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16 Sep
5:07 pm
2023

Powderham Corner, via Turf to VP on Exminster Marsh

An Osprey on the Exe just north of Powderham Bridge across railway line at about 1540, and again at 1555, this time with a fish heading north. Same bird due to left wing primary damage. 330+ Curlew from Turf Hotel. Wheatear on estuary wall just south of Turf. 15+ Goldfinch. 2 Great Crested Grebe on river.

On marsh in front of viewing platform on Exminster Marsh. 7+ Ruff, 5 Snipe, 26 Blackwit, 30 Teal & 6 Shoveler. 30+ House Martin & 12+ Swallow over & 15+ Goldfinch.

posted by Steve Cox
16 Sep
11:50 am
2023

Exminster Marshes

Visit to coincide with high tide this morning. Viewing from the canal bank. Lots of waders including c300 dunlin, 8 black-tailed godwits, 6 snipe, 4 whimbrel, c12 curlew, 7+ ruff, 2 (possibly 3) little stint and at least one curlew sandpiper.

On the canal bank several chiffchaff. At Turf 2 greenshank flying around.

posted by John Waldon
16 Sep
9:31 am
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On Blaxton Meadow at high tide, this morning: Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Greenshanks, 18 Little Egrets & a (female) Kingfisher. 2 Common Sandpipers on the estuary.

posted by Peter Aley
16 Sep
9:25 am
2023

Harleston by Slapton

Excellent garden tick in the rain this morning,a Wryneck perched up on a phone wire!

posted by Rob Macklin
16 Sep
8:14 am
2023

Grey Herons Northam Devon

Seven Grey Herons over Northam 08.50hrs flying West.

posted by Rob Maye
15 Sep
3:11 pm
2023

Soar

A Wryneck (again briefly in scrub adjacent to the wood between Mid and East Soar), 3 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Tree Pipits, 3 Siskins, 3 Sand Martins, 9 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps, Grey Wagtail, 29 Yellowhammers, 3 Bullfinches & Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers.

posted by Peter Aley
15 Sep
2:31 pm
2023

Plym estuary & Saltram

This morning’s high tide:

194 Redshank, 11 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Kingfisher, Black T Godwit, Snipe, approx 20 House Martin over cattle.

posted by Alan Livsey
15 Sep
9:02 am
2023

Harleston by Slapton

Late post for yesterday, Firecrest in garden – unusual here!

posted by Rob Macklin
15 Sep
8:35 am
2023

Ashridge Farm, Sandford. Crediton

Huge movement Swallows this morning . Over cattle  feeding and sat on electric fence and in trees. Imposable to count but must have been 1000+

posted by Richard Burston
15 Sep
7:50 am
2023

Crownhill Down

Dawn visit – Little Stint, 4 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin still in the large pit. First E Golden Plover of the autumn on the down. Reed Bunting plus the usuals

posted by Chris E
14 Sep
7:15 pm
2023

Wryneck at East Prawle

Wryneck at East Prawle at 5.15pm today.  We walked left along the coastal path from East Prawle car park and up it popped up from the hedge running inland from the second gate.

It sat on top of one fence post then another for about five/ten minutes before dropping down out of sight.

There were also upwards of half a dozen cirl bunting around and what I’d say were three white wagtail (black head, silver grey back) but I’m not confident enough on them to say for sure.

posted by Paul Dietrich
14 Sep
3:29 pm
2023
Kingsbridge Estuary – Spoonbill

Kingsbridge Estuary – Spoonbill

Feeding well this morning on the Kingsbridge Estuary, viewable from the hide at West Charleton Marsh, a Spoonbill, pictured alongside a Little Egret for size comparison. 2 Cattle Egret still on the Marsh itself.

posted by Dave Pakes
14 Sep
2:00 pm
2023

Soar Mill & Southdown Valleys

A smattering of migrants included 13 House Martin, 18 Swallow, Willow Warbler, 17 Chiffchaff, 6 Whitethroat, 23 Blackcap, Spotted Flycatcher; also 3 Teal, 40 Robin & Jackdaw 7W.

Non-avian: 11 species of butterfly inc. 198 Red Admiral (almost all on ivy), Clouded Yellow, 2 Painted Lady & 55 Large White. Migrant Hawker, male Ruddy Darter (rare here), Humming Bird Hawk-Moth, 2 Hornet Robber Fly clamped together, 3 vmale Sika Deer & 4 Roe Deer.

posted by Rob Macklin
14 Sep
1:06 pm
2023
Berry Head +1 Photo

Berry Head

Berry Head Kayak Trip early am:

45 Balearic Shearwater

1 Arctic Skua

plus: 30 Common Dolphin, 1 Harbour Porpoise

posted by Rupert Kirkwood
14 Sep
12:55 pm
2023

Wembury

A visit this morning: 5 Ringed Plovers, 4 Bar-tailed Godwits, 16 Turnstones, 3 Knot, 2 Dunlin, 38 Mediterranean Gulls, 6 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps, 3 Whitethroats, a Wheatear and at least 4 White Wagtails M. a. alba.

 

 

posted by David Diskin
14 Sep
12:51 pm
2023

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

1 Willow Tit, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Mute Swan, 9 Moorhen, 1 Grey Heron, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 11 Coot, 2 Robin.

posted by Rod Mudge
14 Sep
12:45 pm
2023

Black Hole Marsh, Seaton

Waders late this morning included 2 Curlew Sandpiper, a Little Stint with a small flock of Ringed Plover and 4 or 5 Ruff.

posted by Mark Wingate
14 Sep
11:23 am
2023
Caen Estuary +1 Photo

Caen Estuary

Yesterday morning there were 5 Curlew Sandpipers,123 Dunlin & 6 Ringed Plover on the Caen Estuary. This morning there were 7 Curlew Sandpipers, 198 Dunlin & 4 Ringed Plover.

 

posted by Robert Jutsum
14 Sep
10:58 am
2023

Riverside Country Park

A morning birding in area north of Countess Weir. 2+ Green & 2 Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, 27 Teal, Little Grebe, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Jay, 20+ House Martin & 15+ Swallow.

posted by Steve Cox
13 Sep
9:31 pm
2023

Fremington Pill and Taw Estuary

Over late morning and lunchtime were:

  • in the Pill 3 Glossy Ibises, 4 Greenshanks and 100+ Redshanks;
  • on the estuary side of the cycle bridge 13 Knot, 3 Barwits and a Kingfisher;
  • on Home Farm Marsh 60+ Stock Doves, 75+ Linnets and 3 Wheatears, plus Stonechat, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel;
  • in the estuary 2o Brent Geese, 10 Wigeon (both newly arrived I guess), a Great Egret and a Common Sandpiper.
posted by James Camden
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