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30 Nov
7:08 pm
2023

River Dart

Spitchwick Common: 6m 3f Mandarin, pr Goosander, c.50 Redwing & a Jay

1 Cormorant further downstream & 3 or 4 Dippers

Holne Bridge: female Goosander & 1 Grey Wagtail

posted by Mike Moxon
30 Nov
6:39 pm
2023
Ashford Strand & Taw Estuary, Pottington +1 Photo

Ashford Strand & Taw Estuary, Pottington

Some very interesting bird behaviour on the north side of the Taw Estuary this aft which I have never seen before. At Ashford Strand there were 3 Sawbills, one male Goosander which was some distance from a male Red breasted Merganser & a female Goosander close together acting as though they were a pair. Even more unusual was this behaviour was repeated by 3 more Sawbills when I got down to Pottington & they were not the same 3 birds that were Ashford Strand. Another male Red breasted Merganser at Pottington which had paired with a female Goosander chased away a male Goosander! Maybe these 2 male Red breasted Mergansers think they are bonding with female Red breasted Mergansers, perhaps they cannot see the difference? What do you think.

 

posted by Robert Jutsum
30 Nov
3:33 pm
2023

Stover & Haldon Hill

Lunchtime visit to visit. Good selection of ducks. 14+ Tufted, 12 Shoveler, 6 Wigeon, male Teal and male Pochard. Otherwise 6 Mandarin, 95+ Coot, 25+ Moorhen, 2 Great Crested Grebe & a Little Grebe.

Around the lake 2 Marsh Tits & 50+ Siskin were the best.

At Haldon at bird feeders, 60+ Chaffinch & 10+ Siskin the best of numerous birds.

posted by Steve Cox
29 Nov
9:39 pm
2023

Dawlish Warren – Dawlish

A multi-stop walk along the seawall this morning produced 4+ G-n and 3+ R-t Divers, 3+ Guillemots, 2 Common Scoters and 30+ G-c Grebes. Bonus was a school of Dolphins heading SW, max. 8 seen at any one time, so probably 16+ in all.

posted by James Camden
29 Nov
6:47 pm
2023

Baggy Point

Late afternoon today, 4 Common Scoter, 3 Gannet, a Shag and a Red Throated Diver 

posted by Jonny Pinn
29 Nov
3:23 pm
2023

Slapton

The very calm sea off Slapton today turned up two Velvet Scoter, c.50 Common Scoter, a Guillemot and 3 auks sp,, two Red-throated Divers and a Great Northern Diver.

A drake Pochard and a Great White Egret were on Slapton Ley itself.

posted by David Diskin
29 Nov
11:04 am
2023

Mouth of Taw & Torridge Estuary

A single Great Northern Diver on the north side of the mouth of the Taw & Torridge Estuary early this morning. Also a Red throated Diver flying south in Bideford & Barnstaple Bay.

posted by Robert Jutsum
29 Nov
8:33 am
2023

Tamar Lakes

Late for Tuesday 28th.

Lower Tamar Lake.

1f Goldeneye, 1 Green SandPiper, 12 Goosander 1m 11f, 2 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Little Egret,16 Fieldfare, 4 Tufted Duck 1m 3f, 12 Snipe, 4 Cormorant, 7 Coot,  1 Grey Heron, 6 Teal, 1 Water Rail, 2 Nuthatch, c300 Mixed Gulls Black-headed/Great Black-backed and Lesser Black-backed/Herring Gulls, Poss: 2f Scaup.

Upper Lake

2 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit.

posted by Rod Mudge
28 Nov
8:00 pm
2023

Teign Estuary and Teignmouth Seafront

By the viewpoint laybay on the estuary, one Common Gull amongst the usual species and two Great Crested Grebes by Flow Point. There were four Red Breasted Mergansers on Sunday. Seafront – Ness, three Common Scoter, two Guillemot and a Great Northern Diver. Seafront – Yacht Club, Great Northern Diver off the Parson and Clerk, Unidentified Diver way offshore (not Red Throated) and five Brent Geese flew past.

posted by Simon Bates
28 Nov
6:27 pm
2023

Dawlish Warren

A lunch time look for Palla’s Warbler proved fruitless, however 20+ Long-tailed Tits over 2 flocks, 16+ Blue Tit, 4+ Goldcrest, 3+ Chiffchaff, make Bullfinch & a Sparrowhawk.

On the sea 27 Common Scoter, 45 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Great Northern Divers, Red-throated Diver, 4-5 Gannet 16 DB Brent Geese, & 2 Common Gull.

posted by Steve Cox
28 Nov
5:11 pm
2023

Start Bay

Off Torcross: 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, flock of c.14 Common Scoter (way out). Off the monument: 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Guillemot. No sign of any scaups in the Ireland Bay area of Slapton Ley.

posted by Jason Smart
28 Nov
12:47 pm
2023

Tarka trail .

  • Drake Lesser Scaup on river

Torridge at Tapely with Wigeon.

3 Glossy Ibis on boggy field west of Saltpill pond , 9 Cattle Egrets on field south of Penhill.   Large flock of Redwings and Fieldfare at Fremington.

posted by Malcolm Shakespeare
27 Nov
9:14 pm
2023
Skern, Taw & Torridge Estuary +1 Photo

Skern, Taw & Torridge Estuary

The drake Lesser Scaup still present shortly before dusk this afternoon, feeding on the rising tide amongst 70 Wigeon and 165 Brent Geese. Also 800 Oystercatcher, 650 Dunlin, 10 Knot.

posted by Tim Jones
27 Nov
8:11 pm
2023
Taw River, Ashford Strand

Taw River, Ashford Strand

Before the tide reached the lime kiln area this afternoon, three ducks were drift fishing down the current by the North shore;

A Goosander male & Female and a Red-breasted Meganser male was keeping them company. Record shot included for ID confirmation…as I’m never that sure! Note the male G has a fish 🙂

posted by Phil and Sue Naylor
27 Nov
6:18 pm
2023

Roundham Head & Broadsands

A couple of hours visiting the two locations at lunchtime. 3 Imm/F Velvet Scoter, flew in and joined 4 Imm/F Common Scoter not far off Broadsands.

A distant Black-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 15+ Gannet, 8+ Common Gull, Ad wint Mediterranean Gull, a single distant Kittiwake as well as 10+ Guillemots.

3 Cirl Bunting in the car park.

posted by Steve Cox
27 Nov
4:28 pm
2023
Pallas’s Warbler at Dawlish Warren

Pallas’s Warbler at Dawlish Warren

Very mobile with Long-tailed Tit flock in Sallows between the car park and Greenland Lake.

posted by John Walters
27 Nov
1:59 pm
2023

Slapton Ley

Lesser Scaup (2nd bird also reported), 2 Scaup, Great White Egret, Water Rail, 31 Long-tailed Tit, 8 Chiffchaff, 3 Firecrest & 3 Goldcrest.

posted by Rob Macklin
27 Nov
12:14 pm
2023

Slapton Ley – Great White Egret

GWE flew in and landed in the reeds opposite Hartshorn wood about 14.00hrs on 24th.

posted by graham burton
27 Nov
11:01 am
2023

Mutley, Plymouth

Monday 10.15am. Black Redstart momentarily seen on a house roof opposite Greenbank fire station, at Longfield Place, until a passing double decker bus made it take flight.

posted by Fred Jenkins
27 Nov
8:00 am
2023

Cholwichtown Pit, Dartmoor

Female Goldeneye with 4 Tufted Duck and 2 Little Grebe.

posted by Chris E
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