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Wednesday, 18 September 2019

White Stork

I had a look from the hide at Bowling Green Marsh this morning but it was hard work to pick anything out in the glare of the morning sun , hence the photo of the Curlew Sandpiper .Also seen were 3 Pied Avocet , 3 Bar-Tailed Godwit , a Ruff , a Common Sandpiper , Great Spotted Woodpecker , European Green Woodpecker & 2 Common Chiffchaff . But the highlight for me was a fly through calling Tree Pipit the first for me on the marsh in over 30 years of covering it !
From the viewing platform that looks out onto the Clyst Estuary I then saw a Whimbrel , 2 Common Kingfisher and further down the estuary a White Stork that spent a bit of time circling over the Exe Estuary before drifting off out of view .

Curlew Sandpiper ( Calidris ferruginea ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Monday, 16 September 2019

Cattle Egret

A trip over to the Exminster Marshes today to look for a reported Cattle Egret near the Turf Locks end of the marshes and sure enough there it was in with the cows , also seen were 2 juvenile Northern Wheatear and a couple of Common Stonechat .
I then made my way back to my car along the back path of the marshes and I saw a Willow Warbler , a Common Chiffchaff , 2 Common Lizard and a European Hornet .

Cattle Egret ( Bubulcus ibis ) . Nr Turf Locks . Devon


Northern Wheatear ( Oenanthe oenanthe ) . Nr Turf Locks . Devon


Thursday, 12 September 2019

Rose-Ringed Parakeet

This afternoon I had a message telling me that there was some Rose-Ringed Parakeets near the Goatswalk in Topsham . So I went down to see if they were still there and I managed to hear 3 of them but they were deep in a dense tree and even though I searched for them for a while they never showed their selves .
I then had a look in Bowling Green Marsh were the female Western Marsh Harrier was showing but it always stayed distant over by the reedbeds .

Western Marsh Harrier ( Circus aeruginosus ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon