Wednesday 26 June 2024

Spotted Redshank

 This morning I went down to Bowling Green Marsh to look for a Spotted Redshank that was seen there . And I managed to see the bird ok but getting this shot of it was hard in the harsh light .

But the birding was still quite slow beside that with only 7 Common Shelduck , 3 Gadwall , 3 Little Egret , 50+ Common Redshank , 50+ Eurasian Curlew and around a hundred Black-Headed Gull .

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


Friday 21 June 2024


 I had a look around Bystock Pond this morning but did not see many birds at all with only the following . Common Moorhen . Winter Wren . Common Chiffchaff and Goldcrest .

But there were a few Dragonflies hawking over the pond with the best being Four-Spotted Chaser and nearby there were a few Beautiful Demoiselles .

Beautiful Demoiselle ( Calopteryx virgo ) . Bystock Pond . Devon



Four-Spotted Chaser ( Libellula quadrimaculata ) . Bystock Pond . Devon


Wednesday 19 June 2024

Marbled White

 A look around the Pynes Hill area of Exeter this morning got me quite a few Marbled White Butterflies .

I then took a look at the Exminster Marsh but only saw the usual suspects with .

Grey Heron . Common Buzzard . Barn Swallow . European Reed Warbler . Sedge Warbler . Blackcap . Common Chiffchaff and Carrion Crow .

Also seen was a large Mirror Carp in the Exeter Canal .

Marbled White ( Melanargia galathea ) . Pynes Hill . Exeter


Monday 3 June 2024

Eurasian Golden Oriole

 This afternoon news came out of an extremely rare  bird a Eurasian Golden Oriole on the Exminster Marshes . So over I went in hope of seeing it , but I was only lucky enough to hear it calling .

I have only ever had one on these birds on the Marshes before and that was way back on the 12th of May 1998 !

There was also 2 Cetti`s Warbler , 2 Common Chiffchaff , a Sedge Warbler and a nice show of Yellow Iris .

Common Chiffchaff ( Phylloscopus collybita ) . The Exminster Marshes . Devon


Yellow Iris ( Iris pseudacorus ) . The Exminster Marshes . Devon