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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.
Two purple sandpipers and a very confiding snow bunting early afternoon.
Report from Bob Burridge:
30 Cattle Egret in fields just above West Alvington (opposite side of road from cricket ground). Also 3000 Wood Pigeon over, heading towards Bolt Tail. Two Black Redstarts on Kingsbridge buildings
Exeter Quay & Bowling Green Marsh
At Exeter Quay today there has been the glaucous gull again this morning and also a white throated dipper flew down the river past the bridge by the glaucous gull.
Ford Park Cemetery
Black Redstart, not long after Greg’s sighting on the Chapel roof. It was very mobile on gravestones behind the visitor centre.
Lots of Goldcrests and a Firecrest, Coal tits, a few cock & hen Pheasants, Goldfinch, Green Woodpecker, Jay & a handful of Redwings.
***Message for Greg***, on reflection I think your Fritillary is quite unlikely, more likely a Comma
Ford Park Cemetery
Male Black Redstart seen on the chapel this morning
Powderham Marsh RSPB
Early morning visit. Two Marsh Harrier, and lots of small birds on Powderham Marsh RSPB this morning. 110+ Redwing, 10+ Fieldfare, 80+ Linnet, 40+ Chaffinch, 25+ Greenfinch, 7+ Reed Bunting, 2 Cirl, 4 Stonechat, 12+ Skylark 2 Sparrowhawk & 6 Golden Plover over.
Teignmouth Black Redstart
On roof of Jolly Sailor pub
Late post for yesterday the 12th: 2 Dartford Warblers, one up-valley from the ponds and another at the bottom of Stare Hole. The first I’ve seen here; late autumn dispersal? Also, two Firecrests (together), also in Stare Hole, good numbers of Skylarks on the freshly ploughed fields, a smart male Sparrowhawk and a Peregrine.
At least 2 Hawfinches still at West Town Farm Ide this morning.
Difficult to see feeding in the Field Maple but a male did show very nicely for a short period
Several thousand Wood Pigeon moving West and good numbers of Redwing and Fieldfare
A count of 30 Turnstone at Marine Parade, Paignton.
Peregrine seen twice over Goodrington this morning, also a female Sparrowhawk.
At Broadsands, Heron, Kittiwake and a Mediterranean Gull, mixed 25 plus sized flock of Goldfinch and Greenfinch.
From the headland towards Elberry Little Egret, three Great Northern Diver, a Great Crested Grebe, the reported four Common Scoter together with the Long Tailed duck and my first Black Necked Grebe of the season.
Plym Estuary & Saltram
A fine morning’s birding produced 2 Whinchats, Reed Bunting, Firecrest, 3 Siskins, 2 Stonechats, 2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Great Spotted & 2 Green Woodpeckers, 1+ Kingfisher, 13 Snipe, 11 Greenshanks, Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Little Egrets, 6 redhead Goosanders, 20 Wigeon, female Red-crested Pochard, a Mallard with a small duckling & 6 Roe Deer.
At least 2 Hawfinches at West Town Farm Ide this morning feeding on Field Maple seed.From Ide travel to the farm and just past the farm park and scan the field maple at the bottom of the short hill and hedgerows beside
Tottiford & Trenchford Reservoirs
Levels in both reservoirs still very low; 9 Goosander (1 male) – (last month there were 24 Goosander (2 male); no sign of Great White Egret that was there last month). 40+ Mallard; 5 Cormorant; Grey Wagtails; Pied Wagtails; 2 Jay; 2 Raven