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26 Feb
4:02 pm
2024

1 mile West of Starcross on A380

60/70 Cattle Egrets.

posted by Lloyd Gray
25 Feb
9:57 am
2024

East Soar

Late post for yesterday – 2 migrant Buzzards circling the airfield before gaining height and moving off, first of the season!

posted by Rob Macklin
25 Feb
9:01 am
2024

Stoke, Plymouth

8.02am A pair of redwings in the apple tree – a first recorded sighting in my garden.

posted by Tim Buckley
24 Feb
9:10 pm
2024
Fremington Pill +1 Photo

Fremington Pill

Mid-afternoon at Fremington Pill the spotted redshank and a greenshank, kept together near the top of the Pill, and further down were 5 snipe – 2 hiding in the grass, and 3 trying to hide among the mooring ropes on the mud. 3 glossy ibis were spooked by a dog, so they kept flying around until they finally settled near the sluice gate. Lots of teal and redshank and an oystercatcher and curlew also present.

From Fremington Quay there was a pair of goosanders way over the other side.

 

posted by Colin Dracott
24 Feb
6:43 pm
2024

Bradiford Reserve – Pottington & from Tarka trail

1 Kestrel hovering over Bradiford Reserve.

Over 400 Brent Geese foraging on Penhill Marsh but disturbed by dog walkers. Landed on several hundred metres of exposed sand bank adjacent to Penhill Marsh where I was able to count them through the scope.

6 Siskin in the Alders alongside the Tarka trail by the Tarka Inn.

 

posted by Robert Jutsum
24 Feb
3:05 pm
2024

Seaton Wetlands

6 Rock pipits on power wires.
Goldcrest in hedge near wildlife pond.

posted by Matt Housden
24 Feb
9:51 am
2024

Buckfastleigh

Late post for yesterday: 1 Firecrest, late afternoon.

posted by Andy Smith
23 Feb
7:56 pm
2024

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

4 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 3 Robin, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Coot, 2m Blackbird, 9 Mallard.

posted by Rod Mudge
23 Feb
7:25 pm
2024

Chiffchaff, Northam

In a break in the rain and hail this afternoon, I walked the dog around Lord’s Meadow Play area in Northam and a Chiffchaff was flitting around the hedge bordering the field. An early migrant?

posted by Stan Coats
23 Feb
4:31 pm
2024

Fremington Quay

3 Glossy Ibis

1 Spotted Redshank

posted by John St Ledger
22 Feb
11:48 pm
2024

Taw Valley , S of Bishops Tawton. 21st February

Great White Egret still on Taw floodplain Near Newbridge with 3 smaller Egrets on Wednesday pm.

posted by Sta Coats
22 Feb
8:32 pm
2024

A39 at SS289222

On the way back from the Taw Torridge Branch meeting at the above Grid Reference there were 45+ Lesser Black-backed Gull feeding in a field with many Herring Gull and a few Common Gull.

Interestingly, if you check this reference point on Google Maps UK, the street view also shows a couple of fields with a great many Gulls present.

posted by Martin Unwin and Vivienne James
22 Feb
7:31 pm
2024
Bowling Green Marsh +1 Photo

Bowling Green Marsh

Bowling Green Marsh from the Hide: Spoonbills 2, Great White Egret 1, Little Egrets, Grey Heron, Curlew, Blackwits, Snipe, Gadwall, Pintail, Shoveler, Tufted Ducks, Wigeon, Teal, Mallard, Canada and Greylag Geese and overfly of Brent Geese, LBBG, Cormorant, Stock Dove, Kingfisher.

posted by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd
21 Feb
4:51 pm
2024

Exe Estuary cruise 21st February

Today the Eiders were just off the end of Dawlish Warren: 5-6 out on a sandbank and two diving nearby. A few Greenshanks Looking over the railway into Powderham Park, 2 Egyptian Geese were among the Fallow Deer with dozens of Shelduck. As usual, there were many Brent Geese, Avocets, Black-tailed Godwits, Redshanks and Dunlin, plus c25 Knot and a few Grey Plovers. At Topsahm we watched a drake Merganser dealing with a small flatfish, which it spent some time trying to eat. Back at Bull Hill sandbank there were 3 of the Eiders (2 females, 1 immature drake).

posted by Dave Smallshire
20 Feb
11:23 pm
2024

Ilfracombe Pier cont

Sandwich Tern at the harbour.

posted by Martin Thorne
20 Feb
11:15 pm
2024
Ilfracombe Pier +1 Photo

Ilfracombe Pier

A lot of sub adult Herring gulls 150+ have arrived this week mostly at the storm drain and this afternoon attending a staggering 7+ Bottlenose Dolphins that were feeding from Flat Rock to Beacon point for a considerable time, a Bull Grey seal may have moved them on. The first migrating flocks of Lesser bb gulls heading up channel and 9 on the Supermarket roof. A constant movement of Common Gulls down channel, a handful of Divers and Common Scoters a fair way out. Unusual lack of Gannets today and 3 Purple Sandpiper.

posted by Martin Thorne
20 Feb
8:36 pm
2024

Exe Estuary cruise 20th February

A very pleasant Stuart Line cruise with nice light to see the birds. The highlights were a Great Northern Diver off Dawlish Warren and about 40 Egrets, most likely Cattle but possibly also some Little, feeding with cattle in a hillside field near Powderham; a small group (8?) of confirmed Cattle Egrets were perched on one of the wrecks near Powderham. Signs of winter coming to an early end were evident, with only 3 Great Crested Grebes and 11 Red-breasted Mergansers; there seemed to be fewer Avocets and only a handful of Bar-tailed Godwits, but still hundreds of Dunlin and Black-tailed Godwits and about 500 Golden Plover that landed near Turf. Other notables: Grey Herons at their nests behind Starcross Yacht Club, 5 Greenshanks, 100+ Common Gulls, a few Lesser Black-backed Gulls, a Harbour Seal, and about a dozen Sanderlings along the edges of the sandbanks.

posted by Dave Smallshire
20 Feb
7:59 pm
2024
Fremington Quay

Fremington Quay

Only a record shot, due to their distance and being directly into the sun.

Nice to see three Glossy Ibis’s together in one group.

posted by Dougie Williams
20 Feb
6:25 pm
2024
North side of Taw Estuary +1 Photo

North side of Taw Estuary

Not a single Lapwing to be seen on the north side of the Taw Estuary this morning & Nigel mentioned he did not see any on Horsey, the Caen Estuary or Braunton Marshes.

1 pair of Goosanders, 1 adult Med Gull,  36 Black-tailed Godwits & 6 Bar-tailed Godwits.

 

posted by Robert Jutsum
20 Feb
5:48 pm
2024

Velator scrapes and along River Caen to beginning of Horsey Island

Teal in abundance on the scrapes along with Great White Egret, Little Egret and lurking Pheasant.

Little Grebe in pond opposite.

15+Redshank on mudbanks along Caen plus a solitary Common Sandpiper and a flock of Goldfinch on seaweed. Field and marshes beyond; Skylark, pair of Grey Heron, female Marsh Harrier, numerous Shelduck, Canada Geese.

posted by David Shadwell
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