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9 Nov
2:53 pm
2023

Exminster Marshes

The flooding in Station Road has started to fall and the road is passable in tall wellies.

At Turf this morning there was a varied collection of geese. Hundreds of Canada geese with 16 brent geese and one barnacle goose. Also single greylag goose, snow goose and bar-headed goose.

Elsewhere more Canada geese together with large numbers of teal and pintail, and smaller numbers of shoveller, wigeon and mallard. At least 10 cattle egrets and a similar number of little egrets. Not a lot of waders although plenty of curlew, one whimbrel, about 30 redshank and a few black-tailed godwit. Lots of black-headed gulls and at least 40 common gulls.

A kestrel and a sparrow hawk were close to the storage lagoon.

posted by John Waldon
9 Nov
12:16 pm
2023
Fremington Pill – Saltpill Duck Pond

Fremington Pill – Saltpill Duck Pond

  • 3 Greenshanks
  • 1 Spotted Redshank
  • 3 Glossy Ibis
  • 1 Spoonbill
  • 2 Great Egrets
  • 8 Black-tailed Godwit
  • 9 Cattle Egrets
  • 1 water Rail
  • 2 Cetti’s Warblers
posted by David Paterson
9 Nov
12:13 pm
2023

Otterton Firecrest

Single Firecrest this morning at Otterton Mill. Feeding amongst trees beside the leat.

posted by Steve Manning
8 Nov
10:02 pm
2023

Torre Abbey, Torquay

Firecrest this afternoon in woodland walk to east of the walled garden. In the walled garden, mistle thrush and 2 redwing.

posted by Chris & Janet Proctor
8 Nov
6:18 pm
2023
Cadover Bridge

Cadover Bridge

This evening 2 Snipe on Drying Pond. a Goldcrest and a Firecrest. Numerous Fieldfares and Redwings at least 8 Ring Ouzels.

posted by Bob Barrow
8 Nov
5:38 pm
2023
Fernworthy and Slapton +1 Photo

Fernworthy and Slapton

Yesterday morning around Fernworthy Reservoir there were a large number of Crossbills, Redwings, Long-tailed tits and Chaffinches. There were a few additional Marsh Tits, a Great spotted woodpecker and a couple of Mistle Thrushes. Moving on in late afternoon to Slapton were I spotted a couple of Stonechats,  a couple of Cetti’s and briefly two Water rail on the edge of the reed bed on the Blackpool Sand side.

posted by Martin Bennett
8 Nov
4:56 pm
2023

Old Torrington Road Barnstaple

About 30 greenfinch landed in the trees at the bottom of the rear garden this afternoon. And about 10 minutes ago up to 400 jackdaws flew over and then murmurated over the trees further down the road.

posted by Robert Morgan
8 Nov
11:44 am
2023
Red-Throated Diver-Spray Point, Teignmouth

Red-Throated Diver-Spray Point, Teignmouth

A Red-Throated Diver was feeding fairly close inshore yesterday Tuesday 7th November) late afternoon, between Spray Point, Teignmouth and Smugglers Cove. Although the sea wall is impassable due to storm damage the walk to Smugglers is still passable along the slipway and beach, about 3 hours before and after high tide.

posted by Nick D'Agorne
7 Nov
9:37 pm
2023

Barnstaple – Isley

Around midday 20 Cattle Egrets were split between Penhill Marsh and the sheep/cattle fields on the inland side of the Tarka Trail, a Great Egret was in the field just West of Saltpill Pond, a Spoonbill was roosting on Isley Marsh, and two Ibises were in Fremington Creek, one of them flying off giving a throaty “grrrcch” call much harsher than the “grrru” in Collins, more like a belch. Also present were 25+ Brent Geese, and, in the thorn trees, a small group of Redwings giving a subdued, sweet “subsong” which I have rarely heard before.

posted by James Camden
7 Nov
8:50 pm
2023

Exminster Marsh

With Station Road impassable, the access was from the cycle path. Huge numbers of birds on the marsh from M5 down to beyond Turf.

700+ Teal, 200+ Wigeon, 115+ Pintail, 12 Shoveler, 35+ Mallard, 3 Gadwall, a Tufted & a Little Grebe. Last two on the lagoon.

660+ Blackwit, 230+ Curlew, 130+ Lapwing, 105+ Redshank, 2 Ruff, single Knot & Dunlin.

700+ Starling (200 of which were on Powderham Corner, south of Turf). Between 500-1000 Black-headed Gull.

39 Mute Swan (4 on estuary), 250+ DB Brent Goose (most on estuary). 2-3 Kestrel, Imm Marsh Harrier, 26+ Little Egret, 13+ Cattle Egret, 5 Grey Heron.

On estuary at hide tide, 28 Barwit, 21 Avocet, 8+ Common Gull & a Great Crested Grebe.

Wheatear south of Turf, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 10+ Meadow Pipit, 90+ Linnet, 2 Stonechat, 7 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 1cy Peregrine, Reed Bunting amongst commoner birds.

Still one Migrant Hawker & a few Red Admirals.

posted by Steve Cox
7 Nov
8:00 pm
2023

Crownhill Down

Little Stint and 5+ Ringed Plover in the large pit on the down this afternoon.

posted by Chris E
7 Nov
6:05 pm
2023
Skern, Northam Burrows +1 Photo

Skern, Northam Burrows

Lesser scaup still here today in amongst Wigeon, Northern Pintails, Shelducks and Brent Geese.

posted by Matt Gregory
7 Nov
5:32 pm
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A good selection of birds, on a fine morning included: Whinchat, 2+ Stonechats, 2 Firecrests, Reed Bunting, 1+ Siskin, c35 Fieldfares (mainly north), c30 Redwings (7 north), Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, Great Crested Grebe, Goosander (redhead), 22 Wigeon, 3 Snipe, 8 Greenshanks, 2 Turnstones, 65+ Dunlins, 2 (ad-w) Mediterranean Gulls  & 5 Roe Deer.

posted by Peter Aley
7 Nov
4:32 pm
2023

Dartmoor

At Soussons Forest 39 Crossbill

posted by Rob Macklin
7 Nov
3:53 pm
2023

Otter Estuary

Raven display flying over the pine trees adjacent to river mouth,9 wigeon,4 little egrets,rock pipit,female sparrowhawk also around same area.noonish.

posted by KEVIN Hall
7 Nov
11:14 am
2023
Brixham, Broadsands and Goodrington +1 Photo

Brixham, Broadsands and Goodrington

Monday 6th November . Two Great Northern Divers at Goodrington and two around Brixham, one beyond the breakwater and one within the harbour (pictured). Two Mediterranean Gulls amongst the Black Headed Gulls

posted by Fred Jenkins
7 Nov
12:35 am
2023

Little Stint at Exminster Marshes at 1600 on Nov 6th.

Exminster Marshes are very flooded currently. To walk along Station Road to Fisherman’s car park requires either waders or removal of wellies and socks to negotiate the knee deep water. Paul McEleny and I did the latter, and were rewarded with a Little Stint in the flooded field on the left, just past the right angle bend where the water is at its deepest in the road. This point is about 400 metres from Fisherman’s car park.

posted by Howard Ackford
6 Nov
7:12 pm
2023
Cadover Bridge +1 Photo

Cadover Bridge

A late afternoon brief visit produced 3 Snipe on the Drying Pond. A flock of mixed Fieldfare and Redwing in hedgerows along the Brisworthy Farm fields.

posted by Bob Barrow
6 Nov
4:35 pm
2023
Skern lesser scaup

Skern lesser scaup

The lesser scaup still present in skern bay at high tide. Active amongst widgeon and pintails. Everything disappeared when a helicopter flew over.

posted by Richard Yeats
6 Nov
4:20 pm
2023

Riverside Country Park & Exminster Marsh

A morning around Exeter Quay down to Salmon Pool. Only bird of real interest was a Common Sandpiper at Salmon Pool, which has become a regular feature recently.

Exminster Marsh this afternoon was limited to the western half of Station Road, the corner being impassible due to water depths.

12 Cattle Egret spread between several groups of Cattle. 270+ Teal, 24 Pintail, 20 Mallard though  only a few Wigeon or Shoveler viewable. 105+ Lapwing, 48+ Redshank, 43+ Curlew & a single Dunlin.

400+ Starling is unusual. Otherwise F Kestrel, F Stonechat & 300+ BH Gull. Along with a Goldcrest & a Chiffchaff.

posted by Steve Cox
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