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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.
St Thomas Exeter
Yesterday, 22nd Apr, saw first Swift of the year over Cowick Street.
Topsham, River EXE
3 Swallows around Rec by the river
Lower Tamar Lake
Just for the record, Goosander numbers at Lower Tamar Lake
First seen 1m 2f 23/10/22
Last seen 1m 2f 01/04/23
Max 46 9m 37f 31/12/22 early count 07:30
Cuckoos at Meldon Reservoir SX 5628 9123
Two Cuckoos were seen and heard this morning 08.05 on the moorland side of Meldon Reservoir, bottom edge of Longstone Hill in Hawthorn trees near the path.
18 Sandwich Terns.
St Thomas, Exeter
First Swift of the year flying over Cowick Street, Exeter.
Ruff opposite the middle car park seen with black tailed godwits and dunlin.
Sightings from Farmland at back of Oaklands wood.
- 20/4/23- 5 Wheatear, 1 female Redstart
- 21/4/23- 1 Wheatear
Constant passage of Swallows,House Martin and Sand Martin moving west to east past St.Nicholas Chapel mount.
Cuckoo Broadsands Brixham coastpath 9.30 22/4/23.
CUCKOO Broadsands towards Elberry. Sitting in shrub at sea edge. Flew off towards Torquay. 9.30am.
House Martins Diptford TQ9
Arrived today 22/04/23
Broadhembury & Aylesbeare Common
Thursday afternoon while working in Broadhembury I spotted a Pied Flycatcher in some trees bordering a customer’s garden (no camera) so yesterday morning I went back armed with camera, no Pied Flycatcher to be seen. However, there were two Long tailed tits, a Great spotted woodpecker, three Chaffinches and a Blackbird with food popping in and out of a nearby bush. Moving on to Aylesbeare Common were there were a few Linnets, a Song Thrush and some distance from the foot path I spotted a female Stonechat, a Siskin and a Dartford Warbler together on a bush. Total five Dartford Warblers seen around the site.
Cadover to Dewerstone Rock, Dartmoor.
On a walk from Cadover to Dewerstone Rock:
Common Redstart (m), Whinchats (m) 3 Wigford Down, Wheatear (f) 2, Cuckoo (h), Green Woodpecker (h), Nuthatches, Linnets 8, Skylarks, Stonechats, Swallows 2, Sand martins 6 , Buzzards.
Black Redstart, Princetown
I think this is a 1st Summer Male? In our field this evening. Not great quality I know. 🤞🤞
Grasshopper Warbler, Chittlehamholt
First Grasshopper Warbler of the year calling from a hedge alongside our lane near Chittlehamholt (North Devon) this evening.
Fieldfare and mistle thrush
Small flocks of fieldfare (up to 20), mixed with mistle thrush (12) passing through the conifer plantations around Hennock Reservoirs yesterday evening at about 8pm. Late departures I guess, maybe looking to roost somewhere for the night.
Sharpham Estate, Totnes
On completing our Heronry survey on the Dart, which was interesting, as Egrets seem to be nesting earlier and the Herons later. Also saw a female Redstart.
a walk through the woods this morning, pied flycatchers and blackcaps were the best birds seen.