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22 Sep
2:38 pm
2023

Wrafton Scrape etc

A Swallow flew over the scrape as I was looking for the Godwits late morning. From the reserve I saw three Swallows above. Also 2 singing Chiffchaffs.

posted by Jon Turner
22 Sep
12:23 pm
2023

Plymouth branch visit to Seaton Wetlands

A group 14 members met at Seaton Wetlands on Thursday 21st September and saw a total of 57 species across the varying habitats on the reserve. The stand out species were Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper and Ruff. All showing well for prolonged periods from the Island Hide on Blackhole Marsh. A full list of species will be posted in society news.

John Lloyd

 

posted by John Lloyd
22 Sep
11:32 am
2023
Fremington Pill – Saltpill Duck Pond +1 Photo

Fremington Pill – Saltpill Duck Pond

  • 6 Greenshanks
  • 2 Kingfishers 
  • 3 Glossy Ibis
  • 1 Common Sandpiper
  • 1 Spotted Redshank
  • 3 Great Egrets
  • 4 Dunlin
  • 1 Bar-tailed Godwit
  • 2 Cetti’s Warblers
  • 1 Water Rail
  • 1 Peregrine
  • 5 Knot
posted by David Paterson
22 Sep
8:22 am
2023
Cory’s Shearwater Plymouth +1 Photo

Cory’s Shearwater Plymouth

An exhausted Cory’s Shearwater was picked up on Wednesday evening on the Hoe and was successfully released early this morning from the Hoe. After it gathered itself and avoided the attentions of a GBBG it flew off strongly towards Mt Edgecumbe

posted by Richard Billington
21 Sep
7:16 pm
2023

Modbury 21.9.2023

HOUSE MARTIN

Young still being fed in at least two nests

 

posted by roger smaldon
21 Sep
6:08 pm
2023

Wrafton Scrape

At last! 4 Black-tailed Godwits feeding strongly on the smaller of the two scrapes. Also present, a single Little Egret. Nearby in the reserve a flock of about 40 Goldfinch.

posted by Jon Turner
21 Sep
5:32 pm
2023

Fremington quay and pill

4 Great White Egret on the Taw estuary. Ceti’s Warbler calling at the salt pool. Glossy Ibis on the Pill. Med Gill  and Green Sandpiper on the estuary.kingfisher on the Pill sluice gates. A sorry looking Guillemot on the Taw estuary.

posted by Chris Baines
21 Sep
4:57 pm
2023
Bowling Green Marsh, Exeter +1 Photo

Bowling Green Marsh, Exeter

09:16-12:10

Bar and Black-tailed Godwit; Spotted Redshank (1); Common Redshank; Ruff (1); Turnstone; Avocet, Greenshank; Curlew; Whimbrel; Gadwall; Pintail; Teal; Mallard. Shoveler;

posted by Paul Bray
21 Sep
3:50 pm
2023

Prawle

Lunchtime visit – 2 Cory’s Shearwaters lingering fairly close in. An arrival of Blackcaps -70+ and 2 Ring Ouzels in Pigs Nose valley.

posted by David Cope
21 Sep
1:21 pm
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A nice mix of birds today including (the?) juv Spoonbill again on Blaxton Meadow (before heading down the estuary), Great Crested Grebe, 2 Yellow Wagtails (with the cows) and a Sedge Warbler. Also, 6+ Siskins, 11 Greenshanks, 2 Common Sandpipers, Black-tailed godwit & Kingfisher.

posted by Peter Aley
20 Sep
7:13 pm
2023

Hopes Nose

615pm-715pm- 11 Storm Petrels  -18 Arctic Skuas all north – 55 Balearic Shears mostly north – 3 Manx -Med Gull- c50 kittiwakes

posted by Mark Bailey
20 Sep
6:58 pm
2023

Osprey Dartmouth

Osprey on the river Dart at 16.30.

posted by Luke quinn
20 Sep
5:33 pm
2023

Hopes Nose Seawatch

Sea watch from 0940-1150. Lots of Kittiwakes & Balearic Shearwaters passing moment I started watching.  numbers started slowing at 1100, and it was pretty quiet by 1150 when left.

Totals

150 Balearic Shearwater

42 Skuas, most (if not all) were Arctic’s

8 Storm Petrel

6 Fulmar

Kittiwake – estimate of 1500+ based upon 5 minute counts

Gannet – 200+ based upon 5 minute counts

5 Commic Tern

posted by Steve Cox
20 Sep
2:24 pm
2023

Old Torrington Road Barnstaple & Taw Bridge

Up to 30 goldfinch congregating in the top of the copper beech at the boundary of my rear garden yesterday 4pm. Two foxes at lunchtime today either side of of the A361 just north of the downstream Taw bridge. One had crossed to the Tarka trail side and the other looked to be trying to cross to join him/her.

posted by Robert Morgan
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
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