Friday 28 June 2019

More of the Tern

Another look at the Caspian Tern seen of off the viewing platform on Bowling Green Marsh today and this time the bird showed very well in flight . Also seen were 2 Little Tern , a Sandwich Tern , 6 adult and a 1st summer Mediterranean Gull , 4 Dunlin and singles of Bar-Tailed Godwit , Whimbrel and a Water Rail .

Caspian Tern ( Hydroprogne caspia ) . The Clyst Estuary . Topsham . Devon

Sunday 23 June 2019

Saturday 22nd June

Out on a Mothing trip today with a couple of mates Martin and Matt with our first stop being at Berro but the moth that we were looking for didn`t put in an appearance today but we did see a Yellow Shell moth and a good show of Pyramidal Orchids .
We then went on to Stock Hill a good area for the 2 moths that we had come looking for Chimney Sweeper and Forester , 2 stunning little moths and new moths for all three of us and we were in luck and got good views of both of them , also seen in the area were 4 Tree Pipit .
Our last stop was at Collared Hill to look for the Large Blue Butterfly as it was a new one for Matt and we saw a couple of them , so with everyone happy we then headed for home .

Pyramidal Orchid ( Anacamptis pyramidalis ) . Berro . Somerset

Yellow Shell ( Camptogramma bilineata bilineata ) . Berro . Somerset

Forester ( Adscita statices ) . Stock Hill . Priddy Pool . Somerset

Chimney Sweeper ( Odezia atrata ) . Stock Hill . Priddy Pool . Somerset

Large Blue ( Maculinea arion ) . Collared Hill . Somerset

Friday 21 June 2019

Rose-Coloured Starling

An early morning look at Bowling Green Marsh this morning got me the summer plumaged Spotted Redshank , 6 Common Redshank , 2 Common Greenshank , 10 Eurasian Curlew and 2 Whimbrel .
I then went over to Exminster Village to look for a reported adult Rose-Coloured Starling but there was no sign of it for quite a while but then again I was the only one there looking for it , but after a while other birders then turned up and the bird was picked up in flight with about 50+ Common Starling and it then sat out in the open and we all got  great views of it .

Rose-Coloured Starling ( Pastor roseus ) . Exminster Village . Devon

Wednesday 19 June 2019

Spotted Redshank

I managed to grab this long distance shot of the summer plumaged Spotted Redshank that was showing on Bowling Green Marsh this morning , it was in with around half a dozen Common Redshank and a Common Greenshank .
Also seen today was the Eurasian Spoonbill , 3 Little Egret , 2 Mediterranean Gull , 3 Stock Dove , 3 Barn Swallow and a Common House Martin and there was also a Lesser Black-Backed Gull of the Intermedius Race .

Spotted Redshank ( Tringa erythropus ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon

Sunday 16 June 2019

Bowling Green Marsh

A look at Bowling Green Marsh early this morning got me a Eurasian Spoonbill , 7 Little Egret , 2 Grey Heron , 5 Mediterranean Gulls and 1 Common Kingfisher , 2 Cetti`s Warbler , a female Blackcap .                                                                                                                                                 At high tide there were hardly any waders on the marsh with only 7 Common Redshank , a Common Greenshank , 1 Eurasian Curlew and a Northern Lapwing , what an absolute disaster for waders the RSPB have turned this reserve into by just very bad management with very high water levels all year long and overgrown foliage .....Shame on you !

Blackcap ( Sylvia atricapilla ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon

European Rabbit ( Oryctolagus cuniculus ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon

Friday 14 June 2019

Bee Orchid

A look at Bowling Green Marsh in Topsham this morning got me the Eurasian Spoonbill that has been with us for a few days now , also seen was a Little Egret , 5 Black-Tailed Godwit , 2 Stock Dove , a few Common House Martin and Common Sand Martin , 6 European Reed Warbler , 2 Cetti`s Warbler , 2 Blackcap , 2 Common Chiffchaff and a fly through Eurasian Sparrowhawk .
I then went to Tremletts Marsh where at least 3 Bee Orchid were out in bloom .

Bee Orchid ( Ophrys apifera ) . Tremletts Marsh . Topsham . Devon

Tuesday 11 June 2019

Little Terns

This afternoon there were 2 Little Tern sat on a sandbar in the middle of the Exe Estuary along with 20+ Sandwich Tern and a couple of Common Gull , there had been 3 of them but I was told that one had flown up estuary towards Topsham .
I then headed for home but on the way I stopped for another look at Bowling Green Marsh and today as you can see the Eurasian Spoonbill was showing very well .

Eurasian Spoonbill ( Platalea leucorodia ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon

Monday 10 June 2019

Eurasian Spoonbill

This Eurasian Spoonbill was on the Exe Estuary off of the Goatswalk in Topsham but after a short while it flew towards Bowling Green Marsh where it showed quite well , also on the marsh was a Cetti`s Warbler and a European Reed Warbler .

Eurasian Spoonbill ( Platalea leucorodia ) . Topsham . Devon

Tuesday 4 June 2019

Bonaparte`s Gull

A trip down to Exmouth this morning to look for a 1st summer Bonaparte`s Gull that was found yesterday by Matt Knott and I was lucky that fellow birder Dave Boult was already there and he soon got me on to the bird . The only trouble was that it was always quite a long distance out in the estuary so I was lucky to get any shots of it at all with my slr camera gear but Dave had better luck with his set up .

Bonaparte`s Gull . The Exe Estuary . Exmouth . Devon

Saturday 1 June 2019


Overnight I caught a few moths with the highlight being this Pale Tussock . The weather was superb today so I took myself off to the Haldon Forest to see what was about and as soon as I got there I had 6 Common Crossbill and also seen was a European Nightjar that was nearly underfoot right beside the path with cyclists going past it most of the time and another was heard churring , there was also 2 Tree Pipit , 3 Garden Warbler at least , a few Willow Warblers and 2 pair of Common Stonechat . 

Garden Warbler ( Sylvia borin ) . Haldon Forest . Devon

Pale Tussock ( Calliteara pudibunda ) . Topsham . Devon