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22 Jan
7:24 pm
2024
Newbridge near Bishops Tawton +1 Photo

Newbridge near Bishops Tawton

Today in the field beside the A377 at Newbridge there was nothing to report at least for the first 5 minutes or so. However as I was getting ready to move on the Great White Egret flew in and landed about 20 metres  from me.

posted by Martin Bennett
22 Jan
7:14 pm
2024
Mount Batten +1 Photo

Mount Batten

Visit to Mount Batten following storm Isha produced a Grey Phalarope, Guillemot, Razorbill, Great northern Diver, Common and Mediterranean Gulls.

posted by Tony Chenery
22 Jan
6:06 pm
2024

Exe Estuary cruise 22nd January

The highlights of a blustery cruise in the wake of Storm Isha were an immature Spoonbill feeding off Powderham, a female Eider between Starcross and Lympstone, and a Guillemot well up the estuary off Lympstone Barracks. Some 15-20 each of Red-breasted Mergansers and Great Crested Grebes were scattered, but mainly in the upper part of the estuary.

As usual, most of the waders were concentrated between Turf and Topsham: hundreds each of Avocets, Black- and Bar-tailed Godwits, Curlews, Redshanks and Dunlins  with smaller numbers of Knot and Grey Plover. There was a distant flock of Golden Plovers over Exminster Marshes.

posted by Dave & Sue Smallshire
22 Jan
4:01 pm
2024

Red Kite – Bideford

Red Kite spotted east side of the new Torridge bridge at 11.00am this morning.

posted by Dougie Williams
22 Jan
12:27 pm
2024

Plymouth Hoe

Uncertain regarding what is certainly a Petrel species off Tin side. Looked larger and slightly browner in colour than a Storm Petrel. Leach’s??? Swimming, paddling and fluttering over the water. 10.30 am Monday

posted by Fred Jenkins
21 Jan
5:12 pm
2024
Plymouth Hoe

Plymouth Hoe

Two Purple Sandpipers feeding on the rocks below the Tinside SLC building this morning, the first I’ve seen here this winter season.

posted by Stuart Green
21 Jan
4:47 pm
2024

Ilfracombe

6-8 Gannets diving off Capstone; 4 Purple Sandpipers on the rocks below (Late morning)

posted by David Shadwell
21 Jan
9:06 am
2024

High tide at Skern 20/01/24

Up to 20 male Pintail ducks and the Lesser Scaup seen amongst a lot of Wigeon at high tide at Skern off Northam Burrows (SS453307)

Also saw a lot of Shelduck and Oystercatcher, a few Brent Geese, Lapwing and Whimbrel. Occasional Redshank and single Turnstone

posted by Laura
20 Jan
5:27 pm
2024

Greysands and Appledore

Morning walk revealed:- good numbers of Brent Geese, Shelducks, Wigeon and Pintail. – couldnt spot any unusual waders.   Big flock 20+ of Goosanders flew over – not something I have experienced previously. Great to see a pair of Greater BB Gulls and Little Gull.  Also Stonechat and Skylarks.

posted by Andrew Gooding
20 Jan
10:19 am
2024

Ring ouzel

Spotted in christow Devon 20.01.2024

posted by Jill French
20 Jan
9:10 am
2024

Clennon lakes..Back lake by woods

Long tailed tits. Golden eye duck and a Kingfisher.

posted by Karen Heard
20 Jan
8:36 am
2024

R. Otter

Yesterday, 19th, two male Goosander on river North of White Bridge. Seen 4.20 pm, so minutes before sunset. 20 metres away, unfazed by my presence

posted by Colin Randall
19 Jan
7:11 pm
2024
Kayak Trip Torbay and Berry Head +1 Photo

Kayak Trip Torbay and Berry Head

6 Purple Sandpiper Brixham breakwater

2 Purple Sandpiper on small island off Berry Head

3 Great Northern Diver

Guillemot ledges very busy

plus: 11 Harbour Porpoise

posted by Rupert Kirkwood
19 Jan
7:09 pm
2024

Tamar Lakes

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

The lake was frozen no duck seen.

2 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit,1 Great White Egret, 2 Grey Heron.

Upper Lake

26 Goosander 7m 19f, 10 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Cormorant, 1m Red-breasted Merganser, 1m Goldeneye, 2m Wigeon, 4m Teal, 3 Snipe, 15 Fieldfare, 2 Stone Chat 1m 1f, 1 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Song Thrush.

posted by Rod Mudge
19 Jan
6:21 pm
2024

Braunton area

Female Marsh Harrier over Sherpa Marsh this morning. Redshank on the scrape again. Male Blackcap on fat-ball feeder in my garden at lunchtime.

posted by Jon Turner
19 Jan
5:41 pm
2024

Fremington Pill

09:15-09:45

1 Glossy Ibis, 1 Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, Snipe were the highlights.

posted by PVB
19 Jan
5:25 pm
2024
Horsey

Horsey

2 Spoonbills enjoying the late afternoon sunshine.

posted by Robert Jutsum
19 Jan
5:19 pm
2024

tarka trail between barnstaple and braunton

  • Morning walk – first time visiting area and walk was great.  List as follows:- Shag, Redshank, Spotted Redshank, Golden, Grey and Little Ringed Plover, Sanderling, Blackcap, Black Tailed Godwit, Cattle Egret in fields to left, Red Breasted Merganser, Turnstone, Greenshank and Little Grebe.  Will try Bideford tomorrow.
posted by Andrew Gooding
19 Jan
3:45 pm
2024

Goodies near Dartmouth

40 Golden Plover flying west this morning over the high ground at Little Capton near Dartmouth.

posted by Stephen Wadsworth
19 Jan
3:28 pm
2024

Powderham Marsh RSPB

A sunny afternoon visit. Ducks were limited to 20 Teal, though this kept a 2nd Wint Male Marsh Harrier and 1st wint Peregrine busy, as they spent some time trying to catch one.

Otherwise 45 Meadow Pipit is a good count, 4 Reed Bunting, 5 snipe, 6 Lapwing, 28 Dunlin & a Kestrel.

posted by Steve Cox
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