Sunday, 20 August 2017
We turned up to Topsham and walked down to the hide at Bowling Green Marsh at around 10:30 am.
A sunny with some cloud day but there were good numbers of Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper and a single Holly Blue seen along the lane as we approached the hide.
The RSPB has done a fantastic job of the hide and indeed the wildlife garden around it the plants and flowers encouraging both birds and insects as we were there.
As we opened the door to the hide we could not believe that it was full of fellow birders. We did however manage to get a seat and it wasn't long until we saw why there was so many people. It was approaching high tide on the Exe and hundreds of waders were flying into the reserve to rest and roost on the various islands of land.
We spent over 3 hours watching the comings and goings of various waders, it was simply amazing and mesmerising to watch them roost, preen, feed and fly and to see what would turn up. I don't think we have ever seen so many Curlews in one place and it was brilliant to see Whimbrel in with them.
Highlights of the day were Barnacle Goose, Little Egret, Curlew, Whimbrel, Buzzard, Dunlin, Redshank, Common Sanpiper, Green Sandpiper, Black tailed Godwit and Lapwing.
Can't wait to return during the winter months to see what Bowling Green has to offer.
Roosting at the very back of the reserve.
roosting birds restless
Dunlin and Redshank