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11 Dec
4:25 pm
2022

R Otter at Fluxton

7 goosanders this afternoon,  3 F by the weir and 4 (3F 1M) about 100m upstream.  Green woodpecker and a dipper feeding in the river were other notables, along with a flock of 150+ Fieldfares. 

posted by Martin Littlemore
11 Dec
4:23 pm
2022

Plym

2 Ringed Plover amongst the Dunlin near the Rowing Club at low tide.

posted by David Grant
11 Dec
3:35 pm
2022

Clennon Lakes Paignton

The Yellow-browed Warbler still present this morning plus 3 chiffchaffs and at least 2 Cetti’s Warblers. Also 2 Kingfishers, 8 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 1 Water Rail, 5 Tufted Ducks

Yellow-browed Warbler Clennon Lakes 11 Dec 2022 ML                 Yellow-browed Warbler Clennon Lakes

posted by Mike Langman
11 Dec
1:28 pm
2022

Southdown Valley,Soar

First thrush influx of the winter with 64 Song Thrush & 4 Redwing feeding on open ground; Also: 80 Golden Plover, 33 Lapwing & an increase to 730 Skylark.

posted by Rob Macklin
11 Dec
1:11 pm
2022

Pomphlett Area of Plymstock

Black Redstart (f) and pair of Blackcap seen this morning, eating berries of Torbay Palm in garden.

posted by Jacki Solman
10 Dec
7:01 pm
2022

Hope’s Nose & Haldon Pier, Torquay

At about 12.15pm at Hope’s Nose, I watched a Black-necked Grebe for about 10 minutes east of Thatcher Rock and south of Sandy Point.  This was the first time that I had seen this species at this site.

Elsewhere around the headland were an adult male Black Redstart on the south side, a Purple Sandpiper on the Leadstone, a Common Scoter, and a group of 8 Mistle Thrushes close to the entrance.  6 Grey Seals loafed on Thatcher Rock and 2 Harbour Porpoises were nearby.

Earlier, along and from a frosty Haldon Pier at the Harbour, 4 Purple Sandpipers, 11 Turnstones, 2 RTDs, 2 GNDs and 3 Common Scoters were seen.    

posted by Paul Darlington
10 Dec
5:20 pm
2022

Bradwell

With all the snow and ice here today, an interesting activity of around 70 thrushes in the orchard. Mainly Fieldfare with a good mix of Redwing, Song Thrush and Blackbird

posted by Jonny Pinn
10 Dec
4:29 pm
2022

Crownhill Down, Dartmoor

Two Long-tailed Ducks back on the huge pit at the top of the down at 13:30. Diving in a small area of ice-free water.

posted by Chris E
10 Dec
3:51 pm
2022

Blackcap

1 Male Blackcap in garden this afternoon on feeders. First one this winter.

posted by Tony Sherwood
10 Dec
1:55 pm
2022
Crownhill Down +1 Photo

Crownhill Down

Very quiet on the Down, Carrion Crows, Pipits, a distant Golden Plover calling. The two Long Tailed Ducks on TW pit and a little closer today. They flew east just after 0900.

posted by Bob Barrow
10 Dec
11:25 am
2022

Plym Estuary & Saltram

To add to John’s report below, count of 50 Wigeon, 8 Snipe, 4 Goosanders (1 drake), 2 drake Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Little Grebes & Green Woodpecker.

posted by Pete Aley
10 Dec
10:24 am
2022

Blaxton Meadow, Saltram and River Plym, Plymouth

Early start (07.13) to check on Goosander roosts (none present with Goosander Drake and female type first appearing on the river at 08.45) and WEBs today produced a species total of 22 list as follows.

Gulls: HG, BHG, Common. Mallard, Wigeon, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Goosander, Shelduck, Redshank, Dunlin, Greenshank, Oystercatcher, Curlew, L Egret, Snipe, Turnstone, Grey Plover, Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard. 

Thanks to Pete Aley for assistance.

posted by John Lloyd
9 Dec
10:58 pm
2022

Pink-Feet

Eight P-f Geese on the Taw today, towards the Barnstaple end of Penhill Marsh, associating loosely with the Brent flock, and seeming to avoid the Canadas.

posted by James Camden
9 Dec
7:39 pm
2022

North Devon

Beautiful day, so out locally, with Andy Lansdell. First to Baggy Point where we saw 2 or three Red-throated Diver and 2 probable drake Eider flying off North. At Down End we found 2 female Common Scoter, 8 or 9 Eider, several Oystercatcher and Turnstone plus a single Purple Sandpiper. A quick walk around the reserve revealed several Chiffchaffs (one very grey) a good size Tit flock with mostly Long-tailed Tits. 4 Godwits near the scrape, which was frozen. Lastly we walked down to the estuary, no sign of  a Short-eared Owl, but the Little Owl over by the Toll Rd. Several Redshank on the Pill and 3 Grey Plovers near the breach. Plenty of Teal and Wigeon on the main estuary. Marsh Harrier, Buzzard and Kestrel representing Birds of Prey.

posted by Jon Turner
9 Dec
7:27 pm
2022

Saltram & Plym

Spotted Redshank and Common Sandpiper near Blaxton Meadow this morning 

posted by Richard Teague
9 Dec
4:09 pm
2022

Arlington Woodland.

3 Goldcrest, 10 Redwing, nuthatch, treecreeper, mistle thrush, song thrush and large flock of chaffinches with a few Siskin plus good numbers of Longtailed Tit. 

posted by jenny elvin
9 Dec
10:44 am
2022

Clennon Valley 0900-1000

Yellow-browed warbler still present, but in willows between Lakes 1 and 2, instead of Lake 3. Siberian Chiffchaff, 5+ Chiffchaffs, 5+ Goldcrests and a Firecrest made up the supporting cast.

posted by Simon Tonge
8 Dec
10:06 pm
2022
Clayhidon +1 Photo

Clayhidon

This morning near Clayhidon, Cullompton this  Redwing was spotted and there were c50 more stead over two nearby fields. Also a late submission. A Pied Wagtail seen yesterday at the gateway to the private road, Braunton Burrows.

posted by Martin Bennett
8 Dec
9:54 pm
2022
Renney Point, Heybrook Bay

Renney Point, Heybrook Bay

This black redstart male was present feeding on the rocks both yesterday and today, about 2pm.

posted by Graham Smith
8 Dec
5:32 pm
2022

Velator reserve.

Ringing today. 31 birds ringed as follows: 11 Greenfinch, 2 Chaffinch 2 Great Tit,1 Blue Tit,1 Robin, 2 Blackcap, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Song Thrush. 1 Redwing, and a Kingfisher. Best bird seen was a Mistle Thrush – only the second one I have seen in the reserve, last one was in 2014. Several Water Rails calling, 2  Godwits out on the scrape, Marsh Harrier at Sherpa.

posted by Jon Turner
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