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Yesterday afternoon on Exminster Marshes:Teal, Wigeon, Shelduck, Coot,Moorhen, Snow goose with Canada Geese, Avocet, Redshank, Dunlin, Blackwits, Curlew, Sanderling, L. Egrets, Fieldfares, Kestrel, Greenfinches (50+), Buzzards and a Kestrel.
Exmouth Phear Park
Yesterday afternoon called in to see the very confiding Olive Backed Pipit.
Bowling Green Marsh
Yesterday morning at BGM: Wigeon, Shoveler, Shelduck, Pochard, Mallards, Teal, Gadwall, Greylag and Canada Geese, Blackwits, Avocets, Redshank, Greenshank, Lapwings, Grey Heron, Moorhen, Snipe, Curlew, Cormorants, Water Rail, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Kestrel.
Wrafton pond and local area.
En-Route back to my car I got these photos of a Bulfinch and Firecrest.
Wrafton pond and local area.
Today at around lunch time I popped down to Wrafton Pond where there were seven or eight Snipe on the far side of the pond and I was lucky enough to catch a quick climpse of a Water Rail. En-route back to my car I spotted two Firecrest, a family of Long-tail tits and a Female Bulfinch.
Olive-backed Pipit in Exmouth
The Olive-backed Pipit was still showing very well this afternoon near the main drive not far from the Bumble and Tee cafe. Also a flock of 15 Long-tailed Tits.
Short walk out to Cross banks this aft. Kingfisher hovering above the tidal channel at low tide due to the absence of a suitable perch.
Several birds appear to be suffering now from cold exposure.
This bird which I think may be an overwintering Whimbrel was resting in the weak sunshine on the salting only 10 metres from the public footpath.
Old Torrington Road, Barnstaple
Our blackbird population has gone from zero to well over a dozen in the last 4 weeks. My rear neighbour has a lawn covered in windfalls and this not only attracts the blackbirds but redwing and fieldfare as well. A flock of at least 6 greenfinches have been about as well along with a solitary lapwing which flew over this morning. Yesterday I watched a flock of nearly 100 lapwing fly SW over me whilst stood in Andrew Road.
Southdown Farm, Soar
Ab amazing morning on the heights capped by yet another UK record count of 186 Cirl Bunting but still only 57 Yellowhammer. The cold snap also brought in 257 Golden Plover, 132 Lapwing (3rd highest count for Soar), 5 Snipe, a disappointing 530 Skylark, 15 Meadow Pipit, 36 Song Thrush and 100 Goldfinch. Supplementary feeding well underway.
60+ pintail off Bassets Ridge at midday today plus two pairs of goosander, mixed flock of dunlin and sanderling, oystercatchers and other usual suspects.
Today I spotted this Sparrowhawk through some trees in Lapford.
Goosander on River Tavy at Abbey bridge. Two flocks of 7 Long Tailed Tits, one along the river and another along the canal path. Kingfisher also on canal side close to Tavistock College.
(Late post) Haldon red kite
Another report of red kites reminded me we spotted a red kite both saturday and sunday whilst driving over the Haldon hills.
I was at Miller and Carter on Sutton Wharf this afternoon for the work Christmas meal and had as good a look around as I could without binoculars or scope. 3 Cormorant, 9 Mute Swan, 1 Little Grebe, 2 adult GBBG + 1 youngster and an adult Mediterranean Gull amongst a handful of BH Gull.
River Mole Valley
52 Lapwing in one of the grassland fields along with Fieldfare, Starling and Redwing.Their erratic flight was fabulous to see and the first sighting for at least 5 years at this site.2 Heron by the river and a Firecrest in a holly bush……my first ever sighting here.Also seen 2 Mistle Thrush,Kestrel and 4 Buzzard.
Exmouth – Phear Park
Since no-one else has posted about the Olive-backed Pipit today, here is a photo that I took this morning. It’s in the same area as previously reported.
Two red kite, circling over pheasant roadkill on the B3227 between Shillingford and Petton.
Chanters Hill, Barnstaple
Immature black redstart in my garden briefly this afternoon.
Plym Estuary & Saltram and Wembury
At high tide this morning, the Plym Estuary & Saltram produced: c325 Dunlins, 8 Greenshanks, 2 Snipe, 1+ Common Sandpiper, 6 Turnstones, 52 Wigeon, drake Teal, 2 Goosanders (1 drake) 2 drake Red-breasted Mergansers, female Red-crested Pochard, 3 Little Grebes, Firecrest & a Grey Wagtail.
Later, at Wembury Bay: Water Pipit, 10 Lapwings north, Grey Wagtail, Great Spotted Woodpecker & an adult Mediterranean Gull.
Common Sandpiper, very active Chiffchaff, 3Dippers, 4 Grey Wagtail 1 Goldcrest and 3 Song Thrushes.