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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
13 Sep
8:58 pm
2023

Blaxton Meadow at Saltram

This afternoon on Blaxton Meadow 4 Black-tailed Godwits, 21 Oystercatchers, 2 Dunlin, 13 Greenshanks, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Med Gull, 25 Curlew, 13 Grey Herons, 14 Little Egrets and 1 Great Egret.

posted by John O'Connell-Davidson
13 Sep
7:04 pm
2023
Barnstaple

Barnstaple

This Yellow-Legged Gull had been a regular near to the Old bridge for several weeks now.  Not a particularly large individual but big compared to the Lesser bb gulls.

posted by Martin Thorne
13 Sep
6:28 pm
2023
Peregrine Falcon – Skern

Peregrine Falcon – Skern

Appledore side of the Burrows tonight was busy.

Multiple Oystercatchers, Curlews, Godwits, Seagulls. Little Egrets etc…

But the main event was this Peregrine Falcon, it was a surprise to see, and it surprised the seabirds as well 😄

posted by Kira
13 Sep
2:29 pm
2023
Glossy Ibis, Fremington Pill

Glossy Ibis, Fremington Pill

Two Glossy Ibis and two Greeshank in the Pill this morning together with all the usual suspects.

posted by Roy Churchill
13 Sep
12:12 pm
2023

Salmon Pool & Trew Weir, Exeter

Male Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtails & Common Sandpiper at Salmon Pool. Two more Grey Wagtails at Mill on the Exe.

posted by Steve Cox
13 Sep
4:41 am
2023

Topsham visitor

Reedbeds facing Topsham on the Exe, solitary great white egret and on the mudflats godwits, redshanks oystercatcher and curlew.

posted by Philip Fairclough
12 Sep
5:39 pm
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

This afternoon, 3+ Whinchats, 2 Stonechats, 5 Wheatears, Peregrine (juv), Green Woodpecker, Goosander (redhead), 2 Black-tailed Godwits, Common Sandpiper, 18 Oystercatchers, Dunlin, 9 Greenshanks & 16 each of Little Egrets and Grey Herons.

posted by Peter Aley
12 Sep
1:51 pm
2023

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning,
2 Green Sandpipers, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Mute Swan, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Treecreeper, 15 Coot, 1m Tufted Duck, 6f Teal, 1 Grey Heron, 11 Canada Geese, 2 Robin.

posted by Rod Mudge
12 Sep
1:35 pm
2023

Exminster Marsh

5 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 2 Hobby (Imm & Ad/Imm, hard to be sure on 2nd bird), 9 Gadwall, 8 Shoveler, 17 Teal, 5 Little Grebe, Whitethroat, Wheatear & Firecrest from VP or over Lagoon. 25 Cattle Egret (22 flew N viewed from Turf, with 3 with cattle in field South of VP).

240+ Dunlin, 15+ Ringed Plover, 80+ Curlew, Whimbrel, Bar-tailed Godwit, Greenshank & 40 Brent Geese from Turf Hotel.

Otherwise 3 Chiffchaff, Kestrel, 30+ Swallow the best of the rest.

Lots of Migrant Hawkers, 2+ Southern Hawker, and a single ‘old’ Holly Blue.

posted by Steve Cox
11 Sep
9:24 pm
2023
Sunday – Lyme Bay – Skuas and Shearwaters bonanza +1 Photo

Sunday – Lyme Bay – Skuas and Shearwaters bonanza

8 Hour trip out on Sunday with Dave Saunders on Kelly Heros into Lyme Bay gave an impressive number of seabirds.  Lots of bird movement made it difficult to accurately state the exact numbers but these are the minimum: 2 Arctic Skuas harassing the Kittiwakes, 2 Pomarine Skuas harassing the gulls, Great Skua, Storm Petrel, 500+ Guillemot in several rafts, 200 Manx Shearwaters, 15 Great Shearwaters, 10 Sooty Shearwaters, 30 Balearic Shearwaters, Cory Shearwater, 2 Razorbills, 4 Yellow-legged Gulls mostly 2nd cy with the occasional juvenile.  30 Gannets with all ages demonstrated.  2 Common Terns.  Usual gulls.  Common Dolphin and Harbour porpoise.

More images to be uploaded on the Devon Birds website page tomorrow.

posted by George and Lesley Carr
11 Sep
6:56 pm
2023

Crownhill Down

Mixed wader flock still in the big pit on Crownhill Down this eve. 2 Little Stint, 2 Sanderling, 8 Ringed Plover and 3 Dunlin. Flighty but often on near shore. Wheatear on slope.

posted by Chris E
11 Sep
6:55 pm
2023

Fremington Pill and Quay

A walk along Fremington Pill down to the Quay produced 3 Greenshank, 70+ Redshank, 3 Glossy Ibis, 10 Teal, 4 little Egret, 1 Ruff. Then over towards Chivenor 4 Great White Egret on the far bank.

posted by Martin Unwin
11 Sep
6:33 pm
2023

Riverside Country Park

An evening visit to the fishing pools by the Double Locks. Chiffchaff 6+, House Martin 50+ & Swallow 15+.

posted by Steve Cox
11 Sep
5:54 pm
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Two Firecrests this afternoon, together with Treecreeper, 2 Whinchats, Stonechat, 2 Green Woodpeckers, Grey Wagtail, 4 Sandwich Terns, 13 Greenshanks, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Dunlins, Common Sandpiper & a Clouded Yellow.

posted by Peter Aley
11 Sep
4:47 pm
2023

Caen Estuary

2 Curlew Sandpipers, 54 Dunlin & 4 Ringed Plover this morning.

posted by Robert Jutsum
11 Sep
2:22 pm
2023

Dart Estuary

Two Ospreys on the Dart today during a guided cruise including one performing over the estuary for 30 mins eventually taking a fish (on it’s second dive) as we watched.

posted by Mike Langman
11 Sep
2:16 pm
2023

Powderham & Exminster Marshes

A morning spent on Powderham Marsh provided 8 Cattle Egret, 4+ Yellow Wagtail, and a small number of Chiffchaff. 6 Teal, 5 Stonechat, 40+ Swallow, 15 Blackwit & 2 Egyptian Goose were the only other birds of note.

A short visit to VP on Exminster Marsh, with 2 Ruff, 2 Hobby (Ad & 1cy) feeding over the lagoon, 30 Coot on the lagoon, with a single Little Grebe. At least 340 Curlew sat together on the estuary.

posted by Steve Cox
11 Sep
1:31 pm
2023

Velator reserve

Only 3 Cattle Egrets with the cows this morning, but they have moved around South of the reserve and a deal further away, so probably more…

posted by jon turner
10 Sep
8:43 pm
2023

Turf Inn, Exe Estuary

Two Curlew Sandpipers seen from Kayak on rising tide at 1pm

posted by Paul Barker
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