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9 Jul
2:31 pm
2024

Bowling Green Marsh and Topsham Rec

A high tide visit to Bowling Green. Ad Br Spotted Redshank still present. 170 Redshank, 130 Blackwit, 120 Curlew, 1 Greenshank and one Dunlin. Also 2 F/Imm Shoveler on marsh.

On Goosemoor another 5 Greenshank and 16 Lapwing (10 Juvs). Two Sandwich Tern and 24 Ad Shelduck from Clyst VP, along with a Common Sandpiper and 8 Dunlin.

Nothing to add from Goat Walk, though 2 Sandwich Tern from Topsham Quay, probably the same.

Topsham Rec, same Spotted Redshank present along with another Common Sandpiper, an adult Common Gull and 3 Mediterranean Gull (2Ad br, & 2nd Summer)

Otherwise Sand Martin, male Bullfinch at Bowling Green. 12+ House Martin there too, as well as a couple of occupied nests near Topsham Quay.

posted by Steve Cox
8 Jul
3:27 pm
2024
Berry Head Kayak Trip

Berry Head Kayak Trip

Berry Head offshore, 6-9am, drizzle

5 Arctic Skuas: 1 Dark phase chasing sandwich tern; group of four passed a few feet above my head by were lost in the mist before I could get brain in gear. No photo because of rain, binoculars no use on moving kayak.

1 Bonxie came to check me out

plus: 25 Common Dolphins

4 Harbour Porpoise

 

posted by Rupert Kirkwood
7 Jul
10:44 am
2024

Labrador Bay

7.00-9.40

A good morning around Labrador Bay.  Whilst scoping the valley I heard movement in a hedge to my left, thinking that a rabbit was just about walk out I was amazed to see a Polecat ! about 3ft away from me. As I went for my phone it was gone.

Another highlight for me  was a female Common Redstart, the first I have seen here,

Other birds seen, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warblers, 12 Cirl Bunting, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Sparrowhawk circling up high.

31 species seen

posted by Rob Murphy
7 Jul
9:48 am
2024

Mediterranean Gulls at Slapton

Late afternoon Slapton

 

One loose group of ten Mediterranean gulls feeding over the bay with probably several more.

posted by Pete Stevens
6 Jul
6:03 pm
2024

Slapton

4 Adult Mediterranean Gulls off shore at Slapton Ley

posted by Roger White
6 Jul
5:11 pm
2024
Blaxton Meadow +1 Photo

Blaxton Meadow

Further to Pete’s report on a brief visit this morning c.50 Redshank, c.30 Curlew, 5 Grey Heron, 6 Little Egrets and a solitary Collared Dove.

posted by Bob Barrow
6 Jul
1:28 pm
2024
North side of Taw Estuary +1 Photo

North side of Taw Estuary

Photo of 2 of 3 very smart Mediterranean Gulls sheltering from the brisk NW winds this morning.

The single Dark – Bellied Brent Goose which was left behind by the overwintering flock when they departed to their breeding grounds in the spring was feeding on the green algae on the Taw Estuary adjacent to the Bradiford Reserve.

posted by Robert Jutsum
6 Jul
12:53 pm
2024

Marsh harrier Cox Tor

  • Marsh Harrier
  • over Cox Tor
  • 13.40
  • 06/07/24
posted by Bree Eldred
6 Jul
11:04 am
2024

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Three Black-tailed Godwits in summer-plumage, on Blaxton Meadow on the early high tide. Also, 2 Greenshanks, at least 1 Common Sandpiper, 33 Mandarin Ducks, the pair of Shelducks with 6 juvs, the pair of Mute Swans with 2 cygnets, Green Woodpecker & Grey Wagtail.

posted by Peter Aley
6 Jul
8:02 am
2024

2 red kites. Between Simonsbath and South moulton

Video and photo( not brilliant) of 2 red kites seen over farmland between Simonsbath an south molton on 21.6.24

posted by Tracey Hicks
5 Jul
8:41 am
2024

Hobbies Exe Estuary Thursday 4th 14.30 hrs

Spotted two hobbies firstly hunting insects over the field South of Turf and then high over the river chasing swallows.  Great display of aerial agility.

posted by Patrick Case
4 Jul
11:51 am
2024

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Lean pickings, again, on this morning’s low tide, but an adult and juv Treecreeper seen.

posted by Peter Aley
4 Jul
11:38 am
2024
North side of Taw Estuary +1 Photo

North side of Taw Estuary

Now at least 46 Redshank near the Tarka Inn.

Photo of 5 of 6 Black- tailed Godwits at Pottington.

At Barnstaple between the 2 bridges, 2 Common Sandpiper & a pair of adult Shelduck with 6 juveniles/immatures growing up fast.

A flock of c50 Starlings including a good number of  juveniles foraging on worms in the mud at the side of the Estuary.

Only one Butterfly seen along the Tarka trail between Wrafton & Barnstaple with all the Buddleia in flower.

 

posted by Robert Jutsum
4 Jul
7:08 am
2024

Tamar Lakes

Late for yesterday 3rd July.

Lower Tamar Lake,

1 Willow Tit at the hide, 1adult and 1 juv Marsh Tit, 2 Mute Swan, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Grey Heron.

Upper Tamar Lake.

2 Willow Tits in moult, 1 juv Marsh Tit.

posted by Rod Mudge
3 Jul
9:42 pm
2024

Bowling Green Marsh

An hour’s visit late afternoon produced 1 ad. Med Gull, 1 Spotted Redshank among c200 Commons, 1 Whimbrel among 40+ Curlews, 3 Greenshanks, 20 Lapwings, 20+ Blackwits, 1 Shoveler and 3 Teal.

posted by James Camden
3 Jul
3:22 pm
2024

Old Torrington Road Barnstaple

Lovely views of the juvenile great spotted woodpecker on the fat ball feeder today. Made several visits today. Lots of juvenile blackbirds in the garden also.

posted by Robert Morgan
2 Jul
6:13 pm
2024

Arlington

7 pairs of Spotted Flycatchers that we have watched since spring,all successfully raised families, all fledged but one pair still to go. Very pleasing.

posted by jenny elvin
2 Jul
2:10 pm
2024

Trinity Hill,Axminster

Nigjtjars showing well last night,one sat on the wires showing off!

posted by KEVIN Hall
1 Jul
7:57 pm
2024

Countess Weir

A cycle down to Countess Weir this evening. 2 Green Sandpiper on the favourite pool. 25+ House Martin, with 7+ active nests, probably more as 26 nests viewable on properties overlooking the river. Reed Bunting and Reed Warbler singing in the marsh still.

Otherwise Great Spotted Woodpecker, 60 Mute Swan, 18+ Goldfinch, Stock Dove, 3 singing Chiffchaff the best of the rest.

posted by Steve Cox
1 Jul
6:38 pm
2024

Hooe Lake

48 Black-headed Gulls on the rising tide this morning, all of them adults apart from a single juvenile. Also 4 Common Sandpipers and the female White Wagtail on the flotsam under the disused waste disposal tower.

posted by David Diskin
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