Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Ruff Extra

Ruff, BHM, 16/09/2018 (Copyright T D Wright)

Apologies for absence

It's almost a month since I posted here which is unusual for this time of year. Unfortunately, the dreaded Toad (Work) has squatted upon my life and prevented me from birding, snapping and blogging to my usual extent. I have quickly thrown down some selected highlights from the last four weeks below but most of these birds have now moved on. Last night I managed a quick look from Coly Common hide but failed to see the Cattle Egrets. However, I managed a Greenshank and Ringed Plover there so moved to BHM where another Greenshank was present. Tower hide produced 2 Greenshanks on the estuary which may mean 4 in total (although the previous 2 may have both flown to the estuary and linked up I suppose!). Those of you who are on Twitter are more likely to see me post there these days but I will update the blog when I have time. Good luck to you!

Ruff, etc.

Ruff, BHM, 16/09/2018 (Copyright T D Wright)

Sanderling, BHM, Sept. 2018 (Copyright T D Wright)
Spotted Redshanks, BHM, Sept. 2018 (Copyright T D Wright)
Wood Sandpiper, BHM, Sept.2018 (Copyright T D Wright)

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Gadwall

I returned to BHM late last night but no further dragonfly sightings. However, a look from Tower hide revealed a Gadwall among the myriad Mallards so a late addition to the day-tally.

Monday, 20 August 2018

Little Ringed Plovers

I managed to get down to BHM before the tide came in this morning and was rewarded with 3 Little Ringed Plovers which weren't there yesterday. As the tide came in on the estuary at least 19 Ringed Plovers joined them as did 14 Dunlin. Several Green and Common Sandpipers were still around as were more than 20 Snipe. Lots of Blackwit, Redshank and other regulars too.
     On Friday, a juvenile Turnstone was on the estuary which others had seen before me, including Waitey's Dad. There are a few Common Darter dragonflies about but one which was smaller and blacker whizzed past me as I cycled back from Tower Hide. Possible Black Darter? Would be a first for me so I'll try again this evening...

Jersey Tiger

The birding's been a bit quiet this week although the Green sandpiper count reached at least 7 on Coly Common and the Whimbrel count 4 minimum. I was pleasantly surprised however by a Jersey Tiger moth on the windows of Colyton library! I think it must have been attracted by the plantlife in the big tub of soil  which sits outside on the pavement.Blogger is not allowing me to post photographs for some reason so you will have to go to Facebook or Twitter for those.

Monday, 13 August 2018

Inundated

"We've got water on Colyford Common LNR again." This is what's known as a classic case of British understatement. By the time I bailed out from the hide last night the boardwalk back to Pope's Lane was in danger of being overtopped. It probably was after I'd gone. Many birds were now behind the hide on rarely-flooded parts of the reserve. Blackwits, Curlews, Little Egrets, BH Gulls, 3 Green sandpipers, 2 Greenshanks, Teal x20, 3 Whimbrels in front of the hide and many Herons & Corvids cashing in on the feeding opportunity. Snipe flying and calling.Remarkable scenes.
    Earlier on, I'd been watching a Southern Hawker at Stafford Marsh when Phil Abbot messaged me from Tower Hide so I joined him to see the Sanderling he'd picked out from the large mixed flock of Dunlin & Ringed Plover on the estuary. We had a couple of Greenshank which flew to Coly Common but couldn't see much on BHM other than the usual. I had a Sparrowhawk fly across the cycle path plus a Barn Owl that looked at me then turned away before I could get my camera out.
    I missed Ian Mac's Curlew Sandpiper on Saturday but let's be optimistic and expect more of those. IM also had a Bonxie (Great Skua) from Seaton which is no mean feat. I think that brings us up to date unless you fancy giving Beer Head a go as it's done OK for migrants lately...