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24 May
7:24 pm

Burrator area 24th May 2023

A walk up the track to Middleworth, Deancombe and then over the Narrator Brook to

Outcombe copse, returning along the edge of the moor by Roughtor Plantation and

Narrator Farm ruins,  produced the following:

Redstart   3 singing males Middleworth/Deancombe

Blackcap  4 singing

Willow Warbler   5 singing

Chiffchaff    3 singing

Reed Bunting   1 singing Narrator Brook

Cuckoo   2 calling

Siskin   3 calling in plantation edges

Tree Pipit   only one heard near Narrator Farm ruins

Buzzard   one soaring over Roughtor plantation carrying a snake

also  two Red Deer hinds near Middleworth, and a young Grass Snake on road

Some time spent searching the copses at Deancombe and Outcombe for Pied Flycatchers.  None located with one box at Deancombe occupied by Great Tits


posted by roger smaldon
24 May
5:20 pm

Pied Flycatcher. Heddon Valley

We saw a lone male Pied Flycatcher in the Heddon Valley, singing and displaying at a site we have seen a pair for many years. Sadly, no female.

posted by Elizabeth Gowen
23 May
9:29 pm
Berry Head

Berry Head

Berry Head kayak trip today

1 Pomarine skua with unusual plumage. 1 mile off Berry head 5pm today.

posted by Rupert Kirkwood
23 May
9:27 pm

Nightjars on Bovey Heath

23/05/2023 Male in flight at 21.30, followed by female at 21.32. Both birds seen regularly until leaving heath at 22.00. Very, very, brief ‘churring’ at 21.40 otherwise silent.

posted by John Walton
23 May
9:18 pm

Cuckoo at Cadover Bridge

2 cuckoos heard calling on the moor by Cadover Bridge.

1 male seen multiple times calling from a fence and hawthorn.

posted by Emma Craig
23 May
7:00 pm

Harrier sp.

Hen or Montagues 400m distant.

Seen from Meldon, flying roughly east to west, accompanied by two crows/ravens.

posted by David Wormell
23 May
6:01 pm

Red kite Bradworthy

Red kite circling over fields near Bradworthy as silage was being collected at 6.30-7pm Tuesday 23rd May 2023.

posted by Pamela Thomas
23 May
5:51 pm

Red Kite near Kingsbridge

Single bird circling low, along with a single buzzard, over valley of steep pasture and woodland NE of Kingsbridge around 1pm 23rd May. Seen whilst driving along narrow lane and unable to stop and watch but unmistakeable with buzzard as comparison.

posted by Jeff Curtis
23 May
5:38 pm

Alphington, Exeter

Two Red Kite over Alphington at 5.30pm drifting high NE.

posted by Steve Cox
23 May
11:53 am

Red Kite – Lamerton

Two Red Kites over Lamerton at about 1400 on 22nd May. Circling quite high and headed south.

posted by Kerry Stares
23 May
7:07 am

Red Kite Kentisbeare

Red Kite flew over Kentisbeare East Devon heading north east 8:00am

posted by Ken Evans
23 May
6:36 am

Red Kite over Harland

A Red Kite was seen over Hartland on Monday 22nd at 11.00am.

posted by Anthony Drew
23 May
12:54 am
Near Lynton +1 Photo

Near Lynton

Today on the outskirts of Lynton I spotted a Chiffchaff and a pair of Coal tits.

posted by Martin Bennett
22 May
8:35 pm



22 May
6:07 pm
Crownhill Down +1 Photo

Crownhill Down

This morning on Crownhill Down: Tree Pipit, Wheatears, Stonechats, Linnets, Ravens,  Swallows, Sand martins, Willow Warblers, Jays, GSW.

posted by Bob Barrow
22 May
5:37 pm

3 red kites, Sharpitor

22 May 2022 at approx 1000 am

2 red kites soaring over Sharpitor

1 red kite flying low over the moor on the other side of the road from Sharpitor.  It landed on a rock, stayed a while, before heading off and flying low over the moor towards Sandford Spiney.

posted by Burns
22 May
2:54 pm

Four red Kites below Roos Tor

we were lucky to watch four red kites today just below Roos Tor on Dartmoor for about 30mins – they were soaring in the sky for most of the time. We could not see if they had been feeding on anything.

posted by Caroline
22 May
12:44 pm

River Mole Valley

Juvenile Yellowhammers, Greenfinch and Long-tailed Tits looking fabulous with their brown faces in the orchard.By the river Dippers and Grey Wagtails gathering invertebrates and at least 8 active Sand Martin nests, Hundreds of Beautiful Demoiselles ,13 Red Deer hinds,3 stags in velvet and a Roe Deer with fawn.

posted by Brian Nicholas
22 May
12:33 pm

Red Kites Newton Poppleford

13.30, looked up in our garden and saw a distinctive shape of Red Kites.

Two Kites, fairly high heading north, one being harried by a crow.

posted by Quinton Cumbes
22 May
7:20 am

Spotted flycatcher, Kingsbridge

Spotted flycatcher feeding in trees in my garden this morning. Derby Rd, Kingsbridge

posted by Jon Clay
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