Sunday 4 March 2018

Excellent afternoon on patch!

A check of Colyford Common early afternoon yielded the goods with 4 Gadwall and a Grey Plover when I arrived. Seeing as birds were still flying in I waited a couple of hours and was rewarded with another 2 Gadwall bringing the total to 6. Then a Ruff flew in. And then another! They soon flew to fields on the other side of the estuary but there was one up on Bridge Marsh shortly afterwards which was probably a 3rd bird based on plumage, although it was hard to tell due to scoping from a distance. Next bird to fly in was a stunning drake Pintail! It was great to see so many (locally) decent birds at once on Colyford Common. The long-staying Greenshank and Marsh Harrier were still about too.

I checked the area again at dusk on my way back from the gym and ended up getting soaked; the only additional birds of note were 2 Peregrines on separate kills.

As is usual with Colyford Common the pics are all very distant so please forgive the limited number of pixels here:

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