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17 Jul
7:14 pm
2023
Blaxton Meadow, Saltram – Cattle Egret

Blaxton Meadow, Saltram – Cattle Egret

This afternoon’s Cattle Egret relocated from the spillway to the largest island on Blaxton Meadow along with six or so Little Egrets and a juvenile Grey Heron. A lucky photograph taken through a tiny gap in the trees above the hide.

posted by Chris Marcol
17 Jul
6:28 pm
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

The Cattle Egret still on the sluice at Blaxton Meadow this evening and a Sand Martin over (west). Also, 23 Mandarin Ducks, female Red-crested Pochard, 3 Mediterranean Gulls (2 ad-s + 3rd cy), 4 Greenshanks & a Kingfisher.

posted by Peter Aley
17 Jul
5:30 pm
2023
Cattle Egret, Blaxton Meadow, Plymouth

Cattle Egret, Blaxton Meadow, Plymouth

Distant image of Cattle Egret in breeding plumage at Blaxton Meadow.  17/07/2023 at 4.00pm

posted by Fred Jenkins
17 Jul
5:13 pm
2023
Crownhill Down +1 Photo

Crownhill Down

Yesterday on the Down. Family groups of Linnets, several juv. Wheatears, Stonechats, Willow Warblers, GSW, GWP, 2 Ravens, 2 Kestrels and a solitary Buzzard.

posted by Bob Barrow
17 Jul
1:21 pm
2023

Red Kite over Copplestone

A single Red Kite over the Eastern approach to Copplestone at 13:13 yesterday, Sunday 16th July.

posted by Steve Jackson
17 Jul
12:28 pm
2023

Wrafton pond Coot

A Coot this morning on Wrafton Pond. First one I’ve seen here since before Christmas. No idea where they all went to.

posted by Andy Leat
16 Jul
10:56 am
2023

Prawle Point seawatch 0630-0945 Sat 15 July

Less than ideal conditions –  strong SW wind but bright periods with squalls passing E offshore. Steady westerly passage of 300+ shearwaters mostly Manx Shearwater and Balearic Shearwater and 4 Sooty Shearwater amongst. Also group of 4 ArticSkua, Gannet, Kittiwake, Guillemot, Razorbill, two Puffin and Shag.

posted by Damian Offer
16 Jul
8:34 am
2023

Berry Head sea watch Sat 15th July 07.45-12.00

Conditions a bit too fine but managed: Storm Petrel, 14+ Balearic & 16 Manx Shearwaters, 4+ Arctic Skuas, 2 “Commic” Terns, 5 Common Scoters, 4 (ad-s) Mediterranean Gulls, 3 Swifts, 4+ Harbour Porpoises, 3+ Common Dolphins & a Grey Seal.

posted by Peter Aley
15 Jul
2:21 pm
2023

Escot Park – Hobby

A Hobby flew over the top fields at Escot Park this morning. Also 2 Ravens. Yesterday, at dusk, a loose flock of 40+ Mistle Thrushes had gathered and were moving through, calling as they went.

posted by John Reeves
15 Jul
12:42 pm
2023

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

1 Recently fledged Willow Tit it couldn’t work out the feeders, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 7 Great Crested Grebe.

posted by Rod Mudge
14 Jul
3:49 pm
2023

Radford Lake and Hooe Lake

This afternoon after the heavy rain 11 Swifts and 9 House Martins were over Radford Lake. Best, however, was a 1CY Yellow-legged Gull at Hooe Lake. Yesterday at Hooe Lake a Black-tailed Godwit in breeding plumage and a Common Sandpiper were present.

posted by David Diskin
13 Jul
11:19 pm
2023
Fremington Pill +1 Photo

Fremington Pill

Late afternoon along Fremington Pill were C50 Black-headed Gulls, 10 Redshanks, 3 Greenshanks, 3 Common Sandpipers and a Curlew.

posted by Martin Bennett
13 Jul
6:42 pm
2023

Little Gull Dartmouth

A single Little Gull flew down the Dart early afternoon.

posted by Steve Wadsworth
13 Jul
5:18 pm
2023

Saltpill pond, Fremington

Great White Egret back yesterday

posted by Jennifer Wallace
13 Jul
4:26 pm
2023

Northam, Skern high tide roost.

At least 77 Mediterranean Gulls, mostly adult birds roosting on the marshes with a scattering of Black-headed Gulls, 2 SandwichTern, 2 Great black-backed Gulls, 1 Common Gull. Also 15 Curlew, 9 Redshank and 1 Whimbrel

posted by Martin Unwin
13 Jul
1:12 pm
2023

Old Torrington Road Barnstaple

Two or three swifts hunting over our house on a daily basis. They are about most of the day. Had 12 house sparrows sitting on my neighbours electricity cable Tuesday afternoon.

posted by Robert Morgan
13 Jul
9:25 am
2023

Crownhill Down

Green Sandpiper roosting on small pool on the down, 6 Wheatear, 2 Whitethroat, 3 Kestrel and good numbers of juv Linnets, Mipits and Stonechats this morning.

posted by Chris E
12 Jul
6:03 pm
2023

Swifts Bickington

4 swifts flying over our garden in Bickington all afternoon.

posted by Matt Gregory
12 Jul
5:40 pm
2023
Crownhill Down +1 Photo

Crownhill Down

This evening several juv. Wheatears and Stonechats, 2 Willow Warblers, Linnets, Pied Wagtails, a solitary Kestrel, Canada Geese and 2 Ravens feeding on a bird carcase on the TWL.

posted by Bob Barrow
12 Jul
5:31 pm
2023

Bowling Green Marsh, Clyst VP & Goat Walk

Todays high tide, all be a low one. Imm Spoonbill, 118 Blackwit, 30+ Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 58 Redshank, 2 Greenshank & 8 Lapwing (4 Juvs). 6 Teal. Ad & 4 Imm Shelduck from VP. The best of it.

Three Small Red-eyed Damselflies near BG hide & a single male Scarce  Chaser

posted by Steve Cox
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