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Monday, 20 February 2017

Dartford Warbler

I went for a look around Aylesbeare Common this morning and it was quite atmospheric with the mist rolling in . But I did manage to see the bird that I was looking for the Dartford Warbler but I only connected with 2 of them , not a lot else was on show with only a few Coal Tit and Goldcrest and a calling European Green Woodpecker .
So I made my way back to Bowling Green Marsh in Topsham where I saw 2 male and 2 female Northern Pintail , 100+ Black-Tailed Godwit , 50+ Bar-Tailed Godwit , 3 Common Snipe and a male Peregrine Falcon .

Northern Pintail ( Anus acuta ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Bohemian Waxwing

There was not a lot of time for birding today . But Sue and I managed to get in a little bit out at Yarner Wood on the edge of Dartmoor , on the way there the 10 Bohemian Waxwing were still showing at Heathfield beside the main road , out at the wood we didn`t see a lot with only the common woodland birds seen with 2 Eurasian Nuthatch , 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker , 15 Blue Tit , 12 Great Tit 8 Marsh Tit , 6 Coal Tit , 6 Common Chaffinch and a male and female Eurasian Siskin .

Great Tit ( Parus major ) . Yarner Wood . Devon

Great Spotted Woodpecker ( Dendrocopos major ) . Yarner Wood . Devon

Friday, 17 February 2017

Birding Dorset

Today me and my mate Ken went up to Dorset to do some birding with our first stop at Thumb Lane in Weston to look for the Hume`s Leaf Warbler that has been seen there , we had to wait for over an hour for the bird to make an appearance and when it did show it showed well and was very vocal , but it was mostly at the top of the trees & always on the move making it quite hard to get shots of it .
We then went to Dorchester to look for an adult Rose-Coloured Starling and as we had already dipped this bird last week we had our fingers crossed for today and it worked as the bird showed but only for a short while , we then went for a look at Lodmoor in Weymouth where we saw a male and female Western Marsh Harrier`s , on then to Portland Bill where 2 Short-Eared Owls showed very well in the top fields , the day ended at the fleet at Abbotsbury where we saw 8 male Greater Scaup and a female Merlin that photographed at dusk .

Hume`s Leaf Warbler ( Phylloscopus humei ) . Weston . Portland . Dorset