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23 Jul
7:57 pm
2023

Osprey river dart to totness

Osprey

Common sandpiper *5

Kingfisher*2

Curlew*7

Greenshank

Little egret*36

Grey heron*16

Buzzard*2

B/H Gulls several100

Great Black backed gull*6

Herring gull*65

Mallard*32

Canada Geese *62

 

 

posted by Stephen Gilbert
23 Jul
3:46 pm
2023
Fremington Pill

Fremington Pill

A mid afternoon walk along Fremington Pill revealed 3 common sandpipers, 3 greenshank (2 still in summer plumage),  2 dozen redshanks, little egret, a young curlew and plenty of black-headed gulls (more than we used to get here).

posted by Colin Dracott
23 Jul
11:46 am
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A Whimbrel with the Curlews and 2 adult Dunlins with the Redshanks on this morning’s high tide. Also, Common Sandpiper, Siskin & a Swift.

posted by Peter Aley
22 Jul
12:31 pm
2023

Lower Tamar Lake

1 Willow Tit, 6 Great Crested Grebe plus 2 recently fledged, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Kingfisher, 1m Tufted Duck, 6 Moorhen, 2 Coal Tit.

Note: All four GC Grebe nests were empty, I only saw one brood but the weather was very poor so I may have missed any others.

posted by Rod Mudge
22 Jul
11:07 am
2023
Morte Point +1 Photo

Morte Point

This week a huge amount of mixed Gulls loafing on the rocks from Grunta beach to Rockham bay, upwards of 2500 all with full crops of Whitebait. Mostly Herring gulls along with 30 Gbbg, 200+ Lesserbb, several 100 Meds and Black headed, a juv Little Gull, 70 Kittiwakes, a handful of Common and 1st CY Yellow-legged gulls.
Around Morte Stone good numbers of Manxies, 60 Gannets and 4+ Sandwich Terns all feeding non stop. Disappointingly i thought all the current Seabird activity might attract some Skuas, but no.
This week at Ilfracombe the first 1st CY Yellow-legged Gulls have showed up and while looking through my record shots a Gull i initially mistook for a Herring Lesser hybrid now appears to be a 3rd cycle Yellow-leg.

posted by Martin Thorne
21 Jul
7:24 pm
2023

River Torridge Northam

Shelduck creche on the River Torridge this morning, near the Appledore Shipyard with 13 young birds and 2 adults. Good to see a successful breeding season on this part of the river. The day before there were a family party of 3 young, a  female and male Blackcaps on Bidna lane.

posted by Stan Coats
21 Jul
2:14 pm
2023
Bowling Green Marsh +1 Photo

Bowling Green Marsh

Yesterday morning visit, high tide on river. Numerous Redshank, Blackwits in summer plumage, Curlew, Whimbrel, Dunlin, Little Egrets, Herons, Shelduck, Gadwall, Common Sandpiper, Swallows, Sand martins and Swifts. A group of at least 10 mixed adult and juv. C. Sandpipers together with a Kingfisher on sea wall to right from viewing platform.         2  Black Swans on the Exe at Topsham.

posted by Bob Barrow
21 Jul
12:49 pm
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

An adult Dunlin in with the other waders, which also included 8 Greenshanks & 2 Common Sandpipers, on Blaxton Meadow this morning. Also, Siskin (1+), Great Spotted Woodpecker & Red-crested Pochard (female).

posted by Peter Aley
21 Jul
8:25 am
2023

Harleston by Slapton

Late post for yesterday – 100 Swifts over garden early evening. In garden 37 Red Admirals & 35 Peacocks!

posted by Rob Macklin
21 Jul
6:58 am
2023
Escot Park – 2 New Birds

Escot Park – 2 New Birds

My usual circuit around Escot Park yesterday added two new species for my patch list. Firstly a couple of Sand Martins were cavorting with Swallows over the lake and then a male Reed Bunting was flushed up from the overgrown banks of the Tale. Both very welcome and moves my patch list on to 81.  

posted by John Reeves
20 Jul
7:39 pm
2023

Bowling Green Marsh & Goosemoor

A fairly quiet high tide visit to the above today. 220 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 2 Dunlin, 140+ Blackwit, 8+ Whimbrel, Curlew (no count), 14 Lapwing & 7 Teal was the best of it. 30+ Swallow & 20+ Sand Martin seemed to be early migration (with 30+ Swallow over Alphington this evening too). 220+ BH Gull, with only 3 Juvs. One Ad Med Gull.

Single Scarce Chaser still. And Hummingbird Hawk & Clouded Yellow amongst butterflies on Goat Walk Trust Fields. Good numbers of Peacock out, about 15.

At Countess Weir, 2 Egyptian Goose, seem to have taken up residence. And another Juv BH Gull, with 11 adults.

posted by Steve Cox
20 Jul
3:57 pm
2023

Exe Estuary, BGM Viewing Platform.

10 Common Sandpipers in view at same time on stone wall to right.

posted by Lloyd Gray
20 Jul
1:52 pm
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On the high tide, 2 Common sandpipers, 6 Greenshanks and Redshanks now up to 120. Also, Green Woodpecker, 2 Kestrels, Roe Deer & a Small Copper.

posted by Peter Aley
20 Jul
1:44 pm
2023

Land at Stoney Lane, Landkey.

Passed a male yellowhammer sat on the phone wire with a mouthful of food for his young. Heard a green woodpecker and a young buzzard. House martins overhead and best of all, disturbed two tawny owls whilst I was going to check my bat boxes. They may have been this year’s young, but still a wonderful sight. I’ll get an owl box in place before next year.

posted by Robert Morgan
20 Jul
10:46 am
2023

Ilfracombe

Young Fulmar, young Stonechat and young Rock Pipits around Capstone Hill and cliffs overlooking Tunnel Beaches

posted by David Shadwell
19 Jul
9:35 pm
2023

Skern, Westward Ho!

Sadly, no sign of the Tern this evening. nowhere near as many birds at the roost as last night.

posted by Jon Turner
19 Jul
7:45 pm
2023

Mardon Down & Blackingstone

On Mardon this morning were 6+ Redpolls, Willow Warbler, Yellowhammer, Linnet and Stonechat. Later around Blackingstone were the same plus Crossbill, Garden Warbler and Marsh Tit, plus a brief “churr”, at 1100, from a Nightjar deep in the bracken.

posted by James Camden
19 Jul
9:16 am
2023

Skern , Northam burrows.

probable Lesser Crested term present on this morning’s high tide.  Rather distant views but clearly a yellow bill , Sandwich tern size and appeared to be in non breeding plumage…
5 Sandwich terns plus a juvenile , around 300 Med. gulls……

posted by Malcolm Shakespeare
18 Jul
8:18 pm
2023

Skern, Westward Ho!

Orangey-yellow billed Tern seen again over high water this evening. Features noted had us leaning towards Lesser Crested Tern or  Elegant Tern. Martin Unwin also saw a Wood Sandpiper! In the roost up to 300 (?) Mediterranean Gulls 100 or so Black headed Gulls 1 LBB and a couple of Common Gulls 3 Sandwich and 1 Common Tern. 50 or so Oystercatcher and about 15 Curlew.

posted by Jon Turner
18 Jul
8:03 pm
2023

Countesswear

On the river alongside the sewage works this afternoon were 10 Common Sandpipers, 3 Mediterranean Gulls, a Tufted Duck, unusual on saline water, and a Water Rail.

posted by James Camden
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