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Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm
A good thrush day with 4 Ring Ouzel, 335 Fieldfare (238E & 97W), 10 Redwing, 31 Blackbird, 3 Mistle Thrush flying east & 2 Song Thrush. Also: Snipe, Merlin, 380 Skylark, 140 Meadow Pipit, 7 Teal, 65 Robin, 2 Cetti'[s Warbler, 38 Jackdaw (34W 4E), 540 Starling (122W, 18E & 400 grounded), 100 Linnet, m20 Chaffinch, 36 Goldfinch & 5 Bullfinch.
Walked the public footpath through the livery fields lots of pied wagtails meadow pipit and goldfinches around the fields and a couple couple of wheatear feeding on a dung pile…the horse fields do seem to attract alot of birds
Between the rain: 6 Ring Ouzels, Whinchat, Firecrest, 11 Chiffchaffs, 13 Goldcrests, Cetti’s Warbler, 260+ Fieldfares over + c50 grounded, 26 Redwings, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Bullfinches, Lapwing, 4 Swallows, Pintail, 7 Teal & 21 Stock Doves..
One of yesterday’s Fieldfares in the Dockwell area had a very conspicuous white head. Attached photo at distance and in poor light doesn’t really do it justice, but the contrast with normal birds is apparent. Can’t recall seeing a Fieldfare with a white head before, but there’s a photo of one on p11 in Norman’s (1994) book, The Fieldfare.
Ring Ouzel ~40 but so much movement could have been slightly more/less. Lots of Fieldfare too. Firecrest and a Black Redstart on the Dam. Rowan berry crop is dismal, Holly & Hawthorn ok, so can’t image thrushes will stay long.
Two Firecrest in Newnham Meadows Local Nature Reserve this morning.
East Devon Field Walk Programme
For members planning to attend the field walk on Monday please note that there are minor errors given in the Programme and that the venue is Emsworthy Mire Reserve. Please rendezvous at the small car park at map ref: SX748761. Thank you.
69 Black-tailed Godwits and at least 8 Knot out on the scrape. Ringing in the reserve netted 3 Chiffchaff – one a trouser-filling 11.7 grams! ready to go I think. 1 Redwing, and a few Finches and Tits.
Mardon Down & the Torquay Reservoirs
Can’t match the total thrush numbers seen on Thursday by another observer (to whom thanks are due for the tip-off), but today on Mardon were at least three Ring Ousels. All were very flighty, so exact number uncertain, but also very vocal, with a call half-way between those of Blackbird and Fieldfare. Also present were 250+ Fieldfares and 150+ Redwings, the biggest flock in the grass on the East side, where DNPA have recently cleared the Bracken (to whom further thanks are due), plus Mistle Thrush, Yellowhammer, Stonechat and two flyover Crossbills.
Went on to the reservoirs hoping for Goosander. None on the upper lake, just six Tufted and five Teal, but on the lower were seventeen (four adult m. and thirteen redheads), initially roosting and preening on the bank, but swimming out when the heaviest rain came. A time- or weather-related movement?, The rain must knock insects off the trees, so do the fish become more active? Don’t know.
On the way down to Bovey, a newly-ploughed field held 80+ Stock Doves and 30+ Skylarks.
As well as several hundred Fieldfares on the edge of the moor around Dockwell this morning, together with five Ring Ouzels, there were also at least 100 Fieldfares in South Brent village late pm, many feeding on berries in front gardens at Brakefield. Also, smaller numbers of Redwings. Aren’t such incursions into gardens more often associated with cold weather?
Great White Egret
Good view of Great White Egret alone on field between Ventiford Basin and River Teign. Seen on ground and in flight. Took off towards Stover . 3.15 pm 22 October
Harleston by Slapton
250+ Fieldfares around and over the hamlet.
A good day for thrushes with 14 Ring Ouzels in Starehole Valley, the best day count for several years, 440 Fieldfares (290W 100E & 50 grounded) and Redwings 11W. Also: 156 Starlings (125W 31E), Jackdaw 16W, Firecrest, 9 Chiffchaff, 40 Goldfinch & Water Rail.
Great Shearwater, Dawlish
1 lingered for 2 mins, in Coryton cove before heading south
On an overcast morning, several hundred Fieldfare and Redwing, on the ground, in the Hawthorns on berries, and overhead. My first Ring Ouzel (a male) and a small flock of Chaffinch. Green Woodpecker heard.
Soar valley to Southdown
An early morning walk in dull weather was brightened by all the thrushes. At least 12 Ring Ouzels, 70+ Fieldfares and 30+ Redwings. Also 4 Chiffchaffs..
Small mixed flock of Fieldfare and Redwing, seen from our house, first this autumn.
Migration watch – Downend
07:50 > 09:50
The majority of migrants passing around Downend this morning were flocks of Chaffinch, a total of 1458 counted over a 2 hour period.These were heading east to south east into the wind once they had rounded Downend. The wind was east to south east for the duration.
Also 33 Meadow Pipits heading in the same direction. Siskin heard but not seen..
Two Ring Ouzel in vegetation looking towards Legis Tor. First seen here: ///depth.siesta.originals (What3Words). Then flew a short distance to Brisworthy Burrows with other thrushes. My first here since Oct 2020. Record photos: https://tinyurl.com/ye28244c
Also, Merlin, 1,200+ Fieldfare and 900+ Redwing over and in Brisworthy Burrows. Chiffchaff and 5 Siskin also of interest.
Between the showers this aft a quick cycle ride around the marshes produced a sizeable mobile flock of several hundred Fieldfares.
Also c400 Starling seen along the the Toll road.