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20 Sep
2:24 pm
2023

Berry Head

Seawatch 0650-1200hrs:

66 Cory’s, 61 Great, 4 Sooty, 1042 Balearic, 114 Manx, 58 Large & 1 Scopoli’s Shearwater candidate, 56 Storm Petrel, 52 Arctic Skuas inc 10+ juvs, 1 Arctic, 1 Common & 5 Sandwich Terns 800+ Kittiwake, 12 Fulmar. 3 Tuna, 10+ Harbour Porpoises.

posted by Mike Langman
20 Sep
11:09 am
2023

Prawle Point Seawatch

Predominantly westward (though variable) passage 0700-1000 until rain came in and passage tailed off:

  • Manx/Balearic Shearwater – 600+
  • Cory’s Shearwater – 221
  • Great Shearwater – 1
  • Sooty Shearwater – 3
  • Arctic Skua – 5
  • Pomarine Skua – 1
  • Storm Petrel – 11
  • Kittiwake – 15+
  • Fulmar – 5+
  • Common Scoter – 2

Good numbers of Gannet moving both east and west, mixed flocks of Herring Gull, Greater Black Backed Gull and Black-headed Gull, a few Shag and Rock Pipit.

posted by Damian Offer
20 Sep
10:24 am
2023

Teignmouth

One Cory’s shearwater, 142 Balearic shearwaters, five Arctic skuas and four storm petrels south between 08:25 – 09:45.

posted by Will Salmon
19 Sep
8:15 pm
2023

Saltram, Plymouth.

In between the rain showers 2 late Yellow Wagtails flew over the cow field (black & white cows) before perching in a tree. Also in the area 36 Greenfinch  in one flock, Little Grebe and 22 Grey Heron on Blaxton Meadow.

posted by Martin Phillips
19 Sep
4:58 pm
2023

Fremington Pill .

  • 5 Greenshanks
  • 1 Glossy Ibis
  • 6 Bar-tailed Godwits
  • 7 Swallows
  • 1 Arctic Tern.
posted by David Paterson
19 Sep
2:11 pm
2023

Bowling Green Marsh

A cycle to Bowling Green Marsh for morning high tide. 2 Ruff (Juv & Ad), 3 Juv Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Redshank, 2 Knot, Whimbrel, 13 Barwit, 10 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, over 400 Blackwit (but many out of view) 230 Curlew, 205+ Redshank & 20 Greenshank.

200+ Teal, 48 Pintail & 6 Wigeon. 6+ Stock Dove & Kingfisher.

posted by Steve Cox
19 Sep
1:41 pm
2023

Wembury

Challenging seawatch off Wembury Point this morning with most birds too far out to call but a few came in closer just out past The Mewstone – 2 Cory’s, 5 Manx and 4 Balearic Shearwater, 11 Arctic Skua and a Great Skua all logged along with the usual Gannet and Kittiwake.

Along the beach on the high tide were 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, a Knot, a Dunlin, a Ringed Plover, a Whimbrel, a Curlew, 6 Turnstone and Oystercatchers.

60+ Mediterranean Gulls roosting out on the rocks or sheltering in the stubble field, at least 10 first winters and 6 second winters amongst adult birds.

posted by Stuart Green
18 Sep
10:12 pm
2023

Bowling Green Marsh

Among the commoner species over the high tide this morning were 3 Ruff, 3+ Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, 8+ Barwit, 3 Snipe, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Garganey, 80+ Pintail and 14 Gadwall.

posted by James Camden
18 Sep
9:46 pm
2023

Northern Wheatear – Berry Head

Solitary Northern Wheatear sighted by the South Fort on Berry Head today.

