Exminster marsh

 

Watched from 14:25 till 17:55

A great afternoon on the marsh with the highlight being at 14:55 with a fly over RED RUMPED SWALLOW along the railway path from the RSPB car park I picked it up as it flew towards me in a group of 6/7 swallow the pale throat stood out as it came closer I got my bins on the bird dark vent was visable as it went close overhead heading towards the rspb car park quickly disappearing. I rushed  back to the car park but no sign as a peregrine dived down into powderham marsh. I managed to find some other birders and we all searched up and down station road. My first in Devon but all to brief views but a great bird. Thanks to all the guys who helped try and relocate it.

just before the red rumped swallow a Hobby flew through powderham marsh heading north plenty of house Martin and swallows around , 2 reed warbler.

as we walked  up station road towards lion rest a Hobby flew over heading towards the motorway bridge probabley the bird reported over the lagoon earlier and was still around at about 17:20. Plenty of swallows and house Martins over the marsh especially towards the lagoon with more sand martins later in the afternoon.

on the walk back down station road just past liins rest I found to female Yellow wagtails among a group of cows close to the road giving good views to the five of us.

 

 

A great afternoon with some quality birds.

 

Posted April 23rd, 2015 at 7:43 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News