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Monday, 15 January 2018

Water Pipit

A Water Pipit was seen this afternoon on the northern end of the Recreation Ground in Topsham by the first two wooden jetties , the 1st that I have seen here for a few years .

Topsham Today !

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Siberian Chiffchaff

I was out in my garden early this morning topping up the bird feeders and was rewarded with a female Hawfinch again showing in the Topsham Cemetery Grounds .
I then met up with my mate Andy Bond and we went to look for Cattle Egret at Teigngrace but we couldn't see them anywhere , so we went for look around the water treatment plant at Heathfield where we saw 5 Common Chiffchaff and with them was a nice Siberian Chiffchaff , also seen were quite a few Goldcrest , 5 Long-Tailed Tit , 8 Common Chaffinch and a smart Brambling .

Siberian Chiffchaff ( Phylloscopus collybita tristis ) . The Heathfield Water Treatment Plant . Devon

Long-Tailed Tit ( Aegithalos caudatus ) . Heathfield Water TreatmentPlant . Devon

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Friday 12th January

I took a look at Bowling Green Marsh in Topsham this morning but it was low tide so not a lot was seen with the best being 12 Redwing , a Common Chiffchaff and a female Goldcrest .
So I decided to go and look for White-Throated Dipper in Exeter and I was in luck as I saw one on the stream that runs through the Northbrook Golf Course , also seen were 2 Common Kingfisher and a Grey Wagtail . I then went across the Topsham Road into the Ludwell Valley Country Park but all that I saw there was 6 Eurasian Siskin and another Grey Wagtail . 

Goldcrest ( Regulus regulus ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon

Friday, 12 January 2018

Thursday 11th January

I made the trip down to Exmouth this morning to look for a reported Black Redstart but after much looking there was no sign of it anywhere , but there was a few Common Linnet on Shelly Beach , and in the marina a Common Guillemot was showing well , I then had a look at Lyme Bay from the raised beach huts and picked out 2 Common Eider , 2 Great Crested Grebe and a Slavonian Grebe .
I then walked along Madeira Walk where I saw a nice Firecrest but it was soon lost from view . But 2 male and 2 female Common Bullfinch showed well .
My last stop of the day was at East Budleigh where the Italian Sparrow that is now pending with the BOURC showed on and off for a short spell .

Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae ) . East Budleigh . Devon

Firecrest ( Regulus ignicapilla ) . Exmouth . Devon

Common Guillemot ( Uria aalge ) . Exmouth Marina . Devon

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Tuesday 9th January

Norfolk Trip . Day 2

We had spent the night in Kessingland in Suffolk so we got up early and headed for the north Norfolk coast with our first stop of the day at Thornham where we saw 15+ Twite , a good bird for us as you hardly get them in the Sth West of England .
We then headed for Titchwell where we saw the usual waders including a winter plumaged Spotted Redshank , a look at the sea then got us a few Long-Tailed Duck and Common Goldeneye & a Red-Throated Diver and on the beach there was a Purple Sandpiper , we then walked back towards the car park and on the way back there was a Water Pipit .
We then went to the Holkham Freshmarsh and a bit of a walk got us 8 Shore Lark and 2 Muntjac Deer , we then went looking for geese and near Burnham Norton there was 200+ Pink-Footed Goose , 12 Egyptian Goose , 12 Red-Legged Partridge and 4 Brown Hare , on then to fields near Holkham where we had 10-15 White-Fronted Goose and a Great White Egret , we then finished the day off at the Cley Marshes where we saw 5 Western Marsh Harrier , the end of a superb couple of days birding .

