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18 Nov
8:24 pm
2023
Baggy Point +1 Photo

Baggy Point

Nice views of the female Surf Scoter feeding with 44 Common Scoters just offshore, roughly halfway along the southern side of Baggy Point at lunchtime today – in spite of blustery onshore winds, thick cloud & rubbish light.  Would be easily overlooked had the flock been further out, especially as most of the scoters were diving frequently – not only when feeding but also when spooked regularly by low-flying gulls, some of which seemed to be behaving in an almost kleptoparasitic way, though we never actually saw any attempts to seize food, most of which seemed already to have been consumed by the time the ducks had surfaced from a feeding dive.  Also 7 Turnstones on the rocks at the  northern end of Croyde beach. The Surf Scoter is potentially the same individual as seen by Andy Jayne in the Landing Bay, Lundy, on 27th October.

posted by Tim Jones
18 Nov
7:15 pm
2023

Dartmoor

Yesterday’s synchronised dawn count of Goosanders roosting on Dartmoor reservoirs and pits produced a total of 49 birds, including 16 males, three of which were still in moult. Site counts were 15 at Venford, 14 at Avon Dam, 8 at Fernworthy, 5 each at Burrator and Meldon and 2 at Cholwichtown, with none present at six other sites. Thanks to all who took part.

posted by Peter Reay
18 Nov
6:04 pm
2023

River Teign – Gidleigh Park to A382 (Dogmarsh Bridge)

2 female Goosander (separate), 2 or 3 Mandarin (not sure I’ve seen them here before), 2 Kingfisher, 1 GS Woodpecker

posted by Mike Moxon
18 Nov
2:02 pm
2023

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

3f Goosander, 4 Willow Tit, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Coal Tit, 16 Blue Tit, 2 Nuthatch, 11 Chaffinch, 9 Great Tit, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Jay, 1 Marsh Tit, 3 Coot, 1 Grey Heron.

posted by Rod Mudge
18 Nov
9:13 am
2023
Fernworthy +1 Photo

Fernworthy

Yesterday around Fernworthy area I saw up to 20 Crossbills, two Nuthatch and four Marsh tits.

posted by Martin Bennett
18 Nov
7:04 am
2023

Black Redstart…Woodford estate Plympton

  • Black Redstart has been hanging around back gardens
  • 15+16 Nov..
  • Woodford Estate Plympton
posted by Steve Ham
17 Nov
6:07 pm
2023

Wembury

3,000 Woodpigeons flew west between 08:00 and 09:15 this morning.

posted by David Diskin
17 Nov
3:37 pm
2023

Exminster Marsh

A bright and sunny start to the day with Paul Kemp. Rewarded by 2 Short-eared Owls from viewing platform both quartering marsh an sat on posts. Two Marsh Harriers, a 1cy, and what we believe to be a 2cy male, based upon underwing pattern.

400+ Teal, 34 Pintail (12 on estuary), 60+ Wigeon, 22 Shoveler, Little Grebe on lagoon, 21 Coot.

170+ Lapwing, 100+ Curlew, 1 Barwit, 1 Snipe on marsh. Also 2 Water Rail, 1 Cattle Egret, 160+ Starling, 4+ Skylark, 6+ Meadow Pipit, 16 Redwing, Goldcrest, make Stonechat.

From Turf, 940+ Blackwit, 38+ Knot, 36+ Grey Plover, 140+ Golden Plover, 17 Barwit, 400+ Dunlin, 159 Avocet, 5 Red-reacted Merganser, 300+ Brent Geese & Adult Mediterranean Gull.

posted by Steve Cox
17 Nov
1:02 pm
2023

Baggy Point

Walked out in much more pleasant conditions this morning. The female Surf Scoter still present, very close in mid-way to the point along with now 40 Common Scoters.

posted by Jon Turner
16 Nov
6:19 pm
2023

Haldon Forest

This afternoon Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Green Woodpeckers, Crossbills, Siskins, Bullfinches and Goldcrests.

posted by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd
16 Nov
6:14 pm
2023
Bowling Green Marsh +1 Photo

Bowling Green Marsh

Avocets, Black tailed Godwits, Curlew, Snipe, Greenshank, Redshank, Dunlin, Shoveler, Pintail, Teal, Wigeon, a solitary Pochard, Buzzards and Redwings.

posted by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd
16 Nov
3:51 pm
2023

Velator reserve

Found a reserve alive with Finches this morning. Lots of Gold and Chaffinch, at last a number of Greenfinch, but the highlight was the number of Siskins – some singles but mostly in groups and feeding with the other Finches too. Kestrel also in attendance.

posted by Jon Turner
15 Nov
9:48 pm
2023

Saltpill Duck Pond

Shoveler (Male and Female)

Bullfinch (Male)

posted by Matt Gregory
15 Nov
6:23 pm
2023
Braunton Burrows & Croyde Bay to Baggy Point

Braunton Burrows & Croyde Bay to Baggy Point

A single Merlin at the north end of Braunton Burrows early this morning. Now 21 Common Scoters & the single Surf Scoter still present between Baggy Pond & Baggy Point.

posted by Robert Jutsum
15 Nov
5:00 pm
2023

Roundham Head, Paignton

Three Great Northern Divers off headland, one in breeding plumage. Otherwise 5/6 Kittiwakes & 15+ Gannet.

posted by Steve Cox
15 Nov
4:13 pm
2023

Velator quay down to White House

Took a walk down to White House from velator quay this morning it was heading towards low tide saw several shelduck, curlew, odd green shank, plenty of red shank knocking about , small groups of ringed plover, and quite a few lapwings, I saw several small groups and one  of probably 70-80 birds, I wonder if we will see them in the same numbers as last year? Also 1 grey heron, several little egret, a kingfisher near the toll house. Several juvenile cormorant.

posted by Chris Davy
15 Nov
2:53 pm
2023

Soar inc.Southdown Farm

First winter farmland bird count of the season with good numbers this early in the winter: 780 Skylark, 94 Yellowhammer & 72 Cirl Bunting. Also: 3 Red-legged Partridge, Snipe, 1650 Woodpigeon  (690E, 660W, 300 grounded), 203 Stock Dove – most moving west, 18 Meadow Pipit, 49 Jackdaw (45E 4W), 240 Starling, 110 House Sparrow, 60 Chaffinch, 30 Goldfinch & 250 Linnet.

posted by Rob Macklin
15 Nov
12:24 pm
2023

Scabbacombe Head

Short Eared Owl quartering field above Head c. 9am. this morning.

posted by John Lusher
15 Nov
12:15 pm
2023
Cadover Bridge +1 Photo

Cadover Bridge

This morning along the edge of Brisworthy Farm fields at least 6 Ring Ouzels and numerous Fieldfares and Redwings 12 Ravens and yesterday evening brief appearance of a Merlin.

posted by Bob Barrow
15 Nov
10:17 am
2023

Meeth Quarry

Flock of 5 Barnacle Geese from the hide this morning, been there a few days apparently .

posted by David Cope
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