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5 Oct
6:22 pm
2023

Avon Dam

2 Ring Ouzels in willows and hawthorns on the east side of the river just below the dam late this afternoon. A female and a first year bird.

posted by Andy Smith
5 Oct
12:46 pm
2023

Plym Estuary & Saltram

During a visit at high tide this morning, on Blaxton Meadow: Yellow-legged Gull (1st cy), 5 Goosanders (redheads), Mediterranean Gull (ad-w), Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, Dunlin, 11 Greenshanks, 16 Oystercatchers, Kingfisher & a sinsensis Cormorant. Also, 3+ Siskins, 2 Bullfinches, 2+ Stonechats, Green Woodpecker (male) & 3 Roe Deer.

posted by Peter Aley
5 Oct
11:30 am
2023

Tarka Trail , N.Devon….

Now 5 Spoonbills roosting on Isley Marsh.    One Great Egret on Chivener bank , 4 adult and 3 second winter Med. gulls on lower Torridge.    Calling Water rail on Salt pill duck pond…..

posted by Malcolm Shakespeare
4 Oct
8:33 pm
2023
Garden – Braunton

Garden – Braunton

Green Woodpecker searching for ants around the stepping stones on the rear lawn at lunchtime today

posted by Robert Jutsum
4 Oct
2:29 pm
2023

Soar

Additions to Rob’s sightings: 2 Ring Ouzels, 2 Sand Martins, Painted Lady & 2 Roe Deer.

posted by Peter Aley
4 Oct
1:25 pm
2023

East Soar

Fair bit of vis mig this morning, all generally moving west: 260 Skylark, 265 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 10 Siskin, 35 Goldfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker (11 so far this autumn), Green Woodpecker & 2 Jay (10 so far this autumn).

posted by Rob Macklin
4 Oct
9:33 am
2023

River Mole Valley

First Redwing of the autumn in the orchard this morning along with Siskin, Firecrest, Goldcrest, Marsh Tit, Long-tailed Tit,Linnet, Treecreeper and still with us Willow Warbler and Spotted Flycatcher.Meadow Pipits and Red – legged Partridge in the barley earsh. 12 Pied Wagtails feeding amongst the cattle.

posted by Brian Nicholas
3 Oct
6:31 pm
2023
Brent Hill

Brent Hill

Shy Ring Ouzel on the hill this morning. Also a Wheatear and about 30 Meadow Pipits, but, unusually, no Stonechats.

posted by Peter Reay
3 Oct
11:35 am
2023

Bowling Green Marsh

A visit at high tide. 220+ Redshank, 19 Greenshank, 8 Knot. 650+ Blackwit, 25 Barwit, 125 Curlew, 20 Lapwing & a Snipe.

200+ Wigeon, 110+ Teal, 28+, a Shoveler.

Otherwise a Goldcrest & Chiffchaff.

posted by Steve Cox
3 Oct
11:12 am
2023

Charlton Marsh Car Park

9 cattle egret

 

posted by Lloyd gray
2 Oct
9:12 pm
2023

Exeter – Starcross

Of note were:

  • near Marsh Barton Station, 10+ squabbling Song Thrushes, presumably recently arrived migrants;
  • over Exminster Marsh, 30+ Swallows in three groups heading South, and a single Golden Plover circling in the mist, sounding so mournful;
  • along the canal, three squealing Water Rails, also recently arrived, I think, and 5/6 singing Cetti’s;
  • between Turf and Powderham Church, a Green Sandpiper, and a Wheatear;
  • at the Kenn outfall, a Common Sandpiper waiting with the Red/Greenshanks for the tide to fall;
  • at Starcross, the regular 150+ Turnstones roosting on the pontoon.
posted by James Camden
2 Oct
5:57 pm
2023

Riverside Country Park (Marsh Barton to Exeter Quay)

Two visits today, one this morning and one this evening.

This morning 11+ Song Thrush & 9 Blackbird, certainly the former were migrants as loosely together sitting on wires. 2 Goldcrest, Kingfisher, Chiffchaff & 2 Jays were main birds of interest.

A Dipper again at Salmon pool this evening was the only interesting addition.

posted by Steve Cox
2 Oct
5:43 pm
2023

Teign estuary- Osprey

Good views early afternoon of fishing Osprey being harried by gulls etc on Teign estuary at Arch Brook.

posted by Shelley Evans
2 Oct
1:11 pm
2023

Mt Batten lunchtime

  • WP adult and 1W Sandwich tern inshore lunchtime.
posted by Richard Archer
2 Oct
8:01 am
2023

Bow creek, Cornworthy

Great White Egret a pair at hide tide this morning seen across the water from Charlecombe meadow. One was seen yesterday also at high tide but was absent at low tide later in the day. A first for this site for me.

posted by Henry Trollope
1 Oct
9:10 pm
2023
large group gulls

large group gulls

Feeding frenzy around Pole Sands in the Exe estuary 2 hours after high water (springs)  comprising approx 1000 herring gull, 200 black headed gull, 20 great black backed gull, 10 cormorant

posted by Mr Robin Pearson
1 Oct
8:10 pm
2023
Lyme Bay Cruise from Brixham +1 Photo

Lyme Bay Cruise from Brixham

Good 4hr cruise out of Brixham today with an estimated 350+ Great Shearwaters – the most common shearwater currently in Lyme bay! 4 Sooty, 6 Manx, 95 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Fulmar, 16 Arctic, 1 Pomarine & 1 Great Skua, plus 10+ Atlantic Bluefin Tuna, Common Dolphin, Harbour Porpoises Grey Seals – but no Brown Booby that was seen on Friday off Brixham!

posted by Mike Langman
1 Oct
5:54 pm
2023

Brixham Harbour – Saturday

2w Mediterranean Gull amongst the BHGs, plus 13 Turnstone & a Redshank on the breakwater

posted by Mike Moxon
1 Oct
2:55 pm
2023

Instow to Isley Marsh

Several hundred Oystercatchers roosting along the rocks at High Tide  to the east of Instow Beach up to the first Yelland Jetty. Small numbers of Dunlin flying around and at least 1 grey plover. 2 bar-tailed godwits and several curlew at Isley. The 3 Spoonbill, seen yesterday, are still at Isley Marsh, quite close to the coastal path giving good views of them grooming. Returning along the Tarka trail and a footpath to the main road there were about 50 finches (sparrows, linnets and goldfinches) on overhead cables next to the field of faded sunflowers.

posted by Stan
1 Oct
11:54 am
2023

Red kite over Blundells school playing fields

Saw a red kite, being hassled by a crow, over the school playing fields on Blundells road. It glided down towards the wooded area known locally as ‘Paradise woods’.

These woods are between the North devon Link road and Blundells road

I was cycling at the time so unable to snap a photo.

posted by Mark Backhouse
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