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5 Mar
5:23 pm
2023
Ringed Black headed gull at tidal Road Averton Gifford

Ringed Black headed gull at tidal Road Averton Gifford

Photographed this bird on the 6th January at the above location, ring number J0012, submitted info to Euring via the website, unfortunately I never heard back from them. Wondering if anyone else has seen sight or sound of it?

Gordon Flower

posted by Gordon FLOWER
5 Mar
4:22 pm
2023

Elberry cove area

4th march:

4 redwing still around

 

posted by graham Folkerd
5 Mar
4:19 pm
2023

Haytor area

on 2nd march (pm):

 

large flock (100+ ?) of i think were golden plover, flying locally in the haytor area and twice settling for some time.

 

posted by graham Folkerd
5 Mar
4:16 pm
2023

Cornwood, Red Kite

Red Kite rising from field close to Cornwood this afternoon at 1440.

2 GSW, a Treecreeper and large flock of mixed Coal and Long Tail Tits flying through woods at Quick Bridge

posted by R Teague
5 Mar
4:09 pm
2023

Velator reserve

After ringing a female Sparrowhawk on Friday morning (handle very carefully)! I later caught a Blue Tit which looked in adult plumage, so I checked the ring number to see it started with an ‘S’ ; I know that these rings were quite a while ago so checked when I got home to see it was ringed in May 2016. So approaching 7 years. Good going. Today, while talking with Sue Bruce on the Tarka Trail we saw lots of small birds on a telegraph wire which on closer inspection were all Meadow Pipits. All 20 of them! Must keep looking for a Water Pipit….

posted by Jon Turner
5 Mar
3:55 pm
2023

Lopwell Dam

At the dam this morning were 4 Little Grebes, just downstream, a Common Sandpiper and a Green Sandpiper feeding on worms. Also, a Greenshank, Marsh Tit, Woodpeckers drumming, and Mallards mating.

posted by Alan Livsey
5 Mar
1:26 pm
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

The first Godwits of the year here, this morning, with 2 sum-plum Black-tailed on the lower estuary at low tide. Also, Dipper, 2 Kingfishers, 3+ Siskins, 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Goosanders (1 drake), 48 Wigeon & 2 Little Grebes.

posted by Pete Aley
5 Mar
12:42 pm
2023

Taw Estuary, Heanton Court

A couple of hours with Andy Leat around high tide yesterday afternoon produced a dozen or so bar tailed godwits and 20ish common gulls on Bassetts Ridge viewed from Heanton Court. Also present were a few dunlin, a sanderling, some black headed gulls and two greater black backed gulls. On the water, a great crested grebe and a pair of goosander accompanied by a red breasted merganser. Interesting to see the two side by side for comparison. I notice that neither Collins nor BTO comparison video mention the lack of a hooked bill on the merganser, a pretty useful ID detail I would have thought. Any ideas why that would be? Is it not definitive?

posted by alan craddock
4 Mar
8:33 pm
2023
Plymouth +1 Photo

Plymouth

Around a very cold Plymouth this morning ~

Saltram House for the Red Crested Pochard duck, on the pond with at least seven Mandarin duck, one pair displaying and mating, good numbers of Moorhen with birds displaying , along the wood land track seven plus Ring Necked Parakeet, the female of one pair checking out a nest hole.

 

On Blaxton Meadow a flock of Wigeon, singles of Grey Plover and Greenshank and a handful of Redshank.

 

At Ford Park Cemetery a female Black Redstart eventually showed up, very mobile but showing well at times, Raven overhead, a very well marked Buzzard perched on one of the gravestones, Green Woodpecker calling, numerous Carrion Crow and Magpie.

 

Back at home, over last night a Barn owl calling, around the feeders today male GSWP, three Siskin (2M &1F), female Blackcap, Song Thrush and a very vocal Green Woodpecker.

posted by Steve HOPPER
4 Mar
8:22 pm
2023

Blackcap

Had a Blackcap on my bird table on the 28th February.

Eds- a reminder to state location (in the title please). You can put a general area if you don’t wish to disclose a home address.

posted by S.Statt
4 Mar
4:19 pm
2023

Tarka Trail, Ashford side.

