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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Blackhole Marsh

This morning Sue and I took a look at the Blackhole Marsh near the seaside town of Seaton in East Devon , and we saw 3 Little Egret , 2 Water Rail , 2 Common Sandpiper , a Green Sandpiper , a Common Ringed Plover and a Little Ringed Plover .
We then went back to Topsham and had a look at Goosemoor but all we saw was 6 Common Greenshank and a Common Kingfisher.

Green Sandpiper ( Tringa ochropus ) . Blackhole Marsh . Seaton . Devon


Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Spotted Flycatcher

Spotted Flycatcher is not a hard bird to see in Britain ! But it is for me as I just never seem to catch up with them , so when I was told about some showing well at a private site I just had to go and see if my luck would change and as you can see the result today was just great ( Thanks Jo )
Later in the day I went down to the viewing platform at Bowling Green Marsh and had a look at the Clyst Estuary on the rising tide and I saw 200+ Dunlin , 22 Bar-Tailed Godwit , 10 Grey Plover , 8 Whimbrel , 6 Common Greenshank , a Spotted Redshank , and a superb looking summer plumaged Red Knot   , I then had a look at Bowling Green Marsh and saw a Green Sandpiper ( my 1st for quite a while ) , a Mediterranean Gull and 2 Stock Dove .

Spotted Flycatcher ( Muscicapa striata ) . Nr Exminster . Devon





Monday, 17 July 2017

Common Birds !

I have been looking at my local patch Bowling Green Marsh a bit more lately as they  have been putting in some new scrapes and I have been hoping to maybe come across something good , plus the fact the reserve here and Goosemoor have a good amount of water on them still . But today it was a bit slower birding then the last few days with the best bird being an adult summer Mediterranean Gull , but also seen were a few common birds on the marsh with a couple of Grey Heron , some Common Sand Martin and Barn Swallow , a female Common Blackbird and a few European Goldfinch .

Grey Heron ( Ardea cinerea ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


European Goldfinch ( Carduelis carduelis ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Common Blackbird ( Turdus merula ) ( Female ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Sunday, 16 July 2017

Another look at BGM

I had another early look at Bowling Green Marsh this morning but again there wasn`t a lot different to see but fingers crossed that will change soon . Todays birds seen were as follows , a single Grey Heron , 5 Black-Tailed Godwit , 2 Common Sandpiper , a Whimbrel , 100+ Black-Headed Gull , an adult summer Mediterranean Gull , a Lesser Black-Backed Gull , a Stock Dove that landed on the new island in front of the hide , a calling European Green Woodpecker , numerous British Pied Wagtail , around 50+ Sand Martin and 4 Barn Swallow all seen before the digger driver turned up , he told me that today was his last day on site...Yippee !!! now all we want are the birds to come back again lol .

British Pied Wagtail ( Motacilla alba yarreellii ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon



Saturday, 15 July 2017

Juv Med Gull

I was down at the Bowling Green Marshes early again this morning from 7.20 until 9 am when the work started up again and it got me my 1st Juvenile Mediterranean Gull of the year in with around 50+ Black-Headed Gulls & a single Lesser Black-Backed Gull , there was not a lot else to see but again 2 Common Sandpiper were on the new scrapes and a Common Kingfisher flew across checking them out , the only other bird of note was a Stock Dove sat on top of a dead tree beside the railway bridge .

Mediterranean Gull ( Larus melanocephalus ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon



Friday, 14 July 2017

Bowling Green Marsh

I went down to have a look at Bowling Green Marsh early this morning before the workmen started their work and I was rewarded with my first waders on the new scrape in the shape of  2 Common Sandpiper , fingers crossed for better things to come . Then two female Goosanders flew into the marsh and showed for a short while . But the work then started up again putting them to flight towards Goosemoor , so I went to see if they were on there but there was no sign of them but the Spotted Redshank was on show along with 20+ Dunlin , 15 Common Greenshank , 6 Whimbrel and a Mediterranean Gull .

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


Goosander ( Mergus merganser ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Thursday, 13 July 2017

Local Birding

I picked up news this morning of a Cattle Egret seen on the Exminster Marshes so I went over to have a look for . I covered most of the marsh but I couldn`t find it anywhere , I then checked out the cowherds looking for any Yellow Wagtails but all I came across was about a dozen British Pied Wagtail with most of them being juveniles , I also saw a few European Reed Warbler , Sedge Warbler and a Common Whitethroat along with the following Butterflies , Gatekeeper , Red Admiral , Speckled Wood , Green-Veined White , Meadow Brown and Peacock .
Then a look at the Goosemoor Reserve in Topsham got me , 3 Little Egret , 10 Common Greenshank and 6 Mediterranean Gull`s .

