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1 Nov
4:14 pm
2023

The Skern, Northam Burrows

Lesser Scaup associated with the Wigeon at high tide.

Wheatear on the now defunct hole on golf course near old tip.

200 plus Golden Plover on the beach by estuary mouth with a handful of Dunlin.

posted by Ian Smith
31 Oct
8:52 pm
2023

Avon Dam

Yet another visit, my fifth this month, to the Shipley/Avon Dam area this month without either ring ouzel, redwing or fieldfare, which is most unusual. However, at first light, a noisy oystercatcher on the dam wall, a silent woodcock on the way up and seven roosting goosanders (including my first ad male of the autumn) provided some compensation. The oystercatcher, a Dartmoor rarity, was new for the site.

posted by Peter Reay
31 Oct
3:28 pm
2023

FERNWORTHY RESERVOIR

MID DEVON branch field meeting, the weather held and we took a walk around the lake,  twenty eight birds seen,  the best being a flock of 30 plus crossbills moving around ,also twos and threes were in the trees around the lake, several flocks of chaffinches with bramblings which were good to see as well,  redwings and fieldfares were also seen but not in big numbers.

posted by roger jewell
31 Oct
2:41 pm
2023
Cadover Bridge

Cadover Bridge

This morning at least 14 Ring Ouzels, 8 Redwings, 5 Mistle thrush, 5 Ravens, Coal, Blue and Great tits, Chaffinches, a Green Woodpecker and a Peregrine.

posted by Bob Barrow
31 Oct
1:27 pm
2023

Lundy

Tim Jones reports that the adult male Waxwing was ringed in Milcombe this morning. An Island first!

posted by Jon Turner
31 Oct
11:40 am
2023

Escot Park – Fieldfare & Redwing

This morning, I noticed the Fieldfares and Redwings are back in the orchard at Escot Park for the winter, where there are plenty of apples. Also Sparrowhawk and Mistle Thrush of note.

posted by John Reeves
30 Oct
10:02 pm
2023
Aylesbeare Common +1 Photo

Aylesbeare Common

Today I popped into Aylesbeare Common and spotted one Dartford Warbler, a few Linnets, four Goldcrest, a group of six Long-tailed tits and a Marsh tit.

posted by Martin Bennett
30 Oct
7:21 pm
2023
Cadover Bridge

Cadover Bridge

Brief visit late afternoon: 20+ Fieldfares, 6 Ring Ouzels, 5 Mistle thrush, 5 Ravens and a solitary Snipe on the Drying Pond.

posted by Bob Barrow
30 Oct
6:02 pm
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

With a huge amount of water in Blaxton Meadow, waders were struggling to find roosting areas and numbers were generally low. However 6 Snipe, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail & 22 Wigeon showed there, and also around the site, 11 Turnstones, Firecrest, & a Raven.

posted by Peter Aley
30 Oct
4:23 pm
2023

The skern, Northam Burrows

Short eared owl quartering over the old tip and golf course on the northern edge by the lake.

posted by Ian Smith
30 Oct
3:42 pm
2023

Exminster Marsh

A morning visit to Exminster Marsh, including from Turf Hotel.

450+ Teal, 30+ Wigeon, 12 Shoveler & 2 Pintail on marsh. 28 Coot & 5 Little Grebe on the lagoon. 25 DB Brent Geese on the estuary.

115 Curlew, 160 Lapwing, 165 Golden Plover, 8 Grey Plover, 200+ Blackwit, 120+ Dunlin 20 Avocet & 4 Barwit on the estuary.

7 Cattle Egret sound of Turf, over railway line. 20+ Little Egret in total. Common Sandpiper at Turf, along with a male Kingfisher. 25+ Linnet, 25+ Meadow Pipit, 5 Stonechat, 3 Reed Bunting, Cetti’s Warbler & F Kestrel.

posted by Steve Cox
30 Oct
3:13 pm
2023

Emsworthy Mire

At least 6 ouzels,redwings and Fieldfares.2 male ouzels virtually summer plumage. Late morning today. Kevin Hall and several others

posted by KEVIN Hall
30 Oct
12:44 pm
2023

Ilfracombe

8 Purple Sandpipers on rocks below Capstone Hill; single Gannet patrolling offshore

posted by David Shadwell
30 Oct
9:25 am
2023

Bow Creek Cornworthy/Tuckenhay

On Saturday morning 5 Common sandpiper feeding together beside Bow Creek at 3 Oaks Meadow – most I’ve seen together at this site. 3 were also present further up the creek towards the Waterman’s Arms on Sunday morning.

posted by Henry Trollope
29 Oct
9:23 pm
2023
Woolacombe

Woolacombe

Today I spotted this Rock pipit near the soil pipe outlet.

posted by Martin Bennett
29 Oct
9:23 pm
2023

Redwing ashburton

Late pm today pair of redwing feeding on berries in private garden near South dartmoor community college, also large passage of wood pigeon c40 heading towards farmland near A38. Also 2 buzzards being mobbed by group of finches

posted by R townsend
29 Oct
7:52 pm
2023
Lesser Scaup – Skern

Lesser Scaup – Skern

At the tail end of the Taw&Torridge branch guided walk at the Skern, Martin spotted a Tufted Duck like bird at distance.
After carful watching through scopes by several people and looking at heavily cropped photos we came to the conclusion it could be a Lesser Scaup.
The following day Martin returned for better views and confirmed L Scaup, subsequently verified by someone with experience of this species who has also seen it.

posted by Ray Turner
29 Oct
7:17 pm
2023

Tamar Lakes

Upper Tamar Lake this morning.

2 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 3 Coal Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Bullfinch.

Lower Tamar Lake

4 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 2 Mute Swan, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Tufted Duck, 4 Cormorant.

posted by Rod Mudge
29 Oct
11:10 am
2023

Barnstaple to Fremington quay 9.30 – 10.30

9.30 – 10.30 walk on the Tarka trail
Total of 14 Cattle egret in two separate fields opposite Penhill marsh, couple of dozen Curlew roosting in Anchor woods field and the usual sprinkling of Little egret on the marsh.

posted by Roy Churchill
29 Oct
10:36 am
2023

Emsworthy Mire – Winter Thrushes

A pleasant stroll around Emsworthy Mire this morning produced:

  • Ring Ouzel – c.15
  • Fieldfare – over 30
  • Redwing 7
  • Mistle Thrush
  • Goldfinch 3
  • Robin
  • Meadow Pipit
  • Magpie
  • Greater Spotted Woodpecker
  • Carrion Crow

The thrushes were highly mobile.

 

posted by Damian Offer
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