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Great to see the Male Black Redstart still around and looking stunning in the sunshine. Also a Female Black Redstart ….a first for me. Both seen today.
c50 Great Crested Grebes, Red-throated Diver, c80 Common Gull.
Cattle egret & bar head goose enjoying the flooded fields today
Plymouth , Mutley – Black Redstart
Female Black Redstart in the same location as last Monday at Seymour Road allotments, Mutley, Plymouth. This time feeding close by amongst a pile of rocks and stones I’ve created on my plot. Time at 4pm on the 16th January.
Bideford East .
Ten+ adult Mediterranean Gulls in the roost off Ethelwynne Brown close with several Common Gulls And a hundred + Black Headed….
Teignmouth Point Car Park – 15:30
Just a quick look off shore produced a Black Throated Diver.
Dawlish Warren – Purple Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper on rocks at Dawlish Warren this afternoon on rocks between Boathouse Cafe and Railway overbridge.
ChiffChaff in my backyard.
ChiffChaff foraging at dusk 16:33 16/01/23 in my wildlife friendly back yard
A Great Northern Diver was present at high tide around midday. Also noted were two Common Gulls and a Greenshank.
Plym Estuary & Saltram
Around high tide today: 52 Wigeon, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers (drakes), 5 Goosanders (2 drakes), Little Grebe, Common Sandpiper, Red-crested Pochard (female), 8 Greenshanks, 3 Snipe, Peregrine, 2 Firecrests, Chiffchaff, 2 Siskins & a Grey Wagtail.
Also, yesterday, 2 Blackcaps, Grey Plover, 39+ Snipe & 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls; and on Friday (13th), 18 Siskins.
Lynmouth to Watersmeet
- 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Shag,6 Dippers, 3 Grey Wagtail, large numbers of Oystercatchers and Gulls at the river mouth.
Among the garden birds today ….6 Blackcaps, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Firecrest and Heron
Lower Tamar Lake
Lower Tamar Lake this morning
27 Goosander 10m 17f, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Coot, 12 Mallard, 1 Great Crested Grebe
Opposite the car park to the Arboretum, 5+ Crossbill calling after flying from the tree’s, Buzzard, Heron, Raven and Long Tail Tits, all in sunshine, lovely.
A first for Torbay for me today a Dipper in Torbay a great find by Steph Murphy. It was along the stream at Cockington from late morning to at least early afternoon.
Spoonbills – Taw Estuary
Photo of 4 Spoonbills.
North Gut – Taw Estuary
4 Spoonbills flew in & landed on the edge of the sand bank, none of them colour ringed. 3 of them started foraging in the North Gut once the tide had fallen far enough.
A brilliant way to kick of the 2023 Gull season with the second winter Laughing Gull down at Slapton Sands, yesterday (8th Jan) a life time tick and despite the awful weather fantastic to see.
Adult Mediterranean Gull with a white DARVIC ring 3PEO also showing well (ringed in Holland 19/08/2020 ~ seen in France 24/06/2021 ~ 03/04/2022 on a gravel pit in Bedfordshire ~ 30/07/2022 seen at Slapton by Perry Sanders).
More images of both birds on the DB’s FB page.
Aside from the Laughing Gull, adult Mediterranean Gull on the beach (ringed ‘3PE0’) and 4+ Goldeneyes, 3 Kingfishers and a Marsh Harrier on the Ley.
On the river near to Blaxton Meadow: Mallards, Little Grebe 1, Goosander 9 (3m and 6 redheads) Common Sandpiper 1. On Blaxton Meadow Dunlin, Redshank, Greenshank, Snipe, Turnstone, Curlew, Shelduck, Wigeon. In our Plympton back garden today no less than 8 Collared Doves and 2 Blackcap.