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14 Oct
11:37 pm
2022
Saltpill Duck Pond area +1 Photo

Saltpill Duck Pond area

A late afternoon/early evening trip out to Saltpill Duck Pond where a male Kingfisher was snapped.  On the water there was a Grebe (long neck, black cap, light grey neck and grey sides – not able to see eye colour) that I and other observers initially believed to be a Black necked Grebe, but sadly after cropping a photo of the distant bird it’s become clear that it was in fact a Little Grebe.

posted by Martin Bennett
14 Oct
8:48 pm
2022

Elfordleigh Wood, Plympton

The grunting of the rutting Fallow Deer failed to drown out the high-pitched calls of at least four Goldcrests and my first two Firecrests of the season.  

posted by Janet Marcol
14 Oct
6:53 pm
2022

Ringing

Yet another bird I ringed in the reserve has been recovered. Sadly deceased – a Tawny Owl which was ringed on 9th October 2016 and found on 9th October this year nearby at Marwood.

posted by Jon Turner
14 Oct
5:46 pm
2022

Trowlesworthy, Dartmoor

Large flock of Golden Plover over north – c700 at 17:10. Flock then flew back and forth over Ringmoor Down, then continued north several minutes later.

posted by Chris E
14 Oct
5:45 pm
2022

Powderham Marsh RSPB

Osprey flew north over Powderham Marsh RSPB this lunch time. Also 7 Stonechat, 70+ Linnet, 25+ Greenfinch, 2+ Reed Bunting and 3+ Great Spot Woodpeckers amongst supporting cast 

posted by Steve Cox
14 Oct
3:41 pm
2022

Velator area

Again 90 (or so) Black-tailed Godwits on the scrape this morning, and hiding among them was a single Knot. Glad they have returned after the first day’s shooting around the marsh yesterday. After a while, another wader flew in and the scope revealed it to be a Ruff. In the reserve a delightful charm of Goldfinches (ads and juvs) feeding on Alder cones were joined by a very smart female Siskin – the first in the reserve this year.

posted by Jon Turner
14 Oct
3:20 pm
2022

Harleston by Slapton

20 Swallows overhead just now plus 2 migrant Grey Wagtails on the roof and a Green Woodpecker. Earlier Wheatear on Bolt Head.

posted by Rob Macklin
14 Oct
2:57 pm
2022

Lyme Bay Cruise

Good numbers of Kittiwake and Gannets 3 miles out from Berry Head. Also 3 – 4 Balearic Shearwaters, 8 Mediterranean Gulls and 2-3 pods of Common Dolphins. Despite attracting good numbers of Gulls to the boat no sign of any Skuas.

posted by Mike Langman
14 Oct
2:55 pm
2022

Broadsands

14 Mediterranean Gulls and two Red-throated Divers just off the beach (one in full summer plumage) – Thanks to Penny Wills for the call.

posted by Mike Langman
14 Oct
2:31 pm
2022

Great White Egret

Top of lower half of Tottiford Reservoir. Chased off by heron so size confirmed. Pale beak and dark legs. Pottering about.

posted by Sue Goodfellow
13 Oct
8:04 pm
2022

Fremington

20+ Cattle Egret in sheep field between Fremington and Barnstaple. Viewable from the Tarka Trail. 2 Glossy Ibis by the Pill. Ceti’s Warbler calling in the bushes by Salt Pill Duck Pond. 

posted by Chris Baines
13 Oct
7:55 pm
2022

Ringing

Retrapped a Chiffchaff on Tuesday which wasn’t one of mine. Details back today that it was ringed in Ireland earlier this year.

Also had details of another one of my Storm Petrels which was ringed at Hartland Point last year. This one turned up at Bardsey nearly a year later.

posted by Jon Turner
13 Oct
5:28 pm
2022

East Soar

Afternoon visit turned up late Reed Warbler at Starehole Ponds plus 17 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 26 Long-tailed Tit (Soar site record), migrant Great Spotted Woodpecker, 12 Alba Wagtail & 150 Skylark. 30 Woodpigeon flying east may be the start of the autumn migration.

posted by Rob Macklin
13 Oct
5:01 pm
2022

Redwing

Five over RHS Rosemoor, Torrington. Also Chiffchaff in garden

posted by Richard Coomber
13 Oct
4:40 pm
2022

Saltram Park – Yesterday

Whilst walking through the park heard the unmistakable squeal of a Water Rail, not heard since March. Also a pair of Kingfishers near Laira Bridge.

posted by Janet Marcol
13 Oct
2:41 pm
2022

Old Torrington Road, Barnstaple

Throughout the morning there have been small groups of starlings passing over our house culminating with a flock of 50+ at about 1pm, all heading east to west

posted by Robert Morgan
13 Oct
1:00 pm
2022

Firecrest

Two Firecrest this morning. one at Labrador Bay the other on Shaldon Cliffs

posted by Paul Carter
12 Oct
2:35 pm
2022

Dutson

A single, rather lonely Swallow over Homeleigh this afternoon. At least it was heading South!

posted by Simon Martin
12 Oct
1:28 pm
2022
RSPB Bowling Green Marsh +1 Photo

RSPB Bowling Green Marsh

RSPB Bowling Green Marsh at first light this morning, approx 200 Canada goose, that flew out soon after daylight, 26 plus Bar Tailed Godwit and simply 100’s of Black tailed,150 plus Pintail duck, good numbers of Teal and a few Wigeon, 5 Shelduck, two Little Egret, one Heron, Redshank in  the 100’s, one Spotted Redshank, one Ruff, a single Avocet, two LBBG, Kingfisher, calling were Green Woodpecker, two Water Rail and a Cetti’s Warbler.  

A single Lapwing was joined by a flock of about thirty birds, some 250 Curlew six of which were new birds that I have not seen previously that had been ringed by the Exe & Axe Curlew project, the usual ringed birds including the three flagged birds that have been regulars were not to be seen on this visit.

On leaving two Stock dove flew over the lane.

posted by Steve Hopper
12 Oct
12:17 pm
2022
Saltram – Late News 11 October +1 Photo

Saltram – Late News 11 October

On Blaxton Meadow the first four Wigeon that I’ve seen this season and at least three Bar-tailed Godwits and eight Greenshank among the regulars. Several Goldcrests were on site, but I didn’t find any firecrests. This regular Buzzard was looking too…

posted by Chris Marcol
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