Devon Bird Sightings

2017 Bird Records

Now is the time to send in your records for 2017 so that they can be used in the Devon Bird Report for 2017. Please send Excel spreadsheets (blanks can be downloaded from the Website) to data.manager@devonbirds.org. Other records (hand written or typewritten) should be sent to : Mr R Burn, 43 Larkham Lane, Plympton, Plymouth PL7 4PH.

All records should be sent in by 31st January 2018 please.

Please do not send any records to Julia Harris as she has moved away from Devon but wishes everyone a Happy New Year

Posted December 30th, 2017 at 10:16 am by Mike Daniels in General Birding

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

Sightings Page Changes

Acting on comments to Devon Birds some changes have been made to this page. To the right of this header post you'll see there are now several subjects for you to choose to read and post on. Just click your chosen subject and use as previously.

Please be careful not to post under the wrong subject. If you do, you can still easily go back to edit and change the subject yourself so it appears on the right page.

Please try and keep posts short, particularly in the Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts page. Photographs are still very welcome.  

For help with ID email photos to id@devonbirds.org.

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

Sunday 18th February 2018

Taw and Torridge branch outing

The Taw and Torridge branch had a successful outing today to Darts Farm, Goosemoor, Bowling Green Marsh, Goat Walk, Exminster Marshes and Powderham despite the awful weather forecast. Saw 57 different birds including water rail, goldcrest, bullfinch, red breasted merganser, and large gatherings of wigeon and black tailed godwits.

Posted yesterday at 10:48 pm by Brian Sims in General Birding

Braunton Burrows

The Tundra Bean Goose was still visible from the Sandy Lane Car Park today, albeit quite a distance and still hanging about with the Mute Swans. Definitely needs scoping. (apologies for poor quality)

   

Posted yesterday at 8:58 pm by Steph Murphy in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Dartmoor

Very little to be seen in the way of bird life on the upper moors other than a Buzzard and Corvids but dropping down the bird life started to appear.

Dartmeet gave three male Yellow Hammers and a partly leucistic female House Sparrow.

Holne three Mistle Thrush on overhead wires.

  

Posted yesterday at 8:56 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Blackcap

Female blackcap in our Bideford garden today.Good to see some birders saw the black redstarts I posted.Nice shot of the male Kim. 

Posted yesterday at 8:28 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Whimple

Pair of common redpolls niger feeders today 

Posted yesterday at 7:32 pm by Peter salter in General Birding

Brixham Breakwater

A bit drizzly and murky, but the first winter Iceland Gull was still about this morning, around the last third of the breakwater, as previously.  Out at the end there were a couple of (second winter?) Common Gulls and a few Kittiwakes.  No sign of the Glaucous Gull.  A solitary Purple Sandpiper was on the rocks on the seaward side of the breakwater. 

Common Gull Common Gull
Common Gull                    Common Gull

Posted yesterday at 4:44 pm by Alistair King in General Birding

Ilfracombe Redstarts

The male and females still on houses behind Lidl

Posted yesterday at 1:56 pm by Paul king in General Birding

Colour ringed Dipper

Seen on the river Plym by McDonalds. Right leg; orange on tarsus, red on tibia. Left leg; black over white on tarsus. I didn’t see a metal ring. It flew back up the Plym after about 5 minuets.

Posted yesterday at 1:30 pm by Martin Phillips in General Birding

Ilfracombe Lidl Redstarts

Good views of the male this morning.  One female made a brief appearance but was chased off by the male.  The male was spending most of its time at the top of the tree just to the right hand side of the property with the scaffolding and making regular flights to adjacent houses to catch insects.  A pied wagtail also present and it was good to see good numbers of sparrows collecting nesting materials.

Posted yesterday at 11:46 am by Kim Beaver in General Birding

Brixham Glaucous Gull

try https://wwwyoutube.com/watch?v=vzETiuYOCdE

Posted yesterday at 11:40 am by Lloyd in General Birding

Brixham Glaucous Gull

A Video link to this weeks Glaucous https://youtu.be/vzE7iuYOCdE 

Eds: the link doesn't seem to work Lloyd...

Posted yesterday at 10:37 am by Lloyd Gray in General Birding

Stuart Line Cruise on Exe 17th February

Three Great Northern Divers, Slavonian Grebe, two Goldeneye and two adult Med Gulls were the highlights

Posted yesterday at 10:20 am by Ian Waite in General Birding

Saturday 17th February 2018

redstarts

Hi john and others the black redstarts were in ilfracombe,doh!!!!.

