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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
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
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