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7 Feb
6:53 pm
2023
Ruff – North side of Taw Estuary

Ruff – North side of Taw Estuary

The Ruff was present again this morning.

posted by Robert Jutsum
7 Feb
5:56 pm
2023

Fremington Pill to Barnstaple

100+Teal at the Pill, Redshank, Black and Bar -tailed Godwit, Greenshank, Curlew and single Glossy Ibis. Continuing from Fremington along Tarka Trail to Barnstaple encountered flocks of Lapwing, Little Eagret, Starling, Shellduck ,Oystercatcher.

posted by David Shadwell
7 Feb
5:51 pm
2023
Mountbatten Breakwater +1 Photo

Mountbatten Breakwater

Several Turnstones feeding on rocks on the edge of the Breakwater 2 Cormorants feeding in the water close by.

posted by Bob Barrow
7 Feb
5:22 pm
2023

Lower Tamar Lake

06:55-09:16

Highlights: Whooper Swan (3) – flew out at approx. 07:10; Willow Tit, Marsh Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker (2) drumming; Tawny Owl (2 I think) calling.

posted by Paul Bray
7 Feb
5:12 pm
2023
Wembury +1 Photo

Wembury

No sign of the recent male Black Redstart this morning along the beach at Wembury but the wintering Water Pipit showed very well along with a Grey Wagtail, a pair of Stonechat and 4 Chiffchaff, 1 of which was pale and brown toned compared to the yellowy green of the other 3. A Whimbrel roosting at The Point on the high tide was a surprise. A Firecrest briefly in a village garden

posted by Stuart Green
7 Feb
12:12 pm
2023

Hawfinch Ide

Hawfinch seen at West Town Farm Ide at 0830hrs this morning

posted by Roy ADAMS and Nik Ward
7 Feb
10:18 am
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On this morning’s frosty high tide: Grey Plover, 8 Greenshanks, 7 Snipe, Common Sandpiper, 15 Turnstones, 5 Goosanders (2 drakes), 2 drake Red-breasted Mergansers, 37 Wigeon, Grey Wagtail, Siskin (male) & a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

posted by Pete Aley
7 Feb
9:02 am
2023

Escot Park – Goosanders

Yesterday morning 7 Goosanders (2 drakes) graced the lake in Escot Park. The redheads were still present at 1100hrs but the drakes were seen to depart.

posted by John Reeves
6 Feb
10:30 pm
2023
Water Rail and Spoonbill, Bowling Green Marsh, Topsham +1 Photo

Water Rail and Spoonbill, Bowling Green Marsh, Topsham

Water Rail, Spoonbill and Snipe amongst other species at Bowling Green Marsh 06/02/2023  1.00pm

posted by Fred Jenkins
6 Feb
10:25 pm
2023
Instow +1 Photo

Instow

Late afternoon on Instow Beach where there were small flocks of Linnets, Goldfinches and Oystercatchers a few Pied Wagtails, Turnstones and Wigeon, two Curlew, Great crested grebes & Little Egret and one Grey Plover and Rock pipit.

posted by Martin Bennett
6 Feb
10:05 pm
2023
Water Rail, Fluxton, Ottery St Mary

Water Rail, Fluxton, Ottery St Mary

A water rail showed briefly on the east bank of the Otter between OSM & Fluxton. First I have seen here in over 10 years.  Also a goosander above the weir, and 2 kingfishers on the river. Still plenty of fieldfares and redwings around, a GSW drumming and 3 mistle thrushes on the cricket pitch capped a lovely early spring afternoon walk.

posted by Martin Littlemore
6 Feb
8:34 pm
2023
Heanton Court

Heanton Court

2 Chiffchaffs.

posted by jenny elvin
6 Feb
7:23 pm
2023
Crow Point

Crow Point

A mid-afternoon walk from the white house to Crow Point, at low tide, was fairly quiet with 14 ringed plover, 1 dunlin, lots of oystercatchers on the opposite shore, several little egrets, 1 great crested grebe, a scattering of curlew, but finally a peregrine flew in and sat about 50 yards away on a large piece of driftwood. It posed for a while before swooping away low over the water and grabbing what I can only assume was a fish, as the water looked too deep at that point for small waders.

posted by Colin Dracott
6 Feb
5:02 pm
2023

Ifracombe

A pair of Goldcrests in Runnymede Gardens, Black Redstart (Bath House area).

posted by David Shadwell
6 Feb
4:33 pm
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

In beautiful, sunny weather today: 2 Firecrests, a flock of 7 Bullfinches (3 males), Green Woodpecker, 9 Goosanders (4 drakes), 2 Red-breasted Mergansers (drakes), 30+ Wigeon, 2 Little Grebes, 49 Common Gulls, Common Sandpiper, 24 Turnstones & 10 Roe Deer.

posted by Pete Aley
6 Feb
4:00 pm
2023

Lower Tamar Lake

Good afternoon,

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

3 Whooper Swans (flew out at 07:00), 21 Goosander 4m 17f at (07:25), 2 Great Crested Grebe, 30 Tufted ducks, 22m 8f, 7 Coot, 5 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 3 Nuthatch, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Tawney Owl calling.
Note: the car park and footpath are now open.

posted by Rod Mudge
6 Feb
3:01 pm
2023

Two Dozen Teal, Brixton

Feeding on mud at head of creek at low tide, Brixton, near Plymouth, SX554510

posted by John Laidler
6 Feb
11:00 am
2023

Thornhillhead N.Devon

Late post from yesterday. Following slurry spreading, as the sun came up and moon went down 4 buzzards feeding in one of fields behind the house including 2 strikingly coloured cream individuals puffed up against the cold. These were soon harried out of it by carrion crows and then quite incredible views during the morning in terms of sheer number of birds. Gulls – black headed, herring and lesser black backed, very difficult to count as they swirled around field to field but perhaps 2000 – 3000 with starling murmarations in amonsgt them. Interestingly not a rook to be seen in amongst the corvids. In the afternoon the starlings moved to fields in front of the house stopping off in the trees, quite amazing sounds of singing and wings. On/under the feeders a smart male yellowhammer with the chaffinches and house sparrows and 5 tit species including 2 marsh tits and late on several long tailed tits that returned this morning. Counted 11 on the fat balls with just enough room for a single blue tit.  Earlier in the week 1 possibly 2 noisy mistle thrushes in the garden.

posted by Mark West
5 Feb
10:51 pm
2023
Exe Estuary cruise 5th February +1 Photo

Exe Estuary cruise 5th February

A beautiful sunny day and another excellent Stuart Line cruise. The highlights included Great Northern Diver near Cockwood, Kingfisher on a wreck near Starcross, 100+ Pintail around the mouth of the Clyst, thousands of Black-headed Gulls, a dozen or more each of Great Crested Grebe and Red-breasted Merganser, and Spotted Redshank, Marsh Harrier and 1000+ each of Lapwing and Golden Plover at Topsham. The three young Harbour (Common) Seals were hauled out on a sandbank, minus the adult present in previous days.

Dave Smallshire

posted by Dave Smallshire
5 Feb
10:07 pm
2023

South Devon relief road

Merlin spotted on overhead wires over the South Devon relief road about 11.30 am today.

posted by Stephen Huggins