Sadly unable to take a photo.

posted by David Roper
18 Sep
6:35 pm
2023
Crownhill Down area

Crownhill Down area

Great White Egret briefly at Portworthy before flying high SE. Viewed from main road. In Crownhill Down Main Pit a single Ringed Plover. Wheatear on bridleway slope.

posted by Chris E
18 Sep
5:42 pm
2023

Stoke Gabriel

A pair of Ospreys observed over the mill pond searching fruitlessly for fish for 20 – 30 minutes, many dives into the water,but no success at all. Also, 3 Grey Herons, 2 Little Egrets, Black Headed Gulls and Herring Gulls.

posted by Stephen Huggins
18 Sep
5:26 pm
2023

Exeter to Exminster Marsh & beyond

A cycle from Marsh Barton to Turf Hotel and beyond. Most birds were from viewing platform. Teal 140+, Shoveler 15+, 7 Gadwall, 5 Wigeon, Little Grebe & 52+ Coot. Mostly on the lagoon. 96 Dunlin (3 Curlew Sand seen earlier), 65 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 2 Barwit on the wet marsh in front of VP. Also 9 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, 1 Ruff & 1 Greenshank over.

4 Cattle Egret with cattle by railway line path, later 4+ seen just south of M5.

Ad female Kestrel, adult Sparrowhawk, 200 Starling, 60-70 House Martin along whole marsh, 20+ Swallow & a single Sand Martin.

Wheatear on estuary wall south of Turf. 25+ Goldfinch & 15+ Linnet at VP or by Turf.

lots of Red Admiral & Migrant Hawkers.

posted by Steve Cox
18 Sep
3:10 pm
2023

Wembury

A Turtle Dove flushed out of the hedgerow near the sewage farm by a hunting male Sparrowhawk was a surprise this morning at Wembury. It flew around in a broad loop and landed briefly in the stubble field before flying off inland, narrowly avoiding being taken out by the still present  Sparrowhawk.

A few waders still present along the beach on the high tide – 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Dunlin, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 2 Ringed Plover, c.20 Turnstone and Oystercatchers.

posted by Stuart Green
18 Sep
2:58 pm
2023
North side of Taw Estuary

North side of Taw Estuary

A single Sandwich Tern & Med Gull sheltering from the strong winds this morning.

posted by Robert Jutsum
18 Sep
11:39 am
2023

Wembury Point

An adult Sabine’s Gull, still with a largely dark hood, flew west past Wembury Point this morning. Also at least 11 large shearwaters sp. flew east between 7.20 and 9.20. Although too far to be identified, they were most likely Cory’s Shearwater as 50 were seen flying past Rame Head during the same period (BirdGuides).

posted by DavidDiskin
18 Sep
9:50 am
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A juvenile Little Grebe new in this morning (unusually on Blaxton Meadow). Also, Peregrine, Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, 12 Greenshanks, 22 each of Grey Herons & Little Egrets and Redshanks have now reached over 200.

posted by Peter Aley
17 Sep
4:49 pm
2023

Teignmouth, below shaldon bridge

11.30 -12.30

2 sandwich terns, 25 oystercatchers one being leucistic, 18 black backed gulls and the usual herring gulls all braving the heavy rain on the sandbank as the tide dropped

posted by Mike Graham
17 Sep
11:52 am
2023
Orcombe Point, Exmouth

Orcombe Point, Exmouth

16/9 09:15 – 11:00

With many thanks to Matt K and Dave S, a Wryneck was the highlight; 50+ Swallow made a remarkable sight.

posted by Paul Bray
17 Sep
10:29 am
2023

Blaxton Meadow

Before the thunderstorm and rain, a single Cattle Egret was on the meadow with 20 Little Egrets, single Black-tailed Godwit, 199 Redshank, 11 Greenshank and 28 Curlew. Also present were 3 Teal and a Kingfisher.

posted by Martin Phillips
17 Sep
7:52 am
2023

Lower Tamar Lake

Late for Saturday.

Lower Tamar Lake.

1 Green Sandpiper,1 Little Grebe, 12 Coot, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Moorhen, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Tawny Owl calling close by.

posted by Rod Mudge
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