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9 Sep
1:10 pm
2022
Bowling Green Marsh +1 Photo

Bowling Green Marsh

Yesterday between heavy showers an Osprey was seen from the viewing platform. A Peregrine flew over the marsh. Curlew Sandpipers, Dunlin Redshank, Knot, Ruff, Barwits, Blackwits, Curlew, Common Sandpipers, Snipe, Pintail, Teal, Mallards. Greenshank on Goosemoor.

posted by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd
9 Sep
12:59 pm
2022
Avon Dam +1 Photo

Avon Dam

Walked up to Avon Dam; mostly the usual stuff, including Raven, Stonechat, Chaffinch, Linnet and Dunnock. Three Goosanders on the reservoir, plus one lonely Cormorant. Good lot of berries on the Rowan trees, which might be good for Ring Ouzel next month!

posted by Martin Overy
9 Sep
12:06 pm
2022

Wrafton area

Kingfisher in the reserve  + Sparrowhawk. Out on the scrape 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank and 1 Wood Sandpiper.

posted by Jon Turner
9 Sep
10:33 am
2022

Fremington Pill & Home Farm Marsh

1 Glossy Ibis , 3 Greenshanks , 1 Spotted Redshank , 2 Snipe , 1 Great Egret , 1 Osprey , 2 Kingfishers & 2 Common Sandpipers. 

posted by Dave Paterson
8 Sep
5:15 pm
2022

Sharpa Marshes

3 Lapwing on the bank by the side of the big pond opposite the Toll House.

posted by Rob Jutsum
8 Sep
4:58 pm
2022
Caen Estuary

Caen Estuary

8 Curlew Sandpipers in amongst a flock of c150 Dunlin this afternoon.

posted by Rob Jutsum
8 Sep
4:09 pm
2022

Exmouth

A first-winter Caspian Gull was off Mudbank briefly, shortly before 4pm. It was startled by a passing train and flew upriver. Also off there today – duck counts included 420 Wigeon, 104 Pintail, c6/700+ Teal, 2 Gadwall and 2 Shoveler. Also of note – 8 Common Terns. A Little Tern was off there yesterday. Photos of Caspian Gull at www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk.

posted by Matt Knott
8 Sep
3:59 pm
2022

Wrafton area

Arrived at about 2p.m. and saw 3 Black-tailed Godwits on the scrape. In the reserve good-size Tit flock mainly LTT and Blue, a good flock of at least 16 Goldfinch, but in the field to the South, what I’ve been expecting for some time now, – a Cattle Egret, with the Cows. Sadly, when I returned a few minutes later with camera, it had moved on! Compensation came in the form of the female Marsh Harrier. As I left a Greenshank had appeared on the scrape.

posted by Jon Turner
8 Sep
10:57 am
2022
Saltram +1 Photo

Saltram

Spotted Flycatcher at Saltram as reported before but forgot the distant photos

posted by Greg Bradbury
8 Sep
10:13 am
2022

Plym Estuary & Saltram Wed 7th Sept

A brief evening visit produced 5 Bar- & 2 Black-tailed Godwits on Blaxton Meadow with 9 Greenshanks, Kingfisher, Mediterranean Gull (ad-w) & Grey Wagtail. Also Common Sandpiper & Little Grebe on the narrow river.

posted by Pete Aley
8 Sep
10:10 am
2022

Berry Head Wed 7th Sept

Missed the best birds, later in the day but personal totals for a seawatch 09.15-14.45: 11 Arctic Skuas, 37 Balearic Shearwaters, 1 Arctic, 1 Sandwich & 5 Common Terns, Whimbrel, 6 Common Scoters, Peregrine, several pom/Arctic Skuas & 6+ Common Dolphins.  

posted by Pete Aley
8 Sep
8:39 am
2022

Saltram – Spotted Flycatcher

Spotted Flycatchers M & F showing at Saltram

posted by Greg Bradbury
8 Sep
7:47 am
2022

Wrafton area

Late news for yesterday: Only one Greenshank on the scrape early on and only one Black-tailed Godwit late morning. Kingfisher zoomed up stream from the bridge. Heron in the reserve and a Chiffchaff in full song was a bit of a surprise.

posted by Jon Turner
8 Sep
2:55 am
2022

Bowling Green Marsh 7th Sept

Yesterday evenings high tide at Bowling Green & viewing platform. 12 Curlew Sandpiper, 11 Barwit, 15+ Knot, Whimbrel, 26 Greenshank, 220+ Redshank, 60+ Dunlin, 20+ Teal, Shoveler, Pintail & 15+ Sand Martin

posted by Steve Cox
7 Sep
10:20 pm
2022
South Huish Marsh +1 Photo

South Huish Marsh

Two more pics from today.

Please note: Due to unavoidable circumstances Plymouth branch’s first post-covid indoor meeting, due to be held on Monday September 12th has unfortunately had to be CANCELLED. We hope to reschedule the planned talk for a future date.

posted by Chris & Janet Marcol
7 Sep
10:02 pm
2022
South Huish Marsh +1 Photo

South Huish Marsh

In addition to Rob’s report, at least two Yellow Wagtails, four Whinchat and two Wheatear and three or more Clouded Yellows provided a nice supporting cast to the celebrity Black Tern.

On a sadder, more worrying note, a dead Teal was blown across the ley into the NW corner, another avian flu victim perhaps?

posted by Chris & Janet Marcol
7 Sep
9:14 pm
2022

Wood Sandpiper – Wrafton

Martin – Think this is probably the same single Wood Sandpiper that I heard & observed flying over Horsey towards Sharpa Marshes & Wrafton on Sunday last. Good to see that it landed & stayed around.

posted by Rob Jutsum
7 Sep
8:16 pm
2022
Broadsands, Paignton +1 Photo

Broadsands, Paignton

A count of 54 Mediterranean gulls on the beach this morning mostly 1st and 2nd winter birds, two with green DARVIC type rings “R4UA” and R6UJ”.

In excess of 500 Herring Gull, a handful of GBBG and one LBBG, a solitary Kittiwake and a small number of Black Backed Gull one youngster not looking at all well.

One sandwich Tern and two Oyster Catcher.

This afternoon a phone call from a member of the public reporting a Gannet at the roadside at Yealm Bridge, Yealmpton.

posted by Steve Hopper
7 Sep
6:26 pm
2022
Saltram +1 Photo

Saltram

Late afternoon viewed from the the amphitheatre at Saltram lovely if distant views of an Osprey over the Plym. It dived unsuccessfully three times then flew off towards Laira Bridge mobbed by Crows.

posted by Bob Barrow
7 Sep
4:46 pm
2022

Teignmouth

Dead Gannet washed up on beach between Teignmouth and  Holcombe this afternoon. Possible bird flu victim ?

posted by Angela Truman
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