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

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

Sunday 24th September 2017


White Cheeked Pintail briefly on BGM - left about 5.30.

Posted yesterday at 8:57 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Canada Goose oddities

The Canada Goose flock at Goosemoor this afternoon held two odd ones: one with extensive white on the head and neck and the other essentially a very small version of the normal Canadas (both on the image below). Forgot to mention earlier that a Mediterranean Gull flew in at Bowling Green and the White-cheeked Pintail was reported there.

Canada Goose oddities
Canada Goose oddities

Posted yesterday at 7:09 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Lyme Bay boat trip from Brixham

4 arctic skuas confirmed from photos, with a scruffy dark phase adult in addition to those shown here.

Intermediate phase Arctic Skua, 2nd yr.
Intermediate phase Arctic Skua, 2nd yr.

Pale phase Arctic Skua, 3rd yr.
Pale phase Arctic Skua, 3rd yr.

Pale/intermediate phase Arctic Skua, adult.
Pale/intermediate phase Arctic Skua, adult.

Posted yesterday at 6:51 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Despite no reports since last Wednesday, this morning the 2 “Red-rumped Swallows” were again seen from the Goosemoor viewpoint from mid-morning onwards. However, photos apparently show a pale undertail, which indicates that the birds are hybrids, presumably Barn Swallow x House Martin. Except in the best light, it was hard to see the true colour of the vent. The birds were clearly an odd shape though, showing much that would be visible in a real Red-rumped Swallow. Struggling initially in poor light and with brief periods when the birds were visible, I was sure I could see enough to suggest that they were Red-rumped – a salutary lesson indeed!

While watching the swallows in weak sunlight in mid-afternoon, first a juvenile Marsh Harrier created chaos over the marsh and then a Great White Egret flew in from the NW, apparently overflying BGM and continuing towards the estuary.

During the morning high tide, there were 2 Curlew Sandpipers and 1 Little Stint with the roosting waders (which also included Whimbrel and Bar-tailed Godwits), plus good numbers of Pintail and Wigeon. Two Grey Wagtails fed right in front of the hide. Five Snipe flew over Goosemoor, where there were 28 Greenshanks, plus a Ruff later in the afternoon.

Posted yesterday at 5:47 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Lyme Bay Boat Trip

Boat trip into Lyme Bay from Brixham proved to be a bit lumpy. Escorted out from Berry Head by a Grey Seal and 2 Harbour Porpoise.Some Common Dolphin seen in the distance as we traveled out.  Not many birds about as we traveled out to about 6 miles. Once chummed birds appeared. 2 Great Skua, 3 Artic Skua, 7 Manx Shearwater,1 Balearic Shearwater, Many Great Black -Backed Gull, Kittiwake, Fulmar and Gannets.

Next Sunday is the last of the Lyme Bay trips for this year but will start the Torbay winter trips soon.


Posted yesterday at 2:44 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding


Receiving daily visits to feeders from Sparrowhawk - running out of Sparrows but saving on seed!

Posted yesterday at 2:34 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Berry Head

Sea watch Sunday between 06.45 and 09.00 produced an Iceland Gull (probably 2nd winter) at 07.20. 1 Dark-phase Pomarine Skua, 25 Balearic with only 1 Manx Shearwater. One of the Balearics narrowly avoided being taken by juvenile Peregrine ! 64 Kittiwake with only 4 being juveniles and 1 Sandwich Tern.

Posted yesterday at 11:39 am by Clive Mason in General Birding

Ringed GBBG, Axe Estuary

The GBBG's ring - originally dark green, now faded to turquoise - read V21. This French bird was ringed in 'Low Normandy', not Chausey as originally informed.

Posted yesterday at 10:25 am by Margaret Mackintosh in General Birding


This morning (viewed from the road)...

One dipper on the stream and over the deep pond. Ten wigeon, 80 teal, 77 Canada geese, 7 coot, 2 grey wagtail, 1 white wagtail, 2 great spotted woodpecker, 2 marsh tit, 2 jay, 2 chiffchaff, 1 mistle thrush, 4+ goldcrest and dozens of meadow pipits.

