Thursday, 29 September 2022

Wednesday 28th September

 A trip down to Gammon Head in South Devon this morning with 2 fellow birders Charlie Flemming and Dave Land to look for the Red-Billed Chough that have been in the area for a while now . And really rare  birds to be able to see in my home county of Devon !

After a bit of searching the fields we managed to see 3 of them and at one point we even had them coming down and feeding on the Hawthorn Berries .

Also seen was a female Hen Harrier that flew along the ridge of one of the fields and my 1st for a couple of years , 2 Eurasian Sparrowhawk , 2 Peregrine Falcon , 2 Common Kestrel and 4 Common Raven .

A couple of new Butterflies for the year were also seen with Clouded Yellow & Wall Brown .

A great day out with 2 good friends .

Red-Billed Chough ( Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax ) . Gammon Head . Devon




Peregrine Falcon ( Falco Peregrinus ) . Gammon Head . Devon


Tuesday, 27 September 2022

Red-Necked Phalarope

Late yesterday evening news came out of a Red-Necked Phalarope on Bowling Green Marsh so I jumped into the car and shot off down there . I arrived to find the finder still there and he soon put me onto it , but the bird was distant with light dropping fast so at this time I could only say to be sure that it was a Phalarope ! Later on I saw footage of the bird that the finder had taken and could then say yes that it was a RNP .

So this morning I went down again to the marsh just as the light was starting to rise and the bird was still there but it was still distant with hardly any light at all . I only managed to get these two shots of it in the bad conditions before the bird flew out of the marsh and headed north . But then again I did not expect to get anything at all . The bird was a new one for me on the Exe Estuary and puts me on 318 .

Also seen todat were 3 Eurasian Spoonbill , a Garganey , a female Western Marsh Harrier and 2 Tawny Owl were heard calling 1st thing .

Red-Necked Phalarope ( Phalaropus lobatus ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon