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24 Mar
9:37 am
2023
Bowling Green Marsh +1 Photo

Bowling Green Marsh

Yesterday: Tufted Ducks, Shoveler, Teal, Pochard, Shelduck, Pintail, Wigeon, Little Grebe, Shelduck, Snipe, Blackwits, Stock Dove, Willow warbler, Sand Martins

posted by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd
24 Mar
9:29 am
2023
LORP Budleigh +1 Photo

LORP Budleigh

Yesterday: Good views of 4 Water Pipits in summer plumage, Chiffchaffs, Cettis Warblers, Greenfinches, Goldfinches, Chaffinches, Wigeon, Shoveler, Teal, Gadwall, Greenshank, Greylag Geese, Canada Geese.

posted by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd
23 Mar
6:39 pm
2023

Wrafton

Evening look around: Garganey still on the small scrape. Drake Pochard on Wrafton Pond and still several Chiffchaffs. Walked around Sherpa Marsh and was surrounded by Sand Martins, many flying very low over the ponds. A smart male Wheatear on the embankment opposite the Toll House, and at last a fine Swallow, if briefly.

posted by Jon Turner
23 Mar
5:52 pm
2023

Dippers ashburton

pair of dippers on river ashburn by main car park 1st I’ve seen there this spring.

posted by R townsend
23 Mar
3:44 pm
2023
Dawlish Countryside Park – Alpine Swifts +1 Photo

Dawlish Countryside Park – Alpine Swifts

Amazingly, despite the windy grey skies and squally heavy showers that had me in and out of the car several times, this morning, 2 Alpine Swifts duly appeared over the woods on Eastdon Ridge and were soon speeding around together, twisting and turning before moving out across Dawlish Countryside Park. Fantastic – now I need to go and dry the camera off!

posted by John Reeves
23 Mar
2:21 pm
2023

Exminster Marshes

Visit to the marshes this morning was in time to see the high tide roosts. Birds were well distributed across the marshes with the larger flocks in the centre. Here there were curlew, black-tailed godwit (c250), shelduck (c100) and about a dozen cormorant. Nearer the canal , on the various pools, was one flock of c65 bar-tailed godwits, c30 curlew, 2 lapwing and a single avocet.

Duck numbers quite low and only 3 brent geese seen.

In Station Road and on the canal bank there were at least 4 chiffchaffs singing and another flock of 4 together. clearly migrants and the only migrants seen before the rain set in.

 

posted by John Waldon
22 Mar
6:26 pm
2023
Wrafton scrape & Pond +1 Photo

Wrafton scrape & Pond

Male Garganey still present late aft on the smaller scrape.

Sand Martins flying low over the pond & several Chiffchaff foraging in the reed bed & surrounding vegetation. Male Pochard still present & 2 Cettis calling from opposite sides of the pond

posted by Robert Jutsum
22 Mar
5:36 pm
2023

Ilfracombe

A single Purple Sandpiper below Windy Corner; Rock Pipits seemingly staking out territories; pair of Fulmar settled overlooking Tunnel Beaches

posted by David Shadwell
22 Mar
5:10 pm
2023

WHEATEAR STADDON HEIGHTS

5 WHEATEAR AT STADDON HEIGHTS

posted by Mike Williams
22 Mar
4:40 pm
2023

Swallow in Okehampton

Lone Swallow flying North over Okehampton at 1510.

posted by David Naylor
22 Mar
1:06 pm
2023

Valley of Rocks . Lynton.

3 Wheatear, 1Chiffchaff, 2 pairs Stonechats, about 10 Meadow Pipits, and 1 Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly.

posted by jenny elvin
21 Mar
10:30 pm
2023
Wrafton Scrape and Sherpa Marsh

Wrafton Scrape and Sherpa Marsh

From mid-afternoon

Wrafton Scrape

Drake Garganey feeding on nearside of large scrape with plenty of Teal. A few Sand Martins feeding overhead.

Wrafton Pond

Three Gadwall on pond with ~30-40 Sand Martins overhead, Chiffchaff and Goldcrest in trees to left of viewing platform and calling Cetti’s Warbler

Sherpa Marsh

Few species on grazing marsh bar abundance of Sand Martins, one Cetti’s Warbler along the toll road ditch.

Horsey Island

Few Shelduck and Oystercatcher pairs out on the mudflats, large flock of Redshanks at the edge of the sea wall breach.

posted by Kian Hayles-Cotton
21 Mar
8:24 pm
2023

Little Ringed Plover. Northam Burrows/Skern

Litte Ringed Plover feeding late afternoon by the pool to the left of the Skern toll road.

posted by Sue Ambler
21 Mar
8:01 pm
2023
Willand – wet meadow by River Culm, LHS of the road when heading towards Bradfield

Willand – wet meadow by River Culm, LHS of the road when heading towards Bradfield

53 Little Egrets including 3 Cattle Egrets ranging over the grassed field at 3pm 21 March

posted by Martin Hughes-Jones
21 Mar
7:31 pm
2023
Alpine Swifts at Shaldon and South Fort Berry Head +1 Photo

Alpine Swifts at Shaldon and South Fort Berry Head

Alpine Swifts seen at Shaldon and at the South Fort on Berry Head today. The bird at Berry head was on view over the main Carpark and between the Fort and the Caravan park looking west. Fantastic low passes along this area and over the field. Wheatear and Willow Warbler seen towards the Cafe and two Porpoise seen fishing off Berry Head along with 20 Gannet.

posted by Derek Carter
21 Mar
7:10 pm
2023

Wrafton Scrape

No Black-tailed Godwits this morning but oddly the Garganey was back – on the smaller scrape. Some Sand Martins about. 6 Gadwall in the reserve, and a female Canada Goose diving under water and resurfacing about 5 yards away! Walked around Sherpa where a few hundred Sand Martins spent the time flying into the strongish Southerly wind. No other species with them. Returned in the evening to find 117 Black-tailed Godwits and again good numbers of Sand Martins. Drake Pochard and Gadwall on Wrafton Pond.

posted by Jon Turner
21 Mar
5:22 pm
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Highlights this afternoon were a single Sand Martin dashing west and a 3rd cy Yellow-legged Gull, on Blaxton Meadow before drifting out over the estuary. Otherwise, 7 Snipe, 6 Greenshanks, 33+ Turnstones, 4 Goosanders (2 drakes), Wigeon & a Green Woodpecker.

posted by Pete Aley
21 Mar
4:38 pm
2023

Berry Head

Alpine swift, c. 0950. 1 Swallow 5 common Dolphin, 2 singing Blackcaps.

posted by John Lusher
21 Mar
2:48 pm
2023

Shaldon Alpine swift

Alpine swift finally located after several hours, prolonged views high up above fields at Commons lane (behind Coast View holiday park), til about 2.15pm.

posted by Stephen Edwards
21 Mar
2:14 pm
2023

Totnes

Opposite Bowden House on the road to Ashprington, at least one cattle egret evident in a flock of littles.

posted by Henry Trollope
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