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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

The Exminster Marshes

The Exminster Marshes was my port of call today , where there was 60+ Dark Bellied Brent Goose , a very large count of Eurasian Wideon , 300+ Dunlin , 100+ European Golden Plover , 30+ Grey Plover , a male and female Peregrine Falcon that kept putting everything on the marsh to flight ! , 2 Water Pipit ( a good bird for the marsh these days ) , a single Common Skylark and a couple of Common Linnet .
At the end of the marsh at Turf Lock 8 Grey Plover were sat on the posts along with a Common Kingfisher and on the Exeter Canal this male Red-Breasted Merganser showed very well .

Red-Breasted Merganser ( Mergus serrator ) . Turf Locks . Devon


Grey Plover ( Pluvialis squatarola ) . Turf Locks . Devon


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Bonaparte`s Gull

Getting out early pay`s off  sometimes and this morning was just one of those days ! as I had gone down to Bowling Green Marsh for a look and I found the adult winter Bonaparte`s Gull sat on the water with a few Black-Headed Gull`s at 9.05 but they were not there for long after I found them as they flew off towards Goosemoor , I went and had a look to see if it was in there but couldn't find it again .
Also seen on BGM today were 4 male and a female Northern Pintail , a male Tufted Duck , numerous Pied Avocet & Black-Tailed Godwit , 20+ Bar-Tailed Godwit and 3 Mistle Thrush .
I then got some news that there was some Bohemian Waxwing`s showing at Darts Farm so I went to look for them but they had flown off before I got there , so I went to the Recreation Ground in Topsham and I saw the long staying female Long-Tailed Duck , a female Common Goldeneye and the Yellow-Browed Warbler was still feeding in the park by the zip wire .

Long-Tailed Duck ( Clangula hyemalis ) . The Topsham Recreation Ground . Devon



Monday, 16 January 2017

Elusive Waxwing !!

A look around the Topsham Recreation Ground today got me a couple of Common Goldeneye , 5 male and 3 female Red-Breasted Merganser , 8 Common Teal , 2 Common Gull , a Lesser Black-Backed Gull , 6 Redwing , 20+ European Goldfinch and as I was walking along the road beside the Recreation Ground a Bohemian Waxwing called but I couldn't see it anywhere so perhaps it was just flying over .