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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
2 Mar
9:03 pm
2023
Thornworthy +1 Photo

Thornworthy

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.

posted by Martin Bennett
2 Mar
8:45 pm
2023

Slapton

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.

posted by Mave Goddard
2 Mar
5:18 pm
2023

Cofton to Turf Lock.

1 Cattle Egret, 4 Egyptian Geese,about 200 Brent Geese and 100 Lapwing. About 100 Dunlin,50 Black-tailed  Godwits,10 Avocet,3 Greenshank, 1 Turnstone,and 3 Green Woodpeckers.

posted by jenny elvin
2 Mar
3:57 pm
2023

Exminster marsh

Mid Devon meeting,

A circular walk from the rspb carpark to turf and back to the CP,.  50 birds seen with the best birds being

marsh harrier, merlin, peregrine and a water rail and two Egyptian geese .

It was a good walk with good weather and good company.

posted by roger jewell
1 Mar
9:50 pm
2023
Yealmpton – Cattle Egrets +1 Photo

Yealmpton – Cattle Egrets

A few of at least eight Cattle Egrets at Blackpool Farm at midday. Thanks Rob.

posted by Chris Marcol
1 Mar
9:29 pm
2023
Aylesbeare Common

Aylesbeare Common

Yesterday at Aylesbeare Common where two Dartford Warblers were hopping from bush to bush. I caught this bird that was backlite by the morning sun.

posted by Martin Bennett
1 Mar
7:35 pm
2023
River Torridge

River Torridge

Kayak trip 10 miles down Torridge to Torrington

14 Dippers

5 Kingfishers

5 Goosanders

5 Otters (1+3+1)

3 Roe Deer

posted by Rupert Kirkwood
1 Mar
4:14 pm
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On today’s very small high tide, Grey Plover, 8 Snipe, Turnstone, 2+ Greenshanks, 48 Wigeon, 3 Goosanders (1 drake) 2 Treecreepers, Firecrest & 8 Roe Deer.

posted by Pete Aley
1 Mar
4:12 pm
2023

Fremington Pill / Quay

At the Pill ,  3 Greenshanks , 50+ Blacktailed Godwits , 1 Spotted Redshank , 4 Snipe & at the Quay 50+ Dunlin & 4 Goosanders ( 2 males & 2 redheads )

posted by Dave Paterson
1 Mar
3:35 pm
2023

Cofton and Dawlish Warren.

From the fields above the Caravan Park Lakes, 14 Cattle Egret plus one that is injured and away from the others. Dawlish Warren 3 male Shoveller 1 female .

posted by jenny elvin
1 Mar
12:33 pm
2023

Firecrest , Dawlish

Great views in Garden of one with Oakland park tit flock today at noon.

Also recently 2 Firecrest in garden of property in Cockington, seen daily while working there,

posted by paul barker
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