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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.
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.
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
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.
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
am:- Still 3 f Common Scoter at Downend but no sign of any Eider.
Exeter canal Goldeneye
Goldeneye (juvenile) on the canal between Double Locks and bridge 10.30 this morning.
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.
Seaton Wetlands 26 December
Some of the 500+ Lapwings at Seaton on Boxing Day.
Seaton Wetlands 26 December
The very confiding Isabelline Wheatear was still drawing the Boxing Day crowds. A bigger spectacle was the Lapwing flock of 500. Arrived just in time to miss a flyby White-tailed Eagle and Great Egret.
Marine Parade, Paignton ~ up to 40 Turnstone and a Great Northern Diver.
Paignton harbour two Seal and another Great Northern Diver.
Broadsands ~ Plenty of Cirl’s at the back of the far car park and another Great Northern Diver, one Great Crested Grebe, the “Scoter flock” contained 33 birds which included a Velvet Scoter and the female Long Tailed Duck.
Brixham another Great Northern Diver.
Back home at South Brent ~ Several Tawny owls calling before first light, Heron fly over, Kestrel and Green Woodpecker.
Superb views of a Water Rail in a small ditch next to the Binturong enclosure. Also six Firecrests – three pairs scattered around the grounds.
At 12.30, an adult Iceland Gull flew south, close in, over the wave-cut platform and on beyond Sandy Point.
Earlier on arrival, 2 Eiders (1 immature/female and 1 immature male) were tight in, around the Lead Stone.
Elsewhere, the adult male Black Redstart showed well on the south side boulders and an immature/female was mobile around The Point. A GND was south west of the Orestone with two further birds in Hope Cove. A female Sparrowhawk patrolled the top of the site. A Great Crested Grebe flew north. Two Blackcaps were also seen in the scrub.
7 Grey Seals were hauled out on Thatcher Rock with a further one swimming around The Point. A Harbour Porpoise was in outer Hope Cove.
This afternoon at Fremington Pill there were 30+ Black tailed Godwit including the ringed bird seen by Colin. The rings were as described but the letters/numbers were not visible. One Spotted Redshank, one Little Grebe, many Redshank and a few Teal.
What looks like 3 White rings is actually a long single white ring with black lines on it. My investigation of this bird found it had been ringed in Ireland, but I’m still waiting any further information….
Message for Colin Dracott
Colin – The colour ringed Black tailed Godwit you have seen in Fremington Pill today does not have any writing or code on the rings. This bird is moving around the estuary & has been seen on several previous occasions. Try cr-birding to trace your sighting.
Early afternoon at Fremington Pill – one buzzard, 2 green shank, 1 little egret, 2 glossy ibis, 6 oystercatchers, lots of redshank, teal and 50+ black-tailed godwit – one had 3 white rings on the left leg and white, blue and yellow rings on the left leg – it was too far away to see if there was any writing on the rings. What is the best place to find information on the various bird rings?
A male black redstart at sandy parlor beach bovisand this morning
Today before sunrise we (my wife and I) arrived at Baggy Point to photograph the sunrise over Croyde Bay and later to photograph some wildlife. We saw a few Cormorants clinging to a large rock, a female Stonechat and a Wren.
Tarka Trail, Bideford to Fremington Creek.
2 Marsh Harriers hunting over Isley and Home farm Marsh , 5 Shoveler On Saltpill pond , The two Glossy Ibis roosting in trees at the top of Fremington creek , alongside the creek were 72 Black T. Godwits and a Spotted Redshank feeding with a Greenshank. On return cycle a Great Crested Grebe And Several Common Gulls On the Torridge off Westleigh strait…..