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Friday 4th December 2020

Barnstaple

Pair of Goosanders right up and nearly under the old bridge, 2 Common Sandpipers and Curlew, Redshank and Oystercatchers. Very cold wind!!! 

Posted yesterday at 7:24 pm by John Elvin in Bird News

cann woods whitleigh

10 ringneck parakeet

Posted yesterday at 6:10 pm by barry in Bird News

Torbay

Around Torbay this morning: Paignton 1 Long-tailed Duck. Goodrington 1st w drake Scaup. Clennon Lakes 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 2 Cetti's Warblers. Broadsands 1 Firecrest.

 Yellow-browed Warbler Clennon Lakes 4th Dec 2020 ML  

                                         Yellow-browed Warbler Clennon Lakes 4th Dec 2020

Posted yesterday at 1:10 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wembury

Late swallow just flew over the site at Wembury 

Posted yesterday at 10:26 am by Richie Moore in Bird News

Thursday 3rd December 2020

Fremington Pill

This is the Spotted Redshank that failed to load on my previous post.

Spotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank

Posted December 3rd at 10:27 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Matford Marsh to Turf & back

A walk from Matford Marsh to Turf locks today while car in garage. Best at Matford 55 Wigeon, 58+ Teal, 14 Shoveler, 8 Tufted, 3 Gadwall, Water Rail & for sad locals 2 coot have returned. 

On Exminister Marsh Short-eared Owl showed briefly before landing in the grass. Seen later by others when flushed by walkers. Also 330+ Lapwing, 360+ Wigeon, 100+ Teal, 14 Shoveler, M Gadwall & 40+ Fieldfare.

Off Turf on Estuary as tide dropped 16 Ringed Plover, 23 Knot, 250 Dunlin, 7 Grey Plover, 30 Avocet 3 Great C Grebes & 60+ Pintail.

Posted December 3rd at 9:11 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Ottery St Mary - Yellow-browed Warbler

YbW in the Alder trees beside the Otter, south of OSM at Fluxton. The call attracted me at first and then positive ID with the eye stripe and 2 pale wing bars. A patch first!

Posted December 3rd at 8:34 pm by Martin Littlemore in Bird News

Fremington Pill

On way home this afternoon I popped in to Fremington Pill and wasn't disappointed. Saw four Greenshank, one Spotted Redshank, a number of Teal, the usual Redshanks and one Glossy Ibis.  The most exciting find was a single Water Rail hiding in the grass close to the road..   

Spotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank
Water Rail
Water Rail

Posted December 3rd at 7:10 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

South Brent Starling murmuration

This evenings Plymouth Road, South Brent Starling murmaration, weather conditions and poor light did not help but it gives you an idea what an incredible exhibition just 300 or so Starlings can put on.

Jackdaws showed up a couple of times and in one images I took you can see a Starling being caught by a Jackdaw, debatable if it was actually after a meal or just being a pain in the butt.....

Starling
Starling
Starling
Starling

Posted December 3rd at 5:35 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Start Point

Lots of gannets off Start point fishing, the occasional tuna showing, 5 Common scoter and 2 eider, a couple of GNDs and 2 black redstarts

Gannet
Gannet
Common Scoter/ Eider
Common Scoter/ Eider

Posted December 3rd at 5:07 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Underwood, Plympton

A fine male Black Redstart popped into the garden from Hill Close at lunchtime. Could it be last winter's young male returning? Sadly, it was promptly chased off by the resident Robin.

Black Redstart
Black Redstart
Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Posted December 3rd at 4:31 pm by Jason Smart in Bird News

Velator etc.

Yesterday both Dipper and Kingfisher in the river. The Redshank on the scrape. I looked for it again this morning from the Tarka Trail, and found a Black-tailed Godwit! Looking out again from the reserve, the Redshank flew in too. A Curlew called from nearby. Water Rails still calling, and also recently, most days a Tawny Owl quietly calling during the day.

