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Loads of Coots. Not so many duck as I was expecting, given the recent cold weather. Plenty of Tufted Duck, several Wigeon, a few Mallards and Teal, 1 Pochard. 2 Goldeneye (1m, 1f) at the northern end of the Lower Ley. Several Great Crested Grebes. Nothing on the sea apart from half a dozen Shags and a couple of Cormorants. 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls were almost the only gulls on the beach.
Torridge U3A Group, Isley Marsh, North Devon.
From our morning walk around Isley Marsh this morning.
Marsh Harrier, 3 Spoonbill and 5 Eider on a small island at the mouth of the R. Caen.
Occombe farm, Preston, Paignton
Buzzard, Kestrel, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Jays, a number of Redwing, multiple numbers of Great Tit, Blue Tit and Long Tailed Tit, and a Raven.
Bonapartes Gull in Kingsbridge!
Single bird spotted at low water next to the Quay car park. 27/01/23
1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Dippers, 3 Grey Wagtail, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Longtailed Tits and 1 Shag.
Correction and apology.
There were over 50 Bar-tailed and Black-tailed Godwits. Only a few were Bar-tailed. Posted yesterday 26th. Fremington Pill.
Red throated Diver out to sea in Lundy direction. Purple Sandpiper , just one this winter Seen East And west of Nassau court as the tide changed sometimes associating with Turnstones.
Plymouth Greenbank Black Redstart
Friday 27th January 9.00am . Black Redstart in my garden feeding near plant pots. Was then heard calling from the roof.
Bowling Green Marsh and Darts Farm
Yesterday at BGM and Darts Farm: Wigeon, Teal, Pintail, Shoveler, Shelduck, Gadwall, Pochard, Blackwit, Grey Plover, Moorhen, Avocet, Redwing, Dunlin, Curlew, BHG, LBBG. Snipe, At Darts Farm: Large flock of Chaffinches on the stubblefields, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Buzzard, Snipe, Curlew, Blackwit, Little Egret, Reed Bunting, 8 Long Tailed tits on bird feeders. 2 Goosander seen from the Goatwalk.
Yesterday at the Marshes: Marsh Harrier 1, Kestrel 2, Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler, Pintail, Shelduck, Canada, Greylag and Brent Geese, Avocet, Snipe, Blackwits, Dunlin, Redshank, Grey Heron, Lapwings, Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Little Egret and Reed Buntings.
This morning saw Jays, Jackdaws, GSW, Green Woodpecker, LTT, Lots of BHG, Siskin, Treecreeper, Nuthatches, Gadwall, Fieldfare, Redwing, Grey Wagtail, Song Thrush, Buzzard perched 20 feet from the walkway, Water Rail.
Wembury Point 24 January 4.45pm
Black redstart came by the seaweed heaps at water spout twice.
Black Hole Marsh NR – East Devon Branch Field Trip
The East Devon Branch of Devon Birds Field Trip transpired to decend on Black Hole Marsh at Seaton this morning and although, we were aware “Izzy”had long gone and was probably bouncing around in Cornwall our spirits remained high with Greenshank, Brent Goose, Black-tailed Godwits, Redshank, Little Grebe, Little Egret, Oystercatcher, Lapwing and Curlew available on the estuary and Reed Bunting, Goldcrest, Grey Wagtail, Meadow Pipits found elsewhere. Some 54 species were recorded and we all had a great time.
1 Spotted Redshank.
50 or more Bar-tailed Godwit.
10 Pied Wagtail bathing.
Colebrook – Pheasant
You may not find this too exciting, but this is the first Pheasant I’ve ever seen in our tiny back yard under the bird feeders.
At least 6 Red Cross bills. A mixture of males and females.
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.