Devon Bird Sightings from January 2019

2019 Descriptions still outstanding

Many thanks to all observers that submitted their records for 2019. However there are still a number of records that require descriptions before they can appear in the Bird Report.

If you were fortunate enough to find (or see) any of these birds below please could you submit a description to the County Recorder recorder@devonbirds.org Many thanks, stay safe.

Alpine Swift, Dawlish 11 Jun  Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug Purple Heron, Slapton Ley 07 May
Caspian Gull, Topsham 02 Aug Sabine's Gull, Thurlestone 14 Aug
Cory's Shearwater, Berry Head 19 Jul Serin (2), Harrowbeer 19 Apr
Glossy Ibis, Otter Est 11-13 Mar Tree Sparrow (2), Berry Head 20 Mar
Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May  

 

Posted May 2nd at 3:27 pm by Kevin Rylands in General Birding

Coronavirus update - Daily exercise and Bird Hides

Please be aware that in line with Government guidelines on non-essential travel and social distancing, the Devon Birds hides at Beesands, Fernworthy and Roadford, in addition to hides elsewhere in the County including Bowling Green Marsh, Dawlish Warren and Seaton Wetlands are closed until further notice. Whilst some people may be fortunate enough to be within walking/cycling distance of these sites, others should not be making special journeys to visit these areas at this time. Thank you for your co-operation and stay safe.

Please follow NHS guidelines:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/staying-at-home-to-avoid-getting-coronavirus/staying-at-home-and-away-from-other-people/

Posted April 16th at 12:04 pm by Mike Daniels in General Birding

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Posted January 8th at 9:12 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

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Thursday 31st January 2019

Bickington Brambling

Female Brambling among the Chaffinches in the garden today. Also present was the lonely, “Jonnie No-mates” Fieldfare who has been eating windfall apples here most days for the last couple of weeks.

Posted January 31st, 2019 at 2:10 pm by Doug Howes in General Birding

Sightings

Spoonbill and Wigeon spotted off Fremington Quay.

Goosander spotted at Venford Reservoir.

Spoonbill and Wigeon
Spoonbill and Wigeon

Goosander
Goosander

Spoonbill
Spoonbill

Posted January 31st, 2019 at 12:19 am by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Wednesday 30th January 2019

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Jack Snipe, 10 Goosanders (2 drakes), 2 Red-breasted Mergansers (redheads), 2 pairs of Mandarin Ducks, 2 Little Grebes, c15 Redwings, Bullfinch & 4 Roe Deer (including 1 buck).

Posted January 30th, 2019 at 9:39 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Exe estuary

A walk from Countesswear to Starcross produced:

- on the canal bank, a rare, prolonged, clear view of a Water Rail, preening and chuckling to itself, plus multiple singing Cetti's Warblers as soon as the sun came out;

- from Topsham lock, a Goldeneye on the river;

- on Exminster Marsh, the 4 Barnacles with 12+ Greylags near the main pond, plus the usual uncounted ducks and Lapwings;

- in the estuary, a G N Diver, 10+ G-C Grebes, 20+ R-B Mergansers, 300+ Golden Plover, 200+ Pintail and 200+ Shelduck;

- finally, at Starcross, a welcome hot pasty, not the best, but good enough. A very satisfying day,

Posted January 30th, 2019 at 9:25 pm by James Camden in General Birding

Penhill Point, Fremington

5 Goosanders, 6 Ringed plovers, 120 Golden Plovers, Wigeon and 100+ Brent Greese

Posted January 30th, 2019 at 6:52 pm by Paul Bearman in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Yellow-browed Warbler at Ireland Bay hide this morning, it was still just above the hide in the afternoon. 8 Pochard in view from the Stokely Bay hide and a Goldeneye on the Ley.

Yellow-browed Warbler
Yellow-browed Warbler

Pochard 1 of 8
Pochard 1 of 8

Goldeneye
Goldeneye

Posted January 30th, 2019 at 6:21 pm by Bill Coulson in General Birding

South Brent to the Exe

A remarkable day for weather variations, freezing conditions with snow, rain and mist followed by clear skies and sunshine.

Buckfastleigh WTW ~ Two Grey Wagtail, Wren, Robin, forty plus Black Headed Gull and two juvenile Herring Gull.

Around the feed station at the Haldon visitor centre the reported female Brambling seen three times but only showing very briefly as was a male Yellow Hammer (first one I have seen at the feed station) lots of Siskin and Coal Tit.

Exminster Marsh the reported four Barnacle Geese in full flight circling the marsh they dropped in towards the RSPB car park end of the marsh.

