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Friday, 15 June 2018

Bowling Green Marsh

This morning we had a very good meeting to see if there is any way of making the reserve even better than it already is . Many thanks to Peter and Becky and the other local birders that turned up to see if we can all help in any way . This has been my local patch for over 30 years and it will be good to see it progress .

Hairy Dragonfly ( Brachytron pratense ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

The East Devon Commons

I went up to the East Devon Commons this morning to look for a couple of Butterflies , the two were Silver-Studded Blue and Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillary and I managed to see both of them in small numbers . I also had a look for moths and again I did quite well with numerous Brown Silver-Line , a few Cinnabar , 2 July Belle and a nice Four-Dotted Footman .
Also of note was a daytime calling European Nightjar .

Silver-Studded Blue ( Plebejus argus ) . The East Devon Commons . Devon

Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillary ( Boloria selene ) . The East Devon Commons . Devon

Four-Dotted Footman ( Cybosia mesomella ) . The East Devon Commons . Devon

July Belle ( Scotopteryx luridata ) . The East Devon Common . Devon

Cinnabar ( Tyria jacobaeae ) . The Est Devon Common . Devon

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Buff-Breasted Sandpiper

I started today off just outside of Exeter at the Haldon Forest where I saw 3 Tree Pipit , my first Common Crossbill of the year and a few Common House Martin . I then went for a walk around the Butterfly Walk where I saw Large Skipper , Small Heath , Meadow Brown , Speckled Wood , Red Admiral and my first Green Hairstreak of the year .
I then got news of a Buff-Breasted Sandpiper showing at Davidstow Airport so my mate Andy and myself went to see if we could catch up with it , we arrived to find the Army doing their manoeuvres and a Helicopter flying overhead so we didn`t hold up much hope . But to our amazement there it was showing very well and not taking any notice of what was going on all around it . But what it is doing here at this time of year...God Knows lol  

Buff-Breasted Sandpiper ( Tryngites subruficollis ) . Davidstow Airport . Cornwall

Sunday, 10 June 2018

The Highfield Farm Area

Not many birds around so I went out look for Moths today at the Highfield Farm area in Topsham . And I managed to see a few moths with the best one being a stunning Blood-Vein , also seen were Silver Y , Small Magpie , Yellow Shell and Cinnabar .
Also seen were a few Micro Moths with Garden Grass-Veneer , Common Marble and Meadow Grey also of note were a few smart looking Scorpion Flies .

Blood-Vein ( Timandra comae ) . Highfield Farm . Topsham . Devon

Cinnabar ( Ttria jacobaeae ) . Highfield Farm . Topsham . Devon

Yellow Shell ( Camptogramma bilineata bilineata ) . Highfield Farm . Topsham . Devon

Silver Y ( Autographa gamma ) . Highfield Farm . Topsham . Devon

Scorpion Fly ( Meloptera ) . Highfield Farm . Topsham . Devon

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Black-Headed Wagtail ?

A bird looking very well like a Black-Headed Wagtail was showing well this morning on fields by the Dawlish Leisure Centre , but there seems to be a bit of doubt about the call of the bird so things are a bit on hold at the moment .
I then went to Dawlish Warren where I saw at least a male and female Brown Argus Butterfly but there may have been more , also seen were a few Meadow Brown , lots of Common Blue and a Hairy Dragonfly .

Black-Headed Wagtail ( Motacilla flava feldegg ) ? . Dawlish Leisure Centre . Devon

Brown Argus ( Aricia agestis ) . Dawlish Warren . Devon

Tuesday 5th June

Early this morning I had a European Green Woodpecker in the Topsham Cemetery Grounds . I then went and had a look at Bowling Green Marsh and I saw the usual birds for this time of year with 30+ Black-Tailed Godwit , a single winter plumaged Red Knot , 20-30 Black-Headed Gull , quite a few Barn Swallow and Common Swift and a few Common House Martin , a Common Kingfisher and 2 calling Cetti`s Warbler .
In the evening a trip up to Woodbury Common with my mate Ken got us 4 European Nightjar with 3 showing and another heard on call .

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

Sunday, 3 June 2018


This morning I was invited down to a mates house in Exmouth as he had caught some Hawkmoths that were new to me .... Poplar Hawkmoth and Lime Hawkmoth and there was the opportunity to get some photos of them so I jumped at the chance + there was a chance to get a look at a superb looking Elephant Hawkmoth also .
I also saw many more moths that I have to find out what they are , Many Thanks Matt .

Poplar Hawkmoth ( Laothoe populi ) . Exmouth . Devon