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18 Mar
5:47 pm
2023

Chiffchaff

1 Singing Chiffchaff, Grand Western Canal, Halberton.

posted by Liz Gowen
18 Mar
5:24 pm
2023

Crossbanks & Horsey

4 more Wheatears this aft. 1 pair at Crossbanks &  2  males between  Crossbanks & the White House.

posted by Robert Jutsum
18 Mar
4:56 pm
2023

Wrafton

The drake Garganey present for its 10th day on the scrape this morning. Drake Pochard on Wrafton Pond. Of interest in the reserve, a singing Chiffchaff, 6 Gadwall, and the shell of a recently hatched Woodpigeon’s egg. 40+ Sand Martins over Sherpa Marsh.

posted by Jon Turner
18 Mar
4:44 pm
2023

Exminster Marsh

0815-1310:

7 Wheatear (5m,2f) 1 Marsh Harrier (f), 2 Tufted duck, 1 Little Grebe in breeding plumage, 140+ Wigeon, 8 Chiffchaff, 4 Reed Bunting (2m,2f), 5 Skylark, and a pair of Buzzards circling overhead.

posted by Alan Livsey
18 Mar
3:58 pm
2023

River Otter – upstream from Tipton St John

09:02-12:33

Highlights from a pleasant stroll, Goosander (M & F); Dipper; Grey Wagtail; Sand Martin (1) investigating river bank; Green Woodpecker.

posted by Paul Bray
18 Mar
2:19 pm
2023
Otterton and Widworthy +1 Photo

Otterton and Widworthy

Shelducks at L.O.R.P. yesterday and Marsh Tit (prob.) in Widworthy this morning.

posted by Geoff Mitchell
18 Mar
12:17 pm
2023
Baggy

Baggy

Early am – Counted 5 Wheatears in the mist & mizzle including a pair together. Probably a few more present but visibility an issue.

At least 20 Meadow Pipits & 4 pairs of Fulmar on usual nest site. 25 Jackdaws on Baggy Point & Skylark in the field above.

posted by Robert Jutsum
18 Mar
11:25 am
2023

Soar

Female Wheatear below Bolt Head and male Wheatear also on undercliff. Chiffchaff in song & stacks of Rock Pipits on territory. No Alpine Swifts!!!

posted by Rob Macklin
18 Mar
10:35 am
2023

Bovisand-Heybrook Bay

Two Chiffchaffs singing at Bovisand. A male Wheatear on rocks near Heybrook Bay.

posted by David Diskin
18 Mar
10:23 am
2023

Wheatears Okehampton camp

2 male Wheatear by Moor brook. First of the year for me and the earliest I’ve seen them return here

posted by Jasper Michie
18 Mar
9:43 am
2023
Crownhill Down

Crownhill Down

Two Wheatear, two singing Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a Reed Bunting the highlights this morning.

posted by Chris E
18 Mar
7:49 am
2023

Otterton

Single Swallow on wires in Otterton.

posted by Dave McKeown
17 Mar
9:24 pm
2023

Morte Point

1 male Wheatear showing well early evening.

posted by Jonny Pinn
17 Mar
8:31 pm
2023
Wrafton Pond and small scrape +1 Photo

Wrafton Pond and small scrape

Between Wrafton Pond and the small scrape and on the small scrape were a Robin and the Garganey.

posted by Martin Bennett
17 Mar
8:27 pm
2023
Wrafton Pond +1 Photo

Wrafton Pond

Around lunch time visit to Wrafton Pond where there were two Gadwall, two Little Grebe and a male Pochard.

posted by Martin Bennett
17 Mar
8:27 pm
2023
Wrafton Pond +1 Photo

Wrafton Pond

Around lunch time visit to Wrafton Pond where there were two Gadwall, two Little Grebe and a male Pochard.

posted by Martin Bennett
17 Mar
5:37 pm
2023

Wrafton Scrape

Late afternoon visit to the scrape and reserve: Drake Garganey once again on the larger scrape. No hirundines.

posted by Jon Turner
17 Mar
3:53 pm
2023

Westward Ho! Pebble Ridge

1 Male Wheatear feeding amongst the pebbles on the Pebble Ridge and then bathing in a puddle. Spring has sprung!

posted by Martin Unwin
17 Mar
3:51 pm
2023

Salt Pill Pond/Home Farm Marsh R.Taw

6 Sand Martin along the Taw Bank and then over Salt Pill Pond

2 Glossy Ibis and 1 Spotted Redshank along Fremington Pill

posted by Martin Unwin
17 Mar
3:34 pm
2023
Bull Point

Bull Point

The mild and gusty southerly airflow brought an ALPINE SWIFT (part of a definite UK influx of this species), which treated me to an unforgettable 8 minutes as it flew circuits of the headland and lighthouse from 08:12 to 08:20, before heading off high to the north-east. At times it was at head height or even flying below me! It was busy for migrants in general, with at least 85 Sand Martin & 3 Swallow (both my first of the year here) heading west, 9 Skylark, 6+ Wheatear, 16 Stonechat (a small fall coinciding with the other migrants and by far the highest count since last autumn), 330 Meadow Pipit, 48 Pied/alba Wagtail (all flyovers and all of those I got a decent look at were Pied), 27 Goldfinch, 55 Linnet, 2 Greenfinch and a Reed Bunting. A group of 3 Shelduck flying west over the sea were also migrants and new for the year. Amazing what a change in the weather can do!

 

posted by Tim Jones
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