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26 Oct
11:29 am
2022

Berry Head

Seawatch 0730hrs- 0930hrs: 10 Great Shearwaters, 3 Balearic Shearwaters, 7 Arctic Skuas, 1 unidentified Skua (Arc/Pom), 1 Petrtel sp. 2 Great Skuas, 1 Arctic Tern, 11 Mediterranean Gulls, 631 Auks, 600+ Kittiwake, 5 Common Gull, 300+ Gannets, 5 Swallows, 10+ Common Dolphin, 1 Harbour Porpoise 

In quarry: 3 Ring Ouzels, 1 Black Redstart 

Mike Langman, Mark Darlaston, Bill Macdonald, Dave Dawe, Phil Bentley 

posted by Mike Langman
25 Oct
4:17 pm
2022

Old Torrington Road, Barnstaple

Sat in my conservatory at OTR at 4.50 pm and looked up to see a great white egret fly over, or trying to, against the strong southerly wind.

posted by Robert Morgan
25 Oct
3:40 pm
2022

Berry Head

08.45 – 10.30; 3+ Arctic Skua, 2 Balearic Shearwaters, 3+ Med Hills and good numbers of auks/kittiwakes. 4+ Ring Ouzel at bottom of quarry and 2 Black Redstarts.

posted by Andy Roberts
25 Oct
2:36 pm
2022
Emsworthy & Haytor +1 Photo

Emsworthy & Haytor

Fabulous hour in between heavy showers Tuesday afternoon. Flocks of 200+ fieldfares and redwings plus minimum 16 ring ouzels on Emsworthy. At times the ouzels split out and were feeding on the burnt gorse outside the reserve entrance. Also 2 separate flocks of golden plover, and flushed a single snipe.

posted by Pete Exley
25 Oct
1:05 pm
2022

East Soar

A quieter day but still 2 Ring Ouzel, Fieldfare 19 (13E 6W), Redwing 25E, Song Thrush 5 inc.2W, Stock Dove 43 (37E 6W), Woodpigeon 68 (27E 41W), Jackdaw 5E, Starling 42E, Goldfinch 27E, Siskin 20E, 2 migrant Great Spotted Woodpecker, Golden Plover, Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 150 Skylark & 6 Bullfinch.

Non-avian: Clouded Yellow & Speckled Wood.

posted by Rob Macklin
25 Oct
12:46 pm
2022

Plym Estuary & Saltram

An excellent count of 10 Firecrests; also, Lesser Redpoll (my first ever here), Lapwing, Dipper, c35 Redwings over, 25 Jackdaws east, Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 19 Wigeon, ad-w Mediterranean Gull, 10 Greenshanks & 2 Roe Deer.

posted by Pete Aley
25 Oct
7:30 am
2022
Late Post – Horsey

Late Post – Horsey

Late aft – 1 Spoonbill flew in & joined the Little Egrets for a short time before being moved on by the incoming tide.

posted by Rob Jutsum
24 Oct
6:48 pm
2022

A361

Red Kites-Just like buses, you don’t see one for a while and then three come along at the same time.  Today at 11.45 am on the A361 between the West Buckland junction and Aller Cross roundabout there were three Red Kites flying low over a field on the right-hand side. No photos as driving at the time.

posted by Martin Bennett
24 Oct
6:30 pm
2022

Avon Dam

12+ Ring Ouzel around first bridge with another 15+ around the dam;  quite mobile so difficult to count accurately. Ringtail Hen Harrier flew across the valley 100 yards past the first bridge approx 12.40. Fem/imm Black Redstart along the top of the dam. 100 + Fieldfare, mostly around car park but only 2 Redwing seen. Goshawk seen soaring distantly and  looking South from car park approx 15.00.

posted by Andy Roberts
24 Oct
6:07 pm
2022

Bicton Lake, East Budleigh

Juv Ring-necked Duck Bicton Lake, East Devon this evening. Best viewed from Bicton Botanical Gardens.
It is presumably the same bird first discovered at Dawlish Warren on 27 Sep by Kev Rylands which then re-located to Blackhill Quarry up until 3rd October. As far as I know, it has not been reported since.

