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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
12 Apr
6:43 pm
2023

Wrafton

Birds everso slightly affected by the weather this morning. Over Wrafton Pond, Swallows and Sand Martins, were flying very low, but many of them struggling and lots perched on reed stems near the viewing platform. Only 3 Teal and 2 Little Egrets on the scrape. In the reserve 3 Swallows perched on the Kingfisher branch. Never seen them do that before. In the lee of the reserve good numbers of Sand Martins and Swallows feeding low to the ground.

posted by Jon Turner
12 Apr
2:02 pm
2023

Bowling Green Marsh

A high tide visit, with very few waders. 11 Blackwit, 4 Greenshank, 2 Snipe, 15 Teal, 14 Shoveler, 4 Tufted, 4 Wigeon, 80+ Sand Martin & 7+ Swallow.

posted by Steve Cox
12 Apr
1:14 pm
2023

Alpine Swifts, Dawlish

Two Alpine Swifts very briefly

over Oakland Park/Coryton Cove at 1.40pm.

Lost to view and no sign since.

posted by Paul Barker
12 Apr
10:32 am
2023
Deancombe +1 Photo

Deancombe

This morning at Deancombe: Jays 3, Ravens 2, GSW 1, Nuthatches 4, Mistle thrushes 2,numerous Chaffinches and a very distant solitary Redstart calling from the top of a tall tree.

posted by Bob Barrow
12 Apr
10:24 am
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A (2nd cy) Yellow-legged Gull & 2 Whimbrels on Blaxton Meadow this morning; also, 6 Greenshanks, 15 Turnstones, Common Sandpiper & a Green Woodpecker.

posted by Pete Aley
12 Apr
10:17 am
2023
Yarner Wood

Yarner Wood

Yesterday afternoon while traveling to Manaton from Bovey Tracey in the torrant of rain my brain kicked-in  and decided that a walk around Yarner Wood would be a good idea, how wrong was that! I was soaked through to my skin when I got back to my vehicle. However, despite the heavy rain I did manage to spot a few birds a Robin, Wren, a Willow Warbler (also heard) and a Pied Flycatcher.

posted by Martin Bennett
11 Apr
7:03 pm
2023

Matford Marsh & Riverside Country Park

A cycle down to Matford Marsh and Riverside Country Park this morning. Not too much however singing Cetti’s Warbler, 15+ Sand Martin, 2+ Swallow, House Martin, 20 Teal, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Stock Dove & M Reed Bunting the best of it.

posted by Steve Cox
11 Apr
2:22 pm
2023

Aylesbeare Common Field Trip Wednesday 12 April CANCELLED

  1. The Plymouth branch have cancelled this event due to the weather.  We will look to rearrange the trip for later in the year and will be in contact with further details in due course
posted by Mary Johnson
11 Apr
9:58 am
2023

South Huish Marsh

Gull-billed Tern flew in at 0735 hrs.

posted by Rob Macklin
10 Apr
5:51 pm
2023

South Huish

Gull billed Tern showing well intermittently though the day.1 White wagtail.

posted by Vic & Sylvia Tucker
10 Apr
5:23 pm
2023
Lesser Yellowlegs still on The Lower Otter Restoration Project +1 Photo

Lesser Yellowlegs still on The Lower Otter Restoration Project

The Lesser Yellowlegs still on The Lower Otter Restoration Project this afternoon in full view feeding just north of the Estuary Carpark. First seen last Thursday but thought its worth posting if anyone still wants to see this rare bird in Devon. It seams well settled and feeding with a Greenshank when seen.

posted by Derek Carter
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