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3 Feb
12:48 pm
2023

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.

posted by John Reeves
3 Feb
12:31 pm
2023

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.

posted by Rod Mudge
3 Feb
12:25 pm
2023

Ilfracombe

6 Fulmar seemingly colonising cliff face to the west of Tunnel Beaches.

posted by David Shadwell
3 Feb
11:57 am
2023
Exminster Marshes +1 Photo

Exminster Marshes

Exminster Marshes quiet this morning – plenty of Wigeon and Lapwing plus a pair of nice Pintail and one Ruff.

posted by Martin Overy
3 Feb
7:44 am
2023
Black Hole Marsh NR +1 Photo

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.

posted by John Reeves
3 Feb
12:13 am
2023
Fremington Pill and Braunton Burrows +1 Photo

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.

posted by Martin Bennett
2 Feb
6:50 pm
2023

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.

posted by Jon Turner
2 Feb
6:32 pm
2023

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.

posted by JOHN PHILLIPS
2 Feb
5:55 pm
2023

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.

posted by Pete Aley
2 Feb
5:22 pm
2023
Exe Estuary cruise 2nd February +1 Photo

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.

posted by Dave Smallshire
2 Feb
5:17 pm
2023

Red Kite Exe Valley nr Bickleigh

Single Red Kite crossing the A.396 at Chitterley just south of Bickleigh at 9.30 this morning.

posted by Martin Overy
2 Feb
2:59 pm
2023

Cornworthy – Eagle

White-tailed Eagle observed gliding east over Charlecombe Woods attended by all the local corvids

posted by Henry Trollope
2 Feb
2:00 pm
2023

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.

posted by Mike Langman
2 Feb
1:46 pm
2023

Teignmouth Quay

09:11-10:24

From Polly Steps -the Hooded Crow (initially on The Salty, then on the Quay, then back to The Salty)

posted by Paul Bray
1 Feb
9:17 pm
2023
Marsh harrier female River Tavy

Marsh harrier female River Tavy

Taken from 1km away and cropped.

posted by Shane Willson
1 Feb
9:07 pm
2023
Male Goosander – Bovey Tracey

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 .

posted by Robin Morrison
1 Feb
6:10 pm
2023

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.

posted by jenny elvin
1 Feb
5:09 pm
2023

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!).
posted by Jon Flynn
1 Feb
5:03 pm
2023
Cholwichtown Pit, Lee Moor

Cholwichtown Pit, Lee Moor

Female Goldeneye still on the pit this afternoon.

posted by Chris E
1 Feb
1:49 pm
2023
THREE’S COMPANY, FOUR’S A CROWD +1 Photo

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.

posted by PHILIP L. FAIRCLOUGH