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11 Nov
11:18 pm
2022

Tottiford & Trenchford Reservoirs

Levels in both reservoirs still very low; 9 Goosander (1 male) – (last month there were 24 Goosander (2 male); no sign of Great White Egret that was there last month). 40+ Mallard; 5 Cormorant; Grey Wagtails; Pied Wagtails; 2 Jay; 2 Raven

posted by Richard Graham
11 Nov
9:48 pm
2022
Braunton Burrows

Braunton Burrows

Only birds of note today on Braunton Burrows that we saw were three vocal Fieldfares. Distant cropped image included.

posted by Phil and Sue Naylor
11 Nov
8:38 pm
2022

Slapton & Beesands

a Great White Egret with a Little Egret were present in reeds beside the road at Torcross.

At Beesands a pair of Pintail were present with Tufted Ducks and Gadwall, plus 1 Kingfisher.

posted by Mike Langman
11 Nov
6:31 pm
2022

A361

A single Red Kite seen this morning over the A361 just beyond the West Buckland junction.

posted by Martin Bennett
11 Nov
6:10 pm
2022

Plympton

More Black Redstart action in Plympton late afternoon! Three female-types on rooftops in Compass Drive. At least one new bird – on Monday two female-types and one male. 

posted by Chris E
11 Nov
5:58 pm
2022
Greenfinch ?????

Greenfinch ?????

Saw this bird on my garden feeder a few days ago (Barnstaple). My thoughts were Leuistic Greenfinch. After posting on several birding sites opinions are mixed as to Greenfinch, Pied Greenfinch, Canary or some sort of captive mule – what do you think.

posted by Roy Churchill
11 Nov
4:17 pm
2022

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Highlights today were a Black Redstart (rare here) and a very late  Whinchat (presumably the same as seen on 4th). Also, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, 7+ Snipe, 10 Greenshanks, Common sandpiper, 31 Wigeon, female Red-crested Pochard, 2 redhead Goosanders, 4 Shags, Little Grebe, Kingfisher, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Firecrests, c12 Siskins, 2 Stonechats, 17 Redwings & 5 Roe Deer.  

posted by Pete Aley
10 Nov
9:21 pm
2022

Dart Cruise

A cruise up the dart on a rising tide today produced: 1 juvenile Iceland Gull (between Galmpton and Dittisham) 6 Mandarin Ducks, 3 Kingfishers, 20+ Curlew, 6 Redshank, 26 Little Egrets, 400+ Canada Geese(!) 8 Grey Seals and 1 Harbour Seal. 

posted by Mike Langman
10 Nov
8:58 pm
2022

Kingsbridge Quay

A lone Egyptian goose was on the slipway at 7am this morning. Also a grey wagtail.

posted by Jon Clay
10 Nov
7:34 pm
2022

Slapton Ley

Counts at Slapton Ley (Torcross) today included 290 Coot, four Great-crested Grebes, seven Gadwall and 31 Tufted Ducks. Also Cetti’s Warbler singing.

posted by David Diskin
10 Nov
3:59 pm
2022

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On a rather grey morning: 2 Black-tailed Godwits new in, 3 Snipe, 11 Greenshanks, 29 Wigeon, female Red-crested Pochard, 2 Little Grebes, 2 Chiffchaffs, Grey wagtail & a Firecrest.

posted by Pete Aley
10 Nov
3:19 pm
2022

Exeter Quay

The glaucousgull is still making itself right at home among the resident gulls, geese and swans.

posted by David Roberts
9 Nov
7:33 pm
2022

River Mole Valley

Two very vocal Tawny Owls in the orchard tonight where earlier 30 Fieldfare were feasting on apples with a preference for those still attached to the trees.Also 20 quarrelling Blackbirds ,2 GSWs and a Song Thrush.300 plus Finches in one of the bird mix fields feeding on fodder radish seeds….mainly Chaffinches with a few Linnets.Also 2 hunting female /juvenile Kestrels and unusually for here a striking male Stonechat perched on a  kale stem.In an adjoining field 4 Mistle Thrushes and 16 Pied Wagtails along with 4 Buzzards attracted by myxomatosis infected rabbit carcasses.

posted by Brian Nicholas
9 Nov
2:36 pm
2022

Soar

First winter farmland bird count and not expecting much in such mild conditions but: 90 Cirl Bunting (4th highest count on record), 77 Yellowhammer, 550 Skylark, 40 Chaffinch, 40 Goldfinch & 6 Golden Plover. Also: male Ring Ouzel (very late), 92 Stock Dove generally moving west, Woodpigeon 40E, 8 Teal & Green Woodpecker.

posted by Rob Macklin
9 Nov
11:28 am
2022

Budleigh Salterton

A Yellow-browed Warbler at the west end of South Farm Road in sycamores above the bend in the road near South Farm Cottages. Showing well opposite the works entrance, until 1055hrs at least.

posted by Terry Smith
9 Nov
8:43 am
2022
Stuartline Birding Cruise 8th November 2022 +1 Photo

Stuartline Birding Cruise 8th November 2022

Another great day on the river for our visitors with plenty to see throughout. Highlights GWE Spot Redshank and a late Arctic Tern 300+ Golden Plover BT Godwits Oystercatchers DB Brent Geese abundant 2 Grey Seals 1 Egyptian Goose and Pintail at a distance 100+ Avocets around the Topsham and Clyst confluence are always great to see.   Photo’s by Jo King 

posted by Derek Carter
8 Nov
10:43 pm
2022
Hope Cove and Bolt Tail

Hope Cove and Bolt Tail

9 Leach’s Petrels flying south out of Thurlestone Bay from Bolt Tail between 7.30 and 2 pm, single adult Arctic Skua and Pomarine Skua (with spoons), lots of Kittiwakes in the bay and moving through. Black Redstart one in garden at Hope Cove.

posted by John Walters
8 Nov
7:16 pm
2022

Plymouth

At the Plym Estuary & Saltram this afternoon, the Whimbrel lingering, 11 Greenshanks, 217 Redshanks, 51 Curlews, 4 redhead Goosanders, 27 Wigeon, Kingfisher, 100+ Jackdaws & a Sparrowhawk.

Two Common Sandpipers in the Cattewater.

Earlier, incredibly, a Leach’s Petrel over my garden in Mount Gould, going NE. 

posted by Pete Aley
8 Nov
6:19 pm
2022

Roundham Head, Paignton & Ideford Common

A couple of short visits today. Roundham Head, Paignton lunchtime. 6 GND, 1 RTD, 5 Common Scotor (4 M, F) as well as plenty of Gannets.

Ideford Common pm 70+ Chaffinch & 1+ Brambling. 

posted by Steve Cox
8 Nov
5:29 pm
2022
Leach’s Petrel – Muntbatten Bay

Leach’s Petrel – Muntbatten Bay

Spent an hour in the teeth of the gale on Mountbatten Breakwater, Plymouth Sound, with nothing other than a juv Kittiwake to show for it. Returned to the car park, where in the bay below were c.2dozen Black-headed Gulls and in their midst a single Leach’s Storm-petrel. (one of 20+ recorded in S.Devon today).  Conditions were not great, so was pleased to obtain one recognisable photo.

posted by Chris Marcol
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