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17 Dec
3:39 pm
2022

Cirl Buntings, Dawlish

Decent flocks of winter finches and larks in the fields behind/through Oakland park woods(overlooking Holcombe)

At least 50 Cirl Buntings, 

20+ Sky lark.

20+ Meadow pipit

Smaller numbers of chaffinch , goldfinch and linnet

posted by Paul barker
17 Dec
3:36 pm
2022

Ilfracombe.

Not as many as Martin yesterday but 1Razorbill ,1Whimbrel, 1 Purple Sandpiper and Redwing around on the journey back towards Lynton.

posted by jenny elvin
17 Dec
3:08 pm
2022

Velator reserve

Opened half a dozen nets this morning to see if the Redwings would be tempted. I ringed 6, which is quite good. 1 Song Thrush and a Blackbird too. Only 5 Greenfinch and  one Chiffchaff. I saw the female Marsh Harrier over Sherpa early on, And then one appeared again a bit later, but this one had a white rump, and so was a Hen Harrier. Biird of the day!

posted by Jon Turner
16 Dec
10:09 pm
2022
Ilfracombe cont +1 Photo

Ilfracombe cont

Great Northern, Red-throated and the occasional Black-throated Diver are showing well most days along with Eiders and Common Scoters.
Todays cold weather brought a mixed flock of 30 Green and Golden Plovers to Capstone Hill.
A few Goosanders are now a regular sight at Slade resorvoirs. 

posted by Martin Thorne
16 Dec
9:49 pm
2022
Ilfracombe +1 Photo

Ilfracombe

Lots of Gulls this week inc Adult Yellow-Legged Gull, 18 Gbb Gulls mostly juvs, 50+ Black headed,good numbers of Common Gulls loafing on the rocks and plunge diving while heading up channel, with an unusual 6 Kittiwakes awaiting bait scraps thrown by Anglers.
Fantastic to watch Kingfishers in the inner Pier feeding on fairly large Sprats.
Best birds of late were a Pomarine and an unseasonal Arctic Skua attacking flocks of Kittiwakes.
A Great Egret headed up channel and on a sad note i saw a cloud of feathers which i believe was the Whimbrel being predated by a Tercel.

posted by Martin Thorne
16 Dec
8:22 pm
2022
Ford Park Cemetery +1 Photo

Ford Park Cemetery

A Brisk walk around FPC this morning saw Green & GS Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Firecrest, Greenfinch, Redwings & Fieldfare.

posted by John Foster
16 Dec
5:18 pm
2022

Bickington

Late afternoon in the field at North Down Farm I was treated to 40+ lapwing, 4 golden plover (first time I’d seen either of these two in this location), 3 cattle egrets, a dozen fieldfare, 7 redwings, 1 song thrush, 100+ starlings. All of the species seemed quite happy to mix so I think there must have been food to be found due to the field sloping towards the south and having thawed a lot quicker than some other areas.

posted by Colin Dracott
16 Dec
4:58 pm
2022
Unusual House Sparrow at Exwick

Unusual House Sparrow at Exwick

Not something I’ve seen before but one of our resident House Sparrows has an unusual amount of white in her wings.

posted by Martin Overy
16 Dec
3:45 pm
2022

Exe Estuary – Exton

2 Cirl Bunting in the field next to the station.

posted by Richard Jordan
16 Dec
12:51 pm
2022

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On a very cold, frosty morning: Grey Plover, 6 Snipe, Common Sandpiper, 7 Greenshanks, 4 Turnstones, 6 Teal (4 drakes), 32+ Wigeon, Red-crested Pochard, Sparrowhawk & a Chiffchaff.

posted by Pete Aley
16 Dec
12:26 pm
2022

Downend

This morning 9 Eider & 3 fem Common Scoter still at Downend.

Also of note 8 Lapwing at Downend which is a sign of very cold conditions. On leaving noticed a change in wind direction & a rise in temperature by a degree or two. The Lapwing also detected this rise in temperature flying east back to Braunton marshes & the Taw Estuary.

posted by Rob Jutsum
16 Dec
8:37 am
2022
Exminster Marshes +1 Photo

Exminster Marshes

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.

posted by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd
16 Dec
8:28 am
2022
Exmouth Phear Park +1 Photo

Exmouth Phear Park

Yesterday afternoon called in to see the very confiding Olive Backed Pipit.

posted by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd
16 Dec
8:24 am
2022
Bowling Green Marsh +1 Photo

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.

posted by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd
15 Dec
10:27 pm
2022
Wrafton pond and local area. +1 Photo

Wrafton pond and local area.

En-Route back to my car I got these photos of a Bulfinch and Firecrest.

posted by Martin Bennett
15 Dec
10:22 pm
2022
Wrafton pond and local area. +1 Photo

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.

posted by Martin Bennett
15 Dec
9:24 pm
2022
Olive-backed Pipit in Exmouth

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.

posted by John Walters
15 Dec
6:13 pm
2022
Caen Estuary

Caen Estuary

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.

posted by Rob Jutsum
15 Dec
3:25 pm
2022

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.

posted by Robert S Morgan
15 Dec
3:21 pm
2022

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.

posted by Rob Macklin
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