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Broadsands & Goodrington ,Torbay
Broadsands: 1 Long-t Duck, 11 Common Scoter, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Harbour Porpoise. Siberian Chiffchaff again in ditch with 1 Chiffchaff near to O’kahana cafe. Goodrington: 4 Great Crested Grebes
River Mole Valley
Issues with 40 plus Pheasant at one of the supplementary feeding stations in one of the bird mix fields have led me to feed in the orchard with fabulous results.Today’s sightings included 2 Yellowhammers, 55 Chaffinches, 11 Greenfinches,6 Stock Dove,as well as 2 GSWs,2 Marsh Tit,5 Long Tailed Tit,2 Buzzards,a male Sparrow Hawk a Jay as well as the usuals.Elsewhere in the grass fields 50 plus Fieldfare,30 Redwing,20 Starling ,2 Bullfinch, a female Kestrel and 5 Mistle Thrush.Non avian included 21 Red Deer and 3 Roe Deer.
Shipley Bridge/Avon Dam
Late Afternoon: 1 female Hen Harrier & 1 Woodcock.
Snipe on River Clyst from the boardwalk, also 15 snipe counted in field next to viewing platform this morning.
Penhill Point, River Taw
77 pintail off Penhill Point opposite Heanton Court mid-afternoon today.
Firecrest in the hedge behind the west end of the beach this lunch time.
Redwing Tavistock Meadows
Redwing flock in Tavistock Meadows Park
- 1 female Blackcap.1 Bullfinch. 4 GS Woodpeckers. 2 Greenfinch.3 Nuthatch 1Mistle Thrush. 12 Song Thrushes. Very large flock of Chaffinches. About 30 Redwing. All the local birds, blue tit, great tit,Longtailed tit,marsh tit and Coal tit plus multiple Robins and wrens are all looking exceedingly fit and active.
Ruff – North side of Taw Estuary
The Ruff was present again this morning.
Fremington Pill to Barnstaple
100+Teal at the Pill, Redshank, Black and Bar -tailed Godwit, Greenshank, Curlew and single Glossy Ibis. Continuing from Fremington along Tarka Trail to Barnstaple encountered flocks of Lapwing, Little Eagret, Starling, Shellduck ,Oystercatcher.
Several Turnstones feeding on rocks on the edge of the Breakwater 2 Cormorants feeding in the water close by.
Lower Tamar Lake
Highlights: Whooper Swan (3) – flew out at approx. 07:10; Willow Tit, Marsh Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker (2) drumming; Tawny Owl (2 I think) calling.
No sign of the recent male Black Redstart this morning along the beach at Wembury but the wintering Water Pipit showed very well along with a Grey Wagtail, a pair of Stonechat and 4 Chiffchaff, 1 of which was pale and brown toned compared to the yellowy green of the other 3. A Whimbrel roosting at The Point on the high tide was a surprise. A Firecrest briefly in a village garden
Hawfinch seen at West Town Farm Ide at 0830hrs this morning
Plym Estuary & Saltram
On this morning’s frosty high tide: Grey Plover, 8 Greenshanks, 7 Snipe, Common Sandpiper, 15 Turnstones, 5 Goosanders (2 drakes), 2 drake Red-breasted Mergansers, 37 Wigeon, Grey Wagtail, Siskin (male) & a Great Spotted Woodpecker.
Escot Park – Goosanders
Yesterday morning 7 Goosanders (2 drakes) graced the lake in Escot Park. The redheads were still present at 1100hrs but the drakes were seen to depart.
Water Rail and Spoonbill, Bowling Green Marsh, Topsham
Water Rail, Spoonbill and Snipe amongst other species at Bowling Green Marsh 06/02/2023 1.00pm
Late afternoon on Instow Beach where there were small flocks of Linnets, Goldfinches and Oystercatchers a few Pied Wagtails, Turnstones and Wigeon, two Curlew, Great crested grebes & Little Egret and one Grey Plover and Rock pipit.
Water Rail, Fluxton, Ottery St Mary
A water rail showed briefly on the east bank of the Otter between OSM & Fluxton. First I have seen here in over 10 years. Also a goosander above the weir, and 2 kingfishers on the river. Still plenty of fieldfares and redwings around, a GSW drumming and 3 mistle thrushes on the cricket pitch capped a lovely early spring afternoon walk.