Sightings Diary

February 2012

Greater Black-backed Gull
Exmouth, Woodbury, East Budleigh, Budleigh Salterton - Devon

04.02.12 - -1 to 4 degrees, cloudy/sleet/snow, light wind, 10am to 2pm

Birds - Snipe (4), Bullfinches (8), Kestrel, Goldcrest, Buzzards, Goldfinches, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Coal Tits, Dunnocks, Wren, Blackbirds, Redwings, Song Thrush, Chaffinches, Crows, Rooks, Jackdaws, Ravens, Woodpigeons, Collard Doves, House Sparrows, Black-headed Gulls, Greater Black-backed Gulls, Herring Gulls, Shelduck, Mallard, Teal, Wigeon, Mute Swans, Heron, Moorhen.

Other - Fox, no wild flowers except Gorse Blossom (much frost damage)!

Black-headed Gull


Mute Swan

My Patch - Exeter and Private Estate - Dorset

10.02.2012 - 2 degrees, rain/sleet, light wind, 9am to 2pm

Birds - Brambling, Siskins, 2 pairs of Treecreepers, 3 Bullfinches, Marsh Tits, Green Woodpecker, Goldcrests, Long-tailed Tits, Goldfinches, Chaffinches, Pheasants, Woodpigeons, Redwings, Blackbirds, Wrens, Heron, Rooks, Crows, Jackdaws, Song Thrush, Blue Tits, Mallard Ducks, Moorhens, Great Tits, Coal Tits, Jays, Buzzards, Cormorant, Magpies, Robins, House Sparrows, Mistle Thrush, Collard Doves, Greater Spotted Woodpecker

Other - Roe Buck, Snowdrops, Daffodils (roadside), signs of Otters and Badgers.





Topsham Bowling Green Marsh - Exe Estuary

11.02.2012 - 2 degrees, sunny, light wind, 7:30am to 12:00pm. High tide 9am

Birds - Avocets 350+, Pintails, Water Pipit, Snipe, Tufted Duck, Ravens, Pied Wagtails, Meadow Pipits, Dunlin, Black and Bar Tailed Godwits, Redshank, Curlew, Shoveler, Brent Geese, Canada Geese, Coots, Magpies, Crows, Woodpigeons, Dunnocks, Wren, Robins, Chaffinches, Blackbirds, Blue Tits, Great Tit, Lapwings, Herring Gulls, Black-headed Gulls, Mallard Ducks, Teal, Heron.

Other - 2 Foxes





Brent Geese


Brent Geese

Feeding Visit - My Patch and Topsham Bowling Green Marsh - Exe Estuary

17.02.1012 - 12 degrees, light cloud, light wind, 9am to 2:40pm. High tide 2pm (though a very low high tide)

Birds - Snipe, Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Reed Bunting, Sparrowhawk, Ravens, Pied Wagtails, Meadow Pipits, Black Tailed Godwits, Redshank, Curlew, Shoveler, Brent Geese, Canada Geese, Coots, Magpies, Crows, Woodpigeons, Dunnocks, Wren, Robins, Chaffinches, Blackbirds, Blue Tits, Great Tit, Lapwings, Herring Gulls, Black-headed Gulls, Mallard Ducks, Teal, Heron, Greylag Geese, Little Egret, Lomg-tailed Tits, Greenfinch, Blackbirds, Starlings, Coal Tits, Pheasants, Moorhen, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush, Buzzard, Siskins, Goldfinches.

Other - Still no wild flowers, but saw Dung Flies and a Bumble Bee

Canada Goose

Black-tailed Godwit

Pied Wagtail


18.02.1012 - 11 degrees, light cloud/sun/showers. windy, 10am to 3pm

Birds - Lapwings, Nuthatches, Greenfinches, Yellow Hammer, Linnets, Buzzards, Woodpigeons, Great Tits, Song Thrush, Herring Gulls, Wrens, Crows, Chaffinches, Blue Tits, Blackbirds, Goldfinches, Robins, Long-tailed Tits, Coat Tit, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Redwings, Fieldfares

Yellow Hammer

Topsham - Exe Estuary

19.02.1012 - 3 degrees, sunny, still, 7:00am to 9am

Birds - Female Hen Harrier, Cetti's Warbler, Reed Buntings, Little Grebe, Mediterranean Gull, Goldfinches, Herring Gulls, Greater Black-backed Gulls, Mallard Ducks, Woodpigeons, Crows, Robins, Teal, Curlew, Redshank, Blue Tits, Dunnock, Blackbird, Cormorant.

