Yes lots of water about the patch today - it really did tip down during the night. As a result, and despite other things going on in my life at the moment, I was keen to get out and check it all.
My original idea was for a vigil from the Tower Hide at Black Hole Marsh, but this was almost immediately foiled. I knew I should have put my wellies in the boot...
|The path to tower hide - and this was at low tide!|
Black Hole Marsh was very quiet, I didn't see a single wader on it. Although a Green Sand and two Dunlin did fly over it - both heading north.
Next stop was the Axmouth FC scrape - of Long-billed Dowitcher fame! A nice juv Curlew Sand was a surprise here, and looked very out of place, with a Ruff, 21 Wigeon and a Yellow Wagtail also present.
I had then hoped for a look over Bridge Marsh, but the A3052 was closed due to a diesel spill and multiple accidents, so I headed for the Farm Gate. From here, on the Estuary were 51 Black-tailed Godwits and a single Knot, and on Colyford scrape two Wood Sandpipers (first found yesterday) and a Greenshank. My last action of the morning was a walk along Seaton Beach, which gave just a single Ringed Plover.
This afternoon, at about half two once I had heard the A3052 was now open, I headed back out. A quick check at Black Hole Marsh showed a Little Stint (relocated by my old man an hour or two earlier), and then I headed for Bridge Marsh. One of the Wood Sands was now here, and what I thought was going to prove to be the earlier Axmouth FC Ruff - was actually a second bird.
Axmouth FC scrape showed the Ruff still (this one is a big male), and also a Bar-tailed Godwit and drake Gadwall. It was then back to the Farm Gate.
Scoping across to the Colyford scrape I was a bit taken aback when this flew through my field of view...
|Juv Marsh Harrier Colyford Marsh|
It was great to watch this gorgeous juv Marsh Harrier hunting over the marsh, at first alone, but soon joined by Karen. It disappeared into the reeds just before I left, although I have heard it's been seen again.
And now I'm back home! So although I didn't turn up the rare wader I was hoping for, I have seen 16 species of wader on patch today (a high total for here!) - let's hope it is tomorrow that I find species number 17! And that it's a good one!