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6 Jan
2:01 pm
2024
Crownhill Down +1 Photo

Crownhill Down

This morning: Redwing, 4 Ravens, c.30 Golden Plover on Down top. 3 Avocets on nearby Portworthy.

posted by Bob Barrow
6 Jan
9:00 am
2024

Tamar Lakes

Late for Friday 5th.

Lower Tamar Lake.

42 Goosander 12m 30f, 5 Lesser Scaup 3m 2f, 1m Merganser, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Willow Tit, 3 Marsh Tit, 5 Tufted Duck 4m 1f, 4 Snipe, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Coot, 2 Wren, 3 Fieldfare.

Upper Tamar Lake.

4 Willow Tit, 22 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing, 2 Robin.

posted by Rod Mudge
5 Jan
8:51 pm
2024
Stover Country Park +1 Photo

Stover Country Park

Today I stopped off at Stover were there were a good number of Tufted Duck, Coots and Moorhen, a few Mandarin Duck, a Kingfisher, a Great crested grebe, two male and two female Shoveler, a Grey Heron and four or five Cormorants. In the wooded area there were a few Coal tits, Blue tits, a Nuthatch, three Robins and two Long tailed tits.

posted by Martin Bennett
5 Jan
8:50 pm
2024

West Charleton Marsh

A flooded West Charleton Marsh is looking very good at the moment with 2 Jack Snipe, 1 Common Snipe, 45 Eurasian Wigeon and 72 Eurasian Teal present today.

posted by Nick Bray
5 Jan
5:11 pm
2024
Plym Estuary +1 Photo

Plym Estuary

On the Plym Estuary and surrounding Saltram Woods today were the following: 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Little Grebe, 4 Goosander (1 male), 500+ Dunlin, 2 Greenshank, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Gull, 1 female Bullfinch and 8 Turnstone.

posted by Darren Wilson
5 Jan
3:13 pm
2024

Ilfracombe

Around Capstone this morning revealed 3 rock pipits, 4 purple sandpipers and on a rock with some oystercatchers was a rather early whimbrel. At the pier there were  2 very camera friendly shags.

posted by Fozz Forsdike
5 Jan
3:00 pm
2024

Soar inc.Southdown Farm

Farmland Bird Count – 630 Skylark, 132 Cirl Bunting, 8 Yellowhammer (they move, Cirls don’t). Also: 8 Meadow Pipit, 45 Linnet, 2 Snipe, 100 Rook, 20 Starling, 2 Bullfinch.

posted by Rob Macklin
5 Jan
9:58 am
2024

Greenbank, Plymouth

Male Black Redstart present in my garden at 8.45am 5/01/24. Also heard yesterday morning, same time and place. Never seen a male in garden before as usually have had  female visitors each year.

posted by Fred Jenkins
4 Jan
10:04 pm
2024

Ilfracombe

8 Purple Sandpipers seen  on Capstone in rough conditions this morning.

posted by Jon Turner
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
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