Exeter - Turf

Miscellaneous observations from this morning's walk down the towpath and back:

Blackcap song audible for much of the way, perhaps twenty birds in total, with double that of Chiff-Chaffs, and half a dozen Cetti's;

at Countesswear, a Green sandpiper was in the river, and at Matford ponds the Little Grebe was trilling away, with a pair of Stock Doves in the dead Oaks. The rookery now has an outpost on the East bank of the river opposite the sewage works (don't remember seeing them there before);

on Exminster marshes, a Peregrine was on one of the pylons, two small groups of Sand Martins headed North, three Gadwall were near the fishermans' car park (a very belated year tick for me), three Water Rails squealed from the ditches, and, in the distance, the Lapwings were very active in display and harrying the intruding crows;

in the estuary, around 50 Golden Plover were still present, sounding more mournful than ever, and a distant dark dot bouncing in the waves was, I think, the Slavonian Grebe in Summer plumage, although I have not seen it in the upper estuary before.

Posted April 2nd at 4:25 pm by James Camden in General Birding