Friday, 18 September 2009

Exminster - Shortie surprise!

The Shropshire contingent in Devon had now increased to numbers to 12 with the arrival of the SOS party for the weekend!

We met up at Dawlish Warren where a few bits and pieces were added to the list including Sanderling, Grey Plover, Ringed Plover, Turnstone and Whimbrel plus a Peregrine over the estuary!

An afternoon walk at Exminster Marshes had one really good bird in store for us - Short eared Owl!! Never an easy bird in Devon, a chat to the local reserve team revealed this was the first sighting of the Autumn!!

Despite being about 200m distant, we watched it for 15 minutes or so, perched on a stone pillar in a field viewed from the raised towpath, not far from the car park.










It then flew, disappearing onto the marsh after prey?? We never saw it again.....






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