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18 Jul
6:50 pm
2024

SWW site at Countess Weir and Old Sludge Beds

A 3 hour visit looking for Dragonflies at both sites, picked up the following birds. 2 Teal on the SWW pond, 2 Common Sandpiper on the river and a Green Woodpecker again in SWW compound. Otherwise 2 Reed Warblers, one singing & 2 singing Blackcap and a male Kestrel.

Many more butterflies, with a number of Peacocks, Red Ad and Commas. Also Holly Blue. Also Small T and Painted Lady on Alphington Brook.

7 Scarce Chasers on the canal, and 130+ Small Red-eyed Damselfly there too.

posted by Steve Cox
18 Jul
11:57 am
2024

Saltpill pond and Tarka trail.

  • Marsh harrier probably an immature flew across river Taw from Chivener and quartered the rough fields between Saltpill pond and Gaia Trust reserve…..a Common sandpiper and Kingfisher at East the Water….

 

posted by Malcolm Shakespeare
17 Jul
6:48 pm
2024

Swifts over Braunton

At least 20 Common Swifts hawking for insects overhead Pixie Lane/Willand Road area of Braunton, from as low as rooftop height to almost too high to see! A wonderful display, perhaps caused by a flying ant eruption.

posted by Phil and Sue Naylor
17 Jul
10:21 am
2024

Crownhill Down Main Pit, Dartmoor

Pink-footed Goose still. Also Greenshank and Redshank first thing.

posted by Chris E
16 Jul
1:18 pm
2024
Crownhill Down

Crownhill Down

Stonechat , linnets, meadow pipit, raven, carrion crow, buzzard,

main pit , greater black backed gull, Canada geese pink footed goose still visible with Canada’s, Herring gull

posted by Jon Osman
15 Jul
6:41 pm
2024
Sparrowhawk. Dolton

Sparrowhawk. Dolton

Male Sparrowhawk a few feet from of our lounge window after chasing a siskin.

 

posted by Andrew Gooch
14 Jul
5:03 pm
2024

Swifts and Swallows Northam

A mix of Swifts 5 – 6 and Swallows 3 -4 once again hawking over Griggs Close Northam late afternoon early part of the evening.

posted by Rob Maye
14 Jul
3:53 pm
2024

Old Torrington Road Barnstaple

A couple of house martins zooming around with the swifts today. In the last half hour, an ants nest exploded and all the flying ants took to the skies giving all the gulls including a lot of black headed a free feed. This is earlier than normal. We have a nest in our garden about to add to the melee.

posted by Robert Morgan
14 Jul
11:21 am
2024

Blaxton Meadow

The usual suspects on the rising tide this morning including 11 Little Egrets, 34 Curlew, 73 Redshanks, 3 Greenshanks, a Dunlin, 227 Black-headed Gulls (all adults except for 5 juveniles), a Swift and a Kingfisher. Also a  male Silver-washed Fritillary feeding on Buddleia in front of the bird hide.

posted by David Diskin
14 Jul
8:10 am
2024

Old Torrington Road Barnstaple

Five swifts feeding overhead for most of the day yesterday with swallows darting about from time to time as well.

posted by Robert Morgan
14 Jul
7:20 am
2024

Crownhill Down Main Pit, Dartmoor

Pink-footed Goose still in pit this morning.

posted by Chris E
13 Jul
5:43 pm
2024

Swifts Northam North Devon

Spent the afternoon, early evening sitting and watching at least 6 – 7 Swifts over Griggs Close Northam coming in very low at times over the gardens.

posted by Rob Maye
13 Jul
10:57 am
2024
Crownhill Down +1 Photo

Crownhill Down

Early this morning Chiffchaff, Wrens, Greenfinches, Linnets, Mistle thrush and a Great Spotted Woodpecker down the bridlepath. Ravens, Skylarks and Meadow Pipits and Stonechats on Down top. Thanks to Chris for pointing out the Pink Footed Goose among the Canadas on TWL

posted by Bob Barrow
13 Jul
6:46 am
2024
Crownhill Down Main Pit, Dartmoor

Crownhill Down Main Pit, Dartmoor

Pink-footed Goose in pit this morning. Whimbrel over.

posted by Chris E
13 Jul
6:08 am
2024

Lower Tamar Lake

Late for Friday 12th.

Lower Tamar Lake.

1 Kingfisher, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Willow Tit, 2 Mute Swan, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorants, 1 Nuthatch, 9 Chaffinch, 5 Great Tit, 2 Bullfinch.

posted by Rod Mudge
12 Jul
2:53 pm
2024

Horsey

3 Green Sandpipers flying over Horsey this morning while calling at the same time. A good sized flock of Curlew resting amongst the saltmarsh plants.

posted by Robert Jutsum
12 Jul
12:19 pm
2024
West Charleton Marsh +1 Photo

West Charleton Marsh

Yesterday early afternoon. Marsh side: 2 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 3 Cirl Buntings, several Reed Warblers, 2 Reed Buntings, 1 Cettis Warbler, Blackcaps, Goldfinches, Greenfinches, Chaffinches, Linnets, numerous Swallows, House Martins and at least 6 Swifts.                   Sea side: 15 Little Egrets, 10 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel and 5 Oystercatchers.

 

posted by Bob Barrow
12 Jul
11:59 am
2024

Ilfracombe

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
2024

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
2024
Dartmoor +1 Photo

Dartmoor

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
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