Devon Bird Sightings

Dawlish Warren

Please take extra care when visiting Dawlish Warren. We have been informed that due to the recent bad weather there has been significant erosion from Groyne 10 eastwards. This means that access along the site, to and from Warren Point (and the bird hide) will be via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! Signs have been put up to alert people to the hazards, but people need to be aware that access routes that they have become used to may not be available and they need to exercise extreme caution,  with the possibility of being cut off by the tide, and people are strongly urged not to try climbing the sand cliffs. Further information is available on the Teignbridge District Council website.

Posted November 9th at 11:08 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

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

Friday 14th December 2018

Baggy point

am & very cold in the SE wind.

25 fem Common Scoter at Baggy Pt,  no sign of the one male seen with the flock last time. 4 Eider still present + 2 Gannets.

I was surprised they were still in the same location as last week after the severe westerly gales during last weekend. No protection from westerly gales at Baggy Point.


Posted 43 minutes ago by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

N . Hallsads

A SIBERIAN Chiffchaff plus 2 nominate Also 4 Goldcrests, 1 Firecrest and 4 m. Blackcaps.

Posted 5:09 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Woodbury Castle, East Devon

Flock of c100 Chaffinch mobile around the fort which included a small number of Brambling- counted six before they all took off due to dog walkers.

Posted 4:05 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Middle Soar to Southdown Farm

Another record count for Yellowhammer at this site with 141 recorded today. Also a site record count of 79 Cirl Bunting - now all we need is more winter stubbles in South Devon!! Also: 1240 Skylark, Lapwing, 4 Snipe, 27 Meadow Pipit, 39 Song Thrush in the open fields & hedgerows, 50 House Sparrow, 80 Linnet, Bullfinch & 5 Reed Bunting.

Posted 3:53 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Little Gull

Little Gull feeding with large flock of gulls between Dawlish and Dawlish Warren

Posted 2:57 pm by Nick Workman in General Birding

Goodrington Torbay

The fw Surf Scoter was again off Three Beaches Headland with just 3 Common Scoter.

Surf Scoter fw Goodrington Torbay 14 Dec 2018 Ml

                                                              Surf Scoter (centre) with 2 Common Scoter

 

Posted 1:41 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 13th December 2018

Fremington Quay

Solitary swallow flying low along the estuary towards Barnstaple at 8.45 am. 

Posted yesterday at 9:55 pm by Paul Bearman in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

1 Slavonian Grebe with two Little Grebes.

Posted yesterday at 9:14 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Matford Marsh

Pair of Gadwall briefly only highlight on a bitter day.

Gadwall
Gadwall

Posted yesterday at 7:16 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Arlington.

Great Egret, sparrowhawk, jays, gs woodpecker, 4 mistle thrush, 6 song thrushes, flock of over 100,mainly fieldfare and some redwing, good amounts of all local woodland birds and a bout 30 starlings. By 3pm it was bitterly cold. 

Posted yesterday at 3:55 pm by John Elvin in General Birding

Filham Park Lake Ivybridge

On Checking The Lake At 13.30 This Afternoon I Counted Twenty Six Goosanders. Twenty Females & Six Males....Numbers Are Increasing!!

Posted yesterday at 3:14 pm by patrick hawkins in General Birding

Torbay

The bay is far to rough to check thoroughly for scoter, divers and grebes today but the Yellow-browed Warbler was showing well at Broadsands 1st car park.

Also 1 Cattle egret with at least 11 Little Egrets in fields east of the Waddeton Road, Paignton.

Posted yesterday at 10:14 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 12th December 2018

Chillington S.T.W.

2 'Continental' Goldcrests ringed this morning,both of which had the pale grey tones of the nape and side crown extending further onto the mantle than is usually the case. Possibly an indication of a more Eastern origin.Oddly,there were no British Goldcrests present at this site ,which normally holds 15/20 wintering birds. Also present were 5 nominate Chiffchaffs; again a poor number for the site in Dec. Perhaps a reflection of the mild weather , or are they late in arriving ?.

