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15 Dec
8:06 pm
2023

Exminster Marsh

A morning hide tide visit, including from Turf Hotel. Only one Marsh Harrier (2cy F/Ad F). 350+ Wigeon, 350+ Teal, 26 Shoveler, 15 Pintail on marsh. 3 Tufted & F Pochard on lagoon.

From Turf 380 Avocet, 150+ Curlew (with 50+ on marsh), 420+ Lapwing (with 30+ more on marsh), between 800-1200 Golden Plover, 75 Knot, 28 Barwit & 8+ Grey Plover. Also 100+ Common Gull, numbers significantly up from last visit. Good numbers of Dunlin, Redshank & Blackwit but no detailed counts. Also 1+ Great Crested Grebe.

Otherwise Raven, Water Rail, 10+ Fieldfare, 40+ Redwing, 15+ Blackbird, 1 Snipe, 3+ Cetti’s Warbler.

 

posted by Steve Cox
15 Dec
4:59 pm
2023

Dawlish Warren and Teignmouth this morning

Dawlish Warren

Out front: Five divers and 13 Great Crested Grebes, the divers were distant, certainly two Great Northerns and a probable Red Throated. In the willows near the entrance, four Chiff Chaffs (all Collybita).

Teign Estuary Lay-by

Four species of Gull including BH, GBB, H and a Common. Two Great Crested Grebes, four Shelduck, six Red Breasted Mergansers, a single Black Tailed Godwit and a few Curlews.

Teignmouth Seafront

Two Great Northern Divers amongst the usuals.

posted by Simon Bates
14 Dec
10:12 pm
2023

Instow – Barnstaple

Of note were 3 Eiders off Instow, seeming to feed very successfully at the low of the tide, 3 Glossy Ibises in Fremington Creek, 2 Cattle Egrets in the fields across the railway from Penhill Marsh and, in total, 250+ Redwings and 25+ Fieldfares in multiple groups along the way.

posted by James Camden
14 Dec
9:37 pm
2023
Broadsands

Broadsands

By the carparks. Firecrests (3), Chiffchaffs, Cirl Buntings. Goldfinches. Greenfinches. At sea. GND’s (3), Razorbill (1). Fulmar, Gannet

posted by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd
14 Dec
8:45 pm
2023
Haldon Forest +1 Photo

Haldon Forest

This morning. Siskins, Bullfinches, Hawfinches (2), Crossbills (c.20) and GSW’s

posted by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd
14 Dec
7:21 pm
2023

Lower Tamar lake

Red Brasted Merganser with flock of Goosanders. Water Rail heard from hide. Willow Tit seen from hide.

posted by Chris Baines
14 Dec
6:39 pm
2023
Goosander Roost – Blackhill Quarry +1 Photo

Goosander Roost – Blackhill Quarry

15:50 to 16:50 Blackhill Quarry. Goosander roost 25 confirmed coming in from 1600 but many after 1630. 14 male, 11 female. Also Snipe and flocks of thrushes over and 30+ Teal over.

posted by Derek Carter
14 Dec
5:48 pm
2023

River Exe – well upstream

1 Little Egret & 3 Grey Herons in tree at Oakford

posted by Mike Moxon
14 Dec
12:08 pm
2023

Wakeham’s Quarry, Plymstock

A Firecrest feeding in woodland edge plus 100s of Redwing in groups of 30 – 40 flying east in an hour.

posted by Darren Wilson
13 Dec
8:40 pm
2023

Trew Weir to Salmon Pool, Riverside Country Park

High river flow and a wet drainage channel. Teal 24, Mallard 71, Snipe & Water Rail.

posted by Steve Cox
13 Dec
8:39 pm
2023
Clennon Lakes, Paignton +1 Photo

Clennon Lakes, Paignton

A couple of photos to add to Kevin’s earlier post about the Hume’s Leaf Warbler from today, Wednesday. Also heard it make it’s quite distinctive ‘Chew-It’ call on a few occasions. The bird is constantly on the move and occasionally seems to congregate with Long Tailed Tits and Goldcrests.

posted by Fred Jenkins
13 Dec
8:36 pm
2023

Lower Tamar Lake

3 Lesser Scaup among the 12 Goosander. Also single male Red-breasted Merganser, Willow Tit, Marsh Tit, Water Rail, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Nuthatch

posted by Andy Goodey
13 Dec
5:12 pm
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Highlight today was 4 Great Northern Divers (probably a site record). Also, 2 Jack Snipe, 20+ Snipe, c475 Dunlins, Common Sandpiper, 6 Greenshanks, c25 Turnstones, Black-tailed Godwit, Great Crested & 2+ Little Grebes, 2 redhead Goosanders, drake Red-breasted Merganser, 59 Wigeon, Kingfisher, 2 Green Woodpeckers, Sparrowhawk, 50+ Redwings (mainly going north), 3 Stonechats, c10 Siskins & 5 Roe Deer.

Another 95+ Redwings (mainly going north) over Tothill Park and an additional Great Northern Diver in the Cattewater.

posted by Peter Aley
13 Dec
3:53 pm
2023

Clennon Valley Lakes

Humes leaf warbler still showing well and calling,at previously reported site late morning.wellies reqd as approach path very wet.my boots are still drying out!

posted by KEVIN Hall
13 Dec
1:01 pm
2023
Croyde to Baggy

Croyde to Baggy

14 Scoters still present this morning including the single Surf Scoter amongst the 13 Common Scoters.

posted by Robert Jutsum
13 Dec
12:30 pm
2023

Crownhill Down

Five Ringed Plover in the big pit.

posted by Chris E
13 Dec
9:55 am
2023

Wembury 08:05 – 08:25

A westerly movement of 155 Redwings this morning, in a twenty minute period. The flock sizes were between 20 and 50 birds.

posted by David Fieldsend
12 Dec
11:35 pm
2023
Skern Northam +1 Photo

Skern Northam

In poor light I was able to get a few shots of the Lesser Scaup that is still around. Saw lots of; Brent Geese, Oystercatchers, Dunlin and Wigeon. A single Redshank feeding on the grass beside the road and two Pied Wagtails on the same patch of grass/

posted by Martin Bennett
12 Dec
11:16 pm
2023

Velator reserve

Male Marsh Harrier South of the reserve this morning. Several Siskins nearby feeding on Alders along the Tarka Trail near Tesco.

posted by Jon Turner
12 Dec
7:51 pm
2023

Cockwood Cattle Egrets.

30 Cattle Egrets half mile West of Cockwood on A379 at midday.

posted by Lloyd Gray
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