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16 May
8:08 am
2024

Crownhill Down, Dartmoor

Two Sanderling and one Dunlin in Crownhill Down Main Pit first thing.

posted by Chris E
15 May
8:23 pm
2024

Sparrowhawk Central Plymouth

Washing my car in the back lane in Mannamead when a sparrowhawk took a sparrow from a garden hedge barely 3 metres away from me.  It then flew down about 10 metres along the alley to dispatch and pluck its lunch. Sorry for the sparrow, but a very privileged view of nature in action.

posted by Ian
15 May
5:09 pm
2024

Sandwich Tern, Northam Burrows

Single Sandwich tern flying up river Northam burrows. Other birds noted. 30 plus Shelduck, Common Whitethroat, Wheatear, Stonechat, Linnets, Skylarks and Meadow pipit.

posted by John Davies
15 May
4:57 pm
2024

Totness Wier – Mandarin Hatch

  • Up to a dozen duckings just above Totnes Weir. Three,possibly four drakes in attendance,Only one female seen.
  • 1600+15:5:24
posted by Denis Doy
15 May
3:35 pm
2024

Swifts at Northam

4 swifts screaming over houses in Northam about 8pm on Tuesday 14/5/24

posted by Stan Coats
15 May
3:31 pm
2024

Plym Estuary & Saltram

The Bar-tailed Godwit and Datmoor-ringed curlew J7 still around on Blaxton Meadow on today’s high tide, 2 Whitethroats lingering on the site and a flock of 20 Turnstones included a few in lovely summer plumage. Also, 8 Swifts, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Sparrowhawk, Stonechat, 5 Roe Deer, Small Heath & Speckled Wood.

posted by Peter Aley
15 May
3:30 pm
2024

Red Kite, Umberleigh

One Red Kite seen from A377 near Umberleigh on Tuesday 14/5/24 giving a clear view of forked tail and wing shape.

posted by Stan Coats
15 May
7:27 am
2024

Colyford

Tawny Owl sitting on the wires near the old toll house,9pm last eve

posted by KEVIN Hall
15 May
6:34 am
2024

kite near Woodbury

Spotted kite (clearly defined tail, silhouetted in sky) doing aerial tit fir tat with a crow, above field by road into Woodbury, coming from Exeter. Roughly 9.40 am

posted by Sarah Giles
14 May
10:45 pm
2024

Near Honiton – Nightjar

Heard nightjar 11pm,

14/5/24

 

https://maps.app.goo.gl/cLcV8JvGTQ6ri99r5

posted by Tom cousins
14 May
8:37 pm
2024

Red Kite near clyst st George

Today I spotted a red kite flying above a hedge on the road between Woodbury and clyst st George

posted by George
14 May
8:10 pm
2024

Matford Marsh and Riverside Country Park

A visit to Matford Marsh via Riverside Country Park.

Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, 2 Sedge, 4 Reed Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff and 4 Blackcap, most singing.

20+ House Martin, 10+ Sand Martin, 10+ Swift and 4 Swallow. Most feeding over Matford Marsh.

Green Woodpecker, 2 singing Reed Bunting, Little Grebe and Jay were the other birds of interest.

First Broad-bodied Chaser, 9+ Beautiful Demoiselle and a Hairy Dragonfly.

Finally the Mute Swan family just above The Double Locks has been reduced from 9 to 3 chicks. The view is that there are some large Pike in the canal.

posted by Steve Cox
14 May
7:00 pm
2024

Single swift Braunton Marshes

Single swift seen flying over Braunton Marsh this evening approx 6pm

posted by Holly Robertson
14 May
5:33 pm
2024

Spoonbill and swifts North Devon

Observed whilst driving over the new Taw Bridge this morning single Spoonbill feeding on the upriver side. Later over Braunton Marsh two Swift seen hawking for insects. A friend reported three overhead Marwood.

posted by Phil and Sue Naylor
14 May
1:51 pm
2024

Old Torrington Road Barnstaple

Finally, my first swifts. Lunchtime today a pair flying low and feeding over the garden just before a heavy shower of rain.

posted by Robert Morgan
14 May
12:21 pm
2024

Sidmouth

6 very wind blown turnstones.2 winter,2 half an half,2 in summer plumage(winters maybe juvs?)

posted by KEVIN Hall
14 May
10:37 am
2024

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A Bar-tailed Godwit on Blaxton Meadow this morning and a flock of c30 House Martins over Saltram. Also, a Whitethroat and 3 Shags.

posted by Peter Aley
14 May
10:25 am
2024

Different GS Woodpecker behaviour, Newton Poppleford.

Our resident Greater Spotted Woodpecker has an alternative food supply from the usual peanuts – our bug hotel!

It was seen and photographed yesterday, heard again today. He’s now enlarged the holes in the hotel!

posted by Quinton Cumbes
13 May
11:40 pm
2024
Lundy Island – Sunday 13th +1 Photo

Lundy Island – Sunday 13th

The Puffins are a must see for any visit to ’Puffin Island’ on devonbirds annual trip. Guillemots, Razorbills, Kittiwakes and Fulmar all share the breeding slopes of this seabird city.  All too brief sightings of a female Golden Oriole among the more regular warblers and flycatchers added a bit of excitement for many of us.

posted by Chris & Janet Marcol
13 May
1:35 pm
2024

Nightjar at Bovey Heath

Just following sunset a few Nightjar audible, then visible in the darkening skies.

posted by Mr Neil D Tampkins
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