 

posted by Chris Townend
24 Oct
6:00 pm
2022

South Brent Winter Thrushes

Although not as many as over the previous three days the numbers of Fieldfare and Redwing remains impressive at South Brent, one of my holly trees as expected has been stripped bare of berries.

It was only a matter of time before the numbers attracted birds of prey but I did not expect to see a high soaring Goshawk, my third sighting here this year.

Eds – photo appears to show a Sparrowhawk, not a Goshawk.

posted by Steve Hopper
24 Oct
5:09 pm
2022
Northam Burrows Snow Buntings

Northam Burrows Snow Buntings

Two Snow Buntings feeding near the 8th green.

posted by Sue Ambler
24 Oct
2:15 pm
2022

Harleston by Slapton

120 Fieldfare & 20 Redwing in the valley today.

posted by Rob Macklin
24 Oct
2:12 pm
2022

Emsworthy Mire

Eleven members of DB (East Devon Branch) attended this morning’s field walk around the fields of the reserve and were quickly rewarded with numbers of Ring Ouzel (c20) and Fieldfare (c100). Redwings were only present in single numbers.  Other birds present included a pair of Reed Bunting, Chiffchaff, Sparrow Hawk, Kestrel and Raven. The meeting ended at 11.30 when rain moved in, and the birds dispersed south. See also DB Facebook page.

posted by Jonathan Ruscoe
24 Oct
11:15 am
2022

Plym Estuary & Saltram

During a walk this morning (low tide): c55 Fieldfares west, 5 Redwings, 2 Firecrests, c20 Siskins, Grey Wagtail, Sparrowhawk, 8 Wigeon, drake Teal, 3 redhead Goosanders, Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Grebes & a 1st cy Mediterranean Gull.

posted by Pete Aley
23 Oct
6:05 pm
2022

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

3 Goosander 1m 2 f (first this winter), 1 Great White Egret, 2 Mute Swan, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Coot.

posted by Rod Mudge
23 Oct
4:11 pm
2022
Fremington Pill +1 Photo

Fremington Pill

This morning along Fremington Pill where there were a lot of Redshank and Teal.  There were also two Glossy Ibis, a couple of Little Egrets, a Curlew, a couple of Black-tailed Godwit, a single Bar-tailed Godwit, a Ruff, a couple of Greenshank and the usual gulls and Mallard.

posted by Martin Bennett
23 Oct
1:54 pm
2022

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

A good thrush day with 4 Ring Ouzel, 335 Fieldfare (238E & 97W), 10 Redwing, 31 Blackbird, 3 Mistle Thrush flying east & 2 Song Thrush. Also: Snipe, Merlin, 380 Skylark, 140 Meadow Pipit, 7 Teal, 65 Robin, 2 Cetti'[s Warbler, 38 Jackdaw (34W 4E), 540 Starling (122W, 18E & 400 grounded), 100 Linnet, m20 Chaffinch, 36 Goldfinch & 5 Bullfinch.

posted by Rob Macklin
23 Oct
1:36 pm
2022

Staddon heights

Walked the public footpath through the livery fields lots of pied wagtails meadow pipit and goldfinches around the fields and a couple couple of wheatear feeding on a dung pile…the horse fields  do seem to attract alot of birds 

posted by Mike Williams
23 Oct
12:37 pm
2022

Soar

Between the rain: 6 Ring Ouzels, Whinchat, Firecrest, 11 Chiffchaffs, 13 Goldcrests, Cetti’s Warbler, 260+ Fieldfares over + c50 grounded, 26 Redwings, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Bullfinches, Lapwing, 4 Swallows, Pintail, 7 Teal & 21 Stock Doves..

posted by Pete Aley
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