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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in Bird News

Wednesday 30th November 2022

Clennon Lakes Torbay

The Yellow-browed Warbler was still present around the upper lake 3 this afternoon, also 1 Siberian Chiffchaff at least 7 Chiffchaff, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 8 Goldcrest and 1 Firecrest. 2 Kingfishers and 2 Water Rails

Posted yesterday at 6:25 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Lynmouth on the high tide

All near the mouth of the Lyn; two Dipper, a female kingfisher feeding in the rock pools, one each pied and grey wagtail, plus dozens of herring gulls which appeared to be feeding off whatever on the surface about 100 metres offshore. Two distant gannet seen too.

Female kingfisher at Lyn mouth
Female kingfisher at Lyn mouth

Posted yesterday at 6:06 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Lee Moor/Wotter area

Crownhill Down: 5 Ringed Plover in huge pit viewed from top of the down. 

Cholwichtown Pit: Goldeneye, 6 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe 

Whitehill Yeo: 21 Tufted Duck, 5 Little Grebe, 9 Teal

Big Pond: Goosander (m)

Cholwichtown Pit, Goldeneye, Goosander
Cholwichtown Pit, Goldeneye, Goosander

Posted yesterday at 4:30 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

28 Goosander 9m 19f, 5 Willow Tit, 12 Cormorant, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Tufted Duck 2m 1f, 5 Coot, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Goldcrest, 5 Marsh Tit.

Posted yesterday at 3:10 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Blaxton Meadow

Good morning , great to meet you Pete.  26 Snipe, Curlew, Red & Green Shank,  plenty of Dunlin,  Litlle Egret, 12  Oystercatcher,  Shell Duck, 1 Lapwing,  Common Sandpiper.  Turnstone on the far side of the river, pair Goosander.

Posted yesterday at 3:01 pm by Mave Goddard in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

After a period of absence, a surprise on my return to the patch, with a very late Reed Warbler. On Blaxton Meadow, Lapwing, 26+ Snipe, 9 Greenshanks & a Common Sandpiper. Otherwise, Firecrest, 15+ Siskins, Blackcap, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 12 Turnstones, a drake Teal, 4 Goosanders (2 drakes) & 2 Red-breasted Mergansers (1 drake). 

Posted yesterday at 2:43 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Tuesday 29th November 2022

Exeter and Exminster Marshes

Short-eared Owl still present late afternoon at Exminster Marshes, but no sign of the Glaucous Gull 13:00–15:00 at Cricklepit Bridge, Exeter. 

Posted November 29th at 10:18 pm by Jason Smart in Bird News

Instow

Late afternoon on Instow Beach where there were a number of Brent Geese (50+) a similar number of Wigeon, a few Oystercatchers and Curlew,  two Common Gulls and eight-ten Sanderling.

Sanderling
Sanderling
Common Gull
Common Gull

Posted November 29th at 8:04 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Velator reserve.

Ringing today. An early Spoonbill out on the scrape didn't stay long, but the hundred plus Black-tailed Godwits were there much of the morning. Ringed just 11 Greenfinch this morning plus 1 male Cetti's Warbler, 1 Goldcrest,  2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps, 2 Goldfinch (and one that wasn't ringed by me) and a very welcome and smart male FIRECREST. A Blue Tit with an 'S' ring was ringed about 6 years ago. 4 Water Rails present.

Posted November 29th at 7:13 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Off in search of Willow Tits at Lower Tamar today. No luck but 20 approx Goosander, Moorhens, Cormorants, various tits, Chiffchaffs and the unexpected prize; Jack Snipe showing well in front of the hide for nearly an hour.. Cracking bird. 

Posted November 29th at 5:11 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Middle Soar to Southdown Farm

A spring-like morning for another farmland bird count and pretty much as you were with no significant influxes although 137 Cirl Bunting is a new UK record count! Also: 38 Yellowhammer, 585 Skylark, 4 Snipe, Lapwing over, Woodpigeon 70E, Stock Dove 5E, Starling 80E, 26 Meadow Pipit, 6 Song Thrush & 6 Rock Pipit in Soar Mill Cove.

Posted November 29th at 5:07 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Skern and Northam Burrows

2Ruff,Grey plover 8 counted Dunlin,Brent Geese, Golden Plover large amounts quite distant.

