Trip reports

Seaton Wetlands, Devon

Water rail feeding at waters edge
RSPB Image

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Eight members met in the car park at Seaton on a lovely warm day for the visit. Since the last time the overhead power line over Black Hole Marsh has been replaced by a buried cable. In the last week 200 water voles have been released at locations around the area and will be monitored.

We set off for Tower Hide located at the River Axe and there recorded 4 Little Grebes on the lagoon and 2 in the river. 22 Curlew were seen on the river bank and for the lagoon we added 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper and good numbers of Dunlin, Redshank, Black tailed Godwits and Little Egrets.

Our next stop was the Island Hide where we found 2 Green Sandpipers and compared them with the Common Sandpiper for plumage. Rob gave a cry as he found a Water Rail at the distant reed bed for us to see through his telescope. Then it was off to the Ringers Hut where we had a view of Colyford Common and its hide but the scrape was dry so not visited today.

Lunch was taken at midday before going by car to visit Borrow Pit at Seaton Marsh where we had a report of a Cattle Egret. The bird was located with cattle in the fields. We walked around the Pit and saw a Sparrowhawk overhead and a flock of Long-tailed Tits with a Treecreeper in the trees. The meeting finished for the trip at Seaton Hide where we added Cormorant and Whimbrel to our total seen.

For the day 38 species were recorded and the day will also be remembered for the weather, so warm and sunny.

Don Cotton