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Had a Blackcap on my bird table on the 28th February.
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Tarka Trail, Ashford side.
A walk along the trail just after lunch at low tide. Half a dozen each of Goosanders and Red Breasted Mergansers, 3 Teal, 200+ Lapwing in the middle of the river, several GBB Gulls, several Little Egrets and a good mix of Curlew, Redshank, Oystercatchers and BH Gulls and a couple of Mediterranean Gulls. On the walk back noticed a large gathering of Brent Geese on the far side of the river, probably a good 200.
River Mole Valley
In the orchard today attracted by supplementary feeding…..5 Yellowhammers,85 Chaffinches….3 showing signs of Papillomavirus,18 Stock Dove,8 Greenfinch,a female Linnet , 5 Pheasant,2 Bullfinch,Marsh Tit, Long Tailed Tit, 2GSWs, Nuthatch, 2 Buzzards and 75 Starlings feeding on Ivy berries.Elsewhere on the farm a mixed flock of 75 Fieldfare and Redwing , with 2 Snipe a Little Egret and pairs of Goosander and Mallard by the river.Non avian included a buck Roe Deer in velvet and 21 Red Deer hinds.
Chiffchaff at Northam, near The Skern
A Chiffchaff was seen this afternoon feeding on insects on a pile of horse manure on Long Lane in Northam. Not sure if it was a winter resident or newly arrived summer visitor?
In the morning a single Redwing seen observed near the top of a tree near Hyde Barton, Northam along with a singing Mistle Thrush.
Upper and Lower Tamar Lake
Lower Tamar Lake this morning.
3 Whooper Swans, 4 Goosanders 1m 3f, 3m Tufted Duck.
8 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Goosander 1m 4f, 4 Tufted 3m 1f, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Song Thrush, c60 Canada Geese.
Lopwell Dam/Maristow (Tavy Est.) 3rd March 2023
Green Sandpiper: one near Lopwell
Common Sandpiper: two
Greenshank: one near Lopwell
Redshank: 14 off Maristow Quay
Shelduck: 11 off Maristow/Blaxton Woods
Gt. Spotted Woodpecker: 2 drumming
Hide area – North side of Taw Estuary
Unusual to see this number of Bar-tailed Godwits on the north side of the Taw Estuary, starting to moult into summer plumage.
19 Bar – tailed & 2 Black tailed. Not all 19 in the photo.
Harleston by Slapton
104 Common Buzzards NE in a five hour watch between 0845 – 1345.
A new Devon day record. In grey,overcast conditions hardly any soaring with birds moving straight through. Also 2 Sparrowhawks NE plus a resident bird.
RSPB Bowling Green Marsh Topsham an Exe Estuary
- Two Spoonbills seen at Topsham, Bowling Green Marsh and then on Exe estuary on afternoon of 2nd March.
- Numerous Widgeon, Canada Geese, Snipe, Pintail, Teal, Tufted Ducks, Shelduck, single Little Grebe, Coot, Moorhen, 5 Little Egrets, Pochard, Pied Wagtail.
- 6 Avocet, numerous Curlews, Black Tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Redshank and a solitary Greenshank out on the estuary.
Lower Tamar Lake
Late for yesterday.
Lower Tamar Lake.
3 Whooper Swans, 3 Goosander 1m 2f, 1 Little Egret, 3 Snipe, 3 Willow Tit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Coot.
20 kittiwake back on nesting area, with mixed group of shag & cormorant on point.
10 oystercatcher, plus 10 smaller waders, most of which were turnstone, but at least 2 were purple sandpiper in the bay at point.
25 brent geese and more Oystercatchers between there and Exmouth at high tide
15+ sea duck in 3 groups flying past the point from direction of Budleigh, the last couple of which looked very much like common scoter
This afternoon at Thornworthy I saw three Blackbirds (1m + 2f), a Nuthatch, lots of Chaffinches and six Long tailed tits. There were a few Goldfinches, Siskins, two Coal tits, a Great tit and a small number of Blue tits.
Started the day in the hide before Torcross, Great crested grebes, Tufty duck, Pochard, Little egret. We then walked along the back of the Ley, the best birds were. Sky lark, Gold crest, Song thrush, Black cap, Long-tailed its, 2 Water Rail and then 2 Firecrest.
Cofton to Turf Lock.
1 Cattle Egret, 4 Egyptian Geese,about 200 Brent Geese and 100 Lapwing. About 100 Dunlin,50 Black-tailed Godwits,10 Avocet,3 Greenshank, 1 Turnstone,and 3 Green Woodpeckers.
Mid Devon meeting,
A circular walk from the rspb carpark to turf and back to the CP,. 50 birds seen with the best birds being
marsh harrier, merlin, peregrine and a water rail and two Egyptian geese .
It was a good walk with good weather and good company.
Yealmpton – Cattle Egrets
A few of at least eight Cattle Egrets at Blackpool Farm at midday. Thanks Rob.
Yesterday at Aylesbeare Common where two Dartford Warblers were hopping from bush to bush. I caught this bird that was backlite by the morning sun.
Kayak trip 10 miles down Torridge to Torrington
5 Otters (1+3+1)
3 Roe Deer
Plym Estuary & Saltram
On today’s very small high tide, Grey Plover, 8 Snipe, Turnstone, 2+ Greenshanks, 48 Wigeon, 3 Goosanders (1 drake) 2 Treecreepers, Firecrest & 8 Roe Deer.
Fremington Pill / Quay
At the Pill , 3 Greenshanks , 50+ Blacktailed Godwits , 1 Spotted Redshank , 4 Snipe & at the Quay 50+ Dunlin & 4 Goosanders ( 2 males & 2 redheads )