Little terns topsham

Watched from 08:00 till 12:45

After doing the hedges first with nothing new in headed to the viewing platform at bowling green marsh , 20+ knot , 45+ bar tailed godwits and 20+ great crested grebes around the estuary , just after 08:30 picked up 3 small terns of starcross but with the light they were to far to confirm ID but size and flight pattern suggested little tern they eventually flew up river so I rushed around to the goatwalk and  they were just of riversmeet house but now there were 4 , they flew down river eventually they came back up river and this time there was 5 they were feeding along the edge of the estuary from turf up towards topsham they were around till just before 12:00, 

At least 60+ whimbrel flew up river in 3 groups whilst watching the little terns , 1 sandwich tern and 1 Avocet was opposite goatwalk, 

A quick look again from the viewing platform produced 45+ grey plover , 1 turnstone, 11 ringed plover.

Posted April 16th, 2017 at 3:39 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News