' Continental' Goldcrest.i
' Continental' Goldcrest.i

Posted December 12th at 2:23 pm by Alan K. Searle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 11th December 2018

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Two Firecrests, 7 Ring-necked Parakeets (1 blue), 20 Redwings, 2 Bullfinches, Kingfisher, Common Sandpiper, 6 Goosanders, 9 Mandarin Ducks, 15 Wigeon, 2 or 3 Shags, 56 Curlews, 156 Redshanks, 4 Black-tailed Godwits & 7 Greenshanks.

Posted December 11th at 8:01 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Barnstaple to Braunton.

4 chiffchaff, 1cettis,6 common snipe, 1 kingfisher, 5 song thrushes, 8 redwing, small flock of goldfinch andLt tits, stonechat and on the estuary large flocks of lapwing and golden plover. About 8 grey plover, 1greenshank, bt godwits about 20.Stopped at Heanton Court cfor a coffee and warm up, lovely day. 

Posted December 11th at 7:19 pm by John Elvin in General Birding

Male Hen Harrier near Two Bridges

Had excellent views at 3.30pm today, of a male Hen Harrier, which flew low over the B3357 near Mel Tor car park east of Two Bridges, Dartmoor. It was so low that it twisted in flight as it flew over the road, to avoid the car! It then flew away to the north, presumably to roost as it was headed towards Warren House.

Posted December 11th at 5:55 pm by Nick D'Agorne in General Birding

Crediton.

Two singing robin along Four Mills Lane. Small flock of goldfinches in Bullmarsh Field (SX 83402 99140). Two little egrets among the gulls in field other side of River Yeo from footpath (SX 83052 98875). Brambling near Backs Barn at top of Breakheart Hill (SX 82707 99417). About 20 ground-feeding redwing at bottom of Cradle Fields (SX 82450 99785) on walk back to Tin Pot Lane.

Posted December 11th at 5:34 pm by Andrew Head in General Birding

Possible Little Gull Mudbank

Seen briefly around 11.30 am from the Mudbank screens flew down river past the screen turned and flew up towards Lympstone where i lost it in the background. Distant view but looked right (80% sure).

Posted December 11th at 2:20 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Torbay

Paignton/Preston: 2 Black-necked Grebes, 3 Great Created Grebes, 2 Great Northern Divers.

Goodrington: 4 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Great Northern Divers, 4 Red-throated Divers (flew in together), 1 fw Surf Scoter, 5 Common Scoter.

In marsh in Youngs Park, Goodrington: 1 Firecrest, 1 Goldcrest and 2 Chiffchaffs.

Broadsands: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 4 Great Northern Divers, 3 Wigeon

Aslo Yellow-browed Warbler still present in back corner of 1st car park.

Posted December 11th at 12:17 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands

I was the only living thing around Broadsands at 8am yesterday. Apart from one solitary cormorant. In the first car park the Siberian chiff chaff was playing hard to get, Stayed still long enough for just one photo but pleasing all the same. Nothing out of the ordinary at Clennon but nonetheless a beautiful morning.

Posted December 11th at 7:47 am by Philip L. Fairclough in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 10th December 2018

Broadsands to the Ex.

Early at Broadsands this morning, managed chiffchaff, Siberian chiff chaff and the Yellow-browed warbler, (with a bit of help from Mike at first). At Holden forest there were both Marshfield Crossbills in the quarry At the back of the office's. Into the Ex. at Turf locks we got Golden plover and a Red-breasted Meganser. On the way home stopped of at Cockwood and were lucky enough to see the Slavonian Grebe with a Great Crested Grebe. 65 species in all today. A very good day.

Posted December 10th at 11:43 pm by Kay and Gary Deare in General Birding

Sightings

Waders and Ducks on the River Taw.

Curlew                Eurasian Wigeon
Curlew                                                 Eurasian Wigeon

Posted December 10th at 10:31 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Waders

Sightings

Lapwing on the River Taw near Ashford   Grey Plover on the River Taw near Ashford  Red Shank on the River Taw near Ashford
Lapwing on the River Taw near Ashford                  Grey Plover              Red Shank on the River 

Posted December 10th at 10:26 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Red Kites

12 Red Kites seen near Heasley Mill, North devon. A mixture of adult and juvenile birds. One appears to have a ring.

Posted December 10th at 9:13 pm by Jeremy Hickman in General Birding

South Hams Reserves - 10.12.2018

Nothing new at South Huish Marsh, where a male Stonechat and a couple of Meadow Pipits were the highlights. On to South Milton Ley to top up the feeders by the viewing screen. The hard working Alan Pomroy was again present, ringing assorted birds. Last time on 3/12 he had a Water Rail to show me. Today he was ringing a Redwing, as I arrived. Lovely to see these birds so close, and an opportunity to try out a new camera! At the viewing screen highlights were a Greater Spotted Woodpecker, a Water Rail, 3 Bullfinch and a couple of Chaffinch, with the tits. On to West Charleton Marsh, where despite it being low tide several ducks were still on the scrape, along with 2 Greylag Geese, probably the same ones that spent a couple of days at S.Huish. Also saw a Water Rail, Kingfisher, male Blackcap, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail and 4 more Redwing amongst other birds. Light was poor, but could make out a number of Dark Bellied Geese and a lot more ducks out on the estuary. When I left, about 15.30, several flocks of Teal were flying from the estuary to join others on the scrape 

Redwing rung by Alan Pomroy -South Milton Ley - 10.12.2018          Greylag Goose and ducks - West Charleton Marsh- 10.12.2018
Redwing rung by Alan Pomroy -South Milton Ley   Greylag Goose and ducks - West Charleton Marsh

Posted December 10th at 7:15 pm by Dave Pakes in General Birding

Velator

Ringing in the reserve had a good start with an adult Redwing, and finished on a high with a smart adult female Sparrowhawk. Sadly not much in between, a quiet session with only 19 birds ringed. Goldcrest, Song Thrush and Reed Bunting the pick of the rest, although a ringed  female Chaffinch was ringed in early November in Berrynarbor by Chris Dee.

Posted December 10th at 6:29 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Berrynarbor

firecrest seen in the garden a couple of times this morning.

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Posted December 10th at 5:29 pm by Margaret Phillips in General Birding

Slapton and Beesands

Wildfowl highlights on the ley included Greylag Goose ( on a brief sojourn from Beesands I think ), fcy fem Scaup ( probably the one that has been at Beesands, ) the Ring-necked Duck and 4 Goldeneyes ( 1 male ). Also 5 Little Grebes. Offshore 50 Common Scoters ( 2 males ), 4 Great Northern Divers ( 2 flying south ), Black-throated Diver ( distant ), Red-necked Grebe and 2 dark-bellied Brent Geese which eventually flew north. An otter put in an appearance halfway down the Lower Ley.

Around at Beesands the aforementioned Greylag Goose a couple Little Grebes and little else.

On a negative note just no Pochards seen today and on a clam sea with good visibility not a single auk.

Posted December 10th at 5:17 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Northbrook to Matford Marsh, Exeter

Green Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail, Dipper and Water Rail on the Northbrook (never managed a picture of Water Rail here before). Also Jay (Northbrook Golf Course). 15 Blackwit on the University playing fields. Little grebe near Salmon Pool. Matford Marsh - Chiffchaff, Buzzard, Shoveller etc also a decent amount of Wigeon but with failing light and only my bins I couldn't pick out anything yankee!

