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24 Jan
11:52 am
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On a very cold & frosty morning: Grey Plover, 23 Snipe, Common Sandpiper, 7 Greenshanks, 17 Turnstones, 3 drake Red-breasted Mergansers, 4 Goosanders (1 drake), 54 Wigeon, 5 Little Grebes, Mediterranean Gull (ad-w), 2 Kingfishers, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Bullfinches & a Raven.

posted by Pete Aley
24 Jan
12:40 am
2023
Fernworthy +1 Photo

Fernworthy

This afternoon in the lane to Fernworthy Reservoir were at least 10 Common Crossbills mix of male & female. A few Siskins, Chaffinches, Blue Tits, Goldfinches and a Kestrel.

posted by Martin Bennett
23 Jan
7:28 pm
2023

Otterton: Stantyway & Coast

 

  • Fieldfares 60+
  • Linnets 150+
  • Chaffinches40+
  • Fulmars raft of 19
  • Red throated divers group of 4
  • Chiffchaff
  • Greenfinch
  • Ravens 4
posted by Keith Annison
23 Jan
7:21 pm
2023

Sherpa Marsh, Braunton, The Skern

Walked from the reserve to Sherpa late morning, still no sign of a Common Sandpiper but near the reserve a large, pale-ish bird of prey flying away from me lifted up to reveal a white rump. Female type Hen Harrier. Turned to look at he other bird of prey over the reserve to see it was the female Marsh Harrier. Later went over to the Skern and confirmed that 2 Snow Buntings were indeed between the 7th and 8th Tees. Hard to find, but eventually saw them at the top of the pebble ridge under the low sand ‘cliffs’. Coming in on the rising tide were 2 great Northern Divers and later 4 Eider. Long time since I’ve seen an Eider in the estuary.

posted by Jon Turner
23 Jan
6:08 pm
2023

River Taw Heanton to Ashford

Common sandpiper again and opposite Heanton about 70 pintail

posted by Fozz Forsdike
23 Jan
6:07 pm
2023

Exminster Marsh

Afternoon visit coincided with low water. Much of the marshes still frozen. At least 2 goldcrest with chiffchaff in Station Road. At Turf 31 (and probably a few more) greenfinch. This seems to be a regular event in the late afternoon. Kingfisher in the estuary outside the lock gates. A single marsh harrier and a kestrel were active over the area near the lagoon. A small flock of fieldfare (about 6) was the first I have seen on the marsh this year. Two Cettis showed well on the canal bank.

posted by John Waldon
23 Jan
5:51 pm
2023
Crownhill Down +1 Photo

Crownhill Down

This afternoon 60+ Golden Plover, 2 Shelduck on the TWL, Fieldfares and Redwings along the bridlepath.

posted by Bob Barrow
23 Jan
5:38 pm
2023

Bowling Green Marsh & Topsham

Bowling Green/ Topsham highlights. Spoonbill Imm & Water Pipit on BGM. Along with 56+ Gadwall, 85 Wigeon, 22 Shoveler, 36 Pintail, 2F Pochard, 2 Tufted, 50+ Snipe& 60+ Lapwing. On estuary 400+ Blackwit, 150+ Avocet, 80 Golden Plover, 32+ Grey Plover, 3 TurnstoneAlso Spotted Redshank north of Topsham Quay, Marsh Harrier 2cy from Clyst VP, as were 4 RB Mergansers. 9 Reed Bunting & 2 Chiffchaff Goosemoor. 260+ Teal across whole site.

posted by Steve Cox
23 Jan
4:36 pm
2023

Topsham/Bowling Green Marsh area

Topsham Quay

Spotted Redshank

Bowling Green

Water Pipit

Spoonbill

Marsh Harrier

 

posted by Josh Marshall
23 Jan
4:35 pm
2023

Hooe Lake

12 Mediterranean Gulls at low tide today.

posted by David Diskin
23 Jan
3:44 pm
2023
South Huish Marsh

South Huish Marsh

My birder friends from Cambridge think this looks good for Scandinavian Rock Pipit. Thoughts!

posted by Rob Macklin
23 Jan
2:32 pm
2023

Upper and Lower Tamar Lakes.

Upper Tamar Lakes. 

  • 6 Great Crested Grebes
  • 1 Pink Footed Goose.
  • 1 Bullfinch. 3Chiffchaff,2 Goldcrest,large flock of Lapwing 4Heron and 8 Tufted Ducks.
  • Lower Tamar Lakes. 
  • Over 20 Goosanders.
posted by jenny elvin
23 Jan
11:27 am
2023

Taw Estuary, Home Farm Marsh

Yesterday afternoon (22nd January) looking across from Home Farm Marsh were 4 distant Spoonbill on the Chivenor end of the estuary. Then, after a short while, all 4 Spoonbill flew across to the Home Farm Marsh end giving wonderful close up views of them feeding in their classic ‘sideward sweeps’ action of their bills. Lovely to watch.

posted by Jonny Pinn
22 Jan
4:37 pm
2023

Braunton R Caen etc

The scrapes have thawed out so a few birds there, and most of the usual suspects in the reserve, so headed for a walk down to the lighting gantry. Still a scattering of Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 30 or so BH Gulls. Small flocks of Linnet and Chaffinch scouring the tideline, joined by a Meadow Pipit and a Stonechat. A few Lapwing drifting about and 3 or 4 Curlew too. Pleased to see 4 different Birds of Prey: the female Marsh Harrier perched in the reed-bed at Sherpa, a Buzzard around the reserve, Kestrel hovering by the barn at Crossbanks, and an adult male Sparrowhawk along the embankment opposite Marstage Farm.

posted by Jon Turner
22 Jan
2:47 pm
2023
Ashford Strand – Taw Estuary

Ashford Strand – Taw Estuary

The single Ruff was still present this morning foraging in the same location amongst 75 Dunlin.

posted by Robert Jutsum
22 Jan
2:17 pm
2023

Tamar estuary / Ernesettle

This morning around the estuary, 31 Avocet, 7 Great crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, Wigeon, Teal, 25+ Redwing, and a female Bullfinch. 13 Snipe on Ernesettle creek.

posted by Alan Livsey
22 Jan
1:47 pm
2023

Clovelly Lakes

Clovelly Lake this morning.

6 Goosander 2m 4f, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 1 Tawny Owl calling, 6 Moorhen, 7 Collared Dove.

 

posted by Rod Mudge
22 Jan
10:51 am
2023

Exminster and Powderham Marshes yesterday

Mixed flocks of thrushes and buntings at Powderham, plus a bonus green woodpecker and snipe startled from the path.

Exminster very quiet, but barn owl seen briefly behind the Lion’s Rest estate.

posted by Helen Whitall
21 Jan
5:48 pm
2023

Barnstaple to Ashford.

Upwards of 60 Brent Geese, 5 Blacktailed Godwits 2 Grey Plover.1 Kingfisher 2 Snipe,about 30 Dunlin,about 20 Lapwing,1 Bullfinch, 3 Common Sandpiper and small amounts of Longtailed Tits, Goldfinch and Redwing.

posted by jenny elvin
21 Jan
4:38 pm
2023

West Charleton Marsh & South Huish Marsh

West Charleton: 150 Golden Plover, 24 Dunlin, 12 Brent Geese, 3 Grey Plover, 10 Chiffchaff, 2 Firecrest.

South Huish: 6 Brent Geese, 50+ Snipe, 6 Water Pipit.

posted by Mr Rob Macklin