Friday, 29 September 2023

Lesser Grey Shrike

 A trip down to Cornwall today with Dave Land and Paul Bray in search of Lesser Grey Shrike that had been found on Bodmin Moor near Minions . And it did not take much time to connect with the bird that put on quite a show for us and all the other birders there .

This is my 5th one seen in Britain with my last one seen at Mount Batten Point Nr Plymouth in 2016 . So many thanks Dave .

Earlier on in the day I birded the viewing point area of Bowling Green Marsh . Where I saw the following birds . Little Egret , Whimbrel , Cetti`s Warbler , Common Chiffchaff , Blackcap &  also seen sat out in the open eating Blackberries was this very nice Wood Mouse .

Lesser Grey Shrike ( Lanius minor ) . Minions . Cornwall




Wood Mouse ( Apodemus sylvaticus ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon



Wednesday, 27 September 2023

Great Skua

 This morning I went down to do a seawatch from the raised beachhuts at Exmouth . It was quite windy so my hopes were high , but most of the birds were too far out to be able to name them .

But I did see numerous Northern Gannet , 2 Great Shearwater , 5 Balearic Shearwater , a single European Storm Petrel , 2 Arctic Skua and my 1st Great Skua for a couple of years . 

Tuesday 26th September

 A walk from the Fishermans car park on the Exminster Marshes to The quite a way down the sea wall got me the following birds .15 Mallard , 4 Gadwall , Common Buzzard , Common Kestrel , a few Barn Swallow , Cetti`s Warbler , Northern Wheatear , 6 European Greenfinch , a small flock of Common Linnet . And a large flock of Common Starling that I did check for Rosy Starling but I had no luck .

Northern Wheatear ( Oenanthe oenanthe ) . Turf Locks Area . Devon


Common Starling ( Sturnus vulgaris ) . ( Juvenile/1st Winter ) . Turf Locks . Devon


Monday, 25 September 2023

Back Down To Earth !

 A quick look at the River Exe at Topsham Recreation Ground got me a Curlew Sandpiper , 2 Dunlin , a Black-Tailed Godwit , 3 Common Redshank , 2 Common Greenshank , 3 Little Egret and 2 Great Black-Backed Gull .

Little Egret ( Egretta garzetta ) . Topsham Recreation Ground . Devon


Sunday, 24 September 2023

Saturday 23rd September


A trip over to St Gothan`s Head in Pembrokeshire West Wales this morning with my mates Andy and Ken to look for the reported Magnolia Warbler that has been there for a few days . And after a bit of a wait  this stunning bird showed very well out in the open for a short spell but from then on it was always on the move .

While we were there , we heard breathtaking news of a Canada Warbler that was found on a different part of the headland . So we then headed for there in anticipation . We arrived at a small copse that was filled with 100+ birders and after searching for it for quite a while I then picked a spot and leant against a tree in an area where the bird had been seen before and I was in the right spot when the bird popped up right in front of me in the open . I let out a call and around 8 people close to me got onto the bird before it then dropped back into cover again ..... Absolute Magic 👀

In the copse that was filled with birders many calls went up of its here ! causing a rush of people from one spot to another with people falling over and falling out of trees just trying to get a glimpse of the bird .

These two birds are both new birds for me and puts my British life list on 496 . Four more to go to the magical 500 .

Elation Of just seeing the Canada Warbler


Friday, 22 September 2023

Dead Slow

 The birding today was dead slow as I first went to Bowling Green Marsh but all that I could put in the notebook today were 100+ Northern Pintail , Numerous Common Redshank , 3 Common Greenshank , 10 Northern Lapwing , 2 Red Knot , Dunlin and Whimbrel .

I then went for a look at the Exminster Marshes and saw 100+ Eurasian Curlew , 3 Common Buzzard and 2 Common Kestrel .

Northern Pintail ( Anas acuta ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Eurasian Curlew ( Limosa limosa ) . The Exminster Marshes . Devon


Thursday, 21 September 2023

Wet Orcombe Point

 I birded Orcombe Point in between the heavy rain this morning so I didn`t see a lot . But I did manage to see a male Common Kestrel , 7 Yellow Wagtail , 2 Meadow Pipit , Willow Warbler , Common Chiffchaff , 4 European Robin and 20+ Common Linnet .

