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Purple Patch
The Hoopoe showed well in a field opposite Maer Farm this morning. Lots of people caught up with it. At one point the assembled crowd held its breath as a Sparrowhawk crossed the field, passing just inches, directly above it. Had it flushed it would surely ...

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Hoopoe!
  A huge thank you to Marie and John for finding this Hoopoe and kindly allowing me to view it from their home. It's occasionally getting in their back garden but also spending time in the field behind their house, and presumably other gardens on Foxholes. ...

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WWBT and Two Black Terns
  Nick and I watched the White-winged Black Tern feeding with two juvenile Black Terns off the seafront this morning. We were watching the birds between 6am and 7am but the three were together around 0650. The light was good and they weren't too far off at ...

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Black Tern
Robin - this was the only photo I managed to get today with little time in the field. At 6am this morning both the juvenile White-winged Black Tern and the juvenile Black Tern were resting on a sand bar off the lifeboat station. Nice to see them side by sid...

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Bloxworth Snout and Bulrush Wainscot
  Bloxworth Snout - according to 'Waring and Townsend' the first colony of this species was discovered in Torbay in 1990 and since then it has spread east into Dorset and west into Cornwall. By all accounts it seems to be doing pretty well, though it's stil...

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Exmouth Beach
 White-winged Black Tern on Pole Sands.   A few bits and pieces on/off Exmouth seafront early this morning. The juvenile White-winged Black Tern was fishing just off the beach first thing and resting on Pole Sands at 0605. Also c50+ Sandwich Tern , 10+ Comm...

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Restharrow Piercer
Restharrow Piercer - Cydia microgrammana - a new micro for me.   I had my best views of the juvenile White-winged Black Tern at 0635 this morning, as it fished off Exmouth beach. I have to say I wasn't expecting to see it off there and it's kind of surprisi...

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Marbled Yellow Pearl and Birds
Marbled Yellow Pearl- Evergestis extimalis - Nick trapped this scarce 'Crambid' last night. It's only the second one I've seen.   I managed to cover a few sites in Exmouth this morning. The seafront was very quiet with c20+ Common Tern , 1 juv Mediterranean...

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Orcombe Migrants
A very quick look at Orcombe this morning before a family breakfast in Topsham for dad's birthday. A few migrants recorded - 4 Wheatear , 5+ Willow Warbler , 1 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Swallow . I popped back up there this afternoon and ended up looking at ...

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More WWBT
Lee very kindly sent me this photo of the juvenile White-winged Black Tern which touched down briefly on Finger Point this morning. Thank you Lee. I'd love to get views like this of it in Exmouth but I don't think that's likely!   An early morning search fo...
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