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22 Dec
10:43 am
2023

Fremington Pill….

Glossy Ibis , 3 feeding in stream close to sluice….Spoonbill , adult feeding at end of pill close to Fremington quay.Black tailed Godwits , 15….A stranded Guillemot on the rocks at the quay was attacked by a Crow but managed to make it back to the stream…

posted by Malcolm Shakespeare
22 Dec
8:59 am
2023

Ring Necked Parakeets on The Maer, Exmouth

>10 at the east end of the tennis courts. Flying around as a flock in strong winds and calling loudly.

posted by Sue Rodway-Dyer
21 Dec
5:51 pm
2023
Skern, Northam Burrows +1 Photo

Skern, Northam Burrows

Lesser scaup still present on the lake at Northam Burrows and I  saw a ringed Curlew on the Skern which would be nice to know a bit more about if anyone knows about the different colour rings ?

Thanks

 

https://www.dcwrg.org.uk/recoveries/curlew/bird/GBT-FJ28752

posted by Matt Gregory
21 Dec
5:31 pm
2023

Exminster Marsh

Highlights of a walk along the tow path to Turf were 4 mergansers (2m, 2f) south of the lock and a snow goose amongst the Canada geese in the fields close to the lock. Also a hybrid goose (white head and greyish body) amongst the Canada geese close to the car park

posted by Paul Matthews
20 Dec
11:40 pm
2023

Red Kite near Cadover Bridge on December 18, 2023.

One Red Kite watched for 5 minutes about half a mile from Cadover Bridge, on the road between the bridge and the T junction leading to Wotter and Shaugh Prior.

posted by Howard Ackford
20 Dec
8:51 pm
2023

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

5 Lesser Scaup 3m 2f, 1 Drake Merganser, 23 Goosander 8m 15f, 2 Cormorant, 3 Tufted Duck 2m 1f, 3 Wigeon 2m 1f.

posted by Rod Mudge
20 Dec
6:28 pm
2023

Stover

A duck feeding trip was also fruitful for birds. 3 Goosander (2M, F), M Pochard, 9 Wigeon, 6 Shoveler, 20+ Tufted, 13+ Mandarin & Little Grebe on lake. Also 100+ Mallard, 90+ Coot, 18+ Moorhen Grey Heron & still 10 Mute Swan (Pair & 8 Imm).

Kingfisher, Marsh Tit, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Stock Dove, 2+ Siskin, 12+ Chaffinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker and numerous other small birds.

posted by Steve Cox
20 Dec
4:27 pm
2023
ID Unknown Slapton LEY +1 Photo

ID Unknown Slapton LEY

  • Seen today could not put a name to this bird , editor could you please help with the ID of this bird.

Eds – this looks like a Dunnock.

posted by Barry Rankine
20 Dec
3:34 pm
2023

Soar inc.Southdown Farm

Farmland Bird Count in mild & windy conditions:  770 Skylark, 71 Yellowhammer, 102 Cirl Bunting. Also: 3 Red-legged Partridge, 38 Stock Dove, 3 Snipe, 16 Golden Plover, Redwing, 40 Goldfinch & 190 Linnet.

posted by Rob Macklin
20 Dec
1:43 pm
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

An excellent count of 65 Snipe on Blaxton Meadow at high tide, this morning. Also, Firecrest, Grey Wagtail, Water Rail, 5 Teal, 47 Wigeon, Little Grebe, 4 Turnstones, 17 Oystercatchers, Black-tailed Godwit & 8 Greenshanks.

posted by Peter Aley
19 Dec
4:58 pm
2023

Brixham Harbour to Roundham Head

A lunch time walk along outer quay at Brixham Harbour. Huge numbers of birds feeding off shore. 500+ Kittiwake, 90+ Gannet, winter Med Gull amongst other gulls. 30+ Auk including Guillemot & Razorbills.

5 Great Northern Divers in harbour, 8 Purple Sandpiper, 3 Turnstone & a Rock Pipit.

Broadsands car park, Yellow-browed Warbler, Chiffchaff & Goldcrest. Didn’t look at the sea.

Roundham Head, briefly later. 13 Common Scoter, and a distant diver, probably BT Diver.

posted by Steve Cox
19 Dec
3:56 pm
2023

Taw at Heanton

Around 40 pintails on the sandbank opposite Heanton Court this afternoon. Also between there and Ashford were a few hundred lapwing, 2 grey plovers, approx. 8 redwing, a goldcrest, a female bullfinch and 2 buzzards flying low over the path. Dunlin,oystercatchers, heron,redshank, curlew, cormorant and little egret also seen

posted by Fozz Forsdike
19 Dec
2:44 pm
2023

Charles Cross, Plymouth

Over 50 Ring-necked Parakeets at their roost early this morning. Also a Great Northern Diver seen feeding the high tide upstream from Laira Bridge, Plym Estuary.

posted by Darren Wilson
19 Dec
11:40 am
2023

North Devon Kites

Now 3-4 Red Kites together from A361 near to Filleigh , west of South Molton.

posted by David Cope
18 Dec
11:16 pm
2023

Bowling Green Marsh

An hour’s scan this morning produced a Peregrine, a Marsh Harrier, 2 Greenshank, 3 Barwits, 5 Snipe, 8 Dunlin, 450+ Avocets, 120+ Pintail, 60+ Shoveler, 10+ Gadwall, 4 Greylags and a Barnacle Goose. Back in Exeter, a Dipper was singing in the Ludwell brook, and a Treecreeper in the Crematorium grounds.

posted by James Camden
18 Dec
7:54 pm
2023

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

5  Lesser Scaup 3m 2f, 3 Tufted Duck 2m 1f, 20 Goosander 6m 14f, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit.

posted by Rod Mudge
18 Dec
5:20 pm
2023

Tavy Estuary Cattle Egrets

Spotted from the train to Calstock above Bere Alston junction at least 10 Cattle Egrets in a field of cows.

Yesterday whilst on my WeBS count at Warleigh Marsh a minimum count of 20 Cattle Egrets in a roost with at least 77 Little Egrets and 3 Herons.

Some very, very late news. A Long-tailed Duck was photographed by a group of kayakers off Jennycliff in Plymouth Sound on 11th November.

posted by Chris Marcol
18 Dec
4:25 pm
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On a grey day: Firecrest, Treecreeper, Bullfinch, Grey Wagtail, 3 Stonechats, 150+ Redwings, Sparrowhawk, 2 Ravens, Great Spotted & 2 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Little Grebes, 64 Wigeon, Kingfisher, Water Rail, Jack Snipe, c20 Snipe, 13+ Turnstones, 8 Greenshanks, Common Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Teal & 7 Roe Deer.

Also, recently, up to 3 Blackcaps in my garden (Mount Gould).

posted by Peter Aley
17 Dec
9:20 pm
2023

Fieldfare, Down and Combshead Tor

Difficult to count but up to 200 fieldfare moving between Down and Combshead Tor, east of Burrator this afternoon.   Quite the spectacle to see them all up in the air together

posted by Paul Dietrich
17 Dec
6:49 pm
2023
17/12/23 Slapton

17/12/23 Slapton

Slapton Ley this afternoon:

 

Drake Ring-necked Duck, female Greater Scaup, 2 female Goldeneye, Great Egret, 7 Chiffchaff & 3 Firecrest.

Bob & Libbie Bosisto

posted by Bob Bosisto
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