RSPB Bowling Green Marsh not overly busy possibly due to the very high levels of water, but duck species included Tufted, Pintail, Shoveler, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard and a single Pochard. Two Greenshank, Peregrine overhead, Buzzard, plenty of Lapwing, Dunlin, Snipe, seven Greylag Geese, Curlew, Redshank and Black Tailed Godwit.

The reported Yellow Browed Warbler periodically feeding across from the hide its bad eye now almost completely closed, a flock of feeding Wren came down the hedges either side of the road.

Darts Farm surprisingly busy (possibly due to the water levels) Kingfisher, a huge flock of Brent Geese, a single Ruff in with the flock of Black Tailed Godwit (two coloured ringed birds noted) lots of Lapwing, good numbers of Fieldfare, Snipe, Dunlin, Wigeon and Redshank.

Back home at South Brent a female Reed Bunting and Pied Wagtails visiting the garden feed station, twenty plus House Sparrow and a Sparrow hawk chasing a flock of small birds.

Posted January 30th, 2019 at 5:49 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Haldon

The feeders and surrounding trees and bushes alive with birds, I could hear them from the car park when I got out of the car, at least 3 Brambling with Siskin, Chaffinch, Great, Blue and Coal Tits, Nuthatch, Great-spotted Woodpecker, Dunnock, Robin and Blackbird. go to my blog for more http://www.simonthurgoodimages.co.uk/blog.asp

Brambling
Brambling

Posted January 30th, 2019 at 5:36 pm by simon Thurgood in General Birding

Yellow-browed Warbler, Bovey Tracey

Yellow-browed Warbler spent a couple of minutes flitting between flower pots-cherry tree in our back garden at Bovey at 14.05. Amazing what the snow can bring in............................ 

Posted January 30th, 2019 at 2:59 pm by John Walton in General Birding

Tuesday 29th January 2019

Paignton Garden

Fortuitous, interesting photo of 2 Great Tits (a little blurred, taken through a window) in my garden in Paignton. Clearly seen is the difference between the brightly coloured mature bird (left) and the duller, washed out looking 1st winter bird (right).

No big deal to some of you I know, just found it a bit of a novelty shot.

                                               

Posted January 29th, 2019 at 6:32 pm by Dave Holloway in General Birding

Gasworks park, Preston, Torbay

Leucistic blackbrid seen 2.15pm, mostly white with a few black feathers. Quite shy, might be a winter visitor.

Posted January 29th, 2019 at 3:49 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A very wet visit produced: 2 Jack Snipe, Snipe, 3 Goosander (2 drakes) fishing by the sluice on Blaxton Meadow, 190+ Dunlin (on Blaxton Meadow), Common Sandpiper, 4 Greenshanks, 4 Little Grebes, 7 Wigeon (3 drakes), Shag & Green Woodpecker.

Posted January 29th, 2019 at 3:04 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Goosander

Around 12 Goosander and two or three Great Creasted Grebe seen on Venford Reservoir on Dartmoor.  Also heard a male Tawny Owl in the trees beside the reservoir.

Posted January 29th, 2019 at 10:09 am by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Monday 28th January 2019

Bramling

Female Bramling today on the feeders at Haldon forest with the siskin  and chaffinch, at Exminster there were 4 Barnacle Geese among the Canada geese, and a Peragrin falcon sitting on the pylon above them.At Rockwood there were Turnstones, Meganser,Slovonian grebe,and a Golden eye. Not bad for a day out doing errands.

Posted January 28th, 2019 at 11:21 pm by Kay and Gary Deare in General Birding

Staverton Bridge

Dipper

2 x Little Grebe just downstream from bridge

Posted January 28th, 2019 at 9:47 pm by Angela Truman in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the Lower Lake.

1f Scaup, 1f Ring Necked-Duck, 9 Goosander 2m 7f, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Willow Tit, 3 Marsh Tit, 2 Reed Bunting 1m 1f, 1 Nuthatch,

Posted January 28th, 2019 at 7:49 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

White House to Fishermens huts

am - Cycled along the Toll Rd to the White House hoping to see Richard's Black-necked Grebe & spotted it heading ENE with the incoming tide about 2/3 mile from the White House near the Fishermens huts.

Digiscoped it before it changed direction heading ESE towards the south side of the Taw Estuary.


Posted January 28th, 2019 at 6:16 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exe Area

Cockwood: Slavonian Grebe, 3 Eider, 2 Goldeneye, 8 Red-breasted Merganser & Great Northern Diver.

Dawlish Warren: Velvet Scoter close inshore; 15+ Great Crested Grebes.

Powderham/Exminster: Snow Goose, Egyptian Goose, Barnacle Goose, c.1000 Brent Geese.

Haldon: 11 Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, Sparrowhawk, Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Posted January 28th, 2019 at 5:37 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Exe estuary.

1st to Powderham Marsh - nothing of note there except  large flock of Lapwing. Then to Turf Lock where  there were 200-300 Golden Plover on the mud on the rising tide. Flew up at on point - magnificent sight. Also an unexpected Egyptian Goose (approx 10am) on the rivers edge by Turf - it flew off after a few minutes heading for Powderham/Exminster Marsh.

Next to Cockwood steps where there were the 3 Eider, about 70 Dunlin and 20 Ringed Plover and 1 Turnstone (by Cockwood harbour) a few Red Breasted Merganser and, eventually, the Slav Grebe. Also a Great Crested Grebe nearby. 

At Dawlish warren , Velvet Scoter off the seawall Skylark on the point but little else on the falling tide.

Short Egyptian Goose video - 

https://youtu.be/lzWjKBjhomc

Egyptian Goose
Egyptian Goose

Posted January 28th, 2019 at 5:15 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Path from Whitebridge to Budleigh

Footpath is now open to Budleigh Car Park.  2 Water Pipits with the Meadow Pipits on the scrapes

Posted January 28th, 2019 at 11:25 am by Doug Cullen in General Birding

Budleigh Salterton Sunday 27th Mid day.

Excellent close views of mixed flock of ringed plover and dunlin feeding on falling tide behind pebble ridge, Incredible wind in estuary mouth  of the river.

Posted January 28th, 2019 at 8:53 am by Patrick Case in General Birding

Sunday 27th January 2019

Cockwood

 Common Gull 

Stood on the steps at Cockwood on a very windy afternoon. Located the Slav Grebe ,for a year tick, bobbing about in the chop by the wrecked boat. Plenty of feeding waders along the shoreline, plus a number of Common Gull and Mergansers. Around 100-150 Brent Geese on the wing over the Estuary, presumably having lifted off from the Golf Course. Wind chill made it impossible to last longer than 30 minutes standing on the steps. We beat a hasty retreat.

Posted January 27th, 2019 at 6:55 pm by Steph Murphy in General Birding

Taw-Torridge estuary: Black-necked Grebe

Black-necked Grebe initially very close inshore at Broadsands, between Crow Pt and the White House at 1000 this morning. Last seen swimming down towards Yelland/Isley Marsh... Terrible record shot attached.


Posted January 27th, 2019 at 5:59 pm by Richard Berridge in General Birding

Taw Estuary - Tarka Trail

1 Spoonbill (not ringed) foraging in the tidal channel at low tide at the bend of the river near Heanton Court early aft.


Posted January 27th, 2019 at 5:51 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A visit on this afternoon's low tide. Three Jack Snipe, 3 Snipe, Stock Dove, 9 Wigeon (3 drakes), 2 redhead Goosanders, 2 Little Grebes 31 Common Gulls (1st-w + 30 ads) & 13 adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls. 

Posted January 27th, 2019 at 5:33 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

27/01/19 Slapton

Bright and Breezy morning at Slapton. A little grebe from the bridge, Ring necked duck and a Pochard in Ireland bay. Spent some time in the quarry watching chiffchaffs feeding and a nice Goldcrest but didn't see any firecrests today. A flock of Long tailed tits passed through and several Redwing where high in the trees. On the way there saw a distant Dipper at Gara Bridge

Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff

Goldcrest
Goldcrest

Long-tailed Tit
Long-tailed Tit

Posted January 27th, 2019 at 4:56 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

Torquay Harbour

15.45

7 Purple Sandpipers at Haldon Pier. 3 Rock Pipits and a couple of Pied Wagtails also braving the elements. 

Posted January 27th, 2019 at 4:43 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Saturday 26th January 2019

Bowling Green Marsh

Yellow Browed warbler showing well early this morning, in the lane just outside the hide. Also, c100 Lapwing, 15 Tufted duck,  6 Gadwall, 1 Ruff, 1 Sparrowhawk and a swooping Peregrine put all the waders up.

Posted January 26th, 2019 at 5:23 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Darts Farm

No Water Pipits this early pm, however 6 Meadow Pipits, 70 Wigeon, 42 Teal, 8 Curlew, 110+ Fieldfare, 50+ Chaffinch, 35+ Linnet, a Reed Bunting & Sparrowhawk. 

