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9 Dec
11:45 am
2023

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

5 Lesser Scaup 3m 2f, 21 Goosander 4m 17f, 5 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 2 Bullfinch, 3 Cormorant, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Fieldfare.

posted by Rod Mudge
9 Dec
6:17 am
2023

Broadsands late post

Just off the beach, three GND’s and way out in the bay two gannets diving. Otherwise a quiet morning. Even the small birds in the car park conspicuous by their absence.

posted by Philip Fairclough
8 Dec
11:01 pm
2023

Lesser and Greater Scaup ?

seen on temporary ake on Northam burrows about 12 noon today.

Thought to be lesser Scaup on the right and Greater Scaup on the left

posted by Michael Pearce
8 Dec
4:22 pm
2023

Exminster marshes

Very flooded marshes this morning produced 4 different marsh harriers. Two males – one possibly 2/3cy and one less well marked. Two dark juvenile types – one of which was on Powderham. Also the barnacle goose.

posted by Andrew Thorpe
7 Dec
8:13 pm
2023

Bowling Green Marsh

An hour’s viewing this afternoon produced 1 Pochard, 5+ Tufted, 10 Greylags, 20+ Gadwall, 100+ Pintail, 400+ Avocets, 40 Redshanks, 25 Lapwings, 8 Dunlin, and 1 each of Grey Plover, Snipe and Sparrowhawk.

Back in Exeter, two Blackcaps separately come to roost in the garden around four-thirty, giving what Collins gives as the “schreh” call, but to me is a harsher, dismissive “schneer” which I only hear at this time. The usual wintering Water Rails and Stonechats are in the Trews Weir flood channel.

 

 

 

posted by James Camden
7 Dec
7:52 pm
2023
Tarka path around the Pottington area +1 Photo

Tarka path around the Pottington area

Yesterday lunchtime while walking along the Tarka path from Barnstaple to Ashford I spotted – dozens of Lapwing, Dunlin  a few Black-tailed Godwit, two Grey Plover and numerous Redwing.

posted by Martin Bennett
7 Dec
7:32 pm
2023
Ilfracombe +1 Photo

Ilfracombe

Ilfracombe Pier. Cheyne rocks. Cattle Egret on the rocks behind Lantern hill a first for me from Combe.

Iceland Gull, 1st winter off the outer harbour showed up as it was getting dark then flew off toward Haggington gull roost.

Red-throated and 2 Great Northern Divers one of which seems present most days now. 4 Purple Sandpipers and male Black Redstart behind the Landmark and on the Pier.

posted by Martin Thorne
7 Dec
2:19 pm
2023

Tamar Lakes

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

5 Lesser Scaup 3m 2f, 32 Goosander 9m 23f, 3 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Tufted Duck 1m 1f, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Great Crested Grebe.

Upper Tamar Lake.

2 Willow Tit, 1 MarshTit.

posted by Rod Mudge
6 Dec
6:12 pm
2023
Cholwichtown Pit, Dartmoor

Cholwichtown Pit, Dartmoor

Woodcock, female Goldeneye, 3 Marsh Tit, 2 Teal, 6 Tufted Duck and 5 Little Grebe.

posted by Chris E
6 Dec
5:25 pm
2023

Velator reserve

As I crossed the field to the reserve this morning the Redshank flew about and landed on a puddle in the middle of the track! In the reserve, fewer Finches than of late, but a ringed Chiffchaff and lots of Long-tailed Tits were busy. Along the South side of the reserve a female Marsh Harrier flew out of the reserve, while along the East side a male Sparrowhawk flew in! The Grey Wagtail that has been around for a few days now was again over the SWW building. A large Thrush atop a tree resolved into a fine Mistle Thrush – a very rare visitor here. On the scrape later on, the Redshank and a Greenshank! 33 Species recorded.

