Around the Exe

Starting at Matford, the Cackling Goose was still with Mallard and a Gadwall was with a good number of Wigeon and Teal. A couple of Chiffchaffs were followed by another singing.

Bowling Green Marsh seemed full to the brim with ducks and waders, before many of the latter left as the tide receded. Highlights were a couple of Spotted Redshanks, one of which was close to the road. Also notable was the arrival of large flocks of Wigeon to supplement those already there, a few Pintail and Greylags, a huge flock of Black-tailed Godwits, mostly feeding, a couple of Sparrowhawk sightings and a pair of Bullfinches.

About 150 Golden Plover were visible across the estuary from the Goat Walk. Over at Exminster Marshes, there were three more Bullfinches and a Lesser Redpoll. Scanning from the Kenn outlet at Powderham produced 8 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Guillemots (the most I've ever seen together in the Estuary), 12 Greenshanks and a Spotted Redshank (presumably one of those seen earlier).

There were 3 Red-legged Partridges in a field at Starcross, while the Slavonian Grebe was off Cockwood, as usual. Off Langstone Rock, there was a Great Northern Diver, but little else of note, then we set off to catch a few Woodcock leaving Haldon at dusk. However, we were delayed by a splendid Barn Owl hunting near the Mamhead road out of Starcross, but did finally see a couple of Woodcock around 5.00pm at Beggar's Bush, making a total of 83 species for the day.

Spotted Redshank at Bowling Green
Spotted Redshank at Bowling Green

Red-legged Partridges at Starcross
Red-legged Partridges at Starcross

Posted December 27th, 2015 at 6:53 pm by Dave & Penny Smallshire in Bird News