Posted January 26th, 2019 at 3:02 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

West Charleton Marsh

70 Wigeons, 25 Teals, 2 female Pintails and a sinensis Cormorant.

Posted January 26th, 2019 at 11:24 am by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Friday 25th January 2019

Berrynarbor

The pond was lively with breeding frogs today.

Frogspawn
Frogspawn

Common Frog
Common Frog

Posted January 25th, 2019 at 6:41 pm by Margaret- Phillips in Other Wildlife

Broadsands (...and My Paignton Garden, 25.1.19)

The Y-b Warbler showing really well, for prolonged periods, several times during the day, in the usual spot. It went higher and further right than I've seen it do before, going to the top of the second Alder. Also, 2 Chiffchaffs but no sign of any Firecrests.

At the seed: only 2 Cirl Buntings; 1 Reed Bunting but it was mid afternoon (+ 2 Cirl Buntings singing at other locations around the bay).

On the sea: 5 Gt N Divers; 1 R-n Grebe.

Below are some pics taken in my garden in Paignton yesterday: some better ones of the Blackcap (1 & 2) and a welcome splash of colour, the extremely skittish, and conseqently hard to photograph, male Great Spotted Woodpecker (3 & 4).

 

1                                                                                      2

 

3                                                                                      4

Posted January 25th, 2019 at 6:14 pm by Dave Holloway in General Birding

South Brent and Torbay Coastal

Overnight from home at South Brent, both Little owl and Tawny owl calling, male Siskin on the garden feeders late afternoon.

Marine Parade, Paignton ~ Great Crested Grebe, Red Necked Grebe, 3 Common Scoter, single Mute swan, very distant feeding Gannets and a single Dolphin. Along the sea wall the usual gathering of Turnstone.

Goodrington ~ Great Crested Grebe, Black Necked Grebe, Great Northern Diver and well out to sea a large flock of feeding Gannet sharing whatever they were feeding on with several Dolphin.

Broadsands ~ Male Cirl Bunting singing from top of a bush directly opposite the main car park entrance, Great Northern Diver 2, Great Crested Grebe, several Fulmar, Shag, numerous Cormorants all around the bay and one Seal.

An afternoon visit to Shipley Bridge / Avon dam, almost a non starter for birding, Carrion Crows, Magpie, two Buzzard a few Robins and very little else, on leaving 40 plus Starling near yannad farm and two Mistle Thrush at Gingerford Cross.

Posted January 25th, 2019 at 4:39 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh and Teignmouth Seafront

BGM, am, 40 species in all including 50+ Bar Tailed Godwit and 30+ Snipe. On leaving the Yellow Browed Warbler, showed well, although appeared to have a semi-closed right eye when I looked at my rubbish record shots. Teignmouth Seafront after lunch, five Eider still there on the Ness rocks (2 male). Quite a number of Gannets in a very small area very active diving over a mile  and a half out, watching this I noticed a dolphin breaching directly underneath them, bait ball going on? Close to shore a colour ringed Oystercatcher, white writing on a green ring either "1574" or "T574" on left leg and a metal ring on right. Thought this may be of interest. 

Posted January 25th, 2019 at 4:34 pm by Simon Bates in General Birding

Exeter Higher Cemetery

Apres Dentist visit to Higher Cemetery - of note - 3 Great-spotted Woodpecker (Green Woodpecker heard but not seen), Jay, Nuthatch, Goldcrest, Greenfinch and Redwing. A pair of Wood Pigeon mating perhaps shows Spring is not far away.

Woodpecker drumming video - https://youtu.be/I_j5aton_jA

Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker

Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker

Posted January 25th, 2019 at 4:18 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford sewage works. 1425-1540

Bar-tailed Godwit 2; Black-tailed Godwit 57; Shelduck 56; Canada Goose c265 plus the Ross/Barnacle hybrid; Dark-bellied Brent Goose c320; Golden Plover c2500; Lapwing at least 3000; Grey Plover 3; Sanderling 5; Pintail 1M; Wigeon 23 and Goosander 1F.

Posted January 25th, 2019 at 4:13 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Plymouth, Sutton Harbour - YBW

Yellow-browed Warbler moving between small trees in carparks of University's Graduate School of Management and the Miller and Carter Steakhouse, 09:45. (Bonus during otherwise routine WeBS count.)

Posted January 25th, 2019 at 10:43 am by John Bishop in General Birding

Thursday 24th January 2019

Darts Farm

3 Water Pipits at Darts Farm today at lunch time, along with a very showy Water Rail, 98 Wigeon, 30+ Teal, 45 Curlew, 80 BT Godwits, 40 Chaffinch & 5 Reed Bunting.

