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Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Another Seawatch

I did another seawatch this morning looking out at Lyme Bay at Exmouth but again it was very poor with the best birds being a couple of Great Skua . But besides them all I saw were 50+ Northern Gannet , 7 Common Scoter , 20+ European Shag , 4 Great Black-Backed Gull , a single Sandwich Tern and a male Common Kestrel .
I then had a look at the top fields at Gore Lane but it was blowing a gale and I could hardly stand up and all I managed to see were 20+ Meadow Pipit .

Meadow Pipit ( Anthus pratensis ) . Gore Lane . Exmouth . Devon


Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Seawatching

This morning I did an hour and a half seawatch from the raised beachhuts at Exmouth but I never saw a lot with only 30+ Northern Gannet , 20+ Sandwich Tern and in with them was a possible Arctic Tern but it was just to far out to confirm it for sure , 3 Balearic Shearwater , a single Arctic Skua and a Great Northern Diver . Back home there were 2 Willow Beauties caught last night .

Willow Beauty ( Peribatodes rhomboidaria ) . Topsham . Devon


Monday, 17 September 2018

Red Phalarope

A look at Bowling Green Marsh this morning turned out to be better than I expected as there were some small waders on the marsh for the first time in a while , with 20+ Dunlin , 12 Red Knot at least , a single Ruff , a Bar-Tailed Godwit , 9 Common Greenshank and in with the mass of Common Redshank was an adult winter Spotted Redshank but it soon vanished back into the mass and I never saw it again . Also seen were 15 Little Egret and my first Cattle Egret on the marsh this year .
Later in the day myself and Andy Bond decided to go up to the West Huntspill seawall where my first Red /Grey Phalarope of the year was showing very well ( Thanks to the finder Roger Treeby ) .

Red Phalarope (Phalaropus fulicarius ) . West Huntspill Sea Wall . Somerset





Cattle Egret ( Bubulcus ibis ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Friday, 14 September 2018

No Sign !

I got to Colaton Raleigh Common at first light this morning to look for yesterdays Pallid Harrier but after spending just over 5 hours there looking for it I got no sign of it at all and I headed for home , I did see 40+ Meadow Pipit , a Tree Pipit , 2 Yellow Wagtail , 3 Common Kestrel and 2 Common Raven .

Sunrise Over Colaton Raleigh Common . Devon


Thursday, 13 September 2018

Pallid Harrier

Well who would have thought that today I would end up with a Devon Tick . As this morning I went down to my local patch Bowling Green Marsh more in hope than anything else as lately we are getting no change on the marsh and today was again the same , with the juvenile Western Marsh Harrier putting in an appearance along with 10 Common Greenshank , a Spotted Redshank , 4 Red Knot and a single Pied Avocet........Also seen was the superb Supermarine Spitfire that made a couple of passes over the marsh .
BUT much later in the day I got a message from Exmouth birder Matt Knott telling me that he thought that he had a juvenile Pallid Harrier up on Colaton Raleigh Common so I got in the car and flew !!!! up there as fast as I could and managed to see the bird that had now been confirmed as a Pallid Harrier ( A first for Devon I think ) just before it seemed to go to roost . I will be up there again in the morning to look for it again in hope of getting a shot of it .....Well done Matt .

Supermarine Spitfire . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Merlin

The day started off well as I came out of my house to a commotion of birds and as I looked up a Merlin was going over the  Cemetery grounds in Topsham , my 1st in Topsham this year .
The day then fell off a bit as I went for another look at Bowling Green Marsh but the only birds worth talking about were 9 Northern Pintail , a Water Rail , 6 Red Knot , 5 Whimbrel and 3 nice Yellow Wagtail .

Whimbrel ( Numenius phaeopus ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Western Marsh Harrier

A couple of distant shots of todays Western Marsh Harrier seen from the hide on Bowling Green Marsh this morning was the best that I could manage .Also seen was 8 Northern Pintail , a Little Grebe , a Water Rail that was creeping through the reeds on the far side of the marsh , 5 Common Greenshank , 2 Whimbrel and a Bar-Tailed Godwit .
I then went to the area by the viewing platform where I saw a Great Spotted Woodpecker , a Common Whitethroat and a Yellow Wagtail flew over the marsh calling .

