The Seaton Wetlands are a permanent home to a variety of wildfowl and a wintering ground for many others. The relatively mild, southern, coastal climate means that the Wetlands are usually saved from the harshest UK winter weather. Therefore they are a valuable any year and especially important when colder parts of Britain have freezing conditions. The River Exe marshes about 25 km away offer a much larger area of wetlands and marshes, helping to draw birds into the area, some which use the Seaton Wetlands. Some of the photos I present here may have been taken at Bowling Green Marsh (https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/bowling-green-and-goosemoor/) and along the Exe estuary at Topsham. However, they are of species which occur at both sites.
Shelducks are almost always to be seen at Seaton. They normally nest in holes, often using rabbit holes in coastal sand dunes. At Seaton they have nest sites specially constructed when the wetland scrape was made. The number of breeding pairs in spring and summer is usually high.
Teal are seen at Seaton all year round. They are small ducks, usually found around the wetland margins and on the intertidal marshes at low water. They may be found with other smaller ducks especially Widgeon.
Widgeon are grazing ducks often found close together in large flocks, constantly whistling to each other. Though they can been seen at Seaton, there are greater numbers on the Exe marshes (where this photo was taken).
Mallard ducks are the most widespread of British ducks. Their colours are striking and, if they were rarer, I am sure people would take special delight in seeing them. As it is, feeding the ducks is still a favourite activity of small children, including those visiting the education area at the Seaton Wetlands.
Shoveller ducks are not commonly seen - by me anyway - at Seaton but thay are a characteristic species which is obvious when you see it. The bill looks almost out proportion with its head. The males have the green head of a Mallard and body colours reminiscent of Shelduck, but in a totally different pattern and distribution.
Gadwalls are a duck species I see occasionally at Seaton. They are year round residents in the UK and, I would guess, are found at Seaton in all seasons. They are dabbling ducks, upending for aquatic plants and invertebrates.