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3 Feb
10:07 pm
2023
Close to Kennick Reservoir Dartmoor

Close to Kennick Reservoir Dartmoor

Forgot to post the Redpoll image.

posted by Martin Bennett
3 Feb
9:55 pm
2023
Close to Kennick Reservoir Dartmoor

Close to Kennick Reservoir Dartmoor

Today while working near Kennick Reservoir, Dartmoor I spotted some Siskins c12, Redpolls (four) two Bramblings, Fieldfare (50+) and a few Blue and Great tits.

posted by Martin Bennett
3 Feb
9:40 pm
2023
Exe Estuary cruise 3rd February +1 Photo

Exe Estuary cruise 3rd February

Another fantastic Stuart Line Cruise, where the highlights were an immature Great Northern Diver near Cockwood; the immature Spoonbill by the River Kenn outflow; over 20 Great Crested Grebes; 2 Egyptian Geese in Powderham Park; estimates of 500+ Avocets, 1500 Lapwing, 650 Golden Plover, 1000+ Black-tailed Godwits and 70 Knot; single Spotted Redshank and Ruff at Topsham; and an immature Marsh Harrier over Topsham Reedbed. The Brent Goose flocks must have totalled well over 1000 and included the leucistic bird and a Barnacle Goose. A pair of Grey Herons sat next to what appeared to be a nest in a willow beside Exeter Canal. A sandbank off Exton today had 3 Harbour (Common) Seals hauled out: yesterday’s adult and rufous youngster plus another slightly larger individual. There were also 2 Grey Seals near the Warren, one resting on a pontoon.

posted by Dave Smallshire
3 Feb
5:13 pm
2023

Devon Goosander Count

The third synchronised Devon Goosander roost count of the winter  took place mainly at dawn on 28 January, with three sites counted at dusk on the 27th. Of the twenty-four sites covered, 16 held at least one roosting bird. The total of 169 (60 males) was almost identical to the that obtained in both January and December 2022, and included 50 on Dartmoor. The main sites were Lower Tamar Lake with 41, followed by Meeth (23), Avon Dam (22), Blackhill Quarry (21) , Venford (19) and Shobrooke (15).  The total should be regarded as a (slight?) underestimate to allow for birds present in the county, but not roosting at one of the known sites on 27/28 January. Thanks to all who took part.

posted by Peter Reay
3 Feb
4:41 pm
2023

Old Torrington Road Barnstaple

The greenfinches were back again this afternoon, up to 40 gathered before suddenly flying off. Had 50+ lapwing fly over this morning heading for the river. 4 long tailed tits, a coal tit and a male blackcap were a change from the usual garden birds.

posted by Robert Morgan
3 Feb
4:40 pm
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On today’s walk: Great Crested & 3+ Little Grebes, 6+ Goosanders (1 drake), 44 Wigeon, Grey Plover, 19 Turnstones, Common Sandpiper,  Firecrest, a pair of Bullfinches, Grey Wagtail & 7 Roe Deer.

posted by Pete Aley
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