Western Marsh Harrier ( Circus aeruginosus ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon



Monday, 10 September 2018

Very Slow

An early morning look at Bowling Green Marsh was very slow birding as hardly no small waders are coming onto the marsh at all , with most of them staying out on the Exe Estuary for various reasons !!! and I`m afraid to say it looks like the marsh has had its best days when it was maintained better .
And today all that I saw worth talking about was a single Whimbrel , 9 Common Greenshank and 2 Dunlin.....and a look around the bushes got me 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker , a Eurasian Nuthatch and a Willow Warbler

Great Spotted Woodpecker ( Dendrocopos major ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Saturday, 8 September 2018

Eurasian Wryneck

 A look at Bowling Green Marsh this morning only got me a Ruff and 2 Common Chiffchaff but a look at the Clyst Estuay from the viewing platform was a lot better with a Water Rail , 9 Common Ringed Plover , a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper and 2 Glossy Ibis that flew up the Clyst and went towards  Bowling Green Marsh .
I then went out to the Goatswalk where you can look down the Exe Estuary where I saw a Little Egret and a fishing Osprey . News then broke of a Eurasian Wryneck being found at Dawlish Warren on the point , so I went down and joined up with fellow birder Dave Bradford to look for it and as I was walking through the long grass it came up from in front of me and flew around a bit , I called out to Dave and he got on to it and we watched it fly towards the dune ridge , we went over to look for it but we could not find it again . It nice to see my first one in Devon for a while !

Little Egret ( Egretta garzetta ) . The Exe Estuary . Devon


Friday, 7 September 2018

Orcombe Point

It was a nice day so I took a look around Orcombe Point in Exmouth . But the birding was rather slow and the best birds that I saw were a couple of Northern Wheatear , also seen were 2 Common Buzzard , a male Eurasian Sparrowhawk , a Common Kestrel and a Common Raven .
Also seen were the following Butterflies , Small White , Speckled Wood , Small Copper , Common Blue and a Wall Brown .

Northern Wheatear ( Oenanthe oenanthe ) . Orcombe Point . Exmouth . Devon


Thursday, 6 September 2018

Not a Bad Day

A morning look around the bushes at Bowling Green Marsh got me 8 European Goldfinch , 6 Winter Wren , numerous Common Wood Pigeon , a single Stock Dove , a Great Spotted Woodpecker , a Eurasian Nuthatch and a nice Southern Hawker .
Later in the afternoon around high tide I went down again for another look and this time I saw 7 Pied Avocet , a Common Ringed Plover , a juvenile Ruff , a Water Rail and my first Yellow Wagtail on the marsh this year . And too end the day off there were 2 Osprey fishing in the Exe Estuary .

Southern Hawker ( Aeshna cyanea ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Cattle Egret

This morning I went down to the Otter Estuary to look for a couple of reported Cattle Egret and I found them in with the cows in the fields north of Whites Bridge and later in the morning they were joined by another one , a very nice surprise . I also went to look for the Spotted Crake but all I managed to see of it today was a very brief view as it dashed out of the reeds and then straight back in again .
Later in the day I got a message telling me that there was a juvenile Garganey on Bowling Green Marsh so I went down to look for it , and it was good to see it but it always stayed a bit distant .
There was one new moth for me out of the lot that I caught last night , a Narrow-Winged Grey .

Cattle Egret ( Bubulcus ibis ) . The Otter Estuary . Devon




Garganey ( Anus querquedula ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Narrow-Winged Grey ( Eudonia angustea ) . Topsham . Devon


Garden Rose Tortrix ( Acleris variegana ) . Topsham . Devon


Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Slow Birding

Early this morning I went and had a look around the top fields at Orcombe Point in Exmouth but the birding was very slow and all I saw were 15 Barn Swallow , I was told that there were 50+ Yellow Wagtail in with the cows but I only managed to see 9 of them , a juvenile Northern Wheatear was on the dung heap and also seen was a Common Kestrel and 2 Common Raven .
I also saw this Chinese Character moth at the Bristol Schools Camp .

Chinese Character ( Cilix glaucata ) . Exmouth . Devon


Monday, 3 September 2018

Glossy Ibis

I got a message today telling me that there was a Glossy Ibis on Bowling Green Marsh so I nipped down to see if I could catch up with it . When I got there the bird was out on the large island but was not on show , but after about half an hour it decided to fly and it did a circle around the marsh before flying off towards the Exe Estuary and I just managed to get this flight shot of it . Also seen was a juvenile Ruff and 2 late Common Swift .

Out of the moths that I caught last night there were 2 new micros for me with Sharp-Winged Drill and Bloched Marble .

