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23 Feb
8:16 pm
2023

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

7 Willow Tit, 11 Goosander 3m 8f, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Coot, 5 Marsh Tit, 6 Nuthatch.

posted by Rod Mudge
23 Feb
5:58 pm
2023

House martins Exmouth

Just seen two house martins by Imperial Hotel, Exmouth.

posted by Simon Crookall
23 Feb
3:28 pm
2023
Black Redstart: Ford Park Cemetery

Black Redstart: Ford Park Cemetery

After many visits to Ford Park Cemetery looking for a Black Redstart, I finally snapped one today around 11:30

posted by Ken Rae
23 Feb
11:35 am
2023

Heddon’s Mouth, Exmoor coast

An exceptionally early male Ring Ouzel (potentially an individual that has overwintered in the UK or elsewhere in W Europe) was photographed by Paul St Pierre at Heddon’s Mouth on the Exmoor coast yesterday, 22 February.

posted by Tim Jones
22 Feb
4:46 pm
2023

Decoy Park N Abbott

Very quick stroll by decoy Park lake produced sightings of pair of tufted ducks 1m 1f. 2adult mute Swan and 1 last Yr cygnet still hanging around. Pair of mandarin duck 1m 1f. Numerous black headed gulls and few herring gulls. Coots and 4 moorhen.

posted by R townsendd
22 Feb
3:29 pm
2023
Torre Sands, Torquay

Torre Sands, Torquay

Amongst the usual seafront Corvids, a Hooded Crow

posted by Patrick Roberts
22 Feb
12:30 pm
2023
Water Pipit at Colyford Common 22nd February

Water Pipit at Colyford Common 22nd February

As mentioned in my previous post the Water Pipit was showing well on the boardwalk of a flooded common.

posted by Ian McLean
22 Feb
12:26 pm
2023
Scandinavian Rock Pipits at Colyford Common continued +1 Photo

Scandinavian Rock Pipits at Colyford Common continued

A couple more Photos

posted by Ian McLean
22 Feb
12:21 pm
2023
Scandinavian Rock Pipits at Colyford Common +1 Photo

Scandinavian Rock Pipits at Colyford Common

Some of the Scandinavian Rock Pipits at Colyford Common have started to change into their breeding plumage prior to their expected departure in early March.  I saw 15 Rock Pipits this morning ( 22nd Feb ) and one Water Pipit, which was showing really well as the common was flooded with the high tide.

posted by Ian McLean
22 Feb
11:45 am
2023

Berry Head

2 Black caps, both singing males. South coast path approach.

posted by John Lusher
22 Feb
11:35 am
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A Cattle Egret (thanks Martin) on Blaxton Meadow this morning, during the very high tide. Also, 2 drake Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Goosanders (1 drake), female Red-crested Pochard, just 24 Wigeon, 19 Mandarin Ducks, Little Grebe, 9 Greenshanks, Grey Plover, 3 Snipe, 27 Turnstones & a Stonechat.

posted by Pete Aley
21 Feb
8:59 pm
2023

Bridford area

Walked a convoluted route through the lanes and woodland paths this morning, hoping for Goosanders on the reservoirs, but no luck, the low clouds obscuring all. Compensation came in the form of 100+Siskins, 50+Redwings, 10+Crossbills, Treecreeper, Marsh Tit, Yellowhammer and Sparrowhawk. Must have walked through 10+ Mistle Thrush territories, judging by the song. Best bird was a Barn Owl, floating along the woodland edge, looking more ghostly than normal in the mist.

posted by James Camden
21 Feb
8:46 pm
2023

Devon Goosander Count

The fourth (almost) synchronised Devon Goosander roost count of the winter  took place mainly at dawn on 18 and 19 February. Of the 27 sites covered, 15 held at least one roosting bird. The total of 131 (including 42 ad males) was down on the 169 counted in January, though the Dartmoor total of 60 was higher. The main decrease was at Tamar Lakes, from 41 to two. The main sites were Meeth (35), Avon Dam (25), Blackhill Quarry & Venford (16) and Shobrooke (10).  The total should be regarded as a (slight?) underestimate to allow for birds present in the county, but not roosting at one of the known sites on 18-19 February. Thanks to all who took part.

posted by Peter Reay
21 Feb
5:02 pm
2023

Croyde ponds and Baggy

Short walk to Croyde ponds and Baggy this morning with Alan Craddock.

Several Chiffchaff and Reed Buntings around the ponds as well as Blue Tits, Goldcrest and Teal.

Also, 1 Wigeon, and a few Teal and Moorhen. Quite a lot of  Toad spawn, and sad to see 2 dead Toads on the waters edge.

A quick visit to the start of Baggy Point where we had a brief view of a Gannet and 3 Med Gulls on the rocks with a large mixed flock of Black-headed Gulls and Herring Gulls. Also a few Shag out in the bay and a single Grey Heron flying across the bay.

 

posted by Andy Leat
21 Feb
3:24 pm
2023
Victoria Park, Paignton

Victoria Park, Paignton

1 Male Teal on pond in Victoria Park, Paignton this morning.

posted by Tony Sherwood
21 Feb
1:55 pm
2023

Wembury

A pleasant if fairly quiet walk along the coast  to Wembury Point this morning. Best birds were 3 Common Scoters on the sea, 6 Mediterranean Gulls, and  2 Chiffchaffs singing.

posted by David Diskin
21 Feb
1:53 pm
2023

Wrafton Scrape

2 Spoonbills on the scrape this morning (gone by 10 a.m. ) About 30 Black-tailed Godwits. 2 Chiffchaffs hawking insects by the river.

posted by Jon Turner
21 Feb
1:23 pm
2023

Croyde ponds and Baggy

Short walk to Croyde ponds and Baggy this morning with Alan Craddock.

Several Chiffchaff and Reed Buntings around the ponds as well as Blue Tits, Goldcrest and Teal.

Also, 1 Wigeon, and a few Teal and Moorhen. Quite a lot of  Toad spawn, and sad to see 2 dead Toads on the waters edge.

A quick visit to the start of Baggy Point where we had a brief view of a Gannett and 3 Med Gulls on the rocks with a large mixed flock of Black Head Gulls and Herring Gulls. Also a few Shag out in the bay and a single Grey Heron flying across the bay.

 

posted by Andy Leat
21 Feb
1:06 pm
2023

Home farm Marsh , Yelland.

Ringtail Hen Harrier first glimpsed close to the r. Taw then from the Gaia trust hide putting up a 100+Wigeon and 50+ Teal And a Shoveler. It then proceeded to Quarter the area with its White rump showing prominently…..

posted by Malcolm Shakespeare
20 Feb
9:14 pm
2023

East Devon

A loop from Aylesbeare Common to Budleigh produced:

  • on the Common, one Dartford Warbler seen and three heard, with Yellowhammer, Siskin and Linnet also present;
  • in Collaton Raleigh, two singing Blackcaps;
  • along the Otter, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail and a singing Treecreeper;
  • along the cliffs at Ladram, my first Fulmars of the year;                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Finally, back in Exeter, a Firecrest was in the conifers on the N side of the Crematorium.
posted by James Camden
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