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9 Apr
7:19 pm
2024

Topsham area

Good number of Sand Martins at Bowling Green at lunchtime with a few Swallows and House Martins. Pair of Swallows at Darts Farm collecting mud. Common Sandpiper from platform. (In Honiton garden this evening, newly fledged Blackbird.)

posted by Andy Rook
9 Apr
4:26 pm
2024

Cockwood harbour

Greenshank feeding in the stream

posted by KEVIN Hall
9 Apr
4:23 pm
2024

Preston seafront

9 Sandwich Terns, 6 Oystercatchers, a Great Black Back Gull, a Gannet at distance offshore. Usual large numbers of Turnstones, some developing their summer plumage.

posted by Stephen Huggins
9 Apr
1:59 pm
2024

NT Buckland Abbey

  • 3 swallows my first sightings of the year.
posted by Norma Hines
9 Apr
10:22 am
2024

Plym Estuary & Saltram

My first Whimbrel of the year this morning, with  7 Sand Martins heading NW and one Sandwich Tern still around. Also, 2 Swallows, a singing Willow Warbler, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Common Sandpiper, 9 Greenshanks, 3 Dunlins 42+ Turnstones, 4 Snipe & a drake Goosander.

posted by Peter Aley
9 Apr
8:21 am
2024

Swallows movement, Northam

12+ Swallows and 2 Sand martins moving west over the freshwater marsh near the Appledore Shipyard. Most other migrants have hunkered down except for a few Chiffchaffs. Tide has overtopped the river bank flooding a large area.

posted by Stan Coats
8 Apr
9:52 pm
2024
Slapton Ley

Slapton Ley

drake Ring-necked Duck at south end viewable from the tank memorial at Torcross, 50+ Tufted Duck, 3 Cattle Egrets in trees by Stokely Bay hide (viewed across Ley from Torcross hide), 2 House Martin, c.12 Sand Martin, 30+ Swallow.

posted by Rich Bonser
8 Apr
7:05 pm
2024

Upper Tamar Lake

Upper Tamar Lake this morning.

2 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 1 Robin, 2 Great Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Wren.

posted by Rod Mudge
8 Apr
6:12 pm
2024

South Huish Marsh and Soar

4 Cattle Egret, House Martin, 3 Sand Martin and 10 Swallow South Huish Marsh this morning.

At Soar, singing Whitethroat at top of Starehole Valley, 2 Sand Martins and 7 Swallow through too.

posted by Rich Bonser
8 Apr
3:05 pm
2024

Saunton Sands

18 Swallows heading south above the strandline & foredunes this morning.

posted by Robert Jutsum
8 Apr
2:02 pm
2024

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Two Sandwich Terns new in this morning together with further evidence of migrant arrivals in the form of 2 House Martins, 3 Swallows, Wheatear (female) and 5 Willow Warblers. Also, 5 Bullfinches (3 males), Siskin, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Stonechats, 30+ Turnstones, Common Sandpiper, Greenshank and 6 Roe Deer.

posted by Peter Aley
8 Apr
12:03 pm
2024

Wrafton pond

Lovely to see 3 juvenile Little Grebes on the pond this morning, with both parents in close attention. 2 Willow Warblers singing in the trees. Another morning with no Hirundines.

posted by Jon Turner
8 Apr
10:45 am
2024

Grey Wagtail pair Chulmleigh 8th April 2024 at Little Dart River

Pair of grey wagtails seen this morning 8th April 2024 at Little Dart River, Chulmleigh.

posted by Chris Stanton
8 Apr
10:39 am
2024

Tarka trail , N.Devon…

Cycle Bideford Fremington & return..    8 Cattle Egrets with sheep at Lower Yelland farm.

The first double figure count of Swallows this year and 50+ Sand Martins between Yelland and Saltpill pond with upto 30 landing on the wire fence straddling the pond to rest…Plus the first Reed Warbler in song…..

 

 

 

posted by Malcolm Shakespeare
8 Apr
8:52 am
2024

Barn swallow seen Chulmleigh, North Devon 5th April 2024

A barn swallow seen flying above Chulmleigh town centre at approx’ 3.45 pm Friday 5th April 2024.

posted by Chris Stanton
7 Apr
9:35 pm
2024

South Huish Marsh and Soar

5 Cattle Egret, 3 Little Egret, Sandwich Tern and Swallow at South Huish Marsh.

A singing Whitethroat was in Starehole Valley, Soar along with a Willow Watbler and 6+ Chiffchaffs in blustery conditions.

posted by Richard Bonser
7 Apr
9:16 pm
2024
Ilfracombe Pier +1 Photo

Ilfracombe Pier

Squally conditions brought Manx Shearwaters and Kittiwake numbers into the hundreds today. About 10 Sandwich Terns still all around Combes coast, mostly around the Harbour and roosting on the RNLI mooring. A Great White Egret in off the sea.

2 Great Skuas headed down channel attacking Gannets and scattering the Herring gulls. Brilliant to see as this is the first ones i’ve seen in ages!

posted by Martin Thorne
7 Apr
8:26 pm
2024

Wheatear White tor Dartmoor

2 Wheatear getting blown around on White tor Dartmoor today

posted by John Deakins
7 Apr
5:14 pm
2024
Dartmoor and Tavy Estuary +1 Photo

Dartmoor and Tavy Estuary

At least four Bramblings still present at Postbridge.

Later on the Tavy Estuary another big count of Egrets with at least 36 Cattle Egret and 22 Little Egret. Count not 100% accurate as one turned out to be a pure white Pheasant!  A pair of Egyptian Geese were on the river and only my second Swallow of the year flew overhead.

posted by Chris & Janet Marcol
7 Apr
4:33 pm
2024

Two Red Kites spotted, Highampton

Two Red Kites spotted soaring in the blustery weather above Highampton. Amazing to see! I have two videos but can’t seem to upload them.

posted by Jamie Nielson
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