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Monday, 27 March 2017


I went down to my local patch Bowling Green Marsh just after first light this morning to catch the high tide and the birding was quite good for a while before the sun came up , as at the marsh we are blighted with the sun shining right in our faces first thing in the morning plus the birds always being quite a distance from the hide......but still its the best birding spot around here !
Anyway I saw a superb 1st winter Bonaparte`s Gull ( They seem to be annual on the marsh now ) , the 1st winter Little Gull , 20+ Bar-Tailed Godwit , 2 Common Snipe , my 1st Whimbrel of the year that flew over the marsh calling , 5 Common Sand Martin and a Barn Swallow .
I then went up to Woodbury Common where I saw a Great Grey Shrike that showed very well !( Good to see one in Devon again ) ....also seen were 2 Holly Blue Butterflies .

Great Grey Shrike ( Lanius excubitor ) . Woodbury Common . Devon

Bonaparte`s Gull ( Chroicocephalus philadelphia ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon

Saturday, 25 March 2017

A nice sunny day !

I had a call this morning asking me if I could take a look at a strange duck that was on a private lake near Alphington in Exeter . So I went and had a look at it and it turned out to be a female Mandarin Duck , not a rare duck but still very nice to see !
The next stop was at Steps Bridge where there were 3 Grey Wagtail , 2 Eurasian Nuthatch , 3 European Green Woodpecker , a calling Lesser Spotted Woodpecker , a calling Tawny Owl and a few Comma Butterflies . My last stop was a look at the Clyst Marshes in Topsham where I saw 9 Cattle Egret and 5 Little Egret .

Mandarin Duck ( Aix galericulata ) . Nr Alphington . Exeter . Devon

Friday, 24 March 2017

Jack Snipe

A trip down to Dawlish Warren this morning with Sue to look for a reported Jack Snipe that has been seen on the main pool , and lucky enough the bird was still there but it was very hard to see as it stood in one spot hidden by the reeds . At one point a Common Moorhen went close to it setting it off in its sewing machine action but that was the best of the views today .
Also seen were 2 Little Grebe that were looking very smart in their breeding plumage , a Water Rail , a male and female Eurasian Bullfinch and a male Reed Bunting .