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Today while driving through Iddesleigh, I spotted a Yellowhammer on an overhead wire. I stopped to take a photo but it flew off only to be replaced by a Whitethroat.
Purple heron, stover
At stover Country Park 5.30 _7pm lovely sight of mute Swans and 9!! Healthy cygnets, 2 nuthatch nests 1 on ranger/visitor centre 1 in box at end of aerial walkway being watched by pair of Jay’s. 1 pair of great crested grebes. 1 greater spotted woodpecker, green woodpecker heard. 1 lone male tufted duck. 1 tree creeper. 2 herons , 1 distant view of possible purple heron( not a clear view as in thick reeds opp the hide) usual mix on lake coots, moorhens 3 Canada geese, (1 still sitting on nest) 3 heron gulls, 5 male and 2 f Mandarin
Red Kites, Drewsteignton
Single Red Kites seen over Drewsteignton at 12.25 (not seen but reported to me) and 18.05 high and drifting west.
Red Kite over Crediton
Single Red Kite sighted over Crediton at around 17:10 today.
Garden Warbler, Dartmoor
Garden Warbler heard singing and then showed well at Vennford Reservoir yesterday. Also seen were a pair of Redstarts, and brief sightings of Pied Flycatchers. 3 or 4 Cuckoos above the reservoir and a Yellowhammer were the other highlights.
2 Red Kites
Passing over Peppercombe at around 4 pm , two red kites, heading towardsWestward Ho!
Red Kite briefly sighted around 3pm today.
Red Kite, landcross.
Red Kite circling over Landcross for 15 minutes.
Headed ‘South’ towards Torrington
There have been a few sightings today of red kites over the Exe and Topsham. At 5.00pm there were 4 over my house in Exminster, they drifted SW. I guess their annual pilgrimage to west Cornwall has begun.
Pair of Dippers – River Plym
One of a very busy pair of Dippers at the river Plym today . Lots of water in the Plym today from past rainfall so river running fast.
Posted as I thought maybe someone would need to see or record information from the ample number of rings on this birds leg (the other had no rings at all). Rings appear to be green and blue on the right leg and red/pink and silver on the left. I can just decern whats looks like ‘AL27’ on the silver ring.
Pleased to report the arrival of 6 Canada goslings on the reserve pond this morning. Otherwise fairly quiet.
Pied Flycatcher Yarner Wood
Observed what I think was fairly assiduous off-nest courtship feeding of a female by a male over a twenty minute period. At least ten pied flycatchers (50% male/female) seen on a stroll around the wood today.
Red Kite at 3 o’clock, drifting out of sight SW. Another Kite followed a few minutes later.
Red Kite, Crediton
A rather scruffy Red Kite over Crediton at 14.30
Today I found some time to walk around Yarner Wood where four Pied Flycatchers showed up.
Brixham and Berry Head
3 Purple Sandpiper Brixham Breakwater
1 Sandwich Tern
5 Manx Shearwater
plus: 20 Common Dolphins, 3 Harbour Porpoise
Day trip to Lundy – CANCELLED
Please be advised that the Day Trip to Lundy on Sunday 21st May 2023 has been cancelled due to unforeseen problems with the MV Oldenberg. We have been advised by the Lundy Shore Office that the ship is under repair and will not be back in service until at least the 27th May 2023.
Land at Stoney Lane, Landkey.
Out at our field this morning it was a case of what you could hear rather than see. Two tawny owls calling, several chiffchaffs and a garden warbler. Lots of house martins and swallows overhead at one point.
Stover Country Park
Tuesday morning, I spent an hour or so at the lake where there appeared to be a large Red-eared Terrapin just a few feet from a Great Crested Grebe’s nest. There were a lot of Coot’s nests around the lake some very close to the foot path. Also saw a Nuthatch, Jackdow, Tufted Duck and a pair of Swans with nine Cygnets.
A morning visit before rain ended play. Usual 3 Imm Spoonbill. 24 Curlew, 20 Whimbrel, 16+ Blackwit & a Ruff. 14+ Swift, 10+ Swallow & House Martin. 4 Male Tufted. Otherwise what you would expect on the marsh.