Thursday, 19 May 2022

Bonaparte`s Gull

News came out this morning that the 1st summer Bonaparte`s Gull was again showing off of Exmouth . So off I went again in hope of seeing it and I was lucky as 2 of my mates Dave and Paul waited for me to get there and soon put me on to it . The bird was very distant out in the estuary but I took a few shots and was amazed to get these two as I never thought that I would get anything at all 😊

Thanks to Dave and Paul .

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


 


 

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 Yesterday in the early evening I went down to Exmouth to look for a reported 1st summer Bonaparte`s Gull and I was pretty sure I had it around just before 6pm . It was with 5 Black-Headed Gull`s and they flew off up river .

It had then started to rain heavy and a few other birders had turned up by then and we all got soaked to the skin . But the bird was not seen again after much searching and that has casted a bit of doubt in my head so I think I will have to let that one go until another day ! 😒

But I did see the 1st summer Yellow-Legged Gull that was showing at the recycling centre again . And out in the estuary was my 1st Little Tern of the year that was with a few Sandwich Tern . And a Peregrine Falcon was sat out on one of the mudflats .

Yellow-Legged Gull ( Larus michahellis ) . Exmouth Recycling Centre . Devon


 


 

Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Spotted Flycatcher

This morning I went to Lympstone Common in hope of seeing Spotted Flycatcher and my luck was in as I had three sightings but it could be all just the one bird .

Also seen were 2 Eurasian Nuthatch , 2 Eurasian Treecreeper , 2 Blackap and a Common Chiffchaff .

I then went to a private site and got 4 Firecrest at least . So it was a great end to the morning .

Firecrest ( Regulus ignicapilla ) . Private Site . Devon

 


Sunday, 15 May 2022

Roseate Tern

I got a message this morning telling me that there was a Roseate Tern in Lyme Bay . So I shot off and met up with my mate Matt Knott and after a short while he got me onto the bird that was out in the bay with 4 Sandwich Tern ......Thanks Mate

Also seen were around 20+ Northern Gannet and a few Black-Legged Kittiwake

Saturday, 14 May 2022

Friday 13th May

Well Friday the 13th didn`t turn out to be a bad omen for me ! As I went to the recycling centre at Exmouth and saw my first Yellow-Legged Gull of the year , a 1st summer bird .

I then went to the top fields at Gore Lane in Exmouth and walked the coast path to Sandy Bay and back and I saw a few Barn Swallow , 4 Common Whitethroat , Common Chiffchaff , Blackcap and I heard a calling Common Cuckoo . And at Straight Point there was over 300 Black-Legged Kittiwake on the cliffs .  

Common Whitethroat ( Sylvia communis ) . Gore Lane . Exmouth . Devon


 

Black-Legged Kittiwake ( Rissa tridactyla ) . Straight Point . Devon


 

Friday, 6 May 2022

Butterflies

 Not many birds around today with the best being a nice summer plumaged Bar-Tailed Godwit seen at the Turf Locks along with 2 Whimbrel .

So I then went up to the Haldon Forest to look for Butterflies and I managed to see the two that I went for Grizzled Skipper and Pearl-Bordered Fritillary . So not a bad day after all .

Pearl-Bordered Fritillary ( Boloria euphrosyne ) . Haldon Forest . Devon


 


 

Grizzled Skipper ( Pyrgus malvae ) . Haldon Forest . Devon


 

Thursday, 5 May 2022

Wednesday 4th May

A trip out today with Ken Montandon and Andy Bond our 1st one for quite a while lol ( The Boys Are Back In Town )

Our first stop of the day was at Lydlinch Common in Dorset where we saw a few Garden Warbler , we then heard a few singing Common Nightingale and then we came across one that showed very well . And I even managed to get this shot of it , I know its not great but it is the first one that I have got a shot of in this country . So it means a lot to me 😀 .                                                                                                   We also had a singing Wood Warbler that was very pleasing .

On then to our first look at Salisbury Plain near to Stonehenge .Where we saw 2 Yellow Wagtail and 4 Corn Bunting . We then went to the Winterbourne Down reserve to look for Stone Curlew but this time we only managed to se one single bird . 

