Out of Avon

Experimental out of area blog for reports from outside Avon. Text will be put in as supplied and images reduced to 1200 pixels maximum. Publication is at our discretion and time available. It is best to send in your work as a complete project, text and all. Please volunteer to be a blogger, all help is appreciated

Bob Brewer, Stuart Line birding cruises along the Exe Estuary, February 2019
Eider Duck
Brent Geese
Red-breasted Merganser
Godwit, Sanderling and Turnstone

Bob Brewer, Dawlish Warren, 16th August 2017

I took a look at the Dawlish Warren NNR near Exeter. Good for sea birds and waders plus a few heath birds. Free but you need to park in the large car-park under the railway bridge near Dawlish Warren station. Walk eastwards past the NNR Visitor Centre and the golf course and you come to a shore with a large bird hide on the left. Aim to be there an hour or so either side of high tide. (Check the Exmouth tide table). Lots of Sandwich and Common terns, Med Gulls, Snipe, Godwit, Oystercatcher, Dunlin, Turnstone, Kestrel, Cirl Bunting etc.

Bob Brewer, Steart Marshes, 9th August 2017

Spent an interesting afternoon at Steart Marshes (nr Bridgewater) yesterday.
The main scrape is dry but from the Quantock Hide and the River Parrett there is a fair bit to see.
Oystercatcher, Avocets with chicks, Spoonbill by the river, at least 40 little egret, swallow, sandpiper and large flocks of Goldfinch around the car parks.

Pete Blanchard, Slimbridge, August 22nd

Wood Sandpiper
Vera Carpenter, Skomer, July 2nd

Razorbill & Guillemot
Raven & Chough
Juvenile Wheatear, Buzzard & Wren

Lee Gardiner, David Hughes, Slimbridge, April 22/23

The Black-winged Stilt at Slimbridge

David Hughes, 23rd
Lee Gardiner, 22nd

Lee Gardiner, 22nd