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21 Mar
1:12 pm
2023

Tarka trail Bideford , Barnstaple return.

Cattle Egrets , 3 Saltpill pond , 6 on sheep fields south of Penhill……Little Egrets , 30 total inc 16 on a field at Yelland.

Brent geese , 200+ still on Penhill Marsh , Black tailed Godwit , 3 in summer plumage in a flock of 26 at Fremington quay.  Mediterranean Gulls , Several in summer plumage , Bideford East . Sand Martins , 50+over Saltpill pond….

posted by Malcolm Shakespeare
21 Mar
12:11 pm
2023

Radford Lake

A female Red-crested Pochard was on the lake this morning.

posted by David Diskin
20 Mar
8:28 pm
2023

Purple Sandpipers – Torquay

8 Purple Sandpipers still in situ at Haldon Pier, Torquay Harbour this pm.

posted by Cliff Parrott
20 Mar
6:14 pm
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Little of note on a wet afternoon, but: Mediterranean Gull (ad-s), Wigeon, 4 Goosanders (1 drake), c30 Turnstones & 11 Snipe.

posted by Pete Aley
20 Mar
5:27 pm
2023

Wrafton Scrape

Early visit this morning in the light rain – no Garganey but 32 Black-tailed Godwits and 20 ish Sand Martins. 6 Gadwall in the reserve. Returned late afternoon (in much heavier rain!) to find more Godwits – up to about 120. Don’t think I’ve seen this many here before. 3 Greenshanks chasing about. Only 6 Sand Martins. Still no sign of the Garganey, nor any Alpine Swifts….

posted by Jon Turner
20 Mar
3:45 pm
2023

House Martins at Berry Head

In addition to the Alpine Swift today at Berry Head at 12.45pm (not am!) mentioned in the previous post, we had two small groups of 3 House Martins, male and female Cirl Bunting, a fall of Chiffchaff, Guillemot, Razorbill and Fulmar on the breeding ledges, Gannets and Porpoise.

posted by Nick D'Agorne
20 Mar
3:06 pm
2023
Alpine Swift-Berry Head

Alpine Swift-Berry Head

Managed to get a quick photo of this Alpine Swift that flew low over our Teignmouth U3A Birdwatching Group on Berry Head at 12.45am today.

posted by Nick D'Agorne
20 Mar
11:34 am
2023

Swallows at Fernworthy

2 swallows flying low over the lake feeding on Friday 17th March

posted by Mark Mcilwaine
19 Mar
9:39 pm
2023
Orcombe Point – White Wagtail

Orcombe Point – White Wagtail

I took a wander around the fields at Orcombe Point yesterday morning hoping for a Wheatear, unfortunately, no luck. However, the dung heap revealed a smart male “alba” White Wagtail with a couple of resident “yarellii”. Also, Meadow Pipits and Linnets were about, Skylarks and Chiffchaffs were in song and on nearby Maer Rocks a group of 20 or so Brent Geese moved off with the rising tide.

posted by John Reeves
19 Mar
6:19 pm
2023
Willand, River Culm floodplain

Willand, River Culm floodplain

2 Cattle Egret, 39 Little Egret on River Culm floodplain between Willand and Bradfield, 2.15pm.

posted by James Morrison
19 Mar
6:15 pm
2023

Wrafton

Garganey  still on the small scrape this morning, and despite there being a fall of Chiffchaffs at Wrafton Pond, there were only 2 in the reserve. 8 Gadwall flew out. 50/60 Sand Martins over Sherpa Marsh.

posted by Jon Turner
19 Mar
5:49 pm
2023

Soar.

Male Dartford warbler.South Huish marsh 50+ Teal, 1 Swallow.

posted by Sylvia,Victor Tucker
19 Mar
5:17 pm
2023
Morte Point +1 Photo

Morte Point

For Mothers Day I invited my wife for a walk out to Morte Point and as luck would have it I had my camera with me when a pair of Shonechats appeared on top of some gorse.  There were a few Linnets too (10-12). Also spotted a couple of Rock pipits and a Wheatear (my first one this year).

posted by Martin Bennett
19 Mar
5:08 pm
2023

Valley of Rocks.

Leucistic Linnet, 2 Wheatear, 10 Fulmars,5 Stonechat, 3 Meadow Pipits,and on the sea mixed razorbills and guillemots over40 in number.

posted by jenny elvin
19 Mar
2:16 pm
2023
Crownhill Down +1 Photo

Crownhill Down

SThis morning on Crownhill Down I counted 8 Wheatears, 12 Linnets, several Stonechats and many Skylarks. A Jay, Chaffinches, L.T. tits, Wrens and Dunnocks down the bridlepath’

posted by Bob Barrow
19 Mar
12:14 pm
2023

Wrafton Pond and Scrape

At least 6 Chiffchaff, including 3 in song, Water Rail squealing, 3 Cetti’s Warbler, male Gadwall on pond, 30 Black-tailed Godwit on scrape.

posted by Chris Dee
19 Mar
12:04 pm
2023
Avon Dam

Avon Dam

Fifteen roosting Goosanders at the Avon Dam this morning included a pair on the spillway, plus a separate group of  13 on the water comprising one adult male and 12 redheads, seven of which appeared to be immature males. All flew over the dam and downriver at 06:14.

posted by Peter Reay
19 Mar
11:44 am
2023

Plym Estuary/Saltram

A morning walk along the estuary and through Saltram produced: 4 Goosander inc. 2 drakes (estuary near amphitheatre), 5 Mandarin Ducks and the long-staying female R-c Pochard (duck pond), Lapwing (Blaxton Meadow). Also a Siskin at Saltram and Chiffchaffs singing at 5 different widespread sites.

posted by David Diskin
19 Mar
11:42 am
2023

Wheatear, White Works, Dartmoor.

1050 today at White Works, Dartmoor my first Wheatear of the year in  the enclosed fields below the houses. A stunning male.

posted by Anna and Gary Easton
19 Mar
10:09 am
2023

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

1 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit 2 Bullfinch.

3 Whooper Swans were seen yesterday.

posted by Rod Mudge
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