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Cadover to Dewerstone Rock, Dartmoor.
On a walk from Cadover to Dewerstone Rock:
Common Redstart (m), Whinchats (m) 3 Wigford Down, Wheatear (f) 2, Cuckoo (h), Green Woodpecker (h), Nuthatches, Linnets 8, Skylarks, Stonechats, Swallows 2, Sand martins 6 , Buzzards.
Black Redstart, Princetown
I think this is a 1st Summer Male? In our field this evening. Not great quality I know. 🤞🤞
Grasshopper Warbler, Chittlehamholt
First Grasshopper Warbler of the year calling from a hedge alongside our lane near Chittlehamholt (North Devon) this evening.
Fieldfare and mistle thrush
Small flocks of fieldfare (up to 20), mixed with mistle thrush (12) passing through the conifer plantations around Hennock Reservoirs yesterday evening at about 8pm. Late departures I guess, maybe looking to roost somewhere for the night.
Sharpham Estate, Totnes
On completing our Heronry survey on the Dart, which was interesting, as Egrets seem to be nesting earlier and the Herons later. Also saw a female Redstart.
a walk through the woods this morning, pied flycatchers and blackcaps were the best birds seen.
Unusually prolonged views of a close singing Cetti’s Warbler at the bridge, plus many singing Reed Warblers.
Soar Mill Valley
Still on the cold and breezy side and a quiet morning with the first Sedge Warbler, 8 Willow Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, 6 House Martin & 2 Wheatear.
Waders along the coast this morning consisted of 9 Whimbrel, 5 Bar-tailed Godwits, a Grey Plover and a Common Sandpiper. Passerines included 2 Blackaps, 2 Whitethroats, 8 Chiffchaffs and a Willow Warbler.
Six Bar-tailed Godwits (two male), 4 Ringed Plover, Dunlin in pit at top of down. Cuckoo, 2 Tree Pipit, 7 Wheatear also around.
House Martins at Saltram House
- 4 house martins seen flying over field in front of house
Sightings from farmland behind Oaklands wood,
- Migrant female Redstart ,(field with Cattle)
- 5 Wheatear on Ploughed fields
Hopes Nose and Ideford Common
A trip to Torbay today and the whiff of migrants elsewhere so went to Hope’s Nose. A few birds about. 5 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 2 Swallow & a Wheatear, but not too much else.
Lunch on Babbacombe Downs and from inside Babbacombe Inn, watched 2+ Swallow & a House Martin feeding over cliffs, along with a Wheatear.
Visited Ideford Common on way home. 3+ House Martin, and a Tree Pipit.
Red Kite, Holsworthy
Single Red Kite drifting north over the A3072 (Bude to Holsworthy road) 2 miles west of Holsworthy at 14.50 today.
Just heading out for an evening walk when several of the local Gulls (as usual) were squeaking about something – often one of the local Buzzards going over the valley – But this time it was an Osprey which circled a couple of times and headed on Northwards. 2nd one I’ve seen this week. Round the Marsh still plenty of Sand Martins, 1 Swallow and 2 Common Sandpipers on the Caen. Reed-beds full of Reed and Sedge Warbler song. None showed.
Doing a recce for our field course next week in and around Slapton. On the beach there were 3 Wheatears, a Whimbrel and a Greenshank. Around the ley there were many 10s of Chiffchaff and in Slapton Wood, the Blue Tits got all scared by what initially appeared to be a Sparrowhawk as it flew through the trees but ended up being a male Cuckoo. I spoke to a couple who had also had a Red Kite a few minutes before I spoke to them.
Devon Cliffs to Budleigh Salterton.
2 Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, 4Blackcap males,2 females. 3 Reed Buntings,2 Ringed Plovers,Holly Blue,Speckled Wood,Peacock and Comma Butterflies.
Fall of Wheatears Plymouth
Fall of 3 flocks of Wheatear, totalling 18 seen at Staddon Golf Course, Plymouth, while doing a BBS survey for BTO.
Red Kite – Dawlish Warren Area
Red Kite drifting slowly East in the Dawlish Warren Area around 2.15pm
Bideford East the Water Side
Red kite flying overhead around East the Water side of Bideford.