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Visit this morning. Steady passage of sand martins and over 6 singing chiffchaff confirmed that spring is here, despite the weather. Several flocks of redshank totalled about one hundred at Turf. A flock of 40 black-tailed godwit was on the marsh alongside c20 curlew, c30 wigeon and c50 teal. A single marsh harrier was seen and a pair of buzzards displayed during a brief sunny spell.
An osprey was reported yesterday at Turf (9.30 am). Not seen today.
Plymouth ~ Short Eared Owl
Plymouth, Greenbank, Chiffchaffs
Two Chiffchaffs still around the garden this afternoon at 3pm. One singing for a duration of 5 to 10 minutes. I first spotted what could be this same pair of birds in mid January.
My first Willow Warbler was singing in Belle Isle Park this morning, one of the high points of every year.
Fremington Pill – Saltpill Duck Pond
1 Spotted Redshank , 3 Greenshanks , 2 Glossy Ibises , 5 Little Egrets , 6 Chiffchaffs , 50 Black-tailed Godwits , 50+ Sand Martins , 2 Swallows , 1 Blackcap & 3 Cetti’s Warblers .
Marsh Mills, Plymouth
Whilst travelling home yesterday at 17:30, large swift flew across the carriageway at marsh mills from plym estuary to plympton direction. Probable alpine swift.
Alpine Swift Teignmouth
- One Alpine Swift roosting on the north side of St Michael’s Church this evening. It must have finished feeding early so hadn’t been seen by the assembled crowd, difficult to see against black background but was easily picked up with a thermal scope.
A pair of goosanders
On the river Ashburn.
Garganey still present on the scrape this morning with about 20 Black-tailed Godwits, and a few Teal. Good numbers of Sand Martins flying low over the surface of Wrafton Pond. 2 singing Willow Warblers with a host of feeding Chiffchaffs. Goldcrest, several Chiffchaffs and 2 more singing Willow Warblers in the reserve. Best was singing Blackcap. Walked around Sherpa Marsh this evening and once again saw many Sand Martins but only 2 Swallows. Female Sparrowhawk caused a major alarm, but none taken. Garganey still present.
North side of Taw Estuary
Late aft/early eve:- In the tidal channel between the Tarka trail & Bassett’s Ridge were 3 Goosanders (1m + 2f). Also 10 Black -tailed Godwits & half a dozen Redshank. No Pintail present.
South of the shelter 7 Bar-tailed Godwits. At Ashford Strand a female Red breasted Merganser.
Below Totnes Weir, on the Dart
Enjoyed our first hirundines this year, 5 Sand Martins catching insects in the rain.
Dartmouth golf club
Yesterday, in warm sunshine, my first singing blackcap of the year amid the chorus of chiffchaffs.
Goosander and Water Rail at Seaton Wetlands
Seen on 27th March 2023
River Torridge, Northam
3 Chiffchaffs calling from the trees near Hyde Barton, Two Greenshank on the mud by the floating crane along with Redshank, Oystercatcher and 6 Teal. No sign of the Kingfisher that was present yesterday.
Evening atRiver Plym
A quick evening walk along the river Plym. Male and Female Goosander, Female Mandarin and a couple of Dippers (one ringed).
Great White Egret 3, male Ring- necked Duck 1 , Water Rail, Kingfishers 2, Chiffchaffs 50+ , Blackcap 2 , Firecrest 1.
Hoopoe around after we saw Mr Jutsum but didn’t see it later in the day. 1 Common Lizard, 1 Wheatear and a pair of Goldcrests round the pond.
Plym Estuary & Saltram
On a lovely sunny morning: 3 Red-breasted Mergansers (2 drakes), 4 Goosanders (1 drake), Red-crested Pochard (female), Wigeon, 30+ Turnstones, 22 Snipe, 6 Greenshanks, just 2 Dunlins, Kingfisher (male), Green Woodpecker & a Bullfinch (male).
Finally, some signs of Spring, with 2 Moorhen chicks in the nest and a Brimstone.
West Charleton marsh
Lone Whimbel and Greenshank with 3 Redshank feeding along the shoreline at West Charleton marsh.
South Molton, Mon 27th March
Brimstone butterfly, 13.40