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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.
Goosanders, Combe Martin
New species for me in the village, 4 brown head Goosanders on small fishing lake this afternoon (15.40).
also interesting to note that the most regular bird feeder visitors in our garden are Blackcaps, both male and female seen daily.
Isabelline Wheatear, 7 Buzzard, 2 Peregrine, 2 Water Pipit the highlights.
Dartford Warbler and Treecreeper the highlights.
Golden Plover, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Curlew, Wigeon, Shelduck, Herring Gull, Black Headed Gull, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Stonechat, male and female Black Redstart and a Merlin.
Marsh harriers were active over the marsh (2 or 3 birds) putting up the waders and waterfowl. Waders on the estuary mudflats included avocet, oystercatcher, grey plover, dunlin and redshank, plus lots of gulls around the estuary generally including lots of common gulls.
Female Black Redstart reappears at Preston Rocks after a couple of days missing. Also a Rock Pipit.
Plym Estuary & Saltram
On Blaxton Meadow just after high tide – 27+ Snipe, Turnstone, Mediterranean Gull (ad-w), drake Teal, 49 Wigeon & female Red-crested Pochard. Also, 3 Little Grebes, 3 Goosanders (1 drake), Common Sandpiper, c400 Dunlins, Raven & Grey Wagtail.
In my garden (Mount Gould, Plymouth), now 4 Blackcaps.
A single Spoonbill with 110+ Black-tailed Godwits on the scrape this morning.
Ludwell Valley Park
Two yellowhammers amongst the finch flock at the top of the park yesterday afternoon.
Seawatch 0930-1530: Leach’s Storm-petrel, 4 European Storm-petrels, 2 Pomarine Skuas (both 1w), 4+Great Northern Divers. Also 5 Harbour Porpoises & Grey Seal.
Counted 113 Black-tailed Godwits on the scrape this morning, In the reserve a recalcitrant Cetti’s Warbler allowed millisecond views whilst shouting really loudly from no more than 10 feet away! 1 Chiffchaff, only 2 Redwing today. Skylark flew over. Late afternoon visit to a very stormy sea at Down End was productive: 2 Ravens over, 2 Common Scoter and an Eider, all females dodging the waves just off the point. And annoyingly Frog Lane is only a stone’s throw away from my house in Braunton…. (See earlier post re Red Kites).
5 Red Kite seen flying low over Frog Lane, Braunton by Andy Cotton at around midday this morning .
Bowling Green Marsh
After the rain blew through this morning: 150+ Avocet, 200+ Black tailed godwit, 50+ Pintail, 33 Snipe, 2 female Pochard, 7 Gadwall, 1 Ruff, 1 Spotted Redshank. 16 Common gull (Ad Wint) from the viewing platform, 4 Red breasted Merganser (2m,2f) from the goatwalk.
Hi Phil, I think you are reading the ring upside down! On the BTO rings I use, the numbers are at the bottom and the writing (return address etc).at the top. SO for me this ring is on upside down and I nearly always put them on the other way up. So the 2 numbers I can read are 89. Blackcaps take an ‘A’ size ring and for a couple of years now they have had 3 letters and 4 numbers. (My latest are AFV4_ _ _ ) So not easy to say whether it was mine without a few more digits I’m afraid. Strangely, I had a male Blackcap on my fat-ball feeders yesterday morning – the first time ever!
Dawilsh Warren and Exe Estuary this morning
Dawlish Warren, out to sea, 18+ Great Crested Grebe, 2 Guillemot and a male Common Scoter, female Peregrine stooping over the Warren. River Kenn outfall, highlights were 2 Greenshank, quite a few Avocets and a Common (Mew) gull.
Legringed curlew at Ashford Strand
A friend noticed a satellite tracking device on the back of the Curlew we reported on 1st January with the coloured leg rings. The Ringer, from Germany, kindly sent me the attached image showing the movements of the bird in the last 6 weeks of 2022. It seems to favor Ashford Strand over to Crow Point….and not much else! And seriously straight lines of flight!