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1 Jan
10:29 pm
2024
Goosemoor Lagoons NR – Water Rail +1 Photo

Goosemoor Lagoons NR – Water Rail

For me, the Birding New Year started with a stroll to Bowling Green Marsh and the surrounding estuary area. The clear highlight was seeing a showy Water Rail stroll out from the reeds on Goosemoor Lagoons NR, giving my first chance to get a photo of this reed skulker in Devon. 

posted by John Reeves
1 Jan
7:49 pm
2024

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

30 Goosander 6m 24f,5 Lesser Scaup 3m 2f, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 19 Black-headed Gull, 5 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 12 Mallard, 13 Blue Tit, 2 Dunnock, 9 Coot, 7 Great Tit.  8 Coal Tit, 2m Teal, 2 Bullfinch, c60 Lapwing over, c35 Fieldfare, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 1m Merganser, 1 Jay, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Cormorant, 4 Tufted Duck 3m 1f,

posted by Rod Mudge
1 Jan
6:18 pm
2024

Plym Estuary & Saltram

64 species today, to kick off the new year, including: Peregrine, Green & (2) Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Redwing (c150), Great Northern Diver, Little Grebe (3+), Wigeon (53+), Teal, Goosander (2), Water Rail, Common Sandpiper, Greenshank (8), Snipe (c40), Black-tailed Godwit, Grey Wagtail (3), Firecrest, Stonechat (2) & Bullfinch (5). Also 4 Roe Deer.

In 2023 here, 127 species seen (of which I saw 120).

posted by Peter Aley
1 Jan
5:55 pm
2024
Crownhill Down +1 Photo

Crownhill Down

This morning a mixed flock of Fieldfares and Redwings, 1 GSW, 1 GWP, 1 Jay, 2 Ravens, 1 Sparrowhawk in lower fields. On Down top disturbed a flock of c.60 Golden Plover. Thanks to Chris E for pointing out 5 Ring Plovers on the far side of TWL.

posted by Bob Barrow
1 Jan
3:52 pm
2024

Soar

Record site winter count of 110 Redwing in the canopy at Fir Wood. Also Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming at Harleston by Slapton.

posted by Rob Macklin
1 Jan
1:27 pm
2024

Ilfracombe

4 Purple Sandpipers on rocks below Capstone. Lone gull on rocks below harbour wall close to Larkstone possibly Gluacous (short tailed , no black primaries and generally an all over coffee colour); 2 Cormorant; around 100 or so Herring Gull; several Rock Pipit; Goldfinch; flock of Long-Tailed Tit.

posted by David Shadwell
1 Jan
12:43 pm
2024
Great Northern Diver – Horsey +1 Photo

Great Northern Diver – Horsey

Unusual to see a Great Northern Diver on Horsey. Diving for food items & caught a crab while under observation. Drifted out with the falling tide.

Very close views.

 

posted by Robert Jutsum
1 Jan
12:21 pm
2024
Woolacombe

Woolacombe

Yesterday morning around the rocks on Woolacombe seafront were a small number of Turnstones & Oystercatchers and a single Great Northern Diver.  In the afternoon the Diver had gone although I managed to get a shot of a Crow.

posted by Martin Bennett
31 Dec
6:50 pm
2023
Blackcaps return, Braunton +1 Photo

Blackcaps return, Braunton

The long wait is over, 2 Blackcaps have finally discovered our peanut fat cake in the garden hedge. 1 male & 1 female. They were lucky to avoid a beautiful Sparrowhawk who pitched up around lunch time.

