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Bowling Green Marsh
Water pipit still present but being elusive amongst the rushes in the small pool to the right of the hide. Ruff on the mud opposite the hide along with a couple of dunlin, 4 pochard on the water, and plenty of regulars.
Goosanders Stover CP
Group of around eight Goosander at Stover, 0900 this morning. 3f 5m.
Taw & Torridge February indoor meeting
Notice of the February Indoor meeting of the Taw & Torridge Branch.
Pleased this morning to find the first 2 Eiders of the year for the site, with a female and an immature male present. Both birds present up to at least 12.15pm between the Orestone and the Lead Stone.
Elsewhere, there were 4 Great Northern Divers, 4 Purple Sandpipers, 4 Common Scoters, male Blackcap and a Chiffchaff. A Kingfisher was seen by other birders.
A Harbour Porpoise and a Grey Seal were also seen. Nice to hear a couple of Song Thrushes in song across the site.
2 female Marsh Harriers overhead early on, 1 Kestrel on top of a pylon, around the marsh: 15 Pintail, 5 Tufted duck, 47 Golden Plover, 500+ Dunlin, Wigeon, Teal, 1 Common Sandpiper, 25 Avocet & 15 Brent Geese over, 35 Redwing, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest in the scrub near the car park, 1 Cetti’s warbler low down in the reeds at the back of Lions rest.
At northam burrows overlooking skerne.
Hillsford Bridge to Watersmeet.
1 pair of Bullfinches.2 Treecreepers, 2 Dipper, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Grey Wagtail and 6 Longtailed Tits.
Plym Estuary & Saltram
Nothing new in, this morning, but a good selection nevertheless: at least 1 Firecrest, 3 Bullfinches (2 males), Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker, 6 Goosanders (4 drakes), 2 Red-breasted Mergansers (2 drakes), Great Crested & 3 Little Grebes, 52 Wigeon, Grey Plover, 9 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpipers, Turnstone, 8 Greenshanks & 9 Roe Deer.
Lower Tamar Lake
Lower Tamar Lake this morning.
3 Whooper Swans, they flew out at 07:10, 41 Goosander 9m 32f, 4 Willow Tit, 1 Grey Heron, 7 Coot, 2 Nuthatch, 2m Wigeon, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Marsh Tit, 2 Bullfinch.
Two great white egret Viewed from Stafford’s rail bridge 07.45.
Six little egret, five little grebe, thirteen teal, twelve mallard and two dipper all viewed from the rail bridge.
Lesser Whitethroat still present in garden in Halsdon Avenue Exmouth having been present since early December.
Pair of crossbills feeding in treetop on footpath going into woods from car park
Loads of Coots. Not so many duck as I was expecting, given the recent cold weather. Plenty of Tufted Duck, several Wigeon, a few Mallards and Teal, 1 Pochard. 2 Goldeneye (1m, 1f) at the northern end of the Lower Ley. Several Great Crested Grebes. Nothing on the sea apart from half a dozen Shags and a couple of Cormorants. 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls were almost the only gulls on the beach.
Torridge U3A Group, Isley Marsh, North Devon.
From our morning walk around Isley Marsh this morning.
Marsh Harrier, 3 Spoonbill and 5 Eider on a small island at the mouth of the R. Caen.
Occombe farm, Preston, Paignton
Buzzard, Kestrel, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Jays, a number of Redwing, multiple numbers of Great Tit, Blue Tit and Long Tailed Tit, and a Raven.
Bonapartes Gull in Kingsbridge!
Single bird spotted at low water next to the Quay car park. 27/01/23
1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Dippers, 3 Grey Wagtail, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Longtailed Tits and 1 Shag.
Correction and apology.
There were over 50 Bar-tailed and Black-tailed Godwits. Only a few were Bar-tailed. Posted yesterday 26th. Fremington Pill.
Red throated Diver out to sea in Lundy direction. Purple Sandpiper , just one this winter Seen East And west of Nassau court as the tide changed sometimes associating with Turnstones.
Plymouth Greenbank Black Redstart
Friday 27th January 9.00am . Black Redstart in my garden feeding near plant pots. Was then heard calling from the roof.