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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

No Sign !

Early this morning I went down to Bowling Green Marsh to look for the Melodious Warbler that I had found yesterday . But after a good search  there was no sign of it anywhere and I don't think that it was seen again after the 11.30ish sighting yesterday but the marsh is large with many areas that it could have moved too . So this morning was back to normal with around 8 Common Chiffchaff and a Willow Warbler showing along the path and it was also good to see 2 Eurasian Jay as they have not shown on the marsh for a while .

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Melodious Warbler

In the early mornings I have constantly been covering the bushes at the far end of Bowling Green Marsh by the path to the viewing platform and usually I only get a few Common Chiffchaff and a few other odds and sods but today it finally paid off !!! As around 9.30 I was making my way down the path and I saw a larger looking warbler sat on the last tree that looks out over the Clyst Estuary , I tried to get the other side of it in hope of getting a shot of it but it then called & flew into a row of bushes . I knew that it was an Hippolais but had not clinched it yet , so I then put the news out of a possible Melodious Warbler ! I then got onto the bird again where I got most of the features on the bird with its brownish green upperparts and paler underparts , there was no panel showing in the wings and it had a pale bill like a dagger .
It then went into cover and it wasn`t seen then for quite a while , by then other birders had started to turn up and a call of Melodious Warbler was played and it got a response from the bird right away , later on around half 11ish the bird was refound and showed to around half a dozen birders that were still there looking for it but it then dropped back into cover again , I stayed looking for it until 2ish but up till then it was very elusive and had only showed the twice , it was a strange feeling as I was over the moon with finding the bird but I was pissed off a bit as I was unable to get all of the birders on to it . Plus I could not get a photo of it !!

I think that this is the 1st record for the Exe Estuary but not to sure ??

I have just heard that it is not the 1st for the Exe Estuary as one was seen at Dawlish Warren on this same date in 1980 , so that is 37 years until this one ! Still I am happy with it being a 1st for Bowling Green Marsh ... I think lol .....

Monday, 14 August 2017

Jersey Tiger Moth

My morning look at Bowling Green Marsh got me 200+ Eurasian Curlew , 8 Whmbrel , 20+ Dunlin , a Common Sandpiper and a single Bar-Tailed Godwit was in with the numerous Black-Tailed Godwit also seen was a Barnacle Goose sat on gull island .
I then went over near the village of Exminster where I saw a Common Kestrel , a female Cirl Bunting and a Jersey Tiger Moth .