Tuesday, 4 October 2022

Sea Watch

There was news of 100s of Balearic Shearwater being seen in Lyme Bay this morning . So I went down to Exmouth in hope that there would still be a few   that had not gone through but I could only manage to see three of them , still better than nothing 😀

Also seen were Northern Gannet , Black-Legged Kittiwake , Common Scoter , Northern Fulmar a very nice Great Skua and a single Bottlenose Dolphin .

I then went up to the top fields at Gore Lane for a look but all I saw were 2 Yellow Wagtail and a Northern Wheatear . My last stop was a look at the Exe Estuary at Exmouth and I saw a few Dark Bellied Brent Goose and the long staying Snow Goose .  

Snow Goose ( Anser cearulescens ) . The Exe Estuary . Exmouth . Devon


Monday, 3 October 2022

Ring-Necked Duck

Here are a couple of shots of the 1st year Ring-Necked Duck that is on the Blackhill Quarry lake near Woodbury at the moment . The bird is an American Duck that gets seen in Britain most years now , but it is still always nice to be able to catch up with one .

Ring-Necked Duck ( Aythya collaris ) . Blackhill Quarry . Devon



Sunday, 2 October 2022

Red Phalarope

A trip up to Charmouth in Dorset this morning to look for a reported Red Phalarope a bird that is also called Grey Phalarope . A bird that breeds in the high arctic and is the most Pelagic of the Phalaropes . But every year there are a few 1st winter birds that get storm blown and if you are lucky you can catch up with one just like today . . 

Red Phalarope ( Phalaropus fulicarius ) . Charmouth . Dorset





Saturday, 1 October 2022

Little Stint

 I went down to Bowling Green Marsh this morning to catch the high Tide and it payed off as I found a Juvenile Little Stint making it the second one on the marsh this year . The bird was always a bit distant on the point but gave nice scope views .

Also seen were the 4 European Spoonbill , numerous Northern Pintail , a juvenile type Garganey , a few Bar-Tailed Godwit , 4 Grey Plover and a calling Yellow Wagtail .

Little Stint ( Calidris minuta ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Friday, 30 September 2022

European Spoonbill

The total of European Spoonbill has risen from 3 birds to four today and is a very rare sight for the marsh . So I just had to go down and take a look at them .

Also seen today were Pied Avocet , Bar-Tailed Godwit , Dunlin , Grey Plover , Common Sandpiper and Common Raven

European Spoonbill ( Platalea leocorodia ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Thursday, 29 September 2022

Wednesday 28th September

 A trip down to Gammon Head in South Devon this morning with 2 fellow birders Charlie Flemming and Dave Land to look for the Red-Billed Chough that have been in the area for a while now . And really rare  birds to be able to see in my home county of Devon !

After a bit of searching the fields we managed to see 3 of them and at one point we even had them coming down and feeding on the Hawthorn Berries .

Also seen was a female Hen Harrier that flew along the ridge of one of the fields and my 1st for a couple of years , 2 Eurasian Sparrowhawk , 2 Peregrine Falcon , 2 Common Kestrel and 4 Common Raven .

A couple of new Butterflies for the year were also seen with Clouded Yellow & Wall Brown .

A great day out with 2 good friends .

Red-Billed Chough ( Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax ) . Gammon Head . Devon




Peregrine Falcon ( Falco Peregrinus ) . Gammon Head . Devon


Tuesday, 27 September 2022

Red-Necked Phalarope

Late yesterday evening news came out of a Red-Necked Phalarope on Bowling Green Marsh so I jumped into the car and shot off down there . I arrived to find the finder still there and he soon put me onto it , but the bird was distant with light dropping fast so at this time I could only say to be sure that it was a Phalarope ! Later on I saw footage of the bird that the finder had taken and could then say yes that it was a RNP .

So this morning I went down again to the marsh just as the light was starting to rise and the bird was still there but it was still distant with hardly any light at all . I only managed to get these two shots of it in the bad conditions before the bird flew out of the marsh and headed north . But then again I did not expect to get anything at all . The bird was a new one for me on the Exe Estuary and puts me on 318 .

Also seen todat were 3 Eurasian Spoonbill , a Garganey , a female Western Marsh Harrier and 2 Tawny Owl were heard calling 1st thing .

Red-Necked Phalarope ( Phalaropus lobatus ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon



Garganey ( Anas querquedula ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Western Marsh Harrier ( Circus aeruginosus ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Wednesday, 21 September 2022

Red-Backed Shrike

 A trip up to Lodmoor in Weymouth this morning in hope of seeing two birds a Citrine Wagtail and a 1st winter Red-Backed Shrike .

Our luck was out with the Wagtail but the Red-Backed Shrike showed quite well & it was my first for 4 years . Also seen today were a Eurasian Spoonbill , 3 Great White Egret , 2 Little Stint , a Ruff and 20+ Yellow Wagtail

Red-Backed Shrike ( Lanius collurio ) . Lodmoor . Weymouth . Dorset


Little Stint ( Calidrid minuta ) . Lodmoor . Weymouth . Dorset


Monday, 19 September 2022

Eurasian Spoonbill

There was news this morning of a Eurasian Spoonbill on Bowling Green Marsh and as it is only 5 minutes from where I live I went to have a look at it . And after a while it was joined by 2 other birds that flew in from the Clyst Estuary , making it a very rare sight to see more than one Spoonbill on the marsh at the same time .

Also seen was a Water Rail , a Cetti`s Warbler and a Common Chiffchaff .

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



Sunday, 18 September 2022

Encounter with a Wryneck

This morning I went down to Dawlish Warren and walked out to Warren Point . Quite a feat for these old bones lol .

But it was well worth it as I got a brief view of a Eurasian Wryneck , It was sat out in a bush on the Estuary side of the point but it saw me exactly the same time and flew off towards the seaward side of the point , I went and looked for it again but had no luck but it could have dropped in anywhere in the dense vegetation .

Also seen were my 1st Sanderling of the year , a Common Kestrel , a Northern Wheatear and a male and female Cirl Bunting .

Sanderling ( Calidris alba ) . Dawlish Warren . Devon


Cirl Bunting ( Emberiza cirlus ) . Dawlish Warren . Devon


Friday, 16 September 2022

Little Stint

 A couple of hours spent at Bowling Green Marsh this morning got me 4 Pied Avocet , 100+ Dunlin , 10 Red Knot , a juvenile Little Stint , 5 Curlew Sandpiper , 8 Common Greenshank , 6 Bar-Tailed Godwit , the long staying Lesser Black -Backed Gull and a female Peregrine Falcon .

Little Stint ( Calidris minuta ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon




Thursday, 15 September 2022


 I got up early this morning to look for a Possible Long-Billed Dowitcher that was reported on Bowling Green Marsh yesterday , but there was no sign of it this morning. But there was a couple of Yellow Wagtail , a Whimbrel and a Curlew Sandpiper .

Paul Bray and myself then went over to Blackhole Marsh near Seaton to look for a reported Little Stint but there was no sign of that also , but there was 3 Common Sandpiper and a Green Sandpiper .

We then got a message telling us that there was a Little Stint on Bowling Green Marsh so we headed back home but we just missed it on the marsh . But we went down to the viewing platform and saw it ok out on the Clyst Estuary. And we also saw12 Sandwich Tern and a Common Tern that were out on the Exe Estuary . 

Common Sandpiper ( Actitis hypoleucos ) . Blackhole Marsh . Devon


Wednesday, 14 September 2022

Great White Egret

I popped down to Bowling Green Marsh this morning and found this Great White Egret that was hidden behind the large island . But I was lucky enough to see it pop its head out but it was then quickly lost from view again . But after a while it came out into the open and showed very well to everyone in the hide .

Also seen were some nice Curlew Sandpiper , a large count of Red Knot , 4 Pied Avocet , numerous Dunlin and one was caught and eaten by a Lesser Black-Backed Gull , 2 Ruff , a Common Sandpiper , a Stock Dove and a fly over Common Raven .

Great White Egret ( Ardea albus ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon



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


Friday, 9 September 2022


Today Dave Boult and myself went to look for a reported Pectoral Sandpiper on Colyford Common in east Devon but to our disappointment there was no sign of the bird when we got there .

But we did see 3 Northern Wheatear , 2 Whinchat , 2 Common Kestrel , a European Green Woodpecker and 20+ Barn Swallow .


Northern Wheatear ( Oenanthe oenanthe ) . Colyford Common . Devon


Saturday, 3 September 2022

Great White Egret

 I arrived at Bowling Green Marsh this morning to find a cloud of mist covering the marsh . But I was lucky enough to pick out a flying  Great White Egret before it vanished into the mist and was lost from view  . And after a while the mist started to lift and I was able to see the following birds .

1 Eurasian Spoonbill , 17  Little Egret , 1 Ruff , 2 Common Sandpiper , a Mediterranean Gull , 2 Stock Dove and 2 Yellow Wagtail . And a look from the viewing platform at the Clyst Estuary then  got me a Curlew Sandpiper .  

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


Mediterranean Gull ( Larus melanocephalus ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Friday, 2 September 2022

The Exminster Marshes Area

 I went over to the Exminster Marshes this morning to look for a reported Little Stint that had been seen on the lagoon . And I managed to see the bird but it was very distant along with a couple of Red Knot , 2 Curlew Sandpiper , 3 Ruff and a couple of Black-Tailed Godwit .

Also seen on the marshes were 26 Cattle Egret , a female Common Kestrel , 20+ Barn Swallow and a Common Chiffchaff .

I then went down to the Turf Locks to look at the Exe Estuary and saw the following . an Osprey that was sat on a pole in the middle of the estuary , a Common Sandpiper , a Grey Wagtail , 3 Dunlin and then  fellow birder Mark Bailey found an Arctic Tern a superb bird to see on the upper end of the estuary .

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


Wednesday, 31 August 2022

Sunday, 28 August 2022

2 Days Birding

The last two day I have been looking at Bowling Green Marsh in Topsham  . And I managed to see the following birds ,

2 Northern Pintail , a European Spoonbill , a Ruff  , 2 Common Sandpiper , 4 Red Knot , 3 Bar-Tail Godwit , 3 Whimbrel , a large flock of Eurasian Curlew , numerous Dunlin , a Common Snipe , my 1st Curlew Sandpiper of the year , a Stock Dove , 2 European Reed Warbler , 2 Water Rail and a Northern Wheatear . Away from the Marsh there was a few Sandwich Tern on the Exe Estuary and today I had an Osprey that was over Topsham heading towards the River Clyst .  

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


Bar-Tailed Godwit ( Limosa lapponica ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Thursday, 25 August 2022

Red Underwing

Woke up this morning to find this beautiful Red Underwing . Not a rare moth but as you can see an absolute cracker to start the day off .  

Red Underwing ( Catocala nupta ) . Topsham . Devon



 On Bowling Green Marsh this morning there was a small movement of birds going through along with all of the usual ones , with !

Black-Tailed Godwit , Eurasian Curlew , Common Redshank & Greenshank , Dunlin , Ruff , Northern Lapwing , a large mixed flock of Barn Swallow , Common House Martin & Common Sand Martin .

I then went down the the viewing area where I saw a Cetti`s Warbler , 2 Willow Warbler , a Common Chiffchaff and a small flock of European Goldfinch .                     

Willow Warbler ( Phylloscopus trochilus ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Friday, 19 August 2022

Out Again

I have not been out birding for a while so it was good to get out today and take a look at  Bowling Green Marsh . There was not a lot to see as the edges of the lake are very overgrown , but I did manage to see a couple of Gadwall , Greater & Lesser Black-Backed Gull,s , a Stock Dove and the following waders .

Numerous Black-Tailed Godwit and Common Redshank , a Spotted Redshank  , 16 Dunlin , a Ruff and a single Red Knot .

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


Thursday, 21 July 2022

Birding Topsham

 I started the day off at Goosemoor and I saw 7 Common Greenshank , 2 Stock Dove . a singing European Reed Warbler and a Blackcap .

The next stop was at Bowling Green Marsh . Black-Tailed Godwit with most of them in nice summer plumage was the most numerous bird . Also seen were 11 Little Egret , 9 Northern Lapwing , a Ruff , my first Green Sandpiper of the year on the Exe Estuary........ And a Red Fox 

Green Sandpiper ( Tringa ochropus ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


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


Wednesday, 20 July 2022

Wednesday 20th July


No birding done today . But I came across this male Eurasian Sparrowhawk on a fresh kill just yards from my house . also seen today was a European Green Woodpecker .

Eurasian Sparrowhawk ( Accipiter nisus ) . Topsham . Devon