Common Linnet ( Carduelis cannabina ) . Orcombe Point . Exmouth . Devon


Wednesday, 20 September 2023


 The weather looked good for a seawatch this morning , so I went down to Exmouth as the rain just started to fall and went to my favourite spot and settled in for a couple of hours birding .

At first I was only seeing numerous Northern Gannets going through . But then I got my eye in and started to pick up Balearic Shearwaters and a few Manx Shearwater going through with them . I then got a Great Shearwater and 2 Cory`s Shearwater great sightings of 2 birds that are very hard to catch up with in local waters . There was 5 other large Shearwater that also went through but they were too for out for me to be happy to name them . Also going through were 2 Arctic Skua , 4 Black-Legged Kittiwake and the bird of the day for me a nice juvenile Sabine`s Gull a nice find for me and my first in Devon since 2017 😁 

Sunday, 17 September 2023


 I birded Bowling Green Marsh this morning in a heavy thunderstorm but I was ok inside the hide lol      💧💧💧💧💧💧

But I still saw 2 Pied Avocet , 3 Curlew Sandpiper , a juvenile Ruff , 2 Common Greenshank , a Whimbrel , a Bar-Tailed Godwit that was in with numerous Black-Tailed Godwit and a Common Kingfisher

Saturday, 16 September 2023

Eurasian Wryneck

Another trip down to Orcombe Point this morning to look for the Eurasian Wryneck again and today showed a lot better and I got a lot better views than yesterday . But as you can see I struggled getting a decent shot of it 😔.


Friday 15th September

 This morning started early at Bowling Green Marsh and I managed too see 3 Curlew Sandpiper , Ruff , Whimbrel , Bar-Tailed Godwit and a Little Stint . I then had a call telling me from local birder Matt Knot telling me that he had just found a Eurasian Wryneck , so off I went in hope of seeing it and my luck was in as I got views of it feeding on the path in between the dog walkers flushing it off of the path .

A few more birders turned up in hope of seeing it but the bird had gone into cover and after a bit of a wait we decided to go to Seatown in Dorset where an adult Woodchat Shrike was showing well . And after a long climb up steep steps we got very nice views of the bird .

Woodchat Shrike ( Lanius senator ) . Seatown . Dorset



Thursday, 14 September 2023

Little Stint

 A late dash down to Bowling Green Marsh on the evening tide got me 2 Little Stint , 2 Ruff and a nice looking Curlew Sandpiper , but the light was too bad for any photo`s .

Wednesday, 13 September 2023


 A look at Bowling Green Marsh just after high tide this morning did not get me much at all with the usual Common Redshank and Black-Tailed Godwit in large numbers , also seen were 12 Dunling , 2 Common Snipe and a Red Fox .

So I then took a look at the Exminster Marshes where the highlight were 4 Ruff seen together from the viewing platform . along with a Common Kestrel , 2 Common Chiffchaff and a Common Raven .

Ruff ( Philomachus pugnax ) . The Exminster Marshes . Devon


Wednesday, 6 September 2023

Ortolan Bunting

Well today got me only my second Ortolan Bunting in Devon , with one seen near the  Budleigh Salterton golf course . My first one seen in Devon was at Bantham in South Devon on the 24th August 1996 .

I have only seen 8 in Britain with the 1st on 16 / 10 / 88 and the last one 5 / 9 / 2002 so its been a long wait of 21 years until todays bird .

Also seen today at Bowling Green Marsh were 2 Ruff , a Green Sandpiper , a few Red Knot , 20+ Dunlin and a nice Curlew Sandpiper .

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


Monday, 4 September 2023

Spotted Redshank

 Todays birding was done from the hide at Bowling Green Marsh and I saw the following birds . Egyptian Goose , my first 2 returning Northern Pintail of the autumn , a Curlew Sandpiper , 10 Dunlin , 6 Red Knot , a juvenile Ruff , 2 Whimbrel , a Spotted Redshank , numerous Common Redshank , 20+ Common Greenshank , a Common Buzzard and a male Common Kestrel . 

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


Sunday, 3 September 2023

A Great Days Birding

A trip down to Marazion in Cornwall to look for an American wader a Buff-Breasted Sandpiper that has been seen on the beach . And after not  very long we were getting nice views of the bird along with a some other nice waders that included . Little Stint , Common Ringed Plover , Sanderling , Red Knot , Ruff and Ruddy Turnstone .

We then went to Pendeen Point do do a sea watch and that turned out very well as we saw numerous Manx Shearwater , 20+ Balearic Shearwater , 5 Great Shearwater , a single Cory`s Shearwater , 20+ Northern Gannet , 3 Northern Fulmar , 20+ Common Scoter and 4 Norther Wheatear were also seen nearby .

Buff-Breasted Sandpiper ( Tryngites subruficollis ) . Marazion . Cornwall




Little Stint ( Calidris minuta ) . Marazion . Cornwall


Saturday, 2 September 2023


 This mornings birding started off at Goosemoor but all that I saw there was 8 Common Greenshank and a flock of Long-Tailed Tit . So I went to Bowling Green Marsh where I saw a few Red Knot and Dunlin and a look around the viewing platform got me a Common Kingfisher , a Great Spotted Woodpecker , a Common Raven , a Cetti`s Warbler , a European Reed Warbler , 2 Willow Warbler and numerous Common Chiffchaff .

Then late in the afternoon news came out of an Osprey that was sat on a tree in the Powderham Estate so I went and got nice but distant views of it .

European Reed Warbler ( Acrocephalus scirpaceus ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon


Osprey ( Pandion haliaetus ) . The Powderham Estate . Devon


Friday, 1 September 2023


 Another walk to Bowling Green Marsh and I arrived at the hide to find 3 Common Kingfisher chasing each other around . A look at the waders then got me 20+ Red Knot , 2 Ruff , 3 Bar-Tailed Godwit , 10 Dunlin and a scattering of Whimbrel .

I then went to check the bushes around the viewing point area where I saw a few Common Chiffchaff , a nice Blackcap , a European Reed Warbler and my first Reed Bunting on the marsh for quite a while .                                                                                                                                                                                       I then walked back home and at the top of Bowling Green Road there was a couple of nice Firecrest on show , always a great days birding when you can end up with these stunning birds .

Firecrest ( Regulus ignicapilla ) . Bowling Green Road . Topsham . Devon



Thursday, 31 August 2023

Yellow Wagtail

 An hours walk around the cow field area of Orcombe Point in Exmouth before the heavy rain set in , got me 6 Yellow Wagtail but I expect that there were more . Also seen in the area a Common Kestrel , 2 Northern Wheatear , a Common Raven , a Common Whitethroat and a Common Linnet .

Yellow Wagtail ( Motacilla flava flavissima ) . Orcombe Point . Devon


Wednesday, 30 August 2023

Cetti`s Warbler

I decided to walk to Bowling Green Marsh this morning and the 1st bird on my list was a Firecrest that was at the top of Bowling Green Road . I then had a look from the hide but I only saw Common Redshank , Eurasian Curlew , Whimbrel and a Ruff .

So I went down to the viewing platform where I had an amazing encounter with a Cetti`s Warbler a bird that can be hard to see let alone get good shots of . But this bird kept on getting closer and closer until it popped up right in front of me 👀 . Also seen were 2 Common Buzzard , a Common Kingfisher and at least 4 Common Chiffchaff .

Cetti`s Warbler ( Cettia cetti ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon





Sunday, 27 August 2023

Saturday 26th August

 This morning Paul Bray and myself went to look for a reported  Black-Crowed Night Heron that had been seen in the Riverside Country Park in Exeter but after a 2 hour search there was no sign of the bird .

But we did see 3 sightings of Common Kingfisher , 10 Barn Swallow , 2 Common Swift , a Common Chiffchaff and a European Hornet .

Later in the early evening news came out the B C Night Heron had been found again so off I went again too look for it , I was lucky enough to catch up with it this time but as you can see the views were very restricted .

