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7 Jan
2:43 pm
2023

Bowling Green Marsh

After the rain blew through this morning:  150+ Avocet, 200+ Black tailed godwit, 50+ Pintail, 33 Snipe, 2 female Pochard, 7 Gadwall, 1 Ruff, 1 Spotted Redshank. 16 Common gull (Ad Wint) from the viewing platform, 4 Red breasted Merganser (2m,2f) from the goatwalk.

posted by Alan Livsey
6 Jan
10:17 pm
2023

Blackcap

Hi Phil, I think you are reading the ring upside down! On the BTO rings I use, the numbers are at the bottom and the writing (return address etc).at the top. SO for me this ring is on upside down and I nearly always put them on the other way up. So the 2 numbers I can read are 89. Blackcaps take an ‘A’ size ring and for a couple of years now they have had 3 letters and 4 numbers. (My latest are AFV4_ _ _ ) So not easy to say whether it was mine without a few more digits I’m afraid. Strangely, I had a male Blackcap on my fat-ball feeders yesterday morning – the first time ever!

posted by Jon Turner
6 Jan
9:41 pm
2023

Dawilsh Warren and Exe Estuary this morning

Dawlish Warren, out to sea, 18+ Great Crested Grebe, 2 Guillemot and a male Common Scoter, female Peregrine stooping over the Warren. River Kenn outfall, highlights were 2 Greenshank, quite a few Avocets and a Common (Mew) gull.

posted by Simon Bates
6 Jan
7:41 pm
2023
Legringed curlew at Ashford Strand +1 Photo

Legringed curlew at Ashford Strand

A friend noticed a satellite tracking device on the back of the Curlew we reported on 1st January with the coloured leg rings. The Ringer, from Germany, kindly sent me the attached image showing the movements of the bird in the last 6 weeks of 2022. It seems to favor Ashford Strand over to Crow Point….and not much else! And seriously straight lines of flight! 

posted by Phil and Sue Naylor
6 Jan
7:25 pm
2023
Braunton ringed Blackcap

Braunton ringed Blackcap

Finally had a male Blackcap in the graden to keep the regular female company, or rather, compete for the fatballs! Sue spotted it had a leg ring so I attempted an image through the kitchen window….not brilliant, but I THINK the metal ring, on right tarsus, is 1682. John, one of yours? 

posted by Phil and Sue Naylor
6 Jan
6:37 pm
2023

Beesands and Torcross

Male Ring-necked Duck on Widdicombe Ley.

Laughing Gull on beach near Torcross. 

posted by Paul Bray
6 Jan
12:43 pm
2023

Ilfracombe

Pair of Fulmar exploring ledges on cliffs overlooking Tunnel Beaches; 9 Oystercatchers strung out along rocks below Capstone; Purple Sandpipers (2) and a flock of Long-Tailed Tits in sycamore copse behind The Bath House.

posted by David Shadwell
6 Jan
11:19 am
2023

Pickwell (Private Land)

Around 200 Linnet flocked in the trees above the large garden. This is the 4th January in a row that I have seen this. 

posted by Jonny Pinn
6 Jan
9:28 am
2023

Lower Tamar Lake

Late for yesterday.

Lower Tamar Lake.

18 Goosander 5m 13f, 4 Willow Tit, 2 Bullfinch, 5 Coot, 9 Tufted Duck 4m 5f.

posted by Rod Mudge
5 Jan
9:11 pm
2023
Westward Ho!

Westward Ho!

Mid afternoon at Westward Ho! on the rocks below Nassau Court there were 6 turnstones and 6 oystercatchers among the herring gulls.

posted by Colin Dracott
5 Jan
6:04 pm
2023
North Gut – Taw Estuary

North Gut – Taw Estuary

Seen from the Tarka trail on the north side of the Taw Estuary, a single Kingfisher watching patiently for any small food items to be disturbed by the foraging Spoonbill.

posted by Rob Jutsum
5 Jan
5:51 pm
2023

Velator to white house

Usual marsh harrier over Sherpa marsh, lots of small groups of redshank down to cross flats then large flocks of lapwings in the region off 800 plus, an awesome sight! Abit further on around 70 plus shelduck, 1 buzzard, an odd curlew mixed in with the lapwings, then down through the slipway onto the sand by whitehouse 6 cormorant, 4 mallard, on the way back up I met rob and his lady friend and had a pleasant chat! Sadly no golden plovers.

posted by Chris Davy
5 Jan
5:02 pm
2023
Broadsands and Colyford Common

Broadsands and Colyford Common

Broadsands: Black-necked Grebe, Long-tailed Duck, 5 Great Northern Diver, 34 Common Scoter, Chiffchaff, Med Gull.

Colyford Common: Isabelline Wheatear still showing well from the boardwalk.

posted by Chris E
5 Jan
4:07 pm
2023

Taw etc

Male Blackcap on my fat-ball feeder early this morning. Kingfisher and 40+ Godwits on the scrape. Dipper in the river near the reserve. Water Rail seen in the reserve. Drake Goosander seen from Barstaple Long bridge. Upstream on the Leisure Centre side.

posted by Jon Turner
5 Jan
2:16 pm
2023
Laughing Gull Beesands 5th Jan 2023 +1 Photo

Laughing Gull Beesands 5th Jan 2023

Laughing Gull giving fabulous views this morning , beautiful Gull flying up and down the beach , often landing just in front of car park. Beware don’t park in front of houses parking tickets being issued.

posted by Barry Rankine
5 Jan
10:40 am
2023

Beesands Ley

Laughing Gull showing well on the beach up to 10.00. Also Great White Egret, male Ring-necked Duck & Fulmar.

posted by Rob Macklin
5 Jan
10:21 am
2023
Skern Northam +1 Photo

Skern Northam

Yesterday at Skern Northam there were large numbers of Golden & Grey Plover, Lapwings, Dunlin, Shelduck and Wigeon. There were also a few Pied Wagtail and a male and female Black Redstart.

posted by Martin Bennett
4 Jan
8:36 pm
2023
RSPB Bowling Green Marsh +1 Photo

RSPB Bowling Green Marsh

One little duck for debate, seen from the hide at RSPB Bowling Green Marsh today what I suspect is a possible Eurasian Wigeon x American Wigeon hybrid. (Further images on the DB’s FB page)

Pintail, Pochard, 20 plus Snipe, 100’s of Black Tailed Godwit on site.

From the viewing platform 100’s of Dunlin and a count of 59 Grey Plover, one drake Red Breasted Merganser.

From the Goat Walk 100’s of Avocet, Black Tailed Godwit and Dunlin

posted by Steve Hopper
4 Jan
7:51 pm
2023
Crownhill Down +1 Photo

Crownhill Down

This afternoon Fieldfares, Redwings, Green Woodpecker. Ravens and Crows,

posted by Bob Barrow
4 Jan
5:57 pm
2023
Beesands and area

Beesands and area

Beesands: Mid afternoon a 2nd winter Laughing Gull dropped in on Ley briefly then flew off, relocated patrolling along the beach, still there when I left at 15:30. Also on Ley drake Ring-necked Duck, Great White Egret and Little Grebe.

Start Pont: two Eider and 6 Red-throated Divers flew past.

Slapton Higher Ley: F/imm type Marsh Harrier hunting.

Laughing Gull 2W

2w Laughing Gull

posted by Mark Darlaston
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