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29 Feb
8:02 pm
2024
Dartmoor +1 Photo

Dartmoor

Today between Jay’s Grave and Heatree Cross were 30+ Chaffinches and six Brambling.

posted by Martin Bennett
29 Feb
5:49 pm
2024
Cookworthy Forest

Cookworthy Forest

A wet walk through the forest was rewarded with sightings of 4 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Female Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker and 5 Greenfinch.

posted by Paul Howrihane
29 Feb
4:00 pm
2024

Exminster Marshes

Although it was high tide in the estuary there were noticeably fewer birds on the marsh today, The most abundant wader was redshank (c60+) with a few curlew. Duck numbers were low with just a handful of pintail, shoveller and mallard. Teal and wigeon numbers reasonably high with about c200 of each. On the lagoon there were 12 tufted duck and 4 pochard amongst the coots.

As the tide fell the estuary attracted c300 black-tailed godwit and a similar number of golden plover. On Greenland Bank there were at least 133 redshank, 40+ bar-tailed godwit and c30 knot. In the channel close to Turf were a few avocet, one greenshank and 2 red-breasted merganser.

In Station Road a chiffchaff sang, a pair of bullfinch were eating buds and a distant skylark sang briefly.

posted by John Waldon
29 Feb
2:46 pm
2024

Purple Sandpipers – Torquay

At least 17 Purple Sandpipers on the rocks of Haldon Pier Torquay,  – 10.30 this morning.

posted by CLIFF PARROTT
29 Feb
2:29 pm
2024

Ilfracombe

4 Purple Sandpipers on rocks below Capstone Hill, along with Oystercatchers

posted by Dave Shadwell
29 Feb
2:02 pm
2024

Land off Stoney Lane, Landkey.

A visit to our field today. As I arrived two red kites being seen off by three of the local buzzards. Lots of tits of various sorts, drumming great spotted woodpeckers and three calling tawny owls one of which was in the field.

posted by Robert Morgan
29 Feb
8:52 am
2024

Broadsands

On the sea: 8 Great Northern Divers, 1 Red-throated Diver, 4 Great Crested Grebes

In the car parks: 6 Cirl Buntings, 6 Reed Buntings 1 Firecrest.

posted by Mike Langman
28 Feb
9:22 pm
2024
Slapton Beach

Slapton Beach

One Red-throated Diver close off Memorial Car Park and a Great Northern Diver at midday.

posted by John Walters
28 Feb
8:23 pm
2024

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

10 Goosander 3m 7f, 1 Willow Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 9 Moorhen, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Coot, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Mallard.

posted by Rod Mudge
28 Feb
8:15 pm
2024
Brixham breakwater Wed 28th Feb 2024 +1 Photo

Brixham breakwater Wed 28th Feb 2024

Lovely Med Gull with full black hood , 16 Purple Sandpipers , at least six Great Northern Divers but unfortunately we did not see any Black Throated Divers. Small flock of Common Scoter flew around bay but they did not settle whilst we were watching them.

posted by Barry Rankine
28 Feb
10:13 am
2024
Gidleigh

Gidleigh

Yesterday while in the Gidleigh area I spotted this and one other Treecreeper and a pair of Goldcrest.

posted by Martin Bennett
27 Feb
4:55 pm
2024

Yarner and Parke

Kingfisher at Yarner reservoir. Colour ringed dipper (white left, red right) on the Bovey at Parke.

posted by Andy Rook
27 Feb
4:50 pm
2024

Brixham Harbour

Brixham Harbour; entrance to outer harbour.

  • Divers 4/5. I think 3 “together” were black throated and the other 1/2 great northern.
  • Razorbill 1
posted by Graham Folkerd
27 Feb
3:56 pm
2024
Plymouth Breakwater +1 Photo

Plymouth Breakwater

Breakwater 8am today, high tide

(Exactly) 70 Purple Sandpiper. Single scattered group on breakwater near fort.

300 Dunlin

12 Turnstone

posted by Rupert Kirkwood
27 Feb
3:55 pm
2024
Brixham Breakwater +1 Photo

Brixham Breakwater

Eleven Purple Sandpipers roosting on the old pier and later feeding along the seaward side of the breakwater; also a couple of Rock Pipits, a single Great Northern Diver, and a lone Gannet.

posted by Martin Overy
27 Feb
2:58 pm
2024

Slapton Ley

No sign of Ring-necked Duck but Firecrest near south end + kingfisher. Drake goldeneye on Ley, cattle egret to west with sheep. Great Northern Diver and 4+ Red-throated Divers on sea

posted by Terry Barker
27 Feb
1:11 pm
2024
Black Redstart Oreston +1 Photo

Black Redstart Oreston

Black Redstart feeding in housing estate gardens close to building site.

posted by Tony Chenery
27 Feb
12:01 am
2024
Pottington to Ashford +1 Photo

Pottington to Ashford

Mid afternoon along the river (north side) Pottington area, there were  four Long tailed tits in two groups of two and about 100m apart. On the river bank towards Ashford there were six Turnstones, 100 or more Brent geese, two Greenshank, a few Redshanks, two Shelduck, two Curlew and what appeared to be two Little Gulls (got a record distance shot of one).

posted by Martin Bennett
26 Feb
7:46 pm
2024

Bowling Green Marsh and Goat Walk

A morning visit, as tide began to drop. On the marsh Great White Egret and two Imm Spoonbill. 220+ Wigeon, 33+ Shoveler, 24+ Teal, 16 Gadwall, 4 Tufted & 3F Pochard. [The Pochard, Gadwall & 90+ Wigeon flew in whilst there. Maybe from Exminster lagoon.]

Wader numbers low on marsh, but from Goat Walk as tide dropped were 1200+ Dunlin, 700+ Blackwit, 46 Barwit, 670+ Golden Plover, 85+ Curlew, 85+ Redshank, 80+ Avocet, 10 Grey Plover, 18 Knot, and a single Turnstone.

Otherwise only 1 Common Gull, a Kingfisher on the marsh, singing Song Thrush and a single Snipe.

posted by Steve Cox
26 Feb
5:14 pm
2024

Ilfracombe

Suspected Little Gull flying west to east off Capstone Hill ( definite charcoal grey /black underwing with black wedges at trailing edge); Purple Sandpiper, Rock Pipit and Oystercatcher also present

posted by David Shadwell
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