Our last stop of the day was another look around the Salisbury Plain area and we saw 10 Red Kite , numerous Corn Bunting , 6 Red-Legged Partridge , 10 Great Bustard , 2 Whinchat and 2 Common Raven . Also seen were numerous Brown Hare and a few Sika Deer

Tuesday, 3 May 2022

Migrants

 A look at the Exminster Marshes this morning turned out to be very good as I saw 3 Eurasian Hobby and 2 new in Common Swift

Also seen were the normal Warbler with Cetti`s , Eurasian Reed , Sedge and Blackcap .i I walked down to the far end of the marsh where I  then saw Short-Tailed Vole , Common Shrew and my first Water Shrew for many years

Eurasian Hobby ( Falco subbuteo ) . The Exminster Marshes . Devon


 

Sunday, 1 May 2022

Wow

A trip down to Slapton Ley this morning to look for  a Black-Crowned Night Heron that has returned to exactly the same spot as it was last year, which was right below the road bridge. The only difference this year was the plumage as the bird is now in 2nd summer plumage and is looking quite smart.

At one point there was a Roach that was quite close to the surface. The bird shot out into the water, grabbed the fish and flew off into the reeds again.

The next stop was at Beesands to look for a reported Hooded Crow. And after a bit of a search the bird was found in the garden behind the houses and on the roofs. As this is only the third time that I have seen these birds in my home county of Devon, it was very much appreciated.

Black-Crowned Night Heron . ( Nycticorax nycticorax ) .Slapton Ley . Devon


 

Hooded Crow ( Corvus cornix ) . Beesands . Devon


 


 


 

Friday, 29 April 2022

Haldon Forest

 This morning I birded up in the Haldon Forest just outside of Exeter and I was lucky enough to see my first Tree Pipit of the year .

The backup birds were not to bad either with a nice new in Garden Warbler , numerous Willow Warbler , 2 Common Chiffchaff , 2 Blackcap , 2 Common Whitethroat , 2 Song Thrush , a Common Raven and a smart male Yellowhammer .

Garden Warbler ( Sylvia borin ) . Haldon Forest . Devon


 

Tuesday, 26 April 2022

Dartmoor

An early morning trip out to Dartmoor this morning on a lovely sunny day got me the following . 2 Common Cuckoo , a nice male Whinchat , 6 Willow Warbler , a single Common Chiffchaff ,  a male Blackcap , a European Green Woodpecker and this stunning male Common Redstart .

Also seen were two different herds of Britain`s larges deer the Red Deer and it is always great to be able to catch up with these on the moors .

Common Redstart ( Phoenicurus phoenicurus ) . Dartmoor . Devon


 

Red Deer ( Cervus elaphus ) . Dartmoor . Devon


 

Monday 25th April

 A  morning look for Whinchat on the Exminster Marshes turned out to be a bad move as after a good look I didn`t manage to see it . And there was not a lot else to see with the best birds being 4 Sedge Warbler , 2 European Reed Warbler , a few Meadow Pipit , Common Linnet and Reed Bunting .

Later in the evening news came out of a White Stork being on there . It was a bird from the reintroduced project but I just had to go over again and have a look at it !

Meadow Pipit ( Anthus pratensis ) . The Exminster Marshes . Devon


 

White Stork ( Ciconia ciconia ) . The Exminster Marshes . Devon


 

Friday, 22 April 2022

Friday 22nd April

I all I am back again and managed to venture out today after a very bad bout of food poisoning that had wiped me out for a week !

Well this morning I went for a quick look at the Exminster Marshes and I saw 17 Cattle Egret , 2 Common Kestrel , a Western Marsh Harrier , 6 Whimbrel , 1 Common Skylark , a Cetti`s Warbler and 2 Sedge Warbler . I then headed back home for a rest 😒

Early in the evening news came out of a Jack Snipe showing on the the marshes , I was really tired but with such a good bird for this area I just had to give it a go 🙏 that it would still be on show . At first there was no sign of it as it had flown out of view , but then it was picked up again and showed quite well going through its bouncing up and down motion while feeding, the shame was that with most birds on the marshes they are always distant .