Posted February 17th at 11:39 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Stover and Brixham

There were 19 Goosanders (3 adult drakes) at Stover at first light, continuing to give exceptionally good views around the lake and in the channels. Also a pair of Mandarins, 2 Pochard, 7 Tufted Ducks, 2 Kingfishers and Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers.

The adult Glaucous Gull flew along Brixham Breakwater this afternoon, heading off towards Berry head, while the first winter Iceland Gull patrolled up and down for some time.

 First winter Iceland Gull Purple Sandpiper, Brixham Breakwater

First winter Iceland Gull and Purple Sandpiper at Brixham Breakwater

Posted February 17th at 10:54 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Ernesettle Creek at low tide

Good numbers of Oystercatchers and  at least 8 Curlew on the tideline as the creek enters the Tamar. Shelduck x 4 and a little egret on the mud flats. Kingfisher on the Mill Pond. 20+ Teal with a small group of Mallards, Redshanks a plenty, one lone Greenshank along the creek. A small flock of Goldfinches, long tailed tits and a solitary Goldcrest in the hedgerow. 

Posted February 17th at 8:51 pm by Val Grehan in General Birding

Velator

Cycled back to Brauntion from Croyde this afternoon and detoured across Braunton Marsh and the great field. Found a huge flock of several hundred Chaffinch, but unable to find a Brambling among them. Didn't find the Goose, nor any Owls, but as I looked across at Sherpa Marsh, perched on a small bush in the reed-bed was a (or the?) female Marsh Harrier. This was at about 4.20.

Posted February 17th at 6:51 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Exe & Yarner

A good day on the River Exe estuary today.

Cockwood ~ Eider duck and Great Norther Diver on the Exe, on the roadside fields, Oyster Catcher, Curlew, Redshank, Greenshank, Wigeon, Teal, Brent Geese, Lapwing and Sparrow Hawk.

 

Powderham to Turf Lock on the dropping tide ~ Large numbers of Black Tailed Godwit (three colour tagged birds) and Brent Geese, Curlew, the reported two Snow Geese still with a small flock of Canada Geese but some 400 yards from the footpath , Redshank, Kingfisher, Cormorant, Red Breasted Merganser (6) Dunlin, Grey Plover, Oyster Catcher, Avocet, Heron and Lapwing.

Yarner ~ A good day for raptor watching with at least six Buzzards soaring over the valley.

Posted February 17th at 6:08 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Beesands Ley Scaup

Scaup still present at Beesands Ley this afternoon.

Scaup
Scaup

Posted February 17th at 5:56 pm by Samuel Gray in General Birding

Plym Estuary

My first Mediterranean Gull of this year here (adult), 9 Goosanders (2 drakes), Common Sandpiper, 37 Common Gulls & 2 Greenshanks.

Posted February 17th at 3:17 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Wrafton

11.00a.m. there were 5 SPOONBILLS on the scrape. None of them seemed to have any rings.

Rob Marshall: Which LIDL?!!

Posted February 17th at 1:43 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

BLACK REDSTARTS

1 MALE JOINED BY 2 FEMALE FEEDING MAINLY ON AND AROUND HOUSE WITH SCAFFOLD ABOVE LIDLS CARPARK ON THURSDAY 15TH BELATED NEWS SORRY

Posted February 17th at 11:56 am by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Friday 16th February 2018

What a Difference a Day Makes

Yesterday's Canada Goose casualty was still very much whole at mid-day, but just one day later, the carcass has been totally stripped to the bone by scavengers.  Geese are known to be faithful for life, and this appears to be the case here with its mate still staying close by in the background, even though it's been reduced to a skeleton. 

Posted February 16th at 8:13 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Cockwood and Dawlish Warren

11.30

At Cockwood:

Slavonian Grebe, Greenshank and 2 Great Northern Divers. 

12.50-16.30

At Dawlish Warren:

A lone Eider in front of the hide, 3 R B Mergansers, 3 Common Scoters on the sea, 2 Stonechats, Great Northern Diver on the sea, 4 G C Grebes on the sea, Snipe on the main pond. 

A large supporting cast of wintering waders and wildfowl at both locations. 

Posted February 16th at 7:18 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Brixham Breakwater this afternoon

Very quiet on arrival, but the adult glaucous gull appeared just before 2pm, spending a few minutes flying around the end and preening on the water. The juvenile/1st winter iceland gull appeared at the same time, and hung around flying up and down the breakwater for about an hour. Also present; 3 purple sandpipers, 3 turnstone and rock pipits on the breakwater; 1 great northern diver distant off the end on arrival; and gannets diving out in the bay. I looked for dolphins under them but didn't see any.

Glaucous gull, adult Iceland gull, juvenile/1st winter
Glaucous gull, adult                                    Iceland gull, juvenile/1st winter

Posted February 16th at 6:35 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Torbay and Berry Head

50+ Common Dolphins in 3 or 4 groups,off Paignton this am, including one adult with strange bellyflopping surfacing action which I saw on 23 Dec.

Also another 20, maybe the same ones, off Berry Head later.

Common Dolphins, Torbay Adult and juvenile Common Dolphin, Torbay Adult bellyflopping Common Dolphin
Common Dolphins, Torbay    Adult and juvenile Common Dolphin, Torbay  Adult bellyflopping Common Dolphin

Posted February 16th at 3:18 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Other Wildlife

Reply to "One less Canada Goose"

I was there on Tuesday afternoon and the goose was laying down and not moving ,  apart from occasionally lifting it's head. We were wondering if it would make it to the next day.  Looks like it didn't.

Posted February 16th at 2:15 pm by Peter Castle in General Birding

Scaup at Beesands 15th Feb

Scaup at Beesands with what appears to be a peak at the rear of head. A trick of the wind or could it be a Lesser Scaup !!!

  

Eds: On the Scaup the green head, lack of coarse vermiculation on back,head shape - not high enough crown, black nail a little too extensive would all rule out lesser scaup.

Posted February 16th at 10:22 am by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Meditation

Have now worked out why the Blackcaps in my Paignton Garden have taken to ground feeding this winter - they need earthing after their meditation!

(Have included a record shot of both males together for sheer novelty value.)

Om mani... ...padme um Both Males
Om mani...                              ...padme um                                   Both Males

Posted February 16th at 1:25 am by Dave Holloway in General Birding

Thursday 15th February 2018

One Less Canada Goose

At lunchtime at Bowling Green Marsh, Topsham, this Buzzard spent a lot of time plucking a Canada carcass before it could get to the juicy bits.  Didn't see if the Buzzard actually made the kill, but it seems like a big prey item for a Buzzard?  Four Foxes were sunbathing at the other side of the marsh, so it doesn't look like it was their kill.

Posted February 15th at 11:52 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Venford Reservoir

2 Woodcock mid-pm.

Posted February 15th at 9:20 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Exmouth Beach 15/02/18

Washed-up on the beach - probably the result of the latest storms

Barrel Jellyfish   Squid eggs    Whelk egg-cases
Barrel Jellyfish                          Squid eggs                             Whelk egg-cases

Posted February 15th at 7:54 pm by Chris & Sally Bollen in Other Wildlife

Brixham Breakwater Gulls

Adult Glaucous Gull still on the breakwater today. Joined by a juv/1w Iceland Gull

Glaucous Gull   Iceland Gull
Glaucous Gull                                     Iceland Gull

Posted February 15th at 7:44 pm by Samuel Gray in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Efford Marsh

Spoonbil at South Efford very close to the hide

Posted February 15th at 7:33 pm by Roger Backway in General Birding

South Molton

A sighting of a red kite flying low over farm land north of Aller Cross roundabout. 

Posted February 15th at 6:36 pm by Valerie Horne in General Birding

Starcross, Dawlish Warren etc.

Up and down the Exe today. Eider off the Warren (at low tide) along with RB Mergansers and 3 Great Northern Divers. At Starcross the usual Turnstone and views of the Slav Grebe and some Avocet and 4 more RB Merg close in.. From the cycle bridge near Powderham Church, distant views of the Snow Geese with some Canada Geese roughly at grid ref SX964851.

Eider
Eider

Posted February 15th at 6:33 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

East Budleigh

The putative Italian Sparrow still showing well on the feeders in Cadbury Gardens late afternoon. Also a fleeting male Bullfinch and a fly over Buzzard.

more details http://dixiesbirding.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1

Posted February 15th at 6:30 pm by Spencer Dicks in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Braunton Marsh Thursday 15th Feb

Heard my first skylark of the year also celandines in flower - Spring can't be far away!

The devastation on Horsey Island due to breach in sea wall has to be seen.  The area is unrecognisable from what was there before. It's doubtful that it can ever be reinstated.

