Exciting bird spot on Otter

PUBLISHED: 09:39 04 February 2008 | UPDATED: 14:35 09 April 2010

A SPECIAL bird was spotted on the Otter estuary by an Exmouth couple. The grey-brown water pipit was seen by keen birdwatchers Bob and Jenny Short, of Exeter Road.

A SPECIAL bird was spotted on the Otter estuary by an Exmouth couple.

The grey-brown water pipit was seen by keen birdwatchers Bob and Jenny Short, of Exeter Road.

East Devon District Council education ranger James Chubb said, while the bird was not rare to the south west, Mr and Mrs Short had been lucky to spot one.

"You would expect to see them in water meadows and places near the Exe and the Otter," said Mr Chubb. "They are a special bird to see. Not something I would class as unusual rarity because they haven't flown in from abroad but they are not common."

The bird was seen to the east of the Otter along the river from the Lime Kiln car park.

Mr Short, 78, and his wife, 67, are fledgling bird watchers and were delighted to have seen the 'special' bird so early into their new hobby.

Mr Short said: "This is a good part of the country to go bird watching. It's something my wife and I enjoy together.

"It's a relaxing hobby and we take photographs and compare notes. But we are not going to be a couple of mad twitchers!

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