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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
17 Dec
5:58 pm
2023
Torbay coastal +1 Photo

Torbay coastal

An early visit to the corner of the first car park at Broadsands was rewarded with views of the reported Yellow Browed Warbler, two Firecrest, a Goldcrest, calling Water Rail, a flock of Long Tailed Tit and upwards of forty Goldfinch.

 

Looking out across the Bay, nine Great Northern Diver, fourteen Common Scoter, two Great Crested Grebe, six Fulmar, eight Common Gull, Slavonian Grebe off of Three beaches, a flock of twenty plus Cormorant feeding and three Mute Swan.

 

Marine Parade ~ A fly past from two Little Egret, a count of 54 plus Turnstone and one Great Northern Diver.

posted by Steve Hopper
17 Dec
5:46 pm
2023

Nr Stoke Canon

An egret bonanza on WeBS count this morning 09.30.

33 little egret

15 cattle egret

1 great white egret

Best place to view the cattle egrets is the lay-by a couple hundred yards from the turning for paintball on the A396 near Stoke Canon.

Pat

posted by Pat Gubb
17 Dec
3:29 pm
2023

Tamar estuary / Ernesettle

This afternoon on the falling tide: 16 Avocet, 6 Great Crested Grebe, Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, a Great Northern Diver loitering off Warleigh Point, 4 Greenshank on Ernesettle Creek, 2 Ring Necked Parakeet in the treetops and a Firecrest in the Hollies.

posted by Alan Livsey
17 Dec
2:12 pm
2023

Plym Estuary

To add to Darren’s sightings, on the falling tide this morning there were  2 Great Northern Divers on the seaward side of Laira Bridge. In mid-estuary, there were  2 drake Red-breasted Mergansers and 2 Little Grebes, and later, as the tide fell further, I counted 9 Goosanders, including 4 adult males. On the meadow itself were 66 Wigeon and 47 Snipe.

posted by David Diskin
17 Dec
1:24 pm
2023

Plym Estuary, Saltram

3 Goosander, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Shelduck, 2 Greenshank, 16 Redshank, 200 Dunlin, 1 Razorbill.

posted by Darren Wilson
17 Dec
9:42 am
2023
Colebrook Village +1 Photo

Colebrook Village

Two firsts to the garden yesterday morning. A female Blackcap and a Whitethroat turned up for a few minutes with a small group of Long Tailed Tits.

posted by Duncan j leitch
16 Dec
8:10 pm
2023

Near Stoke Canon

5+ Cattle Egret and 20+ Little Egret seen from train

posted by Louis Parkerson
16 Dec
7:35 pm
2023

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake early this morning.

39 Goosander 13m 26f, 1m Merganser, 5 Great Crested Grebe.

posted by Rod Mudge
16 Dec
6:25 pm
2023

Plym Estuary

Four Great Northern Diver and a Kingfisher below Laira bridge. Two drake Goosander and two Little Grebe by the folly.

posted by Richard Stansfield
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