Exminster Marshes in flood

This afternoon, viewing by scope from my granddaughter's bedroom in Exminster, I managed to see the Whooper Swan, a Black Swan (waddling across the estuary mud towards the Clyst channel, Bar-headed Goose, 2 Greylags, c40 Pintail among hundreds of Wigeon and Teal and fewer Mallard and Shoveler, c700 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Ruff, c12 Dunlin, Redshank and c35 Avocets. There was also a smallish wader with a dark pectoral band (Pec???) briefly and a juvenile Herring Gull with extremely dark underside and pale head - I was in Toronto recently, and this bird looked remarkably like the juv American Herring Gulls there - but extreme distance meant no chance of confirmation. All but the Whooper and the gull were south of Swan's Nest lane.

Posted October 14th, 2012 at 10:36 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News