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Thursday, 23 February 2012

Devon, Somerset & Dorset 23/2/12

A great day out with Mick down the west country. We started of a Broadsands in Devon with a bit of mist and saw 6 Cirl Buntings (including 2 males) at the feeding station.

The weather soon cleared up and the temperature rose to 14 celcius and at Dawlish Warren there was a flat calm sea allowing the female Surf Scoter to be easily picked out. Also on the sea were 2 Slavonian Grebes and some Shags.

Alot of time was then spent at Exminster Marshes RSPB where a huge effort was later rewarded with good views of the drake American Wigeon. A bit of a relief after an hour of searching through the numerous Wigeon flocks. Also present were Ruff and Black-tailed Godwits and Avocets were in the channel.

A quick stop into Somerset was next to Chard Sewage Works and yet again after a long wait the next target species was seen well, a Yellow-browed Warbler. A Siberian Chiffchaff showed well also and a Dipper was on the small stream.

Our final stop of the day was to Chard Junction GPs in Dorset. The 2 drake Ring-necked Ducks showed well and ended a good day.

Cirl Buntings at Broadsands

Dipper at Chard Sewage Works

Yellow-browed Warbler at Chard Sewage Works

2 Ring-necked Ducks at Chard Junction GPs


  1. The Cirl buntings are almost camofalged on the mossy ground.

  2. They are extremely difficult to see on the ground, your right!! Good to see the males in spring plumage though.