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Saturday, 24 June 2017

Red-Rumped Swallow

Now I don't usually go anywhere near Bowling Green Marsh at the weekends because of the disturbance around the marsh . But today I decided to go down and have a look for the summer plumaged Spotted Redshank on the Clyst Estuary but there was no sign of it today. So I was on the way back to the hide when a swallow flew in front of me going towards the main pool showing a pale rump . My first thought was Red-Rumped Swallow but I had only got that view of it up till now so I put news out of a probable R R S & hurried back towards the hide with fingers crossed . When I got there and looked at the pool there were a few Common House Martin , Common Sand Martin and Barn Swallow feeding over the pool and then there to my elation was a superb looking Red-Rumped Swallow feeding with them . I then put the confirmed news out and watched the bird for a while , it then flew over the railway line towards Goosemoor but it then returned to the marsh and by then another birder had got the news and managed to get there and see the bird . We watched it for a short time and then it flew over the railway line again and was lost from view , we stayed looking for it for quite a while but I had to leave then and I don't think that it was seen again . Also seen was this female Western Marsh Harrier that dropped into the marsh for a while .

Western Marsh Harrier ( Circus aeruginosus ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon



Friday, 23 June 2017

Thursday 22nd June

Elegant Tern

My mate Andy and myself went up to look for an Elegant Tern that was seen yesterday on Brownsea Island near Sandbanks in Dorset . We got to Sandbanks ferry terminal around 11 a/m and had to wait for the ferry , as we were stood there some Terns came in from the seaward side of the terminal most of them were Common Tern and a few Sandwich Tern , then there right in front of me a tern flew by close to shore , my brain took a while to take in what I was looking at but I was lost for words . Andy must have picked it up the same time as me because then we both shouted out in unison Elegant Tern , we then watched the bird fly in front of us heading towards Brownsea Island until it was lost from sight .
We then caught the ferry over to the island expecting it to be in with the other terns but we never saw it again .There was a report from a birder on the island that he had picked it up around the same time but it was flying back towards the sea again . Both Andy and myself had seen the Elegant Tern at Dawlish Warren in Devon back in 2002 but it was still nice to catch up with another one .

Common Tern ( Sterna hirundo ) . Sandbanks . Dorset


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

No Sign !!

Early this morning I went to see if yesterdays Great White Egret was still around . I checked Goosemoor , Bowling Green Marsh and the Clyst Estuary but there was no sign of it today ! and there wasn`t a lot either to look at with only a male Great Spotted Woodpecker and European Reed Warbler , Blackcap and Common Chiffchaff , also seen were Red Admiral , Meadow Brown and Small White Butterflies .
And a look at the Clyst Estuary got me 4 Little Egret and a smart looking summer plumaged Spotted Redshank .

Great Spotted Woodpecker ( Dendrocopos major ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon