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5 Apr
11:25 pm
2024

Ilfracombe Rocks

Sandwich Terns roosting on the rocks behind Lantern hill today before the tide rose and a few briefly moved over to Bendricks opposite the Pier. The first Manx Shearwaters in any numbers, 20 or so a fair way out. Constant movement of Gannets and Common gulls headed west down channel and I had to do a double take sighting a Shelduck bombing along masquerading amoung 3 of the Gannets about 2kms out heading down channel. I wonder if this one will turn up on the Island? The pod of Bottlenose Dolphins seem to have been a around again this this week.

posted by Martin Thorne
5 Apr
9:44 pm
2024

Fremington Pill

First visit to Fremington Pill and Quay today. Around 8 Black tailed Godwit (males in breeding plumage) on the Pill along with a couple of dozen Redshank and a solitary Greenshank. A pair of Little Egret higher up the Pill towards Fremington and a couple of pairs of Shelduck. Cormorant fishing of the Quay wall. No sign of any Sand Martins on the cliffs, although a fellow birder had mentioned they were there in numbers earlier in the day.

posted by Lindsay Wright
5 Apr
6:44 pm
2024

South Huish Marsh

5 Cattle Egret, 2 Little Egret, 4 Sandwich Tern, 2 Swallow and Wheatear this evening

posted by Rich Bonser
5 Apr
5:46 pm
2024

River Mole Valley

  1. 68 Stock Dove ,16 Yellowhammer, Marsh Tit , Siskin, 4 Song Thrush, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, 24 Chaffinch,Skylark, 6 Blackcap,4 Chiffchaff, 2 Jay ,Long-tailed Tit and the first Tree Pipit of the year.
posted by Brian Nicholas
5 Apr
4:14 pm
2024

Ilfracombe

Small flock of Swallows winging their way westward over and along Capstone Hill

posted by David Shadwell
5 Apr
3:03 pm
2024

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A mini fall this morning, with 10 each of Willow Warblers & Wheatears plus 6 Blackcaps. Also, 7 Siskins over, a pair of Bullfinches, 2 Treecreepers, a pair of Stonechats, Great Spotted & 2+ Green Woodpeckers, Swallow, 5 Turnstones, Brimstone & 5 Roe Deer.

In my garden (Mount Gould) first thing, Willow Warbler & 2 Blackcaps, and another Willow Warbler this afternoon singing at Tothill Playing Fields.

posted by Peter Aley
5 Apr
10:06 am
2024

Soar Mill Valley

Early morning hack down the lane, windy & cold but turned up 2 singing Willow Warbler (first in) and 5 singing Blackcap.

posted by Rob Macklin
4 Apr
8:45 pm
2024

Slapton Ley

10 Sandwich Tern offshore with 6 Gannet, 3 Shag and a single juvenile Guillemot. On the ley the highlight was 2 female Goldeneye. Also 2 pair of Gadwall. A single male Wheatear. Lots of Cetti’s and Chiffchaff.

posted by Simon M Bates
4 Apr
6:40 pm
2024
Bowling Green Marsh +1 Photo

Bowling Green Marsh

This afternoon. Spoonbills 2, Little Egrets 4, Grey Heron 3, Cormorant 1, LBBG, GBBG, Teal, Shoveler, Pintail, Stock Dove 2, Shelduck, Cettis Warbler 1,  Blackcap 1, Reed Bunting  Greenshank, Redshank, Curlew 1, Swallow 1, a Buzzard and a  Sparrowhawk.

posted by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd
4 Apr
4:22 pm
2024

Westwood, near broadclyst

Late post 15.30 yesterday the 3rd. Red kite circling, before moving off towards Talaton

posted by Mike Graham
4 Apr
3:45 pm
2024

Tiverton

A pair of stock doves first time today in our garden. Also today our now regular visitors of a pair of collared doves, 4 siskins, 2 goldfinches, a solitary sparrow, couple of dunnocks, couple each male and female chaffinches, two robins, two pairs of blackbirds, several blue tits, great tits and a feral pigeon. We live in new build property with garden less than a year old, so am delighted that birds are attracted to it.

posted by Sally Farrelly
4 Apr
1:20 pm
2024

Mouth of Taw & Torridge Estuary

A single Sandwich Tern searching for food at the mouth of the Taw & Torridge Estuary this morning.

posted by Robert Jutsum
4 Apr
10:14 am
2024

Sidmouth

The turnstones on sea front very much still in winter garb

posted by KEVIN Hall
4 Apr
7:54 am
2024

Lower Tamar Lake

Late for Wednesday 2nd,

Lower Tamar Lake.

2 Willow Tit (pair), 3 Goosander 1m 2f, 2 Great Crested Grebe, c30 Sand Martins and Swallows, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Reed Bunting 1m 1f, 2 Long-tailed Tit,1 Nuthatch, 2 MarshTit.

posted by Rod Mudge
3 Apr
9:38 pm
2024

Exe estuary

Highlights from today were:

  • 10+ Sand Martins over Exminster Marsh;
  • 6 Cattle Egrets at Turf;
  • between Turf and Starcross 40+ Bar-tailed Godwits, 20+ Common  Gulls, a single Mediterranean Gull, 4 Mergansers and 2 G-c Grebes;
  • off Dawlish Warren a G-N Diver and an Eider.
posted by James Camden
3 Apr
8:01 pm
2024

Grt Northern Divers – Torbay

3 Great Northern Divers   ( and a couple of Guillemots) spent the day diving and loafing in Ansteys Cove, Torbay today.

posted by CLIFF PARROTT
3 Apr
5:22 pm
2024
Yarner & DWT Heathfield +1 Photo

Yarner & DWT Heathfield

Yarner this morning ~ 2 Blackcap M&F, pair of Mistle Thrush at one point one of them driving off a Carrion Crow, 2 Goldcrest, 3 Wren, 3 Marsh Tit, Nuthatch, 4 Redpoll, 3 Siskin, GSWP, 2 Mallard, numerous Chiffchaff calling all over the woodland and a Song Thrush.

 

DWT Heathfield ~ Raven, Yellow Hammer, numerous Chiffchaff and Stonechat, 2 soaring Buzzards.

posted by Steve Hopper
3 Apr
4:32 pm
2024

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Fairly quiet this afternoon (focusing on areas away from the estuary) but saw: Little Grebe, Green Woodpecker (male), 2 Linnets, a pair of Stonechats, Raven & a Greenshank.

posted by Peter Aley
3 Apr
3:36 pm
2024

Sandwich Terns

4 Sandwich Terns heard and seen close to Teignmouth beach east of pier. Diving into shoal of fish.

posted by Wayne Smith
3 Apr
2:58 pm
2024
Lower Otter – Whimbrel

Lower Otter – Whimbrel

Birds were thin on the ground this morning, down at the Lower Otter Estuary, so it was good to find this passage Whimbrel in with a few Curlew. Also present was just one Black-tailed Godwit.

posted by John Reeves
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