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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

Tuesday 28th March 2017

Exminster Marshes

A pleasant stroll around the southern part of the marshes this morning coincided with high water in the estuary so quite a few waders on the fields including 100+ black-tailed godwit, c60 dunlin and c100 curlew. A imm. marsh harrier had a similar plumage to the bird that was present in mid winter and it was using exactly the same perches so probably the same bird. Some shelduck had moved back onto the estuary before I started to count the flock, however there were over 70 still roosting. A scattering of chiffchaffs (5 singing) and sand martins (c20). Duck numbers continue to fall with small numbers of wigeon, shoveller, teal and pintail (only 6) remaining. And a greenshank flew over.

Posted 12:13 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Tarka Trail - Braunton > Barnstaple

19 Chiffchaffs + 2 Willow Warblers (Wrafton Pond) singing between Braunton & Barnstaple. Also some Wigeon still on the Taw Estuary & a flock of BH Gulls + 2 Med Gulls in amongst them (one adult in smart summer plumage).

Posted 11:59 am by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Holsworthy

Five Redwings over at 8am

Posted 11:40 am by Rupert Kirkwood in General Birding

Monday 27th March 2017

Exminster Marshes

Marsh Harrier, lots of Lapwing displaying, a drake Red Breasted Merganser in the channel to the lock gates at the Turf, c 30 hirundines over the reserve - I believe mostly House Martin, but I couldn't be 100%.

Red Breasted Merganser

Wigeon put up by the harrier

Marsh Harrier being mobbed

 

 

 

Posted yesterday at 11:45 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Roborough Down 27/03/2017

1 x Redpoll (m), 2 x Yellowhammer (m), Stonechat (f), Meadow Pipits, Chaffinches, Robins, Corvids.

Posted yesterday at 7:49 pm by Michael Spencer in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A post-Portugal Plym excursion revealed a few waders still around - Curlew 13, Greenshank 4, Dunlin 4, Oystercatcher 2, Snipe 2, and Redshank 62. Also 4 Chiffchaffs, 10 Little Egrets, and a pair of Manadarin Ducks.

Posted yesterday at 7:40 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Imagesof the Crossbills

As Promised here are a couple of images of the Crossbills at Soussons plantation yesterday. Please accept my poor spelling in the last post its the spell predictor on the iPad!

Crossbill At Soussons 2Common Crossbill



Posted yesterday at 6:41 pm by John Wilkes in General Birding

Purple Sandpipers - Torquay

A total of 10 Purple Sandpipers  on the rocks beneath Torquay Breakwater at high tide this afternoon ( 1700 )

Posted yesterday at 6:36 pm by Cliff Parrott in General Birding

Brixham.

At 1pm 2 Red Kite over the Copythorne road area of Brixham and then at 2pm another 1. Reported by Chris Smallbones. The 1pm ones sighted over Paignton Zoo a bit later.

Posted yesterday at 6:28 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Velator

More signs of Spring in the reserve this morning: about a dozen Chiffchaffs, including one with pale legs and longer wings, but it just wouldn't sing to confirm Willow Warbler :(

Also at least 2 male Blackcaps - one of which let out a couple of bursts of song. Plenty of Peacocks and Small Tortoiseshells on the wing.

No sign of Little Ringed Plovers.

Posted yesterday at 5:48 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Berry Head

3pm. Red Kite flew low and slow along the length of the N. fort  going west to east. It then took a left at the light house and was lost in the haze in Torbay.

Posted yesterday at 4:34 pm by John Lusher in General Birding

Starcross

Red Kite drifting north 4o'clock 

Posted yesterday at 4:30 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Red kite over Teignmouth

1 Red kite leisurely drifted over Teignmouth along seafront and up over Mules Parp at 4pm

Posted yesterday at 4:17 pm by Adam Davison in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

30 members of DB attended this morning's walk and I listed 35 species in total.  The main interest came from trying to sight the Jack Snipe which was well hidden.  A pair of Cirl Bunting were more obliging and an unexpected find near the visitor centre.  A number of singing Chiffchaff and Greenfinch were present plus a fine Song Thrush.  Due to the low tide we decided not to proceed beyond the end of the golf links where a passing Sparrow Hawk flew along the (Bight) beach. At a distance the pair of Slavonian Grebes was seen close to Cockwood (better seen from the railway crossing point).  Two Skylarks were seen and several Stonechat and Linnets present. Someone reported seeing an Eider offshore and 6 Brent Geese were on the sea, otherwise there were few sea birds and a number of expected species (Wheatear and Swallow) were missing from the land side. On the return walk the Jack Snipe was seen again, this time in company with a Common Snipe.

Later, on driving through the road works at Bridge Road, Countess Wear a Red-legged Partridge flew over the road towards King George playing fields but having got to the other side it decided not to stay and flew back into the housing estate.

Posted yesterday at 3:56 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Braunton Marshes

Heron about to land....

Posted yesterday at 3:00 pm by Alan Denzey in General Birding

East to West Soar

Highlights were 22 singing Chiffchaffs, 3 singing Blackcaps,White Wagtail, Nuthatch, Treecreeper and 2 Siskins north over West Soar. Also: Speckled Wood on the wing.

Posted yesterday at 2:17 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Sunday 26th March 2017

Mandarins at Yarner

Hadn't seen the Mandarins for a while at Yarner, but this stunning Drake with two females were there today

Posted March 26th at 8:14 pm by Simon Thurgood in General Birding

First swallow?

A walk on Dartmoor to soussons plantation netted meadow pippet, buzzard, swallow yes swallow single bird making fast passages over the open moorland. Probable Marlin. Carrion crow, great tits. Common crossbills. Cmmn gull not much else due to the blustery conditions. The male crossbill showed well allowing me to get within 30 feet or so before being disturbed by a dog walker not on a lead! Image to follow

Posted March 26th at 7:50 pm by John Wilkes in General Birding

Wrafton

First of the long evenings allowing later viewing: On the scrape by the Tarka Trail were 3 Little Ringed Plovers. In the reserve a couple of Chiffs singing. Sherpa Marsh was alive with 37 Mute Swans, mostly last year's young. Back to Wrafton Pond where about 200 Sand Martins were feeding quite high, and in amongst was at least 1 Swallow. No further sign of the Plovers.

Posted March 26th at 7:27 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Clearbrook today

Three Swallows over good numbers of Meadow Pipits,the odd Skylark and Stonechats three Greenfinches on golf course and a male Kestrel.

 

 

Posted March 26th at 6:22 pm by Chris Buckland in General Birding

Northam burrows

Little ringed plover on tip pool at 17:00.On skern 250 golden plover,4 barwits.At southcott marsh east the water bideford 2 med gulls,ad,fs,120 bhg,9 common gull,17:30

Posted March 26th at 5:45 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Labrador Bay

Today at Labrador Bay...

- 1 Cirl Bunting, Male                             - Crows/Rooks

- 1 Kestrel                                                - Skylark(s), Singing

- Chiffchaffs, Singing and Showing    - 2 Blue Tit

- Herring Gulls                                        - 1 or more Dunnock

- Wood Pigeons                                      - 1 Wren

Posted March 26th at 5:40 pm by Samuel Gray in General Birding

Great Grey Shrike at Soussons Valley

The Great Grey Shrike was ranging from the gate at Soussons Plantation to the Vitifer  Mine area. Both sides of the valley path.

Sun 26th March

Posted March 26th at 5:36 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

After about an hours looking the Jack Snipe put in an appearance at around 9.45 next to the boats on the main pond. 5 minutes later it was gone again. Common Snipe and Little Grebe present. 

Posted March 26th at 5:36 pm by Paul treen in General Birding

In the garden

Filling up the feeders in the garden the song of sparrows, Robins, goldfinches suddenly fell silent..... And then a sparrow hawk flew over.

Female sparrowhawk
Female sparrow hawk

Posted March 26th at 5:19 pm by Philip Worth in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

One of many Sand Martins over the pond, in lovely bright but very windy conditions

Sand Martin
Sand Martin

Posted March 26th at 4:45 pm by Alan Denzey in General Birding

Brixham Breakwater.

Rough sea no boat trip so walked Brixham Breakwater. 6 Purple Sandpiper and 1 Turnstone on the old fuel bunkering jetty. Lyme Bay boat trips start Sunday 2nd July and then every Sunday till 3rd September if interested call 07866202576.

Posted March 26th at 11:20 am by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Wrafton

4 Spoonbills reported on the scrape this morning early. Flushed when joggers ran past along the Tarka Trail.

Posted March 26th at 10:44 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

Saturday 25th March 2017

Tawny Owl - Fremington

Travelling back from Fremington to Barnstaple on the bus around 9:45 tonight the driver stopped the bus and asked me (he knows me) to come and have a look at a bird that had flown into the front of the bus and was caught in the wipers. It was a tawny owl looking very groggy but otherwise apparently unharmed. We left it on the grass verge by the bus stop near Taw Meadow Crescent. Lovely bird, hope it's OK. 

Posted March 25th at 10:34 pm by alan craddock in General Birding

Jack Snipe at Dawlish Warren main pool 25th March

Jack Snipe just stood in sunshine this morning, lovely Little Grebe also on pool. Redshank at Cockwood

Jack SnipeLittle GrebeRedshank

Posted March 25th at 10:25 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Slavonian Grebe's

Two Slavonian Grebe's off Cockwood this morning 25th March 2017.

One a little more advanced in nearing Summer plumage.

 

Posted March 25th at 10:20 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Woodbury Common

Great Grey Shrike in birches and scrub in wet area below Woodbury Castle this afternoon. Found and photographed by Dave White and later seen by Doug Cullen.

Posted March 25th at 8:54 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding

Stoke Rivers garden birds

After getting our first 2 wood pigeon in our rural garden since moving here in July 2015 we had a Stock Dove this morning. Pays to look at every bird carefully. Not that exciting for most people but great for the BTO GBW Survey.

Posted March 25th at 7:56 pm by John & Karen Towers & Sims in General Birding

Velator

Well it turns out that Osprey beat Swallow by 6 hours - finally saw one this afternoon over the reserve with a good number of Sand Martins in the lovely sunshine. Pity about the strong wind though! Also of note were Goldcrest and Long-tailed Tit nest-building. The three Canada Geese in the reserve yesterday ALL had rings on - Ma and Pa and one of the young from last year?

Not been home long when I got a call from a friend saying 'boys' were breaking into the reserve! I went back and called the police. They have found the perpetrators and spoken to them. I will keep you informed of developments.

Posted March 25th at 6:32 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Labrador bay and Rv Teign

Labrador Bay first thing this morning Cirl Bunting and Skylarks singing well, Kestrel, Buzzard, white winged Carrion Crow, on the sea 24 plus Common Scoter and 6 Long Tailed Duck. 

Rv Teign from Shaldon to Coombe Cellars, 7 Red Breasted Merganser, Curlew, Oyster Catcher, Heron, Little Egret, Stock Dove, Linnet ad Goldfinch.

On the Kingkerswell by pass 11 Buzzards soaring.

Posted March 25th at 6:19 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Holdstone down

Bright but very breezy day today provided courting meadow pipits, skylarks, stonchats, kestral and a pair of wheatears m+f.

WheatearsCourting pipits



Posted March 25th at 5:29 pm by Philip worth in General Birding

Morte Point

Morte Point 0800-01100. (My first) 1 Swallow made one pass over the Point flying E. 2 Wheatears, 2 Rock Pipits,  8 Linnets, 2  Stonechat on the Point with 1 Fulmar, 1 LBbG, 1 Shag and several GBbG enjoying the strong E wind off the Point. 50+ Meadow flying E  in small flocks between 0700-0800.17 other species present.

Posted March 25th at 5:27 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Bellever Tor - Cuckoo

Cuckoo south west of Bellever Tor at 10.30 am

Posted March 25th at 3:14 pm by Audrey Wolstenholme in General Birding

Braunton

Just heading out when all the Gulls started kicking off and there, much to my surprise, as an Osprey heading north. Sue Bruce has just phoned to say she saw it over her house too! Don't think I've ever seen Osprey before Swallow before....

Posted March 25th at 9:07 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

Friday 24th March 2017

Around the Exe

Darts Farm - Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Canada Geese, 1 or more Mallards, Moorhen, Martins, Great Tits, Chaffinches, Wrens.

Goosemoor - Not much to report except lots of singing chiffchaffs.

Bowling Green Marsh From the Hide - Sand Martins, Little Egret, Mute Swans, Wigeon, Shelduck, Grey Heron, Teal, Moorhen, Black-tailed Godwit, Magpie.

Bowling Green Marsh From the Viewing Platform - Again, nothing very interesting to be seen apart from 1 or more Cormorants, a Greenshank and lots of other birds too far out to identify. 

Exminster Marshes - Canada Geese, 1 or more Grey Herons, Teal, Mute Swans, Cormorants, Shoveler, Pintail, Black-tailed Godwits, a Kestrel, and 1 or more Starlings.

Powderham Deer Park - A quick scan from the side if the road gave Canada Geese, Shelduck, Herring Gulls and a Little Egret. 

Posted March 24th at 8:04 pm by Samuel Gray in General Birding

Slapton

So it took a whole month to find time to get to Slapton & I knew the conditions were very average and as I expected no sign of Humpback. However 3 Porpoises, 1 GN Diver, 1 Sandwich Tern, 30 Sand Martin & Russ had seen a Wheatear & an Otter. 

Posted March 24th at 6:56 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Mountbatten, Plymouth.

This afternoon: 9 Turnstone in the rock pools, 1 Little egret catching blennys, 2 Wheatear, 1 Sandwich tern, 3 Shelduck overhead, 1 Gannet in the Sound and a male Greenfinch singing for Britain.

Posted March 24th at 6:31 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

South Brent - Fieldfare

Winter not quite over! This afternoon a flock of c24 Fieldfare flying between trees near Dockwell, South Brent 

Posted March 24th at 5:49 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Gannets at Berry Head & a Reed Bunting at Slapton Ley

Around midday at Berry Head, at least 6 Gannet's feeding close to the second fort, a few Guillemots flying but not that many due to the high winds & rough seas - A Reed Bunting showed for a few seconds by the bridge at the far end of the ley - at least 4 Cetti's Warblers heard but only seen for a quick fly by

 

Posted March 24th at 5:24 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Slapton sands - Sandwich Terns

Photos of Sandwich Terns off Slapton taken by Henry Kirkwood (were missed off his original post).

Sandwich TernSandwich Tern with fish

Posted March 24th at 3:05 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Osprey river teign

Osprey flying north from river teign over bishopsteignton at 9.55am

Posted March 24th at 10:05 am by Rob mcginn in General Birding

Thursday 23rd March 2017

South Huish

Water Pipit present to right of car park in the corner of the marsh together with several Snipe and Rock Pipits.

Posted March 23rd at 7:52 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

South Milton Ley - green sandpiper

1 Green Sandpiper flushed from the side of a small area of open water at South Milton Ley this morning

Posted March 23rd at 7:08 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Powderham

1 Whimbrel with 30 Curlews in field south of the River Kenn, Powderham late afternoon . Also in the park 2 Pintail, 2 Greylag Geese, 4 Stock Doves and c12 Sand Martins over the River Kenn.  No sign of the Cattle Egrets in a brief search. 

Posted March 23rd at 6:36 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

RSPB, Labrador Bay

c90 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter and 5 Long-tailed Ducks in the bay this morning.

Common Scoter & Long-tailed Ducks
Common Scoter & Long-tailed Ducks

Velvet Scoter & 1 Common Scoter
Velvet Scoter & 1 Common Scoter

Posted March 23rd at 11:44 am by david cawthraw in General Birding

Wednesday 22nd March 2017

Exminster marshes

male garganey and around 100 sand martins. this afternoon around 4.00

Posted March 22nd at 10:17 pm by Jeff Hacon in General Birding

Stover Park, 22 March 2017

Afternoon at Stover - 10 Goosander, 3 adult male, 1 first winter male and 6 female, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Greenfinch, pair of Bullfinch, pair of Siskin , Marsh Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker at the feeder station. Flock of 15 Martins over, mostly Sand but at leats 1 House Martin

House MartinSand Martin

Siskin



Posted March 22nd at 9:42 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Sandwich Tern

1 south over Atherington north devon at 07:20

Posted March 22nd at 9:00 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Morte Point.

