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Sunday, 10 January 2016

Local round-up from the last week...

Thanks to Dave Helliar for his local photographic round-up of birds from the last week. Kicking things off are the long-staying Glossy Ibis at Seaton and one of several Black Redstarts also present this year:

Glossy Ibis, Seaton: Dave Helliar
Black Redstart: Dave Helliar
Closer to Chard were these Mandarin Ducks and Little Owl:

Mandarin Ducks: Dave Helliar
Little Owl: Dave Helliar
Another long-stayer was the Stolford Snow Bunting. Always cracking birds to see and this male was no exception:

Snow Bunting: Dave Helliar
Snow Bunting: Dave Helliar
Snow Bunting: Dave Helliar
Snow Bunting: Dave Helliar
This family of Whooper Swans has been out on the Levels for a while. Though mobile, Dave managed to catch up with them near North Curry on 4th January as well as the Mudgley Cattle Egret, Red-crested Pochard and Scaup at Cheddar and a Merlin on the Levels.

Whooper Swans: Dave Helliar
Cattle Egret: Dave Helliar
Short-eared Owl: Langport
Nicely rounding off the week was this Devon Dartford on the 6th:

Dartford Warbler, Devon: D. Helliar
Dartford Warbler, Devon: D. Helliar
Stonechat: D. Helliar
And this Dipper in Somerset on 8th:

Dipper: Dave Helliar
Dipper: Dave Helliar
Not sure I should be wishing on retirement but I wish my weeks were more like this - nice one Dave and thanks for sharing.

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