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12 Jul
11:59 am


Off Capstone Ist CY Yellow-legged Gull, a flock of 22 Mediterranean Gulls headed up channel with more strung out behind. 1 pale Skua sp. Lots of Manxies and 9 Grey Herons headed over the Town.

posted by Martin Thorne
11 Jul
8:58 pm

Exminster Marsh

A cycle down to Turf and then a walk around the marsh. Not too much to report, with almost nothing of note from Turf, except 2 Common Sandpiper.

On the marsh itself, 16+ Reed Warbler (4 singing), singing Sedge Warbler on railway line FP, 3 singing Reed Bunting, 7 Chiffchaff (5 singing) & 4 singing Blackcap. Two Bullfinch & a few Skylark the best of the rest.

12+ Swallow, with Juvs, suggesting successful pairs at Turf and at the scrap yard. Two Little Grebe on the lagoon.

Butterflies better, but still low numbers, with 8 spp.

First two Southern Hawkers of year for me, one Broad-bodied Chaser, 4M Scarce Chasers and 500+ Small Red-eyed Damselflies.

posted by Steve Cox
10 Jul
11:51 pm
Dartmoor +1 Photo


Yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon, just beyond The Warren Inn towards Two Bridges I spotted this Sparrowhawk  and about 10 metres away from him/her was this juvenile Cuckoo.

posted by Martin Bennett
10 Jul
8:21 pm

Roundham Head

A brief look at lunchtime. 3 Mediterranean Gulls on sea. Ad Br, 2nd Sum & 1st Summer.

posted by Steve Cox
10 Jul
6:09 pm

Torre abbey sands

3 adult Mediterranean Gulls on the rocks this afternoon at low tide

posted by Jeff Hacon
10 Jul
11:46 am

Wembury Point

On the beach at high tide this morning – a Dunlin, a Whimbrel and a 2nd-summer Mediterranean Gull. An additional 10 Mediterranean Gulls moved west between 8:00 and 9:00 involving 6 adults, 3 2nd-summers and 1 Ist-summer.

posted by David Diskin
10 Jul
9:57 am

Upper Tamar Lake

Upper Tamar Lake.

I repositioned a feeder in a new area and within 40mins there were 2 Willow and 2 Marsh Tits working the feeder, both carrying food.

posted by Rod Mudge
9 Jul
7:17 pm

Private Garden near Dunchideock.

  • Only five occupied House Martin nests this year at this private site, 1 nest on second brood. Worryingly a 54% drop on 2023 totals.
posted by Bax Willmott.
9 Jul
3:14 pm

Anchor Wood to Fremington Quay

Numbers of BHG’s on the rise on the Taw and two flocks of Canada Geese numbering about 150 in total. Also a pair of Shelduck with 8 quite large ducklings, a single Curlew at Penhill along with a Common Sandpiper and 2 Redshank flying upriver. Passerine wise; a Goldcrest feeding a fledgling & numerous Blackcap 

hunting for insects among the trees by the lime kiln. A few Chiff-chaff still singing as well as one Whitethroat and a Skylark above Penhill Point.

posted by Phil and Sue Naylor
9 Jul
2:31 pm

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
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

Labrador Bay


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

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


4 Adult Mediterranean Gulls off shore at Slapton Ley

posted by Roger White
6 Jul
5:11 pm
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
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

Marsh harrier Cox Tor

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

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

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

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
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