Sightings Diary

March 2012

Bovey River Valley, Lustleigh - Dartmoor

03.03.2012 - 11 degrees, sun, showers, light wind, 10am to 3pm

Birds - Pair Grey Wagtails, Goldcrests, Nuthatches, Great Tits, Coal Tits, Robins, Wrens, Woodpigeons, Crows, Blackbirds, Magpies, Rooks, Chaffinches, Song Thrush, Blue Tits, Raven.


Wild Flowers - Snowdrops, Daffodils, Celandines, Periwinkle, Dogs Mercury, Daisies, Primroses, Red Campion, Field Speedwell


Other - Scarlet Elf Cup Fungi, Many different Types of Lichen and Mosses, Frog Spawn, Wood Ants Rebuilding Nests, Bloody-nosed Beetles, Bumble Bees, Flies

Scarlet Elf Cup

Lichen "Tree"

Private Estate - Dorset

09.03.2012 - 11 degrees, cloud, light wind, 10am to 2pm

Birds - Greater Spotted Woodpeckers, Nuthatches, Treecreepers, Bullfinches, Marsh Tits, Woodcock, Green Woodpecker, Pied Wagtails, Jackdaws, Chaffinches, Robins, Blackbirds, Song Thrushes, Goldfinches, Magpies, Dunnocks, Mallard Ducks, Rooks, Woodpigeons, Crows, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Wrens, Coal Tits, Redwings, Long-tailed Tits, Pheasants, Raven, Buzzards, Moorhen

Other - 5 Roe Does and 1 Roe Buck, Fox, Squirrels, Dogs Mercury, Willow and Hazel Catkins, Blackthorn Blossom, Hawthorn Leaves, Primroses, Celandines, Wild Rose Leaves, Honey Suckle Leaves, Scarlet Elf Cups.

Willow (not 'wild')


Scarlet Elf Cups - A bit of a fave of mine at present

Lichen 'Flower'

Lulworth towards Weymouth on South West Coast Path - Dorset

10.03.2012 - 16 degrees, sunny, light wind, 10am to 4pm

Birds -Many Skylarks, Stonechats, Rock Pipits, Kestrels, Fulmars, Shags, Peregrine Falcon, Yellowhammer, Linnets, Meadow Pipits, Ravens, Jackdaws, Herring Gulls, Dunnocks, Greater Black-backed Gulls, Cormorants, Buzzards, Rooks

Others - Common Lizards, Stonecrop, Dog Violets, Oil Beetles, Bloody-nosed Beetle, Alexanders, Dandelions, Daisies, Bumble Bees, Gorse Blossom, New Bramble Leaves, Black Thorn Blossom, Hawthorns in leaf, Red Campion, Dandelions.

Sunbathing Common Lizard

Exeter to Lympstone along Cycle Paths - Devon

11.03.2012 - 17 degrees, sunny, light wind, 11am to 4pm

Various note worthy sightings - Tufted Duck, 3 Brimstone Butterflies, Cuckooflower, Fumitory, Bathing Pied Wagtail, Shelducks, Black Swan, Baby Rabbits, More Celandines than you can shake a stick at :-), Wigeon still about in good numbers, Field Speedwell everywhere.

First Brimstone of the Year :-)


Young Bunny





Field Speedwell

Bowling Green Marsh - Topsham, Devon

12.03.2012 - 5 degrees, foggy, 5 degrees, 7am to 10am, high tide 9:30am

Birds -Cetti's Warbler, Avocets (6), Pintail Ducks, Tifted Ducks, Mute Swans, Wigeon, Dunnocks, Robins, Canada Geese, Crows, Shoveler, Teal, Mallard, Wren, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Coots, Curlew, Black-headed Gulls, Redshank, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwits, Shelduck, Starlings, Cormorant, Bar-tailed Godwit, Greylag Geese, Pied Wagtails.

Mute Swan Through the Mist

Lucky Little Egret

Tufted Duck

Drake Pintail

My Patch - Devon

17.03.2012 - 11 degrees, sunny light showers, slight wind, 10am to 3pm,

Birds -Siskins, Nuthatch, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Male Sparrowhawk, Female Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Bramblings (4), Greenfinches, Goldfinches, Dunnocks, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Chaffinches, Blackbirds, Wrens, Canada Geese, Woodpigeons, Jay, Magpie, Pheasants, Long-tailed Tits, Coal Tits, Robins.


