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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
5 Dec
3:30 pm
2023

Slapton

On the Sea: 1 Velvet Scoter straight out from memorial car park – by itself. Further out 60 + Common Scoter (one wing flapped 2x with head up but too far out to see if it had any white in the wing – or not!), 3 Red-throated Divers, 1 Great Northern Diver.

On the Ley: 2 Great White Egrets, 1 Little Egret, 3 Goldeneye (All females), 1 Pintail (drake – unusual at site), 3 Wigeon no sign of any Scaup sp. among the many Tufted Ducks at Torcross, middle Ley or Ireland Bay.

Beesands: Just 13 Tufted Ducks, 5 Mute Swans and 3 coot!

posted by Mike Langman
5 Dec
1:27 pm
2023
Wembury Point

Wembury Point

Yesterday (4th), 24 gannets fishing close in to Wembury Point, with 3 (possibly four) guillemots nearby. Also of note – 25 turnstone, 16 curl bunting, 25 skylark, and a raven.

posted by Graham Smith
5 Dec
11:51 am
2023

Broadsands

5 cirl buntings in with 20ish house sparrows edge of northern car park.GN diver with large fish being mobbed by gulls,eventually submerged to finish its snack

posted by KEVIN Hall
5 Dec
10:41 am
2023
Haldon Forest

Haldon Forest

A single brambling amongst the Chaffinches, and Siskins at the feeders at Haldon Forest yesterday. Also 1 GS woodpecker and 1 Nuthatch.

posted by Pete Newman
4 Dec
1:39 pm
2023

Red Kite Lewdown

  • Red kite flying at Lewdown near Stowford turning 13.10 today 
posted by Jon Martin
4 Dec
11:17 am
2023

For Park Cemetery, Plymouth

Monday 4th, 10am. Large group of Redwings feeding on the Holly berries quite oblivious of noise from a nearby building site. Also two Green Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush and Song Thrush. 

posted by Fred Jenkins
3 Dec
5:30 pm
2023

River Otter, Tipton St John

Morning walk with the dogs. 4 Goosanders (1 drake), Dipper, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Kingfisher and 2 Goldcrest

posted by Robert Bradfield
3 Dec
1:58 pm
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On the high tide this morning: Great Northern Diver, 2 Goosanders (1 drake), 54 Wigeon, 3 drake Teal, 33 Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Greenshanks, 16 Oystercatchers, 19 Turnstones, Raven, Sparrowhawk & 2 Firecrests.

posted by Peter Aley
3 Dec
12:14 pm
2023

Cholwichtown Pit, Dartmoor

Female Goldeneye still on the pit.

posted by Chris E
2 Dec
8:13 pm
2023
Brixham and Berry Head +1 Photo

Brixham and Berry Head

Kayak trip Brixham and Berry Head today:

15 Purple Sandpiper at Breakwater

4 Great Northern Divers

1 Red-throated Diver

plus 40 Common Dolphins (3 pods)

and 8+ Harbour Porpoise

 

posted by Rupert Kirkwood
2 Dec
6:15 pm
2023
Fremington Pill this morning

Fremington Pill this morning

Starting at Pill Head, Fremington, with the tide 90 minutes after high:

Spotted Redshank and a female Kingfisher, numerous teal, mallard and common Redshank. 3 Curlew, 5 Snipe, 2 Greenshank, 2 Bar Tailed Godwit, 2 Little Egret, 2 Dunlin, Grey Plover. Another Kingfisher seen at the quay on the River Taw.

posted by Phil and Sue Naylor
2 Dec
6:07 pm
2023

Blackcaps Brixham

Two male blackcaps feeding on fat balls in my garden in Brixham.

posted by Neil Thompson
2 Dec
3:31 pm
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Back on the patch today on the low (falling) tide: Great Northern Diver, 3 Jack Snipe. 24+ Snipe, 25 Turnstones, c380 Dunlins, 2 Common Sandpipers, Black-tailed Godwit, 59 Wigeon, 7 Goosanders (4 drakes), Red-breasted Merganser (1st-w drake), 4 Little Grebes, 2+ Green Woodpeckers, Stonechat, Grey Wagtail & 6 Roe Deer.

posted by Peter Aley
2 Dec
2:00 pm
2023

Wembury Beach 1:00 pm

At least one Purple Sandpiper at the beach, still feeding on the seaweed, at the same location given by Stuart Green. The birds were very flighty due to the number of walkers using the coast path. Firecrest and male Blackcap along Church Road just below the lower junction with Southland Park Road.

posted by David Fieldsend
1 Dec
7:56 pm
2023

Tamar Lakes

5 Lesser Scaup 3m 2f, 1m Tufted Duck, 3 Willow Tit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Marsh Tit, 29 Teal, c20 Snipe, 3 Cormorants.

Upper Lake

2 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit .

posted by Rod Mudge
1 Dec
4:18 pm
2023

Exminster Marsh and estuary from Turf

A high tide visit this morning, in cold clear conditions. 4+ Marsh Harriers (1cy, 2cy F/poss Ad F, 2cy M with pale/grey underwing inner primaries & an advanced 2 cy/3 cy male with grey inner primaries on both upper & lower wing).

450+ Teal, 300+ Wigeon & 3 Shoveler on semi frozen marsh. 58 Pintail on estuary. Little Grebe on lagoon. Only 5 Coot on canal.

700+ Golden Plover, 240+ Lapwing, 15 Blackwit, 16 Curlew, 20+ Dunlin, 3 Redshank, a Ruff, a Snipe and a Turnstone on the marsh. 500+ Blackwit, 36 Barwit, 320 Avocet, 300+ Dunlin, single Grey Plover on estuary, joined by Golden Plover. Also 100+ Brent Geese & a Great Crested Grebe. Tide still dropping.

Otherwise Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, 12+ Meadow Pipit, 3 Stonechat, 10+ Redwing, 2 Fieldfare best of the rest.

posted by Steve Cox
1 Dec
3:40 pm
2023
Wembury

Wembury

A very cold and early start this morning paid off with 2 Purple Sandpipers found feeding amongst c.30 Turnstones on a big mass of seaweed along the beach below the horse field. 3 Knot were also roosting amongst the Oystercatchers on the rocks nearby but on my return walk there was no sign of any of them.

An adult Mediterranean Gull, 2 Chiffchaff, a male Blackcap, 5 Stock Dove (including 2 flying out to sea),  a Grey Wagtail and 2 Roe Deer also of note.

posted by Stuart Green
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