Glossy Ibis ( Plegadis falcinellus ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Bloched Marble ( Endothenia quadrimaculana ) . Topsham . Devon



Sharp-Winged Drill ( Dichrorampha acuminatana ) . Topsham . Devon


Sunday, 2 September 2018

Copper Underwing

I took an early morning look around Bowling Green Marsh today but I didn`t see much at all with only a Green Sandpiper and 3 Stock Dove and a walk down to the viewing platform got me a Common Sandpiper on the Clyst Estuary .
I then walked back to the hide where I was shown a Copper Underwing Moth a new one for me .
I then had a look at Goosemoor where the birding was a bit better and I saw an adult and 2 juvenile  Spotted Redshank ( The ones in the pictures ) , 20+ Common Greenshank , 15 Black-Tailed Godwit , 20+ Dunlin , a juvenile Red Knot , a Common Gull and 2 European Reed Warblers

Spotted Redshank ( Tringa erythrpus ) . Goosemooe . Topsham . Devon



Copper Underwing ( Amphipyra pyramidea ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Friday, 31 August 2018

Autumn is here

A look at Bowling Green Marsh got me the first 3 returning Pied Avocet of the Autumn . I then went down to again check out the bushes by the viewing platform and I saw 2 Willow Warbler , 2 Common Ciffchaff , a Great Spotted Woodpecker , a Eurasian Jay , 3 Rook , a few juvenile European Goldfinch , a male Eurasian Bullfinch and in the small reedbed there was a surprise with 2 Sedge Warbler .

Great Spotted Woodpecker ( Dendrocopos major ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


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


Thursday, 30 August 2018

The Orcombe Point Area

I decided to have a change this morning and made an early trip down to Orcombe Point in Exmouth to check out the bushes around the top fields .
And it turned out to be a good move as I saw the following birds , going over were 12 Tree Pipit , 7 Yellow Wagtail , numerous Barn Swallow and Common House Martin . Also seen around the bushes were 3 Northern Wheatear , a smart looking Whinchat , 2 Common Whitethroat , a Common Buzzard , a Common Kestrel , a Common Raven and I also had the good company of Exmouth birder Matt Knott .

Whinchat ( Saxicola rubetra ) . The Top Fields . Orcombe Point . Exmouth . Devon



Northern Wheatear ( Oenanthe oenanthe ) . The Top Fields . Orcombe Point . Exmouth . Devon



Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Dipping

I started today off by checking the bushes near the viewing platform on Bowling Green Marsh and the results were not bad with 4 Willow Warbler , 4 Common Chiffchaff , 3 Blackcap and a Common Whitethroat . I then had a look out from the hide and saw 2 Red Knot , a Spotted Redshank , a juvenile Ruff and a Common Snipe .
There was news of a Western Bonelli`s Warbler being found at Berry Head in South Devon , so my mate Andy and myself went to see if we could catch up with it , we arrived to find a few birders already there but they said that there was no sign of it since early morning , but we gave it a couple of hours looking but again there was no sign of it and the only things to brighten up the visit was a Hummingbird Hawkmoth and a Small Blue Butterfly .

Willow Warbler ( Phylloscopus trochilus ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Small Blue ( Cupido minimus ) . Berry Head . Devon


Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Red Knot

An early morning look at Bowling Green Marsh over the high tide got me 3 Red Knot with one of them looking like a juvenile bird , there was also numerous Eurasian Curlew , Black-Tailed Godwit and Common Redshank , 20+ Dunlin , 16 Common Greenshank , 2 Whimbrel , 2 Green Sandpiper , a 2nd summer Mediterranean Gull and a Stock Dove . I then left the hide and went to have a look around the bushes by the viewing platform where I saw 2 Common Kingfisher , a Great Spotted Woodpecker , a Common Chiffchaff and a male Eurasian Bullfinch .
My next stop was at Goosemoor and I saw another Common Chiffchaff and my first Blackcap of the autumn in the bushes by the railway line , and a look out at reserve got me 2 Common Sandpiper and a Spotted Redshank .

Waders . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


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


Monday, 27 August 2018

Bowling Green Marsh

A look at Bowling Green Marsh this morning got me 20+ Dunlin , 2 Whimbrel , and singles of Red Knot , Ruff , Spotted Redshank , Bar-Tailed Godwit , Green Sandpiper and a Common Chiffchaff ,
A look from the viewing platform at the Clyst Estuary only got me a Common Kingfisher and seen in  Bowling Green Lane was this Eurasian Collared Dove .

Whimbrel ( Numenius phaeopus ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Eurasian Collared Dove ( Streptopelia decaocto ) . Topsham . Devon


Saturday, 25 August 2018

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Moth Day

I decided to have a look at Bowling Green Marsh this morning without knowing that they were having a Bug Day there for the kids and I got there just as they were going through some moths that they had trapped and I managed to see a few new ones for me , with Gold Spot , Brimstone Moth , Flounced Rustic , Six-Striped Rustic , Small Square-Spot and Mint Moth .
Also seen was Burnished Brass , Heart and Dart , Square-Spot Rustic and Large Yellow Underwing .

I then went down to have a look around the top fields at Gore Lane in Exmouth and on the way there I came across a field full of cows , so I parked up and had a look at them and I found around 10 juvenile Yellow Wagtail feeding among them , my first ones of the autumn .

Yellow Wagtail ( Motacilla flava flavissima ) . Nr Gore Lane . Exmouth . Devon



Gold Spot ( Plusia festacae ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon