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31 Dec
2:49 pm
2022

Broadsands

A good mix of wintering seabirds this morning: 14 Great Northern Divers, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Velvet & 30+ Common Scoter. Also 7 Cirl Buntings and 1 Firecrest.

posted by Mike Langman
31 Dec
2:43 pm
2022
Fremington Pill +1 Photo

Fremington Pill

Today while the rain eased-off for a short time I popped out to Fremington Pill.  There was very little bird life to be found just a few Redshank, Redwing, a couple of Teal, a Carrion Crow and a single Great Spotted Woodpecker in a tree on the far bank near the Bungalows.

posted by Martin Bennett
31 Dec
12:15 pm
2022

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

46  Goosander 9m – 37f (07:47), 1 Little Egret, 6 Coot, 1 Grey Heron.

posted by Rod Mudge
30 Dec
5:43 pm
2022
North side of Taw Estuary +1 Photo

North side of Taw Estuary

pm:- From the Tarka trail a single Ruff still at Pottington, a single Common Sandpiper at Barnstaple & a Med Gull on a sand bank.

posted by Rob Jutsum
30 Dec
4:29 pm
2022

Hope’s Nose

At 11.30, I was stunned to watch a Leach’s Storm Petrel 300m NE of The Point being repeatedly harried by a passing raptor.  It appeared to survive the tense encounter, just beyond the slick, before disappearing! 

Elsewhere, 31 Great Northern Divers, roughly 16 Purple Sandpipers, a Kingfisher, 6 Common Dolphins, a Harbour Porpoise and 2 Grey Seals were seen.  Am immature/female Black Redstart was also reported.  

posted by Paul Darlington
30 Dec
3:21 pm
2022

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

32 Goosander 9m – 23f, 3 Willow Tit, 3 Redwing, 6 Fieldfare, 5 Coot, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 2 Marsh Tit, 2 Bullfinch.

posted by Rod Mudge
30 Dec
12:58 pm
2022

Skern

A visit each side of high tide resulted in a good number of ducks and waders. Probably 200 or more Golden Plover and Dunlin. 30 or so lapwing, Teal, shelduck Oystercatchers and Curlew. 

posted by Chris Baines
29 Dec
7:46 pm
2022
Sherpa Marsh +1 Photo

Sherpa Marsh

A few hours this afternoon down at Wrafton Pond and Sherpa Marsh. Wrafton Pond was again very disappointing with just a few gulls, one Snipe and some Mallard.  Over Sherpa Marsh were two Marsh Harriers. 

posted by Martin Bennett
29 Dec
7:04 pm
2022

Torbay Coastal:~

Torbay Coastal:~

Hopes Nose ~ good numbers of Great Northern Diver, seven around the headland and bay, a further eleven out on the sea, with more flying through heading west, some twenty four plus birds.

Guillemot beyond counting, both sat on the sea and flying through. Several Gannet about, three Porpoise and three Seal one enjoying feeding on a conger eel.

Kittiwake showing well.

Across to Broadsands /  Elberry ~ Three Great Northern Diver, Fulmar, five Great Crested Grebe, the Scoter flock contained 30 plus birds included a Velvet Scoter and the Long Tailed Duck.

posted by Steve Hopper
29 Dec
6:50 pm
2022
Salcombe Regis +1 Photo

Salcombe Regis

White-tailed eagle flying around the cliffs at Salcombe Regis this morning

posted by Peter Newman
29 Dec
6:44 pm
2022
Garden- Braunton +1 Photo

Garden- Braunton

Think this was probably a result of what it had eaten before visiting our garden, but the first time we have ever seen Green Woodpecker faeces!

posted by Rob Jutsum
29 Dec
4:48 pm
2022
Blackcap at last in our Braunton garden

Blackcap at last in our Braunton garden

Female BLACKCAP has finally discovered our feeders. Now will she tell her friends 🙂 

posted by Phil and Sue Naylor
29 Dec
4:10 pm
2022

Broadsands

10.30-12.15

The Long-tailed Duck was first seen on its own on the sea close to the first two benches on the headland.  It was later seen further offshore with the Velvet Scoter and about 25 Common Scoter.  

A light morph adult Pomarine Skua was north-east of the headland.  9 Great Northern Divers and 6 Great Crested Grebes were also present.  

posted by Paul Darlington
29 Dec
4:03 pm
2022
Tarka Trail from Anchorwood +1 Photo

Tarka Trail from Anchorwood

From Anchorwood along the Tarka Trail, on the high tide, it started off quietly with 20+ curlew and a couple of little egrets in the fields and a dozen redshanks along the edge of the Taw. By the time we got to the salt marshes, opposite the sewage works, there were about 1000 lapwing, several hundred Canada geese, later joined by 100+ brent geese, dozens of shelduck. Apart from the Canada geese the rest seemed to take turns swirling up, maybe to check if any sandbanks were emerging. On the return many oystercatchers and redshank and a single grey plover made the most of the falling tide.

posted by Colin Dracott
29 Dec
2:07 pm
2022

Velator reserve.

A large flock of Finches joining in the mobbing activity of a noisy Blackbird this morning. Mostly Green, but Chaffinch, Goldfinch and a couple of smart male Bullfinches too. I’m guessing Tawny Owl was the subject, but it remained unseen. A Little Egret on the scrape with about 30 Godwits which flew off as I arrived. Later on one of the female Marsh Harriers flew over the reserve and on over the reed-bed, suddenly swooping in but came up a minute or so later empty clawed!. A sweep over the remaining reed-bed showed the other female Marsh Harrier too.

posted by Jon Turner
29 Dec
2:02 pm
2022

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On a blustery, showery morning: Grey Plover, 7 Snipe, 8 Greenshanks, c350 Dunlins, 2 Common Sandpipers, 57 Wigeon, 5 Goosanders (2 drakes), 2 drake Red-breasted Mergansers, female Teal, 1+ Little Grebe, ad-w Mediterranean Gull, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker & c25 Redwings.

posted by Pete Aley
28 Dec
11:26 pm
2022
Eastern Yellow Wagtail 25th Dec: repost +1 Photo

Eastern Yellow Wagtail 25th Dec: repost

Reposting possible Eastern Yellow Wagtail images from Seaton Wetlands 25th Dec as I forgot to reduce file size

posted by Tom Gale
28 Dec
8:04 pm
2022

Hope’s Nose

09.15-13.15

A stunning adult Great Skua flew south in the channel between The Lead Stone and The Orestone at 10.06 – the most striking I have seen.  This was followed south at 11.37 by an impressive adult light morph Pomarine Skua.  

Elsewhere, 2 Eiders (an immature male and an immature/female) were around the Leadstone for a time.

Also in the vicinity were 25 Great Northern Divers, at least 12 Purple Sandpipers, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 5 Common Scoters (4 females and 1 male), 24+ Common Gulls, 189 Gannets, 81 Kittiwakes and 53 Fulmars.  

posted by Paul Darlington
28 Dec
7:01 pm
2022

Eastern Yellow Wagtail 25th Dec

Belated post but some photos of the possible Eastern Yellow Wagtail found on Christmas day by John Gale. Bird called twice when it flew off, although unfortunately we missed getting a sound recording so can’t confirm the identification as it stands. 

posted by Tom Gale
28 Dec
9:22 am
2022

Lake for Lower Tamar Lake

Late for Lower Tamar Lake yesterday.

41 Goosander 10m 31f. 6 Willow Tit, 5 Marsh Tit, 2  Nuthatch, 6 Coot, 10 Tufted Duck, 4 Teal, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 1f Great Spotted Woodpecker.

posted by Rod Mudge
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