Sunday 22 January 2023

Seaton Wetlands, mid January 2023

The Isabelline Warbler was showing well when I visited on the 11th and 13th January.  On both days it was in the same area and was largely unflustered by the attention it was getting.  One of the local birders commented that it did not look particularly 'well'. It was seen on the 14th January but I don't think it has been sighted since. It is a bird that normally winters in much hotter regions, so Colyford may have been a real challenge.

Plenty of Meadow pipits and Stonechats also on show for the casual birder. There were reports of Rock and Water pipits on Colyford common as well.

There was plenty of wind and rain in the area in mid-January. The wind had an interesting impact on usually sleek appearence of this Little egret at Colyton.

The River Coly was full and running fast through Colyton.  This Coromorant was coasting with the rapid flow, diving regularly, as the Coly headed towards its confluence with the River Axe.

The Black Hole Marsh itself in Seaton Wetlands has been fairly empty everytime I have visited since the summer and this has continued into January 2023.  Something the Wild East Devon ecologists are no doubt investigating.

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