Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from January 2013

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2019 Descriptions - last call

The deadline for the 2019 Bird Report is rapidly approaching. If you found (or saw) any of these birds please could you submit a description to recorder@devonbirds.org to ensure your records are published. Many thanks. 

Alpine Swift, Dawlish 11 Jun  Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug Purple Heron, Slapton Ley 07 May
Caspian Gull, Thurlestone, 08 Feb Sabine's Gull, Thurlestone 14 Aug
Caspian Gull, Topsham 02 Aug Serin (2), Harrowbeer 19 Apr
Cory's Shearwater, Berry Head 19 Jul Tree Sparrow (2), Berry Head 20 Mar
Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May  

 

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Thursday 31st January 2013

Broadsands 30/01/13

Several cirl buntings c10 on seed 2nd carpark 2 melannistic pheasants in fields c20 common scoter off shore towards blue bouys great northern diver also, many thanks for the updates

Chris Trott

Posted January 31st, 2013 at 11:34 pm by Chris Trott , Ian Robinson in Bird News

Countess Wear

Apparently something of a scarcity around the Exe so far this year, 2 Green Sandpipers were showing well on the grass-edged pool (the northern pool)  at Double Locks Wetland early this afternoon. Also 5 Gadwall on the reed-fringed pool and reasonable numbers of Mallard, Teal, Wigeon and Shoveler on site.

Posted January 31st, 2013 at 9:55 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Dart Estuary

At Maypool at least two Grey Herons bringing sticks to tree nests. At Stoke Gabriel a Kingfisher on the Millpond bank, a Little Grebe , 2 Redshank and 2 Little Egrets on the  pool. 30 Curlew on the estuary mud and  about 50 Canada Geese on fields nearby .

Posted January 31st, 2013 at 7:18 pm in Bird News

Avon Estuary & Aveton Gifford

Highlight was 2 male Mandarin Duck at AG o/wise quiet with 40 Oystercatcher at Brantham, 2 Greenshank & 3 Common Sandpiper at AG, 31 Meadow Pipit on South Efford Marsh (no sign of any Water Pipits) & 20 Fieldfare over.

Posted January 31st, 2013 at 4:43 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Fremington Pill

11:00 - 12:30

The Spotted Redshank and 2 Greenshank were still on the Pill, with the Spotted Red favouring the upper reach of the Pill nearest the cottages and the main road.

Also 1 Little Grebe; 76 Redshank; 1 Grey Plover; 1 Little Egret; 39 Black-headed Gulls; 5 Oystercatcher; 2 Curlew and 5 Herring Gulls. 16 Snipe were huddled together on a small clump of weed on the south side.

Posted January 31st, 2013 at 2:48 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Torbay

1 Black-necked Grebe and Ad Mediterranean Gull (Preston), 61 Great Crested Grebes and 3 Common Scoter (Goodrington), 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebes and 7 Common Scoter ( Broadsands)

med Gull Preston 31 Jan 2013 ML    turnstones Preston 31 Jan 2013 ML

Posted January 31st, 2013 at 12:20 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Hopes nose yesterday

Aswell as the Gannets, Guillemot and Great Northern Divers feeding in the cove. A single Purple Sandpiper was seen on the point with a small group of Turnstone. 

Posted January 31st, 2013 at 11:40 am by Joe Martin in Bird News

Wednesday 30th January 2013

Hope's Nose

11.30am - 2.30pm. 3 great northern divers still in cove and off head, (2 adults and a 1st winter), at times coming very close in to rocks to feed. A few gannets feeding in cove, also 1 razorbill and many guillemots. Sewer flock now dominated by common and black headed gulls.

Posted January 30th, 2013 at 9:16 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Plymouth

Strong winds but welcome sunshine! At the Plym Estuary I watched the drake Pintail and 5 Wigeons (ad and 1st-w drakes and 3 fducks) on the pool. Also 63 Curlews and 43 Shelducks there before the tide fell. Five Greenshanks on the estuary and Marsh tit heard near the "hide".

At Ernesttle Creek, I couldn't find the Lesser Yellowlegs (although it was reported) but c50 Teals, 3 greenshanks and 7 Black-tailed Godwits showed.

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Posted January 30th, 2013 at 6:57 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Broadsands

8 Cirl buntings late this afternoon on seed with 2 Reed Buntings. In the marsh 2 Water Rail, 3 collybita Chiffchaffs 1 Goldcrest and 2 Firecrest in back corner of 2nd car park.

The see was quite choppy to check thoroughly but at least 60+ Great Crested Grebes, 1 Great Northern Diver and several Razorbills very close to the beach.

Posted January 30th, 2013 at 6:39 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Stover

3+ Brambling in a flock of c100 Chaffinch in stubble field opposite the 'back entrance' to Stover lake on the Teigngrace road. Also 25+Stock Dove

Posted January 30th, 2013 at 6:19 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

7 male and 2 female Goosdander, 11 Canada Geese, 45+ Mallard, 7 Wigeon, 10+ Teal, 7 Tufted Duck (5 males), 2 Mute Swans, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nutharches, Blue, Great and Marsh Tits on the feeders, 1 Jay, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Coot.

Harvey Kendall

Posted January 30th, 2013 at 3:24 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary inc. Salcombe & West Charleton

Highlight of the morning was 100 Gannet plunge-diving at the estuary mouth - superb sight. Plus Great Northern Diver off Gerston Point.

Selected peak counts:  Brent Goose 111, Shelduck 133, Wigeon 450 (40% on WC Marsh), Teal 130, Pintail 11, Shoveler 6, Red-breasted Merganser 12, Grey Plover 7, Dunlin 150, Bar-tailed Godwit 14, Redshank 66, Greenshank 2, Lesser Black-backed Gull 5.

Posted January 30th, 2013 at 3:19 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Fremington Pill

A look in this morning and the first two birds I saw were Spotted Redshank and Greenshank! About 50 Redshank present along with another Greenshank and a Common Sandpiper.Large flock of Golden Plover visible across the estuary flying downstream - perhaps a thousand birds in all.

Posted January 30th, 2013 at 12:41 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Tuesday 29th January 2013

River Plym

A wet and windy walk along the River Plym from Laira Bridge to Marsh Mills through Saltram Park was also very muddy.

I had a search for the recently reported snipe (common and Jack) but with no luck, searching Blaxton Meadow, the vegetation by the river side at Marsh Mills and the flooded wooded area in Saltram Park.

Blaxton Meadow was flooded too and I had excellent views of the male pintail and a male and 2 female wigeon along with a good count of 41 shelduck. On the river I found a little grebe and a male and 2 female red bresated mergansers.

In Saltram Park 10 redwing were feeding in the fields with 2 mistle thrush. I also saw a grey wagtail, a treecreeper, male kestrel, 2 jay and quite a few goldcrests.......but no snipe!

Posted January 29th, 2013 at 8:06 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Hope's Nose

Short afternoon watch in drizzle. 3 great northern divers in cove on north side, about 10 gannets circling and feeding, 10 guillemots, 1 razorbill, and 24 kittiwakes at the sewer.

Posted January 29th, 2013 at 6:25 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

Duck numbers reduced due to the weather conditions. This afternoon relocated the Ruff on South Huish Marsh ( last seen on Sat )

On the rocks 8 Turnstone, 3 Sanderling also the imm male Black Redstart.

All our Teal still have the normal stripe !

Posted January 29th, 2013 at 5:36 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Exmouth

off Shelly Beach - 1630 - 1700 - first winter glaucous gull tonight - roosting on mussel beds viewable from the Imperial recreation ground slipway. Also 1 slavonian grebe and c10+ red-breasted merganser.

Posted January 29th, 2013 at 5:16 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Axe Estuary

Drake Green-winged Teal (first for patch) on Colyford Marsh late morning.  First on main Colyford Marsh scrape, then flew with small flock of Teal and landed in pools and flood water just NE of main scrape. Also second winter Med Gull.

Earlier, an hours seawatch from Beer produced; 1 Great Northern Diver, 7 Red-throated Diver, 6 Dunlin, 14 Gannet and 24 Kittiwake.

Posted January 29th, 2013 at 1:42 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Berry Head and Brixham

 A short seawatch off the Head from 0915-1015 produced relatively little general passage, however 1 Great Skua, 2  Red-throated Divers and 9 Common Scoters flew south. Also 1 Red-throated Diver on the sea, plus a number of auks again mostly Guillemots.Six Guillemots on the rocks at base of Head looked unwell, probably oiled.

Two Great Northern Divers off Shoalstone may be those previously feeding off the Head, also one Great Northern off Breakwater .

Posted January 29th, 2013 at 12:47 pm in Bird News

Bramblings in Tiverton

Today at 12.15 pm in my back garden on edge of Tiverton, a mixed flock of 25+ chaffinches and 21 BRAMBLING ground feeding on niger seeds - beating last week's brambling max of 12 on Thursday 24 Jan (as in photos that have hopefully been received!).

Brambling/Chaffinch flock Tiverton 24.01.2013
Brambling/Chaffinch flock Tiverton 24.01.2013

Brambling/Chaffinch flock Tiverton 24.01.2013
Brambling/Chaffinch flock Tiverton 24.01.2013

Posted January 29th, 2013 at 12:42 pm by James Morrison in Bird News

Monday 28th January 2013

Broadsands & Brixham

17 Cirl Buntings on seed with 3 Reed Bunting in 2nd car park. 1 collybita Chiffchaff in marsh with 1 Goldcrest, the Firecrest showed well along the hedge between the first ca rpark and road.

On the sea just 6 Common Scoter and 8 Great Crested Grebes. 

Brixham Breakwater and Shoalstone 1 Purple Sandpiper just 10m along seward side of Breakwater from beach it was toowet and rough to walk any further! 1 Great Norther n Diver off shoalstone and good numbers of Razorbill and Guillemots.

 

Posted January 28th, 2013 at 6:24 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Berry Head

Before the heavy rain a quick seawatch although pretty quiet for seabird passage. Of note 8+ Harbour Porpoises, 2 Great Northern Divers (in close to the headland), c200 Guillemots sat on sea (presumed local) and a few Razorbills.

Posted January 28th, 2013 at 3:01 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Bradiford/Wrafton

Working in the reserve at Bradiford this morning, before the rain! 2 pairs of cronking Ravens flew south later followed by a group of 8 Grey Herons. High tide so plenty of water in the river, and only a few Teal to speak of. Little Egret as I left.

Wrafton had only 5 Gadwall. All the Redwings seem to have moved off too.

Posted January 28th, 2013 at 2:02 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Skern

Great Northern Diver this morning in the viscinity of the lifeboat berth. Otherwise good numbers of the usual waders:- Oystercatcher, Grey Plover, Dunlin, Bar-tailed Godwit and Redshank. The tide was on the retreat and no Brent Geese were on view.

Posted January 28th, 2013 at 10:01 am by Roger Doble in Bird News

Dartmeet - Yellowhammers

6 x Male Yellowhammers feeding under bird tables at Dartmeet on Sunday afternoon. Lots of other small birds feeding on the tables, chaffinches, nuthatches, coal, marsh, blue and great tits, robins.

Posted January 28th, 2013 at 6:48 am by Trevor Leaman in Bird News

Sunday 27th January 2013

Red Kite - South Brent

Red Kite today 12.30hrs flying roughly N.E. to S.W. over Brent village centre, being mobbed by about 12 jackdaws! Never seen one around here before.

John Cranch

Posted January 27th, 2013 at 10:18 pm in Bird News

Torbay boat trip mammals.

A few mammal pictures from this morning's boat trip. The porpoises put on a superb show, coming within 15-20m of the boat and showing none of their typical shyness.

Grey seal, Fishcombe Cove.
Grey seal, Fishcombe Cove.

Porpoise, Berry Head. (Durl Head in background).
Porpoise, Berry Head. (Durl Head in background).

Porpoise, Berry Head.
Porpoise, Berry Head.

Posted January 27th, 2013 at 6:17 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Torbay boat trip 8.30-11 am

Sunny with strong westerly wind. 5 great northern divers (scattered across bay), 1 black throated diver (7 quarries), 1 black necked grebe (Paignton), 20 great crested grebe, 1 adult sinensis cormorant (7 quarries), 11+ common scoter, 16 purple sandpiper (Brixham Harbour), 5 turnsrtone, 3 oystercatcher, 3 razorbill, many gannets, guillemots, scattered fulmars and kittiwake, 1 raven. Mammals included 2 grey seals, and 5 porpoises off Berry Head.

Great northern diver
Great northern diver

Gannet, winter plumage adult
Gannet, winter plumage adult

Black necked grebe
Black necked grebe

Posted January 27th, 2013 at 6:12 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Stover

Eight Waxwings as per postings below and in the country park plenty of activity around the feeders including 2 Siskins, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Marsh Tit, 2 Nuthatches and 4 Bullfinches.  

Waxwing, A38 near Heathfield
Waxwing, A38 near Heathfield

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Stover
Great Spotted Woodpecker, Stover

Posted January 27th, 2013 at 5:09 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

A38-Heathfield/Stover

8 Waxwing still this afternoon, on both sides of A38 near Candy Tiles.

Posted January 27th, 2013 at 3:34 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

A38 Heathfield & Stover

The pair of Goosanders were present on Stover lake until 9.20am when they flew off having been constantly disturbed by an uncontrolled dog !! Small pockets of Snipe in the reed margins but the same dog flushed them as well !! Pair of Great Crested Grebe showing interest in each other, other than that usual lake residents in view.

Greenwoodpecker could be heard calling but not seen.

On the A38 opposite Candy Tiles initially 8 Waxwings feeding on the berry bushes in the central reservation of the A38, they in turn were joined by another 4 then another 2, but as the wind picked up they seem loath to remain exposed and dropped away on the Heathfield side of the A38

Female Peregrine drifted over when I first arrived at location

Posted January 27th, 2013 at 12:48 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Exminster

 A Red Kite flew from the marshes, over my garden and on towards the village at 10.18. Upset the local gulls.Also one brambling during the Big Garden Birdwatch today.

Posted January 27th, 2013 at 10:26 am by John Waldon in Bird News

Exe Boat Trip

Was official spotter for my old man on the Stuart Line boat trip on the Exe yesterday afternoon.

It was great, with the highlights being; 14 Goldeneye (decent count), 3 Gadwall (apparently unusual on this trip), 2 Slavonian Grebes, Long-tailed Duck and Spotted Redshank.

Very few Brents on the river, but huge flock (300+) seen briefly in flight over Exminster Marshes, also few Golden Plover with Lapwing over here too.

Long-tailed Duck
Long-tailed Duck

Shag
Shag

Common Seal
Common Seal

Posted January 27th, 2013 at 8:00 am by Steve Waite in Bird News

Saturday 26th January 2013

Plym Estuary & Saltram

watched on the falling tide. A drake Pintail seen on the estuary (opposite the railway sidings) though I couldn't find it later from the road side. Still one Jack Snipe and 10 Snipe present; also Green Woodpecker, Marsh Tit (2), Little Grebe (2), Common Sandpiper and Greenshank (4).  

Posted January 26th, 2013 at 9:15 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Ernesettle Marsh/ Tamar est.

Thrashed around the marsh this morning whilst battling the onslaught of Manflu. Pleased to see that the two female Reed Buntings have been joined by a male.

Not a lot else around though  a Firecrest brightened the morning.

Elsewhere just a handful of Snipe and three Redwing.

On the estuary highlights were one hundred and twenty Avocet and thirty Black tailed Godwits.

