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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

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Posted June 30th, 2016 at 9:24 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Sunday 26th March 2017

Northam burrows

Little ringed plover on tip pool at 17:00.On skern 250 golden plover,4 barwits.At southcott marsh east the water bideford 2 med gulls,ad,fs,120 bhg,9 common gull,17:30

Posted 7 minutes ago by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

One of many Sand Martins over the pond, in lovely bright but very windy conditions

Sand Martin
Sand Martin

Posted 4:45 pm by Alan Denzey in General Birding

Brixham Breakwater.

Rough sea no boat trip so walked Brixham Breakwater. 6 Purple Sandpiper and 1 Turnstone on the old fuel bunkering jetty. Lyme Bay boat trips start Sunday 2nd July and then every Sunday till 3rd September if interested call 07866202576.

Posted 11:20 am by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Wrafton

4 Spoonbills reported on the scrape this morning early. Flushed when joggers ran past along the Tarka Trail.

Posted 10:44 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

Saturday 25th March 2017

Tawny Owl - Fremington

Travelling back from Fremington to Barnstaple on the bus around 9:45 tonight the driver stopped the bus and asked me (he knows me) to come and have a look at a bird that had flown into the front of the bus and was caught in the wipers. It was a tawny owl looking very groggy but otherwise apparently unharmed. We left it on the grass verge by the bus stop near Taw Meadow Crescent. Lovely bird, hope it's OK. 

Posted yesterday at 10:34 pm by alan craddock in General Birding

Jack Snipe at Dawlish Warren main pool 25th March

Jack Snipe just stood in sunshine this morning, lovely Little Grebe also on pool. Redshank at Cockwood

Jack SnipeLittle GrebeRedshank

Posted yesterday at 10:25 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Slavonian Grebe's

Two Slavonian Grebe's off Cockwood this morning 25th March 2017.

One a little more advanced in nearing Summer plumage.

 

Posted yesterday at 10:20 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Woodbury Common

Great Grey Shrike in birches and scrub in wet area below Woodbury Castle this afternoon. Found and photographed by Dave White and later seen by Doug Cullen.

Posted yesterday at 8:54 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding

Dawlish Warren Reserve

Sand crocus now in flower. Snake's Head Fritillary (flower) spotted and 1 Peacock butterfly. Several Drone Flies.

Posted yesterday at 8:00 pm by Michael Spencer in Other Wildlife

Stoke Rivers garden birds

After getting our first 2 wood pigeon in our rural garden since moving here in July 2015 we had a Stock Dove this morning. Pays to look at every bird carefully. Not that exciting for most people but great for the BTO GBW Survey.

Posted yesterday at 7:56 pm by John & Karen Towers & Sims in General Birding

Staverton WTW

Still one Yellow browed warbler along with 6 Chiffchaffs including the tristis. 

Posted yesterday at 7:01 pm by Douglas Stannard in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Velator

Well it turns out that Osprey beat Swallow by 6 hours - finally saw one this afternoon over the reserve with a good number of Sand Martins in the lovely sunshine. Pity about the strong wind though! Also of note were Goldcrest and Long-tailed Tit nest-building. The three Canada Geese in the reserve yesterday ALL had rings on - Ma and Pa and one of the young from last year?

Not been home long when I got a call from a friend saying 'boys' were breaking into the reserve! I went back and called the police. They have found the perpetrators and spoken to them. I will keep you informed of developments.

Posted yesterday at 6:32 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Labrador bay and Rv Teign

Labrador Bay first thing this morning Cirl Bunting and Skylarks singing well, Kestrel, Buzzard, white winged Carrion Crow, on the sea 24 plus Common Scoter and 6 Long Tailed Duck. 

Rv Teign from Shaldon to Coombe Cellars, 7 Red Breasted Merganser, Curlew, Oyster Catcher, Heron, Little Egret, Stock Dove, Linnet ad Goldfinch.

On the Kingkerswell by pass 11 Buzzards soaring.

Posted yesterday at 6:19 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Holdstone down

Bright but very breezy day today provided courting meadow pipits, skylarks, stonchats, kestral and a pair of wheatears m+f.

