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3 Sep
11:05 am
2022

Bowling Green Marsh

07:44 – 11:07

Osprey on post (River Exe), Curlew Sandpiper and Kingfisher from viewing platform.

Marsh – Spoonbill; Ruff (1); Mediterranean Gull (1); Curlew (140+); Whimbrel (1); Yellow Wagtail (2); Knot (1); Dunlin; Common Sandpiper; Pintail (4); Snipe;  Wigeon; Teal; Shoveler; Redshank; House and Sand Martin; young Shelduck (4).

posted by Paul Bray
3 Sep
9:17 am
2022

Fremington Pill & Home Farm Marsh

2 Glossy Ibis , 3 Greenshanks , 1 Dunlin , 1 Osprey ,1 Great Egret , 1 Juvenile Buzzard , 2 Common Sandpipers , 3 Water Rails , 10 Snipe , 2 Cetti’s Warblers , 9 Widgeon & 1 Kingfisher.  

posted by David Paterson
2 Sep
10:55 pm
2022
Aylsebeare Common

Aylsebeare Common

Today at Aylsebeare  Common I spotted this Dartford Warbler hiding in a distant gorse bush. 

posted by Martin Bennett
2 Sep
8:16 pm
2022

Exminster Marsh again

A second visit today. Marsh Harrier Juv, 5 Knot, 5 Ruff, a distant Stint were highlights of evening visit to Exminster Marsh.  

posted by Steve Cox
2 Sep
5:37 pm
2022
Mortehoe +1 Photo

Mortehoe

The highlights on a late morning circular walk at Mortehoe were many stonechats, a kestrel, a pair of  ravens, one female wheatear, one wren, 10+ oystercatchers on the rocks below, a pair of fulmar, 6 gannets further out. On the gorse was a mixture of a few willow warblers and chiffchaffs, which were difficult to separate until I could study my photos. I believe that the willow warblers had paler legs and a more prominent supercilium, and possibly slightly longer wings, but please correct me if I’m wrong!

posted by Colin Dracott
2 Sep
5:33 pm
2022

Yelverton/Yennadon Down/Burrator Area

A rather late Swift was with a mixed flock of Swallows and House Martins near Yelverton this morning. Over the last three days, at Burrator/Yennadon Down area, there have been a few scattered Redstarts, single Spotted and Pied Flycatchers and a few Wheatears. In addition to the usual large flocks of Goldfinches present at this time of the year, there have been flocks of up to 60 Linnets, mainly juveniles. I don’t normally see this sort of number, so presumably they’ve had a good breeding season.

Burrator Reservoir currently only has a single Common Sandpiper, wader-wise. The Little Ringed Plover stayed for 3 days but wasn’t seen after August 23rd. A group of 11 Goosanders, predominantly juveniles, have been regular. Crossbills have been seen daily, attracted by the current  abundance of cones.

posted by Howard Ackford
2 Sep
4:01 pm
2022

Warleigh Point Tamerton Foliot.

02-09-22:

Sighted 0910 this morning, Osprey (adult), flew from Kingsmill Lake area over the Tavy Bridge towards Warleigh House. Other birds: Great Crested Grebes (6), Mute Swans m&f + cygnets (7), Cormorants, Little Egrets, Grey Herons, on the walk to and return to the reserve: Willow Warblers, Blue & Great Tits, Wren, Blackbirds, Song Thrush. 

posted by Colin & Joyce Hannaford
2 Sep
3:48 pm
2022

East Soar

A series of NE winds has not brought the hoped for migrants with today’s meagre tally including 2 Yellow Wagtails, first Jay of the autumn, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers in the willows, Green Woodpecker in Starehole, Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Wheatears, 40 Swallows, 30 House Martins, 2 Willow Warblers, 6 Chiffchaffs, 3 Whitethroats and a solitary Blackcap.

