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18 Apr
9:43 pm
Crownhill Down +1 Photo

Crownhill Down

Spring was in full swing on Crownhill Down this morning with two Cuckoos calling and uncountable Willow Warblers drowning out the singing Skylarks.  Only the Yellowhammers seemed not to be in the mood for song. Wheatears, Linnets, Pipits, Robins, Stonechats, Buzzards, Ravens, Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers making up the supporting cast.

posted by Chris & Janet Marcol
18 Apr
7:22 pm

Burrator area

2 Redstarts, Willow Warblers, Nuthatch. Didn’t hear a Cuckoo.

posted by Mave Goddard
18 Apr
7:21 pm

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

1 Willow Tit, 2 Grey Heron, 1m Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Blackcap 1m 1f, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Canada Geese, 2m Tufted Duck, 2 Chaffinch, 3 Blue Tit, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Coal Tit, 2 Great Tit, 1 Cormorant, 2 Moorhen, 1 Willow Warbler.

posted by Rod Mudge
18 Apr
6:55 pm

SlaptonLey and Dartmouth

Singing Reed Warbler at Slapton Ley near the outfall and 2 Swallows at top of Dartmouth perched on wires.

posted by Stephen Wadsworth
18 Apr
5:20 pm
Seaton Wetlands +1 Photo

Seaton Wetlands

Sand Martins at Seaton

posted by Geoff Mitchell
18 Apr
4:24 pm

Throwleigh road

Around rose cottage, it’s the first time hearing a Cuckoo calling this morning about 10.00.

posted by roger jewell
18 Apr
4:23 pm

Soar & Slapton Ley

Additions to Rob’s sightings at Soar: male Serin briefly in the garden at East Soar Farm, first thing, 10 Whitethroats, 2 Willow Warblers, Wheatear, 2 Sand Martins, Green Hairstreak, Green-veined White, Hare & 4 Roe Deer.

At Slapton Ley: Great White Egret, Tawny Owl, Sparrowhawk, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Reed, 4 Cetti’s & a Willow Warbler.

posted by Peter Aley
18 Apr
3:24 pm

East Soar

Best today Lesser Whitethroat in song, 2 singing Sedge Warbler, 3 Whitethroat & 9 Swallow.

posted by Rob Macklin
18 Apr
2:50 pm

Plymouth area

Crownhill Down: Cuckoo, 13 Willow Warbler

Cadover: Redstart, Cuckoo, 3 Wheatear, 8 Willow Warbler, Swallow

Sequer’s Bridge, Modbury: In flooded field – Green Sandpiper (flew to stream), Shelduck

Blaxton Meadow, Plym Estuary: Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 4 Greenshank, 3 Dunlin, 17 Redshank. Willow Warbler by sewage works

posted by Chris E
18 Apr
2:30 pm

Exminster Marsh

A walk around most of the site today, after cycling down from Exeter.

3 Ruff on the S bend pools was the highlight, though plenty of singing warblers with 4 Sedge, 12+ Reed, 12+ Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap and a Willow Warbler.

12 Whimbrel (9 on estuary), 20 Curlew and a Barwit on the estuary from Turf.

Small numbers of duck, with 10+ Shoveler, 5+ Gadwall, 9 Teal, 6 Tufted and a Little Grebe.

Plenty of Skylarks, Reed Buntings and a Bullfinch. 150+ Sand Martin early on and a single Swallow.

Lots of Peacock and Orange Tips.

posted by Steve Cox
18 Apr
2:24 pm

Seaton wetland

Lots of sand martins at the artificial nesting cliff,checking out the nesting holes

posted by KEVIN Hall
18 Apr
1:47 pm

Velator and river Caen

After giving up on a poor ringing session (ringed 9 birds) went for a walk down the East bank of the Caen again. 2 Greenshank were a surprise,2 Oystercatchers weren’t. Lunch by the end of the runway lights looking for a Whimbrel. Thought I saw something further along so walked on and found 1 Curlew and 2 WHIMBREL. The 2 Greenshank were still there on my return and 2 Common Sandpipers near the harbour. Just over the embankment and close to the reserve, a female Wheatear. Reed and Swedge Warblers in song in the reed-bed.

posted by Jon Turner
18 Apr
11:55 am

Braunton Burrows

2 Lesser Whitethroats singing from Hawthorn bushes in the Burrows this morning. They remained inside the bushes while they were singing

posted by Robert Jutsum
18 Apr
10:15 am
Sandpipers A377 Crediton +1 Photo

Sandpipers A377 Crediton

Thanks to Paul and site Editor. A salutary lesson in looking at the bird you see rather than what you expect to see! I had also ticked the ‘Wood Sand’ on the way back from Exeter yesterday,  only to discover now it was a Green Sand – obvious from my rather poor pictures now I look at them properly.  Nice to see the Common Sandpiper today. This has become a great little flood meadow.

posted by Tom Misselbrook
18 Apr
9:44 am

Whitethroat Mansands

Several whitethroats seen near Mansands this morning. The first that i have seen this year.

posted by Neil Thompson
18 Apr
7:52 am

Common Sandpiper on A377

  • And just to complete the trio, a Common Sandpiper at the A377 site near Crediton this morning.
  • nb The bird in the photo is not the Wood Sand I saw on Monday.  We see Green Sand around here fairly regularly
posted by Paul Buckley
17 Apr
9:55 pm
A377 near Crediton

A377 near Crediton

Today on my way home from Exeter I stopped off in the Layby near Crediton, as posted recently by Paul Buckley. The Wood Sandpiper was on the far side of the pond with a couple of Mallard. It was difficult holding my camera still  in that windy spot.


eds- this is a Green Sandpiper

posted by Martin Bennett
17 Apr
8:35 pm


Two swallows at Exmouth tip

posted by John Deakins
17 Apr
8:20 pm

Rousdon, House Martins

Movement of House Martins over campsite, first (of year) appeared in clear sky at 1800, followed by steady movement of 31, with 1 Swallow.

7 more overhead 17/04 at 08.00, including 2 checking out the old nest sites  in the eaves of the wash house.

posted by Jonathan Nicholl
17 Apr
6:39 pm

Chambercombe, Ilfracombe

7 Swallows flying N over Chambercombe 0730 today.

posted by Derek Stacey
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