Twite ( Carduelis flavirostris ) . Thornham . Norfolk

Shore Lark ( Eremophila alpestris ) . Holkham Marsh . Norfolk

Muntjac ( Muntiacus reevesi ) . Holkham . Norfolk

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Monday 8th January

Ken Montandon , Andy Bond and Myself decided to go up to East Anglia to do some birding , we left Exeter at around 2 am and on the way we stopped off at Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire were we got out first tick of the trip with 2 Barn Owl`s seen .
We arrived at Hazlewood Common in Suffolk just after 1st light and it was freezing !! but we soon saw the bird we had made the trip for a ( Coues`s ) Arctic Redpoll a tick for all of us so we were well pleased with that and soon warmed up , also seen were a few Lesser Redpoll and a couple of Mealy Redpoll , a fly through Merlin and a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker .
Other birds of note seen in Suffolk were 30+ Snow Bunting at Slaughton Sailing Club & a few Bewick`s Swan at Wesleton , also seen nearby was a Chinese Water Deer a 1st for me .
On then to Cantley in Norfolk where a distant Taiga Bean Goose was just about picked out , we then finished the day off at Stubs Mill where we saw 30+ Western Marsh Harrier , 11 Common Crane , a male and a female Hen Harrier , a calling Tawny Owl & 3 more Chinese Water Deer .

( Coues`s ) Arctic Redpoll ( Carduelis exilipes ) . Hazlewood Common . Suffolk

Mealy Redpoll ( Carduelis flammea ) . Hazlewood Common . Suffolk

Snow Bunting ( Plectrophenax nivalis ) . Slaughton Sailing Club . Suffolk

Chinese Water Deer ( Hydropotes inermis ) . Nr Reedham . Norfolk

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Topsham Tick

This morning I was out early looking for some Hawfinch that have been seen outside of my house in the Topsham Cemetery and I managed to find one of them sat on top of a tree and then after a bit of a search I had 4 of them in the allotments . This was a Topsham and garden tick for me so I was well pleased with that .
Later a trip down to Stover Park near Bovey Tracey got me 2 Eurasian Nuthatch , 4 male & 8 female Goosander , 3 male and 2 female Common Pochard and a male Mandarin Duck .

Hawfinch ( Coccothraustes coccothraustes ) . The Topsham Cemetery Grounds . Devon

Goosander ( Mergus merganser ) ( Male & Female ) . Stover Park . Devon

Friday, 5 January 2018

Red Kite

5 Red Kite and a Common Kestrel seen from the car over the M4 near Reading in Berkshire .

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

A Good Day

I started the day off at the Exminster Marshes where I saw numerous Brent Goose , 2 Common Snipe , a single Jack Snipe , 4 Common Pheasant and a male Eurasian Bullfinch .
I then met up with my mate Andy and we headed for Broadsands to do a sea watch in Torbay and it turned out to be a great move as we saw a Pomarine Skua , a Great Skua , 2 Great Northern Diver , 3 Black-Throated Diver , 2 Razorbill , a Red-Necked Grebe and a Slavonian Grebe .
We then went to Preston Sea Front where we saw a Great Crested Grebe , a Black-Necked Grebe and around a dozen Ruddy Turnstone .

Great Skua ( Stercorarius skua ) . Torbay . Devon

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Not Much

I didn't do much birding today but I did see a Peregrine Falcon and a male American Wigeon on the Exminster Marshes , lets hope for more tomorrow but I don't hold out much hope with the bad weather we are getting here .

Monday, 1 January 2018

Here we go again !

Happy New Year to all my readers

Out at first light this morning to start the year off . And I started the day at Bowling Green Marsh in Topsham where I got most of the common birds on the marsh and I also saw 30+ Northern Pintail , 20+ Tufted Duck , a Common Snipe , a Common Kingfisher , a Eurasian Jay and a male Eurasian Bullfinch . A look at the Exe Estuary then got me 300+ European Golden Plover , 30+ Pied Avocet , 3 Red Knot and a single Bar-Tailed Godwit .
My next stop was at Exwick Churchyard to look for some Hawfinch that have been seen for a few days now and I managed to see 5 of them , I then went to a spot near the village of Lympstone where I saw 2 male and a female Yellowhammer , a male and female Cirl Bunting and 4 Reed Bunting , on then to another spot in Lympstone where 4 Brambling showed quite well , the day was then finished off at Exmouth where a look at Lyme Bay got me numerous Northern Gannet , 12 Black-Legged Kittiwake and 10 Common Scoter .

Hawfinch ( Coccothraustes coccothraustes ) . Exwick Churchyard . Exeter . Devon

Cirl Bunting ( Emberiza cirlus ) . Nr Lympstone . Devon

Yellowhammer ( Emberiza citrinella ) . Nr Lympstone . Devon