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26 Nov
8:48 pm
2023

Tamar Lakes

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

1 Green Sandpiper, 14 Goosander 1m 13f, 2 Willow Tit, 5 Cormorants, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Tufted Duck 2m 1f, 1f Goldeneye, 2 Little Grebe, 8 Coot, 1 Grey Heron.

Upper Lake.

2 Wilow Tit, c30 Fieldfare.

posted by Rod Mudge
26 Nov
1:40 pm
2023

Tamar estuary / Ernesettle

78 Avocet this morning on the edge of the Tamar, 22 Great Crested Grebe further out, 51 Snipe on Ernesettle creek.

posted by Alan Livsey
26 Nov
12:42 pm
2023

Braunton Down up towards Ash Barton

5 redwing and 2 yellowhammers

posted by Fozz Forsdike
25 Nov
9:04 pm
2023

Powderham Marsh RSPB

An afternoon visit. Short-eared Owl being harassed by numerous corvids. Two Marsh Harriers, both I believe 2cy. First certainly 2cy male. Second I believe the same but features less well pronounced.

Otherwise Water Rail, 2 Snipe, Kestrel, 4 Stonechat, 3 Redwing, 30+ Lapwing (90+ also over Railway line on Exminster M), 190+ Golden Plover circling (as disturbed by Harriers on Exminster), 12+ Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Reed Bunting, 2 Chiffchaff.

Surprisingly no ducks. Maybe too much Harrier activity as they crossed marsh a number of times while there.

posted by Steve Cox
25 Nov
7:26 pm
2023

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

1f Goldeneye, 1 Green Sandpiper, 5 Goosander 1m 4f, 5 Willow Tit,  3 Marsh Tit, 1 Little Grebe, 3 Wigeon 1m 2f,  2 Grey Heron, 8 Coot, 1m Tufted Duck, 9 Snipe, 4 Moorhen, 1 Nuthatch.

Upper Tamar Lake.

3 Willow Tit.

posted by Rod Mudge
25 Nov
5:12 pm
2023
Cadover Bridge +1 Photo

Cadover Bridge

This morning a solitary Snipe on the Drying Pond. 200+ mixed flocks of Fieldfares and Redwings feeding on the berries along the edge of Brisworthy Farm fields also a Reed Bunting and a Green Woodpecker,

posted by Bob Barrow
25 Nov
12:29 pm
2023
Croyde Bay & Baggy point

Croyde Bay & Baggy point

Still a flock of 32 Scoters in Croyde Bay early this morning. From Baggy Point a movement south of 3 Red throated Divers,  also 4 Gannets.

posted by Robert Jutsum
25 Nov
12:14 pm
2023

MELDON RESERVOIR

Looking down river from the dam wall, 100 plus field fare feeding on the hawthorn berries also about 30 redwings a long the cycle track back to the viaduct.

posted by roger jewell
24 Nov
9:36 pm
2023

Sharpitor ( Meavy)

A flock of about 20 Golden plover flew in and settled on the ground.

posted by Mike Bridger
24 Nov
8:36 pm
2023

2 red kites north Molton (heasley mill)

2 red kites. No more than 20 foot up as I drove past

posted by Rob C
24 Nov
7:36 pm
2023

Exe Estuary cruise 24 November

As passengers were boarding in Exmouth at 10:00 am, several flocks of Woodpigeons headied roughly NW up the Estuary, presumably turning inland after coasting west from East Devon. Where DO they come from, WHERE are they going, and WHY??? The strong northerly wind created white horses, making the outer half of the Estuary look more like a rough sea. Eleven Great Crested Grebes off Cockwood was a good number for this part of the Estuary (a couple more were seen further up). They had a backcloth of hundreds of Brent Geese, many more of which were grazing the algae further up, especially off Lympstone; at Topsham, close views of Brents produced a good proportion of juveniles. An egret with cattle near Cockwood was assumed to a Cattle Egret (but a tiny proportion of the astonishing 143 that were in a flooded field at Starcross earlier, after leaving their roost at Powderham). Half a dozen Greenshank were scattered as usual between Cockwood and Powderham. Most waterfowl were concentrated around Topsham: maybe 300 Avocets, 1000 Black-tailed and 50+ Bar-tailed Godwits, 40 Knot and, last but not least, 2 Black Swans.

posted by Dave & Sue Smallshire
24 Nov
7:29 pm
2023

Teign Estuary and Teignmouth Seafront

On the estuary, highlights were two Great Crested Grebes, two Common Gulls and a possible 2nd winter Caspian Gull. On the seafront, four Common Scoter by the Ness and two more Great Crested Grebes. No divers seen today.

posted by Simon Bates
24 Nov
10:32 am
2023

Skern- 23/11/23 11am

Grey Phalarope still on the pond at Skern. Also Lesser Scaup with Wigeon.

posted by Chris Baines
23 Nov
5:33 pm
2023
Bowling Green Marsh +1 Photo

Bowling Green Marsh

Superb wildfowl and wader viewing over this afternoon’s high tide. The immature Spoonbill flew close to the road and started to feed. My images show that it was feeding on (Three-spined?) Sticklebacks, of which it cough several. On one image it looks like a spine has stuck the fish to the roof of the upper mandible – ouch! Also about 3 Brent Geese (1 juv), 90 Pintail, 65 Shoveler, 100+ Avocets, about 1200 Black-tailed Godwits, about 350 Redshank, about 100 Dunlin, 4 Snipe and 1 Ruff (feeding with the godwits).

posted by Dave & Sue Smallshire
23 Nov
4:33 pm
2023

River Dart

Newbridge to Holne – pair Goosander, 1pr + 3 other Dipper

Holne Bridge – 6m, 2f Mandarin, 1 Grey Wagtail

Buckfastleigh – 2 prs Dipper upstream of town, on edge of their territories, c.20 Mandarin (also majority male), [NO kingfisher – usually see 1 or 2]

posted by Mike Moxon
23 Nov
4:03 pm
2023

Buzzards Kingsteignton Thursday 23rd

Five buzzards circling and calling above my garden at 11.15 this morning.

Drifting slowly south eastwards with the breeze.

posted by Patrick Case
23 Nov
2:52 pm
2023

Velator reserve

After a productive ringing session yesterday – 2 Blackcaps and 6 Chiffchaffs ringed –  amongst good numbers and variety of Finches and Thrushes. Highlight was an adult Woodcock!

Today still lots of Finches, but best was a male Firecrest, the first there this year.

posted by Jon Turner
23 Nov
2:39 pm
2023

Plymouth Hoe

A flock of 15 Turnstones feeding on the rocks below the Pier One cafe this lunchtime on the incoming tide, a good count for here. No sign of any Purple Sandpipers (yet) but there was a smart male Black Redstart on the rooftops at nearby Rusty Anchor.

posted by Stuart Green
22 Nov
8:45 pm
2023
Spotted Redshank Fremington Pill +1 Photo

Spotted Redshank Fremington Pill

Spotted Redshank on Fremington Pill yesterday Mid-Morning.

posted by Matt Gregory
22 Nov
7:42 pm
2023

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning,

10 Goosander 3m (1 eclipse) 7f, 3 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 9 Fieldfare, 2 Bullfinch, 7 Teal, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch,.

posted by Rod Mudge
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