Friday 18 September 2020

Wood Sand

 A quick trip out to Budleigh Salterton in East Devon this afternoon to look for a Wood Sandpiper and I connected with it ok but it never came very close .

Also seen was a male Gadwall , 2 Little Egret , a juvenile Ruff and around a dozen British Pied Wagtail .

Wood Sandpiper ( Tringa glareola ) . Budleigh Salterton Scrapes . Devon


Ruff ( Philomachus pugnax ) . Budleigh Salterton Scrapes . Devon


Tuesday 15 September 2020

Pectoral Sandpiper

 A trip out today with Sue up to Swineham Gravel Pits in Dorset to look for 2 Pectoral Sandpiper and after getting lost a few times lol , we managed to find the pits but they were right down the end of a private road so we had to park up and then walk quite a long distance .

On arrival at the pits we found out that there was only one bird there and we could only get distant views of it , still better than nothing . Also added to the day list were 3 Cetti`s Warbler and a Cattle Egret

Pectoral Sandpiper ( Calidris melanotos ) . Swineham Gravel Pits . Dorset



Cattle Egret ( Bubulcus ibis ) . Swineham Gravel Pits . Dorset


Tuesday 8 September 2020

Not a Bad Day !

 I started the day off at Exton Station where you can see most of the Exe Estuary as I was hoping to see an Osprey , but I had no luck with that . But I did see 2 Whimbrel , a Bar-Tailed Godwit and a nice little Weasel that dashed across the railway lines .

So I then took a look at Bowling Green Marsh where I saw the long staying Snow Goose , numerous Northern Shoveler including this male bird in eclipse plumage , 2 Greater Scaup , 2 Common Pochard ,  numerous Dunlin , at least 10 Curlew Sandpiper , I expect there were more but they were constantly on the move , 3 Common Snipe , 2 Red Knot and singles of Whimbrel , Bar-Tailed Godwit , Ruff and Common Sandpiper .

Northern Shoveler ( Anas clypeata ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Curlew Sandpiper ( Calidris ferruginea ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Ruff ( Philomachus pugnax ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Sunday 6 September 2020

Grey Phalarope

 A trip up to Cheddar Reservoir this morning to look at a 1st winter Grey Phalarope a bird that breeds in the Arctic and spends most of its life at sea . But if you are lucky you can get a juvenile/1st winter bird on passage on inland waters , just like todays bird .

Grey Phalarope ( Phalaropus fulicarius ) . Cheddar Reservoir . Somerset



Friday 4 September 2020

Curlew Sandpiper

 Another look at Bowling Green Marsh this morning turned out quite nice . As I saw the long staying  Snow Goose that has been around the Exe Estuary for a few years now , there was also a large flock of Dunlin , 6 Curlew Sandpiper , a single Whimbrel and a single Bar-Tailed Godwit , and in the bushes around the hide were 2 Blackcap and a Great Spotted Woodpecker .

Curlew Sandpiper ( Calidris ferruginea ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon