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23 Oct
1:54 pm
2022

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

A good thrush day with 4 Ring Ouzel, 335 Fieldfare (238E & 97W), 10 Redwing, 31 Blackbird, 3 Mistle Thrush flying east & 2 Song Thrush. Also: Snipe, Merlin, 380 Skylark, 140 Meadow Pipit, 7 Teal, 65 Robin, 2 Cetti'[s Warbler, 38 Jackdaw (34W 4E), 540 Starling (122W, 18E & 400 grounded), 100 Linnet, m20 Chaffinch, 36 Goldfinch & 5 Bullfinch.

posted by Rob Macklin
23 Oct
1:36 pm
2022

Staddon heights

Walked the public footpath through the livery fields lots of pied wagtails meadow pipit and goldfinches around the fields and a couple couple of wheatear feeding on a dung pile…the horse fields  do seem to attract alot of birds 

posted by Mike Williams
23 Oct
12:37 pm
2022

Soar

Between the rain: 6 Ring Ouzels, Whinchat, Firecrest, 11 Chiffchaffs, 13 Goldcrests, Cetti’s Warbler, 260+ Fieldfares over + c50 grounded, 26 Redwings, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Bullfinches, Lapwing, 4 Swallows, Pintail, 7 Teal & 21 Stock Doves..

posted by Pete Aley
23 Oct
11:52 am
2022
South Brent +1 Photo

South Brent

One of yesterday’s Fieldfares in the Dockwell area had a very  conspicuous white head. Attached photo at distance and in poor light doesn’t really do it justice, but the contrast with normal birds is apparent. Can’t recall seeing a Fieldfare with a white head before, but there’s a photo of one on p11 in Norman’s (1994) book, The Fieldfare.

posted by Peter Reay
23 Oct
11:03 am
2022

Avon Dam

Ring Ouzel ~40 but so much movement could have been slightly more/less. Lots of Fieldfare too. Firecrest and a Black Redstart on the Dam. Rowan berry crop is dismal, Holly & Hawthorn ok, so can’t image thrushes will stay long.  

posted by Matt Collis
23 Oct
9:55 am
2022

Plympton

Two Firecrest in Newnham Meadows Local Nature Reserve this morning.

posted by Chris E
23 Oct
7:52 am
2022

East Devon Field Walk Programme

For members planning to attend the field walk on Monday please note that there are minor errors given in the Programme and that the venue is Emsworthy Mire Reserve. Please rendezvous at the small car park at map ref: SX748761. Thank you.

posted by Jonathan Ruscoe
22 Oct
8:33 pm
2022

Velator area

69 Black-tailed Godwits and at least 8 Knot out on the scrape. Ringing in the reserve netted 3 Chiffchaff – one a trouser-filling 11.7 grams! ready to go I think. 1 Redwing, and a few Finches and Tits.

posted by Jon Turner
22 Oct
7:06 pm
2022

Mardon Down & the Torquay Reservoirs

Can’t match the total thrush numbers seen on Thursday by another observer (to whom thanks are due for the tip-off), but today on Mardon were at least three Ring Ousels. All were very flighty, so exact number uncertain, but also very vocal, with a call half-way between those of Blackbird and Fieldfare. Also present were 250+ Fieldfares and 150+ Redwings, the biggest flock in the grass on the East side, where DNPA have recently cleared the Bracken (to whom further thanks are due), plus Mistle Thrush, Yellowhammer, Stonechat and two flyover Crossbills.

Went on to the reservoirs hoping for Goosander. None on the upper lake, just six Tufted and five Teal, but on the lower were seventeen (four adult m. and thirteen redheads), initially roosting and preening on the bank, but swimming out when the heaviest rain came.  A time- or weather-related movement?, The rain must knock insects off the trees, so do the fish become more active? Don’t know.

On the way down to Bovey, a newly-ploughed field held 80+ Stock Doves and 30+ Skylarks. 

posted by James Camden
22 Oct
6:53 pm
2022

South Brent

As well as several hundred Fieldfares on the edge of the moor around Dockwell this morning, together with five Ring Ouzels, there were also at least 100 Fieldfares in South Brent village late pm, many feeding on berries in front gardens at Brakefield. Also, smaller numbers of Redwings. Aren’t such incursions into gardens  more often associated with cold weather?

posted by Peter Reay
22 Oct
6:22 pm
2022

Great White Egret

Good view of Great White Egret alone on field between Ventiford Basin and River Teign. Seen on ground and in flight. Took off towards Stover . 3.15 pm 22 October 

posted by Jacqui Beevers
22 Oct
2:48 pm
2022

Harleston by Slapton

250+ Fieldfares around and over the hamlet.

posted by Rob Macklin
22 Oct
2:47 pm
2022

East Soar

A good day for thrushes with 14 Ring Ouzels in Starehole Valley, the best day count for several years, 440 Fieldfares (290W 100E & 50 grounded) and Redwings 11W. Also: 156 Starlings (125W 31E), Jackdaw 16W, Firecrest, 9 Chiffchaff, 40 Goldfinch & Water Rail.

posted by Rob Macklin
22 Oct
1:54 pm
2022

Great Shearwater, Dawlish

1 lingered for 2 mins, in Coryton cove before heading south

posted by Paul Barker
22 Oct
1:23 pm
2022
Cadover Bridge +1 Photo

Cadover Bridge

On an overcast morning, several hundred Fieldfare and Redwing, on the ground, in the Hawthorns on berries, and overhead. My first Ring Ouzel (a male) and a small flock of Chaffinch. Green Woodpecker heard.

posted by Alan Livsey
22 Oct
12:03 pm
2022

Soar valley to Southdown

An early morning walk in dull weather was brightened by all the thrushes. At least 12 Ring Ouzels, 70+ Fieldfares and 30+ Redwings. Also 4 Chiffchaffs..

posted by Roger White
22 Oct
11:43 am
2022

Dousland

Small mixed flock of Fieldfare and Redwing, seen from our house, first this autumn. 

posted by Mave Goddard
22 Oct
10:48 am
2022

Migration watch – Downend

07:50 > 09:50

The majority of migrants passing around Downend this morning were flocks of Chaffinch, a total of 1458 counted over a 2 hour period.These were heading east to south east into the wind once they had rounded Downend. The wind was east to south east for the duration.

Also 33 Meadow Pipits heading in the same direction. Siskin heard but not seen..

posted by Rob Jutsum
22 Oct
10:08 am
2022

Trowlesworthy, Dartmoor

Two Ring Ouzel in vegetation looking towards Legis Tor. First seen here:  ///depth.siesta.originals (What3Words). Then flew a short distance to Brisworthy Burrows with other thrushes. My first here since Oct 2020. Record photos: https://tinyurl.com/ye28244c

Also, Merlin, 1,200+ Fieldfare and 900+ Redwing over and in Brisworthy Burrows. Chiffchaff and 5 Siskin also of interest.

posted by Chris E
21 Oct
4:40 pm
2022

Braunton Marshes

Between the showers this aft a quick cycle ride around the marshes produced a sizeable mobile flock of several hundred Fieldfares. 

Also c400 Starling seen along the  the Toll road.

posted by Rob Jutsum
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