Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from January 2017

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Tuesday 31st January 2017

Bowling Green Marsh, 09:45 - 12:15

Highlights included 550+ Avocet, 65+ Pintail, 90+ BarTailed Godwit, a few Snipe and unusually a Little Grebe. Lots of Wigeon, Teal, Black Tailed Godwit, Redshank, Shoveler. A few Song Thrushes singing enthusiastically down the lane and a Mistle Thrush over.

Posted January 31st, 2017 at 3:20 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Instow harbour

Overjoyed to see the female/1st W Black Redstart back at Instow Harbour favouring the landward end of ferry pier (11.30am) given I have an awful cold and was just posting a parcel.

Posted January 31st, 2017 at 12:08 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Siskin

After quite a long gap, maybe two months with no calls heard and no feeding, first siskin back on sunflower seeds this morning. I notice they haven't had much mention lately.

Posted January 31st, 2017 at 9:58 am by Art Symons in Bird News

Monday 30th January 2017

West charleton Marsh

Good showing of Bittern over the reed beds at 11.30am also good sightings of Water Rail by the feeder.

Other birds 2 Pintail in with 50+ Widgeon , 1 Reed Bunting on the marsh. On the estuary 4 Brent Goose, 2 Grey plover and Whimbrel 

Posted January 30th, 2017 at 6:31 pm by Roger Backway in Bird News

Teigngrace cattle egrets

Three birds still ranging around. In solar field late afternoon

Posted January 30th, 2017 at 4:45 pm by Ken Dainton in Bird News

waxwings

10 - 15 waxwings at teigngrace junction on A38 directly opposite BCT at 11:00 this morning. 

Posted January 30th, 2017 at 3:28 pm by trystan bryant in Bird News

Little Bunting Trinity Hill

Despite the grim weather, nice close views of the Little Bunting early this afternoon. It called numerous times whilst perched up which made locating it in the fog far easier!

Best tactic is to just stand and wait where I've marked a red cross on the map below. The Buntings perch up in the bushes here, before flying into the long grass to feed. Please stick to paths, but as I've said just stand still and wait, there's no real need to go walking about at all.

Little Bunting  Little Bunting
Little Bunting


Little Bunting

Little Bunting Map
Little Bunting Map

Posted January 30th, 2017 at 1:43 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Wrafton

4 Spoonbills on the scrape this morning.

 

Posted January 30th, 2017 at 1:36 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Broadsands

Back up to 5 Velvet Scoter now more toward Goodrington, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 2 Black-necked Grebes,134 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Shelduck. Still no Divers!

Posted January 30th, 2017 at 11:27 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sunday 29th January 2017

Ilfracombe Pier

Herring Gull with metal leg ring. Ringed in Glouster 2007 by SEGG

Posted January 29th, 2017 at 10:47 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Stover Country Park

Dropped in briefly to Stover this afternoon during heavy rain - just 2 Goosanders - male and female. 

Posted January 29th, 2017 at 9:08 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Just to add to Perry's earlier post, I got there when the rain was at its heaviest, so not great.  The highlight for me was a single group of 24 Little Grebes, the most I've seen anywhere.  The weather didn't seem to dampen the spirits of a pair of Great Crested Grebes that were practicing their courtship display in the rain. Couldn't see the Black-necked Grebe but a Common Seal showed close inshore.

Posted January 29th, 2017 at 6:47 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Selected counts from this morning before the rain got too heavy ( meaning lots probably missed ) included 11 Wigeons, 164 Gadwalls, 12 Teals, 6 Shovelers, 176 Tufted Ducks, 16 Pochards, 7 Goldeneyes, 7 Great Crested Grebes and 311 Coots. Offshore a Black-necked Grebe off Torcross and around 100 Gannets feeding close to the Memorial Car Park ( as close to shore as I have ever seen a group this big feed ).

Posted January 29th, 2017 at 2:32 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

RSPB, Labrador Bay

Offshore this morning were c50 Common Scoter split into 2 or 3 flocks with 2 Long-tailed Ducks tagging along. c20 Cirls and 4 Bullfinches were noteworthy.


Posted January 29th, 2017 at 12:12 pm by david cawthraw in Bird News

Wrafton

One Spoonbill roosting by the Tarka Trail at Wrafton this morning at 10, gone by 11.

Posted January 29th, 2017 at 11:31 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Waxwings still at Heathfield trading estate, opposite BCT on the dual carriageway SAT 12.00

7 birds seen at 12.00 next to the junction to Teigngrace

Posted January 29th, 2017 at 10:03 am by Roger jewell & mike Gibson in Bird News

Saturday 28th January 2017

Waxwings on A38

10 waxwings opposite the BCT factory on the A38.

Posted January 28th, 2017 at 8:06 pm by Samuel Gary in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Large numbers of Wigeon this afternoon including the American Wigeon. Teal, Shoveller, Mallard and at least 4 Pintail. 26 Cormorants together on side of ditch. Lapwing, black-tailed Godwit, Snipe & a few Golden plover. Colour ringed Blackwit - green to LH/White over yellow RH.

Colour ringed Blackwit  Snipe  American Wigeon
Colour ringed Blackwit                                  Snipe                                      American Wigeon

Posted January 28th, 2017 at 7:55 pm by Paul Treen in Bird News

Little Bunting Trinity Hill

There has been a roost of 60-80 Reed Buntings on this site for a few weeks now. Tonight finally found a Little Bunting with them. No reason to think it is new in, as numbers of Reeds have been steady...its just the birds are extremely hard to see well.

Park in the northern of the 2 carparks (the open area), and walk 10 yards out of the car park to the SE.The birds usually roost in the grass area just to the east of the path which runs due east from the car park (so right infront of you...really close) but if you walk this or stand there they will flush. There is a path that runs to the South from the car park that allows excellent scope views of all the bushes where the birds perch.

The roost is sensitive. The birds show well from 3-4pm without flushing, they move around and perch in bushes but if flushed they move across the road or area and out of sight. We have spent about 10-12 hours on this roost and only seen this bird for 2-3 mins so it is not for the impatient. 

It is not coming to seed, it can't be seen on the ground but can only be seen if it chooses to perch up.If you flush the flock, they fly away- they don't  perch. Its a great E Devon record so wouldn't want to suppress this bird but would plead to anyone trying to see it, you may have to give it a few trips and be very quiet and patient.

This roost is significant in number and roosting birds shouldn't be repeatedly flushed - esp not on a mid-winter evening.  It is also the best chance of attracting in a Pine Bunt or something so please don't disturb them.....

Posted January 28th, 2017 at 7:17 pm by James McCarthy in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

West Charleton Marsh / Bay ; 15:00-16:30, high tide.

Highlight was the Bittern which flew across the reeds at 16:00. Elsewhere 2 Pintails on the marsh, out in the bay 6 Bar-tailed godwits and 2 Turnstones in the small Curlew roost towards Wareham Point. Still a Grey Wagtail in the sewage works with 11 Chiffchaffs including one probable Siberian. A Moorhen feeding on the circular filter bed was a new one for me.

Posted January 28th, 2017 at 5:33 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Heathfield ~ Stover ~ Darts Farm ~ Topsham Rec ~ Buckfastleigh WTW

An early morning visit to the A38 at Heathfield, gave three Waxwings which unfortunately departed towards the housing estate within moments of my arrival.

A walk round the lake at Stover was far more productive with at least eleven Goosander, four Pochard, ten plus Tufted duck, two Heron, Green and Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Marsh Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Song Thrush, Kingfisher, three Mandarin duck 1M & 2F and a Mistle Thrush.

 

Darts farm gave a good number of winter thrushes with forty plus birds feeding on the arable crop fields along with Redwing and Wood pigeon, two Lapwing, small number of Wigeon, Raven, two Meadow Pipit, a Grey Wagtail, Heron and a small flock of Linnet.

At Topsham Rec four Goldeneye duck, two Avocet, three Long Tailed Tits, small numbers of Redshank, Curlew and the Long Tailed duck.

The Buckfastleigh WTW gave a Chiffchaff and one Siberian type Chiffchaff feeding on clouds of midges as were seven Pied Wagtail and two Wren, two Goldcrest and seven Long Tailed Tit worked along the boundary tree/hedge line.

 

Posted January 28th, 2017 at 4:43 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

waxwings still about

waxwings are still here have been in the tree at top of Clifford Drive Heathfield today and yesterday feeding on rowan bush further down

Posted January 28th, 2017 at 2:44 pm by nicola moyle in Bird News

Torbay

A Red-necked Grebe was feeding in Elberry Cove this morning but eventually moved out into Torbay. Also 2 Velvet Scoter, 2 Common Scoter, 125 Great Crested Grebe (MRAB - I counted 104 earlier), still no Divers - perhaps some after tomorrows rain and wind... 

Clennon Lakes: 1 Firecrest (still has the tick on its right eyelid), 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 10 Teal.

Firecrest Clennon Lakes 28 Jan 2017 ML RNG field Sketches ML

Posted January 28th, 2017 at 2:25 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sharkham Point

The Scoter flock had broken up in three flocks totalling 215. Eventually I did pick up the imm drake Surf Scoter about 1mile south. It eventually flapped its dark wings wings with a stiff neck confirming it was the bird. Much better views could have been had from Crabrock Point Man Sands! 

Posted January 28th, 2017 at 2:19 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

A361 / Filleigh / S Molton

Red Kite seen circling at around 10.50 from A361 bridge over river Bray north of Filleigh.

Posted January 28th, 2017 at 1:53 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Wembury

On a sunny morning:  7 Stonechat, 2 Linnet, 4 Chiffchaff, 6 Cirl bunting (4m 2f) 2 Linnet, Meadow pipits and Rock pipits chasing flies on the shore, 3 Little egret in the rock pools.

Posted January 28th, 2017 at 1:12 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Topsham Rec

A LTD in close with 4 goldeneye at 9.30 this morning. YBW still present

Posted January 28th, 2017 at 11:51 am by Robert Williams in Bird News

Cornworthy

Yellow-browed warbler still present at sewage works. 5 weeks now

Posted January 28th, 2017 at 10:59 am by Henry Trollope in Bird News

Buckfastleigh

8 Mandarin Ducks (5m) and 3 Dippers (chasing and singing), River Mardle, Millenium Park, late afternoon.

Posted January 28th, 2017 at 9:06 am by Andy Smith in Bird News

Staverton Bridge

7 Goosander (4m) loafing in the river, mid-pm yesterday.

Posted January 28th, 2017 at 9:00 am by Andy Smith in Bird News

Friday 27th January 2017

Waxwings etc.

Visited Heathfield from 10am this morning – no sign of Waxwing (12/13) until 2.45 - still there 3.30pm roosting in trees on opposite carriageway to BCT main building occasionally coming down to feed in the central reservation. Also a nice Redwing and Goldcrest there. At Stover no sign of the Goosander (at 1pm ish) but G.S. Woodpecker, Coal and Willow Tit on feeders, Mandarin pair on the lake and a pair of Pochard were the highlights.

Video of Waxwing – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX7OG_Ra3Pc

Video of Redwing - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qIp1veC8Fk

Waxwing Redwing Goldcrest
Waxwing                                      Redwing                                                         Goldcrest

Eds. Willow Tit very rare in S Devon and much more likely to be Marsh Tit; identification on plumage and structure is tricky, best done on call.

Posted January 27th, 2017 at 8:33 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Black Red Start (Male) Ford Park Cemetery

A male Black Red Start showing well at Ford Park Cemetery

 

 

Posted January 27th, 2017 at 4:41 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Velator harbour

Redshank and a Common Sandpiper in the harbour this morning.

Posted January 27th, 2017 at 2:57 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Stover CP

A brief visit this morning 3 Goosander (2 male, 1 female), a pair of Mandarin Duck, Kingfisher. Siskin, Nuthatch, a pair of Bullfinch and Great Spotted Woodpecker all coming down to the feeder.

Posted January 27th, 2017 at 12:00 pm by Ray Hamilton in Bird News

Thursday 26th January 2017

Waxwing and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

26th Jan 2017
13 Waxwings A38 by Heathfield tile factory at 9 o'clock . Yarner one Lesser Spotted Woodpecker in trees by car park at 1 o'clock.
Barry Rankine

Posted January 26th, 2017 at 10:41 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Garden, Week, Dartington

Female Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers in the garden at the same time this afternoon

Female Great Spotted Woodpecker    Female Green Woodpecker
Female Great Spotted Woodpecker                                                           Female Green Woodpecker

Posted January 26th, 2017 at 7:09 pm by Bob Telford in Bird News

Sharkham Point & Broadsands

The scoter flock (about 400 now!) was quite dispersed today with groups all over the place but then located the 1w drake Surf Scoter in St Mary's Bay just north of Sharkham Point - good views in relatively close with sun behind me. Also 1 Red-throated Diver in the bay.

Broadsands this morning: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Eider, 23 Great Crested Grebes. 20+ Cirl Buntings on seed in 2nd car park.

Posted January 26th, 2017 at 6:07 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Slapton Ley

A morning walk around Slapton Ley resulted in seeing, 4 Male and female Goldeneyes, a few dozen Gadwell, Wigeon, Tuffed Ducks, Black Necked Grebe, Mute Swans and a WaterRail infront of the beach side hide.

Posted January 26th, 2017 at 5:27 pm by Duncan Leitch in Bird News

Hope Cove

Female Black Redstart today at 13:30pm on Hope Cove Beach wall.

Posted January 26th, 2017 at 4:35 pm by Duncan Leitch in Bird News

Garden

Had nice Black Redstart this morning in back garden Plymouth.

