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Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Northern Wheatear

A look out of my window this morning got me 2 Hawfinch and 4 Redwing in the Topsham Cemetery . I then went to have a look at the small marsh near Exton Station and I saw my first Northern Wheatear of the year with 4 male birds seen and as I was looking at them a flock of 20+ European Golden Plover were flying overhead .
I then went to the top fields at Gore Lane in Exmouth for another look at the Corn Bunting but today I only got one brief view of it . So I then went across to Budleigh Salterton cricket pitch area as a Spotted Redshank and 2 male Black Redstart were showing quite well there , also seen nearby were 3 Common Chiffchaff and a Willow Warbler , it was also very nice to catch up with a few birding mates .

Northern Wheatear ( Oenanthe oenanthe ) . Exton Marsh . Devon

Spotted Redshank ( Tringa erythropus ) . Budleigh Salterton Cricket Pitch . Devon

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Eurasian Spoonbill

I was in the Topsham Cemetery early again this morning looking for the Hawfinch . As for ages I have been looking for the opportunity to photograph one of them in the open on the ground , well today it finally paid off and I was able to get the shot that I have been after .....Yippee .
I then went across to the Exminster Marshes in hope of maybe seeing a Northern Wheatear but I had no luck again today , but I did see a female Western Marsh Harrier , a single Common Snipe and a flock of 20+ European Golden Plover . While I was there my phone went off with a message telling me that a Eurasian Spoonbill had dropped into Bowling Green Marsh , so I headed back over the River Exe to there and I got superb views of it .

Hawfinch ( Coccothraustes coccothraustes ) . Topsham Cemetery . Devon

Eurasian Spoonbill ( Platalea leucorodia ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon