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17 Feb
1:45 pm
2024

Darts Farm

Six  Swan Geese / Greylag hybrids still  showing well today. Fields next to the road.

posted by Paul@plym
16 Feb
5:30 pm
2024

Ilfracombe

Fulmars have returned to the cliffs above Tunnel Beaches; a couple of Purple Sandpipers working the rocks below Capstone Hill; sizeable flock of Goldfinch feeding on Buddleia seed on “waste” land near museum

posted by David Shadwell
16 Feb
5:23 pm
2024

Stonechat Turf hotel

Lovely example male Stonecahat on gate between St Clements and Turf Hotel.

posted by Bob Campbell
16 Feb
5:09 pm
2024
Isley Marsh Area

Isley Marsh Area

Successful morning around Isley Marsh with the usuals. The highlights being: a Greater Scaup and  2 Spoonbills at Isley Marsh, 3 Eider and a Green-Winged Teal between the 2 jetties at Yelland.

Also took a detour home to see the Black Redstart at the Royal Hotel (Bideford).

posted by Barnabas
16 Feb
4:40 pm
2024

A380

Red Kite. 11.20 between teign estuary bridge and Kingskerswell exit.

posted by Mark Palmer
16 Feb
2:32 pm
2024

Kingsbridge Estuary

Minimum of 36 Cattle Egrets in Bowcombe Creek at high tide. Amazing!

posted by Rob Macklin
16 Feb
1:36 pm
2024

Isley Marsh Area

Successful morning with the usuals around Isley Marsh. With the highlights being: a Greater Scaup and 2 Spoonbill at Isley marsh, a Green-Winged Teal  and 3 Eider between the 2 jetties at Yelland.

Also took a detour to the Royal Hotel on the way back to see the Black Redstart.

posted by Barnabas
16 Feb
12:27 pm
2024

Plym Estuary/Saltram

Birds on the estuary and at Blaxton Meadow at high tide this morning included 43 Wigeon, a female Red-crested Pochard, 5 Goosander, 13 Turnstone, 590 Dunlin, 12 Snipe, 132 Redshank and 10 Greenshank. Sixteen Mandarin Ducks were on the duck pond at Saltram. Also of interest were 8 Roe Deer – 2 at Saltram and 6 on Chelson Meadow.

posted by David Diskin
15 Feb
11:10 pm
2024

River Tavy

2 dippers in tavistock with another 1 below the sewage works. 3 pairs near the walkham confluence and another 5 singles downstream.

Female goosander there too, plus a few grey wagtails

posted by Mike moxon
15 Feb
1:38 pm
2024

River Mole Valley

Farmland birds today included 120 Linnet and 100 Chaffinch in the bird mix.Elsewhere 24 Yellowhammer,10 Stock Dove,Marsh Tit, Greenfinch, Bullfinch , Long – tailed tit, 4 Goosander by the river and best of all a Crossbill.

posted by Brian Nicholas
14 Feb
8:47 pm
2024

Tamar Lakes

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

13 Goosanders 5m 8f, 1m Tufted Duck, 2 Cormorants, 6 Coot, 9 Mallard, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Willow Tit, 13 Chaffinch, 1 Tree Creeper, 2 Coal Tit, 3 Robins, 1 Nuthatch.

Upper Lake.

2 Willow Tit, 2 Robin, 2 Coal Tit.

posted by Rod Mudge
14 Feb
8:06 pm
2024
Straight Point, Sandy Bay

Straight Point, Sandy Bay

Around 20 Kittiwakes were selecting nest ledges on the cliffs at Straight Point;

posted by Martin Overy
14 Feb
5:52 pm
2024
Around the Exe +1 Photo

Around the Exe

Darts Farm for the reported Swan Goose / Tundra Bean Goose ~ Six birds seen and photographed and while no expert I would suggest that they are Swan Goose / Greylag Goose hybrids.
Flock of 40 plus Linnet and several Shell duck on the farm grounds, two fly over Heron.
RSPB Bowling Green Marsh ~ Spoonbill, Little Egret, good numbers of Teal, two Greylag geese, Wigeon, Shell duck, Shoveler and Pintail Several hundred Avocet and Black Tailed Godwit, smaller numbers of Redshank, a Bar Tailed Godwit, two Knott, a small number of Dunlin in with the Wader flocks.
On the Exe estuary from Exmouth, Red Breasted Merganser, an Eider duck, Great Crested Grebe, looking across to the Dawlish Warren reserve, large numbers of Oyster Catcher, Curlew, Dunlin, two Sanderling in the Dunlin flock.
posted by Steve Hopper
14 Feb
3:06 pm
2024
Bradiford Reserve & Taw Estuary +1 Photo

Bradiford Reserve & Taw Estuary

A portion of the flock of Brent Geese landed on the north side of the Taw Estuary to forage for a time this morning before joining the others.

On Bradiford Reserve I counted 42 Black tailed Godwits before the dense drizzle arrived.

 

posted by Robert Jutsum
14 Feb
10:54 am
2024

Darts Farm Topsham

Following Steve’s post and feedback to Admin managed to get a closer look at supposed bean geese from the ponds at Darts Farm. The geese definitely have partial orange bills, however angular bill and head shape and contrasting front to back of neck suggests swan goose. With the orange so prominent would say swan goose x greylag hybrid. Apologies for rash bean id! Thanks Steve and admin.

posted by Pat Gubb
13 Feb
8:38 pm
2024

Darts Farm

I visited Darts Farm this afternoon at 3.20 and saw the 6 grey geese. Thinking they might be Greylags, but didn’t look quite right, I had a closer look. It is my opinion they are Swan Geese. All clearly showing a darker crown, nape and rear neck, in contrast to paler face and front of neck. Although the contrast isn’t as strong as I have seen before, but still clearly there. Of the ones I looked at more closely, they had all black bills, though I didn’t see the bills on all of them. Off course this is a personal opinion, but I have seen many PF/Bean Geese, including both spp of Bean over the years. Birding is a learning process and I am still learning too, but I have seen Swan Geese in recent years too and I am sure this is what they are. Maybe tomorrow may bring a different view.

posted by Steve Cox
13 Feb
6:14 pm
2024

Bean geese, Darts Farm Topsham

5.20pm

Six bean geese (possibly Tundra) in the fields at Darts Farm Topsham.

Big thanks for the heads up from Andy Chadwick who spotted them go in around 3.30pm. 😀

posted by Pat Gubb
12 Feb
10:08 pm
2024

Starcross

Two Goldeneyes (male and female) were together just outside the Starcross harbour a short while before low tide this afternoon.

posted by Rob Hubble
12 Feb
7:52 pm
2024

River Tamar

1 greenshank downstream of weir quay (on Devon side)

1 great northern diver upstream of torpoint chain ferries (on Cornish side, but visible from other)

posted by Mike Moxon
12 Feb
5:02 pm
2024
Slapton +1 Photo

Slapton

Highlights from the Slapton area today – Male Ring-necked Duck, 3 Great Egret, 7 Cattle Egret, 5 (2m,3f) Goldeneye, 10 Med Gull, Red-throated Diver, 13 Common Scoter. 75 Dunlin & 2 Grey Plover roosting on the beach first thing.

posted by Chris E
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