On Thursday afternoon, to try & take my mind off of the empty patch of carpet where Vera is normally nesting in her basket, I headed off to Exminster Marsh. The sky looked dark & threatening, but I actually managed to have a visit without getting rained on.
I started off at the Fisherman's car park & walked up the road. Luckily I bumped into Keith, who regularly posts on Devon Bird News, who found me the 3 Garganey. There were a male & female who appeared to be paired off, and another male who tried briefly & unsuccessfully to muscle in on the act. The sky was full of Swifts, with a few Swallows & House Martins. Then I saw a Hobby fly over, my first of the year. It was also the first of many for the day, at one stage there were 3 sitting on adjacent posts & a couple flying over. There was also a Peregrine having dinner. There were quite a few Sedge, Reed & Cetti's warblers singing along the lane & I actually got a good view of a Reed for a change. The path beside the railway was a bit damp but not too bad, but once I got to the path that crosses the fields to the canal bank I was glad I was wearing my wellies. The field was also full of cows & it took me 3 attempts to try & muster the nerve to walk through them. They were a menacing looking bunch.
|The view across the marsh from the back path|
|The estuary from The Turf pub|
Back along the canal bank, it was windy but at least the rain held off.
|At least the sun was trying!|
|The sun was doing a much better job today|
Year List now on 182 + 2