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14 Jun
11:07 am
2023
Escot Park – New Bird +1 Photo

Escot Park – New Bird

Well, a new bird for me on my Escot Park patch, to be precise. The singing Whitethroat finally came close enough for a picture. First heard on the 9th June, it checks in as my 79th species for this area.
Also was pleased to find a Scarce Chaser dragonfly, on the Tale, amongst the resident Banded and Beautiful Demoiselles.
posted by John Reeves
14 Jun
10:51 am
2023

Marsh Harrier , Yelland….

Home farm Marsh , Yelland , from Tarka trail.

Adult Marsh Harrier probably female quartering the area around the Gaia Trust scrape from 9-30 to 9-45.   Slowly rose higher and higher before soaring over the r. Taw towards Braunton burrows……

posted by Malcolm Shakespeare
14 Jun
10:12 am
2023

Crownhill Down

Curlew Sandpiper and Redshank in the huge pit at the top of the down. Scope essential.

posted by Chris E
13 Jun
11:30 pm
2023
Dartmoor +1 Photo

Dartmoor

on Dartmoor again today where I spotted: two Willow Warbler; a Chaffinch; a male Wheatear; a Spotted Flycatcher; Grey and Pied Wagtail; two Garden Warblers; a couple of Meadow Pipits; a few Stonechats; and a male Redstart.

posted by Martin Bennett
13 Jun
8:46 pm
2023

Sherpa Marsh, Braunton,

Late evening walk to the marsh was rewarded with slightly distant views of a smart Great White Egret on the new scrape south of the ponds at Sherpa.

posted by Jon Turner
13 Jun
6:42 pm
2023

Exminster Marshes/Exeter Canal

Following Steve Cox’s report about Scarce Chasers: there are unprecedented numbers around this year. This afternoon, I counted 92 on Exminster Marshes north (Milbury Lane-Topsham Ferry) and 52 on Exeter Canal (Topsham Ferry to Countess Wear). Also notable was a male Lesser Emperor (Exeter Canal between Topsham Ferry and M5), hundreds of Red-eyed Damselflies and a total of 6 Hairy Dragonflies. Small numbers of Scarce Chasers have also appeared at several sites in SE Devon and the Bovey Basin lately, plus one at Slapton – so they’re probably breeding in more places than we know!

posted by Dave Smallshire
13 Jun
3:51 pm
2023

Darts Farm, Goosemoor, Bowling Green & Goat Walk

Most interesting bird wise was 18 Lapwing (13 Adults & 5 Juv). These will be local birds almost certainly. Otherwise 20 Curlew, 2 Blackwit, 3 Teal & 3 Imm Spoonbill. 120 BH Gull a sign the season is changing.

Lots of Scarce Chasers and Meadow Browns too.

Also in Alphington is what I thought was maybe 2 pairs of House Martin. At this site today 7+ active nests, spread over 8 properties. Great to see.

posted by Steve Cox
13 Jun
2:19 pm
2023

Swifts Northam North Devon

Four Swift over Northam 9.40am the first I’ve seen this year.

posted by Rob Maye
13 Jun
7:36 am
2023
Dartmoor +1 Photo

Dartmoor

Yesterday on Dartmoor I saw a Spotted flycatcher, a young Redstart, two Treecreepers and a Willow Warbler.

posted by Martin Bennett
12 Jun
7:04 pm
2023
Crownhill Down +1 Photo

Crownhill Down

Brief visit this evening to the Down produced Tree Pipit 1, Sand martins 3, Yellowhammer 1, Ravens 2 and 2 adult and 3 juvenile Wheatears.

posted by Bob Barrow
12 Jun
3:48 pm
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Pretty quiet on the avian front today, but managed: 2 each of Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, male Bullfinch, 27 Mandarin Ducks and Moorhens, Mallards & Shelducks all with chicks. Also, 16 Marbled Whites, Humming-bird Hawk-moth, 4 Small Heaths & a Roe Deer.

posted by Peter Aley
12 Jun
2:42 pm
2023
Seaton Wetlands

Seaton Wetlands

Kestrel busy feeding

posted by Geoff Mitchell
12 Jun
2:26 pm
2023
Seaton Wetlands

Seaton Wetlands

Reed Warblers and Kestrels busy feeding this morning.

posted by Geoff Mitchell
12 Jun
6:00 am
2023

Lesser Whitethroat at Seaton Wetlands

Singing Bird beside the Tower Hide

1300hrs 11/06/2023

posted by Roy Adams
11 Jun
12:35 pm
2023
Crownhill Down +1 Photo

Crownhill Down

2 Reed Buntings, 6 Swallows and numerous Goldfinches and Linnets on the Down this morning. 12 Canada Geese on TWL

posted by Bob Barrow
11 Jun
10:06 am
2023
Spoonbills at BGM +1 Photo

Spoonbills at BGM

3 Spoonbills feeding openly on the main pool at Bowling Green Marsh

posted by Ryan
10 Jun
9:25 pm
2023

Pied flycatchers at Yarner Woods

Twelve pied flycatchers in just over an hour , plus two siskins and a pair of bullfinch

posted by paul dietrich
10 Jun
9:21 pm
2023

Sharp Tor mistle thrushes

Upwards of a dozen mistle thrushes around the tor.  Plus couple of wheatear and maybe half a dozen redpoll, a handful of yellowhammer and at least two cuckoo.

posted by paul dietrich
10 Jun
9:14 pm
2023

Dartmeet goosanders

Three female-type goosanders just into the DWT reserve. One dipper also.

posted by paul dietrich
10 Jun
7:35 pm
2023

Wrafton Scrape

2 male Tufted Duck on the scrape early this morning.

1 Great Spotted Woodpecker in the trees at the side of the Tarka trail next to the Pond.

posted by Robert Jutsum
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