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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Bonaparte`s Gull

Getting out early pay`s off  sometimes and this morning was just one of those days ! as I had gone down to Bowling Green Marsh for a look and I found the adult winter Bonaparte`s Gull sat on the water with a few Black-Headed Gull`s at 9.05 but they were not there for long after I found them as they flew off towards Goosemoor , I went and had a look to see if it was in there but couldn't find it again .
Also seen on BGM today were 4 male and a female Northern Pintail , a male Tufted Duck , numerous Pied Avocet & Black-Tailed Godwit , 20+ Bar-Tailed Godwit and 3 Mistle Thrush .
I then got some news that there was some Bohemian Waxwing`s showing at Darts Farm so I went to look for them but they had flown off before I got there , so I went to the Recreation Ground in Topsham and I saw the long staying female Long-Tailed Duck , a female Common Goldeneye and the Yellow-Browed Warbler was still feeding in the park by the zip wire .

Long-Tailed Duck ( Clangula hyemalis ) . The Topsham Recreation Ground . Devon



Monday, 16 January 2017

Elusive Waxwing !!

A look around the Topsham Recreation Ground today got me a couple of Common Goldeneye , 5 male and 3 female Red-Breasted Merganser , 8 Common Teal , 2 Common Gull , a Lesser Black-Backed Gull , 6 Redwing , 20+ European Goldfinch and as I was walking along the road beside the Recreation Ground a Bohemian Waxwing called but I couldn't see it anywhere so perhaps it was just flying over .

Common Teal ( Anus crecca ) . The Topsham Recreation Ground . Devon


Saturday 14th January

A trip out today to the Lower Tamar Lake in hope of seeing Willow Tit , we walked along the path to the hide and when we got there another birder was already in the hide as he was trying to photograph a Water Rail , he told me that Willow Tits had been coming to the feeder all the time that he had been there ! so I crouched down and looked out of the window and after a while a couple came in and grabbed some seed and were gone again in a flash , but I managed to get these shots of them but it was very hard crouching down and taking them out of the window hence a couple are not really sharp but they do show the main features of the bird... a pale wing panel , whole white cheeks and a larger bib and duller cap than the Marsh Tits that were also seen .

Willow Tit ( Poecile montanus ) . Lower Tamar Lake . Devon