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15 Apr
3:11 pm
2023

Wrafton area

Good day for Butterflies in the reserve: 5 Speckled Wood, 2 Peacock, 6 Orange Tip, 1 Large White and new were 2 Holly Blue. Chiffs, Willow Warblers and Blackcaps singing. Some Sand Martins over the Marsh to the south.

posted by Jon Turner
15 Apr
1:41 pm
2023

Braunton Burrows

Since my last visit around my usual circular route of 10 miles earlier in the month of April, pleased to report there has been an increase in the number of Willow Warblers.

30 Chiffchaff, 21 Willow Warblers, 13 Blackcap & just 1 Common Whitethroat but expecting more to come in later. Several speckled Wood Butterflies & a few Peacocks + 1 female Orange tip.

posted by Robert Jutsum
15 Apr
12:41 pm
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

In the sunshine, Willow Warbler, 2 Linnets, 3+ Green Woodpeckers, Snipe, Great Crested Grebe & 4 Roe Deer.

Earlier, 7 Sand Martins NW over my garden (Mount Gould, Plymouth).

posted by Pete Aley
14 Apr
6:51 pm
2023

South Devon

Started in the rain at the LORP project and fortunately were put onto the Lesser Yellowlegs by Steve Cox (thanks!) Then we headed for the Jetty Marsh reserve for the Night Heron where fortunately again this time Paul B obliged with a pin-point on a map of where we should be looking. At this stage we weren’t sure if it was an adult or a juv. Eventually I spied it in a fairly open Willow tree. Glad to say that several local birders arrived and good views and Pics were obtained. Finally up to Yarner, in the dry, but really only one Pied Flycatcher to show for it.

posted by Jon Turner
14 Apr
4:38 pm
2023

Jetty Marsh LNR, Newton Abbot

14:40-15:10

Black-crowned Night Heron approx 100 yards from entry point on Jetty Marsh Road

posted by Paul Bray
14 Apr
4:00 pm
2023

Velator Weir area

pm:- A single House Martin insecting over Knowle Water & the Caen Estuary. Grey Wagtail on the edge of Knowle water near the bottom of the weir. 6 Swallows over the scrape &  c70 hirundines (Sand Martin & Swallow) over the Reed beds by the big pond on Sharpa Marshes.

posted by Robert Jutsum
14 Apr
3:28 pm
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On this afternoon’s high tide, at least 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Greenshanks, Peregrine, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Wheatears (male & female), a pair of Bullfinches & 8 Roe Deer.

posted by Pete Aley
14 Apr
7:44 am
2023
Salt Pill Duck pond +1 Photo

Salt Pill Duck pond

These are a couple of images taken at or near the pond (Salt pill duck pond).

posted by Martin Bennett
14 Apr
7:38 am
2023
Tawstock +1 Photo

Tawstock

These are the Blackcap seen in Tawstock.

posted by Martin Bennett
14 Apr
7:35 am
2023
Around Devon +1 Photo

Around Devon

Yesterday I was in a number of locations across Devon. Northam Burrows where there were a few Linnets and a pair of Pied Wagtails (Nest building).  Holsworthy, Hatherleigh and Lapford where I spotted two Swifts in each area. Tawstock where a pair of Blackcaps were posing for a photo and Duck pill Salt pond were there were a good number of Swallows c100 and a small number of Sand Martins. While in the Fremington area another birder pointed out a single Heron sitting on her nest just a few feet from the ground.

posted by Martin Bennett
14 Apr
7:06 am
2023
East Devon Branch Field Trip – Exminster Marshes +1 Photo

East Devon Branch Field Trip – Exminster Marshes

Yesterday the East Devon Branch of Devon Birds took it upon themselves to crawl around Exminster Marshes on their 6th Field Trip for the year. Together we mustered over 50 species, most notable were, 2 Spoonbills, Egyptian Geese, Grey Plover, Kestrel, Reed Bunting and summer visitors of Wheatear, Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, House Martin, Sand Martin and Blackcap. Good company, fair weather and muddy boots.

posted by John Reeves
13 Apr
8:39 pm
2023
Sedge Warbler Exminster Marshes

Sedge Warbler Exminster Marshes

Singing Sedge Warbler seen next to road on Exminster Marshes this morning.

posted by Pete Newman
13 Apr
6:46 pm
2023

Sharkham Point

Five Sandwich Terns heading towards Berry Head, plus first Wall butterfly of the season, albeit rather tatty.

posted by Jane Penton
13 Apr
6:01 pm
2023
Plymouth

Plymouth

Hoopoe in garden Thursday 13th April

posted by Paul Channing
13 Apr
5:00 pm
2023
Caen Estuary, Horsey & Braunton Marshes

Caen Estuary, Horsey & Braunton Marshes

pm:- very little on the Caen Estuary just 1 Little Grebe & a pair of Shelduck. Not much at Horsey either with several Shelduck foraging, 1 Greenshank, 2 Little Egrets & a single Wheatear. Good to see the flowering English scurvy grass carpeting the inside of the inner Great Bank. Relieved to see 8 Swallows insecting over the marshes & ditches after the extreme weather of yesterday.

posted by Robert Jutsum
13 Apr
4:05 pm
2023

Wrafton Area

Only 9 Teal left on the scrape this morning. Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Blackcap all in song around Wrafton Pond where several Sand Martins were as usual hawking insects. Around Sherpa, 3 Gadwall more Sand Martins, a few Swallows, and at least 2 singing Sedge Warblers, which remained hidden. In the reserve several Chiffs, a Blackcap, and 3 Willow Warblers all singing. First Orange-tip of the year.

posted by Jon Turner
13 Apr
3:58 pm
2023

Exminster Marsh

Little sign of any new arrivals. The low high tide meant most waders remained on the estuary; groups of bar-tailed godwit, black-tailed godwit, redshank, knot and curlew were close to the Turf.

On the marsh the 2 spoonbill were on the roost with a few cormorant and shelduck. A single wheatear was near the lagoon where c100 sand martin were feeding low over the water. A small group of c10 swallows flew through.

Unlike yesterday there were no singing willow, sedge or reed warblers. Just Cettis and chiffchaff heard briefly.

posted by John Waldon
13 Apr
1:25 pm
2023
North side of Taw Estuary +1 Photo

North side of Taw Estuary

am:- Observed from the Tarka trail – 17 Redshank & 2 Greenshank foraging during the rising tide. Between Wrafton & Barnstaple (not including Wrafton Pond area) 16 vocal Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Common Sandpiper & my first male Orange tip Butterfly of the spring.

posted by Robert Jutsum
13 Apr
12:52 pm
2023

Plym Estuary

Birds at Blaxton Meadow at high tide this morning included a Little Tern (which flew up and down the estuary a couple of times and landed briefly on the meadow), a Black-tailed Godwit and six Greenshanks. A single female-type Goosander was on the upper estuary.

posted by David Diskin
13 Apr
8:27 am
2023

Devon Birds Annual General Meeting – Exeter Court Hotel

Reminder – the Devon Birds 2023 Annual General Meeting will take place at 7pm on Tuesday 18th April 2023 at the Exeter Court Hotel, EX6 7UX.

The meeting will be followed by a talk by John Walters titled “30 years Wildlife Watching in Devon”

posted by Mike Daniels
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