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Friday, 20 October 2017

Bowling Green Marsh

A look this morning from the hide at my local patch Bowling Green Marsh in Topsham got me 4 Ruff , a Curlew Sandpiper and a Bar-Tailed Godwit .
I then went down to check out the bushes around the viewing platform where I saw a male Eurasian Sparrowhawk , around 50+ Common Wood Pigeon , a single Stock Dove , a Great Spotted Woodpecker , 2 Eurasian Jay , a Song Thrush , 2 Goldcrest and this Cetti`s Warbler that was calling most of the time but only showed just the once before it shot off deep into cover again .

Cetti`s Warbler ( Cettia cetti ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Quality not Quantity

A trip up to Dorset again today with my mate Andy with our destination this time being St Aldhelm`s Head to look for a Two-Barred Greenish Warbler a very rare bird that has only been seen once before in Britain on the Island of Gugh in the Scilly Isles way back in 1987 .
We arrived to find a crowd of birders all around a small copse beside the quarry and we joined in with them in hope that the bird would show , after a while a few calls went up from the crowd of there it is ! but from where we were standing all we got was a few glimpse of it , but after about an hour the bird came out into the open for a short spell and we all got great views of it , the long 30 year wait was over ! so the feeling was just magic !

Two-Bared Greenish Warbler ( Phylloscopus trochiloides plumbeitarsus ) . St Aldhelm`s Head . Dorset


Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Dorset

Andy Bond and myself went up to Dorset this afternoon with our first stop at Lodmoor near Weymouth where we saw the long staying Lesser Yellowlegs and it came as a bit of a relief as we had been for this bird at 2 different locations this year and missed it each time .
We then went across to Portland to look for a juvenile Red-Breasted Flycatcher that had been seen in Broadcroft Quarry and as you can see the bird showed very well for us just before the rain set in .

Red-Breasted Flycatcher . Broadcroft Quarry . Portland . Dorset





Monday, 16 October 2017

High Winds

First thing this morning it was blowing a gale and the sky had a strange red glow with the sun shining through the Sahara Dust . So I thought that I would go down to Exmouth to do a seawatch in Lyme Bay but all I saw were about 20+ Northern Gannet and a Great Skua , but there was nearly as many windsurfers than birds !
On the way home I stopped off at the copse at the top of Bowling Green Lane where there was a flock of Long-Tailed Tits and in with them was 3 Common Chiffchaff , 4 Goldcrest and a Firecrest . Later in the day I went to Bowling Green Marsh and I saw 20+ Northern Pintail , 2 Gadwall , a Little Grebe , 2 Western Marsh Harrier`s , 4 Ruff , 2 Red Knot , 2 Curlew Sandpiper , a male Peregrine Falcon and a Red Fox .

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



Sunday, 15 October 2017

Thursday 12th October

This morning we started off at Nanquidno Valley and on the way there we had a Common Buzzard and 2 Northern Wheatear along the road by St Just Airport . Down in the valley the birding was a bit slow and all we saw 5 Common Chiffchaff , 4 Goldcrest , 2 Firecrest , 2 Grey Wagtail and a European Greenfinch .
Our next stop was at Kenidjack Valley and we saw even less there with 3 Goldcrest , a Firecrest and a Common Buzzard , so we decided to go to Pendeen Point to see if I could get a shot of the female Merlin that had been there for a few days but that didn't show either and all there was there were 2 Common Kestrel and a Northern Wheatear .
News then broke of a Red-Eyed Vereo seen at Porthgwarra so we dashed over and looked for it but the bird was in deep cover so we ended up dipping it , a sad way to end the holiday , but hey that's birding for you !

Northern Wheatear ( Oenanthe oenanthe ) . Pendeen Point . Cornwall


Saturday, 14 October 2017

Wednesday 11th October

Today was a seawatching day . And we started off at Pendeen Point where we saw numerous Northern Gannet , a Balearic Shearwater , a Black-Legged Kittiwake and 11 Razorbill , also seen was the female Merlin and the male Peregrine Falcon .
We then decided to go over to Porthgwarra as we thought that the seawatching would be better there , and it turned out to be a good move as we saw numerous Northern Gannet , 60+ Balearic Shearwater , a single Manx Shearwater , 2 Sooty Shearwater , a juvenile Sabine`s Gull , 30+ Black-Legged Kittiwake , 3 Great Skua , 4 dark phase and 2 light phase Arctic Skua , 4 Northern Fulmar , 5 Common Scoter and 30+ Common Guillemot .... But I did miss a Long-Tailed Skua and a Grey Phalarope that went through before we got there .

While we were there Sue went and got us a cream tea and brought it to where I was sitting much the derision of the other birders there ..... mmmmmm very nice lol

Norther Gannet ( Morus bassanus ) . Pendeen Point . Cornwall



Tuesday 10th October

Pendeen Point was again our first stop this morning and the 1st thing we saw again this morning was the female Merlin that was chasing a Meadow Pipit and a was a great sight to see them twisting and turning at great speed , we then did a bit of seawatching and saw numerous Northern Gannet , a Balearic Shearwater and the strange sight of a Eurasian Spoonbill going past well out to sea heading towards Lands End . Also seen was a male Peregrine Falcon , a Common Kestrel and a juvenile Northern Wheatear .
We then went to the Levant Tin Mine a very interesting place to visit plus we had the enjoyment of seeing  2 Red-Billed Chough a bird that I always enjoy seeing . Our last stop of the day was at the sewage works at Kenidjack Valley where the Yellow-Browed Warbler was heard on call but not seen .

Red-Billed Chough ( Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax ) . Levant Tin Mine . Cornwall




Friday, 13 October 2017

Monday 9th October

It was a bit breezy today so we again headed for Pendeen Point , we arrived to see a few other birders seawatching so we joined in with them , Northern Gannet`s were moving past all of the time and there was well over a 100+ , there was also a single Manx Shearwater and a nice Pomarine Skua , also seen was a few Meadow Pipit , a juvenile Northern Wheatear and a female Merlin .
We then went for a look around the Nanquidno Valley , we drove down the valley and parked the car up and started to walk up the valley seeing a flock of Long-Tailed Tits and in with them was a Firecrest and a Commom Chiffchaff , we then headed back down the valley looking all of the time and as we were nearing the Nanjulian Farm there on top of a bush looking right at us was a superb juvenile Barred Warbler but on seeing us it then flew a short way and dropped into a clump of brambles , we spent some time looking for it up and down the valley but didn't see it again but someone did see and report it again the next day so that was nice !
Our next stop was at Kenidjack Valley and by the sewage works there was a Yellow-Browed Warbler , a Common Chiffchaff , 7 Goldcrest and a Firecrest . To finish the day off we went for another look at the Eurasian Wryneck at Pendeen Point and this time it was showing a lot better .

Eurasian Wryneck ( Jynx torquilla ) . Pendeen Point . Cornwall



Sunday 8th October

It was mine and Sue`s birthdays on the 8th and the 10th so we decided to spend it down on the tip of Cornwall . We had booked a place down at Mousehole that was very nice and we were close to most of the valleys .
We got up early this morning and headed for Pendeen Point as there had been a report of a Eurasian Wryneck seen there , we went down to the lighthouse and had a look out and saw numerous Northern Gannet , a Great Skua and a few Meadow Pipit were seen around the lighthouse , we then went back towards the coastguards cottages where we saw the elusive Eurasian Wryneck , 4 Common Raven , a Common Stonechat , a Common Chiffchaff and a Ring Ouzel .
We then went for a look at the valley at Porthgwarra where we saw 8 Goldcrest , a very nice Firecrest , a Blackcap and a Common Chiffchaff , by now the light had started to drop and the rain had set in so we decided to head back at the end of a 1st good days birding .

Firecrest ( Regulus ignicapilla ) . Porthgwarra . Cornwall



Wednesday, 4 October 2017

New Scapes

I had a look at Bowling Green Marsh first thing this morning but it was dead and all I saw were 2 Common Chiffchaff , 7 Goldcrest and numerous Black-Tailed Godwit .
So I went to take a look at the new scrapes at Matford Marsh , they look quite good but there is nowhere really to look in from , but I saw 12 Black-Tailed Godwit , 2 British Pied Wagtail , a juvenile Yellow Wagtail , a Great Spotted Woodpecker , 2 Meadow Pipit , a Common Chiffchaff , 4 Goldcrest and a Eurasian Bullfinch so not a bad start .

Goldcrest ( Regulus regulus ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Richards Pipit again !

This morning this Mistle Thrush was outside of my house in the Topsham Cemetery grounds , I then went down to the top fields at Orcombe Point to relook for yesterdays Richard`s Pipit , I got out of the car and immediately had quite a few pipits flying over the car , I walked towards where they had flown and then at around 8.30 I put some up from the ground by the water trough , there was 9 Meadow Pipits and in with them was the Richard`s Pipit and it was great to see the size difference again and to hear that harsh shreeee call as they flew off back towards Gore Lane .The bird is very illusive but once it flies there is just quite a lot of ground it can go too with some of it out of bounds .
While I was looking for it I saw 12 Common Chiffchaff with one of then still singing , 2 Northern Wheatear , a juvenile Whinchat and this smart Painted Lady Butterfly .

Mistle Thrush ( Turdus viscivorus ) . Topsham Cemetery . Devon


Painted Lady ( Cynthia cardui ) . Gore Lane . Exmouth . Devon



Monday, 2 October 2017

Richards Pipit

I started today off at Bowling Green Marsh but it was quite slow birding this morning and the best that I saw was a Grey Wagtail , 2 Common Chiffchaff and a male Blackcap .
So I decided to go down to Exmouth and have a look around the top fields at Orcombe Point , I started seeing Barn Swallows going through right away and I lost count of how many went through in the end , there was also 50-100 Meadow Pipit & a Yellow Wagtail , I then went along the path towards the sea from Gore Lane and noticed some more Meadow Pipits sat on the electric fence , I put my bins up to take a look at them and was immediately drawn to a larger pipit that was sat bolt upright with them , my first thoughts were shittt its a Richards Pipit !! I was trying to take in all the features on the bird and my head was racing as I got most of them when it flew off calling down towards the lower fields by the Bristol Schools Camp before I could even lift my camera , I put the news out as a possible Dicks Pipit and went down to the fields to look for it , I was down there for a couple of hours when I met up with another birder that had just seen and heard the bird back in the original field and confirmed that it was indeed a Richards Pipit , I did hear the bird flying over calling again later on but for all of my trying I couldn't get to see it again .
I couldn't get any shots of it but I did this little drawing , I know its not great but I`m not an artist , hope you understand lol

Richards Pipit ( Anthus richardi ) . Orcombe Point Top Fields . Exmouth . Devon


Sunday, 1 October 2017

Frustration

Local patch birding can sometimes lead to frustration and today was one of those days . As I got to my patch around the bushes on Bowling Green Marsh around 8 o/clock , I walked down the path towards the viewing platform and I picked up the call of a Yellow-Browed Warbler in the trees towards Riversmeet House , I then heard it call from the reedbed and the last time it called was from the trees by the main path but it left me frustrated as I couldn't manage to see it and I never heard it call again .
But I did see 10-15 Common Chiffchaff , 2 Blackcap , 12 Meadow Pipit , a Grey Wagtail , a fly over calling Yellow Wagtail , my 1st ever Common Skylark on the marsh ( I know I`m a tart lol ) , a Eurasian Sparrowhawk , a Common Raven and a small Tit flock comprising of European Blue Tit , Great Tit , Long-Tailed Tit and a few Goldcrest .

European Blue Tit ( Cyanistes caeruleus ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Saturday, 30 September 2017

Birding Cornwall

A trip down to Cornwall today for todays birding . With our 1st stop being at Ruan Lanihorne to look for a juvenile Purple Heron that has been seen there for a few days , but we couldn`t see it anywhere and all we saw was a Common Sandpiper and 3 Stock Dove .
So we went on down to the tip of Cornwall to a spot near Sennen where we looked at a ploughed field and in it was a juvenile American Golden Plover , a very smart looking Eurasian Dotterel ( The 1st I have seen for quite a few years ) , a European Golden Plover , at least 10 White Wagtail and 3 Northern Wheatear .
We then decided to start heading back home and on the way we again stopped for another look for the juvenile Purple Heron and this time our luck was in but it was quite distant and only just showing in the long grass , our last stop was at Davidstow Airport where 3 Buff-Breasted Sandpiper all juveniles showed very well , the most that I have ever seen together .

Most of todays birds were very distant in falling rain hence the photos ! but I hope to try again on a better day .

American Golden Plover ( Pluvialis dominica ) . Nr Sennen . Cornwall


White Wagtail ( Motacilla alba ) . Nr Sennen . Cornwall


Purple Heron ( Ardea purpurea ) . Ruan Lanihorne . Cornwall


Buff-Breasted Sandpiper ( Tryngites subruficollis ) . Davidstow Airport . Cornwall


Friday, 29 September 2017

Another Spot Fly !

A couple of hours spent checking the bushes on Bowling Green Marsh this morning got me , a Spotted Flycatcher that showed briefly before going back into cover again , a couple of Grey Wagtail , 8 Winter Wren , 4 Common Chiffchaff , a male and female Blackcap , 6 European Greenfinch , 20+ European Goldfinch , 2 Eurasian Jay , 2 Western Jackdaw and a female Reed Bunting . And a look from the viewing platform got me a Northern Wheatear the was sat on the estuary wall of Riversmeet House .

Blackcap ( Sylvia atricapilla ) ( Female ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


European Greenfinch ( Chloris chloris ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Thursday, 28 September 2017

Wednesday 27th September

Myself and my 2 mates Andy & Ken went up to Dorset to do some birding today . Our first stop was at Stanpit Marsh to look for a reported Lesser Yellowlegs but after spending quite a bit of time there looking for it there was no sign of it anywhere and there was not a lot else to see either with only a Great White Egret , 2 Ruff , 2 Spotted Redshank and this smart looking Black Swan ( Long distance migrant lol )
We then had a look around the Arne RSPB Reserve and at Middlebere we saw 40+ Eurasian Spoonbill the most that I have ever seen together and making quite a sight to see , also seen was the bird that we had come for a juvenile Stilt Sandpiper that is most likely the same bird that was seen at Lodmoor near Weymouth a week or so back .