Posted January 24th, 2019 at 5:31 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

The Yellow-Browed Warbler showed brilliantly on top of a bare tree just outside the hide entrance this afternoon, but unfortunately flew up the lane as I alerted others inside the hide, so only glimpses thereafter.  Otherwise, not much of note - at least 20 Snipe, several Stock Dove, perhaps 6 Pintail, but no Pochard, nor any other waders except a solitary Curlew.  But  it was low tide, and whatever is wrong with the sluices causing major flooding on the marsh.

Posted January 24th, 2019 at 4:44 pm by Colin RANDALL in General Birding

South Huish Marsh

Water Pipit on beach with numerous Rock Pipits. Also: 3 Turnstone & 10 Ringed Plover.

Posted January 24th, 2019 at 3:38 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Plymouth Breakwater

At High Tide this morning on Plymouth Breakwater:

approx 500 Dunlin roosting

6 Purple Sandpiper

10 Turnstone

plus 20 Common Dolphin just inside the breakwater

Dunlin
Dunlin

Purple Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper

Common Dolphin
Common Dolphin

Posted January 24th, 2019 at 3:13 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Powderham Church - Turf

19 members of DB attended the East Devon Branch fieldtrip coinciding with a high tide.  A total of 52 species was listed for the morning with a good number of birds present in the fields.  The all white 'Snow Goose' was present with Canada Geese and 5 Greylags and created much discussion as to its identity. Other birds of interest were large number of Pintail and a Great Northern Diver towards the Marine Camp and good views of Mergansers and an Avocet in the creek at Turf. Oystercatchers and a single Grey Plover held their place on the seawall until we approached. A large flock of Golden Plover were seen towards Topsham together with flocks of Avocet moving up the estuary as the tide retreated. Thanks to Geoff Green for leading.

Posted January 24th, 2019 at 3:06 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Wednesday 23rd January 2019

Broadsands - Goodrington

A visit today from 1100 to 1300 produced 1f. Eider, 2 GN Diver, several Guillemot, 3 Cirl Bunting, and prolonged views of the Yellow-Browed Warbler, my best yet.

Posted January 23rd, 2019 at 11:26 pm by James Camden in General Birding

Ilfracombe

At last light today a dark juv Glaucous Gull was being mobbed by Herring Gulls off Beacon Point. 

On Woolacombe / Putsborough beach the cold weather has brought in 150+ Common Gulls, about 75 at either end of the Sands. One individual was noticeably darker similar to a Lesser Black Backed Gull. At Morte Point, Red-throated Diver numbers up to about 9 and a small Grebe which I think was a Red-necked were feeding in the slack water behind Morte stone. 

Common and Blackheaded Gulls
Common and Blackheaded Gulls


Posted January 23rd, 2019 at 7:39 pm by Martin Thorne in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Plymouth

Efford Marsh: Dipper, 9 Teal, Kingfisher & Grey Wagtail.

Plym Bridge Woods: 2 Goosanders (drake & redhead), Kingfisher, 14 Mandarin Ducks, 4+ Siskins & Marsh Tit.

Posted January 23rd, 2019 at 6:20 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Portworthy ~ Red Crested Pochard

As per Mark Baileys recent Tweet on Devon Birds the female Red Crested Pochard showing well at Portworthy, Lee Moor, also seen 19 plus Coot, 5 plus Moorhen, two Mute swan, two female Tufted duck, three Mallard, two Little Grebe and a Kingfisher.

 

Posted January 23rd, 2019 at 6:08 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Taw Estuary - Pottington

65 Black tailed Godwits (not able to get all of them in one photo) &1 Bar tailed Godwit foraging. 1 Kingfisher & 1 Greenshank also present.



Posted January 23rd, 2019 at 5:34 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Dartington

Queens Marsh, Dartington: Heron feeding and chasing off an egret, KIngfisher perching on fence

Staverton bridge: female goosander

Totnes leat just beyond the weir: another kingfisher

Posted January 23rd, 2019 at 4:30 pm by Philip and Hazel Strange in General Birding

23-01-19 Black Redstart at Lipson, Plymouth

To my surprise a male Black Redstart on my rooftop at Sefton Ave Lipson in Plymouth, hung around for a short time and close pictures were taken


Black Redstart
Black Redstart


Posted January 23rd, 2019 at 1:45 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Tuesday 22nd January 2019

Exe Estuary cruise

This afternoon the 3 immature drake Eiders were off Cockwood again, as was one of the Great Northern Divers, a second being off Powderham Corner. Several hundred Brent Geese flew off Starcross Golf Course onto the estuary and later several hundred more in the fields near Turf. There was a total 20-25 Great Crested Grebes, including 14 in one of the channels running back towards Lympstone, 3 Goldeneye (1 drake) in another channel and again over 300 Pintail near the Clyst mouth. Similar waders to previous days all over the mudbanks in the north, with around 4-500 Avocets, 500 Golden Plovers, 1000 Lapwings, 1000 Black-tailed and 100 Bar-tailed Godwits, 50 Knot and hundreds of Dunlin, Curlew and Redshank.