A walk along the trail just after lunch at low tide. Half a dozen each of Goosanders and Red Breasted Mergansers, 3 Teal, 200+ Lapwing in the middle of the river, several GBB Gulls, several Little Egrets and a good mix of Curlew, Redshank, Oystercatchers and BH Gulls and a couple of Mediterranean Gulls. On the walk back noticed a large gathering of Brent Geese on the far side of the river, probably a good 200.

posted by Robert Morgan
4 Mar
3:36 pm
2023

River Mole Valley

In the orchard today attracted by supplementary feeding…..5 Yellowhammers,85 Chaffinches….3 showing signs of Papillomavirus,18 Stock Dove,8 Greenfinch,a female Linnet , 5 Pheasant,2 Bullfinch,Marsh Tit, Long Tailed Tit, 2GSWs, Nuthatch, 2 Buzzards and 75 Starlings feeding on Ivy berries.Elsewhere on the farm a mixed flock of 75 Fieldfare and Redwing , with 2 Snipe a Little Egret and pairs of Goosander and Mallard by the river.Non avian included a buck Roe Deer in velvet and 21 Red Deer hinds.

posted by Brian Nicholas
3 Mar
7:51 pm
2023

Chiffchaff at Northam, near The Skern

A Chiffchaff was seen this afternoon feeding on insects on a pile of horse manure on Long Lane in Northam. Not sure if it was a winter resident or newly arrived summer visitor?
In the morning a single Redwing seen observed near the top of a tree near Hyde Barton, Northam along with a singing Mistle Thrush.

posted by Stan Coats
3 Mar
7:19 pm
2023

Upper and Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

3 Whooper Swans, 4 Goosanders 1m 3f, 3m Tufted Duck.

Upper Lake

8 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Goosander 1m 4f, 4 Tufted 3m 1f, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Song Thrush, c60 Canada Geese.

posted by Rod Mudge
3 Mar
5:09 pm
2023

Lopwell Dam/Maristow (Tavy Est.) 3rd March 2023

Green Sandpiper:  one near Lopwell

Common Sandpiper:  two

Greenshank: one near Lopwell

Redshank:  14 off Maristow Quay

Shelduck:  11 off Maristow/Blaxton Woods

Gt. Spotted Woodpecker:  2 drumming

posted by roger smaldon
3 Mar
3:20 pm
2023
Hide area – North side of Taw Estuary

Hide area – North side of Taw Estuary

Unusual to see this number of Bar-tailed Godwits on the north side of the Taw Estuary, starting to moult into summer plumage.

19 Bar – tailed & 2 Black tailed. Not all 19 in the photo.

posted by Robert Jutsum
3 Mar
1:50 pm
2023

Harleston by Slapton

104 Common Buzzards NE in a five hour watch between 0845 – 1345.

A new Devon day record. In grey,overcast conditions hardly any soaring with birds moving straight through. Also 2 Sparrowhawks NE plus a resident  bird.

posted by Rob Macklin
3 Mar
11:18 am
2023
RSPB Bowling Green Marsh Topsham an Exe Estuary +1 Photo

RSPB Bowling Green Marsh Topsham an Exe Estuary

  • Two Spoonbills seen at Topsham, Bowling Green Marsh and then on Exe estuary on afternoon of 2nd March.
  • Numerous Widgeon, Canada Geese, Snipe, Pintail, Teal, Tufted Ducks, Shelduck, single Little Grebe, Coot, Moorhen, 5 Little Egrets, Pochard, Pied Wagtail.
  • 6 Avocet, numerous Curlews, Black Tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Redshank and a solitary Greenshank out on the estuary.
posted by Chris Taysom
3 Mar
7:41 am
2023

Lower Tamar Lake

Late for yesterday.

Lower Tamar Lake.

3 Whooper Swans, 3 Goosander 1m 2f, 1 Little Egret, 3 Snipe, 3 Willow Tit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Coot.

posted by Rod Mudge
2 Mar
11:03 pm
2023

Straight Point

20 kittiwake back on nesting area, with mixed group of shag & cormorant on point.

10 oystercatcher, plus 10 smaller waders, most of which were turnstone, but at least 2 were purple sandpiper in the bay at point.

25 brent geese and more Oystercatchers between there and Exmouth at high tide

15+ sea duck in 3 groups flying past the point from direction of Budleigh, the last couple of which looked very much like common scoter

posted by Mike Moxon
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