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10 Jun
7:22 am
2024
Crownhill Down +1 Photo

Crownhill Down

Yesterday morning: Several Wheatears, numerous Linnets and Stonechats, Skylarks and Meadow Pipits, 6 Greenfinches, several Willow warblers, a solitary Yellowhammer, a Mistle thrush, 3 Buzzards, 3 Ravens and 4 Swallows.

posted by Bob Barrow
9 Jun
8:01 pm
2024

Instow to Yelland and return

A fine and dry Sunday walk along the SW Coastal path and return by the Tarka Trail. Two flocks of non-breeding Oystercatchers 100+ at Instow/Yelland roost and 150 at Isley Marsh. About 4 pairs on the Yelland jetty may be breeding birds. No other waders. Only 1 Little Egret

Warblers including Chiffchaff, Willow, Blackcap, Whitethroat and Reed singing. Stonechat pair near the Jetty entrance and Sand Martins may be nesting in the sand pile. 1 adult Green Woodpecker.

All the coastal pine trees and the electricity building have been cut down and removed.

posted by Stan Coats
9 Jun
6:46 pm
2024

Red Kite, Copplestone

Red Kite soaring with 4 Common Buzzards over fields just south east of Copplestone at 11.20 today.

posted by Nick Dixon
9 Jun
5:58 pm
2024

Burrator Reservoir

A walk round Burrator Reservoir today: Swifts & Swallows at Meavy, Siskin, House Martin, Wheatear & Great Spotted Woodpecker at Sheepstor, Ravens overhead, loads of Willow Warblers catching insects. A Garden Warbler in full song made a brief appearance from the undergrowth, going back towards the dam.

posted by Alan Livsey
9 Jun
5:40 pm
2024

Sourton Tors near Okehampton

Red Kite circling over the tors for most of the day today.

posted by Chris Baines
9 Jun
4:18 pm
2024

Osprey Dart Estuary Sunday 9th

Good views of single osprey over Sandridge Park 2.00 pm today.

posted by Patrick Case
9 Jun
12:36 pm
2024

Powderham Church to Exminster Marsh VP

A cycle from the church up to the VP and back. Best bird was a Hobby hawking over the Lagoon. Two Little Grebe and a male Tufted on the too.

Usual selection of singing Warblers, with Cetti’s, Reed (3), Chiffchaff and Blackcap. A lone Sedge in Juncus south of Turf too.

20+ Little Egret and 5 Grey Heron. Kestrel, 25+ Swift, 30+ House Martin & 8+ Swallow.

50+ Black-headed Gull back. Also Reed Bunting 2 singing, 2 Linnet & 2 Skylark.

Sadly only one butterfly, sign of the times. Poor national protection and wet spring.

posted by Steve Cox
9 Jun
9:57 am
2024
BHG’s back on the Taw

BHG’s back on the Taw

Spotted five Black Headed Gulls, resplendent in summer plumage, drifting down the scum line on the ebbing tide, Ashford side of the Taw near Ashford Strand this morning.

posted by Phil and Sue Naylor
9 Jun
9:24 am
2024

Red Kite – Heathfield

Red Kite very low over our gardens in Heathfield yesterday lunchtime. Closest view to date – beautiful birds

posted by Rob Eaton
9 Jun
7:22 am
2024

Lower Tamar Lake

Late for Saturday 8th

Lower Tamar Lake.

2 Willow Tit carrying food, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Mute Swans, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Great Crested Grebe, c15 Swifts.

posted by Rod Mudge
8 Jun
9:36 pm
2024

Exminster Marsh

A late evening visit as the sun was going down. Surprisingly cold though marsh was covered in clouds of insects, providing rich pickings for the 50+ Swift, a handful of House Martin, Swallows and Sand Martins.

A few singing warblers, 3 Reed, Chiffchaff and Blackcap; 2 Skylark and 2 Reed Bunting.

With the marsh still wet, lots of Little Egret and Grey Heron. And 6 Little Grebe on the lagoon.

posted by Steve Cox
8 Jun
7:58 pm
2024

Grey Heron, Northam

Several evenings this past week around 9-10pm a Grey Heron (presumably the same bird) has been circulating Northam at dusk and fishing in garden ponds. It is probably looking for easier fishing than in the River Torridge. Nobody else seems to have recorded this from other North Devon towns and villages?

posted by Stan Coats
8 Jun
5:23 pm
2024
No Access to Brixham Quarry from 8th June 2024

No Access to Brixham Quarry from 8th June 2024

For those that enjoy Seawatching, watching the Birds and other Wildlife from Brixham Quarry, the Quarry road has been gated and therefore there is now no access to the Quarry.

Image posted by Mike Drake on Facebook (Brixham Fish Town)

posted by Robin Morrison
8 Jun
2:14 pm
2024

Taw Bridge, Barnstaple

At least 20 shelduck feeding on the freshly uncovered river mud Sticklepath side of the Taw bridge yesterday morning.

posted by Robert Morgan
8 Jun
12:22 pm
2024
Crownhill Down +1 Photo

Crownhill Down

Yesterday evening along the bridlepath I watched a Great Spotted Woodpecker for several minutes feeding 2 fledgelings with grubs dug out of the ground at a prodigious rate. 2 Ringed Plover on the TWL. 2 Buzzards, 4 Ravens, a Mistle thrush, Skylarks, Stonechats, Willow warblers, 2 Sand martins and a Swallow.

posted by Bob Barrow
8 Jun
10:44 am
2024

Red Kite Nirth Devon

Red Kite sited Knowstone, North Devon over lane between Knowstone and Knowstone Moor. Distinctive forked tail and white markings under wing. approx 30ft above me. My first sighting since moving to Devon 2022.

posted by Steve Fitzgerald
7 Jun
6:38 pm
2024
Moretonhamstead area

Moretonhamstead area

Photographed on Thursday afternoon at a sight near Moretonhamstead is this fledgling Song Thrush. One of two that I saw while being attended by an adult. A good number of Song Thrushes seen this year.

posted by Martin Bennett
7 Jun
6:35 pm
2024

Red kite near barnstaple

Spotted single Red Kite on whilst travelling A39 between Barnstaple and Bickington lunchtime 7 June

posted by Mike Bickell
7 Jun
4:18 pm
2024

Trew Weir & Salmon Pool

An hour visit this afternoon didn’t produce very much but nice to see 12+ House Martin, which are more local birds than in recent years. Also 2 Swallows. Whitethroat singing by allotments, which might have been Salmon Pool bird, as no sign of that one. 4 Sand Martin at Salmon Pool. Otherwise much as expected.

posted by Steve Cox
7 Jun
2:47 pm
2024

Plymouth Branch – Nightjar Walk 17th June CANCELLED

Regrettably, Plymouth Branch have decided to CANCEL our proposed follow-up meeting to view Nightjars at Cann Wood, the site no longer being as suitable for group visits as it has been in previous years.  We are actively seeking out alternative sites in the Plymouth area and hope to reinstate the events for next year.

 

posted by Chris Marcol
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