 

posted by Phil and Sue Naylor
31 Dec
5:00 pm
2023

Bowling Green Marsh

An hour’s visit this morning produced 1 Ruff, 1 Greenshank, 2 Snipe, c100 Avocets, 150+ Redshanks, 1500+ Blackwits, 6 Gadwall and 3 Greylags among others. Brief visitors were a Marsh Harrier and a Peregrine, which came twice to, unsuccessfully, chase the waders and needed a rest on the ground after the second go, before a Crow flushed it in its turn. The regular LBB Gull was joined by a GBB in its attempts to snatch a Dunlin, but they failed too.

posted by James Camden
31 Dec
1:03 pm
2023
Cattle Egrets – Kingsbridge +1 Photo

Cattle Egrets – Kingsbridge

14 Cattle egrets in a field by Washbrook Lane in Kingsbridge, 21st December. Apologies for the phone photos.

posted by Rod Birtles
31 Dec
1:03 pm
2023

Hooe Lake

A Whimbrel was present in the northeast corner of the lake on the falling tide this morning – rather unusual at this location and especially at this season. Other waders in the same place were a Curlew, 3 Redshank, a Turnstone and a Common Sandpiper.

posted by David Diskin
31 Dec
11:28 am
2023

Broadsands

2 Firecrest – towards the reedbeds behind the car park

posted by Jane Pirie
30 Dec
10:44 pm
2023

Velator reserve

Still windy and very soggy, but a couple of Siskins and then all the local Corvids and Starlings up and noisy: followed by a bird of prey. Hmm small – Merlin. First here this year.

posted by jon turner
30 Dec
4:38 pm
2023
Slapton Ley & Start Bay

Slapton Ley & Start Bay

Extremely windy at Slapton Ley this morning. Highlight was a drake Ring-necked Duck visible from Torcross car park. Also present were 2 Great White Egrets, 6 Mediterranean Gulls, 14 Common Gulls and a pair of Common Goldeneye, along with a flock of 40+ Tufted Ducks and 9 Gadwall. In Start Bay 2 Red-throated Divers flew west, and at least 22 Common Guillemots were loafing on the rough water.

posted by Nick Bray
29 Dec
7:30 pm
2023

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

21 Goosander 4m 17f, 1m Merganser, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorants, 5 Lesser Scaup 3m 2f, 1 Grey Hero, 3 Tufted Duck 2m 1f, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Blackbird 1m 1f, 2m Wigeon, 2 Marsh Tit, 4 Willow Tit 3 on feeders 1 foraging, 2 Wren, 1 Goldcrest, 6 Coot, 2 Bullfinch, 23 Black-headed Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Robin, 2 Jay, 12 Fieldfare.

posted by Rod Mudge
29 Dec
4:39 pm
2023

Powderham Church to Turf

A cycle up to Turf Locks from Powderham Church with half an eye on birds. On estuary 900-1100 Golden Plover, 270+ Lapwing, 600+ Blackwit, 45+ Barwit, 200+ Curlew, 30+ Grey Plover, 60+ Redshank, 40+ Knot, 300+ Avocet, 400+ Dunlin, a Turnstone, 25+ Common Gull, Great Crested Grebe and F Red-breasted Merganser.

On the land 20+ Linnet and a F Stonechat.

posted by Steve Cox
29 Dec
4:09 pm
2023

Ilfracombe

Cold and very windy. No sign of the Glaucous Gull, but 4 Purple Sandpipers at Windy Corner, a few Gannets, a Fulmar, a Kingfisher, and 2 Harbour Porpoise off Capstone.

posted by Jon Turner
29 Dec
2:47 pm
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Another excellent count of Wigeon on this early morning’s high tide. Also, Black-tailed Godwit, Jack Snipe, 23 Snipe, 10 Greenshanks, 7 Turnstones, Great Crested & 4 Little Grebes, 33+ Mandarin Ducks, Mediterranean Gull (ad-w), Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker, Bullfinch, Stonechat, Grey Wagtail & 10 Roe Deer.

posted by Peter Aley
29 Dec
2:24 pm
2023

Fremington Pill & Saltpill Duck Pond

  • 6 Greenshanks
  • 16 Blacktailed Godwits
  • 50 Dunlin
  • 1 Marsh Harrier
  • 1 Spoonbill
  • 3 Glossy Ibis
  • 20 Cattle Egrets roosting in the trees at the start of the Pill.
posted by Dave Paterson
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