Tuesday 31 December 2013


Thanks to all  viewers of my blog from near and far & hope that you have enjoyed looking at it this year , I am getting a better lens for my camera so lets hope next year is even better !!!

Happy New Year To Everyone


Monday 30 December 2013

WOW What a Day !!!!

This morning Charlie Fleming , Dave Land & myself went down to Brixham Harbour again to see if we could get shots of the White-Billed Diver only the 3rd one ever for Devon , Charlie had fixed us up to go out in one of his mates boat & as you can see the results were just amazing & at one point the bird came up so close to us that I could have reached out and touched it !!!!
Also seen were half a dozen Great Northern Diver`s , 3 Black-Throated Diver`s , a superb Black Guillemot that was also right beside the boat , 1 Razorbill , 1 Common Guillemot & numerous Shag , we were just about to get in the car to go home when we were told that an Iceland Gull was showing on the other side of the Harbour so off we went to see if it was still on show & as you can see it was showing very well .
On the way home Charlie dropped Dave off at his house & we made our way back to his and just above Ide we had a Brown Hare running down the road in front of the car a very nice end to a great day .... Thanks Charlie .

White-Billed Diver ( Gavia adamsii ) . Brixham Harbour . Devon . 30 / 12 / 2013

Great Northern Diver ( Gavia immer ) . Brixham Harbour . Devon . 30 / 12 / 2013

Black Guillemot ( Cepphus grylle ) . Brixham Harbour . Devon . 30 / 12 / 2013

Iceland Gull ( Larus glaucoides ) . Brixham Harbour . Devon . 30 / 12 / 2013

Sunday 29 December 2013

White-Billed Diver

While I was away up North !!! news got to me that a White-Billed Diver had been found in Brixham Harbour , the bird was a new bird for me & nearly everybody else but the difference was that I was hundreds of miles away from it so it meant that I spent most of the time in hope that it would still be there when I got back !! well the good news was that it was still there so today I managed to get the bird ok but it was always a bit distant to get a good shot of it Buttttttttttttt tomorrow I am going down again so lets hope that I have better luck lol
Also seen today were 2 Great Northern Diver , 3 Black-Throated Diver , a Black Guillemot & 14 Purple Sandpiper .

White-Billed Diver ( Gavia adamsii ) . Brixham Harbour . Devon . 29 / 12 / 2013

Black-Throated Diver ( Gavia arctica ) . Brixham Harbour . Devon . 29 / 12 / 2013

Black Guillemot ( Cepphus grylle ) Off of Brixham Breakwater . Devon . 29 / 12 / 2013

Thursday 26th December . 2013

The morning walk was a bit quieter this morning but I did see numerous Blackbird they were everywhere today & Goldcrest , 1 Mistle Thrush , 1 Fieldfare , 1 male Yellowhammer , 1 Treecreeper , 3 Female Bullfinch & 2 Brown Hare & today was the very first time that I have managed to get a shot of this species .

Brown Hare ( Lepus europaeus ) . Ganton . Yorkshire . 26 / 12 / 2013

Wednesday 25th December . 2013

Happy Christmas To Everyone !!!

Todays walk was later in the day & was very good as I found a pair of Barn Owl & managed to get these shots of them , I think its the best shot that I have ever got of one of these birds ! also seen numerous Goldcrest , 2 Mistle Thrush , 1 Fieldfare & 2 Coal Tit , also seen were 5 Brown Hare & a Roe Deer .

Barn Owl ( Tyto alba ) . Ganton . Yorkshire . 25 / 12 / 2013

Tuesday 24th December . 2013

I went for a walk this morning with my sister along the seafront at Scarborough but didn`t see a lot , there was a couple of Kittiwake sat on the sea , and a look in the Harbour got me 5 Great Black-Backed Gull , 1 Shag , 1 Guillemot , 1 Redshank & 4 Turnstone .

Common Guillemot ( Uria aalge ) . Scarborough Harbour . Yorkshire . 24 / 12 / 2013

Sunday 22nd December . 2013

Hi I went away for the Christmas up to my sisters in East Yorkshire & the following few posts are of what I saw when I was up there !!
There is a small area where she lives that is beside the golf course & I birded around this area whenever I could , today my walk turned up 20+ Fieldfare , 15 Redwing , 1 Mistle Thrush , 2 Goldcrest and a Kingfisher , but the best thing happened on my walk back home when all of a sudden a Stoat dashed in front of me chasing a Rabbit well it was no contest and it soon caught up with it & it was all soon over , it was a bit sad but an amazing spectacle to see !!

Stoat ( Mustela erminea ) . Ganton . Yorkshire . 22 / 12 / 2013

Friday 20 December 2013

Long-Tailed Duck

A look at Bowling Green Marsh in Topsham this morning got me the 1st winter male Long-Tail Duck half way down the channel to the left of the hide , also seen today were 3 Greylag Goose , 2 male Pintail , 2 male Tufted Duck , 150+ Bar-Tailed Godwit , 100+ Avocet , 3 Jay & a Chiffchaff .
I then looked at the Clyst Estuary & saw 2 adult winter Spotted Redshank , a Little Grebe & a late Whimbrel was heard on call but I couldn't locate it .

Long-Tailed Duck ( Clangula hyemalis ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon

Thursday 19 December 2013

Topsham . Devon

I did a walk around Topsham this morning with the first stop at the small copse at the top of Bowling Green Lane where I saw 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker , 2 male Bullfinch , a Common Raven & 7 Redwing , then a look at Bowling Green Marsh got me the long staying male Long-Tailed Duck , 2 male Tufted Duck & quite a lot of Robin ,  a look then out at the Clyst Estuary from the viewing platform produced 400+ Avocet .
My pictures today are of our European Robin a nice looking bird for us and the bird of our Christmas cards & a common bird that we all take for granted !! but a rare bird for some of my viewers from around the world .

( European ) Robin ( Erithacus rubecula ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon

Sunday 15 December 2013

False Widow

Nothing to report birdwise today  , but I did find my first False Widow spider in my house today ughhhhhhhhhhhhhh !!!!

Wednesday 11 December 2013

Topsham Recreation Ground

A look around the Recreation Ground in Topsham this morning got me a few Mallard & Teal , a male & female Red-Breasted Merganser that were doing very well catching fish , 10 Redshank , 6 Lapwing , 3 Curlew , 4 Rook , numerous Reed Bunting & an elusive Bearded Tit that was heard but not seen !! I did hear that the Water Pipit is still around but I couldn`t see it today .

Eurasian Curlew ( Numenius arquata ) . The Recreation Ground . Topsham . Devon

Red-Breasted Merganser ( Mergus serrator ) . The River Exe . Topsham . Devon

Monday 9 December 2013

Thick Fog !!!!!!

Not a lot seen today as I woke up to very thick fog that didn`t lift until around mid day ! I could hear Mistle Thrush & Redwing calling in the Topsham cemetery grounds but I had no chance of seeing them lol , In the afternoon with the fog now lifted it was a very nice day , so I went for a look around the Topsham recreation ground but all I could see was the Water Pipit , 2 Grey Wagtail , 2 Rook and 8 Reed Bunting .

Reed Bunting ( Emberiza schoeniclus ) ( Male ) . The Recreation Ground . Topsham . Devon

Reed Bunting ( Emberiza schoeniclus ) ( Female ) . The Recreation Ground . Topsham . Devon

Sunday 8 December 2013

Red-Breasted Merganser

I started the day in the small copse at the top of Bowling Green Lane but all I got was 7 Redwing , a Bullfinch & a couple of Magpie , on then to Bowling Green Marsh where the highlight was a female Red-Breasted Merganser only my second ever on the marsh , there was also numerous Wigeon , 3 male & a female Tufted Duck  , a few Shoveler  , a female Pochard , 400+ Avocet , 17 Golden Plover & 2 Jay .
A look from the viewing platform at the Clyst Estuary got me lots of Avocet that had now left the marsh as the tide had started to drop , 200+ Dunlin , 25 Grey Plover , 15 Bar-Tailed Godwit , a Spotted Redshank & a Kingfisher .

Pied Avocet ( Recurvirostra avosetta ) . The Clyst Estuary . Topsham . Devon

Thursday 5 December 2013

Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham

I am without a car at the moment so all of my birding is being done at my local patches & today I had a look at Bowling Green Marsh where there was plenty of wildfowl on show with numerous Wigeon , 15 Teal , 2 male & a female Shoveler , 2 male Tufted Duck , a male Pochard & the long staying wintering male Long-Tailed Duck .
There was also good numbers of waders to be seen with numerous Black-Tailed Godwit , 300+ Avocet , 100+ Lapwing & 50+ Dunlin , other birds seen on the marsh today was a male Peregrine Falcon that kept on spooking everything , 50+ Starling , a Great Spotted Woodpecker & the vixen Fox was in her usual spot under the railway line .

Northern Lapwing ( Vanellus vanellus ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon

Black-Tailed Godwit ( Limosa limosa ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon

Wednesday 4th December . 2013

There was still a lot of thrushes in the cemetery this morning with the majority being Redwing & at one point a female Sparrowhawk flew in and caught an unfortunate bird , but it was an amazing sight to see !! in with the Redwing were a few Fieldfare & some very nice Mistle Thrush always a nice bird to get good views off , there was also a large flock of Greenfinch , 4 Goldcrest & a Coal Tit a very rare bird in the cemetery grounds .

Redwing ( Turdus iliacus ) . Topsham Cemetery . Devon

Tuesday 3 December 2013

Monday 2 December 2013

Yellow-Legged Gull

A look through the Gulls on the shingle in the middle of the Exe Estuary at the Topsham Recreation Ground got me 7 Common Gull & a 2nd winter Yellow-Legged Gull , also seen on a walk around , avoiding the dog crap !!  were 3 Grey Wagtail , the wintering Water Pipit , a Common Kingfisher & 2 Reed Bunting .

