Devon Bird Sightings Matching ‘swallow’

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2020 Records request

If you saw any of the records below please submit a description to the County Recorder Recorder@DevonBirds.org to ensure they make the official record. Many thanks.

·         Bee-eater 03-Aug Wistlandpound Res

·         Caspian Gull 15-Apr Fremington Pill

·         Caspian Gull 14- Sep Powderham

·         Crane [3] 22-Mar Milton Abbot

·         Crane [2] 24-Jun nr Ottery

·         Glossy Ibis 20-Jun South Efford Marsh

·         Glossy Ibis  02-Nov Seaton Marshes

·         Golden Oriole 07-Apr Fremington Pill

·         Golden Oriole 28-May Weston Mill

·         Golden Oriole [2] 23-Jun Bolt Head

·         Greenland WF Goose 20-Dec Roadford

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·         Green-winged Teal Nov/Dec Exe Estuary

·         Grey Partridge 13-May Bishops Tawton

·         Grey Partridge 12-Nov Exminster Marshes

·         Leach's Petrel 30- Sep Labrador Bay

·          Leach's Petrel 31-Oct Sidmouth

·        Long-tailed Skua 04-Jul Dawlish Warren

·         Montagu's Harrier 17-May West Dart River

·         Ring-necked Duck Jan/Feb Meeth

·         Spotted Crake 09-Apr East Down

·        Stone-curlew [2] 22-Sep South Huish

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Posted June 18th at 11:40 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News

DEVON BIRDS BRANCH MEETINGS AND FIELD TRIPS

In the light of the continuing Covid19 restrictions on the number of people gathering together, and the need for social distancing, it has been agreed that there will be no Devon Birds meetings or events organised until 19th July 2021, when Government restrictions are planned to be lifted. If there is any Government announcement that necessitates a change to this date an update will be posted.

Posted April 16th at 11:17 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News

Think before you post...!

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Please think very carefully before posting any information on scarce or rare breeding species both here and elsewhere online.

A list of ‘at risk’ species in the county can be found here. Please note that Wood Warbler should now also be treated as on the list. All species included need to be protected - many receive full legal protection under Schedule 1 and/or are rare in the county and may be vulnerable to persecution/disturbance. It is an offence to intentionally disturb any of the Schedule 1 species during the breeding season without a valid licence. This also applies to anyone taking photographs of these species at or near the nest or whilst feeding dependant young.

Some species may be found breeding at numerous locations however please keep information on these species limited to well-known sites (e.g. Labrador Bay for Cirl Bunting, Aylesbeare Common for Dartford Warbler). Others may be found as obvious migrants and as such can also be posted eg coastal Ring Ouzel and passage waders, or raptors eg Little Ringed PloverRed Kite or Marsh Harrier.

If you have any doubts and think there is a chance there may be breeding, either because of the habitat or behaviour of the bird(s) then do not post, but please submit your records to the County Recorder and the RSPB.

Please be aware that egg collecting and other forms of persecution remain very real hazards for some of Devon’s birds.

Posts which breach these guidelines are likely to be not admitted / removed althogether, rather than edited.  

 

Posted March 15th at 11:56 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

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

Friday 30th July 2021

East Soar 29/7/21

Over the airfield at least 50+ House Sparrows, Ravens 3, Buzzards 3, Linnets 30+, Starlings 20+, Swallows 6, Yellowhammers 2, Blue tit 1, Goldfinches 12, Stonechats 6, Skylarks 10,Wrens 2,Blackcaps 2, Sedge Warblers 2.

Yellowhammer
Yellowhammer
Sedge Warbler
Sedge Warbler

Posted July 30th at 9:22 am by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Thursday 29th July 2021

East Soar

First returning Tree Pipit on Bolt Head plus 5 Willow Warblers in area; also: 300 Linnet, 30 Swallow, 20 House Martin, & 16 Pied Wagtail.

Non-avian: Grey Seal

Posted July 29th at 2:08 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Monday 26th July 2021

Soar

2nd Wood Sandpiper of late summer with 2 Green Sandpipers on edge of Southdown Farm. Also: first returning 2 Willow Warblers, 30 House Martin, 56 Swallow, 4 Swift, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Red-legged Partridge, Sand Martin & 85 Starling.

Non-avian: 54 Black-tailed Skimmers (site record), 10 Emperors; 73 Common Blue damsels and a new plant in Crimson Clover.

Posted July 26th at 3:05 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Thursday 22nd July 2021

Crownhill Down and Cadover

A productive mornings birding commenced at Cadover with Linnets 12, Bullfinches 2, Chaffinches 7, Willow Warblers 10, Wrens 2, Ravens 3, .Crows 8, Rooks 5, Jackdaws 12, Sand martins 12, Swallows 6, Mistle thrushes 10, Pied Wagtails 8, Buzzards 2, Hobby 1, Stonechats 7, Wheatears 6. Later over Crownhill Down: Jays 2, Green Sandpiper 1, Buzzards 2, Peregrine 1,Linnets 12, Skylarks 6,Stonechats 8, Yellowhammers 1,GSW 1, GWP 1,Ravens 2 and at least 2 dozen Mistle thrushes. We were surprised and delighted to see an Otter in one of the ponds near the Down which set off a noisy reaction from the Coots who had youngsters nearby.

Linnet
Linnet
Otter
Otter

Posted July 22nd at 8:45 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Wednesday 21st July 2021

Broadsands - gull watch

Good to have the first South Devon Branch meeting for what seems like an eternity, this morning at Broadsands starting at 7am - great to see a few regulars getting up for the re-arranged early morning start. Lots of Herring Gulls on the beach of all ages but sadly no Yellow-legged Gulls today. However 17+ Mediterranean Gulls including juveniles among the Black-headed Gulls was good to see. Singing Greenfinches, Cirl Buntings, Little Egret and families of Swallows with several House Martins also noted.

Posted July 21st at 9:19 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Saltram

Early morning at Saltram. Several female Mandarins, Heron 1, Little Egrets 2, Curlew 3, Redshank 15, Stock Doves 2, Jays 2, Magpies 3, GWP's 2, Wrens 3,Stonechats 8, Goldfinches with juveniles 30+, Greenfinches 6, Swallows 12, House Martins 6, Whitethroat 1, Buzzard 1,Skylarks 20+

Whitethroat
Whitethroat
Stock Dove
Stock Dove

Posted July 21st at 7:20 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Monday 19th July 2021

Crownhill Down

Early this morning over Crownhill Down. At least 2 dozen Mistlethrushes Linnets 9, Goldfinches 6, Yellowhammers 2, Stonechats 12, Wheatears 8, Dunnocks 2.Swallows 10, Ravens 3 Buzzards 2, several Skylarks and Meadow Pipits.

Swallow
Swallow
juv. Stonechat
juv. Stonechat

Posted July 19th at 5:45 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Sunday 18th July 2021

Velator

Took dog out early to avoid the heat later on. Walked down by Velator harbour and back, then out to the scrape. Both Kingfisher and Dipper in or through the harbour area. 1 Black-headed Gull,15 Mallard, but no sign of the Pintail seen yesterday. Singing Reed Warbler, and 3 Whitethroats along the way. First Swallow I have seen in the area for several weeks. Scrape too full of water.

Posted July 18th at 8:15 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wednesday 14th July 2021

Cadover area

Highlights: Redstart, 26+ Sand Martin, only 2 juv Wheatear, Green Woodpecker, 5 Reed Bunting. Juvs: Swallows (3), Stonechat (3). 35 species seen/heard in total.

Wheatear
Wheatear

Posted July 14th at 5:46 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Monday 12th July 2021

Tamar estuary / Ernesettle

This morning's receding tide:  5 Little Egret, 6 Common Sandpiper, Herring gull with 3 fat chicks, 2 Swift, Swallows, Chiffchaff and a female Blackcap.

Posted July 12th at 4:59 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Sunday Boat Trip from Brixham

Out from Brixham with Dave Saunders on Kelly's Hero Charters we saw the following: juvenile Swallows on the pontoon before we left, adult Med Gull inside the Breakwater, 26 Common Scoter flying S and a singleton flying N later, Razorbill and Guillemots, Common Tern flying S, 12 Manx Shearwater, usual gulls. 5 feedingHarbour Porpoise showing well off Berry Head.  Pictures taken a distance away to prevent disturbance so heavily cropped.

Med Gull with BH Gull for comparison
Med Gull with BH Gull for comparison
Juvenile Swallow on Pontoon
Juvenile Swallow on Pontoon

Posted July 12th at 8:51 am by G and L Carr in Bird News

Monday 5th July 2021

Crownhill Down

Numerous Wheatears and Stonechats with juveniles .Mistle thrushes 8, Skylarks 5, Meadow pipits 4,Linnets 6, Pied Wagtails 4, Swallows 4, Yellowhammers 2, a pair of Mallard on one of the Smallhanger ponds.

Yellowhammer
Yellowhammer
Skylark
Skylark

Posted July 5th at 8:34 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Tuesday 29th June 2021

Thornhillhead

Woken by swallows frantic alarm calling this morning. Went to investigate and disturbed male sparrowhawk in the garage where swallows are feeding young. Same thing happened last year although there was no obvious predation and youngsters successfully fledged. Wondering what will happen this year?

Posted June 29th at 2:35 pm by Mark West in Bird News

Wednesday 23rd June 2021

A few locations

Didn't stay in one place today, so a few locations

Emsworthy mire -  7 am start  here, had 1 cuckoo in the fields, not too active just the one call here and there. Male redstart in nearby scrub. Plenty of pippits scattered about, rooks and jackdaws. Skylark, stonechat, wheaters, robins, bluetits, greenfinch. Didn't hang around long

Yarner wood-  Popped over here next. Lots of pied and spotted fly catchers, most hanging around tree tops, GSW, gold/green finch,  great/blue tit, nuthatch, willow warblers, buzzards, pheasant. 

Then finally stover-  A very close obliging buzzard at the walkway, returned several times within 10m of us just sitting there, beautiful bird. Also, Jay, stock dove, swallow, swift, mandarin, mallards, coots, morehens, pheasant, the other usual woodland birds, swan with 6 teenage youngsters now, song thrush. GSW 

Posted June 23rd at 10:17 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Okehampton - Sourton

Walked out and back along the railway, and briefly on to the moor:

- along the way, one Garden Warbler, always in the thickest vegetation, to every nineteen Blackcaps, allowing occasional comparison of the songs. There seemed to be an element of Chaffinch mimicry in one of the GW's song, new for me;

- in Meldon Quarry, Redpolls buzzing over the Birches, and Swallows taking food into the slowly-decaying, "preserved" but vandalised carriages;

- in the hedgerows, Redstarts feeding newly-fledged young;

- on the fringe of the moor, Wheatears, Stonechats, Linnets and Ravens, and a Jay "fly-catching" from the ground. Couldn't see what it was getting, but perhaps a hatch of ants. 

Posted June 23rd at 7:40 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Tuesday 22nd June 2021

Welcombe and Bursdon Moor area

1 female Yellowhammer, 12+ Swallows, 1, male Linnet, 2 singing Blackcaps, 5+ House Sparrows

Harvey Kendall& Barry Bryne.

Posted June 22nd at 2:49 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Monday 21st June 2021

Velator/Sherpa

For the first time in quite a while 2 House Martin and a Sand Martin over the scrape this morning. Late afternoon visit to the Marsh: 2 Black-tailed Godwits were a surprise - at least one landed by the new pond beyond Sherpa. 13 Adult Canada Geese with 12 Goslings - luckier than the reserve Goslings - all predated by an Otter (probably!) 4 Swallows and couple of Swifts and 2 Little Egrets also present.

Posted June 21st at 9:26 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Saturday 19th June 2021

Exminster Marshes

Yesterday at  Exminster Marshes. Fairly quiet with Little Egrets, Canada Geese, Mallards, Herons, Mute Swans, 2 Egyptian Geese, Lapwings, Reed and Sedge Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers, Cettis Warblers, Swallows, Swifts and House Martins, Bullfinches, Chaffinches, Goldfinches and Linnets.

Egyptian Geese
Egyptian Geese

Posted June 19th at 9:22 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Thursday 17th June 2021

Scarcity of swifts and swallows at Staddon Heights

Just visited the wall at Staddon Heights golf course. Usually at this time of year it's alive with swallows and swifts. Today no swifts and possibly a couple of swallows. Can anybody explain the situation please.

Posted June 17th at 5:06 pm by Tony Tagg in Bird News

Friday 11th June 2021

Venford

Yesterday in the Venford area: At least 3 Cuckoos, a pair of Grey Wagtails, 2 Redstarts, Blackcaps, Garden Warblers, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Yellowhammers, Mistle and Song Thrushes, Tree Pipits, A Buzzard, 3 Ravens, Wrens, Coal tits, Swallows, House Martins, Greenfinches, Chaffinches, Magpies, Jays, Skylarks and a Grey Heron.

Yellowhammer
Yellowhammer
Greenfinch
Greenfinch

Posted June 11th at 8:09 am by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Thursday 10th June 2021

Where Have The Swallows and House Martins Gone?

The village of Abbotsham in North Devon had upwards of 20 House Martin and even more Swallow nests in the 1990's. They have gradually declined and this year there is not one house martin nest and around half a dozen swallow nests.There have been none feeding over Godborough or the Kenwith Castle Lake. Is it just us?

Posted June 10th at 12:01 pm by Philip Marlow in Bird News

Wednesday 9th June 2021

lundy

I'm sure by now everyone seen the post of the warbler, i myself didn't see it, i mean i might have passed it and not known what i was looking at, i walked past the area at 12 but before the crowds arrived heard something unusual but was too tired to look. Instead I'll post other sightings on my three days on the island. 

Puffins galore, was great to see, not too many seen actively bringing fish back to the burrow, probably only spotted 4 doing that. 
Guillemots, razor bills all in high numbers, GBB gulls, LBB gulls, herring gulls, fulmars, kittiwake, skylarks, wheatears (and juv), whinchats (and young), starlings, goldfinch, chiff chaff, willow warbler, oyster catcher, pipits, Manx shearwaters very loud at night and some seen distant on the ferry crossings.  swallows, house martins, house sparrows, a lot of racing pigeons who didn't want to keep racing it seems, collard doves, blue/great tit, robin, dunnock,  gannets seen diving off shore. Ravens, crows, wrens, mallards (with ducklings) Shags, cormorants, 

other note, dolphin pods both crossings on the ferry and lots and lots of grey seals. was also swarms of different jellyfish on leaving day 

Posted June 9th at 11:07 am by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Monday 31st May 2021

Berry Head NNR

In glorious sunshine:  3 singing Whitethroat, 3 House Martin, singing Chiffchaffs, Linnets and Swallows, 12 Swift overhead including a group of 5.  Cliff ledges full of Guillemots, 30+ Kittiwake, several Fulmar coming and going, 5 Razorbills on the sea. On the rocks: 12+ Shags and Great Black backed gulls with chicks.

Fulmar
Fulmar
Great Black-backed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull

Posted May 31st at 6:34 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Saturday 29th May 2021

Newpark waste

Takinga new route for me waiting on a friend, newpark wastes woods.

Lots of song thrushes,  gs and green woodpecker, swifts, house martins and swallows, ravens and crows, lots of nuthatch. Cuckoos seen and heard up on the rook tor area.  Lots of  pheasants. treecreeper, skylarks, chiff chaff, dunnock, robins,  long tail, great, blue and coal tits. Goldfinch.

A lovely circular walk, would do it again.

Posted May 29th at 9:54 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Cadover Bridge

The area above Cadover Bridge was alive with cuckoos on our Plymouth RSPB walk this morning. Three seen flying in line at one time plus others calling. Numerous sand martins plus swift, swallow and house martin. In all 29 species seen.

Posted May 29th at 7:28 pm by Vince Bedford in Bird News

Thursday 27th May 2021

Clyst St Mary

A walk north up the meadows produced 2 Cetti's Warbler, 9 Reed Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, a Sedge Warbler, a Reed Bunting and a pair of Stonechat.  (The Stonechats were close to the riverbank and associated waterways.  Further up the River Clyst I have seen others also associated with riversides and slow moving water in ditches which seems to be a favoured habitat).  A numbers of Swallow and House Martin in the village, the latter visiting two nests.

Back home at Marsh Green, some good raptors over head with Hobby, Peregrine and a Buzzard in the sky at the same time at 4.30pm.

Posted May 27th at 4:59 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Monday 24th May 2021

Brixton

200+ House Martin and about 15 Swallow feeding over the (small) sewage works near the Yealm Est this afternoon. House Martins also perched in nearby trees. 

Posted May 24th at 5:25 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Sunday 23rd May 2021

Exminster Marshes

While scanning (unsuccessfully) for the Red-rumped Swallow this afternoon, I was amazed when about 300 House Martins exploded from Oak trees! Terrible digiscope image (terrible weather!) taken after many of them had returned to shelter and rest up again. From memory, the only time I've seen House Martins perched in trees was on the wintering grounds in Zambia, when a large flock went into large trees to roost at dusk. So where do they go at night when they don't have a nest to roost in?

House Martins resting in Oak tree
House Martins resting in Oak tree

Posted May 23rd at 10:18 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

A late in the day visit, after being away all weekend. Red-rumped Swallow still showing around middle car park, at this time end of FP from car park. Seen until 8.20pm, when moved and not seen again though looked until 9pm. 300+ House Martin, 200+ Sand Martin & 150+ Swallow along with 30+ Swift and pair Gadwall 

Posted May 23rd at 10:06 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Saturday 22nd May 2021

Slapton sands

Yesterday afternoon (Friday) I spent a little time watching Gannets feeding just off shore. Also had a walk along the edge of the lake and where I saw a number of Great Crested Grebes (adults and juveniles) a few Tufted Duck, Coots, hundreds of: Swifts; Swallows and House & Sand Martins.

Gannet
Gannet
Gannet
Gannet

Posted May 22nd at 2:39 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Tuesday 18th May 2021

East Soar

Best today Spotted Flycatcher, Garden Warbler & Reed Warbler singing & Greenland Wheatear. Swallows still coming in off sea.

Non-avian: Broad-bodied Chaser - 1st dragonfly of year.

Posted May 18th at 2:23 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Monday 17th May 2021

Exminster Marshes

Station road is flooded but passable in wellies. A single hobby over the north marsh, a peregrine over the middle and a kestrel at Turf. Also near Turf 7 cattle egrets. The more exotic geese included the whitefront, a greylag and a single Egyptian goose. A group of waders included c30 whimbrel, c20 black-tailed godwits and a greenshank. Overhead lots of swallows and swifts with a few house martins and sand martins.

Posted May 17th at 6:17 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Sunday 16th May 2021

Day Trip to Lundy

In lieu of the cancelled devonbirds day trip we took the public sailing to Lundy.  Seabirds were the order of the day with Manx Shearwaters and Gannets on the crossing. At Jenny's cove the Puffin colony continues to increase alongside Guillemots, Razorbills, Kittiwakes and Fulmars. Around Pondsbury many Swallows, Wheatears, Linnets, Pipits and Larks, with Curlew and a single Golden Plover. Near the village, House Martins.  The best was a Golden Oriole in Millcombe along with several Spotted Flycatchers, Blackcaps and Reed Warbler, plus many more 'regulars'.  Also reported, but not seen by us were a Subalpine Warbler and a Cuckoo, neither of which we saw.

Puffin
Puffin
Razorbill
Razorbill

Posted May 16th at 12:05 am by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Friday 14th May 2021

Red-rumped Swallow, Dawlish

Red-rumped Swallow still feeding over the town between 7am - 7:45am this morning.  Feeding fairly high up and mobile, ranging along the cliffs to the north of the station.  The photos are from yesterday evening in the rain.

Red-rumped Swallow 13.5.21
Red-rumped Swallow 13.5.21

Posted May 14th at 8:53 am by Luke Harman in Bird News

Thursday 13th May 2021

Red Rumped Swallow, Dawlish Brook

Red Rumped Swallow on Dawlish Brook in front of Gay's Creamery. Photos not brilliant - taken on phone.



Posted May 13th at 4:44 pm by Nick Workman in Bird News

Wrafton/ Sherpa

Got a bit wet today, but worth it for the hirundines around the Marsh! Also a displaying Whitethroat near the reserve, 2 singing Chiffchaffs and 4/5 Reed Warblers in the reserve. Several each of Swallow and House Martin hawking insects very low over the scrape and Tarka Trail by the pond. However down at Sherpa House Martins probably outnumbered Swallows over the water and reed-beds. Much fewer Sand Martins but good numbers of Swifts. Plenty of Reed Warblers in the reed-bed. As I walked back past the reserve, a large flock of House Martins were feeding over the SW corner. I've noticed this in previous years.

A few nights ago while ringing Swallows in the reserve (lots of them!) one had a ring on belonging to someone else - it was ringed at Portland Bill last summer. So, been to Africa and back since then.

Posted May 13th at 2:04 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wednesday 12th May 2021

Crownhill Down and Smallhanger

First thing 4 Cuckoo, including one getting a hammering from the Meadow Pipits. 4 Wheatear, 6 Willow Warbler, Tree Pipit, 14 Swallow, Sand Martin and a flyover Shelduck. 

Cuckoo and Meadow Pipits
Cuckoo and Meadow Pipits
Cuckoo and Meadow Pipits
Cuckoo and Meadow Pipits

Posted May 12th at 3:16 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Tuesday 11th May 2021

Berry Head

Yesterday - brief early morning seawatch 06.20-07.20am produced 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Skua, 52 Manx Shearwaters, 60+ Kittiwakes, 20+ Gannets and 4+ Harbour Porpoises.

Overhead: 1 Swift, 12 Swallows, 2 House Martins & 4 Yellow Wagtails. Around the headland singing Lesser Whitethroat behind the car park toilet block,  4-5 Small Blue Butterflies, 1 Wall Brown and a Hummingbird Hawkmoth.

Posted May 11th at 9:42 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 10th May 2021

Great Torrington

Yesterday 9th May I took a gentle walk around Torrrington Common and found my first swallows at the Dartington Crystal factory (5 minimum). At least 5 House martins were swooping over the Torridge at the Rothern Bridge (Puffing Billy), and I saw a hare nearby too. A spotted flycatcher was sallying out from a hedgerow on the Common iitsellf. A chiffchaff was singing, but only the one, and at least 3 blackcaps and 3 song thrushes. The most surprising bird of the day was a kestrel hovering briefly over Reeds Field (adjacent to Puffing Billy). I've lived in Torrington 17 years and not seen a kestrel here, until a couple f weeks ago when a falcon passed my flat and I thought it looked like a kestrel,but I was sceptical because I had never spotted one in North Devon. Maybe this is the same individual. No butterflies.

Posted May 10th at 6:01 am by Aubrey McKenzie in Bird News

Sunday 9th May 2021

George Nympton

While checking my Cattle this morning by the River Mole had the pleasure of viewing the four Hirundine species all at the same location.Three Swifts,about fifty Swallows.At least eight House Martins and after training the binoculars on a'brown'coloured bird,confirmed it was a Sand Martin.

Posted May 9th at 7:43 pm by Roger Gay in Bird News

Hope's Nose

Late morning:

An elusive Lesser Whitethroat and a Garden Warbler on the northern side of the top meadow.  An unseen singing Sedge Warbler there as well.

Elsewhere on site, another unseen, chuntering Sedge Warbler, 2 Whitethroats, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and three Wheatears,  A trickle of Swallows over and a Grey Seal.  

Others had a Whinchat in the quarry earlier.  

Posted May 9th at 3:32 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Tamar estuary / Ernesettle

This morning:  7 Swallow, 2 Swift, 1 Common Sandpiper, Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs, 1 Great Crested Grebe flew a circuit round the estuary.

Posted May 9th at 2:46 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Wrafton/Velator area

First bird I heard as I arrived at the reserve this morning was a Cuckoo! It had an odd tri-syllabic call. Heard it again about half an hour later. A few Reed Warblers in the reserve and still a singing Willow Warbler. Walked around the marsh - impressive numbers of Swallow, Sand and House Martin and a sprinkling of Swifts.  As I got back to the reserve, the Cuckoo called again so I set up my scope on the Tarka Trail opposite and had a good scan, but no sightings or any more calling. First record of Cuckoo in the reserve for about 12 years.

Back home a brief Hummingbird Hawkmoth from my kitchen window feeding on Azalia flowers.

Posted May 9th at 12:59 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Braunton Marshes _ Braunton Great Field

Late post - early evening 7 May 2021. Counted c200 Swallows foraging over these areas but may have been more than this number.

This morning counted 16 Sedge Warbler on the same route.

85 Dunlin, 5 Ringed .Plover & 16 Whimbrel on Horsey. 2 Swifts over the Marshes.

Posted May 9th at 12:42 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Saturday 8th May 2021

Berry Head

Final totals (for species with additions) to 4pm, including Mike’s counts below: 8 Puffins, c170 Manx Shearwaters, 7 Dunlins, 5 Sandwich Terns, 2 Great Northern Divers (summer plumage), 100+ Kittiwakes, 17 Swifts, 200+ Swallows, another Yellow Wagtail & a singing Sedge Warbler.

Posted May 8th at 6:19 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Berry Head

Highlights 0600-1100hrs: 56 Manx, 6 Puffin, 12 Common Scoter, 1 Great Northern Divers, 1 Hobby, nearly 100 Swallows, 30 + Sand Martins, 17 House Martins, 7 Swifts, 1 singing Black Redstart, 3 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail plus 5+ Harbour Porpoise And 1 Grey Seal.

Posted May 8th at 1:01 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Hopes Nose

Hopes Nose 630-10am-highlight was first bird of the day when I inadvertently flushed a Cuckoo at the  point-still present 830am- also 2 Wheatear, c40 Swallows in off, 2 Whimbrel ,18 stunning Turnstone in sum plum-sea watching dire- just 1 Manx, c12 Dunlin, 2GND but 5 Puffins(inc 1 very close)

Posted May 8th at 10:09 am by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Friday 7th May 2021

Late swift post

Two swift over Christow yesterday morning. This evening, 20 or so House Martin joined the swallows at Kennick reservoir; I’ve been seeing 50 or so swallow over the reservoir for several days. 

Posted May 7th at 10:13 pm by Fiona Freshney in Bird News

Wrafton pond and Baunton Burrows

This afternoon I popped into Wrafton pond and then onto Braunton Burrows.  At the pond were Reed Warblers, Sedge Warblers, a Wren, two Swans with their eight cygnets and the usual suspects.  After moving on the Burrows were I spent a short time on the road just past the round barn, I managed to get a quick shot of a Swallow grabbing a drink.

Reed Warbler
Reed Warbler
Swallow
Swallow

Posted May 7th at 10:02 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Swallows

Just got back from a highly successful ringing session in the Velator reserve. Chris Dee and I ringed 101 Swallows and also had a control of a Swallow ringed elsewhere.

Posted May 7th at 9:55 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Deancombe

An evening walk down Deancombe produced my first Spotted Flycatcher of the year, a single Pied Flycatcher, Cuckoos 2, Blackcaps 3, Willow warblers 6, Redstarts 2, Stonechats 4, GWP 1, Ravens 2 and Swallows 5.

Stonechat
Stonechat
Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Posted May 7th at 8:30 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Golden Dagger to Challacombe

Cuckoo, Skylarks, Whinchat, Stonechat, Bat, 3 Newts. Sparrow Hawk.  Challacombe, Swallows, Reed Warbler, Coal Tit, Marsh tit, Garden Warbler, Redstart. 

Posted May 7th at 7:55 pm by Mave Goddard in Bird News

Baggy Point

An early morning's walk around Baggy on this lovely day produced (amongst the numerous Swallow, Meadow Pipit and Linnet): 8 Whitethroat, 2 male Wheatear, Cormorant, Shag, Fulmar, 1 distant Gannet, Stonechat (1 Male, 1 female), 1 Whimbrel.

Posted May 7th at 9:12 am by Jonny Pinn in Bird News

Dartmoor

Yesterday at Deancombe: Jays, Chaffinches, Redstarts, Green Woodpecker, Snipe, W. Warblers, Cuckoos, M. Thrush, S. Thrush, GSWP, Pied Flycatchers, 

Challacombe Farm: Blackcaps, Treecreeper, Redstarts, W.Warblers,Cuckoos, Ravens, Chiffchaffs,Swallows, Buzzard.

Soussons: Bullfinches, W.Warblers, GWP, Stonechats, Whinchats, Coal Tits, Cuckoos, Swallows, Jay Heron

Redstart
Redstart
Pied Flycatchers
Pied Flycatchers

Posted May 7th at 9:01 am by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Wednesday 5th May 2021

Dartmoor

South Brent this morning approx 10 Swallow sat on overhead wires, low flying Peregrine

Kestrel over Goodstone Cross, Sparrowhawk at Heathfield.

Trendlebere ~ my first Garden Warbler of the year, 3 Swift, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, displaying Buzzards and Raven.

Challacombe area ~ Skylark, Swallow, House Martin, male Redstart, Whinchat, Stonechat, Cuckoo and Wheatear

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Redstart
Redstart
Whinchat
Whinchat

Posted May 5th at 10:33 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Tuesday 4th May 2021

Wrafton/Sherpa

Cold evening walk around the marsh. More Swallows than Sand Martins for a change this evening. 1 Common Sandpiper and the Glossy Ibis, which flew North towards the scrape. A pair of Teal. Quick look at the scrape revealed 2 Shelduck, 1 Pied Wagtail and the Glossy Ibis. Lots of Swallows hawking insects low over the water.

Posted May 4th at 8:20 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Braunton

Scrape had a lot of mostly sub-adult Herring Gulls. Reserve had Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler and Blackcap. Sand and House Martins with some Swallows hawking insects in the lee of the reserve by the scrape. A Kingfisher paid an all-too-brief visit to one of the pond perches. By the Marsh road both Whitethroat and Lesser Whitethroat. Dipper and Grey Wagtail seen in the river Caen.

Posted May 4th at 2:04 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Monday 3rd May 2021

Ottery St Mary

First Swift of the year yesterday pm, among a group of Swallows, Sand and House Martins on the river at Fluxton

Posted May 3rd at 7:52 am by Martin Littlemore in Bird News

Sunday 2nd May 2021

River Exe , RV park and Exminster marshes

At the River Exe 2 great-crested grebes , 50+ sand martins , 30+ swallows , 6 cormorants , 1  great black-backed gull pair , 2 lesser black-backed gull pair , 2 black-headed gull , 1 little egret , 1 great-spotted woodpecker drumming , no sign of the female goosander by Mill on the Exe . At Riverside Valley park 1 jay 3 grey herons , 1 potential great reed warbler . At Exminster marshes 3 buzzards , 5 little egrets , 1 grey heron , 2 pairs of shelducks , 1 hobby , 7 swifts , 40+ sand martins , 20+ swallows , 3 reed warblers , 5+ chiffchaffs singing , 3+ Cetti's warblers singing , 2+ sedge warblers singing

 

Posted May 2nd at 10:49 pm by Unai Marquez Pardo in Bird News

Bennett's X to Challacombe

A circular walk turned up at least eight Whinchats, six Cuckoos and 20+ Swallows along with the usual Stonechats, Meadow Pipits and Skylarks around the moorland.  Around Challacombe Farm a reeling Grasshopper Warbler was the highlight amidst several Chiffchaff & Willow Warbler, Pied Wagtail and a male Redstart. At Golden Dagger Tree Pipits, Kestrel, Buzzard, Raven and Reed Bunting. Around Vitifers a male Green Woodpecker looked out of place in the moorland setting. 

Posted May 2nd at 10:37 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Plym Estuary and Saltram

8am this morning, South end, Whimbrel on the Pontoon adjacent to Chelson Meadow, and (to my surprise) 5 Turnstone (one of them ringed, apparently in Stockholm which has been reported). Very confiding Greenfinch perched in one of the trees next to the shore and a single Mute swan flying south. Then I walked up to Blaxton Meadow (another Whimbrel on the E shore, en route), not much going on there - same as Mr Aley - 1 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank & the Bar-tailed Godwit. Also an LBBG and a pair of Swallows flying SW. 

Whimbrel
Whimbrel
Turnstone
Turnstone

Posted May 2nd at 9:15 pm by John Foster in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A Dunlin in summer plumage new in on Blaxton Meadow at high tide, with 3 Greenshanks, 4 Whimbrels & the lingering Bar-tailed Godwit. Also 2 pairs of Swallows returned to their breeding site at the south end of the estuary & 2 Roe Deer.

Posted May 2nd at 5:45 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Dartmoor

Cadover area: Goosander with three fledglings (two in pic). Garden Warbler, Cuckoo, Whitethroat, Redstart, 6 Wheatear, 11 Willow Warbler etc.

Crownhill Down: Green Sandpiper (on top pools), 3 Cuckoo, 4 Wheatear, Stoat, 21 Swallow all flying west.

Goosander
Goosander
Green Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper

Posted May 2nd at 4:26 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Emsworthy Mire

Up here before 7am while the morning is good weather. 

Had 4 cuckoos, 3 males and 1 female, not at Emsworthy itself but up the tor areas, around i believe Holwell tor. One male was actively following the present female, as she was being hounded by the smaller birds. 

Male redstart still at farmstead, lots of other birds like wheaters, ravens, stonchats, willow warblers, chiff chaff, blue/great tit, woodpigeon, jackdaw, raven, rook, swallows, robin, wren, meadow pippits, buzzard. Gs woodpeckers heard drilling,  canada geese fly past. nuthatch heard. 

Posted May 2nd at 2:09 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Saturday 1st May 2021

Wrafton pond

This morning there was a lot of activity on and around Wrafton pond.  On the water were: a pair of Swans with their eight cygnets; two Little Grebes; a male and female Coot each with a single chick each; and two Moorhens. In the reeds around the pond were two or more Reed Warblers; at least two singing Sedge Warblers; two Cetti's; and a pair of Reed Buntings. On the scrape were; a Male Ruff; a single Black tailed Godwit, a Lesser Black back gull; a Grey Heron; male & female Teal; a Canada Goose; four Shelduck; and a number of Swallows. 

Ruff
Ruff
Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit

Posted May 1st at 10:33 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Wrafton

Bit of a Ruff twitch this morning - well for North Devon! - 5 of us! 2 Black-tailed Godwits. Still there at lunchtime at least. On Wrafton Pond now 8 cygnets looking very lovely. Mum seemed to be keen to feed and spent much of her time upside down. The cygnets looked a bit bemused. This evening 2 Common Sandpipers, 4 Whimbrel  (in the Pill between the toll house and the harbour) and lots of Swallows, Sand and House Martins over the marsh. Best were 3 Yellow Wagtails - difficult to see in among the Buttercups and Dandelions. Evening ringing in the reserve the last couple of evenings has produced over 50 Swallows and a couple of Sand Martins.

Posted May 1st at 10:10 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

South Brent

My first Swift of the year seen over home at South Brent, also a trickle of Swallows passing over in small numbers.

Swift
Swift

Posted May 1st at 4:39 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Preston, Paignton

Small movement of Swallows in groups of 2-3 going North.3 Swifts over garden this afternoon.

Posted May 1st at 3:59 pm by Tony Sherwood in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Little new this morning, but at least 4 Whimbrels, the Bar-tailed Godwit & 4 Greenshanks still around, 2 Swifts & just a dozen Swallows over, Shag, pair of Stonechats, & 5 Roe Deer. 

Posted May 1st at 2:05 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Exeter flood relief channel

Yesterday evening over River Exe and flood relief channel were 180+ Swallow, 15+ Sand Martin, 3+ House Martin and 6 Swift.

Posted May 1st at 7:20 am by Steve Cox in Bird News

Friday 30th April 2021

Start Point, Beesands Ley, Slapton Ley

Start Point first thing quiet, 2 Whimbrels north off point. At Beesands Ley Ring-necked Duck still present also a Cattle Egret. At Slapton Ley Red-necked Grebe still distant in Ireland Bay. Whimbrel and 6 Sandwich Terns offshore. Further to Alan's post below, early afternoon there was a sudden arrival of c300 Swallows, c100 House Martins and 50 Swifts probably avoiding hail and thunder a few miles away.

Posted April 30th at 7:36 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Southern half of Lower  Ley. This evening , 200+Swallows. 100+ House Martins and 40/50 Sand Martins. Also at least 10 Swifts.

Posted April 30th at 5:43 pm by Alan K. Searle in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Several visits today produced: male Whinchat, c120 Swallows (half of which going west), 5 Sand & 3+ House Martins, Green Woodpecker, pair of Stonechats, 7 Whimbrels, 2 Common Sandpipers, Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Greenshanks, 2 Shags & 7 Roe Deer.

Posted April 30th at 4:26 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Burrator

Around Norsworthy bridge this morning: Green and Great spotted Woodpeckers, 3 singing Tree Pipit, 3 Cuckoo including one being chased by Pipits, 1 singing male Redstart, mating blue tits, Blackcap and Willow Warblers heard. A group of Siskin, 2 House Martin and Swallows overhead at Sheepstor village.

Posted April 30th at 4:18 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Wrafton scrape etc.

So after yesterday's excitement with the Ibis, I arrived once again armed with my 'scope. No sign, but I could clearly see that there was a Godwit or two, or was that second one a bit smaller? Bins revealed a rather smart-plumaged Ruff. So once again out with the camera. The photos do not do it justice. It was even showing signs of the 'ruff' growing!

Common Sandpiper under the Tesco Bridge(!) and another under the bridge over to the reserve. Possibly heard a Whitethroat in the reserve. Did see the male Stonechat in there. Growing numbers of both Reed and Sedge Warblers around Sherpa, where yet another Common Sandpiper was by the main pond. Compared to late yesterday evening when there were hundreds of Swallows and Sand Martins, hardly any this morning.

Male Ruff
Male Ruff

Posted April 30th at 1:26 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Thursday 29th April 2021

Slapton

Red-necked grebe still present on Slapton Ley - Ireland bay. In breeding plumage now and rarely seen like this in the UK.  take a scope and this opportunity.  Other sightings included sandwich and common terns off the beach, a common sandpiper on the shore of the Ley and hundreds of swallows mixed with house and the occasional sand martin topped by at least a dozen swifts. At Beesands Ley the smart ring=necked duck is still present, pochard, tufted ducks (26) and gadwall.  13 Whimbrel past the beach.


Posted April 29th at 10:32 pm by Pete Stevens in Bird News

South Huish Marsh

A great late afternoon session with 25 Whimbrel, the Wood Sandpiper still, good numbers of Swallows and House Martins, a superb male Whinchat and four Yellow Wagtails including a striking "thunbergi" Grey-headed type (pictures on Mike Passman's "Thurlestone Bay Birds" blog).

Posted April 29th at 9:23 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Mini migration overhead NDDH this evening

At about 7pm this evening; first saw a single Swallow then another, final count 13 in a loose flock all headed east overhead Barnstaple Hospital. 

Posted April 29th at 9:12 pm by Phil Naylor in Bird News

Whimbrel at Hartland Quay

Just west of Hartland Quay a flock of nine whimbrel flew inland. One and a half hours later saw a second flock this time of thirteen birds heading along the coastline from Welcombe to Hartland Quay then veering inland toward Stoke. "Many" swallows and house martijns along this stretch of coastline. A few each of wheatear. whitethroat, linnet, stonechat and meadow pipit. And a single kestrel. Homeward @ 6pm a Red Kite at Umberleigh.

Posted April 29th at 7:41 pm by stewart beer in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh today

A walk around Sherpa Marsh late morning;Two Common Sandpiper 30 sandmartin and 10 swallow along with 2 Swift . Many and varied warblers calling from the reeds.

Posted April 29th at 3:16 pm by Sue Naylor in Bird News

Wednesday 28th April 2021

Plympton Area

A group of about 12 hirundines over Colebrook saw our first three House Martins of the year, with Swallows. Wasn't able to locate Chris E's gropper on Crownhill Down, but this was made up for when we found two fledgling Dippers on the Tory Brook being watched over by dad.  Mum was 200 yards away having time to herself.  Nearby a Wren, standing on a little stone in the stream, was behaving just like a miniature Dipper when it walked right under the water for a second.

Posted April 28th at 10:45 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Wembury Point

Mid-pm: 1 Cuckoo perched on a fence post, ca 25 Whimbrel along the shore, 50+ House Martins and ca 25 Swallows in off the sea, several Whitethroats singing in the scrub etc.

Posted April 28th at 9:09 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Berry Head

Full day at Berry head: 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, 14 Blackcap, 7 Willow warbler, 2 Reed Warblers, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2-3 whinchats (males),4 wheatear ( all female), 8 Whimbrel, 11 House Martin, 20+ Swallows, 12 Manxies, 2 Common Scoter.

  Whinchat Berry Hd 28 April 2021 ML  Lesser Whitethroat Berry Hd 28 April 2021 ML

                        Whinchat                                                        Lesser Whitethroat

Posted April 28th at 8:53 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Bolt Head area

Ring Ouzel (1 male), Swift (1), Fulmar, Yellowhammer, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Swallow, Gannet, Linnet, three species of raptor and the sky full of Skylark were the highlights.

Posted April 28th at 2:43 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Tuesday 27th April 2021

Cadover Bridge

Lucky enough to be working at Cadover this morning and heard my first Cuckoo of the year. Lots of Sand Martin and one big group of Swallow stopped briefly for a drink. Oh and a mystery small wader over. Best guess was Sanderling but so out of context that I had a bit of a brain meltdown on ID!

Posted April 27th at 8:30 pm by Richard Billington in Bird News

Manaton area, 27 April

At least 4 Cuckoos calling in 1 mile radius around Easdon Down, Manaton. Also first Common Whitethroat sighting this year. Swallow numbers very low so far, but first House Martins just arrived.

Posted April 27th at 8:12 pm by Nick Walter in Bird News

South Huish

Wood Sandpiper 1, Yellow Wagtails 3, Sparrowhawk 1, Sedge, Reed and Willow Warblers, Rock Pipits, Whimbrel, Barwits, Shelduck, Linnets, Goldfinches, Whitethroats, Wheatears, Swallows, House Martins.

Sedge Warbler
Sedge Warbler
Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Posted April 27th at 7:41 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

Visible/audible migration 05.45 to 08.30, all moving W or NW: Greylag Goose 1, Shelduck 5, Sand Martin 1, Swallow 57, House Martin 39, Yellow Wagtail 3, Meadow Pipit 3, Tree Pipit 7, Siskin 12, Yellowhammer 1 male (my first for this site after more than 10 years of regular recording here and only a day after one was seen on Lundy, where also a genuine rarity these days). Grounded migrants few and far between: a single Willow Warbler and maybe a couple of Whitethroats not among local territory holders, a female Wheatear and a Whimbrel.

Posted April 27th at 7:06 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Monday 26th April 2021

Rillage Point to Watermouth

Short visits at either end of the day. In the morning 184 House Martins (in tight flocks of up to 35), 79 Swallows & 2 Swifts, all E between 07.00 and 07.45. This evening, 19.00-20.00 3 Arctic Skuas W (2 dark-morph, one pale) and a Turnstone (surprisingly scarce here, especially in spring).

Posted April 26th at 9:44 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Plympton

On the edge of Boringdon Golf Course this morning: Whitethroats 2, Stonechats 4, Goldfinches 2, Skylarks 7, Swallow 1, Wren 1, Dunnocks 2.

Whitethroat
Whitethroat
hen Stonechat
hen Stonechat

Posted April 26th at 9:57 am by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Swift over Barnstaple

07:20 this morning single swift west to east overhead North Devon District Hospital. Was a straight line flight as in not stopping, keep migrating! Also spotted two, or the same one twice, swallow hawking for breakfast around the building. 

Posted April 26th at 8:47 am by Phil Naylor in Bird News

Sunday 25th April 2021

South Huish

On the marsh: Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin.

Sheltering from the wind on the beach, having lunch, for an hour counted: 44 Whimbrel, 12 Bar-tailed Godwits (all flying inland), 7 Sanderling, 7 Sandwich Tern 2 Shelduck, 15 House Martins, 33 Swallow and 1 Sand Martin.

 Wood Sandpiper S Huish 25 April 2021 ML  Whimbrel S Huish 25 April 2021 ML

              Wood Sandpiper                                                            Whimbrel & Bar-tailed Godwit

Posted April 25th at 8:30 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Soar and South Huish

A windy morning at Soar. Several Whitethroats singing, a trickle of Swallows coming through, a Snipe and a male Merlin were the best of it. At South Huish briefly, a Wood Sandpiper, two Common Sandpipers and a smart male White Wagtail

Posted April 25th at 2:39 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Saturday 24th April 2021

Rillage Point to Watermouth

Visible migration 14.00-16.30, everything heading E into the wind: 3 Swift, 230 Swallow, 98 House Martin, 18 Sand Martin, 5 alba wagtail, a Merlin and a constant passage of 206 Lesser Black-backed Gull, the majority immatures, though still quite a few adults going through. Also 5 Mediterranean Gull (all 2cy), 11 Black-headed Gull and a single Whimbrel, but no sign of the Bar-tailed Godwits and terns being seen in large numbers further E up the Bristol Channel. Too high up? Too far out? Cutting overland?

Posted April 24th at 10:15 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Dartmoor swift

Solitary swift over Buckland Moor around midday today with a scattering of swallows. 

Posted April 24th at 6:35 pm by Steve Manning in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A solitary Bar-tailed Godwit (in partial summer plumage) on this morning's low tide. Otherwise, just a handful of Swallows going north (in addition to the local arrivals) a pair of Stonechats, 9 Mandarin Ducks & 7 Roe Deer.

Posted April 24th at 1:49 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Friday 23rd April 2021

Cadover

A windblown Siskin atop a pine tree on edge of Brisworthy Burrows, Linnets, Chaffinches Skylarks,  M. Pipits, Blackcaps, Willow Warblers, Sand Martins, Swallows, Wheatears, Reed Buntings, Green Woodpecker, 

Reed Bunting
Reed Bunting

Posted April 23rd at 8:33 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Roborough Down

Very windy walk in bright sunshine, the birds were keeping their heads down with the wind, so was lucky to see, Linnets, Red Pole, Blackcap, Bullfinch Yellow hammer,Skylark, Swallow, Sand, martin, House martin first this year. the bird of the day was a HOBBY, another first for the year.

Posted April 23rd at 5:44 pm by Mave Goddard in Bird News

Thursday 22nd April 2021

Slapton

Early this morning great views of the Night Heron by the bridge. Distant views of the R.N.Grebe. Tufted Ducks, Gadwall, Coots, Moorhen, G.C. Grebes, Cettis and Reed Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps, Mistle thrush, Buzzards, Whimbrel flypast of around.40 birds. Swallows, Sand Martins, House Martins and our first Swifts of the year.

Cettis Warbler
Cettis Warbler
Night Heron
Night Heron

Posted April 22nd at 7:29 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

Visible/audible migration 06.00 to 08.45 in a very cold easterly: 4 Shelduck (E), 13 Whimbrel (E incl. flock of 10), 9 Sand Martin, 21 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 2 alba wagtail, 4 Meadow Pipit, 2 Tree Pipit, 30 Linnet, 20 Goldfinch, 1 redpoll sp. (presumed Lesser Redpoll), 11 Siskin. After the promising early surge of late March and the start of April, hirundine passage is noticeably thin as we head towards the last week of the month – hopefully just delayed by weather conditions, or maybe a local effect resulting from the persistent northerlies and easterlies that this coast is so exposed to.

Other recent sightings here: on Tuesday 20th grounded migrants included reeling Grasshopper Warbler, 2 singing Sedge Warbler and 3 Whitethroat plus a trickle of hirundines totalling 27 Sand Martin & 23 Swallow. On Thursday 15th a male Yellow Wagtail flew E along the clifftops (a very scarce spring migrant in N Devon now, particularly away from the Taw/Torridge Estuary).

Posted April 22nd at 4:09 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Wednesday 21st April 2021

East Soar

Bit more action today with 18 Wheatear, 20 Whitethroat, Snipe, singing Reed & Sedge Warbler, Sand Martin, 4 Swallow & Kestrel.

Posted April 21st at 12:39 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Tuesday 20th April 2021

Wrafton area

The scrape is following Wrafton Pond into losing all the interesting birds! No Godwits or Snipe today and only 2 Teal. There was however a Snipe in  the reserve - briefly, before (just like yesterday) it hopped over the fence into the reed-bed. Very few Warblers: a few each of Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Willow Warbler and a lone Reed Warbler in the reserve. Around Sherpa, 4 Reed Warblers, a few Teal and a drake Shoveler. Around the new pond beyond Sherpa 5 Wheatears and a Whimbrel. Only one Swallow in two days.

Posted April 20th at 6:33 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

River Otter

Two beautiful Wheatear on the lowest scrape this morning. Lots of warblers in the reedbeds with good views of Reed Warbler, and possible Sedge Warbler heard singing. Chiffchaff, 2 Swallows,1 Kingfisher, 2 Grey Heron in field,2 Canada Geese, Swans, Mallard, Teal and plentiful Shelduck, but no Wigeon seen. 1 Sparrowhawk , Moorhen, Pheasants and all the usual finches, tits etc

Posted April 20th at 4:27 pm by Steve Ross in Bird News

Morte Point

0800 - 1200. Migrants this morning - Grasshopper Warbler (2), Swallow (20+), House Martin (4), Whitethroat (1), Willow Warbler (2), Chiffchaff (4), Wheatear (2). Only butterfly one Common Blue.

Common Blue Butterfly
Common Blue Butterfly (Eds Holly Blue..?)

Posted April 20th at 4:12 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

Slapton

Great day at Slapton yesterday with the Night Heron by the bridge. G.C. Grebe, distant views of the R,N, Grebe, Gadwall, Tufted Ducks, Whimbrel, Grey Herons, Ravens, Jays, Magpies, Cettis, Reed and Sedge Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps, Greenfinches, Chaffinches, G.S. Woodpeckers, Swallows, Blue, Great, and L.T. tits, 

G,C Grebes
G,C Grebes
Jay
Jay

Posted April 20th at 9:28 am by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Monday 19th April 2021

Ideford common

Since seeing the Night heron at Slapton at 6am, drove up to ideford common /chiff chaff and willow warbler ,Wheater males, tree pippits, stonechats, lots of linnets, green and gs woodpecker, buzzard, chaffinch, coal and blue tits, oddly enough a lonely redpoll sitting in a tree by itself, bit late in the year? Yellowhammer, swallow passing over, Jay, woodpigeon and lots of lizards, 50-100 seen

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Posted April 19th at 7:29 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Cadover area, Slapton and Beesands

Cadover area: Redstart, 11 Wheatear (8m,3f), 8 Willow Warbler, 8 Sand Martin, Swallow, 4m Reed Bunting and Green Woodpecker

Slapton: Night Heron, 4+ Reed Warbler, 7 Sandwich Tern offshore

Beesands: 6 Whimbrel in scarecrow field above ley. Whitethroat on coast path. 3 Gadwall, 2+ Reed Warbler.

Night-heron
Night-heron

Posted April 19th at 4:30 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Sunday 18th April 2021

Horsey Island

Walked all the way out to the Fishermans Huts this morning, saw several groups of 2,3, and 4 Whimbrel (or were they the same group?) One of them was also out in the middle of Horsey Mere with 3 Bar-tailed Godwits. 5 Greenshank near the breach too. Only one Swallow all morning. No singing Reed, Sedge or Whitethroat along the Toll Road.

Posted April 18th at 2:25 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Saturday 17th April 2021

Emington mire

Hoping to see or hear cuckoo today but no luck not for other way here today it seems. Highlight was being told of wheater at the barn, had no wheater but it was a male restart singing in the trees tops  a first for me. Made it worth it.

Also  seen around on the walk. Stonechats, skylarks, pippits, robin, dunnock,  swallows, mallards and ducklings, raven, buzzards, long/blue/great tits, heron fly over, wren, vs woodpecker heard, signs of badgers as well. 

Posted April 17th at 4:39 pm by Annabel sharpe in Bird News

Lopwell Dam

At high tide: 2 Tufted duck (m,f), 3 Common Sandpiper, Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, Swallows, Ravens and 5 Buzzards overhead.

Posted April 17th at 3:34 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Thursday 15th April 2021

Slapton Ley

Highlights are SEO in off at 12:00, 3 Wheatear on the beach, RN Grebe and the Black-crowned Night Heron. Also has 30 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow 1 Rock Pipit  and 9 Sandwich Terns 

Posted April 15th at 9:54 pm by luke marriner in Bird News

Fremington Pill & Home Farm Marsh

At 07.00 this morning 15 cattle egrets were roosting in the trees at the Pill , as I made my way to Home Farm marsh at approx 07.30 the cattle egrets flew by heading to home farm ,I then found all 15 roosting at Saltpill duck pond , also at the pond were approx 40 hirundinies  , mainly Sand martins with just a couple of swallows & house martins.


Posted April 15th at 11:52 am by Dave Paterson in Bird News

Wednesday 14th April 2021

East Soar

Best today was female Ring Ouzel on Bolt Head & first Whitethroat in Starehole Valley. Also Fulmar, 6 Swallow, 6 Blackcap, 9 Willow Warbler & 15 Chiffchaff.

Non-avian: 2 male Orange Tip, 2 Speckled Wood, 4 Peacock & Red Admiral.

Posted April 14th at 5:18 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Braunton Burrows

A second visit around my annual spring migrant route this morning produced 43 Willow Warblers, 30 Chiffchaffs, 34 Blackcaps, 3 Common Whitethroat including the early one which was in exactly the same location as during the first visit & only a single Swallow.



Posted April 14th at 4:16 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Tuesday 13th April 2021

South Hams Coastal

South Huish Marsh this morning ~ in the lanes several roadside Yellowhammers, at the marsh a single Sedge warbler, Wheatear and Swallow.

Over to Slapton, several visiting birders kindly pointed out the roosting Night Heron, plenty of Cetti's Warbler activity, two Sedge Warbler, a flock of 50/60 House Martin passing inland over the Ley, the odd Swallow, male Blackcap, Chiffchaff, five Sandwich Tern fishing just off the beach.

Aveton Gifford tidal road ~ two Greenshank, Black Tailed Godwit, Redshank, Little Egret.

Back home at South Brent a male Blackcap in the garden, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers and at 18.20hrs this evening what can only have been a Great White Egret flying towards Exeter along over the A38 valley, simply a huge pure white heron seen in the distance.

Night Heron
Night Heron
Little Egret
Little Egret

Posted April 13th at 7:08 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Monday 12th April 2021

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

Still very quiet and cold this morning, little song; Did get 3 House Martin, sev Swallows but not much else.

Non-avian: Small Copper, 2 Red Admiral, Slowworm & Dotted Bee Fly.

Posted April 12th at 4:05 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Sunday 11th April 2021

Turf, Exe Estuary

Single female ruff at Turf this evening with c40 redshank and one dunlin. Otherwise quiet apart from 20 black-tailed godwits on marshes. Cold wind and only a couple of swallows.

Posted April 11th at 7:17 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Slapton Ley

08:25 - 12:41

Night Heron, Red-necked Grebe, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Gadwall were the highlights.

Ring-necked Duck, many Swallow, a few Sand Martin over Widdicombe Ley.

Posted April 11th at 5:31 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Cadover bridge

0910-1215:

5 singing Willow Warbler, 1 Wheatear (m), 4 Reed Bunting (3m,1f) several Swallow with 10+ Sand Martin, Grey Wagtail (m,f) Stonechat (m,f) 50+ Meadow Pipit in a sheep field, 2 Green Woodpecker yaffling in the trees, 1 Buzzard overhead.

Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler
Reed Bunting (male)
Reed Bunting (male)

Posted April 11th at 4:08 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Taw Estuary – Chivenor/Wrafton area

On our WeBS count this morning from 06.10: 5 Whimbrel, 5 Greenshank, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Marsh Harrier, 8 Sand Martin, just one solitary Swallow, handful of Willow Warblers, singing Reed & Sedge Warblers. Also the first Mallard ducklings and Coot chicks we've seen this year.

Posted April 11th at 11:46 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Wembury

Plenty of willow warblers in churchwood valley along with the guaranteed song thrushes. In the field beside our house, a green woodpecker, willow warbler and the first sighting this year of the neighbour’s pair of swallows. 

Posted April 11th at 12:47 am by Matt Clark in Bird News

Saturday 10th April 2021

Teignbridge

A380 Kingskerswell two Kestrels.

In a spring corn field off of Old Walls Hill, Bishopsteignton a mix of Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Cirl Bunting and Yellow Hammer.

Ideford Common ~ Stock Dove 3, Willow Warbler, Yellow Hammer 3, very mobile flight of four Crossbill seen on three occasions, Linnet 25, male Reed Bunting, Stonechat 7, Redpoll 2, Kestrel, Buzzard 3, Chiffchaff 2, Meadow Pipit 2 and a single Swallow mobbing a Buzzard.

Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff
Linnet
Linnet

Posted April 10th at 8:57 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Friday 9th April 2021

Powderham Marsh

Scanned from the platform for ninety minutes this morning. The highlight was a ten-minute distant view of an Osprey working its way up the estuary and managing a few abortive dives despite the attention of the gulls, before turning downstream and, eventually, splashing into the water just S of Turf, only to re-surface empty-taloned. Lost sight of it as it headed downstream.

Waders on the Marsh consisted of  one each of Ruff, Common and Green Sandpipers, plus Oystercatchers and Black-tailed Godwits. Among the Anseriformes were the sole remaining GWF Goose, the Snow Goose and a Tufted Duck. Overhead were several hundred hirundines, split 99:1, Sand Martin:Swallow, and the usual Kestrel on a pylon.

On the way out and back were two Cattle Egrets in the field next to Matford roundabout, two singing Sedge Warblers and another Green Sandpiper at Countesswear, and three more Common Sandpipers on St James' Weir.

Posted April 9th at 10:20 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Hennock Reservoirs - 9 April

Good numbers of Willow Warblers singing in recently planted areas around reservoirs, also Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps. Just 3 Swallows noted passing through. Reservoirs quiet, 7 Tufted Duck, including 2 obvious pairs, and scattered Mallard. 

Posted April 9th at 10:14 pm by Nick Walter in Bird News

Plympton

Walk around local area - 3 House Martin and 1 Swallow over, 5 Blackcap and 2 Chiffchaff singing. This morning while sat in the garden, one Willow Warbler heard singing.

Posted April 9th at 7:50 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

After a series of really quite wintery mornings on the exposed north coast, a distinct upturn in visible & audible migration this morning (c.06.30 to 09.00). Highlight was a reeling Grasshopper Warbler. A smattering of other grounded warblers included 3 Willow Warblers, 10 Chiffchaffs and 7 Blackcaps. Fair numbers of hirundines and finches heading west: 60 Swallows, 40 House Martins, 2 Sand Martins, 90 Linnets, 67 Goldfinches. Extremely quiet offshore, with just a trickle of Kittiwakes and auks, probably commuting between feeding grounds and breeding colonies along Exmoor coast.

Posted April 9th at 6:15 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Slim pickings in return for a good wander round but recorded: Willow Warbler, pair of Stonechats, 7+ Swallows, Sparrowhawk, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpipers, 7 Mandarin Ducks, Green-veined White, 2 Orange-tips & 8 Roe Deer.

Posted April 9th at 5:23 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Ilfracombe

Swallows arriving in droves from east to west; Cormorant in courtship colours; pair of kestrels involved in courtship on cliffs towards Tunnel Beaches; pair of Fulmar; 2 Purple Sandpipers on rocks below Capstone.

Posted April 9th at 5:09 pm by Dave Shadwell in Bird News

Baggy Point

c150 Hirundines flying past Baggy Point towards Lundy this morning.

Counted 133 Swallows & 10 House Martins over a period of one hour.

As usual the Jackdaws performed some entertaining aerial displays.

1 Wheatear & plenty of bird activity. Danish Scurvy Grass & Sea Campion in flower.



Posted April 9th at 2:51 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Thursday 8th April 2021

Wembury

Plenty of willow warblers in churchwood valley along with the guaranteed song thrushes. In the field beside our house, a green woodpecker, willow warbler and the first sighting this year of the neighbour’s pair of swallows. 

Posted April 8th at 11:06 pm by Matt Clark in Bird News

Slapton Ley

The Red-necked Grebe showed well to the south of the entrance to Ireland Bay this morning.  A Brent Goose was in Ireland Bay and Willow and Cetti's Warblers were by the bridge.  Large numbers of Sand Martins and smaller numbers of Swallows were also over the ley.

A House Martin was over the shingle ridge near the middle/memorial car park where a Red-throated Diver was offshore.  6 Sandwich Terns were also present.

Posted April 8th at 7:28 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Saunton Sands & Braunton Burrows

Walked the Dunes and Saunton sands late this afternoon. 60+ Sanderling along the shoreline and plenty of Swallows over the dunes. Willow Warbler and Blackcap heard singing in the wooded area. Cold wind dropped off which made it a very pleasant afternoon. 

Sanderling feeding and resting on Saunton Sands
Sanderling feeding and resting on Saunton Sands

Posted April 8th at 6:03 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

East Soar

18 Chiffchaff, 15 Swallow, Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap. Firecrest, Nuthatch & 40 Linnet.

First Speckled Wood.

Posted April 8th at 4:03 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Cadover area and Crownhill Down

Cadover area: 6 Swallow, just 1 Sand Martin, 2 Blackcap, 2 Mistle Thrush, Chiffchaff, 2 Raven, Reed Bunting and just 2 Wheatear (1m,1f)

Four Wheatear (3m,1f) at base of Crownhill Down.

Wheatear
Wheatear

Posted April 8th at 1:18 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Wrafton

No sign of Pochard on Wrafton Pond this morning. Out on the scrape 4 Black-tailed Godwits 3/4 Snipe, some Teal a Pied Wagtail, a Common Sandpiper, but best was a Green Sandpiper. 3 Swallows and a Sand Martin. The Godwits were flushed by the dramatic stooping arrival of one of the local Buzzards.

Posted April 8th at 12:58 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wednesday 7th April 2021

Cadover Bridge & Saltram Park

Didn't see the Sand Martins or Goosanders at Cadover, but a Snipe and a Heron were on the old clay lagoon.

At Saltram Park still seven Swallows this evening plus a Sparrowhawk and a female Kestrel beside the cattle.

Swallows
Swallows
Kestrel
Kestrel

Posted April 7th at 10:02 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Yarner and Ideford

Yarner Wood and Trendlebere Down ~ Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Yellow Hammer, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Goldcrest, Pied Flycatcher, Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers Long Tailed Tit  and Stonechat.

Ideford Common ~ Tree Pipit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Treecreeper, Stonechat, Siskin, Linnet, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, a roving flock of up to thirty very vocal Redpoll.

Dawlish ~ Adult Yellow Legged Gull, Rock Pipit and a distant Great Northern Diver.

Kingsteignton ~ two Swallow.

At South Brent a visit to a friend’s edge of Dartmoor farm to put up some late nest boxes, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Goldcrest, nine Mistle Thrush, Raven, Jay and a Stock Dove.

Pied Flycatcher
Pied Flycatcher
Yellowhammer
Yellowhammer

Posted April 7th at 8:14 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Kennick Reservoir swallow

Further to yesterday’s post, hirundine feeding over Kennick reservoir predominantly, if not all, swallows and in the region of 60 - 70. 

Posted April 7th at 7:52 pm by Fiona Freshney in Bird News

Beesands

4.30 around 100 swallows and 50 house martins also at least 2 sand martins and a drake Pochard

Posted April 7th at 7:14 pm by jeff hacon in Bird News

Slapton Ley

This morning.8  House Martins around the houses in Torcross. This evening 500+ Swallows and 250+ Sand Martins feeding over the Ley

Posted April 7th at 6:47 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Slapton and Beesands

Slapton Ley - Red-necked Grebe still at north end, 3 Sandwich Terns, 150+ Sand Martins, on the beach- 2 White Wagtails and a Yellow Wagtai, Reed Warblers singing

Beesands Ley - drake Ring-necked Duck still,Snipe,3 Swallows and 1 House Martin

Posted April 7th at 2:29 pm by David Cope in Bird News

Wrafton pond

Yesterday On the scrape were three Black tail Godwit,one Snipe, two Lesser Black back gulls and a few Teal.  One the pond were two male and a single female Shoveler, five male and two female Pochard, Mallard, Coots, Moorhens in various numbers and two Little Grebe.  In the air over the water were an abundance of Swallows and Sand Martins and a fleeting glimpse of a single Sparrow Hawk.

Black tail Godwit
Black tail Godwit
Swallow
Swallow

Posted April 7th at 1:23 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Tuesday 6th April 2021

Hirundine Kennick Reservoir

Mixed swallows and house martins flying low over Kennick reservoir this evening. Not sure how many and what proportion of each as no bins; 20 plus I would think. 

Posted April 6th at 7:09 pm by Fiona Freshney in Bird News

Fremington Pill - Home Farm Marsh

3 Glossy Ibises & 2 Greenshanks in the Pill . At Saltpill Duck Pond a mixed flock of approx 50 Swallows/Sand Martins , 1 Glossy Ibis & 1 Black-tailed Godwit . In Home Farm 1 first year Peregrine.

Posted April 6th at 4:36 pm by Dave Paterson in Bird News

Cadover Bridge

Disappointing, was hoping for an early swallow or sand Martin and saw neither. Plenty of stonechats, wheatear and skylarks and a noisy pair of ravens above the Dewerstone. 

Posted April 6th at 2:29 pm by Matt Clark in Bird News

Monday 5th April 2021

Crownhill Down

Good views of 6 Wheatears (2m, 4f)in the fields before the Down. c.20 Meadow Pipits,8 Stonechats, 6 Swallows, 4 Chaffinches, 2 Wrens, 2 Ravens,7 Crows, c.30 Skylarks.

Wheatear
Wheatear
Stonechat
Stonechat

Posted April 5th at 10:14 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

South Brent

A Swallow and Blackcap day around the house at South Brent.

Swallow
Swallow
Blackcap
Blackcap

Posted April 5th at 5:44 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Pretty quiet today, but at least 7 Swallows around the cows, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Siskin,  4 Greenshanks & 8+ Roe Deer.

In my garden (Mount Gould), a Willow Warbler.

Posted April 5th at 1:59 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Harberton & Local area

Had a pair of Siskins very keen to be on the feeders yesterday. First to have a pair in the  garden. Swallow sighting in Harberton on 31/03 - earliest arrival we have noted. Had walk to Dartington Hall Estate, last Saturday, with an impressive thirteen Buzzards simultaneously circling over or close to North Woods.

Posted April 5th at 1:32 pm by Daniel in Bird News

Swallows over Saltram House

A few swallows flying over the stables.

Posted April 5th at 1:29 pm by Martin Lavelle in Bird News

Sunday 4th April 2021

Baggy Point today

A walk out to Baggy Point this morning bought the reward of our 1st Northern Wheatear Two  in fact, a male and a female. Overhead was one Swallow which  was flying....South! Maybe its heading back to Spain to avoid the cold weather tomorrow! Images are included for record only as they're distant & heavily cropped. 

Male Northern Wheatear at Baggy Point
Male Northern Wheatear at Baggy Point
Female Northern Wheatear at Baggy Point
Female Northern Wheatear at Baggy Point

Posted April 4th at 9:00 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Combe Martin swallows

Sat in the garden this afternoon, there were a steady stream of swallows and house Martin's traveling east to west. Buzzards soaring overhead, blue and great tits furnishing nest boxes. Goldfinches ,Plenty of house sparrows chittering from bramble hedges but no nest box activity.grey heron no doubt seeking out ponds in people's gardens and finally the regular sparrow hawk streaking between gardens..

Posted April 4th at 7:02 pm by Philip worth in Bird News

Saltram

Jays 2, Snipe 1, Green Woodpeckers 2, Chaffinches Goldfinches, Linnets a pair nr. Blaxton Meadow, Nuthatches, Skylarks, Chiffchaffs, Stock Dove. At least 5 Swallows over Saltram House and pond. Sadly found a dead Tawny Owl in the drainage channel by the Sewage Works.

Skylark
Skylark
Goldfinch
Goldfinch

Posted April 4th at 4:25 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Saturday 3rd April 2021

South Brent ~ Swallow

Exmouth for the Northern Mockingbird.

Town Quay, Newton Abbot ~ Shag, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff and Skylarks in song from the race course.

Back home at South Brent, female Reed Bunting around the feeders, two Great Black Backed Gull overhead and my first South Brent Swallow of the year (last years first home bird recorded on the 9th April)

Shag
Shag
Reed Bunting
Reed Bunting

Posted April 3rd at 5:16 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Ottery St Mary

At least 70 Sand Martins in 2 flocks on the Otter, south of OSM, with a couple of Swallows, my first of the year. Goosander (f) flew north, 2 singing Blackcaps and a treecreeper showing well. 

Posted April 3rd at 4:46 pm by Martin Littlemore in Bird News

Wrafton/Velator

Glad to finally see several House Martins this morning with the Sand Martins and Swallows over and around Wrafton Pond and the Scrape. Also on the pond 4 Pochard, and a pair of Shoveler. Down to one Black-tailed Godwit out on the scrape. A few Teal lingering. Summer plumage Little Egret. Good numbers of Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler in the vicinity. Much the same mix over in the reserve. Then at ten past ten the Gulls from the industrial estate and those from past Sherpa Marsh got themselves in a right old state about something. It took me a while but I eventually found why: a fast-flying Osprey headed off over Braunton Marsh and towards Georgeham.

Posted April 3rd at 2:15 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym estuary & Saltram

This morning: 1 Bar tailed Godwit, 4 Common gull, 88 Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 2 Ring necked parakeet, singing Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs, 5 Swallows and 1 Sand Martin over the cow fields.

Posted April 3rd at 2:13 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Friday 2nd April 2021

Swallow

1 Swallow over dartington this evening 

Posted April 2nd at 9:56 pm by Hamish Johnson in Bird News

Swallows

My first swallows of the season; 2 seen at 6.30 pm above farm buildings near Drewesteignton. Looked like they had not long arrived. 

Posted April 2nd at 8:31 pm by Fiona Freshney in Bird News

Thursday 1st April 2021

Slapton Ley and Beesands Ley

Very choppy at the Stokeley Bay end where Red-necked Grebe played hard to find in the waves, couldn't find reported Goldeneye though. At Slapton Bridge thousands of Roach moving up to spawn attracted two huge female Pike. Four Swallows over the Higher Ley.

At Beesands Ley the Ring-necked Duck showed well in calmer conditions, but no sign of a reported drake Pintail.

No Grebe just a Red-neck!
No Grebe just a Red-neck!
Ring-necked Duck
Ring-necked Duck

Posted April 1st at 7:23 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

Short-Eared Owl early afternoon feeding around the lagoon (6 Swallows over marsh)

Posted April 1st at 5:48 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Apart from the unusual sighting of the Bar-headed Goose and a Swan Goose (escapee) ?? We had an early Sedge Warbler, Cettis Warblers 8, Chiffchaffs, numerous Sand Martins, a Swallow, Reed Buntings, Lapwings, Curlew, Black tailed Godwits ,Dunlin, Redshank, Teal, Pintail, Wigeon Greenfinches, Chaffinches, Linnets, Blackcaps and a Ringed Plover. 

Greylag Goose and Swan Goose
Greylag Goose and Swan Goose
Bar-headed Goose
Bar-headed Goose

Posted April 1st at 3:46 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Slapton Ley

First look around Slapton since 2nd January. Singing Reed Warbler near the quarry. 5 Swallows, 5 Sandwich Terns and a Sanderling elsewhere.

Posted April 1st at 3:08 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley

Cold easterly wind but first Wheatears arrived, both males inc.a singing male on a traditional territory - a record 14 pairs across Soar in 2020! Also today 4 singing Blackcap, Swallow, 7 Chiffchaff; offshore 35 Gannet, 2 Fulmar and a Grey Seal close in. 2 Red Admirals. 

Posted April 1st at 2:00 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Wednesday 31st March 2021

Swallow over Swimbridge

Having been allowed to finally visit our family in Swimbridge for a garden tea...we were delighted to see our first Swallow of the Spring overhead. It spent over an hour hawking of the garden. No camera :( 

Posted March 31st at 7:47 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Slapton Ley

A morning visit to Slapton Ley, from the A379 down to Slapton at least 12 Yellow Hammer on the hedge tops.

At Slapton ~  Stock Dove 2, Cetti's Warbler 16 plus, Chiffchaff 5 ~ Wren 2 inc a BTO ringed bird, on the sea a raft of 11 Great Crested Grebe and numerous singles with some 30 on the Ley itself, Heron 4, Little Egret 1, several Great Black Back Gull, Linnet and Goldfinch, not less than 8 Gadwall ducks, 2 female Golden Eye's, Razorbill and Gannet offshore.

My first Swallow of the year with a solitary individual over the Ley and from the Stokeley Hide a Red Necked Grebe and a single Redwing.

Gadwall
Gadwall
Goldeneye
Goldeneye

Posted March 31st at 6:53 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Cadover area

Swallow, 10 Wheatear (7m,3f), at least 7 Sand Martin, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Linnet, 24 singing Skylark, 17 Meadow Pipit plus the usuals. Also a peacock butterfly. 

Wheatear
Wheatear
Wheatear
Wheatear

Posted March 31st at 5:03 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Velator/Wrafton

Garganey still showing on Wrafton Pond. In the trees around the pond a few Chiffchaffs singing and also the delightful lilt of the first Willow Warblers. In the reserve Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Blackcap singing.6 Gadwall flew out. Didn't see either Sand Martin or Swallow anywhere, including over Sherpa Marsh.

Posted March 31st at 1:15 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Paignton

Single Great Northern and Red-throated Divers off Goodrington this morning and a single Swallow flew in off the sea at Preston.

One of a pair of Lesser Black-backed Gulls seen at Young's Park Ponds, Goodrington, was colour ringed. Blue ring DXT. The birds were also at the ponds on 27/03/21 and the sightings history I received then indicates that the bird was ringed at a Landfill Site, north of Cheltenham, on 06/12/08. Since then there have been many reported sightings, all in the UK, mainly around the Gloucester area. The bird appears to spend the winter in the UK, with sightings at Chew Valley Lake in January 2010 and Langford Lakes, Wiltshire, in November 2012. The bird has been reported at Goodrington before, in July 2014 and August 2015.

Red-throated Diver
Red-throated Diver
Lesser Black-backed Gull. Blue Ring DXT.
Lesser Black-backed Gull. Blue Ring DXT.

Posted March 31st at 12:51 pm by Steven O'Donoghue in Bird News

Tuesday 30th March 2021

Dousland

3 Swallows flying around 17. 30, spring is here. 

Posted March 30th at 5:49 pm by Mave Goddard in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley

New arrivals in 3 Swallow, Sand Martin, White Wagtail & singing Blackcap. Also 25 Chiffchaff & Red-legged Partridge.

Posted March 30th at 3:32 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Wembury Point

In addition to Robert's post:-

5 singing Skylark, 6 Linnet, Greenfinch and Chaffinch in full song, together with 5 Chiffchaff and Cirl Bunting, several Stonechat, 2 Curlew, 3 Little Egret and a Grey Heron in the rock pools, 1 Swallow flew east along the beach.

Stonechat
Stonechat
Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff

Posted March 30th at 3:27 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

Another migrant filled morning, making it feel more like mid-April than late March, with the highlights being a small fall of Willow Warblers (at least a dozen, including singing birds), Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs in the scrub and a steady passage of 69 Sand Martins, 27 Swallows and 1 House Martin. Offshore, 6 Sandwich Terns east and 3 Common Scoters W. Other migrants: a female Wheatear, 12 alba wagtails, 2 Grey Wagtails but only 26 Meadow Pipits (less than 10% of yesterday's count; what a difference clear skies make!).

Posted March 30th at 11:19 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

South Huish marsh

2 swallows briefly over the marsh plus a single Sandwich tern

Mallard
Mallard
Sandwich Tern
Sandwich Tern

Posted March 30th at 5:55 am by Richie Moore in Bird News

Monday 29th March 2021

North coast & Lundy hirundine passage

An exceptional day of hirundine migration for late March, with 147 Sand Martins, 17 Swallows and 3 House Martins west along the cliffs near Rillage Point this morning. Once the low cloud and drizzle had lifted, Dean Jones counted 212 Sand Martins and an exceptional 162 Swallows passing through Lundy this afternoon.

Also at Rillage Point this morning, a single Wheatear, 400 Meadow Pipits, 29 Linnets, 61 Goldfinches (the finches mostly flying W like the hirundines and pipits) and a handful of Grey and alba wagtails.

Posted March 29th at 9:24 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Cadover.

Sand Martin 3 on territory.Swallow 1 .Willow warbler 1. Wheatear 3 m + 1 pair.

Posted March 29th at 5:06 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Wrafton/Velator etc.

Garganey still on Wrafton Pond this morning with Gadwall and Shoveler. Lots of Sand Martins and a few Swallows over. More of the same around Sherpa Marsh - Many of the Martins perching on reed stems.

Posted March 29th at 2:21 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Sunday 28th March 2021

Buckfastleigh

Late afternoon: c30 Sand Martins and 1 Swallow hawking for insects over the Water treatment works, a very vociferous Green Woodpecker in an Ash copse nearby and 2 pairs of Mandarin Ducks and a Dipper on the adjacent stretch of the river.

Posted March 28th at 8:45 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Plympton

My first Swallow of the year seen this afternoon over Boriingdon Golf course. A solitary Dabchick and 1f Goosander on the golf course pond,1 Buzzard a Mislle Thrush and several Skylarks.

Goosander
Goosander

Posted March 28th at 6:59 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Saturday 27th March 2021

Swallows, Crediton

A short weekly exercise walk around QE school, Barnfield. Chiffchaff singing along Tinpot Lane. Lots of spring bird song. A number of about ten returned swallows flying about at Back's Barn (SX 82805 99825).

Posted March 27th at 8:22 pm by Andrew Head in Bird News

First swallows

While cycling dow

n the American road at 2.30 I saw my first swallows of the year about 20 also about 6 House martinis and on my way past Velator scrap another 16ish House Martins as well as the usual water fowl. Spring feels like it’s just arrived ????

Posted March 27th at 3:34 pm by Kevin Lymer Kevin in Bird News

Friday 26th March 2021

Riverside Country park, Exeter

A Swallow, 14 Sand Martin, 2 Green Sandpipers and 19 Teal at Riverside Country Park above Countess Weir this lunch time. 

Posted March 26th at 7:11 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Thursday 25th March 2021

River Otter Swallows

Late post from yesterday (weds 24th), pair of swallow over River Otter just south of Ottery St Mary

Posted March 25th at 9:38 pm by Ben Rowland in Bird News

Velator and other places in N Devon

Started with a scan of Wrafton Pond - drew a blank there, and the scrape where still good numbers of Teal, 3 Black-headed Gulls some Snipe and 3 Black-tailed Godwits. 2 Dippers seen in the river Caen. In the reserve, the wind has blown much of the duckweed up towards one end of the pond, leaving a large clear area and a Kingfisher perched briefly on one of the special branches I have installed. 7 Gadwall and 8 Mallard, 1 Little Grebe, calling Tawny Owl and Water Rail, No repeat of the singing Chiffchaff from yesterday. 4 Small Tortoiseshell butterflies. Walked around Sherpa and met a birder who had seen the Garganey, but I missed it. Several Sand Martins. Later cycled to Barnstaple, tide too high for much to be seen: 4 Black-tailed Godwits at Pottington, 3 Shoveler nearer the new bridge with a female Goosander. At Ashford 17 + 7 Wigeon, and then back at Wrafton Pond the usual gathering of Sand Martins with my first Swallow of the year. Someone else reported seeing 2 House Martins earlier.

Posted March 25th at 7:36 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Swallow at Chivenor

A lone Swallow flew overhead as I ran past RMB Chivenor this evening at around 5:15(ish) this evening.  It doesn't sound like the 2 previously spotted around Braunton burrows, as it was alone (hanging out with some sand Martin's). 

Posted March 25th at 7:18 pm by Sam Aston in Bird News

Reservoir - Braunton Golf Course

 2 Swallows over the reservoir where Phil & Sue spotted the first Sand Martin in N.Devon back in February.

Good chance this is the same 2 Swallows I spotted 2 days ago at the south end of Braunton Burrows.

Posted March 25th at 1:08 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Wednesday 24th March 2021

Swallow

1 swallow near the bird screen at Exebank, Exmouth at17.00.

Posted March 24th at 6:19 pm by Richard Bramwell in Bird News

Tuesday 23rd March 2021

Braunton Burrows

2 Swallows over the south end of Braunton Burrows this morning. 

At least 6 Chiffchaff heard in full song. Whooper Swan still present.

Posted March 23rd at 12:26 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Thursday 18th March 2021

Wembury Point

Single swallow seen briefly this evening 

Posted March 18th at 8:32 pm by Matt c in Bird News

Sunday 27th December 2020

Stokenham.

A Swallow this morning, around the church. Possibly the individual that was in Torcross on the 20 th.

Posted December 27th, 2020 at 7:20 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Sunday 20th December 2020

Torcross.

At 3.15 pm. a Swallow around the houses in the village.

Posted December 20th, 2020 at 4:36 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Tuesday 8th December 2020

Plym Estuary

To add to Pete's observations of today, a Great Northern Diver was upstream of the Laira Bridge for a good couple of hours.  In the space of about three minutes it was seen swallowing three sizeable fish, including a large flounder that proved difficult to swallow.

Posted December 8th, 2020 at 8:05 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Friday 4th December 2020

Wembury

Late swallow just flew over the site at Wembury 

Posted December 4th, 2020 at 10:26 am by Richie Moore 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, 2020 at 11:31 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Tuesday 24th November 2020

Slapton

Female Black redstart on village roof. Single Swallow over Ley Reed bed.

Posted November 24th, 2020 at 7:34 pm by Graham burton in Bird News

Tuesday 17th November 2020

Broadsands

On the sea: 6 Great Northern Divers, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Guillemot

A late Swallow flew W over the 2nd car park. 

Posted November 17th, 2020 at 10:15 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 16th November 2020

Ashford 16/11/2020

A late swallow flying around when I got to work this morning at Ashford, also a flock of about 40 redwing.

Posted November 16th, 2020 at 5:26 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Sunday 8th November 2020

Skern

Solitary Swallow heading South West low over the edge of the Golf course @ 09.10 

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 7:51 pm by Warren Shipman in Bird News

Saturday 7th November 2020

South Hams Coastal

Dittscombe Cross near Slapton six Buzzards in stubble fields just after first light.

At Slapton Ley, Cetti's Warbler calling at both ends of the Ley, hunting Sparrowhawk, the reported drake Ring Necked Duck seen feeding along with the Tufted and six Pochard and several Gadwall, reasonable numbers of Great Crested Grebe.

Around twenty GBBG, four LBBG and one Common Gull.

High light was a flock of some 100 Greenfinch that came in as one flock before splitting up into smaller flocks as they fed and surprised to see a Great Northern Diver on the Ley.

West Charleton WTW a single Swallow, Pied and Grey Wagtail.

South Milton beach ten ringed Plover, two Turnstone, Kingfisher, Little Egret, six Oyster catcher, Rock Pipit well into double figures.

On South Efford Marsh the briefest view of a Bar Headed Goose that came in with the flock of Canada Geese and two feral farmyard geese. Two Dunlin, Black tailed Godwit, Teal and Wigeon

Rock Pipit
Rock Pipit
Rock Pipit
Rock Pipit

Posted November 7th, 2020 at 6:07 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Thursday 5th November 2020

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

Todays tally inc.1870 Woodpigeon moving east, 2 Black Redstart, 48 Blackbird, 8 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, 2 Redwing, 6 Buzzard, 33 Goldfinch, Sparrowhawk, 130 Starling, 4 Bullfinch, 32 Robin, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Chiffchaff, 215 Jackdaw NE, migrant Great Spotted Woodpecker, 400 Skylark and a lone Swallow.

Posted November 5th, 2020 at 2:30 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Tuesday 3rd November 2020

Dawlish Warren

Solitary swallow over the car park at about 2.00pm. 

Posted November 3rd, 2020 at 5:17 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Sunday 1st November 2020

01 November Slapton Ley

Good views of a bittern from the bridge, a single swallow flew over, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher and hundreds of finches in flocks of 20ish, Chaffinches, Siskin and Goldfinches.

Bittern
Bittern

Posted November 1st, 2020 at 3:29 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Sunday 25th October 2020

Mansands - Swallows

Up to 15 Swallows seen above the reeds and lake at Mansands. Have never seen so many so late in the autumn.

Posted October 25th, 2020 at 5:35 pm by Fenella Davis in Bird News

Friday 23rd October 2020

Hopes Nose Torbay

5 Swallows and a group of eight House Martins, heading out to sea from Hopes Nose 16.30 this afternoon.

Posted October 23rd, 2020 at 7:39 pm by Cliff Parrott in Bird News

Start Point

Visible migration this morning between 07:40-08:45 included early flock of 21 Stock Doves ( single Woodpigeon with them ), 100 Meadow Pipits, 50 Pied Wagtails, House Martin, 67 Swallows, 16 Siskins, Redpoll, 110 Linnets, 2 Bramblings, Bullfinch, 640 Goldfinches, 570 Chaffinches, 4 Starlings and 2 Reed Buntings. Elsewhere male Merlin, 2 Fieldfares, Black Redstart, 3 Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs, Goldcrest and 2 Firecrests.

Posted October 23rd, 2020 at 4:53 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Velator Reserve

Forgot to mention that yesterday 2 Swallows flew over, heading South, and that there were good numbers of Black-headed Gulls chasing insects over the reserve, including at least one Mediterranean Gull. Today the Green Woodpecker called again and at least three Water Rails squealed from deep cover.

Posted October 23rd, 2020 at 4:40 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Berry Head

2 new Yellow-browed Warblers both together for a while (neither had broken supercilium on right side as the bird present for last couple of days). Also around site 3 Firecrests, 11 Goldcrests, 5 Chiffchaffs and at least 3 Black Redstarts in the quarry.

Overhead of note: 2 Yellowhammers, 2 Reed Buntings, 1 Redwing, 18 Swallows, 1 House Martin and 12 Siskin.

Black Redstart Berry Head 23 Oct 2020 ML Yellow-browed Warbler and Chaffinch Berry Head 23 Oct 2020 ML

      Black Redstart                                                             Yellow-browed Warbler and Chaffinch

Posted October 23rd, 2020 at 11:55 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thursday 22nd October 2020

Berry Head

The same Yellow-browed Warbler from yesterday (with a broken supercilium on right side only) was today up nearer to the N Fort approx 400m away from yesterdays sighting! Around the headland 2 Firecrests, 7 Goldcrests 5-6 Chiffchaffs, 7 Blackcaps. Of interest overhead single Redwing, Redpoll and Reed Bunting plus several Swallows, Skylarks and Siskins. 

Yellow-B Warbler Brry Hd 22 Oct 2020 ML Yellow-B Warbler Brry Hd 22 Oct 2020 ML

         Yellow-browed Warbler - same bird as yesterday with broken supercilium on right side only

Posted October 22nd, 2020 at 8:53 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

Notable westbound Chaffinch passage this morning, with a total of 1,142 between 08.00 and 10.15, after which movement quickly dried up. Flocks ranged in size from a handful of birds to fifty or sixty.

Also 2 Swallow, 9 Skylark, 28 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 alba wagtail, 2 Linnet, 13 Siskin, 11 Goldfinch, and 1 Greenfinch. In the scrub: 22 Blackbird, 5 Song Thrush, 4 Stonechat, single Blackcap & Chiffchaff, and 7 Goldcrest.

Posted October 22nd, 2020 at 4:29 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Tuesday 20th October 2020

Berry Head seawatch 20/10/20 & 19/10/20

20/10/20 08:10-17:00 S-SSW 6, despite ideal conditions pretty slow. Highlights were a winter plumage adult Black Guillemot that flew in and sat on the the sea 10:05-10:45 and 7 Little Gulls late afternoon. Other species included:  22 Balearic Shearwaters, Manx Shearwater, 2 Arctic Skuas, 4 Bonxies, 8 Mediterranean Gulls (6 adults incl. one still in full bp & 2 2nd winters), 36 Common Gulls, 67 Kittiwakes, Fulmar (unusual in October, as most out to sea moulting this month), Common Scoter, c1400 Auks (mostly Razorbills) and c30 Swallows. Mammals: c12 Common Dolphins, 3 Harbour Porpoises and a Grey Seal.

Mediterranean Gulls (adult bp and 2w)

                               Adult (breeding plumage) and 2nd winter Mediterranean Gulls

And yesterday 19/10/20 10:30-15:00 SSE 5-6: again very few skuas just one Bonxie! Otherwise 61 Common Gulls, 10 Mediterranean Gulls, Red-throated Diver, 10 Common Scoters and 6 Balearic Shearwaters, steady passage of Gannets (c400), Kittiwakes (c120) and auks (c500). Cetaceans c20 Common Dolphins & 3 Harbour Porpoises.

Posted October 20th, 2020 at 7:57 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Saturday 17th October 2020

Global Bird Weekend 'big day'

I joined Naturetrek staff and leaders in a global 'virtual team' and did a 'big day' in S Devon as part of Global Bird Weekend (https://globalbirding.org/home). Started at Emsworthy Mire at dawn (70 Fieldfare, 25 Redwing, 7 Mistle Thrush - but no Ring Ouzel! - Marsh Tit, Bullfinch, Redpoll), then Stover (Little & G C Grebes, 9 Mandarin, 3 Shoveler, Teal, Pochard, Green Woodpecker, Marsh Tit & Firecrest on N side of lake, by picnic tables), finishing around Exe Estuary sites (highlights Slav Grebe, 4 Cattle Egrets over Cockwood, 55 Little Egrets, Snow and Barnacle Geese with Canadas at Exminster, 3 Mergansers, 5+ C Scoter, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Water Rails, 12 Greenshank, Green Sandpiper in R Kenn, 15 Swallows, Rock Pipit, 3 Stonechat, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff. Grand total of 98 species, but should have seen Eider, Ringed & Grey Plover, Lesser B-b Gull, Dipper, Treecreeper, Yellowhammer & Cirl Bunting. Oh well, you win some, you lose some!

Posted October 17th, 2020 at 8:36 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

RSPB Powderham Marshes

08:17 - 09:34

Male Bullfinch, 2 Buzzard and 6 Swallow were the highlights.

Posted October 17th, 2020 at 2:46 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Last swallow, first redwing

First of the redwings on the farm this last week and today a swallow flying around. 

Posted October 17th, 2020 at 12:03 pm by Ann Willcocks in Bird News

Trowlesworthy and Cadover Bridge

At least one Ring Ouzel still around, 9 Swallow (E), Goosander 1f over, 2 Snipe, 2 Cormorant, 5 Teal, 45 Redwing, 25 Fieldfare, Reed Bunting plus usuals 

Posted October 17th, 2020 at 9:45 am by Chris E in Bird News

Friday 16th October 2020

Orcombe point exmouth

Watched from 09:35 till 13:30

On the walk up to the top of gore lane at least 12 chiffchaffs with another 4 around the track to Bristol school camp at the top of gore lane plenty of skylarks and meadow pipit over 3 crossbill, 1 yellowhammer a few chaffinch and goldfinch, 1 great spotted woodpecker, 4+ raven and 110+ jackdaw , 5 goldcrest in hedge along footpath to the coastal footpath.

As I joined the coastal path a female Merlin flew in off the sea putting up about 30 meadow pipits from the field as it sped through heading north, 2 kestrel were hunting along the cliffs 

sat down at the geo needle and watched a short eared owl fly in off the sea over the cliffs and headed up towards gore lane being mobbed by magpies crows and meadow pipits , 21+ swallows along cliffs and a group of 40+ woodpigeon flew across the bay and headed east, another 6 chiffchaffs around orcombe point and 2 stonechat.

Posted October 16th, 2020 at 4:05 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Start Point

Highlights this morning Short-eared Owl, Ring Ouzel, 23 Swallows, Fieldfare, Redwing, 10 Chiffchaffs, Grey Wagtail, 4 Blackcaps, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 7 Goldcrests, 23 Starlings. 6 Crossbills and 3 Redpolls overhead.

Posted October 16th, 2020 at 3:56 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Thursday 15th October 2020

East Soar

Highlight this morning was a Yellow-browed Warbler in Starehole Valley calling and seen well. Also: 5 Ring Ouzel, 13 Blackbird, 5 Song Thrush, 15 Swallow, 28 Robin, 28 Chiffchaff, 75 House Sparrow, female migrant Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2m Bullfinch, Water Rail, 25 Goldfinch, White Wagtail, 5 Blackcap, 3 Coal Tit & 9 Blue Tit moving up through Starehole Valley, Whinchat, 30 Meadow Pipit, 25 Starling N & 14 Jackdaw NW.

Posted October 15th, 2020 at 2:40 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Tuesday 13th October 2020

Late fledgling swallows in Drewsteignton barn

For the last week we have had 3 fledgling swallows in our barn being fed by 2 adults. Never had them this late before.

Posted October 13th, 2020 at 5:50 pm by Nigel Padfield in Bird News

Monday 12th October 2020

Start Point

Yellow-browed Warbler heard but not seen in the Farm. Also this morning Golden Plover, 30 Swallows, House Martin, Wheatear, 14 Redwings, 2 Ring Ouzels, 3 Blackcaps, 10 Chiffchaffs, 5 Goldcrest and a Reed Bunting.

Posted October 12th, 2020 at 4:27 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Sunday 11th October 2020

Slapton

One Great White Egret flying west over the lower ley this afternoon. Very quiet for migrants with just a handful of Chiffchaffs and a few Goldcrests on the back path although there were plenty of Swallows over the upper ley late afternoon.

