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13 Jan
3:38 pm
2024

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

25 Goosander 13m 12f (08:10, 4 Lesser Scaup 2m 2f, 1m Goldeneye, 1m Red-Breasted Merganser,1m Tufted Duck, 1Greensandpiper, 1 Greywagtail, 2m Wigeon, 1 Willow Tit, 2 Dunnock, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Moorhen, 2 Cormorant.

posted by Rod Mudge
13 Jan
3:30 pm
2024
Saltram and Plym Estuary +1 Photo

Saltram and Plym Estuary

A Firecrest, 30+ Wigeon, 300+ Dunlin, 8 Ring-necked Parakeet, 1 Nuthatch and a Ringed Plover were the highlights.

posted by Darren Wilson
13 Jan
2:21 pm
2024
Water Rail Fremington Pill +1 Photo

Water Rail Fremington Pill

We had a big surprise on our late morning walk along Fremington Pill to the Quay with our 1st water rail here. It was pure chance that we saw it in the middle of the stream, visible from  opposite the hedge by the cottages before it flew up into the reeds and then disappeared. Elsewhere on the Pill were 3 greenshanks, plenty of redshanks and teal, curlew, little egret and the return of lots of black-tailed godwits, the kingfisher at the sluice, and on the return were 3 snipe on the far side, hiding in the greenery.

posted by Colin Dracott
13 Jan
12:07 pm
2024

Roadford reservoir

11am,   goldeneye, lesserscaup,   greenwingedteal, greylag geese, Canada geese,teal , Mallard, widgeon,gadwall, tufted ducks and a snipe.

 

posted by Helin allin
13 Jan
5:30 am
2024

Visitors to Avon Mill in Loddiswell

Mid morning walk alongside the river at the Avon Mill Café revealed two male goosanders in combative mood.

posted by Philip Fairclough
12 Jan
8:30 pm
2024

Shaldon bridge to flow point, River Teign 11.30-14.00

2 great northern diver just below shaldon bridge on the out going tide and 5 avocet at flow point on the bishopsteigton side

posted by Mike graham
12 Jan
8:07 pm
2024

Knighthayes Tiverton

Very confiding firecrest feeding within 4-5 ft on yew hedge in front of house.

posted by Paddy O’Sullivan
12 Jan
7:14 pm
2024

Slapton Ley

Ring-necked Duck and Goldeneye (M & F) still present, plus a Great White Egret.  Firecrest, Cetti’s and Chiff Chaff on lane behind ley back to Slapton.  Despite chilly SE wind, lots of small flying midge type insects around as a food source, in sheltered spots.

posted by Geoff & Jane Penton
12 Jan
6:37 pm
2024
Great Northern Divers

Great Northern Divers

Brixham Harbour 2 Great Northern Divers seen, 6 turnstones, 12 swans, 2 pied wagtails

posted by #Louise_caoturedmoments
12 Jan
6:14 pm
2024

River Exe 11th Jan

Thorverton to Exeter

3 Green sandpiper, 2+ snipe, 1+ redshank (a couple of waders got away before ID)

1 kingfisher near start, another in town, 5 goosander, 7 cormorant

c.40 little egrets (most loafing together), 5 grey heron, 2 or 3 grey wagtail

50+ teal, more mallard, small groups of redwing with at least 1 fieldfare

posted by Mike moxon
12 Jan
3:43 pm
2024

Trew Weir and Exeter Quay

Lunchtime visit. Pair of Goosander below Trew Weir catching a fair number of fish. Kingfisher on Exeter Quay up little creek along with Chiffchaff.

18+ Cormorant, 15+ Moorhen, 22 Mute Swan, 30 Mallard & Great Black-backed Gull. Also 3 Little Egret, Grey Heron & singing Song Thrush.

posted by Steve Cox
12 Jan
3:06 pm
2024

Velator

From the reserve this morning a smart male Marsh Harrier over Sherpa. In the reserve at least 6 Chiffchaffs. Lots of Finches and Redwings. Wrafton Pond has 5 Gadwall.

posted by Jon Turner
12 Jan
3:05 pm
2024
Croyde Bay

Croyde Bay

This morning only 4 female Common Scoters in Croyde Bay. None at Baggy Point.

posted by Robert Jutsum
12 Jan
2:04 pm
2024

River Mole Valley

Ringing in the orchard yesterday……..91 in total including Yellowhammer, Greenfinch, 9 Robins and 42 Blue Tits.Sightings today ……..300 Starling and a mixed flock of 120 Fieldfare and Redwing in the meadows.Kingfisher and 2 Cormorants by the river.

posted by Brian Nicholas
12 Jan
10:55 am
2024

Dozens of Fieldfares,

James Camden they are all in a large field on the right soon after turning down lane to Powderham Church yesterday 11th Jan. Dozens if not hundreds with chaffinch and other small birds which were tucked away in the ruts of the field.

posted by JANET FERNLEY
12 Jan
10:00 am
2024
Exminster Marshes +1 Photo

Exminster Marshes

Yesterday afternoon: Greenfinches, Goldfinches, Song thrush, Cettis Warbler, Chiffchaff, Avocets, Grey Plovers, Oystercatchers, Turnstones, Redshank, Curlew, Blackwits, Common Sandpiper, Pintail, Teal, Wigeon, Mute Swans, Brent Geese, Canada Geese, Egyptian Goose, Marsh Harrier and Sparrowhawk.

posted by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd
12 Jan
9:45 am
2024
Haldon Forest +1 Photo

Haldon Forest

Yesterday morning: Crossbills, Siskins, Nuthatches, Mistle thrush, Redwing, GWP, GSWP, Goldfinches, Chaffinches.

posted by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd
11 Jan
9:48 pm
2024

Stover Lake and Canal

On and around the lake this morning were 3 Goosanders, 3 Mandarins, 30+ Tufted Ducks, 1 Pochard, 2 Water Rails, 75+ Coots, and 30+ Siskins, plus Wigeon, Shoveler and Teal. Along the canal path were 100+ Redwings in several groups, and approx. 10 Fieldfares, very sadly the most I have seen anywhere this Winter.

posted by James Camden
11 Jan
5:14 pm
2024

Bowling Green & Topsham

A cycle down the Topsham side of the estuary. Highlight was the male Goldeneye, first seen off Topsham Ferry as it moved up river. However not seen at all on return leg.

Wader numbers were low due to the state of the tide. 80+ Avocet from Goat Walk & Clyst VP combined. 300+ Dunlin for same area. Otherwise best bits were Greenshank from Topsham Rec and a Barwit flew upriver in front of Topsham Quay. Male Red-breasted Merganser in same area. And Little Grebe off the Rec.

Over whole site 200+ Teal, 250+ DB Brent Goose. On Bowling Green Marsh 460+ Wigeon, 85+ Shoveler & 12+ Pintail.

Not too much else of real note. But low carbon birding list moves to 73, which included Green Woodpecker flying over Alphington War Memorial junction.

 

posted by Steve Cox
11 Jan
5:02 pm
2024

Plym Estuary & Saltram Wed 10th January

The highlight on a very cold day was a single Avocet on the estuary during the rising tide. Also, Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Wagtails, Sparrowhawk, Mistle Thrush, Green Woodpecker, Kingfisher, Great Crested & 2 Little Grebes, 7 Goosanders (1 drake), 9 Wigeon, 2+ Snipe, 29 Turnstones, Common Sandpiper, 3 Greenshanks & 10 Roe Deer.

posted by Peter Aley
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