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20 Feb
4:13 pm
2024

Powderham Castle Deer Park

Pair of Egyptian Geese grazing in the field opposite the farm shop.

posted by Lorraine Stocking
20 Feb
1:57 pm
2024

Velator reserve area

Dipper under the Tesco bridge was a surprise given the amount of water flowing down. On the scrape a male Shelduck claiming it’s feeding territory for the breeding season. Stonechat there too. In the reserve, still good numbers of Finches and Tits. Tawny Owl remains in it’s favoured roost tree. Female Marsh Harrier over the reserve. 7 Moorhens on or around the pond. A lone female Gadwall on Wrafton Pond (3 there a couple of days ago).

posted by Jon Turner
20 Feb
1:54 pm
2024

Skern, short-eared owls

2 very impressive short-eared owls flying between the golf course and the lagoon.  Also 1 male greater scaup and 1 male lesser scaup as well as a good selection of the usual waders and ducks.

posted by Rory Akam
19 Feb
10:20 pm
2024

Cattle Egret flock Bere Ferrers

Large flock, probably of 35 or more Cattle Egrets seen in a field with cattle from the train just north of Bere Ferrers (Parsonage farm I think), An impressive if somewhat surreal sight! There was a report of a good number in this area back in December I believe.

posted by Adrian Hickman
19 Feb
8:00 pm
2024

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

2 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 5 Coot, 3 Tufted Duck 2m 1f, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Fieldfare, 3 Teal 2m 1f, 4 Coal Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 1f Goosander, 3 Mallard, 2 Long-tailed Tit.

posted by Rod Mudge
19 Feb
5:19 pm
2024

Ilfracombe

3 Purple Sandpipers hunkering down against west/nor’westerlies on rocks below Capstone Hill, along with Oystercatchers. Fulmar flying east to west along with Greater Black-backed gull.

posted by David Shadwell
19 Feb
5:12 pm
2024

Brixham Harbour & Broadsands

A visit to both sites with Adam Davidson today.

From Brixham Breakwater were 3+ Great Northern Diver, a single Common Scoter, 20+ Kittiwake, 3-4 Gannets, 10+ Common Gull, a Fulmar, 50+ Guillemot and a Razorbill.

On the Breakwater there were 17 Purple Sandpiper, 8 Turnstone and 2 Rock Pipit.

At Broadsands there were 2 Black-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 3 Common Scoter, as well as 15+ Guillemot, 3 Gannet & 15+ Common Gull. Two ad winter Mediterranean Gull on the beach.

In the car park were 6+ Cirl Bunting (2Ad M, 4 F), 14+ Reed Bunting (12+ F/Imm, 2 M), 5+ Chaffinch, 2 Linnet & 20+ House Sparrow. All coming to seed.

posted by Steve Cox
19 Feb
1:06 pm
2024
Barn Swallow, Berry Head

Barn Swallow, Berry Head

Barn Swallow, flying over the sea and shot from behind the cafe on Berry Head.

An early arrival or an overwinterer?

posted by Bill Coulson
19 Feb
1:04 pm
2024

Stokeley Farm shop pool

  • 13 cattle egret  1 GWE , 1 Grey Heron. All interacting.
posted by Lloyd Gray
19 Feb
1:01 pm
2024

Green winged Teal , Yelland , R.Taw….

Green winged Teal , a male on in coming tide at Yelland power station pier..The Instow direction,feeding with Common Teal …..

posted by Malcolm Shakespeare
18 Feb
5:27 pm
2024
Exe Estuary ~ Cockwood & Powderham +1 Photo

Exe Estuary ~ Cockwood & Powderham

Little Gull seen on the Exe estuary before relocating to Cockwood Harbour, after a period of preening it flew off up river towards Exeter.

A count of 76 Cattle Egret in company with small number of Little Egret in a sheep field below Powderham Tower, another eight Cattle Egret lower down the valley.

Seven Red Breasted Merganser, two Great Crested Grebe, two Greenshank, singing Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, two Treecreeper and two fly over Redwing.

posted by Steve Hopper
18 Feb
4:03 pm
2024

River Dart. Dartington to Totnes Sunday 18th

Pair of goosanders and one seal fishing in the torrent below Totnes weir this afternoon.

Very early brimstone butterfly spotted near Queens Marsh.

posted by Patrick Case
18 Feb
3:08 pm
2024

Exe Estuary from Turf to Powderham Church

Viewing from the Turf prior to the WeBS count that was due to start at 11.30 a spoonbill could be seen in the River Clyst channel. Nearer were about 100 avocets and a good selection of other waders including knot, grey plover, golden plover, greenshank and less usual this high up the estuary turnstone (9) and sanderling (3).

From nearer Powderham Corner and looking SW towards the tower in Powderham Park was a collection of egrets in a field with sheep. Only a portion of the field was viewable and that held 64 egrets, of which c30 were cattle egrets and c30 little egrets.

posted by John Waldon
17 Feb
5:53 pm
2024

Lower Tamar Lake

First visit to Lower Tamar Lake where my grandfather learned to swim by being thrown in!
Great Crested Grebe 2, Tufted Duck 16, Goosander 1f, Grey Heron 1, Goldcrest 2, Coal Tit 2, Willow Tit 3, Common Redpoll x 2, Reed Bunting 1f , Nuthatch 2, Coot 6, Moorhen 4, Redwing 1, B.H Gull 12

 

posted by Maralin Fraser
17 Feb
1:45 pm
2024

Darts Farm

Six  Swan Geese / Greylag hybrids still  showing well today. Fields next to the road.

posted by Paul@plym
16 Feb
5:30 pm
2024

Ilfracombe

Fulmars have returned to the cliffs above Tunnel Beaches; a couple of Purple Sandpipers working the rocks below Capstone Hill; sizeable flock of Goldfinch feeding on Buddleia seed on “waste” land near museum

posted by David Shadwell
16 Feb
5:23 pm
2024

Stonechat Turf hotel

Lovely example male Stonecahat on gate between St Clements and Turf Hotel.

posted by Bob Campbell
16 Feb
5:09 pm
2024
Isley Marsh Area

Isley Marsh Area

Successful morning around Isley Marsh with the usuals. The highlights being: a Greater Scaup and  2 Spoonbills at Isley Marsh, 3 Eider and a Green-Winged Teal between the 2 jetties at Yelland.

Also took a detour home to see the Black Redstart at the Royal Hotel (Bideford).

posted by Barnabas
16 Feb
4:40 pm
2024

A380

Red Kite. 11.20 between teign estuary bridge and Kingskerswell exit.

posted by Mark Palmer
16 Feb
2:32 pm
2024

Kingsbridge Estuary

Minimum of 36 Cattle Egrets in Bowcombe Creek at high tide. Amazing!

posted by Rob Macklin
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