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Bradiford Reserve & Taw Estuary
A portion of the flock of Brent Geese landed on the north side of the Taw Estuary to forage for a time this morning before joining the others.
On Bradiford Reserve I counted 42 Black tailed Godwits before the dense drizzle arrived.
Darts Farm Topsham
Following Steve’s post and feedback to Admin managed to get a closer look at supposed bean geese from the ponds at Darts Farm. The geese definitely have partial orange bills, however angular bill and head shape and contrasting front to back of neck suggests swan goose. With the orange so prominent would say swan goose x greylag hybrid. Apologies for rash bean id! Thanks Steve and admin.
I visited Darts Farm this afternoon at 3.20 and saw the 6 grey geese. Thinking they might be Greylags, but didn’t look quite right, I had a closer look. It is my opinion they are Swan Geese. All clearly showing a darker crown, nape and rear neck, in contrast to paler face and front of neck. Although the contrast isn’t as strong as I have seen before, but still clearly there. Of the ones I looked at more closely, they had all black bills, though I didn’t see the bills on all of them. Off course this is a personal opinion, but I have seen many PF/Bean Geese, including both spp of Bean over the years. Birding is a learning process and I am still learning too, but I have seen Swan Geese in recent years too and I am sure this is what they are. Maybe tomorrow may bring a different view.
Bean geese, Darts Farm Topsham
Six bean geese (possibly Tundra) in the fields at Darts Farm Topsham.
Big thanks for the heads up from Andy Chadwick who spotted them go in around 3.30pm. 😀
Two Goldeneyes (male and female) were together just outside the Starcross harbour a short while before low tide this afternoon.
1 greenshank downstream of weir quay (on Devon side)
1 great northern diver upstream of torpoint chain ferries (on Cornish side, but visible from other)
Highlights from the Slapton area today – Male Ring-necked Duck, 3 Great Egret, 7 Cattle Egret, 5 (2m,3f) Goldeneye, 10 Med Gull, Red-throated Diver, 13 Common Scoter. 75 Dunlin & 2 Grey Plover roosting on the beach first thing.
A morning ‘beach visit’ to Dawlish Warren by train with daughter. Only bird of note was an Adult winter Little Gull, which flew in and over the Warren to the estuary behind. A good low carbon birding sighting.
Several Goldcrests singing well,Nuthatch near chapel
Barnstaple – Fremington quay
12.30 – 14.00 walk on the Tarka trail – On Penhill marsh was 200+ Brent, 70 or so Canada Geese, 30 Shellduck and a sprinkling of Little Egrets.
Opposite the marsh in the field with Highland cows was 11 Cattle Egret.
About 20 Redshank on the pill – I walked as far as the lighting gantry, 3 Greenshank, 3 Oystercatchers and a couple of Curlew. A Kestrel on the Chivenor Osprey platform! 6 or 7 Little Egrets along the way and a bonus Great Egret around Sherpa Marsh. Tawny Owl at it’s usual roost site in the reserve.
Home Farm Reserve, Fremington
4 skylarks in the field by the osprey post. Think it’s the earliest we’ve ever seen them
Birds of note: 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 11 Great Northern Divers, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Harbour Porpoises.
In car park: 11 Reed Buntings, 7 Cirl Buntings, 1 Firecrest.
Instow , Yelland , Bideford.
- 3 Eider , an adult male imm.M.and a female on thefalling tide between the 2 piers at Yelland. A Guillemot off Instow cricket ground plus a Med .gull with roosting waders.A Rock pipit close by feeding on the high tide line with a Linnet flock..On return journey the 1st.W. Male Black Redstart on the Royal hotel , Bideford…It’s always here on a sunny day…as viewed from Bideford station…
100+ Golden Plover on the Down near to north slopes of Legis Tor, 4 Raven and 1 GSW seen in Brisworthy Plantation.
Lower Tamar Lake
1M 1F Reed Bunting, 1 Water Rail.
Crownhill Down, Dartmoor, 10/02
In addition to Bob’s sightings – 7 Ringed Plover in the big pit at the top of the down. Viewed with scope. Ringed Plover recorded in the pit in all months since Oct. Max count of 9. Unusual for Dartmoor.
Dartmoor Goosander count
The final synchronised Dartmoor Goosander roost count of the winter produced a total of 69 roosting birds at dawn this morning, comprising 31 at Avon Dam, 14 at Venford, 10 at Fernworthy, eight at Meldon, four at Hennock and two at Lee Moor pits, but none at Burrator, Portworthy or in the Cadover area. (This compares to 54 on 13 January, when all Devon sites were included to produce a county total of 208.)
little Egret plymouth
came across this little egret while out on my morning walk sutton Harbour in plymouth.
River barle 8/02/24
Flock of c.30 redpoll about 2 miles downstream of tarr steps & a flock of c.20 chaffinch 1 mile further