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21 Nov
10:21 pm
2023

Penhill Marsh on the Taw

18 Cattle Egret put on a wonderful synchronised flying display today for the Torridge U3A Birdwatching Group.

Later several of us enjoyed the Grey Phalarope on Greylake at the end of the Skern Road near Appledore.

posted by Martin Unwin
21 Nov
8:03 pm
2023

Matford Marsh & Riverside Country Park

A visit this morning to Matford Marsh & Countess Weir end of Riverside Country Park.

On main marsh at Matford were 55 Wigeon, 47 Teal, 31 Mallard, 14 Shoveler, a Pintail, a Tufted & 2 Little Grebe.

Another 10 Teal on Riverside Country Park side. Also on that site a male Kingfisher, F Stonechat, M Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Redwing.

posted by Steve Cox
21 Nov
4:37 pm
2023

Blaxton Meadow and River Plym

Midday at Blaxton Meadow there were 4 little egrets, 7 grey herons, at least 27 curlew, 3 dunlin, 1 greenshank, plenty of redshank, 14 oystercatchers and 3 turnstones, along with 4 mallard, 20 wigeon, 3 male and 3 redhead goosanders, 13 shelduck and 30 Canada geese.

posted by Douglas Herdson
21 Nov
11:51 am
2023

Wembury Point 10:30

Water Pipit feeding on the strand line east of the old boat house at the Point. It can be seen anywhere along this stretch, where there is a good supply of washed up kelp.

posted by David Fieldsend
20 Nov
8:00 pm
2023

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

5 Willow Tit, 2f Goosander, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant, 17 Great Black-backed gulls, c25 Snipe, 1 Jay.

posted by Rod Mudge
20 Nov
7:29 pm
2023

Broadsands & Goodrington, Torbay

Broadsands: this morning, 2 Firecrests, 1 chiffchaff, 6 Cirl Buntings. On the sea: 9 Great Northern Divers, 7 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Common Scoter and a small grebe 1 mile away at Goodrington..

Goodrington: 1 Slavonian Grebe a rare bird in Devon now.

posted by Mike Langman
20 Nov
7:05 pm
2023

Powderham Estate Area.

Monday 4.15pm. At least 2 Firecrest combing a hedgerow for invertebrates along the edge of the railway line close to the entrance to Powderham Estate, near Starcross.

posted by Fred Jenkins
20 Nov
6:55 pm
2023

Lower Otter NR

A Kingfisher on the newly created salt Marsh.

posted by Andrew Rhodes
20 Nov
5:09 pm
2023

Crownhill Down area and Burrator Reservoir

Crownhill Down area: 4 Ringed Plover, 36 Golden Plover, 4 Shoveler, 6 Wigeon, 2 Crossbill (over), Marsh Tit, plus usuals.

Burrator Res: 4 Goosander, 7 Mandarin, Marsh Tit, c80 Fieldfare, plus usuals.

posted by Chris E
20 Nov
4:54 pm
2023

Exminster Marshes

13:21-16:25

Highlights: Buzzard, Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Peregrine, Redwing, Fieldfare, Cetti’s Warbler (2+)

posted by Paul Bray
20 Nov
4:18 pm
2023

Chudleigh Firecrests

There were three Firecrests in Chudleigh this afternoon:

posted by Dave Smallshire
20 Nov
9:50 am
2023

Wembury

An unusual record, for here, of a flock of nine Fieldfares briefly visiting the garden this morning before continuing their westerly movement. Normally this only happens during cold weather movements.

posted by David Fieldsend
19 Nov
6:42 pm
2023
Ilfracombe Purple Sandpipers

Ilfracombe Purple Sandpipers

(late post)

Saturday 18th November, 14.45

2 Purple Sandpipers feeding on rocks close to water’s edge at Capstone Point, alongside a Meadow Pipit that seemed to be trying hard to be a Rock Pipit!

 

posted by Jonathan Nicholl
19 Nov
5:28 pm
2023

Plym estuary / Saltram

In addition to David’s sightings, 2 female Goosanders upstream by the railway bridge, 4 Siskin with a flock of Goldfinch in the Alders. A great Black Backed gull with leg ring P:15F. At Mountbatten, 22 Great Black Backed gulls on the ferry landing stage, 3 Gannets in the Sound.

posted by Alan Livsey
19 Nov
2:34 pm
2023

Plym Estuary/Saltram

The usual suspects at Blaxton Meadow and the adjacent estuary and river this morning included 29 Shelduck, 36 Wigeon, 3 Goosander (a drake and 2 redheads), a Little Grebe, a Turnstone, 160 Dunlin, 13 Snipe, a Common Sandpiper, 207 Redshank and 10 Greenshank. Three Mandarin Ducks were on the Saltram duck pond and two Firecrests were also in the grounds.

posted by David Diskin
19 Nov
10:57 am
2023

Plymouth branch visit to Slapton Ley

A group of 18 members from Plymouth Branch met at Slapton Ley on Saturday 18th November and despite the weather warnings were amply rewarded with over 50 species during our time there from 09.30 to 14.00 a full list will be posted in events and news for our branch but the highlight included:-

  • great views and prolonged sightings of Great White Egret
  • several sightings of Firecrest,
  • many sightings of Jay
  • Great Crested and Little Grebe among the many Tufted Duck
  • Snipe in flight
  • Peregrine,
  • Chiffchaff and Goldcrest in good numbers
  • Great, Blue and Long Tailed Tit
  • Pochard and Goldeneye
  • Non-avian species of the day an Otter watched catching an eel

Should anyone wish to visit Slapton Ley please be aware of high water levels making parts of the footpath only accessible if wearing wellington boots as the water was ankle deep.

John Lloyd group leader for Plymouth Branch

posted by John Lloyd
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
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