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black headed duck , heteronetta atricapilla
seen on a roof in plympton 17-05-23, do not know if this is rare or not, but never seen before,,,
- One Osprey on the Taw , flying towards Chivenor.
This afternoon I spent a couple of hours walking around Emsworthy Mire and got these photos of two Cuckoos. Also got a photo of two Cuckoos in the same tree.
The now regular 3 Spoonbill roosting on the marsh this morning. Best other bird were 3 Hobby, 6 Whimbrel from Turf, 20+ Swift, 12+ singing Reed Warbler, 3 singing Sedge, a single singing Cetti’s.
First Red-eyed Damselfly out, Hairy Dragonfly too.
On ripon tor cuckoo’s calling down in emsworthy reserve, a few wheatear, and 1male stonechat.
Just a quick look out back of the house – seven Common Buzzards in and over one of the silaged fields with the Red Kite getting a hard time from the crows
Little Stint Powderham May 16th 5.30 pm
Just over the railway bridge walking from Powderham church towards Turf Lock. the Little Stint was on the edge of the water for at least half an hour.
Single Red Kite just past the side of the house moving west over fields sillaged over the weekend
Red kite seen in Plympton 1130
Red kite spotted in Plympton at about 1130 sited over aldi
Venford Reservoir/Dart Valley/Bench Tor
A very pleasant walk in the Venford Reservoir area this morning. Singing summer visitors included two Cuckoos, 5 Chiffchaffs, 15 Willow Warblers, a Garden Warbler, 4 Blackcaps and 2 Common Redstarts. Several Swallows and House Martins were flying near the reservoir, as were 2 Common Swifts. I also came across a Pied Flycatcher, 2 Siskins and a Redpoll.
Migrants included 5 Swift north and a Spotted Flycatcher.
Breeding surveys continue – looking good for migrants (Blackcap, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler) & most residents. Skylarks look a little thin on the ground (still god nos though) – maybe poor breeding success in 2022 due to the drought!
Walked up to Putsborough from Croyde for lunch today. Just as we were reaching the top of the hill a Red Kite flew over us. As we got close to the top a farmer was cutting hay, and at least 4 more Red Kites were attracted to the potential feeding opportunity.
Red kite – Wonford, Exeter
Red kite high over Exeter (Wonford) this morning, at 09:57 h and heading west.
Dartmoor A386 Cuckoos
Late post from yesterday evening. Driving from Tavistock to Sourton on the edge of the moor, we were treated to a something we have never seen before – 3 cuckoos on fence posts by the A386, south of Willsworthy Range Car Park. We pulled in and were able to watch the birds for about 10 minutes moving from post to post and from one side of the road to the other including one eating a large hairy caterpillar. That was after seeing another doing similar about 1/2 mile before. Attached just for the record a poor quality shot taken by phone through the windscreen.
cuckoo’s- Dunnabridge Dartmoor
We watched two cuckoo’s being chased by a skylark near Dunnabridge.
Red Kite, Pennsylvania, Exeter
One Red Kite, seen from my garden soaring right overhead & then flew North towards The Grange on Stoke Hill.
Today I had a quick walk around Emsworhty Mire and got a distant view of at least two Cuckoos. Also saw a Meadow Pipit and a Wheatear.
Only 5 goslings today. But best sighting was of a rather large (2 feet long) Freshwater Eel!
Red kite over Princetown
1530 1 Red Kite flying north over Princetown.
South Devon Surprise
You are always hopeful when you look through camera trap footage but wasn’t really expecting this! Sound on for the full effect!