posted by Rob Macklin
2 Sep
3:12 pm
2022

Caen area

After seeing 4 Godwits on the scrape, I headed down the east bank of the Caen, hoping again for an Osprey. Very little else at high tide. Today’s disturbance was provided by the RNLI when two 2-man rib inflatables headed up the Caen from the main estuary, tooled into Horsey through the breach, made a brief foray towards Braunton then headed out to the main river again… The flock of small waders was roosting just inside the breach on the South side – 40 or so Dunlin, 4/5 Ringed Plover, a probable Knot and a possible Curlew Sandpiper. Little Owl showed again. Kestrel on the Osprey platform briefly! 4 noisy Ravens went over heading east then turned SW. Common Sandpiper in Velator Harbour. Of course the others saw the Osprey not long after I left…

posted by Jon Turner
2 Sep
2:59 pm
2022

Caen Estuary > Horsey

Finally got to see the Osprey at lunchtime today.  A small flock of Ringed Plover & c150 Dunlin flew low over Horsey from the White House direction & landed to forage in the mud on the Caen Estuary on the far side of the Aircraft Approach Path.

A male Peregrine which was not the same bird as seen yesterday was on Horsey + a hunting Barn Owl.

posted by Rob Jutsum
2 Sep
2:57 pm
2022

Exminster Marsh

Osprey circled over Exminster Marsh at 1300, during lunchtime visit. Also 33+ Cattle Egret, 5 Ruff, 50+ Teal, Green Sandpiper & Med Gull (2w)

posted by Steve Cox
2 Sep
2:31 pm
2022

Great White Egret.

Great white egret on the river Taw next to the old shapland and petters building seen from the old bridge 8.40am

posted by Robert Morgan
2 Sep
2:27 pm
2022

Plym Estuary & Saltram Thurs 1st Sept

A morning’s visit produced: 2 Yellow & 2+ Grey Wagtails, Whinchat, 4 Stonechats, Tree Pipit, Whitethroat, 2 juv Bullfinches, Swift, 2 Kingfishers, Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Greenshanks, Common Sandpiper & 4 Roe Deer. 

posted by Pete Aley
2 Sep
12:28 pm
2022
Bowling Green Marsh +1 Photo

Bowling Green Marsh

Thursday Morning Visit

posted by Colin Scott
2 Sep
11:59 am
2022
The Exe below Turf +1 Photo

The Exe below Turf

Yesterday afternoon, not seen this many starlings recently.

posted by Geoff Mitchell
2 Sep
9:33 am
2022

Crownhill Down, Dartmoor

Little Stint, 12 Ringed Plover and 5 Dunlin in huge pit on Crownhill Down. (What3Words: ///spell.detonated.influence). Distant, scope essential. Tree Pipit, 41 Teal on top small pool (unusual), Wheatear and 2 Spotted Flycatchers. 

posted by Chris E and Chris Marcol
1 Sep
9:00 pm
2022

Otter Estuary

Three juvenile Curlew Sandpipers at the mouth of the estuary this evening with 8 Dunlin & 3 Ringed Plover. 

Juvenile Curlew Sandpipers, Otter Estuary by Chris TownendJuvenile Curlew Sandpipers, Otter Estuary by Chris Townend

 

posted by Chris Townend
1 Sep
8:53 pm
2022

West Charleton Marsh

Cattle Egret, 9 Wigeons, Spotted Redshank, 11 Black-tailed Godwits, 6 Greenshanks, 40 Ringed Plovers, 20 Dunlins, 3 Knots, 10 Yellow Wagtails and 25 Sand Martins on Charleton Marsh this evening.

posted by Perry Sanders
1 Sep
6:57 pm
2022

Caen River etc.

Another ride down the Toll road this evening, after checking the scrape where 5 Godwits were present, Not much at all at Crossbanks – too much disturbance. Man working on boat put up a sail which flapped noisily, helicopter went over… etc etc. 2 Redshank, Little Owl seen again.

However, further up the Pill just south of the Toll House, opposite the upside down blue boat was a good size flock of Dunlin – I counted over 75 so possibly a hundred present. Star prize, however went to the preening Curlew Sandpiper which finally and conclusively revealed it’s white rump, and as it moved around, it’s elegant stance and feeding action became obvious. There may have been another with it, but all too suddenly they all flew off South.

posted by Jon Turner
1 Sep
6:28 pm
2022
Starehole Valley and Aveton Gifford +1 Photo

Starehole Valley and Aveton Gifford

1st Winter Willow Warbler Starehole Valley, three Yellow Wagtails with Highland Cattle.  Three Cattle Egret on the River Avon where it meets the tidal road.

posted by Barry Rankine
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