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6 May
12:40 pm
2024

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A good little fall of migrants this morning with single Reed (rare here) and Sedge Warblers singing, 4 Whitethroats and a female Whinchat. Also, Stonechat, a pair of Bullfinches, Green Woodpecker and a Whimbrel.

posted by Peter Aley
5 May
10:57 pm
2024

Swifts first return to Drewsteignton

First sighting of Swifts this morning over Drewsteignton with two seen at 09.50. Rain during the day but 8 in screaming party over the village at 17.50 with another seen returning into an established nestbox.

posted by Nick Dixon
5 May
8:01 pm
2024

Swifts x4 flying and feeding at Chulmleigh, North Devon- Sunday 5/5/24

4 x swifts seen flying and feeding above Chulmleigh town centre today at 5pm, 7.15 pm, 8.pm and 8.55pm .

posted by Chris Stanton
5 May
6:55 pm
2024

Alpine Swift – Axminster

Alpine swift flew west over Cherry Tree Road in Axminster at 19:45. No further sign after initial sighting.

posted by Mike Ixer
5 May
5:35 am
2024

Ideford side of little Haldon, near Teignmouth golf course

Whilst walking, a female Merlin flew down the road at waist height towards me and over my head. Early evening, 4th may

 

posted by Mike Graham
4 May
7:35 pm
2024
Clearbrook +1 Photo

Clearbrook

Watched two male Cuckoos having a dispute on Friday afternoon – no bins , no camera.  Made a return early morning visit today and located one bird in the same area.

In addition: Yellowhammers, Linnets, Stonechats, Skylarks, Chaffinches, Goldfinches, Greenfinches, Dunnocks, Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers, Ravens, Buzzard, Green Woodpecker yaffling regularly

posted by Mary Johnson
4 May
5:21 pm
2024

Exminster Stint

In better light, yesterday’s Little Stint, now re-identified as Temminck’s Stint, in the Discovery Area on Exminster Marsh. Annoying for me, but well done to James and Leigh. Illustrates how difficult these stints can be.

posted by Steve Cox
4 May
4:49 pm
2024
Whinchat- Birch Tor 4th May

Whinchat- Birch Tor 4th May

Birch Tor gave us a fabulous hour of birding entertainment .pair of Whinchat looking superb and a pair of Cuckoos whizzing around us and perching on the fences close to us . Lots of Wheatear all around the moor .

 

posted by Barry Rankine
4 May
4:24 pm
2024

Osprey Exminster marshes

Great views of Osprey circling over marshes, then drifted north about 2pm. At least 6 Hobby’s hawking for insects.

posted by Simon Crookall
4 May
3:03 pm
2024

Common Swift, Totnes garden

Two Common Swifts flew past nest site in our Totnes garden for first time this year.

posted by Michael Powell
4 May
12:45 pm
2024

Bowling Green Marsh, Friday 3rd May

On the afternoon’s high tide, 2 Spoonbills, Marsh Harrier, 11 Greenshanks, 7 Whimbrels, c35 Swifts, c30 House Martins, 2 Sand Martins, a singing Cetti’s Warbler and a pair of Moorhens with 6 newly-fledged young.

Over Topsham, a flock of c25 Whimbrels heading south.

posted by Peter Aley
4 May
12:41 pm
2024

Soar

Very quiet this morning migrant-wise but – 18 Whitethroats, 3+ Sedge & 2 Reed warblers, Roe Deer & a Small Copper.

posted by Peter Aley
4 May
10:39 am
2024
North Devon +1 Photo

North Devon

Lesser Whitethroat in North Devon this morning.

posted by Dave Paterson
4 May
8:49 am
2024

Swift over tavistock

I saw 1 swift drifting over my house on Friday in Tavistock.

posted by Andy Quest
4 May
6:40 am
2024
Emsworthy Mire cuckoos 3rd May +1 Photo

Emsworthy Mire cuckoos 3rd May

Plenty of calling from all directions, usually the opposite side of the reserve to me! Eventually I was rewarded with one dropping in in front of me and feeding on leather jackets for 10 minutes. Some harassment from a local meadow pipit.

posted by Dave Barton
3 May
10:05 pm
2024

Emsworthy DWT Reserve

Walk around the DWT reserve reveled good views of:

Redstart, Blackcap, Willow warbler, Garden Warbler ( possibly), Snipe & Chiff Chaff plus more usual Wren, Robin, Blackbird, Song Trush

Heard 2 Cuckoo

Bluebells just starting to put on a show, another week and they will be in peak condition.

posted by Roger Bailey
3 May
7:06 pm
2024

Exminster Marsh and Riverside Country Park

A cycle down from Exeter to Exminster Marsh and a circular walk around the reserve. The highlight being finding a breeding Plumage Little Stint on the Discovery Pools.

Other waders were 12 Whimbrel on the estuary from Turf, with 4-5 Curlew. 25+ Oystercatcher and an out of season Avocet. Also on the estuary was a Spoonbill feeding. Also a single Great Crested Grebe.

Very few ducks now, mostly Mallard, but 2 male Gadwall that have been together for a while now. Look like 2nd cy birds. And a female Tufted on the lagoon. Also Little Grebe on the lagoon.

The non breeding Mute Swans seem to be using Exminster, with 36 birds, 22 of them in the Discovery Area. A few breeding adults are paired across the marsh.

Across the marsh there were 14 singing Reed Warblers, 3 Sedge, 7 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap and 3 Cetti’s Warblers. 6 Reed Bunting, 2 singing, a few Skylark amongst the commoner passerines.

Only saw 2 Hobby’s together but up to 6 reported by others. 150+ Sand Martin, at least 40 Swift and a few local Swallows. Sparrowhawk and 7+ Buzzard also seen.

Further up the cycle path there were 4 Greenshank off Topsham Recreation Ground. Another 3 Cetti’s singing, one above Countess Weir, another 4 Reed and 2 Sedge Warbler s singing. Also 7 singing Chiffchaff and the singing Willow Warbler near the Double Locks has now been present for 3+ weeks.

Finally 3 Peacock and 4+ Orange Tip.

 

posted by Steve Cox
3 May
6:34 pm
2024

Eastern Dartmoor ( near Grimspound ) 3rd May

Birch Tor-Fine male Whinchat

Three Cuckoos calling spasmodically in valley below.

posted by Nicholas Walter
3 May
8:45 am
2024
Exwick garden

Exwick garden

First newly fledged Robin in the garden this morning, picking up fat from under the feeders. The baby House Sparrows have also started appearing this week and the Starlings sound like they should be out of the box any time now.

posted by Martin Overy
2 May
6:02 pm
2024

River Mole Valley

45 species in the orchard including 14 Yellowhammer,20 Goldfinch, 2 pairs of Bullfinch, Treecreeper, Marsh Tit,Redstart, Linnet, Firecrest. Siskin and lots of Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Blackcap.A pair of Dippers feeding young at the usual nest site in a hollow in an ash tree overhanging the river.Non avian included 18 Red Deer hinds 5 Roe Deer and a rabbit succumbing to myxomatosis.Best of all was a very late Redwing.

posted by Brian Nicholas
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