Posted January 22nd, 2019 at 10:03 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Single Black-necked Grebe offshore this morning, initially from Groyne 9 but drifting towards Warren Point.

Posted January 22nd, 2019 at 9:35 pm by Stephen Edwards in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Yellowhammer or Cirl

Dear DBWPS,

Can you please ID this bird for me, at first I thought it was a female Cirl but I now think it was a Female Yellowhammer. This was seen in the back car park at Broadsands on the 5th Jan 2019

Posted January 22nd, 2019 at 6:04 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

South Hams

 

Above Aveton Gifford a flock of 50/60 Fieldfare, to the north of the A379 road bridge at Aveton Gifford a Barn owl and two Kestrel, not a great deal from the tidal road but a Little Egret, Greenshank, Redshank and a single Black tailed Godwit on leaving a Sparrowhawk.

Around Southdown farm numerous Yellow Hammer and Skylark in larger numbers than I have seen previously, also Meadow Pipit, Cirl Bunting, Sparrowhawk, large flock of Woodpigeon, Snipe, Raven, Stonechat, Pied Wagtail.

South Huish marsh, several Snipe, Lapwing, Black Swan, on one hillside a single Brent Goose in with a flock of Canada Geese. On the beach Rock and Meadow pipit, female Kestrel and first winter Mediterranean gull.

Back home at South Brent the garden feed station was very busy until the activity attracted an adult female Sparrowhawk, before its arrival female Reed Bunting, Nuthatch, GSWP, Wren, Pied wagtail, numerous Goldfinch and Chaffinch

 

Posted January 22nd, 2019 at 4:52 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Holden

The feeders at Holden were full of birds today including some very smart looking Siskin

Siskin
Siskin

Posted January 22nd, 2019 at 4:26 pm by simon Thurgood in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Unexpected, was a single Lapwing (on Blagdon's Meadow), a species rarely seen here outside freezing conditions. Also 3 Jack Snipe, 2 Firecrests (Dell Walk), 2 Common Sandpipers, 26+ Siskins (this flock has been lingering near the sewerage works for several weeks), Goosander (redhead), Shag, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Mandarin Ducks (pair), 7 Wigeon (3 drakes), 2 Grey Wagtails, Black-tailed Godwit & 7 Roe Deer.

Posted January 22nd, 2019 at 4:22 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

South Efford Marsh area

Most stuff on the estuary as marsh almost completely flooded so no Water Pipits. Did get 33 Blackwits, 7 Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 4 Little Grebe, Kingfisher, 4 Redwing & 3 Bullfinch.

Posted January 22nd, 2019 at 3:53 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh & Darts Farm

Yellow-browed Warbler showing well at Bowling Green this morning. Also 900+ Blackwit, 25 Barwit, 200 Dunlin, 100 Avocet, 38 Lapwing, 35+ Snipe, 500+ Golden Plover overhead, 230 Wigeon, 180 Teal, 54 Shoveler, 9 Gadwall, 9 Tufted, 7 Pintail & a Water Rail. 

4 Water Pipit, 103 Wigeon, 70 Fieldfare, 40 Linnet, 30 Chaffinch & 3 Reed Bunting at Darts Farm this morning too. 

Posted January 22nd, 2019 at 3:19 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

Sightings this morning,
16 Goosander 7m 9f, 15 Tufted Duck, 1f Scaup, 1 Ring-necked Duck, 1m Gadwall, 3 Cormorants, 3 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Long-tailed tit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Posted January 22nd, 2019 at 3:15 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Broadsands

30+ Cirl Buntings on seed in 2nd car park this morning, also 3 Reed Bunting and a pair of Yellowhammers (a male noted a couple of days ago) only the 3rd time Yellowhammer I have recorded at Broadsands station in over 24 years of regular almost daily winter visits and the first time for more than one. 8.30 -9am is the very best time to see numbers of buntings at the car park feeding station,to guarantee close views  bring some budgie seed, a great seed mix, perfect for the buntings and finches. 

Please do not drop cheap 'wild bird mixes'  it contains a lot of whole wheat and often maize to bulk the mix up, attracting rats, crows, pheasants and lots of pigeons - which put the buntings off coming to feed. 

Posted January 22nd, 2019 at 1:15 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Monday 21st January 2019

Dawlish - Exminster

From the seawall, the Velvet Scoter and c80 Great Crested Grebes.

From Starcross, two Great Northern Divers.

From Turf, many hundreds each of Golden Plover, Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit and Dunlin, with a sprinkling of Avocet.

On Exminster Marsh, the Snow and four Barnacle Geese.

For the day, c75spp, for the year c115.

Posted January 21st, 2019 at 9:24 pm by James Camden in General Birding

Yellow-browed Warbler and Exe Cruise

Superb views of the Yellow-browed Warbler (in fog!) this morning, feeding at ground level around nettles etc in the roadside ditch near the hide at Bowling Green Marsh. Its right eye was half closed all the time, giving it a squint.

This afternoon's Stuart Line cruise was another good one, with the Slavonian Grebe and 3 Eiders still off Cockwood/Starcross, but we had to wait until near Powderham to see the Great Northern Diver – and then there were two! Again, over 300 Pintail were around the Clyst mouth and the northern mudbanks were covered in large numbers of waders. Around 500 Golden Plovers, 2000 Lapwings, 400 Avocets, 1000 Black-tailed Godwits, 100 Bar-tailed Godwits and the usual hundreds of Curlews, Redshanks and Dunlin, together with large numbers of gulls, including 100+ Common. Among the scarcer waders were about 65 Grey Plover, 30 Knot and 2 Sanderlings. About 500 Brent Geese flew in from the Clyst Valley and about 10 Great Crested Grebes and 30 Mergansers were scattered around the estuary. Finally, after everyone had left the boat, a Great Northern Diver flew out of the estuary to sea. Two Grey Seals were on a 'pontoon' off Dawlish Warren hide.

Great Northern Diver Great Northern Diver Grey Seals

Posted January 21st, 2019 at 6:52 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Slapton - Moreleigh Road

Driving home from Slapton towards Moreleigh saw a large flock of Lapwing coming in to land in a grass field at approx. (SX8047). I estimated there were 800 - 1000 birds in the flock. Several smaller >50 flocks of starling in the area.

small part of lapwing flock on Slapton Rd. - 21-01-2019
small part of lapwing flock on Slapton Rd. - 21-01-2019

Posted January 21st, 2019 at 5:28 pm by Dave Pakes in General Birding

Heathfield starlings

1,000+ Starlings performing well yesterday, Sunday 20th, between 4:40 - 5:15pm gradually dropping down in noisy groups from 5pm.

Posted January 21st, 2019 at 4:40 pm by Jeanne Silvestri in General Birding

Plymbridge.

A Moorhen within about 100 metres of Plymbridge.  I spotted it yesterday but didn't have the camera so went back today on the off chance it would still be around.  I've never seen one there before so not sure if it's a first for Plymbridge.

Posted January 21st, 2019 at 4:30 pm by Peter Castle in General Birding

Middle Soar, Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

Highlight has to be 2 Short-eared Owls together then peak counts of 1040 Skylark, 26 Meadow Pipit, 23 Blackbird, 13 Song Thrush, 17 Blue Tit, Goldcrest, 20 Magpie, 75 Linnet, 3 Bullfinch, 117 Yellowhammer, 54 Cirl Bunting & 4 Reed Bunting.

Posted January 21st, 2019 at 3:13 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Crossbill's at Burrator 20th Jan 2019

Interesting behaviour in that about 24 Crossbill's were taking the cones off one tree and carrying them to the next tand fitting them into a fork in the branch to remove the seeds more efficiently. Shame about the bad lighting conditions, but it was ovely to see them.

Crossbill's removing conesFlew with cone to next tree for seed removalPreening
Crossbill's removing cones       Flew with cone to next tree for seed removal                Preening

Posted January 21st, 2019 at 2:55 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Hartland Point.

Quite hazy and cool at the Point this morning, but the sea was flat..

c.6 Red throated Divers, 2 Stonechats, 9 Fulmars, 2 Great black backed Gulls, 1 Gannet, 1 Raven, 1 Kestrel, c.10 Linnets.

A Stonechat at Bursdon Moor.

Harvey Kendall & Barry Bryne.

Posted January 21st, 2019 at 2:30 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Broadsands

Yellow-browed Warbler and at least 1 Firecrest in back of 1st car park.

