Thursday 11 May 2017

Bit more movement

Tuesday 8th was the day I finally had a double figure count of House Martins with 30+ flying over Seaton Marshes and Borrow Pit. There was a Common Sandpiper and 2 Whimbrel out on the estuary from Tower Hide but it was otherwise quiet. Another look around in the evening yielded 2 Whimbrel on Black Hole Marsh but little else. After seeing a couple of 2nd/3rd hand reports on Twitter I had a look around Axmouth for a Ring-necked Parakeet but couldn't find it. We spoke to a local and it seems no-one noticed if it was ringed or not.

Wednesday 9th had some more movement of House Martins with 8 over Seaton Marshes in the evening and 14 (perhaps including some of the 8) over Black Hole Marsh slightly later. The female Goosander was again on Black Hole Marsh late evening, as was 1 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper and 3 Ringed Plover. Robin Morrison reported a Whinchat from Axe Cliff. Bird of the day would have been a Cuckoo which Ian Waite saw flying from Black Hole Marsh towards Seaton Marshes late afternoon; Brendan Shiels had it from a tram whilst I was on site but I didn't manage to see it.

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