Sightings Diary

November 2011

Autumn Beech
Manaton and Lustleigh, Dartmoor

05.11.11 - 13 degrees, sunny, light wind, 10am to 4pm

Birds - Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tits, Great Tits, Coal Tits, Wren, Crows, Pheasant, Nuthatch, Chaffinches, Goldfinches, Skylark, Blue Tits, Pipits, Blackbird, Song Thrush, House Sparrows, Jays, Buzzard, Mallard Duck, Wood Pigeons, Dunnock.

Long-tailed Tit


Wild Flowers - Herb Robert, Red Campion, Dandelions, Nipplewort, Yarrow, Bramble Blossom, Flowering Fox Glove, Gorse Blooms.


Red Campion

Other - Red Admirals (2), Many different Lichens and Mosses, Wasps, Parasol Mushroom, Many different small bracket fungi, Great copper coloured bracken and many berry laden Hollies and Sloes.



Sloes and Lichen

Parasol Mushroom

Autumn Beech Leaves

Exe Estuary, then nearby Parkland and Woods

06.11.11 - 11 degrees, sunny, light wind, 7:30am to 4pm

Birds - Great Black-backed Gulls, Black-headed Gulls, Redshank, Kingfisher, Pied Wagtails, Mute Swans, Mallard Duck, Cormorants, Canada Geese, Crows, Wood Pigeons, Sparrowhawk, Jackdaws, Starlings, Robin, Goldfinches, Chaffinches, Little Egrets, Heron, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Coal Tits, Nuthatches, Greater Spotted-Woodpecker, Bullfinch, Coal Tits, Buzzard

Great Black-backed Gull

Black-headed Gull

Little Egret

Other - Trooping Funnel fungi, great Autumn Tulip Trees, Flowering Rhododendrons!, Red Admirals (10+), Speckled Wood, Small Tortoisehell, Small Copper

Tulip Tree

Trooping Funnel

Small Copper

Small Tortoiseshell

My Patch, Near Exeter

11.11.11 - 13 degrees, windy, cloudy/showers, 10am to 1pm

Birds - Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tits, Great Tits, Wren, Crows, Pheasants, Chaffinches, Goldfinches, Blue Tits, Blackbirds, Magpies, Rooks, Wood Pigeons, Greenfinch, Goldfinches, Sparrowhawk, Dunnock, Robin, Bramblings, Redwings, Male Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Pied Wagtail, Jay.





Wild Flowers - Ragwort, St John's-wort, Red Campion, Bramble Blossom, Yarrow, Red Dead-nettle, Field Speedwell, Dandelion

Field Speedwell


Other - Red Fox, Rose Hips, Hawthorn and Holly Berries

Rose Hips

Photography Visit to My Patch, Near Exeter

12.11.11 - 15 degrees, light wind, sunshine and cloud, 9am to 2pm

Male Greater Spotted Woodpecker

Cock Pheasant


Male (Cock) Chaffinch

Female (Hen) Chaffinch



Abstract - Greater Spotted Woodpecker

Hen Pheasant

Female Greater Spotted Woodpecker

Female Greater Spotted Woodpecker

Exeter Canal and Topsham

13.11.11 - 15 degrees, sun and cloud, light wind, high tide 7:30am. 9am to 2pm

Birds - Wood Pigeons, Crows, Blackbirds, Redwings, Great Tits, Pied Wagtails, Black-headed Gulls, Mute Swans, Grey Lag Geese, House Sparrows, Dunnock, Magpies, Herring Gulls, Cormorants, Robins, Starlings, Mallard Ducks, Culrew, Redshank, Chaffinch, Blue Tits, Dunnock, Coal Tit, Goldfinches, Little Egret

Mute Swan

Little Egret

Black-headed Gull

Wild Flowers - Speedwell, Ivy Leaved Toadflax, Valerian, Ragwort, White Dead-nettle, Yarrow, Hogweed, Red Campion, Bramble Blossom, Hedge Bindweed, Sloes, Service Tree Berries, Hawthorn Berries, Common Mallow, Meadow Vetchling, Doves-foot Cranes-bill, Fumitory, Tansy

Autumn Reed

Hog Weed

Meadow Vetchling

Red Admiral Enjoying Some November Sunshine

Dawlish Warren

18.11.11 - 15 degrees, sun and cloud, moderate wind, high tide 10:30am, 8am to 1.30pm

Birds - Wood Pigeons, Crows, Blackbird, Great Tits, Pied Wagtails, Black-headed Gulls, Mute Swans, House Sparrows, Dunnock, Cormorants, Robins, Mallard Ducks, Culrew, Chaffinch, Blue Tits, Dunnock, Little Egret, Dunlin, Grey Plover, Oystercatchers, Brent Geese, Shelducks, Turnstones, Wigeon, Rock Pipits, Greater/black Backed Gulls, Moorhens, wren