Posted January 26th, 2013 at 8:22 pm by Roy McCarthy in Bird News

Sightings at Prawle Saturday 26 January 2013

Seawatching in far from ideal conditions (sunny and slight WNW breeze) from 8.30 to 10am immediately produced a spectacle of 100's of Gannets diving off the point in feeding frenzy with at least 16 Bottle-Nosed Dolphins in feeding formation and acrocbatics.Lovely . Min 1000 auks west plus 2 x Balearic Shearwaters , I x wp Black Throated Diver close west and I x Med Gull adult wp. 

At Langerstone 2 Purple Sandpipers ( advice-wear wellies along front ) At Horsley Cove the 2 x Water Pipits showed well plus possible Littoralis sp  with Rock and Meadow pipits, grey wags and 3 Chiffchaffs ( 1 x possible Siberian). A good start to the year.

Posted January 26th, 2013 at 7:41 pm by Tony Marchese in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 08:15 till 10:00

the curlew sandpiper was very elusive but showed briefly before leaving with a group dunlin, a good count of 276+ lapwing, 2 water rail, 1 grey plover, 12+ snipe, 2 Cetti's warblers, 300+ avocet, 250+ bar tailed godwit, 450+ black tailed godwit, 500+ wigeon, 10 pintail(8m,2f), 3 pochard(2m,1f), 2 tufted duck(1m,1f),46+ shoveler, 150+ teal, 150+ redshank, 20+ moorhen, 30+ redwing, 2 song thrush, mistle thrush, 100+ dunlin. On walk down to the hide 2 nuthatch and a treecreeper.

4 turnstone showed very well along the goatwalk but were constantly disturbed by dogs charging around on the mud 

Posted January 26th, 2013 at 6:44 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Teigngrace

A Barnacle Goose was feeding with Canada Geese in flooded fields c.1km SE of Teigngrace this afternoon until 15:55 when all the geese flew towards Newton Abbot

Posted January 26th, 2013 at 4:44 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

A38 - Stover

8+ Waxwing still early afternoon, on the southbound side of the A38, about 400 yards before the Teigngrace turn-off, and making daring visits to the berries on the central reservation. Others on site report that the flock has been present all week, despite no reports to any of the bird news services? with a maximum of 14 present at some point this week.

Posted January 26th, 2013 at 4:23 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

RSPB Isley Marsh/Instow

Early morning visit, 5 Spoonbill in estuary, Teal 120, Curlew 100, low numbers of Grey Plover. Good views of single Kingfisher. 

At Instow, male and female Blackcap in shrubs near Cricket Club, and single Little Owl.

Posted January 26th, 2013 at 4:19 pm in Bird News

Plym Estuary, Saltram

Morning vist to the Plym Estuary at Saltram on a low tide, Little Grebe feeding in the faster flowing water, plenty of Redshank, Pair of Red Breasted Merganser, good numbers of Black Headed and Greater Black Backed Gulls, reasonable numbers of Curlew, Oyster Catcher & Little Egrets, several individual Greenshanks, 1 Heron, Shell ducks being the most prominant duck seen, one birder reported seeing a male Pintail but I failed to locate it.

Posted January 26th, 2013 at 4:04 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

Charleton Marsh / Bay , 10:15-12:30, low tide.

Marsh looking good after the overnight rain, lots of wildfowl present namely Shelduck, 164 Teal, 194 Wigeon, 11 Pintail & 5 Shoveler. Water Rails calling from 3 different areas and 1 showing well below the hide. Out in the bay 66 Brent Geese and good numbers of Grey Plover and Dunlin. At least 3 Chiffchaffs in the sewage works.

Posted January 26th, 2013 at 2:18 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Juvenile Blackcap in garden in Braunton

Juvenile blackcap feeding on sunflower hearts in the garden today and brambling back for another visit.


Posted January 26th, 2013 at 1:38 pm by Tim Kevan in Bird News

Friday 25th January 2013

Thurlestone Bay

2hr sea watch this morning before the rain set in (again )- 75 Gannet, 21 Kittiwake, 5 Fulmar, 4 Guillemot

21 Razorbill, 15 Auksp, 2 Red T Diver, 1 Great N Diver.

On the rocks - the imm male Black REdstart, 4 Sanderling, 10 Turnstone, 2 Ringed Plover.

Quick look at South Huish Marsh at 12.15- 1 Grey Plover and a Ruff - first winter record for a few years.

Posted January 25th, 2013 at 5:52 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Waxwings - Stover

The Waxwings were still present on the A38 near Teigngrace turn off this afternoon.
Also on Stover Lake: 2 pairs of goosander, 100+ snipe, 40 crossbill, siskin, 3 marsh tit, 1 kingfisher, 2 Great crested grebe, 10 pochard 6 tufted, 1brambling 2 Buzzard, 2 water rail.

(Jon Avon)

Posted January 25th, 2013 at 5:17 pm in Bird News

Exmouth

Mudbank - long-tailed duck (presumably the Topsham female) with a small group of pintail late this afternoon. Also ad mediterranean gull in fields near West Lodge.

Posted January 25th, 2013 at 4:32 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Brambling in Braunton

This lovely Brambling visited our garden in Braunton this afternoon

Brambling

Posted January 25th, 2013 at 4:31 pm by Tim Kevan in Bird News

Brixham Breakwater.

Early morning stroll before rain!

9 Purple Sandpiper by old fuel bunkering jetty, 1 Great Northern Diver straight out from lighthouse at end of Breakwater, light bad but 20+ scoter of mussel farm and other birds amongst blue bouys.

Going out on wildlife trip in bay sunday and some places available!!!

Posted January 25th, 2013 at 9:29 am by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Thursday 24th January 2013

Pied Wagtail Roost - Torquay Hospital

Following on from reports of Wagtail roosts at Newton Abbott and Teignmouth would just like to add a flock of just over 200 wagtails were watched descending onto the roof of Torquay Hospital at 17.00 hours tonight. 

Posted January 24th, 2013 at 9:06 pm by Clive Mason in Bird News

Black Redstart still at NDDH

The Black Redstart that was present at the North Devon Hospital is still active.

Posted January 24th, 2013 at 8:56 pm by Andrew Lansdell in Bird News

Tavistock

Had to visit Tavistock today, so had a few looks at the River Tavy in town. A female Goosander was still present on the river behind the Pannier Market, showing extremely well. (Oh for a camera.........). A Grey Wagtail was also present here. Below the road bridge near the town centre were a pair of Dippers alongside the path leading to the park.

Posted January 24th, 2013 at 8:20 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Axe Estuary

21 persons attended the East Devon Branch (Devon Birds) fieldtrip to the Axe Estuary, (leader Bob Olliver). With the help of Ian Mc.Lean a Black Redstart was quickly found on Seaton seafront with Red Throated Diver and 70+ Wigeon off shore.  A Kingfisher flew under the road bridge as we made our way back up the estuary where a single Bar Tailed Godwit was present before we reached Coronation Corner (admiring the new interpretation board and art of Mike Langman at the viewing platform).  c23 Dunlin aand 29 Bl. Tailed Godwit were seen together with a single Ringed Plover.  On the return walk a pair of Tree Creeper were present in a garden, plus 3 Song Thrush in fields. 

 After lunch at Black Hole Marsh car park we moved off to view the estuary from the tower hide where a Med. Gull, 5 Little Grebe and approx 7 Common Gull were present.  The group continued on to Colyford Marsh via the Field Studies Centre, to view the impressive Sand Martin 'wall' being constructed by East Devon DC together with other improvements to the reserve.  Good numbers of Redwing and a few Fieldfare were seen in distant fields together with large numbers of Lapwing and Golden Plover. A single Green Sandpiper was found in the corner of Black Hole Marsh on the return.  Arriving back at the car park a large flock of Golden Plover was seen over the marsh at a distance and from a photo taken it was estimated that these numbered 1000.  In spite of cold conditions this was another great day out.

Posted January 24th, 2013 at 7:21 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Baggy Point

Numbers of Common Scoter now down to 14 individuals.

Female Eider & 3 Red throated Divers still present but no

sign of the Black Redstart this afternoon.



Posted January 24th, 2013 at 6:19 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

First day for ages without any rain produced a very good mornings birding.

On T'stone Marsh -40 Wigeon, 50 Teal, 16 Gadwall, 8 Shoveler.

South Huish Marsh held - 85 Teal, 25 Wigeon, 3 Shoveler, 125 + Lapwing, 25 Snipe, 2 Grey Plover, 2 Dunlin, Peregrine over.

On the rocks an imm male Black Redsart ( viewed down to 10 feet ), also 4 Sanderling, 5 Turnstone, 3 Ringed Plover.

In fields between Upton X and Huxton X  largest flocks this winter of - 300+ Golden Plover and 175 + Lapwing, also 20 Redwing and 15 Skylark.

Stopped off at the bridge in West Buckland to find 6 Siskin, 1 Nuthatch and 3 Goldcrest

Posted January 24th, 2013 at 6:02 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Capton

30 Golden Plover flew over Capton ( couple miles northwest of Dartmouth ) this morning.

Posted January 24th, 2013 at 5:36 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Braunton

Wrafton Pond had 12 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler and 4 Gadwall + a Common Gull this morning, and in the reserve a couple of Goldcrests and a Cetti's Warbler.

Later across the great field fabulous close views of a Barn Owl perched by the road and then hunting round the fields.

Posted January 24th, 2013 at 4:39 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Torre Abbey, Torquay

Imm Great Northern Diver at entrance to outer harbour and 1 Black-necked Grebe in bay at lunchtime.

Posted January 24th, 2013 at 1:40 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Wednesday 23rd January 2013

Thurlestone Bay

Bitterly cold day , frequent rain showers , little wind, poor viz but at least still a snow and ice free zone.

On South Huish Marsh 125 Teal, 25 Wigeon, 12 Shoveler, 10 Lapwing, 2 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover and now 3 Grey Plover.

On the rocks 17 Turnstone ( highest count this winter ).

On the sea 2 Black T Diver and 1 Red T Diver, male Common Scoter with 15 east, a few Auks flying east.

In the copse area 6 Redwing, 6 Song Thrush, 20 Mipit

Posted January 23rd, 2013 at 6:21 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Isley

Quick visit in poor conditions this morning produced one Spoonbill and lots of Teal. A few Wigeon and several Snipe.

 

Sadly no sign of the Smew so far but thought I'd post the pics for all to see.

Male Smew Taw Est 21.1.13 Jon Turner

Male Smew Taw Est 21.1.12 Jon Turner

Posted January 23rd, 2013 at 11:47 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Tuesday 22nd January 2013

Bird Picture Challenge

Come on everyone have a go.  Rob Jutsum's Bird Picture Challenge has been moved to the Forum http://forum.devonbirds.org/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=137  Don't forget you need to Log-in, and if you are not registered you need to register using your real name.  Look under Bird ID / Picture Challenge

Also a tricky skua to try http://forum.devonbirds.org/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=136

 

Posted January 22nd, 2013 at 8:49 pm in Bird News

Braunton Marsh

After a fruitless look at Down End late this afternoon I came home across the Marsh/Great Field and saw  a HUGE flock of Starlings heading south west (towards Rob's roost?) I estimated several 10's of 1,000s.

Posted January 22nd, 2013 at 6:37 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Great Moor House, Exeter

Flock of Siskins in trees around car park for Devon Records Office, can be heard more easily than seen

Posted January 22nd, 2013 at 11:57 am by Sandy Moreton in Bird News

Monday 21st January 2013

nr. Modbury

17 Lapwings flying south over Whympstone Farm, just southeast of Modbury this morning possibly a cold weather movement.

Posted January 21st, 2013 at 7:42 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

Cold night resulted in both marshes being frozen.-Compared with yesterday nothing offshore

On T'stone Marsh- 46 Wigeon , 35 Teal, 9 Shoveler, 26 Gadwall, 2 Pintail, 20 Snipe . 1 Black Redstart in a local garden.

On South huish Marsh (70% frozen )-  60 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 2 Wigeon, 125 + Snipe, 2 Grey Plover, 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Lapwing + 55 over east, Brief views of a male Hen Harrier over flying west. In the copse 15 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare.

On the rocks / beaches - 3 Sanderling, 3 Turnstone, 1 Ringed Plover.

A walk round the top end of South Milton Ley flushed singles of Woodcock and Snipe. Also 12 Chiffchaff, Cettis warbler, with 17 Lapwing over.

Joint report with AJL

Posted January 21st, 2013 at 6:03 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary & Aveton Gifford

5 Med Gulls at estuary entrance at Salcombe, 3 ads & 2 imms, also Peregrine.

140 Teal at Blanksmill Creek.

Merlin at Knap Mill by Aveton Gifford late pm.

Posted January 21st, 2013 at 4:35 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Riverside Valley Park

3 Goosanders (2m, 1f) on the River Exe at the north end of Countess Wear. Showing very well. Best seen from hedgeless stretch of field by pylon AE11.

Also a kingfisher in the trees by the bridge over the river - seen from the car park.

Posted January 21st, 2013 at 3:24 pm by Alfie Pugh in Bird News

Sharkham Point

A walk around the headland produced very little. A smart Black Redstart around the old mine workings made it worthwhile. Also good views of Stonechats feeding.... On leaving home 12 Redwings were feeding around the gardens with a Mistle Thrush..

Posted January 21st, 2013 at 2:45 pm by Josh Marshall in Bird News

Smews - Taw Estuary

Arrived at Barnstaple Taw Bridge exactly at the same time as George Mudford but the 2 male Smew had been spooked just before we arrived.

I searched for the birds on my bicycle & found them approx 1

mile away downstream. Cycled back to tell George, then Maurice George & myself obtained good distant views of both birds. George is staying on hoping the birds will get closer.


Posted January 21st, 2013 at 12:48 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Smew

Finally (with Dawn) tracked down the two drake Smew this morning just below the new bridge at 09.45. As I was leaving George Mudford arrived with big lens so I may get photos to post later.

Posted January 21st, 2013 at 10:22 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Sunday 20th January 2013

Slapton Ley

1w male presume as 13/01/13



Posted January 20th, 2013 at 10:29 pm by Alan Doidge in Bird News

Stover

5 or 6 tufted duck on the lake with 2 pochard and at least 3 great created grebe. A jay was in the arboretum with at least one nuthatch. A kingfisher was in the bushes on the path to the back road, diving into pools at the side of the path. 

The aerial walkway feeder was particularly busy with good numbers of blue, great and coal tit, about 20 chaffinches on the ground picking up fallen seed with 2 fat squirrels, at least 2 nuthatches, 2 pairs of bullfinches showing extremely well, and singles of marsh tit and great spotted woodpecker. 

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 10:15 pm by Alfie Pugh in Bird News

Wrafton

4 Gadwall, 16 Shoveler and a dozen Wigeon on show on the pond while the field between the Tarka trail and the reserve is currently home to several hundred Redwings (ringed 2 yesterday) good numbers of Starling and some Fieldfares. South of the reserve plenty more of the same and several scores of Lapwing. Of note in the reserve a couple of Teal.

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 9:16 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wembury

A quick wizz round this afternoon: Golden Plover still much in evidence with 75+ still at Down Thomas, 30 over Wembury Point and 2 grounded there. Just a single Lapwing today and only a handful of Skylarks (normally the commonest cold weather immigrant here). Lots and lots of Song Thrushes about including over 30 birds in a stubble field at the point. A few Fieldfares and Redwings too, which have been largely absent since October.

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 9:05 pm in Bird News

Prawle

Watched the sea in the hopes of some wildfowl movement, but in the end, just 3 Brent Geese west. However, Auks were moving east in some numbers, totalling just over 4000 in 2.5 hours, of which about 70% were Guillemots. Other variety was provided by 3 Great Northern Divers (2 west and 1 on the sea), Red-throated Diver, Bar-Tailed Godwit (presumed same bird later at Horseley Cove) and Dunlin.

A little evidence of cold weather movement, with 150 Golden Plover and 10 Lapwings in the lower fields, 40+ Song Thrush, 25 Redwing, and the first Fieldfare of the year.  Also the 2 Water Pipits still in Horseley Cove, along with 3 Chiffchaffs.

Unusually, the Cirl Buntings have combined into a single flock numbering about 100, in the stubble fields at Langerstone Point. They are normally in 3 main flocks between the car-park and Horseley, but this current spectacle (of probably Britains largest modern day flock?) is well worth a look while it lasts!

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 8:58 pm by Pat Mayer in Bird News

Exe, Powderham to Turf

The most impressive sighting during this morning's WeBS count was a loose flock of over 40 red-breasted mergansers in mid-channel. On the fields next to the sea-wall were 3 or 4 stonechats, 1 kingfisher, 10 redwings, 2 song thrushes and a few meadow pipits. On the mud 55 avocets were feeding in a tight group before flying off, towards the Clyst. On the fields on the far side of the railway were a mixed flock of 58 golden plover, 47 lapwing, 25 dunlin and 45 curlew.

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 8:34 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Slapton Ley

RN Duck 2 - fem Torcross plus 1w male Slapton Bridge?Toilet Block on the Ley.  Blk N Grebe 3 - 2 Torcross plus single on Ley N toward Slapton. Marsh Harrier fem.

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 8:12 pm by Alan Doidge in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh & Darts Farm

Normal residents at BGM this afternoon, however a nice supprise for many visitors to the hide was great close-up views of a Curlew Sandpiper in with a few Dunlin and Grey Plover in front of the hide. Always a pleasure to see male PintailS with three and a female on show on the main lagoon.

A quick visit to Darts Farm viewing platform produced 4 Brambling and 2 Reed Bunting around the feeding station with 30+ Golden Plover feeding on the fields towards the River Clyst and Plenty of Blacktailed Godwit and Brent Geese on show in the meadow next to the road.  

Blambling at Darts Farm
Blambling at Darts Farm

Curlew Sandpiper at BGM
Curlew Sandpiper at BGM

Reed Bunting
Reed Bunting

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 8:03 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Burrator Reservoir

A frozen walk from the north end produced very little other than a flock of 7 Goldcrests; also 2 Marsh Tits and a Nuthatch coming down to seed in the parking area. On the reservoir - 3 Goosanders (2 drakes) and 5 Teals.

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 8:01 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Between Starcross and Dawlish Warren Golf Course (my WeBS section) this morning, highlights were: Great Crested and Slavonian Grebes, 7 Little Egrets, 217 Brents, 7 Pintail, 9 Goldeneye (3 drakes), 377 Wigeon, 104 Teal, 35 Grey Plover, 189 Dunlin, 27 Knot, 12 Bar-tailed Godwit and 3 Rock Pipits.  On the sea from the Warren afterwards: 2/3 Red-throated Divers and 25+ Great Crested Grebes. I experienced the bizarre combination of shivering at freezing point while looking through heat haze in the scope! Presumably the sea and estuary were still a fair bit warmer than the air.

The best bird, however, was the elusive male Bearded Tit, which after calling a few times flew into the sparse reeds on the dune side of the main pond. Here I watched feeding at ground level for some 15 minutes at 3-5m range. In dry areas, it was simply walking on the ground, taking seeds as it went. Over shallow water it still often walked through the water, but also held onto reed and other stems. Later it flew past the visitor centre high into willows, where it was chased off by a Blue Tit!

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 7:45 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

East Youlstone,n.cornwall

Amazing spectacle of massive starling roost.Possibly upto 1,000,000 birds though obviosly very difficult to determine numbers.Huge waves of flocks containg 10,000s at a time most coming from westerly direction.Take rd to bradworthy from A39 3-4 mls north of kilkhampton,drive to east youlstone farm bearing left to wooley and birds are in conifers quarter of mile away.

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 7:20 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

toll rd. to Crow Point

just incredible views of Kingfisher successfully fishing in the small drainage channels. Driving slowly on the toll road, we watched a Kingfisher using fence posts to fish from successfully. Got hold of two fish clubbing them on the same posts before they disappeared!

on this short drive we also saw:

-large mixed flocks of fieldfare and redwing

-egrets, heron, masses of moorhen

-lapwing and curlew and redshank

Once at crow point, large flocks of wigeon and brent geese were the highlight. Grey plover, long tailed tits, goldfinch, stonechat amongst others.

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 6:44 pm by Tom Williams in Bird News

Roadford Reservoir

Sightings from Viaduct Road, Viaduct Hide and Toft between 11.00 and 13.00

Goosander 1,  Wigeon 32,  Goldeneye 5,  Shoveler 14,  Pochard 13,  Teal 22,  Tufted 50,  Mallard 10,  Coot 32,  Grt. Cr. Grebe 6,  Lt. Grebe 2,  Canada Goose 21,  Cormerant 9,  Woodcock 1.     

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 6:43 pm by Ron & Gina Sutton in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

Some more indication of cold weather movement today. Cold , little wind but a flat calm sea .

At 09.00 on T'stone Marsh - the first Green Sandpiper of the year, 45 Teal, 35 Wigeon, 18 Gadwall, 12 Shoveler. On the local estate a female Black Redstart.

On the sea- 14 Teal, 10 Wigeon, 1 m Common Scoter + 30 flew east, 1 Great C Grebe, 1 Red T Diver -few east, 20 + Razorbill, 1 Guillemot .On the rocks 2 Turnstone.

Bob B at South M Ley - 6 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing , 20+ Song Thrush, 12 Chiffchaff.

At South H Marsh - 25 Wigeon, 90+ Teal, 2 Shoveler, , 125 + Snipe, 4 Lapwing, 9 Dunlin , 2 Grey Plover, 1 Water rail feeding in the open, 4 Song Thrush .

At 13.30 40 Golden Plover flew over

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 6:21 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Marsh Mills and Blaxton Meadow, River Plym

Had a look for the reported Jack snipe this morning but with no luck, no snipe either but it was high tide.

Highlights were 10 little egrets, male and 2 female wigeon, 7 red breasted mergansers (1 male), a common sandpiper, 31 curlew, 1 redshank, 10 shelduck, a pair of siskins and c.6 little grebe.

Surprise was a roe deer running through the vegetation on the small piece of land on the opposite side to the riverside path bounded by the river and the railway line.

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 5:26 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Beesands Ley

Something ecologically wrong here still though 2 Mute Swans, 4 Mallard, Shoveler, Pochard and 3 Coot the best wildfowl day of the winter so far ( cp Slapton Ley ).

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 5:13 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Dartmoor

Having made it to Venford Reservoir a walk out over the moor in the snow produced just a couple of Reed Buntings - see photo and lots of tracks, I eventually worked out were, Woodcock see the photo showing a feeding point, tracks and probing in what little soft ground remained.

Reed Bunting Dartmoor 20 Jan 13 ML woodcock tracks Venford Res Dartmoor 20 Jan 13 ML

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 5:02 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Heathfield ~ Waxwings

Third hand report from a friend who while on the A38 towards Exeter at Heathfield opposite the Candy Tiles building saw the 10/12 reported Waxwings in the tops of the trees alongside the A38 (Stover/Trago side of the A38) Also saw the birds on the return journey.

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 4:50 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Walk from Pottington to Ashford Sewerage Works

Sunday afternoon stroll to see the GreenSandpiper at Ashford with John Clark, and Rob Jutsam (on bicycle) was distracted by 2 male SMEW, 1female Goldeneye, 3 Goosanders (1m2f), and 3 Gadwall (1m2f) on the river. Large numbers of Dunlin (one flock 200-250), several Sanderling (10+), Golden Plover(500+) with assorted cast of Grey Plover, Curlew, Ringed Plover (20+), Lapwing, Barwits, etc. all disturbed by a passing Peregrine. Didn't see the intended Green Sandpiper but the obilging Kingfisher brightened a grey afternoon.

Andy

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 4:40 pm by Andrew Lansdell in Bird News

Totnes Weir (Behind KEVIC's school) Totnes

Only a short visit checking the river 150 yards each side of the weir, Little Grebe in full summer plumage feeding just above the weir, large flock of Long tailed Tits, single Grey Wagtail on wier edge, very confiding Song Thrush along with a partly white male Blackbird, small number of Redwing, one Egret, good mix of the expected birds.

On the way home 100 plus Redwing feeding in the field to the right of the Marley House entrance near South Brent, the male Kestrel on wires over his usual corner field on the Marley Head roundabout.

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 3:12 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Broadsands

Lots of Reed & Cirl Buntings feeding on arrival and rather slow to return, having read Mikes update I now know why, despite the weather they had already been fed. That said saw more Cirl Buntings than on previous visits at least 12 in view once they started feeding, lots of Reed Bunting but only hens.

The bay was "empty" but on one rocky edge four Turnstone two of which had metal tag rings on their legs along with three Oyster Catchers.

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 3:06 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Staverton Bridge

4 Goosander (1 drake, 3 redheads) early afternoon just up river from bridge.

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 3:04 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Broadsands

I dropped the seed for the Cirl Buntings this morning and within 10 mins had broken my previous record count (32 and that was 8 years ago) of birds on the ground taking seed a total of  39 and 3 Reed Buntings.There were more Cirls in the bushes but my counts have always been the highest number on the ground at at any given time. I waited to try and get more but birds started to come and go, so I didn't bust the 40!

1 tristis Chiffchaff and 1 collybita Chiffchaff in marsh also a Water Rail.

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 10:36 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - 0820 - 0910 - good numbers of birds and obvious cold weather movement. A walk around the top fields produced 1 meadow pipit, c50+ skylark, 40+ golden plover, 1 snipe, 2 lapwing, 1 jack snipe, 15 linnet, c40+ chaffinch and 1 fieldfare. Frozen ground this morning and colder than yesterday.

19/1 - 9 snipe, 3+ fieldfare, 45+ redwing, 1 meadow pipit and 50+ golden plover. Also 1 woodcock flushed from hedgerow along top fields - my first record for Orcombe Point.

12/1 - Exmouth Seafront - 1 black-throated diver.

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 10:16 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Saturday 19th January 2013

Plym Estuary & Saltram

The freeze elsewhere is beginning to have a positive impact on my "patch" with an influx of c180 Redwings, c45 Fieldfares, 41 Snipes and a single Jack Snipe. Also the regulars represented by - Curlews 66, Common Sandpiper 1, Red-breasted Merganser 8 (2 drakes), Greenshanks 6, Little Grebes 3, Redshanks 118, Little Egrets 13, Wigeons 3 (1 ad drake). Also first Water Rail I'm aware of here this winter (same spot as 2 years ago by flooded wood).

Not bad!

Posted January 19th, 2013 at 6:44 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Barn Owl

Northam burrows, spotted from the Northam access road at approx 1500, Barn Owl hunting back and forth over long marsh grass and bushes. 

Posted January 19th, 2013 at 6:32 pm by David Cook in Bird News

Ernesettle Creek

51 Black-tailed Godwits & 61 Teal. 

Posted January 19th, 2013 at 5:51 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Garden birds on feeders

This afternoon saw 7 or 8  siskins(most ever seen at once) plus a brambling,goldfinches,blackcaps,blackbirds,wood pigeon, dunnock,chaffinch,starlings and a magpie in my garden

Posted January 19th, 2013 at 5:33 pm by Jean Gitsham in Bird News

Wembury

Cold weather elsewhere is always good here - plenty of variety this afternoon. 150+ Golden Plover just outside Down Thomas and odd groups around Wembury together with 2 Lapwing. A Mute Swan, a Redshank, 2 Razorbills, an adult Med Gull and 2 Chiffs provided variety. Also at least one continental Song Thrush and a colour ringed Rock Pipit.

Posted January 19th, 2013 at 5:09 pm in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 09:45 till 13:15

a very good morning with the finding of a Curlew sandpiper in with the dunlin whilst trying to count them and at times it showed very well in front of the hide down to 30ft not something you expect to find in January, 500+ dunlin, 275+ bar tailed godwits, 25+ grey plover, good numbers of avocet and wigeon , 7 pintail(4m,3f), 1f pochard, 40+ redwing, mistle thrush.

Exminster marsh 14:00 till 16:00

1 female merlin from the canal bank, 1 male Merlin sat on fence below motorway bridge, ruff in with lapwing , 120+ golden plover, male goldeneye on lagoon with18+ gadwall, 7+ pochard, 5 tufted duck and little grebe, a fox on the bank around the lagoon , buzzard, good numbers of wigeon over the marsh, 50+ shoveler and 2 pintail, 8 grey plover. 

Posted January 19th, 2013 at 5:04 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

East Budleigh & Otterton

30+ lapwing and 20+ fieldfare over as I played tennis in East Budleigh this morning.

300+ redwing just above Otterton Mill this afternoon.

Posted January 19th, 2013 at 4:33 pm by Steve Oliver in Bird News

Taw Bridge and R.Taw (Pottington to Ashford sewage works.)

10:50 - 13:00

A 2 hour search around the Taw Bridge revealed no sign of any Smew although it was in this same area that we had 2 females last year or the year before. Time flies!

Anchorwood Bank.

Dunlin c200; Sanderling 21; Grey Plover 7; Cormorant 25 in mid-river and 2 Shelduck.

Pottington to Ashford sewage works.

Ringed Plover 12; Grey Plover 8; Dunlin c300 and 2 Shelduck.

Bradiford Reserve.

Wigeon 22; c1000 Golden Plover and c400 Lapwing in adjacent field and just a few Teal.

Sewage works ditch.

Green Sandpiper being constantly harried by a Redshank.

 

Posted January 19th, 2013 at 2:34 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

instow

At least dozen fieldfare+5 Blackcap,1 male 4 female on sea buckthorn at north end car park.11:00.Plenty of berries left should it come in really cold/snowy.

Posted January 19th, 2013 at 2:01 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Stover

10 -12 Waxwings on left side of south bound A38 between Chudleigh Nighton turn off and Drumbridges (Stover turn off) seen from car by Jon Avon.

Posted January 19th, 2013 at 1:11 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Dartington

3 Goosander (2 redheads and a drake) just below the wear and 300 + Canada Geese in fields on entrance to Dartington estate (from Dartington Church entrance). 45 Teal and 1 Shoveler on damp field at Totnes entrance to Dartington estate.

Posted January 19th, 2013 at 11:33 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Merlin at Darts Farm

A great start to the weekend with excellent views of a Merlin hunting over the stubble field at Darts Farm (8.50am). I was made aware of its presence by a number of contact calls coming from a group of Skylarks. This is the first bird I’ve seen above the horizon and my initial thought was of a Mistle thrush or Fieldfare but as it picked up pace and went into a dive shooting across the field I soon realised what I was looking at. The bird gained height over the warehouses in the boatyard and turned round making another attempt at a kill speeding towards the feeders at the bottom of the track. Once below the horizon I lost the bird so unaware if successful.

Other birds included a large flock of Brent Geese, a hand full of Curlew. Lapwing and Black-Tailed Godwits, Golden Plover, Fieldfare and Redwing also on site

Posted January 19th, 2013 at 11:14 am by Gareth Williams in Bird News

Friday 18th January 2013

Bowling Green Marsh 09:30 to 12:00

42 species in the cold, wind and sleet. Highlights were Water Rail (good views at the back), 30 + Grey Plover on the grass with many Dunlin, 220+ Bar Tailed Godwit, 400+ Avocet, 5 Pintail (2 females), two foxes grooming each other and a large female Peregrine who stood/sat on the grass for 20 minutes, looking for opportunities!

Posted January 18th, 2013 at 11:53 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Water Rail - Exmoor

An unexpected sighting of a Water Rail about 20ft up in a tree this morning.

Posted January 18th, 2013 at 7:29 pm by Sarah Davies in Bird News

Pied wagtail roost

I've known about the Newton Abbot town centre wagtail roost for quite a while  -not seen yet personally but the signs are all there over the nearby seats and under the trees!

Was recently told by a Teignmothian that there were wagtails roosting in the Xmas tree in the Triangle-the tree has now of course been removed...

Last night at around 5pm daughter and I enjoyed eating tasty fish and chips in arctic conditions on seafront-on the plus side there were no begging herring gulls for once!

Looked in triangle for wagtails there were a few fluttering up and down from nearby roofs

However in a leafless small tree by bus stop there was a small roost of over 20 wagtails clinging to branches in very cold and blustery weather

Posted January 18th, 2013 at 7:04 pm by Jean Gitsham in Bird News

Around the Axe

Amazing numbers of Golden Plover in the valley this morning (and an amazing lack of snow!). I could see 300 from Colyford Marshes hide, and later Ian M counted 600 from the A3052 at Bridge Marsh.  Also two Pintail on the Estuary.  Sea watchers this morning were rewarded with a single Great Skua west at 09:15 (GH).

Pintail - a bit of an Axe rarity!
The drake Pintail - a bit of an Axe rarity!

Posted January 18th, 2013 at 2:11 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Pottington/Barnstaple

Walked from Pottington (Bradiford reserve) to the new bridge, but sadly no sign of the Smew. (are they low water birds?) Not sure what time of day or the state of the tide when they were seen yesterday? Flock of Dunlin had a couple of Sanderling and a Ringed Plover or two. Lots of Lapwing and Golden Plover in fields behind Penhill Marsh. Bradiford reserve had a flock of winter Thrushes (about 100 - equal numbers of Redwing and Fieldfare. The Green Sandpiper was still in the stream by Ashford sewage works. A bedraggled Chiffchaff was foraging along the trail.

Posted January 18th, 2013 at 12:44 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

2012 BIRD RECORDS

Snowed in?  Or if nearer the coast, fed up with yet more rain?

Snow Dartmoor George Harris

Why not take this opportunity to complete your 2012 Bird Records and send them to either Julia or myself.  As ever, the 31st January is the cut-off point. Any bird records received after that date will go in to the 2012 database, but may not appear in the 2012 Bird Report.

It may also be a good time to get those description written up.  With the exception of the Exminster Savi's Warbler all BBRC's rarities seen in Devon in 2012 have had descriptions submitted.  For the Savi's Warbler we have sonograms and sound recordings, but a description of what the bird looked like would be helpful! If you can help, please get in touch.

There's still several Devon A rarities that need descriptions though. So if you have seen one, please complete a Devon Rarities Form and send it my way.

For more details about record submission take a look HERE.  And to download any of the required forms, you can do so HERE.

Redwing Tom Wallis

Many thanks,

Steve and Julia

Posted January 18th, 2013 at 11:28 am by Steve Waite in Bird News

Thursday 17th January 2013

Barnstaple

We've just received a report of two male smew adjacent to the Barnstaple "New" bridge today. Recorded feeding at both high and low tides.

(Howard Colmer)

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 9:05 pm in Bird News

Fremington

Kingfisher using fishing/rowing boats as perches in the pill. Cracking views.

Water rail on far bank of the duck pond once along the Taw Estuary.

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 5:49 pm by Tom Williams in Bird News

Collaton St Mary, Paignton

Little Grebe, Heron (2) Buzzard, Bullfinch, females (2) Siskin (2) Coot (1) Moorhen (5)

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 5:33 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Aveton Gifford

A midday walk round the marsh at Aveton Gifford turned up Firecrest (2) Chiffchaff "type"(1) male Reed Bunting, Curlew and a flock of Meadow Pipits, Shell Duck, Little Egret, Heron, Buzzard, Sparrow Hawk, Greenshank (1) Dunlin, Kingfisher (1) Oyster Catcher, Wren (3) Little Grebe (2)

On the way down saw a female Merlin at Fowlescombe gate Nr Ugbrough

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 5:30 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Salcombe

Med Gull 5 (3adW, 1W,2W) GN Diver off Castle Pt. today.

A GIFFORD - Sth Efford Marsh

Water Pipit 4, Green sand 2, plus usuals. ENW 

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 3:46 pm by Alan Doidge in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

In a bitingly cold wind with the odd flurry of snow, a return to form for the site at long last with c.150 Golden Plover, c.50 Lapwing and a single Snipe. Thrushes were also to the fore with 50 Fieldfare, 40 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrushes and at least 8 Blackbirds. Chaffinch numbers by the Cow barn have increased to around 25. 20+ Skylarks.

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 3:19 pm in Bird News

Birds in Torbay

Checked the Bay this morning from Battery Gardens at 08.30

1 Great Northern Diver, Brixham outer harbour. 3 GND out from Battery Point.

32+ Common Scoter out beyond mussel farm markers and other birds on the water but to far away to ID. .    Mike Langman said that during this week he had 60 Great Crested Grebes of Saltern Cove area so Sunday mornings boat trip from Paignton could be a very good one with a lot to see. 

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 11:49 am by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Broadsands

17 Cirl Buntings & 5 Reedbunting on seed in 2nd car park.

In marshy area 4 collybita Chiffchaffs, 1 tristis Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest.

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 9:53 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 16th January 2013

Bursdon Moor

Drove back from Falmouth to concide with a quick stop here. Glad I did, as at 16 50 a cracking male Hen Harrier flew in and around. The occupant of the other car present then revealed that another (or the same?) male flew over and carried on east just before I had arrrived.

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 7:15 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Aveton Gifford

Still 3 water pipits on South Efford Marsh showing well at the far south end pools. Also: black-tailed godwit, 29 curlews, 2 greenshanks, green sandpiper, 5 common sandpipers, kingfisher & 19 alba wagtails.

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 4:19 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Topsham, Exeter

31 members of Devon Birds took part in the first 'fieldtrip' of the year when we divided into two groups led by Annabelle Strickland and David Jannaway.  The focus was Bowling Green Marsh and The Exe adjacent to the recreation field.  Good numbers of waders and water birds were found including 600 Avocet and c300 Bar Tailed Godwit.  The Long-tailed Duck was present off the recreation ground together with Kingfisher.  The remaining group of members moved on to Darts Farm where after lunch Brambling, 15 Golden Plover, 66 Lapwing, a number of Black Tailed Godwit and a large group of Brent Geese were photographed. (Can't upload the photo.... wish this site was easier to do so!). 

Good company and birds and thanks to everyone who made this a memorable day.

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 4:17 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

R.Taw (Pottington to Ashford sewage works)

12:10

Ringed Plover 4; Dunlin 2; Sanderling 12; Grey Plover 5; Little Egret 2.

Bradiford Reserve. Teal c20; Wigeon 25; Canada goose c50. Golden Plover c1000 and Lapwing c400 in field adjacent to the reserve.

Penhill Marsh. Dark-bellied Brent c250; Canada Goose c350; Grey Plover 1 and Sanderling 4. 1 wildfowler on the marsh.

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 3:03 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Buckfastleigh

Counted an amazing 88 Mandarin Duck on the Dart near home today.

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 2:51 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

A lunchtime visit from about 1.10 to 1.45.

A Bittern was in the reeds in the channel to the left of the track just before the 'S' bends. Kindly shown to me by a couple of birders, I watched it for a couple of minutes skulking in the reeds before it disappeared from view.

Not much time to look at the many birds on the marsh, although there was a Ruff and a few Golden Plovers with the Lapwing flock.

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 2:04 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Around the Axe

100+ Golden Plovers today, in fields between Axmouth and Rousdon.  And there was one yesterday in the valley just north of A3052 near Bridge Marsh.  Six Shoveler this morning were the first of the year, as was a drake Goldeneye off the sea front on Monday morning. 

I've still not seen the Goosander though that has been seen for the past couple of days late afternoon from the Tower Hide.

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 11:55 am by Steve Waite in Bird News

Powderham Marshes

 

At 9.00 this morning one male merlin, 62 golden plover, 240 lapwing and over 300 dunlin. Also small flock of 5 redwing.

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 11:43 am by John Waldon in Bird News

Tuesday 15th January 2013

Exe Estuary

 Late morning visit to Exminster Marsh in sun-shine; from 11.00 to about 12.30. Lots of birds spread out over the wet fields. Two large flocks of brent geese, one to the north of the lane (c300) , the other near Turf (c500). I did not count the wigeon, teal or shoveller. On the lagoon 12  gadwall, 10+ tufted duck, 10 pochard and a single male goldeneye.

The lapwing were difficult to count and I estimated c500. With them c50 golden plover and 3 grey plover. Dunlin (c600) flew in flocks to the estuary as the tide dropped. Also c100 curlew, 2 bar-tailed godwit and one black-tailed godwit.

On the canal one little grebe and on the canal bank 2 bullfinch and one goldcrest, and there was another goldcrest in the lane with two chiffchaffs.

In the afternoon at 15.00 went out on the estuary in a boat. Avocet numbers good but they were well spread out. 4 turnstone plus the usual waders including a flock of c200 bar-tailed godwits. 7 red-breasted mergansers and 3 cormorants were the only birds on the water.

Posted January 15th, 2013 at 6:34 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

South Efford Marsh Aveton Gifford

Decided to take a look around but I managed to get the directions wrong at first. Perhaps worth restating -when you get to the metal gate into the meadow, opposite South Efford House, you go through then turn immediately right and follow the inside of the hedge along a muddy track, until you get to a wooden gate.  Pass by the gate onto the  raised embankment path, which leads down eventually past  the pools to the sluice gate at bottom end. Same species  around as reported by others recently - Common and Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Water Pipits (up to 3 reported again), 3 Snipe, 2 Egyptian Geese, 2 Teal, 10 Wigeon.

Posted January 15th, 2013 at 5:46 pm in Bird News

Slapton

A quck afternoon look turned up the 2 black-necked grebe & 5 goldeneye at Torcross while offshore 2 great northern diver, red-throated diver, slavonian grebe & 49 common scoter.

Posted January 15th, 2013 at 5:07 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Monday 14th January 2013

Ashburton - a Dentist's Perspective

Incidental birdwatching. Whilst in the waiting room: two twirling Ravens and two Buzzards! Cracking!

Posted January 14th, 2013 at 11:14 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Powderham

The Spotted Redshank was still on the side of the Exe estuary either side of the R. Kenn outlet by Powderham Park early this afternoon, associating with Greenshanks. If watching this bird, please be very careful if you feel you have to cross the railway here. Trains approach very very swiftly!

Posted January 14th, 2013 at 10:26 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Had a very enjoyable day giving the Lower Ley a good look around. Lots of birds there more like the good old days ( starting to sound old, doh, i am getting old ! ) Highlights were the long stayers i.e. the 2 Black-necked Grebes, fem Ring-necked Duck ( all at Torcross ), fem Scaup Torcross and the first winter male in Ireland Bay and the usual female Marsh Harrier. Also 28 Mute Swans, 58 Canada Geese, 3 Little Grebes, just 3 Great Crested Grebes ( very low total, first time ever for me in 30+ years of watching here that GC Grebes have been outnumbered by other grebes - doubt its happened since before they started flooding gravel pits furthur east ? ), 108 Gadwall, 28 Mallard, 13 Wigeon, 258 Tufted Duck, 37 Pochard, 12 Goldeneye ( 4 males, high ratio) and 173 Coot. The sea was fairly quiet but nice to see a flock of 57 Common Scoter ( north of monument ). Also 3 Shelduck, single Great Northern and Red-throated Diver, Slavonian Grebe ( off central car park ) and maybe 50 Razorbills visible in scattered areas.

 

Posted January 14th, 2013 at 9:13 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Torre Abbey, Torquay

Three Black-necked Grebes in bay at lunch time.

Posted January 14th, 2013 at 8:46 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Darts Farm, Topsham

A good number of Linnets feeding on the sunflowers on the field edge above the fishing pond car park, Siskins, Gold Finch, Reed Bunting (one well coloured male) and Brambling around the feeding station by the hide.

Male Sparrow Hawk seen twice in hunting mode making the smaller birds rather nervous

Large flock of Brent Geese including the white headed bird, reasonable number of Bar Tailed Godwits, Curlew and Lapwing on the fields in front of the hide

Posted January 14th, 2013 at 6:05 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

A GIFFORD

Sth Efford Marsh

Water Pipit 3, Merlin fem, Blk T Godwit the best of.  Please use footpath to right of entrance.

ENW

Posted January 14th, 2013 at 3:44 pm by Alan Doidge in Bird News

Sunday 13th January 2013

Spoonbill

Walk around Fremington Quay and Pill this afternoon.

One Spoonbill just below the water inlet about half way down, first time I have seen them on the Pill

Posted January 13th, 2013 at 11:43 pm by Bob Cudmore in Bird News

bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 08:15 till 10:30

450+ avocet, 255+ bar tailed godwits , 900+ black tailed godwits, 1 spotted redshank , 1 golden plover , 1 grey plover , 400+ dunlin, 250+ redshank, 2 greenshank, 70+ lapwing , 2 cetti's warbler, 5 pintail(4m,1f),4+ tufted duck,2 little grebes, 400+ wigeon, 30+ shoveler, 5+ snipe

Goat walk, a nice group of 11+ turnstone 

11:30ish the female long tailed duck was showing well on the river north of topsham quay 

Posted January 13th, 2013 at 8:54 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Dartington and Totnes

Walked the riverbank from Dartington Estate  to Vire Island Totnes this pm. 5 Goosander (3 redheads,  2 drakes),8 Teal, 154 Canada Geese accompanied by 1 Barnacle Gooose, and  5 Little Grebe. At Totnes 2 Kingfishers on the small creek at north side of town bridge, by Bridge Terrace. 14 Stock Doves together in stubble on the estate near Park School.

Posted January 13th, 2013 at 8:18 pm in Bird News

Portworthy dam

 Nothing on the lake but a very nice male Merlin that had the decency to perch up in front of me for ten minutes.

Posted January 13th, 2013 at 7:43 pm in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Report of an adult male Ring-necked Duck at the north end at the Lower Ley, with Tufted Ducks. But seen only in fading light.  The female Ring-necked Duck was seen earlier by same observer.  Also one male Scaup.

[Jason Smart]

Posted January 13th, 2013 at 7:43 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

The Little Owl showing well in its usual location this morning. 40 Lapwing, 30+ Skylark, Stonechat, 20 Chaffinch and a single Golden Plover flew north east.

Posted January 13th, 2013 at 6:58 pm in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

A drake Goldeneye was on the sea close inshore briefly at 10.00 before flying east .Later 2 Brent Goose -db  flew onto the sea before joining a 3rd on South Huish Marsh .Also on the sea- 4 Razorbill

Waders on the beaches/ rocks - 8 Turnstone, 6 Ringed Plover, 2 Sanderling .

On South h Marsh - 85 Teal, 60 Wigeon 6 Shoveler, 1 Shoveler, 1 female Goldeneye, 60 Lapwing, 25 Snipe.

On one of the houses a female Black Redstart

Posted January 13th, 2013 at 6:17 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Dartmoor Golden Plover

Group of around 30 very mobile Golden Plover near Princetown. Moving around the areas of short grass either side of the road from Peakhill to Princetown.  

