Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from January 2016

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Sunday 31st January 2016

Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve

A garden bird watch this morning in rather dull and wet conditions gave 24 species around the feeders which included Greater Spotted Woodpecker (M&F) Collard Dove 7, Goldfinch 20, Greenfinch 13, Chaffinch 16, Siskin 4, Robin, Dunnock 2, Blue Tit 6, Great Tit 3, Coal Tit, Long Tailed Tit, House Sparrow, Wren and Carrion Crow 4,

Around the house field Jackdaw 10, Redwing 4, Magpie, Pied Wagtail, Mistle Thrush 2, passing over head 34 Herring Gull.

Along the A38 to Exeter, Dry Bridge, Rattery an estimated 60 plus Herring Gulls in a pasture field, Heron at Dart Bridge, 2 Raven at Chudleigh Knighton at Chudliegh again ion a pasture field an estimated 100 plus Herring Gulls.

Two afternoon visits to the Exminster Marshes failed to find the Short eared Owl, lots of birders looking for it so I hope they had better luck.

The flooded field opposite the entrance to Starcross and the exit from the coastal lane from Powderham gave a counted 14 Greenshank and another 8 that flew out towards the estuary (the most I have ever seen in one place) 1 Spotted Redshank,13 Curlew, 26 + Redshank, 2 Little Egret, Teal, Wigeon and Pied Wagtails.

On the nearby gold course and estimated 300 plus Brent Geese.

Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve, the walk out to the hide gave 2 Kestrel, 2 Little Grebe, Moorhen and a Gadwall on one of the ponds.

The Hide and surrounding area gave Turnstone 3, Sanderling 1, Brent Geese with 148 on the golf green by the hide, 2 Pipit sp, Shellduck, Oyster Catcher 150 plus, Grey Plover, Red Breasted Merganser 7 +, Curlew, Greater Black Backed Gull and 2 Lesser Black Backs, Great Northern Diver, Cormorant, Little Grebe, Redshank, Heron and little Egret.

Posted January 31st, 2016 at 6:49 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Dartington Hall

Firecrest and at least three Goldcrest in Darftington Hall gardens.  52 Redwing and 29 Fieldfare in adjacent fields. 

Posted January 31st, 2016 at 5:03 pm by George and Les Carr in Bird News

Topsham Recreation Ground

Male and Female Goldeneye seen off the Rec today

Goldeneye Male
Goldeneye Male

Posted January 31st, 2016 at 4:45 pm by Ian Teague in Bird News

Black Redstart - Ifracombe - 30/01/16

Took part in the big garden birdwatch yesterday morning in Jubilee Gardens - amongst the usual sightings was a Black Redstart stood on the path. Later in the afternoon I spotted, possibly the same bird, sat on the top of a breather pipe on a chimney right outside my bedroom in Fore Street & managed to get a slightly blurry photo through the glass. Also had great veiw during the birdwatch of a Peregrine chasing Feral Pigeons over the town.


Posted January 31st, 2016 at 3:04 pm by Chris Bollen in Bird News

Skern Bay

A quick twitch over to Skern for Braunton with the dog gave good numbers of Golden Plover, Curlew, Shelduck, Dunlin, Widgeon, Brent Goose, Oystercatcher with Grey Plover, Sanderling, Cormorant, Gulls, Meadow Pipits, Pintail. Difficult conditions with gusting winds so probably a few more species but difficult to keep the scope still. No sign of the King Eider but apparently a lot of birds had flown earlier. So lets keep looking!

Posted January 31st, 2016 at 12:36 pm by Rob Barnes in Bird News

Berry Head.

Morning walk on Berry Head. 800 + Guillemots on the breeding colony cliffs and some small rafts on the water, 19 Fulmar on the cliff, the most I have ever seen sitting on that part of the cliffs. A few Gannets flying past the end of the headland and 2 Harbour Porpoise. Down in the woodland behind the headland a large flock of Long-tailed Tits and Goldfinch in numbers by the Berry Head Farm.

A few places on next Sunday morning boat trip out in Torbay, if interested email wildbones@btinternet.com 

Posted January 31st, 2016 at 12:20 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Exe Estuary 30/01/16

Good afternoon out on the estuary and Exeter Canal.

Cackling Goose showing well at Matford.

150+ Grey Plover, 2500+ Dunlin , 8 Meadow Pipit as well as RB Mergansers, Red Shank, Avocet around Powderham Corner.

Herons staring  to nest at the Heronary at Powderham Castle

More video of the Short Eared Owl hunting in the fields by the Lions Rest Exminster late afternoon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5Pifi-L8AI

Posted January 31st, 2016 at 8:27 am by Tony Dudley-Calrke in Bird News

Saturday 30th January 2016

Thursday 28th Jan – Red Kite in North Devon

I was surprised (in a good way) to see a Red Kite quartering farmland near West Buckland at about mid-day on Thursday.

Posted January 30th, 2016 at 9:37 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Green-winged Teal at BHM, Seaton

The drake Green-winged Teal showed well, near the Island Hide, Black Hole Marsh, Seaton late this afternoon.

Green-winged Teal
Green-winged Teal

Green-winged Teal
Green-winged Teal

Posted January 30th, 2016 at 8:25 pm by Dave Helliar in Bird News

Little owl

Little owl at Rattey this evening. A first for our farm.

Posted January 30th, 2016 at 8:07 pm by Ian samuel in Bird News

Short Eared Owl - Exminster MArshes

Short Eared Owl viewed with Dave Boult from the canal towpath by the Topsham Ferry at 4.20 pm

Watched for 20 mins watching the owl hunting over the fields in front of Exminster Village.

https://youtu.be/MON_6g_ex64 

https://youtu.be/7ApPej1P-kc 

Posted January 30th, 2016 at 6:35 pm by Tony Dudley-Clarke in Bird News

Short Eared owl Exminster Marsh

A garden bird watch this morning gave 26 species around the feeders which included Greater Spotted Woodpecker (M&F) Collard Dove 12, Goldfinch 14, Greenfinch 10, Chaffinch 27, Robin 2, Dunnock 2, Blue Tit 5, Great Tit 2, Coal Tit 2, Long Tailed Tit 5, House Sparrow 11, Wren 2, Carrion Crow 3.

Around the fields and hedgerows Jackdaw 10, Song Thrush, Redwing, Magpie, Stock Dove 2, Herring Gull 35 and Buzzard. Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Chaffinch and House Sparrow in good numbers beyond accurate counts.

An afternoon visit to the Exminster Marshes and thanks to posts over the last couple of days byHelen Whitall the reported Short Eared owl seen if rather distantly from the bank by the Topsham ferry landing point, initially perched but took to the air almost as soon as I saw it, mobbed by Corvids it flew up towards the M5 motorway bridge. (Given the distance you have to squint at the images to see it !!)

Other species included 21 Cormorant all sat together on a bank, large numbers of both Brent and Canadian Geese which frequently took flight due to a Buzzard hunting in the same area.

Duck number did not seem as high a recent visits but Teal, Wigeon, Tufted, Pintail , Shell and Shoveller all recorded, far more Mute Swan on the marsh than seen recently.

Other species included Curlew, Coot, Dunlin, Lapwing in large flocks, Heron, Little Egret.

Two female Reed Bunting one of which remained at close quarters ripping reed heads apart, a Cetti’s Warbler calling loudly from a bare bush that I was standing alongside but it managed to avoid being seen despite calling away.

Kestrels seen at Exminster Marsh (male) and another on the A38 near Goodstone Cross by the Caton junction.

Posted January 30th, 2016 at 5:52 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Big Garden Birdwatch

Took part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch in the Jubilee Gardens this morning & was surprised by a Black Redstart stood on the path infront of me. Then watched a Peregrine swooping low overhead - looked as if it was hunting the local feral pigeons. This afternoon the Black Redstart, (I assume it was the same one), was sat on the breather pipe right outside my window in Fore Street. [Photos are a bit blurry as they were taken through the glass]




Posted January 30th, 2016 at 4:51 pm by Chris Bollen in Bird News

Broadsands

The Red-necked Grebe was agin off Elberry Headland, also 1 Slavonian Grebe, 15 Great Crested Grebes, 17 Great Northern Divers, 4 Common Scoter and a Firecrest with two Goldcrest in the lower reedy ditch.

Posted January 30th, 2016 at 3:34 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

The adult Black Brant eventually found early pm in the first field south of Turf feeding with c250 Brent Geese by cycle path . On Exminster the 2 Barnacle Geese were on the far bank of the lagoon early pm - hundreds of Dunlin on Exminster and Powderham Marshes and c200 Golden Plover on Powderham Marsh - Nearby the Ridgeways Cackling Goose still on Matford Pool. 

Posted January 30th, 2016 at 3:11 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Skern- King Eider

At 2 pm I am at least 60% confident there was a King Eider male sitting on mud 200m offshore at the Skern. As big as a Shelduck with a blue head....any other sightings?

Posted January 30th, 2016 at 3:00 pm by Peter Howard in Bird News

Friday 29th January 2016

Stover

A great turn out for the launch of the Devon Bird Atlas at Stover Country Park today, nice to put some faces to the birding names that we see, a big thank you to the organisers and those involved at today’s very worthwhile event and the publication itself is really excellent.

From the hide another birder kindly pointed out the location of at least four Snipe that were tucked into the reeds, looking at my images I can find seven birds, three Goosander, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, five Tufted Duck, Mallard, Heron, Cormorant, Coot, Moorhen a single Lesser Black Backed Gull dropped in to join at least 55 Black Headed Gulls and the odd Herring Gull on the lake.

Good numbers of Long Tailed Tits showing all around the park, two Mute Swan, very vocal Jays, small bird species included Robin, Dunnock, Great, Blue and Marsh Tits, Nuthatch, Siskins, good numbers of Chaffinch. (One BTO ringed Marsh Tit ring number begining with "D8")

Only down side was the weather !!

Back home in South Brent, Siskin showing well on the feeders, Pied Wagtail numbers on the increase and the forth Polecat/Ferret to find itself in one of my life catchers, which becomes even more interesting if you saw the article on the news last evening about the spread of the wild native Polecat into Devon.

Posted January 29th, 2016 at 6:47 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A rather damp visit on this morning's high tide.

The Black-necked Grebe still by Laira Bridge, a drake Goosander on the narrow river and a Siskin. Also on the pool - 61 Curlwes, 4 Greenshanks, 6 Oystercatchers, 28 Redshanks, 41 Shelducks, and a female Wigeon. Two Little Grebes and 2 Shags on the estuary.

Posted January 29th, 2016 at 6:06 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Exe estuary

Short eared owl seen again same place as yesterday about 3pm, and a diver, I think great northern but visibility was terrible, off the red rock at Dawlish Warren. I think there were more further out but again terrible visibility, I couldn't even tell if they were divers or something else! (I ruled out cormorants and common scoters)

:)

Posted January 29th, 2016 at 4:47 pm by Helen Whitall in Bird News

29-01-16 Black-necked Grebe

29-01-16 A single Black-necked Grebe by Laira Bridge in Plymouth along with a little Grebe, also very near by was a Great Crested Grebe



Posted January 29th, 2016 at 4:28 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh update

Lunchtime visit until about 2.15.

Fairly quiet from the hide, but the Spotted Redshank was in its favoured place just to the right of the viewing platform with a Greenshank. Also a pair of Stonechats just behind the platform.

At Goosemoor, a flock of Long-tailed Tits included 3 Goldcrests and a Treecreeper.

Posted January 29th, 2016 at 3:14 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh this morning.

Lots of Wigeon, Teal, Shoveller, Redshank, Curlew and Black Tailed Godwits. Avocet 200+. Also Spotted Redshank, Pintail, Merlin (thanks Dave!), Snipe, Gadwall and one Bar Tailed Godwit. Raven over. Buzzard eating a dead Shoveller at the back of the marsh.

Posted January 29th, 2016 at 2:57 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Thursday 28th January 2016

Devon Bird Atlas Launch Friday 29th

Brilliant launch of the Devon Bird Atlas at Stover Country Park Friday 29th January.  Excellent take up of the Atlas, very well attended with ITV SW there and shown on Sunday ITV Westcountry evening bulletin.  Also several articles in Saturday's Western Morning news and other local papers. See Society News for more info.

Atlas & Birds of Devon available to purchase (cheque or cash) at branch meetings or buy on-line and collect from meetings. 

Posted January 28th, 2016 at 8:57 pm in Bird News

River Plym

Black necked grebe showing well with 4 little grebes at low tide from Laira Bridge this afternoon.

Upriver were 2 male and 3 female red breasted mergansers and a great crested grebe.

Single greenshank and 5 little egrets also seen along with the usual redshank, curlew, oystercatcher, shelduck, carrion crow and gulls.


Posted January 28th, 2016 at 6:29 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Exminster marshes SEO

Short eared owl seen quartering over the Exminster marshes this evening - I saw it looking north from the high point on the canal path where the Topsham ferry stops, so on the meadows north of the reserve itself. It dropped down into the grass when some crows began mobbing.

:)

Posted January 28th, 2016 at 5:48 pm by Helen Whitall in Bird News

Around the Teign Estuary - Lunchtime

Highlights: A single Great Northern Diver off the seafront with numerous Shags. Also a single dolphin. 35+ Curlew just east of Flow Point with a male Red Breasted Merganser in the estuary close by.

Posted January 28th, 2016 at 5:44 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Soussons & Venford Reservoir,Dartmoor

Soussons: Just 2 Crossbill found in the plantation - very scarce this year and poor cone crop. Also Woodcock, Kestrel, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Raven.

Venford: Woodcock at south end of reservoir outside fence.

Posted January 28th, 2016 at 4:27 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

The Black Brant was in with a large flock of Brent Geese this lunchtime, close to the main lagoon. However, they flew off towards the estuary when a Peregrine put everything on the marsh up at about 2 o'clock.

Posted January 28th, 2016 at 2:48 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

R.Taw off Pottington and Penhill Marsh. 1145 - 1245.

Shelduck 73; Goosander 3(2m,1f); Dark-bellied Brent 368 (& then I stopped counting); Sanderling 27; Dunlin c250; Lapwing c2000; Golden Plover c2500 and 1 adult Mediterranean Gull.

Posted January 28th, 2016 at 1:33 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Stover Lake

A cool but dry sunny morning at Stover Lake, Several Common Snipe sunbathing in the northern marsh. A single Kingfisher and 2 Water Rail squealing. Other wildfowl included 6 Tufted Duck, 2 male Goosander, Male and female Mandarin, 1 Great crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 6 Cormorants. In the woodland plenty of of Coal , Blue and Great tits on the feeder . A pair of Ravens displaying overhead and Mistle Thrush, Song thrush, Blackbird and Marsh Tits all singing.

Don't forget the launch of the Devon Bird Atlas at Stover Country Park tomorrow. The official launch will be at 10.30am but the book will be available for purchase or collection between 10am - 4pm.

Posted January 28th, 2016 at 12:14 pm by JDA in Bird News

Wednesday 27th January 2016

BISHOPS TAWTON N.DEVON

Short eared owl hunting over field parrelel to river at 3pm.Viewed from customers house while working,well kind of.

Posted January 27th, 2016 at 9:01 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Broadsands and Brixham

A sweep of the southern part of Torbay today produced the following:

Broadsands: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 36 Great Northern Divers, 21 Great Crested Grebes, 9 Common Scoter. Also 1 Firecrest.

Brixham: 12 Great Northern Divers.

Posted January 27th, 2016 at 3:54 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Cattle Egret Exminster Marshes

Cattle Egret mobile in fields either (northern) side of railway bridge. Showing well. Cackling Goose in usual place Matford Marsh.

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

Posted January 27th, 2016 at 3:17 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Black Redstart Sighting

Black Redstart photgraphed around my car parked in Chillington, South Devon today 26th January 2015. Male. 

Posted January 27th, 2016 at 12:06 pm by Paul Newberry in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton

A female-type Black Redstart seen this morning on the roof of our 4-storery flats 30 metres from the coast-path.  One has been reported on the sea-front by Pebbles B&B occasionally this winter, and having looked there several times a week for it, it turns up a couple of hundred metres away on my roof!

Posted January 27th, 2016 at 11:48 am by Colin Randall in Bird News

Monday 25th January 2016

Stover

6 Goosanders On Stover Today,4 Male 2 Female, Also 2 Male Pochard, 9 Tufted Ducks 8 Males 1 Female & 1 Great Crested Grebe. The Kingfisher Flew In Front Of The Hide Twice A Nice Visit!!!!!!

Posted January 25th, 2016 at 8:51 pm by Simon Wakely in Bird News

Topsham Goldeneye

Drake Goldeneye off Topsham Rec 12.10 on the dropping tide. Quite close in but very windy.

Also approx 20 R B Merganser in a group fishing by Topsham Ferry.


Posted January 25th, 2016 at 8:08 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Around the Exe

Exminster Marsh (Lions Rest corner) good numbers of Lapwing, Golden Plover, Brent and Canadian Geese, the three smaller species were very flighty and kept taking to the sky giving some stunning views.

Large numbers of Wigeon, other duck species included Pintail, Shoveller, Teal and Shellduck, Little Egret, Cormorant, Pheasant, Kestrel, Snipe, smaller bird species included Pied Wagtail and Bullfinch.

On the approach to Powerham a hen Sparrow hawk put up a large mixed flock of Mistle Thrush and Fieldfare, the Fieldfare swept down the valley while the Mistle Thrushes landed in nearby trees and began calling loudly as the hawk quartered the field.

Arriving by Powderham Church a female Peregrine flew inland away from the river.

Walking along the Exe to a point just beyond the footbridge gave over 20 species including Little Egret, Curlew, Buzzard, Shellduck, Red Breasted Merganser, Oyster Catcher, Redshank, Common Gull (5), Greater Black Backed Gull, Grey Plover and Dunlin in flocks of up to 30 birds, smaller bird species included Goldfinch in large flocks, Meadow Pipit, Song Thrush and Pied Wagtails.

The fields on the right of the main road from Powderham to Starcross gave Canadian and Brent Geese, Curlew, Oyster Catchers, Teal, several Heron, Redshank, Lapwings, Shellduck, a female Stonechat, Song Thrush and a Green Woodpecker.

Cockwood ~ a Greenshank, Brent Geese, Oyster Catchers, Redshank, Curlew, Red Breasted Merganser, Bar TailedGodwit and Cormorant.

Haldon Forest Park well in excess of 55 Chaffinch around the feeders, not as many Siskin as seen recently, Pied Wagtail, Coal Tit, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, a single Song Thrush by this time the wind had built up and the birds were seeking out deeper more sheltered cover.

Home bird count gave 25 species for the day which included Buzzard, Raven and Cormorant, Redwing and Starling overhead, around the feeders Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Siskins, Long Tailed Tits and a male Bullfinch.

Posted January 25th, 2016 at 6:24 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Sunday Black Stork

Tim Davis reports:  I was driving down the A30 towards Exeter yesterday, 24th January, and about a kilometre or less before the Fingle Glen turn off I saw in front of me what at first I thought was a grey heron flying across the carriageway and drifting up towards some woodland.  As I got closer, I was astounded to see that it was actually a stork, and a Black Stork at that. 

Posted January 25th, 2016 at 12:11 pm in Bird News

Sunday 24th January 2016

Plym Estuary & Saltram

The Black-necked Grebe still present this afternoon on the west side just north of the Laira Bridge, on the rising tide. On the pool, 140 Redshanks, 5 Greenshanks, 6 Oystercatchers and 58 Curlews. Also, Wigeon (female), 28 Shelducks, 5 Little Grebes, Common Sandpiper, 3 Goldcrests and a Kingfisher giving excellent prolonged views fishing by the flooded wood. 

Kingfisher
Kingfisher

Posted January 24th, 2016 at 10:07 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Dartington Estate

1 Firecrest and at least 3 Goldcrests in Dartington Gardens.  8 Fieldfare and 2 Redwing in adjacent field.

Posted January 24th, 2016 at 9:51 pm by George and Les Carr in Bird News

Venford Reservoir

Venford Reservoir and surroundings, late am/earlypm, of note: 1 fem. Merlin, 1 Woodcock and 35 Fieldfares.

Posted January 24th, 2016 at 9:14 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Barnstaple to Ashford

A change of scenery for myself today.My wife and daughter wanted to shop, I didn't so took myself along the tarka trail from Barnstaple civic centre to Ashford, and full of bird life it was.Canada geese, red shank, oystercatchers,lapwing,cormorants gulls of various types, curlew, shelduck and to top it off a pair of merganzers just beyond the water works.

Posted January 24th, 2016 at 9:04 pm by philip worth in Bird News

Exe Estuary cruise

A great cruise this afternoon, with spectacular concentrations of waders, gulls and Brent Geese on the mudflats between Lympstone and Topsham. Highlights were 2 Slavonian Grebes near Cockwood, Great Northern Diver, 50+ Shags, the regular Spotted Redshank at Powderham plus a second at Topsham, about 500 Avocets, 1000 Black- and 100+ Bar-tailed Godwits, 300+ Golden Plover, about 500 Lapwings, 3 Goldeneye (Topsham).

 

Almost the final bird was the semi-resident Bonaparte's Gull feeding in mid-river between Exmouth and Cockwood.

 

Posted January 24th, 2016 at 8:09 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

16.45 > 17.15

A quick look around the pond & greeted by a flurry of avian panic & activity as soon as I arrived. A Sparrowhawk flying through the Willows disturbing everything in sight including 84 Collar Doves which then settled on the cables. Never knew that we had such a high number of this species in Braunton!

Posted January 24th, 2016 at 6:50 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Torbay

Ilsham, Torquay, in a friend’s garden four Dunnock, one Goldcrest and on the way out perched in a tree overlooking the coastal cliffs a female Kestrel being kept company by a flock of Goldfinch.

Cliff Road, Paignton around the Burma Star garden a pair of Blackcap, showing well if a little flighty.

Clennon Valley Lakes, very wet and muddy underfoot, Tufted Duck 12+, a single Shoveller drake, Heron, Moorhen, Coots, Little Grebe, Chiffchaff, Grey Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Long Tailed Tit, lots of small bird song but light levels made observation difficult, Robins singing from prominant perches almost every 60 yards or so.

Broadsands, Very busy with public, dogs and general disturbance, one Goldcrest and very little else.

Posted January 24th, 2016 at 4:44 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Broadsands

A great attendance with 41 people! A good mixture of birds during South Devon Branch field Meeting including on sea: 1 ad Mediterranean Gull, 10+ Great Northern Divers, 1 Red-throated Diver, 9 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 6 Common Scoter and 2 Bottle-nosed Dolphins and 1 Grey Seal.

Around the carparks: 2 Firecrest, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Cirl Bunting, 3 Reed Bunting, 1 Kingfisher.

  

Posted January 24th, 2016 at 4:10 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Chapel Wood

It seemed like spring was in the air this morning with a balmy 14 degrees! Great Spotted Woodpecker pair displaying and mating , Treecreepers/Nuthatch displaying and Ravens doing the same. The wood seemed full of birds with Goldcest, Blue, Great, Coal and Long Tailed Tits, Song Thrush, Fieldfare overhead, hundreds of Jackdaw, Buzzard. Pheasants also displaying. Green, Gold, Bull and Chaffinch in attendence with Wrens, Sparrows, Robins, Blackbird all singing and lively. Green Woodpecker heard but not seen.

Posted January 24th, 2016 at 3:53 pm by Rob Barnes in Bird News

Bodmin Road Whitleigh

Two Ring-necked parakeets sat in tree flow of North.

Posted January 24th, 2016 at 3:30 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

WHITLEIGH WOOD

Did the walk around the patch male Bullfinch,20+ Siskins feeding on alder seeds in whith the flock was a male Radpole second one that i have had from here.Female Sparrowhawk sat in tree top was flushed by Magpies.

Posted January 24th, 2016 at 3:28 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Millbay, Plymouth

At least 3 Black Redstarts on waste ground opposite West Hoe pub.

Posted January 24th, 2016 at 2:19 pm by Tor Elm in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Imm.Marsh Harrier over north ley mid-morning.

Posted January 24th, 2016 at 12:34 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

23-01-16 Slapton ley Red-crested Pochard

23-01-16 Two Red-crested Pochards on Slapton Ley on the Torcross end showing very well into the area where the kids feed the ducks & gulls, many male & female Goldeneye and Tuffted to be seen.


Posted January 24th, 2016 at 10:25 am by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Postbridge Area

Lots of coal tits 20 pluss in the plantation no Redwings or Fieldfare seen this outing very quiet just three fat Mistle Thrush looked st 8 Buzzards all common one very dark bird seen.Had one Goldcrest in bush at Powder millls and a Raven with a small flock of Starlings.

Posted January 24th, 2016 at 10:01 am by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Saturday 23rd January 2016

West Charleton Marsh and Wareham Point

West Charleton Marsh and Wareham Point, early pm, of note: 2 Great Northern Divers, 12 Great Crested Grebes, 200+ Brent Geese, 4 Pintail, 20 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Jack Snipe, 30 Common Snipe, 1 Greenshank and 75 Skylarks.

Posted January 23rd, 2016 at 10:57 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

South Efford Marsh

South Efford Marsh, mid-am: 1 fem. Pintail, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Water Rail and 2 Kingfishers.

Posted January 23rd, 2016 at 10:49 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Postbridge Buzzard

The images of the Postbridge Buzzard are those of a Common Buzzard. It is a pale juvenile / first year bird (Pale eyes). If it was Rough-legged Buzzard the tarsi would be feathered.

Posted January 23rd, 2016 at 7:36 pm by Richard Tyler in Bird News

Slapton Ley

2 male red crested pochard at Torcross with the strange looking male tufted duck/red crested pochard hybrid and 2 pairs of pochard amongst the tufted duck and coot.

Mid Ley and 4 female, 2 male and an immature male goldeneye.

In Ireland Bay distant views of 2 black necked grebes amongst the tufted duck, gadwall and coot.

From the Bridge a ringed chiffchaff with 2 Cettis warblers and a water rail heard.

Rain stopped play at around 2pm!

Red Crested Pochard
Red Crested Pochard

Tufted Duck/ RC Pochard hybrid
Tufted Duck/ RC Pochard hybrid

Posted January 23rd, 2016 at 6:35 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

ashford nr barnstaple

88 fieldfare,36 redwing,5 stock dove nr upcott cross

Posted January 23rd, 2016 at 6:05 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Stover

Nice family walk around Stover, 3 Goldcrests by the visitor centre, Blue, Great and Coal Tits in abundance, Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Nuthatch and Goldfinch on the feeders with a male G.S Woodpecker, 3 Goosanders, 4 Tufties and usual Mallards and B.H Gulls on the lake, 2 Ravens overhead and finally a Kingfisher flypast.  Not a bad walk

Posted January 23rd, 2016 at 5:50 pm by Ben Rowland in Bird News

Exe Estuary cruise

Highlight of today's Stuart Lines cruise was a distant view of the adult Bonaparte's Gull flying towards Exmouth from mid-estuary at around 1pm. Over 30 Sanderlings on a mid-estuary sandbank, Spotted Redshank with Greenshanks at Powderham and c180 Golden Plover roosting between Topsham and Turf. At least 2 Goldeneye near Topsham.

Posted January 23rd, 2016 at 4:30 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Around topsham

A quick look around topsham this morning from 08:45 till 11:00

A Firecrest was in the grounds of the church of saint margarret with a group of goldcrests , from the goatwalk a group of 14 turnstone showed well.

Between the goatwalk and riversmeet house surprised to find another Firecrest in with a group of long tailed tits and goldcrests showed well before being lost as entered the grounds of riversmeet house. A female stonechat along the path to the viewing platform.

From the hide at bowling green marsh an impressive count of 1800+ wigeon , 40+ lapwing, 8 tufted duck and 7+ pochards, 9+ snipe good numbers of teal and shoveler.

Posted January 23rd, 2016 at 4:05 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

horsey island

. Back to braunton and found a Spotted Redshank on Horsey Island.

Posted January 23rd, 2016 at 3:40 pm by Rob Barnes in Bird News

Maidencombe Bay

Sea watch of Maidencombe Beach mid morning produced,72 Great Crested Grebes, 6 Common Scoter, 2Gannet, at least 5 Great Northern Divers,some very close in eating crabs,and 2 Red Throated Divers and 1Black Throated Diver.

Not bad for an hour or so!

Posted January 23rd, 2016 at 3:32 pm by Keith Benyon-Tinker in Bird News

River Exe Cruise Friday 22nd January 2016

Great trip with Stuart Line, good views of Great Northern Diver off Exmouth Beach, lots of Red Breasted Merganser, Pintail, Godwits, Avocets etc on the river and a lovely fly past by a Goldeneye    

Goldeneye
Goldeneye

Red Breasted Merganser
Red Breasted Merganser

Posted January 23rd, 2016 at 2:12 pm by Richard Allen in Bird News

Broadsands

Down to Broadsands early to play with my swanky new 'scope. No sign of the Red-necked Grebe despite intensive searching, but did find a Slavonian Grebe in Elberry Cove, and 27 Great-crested Grebes in Broadsands bay. 8+ Great Northern Divers, mostly further out, 2 Red-throated Divers and a Black-throated diver first thing which flew out to sea a few minutes later. 

Around the car parks a Firecrest, 3 Goldcrests, Chiffchaff and 4 Cirl Buntings.

Posted January 23rd, 2016 at 10:45 am by Simon Tonge in Bird News

Friday 22nd January 2016

Red-throated Diver & Red-breasted Mergansers Saltram Estuary

A Red-throated Diver & 2 Red-breasted Mergansers on Saltram Estuary 22-01-16. The Red-breasted Mergansers were some distance away so not a brilliant shot, the Red-throated Diver came very close to shore, others noted were Redshanks, Greenshanks, Curlew, Oystercatchers, Shelducks also a couple of Kingfishers were showing well

Posted January 22nd, 2016 at 9:54 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Slapton

To add to Steve's post, female Marsh Harrier quartering the Higher Ley reedbed between 1.10 and 1.15 p.m.

Back home in dartington, 2 Lesser Redpolls on the feeders for the 7th consecutive day. Female Blackcap daily, Firecrest again last Saturday (16th)

Posted January 22nd, 2016 at 8:24 pm in Bird News

RE: Postbridge Buzzard

Regarding the posts about the possible Rough-legged Buzzard i watched what could be the same bird for over 15 minutes from the A30 near Meldon on Tuesday afternoon. Quite a striking bird and not easily missed.

Posted January 22nd, 2016 at 8:00 pm by Brian Davies in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

From the viewing platform mid-afternoon on the rising tide drake Goldeneye still showing south of riversmeet house and Spotted Redshank with large numbers of Avocet, Redshank, Grey Plover,Dunlin,12+ Turnstones and Peregrine putting all the waders up. A Lesser Redpole was reported seen by 2 birders along the road between the hide and platform gates but gone when i got there. On Bowling Green Marsh the usual high numbers of waders and ducks including 5 Pochard and 6 Pintail. Goosemoor showed the Spotted Redshank seen earlier from the platform with 5 Greenshank and 30+ Redshank.

Close up video of Spotted Redshank in front the platform.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Dsr-lNfddg

Spotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank

Goldeneye
Goldeneye

Goldeneye
Goldeneye

Posted January 22nd, 2016 at 7:53 pm by David Boult in Bird News

South Brent ~ Slapton (with Otters!!)

A very pleasant and enjoyable days birding after a night of torrential rain, a garden bird watch gave a total of 25 species which included Buzzard, Jay, Wren, Siskin (3) Mistle Thrush, Redwing, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Long Tailed Tit, Rook and two flocks of Starling initially a flock of around 30 and 13 late this afternoon.

A visit to Slapton Ley gave three possibly four Golden Eye, one very settled bird and the others constantly flying up and down the ley, plenty of Tufted Duck including the “Red headed” hybrid and a single drake Scaup, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe and three Black Necked Grebe but as good as the birding was the high light was watching four Otters swim across the Ley, incredible to watch them “porpoise” through the water coming up to the reeds just below the tank memorial and then they simply vanished.

Non water birds included Song Thrush and a single Chiffchaff.

Small number of Gannets fishing of shore in the distance.

Posted January 22nd, 2016 at 7:30 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Spectacular Black-tailed godwit displays thanks to a Sparrowhawk

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit

Posted January 22nd, 2016 at 6:01 pm by Colin Scott in Bird News

South Huish Marsh.

Highlight was adult Mediterranean Gull which flew in late pm. Also: 26 Oystercatcher, 27 Lapwing, 7 Snipe, Common Gull & Lesser Black-backed Gull.

Posted January 22nd, 2016 at 4:46 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Wembury

After the rain cleared this morning: 

3 Stonechat, 11 Cirl bunting, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel. On the beach : 2 Lesser black back gulls, 1 Shag, 26 Oystercatcher. Rock pipits and Pied wagtails catching flies amongst the seaweed.

Posted January 22nd, 2016 at 4:19 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Isley Marsh

6 spoonbills on the marsh this afternoon. two of them have coloured leg rings (see attached pic)

Spoonbills on Isley
Spoonbills on Isley

Spoonbills showing coloured rings
Spoonbills showing coloured rings

Posted January 22nd, 2016 at 4:12 pm by Roy Churchill in Bird News

Broadsands

On the sea: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Black-throated Diver, 4 Red-throated Divers, 44 Great Northern Divers(!) and 35 Great Crested Grebes.

Red-necked Grebe Broadsands 22 Jan 2016 ML

Around the car parks: 5 Cirl Bunting, 1 Reed bunting, 1 Firecrest, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 10+ Siskin. 

Posted January 22nd, 2016 at 3:39 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Postbridge

Trevor Leaman took these pictures of a 'buzzard' at Postbridge on Sunday..

 

Posted January 22nd, 2016 at 3:22 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Plym Estuary

Red throated Diver seen just off shore by the folly. Also 6 Red breasted Merganser.

Posted January 22nd, 2016 at 1:46 pm by Philip Martin Phillips in Bird News

poss Rough-Legged Buzzard nr Postbridge Thursday

Steve Madge, Chairman of Cornwall Birds saw a possible "classic 1st winter Rough-legged buzzard" fly across the B3212 yesterday on the northern edge of Postbridge near the last house into a big open field.

 

Posted January 22nd, 2016 at 10:58 am in Bird News

Thursday 21st January 2016

BHGull

the photographed bird is another  black-headed gull but with a beak abnormality where it has failed to stop growing at the right length. The BTO has a beak abnormalities survey that may be of interest and they would be chuffed I'm sure to receive your photos.

Posted January 21st, 2016 at 11:20 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Woolacombe

 This afternoon & yesterday, midway along the beach at least 6 Great Northern Divers continuously feeding & very difficult to spot. A Skua patrolled along the surf line. A Bull Grey Seal was eating a Mullet. Recently among the 400+ Black Headed Gulls on the sands, 3 LBB Gulls, a Yellow Legged Herring Gull & 1 or 2 Gulls ? Poss Ring-billed Gulls.

Posted January 21st, 2016 at 10:40 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Paignton

On a visit to Paigntion zoo today was very surprised and please to see a Kingfisher "fishing" in the circular lake by the Ape House, took one small fish, flew down the lake landing in another bush over hanging the water before flying past where I was watching from.

Other species included 2 Wrens, Buzzards, flock of Long Tailed Tits, Song Thrush, Dunnocks and more Robins than you can shake a stick at !!

Posted January 21st, 2016 at 5:37 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Gull ID please

Late visit to Goosemoor Redshank,Greenshankand in with some Blak Headed Gulls a similar gull but with a seemingly heavier bill. Any ideas.




Posted January 21st, 2016 at 5:36 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Highlights of a visit this lunchtime were a drake Goldeneye from the platform and a Spotted Redshank at Goosemoor.

Posted January 21st, 2016 at 3:49 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Berrynarbor

A couple of photos showing the Firecrest taking nectar from the white camellia flowers in the garden.

Firecrest Berrynarbor 20 Jan 2016 Margaret Phillips

Firecrest 20.1.16 Berrynarbor Margaret Phillips

 

Posted January 21st, 2016 at 1:49 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Wrafton

3 Spoonbills on the flood by the Tarka Trail again this morning, still there when I left the reserve at midday!

Posted January 21st, 2016 at 1:25 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Black Redstart

Surprise visitor on my garage roof in Withycombe Road, center of Exmouth, this morning.

Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Posted January 21st, 2016 at 11:22 am by Margaret Mackintosh in Bird News

Prawle

Adult Mediterranean Gull loafing with Herring Gulls on beach at Horseley Cove yesterday (white wings, red legs, red bill). It flew off to the east. One poor photo attached

Posted January 21st, 2016 at 11:21 am by Roger Smith in Bird News

Wednesday 20th January 2016

North Devon coast - Egyptian Geese

In the course of doing a section of the BTO Non-Estuarine Waterbird Survey between Wringapeak and Heddon's Mouth this morning, as well as 131 Fulmars (most on the water), 192 auks (all on the water) and, pleasingly, two Oystercatchers on a stretch that I thought would be waderless, the most startling sight was three Egyptian Geese about a kilometre offshore flying east up the Bristol Channel. Non-native and feral they may be, but for a North Devon birder unused to seeing a species which in Devon is largely confined to sheltered south coast estuaries, this was nonetheless an exciting moment.

Posted January 20th, 2016 at 8:46 pm by Tim & Tim Davis & Jones in Bird News

Cross Furzes, Buckfastleigh

Late post for Tuesday 19th: 1 Woodcock, Cross Furzes, east of Buckfastleigh, late afternoon.

Posted January 20th, 2016 at 8:04 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

A very cold morning at the Lower, the ducks were well spread out around the lake, 24 Goosander, 4 Cormorant, 2 G.C.Grebe, 60+ Redwing, 24 Tufted Duck, 1 Song Thrush and 1 Mistle Thrush, c40 Mallard, 2 Grey Heron. On the feeders, 1m Reed Bunting, Willow/Marsh/Blue/Coal/Great Tit, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Robins, 1 Greenfinch ,8 Chaffinch.

Posted January 20th, 2016 at 7:19 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Blanksmill Bridge

Just to add to Dave's report , at high tide on the otherside of the Estuary - 32 Pintail ( 15 m ) , 8 Grey Plover, 1000+ Dunlin, 1 G C Grebe ( with full tufts ) lots of Wigeon, Curlew , Shelduck

Posted January 20th, 2016 at 6:54 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Plymouth Sound

Message from Vic Tucker of a Sandwich Tern in the Sound today

Posted January 20th, 2016 at 6:52 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

West Charleton Marsh - Bittern

West Charleton Marsh 1200 -1630. Plenty to see! On the estuary ! GN Diver, 50+ wigeon, shelduck, curlew, oystercatchers,redshanks, 4 GC Grebe, 1 Little Grebe.

On the Marsh scrape 50+ Teal ,4 shelduck, 1 greenshank& 2 little egret

On the feeders, GS Woodpecker visiting regularly, chaffinch and lots of tits, great, blue, coal. Dunnock, robins, blackbirds, a moorhen and a pheasant clearing up underneath.

Also viewed from the hide Jay, 2 buzzard, 1 male bullfinch, chiffchaff  and at 1530hrs, just as I was packing up to go home an all too brief look at a bittern that came out of the reedbed behind the feeders, but quickly went back before I could get the camera on it. My first sighting of this species at that location and in Devon! Did not reappear in the next hour!

Posted January 20th, 2016 at 5:50 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Isley Marsh,20th January

Six spoonbills at high tide. Also along the Tarka Trail between the two jetties by the sewage outlet a black redstart 

Posted January 20th, 2016 at 4:52 pm by Brian Sims in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Lovely weather, good light and plenty of birds

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit

Wigeon
Wigeon

Posted January 20th, 2016 at 4:14 pm by Colin Scott in Bird News

River Plym, Plymouth

and Goosander.

Posted January 20th, 2016 at 3:50 pm by Tor Elm in Bird News

River Plym, Plymouth

On a rising tide in sunny but cold conditions. B/H Gull, Herring Gull, LBB Gull, GBB Gull, Common Gull, Cormorant, Shag, Mallard, Wigeon, Shelduck, Kingfisher, Curlew, Redshank, Oystercatcher, Greenshank, Dunlin, Grey Heron, Little Egret, GC Grebe, Little Grebe, Black Necked Grebe.

Posted January 20th, 2016 at 3:48 pm by Tor Elm in Bird News

Tuesday 19th January 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the afternoon high-tide. c1000-Black-tailed Godwits, c140-Bar-tailed Godwits, c80-Redshank, 7-Grey Plover, c50-Dunlin, 9-Snipe, c20-Lapwing, c500-Wigeon, 6-Gadwall, 2-Pochard, 2-Tufted Ducks, 4-Pintail, 6-Greylag Geese, c60-Shoveler, c80-Teal.

From the viewing platform a Spotted Redshank in field along footpath, drake Goldeneye near riversmeet house seawall, c500-Avocet, 52-Grey Plover, 26-Golden Plover, c500-Dunlin, Knot, 9-Red Breasted Merganser, Kingfisher, Buzzard

Link to video of Goldeneye & Spotted Redshank.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ixjgV50igA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5fnxaj2ACs

Goldeneye
Goldeneye

Spotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank

Grey Plover
Grey Plover

Posted January 19th, 2016 at 11:54 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Pirates at Bowling Green

We've all seen Gulls, Skuas, Crows and others harrying other birds to drop food in order to get an easy meal.  Today on the marsh I witnessed this same behavior between two species I wouldn't have expected.  A Black-tailed Godwit pulled a big worm out of the mud and set off towards the water when a much smaller Redshank began to relentlessly chase it around, the pair even taking to flight a few times. This lasted a good minute or more but I never saw the final outcome. Is piracy of this kind common practice among waders?