Posted October 11th, 2020 at 7:04 pm by Peter& Carole Leigh in Bird News

Saturday 10th October 2020

Lundy

Couldn't resist a day-trip to Lundy today. Glad I did as the WHITE'S THRUSH showed several times around Millcombe early afternoon. Also present were several Swallows and a few House Martins, and 2 Barnacle Geese on Pondsbury. Nik Ward reported seeing a Yellow-browed Warbler in the valley early morning.

Posted October 10th, 2020 at 7:15 pm by jon turner in Bird News

Horsey & Braunton Marshes

The Winchat was still around earlier this morning. Also 2 Swallows over Braunton Marshes. c400 Golden Plover on Horsey. 



Posted October 10th, 2020 at 5:31 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Prawle

Steady movement of Swallows west between 10.00 and 12.30 + 2 House Martins. 7 Siskins west.

Posted October 10th, 2020 at 4:02 pm by Roger White in Bird News

Shipley Bridge to the Avon Dam

09.15-13.00

At least 13 (probably 15+) Ring Ouzels on site, with the majority favouring the bushes and bracken on the hillsides towards the quarry and Dam. Birds showed on and off in brisk northerly wind. 

Also Dipper, 4 Mistle Thrushes, 3 House Martins, Swallow, 2 Kestrels over, 6+ Blackbirds. Raven and Song Thrush near the car park. 

Posted October 10th, 2020 at 3:24 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Friday 9th October 2020

Avon Dam

This afternoon 4 Ring Ouzels seen in the pouring rain in a hawthorn tree near the Avon Dam. also seen 12 Goldfinches ,several Stonechats, 2 Magpies, 4 Crows, Swallows, 2 Kestrels and 2 Ravens


Ring ouzels
Ring ouzels

Posted October 9th, 2020 at 8:31 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

East Soar

Today's migrants included 5 Great Spotted Woodpeckers moving west, 3 Ring Ouzels in Starehole, 14 Chiffchaff, 20 Blackcap, 32 Alba Wagtail, House Martin, 3 Swallow, Wheatear, 2 Coal Tit & 8 Blue Tit moving up through Starehole & 2 Bullfinch. Clouded Yellow.

Posted October 9th, 2020 at 4:05 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermoth

Visible migration this morning 07.25 to 09.00 ahead of an approaching cold front:

Black-headed Gull 7, Great Northern Diver 1 flying W 08.35, Grey Heron 1, Swallow 5, Grey Wagtail 2, alba wagtail 2, Meadow Pipit 73, Chaffinch 72, Linnet 38, Goldfinch 4, Siskin 9. In the scrub: 5 Goldcrest, 2 Song Thrush.

Posted October 9th, 2020 at 12:12 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Thursday 8th October 2020

Berry Head

A walk around the woods and scrub produced 3 Firecrest, 5 Goldcrest, 5 Blackcaps and 8 Chiffchaff.

Still good numbers of Swallows moving west over the head today but much smaller numbers of House Martins.

Posted October 8th, 2020 at 4:23 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Avon Dam

09:23 - 12:43

At least 7 Ring Ouzel (male & female), probably 12+, Dipper, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Bullfinch, Nuthatch, Mistle Thrush (9), Swallow.

Many thanks to Pete, Pete and Barry from Plymouth for the great company. Good to meet Steve H too.

Posted October 8th, 2020 at 2:36 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Wednesday 7th October 2020

Berry Head

Overhead migration from 0730-1130hrs produced: 3 Redpolls, 21 Siskins, 2 Crossbills, 3 Bullfinches, 42 Chaffinch, 8 Linnet,16 Skylark, 300+ Swallows, 100+ House Martins, 2 Song Thrush.

Around the headland: 16 Chiffchaff, 7 Goldcrest, 8 Blackcap, 1 Wheatear, 3 Mistle Thrush. Other wildlife, Clouded Yellow and Wall Butterflies, Hummingbird Hawkmoth hundreds of Ivy Bees.

Brixham Breakwater: 1 ad winter Mediterranean Gull showed really well.

            Mediterranean Gull ad Brixham 07 Oct 2020 ML   Ivy Bee Berry Head 7th Oct 2020

               Mediterrnean Gull ad w                                                                 Ivy Bee

Posted October 7th, 2020 at 8:50 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

Visible migration this morning in dry, but still fairly blustery conditions, with a stiff WNW wind only slowly easing, included: Common Scoter 3 (W), Common Gull 1, Great Northern Diver 1 (flying W), Cormorant 16 (SW in groups of 2 to 6), Grey Heron 4, Sparrowhawk 1, Kestrel 2, Skylark 8, Swallow 7, alba wagtail 6, Meadow Pipit 39, Chaffinch 3, Linnet 44. Very little in the scrub (which has taken a real beating from the weather lately) apart from a scattering of Blackbirds, Robins, Stonechats and Goldcrests; probably migrants for the most part.

Posted October 7th, 2020 at 5:31 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Soar

Best today were 5 Ring Ouzel in Starehole inc. a stunning male, 3 Wheatear, 17 Chiffchaff, 4 Swallow, 2 White Wagtail in with Pieds, Goldcrest, 6 Blackcap, 2 Coal Tit (migrants in Starehole), Bullfinch, male Sparrowhawk, Great Spotted Woodpecker & 10 Cirl Bunting.

Earlier (per Richard Thomas) at Bolt Tail, Yellow-browed Warbler, 11 Crossbill W, Lesser Redpoll & 50+ Siskin all west.

Non-avian: 2 Clouded Yellow, 5 Wall Brown, 2 Southern Hawker & Migrant Hawker, Humming-bird Hawk-moth, Hornet Robber Fly.

Posted October 7th, 2020 at 4:25 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Velator

Odd start to the day: as I arrived at 7.45ish, I could hear the whistle of birds wings flying above, but these clearly weren't Swans and on looking up I saw several Ravens. They kept coming (from the South East) and eventually I counted over 20, all heading off towards Saunton/Croyde. Ringing started well with 5 Blackcaps and a couple of Goldcrests in the early rounds, but the supply of new birds soon dried up, as did my interest level when a friend sent me a text : Are you on the boat to Lundy? Once I found out why I thought hmmm. 3 Cormorants flew over heading south (unusual here) a Little Egret was over a couple of times, and hundreds of Canada Geese also went over mostly headed SE. One Swallow and one Mediterranean Gull over.

Posted October 7th, 2020 at 3:31 pm by jon turner in Bird News

Tuesday 6th October 2020

Exe estuary

From Cockwood steps at mid-day - about 30 swallows, 6 house martins and one wheatear. Distant views of 6 pale-bellied brents with 20 or so dark-bellied. Two sandwich terns actively feeding and the Slavonian grebe still present.

Posted October 6th, 2020 at 5:27 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Monday 5th October 2020

Berry Head 2

A stroll around  Berry Head this afternoon produced a 1w male Ring Ouzel in the scrub below the café. also 70-80 House Martins, 1 Sand Martin and 1 Swallow hawking the slope too. Ring Ouzel Berry Head 5th October 2020 ML

Posted October 5th, 2020 at 6:42 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sunday 4th October 2020

House Martins - Axe

Late afternoon walk between Musbury and Whitford. I would normally expect to see 2 or 3 House Martins but today there were several in the lee of every tree and tall hedge and also plenty feeding along the River Axe. I must have seen 2-300 on this 45 minute walk. A few Swallows as well, mainly round farm buildings. 

Posted October 4th, 2020 at 5:03 pm by Mike Lock in Bird News

Hope's Nose

12.00-13.50

2 very colourful Firecrests, 20 House Martins in and around the quarry, Swallow, 14 Goldfinches, Wheatear, 2 Chiffchaffs and 2 calling Blackcaps. 

Posted October 4th, 2020 at 3:30 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Berry Head

0730-0930hrs Most of the interest was overhead migration - highlights: 102 Siskins, 1 Redpoll, 63 Goldfinch 75 House Martin, 13 Swallow

Around the headland: 9 Goldcrest, 7 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackcap, 3 Wheatear, 1 Stonechat, 3 Coal Tits. Also 150+ Guillemots have already returned to the cliffs. 

Posted October 4th, 2020 at 10:12 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Saturday 3rd October 2020

Braunton

One Swallow over the Velator reserve this morning. Plus a few  - maybe a dozen - House Martins over the north side of Braunton late afternoon. Nothing like the quantities being seen down in the south of the County.!

Posted October 3rd, 2020 at 6:34 pm by jon turner in Bird News

Swallow

I've just seen a single swallow over my flat in Great Torrington (lunchtime 3rd October).

Posted October 3rd, 2020 at 2:43 pm by Aubrey McKenzie in Bird News

Scadson Woods - Paignton

Flock of over 100 swallows flying fast east over garden also Hobby seen very soon after flying up Hollicombe valley towards Occombe at 10.00 hours. I would guess both sightings connected !  

Posted October 3rd, 2020 at 10:46 am by Clive Mason in Bird News

Thursday 1st October 2020

Exe estuary

Nothing out of the ordinary, but:

- at various points, small groups of Swallows, feeding rather than heading decisively S. Also, amazingly, a day without Canada Geese. Has God listened to me/us?;

- at Countesswear/Matford, two Water Rails squealing from the ditches, a Green Sandpiper, and my first Snipe of the Winter;

- at Powderham, two Kingfishers and 150+ Teal on the Kenn, and ten Greenshanks in the estuary;

- from Cofton Steps, a G-C Grebe and 200+ Brent Geese, always a cheering sight and sound, including a party of 8-10 Pale-Bellied towards Shutterton Creek;

- on and off Dawlish Warren, two Cirl Buntings "seeeee"-ing invisibly from the brambles and another squealing Rail, two Eider amongst the sand banks, twenty or more Scoter in several groups, and a Great Skua heading SW, perhaps to add Queen Mary to its English Channel list.

Posted October 1st, 2020 at 9:26 pm by James Camden in Bird News

East Soar

Visit from dawn but still quiet: 2 Sparrowhawk, 100 Skylark, 25 Swallow, 120 Meadow Pipit, 10 Wheatear, 4 Song Thrush, 4 Blackcap, 13 Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Jay in Starehole, 55 Goldfinch & 350 Linnet.

Posted October 1st, 2020 at 12:29 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Wednesday 30th September 2020

Berry Head seawatch

06:55-18:25: Leach’s Storm-petrel @13:45 (very rare at this site!), 19 European Storm-petrels, 29 Sooty Shearwaters, 75 Balearic Shearwaters, 3 Manx Shearwaters, Pomarine Skua, Pom/Arctic, 122 Arctic Skuas, 17 Bonxies, 12 Sandwich Terns, Arctic Tern (juv), 6 Common Terns, c400 Kitts, 432 Auks, Great Northern Diver. Also light passage of Swallows in front of the heavy rain. Cetaceans: 4+ Harbour Porpoise and distant Common Dolphins.

Some video footage taken by Mike Langman of one of the Sooty Shearwaters catching up with some Balearic Shearwaters here: https://youtu.be/GmhEwaTT75s 

Posted September 30th, 2020 at 8:24 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Rillage Point & Widmouth Head

A late post for yesterday, Tue 29 Sep:

I spent the mainly sunny and almost windless morning (06.55 to 11.50) monitoring visible/audible migration, mainly of passerines, and looking landwards for much of the time. If the albatross seen at 08.30 off Hurlstone Pt (Somerset), about 35km E of Widmouth Hd, flew past me within range of eyes or optics, I missed it! It was nevertheless an excellent morning. A ringtail Hen Harrier flew steadily due W and quite high up, well out over the Bristol Channel at 10.35 – I lost it to scope view at 50x with Lundy in the same field of view. Much more surprising was a first-winter Iceland Gull that flew E (interspersed with a steady eastbound stream of mainly first-winter Herring Gulls) at 11.30.

A pulse of Swallow migration off the sea at 08.30 was followed by much more sustained southbound passage from 11.00 onwards; total = 198. Also 9 Skylark, 3 alba wagtails, 63 Meadow Pipit, 27 Chaffinch, 44 Linnet, 31 Goldfinch and 5 Siskin. Few grounded night migrants in the scrub, just 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest & 3 Song Thrush. Other apparently dispersing/migrant birds included single Grey Heron, Great Spotted Woodpecker & Coal Tit.

Posted September 30th, 2020 at 4:18 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Tuesday 29th September 2020

Barnstaple - Yelland

Walked the railway today. Highlights were Glossy Ibis and Spotted Redshank in Fremington Pill, four Cattle Egret on the Gaia Trust farm, and a Spoonbill asleep at Isley. Also present were five Grey Plover, twenty or so Barwits, and a dozen or more Swallows feeding, but not moving on, over Penhill Marsh.

Posted September 29th, 2020 at 8:46 pm by James Camden in Bird News

East Soar

Glorious weather so predictably hard work! Best were Great Spotted Woodpecker west over the Warren, 2 migrant Coal Tit at Starehole Ponds (rare here), first Goldcrest of the autumn, 11 White Wagtail, 23 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 330 Meadow Pipit, 5 Wheatear, 14 Chiffchaff & 570 Herring Gull. 

Non-avian: 3 Southern Hawker, Clouded Yellow & 5 Wall Brown.

Posted September 29th, 2020 at 3:03 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Monday 28th September 2020

South Hams, late post for Sunday

200 Swallows over A379 west of Kingsbridge, 50 Swallows between  East and West Charleton, 300 Swallows Torcross all flying north till 6pm then all south, maybe roosting at Widdecombe Ley or Hallsands reedbeds. 6 Comic Tern off Torcross.

Posted September 28th, 2020 at 6:14 pm by Stephen Wadsworth in Bird News

East Soar

Today's tally inc.Sparrowhawk, 120 Skylark, 450 Meadow Pipit, 20 Alba Wagtail (inc.7+White), 9 Swallow, 28 Robin, 10 Blackbird, 3 Song Thrush, 10 Blackcap, 29 Chiffchaff, 300 Linnet & 9 Siskin W.

Missed out on a reported Ring Ouzel.

Posted September 28th, 2020 at 3:30 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Sunday 27th September 2020

S Hallsands to Lannacombe

Birds on walk: 1 Short-eared Owl > W, 1 Firecrest, 2 Goldcrests, 13 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap, 10+ Siskin, 400+ Swallows, 200+ House Martins and 1 Sand Martin.

Other wildlife included 25+ Clouded Yellow Butterflies including 2 helice types, hundreds of Whites over the low coastal fields too also 15 Grey Seals

Posted September 27th, 2020 at 8:12 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Torbay Boat trip

This mornings boat trip from Brixham aboard Kelly's Hero was a bit rough so went down the coast towards Dartmouth. Had some very good sightings of dark morph Artic Skua and pale morph Artic Skua( pictures to follow) 150+ Kittiwake, Razorbill, Guillemot, few small finch like birds and a few Swallows. Had a further two Skua but these could well have been the same two we saw earlier. Further trips in October.

Arctic Skua N Smallbones Arctic Skua N Smallbones

Posted September 27th, 2020 at 4:05 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Saturday 26th September 2020

East Soar

Quiet just Wheatear, 70 Swallow, 9 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, Whitethroat, 170 Meadow Pipit, 14 Stonechat, Grey Wagtail, White Wagtail, 7 Cirl Bunting.

Posted September 26th, 2020 at 3:58 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Cadover/Trowlesworthy area of Dartmoor

1 Whinchat (Trowlesworthy), 1 Goosander, 3 Swallow, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Snipe, 2 Teal, 1 Green Woodpecker the highlights 

Goosander
Goosander

Posted September 26th, 2020 at 10:18 am by Chris E in Bird News

Torcross

Good numbers of Swallows and House Martins feeding over a sunny sheltered east facing hillside, 45 -50 of each species.

Posted September 26th, 2020 at 9:19 am by Stephen Wadsworth in Bird News

Friday 25th September 2020

Plym estuary / Saltram

High tide roost this afternoon:

15 Grey heron, 156+ Redshank, 6 Greenshank, 34 Curlew, 2 Mediterranean gull, 2 Mandarin, 1 Little grebe, 1 Kingfisher. Swallows and House martins over the fields, 3 Ring necked Parakeet squawking in the trees.

Posted September 25th, 2020 at 5:32 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Thursday 24th September 2020

Berry Head

Overhead migration 0700-0900hrs: 2 Redpoll, 29 Siskin, 4 Linnet, 12 Goldfinch, 78 Meadow Pipits, 2 'alba' wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 21 Swallows, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Around the headland: 13 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit - and 2 Balearic Shearwaters in a very short seawatch more later hopefully from the seawatchers..

Posted September 24th, 2020 at 9:39 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 23rd September 2020

Torcross to Hallsands

8 Stonechat at Beesands in the wild area between the Ley and beach, 2 Stonechat and one Clouded Yellow Tinsey Head, Hallsands.

Still plenty of darters and hawkers at the Leys.

Constant southerly movement of Swallows between the showers.

Posted September 23rd, 2020 at 3:59 pm by Stephen Wadsworth in Bird News

Berry Head

Overhead migration 0700-0900hrs: 3 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Siskin, 10 Linnet, 2 Bullfinch, 22 Goldfinch, 24 Meadow Pipit, 3 Swallows, 2 Alba Wagtails & 1 Grey Wagtail

Grounded migrants: 24 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap, 5 Goldcrest.

Also 3 Stonechat and a pod of 12+ Common Dolphin off the headland.

Posted September 23rd, 2020 at 12:29 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Torcross

65 Swallows south at 10 am just prior to heavy rain.

Posted September 23rd, 2020 at 10:47 am by Stephen Wadsworth in Bird News

Monday 21st September 2020

West Charleton Marsh

3 cattle Egrets still present this evening. Also Kingfisher and Common Sandpiper. About 3000 Swallows gathered towards dusk but did not roost here, probably went to Torcross. Water Rails calling and Snipe flying around as it was getting dark.

Posted September 21st, 2020 at 9:11 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

East to Middle Soar

Today's tally inc.Firecrest, Reed Warbler, 21 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, Whitethroat, 150 Skylark, 170 Meadow Pipit, 330 House Martin, 80 Swallow, 3 White Wagtail, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 2 juv Great Spotted Woodpecker in the willows, 7 Wheatear, 22 Stonechat, Bullfinch, 70 Goldfinch & 90 Linnet.

Non-avian: 7 Clouded Yellow & 440 Large White.

Posted September 21st, 2020 at 3:45 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Sunday 20th September 2020

Taw Estuary

From my WeBS sector this morning on the Taw Estuary (Chivenor foreshore, Caen mouth, Sherpa Marsh): at least 1 probably 2 Great White Egrets, a Cattle Egret, an Osprey eating a fish on one of the old barns at Horsey Island, 9 Pale-bellied Brent Geese (given the recent NE winds, more likely to be overshoots from the Svalbard population, rather than from the Canadian High Arctic population), 7 Pintail, very good numbers of Wigeon for this early stage of the autumn, and 26 Mediterranean Gulls. Also 3 Whinchats and 4 Stonechats perched in a single hawthorn and steady overhead southbound passage of Skylarks, Meadow Pipits and Swallows.

Posted September 20th, 2020 at 9:40 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Preston, Paignton

Between 10a.m-11.30a.m.this morning a number of Swallows & House  Martins, in small groups, About 80 in total, all heading north.

Posted September 20th, 2020 at 4:37 pm by Tony Sherwood in Bird News

Saturday 19th September 2020

Braunton marshes

Looking towards Saunton sands hotel from The White House al lone Hobby as well as a variety of Egrets,ages Dunlin, a Red shank,4 Shell duck,Sparrow hawk,House Martin, Swallows 2 Curlew 

Posted September 19th, 2020 at 9:27 pm by Kevin Lymer in Bird News

Thursday 17th September 2020

Wembury

2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Dunlin, 1 Redshank, 9 Turnstone, 2 Ringed Plover and 3 Curlew with Oystercatchers along the beach at Wembury Point this morning on the dropping tide. Around 30 Mediterranean Gulls (5 juveniles) amongst the roosting gulls out on the rocks.

4 Wheatear and a Whitethroat noted along with a Chiffchaff and a pair of Blackcap and around 100 Swallow moving east in a steady trickle over a 2 hour period and including 2 Sand Martin.

Plenty of Red Admiral feeding up on ivy Blossom, a Painted Lady (first sighting of one this year in Devon) and a Clouded Yellow also seen. 

Posted September 17th, 2020 at 5:57 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

shaugh prior to cadover

a lovely circular walk up the vally over the rocks up to cadover and around back, during this walk seen g.swoodpecker, 20+nutchatch,  stonechats, linnets, swallows, house martins, ravens, a startled group of pheasants, pair of buzzards, kestrel, grey wagtails, dipper, meadow pips 

Posted September 17th, 2020 at 4:10 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Berry Head seawatch

Berry Head 0730-1230, NE4-5 cloudy clearing: 28 Balearic Shearwaters (Incl.one group of 11), 11 Arctic Skuas, Great Skua, European Storm-petrel, 22 Common Scoter, juv Common Gull, 6 Sandwich Terns, c150 Kittiwakes, 30 Auks (mostly Razorbill), 2+ Harbour Porpoise, 20+ Common Dolphins (feeding under Gannets). Also a passage of 172 Swallows over the sea in 1st hour.
Common ScotersBalearic Shearwater Common Scoters                                                             Balearic Shearwater

Posted September 17th, 2020 at 3:22 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Wednesday 16th September 2020

East Soar

A good day's tally inc.Firecrest at Starehole Ponds along with 2 Reed Warbler & Sedge Warbler, 12 Blackcap, 16 Chiffchaff, 5 Whitethroat, 6 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Grey Wagtail, 10 White Wagtail, 21 Wheatear, 180 Swallow, 230 House Martin, 60 Meadow Pipit, 60 Skylark, Sparrowhawk and migrant Buzzard gaining height and moving high to the north.

Non-avian highlights: Hornet Robber Fly, 174 Large White & Clouded Yellow.

Posted September 16th, 2020 at 4:54 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Coastal footpath - Prawle car park to Pigs Nose Valley. 07:45 – 12:00.

Very little the reserve at Prawle however, roosting on the Coastguard Cottages roofs, on the power lines/ telephone lines and flying around was well over 500 Hirundinidaes. At least 350 House Martins and 150 Swallows. In the fields to the West of Lookout were 6 Wheatears. Pigs Nose Valley was full of warblers with many Chiffchaff, Willow Warblers, Blackcaps and at least 10 Whitethroats. The majority of the martins/swallows had departed by 12:00.

Posted September 16th, 2020 at 3:53 pm by John O'Connell-Davidson in Bird News

Tuesday 15th September 2020

Soar

Highlights were an Ortolan Bunting which flew up Stare Hole valley at 10.00, calling (but I couldn’t relocate it) & my first Firecrest of the autumn (in East Soar willows). Also, 80 Siskins over (probably many more), Whinchat, Spotted Flycatcher, Wheatear, 7 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Tree Pipits, 3 Grey Wagtails, 18 Chiffchaffs, Willow Warbler, 12 Blackcaps, 4 Whitethroats, c100 each of House Martins & Swallows, Sand Martin, Great Spotted Woodpecker & a Bullfinch.

Posted September 15th, 2020 at 3:08 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Monday 14th September 2020

East Soar

A smattering of migrants inc.160 House Martin, 80 Swallow, 8 Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail, 7 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Chiffchaff, 3 Bullfinch & a Clouded Yellow.

Posted September 14th, 2020 at 3:52 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Late News Prawle Point - Sun 13 Sept

A seawatch from 07:45 to 11:00 in almost windless conditions brought 2 Great Skua, 3 Balearic and 38 Manx Shearwaters, 151 Gannets, 6 Kittiwakes, 2 Common Scoter and 2 auk sp.  Migrants over the watchpoint included 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 50+ Swallows, 1 House Martin and 7 LBJ's.  Non-avian were 3 Common Dolphin and a Tuna sp.  Also 100's Cabbage Whites in the cabbage (kale?) fields.

Posted September 14th, 2020 at 9:35 am by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Saturday 12th September 2020

Soar

9am to 1pm. Nice selection of common migrants including c25 Yellow Wagtails, 3 White Wagtails, 3 Whinchats, 10 Wheatears, 12+ Whitethroats, 15+ Blackcaps and 150+ Swallows.

Posted September 12th, 2020 at 9:41 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Thursday 10th September 2020

East to Middle Soar

Quiet birdwise with 200 Swallow, Sparrowhawk, 230 Linnet, 100 Meadow Pipit, 47 Stonechat, 7 Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, Great Spotted Woodpecker west up Starehole Valley & 4 Wheatear.

Non-avian; Large movement of white butterflies with minimum counts of 400 Large Whites & 264 Small Whites plus Clouded Yellow. Dragonflies: male Emperor, 5 Migrant Hawker, Southern Hawker & 9 Common Darter. Also: Brown Hare & Common Lizard without a tail!

Posted September 10th, 2020 at 2:56 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Tuesday 8th September 2020

Around the Exe

Exeter "Skypark 7 plus Stonechat, 2 female Reed Bunting, 3 Wheatear, Kestrel, Skylark, flock of Starling and steady passage of Swallows for most of the visit.

RSPB Bowling Green Marsh, solitary Snow Goose in with 100's of Canada Geese, Curlew Sandpiper in with the gathered Dunlin, numerous Redshank, small numbers of Curlew and Lapwing, several Pintail duck, Heron and a small gathering of Little Egret.

Off of the Goat walk 364 Curlew, one Sandwich Tern and a Sparrow hawk.

Back home at South Brent four Buzzard

Dunlin, Redshank, Curlew Sandpiper
Dunlin, Redshank, Curlew Sandpiper
Buzzard
Buzzard

Posted September 8th, 2020 at 6:58 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Monday 7th September 2020

Velator reserve

Another attempt to catch Swallows (2 ringed) was compensated for by cracking views of the dark female Marsh Harrier, and 3 Cattle Egrets with cows between the harbour and the reserve. Last seen (about 7.30p.m.) flying in an almost direct line towards Fremington Quay

Posted September 7th, 2020 at 9:37 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wembury Point

More waders arriving on Langdon Beach compared to last week. 30+ Ringed Plover, 20+ Turnstone and 10+ Dunlin. A potential Curlew Sand in with the dunlin, noticeably lighter and sleeker appearance with the prominent features on the head. We were unfortunate not to get views of the tail in flight to confirm the species though. Also in with the dunlin was a winter plumage Knot, first time seeing one here. Also a Juv Bar-Tailed Godwit on the rocks. At the carpark, around 10+ Swallows and House Martins. 

Posted September 7th, 2020 at 4:06 pm by Matt C in Bird News

Velator to Crow.

10 Wheatear, Large small wader group mostly Dunlin and distant. 4 Egret, 2 youngHeron, Swallows, Redshank, curlew, meadow Pipit and 2 med gulls near the beach. 

Posted September 7th, 2020 at 4:03 pm by John Elvin in Bird News

East Soar

Highlight of the day was a Wryneck at the bottom of Starehole Valley. Also:Great Spotted Woodpecker moving west, 110 Swallow, 8 White Wagtail, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 26 Wheatear, 18 Stonechat, 7 Whitethroat, 8 Blackcap, 14 Chiffchaff, Pied Flycatcher, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 80 Carrion Crow, 200 Linnet and topped off by a low flying Spitfire over late morning!

Posted September 7th, 2020 at 3:42 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Sunday 6th September 2020

Berry Head Swallows

Very quiet for migrants on the top at Berry Head today other than lots of Swallows going through. Out at sea, Common Dolphins showing well at times in several small pods/family groups.

Swallow feeding young
Swallow feeding young
Juv Swallow
Juv Swallow

Posted September 6th, 2020 at 4:33 pm by Peter Leigh in Bird News

Saturday 5th September 2020

Bolt Head

Yellow Wagtail 3 migrating in flight with small group of Barn Swallows and House Martins

Blackcap 1 male Starehole Bottom

Posted September 5th, 2020 at 9:26 pm by Michael Woodman Smith in Bird News

Friday 4th September 2020

East Soar

Spent over an hour waiting for an elusive warbler to re-appear but only two brief sightings. Generally light rusty brown above, very short primary projection, very long pink legs, medium sized suggested Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler but didn't get enough on it!! It was at the bottom of Starehole Valley, just 30 metres up from the bottom gate if anyone is around tomorrow.

Otherwise: 2 Sparrowhawk, Ringed Plover, Great Spotted Woodpecker west over the farm, 75 Swallow, 50 House Martin, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 28 Stonechat, 8 Wheatear, 16 Whitethroat, 8 Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaff, Pied Flycatcher & Spotted Flycatcher.

Posted September 4th, 2020 at 3:36 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Just after high tide this morning: Kingfisher, 3 Dunlins, c140 Redshanks, 6 Greenshanks, 36 Curlews, 2 Common Sandpipers & 5 Shags. Also, a gathering of 50 hirundines (about 50/50 Swallows & House Martins), Willow Warbler, Whinchat, 5 Stonechats & 3 Roe Deer.

Posted September 4th, 2020 at 12:58 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Marsh Green

Hobby over the house at 12.15 pm heading north towards Whimple, chased by Swallows.  A fairly regular visitor around here probably visiting farms in pursuit of small birds.

Posted September 4th, 2020 at 12:31 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Thursday 3rd September 2020

Velator

Back to the reserve this evening to see if any Swallows were about. As I walked across the reserve a large bird flew over and my immediate reaction was: Dark Bird of Prey - probably female/juv Marsh Harrier. I hastened after it to the south side of the reserve but no further sign. Only saw 2 Swallows. Didn't catch any.

Posted September 3rd, 2020 at 9:08 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Soar

A brief visit to E,Soar yesterday produced 12 Yellow Wagtails in among the sheep at the back of the farm.3 Magpies, 8 Whitethroats, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 1 Kestrel, 4 Ravens, many Swallows and Housemartins.

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail
Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Posted September 3rd, 2020 at 9:50 am by Bob Barrow & in Bird News

Wednesday 2nd September 2020

South Huish Marsh and Soar

Early am at South Huish Marsh: 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Knot, 2 Ruff, 1 Green Sandpiper, 9 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Swifts, 20+ Yellow Wagtails, several Sand Martins, 2 Wheatears and 1 Spotted Flycatcher and at East and Middle Soar, mid-am to early pm: 1 Hobby, 30+ Yellow Wagtails, 4 Wheatears, 15+ Whitethroats, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and hundreds of Swallows and House Martins.

Posted September 2nd, 2020 at 7:51 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Berry Head

A stroll around the headland this morning produced: 1 Firecrest, 1 Goldcrest,14 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 

Overhead: 2 Alba Wagtails, 1 Grey Wagtail, 70+ House Martin, 12 Swallow & 1 Sand Martin

A return visit at Lunctime for a couple of hours seawatching produced: 1 juv Long-tailed Skua, 4 Arctic Skuas, 1 Great Skua, 17 Common Scoter, 100+ Manx Shearwaters, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 7 Sandwich Terns,5 Bar-tailed Godwits, 50+ Common Dolphin 

  Firecrest Berry Head 2 Sept 2020 ML Female Blackcap Berry Head 2 Sept 2020 ML

                      Firecrest                                                                               Blackcap

Posted September 2nd, 2020 at 9:48 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Tuesday 1st September 2020

Velator reserve

A Little Egret has started appearing not far from the gate into the reserve field these last couple of days. 2 evenings catching Swallows has been successful at last after several evenings of 0, 1, or 2 birds last night was 35 plus Sand Martin, Blackcap, and Kingfisher, this evening about 50 Swallows and a lone Sand Martin. Saw a Swift as dusk started. There was a single Black-tailed Godwit on the scrape yesterday evening.

Posted September 1st, 2020 at 9:40 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Velator To Crow Point.

Swallows, Cettis,Whitethroat, 5 Heron,Dunlin over20,large numbers of Dragonflies,4 Egret,3 Buzzards,Linnets ,Stonechats and 1Med Gull.

Young Whitethroat
Young Whitethroat
Dunlin
Dunlin

Posted September 1st, 2020 at 6:46 pm by John Elvin in Bird News

West to East Soar

Today's tally included Sparrowhawk, 320 Herring Gull, Great Spotted Woodpecker 2 (one west up Starehole then up over Bolt Head & one in willows), 120 Swallow, 60 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin, 14 Yellow Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail, 9 Wheatear, 13 Stonechat, 7 Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 15 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 11 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Pied Flycatcher & 200 Linnet.

Non-avian: 2f1m Emperor Dragonfly, Common Darter, 5 Common Blue Damseflies, 3 male Small Red-eyed Damselflies & 2 very fresh Painted Ladies.

Posted September 1st, 2020 at 4:12 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Sunday 30th August 2020

Velator

Back from a week away and very pleased to see a male Kingfisher in the reserve. Also a juvenile Reed Warbler popped up to inspect me as I sat behind the blind. Caught one Swallow this evening. 5 Curlews nearby.

Posted August 30th, 2020 at 9:41 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

kingsford hill

birds seem to be scarce on the ground at the moment, smaller ones i find anyway. Out over kingsford hill and challacombe moor i came across 20+ wheatear in different locations , reed bunting,a singular redstart, flocks of meadow pipits and a few swallows.

wheatear
wheatear

Posted August 30th, 2020 at 6:21 pm by philip worth in Bird News

Osprey, Warleigh Point

1 Osprey at 09:15hrs fishing along the River Tamar off Warleigh Point  (as viewed from Ernesettle Creek), watched for around 30 minutes before it eventually caught a fish and flew up the River Tavy and out of sight.

Also 5 GCGrebe on the Tamar (2 juveniles), a Wheatear feeding on seaweed along the foreshore, 2 Dunlin flying upriver and 3 Raven and a Sparrowhawk over.

Along Ernesettle Creek 2 Common Sandpiper and a Greenshank with Swallows over and a singing Chiffchaff.

Posted August 30th, 2020 at 1:02 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Soar

A dawn start to avoid the bank holiday crowds turned up 82 Wheatears, 25 Yellow Wagtails, 2 White Wagtails, 145 Swallows, Swift, 66 Skylarks, Sparrowhawk, Golden Plover, 2 Little Egrets (rare here), Common Gull & 180 Linnets.

Posted August 30th, 2020 at 12:24 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Thursday 27th August 2020

Bowling Green Marsh, Topsham

14:08 - 17:00

Spoonbill (2) (flew west at 16:10); Scaup (2); Wigeon; Teal; Mallard; Gadwall; Shoveler; Curlew; Dunlin (50+); Knot (3); Common Sandpiper; Swallow; Sand Martin; House Martin; Buzzard; Redshank; Jackdaw; Moorhen; Grey Heron; Little Egret; Black-headed Gull; Cormorant; Lapwing; Magpie; 

Posted August 27th, 2020 at 6:23 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Monday 24th August 2020

Mixture of birds along the tidal Caen to Horsey "Island" today..

Starting at Velator Quay we walked along the bank to Horsey and back. Views of Sherpa Marsh produced Canada Geese X <40 and 5 Black Tailed Godwit.  Apart from all the BHG's and many Little Egret, of interest were a pair of Peregrine falcon harassing <20 Dunlin a 3 x Ringed Plover We also saw either two, or one twice, Kingfisher (male) fishing successfully in the now tidal stretch of the old Caen River bed. We also saw 4 Oystercatcher and 3 Curlew. The unexpected sight of three migrating Swift was a treat. Many juve & adult Barn Swallow were feeding over the fields. A good productive walk.

One of three Common Swift
One of three Common Swift

Posted August 24th, 2020 at 6:49 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Sunday 23rd August 2020

Wembury

This morning:

9 Turnstone, 13 Mediterranean gull (11 ad, 2 1st winter) 2 Sandwich tern, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Shag, 1 Fulmar on a flypast, several Gannet off Wembury point, 12+ Rock pipit on seaweed, 11 Swallow, 4 Whitethroat, and 2 Cirl bunting.

Posted August 23rd, 2020 at 4:05 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Saturday 22nd August 2020

Cadover Bridge, Shaugh Lakes.

Osprey sighted in the Shaugh Lakes area being harrased by Ravens at 10:00, flew north towards Burrator. Other birds same area, Kestrels (2), Buzzards, Wheatears (4), Green Woodpecker, Stonechats, Sand Martins, Swallows, Meadow Pipets.

Posted August 22nd, 2020 at 5:27 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in Bird News

Thornhillhead, North Devon

The male sparrowhawk that regularly visits our garden around the feeders has become aware of a second brood of swallows in the garage roof space. It has now taken to sitting inside the garage presumably waiting for an incoming parent rather than directly predating the nest which is tucked away high up? Its virtually invisible when in there and although I have disturbed it a number of times, the frequency of visit appears to be increasing and I think it can only be a matter of time before a successful strike!

Posted August 22nd, 2020 at 9:24 am by Mark West in Bird News

Sunday 16th August 2020

East Soar

A quiet morning with 2 Swift, 55 Swallow, 2 Wheatear, 7 Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Tree Pipit, 2 Chiffchaff & 20 Stonechat.

Non-avian: Autumn Lady's Tresses - 124 flower spikes ( cattle moved out of field just in time).

Posted August 16th, 2020 at 2:09 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Late Post Blackhole - Blackhole Marsh Sat 15th

From the Island Hide, the Little Stint, Ruff, Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper and a Snipe along with numbers of Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Ringed Plover and Dunlin with a single Turnstone. Also there still a single Sedge Warbler.  At around 5:00pm a juv Water Rail emerged from along the northern reed fringe of the scrape. Swallows and Sand Martins hawked over the water.

Posted August 16th, 2020 at 11:26 am by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Friday 14th August 2020

House Martins gathering

60+ House Martins gathering on telephone wires outside my window in Colaton Raleigh this morning. Good numbers of juveniles amongst the flock. First gathering of Martins this Autumn for me.  

Some of the 60+ House MartinsTwo Swallows with the Martin flock
Some of the 60+ House Martins                                   Two Swallows with the Martin flock

Posted August 14th, 2020 at 2:14 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Thursday 13th August 2020

Velator reserve

Always encouraging to hear a Tawny Owl, as I did when trying (and actually catching 2) to catch Swallows the other evening. Even better to see one in daylight as I did this morning, it flew off at my approach but a short while later flew out and over the pond then up over the Willow trees, which must be 40 feet high by now. Being chased off by a couple of small birds - not sure if it had caught one as it was a pretty short sighting. A large foraging party of Tits roving around - mostly juvenile Blue Tits. Also saw the first Squirrel for a very long time....

News of foreign recovery.

Reed Warbler S201706 ringed as a 3J (so hatched that year) at Velator in July 2016 and retrapped in Cordoba Spain in July 2019. I've been to Cordoba in August - it gets really hot there in the summer. Reed Warbler numbers have been falling over the years - perhaps they all prefer a hotter climate.

Posted August 13th, 2020 at 5:21 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Sunday 9th August 2020

Exe Estuary

Wheatear at the Turf, same location as last year,  over 200 Starlings, 8 - 10 Swallows,, House Martins at altitude, 12 - 15 Pied Wagtails,  5 Little Egrets, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Rock Pipits. Oystercatchers, Curlew, 3 Mute Swans, several Shelduck, Rooks and a few hundred Black-headed Gulls on the estuary itself. 

Posted August 9th, 2020 at 7:52 pm by Stephen Huggins in Bird News

Saturday 8th August 2020

Velator

Thanks to Andy for posting my message re the Cattle Egret, which I didn't see again. I was there to catch Swallows, but none obliged tonight. At 20.52 all the Gulls in the surrounding field, which had been feeding happily, suddenly took off and  made a right din. I looked out at the scrape and the Spoonbill circled few times and then landed. Often wondered what sort of time it turned up.

Posted August 8th, 2020 at 10:20 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Thursday 6th August 2020

Migrating Swifts and Swallows

Whilst working at a house on the top of the cliffs overlooking Westward Ho! this morning, I counted about 30 Swifts and a similar number of Swallows migrating roughly southwards in about a ten minute period. Also seen at the same place very close views of a Green Woodpecker.

Posted August 6th, 2020 at 3:36 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News

Wednesday 5th August 2020

Berry Head

At Berry head this morning six Cirl Bunting, one Whitethroat, Rock Pipit, Jay, small number of Swallow and three Swift.

From the headland, early passage of immature LBBG, 18 plus Gannet inc three immature birds, Fulmar, GBBG, one Kittiwake, light passage of Manx Shearwater, flock of sixteen Common Scoter.

Harbour Porpoise showing well and one Common Dolphin.

 

Posted August 5th, 2020 at 9:15 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Tuesday 4th August 2020

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the Lake.

1 Kingfisher, 4 Willow Tit ( three on one feeder), 3 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Coot, 2m Tufted Duck, c40 Mallard, 3 Magpie, 24 Blue Tit, 5 House Martins, 3 Swallow, 1 Moorhen, 3 Robin, 5 Chaffinch, 1 Nuthatch, 5 Coal Tit, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Jay, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Grey Wagtail c200 Canada Geese.

Posted August 4th, 2020 at 7:44 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Thursday 30th July 2020

East Soar

Best this morning 2 White Wagtail, 100 Swallow & 430 Linnet.

Non-avian: Emperor & Southern Hawker draqgonflies.

Posted July 30th, 2020 at 2:02 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Tuesday 28th July 2020

East Prawle.

At Moorwell Pond this morning ,8 Willow Warblers ,4 Chiffchaffs (2 Juv.) 2 Blackcaps and a Cetti's Warbler. Plenty of Swallows hawking over the pond and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

1st. Yr.. Willow Warbler
1st. Yr.. Willow Warbler

Posted July 28th, 2020 at 8:29 pm by Alan K.Searle. in Bird News

Sunday 26th July 2020

Rillage Point to Watermouth

On a rather autumnal-feeling morning of sunshine and blustery showers: Turnstone 3, Kittiwake 64 (incl 5 juvs), Mediterranean Gull 8 (1 ad, 7 juvs), Yellow-legged Gull 1 (juv) flying W very close in, Manx Shearwater 484, Cormorant 10, Swallow 1. Nine downy Fulmar chicks on the ledges, adult Whitethroat feeding newly-fledged second brood.

Posted July 26th, 2020 at 2:35 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Thursday 23rd July 2020

Velator

From the bridge over the river as I arrived a bird I thought would be a Grey Wagtail, but when it flew it became a Common Sandpiper, I blame the wagging tail! The tide was quite high - up as far as the weir, so it was pushed up to the low water.

Trying (and failing) to catch Swallows last night I heard a Water Rail just outside the reserve. I've heard it several times of late.

I have also had sporadic sightings of 2 Black-tailed Godwits out on the scrape. I think they are the same as the two I saw on 26th June - one in sum plum, one not.

Posted July 23rd, 2020 at 12:31 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wednesday 22nd July 2020

Avon Dam at dawn

Only a Great Crested Grebe on the water, but the dam wall was unusually busy. Aside from a resting Cormorant and a huddle of young Carrion Crows, there was much coming and going of small passerines, mostly juvs, between 0615 and 0630. Most surprising were Nuthatch and Bullfinch and Spotted Fly, but also recorded on the wall were Pied and Grey Wagtails, Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, Great Tit, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Swallow:and Stonechat.

Nuthatch
Nuthatch

Bullfinch
Bullfinch

Posted July 22nd, 2020 at 2:22 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News

Headland Warren Farm

Yesterday between 10:00 - 12:00, lots of Wheatear in the farm paddocks. 5 Whinchats seen just out of the farm heading up to Hockney Tor, with more Wheatears at the top of the hill. Plenty of swallows, meadow pipits and stonechats around the farm also. 

Posted July 22nd, 2020 at 10:28 am by Matt Clark in Bird News

Tuesday 21st July 2020

Swifts in Great Torrington

The swifts in Torrirngton seemed to disappear since my last report on 25 June. In the last few days they've been around again and this morning I was thrilled to see 9 over the town centre. Also 6 house martins, they are group-inspecting eaves as if teaching the youngsters where good nest sites are. 1 swallow

Posted July 21st, 2020 at 11:12 am by Aubrey McKenzie in Bird News

Saturday 18th July 2020

Powderham Marsh

On and over the Marsh this morning, female Marsh Harrier, Wood Sandpiper, I green Sandpiper, 12 Little Egrets, Snow Goose, and moderate numbers of Swallows, House Martins and a few Swifts

Posted July 18th, 2020 at 2:10 pm by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

Tuesday 14th July 2020

Dawlish Warren

Watched from 11:50 till 16:20 covering the high tide

An exceptional day for Mediterranean Gulls with at least 223+ seen most were in shutterton creek (185+) and 20+ on bull hill birds were still flying in off the sea and heading into the estuary in small groups making up the rest of the total the majority were adults and 2nd summer birds but also at least 35+ juvs an and was amazing few hours 

Also seen were 1 Roseate tern , 5+ common tern , 60+ sandwich tern , small parties of swift moving through with 80+ over the afternoon with at least 35+ swallow on walk back along the beach  a nice party of 7 summer plumage sanderling and 40+ gannet in the bay , 1 common scoter was off the sea wall 

Posted July 14th, 2020 at 8:11 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Sunday 12th July 2020

Rillage Point to Watermouth

06.30 to 09.30: Perfect still, warm conditions for enjoying some classic July post-breeding dispersal and early migration. It really did feel like the first real day of ornithological autumn. Highlight was a steady eastbound movement of Swifts along the cliff-tops, totalling 93 birds. Whether this was migration proper, or a feeding commute, is hard to say, though the sustained, directional movement suggested the former – perhaps birds of pre-breeding age, or failed breeders. Also 16 Swallow, 7 Sand Martin, 6 House Martin and a flock of 4 Grey Heron. Small groups of Black-headed Gulls (27 in total), 1 Mediterranean Gull and 2 Sandwich Tern heading west – all very much passage migrants at this site. A prominent feature was dispersing juvenile Great Spotted Woodpeckers – at least 5; one on exposed telegraph poles by the coastguards, others looking similarly out of place in coastal scrub, including one in a gorse thicket!

Posted July 12th, 2020 at 10:37 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Wednesday 8th July 2020

Tamar estuary /Ernesettle

This afternoon on a low tide:

4 Grey heron, 11 Curlew, 2 Common Sandpiper, Chiffchaff, Swallow and 16 Swift under the low cloud. 

Posted July 8th, 2020 at 6:08 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Saturday 4th July 2020

Velator/Sherpa Marsh

Persistent  Heron in by the reserve pond must be finding something there! Still a few singing Reed Warblers and the Grebes seem to be peaceful today. Around Sherpa Marsh good numbers of House Martins, several Swifts and a few Sand Martins. No Swallows. 19 Swans plus a female with three very recently hatched cygnets. a lone drake Tufted Duck the only Duck of note.  A lone Black-tailed Godwit just outside the reserve near the scrape. Back home an adult male Sparrowhawk in the garden unsuccessfully chased a Blackbird. Still a Blackcap singing on a daily basis.

Posted July 4th, 2020 at 3:42 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Friday 3rd July 2020

Late entry for yesterday

Lower Tamar Lake.

9 Willow Tit, c25 Swifts, c20 House Martin, 4 Swallow, 2 Collared Doves, 2 Mute Swan, 17 Great Tit, 23 Blue Tit, 9 Coal Tit, 20 Chaffinch, 3 Great Crested Grebe.

Posted July 3rd, 2020 at 8:48 am by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Monday 29th June 2020

Unusual Swallow - Northam area

Seen by a friend a few days ago and taken on i-phone.

Swallow assumed leucistic
Swallow assumed leucistic

Swallow assumed leucistic
Swallow assumed leucistic

Posted June 29th, 2020 at 8:24 pm by Andrew Lansdell in Bird News

Thursday 25th June 2020

Dawlish Warren Moths 24/6

A selection of moths from Wednesday night. The Mecyna asinalis, whilst not much to look at, is a very locally distributed moth found mainly in the south-west of England and generally near the coast.

Mecyna asinalis
Mecyna asinalis

Lesser Swallow Prominent
Lesser Swallow Prominent

Poplar Grey
Poplar Grey

Posted June 25th, 2020 at 6:36 pm by Peter Leigh in Other Wildlife

Sunday 21st June 2020

Dartmoor

On Dartmoor this morning adult and juveniles of Stonechat and Wheatear.

House Martins, Swallow, Goldfinch, Linnet, Skylark, Meadow Pipits, Kestrel, Peregrine, Raven, Pied and Grey Wagtail.

Wheatear Juvenile

And an evening visitor back home at South Brent

Posted June 21st, 2020 at 5:44 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Tuesday 16th June 2020

Swifts - Bovey Tracey

Having been confined to Bovey for much of lock-down something of a relief to see my first Swifts (2) this morning over the town. Swallows/House Martins still scarce.

Posted June 16th, 2020 at 3:39 pm by John Walton in Bird News

Friday 12th June 2020

Yesterday at Exminster Marshes & Yarner Wood

Exminster Marshes: Curlews,  Egyptian Geesex4, Canada Geese, Sedge, Reed and Cettis Warblers, Swifts, House Martins and Swallows.

Yarner Wood, Spotted Flycatchers,Garden Warblers,Tree Pipits, Bullfinches,Greenfinches, 

Sedge Warbler, Egyptian Goose, Spotted Flycatcher
Egyptian Goose, Spotted Flycatcher

Posted June 12th, 2020 at 10:38 am by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Wednesday 3rd June 2020

Wrafton

Walked around Sherpa Marsh this morning - the first day with any rain for ages. Lots of House Martins - 50 or 60, 20+ Swifts, 5 Sand Martins and several Swallows, taking advantage of something. On Wrafton Pond a female Pintail has replaced the drake Tufted Duck from yesterday.

Female Pintail Wrafton Pond.
Female Pintail Wrafton Pond.

Posted June 3rd, 2020 at 1:52 pm by jon turner in Bird News

Saturday 30th May 2020

Thornhillhead, North Devon

Late update on yesterday's confused young blackbird in the swallow's nest (and shall we, shan't we let nature take its course). After 7 hours of harrying by the parents and intermittently crashing around making a racket, the blackbird suddenly disappeared. The swallow’s nest is looking a bit ragged at the top but from what I can now see there are 4 youngsters apparently none the worse for the experience of being sat on and are back feeding OK. Hopefully the blackbird didn’t succumb to clattering into all the stuff in the roof space and finally made it out OK.

Posted May 30th, 2020 at 7:37 am by Mark West in Bird News

Friday 29th May 2020

Thornhillhead, North Devon

Pandemonium in the garage this morning. A very vocal and confused young blackbird that has been fed by its parents in the garden over last couple of days, has got into the roof space and sat on the swallow’s nest containing at least 3 young. Not unexpectedly the parent swallows are highly agitated, whereas the blackbird seems to think it’s going to be fed! Wondering if this will all end in tragedy?

Posted May 29th, 2020 at 11:21 am by Mark West in Bird News

Thursday 28th May 2020

Braunton

More from my outing.

Cetti's WarblerCetti's WarblerSwallow with metal ring
Cetti's Warbler                                         Cetti's Warbler                            Swallow with metal ring

Posted May 28th, 2020 at 2:28 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Braunton Burrows

Well what a collection goodies I hit upon yesterday. Sedge Warblers, Cetti's Warbler, Swallow with metal ring, Kestrel with metal ring, Barn Owl with metal Ring, Mute Swans with signets, a Grey Heron and a pipit. I'm going to opt for a Rock Pipit although Eds probably going to plaster red ink all over the shop and tell me that it's a Telephone wire Pipit or some like that! Well here goes...

Rock Pipit?Grey HeronSedge Warbler
Rock Pipit?                                     Grey Heron                    Sedge Warbler

Eds:  Meadow Pipit

Posted May 28th, 2020 at 2:21 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Wednesday 27th May 2020

Swallows breeding

I have located a swallow nest in the heart of Great Torrington, they are bringing food to the babies. Pleasing to see as I haven't seen evidence of breeding here for a couple of seasons. 4 swifts again.

Posted May 27th, 2020 at 2:18 pm by Aubrey McKenzie in Bird News

Monday 25th May 2020

Headland Warren-Challacombe Farm

11 pairs of Stonechat, 4 pairs of Pied Wagtail, 3 Wheatear, 1 Whinchat, a dozen or so Meadow Pipits, 2 Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler and 2 male Reed Bunting halfway along path. 2 Cuckoo still around Headland Warren farmhouse. $ crows and 2 Buzzard. 3 Swallows around farm buildings.

Reed BuntingReed BuntingStonechat
Reed Bunting                                      Reed Bunting                                     Stonechat

Posted May 25th, 2020 at 5:43 pm by Ian Muir in Bird News

Wednesday 20th May 2020

Mill Farm, Powderham

Early this evening at Mill farm, Powderham good numbers of House Martin and Swallow around the farm house, Heron and two Buzzards overhead one bird was a distinctly pale / white morph.

Pied Wagtail taking food to a nest in the stables.

Posted May 20th, 2020 at 10:03 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

fremington quay.

sedge warblers,blackcap,whitethroat,linnets,greenfinch,swallows swift and house martins,in good numbers,little grebe, 14 dunlin,and 1 broad bodied chaser.Stunning day.

Linnet.House Martin.Broad bodied chaser.
Linnet.                    House Martin.                          Broad bodied chaser.

Posted May 20th, 2020 at 4:24 pm by john elvin in Bird News

East Devon

Ringed Dartford Warbler photographed yesterday on the East Devon commons left leg pale green over white and right leg yellow over its BTO ring, no doubt someone in DB's will be the ringer.

Four possibly five Dartford Warblers seen, Skylark, Linnet, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Green and Goldfinch and good views of a Green Woodpecker in flight.

An evening walk along the Bala Brook above South Brent gave three Cuckoo, numerous Yellow Hammer, Meadow Pipit and Stonechat. Several Swallow, Four Mistle Thrush and a Song Thrush with a beak of worms.

Posted May 20th, 2020 at 2:09 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Swifts in Torrington

This morning over Great Torrington town centre I spotted a swallow and 2 swifts.

Posted May 20th, 2020 at 11:23 am by Aubrey McKenzie in Bird News

Tuesday 19th May 2020

Lower Tamar Lake

The feeders are up and running again, sadly two at the hide have been stolen.

This morning at the Lake.

4 Willow Tit, 2 Treecreeper, 1m Blackcap, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 1m Tufted Duck, plenty of Swallows and House Martins.

Posted May 19th, 2020 at 7:20 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Monday 18th May 2020

Lower Tamar Lake

Pleasantly quiet and sunny.   c. 50 Swallows,  25 Sand Martins, 4 Blackcaps, 5 Chiffchaffs, 3 Willow Warblers, 1 Garden Warbler, 4 Wrens, pair of Great Crested Grebes, 1 male Tufted Duck, several Mallards,1 Grey Heron over..  At least 9 Rooks attending the nearby rookery busy nest building/repairing.

Harvey Kendall..

Posted May 18th, 2020 at 1:20 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Sunday 17th May 2020

Rillage Point to Watermouth

After a really quiet week, when it was beginning to feel as if migration might already be petering out for the season, this morning saw by far my best visible passage of Swallows for the whole spring. Between 05.35 and 08.30, just over 750 flew W or NW past Rillage Point. By contrast, there were few House Martins (just 33) and no Swifts at all, making this quite an odd day for the second half of May. It certainly looks as if a good proportion of Swallows have been held up by conditions further south, so if you haven't got your usual birds back yet, don't give up hope! Fingers crossed it also means that there are plenty of martins & Swifts still to arrive.

Posted May 17th, 2020 at 9:22 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Dartmoor above South Brent

Early morning walk out from Shipley bridge car park onto the moors via the WTW and the Bala Brook.

Two Cuckoo in the Bala brook valley and three near Black Tor, numerous Yellow Hammer, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Willow Warbler, Stonechat including a pair with fledged youngsters. Mistle and Song Thrush a handful of Swallows only surprise was seeing a male Pied Flycatcher.

 

Forty plus Herring Gull feeding on the moor and one GBBG.

Back home at South Brent a Green Woodpecker and a high flying Peregrine.

Another Tawny owl chick brought in having been found in the road at Bovey Tracy.

Posted May 17th, 2020 at 5:12 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Sherpa marsh Braunton

No sign of the or indeed any other Yellow Wagtails this morning. Consensus is it is probably a hybrid of Flava x Thunbergii.

Several each of Sand and House Martin, Swallow and Swift around the marsh.

Posted May 17th, 2020 at 1:21 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Widworthy

Swallows and House Martins around the house yesterday.

Posted May 17th, 2020 at 9:13 am by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News

Friday 15th May 2020

Peregrine over Sherpa Marsh

A walk around Sherpa Marsh this morning produced four common Swift, numerous sand martin and barn swallows, heard several Cettis and sedge warblers. Two Reed bunting, six little egret and the star of the show a beautiful male Peregrine falcon came from the south & continued over the marsh last seen heading north. Image attached purely as a record shot, out of focus & extremely cropped :(

Peregrine falcon record image
Peregrine falcon record image

Posted May 15th, 2020 at 3:13 pm by Phil & Sue Naylor in Bird News

Thursday 14th May 2020

Upper Tamar Lake

3m Swift, 2 Grey Heron, 6 Cormorant, 30+Swallow, c20 House Martins, 22 Canada Geese plus 4 Goslings, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Moorhen.

Also

1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Peregrine Northam.

Posted May 14th, 2020 at 7:31 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Wednesday 13th May 2020

Lynton area.

Lovely male Pied Flycatcher, 4 Spotted flycatchers 1 being female, 2 Wood Warblers, many Blackcap, 1Nuthach,young Thrush and good numbers of Swallows and Martins. Little further from home today. 

Posted May 13th, 2020 at 3:36 pm by John Elvin in Bird News

Tuesday 12th May 2020

Passage of Raptors this morning

There has been a steady passage of raptors moving NE over East Teignmouth Today, with 6 Common Buzzards and 3 Red Kites, often pursued by Carrion Crows. 2 Swifts also seen on migration with 2 Swallows and a few House Martins.

Posted May 12th, 2020 at 1:29 pm by Nick D'Agorne in Bird News

Monday 11th May 2020

Allerton, Dartington

Cuckoo calling close by throughout the day Sunday. First time heard at this location for years! Two pairs of swallows also returned to their nest sites on Saturday.

Posted May 11th, 2020 at 9:06 am by Angela Truman in Bird News

Sunday 10th May 2020

Wrafton

Not much to report today: a single calling Whimbrel near the mouth of the Caen. The Garganey briefly on Sherpa Marsh. 4 Swallows 6 Swifts. Best sighting were several Large Red Damselfly and an Oil Beetle. Spent much of the afternoon with my eyes on the skies for Kites. None! Over the house, a few House Martin and a smaller Bird of Prey - probably male Sparrowhawk to go with several Buzzards.

Posted May 10th, 2020 at 6:44 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Saturday 9th May 2020

Modbury Garden watch

Due to the lockdown I have taken to lying on a bench in the garden and watching the skies, this evening I saw lots of House martins, a few swallows and swifts, 2 Sparrowhawks a raven and a red kite twice.

Red KiteHouse MartinSparrowhawk
Red Kite                             House Martin                             Sparrowhawk

Posted May 9th, 2020 at 8:50 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Anchor wood to Instow

My bike ride earlier  today along the Tarka trail from Anchor wood to Instow was interesting to say the least. Cetti's warbler, Willow warbers, Sage warblers, Chiffchaffs, White throat, Blackcap, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Wrens, Swallows, Swifts, Buzzards and many others seen, heard or photographed along the route.  

GoldfinchGreenfinchBuzzard
Goldfinch                            Greenfinch                                  Buzzard

Posted May 9th, 2020 at 7:49 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

swifts

we have had swifts over the house just outside oakhampton for a week now and  yesterday evening they decided to zoom back under the eaves where they have nested for the last four years at least,we are glad to welcome them back although we havnt had swallows in the barn for the last two years and we are only seeing a few around again this year again which is worrying

Posted May 9th, 2020 at 12:17 am by laurence smith in Bird News

Friday 8th May 2020

Wrafton

Hirundines noticeable only by their absence today - just 2 Swallows around Sherpa Marsh. Only other birds of note were a Greenshank and 2 drake Garganey.

Posted May 8th, 2020 at 12:24 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Thursday 7th May 2020

Wrafton

Walked around Sherpa again, highlight was a brief view of the drake Garganey before it slid into the reed-bed. Good numbers of Sand Martins, several Swallows a few House Martins and single Swift.

In the reserve 4 Reed Warblers singing, 2 Blackcaps and a Reed Bunting doing the same. Best was a brief but decisive view of a Spotted Flycatcher - identical date to the one I saw there last year.

Posted May 7th, 2020 at 1:41 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wednesday 6th May 2020

Exeter Canal

Walked the canal down and back again this morning. Of note:

- the Grasshopper Warbler was reeling again from (what I like to think of as) the 1981 Hudsonian Godwit field below the bypass at Countesswear. No chance of seeing it from the cyclepath. No Willow, Wood or Garden, so had to make do with a seven-warbler day, alas;

- double figures each of Curlew, Dunlin, Swift and Sand Martin, and single figures each of Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Whimbrel, Black-tailed Godwit, Swallow and House Martin were on or over Exminster Marsh, with a Kestrel on one pylon and a Buzzard on another;

- the Slavonian Grebe and a Sandwich Tern were off Turf;

- on the way back late morning as the air warmed up, two Hobbies were cruising between Swan's Nest Road and the motorway.

Posted May 6th, 2020 at 9:39 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Tawny owlets and Hobby

Over the last few days I have taken in three very young Tawny owlets that have been picked up by members of the public, the owlets having been found near Trusham, Rattery and South Brent so can confirm breeding for these species in those areas.

Today a local vets called to say they had a Sparrowhawk/Kestrel that had been found grounded at Sharkham, Brixham, on collecting this bird I found it to be a mature Hobby the bird has injuries that I feel are consistent with it being "hit" by another bird of prey.

A morning walk out from Peak Moor Gate near South Brent gave two Cuckoo chasing each other around and I am guessing from the calls it was a pair, five Raven over together, two GBBG's feeding on a sheep carcass, good numbers of Stonechat, Meadow Pipit and Skylark, Green Woodpecker calling.

Swallow numbers starting build up over home at South Brent and a single Swift seen towards the village.

Tawny owlets

Posted May 6th, 2020 at 8:57 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Holdstone down.

A trip to holdstone down (within drive to excersise guidelines)( 5 min drive,2hr walk)  for a change of scenery was incredible, after not being up here for more than 6 weeks. Stone chats aplenty male and female,  meadow pipits, sky larks, buzzards, chiffchaff whitethroat, willow warbler, and wheatear.

The best of the day were one  redstart seen through binoculars,  sandy coloured birds flying with, and as fast as the swallows which after consulting my bird books I believe to be sand Martins. And lastly heard but not seen a grasshopper warbler what an incredible sound. 

Wheatear.Meadow PipitNot sure ?.
     Wheatear.                                    Meadow Pipit                          Not sure ? Eds: Willow Warbler

Posted May 6th, 2020 at 7:38 pm by Philippines worth in Bird News

Bideford Swifts and Hirundinae

Walked from Bideford to Abbotsham Cliffs and back: --about 30 Swifts, a few Swallows, 1 Sand and (at last!) 3 House Martins.

Also    Chifchaffs, W'throats, S'chat, Linnets, Goldfinces, Chaffinch. Song, Mistle thrushes and Blacbirds, Robin, Dunnock ,Wren, H Sparrows, M Pipit, Pied Wagtail,

Starling,Gulls, Buzzards, W Pidg, Col Dove, Flock of 8 Curlews.

Pair of Stock Doves at Kingsley School.

Posted May 6th, 2020 at 7:21 pm by Abraham Cutajar in Bird News

Tamar Estuary / Ernesettle

A walk to the Tamar estuary at low tide provided sightings of plenty of gulls, Grey Heron and Little Egrets looking for easy pickings, Chiffchaff and Blackcaps still singing although not as many as recent days, 5 Swallow, my first 2 Swifts this year, 2 Buzzards and a Sparrowhawk at Ernesettle. Small White, Holly Blue, and Orange Tip butterflies also seen.

Herring Gull.BuzzardSmall White.
Herring Gull.                                 Buzzard                                  Small White.

Posted May 6th, 2020 at 3:52 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Tuesday 5th May 2020

Saltram & Tory Brook, Plympton

Bike ride to Blaxton Meadow, Saltram, on the high tide gave a Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, 6 Dunlin & 6 Oystercatchers.  Also several Shelduck, Canada Geese and 40+ Black-headed Gulls, almost all with full black hoods.  Swallows, but no House Martins seen over Saltram House.

Meanwhile on the Tory Brook, Janet found a Heron on the 7:15 Dipper's usual perch.  A little upstream she saw yet another Dipper, not seen here before.  It wasn't seen well but this one had a red or orange ring on the right leg.  The left leg wasn't seen.  Given that Dippers are not renowned for major movements, it is assumed this and the other ringed birds seen on the Avon are locally ringed.  Does anyone know anything of the history of these birds.

Posted May 5th, 2020 at 10:24 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Wrafton

Pleasing numbers of Swallows and Sand Martins plus a few House Martins and a Swift over the scrape this morning. Around Sherpa Marsh yet another(?) drake Garganey seen a few times in flight once with a Greenshank. A Common Sandpiper on the Pill with 24 Swans. Another Swan must have hit an overhead wire outside the reserve - not much left now. Later over the reserve 6 Swifts, and a pair of Swans on the pond.

Posted May 5th, 2020 at 1:24 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Fremington Quay and Isla Marsh

4 Whimbrels at pill's mouth

Isla:--2 Cattle Egrets, 1 Little Grebe, Mallard mum with 13 ducklings, Linnets, Swallows, House Sparrows, 2 Coots. 2 Moorhens. Swan.

Posted May 5th, 2020 at 11:56 am by Abraham Cutajar in Bird News

Monday 4th May 2020

South Brent two day round up ~

A late afternoon walk up to the Avon Dam from Shipley (3rd May) Song and Mistle Thrush, Blackcap, two Green Woodpecker in full flight,Treecreeper, Wren, Mallard, Linnet, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, 2 Grey Wagtail,3 Cuckoo, 8 Swallow, Raven and 2 GBBG, 

During the night a Barn owl calling at home along with a couple of Tawnies.

Badworthy Farm ~ Merrifield Plantation ~ Glasscombe Corner and back in a loop around the moors early this morning 37 plus Stonechat, mostly in pairs on breeding territories, 3 Raven, 4 Wheatear, a single Swallow, pair of Reed Buntings, 4 Linnet, soaring female Sparrowhawk, 4 Buzzard, Grey Wagtail, 37 plus Meadow Pips, 30 Skylark, pair of Mallard, 4 Wren, a Green Woodpecker and 3 Cuckoo......... 29 species in total.

Posted May 4th, 2020 at 2:52 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Sunday 3rd May 2020

Hirundines and others in Exeter

Early morning dog walking in drizzle along the flood relief channel near St. David's produced about 50 Sand Martins, 20 Swallows and 7 Swifts feeding, but surprisingly no House Martins. Singing male Garden Warbler near the rugby pitches, and Dipper and Grey Wagtail carrying food into obvious nest sites made it a rewarding morning!

Posted May 3rd, 2020 at 12:01 pm by Martin Overy in Bird News

Saturday 2nd May 2020

Tarka trail, Barnstaple to Chivenor

Glorious late afternoon cycle along the Tarka Trail, Pilton to Chivenor and back produced a welcomed Whinchat, 5 Wimbrels, a flock of 10 Mute Swan, a sprinkling of Swallows and Sand Martins, Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps and Whitethroats, a pair of Stock Doves and singles of Buzzard and Willow Warbler. Back in Pilton high over the house my first pair of Swift this year.

 

Posted May 2nd, 2020 at 8:09 pm by Martin Bond in Bird News

Cuckoo and Swallows Butterbrook near Ivybridge

2/5/20 solitary Cuckoo heard and seen flying at Butterbrook reservoir near Ivybridge. Pair of Swallows flying and soaring at brook, dipping to drink.

Posted May 2nd, 2020 at 7:24 pm by Russ & Katy Mogridge in Bird News

Friday 1st May 2020

Swallows ~ South Brent

Certainly seems to be a general lack of Swallows about over and around South Brent this season and to date I have only seen a couple of House Martins locally but with luck more will arrive and the Swifts will soon be back around the village.

Swallow 01/05/2020

Posted May 1st, 2020 at 9:12 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Today’s walk

On our daily walk in lanes around Buckland Brewer today, we were able to see a pair of stonechats & northern wheatears, both a first for us in the parish. The four pairs of yellow hammers + spare male; flock of passerines mainly linnets were showing well as were a few swallows. Chiffchaffs were still calling, as were numerous chaffinches.

We had fledgling house sparrows and dunnocks being fed in the garden today

Posted May 1st, 2020 at 9:03 pm by Roger Walter in Bird News

Wrafton

The Little Ringed Plover was again by the pond at Sherpa Marsh this morning. A few Swallows and Sand Martins around too. Unusually a Jay was in the reserve. - They usually only turn up in autumn and then only very infrequently.

Posted May 1st, 2020 at 1:40 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Thursday 30th April 2020

Spreacombe Bridge

32 House Martins, 1 Swift & 2 Swallows during my exercise ride on the bike this aft.

Posted April 30th, 2020 at 5:33 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Wrafton

Highlight of the walk around Sherpa this morning was another (?) Little Ringed Plover. A few each of Swallow and Sand Martin. 3 Swifts (numbers going up slowly) 2 Whimbrel, 4 Little Egrets.

Posted April 30th, 2020 at 12:56 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wednesday 29th April 2020

South Brent

A morning walk from Shipley Bridge towards the Avon dam gave not less than six singing male Blackcap, three Wren, a Mistle Thrush, two Dipper sat together both colour ringed, two very vocal and active Cuckoo flying around together, nine Swallow, a Whitethroat,a Green Woodpecker and four Grey Wagtail.

Highlight was a totally unexpected sighting at close quarters of an Otter the first one I have ever seen here, not in the least bit fazed by my presence and carried on down river.

 Dipper Dipper

Back at home the Italian type sparrow around the feed station as were a pair of Bullfinch, three Greenfinch a male Siskin and a fly past Swallow.

Pair of Blackbirds feeding two young in front of the kitchen window.

  

Posted April 29th, 2020 at 7:18 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Tuesday 28th April 2020

Caen river walk

Last post yesterday said Ospreys so off I went hoping! Saw the following migrants: 100+Sand Martins, dozen or so Swallows, 6 House Martins, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Wheatear, 8 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 6 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler and best of all 2 SWIFT, near the Toll House. No Ospreys!

Sand Martins having a preen.Swallow - Not easy getting flight shots!Sand Martin in flight
Sand Martins having a preen.       Swallow - Not easy getting flight shots!             Sand Martin in flight

Posted April 28th, 2020 at 2:30 pm by jon turner in Bird News

Monday 27th April 2020

Plymbridge and Boringdon Golf Club

Walk to Plymbridge:- Blackcaps, Blue and Great tits, Jays, Magpies, Robins, Wrens, Chaffinches and Nuthatches. A pair of Grey Wagtails and a solitary Mandarin Duck on the river. Back over the golf course:- Several Swallows, a Raven, Stonechats, Linnets, Goldfinches, Skylarks, pair of Whitethroats, and a lovely view of a cock Wheatear on a low wall in the middle of the course.

    Skylark, Wheatear, Whitethroat

Skylark,                             Wheatear,                                Whitethroat

Posted April 27th, 2020 at 10:22 am by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Sunday 26th April 2020

Tamar estuary / Ernesettle

This morning's high tide:

A flyover Ring necked Parakeet above the treetops, a Common Sandpiper on the mud, 4 Swallows, Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs feeding on a multitude of insects, 150+ Herring gull settled on the water over at Kingsmill lake, and a noisy Garden Warbler flitting in the bushes, too elusive for a photo.

Posted April 26th, 2020 at 4:24 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Tarka trail between Barnstaple - Fremington

There were a lot of song birds along the Tarka trail today.

Swallow Stonechat Whitethroat
Swallow                                       Stonechat                                          Whitethroat

Posted April 26th, 2020 at 4:05 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Hawks Tor, Saddlesborough and Cadover areas

Very long walk from home to Hawks Tor, Saddlesborough and Cadover areas. Worth it - Redstart, Grasshopper Warbler and Garden Warbler. On entire walk, totals of 10 Wheatear, 3 Cuckoo, 21 Willow Warbler, 6 Sand Martin, 3 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap and 4 Swallow. 

Redstart
Redstart

Posted April 26th, 2020 at 1:55 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Marsh Green, East Devon

An hours sky watching produced a Red Kite drifting west at 12.45, heading towards Exeter.  2 Buzzards, a Raven and a Grey Heron seen earlier. Wind from the SE.  House Martins now numbering 7 but still no Swallows. 

Posted April 26th, 2020 at 1:17 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Wrafton etc.

Walked around Sherpa again this morning - disappointing. 4 Sand Martin 2 Swallow, Common Sandpiper, Snipe, and a  Whimbrel on the Caen near the Toll House. More Reed Warblers singing from the reed-bed. As there were in the reserve, Also a Sedge Warbler singing in a bramble patch right in front of me. Finally the - or another? - drake Garganey was again out on the scrape.

Drake Garganey
Drake Garganey

Posted April 26th, 2020 at 1:15 pm by jon turner in Bird News

Saturday 25th April 2020

Exminster Marshes

Glossy Ibis near the canal car park in what is left of the main pool. Still there 7.30 pm. Also seen Reed and Sedge Warbler, Cetti's (one seen loads heard) Swallows, sand martins and the usual suspects. 

Ibis video - https://youtu.be/ZusWG-W6N8A

Glossy IbisGlossy IbisSwallow
Glossy Ibis                                 Glossy Ibis                                      Swallow 

Eds- The 'Glossy' Ibis is an escaped Puna Ibis

Posted April 25th, 2020 at 9:21 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

South Brent

This morning a female Sparrow hawk in full ariel pursuit of three flying Collard Dove over home, once it had passed a pair of Bullfinch and male Siskin on the garden feeders, Green Woodpecker seen and heard and a male Blackcap in full song at the front of the house.

First House Martin seen over the house this year followed a short while later by eight Swallows.

Male BlackcapGarden Warbler

A walk around Brent Hill gave a shy but very vocal Garden Warbler, Kestrel, Raven, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Blackcap all noted.

Back at home a Peregrine in after my racing pigeons, despite a determined effort they lived to fly another day.

 

 

Posted April 25th, 2020 at 6:59 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Plymbridge and Boringdon Golf Club and Cadover Bridge

This morning at Plymbridge:- Grey Wagtail, pair of Mandarin Ducks, Blackcaps, Robins, Wrens, Blue tits, Great tits, Chaffinches, Chiffchaffs, G.S. Woodpecker. Over the golf course:-Whitethroat, Wren, Skylarks, Swallows, Goldfinches. Yesterday at Cadover Bridge:- Meadow pipits, Sand martins, Swallows,  Pied Wagtails, Wheatears, Stonechats, Buzzards. Also a Mallard with 11 ducklings, the 12th was several hundred yards away round a bend in the river but swimming the wrong way.....

Mallard with ducklings
Mallard with ducklings

wheatear
wheatear

Posted April 25th, 2020 at 1:08 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Friday 24th April 2020

Cuckoo and much else at Hennock Reservoirs

A quite extended walk around this area this morning (locating the calling cuckoo), produced many birds. Don’t think I’ve seen it so busy for years. Masses of Chiffchaff and Blackcap, quite few Willow Warbler, Linnet, Stonechat, potentially 3 pairs of Tree pipit, a family group of Crossbill sitting in the same tall conifer as the Cuckoo, Jays (watching and chasing what appeared to be another cuckoo but lost the 2 fast moving birds as they wove in and out of conifers) and on the water about 7 Canada geese and 3 swallows wheeling above. And the odd Mistle thrush heard. 

Posted April 24th, 2020 at 4:57 pm by Fiona Freshney in Bird News

Thursday 23rd April 2020

Spring has Sprung at Dawlish Warren!

It was a beautiful day for exercise today at the Warren and we were fortunate to see many summer visitors including swallows, reed warbler, whitethroat and a male redstart, as well as two male Cirl Buntings. The swans and Canada geese were having significant territorial problems on the lake!

Canada goose reminding Mute Swan about social distancing!Stunning Cirl BuntingOne of many Whitethroats seen today
Canada goose reminding Mute Swan about social distancing!

Stunning Cirl Bunting

One of many Whitethroats seen today

Posted April 23rd, 2020 at 11:32 pm by Nick DAgorne in Bird News

Marsh Green, East Devon

An hours walk from home around the country lanes produced a pair of Roe Deer and a few birds including a single Whitethroat, several Blackcap and a few others.  Most worrying is the absence of Swallows with none seen here yet it spite of the many farms locally.  Only five House Martin counted to date.

Posted April 23rd, 2020 at 12:21 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Other Wildlife

Re Modbury moths last nigh

Richie, I think your Swallow Prominent is a Lesser Swallow Prominent. Peter.

Posted April 23rd, 2020 at 9:39 am by Peter Leigh in Bird News

Plymbridge and Boringdon Golf Club

Yesterday at Plymbridge:- Chaffinches, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaffs, well over a dozen Blackcaps, Magpies, Jays, Nuthatches, Great and Blue tits. Over Boringdon Golf course 5 Swallows, Linnets, Greenfinches, Linnets, a Cuckoo, Kestrel and a pair of Whitethroats



kes, Whitethroat, Jay
kes, Whitethroat, Jay

Posted April 23rd, 2020 at 9:09 am by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Dawlish Warren Village - last night of the Proms

Three Prominent species in the moth trap last night, Great, Swallow and Pale. 



Great, Sawallow and Pale Prominents
Great, Sawallow and Pale Prominents

Posted April 23rd, 2020 at 7:24 am by Peter Leigh in Bird News

Modbury garden moths

Had a few moths visit the garden last night

Waved umber
Waved umber

Swallow prominent
Swallow prominent

Buff tip
Buff tip

Posted April 23rd, 2020 at 5:46 am by Richie Moore in Other Wildlife

Wednesday 22nd April 2020

Wrafton etc

Saved my exercise walk till this evening and headed down to Sherpa Marsh, hoping for something else of interest. Only found 3 Common Sandpipers. No Swallows, or Martins, certainly no Swift. No Green Sandpiper, and no Yellow Wagtails (despite a good-sized herd of cattle). From the reserve, a drake Garganey on the scrape - didn't read about that earlier! but yes it is indeed a drake Garganey.

Posted April 22nd, 2020 at 6:12 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Bideford

2 swallow low over the garden this morning and best all a SWIFT.Earliest record here,clovelly road.08:15.

Posted April 22nd, 2020 at 5:33 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Tuesday 21st April 2020

At last in combemartin......

Apologies for the late post,  tablet battery was flat..

A walk with the dog from Ilfracombe coastguards back to combemartin didn't provide very much in the way of smaller hedgerow birds other than a melodious warbler of sorts near widmouth farm. Back home in the garden, again late in the evening a mass of about 40 + swallow accompanied with swifts although less numerous.  All garden birds diving for cover when the resident sparrow hawk flew over but unusually high.(normally darting through at hedge height. 

Sparrow hawk.
Sparrow hawk.

Posted April 21st, 2020 at 11:20 pm by Philip worth in Bird News

North Huish to diptford Lane

1 singing male whitethroat on hedge and numerous swallows and 15 houses Martins

Posted April 21st, 2020 at 6:10 pm by Hamish Johnson in Bird News

Monday 20th April 2020

Plymbridge

At Plymbridge  this morning: a pair of Mandarin Ducks, female Goosander, Grey Wagtail, G.S. Woodpecker, Blue, Great and a solitary Marsh tit, Bullfinches, Chaffinches ,Chiffchaffs, Nuthatches Blackcaps, Song thrushes, Over Boringdon Golf course Buzzard, Kestrel, pair of Stonechat, Pied Wagtail, Skylarks and Linnets and a Swallow. Yesterday had my first Cuckoo and Whitethroat of the year over the course.

pair of Mandarin ducks, Wren, Pied Wagtail

pair of Mandarin ducks, Wren, Pied Wagtail

Posted April 20th, 2020 at 10:24 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Widworthy

Martins and Swallows are back, Goldfinches are nest building.

House Martin           Goldfinch
House Martin                                             Goldfinch

Posted April 20th, 2020 at 1:25 pm by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News

Sunday 19th April 2020

Berry Head

I cycled out to Berry Head today, on the Headland: 1 Redstart (male), 3 Willow Warblers, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Yellowhammer, 4 Wheatear. Overhead: 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 3 House Martin several Swallows and my first Swift.

 

Posted April 19th, 2020 at 9:36 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Ide - Perridge

Walked the lanes from Ide to Perridge via Windy Cross and back this morning:

- in the hedgerows 4/5 Yellowhammers and 8/10 Whitethroats singing, with plenty of Larks and a few Swallows above;

- in the mature conifer plantations two pairs of Crossbills;

- in the newly re-planted areas two Tree Pipits and several Willow Warblers;

- in and around the deciduous woods Treecreeper, Marsh Tit, 4/5 pairs of Mistle Thrushes (they certainly love something about this area), and today's bonus bird, a Redstart singing from a hedgerow Oak, a first for this year and this location.

Posted April 19th, 2020 at 4:58 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Slapton Ley and Torcross.

Saturday Eveening.  Following on from Grahams post . At 6 pm. 350/400. Swallows feeding over the Lower Ley ,with 25/30 House Martins. This morning 1 m.and 4 f. Wheatears on the rocks.  Torcross.  Photo's of some of last night's moths.

Garden. Carpet.Brimstone. Moth.Pebble. Prominent.
Garden. Carpet.                            Brimstone. Moth.                  Pebble. Prominent.

Posted April 19th, 2020 at 4:35 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Tamar estuary / Ernesettle

This mornings exercise, Little Egret and Grey Herons on the estuary, finches, Blackcaps,Chiffchaffs all singing well, 6 House Martins and 3 swallows my first this year, 2 Buzzards and a Sparrowhawk overhead. Several butterfly species including Peacock, Holly blue and Speckled wood.

Little EgretWrenSpeckled Wood
Little Egret                                           Wren                            Speckled Wood

Posted April 19th, 2020 at 3:24 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Tarka trail between Barnstaple - Instow

On my bike ride with my little camera (Eos 60d with 18mm-300mm Sigma lens) today along the Tarka trail and had a close encounter with a Swallow near the Bob Tucker memorial bench (it's between Anchor woods and Fremington). It sat quietly for some time and allowed me to get quit a few good shots.

Swallow Swallow Swallow
Swallow

 

Posted April 19th, 2020 at 1:08 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

River Caen, Wrafton etc.

Common Sandpiper still on the scrape. Walked to the main estuary, where 2 Whimbrel flew across. On the way back by the runway lights at least 5 Wheatears. Around Sherpa 2 Swallows and another Common Sandpiper. Reed Warbler singing in the reserve and 6 Butterfly species.

Posted April 19th, 2020 at 12:31 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Jennycliff next Plymouth

Most of yesterday’s new arrivals have departed, and only a trickle of passing Swallows a single House Martin where seen .New arrivals were 9 Whitethroats and a f. Pied Flycatcher. A Chiffchaff was seen nest building.

Posted April 19th, 2020 at 12:24 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Plympton/Hemerdon area

Sedge Warbler singing from scrub nr Furzeacre Wood. Dipper on Tory Brook. Single Skylark singing from field. 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Swallow, 3 Chiffchaff and 7 Blackcap also around. 

Posted April 19th, 2020 at 8:59 am by Chris E in Bird News

Saturday 18th April 2020

c. 100 swallows Hennock Reservoirs

Further to yesterday’s swallow sighting above Kennick Reservoir, about 100 seen this evening (plus a small number of house martin); many drinking. First seen at approx 19:45; gone by 20:20. 

Posted April 18th, 2020 at 9:35 pm by Fiona Freshney in Bird News

Abbotsham Cliff-Sandwich Tern

1115 A single Sandwich T following the coast at low tide.  Very Calm sea. Dived once.

Also 4 Wheatears, singing Linnets and Goldfinches.  Meadow P., Stone chats,  Song Th, Chiffchaff, Daws and Crows and the commoner Gulls. Robins, Dunnocks, Wren, Game birds.

Swallows along the the cliff's heading ENE about 1/minute.  6 Sand Martins  (strange no House M's)

Posted April 18th, 2020 at 7:37 pm by Abraham Cutajar in Bird News

Swallow and house Martins

30+ house Martins and swallows in a feeding frenzy half way between the Avonwick and diptford Lane just after Old Station. 

Posted April 18th, 2020 at 6:01 pm by Hamish Johnson in Bird News

Hope's Nose

Exercise walk late morning produced 4 Whimbrels low on rocks with a further 10 flying north just offshore.  5 Sandwich Terns, 5 Swallows over, Whitethroat, Blackcap, cracking summer plumaged Razorbill, 6 Gannets, Fulmars, Stonechats, multiple Chiffies. 

Posted April 18th, 2020 at 4:33 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Slapton

Substantial influx of swallows this morning on lower ley. Tried counting but stopped after 200; I could see shapes flitting across the water stretching  into the distance. A handful of house martins amongst them.

Posted April 18th, 2020 at 1:58 pm by graham burton in Bird News

Jennycliff new Plymouth

A modest migrant arrival included fresh Blackcaps 10+ Garden Warbler 1 Sedge Warbler 2 Whitethroat 2. A steady Swallow passage was the first such this year also 2 House Martins .

Posted April 18th, 2020 at 1:57 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Braunton area

Cycled out to Sandy Lane and on to Crow Point then up the Toll road and finished with a quick look around the reserve. Too cold! So the birds weren't singing much, but did see a cracking close Whitethroat. Lots of Gulls in the channel at Crow. Bumped into (or perhaps met at appropriate distance) Rob along the Toll road, inspecting a good sized flock of sum plum Dunlin and Ringed Plover. Further along the toll road a Grey Heron dealing with an Eel, which disappeared as I groped in my rucksack for the camera....

In the reserve a decisive Sedge Warbler and on the scrape a Common Sandpiper. Sand Martin and Swallow also seen along the way.

Posted April 18th, 2020 at 1:40 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Friday 17th April 2020

Swallows at Hennock Reservoirs

About 30 swallow seen feeding over Kennick Reservoir this evening at 18:50. Might have been house martin amongst them but couldn’t spot any. 

Posted April 17th, 2020 at 7:34 pm by Fiona Freshney in Bird News

Kenton and Powderham

My daily walks over the last 4 weeks have regularly taken me past the heronry in Powderham Park. This year there are 31 occupied nests, an increase from 27 last year, but still well short of the peak of 43 in 1981. Little Egrets are very vocal this week, with probably 14 nests, similar to recent years, compared to the peak of 33 nests in 2010.

Chiffchaffs and Blackcap are present in good numbers, but so far only two Swallows on one day and no House Martins yet. Single very brief sightings of Willow Warbler and Common Whitethroat. One pair of Yellowhammers and two pairs of Stonechat are clearly on territory.

Other taxa, mainly in my garden, include a very early Beautiful Demoiselle on 8 April, 10 species of butterfly, 16 species of moth trapped, Dark-edged Bee-fly, Marmalade Hoverfly and an Oil Beetle sp

Beautiful DemoiselleDark-edged Bee-flyOil Beetle sp.
Beautiful Demoiselle                Dark-edged Bee-fly                     Oil Beetle sp.

Posted April 17th, 2020 at 6:20 pm by Nigel Hewitt in Bird News

Braunton Burrows

While we walked over part of the Burrows this aft for our daily exercise a Green Sandpiper flew over calling & landed out of view in one of the numerous scrapes.

Also 5 Swallows & several Common Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff & Blackcap.

Posted April 17th, 2020 at 5:48 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Wrafton etc.

One Snipe on the scrape when I arrived shortly after 9 this morning in the COLD wind. Down at Sherpa 2 pairs of Teal, 2 Little Egrets, and great close up views of the Little Ringed Plover, which has been moved to the main pond opposite the Toll House by the farmer releasing about 30 cattle. it should substantially reduce the brigade of dogs and their walkers who have taken over ownership of these fields of late. The Plover waited till I raised the camera before flying off....

It started raining as I walked back towards the reserve from where I took another look out over the scrape - where there were now numbers of Sand Martins a few House Martins and at least 2 Swallows - it must be summer!

Spent at least 3 hours with an eye on the sky above Braunton yesterday, but still no sign of a Red Kite....

Posted April 17th, 2020 at 11:56 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Thursday 16th April 2020

Saltram & Tory Brook, Plympton - 16 April

This afternoon's bike ride gave us our first three Swallows for Plymouth over Saltram House and pairs of Wheatears and Blackcaps nearby.  On the Tory Brook the 7:15pm Dipper was joined briefly by another changing positions on a regular perch.  In over a month this is the first time we've seen two here.  Let's hope they're a pair and we can look forward to seeing breeding here again this year.

Dipper, Tory Brook
Dipper, Tory Brook

Posted April 16th, 2020 at 11:35 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Wednesday 15th April 2020

Dawlish Warren village

Cattle Egret seen from my office window at home just now, heading towards the estuary. Lots of Swallows around now and c10 House Martins seen by Carole over the Dawlish CP yesterday.

Posted April 15th, 2020 at 11:37 am by Peter Leigh in Bird News

KENWITH RESERVE BIDEFORD

Cettis warbler still present singing from dipping pond next to bottom pond.First Reed warbler on bottom pond as well.2 swallow upper pond +7 moorhen, kingfisher,08:00-09:00

Posted April 15th, 2020 at 9:37 am by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Tuesday 14th April 2020

Dartmoor above South Brent

A walk out onto the moors above South Brent to Glasscombe Corner this afternoon gave Swallows, Meadow Pipits, Stonechat, Skylark, Linnet, Kestrel, Raven, Buzzard, an adult and a juvenile GBBG, the highlight being two male Wheatears my first of the year.

Back at home the would be Italian Sparrow sp back on the feeders, no doubt inspired by the cooler conditions, late afternoon wing slapping Wood pigeons on their nest caught my attention in time to see both birds doing their level best to wing beat off an immature female Sparrowhawk that was raiding their nest, despite their determined efforts it made off with a squab.

Posted April 14th, 2020 at 7:35 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Saunton

Late aft bike ride to Saunton & back. 6 Swallows overhead.

Posted April 14th, 2020 at 6:57 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Exeter Canal

Walked the towpath to Turf and back this morning. Of note:

- a Grasshopper Warbler singing from the tidal reeds just South of the motorway. That makes four heard in three years for me after a gap of at least a decade;

- a Willow Warbler at Countesswear which several times started its normal descending song, but then switched to a slightly stumbling "chiff-chaff". There was a piece about this in BB a couple of years ago, which I think concluded that the fall in Willow numbers in Southern Britain was prompting some males to learn the Chiffchaff''s song, as it is better for their genes to produce hybrid young rather than none;

- Sedge Warblers are now well into double figures and have been joined by two or three Reeds, making for a seven-warbler day;

- two Mallard broods, of three and twelve;

- a final group of four Brent Geese in the estuary off Turf;

- perhaps six Swallows and thirty Sand Martins, but no House yet;

- last week's Avocets and Gadwall have gone, and only one (Common) Ringed Plover was left on the new scrapes;

- a Weasel ran across the cycle track near the viewing platform.

Posted April 14th, 2020 at 4:27 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Wrafton scrape

About 25 Sand Martins half a dozen House Martins and a Swallow between the pond and the scrape this morning one each of Sedge and Reed Warblers in the nearby Sherpa Marsh reed-bed (both unseen)

Posted April 14th, 2020 at 1:37 pm by jon turner in Bird News

Collaton St Mary

Late news from Saturday 11th April.

Red Kite over our house at 3.50pm flying north.

Still no Swallows or House Martins seen.

Posted April 14th, 2020 at 12:14 pm by David Leigh in Bird News

Monday 13th April 2020

Fremington quay and Penhill point.

My morning walk today proved fruitful. My route from Roundswell, through Anchor wood, along the river to fremington quay, Fremington Pill and along the main road back to Roundswell. On route, sightings - 1 common gull in a group of 6 or 7 Shelduck , around 30 Shelduck in various sized groups, 5 Curlew, 1 Cormorant, 2 Greater Black-backed gulls, 2 Little Egret, (Penhill point). 2 Willow Warblers,1 Great tit and a Blackbird and 1 Orange-tip Butterfly (Fremington quay). 2 Swallows (my first of the year at Fremington Pill).  Heard - 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow  Warbler, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Blue tit, 1 Blackcap, 2 Dunnock, 4 Wrens and 2 Speckled wood Butterflies at various points along the route.

Shelduck and Common gull Orange-tip Willow Warbler
Shelduck and Common gull                                   Orange-tip                        Willow Warbler

Posted April 13th, 2020 at 5:44 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Sunday 12th April 2020

Berry Head

Cycled out to Berry Head - brief look off the top of the headland produced a raft of over 300 Manx Shearwaters (originally estimated at 200+) see video here  . Also on site singing and displaying Whitethroat, Willow Warbler a pair of Swallows the Guillemot colony looking busy with all the ledges crammed full - no Kittiwakes today. My first two Wall butterflys of the spring were right at the end of the head and a few white Rock Rose'e just begining to flower.

Wall Butterfly Berry Head 12 04 2020 ML White Rock Rose Berry HEad 12 04 2020 ML

Posted April 12th, 2020 at 1:38 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Saturday 11th April 2020

Torquay - Red Kites

4 Red Kites (not all seen by me) north over Chelston today - 2 at 11.50am, 1 at 2.40pm and 1 at 2.55pm- also 1 Swallow north and 4 House Martins.

Posted April 11th, 2020 at 4:39 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Chudleigh south

Sue and I have continued our walks around the southern part of Chudleigh, yesterday reaching 52 species of birds, 11 mammals, 3 herpetiles (Slow-worm and Palmate and Smooth Newts in our garden), 11 butterflies and 2 dragonflies (first Large Red Damselfly emerged on the 8th and a large Emperor larva in our pond). Best among the birds lately have been a pair of Goosanders circling near the Teign yesterday, Tawny Owl, the first Swallow on the 7th, a good arrival of Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps, a newly-fledged Robin on 9th and a pair of Linnets (now rare locally).

Mammals have been boosted by evening walks with bat detectors, so we've located Greater and Lesser Horseshoes, Noctule, Daubenton's and Common and Soprano Pipistrelles, as well as 4 Rabbits (rare locally), 3 Roe Deer, Fox, Hedgehog and Grey Squirrel. We've also put out some 'Dormouse tubes', so we're hoping to confirm that they're still around. Butterflies have included the commoner species, including a few Holly Blues and a nice hatching of Orange-tips (first egg found on Lady's Smock yesterday). Several Dark-edge Bee-flies and a several mining bees that I haven't put names to yet have added to the interest. We haven't got around to compiling a plant list yet, but the last few weeks have seen wonderful displays of Primroses, Wild Daffodils and Wood Anemones, with lots more species now bursting on the scene. It was good to see the parasitic Toothwort flowering in the woods, where Wych Elms are starting to flower and the leaves of Small-leaved Limes are showing bright yellow-green. It's a lovely time of year!

Flower Crab Spider Large Red Damselfly Dark-edged Bee-fly

Flower Crab Spider                                Large Red Damselfly                            Dark-edged Bee-fly

Posted April 11th, 2020 at 11:46 am by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Friday 10th April 2020

Staddicome

out on my daily walk lots of bird life around today female Blackcap 2 Bullfinch 6 Goldfinch 2 Yellowhammer 8 Skylark 2 Chiffchaff 4 Swallow 1 Stock Dove 2Jay 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 Kestrel 2 Buzzard and 7 Wheatear in a newly ploughed field plus all the usual birds. Also 1 female Roe deer in garden first thing this morning 

Posted April 10th, 2020 at 7:59 pm by Roger Backway in Bird News

Harleston by Slapton

Easterly wind so the expected arrival came around midday with another 39 Common Buzzards moving NE, bringing the running total to 266 migrants so far since late March. Still no Kites though!

Also today: 3 Sparrowhawks, Raven, 2 Swallows & 2 House Martins. In the pond our first ever Grass Snake plus a toad getting out of the way! First Holly Blue.

Posted April 10th, 2020 at 5:11 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Christow sightings

Just seen 8 house martins over the Village, one swallow near the church looking like it’s planning to stay, mating mallard in the garden pond and female blackbird carrying worms into next doors garden. The robin is still on the nest and mating blue tits too. Feels like it is all kicking off!

Posted April 10th, 2020 at 5:06 pm by Fiona Freshney in Bird News

Slapton

Still 3 goldeneye on the Ley - 2 males, 1 female. Small groups of swallows now regularly appearing, house martins in the village, procession of willow warblers in ley side trees.

Posted April 10th, 2020 at 10:16 am by Graham Burton in Bird News

Thursday 9th April 2020

Horsebridge

Swallow right on the Devon Cornwall border hawking along the Tamar. Out working delivering shopping. Plenty of Orange tips and Brimstones around the nearby lanes too.

Posted April 9th, 2020 at 8:58 pm by Charlie Imms in Bird News

Jennycliff.

1 singing Whitethroat am,1 Swallow pm over the house.

Posted April 9th, 2020 at 7:28 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Turf, Exe Estuary

Osprey at 3.30 pm then flew towards Topsham, What I presume is the Slavonian grebe in its third week at the Turf and several swallows visiting last year's nesting sites.

Posted April 9th, 2020 at 6:20 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Harleston by Slapton

Perfect conditions today and did not disappoint with 57 Common Buzzards moving generally NE between 11:10 & 16:20hrs - running total now 227 - there is something to be said for a lockdown. Our house is at the head of the valley above Slapton and the buzzards use the thermals created to gain height before moving off. The gulls do it too! Bout time I had a stork!

Also today: Garden Warbler (garden tick), Sparrowhawk, 2 Swallow, Starling (rare here) & 3 House Martin.

Posted April 9th, 2020 at 4:35 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Plymbridge

A pair of Goosander a Dipper and a Swallow at Plymbridge this morning at 0700. Yesterday  morning  disturbed a Little Egret and a Dipper on the Tory brook at Peacock Meadow.also Raven overfly

Posted April 9th, 2020 at 3:18 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Chambercombe

Woodmouse with a taste for suet pellets making an early start on the ground feeder this morning. 2 Swallows flew over on 6th and a single on the 7th April

Woodmouse
Woodmouse

Posted April 9th, 2020 at 12:24 pm by Derek Stacey in Other Wildlife

Swallows Otter estuary 7/4/20

Lovely to see 4 swallows. My first of the year. Shoveller and shelduck. Blackcap. Was that a Cettis I heard ? Also  a magnificent hare !

Posted April 9th, 2020 at 11:38 am by Steve Ross in Bird News

Thornhillhead, North Devon

Swallows have just arrived - in and out of the garage this morning. Great to see them back.

Posted April 9th, 2020 at 9:38 am by Mark West in Bird News

Wednesday 8th April 2020

Birds seen around the local Exminster Marshes Area

On a local cycle ride, exercising our thigh muscles (!) whilst keeping our distance from other cyclists on the trail, we managed to see most of the early Summer migrants we had hoped for, including Reed Warbler, and Swallow by the entrance path to the RSPB Exminster Marshes Reserve-which is CLOSED, Sedge Warbler by the cycle trail and several singing Willow Warblers. There was also a Black-tailed Godwit in full summer plumage by the scrapes and a Green Sandpiper flew up nearby. Several pairs of Shelduck appeared to be starting courtship displays and a small flock of Wigeon and Teal were also by the shallow marsh area near the entrance road.  Whimbrel was calling from the Estuary on our return route.  It was a superb sunny afternoon and we had a total of 52 species between Powderham and the marshes.

Posted April 8th, 2020 at 6:21 pm by Nick D'Agorne in Bird News

South Brent / Ivybridge

A walk round my home fields this morning gave GSWP, Green Woodpecker, pair of Blackcap, Chiffchaff , two Stock Dove over, Song Thrush in full song, possible Willow Warbler (on call) and a pair of Bullfinch.

A cycle ride down to Ivybridge and back gave a Red Kite high over the centre of Ivybridge slowly drifting towards Plymouth. From the state of its tail almost certainly the same bird recently seen at South Brent, given the height and poor light it could easily be mistaken for a Black Kite.

At Bittaford a Chiffchaff and Song Thrush, Blackcap and Chiffchaff at Wrangaton.

On coming back into South Brent a pair of Swallow chasing each other over Exeter Road, the first village Swallows for me this year.

Posted April 8th, 2020 at 11:37 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Hope Cove lunchtime 07th April

Nice to see 5 swallows fly in, 2 shellducks circling the bay and chiffchaffs in the hedge opposite the garden.

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Shelduck               Chiffchaff

Posted April 8th, 2020 at 6:32 am by Richie Moore in Bird News

Tuesday 7th April 2020

Exeter Canal

Walked from the canal basin to Exminster Marsh and back this morning. Highlights were:

- 5/6 singing Willow Warblers, mainly in Willows on the canal bank;

- 3/4 Sedge Warblers singing from the ditches, plus one performing its song flight;

- 5 Ringed Plovers with the Curlews in the part-flooded fields;

- 3 Gadwall, presumably the same as last week's;

- one small group each of Sand Martin and Swallow.

No Whimbrel, Reed Warbler or House Martin yet. Maybe next week!

Posted April 7th, 2020 at 4:42 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Wrafton

A single Swallow over the scrape this morning, Where are they all?

Posted April 7th, 2020 at 12:28 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Monday 6th April 2020

Broadwoodwidger

Nice to see three Swallows and two House Martins at Broadwoodwidger today.

Posted April 6th, 2020 at 11:08 pm by Adrian Davey in Bird News

Chudleigh

On our daily family walk this afternoon, our first Swallow of the year was the highlight. Total lockdown list so far from Chudleigh is 44.

Posted April 6th, 2020 at 9:14 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Slapton

Walk to beach today - 14 sandwich terns in the bay with a gannet very close. 1 winter plumage great northern diver also quite close. Single swallow overhead on way back to village. A friend in Torcross tells me his house martins are back.

Posted April 6th, 2020 at 6:12 pm by graham burton in Bird News

Hackney Marsh, kingsteignton

Just walked to the marsh’s with the hope of seeing some Swallows or Martins but there were none while I was there. I did see however 

Cetti’s warbler, Sedge Warbler, Willow warbler, Chiff chaff, Blue tit, Long tailed Tit, Heron, Black cap, Little egret, Magpie, Blackbird, Song thrush, Dunnock, Herring gull, Black headed gull, Pigeon, Wood pigeon, Skylark, Crow, Great Tit, Sparrow, Robin, Greenfinch, Mallard, Canada goose, Pheasant, Buzzard. 

It wasn’t until I walked around to the Fountain round about that there were 3 feeding House Martins on Fore St. yay.

Posted April 6th, 2020 at 2:01 pm by Darren in Bird News

Northam

A swallow has just returned to our garage where a pair have bred for the last 15/20 years. Hallelujah!

Posted April 6th, 2020 at 12:14 pm by Roger Doble in Bird News

Sunday 5th April 2020

Berrynarbor

A female Marsh Harrier (our first ever!) and five Swallows (our first of the year) flew over the garden this evening as the rain clouds started to roll in just before dusk.

Posted April 5th, 2020 at 9:41 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Slapton

late afternoon Blackcap singing and 3 swallows over head

Posted April 5th, 2020 at 8:21 pm by Jeff hacon in Bird News

Lockdown in the garden combemartin.

A windy but fine day tinkering in the garden with camera to hand, saw busy birds finding nesting materials,  dunnock,  blue , great and coal tits, wood pigeons,sparrows, Robins blackbirds and lastly a chiffchaff late in the afternoon. Checking the bird boxes in the garden I noticed that a woodpecker has enlarged holes in 3. Of them,  so will have to narrow down the opening somehow.  No more swallows since the other evening. 

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Blue Tit                       Blackbird                              Chiffchaff

Posted April 5th, 2020 at 5:47 pm by Philip worth in Bird News

Swallow

1 swallow seen in between Avonwick and North Huish 

Posted April 5th, 2020 at 4:50 pm by Hamish Johnson in Bird News

Harleston by Slapton

Garden watch highlight was Peregrine over (migrant or local wanderer), Buzzard migration continues with 15NE through the day plus 2 Swallow, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrush, Raven, 2 singing Blackcap & 2 singing Chiffchaff.

Non-avian: Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell & Large White.

Posted April 5th, 2020 at 4:48 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Wrafton

Drake Red-crested Pochard on the pond again today. A few (5/6) Sand Martins and a Swallow, which I also saw over the reserve. A few Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs singing.

Posted April 5th, 2020 at 4:29 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Summer has arrived.............

House Martin and Swallow ticked off today at South Brent....................

Posted April 5th, 2020 at 3:31 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Swallow see from home

Saw my first swallow of the year today (5/4/20) flying east over my house in Old Torrington Road, Barnstaple. A normal day produces Robins, hedge Sparrow, Blackbird, a pair of Chaffinches, Goldfinch, Wood and Feral Pigeons. Seagulls are always floating around and when noisy it is usually to show they are seeing off a Buzzard or two. Last week, as reported by my neighbour, it was a Red Kite. Various Corvids though the pair of Crows that have nested in a large copper beech in my rear neighbour's garden for the last couple of years, are noticeable by their absence.

Posted April 5th, 2020 at 2:17 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News

Saturday 4th April 2020

Riverford Bridge, Dartington

3 House Martins and 2 Swallows over the Dart, mid-pm. The first of both species for me this year. 

Posted April 4th, 2020 at 11:01 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Braunton

2 Swallows flying past this morning.

Posted April 4th, 2020 at 12:40 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Friday 3rd April 2020

Evening swallows CoombeMartin

Sat in the garden early evening, 19.37 , 4 swallows flew over east to west.

Posted April 3rd, 2020 at 7:43 pm by Philip worth in Bird News

South Brent two day round up

Some more interesting birds around the house yesterday, still no Swallows, but a hunting Sparrowhawk seen at height, as I watched it folded its wings and dropped like a bullet after some unsuspecting prey item.
 
A male Blackcap I spotted yesterday was back in the same Oak tree on Hillside, again singing for all he was worth.
 
Saw a GSWP drop into another Oak tree and within moments a Green Woodpecker flew in and landed in almost 
the same spot then I heard a Chiffchaff calling.
 
The Italian type sparrow sp has been around the feeders and nice to see a Wren working its way in and out of the cracks and gaps on a stone wall.... Overnight a Tawny owl calling.
 
Today 3rd April, fly past from five Canada Geese, Raven overhead, at one point not less than eight soaring Buzzards one of which was repeatedly displaying coming down from great height in a vertical stoop.
 
Blackcap on station again as yesterday and photographed as I watched it a Buzzard flushed a Green Woodpecker which landed across the field in an Ash tree which already contained a Song Thrush, so some record shots at
best, Chiffchaff calling but stayed out of sight and a single Redwing this afternoon. 
 
 
The Italian type sparrow has been a regular on the feeders today and I actually managed to get a half decent in flight shot of it at long last.
 
My buddy Keith on his local exercise walk picked up a Chiffchaff and got some nice images of it in full song.
 
And to rub salt into a wound my non birding daughter Lucy who has taken up birding to entertain her two children has had three Swallows turn up at White Oxen near Rattery today.
 
And my first orange tipped butterfly of the season spotted in the garden.
 
 
 
 
 

Posted April 3rd, 2020 at 6:52 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Wednesday 1st April 2020

EXmminster marshes

A quick cycle down the canal to Exminster Marshes around 25 Sand martin and 4 Swallow were the highlights. Several chiffchaff singing as well as 2 Blackcap in song. only one Cettis warbler heard. still good numbers of Teal, Wigeon and Shelduck

Posted April 1st, 2020 at 9:44 pm by Nik Ward in Bird News

Sunday 29th March 2020

Fremington Pill

Roost of about 12 Little Egrets in the trees at the top of the Pill, 10+ shelduck, 20 redshank and 1 swallow seen this morning whilst on daily exercise this morning. 

Posted March 29th, 2020 at 3:35 pm by Paul Bearman in Bird News

Early morning in Exeter

Early morning dog-walking from St. Davids to Trews Weir and back - several singing Chiffchaff, Great Crested Grebes and my first Swallow of the year: one around the canal basin and later at the Millenium Bridge (probably the same bird).


Posted March 29th, 2020 at 12:32 pm by Martin Overy in Bird News

Collaton St Mary

Seen from our bedroom window at 9.15 this morning in the lane - 2 Red-legged Partridges.Last seen here in April 2005. In 2003 they successfully bred in the church graveyard.

Chiichaffs have arrived but still await returning Swallows  and House Martins

Posted March 29th, 2020 at 11:44 am by David Leigh in Bird News

Saturday 28th March 2020

Wrafton

Cycled to the pond and scrape - 6-8 Sand Martins and a Swallow, but with this cold wind certainly not summer yet.

Posted March 28th, 2020 at 1:45 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Tuesday 24th March 2020

Harleston by Slapton

Superb raptor migration over 2 hours this pm, involving 38 Common Buzzards, discounting the resident pair who were very interested, leaving 36 migrating birds generally migrating high NE. Also first Swallow of the year.

Posted March 24th, 2020 at 4:49 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Sunday 22nd March 2020

Velator

After a few hours in the reserve pruning trees and being entertained by at least a dozen Chiffchaffs one of which was singing, I returned to the scrape early evening and reckon up to 100 Sand Martins but no Swallows among  them. Distant view of a female Marsh Harrier over Sherpa Marsh

Posted March 22nd, 2020 at 9:59 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Tuesday 17th March 2020

Late Post - Baggy

Plenty of bird activity at Baggy yesterday morning with several species focused on chasing one another around including Meadow & Rock Pipits parachuting down from the sky!

A male Sparrowhawk flew past in a flash panicking most of the birds including the gulls. A single Swallow flying fast & low over the gorse but only seen once just for a few seconds.

A few Peacock butterflies on the wing & one Small Tortoisehell which we were delighted to see due to the rapid declines in this species during the last few years.


Posted March 17th, 2020 at 9:59 am by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Sunday 15th March 2020

Exminster Marshes

A brief visit this afternoon between the showers 14 Sand Marrtins and 1 Swallow actively feeding over the main lagoon. Also singing chiffchaff and a male Wheatear. 

Posted March 15th, 2020 at 8:43 pm by Ray Hamilton in Bird News

Sunday 8th March 2020

The Daymark, Kingswear.

 A Quick walk before some heavy showers this morning I was rewarded with 5 Skylarks singing over the fields and 4 Swallows flying very low, my first this year. Heavy rain so went to Broadsands. Water Rail and Grey Wagtail on the marsh and a Goldcrest, Greenfinch, Blue and Great Tit in the Alder trees. Also Cirl Bunting in the hedgerow. Nice to hear so much birdsong.

Posted March 8th, 2020 at 2:46 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Thursday 6th February 2020

Climate change or what?

Apologies, but in my eagerness to report the Wilson's Phalarope yesterday, I omitted another quite extraordinary sighting.

At Bowling Green Marsh between 08.45 and 9 o'clock a single SWALLOW flew over.

Posted February 6th, 2020 at 10:22 am by Francis Welland in Bird News

Friday 3rd January 2020

Slapton Ley

Barn Swallow hawking for insects along the edge of Ireland Bay - thousands of" chironomids" on the wing. Bird checked to make sure was not something tropical! Also: Black-necked Grebe, 6 Pochard, 4 Goldeneye, several Common Gull.

Posted January 3rd, 2020 at 4:38 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Tuesday 3rd December 2019

Ilfracombe Swallows

An adult pair and a juvenile seen flying around the Tunnel Beaches and then perched for 10 mins on our telephone wire. Looking cold. Light too bad to get a good shot with a compact.

Posted December 3rd, 2019 at 4:29 pm by Nigel Vince in Bird News

Sunday 24th November 2019

Very late Swallow

Single swallow hunting for insects over Camperdown, Exmouth c 1345hrs today

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 4:37 pm by Cliff Parrott in Bird News

Teignmouth

Great Northern Diver between pier and Ness headland, Herring Gull feeding frenzy at the mouth of the estuary Teignmouth side hundreds of starfish washed up on shoreline gulls attempting some successfully to swallow whole.

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 2:24 pm by Gary Bolton in Bird News

Saturday 23rd November 2019

South Huish marsh and Slapton ley

At South Huish marsh, 2 Pale bellied Brent geese, 10 ringed plover and 10 snipe. Roger spotted a swallow flying over the marsh and Mike Passman pointed out a water pipit. I saw 4 Black-tailed godwits and at least 4 Med gulls. At Slapton several goldcrests and heard several water rail but none seen. Good views of the Black necked grebe and a distant Scaup and 3 goldeneye.

Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover

Mute Swans
Mute Swans

Pale-bellied Brent Goose
Pale-bellied Brent Goose

Posted November 23rd, 2019 at 5:40 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Thursday 14th November 2019

Swallow at Turf Lock, Exminster

A solitary very late Swallow searching for insects in the lock at Turf this afternoon  - where the temperature didn't get above 4 degrees. Good luck little bird, I'm guessing you're going to need it !

Posted November 14th, 2019 at 5:52 pm by Paul Norris in Bird News

Tuesday 5th November 2019

South Hams

At Soar this morning: 2 Ring Ouzels, 2 Black Redstarts, Firecrest, 2 Fieldfares, 16 Redwings, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Reed Bunting, Redpoll sp (presumed Lesser), 150 Jackdaws & overhead, 2,800 Wood Pigeons going in no particular direction (only a handful of Stock Doves with them). Also 3 Roe Deer.

In the afternoon, at Slapton Ley, a Wryneck watched for a few minurtes 500m south of Memorial Car Park, beside the road, before disappearing. Also Black-necked Grebe, 4 Pochards, Chiifchaff & 3 Swallows.  

Posted November 5th, 2019 at 9:33 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Tuesday 22nd October 2019

Berry Head

Some great overhead migration today, the highlights were: 630+ Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 13 Song Thrush, 400+ Wood Pigeon, 23 Swallows, 65 Meadow Pipits, 6 Skylark, 2 Grey Wagtail, 17 'alba' Wagtails, 2 Redpoll, 1 Brambling, 14 Bullfinches, 22 Chaffinch, 10 Siskin, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Yellowhammer. 

Around the headland: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler 200m north of the Wardens Bungalow (near last years Hume's Warbler tree), 2 Firecrest, 28 Goldcrest, 14 Chiffchaff, 1 Ring Ouzel a flock of 22 Long-tailed Tits and 5 more in the quarry.

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                  Yellow-browed Warbler                     Yellow-browed Warbler                         Redwing Flock  

Posted October 22nd, 2019 at 11:57 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 21st October 2019

Slapton Ley

Black-necked Grebe ( Ireland Bay off viewing platform ), 2 Little Grebes,  ( Graveyard Pool ), 21 Wigeons ( Ireland Bay, came in from the North ), 2 Scaup ( still present, between Slapton Bridge and Ireland Bay ), 10 Teals, Peregrine ( male attacking flock of c150 Starlings coming in to roost at Stokeley Bay ), 18 Swallows, 2 Kingfishers   and Wheatear. First 3-400 Woodpigeons/Stock Doves flew south early on. In the bay an Arctic Skua chasing Kittiwakes, 6 mobile Common Scoters and a dark-bellied Brent Goose ( flying north ).

Posted October 21st, 2019 at 7:53 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Prawle Point to Pig's Nose, Sunday 20th

Late report from Sunday 21st. Took the circular around the headland but found no sign of the recently reported wryneck.  Disappointment  was made up for by a brilliant close up sighting of a Short-eared Owl that landed on the path about 50m in front of us. (Not long enough for a photo though).  Other highlights were two Wheatear and six Swallows, along with probable migrant Great Spotted Woodpecker, Bullfinch, Blackcap and several Chiffchaff, amongst good numbers of the usual suspects Cirl Bunting, Yellowhammer, Linnets and Stonechats.

Posted October 21st, 2019 at 3:27 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Wednesday 16th October 2019

East Soar

Late post for yesterday thanks to internet failure: Yellow-browed Warbler (found by PA), 2 Ring Ouzel, Ringed Plover, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (migrants), 19 Swallow, 10 Alba Wagtail, Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 2m Bullfinch and first Reed Bunting of the autumn.

Posted October 16th, 2019 at 1:57 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Tuesday 15th October 2019

Soar

A Yellow-browed Warbler first thing in East Soar willows, 3 Ring Ouzels & a Firecrest in Starehole. Also in the area: Redpoll (presumed Lesser) over, 8 Siskins, Wheatear, White Wagtail, 15 Goldcrests, 9 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, 8 Song Thrushes, Water Rail, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 12 Swallows & a Jay.

Posted October 15th, 2019 at 6:06 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Monday 14th October 2019

Exeter - Starcross

In Belle Isle Park the lone Ring-necked Parakeet chattered into its fifth week of residence, and a Treecreeper was singing, unusually from the Scots Pines.

At the rapidly-enlarging Matford ponds were two Little Grebes and nearly four hundred ducks, well up on last week, but alas of only four species.

In the estuary were several Red-breasted Mergansers and Great Crested Grebes, newly-arrived, and the Golden Plover flock was up to ninety. No Avocet, but twelve other wader spp. seen.

The surprises of the day were a bedraggled Wheatear on the embankment near Turf, and a flock of sixty Swallows near Powderham Church, basically heading South but also attempting to feed in the lee of the trees.

Of the seventy+ spp. encountered, probably twenty+ had acquired some Kelly genes and were singing in the rain.

Posted October 14th, 2019 at 6:26 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Slapton Ley

A good afternoon round the ley turned up male Scaup, Black-necked Grebe, 100+ Kittiwake offshore, 28 Swallow, 6 Firecrest, 2 Blackcap, Grey Wagtail & 2 Marsh Tit.

Non-avian: 6+ Migrant Hawker.

Posted October 14th, 2019 at 5:21 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley

Late post for Sunday: Female Merlin, Sparrowhawk, Firecrest, 7 Swallow, Green Woodpecker - migrant, 2 Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaff & 6 Goldcrest.

Posted October 14th, 2019 at 10:33 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Sunday 13th October 2019

Berry Head

Some overhead migration this morning included: 4 Redwing, 5 Song Thrush, 32 Swallows, 1 Sand Martin, 6 Skylark, 2 Siskin, 11 'alba' Wagtails, 8 Meadow Pipits.

There had been a moderate fall of migrants too: 17 Goldcrest, 23 Chiffchaff, 11 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat.  

Posted October 13th, 2019 at 7:53 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wembury Point

Headed out at 13:00 from the car park. 5 Swallows overhead as well as 2 Skylark and some Pied Wagtails. By the sewage outflow pipe on Langdon Beach, 20+Rock/Meadow Pipit. On the rocks, 10+ Oystercatcher and 3 Little Egret. On our return through the pines at the bottom of the hill, 5 Goldcrest, 5+Linnet. The highlight of the walk though was our first male Firecrest in striking plumage. It was low in the sycamores just to the side of the path that tracks up behind the pines at the bottom of the hill. 

Posted October 13th, 2019 at 3:30 pm by Matt C in Bird News

Saturday 12th October 2019

spoonbills

A mid-afternoon walk at Isley Marsh and Yelland Quay, on an incoming tide, started very quietly but once we overlooked the Taw things improved dramatically. The highlights included 2 spoonbills, 6 bar tailed godwit, 5 turnstones, 1 swallow over the man made sand dune, 100+ curlew, 400+ oystercatchers (fairly evenly split between the north and south side of the Taw), and a grey seal.

distant spoonbills
distant spoonbills

Posted October 12th, 2019 at 8:59 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News

East Soar Ring Ouzels

Plymouth branch members met today for a club field meeting at East Soar and against the odds of bad weather we saw 37 species. The highlight of the day came during our lunch break in the Starehole Valley where we saw three Ring Ouzel one male and two females. The male was showing well and gave the group great views for several minutes. Other stand-out birds included Yellowhammer, Cirl Bunting, Wheatear, Swallows, Sparrowhawk and a stunning male Old English Pheasant.

Posted October 12th, 2019 at 6:33 pm by John Lloyd in Bird News

East Soar

Best today were 2 Ring Ouzels in Starehole Valley with a small influx of 15 Song Thrushes. Also: a large movement of 280 Skylarks, 50 Swallows, 3 Sparrowhawks, 2 Blackcaps, 8 Chiffchaffs, 6 Goldcrests, 15 Siskins over, 9 Bullfinches and the crow with white primaries.

Posted October 12th, 2019 at 5:41 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Friday 11th October 2019

Slapton Ley / Start Bay

Seawatch from Torcross

08:40-10:00, all south

9 Gadwalls, 13 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Pomarine Skuas ( juvs ), 6 Arctic Skuas, 3 unidentified Skuas ( Pom / Arctic ) and around 500 Kittiwakes.

12:00-15:00, all south

23 Gadwalls, Sooty Shearwater ( good record from this location ), 3 Arctic Skuas, 2 unidentified Skuas ( Pom / Arctic ) and 11 Swallows.

Gadwall movement interesting, most looked to be heading around to Beesands Ley, picked up way to far out to have just commuted from Slapton Ley where they have been scarce lately anyhow. The male Scaup is still on the ley at Torcross. Also Little Grebe, 2 Mediterranean Gulls and Coot numbers up to around 200.

 

Posted October 11th, 2019 at 5:07 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Monday 7th October 2019

Braunton Marshes, Horsey & Broadsands

Late aft - Horsey - no small waders but 21 Lapwing, 1 Spoonbill, 10 Little Egret, my first 2 adult Shelduck (back from the moult) not seen any here for a couple of months.

On Braunton Marshes 22 Swallows. At Broadsands on the Taw Estuary on a sand bank, 51 Sanderling,26 Dunlin & 7 Ringed Plover which were later spooked by my first Merlin of the autumn.


Posted October 7th, 2019 at 6:36 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Sunday 6th October 2019

East Soar

Best today was 2 Firecrest in Starehole Valley but also Swallow, 4 White Wagtail, 11 Wheatear, 5 Blackcap, 14 Chiffchaff, 5 Siskin west up the valley, 45 Goldfinch & 200 Linnet.

Posted October 6th, 2019 at 4:21 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Velator

This morning in the reserve I thought that Blue Tit would be the bird of the day, when a flock of 20+ flew over the pond. Fortunately a Swallow flew over, and then a Sparrowhawk flew off leaving a pile of feathers, which at present I haven't identified. Will take a pic later and see if anyone can help.

Posted October 6th, 2019 at 1:34 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Thursday 3rd October 2019

East Prawle

Seawatch 7.00am till 9.45am in strong southerly winds.  1 Black-throated Diver west  at 7.55am (my first of the autumn)  7 Balearic and 3 Manx Shearwaters west . 2 probable Cattle Egrets flew west at 7.15am . A probable Pomarine Skua west at 9.05am. 607 Gannets west.  67 Kittiwakes and 6 Common Scoter west. 4 Med.Gulls west.

Also  a pod of 6 Harbour Porpoises and later a pod of 6+Bottle-nosed Dolphins. Small passage of Swallows and Meadow Pipits west. Over the Hump lots of Linnets, Meadow Pipits and Swallows, and the first of 3 sightings of Merlin. Several Painted Ladies and lots of Red Admirals. Lots of Cirl Buntings and Yellowhammers in sheltered places near the front. (Didn't see any of Alan's Goldcrest 'fall' towards the seashore such is birding in the Prawle area)

Later a few Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps, and 3 Northern Wheatears at the Airfields. 

I dreamt of finding a Black and White Warbler last night , but I don't think that counts !

Posted October 3rd, 2019 at 11:29 pm in Bird News

Soar

Had a good go at it today but it was hard work and then the rains came. Just one Swallow, 2 White Wagtails ( Soar Mill Cove beach ), Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Wheatears, 6 Blackcaps, 30 Chiffchaffs and 12 Goldcrests. At Higher Soar amazed to hear a Skylark singing a good repertoire in the rain, could not see it so maybe from the ground.

Posted October 3rd, 2019 at 8:16 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Wednesday 2nd October 2019

Middle Soar to Southdown Farm.

An afternoon visit so no chance of vis mig but did get 2 Sparrowhawk, female Merlin, Snipe, male Great Spotted Woodpecker (migrant), 12 Swallow, 4 White Wagtail, 3 Pied Wagtail (migrants), 200 Meadow Pipit, 3 Wheatear, 17 Stonechat, 11 Blackcap & 17 Chiffchaff.

Non-avian; 162 Red Admiral, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Comma, 5 Painted Lady, 2 Wall, Clouded Yellow, 15 Large White, 14 Small White & 8 Common Darter.

Posted October 2nd, 2019 at 8:14 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

East Soar and South Huish Marsh

Pretty lively at East Soar this morning (8.45 am to 12.45pm); 1 Merlin, 1000+ Swallows moving through, 30+ House Martins, hundreds of Meadow Pipits (1000+?), 1 Whinchat, c10 Wheatears, c10 Blackcaps, c30 Chiffchaffs, 1 Cettis Warbler, 2 Firecrests, c5 Goldcrests and c300 Linnets etc.

At South Huish Marsh briefly, early pm: 6 Mediterranean Gulls in with the Black-headed and a lone Yellow Wagtail.

Posted October 2nd, 2019 at 6:15 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Tuesday 1st October 2019

Berry Head

Female Sparrowhawk hunting along the hedgerow leading into the car park.

Plenty of small birds around the top of the quarry area, with Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Bullfinch, flocks of Goldfinch,small numbers of Swallow, a large mixed flock of House and Sand Martin, several species of butterfly.

A sea watch was not as productive as hoped for but well entertained by numerous Gannet and Porpoises just off the headland for most of the visit.

Two Great Skua, two Arctic Skua and a solitary Manx Shearwater passing in the distance, a few Kittiwake, several large rafts of Herring gull before the rain stopped play.

Gannet adult & Juvenile

Posted October 1st, 2019 at 1:49 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Monday 30th September 2019

Exeter - Cockwood

A multi-stop outing this morning produced:

1. In Belle Isle Park a Ring-necked Parakeet;

2. At Matford ponds singles of Green Sandpiper and Snipe, three Stock Doves and good numbers of newly-returned Wigeon, Teal and Shoveler, encouraged no doubt by the rising water level;

3.  At Exminster Marshes/Turf a Sparrowhawk, a Wheatear, six Swallows, twenty newly-arrived Golden Plovers, and in the ditches, several Water Rails squealing and Cetti's Warblers singing, plus a few Song Thrushes which I assume are migrants;

4.  In the estuary the Slavonian Grebe, two Black Swans, three Sandwich Terns, and the usual 250+ Turnstones on the Starcross breakwater. 

In total, 70+ species on a Summer/Winter transition day.

Posted September 30th, 2019 at 8:09 pm by James Camden in Bird News

East Soar

Highlight this morning was the first  Ring Ouzel of the autumn, a male in Starehole Valley - plenty of berries here! Also Water Rail, 8 Stock Dove, 7 Swallow, 80 Skylark, 560 Meadow Pipit (200 West & rest grounded), 11 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 21 Magpie on Bolt Head & 350 Linnet.

Posted September 30th, 2019 at 3:22 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Sunday 29th September 2019

Summer migrants flying south

A good number of Swallows and House Martins we’re flying along the coast near Teignmouth today and I returned home to find a Female Redstart flitting from bush to bush in the back garden! Keep an eye out for this one if you live in the Teignmouth area!

Posted September 29th, 2019 at 7:11 pm by Nick D'Agorne in Bird News

BGM ~ Topsham ~ Long-billed Dowitcher & Curlew Sandpiper

The Long-billed Dowitcher and a Curlew Sandpiper showing well at RSPB Bowling Green Marsh this morning.

Good numbers of Curlew, Redshank, Black Tailed Godwit, 46 Greenshank, small number of Bar Tailed Godwit, Lapwing, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Ruff, Heron, a short passage of Swallows.

 

Posted September 29th, 2019 at 10:14 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Thursday 26th September 2019

Start point, Beesands and Slapton

mid am at Start Point, hundreds of Meadow Pipits, a couple of Wheatears, over 100 Swallows and a Peregine plus during a short sea watch, hundreds of Gannets fishing offshore, 1 Bonxie, about 15 Balearic and a few Manx Shearwaters and one Sandwich Tern. At Beesands, late am, 55 Gadwall, c10 Sand Martins and another two Wheatears and at Slapton, early pm, a juv Hobby taking dragonflies in front of the Torcross hide, a few Common Terns offshore and a dark ad Arctic Skua close in off the memorial carpark harassing Kittiwakes. Finally, another Hobby low over the road a little inland of Strete.

Posted September 26th, 2019 at 8:41 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Wednesday 25th September 2019

Velator

3 Swallows over late morning. The river is full of run-off from the recently ploughed fields so not much chance of Kingfisher or Dipper at present, but a Grey Wagtail was there when I left. Sparrowhawk, Buzzard and Kestrel all close by or over the reserve.

Posted September 25th, 2019 at 7:47 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Tuesday 24th September 2019

Berry Head

Seawatching 0700-0900hrs in reality the counting was up until 0830 then many of the seabirds started to mill around and linger so counting stopped: 24 Arctic Skua, 13 Great Skua, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Balearic Shearwaters, 1 Common Tern, 3 Sandwich Terns, 650 Kittiwake, 1 Common Gull and 5 Harbour Porpoise.

Around the quarry and woods: 3 Firecrest, 6 Goldcrest, 7 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap and 7 Swallows over head. , 

Posted September 24th, 2019 at 10:45 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 23rd September 2019

Velator

A lone Swallow briefly over the reserve this morning, before I chickened out in front of the arriving rain.

Posted September 23rd, 2019 at 3:47 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Friday 20th September 2019

Chambercombe Manor

Single Chiffchaff in good voice 0820 this morning with c50 House Martins and a few Swallows overhead. 2 Southern Hawker Dragonfly in a small patch of sunlight with Red Admiral, Peacock and Speckled Wood Butterfly also present. No Painted Lady this visit.

Posted September 20th, 2019 at 12:49 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

Thursday 19th September 2019

Prawle Point

Hadn't intended to viz mig when I arrived at Prawle at 7.15am but soon engaged with the spectacle of thousands of hirundines flying into the ESE brisk breeze. Watched intensely until 8.45 and estimated at least 10,000 stretching out from over the sea to the airfields (fields just beyond Prawle village). Mostly swallows and house martins but also at least 800 Sand Martins. Also large movement of Meadow Pipits (6-700); Linnets (4-500), Skylarks (150+). And Alba Wagtails (40+) Also of note passage of Jackdaws and Magpies.

In field with Black Cattle there were 5 Yellow Wagtails. Later 6 Wheatear and 8 Chiffchaffs and a few Blackcaps. I White Wagtail at Horsley Cove and a Goldcrest at Stallions Bite.

I left at 1pm and popped into Aveton Gifford to see the Lesser Yellowlegs. Later Pat texted me to say he'd seen a White Stork fly in off into Pig's Nose Valley at 1.15pm and later seen high over Bolt Head !

Posted September 19th, 2019 at 5:26 pm in Bird News

East to Middle Soar

900 Swallows moving east in one hour - 0840 to 0940  final total 1010. Also 45 House Martin, 55 Skylark, Sand Martin, 130 Meadow Pipit, 3 Wheatear, 55 Goldfinch, 8 Greenfinch & 360 Linnet.

Posted September 19th, 2019 at 3:18 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Soar area

This morning, 20 Yellow Wagtail (in two cattle fields), Golden Plover over, 4 Wheatear, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 500+ Linnet, Peregrine, 2 Yellowhammers and 1m Cirl Bunting. Hundreds of Swallow, House Martin and a few Sand Martin over between 0800 and 0900.

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Posted September 19th, 2019 at 2:14 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Wednesday 18th September 2019

West Soar/Soar Mill Valley/Southdown Farm

A good tally included 200 Gannet fishing off West Soar, 2 Sparrowhawk, Hobby, migrant Great Spotted Woodpecker, 150 Swallow, 170 House Martin, Sand Martin, 300 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 5 Wheatear, 14 Stonechat, 4 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff & 520 Linnet.

Non-avian: 4 Red Deer (first ever record & not the usual Sika), mature female Red-veined Darter, 6 Common Darter, Clouded Yellow, 158 Red Admiral, 41 Painted Lady, Comma & 9 Wall Brown.

Later back at Harleston: Hobby overhead, male Emperor over pond and Wall Brown - quite a day!

Posted September 18th, 2019 at 3:27 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Avon Dam ~ South Brent

A visit to the Avon dam yesterday, below the dam was the scene of most bird activity with Stonechat, Linnet, Goldfinch, a lone Swallow, two very pale alba type Wagtails, Chiffchaff, Dipper, Raven and Buzzard.

Posted September 18th, 2019 at 7:31 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Tuesday 17th September 2019

Beer Head

A visit by the E Devon group today was very productive for the 11 members who came - varying from some very experienced birders to a couple who are very new to it all.  About 2 dozen species were seen, including a Sparrowhawk hunting through the myriad Meadow Pipits (several 100) in front of us, 2 Peregrine overhead, a Kestrel and several Buzzards.  A flock of  Yellow Wagtail, numbering at least 20, were with the pipits in a clover field, not with cattle, and in the same field were at least 1 Tree Pipit and several Skylarks.  An excellent close view of a perched Raven, 50+ Swallows, c 10 House Martins, several Wheatear and Chiffchaff wee also of interest.  (We missed a Redstart, seen earlier in the day.)  Several of us saw an unidentified seabird, possibly an Arctic Skua, but distance and bright sun behind prevented confirmation.

Posted September 17th, 2019 at 5:53 pm by Colin Randall in Bird News

South Huish marsh

Blk t godwit 26 . 600+ swallows .5. Stock doves. 8 Cl.yellows.

Posted September 17th, 2019 at 5:21 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

South Huish marsh

Blk t godwit 26 . 600+ swallows .5. Stock doves. 8 Cl.yellows.

Posted September 17th, 2019 at 5:21 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Monday 16th September 2019

East & Middle Soar

A curious dearth of scrub migrants (just one Chiffchaff) but 210 House Martin, 80 Swallow, 3 Wheatear, 550 Linnet, 13 Jackdaw east & Carrion Crow with white primaries.

Posted September 16th, 2019 at 2:50 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Saturday 14th September 2019

Slapton Ley

2500+ Swallows in to roost reedbed at tank car park

Posted September 14th, 2019 at 7:55 pm by Steve Wadsworth in Bird News

Friday 13th September 2019

East & Middle Soar

A good range of migrants this morning: Swallow 115, House Martin 50, Tree Pipit 2, Meadow Pipit 325, White Wagtail 4, Grey Wagtail 1, Stonechat 17, Whinchat 1, Wheatear 13, Whitethroat 9, Blackcap 16, Chiffchaff 13, Willow Warbler 2, Spotted Flycatcher 1 & Linnet 300.

Back at Harleston in garden, Palmate Newt, Southern Hawker, Common Darter, Clouded Yellow & 9 Painted Lady.

Posted September 13th, 2019 at 4:02 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Tuesday 10th September 2019

Soar

Lots of Wheatears today; I counted 64 but there were probably more. Also: Spotted Flycatcher, Tree Pipit, 2 Yellow & 13 White Wagtails, 14 Blackcaps, 11 Chiffchaffs, 8 Whitethroats, Goldcrest, Ringed Plover, 50+ House Martins, 150 Swallows & 2 Roe Deer.

Posted September 10th, 2019 at 3:22 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Monday 9th September 2019

BGM

Usual waders at BGM on high tide - Common Sandpiper (also one on Goosemoor - same one?) two Greenshank (approx 20 on Goosemoor mostly obscured), 3 Pintail,. Darts Farm during a heavy shower at around 17.10 - Buzzard, small flock of Linnet (40-50), Swallow, lots of Pied Wag with the Devon Red herd and two Yellow Wags and one Wheatear - never close enough to photo.

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Posted September 9th, 2019 at 7:12 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Sunday 8th 7-8 pm c5000 Swallows and House Martins gathering over the Ley, Torcross end pre-roost.

Posted September 9th, 2019 at 3:55 pm by Steve Wadsworth in Bird News

Sunday 8th September 2019

late swift

swift over the house with swallows and house martins just outside okehampton this morning,will it be the last?

Posted September 8th, 2019 at 8:53 pm by laurence smith in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Little Grebe, 21 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Teals, 7 Gadwalls, 52 Tufted Ducks, Pochard, 187 Coots, Greenshank, Kingfisher, 30 Swallows, Rock Pipit and 2 Wheatears. Offshore 4 lingering Sandwich Terns. 12 Common Scoters and a Common Tern flew south.

Posted September 8th, 2019 at 5:05 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

River Plym and Saltram

31 Curlew, 5 Oystercatcher and 5 Greenshank on Blaxton Meadow on the incoming tide.

RNParakeets heard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Wheatear, 1 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 1 Kestrel, 1 House Martin, 30+Swallow in a feeding flock with adults feeding young mid-air, Stock Doves,1 Firecrest,  2 Roe Deer, 1 Toad, 2 Clouded Yellows and 1 Comma around Saltram Park

Whinchat
Whinchat

Clouded Yellow
Clouded Yellow

Posted September 8th, 2019 at 3:52 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Thursday 5th September 2019

Soar

Nice mix of common migrants again this morning: 1 Common Swift, c10 Sand Martins, c25 House Martins, c100 Swallows, 2 Tree Pipits, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Whinchats, 1 Sedge Warbler, c25 Whitethroats, c10 Blackcaps, c5 Willow Warblers and c5 Chiffchaffs.

Posted September 5th, 2019 at 3:29 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Sunday 1st September 2019

Hobby ~ South Brent

Second day running with a Hobby seen from home at South brent, yesterday's visit with the bird  hunting Swallows was impressive, today's visit demonstrated the Hobby's incredible speed and agility and this time it took a Swallow clean out of the air after a lightning quick turn.

Tawny owl heard calling at 10am, steady trickle of House Martins overhead throughout the day.

Posted September 1st, 2019 at 4:47 pm by Steve HOPPER in Bird News

Friday 30th August 2019

Hobby ~ South Brent

Stunning views late this afternoon of a Hobby over the garden at South Brent trying to snatch newly fledged Swallows, they only took to the wing yesterday so that was a rude awakening for them.

Posted August 30th, 2019 at 7:46 pm by Steve HOPPER in Bird News

Tuesday 27th August 2019

East to West Soar

Best today; 3 Pied Flycatcher, 90 Yellow Wagtail (50 East & 40 West), 11 Wheatear, 4 Chiffchaff, 62 Swallow, Tree Pipit, 500 Linnet - shame I didn't venture down Starehole Valley!

Non-avian: 24 Clouded Yellows on red clover field at West Soar; c.700 flower spikes of Autumn Lady's Tresses in main colony & 24 spikes in satellite colony. 3 Migrant Hawkers.

Posted August 27th, 2019 at 4:09 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Monday 26th August 2019

Lower Tamar Lake.

1 Willow Warbler, 3 Tufted Ducks, 12+ Mallards, 20+ Swallows, 11 House Martins, 27 Coot, 7 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Jay, 1 Wren,1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 

1 Painted Lady, 1 Peacock, 5 Tortoiseshells, 1 Small White, 1 Common Darter, 6 Beautiful Demoiselles, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Black tailed Skimmer.

Harvey Kendall & Barry Bryne.

Posted August 26th, 2019 at 1:27 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

East Soar

A visit from 0630-0900 was quite productive, particularly around the farm. c60 Yellow wagtails in the cow field (and if you go into the field to take photos of the wagtails you risk being sucked or licked to death by the world's friendliest cows), 2 alba wagtails, heard Tree Pipit flying over, 1 Common Redstart, 8 Wheatear, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 8+ Common Whitethroat,5+ Blackcap, 3 Pied Flycatcher, 20+ Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 200+ House Martin and c50 Swallow.

Posted August 26th, 2019 at 11:58 am by Simon Tonge in Bird News

Sunday 25th August 2019

Rillage Point to Watermouth

Migrants on Saturday 24th: a Marsh Harrier, 3 Grey Herons, 2 Green Sandpipers, 4 Black-headed Gulls, 46 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 6 Swifts, 4 Sand Martins, 107 Swallows, 2 House Martins, 1 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaffs, 1 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroats, 1 Wheatear & 1 Grey Wagtail.

On Sunday 25th: 1 Whimbrel, 3 Snipe, 56 Black-headed Gulls, 63 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 34 Swallows, 3 Willow Warblers, 4 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, 5 Whitethroats & 1 Grasshopper Warbler.

