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29 Sep
4:22 pm
2022

Slapton Ley

80 Swallows north this afternoon, 2 Teal Stokley Bay

posted by Steve Wadsworth
29 Sep
1:24 pm
2022

Wrafton Area

Once again, plenty of waders on the scrape this morning at about 09.15 at high tide. 65 Black-tailed Godwits, 31 Knot, single Greenshank and Dunlin plus the two Spotted Redshank. A Curlew in a nearby field. Heron and Water Rail in the reserve, Skylark and Stonechat south of the reserve and at least a dozen House Martins hawking insects over the scrape and reserve area.

posted by Jon Turner
29 Sep
12:11 pm
2022

River Taw and Fremington Pill.

2 Brent geese off Instow cricket ground…Adult Spoonbill roosting on Isley Marsh , 197 Redshank roosting around the sluice on Fremington Pill , 2 second winter Med. gulls…..

posted by Malcolm Shakespeare
28 Sep
7:41 pm
2022
Two Osprey on River Tavy 28th Sept 2022 +1 Photo

Two Osprey on River Tavy 28th Sept 2022

Two Osprey were fishing on the Tavy with no particular time or state of the tide, it seems they fished most of the day.

posted by Barry Rankine
28 Sep
5:38 pm
2022

Lower Otter & Blackhill Quarry

Mid-morning – substantial passage of Swallows and House Martins, many feeding over large herd of cattle on the Otter Restoration Project.  Peregrine.

Blackhill Quarry – Great White Egret flew at 1230 (probably same bird later seen on Otter) Grey Heron and a surprising Kingfisher.   Water level very low – clearly food available in this quarry lake. 

posted by Rupert Ormerod
28 Sep
2:07 pm
2022
Braunton Marshes & North side of Taw Estuary +1 Photo

Braunton Marshes & North side of Taw Estuary

First cycled around Braunton Marshes anti – clockwise on the inner marsh road.

Now 2 very easily spooked Cattle Egrets (spooked by a noisy motorcycle riding past on the road) in the field with the herd of black cows near Gallowell. 

Continued to the Tarka trail where I met Sue Bruce who arrived at the same time. With scopes deployed we both counted the Knot on the scrape. The Black tailed Godwits started leaving the scrape (not all at once) to fly to their feeding areas on the Taw Estuary (see photo),the Knot a little later, a total of 32.

The numbers of Black – tailed Godwits & Knot on the scrape were similar to the numbers foraging on the north side of the Taw Estuary on a falling tide so these were  were the same birds which were resting on Wrafton scrape around high tide.

At Pottington there were still 3 Curlew Sandpipers foraging with a small number of Dunlin

posted by Rob Jutsum
28 Sep
2:04 pm
2022

East to Middle Soar

Best today was my first Merlin of the autumn, over the airfield. A westerly movement of 125 Meadow Pipit, 135 Skylark, 2 Bullfinch, Grey Wagtail and 6 Siskin.

Also: 9 Swallow, 260 Herring Gull, 240 Linnet, 31 House Sparrow, 41 Robin, 7 Wheatear, 27 Chiffchaff, Whitethroat,5 Blackcap, Golden Plover, 240 Linnet and a further 3 Bullfinch. 

posted by Rob Macklin
28 Sep
1:14 pm
2022

Wrafton area

Another wader bonanza this morning!! Probably due to the early high tide, I was greeted by a calling Greenshank as I cycled up the trail, and quickly saw that there were in fact 3 present. With the 2 Spotted Redshank and about 75 Black-tailed Godwits as well as 21 Knot and a single Dunlin. Little Egret close by too. Kingfisher in the river. Heron, Blackcap and a large Tit-flock in the reserve.

posted by Jon Turner
28 Sep
10:13 am
2022
Seaton Marshes +1 Photo

Seaton Marshes

Cattle Egret in field next to Seaton Marshes yesterday.

posted by Geoff Mitchell
27 Sep
9:17 pm
2022

River Mole Valley

50 to 60 Swallows have spent the day continually flying around the farm yard and orchard…….mostly juveniles but at least 12 mature birds.Fabulous sight  and flight paths suggest that many could be the birds which breed in the old granary and shippen.(over 60 fledged this year). They perched on the electricity wires at about 4 pm attracting a male Sparrow Hawk and a flock of 150 Goldfinch .Elsewhere on the farm,2 Red Deer hinds and their calves

posted by Brian Nicholas
27 Sep
4:43 pm
2022

Sowton village

Four cattle egret amongst livestock on the footpath halfway between Sowton village and Clyst St Mary.  Also a female whinchat.

posted by Robin Pearson?
27 Sep
4:24 pm
2022

Bowling Green Marsh

06:18 – 07:18

1 Red-necked Phalarope feeding before flying towards Dart’s Farm.

posted by Paul Bray
27 Sep
3:39 pm
2022

Swallows

A couple of swallows seen flying about as i drove through Filleigh this afternoon.

posted by Robert Morgan
27 Sep
12:00 pm
2022

Wrafton Area

Once again most of the action was on the scrape this morning. 61 Black-tailed Godwits, 12 Knot, 1 Dunlin and the 2 Spotted Redshank. Gadwall on Wrafton Pond, Kingfisher, and a Heron in the reserve.

posted by Jon Turner
27 Sep
9:08 am
2022

Braunton Marshes

am – 1 Cattle Egret but mobile in windy conditions.

posted by Rob Jutsum
26 Sep
9:10 pm
2022
North side of Taw Estuary

North side of Taw Estuary

This morning observed from the Tarka trail on the north side of the Taw Estuary from the Tarka Inn to Pottington were 47 Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Bar-tailed Godwits, 26 Knot, 45 Dunlin & amongst them 4 Curlew Sandpipers.

1 GreenSandpiper at Bradiford Reserve.

posted by Rob Jutsum
26 Sep
6:26 pm
2022

Upper Tamar Lake 26th Sept

2 Little Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 22 Dunlin, 27 Ringed Plover, 22 Cormorant, 1 Ruff, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 5 Swallow, 2 Reed Bunting, 8 Grey Heron.

posted by Rick Lockwood
26 Sep
5:01 pm
2022

Wembury

Waders at Wembury this morning included a mixed flock of 7 Turnstones, 12 Ringed Plovers, 11 Dunlin and a Sanderling. Mediterranean Gull numbers were clearly down c.f. mid-September with only 6 noted.

posted by David Diskin
26 Sep
4:47 pm
2022

SouthHuish

1little Stint

posted by Vic & Sylvia Tucker
26 Sep
1:47 pm
2022

Mutters Moor, Sidmouth

10 members of DB attended this mornings field walk following a circuit of the heathland. 21 species listed in total but some common birds were noticeable by their absence. Of note were Raven, Kestrel, Green and Gt Spotted Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Swallow, House Martin, Jay and Buzzard. Dartford Warbler and Stonechat were both present in good numbers and typically seen together.

posted by Jonathan Ruscoe
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