We then had a massive bit of luck as while we were looking at the snipe an Osprey flew right over our head and out to the Exe Estuary and then after a short while it flew back again carrying a large fish .    

Jack Snipe ( Lymnocryptes minimus ) . The Exminster Marshes . Devon


 

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus ) . The Exminster Marshes . Devon


 

Saturday, 16 April 2022

A good morning

I went for a walk this morning along the back path by the railway on the Exminster Marshes and I saw 4 European Reed Warbler my first of the year , 2 Sedge Warbler , 5 Cetti`s Warbler , 2 Common Chiffchaff , 2 Blackcap .

Also seen were 3 more firsts for the year with 2 Grass Snake , a Short-Tailed Vole and Orange Tip Butterfly .

European Reed Warbler ( Acrocephalus scripaceus ) . The Exminster Marshes . Devon


 

Grass Snake ( Natrix natrix ) . The Exminster Marshes . Devon


 

Friday 15th April

I took a look at Yarner Wood this morning and was lucky enough to see the 2 birds that I went for . The first being Pied Flycatcher and I saw 4 males and a female , the second was Common Redstart and I saw one male bird and heard another one singing . I did here that another was seen in a different area so there are at least 3 males in the wood .

Also seen was a female Lesser Spotted Woodpecker , a Eurasian Treecreeper , a Mistle Thrush , and the following warbler . 7 Willow Warbler , 4 Common Chiffchaff and 3 Blackcap .

Also on the wing were numerous Brimstone Butterflies .         

Pied Flycatcher ( Ficedula hypoleuca ) . Yarner Wood . Devon


 

Eurasian Treeceeper ( Certhia familiaris ) . Yarner Wood . Devon


 

Thursday, 14 April 2022

Short-Eared Owl

I took another look at the Exminster Marshes this morning and I found this Short-Eared Owl . It was hunting on the lower marsh near the main reservoir but only showed for a brief time and was then lost from view again . 

Also seen this morning was a male Northern Wheatear , 6 Barn Swallow , 5 Cetti`s Warbler , 3 Sedge Warbler , 2 Blackcap and a few Common Chiffchaff .

Short-Eared Owl ( Asio flammeus ) . The Exminster Marshes . Devon


 


 

Wednesday, 13 April 2022

Common Grasshopper Warbler

This morning I saw a Common Grasshopper Warbler on the Exminster Marshes and it was the first one that I have seen since 2017 .

I also got nice views of the Spotted Crake that has been with us a while now . Also seen where 3 Egyptian Geese , a Western Marsh Harrier , 6 Cetti`s Warbler , my first Sedge Warbler of the year , 2 Blackcap , 3 Common Chiffchaff , a Common Raven and a Eurasian Jay

Spotted Crake ( Porzana porzana ) . The Exminster Marshes . Devon


 

Tuesday, 12 April 2022

0rcombe Point Area

3 hours looking around the Orcombe Point area of Exmouth this morning didn`t get me many birds at all . But I did see my first Northern Wheatear of the year . Also logged today was a Yellow Wagtail that flew over calling , 3 Common Chiffchaff , 6 Common Skylark and 5 Common Linnet . There was also a nice show of Green-Winged Orchids .

I then went to a spot near Lympstone where I saw a Great Spotted Woodpecker , a male Blackcap and a Red Admiral and Small White Butterflies .

Green-Winged Orchid ( Orchis morio ) . Orcombe Point . Exmouth . Devon


 

Saturday, 9 April 2022

Friday 8th April

A trip today over to Bridge Marsh in Seaton got me a very smart looking male Green-Winged Teal . the bird was very distant with some Common Teal so no photo`s today

Also seen were a few Barn Swallow . 

Thursday, 7 April 2022

Osprey

 Today started with a late Redwing in Topsham Cemetery . Later in the day I took a look at Bowling Green Marsh and from the hide I saw the following . 12 Pied Avocet , 10 Common Greenshank & 3 Common Snipe .

I then went down to the viewing platform area and 2 Cetti`s Warbler were chasing each other around so I take it that it was male and female , also seen was a male Blackcap and a Common Chiffchaff . And a look from the viewing platform at the Exe Estuary got me my first Osprey of the year . 