Posted January 26th, 2017 at 2:22 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Totnes Red Legged Partridges

Wednesday morning, on the school run, at Longcombe, heading for Totnes, 4 x R.L. Partridges in field on the left. Nearly flattened one last week which ran out in the road, at the same spot. Also Wednesday morning at Broadsands, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Firecrest Song Thrush,and  Bull finches 

Posted January 26th, 2017 at 10:30 am by Trevor Leaman in Bird News

Wednesday 25th January 2017

Darts Farm 25 January 2017

4 Buzzards soaring over, 9 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Meadow Pipit and a flock of approx 20 Linnet feeeding in the stubble, 2 Chiffchaff feeding in the Reed Mace by the hide, pair of Greenfinch on the feeders and a pair of Stonechat by the gate after leaving the hide area.

ChiffchaffRedwingCommon Buzzard

Eds: The Chiffchaff looks like it is probably a Siberian - any more photos? 

Posted January 25th, 2017 at 9:33 pm by Bob Telford in Bird News

West Charleton Marsh - 25.1.2017

11.35 - 15.15 hrs. A  distant unidentified harrier flew away towards Frogmore as I approached the marsh. Probably a marsh harrier  from dark colouration. An unusual sad sight was a sickly guillemot on the estuary in front of the hide. On a brighter note an attack on the feeder area from a sparrow hawk did not result in a kill. The day gave 44 species with the highlights being an eventual good show from a water rail (sorry to 2 other birders who had waited patiently but left before it showed), a posing redwing and 2 cirl buntings. Waders included redshank, greenshank, curlew, dunlin and grey plover.  Ducks were shelduck, mallard, teal, wigeon and a few pintail. Plenty of chiffchaff at the STW with a couple of goldcrest nearby.

Water Rail - West Charleton - 25.1.17Redwing - West Charleton - 25.1.17
                                       Water Rail                                                                             Redwing

Posted January 25th, 2017 at 9:20 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Isley Marsh, Taw

At least nine Spoonbill roosting at Isley marsh this evening.

Posted January 25th, 2017 at 6:31 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Exe Estuary cruise

A fabulous Stuart Lines cruise today, with beautiful light and lots of goodies.

3 Slavonian (the usual 2 off Cockwood-Starcross plus a new bird off Powderham), 1 Little and 13 Great Crested Grebes, c20 Shags, 1 Barnacle Goose with Canadas and Brents at Turf, 200 Pintail at the mouth of the Clyst, c130 Teal (Turf-Topsham) 4 Goldeneye (2 pairs), 50+ Red-breasted Mergansers with 2 Goosanders (a pair near Turf). The latter was only my second estuary sighting in 30 years.

Waders included c75 Golden Plover, 60+ Knot, c20 Sanderlings, 100+ Bar-tailed Godwits and 3 Greenshank, plus the usual large numbers of Avocets, Dunlin, Curlews, Black-tailed Godwits and Redshanks.

An adult Mediterranean Gull was near Topsham and the Bonaparte's Gull was feeding with other gulls off Cockwood. Two seals were hauled out on Powderham Sandbank: one was a Harbour (Common) Seal, the other a young Grey Seal.

Drake Goosander Red-breasted Mergansers Avocet
Drake Goosander                      Red-breasted Mergansers                                 Avocet

Posted January 25th, 2017 at 6:04 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

South Hams

At home in South  Brent nine plus Redwings feeding in the garden, one Wren a female Bullfinch and a transient Buzzard that looks as if it is struggling with the present cold weather.

Aveton Giffod tidal road, one Greenshank, small number of Curlew, five plus Redshank, only the one Black Tailed Godwit, one Lesser Black Back Gull and a juvenile Great Black Back Gull in with the roosting Herring and Black Headed Gulls, one Little Grebe, three Common Sandpiper, three Teal, Meadow Pipit and a possible Water Pipit.

Thurlestone the Desert Wheatear still showing well on Leasfoot beach, three Turnstone on the rocks and fifty plus Rooks feeding in the fields opposite the golf club car park.

 

South Milton Beach five plus Rock Pipit, a single Turnstone keeping company with seven Ringed Plover, three Stonechat, Pied wagtail, female Black Redstart showing really well a male appeared very briefly but each time it showed it was driven off by Robins. A solitary Canadian Goose on the rocks.

A Heron flying in off of the sea and one Oyster Catcher.

South Huish Marsh a male Kestrel flew low across the car park and took up station in the field behind the café for the duration of my visit, five plus Meadow Pipits, Water Pipit, 26+ Lapwing and a similar number of Wigeon, two Black Tailed Godwit, four Snipe, Pied Wagtails, two Oyster Catcher, three plus Stonechat, one Little Egret, two Moorhen and two mute Swan.

At Huxton Cross unable to pin down where the finch flock was feeding, large numbers of Chaffinch and a mix of a dozen or so Cirl Bunting and Yellow Hammer, one Wren and a Dunnock.

Posted January 25th, 2017 at 4:36 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

The group of 14 Barnacle Geese were close to the viewing platform by the lagoon this lunchtime. Also Golden Plover and Reed Bunting.

Posted January 25th, 2017 at 2:11 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Croyde beach

After walking out to Baggy this morning, I walked over to inspect the Gull roost in the middle of the beach. Mostly Black-headed and Herring Gulls but just a few Common, Great Black-backed and 2 smart Mediterranean Gulls.

Posted January 25th, 2017 at 12:08 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Tuesday 24th January 2017

Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth

A smart male Black Redstart feeding in the freshly strimmed grass at the top (nearest Mutley Plain) end at 1300.

Posted January 24th, 2017 at 6:50 pm by Howard Ackford in Bird News

Fremington

Glossy Ibis spotted in the creek  as I drove down to the quay.Also Goosanders Feeding west of the quay,and just of the quay later when I came back.all the usual waders there including a Greenshank nr. the bridge.

  

Posted January 24th, 2017 at 5:36 pm by Chris Marshall in Bird News

Taw estuary

Following Roy C's report of the Glossy Ibis yesterday, I hopped on my bike to cycle round there this afternoon. Greenshank (as is often the case) at Heanton corner. Met Sue Bruce at Ashford - she said the Goosander had just flown downstream! All along from Ashford to Barnstaple good (100's) numbers of Dunlin. There must also be a movement of Common Gulls - flocks of 60+ and 30+ on the various sandbars. A few Sanderling and Grey Plover. As I headed west after crossing the bridge I started scanning all the fields under Anchor Wood, and then looked over to the estuary and saw 5 of the Spoonbills fly east and pitch in not far from the bridge.

At the concrete shelter overlooking Clampits, no sign of the Ibis. So I persevered on to Fremington Creek, and off the bridge were 2 Goosander. In the Creek, a Greenshank, 100 (?) Black-tailed Godwits and the usual gangs of Redshank. Again no Ibis. Brent Geese were evident out in the Estuary, but as the tide had by now come in on my return they had presumably decamped to the Skern.

The Spoonbills had also gone on my return. but the Canada Goose flock at Bradiford had moved closer and the Barnacle Goose was much more easily picked out. 3 more Goosander at Ashford.

When I got home Sue phoned to say she has seen a Firecrest in her garden.

Posted January 24th, 2017 at 4:34 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

East Soar-Soar Mill Valley-Southdown Farm

Best was male Black Redstart in the Cove; first inkling of movement with 20 Meadow Pipits above cove. Also: Snipe, 210 Skylark, 50 Linnet, 20 Cirl Bunting & 15 Yellowhammer. Ravens gathering nesting material & pair of Shags at nest site. 2 Roe Deer.

Posted January 24th, 2017 at 4:34 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Exeter Quay

While on lunch-break clocked 2 Kingfisher near the suspension bridge/Historic Quay. Also a Black-headed Gull with a metal ring from the Latvian scheme which has returned a number of winters.

Posted January 24th, 2017 at 4:29 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

A39 near milky way entrance, (Clovelly)

Red kite seen drifting west.

Posted January 24th, 2017 at 4:21 pm by Richard yeats in Bird News

Home Farm Marsh, Fremington

1 male and 6 female Shoveler Ducks and a Male Bullfinch. Also Goosander, a Winchat, 100+ Chaffinches, and female Kestrel.

Eds. Whinchats are strictly summer visitors, so presumably a Stonechat.

Posted January 24th, 2017 at 1:47 pm by Sam Aston in Bird News

Broadsands

2 Black-necked and 50 Great Crested Grebes off shore this morning also 2 Wigeon and 100+ Auks mostly Razorbills that I could see. What has happened to all the Divers this winter, not one in Torbay today that I could see and perfect conditions for scanning.

23 Cirl & 3 Reed Bunting on seed this morning in the 2nd car park.

Posted January 24th, 2017 at 12:21 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

waxwings

was very excited to see waxwings from my kitchen window in tree at the back of my garden in Heathfield in the path that runs up from the shop, have flown off at the moment but will try and get pic to post!

Posted January 24th, 2017 at 11:24 am by nicola moyle in Bird News

Heathfield ~ Waxwings

Ten Waxwings flew into the trees alongside the A38 opposite the tile factory at Heathfield at 9.03am this morning and were still present and feeding on the central reservation when I left at 10am.

A small number of Redwings also feeding in the same area.

 

Posted January 24th, 2017 at 10:27 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Waxwings Heathfield

Waxwings in beach tree at BCT entrance this morning c0820

Posted January 24th, 2017 at 9:24 am by Steve Ayres in Bird News

Monday 23rd January 2017

Brixham Breakwater, 23 January 2017.

Returned today to catch the Purple Sandpiper. 7 roosting on the disused jetty and all departed as the tide turned. 2 were relocated feeding on the seaward side of the breakwater. 1 Guillemot close in and 1 Rock Pipit. Also an oystercatcher which appeared to be shoeing signs of Leucism.

Purple Sandpiper Rock Pipit Oystercatcher with signs of Leucism?
Purple Sandpiper                                         Rock Pipit                             Oystercatcher with signs of Leucism?

Posted January 23rd, 2017 at 9:15 pm by Bob Telford in Bird News

Red Admiral Halton FP

I also saw a Red Admiral in Halton Forest Park this morning in the frosty wood.

Posted January 23rd, 2017 at 8:43 pm by TanzeyKing in Bird News

Heathfield-Waxwings

I was lucky enough to arrive at Heathfield this morning just as the Waxwings alighted on the central reservation of the A38 to feed on the hawthorn berries

  

Posted January 23rd, 2017 at 5:50 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Heathfield ~ Waxwings

Initially a frustrating and inconclusive search for the Heathfield Waxwings, apparently they had been feeding on the berries on the A38 central reservation between 8am and 10.30am before flying off.

A check of the Heathfield WTW gave the best part of 40 Pied Wagtails, one Grey Wagtail, two Chiffchaff, Wren and Dunnock.

At around 12.30 the Waxwings were located in roadside trees at the entrance to the Gilpin site which adjoins the WTW, on arrival found eight Waxwings in the canopy of an Oak tree feeding almost in a frenzy on clouds of small black insects, they remained focused on the same tree canopy for over an hour and in that time three plus Goldcrests, six plus Chiffchaff (one possible Siberian) Meadow Pipits and a small number of Long Tailed Tits worked their way through the trees feeding on the insects.

 

The bright (but very welcome sunshine) made photography very challenging as the birds were generally against the sun lit sky but looking at my images full adult birds were well represented in this flock of eight birds, while the nine I saw at Sainsbury’s in Exeter recently were predominately young birds.

Several Buzzards seen sitting on lamp posts/telegraph poles soaking up the sun.

 

Posted January 23rd, 2017 at 5:09 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Ilfracombe/Rillage Point

Ilfracombe - 3 Purple Sandpiper 6 Rock pipit

Rillage Point - 2 Red-Throated Diver, 1Black-Throated Diver 1 Chiffchaff (Colybita)

Posted January 23rd, 2017 at 4:49 pm by John Bronze in Bird News

Ernesettle Creek

50 Snipe  4 Greenshanks,Redshanks,3 Shellducks, Teal,1 Common Sandpiper,the odd Curlew.Also had Snipe on the football pitch 5 in number.

Posted January 23rd, 2017 at 3:28 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Upper Tamar Lake

Sightings for this morning,

10 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 18 Snipe, 4 Grey Heron, 200+ Canada Geese, 5 Goosander 2m 3f, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Wren, 9 Fieldfare, 1 Mistle Thush.

Posted January 23rd, 2017 at 2:47 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Glossy Ibis - clampits marsh

13:30 Glossy Ibis working the flooded man made trenches at Clampits near Bickington (presumably the long staying Fremington Pill bird). Viewed from the Tarka Trail.

Posted January 23rd, 2017 at 2:44 pm by Roy Churchill in Bird News

Newton Abbot

2 Siberian Chiffchaffs, 2 collybita Chiffchaffs and a Goldcrest in the line of trees bordering the Cricketfield Carpark by Albany Vets.

Posted January 23rd, 2017 at 2:22 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Bird News

South huish Marsh

A Cattle Egret feeding in slurry field at the back of South Huish Marsh. Also 2 Black Redstart by the flats .

Desert Wheatear still on Leasfoot Beach

Posted January 23rd, 2017 at 1:30 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Sharkham Point & Broadsands

The 1st w drake Surf Scoter was still present just south of the headland soon after 8.30am this morning but almost as soon as I located it in the flock of 300+ Common Scoter, a small fishing boat disturbed the flock - they all flew back to Crabrock Point Man Sands - far too far to pick out even a full blown male!

Broadsands: 3 Black-necked Grebes, 48 Creat Crested Grebes on the sea.  21 Cirl Buntings and 1 Reed Bunting on seed in the back of the 2nd car park.

Posted January 23rd, 2017 at 12:53 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Berry Head

A friend and son this morning put me on to a Cattle Egret in the 'meadow', where the cattle are pastured in summer. Asking around I've not found any previous records for Berry Head, so possible new site record. Bird very flighty due to many dogs but still present 10.45.


