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·         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 - UPDATE

At a recent Council Meeting it was agreed that Field Trips (Guided Walks) and Indoor Meetings could restart as soon as Branches were happy to proceed, with all necessary Covid safe precautions in place. 

Full details are now on the website.

Taw & Torridge Branch will not be re-starting Indoor or Outdoor Meetings before January 2022.

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

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

Monday 27th September 2021

Velator

Quite busy this morning: A Little Egret near the scrape ended up for a while perched on a low tree next to the reserve. In the river a very fast Kingfisher and a more sedentary Dipper. At least 8 Blackbirds scattered around the reserve with a Chiffchaff or 2, 2 Kingfishers, 2 GSW, Blackcap, at least one Cetti's Warbler, a Magpie and a Black-headed Gull seeing off a male Sparrowhawk, a possible Reed Warbler. A few Long-tailed Tits and the numbers of Blue and Great Tits increasing now that they have found the feeders.

On 11th September I saw a Jay, and commented that I get just a few sightings each year. Well it's been here off and on since then, and today there may have been three present.

Later this afternoon I called in at Bradiford Reserve. Tide was out so only a few Teal and Moorhens. Out on the river several each of both Godwits.

Posted yesterday at 3:57 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Berry Head

A seawatch (07.00-09.30) rapidly became too fine, but produced: 24 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Arctic Skuas, 7 Common Scoters, c200 Kittiwakes, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (ad + 1st-w) & 3 Harbour Porpoises. Also 15+ Swallows heading into the bay and 2 Firecrests around the woods.

At Dartington Hall, 6 Little Grebes including 2 young still being fed, 8 Mandarin Ducks, Great Spotted Woodpecker & Grey Wagtail.  

Posted yesterday at 3:51 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Mute Swans

19 mute swans in Brixham harbour near King Billy statue.

Posted yesterday at 3:14 pm by Neil Thompson in Bird News

Fremington Quay

A distant Gannet at Fremington Quay this morning , photos are max crop.



Posted yesterday at 1:22 pm by Dave Paterson in Bird News

Sunday 26th September 2021

Lyme Bay Boat Trip

Out of Brixham on Kelly’s Hero’ Charters.  Among the highlights today was a second year Med Gull on the pontoon with an adult just off the Breakwater.  28 Balearic Shearwaters flying S, 1000+ Kittiwakes being harassed by at least 4 Arctic Skua (1 light phase remainder mostly juveniles), distant Great Skua harassing Herring Gulls, Peregrine and 3 Harbour Porpoise. Back on dry land, House Martins and Swallows over the harbour.  

Posted September 26th at 10:46 pm by G and L Carr in Bird News

Wembury Point.

This morning: 12 Meadow Pipit, 8 Rock Pipit, 2 Skylark, 3 Cirl Bunting, 1 Blackcap, 2 Kestrels being harassed by Crows. Round the corner from Wembury Point roosting on the rocks were a 40+ mix of 1st / 2nd / Adult winter Mediterranean Gulls.

Rock Pipit
Rock Pipit
Kestrel
Kestrel

Posted September 26th at 4:11 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Slapton Ley

At Torcross end 15.25 a 1st Winter Bonapartes Gull , in front of hide and on beach , found by Phil Bentley and myself

Posted September 26th at 3:46 pm by David Cope in Bird News

Wrafton area

Only a Little Egret of note on the scrape. In the reserve a calling Cetti's Warbler being very vocal, a Buzzard and a Kingfisher, but no repeat of yesterday's group - 6 or 7 of Blackbirds mobbing something which I couldn't find. A walk down the East bank of the Caen showed only 2 Curlews and 2 Greenshank, 2 Common Gulls again with the Black-headeds. Raven over, but best bird was a Wheatear. I still think the new scrape could produce the goods!

Posted September 26th at 2:03 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Little change this morning - single Black- & Bar-tailed Godwits & 11 Greenshanks still around with a Common Sandpiper & a good count of 180 Redshanks with a lone Dunlin. Also, 3 Mediterranean Gulls (1st-w + 2 ads), Shag, 6 Stonechats & a Roe Deer.

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Posted September 26th at 1:10 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Sparrowhawk

Just discovered an exhausted sparrowhawk in our living room on the windowsill. We live in a terraced house in Ashburton and it must have flown in the back door. No idea how long it had been there. Luckily the next door neigbour had a pair of gauntlet gloves and managed to capture and release it apparently unharmed.

Posted September 26th at 12:23 pm by Robert O'Kelly in Bird News

Saturday 25th September 2021

Hope's Nose

Up to 11.30

A juv Eider showed well ranging between Thatcher Rock and the Lead Stone, before disappearing behind the latter. 

Late afternoon 

6 Balearic Shearwaters around and then south past the Point. Also, Arctic Skua, Common Sandpiper, 29 Swallows out to sea and over the Orestone. 6 Common Dolphins. 

Posted September 25th at 8:50 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Berry Head

2-3 Arctic Skuas Kittiwakes from time to time, 1 Great Skua, 3 Balearic Shearwaters, 23 Common Scoter, 2 Sandwich Terns 7-8 Harbour Porpoise. Around the headland 1 Firecrest plus a couple of Goldcrest, 3 Blackcaps 7 Chiffchaffs. 

Posted September 25th at 4:15 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

South Huish marsh

Adult Little gull , present during the morning.

Posted September 25th at 4:00 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A few bits 'n' pieces on a murky morning, including: Teal, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 11 Greenshanks, 3 Common Sandpipers, 3 Dunlins, 4 Turnstones, Mediterranean Gull (adult), Shag, Green Woodpecker & 2 Roe Deer.

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Posted September 25th at 12:57 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Bowling Green Marsh this morning. Bit early for high tide and ducks moved off estuary by 2 shooters. 220+ Pintail, 150+ Wigeon, 110+ Teal, 15 Shoveler, 5 Little Grebe, 17 Lapwing best of it. 27 Greenshank on Goosemoor. 

Posted September 25th at 9:36 am by Steve Cox in Bird News

Friday 24th September 2021

Bowling Green Marsh

Afternoon visit yesterday showed large numbers of wigeon and teal, canada geese and shoveler . Pair of little grebe feeding in front of hide with larger medium sized grebe near railway line along with a male Gadwall. Several lapwing.

Posted September 24th at 7:58 pm by JOHN PHILLIPS in Bird News

arlington

Water Rail far side of the lake


Posted September 24th at 7:36 pm by jenny elvin in Bird News

Harford Moor, Nr Ivybridge

Above Harford Moor Gate near Ivybridge.

Buzzard 6, Meadow Pipits in good numbers certainly well over 50, Stonechat 4, Skylark 6, Heron, Raven 4, Snipe, Kestrel 3, Jay 2, Linnet 2 and the odd Swallow passing over.

Buzzard
Buzzard
Buzzard
Buzzard

Posted September 24th at 6:24 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On this morning's high tide - Bar- & 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 11 Greenshanks, Common Sandpiper & 2 Kingfishers. Also, Whinchat, 6+ Stonechats, Grey Wagtail & 3 Shags. 

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Posted September 24th at 3:13 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

East Soar

Not a good day for scrub migrants but better on open ground with 230 Meadow Pipit, 60 Skylark, 6 Wheatear, White Wagtail, Sparrowhawk, Golden Plover, Great Spotted Woodpecker - migrant, Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, influx of 30 Robin and 3 Jay moving up west through Starehole Valley. All topped off by passing Spitfire!

Non-avian: 5 Wall Brown - 3rd generation.

Posted September 24th at 3:02 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Plymstock

Honey buzzard over Plymstock chased by crow and common buzzard towards Saltram at 1.45 pm.

Posted September 24th at 2:36 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Bideford.

4 Cattle Egrets in the Southcott valley , Bideford east.     20+ Mediterranean Gulls in the gull flock at Ethelwynne Brown close , Bideford east.

Posted September 24th at 12:08 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Thursday 23rd September 2021

Fremington Pill

Change of venue! 2 Greenshank, 100 or so Dunlin and about the same of Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Curlew Sandpiper (poss 2), 1 Little Egret. Lots of Teal.

And strangely no waders came into the Wrafton scrape this evening.

Posted September 23rd at 8:51 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Torcross

8 Cetti's Warblers between tank car park and Stokeley hide along the Ley side, all calling well, back in action after moulting

Posted September 23rd at 6:39 pm by Steve Wadsworth in Bird News

Wembury Point

Nothing much about a part from a Bar-tailed Godwit and 94 Med Gulls, the majority being 1st winter birds.

Posted September 23rd at 4:43 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Croyde

Moulting juvenile Starlings in transition to adult plumage.


Posted September 23rd at 12:30 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Lyme Bay Cruise

Specially chartered afternoon cruise on Kellys Hero produced: 2 Balearic Shearwaters, 3 Arctic Skuas, 3 Mediterranean Gulls, 1 Common Gull, 1000+ Kittiwake, just 23 Gannets, 5 Razorbills, over 100 Common Dolphins in many pods, 11 Harbour Porpoise 9 Grey Seals sadly including one with part of a lobster pot stuck around it's neck.

Posted September 23rd at 8:20 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 22nd September 2021

Wrafton Scrape Black Tail Godwits

Good numbers of Black Tails yesterday evening. 160 ish. Plus Cattle Egret,Greenshank, Teal and Mallard.

Black Tail Godwits arriving on Wrafton Scrape
Black Tail Godwits arriving on Wrafton Scrape

Posted September 22nd at 10:35 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

River Caen

Saw this little beauty yesterday while walking on the east side of the Caen around the middle of the day....a Common Sandpiper 

Common Sandpiper?
Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper?
Common Sandpiper

Posted September 22nd at 8:48 pm by Janelle McCracken in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

On and over the marsh around high tide this morning were 2 Spoonbills, 4 Ruff, 3 Little Stints, 3 Snipe, a Curlew Sandpiper, and a Peregrine eating something on a pylon, and on the canal bank were at least 4 squealing Water Rails. Also noticeable was the recommencement of Cetti's song; I assume that their moult is over and that they hold Winter territories. 

Posted September 22nd at 7:58 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Powderham Park

The Great White Egret on the main pool in Powderham Park this afternoon , seems to be spending its days here then flying into Exminster Marshes to roost.

Posted September 22nd at 5:16 pm by David Cope in Bird News

Wrafton Scrape Black Tail Godwits

Good numbers of Black Tails yesterday evening. 160 ish. Plus Cattle Egret,Greenshank, Teal and Mallard.

Black Tail Godwits arriving on Wrafton Scrape
Black Tail Godwits arriving on Wrafton Scrape

Posted September 22nd at 5:01 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

There were still 2 spoonbills (adult and juv) on the marsh this morning, (a further 5 were reported from Dawlish Warren). Also seen were 3 ruff, one cattle egret (12 on Monday) and two marsh harriers. Duck numbers increasing including 6+ gadwall. Few small birds; a few chiffchaff and one sedge warbler (juv).

Posted September 22nd at 3:26 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Fremington Pill

5 Greenshanks , 200 ish Dunlin & 1 Curlew Sandpiper


Posted September 22nd at 2:10 pm by Dave Paterson in Bird News

Wembury Point 08:30

Wembury Point 08:10

43 Med Gulls at the high tide roost. 21 adult winter plumage, 17 moulting into 1st winter. A larger than normal passage of Blackcap and Chiffchaff. Double figures for both species. 90+ Canada Geese in the stubble field east of the point.

Posted September 22nd at 10:21 am by David Fieldsend in Bird News

Harleston to Slapton Ley

Maybe 10,000+ Swallows in the valley last night - amazing spectacle!

Posted September 22nd at 9:13 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Tuesday 21st September 2021

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Posted September 21st at 8:32 pm by Unai Marquez Pardo in Bird News

Caen Estuary & Horsey

16:45  - 7 Lapwing over the Caen Estuary & then a walk out to Horsey on a rising spring tide with the scope.1 Great White Egret over half way along towards the White House  This was moved on by the rising tide & flew south over the outer sea wall onto the Taw Estuary.

11 Greenshank & 4 Redshank on the way back.

Posted September 21st at 7:06 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Velator - again!

There was a Cattle Egret with the cows during the morning, Not sure where the other went!

Scrape full of Godwits
Scrape full of Godwits

Posted September 21st at 3:36 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Owl;ey Moor Gate ~ South Brent

Just above Owley Moor Gate this afternoon 26 Mistle Thrush feeding on Rowan berries, a male Kestrel, about 50 plus Meadow Pipit, one flock of 10 birds and one of 32, 2 Jays, a Wren and a male Blackcap.

Posted September 21st at 3:21 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Velator

Not sure what happened to my pic yesterday - Andy Lansdell also posted one which didn't appear. Will try again.  Ringing today was a good deal better than recently with over 30 birds ringed, best being 8 Blackcaps, a Chiffchaff and a Kingfisher. Retrapped the Tawny Owl too.

Posted September 21st at 2:56 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

East Soar

Migrant-friendly conditions led to a lack of migrants grounded but did get 7 Wheatear, 5 White Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, 160 Meadow Pipit, 25 Chiffchaff, 11 Blackcap, migrant Great Spotted Woodpecker & 40 Skylark. Also: 550 Herring gull, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, Bullfinch.

Posted September 21st at 2:00 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A walk in lovely conditions this morning produced: a singing Dipper, Kingfisher fishing, Teal, 2 Common Sandpipers, single Black- & Bar-tailed Godwits,  44 Curlews, 22 Mandarin Ducks & a Siskin.

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Posted September 21st at 1:52 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Downend

Upside down BH Gulls.


Posted September 21st at 1:05 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Downend & Saunton Sands

The light has been brilliant for photography recently so I thought I would post a photo of some upside down BH Gulls at Downend!

Yesterday aft the rising spring tide rushed in at some pace at Saunton Sands filling in the hollows in the sand. 