Green Sandpiper Water Rail Chiffchafff
Green Sandpiper                             Water Rail                     Chiffchafff

Posted December 10th at 5:06 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Broadsands & Elbury Cove

Visit mid morning. Surf Scotor 1st wint, viewable towards Goodrington with 5 Common Scotor. Red-necked Grebe, 2 Black-necked Grebes, a third small Grebe but too far to ID, 1 Red-throated Diver & 7 Great Northern Duvers. 

Posted December 10th at 4:38 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

Undoubted highlight of the morning was a superb view of a Corn Bunting perched out in the open with a Song Thrush & Yellowhammer. Another highlight was 131 Yellowhammer, as far as I can tell a record count for the area. Also: Sparrowhawk, 29 Meadow Pipit, 29 Blackbird, 11 Song Thrush, 2 Snipe, wintering male Blackcap, male Bullfinch, 90 Linnet, 9 Cirl Bunting & 10 Reed Bunting.

Posted December 10th at 3:49 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford. 1115 - 1300

Knot 5; Redshank 83; Grey Plover 7; Shelduck 2; Dunlin c140; Sanderling 6; Dark-bellied Brent Goose 168; Black-tailed Godwit 39; Wigeon 14; plus a flock of c200 Golden Plover (best count so far c1500 4/12/18)

Posted December 10th at 2:20 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Berrynarbor

  One  Firecrest seen in the garden a couple of times this morning.

Posted December 10th at 1:39 pm by Margaret Phillips in General Birding

Ivybridge, Filham Park

A personal patch record of 20 Goosanders on Filham Park fishing lake this morning.

Posted December 10th at 12:41 pm by R Teague in General Birding

Teign Estuary

Female Goldeneye in the channel off Passage House car park this morning.

Posted December 10th at 12:14 pm by Will Salmon in General Birding

Sunday 9th December 2018

Broadsands

Just to add to Mike's earlier posting; Red-necked Grebe in Elberry Cove again late am, out towards oyster beds in loose company with the Black-necked Grebe.

Posted December 9th at 7:31 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Yelland Quay avocet

At 3.15pm on a walk along the coast path heading east from Yelland Quay we found a lone avocet on the rising tide.The last time we saw one anywhere near here was in March 2018 on the River Caen - again a singleton.

  

Posted December 9th at 4:48 pm by Colin Dracott in General Birding

Paignton

A single Mediterranean Gull in with a flock of 40 plus Black Headed Gulls at Marine Parade, Paignton this morning, also seen were 28 Turnstone, a Little Egret, five plus Oyster Catcher, GBBG, out on the sea four Common Scoter, a Great Crested Grebe, several Gannet and Cormorant.

 

Posted December 9th at 4:33 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Torbay

While leading a group from Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust today at Broadsands we managed to see a Black-necked Grebe a couple of Great Northern Divers in challenging blowy conditions on Elberry Headland. Several Gannets were feeding just off shore. At least 10 Cirl Buntings in the back of the 2nd car park, and some managed to glimpse the Yellow-browed Warbler in the willows and ivy covered trees in the 1st car park. Also here were at least 2 collybita Chiffchaff and probably 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs.

Some of the group joined me to go and look for the Surf Scoter off three beaches Headland, it was present agian with at least 10 Common Scoter.

Posted December 9th at 2:17 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Occombe, Paignton

Kate Bush sang December Will Be Magic Again, well it was certainly true of Occombe this morning:
From the bird hide: Dunnock, 3 Blue Tits, 5 Great Tits, 2 Robin, but the highlights were 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers on the tree immediately in front of the hide. I've never known any woodpecker to remain in one place as long as these two. Then a Sparrowhawk flew in, turned around mid flight right in front of me, what a fantastic sight that was displaying all it's flight feathers caught in the sunlight.

Elsewhere there were many more Great Tits and Blue Tits that I lost count, a sizable flock of Long-tailed Tits, a bird I haven;t encountered at Occombe since the March storms - a Goldcrest. For my 2nd consecutive visit a Treecreeper, Buzzard, 4 Song Thrushes, male Bullfinch, at least 3 Greenfinches, and a minimum of 5 Chaffinches, 6 Blackbirds, a further 3 Robins, a Wren, and 2 female and a male Pheasant.

