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5 Nov
4:51 pm
2023

Lesser Scaup – Skern

A visit to the Skern with Andy Leat this morning at high tide to look for the reported lesser scaup. It proved to be very elusive, repeatedly disappearing for 10-20 minutes at a time then suddenly popping into view for a short while amongst the wigeon before disappearing again in the grassy channels. I wondered if this species naturally avoids open water or maybe it just didn’t like the strong winds. I also saw a merlin chasing a pied wagtail.

posted by alan craddock
5 Nov
3:01 pm
2023

Velator reserve

In amongst a veritable flurry of birds in the reserve this morning were a male Sparrowhawk, and at least 3 Siskins feeding with the horde of Goldfinch.

posted by Jon Turner
5 Nov
1:35 pm
2023

Tamar Lakes

Upper Lake this morning on the feeders.

5 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 7 Coal Tit, 9 Blue Tit, 6 Great Tit.

Lower Lake this morning.

2 Goosanders 1m 1f (06:30), 2 Willow Tit, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Grey Heron, 5 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Tit, 3 Coal Tit, 10 Coot, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Jays.

posted by Rod Mudge
5 Nov
1:34 pm
2023

Braunton Marsh & Velator

2 x Marsh Harriers adult Female and Juv. Male Quartering both sides of Caen Estuary 200+ Golden Plover 2 x Kingfisher 5 x Little Grebe 12:00 to 13:00 Sunday 5th November

posted by Derek Carter
5 Nov
1:19 pm
2023

Blaxton Meadows

  • Long Tailed-Duck on river plym by Blaxton Meadows Saltram this morning
posted by Roger Backway
5 Nov
11:47 am
2023

Cattle egrets – Teigngrace

5+ Cattle egret in flocks of Little egret on the Teign flood plain between Locksbridge Cafe and the Old Exeter Road.

posted by Stuart Lyon
5 Nov
10:25 am
2023

Crownhill Down

Distant Stint-sized wader with 8 Ringed Plover and Common Sandpiper in huge pit at top of down. Flock kept being spooked by Peregrine. Also 2 Snipe, 2 Golden Plover, 43 Fieldfare, 15 Redwing, Reed Bunting and Green Woodpecker on the down/bridleway

posted by Chris E
4 Nov
6:39 pm
2023

Slapton Ley

Short-eared Owl and Great White Egret today at Slapton. Jane Cumming and the BOC from Bristol

posted by Jane Cumming
4 Nov
1:29 pm
2023

Exminster Marshes

Access to the marshes from Exminster requires waders. Station Road still flooded and to a depth of about 2 inches more than my wellies. Brief views of the fields revealed several flocks of redshank, a greenshank and c30 lapwing. A very pale (almost white) buzzard was eating earth worms forced to the surface as were many little egrets.

At Turf a single whimbrel feeding on the lawn, 9 oystercatchers and a kingfisher. About 100m south of Turf on the seawall a late wheatear. In the fields around Turf a couple of cattle egrets and a few little egrets with lots of black-headed gulls.

posted by John Waldon
4 Nov
12:19 pm
2023

Brixham Breakwater

Grey Phalarope, very close  in

posted by Lloyd Gray
4 Nov
11:29 am
2023

Prawle Point seawatch 0715-0900

Very little moving this morning but several Leach’s Petrel made up for the lack of much other interest (all moving west unless specified):

  • Leach’s Petrel – 3
  • Balearic Shearwater – 2
  • Guillemot – 2
  • Kittiwake – 20+
  • Gannet
  • Greater Black-backed Gull
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull
  • Herring Gull
  • Black-headed Gull
  • Shag
  • Oystercatcher – 7 (east)
posted by Damian Offer
4 Nov
11:29 am
2023

Black Redstart, Dawlish

One, female/ 1st winter on roofs of houses on Oakland drive, at 11am

Also at least one Firecrest with tit flock in gardens adjacent to Oakland park

posted by Paul Barker
3 Nov
6:34 pm
2023

Bowling Green Marsh and Darts Farm

A very wet marsh, meant waders were in the middle so less easy to view. 205 Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 18 Curlew, 13 Barwit, 17 Lapwing, 38 Dunlin, 21 Snipe & lots of Blackwit but no count.

230+ Wigeon, 50+ Pintail, 50+ Teal, 26+ Shoveler, Little Grebe & a Greylag.

Kingfisher, 20 Goldfinch & 3 Linnet otherwise.

Darts Farm was partially flooded. Hence 20 Mallards, 15 Teal, 11 Pintail, 3 Wigeon. Also 18 Curlew, 2 Redshank, Kingfisher, 8 Common Gull, 5 Little Egret on the fields.

posted by Steve Cox
3 Nov
3:49 pm
2023
Brixham and Broadsands +1 Photo

Brixham and Broadsands

6 Purple Sandpipers on Breakwater Jetty this morning with Turnstones and 2 Great Northern Divers. Yesterday 9 Great Northern Divers off Broadsands beach most still in very smart near summer plumage.

posted by Mike Langman
3 Nov
12:23 pm
2023

Land off Stoney Lane, Landkey.

Brief visit to our field this morning. 8 long tailed tits in a group, GSW, coal tit and a goldcrest feeding.

posted by Robert Morgan
3 Nov
11:27 am
2023

Cadover Bridge

Brambling with 40+ Chaffinch around The Counting House trees next to Cadover Fishing Lakes car park. Flock very flighty due to people and vehicles passing. I couldn’t find any Ring Ouzels in Brisworthy Burrows this morning.

posted by Chris E
2 Nov
10:05 pm
2023

South Brent

Two female-type Black Redstarts in churchyard this afternoon.

posted by Peter Reay
2 Nov
3:56 pm
2023

Plymouth Hoe

Sandwich Tern flying to and fro along foreshore between West Hoe and Barbican 2.30 -3.30 pm , 2/11/2023.

posted by Fred Jenkins
1 Nov
4:17 pm
2023

Fremington Quay

Glossy Ibis feeding by outflow mid creek.

2 Greenshank plus female Sparrowhawk hunting waders across the channel mid creek

posted by Ian Smith
1 Nov
4:14 pm
2023

The Skern, Northam Burrows

Lesser Scaup associated with the Wigeon at high tide.

Wheatear on the now defunct hole on golf course near old tip.

200 plus Golden Plover on the beach by estuary mouth with a handful of Dunlin.

posted by Ian Smith
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