WheatearsCourting pipits



Posted yesterday at 5:29 pm by Philip worth in General Birding

Morte Point

Morte Point 0800-01100. (My first) 1 Swallow made one pass over the Point flying E. 2 Wheatears, 2 Rock Pipits,  8 Linnets, 2  Stonechat on the Point with 1 Fulmar, 1 LBbG, 1 Shag and several GBbG enjoying the strong E wind off the Point. 50+ Meadow flying E  in small flocks between 0700-0800.17 other species present.

Posted yesterday at 5:27 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Bellever Tor - Cuckoo

Cuckoo south west of Bellever Tor at 10.30 am

Posted yesterday at 3:14 pm by Audrey Wolstenholme in General Birding

Topsham - Cattle Egrets

Small party of Cattle Egrets in field (with several L Egrets) by R Clyst just N of Highfield Farm. Distance (200m) and failure to bring scope meant exact no. uncertain: min. 4 but possibly up to 6.

Cattle Egrets - Topsham - 25/3/2017
Cattle Egrets - Topsham - 25/3/2017

Posted yesterday at 12:26 pm by Tim Worfolk in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Dawlish Warren

Good views of Jack Snipe on the pond, which is attracting quite a few birders. Also of note a male Wheatear, a single Egyptian Goose overhead towards Cockwood and a single Swallow overhead towards golf course. Many Linnets, Skylark, a few Chiffys and some Reed Buntings. Species total count was 36. Only had phone so digiscoped pictures.

Posted yesterday at 12:18 pm by Steph Murphy in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Hopes Nose

A male Cirl Bunting singing late morning in middle of lower slope, then moving up the headland and seen again by top gate, is possibly just the second site record . Also a male Wheatear on Sandy Point. Chiffchaff and Blackcap both singing 

Posted yesterday at 11:15 am by Mark Bailey in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Cornworthy

Yellow-browed warbler still at the WTW, now alone as chiffchaffs have moved on

Posted yesterday at 10:58 am by Henry Trollope in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Braunton

Just heading out when all the Gulls started kicking off and there, much to my surprise, as an Osprey heading north. Sue Bruce has just phoned to say she saw it over her house too! Don't think I've ever seen Osprey before Swallow before....

Posted yesterday at 9:07 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

Friday 24th March 2017

Around the Exe

Darts Farm - Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Canada Geese, 1 or more Mallards, Moorhen, Martins, Great Tits, Chaffinches, Wrens.

Goosemoor - Not much to report except lots of singing chiffchaffs.

Bowling Green Marsh From the Hide - Sand Martins, Little Egret, Mute Swans, Wigeon, Shelduck, Grey Heron, Teal, Moorhen, Black-tailed Godwit, Magpie.

Bowling Green Marsh From the Viewing Platform - Again, nothing very interesting to be seen apart from 1 or more Cormorants, a Greenshank and lots of other birds too far out to identify. 

Exminster Marshes - Canada Geese, 1 or more Grey Herons, Teal, Mute Swans, Cormorants, Shoveler, Pintail, Black-tailed Godwits, a Kestrel, and 1 or more Starlings.

Powderham Deer Park - A quick scan from the side if the road gave Canada Geese, Shelduck, Herring Gulls and a Little Egret. 

Posted March 24th at 8:04 pm by Samuel Gray in General Birding

Slapton

So it took a whole month to find time to get to Slapton & I knew the conditions were very average and as I expected no sign of Humpback. However 3 Porpoises, 1 GN Diver, 1 Sandwich Tern, 30 Sand Martin & Russ had seen a Wheatear & an Otter. 

Posted March 24th at 6:56 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Mountbatten, Plymouth.

This afternoon: 9 Turnstone in the rock pools, 1 Little egret catching blennys, 2 Wheatear, 1 Sandwich tern, 3 Shelduck overhead, 1 Gannet in the Sound and a male Greenfinch singing for Britain.

Posted March 24th at 6:31 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

South Brent - Fieldfare

Winter not quite over! This afternoon a flock of c24 Fieldfare flying between trees near Dockwell, South Brent 

Posted March 24th at 5:49 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Gannets at Berry Head & a Reed Bunting at Slapton Ley

Around midday at Berry Head, at least 6 Gannet's feeding close to the second fort, a few Guillemots flying but not that many due to the high winds & rough seas - A Reed Bunting showed for a few seconds by the bridge at the far end of the ley - at least 4 Cetti's Warblers heard but only seen for a quick fly by

 

Posted March 24th at 5:24 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Mansands & Waddeton

1 Cattle Egret still present with 7 Little Egrets in cattle field between Waddeton and Galmpton.

Mansands Marsh- 2 Sand Martins, 1 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 9 Chiffchaff and 4/5 pairs of Gadwall.

Posted March 24th at 4:46 pm by Jacob Wood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton sands - Sandwich Terns

Photos of Sandwich Terns off Slapton taken by Henry Kirkwood (were missed off his original post).

Sandwich TernSandwich Tern with fish

Posted March 24th at 3:05 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Osprey river teign

Osprey flying north from river teign over bishopsteignton at 9.55am

Posted March 24th at 10:05 am by Rob mcginn in General Birding

Cattle Egret Fremington Pill

Yesterday Thursday there was 5 Cattle Egrets along with 7 Little Egret at the top end of the Pill. They all except one Little one flew up into the field with sheep.

Posted March 24th at 8:26 am by Richard Burston in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 23rd March 2017

South Huish

Water Pipit present to right of car park in the corner of the marsh together with several Snipe and Rock Pipits.

Posted March 23rd at 7:52 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

South Milton Ley - green sandpiper

1 Green Sandpiper flushed from the side of a small area of open water at South Milton Ley this morning

Posted March 23rd at 7:08 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Powderham

1 Whimbrel with 30 Curlews in field south of the River Kenn, Powderham late afternoon . Also in the park 2 Pintail, 2 Greylag Geese, 4 Stock Doves and c12 Sand Martins over the River Kenn.  No sign of the Cattle Egrets in a brief search. 

Posted March 23rd at 6:36 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Jack Snipe

A wet visit to the Warren gave, after an hour or so, great views of the Jack Snipe on the main pond, by the boats. Also on the pond Little Grebe, Mallard, Moorhen and Canada geese.

Video link below -:

https://youtu.be/Bg9cgQUOLOc

Jack Snipe
Jack Snipe

Posted March 23rd at 5:29 pm by Martin Rooney in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

RSPB, Labrador Bay

c90 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter and 5 Long-tailed Ducks in the bay this morning.

Common Scoter & Long-tailed Ducks
Common Scoter & Long-tailed Ducks

Velvet Scoter & 1 Common Scoter
Velvet Scoter & 1 Common Scoter

Posted March 23rd at 11:44 am by david cawthraw in General Birding

Wednesday 22nd March 2017

Exminster marshes

male garganey and around 100 sand martins. this afternoon around 4.00

Posted March 22nd at 10:17 pm by Jeff Hacon in General Birding

Stover Park, 22 March 2017

Afternoon at Stover - 10 Goosander, 3 adult male, 1 first winter male and 6 female, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Greenfinch, pair of Bullfinch, pair of Siskin , Marsh Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker at the feeder station. Flock of 15 Martins over, mostly Sand but at leats 1 House Martin

House MartinSand Martin

Siskin



Posted March 22nd at 9:42 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Sandwich Tern

1 south over Atherington north devon at 07:20

Posted March 22nd at 9:00 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Humpback Whale - Start Bay

On the Humpback Whale's one month anniversary of being in Lyme Bay (mostly Start Bay), things took a turn for the worse when the animal was reported to be tangled in static pot gear (one of the ropes leading to the pick up buoys) off Blackpool Sands, from around 10:00.  The fishing boat Maverick stayed with the whale until help arrived from the British Divers Marinelife Rescue with the RNLI. After several attempts they finally managed to cut the rope wrapped around the whale at c17:20, which appeared to swim off fast and free. Fantastic work by these two great charities.

 Humpback Whale tangled in ropeHumpback Whale, rope being cut by BDMLRFreed Humpback Whale being monitored by RNLI

 

In addition to Steve H post, c100 Sand Martin through Slapton Ley

MarineLife reported Bonxie and 2 Puffin on survey further out.

Posted March 22nd at 8:44 pm by Mark Darlaston in Other Wildlife

Morte Point.

9 very smart male wheatear, 2 pairs stonechat, little flock of meadow pipits pairing off and two male linnets.

Posted March 22nd at 8:10 pm by John Elvin in General Birding

West Charleton Marsh/Kingsbridge Estuary

1 Cattle Egret on the marsh loosely associating with 4 Little Egrets, also 1 Black-tailed Godwit, both present all afternoon. On the estuary 1 Sandwich Tern hunting down stream of Saltstone at 16:10, then on buoy between Lincombe and Saltstone at 16:30.

Plenty of water in the marsh, several Moorhens, usual range of waterfowl and calling Water Rail, probably 2.

Posted March 22nd at 6:29 pm by Barrie Whitehall in General Birding

Mt Batten, Plymouth

First sandwich tern of the year, fishing offshore.

Posted March 22nd at 6:20 pm by Richard Archer in General Birding

Powderham Deer Park - Egyptian Geese

Two Egyptian Geese looking well comfy in Powderham Deer Park today

Egyptian Geese
Egyptian Geese

Posted March 22nd at 4:50 pm by Jo King in General Birding

South Hams

At least six Cattle Egret opposite Bowden Pillars near Totnes this morning.

Slapton ~ Two Kestrel, three Buzzards, three Sandwich Tern, twenty plus Shag, one Great Crested Grebe on the sea, twenty plus Gannet, several Harbour Porpoise.

Two Wheatear two flocks of Sand Martin ten plus and forty plus birds.

 

Along the Ley in the scrub eleven Cetti's Warbler heard calling,one Wren and three Skylark.

Kingsbridge estuary Greenshank and Redshank and a few Little Egrets.

Blackdown Rings, Loddiswell, Buzzard and another Kestrel.

At home round the feeders female Reed Bunting, Siskin and a Long Tailed Tit.

Posted March 22nd at 3:04 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Tuesday 21st March 2017

Slapton Sands

Photos of Terns and Pomarine Skua seen today 

Pomarine Skua
Pomarine Skua

Posted March 21st at 9:18 pm by Henry Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Sands

Two sub-adult Pomarine Skuas (possibly 3) 

5 Sandwich Terns

Plus 5 harbour porpoises and distant views of the Humpback Whale 

Posted March 21st at 6:19 pm by Rupert and Henry Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Harleston through Start to Slapton Ley

Good day for commoner migrants: 2 Sandwich Tern offshore, 7 Sand Martin over the ley, singing Blackcap & 19 singing Chiffchaff. Also: 7 Little Grebe, 14 Great Crested Grebe, 131 Tufted Duck, 115 Coot, 400 Herring Gull, 40 Robin, 8 singing Cetti's Warbler, Nuthatch 120 Jackdaw & 11 Reed Bunting. In flower already Bluebell & Wood Sorrel. 

Posted March 21st at 6:19 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Cattle Egrets - Totnes

Haven't checked field for 2 weeks but now 8 Cattle Egrets (and 7 Little Egrets) at 4.30pm in fields opposite Bowden House on the Totnes to Ashprington road- initially in original kale field, but then as the Cattle all went to the next grass field, all the Egrets followed . They then returned to the edge of the kale field 

Posted March 21st at 5:12 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Weare Giffard Cattle Egrets.

The Cattle Egrets have increased to seven, viewed this morning from Half-penny bridge , Annery kiln , feeding on the grass banks of the river Torridge just south of the bridge.No Little Egrets present.   

Posted March 21st at 1:28 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in General Birding

Dawlish, Cockwood & Powderham Marsh.

Still 4 Velvet Scoters and c50 Common Scoters off Dawlish plus 7 GC Grebes.

At Cockwood:  2 Slav. Grebes seen from under the railway bridge in the harbour.

Powderham Marsh: c40 Sand Martins, 1 Wheatear.


Posted March 21st at 1:19 pm by david cawthraw in General Birding

Jack Snipe Dawlish Warren

Present again today on main pond. View from main track, its on island near boats

Posted March 21st at 11:47 am by Steve Ayres in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wistlandpound Reservoir

Despite heavy hail showers, Chiffchaff calling continuously around the reservoir and the first Willow Warbler of the year for me.

Over the water 30 + Sand Martins

Posted March 21st at 10:09 am by john bronze in General Birding

Osprey

Exmouth - Osprey viewed from Mudbank - flew into Powderham Park carrying fish @ 0625'ish.

Posted March 21st at 6:41 am by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 20th March 2017

Cattle Egrets - Powderham

2 Cattle Egrets and 1 Little Egret still mid pm in corner field north west of Powderham Church.

 

Posted March 20th at 3:51 pm by Mark Bailey in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh

11.30 onwards, Little Gull showing well on water in front of RSPB hide. Also Green sandpiper showing on far left hand side,in the foam.

