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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
15 Nov
5:00 pm
2023

Roundham Head, Paignton

Three Great Northern Divers off headland, one in breeding plumage. Otherwise 5/6 Kittiwakes & 15+ Gannet.

posted by Steve Cox
15 Nov
4:13 pm
2023

Velator quay down to White House

Took a walk down to White House from velator quay this morning it was heading towards low tide saw several shelduck, curlew, odd green shank, plenty of red shank knocking about , small groups of ringed plover, and quite a few lapwings, I saw several small groups and one  of probably 70-80 birds, I wonder if we will see them in the same numbers as last year? Also 1 grey heron, several little egret, a kingfisher near the toll house. Several juvenile cormorant.

posted by Chris Davy
15 Nov
2:53 pm
2023

Soar inc.Southdown Farm

First winter farmland bird count of the season with good numbers this early in the winter: 780 Skylark, 94 Yellowhammer & 72 Cirl Bunting. Also: 3 Red-legged Partridge, Snipe, 1650 Woodpigeon  (690E, 660W, 300 grounded), 203 Stock Dove – most moving west, 18 Meadow Pipit, 49 Jackdaw (45E 4W), 240 Starling, 110 House Sparrow, 60 Chaffinch, 30 Goldfinch & 250 Linnet.

posted by Rob Macklin
15 Nov
12:24 pm
2023

Scabbacombe Head

Short Eared Owl quartering field above Head c. 9am. this morning.

posted by John Lusher
15 Nov
12:15 pm
2023
Cadover Bridge +1 Photo

Cadover Bridge

This morning along the edge of Brisworthy Farm fields at least 6 Ring Ouzels and numerous Fieldfares and Redwings 12 Ravens and yesterday evening brief appearance of a Merlin.

posted by Bob Barrow
15 Nov
10:17 am
2023

Meeth Quarry

Flock of 5 Barnacle Geese from the hide this morning, been there a few days apparently .

posted by David Cope
14 Nov
4:55 pm
2023

Swallow ~ Starcross

A single Swallow seen at Starcross yesterday.

posted by Steve Hopper
14 Nov
11:22 am
2023

Lipson, Plymouth

Had the pleasure of watching a male Black Redstart feeding in my garden in lipson this morning.

posted by Matt Clark
14 Nov
9:24 am
2023

Message for Martin Bennett

Martin.

The tagged & colour ringed Curlew you spotted yesterday is a German bird which was ringed at Niedervlieland, Bremen, North Germany.

All the best

Rob

 

 

 

posted by Robert Jutsum
13 Nov
7:08 pm
2023
Pottington to Heanton Court +1 Photo

Pottington to Heanton Court

Today I saw my first Solar powered Curlew. Tagged Curlew Orange/Orange rings on upper right leg and White over Blue rings on upper left leg, the same bird is carrying a tracker. I’d be interested to know more about this bird. Also along the route I saw four Dunlin, a small number of Lapwings, Wigeon, four Godwits, loads of Canada geese, a few Teal, Redshanks, and Little Egrets.

posted by Martin Bennett
13 Nov
3:49 pm
2023

Haldon Forest Park

2 siskin,2 greenfinch,4 goldfinch,gt spot woodpecker on feeders.Male yellowhammer,coal tit,nuthatch,chaffinches on ground

posted by KEVIN Hall
13 Nov
1:41 pm
2023
Bickington sparrowhawk

Bickington sparrowhawk

Just got back for lunch and so did this sparrowhawk! Saw it in our garden, having caught a starling – a bit grim as the starling was still alive at first. Nature in the raw.

posted by Colin Dracott
13 Nov
12:47 pm
2023

Baggy Point

The female Surf Scoter still present half way out to Baggy Point this morning, along with 20 Common Scoter. Very close to the rocks and having to dive under a succession of huge waves rolling in.

posted by Jon Turner
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