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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
9 Oct
12:41 pm
2022

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Greylag Goose on the upper estuary this morning (thanks Stuart); probably the first here since 1993! Also, 3 Firecrests together, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2+ Little Grebes, Teal, Kingfisher & Common Sandpiper.

posted by Pete Aley
9 Oct
6:38 am
2022

South Huish Reserve

The National Trust will be replacing the fence separating the South Milton Sands car park from South Huish Reserve. Preparatory work will start on Sunday 9 October and putting the new fence is due to start later in the week.

The scrapes are flooded as the outfall has still not been fixed and there are fewer birds on the wetlands than usual.  I am assured by the National Trust that once the contractor has completed some paperwork, the work will start.

posted by Nick Townsend
8 Oct
7:46 pm
2022

Velator quay to cross flats (Braunton Marshes)

Walked from Velator Quay at low tide down to cross flats just the usual black headed gulls and and a couple of little egrets down to cross flats where I stayed for 2 hours with a spotting scope saw ,female kestrel, 2 buzzards, little grebe, curlew, then on the way back up, saw 2 redshank, also herd a couple of skylarks , nice to meet Jill and her husband from Surrey , and the seal counting dude, all Devon bird guide followers and contributors 

posted by chris davy
8 Oct
5:35 pm
2022

No show chough

Hoped to spot the three chough at Gammon Head today – just jackdaws. Has anyone seen them along the East Prawle coastline in the last few days- since the Bolt Head posting by Rob Macklin on the 6th?

posted by Fiona Freshney
8 Oct
4:29 pm
2022

Velator quay to cross flats (Braunton Marshes)

Walked from Velator Quay at low tide down to cross flats just the usual black headed gulls and and a couple of little egrets down to cross flats where I stayed for 2 hours with a spotting scope saw ,female kestrel, 2 buzzards, little grebe, curlew, then on the way back up, saw 2 redshank, also herd a couple of skylarks , nice to meet Jill and her husband from Surrey , and the seal counting dude, all Devon bird guide followers and contributors 

posted by chris davy
8 Oct
4:02 pm
2022
Drake’s Island +1 Photo

Drake’s Island

1 Black Guillemot

10 Sandwich Terns

posted by Rupert Kirkwood
8 Oct
12:03 pm
2022
Crownhill Down area

Crownhill Down area

Green Sandpiper, Pintail, Lesser Redpoll, 2 Wigeon, 3 Reed Bunting and some impressive Fallow Deer stags first thing.

posted by Chris E
8 Oct
9:44 am
2022

Exeter

A nice early morning walk around patch between trews weir and Exeter st David’s a Great White Egret flew up river near mill on the exe just after 07:30 only my 4th record on patch supporting cast were 8 little grebes ( 6 on the flood relief channel at the st David’s end and 2 more on the river) also 4 Kingfishers, 2 Dippers, 6+ grey wagtail , 2 Jay , 6+ Chiffchaffs, 2 Little Egrets 

posted by Keith Birchall
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