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Sunday, 20 August 2017

More Of The Eurasian Hoopoe

Another trip down to Exmouth this morning for another look at the Eurasian Hoopoe . Yesterday I watched the bird fly down a field and out of view , well this morning it was showing quite well in the bottom of that field and this time I was able to get this sequence of distant photos of it .
We then went to the Exe Estuary where the juvenile White-Winged Black Tern was showing on the Cockle Sands .

Eurasian Hoopoe ( Upupa epops ) . Nr Maer Farm . Exmouth . Devon

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


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