswear

Walked a loop down the river and up the canal early this morning.

Lots of song in the sunshine from the common passerines, with minor contributions from Dipper, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Grey Wagtail, Reed Bunting, Cetti's Warbler and Blackcap, I believe an over-wintering bird. The local Ravens were very vocal around sunrise; I assume that they, like the rest, have to tell their neighbours that they have survived the night. The Rooks at Matford, 80+ nests, added their few decibels. Approx. ten Sand Martins were feeding over the Countesswear ponds.

Non-passerine "song" came from all four Pigeon/Dove spp., Water Rail, Little Grebe and both Woodpeckers. 

Two each of Redshank and Green Sandpiper were feeding, silently, in the flood channels, and a handful of Wigeon, Teal and Shoveler remain at Matford.

Around 60 spp. in total by 09.30.

Posted March 22nd at 10:08 pm by James Camden in General Birding