Posted September 21st at 1:03 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Wrafton Scrape

40+ Black-tailed Godwits  on Scrape between 0700 - 0745 before dispersing, except one that seemed a little distressed and appeared unable to get airborne - still there 0900. Ruff still present but no sign of any Cattle Egrets. 2 Little Egrets flew over before I departed at 0900

some of 40+ B-t s
some of 40+ B-t s
trying to get airborne
trying to get airborne

Posted September 21st at 1:00 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

DOTTEREL ~ Dawlish Warren

An evening visit to Dawlish Warren NR to see the Dotterel  found by Lee Collins (who was on fortunately site to help point it out to visiting birders) not easy to view as it was tucked behind one of the wooden paling screens amongst a large number of Dunlin, along with a few Ringed  and Golden Plover.

On the beach up to 30 Sanderling (one ringed bird) and a smaller number of Dunlin, 3 Tern sp out over the sea, 30 Black Tailed Godwit.

On leaving a flight of Brent Geese flew into the reserve.

Sanderling
Sanderling
Sanderling
Sanderling

Posted September 21st at 9:16 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Northam Burrows and Skern

Late post.

On the high tide at Skern on Sunday (19.09.21) there was one Brent Goose and yesterday (20.09.21) there were four Brent Geese along with a party of six Wigeon.

Posted September 21st at 6:22 am by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Monday 20th September 2021

South Efford Marsh

Osprey over S.E. Marsh around 1500, panicked all the Gulls and Waders. It continued upriver mobbed by a couple of Crows. Other birds seen: Kingfisher, Stock Doves, Curlew, Blackwits, Teal, Mallard, Little Egrets, Cormorants. Domesticated White Goose? with the Canadas. Solitary hen Pheasant near the hide.

Osprey
Osprey
hen Pheasant
hen Pheasant

Posted September 20th at 11:11 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Fremington to Yelland

Nice flock of waders Jon, was it very foggy or did you forget to attach the photo? My morning was spent on the other side of the river.  At Fremington salt pond there were; two Snipe, a Kingfisher (distant views of both), a Little Egret, two Little Grebes, a few Moorhens, five female Shovelers, a Robin, some Mallard and a Sparrowhawk. On the river bank a Turnstone dropped in for a few minutes before heading towards Fremington quay.  Further on around Home Farm Marsh was a Kestrel, eight or nine Widgeon flew past as they headed up river towards Fremington, a flock of Linnets, a Willow Warble or Chiffchaff (didn't get a close view) and five Reed Buntings.

Snipe
Snipe
Reed Bunting
Reed Bunting

Posted September 20th at 8:49 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Wrafton scrape

My camera has patched up it's argument with the computer so I can share a pic or two again! Here's the flock of waders out on the scrape late afternoon.

Posted September 20th at 7:35 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wrafton

Wrafton scrape today: This morning just a couple of Snipe - all the Egrets, Ruff and Godwits had gone elsewhere. Still, I was tempted back down this late afternoon, where I met Sue who said the Ruff was back and a Cattle Egret was resting out there too. A while later a few Black-tailed Godwits appeared and settled in for a preen. A couple more groups followed in and soon there were 29 - just as many as the other day. By degrees more arrived, one group with a couple of smaller waders too. These were Knot - in winter plumage. More kept coming in until I counted 133! The most I can remember seeing there was about 96, while Sue recalls seeing 126, so a record number we think. All very lovely in the evening sunshine.

Posted September 20th at 7:03 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Soar

Rather slow for migrants this morning but saw: 4+ Whinchats, 2 Yellow & 1 Grey Wagtails, Tree Pipit, 6 Wheatears, Garden Warbler, 3 Willow Warblers, 4 Whitethroats & Goldcrest. Also at least 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Jays & a Sparrowhawk.

Later, at South Huish Marsh, 12 Mediterranean Gulls (5 ads, 4 3rd cy & 3 1st cy), Black-tailed Godwit & 30+ Stock Doves. 

Posted September 20th at 4:56 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Beer Head, East Devon

10 members of DB attended this mornings (East Devon Branch) field walk (with thanks to Paul Norris for leading us).  Birds were thin on the ground and a circular walk produced a Whinchat at the 'Dell', 2 Spotted Flycatcher at the 'Hollow' and 5-6 Wheatear at several locations, plus others including tits, finches, pIpits, corvids, swallows, Chiffchaffs and a probable Sparrow Hawk. A highlight was the sight of a stoat chasing a rabbit for several minutes (the rabbit got away!).

Posted September 20th at 3:00 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Lyme Bay pelagic boat trip,

Sundays Lyme Bay pelagic boat trip, on leaving Brixham harbour, Rock Pipit, Turnstones and an adult Mediterranean Gull.

Off of Berry Head a Wheatear on the top of one of the rock outcrops, small number of harbour porpoise.

Large numbers of Kittiwake, several small groups of Guillemot, Gannet, two first winter Mediterranean Gull, seven Skua sightings but very distant, two Balearic Shearwater, highlight was a pod of very active White Beaked Dolphin.

Kittiwake
Kittiwake
Mediterranean Gull
Mediterranean Gull

Posted September 20th at 9:30 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

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