Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Kestrel Fledglings

2 of the 5 Kestrels in a nest box near Black Hole Marsh fledged in the morning of 20th June. Photos were challenging due to heat haze but it was great to witness the first flights of these birds. Another visit to the marshes in the evening yielded some surprises in the form of 10 Redshank on BHM as well as 3 Curlew and 4 Lapwing flying along the estuary.




Sunday, 18 June 2017

More Red Kites

I've been looking up regularly over the last few days hoping for some raptor movement and this paid off this morning with 3 Red Kites over Black Hole Marsh between 09:04 - 09:10. The 3rd bird showed very well indeed, perhaps closer than any I saw of the 60+ birds we had on 24th - 25th May.




Thursday, 8 June 2017

Another Hobby (or 2)

Despite many hours searching between BHM & Colyford Common, I failed to see the Red-backed Shrike which was reported on the 5th. Most interesting things seen in the heavy rain was a Slow Worm and a family of Weasels; surprisingly these were the first Weasels I've seen here (seen lots of Stoats, Mink and a few Polecats).

On 6th June I had 1 (likely 2) Hobby over the field South of BHM. I only saw the rear profile of the 2nd bird so couldn't be 100% sure it was a Hobby but it probably was; a decent number of them through here this Spring. A long way off but here is a snap of it:



On 7th June there were 18 Black-tailed Godwits on BHM in the evening and they were still there today.