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7 Sep
2:06 pm
2023
Wryneck – Bantham Beach

Wryneck – Bantham Beach

Wryneck seen in a shrub on the sand dunes close to beach carpark and gastrobus at 1245 hrs. Also yellow wagtail feeding close to cows in field.

posted by John Hurrell
7 Sep
1:24 pm
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

The 3 Great White Egrets still on Blaxton Meadow at hight tide. Also today, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 14 Oystercatchers, 15 Turnstones, 11 Greenshanks, 8 Dunlins, Common Sandpiper, 20 Cormorants, 21 Little Egrets, Green Woodpecker, 2 Grey Wagtails, 2+ Bullfinches & 2 Clouded Yellows.

posted by Peter Aley
7 Sep
11:25 am
2023

North Devon Great Egrets.

4 Great Egrets on the Taw this morning. 2 in flight heading towards Chivenor & 2 on the sandbanks.

posted by Dave Paterson
7 Sep
11:13 am
2023

Velator reserve

Cycled along to the scrape this morning, again. And again nothing there, not sure the new drainage works have improved the conditions – it’s full of some green algae. However I noticed that the cattle have reappeared, and were idling over by the reserve. As I approached the reserve gate, they moved off a bit, and a single Cattle Egret flew up.

posted by jon turner
7 Sep
9:23 am
2023
Honiton

Honiton

Golden pheasant

posted by Billy emmett
7 Sep
6:15 am
2023

Fremington Pill

3 Glossy Ibis at the Pill this morning 07.00 . 

posted by Dave Paterson
6 Sep
8:41 pm
2023
East Devon Golf Club, Budleigh Salterton

East Devon Golf Club, Budleigh Salterton

As per Paul Bray’s report, Ortolan Bunting seen again @16:00

posted by Pete Newman
6 Sep
8:03 pm
2023

East Devon Golf Club, Budleigh Salterton

13:00

Ortolan Bunting

posted by Paul Bray
6 Sep
3:41 pm
2023
Crownhill Down +1 Photo

Crownhill Down

This morning on the Down: Chaffinches, Goldfinches, Linnets, Willow warblers at least 12 Mistle thrush and a Green Woodpecker. 3 Ringed Plover and Canada Geese on the TWL. Down along the Bridle path 2 Spotted Flycatchers.

posted by Bob Barrow
6 Sep
3:19 pm
2023

Soar

Additions to Rob’s post today: Wryneck (briefly, in scrub adjoining the wood between mid- and east Soar), Swift, 40 Wheatears, 3 Whinchats, 6 Siskins, Sedge Warbler, 22 Whitethroats, 22 Chiffchaffs, 9 Blackcaps, 11 Tree Pipits, 2 Grey Wagtails, Sparrowhawk, Coal Tit, 4 Bullfinches, 2 Roe Deer & a Comma.

Pre-dawn, a Tawny Owl at Brixton.

posted by Peter Aley
6 Sep
2:51 pm
2023

Exmouth

orcombe point

20 +Yellow wagtails in the top fields with the cattle .

posted by roger jewell
6 Sep
2:44 pm
2023
Avon Dam +1 Photo

Avon Dam

Thirteen red head Goosanders roosting at the Avon Dam this morning was the most there since March. Leg colour and facial pattern suggests a mix of juveniles and adult females.

posted by Peter Reay
6 Sep
2:19 pm
2023

Harleston by Slapton

2 Hobby over garden this pm.

posted by Rob Macklin
6 Sep
1:01 pm
2023

Wembury

Migrants in the Wembury/Wembury Point area this morning included 5+ Ringed Plover, a Whimbrel, 5 Bar-tailed Godwits, 24+ Turnstone, 24 Dunlin, a Common Sandpiper, a Redshank, 4 Mediterranean Gulls, a Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Blackcaps, 4 Whitethroats, two Spotted Flycatchers and 2 Wheatears.

posted by David Diskin
6 Sep
11:51 am
2023
Horsey & Braunton Marshes +1 Photo

Horsey & Braunton Marshes

This morning around high tide on Horsey 3 Great White Egrets.

Fortunately, Nigel who lives in Barnstaple turned up on his bicycle having cycled past the Linhay on the Inner Marsh Road & identified 9 Cattle Egrets amongst a herd of cows, so on my way home I took some photographs.The nearest one with the black bill is a juvenile.

 

posted by Robert Jutsum
6 Sep
11:13 am
2023

East to Middle Soar

Significant hirundine easterly migration from 0800 to 0945 involving 600 Swallow, 15 Sand Martin & 390 House Martin with a further 170 on the roof of Middle Soar House. Also: 3 Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail, 2 Tree Pipit, 21 Wheatear, 2 Whinchat, Grasshopper Warbler reeling at Starehole Ponds, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Spotted Flycatcher & 150 Linnet.

posted by Rob Macklin
5 Sep
9:32 pm
2023

Tawny Owl on Bovey Heath

No Nightjars, but a Tawny Owl calling from 20.15 onwards

posted by John Walton
5 Sep
9:13 pm
2023

Sidmouth Fire Beacon & East Hill

On and over the Fire Beacon this morning were 4+ Spotted Flycatchers, 6+ Willow Warblers and a flyover Tree Pipit, all migrants I think, plus the expected heathland residents. In the woods along East Hill were Crossbill, Siskin, Treecreeper and Marsh Tit (3/4 territories).

posted by James Camden
5 Sep
8:31 pm
2023
Saltram Heron Extravaganza +1 Photo

Saltram Heron Extravaganza

An exceptional gathering of herons on the Plym Estuary with three Great White Egrets, at least ten Little Egrets and eight Grey Herons feeding on a mass of little fishes before the Black-headed Gulls muscled in. Could only get a few in the photo.  Thanks to Pete Aley for the tip-off.

posted by Chris Marcol
5 Sep
8:26 pm
2023
Plym Estuary +1 Photo

Plym Estuary

Pete’s Great White Egrets were still on the Plym at dusk. Three on the shore behind Blaxton Meadow on the rising tide. Viewed from main footpath.

posted by Chris E
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