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4 Jan
8:12 pm
2024
Woolacombe +1 Photo

Woolacombe

This afternoon along Woolacombe Seafront and despite the hugh waves crashing onto the rocks I managed to get a few shots of a Jackdow with a lump of cheese, some Turnstones (four) seen and one of about six Oystercatchers on the rocks.

posted by Martin Bennett
4 Jan
4:40 pm
2024

Buckland Brewer 04/01/24 at 1100

Walking westward towards Babeleigh Barton:– 2 Song Thrushes trying to outsing one another about 1/4 mile west of the village

Raven

300+ Chaffinches mostly males,  flying at tree-top height and alighting in hedges and fields on either side of the road (grid SS 2408-1205).  Poor light and flighty birds but could not find other finches and buntings.

40+ Fieldfares

posted by Abraham Cutajar
4 Jan
2:04 pm
2024

Linnet flock Tarka Trail between Instow and Yelland

Huge flock of linnets – certainly 1200+ and probably near 1500, on overhead wires and feeding in waterlogged fields.  Also a Great-crested grebe and 3 Eider on the estuary.

posted by Rory Akam
4 Jan
11:19 am
2024

Female Bullfinch, – Lashbrook, Thornbury

Solitary female Bullfinch feeding on Bramble seedheads in Lashbrook Lane, Thornbury.

posted by Lindsay Wright
3 Jan
6:15 pm
2024

Brixham Breakwater

A lunchtime visit in very blustery & wet conditions. 18+ Great Northern Divers, 15+ Gannet, 20+ Kittiwakes, 40+ Guillemot, 30+ Razorbill and Adult Mediterranean Gull on sea.

8 Purple Sandpiper 0n breakwater, 2 Turnstone on the beach as well as a single Rock Pipit.

posted by Steve Cox
3 Jan
4:58 pm
2024

Red Kites over A361

6 Red Kites over the A361 near South Molton on 2nd Jan, enjoying the gale force winds.

posted by Stan Coats
3 Jan
3:25 pm
2024

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On a rather wet day, Great Northern Diver, Great Crested & 3+ Little Grebes, c65 Wigeon, Goosander (redhead), Kingfisher, Mediterranean Gull (2nd cy), Black-tailed Godwit, 1+ Common Sandpiper, 18 Oystercatchers, 8 Greenshanks, 8+ Snipe, 7 Turnstones, Grey Wagtail, Bullfinch & 3 Roe Deer.

posted by Peter Aley
2 Jan
5:18 pm
2024

Ring-necked Duck – Slapton Ley

Drake Ring-necked Duck in company with group of Tufted Ducks at eastern inlet of Slapton Ley near the reed bed this afternoon.  bird appeared quite settled

posted by Robert Petley-Jones
2 Jan
4:39 pm
2024

Velator, Braunton

Smart female Marsh Harrier quartering the reed-beds at Sherpa Marsh this afternoon viewed from the reserve, and later from Velator Harbour.

posted by Jon Turner
2 Jan
8:47 am
2024

Cholwichtown Pit, Dartmoor 01/01

Female Goldeneye still on the pit. On the walk up, 2 Crossbill, Dipper and Marsh Tit among the regulars.

posted by Chris E
1 Jan
10:38 pm
2024

Out and about

Watched lots of Egrets come out of the Fremington roost this morning, probably at least 16 Cattle and 20+ Little. Over at the Skern Good numbers of Ducks including several Shoveler, and the drake Lesser Scaup in amongst them. At Lower Tamar Lake 5 more Lesser Scaup, 30 or so Goosander and a lone drake Red-breasted Merganser, Willow and Marsh Tits on the feeders. Finally back at Fremington Pill the Spoonbill was out in the channels in the sand bank in the centre of the river. 70 species recorded – all but one in Devon.

posted by Jon Turner
1 Jan
10:29 pm
2024
Goosemoor Lagoons NR – Water Rail +1 Photo

Goosemoor Lagoons NR – Water Rail

For me, the Birding New Year started with a stroll to Bowling Green Marsh and the surrounding estuary area. The clear highlight was seeing a showy Water Rail stroll out from the reeds on Goosemoor Lagoons NR, giving my first chance to get a photo of this reed skulker in Devon. 

posted by John Reeves
1 Jan
7:49 pm
2024

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

30 Goosander 6m 24f,5 Lesser Scaup 3m 2f, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 19 Black-headed Gull, 5 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 12 Mallard, 13 Blue Tit, 2 Dunnock, 9 Coot, 7 Great Tit.  8 Coal Tit, 2m Teal, 2 Bullfinch, c60 Lapwing over, c35 Fieldfare, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 1m Merganser, 1 Jay, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Cormorant, 4 Tufted Duck 3m 1f,

posted by Rod Mudge
1 Jan
6:18 pm
2024

Plym Estuary & Saltram

64 species today, to kick off the new year, including: Peregrine, Green & (2) Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Redwing (c150), Great Northern Diver, Little Grebe (3+), Wigeon (53+), Teal, Goosander (2), Water Rail, Common Sandpiper, Greenshank (8), Snipe (c40), Black-tailed Godwit, Grey Wagtail (3), Firecrest, Stonechat (2) & Bullfinch (5). Also 4 Roe Deer.

In 2023 here, 127 species seen (of which I saw 120).

posted by Peter Aley
1 Jan
5:55 pm
2024
Crownhill Down +1 Photo

Crownhill Down

This morning a mixed flock of Fieldfares and Redwings, 1 GSW, 1 GWP, 1 Jay, 2 Ravens, 1 Sparrowhawk in lower fields. On Down top disturbed a flock of c.60 Golden Plover. Thanks to Chris E for pointing out 5 Ring Plovers on the far side of TWL.

posted by Bob Barrow
1 Jan
3:52 pm
2024

Soar

Record site winter count of 110 Redwing in the canopy at Fir Wood. Also Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming at Harleston by Slapton.

posted by Rob Macklin
1 Jan
1:27 pm
2024

Ilfracombe

4 Purple Sandpipers on rocks below Capstone. Lone gull on rocks below harbour wall close to Larkstone possibly Gluacous (short tailed , no black primaries and generally an all over coffee colour); 2 Cormorant; around 100 or so Herring Gull; several Rock Pipit; Goldfinch; flock of Long-Tailed Tit.

posted by David Shadwell
1 Jan
12:43 pm
2024
Great Northern Diver – Horsey +1 Photo

Great Northern Diver – Horsey

Unusual to see a Great Northern Diver on Horsey. Diving for food items & caught a crab while under observation. Drifted out with the falling tide.

Very close views.

 

posted by Robert Jutsum
1 Jan
12:21 pm
2024
Woolacombe

Woolacombe

Yesterday morning around the rocks on Woolacombe seafront were a small number of Turnstones & Oystercatchers and a single Great Northern Diver.  In the afternoon the Diver had gone although I managed to get a shot of a Crow.

posted by Martin Bennett
31 Dec
6:50 pm
2023
Blackcaps return, Braunton +1 Photo

Blackcaps return, Braunton

The long wait is over, 2 Blackcaps have finally discovered our peanut fat cake in the garden hedge. 1 male & 1 female. They were lucky to avoid a beautiful Sparrowhawk who pitched up around lunch time.

 

posted by Phil and Sue Naylor
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