Trip reports

Seaton Wetlands, Devon

Oystercatcher wading in shallow water
RSPB Image

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

It was a sunny morning when nine members met at the car park. The leader advised that the tide at 10am was 4.5m, which meant that the river and marsh were flooded.
A brief stop was made at the viewing platform for a look at the birds staying on the islands as mud scrapes were in short supply. We then went to the Tower Hide and, with the sun behind us, found large numbers of Redshank and also 2 Dunlin and 2 Greenshanks. Oystercatchers were on another patch and a Little Egret with a Grey Heron on the islands. Looking over the River Axe a Little Grebe was seen upstream and, over on the far side Curlew, Black tail Godwits and Wigeon were added to our list.
The Island Hide was our next target and as we made our way overhead there were 3 circling Buzzards and some Swallows. On arrival Malcolm found a Snipe on the bank and from inside the hide we saw a large flock of House Martins diving into the water to catch titbits. Before we left the leader found a Common Sandpiper, which he had been searching for.
Our final visit was to Colyford Common and luckily the boardwalks kept our feet dry. On route a Cetti's Warbler was calling and at the hide good numbers of Canada Geese, Cormorants, Little Egrets, a single Stock Dove and Grey Heron were noted. Time for lunch - as we made our way back Mary saw a Great Spotted Woodpecker flying into the far hedges.
The weather made this trip very enjoyable and 41 species of bird were recorded.
Don Cotton