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22 Sep
8:22 am
Cory’s Shearwater Plymouth +1 Photo

Cory’s Shearwater Plymouth

An exhausted Cory’s Shearwater was picked up on Wednesday evening on the Hoe and was successfully released early this morning from the Hoe. After it gathered itself and avoided the attentions of a GBBG it flew off strongly towards Mt Edgecumbe

posted by Richard Billington
21 Sep
7:16 pm

Modbury 21.9.2023


Young still being fed in at least two nests


posted by roger smaldon
21 Sep
6:08 pm

Wrafton Scrape

At last! 4 Black-tailed Godwits feeding strongly on the smaller of the two scrapes. Also present, a single Little Egret. Nearby in the reserve a flock of about 40 Goldfinch.

posted by Jon Turner
21 Sep
5:32 pm

Fremington quay and pill

4 Great White Egret on the Taw estuary. Ceti’s Warbler calling at the salt pool. Glossy Ibis on the Pill. Med Gill  and Green Sandpiper on the estuary.kingfisher on the Pill sluice gates. A sorry looking Guillemot on the Taw estuary.

posted by Chris Baines
21 Sep
4:57 pm
Bowling Green Marsh, Exeter +1 Photo

Bowling Green Marsh, Exeter


Bar and Black-tailed Godwit; Spotted Redshank (1); Common Redshank; Ruff (1); Turnstone; Avocet, Greenshank; Curlew; Whimbrel; Gadwall; Pintail; Teal; Mallard. Shoveler;

posted by Paul Bray
21 Sep
3:50 pm


Lunchtime visit – 2 Cory’s Shearwaters lingering fairly close in. An arrival of Blackcaps -70+ and 2 Ring Ouzels in Pigs Nose valley.

posted by David Cope
21 Sep
1:21 pm

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A nice mix of birds today including (the?) juv Spoonbill again on Blaxton Meadow (before heading down the estuary), Great Crested Grebe, 2 Yellow Wagtails (with the cows) and a Sedge Warbler. Also, 6+ Siskins, 11 Greenshanks, 2 Common Sandpipers, Black-tailed godwit & Kingfisher.

posted by Peter Aley
20 Sep
7:13 pm

Hopes Nose

615pm-715pm- 11 Storm Petrels  -18 Arctic Skuas all north – 55 Balearic Shears mostly north – 3 Manx -Med Gull- c50 kittiwakes

posted by Mark Bailey
20 Sep
6:58 pm

Osprey Dartmouth

Osprey on the river Dart at 16.30.

posted by Luke quinn
20 Sep
5:33 pm

Hopes Nose Seawatch

Sea watch from 0940-1150. Lots of Kittiwakes & Balearic Shearwaters passing moment I started watching.  numbers started slowing at 1100, and it was pretty quiet by 1150 when left.


150 Balearic Shearwater

42 Skuas, most (if not all) were Arctic’s

8 Storm Petrel

6 Fulmar

Kittiwake – estimate of 1500+ based upon 5 minute counts

Gannet – 200+ based upon 5 minute counts

5 Commic Tern

posted by Steve Cox
20 Sep
2:24 pm

Old Torrington Road Barnstaple & Taw Bridge

Up to 30 goldfinch congregating in the top of the copper beech at the boundary of my rear garden yesterday 4pm. Two foxes at lunchtime today either side of of the A361 just north of the downstream Taw bridge. One had crossed to the Tarka trail side and the other looked to be trying to cross to join him/her.

posted by Robert Morgan
20 Sep
2:24 pm

Berry Head

Seawatch 0650-1200hrs:

66 Cory’s, 61 Great, 4 Sooty, 1042 Balearic, 114 Manx, 58 Large & 1 Scopoli’s Shearwater candidate, 56 Storm Petrel, 52 Arctic Skuas inc 10+ juvs, 1 Arctic, 1 Common & 5 Sandwich Terns 800+ Kittiwake, 12 Fulmar. 3 Tuna, 10+ Harbour Porpoises.

posted by Mike Langman
20 Sep
11:09 am

Prawle Point Seawatch

Predominantly westward (though variable) passage 0700-1000 until rain came in and passage tailed off:

  • Manx/Balearic Shearwater – 600+
  • Cory’s Shearwater – 221
  • Great Shearwater – 1
  • Sooty Shearwater – 3
  • Arctic Skua – 5
  • Pomarine Skua – 1
  • Storm Petrel – 11
  • Kittiwake – 15+
  • Fulmar – 5+
  • Common Scoter – 2

Good numbers of Gannet moving both east and west, mixed flocks of Herring Gull, Greater Black Backed Gull and Black-headed Gull, a few Shag and Rock Pipit.

posted by Damian Offer
20 Sep
10:24 am


One Cory’s shearwater, 142 Balearic shearwaters, five Arctic skuas and four storm petrels south between 08:25 – 09:45.

posted by Will Salmon
19 Sep
8:15 pm

Saltram, Plymouth.

In between the rain showers 2 late Yellow Wagtails flew over the cow field (black & white cows) before perching in a tree. Also in the area 36 Greenfinch  in one flock, Little Grebe and 22 Grey Heron on Blaxton Meadow.

posted by Martin Phillips
19 Sep
4:58 pm

Fremington Pill .

  • 5 Greenshanks
  • 1 Glossy Ibis
  • 6 Bar-tailed Godwits
  • 7 Swallows
  • 1 Arctic Tern.
posted by David Paterson
19 Sep
2:11 pm

Bowling Green Marsh

A cycle to Bowling Green Marsh for morning high tide. 2 Ruff (Juv & Ad), 3 Juv Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Redshank, 2 Knot, Whimbrel, 13 Barwit, 10 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, over 400 Blackwit (but many out of view) 230 Curlew, 205+ Redshank & 20 Greenshank.

200+ Teal, 48 Pintail & 6 Wigeon. 6+ Stock Dove & Kingfisher.

posted by Steve Cox
19 Sep
1:41 pm


Challenging seawatch off Wembury Point this morning with most birds too far out to call but a few came in closer just out past The Mewstone – 2 Cory’s, 5 Manx and 4 Balearic Shearwater, 11 Arctic Skua and a Great Skua all logged along with the usual Gannet and Kittiwake.

Along the beach on the high tide were 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, a Knot, a Dunlin, a Ringed Plover, a Whimbrel, a Curlew, 6 Turnstone and Oystercatchers.

60+ Mediterranean Gulls roosting out on the rocks or sheltering in the stubble field, at least 10 first winters and 6 second winters amongst adult birds.

posted by Stuart Green
18 Sep
10:12 pm

Bowling Green Marsh

Among the commoner species over the high tide this morning were 3 Ruff, 3+ Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, 8+ Barwit, 3 Snipe, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Garganey, 80+ Pintail and 14 Gadwall.

posted by James Camden
18 Sep
9:46 pm

Northern Wheatear – Berry Head

Solitary Northern Wheatear sighted by the South Fort on Berry Head today.

Sadly unable to take a photo.

posted by David Roper
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