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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
22 Nov
5:26 pm
2023
Wembury

Wembury

A Water Pipit still along the beach near the sewage pipe but very mobile and flighty.

A Great Northern Diver and 3 Common Scoter (1 male) heading west offshore.

21 Turnstone, 2 Curlew, 3 Little Egret, 2 pairs of Mallard and Oystercatchers along the beach.

A light passage of around 300 Woodpigeon overhead in small, irregular flocks with 3 Stock Dove amongst them.

A Reed Bunting in amongst the Cirl Buntings, a Chiffchaff and Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker also of note.

posted by Stuart Green
22 Nov
2:33 pm
2023

River Mole Valley

In the bird mix fields 2 Kestrels and a Snipe along with 80 Chaffinches.In the orchard lots of migrant Blackbirds quarrelling with the residents also Goldcrest, Firecrest, Treecreeper, Marsh Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Nuthatch, Bullfinch,Goldfinch, Fieldfare, Redwing, Meadow Pipit, Hawfinch, Siskin and Chiffchaff.600 plus Starling moving west with several hundred  Fieldfare and Redwing.

posted by Brian Nicholas
22 Nov
2:16 pm
2023

Soar inc.Southdown Farm

Todays tally included 580 Stock Dove (240W 130E 210 grounded), 1040 Woodpigeon (520W 360E 160 grounded), 1040 Skylark – very high count for mid-November, Golden Plover, 5 Snipe, 22 Meadow Pipit, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Fieldfare, 27 Magpie, 38 Jackdaw (15W 23N), 405 Starling, 80 Linnet, 39 Yellowhammer & 19 Cir;l Buntings – both buntings very low so where are they?

posted by Rob Macklin
22 Nov
2:12 pm
2023

Mount Batten

An hour’s stroll in the late morning produced a few odds-and-sods including 9 Turnstones, an adult Mediterranean Gull, a Razorbill and a Redwing.

posted by David Diskin
22 Nov
11:28 am
2023

Mutley area, Plymouth.

A good week for Firecrests. Today, Weds 22nd November, 10.00am, Firecrest seen and heard in some bushes in a garden at the eastern end of Houndiscombe Road, close to Mutley Plain. Possibly the same bird that I heard within Houndiscombe Park, on Tuesday 21st November.

posted by Fred Jenkins
22 Nov
9:37 am
2023

Around the Barnstaple area.

On the bus back to Barnstaple yesterday, a large number of cattle egrets were stood in a field just before the turnoff down to Yelland industrial site. A male goosander was seen on the Barnstaple side of the river Taw as we crossed the new bridge and late afternoon I was treated to 300-400 jackdaws swirling above my head, all calling to each other, at my home in Old Torrington Road.

posted by Robert Morgan
22 Nov
9:21 am
2023
Skern Northam +1 Photo

Skern Northam

Yesterday at Northam Skern there were at least five Pintail, a Lesser Scaup, a Grey Phalarope, loads of Dunlin, a few Lapwing and a number of Brent Geese.

posted by Martin Bennett
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