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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am 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 5:06 pm by Fred Jenkins in Bird News


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 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 yesterday 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 yesterday 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 yesterday 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 yesterday 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 yesterday 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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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.


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


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

Tuesday 22nd November 2022

Grand Western Canal

6 Kingfishers


Posted November 22nd at 6:41 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Skern, salt marsh

At least 106 Skylark feeding out on the salt marsh. Some Linnet and a few Goldfinch mixed in with the main flock.

Posted November 22nd at 12:25 pm by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Monday 21st November 2022

Berry Head

Seawatch 07.30 - 10.30: 1 Balearic Shearwater, 12 Manx Shearwaters, 27 Fulmar, 6 Little Gulls, 6 Mediterranean Gulls, 1 Adult full-tailed Pomarine Skua,  326 Auks, 1700+ Kittiwakes, 200+ Gannets, 4 Brent Geese, 2 Common Scoter, 1 Dunlin. 11 Porpoise, 6+ Common Dolphin, 2 Atlantic Bluefin Tuna.

Posted November 21st at 8:59 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

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