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Lower Tamar Lake
Late for Monday.
Lower Tamar Lake.
11 Goosander 3m 8f, 5 Coot, 1 Little Egret, 1 Little Grebe.
On and around the lake this morning were 2m and 5f Goosanders, 1m and 3f Mandarins, 20+ Tufteds, 1 each of G-c and Little Grebes, and 2 Marsh Tits. Two Redpolls flew over, heading N.
Back in Exeter, the first returning LBB Gull was on Trews Weir.
Cirl Buntings , Labrador Bay
Some Cirl Bunting pictures from Labrador Bay, 27/02/2023.
North side of Taw Estuary
Aft -Low tide
3 Goosanders between Chivenor & Pottington
88 Pintail + 1 adult Med Gull in sumplum.
c100 Dunlin between Ashford Sewage works & Bradiford Reserve.
Scoping from the north side of the trail to the south side counted 83 Lapwing & c140 Golden Plover at Anchor Wood Bank.
1 Reed Bunting, 1 Snipe, 1 Marsh Harrier, 8 Dulin, 12 Lapwing, about50 Black tailed Godwit, 3 Greenshank, large numbers of Teal, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Heron.
Caen Estuary, Horsey, Braunton Marshes & Great Field
Not one Lapwing or Golden Plover to be seen at these locations this morning where only a week ago there were several thousand.
Shelduck, Redshank, Cormorant & Teal still present on Horsey & the Caen Estuary but otherwise quiet in a brisk ENE cold wind.
2 Chiffchaff (contact calls) seen foraging amongst the brambles alongside the drainage ditch adjacent to the Toll Road. Seen these before in the same area over the winter period so overwintering birds not new arrivals.
Black Redstart Torquay.
Black Redstart amongst lobster pots next to where ferry leaves for Brixham.
Firecrest Watcombe and Babbacombe
Monday 27th February 2023. Two separate Firecrest sightings about half a mile apart, in the woods on the coast path, one at Watcombe, the other near the golf course at Babbacombe. Both fairly low down amongst Ivy. Looked great on this Sunny morning!
R. Taw , Instow.
Ad. Male Common Scoter frequently diving on r.Taw beyond Instow
Cricket ground…. Further along the Tarka Trail at the old Yelland power station site comes depressing news …The basement of the old power station where 9 or 10 pairs of Grey Heron nested last year is being filled in , the columns and bushes where the Herons nested have been bulldozed there was also a small nesting colony of Stock doves and Sand Martins nested in the old electric conduits….. Permission was recently granted for 250 houses ….Progress Ay ?……
Three Purple Sandpipers and seven Turstones still on the rocks atPier One/Grand Parade this morning.
North side of the Taw, Bradiford
While looking at some godwits and curlew at Bradiford noticed a few lapwing then realised there were about 50. Something spooked them and they took flight. There’s obviously some still around Rob. Usual suspects along the river. Good to see 30 pintail near Heanton. 5 gadwall now on the pond.
North side of Taw Estuary, Caen Estuary, Horsey, Braunton Marshes
Not seen a single Lapwing at any of these locations during the last 3 days.
Black Redstart Exmouth
Black Redstart at the back of the Post Office, Exmouth. By the entrance into the London Hotel carpark.
Mid-afternoon at Fremington Pill there were 2 snipe, unusually in the middle of the stream. Spotted redshank was present and 2 glossy ibis came in later on. There were plenty of teal and redshank but the black-tailed godwit numbers have dwindled – only a few in the Pill and another 20 further around on the shores of the Taw.
Great crested grebe, stover
Late pm at stover today produced a pair of goosander,lovely views of great crested grebes. 5 cormorants in usual trees, several groups of tufted duk male and female, 3 mute Swan and 1 Canada goose. Coots, mallard galore only 3 moorhen.
Lower Otter Wetlands – South Marsh
1 Water Rail, Greylag Geese, Canada Geese. Mallard, Teal, Wigeon, Curlew
Plym estuary / Saltram
This morning: 100+ Redshank, 6 Greenshank, 9 Common gull on Blaxton Meadow, 7 Goosander on the Plym (3M,4F). Around the estate was a Treecreeper, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker and a distant Green Woodpecker, the female Red Crested Pochard still on the duck pond.
Torre Abbey Park. Hooded Crow
Hooded Crow early this afternoon amongst 40 or so Carrion Crows in Torre Abbey Park where they were being fed by children.
Eds: With these excellent photos it is now possible to see some very slightly darker line of scapular feathers and darker centres to some of the undertail coverts (both areas should be pure uniform grey in a Hooded Crow)-although minimal it means this bird is a hybrid with a Carrion Crow. This hybridisation might not been in the last generation but there are some carrion crow genes in this bird. It also goes to show how well a ‘Hooded Crow’ needs to be looked at!
Cattle Egret Cockwood.
About 30 Cattle Egret in field with cattle on road from Cockwood to Mamhead.
King’s Gardens, Torquay Seafront
Pleased to refind the Hooded Crow this morning at 11.05 in a tree along the perimeter of Torquay Rugby Club, just beyond the wooden bridge that crosses the pond.
The bird was mobile and occasionally flew across to Torre Abbey Meadows. It afforded excellent views, on and off, and was still showing well around the pond area up to 12.30.