Coal Tit





Male Sparrowhawk



Coleton Fishacre and Dartmouth - Devon

18.03.2012 - 11 degrees, sunny light showers, slight wind, 10am to 3pm,

Birds -Skylarks, Cirl Bunting (2), Peregrine Falcon, Chiffchaffs, Nuthatch, Female Sparrowhawk, Tawny Owl, Crows, Dunnocks, Robins, Goldfinches, Herring Gulls, Pied Wagtails, Buzzards, Rooks, House Sparrows, Woodpigeons, Song Thrush, Long-tailed Tits, Wrens, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Blackbirds, Cormorants with nest material, Group of nesting Shags, Magpies.

Cirl Bunting

Wild Flowers -Sweet Violets, Dog Violets, Bluebells, Wild Strawberry, Barren Strawberry, Fumitory, Greater Stitchwort, Three-cornered Garlic, Cuckooflower, Ash and Goat willow flowers, Perriwinkle, Dandelions, Celandines, Daffodils, Primroses, Blackthorn Blossom, Red Campion, Daisies, Field Speedwell, Alexanders, Hazel leaves, Wild Rose leaves, Elder Bushes in full leaf, Chickweed, Sycamore leaves, Gorse Blossom, Bramble leaves, Hawthorn leaves and start of blossom forming, Ground Ivy, Green Alkanet.

Sweet Violet


Blackthorn Blossom

Other -Speckled Wood Butterfly, Grey Seal, Baby Rabbits, Bees, Bumble Bees, Hover Flies, Flies, Ladybirds.

Speckled Wood

Private Estate - Dorset

22.03.12 - 15 degrees, sunny, slight wind, 10am to 1pm

General-Pair Treecreepers, Chiffchaffs (4), Tadpoles, Peacock Butterflies (3), Honey Bees, Wood Anemonies, Comma Butterfly, Brimstone Butterflies (2), Wild Strawberries, Dog Violets, Nuthatches (8), Greater Spotted Woodpeckers (3)

Brimstone on Primrose - First Butterfly image of the year, great start :-)

Wood Anemone



Duryard Area, Exeter First Moth Trap Outing - Devon

25.03.12 - 5 degrees, sunny, 7am

Moths- 27 Small Quaker, 4 Hebrew Character Moths

Hebrew Character Moth

Hebrew Character Moth

Small Quaker Moth ?

Small Quaker Moth ?

My Patch, Feeding Visit - Devon

25.03.12 - 10 degrees, sunny, slight wind, 9am

General-Hunting Stoat, Goldcrest, Tawny Owl Pellets, Early Purple Orchid leaves near full size, Greater Spotted Woodpecker

Stoat - Good excuse to post one of my favourite images from 2011

Ladram, Otterton, River Otter - Devon

25.03.12 - 17 degrees, sunny, slight wind, 10am to 4pm

General-Peregrine Falcon, Peacock Butterflies (11), Small Tortoishells (3), Commas (2), Orange-Tip Butterflies (2), Treecreeper, Green Woodpecker, Kingfisher, Little Egret, Nuthatch

Male Orange-tip Butterfly

Seaton Marsh - Devon

29.03.12 - 18 degrees, sunny, slight wind, 10am to 12pm

General-Black Oil Beetles

Black Oil Beetle

Black Oil Beetle

Black Oil Beetles

Private Estate - Dorset

30.03.12 - 19 degrees, sunny, slight wind, 10am to 3pm

Birds-Kingfisher, Green Woodpeckers, Nuthatches, Treecreepers, Many Chiffchaffs, Greater Spotted Woodpeckers, Blackcaps, Drake Mandarin Duck, Buzzards, Teal, Mallard, Moorhen, Mistle Thrush, Wrens, Robins, Blackbirds, Canada Geese, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Crows, Rooks, Jackdaws.



Mandarin Drake

Wild Flowers-Wood anemones, White Deadnettle, Wild Strawberry, Bluebells, Leaves - Oak, Ash, Birch, Larch, Wild Cherry Blossom and Leaves, Sycamore, Horse Chestnut, Willows, Hazel, PoplarDogs Mercury, Celandines, Primroses, Dandelions, daisies, Blackthorn blossom, Ground Ivy, Greater Stitchwort, Dog Violets.


Butterflies and Other-Beeflies, Peacock Butterflies (3), Male Orange-tip, Comma, Speckled Woods (4), Red Admiral, Small White, Queen Wasp, Bumble Bees, Honey Bees, Hover Flies.


Peacock Butterfly

Peacock Butterfly

Male Orange-tip Butterfly