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10 Oct
7:25 am
2022

Hartridge

Group of 12 Golden Plover (s?) on top meadow at Hartridge above Honiton yesterday.

posted by John Sherry
9 Oct
8:21 pm
2022

Teign Estuary

Osprey flew north-east at 08:20 this morning.

posted by Will Salmon
9 Oct
8:12 pm
2022

Instow to Yelland

On Instow beach this morning  just past the Cricket pitch there was another dead gannet washed up on the tideline. Another Avian Flu casualty. On the concrete sea wall there were 2 Rock Pipits.
Lots of Oystercatchers and Curlew along the stretch from there to the Oil Jetty with smaller numbers of Redshank , 4 Ringed Plover, 2 Bar tailed Godwits and 7 Knot. Further along on the River in front of Isley Marsh one Spoonbill was standing on a small mudbank. Probably the one spotted later in the day on the north bank of the Taw.

posted by Stan Coats
9 Oct
6:00 pm
2022
Sharpa / Wrafton scrape

Sharpa / Wrafton scrape

Quick late aft/early evening visit to the scrape around high tide.

1 Spoonbill, 85 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Greenshank & 6 Knot.

posted by Rob Jutsum
9 Oct
5:08 pm
2022

Wrafton

A single spoonbill seen coming in to land on the scrape this evening – approx 17:45.

posted by Miryam Saraceni
9 Oct
2:52 pm
2022

Chough redeemed

Further to yesterdays post, whilst on the return leg of a walk from Gammon Head to the beach below Gara Rock, two chough seen flying round the headland in towards the Gara Rock hotel. No sign of the third. 

posted by Fiona Freshney
9 Oct
12:41 pm
2022

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Greylag Goose on the upper estuary this morning (thanks Stuart); probably the first here since 1993! Also, 3 Firecrests together, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2+ Little Grebes, Teal, Kingfisher & Common Sandpiper.

posted by Pete Aley
9 Oct
6:38 am
2022

South Huish Reserve

The National Trust will be replacing the fence separating the South Milton Sands car park from South Huish Reserve. Preparatory work will start on Sunday 9 October and putting the new fence is due to start later in the week.

The scrapes are flooded as the outfall has still not been fixed and there are fewer birds on the wetlands than usual.  I am assured by the National Trust that once the contractor has completed some paperwork, the work will start.

posted by Nick Townsend
8 Oct
7:46 pm
2022

Velator quay to cross flats (Braunton Marshes)

Walked from Velator Quay at low tide down to cross flats just the usual black headed gulls and and a couple of little egrets down to cross flats where I stayed for 2 hours with a spotting scope saw ,female kestrel, 2 buzzards, little grebe, curlew, then on the way back up, saw 2 redshank, also herd a couple of skylarks , nice to meet Jill and her husband from Surrey , and the seal counting dude, all Devon bird guide followers and contributors 

posted by chris davy
8 Oct
5:35 pm
2022

No show chough

Hoped to spot the three chough at Gammon Head today – just jackdaws. Has anyone seen them along the East Prawle coastline in the last few days- since the Bolt Head posting by Rob Macklin on the 6th?

posted by Fiona Freshney
8 Oct
4:29 pm
2022

Velator quay to cross flats (Braunton Marshes)

Walked from Velator Quay at low tide down to cross flats just the usual black headed gulls and and a couple of little egrets down to cross flats where I stayed for 2 hours with a spotting scope saw ,female kestrel, 2 buzzards, little grebe, curlew, then on the way back up, saw 2 redshank, also herd a couple of skylarks , nice to meet Jill and her husband from Surrey , and the seal counting dude, all Devon bird guide followers and contributors 

posted by chris davy
8 Oct
4:02 pm
2022
Drake’s Island +1 Photo

Drake’s Island

1 Black Guillemot

10 Sandwich Terns

posted by Rupert Kirkwood
8 Oct
12:03 pm
2022
Crownhill Down area

Crownhill Down area

Green Sandpiper, Pintail, Lesser Redpoll, 2 Wigeon, 3 Reed Bunting and some impressive Fallow Deer stags first thing.

posted by Chris E
8 Oct
9:44 am
2022

Exeter

A nice early morning walk around patch between trews weir and Exeter st David’s a Great White Egret flew up river near mill on the exe just after 07:30 only my 4th record on patch supporting cast were 8 little grebes ( 6 on the flood relief channel at the st David’s end and 2 more on the river) also 4 Kingfishers, 2 Dippers, 6+ grey wagtail , 2 Jay , 6+ Chiffchaffs, 2 Little Egrets 

posted by Keith Birchall
7 Oct
6:22 pm
2022

Death (?) of a Weasel

Was walking up the cycle track from Powderham towards Turf at lunchtime when I heard a squealing coming from behind the brambles alongside. A couple of steps further revealed a Heron taking off with a Weasel dangling from its bill. It flew over the railway and disappeared, with the Weasel still alive. Two minutes later, the Heron re-appeared and dropped into the same ditch, so do not know the outcome, but hard to imagine the Weasel lived, even if not swallowed. Presumably good strategy for a predator to re-visit the site of previous success.

Only other things of note were my first three returning Common Gulls, and a Swallow heading S.

Back in Exeter, a Little Grebe has spent the week in the pan of the Trews Weir flood channel, a once-a-decade occurrence, as with the recent Blackwit.

posted by James Camden
7 Oct
2:52 pm
2022

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On a (low tide) visit this morning: at least 1 Firecrest, Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher, 2 Green Woodpeckers, Sparrowhawk, 4 Little Grebes, Common Sandpiper & 8 Roe Deer. 

posted by Pete Aley
7 Oct
11:03 am
2022

Tarka Trail Penhill And Fremington Pill….

17 + Cattle Egrets in the sheep fields towards Bickington in two groups of ten together and 7 + scattered among sheep.  Viewed from the Tarka Trail at Penhill.      2 Glossy Ibis in the stream feeding at Fremington Pill.

posted by Malcolm Shakespeare
7 Oct
8:08 am
2022
Seaton Marshes & Black Hole Marsh +1 Photo

Seaton Marshes & Black Hole Marsh

The 14th East Devon Birds Field Trip, for the year, found us congregating at Seaton Marshes to have a wander about and see what was happening. The sunshine and settled weather, conspired to ensure we had to work hard to find any birds at first, but then with the rising tide we secured Curlew Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, Black-tailed Godwits, Kingfisher together with Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Buzzard, Stonechats and good numbers of Meadow Pipits.

More pictures on Devon Birds Facebook

posted by John Reeves
6 Oct
11:57 pm
2022
Aylsebeare Common +1 Photo

Aylsebeare Common

Yesterday (Thursday) at Aylsebeare Common where there were about 6 or 8 Dartford Warbler, a few Stonechata, two Wrens and a lot of Linnets.

posted by Martin Bennett
6 Oct
4:48 pm
2022

Fremington Pill

Business trip to Bideford, stopped in at Fremington for tea and bit of birding. 1 Med gull outside quay, 2 glossy ibis near the innermost part of the Pill.

posted by graham burton
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