Saturday, 30 January 2016

30th January 2015

Had a look around Exmister and Powderham Marshes late afternoon. Best species managed was a very distant Short-Eared Owl seen from the cycle path north of the car par. Also had 2 each of Barnacle Goose, Bullfinch and 2 Kingfisher, 3 Mistle Thrush and singles of Peregrine and Pintail.

Short-Eared Owl - Exminster Marsh

Mistle Thrush - Powderham Marsh

Friday, 29 January 2016

29th January 2016

Went back over to the Openspace for a couple of hours but despite a more extensive search, still failed to locate any YBWs. Only birds of note were singles of Grey Wagtail and Blackcap.
Goldcrest - Yeovil Openspace

Blackbird - Yeovil Openspace

Saturday, 23 January 2016

23rd January 2016

Spent an hour and a half on the Openspace looking for the Yellow-Browed Warblers without success. Did however see a Treecreeper alongside the stream between the cycle path and Larkhill Road, the first I have recorded at the site in several years. Also of note was 2 Grey Wagtails, a male Bullfinch, 3 Song Thrushes, 2 Great-Spotted Woodpeckers and 2 Goldcrest.

 Treecreeeper - Yeovil Openspace

 Grey Wagtail - Yeovil Openspace

Bullfinch - Yeovil Openspace

Saturday, 16 January 2016

16th January 2016

Stopped off at Battery Point, Portishead midday today and had distant views of the flock of Purple Sandpipers on the opposite side of the bay south of the point. Saw little else of note.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

14th January 2016

Went back over to the Openspace for a couple of hours around midday. Saw singles of Yellow-Browed Warbler and Siberian Chiffchaff, and also a Song Thrush and a male Bullfinch.

Yellow-Browed Warbler - Yeovil Openspace

Saturday, 9 January 2016

9th January 2016

Went down to Weymouth/Portland today. Had good views of a female Black Redstart in Chesil Cove.

Black Redstart - Chesil Cove

A scan of the harbour from Weymouth Marina produced singles of Turnstone, Shag, Mediterranean Gull and Great Northern Diver, and large numbers of Black-Necked Grebes and Red-Breasted Mergansers.

Thursday, 7 January 2016

6th January 2016

Had a breif look over the Openspace again and had more good views of one Yellow-Browed Warbler.

Friday, 1 January 2016

1st January 2016

Went back over to the Openspace for an hour this morning. Only saw one of the Yellow-Browed Warblers, and managed photo that was actually in focus for a change!

Yellow-Browed Warbler - Yeovil Openspace
Went to Ham Wall this afternoon and by 1500hrs the DUSKY WARBLER was calling from the vegetation east of the wooden bench and the path to the Avalon Hide. I only managed a couple of glimpses of the bird far back and low down in the vegetation as it headed further east, still calling. I failed to get good views it in the area around the wooden bench, and saw little else of note.