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2 Oct
11:30 am
2022

Bowling Green Marsh & VP

Wet but good early AM at Bowling Green Marsh. F/Imm Garganey, 4 Spoonbill & Osprey from VP. 212+ Teal, 7 Pintail 5 of Wigeon & Shoveler. 12+ Lapwing & Grey Plover. 25+ Little Egret from VP, 140+ Redshank, 4 Barwit, 60+ Dunlin & Kingfisher. Left before tide covered estuary. 

posted by Steve Cox
2 Oct
11:28 am
2022

Braunton Great Field & Marshes

Quick cycle ride around the Great Field & marshes this am produced vocal Cettis Warblers, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Kestrel, 6 Swallows & 13 House Martins

No sign of the 2 Cattle Egrets in the several fields of cows & sheep that were visible from the road.

posted by Rob Jutsum
2 Oct
12:33 am
2022
Anchor wood area and Salt Pill Duck Pond +1 Photo

Anchor wood area and Salt Pill Duck Pond

Saturday afternoon in fields below Anchor Wood there were 20 Cattle Egrets. Further on in a field towards Fremington there were two white Rabbits.  From the river bank a Kingfisher was seen in bushes on the far side of Salt Pill Duck Pond.

posted by Martin Bennett
1 Oct
8:52 pm
2022
Woodbury Common today. +1 Photo

Woodbury Common today.

Great White Egret at Blackhill quarry.

posted by Geoff Mitchell
1 Oct
6:52 pm
2022

Braunton marsh

Saw two female kestrels, one sighted at Vellator quay, the other down past cross flats, plenty of Canada geese on the move incoming from Barnstaple in groups of 12, the usual black headed gulls on the way down to Crow point at high tide. On the return back saw a female marsh harrier out hunting next to the marine base. 

posted by chris davy
1 Oct
4:46 pm
2022

Turf, Exe Estuary

Mid morning and high tide. At least 12 cattle egrets in the nearby fields. Ten sandwich terns in the estuary with an adult Med gull (no black at all on the head). Overhead 3 buzzards.

posted by John Waldon
1 Oct
1:38 pm
2022

Wrafton area

2 Spotted Redshank , 2 Redshank, 12 Knot and 53 Black-tailed Godwits on the scrape this morning. Little Egret flew over. From the reserve the Marsh Harrier was being aggressively chased by several Corvids, but easily outwitted them. Heron in the reserve, but best sighting in there was a large-ish Grass Snake.

posted by Jon Turner
1 Oct
11:11 am
2022

George Nympton

Local walk around this morning.20 Yellowhammers on an over winter stubble field.They were moved on by 40+ arriving Linnets. 3 Buzzards.Kestrel.8 Mistle Thrushes.2 Grey Wagtails.70+ mobile Swallows moving East with the wind.2 House Martins.

posted by Roger Gay
1 Oct
10:30 am
2022

Exmouth

A Whooper Swan low north over Orcombe Point @1042, heading towards Exmouth and presumably the river. Nearby, on Blackhill Quarry, the juvenile Ring-necked Duck (presumed same as the Warren bird, seen earlier in the week). Photos of both birds on www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk later.

posted by Matt Knott
30 Sep
7:06 pm
2022

Ilfracombe

Single Sooty Shearwaters off the Outfalls,Capstone, then the Pier this afternoon all heading down channel. At least one Arctic Skua passing the Pier. 

posted by Martin Thorne
30 Sep
1:49 pm
2022

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

4 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 1m Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Goldcrest foraging, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 15 Wigeon, 6 Coot, 3 Swallow, 2 Nuthatch, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Wren, 4 Cormorant.

posted by Rod Mudge
30 Sep
12:03 pm
2022

Blackhill Quarry- Ringed Plovers

Further to my earlier post. Having looked at the photos again I have come to the conclusion that these are juv Ringed Plover and not Little Ringed as first thought. The shape is round and not slim and the ear coverts are rounded and not pointed amongst other features. Would be very happy for someone to comment.  Still 8 Plovers is good for the site.

posted by Jonathan Ruscoe
30 Sep
11:18 am
2022
Crow Point, Fishermen huts & Caen Estuary

Crow Point, Fishermen huts & Caen Estuary

Oystercatchers resting peacefully on Crow Point around high tide until a windsurfer who launched at Broadsands by the White House sailed over & landed at Crow Point disturbing all of them without a single thought for the welfare of the birds.

A jet ski disturbed all the birds resting on the high tide roost at the Fishermens huts & then continued up the Caen Estuary to the Toll House, again without a single thought about the welfare of the birds

Disturbance on this Estuary system is at a very high level when more & more people are taking up nature watching.

posted by Rob Jutsum
30 Sep
11:00 am
2022

Wrafton area

Nought of note on Wrafton Pond, but on the scrape 76 Black-tailed Godwits, 11 Knot, 2 Spotted Redshank, and 3 Redshank. About half-a-dozen House Martins hawking above. Goldcrest in the reserve, where in yesterday’s warm sun an immaculate Wall Brown butterfly provided a reminder of the summer.

Also, one of the Godwits had colour rings on – I will send the details off and hope I got all the rings right, then post any replies on here.

posted by Jon Turner
30 Sep
10:26 am
2022
Wrafton Scrape

Wrafton Scrape

9am this morning at Wrafton Scrape Jon Turner was already there. Still good numbers of black-tailed godwits and knot roosting. 3 common redshank at the back on the scrape and a snipe tucked in on the right. The 2 spotted redshank were very busy compared to everything else. 5 house martins flying over.

posted by Colin Dracott
30 Sep
8:26 am
2022

Torcross

200 Swallows and 120 House Martins around Torcross with a Wheater at the tank.

posted by Steve Wadsworth
29 Sep
7:42 pm
2022

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

1 Willow Tit, 3 Marsh Tit, 1 Wren, 5 Coot, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 72 Canada Geese, 1m juv Tufted Duck, 13 Wigeon, 2 Nuthatch.

posted by Rod Mudge
29 Sep
7:40 pm
2022
Great White Egret +1 Photo

Great White Egret

Great White Egret is still about in East Devon and mostly frequenting Blackhill Quarry Ponds where water levels have dropped sufficiently as fish have become easy prey for this bird plus Grey Heron a Kingfisher and tonight a Little Egret. This amazing new habitat created by The Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust, Clinton Devon Estates has become a great new birding area for many to see heathland species, Wildfowl, waders, and many more throughout the seasons. The GWE first discovered 14 days ago by Rupert Ormerod is now roosting on the East Devon Common site. This site needs protecting its a real gem and keeps producing.

posted by Derek Carter
29 Sep
6:14 pm
2022
Exminster Marshes +1 Photo

Exminster Marshes

Reed Bunting, Cettis Warblers, Swallows, House Martins, Kestrels, Buzzards, 10 Cattle Egrets, Curlew, Greenshank, Redshank, Common Sandpipers, Blackwits, Kingfishers.

posted by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd
29 Sep
6:07 pm
2022
Bowling Green Marsh +1 Photo

Bowling Green Marsh

Curlew, Barwits, Blackwits, Common Sandpipers, Avocets, 3 Spoonbill, Dunlin, Knot, Greenshank, Grey Plover, Lapwings, Wigeon, Pintail, Shelduck, Buzzard, Sand martins.

posted by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd
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