More Winged Critters

Orcombe Point, Exmouth, Devon 
I thought I would have a look after work for some Butterflies but it was rather quiet apart from Meadow Brown and Large White. However a Common Whitethroat that was gathering food kept me entertained for a while. Followed by a very close Kit Rabbit that duly done a runner when it clocked me.
Common Whitethroat   
 Common Whitethroat  
Kit Rabbit  
I’m off mate!   
Japanese Bindweed  

Pink Sorrel  

Spear Thistle 

Bystock Pools, Devon 
I then took a walk from the pool end of the reserve to the boardwalk. It was quiet on the bird front but a Eurasian Jay brightened things up. The task today was Dragonflies and Butterflies and it didn’t disappoint. Lots of Common Blue Damselfly and Small Red Damselfly around the pool with a Four Spot Chaser and Emperor Dragonfly. Along the path to the boardwalk were a good number of Beautiful Demoiselle, a few Keeled Skimmer and Black-tailed Skimmer. The Butterflies were quiet with only Large Skipper noted.

Beautiful Demoiselle (Male) 

Beautiful Demoiselle (Female) 

Small Red Damselfly (Male)

Keeled Skimmer 
Black-tailed Skimmer (Female)

Large Skipper

Other Winged Critters And Flowers

Bystock Pools, Devon
I had a wander manly around the meadow area of the reserve to see what Butterflies were around. There were plenty of Meadow Brown, a few Small Heath and Common Blue. I also came across many other winged critters. A few moths around (Matt I’m open to ID suggestions) some Red-tailed Bumblebees, a Small Blue Damselfly and a few insects that I haven't yet managed to ID. UPDATE. One of the insects is a female Scorpion Fly (1 of 3 possible species) and the other is a species of Hover Fly (Sericomyia silentis). Many thanks to Martin Elcoate for his superior knowledge!

Cinnabar Moth

Strawdot Moth

Meadow Brown  

Common Blue    

Small Heath   

Sericomyia silentis Hover Fly  

Female Scorpion Fly (1 of 3 possible species)  

Red-tailed Bumblebee  

Marsh Orchid  


White Clover  


Bell Heather

My wife came home with a photo of a large moth that was on her parents drive. To me it's a Pale Tussock but again open to ID suggestions.

Pale Tussock

European Honey Buzzard

Clyst Road, Near Whitehall Lane, Topsham, Devon
On my drive home from work I notice a bird of prey that on wing impression looked like a European Honey Buzzard. I managed to stop (blocking the road) and extremely quickly get my bins on the bird (bins were on the passenger seat) and was able to confirm the ID.

Mudbank Lane, Exmouth, Devon 
I had a quick look after work and there was nothing of any note. I did enjoy some of the flora around though.

Multiflora Rose

Rugosa Rose

Hedge Bindweed

Hirsute Rasberry

Red Valerian

Common Valerian

Byron Way, Exmouth, Devon 
At home I was greeted by 2 Common Swift screeching around the house. 1 landed briefly on my roof but it was all to quick for a photo. My Common House Martins were both poking their heads out of the nest with plenty more busily feeding. A flock of around 30 Common Starling but alas no Rosy Starling in amongst them.

Turkey Family Holiday

Oludeniz, Turkey (3/6/18 -10/6/18)
Just had a weeks family holiday in Turkey. Ive been to Turkey 3 times before this trip and although they are family holiday I normally have some good species from a few walks I manage to get in. Our default place is Sarigerme and over the last 3 visits I’ve managed the following lifers around the area and on some boat and mud bath trips.

Scopolli’s Shearwater, Yelkouan Shearwater, Little Cormorant, Long-legged Buzzard, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Steppe Buzzard, European Roller, European Bee-eater, Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Moustached Warbler, Zitting Cisiicola, Lesser Kestrel, Eleonora’s Falcon, Masked Shrike, Black-capped Jay, Crested Lark, Calandra Lark, Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin, Rock Sparrow and Cretzschmar's Bunting. I’ve also seen the following other notable species. White Stork, Purple Heron, Yellow-legged Gull, Alpine Swift, Red-backed Shrike, Hooded Crow, Red-rumped Swallow, Spotless Starling and Red-throated Pipit.

Airport and Coach transfer 
This year we tried a new area and I have to admit that I didn’t put a lot of effort in this year but the birding seemed to be rather dire though. I did get a few new species for Turkey, non of which were lifers as I’ve seen in other countries. So my sightings are as follows. At the Airport I was greeted to Common House Martin, Northern Raven, Conmon Wood Pigeon, House Sparrow, Western Jackdaw and Eurasian Collared Dove. On the bus transfer to the hotel, Several White Stork, Barn Swallows, numerous Hooded Crow and Common Swift. We stopped at a few hotels to drop off and I also saw White Wagtail, 2 European Turtle Dove and best off all 7 Calandra Lark were feeding below my bus window at one stop.

Island boat trip
We went on a boat trip from Fethiye that visits a few islands and give a chance of some great snorkelling. The most common bird was Yellow-legged Gull, a few Great Cormorant, House Sparrow, White Wagtail, Northern Raven and Steple Buzzard (subspecies of Common Buzzard) but best of all was a Short-toed Sea-eagle that gave great views as it slowly drifted rather low at one of the stop offs. Also of note was a Loggerhead Turtle and Black-tipped Reef Shark. Surprisingly (and to the whole family’s disappointment) no Dolphin species were seen. On docking back at Fethiye I was pleased to get brief views of 3 Laughing Dove.

Around the hotel 
Not too many birds were seen throughout the week but there were a few good ones. There were a few Black-capped Jay (the areas subspecies of Eurasian Jay), a Lesser Kestel perched on one of the rooftops then bombed off. One morning a group of around 70 Alpine Swift flew low over the resort. More common species included Common Blackbird, Common House Martin,  Eurasian Collared Dove, Barn Swallow, House Sparrow, Common Swift, White Wagtail, Eurasian Goldfinch, European Blue Tit and I heard but couldn’t see a Sombre Tit which really annoyed me as this was a lifer bird! There were also a few other critters around with a Mediterranean  House Gecko, a wasp (that I cannot ID) and a Shieldbug (Mustha Spinosulo). Butterflies included, Orange Tip, Clouded Yellow, Brimstone, Large White, Green Veined White, Small White, Black Veined White, Cardinal (Lifer but frustratingly I couldn’t get a decent picture) and a White Admiral. A Spur-thighed Tortoise was seen trundling along outside the resort, a couple of unidentifiable Moths and I also managed a ID few flowers and still have some to ID.

Blue Laggon Beach
A visit to the blue lagoon was disappointing in terms of birds with only the following species recorded. Yellow-legged Gull, Black-capped Jay, Eurasian Collared Dove and Barn Swallow. The whole family did however enjoying sitting in the shallow waters with numerous fish swimming all around us

Unidentified Moth

Unidentified Wasp

Unidentified Moth   

Black-capped Jay

Mediterranean House Gecko    

Shieldbug (Mustha Spinosula)      

Spur-thighed Tortoise

Unidentified Grasshopper

Unidentified Flower   

Gueldenstaedtia verna

Unidentified Flower

Globe Thistle     

Purple Star-thistle     

Unidentified Flower         

Unidentified Flower     

Fountain Bush     




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