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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
17 Sep
7:51 am
2023

Horsey Island

Tim Jones reports 4 Great White Egret and a Cattle Egret at Horsey Island on this morning’s WeBs count. Another Cattle Egret at Velator.

posted by Jon Turner
16 Sep
5:07 pm
2023

Powderham Corner, via Turf to VP on Exminster Marsh

An Osprey on the Exe just north of Powderham Bridge across railway line at about 1540, and again at 1555, this time with a fish heading north. Same bird due to left wing primary damage. 330+ Curlew from Turf Hotel. Wheatear on estuary wall just south of Turf. 15+ Goldfinch. 2 Great Crested Grebe on river.

On marsh in front of viewing platform on Exminster Marsh. 7+ Ruff, 5 Snipe, 26 Blackwit, 30 Teal & 6 Shoveler. 30+ House Martin & 12+ Swallow over & 15+ Goldfinch.

posted by Steve Cox
16 Sep
11:50 am
2023

Exminster Marshes

Visit to coincide with high tide this morning. Viewing from the canal bank. Lots of waders including c300 dunlin, 8 black-tailed godwits, 6 snipe, 4 whimbrel, c12 curlew, 7+ ruff, 2 (possibly 3) little stint and at least one curlew sandpiper.

On the canal bank several chiffchaff. At Turf 2 greenshank flying around.

posted by John Waldon
16 Sep
9:31 am
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On Blaxton Meadow at high tide, this morning: Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Greenshanks, 18 Little Egrets & a (female) Kingfisher. 2 Common Sandpipers on the estuary.

posted by Peter Aley
16 Sep
9:25 am
2023

Harleston by Slapton

Excellent garden tick in the rain this morning,a Wryneck perched up on a phone wire!

posted by Rob Macklin
16 Sep
8:14 am
2023

Grey Herons Northam Devon

Seven Grey Herons over Northam 08.50hrs flying West.

posted by Rob Maye
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