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


 

Wednesday, 6 April 2022

Sandwich Tern

Todays destination was Bowling Green Marsh where I saw the following birds . Little Egret 5 , Grey Heron , numerous Black-Tailed Godwit and Common Redshank , a Spotted Redshank that has just started to change to summer plumage , 3 Common Greenshank , 12 Pied Avocet , Common Snipe , 3 Common Sand Martin and 2 Mistle Thrush .

And out on the Exe Estuary there was 7 Sandwich Tern , my first of the year . 

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


 

Tuesday, 5 April 2022

The Exminster Marshes

A look at the marshes again this morning didn`t get me anything different , but I did see the long staying European Spoonbill , 6 Little Egret , a female Western Marsh Harrier , a Common Kestrel , a Common Raven , 6 Common Chiffchaff and 4 Cetti`s Warbler .

And at Turf Lock there was Common Redshank , Great Cormorant and a new in male Blackcap

Common Redshank ( Tringa totanus ) . Turf Locks . Devon


 

Great Cormorant ( Phalacrocorax carbo ) . Turf Locks . Devon

 


Monday, 4 April 2022

The Last 2 Days

 Late yesterday evening I got news that there was a Short-Eared Owl showing on the Exminster Marshes so I went over to see if I could catch up with it . And my luck was in as my mate Andy had it in his scope and waited for me to get there and he put me on to it ...Cheers Mate

Today four of us went up to Bridport to look for a Yellow-Browed Warbler that has been seen by a small stream beside the Co-op and we got some nice views of the bird in the end but it was very hard to get a decent shot of it . 

Yellow-Browed Warbler ( Phylloscopus inornatus ) . Bridport . Dorset


 

Saturday, 2 April 2022

Blackcap

A morning look at the Exminster Marshes got me a Peregrine Falcon sat on one of the pylons as I drove in . I then went for another look at the Spotted Crake and after a bit of a wait it showed quite well but still distant and quite Illusive .

Also seen was my first male Blackcap of the year . Along with European Spoonbill , Water Rail , Western Marsh Harrier , Common Skylark , Cetti`s Warbler and Common Chiffchaff .  

Spotted Crake ( Porzana porzana ) . The Exminster Marshes . Devon


 

Tuesday, 29 March 2022

Spotted CrakeYesterday

Yesterday evening a Spotted Crake was found on the Exminster Marshes . So I shot off over and I managed to see the bird just before the light was gone .

So this morning I went over again to try and get a shot of it . But the bird was always very distant and this was the best that I could get with my set up....Still better than nothing .

Also seen was a European Spoonbill , 2 Western Marsh Harrier , 2 Cetti`s Warbler , 7 Common Sand Martin and 2 Barn Swallow 

Spotted Crake ( Porzana porzana ) . The Exminster Marshes . Devon


 

Western Marsh Harrier ( Circus aeruginosus ) . The Exminster Marshes . Devon


 

Cetti`s Warbler ( Cettia cetti ) . The Exminster Marshes . Devon

 


Monday, 28 March 2022

East Devon

I went to a site in East Devon this morning and had quite a good time as I managed to see the following birds . A male Ring-Necked Duck that I suspect is the returning bird that was here earlier in the year , 2 Little Ringed Plover , a Common Snipe , a Yellow Wagtail that dropped in but was then gone again in a flash , 3 Meadow Pipit , 2  Common Stonechat , and a Common Raven .  

Little Ringed Plover ( Charadrius dubius ) . East Devon


 

Ring-Necked Duck ( Aythya collaris ) . East Devon


 

Oooops

 Isle of Wight not White lol😒

Sunday, 27 March 2022

White-Tailed Eagle

I got news today of a White-Tailed Eagle seen over the Exe Estuary at Exmouth . So I shot off down to the viewing platform at Bowling Green Marsh that looks out over the Estuary , and my luck was in as I saw the bird just before it flew across the Estuary and out of view .

The bird is one of the reintroduced birds from the Isle of White but I still got a huge buzz when I saw it and I have been lucky enough  to have seen these birds before in Norfolk and Hampshire but it was way back now . 

Speckled Wood ( Pararge aegeria ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon