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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Eurasian Bullfinch

This morning around the Exminster Marshes vicinity I saw 11 European Golden Plover , 4 Little Ringed Plover , 2 Winter Wren , 4 Common Chiffchaff , a male Eurasian Bullfinch and 2 male Reed Bunting . I then went to the Powderham Church area where the 2 Cattle Egret were still showing in the sheep field along with 4 Little Egret , my next stop was at the railway crossing at Cockwood where a look at the Exe Estuary got me 5 male & 3 female Red-Breasted Merganser & 2 Slavonian Grebe that are now coming into summer plumage.
I then headed for home but I did stop and have a look at Bowling Green Marsh where the 1st winter Little Gull was still showing well and I also saw my 1st Red Admiral Butterfly of the year .

Eurasian Bullfinch ( Pyrrhula pyrrhula ) . The Exminster Marshes . Devon

Monday, 20 March 2017

Bowling Green Marsh

It was much of the same on Bowling Green Marsh this morning . With 2 Little Egret , Eurasian Wigeon are still here in large numbers , 30+ Northern Shoveler , 20+ Northern Pintail , a flock of 40+ Bar-Tailed Godwit , 20+ Dunlin , 2 Common Snipe , a lone Green Sandpiper was again in its favourite spot on the far side of the marsh , the 1st winter Little Gull is in to its 3rd day on the marsh and still putting on a bit of a show !! , also seen were 30+ Common Sand Martin , 3 Stock Dove , 2 Common Buzzard and a male Eurasian Sparrowhawk .

Little Gull ( Hydrocoloeus minutus ) . Bowling Green Marsh . Topsham . Devon

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Cattle Egret

I started today off at Bowling Green Marsh in Topsham where there was a big selection of birds to look at , with the stand out bird being the 1st winter Little Gull that was still performing well but once again quite a long way from the hide , also seen were 30+ Northern Pintail ( in my view one of our best looking ducks ) , 3 Little Grebe , 60+ Bar-Tailed Godwit , a Green Sandpiper and around 30+ Common Sand Martin .
The influx of Cattle Egret in Britain this winter is amazing and news of another two seen in a field with Little Egrets near Powderham Church saw me making the journey to have a look at them , they looked very alert so I stayed well away from them and I could only manage to get this long distance shot of them .

Cattle Egret ( Bubulcus ibis ) Nr Powderham . Devon

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Little Ringed Plover

A look at my local patch this morning got me a 1st winter Little Gull , it was always quite distant from the hide but I managed to get these two record shots of it ( Thanks Keith ) . There was also all the normal wildfowl and a single Green Sandpiper .
I then went to have a look at the Powderham Marshes where I saw my first 2 Little Ringed Plover of the year , 2 European Golden Plover , 15 Northern Lapwing , 3 Green Sandpiper and a male Cirl Bunting .