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Escot Park – Goosanders
This morning 5 Goosanders (2 drakes) on the lake, present to 1100am at least. Also Little Egret, Bullfinch and a singing Mistle Thrush.
Lower Tamar Lake
This morning at the lake.
3 Whooper Swans at (07:00), 3 Willow Tits, 2 Marsh Tits, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Nuthatch, 7 Coot,
3 Tawney Owls calling.
Ref: John’s note on the footpath, the car Park and path should be open this afternoon, but I haven’t heard anything official.
6 Fulmar seemingly colonising cliff face to the west of Tunnel Beaches.
Exminster Marshes quiet this morning – plenty of Wigeon and Lapwing plus a pair of nice Pintail and one Ruff.
Black Hole Marsh NR
On a recent, short visit to Black Hole Marsh NR near Seaton, I had brief views of a Water Rail in the ditch along the path to Tower Hide. Also, good numbers of Lapwings were moving about and one of the 3 Little Grebes is starting to get its summer plumage.
Fremington Pill and Braunton Burrows
This morning’s visit along Fremington Pill where a Curlew, some Redshanks, a couple of Black tailed Godwits, a few Teal and a Greenfinch were seen. Later in the afternoon at Braunton Burrows this Cormorant with a broken beak was spotted hanging out with a couple of farm ducks.
Lower Tamar Lake
Stopped by the Lower lake on my way back from Cornwall this afternoon. The path around the lake is closed for work on dangerous trees. This may have been put on here before by Rod, but I didn’t see it. Apparently people are removing the warning signs. Not sure how long this will be going on.
Teignmouth. Estuary by docks
The Hooded Crow was on the Shaldon side of the central bank of the river below Shaldon Bridge at high tide amongst numerous Carrion Crows. Good number of resting Oyster catchers ,2 Gbb gull, numerous Herring gulls ,dozen Shelduck. Plenty of territorial calls from Robins and Blackbirds on the Ness and cliff path.
Plym Estuary & Saltram
This afternoon: Great Crested & 3 Little Grebes, 6 Goosanders (2 drakes), 45 Wigeon, Red-crested Pochard (female), 19 Mandarin Ducks, Grey Plover, 30 Turnstones, 4 Snipe, 461 Dunlins & c25 Redwings.
Exe Estuary cruise 2nd February
Highlights from today’s Stuart Line Cruise: at least a dozen Great Crested Grebes; Kingfisher on a wreck near Powderham, where an there was an immature Spoonbill and several Grey Herons at their nests; many Pintail between Lympsone and the Clyst mouth; several hundred Avocets and Golden Plover and the wintering Spotted Redshank at Topsham; a leucistic bird among 400+ Brent Geese at Turf; and 33 Sanderlings near Dawlish Warren. Others saw a male Black Redstart on Exmouth marina rooftops. A Grey Seal was hauled out on the back of a boat near Cockwood and two Harbour (Common) Seals were hauled out on a sandbank near Lympstone Camp: one of them was clearly a (locally-bred?) youngster.
Red Kite Exe Valley nr Bickleigh
Single Red Kite crossing the A.396 at Chitterley just south of Bickleigh at 9.30 this morning.
Cornworthy – Eagle
White-tailed Eagle observed gliding east over Charlecombe Woods attended by all the local corvids
Berry Head & Broadsands
Berry Head: 12 noon, discovered a Yellow-browed Warbler in the bushes just behind the Coastguard Station and in scrub by the trig point
Broadsands: 3 Great Northern Divers, 25+ Common Scoter, 1 Black-necked Grebe. 2 Firecrests around car park, also 2 Chiffchaffs and 1 Siberian Chiffchaff in reedy ditch close to the K’ohana cafe.
From Polly Steps -the Hooded Crow (initially on The Salty, then on the Quay, then back to The Salty)
Marsh harrier female River Tavy
Taken from 1km away and cropped.
Male Goosander – Bovey Tracey
Male Goosander spotted on the River Bovey through the centre of Bovey Tracey this lunchtime (1st Feb).
Also single Female Goosander seen at Stover Country Park who flew off to the South around 09:30 .
Barnstaple to Ashford.
15 Curlew,9 Grey Plover, 1 Turnstone ,28 Dunlin, 1 Pintail,3.Male Goosanders,5 Black -tailed Godwit, 2Common Sandpipers, 1 Snipe and large flocks of Lapwing and Golden Plover.
Rackerhayes Ponds, Kingsteignton
- 1/2 – 11.30am.
- Bar headed goose with Canada geese flock at Rackerhayes Ponds. Probably an escapee but didn’t have binoculars to confirm any leg rings (I was fishing!).
Cholwichtown Pit, Lee Moor
Female Goldeneye still on the pit this afternoon.
THREE’S COMPANY, FOUR’S A CROWD
ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL DAY IN TORBAY, LIGHT WIND AND SUN. NOT MUCH IN THE WAY OF BIRDLIFE ON THE WATER EXCEPT FOUR GND’S, A PSSIBLE BLACK NECKED DIVER AND A COUPLE OF GREATER BLACK BACKS. SMALL BIRDS APLENTY AND A BLACKBIRD SINGING AS THOUGH IT WERE SPRING.