Grey Wagtail ( Motacilla cinerea ) . The Recreation Ground . Topsham . Devon

Friday 29 November 2013

Yellow-Browed Warber

A look around the recreation ground in Topsham this morning got me 100+ Brent Geese , a Water Rail that I got quick views of  dashing back into the reeds , in with the masses of Black-Headed Gull`s were around 15 Common Gull`s , an adult winter Mediterranean Gull & an adult Great Black-Backed Gull , a Bearded Tit was also seen as it flew from one reed bed to another & a Sparrowhawk flew over a couple of times putting everything up !
I then went with my mate Charlie Fleming down to the Clennon Valley Nr Goodrington in South Devon to look for a Yellow-Browed Warbler that has been there for a few days & we were lucky enough to get views of the bird that was also very vocal but no chance of getting a shot of it ( This is my 4th different one this year.... not bad going lol ) also seen were some nice Shoveler & Tufted Duck , 2 Little Grebe & this nice male Mandarin Duck .

Great Black-Backed Gull ( Larus marinus ) . The Recreation Ground . Topsham . Devon

Mandarin Duck ( Aix galericulata ) . Clennon Valley . Nr Goodrington . Devon

Thursday 28 November 2013

Water Pipit

An early morning look at the Recreation Ground in Topsham turned out to be a good move as I managed to get my best ever shots of Water Pipit , the bird was on show for most of the morning even landing in the main field three times , when I first saw the bird  a week or so back the bird was quite nervous but it now seems to be getting a little bit more approachable , I also got a quick view of a very smart male Bearded Tit that was across the river in the main reed bed but it didn`t stay on show for long before dropping down into the reed bed .
Also seen today was an adult winter Mediterranean Gull , 7 Common Gull , 4 Snipe , a Kingfisher & a few Reed Bunting

Water Pipit ( Anthus spinoletta ) . The Recreation Ground . Topsham . Devon

Wednesday 27 November 2013

Bearded Tit

It was a good day for seeing birds today but not much go photo wise ! as a walk around the Recreation Ground in Topsham got me a nice surprise with a female Bearded Tit !! she was on the near side in the last reed bed going towards the moterway bridge but she flew across the river to the main reed bed & was lost from sight , the Water Pipit also showed very well today & I was just about to get a shot of it but a bloody dog walker put it up grrrrrrrrr .
There was not a lot else to see but in with the Black-Headed Gull`s were a few Common Gull , & on the mud were 8 Dunlin , 6 Redshank & a Curlew .

Common Gull ( Larus canus ) . The Recreation Ground . Topsham . Devon

Thursday 21 November 2013

Bowling Green Marsh

An afternoon visit to the hide at Bowling Green Marsh in Topsham got me the wintering Long-Tailed Duck , 2 male Pintail , a male Tufted Duck & numerous Teal & Wigeon ... in with the Wigeon was a possible Eurasian / American Wigeon hybrid !! it had a nice green stripe going back from the eye but the crown was a buff colour and not white like it should be & other features on the bird just didn`t seem right !! I hope other people see this bird & correct me if I am wrong .

Long-Tailed Duck ( Clangula hyemalis ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon

Eurasian Wigeon ( Anus penelope ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon

Wednesday 20 November 2013

Water Pipit

An afternoon stroll around the Recreation Ground in Topsham today only got me half a dozen Common Gull & the very illusive Water Pipit , every time I get near to it off it flies .. ughhhhhh

Monday 18 November 2013


There was a flock of thrushes in the Topsham Cemetery this morning , the majority were Redwing & Fieldfare but in with them were a few Mistle Thruush , also seen were a few Goldcrest & a Nuthatch .

Mistle Thrush ( Turdus viscivorus ) . Topsham Cemetery . Devon


Is Devon full of Suppressing Bastards or just the chosen few !!!!!!!!

Friday 15 November 2013

Yellow-Legged Gull

This adult Yellow-Legged Gull was in the Exe Estuary off of the Topsham Recreation Ground this morning but as usual with these birds it didn`t hang around to long , sorry about the picture but I have had to return to my old lens !!as for the last few weeks I have been using a Sigma 150-500 that was lent to me to try out by my mate Charlie Fleming & as you can see the results have been outstanding ... Cheers Charlie ! the only other bird of any note was a Water Pipit that I only got quick views of as it is very flighty .

Yellow-Legged Gull ( Larus michahellis ) . The Recreation Ground . Topsham . Devon

Wednesday 13 November 2013


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Dartford Warbler

Up to Colaton Raleigh Common again this morning & again got views of the Great Grey Shrike but it was only distant views today ! but the bonus today was getting superb views of a couple of Dartford Warbler`s that showed very well by the grenade range , there was also quite a lot of Meadow Pipit & Stonechat , a White Wagtail & a Reed Bunting .

Dartford Warbler ( Sylvia undata ) . Colaton Raleigh Common . Devon

Meadow Pipit ( Anthus pratensis ) . Colaton Raleigh Common . Devon