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13 Dec
4:34 pm
2022

Topsham & Exeter

A quick scan of the almost-frozen BGM this morning gave 2 Pochard, 2 Gadwall, 2 Greylags, 1 Snipe and 1 Cattle Egret among the commoner species. Back in Exeter, a Common Sandpiper, the first for 3 months, was flitting around Trews Weir, and a Stonechat, which arrived last Friday, was singing from the allotments nearby. In Belle Isle park there are catkins and the Magnolia tree is in bud. A striking mix of seasons.

posted by James Camden
13 Dec
3:40 pm
2022

Great White Egret. Princetown

I was informed of a Great white Egret below Tor Royal farm by Justine the local farmer. a couple of days ago.  I eventually located it this morning in the leat above the sewage works.. l have a video of it feeding in the leat. To big to post on here.

posted by Gary Easton
13 Dec
1:39 pm
2022

Devon Goosander count

A  synchronised Devon Goosander roost count in icy conditions on 9-10 December produced a total of 171 birds (61 ad males), of which 58 (23 ad males) were on Dartmoor. Of the 24 sites covered, 12 had no roosting Goosanders, and the top sites were Tamar Lakes 33, Avon Dam 27, Blue Waters 24, Blackhill Quarry 22, Venford 21, Meeth 19 and Sbobrooke 11, with five other sites holding less than 10. Thanks to all who took part.

posted by Peter Reay
12 Dec
10:30 pm
2022

Dartmoor two bridges

Displaced Great White Egret in small stream on right hand side of b3357   just after two bridges hotel .

posted by Charlie imms
12 Dec
9:46 pm
2022

Bowling Green Marsh & Darts Farm

Bowling Green, Goat Walk & Clyst VP this am. 305 Avocet, 580 Blackwit, 26 Barwit, 19 Grey Plover, 500 Dunlin, 30 Lapwing, 6+ Snipe, 2 Turnstone, 58 Shelduck, 200+ Teal, 120+ Wigeon, 40+ Pintail, 28 Shoveler, 2F Pochard, M Gadwall, Marsh Harrier 1cy, Chiffchaff.

Darts Farm at lunchtime. 60 Lapwing, 160+ DB Brent Geese, 20+ Chaffinch, 5+ Reed Bunting, Meadow Pipit, Fieldfare, 2 Stonechat.

posted by Steve Cox
12 Dec
8:50 pm
2022
Fremington Quay +1 Photo

Fremington Quay

This afternoon at Fremington Quay there were two Spoonbills, a Grey Heron, a Grey Plover, Lots of Redshank and a couple of Little Egrets.

posted by Martin Bennett
12 Dec
8:44 pm
2022
Anchor Wood area to Penhill Point area +1 Photo

Anchor Wood area to Penhill Point area

This afternoon’s walk along the Tarka Path from Anchor Wood area to Penhill area where there were a few Lapwing and Curlew four Oystercatchers, a few Starlings, a couple of Meadow Pipit, a small number of Redshank, c100 Brent Geese and c50 Canada Geese. Flying up the river towards Barnstaple was a single Spoonbill that landed just downstream of the new bridge.

posted by Martin Bennett
12 Dec
7:23 pm
2022

Sidmouth

Kingfisher briefly on Chit Rocks below Connaught Gardens at 1.30 pm.

posted by David Gray
12 Dec
7:03 pm
2022
Olive-backed Pipit in Exmouth

Olive-backed Pipit in Exmouth

Olive-backed Pipit showing very well this afternoon under oaks near entrance to Phear Park, Exmouth

posted by John Walters
12 Dec
6:02 pm
2022

River Mole Valley

First Brambling of winter amongst several mixed flocks of over 500 finches in one of the bird mix fields along with Chaffinch, Linnet ,Greenfinch and Goldfinch.90 Fieldfare still feasting on rapidly declining apples along with 30 Blackbirds and 50 Starling.A Snipe ,50 more Chaffinch and 25 Pheasant feeding amongst the barley stubbles.

posted by Brian Nicholas
12 Dec
5:45 pm
2022

Exmouth OBP

An Olive-backed Pipit (found by John Walters) in Phear Park ’til 3pm at least. About 100 yards up from the entrance. Nearby – the Eastern Lesser Whitethroat on Belle Vue Road (at junction with Halsdon Avenue) on Saturday (10/12). Photos of both birds on www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk.

posted by Matt Knott
12 Dec
3:03 pm
2022

Valley of Rocks.

M and F Bullfinches, 12 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, more than12 meadow pipits and Longtailed Tits.Plus stonechat, thrushes, Robins,wrens and Goldfinch,. Absolutely bitter in the wind .

posted by jenny elvin
12 Dec
2:00 pm
2022

Goosanders at Blue Waters, Bovey Tracey

Minimum 20 Goosander, 7 male/13 female, at Blue Waters 11.30am.

With the opening of the new road, the footpath overlooking the lake is no longer accessible.

posted by John Walton
12 Dec
12:14 pm
2022

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On a very cold morning: Firecrest, Grey Wagtail, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Plover, Common Sandpiper, 5 Snipe, 2 Turnstones, 51 Wigeon, drake Teal, 7 Goosanders (4 drakes) 2 Red-breasted Mergansers (drakes) & 2 Little Grebes.

posted by Pete Aley
12 Dec
10:28 am
2022
Dart Estuary

Dart Estuary

A large flock of feeding Cormorants on yesterday’s Dart WeBS count  flew into Bow Creek around 10 am but soon departed, presumably because they didn’t find any fish. At least 74 counted.

posted by Peter Reay
11 Dec
11:28 pm
2022

Northam

Female Blackcap feeding in front garden in Northam this morning. Not seen any males so far this winter.

posted by Stan Coats
11 Dec
7:48 pm
2022

Shobrooke spots

First time spot of a very confident Brent goose at Shoebrooke today plus an indeterminate number of Redwings calling and ground-feeding away from the snow.

posted by Sarah Blatchford
11 Dec
5:08 pm
2022

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A low tide visit this afternoon produced: 54 Wigeon, 1+ drake Teal, 2 drake Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Goosanders (1 drake), 3+ Little Grebes, 3 Mandarin Ducks, Red-crested Pochard (female), 1+ Common Sandpiper, 3+ Snipe, 1+ Kingfisher, 29 Common Gulls, Green Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk, 2 Stonechats, 2 Firecrests & 2 Roe Deer. 

posted by Pete Aley
11 Dec
4:40 pm
2022

Welcombe Mouth

House martin flying around cliff top all afternoon.

posted by Jill edwards
11 Dec
4:31 pm
2022

Mountbatten

On the shore this afternoon were 3 Rock Pipit and a  Common Sandpiper feeding amongst the seaweed,1 Mediterranean gull flew over then went out to sea. 3 Chiffchaff in the fir trees and a male Blackcap in the shrubs.

posted by Alan Livsey
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