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September  2013

Radipole Lake/Lodmoor/Arne 2nd September 2013

We went to Radipole Lake to look for Bearded Tits but only had a brief view of one flying. There were couple of Long - tailed Tits flying through the trees near the viewpoint. A few Butterflies on the wing including Speckled Wood and Red Admiral.  Near the visitor centre were 2 Juvenile Great Crested Grebes swimming on the lake. We went to Lodmoor to see if any Waders had started to migrate through. We saw a Chiffchaff foraging through the bushes in the car park. On the grass bank just outside the car park was a female Yellow Wagtail which had been ringed at Abbotsbury Swannery and also some Pied Wagtails.  Not many Waders at Lodmoor yet, except for a Common Sandpiper which is on migration.  A Hobby was hunting Dragonflies over the reserve. We went to Arne to see some of the more rarer Spiders in the country, the Wasp and Raft Spiders.  We soon spotted our first Wasp Spider in a web that is more typical of a Garden Spider. The usual Wasp Spider web has a zig - zag mark in it. There were lots of Dragonflies about and some had been caught by Spiders. The Raft Spiders were on the pond standing motionless waiting for any flies to come too close. Mum was by the side of the pond watching a Spotted Flycatcher when we were told about a Raft Spider with a web of Spiderlings. She was standing right by them! They were in the reeds on the edge of the pond. She quickly moved away. I wonder why! In the web was a very large female Raft Spider with two sacks that looked like the tufts of grass which were the Spiderlings.  We saw a few more Wasp Spiders with typical zig - zag marked webs.  We went to Middlebeare Creek to see if the Osprey was about but no sign.  We saw some Sika Deer from the hide and a Green Woodpecker flew past. When we went back to the Pond we were told that the Osprey had just flown over. The story of our lives! There were loads of Swallows and House Martins swooping down and drinking from the pond. No picture - too fast! There was a Willow Warbler that came down for a drink but it soon disappeared. On the way back to the car park we looked on the heath where there were Stonechats perched on the gorse bush. There was even a Dartford Warbler perched briefly but I missed it. Further along the path were 2 Spotted Flycatchers.  In the overflow car park was a herd of Sika Deer, some with collars and ear tags. We made our way back to the car to begin for journey home.

Wasp Spider

Long - tailed Tit

Great Crested Grebe [Juveniles]

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Devon 14th September 2013

As it was Dad’s Birthday we decided to go out for the day. We went to Exeter to look for the Lesser Yellowlegs that had been seen recently at Trew's Weir. While Dad was parking the car, Mum and I went to look for it. When we got there, we were told that the bird was hiding behind the concrete wall where the water looked deep, but there was a muddy patch where it was. We started to walk around to see if we could see it and as we did, it flew over the wall and landed in the shallow water of the weir right in front of us. We sat down and let it walk to us rather than trying to get nearer to it. When Dad arrived, it was feeding happily and wandering up and down in the water, not bothered by the people watching it or even the dogs running about. It was  lovely bird to see and even non birdwatching people were interested in it and amazed to think it is from North America and was there in the heart of Exeter. This was a first Lesser Yellowlegs I've seen.  It had scratch and a preen and the white rump was clearly visible. We left it to it’s admiring audience and went to Dart’s Farm for lunch.

We went to the hide at Bowling Green Marsh for high tide but the Waders were very distant and for some reason Dad forgot to bring the telescope. Perhaps he’s getting old!! (Sorry Dad!) Luckily there were lots of birders with scopes who let us have a look through.  We saw some Curlew Sandpipers and 6 Little Stints but no picture. Too far away. I was amazed at all the Little Egrets that were there, they must have had a good breeding year. There was no Osprey on the mast where we had had it before. It had been around for a few days, but it must have been somewhwere else at the moment.  We went on to Starcross to see what waders might be about as the tide went out, but it was still quite high and all I saw was some Turnstones. Dad thought he saw an Osprey flying in the distance up by Powderham. Of course, to an Osprey, Bowling Green and Powderham is only a short flight away. We finished at Powderham by watching the Fallow Deer Bucks and a Doe with newly born fawn. There was a Grey Heron sat on the bank in the fading sunshine but sadly we saw no Osprey - still you can't win them all! (We did find out that the Osprey turned up at Bowling Green on his mast in the afternoon when we were at Starcross.)

Lesser Yellowlegs [Juvenile]

Lesser Yellowlegs [Juvenile]

Fallow Deer [Buck]

Fallow Deer [Doe and fawn]

Fallow Deer [Bucks]

Fallow  Deer  [Buck]

Grey Heron

Turnstones in flight

Chiffchaff on the buddleia

Yellow Wagtail [Female]

Common Sandpiper

Raft Spider

Raft Spider [Female] with Spiderlings

Wasp Spider

Spotted Flycatcher

Sika Deer

Sika Deer

Black Darter [Female]

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Blagdon 28th Sep 2013

We went to Blagdon Lake to see the Great White Egret at the Top End.  It kept hiding but when it came out, the Egret was still behind some reeds, so I couldn’t get very clear photos of it. There were some Little Egrets in the same pool and we had a really good comparison between the two until they got chased off by the much bigger Great White Egret.  There were also some Roe Deer visible from the hide, but they too were behind some grass.

Great White Egret from Top End Hide

Roe Deer  from Top End Hide

Roe Deer