Posted November 29th at 4:19 pm by jenny elvin in Bird News

Lower Otter

Stroll in perfect weather from East Budleigh to seafront and back offered 46 species including water pipits (2), water rail showing very well at White Bridge, kingfisher, snipe, blackwits, treecreeper, goldcrests x5, chiffchaff, grey wagtail, little grebes and cett's (heard)

Posted November 29th at 4:07 pm by Keith Annison in Bird News

Goodrington

On the sea: 1 Red-throated Diver 3 Great Northern Divers, 8 Great Crested Grebes, 27 Common Scoter, 1 Long-tailed Duck (it visited the boating lakes briefly lunchtime).

In palm trees and on roof tops beside the Cantina Cafe: 2 Black Redstarts

Posted November 29th at 1:54 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 28th November 2022

Stover Country Park

Marsh Tit feeding on a few seeds left on a bench at Stover Country Park 13.00 28th November.

Marsh Tit
Marsh Tit

Posted November 28th at 5:06 pm by Fred Jenkins in Bird News

Velator/Wrafton

Walking towards the scrape this morning, it seemed there were lots of birds present, and having not seen any since last Monday's shooting heroism, I was pleased to count 112 Black-tailed Godwits. Chiffchaffs and Goldcrests with the Tit-flock in the reserve.

Posted November 28th at 2:48 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Sunday 27th November 2022

Clennon Lakes Torbay

Around the lakes 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 7-8 Chiffchaffs, 1 Firecrest, 6+ Goldcrests, 2 Kingfishers, 2 Water Rails, 6 Gadwall, 4 Little Grebes and 3 Teal.

 Siberian Chiffchaff Clennon Lakes 27 Nov 2022 Yellow-browed Warbler Clennon Lakes 27 Nov 2022

                             Siberian Chiffchaff                                    Yellow-browed Warbler

 

Posted November 27th at 9:04 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Firecrest in Teignmouth garden

A garden first this afternoon- a very smart Firecrest, initially feeding a metre away, so rushed in to get my camera and grabbed this shot with the 200mm lens. Ten minutes later a Peregrine flew over the garden!



Posted November 27th at 5:40 pm by Nick D'Agorne in Bird News

Taw Estuary - Higher Strand

am:-  1 Ruff foraging along the muddy foreshore on a falling tide.


Posted November 27th at 3:14 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Boat Trip Torbay

Boat trip out of Brixham into Torbay aboard Kelly's Hero this morning was very rewarding with over 25+ Great Northern Divers, 11 in a group off Hopes Nose, Long-tailed Duck, 26 Common Scoter, 6 Great Crested Grebe all off Broadsands and 10+ Common Dolphin and 4 Porpoise. A great trip.

Posted November 27th at 1:43 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Sunday27 November. Saltram

Birds at Saltram this morning included 24 Wigeon, a Water Rail, a Common Sandpiper, three Common Gulls and two Mediterranean Gulls on Blaxton Meadow, and nine Goosanders (three males, six females) and three Red-breasted Mergansers (two males, one female) on the Plym Estuary. The female Red-crested Pochard and 21 Moorhen were on the duck pond.

Posted November 27th at 12:15 pm by David DIskin in Bird News

Saturday 26th November 2022

Berry Head

Berry Head seawatch 0730-1530: Leach’s Storm-petrel at 12:05, Balearic Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, 6 Manx Shearwaters, juvenile Pomarine Skua, Bonxie; adult Little Gull, 4 Mediterranean Gulls (2 ad, 2 2w), 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Divers, 4 Common Scoter and 7 Brent Geese. Also 50+ Common Dolphin, c5 Harbour Porpoise, Grey Seal.

MD, DDe, ML, BMc

Posted November 26th at 6:11 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar this morning.

27 Goosander 7m 20f, 4 Willow Tit, 3 Marsh Tit, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Coot, 15 Cormorant, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Goldcrest.

Posted November 26th at 4:41 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Capstone,Ilfracombe

Whimbrel  with Oystercatchers

Posted November 26th at 3:36 pm by Fiona moffatt in Bird News

Harleston by Slapton

Garden tick this morning, a hunting Merlin overhead plus 4 Fieldfare & Redwing.

Posted November 26th at 2:18 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Blaxton Meadow, Saltram and River Plym, Plymouth

While conducting BTO WEBS the following species were seen:-

Gulls: Hg, BHG, C, LBBG, Med, GBBG

Canada Goose, Shelduck, Mallard, Wigeon, Red Crested Pochard (F), Goosander, Cormorant, Curlew, Redshank, Greenshank, Bar Tailed Godwit, L Egret, G Heron, L Grebe, Turnstone, Kingfisher.