Posted February 15th at 5:53 pm by Patrick Case in General Birding

Teignmouth Seafront and Bowling Green Marsh

Early this morning off the point car park two Great Northern Divers. Off the yacht club towards Sprey Point - one Great Crested Grebe and nine Common Scoter. Still the morning at Bowling Green Marsh notables included five Gadwall, a Kingfisher and a Ruff. Afternoon at Dawlish Warren and Teignmouth docks sadly didn't produce much else. Forty eight species in all.

Posted February 15th at 5:44 pm by Simon Bates in General Birding

Brixham and Broadsands

13.15

Brixham

The adult Glaucous Gull showed very well, sat on one of the roofs of the old oil terminal at the breakwater for 15 minutes.  It then flew off back along the breakwater towards the beach and car park. 

Also close to the end of the breakwater were; 2 Guillemots, 2 Rock Pipits and a Turnstone.  Large numbers of Gannets out in Torbay.

14.45

 Broadsands

Several Cirl Buntings coming to seed in the second car park with two Greenfinches.  1 Firecrest, 2 Goldcrests, 1 Chiffchaff and a GSW around the first car park. 

Posted February 15th at 5:30 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Exe Estuary (Powderham Church - Turf)

The East Devon fieldtrip  (East Devon Branch) attracted 19 members (with an unusual ratio of 13 women and 6 men present). With a low tide good numbers of geese and waders were present on the estuary and fields and gave a memorable show as they flew overhead.  Avocet, Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Curlew, Grey Plover and Brent Geese being the main species in numbers.  Several Red breasted Merganser and Pintail were present and a small group of Sanderling were seen at a distance.  Some members walked on to the viewing hide on the canal where other duck and Golden Plover were added to the list giving a total of c50 species. Thanks to Colin Randall for leading the group.  

Posted February 15th at 4:17 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Yarner Wood

Morning visit to Yarner: Siskins, 2 Redpolls, Green, Greater and 1 Lesser  Spotted Woodpecker. 1 Treecreeper and 1 Kingfisher from the new hide overlooking the old settling pond.

Lesser Redpoll
Lesser Redpoll

Posted February 15th at 2:12 pm by david cawthraw in General Birding

Torbay

Broadsands this morning: 14 Great Northern Divers, 30 Great Crested Grebes, 5 Common Scoter and 70+ Common Dolphin.

Brixham: The adult Glaucous Gull was commuting back and forth along the breakwater, spending some time on rocks back by the lifeboat station. Also the' Berry Head' juv/fw Iceland Gull was spending a lot of time out at the end of the breakwater.

 GlaucGulladBrixhn150214ML blog   GlaucGulladBrixhn150214ML blog 2

Glaucous Gull adult

 Iceland Gull juv/fw Brixham 15 Feb 2018 ML  Iceland Gull juv/fw Brixham 15 Feb 2018 ML2

Iceland Gull juv/fw

Posted February 15th at 2:11 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Plym Estuary

Seen on the estuary this morning and a long the “narrows”. 2 Dipper, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Kingfisher, 4 Wigeon, 13 Goosanders (4m 9f), 6 Red-breasted Mergansers (3m 3f), 2 Med Gulls ad moulting into sp. A digger started to work on Blaxton meadow putting most birds up!

Posted February 15th at 11:43 am by Martin Phillips in General Birding

Wednesday 14th February 2018

Grey Squirrel - Garden

Great balancing act. Occasional visitor to the Garden feeder.

Posted February 14th at 3:28 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Brixham Harbour, yesterday

Close examination of photos of yesterday's "adult" glaucous gull shows that while the plumage is adult type, the basal 2/3 of the bill is flesh-coloured and there are traces of a dark band on the lower mandible. Both characters would appear to indicate a 4th winter bird - comments appreciated.

Glaucous gull, 4th winter?
Glaucous gull, 4th winter?

Eds. Adult Glaucous Gulls often have pinkish toned bills in winter, also quite obvious dark bill marks can be shown by much older known age large gulls and presumably also in Glaucous.  Plumage looks to be entirely adult - white tail and underwing with no darker marks on primary covs - so most likely adult, i.e. older than 5th cal year.

Posted February 14th at 12:59 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Braunton Marsh & Fremington Pill

the tundra bean goose is still with the swans on Braunton Marsh best seen from Sandy gate car park.

then went to Fremington Pill to look for the glossy ibis but didn't find the bird, but at the bridge by the quay we found a pair of spoonbills , one bird was ringed.

Posted February 14th at 9:33 am by roger jewell & mike gibson in General Birding

Tuesday 13th February 2018

Brixham Breakwater

Pics of today's two glaucous gulls. The immature (probably the one photographed also by Alistair King) would seem to be a 2nd winter bird - pale eye, pale bill tip and pale secondaries.

Glaucous gull, 2nd winter Glaucous gull, adult Glaucous gull, adult
Glaucous gull, 2nd winter                       Glaucous gull, adult                        Glaucous gull, adult

Posted February 13th at 9:52 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Ludwell Valley Park, Exeter

One Hawfinch at lunchtime in the hedge bordering the annual flower meadow.

Posted February 13th at 8:28 pm by Martin Elcoate in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Jetty Marsh LNR and Bowling Green Marsh

Trip to Jetty Marsh this this morning produced a stunning Hawfinch showing really well on footpath near entrance. Also saw 12 greenfinch 4 bullfinch and water rail calling. Single female brambling in garden area at Bowling  Green Marsh this afternoon 

Posted February 13th at 7:37 pm by Tim Frayling in General Birding

Matford Marsh

American Wigeon Male showing well amongst 144 Wigeon. Also 60 Teal, 10 Shoveler, Kingfisher and a stunning 50+ Snipe. The Snipe were all on the marsh feeding, so how many more were there as I doubt I saw them all. 

Posted February 13th at 7:11 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Brixham Breakwater glaucous gulls

A visit to Brixham harbour 2-4.30pm produced 2 glaucous gulls on the breakwater. The first bird, a 1st or 2nd winter, did not hang around but flew off in the direction of the fish market (could not be located there 20 minutes later). On return to the breakwater we found an adult bird (which had beeen glimpsed from the far side earlier) hanging round with a flock of herring gulls near the end. This individual was quite confiding, flying by very close and several times perching near us on the breakwater wall. Photos later.

Posted February 13th at 6:17 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Brixham Harbour

Froze in the wind and showers this afternoon for 45 mins looking for the adult glaucous gull that has been about.  Finally rewarded - but with a 1st winter gull that cruised about for a few minutes before heading further out again.  I think I had some distant views of the adult too - interesting to see if anyone else saw them both today. 

  

Posted February 13th at 4:23 pm by Alistair King in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Plym Estuary

 

c70 Redwings, Jack Snipe, Snipe, 9 Goosanders, 4 Wigeon, Kingfisher & Common  Sandpiper this morning.

Earlier, a Chiffchaff, probably tristis , in my garden , Mount Gould.

Posted February 13th at 3:00 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Beesands Ley

Ring-necked Duck and Scaup still present.

Posted February 13th at 2:09 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 12th February 2018

Matford Marsh and Haldon Forest Park

11.50

The American Wigeon showed well on the first pool at Matford. Viewed from area close to the information board and next to the road.  Nearby Exminster Marshes was buzzing with winter birdlife.  Several small Starling murmurations and clouds of Lapwing and Golden Plover aloft.    

Later at around 15.45, a lone female Brambling visiting the feeders close to the main car park at Haldon Forest Park. 

 

Posted February 12th at 6:06 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Lustleigh Cleave

Great views of a male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker in with a Tit flock, early pm. Called once. Typically active but unobtrusive.

Posted February 12th at 5:50 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Black Redstart -Plymouth

Lovely male Black Redstart at 'Rusty Anchor' -West Hoe this afternoon

Posted February 12th at 5:24 pm by Ian Teague in General Birding

Plym Estuary

New winter peak of 60 Shelduck. Also 11 Goosanders (2 drakes), sinensis Cormorant, 9 Oystercatchers, 190 Dunlins, Kingfisher, Common Sandpiper & 10 Grey Herons.

Posted February 12th at 4:50 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Fremington Pill

Glossy Ibis in the pill this morning , showing really well.

Posted February 12th at 2:36 pm by David Paterson in General Birding

East Soar

Highlight 2 Firecrest. Also 5 Snipe.

Non-avian - masses of frogspawn in Starehole Ponds!

Posted February 12th at 2:05 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Sunday 11th February 2018

Prawle point

Probable 1st winter glaucous gull on the reefs just east of Prawle point near Langerstone point. V poor camera phone pic attached, thoughts from others with better Larus ID than me welcome if discernable from pic. Bird was large with heavy bill pale pink with black tip and pink legs. Almost completely white otherwise, other than very faintly discernable greyer back

Eds: Your description and photos (very big bill indeed) all fit Glaucous gull perfectly but if there was grey on the 'back' (which can't be seen in the photo) a 2nd w rather than 1st w. Also tip of bill pale.

