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12 Jun
10:21 pm
2024
Dartmoor +1 Photo

Dartmoor

Yesterday on Dartmoor where I spotted a couple of Reed Buntings and a couple of Cirl Buntings.

posted by Martin Bennett
12 Jun
8:27 pm
2024

Red Kite, Rockbeare/Cranbrook

2 spotted 4.30pm  Tuesday, 11th June and 9.00am Wednesday 12th June.

posted by Chris Sampson
12 Jun
5:19 pm
2024

Axminster

2 Red Kites over mid afternoon

posted by KEVIN Hall
12 Jun
1:34 pm
2024
Hooe Lake

Hooe Lake

A mixed pair Pied x White Wagtail have bred at Hooe Lake. At least 2 young have fledged very recently.

posted by David Diskin
12 Jun
9:29 am
2024

Hartland Forest

Taw/Torridge Nightjar meeting on 22.06.24 @20.00hrs

This meeting will take place at our usual site at Welsford Moor.

What Three Words: delighted.suits.chosen

Grid ref: SS277208

There will be a sign at the entrance to the track

posted by Martin Unwin
12 Jun
8:55 am
2024
Challacombe Farm area Dartmoor +1 Photo

Challacombe Farm area Dartmoor

I never thought that I see Cirl Buntings so far from the coast, but here they are at Challacombe Farm on Dartmoor. Also saw two Reed Buntings, a Willow Warbler, lots of Swallows and heard (not seen) a Garden Warbler.

posted by Martin Bennett
11 Jun
6:42 pm
2024

Old Sludge Beds DWT

A cycle down to the Old Sludge Beds today. 3-4 local Swallows, 2 House Martin, 5 singing Reed Warbler, 3 singing Chiffchaff and 3 singing Blackcap, singing Reed Bunting, singing Chaffinch amongst the commoner birds.

A total of 68 Mute Swan, 58 together on the river and a pair with 8 young on the canal. Also two Kingfisher.

On the way down a Mute Swan with 3 surviving young by Double Locks. Originally there were 9!! At least they are too big to be eaten by Pike now. Finally a male Kestrel over Alphington Brook, unusual there but habitat is great with uncut grassland now.

Two Scarce Chaser on Old Sludge Beds too. Still so few butterflies. A bad year. And a terrapin in the canal.

posted by Steve Cox
11 Jun
4:29 pm
2024

Sourton and Whiddon Down. 2 Red Kites

Driving to and from Exeter, 2 Red Kites. One 1 mile west of Sourton Services, the other close to Whiddon Down.

posted by Mark Palmer
11 Jun
12:14 pm
2024

East bank of Otter Estuary. SW Coastpath – 9th June.

Male and female stonechat with several fledged young. Great Spotted Woodpecker in pine trees. Circa 10 Red legged partridge in newly ploughed field.

posted by Matt Housden
10 Jun
3:45 pm
2024

Saltram , Plymouth

A Red Kite flew north over Saltram at 11.30 this morning.

posted by Peter Castle
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
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