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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Local birds in January...part 2

Good birds in January continues and certainly one of the best performers so far this year has to be this lovely young male Desert Wheatear, which was been enjoying life at Thurlestone in south Devon - it really doesn't look out of place in Dave Helliar's photos!

Desert Wheatear, Thurlestone: D. Helliar
Desert Wheatear, Thurlestone: D. Helliar
Desert Wheatear, Thurlestone: D. Helliar
Closer to home the regular Purple Sandpipers at Lyme Regis also performed well (they have so much character about them) also a Black Redstart.

Purple Sandpiper, Lyme Regis: D. Helliar
Purple Sandpiper, Lyme Regis: D. Helliar
Black Redstart, Lyme Regis: D. Helliar
Even closer to Chard were a long-staying female Goldeneye at Chard Reservoir and a nearby Shoveler.

Goldeneye, Chard Reservoir: D. Helliar
Shoveler, female: D. Helliar
Meanwhile in north Somerset a Snow Bunting has been entertaining birders and photographers at Huntspill allowing typically close views without a care in the world

Snow Bunting, Huntspill: D. Helliar
Snow Bunting, Huntspill: D. Helliar
Snow Bunting, Huntspill: D. Helliar
On 25th January Dave found this 1st winter female Ring-necked Duck with the tufties at Chard Res but it had gone by the following morning.
Ring-necked Duck, Chard Res: D. Helliar
Ring-necked Duck, Chard Res: D. Helliar
Overall a great month locally for birds - not a bad start to 2016 Dave! 

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