Exminster marshes

A brief walk down Station Road at lunch time. Flood water is passable in wellington boots (just). In the lane 3 stonechats and one chiffchaff. Near the canal a male merlin flew out of a tree and flew east along the lane. Wonderful views in bright sun-light. A peregrine was sitting out in the middle of the marsh, north of lagoon and south of the lane. Its presence was upsetting the 600+ lapwing and 300+ golden plover. Elsewhere 1 dunlin and hundreds of wigeon and teal. Brent geese started arriving from the estuary as I left, joining about 200 feeding north of the lane.

Posted January 22nd, 2014 at 2:47 pm by John Waldon in Bird News