It is a bright and cold morning in Exeter and I was pleased to see a treecreeper on one of my large oak trees.
Funny thing about treecreepers is they always go up a tree looking for insects with their heads / beaks upwards – this contrasts with nuthatch who go downwards with their heads / beaks pointing down!
There are a good selection of birds in the garden at the moment including a family group of bullfinches, nuthatches, great tits, coal tits, blue tit and marsh tit.
Yesterday was my last day on Scilly for a while – managed to get up to the Golf Course to see a couple of Dotterel and a summer plumage Golden Plover
Female Dotterel on the left, the Golden Plover’s back in the middle and a male Dotterel on the right – they were distant and there was a bit of a heat haze but hopefully you get the idea!
Male Dotterel and the golden Plover
The Golden Plover
They will all be heading north to the high uplands
And I am heading to Dartmoor for 10 Tors ….
Birding is taken very seriously on Scilly by the select few
Here is is Joe Pender (Scillonian, boatman and seabird legend) with his spaniel – both on the Little Bittern
Out in the open and a fabulous performer
There is only one way to get a goby down your gullet
Always alert and on the case
Britain’s latest breeding bird – the same size as a moorhen! It is tiny.
There are few benefits to climate change but this is one.
A great day’s birding on Tresco
A Black-winged Stilt
Two birds on thenGreat Pool – the first since 2006 (I think)
A Blue-headed wagtail
An Eastern race of the Yellow Wagtail
A male Pintail
A Red-legged Partrdge
A Red Squirrel – part of the Tresco introduction programme
Out in the gardens – away from the feeders
The introduced Golden Pheasant
There was a Little Ringed Plover on the Pool at Lower Moors yesterday.
The yellow ring around the eye helps distinguish this species from the Ringed Plover
It is a long time since I’ve seen a Little Ringed Plover – used to see them in Northamptonshire on newly excavated gravel pits when I lived there in the 1980s and 1990s.
I spent the morning yesterday on Peninnis Head – it was very breezy and cold.
The ‘lighthouse’ on the point
Thrift by a rock
White horses out at sea
A Ring Ouzel
A well marked male was very skulking and elusive – the best photo I could manage
A cracking Wheatear
The islands are fully of wheatears at the moment – amazing that none stay to breed – all the birds are migrants on their way to the uplands
Out to sea the Royal Marines were battling the waves on their way to the Islands – must have been an uncomfortable crossing
They finally arrived – four landing craft in all – with their valuable cargoes – 4 gigs ready for the weekend
Two smaller craft were moored up by the Quay
There were some obliging male stonechats on St Mary’s yesterday
This one was on Penninis Head
And this one – feeding young was at Periglis
There was also a Short-toed Lark on Penninis