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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.
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
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….
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Upper and Lower Tamar Lake
Lower Tamar Lake this morning.
3 Whooper Swans, 4 Goosanders 1m 3f, 3m Tufted Duck.
8 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Goosander 1m 4f, 4 Tufted 3m 1f, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Song Thrush, c60 Canada Geese.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
This afternoon at Thornworthy I saw three Blackbirds (1m + 2f), a Nuthatch, lots of Chaffinches and six Long tailed tits. There were a few Goldfinches, Siskins, two Coal tits, a Great tit and a small number of Blue tits.
Started the day in the hide before Torcross, Great crested grebes, Tufty duck, Pochard, Little egret. We then walked along the back of the Ley, the best birds were. Sky lark, Gold crest, Song thrush, Black cap, Long-tailed its, 2 Water Rail and then 2 Firecrest.