Sunday, 28 September 2014

Bowling Green Marsh 28th September 2014

Hi, yet another day at Bowling Green Marsh was well worth it! Maybe all the same birds but really exciting none the less. I didn't manage many photos but is still vivid in my mind so will be thorough...

So I arrived there around 10:00 so an hour after high tide which left me with only 1 hour. I was instantly hooked up with one of the 4 Curlew Sandpiper. It was beautiful and posed directly in between two large flocks of waders. Another scan through revealed two Ruff! Fantastic waders that vary in size hugely. I check again, 6!!! They were beautiful, one rufous another pale grey and twice the size. If you were new to birding and you saw these you would be stunned!

I was the guide again for this morning with many nice, pleasing comments. I picked out a few more Whimbrel and saw around 15+ Greenshank. Black-Tailed Godwits were everywhere again with a couple of Bar-Tails here and there. After a great time in the hide for an hour we moved onto the viewing platform...

We were instantly met by three Common Terns, inc. this interesting juvenile with a black bill, what do you think?

I spent an extra half an hour spotting the Curlew Sand again within a huge flock of Redshanks, 4 Greenshank and a couple of Spotted Redshank. A man spotted a Water Rail in the reeds I was quickly onto it. A kingfisher landed in the exact same place as yesterday as well...
The last bit of action was the best... I spotted a small beige coloured bird in the reed with a long tail, you guessed it. A Bearded Tit, unfortunately I didn't see it again but a brand new bird for me, wow. But hey presto another new bird from Devon, it never ceases to amaze me!

1 comment:

  1. Another great birding session Alex , can't tell completely from photo but i would agree it looks like a Juv Common Tern.