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Friday, 20 October 2017

Bowling Green Marsh

A look this morning from the hide at my local patch Bowling Green Marsh in Topsham got me 4 Ruff , a Curlew Sandpiper and a Bar-Tailed Godwit .
I then went down to check out the bushes around the viewing platform where I saw a male Eurasian Sparrowhawk , around 50+ Common Wood Pigeon , a single Stock Dove , a Great Spotted Woodpecker , 2 Eurasian Jay , a Song Thrush , 2 Goldcrest and this Cetti`s Warbler that was calling most of the time but only showed just the once before it shot off deep into cover again .

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


Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Quality not Quantity

A trip up to Dorset again today with my mate Andy with our destination this time being St Aldhelm`s Head to look for a Two-Barred Greenish Warbler a very rare bird that has only been seen once before in Britain on the Island of Gugh in the Scilly Isles way back in 1987 .
We arrived to find a crowd of birders all around a small copse beside the quarry and we joined in with them in hope that the bird would show , after a while a few calls went up from the crowd of there it is ! but from where we were standing all we got was a few glimpse of it , but after about an hour the bird came out into the open for a short spell and we all got great views of it , the long 30 year wait was over ! so the feeling was just magic !

Two-Bared Greenish Warbler ( Phylloscopus trochiloides plumbeitarsus ) . St Aldhelm`s Head . Dorset


Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Dorset

Andy Bond and myself went up to Dorset this afternoon with our first stop at Lodmoor near Weymouth where we saw the long staying Lesser Yellowlegs and it came as a bit of a relief as we had been for this bird at 2 different locations this year and missed it each time .
We then went across to Portland to look for a juvenile Red-Breasted Flycatcher that had been seen in Broadcroft Quarry and as you can see the bird showed very well for us just before the rain set in .

Red-Breasted Flycatcher . Broadcroft Quarry . Portland . Dorset