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27 Oct
3:13 pm
2022

South Brent

A large flock of Wood pigeons over home this morning the first sign that I  have seen of this seasons Wood pigeon autumn migration.

On the way up to Shipley Bridge two Kestrel, one at Beara Farm and the other over Bloody Pool Cross.

Just above Shipley car park two Ring Ouzel and another four seen to fly over as if leaving the area, a third Kestrel, small numbers of Fieldfare and one Mistle Thrush.

posted by Steve Hopper
27 Oct
12:17 pm
2022

Braunton Redwings

Two Redwings this morning on top of a tree on Pixie Lane.

posted by Phil and Sue Naylor
27 Oct
10:03 am
2022

The Skern And Northam burrows.

One Black Brant , 3 Pale breasted  , 107 Dark Breasted Brent geese present on the Skern this morning at high tide.   Now 3 Snow Bunting at no.8 Green….All per David Paul…..

posted by Malcolm Shakespeare
26 Oct
9:17 pm
2022
Avon Dam

Avon Dam

Worth pointing out that the Ring Ouzels below the dam today were feeding on the ground in an area now ploughed up by an introduced herd of Tamworth pigs. Eight ouzels were feeding there in a loose flock at around 1630.

posted by Peter Reay
26 Oct
9:02 pm
2022

Berry Hd

Berry Hd: 0730-1700:  c500 Great Shearwaters, (count of 461) interrupted by  Pallid Swift  lingering until dusk.

posted by Mark Darlaston
26 Oct
8:45 pm
2022

Northam Burrows and Skern

Late afternoon/early evening.

Three Snow Bunting at the end of Westward Ho! Pebble Ridge.

Also one juvenile Common Tern flew over the estuary and followed the Pebble Ridge towards Westward Ho!

posted by Martin Unwin
26 Oct
7:59 pm
2022
avon dam

avon dam

ring ouzel

posted by Ian Butt
26 Oct
7:30 pm
2022
avon dam

avon dam

ring ouzel

posted by Ian Butt
26 Oct
6:43 pm
2022

Brixham breakwater

4 Purple Sandpiper on seaward side of breakwater at low tide

posted by Andy Roberts
26 Oct
5:51 pm
2022

Cadover Bridge

2 Ring Ouzel in Brisworthy Burrows before flying towards clay pits at 17:00. 800+ Golden Plover swirling back and forth over Cadover Bridge/Brisworthy between 16:40 and 17:20. Also 500+ Fieldfare, c30 Redwing and 3 Mistle Thrush.

posted by Chris E
26 Oct
4:44 pm
2022

Dartmouth golf course

Odd season just now. Whilst playing golf, hundreds of fieldfare and redwing over while chiffchaff in song, a few violets in flower and a clouded yellow drifted past. Little grebe still on pond on 3rd hole where they bred this year.

posted by Graham Burton
26 Oct
4:35 pm
2022

Velator

One Godwit this morning before the shooters started blasting away down over the Marsh. Frightened the Cattle, the sheep and even all the Gulls on Wrafton Pond flew off. In the reserve a Raven was an unusual visitor – the local Crows weren’t happy. More Finches around of late. Later on there were again 2 female Marsh Harriers over the reed-beds.

posted by Jon Turner
26 Oct
4:03 pm
2022

South Hams

Lean pickings today, but, at Slapton Ley, 2 Firecrests, 16+ Swallows, 4 Chiffchaffs, 3 Mediterranean Gulls & a lone Wigeon. At Beesands Ley, 2 Pintails, 23 Gadwalls & 3 Mediterranean Gulls. Also, 10+ Swallows, a Fieldfare & a Skua sp (Arctic or Pom) at Start Point.  

posted by Pete Aley
26 Oct
2:43 pm
2022

Exminster & Exeter

On the Marsh this morning were 2 Marsh Harriers, 2 Kestrels, 1 Cattle Egret, and 1 Greylag and 3 Egyptian Geese.

Matford ponds are expanding quickly and held 300+ ducks including 220+ Teal, 20+ Wigeon and 1 Tufted, plus 1 Green Sandpiper.

In the Trews Weir flood channel, the Little Grebe is now in its third week of residence. 

posted by James Camden
26 Oct
12:56 pm
2022

Gunnislake weir

Kingfisher and Grey Heron. 

Non- Bird news – European Hornet nest found

posted by R Hurrell
26 Oct
12:49 pm
2022

Lifton area

25/10/22 Approx 250+ Redwing & 50+ Fieldfare very flighty and also feeding on berry laden Hawthorns in the Lyd valley. Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail on the River Lyd.  

posted by R Hurrell
26 Oct
12:34 pm
2022
Ring Ouzel at Avon Dam

Ring Ouzel at Avon Dam

A walk up to Avon Dam in dull and windy conditions was rewarded with about 20 Ring Ouzel feeding on grass on the slope to the right of the Dam. Otherwise about 30 Redwing and 4 aerobatic Ravens.

posted by Martin Overy
26 Oct
12:12 pm
2022

Saunton Sands

1 Snow Bunting on the strandline earlier this morning.

posted by Rob Jutsum
26 Oct
11:29 am
2022

Berry Head

Seawatch 0730hrs- 0930hrs: 10 Great Shearwaters, 3 Balearic Shearwaters, 7 Arctic Skuas, 1 unidentified Skua (Arc/Pom), 1 Petrtel sp. 2 Great Skuas, 1 Arctic Tern, 11 Mediterranean Gulls, 631 Auks, 600+ Kittiwake, 5 Common Gull, 300+ Gannets, 5 Swallows, 10+ Common Dolphin, 1 Harbour Porpoise 

In quarry: 3 Ring Ouzels, 1 Black Redstart 

Mike Langman, Mark Darlaston, Bill Macdonald, Dave Dawe, Phil Bentley 

posted by Mike Langman
25 Oct
4:17 pm
2022

Old Torrington Road, Barnstaple

Sat in my conservatory at OTR at 4.50 pm and looked up to see a great white egret fly over, or trying to, against the strong southerly wind.

posted by Robert Morgan
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