On the flower front, some little creature of the night ate my early Primroses! But yesterday I found a Ragged Robin in full flower.

Posted December 3rd at 1:00 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wednesday 2nd December 2020

Stover Country Park

On my way home from Totnes I called in to Stover.  Goosanders and Tufted Ducks showing well.

Male Goosander
Male Goosander

Posted December 2nd at 10:19 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Stover

3 pairs of Goosander showing well this lunchtime

Posted December 2nd at 9:25 pm by Lorraine Stocking in Bird News

Ernessetle Creek/Tamar Est, late post from 1st Dec.

First thing yesterday morning on the falling tide, I did good, and counted, which I don't normally do.

8 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 20 Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron,  14 Oystercatcher heading up the Tamar, 2 Mute swan on the wing, 3 (probably) Mute Swan over on the Cornish side, 2 GC Grebe, 2 Curlew passing by at diff. times. 2 GBBG, 20 BHG, At least 40 Canada goose, 1 Kingfisher, 1 snipe, a couple of Cormorant and a Chiffchaff with no Chaff.

Oystercatcher
Oystercatcher
GC Grebe
GC Grebe

Posted December 2nd at 8:59 pm by John Foster in Bird News

Torbay coastal

Marine Parade, Paignton GND and 42/43 Turnstone inc the Dutch ringed bird.

Youngs Park, the reported drake Scaup showing well


Roundham Head -A pair of Fulmar on the sea and on the headland a partly leucistic Carrion Crow, Wrens dotted all around the headland.


From Paignton harbour the two recently reported Long Tailed ducks spotted one on it's own and the other with a handful of Common Scoter, all were at a distance and binoculars or a scope required.


A pod of Dolphin working their way across and around the bay, again very distant.

From Daddyhole Plain another small flock of Scoter around the mussel beds.

Scaup
Scaup

Posted December 2nd at 8:31 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Slapton

late post for Tuesday 1st December: drake Ring-necked Duck at Torcross end of Ley again plus 5 Great Northern and 2 Red-throated Divers offshore.

Posted December 2nd at 7:42 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Blaxton Meadow being well used at low tide with 25 Wigeon joined by a dark-bellied Brent Goose. Also on site, 3 Goosanders (1 drake), Jack Snipe, Snipe, Great Northern Diver, c20 Turnstones, 3 Chiffchaffs, Stonechat, Green Woodpecker & 11 Roe Deer.

Posted December 2nd at 3:21 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Middle Soar to Southdown Farm

Farmland bird count priorities were 500 Skylark, 53 Cirl Bunting & 60 Yellowhammer. Still on the low side but may increase as the weather gets colder. Also: Whinchat in fracas with male Stonechat, female Merlin hunting Skylarks, 3 Lapwing (first this year), 4 Redwing, 17 Dunnock, 15 Greenfinch, 100 Jackdaw, 120 Carrion Crow & 400 Starling.

Posted December 2nd at 2:41 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Lannacombe Valley.

In the valley this morning. 3 Firecrests and 11 Goldcrests. Overhead 5 Redwings.  8/10 Firecrests regularly overwinter in the entire length of the valley from Lannacombe Beach to Lannacombe Green ( 3/4 mile )This morning's birds were at approx. mid point in the valley.

1st. Yr. f.  Goldcrest.
1st. Yr. f. Goldcrest.
1st. Yr. m.  Firecrest.
1st. Yr. m. Firecrest.

Posted December 2nd at 2:31 pm by Alan. K. Searle in Bird News

River Otter (White Bridge - Otterton)

09:44 - 11:54

Yellow-browed Warbler, Grey Wagtail and Jay were the highlights.

Posted December 2nd at 1:34 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Downend & Baggy Point

Early am - No Scoters at Downend.

At Baggy Pt one flock of exactly 20 female Common Scoters,2 Red throated Divers flying past Baggy point towards Morte Pt. 4 Shags, one pair of Ravens, 8 Fulmars & 35 Jackdaws.


Posted December 2nd at 12:02 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Tuesday 1st December 2020

Velator to Crow.

Very large flocks of Lapwing around the breech area, 3 curlew sandpiper, 1common Sandpiper, 2Thrush,4 Stonechat, 6LittleEgret,flock of chaffinches, 6 little grebes,and more waders further out that we could not identify. 

Posted December 1st at 6:32 pm by John Elvin in Bird News

Braunton Marshes / Horsey

Just a few Redwing feasting on a berried Hawthorn tree on Braunton Marshes.

 Photo of Horsey at low tide looking towards Braunton in the distance.



Posted December 1st at 6:16 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Goodrington, Torbay

The first winter drake scaup still present on the back of the boating lake early this afternoon, with tufted ducks. 

Scaup. 1st winter drake
Scaup. 1st winter drake
Tufted duck, female
Tufted duck, female

Posted December 1st at 6:08 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Torbay

A sweep of the Torbay beaches today produced : 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe (Paignton). From Broadsands 5 Red-throated Divers, 4 Great Northern Divers, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 60+ auks. 2 pods (total of 16-18 )of Common Dolphins.

At least 18 Cirl Buntings and a female Yellowhammer on seed in the 2nd car park.

long-tailed Duck Paignton Dec 2020 ML

Posted December 1st at 5:59 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Saltram Park - Wagtails

At 15:40 today a pre-roost gathering of c.2 dozen Pied Wagtails, joined by about a dozen Goldfinches, in the 'parakeet tree' at the cycle track 27 junction above Blaxton Meadow.

Posted December 1st at 5:58 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Cadover Bridge - 01-12-20

Very Distant Red Kite over Cadover Bridge area this morning, Redwings and Fieldfares, Green Woodpecker heard



Posted December 1st at 3:27 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Low tide this morning produced: Great Northern Diver (juv), Little Grebe, 22 Wigeon, 3 Common Sandpipers, 2 Kingfishers, Shag & Grey Wagtail.

Kingfisher
Kingfisher

Posted December 1st at 3:14 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Hawfinches at Longdown

Single birds seen on the 17th and 24th November at Perridge Estate. Unfortunately the estate is private but birds traditionally disperse around the estate 

Posted December 1st at 3:10 pm by Roy Adams in Bird News

Baggy Point this morning

Counted two rafts of 16 Common Scoter about a hundred metres off Baggy Point this morning.  In company with them were 2 adult winter Red Throated Loons and one 1st winter Guillimot. Heavily cropped Images, due to distance from subjects, attached for record purposes. 

Adult winter Red Throated Loon (Diver)
Adult winter Red Throated Loon (Diver)
Common Scoter (probably juvenile)
Common Scoter (probably juvenile)

Posted December 1st at 2:35 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Mount Batten Breakwater

Close views of Great Northern Diver off South side of Breakwater, as reported yesterday.  Unfortunately the bird had a length of what looked like nylon fishing line hanging out of the end of its bill.  Such a shame!

Posted December 1st at 12:57 pm by Jacki Solman in Bird News

Black Redstart - East Charleton

Female Black Redstart still around East Charleton, likely to be seen from time to time around the garage, it disappears that way when it leaves Home Farm where I see it from time to time.


Posted December 1st at 12:40 pm by Barrie Whitehall in Bird News

Monday 30th November 2020

Plymouth Sound

A single Great Northern Diver close in to the northern side of the Mount Batten breakwater at 2 p.m.

Posted November 30th at 11:47 pm by Douglas Herdson in Bird News

Baggy Point

C Scoter: 16, Stonechat 1,  Raven 3

Posted November 30th at 10:55 pm by art symons in Bird News

Torbay, Dawlish and the lower Exe

To begin with, caught up with the Goodrington Scaup. Later, at Broadsands, missed the L-t Ducks reported by Mike Langman, but managed to see the Dolphins, R-n Grebe, GN and R-t Divers.

