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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
27 Dec
12:14 am
2022
Seaton Wetlands 26 December

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.

posted by Chris & Janet Marcol
26 Dec
8:07 pm
2022

Torbay coastal

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.

posted by Steve Hopper
26 Dec
7:49 pm
2022

Paignton Zoo

Superb views of a Water Rail in a small ditch next to the Binturong enclosure. Also six Firecrests – three pairs scattered around the grounds.

posted by Dave Smallshire
26 Dec
6:35 pm
2022

Hope’s Nose

10.10-13.00

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.  

posted by Paul Darlington
26 Dec
6:00 pm
2022
Fremington Pill +1 Photo

Fremington Pill

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.

posted by Martin Bennett
26 Dec
5:47 pm
2022

Godwit

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….

posted by Jon Turner
26 Dec
5:37 pm
2022

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.

posted by Rob Jutsum
26 Dec
4:03 pm
2022

Fremington Pill

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?

posted by Colin Dracott
26 Dec
1:18 pm
2022

Black redstart

A male black redstart at sandy parlor beach bovisand this morning 

posted by Mike Williams
26 Dec
12:30 pm
2022
Baggy Point +1 Photo

Baggy Point

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.

posted by Martin Bennett
26 Dec
12:15 pm
2022

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…..

posted by Malcolm Shakespeare....
26 Dec
8:32 am
2022

Estover , Plymouth

Black Redstart (male) in my garden at 08.30 today.

posted by Peter Castle
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