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2 Aug
7:48 pm
2023
Skern Northam +1 Photo

Skern Northam

two Little Terns on the rising water line. Not only were there two one has a ring on its right leg. Heavily cropped photos taken in windy conditions. Can post shot of the ring but it is difficult to read.

posted by Martin Bennett
2 Aug
11:19 am
2023
Tarka trail & Barnstaple +1 Photo

Tarka trail & Barnstaple

Late post – Starlings at rest & Comma Butterfly on Buddleia.

posted by Robert Jutsum
1 Aug
5:17 pm
2023

Riverside Country Park at Countess Weir

A short walk this afternoon. Up to 21 House Martin nests overlooking the area, certainly 4 still active with young. 4 Swift, Whitethroat, 18+ House Sparrows, a Coot on the river (more unusual there). Otherwise not too much else.

posted by Steve Cox
1 Aug
12:35 pm
2023

Old Torrington Road Barnstaple

A flock of 8 long tailed tits and 4 blue tits feeding around my garden this morning. The sparrows seen the other day seem mostly to have moved on.

posted by Robert Morgan
1 Aug
11:17 am
2023

Exminster marshes

hobby across the fields this morning. Lots of swallows following the tractor cutting the rushes in the roadside fields. Three little egrets. Two black swans on the Exe at Turf. Two kestrels.

posted by Tom Misselbrook
1 Aug
10:07 am
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On this morning’s early high tide: 2 Dunlins, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers, 8 Greenshanks, Kingfisher, Red-crested Pochard (female) & 27 Mandarin Ducks. Also, Willow Warbler, Swift & Bullfinch (juv).

posted by Peter Aley
1 Aug
5:05 am
2023

Blaxton Meadow 31st July

A bit more movement on the high tide in the afternoon with the addition of a summer plumage Black-tailed Godwit amongst the other waders. Also Kingfisher, 2 Med Gulls (both adult) and 11 Little Egrets.

posted by Martin Phillips
31 Jul
6:46 pm
2023

Home farm marsh , Yelland.

Juvenile Marsh Harrier from Gaia Trust hide plus 5 Mute swans and 20+ Mallard on the pond.    @ 25 flock of Med. Gulls flew over towards Isley plus 2 moulting adult Meds at Westleigh.

A ringed Curlew at Instow ( blue and yellow rings) in same place as last year showed site fidelity…….

posted by Malcolm Shakespeare
31 Jul
6:45 pm
2023

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

7 Great Crested Grebe plus 3 chicks, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Willow Tit, 6 Swift, 1 Cormorant.

posted by Rod Mudge
31 Jul
6:36 pm
2023

Stover

11+ Mandarin, 3 (Pair & Juv) Great Crested Grebe, first Tufted back amongst usual Mallards, Coots & Moorhen. 10+ Sand Martin & Kingfisher the only other real birds of note.
Too cloudy for Dragonflies & Butterflies.

posted by Steve Cox
31 Jul
1:31 pm
2023

Wembury Point

Birds at Wembury Point this morning included 7 Mediterranean Gulls (4 adults, 2 juveniles and a 2CY), 2 Whimbrels, and  5 Common Scoters flying west.

posted by David Diskin
30 Jul
5:33 pm
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

This  afternoon, 7 Mediterranean Gulls (2ad, 2 3rd cy, 2 2nd cy & juv), Common Sandpiper, 3 Dunlins, 8 Greenshanks & a Kingfisher.

posted by Peter Aley
30 Jul
9:30 am
2023

Old Torrington Road Barnstaple

Just been sat watching the local birds from my conservatory. Extraordinary sight of 30 house sparrows in a group feeding on my feeders and my neighbour’s feeders. Must have had a good breeding season. Never in the nearly 30 years we’ve been here have we seen as many.

posted by Robert Morgan
29 Jul
3:18 pm
2023

Tamar estuary / Ernesettle

This morning:

3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Whimbrel,  1 Greenshank, Swallow, Chiffchaff, and a Jersey Tiger moth.

posted by Alan Livsey
29 Jul
2:39 pm
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

This morning, a Marsh Tit (barely annual here in recent years and my first on the patch for a decade!). Also, Green Woodpecker, 2 Bullfinches, Swift, 3 Roe Deer & a Painted Lady.

posted by Peter Aley
28 Jul
9:17 pm
2023
Yarner Wood & Braunton Burrows +1 Photo

Yarner Wood & Braunton Burrows

Early afternoon from the bird hide I saw a male Kingfisher, a female Mandarin and a Heron (possible night Heron). This evening at Braunton Burrows there was a Moorhen with a single chick and a Mallard with eight ducklings.

posted by Martin Bennett
28 Jul
4:42 pm
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On this afternoon’s high tide: Kingfisher, adult Mediterranean Gull, 8 Greenshanks, Common Sandpiper & 2 Dunlins.

posted by Peter Aley
28 Jul
3:53 pm
2023
Seaton Wetlands 27th July +1 Photo

Seaton Wetlands 27th July

Afternoon: Herons, Little Egrets, Oystercatchers, Turnstones, Redshank, Greenshank, Blackwits, Dunlin, Shelduck, Moorhen, Sand Martins, House martins, Swallows, Kingfisher, Reed Buntings, Kestrel, Lapwings, Song thrush, Collared Dove.

 

posted by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd
28 Jul
1:27 pm
2023
Exe estuary +1 Photo

Exe estuary

Osprey flying down the estuary from Topsham towards Exmouth. Touched down once on the water. Being mobbed by gulls.

Spoonbill showing very well on Bowling Green Marsh, walking around with bill out! Also 14 Little Egrets.

Photos courtesy of Phil Evans.

posted by Tom Misselbrook
28 Jul
11:18 am
2023

Swifts over Chulmleigh centre 28/07/23

24 swifts seen flying as large group over Chulmleigh centre this morning approx 0900hrs, at times having screaming party flypasts of up to 12 swifts.

posted by Chris Stanton
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