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17 Nov
6:07 pm
2023

Wembury

3,000 Woodpigeons flew west between 08:00 and 09:15 this morning.

posted by David Diskin
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
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