Exminster Marshes

Late afternoon walk down Station Road to canal and back. In the lane near the railway bridge was a loose collection of small birds comprising 2 goldcrests, c4 chiffchaffs and a few blue tits. Further on, on the fields to the south, was a flock of about 100 black-tailed godwits. Amongst this flock were 3 colour rung birds. I had assumed it was the same flock as yesterday but none of the rung birds today were the same as the 3 colour rung birds seen yesterday. So there are at least 6 colour rung godwits on the marsh. Unfortunately poor light prevented a definitive record of colour combinations today.

Nearer to the canal a male merlin was perched on one of the foot-bridges across the firelds to Topsham Cottage. Elsewhere I counted c200 lapwing, a further 200 black-tails and the usual barnacle goose amongst the Canada geese. Also lots of wigeon, teal and shoveller. Yesterday there were 20 gadwall on the lagoon and a green sandpiper flying over.

Posted November 28th, 2013 at 5:13 pm by John Waldon in Bird News