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Saturday, 19 August 2017

A late add on for today .

This moulting adult Curlew Sandpiper was found late this afternoon on Bowling Green Marsh in Topsham . My first for the year ( Thanks Keith )

Curlew Sandpiper ( Calidris ferruginea ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Eurasian Hoopoe

I was up very early this morning and when I opened my door I was greeted by the nice sound of a calling Tawny Owl , a sound that I always love to hear . I was up early as I wanted to go down to Exmouth to look for a Eurasian Hoopoe that has been seen around the Foxholes area , I got there just as light was breaking and made my way to the spot where I was told that had the best chance of seeing the bird and after around 15 minutes I picked up the bird at around 6 am flying across the field behind the houses and watched it go down the field towards Maer Farm until I lost it from my view .
There was not a lot else to see around the area but I did get 20+ Barn Swallow sat on a telegraph wire , this 1st winter Northern Wheatear was seen in the top fields and a Red Fox nonchalantly walked down the road right in front of me .

Northern Wheatear ( Oenanthe oenanthe ) . The Gore Lane Area . Exmouth . Devon


Friday, 18 August 2017

Bowling Green Marsh

At the hide tide today at Bowling Green Marsh there was not much change with only the following birds seen , 1 Green Sandpiper , 1 Common Sandpiper , 20+ Dunlin , numerous Eurasian Curlew , 8 Whimbrel , 30+ Black-Tailed Godwit , a juvenile Mediterranean Gull , a single Stock Dove and a few Barn Swallow .

Stock Dove ( Columba oenas ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Wednesday, 16 August 2017

No Sign !

Early this morning I went down to Bowling Green Marsh to look for the Melodious Warbler that I had found yesterday . But after a good search  there was no sign of it anywhere and I don't think that it was seen again after the 11.30ish sighting yesterday but the marsh is large with many areas that it could have moved too . So this morning was back to normal with around 8 Common Chiffchaff and a Willow Warbler showing along the path and it was also good to see 2 Eurasian Jay as they have not shown on the marsh for a while .

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Melodious Warbler

In the early mornings I have constantly been covering the bushes at the far end of Bowling Green Marsh by the path to the viewing platform and usually I only get a few Common Chiffchaff and a few other odds and sods but today it finally paid off !!! As around 9.30 I was making my way down the path and I saw a larger looking warbler sat on the last tree that looks out over the Clyst Estuary , I tried to get the other side of it in hope of getting a shot of it but it then called & flew into a row of bushes . I knew that it was an Hippolais but had not clinched it yet , so I then put the news out of a possible Melodious Warbler ! I then got onto the bird again where I got most of the features on the bird with its brownish green upperparts and paler underparts , there was no panel showing in the wings and it had a pale bill like a dagger .
It then went into cover and it wasn`t seen then for quite a while , by then other birders had started to turn up and a call of Melodious Warbler was played and it got a response from the bird right away , later on around half 11ish the bird was refound and showed to around half a dozen birders that were still there looking for it but it then dropped back into cover again , I stayed looking for it until 2ish but up till then it was very elusive and had only showed the twice , it was a strange feeling as I was over the moon with finding the bird but I was pissed off a bit as I was unable to get all of the birders on to it . Plus I could not get a photo of it !!

I think that this is the 1st record for the Exe Estuary but not to sure ??

I have just heard that it is not the 1st for the Exe Estuary as one was seen at Dawlish Warren on this same date in 1980 , so that is 37 years until this one ! Still I am happy with it being a 1st for Bowling Green Marsh ... I think lol .....

Monday, 14 August 2017

Jersey Tiger Moth

My morning look at Bowling Green Marsh got me 200+ Eurasian Curlew , 8 Whmbrel , 20+ Dunlin , a Common Sandpiper and a single Bar-Tailed Godwit was in with the numerous Black-Tailed Godwit also seen was a Barnacle Goose sat on gull island .
I then went over near the village of Exminster where I saw a Common Kestrel , a female Cirl Bunting and a Jersey Tiger Moth .

Jersey Tiger Moth ( Euplagia quadripunctaria ) . Nr Exminster . Devon


Saturday, 12 August 2017

Bar-Headed Goose

Out early again this morning to check the bushes around the viewing platform on Bowling Green Marsh but there was not a lot to see today with just 4 Common Chiffchaff worth talking about . So I went back to the hide to catch the incoming tide but again the birding was a bit slow , but 9 Whimbrel came in with the numerous Eurasian Curlew , there was a small flock of 20+ Dunlin and a Common Ringed Plover was in with them , 7 Common Snipe flew over the marsh but they never landed and this feral Bar-Headed Goose was with a few Canada Geese , its the first one on the marsh for quite a while . And I just had to fire off a couple of shots of such a smart looking bird .

