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21 February 2015

Powderham to Turf Lock on River Exe

Quick walk up the side of the River Exe to Turf to see what was about and wasn't disappointed!

Couldn't find the Snow Bunting but many of the birds were away out of the wind in the fields so it might have been there?

Plenty of birds in the fields with Grey Heron, Blackbird, Carrion Crow, Curlew, Herring Gull, Canada Geese and several flocks of Dark-bellied Brent Geese totalling about 400+ birds. Also several small flocks of Black-tailed Godwits feeding in the fields with more flying in from the mudflats all the time.

Also Oystercatchers, Lapwing, Several Stonechats and Robin around the path and field.

On the River a lot fewer birds, Rock Pipits on the sea wall with Shelduck, avocets, Dunlin, Grey Plover, Cormorants, Redshank and a few Black-tailed Godwits.

When I got to Turf there was plenty of Wigeon, Mallard and Teal in the dykes staying out of the wind.

Good walk if not a little breezy!



20 February 2015

Cirl Buntings

I went to Labrador Bay today for another visit to see the Cirl Buntings and wasn't disappointed!

I was met by a small group of around 10 as soon as I got into the field from the car park, then ahead of me I could see 3 trees full of birds which turned out to be all Cirl Buntings! 50+ I reckon, while trying to take some pictures I met the Warden who is responsible for the reserve who said the numbers had slowly risen. I also made the point a lot of birds where coming from across the road, he made the point that the farmers field was full of them and the lane going into the local village had plenty in too. It was reported to him that in the local village Cirls had been visiting the bird tables in peoples gardens! Lucky them!!!!!

Other birds seen were worryingly a Sparrowhawk which I saw take out a Blackbird, ok but stay away from the Cirls! 3 Buzzard, Kestrel, Magpie, Raven, Carrion Crow, Herring Gull, Skylark, Chaffinch, Goldcrest, Robin, Chaffinch, Wren, Dunnock, Jackdaw and a small Tit flock comprising of about 20 birds, looked like only Long-tailed and Blue Tits.

Great to see these wonderful birds and great to meet the warden who was understandably proud of his work!!!



18 February 2015

Catcott Lows

Well after stopping at the local café and talking to other birders it seems I wasn't the only one who was having a quite time, it sounded like Catcott was the next stop as there was loads of Ducks!

I wasn't to be disappointed with the marsh flooded and great views of Glastonbury Tor in the background and Ducks galore in the for ground!

There was 2 Barnacale Geese in the front as well to add to the 1000+ Ducks! There was Wigeon, Pintail, Teal, Shoveler, Tufted and a couple of Mallard. Great sight!!

Around the hide there was Pied Wagtail, Robin, Dunnock and Blackbird. Out flying around was Carrion Crow, Grey Heron and a Kestrel.

Other people said earlier there was Marsh Harriers and a Peregrine which understandably upset the ducks but didn't catch anything, would have luved to see the hunt!!



18 February 2015

Westhay Moor, Somerset

I went up to Westhay in Somerset with full of positive feeling on what I might see, only to be sadly disappointed!

Its a great place and have seen lots of good stuff here before but sadly today there was a lack of birds for this sight.

Very few ducks, a few Gadwall, Mallard, Shoveler and a solitary Pintail was very disappointing.

I did see a couple of Marsh Harriers and a Buzzard which was great, and a Kingfisher flying off in the distance.

Other birds were Great crested Grebes, Water Rail, Moorhen, Coot, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long tailed Tit, Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Reed Bunting and a Cettis Warbler.

Still on a sunny day a nice walk!



17 February 2015

Radipole, Dorset.

Went to Weymouth in Dorset today to see the Bearded Tits at Radipole lake.

When I first got there I was a bit worried as they were working on the reeds where the Bearded Tits are normally seen, thankfully I shouldn't have worried as they were close to the north hide and showing very well, a group of 6 birds close to the footpath. Don't think I have ever got that close! Fantastic sight! Go to the gallery to see more pictures of this special bird.

Plenty of other birds on view, ducks all over the place with mainly Mallard but Teal and Tufted Ducks in good numbers.

Mute Swans,Canada Geese, Coots, Moorhens, Cormorants, Little Egrets, Grey Heron, Water Rail, Little Grebe and Great Crested Grebes are the water birds on view.

Several Cettis Warblers making a noise around the reserve, robin, Wren, Dunnock, Blackbird, Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tit, Greenfinch, Wood Pigeon, Raven, Carrion Crow, Reed Bunting and Magpie also seen.

Marsh Harrier and Buzzards seen by the North Hide.

Black-headed Gulls, Mediterranean Gull and Herring Gulls all on the car park.

Fantastic start to the day!



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