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17 Sep
8:02 am
2022

Osprey – Brixham

Friday 16th Sept. Sat in the garden at 10.30AM, in Brixham, and an Osprey flew over, heading north east.  Later the same day, on the steam train at Staverton, another Osprey, flying down river towards Totnes.

posted by Trevor Leaman
17 Sep
7:36 am
2022

Sparrowhawk

Male sparrowhawk perched on a bird feeder in my garden in Brixham this morning.

posted by Neil Thompson
16 Sep
7:29 pm
2022

Around Bideford

Wednesday 14th, Instow. 1 Med Gull, 4 Wheatear 1 Greenfinch. Fremington Quay at low tide. 1 Glossy Ibis,1 Bar tailed Godwit, 10 Curlew Sandpiper. 

Friday 16. Fremington Quay to Isley at high tide. 1 Osprey, 2 Greenshank and 1 Common Sandpiper

posted by Martin Sage
16 Sep
7:14 pm
2022
Molland Common

Molland Common

Today on Molland Common were 10-15 Red-Legged Partridge a few Stonechat and Linnets.

posted by Martin Bennett
16 Sep
6:23 pm
2022
Ashford Strand on falling tide +1 Photo

Ashford Strand on falling tide

A walk from Heanton Court to Ashford Garden Centre and back on the falling tide this afternoon  most notably were about 30 Black Tailed Godwit a single Bar Tailed Godwit and a 3 or 4 Greenshank keeping the plentiful Redshank company. Half a dozen Curlew none of which sported any leg rings made up the tally along with <40 Oystercatcher. 

posted by Phil & Sue Naylor
16 Sep
6:05 pm
2022

Powderham Marshes

9 Cattle Egret observed from viewing platform today.

posted by Geoff & Jane Penton
16 Sep
4:59 pm
2022

Soar

During a wander this morning: Red Kite (going west along the cliffs), 2 Yellow Wagtails, 2+ Spotted Flycatchers, Tree Pipit, 22 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, Reed Warbler, 2 Wheatears & 6 Clouded Yellows (including a helice). 

posted by Pete Aley
16 Sep
3:14 pm
2022
Sharpa / Wrafton scrape +1 Photo

Sharpa / Wrafton scrape

1 juv Spotted Redshank foraging amongst the Black – tailed Godwits.

Very fast foraging behaviour with head & neck submerged most of the time,only raising the bill for a fraction of a second to take a quick breath or to consume prey.

Difficult to photograph with the sun full on.

posted by Rob Jutsum
16 Sep
2:35 pm
2022

Bowling Green Marsh

A cycle down to Bowling Green Marsh have enjoyable lunchtime. Little Stint Juv, 4 Curlew Sand, 4 Avocet, 11 Knot, 20 Barwit, 160+ Dunlin, 22 Lapwing, 25+ Greenshank, 206 Curlew, Whimbrel, 28 Little Egret, 75 Teal, 205 Wigeon, 10 Shoveler on Bowling Green Marsh, with 35+ Sandwich Tern & 1 Common Tern off viewing platform.

2 Green Sandpiper on pools above Countess Weir on way back. 

posted by Steve Cox
16 Sep
2:17 pm
2022

Velator harbour

A photo has recently (today!) been posted on the Friends of Brauntob Marsh facebook page showing a very smart summer plumage Red-throated Diver!!

posted by Jon Turner
16 Sep
1:10 pm
2022

Saltram 16th Sept 2022

At about 1100 an Osprey drifted over very high moving SE.  Towards the Yealm perhaps?

posted by roger smaldon
16 Sep
12:42 pm
2022

Clennon Lakes Torbay

The Great White Egret ring left leg ‘red ACA’ was back at Clennon Lakes this morning, roosting in trees with little Egrets and a grey Heron. also present 1 Cetti’s Warbler (scarce here), 2 Kingfishers, 5 Little Grebes and 4 Teal.

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    Great White, Little Egrets & Grey Heron           Great White Egret ring – red left ACA

posted by Mike Langman
16 Sep
8:23 am
2022

Plymouth Branch meeting at Seaton 15 Sept. 2022

Plymouth branch of Devon Birds meeting at Seaton Wetlands Thursday 15 September 2022

Fourteen members of Plymouth Branch of Devon birds met on a bright and breezy day seeing a total of 50 species during their day on the reserve. A good range of species were recorded across the various habitats on the reserve. Species listed below.

Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Shelduck, Mallard, Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler, Pheasant, Cormorant, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Buzzard, Peregrine, Kestrel, Water Rail, Moorhen, Lapwing, Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Redshank, Bar Tailed Godwit, Black Tailed Godwit, Curlew, Knot, Black Headed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black Backed Gull, Woodpigeon, Stock Dove, Kingfisher, Swallow, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Wren, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Magpie, Rook, Carrion Crow, Starling, Chaffinch, Goldfinch.

John Lloyd

posted by John Lloyd
15 Sep
11:16 pm
2022

Slapton Ley

This afternoon/early evening at Slapton where two Water Rails were feeding around the small pond area near the bridge and later a Great White Egret dropped in. You’ll see that it has a red ring (with what appears to be ACA on the ring) on its left leg.

Edit- the same GWE red ACA that was in Torbay in July 

posted by Martin Bennett
15 Sep
7:53 pm
2022

Bowling Green Marsh inc Viewing Platform

12:30 – 13:!5

7 Curlew Sandpiper; 1 Little Stint; 1 Turnstone; 17 Knot (inc 1 in near summer plumage) amongst the usual Curlew, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit etc

1 Common Tern amongst 30+ Sandwich Tern from the Goat Walk, Topsham.

posted by Paul Bray
15 Sep
7:51 pm
2022

Black Hole Marsh, Seaton

09:49 – 11:42

1 Dunlin; Black-tailed Godwit; 3 Common Sandpiper; 1 Green Sandpiper;  1 Kestrel; 1 Sparrowhawk; 1 Peregrine; 2 Knot were the highlights.

posted by Paul Bray
15 Sep
7:29 pm
2022
East Soar +1 Photo

East Soar

Probably the same Wryneck that Rob saw earlier it was sat in bushes with a couple of Linnets on the other side of the path to the Barn Pool.

posted by Bob Barrow
15 Sep
4:43 pm
2022

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A brief look on this morning’s high tide produced: 10 Bar-tailed Godwits, 12 Greenshanks, 12 Dunlins, 189 Redshanks, 2 Common Sandpipers, Kingfisher & c50 Swallows.

posted by Pete Aley
15 Sep
4:03 pm
2022

Hobby, Dawlish

1 seen chasing hirundines over fields in between Dawlish and Holcombe, (Smugglers rest) at 15.50pm

posted by Paul Barker
15 Sep
3:31 pm
2022

East Soar

A full morning in the field turned up a Short-eared Owl in the willows, the Wryneck pretty much in the same place as 3 days ago and a migrant Dartford Warbler on Bolt Head. Also 2 Kestrel, 3 Sparrowhawk inc.2 moving west, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 90 Meadow Pipit moving west, 2 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 41 Robin, 3 Whitethroat, 29 Blackcap, 61 Chiffchaff, Spotted Flycatcher and 4 Raven.

Non-avian: Male Ruddy Darter watched at close quarters for several minutes, only the site’s 2nd ever record, Southern Hawker, 2 Migrant Hawker and a Hornet Robber Fly. Ten butterfly species inc.4 Clouded Yellow, 2 Painted Lady, a Wall Brown & 21 Red Admiral.

posted by Rob Macklin
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