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26 Sep
12:20 pm
2022

Wrafton area

After Phil and Sue’s report of hosts of waders, I had a good look this morning and found 66 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Knot, 1 Dunlin, and the 2 Spotted Redshank. On Wrafton Pond a pair of Gadwall, and 40+ Black-headed Gulls. In the reserve GSW, Kingfisher, Buzzard, and off to the South over the reed-beds, a female Marsh Harrier. Possible Swallow over.

posted by Jon Turner
25 Sep
9:44 pm
2022

Countesswear – Powderham Park

Of note were 20+ newly-returned Shelducks, 250+Teal, 150+ Wigeon, 3 Cattle Egrets, 2 Common and 1 Green Sandpipers, 6 Ringed Plovers, 12+ Greenshanks, 2 Marsh Harriers, the usual Kestrel (being robbed of its prey by a Crow), 10+ House Martins, 20+ Swallows (all of both heading North!), 400+ Starlings, 4 Cettis (one still singing) and 3 Blackcaps.

Back in Exeter, a Black-tailed Godwit was in the pan of the Trews Weir flood channel, a less-than-one-in-ten-year occurrence.

posted by James Camden
25 Sep
8:34 pm
2022

Ilfracombe

Dead Gannets are washing ashore most days now. The first  Redwings of the autumn today at Mullacote cross Ind estate. 

In Barnstaple, returning german BH Gull black X26M has arrived behind the leisure center- I missed it last winter.

posted by Martin Thorne
25 Sep
7:50 pm
2022
Seaton Marshes and Widworthy +1 Photo

Seaton Marshes and Widworthy

A few linnets with red shanks, curlews, widgeon and egrets at Seaton Marsh, a chiffchaff at Widworthy this morning.

posted by Geoff Mitchell
25 Sep
7:27 pm
2022

Rv Tavy Osprey’s

Another day with the Ospreys down on the Rv Tavy at Maristow, ten sightings in total, at one point two birds  Also hunting Sparrowhawk, several Buzzards, Kingfisher, Common Sandpiper, Red Legged Partridge and two Dunlin.

posted by Steve Hopper
25 Sep
6:47 pm
2022
Velator scrape +1 Photo

Velator scrape

An evening visit to Wrafton Pond and the scrape produced nothing of note on the Pond apart from a Cettis heard. The scrape was busier: 81 Black Tailed Godwit, 11 Knot, 2 Spotted Redshank, 2 Dunlin and 2 Snipe along with a Grey Heron and numerous teal. On Wrafton Water on the riding tide one female Kingfisher.

posted by Phil and Sue Naylor
25 Sep
5:22 pm
2022

Powderham Church to Turf, Exe

Walk towards Turf from Powderham Church. 15 Cattle Egret, 100+ Goldfinch, 40+ Linnet, 200+ Starling, Meadow Pipit on the land. Barwit, 115 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover, 4 Avocet, 28+ Little Egret, 3 Sandwich Tern on the estuary. 

posted by Steve Cox
25 Sep
1:58 pm
2022

Tamar estuary

At low tide:  115 Oystercatcher, 23 Black tailed Godwit, 12 Great crested Grebe, 3 female Teal first of the Autumn, 2 Greenshank and a Common Sandpiper.

posted by Alan Livsey
25 Sep
1:44 pm
2022

Torquay

White tailed eagle high over Torquay just now!

posted by Helen Whitall
25 Sep
1:11 pm
2022

Wigford Down (Dartmoor)

Very quiet.  Two female type Wheatears on the rock pile on top of Down, one Swallow moving east, one only Stonechat, 5 Ravens, 6 Skylarks, about 19 Meadow Pipits.

About 1100 three brownhead Goosanders on Shaugh Lake.  Possibly additional to Bob’s two on the Plym.

posted by roger smaldon
25 Sep
11:39 am
2022

Upper Tamar Lake

1 Woodcock, 13 Grey Heron.

posted by Rod Mudge
25 Sep
10:54 am
2022

Berrynarbor

FIRECREST in the garden this morning..

posted by Margaret Phillips
25 Sep
10:14 am
2022
Cadover Bridge +1 Photo

Cadover Bridge

Brief early morning visit to Cadover: Blackcap, Grey Wagtail, Chaffinches, Linnets, Willow Warblers, and an overflying Raven. Redhead Goosanders on the Plym just upriver from the bridge.

posted by Bob Barrow
25 Sep
9:29 am
2022

South Huish early morning

Little stint (1 juv), 13 Black-tailed godwit (mostly juvs), Dunlin (5 juvs),  Ringed plover (16 on rocks), 2 Wheatear, large mixed Swallow/House martin flock including 1 albino Swallow, Water rail

posted by Richard Archer
25 Sep
8:07 am
2022

Start Bay

The Bay is full with seabirds this morning, thousands of wheeling Gannets and gulls, can see a few auks with bins!

posted by Steve Wadsworth
24 Sep
1:13 pm
2022

Soar

Good morning concentrating on open country withthe highlight being a Dotterel calling over the fields at Middle Soar. Also 3 Golden Plover (first of autumn), 540 Meadow Pipit moving west & grounded, 430 Linnet, 35 Alba Wagtail (looked like all Pied), 27 Swallow, 34 House Martin, 8 Wheatear, male Sparrowhawk, 8 Chiffchaff & 15 Blackcap.

posted by Rob Macklin
24 Sep
1:10 pm
2022

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

1 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Coal Tit, 5 Robin, 1 Jay, 6 Moorhen, 1 Cormorant, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Great Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 23 Mallard, 4f Wigeon, 3 Teal, 4 Black-headed Gull, 3 Wren.

posted by Rod Mudge
24 Sep
12:33 pm
2022

Dart estuary Galmpton

1 juvenile Osprey circling the river over Dittisham this morning.

posted by Mike Langman
24 Sep
10:42 am
2022

Golden Plover Dartmoor

Ridden Ridge, Dartmoor, 1030

65 Golden Plover put up by a female Marsh Harrier. Good views of the Harrier hunting for at least 30 mins in the area it then  gained height on a thermal and headed west towards Princetown. 

posted by Gary Easton
23 Sep
8:29 pm
2022

Lyme Bay cruise

Heading out into Lyme Bay on a fairly lumpy sea made viewing a bit tricky but we did enjoy this cracking intermediate phase juvenile Long-tailed Skua about 1 mile off Berry Head (photo from Bill Coulson) also on trip, 12+ Balearic Shearwaters, 8-10 Arctic Skuas, 1 Great Skua, hundreds of Kittiwakes and Gannets, 3 Purple Sandpipers, 1 Mediterranean Gull 26+ Common Dolphins and 6 or more Harbour Porpoises.

   Juv Long-tailed Skua Lyme Bay 23 Sep 2022 Bill Coulson  Juv Long-tailed Skua Lyme Bay 23 Sep 2022 Bill Coulson

                    Long tailed Skua, juvenile, intermediate phase (photos Bill Coulson)

posted by Mike Langman
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