Sunday, 19 September 2021

Eurasian Dotterel

 A trip down to Dawlish Warren this morning to look for a reported juvenile Eurasian Dotterel , and after a walk out to the bight , we were rewarded with nice views of the bird and it was a superb 1st for me on the Exe Estuary .

We watched the bird for around 20 minutes when it then flew off on the receding tide with other waders !

Also seen were a few Common Ringed Plover and Dunlin  and a Grey Plover . And on the walk back to the car there was a female Northern Wheatear and a male and female Cirl Bunting .

Eurasian Dotterel ( Charadrius morinellus ) . Dawlish Warren . Devon





Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Glossy Ibis

 This morning I had a Grey Wagtail go over my house and it was the 1st one I have seen around the Exe Estuary this year ,

Later in the day I took a look at Bowling Green Marsh but there was not a lot to be seen with only numerous Northern Pintail , 2 Little Grebe , 4 Dunlin and a female Peregrine Falcon .

I then got news of a Glossy Ibis on the Exe Estuary at Mudbank Lane in Exmouth . So I shot down there to look for it and at first there was no sign of it , but after around 25 minutes later it came into view and showed very well and was a very welcome year tick .

Glossy Ibis ( Plegadis falcinellus ) . The Exe Estuary . Exmouth . Devon



Friday, 10 September 2021

High Tide Birding

 A look at Bowling Green Marsh at high tide produced the adult and juvenile Eurasian Spoonbill that have been around the Exe Estuary for a while now , a Little Grebe , a female Peregrine Falcon , a Common Kingfisher and 3 Stock Dove .

Also seen were the following waders , Black-Tailed Godwit , Bar-Tailed Godwit , Common Redshank , Common Greenshank , Red Knot , Ruff , Eurasian Curlew , Whimbrel and Dunlin .

Red Knot ( Calidris canutus ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Wednesday, 8 September 2021

Yellow-Legged Gull

 Another look at the Exminster Marshes this morning and the first bird I saw was a stonking juvenile Yellow-Legged Gull , the bird was in with some other gulls but then flew off giving great views and it is only the second one that I have found on the marshes .

Also seen were 11 Little Egret , a Great White Egret , 3 Cattle Egret , an adult and a juvenile Eurasian Spoonbill , a female Western Marsh Harrier , a Common Kestrel , 10 Black-Tailed Godwit , 3 Ruff and 2 Little Stint . So not a bad days birding up to when the heavy rain set in .

Eurasian Spoonbill ( Platalea leucorodia ) ( Juvenile ) . The Exminster Marshes . Devon


Cattle Egret ( Bubulcus ibis ) . The Exminster Marshes . Devon


Tuesday, 7 September 2021


 A very quick look at the Exminster Marshes this morning turned out not too bad as I saw . 7 Little Egret , 2 Cattle Egret , a Great White Egret , a Eurasian Spoonbill and this Whinchat . Before I had to head off to my old football managers funeral . R I P Cashey .

Whinchat ( Saxicola rubetra ) . The Exminster Marshes . Devon


Monday, 6 September 2021

Sunday 5th September

 A look around Harland Quay today and the scenery of the north coast of Devon is fantastic with rock formations and steep cliffs !

Ans I managed to see a single Northern Gannet , 3 Northern Fulmar , 2 Common Sandpiper , a Northern Wheatear , a Common Stonechat and 2 Rock Pipit .

Rock Pipit ( Anthus petrosus ) . Hartland Quay . Devon


Saturday 4th September

 A walk around Upper Tamar Lake today got me 7 Common Ringed Plover , 3 Dunlin , a Little Stint , 3 Common Sandpiper , 2 Ruff , and a very nice Wood Sandpiper . And to top it off there was a fly through Yellow Wagtail .

Wood Sandpiper ( Tringa glareola ) . Upper Tamar Lake . Devon



Ruff ( Philomachus pugnax ) . Upper Tamar Lake . Devon


Common Ringed Plover ( Charadrius hiaticula ) . Upper Tamar Lake . Devon


Friday, 3 September 2021

Small Copper

A morning look around Orcombe Point did not turn up much at all with only a male Eurasian Sparrowhawk , a single Yellow Wagtail , 20+ European Goldfinch , a Common Whitethroat and 3 Common Linnet . But no sign of any Whinchat the bird that I was looking for . Also seen were numerous Small White & a Small Copper Butterfly. 

Small Copper ( Lycaena phlaeas ) . Orcombe Point . Exmouth . Devon


Thursday, 2 September 2021

Good to be back !!

 Another look at the Exminster Marshes this morning got me 2 Garganey , Little Stint , Green Sandpiper , Ruff and Common Snipe all seen on the same pool . But what a shame that the pool is very distant . Also seen was a female Western Marsh Harrier and a Common Raven .

In the afternoon I took a look at Bowling Green Marsh and I saw a male and 2 female Gadwall , a Little Grebe , a Common Greenshank , 3 Common Snipe & the adult and juvenile Eurasian Spoonbill that have been around the estuary for a few day showed a lot better today .

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




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


Wednesday, 1 September 2021

Little Stint

 This morning at home in Topsham I had a Common Raven and this Willow Beauty moth .

Later in the afternoon I went across to the Exminster Marshes where I saw my 1st Little Stint of the year . Also seen was the adult and juvenile Eurasian Spoonbill , 5 Little Egret , a Wood Sandpiper . Green Sandpiper , a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper and a few Common House Martin & Barn Swallow .

Willow Beauty ( Peribatodes rhomboidaria ) . Topsham . Devon


Saturday, 28 August 2021

A Good Morning

 A morning look at the Exminster Marshes turned out to be very good with the following birds seen . Great White Egret , 4 Little Egret , an adult and a juvenile Eurasian Spoonbill & Grey Heron all together on the same pool , a female Western Marsh Harrier , a Eurasian Hobby , Wood Sandpiper , Green Sandpiper , 2 Common Snipe , 6 Common Ringed Plover and 7 fly over Northern Pintail .

Friday, 27 August 2021

Thurdsay 26TH August

A morning look a Bowling Green Marsh today to check out the waders . And with a lot of the grass around the edge now cut it is a lot better . And I picked out 2 Ruff , Numerous Black-Tailed Godwit & Common Redshank , 10 Common Greenshank , 2 Dunlin , numerous Eurasian Curlew , 3 Whimbrel and the bird of the day a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper .

Also seen were quite a few new in Eurasian Wigeon , a female Northern Pintail , 2 Little Grebe , a juvenile Mediterranean Gull and 2 Stock Dove .

Stock Dove ( Columba oenas ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Devon



Wednesday, 25 August 2021

The Exminster Marshes

 I took a look at the Exminster Marshes this morning where there was a Great White Egret that showing on the same lagoon as one was earlier in the year . It could be the same bird but it has not been seen for quite a while so you cant rule out it being a new one . I managed this shot of it but it was always distant plus I am not using my normal lens as it is off being mended and this one I can only use it manual .

Also seen were 3 Little Egret , 20+ Barn Swallow , 2 Common House Martin , a Blackcap and the Common Starling flock is starting to build up . And out on the Exe Estuary there was an Osprey and a couple of Sandwich Tern .

Great White Egret ( Ardea albus ) . The Exminster Marshes . Devon


Wednesday, 11 August 2021

Eurasian Treecreeper

 Todays highlight was a Eurasian Treecreeper in my garden early morning and it was only my second ever in the garden .

Later in the morning I went for a look at Bowling Green Marsh in Topsham where I saw 4 Little Egret , a Grey Heron , a Little Grebe , numerous Common Redshank , 12 Common Greenshank , numerous Black-Tailed Godwit , a single Bar-Tailed Godwit , numerous Eurasian Curlew , 20+ Whimbrel , an adult Ruff and a Lesser-Black-Backed Gull .