Posted January 23rd, 2017 at 12:10 pm by John Lusher in Bird News

Sunday 22nd January 2017

Berry Head

4 Gannets circling but no diving, 2 Harbour Porpoises, 2 Fulmar, large numbers of Guillemot flying backwards and forwards to and from the colony. Very busy with people enjoying the sunshine but marred by a youth flying a drone - his parents were totally unaware that there are any rules/guidelines covering the use of drones and did not stop its flights.

Gannet  2 Harbour Porpoises Fulmar
Gannet                                                    2 Harbour Porpoises                                Fulmar

Posted January 22nd, 2017 at 9:21 pm by Bob Telford in Bird News

Brixham Breakwater 22 January 2017

3 Purple Sandpiper and 2 Turnstone roosting on the disused jetty. 2 Harbour Porpoises and 1 Razorbill fishing relatively close in. 

Harbour Porpoise   Turnstone 
Harbour Porpoise                                                                     Turnstone

Posted January 22nd, 2017 at 9:08 pm by Bob Telford in Bird News

Exe Estuary & Dawlish Warren

My WeBS count totals included the 2 Slavonian Grebes off Cockwood, adult Mediterranean Gull and 4 Jack Snipe in the saltmarsh (my attempts to get a flight photo were not very successful!). 458 Teal was a relatively good total (there seen to be more feeding on the estuary this winter than usual). On the Reserve, the Yellow-browed Warbler was near the main pond.

Jack Snipe - honest!   Yellow-browed Warbler
Jack Snipe - honest!                             Yellow-browed Warbler

Posted January 22nd, 2017 at 8:15 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Labrador Bay

1 firecrest in gorse and hawthorn on the coast path, 8+ cirls including couple of bright males, raven over and distant auks on the sea.

Posted January 22nd, 2017 at 6:59 pm by Adam Davison in Bird News

Burrator reservoir

On the reservoir:  2 Mandarin (1m 1f) 6 Cormorant, (one with a breeding patch) 1 Little Grebe, 1 Muscovy duck.

Around the reservoir:  6 Buzzard circling overhead, 3 Raven, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Greater spotted woodpecker, 1 Green woodpecker, 2 Marsh tits.

Posted January 22nd, 2017 at 5:59 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Barnstaple

55 cormorants flew up river at 4.15.

Posted January 22nd, 2017 at 5:56 pm by Richard yeats in Bird News

Heathfield

9 of the 10 Waxwings present this morning on W side of A38 dual carriageway. They flew down to the disused railway line and were feeding on berries low down in bushes along the N side of the railway line outside of the Gilpin industrial unit. Then perching up in trees on the south side of the railway line - safer than dicing with death in the middle of the dual carriageway!

Waxwing Heathfield 22 01 17 ML 

Posted January 22nd, 2017 at 5:43 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

parakeet

around 15 ringneck parakeet in central park and 1 pair nesting in tree caverty

Posted January 22nd, 2017 at 5:09 pm by barry in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth. 22/01/17

1 x Black Redstart (m), 1 x Ring-necked Parakeet, 4 x Pheasant (f); 2 x Blackcap; 2 x Redwing plus usual Corvids.

Posted January 22nd, 2017 at 4:47 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News

Redwings

Three Redwings in the garden today at Budleigh Salterton, photos taken through conservatory windows.

  

Posted January 22nd, 2017 at 4:39 pm by Rob Jerrard in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Walking to the WeBS count I saw bullfinch, chiffchaff and goldcrest alongside the railway and 14 Barnacle geese within a flock of Canada geese. On the estuary to the south of Greenland Bank there were 257 pintail. No other surprises and on the return the male scaup was on the lagoon (thanks James) and 2 adult spoonbills dropped in to the pool close to the canal just before 2.00 pm but flew off soon after (thanks James again).

Posted January 22nd, 2017 at 3:40 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Topsham

Yelllow-browed warbler & 1st winter Med gull at the Rec this morning.

Posted January 22nd, 2017 at 1:11 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Topsham Rec.

The Yellow-browed Warbler showing nicely in the trees around the zip slide. Also one Mediterranean Gull with some Black-headed Gulls on a mud bank, walking up the estuary there was a group of Reed Buntings flitting about the reads.

Posted January 22nd, 2017 at 12:46 pm by Samuel Gray in Bird News

Southdown Farm

Nice male Hen Harrier hunting over stubble ground at Southdown, Marlborough 9.30am.

Posted January 22nd, 2017 at 10:07 am by Colin Mills in Bird News

Egret with no marigold gloves

Had an Egret here in Harford with the cattle, but no marigold gloves on, does that mean it was not a Little Egret?

Egret standing

Egret feet in flight                                         Egret standing                                                     Egret's feet in flight

Eds: just muddy feet rather than anything rarer or new to Britain - structure of bird and plumes, all perfect for Little Egret at this time of year.

Posted January 22nd, 2017 at 9:35 am by Matthew Willcocks in Bird News

Saturday 21st January 2017

Matford Pond

American Wigeon male still present with 220 Wigeon, 32 Teal and 6 Shoveler.

Posted January 21st, 2017 at 9:30 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

New Bridge Barnstaple

Loads of Curlew, Oystercatcher, Black-tailed Godwit, Herring Gull and Black -headed Gulls. as well as 30 Cormorants, 30 Dunlin, 12 Sanderling, 6 Grey Plover, 14 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 5 greater Black-backed Gulls, 3 Common Gulls.

Posted January 21st, 2017 at 9:18 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in Bird News

Topsham

Yellow-browed warbler still at the Rec, also 1 Goldeneye, 9 Ringed plovers and a possible argentatus Herring gull. 4 Goldeneye from the viewing platform.

Posted January 21st, 2017 at 7:34 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Plym Estuary

A Jack Snipe and a count of 127 Dunlins were today's highlights. Also: Ringed Plover 2, Greenshank 4, Wigeon 5, Little Grebe 4, Kingfisher, Oystercatcher 5, Curlew 37, Shelduck 28, Goldcrest 4, Snipe 4, and Green Woodpecker.

Posted January 21st, 2017 at 5:09 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

purple sandpipers

pity about the light today as 7 purple sandpipers showing really well at maer rocks exmouth


Posted January 21st, 2017 at 4:48 pm by gray clements in Bird News

Waxwings at Heathfield

This afternoon around 2:30pm there were still 13 Waxwings across dual carriageway from BCT showing well, best viewed from footpath BCT side of dual carriageway

Posted January 21st, 2017 at 4:23 pm by Mike Goss in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Sightings for Lower Tamar Lake  this morning
2 Willow Tits together on the car park feeders also a Marsh Tit and 1 Willow Tit at the Hide, 1 Little Egret, 19 Tufted Duck, 25 Goosander, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Snipe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Coot.

Posted January 21st, 2017 at 1:51 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Torbay Scoters

Two flocks of Common Scoters off of Torbay this morning as viewed from Sharkham Point, Brixham one flock of a counted 87 a long way off and closer to Berry Head in company with a solitary Guillemot.

Five Gannet, one Fulmar in St Marys bay

Between Sharkham Point and Mansands a flock of a counted 167 Common Scoter given the rise and fall of the sea unable to be 100% sure if the reported Surf Scoter was in with the larger flock.

Early yesterday morning a Yellow Browed Warbler with a handful of Goldcrest on the Island at South Brent.

 

Posted January 21st, 2017 at 1:12 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Cornworthy

Another week chalked up for the Yellow-browed warbler, still cavorting at the sewage works in the company of 2 chiffchaffs and a goldcrest.

Posted January 21st, 2017 at 11:42 am by Henry Trollope in Bird News

Friday 20th January 2017

Ludwell Valley Park, Exeter

A lunchtime walk produced single Dipper, Grey wagtail, Kingfisher and Siskin.

Posted January 20th, 2017 at 10:56 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

crossbills

0ne of 18 crossbills today at holdon forest today

Posted January 20th, 2017 at 10:42 pm by gray clements in Bird News

Crossbills at Sousssons 20 January 2017

At least 3 male and 4 female Common Crossbills at Soussons this afternoon. No sign of Great Grey Shrike. 

Male and female Common CrossbillMale and female Common Crossbills
Male and female Common Crossbills

Posted January 20th, 2017 at 7:58 pm by Bob Telford in Bird News

Plym Estuary / Saltram

Visited today in a cold but sunny climate.

On the Estuary: 1 Greenshank, 40 ish Redshank, 6 Oystercatchers, 10 Curlew, Gulls various, 20 Canadas and about a dozen Shelduck. Highlight was a pair (m & f) of Shovellers and a Kingfisher.

River Plym: Heron, 2 Sandpipers and a Little Egret

Longbridge Road (River Plym): M & F Kingfisher, 1 Goldcrest.

Posted January 20th, 2017 at 7:17 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News

Matford Lake

9am Friday 20th January

Male American Wigeon with Wigeon flock. Mallard, Gadwall and Teal also present and 30+ Black tailed Godwit

Posted January 20th, 2017 at 4:00 pm by Adam Davison in Bird News

Male Scaup at Mudbank Exmouth

The Male Scaup which has been seen off Mudbank came ashore on the high tide this lunch time. Great views with the full sun on its back. 10 Pairs of Pintail several Widgeon, and plenty of other waders along the shoreline.

Scaup showed well at Mudbank  Pintail  widgeon
Scaup showed well at Mudbank                                  Pintail                                          wigeon

Posted January 20th, 2017 at 2:45 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Teigngrace - Waxwings

Still 11 Waxwings this morning alongside the A38 opposite BCT

Posted January 20th, 2017 at 12:09 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Sharkham Point Brixham

The imm drake Surf Scoter again failrly close, just south of headland view able from benches at top of head. with approx 300 Common Scoter. It's moulting quite quickly see below:

Scoter flock Sharkham   imm drake Surf Scoter Sharkham 20 Jan 2017 ML

Posted January 20th, 2017 at 10:42 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Holsworthy

Yesterday afternoon (19th) while driving from Bude, I spotted a dozen or so waxwings flying high from tree to tree in gardens just outside Holsworthy.  Leapt out of the car and snapped a couple shots – not pin sharp, but should do for the record, anyway.   Hilary Vivian

 

Posted January 20th, 2017 at 10:33 am in Bird News

Thursday 19th January 2017

Red Kite

Seen circling over forestry in the company of 2 buzzards, Woolsery area, North Devon

Posted January 19th, 2017 at 9:20 pm by Mike Luckson in Bird News

Chiselbury Bay, Otterton

7 Eider including a drake close in-shore this afternoon.
The Common Scoter flock still present with 200+ birds and at least 2 RT Divers.

Posted January 19th, 2017 at 7:51 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Morte Point

3 R T Diver (my 100th species for this site), 2 Gannet, 1 Guillemot, 1 Fulmar, 2 Raven and 22 other species on a crisp but beautiful morning. First outing here 2017.

Posted January 19th, 2017 at 7:50 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

waxwing

At least 5 seen 3.30 pm side of A38 opposite candy tile factory 

Posted January 19th, 2017 at 4:37 pm by l.goonesekera in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

A short walk in glorious sunshine this afternoon. In Station Road there were 3+ goldcrests and one chiffchaff. On the canal bank 2 bullfinch and at least 3 Cettis warblers with a further two heard elsewhere on the marsh. The marsh harrier put in a brief appearance disturbing the waterfowl that included 14 barnacle geese and more teal than of late. I also saw one water rail. Waders included lapwing, golden plover, curlew, snipe and a few black-tailed godwits - low numbers as the tide was low.

Posted January 19th, 2017 at 4:20 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Waxwings A38

A small flock of at least 8 opposite Heathfield this morning.

Posted January 19th, 2017 at 9:12 am by JDA in Bird News

Wednesday 18th January 2017

Skern

All the usual waders, including Grey Plover, Dunlin, Oystercatcher, Curlew, Bar Tailed Godwits. Also, Pintail, Wigeon, Shelduck, Eider ducks and  Brent Geese. 

There were more Curlew feeding on the golf course, also Stonechats, Starlings and Pied Wagtails. 

   

Posted January 18th, 2017 at 9:05 pm by Chris Marshall in Bird News

Waxwings

Goosemoor ~ Spotted Redshank, Greenshank and three Snipe.

Topsham rec ~ Yellow Browed Warbler, Kingfisher, Common Gull,1st winter Mediterranean Gull, three Golden Eye.

  

Cockwood ~ Pair of Red Breasted Merganser, flock of Dunlin.

Between Cockwood and Kenford five Red Legged Partridge.

On the way home flock of 13 Waxwings seen near Chudleigh Knighton.

 

Posted January 18th, 2017 at 5:52 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Soussons

Great Grey Shrike in felled area by Golden Dagger tin mine. Also in area: Kestrel, 5 Green Woodpecker, 2 Bullfinch, 4 Siskin, 2 Reed Bunting. No sign of any Crossbills.

Nearby: 200 Fieldfare at Langworthy Farm.

Posted January 18th, 2017 at 5:02 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Aylesbeare Common

Small bright birds today

Dartford Warbler Goldcrest Coal Tit

Dartford Warbler                                 Goldcrest                                               Coal Tit

Posted January 18th, 2017 at 4:44 pm by Colin Scott in Bird News

Waxwings

30+ Waxwings sighted this morning, 18/1/17, at 9am on a Cherry Tree in Peter Tavy.

Posted January 18th, 2017 at 3:16 pm by Robin Stanbridge in Bird News

Baggy Point

Several Fulmar at the point and 2 or possibly 3 Red-throated Divers off the point.

Posted January 18th, 2017 at 1:06 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Taw nr. Pottington Ind. Est.

Long-tailed Duck was present around 9am on Taw  in line with the Stagecoach depot. Diving on the high tide and quite close in.

Posted January 18th, 2017 at 12:23 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Grey Wagtail

Tuesday 17th January at 11.30 am.

Grey Wagtail spotted on rocks at edge of stream near Pure Camping in Nethercott,  Braunton.

Posted January 18th, 2017 at 9:10 am by Martin Waters in Bird News

Tuesday 17th January 2017

Morte Point

All around Morte Stone, 16 Great Northern Divers inc a few Black throated, all feeding well on large Launce sandeel.  A flock of 12 Eider in the bay & 1 Great Skua. 

Posted January 17th, 2017 at 11:14 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Long Tailed Duck and Goldeneye at Topsham Rec

Great couple of hours spent with DB at Topsham today produced the normal suspects at Bowling Green Marsh with good numbers of Avocets BT Godwits but the main action was off both the viewing platform and Topsham Rec. Off the viewing platform a Grey Seal catching a fish in front of us then losing it! 3 x Great Crested Grebe, Mergansers, a Male Goldeneye 300+ Brent, good numbers of Pintail and the highlight a Slovenian Grebe showed well. At the Rec the Yellow Browed Warbler was showing well, 3 Goldeneye and the Long Tailed Duck were on view in the river with 2 Water Rail and Reed Buntings in the reed beds. Plenty of Redwings feasting on berries in a private garden nearby, but no Waxwings for us!

LTD LTD Goldeneye
LTD                                                     LTD                                                      Goldeneye

Posted January 17th, 2017 at 8:10 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Staverton

Yellow-browed Warbler again plus a Firecrest at the Water Treatment Works, late afternoon.

Posted January 17th, 2017 at 7:09 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Sharkam Point, Brixham

The 1st w male Surf Scoter was busy feeding just south of Sharkham Point with 335 Common Scoter and 9 Velvet Scoter (separate from the main group of Scoter). It's just 5 minute walk south of the Sharkham car park and best viewed for the benches that look south from the highest part of the point. Assuming it stays here (wintering scoter flocks have done so in the past) this new location negates the hard hike to Crabrock Point, Man Sands for those wishing to see the Surf Scoter. 

Posted January 17th, 2017 at 6:33 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Brixham & Broadsands

Brixham Breakwater: 7 Purple Sandpipers (4 roosting on rusty pipes under old jetty; 3 feeding halfway along outside wall); 1 Turnstone (roosting with 4 purple sands); 5 Common Scoter (flew in towards Goodrington c. 10:00).

Broadsands: very quiet, both m & f Eiders right up on rocks near small groin on beach c.12:00; 4 Cirls + 2 Reed Buntings (on seed, back of overflow car pk).

Posted January 17th, 2017 at 6:06 pm by David Holloway in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at Lower Tamar lake:

1 Willow Tit, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 11+ Goosanders, 6 Tufted Duck and 4 Coal Titst  plus the 'usual' birds'.

Harvey Kendall

Posted January 17th, 2017 at 2:38 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Bolt Tail

1st winter Glaucous Gull very close in and headed into Thurlestone Bay. Also 10 Common Scoter & 16 Gannet.

Posted January 17th, 2017 at 1:58 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Hackney Marsh Tues 17th Jan

Birds very active today even though it's very grey and cold. Kingfisher on reeds. Three female Reed Bunting. Little Egret. Redshank. Two Goldcrest. Song Thrushes. All the usuals. A stunning Dunnock singing. 

Posted January 17th, 2017 at 1:16 pm by Paul Cowie in Bird News

Darts Farm

7 Waxwings at ten this morning, high up in a tree at the back of the lorry car park, not a stone's throw from the RSPB shop!!

Posted January 17th, 2017 at 10:41 am by Paul Hepple in Bird News

Monday 16th January 2017

Slapton Ley

Offshore both Great Northern Diver & Black-throated Diver close in. Also 10 Razorbill,  Guillemot, Kittiwake & 3 Harbour Porpoise. On the ley 24 Great Crested Grebe (3 more offshore), 183 Gadwall, 8 Shoveler, 17 Pochard & 9 Goldeneye. No sign of any Scaup.

Posted January 16th, 2017 at 6:40 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Cockwood Steps - Exe Estuary

On arrival at 3.50pm - the adult Bonapartes Gull seen straight away showing well in flight feeding at the edge of the water , briefly touched down on mud before flying up Shutterton Creek at c4pm until lost from view. The 2 Slav Grebes still present also .  

No sign of the Topsham Waxwing flock near the Bridge Inn at 1.30pm or 3.30pm

 c75 Fieldfare and 11 Red-legged Partridge near Kenton 

Posted January 16th, 2017 at 5:40 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Blackhole Marsh- Colyford Common, East Devon

17 members of DB attended the fieldtrip to the wetlands and led by Bob Olliver listed 47 species for the morning.

4 Gt Spotted Woodpecker were chasing around the car park and one drummed on a power pole.  Water levels were high at Blackhole and c300 Lapwing were present on the islands although few ducks were evident. A Water Rail was seen from the Field Studies Centre and numbers of Wigeon and Curlew were at a distance from Colyford Common hide, plus a single Fieldfare.  The Tower hide produced a selection of Gulls on the estuary(Common, Gt Bl-backed, Black headed and Herring) and a few waders (Redshank and Dunlin), plus 2 Little Grebe.  The meeting ended at 1pm.

Posted January 16th, 2017 at 4:13 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Brixham Breakwater.

 Brixham  breakwater this morning 9 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Turnstone and 3 Rock Pipit. All on the old fuel bunkering jetty. Also one small gull on the fishing gear, very difficult to ID.

Posted January 16th, 2017 at 3:57 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Braunton Marshes

Great to see 1 Barnacle Goose in amongst a flock of Canada Geese early yesterday morning & this morning - Digiscoped.


Posted January 16th, 2017 at 12:29 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Sunday 15th January 2017

Waxwing and Firecrest

A first light visit to Alphington gave the reported nine Waxwings frequenting Sainsbury’s, unfortunately the light simply did not improve but the birds were so confiding all the gathering birders had good close up views, a pity that some bird photographers had to encroach closer than any societies guide lines would find reasonable or even acceptable.


  

On to Exmouth later in the morning, a mixed flock of duck just off one of the shore cars parks made up of 14 Wigeon, 4 Mallard and 35+ Pintails, further out and all along the coastal area Brent Geese, Shellduck, Curlew, Oyster Catcher, Turnstone, Dunlin, small number of Godwit and numerous numbers of Cormorant.

As described in a post earlier in the week both Firecrest located in the deep cover behind the cricket ground, in view for some time but rarely showing clearly, in the same area a mixed tit flock including Long Tails, Great, Blue and Coal, one wren and a Song Thrush.

Posted January 15th, 2017 at 6:07 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Dawlish/Langstone Rock

3 Common Scoter reasonably close off the east side of Langstone rock (viewed from the railway footbridge) with a larger flock further out. One or two Gannets past. From the west side of the rock looking out towards Torbay, a close flock of around 60 Great-crested Grebes, with more nearer Dawlish, where there was also at least one Porpoise.

Posted January 15th, 2017 at 5:53 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Waxwings

One of the 9 Waxwings at Sainsbury's this morning. Can we please follow the photographers guidelines and give these birds some space. Witnessed some bad behaviour by fellow photographers this morning, depressing!!


Posted January 15th, 2017 at 5:44 pm by Simon Thurgood in Bird News

Waxwings, Topsham

Nine Waxwings picking off the last of the hawthorn berries, between Fishers Mill/Clyst Bridge and Dart's Farm c.4pm. Presumably the Sainsbury's nine? Good call from (now top birder) wife Carolyn, who just happened to be passing.

 

Posted January 15th, 2017 at 4:34 pm by Tim Worfolk in Bird News

Slapton Ley

am. Lovely conditions. Selected counts: c35 Great-crested Grebes, c15 Little Grebes, c150 Gadwall, 7 Shovelor, 16 Pochard, c300 Tufted Duck, 3 Greater Scaup (1ad. male, 1imm. male and 1 ad.female - this one not a Lesser Scaup), c10 Goldeneye, c300 Coot. Plus offshore: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 3 Great-Northern Divers, 1 Red-throated Diver, 15+ Razorbills, 1 Guillemot and, in the distance off Start Point, a feeding flock of 250+ Gannets.

Posted January 15th, 2017 at 4:04 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

Charleton Marsh-Geese Quarries, falling tide 09:15-13:00

128 Brent Geese, 27 Pintail, 7 Great Crested Grebes, 12 Little Grebes, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, Kingfisher, Rock Pipit and 11 Chiffchaffs ( Sewage works ).

Posted January 15th, 2017 at 3:25 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Glaucous Gull

First Year gull. Seen at water's edge feeding on carrion at Roadford Reservoir WeBs count .

Posted January 15th, 2017 at 1:08 pm by Ian Gasper in Bird News

Staverton

Yellow browed warbler still at WTW early morning.

7 Goosander (2m, 5 redhead) about 1/4 mile downstream of Staverton Bridge.

Posted January 15th, 2017 at 11:57 am in Bird News

Matford Pond & Exeter Waxwings

Matford Pond this morning. 150+ Wigeon, 42 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 5 Shoveler, American Wigeon & 3 Chiffchaff. 

Sainsbury's at Alphington 9 Waxwings this morning too. 

Posted January 15th, 2017 at 11:46 am by Steve Cox in Bird News

Saturday 14th January 2017

Plym Estuary

Pretty quiet on the falling tide this pm.

Dunlin 86, Redshank 109, Common Sandpiper 3, Wigeon 5, Greenshank 3, Grey Heron 12 and Ring-necked Parakeet 2.

Posted January 14th, 2017 at 9:30 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Beesands Ley

Female Goosander on the Ley this afternoon. Also 7 Teals and a pair of Tufted Ducks. 70 Mute swans probably a site record.

Posted January 14th, 2017 at 9:10 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Mountbatten Beach Plymouth

1115-1145

Black Redstart (Female Type}, 3 Stonechat, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail,  4 Med Gull ( 3 Ad, 1 2w), 1 Common Gull (Ad), 2 Shag.

Posted January 14th, 2017 at 6:58 pm by Charlie Imms in Bird News

Broadsands and Goodrington

No sign of the Velvet Scoters at Broadsands this afternoon or anything else much on the sea there apart from an adult Med Gull offshore. The 2 Eiders were still at Goodrington.

Posted January 14th, 2017 at 6:47 pm by Jason Smart in Bird News

Sainsburys @ Alphington, Exeter

Nine Waxwing noticed sat up in a roadside tree whilst I driving out of the store car park late afternoon. They were feeding on berries at almost at ground level in the Dreams car park, occasionally flying to drink on the roof of the Superstore.

They remained until 16.50 before presumably flying off to roost. There were only a few remain berries so I suspect early morning may be the best time to visit tomorrow.

Posted January 14th, 2017 at 5:45 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News

Around the Exe

River Teign above Shaldon bridge 40+ Oyster Catcher

Cockwood overlooking the Exe 2 Slavonian Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Goldeneye duck, Shag, Little Egret, 2 Red Breasted Merganser, numerous Shell duck and Brent Geese, a single Greenshank, Common Gulls, reasonable numbers of Redshank, Curlew, Oyster Catcher, flocks of Dunlin moving up and down the mud flats.

A good walk around the Eastdon area failed to locate the Waxwings reported in the week despite a good crop of berries at the location.

River Exe above Powderham ~ gale force cold winds (no wonder sheltered Cockwood had such an abundance of birds) large flock of Brent Geese, 12 Red Breasted Merganser, Curlew, Oyster Catcher, 50+ Dunlin, Godwits, 20+ Grey Plover and a single Sanderling.

Buckfastleigh WTW ~ Goldcrest, 3 Siberian Chiffchaff, Meadow Pipit , numerous  Pied Wagtail, 3 Black Headed Gull and one Wren.

  

Posted January 14th, 2017 at 5:20 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Slapton this morning

I had a look for the scaup between 0900 and 1000 this morning. No sign of the Greater Scaup but what looked like a pretty good candidate for a Lesser Scaup was still there but way too distant for me to get a look at it's bill. Most of the waterfowl seem to have worked out exactly where they should be to have the smallest chance of being properly grilled by birders.............

Posted January 14th, 2017 at 4:59 pm by Simon Tonge in Bird News

East Soar-Soar Mill Valley-Southdown Farm

First spring migrant, pristine male White Wagtail inSoar Mill Cove with 2 Pied Wagtail, 3 Black Redstart & 6 Rock Pipit. Offshore 35 Gannet & one Fulmar. Also: 3 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 307 Skylark, 140 Linnet & 20 Cirl Bunting.

Posted January 14th, 2017 at 3:56 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Waddeton/Galmpton Torbay

Looks like the two Cattle Egrets that were at Hillhead have moved  down to Waddeton early pm there are now 3 there and a Little Egret with a muddy very pale brown bill - no sign of the two at Hillhead at 1.10pm.

Posted January 14th, 2017 at 3:48 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Topsham

Yellow-browed warbler, Long-tailed duck, 2 Goldeneye, 1 adult Med gull at Topsham Rec this morning.

Posted January 14th, 2017 at 3:06 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Cattle Egrets

2 Cattle Egrets still at Hillhead Farm, Brixham in sheep field viewable from near roundabout.  The Cattle Egret also still  just south of Waddeton on the Galmpton Road showing very well with cows by road- also 1 Little Egret there earlier 

Posted January 14th, 2017 at 12:23 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Broadsands

4 Velvet Scoter still first thing but then they flew off toward Torquay, 2 Black-necked Grebes, 28 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Red-throated Diver.

In the second car park 21 Cirl Buntings and 2 Reed Bunting on seed and 1 collybita Chiffchaff in the marshy ditch.

Posted January 14th, 2017 at 11:51 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Cornworthy

Yellow-browed warbler still at the sewage works

Posted January 14th, 2017 at 11:49 am by Henry Trollope in Bird News

Friday 13th January 2017

Cockwood, Friday 13 January

Two Slavonian Grebes and 2 male Red Breasted Merganser fishing.

Slavonian Grebe Slavonian Grebe Red-breasted Merganser
Slavonian Grebe                                 Slavonian Grebe                       Red-breasted Merganser

Posted January 13th, 2017 at 10:20 pm by Bob Telford in Bird News

Exminster Marshes, Friday 13 January

A Marsh Harrier harassing the the Teal in the gale. Also a flock of c450 Golden Plover. 

Golden Plover Marsh Harrier and Teal Marsh Harrier
Golden Plover                     Marsh Harrier and Teal                     Marsh Harrier

Posted January 13th, 2017 at 10:17 pm by Bob Telford in Bird News

Tamar Est. from Warleigh Point LNR

1015 -1215

In blustery conditions:  

c150 Dunlin, c30 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Great Crested Grebe, were the pick in amongst the more common species.

In the woodland:

1 Firecrest (poss 2) in with a roaming flock of Long tailed Tits and Goldcrests

c10 Redwing, 1 Marsh Tit.

Posted January 13th, 2017 at 7:14 pm by Charlie Imms in Bird News

Topsham Recreation Ground

Yellow-browed Warbler, Red-breasted Mergansers, male and female, Goldeneye all showing well

Yellow-browed Warbler Red-breasted Merganser Long-tailed Duck
Yellow-browed Warbler                Red-breasted Merganser                          Long-tailed Duck

Posted January 13th, 2017 at 5:12 pm by Colin Scott in Bird News

Clennon Lakes

2 Yellow-browed Warblers present this afternoon, one along the exit steam was feeding at ground level around the path and then the fence around the velopark. Doesn't appear to be the bird from the astro turf (that moved on over 10 days ago) as the new bird has dull supercilium infront of the eye that doesn't meet above the bill. The usual Yellow-browed with the anomalies in the supercilium and pale patches up onto the crown was again up around the top lake.

YBW Clennon Stream 130117ML YBW Clennon Stream 130117ML YBW Clennon Stream 130117ML

The new stream bird above                                                                                The astro turf bird below

YBW Astro turf 291216ML YBW Asrtoturf 130117ML YBW Asrtoturf 130117ML

Posted January 13th, 2017 at 4:29 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Northam Burrows 12th Jan

Visited about 14.30, low tide, very strong gale and rain. Unique distribution of birds, in good numbers, given the lack of dogwalkers but awful conditions. Gulls and Lapwings in particular were unusually close to the tarmac driveway allowing close views from car. On the grassy area NW of the Skern were most of the Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Curlew and Dunlin. Also Starlings, Skylark and Meadow Pipit taking cover wherever possible. Another tight Oystercatcher flock on the rocky headland. Golden Plover flocks were broken up into tens rather than hundreds, scattered around site. Out on intertidal a very nice Wigeon flock and separately a good Shelduck flock (metal ring on one of these but no colour rings). Everything a lot less willing to fly, some nut with a dog off lead went right by the Wigeon flock but only a couple bothered to fly off. On the river mouth a flock of at least 7 Eider but wind and rain had basically written off my binoculars for the day by then. No sign of Snow Buntings in usual place.

Posted January 13th, 2017 at 3:16 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Another Yellow-browned warbler

One Yellow-browned warbler foraging along the roadside ditch between Starcross and Cockwood at 13:30.

Posted January 13th, 2017 at 2:56 pm by Justin Hart in Bird News

Hillhead Brixham & Waddeton

2 Cattle Egret in fields opposite the covered reservoir Churston side of the mini roundabout. Best views over wall beside the mini roundabout look toward the wind turbine. Another Cattle Egret was with at least 4 Little Egrets in fields between Galmpton and Waddeton only on view occasionally when on top of the field.

Posted January 13th, 2017 at 12:26 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Broadsands

2 Black-necked Grebes, 28 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Red-throated & 1 Great Northern Divers also just 4 Velvet Scoter today between Broadsands & Goodrington.

6 Cirl Buntings on seed in 2nd car park.

Posted January 13th, 2017 at 12:21 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thursday 12th January 2017

Cattle egret Hillhead Brixham

1 cattle egret still feeding beneath the wind turbine at 4.00 today.

Posted January 12th, 2017 at 7:00 pm by Jeff Hacon in Bird News

Topsham

Yellow-browed warbler present again this morning at the Rec plus 2 Goldeneyes & 9 Red-breasted mergansers.

Posted January 12th, 2017 at 6:18 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

South Huish Marsh

11.30am. A flock of 42 Snipe, out in the open, feeding presumably on the worms being brought to the surface in this cold, wet and windy weather. Only other waders, 2 black tailed godwit, 1 dunlin and 6 oystercatchers.

Posted January 12th, 2017 at 1:42 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Wednesday 11th January 2017

Eiders Ducks Goodrington

2 eider ducks 1 male and I female close to shore off Goodrington at 2.45

Posted January 11th, 2017 at 4:23 pm by Jeff Hacon in Bird News

Thurlestone

Desert Wheatear still showing well on Thurlestone Beach - now sporting a metal leg ring and more wary than when I first saw it in November 2016.

Desert Wheatear

Posted January 11th, 2017 at 4:13 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Staverton

The Yellow browed warbler still early afternoon at the WTW but elusive. 3 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest. Pair of Goosander on the river by Nappers Crossing.

Posted January 11th, 2017 at 4:04 pm in Bird News

Buckfastleigh and around the Exe

Buckfastleigh WTW ~ Goldcrest, Siberian Chiffchaff , Meadow Pipit , numerous  Pied Wagtail and one Grey, Black Headed Gull and one Wren.

Matford the American Wigeon found in the Wigeon flock.

Topsham Rec Yellow Browed Warbler showing as previous reports along with large numbers of Goldfinch, two Mistle Thrush and a few Redwings.

 

On the river four Golden Eye, one drake and three duck, nine Red Breasted Mergansers, double figures of Common Gull, two Greylag geese, Godwits, Redshanks, Dunlin all in all very productive an busy with a variety of bird life.

Bowling Marsh Green just on tick over but worth the visit, two Snipe tucked away in long cover.

From the viewing platform 24 Curlew and two Golden Plover everything else generally very distant.

The Goat Walk provided an avian spectacle with a large flock of Avocet possibly as many as 300 plus birds talking repeatedly to the air along with a large number of Black Tailed Godwits and a smaller number of Bar Tailed and flocks of Dunlin, 45 Curlew, a small number of Grey Plover, looking across towards Exminster marsh huge flocks of Lapwing and Starlings lifting and circling around in clouds.

 

Posted January 11th, 2017 at 2:34 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Hillhead, Brixham

1 Cattle Egret (2 reported yesterday) in fields below the farm next to the large wind turbine.

Posted January 11th, 2017 at 11:15 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Waxwings Eastdon

9 Waxwings feeding on hedgerow berries near Eals dock, Eastdon (between Cockwood and Dawlish Warren Village) around 0930

Posted January 11th, 2017 at 10:07 am by Justin Hart in Bird News

Tuesday 10th January 2017

Going, Going, Gone?

Lunchtime visit to Topsham Rec, much more interesting than the Yellow-browed Warbler in the play park, was this Cormorant who bit off more than he could swallow with this enormous flounder.  Despite getting very close it proved just too much to swallow.  I saw exactly the same thing just up river a few years back, but with a Kingfisher and a Flounder just over an inch wide!

Caught Landed Just too much......

Posted January 10th, 2017 at 10:14 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Ilfracombe Pier

This afternoon on Ilfracombe Pier a Northern Herring Gull, darker plumage with a heavily streaked head.  On the 'supermarket' roof unusual to see a single Kittiwake with 6 Common Gulls among 100 Herring gulls.  Also recently @ Morte Point 12+ GND.

Posted January 10th, 2017 at 5:31 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Firecrests in Exmouth

There are still two Firecrests behind the Exmouth Cricket Pavilion feeding in the trees and scrub, great views late this afternoon. Best location to view them is from the top footpath. Both calling so fairly easy to find. Photos a bit grainy due to poor light.

One of two Firecrests. very mobile. always nice to see Firecrests
One of two Firecrests, very mobile, always nice to see Firecrests

Posted January 10th, 2017 at 5:20 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Berrynarbor

A dull day in the garden brightened by this little visitor.


Posted January 10th, 2017 at 4:23 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Hexworthy, Dartmoor

Two Hen Harriers (adult male + ringtail) flew south near Forest Inn at 8.45 this morning.

Posted January 10th, 2017 at 3:50 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Dartbridge to Staverton

Dartbridge ~ Kingfisher

Buckfastleigh WTW ~ 5+ Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff , 1 Meadow Pipit , 5+ Pied Wagtail, 2 Black Headed Gull and 2 Song Thrush.

 

Staverton WTW ~ Peregrine overhead, 4 Long Tailed Tit, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Pied Wagail.

Broadhempston ~ 2 Mute Swan, 2 Canadian Geese, 2 Moorhen, 12 Mallard on a private pond.

  

Staverton Bridge ~ 3+ Nuthatch, Siskin flock feeding on alders, 3+ Goldcrest, 3 Long Tailed Tit, 5 Goosander

(2M -3F) Treecreeper, Dipper, Buzzard and Little Grebe.

Posted January 10th, 2017 at 2:28 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

The Marsh Harrier was perched up in the middle of the marsh again this lunchtime. Still there at 1.40 at least.

Posted January 10th, 2017 at 2:19 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Central Park

6 Ring Necked Parakeets inc a blue one at 930am in Central Park, Plymouth

Posted January 10th, 2017 at 9:58 am by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Monday 9th January 2017

Plymouth

Apologies for late post but over the weekend....

7th Jan: the 2 Cattle Egrets still in Saltram with the cows; also 11 Little Egrets and 93 Dunlins on Blaxton Pool. But no sign of the Plymstock Waxwing mid morning nor early afternoon.

8th Jan: Yellow-browed Warbler still in Beaumont Park, also 2+ Goldcrests and Nuthatch. But again no sign of the Waxwing early morning nor early afternoon.

Posted January 9th, 2017 at 7:48 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Topsham

Yellow-browed warbler in usual place this morning plus adult & 1st winter Med gulls at the Rec.  Saw Gavin Haig's Twitter post re 4 Cattle egrets on Exminster Marshes north of M5 so was pleased to be able to see them distantly from my house.  The Marsh harrier came into roost in the Exe reed beds at the Rec at 3:50.  I was surprised at 4:10 to see 4 Cattle egrets with BH gulls on the University playing fields, Topsham adjacent to the M5. They were flushed by a walker and flew west back towards the estuary. Returning home to look for the egrets, I heard a tristis Chiffchaff in the reeds alongside the path between the Rec & M5.  It flew into the central reed bed island before I could get a good look at it.

Posted January 9th, 2017 at 4:56 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Highlight was a Bittern seen briefly in the Higher Ley from the bridge at 09:35. Still plenty of waterfowl around, eg 27 Wigeons, 132 Gadwalls, 8 Shovelers , 210 Tufted Ducks, 8 Pochards, 7 Goldeneyes and 12 Little Grebes. Had a good look from the Stokeley hide for last weeks possible Lesser Scaup but could only find a distant adult male Scaup. Good numbers of gulls as well, 500+ Black-headed Gulls in Ireland Bay included at least 4 Mediterranean Gulls. The sea was fairly quiet except for a couple Great Northern Divers just off the memorial car park.

Posted January 9th, 2017 at 2:26 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Gannets, gannets, gannets!

A quiet early morning at Broadsands but a small flock of gannets diving on the anchovy shoals out in the bay were kept busy. The predators beneath were busy too, I could see the splashes of them attacking. quite clearly.

P.L. Fairclough

Posted January 9th, 2017 at 12:36 pm by Philip L. Fairclough in Bird News

Broadsands

The Siberian Chiffchaff was in the usual place - top end of reedy ditch between 1st and 2nd car parks, also 2 collybita Chiffchaffs.

On the sea: 8 Velvet Scoter toward Goodrington and 14 Great Crested Grebes.

Posted January 9th, 2017 at 9:30 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sunday 8th January 2017

Topsham Rec

Yelllow-browed warbler, Long-tailed duck, one adult Med gull and 11 Snipe this morning.

Posted January 8th, 2017 at 10:08 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Skern Today

Good numbers of Golden & Grey Plover, Oyster Catchers, Dunlin, Lapwing,  Curlew, Redshank & ShelDuck , reduced numbers of Wigeon & Brent Geese,  also saw 1 Kingfisher&  a few Pintail & Teal plus a few Cormorant  & a Little Egret.

Posted January 8th, 2017 at 9:32 pm by Debbie Luckson in Bird News

Saltram Egrets

First chance, after returning from annual Scottish holiday, to look for the two Cattle Egrets at Saltram Park. They were present, but distant, with five Little Egrets and this Mediterranean Gull with lots of Black-heads beside the cows.

Cattle Egret

Med Gull ad.wpl
Cattle egret                                      Med Gull ad.wpl

Posted January 8th, 2017 at 9:12 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Bowcombe Creek, Kingsbridge River

Nine Red Breasted Merganser (5m 4f) feeding just above New Bridge at 15.30 this afternoon.

Posted January 8th, 2017 at 8:42 pm by Joe Higman in Bird News

Otterton STW / Chiselbury Bay

Early afternoon:

250+ Common Scoter
2 LT Duck
1 GN Diver
25+ Common Dolphin offshore

Posted January 8th, 2017 at 8:20 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Burrator Reservoir

Very low water levels today, more like September after a hot summer.

On the water - a male goosander, 4 male tufted duck, 3 male and 2 female teal, 4 cormorants (2 juvs and 2 adults, 1 in full summer plumage with white speckled head and white thigh patch), a muscovy duck, a little grebe, mallards and 3 white farmyard geese with a few black headed gulls.

In the woodland a very pale buzzard, a marsh tit (with mixed tit flock in trees at northern car park), 2 nuthatches and a few siskins

Posted January 8th, 2017 at 7:59 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Bassett's Ridge + Horsey Island

Flock of approx 2500 Golden Plover on & above Bassett's Ridge on the Taw Estuary this morning. During the aft this flock which had been moved on by the incoming tide was seen by another observer resting on Horsey Island.

Posted January 8th, 2017 at 6:28 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Torbay boat trip

Some pictures from this mornings excellent trip around Torbay

One of the two groups of Velvet Scooters, 8 in this group Guillemots
One of the two groups of Velvet Scooters, 8 in this group                     Guillemots

Posted January 8th, 2017 at 5:15 pm by Simon Thurgood in Bird News

Topsham

The long tailed duck and goldeneye(s?) are still off Topsham rec - visible from the boat slipways at the north end towards the motorway bridge. I had a water rail fly past too! At Goosemoor the spotted redshank was very close to the viewing screen with redshanks and greenshank for comparison :)

Posted January 8th, 2017 at 5:03 pm by Helen Whitall in Bird News

Teigngrace Cattle Egrets

Once located three Cattle Egret at Teigngrace feeding in a pasture field alongside alongside a number of Herring Gull. (Click on images to enlarge)

 

Also seen were 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Dunnock, 3 Pied Wagtail, 3 Stock Dove, 6 Little Egret, Heron, Buzzard and a Jay.

At home a male Siskin on the feeders and a Chiffchaff in the garden.

Posted January 8th, 2017 at 4:33 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Broadsands, c.10:00 - 13:30

8 Velvet Scoter (only 7 initially but 8 by 11:00); 1 B-n Grebe (c. 10:55); 33 " scopeable" Razorbill; 1 Shelduck (circling over Broadsands, c.10:00); 1 Med Gull [2nd w, green ring on left tarsal, RNL4] (on roost, c. !0:00).

6-8 Cirl Bunting (1f + 1-2 heard, seafront, 3m, 2f on seed); 1 Reed Bunting + Chaffinches & Greenfinches (on seed).

1 Sib Chiffchaff (Alders between car parks, c.13:00); 2 Chiffchaff (collybita).

Posted January 8th, 2017 at 4:28 pm by David Holloway in Bird News

Bird ringing

Sometimes it is worth opening the nets before it gets light. Today was one of those days!


Posted January 8th, 2017 at 4:18 pm by jon turner in Bird News

Surf Scoter

The imm drake Surf Scoter still at Mansands off Crabrock Point early afternoon - initially there were c250 Common Scoters distantly offshore but the flock split into two and half the flock came in as close as they would get and luckily it contained the Surf Scoter- still on show at c2pm

for pictures see https://twitter.com/markrabailey?lang=en

 Surf Scoter Man Sands 8 Jan 2016 MRAB Surf Scoter Man Sands 8 Jan 2016 MRABb

Posted January 8th, 2017 at 3:43 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Exminster Marshes & Exe Estuary

Much bird activity on the marshes: Peregrine Falcon, Buzzard, Pied Wagtails, Grey Heron, Lapwings, Wigeon, Canada Geese, Greylag, Long Tailed Tits, Starlings, Curlew, Black Tailed Godwits, Shoveller, Song Thrush, Goldfinch & Bullfinch. On the estuary plenty of Avocet, Bar Tailed Godwits, Shelduck, Lapwings, Sanderlings, Redshank & Mallard.

Posted January 8th, 2017 at 3:38 pm by Stephen Huggins in Bird News

Ashford-Pottington

Long-tailed Duck still present along with 4 Goosander (1 Male, 3 female). Also other birds of note include 100+ Dunlin and large flocks of Lapwing.

Posted January 8th, 2017 at 3:17 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in Bird News

Torbay Boat trip

This mornings boat trip was a very good .  The bay has large shoals of anchovies hence large numbers of birds feeding. Berry Head colony had 900+ Guillemots on the cliffs. Traveling back into Torbay 50+ Razorbill, 50+ Gannet , Kittiwake, Common Gull 2, Great Black-backed Gull and 1 Harbour Porpoise. Once in the Bay birds ranged from 1 Common Scoter , 8 Velvet Scoter, 3 Velvet Scoter (separate birds from the 8), 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Eider, 28 Fulmar, 2 Purple Sandpiper and 1 Black Redstart on Brixham fish quay railings just before we started the trip. 2 grey seals in Brixham harbor.

Next trips are every Sunday in February starting on the 5th. if interested call 07866202576. 

Posted January 8th, 2017 at 3:02 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Saltram

2 Cattle egret still around, showing well, with feeding cattle at 1230. Seen together with 4 Little egret, in the field at the top of the steps.

Posted January 8th, 2017 at 2:45 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Leucistic Robin

Seen in a private garden in the Teign Valley.

Posted January 8th, 2017 at 1:15 pm by Samuel Gray in Bird News

Saturday 7th January 2017

Staverton

Yellow-browed Warbler showing well again at the water treatment works mid-am.

Posted January 7th, 2017 at 11:24 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

This afternoons sightings at Exminster Marshes: Canada Goose 150+, Brent Geese 100+, Greylag Geese 10+, Barnical Geese 16, Mute Swan, Shovleler c20, Wigeon 300+, Lapwing 50+, Wood Pigeon, Redshank, Avocet 100+, Herring Gull, Black-headed Gull. 

Posted January 7th, 2017 at 8:57 pm by Samuel Gray in Bird News

Topsham Rec

Yellow-browed warbler, Long-tailed duck, 1 male & 1 female Goldeneye, 1 1st winter & 2 adult Med gulls, 2 Blackcaps & 1 Chiffchaff today.

Posted January 7th, 2017 at 5:54 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Around the Taw and Torridge

A cancelled mountainbike on Dartmoor gave me the chance to ride around the estuary today from Braunton to Instow and back in pretty grim weather.

At Horsey Island my first Greenshank of the year and across the toll road 2 Little Owl and a large flock of Golden Plover.

At Wrafton pond a single Tufted duck and a pair of "exotics" that I think were Baikal Teal. Unfortunately I couldn't find them again when I came back with my camera. On the scrape a single Black-tailed Godwit.

At the Braunton Inn 7 Goosander (5m 2f)

Along the estuary the usual mix of Turnstones,Grey Plover,Oystercatchers and Lapwing.

7 Eurasian Spoonbill on Isley marsh

A small group of Jackdaws on the rocks at Instow but disappointingly, no Black Redstart.

A total of 48 birds seen on a day rescued from the bad weather.

Posted January 7th, 2017 at 4:00 pm by John Bronze in Bird News

Wrafton

2, possibly 3 Cetti's Warblers calling in the reserve this morning, also a Water Rail squealing. South of the reserve a Male Marsh Harrier perched, then flew to confirm my ID.

In the ivy by the bridge to the reserve, 2 Chiffchaffs.

Posted January 7th, 2017 at 1:33 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Torbay coastal

Torbay coastal ~ one Peregrine falcon

Preston ~ Marine Parade ~ 36 Turnstone including the regular Dutch ringed bird, fourteen 14 Oyster Catcher, 1 Little Egret, 1 Great Northern Diver 2 Razorbill and a distant Porpoise.

Goodrington beach ~ a pair of Eider duck with the drake beginning to colour up.

 

Broadsands ~ 15 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Velvet Scoter, 9 Fulmar, 1 Guillemot, 1 Kittiwake, 2 Heron, 2 Rock Pipit and in the far car park 3 Cirl Bunting bathing in a puddle.

Near Berry Pomeroy a male Reeves Pheasant.

Posted January 7th, 2017 at 12:56 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Cornworthy

First chance to check for a week, Yellow-browed warbler still present at the sewage works with goldcrest and blackcap

Posted January 7th, 2017 at 11:22 am by Henry Trollope in Bird News

Waxwigs

One at private garden Plymouth

      

Posted January 7th, 2017 at 10:24 am by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Waxwing in Plymstock

Single waxwing present at 09.10am, feeding on apple tree in Birch Pond Road, also present and feeding was female blackcap.Easily visible from car window if its raining.

Posted January 7th, 2017 at 9:31 am by Steph murphy in Bird News

Friday 6th January 2017

Bohemian Waxwing at Oreston, Plymouth.

Here are three heavily cropped photographs I took this afternoon of the adult Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) which was visiting a apple tree in a private garden in the Oreston area of Plymouth.

You just don't tire of looking at these smart birds. I had to include the third image as it looks as if the bird is looking straight down my lens and saying "Are you looking at me, I said, are you looking at me". Or he/she was just eyeing up the next apple.

Posted January 6th, 2017 at 10:42 pm by Richard Smith in Bird News

Hembury Woods

1 Woodcock, mid-am.

Posted January 6th, 2017 at 9:58 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Saltram

Two Cattle Egrets showing well with cattle.


Posted January 6th, 2017 at 9:26 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Plymouth

Waxwing in garden on apples.

Posted January 6th, 2017 at 9:22 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Staverton

The Yellow browed warbler still at the WTW and showing well between 3 and 3.30 p.m. At least 4 Chiffchaffs and 10 Goldcrests. Male Goosander upstream from Staverton Bridge.

Posted January 6th, 2017 at 6:55 pm in Bird News

Broadsands, Torbay.

The 8 Velvet Scoters were present this morning over towards Goodrington. Further out towards Torquay a Great Northern Diver. 2 Black-necked Grebes were seen, one fairly close in to the beach with another much further out. Similarly, 2 Red-throated Divers, one closer in than the other. Large numbers of Razorbills were scattered across the whole bay, with smaller numbers of Guillemots. Plenty of Fulmars and Kittiwakes present. 2 male Cirl Buntings were in a tree in the second car park, despite disturbance from children on bikes (thought they'd be back at school by now!). 5 Bullfinches at back of same car park, a fly-over Peregrine and 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers rounded off a fruitful visit!

Posted January 6th, 2017 at 5:09 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

East Devon. Topsham.

35 Members of DB (including many new members) met at Darts Farm and divided into two main groups led by Colin Randall and myself, while a splinter group of 3 headed for Bowling Green.  A total of c56 species listed during the morning with the highlights being:

Darts Farm: group of 3 Chiffchaff on the field slope with flock of c20 Redwing in the hedgerow,  Large numbers of Brent Geese (600+)  and Canada Geese in the meadows including 2 hybrid Canada Geese with unusual head markings. Also Stonechat and 2 Stock Dove.

Goosemoor:  Spotted Redshank, 1 Pintail, 3 Greenshank, numbers of Redshank.

Bowling Green Marsh: Avocet flock in flight but no great numbers of ducks, waders. Water Rail along hedgerow to viewing platform where a couple of Goldeneye were off The Retreat (did someone later say they saw Long- tailed Duck there?).  Hope our numbers didn't disturb other birders!

 

Posted January 6th, 2017 at 4:08 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Mansands

About 100+ Common Scoters off Crabrock this morning, but can you spot the Surf Scoter, about a third way in from the right. There was also a feeding frenzy of about 100+ Gannets following about 6 Common Dolphins off the Point and also 4 GC Grebes offshore. On the marsh, glad to see a pair of Tufted Duck have returned. A Sparrowhawk was hunting around the marsh and spooked a couple of Snipe, the pair of Kestrel also hunting around the marsh.

Posted January 6th, 2017 at 3:37 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Bird News

Aveton Gifford

Aveton Gifford tidal road ~ 1 Greenshank, 2 Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Oystercatcher, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 1 Mistle Thrush, 5 Great Black-backed Gull.

On South Efford Marsh ~ 18 + Teal, 4 Wigeon, 2 Song Thrush, 5 Curlew, 6 Great Black-backed Gull and 1 Lesser, 8 Wren, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Stonechat, 8 Bullfinch, 6 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Moorhen, 6 Pied Wagtail and 1 Buzzard.

Posted January 6th, 2017 at 2:38 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Matford

The American Wigeon was at Matford Marsh again this lunchtime at around 1.30. Feeding with the Wigeon flock close to the benches before the whole flock flew the short distance to pools.

Posted January 6th, 2017 at 2:22 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Pale Buzzard - Ashford

Re:last post. There is currently a beautiful, mostly white plummage Buzzard in the Ashford area of the river. Osprey lookalike markings in flight! Pullling worms from field yesterday morning. 

Posted January 6th, 2017 at 1:17 pm by Kelvin Irwin in Bird News

Osprey - North Devon

Single Osprey sighted on Taw estuary near Ashford, Barnstaple.

Spotted at 13.00 hrs on Thursday 5th January 2017.

Eds: Very rare to find a wintering Osprey in Devon, would just like to make sure its not a pale buzzard?

Great article here: https://www.devonbirds.org/birdwatching/articles/common_buzzard 

Posted January 6th, 2017 at 1:00 pm by Martin Waters in Bird News

Teignmouth Front Seawatch 09:30 to 10:30

Lots of Gannets far out and Shags close in. Small passage of Auk species mainly South, six Guillemots and one Razorbill on the surface further in. Eight+ Eider, a Great Crested Grebe on the surface and an unidentified Diver flying South. Usual Gulls. An extensive search in town for Black Redstart produced none, unusual for winter! 

Posted January 6th, 2017 at 12:13 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Cadover Bridge

Two of 100+ flock of mixed Fieldfares and Redwings at Cadover yesterday (5th).

Posted January 6th, 2017 at 9:37 am by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Thursday 5th January 2017

The Taw off Pottington

Late morning I looked for the Long-tailed Duck off Pottington with no success but I did enjoy the following birds of note: Bar-tailed Godwit (2), Dark-bellied Brent (1), Goosander (4) three males and one female, Slavonian Grebe (3) but not 100% as a long way off in poor light, infact although not black-necked due to shape just may have been Red-necked as appeared to leap out the water when diving.  

Posted January 5th, 2017 at 8:36 pm by Martin Bond in Bird News

Teigngrace & Thurlestone

Teigngrace. Met up with Stan and found 3 Cattle Egrets located in field amongst the cattle further up the road from Blatchford Farm towards Stover and past the field with solar panels down to the bend in the road.

Trip down to Thurlestone beach the Desert Wheatear showed really well next to golf course with 2 Rock Pipits, 5 Turnstone, c10 Oystercatchers and Little Egret.

A walk over to South Huish Reserve a Kingfisher in reeds near footbridge, Ringed Plover and Black-tailed Godwit on the scrape with Teal and several Lapwing around the fields together with 2 Meadow Pipits, 2 Stonechats and a Mediterranean Gull amongst the Black-headed Gulls on the hill and 2 Razorbills on the sea together with a porpoise.

Many thanks Stan for the ride. Some video taken today.

DW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHz1Z0kDK0E

CE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8HqbJD27V8

 

Desert Wheatear

Cattle Egret

Posted January 5th, 2017 at 8:03 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Wembury

Wembury Beach to Wembury Point today - 1 1st winter and 2 adult Mediterranean gulls in the stubble field, 1 chiffchaff feeding amongst reeds on the beach, 4 turnstone (uncommon here now), 1 kestrel and 1 water pipit amongst rock- and meadow pipits on large mass of seaweed on beach near sewage pipe - very aggressive towards rock pipits nearby

Water Pipit
Water Pipit

Posted January 5th, 2017 at 6:23 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

R.Taw off Ashford sewage Works.

12:30 Long-tailed Duck still feeding just offshore on falling tide but no sign by 13:00.

Bradiford Reserve viewed from Tarka Trail:- c60 teal; 4 Snipe and 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose. This is the first time I`ve ever seen one on the reserve. There were none on the Taw or Penhill Marsh so why did this one turn up here on its own?

Posted January 5th, 2017 at 5:06 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Instow

Black Redstart again at Instow-Appledore ferry pier / along harbour wall, 16.00.

(At Northam Burrows 15.00 no sign of Snow Buntings west of 8th green nor on pebble ridge, but lots of golfers and dogwalkers may explain)

Posted January 5th, 2017 at 4:46 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Waxwing

2 in garden at end of Birch Pond Rd Oreston Plymouth on Apple tree

Posted January 5th, 2017 at 3:07 pm by Fiona Ward in Bird News

Clennon Lakes

The lake side Yellow-browed Warbler was present this lunch time - it seems to be favouring the trees around the 3rd weir >West showing well and catching plenty of flies.

Yellow-browed Warbler Clennon Lakes 5 Jan 2017  Yellow-browed Warbler Clennon Lakes 5 Jan 2017

Posted January 5th, 2017 at 2:42 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Topsham Rec.

Yellow-browed Warbler feeding in the trees around the zip-wire; also Water Rail, Reed Buntings and loads of Goldfinches. Long-tailed Duck and Goldeneye on the estuary nearby.

Goldeneye off Topsham Rec.  Redwing at Topsham Rec.
Goldeneye off Topsham Rec.                                      Redwing at Topsham Rec.

Posted January 5th, 2017 at 2:32 pm by Martin Overy in Bird News

Red Kite

Flying over A361 between Aller Cross and Great Hill lay by driving west towards Barnstaple at 12 noon today.

Posted January 5th, 2017 at 2:19 pm by Karen Sims & John Towers in Bird News

Northam Burrows

The confiding male Snow Buntings still present at 10.00 this morning about 50m west of the 8th green.

Posted January 5th, 2017 at 12:44 pm by Roger Doble in Bird News

Wednesday 4th January 2017

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the dropping tide.

Goosemoor the Spotted Redshank showing really well with Greenshank and Kingfisher overlooking the water inlet.

BGM Viewing platform the American Wigeon was on the pool left of the footpath at 14:00hrs and from the platform good numbers of both Bar & Black-tailed Godwits, Grey Plover, Dunlin, Redshank and Oystercatchers.

Goatwalk 400+ Avocets, 120+ Golden Plover on mud near Turf Locks with good numbers of Curlew, Dunlin and more Black-tailed Godwits, Redshank and Red-breasted Mergansers.

On the walk back towards the hide the American Wigeon was on the pool alongside the road in BGM and still there when I left at 15:30hrs.

Some more video from today:

AW:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOkvRgZqsDU

SR:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y24pQZ5zshY

[thanks Eds for harrier info and all noted]

American Wigeon  (BGM pool) American Wigeon  (BGM pool) Spotted Redshank
American Wigeon (BGM pool)                    American Wigeon (BGM pool)                     Spotted Redshank

Posted January 4th, 2017 at 9:01 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Plymouth Sound

Very quiet only notable birds were:

2 ad Med Gull

1 Gannet

1 Cormorant in bp.

Posted January 4th, 2017 at 8:08 pm by Charlie Imms in Bird News

Powderham Marsh

Not much around the marsh today but a nice Song Thrush along with a small flock on Redwing and one Fieldfare - all in 1st field by the Swans nest. On the main marsh 15 Barnacle Geese in with a large Canada flock.

See video - Redwing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkRSBx-2moY

Redwing
Redwing

Posted January 4th, 2017 at 6:05 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Breeding plumage Barwit

Full breeding plumage Bar-tailed Godwit at The Skern this afternoon. Very pale creamy head which looked a little like a Ruff. Lots of Brent Geese. Over on the Taw the small flock of Eider.

Posted January 4th, 2017 at 6:01 pm by Karen Sims & John Towers in Bird News

Exmouth

This afternoon a female Black Redstart was by the sailing club at Shelly Beach. A drake Common Scoter flew out of the estuary. A female Kingfisher was on a floating platform near Leeward Court. The 2 Slavonian Grebes at Cockwood were seen in the distance. The Little Grebe still present in the marina basin.

Posted January 4th, 2017 at 5:48 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Exminster marsh

The Marsh harrier was on the marsh again late afternoon perched in a bush mid marsh. Watched from back path. Also Cetti;s warbler . No sign of the Geese reported earlier in the week.

Posted January 4th, 2017 at 4:56 pm by Brian Davies in Bird News

Instow

Black Redstart at Instow harbour feeding from the boulders where ferry pier meets ferry car parking. 16.20.

Posted January 4th, 2017 at 4:22 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Teigngrace cattle egrets

Two birds still frequenting the solar panel field

Posted January 4th, 2017 at 3:23 pm by Ken Dainton in Bird News

Taw Estuary - Pottington

At last after numerous attempts over a period of several weeks at digiscoping the Long tailed Duck I have managed to snap a reasonable photo. Yes,I think this one is in focus!


Posted January 4th, 2017 at 3:03 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Toll Road and Crow Point etc.

Smart Kingfisher near the Toll House, then down where the footpath is closed I was watching the slightly skittish flock of 1000+ Golden Plover when an exocet missile raced in from over the river. This Peregrine made a few unsuccessful passes before returning to where it had come from. I was also surprised (and delighted) to see a Little Owl on the roof of the barn where they used to breed. I was also able to scope 5 of the Spoonbills over the river at Isley Marsh. I might have seen 2 Chiffchaffs, but they were so quick I couldn't be sure. Down at Crow Point I could make out several Eider - mobile and diving off the Westward Ho! side. Good numbers of Dunlin on both the Caen and Horsey Island. Lapwings all over the place. As I got back to the Little Owl site - there were 2 of them! A stroll around the reserve revealed Goldcrest and 2 Reed Buntings, and then a lot of small birds in typical mobbing behaviour, so careful scrutiny showed a beady-eyed Tawny Owl looking down at me.

Posted January 4th, 2017 at 1:33 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Topsham Goosemoor

No sign of the reported Yellow-browed Warbler by railway line but a Siberian Chiffchaff showed well and called a few times from the bank.

Siberian Chiffchaff - Topsham Goosemoor 4/1/2017

Posted January 4th, 2017 at 1:11 pm by Tim Worfolk in Bird News

Matford & Topsham

Matford to start the day gave the American Wigeon which took a lot of finding given the depth of the grass pasture that the Wigeon flock was feeding in, three Little Egret, a Chiffchaff, Song Thrush, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, at least twelve Moorhen and a small number of Long Tailed Tits.

Topsham Rec ~ on arrival saw a birder photographing the reported Yellow Browed Warbler which continued to show well in the trees around the children’s play area, a Kestrel, Kingfisher and female Long Tailed duck all close by.

 

Goosemoor ~ Spotted Redshank tucked away with small number of Greenshank a Goldcrest near the bridge.

Posted January 4th, 2017 at 12:21 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Bursdon Moor

Merlin seen yesterday afternoon about 4pm

Posted January 4th, 2017 at 11:08 am by Brian Sims in Bird News

Cattle Egret

Lone cattle egret seen at Saltram 3rd January 2017.

Posted January 4th, 2017 at 10:06 am by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Tuesday 3rd January 2017

River Plym from Leigham Manor Drive

1500-1600

Female Kingfisher

Cormorant

3 Goosander (2 Drakes 1 Redhead)

3 Mandarin (2 Drakes 1 Duck)

Posted January 3rd, 2017 at 9:05 pm by Charlie Imms in Bird News

Yarner Wood

Lovely cold/crisp winters day on the moor. After hours of waiting my patience paid off and managed to view a male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker calling and then drumming. 

Posted January 3rd, 2017 at 8:53 pm by Mark Dyer in Bird News

Staverton

The Yellow browed warbler still present at the WTW. 5 Chiffchaffs and 4 Goldcrests. Redhead Goosander on the river near Napers Halt. 

Posted January 3rd, 2017 at 8:13 pm in Bird News

South Brent and Slapton

Shipley Bridge and the Avon dam this morning, in the fields between Bloody Pool Cross and Downstowe in excess of 100 Herring Gulls feeding in the pasture fields along with a large flock of Starlings.

In the fields opposite Yelland 50 plus Redwings and Mistle Thrush in the roadside hedge.

Shipley car park gave a Green Woodpecker.

Female Kestrel, Buzzard, Woodcock in full fight, shortly afterwards a solitary Snipe.

Male Reed Bunting on the quarry perimeter fence below the dam.

Back at home my first two Siskins of the year on the garden feeders and a Song Thrush in the house field.

A follow up visit to Slapton Ley yesterday found a strong northerly wind blowing across the Ley most of the water fowl had moved to the Stokenham end, high lights were a Chiffchaff and a pair of Goldeneye duck.

Two male Shoveller duck, 70 plus Gadwall, Coot in their 100’s as well as a good number of Tufted duck, a possible Scaup sighting but the distance made positive ID unreliable.

On the outskirts of Slapton a Lapwing in flight, a large mixed flock of Redwing and Fieldfare and a Kestrel.

Posted January 3rd, 2017 at 8:13 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Matford & Exminster Marshes

Matford Marsh am. American Wigeon showed well at times feeding amongst other Wigeon, 8+ Snipe, 2 Jays, 2 Water Rails and 3 Redwing.

Exminster Marsh pm. The female Marsh Harrier was seen around the main lagoon after being mobbed by 2 Buzzards, Peregrine was on electric pylon, 12+ Barnacle Geese from the back path, Raven and good numbers of Curlew, Brent Geese with a few Snipe feeding around the fields.

Some video taken today.

AW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SGY-VDaF7E

MH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZIfprrypqw

American Wigeon American Wigeon Marsh Harrier
                    American Wigeon                                                                 Marsh Harrier

Eds. superb videos as ever Dave, just one thing, the Marsh Harrier is a juvenile/1st winter - worn plumage (2y+ fresher in winter), pale only on head (not on breast or wings) and fine pale tips to greater coverts. Also on size and slim build perhaps more likely a male.

Posted January 3rd, 2017 at 7:33 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Unsuccessful Scaup search but did get 160 Gadwall, 140 Wigeon, 8 Shoveler, 144 Tufted, 4 Pochard, 5 Goldeneye & 35 Common Gull. At the bridge Otter and Kingfisher. Nothing offshore but a few Gannets  - too calm?

Posted January 3rd, 2017 at 5:28 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

East Soar-Soar Mill Valley-Southdown Farm

Another glorious morning highlighted by 250 Golden Plover, Lapwing, 3 Snipe, 205 Skylark, 3 Black Redstart (1m 2f type) in Soar Mill Cove with 11 Rock Pipit & 10 Meadow Pipit, 9 Song Thrush, 24 Magpie, 100 Linnet, 40 Yellowhammer & 25 Cirl Bunting. Also 5 Roe Deer.

Posted January 3rd, 2017 at 5:25 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

West Charleton Marsh - Bittern

1100 - 1330hrs. Nice to have a firm walk to the hide this morning on the frozen ground! On the estuary several curlew, redshank, knot, dunlin, little egret and a lone greenshank. Wigeon, teal, shelduck and red breasted merganser in evidence. Several small birds on the feeders included a pair of cirl bunting

Having failed to see a water rail at this location in 2016, despite several views in 2015, I was pleased to see one in the reeds behind the feeders. It remained there for nearly 30 minutes, appearing later in full view as it scuttled under the footbridge to the feeders,

Whilst observing the rail, I saw a bittern fly low from the middle of the Marsh to land again in the main drainage channel not far from me. Excellent, but all too brief, views. I last saw a bittern at this location on 20.1.2016

Posted January 3rd, 2017 at 5:25 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Isley Marsh

Tuesday morning: 6 Spoonbills roosting in western corner of the marsh, one with coloured rings (blue over white) on right leg. Peregrine (perhaps juv with highly streaked breast) on marsh edge. 1 Greenshank present in marsh creek, along with the usual redshanks, little egrets and teal.

Posted January 3rd, 2017 at 5:10 pm by Jonathan Nicholl in Bird News

Man Sands

The 1st w drake Surf Scoter still with about 300 Common Scoter (in two flocks) off Crabrock Point this afternoon.

1st w drake Surf Scoter Man Sands 2017

Posted January 3rd, 2017 at 4:34 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

BGM/Goosemoor

This morning most of the marsh was iced over, but good numbers of usual species.

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit

Snipe

Water Rail
Snipe                                                                                Water Rail

Posted January 3rd, 2017 at 4:12 pm by Colin Scott in Bird News

Dartmoor today

Soussons one Great Grey Shrike very mobile.

Posted January 3rd, 2017 at 4:09 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Cadhay Bridge,Ottery St Mary (East Devon)

   

A nice drake Goosander (there were four here yesterday according to Ian Pullan), a Dipper and a Green Woodpecker were all within a short distance upstream from Cadhay Bridge on the River Otter this morning.  A nice change from the hotspots of the Exe estuary.

Posted January 3rd, 2017 at 3:39 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Goosemoor

A YELLOW BROWED WARBLER feeding in trees between Goosemoor and railway line at 11-00. A second seen later at Topsham Rec together with female Long-tailed Duck and 2 female Goosander.

Posted January 3rd, 2017 at 2:54 pm by Ray Jones in Bird News

Yellow Browed Warbler, Plymouth

After an hours searching a yellow browed warbler was found feeding in the tree tops at the south end of Beaumont Park in Plymouth

Posted January 3rd, 2017 at 2:26 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Topsham Rec

This lunchtime at Topsham Rec, the Yellow-browed Warbler was showing well in the trees near the zip wire. The Long-tailed Duck was also present up towards the motorway bridge. Also 2 female Goldeneye, Water Rail, 2 Snipe, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Turnstone and 1 Avocet.

Posted January 3rd, 2017 at 2:06 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Broadsands & Clennon

The Siberian Chiffchaff was in the mash between the two car parks this morning also 2 collybita chiffchaffs and 2 Goldcrest. 17 Cirl Buntings on seed in the 2nd car park.

On the sea: 8 Velvet Scoter over toward Goodrington also 42 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Red-throated Diver and closer to Broadsands a single Common Scoter.

Clennon Valley: Yellow-browed Warbler again this morning by the astro turf pitchesin the Eucalyptus trees.  

Posted January 3rd, 2017 at 11:53 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 2nd January 2017

Exminster Marshes

14 Barnacle Geese flew in at sunset and landed on the lagoon. 

Posted January 2nd, 2017 at 10:22 pm by Gavin Haig in Bird News

Teign Estuary

Highlights today were a Water Pipit at Flow Point, three Bar-tailed Godwits and an Avocet at Passage House, and 10 Eiders and a Mediterranean Gull off Teignmouth seafront.

Posted January 2nd, 2017 at 9:44 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Topsham

Viewed over the dropping tide.

Goosemoor  Spotted Redshank and 4 Greenshank.

BGM hide 2 Mediterranean Gulls amongst Black-headed Gulls.

Viewing platform c50 Knot, c30 Grey Plover, Greenshank, c15 Bar-tailed Godwits, numerous Black-tailed Godwits, Redshank and Dunlin and Red-breasted Merganser.

Goatwalk c350 Avocets with good numbers of Curlew, Black-tailed Godwits and Dunlin

Topsham recreation ground Yellow-browed Warbler mobile around the trees near play area, female Long-tailed Duck, 2 female Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser, Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail.

Some video taken today and manage to pull some shots from 4k video of YBW.

YBW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTZ03tCnxQM

LTD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dfX8nwdnJs

GE:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=my0mdJM0dyA

Yellow-browed Warbler Long-tailed Duck 2 Goldeneye
Yellow-browed Warbler                            Long-tailed Duck                                            2 Goldeneye

Posted January 2nd, 2017 at 9:11 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Clennon Valley

I missed the Yellow-browed Warbler by the ponds during a brief visit, but nice a Firecest near the top pond. On checking the photos I took later, the bird has either a tick or seed attached to the rim of one of its eyes. Several Chiffchaffs, Kingfisher, 2 Little Egrets, Shoveler and 10 Teal also there.

Firecrest  Close up showing possible tick
Firecrest                                                                             Close up showing possible tick

Posted January 2nd, 2017 at 9:00 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Wrafton Pond and Crow Point

Female Black Redstart on house roofs by Chivenor Airfield, Yellow Browed Warbler by Wrafton Pond also Kingfisher and Stonechat by nearby stream and two more Kingfishers at Crow Point. Hundreds of Lapwing over the whole area plus two large flocks of Golden Plover one numbering well over 1000+ and the smaller flock  in the hundreds.

Really went to see the silver Robin, but wasn't sure exactly where to look, so no luck.

Black Redstart Black-headed Gulls Kestrel
Black Redstart                                             Black-headed Gulls                                              Kestrel

Posted January 2nd, 2017 at 8:08 pm by Andrew Gooch in Bird News

Staverton

At the WTW's the Yellow browed warbler still present both morning and afternoon along with 5 Chiffchaffs and at least 5 Goldcrests. Male Goosander on the river downstream of the bridge.

Posted January 2nd, 2017 at 7:55 pm in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Slapton Ley

Still one Cattle Egret in Saltram early afternoon and also, on the river, Kingfisher, Common Sandpiper and 3 Little Grebes.

At Slapton late afternoon an Otter briefly from the bridge together with a showy Water Rail; also Firecrest and Chiffchaff in Ireland Bay and 5 Goldeneyes, but no Starling roost tonight.

Posted January 2nd, 2017 at 7:10 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Had a look for the possible Lesser Scaup this morning from the Stokeley Hide. Unfortunatly there was a raw fresh NNE blowing and though I managed to pick out the male Scaup ( first winter ) amongst the flock of Tufteds a couple times, they were about 600 metres away and the ley was a little choppy. No chance of seeing the Scaup sp but i'm sure someone will get a good view on a calmer day.

Posted January 2nd, 2017 at 7:07 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

River Caen, Braunton Marsh & Isley Marsh North Devon

Nice afternoon walk towards Crows Point produces 600+ Golden Plover, 100+ Lapwing, on Braunton Marsh, A Spoonbill on a flooded Isley Marsh which decided to return across the Taw. Common Sandpiper, Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Greenshank, Redshank good numbers of Black Tailed Godwit and the usual Kingfishers along the Caen Estuary.

Spoonbill

Spoonbill returning to the dank side!
Spoonbill

Golden Plover
Golden Plover

Posted January 2nd, 2017 at 6:39 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Budleigh area and the Exe

A traditional New Year's day list was postponed until today due to the much better weather forecast.
Total of 99 species recorded just around Budleigh, Exe and E Devon Heaths
Highlights included:

Spotted Redshank - Goosemoor
Drake American Wigeon - Matford Pool
LT Duck and YBW - Topsham Rec.
Firecrest - Exmouth Cricket Club
Bonaparte's Gull - Exmouth Shelly Beach
RT Diver - Ladram Bay
Woodcock - East Devon Heaths
Missed species included Kestrel, Treecreeper, Cetti's Warbler & Redwing!

Posted January 2nd, 2017 at 6:33 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Mouth of Taw & Torridge Estuary

Digiscoped 6 of the 20 Eider which were showing well this morning but not all together in one tight flock being dispersed over a wide area.


Posted January 2nd, 2017 at 6:29 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Slapton

3 male Goldeneye displaying to 2 females, Male Pochard amongst the tufties, Water rail and otter from the bridge around 4.00. I didn't find the Scaup

Posted January 2nd, 2017 at 6:06 pm by Jeff Hacon in Bird News

Wistlandpound

08.20: Great White Egret showing well this morning, in front of the hide,  before dog walkers sent it off westwards... to Arlington?

Posted January 2nd, 2017 at 5:32 pm by Jonathan Nicholl in Bird News

Elberry cove

pair of eider around midday

Posted January 2nd, 2017 at 5:31 pm by graham folkerd in Bird News

Bigbury

Black Redstart on the front ignoring the hordes of visitors!!

Posted January 2nd, 2017 at 4:27 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

R.Taw - Pottington to Ashford Sewage Works. 12:25 - 14:30

Dunlin c500; Shelduck 14; Lapwing c600; Curlew c250; Wigeon 18; Dark-bellied Brent Goose 115; Sanderling 36; Cormorant 12; Bar-tailed Godwit 2; Grey Plover 2; Redshank c60; Ringed Plover 14; 2 Knot.

13:25 Off Ashford Sewage Works :- Long-tailed Duck 1; Sanderling 21; Grey Plover 1; Gadwall 1, which relocated to Bradiford Reserve. Overhead and heading east c120 Golden Plover.

Bradiford Reserve:- c40 Teal.

Long-tailed Duck still at scene when I left at 14:30.

 

Posted January 2nd, 2017 at 3:20 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Topsham Recreation Ground

A quick look this morning. Lots of birders calling in. Yellow-browed Warbler showing well by zip wire. Long-tailed Duck & Goldeneye on river. 

Posted January 2nd, 2017 at 2:58 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

North Devon

A lovely day to clean up on all the local goodies, so I started at the Skern as it was high tide, and found a few Pintail and Bar-tailed Godwits among all the other waders, ducks, gulls and good numbers of Brent Geese. Snow Buntings were elsewhere, probably because couldn't be bothered to find the eighth green! Didn't take long to find a smart Purple Sandpiper at the pool at Westward Ho! So to Isley Marsh. Disappointing quantities of Spoonbills - none to be precise, but a Great-crested Grebe out in the river. Sadly the Glossy Ibis didn't put in an appearance at Fremington Pill - lots of Black-tailed Godwits and Redshank plus at least 2 Greenshank. Looking downstream from the distant car park I had good views of Dave's Great Northern Diver near the bridge. So on round to finish up with the long-tailed Duck - which joined the list of no-shows! 2 Knot off Pottington.

Posted January 2nd, 2017 at 1:51 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Sunday 1st January 2017

Topsham

Morning's birding around Topsham with highlights of Yellow-browed warbler, Long-tailed duck and 2 Goldeneye at the Rec; Spotted Redshank on Goosemoor.

Posted January 1st, 2017 at 7:10 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Exmouth

The 2 Firecrests showed well along Madeira Walk behind the cricket club this morning, with a Chiffchaff towards the Ocean complex. 2+ Purple Sandpipers appeared on Maer Rocks as the tide dropped and before becoming covered by people and dogs. A female Goldeneye was off Shelly Beach. The Little Grebe was still in the marina basin. A Slavonian Grebe was off West Lodge this afternoon with 3 more Goldeneye. Birding was a struggle in the awful weather!

Posted January 1st, 2017 at 5:39 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

South Hams

Not the best weather to start the New Year or for an early morning birding trip around the South Hams with poor light and at times heavy rain.

The first bird of note was a tiercel Peregrine over Totnes.

Leasfoot Beach at Thurlestone produced the well documented and recorded Desert Wheatear now sporting a BTO ring.

 

South Huish Marsh gave singles of Bar Tailed Godwit, Lapwing and a male Stonechat, on the rocks in front of the apartments at South Milton beach gave a female Black Redstart.

Kingsbridge estuary on a high tide gave several small groups of Brent geese, 20 plus Shell duck, several Curlew, a very mobile flock of an estimated 100 Dunlin and two Red Breasted Merganser’s.

Frogmore Creek a Greenshank along with Grey and Pied Wagtail.

 

Slapton Ley a pair of Scaup (1st winter drake) in with numerous Tufted duck and Coot, good numbers of Gadwall and one Great Crested Grebe, off shore 4 plus Gannets, a distant Black Throated  Diver, Shag and a possible Eider but too distant to be 100%.

In two stubble fields alongside the road at Higher Green Cross just outside of Slapton , a large flock of Chaffinch feeding alongside Yellow Hammer, Cirl Bunting, Skylark and Meadow Pipit and on a telegraph pole overlooking the fields a female Kestrel.

A Buzzard was the 60th bird of the morning.

Back at home two Jays in flight across the house field, a male Bullfinch at the feed station and a Song Thrush in the garden.

 

Eds: that female Scaup looks like its probably a Lesser Scaup!

Posted January 1st, 2017 at 3:53 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Topsham

In and around Topsham this morning I managed 40 species in 2 hours (maybe I will start a year list) but the Rec. Ground was clearly the best place to be with Long-tailed Duck, 2 female Goldeneye and the Yellow-browed Warbler showing well.  Darts Farm gave me the last two on the list -Stonechat and Meadow Pipit but rain stopped play at 11.30. 

(East Devon Branch's 2017 Programme starts this Friday 6th Jan meeting at Darts Farm).  Happy New Year.

Posted January 1st, 2017 at 2:51 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Clennon Valley

The Yellow-browed Warbler was again in trees by the Torbay Leisure Centre astro turf pitches.

Posted January 1st, 2017 at 1:20 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wrafton

Sue Bruce found a rather smart male Firecrest by the Tarka trail near the old helicopter hanger this morning (9.20ish) Sadly it had gone when I went to look about an hour later.

Posted January 1st, 2017 at 1:12 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

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