Bowling Green Marsh

Black Tailed Godwits on the Go Go Go

Busily going about their business with a full plungeful of bill.

A relentless need to find food and feed their faces into mud these Godwits.

While all around the estuary and the marshes the light was bright with being beautiful.

Limpid, lucent, lovely it was. Just about everywhere I looked.

Words & Vid: Ian Nisbet

Birdy Bliss at Bowling Green Marsh

Back again to Bowling Green Marsh in Topsham for a 2nd visit.

There are so many birds to see and hear: Little Egret, Grey Heron, Teal, Black Tailed Godwit, Curlew, Song Thrush, Wigeon, Black Headed Gull (also Greenshank and Redshank, Shoveler and Pintail Ducks – I’ll stick them in separate vids)

At the back of the Marsh was a lurking limping fox. None of the birds seemed at all bothered by it (as it wasn’t bothering them)

It was easy, on a bright beautiful Spring day like yesterday was, to feel blissed out on all these birdies.

Words & Vid: Ian Nisbet

La Lapwing (Lap) Danse

I’d hoped to see lapwings up at Bowling Green Marsh Topsham last Wednesday.
Amazingly, I got to see this pair doing something rather wonderful.

The way they moved around one another was like some kind of stately dance from the baroque court of Louis XIV.

I don’t know if they were a male and female doing a pre-mating nuptial bit of hokey cokey (pokey) or 2 males sparring with one another.

Answers on a French postcard please. Merci Boocoo.

Words & Vid: Ian Nisbet

Black Tailed Godwits getting stuck in

black tailed godwit jan 2019

That pic is a snapshot from the vid below. Not a great pic but at least it shows the long slightly upward pointy turn of the bill; and the black tail.

This pic is the bird turned around more front on (again not quite sharp enough because snapped out of the vid)

black tailed godwit 2 jan 2019

There were 200 plus of these BTG’s (Black Tailed Godwits) at Bowling Green Marsh on Wednesday.
Getting ‘raight stuck in t grass’ with those long billed probes they were, ‘no messin abaht’.

They flittered and flocked about the marshes, their white stripey wings flashed glittery by warm winter sunlight (you can see that in the ‘A Great Day to Fly’ vid I posted earlier)

One of the Birder Blokes at the Hide said there might have been some Bar Tailed Godwits around too, but I didn’t have his better camera and bigger lense to zoom them in.

So that’s Godwits for you. Not to be mistaken for Curlews (their bills curve over and down) The high pitched shrieks you hear constantly squeaking off in the vid isn’t the Godwits – it’s those wheezy bleddy Wigeons.

Words & Vid: Ian Nisbet