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12 Oct
11:30 am
2022

Ilfracombe

Whimbrel feeding on rocks along with 7 Oystercatchers below Windy Corner Capstone

posted by David Shadwell
12 Oct
10:58 am
2022

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A bit of change today, with my first Reed Bunting of the year here, first Wigeon and Snipe of the autumn and a late Tree Pipit. Also, 4 Bar-tailed Godwits, 13 Greenshanks, 2 Common Sandpipers, Little Grebe, Teal, Kingfisher, Green & Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Firecrests, Grey Wagtail, Stonechat & 2+ Siskins.

posted by Pete Aley
11 Oct
2:41 pm
2022

Soar

Main additions to Rob’s sightings today: 3 Firecrests, 12 Blackcaps, Wheatear, Reed Bunting, 2 Great Spotted & a Green Woodpecker, Cetti’s Warbler, 13 Teal, 6 Clouded Yellows & a Painted Lady.

posted by Pete Aley
11 Oct
2:13 pm
2022

East Soar

A rather uneventful four hour stretch highlighted by hunting Merlin and migrant Dartford Warbler on Bolt Head. Movements of Stock Dove 3E, Skylark 14W 56E, Meadow Pipit 130 inc.20W, Alba Wagtail 14W 2E, Song Thrush 2N, Starling 8E, Chaffinch 7W, Goldfinch 8W & Siskin 6W. Also: Golden Plover, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 25 House Martin, 4 Swallow, 16 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest & 13 Cirl Bunting.

posted by Rob Macklin
11 Oct
10:56 am
2022

Tuesday October 11th Wembury Point 11:30

Juvenile Dartford Warbler seen in the gorse near the junction of the tarmac track up from the point and the top path from the car park.

posted by David Fieldsend
11 Oct
7:52 am
2022

Great White Egret

Further to the reporting of 3 great white egrets on the Exe estuary yesterday. One of the birds carried a red colour ring with white letters ABV. the RSPB have confirmed that this male bird was rung on 12th May 2022, in the nest, at RSPB Ham Wall on the Avalon marshes in Somerset. So far it’s been reported only from Cambridgeshire – long flights between different parts of the country are not unusual, but this is the first one for this bird. Please let me know if you saw this bird after 11.00am yesterday.

posted by John Waldon
10 Oct
7:24 pm
2022

Dart Estuary

Great White Egret, Osprey and Great Crested Grebe in the Galmpton to Sandridge section this morning, plus 45 Cormorants, 24 Little Egrets several hundred gulls (BH and HG, and one or two GB and LB). But no swans, geese or ducks, and 10 Oystercatchers were the only waders seen. 

posted by Peter Reay
10 Oct
6:48 pm
2022

Velator area

This morning the scrape had about 50 Godwits, but no sign of the other species noted by Rob yesterday. Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail in the reserve, with a large party of Long-tailed Tits with several Blue and a couple of Coal Tits. A few (5) Greenfinches marks the start of them arriving here for the winter, after a single female was ringed on Saturday.

Had another visit to the scrape this evening and found more Godwits (70+) but again nothing else, but after a while, the flock increased to 90 with a single Knot. No sign of the Spoonbill. But 2 female-type Marsh Harriers over Sherpa reed-bed. A flock of several hundred Golden Plover was seen over the estuary in the distance.

posted by Jon Turner
10 Oct
6:26 pm
2022

Down Tor Burrator

First winter Ring Ouzel (m) sighted on the north side of Down Tor.

posted by Colin & Joyce Hannaford
10 Oct
4:38 pm
2022
Totnes Sewage Treat. Wks Black Redstart +1 Photo

Totnes Sewage Treat. Wks Black Redstart

Walking across site a flash of rusty orange grabbed my attention. Only had a tablet camera on me. We watched each other no more than 7m apart, the visitor occasionally bobbing up and down. Sun light caught its tail feathers wonderfully as it took flight. Pencilled in either female or 1st winter male Black Redstart. Hope I’m right as will be first recording for the site.

posted by Dan Kent
10 Oct
1:03 pm
2022

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

Easterly movement of 21 Swallow, 20 House Martin, 3 Starling plus 6 Siskin west; 100+ Gannet offshore, 180 Meadow Pipit, 77 Goldfinch, Grey Wagtail, 11 Rock Pipit, 4 Song Thrush, 15 Cirl Bunting & 6 Chiffchaff.

Non-avian: 5 Roe Deer, Clouded Yellow, 16 Red Admiral & 4 Speckled Wood. 

posted by Rob Macklin
10 Oct
12:57 pm
2022

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

2 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 16 Wigeon, 3 Gadwall 2m 1f, 5 Cormorant, 6 Coot, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 21 Canada Geese, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Shoveler 1m 1f. 2 Nuthatch.

posted by Rod Mudge
10 Oct
11:41 am
2022
Instow (Late post) +1 Photo

Instow (Late post)

Saturday evening around Instow and Yelland Jetty. A small number of House Sparrows (8-10), more than 12 Pied Wagtails and a few Starlings. On the riverbank round the Yelland Jetty area were c100 Oystercatchers, three Bar-tailed Godwit, saw two Turnstone, two or three Grey Plover, a few Knots, four Wigeon, a small number of Black-tailed Godwit, a few Dunlin (less than 10 seen) two Wrens and two Little Egrets. 30+ Canada Geese flew over towards Braunton Burrows.

posted by Martin Bennett
10 Oct
11:27 am
2022

Turf, Exe Estuary

Late morning visit and tide still high. One common sandpiper near the jetty and one knot on the pontoon. Three great white egrets flew north past the Turf and landed on the mud to the NE. A juvenile peregrine attacked a black-tailed godwit but the godwit escaped although a great black-backed gull tried unsuccessfully to catch it.  A few chiffchaffs calling in the trees alongside the canal.

posted by John Waldon
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
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