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Friday, 15 December 2017

Bearded Reedling

News of some Bearded Reedling showing at the Goosemoor Reserve in Topsham had me going down to see if I could see them as it has been quite a while since we have had some local ones . And my luck was in as they were showing quite well but were always a little bit distant while I was there , I managed to see 3 males and 2 female type birds but I expect that there may have been more in the reedbed . Later on in the afternoon I came across some thrushes feeding on a Cantonyaster bush and had very nice views of Redwing and Fieldfare making it a very nice end to the day .

Bearded Reedling ( Panurus biarmicus ) . Goosemoor . Topsham . Devon

Fieldfare ( Turdus pilaris ) . Topsham . Devon

Redwing ( Turdus iliacus ) . Topsham . Devon

Monday, 11 December 2017

Barred Warbler

Myself and Andy Bond made the trip up to Titchfield Haven in Hampshire this morning to look for a wintering 1st winter Barred Warbler that has been showing very well there . Andy needed it for the year but I had seen one in October in Cornwall but I had never been able to photograph one before so that was my main objective and as you can see it turned out very well with the bird showing very well at times .
The weather was very cold so we then headed for home as the snow started to fall and near Dummer in Hampshire we saw 2 Red Kite , we then saw another one over the M3 near Thruxton , and on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire we saw another 2 Red Kite , 20+ Fieldfare and a Common Raven .

Barred Warbler ( Sylvia nisoria ) . Titchfield Haven . Hampshire

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Wednesday 6th December

Five Hawfinch were still on show this morning at Pines Hill in Exeter but they were very mobile , also seen were 20+ Common Linnet . I then had a look around the Ludwell Valley Country Park but I only saw a Water Rail , a Common Kingfisher and 5 Winter Wren .
I finished the day off at Goosemoor in Topsham but there was only a few Common Greenshank and Common Redshank on show .

Common Greenshank ( Tringa nebularia ) . Goosemoor . Topsham . Devon

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Very Slow

I had a look around the Bowling Green Marsh area this morning but as you can expect for this time of year the birding was a bit slow , but I did see the usual Mistle Thrush still guarding its mistletoe . And a look around the small copse at the top of the lane got me 20+ Redwing , 8 Goldcrest , 7 Great Tit and a female Eurasian Bullfinch .

Mistle Thrush ( Turdus viscivorus ) . Bowling Green Lane . Topsham . Devon