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Visit this morning. Still c400 brent geese on the fields next to the Turf, included two individuals with abnormal plumage – one with a very pale back and another well marked bird (possible ssp. hrota). A single barnacle goose was with the brent flock. Elsewhere on the marsh were c20 roosting curlew, one bar-tailed godwit, 3 lapwing, 2 oystercatcher and c35 shelduck. Wigeon, teal, mallard and shoveller were still relatively abundant.
Over head a flock of 30 golden plover flew east. A loose group of 7 sand martin appeared from the SW flew over the canal close to the Turf and then returned to the marshes.
Birds of prey included two marsh harriers each gave multiple sightings, 3+ buzzards included two that flew east and a kestrel.
one Swift Plymouth road Totnes @ 13.20 15/03/23
Dawlish, Boat Cove
Just had a Wheatear fly past Boat Cove.
Yesterday afternoon on the Plym at Saltram. 1 Redshank, I Little Egret and a solitary Common Sandpiper.
Garganey LORP Budleigh Salterton
Male Garganey still present, 2 Water Pipits and 10 plus Chiffchaffs early afternoon.
Garganey briefly on the main scrape this evening.
Chough at Berry Head
Single Chough appear over the clifftop on the north side of Berry Head (nr Brixham) being mobbed by a Herring Gull. About 2pm, March 14th 2023.
I am not an expert bird-watcher, but I don’t know of another likely Corvid a red beak!
Plym Estuary & Saltram
On a beautiful sunny day, Jack Snipe, 9 Snipe, Grey Plover, 7 Greenshanks, 36 Wigeon, 2 Goosanders (1 drake), Red-crested Pochard (female), Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk (male), Siskin & a pair of Stonechats.
Early walk out to the point this morning. Several Rock Pipits, 5 Fulmars on the cliffs. 1 Red-throated Diver flying low North a long way out. On the walk back one possible Wheatear, but lost to view so not sure. Very big sea running.
Ashford Strand & Pottington – North side of Taw Estuary
am:- 1 Osprey being mobbed by Gulls flying from the Taw Estuary over Pottington in a northerly direction.
1 Ruff still present foraging along the shoreline between Ashford Sewage treatment works & Pottington
Fremington Pill & Saltpill Duck pond.
2 Greenshanks , 1 Spotted Redshank , 10 Black-tailed Godwits , 7 Sand Martins & 1 Great Crested Grebe .
West Charleton Marsh
Great White Egret
Lower Tavy Estuary – late post Monday 13th
On my delayed WeBS count were my first sightings for the patch of Pintail, 2 m & 3 f, but better still was a juv Spoonbill, and a roosting flock of 14 Cattle Egrets along with 16 Little Egrets and 2 Grey Herons.
Fremington Pill and Quay
From the Pill to the quay, one Glossy Ibis near the sluice and a Black tailed Godwit on the grass in front of the cafe.
This afternoon along Fremington Pill where there were three Greenshanks, a few Teal, Black tailed Godwit and Redshank, a Little Egret, a single Spotted Redshank and one Glossy Ibis.
Otter Estuary LORP – Garganey
Missed out on the reported Glaucous Gull in the Ottery Estuary LORP area this afternoon but managed to find the drake Garganey together with a Greenshank and 2 Green Sandpipers so was pleased with my visit.
Bit of a surprise this morning, Raven under the bird feeders. Looked massive compared with the male pheasant (this years trying to be dominant resident – ‘No Tail’), which was picking around and ran off. We have a local pair of Ravens that have been defending territory, calling from the phone mast across the road. Lots of flight displays and a punch-up which resulted in two crashing into our trees. Interestingly, something I have not seen before, one was pursued by the 2 resident magpies down over the fields behind the house. We know the magpies have been renovating even though we can’t see the nest high in our trees as there are blackthorn twigs (that they collect from hedge cutting) around the place.
Bowling Green Marsh
Spotted Redshank, 2 Spoonbills and 5+ Bar-tailed Godwits with the usuals at high tide.
Lower Otter Restoration Project (LORP), Budleigh Salterton
A 2nd Cal year Glaucous Gull this morning. Initially found on flooded area north of South Farm Road and then later loafing with gulls south of SF Road, just north of the Lime Kiln Car Park. The drake Garganey also still present.
Very good views this morning of a low-flying Red Kite over Sands Road, Paignton. The bird was being mobbed by gulls as it headed S/SW towards the railway line and and the Young’s Park area.