Posted December 9th at 11:43 am by Stephen Huggins in General Birding

Saturday 8th December 2018

Lower Tamar Lake

The total Goosander count was 14 6m 8f, I think I put 16 in my blog.

Posted December 8th at 9:29 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

The monthly dawn Goosander count.

14 Goosander 6m 8f present at 0730, all had flown by 0830.

Posted December 8th at 9:23 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Teignmouth

Great Northern diver feeding in river mouth opposite the Ness this lunchtime.

Posted December 8th at 7:56 pm by John Phillips in General Birding

Torbay

The fw Surf Scoter was again off Three Beaches Headland, Goodrington this morning with 8 Common Scoter.

Broadsands: the Yellow-browed Warbler and at least 1 Siberain Chiffchaff still in the marsh at the back of the 1st car park. Nearby at Elberry Cove 1 Red-necked Grebe and 1 Great Northern Diver.

Posted December 8th at 3:54 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Unusual birds in garden Plymouth

Not the nicest of days but the garden feeders been busy, among the visitors a unusual Blackbird and in the Devon hedge at bottom of garden this White Goldfinch . Our garden backs on the Parkway at Eggbuckland unfortunately not great of pic of Goldfinch.

BlackbirdGoldfinchesand another
Blackbird                                                 Goldfinches                                 and another

Posted December 8th at 3:37 pm by William Beck in General Birding

Mountwise, Plymouth

A Male Black Redstart at 1300 on the east side of Mountwise above Richmond walk. 

Posted December 8th at 1:21 pm by neil moore in General Birding

Stover Lake

At Stover before dawn (07:15) for a coordinated Goosander count: 4 present (1 drake). Also 5 Cormorants had roosted overnight in trees. Water Rail called, then Cetti's Warbler called near hide (good views later). Usual Siskins, Green and G S Woodpeckers, and Song Thrush getting into song. (I was surprised to hear two Goldcrests singing in Chudleigh yesterday, in less than lovely weather.) Also 18 Tufted Ducks and maybe 100 Mallard in total.

Posted December 8th at 9:56 am by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Friday 7th December 2018

Torbay

A fantastic range of unusual species around the bay at the moment:

3 Beaches Headland, Goodrington (accessed from Oyster Bend  behind the church at Goodrington)

A 1st w Surf Scoter with 7 Common Scoter straight out from the headland, picked out initially from Broadsands.

Broadsands: The Yellow-browed Warbler still present in back of 1st car park, also 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs (and another probably Siberian but showing some pale olive in upperparts and less strong supercilium), also 4-5 collybita Chiffchaffs and 1 Goldcrest. 12 Cirl Buntings on seed in 2nd car park.

Elberry headland: and cove: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebes & 5 Great Northern Divers.

SibeChiffBrdsnds071218ML1 SibeChiffBrdsnds071218ML2 probable Sibe Chiff Brdsnds 071218 ML3

                 Siberian Chiffchaff 1                       Siberian Chiffchaff 2              Probable Siberian Chiffchaff

Posted December 7th at 5:36 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

am. Female Black Redstart in the lighthouse compound. Crossing the meadow a male Merlin sped past at knee height.

Posted December 7th at 3:54 pm by John Lusher in General Birding

Filham Park Lake Ivybridge

Nineteen Goosanders All Female On The Lake This Morning, The Most I Have Seen At This Location.

Photo Shows Twelve With Another Seven Out Of Shot!!

  

Posted December 7th at 11:05 am by Patrick Hawkins in General Birding

Siskin Estover , Plymouth

Male Siskin in my garden this morning

Posted December 7th at 10:42 am by Peter Castle in General Birding

Estover , Plymouth

3 female and 1 male Siskin on the feeders in my garden this morning.

Posted December 7th at 10:30 am by Peter Castle in General Birding

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