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16 Jul
10:56 am
2023

Prawle Point seawatch 0630-0945 Sat 15 July

Less than ideal conditions –  strong SW wind but bright periods with squalls passing E offshore. Steady westerly passage of 300+ shearwaters mostly Manx Shearwater and Balearic Shearwater and 4 Sooty Shearwater amongst. Also group of 4 ArticSkua, Gannet, Kittiwake, Guillemot, Razorbill, two Puffin and Shag.

posted by Damian Offer
16 Jul
8:34 am
2023

Berry Head sea watch Sat 15th July 07.45-12.00

Conditions a bit too fine but managed: Storm Petrel, 14+ Balearic & 16 Manx Shearwaters, 4+ Arctic Skuas, 2 “Commic” Terns, 5 Common Scoters, 4 (ad-s) Mediterranean Gulls, 3 Swifts, 4+ Harbour Porpoises, 3+ Common Dolphins & a Grey Seal.

posted by Peter Aley
15 Jul
2:21 pm
2023

Escot Park – Hobby

A Hobby flew over the top fields at Escot Park this morning. Also 2 Ravens. Yesterday, at dusk, a loose flock of 40+ Mistle Thrushes had gathered and were moving through, calling as they went.

posted by John Reeves
15 Jul
12:42 pm
2023

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

1 Recently fledged Willow Tit it couldn’t work out the feeders, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 7 Great Crested Grebe.

posted by Rod Mudge
14 Jul
3:49 pm
2023

Radford Lake and Hooe Lake

This afternoon after the heavy rain 11 Swifts and 9 House Martins were over Radford Lake. Best, however, was a 1CY Yellow-legged Gull at Hooe Lake. Yesterday at Hooe Lake a Black-tailed Godwit in breeding plumage and a Common Sandpiper were present.

posted by David Diskin
13 Jul
11:19 pm
2023
Fremington Pill +1 Photo

Fremington Pill

Late afternoon along Fremington Pill were C50 Black-headed Gulls, 10 Redshanks, 3 Greenshanks, 3 Common Sandpipers and a Curlew.

posted by Martin Bennett
13 Jul
6:42 pm
2023

Little Gull Dartmouth

A single Little Gull flew down the Dart early afternoon.

posted by Steve Wadsworth
13 Jul
5:18 pm
2023

Saltpill pond, Fremington

Great White Egret back yesterday

posted by Jennifer Wallace
13 Jul
4:26 pm
2023

Northam, Skern high tide roost.

At least 77 Mediterranean Gulls, mostly adult birds roosting on the marshes with a scattering of Black-headed Gulls, 2 SandwichTern, 2 Great black-backed Gulls, 1 Common Gull. Also 15 Curlew, 9 Redshank and 1 Whimbrel

posted by Martin Unwin
13 Jul
1:12 pm
2023

Old Torrington Road Barnstaple

Two or three swifts hunting over our house on a daily basis. They are about most of the day. Had 12 house sparrows sitting on my neighbours electricity cable Tuesday afternoon.

posted by Robert Morgan
13 Jul
9:25 am
2023

Crownhill Down

Green Sandpiper roosting on small pool on the down, 6 Wheatear, 2 Whitethroat, 3 Kestrel and good numbers of juv Linnets, Mipits and Stonechats this morning.

posted by Chris E
12 Jul
6:03 pm
2023

Swifts Bickington

4 swifts flying over our garden in Bickington all afternoon.

posted by Matt Gregory
12 Jul
5:40 pm
2023
Crownhill Down +1 Photo

Crownhill Down

This evening several juv. Wheatears and Stonechats, 2 Willow Warblers, Linnets, Pied Wagtails, a solitary Kestrel, Canada Geese and 2 Ravens feeding on a bird carcase on the TWL.

posted by Bob Barrow
12 Jul
5:31 pm
2023

Bowling Green Marsh, Clyst VP & Goat Walk

Todays high tide, all be a low one. Imm Spoonbill, 118 Blackwit, 30+ Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 58 Redshank, 2 Greenshank & 8 Lapwing (4 Juvs). 6 Teal. Ad & 4 Imm Shelduck from VP. The best of it.

Three Small Red-eyed Damselflies near BG hide & a single male Scarce  Chaser

posted by Steve Cox
12 Jul
4:03 pm
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A bit of movement today, with 5 Sand Martins going SE and a Whitethroat. Also, 3 Green & 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Kingfisher, 18 Mandarin Ducks, Red-crested Pochard (female), 14 Little Egrets, 5 Greenshanks, 2 Bullfinches & 4 Roe Deer.

posted by Peter Aley
12 Jul
12:42 pm
2023

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

1 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 2 Mute Swan, 6 Blue Tit, 5 Chaffinch, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Robin, 2 Great Tit, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Moorhen 6 chicks, 2 Cormorants.

posted by Rod Mudge
11 Jul
10:20 pm
2023

Ideford Common

Probably my best sightings of Nightjars this evening on Ideford Common. Several seen flying above the treetops 100 – 200 metres away, but 3 – 4 were flying within 20 metres and swooping and hovering immediately overhead, or within a couple of metres of us. Besides the usual churring, several of the birds were making a clucking sound whilst in flight. 3 Stonechats (possibly 2 adults and a juvenile) and  a Yellowhammer seen.

posted by Stephen Huggins
11 Jul
5:54 pm
2023

Bowling Green Marsh, Clyst VP & Goosemoor

At high tide on Bowling Green & Goosemoor were Imm Spoonbill, 130+ Curlew, 12+ Whimbrel, 140+ Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 81 Blackwit, 5 Lapwing, 2 Common Sandpiper, Juv LRP, moulting Ad Ruff & 2 Dunlin. 4 Teal, F/Imm Shoveler too. Also Ad & Juv Water Rail. 260 Black-headed Gull with just one Juvenile. 3 Adult Mediterranean Gull on Goosemoor.

posted by Steve Cox
11 Jul
5:19 pm
2023

Swifts Northam North Devon

5-6 Swifts over Griggs Close Northam 15.45pm the largest number I’ve seen this year.

posted by Rob Maye
11 Jul
2:00 pm
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Two smart summer-plumaged Black-tailed Godwits on Blaxton Meadow together with 3 Greenshanks, 2 Common Sandpipers and the building Curlew & Redshank flocks. Also sum-plum Mediterranean Gull, 2 Bullfinches and a a pair of Mute Swans with a cygnet.

On the 7th, a Sand Martin with 60-70 other hirundines and Swifts.

posted by Peter Aley
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