Posted August 25th, 2019 at 12:18 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

Osprey again perched  in Lincombe Woods. 49 Dunlins in Charleton Bay. On Charleton Marsh a brief Wood Sandpiper, 5 Teals, Kingfisher, 300 plus Swallows, Yellow Wagtail and Tree Pipit.

Posted August 25th, 2019 at 10:48 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Exmouth

Orcombe Point with Derek this morning - Tawny Pipit low NW over the top of Gore Lane, calling @0850. It followed a flock of 175+ House Martin, also NW. Otherwise - 4+ Tree Pipit, 2+ Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Wheatear, 1 alba wagtail, 2 Swift, 3+ Blackcap and a Whitethroat. Many other hirundines, including Swallow moving through but most too high to count - audible only.

Posted August 25th, 2019 at 10:18 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Saturday 24th August 2019

East Soar

A brief visit brought 42 Yellow Wagtails, 140 Swallow, Sand Martin, 10 House Martin & 500 Herring Gulls on stubbles.

Posted August 24th, 2019 at 2:34 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Friday 23rd August 2019

Garden birding

Sat in garden and heard swifts which eventually  numbered around the 30 mark.Half hour later flock of 10 buzzards casually drifting south.Then a cormarant no higher than 30 mtrs heading towards the coast.8:00-09:30.A mixed flock of hirundines contained 20 house martins 6 swallow and another 8 swifts at14:00.Too finish a low flying female sparrow hawk.All over clovelly rd Bideford.

Posted August 23rd, 2019 at 9:23 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Garden birding

Sat in garden and heard swifts which eventually  numbered around the 30 mark.Half hour later flock of 10 buzzards casually drifting south.Then a cormarant no higher than 30 mtrs heading towards the coast.8:00-09:30.A mixed flock of hirundines contained 20 house martins 6 swallow and another 8 swifts at14:00.Too finish a low flying female sparrow hawk.All over clovelly rd Bideford.

Posted August 23rd, 2019 at 9:23 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

New Road, Teignmouth

Afternoon, again skywards, c100 House Martins over, c10 Swallows, a Swift at 13:00 another 17:00. Also a lot of Herring Gulls c60 wheeling in a small area overhead, possibly anting, anyway feeding on insects. Amazing photos of Dolphins, Rupert Kirkwood.

Posted August 23rd, 2019 at 9:19 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Soar

A Hobby, 31 Yellow Wagtails, Tree Pipit, Sand Martin, Wheatear, 15+ Whitethroats, c30 Swallows, c30 House Martins, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackcap & Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary.

Posted August 23rd, 2019 at 6:58 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

05.40-08.15: A promisingly mellow late-summer/early-autumn dawn yielded rather little in the way of visible or audible migration, with the more notable species being a Grey Heron flying W well out over the sea, 48 Swallows moving through in small groups, 2 House Martins, 8 Chiffchaffs, 9 Blackcaps, 12 Whitethroats, 4 Stonechats and 3 Grey Wagtails.

Posted August 23rd, 2019 at 12:16 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Crownhill Down

One Whinchat with flock of 12 Stonechat at base of the Down first thing. Single Tree Pipit over. 35+Swallow and single Sand Martin east. Good numbers of residents including Green Woodpecker and flock of 35 Goldfinch. 

Posted August 23rd, 2019 at 8:27 am by Chris E in Bird News

Wednesday 21st August 2019

Teignmouth Garden, New Road

16:00 Looking skywards, 60+ House Martin, 7+ Swallow, one Swift and a Sparrowhawk. Lots of Painted Ladies, Red Admirals and Small Tortoiseshell. Great views of a Southern Hawker

Posted August 21st, 2019 at 8:00 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Cookworthy Moor, near Ashwater

The clearfell and forestry areas this morning produced:-

4 Redpolls, 1 Jay, 1 Buzzard, 1 Stonechat, numerous Swallows feeding over the clearfell plus a few Sand Martins, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Crossbill (heard), Blue and Great Tits.  1 Gatekeepe.

Harvey Kendall & Barry Bryne..

Posted August 21st, 2019 at 11:47 am by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Tuesday 20th August 2019

East Soar

Migrants beginning to trickle through with Redstart, Spotted Flycatcher, 19 Whitethroat, 7 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler & Green Woodpecker (only 2nd record this year). Also Sparrowhawk, 50 Swallow, 40 House Sparrow.

Non-avian: 33 Painted Lady, 49 Small Copper, 2 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Golden-ringed Dragonfly.

Flora: 178 Autumn Lady's Tresses flower spikes - a sensational count and thanks to National Trust for not grazing this area.

Posted August 20th, 2019 at 2:24 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Tuesday 13th August 2019

Velator

In the reserve late this evening tape-luring Swallows. Monday night  - 1, Tuesday night - 85, Tonight 35. Year total now over 400. Also ringed Kingfisher no 12, another juvenile. Flying over were at least 12 Swifts.

By the bridge to the reserve one, occasionally 2 Dipper these last few days.

Posted August 13th, 2019 at 10:13 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Sunday 11th August 2019

Velator etc

Late evening visit to try and boost the Swallow catch - only caught one! But also ringed another Kingfisher, and retrapped one from a few weeks back. (I saw two Kingfishers in the reserve earlier on today). In the field next to the one south of the reserve, the farmer has cut the grass and there were several hundred Swallows chasing insects there for a while. Only a few came and inspected the tape recorder. Over the reserve were 5 Swift, the first I've seen in several days.

A Black-tailed Godwit for it's third day out on the scrape.

Best bird was a male Marsh Harrier, which flew south from the reserve towards the reed-bed.

Posted August 11th, 2019 at 9:57 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Saturday 10th August 2019

brixham-churston

flock of swallows feeding over farmland above copythorne rd yesterday morning

Posted August 10th, 2019 at 9:27 am by graham folkerd in Bird News

Thursday 1st August 2019

Velator

Odd.. Haven't seen any Painted Ladys at all for a few weeks then suddenly there were 5 in the reserve this afternoon feeding on Thistle flowers. + another by the entrance bridge.

Another 35 Swallows caught tonight.

Posted August 1st, 2019 at 10:17 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Sunday 28th July 2019

Velator/Sherpa

Walked around Sherpa Marsh yesterday evening. About 30 Swans, including 5 + 2 well-grown Cygnets. 2 Grey Herons, but no sign of any Egrets, Great or Little. 1 Lapwing, a few each of Swallow, Sand and House Martin. Best was a Peregrine chasing the Starling flock into the reed-bed.

Later on ringing Swallows produced a further 56 birds plus a Sand Martin.

Posted July 28th, 2019 at 8:36 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Saturday 27th July 2019

Velator

New creature in the reserve yesterday, and seen briefly again today - Common Lizard. Ringed about 130 Swallows this week (so far) virtually all juveniles, so it seems breeding is ok, but this is a small sample.

And, I have a pair of Swallows nesting in my car port at home too!

Posted July 27th, 2019 at 4:18 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Yesterday at Prawle 26th July

Short late seawatch from 8.10 to 10.40am produced 15 Balearic Shearwaters, 29 Manx Shearwaters and 2 Common Scoter. Also 4-5 Common Dolphins breaching going west. Small movement of hirundines, Swallows and House Martins. 

At the point 2 Grayling Butterflies (not seen often here). Also a small Pearl Bordered Fritillary. At Moorwell pond, being de-weeded, Emperor Dragonflies and Black-Tailed Skimmers and Blue-Tailed Damselflies.

Previous week, on 19th July a seawatch from 7.15am till 4pm produced 11 Balearic ,933 Manx Shearwaters; a Bonxie and a Puffin,172 Gannets, 13 Mediterranean Gulls and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull.

Posted July 27th, 2019 at 11:21 am in Bird News

Wednesday 24th July 2019

Velator

Not much happening of late, but this morning on arrival a female/juv Kestrel on the entrance telegraph pole, and a Sparrowhawk circling over the SW corner - carrying one of my birds grrr! and being mobbed by half a dozen Swallows. In the reserve the first Whitethroat I've seen there this year and a brief visit of a Kingfisher. House Martin and Swift flying over and then a small group of Rooks and Jackdaws flew over going west and a few minutes later came back heading east! As I was leaving I went round to look out over the marsh and my attention was immediately drawn to two large white birds perched on bushes in the NE part of the marsh. Both were Great Egrets, and as I was calling Sue Bruce to alert her, they flew south and I think landed around the main pond opposite the Toll House. A Little Egret flying with them gave a good perspective of size. Sue told me she had heard a Quail on the Great field I think she said on Monday in the middle of the day.

Posted July 24th, 2019 at 12:07 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Saturday 20th July 2019

Swallowtail

I met a couple at Velator the other day who saw a Swallowtail in their garden in West Down within the last few days.

Posted July 20th, 2019 at 8:32 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Swallowtail Yelland

Over the wildflower meadows on the waste site adjacent to the old power station at Yelland, this continental swallowtail was seen and photographed by my mother in law on Wednesday just gone. I was 15 minutes behind and did not see it. 

A one off migrant perhaps but a reminder of just how special this site is for wildflowers, inverts and wildlife full stop. Hope locals will do what they can to campaign against development here. 

Posted July 20th, 2019 at 8:08 pm by TOM WILLIAMS in Bird News

Tuesday 16th July 2019

Dartmoor Shaugh Lake Quarry

Lovely afternoon walking around the quarry (not trespassing as i work there). Lots of Wheatear, Sky Larks, Meadow Pipits, Sand Martins, Swallows, Pied Wagtails, Goldfinches, Tufted Ducks, Little Grebes and a pair of Reed Buntings to name a few.

Sand Martin
Sand Martin

Skylark
Skylark

Wheatear
Wheatear

Posted July 16th, 2019 at 8:16 pm by Duncan Leitch in Bird News

HAYTOR WALK

Eleven members enjoyed the sunny weather walking to and round the quarry to the north of Haytor rocks.   Good views of male Yellowhammer, juvenile Wheatear, several Chiffchaff (possibly some were Willow Warblers) and many Stonechat.  Blackcap in the quarry with plenty of Swallows flying round including some juveniles.   We moved to Blackslade Water and located a Marsh Tit along with Stonechat, Goldfinch, Swallows and Chiff / Willow W..  Species count: 24.  

Posted July 16th, 2019 at 7:14 pm by Geoff Green in Bird News

Monday 8th July 2019

Velator

Hooray! 4 Black-tailed Godwits on the scrape! Along with a Pied Wagtail and 2 Swallows. A male Tufted Duck on Sherpa pond. 2 Sand Martins over the pond.

Posted July 8th, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Thursday 4th July 2019

Dawlish Warren

4th July 2019

The long-staying Slavonian Grebe and 15 Sandwich Tern were the highlights.

Also Buzzard, Kestrel, Little Egret, Curlew, Oystercatcher, Swallow, Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff, Stonechat, Linnet and Reed Bunting.

Later at Flow Point were 18 Little Egret, 5 Grey Heron and 2 Shelduck with 3 young.

Posted July 4th, 2019 at 5:30 pm by C L North in Bird News

Tuesday 18th June 2019

Thornhillhead N.Devon

The male sparrowhawk that visits regularly has had a couple of successful days. Ambushed a female sparrow yesterday after hiding in a favourite spot in a hedge. Similar tactics today resulted in a blue tit late morning. Yesterdays catch was nearly lost to a magpie while it was being plucked on a post but the sparrowhawk successfully made off down the hedge avoiding the attention of a pursuing jackdaw. This male seems quite inquisitive and spent some time earlier this morning poking about in full view just a couple of feet off the ground and was back again this evening ignoring the alarm calls and swoops of our nesting swallows

Posted June 18th, 2019 at 11:30 pm by Mark West in Bird News

Monday 17th June 2019

Plym Estuary & Saltram

At least 7 Mediterranean Gulls (6+ 1st-s & 1 2nd-s), amongst the 23 adult Shelducks, 6 ducklings, 25 Mandarin Ducks, the lone Curlew still about, 3 Oystercatchers, 3 Stock Doves, 4 juv Stonechats, Great Spotted Woodpecker, a pair of Swallows with 4 juvs at the breeding site near Laira Bridge & 6 Roe Deer (2 bucks & 4 does).

Posted June 17th, 2019 at 10:11 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Chambercombe

 8 Swifts and 1 Swallow flying S 0830 this morning. Yesterday, through window, a Feral Pigeon enamoured with a less than enthusiastic Dove (ringed) and a Woodmouse waiting beneath feeders in hope of a spill.

Feral Pigeon / DoveWoodmouse
Feral Pigeon / Dove            Wood mouse

Posted June 17th, 2019 at 12:34 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

Sunday 16th June 2019

Sedge Warbler

Instow dunes at the Yelland end were a couple of Sedge Warblers feeding their chicks.  A small number of Swallows, a Stonechat and a couple of Crows.

Sedge Warbler
Sedge Warbler

Posted June 16th, 2019 at 1:24 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Saturday 15th June 2019

Siskins

On Dartmoor yesterday 14 June I saw a number of Siskins, a Nuthatch, male and female Chaffinch and usual Blue tits, Great tits and lots of Swallows.

Female SiskinMale Siskin
Female Siskin                                                   Male Siskin

Posted June 15th, 2019 at 12:51 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Friday 14th June 2019

Turf Lock

I have been keeping a eye on the pontoon where I know at least 3 Swallow nests are, 2 have fledged this morning, 1 set of 4 and another of 5. By the sound of the noisy chicks on the 3rd nest they wont be long to join the rest. The adults finding plenty of food along the canal bank. With the apparent Swallow numbers down this year, its great to see all these fledglings in one place.

    

Posted June 14th, 2019 at 2:05 pm by simon Thurgood in Bird News

Wednesday 12th June 2019

Swallow - Wrafton Pond

Emailed ML with original photo & noted a crack in the upper mandible which suggests a fracture or breakage due to a possible collision.

I noted this morning that this bird was flying very slowly & while stalling, picking insects from the leaves of shrubs which suggests the growth impairs it's ability to feed in the usual manner so has had to adapt it's feeding behaviour to some extent to allow for this, though the poor bird is obviously struggling to survive.

Posted June 12th, 2019 at 3:41 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Wrafton Pond, Taw Estuary

Stopped off at the pond to have a look on my way along the Tarka trail to  Barnstaple.  4 House Martins & 2 Swallows were foraging within a few metres of the boardwalk .One of the Swallows was so close to where I was standing I had to take a step back to avoid a possible collision.

This one Swallow alighted twice on the handrail at the side of the boardwalk only 2 metres away from where I was standing & rested for some time. My initial assessment was the bird was exhausted or unwell.

Looking at the photos when I got home I noticed it had an abnormal upper mandible. I have not been able to identify what it is. Is it a growth of some sort from an injury or a parasite that has attached itself to the bill?

Good to see at least one pair of Shelduck with 10 juveniles on the north side of the Taw estuary between Chivenor & Barnstaple, but could only find one pair.

   

Posted June 12th, 2019 at 1:17 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Tuesday 11th June 2019

Dawlish, a positive note!

After being inspired by my good friend Mark Glanvile who runs “Bristol Swifts” these last couple years I’ve been trying to find out more about the Swifts, Swallows and House Martins that nest around Dawlish. On my evening walk around the center, unfortunately didn’t see the Alpine Swift seen earlier but did see 15 Common Swifts. They seem to be nesting in three main areas and have reclaimed a historic nesting site that wasn’t used last year, the number do seem to be up.

While Swallows do seemed to have disappeared this year, House Martins have found a new nesting site in the new housing development next to Sainsbury’s, 20+ birds here which is a positive sign, the odd thing here is they are only nesting on houses with the white render, don’t know why?

Posted June 11th, 2019 at 8:09 pm by simon Thurgood in Bird News

Monday 3rd June 2019

Lower Tamar Lake

4 Mute Swans, 10+ Mallards plus 5 well-grown juveniles, 1 Cormorant, 4 Tufted Ducks, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Blackcap, 3 Blue Tits, 2 Great Tits, 1 Willow Tit, c.12 Swallows, 2 Blackbirds.

Posted June 3rd, 2019 at 12:29 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Friday 24th May 2019

Prawle Point

05:45-07:00: Very quiet but wasn't expecting much! Single Great Nothern Diver, 3 Manx Shearwater and 6 Canada Goose west, 8 Common Scoter east.  Lots of auks, mostly Guillemot, and Gannet mainly flying west too.

Good selection of warblers, tits, finches and buntings singing in the bushes, and several Swallow hanging around.  Single male Stonechat also.

Posted May 24th, 2019 at 10:40 am by Nigel Sluman in Bird News

Tuesday 21st May 2019

Exmoor,the Devon side.

Redstart,Pied Flycatcher,Willow Warbler ,Bullfinch GS Woodpecker,Tree Creeper,Nuthatch, Black Cap,Cuckoo,Dipper,Pied and Grey Wagtail, and Whinchat. More Swallows this week and Martins.Didnt see Spotted Flycatcher, hopefully next time.

TreecreeperWhinchatBlackcap
Treecreeper                           Whinchat                                     Blackcap

Posted May 21st, 2019 at 7:26 pm by john elvin in Bird News

Monday 20th May 2019

Isley/Home Farm

Walked along the Tarka Trail to home farm this evening, no sign of the Osprey, but closer scrutiny of the shoreline at Isley showed that it was there, on the edge of the saltmarsh (about 6.35p.m.) It then flew west. Thanks to Dave P for posting about it's presence once again.

I headed over to the Skern, where, well not a lot really, max 16 Herring Gulls, 6 Oystercatchers, 13 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover 1 Shelduck, and 1 Whimbrel. A pair of Wheatears, a Skylark, a Pied Wagtail and 3 Swallows.

Posted May 20th, 2019 at 9:53 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Friday 17th May 2019

Toll road- Braunton

7am this morning, a flock of about 15 Little Egrets , just 2 swifts, and several swallows 

Posted May 17th, 2019 at 7:56 pm by Beth Woollam in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh

More Swifts this morning, (about 15). More House Martins too (about 50). Looking around for Swallows I was surprised to find them (about a dozen) perched on the reed-bed. 1 Little Egret, 3 Grey Herons, and an odd male Tufted Duck.

Posted May 17th, 2019 at 12:36 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Tuesday 14th May 2019

exminster marsh

taking a early walk from the rsbp carpark by the railway line, there were sand martins, house martins, swallows and two hobbys hunting over the marsh, and on the way back to the carpark i had good views of the lesser whitethroat.

Posted May 14th, 2019 at 6:41 pm by roger jewell in Bird News

Saturday 11th May 2019

Exmoor,the Devon side.

Redpoll,Willow Warbler,Pied flycatcher,Spotted Flycatcher,Redstart,Blackcap,Cuckoo,Whinchat,Grey Wagtail, Dipper,GreenWoodpecker,Larks Pipits,2 Swift ,nice numbers of swallows and martins,really pleased with the good amounts of birds especially nice to see 6 spotted flycatchers.

RedstartSpotted FlycatcherWhinchat
Redstart                                   Spotted Flycatcher                  Whinchat Eds: Stonechat

Posted May 11th, 2019 at 5:35 pm by john elvin in Bird News

Friday 10th May 2019

Velator

Delighted to report the arrival of 6 new mowing machines in the reserve this morning. In the form of Canada Geese goslings. They were already in the meadow when I was leaving.

Lots of Swallows House and Sand Martins around Sherpa this evening, But still no Yellow Wagtail. 3/4 Swift. 4 Grey Herons and 3 Cormorants flew off.

Posted May 10th, 2019 at 10:08 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Morte Point

0650 - 1125. 60+ Manx Shears flying W, 2 Canada Geese flying E (my 107th species for this site), 1 Whimbrel (first this year), 1 Sedge Warbler in full song, 1 Common Gull, 2 Gannet, 7 Willows, 1 Chiff, 8 Whitethroat, c25 House Martin, 10 Sand Martin, 18 Swallow plus 22 other Species. 1 Orange Tip the only butterfly.

Canada GeeseWhimbrel
Canada Geese                           Whimbrel

Posted May 10th, 2019 at 3:40 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

Thursday 9th May 2019

Velator/Sherpa

This evening walked round Sherpa accompanied by the inquisitive cattle which actually help as a sort of mobile hide! In the centre field with a small strip of mud/water at last a few Wagtails: 5 Pied and 2 White. Also a strange record of a very muddy-footed male Whinchat! Good numbers of Swallows and Sand Martins and several Swifts too. First set (of 3) Canada goslings.

In the reserve caught a modest 5 Swallows and a Sedge Warbler. Plus a Reed Warbler which I ringed in July 2014 as a 3J so now near 5 years old.

Posted May 9th, 2019 at 10:16 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Sunday 5th May 2019

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Highlights of this mornings high tide & walk around Saltram were the following: 

Whimbrel 5, Curlew 1, Dunlin 1, Common Sandpiper 1, Wheatear 1(f), House Martin 5, Swallow c10 & Stock Dove 4.

Posted May 5th, 2019 at 11:32 am by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Saturday 4th May 2019

Slapton

Cold wind at Slapton but great views of Whitethroats along the front, and some really close views of cetti's warblers near the bridge. Lots of house martins over the ley and swallows.

WhitethroatGreat Crested GrebeGrey Heron
Whitethroat                          Great Crested Grebe                              Grey Heron

Posted May 4th, 2019 at 9:39 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Fremington Quay towards Bideford on the Tarka Trail

Good amounts of Swallows today,6 Whimbrel,sedge warblers, willow warblers,whitethroat,busy with nesting,cetti calling not seen.Very cold wind off the river but nice in the sun.

Whitethroat.Sedge WarblerWillow Warbler
Whitethroat.          Sedge Warbler                                                  Willow Warbler

Posted May 4th, 2019 at 7:52 pm by john elvin in Bird News

Bursdon Moor & Summerwell.

6 Willow Warblers, 5 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps, 1 Redpoll, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Tree Pipit displaying, 3 Buzzards, 1 Skylark, 1 Dunnock, c.100 Swallows, 1 House Martin, 3 Stonechats, several Chaffinches.

Harvey Kendall & Barry Bryne.

Posted May 4th, 2019 at 6:41 pm by Harvey Kendall. in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

6am -  10.30 At least 3 Cettis, lots of Sedge Warblers and a few Reed Warb, Reed Bunting, 2 Swifts, Numerous Sand, house martins and Swallows, Whimbrel, gadwall, Blackcap (M) A Field mouse. a Shrew and a puncture DOH!

Sedge vid - 

https://youtu.be/zDO0AyiVprc

Sedge WarblerSwallow
Sedge Warbler                                       Swallow

Posted May 4th, 2019 at 11:40 am by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Friday 3rd May 2019

South Huish marsh & South Milton Beach 02/05/2019

10 Whimbrel, 4 Bar-Tailed Godwits, 2 Black-Tailed Godwits, a Common Sandpiper on the sea weed. Lots of Swallows and a beautiful Song thrush singing it's heart out.

Bar-tailed Godwit & WhimbrelCommon SandpiperWhimbrel
Bar-tailed Godwit & Whimbrel            Common Sandpiper              Whimbrel

Posted May 3rd, 2019 at 5:45 am by Richie Moore in Bird News

Thursday 2nd May 2019

Slapton Ley.

From Torcross car park, this evening 28 Swifts, 60+ House Martins,50+ Swallows and 8 Sand Martins.

Posted May 2nd, 2019 at 7:03 pm by Alan K. Searle in Bird News

Tarka Trail

Cycled to Barnstaple and back this morning. 1 Black-tailed Godwit on the scrape. A smattering of Whimbrel between Ashford and Barnstaple. 7 Black-tailed Godwits with a Knot at Potting ton + an adult Mediterranean Gull.

At Sherpa marsh last night 7 Greenshank, and 8 Gadwall, 3 Little Egrets and at last a fair few Swallows.

Posted May 2nd, 2019 at 1:28 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Yesterday at Prawle and South Huish Wednesday 1st May

Hoped that change in weather might bring in some new passerine migrants at Prawle-not so in misty,overcast cool easterly breeze. Lots of Whitethroats on territory and Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps. So tried a seawatch from 7.15am to 9.15am. 5 Puffins west, 2 Black-throated divers east and a Skua sp likely Arctic east. 4 Common Scoter west and a few Manxies.

In the area 3 Wheatears, 4 Whimbrel and a moulting Grey Plover.

At South Huish 14 Whimbrel, 5 Bar-Tailed Godwit (2 in breeding plumage) a Dunlin and 2 Barnacle Geese seen mating. Also in reeds to right of fence a Sedge Warbler and a Reed Warbler singing. A few Swallows and House artins (collecting mud) and 3 Common Swifts through (my first for the year)

Bar-Tailed Godwit                                Whimbrel                                                  House-Martins

                        

 Barnacle Geese                                                    Mixed wader flock

                         

Posted May 2nd, 2019 at 12:44 pm in Bird News

Wednesday 1st May 2019

elberry cove

a single swallow seen this morning on the green at the elberry end

Posted May 1st, 2019 at 3:12 pm by graham folkerd in Bird News

Tuesday 30th April 2019

RIver Caen, Velator, Braunton

Several Swallows over the river, and a solitary early Swift over the tollhouse.

Posted April 30th, 2019 at 5:40 pm by Alan Denzey in Bird News

Sunday 28th April 2019

Velator

Even with the wind being absent at last, there wasn't much on show in the reserve this morning, so I set out for an evening walk around the Marsh. 3 Reed Warblers heard, 3 Little Egrets seen. Only 1 Sand martin and maybe 6 Swallows. Where are they all?

Posted April 28th, 2019 at 8:21 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Slapton, South Milton

29 Whimbrel flying around Slapton, good views of Cetti's warblers and a few whitethroats along the front. Heard lots of reed warblers and glimpsed a few. Finally saw my first sedge warbler of the year after several attempts at South Milton and lots of swallows and house martins flying around the sewage works.

SwallowsWhitethroatCetti's Warbler
Swallows                                      Whitethroat                       Cetti's Warbler

Posted April 28th, 2019 at 4:31 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Saturday 27th April 2019

North Devon

Many thanks to Susan and friends for granting access for great views of the Dark-eyed Junco today. I hope the donations box (for Devon Birds & The Otter Trust) continues to build up!

After this, at Upper Tamar Lake - c50 Sand Martins, 4 Swallows & a House Martin; and at Lower Tamar Lake, c25 Sand Martins, 6 House Martins & 4 Swallows. 

Posted April 27th, 2019 at 6:04 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Thursday 25th April 2019

Rillage Point

06.05 to 08.45: With rain once again moving up from the south overnight, migration was generally underwhelming for the last week of April. The easterly element still present in the wind for a time, before it backed southerly, was no doubt responsible for a Lesser Whitethroat in the scrub and single calling Yellow Wagtail and Tree Pipit overhead. There was a small arrival of 7 Blackcaps, and 2 Willow Warblers were also new in, with none seen/heard yesterday. Swallows just about struggled into double digits, at 12. It was also quiet on the sea, with hardly anything moving, apart from 55 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, which continue to head E in small groups, sub-adults now accounting for a high proportion of the total.

Posted April 25th, 2019 at 10:03 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Wednesday 24th April 2019

Exminster Marshes

Walk to the Turf this evening was most rewarding. In the field next to the railway bridge on the reserve was one cattle egret with the Galloway cattle. At the end of the path alongside the railway was a small group of hirundines; 5 house martins, 2 swallows and one red-rumped swallow. It hawked for insects in the lee of the two large trees. No sign on our return at 7.30pm but lots of singing sedge, reed and Cettis warblers.

Posted April 24th, 2019 at 8:19 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Rillage Point

Seawatch 06.30-08.30 with patchy light rain and wind ESE2-3: Manx Shearwater 74, Whimbrel 1, Common Sandpiper 1, Kittiwake 12, Black-headed Gull 1 E, Lesser Black-backed Gull 20 E, Arctic Skua 2 E (1 dark, 1 light phase), Guillemot 28, Razorbill 45, unidentified auks 149 (all auks heading E, up Channel, presumably to breeding colonies on Exmoor coast at Woody Bay/Wringapeak). No grounded landbird migrants to speak of and hardly any visible migration; 5 Swallows and single Siskin and redpoll sp. about the height of it.

Posted April 24th, 2019 at 9:42 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Tuesday 23rd April 2019

Dartmoor

A trip over the south side of Dartmoor this morning, lots of small birds over the moors generally, Stonechat, Greenfinch , Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Redpoll, Buzzard, Swallow, House Martin, Yellow Hammer, Redstart, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Wren, Bullfinch, Wheatear, Raven and a Curlew heard calling.

Cuckoo seen at Venford (2) Warren House Inn (2) Emsworthy Mire (3)

  

  

Posted April 23rd, 2019 at 9:16 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

06.35-08.35: Manx Shearwater 40, Lesser Black-backed Gull 8 (migrants), Sand Martin 3, Swallow 6, House Martin 3, Willow Warbler 2, Chiffchaff 5, Wood Warbler 1 (in full song – a patch first!), Grasshopper Warbler 1 (reeling), Blackcap 4, Whitethroat 5, alba wagtail 2, Tree Pipit 2 (fly-over calls), Linnet 15, redpoll sp. 3, Goldfinch 36, Siskin1. Swallow numbers still stubbornly low compared with a typical spring here. The same goes for Lundy.

Posted April 23rd, 2019 at 9:13 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Monday 22nd April 2019

Yarner Wood , Challacombe farm and Warren head farm

Early morning start was rewarded by Cuckoo, Willow warbler, Tree Pipit, female Redstart in Yarner wood. On to Challacombe, with Swallows, Mistle Thrush and lovely sightings of Male and Female Redstart, walk up to Warren Head Farm, halfway between the farms, pair of Whinchat fighting over territory with a Stonechat. Lovely Day.

Posted April 22nd, 2019 at 6:00 pm by Kay and Gary Deare in Bird News

Sunday 21st April 2019

Mamhead - Starcross

In the woods and clearings around Mamhead: several Tree Pipits, a pair of Redpolls, my first Garden Warbler of the year, and innumerable Willow Willow Warblers, plus Treecreeper, Marsh Tit, Sparrowhawk etc.; in and over the farmland lower down, Red-legged Partridge, at least ten Common Whitethroats, a handful of Swallows and House Martins, and a distantly-heard Cirl Bunting. Nothing of note visible in the estuary, alas. 

James Camden

Posted April 21st, 2019 at 9:47 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Crow Point Toll road.

Walked most of the way down the Toll Road this afternoon. Poor rewards. 1 Whitethroat, 1 Sand Martin 3 Swallow. Not long after passing the Toll house on the way back saw the female-type Marsh Harrier over Sherpa Marsh.

This morning from the reserve ALL the local Gulls went up in a real frenzy (about 11.30) but by the time I got to the gate there was nothing out of the ordinary in the sky except an impressive number of Gulls. Did I again miss an Osprey?

Posted April 21st, 2019 at 7:31 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Lapford, Mid Devon

Red kite seen circling over my house in Lapford this morning. Also one lone swallow has arrived. 

Posted April 21st, 2019 at 12:00 pm by Abby Harris in Bird News

Saturday 20th April 2019

Rillage Point to Watermouth

06.25-10.00: Only small numbers of Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers & Blackcaps, but 3 Grasshopper Warblers, 5 Common Whitethroats and a brief snatch of Lesser Whitethroat song. Hardly any hirundines (10 Swallows and 2 House Martins in 3.5 hours); surprising and potentially a bit worrying given the apparently perfect conditions at what ought to be peak passage for Swallows. Biggest surprise was a late Redwing skulking deep in a hawthorn bush as a Whitethroat sang nearby, juxtaposing winter and summer. Other migrants included a drake Shelduck, 26 Common Gulls and 3 Sandwich Terns.

 

Posted April 20th, 2019 at 10:10 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

17.30 - 20.00 avoiding most of the holiday crowds around Turf. Lots of singing and showing Sedge Warblers (no Reed Warb) Two Egyptian Geese near Turf. At least 6 Cettis (3 seen). Peregrine on pylon the only raptor except a dead female kestrel by road.Two Wheatear on one of the brick "pill boxes". Lots of Swallows on the boats at Turf.

Sedge Warb vid -

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GCJJqdKR10&feature=youtu.be

SwallowEgyptian GooseWheatear
Swallow                          Egyptian Goose                               Wheatear

Posted April 20th, 2019 at 8:52 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Cracking day, tried my best but eventually gave it up to the holiday crowds.Could only find one male Ring-necked Duck this morning just north of Stokeley Bay. At least 10 Reed Warblers singing and good numbers of singing Cetti's Warblers and Blackcaps. No Sedge or Willow Warblers. 4 Swallows were the only hirundines. Offshore 2 unidentified divers flew south ( probably Black-throated ) and 4 Sandwich Terns. A lone Grey Plover on the beach.

Posted April 20th, 2019 at 2:54 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Friday 19th April 2019

East Soar

Highlight today Hoopoe just west of Starehole Ponds by Pump House, found by NT staff and giving excellent views in early pm. Also: 5 Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, 6 Willow Warbler, 8 Sand Martin, House Martin & 15 Swallow.

Non-avian: 2 Green Hairstreak, 3 Wall Brown., Small Copper.

Posted April 19th, 2019 at 5:05 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Morte Point

0700 - 11.40  1 Whitethroat. Only 1 Swallow. No Martins. Good number of singing Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff. Wheatear collecting nesting material. A single small yellow Butterfly which I was unable to identify before it was taken by a Stonechat  Grey Seal consuming a large fish - possibly a Codling? collecting nesting material. A single small yellow Butterfly which I was unable to identify before it was taken by Stonechat. Grey Seal consuming a large fish - possibly a Codling?

Posted April 19th, 2019 at 4:40 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

Cuckoo's at venford reservoir

2 cuckoo's seen and calling  all around venford this morning also 8 male + female blackcaps seen displaying around the reservoir footpath and 1 swallow 

Posted April 19th, 2019 at 3:54 pm by Hamish Johnson in Bird News

Bull Point

A busy morning (06.15-09.10): adult Mediterranean Gull and 52 Common Gulls migrating E (latter incl. a single flock of 36), 5 Sandwich Terns heading W, 1 Short-eared Owl (evident migrant, flew out to sea then high over Morte Point), 10 Sand Martins, 19 Swallows, 2 House Martins, 21 Willow Warblers, 12 Chiffchaffs, 2 reeling Grasshopper Warblers, 5 Whitethroats, 12 Blackcaps, 3 Wheatears, 1 flyover Tree Pipit, 27 Meadow Pipits, 3 alba wagtails, 28 Linnets, 1 redpoll sp., 76 Goldfinches (many flying high overhead and out to sea at the lighthouse), and 4 Siskins.

Posted April 19th, 2019 at 10:52 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Thursday 18th April 2019

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A late Jack Snipe, Snipe, 5 Wheatears (3m), 2 House Martins, 12+ Swallows, 2 Common Sandpipers, Dunlin, 3 Greenshanks, Bar-tailed Godwit, Stock Dove & a pair of Mandarin Ducks.  

Posted April 18th, 2019 at 7:03 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

06.20-08.40 In contrast to yesterday, rather few grounded migrants, though including another Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Whitethroats and a Wheatear, but only low single numbers of Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers & Blackcaps. On the flip side, visible migration was more in evidence, at least early on until a strong and chilly ENE wind started up. Totals included: 40 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (all following the shoreline up channel in small groups), 33 Sand Martins, 14 Swallows, 20 House Martins, 62 Meadow Pipits, 4 Tree Pipits, 3 alba wagtails, 44 Linnets and 56 Goldfinches.

Posted April 18th, 2019 at 5:57 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh this morning

Bit quiet generally, but a small number of Swallows and Sand Martins through. At least two Wheatear showing quite well. Little Grebe calling at the back, also Cetti's and Sedge Warbler 'singing' in the reeds, carrying over in an easterly wind. In the lane Blackcap, Chiff Chaff and Nuthatch

Posted April 18th, 2019 at 2:22 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Wednesday 17th April 2019

Thornhillhead, N.Devon

2 Swallows at our house today, looked as if they were preparing to roost this evening. Orange tip in garden

Posted April 17th, 2019 at 10:27 pm by Mark West in Bird News

South Hams

Soar: Grasshopper Warbler reeling, 2 Sand Martins, 4 Willow Warblers, 12 Chiffchaffs & 18 Yellowhammers.

Slapton Ley: the 3 Ring-necked Ducks (2 drakes) still around half way down Lower Ley, 5 Reed Warblers singing, c25 House Martins, 2 Sand Martins, 12 Swallows, Common Sandpiper, drake Goldeneye & 8 Sandwich Terns.

Posted April 17th, 2019 at 9:03 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

06.25-08.45 Highlight was a reeling Grasshopper Warbler. The scrub held good numbers of other grounded warblers, including at least 18 Blackcaps, 13 Chiffchaffs, 8 Willow Warblers and 3 Whitethroats, as well as 2 Wheatears. Overhead, visible migration was rather quiet considering the promising weather conditions locally, but news from Mike Langman of thick clag at Berry Head gave a clue as to why relatively few birds seemed to be moving north. That said, there were 35 Swallows whipping through and out to sea, along with 8 Sand Martins, 2 House Martins, 22 Meadow Pipits, 28 Linnets, 16 Goldfinches and 4 Siskins.

Posted April 17th, 2019 at 8:55 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Hope's Nose

11.00-12.30

Steady stream of Swallows heading north, perhaps 45+.  11 Sandwich Terns, 3 Meadow Pipits, Chiffchaff, 2 Rock Pipits and 3 Gannets. 

Posted April 17th, 2019 at 6:54 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Powderham Marsh and Exminster Marsh

Little Gull on Powderham Marsh was the highlight.also Blackcap (male singing) and Cirl Buntings plus a pair of Kestrel. On both sides of the railway Reed and Sedge Warblers heard not seen, at least 5 Cettis (one seen), and numerous Reed Bunting. Gadwall near middle car park and Skylark over the lagoon. Lots of Swallows particularly near Turf.

Little Gull flying video -

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mm7Ghb_9AOo

Blackcap singing video - 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fO6QmvreDU

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Little Gull                            Gadwall                                 Blackcap

Posted April 17th, 2019 at 6:16 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Tuesday 16th April 2019

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A short visit this evening produced: Whimbrel, Bar-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, 13 Wheatears (9 males), Red-legged Partridge, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 12 Little Egrets, 2 drake Mandarin Ducks & 2 Swallows.

Posted April 16th, 2019 at 9:10 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Velator reserve

Not a promising start, but the misty mizzle cleared and I opened the nets about 10. In yesterday's howling gale, there were good numbers of Swallows and Sand Martins catching insects over the pond, They returned today but I couldn't entice any into the nets. Ringed one Chiffchaff, 1 Goldfinch, 8 Blackcaps, 1 Sedge Warbler (very fat). 9 Willow Warblers, a House Sparrow, and, after hearing one yesterday I saw it today and then caught the first juvenile Blackbird of the year, A pair of Linnets again put in an appearance.

As it warmed up later on, a few Orange-tips, a Speckled Wood and a Comma appeared.

Posted April 16th, 2019 at 5:06 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

Dreary start but sun poking through late morning. Highlight was male Ring Ouzel plus 6 Wheatear, 34 Swallow, 12 Blackcap, Willow Warbler in song & 14 Chiffchaff.

Non-avian: 4 Holly Blue, Small White, 2 Speckled Wood, Peacock & Small Tortoiseshell.

Posted April 16th, 2019 at 3:17 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Walls Hill Torquay

10 swallows flying over the cliffs this morning at 0640hrs. 

Posted April 16th, 2019 at 10:39 am by Michael Curran in Bird News

Sunday 14th April 2019

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Cold wind this afternoon but some signs of migration.Two male Wheatears, 3 Swallows, Bar-tailed Godwit, Red-legged Partridge, 2 Snipe, Common Sandpiper, 22 Turnstones, Greenshank, 4 Mandarin Ducks, Red-crested Pochard (female), Dunlin, 11 Little Egrets, Shag, 2 Stock Doves & 4 Roe Deer. 

Posted April 14th, 2019 at 6:07 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Sea watching, Thurlestone

Sat with Mike Passman at Thurlestone looking  out to sea (as cold as I've been all winter). Thanks to his magnificent scope and magnificent sea watching skills got 400+ Gannets 1 Great skua (year?) 2 Great Northern divers  Common Scoters,  Sandwich terns  Whimbrel, sparrowhawk a single swallow, fulmars. Mike had more that I failed to pick up. Great morning. Singing Chiffchaffs, blackcaps and a cettis warbler near the sewage works. Also a Roe deer.

Posted April 14th, 2019 at 4:42 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Wrafton/Velator

5 Black-tailed Godwits on the scrape early (ish) 9.10, At Sherpa Marsh 2 Common Sandpipers and a smattering of Sand Martins. A small flock of Pipits contained a few Water Pipits. No sight or sound of any Reed Warblers today.  In the reserve several each of Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Willow Warbler. As the morning wore on a single Swallow started chasing insects around the pond, and then attracted a few more, eventually there were about 25 Swallows and 6 Sand Martins. A small Warbler dashed out of a small reed-bed and didn't look right for a Phyllosc. Focussing on the reed stems I first saw a Willow Warbler and then another bird deeper in, which when it moved out of cover revealed the lovely creamy eye-stripe of a Sedge Warbler.

Posted April 14th, 2019 at 1:31 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Saturday 13th April 2019

Slapton and Beesands Leys

Raw east wind not making easy viewing. At Slapton the 3 Ring-necked Ducks still on the Lower Ley north of Torcross. Also male Goldeneye and the summer-plumaged Black-necked Grebe in Stokeley Bay. Good numbers of hirundines early afternoon, at least 120 Sand Martins, 25 Swallows and 15 House Martins. 30 plus Common Gulls in Ireland Bay and 3 singing Reed Warblers in the relative shelter behind Ireland Bay.

A quick look at Beesands Ley late afternoon and the male Ring-necked Duck here showing well. Also present 14 Tufted Ducks, male Pochard, Great Crested Grebe, 40 Swallows, 4 Sand Martins and a House Martin. Don't think I saw a butterfly all day...to cold.

 

 

 

Posted April 13th, 2019 at 7:30 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Friday 12th April 2019

Soar & South Huish

A very slow and cold start at Soar with little appearing before three hours after first light. Then: Redstart (female), 9 Wheatears, Whitethroat,    4 Willow Warblers, 5 Blackcaps, 12 Chiffchaffs, 5 House Martins, 9 Swallows, 2 Sand Martins, 2 Hares & a buck Roe Deer.

South Huish: 3 Mediterranean Gulls (2 1st-s & 2nd-s), 3 Swallows & 2 House Martins.

Posted April 12th, 2019 at 4:59 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

1male Reed Bunting, 4 Chiffchaffs, 4 Willow Warblers, 2 Blackcaps, small groups of Swallows and Sand Martins, 1 Jay, 12+ Rooks, 6 Goldfinches.

Posted April 12th, 2019 at 1:05 pm by Harvey Kendall. in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

Surprisingly good for migrants this morning (06.45-08.00), in spite of the unpromisingly cold and clear conditions, with a biting ESE wind. Totals included 3 Sandwich Terns (first of the year here), 1 Sand Martin, 28 Swallows, 5 House Martins, 3 Willow Warblers, 8 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps (including the first 2 females of the year for this site), 1 Wheatear, 3 alba wagtails, 30 Meadow Pipits, 2 Tree Pipits, 50 Linnets, 5 Crossbills (in off the sea, heading ESE into the wind), 21 Goldfinches and 1 Siskin.

On Wednesday 10th, a strong E-bound passage of Lesser Black-backed Gulls (total of 84, mainly ads) and my first Common Redstart of the year – a single female.

Posted April 12th, 2019 at 9:49 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Thursday 11th April 2019

Exeter City, Exwick and Northbrook.

Apres haircut walk from town today, Peregrine on St Michael's Church - Lots of Lesser Black-backed gulls along the river. Great Crested Grebe pair, Kingfisher, approx 10 Sand martin and a couple of swallows (around the railway bridges) and beyond Exwick Paper Mill working upriver towards Cowley (and always away from me) a female GOOSANDER. Lots of people about everywhere nothing of note on Exwick allotments,but on the Northbrook brief glimpses of Dipper, Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail.

Goosander vid - https://youtu.be/Ns8CXYBNlws

Peregrine - https://youtu.be/FPTFsfuTuOo

My first Small Tort of the year and first small/holly blues (not sure which), Spec Wood, Peacock and Orange Tip.

GoosanderGreat Crested GrebePeregrine
Goosander                            Great Crested Grebe                     Peregrine

Posted April 11th, 2019 at 5:42 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Wednesday 10th April 2019

Hennock Reservoirs

8-10 swallow feeding over Kennick Reservoir this evening. 

Posted April 10th, 2019 at 8:07 pm by Fiona Freshney in Bird News

Emsworthy mire

Sneaked off work early and went up to Emsworthy mire and was rewarded with some great views of the great grey shrike through the scope but a little distant for a decent photo, a few wheatears up there and several meadow pipits. One swallow flew over.

Great Grey ShrikeMeadow PipitWheatear
Great Grey Shrike                     Meadow Pipit                                            Wheatear

Posted April 10th, 2019 at 7:58 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Powderham Marsh & Countess Weir

36 Sand Martin, Swallow, Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, Cetti’s W, Green Sandpiper, 9 Ringed Plover, 10 Dunlin at Powderham Marsh. 25 Sand Martin & 2 House Martin at Countess Weir.

Posted April 10th, 2019 at 7:49 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Tuesday 9th April 2019

Rillage Point to Watermouth

First patch visit for 12 days saw steady visible migration – in spite of the heavily overcast conditions and a chilly E wind – as well as good numbers of grounded warblers. Totals included: Sand Martin 10, Swallow 5, House Martin 2, Willow Warbler 13, Chiffchaff 13, Blackcap 9, alba wagtail 5, Meadow Pipit 41, Tree Pipit 3 (my first of the spring), Linnet 48, Crossbill 1, and Goldfinch 42.

Posted April 9th, 2019 at 10:26 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Yesterday at Prawle

Yesterday 8th April. Winds SE 2-3 going 4. Sunny spring morning. With Pat M.

3 Common Redstarts, 1 male Pied Flycatcher, 6+ Willow Warblers singing. Female Ring Ouzel seen by Pat. Black Redstart fem/imm type, female Wheatear. Plus lots of Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps in song.

Impromptu hour's seawatch at 10.45 saw 25 Manx Shearwaters, 38 Common Scoter flying east. Also a few Swallows in off the sea at midday. Pat saw a few Sandwich Terns in Horsley Cove.

 

Common Redstart                                           Pied Flycatcher

  

Black Redstart                                                 Willow Warbler

   

 

Posted April 9th, 2019 at 11:05 am in Bird News

Monday 8th April 2019

South Hams

Four Ring-necked Ducks in the South Hams today! A drake at Beesands Ley and the 2 drakes and a duck on Slapton Ley (Torcross end). 

At Soar, a Firecrest (with apparent "pollen horns"), a Reed Warbler singing, 11 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, Swallow & Snipe.

