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Saturday, 18 November 2017

Tawny Owl

This morning I came across a Tawny Owl that was being mobbed by 20+ Common Starling and 3 Mistle Thush as it was sat in a Yew tree in the grounds of the Parish Church of St Margaret`s in Topsham Devon .
Later in the day a look around the Topsham Cemetery grounds got me 20-30 Redwing , a Common Buzzard , 6 European Greenfinch and 2 Common Chaffinch .

Redwing ( Turdus iliacus ) . The Topsham Cemetery Grounds . Devon

Friday, 17 November 2017

Peregrine Falcon

This young Peregrine Falcon was causing quite a stir today as it was perched on the Water Tower outside my house in Topsham , and a walk around the cemetery grounds got me 20+ Redwing , 2 Grey Wagtail , 2 Eurasian Jay , 6 Goldcrest and 2 Grey Squirrel .

Peregrine Falcon ( Falco peregrinus ) . The Topsham Water Tower . Devon

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Purple Sandpiper

This morning I went for a quick look at Maer Rocks in Exmouth for Purple Sandpiper`s and after walking out to the far end of the rocks I managed to see 5 of them , it is great to see them back on the rocks again and they should stay for the winter period , also seen were 6 Ruddy Turnstone , 5 Eurasian Oystercatcher and a single Rock Pipit

Purple Sandpiper ( Calidris maritima ) . Maer Rocks . Exmouth . Devon

Sunday, 12 November 2017


This morning I went over to East Budleigh as a possible Italian Sparrow has been found there , I managed to get a quick view of the bird and fire off these few shots of it but it was soon lost from view again , I don't know if the sighting of the bird will ever come to anything but it was good to see it anyway ...just incase lol ( Many thanks to Chris Townend for getting the news out and sorting out viewing ) .
I also had a look for Purple Sandpipers on Maer Rocks at Exmouth but I didn`t get the tides right as it was just starting to come in , but I did manage to see one bird .

Italian Sparrow ( Pastor italiae ) . East Budleigh . Devon . ?

Friday, 10 November 2017

European Golden Plover

I popped in to Bowling Green Marsh this morning but didn`t stay long and I saw 6 Pied Avocet & a couple of Meadow Pipit , a look at the Exminster Marshes then got me numerous Black-Tailed Godwit & Dunlin , a 100+ Eurasian Curlew and around 150-200 European Golden Plover .
The last stop was at Darts Farm in Topsham where 3 Common Buzzard were putting on a bit of a show .

Black-Tailed Godwit ( Limosa limosa ) & Dunlin ( Calidris alpina ) . The Exminster Marshes . Devon

Common Buzzard ( Buteo buteo ) . Darts Farm . Topsham . Devon

Thursday, 9 November 2017


I made the trip up to Haldon Forest this morning to have a look to see if there was any Hawfinch around as some was seen there yesterday , I met up with another birder Dave Land and after a short while Dave found 2 birds sat on top of a tree and we fired off a few shots of them .
We then started to see small flocks of them and in the end we had seen 30 to 40 birds . Throughout the years there have been Hawfinch around the area but this year there has been an irruption of them into Britain so perhaps this is why we are seeing more of them this year and lets hope that they stay around the area for the winter period .   

Hawfinch ( Coccothraustes coccothraustes ) . The Great Haldon Forest . Devon

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

A Good Day

This morning I was invited out to a private area in Longdown to look for Hawfinch ( Many Thanks ) . I got there around 6.45 just as the birds were coming out of their roost and in the end I had witnessed the amazing sight of seeing 70 to 80 of them at least ! but this early in the morning was very hard for photography and this was the best I could manage today , later in the morning I took a look around the West Town Farm area and saw another 4 of them flying over .
Later in the day news came out of a Dusky Warbler seen at the Clennan Valley Nature Reserve so my mate Andy an me went down to look for it , we managed to get ok views of it but it never came out into full view .

Hawfinch ( Coccothraustes coccothraustes ) . Longdown . Devon

Tuesday, 7 November 2017


This morning I went out to West Town Farm near the village of Ide and I arrived just as it started to  rain but I still managed to see a fly over Hawfinch , 20+ Fieldfare , 9 Redwing , a Great Spotted Woodpecker , a Eurasian Jay , 2 Common Raven and a Eurasian Nuthatch , but by now the rain had started to pour down so I called it a day and headed for home .

Friday, 3 November 2017

Ring-Necked Duck

A day out in Cornwall today with my mate Andy . And our first stop was at the Dozmary Pool on Bodmin Moor to look for a male Ring-Necked Duck and we found it in with a flock of 20+ Tufted Duck but it was on the far side of the pool .
We then made our way down to St Gothian Sands to look for a White-Rumped Sandpiper that has been on show for a few days , but you wouldn't believe our luck as today was the day that it decided to move on , we then had a Merlin that put up a large flock of Common Starlings , and then at Treen we had this very obliging juvenile Rose-Coloured Starling .

Rose-Coloured Starling ( Pastor roseus ) . Treen . Cornwall

Thursday, 2 November 2017

A visit to an old haunt

This morning I went out to a spot near the village of Ide where I have seen Hawfinch before and with so many being found in Britain at the moment I thought that there was a good chance some may have been showing again ! but I was out of luck as none showed , but there were a few Fieldfare and Redwing , 2 Eurasian Jay and a calling Firecrest .
I then went for a look around the Exminster Marshes but not a lot was seen as they were working with diggers out on the marsh clearing out the streams , but I did see 2 male and 2 female Common Stonechat and 2 Cetti`s Warbler .

Common Stonechat ( Saxicola torquatus ) . The Exminster Marshes . Devon

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

If and If Not`s

I went to an area this morning that I have had Eurasian Woodcock before but after spending quite a while there looking for one I had to give up in the end . I then went for a walk around the Aylesbeare Common reserve but the only bird of any note that I had there was a single Dartford Warbler , I then had a look at the Bystock Reserve as I heard that 3 Firecrest were seen there the other day , but today no sign of any at all and all I saw was this Common Moorhen and a few Common Darter that are still on the wing .
I finished the day off at a private area near the village of Lympstone where I saw 2 male and a female Cirl Bunting and a couple of Yellowhammer`s .

Common Moorhen ( Gallinula chloropus ) . The Bystock Reserve . Devon

Common Darter ( Sympetrum striolatum ) The Bystock Reserve . Devon