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9 Dec
2:47 pm
2023
Ilfracombe +1 Photo

Ilfracombe

Yesterday the 1st winter Iceland gull put in a appearance same as the day before along with a 1st winter Yellow-legged gull.

Last years overwintering Whimbrel has made a return roosting amoung the 20 Oycs.

Today I spoke to the anglers and this cracking Great Northern Diver has been present for weeks now coming right into the inner harbour, seems to feed mostly on Hermit Crabs.

Rough conditions off Capstone produced a couple of Sooty Shearwaters that were passing a fair way out along with this stunning Pomarine Skua. A couple of flocks of 20+ Common Scoter were heading down channel. Met Fiona and she pointed out a Purple Sandpiper. 

 

posted by Martin Thorne
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
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