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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
28 Dec
8:36 am
2022

Torbay

Yesterday Morning from Broadsands: On sea: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Velvet Scoter, 24 Common Scoter, 4 Great Northern Divers and 3 Great Crested Grebes.

In 2nd car park: 8 Cirl Buntings, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Brambling, 16 Chaffinch. Around Marsh 1 Firecrest.

Paignton: 2 Eider, 4 Common Scoter, 1 Great Northern Diver and 2 Great Crested Grebes.

posted by Mike Langman
27 Dec
7:40 pm
2022
Reply to Colin +1 Photo

Reply to Colin

I took a photo of the BTG the other day. It’s on the far left edge of a small group (the last bird on that side) that were feeding on the far bank just upstream from the boats. I’ve included two photos – one of the group and a cropped image.

posted by Martin Bennett
27 Dec
5:32 pm
2022

Berrynarbor

Firecrest,  Goldcrest,  Song Thrush,  4 Bullfinches among the many garden birds this morning. 9/10 Long-tailed Tits frequently visiting  the feeders.  Several Blackcaps 6/7 on peanut fat and lurking in the berried shrubs with 1 feeding on the  sunflower hearts today.

posted by Margaret Phillips
27 Dec
5:08 pm
2022

colour ringed black-tailed godwit

Many thanks to Rob, Jon and Martin for the information on the colour ringed black-tailed godwit – it proves what a great website this is! Let’s hope it hangs around long enough for someone to get a good photo.

posted by Colin Dracott
27 Dec
4:18 pm
2022

Hen Harrier

A female Hen Harrier was seen at 10.00am on December 26, flying over the side of Haytor Down, 400m east of the minor road / small car park , not far from the Templar Way

posted by Mike Alexander
27 Dec
1:08 pm
2022

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A 1st cy Iceland Gull dropped onto Blaxton Meadow this morning where it stayed for a few minutes then drifted downriver (first here for 8 years). Also, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (ad-w & 2nd cy), 25 Common Gulls, 54 Wigeon, 2 Goosanders (1 drake), drake Red-breasted Merganser, Grey Plover, 9 Snipe, c12 Turnstones & 8 Greenshanks.  

Finally, a Polish-ringed adult Black-headed Gull T242.

posted by Pete Aley
27 Dec
1:01 pm
2022

Colour ringed Black-tailed Godwit

Colin:- just heard back from ‘Barry’ in Cork. This bird was ringed in Cork Harbour & is the first of the Cork -ringed birds to be seen in Devon 

posted by Rob Jutsum
27 Dec
12:44 pm
2022

Downend

am:- Still 3 f Common Scoter at Downend but no sign of any Eider.

posted by Rob Jutsum
27 Dec
11:28 am
2022

Exeter canal Goldeneye

Goldeneye (juvenile) on the canal between Double Locks and bridge 10.30 this morning.

posted by Steve Manning
27 Dec
10:49 am
2022
Crownhill Down +1 Photo

Crownhill Down

Yesterday morning over the Down: 30+ Golden Plover, 3 Ravens and a solitary Ringed Plover on the Tungsten West Lake. Redwing, Fieldfares a Green Woodpecker and a solitary hen Bullfinch along the bridlepath.

posted by Bob Barrow
27 Dec
12:26 am
2022
Seaton Wetlands 26 December +1 Photo

Seaton Wetlands 26 December

Some of the 500+ Lapwings at Seaton on Boxing Day.

posted by Chris & Janet Marcol
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