Exe to the Tamar

A very good birding day which started with a visit to the Exe estuary visiting Bowling Green Marsh at first light, the Viewing platform, Goatwalk and various spots in Topsham overlooking the river.

BGM is holding a large number of wading species a growing number of Teal, a huge flock of Black Headed Gulls dropped in, several Lapwings and a Common sandpiper close to the hide in the first channel.

Distant views from the viewing platform the closer waders being predominantly Redshank.

The Goat Walk gave views of a 60 plus flock of Dunlin, Godwits and a number of Heron.

Around Topsham good numbers of Black Tailed Godwits including a bird tag ringed both legs yellow over red.

An enjoyable visiting without seeing anything overly exciting.

This afternoon took me close to the Devon / Cornwall border above Plymouth, a first time visit to this area, male Kestrel hunting near the A386, Stonechat and Meadow Pipits in the same area.

Followed by Pied Wagtails, 4 Mute Swan, 9 Mallard, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, 3 Buzzard, Little Egret, 2 Cormorant, but the real buzz came when a juvenile female Peregrine Falcon came into view and over the next 30 minutes jostled with Buzzard, Raven and a juvenile Goshawk, an Osprey showed very briefly and the visit ended with a fly past from a Sparrow Hawk.

 

 

Posted September 25th, 2016 at 3:51 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding