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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
31 Dec
5:00 pm
2023

Bowling Green Marsh

An hour’s visit this morning produced 1 Ruff, 1 Greenshank, 2 Snipe, c100 Avocets, 150+ Redshanks, 1500+ Blackwits, 6 Gadwall and 3 Greylags among others. Brief visitors were a Marsh Harrier and a Peregrine, which came twice to, unsuccessfully, chase the waders and needed a rest on the ground after the second go, before a Crow flushed it in its turn. The regular LBB Gull was joined by a GBB in its attempts to snatch a Dunlin, but they failed too.

posted by James Camden
31 Dec
1:03 pm
2023
Cattle Egrets – Kingsbridge +1 Photo

Cattle Egrets – Kingsbridge

14 Cattle egrets in a field by Washbrook Lane in Kingsbridge, 21st December. Apologies for the phone photos.

posted by Rod Birtles
31 Dec
1:03 pm
2023

Hooe Lake

A Whimbrel was present in the northeast corner of the lake on the falling tide this morning – rather unusual at this location and especially at this season. Other waders in the same place were a Curlew, 3 Redshank, a Turnstone and a Common Sandpiper.

posted by David Diskin
31 Dec
11:28 am
2023

Broadsands

2 Firecrest – towards the reedbeds behind the car park

posted by Jane Pirie
30 Dec
10:44 pm
2023

Velator reserve

Still windy and very soggy, but a couple of Siskins and then all the local Corvids and Starlings up and noisy: followed by a bird of prey. Hmm small – Merlin. First here this year.

posted by jon turner
30 Dec
4:38 pm
2023
Slapton Ley & Start Bay

Slapton Ley & Start Bay

Extremely windy at Slapton Ley this morning. Highlight was a drake Ring-necked Duck visible from Torcross car park. Also present were 2 Great White Egrets, 6 Mediterranean Gulls, 14 Common Gulls and a pair of Common Goldeneye, along with a flock of 40+ Tufted Ducks and 9 Gadwall. In Start Bay 2 Red-throated Divers flew west, and at least 22 Common Guillemots were loafing on the rough water.

posted by Nick Bray
29 Dec
7:30 pm
2023

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

21 Goosander 4m 17f, 1m Merganser, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorants, 5 Lesser Scaup 3m 2f, 1 Grey Hero, 3 Tufted Duck 2m 1f, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Blackbird 1m 1f, 2m Wigeon, 2 Marsh Tit, 4 Willow Tit 3 on feeders 1 foraging, 2 Wren, 1 Goldcrest, 6 Coot, 2 Bullfinch, 23 Black-headed Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Robin, 2 Jay, 12 Fieldfare.

posted by Rod Mudge
29 Dec
4:39 pm
2023

Powderham Church to Turf

A cycle up to Turf Locks from Powderham Church with half an eye on birds. On estuary 900-1100 Golden Plover, 270+ Lapwing, 600+ Blackwit, 45+ Barwit, 200+ Curlew, 30+ Grey Plover, 60+ Redshank, 40+ Knot, 300+ Avocet, 400+ Dunlin, a Turnstone, 25+ Common Gull, Great Crested Grebe and F Red-breasted Merganser.

On the land 20+ Linnet and a F Stonechat.

posted by Steve Cox
29 Dec
4:09 pm
2023

Ilfracombe

Cold and very windy. No sign of the Glaucous Gull, but 4 Purple Sandpipers at Windy Corner, a few Gannets, a Fulmar, a Kingfisher, and 2 Harbour Porpoise off Capstone.

posted by Jon Turner
29 Dec
2:47 pm
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Another excellent count of Wigeon on this early morning’s high tide. Also, Black-tailed Godwit, Jack Snipe, 23 Snipe, 10 Greenshanks, 7 Turnstones, Great Crested & 4 Little Grebes, 33+ Mandarin Ducks, Mediterranean Gull (ad-w), Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker, Bullfinch, Stonechat, Grey Wagtail & 10 Roe Deer.

posted by Peter Aley
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