Posted yesterday at 9:26 am by Chris E in General Birding

Saturday 23rd September 2017

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 07:00 till 10:15

A good morning with 2 juvenile little stints including the ringed Norway individual , 2 juvenile curlew sandpiper among 60+ dunlin, 1 juvenile ruff, 850+ black tailed godwits, 6 bar tailed godwits, 1 whimbrel, 2 knot, 71+ pintail, 140+ wigeon, 1 gadwall , 30+ shoveler, 110+ teal, 3 little grebe , 1 juvenile peregrine , 1 sparrowhawk took a juvenile dunlin, good number of redshank and curlew, 2 water rail, 3 Cetti's warblers, 8+ chiffchaff , 12+ goldcrests, 1 blackcap, 3 grey heron .

Posted September 23rd at 8:22 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Wembury and the Plym

A couple of hours spare this afternoon enabled a quick walk at Wembury and the Plym. Nothing out of the ordinary (having missed the Wrynecks) but was able to spend time taking some nice pictures of two Ringed Plovers (Wembury) and a small group of Turnstones (Plym Estuary)

Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover

Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover


Posted September 23rd at 7:16 pm by Duncan Leitch in General Birding


Black-tailed Godwits aplenty again this morning. About 100 before a bunch of them flew off, as did the group (10 or so) of Knot before I could get the telescope on them.

Posted September 23rd at 1:38 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Friday 22nd September 2017


Low tide at the Skern rarely turns up many waders, but the saltings remained very wet after very high tides, and this afternoon was an exception. 40+ Ringed Plovers were spread thinly over the area with a few Dunlin. Also present was 1 adult Curlew Sandpiper, and 2 Littl Stint. 

Posted September 22nd at 8:19 pm by Roger Doble in General Birding

Osprey Lopwell

Yesterday I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, two Osprey came flying upriver towards Lopwell Dam.  Dived for cover and managed to get a few distant shots which I have cropped.  

Posted September 22nd at 7:44 pm by Shane Willson in General Birding

Around Topsham

Bar-tailed Godwits Black-tailed Godwit Greenfinch with lunch

Early morning viewing from BGM hide slightly difficult due to bright sunlight and mist, but still enjoyable. Hide was very busy. All the usual birdlife, including a Curlew Sandpiper and a Snipe. On the path down to the viewing platform plenty of Goldfinch and Greenfinch, of interest from the platform 3 Sandwich Terns, 7 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper. 1 Peregrine overhead. Walking back through Topsham I spotted two Bar-tailed Godwits feeding with a Black-tailed Godwit. Also the Black Swan present close to the Goatwalk, giving the Mute Swans grief. Still plenty of Red Admirals and Southern Hawkers bombing around.

Posted September 22nd at 6:49 pm by Steph Murphy in General Birding


This is the ring number of a juvenile Chiffchaff that was ringed at Hartland Point in June the morning after we caught some Storm Petrels. It has now turned up at South Milton Ley on 16th September 82 days after ringing, 95kms almost due south.

Posted September 22nd at 5:14 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

East Soar

Very quiet this morning: 5 Ringed Plover, 10 Swallow, 80 Meadow Pipit, 16 White Wagtail, Wheatear, 21 Robin, 2 Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 100 Linnet & Bullfinch. Bring on the easterlies!!

Posted September 22nd at 4:11 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding


On the scrape, down to two Black-tailed Godwits this morning, and still 3 Ruff.

Posted September 22nd at 3:49 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Missing ringed gull photo

I hope the photo isn't missing this time - ringed GBBG on Axe Estuary on Wednesday 21st. Ringed on Chausey island, France.

Ringed GBBG
Ringed GBBG

Posted September 22nd at 10:42 am by Margaret Mackintosh in General Birding

White Cheeked Pintail

A white Cheeked Pintail on Youngs Park lake, Paignton I presume its  escaped from somewhere 20/09/17

White Cheeked Pintail
White Cheeked Pintail

Posted September 22nd at 10:33 am by Tony in General Birding

Thursday 21st September 2017

South Milton Reserve - ditch widening

Natural England has approved and will part fund creation of a stretch of open water in the upper reaches of the reserve.  This will be achieved by widening the ditch on the south side of the reserve, upstream of the public footpath by the treatment plant.  The open water will be about 100m long, 4m wide and up to 1.5m deep (too deep for reeds to grow).  The work is weather dependent but should be completed within two weeks.

Posted September 21st at 10:48 pm by Nick Townsend in General Birding

Seaton Wetlands

Grey Phalarope apparently has been there since yesterday. Also kingfisher, snipe, ringed plover, common and green sandpiper, curlew  sandpiper, and a family of little grebe on Borrow Pit. Nice to be kept in the kow!

Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope

Posted September 21st at 9:45 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 17:50 till 19:20

the juvenile Black tern showed well at times but also spent time on the estuary , 3 little stints included the Norway ringed bird again and could of been 4 but couldn't see all birds at same time, 2 juvenile Curlew sandpipers, 2 green sandpipers and 2 ruffs ( a new very dark individual as well as the recent juv male) , 1 summer plumage Knot was another new bird, 100+ dunlin, 6+ bar tailed godwits among 800+ black tailed godwits, 15+ greenshanks, 56+ pintail, 32+ lapwing, an increase in wigeon numbers but no count done, 3 little grebes.

Posted September 21st at 9:33 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding


Fairly quiet this afternoon, but saw a Green Woodpecker, Buzzard, 6 Goldfinches, Bullfinch, several Greenfinches, Robins, Great Tits, Blue Tits and 8 - 10 Swallows.

Posted September 21st at 6:34 pm by Stephen Huggins in General Birding

Ringed great black-backed gull

Ringed GBBG on Axe Estuary on Wednesday 20th. Apparently ringed on Chausey island, Bay of Biscay.

Ring reads V21...
Ring reads V21...

Posted September 21st at 6:19 pm by Margaret Mackintosh in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

A very productive and enjoyable day at BGM where we recorded 40 different species. The highlights of the day were Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Ruff and Black Tern. Also pleased to see raptors in action with hunting by Sparrowhawk, Peregrine and Buzzard.

John Lloyd and Bob Barrow 

Posted September 21st at 6:17 pm by John Lloyd in General Birding

Anchor Wood Bank, Barnstaple 15:00 - 16:30

1x Ruff, 40 x Godwit (Mixed), 6 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 2x Ringed Plover, lots of Dunlin and the usual scattering of Curlew and Oystercatcher.

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit


Bar-tailed Godwit (I think)
Bar-tailed Godwit (I think) Eds - yes, Bar-tailed

Posted September 21st at 6:11 pm by Roy Churchill in General Birding


Only saw 7 Black-tailed Godwits this morning, but 3 Ruff (1 male and 2 females) present on the scrape.

Posted September 21st at 5:46 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding


2 Black tern late on Wednesday evening. 

Posted September 21st at 4:53 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

The Black Tern was still present this lunchtime. Also 2 Little Stints.

Posted September 21st at 2:23 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Wednesday 20th September 2017

Crossbil at Soussons Plantation, 20th Sept 2017

Twelve Crossbill at Soussons Plantation, Some stayed on lookout while the rest came down to drink at a pool in the muddy track.

Posted September 20th at 8:28 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding


Only a few Godwits on the scrape this morning (9?) plus a Ruff. In the reserve, a Kingfisher and a brief visit from a juvenile Grey Heron. As soon as it saw me it was off!

However, I had some recovery details from the BTO today concerning Reed Warblers. The first was one I ringed on 7th May this year, which turned up in a mist net at Kilpaison Marsh, Rhoscrowther Pembrokeshire on 29th May , so 22 days after ringing, just a quick hop over the Bristol Channel. The second Reed Warbler was also re-trapped there, on 18th June this year, this one was ringed in the reserve (as an adult) on 23rd May 2015. That's 757 days after ringing. The recovery site is 88kms from Braunton.

