Exminster Marshes

To begin with I will admit that I failed to relocate the wheatear and water pipit seen by James Diamond on the marshes this morning. In fact the afternoon felt like winter with a strong cold southerly breeze and low cloud.

The wigeon and teal numbers continue to fall but over 60 shelduck was an increase and a sign of change. I also counted over 60 shoveller, 15 pintail and 8+ tufted duck. The flock of c600 brent geese contained the black brant, they all flew out on to the estuary mid afternoon. Apart from c30 curlew there were no other waders on the marshes although c90 golden plover flew over onto the estuary in small groups of c20 birds.

At 3.00pm just ahead of a light shower at least 9 sand martins appeared flying low over the pools. There may have been more but 9 was the most I could see at one time. Also on the way back I heard or saw more than 4 chiffchaffs, maybe these were also new arrivals.

 

 

 

Posted March 12th, 2015 at 4:15 pm by John Waldon in Bird News