Posted November 26th at 10:54 am by John Lloyd in Bird News

Crownhill Down

This morning on a rainswept Crownhill Down: 40 + Golden Plover, 2 Ravens, Ringed Plover on TWL. Fieldfares and Redwings along the bridlepath.

Golden Plover
Golden Plover
Golden Plover
Golden Plover

Posted November 26th at 10:28 am by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Friday 25th November 2022

Black Redstart - Colebrook

Finally joined the Black Redstart club with one on next door's roof. Not seen here since January 2021.

Posted November 25th at 10:33 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Northam Burrows

Two snow buntings and male black redstart as expected but the male ruff on shallow pool just inside gate was a surprise.

Black Redstart
Black Redstart
Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting

Posted November 25th at 9:16 pm by Andrew Lansdell in Bird News

Velator reserve

Ringing in the reserve this morning produced another hatful of Greenfinches, 4 Chaffinch 2 Bullfinch  and a Goldfinch; completing the Finch family for the day was a lovely male Siskin. Also 2 Chiffchaff and a Blackcap. Other highlights were a brief singing Chiffchaff and the Marsh Harrier, firstly over the reed-bed at Sherpa and later on over the Reserve.

Posted November 25th at 8:27 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Donnington Drive Plymouth

Great half hours viewing in our back garden 2 Male 1 Female Blackcap feeding on Mahonia flowers, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Blackbird, 2 Robin, Wren,  Blue, Coal, Great and Long-tailed Tits and most surprisingly doing a raid for Goldfish fry a stunning Female Kingfisher luckily camera was near

Bill and Jill

Kingfisher
Kingfisher
Blackcap
Blackcap

Posted November 25th at 5:20 pm by William Beck in Bird News

Exminster

Merlin and Marsh Harrier at the lagoon. At Turf a Peregrine flew in off the estuary.

Posted November 25th at 5:10 pm by Mark Wingate in Bird News

Torquay & Paignton harbours

9 Purple Sandpiper and a Rock Pipit on outer Harbour wall this morning.

8 Turnstone at Paignton Harbour and Great N Diver & 3 GC Grebe off Roundham Head. 

Posted November 25th at 4:25 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Torbay 25th Nov 2022

Preston Sands two Black Redstart on rocks at end of Marine Parade . Red-throated Diver by Paignton Pier .Long-tailed Duck on the sea off Goodrington Beach . Great Northern Diver at Elberry Cove, raft of Common Scoter in middle of bay plus Firecrest in hedge behind the Venus Cafe , Broadsands.

Male Firecrest feeding
Male Firecrest feeding
Great Northern Diver drifting into Elberry Cove.
Great Northern Diver drifting into Elberry Cove.

Posted November 25th at 4:06 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Lee Bay

am:- Highly mobile single foraging Black Redstart.

A single Robin showing an interest in this bird. 


Posted November 25th at 3:29 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Taw Estuary at Ashford Strand

As the tide fell mid morning, as well as all the usual wigeon, redshank, oycs, lapwings and gulls were two feeding Spoonbills Greenshank grey Plover and three Merganser (2x F and 1x M)

Two feeding Spoonbill on the Taw
Two feeding Spoonbill on the Taw

Posted November 25th at 3:01 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Shelly Beach, Exmouth

Black redstart (f) behind Belcher's Slipway from 2pm. Maer Rocks on very low tide at lunchtime almost deserted. One turnstone and no purple sandpipers.

Posted November 25th at 2:17 pm by Keith Annison in Bird News

Crownhill Down, Dartmoor

A pre-dawn visit produced 49 Dunlin roosting on the shore of the huge pit - viewed with a scope from the top of the down. A very good count for November. Most of the flock flew south after dawn. Two Dunlin, two Ringed Plover and eight Common Gull still in the pit when I left at 08:25.

Posted November 25th at 2:16 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Powderham & Exminster Marshes

Yesterday on pasture fields near Powderham we counted 31 Cattle Egrets also nearby a hundred plus Brent Geese a pale/hybrid amongst them.

On the Exe Shags, G.C. Grebe, Curlew, Avocets, Redshank, Greenshank, Dunlin, Blackwits, Golden Plover, At dusk a Marsh Harrier over Exminster Marsh.

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret
Brent Geese
Brent Geese

Posted November 25th at 12:55 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Seaton Wetlands & BGM

Yesterday foul weather curtailed the visit to Seaton. Greenshank, Redshank, Curlew, Teal, a solitary Little Grebe, a Kingfisher and a GWE.

At BGM. Water level really high. Wigeon, Shoveler, Pintail, Teal, Shelduck, Little Grebe, f. Tufted, Blackwits, Curlew, Snipe, Lapwings, Redwings and a Kestrel

Lapwing
Lapwing
GWE
GWE

Posted November 25th at 12:45 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Fremington Pill.

2 GlossyIbis, 2 Greenshank, 5 Godwits (distant) 1 Little Grebe and good numbers of Redshank. 

Posted November 25th at 12:01 pm by jenny elvin in Bird News

Ilfracombe

Purple Sandpipers feeding along rocks at the base of Capstone, along with three cormorants, Greater Black-backed Gull, Rock Pipits and Oyster Catchers

Posted November 25th at 11:21 am by David Shadwell in Bird News

Tarka Trail , N. Devon.....

Adult female Marsh Harrier quartering Saltpill pond and banks of the river Taw before flying off across the river....2 Spoonbill roosting on Isley Marsh, a Common Sandpiper at Tapely , plenty of passerine activity along the trail from Bideford including my first singing Song Thrush of the season at Instow.....

Posted November 25th at 11:14 am by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Broadsands

On The sea: 8 Great Northern, 1 Black-throated,1 Red-throated Diver, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Long-tailed Duck with 26/27 Common Scoter, also 1 Harbour Porpoise and a pod of 12+ Common Dolphins.

Around the car parks 5 Cirl Buntings, 1 Reed Bunting and a Cetti's Warbler in the 2nd car park. 2 Siskin overhead, 2 Firecrests, 3 Goldcrests and 5 Chiffchaffs.

Posted November 25th at 9:25 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Late for Lower Tamar Lake

Late for Lower Tamar Lake yesterday.

6 Goosander 2m 4f (One male seen in the River Tamar between the Upper and Lower Lake, 13 Cormorant, 2 Willow Tit, 5 Marsh Tit, 6 Coot, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Nut Hatch.

Posted November 25th at 8:42 am by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Stover Country Park

Yesterday (Thursday) afternoon at Stover where I was shocked to see the devastation near the Information Center.  Trees down, paths closed off  and what sounded like gun shots nearby.  Despite the disruption there still remained a few Tufted ducks, Wigeon, BH Gulls, Coots, Moorhens and a Little Grebe on the lake. A Jay landed in the top most branches of a tall oak tree.  

Tufted Duck
Tufted Duck
Jay
Jay

Posted November 25th at 1:52 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Thursday 24th November 2022

Teignmouth Seafront

This morning, in the wind and rain, about a hundred Gannets heading South, many hundreds of Kittiwake also South, some flocks very close in, quite a spectacle. Two Great Northern Divers near the pier. Later in the afternoon, bit quieter weather wise, single Great Northern Diver off the Ness, two unidentified divers further out.

Posted November 24th at 8:26 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Torbay

Long-tailed Duck back on Goodrington Boating Lake today.

Three Great Northern Diver off Brixham Breakwater.

Long-tailed Duck
Long-tailed Duck

Posted November 24th at 4:58 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Bickington - sparrowhawk

Mid-afternoon just behind our garden a sparrowhawk stopped off feeding on an unfortunate house sparrow. The neighbour's cat appeared before I could get any better photos.

Sparrowhawk
Sparrowhawk

Posted November 24th at 4:32 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News

Broadsands

On Sea: 1 Black-throated Diver, 3 Great Northern Divers, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 26 Common Scoter.

Around the car parks: 3 Firecrests, 2 Goldcrests, 3 Chiffchaffs & 9 Cirl Buntings on seed in 2nd car park. 

Posted November 24th at 12:46 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 23rd November 2022

Lynton and Lynmouth

4 Goldcrest, 1 male Blackcap, 3 Dippers and large amounts of Chaffinches including 2Siskin.

Posted November 23rd at 2:38 pm by jenny elvin in Bird News

Wrafton area

No Godwits on the scrape again today - probably due to the shooters being around the Marsh on Monday. Dipper in the river on the way to the reserve, where there were several Chiffchaffs calling, including one very loud and persistent one.(or maybe it's my new hearing aids!) Later on in a burst of sunshine, it started singing! Very lovely. Grey Wagtail and a couple of Water Rails also present, along with good numbers of Greenfinch.

Posted November 23rd at 1:32 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

West Hoe, Plymouth

Red-throated Diver briefly off West Hoe at 12:40 before flying towards Mount Batten where it landed on the sheltered side of the breakwater.

Posted November 23rd at 1:20 pm by Chris E in Bird News

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