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South Huish Marsh 25 April
Wood sanpiper showed well on near shore. Also black-tailed godwit, pintail, shoveller, teal, little egret, reed warbler, sand martin, swallow, skylark, stonechat,
Widworthy and Sidmouth
Willow Warbler in Widworthy and Dipper at The Byes in Sidmouth.
15 Sandwich Terns and a Whimbrel were at Batten Bay Beach this afternoon. Blackcap and Whitethroat were singing at Jennycliff.
Salmon Pool, Riverside County Park
A walk from Alphington into town. Best and only bird of real note was a Common Sandpiper at Salmon Pool on old weir. Otherwise 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 22 Mute Swan the best of the rest.
Salmon Pool, Riverside County Park, Exeter
Common Sandpiper on old weir only bird of note as walked up to Exeter Quay.
Cuckoo calling below Bowermans Nose. Manaton . East Dartmoor.
Whinchat singing on south bank of reservoir (I was on north bank) this morning. Also two common sandpipers, eight roosting goosanders (departed 06.08) and a cuckoo down towards Shipley.
Lower Tamar Lake
Late for yesterday.
Lower Tamar Lake.
1 Greylag Goose, 1 Willow Tit, 1m Reed Bunting, 2 Canada Geese, 2 Great Crested Grebe.
A pair of swifts seen at 18.30 today high in the sky.
One of a large flock over farmland this morning.
Tarka Trail between Yelland and Instow about 13.00
Overhead and heading SE two Great Black-backed Gulls mobbing an Osprey.
Ahead of the first shower of rain there was an impressive movement of sand martins, some high and others close to the ground. Few other birds with them. The resident swallows at Turf appear to be back on territory with at least 3 pairs sitting on the moored boats in the canal.
On the high tide roost 3 spoonbill still. A mixed flock of waders included whimbrel, curlew, black-tailed and bar-tailed godwit. Over 20 little egret spread over the marsh and 2 cattle egret near the Lion’s rest industrial estate.
Singing blackcap, Cettis, sedge warbler and chiffchaff on the canal bank. Alongside Station Road singing sedge, reed and Cettis warblers. A single Egyptian goose with a group of Canada geese. One pair of Canada geese had 7 chicks. the first I have seen this year.
Sherpa Marsh, Braunton,
Just returned from a wet walk around the Marsh (rain with associated thunder) Large bird of prey being harassed by Shelduck while it hovered over the pond turned out to be the third Osprey I’ve seen in a week. Lots of Swallows and Sand Martins continued feeding unconcerned over the surface of the pond.
Mid afternoon, a Hobby circling high over Sherpa Marsh.
Guillemot in Plymouth Sound seen this morning from the end of Mount Batten breakwater.
Sidmouth and Widworthy this morning.
Dipper at ‘The Byes’ Sidmouth and Willow Warbler at Widworthy.
Torbay and Lyme Bay
Seen on 3 hour boat trip out from Brixham on Kelly’s Hero with Dave Saunders: 35 Manx Shearwaters, 3 Sandwich Terns, several Swallows all flying North , Harbour Porpoise, 4 x 2nd cy Common Gulls, Gannet, 2 Purple Sandpipers plus usual gulls and auks. Distant views of large Shearwater sp.
A Lesser Whitethroat sang and showed, on and off, towards the top of the site up to about 10.30.
Nearby, the first Common Whitethroat of the year there, called and showed briefly. 2 male Blackcaps, 8+ Willow Warblers, 4+ Chiffchaffs, 2 female Wheatears, 4 Whimbrels, 10+ House Martins, 10+ Swallows, Great Northern Diver, 6 Sandwich Terns and 12+ Razorbills were also seen. A Little Egret out, low down, on the western side of The Orestone was more unusual.
Nice walk up the river before the rain came lots of bird activity reed bunting, chaffinch, goldfinch, meadow pipit,sand martin…highlight was not a bird but a stoat hoping across the stones from one side of the river to the other managing to keep dry apart from its tail
Quick dash round he reserve and part way down towards Sherpa Marsh early afternoon and for the first time in several weeks, no Hirundines. Compensation came in the form of a high-flying, circling Hobby.