4th of June 2012.

RSPB Isley Marsh – North Devon

Species seen 37.

A beautiful sunny afternoon spent along the Tarka Trail and the RSPB Isley Marsh area which is situated along the River Taw Estuary. In terms of birds seen the afternoon was very quiet as only 37 species were viewed!

On the open grassed area a great many Dunnock were seen and Skylarks were chirping in the grass and many were seen above, slowly flying higher and higher once airborne.

Over the estuary Shelduck, Grey Heron, Herring, Black Headed, Lesser Black Backed Gulls were feeding on the sandbanks. A solitary Oystercatcher flew past as did a flock of forty plus Dunlin. Sadly the Dunlin were the only waders seen?

The pond area was a perfect spot for lunch, while there birds within the reeds were Whitethroat, Reed Bunting, Reed and Sedge Warbler. Heard but not seen here were Little Grebe.

While walking, a Speckled Wood Butterfly was busy making its way alongest the bushes and it was good to see many Bees too. A single Weasel with its chestnut backed fur was seen briefly along with many Rabbits.
My last stop was Fremington Quay where a Chaffinch was observed singing in a bush; it stayed there constantly singing for over fifteen minutes! With the exception of three Mallard ducks, there were no birds seen along the Fremington inlet?

The hedgerow produced a family of Blue Tits with the parent bird seen feeding the youngsters.
 As always the wild flowers on route were vibrant with their colours showing even brighter in the good sunlight.

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