Trip reports

Seaton Wetlands, Devon

Seaton Wetlands, Devon
The friendly Robin Lorraine Highfield

Friday, 13 October 2017

On a rather murky, grey day eleven of us visited Seaton Wetlands, an area alongside the River Axe between Seaton and Colyford, which has gradually been expanded and improved to provide a great birdwatching site consisting of a series of fields and marshes with hides overlooking lagoons and the estuary.
In the morning we visited Black Hole Marsh, looked over the Axe from the Tower Hide and walked over to Colyford Common via the Discovery Centre with its welcome toilets. Highlights were an elusive Water Rail in the ditch behind the first viewing point; a Ruff, Little Stint, four Dunlin, a Common Sandpiper and another Water Rail on the lagoon; a Kingfisher hovering and diving in front of the Tower Hide; and four Ruff feeding in a field north of the lagoon. A Cattle Egret that had been reported earlier was seen by a few of us in the distance towards Seaton Marshes. As we were leaving the reserve a Robin flew up onto a handrail just a few feet away and sang to us. Back at the car park, but after most members had left, a Great Spotted Woodpecker flew in and out of a hole in a telegraph pole.
Although only advertised as a morning trip, in the afternoon six of us took the opportunity to go over to the Seaton Marshes area. Here we were able to get better, but still distant, views of the Cattle Egret appropriately attending a small herd of cattle, and added a Greenshank, Pied Wagtail and some finches to the bird list from the morning.
For the whole day we recorded 45 species, all seen apart from a Cetti's Warbler that as usual just gave its explosive song without showing.
Malcolm