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Plym Estuary & Saltram
Birds are clearly benefitting from Blaxton Meadow’s increased water levels; as well as several hundred commoner waders, today’s sightings there included: Grey Plover, Turnstone (another 14 on the estuary), 11 Snipe, 10 Greenshanks, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Shovelers new in, Teal increased to 5 & 16 Wigeon. Also around the patch, 2 Kingfishers, Great Crested & 2 Little Grebes, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers (2 drakes), 4 Fieldfares, Green Woodpecker, 3 Firecrests & 3 Siskins.
3 black redstart, 1m,2f/imm private gardens between Veasy Park and Brownhill Lane
Powderham to Turf
East Devon Branch had an excellent outing last Thursday 10th. A total of 51 species including a wide range of waders – curlew, avocet, OC, redshank, dunlin, knot, ringed, grey and golden plover and a lovely flock of approx. 100 black tailed godwit that landed just in front of us. Other highlights were a large group of Pintail (30+) and a snipe (uncharacteristically) wading in one of the ditches in the fields.
Late afternoon stop-off a tAylsebeare Common where there were two Goldcrest, a few Linnets and two Dartford Warblers.
3 Snow Buntings – Northam Burrows
One male and two females by edge of golf course and pebble ridge.
Trew Weir, drainage channel & Exeter Quay
A successful cycle to see Glaucous Gull, along Riverside Country Park from Incinerator crossing also produced Kingfisher M, Water Rail, 7 Teal, 68 Mallard, 2 Little Grebe, Raven, 18 Moorhen & 4 Coot.
Teignmouth Seafront, 14th Nov
Red throated diver off Sprey Point this morning
Glaucous gull still around ,sat on bank with gulls ,pigeons and Canada geese.
A nice late afternoon find on my roof top, a female-type Black Redstart. Came within feet of me catching flies. A first for the garden.
Ford Park Cemetery
Redwings feeding on the remaining berries, one I forgot to put up the other day was Fieldfares the first time spotted in this cemetery for me.
Great White Egret still at Slapon Ley, in Torcross
Plym Estuary & Saltram
On Blaxton Meadow this morning: a bouncing Jack Snipe, 10 Snipe, Whimbrel, 10 Greenshanks, Kingfisher, 3 Teal, 15 Wigeon & Portland Harbour-ringed Great Black-backed Gull P:15F. Also around the patch, drake Red-breasted Merganser, 2 redhead Goosanders, Great Crested & Little Grebes, adult Mediterranean Gull & 4 Turnstones.
Yesterday, a Whinchat still about.
Pair of black redstarts on roof of manufacturing site along Wilkins drive, just off the ring road
Filleigh, N Devon
13th Nov, 11.45, red kite at Filleigh viaduct, A361
On the sea: 1 Long Tailed Duck, 4 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver.
5 Cirl Buntings on seed in the second car park.
Late Swift – Brixham
Unbelievably late Swift flying south over the house (Brixham) on the morning of 7th November.
EDS – that was probably a Pallid Swift Trevor!!
Single barnacle goose on the flood between Stafford’s Bridge and North Bridge.
2 male Goosanders on the River Teign at Dunsford this afternoon. Also a lively flock of long-tail tits and a grey wagtail by the road bridge.
Early afternoon at The Skern, with the tide well out – 1000-2000 golden plover, often in flight – plenty of dunlin, oystercatchers, with some curlew, black and bar-tailed godwit, across the mud and along the water’s edge, one female pintail just off the shoreline.
2 snow buntings made an appearance at the end of the pebble ridge, but didn’t stay in one place for long due to golfers and dog walkers.
Hoping that last year’s black redstart would return to near the bridge, but no luck, although someone did say they’d seen it there a bit earlier.
Redwing, numerous Blackcaps feeding on spindle, callicarpa & leycesteria berries, a lively Chiffchaff and a pair of displaying Goldcrests in the garden today.. The usual Great spotted Woodpeckers, Long-tailed Tits etc with the Sparrowhawk flying through a couple of times.