Also: at Beesands, drake Scaup, Willow Warbler & Sandwich Tern; and at Slapton, summer-plumaged Black-necked Grebe (half way down Lower Ley), c20 Sand Martins, 2 Swallows, Sandwich Tern, 2 Willow Warblers & a sinensis cormorant.

Posted April 8th, 2019 at 9:04 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Matford - Kenton

Matford - Green Sandpiper, a singing Treecreeper, more singing Willow Warblers (I assume these are passage birds using the Exe valley as a migration corridor), several Sand Martins, and my first Swallows of the year, but no Cattle Egrets.

Exminster - No Garganey, but a fly-over Yellow Wagtail, more Sand Martins, the Sedge Warbler singing near the fisherman's car park again, two Barnacle Geese, a Peregrine on the pylons, many Shelduck and Curlew (but still no Whimbrel), and three late Pintail.

Starcross - Kenton - many "singing" Red-legged Partridge in the arable land and my first House Martins of the year.

James Camden

Posted April 8th, 2019 at 9:03 pm by James Camden in Bird News

East Soar

Best was cracking male Redstart. Also 6 Willow Warbler, Swallow, Snipe, 13 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap.

Posted April 8th, 2019 at 6:29 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Berry Head

Willow Warbler and two Swallows, mid morning wander.

Posted April 8th, 2019 at 5:21 pm by Michael Curran in Bird News

Morte Point

0710 - 1220. Cold wind but Spring finally arrived at Morte Point. 15 Sand Martin, 3 House Martin, 4 Swallow, 30+ mixed Chiffchaff & Willow Warbler on one patch of Gorse and many more spread around the Point. 7 Wheatear (3m/4f). 28 other species present

Posted April 8th, 2019 at 3:59 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

Sunday 7th April 2019

River Otter south of St Saviours Bridge, Ottery St Mary.

A morning walk down river produced amongst others 1 pr Goosander, 2 Gt S-Woodpecker, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Swallow, 30+ Sand Martin, Green Woodpecker (heard), Little Egret, Willow Warbler (heard), several male Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs and a Sparrow Hawk over.   The riverside fields have been planted with many hundreds of tree in the space of a few months which will make this a great area in years to come.

My first 2 Swallows for my village at Marsh Green were seen at around noon today.  Last year the first were sighted on 28 April.

Note: East Devon Fieldtrip programme recently circulated for April omitted to list the trip to Berry Head on Tuesday 9 April commencing at 10.am.  This is still due to take place (although the weather forecast is not good!). 

Posted April 7th, 2019 at 6:01 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Saturday 6th April 2019

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Three new patch birds for the year - Ring Ouzel (female), Williow Warbler and Linnet (4). Also, 2 Swallows, a pair of Mandarin Ducks, Green Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk, 5 Blackcaps, 5 Chiffchaffs & a pair of Long-tailed Tits buliding a nest.

Posted April 6th, 2019 at 11:30 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Berry head to Brixham

Walk from Berry Head to Brixham and back fairly quiet Greater Blackbacks, Gannets, Guillmots,a few Swallows lots of Goldfinch,some obliging Turnstones and a Chiffchaff singing were the highlights back home in Plymouth a possible Willow Wabler?

TurnstoneChiffChaffWillow Warbler?
Turnstone                                           ChiffChaff                            Willow Warbler?

Posted April 6th, 2019 at 9:37 pm by William Beck in Bird News

Around the Exe and beyond...........

Around the Exe this morning, Starcross by the National laboratory services eight Greenshank, four Little Egret, a solitary Curlew and several Redshank.

Over the Powderham deer herd numerous Sand Martin, nine Little Egret, the Powderham Heronry was well occupied and several Heron around the area.

Looking over the Exe from near the Powderham pedestrian overbridge, a displaying pair of Reed Bunting, two Sandwich Tern, six Oyster Catcher two of which were ringed (yellow ring over a dark blue ring on the right legs “2A” & “6M”) four Linnet, Little Egrets, Heron and one Great Crested Grebe.

Goosemoor eight Little Egret.

RSPB Bowling Green Marsh ~ singing Chiffchaff and Wren in the hedgerow, three Buzzard overhead, two Heron, Little Egret, three Greylag Geese, large numbers of Redshank with a few Dunlin and Knott mixed in, good numbers of Black Tailed Godwit, one Lapwing and a single Avocet that flew away from the marsh during the visit, a single Sand Martin and a Great White Egret being the highlight.

Exminster marshes two drake Garganey was unexpected bonus and hovering Kestrel on leaving.

DWT Heathfield a hunting Kestrel which took what appeared to be a Lizard of some kind and a vocal Chiffchaff.

Late afternoon a single Swallow at Cornwood.

Back home at South Brent two Tawny owls calling well outside (8.20pm). Yesterday two seen taking shelter in a holly tree during the afternoons heavy rain.

Posted April 6th, 2019 at 8:40 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Cold easterly wind making viewing the bay and ley from the line difficult. Offshore just 3 Sandwich Terns and 2 second calendar year Mediterranean Gulls, Highlights around the Ley included the 3 Ring-necked Ducks seaward side of the Lower Ley opposite the Cormorant roost. Also a male Goldeneye. At least 500 Sand Martins present in the morning with a few Swallows and a House Martin. Good arrival of singing Willow Warblers and a Reed Warbler likewise singing back of Ireland Bay near the Quarry.

Posted April 6th, 2019 at 5:08 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Friday 5th April 2019

Plym Estuary & Saltram

My first Swallows (6) and Blackcap (singing male) here this year; also 4 Common Sandpipers (indicating some movement), 9 Snipe, redhead Goosander, 7 Greenshanks, Turnstone, 10 Little Egrets, 2 Grey Wagtails, 7 Chiffchaffs, Stock Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Nuthatch nest building. 

Posted April 5th, 2019 at 6:00 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Great White Egret - Darts Farm , Topsham

A Great White Egret found by Bob Bailey on Exminster Marsh at 1040am promptly flew off, was seen briefly at Goosemoor and then was refound by Bob at Darts Farm at 1145am on the pools in front of the viewing shelter- still present mid afternoon. Also several Sand Martins and a Swallow

Posted April 5th, 2019 at 2:39 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Thursday 4th April 2019

Slapton Ley

The 3 ring necked Ducks were at the south end of Slapton Ley at 7.30 this evening but no swallows or sand martins were flying in the hail !

Posted April 4th, 2019 at 10:20 pm by Jeff Hacon in Bird News

River Culm Uffculme

5 sand martins and 3 swallow at the Culm midday

Posted April 4th, 2019 at 12:43 pm by geoff Campbell in Bird News

Wednesday 3rd April 2019

South Hams

Slapton Ley again pretty lively today with c350 Sand Martins with single Swallow and House Martin, a fine summer-plumaged Red-necked Grebe on the sea (around Memorial Car Park), 3 Ring-necked Ducks (2 drakes + female), drake Scaup, 1 or 2 drake Garganey (Ireland Bay), 8 Sandwich Terns & 2 Willow Warblers.

Earlier at Soar, just: Wheatear, 4 Blackcaps & 2 Bullfinches.

Posted April 3rd, 2019 at 6:48 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Whitleigh Garden

One Hobby and one Swallow over also 2 C Buzzards 11 Goldfinches.

Posted April 3rd, 2019 at 5:00 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Velator

Good to see the LRP again this morning from the reserve, which was heaving with Sand Martins and a few Swallows plus a bonus House Martin. Chiffchaffs all over the place, and several Willow Warblers.

Posted April 3rd, 2019 at 2:24 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Slapton Ley ~ Cetti’s Warbler calling and showing all around the Ley along with Chiffchaff, huge numbers of Sand Martins coming in off of the sea and over the Ley, simply swarms and not realistic to even try counting, two House Martin and a small flock of Swallows in with them and possibly my first Red Rumped Swallow, briefest of views but distantly pale and pink rumped.

Sand martins with House Martin top centre

Several pairs of displaying Great Crested Grebe, duck species included Tufted, Ring Necked (pair) drake Golden Eye and Gadwall.

Hovering Kestrel and off of the beach several Sandwich Terns.

 

Posted April 3rd, 2019 at 1:20 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Tuesday 2nd April 2019

South Hams

I was hoping the break in the weather might produce a few more birds, but a morning at Start resulted in little more than 4 Willow Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs, a female Wheatear and a Coal Tit.

However Slapton Ley proved much more productive with 3 Ring-necked Ducks (2 drakes & a female) towards the Torcross end, 2 drake Garganey (which flew into Ireland bay), Black-necked Grebe (half way down the lower ley on the seaward side), 190+ Sand Martins (there could have been more or others might have arrived later as per Alan's post), 4 Swallows including 2 "in, off", a single House Martin and 29 Sandwich Terns (which seemed to be circling the bay and ley).

It felt like Spring! 

Posted April 2nd, 2019 at 8:44 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

South Huish

I am a new member and this is my first ever post. I saw many of the birds listed in Dave Pakes report on an afternoon of blustery showers. I witnessed the solitary Avocet and Little Ringed Plover. A flock of Black Tailed Godwits and another of LBB and GBB gulls. 3 Swallows passed through. Pairs of Shellduck, Teal, Mallards, Stonechat and Canada Geese were in evidence. Carrion Crow, Heron, Little Egret and Coot were also seen.

Black tailed GodwitStonechatDistant Little Ringed Plover
Black tailed Godwit                                     Stonechat                      Distant Little Ringed Plover

Posted April 2nd, 2019 at 8:02 pm by Pete Saunders in Bird News

Slapton Ley.

A large arrival of Sand Martins today.  300+ counted this evening from the Torcross car park, no doubt with a lot more over the rest of the Ley. A few Swallows among them.

Posted April 2nd, 2019 at 6:27 pm by Alan K. Searle in Bird News

LRP at Wrafton

It was there early (about 10) when I arrived, and still out there when I went home at about 3p.m. Another early record - my recollection is they usually turn up in about mid-to-late April.

And in the reserve, loads of Sand Martins feeding over the pond, a few Swallows among them, several each of singing Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers. A few more Blackcaps than yesterday. 2 calling Cetti's Warblers.

Posted April 2nd, 2019 at 5:26 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Red-rumped Swallow today, while I was there apart from several Sand Martins there was at least 1 House Martin

Red-rumped Swallow
Red-rumped Swallow

Posted April 2nd, 2019 at 3:51 pm by simon Thurgood in Bird News

Red Rumped Swallow - Dawlish Warren

Lee Collins found a Red Rumped Swallow over the main pond at Dawlish Warren with 2 Sand Martins this morning / still showing on and off mid afternoon .

Posted April 2nd, 2019 at 2:52 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Sunday 31st March 2019

Wrafton Pond

Spent the last hour of day light at Wrafton Pond with 100's of Sand Martins hawking for insects, met a Robin showing the signs of being handled by Jon Turner (probably), half a dozen Common Snipe on the scrape and a dozen or so Swallows flying above Velator reserve.  

Sand MartinEuropean Robin
Sand Martin                  European Robin

Posted March 31st, 2019 at 8:50 pm by Martin Bond in Bird News

Teigngrace

26 Sand Martins on the River Teign in the "Oxbow" area by Teigngrace, also 2 Swallows and 3 House Martins flying around Teigngrace. go to my blog for more http://www.simonthurgoodimages.co.uk/blog.asp

Sand Martin
Sand Martin

Posted March 31st, 2019 at 3:38 pm by simon Thurgood in Bird News

West Charleton Marsh

6 Teals and  3 Swallows this afternoon.

Posted March 31st, 2019 at 3:22 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

2 Swallows -- Kenwith

2 Swallows flew fast SW-wards above Kenwith near Bideford at 1835(GMT) on 30/03/19

Posted March 31st, 2019 at 1:45 pm by Abraham Cutajar in Bird News

Saturday 30th March 2019

Berry Head - Today (30th) & Yesterday (29th)

Hardly any sign of migration except a single Swallow in off the sea yesterday.

More interesting were the 3 Wall butterflies right on the edge of the head today - about a month early and possibly a first national sighting this year (pic below). All 3 were males (thick horizontal scent brands on forwings) &, when they weren't basking on the rocks, 2 - 3 of them were sparring in the air over territory.

Also of interest, 6 Barrel Jellyfish today & 1 yesterday.

There was also an apparently suicididal Pheasant on a ledge today but I managed to talk him down! (pic below)

Wall (1 of 3)                                                                                Suicidal Pheasant ?

Posted March 30th, 2019 at 7:18 pm in Bird News

Friday 29th March 2019

Single swallow - Christow

Swallow seen flying over the garden in Christow about mid-day; on route to somewhere else as didn’t hang about. First orange tip butterfly of the season too. 

Posted March 29th, 2019 at 7:48 pm by Fiona Freshney and Simon Lee in Bird News

Thursday 28th March 2019

Morte Point

0730 - 1230 Ringed Plover (105th species for me at this location), 3 Wheatear (2m/1f), 5 Chiffchaff (3 singing), 5 Swallows, Stonechats busy nest building, 23 other species and a lot of mist!

If you don't like it, get it yourself!

If you don't like it, get it yourself!

Posted March 28th, 2019 at 4:40 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

Sunday 24th March 2019

Taw Estuary

A handful of Wigeon, Pintail, Curlew and two Greenshanks were pretty much the last of the winter visitors on my WeBS sector along Chivenor foreshore, up the River Caen and along Sherpa Marsh to Velator & Wrafton. It's not unusual to hear Redshank and Curlew song at this time of year as birds get ready to leave for their breeding grounds but today was the first time I've heard singing Golden Plover in Devon – one of five partially breeding-plumaged birds flying high overhead at high tide. Around Wrafton Scrape and Wrafton Pond were: c.50 Sand Martins, a single Swallow, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, the male Garganey, several collybita Chiffchaffs and one (non-calling) Siberian Chiffchaff.

Posted March 24th, 2019 at 7:45 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Seen on this morning's high tide and around Saltram were the following.

Chiffchaff 5, Blackcap, Swallow 3, Snipe 9, Curlew 17, Greenshank 7, Redshank 97, Dunlin 3, Common Sandpiper 2,Little Egret 16, Oystercatcher 3, Little Grebe 3, Goosander 4(f), GSW 2, Green Woodpecker 1 and I watched a battle for a nest hole between a pair of Jackdaws and a pair of Ring-necked Parakeets! The Jackdaws seemed to have the upper hand as I left.

Posted March 24th, 2019 at 4:57 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Saturday 23rd March 2019

Heathfield, Newton Abbott

Single swallow over Heathfield Industrial Estate

Posted March 23rd, 2019 at 3:40 pm by Graham Devine in Bird News

Friday 22nd March 2019

Chambercombe Manor

Single Swallow and 3 Chiffchaff  0930 this morning

Posted March 22nd, 2019 at 12:19 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

A Swallow was virtually the first bird I saw when I stepped out of the car first thing and that was followed by some excellent visible migration, with totals including: Woodpigeon (330 – in flocks of up to 84 high over the Channel, mainly heading W), Skylark (3), Sand Martin (14), Swallow (4), alba wagtail (30), Meadow Pipit (200), Chaffinch (23), Linnet (29), Goldfinch (37) and Siskin (5). Wandering oddities (for this site) included Canada Goose (3), Greylag Goose (1) and Rook (2). In the scrub were a Goldcrest, 5 Chiffchaffs and a singing Blackcap (first of the spring here).

Posted March 22nd, 2019 at 11:15 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Wednesday 20th March 2019

Berry Head

Single swallow flew in over the meadow this morning- didnt look like stopping anytime soon!!

Posted March 20th, 2019 at 3:22 pm by Tim Clyburn in Bird News

Tuesday 19th March 2019

Bench Tor

1 Swallow cruising around in the late afternoon sunshine. My first of the year.

Posted March 19th, 2019 at 9:18 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Monday 18th March 2019

Velator reserve

Lots (maybe 20) of Sand Martins hawking insects over the reserve this morning, and with them a few (4/5?) Swallows. A few Chiffchaffs were also taking insects at lower level and two were singing. The two Grey Wagtails were back for more, and also of note were 3 Reed Buntings, 2 Gadwall, still 2 Swans. A Great Spotted Woodpecker was again drumming. Tawny Owl called, once! As did a Cetti's Warbler.

Posted March 18th, 2019 at 1:32 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Sunday 17th March 2019

Wrafton Pond

3 Swallow + 1 Sand Martin above the pond.

Posted March 17th, 2019 at 6:52 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Saturday 9th March 2019

Slapton and Chivelstone

Had a great morning at Slapton, Ring necked duck, a little grebe and 5 pochard Torcross end. Near the bridge great views of a swallow and a sand martin flying around together also lots of chiffchaffs much more than I have seen in recent weeks. Heard several Cetti's warblers and got the odd glimpse of one. On to South Pool to try and see the cattle egrets. Rob Murphy spotted them with his magnificent scope in the distance at Chivestone. We made it 11 of them.

Sand Martin  Swallow  Cattle Egret 
Sand Martin                          Swallow                                   Cattle Egret

Posted March 9th, 2019 at 5:37 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Friday 8th March 2019

Slapton Ley Thursday 7 March

As the light was so good, I spent much of the morning photographing at Slapton Ley.  4 No early Barn Swallows (1st record 2017 11 March) and 2 No Chiffchaff.  On the Ley the Male Ring-necked Duck joined the antics of a group the  male Tufted Ducks, staying in close contact with a particular female Tufty.

At about 0930, I spotted an elongated ripple in the otherwise smooth water on the west of the Ley.  A  pair of Otters swan, or rather dolphined, right though the reeds just in front of Stokenham Hide; they headed steadily for the Stockenham reed beds.

 

Posted March 8th, 2019 at 8:36 pm by Michael Woodman Smith in Bird News

Sunday 24th February 2019

Swallow sighting

4.50pm 24/2/19 just spotted a lone swallow sitting over my garden in Malborough Devon

Posted February 24th, 2019 at 5:04 pm by Patsy Dunton in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

At least one Swallow hawking over the Marshes late morning 

Posted February 24th, 2019 at 2:12 pm by Simon Thurgood in Bird News

Saturday 23rd February 2019

Exmouth

Swallow (and possibly 2 more) flew low north over Cedar Close (seen from my back garden) late this afternoon. 

Posted February 23rd, 2019 at 6:42 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Saturday 16th February 2019

West Down, Ilfracombe

Incredibly, a Swallow flew up our valley and perched in the top of a tree, this morning. The earliest I have ever experienced.

Posted February 16th, 2019 at 12:25 pm by Chris Dee in Bird News

Thursday 13th December 2018

Fremington Quay

Solitary swallow flying low along the estuary towards Barnstaple at 8.45 am. 

Posted December 13th, 2018 at 9:55 pm by Paul Bearman in Bird News

Tuesday 23rd October 2018

Clennon Lakes

2 Yellow-browed Warblers between the upper and middle lakes, calling and chasing each other. One located later between lower and middle lake. Cetti's Warbler still present, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Swallow at least 17 Gadwall, 2 Snipe and kingfisher.  

Yellow-browed Warbler Clennon Lakes 23 Oct 2018 ML

Posted October 23rd, 2018 at 7:10 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Friday 19th October 2018

East Soar & South Huish marsh

Beautiful day at East soar, distant views of ring ouzel, lots of chiffchaffs, nice to see several song thrushes. Peregrine and sparrow hawk flew over and still a few swallows. called in at South Huish marsh and the little stint was still there.

ChiffchaffRing OuzelPeregrine
Chiffchaff                               Ring Ouzel                                      Peregrine

Posted October 19th, 2018 at 6:43 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Soar

Nothing moving overhead during the first half hour of light but then some reasonable vis mig (largely dried up by 09.15) mainly heading east: Alba Wagtail 55, Stock Dove 125 (including some pure flocks), Wood Pigeon 1,110, Skylark 330, Goldfinch 50, Starling 55, Jackdaw 295, Siskin 3+, Golden Plover 4 & Swallow 2.

Grounded: Yellow-browed Warbler in Soar Mill Cove, Firecrest, Black Redstart, 3 Ring Ouzels, 4+ Wheatears, 14 Chiffchaffs, 9 Blackcaps, 2 Goldcrests, Redwing & 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers. Also Clouded Yellow.

Clearly, some overlap with other sightings today.

Posted October 19th, 2018 at 6:42 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Start Point

(07:30-13:30)

Lots of vis mig till mid morning but in all directions. First pulse of Woodpigeons through, two flocks each of about 500 birds ( couple hours apart but could be same birds ). Also seen today, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Swallows, Wheatear, 2 Redwings, 2 Ring Ouzels, Black Redstart, 2 Blackcaps, Yellow-browed Warbler ( in the farm ), 10 Chiffchaffs, 5 Goldcrests, 2 Coal Tits ( not seen well enough to see if continental ), 40 Starlings, 2 Bramblings and a Lesser Redpoll. Many hundreds each of Goldfinches and Linnets up the road from the farm. Good number of Red Admirals flying towards the Point.

 

Posted October 19th, 2018 at 3:18 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Berry Head

Good overhead movement of birds today (selected counts): 3 Brambling, 2 Crossbill, 2 Reed bunting, 3 Yellowhammers, 10 coal tits (including a flock of 6), 37 Skylarks, 1 Swallow, 23 Song Thrush.

Around the headland: 1 Whinchat, 3 Firecrest, 4 Goldcrest & 7 Chiffchaff

 

Posted October 19th, 2018 at 12:31 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thursday 18th October 2018

Around the exe

A fantastic day around the Exe from 07:30 till 18:00

Started at exmouth and orcombe from 07:30 till 12:00 movement overhead as I stepped of the bus was promising best bird was a Woodlark over orcombe at top of gore lane at 09:29 heard calling as it flew overhead and picked up with bins, totals for the morning were 167+ skylark with lots more heard but to high to see, 3321+ woodpigeon, 37+ stock doves,  24+ Siskin, 45+ chaffinch, 1 raven, 3 swallows,6+ stonechat,  lots of bits over high with no I’d possible, along the sea front 13 Brent geese flew into the estuary, 2 sandwich terns, numerous gannets in feeding group close in.

12:30 till 13:00 Bowling green marsh produced 7 knot, 300+ black tailed godwits,31+ lapwing 2 gadwall, with wigeon, teal and shoveler no counts completed, 4 little egret.

news came through of a Barred Warbler at dawlish warren so made way towards the warren stopped briefly at cockwood for the 3 cattle egret 

Dawlish Warren from 14:00 till 18:00 1 Short eared owl flew over the golf course before gaining height and drifted of north west , 1 wheatear, 1 Cirl bunting, 2 stonechat, 1 blackcap, the Barred warbler showed well at 15:55 at far end of Greenland lake just before the pond and was seen again on walk back from warren point and another Cirl bunting.

warren point produced another Short eared owl and 1 stonechat, 1 redwing, 1 chiffchaff, 2 Mediterranean gulls 

 

Posted October 18th, 2018 at 9:42 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Southdown Farm

Short walk from Southdown to Soar Mill Cove produced 4 swallow, 1 house martin, 1 ring ouzel, 2 redwing, c30 chiffchaff and a whinchat. Heard golden plover but no sightings.

For your information Southdown is now empty of a tenant farmer (except for grazing stock) for the winter, therefore, some 270 acres of stubble will be in place until approx March 2019. I have already seen hen harrier there and have had short-eared owl over winter in the past, this is now highly likely.

Posted October 18th, 2018 at 4:14 pm by Colin Mills in Bird News

Middle Soar/Soar Mill Valley/Southdown Farm

Best morning of the autumn so far with highlights of ringtail Hen Harrier over Middle Soar, female Merlin & 4 Ring Ouzel in the valley. First autumn movement of Woodpigeon with 1040 moving east. Also: Golden Plover, 52 Stock Dove on stubbles, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker in the valley - all migrants, 7 Swallow, 270 Skylark, 100 Meadow Pipit, 9 Rock Pipit in the cove, 2 Wheatear, 34 Stonechat, Fieldfare, 12 Song Thrush, 11 Blackbird, 6 Blackcap, 27 Chiffchaff, 50 Goldfinch, 8 Greenfinch, 310 Linnet, 50 Yellowhammer & 11 Cirl Bunting. 

Posted October 18th, 2018 at 2:21 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Tuesday 16th October 2018

Brixham

Noticeable movement of Swallows (50+) and House Martins (10+) over the rooftops and buildings of the Higher Ranscombe Rd area of Brixham this afternoon.  Birds coming through in pulses, generally headed SW, with numbers peaking around 16.15.  

Posted October 16th, 2018 at 5:26 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Berry Head

Some bird movement today, of note overhead: 2 Brambling, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Crossbill, 14 Siskin,3 House Martin, 5 Swallow.

Around the headland: 1 Lesser Whitethroat (in quarry), 1 Black Redstart, 2 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest.

5-6 Common Dolphin off head

Posted October 16th, 2018 at 11:17 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 15th October 2018

Thurlestone ~ Isabelline Shrike

The reported Isabelline Shrike showing well from the coastal path alongside the Thurlestone golf course.

  

Also in the area 150 plus Meadow Pipits, flocks of Goldfinch, a handful of Wheatear, pair of Stonechat, several Rock Pipits, two Swallow, Heron and Raven.

On the beach 15 Oyster Catcher, 11 Dunlin and 5 juvenile Ringed Plover.

Out to sea several Gannet in the distance.

  

 

Posted October 15th, 2018 at 1:26 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Isabelline Shrike still at Thurlestone gold course.

A pleasant, mildly windy start to the day at Thurlestone gave the target speeches almost as soon as I arrived just after dawn. It showed well at a distance for some 30 minutes before other birders arrived. As previously mentioned it is on the heath before the second green hut viewable from the coastal path. Other species spotted on the walk to and from the Shrike were, Crow, Rook, Blackbird, numerous Wheatears, Stone chats, Rock Pipets, Wrens, Robins, One highlight was the passage of at least 30 Swallows heading along towards the beach. On the sea little other than Cormorants a few oystercatchers and the usual gulls, nothing out of the ordinary.

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Posted October 15th, 2018 at 12:38 pm by John Wilkes in Bird News

Berry Head

Headland blown out by mod-strong NNE wind so checking out more sheltered areas of headland produced: 2 Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest, 9 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap.

Overhead: 46 Swallow, 12 House Martins, 2 Skylark, 4 Siskin, 2 Bullfinch, 4 Song Thrush, 50+ Meadow Pipits, 300+ Goldfinches, 25 Chaffiinch, 14 Linnet and 5 'alba' Wagtails.

Posted October 15th, 2018 at 12:20 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Saturday 13th October 2018

Torbay and South Brent

Marine Parade, Paignton 18 Turnstone including the regular Dutch ringed bird.

Broadsands beach a non starter due to a beach full of dogs, a Heron struggling across the bay in the strong winds.

Some very helpful and knowledgeable sea watch birders were at Berry Head and spotted and helped identify a range of rather distant sea birds, good numbers of Kittiwake, Gannet and Razorbill. The more interesting species included Arctic and Great Skua (the Arctic was chasing the Kittiwakes) Balearic and Manx Shearwaters, Arctic Tern and a couple of Storm Petrels.

On the walk down to the quarry area 4 Swallow, 12 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 9 Shag a raft of 18 plus Kittiwake.

 

Given the distance offshore the only half decent images were of a Great Skua.

Back home at South Brent the Hobby continues to visit and come in for food, 8 Canada geese over late afternoon and a single Tawny owl this evening.

 

Posted October 13th, 2018 at 9:33 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Friday 12th October 2018

Berry Head update

After the rain cleared a few more seabirds came through giving totals 07:30-15:45. 3 Sooty Shearwaters, 4 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Manx Shearwaters, 13 Arctic Skuas, 3 Bonxies (see photo), 2 European Storm-petrel, Storm-petrel sp. (not European) and a distant Storm-petrel (most likely European), 1w Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Common Scoter, Black-throated Diver, 23 Fulmar (high count for October here!), 5 Swallows and a Merlin.

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Also some video of Bonxies from Berry Head yesterday See here

Posted October 12th, 2018 at 6:06 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Tuesday 9th October 2018

Start Point / Slapton Ley ( 8/10/18)

Early morning vis mig highlights at Start included 100 Meadow Pipits, 490 Linnets, 270 Goldfinches, 54 Siskins and a Reed Bunting. Elsewhere a male Merlin, 2 Redwings, Fieldfare (  I think my earliest ever autumn bird around here ), 44 Swallows, 10 Chiffchaffs, Wheatear, and a Brambling.

Around at Slapton in Ireland Bay 2 male Scaups still present. Not such an apparent size discrepancy as I thought on Sunday with a better view. Also male Pochard, 231 Coots, 5 Med Gulls.                                                              

 

Posted October 9th, 2018 at 5:15 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Monday 8th October 2018

Snipe at Mansands

Quite low water level at Mansands this morning.  Usual visitors at the hide plus 2 Chiffchaff and a large number of Hornets. Watched four Snipe on the edge of the lake feeding in open water while two more washed and preened close to vegetation.

As we were leaving several hundred Swallows appeared suddenly and were catching the myriad flies etc over the lakes.

Snipe Snipe Snipe
Snipe                                                    Snipe                                                  Snipe

Posted October 8th, 2018 at 1:54 pm by Bill Coulson in Bird News

Sunday 7th October 2018

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

Highlight was a superb view of a female Merlin perched up on a straw bale. Also: 42 Gannet offshore, 2 migrant Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Swallow, 28 Alba Wagtail, 110 Meadow Pipit, 29 Robin, 12 Blackbird, 14 Blackcap, 17 Chiffchaff, 22 Magpie, 1 Jay moving west ( also 2 west on 4th), 40 Goldfinch, 450 Linnet & 22 Yellowhammer.

Later at Harleston 150+ mixed flock hirundines.

Posted October 7th, 2018 at 6:49 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Monday 1st October 2018

East Soar

A quiet day in glorious sunshine: Tally included a stand-out Greenland Wheatear with 3 other Wheatear, 37 Alba Wagtail, 4 Kestrel, Swallow, 120 Skylark, 100 Meadow Pipit, 33 Stonechat, 8 Chiffchaff & 300 Linnet.

Non-avian: 2 Clouded Yellow, 47 Small White, 2 Small Copper, 10 Red Admiral, Comma, 14 Speckled Wood & 2 fresh Wall Brown.

Posted October 1st, 2018 at 5:16 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Soar

Started the day at Bolberry checking the vis mig but little doing. Had a good look around Soar Mill Cove/Southdown/Warren/ East Soar etc but fairly quiet...7 Golden Plover, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Swallows, Whinchat ( SM Cove ), 5 Wheatears, 29 Chiffchaffs, 13 Blackcaps and Single Firecrest ( SM Cove ) and Goldcrest ( could be a poor autumn for the latter ). Plenty of Siskins going over. A few Red Admirals and Speckled Woods around, also Small Copper and Clouded Yellow. Beautiful weather but not if you're a moanin' birder in October who would prefer a bit more SE wind and drizzle !

Posted October 1st, 2018 at 4:15 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Sunday 30th September 2018

Saturday and Sunday Lyme bay boat trips

Saturday a group of Devon Birds members came out on a Boat trip from Brixham. Very poor sea state gave us rough seas. Birds seen 4 Mute swans flying over just before departing from Brixham, 1 Bonxie, Gannets, Manx Shearwater, 2 Shearwater sp, Fulmar, Kittiwake, GBbG and herring Gull. A frustrating trip.

Sundays trip totally different and a great trip. A big feeding frenzy with 35+ Common Dolphin, 200+ Gannets diving and was a Fantastic sight. 12 Harbour Porpoise, 12 common Scoter, 4 Bonxie, 1 Balearic Shearwater, Swallow, Kittiwake, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Common Gull and Herring Gull. Hope some pictures will be posted by somebody on the trip.  

Posted September 30th, 2018 at 6:11 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Saturday 29th September 2018

Chudleigh Hirundines

Coming back from Chudleigh to Teignmouth about a mile from Chudleigh near Higher Dunscombe Farm lots of hirundines passing over. Parked and walked back to investigate. Estimated 150 to 200 Swallows and House Martins around the fields and in the sky, about one fifth House Martins, but I suspect this was a serious underestimate. Quite a spectacle and all that I saw were juveniles.

Posted September 29th, 2018 at 9:31 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Fairly quiet but a 1W Little Gull at Torcross end, 5 Med Gulls, 200+ Swallows, 100+ House Martins, 7 Reed Buntings, 12 Chiff-Chaffs, Sedge Warbler and a Wheatear

Posted September 29th, 2018 at 7:11 pm by David Cope in Bird News

East Soar

East Soar, am, of note: 1 Merlin, 11 Golden Plover; good numbers of  Swallows moving through early am; lots of Meadow Pipits and Skylarks around; 15+ Siskins overhead; 1 Wheatear and 1 Grasshopper Warbler.

Posted September 29th, 2018 at 3:19 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Friday 28th September 2018

Southdown Farm to Soar Mill Valley

A quiet and windy morning highlighted by Merlin over Higher Soar and Hobby over the farm fields. Also: 270 Swallow, 100 House Martin, 3 Wheatear, 75 Meadow Pipit & 200 Linnet.

Posted September 28th, 2018 at 2:30 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Thursday 27th September 2018

East Soar

A generally quiet morning enlivened by 2 Golden Plover, 7 Ringed Plover, 140 Skylark, 100 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 7 Pied Wagtail, 9 White/Alba Wagtail, 13 Wheatear, 3 Blackcap & 450 Linnet.

Later at Harleston Hobby & 2 Grey Wagtail over.

Posted September 27th, 2018 at 3:52 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Tuesday 25th September 2018

South Hams coastal

Slapton Ley, on the way into Slapton no less than four Buzzards sat on roadside telegraph poles, two Stock Doves and a Sparrow hawk hunting a roadside hedge.

The entire Slapton / Torcross area is alive with Swallows along with a handful of House Martin.

On the beach a large flock of gulls I would estimate at least 200 mostly GBBG and LBBG along with at least ten Mediterranean Gulls of mixed ages, unfortunately a walker thought it was great fun to keep walking into the flock and driving them off the beach which killed off any chance of viewing the gulls in any detail, huge numbers on the sea but well off of the shore line.

Build up of great Crested Grebes on the Ley since my last visit.

Meadow Pipit, Linnet, Goldfinch, Cetti’s Warbler, Pied Wagtail and Reed Bunting being the smaller species, one of the Reed Buntings being ringed and another with a large tick on the side of its neck.

 

Beesands Ley, large flock of 75 plus House Sparrows, several Starlings, two Stonechat, 50 plus Mute Swan on the ley and the reported Great White Egret showing really well as it moved around the ley feeding.

Aveton Gifford, Kestrel and Kingfisher near the A379 road bridge, along the tidal road a Black Tailed Godwit, two Greenshank, 300 plus Canada geese and 250 plus Herring gull, one LBBG with another gull roost further down the river beyond the reserve, eight Little Egret and a small number of Swallow.

Back home at South Brent the visiting Hobby came in for food at 4.35pm while being mobbed by Jackdaws and a Magpie.

Posted September 25th, 2018 at 5:10 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Middle Soar/Soar Mill Valley/Southdown Farm

Six species of raptor this morning included female Merlin and Hobby hunting over Soar Mill Valley but not together! Movements of 270 Swallow, 320 Skylark & 370 Meadow Pipit. Also: 8 Ringed Plover, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 25 Stock Dove, 5 House Martin, White Wagtail, 5 Wheatear, Whitethroat, 9 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 60 Goldfinch & 360 Linnet.

Non-avian: 4 Roe Deer - male, female & 2 yearlings; 7 Wall Brown & 36 Red Admiral.

Posted September 25th, 2018 at 2:23 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Monday 24th September 2018

Paignton coastal & South Brent

 

At Broadsands, Paignton this afternoon a rather tatty and moth eaten Great Black Back Gull ringed with a white plastic tag ring with P:76B in red, also what I believe to be a 2nd winter Lesser Black Back Gull, one Little Egret, a trickle of Swallows and at one point 41 Carrion Crows on the beach.

  

Over at Marine Parade, Preston, Paignton seven Sandwich terns, ten plus Turnstone including the Dutch ringed bird, three Oyster Catcher, a Rock Pipit and a very miserable looking Wheatear.

At home Hobby (Don't think it was "my" bird) and a Sparrowhawk being mobbed by corvids, a single Mistle Thrush and a slow but steady passage of House Martin and Swallows. 

This evening not less than seven Tawny owls four seen and three calling.

 

Posted September 24th, 2018 at 9:32 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

East & Middle Soar

A good day of vis mig but nothing like Start Bay yesterday!! Tally included 700 Swallow moving east, 800 Meadow Pipit & 210 Skylark grounded, 6 House Martin, 11 Wheatear  9 Ringed Plover, Dunlin, 2 Whinchat, 16 Stonechat, 18 Blackcap & 350 Linnet. All this attracted 5 species of raptor inc. the first Merlin of the autumn (possibly 2). 

Non-avian; 8 Sika Deer inc.one stag.

Posted September 24th, 2018 at 4:40 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Sunday 23rd September 2018

Start Bay/Slapton Ley

The wind dropped at 1.30pm and the sun came out triggering a massive passage of Swallows! Watching from the Monument Car Park 2pm-5pm birds were moving strongly NE along the coast over the sea as far as I could see and along the beach: peak passage was 500/minute,  estimate of 40,000 Swallows  conservative in the three hours I counted, birds still streaming past when I left and over the Ley and fields inland to Slapton Viillage, a handul of House Martins and Sand Martins with them. Highlight on the sea was a 1W Black Guillemot in flight and settled. Also 6 Eider, 7 Common Scotor, 1 Arctic Skua, 3 Manx and 2 Balearic Shearwaters, 50+ Sandwich terns amongst large numbers of gulls offshore. Earlier 2 juv/1W Yellow-legged Gulls on the lower Ley. Reed Warbler, 4 Reed Buntings,  2 Wheatears and a Whinchat. 

Posted September 23rd, 2018 at 6:22 pm by David Cope in Bird News

Mount Batten, Plymouth

Very little to see on the birding front but two adult Mediterranean Gulls, 12 plus Pied Wagtails, small numbers of Swallow and three Oyster Catchers.

Back home at South Brent Tawny owl last night, Hobby and a female Kestrel, six Long Tailed Tits and a small number of Swallow and House Martin.

A friend reports seeing a Barn owl at Marley Head on Friday evening (21st)

Posted September 23rd, 2018 at 5:51 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Wembury

Drizzle this morning until 1100:

2 Chiffchaff, 8 Stonechat, 50+ Swallow on the move, 3 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 20 Sandwich tern, 3 Med gull. Pipits and Wagtails among clouds of flies on the seaweed, urghh!!

Posted September 23rd, 2018 at 3:17 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Velator

In the light rain as I arrived this morning, there were quite a few Swallows and House Martins over and near the reserve. A small flock of Wigeon flew North past the reserve. The Tit flock found me for a change and I watched as about a dozen Long-tailed Tits buzzed around over my head. There were some Blue and Great Tits with them and at least 4 Chiffchaffs, one of which was prompted by the sun coming out to burst into song.

I ended this visit by going back to the south side of the reserve, where yet another overweight Willow tree crashed over in the gales. and found it bathed in sunshine and covered in birds. Probably the same Tit-flock, but several Chiffs and then a real surprise when a MARSH TIT appeared. Closely followed by a juvenile Spotted Flycatcher. Some movement overnight then.. Never seen Marsh Tit in the reserve before

Kingfisher and Dipper in the river.

Posted September 23rd, 2018 at 1:57 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Saturday 22nd September 2018

Velator

Wet and cold. But there were some Swallows around and over the reserve this morning. Another over Croyde this afternoon.

Posted September 22nd, 2018 at 5:28 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Monday 17th September 2018

Occombe, Preston

Late morning visit produced 4 Swallows, Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Buzzard, Jay. Long-tailed Tit & 3 female Pheasants.

Posted September 17th, 2018 at 9:16 pm in Bird News

Sunday 16th September 2018

Cullompton

2 Hobbies flying rapidly south east over Swallow Way, Cullompton at 2.30pm.

Posted September 16th, 2018 at 6:29 pm by Olly Mears in Bird News

Saturday 15th September 2018

Velator

Working around the reserve today with Ben and Andy. Had a few nets open not in any great expectation of catching much. So Robin, Blackcap and Goldcrest (first this autumn) were about par. Three retraps including a male Bullfinch in heavy moult.

Nearly 40 species recorded in over or near the reserve, including one of the resident Buzzards, a Kestrel, and a flyover dark Marsh Harrier. A few Swallows over Sherpa Marsh. And, the first since 21st June - a Black-tailed Godwit on the scrape, morning only. Out there too were some Wigeon (5) and a couple of Shoveler.

In the river singing Dipper, a Kingfisher and a juv Grey Wagtail.

As we were packing up to leave a large Tit flock started moving about - mostly Blue and Long-tailed, but Great, and Coal also. In with them were some Chiffchaffs, a couple of Blackcaps, a Greenfinch, and a Willow Warbler. (Where were they when I had the nets open on Thursday!)  About 50 birds in all.

Posted September 15th, 2018 at 6:13 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Friday 14th September 2018

Broadsands and South Brent

Two Mediterranean Gulls at Broadsands this morning, one second winter and an adult being the recently reported ringed bird RLN4 green ring and ringed in France that seems to be a regular around Torbay.

 

Ten Great Black Backs one being a juvenile, four Oyster Catcher, Pied Wagtail, Goldfinch (on the beach) House Martins and Swallows overhead.

Back home at South Brent, last evening three Tawny owls, this morning the Hobby continues to visit (image from last evening) Jay, two Raven and the seasons first two Chiffchaff in the garden.

Posted September 14th, 2018 at 4:53 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Wembury

15 Dunlin, 7 Ringed Plover, 9 Bar-tailed Godwit and 9 Mediterranean Gull (5 ad W, 3 1st W and 1 2nd W) along the beach at high tide near the sewage pipe this morning. Chiffchaffs calling in the bushes and 5 Swallow over heading west, also a Clouded Yellow butterfly.

Posted September 14th, 2018 at 3:20 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Thursday 13th September 2018

Wheatear

Driving to my field this morning at the back end of Codden Hill, all of a sudden there were Swallows everywhere and another bird which dropped into the road in front of me. I had to stop in order not to run it over. it took off revealing a large whit patch at the base of it's tail and landed in a nearby tree. Not exactly where I would have expected to see a Wheatear, a country lane surrounded by farmland.

Posted September 13th, 2018 at 8:40 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News

Soar

Pretty good numbers of some common migrants today: Spotted Flycatcher 11+, Wheatear 20, Whinchat 7, Blackcap 38, Chiffchaff 29, Willow Warbler 6, Swallow 35, Whitethroat 8 & House Martin 5. Also Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Nuthatch flying up Starehole!

Posted September 13th, 2018 at 7:26 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

East Soar

A good morning for the commoner migrants: 5 Ringed Plover, 32 Swallow, 50 Meadow Pipit, 4 Pied Wagtail, 7 Wheatear, 40+ Blackcap, 7 Whitethroat, 25 Willow Warbler, 26 Chiffchaff, 7 Spotted Flycatcher and right at the death a Pied Flycatcher in scrub along the top fields by car park.

Posted September 13th, 2018 at 2:11 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Tuesday 11th September 2018

Velator

Summer reminders today with a Chiffchaff in full song and a Blackcap in sub-song. Odd.

Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail in the river nearby. 2 Kestrels over. And the first Swallows for a  few days.

Posted September 11th, 2018 at 7:25 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Sunday 9th September 2018

South Huish this afternoon

About 4 p.m. the wood sandpiper was showing well and two dunlin appeared. Lots of pied/white wagtails and five bright yellow wagtails, on the near bank and around the horses. Two swallows went over, and a sparrowhawk  startled the teal before flying through the bars of the iron gate.

Posted September 9th, 2018 at 9:35 pm by Doug Herdson in Bird News

Thursday 6th September 2018

Braunton

Last night while catching Swallows (15),  we returned to the nets late and found (as usual) a Pipistrelle Bat in a net. I have discovered an easy way to get them out and it was soon on it's way. At the other end of the net run a huge surprise was a much bigger Bat - managed some photos and later identified it as a Lesser Horseshoe Bat. Never seen one before, fine addition to the reserve mammal list.

This morning I opened the nets in the garden and in among the basins full of Blue and Great Tits, ringed a male Blackcap, a Treecreeper and a Marsh Tit. Never seen one here, or at my previous house or in the reserve. Last time I ringed one was at Hartland Point probably 25 years ago! One of the Blue Tits had a ring on that wasn't mine. Probably one of Chris Dee's up at West Down or Chapel Wood.

Posted September 6th, 2018 at 4:35 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wednesday 5th September 2018

Axe Estuary- East Devon

A pleasant morning for 17 members of DB (East Devon Branch) around the estuary.  A walk to the river mouth produced 2 Peregrines off the coast and some distant birds including Gannets, Common Scoter and small numbers of Swallow.  Yellow Wagtails reported to be passing through also.  The estuary produced small numbers of waders with a Knot amongst the Black-tailed Godwits that were later seen again at Blackhole Marsh.  The latter venue also produced a Wood Sandpiper, C. Sandpiper and Water Rails.  Having left the estuary we later heard of an Osprey being reported near the bridge but nothing was seen when we returned there after lunch.  Thanks to Bob Olliver for leading us and it was good to see some new members and some familiar faces after the August break.

Posted September 5th, 2018 at 7:08 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Velator

Good to see a Kingfisher in the reserve again this morning. The last of the juvenile Canada Geese can fly! I've seen it a couple of times flying the length of the pond. Just needs to pluck up courage to get up and over the trees now. A late evening session for Swallows on Monday only delivered two, but the total for the year is now 366. Also ringed a juvenile Spotted Flycatcher - only the second here.

A Buzzard - presumably one of the breeding pair, was circling above the reserve today calling permanently. As I was leaving, a Kestrel was being given a hard time by a Jackdaw, and when I turned for a better look it had been joined by a Peregrine. They both circled off South. Then as I reached the gate by the river a Sparrowhawk flew North towards the village.

Posted September 5th, 2018 at 2:05 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Tuesday 4th September 2018

Torcross Rosy Starling

The reported juvenile Rosy Starling was showing well on a roof top at Torcross this evening, initially flew in as one of a flock of 10 birds and was easy to ID when it flew over at close quarters, by the end of the evening some 400 plus birds were murmarating over the ley and it was difficult to pick it out.

At one point some 300 plus birds on the roof top when flushed by a Sparrow hawk, almost constant passage of Swallows throughout the evening.

Single Cattle Egret in with cattle on the hillside as viewed from the memorial car park.

  

Posted September 4th, 2018 at 8:57 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Monday 3rd September 2018

East & Middle Soar

East & Middle Soar this am.

