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28 Jun
9:24 am
2023
Crownhill Down +1 Photo

Crownhill Down

Yesterday evening 30+ Sand martins adults and juveniles and at least a dozen Swallows feeding over the bridlepath. A Yellowhammer, a Reed Bunting, 2 Ravens, numerous Linnets and Stonechats. Several adult Wheatears and juveniles on the higher Down.

posted by Bob Barrow
27 Jun
5:15 pm
2023

Powderham Marsh

4 Green Sandpiper today.

posted by John Waldon
26 Jun
4:25 pm
2023

Springfield Farm, Honiton Hill

Red Kite drifting westwards over Honiton Hill at 11.09am, Monday 26th June 2023

posted by David Lee
26 Jun
3:39 pm
2023

Ilfracombe

Whimbrel, 3 Oystercatchers and a cormorant all on a rocky outcrop at high tide this morning below Capstone Hill

posted by David Shadwell
25 Jun
4:40 pm
2023

Velator reserve

After seeing a Kingfisher fly downstream from the bridge to the reserve a few day ago, I was even more delighted to see it (or another) in the reserve today. Quite surprising really as the pond is still largely covered in duckweed. Still a few Warblers in song and a delightful day-old Song Thrush chick heading for cover from one of the paths. I ringed three full grown Song Thrushes last Thursday. Perhaps one of them was a parent.

posted by Jon Turner
25 Jun
4:34 pm
2023

Old Torrington Road Barnstaple

Over the last couple of days there has been an increase in starling numbers as the youngsters join the family groups. Up to 18 seen on Friday. Also two distinct groups of swifts, one of four and the other of two. House sparrow numbers are up as well. With regards the avocet seen on the Taw, as I crossed the new bridge yesterday afternoon, what looked to be an avocet, colouring was right, was down on the large mud bank opposite where the civic centre used to stand.

posted by Robert Morgan
25 Jun
3:08 pm
2023

Fledgling swallows Northam

16 recently fledged swallows on electric power lines at Northam near River Torridge.  Must have been the amalgamation of several broods and clearly recent hot weather has been good for insects and swallows! At least 16 Swift’s feeding at low levels over uncut hayfield nearby.

 

posted by Stan Coats
25 Jun
1:13 pm
2023
Crownhill Down +1 Photo

Crownhill Down

Several adult Wheatears with numerous juveniles. Yellowhammer and a Reed Bunting, Linnets, Skylarks and a Raven.

posted by Bob Barrow
25 Jun
12:36 pm
2023

Powderham Marsh RSPB

Two Green Sandpiper on marsh. Singing Whitethroat remains in its usual place. A few Reed Warblers singing. Male Reed Bunting, 2 Stock Dove, Kestrel, 2 families of Shelduck (5 & 9 young), 4+ Sand Martin, as well as 12+ House Martin & 10+ Swallow.

3-4 Scarce Chasers, a few Ringlets, Marbled Whites & Large Skippers.

posted by Steve Cox
25 Jun
11:18 am
2023
North side of Taw Estuary

North side of Taw Estuary

A single Avocet foraging on the north side of the Taw Estuary this morning on the rising tide observed from the Tarka trail.

This is probably the same individual that Tim Jones spotted some time ago from Fremington Quay. If it is, then it has probably been on the estuary for some time.

posted by Robert Jutsum
25 Jun
7:46 am
2023

Lower Tamar Lake

Late for Saturday 24th.

2 Mute Swans, 1 Coot, 2 Grey Wagtails, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Moorhen 7 chicks.

 

posted by Rod Mudge
24 Jun
2:10 pm
2023
Crownhill Down +1 Photo

Crownhill Down

Early this morning a Green Woodpecker with 2 juveniles, 5 adult Wheatears with numerous juveniles, Linnets, Stonechats, Willow warblers, 2 Ravens, a Buzzard and a lone Yellowhammer.

posted by Bob Barrow
24 Jun
11:57 am
2023
Headland Warren to Challacombe

Headland Warren to Challacombe

Three seperate Wheatear seen feeding young in the open. Several Linnet seen along with a dozen or so Meadow Pipit in full song. Redstart near Challacombe and one Spotted Flycatcher.

posted by Ian Muir
22 Jun
6:16 pm
2023

Common Sandpipers Lopwell/Maristow Tavy Est., 22.6.2023

About 1020 this morning just downstream from Lopwell Dam, a group of three Common Sandpipers flew downstream.

Also in area Stock Dove (2), Chiffchaff (2), Blackcap (1), Raven calling, up to four Swallows around boathouse Maristow Quay, and a small number of nesting House Martins around cottages near Dam.

posted by roger smaldon
22 Jun
4:15 pm
2023
Nightjar Rudge Wood, River Bovey +1 Photo

Nightjar Rudge Wood, River Bovey

On a butterfly hunt was surprised to hear a churring Nightjar at 12:00 midday.

posted by Chris Marcol
22 Jun
1:14 pm
2023

Spotted flycatcher at Westwood near broadclyst

A first for our garden. It headed off towards ashclyst forest

posted by Mike graham
21 Jun
6:45 pm
2023

Wrafton area

It’s getting to the time when there seems to be little to see, and report on, but as I crossed the bridge to the reserve this morning a flash of blue heading downstream was the first Kingfisher I’ve seen in the area since 5th March certainly livened up the day. No sign of the 6 Ravens from yesterday nor yet of the Great Egret. Still several Warbler species singing in the reserve, and Reed Buntings are all around.

posted by Jon Turner
21 Jun
8:25 am
2023

Plympton-Estover via Plym Valley

Highlights were singing skylarks, 1 yellowhammer in hedgerow, 1 linnet in field, 1 marsh tit, 1 treecreeper, 1 common sandpiper on river, 2 grey wagtails, 1 GSW.

posted by Angela Woolcock
20 Jun
8:08 pm
2023
Osprey – Tavy Estuary +1 Photo

Osprey – Tavy Estuary

On the incoming tide, a low level flyover Osprey spooking a Shelduck family on the way.  Later saw it further downstream carrying a fish and pursued by Crows. It disappeared behind some trees, then reappeared without its catch!  Could the Crows have forced it to drop the fish? A behaviour I’ve never heard of before.

posted by Chris Marcol
20 Jun
3:22 pm
2023

Bowling Green Marsh, VP on Clyst, Goat Walk

A visit during hide tide this morning. Osprey (Ad or sub-adult) flew and circled over BG at 1025, before drifting across estuary to Turf area. Usual 3 Imm Spoonbill. 37+ Curlew, 15+ Redshank, 2 Whimbrel, 15+ Lapwing (5+ Juvs on Goosemoor), 5 Blackwit. 2 Cetti’s Warbler. 100+ BH Gull, 3 1st Sum Mediterranean Gull. From Goat walk 3 pairs Shelduck with 3, 8 & 8 young.

35+ Meadow Brown, Large Skipper & 8 Marbled White on Goat Walk Trust fields.

posted by Steve Cox
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