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8 Dec
5:02 pm
2022

Clennon Valley Lakes

09:23-10:40

1 Yellow-browed Warbler and a Marsh Tit were the highlights.

posted by Paul Bray
8 Dec
4:56 pm
2022

Exminster Marshes

Walk around the southern part of the marsh late morning coincided with low tide. Station Road from the railway bridge to the canal provided the best views of a great variety of birds, including water rail, bullfinch (2), chiffchaff, reed bunting, Cettis warbler, snipe (2), grey heron, great-spotted woodpecker (2) and redwing (c30).

The fields were relatively quiet, most of the pools were frozen and all wildfowl apart from a few teal (c80), wigeon (c150), shoveller (6) and mallard (4) had moved to the estuary. Snipe were more evident; singles and a flock of 5 overhead along with golden plover (30) and lapwing (150). A single marsh harrier and a kestrel were seen several times.

At Turf 3 dunlin, 2 avocet and 3 red-breasted merganser. Also more redwing and a few fieldfare, blackbird and song thrush in the canal-side trees.

From the railway path the large flock of Canada geese contained two of the regular exotics – one snow goose and one barnacle goose. A single cattle egret was with cattle in the centre of the marsh.

posted by John Waldon
8 Dec
3:26 pm
2022

Lower Tamar lake closure

Does anyone know when the lower lake will be open again please.

I rang SWLakes last week and was told it was open, but when we arrived it was still closed. Frustrating.

Thanks in advance. 

posted by Andy Leat
7 Dec
6:00 pm
2022
Exe Estuary cruise

Exe Estuary cruise

The highlight of this afternoon’s Stuart Line cruise should have been the Great Northern Diver, which was again off Lympstone Marines Camp, but this cock Pheasant swimming in the estuary towards Starcross Yacht Club has to take the biscuit!

posted by Dave Smallshire
7 Dec
5:09 pm
2022

Clennon Lakes, Paignton

The Yellow-browed Warbler was again showing well this morning around the top lake (3), also in willows beside lake 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs, now 4 Cetti’s Warblers around the site and at least 8 Chiffchaffs, 3 Kingfishers, 2 Water Rail and a Snipe.

Yellow-browed Warbler Clennon Lakes 7 Dec 2022 ML                                                         Yellow-browed Warbler 

posted by Mike Langman
7 Dec
4:07 pm
2022

Wembury

2 Firecrest seen this morning in our garden by the edge of church wood valley. 

posted by Matt Clark
7 Dec
4:01 pm
2022

Crownhill Down

2 long tailed ducks still on water in pit at 1.0 to 2.15pmL

Fieldfare and redwing in paddocks on the way up.

posted by Robert Massey
7 Dec
3:37 pm
2022

Lower Tamar lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

1 Whooper Swan, 7 Willow Tit, 6 Marsh Tit, 4 Nuthatch, 8 Tufted Duck 6m 2f, 5 Great Crested Grebe.

posted by Rod Mudge
7 Dec
3:19 pm
2022

Soar

Farmland bird count: 119 Cirl Bunting but only 19 Yellowhammer – latter must have gone a-wandering (species known to move up to 25kms in winter). Supplementary feeding now started due to failure of bird mix areas leaving only barley stubbles – makes Cirls very vulnerable!

Also: 430 Skylark, 44 Meadow Pipit, 73 Goldfinch, 8 Song Thrush, 40 Linnet & 3 Buzzard.

Non-avian: Brown Hare & 7 Sika (6 stags).

posted by Rob Macklin
7 Dec
12:49 pm
2022
Headon Pit

Headon Pit

Whilst driving through our works quarry i noticed a small bird dart passed my Landrover and land close enough to capture an image with my phone. Surprised to see it was Black Redstart. Never see one in this area before

posted by Duncan Leitch
6 Dec
11:20 pm
2022

Exe Estuary cruise

Another cruise today brought more good views of the Great Northern Diver off the Marines Camp, plus what was probably a Great Northern near Exmouth. As yesterday, there were about 20 Great Crested Grebes, 30 Shags, plenty of Little Egrets, lots of Brent Geese (including many young this year), Black-tailed Godwits (including one showing breeding plumage) and Avocets; at least 600 each of Lapwing and Golden Plover and 100+ Bar-tailed Godwits with a few Knot at Topsham, where there was also a pair of Black Swans. A couple of dozen Sanderlings scurried along the water’s edge as we returned past Dawlish Warren, where a Grey Seal was basking on a pontoon off Dawlish Warren.

posted by Dave Smallshire
6 Dec
9:24 pm
2022

Purple Sandpiper

Under the cliffs at Sidmouth today ,along with Kingfisher feeding in sea,and Two Black Redstart females

posted by Derek Lister
6 Dec
8:02 pm
2022

Slapton Ley

Red-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Guillemot and two flocks of Common Scoter (18) just offshore. Female Marsh Harrier over reedbeds. Firecrest and Dartford Warbler at Sterte Gate. 

posted by Matt Collis
6 Dec
7:46 pm
2022

Bowling Green Marsh

The ambiguous female tufty/scaup/ringneck with the white facial markings was on the marsh this afternoon with two definite tufties. If anyone can get a good look at it I’d love to know if it was a tufty or another species.

posted by Helen Whitall
6 Dec
7:07 pm
2022

Braunton cattle egrets

In a field off Buckland Cross Road, on top of the hill behind and above Kingsacre, feeding among the cattle were 2 x Cattle Egret. 

posted by Phil and Sue Naylor
6 Dec
5:16 pm
2022
Crownhill Down, Dartmoor

Crownhill Down, Dartmoor

Work lunch break dash up Crownhill Down – 2 Long-tailed Ducks still showing distantly on the big pit, viewed from the top of the down. Present for at least the third day.

posted by Chris E
6 Dec
4:15 pm
2022

West Dartmoor

2 ring ouzels, a stonechat, a starling, several redwing and multiple fieldfares on Cox Tor, West Dartmoor this morning.

posted by Isobel Davies
6 Dec
3:04 pm
2022

White Tailed Eagle

The IOW Project have confirmed that the White Tailed Eagle seen at Fernworthy on 2nd December fledged from the IOW in 2021. It carries ring number G486

posted by A Strong
6 Dec
1:07 pm
2022
Downend +1 Photo

Downend

9 Eider at Downend this morning + a single Kestrel doing a spot of sunbathing on the roof of millionair’s sea view!

posted by Rob Jutsum
6 Dec
7:33 am
2022

Plym Estuary & Saltram Monday 5th December

A Black-tailed Godwit new in on Blaxton Meadow with the Grey Plover, 12 Snipe, 10 Turnstones & 9 Wigeon. On the estuary, 2 Great Crested & 3+ Little Grebes & 9 Goosanders (3 drakes); also, Stonechat & Siskin.

posted by Pete Aley
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