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Yesterday at the Marshes: Marsh Harrier 1, Kestrel 2, Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler, Pintail, Shelduck, Canada, Greylag and Brent Geese, Avocet, Snipe, Blackwits, Dunlin, Redshank, Grey Heron, Lapwings, Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Little Egret and Reed Buntings.
This morning saw Jays, Jackdaws, GSW, Green Woodpecker, LTT, Lots of BHG, Siskin, Treecreeper, Nuthatches, Gadwall, Fieldfare, Redwing, Grey Wagtail, Song Thrush, Buzzard perched 20 feet from the walkway, Water Rail.
Wembury Point 24 January 4.45pm
Black redstart came by the seaweed heaps at water spout twice.
Black Hole Marsh NR – East Devon Branch Field Trip
The East Devon Branch of Devon Birds Field Trip transpired to decend on Black Hole Marsh at Seaton this morning and although, we were aware “Izzy”had long gone and was probably bouncing around in Cornwall our spirits remained high with Greenshank, Brent Goose, Black-tailed Godwits, Redshank, Little Grebe, Little Egret, Oystercatcher, Lapwing and Curlew available on the estuary and Reed Bunting, Goldcrest, Grey Wagtail, Meadow Pipits found elsewhere. Some 54 species were recorded and we all had a great time.
1 Spotted Redshank.
50 or more Bar-tailed Godwit.
10 Pied Wagtail bathing.
Colebrook – Pheasant
You may not find this too exciting, but this is the first Pheasant I’ve ever seen in our tiny back yard under the bird feeders.
At least 6 Red Cross bills. A mixture of males and females.
Lovely male Black Redstart amongst Rock and Meadow Pipits, feeding on kelp piles on beach near outfall pipe.
Bowling Green Marsh
Water Pipit still this morning from the hide. Also, waders roosting on the ice first thing. Usual wildfowl including 2 Pochard.
Barn Owl seen from the hide at 13:45. Seen intermittently during our visit.
Brisworthy Plantation, Cadover
In very murky, mizzly, conditions this morning a winter flock of 100+ Chaffinches held at least one, possibly two, male Brambling feeding amongst the fallen beech-mast. A Treecreeper and Goldcrest watched from nearby whilst a Great Spotted Woodpecker demolished a fallen branch in their midst.
Teignmouth Town Centre 15:00
Adult male Black Redstart, Pound Lane.
Exmouth and Topsham yesterday
Kestrel above the cliff at Sandy Bay and Turnstone at Topsham from the goat walk.
Spotted Redshank, Topsham Quay
Seen at 12:15 at Hannafords Quay Topsham.
Around the Sound this morning were Great Northern Diver, Purple Sandpiper, Turnstone and Rock Pipit.
Lower Tamar Lake
Late for yesterday at Lower Tamar Lake.
14 Goosander 4m 10f, 2 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 3 Shoveler 1m 2f, 6 Coot, 4m Pintail, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1m Wigeon, 2 Nuthatch.
Today while on may way to Braunton I stopped off at Ashford (Heanton Court) where a male Bullfinch was showing well. Also saw a Curlew, a few Redshank, a Little Egret, a couple of Oystercatchers, a Goosander, two Collared Dove,
River Mole Valley
Female Brambling in the orchard along with 30 Chaffinch,Marsh Tit,8 Greenfinch ,2 Treecreeper,6 Stock Dove ,3 Long-tailed Tit and 20 Starling.400 plus finches in the bird mix fields ……mainly Chaffinches but also Greenfinch, Goldfinch and Linnet……also female Kestrel and male Sparrowhawk causing mayhem.30 plus Meadow Pipits feeding amongst the barley stubbles along with 70 Starling , 50 Chaffinch and 10 Redwing.Elsewhere in the grass fields 90 more Starling,60 Fieldfare and another flock of 12 Meadow Pipits.Also seen a Firecrest feeding on a holly bush and a male Goosander flying down the valley . Non avian included 3 Roe Deer and 2 herds of Red Deer….one of 9 and the other 25…..all females with last year’s young.
Great white Egret Devon
Seen 25th Jan. About 1 mile from Budleigh Salterton car park on the Lower Otter wetlands project. No pics I’m afraid. Absolutely dwarfed the Grey Heron that trying to annoy it.
3 very pretty adult Med Gulls strutting their stuff on Saunton Sands at lunchtime today.