Naturelog: 28 February

Keith and I headed off to Exeter today to look around the city. However the train travels along the River Teign, the coast and the Exe estuary before it reaches the city, so a chance to see some birds on the way. Large numbers of Redshank, Black-tailed Godwits, Dunlin and Oystercatchers are present plus Shelduck, Cormorants and Gulls. On our arrival, our first stop is a local Church to see the Peregrines which roost there. we are fortunate and both are sitting out on the steeple before the male flies off.

Peregrine Falcons
Photo by Keith

On the way back to our base in Brixham, I see a Little Grebe on the River Exe in the city and 12 Brent Geese on the Exe estuary to add to the species seen on our trip.

Brant Goose [sp] (Branta bernicla)
Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Eurasian Curlew [sp] (Numenius arquata)
Black-tailed Godwit [sp] (Limosa limosa)
Dunlin [sp] (Calidris alpina)
Common Redshank [sp] (Tringa totanus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
European Herring Gull [sp] (Larus argentatus)
Rock Dove (Feral) (Columba livia ‘feral’)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Peregrine Falcon [sp] (Falco peregrinus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
White Wagtail (Pied) (Motacilla alba yarrellii)

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