Gatekeeper ( P.tithonus ) . The Exminster Marshes . Devon


Mediterranean Gull ( Larus melanocephalus ) . Goosemoor . Topsham . Devon


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

More From Spain

Booted Eagle ( Aquila pennata ) . The Tago International Park


Booted Eagle ( Aquila pennata ) . Nr Arroya De La Luz



Bowling Green Marsh

I had another look at Bowling Green Marsh this morning to see how the work that they are doing on it was coming along and I have to say that it is starting to look very good . Perhaps I may even have to eat a bit of Humble Pie lol . But fingers crossed that they will have the sense to clear the edges of the main pool of all foliage in time for when migration gets into full swing , the only thing seen of note today was a Common Sandpiper .

Sunday, 9 July 2017

The Great Haldon Forest

Today Sue and I had a look around the Great Haldon Forest and we saw 2 Common Buzzard , 2 Blackcap , 2 Common Chiffchaff , a few Eurasian Siskin and a male Yellowhammer .
We also saw the following Butterflies . Numerous Marbled White & Meadow Brown , 2 Speckled Wood , 20+ Ringlet , 6 Comma and a Red Admiral , also on todays list was a Six-Spot Burnet Moth and 2 Fallow Deer .

Common Buzzard ( Buteo buteo ) . The Great Haldon Forest . Devon


Yellowhammer ( Emberiza citrinella ) . The Great Haldon Forest . Devon


Marbled White ( M . galathea ) . The Great Haldon Forest . Devon


Wednesday, 5 July 2017

European Beaver

An add on to my earlier post . Andy Bond and myself went down to have a look for the European Beavers this evening and we saw a male and a female, they have been tagged but are completely wild .This the first time that I have seen this species so I was quite pleased .

European Beaver ( Castor fiber ) . The River Otter . Devon



The Ashclyst Forest

I went out to the Ashclyst Forest near Broadclyst in Devon this morning to look for Butterflies . And I saw numerous Silver-Washed Fritillary , 4 White Admiral , numerous Meadow Brown , 2 Comma , 6 Ringlet , 2 Small Skipper , a single Marbled White and 3 Purple Hairstreak but just like the other day they all stayed right at the top of the Oak Trees also seen were 3 Golden-Ringed Dragonfly .
As for birds , not a lot were seen with only a party of juvenile Long-Tailed Tit , 2 Eurasian Nuthatch and a couple of Common Raven .

Silver-Washed Fritillary ( Argynnis paphia ) . The Ashclyst Forest . Devon



White Admiral ( L . camilla ) . The Ashclyst Forest . Devon



Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Purple Hairstreak

I went over to the Exminster Marshes this morning to look for Purple Hairstreak Butterflies and after looking for about an hour I managed to see one but it was flitting around right at the top of an Oak Tree so getting a photo was out of the question today , there was also a few fledgling Winter Wrens begging for food from their parents .
Later in the day I had a look at Goosemoor to catch the incoming tide but I only saw the usual birds with 4 Little Egret , 50+ Common Redshank , a summer plumaged Spotted Redshank , 3 Common Greenshank & 50+ Black-Tailed Godwit , and also seen were some Grey Mullet , ( The first time I have ever seen these feeding on the marsh ) & beside the path there was lots of Cinnabar Moth Caterpillars feeding on the Ragwort . 

Winter Wren ( Troglodytes troglodytes ) ( Juvenile ) . The Exminster Marshes . Devon


Cinnabar Moth Caterpillar . Goosemoor . Topsham . Devon


Monday, 3 July 2017

Bowling Green Marsh

I had a look around the Bowling Green Marsh area this morning and started off at Goosemoor but it was low tide so the only birds that I saw were 20 Northern Lapwing , I also saw the following Butterflies , Ringlet , Meadow Brown , Large Skipper and Gatekeeper.
On then to Bowling Green Marsh where they have started work on putting a scrape in front of the hide ! I don't know if they know what a scrape is as it looks like they have dug out the Mariana Trench lol but perhaps we should wait until the finished article lol  , the only things that I saw on the marsh today was a Great Spotted Woodpecker . a Eurasian Nuthatch and a Green-Veined White Butterfly and a look at the Clyst Estuary got me a Common Kingfisher .

Green-Veined White ( A . napi ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon



Large Skipper ( Ochlodes venatus ) . Goosemoor . Topsham . Devon


Saturday, 1 July 2017

Aylesbeare Common

I went up to Aylesbeare Common early this morning and it paid off  as I managed to see the following . 4 European Green Woodpecker , 2 Dartford Warbler , a male Common Stonechat and a Yellowhammer .
Also seen was a female European Adder , 2 Grass Snake, a Slow Worm , a Golden-Ringed Dragonfly and the following Butterflies , Green Hairstreak , Large Skipper and Small Heath .

European Adder ( Vipera berus ) . Aylesbeare Common . Devon