Eurasian Spoonbill ( Platalea leucorodia ) . The Arne RSPB Reserve . Dorset


Black Swan ( Cygnus atratus ) . Stanpit Marsh . Dorset


Monday, 25 September 2017

Greenish Warbler

Today Sue and I went to Portland Bill in Dorset in hope of seeing a Greenish Warbler that was found in the Observatory garden yesterday . After the hour and a half journey we parked up in the car park where a Northern Wheatear was on show , we then made our way to the obs and soon located with a Yellow-Browed Warbler , I then got a quick view of the Greenish Warbler but it soon vanished back into cover , it then showed on and off for short spells . It took us 3 hours to get good views of it out in the open but it was well worth the wait as this was only my second ever Greenish Warbler and my first one photographed . The only other one that I have seen was in Kenidjack Valley Cornwall back on the 24th September 2000 . Also seen were a few Common Chiffchaff and Goldcrest , a single Willow Warbler and offshore there was a pod of 10-15 Bottle-Nosed Dolphin .

Greenish Warbler ( Phylloscopus trochiloides ) . Portland Bill . Dorset




Yellow-Browed Warbler ( Phylloscopus inornatus ) . Portland Bill . Dorset


Sunday, 24 September 2017

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Not a Lot !

My look around Bowling Green Marsh today didn`t turn up much at all , as from the hide I saw 2 Curlew Sandpiper , 2 Little Stint , 2 Bar-Tailed Godwit and a Whimbrel in among all the usual numerous waders , also seen was a female Eurasian Sparrowhawk fly in and take a Dunlin .
Then a look around the bushes got me 4 Common Chiffchaff , a Willow Warbler , a Cetti`s Warbler and the Goldcrest are starting to build up in numbers .

Willow Warbler ( Phylloscopus trochilus ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Thursday, 21 September 2017

More of the Black Tern

I was at Bowling Green Marsh early this morning to catch the high tide and I got some good results with 300+ Black-Tailed Godwit , a single Bar-Tailed Godwit , 200+ Eurasian Curlew , 100+ Common Redshank , 50+ Dunlin , 2 juvenile Ruff , 2 Little Stint , a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper , a Common Sandpiper and a Red Knot .
I then went for a look around the bushes but the birding was a bit slow with only 3 Willow Warbler , 7 Common Chiffchaff and 2 male and a female Blackcap , another look from the hide then got me around a dozen Northern Pintail , 2 Little Grebe , a female Eurasian Sparrowhawk , a female Peregrine Falcon and yesterdays juvenile Black Tern again dropped into the marsh this afternoon .

Black Tern ( Chlidonias niger ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon




Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Black Tern

A look from the hide at Bowling Green Marsh today got me 30+ Dunlin , 2 juvenile Little Stint , a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper , a Green Sandpiper , a Pied Avocet and an adult Little Grebe . A look around the bushes down by the viewing platform then turned up 8 Common Chiffchaff , 2 Willow Warbler and my 1st Goldcrest on the marsh this autumn . Then news came out from one of the birders of a juvenile Black Tern showing from the hide , so off I went back to the hide to grab a view of it , a nice end to the days birding .

Black Tern ( Chlidonias niger ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon



Tuesday, 19 September 2017

The Yanks Are Still Coming !

Another trip up to Dorset again with my mate Andy to look for a Baird`s Sandpiper at Lynch Cove on the Fleet . We arrived to find some birders there but they told us that there was no sign of the bird since early in the morning when it had flown off , so we waited in hope that it would return and in the meantime we could check out the other birds that were on show , with 10 Dunlin , 2 Bar-Tailed Godwit , a Pied Avocet , 40+ Mediterranean Gull and a Grey Wagail . We had been waiting for about an hour and a half when the Baird`s Sandpiper flew in and joined the Dunlin and we were able to get good views of the bird .
We then went to Abbotsbury and  went into the Swannery to look for the reported Spotted Sandpiper and once again we got good views of the bird making it my 8th American bird since the Yellow Warbler that was seen on the 21st of August .

Baird`s Sandpiper ( Calidris bairdii ) . Lynch Cove . The Fleet . Dorset



Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius ) . Abbotsbury . Dorset



Monday, 18 September 2017

Monday 18th September

A quick look at Bowling Green Marsh on the evening high tide turned out to be quite productive with 100+ Dunlin , 50+ Black-Tailed Godwit , 2 Pied Avocet , a juvenile Little Stint , a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper , a Ruff , a juvenile Common Ringed Plover , a Common Snipe , 2 Little Grebe and we also saw the gruesome sight of the local Lesser Black-Backed Gull catch and eat a Dunlin .

Little Stint ( Calidris minuta ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon