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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
28 Sep
9:51 am
2023

House Martins in Brentor

The six House Martin nests in the eaves of our house have had an exceptional year, but one nest is STILL feeding two nestlings, as yet unfledged. This is possibly a third brood from that nest. All the others (around 30) have headed south. Interestingly there are three adults busy feeding the young which are very close to fledging, so perhaps one from an earlier brood has remained behind to help the parents with the feeding which is getting somewhat frantic!  At least the unseasonal warmth is providing food.

This is the latest departure that I can ever remember.

posted by Simon Martin
28 Sep
8:10 am
2023

Ring Ouzel

On Dartmoor just above Owley Moor Gate, Nr South Brent this yesterday morning (27th Sept).

A count of 23 Mistle Thrush in company with several Starling and one Ring Ouzel.

Jay and Buzzard also seen.

Two hunting Sparrowhawk, two Raven, Meadow Pipit, a mixed flock of Chiffchaff and Wren working along a hedge/walled area.

posted by Steve HOPPER
27 Sep
7:12 pm
2023

Ringed Plover Torbay

Single Ringed Plover on the beach at Marine Parade, Preston this afternoon,  together with c30 Turnstone

posted by CLIFF PARROTT
27 Sep
11:00 am
2023

Sherpa Marsh Braunton

  • 7 Cattle Egret 1 Great White and Marsh Harrier at 12:00. 
posted by Derek Carter
26 Sep
7:00 pm
2023

Salmon Pool, Exeter

A brief look this afternoon produced a Dipper, common enough on the Exe but you don’t see them here too often.

posted by Steve Cox
25 Sep
8:09 pm
2023

Dawlish Warren

A trip to Dawlish Warren, optimistically looking a ‘yank’. Land wise very little, 2 Chiffchaff & a Goldcrest. 40+ Linnet, 3 Stonechat and 7 Skylark was about it.

2 Sanderling on the beach. 27+ Sandwich Tern as tide came in, but didn’t stay to high tide. 21 Barwit, 70+ Ringed Plover, 150+ Dunlin were best of the waders though they remained distant as it wasn’t a big high tide.

Otherwise 250+ Wigeon, 150+ Teal, 32 Shelduck, a few distance Brent Geese and an Ad Mediterranean Gull.

6 Painted Lady, 2 Clouded Yellow amongst 11 Spp of Butterfly. 15+ Migrant Hawkers.

posted by Steve Cox
25 Sep
7:33 pm
2023

Crownhill Down

Late PM visit – Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover and a stint-sized wader with one leg in the big pit. Due to distance and poor weather conditions I couldn’t 100% confirm the ID of the wader. Also 1,000+ Herring Gulls in roost, smaller numbers of LBB and GBB Gulls.

posted by Chris E
25 Sep
5:50 pm
2023

Exminster Marshes

Snow goose among a flock of Canadas. Provenance unknown.

posted by David Roberts
25 Sep
5:26 pm
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A visit this afternoon produced: Mediterranean Gull (ad-w), 1+ Kingfisher, Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Greenshanks, 19 Little Egrets & a Sparrowhawk.

posted by Peter Aley
25 Sep
4:49 pm
2023

Braunton Down

Well over 300 linnet gathered on the wires on the west side of the hill this evening

posted by Fozz Forsdike
24 Sep
9:44 pm
2023

Seaton Wetland

Mid afternoon watch from the Black Hole Marsh island hide:

  • 1 Curlew Sandpiper
  • 1 Little Stint,
  • 2 Ruff
  • 6 Ringed Plover
  • 7 Dunlin
  • 1 Common Sandpiper
  • 2 Lapwing
  • 14 Redshank.
posted by Garry Hayman
24 Sep
3:01 pm
2023

Powderham Corner to Exminster VP, via Turf

200 Dunlin on the sea wall roosting at high tide, south of Turf. Amongst them were 2 Juv Curlew Sandpiper & a Juv Little Stint. 5 Ad Common Gull, first sign of their arrival. Also 5 Swallow.

From Turf 3 Sandwich Tern, 210 Curlew, 3 Grey Plover & first Shelduck returning amongst small numbers of other waders.

From Exminster VP, 10 Gadwall, 12+ Shoveler, 60+ Teal & 2 Little Grebe. Imm Kestrel being only other bird of note.

posted by Steve Cox
24 Sep
2:11 pm
2023

Tarka Trail, Ashford side.

A walk along the trail at lunchtime on the high tide but with mud still exposed. Large numbers of canada geese (100-200) spread about. 200-300 oystercatchers spread along the trail. Couple of dozen bar tailed godwits still in summer plumage. 20-30 dunlin with a couple of curlew sandpiper mixed in. 20-30 redshank, only 1 or 2 curlew. 1 great white egret, about 6 little egrets spread along the walk. 3 cormorant on the river, 2 teal flying over. 30-40 swallows migrating south. BH gulls and several dragonflies buzzing about but not able to identify them

posted by Robert Morgan
24 Sep
1:10 pm
2023

Bovisand

Fourteen Mediterranean Gulls, 12 Sandwich Terns and 3 Turnstones were noted at Bovisand this morning.

posted by David Diskin
24 Sep
9:32 am
2023

Wembury Point

0700-0900: 4 Cory’s Shearwaters – 3 between 0700-0800 and a 4th at 08:44 – all just past the Mew Stone. Also a single Manxie, 3 Med Gulls. Other shears too far out to call.

posted by Chris E
24 Sep
8:02 am
2023

The Skern and Fremington

Yesterday’s spoonbills were the icing on the cake…before that at the Skern were several wheatear, linnet,pied wagtail and meadow pipit. A mini murmeration of starlings, 80 to 100 curlew, 100+ oystercatchers. Peregrine sat on the ground chased off by a large juvenile Peregrine. Fremington pill had 4 greenshank, 3 glossy ibis, 9 knot,redshanks a few teal and a kingfisher. On the river 4 great white Egret,3 herons, several little egrets and on Saltpill were 2 snipe. A good day’s birding!

posted by Fozz Forsdike
24 Sep
7:47 am
2023

Lower Tamar Lake

Late for Saturday 23rd.
Lower Tamar Lake this morning.
1 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 11 Blue Tit, 9 Chaffinch, 1 Robin, 5 Coal Tit, 15 Moorhen, 1 Wren, 14 Coot, 5 Mallard, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Goldcrest, 5 Long-tailed Tit.

posted by Rod Mudge
23 Sep
9:53 pm
2023

Taw at Heanton

Two spoonbills feeding on the falling tide.

posted by Fozz Forsdike
23 Sep
8:01 pm
2023

Migrants East Budleigh

  • Walk along cliff path to east of LORP produced many migrants moving west. Several hundred Swallow and fewer House Martin. Small groups of  Skylark  and Meadow Pipit also moving. Two Wheatear in stubble field. Also three Clouded Yellow
posted by Andrew Thorpe
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