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17 Dec
7:11 pm
2022
Exminster Marsh this afternoon +1 Photo

Exminster Marsh this afternoon

Lapwings, Curlews and Snipe in the fields.

posted by Geoff Mitchell
17 Dec
5:27 pm
2022
Arlington Court +1 Photo

Arlington Court

A midday walk from snow covered Arlington Court down to the lake and bird hide had good numbers of robins, blackbirds, chaffinches, nuthatches, blue, great, coal, and long-tailed tits, dunnock, wrens, 6 siskins, and a couple of goldcrest – the half frozen lake had plenty of mallard and a few moorhen, one heron and the briefest glimpse of a kingfisher.

posted by Colin Dracott
17 Dec
5:22 pm
2022

Slapton Ley

Highlights today were 2 Great White Egrets, 2 Shovelers, male Ring -necked Duck, 16 Pochards, male Goldeneye and a fem / imm Marsh Harrier. 24 Common Scoters on the sea.

posted by Perry Sanders
17 Dec
5:16 pm
2022
Olive-backed Pipit, Phare Park Exmouth +1 Photo

Olive-backed Pipit, Phare Park Exmouth

Watched the OBP feeding in the leaf litter until it flew off in search of some water. It was walking on the frozen pond but gave up and hopped over to the dike that runs through Exmouth right by the park.

posted by Barry Rankine
17 Dec
4:54 pm
2022

Plym Estuary & Saltram

During a short walk on this afternoon’s falling tide: Fieldfare, Green Woodpecker, 3 Snipe, Grey Plover, Common Sandpiper, 5 Goosanders (2 drakes), Kingfisher & 4 Roe Deer.

posted by Pete Aley
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
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