Brent Geese

Rock Pipit




Grey Plover

Curlew - This guy was great, he calmly flew in walked across the mud and stood his ground at this tussock as the tide came and went then flew off...Class


Brent Goose


Other - Parasol Mushrooms, Evening Primrose, Gorse Blossom, Ragwort, Sea Campion, Dumpy Centaury

Parasol Mushrooms

Evening Primrose

Dumpy Centaury

Sidmouth Area

19.11.11 - 14 degrees, cloud, light wind, 11am to 4pm

Birds - Buzzards, Ravens, Crows, Jackdaws, Wood Pigeons, Song Thrush, Blackbirds, Herring Gulls, Redwings, Magpies, Robins, Wrens, Long-tailed Tits, Rock Pipits, Common Scoters 30+, Fieldfares, Nuthatch, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Goldcrest, Treecreeper, Pied Wagtail, Mistle Thrush, Jays, Green Woodpecker

Blue Tit


Wild Flowers - Whats going on this year? ....almost all of these should be gone by now.... Betony, Herb- Robert, Red Campion, Wild Carrot, Cats Ear, Bramble Blossom, Selfheal, Hawkbit Type, Yarrow, Knapweed, Meadow Buttercup, Gorse Blossom, Dove's-foot Cranesbill, Red Clover, Ragwort, Lesser Stitchwort, Daisies, Chamomile, Smooth and Prickly Sow-thistle, Pineapple Mayweed, Hogweed, Comfrey, Ivy-leaved Toadflax, Green Alkanet, Dandelions, Bush Vetch, Hedge Woundwort, Common Mallow, Great Mullein, Wild Primroses, Toadflax, Meadowsweet, Musk Thistle, Nipplewort

Red Clover



Other - Shaggy Inkcap, Grassland Puffballs, Blackening Waxcaps, Wasps, Parasol Mushrooms, Shaggy Parasol Mushrooms, Golden Waxcaps, Porcelain Fungus, Wood Blewit.

Wood Blewit

Porcelain Fungus

Golden Waxcap (shame about the slug munching, but great colour!)

Topsham, Bowling Green Marsh Hide

21.11.11 - 15 degrees, cloud, light wind, 12 to 2:30pm. High Tide 2:00pm

Birds - Wigeon, Shoveler,Teal, Mallard, Brent Geese, Canada Geese, Lapwing, Herring Gull, Curlew, Heron, Wood Pigeon, Robin, Pied Wagtail, Redshank, Little Egrets, Cormorants, Knot, Dunlin, Moorhen, Long-tailed Tits Avocet 200+, Bar-tailed Godwits, Knot, Male Sparrowhawk, Little Grebes

Grey Heron



Little Grebe

Other - Red Admiral, Rabbits

Red Admiral

Exeter, Duryard Area

25.11.11 - 13 degrees, sum/light cloud, light wind, 11am to 3pm.

Birds - Blackbirds, Black-headed Gulls, Herring Gulls, Crows, Jackdaws, Buzzards, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Robins, Goldfinches, Squirrels, Chaffinches, Wren, Woodpigeons, Magpies, Goldcrests, Redwings, Raven, Rooks, Jay, Pied Wagtails, Nuthatch, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Long-tailed Tits, Song Thrush

Blue Tit

Fungi - Shaggy Parasol, Parasol, Slender Parasol, Scarlet Waxcap, Milkcaps, Jelly Rot, Wood Blewit, Trooping Funnel, Honey Fungus.

Cortinarius renindens ?

Bitter Oysterling ?

Yellow Stereum

Wild Flowers - Red Campion, Herb Robert, Red Clover, Meadow Buttercups, Periwinkle, Bramble Blossom, Nipplewort

Other - Red Admiral, Honey Bee. Holly Berries, Snow Berries, Hawthorn Berries, Rose Hips, Sloes, Honey Suckle Berries, Bittersweet Berries, Yew Berries

Holly Berries (or to be more correct Drupes!)

Topsham Bowling Green Marsh

28.11.11 - 6 degrees, cloudy, still, high tide 8:40am and 4.2m, 7:30am to 10:30am

Birds - 300+ Avocet, Pintails, Grey Lag Geese, Snipe (heard), Cettis Warbler (heard), Shoveler, Mallard, Teal, Wigeon, Raven, Crows, Robins, Blackbirds, Wren, Little Grebe, Redshank, Dunlin, Curlew, Shelduck, Chaffinch, Magpies, Black-headed Gulls, Brent Geese, Pied Wagtail, Bar-tailed Godwits, Woodpigeon, Redwings, Canada Geese, Fieldfares, Dunnocks, Starlings, Little Egrets, Cormorants, Black-tailed Godwits, Herring Gulls, Moorhen, Goldfinches, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Heron, Knot



Little Egret