Thursday 31 August 2023
Wednesday 30 August 2023
Tree Pipit - quite possibly the bird I photographed the other day. It was in pretty much the same spot.
Tuesday 29 August 2023
Monday 28 August 2023
Sunday 27 August 2023
On Orcombe Point (0635 - 0850) - 25+ Swallows, 2+ Blackcaps, c25 Yellow Wagtails, 6+ Tree Pipits, 9 Grey Wagtails (including a family party of seven in the slurry pit), 12+ Chiffchaffs, 4 Whitethroats, 4 'alba' wagtails, 1 or 2 Wheatears, 1 Garden Warbler and 1 Willow Warbler.
Friday 25 August 2023
Juvenile Spotted Flycatcher.
Nothing unusual but some nice variety on Orcombe Point this morning (0620 - 0830) - 8+ Chiffchaffs, 7 Tree Pipits, c20 Swallows, 2 Sand Martins, 35+ Yellow Wagtails, 5+ Willow Warblers, 1 Garden Warbler, 4+ Blackcaps, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Wheatear, 4 Whitethroats, 3 Greenshank, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Firecrest, 9 House Martins, 6+ Grey Wagtails and 3+ Sedge Warblers. Additionally - 1 Red-legged Partridge (a pair fledged at least two young this summer), 1 Peregrine 1 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawks and a flock of 12 Greenfinches.
The second-summer Yellow-legged Gull was again in the recycling centre and, off Mudbank - 1 Osprey, 11 Wigeon, 2 Egyptian Geese, 3 Teal, 27 Shelducks, 18 Whimbrel, 4 Grey Herons, 24 Little Egrets, 1 Lapwing, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 8 Ringed Plovers, 7+ Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Wheatear, 3 Sandwich Terns, 225+ Mallard, 1 Common Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Turnstones and c6/700 Oystercatchers - an exceptionally large roost, indicating significant disturbance at the Warren.
Firecrest - along the track to the Bristol Schools camp.
Two of at least three Sedge Warblers noted on Orcombe this morning.
Egyptian Geese - Mudbank.
This morning's Osprey. First seen at 1020, it hunted the middle of the river for some time afterwards.
Wednesday 23 August 2023
Yellow Wagtail. Good numbers in with the cattle now, plus plenty moving through with Tree Pipits.
My first Garden Warbler of 2023. Was beginning to think I wasn't going to see one!
Saturday 19 August 2023
Green Sandpiper - Mudbank. A surprisingly difficult species to see in Exmouth. After a blank year last year, I was chuffed to find this bird this morning. What's more, this is the first time I've photographed this species 'on the deck' in Exmouth. As far as I can remember, all my previous records of Green Sand have been very brief fly-overs. Good job their call is so loud and distinctive!
On a blown-out Orcombe Point - just 9 Wheatears.
Yesterday off Mudbank - 14+ Whimbrel, 4 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 21 Bar-tailed Godwits, 3 Common Terns, 14 Sandwich Terns and a single Teal (my first of the autumn). Late in the evening - 8+ 'commic' terns on Cockle Sands - probably all Commons. Orcombe Point - a quick look produced 4 Swifts (east) and 2 Wheatears.
Thursday 17 August 2023
Wednesday 16 August 2023
The second-summer Yellow-legged Gull remains in the recycling centre and off Mudbank - 7 Sandwich Terns and 18 Whimbrel.
Yesterday on Orcombe - at least 1 (probably two) Cirl Buntings, 1 Reed Warbler, 10+ Swallows, 1 Wheatear and a Kestrel.
Monday 14 August 2023
Sunday 13 August 2023
These two juvenile Peregrines were feeding on a Feral Pigeon, off Mudbank this afternoon. A fantastic spectacle. Great to catch up with Derek and to see Andrew and Penny.
Saturday 12 August 2023
Tuesday 8 August 2023
Cuban Green Woodpecker (male) - a Cuban endemic.
Some highlights from a trip to Cuba. The first time that Lu and I have been away without the kids in over twenty years. The main aim was to visit Havana, so we based ourselves about an hour away, in Villa Jibacoa. No attempt to 'clean up' the many endemic Cuban species - I just explored the hotel area, venturing no further than half a mile away whenever Lu was sleeping or reading by the pool. I've heard both good and not so good things about Cuba as a holiday destination, but I can honestly say we both thought it was wonderful.
Ashy Gecko - juvenile.
Cuban Tody - the endemic species I most wanted to see. Several of this tiny species found but usually quite tricky to photograph.
White-crowned Pigeon - male.
Yellow-faced Grassquit - singing male.
Phaon Crescent Phyciodes phaon
Orthemis sp - possibly schmidti?
Presumed Purple Bluet Enallagma cardenium - many thanks John!
Carribean Banner Lucinia sida - one of 20 species photographed on the trip. Masses of other butterfly species observed. Cuba's clearly a great country for butterflies.
White Peacock Anartia jatrophae
Female Cuban Emerald
Male Cuban Emerald
Western Stripe-headed Tanager - male.
Common Ground Dove
Adult Green Heron
Adult Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Gulf Fritillary Agraulis vanillae
Baracoa Skipper Polites baracoa
Red-legged Honeycreeper - female.
Flambeau (male) Dryas julia
Red-legged Thrush - western race T.p.rubripes with reddish belly.
American Kestrel - the Cuban race Falco sparverius sparveroides, which exists in two colour morphs.
Gray Kingbird - ridiculously common everywhere we went.
Cuban Blackbird - endemic.