Female Hen Harrier - Apologies for the heavily cropped image, but better than no image :-)

Moonlight Gulls

Black-headed Gull

Black-headed Gull


Bickleigh to Tiverton Following the River Exe

19.02.1012 - 8 degrees, sunny, light wind, 11am to 3pm

Birds - Many Nuthatches (6), Goosanders (5), Mistle Thrush, Treecreeper, Stock Doves, Rooks Building Nests, March Tit, Chaffinches, Blackbirds, Jackdaws, Wrens, Great Tits, Robins, Crows, Woodpigeons, Mallard Ducks, Buzzards, Redwings, Heron, Cormorant, Song Thrush, Magpies, Dunnock, Pheasants, Starlings



Other - Roe Deer prints, Celandines, Dandelions, Dogs Mercury, Snowdrops, Squirrels,Primroses

Private Estate - Dorset

24.02.1012 - 13 degrees, cloud, some sun, light wind, 11am to 3pm

Birds - Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatches, Bullfinches, Gold Crests, Green Woodpeckers, Kingfishers, Tawny Owl, Treecreepers, House Sparrows, Pied Wagtails, Robins, Blackbirds, Chaffinches, Woodpigeons, Goldfinches, Dunnocks, Jackdaws, Crows, Rooks, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Wrens, Redwings, Mallard Ducks, Buzzards, Raven, Long-tailed Tits, Moorhens, Magpies, evidence of Dippers.

Others - 2 Roe Deer, many Badger tracks, Snowdrops, Celandines, Blackthorn Blossom, Wood Mouse,, Squirrels, Red Dead Nettle, Field Speedwell, Germander Speedwell, Hazel Catkins, breaking Goat Willow flower buds.

Snow Drops

Bowling Green Marsh Hide - Topsham, Exe Estuary and then Topsham to Exeter Along the Canal

25.02.1012 - 12 degrees, cloud, drizzle, still, 8:30am to 11:30am, high tide 8:30am

Birds - Pintails, Gadwall, Snipe, Avocets (500+), Tufted Duck, 2 Pairs Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Female Reed Buntings, Knot (single), Siskins, Coots, Redshank, Wigeon, Shoveler, Black-tailed Godwits, Bar-tailed Godwits, Shelduck, Crows, Chaffinches, Wrens, Dunnocks, Robins, Great Tits, Teal, Mallard Ducks, Black-headed Gulls, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Greylag Geese, Moorhens, Curlew, Dunlin, Magpies, Blackbirds, Herring Gulls, Pied Wagtails, Woodpigeons, Cormorants, Lapwing (single!), Heron, Goldfinches, Little Egret, Mute Swans, Collard Doves, Redwings, Song Thrush, Greater Black-backed Gulls, Nuthatch, Jackdaws, Coal Tits, Long-tailed Tits, Canada Goose.

Male Red-breasted Merganser

Mute Swans


Canada Goose


Others - Common Stork's-bill, Yarrow, Alexanders, Celandines, Common Dog-violet, Wood Spurge, Rabbits, Squirrel, Groundsel, Bumble Bees, Daisies, Red Dead Nettle, Goat Willow.


Red Dead-nettle

Dog Violet

Bowling Green Marsh Hide - Topsham, Exe Estuary

26.02.1012 - 5 degrees, sunny, still, 6:30am to 10:30am, high tide 9:00am

Birds - All above waterfwol plus Cetti's Warbler and a Fox

Canada Geese

Black-tailed Godwits


Bar-tailed Godwits


Greylag Geese