Bar-Headed Goose ( Anser indicus ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon



Friday, 11 August 2017

Friday 11th August

A very quick look around Bowling Green Marsh this morning didn`t get me much at all , with only a Common Sandpiper , a European Green Woodpecker and my first Song Thrush on the marsh for a while .
I then went down to Mudbank Lane in Exmouth and met up with Matt Knott as he had text me and said that the juvenile White-Winged Black Tern was showing but that it was distant , and after a short while I was able to connect with the bird out in the middle of the estuary , it seems to be a good year for these birds as its the 3rd different one for me this year , also seen was a Little Tern , 4 Common Gull , 3 adult Mediterranean Gull & around 30 Black-Headed Gull . When I returned to my house in Topsham I got the strange sight of 8 Mistle Thrush sat together on top of the water tower !

Mediterranean Gull ( Larus melanocephalus ) . Mudbank Lane . Exmouth . Devon


Black-Headed Gull ( Chroicocephalus ridibundus ) ( Juvenile ) . Mudbank Lane . Exmouth . Devon


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Arctic Tern

This mornings look at Bowling Green Marsh got me 12 Whimbel in with the masses of Eurasian Curlew , 4 Bar-Tailed Godwit and 2 Green Sandpiper . I then took a quick look at Goosemoor where there was 3 Common Greenshank & a Spotted Redshank and 30+ Common House Martin flew over .
I then went down to Exmouth to look for a reported juvenile White-Winged Black Tern that was found by local Exmouth birder Matt Knott a couple of days ago , but I couldn`t see it anywhere today but I did get nice views of an adult Arctic Tern along with around 15 Sandwich Tern .

Green Sandpiper ( Tringa ochhropus ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Tuesday, 8 August 2017

European Mink

I had a look at Bowling Green Marsh this morning and I saw 6 Bar-Tailed Godwit , 5 Whimbrel , a Wood Sandpiper and a Green Sandpiper .
Later on Sue and I went for a look around Blackhole Marsh near Seaton a nice reserve in East Devon , where we saw 2 Cattle Egret , 4 Common Ringed Plover , 5 Common Sandpiper , a Water Rail , 2 Common Chiffchaff and a European Mink that was fishing right below the Tower Hide and at one time it caught a large European Eel . And looking from the hide out over the River Axe we saw 2 Little Grebe and a male Common Kingfisher .

Cattle Egret ( Bubulcus ibis ) . Blackhole Marsh . Seaton . Devon



Common Kingfisher ( Alcedo atthis ) . The River Axe . Seaton . Devon


European Mink ( Mustela lutreola ) . Blackhole Marsh . Seaton . Devon


Sunday, 6 August 2017

Wader Movement

A look at Goosemoor in Topsham this morning got me 6 Common Greenshank , 3 European Reed Warbler and a Water Rail ( the first one that I have seen for quite a while ) .
Later on a look at Bowling Green Marsh got me quite a lot of waders with the following seen .
200+ Common Redshank , a Spotted Redshank , 100+ Black-Tailed Godwit , 5 Bar-Tailed Godwit , 200+ Eurasian Curlew , 4 Whimbrel , 10 Northern Lapwing , 3 adult and 1 juvenile Common Ringed Plover , 30+ Dunlin , 1 summer plumaged Red Knot ,1 Wood Sandpiper & 1 Green Sandpiper also seen was a Mediterranean Gull and a Lesser Black-Backed Gull . 

Northern Lapwing ( Vanellus vanellus ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Red Knot ( Calidris canutus ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Common Ringed Plover ( Charadrius hiaticula ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Friday, 4 August 2017

White-Winged Tern

Big news today of a new bird for Bowling Green Marsh with the bird being a moulting adult White-Winged Tern . I didn`t get to hear about until late in the day ( Thanks Mr Hopkins ) but I still managed to get down and see it in time . I arrived to find the hide packed to the rafters and was soon put onto the bird . It spent most of the time that I was there feeding over the pool but occasionally it rested up for a short while on the edges . This is the second one of these birds that I have seen this year but this being a new bird for the BGM list makes it a bit more special for me ! 

White-Winged Tern ( Chlidonias leucopterus ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon



Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Seawatching

This morning the rain was heavy and it was blowing a bit so I went down to Exmouth to do a bit of seawatching in Lyme Bay . And when it cleared for a short spell I saw a light morph Pomarine Skua , then a dark morph Arctic Skua , a single Manx Shearwater , a few Northern Gannet and Black-Legged Kittiwake and 4 Common Tern but then the weather closed in again and you could hardly see anything at all .
On the way back home I stopped off for a look at Bowling Green Marsh where I saw an Immature Eurasian Spoonbill and a Common Sandpiper .

Eurasian Spoonbill ( Platalea leucorodia ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon



Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Fox On The Run !

At Bowling Green Marsh this morning there were two Common Sandpiper , a single Wood Sandpiper , 8 Dunlin , an adult Mediterranean Gull , a Stock Dove , a Willow Warbler , a Common Chiffchaff , and at least 10 Winter Wren were seen in different areas of the marsh .
Also seen was a Red Fox and the following Butterflies , Clouded Yellow , Red Admiral , Holly Blue , Comma , Gatekeeper , Green-Veined White and Speckled Wood . And a look at the Clyst Estuary got me 5 Red Knot , a summer plumaged Bar-Tailed Godwit and a Common Greenshank .