Posted January 19th, 2016 at 9:32 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Capstone Ilfracombe

1500hrs 2 Male blackredstart seen on the west side of capstone on the angled flat slabs which catch the winter sun in the afternoon. 1 purple sandpiper on windy corner.

Posted January 19th, 2016 at 8:44 pm in Bird News

Broadsands

2.30 - 4.00 At least 8 great northern divers 3 very close to shore. Also 1 razorbill and several great crested grebes. No smaller grebes.

In car park at least 8 cirl buntings including 6 males feeding on seed



Posted January 19th, 2016 at 6:29 pm by Jeff Hacon in Bird News

Tarka Trail - Chivenor

The stunning Robin In good light for a change and singing well! 



Posted January 19th, 2016 at 6:20 pm by Martin Bond in Bird News

Berrynarbor

Having seen blue tits, blackcaps taking the nectar ? from the white camellia flowers before, it was interesting to see goldcrest and the firecrest doing the same today.

Posted January 19th, 2016 at 4:29 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

South Brent and Torquay Blackcaps

A bright but cold day gave 31 species in and over the garden at South Brent today.

Nice to have four Siskin on the feeders, periodic vists from the Long Tailed Tits, two Song Thrush feeding together, Mistle Thrush, fly past from four Fieldfare and a count of twenty five Redwings that were feeding in the field hedges, the winter Thrushes have not been that evident over the last week or so.

Large numbers of Goldfinch feeding in the mature Alders in the field hedges, Jay and Greater Spotted Woodpeckers also showing.

Overhead Raven, Stock Dove, Buzzard and Sparrow Hawk.

A new birding friend contacted me to say he had an unusual bird in his garden at Cary Park Road, Torquay as he went through his bird book three others came in and turned out to Blackcaps, 1 cock bird and three hens.

Posted January 19th, 2016 at 3:34 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Aveton Gifford

Unsuccessful search for Jack Snipe on the marshes but then got great views of what can only be a Willow Warbler in the scrub by the gate on the marshside road to Knap Mill. Immediately thought just Chiffchaff but very clear fleshy pink legs, but no call. Weird or what? Mind you Spotted Flycatcher wintering in Cambs!! Comments welcome!!

MR: SX702474

Posted January 19th, 2016 at 3:13 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Central Park Plymouth

Had a walk around the park Great Spotted Woodpecker,Nuthatch,Wren,Blackbird,Song Thrush,Redwing,Mistle Thrush,Grey Wagtails,Blue Tit,Coal Tit,Long-tailed Tit,Great Tit,Robin.Dunnock,Robin,Sparrowhawk,Crow,Magpies,Black-headed Gulls,Herring Gulls.

Posted January 19th, 2016 at 2:03 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Velator

On the pond in the reserve this morning were a pair of Tufted Duck and a Little Grebe - signs of Spring in the air?

Posted January 19th, 2016 at 1:53 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Purple sandpipers at Exmouth

4 Purple sandpipers at Maers Rock, Peregrine on Bull Hill.

Posted January 19th, 2016 at 9:44 am by Ben Lansbury in Bird News

Monday 18th January 2016

DEVON BIRD ATLAS

To-day is the last day to purchase at the Pre-publication offer don't miss out order now

Posted January 18th, 2016 at 9:26 pm in Bird News

Wrafton

Pottering about in the reserve this afternoon: Goldcrest, 60+ Goldfinch, singing Song Thrush, a few Redwings, heard and then saw a Cetti's Warbler, and as I was leaving (about 3.30p.m) a Barn Owl flew round then landed on one of the perimeter fence posts near the gate!

Posted January 18th, 2016 at 4:43 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Stover Lake

On the lake early this morning 7 Goosanders were displaying in the pouring rain,the usual Tufted Duck did not seem impressed.

Posted January 18th, 2016 at 9:44 am by Keith Benyon-Tinker in Bird News

Sunday 17th January 2016

Black Redstarts in Teignmouth

I was surprised to find a group of 4 Black Redstarts (3 females and a male) flitting around gardens and rooftops in Fourth Avenue, Teignmouth, today.

Posted January 17th, 2016 at 9:52 pm by Stephen Edwards in Bird News

Slapton bridge

Just aftwer lunch time I spotted a marsh harrier heading to the easterly end of the marshes . He came from just to the right of the bridge and momentarily stopped in a large bush. He then headed off behind the foliage. About ten minutes later at the same spot i spotted a Firecrest just to the left of the bridge looking east, he didnt stop long and was quickly gone. Then an eagle eyed birder spotted very close in the bottom of the reed bed a water rail rumaging. it showed well for about 5 minutes before dissapearing back into the reeds.

Posted January 17th, 2016 at 7:18 pm by John Wilkes in Bird News

Slapton Ley

 3 Black-necked Grebes together at Torcross this morning just out from the tank. Reasonable numbers of Tufted Duck ( 100+ ) and Gadwall ( 50+ ) in Ireland Bay also 2 Pintail, 3 Wigeon and 4 Pochard. An Otter below Slapton Bridge.

Posted January 17th, 2016 at 5:27 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Torbay boat trip

This mornings boat trip on the Dart Princess out of Paignton Harbour was in beautiful conditions, the sea was like glass. Birds seen 17 Great Northern Diver, 18 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Common Scoter, 8 Purple Sandpiper, 11 Grey Heron, 2 Raven , Fulmar and best of all was 900+ Guillemots on the colony cliffs at Berry Head and many more on the sea. We had also 4 Grey Seals on the Brixham Marina wave screen.

If interested in coming on trips email wildbones@btinternet.com    

Posted January 17th, 2016 at 3:30 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Slavonian Grebe offshore with a score of Great Crested Grebes. Male Velvet Scoter with Common Scoter. Red-throated Diver off the sea wall. At least 2 Great Northern Divers but more stuff too far out to identify. 4 Razorbill on sea.

Absurdly close male Scaup at Decoy Country Park on way home!

Posted January 17th, 2016 at 3:05 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Saltram - The Ride and surrounding area. Sunday, 17 Jan

Sad to report the discovery of a dead Great Northern Diver on the stand line at around 09.30 this morning. No apparent injuries.

Otherwise a rewardiing morning with 31 species seen, many of the usual seen in this area but pleasing to see Mistle Thrush, Stonechat (M) and Meadow Pipit in the area below the old landfill site. Also pleasing to see there three Skylark showing well and, quite oblivious to me, at close quarters, performing what I assume is a courtship flight. Also pleasing to see Redwing and Stock Dove in and around the fields. In same field I saw five Grey Heron in one tree (awaiting the tide to go out!) 

John Lloyd

Posted January 17th, 2016 at 1:13 pm by John Lloyd in Bird News

Broadsands

1 Firecrest in Marsh between car parks, still 2-3 Siskin feeding in the alders, 9 Cirl Buntings and 4 Reed Bunting in 2nd carpark.

On the sea: 12 Great Northern Divers, 13 Great Crested Grebes, 7 Common Scoter and a pair of Pintail (rare in Torbay).

Posted January 17th, 2016 at 11:00 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Saturday 16th January 2016

Near Great Torrington

Redpoll (flammea race) enjoying nyger in my garden.  Stayed for half an hour feeding most of the time.

Redpoll (flammea)
Redpoll (flammea)

Enjoying nyger seed
Enjoying nyger seed

Posted January 16th, 2016 at 10:26 pm by Tony Brooking in Bird News

Isley Marsh

At high tide this morning, 3 Spoonbill, 34 Teal, 2 Cormorant, 1 Wren, 1 Robin, 25 Curlew, 4 Wigeon, 1 Redshank, 18 Oystercatcher, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 2m Stonechat, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 L/Egret, 3 Shelduck.

Posted January 16th, 2016 at 8:06 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Home Farm Marsh Gaia Trust

A dry windless walk along the trust today saw, 3 L/Egret, 1m Reed Bunting, 2 Stonechat 1m 1f, 12 Linnet, 1 Snipe, c120 Lapwing, 1 Kestrel, 2 Robin, 18 Canada, 10 Shoveler 6m 4f, c80 Teal, c60 Wigeon, 2 Raven, 11 Fieldfare, 5 Turnstone, 1 Wren.

Posted January 16th, 2016 at 7:58 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Otterton

A ringtail Hen Harrier flew NE over fields just to the NW of Ladram Bay Holiday Park at about 12.30. At least 5 Red- throated divers in Chiselbury Bay.

Posted January 16th, 2016 at 7:44 pm by Dan Hennessy in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Highlights today were the Black-necked Grebe showing well (especially on the low tide) by Laira Bridge, a Cormorant showing characteristics of sinensis, a Great Northern Diver, a Firecrest, and an excellent count of 10 Little Grebes. Also - 39 Curlews, Great Crested Grebe, a pair of Wigeon, 27 Shelducks, 3 Oystercatchers, 2 Snipe, Dunlin, 15 Turnstones, 3 Greenshanks, 109 Redshanks, Common Sandpiper, 10 Little Egrets, just 1 Grey Heron, Siskin, 3 Goldcrests, 2 Treecreepers, 3 Nuthatches and a Mistle Thrush.

A great spread of birds on the patch!

Posted January 16th, 2016 at 7:35 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Topsham

No sign of the Little bunting this afternoon at Darts Farm. A male and female Brambling and one Reed bunting in among 100s of Chaffinches. Also 2 Egyptian geese. Over at Bowling Green Marsh, the Black brant was in the field next to the viewing platform at 16:15.

Posted January 16th, 2016 at 6:43 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Ilfracombe

Such a luxury having a calm, gentle, dry day for once on the North coast of Devon.  .

We searched thoroughly for Purple Sandpipers this morning but could only find one. Where are the others, perhaps they have flown to Westward Ho!




Posted January 16th, 2016 at 6:26 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Siskins - Tarka Trail near Braunton Inn - 15th Jan

Took a stroll along the Tarka Trail yesterday & came across small flock of about 20 Siskins in the bushes near the Tarka Inn



Posted January 16th, 2016 at 5:09 pm by Chris Bollen in Bird News

SOUSSONS DARTMOOR

Large flocks of Feildfare and Redwings on farm fields.

Posted January 16th, 2016 at 4:55 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Teign - Water Pipit

Further to Will's post: photo of Water Pipit at Flow Point this morning. Also one Grey Wagtail.

Water Pipit
Water Pipit

Posted January 16th, 2016 at 3:46 pm by david cawthraw in Bird News

Powderham

3Spoonbill over Powderham deer park towards marshes at3o"clock 

Posted January 16th, 2016 at 3:36 pm by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

Teign Estuary

A Water Pipit was at Flow Point this morning alongside a couple of Rock Pipits. Counts from around the estuary included 12 Little Grebes, 18 Red-breasted Mergansers, 48 Shelducks, 16 Little Egrets, two Kingfishers, 91 Curlew, 14 Lapwings, six Ringed Plovers, eight Turnstones, five Common Sandpipers, 64 Redshanks and a Greenshank.

Posted January 16th, 2016 at 3:33 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Velator

A not-very-productive ringing session this morning was considerably improved when we caught the first Firecrest ringed in the reserve. Goldcrest and Chiffchaff also present.

Posted January 16th, 2016 at 2:36 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Friday 15th January 2016

broadsands carpark 14.1.16

I took this photo today which I guess is the Siberian chiff chaff? Two questions please of someone can answer.

Why Siberian chiff chaff? It's not in my Hamlyn guide.

Why chiff chaff? It doesn't call like a chiff chaff.

Thanks. PLF.

EDs: It it is a common Chiffchaff (collybita ) they don't sing in the winter very much - just call howeet the olive tones and ochre under tail coverts rule out Siberian Chiffchaff .

 

Posted January 15th, 2016 at 6:31 pm by philip fairclough in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

Spectacular light on the surface of the pond this aft.


Posted January 15th, 2016 at 5:02 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

River Plym / Blaxton meadow

High tide roost:

15 Grey heron, 8 Little egret, 130 Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 3 Little grebe, 61 Curlew, 28 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great northern diver heading up river, and 3 Red breasted merganser flew over. 

Posted January 15th, 2016 at 2:43 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

River Plym - Plymouth

The following were seen this morning during a short walk from the A38 viaduct to the Sewage discharge area: 1 GN Diver that, on the high tide, came up as far as the railway bridge; 1 BN Grebe; 6 Little Grebe; 3 Common Sandpiper; 1 Kingfisher.  On the scrape there were 55 Curlew and 26 Shelduck.

Posted January 15th, 2016 at 2:26 pm by Lesley Carr in Bird News

Plymouth

Purple Sandpiper with Turnstones at Tinside/Old diving platform 

Posted January 15th, 2016 at 1:57 pm by Tor Elm in Bird News

Thursday 14th January 2016

Darts Farm, Topsham

The Little Bunting was still present today but mobile and elusive in with the finch flocks. I had it a couple of times very early afternoon. It's best to wait by the path leading up the eastern edge of the cropfield above the ponds and let the bird come in and out with the roving finch flocks. Also there 3 Brambling including a very smart male and the 2 Egyptian Geese were in the next field north.

Posted January 14th, 2016 at 10:36 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Exmouth

Exmouth Seafront - the first-winter Glaucous Gull was roosting on a sandbar late this afternoon. Viewed from the clock tower and would have been visible from Warren Point too.

Posted January 14th, 2016 at 6:43 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Stover Park and Haldon Forest

5 Goosander on Stover lake (4 m, 1 f) and 3 G C Grebe were the highlights amongst the usual others, feeders very busy Marsh Tit, Nuthatch, Bullfinch, lots of Coal Tits etc.

Video of Goosanders - 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QIu-41bZvM

Haldon Forest (very cold wind) Siskin on feeders and brief male Brambling among the Chaffinches.

Goosander Female
Goosander Female

Goosander Male
Goosander Male

Siskin
Siskin

Posted January 14th, 2016 at 6:34 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

South Huish Marsh ~ Glossy Ibis

While debating the identity of some Pipits on South Huish Marsh early this afternoon one of the birders present picked out a Glossy Ibis feeding with a mixed flock of Oystercatchers, Starling, Jackdaws and Black-headed Gull.

The Glossy Ibis was showing very well if a bit distant but was very flighty and frequently taking to the air and giving good views of it in full flight before returning to the same area.

The Pipits present certainly included Rock and Meadow and the bird subject to debate possibly being identified as a Water Pipit certainly very light compared to the other species pale buffy grey brown top and white undersides.

The regular Ruddy Shelduck was with a flock of Canadian Geese; also present were Teal, Mallard, Heron, Lapwing, Song Thrush, Stonechat and Pied Wagtails.

Posted January 14th, 2016 at 6:23 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Wembury and River Plym

Sunny and muddy and a bracing wind this morning at Wembury but nice views of a water pipit, female type black redstart and common sandpiper on the beach near the sewage pipe at Wembury Point - water pipit constantly chasing off any rock pipits that dared to venture onto a small mass of seaweed where it was feeding.

Also seen - a good count of 74 oystercaatcher, 3 curlew and 8 little egrets along the beach, a flyover grey wagtail, a pair of bullfinch, 3 singing song thrush and a kestrel.

Offshore a few gannet and around The Mewstone a few fulmar.

From Laira Bridge over the River Plym a black necked grebe showing very well with 3 little grebe. A great northern diver also showing well as it headed down river, spooking the grebes as it dived beneath them. A kingfisher, 2 greenshank, 4 little egrets, a great crested grebe and a grey wagtail also seen.

Posted January 14th, 2016 at 5:20 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

East Dartmoor

Soussons: Superb adult male Hen Harrier hunting valley by Golden Dagger mine. Also: Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker & nearby 70 Fieldfare.

Bellever: 3 Siskin, Dipper.

Yarner Wood:  2m1f Mandarin Duck, 3 Marsh Tit, 2 Nuthatch.

Posted January 14th, 2016 at 4:44 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Berrrynarbor

 A Firecrest was present in the garden again today.

Posted January 14th, 2016 at 2:26 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Wednesday 13th January 2016

Brixham Harbour

3 GN Divers showing well in the inner harbour this morning; unfortunately, one has some oil on its underside.  In addition, 3 more GN Divers close in on the seaward side of the Breakwater. 

Posted January 13th, 2016 at 10:50 pm by George and Les Carr in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

I had  two visits to the Lower Lake today, there were 27 Goosander 18m 9f, 2 Cormorants, 2 G.C.Grebe, 18 Tufted Duck, c90 Black-headed Gull, 6 Teal,1 Grey Heron, 3 Coot, 1 Wren, 1 Nuthatch, Marsh,Willow,Blue,Great Tit seen.

Posted January 13th, 2016 at 6:31 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Exmouth

Shelly Beach - late pm - adult Bonaparte's Gull showing down to a few feet off Shelly Beach. Also a first or second-winter Glaucous Gull off there - roosting on Bull Hill. Nearby both Little and Great Crested Grebe in the Marina and the Black Redstart by the entrance to Warren View playing fields. Photos and more info on www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk

Posted January 13th, 2016 at 5:46 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Exe Estuary et al

Bowling Green Marsh: Amongst the throng: American Wigeon showing well, 8 Pintail, 2 Pochard, 143 Shoveler, c.700 Black-tailed Godwit plus Spotted Redshank & 15 Grey Plover from viewpoint.

Darts Farm: Male Brambling, c.200 Chaffinch, 6 Reed Bunting, 2 Egyptian Geese. Little Bunting reported but extremely elusive!

Powderham Marshes & Estuary: Brent Goose 900, Black Brant, Avocet 50, Shelduck 100, Ringed Plover 12, Red-breasted Merganser 5, Golden Plover 80 over, Little Egret 11 some with single Cattle Egret.

Stover Country Park: Goosander & 3 Great Crested Grebe.

Posted January 13th, 2016 at 5:26 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

WHITLEIGH WOOD

Had a walk through the woods plenty of bird life had 10 pluss goldcrest in with the tit flocks,three male bullfinches and one female two siskins,two redwings.

Posted January 13th, 2016 at 4:43 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Glossy Ibis Seaton

Glossy Ibis seen to day, pm, from bird hide at Seaton Marshes.  I am not sure what the hid is called, it is the one out beside the tram line



Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Posted January 13th, 2016 at 4:41 pm by Rob Jerrard in Bird News

SHOBROOKE LAKE, CREDITON

1130 this morning 10 male goosander and 3 female resting on lake.

Posted January 13th, 2016 at 3:53 pm by Tony Brooking in Bird News

Great Skua off Ilfracombe.

  Just 200 metres offshore ,a Great Skua flew west off Capstone ,Ilfracombe  On a calm sea.   Rather surprising having spent two hours at Hartland point yesterday in a north westerly gale hoping for a Skua.   Did see plenty of Fulmars and Kittiwakes,6 Gannets and a party of 8 Common Scoter plus a few Auks.Still at least 4 Siskin at Braunton feeding in Alders with Goldfinch.

Posted January 13th, 2016 at 3:45 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Little Bunting

A quick visit to Darts Farm 07:30 - 08:45 this morning to look for Brambling was rewarded with a Little Bunting. It showed rather well for a few minutes in the trees that run along the top of the corn field. Also female Brambling. 

Posted January 13th, 2016 at 3:09 pm in Bird News

Wrafton

The three Spoonbills by the Tarka Trail this morning at about 09.30 - 10.00. In the reserve 2 Chiffchaffs taking advantage of the sunshine to find a few insects.

Posted January 13th, 2016 at 2:51 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Berry Head

Black Guillemot again. This time seen fairly close in from halfway down the quarry path. Scambled down to get a couple of iffy record shots! Still there 1115.



Posted January 13th, 2016 at 12:22 pm by John Lusher in Bird News

Tuesday 12th January 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

A look over the marsh mid-morning the American Wigeon eventually woke up and was showing well in the left water channel and later in the field along the road also the Spotted Redshank, Pochard, Tufted Duck and the usual assortment of ducks and waders. Mid-day 13 Red Breasted Mergansers around Topsham quay.

Link to American Wigeon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TBaZDVZmuM

American Wigeon
American Wigeon

Posted January 12th, 2016 at 7:23 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Taw Estuary

A good sized flock of Goldies on Bassett's Ridge but not the total number for the estuary.

3 Spoonbills resting on the east bank of Chivenor Ridge waiting for the water level to be shallow enough to start searching for food in the North Gut. Gale force 8 NW.




Posted January 12th, 2016 at 6:49 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Haldon Forest

The male Brambling still showing well by the visitors centre mixing with the Chaffinch flock. Plenty of Siskins on the feeders.

Brambling
Brambling

Posted January 12th, 2016 at 6:45 pm by david cawthraw in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh

Male Marsh Harrier again this morning from the reserve in extremely windy conditions.

Posted January 12th, 2016 at 3:29 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Whitleigh Garden

 Gold finches 12 in number on feeder in garden the most i have seen so far.

Posted January 12th, 2016 at 3:15 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Monday 11th January 2016

Plymouth

A glorious sunny day down around Plymouth today.

Steer Point, Brixton ~ Curlew, Redshank, Oystercatcher and Green Woodpecker calling from across the river.

Turnchapel ~ Little Grebe (4) Kingfisher, Shelduck, Redshank, Little Egret, Grey Heron and Cormorant. (Local resident reported seeing a Barn owl at Staddiscombe in the last day or so)

Mount Batten ~ Rock Pipit, large numbers of Goldfinch one counted flock of 32 birds, hen Stonechat, several Goldcrest, Shag, Cormorant, Oystercatcher, Curlew, Great Black Backed Gull all viewed from the car park overlooking the break water.

From the slip way in front of the boat yards a very obliging Mediterranean Gull and Little Egret.

On the River Plym from the Embankment 6 Red-breasted Merganser (4 M – 2F) Redshank, Kingfisher, Curlew, Little Egret, at least 4 Little Grebe, Shelduck and the expected gull species.

Posted January 11th, 2016 at 8:16 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Axe Marshes

Glossy ibis seen briefly from the hide at Seaton Marshes, otherwise birds as reported from the field trip group.

:)

Posted January 11th, 2016 at 8:15 pm by Helen Whitall in Bird News

Baggy Point & Downend

4 Red throated Divers several hundred metres north of the point.

0 Common Scoters at Baggy & Downend.

Posted January 11th, 2016 at 6:17 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Black Hole Marsh - Colyford Common

24 members attended the first fieldtrip of the year with EAST Devon Branch and led by Bob Olliver.  Black Hole Marsh contained too much water for waders and the fields and Common were water logged but accessible via the new cyle way and boardwalks. The group split up as the morning progressed to allow for our numbers!  

Main interest were from 4 Chiffchaff (one near Field Study Centre and 3 in reeds at top end of Common).  Gulls present on scrape on Colyford Common produced a few Common Gulls and 3 Mediterranean (with a forth viewed on estuary from Tower Hide).   Large flock of Lapwing (c300) present on Common at a distance.  A single Gadwall on BHM viewed from TH.  Kingfisher, Stonechats, Kestrel, 2 Little Grebe, small number of Bl-tailed Godwits also present plus Sparrow Hawk and five Buzzard scoped over HIlls to east, plus Barn Owl. A good start to 2016.

 

Posted January 11th, 2016 at 6:13 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Fernworthy Reservoir

My first visit to Fernworthy Reservoir, an enjoyable circumnavigation finishing at the hides.

Species of note were a Kestrel (see photo) perched at the top of a large conifer on the northern side of the reservoir in perfect light. At the higher of the two hides, solitary Mallard (m), Great Crested and Little Grebes the GCG seen (and photographed at distance) catching a large fish. 

From the lower hide a small group of 5 Tufted Ducks (no photos my battery ran out). 

On the walk back to the car park a pair of Goldfinches.

This is a lovely site and the lower hide is in a great location so will definitely be visiting again soon.

Kestrel
Kestrel

Great Crested Grebe
Great Crested Grebe

Posted January 11th, 2016 at 5:17 pm by Andy Brown in Bird News

Slapton Ley

From the Slapton end of the Ley: 6 Goldeye, Tufted Ducks, Gadwalls, uncountable numbers of Coots and 2 Great Crested Grebes. Along the footpath: 1 Firecrest and several Redwings. Walked over to Torcross and half way along the path (road side) a Marsh Harrier giving good views flying over the reed beds. From the Torcross hide: 3 Black-necked Grebes. On my return leg a Water Rail by the bridge near the Slapton end entrance. Cettis Warblers calling all around. Chiffchaff and Reed buntings the other birds of note.

Posted January 11th, 2016 at 5:04 pm by david cawthraw in Bird News

Broadsands

Both bird species showing well

Firecrest
Firecrest

Goldcrest
Goldcrest

Posted January 11th, 2016 at 4:52 pm by Colin Scott in Bird News

South Huish Marsh, Bolberry Down & Slapton Ley

South Huish Marsh: Ruddy Shelduck, 4 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, Water Pipit, 4 Stonechat.

Bolberry Down:  Dartford Warbler in gorse scrub. Kestrel.

Slapton Ley: 3 Black-necked Grebes at Torcross; 3 Great Crested Grebe, Goldeneye, Water Rail, 2 Cetti's Warblers.

Posted January 11th, 2016 at 4:36 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Mergansers on the Exe

Just spotted a pair of Red-breasted Mergansers on the River Exe from the bridge at Duckes Marsh, Exeter.  They were heading upstream.

Posted January 11th, 2016 at 3:45 pm by Sam Stripp in Bird News

Broadsands

 The Siberian Chiffchaff was again in the reedy ditch near to the sea wall this morning with 3 Firecrest and 3-4 Goldcrest, 2 Siskin in the taller alders also.

 Siberian Chiffchaff Broadsands 11 Jan 2016 ML  Firecrest Broadsands 11 Jan 2016 ML

Video - Siberian Chiffchaff: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fg9AyJDnwp8

Video - Siberian Chiffchaff magically turning into a Goldcrest!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVGKnLlnDaI

 

Posted January 11th, 2016 at 2:41 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Brixham

Black guillemot c. 300 metres off shoalstone pool 1130 this morning. Watched for about 20 mins. Wing panels looked pure white so probably adult. Took a couple of long range record shots but not very good!

Posted January 11th, 2016 at 1:46 pm by John Lusher in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh

The male Marsh Harrier was again present in a tree in the reed-bed near Chivenor this morning. Viewed from in the reserve.

Posted January 11th, 2016 at 12:32 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Turf/Powderham

news from sunday

cattle egret with 9 little egrets south of turf in field with cattle feeder west of railway line 3 pm onwards. flew to roost to powderham at 4.30 pm

also black brant in fields between turf and powderham corner.

Posted January 11th, 2016 at 11:18 am by Leigh lock in Bird News

Sunday 10th January 2016

Leuchistic Oystercatcher @ Brixham Pier

10-01-16 a Leuchistic Oystercatcher @ Brixham Pier seen this afternoon it took me a little while to see this as I though it was first year colours

Leuchistic Oystercatcher @ Brixham Pier
Leuchistic Oystercatcher @ Brixham Pier

Posted January 10th, 2016 at 9:26 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

South Efford Marsh

South Efford, late am/early pm, of note: 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Kingfishers, 1 Firecrest, 8 Bullfinches (flock).

Posted January 10th, 2016 at 9:19 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

South Huish Marsh

Ruddy Shelduck still present and 1 Peregrine, South Huish Marsh, early am.

Posted January 10th, 2016 at 9:17 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Torbay boat trip

Fine weather for this mornings boat trip around Torbay. All as per Nigels previous post, but whilst he was making the tea I had 2 small flocks of Razorbills, each of around 10 -12 individuals - so Razorbill count up to around 25. Also 2-3 Ravens & a Little Egret. The unknown grebe turns out to be partial summer plumage GC Grebe amongst the winter plumage birds. 

Fulmar
Fulmar

Razorbills
Razorbills

Razorbill
Razorbill

Posted January 10th, 2016 at 9:01 pm by Paul Treen in Bird News

Isley Marsh. Could these be Great Egrets?

As a very inexperienced birder I'd appreciate some help here. 4 Spoonbills fairly close, who then flew off some distance to stand beside what looked through bins to be 2 egrets, but the same size as the spoonbills! ie huge for Little Egrets. However they definitely had nape feathers.

So too big for Little Egret but Greats dont have nape feathers and shouldnt really be here. However I note that the 'Where to watch Birds in Devon and Cornwall' mentions a sighting of 1 Great Egret at Braunton Marsh which is just opposite.

Could it be??

Posted January 10th, 2016 at 8:24 pm by Jonathan Hughes-Jones in Bird News

Avocet Cruise out of Topsham

Good numbers of Godwits as you'd expect with plenty of Dunlin and Grey Plover showing well. With plenty of Floodwater around Topsham and the Clyst confluence the Avocet numbers were diluted with birds seen off Lympstone and further downstream. Nice to see good numbers of Sanderling and Ringed Plover just downstream of Turf locks. 15+ Red Breasted Mergansers seen and great views of a pair of Goldeneye near Topsham. We had an amazing flyby from 300+ Brent Geese heading towards Exminster Marshes.

A quick look at Bowling Green Marsh where the Marsh had been taken over by 2000+ Widgeon and other wildfowl but no American. Just before I left the whole flock was spooked and then the Marsh was birdless. Quite a sight.

Good day around Topsham.  

Godwits off Topsham
Godwits off Topsham

Goldeneye near Turf Lock
Goldeneye near Turf Lock

Red Breasted Mergansers
Red Breasted Mergansers

Posted January 10th, 2016 at 7:33 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Brixham Harbour 10-01-16

10-01-16 Brixham Harbour & Pier.
3 Great Northern Divers in the inner harbour, did'nt seem to bother too much about me taking photo's, several Sahgs and cormorants along with plenty of Turnstones. On The Harbour Pier, Turnstones, about a dozen Purple Sandpipers and a Oystercatcher

Great Norther Divers
Great Norther Divers

Purple Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper

Turnstone
Turnstone

Posted January 10th, 2016 at 7:24 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Birding around Topsham

Had such a good day around Topsham and Darts Farm, found 49 species but sure I missed a few, A Spotted Redshank showing well on the platform.


Posted January 10th, 2016 at 7:04 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Topsham - Dart's Farm

One female Brambling in the mixed finch flock feeding in the maze this morning,

Posted January 10th, 2016 at 6:51 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 12:00 till 14:00 from the hide

With water levels still high wildfowl numbers are very good with 2500+ wigeon a very impressive sight, 200+ teal, 30+ gadwall , 120+ shoveler, 2 pochard, 5+ tufted duck, , 2 sparrowhawk, 1 peregrine, 2 buzzard, 2 nuthatch, 4+ song thrush, 80+ chaffinch, 400+ black tailed godwits, 1 water rail, 2 Cetti's warbler, 12+ goldcrests, 2 coal tits, 1 great spotted woodpecker.

Posted January 10th, 2016 at 6:46 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Stover CP

Male Goosander showing well on the lake this afternoon.

Posted January 10th, 2016 at 5:43 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

South Hams

A late morning start for a drive round some of the South Hams birding spots

The tidal road at Averton Gifford, gave Little Egret, Redshank, Greenshank and Oyster Catcher.

Kingsbridge Quay almost devoid of bird life a few Herring Gulls and a couple of Redshank.

Bowcombe Creek near Kingsbridge had a good number of Shell duck up river from the A379 road bridge, Curlew and Redshank.

Slapton Ley very busy with a fishing festival the entire length of the beach and a prolonged down pour put paid to any birding as such, most of the water birds on the ley were gathered on the Higher Ley, Slapton Field centre end)

Blackdown Rings,  Nr Loddiswell (very wet as are most places) but Yellow Hammer a large moving flock of Redwing, Wren and a few Pheasant.

Back home in South Brent a garden watch gave Wren, Song and Mistle Thrush, Redwing, a male Bullfinch, Stock Dove, GSWP, Long Tailed Tit, hen Siskin and a Goldcrest.

Posted January 10th, 2016 at 4:18 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Teignmouth Sunday 2.00 pm

Great Northen Diver.  Four, possibly five off Sprey Point. At times very close to shore.

Fulmars back on nesting sites off Holcombe.

Smaller unidentified diver further out to sea off Holcombe.

Posted January 10th, 2016 at 4:14 pm by Patrick Case in Bird News

Tamar estuary / Ernesettle

1200 - 1510 

On a falling tide:  32 Avocet, 57 Teal, 5 Great crested Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 4 Greenshank, 2 Shelduck, 1 Common gull, 1 Kingfisher, and 4 Buzzard circling high overhead.

Posted January 10th, 2016 at 4:06 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Broadsands

The Siberian Chiffchaff was present in the small pool between the carparks mid morning and two Firecrest in the reedy ditch near to the sea wall, also 2 Siskin in the alders between the car parks. At least 10 Cirl Buntings and 1 Reed Bunting on seed in the 2nd car park.

On the sea: 33 Great Crested Grebes, 12 Great Northern Divers on the sea one flew off high inland toward the the River Dart.

Posted January 10th, 2016 at 3:59 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Boat trip Torbay

Sunshine for this mornings boat trip on the Dart Princess in Torbay gave us a mixture of birds including 35+ Great Northern Diver, 30+ Great Crested Grebe, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Grebe which needs closer look at Paul Treen's picture, 40+ Cormorant, 5 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Razorbill ( entrance to Paignton Harbour ), no Guillemots on colony but many on the water from Brixham to Hopes Nose. On Ore Stone and Thatcher Rock at least 40+ Great Black-backed Gull, the most i have seen in an area in the Bay. In Brixham Harbour 2 Grey Seals hauled out on marina wave break, one appered to  have an old wound on back. A good trip in lovely sunshine, next Sunday trip full. 

  

Posted January 10th, 2016 at 3:40 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Stover Lake, Newton Abbot

 A drier day today with the following wildfowl on the lake: 4 Goosander, 7 Tufted Duck,3 Pochard, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Great crested Grebe, 7 Coot, 1  adult Grey Heron, 5 Cormorant, Snipe & Water Rail in the marsh. Plenty of woodland species around the aerial walkway feeder including Marsh Tit. A few more Siskin calling than previous weeks.

Posted January 10th, 2016 at 2:36 pm by JDA in Bird News

Saturday 9th January 2016

Clennon Lakes

Despite the rain and even lightning, a brave birding group turned up for a walk around the lakes the highlight was a brief view of the Siberian Chiffchaff in the ditch near to the water pumping station close to the Torbay Leisure centre, lots of Goldcrest but no Firecrest today.

Posted January 9th, 2016 at 8:30 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Topsham

The American wigeon was on Bowling Green Marsh this morning with thousands of Wigeon. 25 Gadwall was a high number for the marsh. The marsh was looking and sounding fantastic.

Posted January 9th, 2016 at 6:55 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Decoy to BGM

Decoy lake, Newton Abbot ~ The recently reportedScaup and a single Gadwall both showing at very close quarters by the slip way as you walk out to the lake from the car park and buildings, 18 Coot counted, Moorhen, Mute Swan and Back Headed Gulls.

Darts Farm simply weathered off due to a prolonged period of torrential rain, Carrion Crows and Wood Pigeons landing on the arable field but very little else, welly boots now needed on the path way.

Bowling Green Marsh was simply incredible, a huge number of ducks, predominantly Wigeon, one birder had made a count of an estimated 2000 (the American Wigeon had reportedly been present earlier in the day)

A large raft of Shovellers, a single Gadwall, Pintails, two drake Tufted, three Grey Lag Geese with the large numbers of Canadian Geese.

Waders well represented with large numbers of Godwits, Redshank, a small number of Avocet flew in, Lapwings, Grey Plover, Snipe and in clear open view in front of the hide two Greenshank and a single Spotted Redshank giving the best views that I have had to date of this species.

Exminster Marshes is still very badly flooded and very little to be seen other than Canadian Geese and Lapwings.

Plenty of Little Egret around the Powderham area but no sign of the Cattle Egret from today’s wanderings.

On the approach to Star Cross a Bar Headed Goose in with a flock of Canadian Geese, Wigeon, Curlew and Oyster Catchers.

The River Teign by Shaldon Bridge gave a male Red Breasted Merganser, then the heavens opened again the day came to an unbelievably wet end.

Posted January 9th, 2016 at 6:15 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Gannets in the Sounds

Almost a dozen adult Gannets fishing in Plymouth Sound In all that

wind & rain!

Posted January 9th, 2016 at 6:12 pm by Stephen J Turner in Bird News

Glossy Ibis - South Efford Marsh

Went to South Huish Marsh late this morning, but no sign of the reported glossy ibis. Later 2.30 - 1600 went to a very wet South Efford Marsh, Aveton Gifford. A glossy ibis, present amongst approx 20 curlew and reasonable numbers, 50 or so of each species, mallard, teal and wigeon. 2 greenshank and 1 redshank showed well in the pool in front of the hide. A distant record shot of the ibis as I left.

Glossy Ibis - South Efford Marsh - 9.1.16
Glossy Ibis - South Efford Marsh - 9.1.16

Posted January 9th, 2016 at 5:42 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Egrets at Darts Farm

Further to Simon Tonge's post yesterday, here's a phot of Cattle and Little Egrets for size comparison. Quyality poor because they were quite distant.

Cattle Egret  and Little Egret
Cattle Egret and Little Egret

Posted January 9th, 2016 at 5:16 pm by Margaret Mackintosh in Bird News

Braunton

Met Rob J on the Tarka Trail near Tesco this morning, (female Great Spotted Woodpecker gave great views) and we tracked down the Siskin flock in the Alders on the south side of the Tesco bridge. There were 25+ feeding well, but were then put up by something, again no Redpolls apparent.

I went over to the reserve and found at least a dozen (more?) Siskin there. A Redshank was again on the flood, and the Gull flock included a couple of Common Gulls. Went on down to the estuary - in the Caen quite a few Redshank, one Little Grebe and a Common Sandpiper.

Looking across at Isley, I could make out one Spoonbill, and at least 10 Little Egrets in the area. 

On my way home I got to the Tarka Trail and once again the Siskins were in the Alders (by the trail this time) and it seemed as if there were more. The heavens opened, it got darker and it was clearly time for lunch.....

Posted January 9th, 2016 at 2:01 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Evening and morning at Sherpah marsh

Great views of a hunting Barn Owl with Kestrel, a large flock of Pied Wagtails 30+ and two Cetti's calling from the marsh Friday evening. This morning 3 Spoonbills on the flood near the tarka trail.

Posted January 9th, 2016 at 12:30 pm by Rob Barnes in Bird News

Friday 8th January 2016

Westward Ho! Purple Sandpipers.

  Five Purple Sandpipers on rocks at high tide,just west of 

Nassau Court.

Posted January 8th, 2016 at 7:27 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Greater Scaup Decoy Lake Newton Abbot

https://youtu.be/B5WkXlieUxk

Greater Scaup
Greater Scaup

Posted January 8th, 2016 at 6:44 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Darts Farm, Topsham

A cattle egret was with three little egrets in front of the hide at midday, and a brambling was among the chaffinches and goldfinches at the top of the little hill that overlooks the whole site.

Posted January 8th, 2016 at 6:27 pm by Simon Tonge in Bird News

Cackling Goose

I haven't heard of the Cackling Goose mentioned in recent dispatches, but can confirm it was still present at Matford Pools, Exeter, this lunchtime.  It was in its usual haunt at the end nearest the thatched cottage and skulking amongst the sedge grasses.  Also there with the usual ducks were two pairs of Gadwall.

Posted January 8th, 2016 at 5:09 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

South Huish Marsh & South Efford Marsh

South Huish: Glossy Ibis showing well. Also: Kingfisher, Ringed Plover, 56 Wigeon, 54 Teal.

West Buckland: 2 Chiffchaff.

South Efford: 170 Wigeon, 30 Teal, Kingfisher, 3 Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, 2 Redshank. No sign of water pipit!

Posted January 8th, 2016 at 4:22 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Braunton

Sue Bruce told me of a flock of Goldfinch, Siskins and a few  Redpoll along the Tarka Trail near the Tesco bridge, so I returned this afternoon and did indeed find Goldfinches and Siskins, but sadly no Redpoll. Worth another look I think...

Posted January 8th, 2016 at 4:18 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Slapton Ley

08:20-13:00. Moderate SSW veering SW, bright spells, heavy shower midday.

On arrival at Slapton Bridge nice looking dark Marsh Harrier quartering the Higher Ley. Little Grebe on the Graveyard Pool. Walked around to Southgrounds, 7 more Little Grebes ( can't recall seeing a Great Crested Grebe which is unusual ), 108 Tufted Ducks ( no Pochards ), 10 Goldeneyes ( 5 males ), 2 Mistle Thrushes, 4 Redwings, male Blackcap and 2 Firecrests. Did the Johnny Cash bit and walked the line  ( to Torcross ) but the sea was very quiet, just a distant unidentified diver heading south. At Torcross the 2 Black-necked Grebes together viewable from the tank.

Lots of birdsong, Goldeneye displaying, a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming and even a frog croaking briefly in Ireland Bay, someone better tell them about next week !

 

Posted January 8th, 2016 at 4:02 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Broadsands

The Siberian Chiffchaff has been showing well again - now that the little bully of a Yellow-browed Warbler has moved on. Also a single collybita type Chiffchaff present. Nice comparison shots today below:

Siberian Chiffchaff Broadsands 8th Jan 2016 ML  Chiffchaff 'collybita' Broadsands 8th Jan 2016

On the Sea: 5 Great Northern Divers & 21 Great Crested Grebes

Posted January 8th, 2016 at 3:58 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

The American Wigeon was showing to the left of the hide amongst huge numbers of Wigeon this lunchtime.

In the field by the platform a large flock of Brent Geese.

From the platform, a Spotted Redshank showing well.

Posted January 8th, 2016 at 2:53 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Tarka trail - Chivenor

I am delighted to report that the wonderful ghost of all Robins is still with us having made it through a challenging couple of months weather wise.


Posted January 8th, 2016 at 1:39 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Thursday 7th January 2016

Dartington

Firecrest and female Blackcap in the garden today. 4 Wigeon Queens Marsh late afternoon.

Posted January 7th, 2016 at 8:17 pm in Bird News

Berry Head

big flock of gannets estimated 150-200 following a trawler into the bay. also 1 great northern diver close off shore also guillimots and fulmars close

Posted January 7th, 2016 at 5:06 pm by Jeff Hacon in Bird News

Dipper

Dipper at Chambercombe Manor (Ilfracombe) 6th January.


Posted January 7th, 2016 at 3:17 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

South Hams

Sunday 3rdJan. 3 Black-necked Grebes on the Ley at Torcross and 1 GND south offshore. 

Monday 4th Jan. 2 Black-necked Grebes on Ley at Torcross also7 Goldeneye and 60 Tufted Duck.

Start Point. 5 Gannet. 

Tuesday 5th,1 Black-necked Grebe on the Ley at Torcross, Kingfisher at Slapton Bridge and 1 Red-crested Pochard on the Ley.

Wednesday 6th 1 Black-necked Grebe on the Ley at Torcross at dawn, Tawny Owl in the garden prior. (Peacock butterfly in flight after leaving M5 mayhem! )

Posted January 7th, 2016 at 1:01 pm by Stephen Wadsworth in Bird News

Teignmouth

A walk along the seafront from the harbour car park to Spray Point produced a total of 15 Great Northern Divers some quite close to shore. 


Posted January 7th, 2016 at 12:06 pm by david cawthraw in Bird News

Wednesday 6th January 2016

Thurlestone Bay and south Huish Marsh

i picked up a message left by Arthur Livett this morning to say he'd had  a Great Skua going East at Thurlestone bay and very unusual a Little Auk close in past Leasefoot beach, his first for Devon.

On South Huish the Glossy Ibis was present also the Ruddy Shelduck and a Water Pipit as well as the usual Teal etc.

Posted January 6th, 2016 at 10:58 pm in Bird News

Broadsands

An hour visit at lunch time, focused only on the sea produced 7 Great Northern Divers, 1 Red-Throated Diver, 7 Common Scotor and 24 Great-crested Grebes.

Posted January 6th, 2016 at 8:50 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

B3212 Dartmoor

12-30pm a shorteared owl hunting near powder mills pottery

Posted January 6th, 2016 at 6:39 pm by Keith McGinn in Bird News

Broadsands - Brixham Harbour - Berry Head

Broadsands: 2 Firecrest; 4 Goldcrest; Siberian Chiffchaff (tristis), 4 Siskin: 2 Cirl Bunting; Reed Bunting. Offshore 2 Great Northern Diver, Gannet, 25 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Common Scoter - no small grebes, a change in the weather and all goes quiet!

Brixham Harbour: 3 Guillemot (one oiled), 1 Great Northern Diver, 10 Purple Sandpiper, 11 Turnstone.

Berry Head: 6 Fulmar, 3 Gannet, 2 Kittiwake, 12 Razorbill, c.300 Guillemot on cliffs.

Posted January 6th, 2016 at 4:40 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

South Brent

A visit to a private lake near South Brent gave a counted flock of 73 Wigeon, 4  Mallard, 4 Moorhen, 1 Coot, at least2 Little Grebe, Buzzard, Raven and a Green Woodpecker calling.

Small species included Long Tailed Tits, Gold Crests, Goldfinch and Pied Wagtail.

On the River Avon at Brent Mill a Dipper.

Around home a total of 28 species, including 17 Goldfinch on the feeders first thing this morning along with 3 Siskin, Nuthatch, Greenfinch, male and female Greater Spotted Woodpeckers, Pied and Grey Wagtails, Buzzard, Sparrow Hawk, 2 Stock Dove flew over and then circled the house field, Jay, 2 Bullfinch, Raven overhead,small numbers of both Fieldfare and Redwing, Long Tailed Tits around the feeders and hedgerows for most of the day.

Posted January 6th, 2016 at 4:27 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Firecrests at Broadsands

Great views of 2 Firecrests in the corner of the car park in bright sunshine this morning

Posted January 6th, 2016 at 2:56 pm by Adam Davison in Bird News

Darts Farm

Visited Darts Farm this lunchtime. I eventually found 2 female Bramblings feeding at the far end of the crop field amongst a flock of Chaffinches. Also, Reed Bunting, Fieldfare and Stonechat.

Posted January 6th, 2016 at 2:51 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Tuesday 5th January 2016

Budleigh and Woodbury Common

2 Purple Sandpipers off rocks below Otter Head this am and a Great Grey Shrike on Woodbury Common this afternoon at approx SY040871. Presumably the same bird first found this morning by Dave Murray on Bicton Common to the south. Also Jack Snipe on Woodbury Common.

Posted January 5th, 2016 at 6:21 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

American Wigeon and Brambling

Darts Farm ~ Very good for the smaller bird species today, three Reed Bunting feeding on the bullrush heads to the side and front of the hide.

Good sized flocks of House Sparrow, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Chaffinch and Linnet. A Wren around the hide with a notably very pale underside. Fieldfare and Redwing in small numbers around the farm area.

Bowling Green Marsh ~ the marsh is well flooded and proving to be heaven for a huge number of ducks mostly Wigeon which included the American Wigeon which was spotted by a very friendly birder called George who soon had everyone aware of its location on the far side of the marsh close to the reed beds. Three Tufted duck, Pintail, Shoveller, Teal and a fly over Shell Duck.

Lapwing, two Snipe, one Greenshank, Greylag Geese. In the field by the entrance to the viewing platform lane a flock of 25 Brent Geese that panicked and took flight when a hen Kestrel came over them.

From the viewing platform, considerable numbers of wading species on the Lympstone side of the river, two closer Avocet showing well, Redshank and Oyster Catcher however the distance and bright sun made viewing and identification difficult.

Exminster Marshes ~ the access road beyond Lions Rest is inaccessible due to flood water, but the surrounding flooded fields contained huge numbers of wading species, a large flock of Lapwing lifted and simply filled the view, Curlew, Redshank and Godwits present, again distance and a low sun made observation difficult. A Kestrel and a Long Tailed Tit flock seen on the way out.

Haldon Forest Park ~ a male Brambling in with the Chaffinch flock, good numbers of Siskin, Coal Tit, Dunnock, Greenfinch and Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, two singing Song Thrush, a fly past from two Raven.

Bickington A38 ~ a Kestrel perched on a roadside tree and another at Marley Head.

Back home at South Brent the day had started with a female Siskin on the feeders with ten Goldfinch, the late afternoon gave Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Buzzard, Wren, Dunnock, a brief visit to the feeders from a Marsh Tit, Stock Dove overhead and unfortunately a dead Tawny owl found in the garden,up to three had been heard calling overnight.

Posted January 5th, 2016 at 5:18 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Plympton

14 Mandarins on Saltram House duckpond this afternoon (10m, 4 f).

Posted January 5th, 2016 at 4:48 pm by Jason Smart in Bird News

Hope's nose

2 Great Northern Divers on the water close to shore. 3 Greatcrested grebes flew past . several Guillimots on the water

Yesterday (4th Jan) 1 Great Northern Diver Torquay outer harbour

Posted January 5th, 2016 at 4:19 pm by Jeff Hacon in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

Andy Bond found 2 Great White Egrets together at 1.50pm south of the lane to Lions Rest , fairly distantly to the right of the reservoir. For no reason, they both took flight at 2.30pm and slowly headed south at tree top level. They banked right and appeared to drop down on Powderham Marsh, but there was no further sign.  

Posted January 5th, 2016 at 4:14 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Dart's Farm

Around the fields in amongst the Chaffinch and Linnet flock was one Brambling and on the Reedmace two Reed Buntings.


Posted January 5th, 2016 at 3:42 pm by david cawthraw in Bird News

Broadsands

On sea: 25 Great Northern Divers, 22 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Common Scoter, 3 Shelduck, 1 2w Mediterranean Gull - no small grebes at all!

Car parks: 14 Cirl Buntings and 2 Reed Bunting on seed, 3 Siskin, 2 Firecrest, 7 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff and a Water Rail.

Clennon Lakes: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 2 Water Rail, 6 Siskin, 2 Little Grebes.

Siberian Chiffchaff Clennon Lakes 5th Jan 2016 ML

Photo:  Siberian Chiffchaff

Posted January 5th, 2016 at 2:48 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary & Slapton Ley

Estuary highlights were 4 Great Northern Diver, 11 Great Crest Grebe, 16 Pintail, 550 Wigeon, 2 Red Breasted Merganser, 200 Dunlin, 2 Grey Plover & ! Blackwit.

Slapton - 2 Red Crested Pochard, 3 Goldeneye, 4 Little Grebe.

Posted January 5th, 2016 at 12:45 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Berrynarbor

The Firecrest was again in the garden this morning. I was able to take a quick photo.

Posted January 5th, 2016 at 12:18 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

The flood water was slightly lower today than yesterday but still too high to walk to the canal. From Station Road there were lots of birds to see including huge flocks of black-headed gulls, over 100 redshank, 50+ dunlin and c200 lapwing. A single spotted redshank was unusual as was a black-necked grebe on flood water opposite the Lions Rest Estate. Otherewise plenty of wigeon, teal, shoveller and a few tufted duck. A peregrine occasionally left its perch on the pylon to cause panic. In one of the gateways, under water, was a mass of earth worms - many hundred, this might explain the huge number of birds. I saw only one chiffchaff.

Posted January 5th, 2016 at 11:59 am by John Waldon in Bird News

Monday 4th January 2016

Roadford Lake

SW Lakes Hide - Highlights, Lesser Redpoll, Sparrowhawk, Great Crested Grebe, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Marsh Tit. Forest - Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Goldfinch, Jay. 12-14.30. 

Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker

Marsh Tit
Marsh Tit

Posted January 4th, 2016 at 7:41 pm by Trev in Bird News

Brixham Harbour 04/01/16

Several Great Northern Divers seen around the harbour. A Turnstone seen on the breakwater & a Razorbill seen briefly off the end of the breakwater.

Great Northern Diver
Great Northern Diver

Turnstone
Turnstone

Razorbill
Razorbill

Posted January 4th, 2016 at 7:14 pm by Martin Johns in Bird News

Cattle Egret Bowling Green Marsh

Seen from hide at Bowling Green Marsh. 

Posted January 4th, 2016 at 6:56 pm by Ronnie Spedding in Bird News

Brixham harbour and Broadsands

A walk around Brixham harbour and breakwater gave good numbers of Great Northern Divers, Shag and Cormorants, a handful of Guillemots, one Black Throated  Diver, plenty of Turnstones, a Rock Pipit and Pied Wagtail on the breakwater.

Five Purple Sandpipers and up to five Gannets diving and feeding just off of the end of the breakwater.

At Broadsands a check of the coast line gave a counted 18 Great Crested Grebe and one Scoter. The “Cirl” car park gave no less than nine Cirl Buntings mostly males, one male Bullfinch and a female Reed Bunting , a check of the other car park almost came up with a total blank but eventually a Goldcrest showed.

Back at home 2 Siskin on the feeders and another pass from a Sparrow Hawk.

Posted January 4th, 2016 at 5:39 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Walked into the hide at 11am and the first bird I scoped was the drake American Wigeon asleep on the right hand bank. As far as I'm aware this is the first time it has been seen in 2016. It stayed until 12.15pm when the whole flock was spooked and flew off( presumably back to Exminster). 

Later this afternoon, following a phone call from MW saying that the Cattle Egret had flown into Bowling Green at 2.15pm, it was still on view till at least 3pm, when it and the 6 Little Egrets it was with, were still viewable from the lane before the hide on the left hand side of the marsh.

Also today-

Cockwood- adult Little Gull, Goldeneye and Great Northern Diver

Darts Farm - female Brambling and Kingfisher

Exmouth - adult Med Gull off Shelley Beach.

Posted January 4th, 2016 at 5:36 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Plym Estuary/Laira Bridge.

At the south end of the Plym Estuary by Laira Bridge the following were seen this morning. Great Crested Grebe , Shag  and 3 Great Northern Divers. Not bad for 5 minutes birding whilst recycling the Christmas tree!

Posted January 4th, 2016 at 2:07 pm by Philip Phillips in Bird News

Slapton Red Crested Pochard

Sunday afternoon, distant Goldeneye visible in scope, also a Red Crested Pochard....reports of a recent Bittern at the northern end, by the bridge

Posted January 4th, 2016 at 1:45 pm by Trevor Leaman in Bird News

Velator

Best in the reserve this morning was a Goldcrest. The male Marsh Harrier was again over Sherpa Marsh, and the Redshank and Greenshank on the flood.

Posted January 4th, 2016 at 12:30 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Sunday 3rd January 2016

Brixham Birds- Sunday lunchtime

Excellent views of the many Great Northern Divers and Turnstone, with Gannets galore! Unfortunately also 1 Guillemot with severe oiling which swam to the breakwater and tried to clean itself.

Great Northern Diver
Great Northern Diver

Turnstone
Turnstone

Oiled Guillemot
Oiled Guillemot

Posted January 3rd, 2016 at 10:33 pm by Nick D'Agorne in Bird News

Brixham

A count this morning 0900-1000hrs from Battery Gardens to Shoalstone car park produced 38 Great Northern Divers, 1 Red-throated Diver, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Red-breasted Merganser and 8 Common Scoter.

 

Posted January 3rd, 2016 at 8:33 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Update on Brixham Harbour

Following Simon's post earlier, later in the afternoon there were 18 GN Divers in the inner harbour with another group of 5 a few feet off the walkway by the AZ carpark and at least 3 more amongst the boats moored in the harbour. Lots more out in the bay but unable to give accurate number as only had binoculars.  Wonderful to see a range of plumages including one coming into summer plumage. 

Posted January 3rd, 2016 at 8:14 pm by George and Les Carr in Bird News

Budleigh, Exe and Commons

Carried out our now traditional New Year Bird Race today. All within a 7 mile radius of Budleigh.
Total tally 97 species (same as last year!). Maybe the 100 will be broken next year!
Highlights:
Great Skua briefly off Exmouth early morning
Firecrest - White Bridge on the Otter
Short-eared Owl and Woodcock at Dusk on Woodbury Common

Posted January 3rd, 2016 at 7:27 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Great Northern Diver @ Laira Bridge, Plymouth

03-01-16 At approx 11.30am a Great Northern Diver was photographed very well, also at the other end of the estuary on the River Plym the Kingfisher was showing very well

Great Norther Diver 03-01-16
Great Norther Diver 03-01-16

Great Norther Diver with a crab feast 03-01-16
Great Norther Diver with a crab feast 03-01-16

Kingfisher
Kingfisher

Posted January 3rd, 2016 at 5:53 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Topsham

No sign of the American wigeon on Bowling Green Marsh this afternoon but it could have been there behind a bank or asleep. Hundreds of wigeon to look through. Very few waders at high tide (Avocets, Lapwing, Snipe and 1 Black-tailed godwit). Guess most waders are using Exminster Marshes. Also little on the river from the viewing platform (6 Red-breasted mergansers). Cattle egret and Jack snipe at Highfield Farm most definitely the day's highlights.

Posted January 3rd, 2016 at 5:44 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Brixham Harbour

From Freshwater Car Park to the end of the Sea Wall I counted up 22 GNDivers, at one point 15 of them were in the inner harbour. Also 2 GC Grebes and 3 Purple Sandpipers, all this great stuff slightly tempered with the sad sight of a couple of Guillemots trying to get the oil off thier feathers.




Posted January 3rd, 2016 at 5:29 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Exmouth sighting

4 Red-Breasted Merganser 1M-3FM

Posted January 3rd, 2016 at 5:23 pm by barry williams in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

Male Goosander by High House Point.

Posted January 3rd, 2016 at 3:27 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Black Redstart Budleigh

Showing well at about 10.30am on the garden walls near Pebbles Bed and Breakfast just down the coast path from Steamer Steps. Seen off by pied wagtails and a robin...

Posted January 3rd, 2016 at 1:36 pm by Richard Allen in Bird News

Wrafton/Velator/Sherpa Marsh

In the reserve this morning, highlights were a Chiffchaff and a pair of Tufted Ducks! Looking south towards Sherpa Marsh a fine male Marsh Harrier was hunting the reed-bed and hanging in the wind. Looking at the flood, The Redshank has now been joined by a Greenshank!

Posted January 3rd, 2016 at 12:45 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Topsham

Cattle egret on the Clyst river floods from Highfield Farm (take permissive footpath from Clyst Road and view floods on E side of river). May be viewable from Darts Farm. Also 1 Jack snipe with 13 Common snipe alongside the Clyst.

Posted January 3rd, 2016 at 12:15 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Saturday 2nd January 2016

Brixham

Brilliant day in S Devon including the YBW and a Firecrest at Broadsands, lots of GNDs in Brixham harbour and a late visit to Elbery Cove where we found another 2 Firecrests.

Many thanks from the Bristol Birders

Craig Lewis and Colin Hunt

Posted January 2nd, 2016 at 9:06 pm by Craig Lewis in Bird News

Plym Estuary

On the high tide: 6 Red-breasted Mergansrers (3 drakes and 3 redheads), 3 Wigeons (drake & 2 ducks), 2 Common Sandpipers, 27 Shelducks, 60 Curlews, 4 Greenshanks, 5 Oystercatchers, Chiffchaff, Kingfisher and 4 Little Grebes.

Posted January 2nd, 2016 at 8:52 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Broadsands

An afternoon visit to Broadsands gave views of at least 3 Firecrest and almost constant sightings of Goldcrests in the corner of the left hand car park.

A quick sea watch gave good numbers of Grebes, Divers and “Sea Ducks” I suspect Scoters but given the distances involved my binoculars were not up to the task of positive identification.

Report as below in respect of a colour ringed Black Tailed Godwit observed at Bowling Green Marsh back in September.

This female Black-tailed Godwit was ringed on the Solent, UK by Peter Potts and co-workers. Recordings sightings since that time as follows.

14-Nov-10

Exminster Marshes RSPB reserve, Exe Estuary,

Sally Mills

21-Nov-10

Exminster Marshes RSPB reserve, Exe Estuary,

James Diamond

20-Nov-11

Exminster Marshes RSPB reserve, Exe Estuary,

James Diamond

02-Jan-12

Bowling Green Marsh RSPB reserve, Exe Estuary,

Dave Scott

15-Mar-12

Bowling Green Marsh RSPB reserve, Exe Estuary,

John Connolly

30-Aug-12

Bowling Green Marsh RSPB reserve, Exe Estuary,

Steve Lister

08-Oct-12

Bowling Green Marsh RSPB reserve, Exe Estuary,

John Connolly

19-Aug-13

Bowling Green Marsh RSPB reserve, Exe Estuary,

Pete Potts

23-Feb-14

Bowling Green Marsh RSPB reserve, Exe Estuary,

AJ Bellamy & Jeny Newland

29-Jan-14

Bowling Green Marsh RSPB reserve, Exe Estuary,

Katharine Bowgen

25-Feb-15

Bowling Green Marsh RSPB reserve, Exe Estuary,

Margaret Mackintosh

15-Sep-15

Bowling Green Marsh RSPB reserve, Exe Estuary,

Steve Hopper

Posted January 2nd, 2016 at 8:13 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Brixham 2.1.16

A good day to check the mooring ropes on my boat at Brixham Marina today. As reported by Nigel at 11am, lots of Great Northern Diver everywhere from the Inner harbour to the slip at the Breakwater. Most were feeding well on crabs and as Nigel has not yet posted a photo, here is one I took. Lots of obliging turnstones narrowly avoiding the pedstrians and vehicles. A bright red breasted merganser from the AZ carpark to add to the species count and a few guillemot as well

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GN Diver with crab - Brixham 2.1.16
GN Diver with crab - Brixham 2.1.16

Red Breasted Merganser - Brixham -2.1.16
Red Breasted Merganser - Brixham -2.1.16

Turnstone - Brixham - 2.1.16
Turnstone - Brixham - 2.1.16

Posted January 2nd, 2016 at 7:07 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Hope's Nose

10 Great Northern Divers in the north cove early afternoon, with 2 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Razorbill and 1 auk sp. Another Great Northern Diver flew past to the north. A few Gannets were coming in very close off the rocks in the cove and off the end. The sewer was flowing, with good numbers of Kittiwakes and a few Common gulls among commoner gulls. 4 Purple Sandpipers on the adjacent rocks - just like old times!

Posted January 2nd, 2016 at 6:40 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

River Plym

This afternoon, by Saltram house:

2 Little grebe, 3 Red breasted Mergansers (1m 2f)

1 Goosander (m). 3 Wigeon.

Posted January 2nd, 2016 at 6:35 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Wrafton

Nice to see a male Shelduck, along with the usual Mallard and Teal, on the flood this evening. 

Posted January 2nd, 2016 at 5:58 pm by Kelvin irwin in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

For those planning to visit the Marshes tomorrow, just to be pre warned that the road is flooded and the back path to Turf is also under water, I just got past the Red Lion in Wellies but no further- Waders needed;o) Lots of birds to see but would recomend coming down from Countess Weir and walking down the Canal as the Roads around Powderham are difficult to pass as well. Happy and safe birding!


Posted January 2nd, 2016 at 5:52 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Cockwood

1-2 adult Little Gulls feeding over the River Exe viewed from Cockwood Steps early afternoon with a large flock of Black Headed Gulls. Presumably the same birds seen by Matt earlier in the morning.  Also 3 Goldeneye, a Great Northern Diver and a Guillemot.

Earlier at Broadsands - the Yellow Browed Warbler and both Firecrest still showing really well. 9 Cirl Buntings. On the sea- Red Necked Grebe, 2 Black Necked Grebes, Red Throated Diver, c20 GN Divers, inc several flying off inland or up the coast, 7 Common Scoter, 21 GC Grebes, 1 Razorbill.

Paignton- Roundham Head- male Black Redstart still in Roundham Road. Also 2 Blackcap.

Decoy Lake- drake Scaup and drake Gadwall both by slipway. 

Posted January 2nd, 2016 at 5:20 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Around the Teign Estuary 11:00 to 15:00

Returning after a health scare, really good to be out there! Highlights included Red-Breasted Mergansers dotted all around the estuary, Common Sandpiper, Peregrine and two Avocet at Passage House Inn. An hour spent scouring the streets of Teignmouth for Black Redstart, however, only produced one 1st winter in Stanley Street. 

Posted January 2nd, 2016 at 5:00 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Slapton & Beesands

Great Northern Diver on the sea at Slapton & female Common Scoter offshore at Beesands.

Posted January 2nd, 2016 at 4:55 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Plymouth Hoe

3 Great Northern Divers this morning - 1 in The Cattewater, 1 off Tinside Pool and 1 off Rusty Anchor.

A female type black redstart at Rusty Anchor.

An adult gannet flying around The Cattewater before heading off towards Drakes Island.

A cormorant eating a huge fish it had caught in Sutton Harbour - it managed to swallow it eventually but must have the most horrendous indigestion!

Cormorant and ? Grey Mullet
Cormorant and ? Grey Mullet

Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Great Northern Diver
Great Northern Diver

Posted January 2nd, 2016 at 3:47 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Shobrooke park - Crediton

Twelve Goosander today on Shobrook park lakes. Mostly male birds with three or four females. 

Posted January 2nd, 2016 at 2:35 pm by Joe Martin in Bird News

Wrafton

Chiffchaff in the reserve this morning and both Redshank and Green Sandpiper on  the flood.

Posted January 2nd, 2016 at 1:06 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Exmouth

The regular adult Bonaparte's Gull was off Shelly Beach late morning briefly. Also 2 Black Redstarts around the apartment buildings there. The Mediterranean Gull mentioned by Matt also gets on Warren View football piches, where I had it later on.

Posted January 2nd, 2016 at 1:01 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Torcross

Tawny Owl in the garden 7am. Great Northern Diver south past Start Bay Inn. 3 Black-necked Grebes on the Ley 12.30pm.

Posted January 2nd, 2016 at 12:38 pm by Stephen Wadsworth in Bird News

Brixham Harbour

Quick walk around Brixham Harbour revealed 7 Great Northern Divers in the inner harbour, so close most by the old coastguard station and then a further 11  just beyond old coastguard station again very close. Many catching crabs with a couple of Great Black-backed Gulls trying to rob them of their meal. Never seen so many GND together and so close, did not have camera but tryed to use mobile phone so may post pictures later. Still places on 10th Jan boat trip.

 

Posted January 2nd, 2016 at 11:00 am by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Exmouth

Mudbank - 0900 - 2 adult Little Gulls this morning. At least one then moving to feed off Starcross. Also Mediterranean Gull there and 2 Goldeneye. Earlier, at around 0830 a Whimbrel flew past Maer Rocks towards the river mouth. Also 4 Great Northern Diver close offshore there. Yesterday there was an adult Little Gull lingering off Maer Rocks late afternoon with at least 9 Purple Sandpipers on the rocks.

Posted January 2nd, 2016 at 10:32 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Friday 1st January 2016

Plymouth

A Firecrest in Lipson this afternoon.

Posted January 1st, 2016 at 9:40 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Around the Teign

Bird of the day was a Sooty Shearwater that flew north distantly past Teignmouth at 14:00; also offshore 14+ Great Northern Divers. At Decoy Country Park the male Scaup was still present along with a Firecrest. Two Avocets were on the estuary at Passage House.

Posted January 1st, 2016 at 6:57 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

New years eve - River Exe

Started at Bowling Green, hoping to see the American Wigeon - alas no! Lots of the usual waders & ducks. Best a spotted redshank close to the road. 6 RB mergansers off the the viewing platform, with a small flock of Bullfinch on the way to it. Onto Exminster, no access by car or on foot from lion rests end. An interesting - if a Canada Goose can be - in a flock near to the rspb car park. Another larger group of RB mergansers off of Powderham. 

Bullfinch
Bullfinch

Canada Goose
Canada Goose

Posted January 1st, 2016 at 4:27 pm by Paul Treen in Bird News

Broadsands

watched from 10:00 till 12:30

Good numbers of Great Northern Divers with at least 30+ some very close in giving great views an adult Litlle gull, 1 Black Throated Diver, 2 Red throated Diver, 20+ great crested grebes, and 1 Red Necked grebe, good numbers of Gannets and Fulmars, 7 common scoters, 6+ guillemot.

The Yellow browed warbler showed very well among plenty of goldcrests, and a few Cirl buntings.

A good start to the new year

Posted January 1st, 2016 at 3:09 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Before the rains came: 2 Black-necked Grebes at Torcross, also 5 Goldeneye, 190 Tufted Duck, 29 Gadwall, 2 Common Gull, 60 Great Black-backed Gull & Cetti's Warbler singing.

Posted January 1st, 2016 at 11:43 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Starcross

THrsday 31st December. At around 09.30 there was a bar headed goos with the Canada Geese on the flooded field opposite the car park in Starcross.

Posted January 1st, 2016 at 10:53 am by Janet Gray in Bird News

Brixham Breakwater Beach - GND's

New Year's Eve, and light fading fast, a quick trip to Breakwater Beach for some air, and saw 7 x Great Northern Divers, 3 of them ridiculously close inshore, almost on the beach.  

Posted January 1st, 2016 at 5:55 am by Trevor leaman in Bird News

Tarka Trail - Chivenor

Happy and a Bird filled New Year!


Posted January 1st, 2016 at 1:40 am by Martin Bond in Bird News

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