From the Dawlish seawall after lunch, a similar selection: at least three GN and seven R-t Divers, plus others too far out to specifically identify, double figures of Guillemot, and, substituting for the R-n, fifty+ G-c Grebes and two Common Scoters. As a bonus, a Cirl Bunting "tseeeep"-ed from the cliffside.

Finally, from Cofton Steps and Starcross, Little and Slavonian made for a rare four-Grebe day, with six R-b Mergansers busy feeding, 100+ Shelducks, uncounted Brents, and the usual waders dispersed across the mud. As the light faded, 120+ Turnstones came to roost on the Starcross pontoon.   

Posted November 30th at 9:40 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

The Lower Lake this morning.

18 Goosander 10m 8f, 1 Green Sandpiper, 5 Willow Tit, 4 Marsh Tit, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Tufted Duck 2m 1f. 2 Wigeon, 2 Great Black-backed Gull.

Posted November 30th at 7:36 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Fremington Pill and Home Farm Marsh

No sign of the four Glossy Ibis in the pill this morning and it was asked a few days ago where do they go? We found them in the field adjacent to Saltpill Pond on Home Farm Marsh. We were treated to a flyover by at least 2,000 Golden Plover between Chivenor and the south bank of the Taw. A distant small flock of about 20 small waders were identified as Dunlin. There were also Lapwing, Widgeon, Little Egret andTeal present in small numbers in the Taw and on the tide mark. Spotted Redshank was present in the Pill along with at least two Greenshank. and, of course, all the usual Redshank, Curlew and Oystercatcher. 

Four Glossy Ibis at Saltpill Pond,  Home Farm Marsh
Four Glossy Ibis at Saltpill Pond, Home Farm Marsh
Curlew and Oystercatcher disputing feeding territory. Curlew won.
Curlew and Oystercatcher disputing feeding territory. Curlew won.

Posted November 30th at 7:11 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Great Northern Diver again, on the lower estuaruy this afternoon; also, 22 Wigeon, Kingfisher & 7 Greenshanks.

Earlier, a 1st-w Mediterranean Gull on Tothill Playing Fields.

Posted November 30th at 4:54 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Torbay

A good morning covering the local beaches with totals of:

2 Long- tailed Ducks (found by REB, 1 Paignton 1 flew out toward Brixham), 3 Common Scoter, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 Shelduck, 5 Great Northern Divers, 3 Red-throated Divers, 1 Red-necked Grebe (Elberry Cove), 1 Black-necked Grebe (Preston), 50 + auks, 1 Curlew flew in and then out of the bay! Plus a pod of 15+ Common Dolphins.

The 1st w drake Scaup still at Goodrington boating lakes too!

Posted November 30th at 12:09 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Little Bunting - Rackenford Moor

Posting for a friend. Picture taken Friday.

Little Bunting
Little Bunting 
Eds: its actually a Reed Bunting - the brown crown is a good feature and it lacks the rusty front to face.

Posted November 30th at 11:38 am by Chris Boyles in Bird News

Fremington to Yelland

About a dozen Redwing in the trees on the approach to Fremington and just off the quay a Little Egret with some sort of growth on its foot. At Yelland no sign of the Short eared owl in fact not a great deal there to report.

Redwing
Redwing
Little Egret
Little Egret

Posted November 30th at 2:27 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Anchor to Penhill

On the mud bank just off Anchor Wood area were two or three Lapwing and at Penhill area there were a number of Fieldfare (30 +)

Lapwing
Lapwing
Fieldfare
Fieldfare

Posted November 30th at 2:20 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Sunday 29th November 2020

Rillage Point

I was just finishing a morning walk on my patch and reflecting on autumn migration coming to an end - just a handful of Chaffinches & Meadow Pipits, 3 Siskins, 3 Goldfinches and a single Linnet on the move - when TWO Swallows whipped past me along the cliff-tops, heading SE. My latest ever at this exposed, north-facing site by about a month! Surely another sign of our changing climate. A male Blackcap in the scrub wasn’t quite so exceptional but still very unusual for this site at the end of Nov.

Posted November 29th at 11:31 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

South Molton Community woodland

Good views of male Stonechat. Siskin, bullfinch, fieldfares, 5 meadow pipit

Posted November 29th at 11:10 pm by art symons in Bird News

Longbridge/Blaxton Meadow

Excuse my lack of numbers, I'm not a counter! 

I spent about an hour watching a Kingfisher whizzing up and down at Longbridge, then ambled up to Blaxton Meadow.

Caught a Cormorant struggling to get a decent size catch down it's neck on the way.

At BM, Dunlin, Greenshank, Redshank, Kingfisher, Various Gulls, Shelduck, Wigeon, Curlew. Green Woodpecker in the woods and Buzzard overhead

Kingfisher
Kingfisher
Cormorant
Cormorant

Posted November 29th at 10:17 pm by John Foster in Bird News

Velator reserve

Early start for a ringing session. Started well with a selection of Thrushes and Finches, another Cetti's Warbler, and then a dramatic first year female Sparrowhawk. The next two rounds of the nets were empty! Ended up with 30 birds ringed. Redshank reappeared on the scrape early afternoon. Water Rails and Tawny Owl calling from within.

Posted November 29th at 8:28 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Saltram

3 Goosander (2 Drakes), 2 Dabchicks, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Common Sandpipers,on the river near the sewage outlet. Redshank, Curlew, Wigeon, Shelduck, Mallards 1 Heron, 2 Little Egrets on Blaxton Meadow. 1 Buzzard, 12 R.N. Parakeets, 2 Nuthatches, 5 Blue tits, 3 Great tits, 1 Goldcrest

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
R.N. Parakeet
R.N. Parakeet

Posted November 29th at 7:33 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Cadover and marsh mills longbirdge

Up at the crack of dawn up to cadover, didn't disappoint, the trees are. still full of fieldfares and redwings, a few stonechats, what appeared to bee a reed bunting male in some of the hedges. A few skylarks, and meadow pipits. Plenty of ravens, chasing a pair of buzzards. 

By midday back to longbridge, female kingfisher as active as she always is, dipper singing it's heart out again, 3 redshanks, 2 little egrets, grey/pied wagtails. Possible greenshank, but it didn't get closer to get a better look.

Posted November 29th at 7:30 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Haldon Bramblings

Both male and female Brambling showing around the feed station at Haldon Forrest this morning.

M&F GSWP, Nuthatch, numerous Siskin, a flock of calling Crossbill and a single female seen passing over.

Brambling
Brambling
Brambling
Brambling

Posted November 29th at 6:05 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Mansands

Up to 12.45

Female Black Redstart, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Pied Wagtails, 1 Grey Wagtail, Rock Pipit and a pair of Stonechats around the cottages. 2-3 Firecrests in Woodhuish Lane. 

On the way home, the first winter Scaup showed incredibly well down to a few feet at Young's Park, Paignton at 14.45.

Posted November 29th at 4:28 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

River Dart on Dartington Estate

About 10 male Mandarin duck with 3 females on the river.  Males chased off several Mallard that were close by.  Not fazed by a few boats going past.  Looked as though they may have been going to roost in a tree overhanging the river on the far bank.

Posted November 29th at 4:27 pm by Lesley Black in Bird News

Ilfracombe

Redstart (Jubilee Gardens); gannets(flying east to west off Capstone Parade and a lone Purple Sandpiper on rocks below Capstone.

Posted November 29th at 3:43 pm by Dave Shadwell in Bird News

Shaugh Prior & Cadover

In glorious mild conditions, a flock of c200 Fieldfares, Redwings & a few Starlings (at Cadover), Marsh Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker & a Brimstone.

