Saturday 31 December 2016

Blue-Rock Thrush

A trip up to Stow On The Wold in Gloucestershire today with my mates Andy and Ken to look for the Blue-Rock Thrush that has been there for a few weeks , we got there in foggy conditions and had to wait a while for the bird to show but the wait was worth while in the end as the bird showed quite well , this is my second one seen in Britain with my first way back in 1999 on the Isles Of Scilly ! also seen was this Bohemian Waxwing .
On the way back home just outside of the village we saw 2 Red Kite , a Common Buzzard and a Common Raven

Blue-Rock Thrush ( Monticola solitarius ) . Stow On The Wold . Gloucestershire

Bohemian Waxwing ( Bombycilla garrulus ) . Stow On The Wold . Gloucestershire

Thursday 29 December 2016

Just a few things to add

I had my first Bohemian Waxwing of the year at Borehamwood  in Hertfordshire on the 28th December

And today I saw 5 Red Kite over the M4 near Reading in Berkshire

Tuesday 27 December 2016

Yellow-Browed Warbler

Early this morning I went down to the Recreation Ground in Topsham where I looked at the River Exe , and I managed to see the female Long-Tailed Duck , 2 female Common Goldeneye and 1 male and 3 female Red-Breasted Merganser`s .
But the bird that I had come in hope of seeing was a Yellow-Browed Warbler that was seen yesterday but I only heard it calling today but after much searching I just couldn`t manage to see it .

Long-Tailed Duck ( Clangula hyemalis ) . The River Exe . Topsham . Devon

Common Goldeneye ( Bucephala clangula ) . The River Exe . Topsham . Devon

Together !!

Monday 26 December 2016

The Topsham Loop

This morning I walked around the Topsham loop with the first stop at the Bowling Green Marsh area and at the bottom of Bowling Green Lane the 2 long staying Mistle Thrush were still keeping guard of the Mistletoe , on the marsh itself the usual wildfowl were seen with Eurasian Wigeon , Northern Shoveler and Common Teal seen in large numbers , also seen were a male and female Tufted Duck , 3 Common Snipe and a female Eurasian Bullfinch , I then had a look at the Clyst Estuary and saw 4 Grey Plover and a Common Sandpiper , the last place I looked at was the River Exe and I saw 20+ Pied Avocet , 2 Common Goldeneye , a female Long-Tailed Duck and 6 male & 4 female Red-Breasted Merganser and this show off Grey Heron .

Common Snipe ( Gallinago gallinago ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon

Grey Heron ( Ardea cinerea ) . Topsham . Devon

Friday 23 December 2016


This was the view first thing this morning outside my house in beautiful Topsham , later on I had a look around the Bowling Green Marsh area but I didn`t see much at all but I did see 7 Greylag Geese , numerous Eurasian Wigeon , 40+ Northern Shoveler  , 20+ Common Teal , 9 Northern Lapwing , a male Eurasian Sparrowhawk that landed on the fence outside of the hide , and a single Reed Bunting .

Red Sky In The Morning Shepherds Warning !!!

Thursday 22 December 2016

Blyth`s Pipit

A trip up to Blagdon Lake in Somerset with Andy Bond to look for the reported Blyth`s Pipit and we connected with the bird as soon as we got there as it was in with a small flock of Meadow Pipit`s that were feeding on the edge of the lake , the bird was easy to pick out because of its larger size and different feeding pattern , this is my 3rd one seen in Britain with the first on the Scilly Isles in 93 and my second on Portland Bill in 98 !!.......( One in Devon next please lol )
Other birds of note seen were 9 Great White Egret , 3 Bewick`s Swan , a female Goosander and a Eurasian Treecreeper .

Blyth`s Pipit ( Anthus godlewskii ) . Blagdon Lake . Somerset

Sunday 18 December 2016

A Foggy Day

The birding was hard today as you could hardly see the birds because of heavy fog ! but a look at Bowling Green Marsh got me most of the usual birds for this time of the year with Eurasian Wigeon , Common Teal , Northern Shoveler and Black-Tailed Godwit in abundance , also seen were 20+ Northern Lapwing , a Song Thrush and Mistle Thrush .
I then walked down to the viewing platform to have a look at the Clyst Estuary and I could just about make out a some Pied Avocet , Grey Plover and Dunlin but that was about it for today .