Saturday, 31 July 2021

Yellow-Legged Gull

I had a message this morning telling me that there was a juvenile Yellow-Legged Gull showing on the Exe Estuary at Mudbank Lane in Exmouth . So I got there as fast as I could and I managed to get onto the bird and how lucky that was as about a minute later the bird flew off way out onto the estuary .

Also seen was a Mediterranean Gull and a single Whimbrel .

Yellow-Legged Gull ( Larus michahellis ) . Mudbank Lane . Exmouth . Devon





Friday, 30 July 2021

Rough !

With the rough weather today I decided to go down to Exmouth early this morning to do a seawatch in hope of catching up with Balearic Shearwater but again I was out of luck even though one was seen from  Dawlish Warren this morning !

But I did see 15 Common Scoter , a few Northern Gannet , a Northern Fulmar , 6 Sandwich Tern , 2 Roseate Tern and 2 Arctic Skua .  

Wednesday, 28 July 2021

 Oooops left the p out of Bempton , done to quick when knackered lol

Tuesday, 27 July 2021

Black-Browed Albatross

 Four of us made the long journey to Bemton Cliffs in hope of seeing the Black-Browed Albatross that has been seen there for a while .

We left Exeter at around 8.15 Monday evening and arrived there at the reserve at 2.30 this morning and tried to get a bit of sleep but that was hard with other cars turning up all the time , we walked out to the cliffs around 5 am and got to the spot that the bird has been seen before but there was no sign of it , but we did enjoy seeing a Barn Owl .

After a bit of a wait the call went up that it was on the cliff but it soon left and was flying around the bay and with the sun starting to rise it gave stunning flight views before landing back on the cliff . This is the 2nd BBA that I have see with the 1st one up in the Shetland Islands way back in 1987 .

Also seen were numerous Northern Gannet and Black-Legged Kittiwake , 8 Atlantic Puffin , 100+ Eurasian Tree Sparrow ( a bird that we dont see in my home county of Devon ) and a nice Brown Hair .

A great days birding with 4 good mates and a special thanks to Andy for doing the driving .

Black-Browed Albatross ( Thalassarche melanophris ) . Bemton Cliffs . Yorkshire


Eurasian Tree Sparrow ( Passer montanus ) . Bemton Cliffs . Yorkshire


Northern Gannet ( Morus bassanus ) . Bemton Cliffs . Yorkshire


Black-Legged Kittiwake ( Rissa tridactyla ) . Bemton Cliffs . Yorkshire


Brown Hare ( Lepus europaeus ) . Bemton Cliffs . Yorkshire


Friday, 23 July 2021


 A look around the Exminster Marshes this morning got me the Great White Egret as it flashed across the reed bed beside the lagoon . Also seen were 6 Little Grebe .

Not much else was seen but there was a nice Comma Butterfly and plenty of Red Admiral , also seen were quite a few Black-Tailed Skimmer .

Comma ( Polygonia c-album ) . The Exminster Marshes . Devon


Red Admiral ( Vanessa atalanta ) . The Exminster Marshes . Devon


Friday, 16 July 2021

Hot Hot Hot

 On a superb sunny morning I walked along the Exeter Canal from the Exminster Marshes down to the Turf Locks and I managed to see . 100+ Eurasian Curlew , 2 Whimbrel , a 2nd summer Mediterranean Gull , 20+ Barn Swallow , 3 Blackcap , 2 Sedge Warbler and a few Black-Tailed Skimmer

Black-Tailed Skimmer ( Orthetrum cancellatum ) . The Exminster Marshes . Devon


Thursday, 15 July 2021

Aylesbeare Common

 A look around Aylesbeare Common this morning for Grayling Butterfly didn`t turn up any at all , but I did see plenty of Small Heath .

Also seen was a single Dartford Warbler , 2 Common Stonechat , my 1st Grass Snake of the year , a Common Lizard and this Golden-Ringed Dragonfly .

Golden-Ringed Dragonfly ( Cordulegaster boltonii ) . Aylesbeare Common . Devon