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25 May
12:47 pm

Sparrowhawk Northam North Devon

Large female Sparrowhawk Griggs Close Northam 12.40pm gliding over gardens and suddenly dropping.

posted by Rob Maye
25 May
12:20 pm

Wrafton Scrape

Arrived at the scrape about 09.30 to find the usual 2 Swans, plus the male Shelduck and 3/4 Herring Gulls. However having not seen any since 20th April I was pleased to find 4 Black-tailed Godwits resting (failed breeders already returning?). With them was a drake Shoveler and maybe his mate, but she was asleep so not sure. A lone Canada Goose may have been the male of the pair that have once again lost all their goslings in the reserve. 2 noisy Blackbirds alerted me to the presence of a Tawny Owl in the reserve.

posted by Jon Turner
25 May
11:11 am

Great White Egret

Slapton ley in flight headed in to Ireland bay. 1200

posted by Pete Solfley
25 May
1:10 am

Dawlish 1 red kite Kenwood farm

23:5/23 approx 14.25grs top field of kenwood farm , Dawlish , 1 red kite low down and in no great hurry, probably same bird seen by Pete Boyne shortly before

posted by Steve stone
25 May
1:02 am

Teignmouth golf course red kite


teignmouth golf course 1 red kite over around 13.45 hrs

posted by Pete Boyne
24 May
9:35 pm

Walls Hill, Babbacombe

An afternoon walk produced 2 kestrels, green woodpecker, bullfinch, greenfinch and blackcap among commoner species. butterflies included several small blue along the top of the south facing cliff above Redgate Beach, 2 wall brown, and orange tip.

posted by Chris & Janet Proctor
24 May
7:24 pm

Burrator area 24th May 2023

A walk up the track to Middleworth, Deancombe and then over the Narrator Brook to

Outcombe copse, returning along the edge of the moor by Roughtor Plantation and

Narrator Farm ruins,  produced the following:

Redstart   3 singing males Middleworth/Deancombe

Blackcap  4 singing

Willow Warbler   5 singing

Chiffchaff    3 singing

Reed Bunting   1 singing Narrator Brook

Cuckoo   2 calling

Siskin   3 calling in plantation edges

Tree Pipit   only one heard near Narrator Farm ruins

Buzzard   one soaring over Roughtor plantation carrying a snake

also  two Red Deer hinds near Middleworth, and a young Grass Snake on road

Some time spent searching the copses at Deancombe and Outcombe for Pied Flycatchers.  None located with one box at Deancombe occupied by Great Tits


posted by roger smaldon
24 May
5:20 pm

Pied Flycatcher. Heddon Valley

We saw a lone male Pied Flycatcher in the Heddon Valley, singing and displaying at a site we have seen a pair for many years. Sadly, no female.

posted by Elizabeth Gowen
23 May
9:29 pm
Berry Head

Berry Head

Berry Head kayak trip today

1 Pomarine skua with unusual plumage. 1 mile off Berry head 5pm today.

posted by Rupert Kirkwood
23 May
9:27 pm

Nightjars on Bovey Heath

23/05/2023 Male in flight at 21.30, followed by female at 21.32. Both birds seen regularly until leaving heath at 22.00. Very, very, brief ‘churring’ at 21.40 otherwise silent.

posted by John Walton
23 May
9:18 pm

Cuckoo at Cadover Bridge

2 cuckoos heard calling on the moor by Cadover Bridge.

1 male seen multiple times calling from a fence and hawthorn.

posted by Emma Craig
23 May
7:00 pm

Harrier sp.

Hen or Montagues 400m distant.

Seen from Meldon, flying roughly east to west, accompanied by two crows/ravens.

posted by David Wormell
23 May
6:01 pm

Red kite Bradworthy

Red kite circling over fields near Bradworthy as silage was being collected at 6.30-7pm Tuesday 23rd May 2023.

posted by Pamela Thomas
23 May
5:51 pm

Red Kite near Kingsbridge

Single bird circling low, along with a single buzzard, over valley of steep pasture and woodland NE of Kingsbridge around 1pm 23rd May. Seen whilst driving along narrow lane and unable to stop and watch but unmistakeable with buzzard as comparison.

posted by Jeff Curtis
23 May
5:38 pm

Alphington, Exeter

Two Red Kite over Alphington at 5.30pm drifting high NE.

posted by Steve Cox
23 May
11:53 am

Red Kite – Lamerton

Two Red Kites over Lamerton at about 1400 on 22nd May. Circling quite high and headed south.

posted by Kerry Stares
23 May
7:07 am

Red Kite Kentisbeare

Red Kite flew over Kentisbeare East Devon heading north east 8:00am

posted by Ken Evans
23 May
6:36 am

Red Kite over Harland

A Red Kite was seen over Hartland on Monday 22nd at 11.00am.

posted by Anthony Drew
23 May
12:54 am
Near Lynton +1 Photo

Near Lynton

Today on the outskirts of Lynton I spotted a Chiffchaff and a pair of Coal tits.

posted by Martin Bennett
22 May
8:35 pm



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