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Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Bearded Reedling

A quick look at Bowling Green Marsh this morning got me a couple of  Greylag Geese , a male and female Northern Pintail , 2 Stock Dove and a Cetti`s Warbler . I then went for a look on the other side of the Exe Estuary and took a walk through the old sludge beds but it only turned up another Cetti`s Warbler and a Common Chiffchaff .
I then walked along the Exeter Canal to look at the extensive Exe Reedbeds for the very hard to see Bearded Reedling and after spending quite a bit of time there looking and I walked from one end of the beds to the other . But I only managed to see one in flight and it soon dropped back into the reeds again and I heard another 2 on call , so it is hard work but if you put the time in they are in there , but I never see any other birders there looking for them ?
I then got a call telling me that a Common Sandpiper was on the River Exe at Countess Wear and as I had not seen one yet this year I went to look for it and was soon adding it to the year list .

Common Sandpiper ( Actitis hypoleucos ) . The River Exe . Countess Wear . Exeter . Devon



Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Out With The Boys

Today Andy , Ken and myself had our first birding day out for ages and we went up to Dorset to do some birding . Our first stop was at Abbotsbury where we saw 17 Cattle Egret coming out of their roost , we also saw quite a lot of Great Crested Grebe and a male Greater Scaup .
Our next stop was at Lodmoor in Weymouth where we saw/heard numerous Cetti`s Warbler , a very nice Little Gull , the long staying Lesser Yellowlegs , 4 Western Marsh Harrier , 2 Bearded Reedling , a Ruff and 5 Common Chiffchaff , we then had a quick stop at Radipoll Lake where we saw the male Ring-Necked Duck that has been there for quite a while , a singing Blackcap and another Bearded Reedling .
Our last stop of the day was out on Portland Bill and the 1st bird we saw was a Little Owl in the quarry , we then had a Northern Wheatear and my first Barn Swallow of the year flew over our heads , we then finished the day off in the top fields where we were lucky to find an extremely confiding Short-Eared Owl that showed very well . Oh how I love to watch these birds .

Little Gull ( Hydrocoloeus minutus ) . Lodmoor . Weymouth . Dorset


Cetti`s Warbler ( Cettia cetti ) . Lodmoor . Weymouth . Dorset


Western Marsh Harrier ( Circus aeruginosus ) . Lodmoor . Weymouth . Dorset