9 very smart male wheatear, 2 pairs stonechat, little flock of meadow pipits pairing off and two male linnets.

Posted March 22nd at 8:10 pm by John Elvin in General Birding

West Charleton Marsh/Kingsbridge Estuary

1 Cattle Egret on the marsh loosely associating with 4 Little Egrets, also 1 Black-tailed Godwit, both present all afternoon. On the estuary 1 Sandwich Tern hunting down stream of Saltstone at 16:10, then on buoy between Lincombe and Saltstone at 16:30.

Plenty of water in the marsh, several Moorhens, usual range of waterfowl and calling Water Rail, probably 2.

Posted March 22nd at 6:29 pm by Barrie Whitehall in General Birding

Mt Batten, Plymouth

First sandwich tern of the year, fishing offshore.

Posted March 22nd at 6:20 pm by Richard Archer in General Birding

Powderham Deer Park - Egyptian Geese

Two Egyptian Geese looking well comfy in Powderham Deer Park today

Egyptian Geese
Egyptian Geese

Posted March 22nd at 4:50 pm by Jo King in General Birding

South Hams

At least six Cattle Egret opposite Bowden Pillars near Totnes this morning.

Slapton ~ Two Kestrel, three Buzzards, three Sandwich Tern, twenty plus Shag, one Great Crested Grebe on the sea, twenty plus Gannet, several Harbour Porpoise.

Two Wheatear two flocks of Sand Martin ten plus and forty plus birds.

 

Along the Ley in the scrub eleven Cetti's Warbler heard calling,one Wren and three Skylark.

Kingsbridge estuary Greenshank and Redshank and a few Little Egrets.

Blackdown Rings, Loddiswell, Buzzard and another Kestrel.

At home round the feeders female Reed Bunting, Siskin and a Long Tailed Tit.

Posted March 22nd at 3:04 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Tuesday 21st March 2017

Harleston through Start to Slapton Ley

Good day for commoner migrants: 2 Sandwich Tern offshore, 7 Sand Martin over the ley, singing Blackcap & 19 singing Chiffchaff. Also: 7 Little Grebe, 14 Great Crested Grebe, 131 Tufted Duck, 115 Coot, 400 Herring Gull, 40 Robin, 8 singing Cetti's Warbler, Nuthatch 120 Jackdaw & 11 Reed Bunting. In flower already Bluebell & Wood Sorrel. 

Posted March 21st at 6:19 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Cattle Egrets - Totnes

Haven't checked field for 2 weeks but now 8 Cattle Egrets (and 7 Little Egrets) at 4.30pm in fields opposite Bowden House on the Totnes to Ashprington road- initially in original kale field, but then as the Cattle all went to the next grass field, all the Egrets followed . They then returned to the edge of the kale field 

Posted March 21st at 5:12 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Weare Giffard Cattle Egrets.

The Cattle Egrets have increased to seven, viewed this morning from Half-penny bridge , Annery kiln , feeding on the grass banks of the river Torridge just south of the bridge.No Little Egrets present.   

Posted March 21st at 1:28 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in General Birding

Dawlish, Cockwood & Powderham Marsh.

Still 4 Velvet Scoters and c50 Common Scoters off Dawlish plus 7 GC Grebes.

At Cockwood:  2 Slav. Grebes seen from under the railway bridge in the harbour.

Powderham Marsh: c40 Sand Martins, 1 Wheatear.


Posted March 21st at 1:19 pm by david cawthraw in General Birding

Wistlandpound Reservoir

Despite heavy hail showers, Chiffchaff calling continuously around the reservoir and the first Willow Warbler of the year for me.

Over the water 30 + Sand Martins

Posted March 21st at 10:09 am by john bronze in General Birding

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