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grenefon nr tavistock
Heard a green woodpecker laughing early at 800. 2 dippers flew down the river before a Stoat ran across a field just behind the river. Also lots of grey wagtails flying about all around the river this morning.
Saw my first swift of the year over Topsham Road last night.
Sherpa Marsh, Braunton.
Another fruitless attempt to attract Swallows this evening was livened up with a walk around Sherpa Marsh. 3 Whimbrel on the Caen, 2 Common Sandpiper around the Marsh, Lots of Swallows and Sand Martins in the area. A large bird flew up from the edge of the pond – GLOSSY IBIS! A bit further round a Marsh Harrier appeared, then another! As I got back to the reserve, all three of these birds flew over – the Ibis went south and the 2 Harriers seemed to head North east. Once again as I left the reserve I heard but didn’t see a Grasshopper Warbler.
2 Hobbies seen early afternoon north of Lion’s Rest. Also Reed Warbler near Lion’s Rest.
One sandwich tern fishing off the beach late afternoon
Mid-afternoon at Fremington Pill was fairly quiet except for 7 whimbrel, 3 greenshank and the resident shelduck
Cuckoos at Venford Reservoir
This afternoon 3 different cuckoos heard calling in the valley below Venford Reservoir.
One seen calling quite close by at top of a hawthorn tree.
Swifts x 4 over Chulmleigh, North Devon 29-04-23
4 swifts seen flying over Chulmleigh Town centre today 0830 hrs 29/4/23,
and throughout the day.
This morning: 6 Skylark, 6 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap (m), 3 Red Legged Partridge, 2 Wheatear, 5 Whimbrel and a Shag.
Morning walk from the first car park to almost Turf. 2 Sedge and 3 Reed warblers seen and heard, 4 Cetti’s warblers heard, all along Station road between the car parks. 1 Marsh harrier seen on the southern edge of the marshes, as well as 2 cattle egrets with a small herd of livestock. A pair of reed buntings easily seen from the viewing platform along the canal. Goose seen with a group of Canada geese, possible Canada x Greylag hybrid?
Braunton Great Field, Braunton Burrows & Marshes
A perfect morning for identification by song. No wind & much warmer than yesterday morning. At least 6 male Lesser Whitethroat heard over a distance of 10 miles including 1 pair heard & seen together.
6 Whimbrel on the Caen Estuary.
Cuckoo and swifts.
Yesterday (28/4/23) late afternoon at my field at the back of Codden Hill, a cuckoo could be heard calling. At home at Old Torrington Road early evening a pair of swifts flew overhead.
Red kite, Barnstaple
Red kite drifting above Barnstaple leisure centre, heading upriver
Grass Hopper Warblers Reeling in the tall grass very close to me.Had good views of one of the two heard from no more than five meters away.
Swifts over Totnes
Two yesterday evening, four this morning
3 wheatear at camels head end of the dockyard today my first ever there
Grasshopper Warbler reeling late evening near the reserve.
Thornhillhead Moor N.Devon
up to 5 Grasshopper Warblers reeling at dusk as we walked around the moor.
Okehampton – Sourton
Walked the railway this morning. Highlight was my first Garden Warbler of the year, singing invisibly from within Meldon Quarry. Also present were Redpoll, Redstart, Marsh Tit, Treecreeper and Wheatear.
Exeter to Exminster & Turf
A cycle to Turf from Exeter today. Sand Martins everywhere with 80+ Riverside Country Park, along with 10+ House Martin & 5 Swift. 800+ Sand Martin over Exminster with a few Swallow. 3 Spoonbill, Marsh Harrier, Common Sandpiper, 7 Teal on the marsh. 19 Whimbrel from Turf. Small numbers of Chiffchaff, Blackcap along cycle path. 3 singing Sedge & 6+ singing Reed Warbler on Exminster.