posted by Jon Turner
6 Dec
4:12 pm
2023

Fremington to Barnstaple along Tarka Trail Tuesday 5th December

2 Glossy Ibis; Greenshank; Redshank; 2 Snipe; Little Egret;Cattle Egret; Great White Egret; Black-Tailed Godwit; possible Grey Plover; Teal; Curlew; Grey Heron and Redwing

posted by David Shadwell
6 Dec
4:07 pm
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A Great Crested Grebe new in and the Great Northern Diver still around plus 2 drake Teal (1 on the duck pond). Also, 5 Little Grebes, 5+ Goosanders (3+ redheads & 2 drakes), 3 Jack Snipe, 16 Snipe, Common Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Turnstone, 6 Greenshanks, 2+ Green Woodpeckers, 25 Siskins & 4 Roe Deer.

posted by Peter Aley
6 Dec
3:17 pm
2023
Clennon Lakes – Paignton +1 Photo

Clennon Lakes – Paignton

Hume’s Warbler showing and calling regularly around mostly path side willows beside middle Lake.

posted by Mike Langman
6 Dec
9:54 am
2023

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning (07:15)

5 Lesser Scaup 3m 2f, 1f Tufted Duck, 26 Goosander 9m 17f, 2 Grey Heron.

posted by Rod Mudge
5 Dec
8:26 pm
2023
The Skern high tide today

The Skern high tide today

The highlight was the huge flock, estimated 2,000, of Golden Plover which got airborne a couple of times and gave amazing displays overhead. We found a resting flock of 45 Grey Plover and about 100 Dunlin were scouring the wet mud for food. 100’s of Oystercatcher, Shelduck, Wigeon and Brent Geese were seen, along with a few Pintail and 2 Turnstone. A few Greenshank and Redshank were spread across the bay, mainly on grassy areas. There were two sleeping ducks, bills tucked well under wings, on the large freshwater pool which I think were male Tufted, but they were a long way off.

posted by Phil and Sue Naylor
5 Dec
7:47 pm
2023

Firecrest higher Brixham

Firecrest  looking for food in my back garden  higher Brixham .

posted by Mark Vanstone
5 Dec
7:32 pm
2023

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning,

5 Lesser Scaup 3m 2f, 33 Goosander 8m 25f (08:15), 2 Grey Heron, 3 Marsh Tit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Wren, 2 Robin.

posted by Rod Mudge
5 Dec
6:56 pm
2023

River Mole Valley

50 Herring Gull mostly juveniles and 15Pied Wagtails with the cattle feeding on stubble turnips.25 Meadow Pipits in the barley earsh. Best today was a mixed flock of Lesser Redpolls and Siskin in the orchard along with Marsh Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Bullfinch,Greenfinch , male Sparrowhawk, Treecreeper, 2 GSW,Goldcrest, Redwing feeding on holly berries and Fieldfare feasting on apples.Non avian included 4 Roe Deer and 4 Red Deer hinds.Tawny Owls

posted by Brian Nicholas
5 Dec
5:44 pm
2023
Ashford Strand & Pottington – North side of Taw Estuary

Ashford Strand & Pottington – North side of Taw Estuary

At Ashford Strand 3 sawbills again, 1m Goosander keeping a safe distance apart from a male Red breasted Merganser & female Goosander close together.

Cycled quickly along to Pottington area where there were 4 sawbills, 1m & 1f Goosander & 1 male Red breasted Merganser with a female Goosander.

posted by Robert Jutsum
5 Dec
3:30 pm
2023

Slapton

On the Sea: 1 Velvet Scoter straight out from memorial car park – by itself. Further out 60 + Common Scoter (one wing flapped 2x with head up but too far out to see if it had any white in the wing – or not!), 3 Red-throated Divers, 1 Great Northern Diver.

On the Ley: 2 Great White Egrets, 1 Little Egret, 3 Goldeneye (All females), 1 Pintail (drake – unusual at site), 3 Wigeon no sign of any Scaup sp. among the many Tufted Ducks at Torcross, middle Ley or Ireland Bay.

Beesands: Just 13 Tufted Ducks, 5 Mute Swans and 3 coot!

posted by Mike Langman
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