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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
11 Jan
4:54 pm
2024
Blaxton Meadow / Saltram

Blaxton Meadow / Saltram

11/01/24

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Goosander

Merganser

Redshank +

Herons x 6

Little Egret x 1

Robin x 1

Ring necked Parakeets +

Shelduck x 1

Grebe x 2

Mute Swan x2

Curlews ++

Coal Tit

Plus the usual ducks etc by / on the pond

and numerous sea birds, gulls,various

posted by Graham Hart
11 Jan
1:55 pm
2024

Red kite, Barnstaple

Red Kite flying over field next to western bypass at Barnstaple at 1.00pm.

posted by Robert Morgan
11 Jan
12:47 pm
2024

Ludwell Valley

A sizeable flock of chiffchaffs has been down by the stream the past few days. Also saw dipper, grey wagtail and singing treecreeper, but no green sandpipers showing.

posted by Helen Whitall
10 Jan
7:11 pm
2024
Goldeneyes M&F. Slapton Ley NNR +1 Photo

Goldeneyes M&F. Slapton Ley NNR

Two Goldeneye at Slapton Ley NNR, eastern end of Ireland Bay today, one M and one F.

posted by Bill Coulson
10 Jan
7:02 pm
2024
Ring-necked Duck +1 Photo

Ring-necked Duck

Ring – necked Duck drake at Eastern end of Ireland Bay today, keeping company with Tufted Ducks.

posted by Bill Coulson
10 Jan
4:17 pm
2024
Avocet – Yelland +1 Photo

Avocet – Yelland

On an early afternoon walk from Instow to Yelland we were treated to a lone avocet among the large numbers of dunlin and golden plovers. There were also plenty of Brent geese, wigeon, teal, several grey plovers, and the odd redshank. There were mallard and a pair of little grebes on the pond, 6 little egret and heron with loads of lapwing in the fields – 3 great crested grebes, 3 eider and a male scaup off the rocks and a couple of sanderling on the shore.

posted by Colin Dracott
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