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25 Jun
3:58 pm
2024

Riverside Country Park and Old Sludge Beds

A cycle down from Exeter visiting Countess Weir, Old Sludge Beds and SWW Treatment Works.

Nothing to extraordinary but 4 Bullfinches, Green Woodpecker, 5  male Reed Bunting (4 singing), 14 Reed Warbler (9 singing), 26+ House Martin around Countess Weir, 3 Swallow (Alphington Brook), 39 Mute Swan on Exe below Countess Weir, was the best of it.

Still plenty of Blackcap singing (6) and Chiffchaff (6). 5 Song Thrush (3 singing).

Butterflies poor. 23 Meadow Brown, was still a poor return for so much grassland. One GV White otherwise.

Dragonflies much better with 20+ Scarce Chaser (19+ males), between Double Locks and end of the Old Sludge Beds. No doubt more if looked harder. Still good numbers of Red-eyed Damselflies.

posted by Steve Cox
25 Jun
2:50 pm
2024

Osprey Dartmouth

 

 

An Osprey low west at 2.30pm over the top of Dartmouth, circled low over the pond at Venn Lane then gained a lot of height and drifted west.

posted by Stephen Wadsworth
25 Jun
1:08 pm
2024

East Soar

First Swift on its way back south with one flyimg straight out to sea at Bolt Head!. Silver-studded Blue colony count only mustered 12 males & nil females. Would expect c.200 at this time of year. Very few other butterflies – hope they are just late out and not part of an insect collapse1

posted by Mr Rob Macklin
25 Jun
12:28 pm
2024

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A juv Little Ringed Plover on Blaxton Meadow this morning, together with my first Greenshank of the autumn here. Also, 2 Common Sandpipers, Grey Wagtail, 3 Bullfinches, Roe Deer, Ringlet and 6 Marbled Whites.

posted by Peter Aley
25 Jun
10:21 am
2024

Crownhill Down area

First signs of ‘autumn’ with singles of Redshank and Teal. Lots of juv Stonechat and Linnet. A few juv Wheatear and a family of 4 Raven. Also 2 Tree Pipit.

posted by Chris E
25 Jun
8:44 am
2024

Tamar Lakes

Late for yesterday 24th.

Lower Tamar Lake.

4 Willow Tit, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Dunnock, 2 Coal TIt, c50 Mallard.

Upper Tamar Lake.

1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Grey Heron, 3 Magpies,1 Willow Warbler, 2 Moorhen, 2 Goldcrest, 34 Canada Geese, 2 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Bullfinch, 1f Blackbird, 8 Swallows. 15 Mallard.

posted by Rod Mudge
24 Jun
6:57 pm
2024
Soussons +1 Photo

Soussons

This morning: Several Siskins, 4 Bullfinches, Goldfinches, Linnets, Whinchats, Great, Blue and Coal tits, Green and G.S. Woodpeckers, Whitethroats, Blackcaps, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs, a Buzzard and 2 Cuckoos.

posted by Bob Barrow
24 Jun
6:49 pm
2024
Headland Warren +1 Photo

Headland Warren

This morning numerous Wheatears feeding young, a Whinchat, a Reed Bunting, Stonechats, Swallows, Goldfinches, Linnets, 3 Ravens, a Buzzard and a Cuckoo.

posted by Bob Barrow
24 Jun
4:17 pm
2024

Swifts, Bovey Tracey, 24 June

5 Swifts over High Street at 09.30 – first I’ve seen in the town this year.

posted by John Walton
24 Jun
4:00 pm
2024

Swifts at Kenton EX6

4x Swifts at Kenton Church (24/06/2024)

4 Swifts spotted at 07.00am swooping around the church tower in Kenton EX6.

4 swifts spotted at 16.50pm on my way home again at the same location.

posted by Charlotte Croft
24 Jun
10:28 am
2024

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Numbers of Redshanks (27) and Curlews (17) just beginning to pick up; the latter including Dartmoor-ringed J7, still. Also, this morning, Bullfinch, Whitethroat, Stonechat, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, the pair of Shelducks now with 6 ducklings and 2 Marbled Whites.

posted by Peter Aley
23 Jun
2:36 pm
2024

Red Kites

Seen on the 22nd June at Sprytown Crossroad near Lifton….two pairs of Red kites, possibly adults and young as only spotted one previously earlier in the year.

posted by Ian Hammerton
23 Jun
1:58 pm
2024

Hartland Forest

Late news for last night:

Nightjar walk with Martin Unwin. 16 of us gathered at about 8p.m. for the stroll to the clear fell area. White-breasted Buzzard very obvious in a stand of pines. A couple of Mistle Thrushes, then a Siskin bonanza with several calling, perched and singing. Better was to follow with cracking views of a close-by perched Tree Pipit, and a couple of buzzing Redpoll. Whitethroats were singing, but difficult to see. On the final part of the track before the clear-fell area we found several tiny amphibians: Froglets and Newtlets, which may, or may not, have been Palmate. We all settled in to enjoy the midges and wait for 21.50 for the Nightjars to call. Right on cue a brief call followed by the arrival of a very smart male right in front of us for a minute or so before dropping into the ground cover. A female or two were much further away, and another male churred at length quite close but none of us could see it. Thanks to Martin for choosing a perfect evening for the walk.

posted by Jon Turner
23 Jun
11:26 am
2024

Bowling Green & Goosemoor

An early morning visit on rising tide. 85 Redshank, 14+ Curlew, 1 Barwit, 2 Blackwit and 12+ Lapwing. (2+ Juvs).  The latter on Goosemoor.

Most of the rest as expected. 6+ Reed Warbler (2 singing), 3 singing Blackcap & Chiffchaff. 2 singing Cetti’s. Cooing Stock Dove. Singing Reed Bunting. 4 Raven (2 Juvs). Noisy Water Rail, probably 2. 12+ Goldfinch (5+ Juvs).

posted by Steve Cox
23 Jun
8:29 am
2024

Harepie, Tawstock

2 Red kites circling over Harepie

posted by David Bater
22 Jun
9:18 pm
2024

Parke – River Bovey

Dipper seen by the weir and also several grey wagtails in same location 5pm today.

posted by Angela Truman
22 Jun
8:46 pm
2024

Red Kite, Aller Grove

Red Kite flying east along A30 near Aller Grove roundabout.

Have never seen one here before – very distinctive. Tail slightly narrowed so was going somewhere, wasn’t just wheeling around…

posted by John Sankus
22 Jun
12:58 pm
2024

Wembury Point

5 Mediterranean Gulls were on the rocks at low tide this morning – 2 adults in breeding plumage and 3 2CY birds. Also 5 Ravens in flight together.

posted by David Diskin
22 Jun
11:19 am
2024

Taw Bridge, Barnstaple

A walk across the Taw Bridge yesterday evening as the tide was ebbing. Good numbers of shelduck and their young, something I’ve not seen before. Some good sized broods. Later as we crossed on the old bridge on our way home there were oystercatchers and nearly 200 Canada geese on the rivers edge by where the sports centre used to be.

posted by Robert Morgan
22 Jun
10:04 am
2024
Saunton Sands +1 Photo

Saunton Sands

A family of 5 Ravens (2 ad + 3 juv’s) feeding on a dead Auk deposited along the strandline by this morning’s high tide.

As I approached Airy Point MS Oldenburg sailed out through the mouth of the Taw & Torridge Estuary on the way to Lundy with good numbers of people on board. (see photo)

posted by Robert Jutsum
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