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07 April 2021


Walking around Exminster Marshes today and to my surprise there is still a pair of Pintail.

I might be wrong but normally arnt they moved on by now?

They both looked stunning and did the characteristic tails up like no other!

06 April 2021


Went up to Dartmoor today which was windy and cold, intermittent showers, hail, snow and sun.

I visited Yarner, Trendlebere, Emsworthy Mire, Soussons, Challacombe Farm, and the high Moor.

Soussons was a waste of time because the wind was blowing the trees around, Yarner was good as it was in the shelter, good views of the Lesser-spotted Woodpecker as well as the Greater-spotted Woodpecker, Good views of Pied Flycatchers but sadly distant.

The High Moors held the best views of Birds as due to the wind they were all on the ground, many Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, Stonechats and Wheatears. The later in good numbers on the rd up from Challacombe farm.

Many Corvids on the floor, especially Jackdaws but also Rook, Carrion Crow and Ravens, Magpies and a solitary Jay also seen.

Several Buzzards seen sat down out of the wind as well as Woodpigeon, Blackbirds, Song Thrush, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tits, Robin, Wren, Dunnock, Pied Wagtail and House Sparrow.

Good to meet David Bailey who was taking shots of the LSW at Yarner. I would recommend you visit his blog https://www.thehallofeinar.com/

03 April 2021

5 up

Managed to find another 2 new butterflies for the year!

A female Orange Tip on some Periwinkle, found this on a country lane at the back of Kenton, flower and Butterfly looked stunning in the sun.

The Comma was one of two seen at Dawlish Warren by the entrance bushes.

02 April 2021

Under a Rock

While doing some Beach combing on Dawlish Warren Beach I picked up a rock and found all sorts of goodies!

Apart from Shore Crabs there was a Worm Pipefish,see top left picture. Five-bearded Rockling with the Crab, top right picture.

The fast moving Butterfish which I put into a pot so I could take a picture, stunning looking fish.

Its amazing what you can find out there, I like to go in an area about 2/3rds down the beach in a flat area, lots of flat stones from buildings which are easy to lift up.

I also found plenty of other interesting stuff such as Green Sea Urchins that where alive that normally would be washed up dead. This an area that just keeps giving!

02 April 2021

That makes it 3

Its a bit slow on the Butterfly front this year but made it to 3 with a Speckled Wood, in fact like London Busses, you dont see any for ages and then 3 came along together!

This time last year I had 5, one of them was the Large Tort at Portland which due to lockdown i have missed this year.

So that is Peacock, Brimstone and Speckled Wood, long way to go yet!

01 April 2021

Lesser-spotted Woodpeckers

While I have been out walking I have been lucky enough to see several Lesser-spotted Woodpeckers, because I've been at work supporting others get exercise the best views have always come when I haven't had the camera, but this last couple of days I have been able to catch up with them.

All quite mobile and going around in pairs, many pictures because of looking into the sky have turned out as silhouettes but some turnout ok.

Did see and hear other Woodpeckers and its times like this that the distinctive calls and drums of the three species become evident.

Stay safe out there!

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