 

Posted February 11th at 8:57 pm by Henry Trollope in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Powderham and Exmouth

Powderham Corner

The 2 Snow Geese of questionable origin were on display (appropriately) in the snow mid afternoon. Viewable from the cycle bridge. Are these the same 2 that were at Maer Lake, St Ives, Cornwall last November?

Exmouth quay

A brief flyby from the Bonaparte’s Gull late afternoon. It headed around to Shelley Beach. A very quick look there was fruitless.

more details http://dixiesbirding.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1

Posted February 11th at 8:48 pm by Spencer Dicks in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Starling Murmuration

After reading Steve's post the other day just had to witness the murmuration for myself. Very impressive, right in the heart of Heathfield industrial development, junction of Battle Road & Cannon Road. There were at least 6,000 birds and amazingly they all roosted in no more than 3-4 leylandi trees.

Posted February 11th at 6:42 pm by Stephen Huggins in General Birding

Arlington court.

After a dismal morning yesterday on exmoor with a few small birds you could have almost reached out and touched as they contended with the weather conditions,  a more sheltered walk around Arlington court woods provided herons, nuthatch, blue great and coal tits, mallards, Robins,Jay greater spotted wood pecker and dunnock.

Nuthatch
Nuthatch

Posted February 11th at 6:28 pm by Philip worth in General Birding

Red-breasted Merganser Courtship Behaviour

The 'intense display', performed by a male Merganser on Kingsbridge estuary last week, would always begin with the 'Courtship-intent' posture.  The male would then turns sideways to his female partner and briefly adopt the 'Salute' pose.  Finally he would face his partner and execute the 'Curtsey' display by lowering his neck under water, raising his rear and depressing the tail under water.  The bill was opened wide giving (it was assumed) the 2 stage Courtship-calls described in BWP.

Courtship-intent posture Salute posture Curtsey posture
Courtship-intent posture                             Salute posture                             Curtsey posture

Posted February 11th at 6:23 pm by Michael Woodman-Smith in General Birding

Chudleigh Sparrowhawk

Recent photographs of a sparrowhawk on a collared dove kill in a Chudleigh garden.

  

Posted February 11th at 6:03 pm by Mark Witherall in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh & EXminster Marshes 11/02/18

Relatively quiet at Bowling Green this afternoon. Nice Ruff showed well in front of the hide. There was another at Exminster marshes with the dunlin flock.

  

Posted February 11th at 5:54 pm by Mark Witherall in General Birding

Hawfinches Dartington Estate

8-9 Hawfinch flew from wooded area of Park School gardens towards Dartington Gardens at 13:30. Viewed from concrete drive leading to the river.

Posted February 11th at 3:48 pm by Jacob Wood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Brixham Glaucous Gull

An early start to look for the Glaucous Gull at Brixham Fish Market proved fruitful, and luck was on my side with the weather. After standing in the pouring rain for a while the sun eventually took pity on me and came out for a few moments, giving me the photo opportunity I needed. Size comparison to some Great Black-backed Gulls near it showed me just how big this gull is.

Glaucous Gull 

Posted February 11th at 3:31 pm by Steph Murphy in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Beesands Ley

Ring-necked Duck and Scaup still present

Posted February 11th at 2:54 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Victoria Park, Paignton

Yellow-browed Warbler flitting between the trees around the pond in the little small section of the park just off Garfield Rd, behind Lidl carpark.

A nice surprise! 

Posted February 11th at 2:47 pm by George Wall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Stover Country Park

Cold blustery showers this morning at Stover:

18 Goosander (5m 13f), 5 Tufted duck (3m 2 f), 2 Kingfisher,  1 Mandarin, 1 Great spotted woodpecker, 1 Bullfinch.

Posted February 11th at 2:36 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Grey wagtail

Sunday 11 February  -   grey wagtail in our garden (in the company of one of our resident robins), first I have seen here for quite a few years  (Bovey Tracey)  

Posted February 11th at 1:58 pm by Saf Pugsley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Barnstaple

An early walk around Rock Park Barnstaple caught 6 bullfinches, three Goldcrest and a Goosander on the river amongst others.


Posted February 11th at 12:07 pm by richard yeats in General Birding

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