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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
29 Dec
2:24 pm
2023

Fremington Pill & Saltpill Duck Pond

  • 6 Greenshanks
  • 16 Blacktailed Godwits
  • 50 Dunlin
  • 1 Marsh Harrier
  • 1 Spoonbill
  • 3 Glossy Ibis
  • 20 Cattle Egrets roosting in the trees at the start of the Pill.
posted by Dave Paterson
29 Dec
12:43 pm
2023
Seaton Wetlands

Seaton Wetlands

Yesterday afternoon: Shelduck, Teal, Moorhen, Blackwits, Lapwings, GBBG’s, LBBG’s, Common Gull, Oystercatchers, Curlew, Redshank.

posted by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd
29 Dec
12:25 pm
2023
Bowling Green Marsh +1 Photo

Bowling Green Marsh

Yesterday morning: Dunlin, Redshank, Ruff 1, Curlew, Avocet, Lapwing, Snipe 4, Blackwits, Shoveler, Wigeon, Teal, Pintail, Shelduck, Ravens and a Marsh Harrier,

posted by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd
28 Dec
7:45 pm
2023
Little Gull South Milton Sands

Little Gull South Milton Sands

Little Gull 1st Winter showing at very close range this afternoon with Black-headed Gulls on beach.

posted by John Walters
28 Dec
7:05 pm
2023
Ilfracombe Pier +1 Photo

Ilfracombe Pier

The Glaucous Gull lingered for an hour or so before heading up channel. To add to the 150 Herring gulls, 14 Gbb 2 Lesserbb 12 Common gull and handful of Black-headed. 4 Gannets were feeding in close and a flock of 30 Common Scoter headed west.

posted by Martin Thorne
28 Dec
5:39 pm
2023
Grand Western Canal – Tiverton Road Bridge to Sampford Peverell

Grand Western Canal – Tiverton Road Bridge to Sampford Peverell

Walked from the Tiverton Road Bridge to Sampford Peverell and back, with an in-between stop for a pint at the Globe Inn! One male Mandarin and one female Goosander (unusual?); c.100 Mallard; 23 Moorhen; mixed flock of c.250 Redwings & Fieldfares; 3 Kingfishers.

posted by Martin Overy
28 Dec
5:15 pm
2023

Broadsands

The Yellow-browed Warbler still – very active in the ivy-covered trees at the far right corner of the 1st car park this afternoon.

posted by Jon Turner
28 Dec
5:07 pm
2023

Cattewater/Hooe Lake

Today 4-5 Great Northern Divers were along the narrow channel that connects Cattewater to Hooe Lake. Viewed from Barton Road, Turnchapel. (Information courtesy of Vic Tucker.)

posted by DavidDiskin
28 Dec
4:26 pm
2023

Red Kites – A361 Filleigh EX32 0RQ

X2 REDKITES – Spotted from the A361 over the forestry plantation near Filleigh (West side, heading towards Barnstaple). 12pm and 3pm on the return to Exeter. Sorry no pictures, was driving and due to road works couldn’t pull over.

posted by Giles
28 Dec
3:48 pm
2023

Ilfracombe Pier

A 1st Winter Glaucous Gull dropped in to the storm drain at Cheyne. A fairly darkish individual not very dissimilar from the juv Herring gulls. Yesterday at dusk Purple Sandpiper numbers roosting at the pier rocks up to 20.

Porpoise have been feeding close into the pier in front of the anglers. I guess chasing the shoals of mullet that have now arrived.

posted by Martin Thorne
28 Dec
3:12 pm
2023

NutBush Lane, Torquay

Waxwing, yesterday afternoon and this morning,not seen since 8.20

posted by Lloyd Gray
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