Posted November 29th at 3:12 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Start Point

2 Black redstarts near the lighthouse, lots of Gannets diving in and several Guillemots and Razorbills on the water.

Gannets and Auks
Gannets and Auks
Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Posted November 29th at 5:40 am by Richie Moore in Bird News

Saturday 28th November 2020

Plym Dipper

At Longbridge, around 12:00 midday, the now regular Dipper was singing his heart out from a low branch in the water seemingly oblivious to a metal detectorist working up and down the opposite beach.

Posted November 28th at 6:48 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On the estuary as the tide came in, Great Northern Diver, 5 Goosanders (2 drakes), 18 Wigeon, Little Grebe & 23 Turnstones. Then at Blaxton Meadow (to dusk): 53 Curlews, 102 Dunlins, 124 Redshanks & 7 Greenshanks. Unfortunately, 3 separate groups of people ignoring the signs and going out on the estuary wall.

Posted November 28th at 6:03 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Hackney Marsh to Passage House this afternoon.

28.11.20

Hackney marsh 

Firecrest (1 pair and at least 1 other)

Goldcrest

Redwing

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Coal Tit

Long tailed Tit

Blackbird

Song thrush singing

Robin

Sparrow hawk

Passage house

Avocet 1

Sandpiper 6

Water rail 1 seen and heard

Curlew 7

Poss wimbrel

Dunlin 5

Redshank 12

Lapwing 8

Grey plover 4

Plover sp (golden)but light was failing)

Numerous cormorant

Great wagtail

Pied wagtail

Posted November 28th at 5:26 pm by Darren Maynard in Bird News

Tamar estuary / Ernesettle

On a low tide: 50+ Wigeon, 39 Teal, 65 Avocet feeding just off Warleigh point, 10 Black tailed Godwit, 7 Great crested Grebe, 1 Common gull, 1 Chiffchaff in the bushes.  36 Snipe and 2 Greenshank on Ernesettle creek.

Posted November 28th at 4:09 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Otter Estuary

Good numbers of birds around the estuary this morning including Goldcrest(1), Blackcap(1), Wigeon (120), Water Rail (7 calling), Curlew (1), Redwing (c10), Fieldfare (c10), Ling tailed Tit (8), and Little Grebe (3) amongst others.

NOTE:  In response to several messages about the state of the DB hide on the east bank I visited this today and took away various rubbish.  A side screen has been damaged beyond repair and a window board is missing.  The hide is functional but deteriorating due to its age, weathering and vandalism.  It is receiving our attention but we do not have the manpower to inspect the hide as regularly as we would wish.  Thank you.

Posted November 28th at 4:04 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Braunton

On arrival (about 09.30) at the gate by the river near the reserve (Velator) a Grey Wagtail. Quick look on the scrape showed an Egret, which on closer inspection turned out to be a Cattle Egret! No sign of the regular Little Egret. Tawny Owl called again, 3 Water Rails, Treecreeper, Sparrowhawk over, Good numbers of Finches, a few Redwings and as I left,  a Kestrel on wires just outside, a few Bullfinches and lots of Goldfinch around the gate. 3 Meadow Pipits flew over. Finally, a Redshank out on the scrape as I was leaving.

Back home opened the garden nets and ended up with a host of Tits, plus singles of Goldcrest, Treecreeper and GSWoodpecker. Ended up ringing 49 birds. Jay heard in nearby trees and 2 Buzzards calling above.

A couple of days ago 2 Dippers under the Tesco bridge.

Posted November 28th at 3:59 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Saltram Dell walk way

Lots and lots of people around today, but still some sightings, 2 buzzards, 5 redwings, plenty of goldcrests and nuthatches, some angry song thrushes, the two fields near the carpark had 5 little egrets and 25 curlews. Must be high tide. 

Posted November 28th at 3:50 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Exmouth Redstart

Female Black Redstart in grounds of Imperial Hotel by the Clock Tower.

