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10 Sep
6:39 pm
2023

Soar

An Ortolan Bunting at Middle Soar around 12.30pm the outstanding highlight of a morning that also brough a smattering of common migrants including 6 Wheatears, 2 Whinchats, 20 Yellow Wagtails, 7 Tree Pipits, 20 Siskins, 7 Whitethroats, 2 Blackcaps several Chiffchaffs and good numbers of Swallows. Also 2 Peregrines, a Sparrowhawk & a nice range of butterflies.

posted by Andy Smith
10 Sep
4:27 pm
2023
Plym Estuary & Saltram +1 Photo

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Additional to Peter’s earlier report here are a couple of shorts of the Wryneck snapped after nearly an hour’s stake out in baking sunshine, but well worth the wait.

posted by Chris Marcol
10 Sep
3:32 pm
2023

Velator/Wrafton

Late visit this afternoon: 10 or 11 Cattle Egret, They kept hiding in the long grass and behind cows so difficult to get an accurate count, especially as one of them morphed into a Little Egret by the scrape later. A singing Chiffchaff in the reserve.

posted by jon turner
10 Sep
2:21 pm
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

The patch’s first ever Wryneck today, showing intermittently in trees beside the lower end of Dell Walk. Also, 3 Great White Egrets, 2 Swifts, 3+ Whinchats, Siskin, Green Woodpecker, Sandwich Tern, 16 Turnstones & Great Crested Grebe.

posted by Peter Aley
10 Sep
2:03 pm
2023
Ashford Strand +1 Photo

Ashford Strand

Raindrops keep falling on my head!

1 Juvenile Great Crested Grebe 

Photos taken sheltering under a tree (Risky during thunder & lighting showers but survived to live another day!)

 

posted by Robert Jutsum
10 Sep
12:35 pm
2023

Radford Park

A Spotted Flycatcher was in Radford Park this morning. Also seen there were 2 Little Grebes, a Sparrowhawk, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Kingfisher, a Blackcap and a Chiffchaff.

posted by David Diskin
10 Sep
11:03 am
2023

Land off Stoney Lane, Landkey.

A brief visit to my field this morning and autumn is definitely on its way with the trees beginning to turn. Lots of birdsong, mostly robins and various tits and a view of a green woodpecker flying down the field. Often heard but rarely seen.

posted by Robert Morgan
10 Sep
9:41 am
2023

Blaxton Meadows

3 Great White Egret on blaxton meadow this morning feeding with little Egret

posted by Roger Backway
9 Sep
9:08 pm
2023

Dart estuary

Osprey hunting over the estuary off Galmpton Creek this evening.

posted by Mike Langman
9 Sep
4:53 pm
2023

Exminster Marsh

A ‘low’ high tide visit, on a hot afternoon, wasn’t that productive, which wasn’t that surprising. 9 Cattle Egret flew north at Turf. On lagoon was a Shoveler, a Little Grebe & 15+ Coot. On the flooded area were 10 Teal, 7 Blackwit, 2 Ruff & a Snipe. Otherwise a Wheatear in the discovery area, was about it.

posted by Steve Cox
9 Sep
2:16 pm
2023
Wembury

Wembury

To add to Sophies report – Hot and sultry at Wembury this morning and despite a 7:30am start still lots of disturbance along the beach. However a Common Sandpiper, a Redshank, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, a Curlew, 21 Turnstone, 3 Dunlin, 3 Sanderling, 8 Ringed Plover and Oystercatchers all seen but all flighty and mobile so counts probably higher (and I should have paid more attention to the Plovers!).

34 Mediterranean Gulls on the rocks, all unringed and mostly winter adults with a few 2nd winters and 2 juveniles but flushed by paddle boarders.

A Sand Martin east amongst a small group of Swallows, 2 Wheatears west and 2 Yellow Wagtails in with the cattle before flying off west. Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps and Whitethroats in the bushes.

A Reed Warbler at The Point, gave itself away by quietly singing but with a bit of phishing it revealed itself briefly.

posted by Stuart Green
9 Sep
1:29 pm
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Six Sandwich Terns, the first this year here, on the rising tide this morning. Also, 3 Great White Egrets, 2 Whinchats, Stonechat, Bullfinch, Siskin, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, juv Peregrine, 2 Teal, 1+ Kingfisher, 23 Cormorants, 15+ Oystercatchers, 1+ Common Sandpiper & 8+ Greenshanks.

posted by Peter Aley
9 Sep
1:24 pm
2023

Crownhill Down

Final totals from 0700-0900 – 3 Little Stint, 2 Sanderling, 7 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, Tree Pipit, Wheatear, 60+ House Martin, 90+ Swallow, 40+ Meadow Pipit, 3 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler.

posted by Chris E
9 Sep
12:37 pm
2023

Velator reserve

12 Cattle Egret in with the cows right by the gate of the reserve this morning.

posted by jon turner
9 Sep
12:16 pm
2023

Wembury

Wembury highlights this morning: 1 little ringed plover, 5 bar-tailed godwit, 4 sanderling, 4 dunlin, 2 ringed plovers, little egret, oystercatcher, common sandpiper, green woodpecker, cirl bunting and a raven

posted by Sophie Godwin
9 Sep
8:21 am
2023

Bowling Green Marsh, 7th&8th

Quick visits on the high tides Thurs and Fri gave a good spread of species – numbers of wildfowl are picking up and include wigeon, teal, shoveler, pintail, gadwall and pochard. Amongst the blackwits, redshank, curlew and dunlin have been a small number of knot and ruff plus at least one bar tailed godwit. Also large numbers of little egret.

posted by Helen Whitall
9 Sep
7:03 am
2023

Crownhill Down

In the big pit at the top of the down now – 3 Little Stint, 2 Sanderling, Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover. View from What3Words:  ///grab.passively.witless

posted by Chris E
8 Sep
9:55 pm
2023
Black Hole Marsh NR +1 Photo

Black Hole Marsh NR

On Thursday, the East Devon Branch of Devon Birds met up at Black Hole Marsh in Seaton for the13th Field Trip of the year. Due to the glorious weather they still sported their summer plumage and set about looking for the goodies on offer.
We soon amassed a final list of 40 species with highlights of 2 Curlew Sandpipers, Spotted Redshank, 2 Ruff, 2 Greenshank, Knot, Common Sandpipers, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwits and 3 Stonechats.
See Devon Birds Facebook for more pictures.
posted by John Reeves
8 Sep
6:25 pm
2023
Budleigh Ortolan Bunting

Budleigh Ortolan Bunting

Ortolan Bunting still present early evening in stubble field adjacent to Budleigh Golf Course. Best viewed from public footpath at SY048817 and scan hedgerow to west.
Please be patient as bird spends long periods feeding in stubble and then perches in hedgerow for a few minutes at a time and gives good scope views. See digiscoped image above.

posted by Chri Townend
8 Sep
4:46 pm
2023

Riverside Country Park

A visit to fishing ponds near Double Locks. Reed Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff. 65+ House Martin on wires above Marsh Barton Station, along with 15 Swallow. Otherwise 2 Raven, Green Woodpecker & Jay. A second Jay on Alphington Brook suggesting post breeding dispersal started.

posted by Steve Cox
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