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Tuesday, 18 September 2018


This morning I did an hour and a half seawatch from the raised beachhuts at Exmouth but I never saw a lot with only 30+ Northern Gannet , 20+ Sandwich Tern and in with them was a possible Arctic Tern but it was just to far out to confirm it for sure , 3 Balearic Shearwater , a single Arctic Skua and a Great Northern Diver . Back home there were 2 Willow Beauties caught last night .

Willow Beauty ( Peribatodes rhomboidaria ) . Topsham . Devon

Monday, 17 September 2018

Red Phalarope

A look at Bowling Green Marsh this morning turned out to be better than I expected as there were some small waders on the marsh for the first time in a while , with 20+ Dunlin , 12 Red Knot at least , a single Ruff , a Bar-Tailed Godwit , 9 Common Greenshank and in with the mass of Common Redshank was an adult winter Spotted Redshank but it soon vanished back into the mass and I never saw it again . Also seen were 15 Little Egret and my first Cattle Egret on the marsh this year .
Later in the day myself and Andy Bond decided to go up to the West Huntspill seawall where my first Red /Grey Phalarope of the year was showing very well ( Thanks to the finder Roger Treeby ) .

Red Phalarope (Phalaropus fulicarius ) . West Huntspill Sea Wall . Somerset