250+ H Martin, 50+ Swallow, Swift, 13 Wheatear, 6 Whinchat, 13 Whitethroat, 9 Blackcap, Sedge Warbler, 25+ Yellow Wagtail, 8 Wt & 15+ Pied Wag, Spotted Flycatcher, Redstart, Golden Plover, Reed Bunting

Also 50+ Small Copper, 9 Painted Lady’s & 1 Small Heath

30+ Autumn Ladies Tresses 

Posted September 3rd, 2018 at 6:35 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

East Soar

A good bit of vis mig this morning with 140 Swallow, 560 House Martin and 2 Swift all heading east. Also: 5 Ringed Plover, 27 White Wagtail. 26 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Tree Pipit, 20 Meadow Pipit, 2 Whinchat, 14 Wheatear, 11 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 30 Goldfinch & 110 Linnet.

Posted September 3rd, 2018 at 12:49 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Friday 31st August 2018

Around Exmouth

Early at Orcombe Point and Gore Lane 7am. At least 4 Wheatear (2 early, 2 later) on dung heap. Around 12 Yellow Wags in with the cattle behind Maer Farm (follow public footpath). Also Swallow, Linnet and Rook. Nothing unusual at high tide at Mudbank and a quick visit to Goosemoor 1 Greenshank and 1 Curlew nothing special at BGM.

Yellow Wag video. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uSwBzq86U0

Yellow Wagtail  Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail                              Yellow Wagtail

Posted August 31st, 2018 at 2:30 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

East & Middle Soar

A really good bird today, Tawny Pipit in rape stubble just east of Middle Soar house. Watched for c.10mins with Yellow Wagtails, Meadow Pipits & Linnets before all were scattered by hunting female Sparrowhawk. Also: 120+ Yellow Wagtail, 10 White Wagtail, 13 Wheatear, 330 Herring Gull, 550 Swallow & 80 House Martin moving east.

Posted August 31st, 2018 at 12:07 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Tuesday 28th August 2018

BGM , Goosemoor, Darts Farm

Birded from 6.50 - 11 am. Arrived at BGM to find approx 400 Canada Geese (and the Snow Goose) who fortunately moved out before the main wader flocks came in on the high tide. Of note, 3 Knot, 2 Green Sandpiper, 10 Greenshank (left for Goosemoor) 2 Oyks, Stock Dove, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Med Gull, Jay (near viewing platform). Paraglider disturbance again at approx 9.30. 

Goosemoor 16 Greenshank, 6 Common Sandpiper, adult Spotted Redshank.

Darts farm - a few Swallow and 26 Lapwing.

Knot
Knot

Oystercatcher
Oystercatcher

Cormorant
Cormorant

Posted August 28th, 2018 at 2:52 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Monday 27th August 2018

Preston, Paignton

Walking down to Preston seafront this morning approx. 20 House Martins, Grey Heron flying inland, 13 Turnstones on Marine Parade, Collared Dove, several Swallows, Starlings and a number of Shags.

Posted August 27th, 2018 at 8:35 pm in Bird News

Saturday 25th August 2018

Wrafton etc

While watching a Kingfisher in the reserve this morning, another one came in. Sadly when this happens they usually just chase each other around and depart, just like these two did. Lots of Tits of all 4 species in a wide-spread mobile flock, which included at least a couple of Chaffinches and Blackcaps. Oddly, a Little Grebe was on the pond after not seeing one for a week or so. This one looked like an adult. Still one of the juvenile Canada Geese on the pond. Unable, or unwilling to fly.

This evening I walked around Sherpa Marsh. There were at least 400 Canada Geese there. Of more interest were about 16 Pied Wagtails over on the saltmarsh on the Caen River, several Little Grebes on the main Pond, still 2 Lapwing, 2 Greenshank, a few each of Swallow and House Martin, and a hunting juvenile male Sparrowhawk which took full advantage of seeing several Reed Warblers flycatching out of the top of the Reed-bed. It took one and plucked and ate it about 50 yards from where I was watching. Also (adding to the strange timings and sightings all this spring/summer) were at least 10 Swifts hunting over the reed bed. 1 Little Egret. About 40 Swallows over the reserve as I walked out.

Posted August 25th, 2018 at 9:38 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Friday 24th August 2018

South Efford Marsh, Aveton Gifford, Nr Kingsbridge

Friday 24th August. The osprey still on the East side of the Avon Estuary, just beyond the South end of the tidal road at mid-day.

From 5.30 to 6.30pm at South Efford hide. 3 common sandpipers, 5 ringed plover, 7 dunlin, 7 black-tailed godwits, 5 greenshank, probable green sandpiper (distant in the rain), 12 curlew, 1 whimbrel, kingfisher, 4 teal with 50+mallard and 70+ canada geese. Many pied wagtails and 2 yellow wagtails. On walk back, large twittering of about 150 house martins, with some swallows all very active overhead.

Posted August 24th, 2018 at 9:17 pm by Chris Klee in Bird News

Tuesday 21st August 2018

Start Point

06:00-08:00

50 Swallows, 3 Tree Pipits, Yellow Wagtail, Blackcap, 4 Whitethroats, Chiffchaff, 6 Willlow Warblers, 3 Spotted Flycatchers and 2 Pied Flycatchers.

Posted August 21st, 2018 at 9:24 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Friday 17th August 2018

Wembury

1 Sanderling, 1 Turnstone, 3 Dunlin and 2 Common Sandpiper along the beach by the sewage pipe and 2 Whimbrel, 6 Curlew and 47+ Oystercatcher with 4 Little Egrets at Wembury Point this morning.


A gull melee feeding along the high tide surfline, mostly Black Headed Gulls including many juveniles and with Herring Gulls and a few great black backed Gulls, 10+Mediterrranean Gulls (6 Juv/1st Winter, 2 2nd Summer and 2 Adult Winter) and a juvenile Yellow Legged Gull.


On land a Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 10+ Whitethroat, Swallow over


Posted August 17th, 2018 at 6:47 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Tuesday 14th August 2018

Velator etc.

In the reserve this morning a large flock of Tits including at least 8 Long-tailed and a couple of Coal Tits. A Kestrel hovered briefly over and a Grey Wagtail came in and shortly after- left.

This evening I walked around Sherpa Marsh. 2 Little Egrets on the Caen, along with a loafing flock of mostly Black-headed Gulls on the Saltmarsh. Several of each of Sand and House Martin along with the Swallows. 1 Snipe, 2 Lapwing and 5 Greenshank. At least 7 Swifts hawking insects over the reed-bed. Best however was a bird of prey over by the RMB Chivenor base. A dark female (or juv) Marsh Harrier. It quickly became involved with one of the local Buzzards which although bulkier lost out in manouverability. The Harrier gave as good as it got. Looking back at it a few minutes later I saw there were three birds of prey. 2 Buzzards and then not one, but 2 Marsh Harriers. Both dark with the pale yellow caps. Finally as I passed the reserve a 3rd Little Egret flew over and a flock of approx. 50 Swallows were nearby.

Posted August 14th, 2018 at 9:11 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Monday 13th August 2018

East Soar

Relatively quiet this morning: 300 Herring Gull, 3 LBB Gull, Green Woodpecker - migrant, 40 Swallow, 23 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 11 Whitethroat, 8 Willow Warbler, 54 Goldfinch.

Posted August 13th, 2018 at 1:59 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Wednesday 8th August 2018

Lower Tamar Lake

The third Great Crested Grebe nest has produced, at the moment I can only see 2 chicks on her back, the other two broods have 4 juveniles which means three have been predated.
Great Crested Grebe 7 adults, 17 Canada, 1m Tufted, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Grey Heron, 28 Coot, 12 Swallow, 24 Moorhen, 4 House Martin, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Blue Tit.

The feeders are back up at the car park and the hide.

Posted August 8th, 2018 at 7:21 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Monday 6th August 2018

Wrafton

Wood Sandpiper on the main scrape this morning along with a Lapwing. Whitethroat and Treecreeper in the reserve. Walked around the Marsh in the evening: 4 Swifts, several Swallows, a few Sand Martins and a House Martin. 2 Lapwing, and one each of Common Sandpiper and Snipe.

The Wood Sandpiper still on the main scrape with 12 Teal.

Posted August 6th, 2018 at 9:23 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Sunday 5th August 2018

Whitleigh Garden

Passage of 40 plus Swifts over this afternoon all going south with 3 Barn Swallows.

Posted August 5th, 2018 at 6:52 am by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Saturday 4th August 2018

Early Evening at Mansands

Mansands...early evening spent half an hour watching assorted Swallows and House Martins catching insects off the lake surface and apparently risking their lives in doing this. A wonderful sight in the evening light.

Hoping to see the Hobby but no luck.

Earlier we picked up this beautiful Magpie moth on the track down to the beach.

 

Posted August 4th, 2018 at 9:29 pm by Bill Coulson in Bird News

Friday 3rd August 2018

Mansands

Saw some Swallows and House Martins dive-bombing something, then saw this Hobby. Also a lot of Reed Warblers and Whitethroats around the marsh and many Swallows, House Martins and a couple of Swifts flying over the marsh. 


Posted August 3rd, 2018 at 4:07 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Bird News

Wednesday 1st August 2018

Upper Tamar Lake

This morning at the Upper Lake.
1 Little Egret, 4 Cormorant, 1 Herring Gull, 9 Goldfinch, 32 Black-headed Gull, 15 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 2 Pied Wagtail, 147 Canada Geese, 4 Grey Heron, 2 Crow, 1 Jay, 1 Wren, 10 Mallard, 1 Great Crested Grebe.

Rod Mudge

Posted August 1st, 2018 at 8:11 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Thursday 19th July 2018

19-07-18 Saltram Blaxton Marsh

On Blaxton Marsh a single Black-tailed Godwit amongst the Kerlews, also seen were several Swallows with their chicks, and a male Kingfisher

  

Posted July 19th, 2018 at 8:17 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Wednesday 18th July 2018

Braunton Marsh toll road

Swallow feeding five fledglings, perched on Reedmace. 

Posted July 18th, 2018 at 6:20 pm by Alan Denzey in Bird News

Sunday 15th July 2018

East Soar

4 Sand Martins over Bolt Head - migrants. Family parties of wheatears indicate successful breeding season as does 30+ swallows at East Soar farm. Finally proved kestrel breeding.

Posted July 15th, 2018 at 3:32 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Velator

A few Black-headed Gulls chasing flying ants (?) over the reserve this morning, and in amongst them an adult Mediterranean Gull.

A couple of Sand Martins and a Swallow over the scrape.

Posted July 15th, 2018 at 1:32 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Tuesday 10th July 2018

Wrafton, Velator, Sherpa Marsh

Slow time of year so not much going on (except at Sherpa - more anon) It's odd that the scrape by the Tarka Trail seems to be getting wetter by the minute. Where is all this water coming from? Nothing at all there today though.

The result of all the duck-weed removal is showing signs of improving the pond - a Kingfisher again today.

Later on this evening I walked down to Sherpa Marsh, avoiding all the cows. Black-headed Gull numbers are increasing and a fair proportion of them are juvs. On the Caen river a smart (the first this summer?) adult Mediterranean Gull. On the main pond 25 Swans, 14 Canada Geese (only 8 juvs) about 30 Mallard - mostly full grown juvs., and another adult sum plum Mediterranean Gull. a small mixed flock of Swallows, Sand and House Martins. A single Teal (early?) and one Lapwing. Further round I was a bit surprised to see a family of 6 juvenile Little Grebes. Both adults in attendance, but I didn't think they could possibly incubate 6 eggs - they're huge aren't they? 4 Each of Grey Heron and Little Egret. 

BWP states: Little Grebe clutch size 4-6 or even 2-7 max 10!

Posted July 10th, 2018 at 9:12 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Four Common Sandpipers on the narrow river, 3 Oystercatchers, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Whitethroat singing, 1 or 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 14 Mandarin Ducks, Swallow on nest, Kestrel and good numbers of butterflies including c50 Gatekeepers, 4 Marbled Whites and 3 Small Skippers.

Posted July 10th, 2018 at 4:54 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Sunday 8th July 2018

Arlington court

An early morning walk around Arlington court saw redstart, heron, buzzard, and nuthatches with swallows dipping on the top pond. Also down by tuckers bring bridge we saw this hind.

Later at home in combemartin a humming bird moth amongst other numerous species of butterfly. 

Nuthatch Hind
Nuthatch                                              Hind

Posted July 8th, 2018 at 7:58 pm by Philip worth in Bird News

Thursday 5th July 2018

Eddystone

Kayak to Eddystone

3 Puffins: 1 adult, 2 non bp/imm

1 migrating swallow 6 miles out heading towards Plymouth fast, as if it had a bit of catching up to do.

No cetaceans, but maybe not surprising with an awful lot of pinging and whistles emanating from the water from warship's sonar. Audible (above the water)even when ships were five miles away.

Adult PuffinImm PuffinInquisitive Puffin
Adult Puffin                                   Imm Puffin                           Inquisitive Puffin

Posted July 5th, 2018 at 5:31 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Tuesday 19th June 2018

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A Kingfisher back early on Blaxton Pool, 3 Stock Doves, 17 eclipse drake Mandarin Ducks, juv Great Spotted Woodpecker and young Swallows in the nest and on the wing. 

Posted June 19th, 2018 at 10:48 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Saturday 16th June 2018

Plym Estuary & Saltram 15/6/18

On Blaxton Pool, a single Redshank with 3 remaining Curlews. Fourteen Shelducks included a pair with 2 ducklings, Swallow feeding 3 young in the nest, 23 eclipse drake Mandarins, female Red-crested Pochard, 3 Stock Doves and Moorhens with 4 small young.

Also 4 Bee and 3 Southern Marsh Orchids and my first Marbled White of the year. 

Posted June 16th, 2018 at 2:47 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Tuesday 12th June 2018

Modbury

9 Swift in group, 10 House martin , 3 Swallow.

Posted June 12th, 2018 at 2:04 pm by Jeremy Spooner in Bird News

Sunday 10th June 2018

Occombe, Paignton

Continuing with my last posting, again plenty of Wren activity with at least 13 recorded this morning. Again good numbers of Blackbirds, 5 Blackcaps (inc a female), 4 Robins (inc 2 fledglings and all 4 seen separately), 4 Goldfinch, Pied Wagtail, at least 2 Long-tailed Tits, 3 Pheasant (1 female who I'm sure was protecting a nest), 3 male Mallards, Nuthatch, Greenfinch, 3 Chiffchaff, Swallow, Song Thrush, 3 House Martins, House Sparrow, Kestrel and a Buzzard. When I visited midweek in the late afternoon I heard the call of a Buzzard chick but not today. Interestingly, today was the 1st time since Father's Day 5 years ago that I've seen Skylark at Occombe.

Posted June 10th, 2018 at 8:34 pm in Bird News

Wednesday 6th June 2018

Lower Tamar Lake

1 Kingfisher, 4 Great Crested Grebe (one on a nest), 2 Canada Geese plus c6 goslings, 8 Coot, 29 Mallard, 3 Swallow, 3 Magpie, 3 Moorhen plus 2 juv, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Jay, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Linnet.

Posted June 6th, 2018 at 8:58 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Sunday 3rd June 2018

Occombe, Paignton

It's been a while since I last visited and now the grass in the orchard has really grown, so much so it was providing excellent feed for a group of Goldfinches. Also observed for quite a while a Kestrel hunting over the field below the orchard. Buzzard being mobbed by a Carrion Crow. Mentioned before about the number of Wrens on site, well this morning I counted 11. There were 2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps, a Pied Wagtail. Swallow, 2 Jays, Bullfinch. Greenfinch, 2 Song Thrushes, 2 Stock Doves and Long-tailed Tits. Second family of Blue Tits using the nest boxes put up this year.

Posted June 3rd, 2018 at 5:31 pm in Bird News

Wednesday 30th May 2018

Fremington

Grasshopper Warbler the star bird of a late afternoon dogwalk from The Green, Fremington, along the permissive footpath to the Tarka Trail. The Gropper was reeling from the near side of the reedbed area at Salt Pill Duck Pond. Also good Swift/House Martin/Swallow movement with the showers. Jay, GSWoodpecker, Sparrowhawk, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting, Whitethroat, Stonechat.

I can't stress enough how much potential there is in the habitat either side of this short walk. Well worth a quick detour off the Tarka Trail any time (but especially when the pushbike traffic is like it was today).

Posted May 30th, 2018 at 8:00 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Meddon Green LNR

A very wet morning at the reserve saw 1 Willow Tit, 1 Bullfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Blackcap 1m 1f, 1 Marsh Tit, 2 Swallow.

Note, Lower Tamar Lake 2 Great Crested Grebe one sitting on the nest.

Posted May 30th, 2018 at 7:14 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Tuesday 29th May 2018

Dartmoor

Around the Portworthy mica dam ~ Little Grebe 3, Coot with well grown brood of young, pair of Tufted duck, Moorhen, Mallard, 10 Canada geese and another 10 plus in the air towards the moors, Willow Warbler, Grey and Pied Wagtail, Goldfinch, a pair of Shellduck with 12 very young ducklings, Great Black Back Gull, Green Woodpecker and (thanks to later photo  ID by Mike Langman) a female Brazilian duck. Lots of very small blue butterflies all over the area.

  

Clearbrook ~ Linnet, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Stonechat, Buzzard.

Three Cuckoo close to the Warren House Inn.

Bennets Cross to Challacombe ~ Whinchat, 2 female Redpoll, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, 3 Wheatear, Redstart, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock inc a pair with dependant young, Stonechat, numerous Swallow and House Martin.

  

Posted May 29th, 2018 at 3:42 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Sunday 27th May 2018

Meddon Green LNR

On a sunny morning at the reserve were 2 Willow Tit, 8 Goldfinch, 6 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Dunnock, 3 Blue Tit, 3 Chaffinch. Plus one Orange tip butterfly.

Also 3 Red-legged Partridge and 1 Pheasant (m) in my garden daily.

Posted May 27th, 2018 at 6:25 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Saturday 26th May 2018

Heathfield to Challacombe

Very little to see on the DWT reserve at Heathfield this morning a few Stonechat, Swift and Swallow.

Onto Yarner which produced three Spotted Flycatcher and a calling Wood Warbler the full leaf canopy is making woodland birding that much harder but Pied Flycatcher, Song Thrush, Redstart, Wren, GSWP, Jay all seen and a Cuckoo calling in the top of the wood towards the top car parks.

Beyond Hay Tor good views of a Cuckoo and Meadow Pipits that were trying to drive it away.

Around Challacombe male Whinchat, Wheatear, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, four Redstart, Pied and Grey Wagtail Dunnock, Wren, Reed Bunting, Swift, Swallow, House Martin, Buzzard and Heron.

  

  

Posted May 26th, 2018 at 6:49 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

An amazing and very welcome late migration of House Martins this morning, with a phenomenal 762 (minimum!) flying ENE between 06.20 and 10.00. Tight flocks of mainly 15-30 birds, but in a few cases up to 50, were piling through at astonishing speed and almost silently, with unusually few calls. The urgency of delayed migration was palpable and an impressive spectacle to witness. Also an encouraging 54 Swifts, plus 49 Swallows and 6 Sand Martins. Other migrants included 2 Little Egrets, a Dunlin, 28 immature Lesser Black-backs (all E), and 8 Siskins (E in ones and twos – surprisingly late). There were large numbers of Manx Shearwaters streaming W (typical morning feeding movement out of the Bristol Channel) and though I didn't get a chance to do a proper count, being distracted elsewhere, a few samples suggested up to 1,000 per hour at peak.

Posted May 26th, 2018 at 11:46 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Wednesday 23rd May 2018

South Milton Ley

With South Huish being fairly quiet,6 Dunlin being the best, I went out of the sun to sit in the shade by the viewing screen we installed earlier in the year at South Milton Ley. Nice to get a couple of new species for me at this location! Firstly a pair of Blackcap and then for 30 mins or so a Spotted Flycatcher making its feeding attacks on the many flies. Around the Ley, quite a bit of activity from at least 8 Sedge Warblers carrying food. Reed Bunting and Reed Warblers also seen. Good to see some activity on the new ditch/pond! Still relatively raw from the excavation,but the vegetation is building up. A Grey Heron on the bank and a couple of species of dragonfly observed as well as hawking swallows. The cleared area makes it easier to pick out the birds. On the way home in the Avon Valley, near Knapp Mill saw another feeding Spotted Flycatcher. This one reported to Rod Bone for his study on the species with the RSPB in the area.

Posted May 23rd, 2018 at 8:02 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Sunday 20th May 2018

East Devon ish

A visit to a private lake at South Brent at first light this morning produced three Little Grebe, Grey Wagtail.  Mallard and Moorhen with young.

Dart Bridge, Buckfastleigh a drake Mandarin.

Woodbury Common and Aylesbeare Common ~ Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Stonechat, Willow Warbler, Yellow Hammer, with Woodbury being the more productive location.

Around Exminster Marsh ~ Cetti, Sedge, Reed and Willow Warblers, brief view of a Hobby being mobbed by two Lapwing and a Carrion Crow, Swallow and Swift.

 

 

Posted May 20th, 2018 at 3:45 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Saturday 19th May 2018

Dartmoor Cuckoo

An early start on the moor netted me this Cuckoo at Emsworthy Mire around 06.00 this morning in the rising sun. I managed to use some fireldcraft and camouflage to get to approx 25 meters away and observe without it knowing I was there. Patience is the key. Also whilst there I was privileged to see one of at least three in the area feeding. The usual enterage of Meadow pipets were mobbing the bird.  No sign of the reported Eagle although the normal Stonechats , Swallows, Crows, Magpies, Blackbirds were all active.

Cuckoo Emsworthy MireCuckoo Emsworthy Mire



Posted May 19th, 2018 at 9:50 am by John Wilkes in Bird News

Friday 18th May 2018

Plym Estuary & Saltram

This morning’s walk produced 2 Whimbrels with 7 Curlews on Blaxton, Oystercatcher, 7 drake Mandarin Ducks, female Red-crested Pochard & a few pairs of Swallows nesting.

Posted May 18th, 2018 at 7:10 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Bursdon Moor and Meddon Green.

Lovely sunny weather at Bursdon this morning.

4 Buzzards, At least 4 Blackcaps, 1 Whitethroat, 6+ Willow Warblers, 2 Reed Buntings, 1 Garden Warbler, 10+ Swallows,1 Stonechat, 1 Chiffchaff, several Linnets and c.7 Skylarks and numbers of corvids over

Harvey Kendall and Barry Bryne.

Posted May 18th, 2018 at 2:39 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Wednesday 16th May 2018

Red Kite at Castle Down (Posbury), Crediton.

Lots of chaffinches, blackbirds and wrens singing this afternoon along a cycle ride from Crediton out to Fingle Bridge... Skylarks singing around Venny Tedburn... Saw a fair number of orange tips throughout afternoon... Blackcaps, willow warblers and a wood warbler were heard at Fingle Bridge. Disappointed that I never saw any pied flycatchers as I'd hoped... Good numbers of hirundines flying over the farm at Greystone Cross between Crockernwell and Drewsteignton: Swallows and House Martins... Startled a red kite at Posbury (SX 80755 97272), which flew out of a tree on Castle down and into Blackdown Plantation.

Posted May 16th, 2018 at 12:09 am by Andrew Head in Bird News

Tuesday 15th May 2018

Occombe

Early morning walk, before work, in the glorious May sunshine. Enjoyed my 1st sighting of the pair of Swallows at Occombe (I was becoming concerned that they wouldn't show this year). The harsh winter hasn't had an affect on the Wren population as I counted a minimum of 10. Also a good year for Blackcaps with at last 5 on site, the best number I've recorded here, though at the expense of the Chiffchaff, only 3 this morning (in previous years there's been as many as 7 or 8). Good numbers of Blackbird, Stock Dove & Great Tit, as well as Robin. Goldfinch, House Sparrow, Pied Wagtail, Mallard, Pheasant and Jackdaw.

Posted May 15th, 2018 at 8:51 am in Bird News

Sunday 13th May 2018

Roborough Down, Nr Plymouth

 Roborough Down near Plymouth ~ Yellow Hammer 4+, two pairs of Blackcap, Green Woodpecker, Song Thrush, Goldfinch 10+, Buzzard, numerous Willow Warblers, Meadow Pipit, good numbers of Swallows and Wren 3+

  

 

Posted May 13th, 2018 at 3:51 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Powderham Marsh yesterday evening

Saturday evening visit to Powderham Marsh. Still 2 Male Garganey, 60+ Swallow, 50+ Sand Martin, 40+ House Martin, 8 Swift, 5 singing Reed Warbler & 5 Whimbrel. Lots more hurindines over Exminister too. 

Posted May 13th, 2018 at 7:54 am by Steve Cox in Bird News

Saturday 12th May 2018

DWT reserve Heathfield

A late evening visit to the DWT reserve at Heathfield gave five possibly six Nightjar churring and seen in flight.

Before it got to dark Yellow Hammer, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, a possible Tree Pipit and numerous Swallow.

Over at Stover two Tawny owls calling but no sign of any Nightjar's. 

Posted May 12th, 2018 at 11:00 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Meddon Green LNR

A morning walk around the reserve saw, 2 Redpoll, 2 Marsh Tit, 1 Blackcap, 5 Greenfinch, 2 Willow Warbler, 5 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 4 Chaffinch, 3 BLackbird, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Robin, 3 Blue Tit, 1 Dunnock.

Posted May 12th, 2018 at 2:06 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Friday 11th May 2018

Slapton Ley / Beesands Ley

Got to Slapton Ley late afternoon. In the rain a couple hundred Swallows and about 100 House Martins at Torcross. Around Ireland Bay c500 Swifts. Numbers soon fell as the rain eased and the sun came out, all this fairly predictable at Slapton. A half hour seawatch from the Memorial Car Park produced 185 Manx Shearwaters and 2 Sandwich Terns heading south. Around at Beesands Ley surprised to see what I presume is the same male Garganey that was found on Monday. Also still a Pochard and a few Swifts, Swallows and House Martins dropping in and out.

Posted May 11th, 2018 at 8:56 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Generally a bit quiet on the Marsh this morning. Lots of Swift, Swallows, House Martins and Sand Martins. Three Ruff at the back showed quite well amongst the Black Tailed Godwits, one quite red, one with a black neck and one with a black and white neck.

Posted May 11th, 2018 at 3:11 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Wednesday 9th May 2018

Welcombe area.

During Part 1 of my BBS this morning:-

4 Yellowhammers, 1 Raven over and 1 Buzzard,, 2 pairs of Whitethroats, 5 Blackcaps, only 1 Willow Warbler but 4 Chiffchaffs, House Martins and Swallows plus the 'commoner' species.

Harvey Kendall and Barry Bryne.

Posted May 9th, 2018 at 11:59 am by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Tuesday 8th May 2018

Challacombe, Dartmoor.

Late entry - 7th May.

Gloriously sunny day on the moor produced a pleasing array of birds:-

2 Whinchats, 1 female Redstart, 1 Tree Pipit, at least 3 Willow Warblers, 1 Garden Warbler, 4 Chiffchaffs, 2 Cuckoos, Meadow Pipits, Swallows and a House Martins nest at the farm, 5+ Wheatears and several Linnets, 1 Buzzard soaring.   Moderate numbers of Orange Tip butterflies.

Harvey Kendall and Barry Bryne.

Posted May 8th, 2018 at 7:37 am by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Monday 7th May 2018

Owley Moor Gate, South Brent

Owley this morning Cuckoo calling well but staying very distant, two Mistle Thrush, two Jay, numerous Meadow Pipit, singles of Buzzard, Yellow Hammer and Willow Warbler.

Image of a Sparrow Hawk taken yesterday by Jude Hewlett as it passed over my home at South Brent while being mobbed by Swallows.

  

Posted May 7th, 2018 at 10:25 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Friday 4th May 2018

Berry Head & South Brent

A morning visit to Berry Head ~ six Whitethroat, three Wheatear, Willow Warbler, Wren, numerous Fulmar and Guillemot, Oyster Catcher, Shell duck, Gannet, Manx Shearwater, Kittiwake, Great Black Back Gull, a few Swallow, an active pod of Harbour Porpoise.

Surprised to see a Fulmar land on the cliff face and flush a bright yellow Budgie from the cliff, it flew off towards the quarry.

Owley Moorgate, Ugborough Beacon, near South Brent this afternoon, two Cuckoo and three Great Black Back Gulls that had been feeding on a sheep carcass.

  

Posted May 4th, 2018 at 7:03 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Thursday 3rd May 2018

South Huish

The reported Pectoral Sandpiper  showing well if a bit distantly at South Huish this morning moving between the right hand corner of the marsh and out to the field behind the marsh where it was flying and feeding with 22 Whimbrel and a summer plumage Godwit.

In the right hand reed bed Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler and male Reed Bunting, a few Swallows and House Martins over the marsh.

On the way in a notable hatch of Hawthorn flies over some of the hedgerows and two very prominent Whitethroat's taking advantage hawking insects as they came within reach.

A female Kestrel flew along the shoreline.

Posted May 3rd, 2018 at 9:32 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Wednesday 2nd May 2018

Lower Tamar Lake

3 Willow Tit (1 Leusictic), 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Bullfinch, 5 Mallard, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Magpie, 1 Jay, 1m Reed Bunting, 2 Robin, 4 Sand Martin, 3 Swallows, 4 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 2m Blackbird, 2 Coot, 5 House Sparrow, 1 Dunnock, 1 Blue Tit.

Posted May 2nd, 2018 at 7:36 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Tuesday 1st May 2018

Exminster marsh and Bowling Green Marsh.

Exminster marsh at first light this morning, slight frost over the marsh, Whimbrel flighting in, plenty of Swallows numerous Reed Warblers calling, Reed Bunting and Linnet but no sign of the Black-winged Stilt reported yesterday.

While stood at the middle car parking area a Great White Egret flew down the length of the marsh from the Powderham direction passed close to the Lions Rest industrial units and dropped briefly onto the pond towards the end of the mud track but almost immediately took off and flew out as far as the M5 before turning towards and passing over Topsham.

A visit to Bowling Green Marsh gave four Ruff, seven Knott and the Bonaparte’s Gull which was on the spit in front of the hide along with a first summer Mediterranean Gull and three Common Gull, on leaving Swift and male Blackcap seen.

  

 

Posted May 1st, 2018 at 11:53 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Slapton

Very quiet week for me while at the field centre thus far. This afternoon there was an intermedius type LBBG on the Ley that was more towards the Baltic end of the scale than the very few others I have seen but enough contrast between mantle and primaries and enough white on the tips to preclude Baltic. I'd be interested if anyone else has seen it and has an opinion though.

Yesterday I had an apparent juvenile Swallow as well. Possibly the result of breeding in winter quarters?

Posted May 1st, 2018 at 12:03 am in Bird News

Monday 30th April 2018

Matford Pond RSPB

A quick visit at 1630. 20 Sand Martin, 4 Swallow and a Hobby feeding over head. 

Also 5+ Orange Tips and first Beautiful Demoiselle of the year. 

Posted April 30th, 2018 at 7:54 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Coast path - Weston near Donkey Sanctuary

Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Swallows near Grammar Lane Car Park, Weston then found my first ever Redstart! ( M ) along the hedgerow close to the South West coast path.

Posted April 30th, 2018 at 7:07 pm by Matthew Willson in Bird News

Start Point / Beesands Ley

Start Point early on very cold and windy. Only highlight a female Ring Ouzel in the gorse above Mattiscombe Beach. Next tried Beesands Ley  entering the hide at around  09:00 and the next half hour was pretty amazing and a little surreal. There was a flock of around 40 hirundines which soon started giving alarm calls and I looked up and saw a Hobby. About 15 minutes later a Great White Egret flew across the ley landing in the reeds on the landward side. I rang a friend who I knew would be interested, just as he answered I clocked a superb Red-rumped Swallow in front of me and I think I told him there was a Great Whiiiirrred-rumped Swallow present. It stayed until about 11:20. Also present up to 6 Swifts, 2 Whimbrels, 2 Singing Reed Warblers and a singing Sedge Warbler. One of Beesands better days.

 

Posted April 30th, 2018 at 3:54 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Sunday 29th April 2018

Bowling Green Marsh

At Bowling Green for high tide this eve. 250 Blackwit, 11 Knot, 5 Barwit, 4 Whimbrel, 4 Ruff, 200 Sand Martin, 1 of each Swift, Swallow & H Martin & a lovely late eve Hobby.

Posted April 29th, 2018 at 9:24 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Soussons to Headland Warren this morning

2 Cuckoo,1 Reed Bunting,3 Redstarts,1 Tree Pipit,1 Winchat,3 Stonechats,15 Barn Swallows,6 Meadow Pipits,2 Mistle Thrush,3 Marsh Tits, 8 Coal tits,1 GS Woodpecker,1 Grey Heron,Willow Warblers,2 Song Thrush,24 Red Deer.

Posted April 29th, 2018 at 8:21 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Soar

Despite a mid morning start, not covering a vast area and battling a northerly wind, a pretty good selection of migrants, presumably grounded by last night’s rain.

Spotted Flycatcher 3, Pied Flycatcher female, Redstart female, Yellow Wagtail heard, Garden Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Wheatear 6, Blackcap 8, Willow Warbler 8, Chiffchaff 6, Whitethroat 6+ & Swallow 12.

Posted April 29th, 2018 at 6:24 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Burrator

Down near Norsworthy bridge today:

2 Willow warbler, 1 Redstart (m), 1 Green woodpecker (m) yaffling, 1 Buzzard, Cuckoos heard.

Swallows and Sand Martins at Cadover bridge.

Posted April 29th, 2018 at 5:46 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Prawle Point

Most unexpected bird today was a Hooded Crow which came in off the sea at Langerstone Point at 8.20am and flew strongly east. Otherwise there was a mini-fall today in a N/NE stiff breeze and overcast most of the morning till the sun shone.

Totals : 1 Lesser Whitethroat ,Firecrest, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 6 Spotted Flycatchers, 4 female Redstarts, 2 female Whinchats, 1 Goldcrest, 4 Wheatears, 15 Blackcaps, 10 Chiffchaffs and at least 50 Willow Warblers, with 15+ singing . Also 10 Whitethroats ,20 Swallows and 15 Whimbrel.

It appeared that I was the sole observer today suggesting that the numbers involved might have been considerably more if more birders had been present to cover the area.Martin Catt at Prawle village told me he had seen 2 Redstarts in his garden this morning !

Posted April 29th, 2018 at 5:26 pm in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

A morning visit and walk around Exminster marsh, Swallow and House Martin readily on view from the RSPB car park while Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler and Willow Warbler could be heard calling.

A count of 53 Reed Warbler heard calling, in places they were positioned just about every 25 yards, 15 plus Sedge Warbler, with Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler calling around the marsh.

Eventually a swift appeared the first of about 15 seen, good numbers of Sand Martin as well.

Small numbers of Reed Bunting and Linnet seen with a couple of Cetti's Warbler calling.

Both the reported Snow Geese were on view with one close to the path in company with Canada Geese, a handful of very active Lapwing. About 40 Whimbrel flew over and dropped into a field alongside the Red Lion industrial units.

  

Posted April 29th, 2018 at 4:45 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Shaldon

Migrants this morning included 1 Redstart, 1 Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, 10 Blackcap, 1 Hobby, 15+ Swallow and 1 Swift.

Posted April 29th, 2018 at 4:06 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Bird News

Velator

Out on the scrape this morning was a Common Sandpiper. There were two at Sherpa the previous evening. A smattering of mostly Sand Martins around the marsh. Nothing like the hordes of Swallows present yesterday evening, when I opened a few nets and played a tape. Between last night and this morning I ringed 107 plus 2 Sand Martins. Those ringed this morning were carefully roosted in bags overnight.

Posted April 29th, 2018 at 4:00 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Seen on this mornings high tide and around Saltram...Curlew 6, Whimbrel 3, Greenshank 1, Mandarin 1m, Kestrel 1, Wheatear 1, Linnet 1, Swift 1, c40 Swallow with 7 House Martin, Stock Dove 8 and a Ring-necked Parakeet.

Posted April 29th, 2018 at 11:46 am by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Saturday 28th April 2018

Wembury

Wembury point this morning, low tide:

15 Sandwich tern, 13 Whimbrel in ploughed field with another 6/7 in the rock pools, 5 Whitethroat, 6 Swallow, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 5 Wheatear (2m, 3f), 2 Skylark, 1 Kestrel overhead, 1 Rock pipit on the seaweed.

Posted April 28th, 2018 at 5:47 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Velator

A productive ringing session today after the first attempt to catch some Swallows last night (3 each of Swallow and Sand Martin).

Today's catch was:

4 Goldfinch

1 Bullfinch

1 Greenfinch

1 Reed Bunting

11 Blackcaps

6 Reed Warblers (first this year)

12 Willow Warblers

2 Whitethroats (none last year)

1 Garden Warbler (none last year) 

34 Sedge Warblers (many very fat and ready to move on - quite a fall)

Retrapped a Tawny Owl from 2017.

Posted April 28th, 2018 at 2:19 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Friday 27th April 2018

Topsham

Watched from 15:15 till 18:35

A good afternoon  around Topsham started with 160+ pale bellied Brent’s geese flying up the estuary from the viewing platform  with 18+ bar tailed godwits 

moved on to the hide at bowling green marsh just after 17:24 an Adult summer BONAPARTE’S GULL  dropped in stayed about 5 minutes and the flew out towards the River Clyst, it dropped back in st 17:55 and was still present when I left at 18:35.

The long staying marsh harrier gave good views dropping into the reeds on the far side, 1 white wagtail, 1 ruff, 8+ knot, 300+ sand Martin, 30+ swift, 40+ house martins and a few swallows, 

 

Posted April 27th, 2018 at 7:53 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Thurlestone

Seawatch all morning in the bay: Little Tern, Sandwich Tern c30, Whimbrel 43, Manx Shearwater 110 (many 100s more moving later but not counted), Red-throated Diver 3, Common Scoter 16, Kittiwake c15,  Fulmar c8, Swallow c80.

Later, South Huish Marsh: Swift 2, Sand Martin 2, House Martin 2, Whimbrel 7 & 2 Sedge Warblers heard singing.

Posted April 27th, 2018 at 6:10 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Velator

Afternoon visit today due to poor weather this morning. Glad to see at least 3 Sedge Warblers in the reserve, one singing, despite the cold. One Blackcap and one Chiffchaff also intermittently singing. Nought of note out on the scrape, until I looked again later - Common Sandpiper and several each of Swallow and Sand Martin. 2 Teal. Back in the reserve my attention was drawn to a bird flying ahead of me and when I got the bins on it I could swear it was a Spotted Flycatcher. If only it had been flycatching I thought. Well as I advanced, that's exactly what it then did, and sat showing itself long enough to confirm the identity.

Walked around Sherpa with the usual results - not much! Dribble of Sand Martins, Grey Heron, Gadwall....

Posted April 27th, 2018 at 5:42 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatching totals 0615-1515: 1 Roseate Tern, 38 Arctic Terns, 11 Common Terns, 41 'Commic' Terns, 141 Sandwich Terns, 3 Arctic Skuas, 5 Great Skuas, 28 Puffins, 12 Great Northern Divers, 11 Red-throated Divers, 1 Black-throated Diver, 11 Common Scoter, 1 Teal, 1 Whimbrel,1642 Manx Shearwaters, 364 Kittiwakes, 2 1s/w Common Gulls and c1200 Auks. Also 8-10 Common Dolphin and 4+ Harbour Porpoise. around the headland little in the way of migrants of note: 1 Whinchat, 1 Willow Warbler,1 Sand Martin & 5 Swallows (Combined coverage ML&MD).

    

           Arctic Skua and Porpoise                                                  Manx Shearwater and Kittiwake

Posted April 27th, 2018 at 2:11 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Start Bay / Slapton Ley

Tried a seawatch from the memorial car park 07:00-09:10. Flock of 16 pale-bellied Brent Geese south at 07:07 but little else except 3 Manx Shearwater and 6 Common Scoter. 3 Dunlins and a Wheatear on the beach. Around Ireland Bay Whimbrel and  Common Sandpiper. At Torcross  3 Swifts, c200 Swallows, 40 House martins and 5 Sand Martins.

Posted April 27th, 2018 at 10:41 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Thursday 26th April 2018

Exminster Marshes

The most obvious sign of migration today was the steady passage of swifts overhead, some high, some low and some calling. Small numbers of sand martin, swallow and 2 house martin. A marsh harrier flew through. About 40 whimbrel feeding on fields close to the road and at Turf.

Posted April 26th, 2018 at 4:57 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Wednesday 25th April 2018

South Hams

Aveton Gifford tidal road almost devoid of bird life on this afternoons rising tide only three Mallard seen, on South Efford marsh the birding was not much better, other than three Swallow overhead little to suggest that spring is in full swing, seven Mute Swan, five Little Egret, a small number of Canada Geese and Shell Duck, a Mallard with four ducklings, one Curlew over the marsh and a Moorhen. Small birds included three Wren, four Linnet, Song Thrush and a male Greenfinch.
 
Onto South Huish marsh, again very little seen, only high light was a Hare running down the road on the hill above the café.
 
On the DBWPS reserve at South Milton at least five Chiffchaff and certainly two possibly three Reed Warblers calling.
 
 

Posted April 25th, 2018 at 5:41 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Visit this afternoon coincided with the high tide. Over 100 shelduck roosting near the lagoon and a flock of dunlin (c80) mobile over a large area. Near the road one flock of 18 whimbrel with another, uncounted flock, further south. Lots (100+) swallows and sand martins, a few house martins and about 5 swifts. Two gadwall flew over the canal.

Posted April 25th, 2018 at 4:29 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Tuesday 24th April 2018

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A decent flock of hirundines hawking and resting in the rain this afternoon, included 40 Swallows, 7 House Martins and a Sand Martin. Also - Whimbrel, 5 Curlews, Red-crested Pochard (female), 2 Mandarin Ducks (drakes), Grey Wagtail and a first winter / summer Common Gull.  

Posted April 24th, 2018 at 4:11 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Monday 23rd April 2018

Dartmoor

Female Sparrow Hawk at drum Bridges

Garden Warbler at Yarner (Behind the first car park) located by members of the Plymouth Branch who were gathering for a walk of Yarner/Trendlebere. Pied Flycatchers showing well mostly females and Willow Warbler.

  

Headland Warren & Challacombe, notable change in the weather from yesterdays visit rather cold and breezy and the birding was more difficult that said, Skylark and Meadow Pipit in good numbers, a small number of Wheatear, four Redpoll viewed for a while feeding in the Alder copse to the right of Challacombe, two very coloured males and two females. Female BTO ringed Redstart, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Pied Wagtail, Swallow and Willow Warbler.

  

Headed back via Venford a male Gooseander seen flying up the Rv Dart, driving past Venford male Greenfinch and a male Stonechat.

 

Posted April 23rd, 2018 at 9:32 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Two Common Sandpipers, 4 Turnstones, 3 Stock Doves, 4 Swallows & a Shag.

Posted April 23rd, 2018 at 6:09 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Sunday 22nd April 2018

Dartmoor

Dart Bridge, Buckfastleigh, Grey Wagtail and a pair of Roe Deer.

On the approach to Poundsgate a Cuckoo seen in flight, north side of the village another heard calling and two Willow Warbler.

Cator Green ~ five House Martins.

Challacombe ~ Pair of Redstart, two Stock Dove, more Swallow than on a visit a few days ago, Grey Wagtail, Nuthatch, four Redpoll, two Cuckoo calling towards Headland Warren, five Whinchat, two Raven, Meadow Pipit, five Wheatear,  several Buzzards in the area including one very pale white headed bird and a Mistle Thrush.

Soussons Plantation ~ Two Skylark, Jay, Buzzard, five Chiffchaff, female Cuckoo in flight towards the Warren House Inn, heard calling before and after being seen. Green Woodpecker, four plus Siskin, Tree Pipit and Song Thrush. On leaving Soussons, a Red Deer Stag seen across the valley, my first Dartmoor Red deer.

  

A good day for raptor sightings (five species identified) with numerous Buzzard sightings, a brief view of a Red Kite near Cold East Cross above Ashburton and a Kestrel being mobbed by a Crow from the A38 at Ashburton

Yarner Wood very busy with visitors by early afternoon but no less than seven Pied Flycatcher seen, one male ringed with one of the transponder type rings of interest to the ringing team.

  

 

Posted April 22nd, 2018 at 3:17 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Late post for yesterday 21st April

Yesterday evening Garganey pair, feeding left side of marsh. Had been on the marsh all day. Also 4 Ruff, 20+ Sand Martin, 15+ Swallow, a House Martin, Kingfisher, 11 Shoveler, 18 Tufted, 51 Teal, 6 Pochard. 

Posted April 22nd, 2018 at 9:18 am by Steve Cox in Bird News

Saturday 21st April 2018

Velator/ Sherpa Marsh

The slightly more presentable Marsh Harrier was again around the Marsh early this afternoon. There were 3 Black-tailed Godwits in the centre field of the Marsh - not seen them here before. Only saw one Reed Warbler around the Marsh. One Swallow.

Posted April 21st, 2018 at 9:10 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Shipley Bridge, South Brent ~ Cuckoo

Lunch time visit to the moorland above Shipley Bridge car park and around the SWWA filtration plant.

Raven, 4+ Willow Warbler, Wren, 4 Swallow, Pied Wagtail, male Yellow Hammer, Coal Tit, my first Cuckoo of the year, initially heard calling from towards Hickley Plain it then flew over me and off towards Black Tor where it was heard calling a bit later. Near the car park a Green Woodpecker calling. 

At least five Buzzards soaring over the area.

  

Posted April 21st, 2018 at 5:24 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Friday 20th April 2018

Moretonhampstead

A pair of Swallows have arrived home this evening. Showing every sign that this is their patch.

Posted April 20th, 2018 at 7:29 pm by Mary Irving in Bird News

Challacombe

Good bird watching day. Swallow's,  Redstart (m),  Marsh Tit,  Willow Warbler,  Chiffchaff,  Wheatear,  Whinchat.

Posted April 20th, 2018 at 7:13 pm by Mave Goddard in Bird News

Velator

Ringing in the reserve today was disappointing in quantity, but some quality. First sedge Warblers (3) more Blackcaps (4) Willow Warblers (4) and a Chiffchaff. The sea fret and fog seemed to curtail much activity.

When, briefly the sun came out, a few Hirundines over included Sand Martin, House Martin and Swallow, but the biggest surprise was a SWIFT.

There were Reed Warblers singing in and near the reserve.

Butterflies were good: several Speckled Wood and Peacock, a few each of Green-veined White, and Small White, Small Tortoiseshell, and a few Orange-tips along with a couple of Commas. 

About a dozen Godwits visited the scrape.

Posted April 20th, 2018 at 5:34 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Soar

At least two Red Kites: 1 NW at 08.00 then 1 or 2 lingering over East Soar Farm around 11.00, followed by 2 from the car park around 13.00. Also Marsh Harrier (female) north at 10,55. Otherwise - Wheatear 5, White Wagtail, Whitethroat 5, Willow Warbler 3, Chiffchaff 12+, Blackcap 6, Swallow 5 and a Weasel. 

Clearly some overlap with Rob's posting earlier.

Posted April 20th, 2018 at 2:43 pm by Pete Aley in