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18 Apr
6:55 pm
2024

SlaptonLey and Dartmouth

Singing Reed Warbler at Slapton Ley near the outfall and 2 Swallows at top of Dartmouth perched on wires.

posted by Stephen Wadsworth
18 Apr
5:20 pm
2024
Seaton Wetlands +1 Photo

Seaton Wetlands

Sand Martins at Seaton

posted by Geoff Mitchell
18 Apr
4:24 pm
2024

Throwleigh road

Around rose cottage, it’s the first time hearing a Cuckoo calling this morning about 10.00.

posted by roger jewell
18 Apr
4:23 pm
2024

Soar & Slapton Ley

Additions to Rob’s sightings at Soar: male Serin briefly in the garden at East Soar Farm, first thing, 10 Whitethroats, 2 Willow Warblers, Wheatear, 2 Sand Martins, Green Hairstreak, Green-veined White, Hare & 4 Roe Deer.

At Slapton Ley: Great White Egret, Tawny Owl, Sparrowhawk, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Reed, 4 Cetti’s & a Willow Warbler.

posted by Peter Aley
18 Apr
3:24 pm
2024

East Soar

Best today Lesser Whitethroat in song, 2 singing Sedge Warbler, 3 Whitethroat & 9 Swallow.

posted by Rob Macklin
18 Apr
2:50 pm
2024

Plymouth area

Crownhill Down: Cuckoo, 13 Willow Warbler

Cadover: Redstart, Cuckoo, 3 Wheatear, 8 Willow Warbler, Swallow

Sequer’s Bridge, Modbury: In flooded field – Green Sandpiper (flew to stream), Shelduck

Blaxton Meadow, Plym Estuary: Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 4 Greenshank, 3 Dunlin, 17 Redshank. Willow Warbler by sewage works

posted by Chris E
18 Apr
2:30 pm
2024

Exminster Marsh

A walk around most of the site today, after cycling down from Exeter.

3 Ruff on the S bend pools was the highlight, though plenty of singing warblers with 4 Sedge, 12+ Reed, 12+ Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap and a Willow Warbler.

12 Whimbrel (9 on estuary), 20 Curlew and a Barwit on the estuary from Turf.

Small numbers of duck, with 10+ Shoveler, 5+ Gadwall, 9 Teal, 6 Tufted and a Little Grebe.

Plenty of Skylarks, Reed Buntings and a Bullfinch. 150+ Sand Martin early on and a single Swallow.

Lots of Peacock and Orange Tips.

posted by Steve Cox
18 Apr
2:24 pm
2024

Seaton wetland

Lots of sand martins at the artificial nesting cliff,checking out the nesting holes

posted by KEVIN Hall
18 Apr
1:47 pm
2024

Velator and river Caen

After giving up on a poor ringing session (ringed 9 birds) went for a walk down the East bank of the Caen again. 2 Greenshank were a surprise,2 Oystercatchers weren’t. Lunch by the end of the runway lights looking for a Whimbrel. Thought I saw something further along so walked on and found 1 Curlew and 2 WHIMBREL. The 2 Greenshank were still there on my return and 2 Common Sandpipers near the harbour. Just over the embankment and close to the reserve, a female Wheatear. Reed and Swedge Warblers in song in the reed-bed.

posted by Jon Turner
18 Apr
11:55 am
2024

Braunton Burrows

2 Lesser Whitethroats singing from Hawthorn bushes in the Burrows this morning. They remained inside the bushes while they were singing

posted by Robert Jutsum
18 Apr
10:15 am
2024
Sandpipers A377 Crediton +1 Photo

Sandpipers A377 Crediton

Thanks to Paul and site Editor. A salutary lesson in looking at the bird you see rather than what you expect to see! I had also ticked the ‘Wood Sand’ on the way back from Exeter yesterday,  only to discover now it was a Green Sand – obvious from my rather poor pictures now I look at them properly.  Nice to see the Common Sandpiper today. This has become a great little flood meadow.

posted by Tom Misselbrook
18 Apr
9:44 am
2024

Whitethroat Mansands

Several whitethroats seen near Mansands this morning. The first that i have seen this year.

posted by Neil Thompson
18 Apr
7:52 am
2024

Common Sandpiper on A377

  • And just to complete the trio, a Common Sandpiper at the A377 site near Crediton this morning.
  • nb The bird in the photo is not the Wood Sand I saw on Monday.  We see Green Sand around here fairly regularly
posted by Paul Buckley
17 Apr
9:55 pm
2024
A377 near Crediton

A377 near Crediton

Today on my way home from Exeter I stopped off in the Layby near Crediton, as posted recently by Paul Buckley. The Wood Sandpiper was on the far side of the pond with a couple of Mallard. It was difficult holding my camera still  in that windy spot.

 

eds- this is a Green Sandpiper

posted by Martin Bennett
17 Apr
8:35 pm
2024

Exmouth

Two swallows at Exmouth tip

posted by John Deakins
17 Apr
8:20 pm
2024

Rousdon, House Martins

Movement of House Martins over campsite, first (of year) appeared in clear sky at 1800, followed by steady movement of 31, with 1 Swallow.

7 more overhead 17/04 at 08.00, including 2 checking out the old nest sites  in the eaves of the wash house.

posted by Jonathan Nicholl
17 Apr
6:39 pm
2024

Chambercombe, Ilfracombe

7 Swallows flying N over Chambercombe 0730 today.

posted by Derek Stacey
17 Apr
4:57 pm
2024

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Highlights this afternoon were 3 Red Kites (all going over roughly west) and the Curlew Sandpiper which was still with other waders, including 7 Greenshanks, a Whimbrel & 2 Dunlins, on the estuary wall. Also, 3+ Common Sandpipers, Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, Stonechat, Bullfinch & 6 Roe Deer.

posted by Peter Aley
17 Apr
4:50 pm
2024

Dartmouth

2 Swallows perched on the wires at Hembrough Post, Dartmouth this morning.

posted by Stephen Wadsworth
17 Apr
3:25 pm
2024

Velator reserve

Still cold and windy – enough to check the enthusiasm of the newly arrived migrants: 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 2 Reed Warblers. Looking South from the reserve a couple of Herons were in flight above Sherpa Marsh – caused by a low-flying Buzzard. More of note were the 8 Little Egrets joining in the melee.

posted by Jon Turner
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