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7 Oct
6:22 pm
2022

Death (?) of a Weasel

Was walking up the cycle track from Powderham towards Turf at lunchtime when I heard a squealing coming from behind the brambles alongside. A couple of steps further revealed a Heron taking off with a Weasel dangling from its bill. It flew over the railway and disappeared, with the Weasel still alive. Two minutes later, the Heron re-appeared and dropped into the same ditch, so do not know the outcome, but hard to imagine the Weasel lived, even if not swallowed. Presumably good strategy for a predator to re-visit the site of previous success.

Only other things of note were my first three returning Common Gulls, and a Swallow heading S.

Back in Exeter, a Little Grebe has spent the week in the pan of the Trews Weir flood channel, a once-a-decade occurrence, as with the recent Blackwit.

posted by James Camden
7 Oct
2:52 pm
2022

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On a (low tide) visit this morning: at least 1 Firecrest, Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher, 2 Green Woodpeckers, Sparrowhawk, 4 Little Grebes, Common Sandpiper & 8 Roe Deer. 

posted by Pete Aley
7 Oct
11:03 am
2022

Tarka Trail Penhill And Fremington Pill….

17 + Cattle Egrets in the sheep fields towards Bickington in two groups of ten together and 7 + scattered among sheep.  Viewed from the Tarka Trail at Penhill.      2 Glossy Ibis in the stream feeding at Fremington Pill.

posted by Malcolm Shakespeare
7 Oct
8:08 am
2022
Seaton Marshes & Black Hole Marsh +1 Photo

Seaton Marshes & Black Hole Marsh

The 14th East Devon Birds Field Trip, for the year, found us congregating at Seaton Marshes to have a wander about and see what was happening. The sunshine and settled weather, conspired to ensure we had to work hard to find any birds at first, but then with the rising tide we secured Curlew Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, Black-tailed Godwits, Kingfisher together with Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Buzzard, Stonechats and good numbers of Meadow Pipits.

More pictures on Devon Birds Facebook

posted by John Reeves
6 Oct
11:57 pm
2022
Aylsebeare Common +1 Photo

Aylsebeare Common

Yesterday (Thursday) at Aylsebeare Common where there were about 6 or 8 Dartford Warbler, a few Stonechata, two Wrens and a lot of Linnets.

posted by Martin Bennett
6 Oct
4:48 pm
2022

Fremington Pill

Business trip to Bideford, stopped in at Fremington for tea and bit of birding. 1 Med gull outside quay, 2 glossy ibis near the innermost part of the Pill.

posted by graham burton
6 Oct
4:29 pm
2022

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Back on the patch today: 11 Bar-tailed Godwits, 24 Oystercatchers, 7 Greenshanks, 3 Mediterranean Gulls (1sy cy + 2 ad-w), Teal, 2+ Kingfishers, Whitethroat, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Sparrowhawk, 2 Stonechats & a Grey Wagtail. 

posted by Pete Aley
6 Oct
2:13 pm
2022
Braunton Marshes & Pottington +1 Photo

Braunton Marshes & Pottington

Flock of c25 Lapwing on Braunton Marshes with a murmuration of Starlings in attendance.

At Pottington a mix of Black & Bar-tailed Godwits & possibly the last single Curlew Sandpiper we shall see for another year before it returns to Africa to overwinter.

posted by Rob Jutsum
6 Oct
11:12 am
2022

East Soar

Best this morning was 2 Chough flying west along the cliffs at Bolt Head and calling continuously – Gammon Head birds or a new pair? Also moving west: 195 Meadow Pipit, 9 Alba Wagtail, 57 Skylark, 22 Goldinch. Also: 31 Robin, 3 Swallow, 9 Chiffchaff, 11 Med Gull in Starehole Bay, 270 Herring Gull plus male & very large female Sparrowhawk having a bit of a disagreement!

Non-avian: 3 fresh looking Wall Browns.

posted by Rob Macklin
6 Oct
10:29 am
2022

Wrafton scrape

Still about 70 Black-tailed Godwits and 7 or so Knot on the scrape this morning. Female Marsh Harrier over the reed-bed at Sherpa, later seen coming out of the reserve! And again later over the reed-bed. Cetti’s Warbler in the reserve.

posted by Jon Turner
5 Oct
2:19 pm
2022

Berry Head Seawatch

Between 07.05-13.15: 35 Great Shearwaters, 5 Sooty Shearwaters, 129 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Manx Shearwaters, 102 Arctic Skuas, 3 Pomarine Skuas, 800+ Kittiwakes, 11 Mediterranean Gulls, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Common Tern, 2 Sandwich Terns, 300+ Auks (mostly Razorbills), 20+ Common Dolphins & 2 Atlantic Bluefin Tuna.

Considering the time of year and seabird passage very sad  not see any Great Skuas.

Mike Langman, Mark Darlaston, Bill Macdonald

posted by Mike Langman
5 Oct
2:12 pm
2022

Blackhill Quarry Osprey

Flying around lake at 14.15. Then perched in firs behind lake preening. Still here at 15.11

posted by Chris Grady
5 Oct
2:04 pm
2022

Brent Geese at Skern

A late Post  for Sunday 2nd October
2 Brent Geese were present with the Shelduck at the high tide roost on the Skern along with large numbers of Curlew, Oystercatchers, Bar- tailed Godwits and 7 Knot.

posted by Stan Coats
5 Oct
1:50 pm
2022

Ludwell Valley, Exeter

12:51-14:08

A wee bit of urban birding for me, from Woodwater Lane – Topsham Road & back.

Highlights: 2+ Grey Wagtail; 3+ Green Sandpiper; 2 Jay; 1 Goldcrest and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

posted by Paul Bray
5 Oct
10:37 am
2022

Meeth Nature Reserve

Meeth .  whooper swan . Ring neck duck , gooseanders x 2 and a golden eye,seen by Devon Birder who’s not online

posted by Jon Tagg
4 Oct
7:44 am
2022

North Devon Osprey

Osprey on the river Taw , at the mouth of the Caen this morning 08.30.

posted by Dave Paterson
4 Oct
7:07 am
2022

Lower Tamar Lake

Late for yesterday.

4 Willow Tit, 4 Marsh Tit, 6 Coot, 6 Moorhen, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Nuthatch, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 2m Wigeon, 42 Canada Geese.

posted by Rod Mudge
3 Oct
11:05 pm
2022
Wembury Point

Wembury Point

Vic & Sylvia Tucker’s phalarope, also seen  this afternoon.

posted by Sally Maller
3 Oct
9:23 pm
2022
Bowling Green Marsh +1 Photo

Bowling Green Marsh

Snow Goose 

posted by Peter Castle
3 Oct
7:36 pm
2022

Blackhill Quarry

12:38-13:25

Juvenile Ring-necked Duck, Dartford Warbler we’re the highlights

1 dead Canada Goose also.

posted by Paul Bray
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