The field trip by the Plymouth Devon Birds Branch to Seaton Wetlands, East Devon on Saturday 5th September attracted 14 members in good weather. We arrived 2 hours before high water and during the visit 57 species were observed.
Canada Goose, Shellduck, Wigeon, Mallard, Teal, Pheasant, Red Legged Partridge, Little Grebe, Cormorant, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Buzzard, Osprey, Peregrine, Water Rail, Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover (Juv), Lapwing, 5 Little Stint, , Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Green Sand Piper, Redshank, Blacktailed Godwit, Bartailed Godwit, Curlew, Blackheaded Gull, Herring Gull, Greater Blacked Backed Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Stock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Kingfisher, Swallow, House Martin, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Wheatear, Black Bird, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Raven, Carron Crow, Rook, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet.
Members of the group are very impressed with the facilities at Seaton and with the size of the hides it was easy for everyone to obtain good views of the birds. It also helped ensure we were able to discuss identification details on some of the waders, which can be problematic when there are juveniles or birds in-between summer and winter plumages. Members also asked could we insure that the venue is included in next years programme.
Dave Easter took some remarkable photographs while there (especially the Osprey with a Grey Mullet in its talons) which are shown below.