Posted March 20th at 1:37 pm by Kay and Gary Deare in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 19th March 2017

Dawlish Warren

Two Common Snipe and a Jack Snipe sleeping at the edge of the main pond this morning, plus 2 each of Little Grebe, Teal and Shoveler. Also two sightings of Sparrowhawk and at least 6 Chiffchaffs. Offshore, a few Great Crested Grebes, 7 Common Scoter and a Sandwich Tern.

Jack Snipe dozing (heavily cropped phonescope)
Jack Snipe dozing (heavily cropped phonescope)

Posted March 19th at 8:25 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Dawlish

Also 6 Sandwich tern flying towards Teignmouth from Dawlish Railway Station

Posted March 19th at 7:51 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Dawlish and Exminster Marsh

From Dawlish Railway Station :- imm male and female eider close in with 4 velvet scoter,  40+ common scoter offshore, 11+ great crested grebes across bay, 3 ad kittiwakes, gannets

Powderham Marsh :-  3 green sandpiper, sand martins, singing chiffchaff

Exminster Marsh :- no sign of any garganey but still good numbers of wigeon and teal, 2 pairs of tufted duck, 4 male and 1 female pintail, good numbers of sand martins, singing chiffchaff with 2 non singing birds seen, 2 curlew

Posted March 19th at 7:49 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Whitethroet

My first Whitethroat of the year on gorse at Little Dartmouth cliff path

Posted March 19th at 7:08 pm by Tim Clyburn in General Birding

Prawle Point

First seawatch of the year from 7.10 to 11.10am in strong WSW winds force 5-6, dull at first , and misty to the horizon, then later sunny.

1 Balearic Shearwater; 7 Manx Shearwaters; 1 Puffin, all west and  2 Black-Throated Divers east. Also strong passage of Kittiwakes west : I counted 154 but likely more as some faded into the mist. Also 29 Fulmars west and at least 2 Harbour Porpoises, 4 Dolphin sp. (probably Common) , a Grey Seal though no Whales ! Only passerines of note were 2 singing Chiffchaffs.No Wheatears for me yet.

At Slapton I saw a Slow Worm near the Lower Ley.

Posted March 19th at 7:06 pm by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Powderham/Exminster Marsh

Dull and overcast day making photographs difficult. 46 species counted including Golden Plover overhead, 3 Green Sandpipers, 3 Bullfinch, 2 Cirl Buntings, 2 mating Kestrels, 2 hunting Peregrines, 1 Barnacle Goose, many Sandmartins, Skylarks and Reed Buntings, 1 Common Sandpiper and entertainment provided from the viewing platform by the displaying Lapwings.

Female Reed Bunting at Powderham
Female Reed Bunting at Powderham

Posted March 19th at 6:31 pm by Steph Murphy in General Birding

Labrador Bay

14.35

4 Long-tailed Ducks flew in from the Shaldon direction and were only visible from the cliff tops of the lower coastal path.  Still 100+ Common Scoter.  Also Gannet, Fulmar, LT Tit, Shag, GBB Gull, Chiffchaff, Skylark, Green Woodpecker, GSW, 15+ Linnets  Calling Bullfinch.  Several calling Cirl Buntings and a male showing well. 

Posted March 19th at 4:52 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Lopwell dam

1015-1430 :

9 Shelduck, 2 Common sandpiper, 3 Red legged Partridge on the riverside path, 2 Marsh tit, Chiffchaff singing in the Willows.

Posted March 19th at 3:56 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Around the Exe

Bowling Green Marsh ~ Green Sandpiper, Common Gull, Sand Martin in good numbers with a few House Martins mixed in, duck sp included Pintail, Teal, Wigeon, Shoveler and Mallard, Heron, Little Egret, Curlew, Black Tailed Godwit.

From the viewing platform ~ Wren, 16 Black Tailed Godwit on the mud and another 80+ flying over towards the marsh and upper river, Little Egret 2, Curlew 3+, Shellduck 3+, Redshank and a pair of Red Breasted Merganser.

Goosemoor ~ the Spotted Redshank with 6 Greenshank and a Curlew, 5 Little Egret.

Powderham ~ Cattle Egret along with 5 little Egret.

 

Posted March 19th at 2:46 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

RSPB, Labrador Bay

Still c100 Common Scoter and 3 Long-tailed Ducks in the bay along with 9 Great Crested Grebes.

Long-tailed Duck
Long-tailed Duck

Posted March 19th at 11:05 am by david cawthraw in General Birding

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