Posted September 20th at 8:17 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

My first Little Grebes of the autumn here (2 ads). 134 Redshanks with single Dunlin and Greenshank, 26 Curlews, Common Sandpipier, Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtails, drake Mandarin Duck, female Red-crested Pochard, 10 Little Egrets and 3 Goldcrests.

Posted September 20th at 12:57 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Tuesday 19th September 2017

Tamar Complex Maristow Quay



3 Greenshank

4 Little Grebe

4 Common Sandpiper

Posted September 19th at 7:50 pm by Charlie Imms in General Birding

Hillsford Bridge near Lynton

Round up in the woodlands,black cap male and female,chiffchaff,4Goldcrest,3 young Jays and a good selection of all the locals looking as though they have increased in number and summered really well also 2Nuthatches, and on the top common a beautiful young Whinchat.Touch of Autumn.

Posted September 19th at 7:27 pm by John Elvin in General Birding

Anchor wood bank 14:00 - 16:30

Still no sign of the Grey Phalarope but lots of Godwit still around..

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit

Posted September 19th at 6:38 pm by roy churchill in General Birding


Yet another interesting and surprising day at Seaton hides. At the Island, one ringed plover, one sanderling, one spotted redshank and one strange duck which I think was a teal but the real bonus was the common snipe, my first for almost forty years. This may be my last time here so will miss the variety of bird life. Watch this space!


Posted September 19th at 6:09 pm by PHILIP L. FAIRCLOUGH in General Birding

Morte Point

Grasshopper Warbler 0855 this morning. Reeling very close to Coastal Path but unable to locate it in dense heather.

Posted September 19th at 5:08 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding


This afternoon: 45 Teal, 4 wigeon, 1 green sandpiper, 1f shoveler, 1 chiffchaff, 2 jay, 50+ meadow pipits, 1 LBB Gull

Posted September 19th at 5:06 pm by Chris E in General Birding

Horsey/Toll Road

There are now 3 Cattle Egrets by the Toll road just south of Braunton. With cattle about 1/2 mile from the Toll House on the right hand side of the road. Further on at Horsey island lake, several Little Egrets, one Great White Egret, 23 Dunlin, a few each of Redshank, Greenshank, Curlew, Black and Bar-tailed Godwits, one winter plumage Knot, and a Little Stint. Little Owl out on the usual barn



Posted September 19th at 4:08 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Monday 18th September 2017


As well as the Psycho LLB Gull there were two Little Stint and two Curlew Sandpiper, two Avocet, a Ruff and a Snipe on the marsh this evening along with the other usual waders and Ducks..

Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper

Little Stint
Little Stint

Little Stint
Little Stint

Posted September 18th at 8:01 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Baggy Point Croyde.

Chiffchaff,Goldcrest,12 Wheatear,Swallows,linnets,goldfinch,in large numbers.31 Red Admiral.Regular Gannet passage.

Posted September 18th at 8:00 pm by John elvin in General Birding

Lesser Black-Backed Gull eats Dunlin

Posted September 18th at 7:26 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

River Caen, Horsey Island and Wrafton Scrape

A cracking evening with a Med Gull among the BH Gulls on the River Caen, Little Owl showing well, Great White Egret fishing further down on the flood with two Little Stint among the Dunlin (missed the Curlew Sand form Rob's earlier post) also Greenshank, Redshank, Oystercatcher, Curlew, Herons, Ringed Plover, Grey Plover, Buzzard and Sparrowhawk. Lots of Blackwits on the scrape with a group of Knot, Shoveler, Teal, 2 Ruff and a Snipe. Kingfisher on the stream.

Posted September 18th at 7:21 pm by R Barnes in General Birding


Good numbers of species on the River Tavy at Maristow and Lopwell on a falling tide this morning. Of particular note at 3 Kingfishers, a solitary Greenshank, numerous Common Sandpipers6 Little Grebes, 4 LIttle Egrets but no sign of the Ospreys.

Kingfisher (female)
Kingfisher (female)


Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Posted September 18th at 6:45 pm by Andy Brown in General Birding


There were still over 100 Black-tailed Godwits on the scrape this morning and during the day - two Knot there at one point. Ringing in the reserve is showing signs of the move towards winter with good numbers of Tits ringed: 6 Blue, 4 Great and 4 Long-tailed. 3 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps (one a male weighed in at 24.5 Grams - so ready to go!) a Cetti's Warbler, only one Finch - a Bullfinch. Also 2 Great-spotted Woodpeckers, but sadly, no sign of either of the 2 .Jays seen yesterday.

Posted September 18th at 5:52 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Stantyway Farm, Otterton.

13 members of DB attended this mornings fieldtrip around the fields west of Ladram Bay, guided by Doug Cullen who knows the patch well and explained plans for this organic farm owned by Clinton Devon Estate.

Numbers of Canada Geese were leaving the fields as we progressed and these included the conspicuous white goose which was later seen again on the Otter Estuary (and have seen previously at Blackhill Quarry).  Numbers of Swallow and House Martin were constantly moving west with a group of c30 Linnet also present.  3 Cirl Bunting were located in the cliff hedgerow and 2 Kestrel present at a distance, plus a Buzzard or two.

The remainder of the group moved on to the Otter Estuary when the Grey Phalarope was present together with a Ruff on the scrape.  However the former bird was lost from sight around 1315 hrs after it took off with a small number of Teal.

Posted September 18th at 4:44 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Grey Phalarope, still at Budleigh Salterton

Grey Phalarope still at Budleigh Salterton but further out than previously reported, a good photo only possible to something better than a 300.  Also sometimes hidden behind reeds.

Posted September 18th at 4:28 pm by Rob Jerrard in General Birding

Middle Soar/Southdown Farm/Soar Mill Valley

0740 - 1240 highlights: 13 Ringed Plover, 700 Herring Gull, 46 Skylark, 170 Swallow, 50 House Martin, 380 Meadow Pipit, 32 White Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, 51 Robin (probably all residents), 9 Wheatear, 2 Whitethroat, 16 Blackcap, 31 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest & 80 Linnet.

Non avian: 302 Red Admiral, 5 Painted Lady, 3 Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Comma, 23 Large White, 40 Small White.

Posted September 18th at 2:23 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Exminster marshes - 18/09/17

10 Yellow wagtail feeding and showing well from Turf path

Posted September 18th at 9:46 am by Nick Patel in General Birding

Hurundines at Torcross

At 7.10 yesterday evening walking round the end of the Ley  c2000 Swallows over towards Beesands 10 minutes later less than half came back guess the rest went to Widecombe Ley.

Posted September 18th at 8:15 am by Steve Wadsworth in General Birding

Sunday 17th September 2017

Bowling green marsh

watched from 15:15 till 18:45

A great afternoon started with a spotted flycatcher along the path upto the viewing platform then suddenly noticed a few hundred swallow and house Martin moving over the viewing platform and for next 20 minutes a massive movement occurred birds were moving west on a front from darts farm right down to Lympstone one count of a small section was 500+ birds in a minute a conservative estimate for the movement was 30000+ a spectacular sight split was 50:50 among them a few sand Martin.

2 little stints possibly 3 were on mud and was a sign of things to come also 17+ grey plover and 20+ ringed plover

moved upto the hide for the high tide 2 juvenile little stints showed straight away including 1 ringed individual red ring over metal ring on left leg and a yellow ring on right leg with black lettering ( hoping some photos will give us the code) believe this to be a Norway ringing group. Soon picked up another juvenile little stint the 3 now showing well, a sanderling and knot dropped in among 300+ dunlin , 5  juvenile curlew sandpipers, 4 avocet, 6+ bar tailed godwits, 300+ redshank, 3 whimbrel, 600+ black tailed godwits.

Then another juvenile little stint appeared on the left end of the island with the other 3 still showing then I was certain I had another little stint come in with small group of dunlin but couldn't confirm until a sparrowhawk came in 3 little stint flew out the sparrowhawk was chasing another little stint which escaped and then the 1 on the island flew out so final count was 

5 Little stints my best count for a few years on the marsh all nice smart juveniles a fantastic afternoon 




Posted September 17th at 10:45 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Anchor Wood Bank Barnstaple

14.45 - 16.00 Grey Phalarope still present - also a single knot on its own, a single Curlew Sandpiper with Dunlin, Bar-tailed and Black-tailed Godwits, a Kingfisher on the mud by the waters edge.

Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope

Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper

Bar-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit

Posted September 17th at 10:18 pm by Martin Bond in General Birding

Lower tamar lake

2 spotted flycatchers 3 gold crests 10 long tailed tits 17:00

Posted September 17th at 9:58 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Teign Estuary

Two Avocets at Flow Point this evening

Posted September 17th at 9:45 pm by Will Salmon in General Birding

Sousson's Plantation, Vitifer

21 crossbills and a redstart in trees around the clear cut area at the top of the plantation, early afternoon. Siskins were calling further down the hill but remained out of sight in the treetops. Other birds included buzzard, raven, great spotted woodpecker, goldcrest, bullfinch, great tit, wren, chiffchaff, robin, blackbird, and swallows and a few house martins overhead.

Posted September 17th at 9:29 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Crow point to river caen mouth

A lovely walk today from the white house to the fisherman's Hut provided many egrets, herons, 3 curlew, pair of kingfisher chasing one another,  oystercatchers several small flocks of Canada geese travelling up the estuary on the Instow side, 

Severel little grebes in the reserve bit behind the white house and a wheatear. There seemed to be a lack of shoreline wading birds than usual.


Chifchaff.? Eds - yes Chiffchaff.

Posted September 17th at 7:52 pm by Philip worth in General Birding

Kingsbridge Estuary

An Osprey seen over Ilton Castle Plantation this afternoon

Posted September 17th at 5:17 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Warleigh point

Adult drake Common Scoter 100+ Curlew,15 Little Egrets,25 Greenshank,2 Grey Heron.

Posted September 17th at 5:06 pm by Chris Buckland in General Birding

Horsey Island and Anchorwood over the weekend

Saturday afternoon gave my first Cattle Egret at Horsey Island (fields opposite) Great White Egret and two Little Owls unusually out in the sun plus all the regulars. Today over at Anchorwood and was shown the Grey Phalarope at close range by fellow birders, also a mixed flock of Barwit, Blackwit, Knot, Dunlin, Sanderling and all the regulars plus a single Litlle Stint (sorry Matt!) and Ruff.

Posted September 17th at 3:47 pm by R Barnes in General Birding

Barnstaple Anchor woods bank 13:00 - 14:00

The Phalarope still showing well at low water feeding right up to within 10 metres of the Tarka trail at times. Also a scattering of Godwits still present.

Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit

Posted September 17th at 2:59 pm by Roy Churchill in General Birding

Sherpa scrape + Anchorwood Bank

Cycled along the Tarka trail to Anchorwood bank early am to see the Grey Phalarope which was showing well along with a mix of Black & Bar tailed Godwits & 3 Pintail. Stopped on the way to look through the waders at Sherpa scrape & counted 182 Black tailed Godwits, 2 Ruff & 8 Knot.

As far as I remember the first time I have seen Knot at this location.

Posted September 17th at 2:06 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding


The scrape is jumping with about 140 Black-tailed Godwits. In amongst them were 2 Ruff (1m, 1f) and about 10 Knot. Never seen Knot on here before, so disappointing to have no telescope with me.

Malcolm Shakespeare was also present later, and Rob also looked - they may add to the mix!

Kingfisher and 2 Jays in the reserve.

Posted September 17th at 1:11 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Portworthy and Cadover

Portworthy this morn (viewed from the road): Wigeon, 4, Tufted Duck, 4, 
Teal, 38, Shelduck, 1, Canada Goose, 1, Little Grebe, 1, Meadow pipits
Linnets, Ravens, 2.

Cadover: Chiffchaff 12+, Sparrowhawk 1m, White wagtail 1 (in with pieds in field near farm), Swallows 150+ (heading south in small flocks), Ravens 8, Grey Wagtail 6 (4 over), Red Admiral. 

Posted September 17th at 10:28 am by Chris E in General Birding

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