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Thursday, 17 January 2019

Water Pipits

I started today off at Bowling Green Lane where the best things that saw was the long staying Yellow-Browed Warbler and 2 Red Fox . So I went across to the Darts Farm reserve and today there were 6 Water Pipit showing and one of them came near enough to grab these 2 record shots of it , there was also 2 Common Snipe , a calling Water Rail and a Cetti`s Warbler .
I then had a look at the Clyst Estuary on the incoming tide and I saw 300+ Dunlin , 100+ Red Knot
20+ Grey Plover , 3 Bar-Tailed Godwit . But the bird of the day was Rock Pipit that was seen by the viewing platform and very rare bird in Topsham .

Water Pipit ( Anthus spinoletta ) . Darts Farm . Topsham . Devon



Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Somerset

A day out with the boys today to Somerset with our first stop at Cheddar Reservoir where we saw over 1000 Common Coot , 30+ Great Crested Grebe , a Red-Crested Pochard , 20+ Common Pochard  , 8 Tufted Duck , a Great Northern Diver and 4 Common Raven .
We then went to the Somerset levels where it was bloody freezing wherever we went !! but we saw a Great White Egret near Blakeway and 3 Common Crane at Stathe .

Great White Egret ( Casmerodius albus ) . Nr Blakeway . Somerset


Monday, 14 January 2019

Water Pipit

Another look at Bowling Green Marsh this morning got me numerous Eurasian Wigeon , 9 Gadwall ,  quite a few Northern Pintail , a male and female Tufted Duck , an immature male Common Pochard , 2 Common Snipe , a Little Egret and 3 Peregrine Falcon , in Bowling Green Lane the Yellow-Browed Warbler was still showing well along with a Common Chiffchaff .
Some news then came out about 3 Water Pipit showing from the hide at Darts Farm so I went over to look for them and they were still there , but they were very distant .

Common Snipe ( Gallinago gallinago ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon