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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
25 Dec
10:55 am
2022

Stoke, Plymouth

Firecrest seen on Christmas Day in front garden at 10.30am. Happy Christmas to everyone

posted by Tim Buckley
24 Dec
4:58 pm
2022
Crownhill Down +1 Photo

Crownhill Down

Redwing, Fieldfare, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Jays, Magpies, Goldfinches, Goldcrests 2, down the bridlepath. Ravens and 3 Golden Plover on Down top.

posted by Bob Barrow
24 Dec
4:52 pm
2022

Slapton

Visit to Slapton today produced 1 Great White Egret  1 Egyptian Goose  3 Goldeneye 1 Ring Necked Duck12 Great Crested Grebe  2 Chiffchaff 1 Waterail .  2 Goldcrest Gadwall and Tufted Duck 

posted by Roger Backway
24 Dec
2:26 pm
2022

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

45 Goosander 12m 334 (0800), 1 Grey Heron, 10 Tufted Duck 8m 2f, 4 Coot, 2 Great Crested Grebe.

Happy Christmas and New Year.

posted by Rod Mudge
24 Dec
1:03 pm
2022

Mudbanks, Exmouth

10:30 1 female Scaup amongst 83 Shelduck

posted by Paul Bray
23 Dec
3:49 pm
2022

Diver

replying to Graham’s post. I was there at same  time and had good close up views of a Great Northern Diver

posted by Lloyd gray
23 Dec
9:21 am
2022

Broadsands

1 Velvet Scoter, 40+ Common Scoter, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Great Northern Divers, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Mediterranean Gull (ad). In 2nd car park 16+ Cirl Buntings and 1 Reed Bunting on seed. around Marsh at least 3 Firecrests.

The two Eiders were off Paignton Harbour again yesterday.

 

posted by Mike Langman
22 Dec
9:48 pm
2022

Castle Circus, Torquay

A female Black Redstart from office window on Higher Union Lane, Torquay today. 

posted by Steve Cox
22 Dec
2:23 pm
2022

Brixham harbour (outer)

Diver yesterday pm. My identification skills too rusty to determine what kind ;  err towards great northern

posted by Graham Folkerd
22 Dec
11:28 am
2022

Firecrest, Dawlish

1 calling and showing well in garden overlooking bottom end of Oakland park. at 10.30am.

posted by Paul Barker
22 Dec
11:17 am
2022

Exmouth

No sign of the Olive-backed Pipit this morning. I understand it wasn’t seen yesterday either, despite some extensive searching. Off Mudbank at 0840 – a female-type Scaup and drake Goldeneye. Also a Cetti’s Warbler in song at Lower Halsdon Farm. Yesterday off Mudbank – a Black-necked Grebe mid-afternoon and an immature drake Eider off Maer Rocks. For more Exmouth sightings go to www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk.

posted by Matt Knott
21 Dec
7:31 pm
2022
Slapton Ley and Kingsbridge Estuary +1 Photo

Slapton Ley and Kingsbridge Estuary

A visit to the Slapton Ley and Kingsbridge estuary today.

On the sea off of Slapton  a count of 39 Common Scoter. On the Ley three Golden Eye (1M & 2F) 10 plus Gadwall and numerous Tufted duck but not as many as seen in previous years.

Coots in large numbers but again not as many as seen in previous years, about 10 Great Crested Grebe and one Little Grebe. 

Fifty plus Great Blacked Back Gull on the Ley and on Slapton beach. Little Egret and Heron, Water Rail heard calling.

Small birds included a flock of 12 Greenfinch, Cetti’s Warbler, Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff, numerous Pied Wagtails, Rock Pipit and Stonechat.

Highlight was an adult female Marsh Harrier, the first I have seen at Slapton for some time.

Frogmore Creek ~ Little Egret, a single Black Tailed Godwit, Greenshank and a Grey Wagtail.

Kingsbridge Estuary ~ Heron, Little Egret, an estimated 300 plus duck on the estuary including Mallard, Shell duck, Wigeon and a drake Pochard. A hunting Peregrine flushed many of the smaller Waders, after it went over 60 plus Redshank and 40 plus Dunlin flew up towards Kingsbridge, a handful of Curlew and Oyster Catcher on the mudflats.

From the car park of the Crab Shell, Little Egret, three Greenshank and a small number of Redshank.

Sparrowhawks seen at Slapton and near Totnes.

posted by Steve Hopper
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