Black-Tailed Godwit . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon

Friday 16 December 2016

Green Sandpiper

This morning I had a look for the American Wigeon on Bowling Green Marsh as it was seen on the marsh the day before yesterday , but there was no sign of it today in with the numerous Eurasian Wigeon !
There was also a few Northern Shoveler and Common Teal , 400+ Pied Avocet , numerous Black-Tailed Godwit , 3 Bar-Tailed Godwit , 3 Common Snipe and a single Green Sandpiper .

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

Thursday 15 December 2016

Common Goldeneye

A quick look this morning at the River Exe from the Topsham Recreation Ground got me 2 female Common Goldeneye , 14 male and 8 female Red-Breasted Merganser with quite a few of the males displaying !  2 Common Gull and a Grey Wagtail were also seen , 3 Water Rail were heard calling from the Exe reed beds , and 10 Common Redshank flew in as the tide started to drop .

Common Goldeneye ( Bucephala clanggula ) . The River Exe . Topsham . Devon

Thursday 8 December 2016

Dusky Thrush

Four of us made the long trip up to Beeley in Derbyshire to look for a new bird for us all ! a 1st winter Dusky Thrush that has been showing there for a few days now , and we arrived  just as the bird showed very well , but it only showed for a short time before flying off and it got harder to get good views it from then on , not a lot else was seen only a mixed flock of Redwing and Fieldfare were worth talking about . 

Dusky Thrush ( Turdus eunomus ) . Beeley . Derbyshire

Wednesday 7 December 2016

Long -Tailed Ducks

A group of 3 Long-Tailed Duck was the highlight today seen in Chiselbury Bay off of the Otterton Ledge but as I was putting the news out I lost view of them ! but they may have gone in with the 200+ Common Scoter flock that was moving all the time , also seen was a Red-Throated Diver , 2 Great Crested Grebe , 20+ Common Guillemot , 4 Razorbill and 8 Northern Fulmar .
I then had a look around the Otterton Sewage Works where I saw 6 male and 5 female Cirl Bunting , 100+ Common Linnet and a 1st winter Reed Bunting .

Cirl Bunting ( Emberiza cirlus ) . Otterton Sewage Works . Devon

Common Scoter ( Melanitta nigra ) . Chiselbury Bay . Otterton . Devon

Monday 5 December 2016

Bonaparte`s Gull

This morning I went to the far end of Exmouth sea front near Orcombe Point to look for a reported Yellow-Browed Warbler , I heard it calling a few times and after much searching I just about managed to see it , there was also a few Common Chiffchaff and in with them was a Siberian Chiffchaff , a female Blackcap and a couple of Goldcrest .
I then had a look around the Shelley Beach area of Exmouth where I found a Black Redstart on the roof of the flats , a couple of Rock Pipit on the beach and the adult winter Bonaparte`s Gull that flew in and showed for a short while before it flew off up river .

Bonaparte`s Gull ( Chroicocephalus philadelphia ) . Shelley Beach . Exmouth . Devon

Saturday 3 December 2016


A quick look around the Exminster Marshes this morning got me numerous Canada Geese , 2 Barnacle Geese , 1000+ Eurasian Wigeon , 100+ Common Teal , a female Merlin that flew through the marsh , a male and female Common Stonechat , 3 Reed Bunting and a few Redwing .

Common Stonechat ( Female ) ( Saxicola torquatus ) . The Exminster Marshes . Devon

Friday 2 December 2016

Red-Necked Grebe

A trip this morning down to Broadsands in South Devon to look for a reported Siberian Chiffchaff but I couldn't find it anywhere after much looking .
But I did see 4 male and 6 female Cirl Bunting`s , a few Common Blackbird`s and around 5 Goldcrest , I then went and had a look at the sea where I saw a Great Northern Diver , a male and female Common Eider , a Black-Necked Grebe and a few Black-Legged Kittiwake .
The next stop was at Goodrington Sands where there was 12 Common Scoter , 2 Velvet Scoter and a Red-Necked Grebe .

Cirl Bunting ( Emberiza cirlus ) . Broadsands . Devon

Common Blackbird ( Turdus merula ) . Broadsands . Devon