Red Fox ( Vulpes vulpes ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Clouded Yellow ( Colias crocea ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Monday, 31 July 2017

Early Morning

I went for a look around the Bowling Green Marsh area early this morning . I had a look at the marsh from the hide but it was low tide and dead . So I went for a look around the viewing platform area of the marsh as sometimes its good around there at this time of year and I managed to come across this juvenile female European Green Woodpecker feeding by the road , they are usually a bit nervous but this one stayed long enough for me to fire off this shot of it just before it flew off .
Also seen were 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker , a small flock of Long-Tailed Tit , 2 Sedge Warbler , 3 Willow Warbler ( my first of the Autumn ) , 2 Common Chiffchaff and 4 European Greenfinch a bird that I don't see on the marsh very much now ! and at a nearby pond I came across this female Great Diving Beetle ( a new one for me ) . I finished the mornings birding off near the village of Exminster where I saw a Spotted Flycatcher and a Mistle Thrush .

European Green Woodpecker ( Picus viridis ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Great Diving Beetle ( Dytiscus marginalis ) . Nr Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Saturday, 29 July 2017

European Bee-Eater

A long trip up to Nottinghampshire with my 2 mates Andy & Ken saw us leaving Exeter at 5.45 to look for some European Bee-Eaters that have bred in a quarry near the village of East Leake  , we got there around 10 ish and found out that you cannot enter the quarry grounds but you can look in from the road nearby and as luck would have we had two of them sat in a tree quite close to the road allowing me to be able to get these shots of these fantastic birds . I have only seen one of these birds before in this country and that was way back on the 12 June 94 at Portland Bill so as you can imagine I was over the moon to see these ....But ohhhhhhh for one in Devon .
We then went on to Rutland Water were we saw a few Egyptian Geese , 7 Common Tern , a Green Sandpiper and two Osprey .

European Bee-Eater ( Merops apiaster ) . Nr East Leake . Nottinghampshire





Friday, 28 July 2017

Bowling Green Marsh

Another look at BGM today got me a female type Western Marsh Harrier that flew in and stayed for a short while before flying off down the Clyst Estuary again , also seen were two Common Buzzard , Numerous Eurasian Curlew , 6 Whimbrel  , 50+ Black-Tailed Godwit , 15 Dunlin , a Common Sandpiper and the 2 Wood Sandpiper had flown out of the marsh early this morning but returned again this afternoon , 3 Mediterranean Gull were also seen along with 2 Stock Dove and this Black Morph Rabbit also showed well .

Stock Dove ( Columba oenas ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Wood Sandpiper ( Tringa Glareola ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Rabbit ( Oryctollagus cuniculus ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Wood Sandpiper

I looked out of the window this morning at the pouring rain and thought where shall I go today . And I decided to go for a look at Bowling Green Marsh as you can go into the hide and stay dry there , I got there around 8 o/c and looked out of the window of the hide and I found one of my favourite waders a  Wood Sandpiper right in front of me , the bird was a juvenile and was showing very well so I then rang around numerous people and told them the news and put it out on twitter and then settled down to get a few shots of it .
Other birders then started to turn up and that was good as its always good when others see the bird as well , a few other good things were then found on the marsh , with 3 Common Sandpiper , 8 Whimbrel , a Spotted Redshank and a summer plumaged Red Knot , something then flushed the birds and the Wood Sandpiper took to the sky and to our amazement it was joined by another Wood Sand , the two of them then landed again and showed very well all day long ( 1st good wader on the new scrape , lets hope for more to come ) .

Wood Sandpiper ( Tringa glareola ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon




Common Sandpiper ( Actitis hypoleucos ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Monday, 24 July 2017

Roseate Tern

There was a Roseate Tern feeding off of Dawlish Warren this morning in with about half a dozen Sandwich Tern they were near the Langstone Cliff area but they then headed towards Warren Point , also seen was a juvenile Mediterranean Gull .
I then went for a look around Aylesbeare Common and saw 9 Common Linnet , a male and female Common Stonechat , a female Yellowhammer and the following Butterflies 8 Grayling , 2 Small Heath and 2 Red Admiral .

Common Stonechat ( Saxicola torquatus ) ( Male ) . Aylesbeare Common . Devon


Grayling ( Hipparchia semele ) . Aylesbeare Common . Devon



Sunday, 23 July 2017

Early Morning

I went down to Bowling Green Marsh around 6.15 this morning to catch the high tide but the sun was up and that makes the birding on the marsh a little bit difficult as most of the birds were showing in silhouette .But I still managed to see 200+ Eurasian Curlew , 4 Whimbrel , 3 Bar-Tailed Godwit , 30 + Northern Lapwing , 2 Common Sandpiper , 2 Common Buzzard , a Common Raven and this inquisitive European Robin . Later in the day I went to a spot near Exminster and saw 2 Spotted Flycatcher .

Early Morning . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


European Robin ( Erithacus rubecula ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon