Thursday, 13 June 2019

Dipper Encore

Dipper, Colyton area, May/June 2019 (Copyright T D Wright)
Hidden Dipper! (Geddit?) Colyton area, May 2019 (Copyright T D Wright)
Couldn't resist posting some more Dipperpix. They really have been fantastic this year. Long may that continue!
Dippers, Colyton area May/June 2019 (Copyright T D Wright)

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Bee Orchids Plus

Orchid sp?, Seaton area, 12/06/2019 (Copyright T D Wright)
I've put the above picture straight on the blog even though I don't know what species it is yet! If anyone wants to save me looking it up please leave a comment!
     Anyhow, I checked out a local Bee Orchid site and wasn't disappointed...
Bee Orchid, Seaton area 12/06/2019 (Copyright T D Wright)
Bee Orchids Plus Various!, Seaton area 12/06/2019 (Copyright T D Wright)
Thanks to Fran Sinclair for the information leading me to the site. I got more than I bargained for, including some fly-over Canada Geese. Here's 2 more pics of that first specimen...
Species TBC, Seaton area 12/06/2019 (Copyright T D Wright)
Species TBC, Seaton area, 12/06/2019 (Copyright T D Wright)

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis, Axe Estuary, 08/06/2019 (Copyright T D Wright)
Glossy Ibis, Axe Estuary, 08/06/2019 (Copyright T D Wright)
Thanks to Mike Blaver for messaging me that there was a Glossy Ibis about. It seemed to have gone when I arrived at Tower Hide but I made do with 2 Dunlin, Lapwing and Whimbrel plus lots of superb hirundines. Fortunately Clive turned up and kept me talking long enough to see the Ibis fly back in. It then walked right in front of the hide (feeding voraciously) before treating us to a flying display. Superb! Thanks also to Kevin Hale for later messages.
Swallow, BHM 08/06/2019 (Copyright T D Wright)

Sedge Warbler, BHM 08/06/2019 (Copyright T D Wright)
Swallow, BHM 08/06/2019 (Copyright T D Wright)

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Quiet Weekend

Quick update to mention that the wetlands were relatively quiet at the weekend. A lone Whimbrel on Sunday from Tower hide was best bird. A single Lapwing also remained as did 5 Dunlin. I took some photographs of cygnets though so may post them if nothing much happens with late migrants and suchlike...

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Dippers

Dipper, Colyton 27/05/2019 (Copyright T D Wright)
Dipper, Colyton 02/05/2019 (Copyright T D Wright)
Bumping into a Dipper by Umbridge yesterday caused me to blog again with pictures attached! Sorry the blog's been text-only for a while but time has been limited for downloading photographs. Anyway, the Dippers fledged at least 2 chicks as I saw them at various points along the Coly being fed by the adults earlier this month. Hope you like the pics of them.
      Since my last post I have visited Coly Common which was worth doing as 8 Ringed Plovers and a Wheatear were on the scrape. At BHM a Goosander was briefly present but disappeared when I looked away so I don't know where it ended up! Anyhow, the Dippers...
Dipper, Colyton 27/05/2019 (Copyright T D Wright)
Mediterranean Gull 2ndSummer, BHM, Spring 2019 (Copyright T D Wright)
Dipper, Colyton 02/05/2019 (Copyright T D Wright)
Dunlin & Ringed Plovers, BHM, 22/05/2019 (Copyright T D Wright)
Goosander, BHM May 2019 (Copyright T D Wright)
Thought I'd throw in some recent pics while I'm at it! Enjoy...

Thursday, 23 May 2019

May the Waders Be With You

     Too much work and other stuff has kept me from blogging lately so I'll probably skip over some recent sightings as they are out of date now! Just last night I got down to Black Hole Marsh and noticed a redhead Goosander on one of the islands. In front of it were 2 Ringed Plover and 17 Dunlin. On the estuary, the male Wigeon was still hanging on after all the others have left. Also, the Greylag Goose could be seen distantly on Bridge Marsh.
     Other sightings since my last post have been Hobby, 2 Knot, Grey Plover, 5 Greenshanks and a Barwit but these I suspect have all moved on now. Colyton has myriad Swifts and the House Martins have been bolstered in number at last. Local Dippers fledged at least 2 chicks as I watched the adults feeding them along the Coly. Let's hope that Spring still has something left to give us.

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Easter Update

       Not a bad Easter as I had some time to go birding at last. On Saturday I had my first Little Ringed Plovers this year when I spotted 3 from Tower Hide on Black Hole Marsh. A Common Sandpiper joined them as did a Greenshank. On the estuary 3 Whimbrel fed alongside a lone Curlew. I also caught up with singing Reed & Sedge Warblers.
       On Easter Sunday I headed up to Ratshole gate area where 30 Sand Martin, 11 Swallow, Kingfisher and several Grey Wagtails seemed reward enough. However, just as I was leaving I heard a call which made me turn round. No, it wasn't a massive House Martin but a Green Sandpiper, my first on the Coly this Spring. Monday provided nothing new but I expect that Barwits might be next...