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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
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
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