Posted November 28th at 2:41 pm by Simon Crookall in Bird News

Exton Riverside

09:15 - 11:58

Ringed Rock Pipit (AVP)(believed to be from Norway) and female Kingfisher the highlights. On the river, Brent Goose, Avocet, Pintail, Wigeon, Shelduck, Black-tailed Godwit, GBBG, Herring Gull, Oystercatcher, Little Egret amongst others.

Posted November 28th at 2:04 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Great Northern Diver

3 Great Northern Divers near breakwater in Brixham harbour.

Posted November 28th at 10:38 am by Neil Thompson in Bird News

Friday 27th November 2020

Penhill Point, R Taw

17 fieldfares, 1 Redding, 4 L egret

Posted November 27th at 11:07 pm by art symons in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the lake

18 Goosander 7m 11f, 3 Tufted Duck 2m 1f, 3m Wigeon, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Great Crested Grebe, c50 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 1 Green Sandpiper.

Posted November 27th at 7:24 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Lee Moor & Brisworthy Plantation

The female Red-crested Pochard (on at least her 12th annual visit) on Portworthy Mica Dam Ph3. At Brisworthy Plantation a Cormorant was unexpected.

Posted November 27th at 6:17 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Plympton

Female Black Redstart on roof tops and in gardens in Compass Drive and Highglen Drive 

Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Posted November 27th at 5:17 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Quite a few birds on the rising tide this afternoon including: 2 Teal, 11 Wigeon, 6 Goosanders (redheads), Kingfisher, 7 Greenshanks, Common Sandpiper, 12 Common Gulls & c20 Siskins.

Posted November 27th at 4:47 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Wembury

A Water Pipit still along the beach at Wembury this morning, feeding on the big mass of seaweed near the sewage pipe with Rock Pipits and Meadow Pipits. 2 Purple Sandpipers on the rocks nearby were my first here for a few years now.

A Merlin flying high and out to sea before dropping down low over the water and heading east towards Stoke Point was a surprise. 

Water Pipit
Water Pipit
Purple Sandpipers
Purple Sandpipers

Posted November 27th at 3:54 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Aylesbeare Common

10:35 - 12:57

Dartford Warbler; Stonechat; 21 Fieldfare; Goldcrest; GSW; Treecreeper; 2+ Nuthatch.

Posted November 27th at 1:42 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Powderham Marshes

08:39 - 10:07

1 female Marsh Harrier mobbed by 2 Buzzard; Kestrel; 22+ Pheasant; 70+ Woodpigeon; 100+ Chaffinch were the highlights.

Posted November 27th at 1:40 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Woolacombe to Ilfracombe – 26 Nov

A walk from Woolacombe to Ilfracombe on the coast path in yesterday's glorious sunshine, with pin-sharp visibility and a light E breeze, yielded high counts of 39 Stonechats and 57 Robins. Other notable records included 2 Red-throated Divers (off Morte Point), 2 Purple Sandpipers (off the Capstone at Ilfracombe) and 2 Black Redstarts (feeding together on a roof-top near Lee). Also a distant 'feeding frenzy' of gulls, a few Gannets and at least 30 Common Dolphins between Morte Point and Lundy, with 2 Grey Seals and 2 Harbour Porpoise inshore elsewhere. On Wednesday 25th, the Fulmar breeding ledges near Ilfracombe were bustling with activity, birds having returned from their annual moult out at sea earlier this month, but we didn't see a single one yesterday! They'll be coming and going en masse like that all the way through to egg laying next May.

Posted November 27th at 12:35 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Bideford Black Redstart

Watched from Bideford station catching insects on the roof of the Royal hotel around the weather vane a first winter female Black Redstart along with a Grey Wagtail , 2 Pied Wagtails And Starlings.

Posted November 27th at 11:51 am by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Redwing at Torrington

I saw my first of season redwing yesterday, flying from a big cedar tree toward the middle of Great Torrington. It may've been roosting in the tree

Posted November 27th at 11:25 am by Aubrey McKenzie in Bird News

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