Black-Crowned Night Heron ( Nycticorax nycticorax ) . The Riverside Country Park . Exeter . Devon


Wednesday, 23 August 2023

Melodious Warbler

 This morning I got my 4th Melodious Warbler in my home county of Devon with a bird showing on Orcombe Point . The bird was found early in the morning but by the time I had got there it had gone into cover and it was a bit of a wait until it showed again . But even then it was still in and out of cover ! 

Just a strange coincidence it is 3 years to the day that I found one of these birds on my local patch at Bowling Green Marsh in Topsham .

I also saw a Common Redstart , 2 Common Whitethroat , a Sedge Warbler , 6 Yellow Wagtail , a Northern Wheatear and a few Common Linnet to add too todays notebook .

Melodious Warbler ( Hippolais polyglotta ) . Orcombe Point . Devon


Tuesday, 22 August 2023

Curlew Sandpiper

 I had a  look at Bowling Green Marsh this morning and found my 1st Curlew Sandpiper of the year . The bird was at the right from the hide and kept going behind an overgrown island so for quite a while you could just get it when it came back into view .

Also seen were 8 Red Knot , 2 Bar-Tailed Godwit , numerous Eurasian Curlew , Common Redshank and Black-Tailed Godwit . There was also a fly through Common Sandpiper and a Common Raven .

Whimbrel ( Numenius phaeopus ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Devon


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


Friday, 11 August 2023

The Exminster Marshes

 A look around the Exminster Marshes this morning got me the following birds .

8 Cattle Egret , 7 Little Egret ,  Common Buzzard , Northern Wheatear and a flock of Rook .

Also seen were a few Migrant Hawker Dragonfly .  

Monday, 7 August 2023

Wood Sandpiper

 News of a Wood Sandpiper showing on Blackhole Marsh in East Devon saw me getting in the car to see if I could catch up with it . And on getting to the marsh I soon got onto the bird that spent most of the time that I was there with a Green Sandpiper .

The only other birds of note was a female Pied Avocet that was with 2 juvenile birds , and 20+ Barn Swallow .                  

Wood Sandpiper ( Tringa glareola ) . Blackhole Marsh . Devon


Saturday, 5 August 2023

Saturday 5th August

The weather was quite rough this morning so I went down to the raised beach huts at Exmouth to do a sea watch , And I saw some nice birds with my first Sooty Shearwater of the year being the highlight .
Also seen were 3 European Storm Petrel , 2 Arctic Skua , a Pomarine Skua , 20 Common Scoter , 24 Sandwich Tern , 5 Common Tern , a single Arctic Tern And numerous Northern Gannet and Black-Legged Kittiwake .

Wednesday, 2 August 2023

Sea Watch

This morning I went down to Exmouth to do a bit of Sea Watching and it turned up . 8 Northern Gannet , 6 Black-Legged Kittiwake , a single Balearic Shearwater , 2 Sandwich Tern , a Common Tern and a very nice Roseate Tern . Not large numbers but it was still good to get out again .

On the way back home I had a look at Bowling Green Marsh where I saw  numerous Eurasian Curlew , 8 Dunlin , a juvenile Ruff , a Great Black-Backed Gull and a Stock Dove .

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


Sunday, 9 July 2023

Day Out

A day out in Dorset today turned out to be rather good with the weather and the birds . As our first stop was at Ferrybridge where we saw 50+ Little Tern , a single Sandwich Tern , 4 Common Ringed Plover and 60+ Mediterranean Gull .

Our next stop was at Portland Bill where 3 Little Owl were seen along with 3 Common Skylark and 4 Rock Pipit . We then had a look at Lodmoor but there was hardly any birds at all with the best being a Common Sandpiper and a Common Whitethroat .

Little Tern ( Sternula albifrons ) . Ferrybridge . Dorset


Little Owl ( Athene noctua ) . Portland Bill . Dorset




Saturday, 8 July 2023

BGM Again

 Another look at Bowling Green Marsh got me most of the same birds as yesterday with Eurasian Curlew , Whimbrel , Common Redshank , Spotted Redshank , Ruff , Mediterranean Gull and Common Sand Martin .

But also seen today were 2 European Spoonbill and around 15 Sandwich Tern a bird that we do not see often on the marsh .

Sandwich Tern ( Sterna sandvicensis ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon