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29 Aug
12:43 pm

Exminster Marshes

Mid-morning visit to the viewing platform on the canal bank. Most waders were on the estuary . The c120 curlew were visible from the canal. On the recently flooded scrapes were 8 teal and 2 greylag geese, (no sign of the 3 cattle egrets there last evening). Overhead steady passage of swallows and house martins. Two swifts joined them but lingered over the scrapes. Also 2 kestrels, one stonechat and c6 chiffchaff in the canal-side bushes.

posted by John Waldon
29 Aug
11:10 am
Hoopoe at Monkerton, Exeter +1 Photo

Hoopoe at Monkerton, Exeter

Hoopoe Monkerton, Exeter, 10:55 29/08/2023, 1 x adult bird, Sat on a rooftop for several minutes preening itself before flying off.

posted by Robin Foster
29 Aug
9:30 am

Spotted flycatcher at Yarner

Spotted  flycatcher and family seen from upper hide at Yarner Wood late afternoon 28/8. Foraging down valley with mixed flock of crests  and tits.

posted by Paul Carter
29 Aug
8:18 am
Lyme Bay Cruise 26th August +1 Photo

Lyme Bay Cruise 26th August

During a guided wildlife cruise of Lyme bay on Friday a shearwater I found originally identified as Cory’s was in fact a Scopoli’s Shearwater. It was identified by myself after receiving some great photographs from Bill Coulson and then Steve England – if accepted it will be a first record for Devon. Annotated notes shown.

posted by Mike Langman
28 Aug
8:18 pm

Around Topsham

Wildfowl numbers seem to be on the increase again at Bowling Green, lots of ducks present today including wigeon, pintail and shovelers.

Juvenile cuckoo spotted picking caterpillars off the crops at Darts Farm.

posted by Helen Whitall
28 Aug
5:01 pm

Blaxton Meadow at Saltram

An introduction to all was held by the Plymouth Branch at the hide by the meadow to engage with members of the public who were passing.  At the same time give them information on Devon birds.  Cormorant, Oystercatcher, Knot, Greenshank, Curlew, Redshank, Dulin, Common Sandpiper, Black Tailed Godwit, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Canada Goose, Herring Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Black-headed Gull, Kingfisher, Buzzard, Wood Pigeon, Stock Dove, Swallow, Robin, Bluetit, Great Tit, Ringneck Parakeet, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Magpie.   27 species

posted by John O'Connell-Davidson
28 Aug
4:44 pm

Horsey Island Velator

Peregrine on the gantry by crossbanks this afternoon and sorry Rob J. I got it wrong….Pentax papilio 2 8.5×21

posted by Fozz Forsdike
28 Aug
2:57 pm

Wheatear – Northam Burrows

Wheatear on the golf course at the end of the road down to the beach. Also many pied wagtails and an oystercatcher fly past

posted by Adrian Myram
28 Aug
1:39 pm

Slapton Ley

Raptor fest at Slapton Ley this morning off viewing platform


Marsh Harrier




Also 2 Otter in Ireland Bay

posted by Roger Backway
28 Aug
1:13 pm

East Soar

A smattering of migrants inc. 44 House Martin, 5 Yellow Wagtail, Tree Pipit, Whinchat, 4 Wheatear, 4 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 4 Willow Warbler & 6 Chiffchaff.

posted by Rob Macklin
28 Aug
10:43 am

Saltpill pond and Home farm marsh.

5 Cattle Egrets roosting with 7 

Little Egrets , over head a late Swift 

with House Martins  at Saltpill pond.

Peregrine and Sparrowhawk at Home f


posted by Malcolm Shakespeare
28 Aug
10:08 am

George Nympton

100+ House Martins gathering in the sky.Good breeding season for them here.Seen this several times in the last week.

posted by Roger Gay
27 Aug
8:00 pm

Heanton Court to Barnstaple

Highlights among all the usual suspects;

18 Black Tailed Godwits 

Bar Tailed Godwits 


28 Knot


Little Egret 

posted by Phil and Sue Naylor
27 Aug
2:30 pm

Wembury Point

Few waders at Wembury Point this morning on a incoming tide.

40+ Turnstone

6 Ringed Plover

4 Sanderling

6 Dunlin

1 Knot

1 Redshank

Also 2 Willow Warbler  and 2 Med Gull

posted by Roger Backway
27 Aug
11:01 am

Cattle egrets at Exminster marshes and hackney marshes, river Teign

Six cattle egrets at Exminster and two kingfishers an elusive water rail at hackney. Cetti’s warbler heard just above the passage house pub

posted by Mike Graham
26 Aug
8:47 pm

Night Heron downstream from Salmon pool weir.

Night Heron still in tree on edge of River Exe  just beyond the junction of the river and the drainage channel opposite the Double Locks at dusk.

26 Aug
6:06 pm

Spotted Flycatcher – Teigngrace

Spotted flycatcher high in our red oak this afternoon. This is a first for our garden.

posted by Stuart Lyon
26 Aug
3:33 pm
Wembury +1 Photo


Single Spotted Flycatcher, Sedge Warbler and Willow Warbler this morning at Wembury along with Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps and Whitethroats. 2 Sand Martins west with Swallows and House Martins.

Along the beach a Knot and 2 Bar-tailed Godwit with a Common Sandpiper, 9 Dunlin, 9 Ringed Plover, 3 Sanderling, around 30 Turnstone, 2 Curlew and Oystercatchers.

Juvenile Mediterranean Gull and Yellow-legged Gull also present.

posted by Stuart Green
26 Aug
2:52 pm
Crownhill Down

Crownhill Down

On a brief early morning visit a Spotted Flycatcher, Tree Pipit, Common Sandpiper and 2 Wheatear.

posted by Chris E
26 Aug
1:17 pm

Plym Estuary & Saltram

This morning’s visit produced: 2 Tree Pipits, Willow Warbler, Wheatear, a family party of 3+ Spotted Flycatchers, Green Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, Black-tailed Godwit (juv), Common Sandpiper, 4 Dunlins & 6 Greenshanks.

posted by Peter Aley
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