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13 Sep
2:47 pm
2022

Powderham Castle grounds

12:45

2 Osprey, 1 Great White Egret and 1 Marsh Harrier.

posted by Paul Bray
13 Sep
7:20 am
2022

Topsham

08.15 

Marsh Harrier. Opposite Topsham Quay over the reed bed. Turned back at Topsham Lock and headed down towards Turf. 

posted by Pat Gubb
12 Sep
11:32 pm
2022
Wrafton pond & Scrape +1 Photo

Wrafton pond & Scrape

late afternoon in the pond and scrape area where on the pond there were five or six Wigeon, four or five Shoveler, one Teal and two Kingfishers.  On the scrape was a single Black-tailed Godwit that was later joined by another 42.

posted by Martin Bennett
12 Sep
7:39 pm
2022
Torquay ~ Hoopoe +1 Photo

Torquay ~ Hoopoe

The reported Hoopoe that has been frequenting the Quinta Road allotments was showing well this afternoon. 

The allotments are private with no public entry but the folk there are friendly and if asked politely may allow access.  

posted by Steve Hopper
12 Sep
7:07 pm
2022

Upper Tamar Lake 12th September

3 Little Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 32 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 8 Grey Heron, 130 Linnet, 20 Goldfinch.

posted by Rick Lockwood
12 Sep
5:22 pm
2022

Aylesbeare Common

11:17 – 12:57

Highlights were three Dartford Warbler, two Stonechat and a Common Whitethroat all in one small area of the common.

posted by Paul Bray
12 Sep
3:56 pm
2022

Starcross – Countesswear

Best sighting of the day was an Osprey roosting in a dead Oak in Powderham Park (1200 – 1300ish). Also of note were 150+ Turnstones on Starcross breakwater, 20+ Sandwich Terns and 15+ Greenshanks off the Kenn outfall, 2 Cattle Egrets with the herd at Turf, 450+ Starlings perched in the rigging of the yachts in Turf basin, a Ruff in the storage lagoon on Exminster, and 2 Treecreepers singing from the canalside trees near the sewage works. 

posted by James Camden
12 Sep
3:22 pm
2022

East Soar

Best today was a Wryneck on the path by Starehole Ponds but quickly dived into cover. Also Willow Warbler, Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, 24 Chiffchaff, Tree Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Green Woodpecker, 100 House Martin, 2 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, significant influx of 53 Robin, 40 Meadow Pipit, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Bullfinch and 230 Linnet. A Common Buzzard came in off the sea over Bolt Head and continued purposefully westwards.

Non-avian: 2 very good candidates for male Pale/Bergers Clouded Yellows flying with 2 Clouded Yellows allowing comparison. 19 Red Admirals, 3rd generation Wall Brown, Humming-bird Hawk-moth, Hornet Robber Fly and 5 Sika Deer. 

posted by Rob Macklin
11 Sep
6:21 pm
2022

Plymouth meeting cancelled

PLYMOUTH BRANCH INDOOR MEETING DUE ON MONDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER HAS BEEN CANCELLED owing to unavoidable circumstances. We hope to reschedule the planned talk for a future date.

posted by LIZ HARRIS
11 Sep
5:37 pm
2022

East Soar

Late pm. Quiet for migrants – 4 Yellow Wagtails and just one Wheatear plus the usual Linnet flock

posted by Roger White
11 Sep
2:14 pm
2022
Plym Estuary & Saltram +1 Photo

Plym Estuary & Saltram

This morning’s highlights were a Cattle Egret on Blaxton Meadow with 10 Bar-tailed Godwits. Also, 5 Whinchats, 4 Stonechats, Tree Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 5 Bullfinches, Green Woodpecker, Kingfisher, 13 Greenshanks, 3 Common Sandpipers & 3 Roe Deer.

In addition, returning adult Black-headed Gull “2J21” (yellow ring) – ringed in 2017 at Pitsea Landfill Site, Essex; then seen in Kent & Dorset before coming here in September 2021.

posted by Pete Aley
11 Sep
1:57 pm
2022
Bere Ferrers

Bere Ferrers

Roller showing well again this morning, seen in several locations around the village. Digiscoped shot.

posted by Alan Livsey
11 Sep
9:26 am
2022
South Brent +1 Photo

South Brent

Looks like being the third year in a row that I’ve failed to find Yellow Wagtails around South Brent, cf. the heady years of 2014 to 2019. Yesterday, however, on a search in favoured fields near Overbrent, I did come across four birds that looked to be good contenders for White Wagtail. Fortunately they were adult males. Although there was no sign of any wagtails there this morning, two Spotted Flycatchers and a few Chiffchaffs provided some compensation.

posted by Peter Reay
11 Sep
9:03 am
2022

Isley Marsh to Instow

10 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 13 Little Egret, 33 Teal, 6 Wigeon, 4 mallard, 1 Canada Goose, 7 herring Gull, 2 Common Gull, 12 Mediterranean gull, 29 Black headed Gull, 134 Curlew, 1330 Oystercatchers, 4 Golden Plover, 6 Grey Plover, 4 Redshank, 6 Bar Tailed Godwits, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Osprey.

posted by Barnabas
11 Sep
8:59 am
2022

Exminster Marsh

Great White Egret, 22+ Cattle Egret & Common Sand 3 at Turf, Wood & Green Sand, Ruff on lagoon, 2 Marsh Harrier (1st wint, prob 2nd w Make, Whinchat, Water Rail, singing Cetti’s, 2 Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 9 Reed Bunting. All early morning on Exminster Marsh 

posted by Steve Cox
11 Sep
6:30 am
2022

Crownhill Down/Lee Moor

Frustrating views of a flock of c30 egrets flying low towards Lee Moor from W direction at 06:45. I was driving so only had brief flyaway bin views when I stopped. No sign in fields viewed from top of Crownhill Down. Worth keeping an eye out if nearby.

posted by Chris E
10 Sep
8:33 pm
2022

Frogmore Creek, Kingsbridge Estuary

Last but not least – Osprey on favourite tree in Halwell Creek early evening seen by my wife at close quarters from the kayak!!

posted by Rob Macklin
10 Sep
7:46 pm
2022
Around the Exe +1 Photo

Around the Exe

RSPB Bowling Green Marsh on this morning’s high tide ~ Snipe, upwards of 200 Curlew, 2 Knot, Kingfisher, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Bar Tailed Godwit, 4 Curlew Sandpiper, LBBG, Greenshank, female Peregrine over on leaving.

Large numbers of Dunlin, Redshank and Black Tailed Godwit.

Along the Exe from Powderham to Turf ~  2 Great Crested Grebe, Common Gull, pair of Black Swan, 15 Sandwich Tern, 20 plus Little Egret, 4 Heron, Osprey and Sparrowhawk.

On the Rv Ken where it flows through the grounds of Powderham Castle a Great White Egret that was driven off by a Heron and the Snow Goose in with the Canada Goose flock.

posted by Steve Hopper
10 Sep
5:44 pm
2022
Broomhill Art Hotel

Broomhill Art Hotel

Today my wife and I spent a few hours in the gardens of Broom  Hill Art Hotel where I spotted this Grey Wagtail perched on a piece of floating art.

posted by Martin Bennett
10 Sep
2:42 pm
2022

Harleston by Slapton

Tw Hobbies over the garden calling constantly late morning!

posted by Rob Macklin
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