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1 Oct
2:55 pm
2023

Instow to Isley Marsh

Several hundred Oystercatchers roosting along the rocks at High Tide  to the east of Instow Beach up to the first Yelland Jetty. Small numbers of Dunlin flying around and at least 1 grey plover. 2 bar-tailed godwits and several curlew at Isley. The 3 Spoonbill, seen yesterday, are still at Isley Marsh, quite close to the coastal path giving good views of them grooming. Returning along the Tarka trail and a footpath to the main road there were about 50 finches (sparrows, linnets and goldfinches) on overhead cables next to the field of faded sunflowers.

posted by Stan
1 Oct
11:54 am
2023

Red kite over Blundells school playing fields

Saw a red kite, being hassled by a crow, over the school playing fields on Blundells road. It glided down towards the wooded area known locally as ‘Paradise woods’.

These woods are between the North devon Link road and Blundells road

I was cycling at the time so unable to snap a photo.

posted by Mark Backhouse
1 Oct
8:57 am
2023
North Dartmoor +1 Photo

North Dartmoor

2 Golden Plovers showing well were the highlight of a walk around North Dartmoor yesterday.

posted by Pete Newman
30 Sep
12:01 pm
2023

Tarka Trail , North Devon…

Spoonbill,3 roosting On Isley Marsh, 2adults +1 immature.
15 Greenshank roosting nearby at high tide, 2 Mediterranean Gulls at Bideford East, Elsewhere On Tarka trail 4 Stonechat, an immature f. Sparrowhawk And a Kestrel…..

posted by Malcolm Shakespeare
30 Sep
8:57 am
2023

Exminster Marshes 29th Sept

Mid morning visit.  The marsh was alive with dragon flies – mainly common darters with flocks of BH gulls feasting on the high flying insects.

Also two hobbies, one buzzard and a single seal in the culvert next to lock gates at Turf.

 

posted by Patrick Case
29 Sep
8:50 pm
2023
Berry Head

Berry Head

Just when we thought thousands of Great Shearwaters with a few Cory’s and Sooty’s passing Berry Head in the last week (and being seen at sea) couldn’t be bettered – Rob Hughes of Devon Sea Safari’s from Teignmouth photographed a Brown Booby 1 mile off Berry Head this morning – time to start checking every offshore island along the S coast… His story here: https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=devon%20sea%20safari

posted by Mike Langman
29 Sep
2:28 pm
2023

Powderham Marsh RSPB

A morning visit. Best bird being a Whinchat, feeding with two Stonechat in final field before viewing platform. 4 Stonechat in total, 4 Chiffchaff, 14+ Stock Dove, 44 Teal, Snipe, 11 Linnet, Great Spotted Woodpecker & 2 Swallow.

8+ Migrant Hawkers & a Common Darter.

posted by Steve Cox
29 Sep
1:35 pm
2023

Soar Mill Valley area

Best today was a Wryneck lurking in scrub just above Soar Mill Cove – a favoured area! Also: migrant Great Spotted Woodpecker, Reed Warbler, Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 9 Chiffchaff, 5 Grey Wagtail heading west, 13 Swallow, House Martin, 90 Meadow Pipit & 70 Linnet.

Non-avian: 8 species of butterflies inc. Clouded Yellow, 2 Painted Lady & 3 Comma.

posted by Rob Macklin
29 Sep
12:25 pm
2023
Seaton Wetlands +1 Photo

Seaton Wetlands

Yesterday afternoon, Mallard, Shelduck, Redshank, Curlew, Little Grebe, Little Egret, Moorhen,, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Curlew Sandpiper, Ruff, Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Common Gull, Common Sandpiper, Teal, Stock Doves.

 

posted by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd
29 Sep
12:18 pm
2023
Trowlesworthy and Crownhill Down, Dartmoor

Trowlesworthy and Crownhill Down, Dartmoor

Trowlesworthy: Grasshopper Warbler skulking in bracken is my first autumn record here. 5 Chiffchaff, Reed Bunting, Green Woodpecker etc.

Crownhill Down: 5 Ringed Plover, 3 Wheatear, 9 Chiffchaff, Blackcap etc.

posted by Chris E
29 Sep
11:51 am
2023

Great white egret, Bowling Green Marsh

Yesterday (28th) morning at about 11 am a great white egret dropped in. It only stayed for about 5 minutes before disappearing over the back, possibly onto the Clyst.

posted by Tom Misselbrook
29 Sep
9:48 am
2023

Dawlish Warren

An Osprey seen flying into the bight before heading back up the estuary towards Lympstone.

posted by Tom Saunders
29 Sep
9:26 am
2023

River teign, shaldon bridge to coombe cellars pub

Late post for yesterday 28th, walk from the bridge upto coombe cellars,

14 green shank, 1 med gull, 17 little egret, 3 grey heron

posted by Mike Graham
28 Sep
9:02 pm
2023
Heanton Court area +1 Photo

Heanton Court area

This morning’s stop-off at Heanton Court and a short walk down to the river proved fruitful, a Grey Heron, several Greenshank, a few Redshanks, a couple of Oystercatchers and two Spoonbill’s were seen out on a sandbank.

posted by Martin Bennett
28 Sep
4:46 pm
2023

Fremington Quay

Mediterranean Gull – at least 18 with BhGs off the quay 11:15

posted by Richard Coomber
28 Sep
3:36 pm
2023

Egrets Tapeley Park

One Great White and two cattle Egrets on marsh adjacent Tapeley late morning 27/09/23

posted by Rob Maye
28 Sep
2:22 pm
2023
Widworthy +1 Photo

Widworthy

Around the garden this morning.

posted by Geoff Mitchell
28 Sep
1:39 pm
2023
Fremington Pill

Fremington Pill

In the Pill this morning were 3 Glossy Ibis (1 adult 2 Juveniles), 6 knot, 2 Greenshank plus all the more common birds.

posted by Roy Churchill
28 Sep
12:51 pm
2023

Powderham to Exminster marshes

Walk north from Powderham corner to RSPB VP.

Exminster marshes generally quiet but just south of Turf was Common Sandpiper and Kingfisher. Two Wheatear on sea wall and adjacent fields. Two male Mandarin Duck on farm pond to west of sea wall were a surprise! Osprey-free zone unfortunately!

posted by ANDREW THORPE
28 Sep
11:21 am
2023

East Soar

A light westerly movement this morning involved 100 Skylark, 100+ Meadow Pipit, 12 Blue Tit moving up through Starehole, 5 Siskin, Grey Wagtail & 3 Jay moving up through Starehole and over Middle Soar (could be another good autumn passage). Also 4 Swallow, 3 Sparrowhawk, 6 Chiffchaff & 34 Magpie counted across whole Soar area over 2 days – site record count!

posted by Rob Macklin
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