Posted January 13th, 2013 at 6:07 pm by Fraser Carter in Bird News

Downend & Baggy

A full days birding today starting with the WeBS count this morning & a bird check at Downend & Baggy this afternoon.

At Downend 1 Red throated Diver & the Scoters that Maurice

counted this morning had moved on but one of the 3 Red throated divers had come back again!

At Baggy Point 34 Common Scoters & 2 Red throated Divers.

A perfect winter's day.


Posted January 13th, 2013 at 5:45 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

Had a gentle stroll down to Charleton Marsh midday, not much about. Around 70 Teal and 7 Pintail on the marsh with 9 Little Grebes on the estuary around the saltstone. At least 4 Chiffchaffs in the sewage works.

 

Posted January 13th, 2013 at 4:55 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Yarner wood

My wife spotted a Ringtail Harrier flying over Yarner wood this afternoon. 

I would of missed it........too busy looking at the wood ants enjoying the sunshine.

Mandarin ducks there also.

Posted January 13th, 2013 at 4:54 pm by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

Sunday - S, Devon - various

Staverton Weir - Dipper and Kingfisher. 6 x Goosander (3M, 3F) towards bridge. 2 x Treecreepers close by.

Parke - large mixed flocks of Redwing and Fieldfare.

Yarner Wood - main pond - 4 Mandarin (3M, 1F), also 2 x Siskin on feeders at old hide.  1 Raven flying (and calling) over.

Posted January 13th, 2013 at 4:50 pm by Trevor Leaman in Bird News

Landcross,bideford.

94 snipe on flooded area between road and river just before speed sign at landcross

Posted January 13th, 2013 at 3:04 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Downend, Saunton Down.

09:45 - 10:45

Just 11 Common Scoter ( 2M,9F) and 1 Red-throated Diver, which was way out beyond the Scoter.

The Diver flew off towards Baggy and picked up 2 more on the way.

Drove down Sandy Lane on way home and flocks up to c300 Chaffinches were on the stubble fields around Avery`s farm and c150 Jackdaws in the sheep fields.

Posted January 13th, 2013 at 11:40 am by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Saturday 12th January 2013

Teignmouth to Dawlish Warren 10:00 to 13:00

Two Ravens over Holcombe. Seawatching at Dawlish Warren produced little - Gannets far out and a Great Crested Grebe. Stonechat and many Meadow Pipits on the reserve. At the hide a Slavonian Grebe, 5 Goldeneye (1 male) and six Red-breasted Mergansers, Grey Plover, Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Wigeon and Brent Geese on the golf course. Tried for four out of five Grebes, but the Black Necked Grebe was not showing on the main pond.

Posted January 12th, 2013 at 8:39 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Exminster and Otter Estuary

Rose-coloured starling present at 09.15 hrs perching in small trees in garden above Milbury Lane, Exminster, in between flying to neighbouring gardens.

Med Gull (ad) loafing with gull flock in meadow on west side of Otter at 12.00 hrs.

Posted January 12th, 2013 at 6:34 pm in Bird News

Exe Estuary cruises

Stuart Lines cruises yesterday and today produced: Slavonian, Little (2) and Great Crested Grebes, c70 Shags (with stronger wind today), 13 Goldeneye (2 drakes) off Cockwood, Long-tailed Duck (Topsham-Turf), 50+ Mergansers, c500+ Avocets, c50 Golden Plover, 6 Sanderlings, Spotted Redshank, 9 Greenshank (both at Powderham), possibly 1000 Black-tailed Godwits, many fewer Bar-tailed, 300+ Common, 6 Lesser Black-backed and 100+ Great Black-backed Gulls. Also Grey Seal near Turf yesterday.

Token shot of the Long-tailed Duck in poor light
Token shot of the Long-tailed Duck in poor light

Posted January 12th, 2013 at 5:37 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Arlington lake and bird hide

Between 10am and 2pm

10 Teal on lake with some mallards (water level in lake looks very low compared to normal levels)

Usual tits on the feeders at the hide with at least 4 different Nuthatches taking nuts to stash as were a couple of Jays.

2 moorhens and a very brief glimpse of a Water rail in the reeds opposite the hide.

2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers in trees nearby but no visits to the feeders.

A male Sparrowhawk turned up and sat on a post for a few seconds.... not long enough to get the camera on him!

Posted January 12th, 2013 at 5:22 pm by Chris Triggs in Bird News

Brixham

 From Zeneca car park  early afternoon, telescope views of a Great Northern Diver and 3 Red-throated Divers. Also another Great Northern off Shoalstone beach later.

Posted January 12th, 2013 at 3:47 pm in Bird News

Broadsands

Broadsands 13:15-15:00

On the marsh the 2 'tristis' type Chiffchaff were showing very well on the pool and between the car parks. Also 2 chiffchaff and 3-4 goldcrests. There were good numbers of cirl buntings on the feed with chaffinches and 2 reed buntings.

On the sea there were 4 GNDivers which flew off east when the rain stopped, 1 Black necked grebe, 1 great crested grebe, 10+ razorbill, and 20+ common scoter.

Posted January 12th, 2013 at 3:39 pm by Jacob Wood in Bird News

Paignton

The male Black Redstart still this morning on the rooftops of numbers 29, 31 and 33 Roundham Road by Paignton Harbour, opposite Cliff Road. (It was also seen on these rooftops last week).

Nearby, a Little Egret on the rocks at Preston

Also,2 Egyptian Geese in a marshy field at Waddeton just outside the hamlet on the Galmpton Road.

Posted January 12th, 2013 at 2:11 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Wrafton

18 Shoveler, 8 WIgeon and 4 Gadwall on the pond this morning. Nearby in the reserve, more signs of spring with more Primroses out and a Coot - the first since last summer.

Posted January 12th, 2013 at 2:00 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Skern

Late post from yesterday.  Short-eared owl from Burrows headed towards hinks old shipyard, lost it to view.16:45.   Female brambling in my garden again today.

Posted January 12th, 2013 at 9:21 am by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Friday 11th January 2013

Heathfield

All four Waxwings in situe and feeding well, being observed by 3 other birders when I arrived, while watching these birds they were joined by eight Siskins which added to the spectacle, on leaving saw a Goldcrest in cover alongside the path by the shops

Posted January 11th, 2013 at 10:06 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Collaton St Mary, Paignton

Single Little Grebe on a small fresh water lake, location checked following report by owner of a small Grebe on his lake also handful of Moorhen some of which were displaying and rather territorial, one Coot and a Heron in one of the nearby fields

Posted January 11th, 2013 at 10:04 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

 A visit in the early part of the afternoon produced a female Merlin up towards the motorway flyover. The Ruff was again present with the Lapwing flocks, approximately in the area bounded by the railway path, Lions Rest Estate and the large lagoon. A drake Pintail, a Water Rail, 4 Stonechats and 2 Ravens completed the scene.  

Posted January 11th, 2013 at 9:54 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

River Teign

Common Sand at low tide up river from Passage House Inn.

Posted January 11th, 2013 at 8:43 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Broadsands

Late afternoon, the Firecrest was still present along the road west of the main car park entrance. Both tristis Chiffchaffs were again in the marsh. 12 Cirl Buntings on seed in 2nd car park.

 

1 ad w Mediterranean Gull in the rooost this evening

Like Josh, the bay was relatively quiet, the only Black-necked Grebe I could find was over at Preston and no divers at all!

Posted January 11th, 2013 at 8:40 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Bridge Inn and BGM, Topsham 12:00 to 15:20

48 species, mostly the usual suspects. Really good views of Kingfisher, Pintail (1male, 1 female), 15+ Snipe (no Jacks!) and a beautiful male Sparrowhawk on the lone fence at the back. Also noticed two Jackdaws food swapping at the back - spring is not far round the corner!

Posted January 11th, 2013 at 6:54 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Broadsands

Looking out over the bay was pretty uneventuful. 38 Common Scoter, 27 Great Crested Grebe.

8 Chiffchaff, with one tristis type. 3 Reed Bunting, 6 Cirl Bunting, 5 Goldcrest

Chiffchaff feeding, J.Marshall
Chiffchaff feeding, J.Marshall

Posted January 11th, 2013 at 5:55 pm by Josh Marshall in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

All day out on the estuary at low tide turned up these selected peak counts:

Little Grebe 10, Little Egret 32, Brent Goose 84, Wigeon 540, Teal 138, Pintail 9, Goldeneye - cracking male, Red-breasted Merganser 18, Oystercatcher 94, Grey Plover 11, Dunlin 230, Bar-tailed Godwit 10, Curlew 160, Redshank 63, Greenshank 4 & Razorbill 2.

Maybe the predicted cold snap will bring in more birds!!

Posted January 11th, 2013 at 5:33 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Slapton

On the sea were: c60 Common Scoter, Slavonian Grebe, 2 Red-throated Divers, 2 Great Northern Divers. Along the line was a female Marsh Harrier.

Posted January 11th, 2013 at 4:35 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

WeBS - Grand Western Canal

Highlight of my Grand Western Canal WeBS survey between Halberton and Burlescombe was a female Merlin perched on the crossbar of an electricity pylon at Batten's Bridge.

Other sightings included 3 Kingfisher, 2 Little Grebe, and a Water Rail.

Posted January 11th, 2013 at 4:22 pm by Ray Jones in Bird News

Lifton

Flock of c60 Fieldfare. Starling numbers still around c600. 2 Mistle Thrush having a noisy and violent coming together. Lots of singing Robins.

Posted January 11th, 2013 at 3:53 pm by David Boddy in Bird News

Darts Farm wetlands

3 Brambling, 3 Reed bunting, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Blue/Great tit, Greenfinch and Great spotted woodpecker all feeding on and around the bird table.


Out on the wetlands, 10+ Teal and Wigeon. A small group of Black-tailed godwit with a few Curlew. A large flock of Brent geese here for most of the day but mobile.


On the stubble field 12 Skylarks with 30+ Linnets

Posted January 11th, 2013 at 1:49 pm by Gareth Williams in Bird News

Bradiford/Pottington

In the river only a pair of Goosander this morning along with about 60 Dunlin and single Turnstone and Ringed Plover. A flock of Brent Geese over on the Penhill Saltmarsh.

In the reserve a few Teal and a couple of Wigeon, and a flock of 60 or so Linnets feeding on the flotsam from the recent flooding.

Posted January 11th, 2013 at 11:13 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Thursday 10th January 2013

Broadsands

9 Cirls Buntings on seed in 2nd car park with 1 Reed Bunting. Around Marsh;1 Firecrest, 1 collybita Chiffchaff, 1 tristis Chiffchaff.

I couldn't even see the sea from the sea from the wall due the fog and low tide - never mind any divers or grebes!

Posted January 10th, 2013 at 10:03 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Exe Estuary cruise

The first Stuart Line birdwatching cruise of the year was greeted by fog, although it did clear as rain moved in. That said, some good birds were seen, with 13+ G C Grebes, Slavonian Grebe (Cockwood), c25 Shags, female-type Long-tailed Duck (Topsham-Turf), 4 Greenshank, very good numbers of Avocets and Black-tailed Godwits (approx 500 and 1000, respectively), c50 Golden Plover, adult Med Gull (Pole Sands) and a Guillemot (swimming along Exmouth beach).

Posted January 10th, 2013 at 6:07 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

After 10 years since retiring and covering the patch I finally nailed my bogy bird- standing in the rain at West Buckland I found my first patch Tree Creeper. Never has such a small bird on a gloomy day produced such a smile on my face.

On T'stone Marsh - 50 Teal, 27 Wigeon, 14 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, 40 Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe 1 Grey Wagtail, 30 Pied Wagtail ( to roost ) 1m Black Redstart. 14 Reed Bunting on my feeders

On South Huish Marsh - 65 Teal, 35 Wigeon, 4 Shoveler, 2 Pintail, 1 Little Grebe

Posted January 10th, 2013 at 6:04 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Ernesettle Creek, Plymouth

My first visit to Ernesettle Creek, Plymouth (and my last until the ground conditions improve, very wet and slippery, serious risk of taking a bad tumble) That said was pleased to six Red-breasted Merganser fly past in a line towards the Tamar Bridge, appeared to be one male, two female and three juveniles, a solitary Redshank, three Heron, small number of Wigeon (mostly males) and a couple of Curlew. Bullfinch alongside the treatment works.

Posted January 10th, 2013 at 2:33 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Wednesday 9th January 2013

Isley Marsh

Lots of birds on the high tide roost this afternoon in lovely light. All the usual stuff including 6 Spoonbill, more than 200 Teal, 100+ Widgeon, 1 Ruff  and lots of Snipe (more than I have ever seen at this site). Perahaps the biggest suprise was a Fox right in the middle of the marsh (see pic 4).
Attached a few Astroscoped snaps taken at 1920mm from 300-600 feet.

Snipe

Spoonbills

Lapwing

Fox

Posted January 9th, 2013 at 8:22 pm in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Birding remains pretty much the same - 40 Fieldfare, 40 Skylark, 20 Meadow Pipits, 4 Buzzards, 13 Stock Doves, 400 Starling  and a Stonechat this morning.

At lunchtime, a walk around Knackers Hole lane, Churchinford found amongst commoner species a Marsh Tit which, by my reckoning, was about 3 foot over the border into Devon!

Posted January 9th, 2013 at 7:57 pm in Bird News

Exminster marsh

Watched from 14:10 till 16:40

A very good afternoon around the marsh, walked along station road and soon found the female merlin hunting between the railway bridge and the motorway, 2 water rail were in the pool beside the bridge and a kingfisher, scanning through severall hundred lapwing proved rewarding with female ruff in fields between station road and the lagoon, another 2 water rail and a group of 6 chiffchaffs by lions rest industrial estate and the middle car park, 3 Cetti's warblers and 4 stonechat, a look from the canal bank produced 61+ golden plover, 15+ bar tailed godwits, 400+ dunlin , 50+ shoveler and 2 pintail, then around 15:45 a female hen harrier flew towards me from the motorway bridge it hunted between the middle car park and the canal bank for 10 mins before dropping down out of sight, on the walk back to exminster found a male merlin hunting between the lions rest industrial estate and the motorway to finish a very good couple of hours . 

Posted January 9th, 2013 at 6:55 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Heathfield

3 Waxwings (adult and 2 first winters) still early afternoon in estate, feeding on berries by footpath behind houses off Lower Cannon Road opposite Prince Rupert Way.

Posted January 9th, 2013 at 6:09 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

South Dartmoor

A soggy tramp around the Ryder's Hill/Huntingdon Warren area of the moor this afternoon produced a ringtail Hen Harrier, 57 Golden Plovers and 19 Fieldfares.

Posted January 9th, 2013 at 6:01 pm by Pat Mayer in Bird News

Braunton Great Field

A calm and dry evening so a quick Owl trip: 2 Little Owls and a Barn Owl at dusk.

Posted January 9th, 2013 at 5:57 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Slapton Ley and Beesands

  The Ring-necked Duck still, a Scaup in Ireland Bay, the Marsh Harrier out hunting, Cettis singing and Water Rail squealing.  Off the Monument 40+ Scoter.  Missed  a Firecrest by minutes!  At Beesands [mid afternoon] a feeding frenzy was taking place with 150+ Gannets, 150+ Razorbills, 80+ Guillemots and many Kittiwakes covering a small area. A very conservative count as so many were under water at any one time!  Many of the auks were just offshore in the end.  Quite a spectacle.

Posted January 9th, 2013 at 5:06 pm in Bird News

Soar

A full day looking for winter flocks turned up 260 skylark, 100 chaffinch, 40 linnet, 20 yellowhammer & a single reed bunting.

Also 4 snipe on the wetter areas and offshore 20 gannet & 72 shag.

Posted January 9th, 2013 at 4:56 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Wrafton / Velator

A few more ducks, 3 Gadwall, 5 Wigeon and about 10 Shoveler on the pond this afternoon.

Chiffchaff and 3 Goldcrests in the reserve. 

George Mudford saw 5 Purple Sandpipers at Capstone earlier, along with the 2 Black Redstarts.

Posted January 9th, 2013 at 4:01 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime visit today - the female Long-tailed Duck was off the goatwalk. Other highlights were a Water Rail and 5 Pintail.

Posted January 9th, 2013 at 3:06 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Baggy Pt

Common Scoters & female Eider still present at Baggy Pt but numbers falling off now after peaking in Dec 2012, 64 counted this morning.

 6 Rock Pipits & several Stonechats enjoying the sunshine.



Posted January 9th, 2013 at 1:13 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Capstone/ Ilfracombe

1200hrs

2 Black redstarts on the cliff face west side of capstone.

Posted January 9th, 2013 at 12:59 pm in Bird News

Tavistock Goosanders

Goosanders still on River Tavy behind the Pannier Market yesterday.

Posted January 9th, 2013 at 10:57 am by David Boddy in Bird News

Tuesday 8th January 2013

Thurlestone Bay

Duck numbers on both Marshes  unchanged . Of interest today - T'stone Marsh - Cettis Warbler, Male Black Redstart in the Close with a Green Woodpecker over.

Offshore a Red T Diver with a male Shoveler east, 2 Sanderling on the beach

On South Huish marsh - 80+ Lapwing, a 2w Med Gull, and a 1w Yellow legged Gull

Posted January 8th, 2013 at 5:49 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Great White Egret on the Taw/Torridge

A friend (Peter Jeffery) reported he saw a Great white egret flying low over the Torridge between the two Bideford bridges on Sunday afternoon. A different friend (Dave King) has just reported that he saw it at the waters edge off of Crow today.

Posted January 8th, 2013 at 5:20 pm in Bird News

Prawle and Beesands

Seawatching at Prawle ,0845-1045 produced westward passage of 630 auks nearly all Razorbill, 206 Gannets, 56 Kittiwakes and 4 Red-throated Divers. Late morning , Water Pipit feeding with Rock Pipits and 3 Chiffchaffs at west end of Horseley Cove, also 4 Turnstone, 2 Curlew and 21 Oystercatcher on the rocks. Fog and drizzle stopped observation by lunchtime.

I called in at Beesands afterwards and was surprised to see virtually no wildfowl on the lake-they must all be at Slapton.

Posted January 8th, 2013 at 4:28 pm in Bird News

Waxwings

Despite the clagged in dull weather,  found the four Waxwings at Heathfied around 9.30am, all four sat up in an Alder tree (on the footpath that runs up beside the shops near to Drum Way) Were happy just to preen and slow to feed, two flew down to the gutter of nearest house presumably to drink. Once feeding a cat came in under the berry trees and the Waxwings beat a hasty retreat.

Late morning visited Exeter services, three other birders present looking for the Waxwings. Found initially two sat in the Poplars just beyond the staff car park towards the exit lane, again very slow to feed, despite it being very quiet. Initially dropped down into the bushes on the bank above Costa before all four appeared and began to feed for a brief spell on the trees directly behind Costa.

The birds took on an alert posture and I thought I could hear other Waxwings calling, but only saw the four in sight, all four remained in the alert posture and soon moved off flying out towards the motorway.

Posted January 8th, 2013 at 3:26 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Exminster

The Rose-coloured Starling showed well briefly at around 2o'clock in the gardens of the houses on the left of Milbury Lane after a lunchtime search. Also a male Brambling in the churchyard with a small flock of Greenfinches

Posted January 8th, 2013 at 2:19 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Around the Exe

A few highlights from yesterday:

Dawlish Warren -  Black-necked Grebe still on Main Pond, Water Pipit & Rock Pipit in front of hide, a few auks & 12+ Great Crested Grebes offshore

Cockwood - 10 Goldeneye, Slavonian Grebe

Exminster Marshes - female Merlin north of middle car park at dusk (& possible 2nd bird present)

Posted January 8th, 2013 at 6:48 am by Will Salmon in Bird News

Monday 7th January 2013

Up-date Sunday Torbay boat trip

Just an update from Chris P's posting on Sunday's boat trip in Torbay is the numbers of Fulmar x 40, Black-necked Grebe x 5, Grey Heron x 15 and over 50 Oystercatchers in the Preston area of the Bay. Even before we set off a Kingfisher flew  past us in Paignton Harbour. Roll on next trip in two weeks time.

Posted January 7th, 2013 at 9:12 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

Good passage of Auks this morning - 215 east in 1 hour,( those which could be identified were Razorbill ),also 4 Kittiwake, 1 Fulmar , 45 Gannet .

A ringtail Hen Harrier flew down South Milton Ley valley

Posted January 7th, 2013 at 6:25 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Teignmouth

During 2 hours bird spotting within our large wildlife area at a Teignmouth primary school- on the edge of town - we saw 19 species of wild birds

Firstly a flock of around 30 starlings plus numerous blackbirds, woodpigeons,collared doves,magpies,crows, robins, dunnock, blue tit,coal tit,long-tailed tits,great tit, greenfinch,goldfinch, bullfinch, chaffinch, [lesser spotted woodpecker],siskin and a goldcrest

We were so busy birdwatching plus admiring new wildflowers whilst  enjoying  a coffee break we didn't actually do any work other than fill the bird feeders!

Posted January 7th, 2013 at 5:41 pm by Jean Gitsham in Bird News

Braunton marsh

1300-1500hrs

Horsey island held 1 female Merlin and 1 Male merlin.

Both sitting on fence posts a good distance apart.

Posted January 7th, 2013 at 4:49 pm in Bird News

I thought it was a Snipe !!

This afternoon a flock of Meadow Pipits landed in my field at South Brent, when I went to take a picture I saw in the middle of the field what I intially thought to be a Snipe, however it turned out to be a Quail, I suspect an escapee from someones avairy as I was able to catch it without any real difficulty.

Initial view
Initial view


By that time most of the Pipits had flown
By that time most of the Pipits had flown

Posted January 7th, 2013 at 4:11 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

R.Taw off Pottington ind Est, Barnstaple.

11:55 - 12:50

Goosander 11 ( 4 males and 7 Redheads); c350 Dunlin inc 1 ringed bird ( white ring on right lower leg with black alpha/numerics. Impossible to read on a clockwork orange!) ; 7 Grey Plover; 32 Sanderling: 1 Little Grebe; c3000 Lapwing and c1000 Golden Plover.

A quick search on-line reveals the possibility that the ringed Dunlin could be from a Polish project.

Bradiford Reserve - Only 14 Teal and 2 Wigeon.

Posted January 7th, 2013 at 3:14 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

AVETON GIFFORD

Sth Efford Marsh

Water Pipit 2 (far end near sluce- !muddy!) Meadow Pipit 30, Water Rail 2, curlew, Redshank, Greenshank in small numbers

per comm ENW

Posted January 7th, 2013 at 11:19 am by Alan Doidge in Bird News

Bradiford/Pottington

A few Teal and Wigeon in the reserve at Bradiford, and a Buzzard once agin on sentinel duty.

In the river 7 Goosander, and amongst a selection of waders a Bar-tailed Godwit.

Posted January 7th, 2013 at 10:45 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Ottery St Mary, 6th Jan

First time poster here, walking round Ottery yesterday managed to spot (in addition to the usual mix of garden birds) a couple of Bullfinches plus a Waxwing & 2 Goldcrests.

Posted January 7th, 2013 at 9:01 am by Ben Rowland in Bird News

Stoke Gabriel - Kingfisher and Otter

Stoke Gabriel millpond Sunday....2 x Little grebes, also a Kingfisher on opposite bank, perched for at least 30 minutes, just above a yellow rowing boat. Eventually disturbed by a family walking through woods, who reported an otter to me, at the junction of the Mill Creek, and the main river, south bank. They also reported seeing a very small owl (Little?) on the roof of their property the previous evening, very close to Preston Primary school.

Posted January 7th, 2013 at 5:55 am by Trevor Leaman in Bird News

Sunday 6th January 2013

Roadford Res Fri 4th January

 22 Goosander to evening roost at Roadford Res eastern end. 16 were males.   Also 24 Shoveler at inlet near viaduct.

Posted January 6th, 2013 at 10:42 pm by Brian Craven in Bird News

Tavistock

Three female goosanders on the River Tavy in Tavistock, just upstream of Abbey Bridge behind the Pannier Market.

Goosander, R Tavy Charlie Elder 6.1.13

(Charlie Elder)

Posted January 6th, 2013 at 9:57 pm in Bird News

Broadsands

As I was in the Torbay area today, I managed to spend an hour late morning at Broadsands. After chalking up the customary Cirl Bunting, I had a look at the bay, but was surprised by the total lack of grebes or divers. However two Fulmars had returned to the cliffs, and two Razorbills showed close to the beach. Returning to the car park area, I heard a squealing Water Rail and saw a noisy Jay, before finding the 'tristis'-type Chiffchaff in trees and bushes around the ditch between the two upper car park areas. This was accompanied by a 'normal' Chiffchaff and a single Goldcrest.

Posted January 6th, 2013 at 9:51 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

bowling green marsh and topsham

A good weekend around the marsh and topsham 

Today from the hide 10:30 till 12:30 a male sparrowhawk spent most of the time sat on post in the reeds on the far side from the hide after causing panic among the waders, counting very hard but at least 80+ snipe, 100+ lapwing, 120+ bar tailed godwits, 800+ black tailed godwits, 300+ dunlin, water rail, 2 cetti's warblers, 400+ wigeon, 3 tufted duck, 2 grey plover, 2 knot, 2 little grebes, 5 avocet

Earlier from goat walk the female long tailed duck showed well, great spotted woodpecker, 4 goldcrest, 9 long tailed tits

Exminster , the rose coloured starling showed in milbury lane 

Exminster marsh 300+ snipe, 50+ shoveler good numbers off lapwing and wigeon female sparrowhawk gadwall pochards and tufted duck on the lagoon and 2 pintail 

Late post for saturday: topsham rec 08:30 till 09:30 54+ snipe included 1 jack snipe and a possible second bird, of goat walk 2 med gulls (1 ad, 1 2w)

Bowling green marsh, 350+ avocet , 250+ bar tailed godwit, 500+ dunlin my highest count on the marsh, 2 water rail, 5 tufted duck, 1 greenshank, 150+ snipe 

Posted January 6th, 2013 at 8:13 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

River Dart

Kayaking down the river Dart today.  

Plenty of Dipper and a few Grey Wagtail but not a single Kingfisher or Heron.  Best was 6 Goosander near Totnes.

Also, a Terrapin!

Posted January 6th, 2013 at 7:28 pm by George Wall in Bird News

Torbay boat trip 8.30-11.10 am

Calm but dull conditions. Totals will be posted by Terry later but provisional list is: fulmars back at breeding sites, red throated diver 1, great northern diver 2, great crested grebe 2, black necked grebe 2, common scoter ~30, red breasted merganser 1, shelduck 2, purple sandpiper 6, turnstone 3, little egret 1, grey heron ~10?. In Good numbers of guillemot and razorbill in the middle of the bay, with scattered gannet and 1-2 kittiwake. Also 2 grey seals.

Purple sandpiper, Brixham Harbour
Purple sandpiper, Brixham Harbour

Razorbills, Torbay
Razorbills, Torbay

Grey seal with flatfish.
Grey seal with flatfish.

Posted January 6th, 2013 at 5:47 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

 

Offshore this morning - 7 Red Throated Diver flew west, 10 Common Scoter, 1 Shelduck, 1 Fulmar, 14 Wigeon -west, 20 + Gannet, 2 Kittiwake, 1 Common Gull.

On T'stone Marsh - 65 Teal, 8 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall, 6 Wigeon .

On South Huish marsh -  40 Teal, 15 Wigeon, 5 Shoveler, 2 Pintail, 70 Lapwing, 4 Snipe, 1 Dunlin.

Bob B reports at S M Ley - 20 Chiffchaff, and a Green woodpecker

Posted January 6th, 2013 at 5:37 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

news from Slapton

Had a great days birding at Slapton today, lots of water fowl around benefiting from the abundance of water weed that flourished after the heavy floods in June.

Partial counts for the lower ley:

Coot 139, Tufted Duck 159, Pochard 44, Gadwall 56, Mallard 43, Goldeneye 9 (including 3 M), Ring Necked Duck 1 F (Off Torcross car park Hide), Mute Swan 15, Shoveller 1M, Little Grebe 3, Black Necked Grebe 2, Mooorhen 24, Water Rail 2, Common Snipe 18, Canada Goose 77, Great Crested Grebe 5, Common Gull 62, B H Gull 38,

In the bay:

Great Northern Diver 2, Slavonian Grebe 1, Great crested Grebe 5, Black Throated Diver 2, Common Scoter 33, Razorbill 1.

Slapton Bridge:

Firecrest 1, Chiffchaff 1, Goldcrest 1. Cetti's warbler 3 singing in H Ley.

Posted January 6th, 2013 at 5:11 pm by Nik Ward in Bird News

Please note

Devon Birds would like to take this opportunity to remind website users of the purpose of the Bird News Blog,  Bird News being the optimum words.

Also within the Devon Birds website is a Forum where opinions can be aired and discussions made.  Some of the more recent posts would perhaps have been better suited here.

Steve, I understand your reaction but I'm sure the comment wasn't aimed at you, your photo was taken the day before.

However Devon Birds would remind members (and others) to always act responsibly and put the birds' welfare first.

For any photographers it is well worth reading the ‘Bird Photography Code of Practice’ available under ‘Useful links’ on the right-hand side of the screen.

Posted January 6th, 2013 at 4:51 pm in Bird News

Early breeding

5th Jan

On a pond near Mamhead a family of 5 fluffy ducklings and a female mallard.

anyone else seen any early ducklings?

Posted January 6th, 2013 at 4:43 pm by Nik Ward in Bird News

Capstone Ilfracombe

1400-1430 hrs

6 Turnstone,5 Purple sandpiper and 6 Rock pipit on the rocks at the rear of Capstone.

The Black redstart was on the cliff face on the west side of capstone by preachers rock

Posted January 6th, 2013 at 3:21 pm in Bird News

darts farm

I am a little disappoited to read the recent post about photographers being the cause of the lack of Bramblings at the bird table.

As I have recently posted my Brambling photograph on this website it implies that i was one of these people...I would like to make it clear that my photographs were taken from inside the hide on Friday and at NO point did I venture any closer.

I understand the concerns but as this is only an assumption that the photographer or photographers in question have caused the birds not to feed at the table I urge posters to think about what they post as I am sure many people willassume I am the person in question. Perhaps these posts should be on a discussion page.....or maybe I should not share any of my images with this site!

Posted January 6th, 2013 at 2:06 pm by Steve Hatch in Bird News

Baggy Point diver

It is a Red-throated Diver - by far the easiest way to sort out a Black-throated from Red-throated diver is the amount of white and dark on the neck this bird shows way too much white for a Black-throated Diver. Red-throated looks mostly white necked with a thin blackish or dark line down the rear of the neck so even from a back end view, white should be seen on both sides of the neck. A black-throated will appear entirely dark necked from a rear view as the dark neck sides leave only a thin wedge of white on the front of the neck. Black-throated are also much more club shaped in the head with a thinner neck. black throated are also much darker around the face than Red-throated Diver.

So from the angle that Rob took the photo a Black-throated Diver whould probably only show a very limited amount of white on the neck and a little more (but no where near as much as this bird) white on the face.

Far too much emphisis is put on the flank markings for Black-throated Diver although they always show this feature (which Robs bird doesn't) Red-throated can show equally white thigh marks too.

Posted January 6th, 2013 at 1:22 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Baggy Point diver

Looks like a Black-throated, appears too dark for Red & 'hood' has fairly smooth edge extending below eye.

Posted January 6th, 2013 at 12:50 pm by Mike Moxon in Bird News

River Caen

A larg-ish flock of Black-headed Gulls were finding something to feed on on the rising tide this morning between Velator harbour and the Toll House. Also there were 7 Little Grebes.

Nearby on Wrafton Pond 3 Gadwall 3 Wigeon and 8 Shoveler and hiding in the reeds two Teal.

Posted January 6th, 2013 at 11:55 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Saturday 5th January 2013

Velator reserve

First ringing session of the year today. I fear the Finches have rumbled where the nets are and I'm not catching many now the winter is dragging on. So only 20 of four species today. Somewhat surprised by the number of new Blue Tits - 10, and another 11 or so retrapped. Also retrapped a Chiffchaff ringed in December, and saw another which frustratingly dodged under another net, doubly frustrating as it looked a bit grey, needless to say I didn't see it again. Unusual bird of the day was a Snipe which dodged in and out of the reserve without finding a net.

Posted January 5th, 2013 at 10:24 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Around the Axe

Few good sightings around the Axe today; two Jack Snipe on Colyford Common (SW, GH), a Firecrest alongside the Estuary (IM) and two Redpoll feeding alongside a ditch at Seaton Marshes (KH).

Posted January 5th, 2013 at 7:49 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Prawle

2 goes at seawatching today, early AM and early PM. Nothing too spectacular, but 11 Red-throated and 1 Great Northern Diver, as well as small numbers of Gannets, Kittiwakes and Fulmars.  There was as usual a lot of Auk activity, with 580 east in the morning, and 790 west in the afternoon, mostly Razorbills today. 12 Common Gulls past were also noteworthy.

A soggy walk along the front (what happened to the quiet, dry spell of weather we were promised?), produced a Black Redstart (Langerstone Point) and 2 Water Pipits in Horseley Cove.

At Slapton Bridge in fading light, a good candidate for a tristis Chiffchaff showed up.

Posted January 5th, 2013 at 7:45 pm by Pat Mayer in Bird News

Plymouth

The Lesser Yellowlegs still showing well on Ernesettle Creek today. As usual it's favouring the slipway area just off the football pitch. Thirty five Black tailed Godwit were also here including a colour ringed bird.

Further down river off the sewage works were sixty five Avocet and around eighty Wigeon also a scattering of Teal. Hundreds of gulls in to roost here but tricky to make out in the fading light. (and I was hungry)!

Nearby in the remnants of Ernesettle Marsh were two Reed Buntings, a Firecrest, one Chiffchaff and a couple of Snipe. I was hoping for a Jack Snipe but more chance of black snow !!

Posted January 5th, 2013 at 7:17 pm in Bird News

Diver - Baggy Point

This Diver at Baggy Point this morning.  

 Red throated or Black throated?


Posted January 5th, 2013 at 6:27 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Broadsands

On sea: 3 Great Northern Divers, 4 Red-throated Divers (3 flew off) 35 Common Scoter, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Black-necked Grebe.

2 tristis Chiffchaffs in marsh and 2 collybita Chiffchaffs, 8 Cirl buntings on seed in 2nd car park.

Morrisons (Paignton) car park: 1 Woodcock flew out W over carpark at 5.05pm 

Posted January 5th, 2013 at 6:23 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Swan at Weare Gifford

1 whooper swan and 1 little egret and canada geese (30)

Posted January 5th, 2013 at 5:20 pm by David & Gillian Churchill in Bird News

Bonaparte's Gull

Bonaparte's Gull on damaged sea wall at Langstone Rock at 1400.

Also 80+ Great Crested Grebe, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 adult Gannet and a Razorbill in Dawlish Bay

Posted January 5th, 2013 at 4:56 pm by Ray Jones in Bird News

Torquay - Living Coasts

3 Purple Sands late afternoon on rocks on outer wall of Torquay Harbour.

Posted January 5th, 2013 at 4:52 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Odd gull at Exeter Quay

No idea - have been through every species, none match. Too far away to photo on my phone, so no pic unfortunately.

In with herring gulls at Trew's Weir flood relief channel. Same size/build & body plumage as adult winter herring gull, but head nothing like it.

Black bill, small black eye, white head with winter grey specks on nape. Best way to describe is body of adult winter herring gull, head of slender-billed gull, but not as pointy.

Any ideas? Possibly some sort of hybrid gull?

Posted January 5th, 2013 at 4:07 pm by Alfie Pugh in Bird News

Torquay (Chelston)

2 Firecrest on and off for 30 minutes in back garden in Cornacre Road this afternoon  A very welcome addition to the garden list!. Also, the regular female Blackcap.

Posted January 5th, 2013 at 3:16 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Anchorwood Bank, Barnstaple.

12:50 - 13:50

6 Grey Plover; c250 Dunlin; 21 Sanderling; 6 Common Gulls and 1 Mediterranean Gull (2W).

Posted January 5th, 2013 at 2:44 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Heathfield Waxwings

Four Waxwings in Lower Cannon Road at 11:30 this morning. At least one of them was an adult male (note the prominent V marks on the primary tips in the token shot below). It's intriguing how such an erratic visitor turns up in different years at certain locations (M5 Services, for example).  A few years ago there were Waxwing at Heathfield, often seen along the central reservation of the A38. Perhaps adults return to places that have kept them alive in recent years - I wonder if this adult had been to Heathfield before? They also like to roost in conifers, so the close proximity of Stover and Great Plantation could be a bonus.

Adult male Waxwing, Heathfield
Adult male Waxwing, Heathfield

Posted January 5th, 2013 at 2:10 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Darts Farm.

I agree with Gareth. The birds were clearly too frightened to come to the bird table due to the close proximity of photographers.

Posted January 5th, 2013 at 1:48 pm by David Turrell in Bird News

Darts Farm

A distinct lack of brambling today, this is mainly due to a group of photographers intent on standing outside the hide and walking around the ponds.

Please think of the wildlife and the general public who come to see not just the brambling but other birds on the wetlands.

Posted January 5th, 2013 at 1:23 pm by Gareth Williams in Bird News

Friday 4th January 2013

Ton-up around the Exe

An excellent 'big day' around the 'greater Exe Estuary' today, with 104 species (including the Waxwings at Exeter Services and Woodcock and Tawny Owl on Haldon at dusk).  Highlights were Black-necked & Slavonian Grebe at the Warren, at least 32 Gadwall at Exminster Marshes lagoon, Long-tailed Duck at Topsham, 8 Goldeneye at Cockwood, Spotted Redshank at Powderham, Little Owl at Starcross and Bramblings, Cirl Bunting and the Rose-coloured Starling at Exminster.

Juv/first winter Rose-coloured Starling at Exminster taken on 1 January
Juv/first winter Rose-coloured Starling at Exminster taken on 1 January

Posted January 4th, 2013 at 10:45 pm by Dave Smallshire & Andy & Gill Swash in Bird News

Bramblings at dart farm

Two Bramblings showing well today at Darts farm on the bird table together with Reed Buntings, greenfinch, and Goldfinch.


Posted January 4th, 2013 at 10:09 pm by steve hatch in Bird News

Bystock Reserve

Late morning a male Firecrest showed well in Wrights Lane, just outside the entrance to Wrights Cottage. Also in this spot were Treecreeper, Goldcrest, a pair of Bullfinches and a pair of Ravens. Good sightings of Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers and Nuthatches around the reserve, plus 2 Mistle Thrushes, the male in full song. The main pond had 6 Canada Geese.

On adjacent Withycombe Raleigh Common were 4 Siskins (in trees bordering the football pitches) and another Green Woodpecker. 

Posted January 4th, 2013 at 9:57 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Exe

female Long-tailed Duck was off Topsham this morning. Also a few Red-breasted Mergansers & at least 250 Avocet.

A Guillemot & Grey Seal were between Dawlish & Exmouth

The 4 Waxwings still on mound at Exeter Services

Posted January 4th, 2013 at 9:12 pm by Mike Moxon in Bird News

Heathfield Waxwings

4 Waxwings early afternoon at Heathfield in the Canon Road area, feeding on berries in a cul-de-sac behind the row of shops.

Posted January 4th, 2013 at 8:35 pm by Pat Mayer in Bird News

NW Devon

Off Hartland Point 24 Red-throated Divers and one Black-throated (unusual off there), 4+ Harbour Porpoises.

Stopping off at B.Moor late pm - a very good raptor show which included: 7 Hen Harriers (4 males and 3 ringtails into roost), also Barn Owl, Merlin and 2 Sparrowhawks. Also huge numbers of Starlings heading south to the nearby roost. 

Posted January 4th, 2013 at 7:47 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

On T'stone Marsh this am - 18 Gadwall, 16 Shoveler, 40 Teal, 10 Wigeon, 20 Lapwing ( over )

At S H Marsh - 50 Teal, 15 Wigeon, 4 Shoveler, 2 Pintail, 1 Little Grebe.60 Lapwing ( over )

Offshore- 1 Great N Diver -east, 1 Fulmar.

On the flats a 1st w Black Redstart,

AT S M Ley - 20 Chiffchaff, 6 Water Rail

Posted January 4th, 2013 at 6:12 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Slapton (and Ernesettle)

A productive visit this morning- The female Ring-Necked Duck still at Torcross viewed from the main car park in amongst a large number of Ducks, predominantly Tufted Duck and Gadwall.  Also 2 Black-Necked Grebe in front of the main hide. At least 10 Goldeneye, including 3 males, Little Grebe and the hybrid Red-Crested Pochard x Tufted Duck. On the sea, a Great Northern Diver off Torcross, and a Slavonian Grebe, Red-Throated Diver and 25 Common Scoter off the central car park. A Kingfisher by the bridge with 2 Cettis Warbler's and 2 Water Rails calling. The highlight however was the female Marsh Harrier that flew down the roadside of the Lower Ley and then watched later overhead at Stokeley Pond.

The Lesser Yellowlegs still in Ernesettle Creek, on a dropping tide, loosely with 2 Greenshank viewed from the slipway by the football pitch, east of the sunken boat.

On the way home, 15 Muscovy Ducks on the River Dart between Buckfast and Austin's Bridge.

Posted January 4th, 2013 at 5:48 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

During a quick visit today the Bearded Tit showed itself briefly but long enough for me to get a photo! The Black-necked Grebe was also still present, a very dull day for photographs though!

Bearded Tit
Bearded Tit

Posted January 4th, 2013 at 5:32 pm by Rob Cross in Bird News

Exminster Marshes Friday 4th January

Two water rails seen, lower car park and ditch near turf.  Four others heard but not seen.

Two Cettis heard along canal.

Kingfisher at Turf.

Chiffchaff along lane at Lions Rest.

Great Tits in song.

Posted January 4th, 2013 at 5:17 pm by Patrick Case in Bird News

Slapton ley - Bittern

Bittern seen twice this afternoon (Friday) and confirmed by another birder. Also single Kingfisher, minimum 3 x Cettis, and a Stonechat, all viewed from the bridge across the road that splits the ley. At Torcross picked up Scaup, Goldeneye, and the Ring necked Duck.

Bowcombe Creek, 8 x R B Mergansers.

Posted January 4th, 2013 at 5:03 pm by Trevor Leaman in Bird News

Berry Head

RSPB inshore survey turned up 2 great northern divers, 4 harbour porpoises & a grey seal

On the cliffs 13 fulmars & 440 guillemots.

Posted January 4th, 2013 at 4:33 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Braunton

A large Accipiter circled slowly over my house this morning, but I eventually decided it must be a female Sparrowhawk.

4 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall 6 Shoveler 1 Little Grebe on Wrafton Pond.

3 Goldcrests in the reserve, Cetti's calling nearby. Also some Primroses in flower!

A Peregrine flew over high above down lane.

Posted January 4th, 2013 at 3:55 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Thanks

Just a quick thank you to the people who replied to my Black Brant request.  I now have the finders name, a written description and serveral photographs of the bird. For a rarity like this, the Devon Birds Record Committee can never have enough to look at - so if you were going to send something in for it, please still do.

To keep this post true to the blog, the Bewick's Swans were still on the Axe yesterday, with a Black Redstart at the Yacht Club.

Posted January 4th, 2013 at 3:35 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

River Caen/River Taw

1130-1430hrs   100+Blackheaded gull some almost with hoods.8 Little grebe,2 Greenshank,40+Redshank 100+Dunlin,10 Grey plover,2000+Lapwing and 3000+ Golden plover. Isley marsh held good numbers of Curlew,wigeon and Teal also 4 Spoonbill.

Posted January 4th, 2013 at 3:25 pm in Bird News

Broadsands

Nothing much on the sea at all despite great viewing conditions

33 Common Scoter, and a Black-necked Grebe were all that were noteworthy

On the marsh were 3 colybita Chiffchaff and I only saw the 1 trisits type bird today. Firecrest was present and seen by another birder although I could not locate it.

Below are some shots that I 'phonescoped' with an iphone 4S connected to my scope with Kowa's new adaptor for iphones.

I have started a thread on the adaptor here if anyone is interested in further info

http://forum.devonbirds.org/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=83&p=503#p503

Cirl Bunting, J.Marshall (iphone pic)
Cirl Bunting, J.Marshall (iphone pic)

Cirl Bunting, J.Marshall (iphone pic)
Cirl Bunting, J.Marshall (iphone pic)

Posted January 4th, 2013 at 2:28 pm by Josh Marshall in Bird News

Long Wood

A nice stroll around Long Wood this morning produce 2 Firecrests, 7 Goldcrests, 2 Nuthatches, 1 Treecreeper and plenty of Great, Blue and Long-tailed Tits with acouple of Coal Tits as well. Also 2 Roe Deer’s running along the railway track.

Posted January 4th, 2013 at 1:48 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Bird News

Braunton Marshes - Broadsands - Mouth of Taw & Torridge |Estuary

This morning 1 Short eared Owl flying SE from Braunton Marshes

across the Toll Road, over Horsey Island & over the Taw Estuary

towards the south side.

Also 1 Great Northern Diver at the mouth of the Taw & Torridge Estuary & 68 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin & 1 Sanderling at Broadsands in the Taw Estuary

Posted January 4th, 2013 at 12:54 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Stover Country Park - 09.30 today

300+ common snipe, female goosander, 1 great crested grebe 11 pochard, 5 tufted duck, 1 kingfisher, one heron, 2 cormorant, 3 drumming great spotted woodpeckers, 2 song thrush singing, 1 redpoll, 3 bullfinch, 3 marsh tit.  (Jon Avon)

Goosander Stover Debbie Metcalfe

Photo Debbie Metcalfe

Posted January 4th, 2013 at 11:05 am in Bird News

Thursday 3rd January 2013

Dawlish Warren

The Bearded Tit reappeared briefly at the main pond today before flying off. Also on the pond was the Black-necked Grebe. There were 3 Slavonian Grebes on site with 2 offshore and 1 on the estuary with 3 Goldeneye.

Bearded Tit
Bearded Tit

Posted January 3rd, 2013 at 7:29 pm by Laurie A in Bird News

Starlings ~ South Brent

Just after 4pm today 03/01/13 I noticed a large flock of Starlings in the canopy of a mature Ash at the bottom of my grounds, the poor light and constant arrival of new birds negated any chance of a count, but there must have been at least 300 if not far more than that.

The images only show about half of the gathered birds which lifted off enmass flying towards South Brent

Starlings S Brent Steve Hopper

Posted January 3rd, 2013 at 5:00 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Hen Harrier - Powderham

Ringtail Hen Harrier flying through Powderham Estate in direction of Powderham Corner at 12-30.

Also Grey Seal on estuary between Starcross Yacht Club and Kenn outfall 

Posted January 3rd, 2013 at 4:26 pm by Ray Jones in Bird News

Ernesettle Creek

  The Lesser Yellow Legs was still there mid morning feeding with a Spotted Redshank near the slipway.  Also 3 Greenshanks, another Spotted and 30+ Teal.

Posted January 3rd, 2013 at 4:14 pm in Bird News

Exeter Services-Waxwings

The 4 Waxwing were showing very well late morning at least, around Costa. Spending most of thier time in the low bushes and trees at the top of the large mound behind Costa.

Posted January 3rd, 2013 at 3:16 pm by Jacob Wood in Bird News

Dawlish Bay

I quick scan from the front door this afternoon revealed 146 Great Crested Grebe, my highest count here.  Also a few Red-throated Diver, a scattering of auks and two Med Gulls.

Posted January 3rd, 2013 at 3:02 pm by Ivan Lakin in Bird News

Wrafton

On the pond this morning a drake Wigeon, a drake Gadwall and 6 Shoveler. Couple of calling Water Rails and a brief shout from a Cetti's Warbler.

In the reserve, 2/3 Water Rails, Goldcrest and a few more Finches than of late including a striking male Bullfinch. Nearby from the new bridge to Tesco, a Dipper and 6 Siskins.

Posted January 3rd, 2013 at 1:46 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Broadsands

In the bay.

Really quiet - 2 Red-throated Diver, 1Black-necked Grebe, 29 Common Scoter. A few Great-crested Grebe also. Large amount of Gannets feedingout in the bay.

In the marsh

Firecrest, 2 trisitis type Chiffchaff with 4 other standard birds. 3 Siskin, 7 Goldcrest, Grey Wagtail.

Cirl Buntings were around but due to disturbance I didnt count any numbers.

Chiffchaff (tristis type) J.Marshall
Chiffchaff (tristis type) J.Marshall

Posted January 3rd, 2013 at 1:18 pm by Josh Marshall in Bird News

Skern 08:15 - 09:35

1 adult Med Gull; c70 Redshank; 1 Little Grebe; 2 Little Egret; 33 Grey Plover; 7 Turnstone; 3 Pintail (1 male,2 female); 56 Wigeon; c50 Dark-bellied Brent; 14 Bar-tailed Godwit; 2 Knot; 77 Shelduck; c250 O/catcher; c50 Curlew; c 150 Lapwing; 11 G.B.B Gull. Didn`t count Black-headed Gulls or Herring Gulls. 

 

Posted January 3rd, 2013 at 10:25 am by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Wednesday 2nd January 2013

Ernesettle

Couldn't find the Lesser Yellowlegs during a visit around mid day, but not surprising as the tide was well out. Also no sign of any Spoonbills but the Spotted Redshank was showing well by the bridge.

Posted January 2nd, 2013 at 8:13 pm by Pat Mayer in Bird News

Okehampton

A trudge through a sedgy marsh on a friends farm produced 5-6 Jack Snipe and only 8  Common Snipe - not a bad ratio! I had been told there had been quite a lot of snipe that looked and flushed like Jack Snipe, many more than the land owner had seen before (normally 0- 2 per flush). After seeing the count from Bob Burridge it must be worth checking 'regular' Jack Snipe sites.    

Clennon Valley 1st Jan: 1 Black Redstart on houses on North side of Brantwood Drive.

Posted January 2nd, 2013 at 7:08 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Velator reserve

Er, a late visit this afternoon after a very disappointing day with drizzle going on and on. A Water Rail and a Sparrowhawk were the highlights although arriving as dusk was falling shows big numbers of Wood Pigeon using the reserve to roost - I counted about 50.

Posted January 2nd, 2013 at 6:29 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

On T'stone Marsh this am - 20 GADWALL, 16 SHOVELER, 10 WIGEON, 60 TEAL.

Waders on the beaches at high tide - 12 Ringed Plover, 11 Turnstone, 2 Sanderling.

On South H Marsh - 1female Pintail, 28 Teal, 20 Wigeon, 1 Water Pipit.1 Little Grebe

Offshore - 15 Gannet, 1 female Eider flew east and 30 Wigeon -west.

Finally at 13.45 a female Black Redsart in my garden

Posted January 2nd, 2013 at 6:22 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Between 4.00 and 5.00 pm a female merlin was sitting on various posts to the north of Station road. Elsewhere c60 shoveller were in one flock unlike the wigeon and teal. Heard water rails from 7 locations and Cettis from 3. On the canal one kingfister. Flock of 250 brents flew south from near the motorway. About 200 lapwing flying around as were a few snipe. Flock of c40 linnets were in the canal-side car park.

Earlier in the day one brambling on the seed feeders in my garden. Still waiting for the starling to visit.

Posted January 2nd, 2013 at 5:40 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton

A brief visit to the seafront late afternoon, produced an adult Mediterranean Gull west with large Black-headed Gull flock at 1540hrs and a first-winter Little Gull sat on the sea at 1555hrs.

Posted January 2nd, 2013 at 5:04 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Exmouth

Orcombe Point- 17 common scoter and 1+ red-throated diver offshore. Also c45+ chaffinch, c40+ skylark and 7 snipe.

Mudbank - first winter little gull briefly @ 1145, adult mediterranean gull, c60+ common gull, 4 goldeneye and 6 shoveler.

Hayes Barton pig farm - 8+ red-legged partridge and a finch/bunting flock of c200+ chaffinch, 1 brambling, c10+ yellowhammer, c5+ reed bunting, 3 goldfinch, 3 house sparrow and 3 presumed common redpoll.

Exmouth Docks - male black redstart.

Posted January 2nd, 2013 at 4:16 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Darts Farm & Woodbury Common

At least 4 Brambling continue to show well at Darts Farm and a partially leucistic Dark-bellied Brent Goose present with the main flock, all visible from the hide this morning. Also late news from 28th December where a ringtail Hen Harrier was hunting on Woodbury Common late pm, but no sign since.

Male Brambling by Chris TownendLeucistic Brent Goose by Chris Townend

Posted January 2nd, 2013 at 3:42 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Rose-coloured Starling

After 8 attempts and some help from Julian I finally caught up with it showing well with it flying in and out of gardens either side of the lane.



Posted January 2nd, 2013 at 2:55 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Around the Exe

The Rose-coloured Starling was showing well in Milbury Lane, Exminster mid morning. Also a male Brambling and a male Blackcap around the churchyard.

The Black-necked Grebe  was still present on the main pond at Dawlish Warren late morning. 3 Water Rails were calling from the flooded entrance bushes area. 5 Red-throated Divers flew south together at 1135.

The female Long-tailed Duck was on the main pool at Bowling Green Marsh at 1220 and a Water Rail was out in the open near the lane.

Posted January 2nd, 2013 at 2:39 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

off Lincombe Bay (low water)

Little Gull 1w feeding Charleton Bay then N toward Kingsbridge at 1345hrs.

BarWit 11 and Little Grebe 12

Posted January 2nd, 2013 at 2:15 pm by Alan Doidge in Bird News

Exeter Services

Waxwings, four birds feeding on the berry laden trees behind Costa, moving between these berry trees and the Poplars by the entrance.

Best place to see them being the Costa patio area, (enter main building and exit onto the patio).

Posted January 2nd, 2013 at 12:55 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Darts farm

Kestrel and Kingfisher showing well, several Brambling visiting the feeding station by the hide, good numbers of both Canadian and Brent geese of the fields in front of the hides.

Small number of Black Tailed Godwits on the fields.

Area unpassable unless your in wellies

Posted January 2nd, 2013 at 12:52 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Bowling Marsh Green

Somewhat fewer birds than in recent weeks, that said, large numbers of Widgeon & Teal, good numbers of Shell duck and Shoveller, one male Pintailed Duck, one distant small Grebe species (still trying to ID it)

Large numbers of Black Tailed Godwits some males of which were begining to colour up round the head, neck & breast, Godwits were in company with a good number of Avocet 200 plus

Male Sparrow Hawk passed close by at the estuary platform, where a few Brent Geese were seen flying up river.

Bird were very jumpy today, area reeked of fox so that may have been the issue

Posted January 2nd, 2013 at 12:48 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

North Devon Black Brant; A Plea...

I have read and seen many reports of Black Brant from the River Taw in February/March 2012.  But as yet have not seen any description or photographs of it. 

Black Brant is a very rare bird in the county - so it is vital we get a good description and documentation of this record.  If you can help please get in touch.

Many thanks,

Steve Waite

Posted January 2nd, 2013 at 12:03 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Tuesday 1st January 2013

Around the exe

A very enjoyable with 92 species seen in the day the highlights being 

Bowling green marsh 08:40 till 10:30 the female long tailed duck still showing well , 2 water rail, 350+ avocet, 250+ bar tailed godwits, kingfisher, 16+ snipe, 2 knot, grey plover, 100+ dunlin, 4 pintail, 40+ lapwing, cetti's warbler good numbers of black tailed godwits, wigeon,teal. 

Darts farm , 6+ brambling , kingfisher, reed bunting 

Exeter motorway services , the 4 waxwing showed very well next to Costa 

Dawlish warren , the black necked grebe was on the main pond with a little grebe also sparrowhawk and a red throated diver west 

Finally last visit of the day was to exmnister and the rose coloured starling was viewable in milbury lane at 15:45 

Posted January 1st, 2013 at 10:39 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Isley Marsh - Yelland

Pintail in amongst the wigeon just off the marsh towards the old jetty. Excellent views of a male peregrine that was perched on a fallen tree exposed at low tide in the middle of the estuary.

Huge teal and lapwing flocks along with the usual

Posted January 1st, 2013 at 8:01 pm by Tom Williams in Bird News

Exminster

The Rose Coloured Starling showing well in Milbury Lane at 13.50. Also 4 Brambling in Milbury lane on the right hand side where it starts to go over the by pass. The good start to the year didn't last long as i had a flat tyre when i got back to the car!

Posted January 1st, 2013 at 7:27 pm in Bird News

Prawle

A nice little seawatch to start the year (08.00 - 10:30), providing both quality and quantity. Final totals; 1 Great Northern Diver, 42 Red-throated Divers (+1 unidentified diver), 240 Gannets, 4 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Common Scoter, 274 Kittiwakes and just short of 3000 Auks, the balance slightly in favour of Razorbill. (Everything west),

Tramping around in the mud produced 170 Lapwings, Green Sandpiper (over), Woodcock, 2 Med Gulls, Water Pipit (possibly 2) in Horseley Cove, 3 Chiffchaffs (1 grey), and 6 Goldcrests.

(Among my new year resolutions are to try and find time to post more often on this blog, find a first for Britain at Prawle that hangs around, oh, and to lose weight!)

Posted January 1st, 2013 at 7:00 pm by Pat Mayer in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Torcross Lower Ley

RN Duck 1wf, veiw from road Torcross Village, BN Grebe 2 from Torcross Car Park, Scaup 1wm with Tufties, Goldeneye 2 mf, Little Grebe 6.


Posted January 1st, 2013 at 6:43 pm by Alan Doidge in Bird News

Heathfield

2 Waxwing sitting in tree top on south side of Lower Cannon Road, Heathfield, SX831456, at 14.00 hrs

Posted January 1st, 2013 at 6:35 pm in Bird News

Roundham Head, Paignton

1 Black Redstart, male on rooftops around Cliff Road, has been present since 2nd December tends to feed on Palm berries in Cliff Road. Also an unseasonal Peacock Butterfly in garden today.

Posted January 1st, 2013 at 6:15 pm by Paul Nunn in Bird News

Puslinch - River Yealm

 Bob Burridge  has asked me to post his sightings this pm - 5 Jack Snipe and 100+ Snipe

Posted January 1st, 2013 at 6:02 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

A good start to 2013 - a day without rain. - This am on T'stone Marsh - 100 Teal, 15 Gadwall, 7 Shoveler, 6 Wigeon ( + 20 over ),  10 Snipe , 1 Lapwing .

Around the village this pm - Green Woodpecker, 2 Great sp Woodpecker, 2 f Bl;ackcap.

At S M Ley - Yellowhammer, Bullfinch, 15 + Chiffchaff, Grey Wagtail, 2 Water Rail, 3 Cettis Warbler,

8 Redwing

Posted January 1st, 2013 at 5:59 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Waxwings at the services

4 remaining Waxwings continue to show well and can be found from Costa to the far side of the petrol station.


Posted January 1st, 2013 at 4:27 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Down End and Baggy - part two!

Unlike Rob I couldn't find any Scoter at Down End, so I headed out to Baggy and found only 66 Common Scoter, but also the female Eider. A lone Fulmar cruising on the strong wind. 4 Stonechats along the path.

Back in Braunton, Wrafton pond has 6 Shoveler and 2 drake Gadwall. Nought  of note in the reserve.

Birdy New Year to all!

Posted January 1st, 2013 at 4:26 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

15 Goosanders (4 females); 60+ Mallard; 47 Teal, 4 Tufted Ducks, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker; 2 Nuthatches, Blue, Great and Coal Tits, 3 Jays, 11 Snipe, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kingfisher.

Harvey Kendall 

Posted January 1st, 2013 at 3:51 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Exeter M5 services

Four Waxwing this afternoon near Costa Coffee.

Posted January 1st, 2013 at 3:28 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Broadsands

On sea: 2 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Great Northern Diver, 26 Common Scoter, 19 Razorbill, 1 Shelduck, 1 Mute Swan, 15 Great Crested Grebe. Lots of Gannet and Kitiwakes feeding out in bay. (another B-nG at Preston and 1 GND there too)

Around marsh and car park: 20 Cirl bunting and 2 Reed Bunting on seed, 4 collybita Chiffchaff  and 2 tristis type Chiffchaffs. 1 Firecrest and 3 Goldcrest.

Posted January 1st, 2013 at 1:26 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Downend & Baggy

At last a day without it raining up here in N.Devon!

One female Eider still present at Downend with 26 female Common Scoters.

Exactly 70 Common Scoters at Baggy - 69 females + one male

but not all together in one flock.

Posted January 1st, 2013 at 12:52 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Stover

Count of in excess of 150 Black Headed Gulls, 1 Greater Blacked Backed Gull, approx 10 Pochard, small numer of Tufted Duck, 1 Great Crested Grebe, at least 16 Snipe in the far reed margin.

Feeders empty by ther veiwing platform so very little to be seen in that area.

Posted January 1st, 2013 at 12:32 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Heathfield, Nr Newton Abbot

No sign of the recently reported Waxwings, being New Years day the industrial estate was very quiet, suprising number of both Goldfinch and Chaffinch, a small number of Siskins feeding top corner of Fairfax Road under and in a small copice of pine

Posted January 1st, 2013 at 12:27 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Axe Estuary

The two Bewick's Swan still opposite Axmouth FC this morning.

Happy New Year everyone!

Posted January 1st, 2013 at 12:22 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

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