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4 Apr
8:02 pm
2023
Stover Purple Heron +1 Photo

Stover Purple Heron

Purple Heron showing well this afternoon at Stover. Also Tawny Owl roosting yesterday at Yarner.

posted by Pete Newman
4 Apr
7:46 pm
2023
Sand Martins on the Otter

Sand Martins on the Otter

20+ sand martins on the Otter near Fluxton this morning, first of the year.  A pair of dippers further downstream, 3 or 4 singing blackcaps with a female showing briefly. Plenty of chiffchaffs singing on a sunny day, rounded off with a hunting female kestrel; glorious Spring!

posted by Martin Littlemore
4 Apr
5:08 pm
2023

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime visit at low tide with daughter.  So just hide & ducks. 75+ Wigeon, 45+ Teal, 18+ Shoveler, 6 Tufted, 3 Pochard (2M, F), M Pintail & Juv Spoonbill. No hirundines. Green Woodpecker, M Blackcap & singing Chiffchaff.

posted by Steve Cox
4 Apr
4:18 pm
2023

Tawstock Court estate

Single Red Kite

posted by David Shadwell
4 Apr
3:26 pm
2023

Meeth quarry

mid Devon branch met here today,. Excellent weather and 48 birds seen. Good day after the rain we’ve had.

posted by Helen Allin
4 Apr
1:50 pm
2023

Red Kite, Bigbury

A Red kite was over fields with two Buzzards north of Bigbury along the B3392 at around 14.oo hrs.

posted by David Diskin
4 Apr
1:09 pm
2023

Hoopoe near Brownsham woods

Spotted a Hoopoe in the middle of the road just outside National Trust Brownsham Woods car park

posted by Filipa
4 Apr
1:06 pm
2023

South Molton, Tue, 4th April

  • Humming-bird Hawkmoth feeding strongly on narcissi in garden this morning
  • Siskins flying over, calling
  • Goldcrest, repeated singing
  • Raven fly-over
posted by Art Symons
4 Apr
11:16 am
2023

Instow and r. Taw off Instow.

Whitethroat Singing from Scrub on Instow sand dunes , Several Willow Warblers in Song , a Swallow flew over .   Out on the river a Great Crested Grebe 2 or 3 Eider and 9 Grey Plovers along the shoreline.

13 Grey Herons counted sitting out on the rocks at low tide but none showing any interest in the new nesting platforms installed when the old Heronry was destroyed……..

posted by Malcolm Shakespeare
4 Apr
11:02 am
2023
Plym Estuary & Saltram +1 Photo

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Five Garganeys (4 drakes & a duck) early morning on the lower estuary; eventually lost near Point Cottage. Also, my first Swallow of the year here, and at least 2 Green Woodpeckers.

posted by Pete Aley
4 Apr
8:26 am
2023
Yarner Wood +1 Photo

Yarner Wood

Yesterday afternoon: Chiffchaffs, Willow warblers, Blackcaps, Song thrush, GSW and a Tawny Owl

posted by Bob Barrow
3 Apr
8:40 pm
2023

Powderham Church area

In fields near main gate were 10+ Egrets with st least four Cattle Egret & 4 Little Egrets. Also 120+ Linnet in the same field with sheep.

Earlier at Dawlish Warren (beach day) not too much bird wise, but nice to see a few Sand Crocus out.

posted by Steve Cox
3 Apr
8:04 pm
2023

Hope’s Nose

A lunchtime scan of the sea started well when an adult drake and two female Eiders flew in from the north at about 12.20 and settled on the sea north of the Orestone. Just before they drifted behind the Orestone, the wintering immature male and female flew in from the south and joined them, but separately and to the south of the Orestone. 5 off the headland probably equates to the biggest group there in recent years.

In addition, a lone male Common Scoter flew south as did a single Sandwich Tern.

posted by P Darlington
3 Apr
7:30 pm
2023
Wrafton pond area +1 Photo

Wrafton pond area

More from my morning around Wrafton area.  There were six Swallows, a dozen or more Sand Martins, a Sparrowhawk, at least two Cetti’s Warbler, a Reed Bunting, a few Willow Warblers and a Male Pochard.  The male Garganey was still there on the large Scrape.

posted by Martin Bennett
3 Apr
7:27 pm
2023
Wrafton pond area +1 Photo

Wrafton pond area

This morning around Wrafton area proved productive.  There were six Swallows, a dozen or more Sand Martins, a Sparrowhawk, at least two Cetti’s Warbler, a Reed Bunting, a few Willow Warblers and a Male Pochard.  The male Garganey was still there on the large Scrape.

posted by Martin Bennett
3 Apr
5:21 pm
2023

Red Kite, Harberton

Red Kite over the northern edge of Harberton, Totnes. Slowly moving east towards Totnes.

posted by Dan Kent
3 Apr
4:36 pm
2023

Horsey Island Velator

Red kite over Horsey mid afternoon. Flew around for a while then headed off towards Braunton. Not much else around.

posted by Fozz Forsdike
3 Apr
4:18 pm
2023
clawton devon

clawton devon

clawton  this afternoon at 15.00pm 4 swallow 6 sand martin 2 chiffchaff

until peace broken by male sparrowhawk on the hunt.

posted by Nigel John Bastin
3 Apr
4:00 pm
2023

Soar

First Hobby of the year over Soar Mill Valley plus Red Kite over east, 3 Swallow, Sand Martin, 2 White Wagtail & 25 Chiffchaff.

Non-avian: Speckled Bee Fly

posted by Rob Macklin
3 Apr
3:56 pm
2023
South Hams +1 Photo

South Hams

Lean pickings first thing, at Soar in a cool & brisk easterly; but managed single of Firecrest & Willow Warbler, c10 Chiffchaffs & a Hare.

At South Huish Marsh, 5 Garganeys (3 drakes & 2 ducks) & 2 Swallows.

Finally, a Hoopoe flew east over a field by Bantham Cross roundabout (near Churchstow), at c14.40, perched on a hedge briefly & disappeared.

posted by Pete Aley
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