8th of September 2011.

RSPB - Darts Farm & RSPB Bowling Green - Exe Estuary.

From our base in West Down, North Devon experiencing torrential rain and a relatively cold day, we decided to drive south to explore the Exeter area. Having put warm clothing on etc, we were absolutely boiling when we arrived, as the difference in temperature was 10 degrees higher! Amazing to think that the distance was only 60 miles?

Lunch was at the Fish cafe, most enjoyable fresh produce, eaten in lovely sunshine.

From here we walked the mile or so to the RSPB Bowling Green site on the Exe Estuary.

Species seen 32.

Before arriving at the hide we had good views of two Osprey. An adult in flight around the area and one juvenile perched on a boat mast, which didn't move for a very long time. I guess it had spent a great deal of time fishing and was having a long rest.

Once the high tide had come in, the inland views from the hide included 300 + Curlew, 200 + Black Tailed Godwits, plus Little Egret, Shelduck, Grey Heron, Whimbrel, Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher & Wheatear.

Other birds seen were, Canada Geese, Mute swan, Mallard, Teal, Cormorant, Buzzard, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Black Headed Gull, Common Gull, Wood pigeon, Magpie, Jackjaw, Carrion Crow, Swallow, House Martin, Sand Martin, Robin, Pied Wagtail, Goldfinch, Tree Sparrow.

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