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Lovely male Black Redstart amongst Rock and Meadow Pipits, feeding on kelp piles on beach near outfall pipe.
Bowling Green Marsh
Water Pipit still this morning from the hide. Also, waders roosting on the ice first thing. Usual wildfowl including 2 Pochard.
Barn Owl seen from the hide at 13:45. Seen intermittently during our visit.
Brisworthy Plantation, Cadover
In very murky, mizzly, conditions this morning a winter flock of 100+ Chaffinches held at least one, possibly two, male Brambling feeding amongst the fallen beech-mast. A Treecreeper and Goldcrest watched from nearby whilst a Great Spotted Woodpecker demolished a fallen branch in their midst.
Teignmouth Town Centre 15:00
Adult male Black Redstart, Pound Lane.
Exmouth and Topsham yesterday
Kestrel above the cliff at Sandy Bay and Turnstone at Topsham from the goat walk.
Spotted Redshank, Topsham Quay
Seen at 12:15 at Hannafords Quay Topsham.
Around the Sound this morning were Great Northern Diver, Purple Sandpiper, Turnstone and Rock Pipit.
Lower Tamar Lake
Late for yesterday at Lower Tamar Lake.
14 Goosander 4m 10f, 2 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 3 Shoveler 1m 2f, 6 Coot, 4m Pintail, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1m Wigeon, 2 Nuthatch.
Today while on may way to Braunton I stopped off at Ashford (Heanton Court) where a male Bullfinch was showing well. Also saw a Curlew, a few Redshank, a Little Egret, a couple of Oystercatchers, a Goosander, two Collared Dove,
River Mole Valley
Female Brambling in the orchard along with 30 Chaffinch,Marsh Tit,8 Greenfinch ,2 Treecreeper,6 Stock Dove ,3 Long-tailed Tit and 20 Starling.400 plus finches in the bird mix fields ……mainly Chaffinches but also Greenfinch, Goldfinch and Linnet……also female Kestrel and male Sparrowhawk causing mayhem.30 plus Meadow Pipits feeding amongst the barley stubbles along with 70 Starling , 50 Chaffinch and 10 Redwing.Elsewhere in the grass fields 90 more Starling,60 Fieldfare and another flock of 12 Meadow Pipits.Also seen a Firecrest feeding on a holly bush and a male Goosander flying down the valley . Non avian included 3 Roe Deer and 2 herds of Red Deer….one of 9 and the other 25…..all females with last year’s young.
Great white Egret Devon
Seen 25th Jan. About 1 mile from Budleigh Salterton car park on the Lower Otter wetlands project. No pics I’m afraid. Absolutely dwarfed the Grey Heron that trying to annoy it.
3 very pretty adult Med Gulls strutting their stuff on Saunton Sands at lunchtime today.
At least 10 Crossbills inc.4 “red-brick” males, 20+ Siskins inc. displaying males, male Brambling with Chaffinch flock, Green Woodpecker, 3 Jays, 3 Buzzards & 7 Bullfinches.
Dart’s Farm, Topsham
Barn Owl flew in front of the hide at 2.30 pm, then towards the fishing lakes.
Harrier Bennets Cross
Dear Editor , Could you please help me with an ID of this bird. Iwas going through some old pictures and this one I hadn’t named. I think it looks like a Hen or Northern Harrier due to the five fingered wing tips.
Eds: Hi Barry it looks like a male Sparrowhawk
Plym Estuary & Saltram
On a very cold & frosty morning: Grey Plover, 23 Snipe, Common Sandpiper, 7 Greenshanks, 17 Turnstones, 3 drake Red-breasted Mergansers, 4 Goosanders (1 drake), 54 Wigeon, 5 Little Grebes, Mediterranean Gull (ad-w), 2 Kingfishers, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Bullfinches & a Raven.
This afternoon in the lane to Fernworthy Reservoir were at least 10 Common Crossbills mix of male & female. A few Siskins, Chaffinches, Blue Tits, Goldfinches and a Kestrel.
Otterton: Stantyway & Coast
- Fieldfares 60+
- Linnets 150+
- Fulmars raft of 19
- Red throated divers group of 4
- Ravens 4
Sherpa Marsh, Braunton, The Skern
Walked from the reserve to Sherpa late morning, still no sign of a Common Sandpiper but near the reserve a large, pale-ish bird of prey flying away from me lifted up to reveal a white rump. Female type Hen Harrier. Turned to look at he other bird of prey over the reserve to see it was the female Marsh Harrier. Later went over to the Skern and confirmed that 2 Snow Buntings were indeed between the 7th and 8th Tees. Hard to find, but eventually saw them at the top of the pebble ridge under the low sand ‘cliffs’. Coming in on the rising tide were 2 great Northern Divers and later 4 Eider. Long time since I’ve seen an Eider in the estuary.