Exe river and Exminster marshes

At the river exe 1 great-crested grebe and 20+ sand martins . By Mill on the Exe the local female goosander  was inspecting some mallards , the " one -footed " common sandpiper was nowhere to be seen by the wheir next to Mill on the Exe . Afterwards , at the beginning of Exminster marshes 5+ shelducks , 4+ little egrets , a pair of teal and 2 pairs of coots , 1 greylag goose keeping its distance from the abundant Canada geese , a flock of 15+ curlew landed onto one of the fields . Heading deeper into the marshes a pair of pheasants , 2 buzzards overhead , 2 kestrels flying quiet low , 1 female sparrowhawk also flying fairly low , 1 chiffchaff and 3+ singing. The highlight of the trip was the 1st brood of mallard ducklings , 7 , and on my way back the male  Great-spotted woodpecker which had been drumming on the same area for the past 2 days was drumming again on a tree trunk on a small woodland , establishing his territory , now that it's early spring.

Posted April 18th at 8:28 pm by Unai Marquez Pardo in Bird News