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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Western Marsh Harrier

This morning I went for another look at Bowling Green Marsh and both the 1st winters Bonaparte`s Gull and Little Gull were still on show and today they were joined by 4 Common Gull and a 2nd summer Mediterranean Gull . They waders on show today were 30+ Bar-Tailed Godwit , 4 Pied Avocet , 2 Eurasian Oystercatcher and a Green Sandpiper.........Also seen was a Brown Rat .
I then went across to the Exminster Marshes to look for any spring migrants but again there was none to be seen , But I then had a call from my mate Brian Heasman telling me that he had just had a Western Marsh Harrier out on the marsh , it took me a while to get on to it but then I got some nice flight views of a smart Imm/female bird but it never came very close at all ... It was my first in Devon this year so cheers Bri .

Western Marsh Harrier ( Circus aeruginosus ) . The Exminster Marshes . Devon


Monday, 27 March 2017

Whimbrel

I went down to my local patch Bowling Green Marsh just after first light this morning to catch the high tide and the birding was quite good for a while before the sun came up , as at the marsh we are blighted with the sun shining right in our faces first thing in the morning plus the birds always being quite a distance from the hide......but still its the best birding spot around here !
Anyway I saw a superb 1st winter Bonaparte`s Gull ( They seem to be annual on the marsh now ) , the 1st winter Little Gull , 20+ Bar-Tailed Godwit , 2 Common Snipe , my 1st Whimbrel of the year that flew over the marsh calling , 5 Common Sand Martin and a Barn Swallow .
I then went up to Woodbury Common where I saw a Great Grey Shrike that showed very well !( Good to see one in Devon again ) ....also seen were 2 Holly Blue Butterflies .

Great Grey Shrike ( Lanius excubitor ) . Woodbury Common . Devon



Bonaparte`s Gull ( Chroicocephalus philadelphia ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Saturday, 25 March 2017

A nice sunny day !

I had a call this morning asking me if I could take a look at a strange duck that was on a private lake near Alphington in Exeter . So I went and had a look at it and it turned out to be a female Mandarin Duck , not a rare duck but still very nice to see !
The next stop was at Steps Bridge where there were 3 Grey Wagtail , 2 Eurasian Nuthatch , 3 European Green Woodpecker , a calling Lesser Spotted Woodpecker , a calling Tawny Owl and a few Comma Butterflies . My last stop was a look at the Clyst Marshes in Topsham where I saw 9 Cattle Egret and 5 Little Egret .