Tuesday, 21 January 2014


Visited the Double Locks Wetlands between Exeter and Countess Wear today looking for Green Sandpipers. Two were seen on Sunday there, but today there was no sign whatsoever. In fact the whole area was almost birdless. Could there have been some sort of disturbance before I got there? Not having much to go on for back-up birds for my 'Year tick for the day', I was mighty relieved to find a cracking male Goosander on the adjacent River Exe, my first for this year! And that was about it. A few Teal dotted about and a Common Snipe was all. It then came on to rain as usual, so I left, not wishing to get saturated for the umpteenth time this year.......

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