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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
6 Nov
4:03 pm
2023

Fremington

  • At the Pill
  • 3 Glossy Ibis
  • 1 Spotted Redshank
  • 13 Blacktailed Godwits
  • 3 Greenshanks
  • At Saltpill Duck Pond
  • 1 Great Egret
  • 3 Cetti’s warblers
posted by Dave Paterson
6 Nov
1:32 pm
2023
Berry Head +1 Photo

Berry Head

First winter Red-breasted Flycatcher up top of track behind the old Berry Head farm buildings this morning showing well.

 

posted by Mike Langman
6 Nov
1:00 pm
2023

Exminster Marshes

Station Road still flooded to a depth greater than my tall wellies. To the south of Station Road were c20 cattle egrets, 8 little egrets and 4 grey herons, also 10 redshank and a shelduck with numerous Canada geese and black-headed gulls. To the north of the road c30 curlew, 3 cattle egrets and a few redshank.

Along the railway track (also flooded) were 2 Cettis, a flock of long-tailed tits, a single meadow pipit, one skylark, 3 stonechat and 3 chiffchaff. A green woodpecker called from the trees near the RSPB car park.

posted by John Waldon
6 Nov
10:49 am
2023

Labrador Bay, Sunday 5th

2 Great Northern Divers down in the bay

posted by Jane Cumming & the BOC
6 Nov
10:48 am
2023

Brixham Quay, Sunday 5th

Great Northern Diver, 3 Purple Sandpipers, 1 Guillemot

posted by Jane Cumming & the BOC
6 Nov
10:47 am
2023

Prawle Point, Sunday 5th

Short-eared Owl on the coastguards cliff, 320+ Woodpigeons migrating west, 3 Stonechats, Chiffchaffs,

posted by Jane Cumming & the BOC
5 Nov
10:11 pm
2023

Exminster Marsh

A Winter-plumaged adult Little Stint was feeding in the flooded field next to the Fisherman’s carpark approx. 1000 this morning.

posted by James Camden
5 Nov
6:14 pm
2023
Cadover Bridge +1 Photo

Cadover Bridge

This morning at Cadover: A solitary Snipe disturbed on the Drying Pond. Several Ravens circling a dead cow carcase in Brisworthy Farm fields. 3 Buzzards, a Green Woodpecker, a distant flock of at least 60 Fieldfares, numerous Redwings in the hedgerow, 5 Mistle thrushes and at least 6 Ring Ouzels.

posted by Bob Barrow
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
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