Isley Marsh and Jetty Roost.

07:30 - 09:30

On arrival at Isley approx 1/2hr before high tide, the 4 Spoonbills were being driven off the marsh by an exceptional high tide ( 7.8mtrs at Yelland Quay). All four flew off down river. 16 Little Egrets around the edges of the marsh and loads of Swallows feeding over the normally exposed but now covered vegatation.

A scan accross the river towards Pillsmouth did not find the Ospreys. A Cormorant was sat on the Osprey`s favourite post.

Jetty Roost was nearly overwhelmed by the high tide but a few waders managed to find the odd little island. The 4 Spoonbills had obviously found somewhere there to roost but were put-up by an uncontrolled dog. They then flew back up-river but not to Isley, as they were nowhere to be seen at 09:30 when I returned.

4 Grey Plover; c250 Oystercatcher; 17 Redshank; 31 Curlew; 1 Turnstone; c30 Mallard; 1 Little Egret and 5 Rock Pipits.

Still no sign of the Ospreys on the walk back.

Posted September 18th, 2012 at 2:56 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News