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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
10 Sep
6:39 pm
2023

Soar

An Ortolan Bunting at Middle Soar around 12.30pm the outstanding highlight of a morning that also brough a smattering of common migrants including 6 Wheatears, 2 Whinchats, 20 Yellow Wagtails, 7 Tree Pipits, 20 Siskins, 7 Whitethroats, 2 Blackcaps several Chiffchaffs and good numbers of Swallows. Also 2 Peregrines, a Sparrowhawk & a nice range of butterflies.

posted by Andy Smith
10 Sep
4:27 pm
2023
Plym Estuary & Saltram +1 Photo

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Additional to Peter’s earlier report here are a couple of shorts of the Wryneck snapped after nearly an hour’s stake out in baking sunshine, but well worth the wait.

posted by Chris Marcol
10 Sep
3:32 pm
2023

Velator/Wrafton

Late visit this afternoon: 10 or 11 Cattle Egret, They kept hiding in the long grass and behind cows so difficult to get an accurate count, especially as one of them morphed into a Little Egret by the scrape later. A singing Chiffchaff in the reserve.

posted by jon turner
10 Sep
2:21 pm
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

The patch’s first ever Wryneck today, showing intermittently in trees beside the lower end of Dell Walk. Also, 3 Great White Egrets, 2 Swifts, 3+ Whinchats, Siskin, Green Woodpecker, Sandwich Tern, 16 Turnstones & Great Crested Grebe.

posted by Peter Aley
10 Sep
2:03 pm
2023
Ashford Strand +1 Photo

Ashford Strand

Raindrops keep falling on my head!

1 Juvenile Great Crested Grebe 

Photos taken sheltering under a tree (Risky during thunder & lighting showers but survived to live another day!)

 

posted by Robert Jutsum
10 Sep
12:35 pm
2023

Radford Park

A Spotted Flycatcher was in Radford Park this morning. Also seen there were 2 Little Grebes, a Sparrowhawk, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Kingfisher, a Blackcap and a Chiffchaff.

posted by David Diskin
10 Sep
11:03 am
2023

Land off Stoney Lane, Landkey.

A brief visit to my field this morning and autumn is definitely on its way with the trees beginning to turn. Lots of birdsong, mostly robins and various tits and a view of a green woodpecker flying down the field. Often heard but rarely seen.

posted by Robert Morgan
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