Posted January 21st, 2019 at 1:10 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 20th January 2019

Broadsands

An afternoon visit. In addition to the Y-b Warbler and Firecrest mentioned earlier by George and Les Carr, 2 Chiffchaffs in the same area. On the sea 3+ Great Northern Divers (2 in Elberry Cove), 2 Black-necked Grebes (1 just off Broadsands beach, the other in Elberry Cove), Red-necked Grebe and 2 Razorbills. Also a Kestrel and a Raven over. Too much disturbance in the second car park, so nothing on the seed except five Dunnocks, the only bunting seen being a Cirl high in a nearby tree.

Posted January 20th, 2019 at 11:00 pm by Jason Smart in General Birding

Exe Estuary cruise

This afternoon's Stuart Line cruise highlights included the Great Northern Diver, Slavonian Grebe and 3 Eiders (immature drakes) off Cockwood, an amazing c320 Pintail around the mouth of the Clyst, c30 Mergansers and 3 Goldeneye. The mudbanks towards Topsham looked spectacular, with many Avocets, Black-tailed Godwits and Dunlin, and about 500 Golden Plovers with large numbers of Lapwings. Also c60 Knot and 2 Sanderlings, and 2 Grey Seals, one of which was hauled out onto a pontoon off Dawlish Warren, the other near Turf .

Posted January 20th, 2019 at 10:11 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Ring-Necked Duck, Scaup, Black-Necked Grebe and 2 Goldeneye all seen from the Stokeley Bay Hide.  Good numbers of Tufted Duck and Pochard also present. 

Nearby, the Yellow-Browed Warbler dropped in at the usual site close to the Chapel at 13.05.  It was calling, mobile and showed well for 2-3 minutes before flying off back down the road and into gardens towards Torcross.   

At Torcross, 2 Razorbills close in.

Later at 15.00, a showy Firecrest at the Quarry.  A further Goldeneye and 10+ Wigeon and 10+ Gadwall in Ireland Bay.  Calling Song Thrush (and a further skulking individual), mixed tit flock, Goldcrest and GSW also noted.   

Posted January 20th, 2019 at 7:53 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Velator

Arrived at the reserve at about 08.45 this morning to find the two Spoonbills asleep out on the scrape - they had gone by 09.30. We ringed a few Finches plus the obligatory Great Tits (2) and Blue Tits (5) Best was a Reed Bunting. Also caught a retrap Chiffchaff from last month, and two smart male Blackbirds which were ringed back in 2010. Kingfisher in the river on my way out.

Should have mentioned we saw 3 Siskins in the reserve, but not in a net!

Posted January 20th, 2019 at 6:13 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Broadsands

Y-B warbler and Firecrest seen well at back of carpark. 

Posted January 20th, 2019 at 6:01 pm by George and Les Carr in General Birding

Slapton on Saturday

single guillemot, RT diver and black-necked grebe off Torcross at noon, with small number of gannets diving far out on the Skerries.  Single black-necked grebe close in at Strete Gate mid afternoon.

Posted January 20th, 2019 at 5:03 pm by Pete Exley in General Birding

Plymouth Sound

A pod of c20 Common Dolphins lingering in the Sound this morning. I last saw them just beyond the west end of the Breakwater just after midday. Also Great Northern Diver off West Hoe.

Posted January 20th, 2019 at 4:27 pm by Pete Aley in Other Wildlife

Torbay Boat Trip

Boat trip out from Brixham, the first this winter. Went out to Berry Head, 600+ Guillemots on the cliffs many more on the sea, 5 Common Dolphin, 1 Porpoise, 13 Fulmar on the cliffs of the Quarry, 8 Kittiwake and Gannets. Returned to the inner part of Torbay with 1 Black-Necked Grebe, 15+ Great Crested Grebe, 3 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-Throated Diver flying out of Bay, 3 Razorbill, small rafts of Guillemots, 15 Fulmar on the cliffs at Roundham Head, 2 Purple Sandpiper and a Grey Seal in Brixham Harbour. So a good trip, still places for 27th, 3rd and 17th Feb.

Posted January 20th, 2019 at 3:04 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Black Redstart

A male Black redstart showing well again in Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth in the usual area above the tow Chapels, another birding photographer got images of a female in the same area.

  

Posted January 20th, 2019 at 2:10 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Grey Plover

See near Yelland Jetty.

Grey Plover?TurnstoneDunlin and Plover
Grey Plover?                        Turnstone                                          Dunlin and Plover

Eds - yes, the left and right photos show Grey Plover 

Posted January 20th, 2019 at 1:21 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Saturday 19th January 2019

Exe Estuary cruise

Today saw the first Stuart Line birdwatching cruise of 2019 in lovely calm, sunny conditions. Highlights included Great Northern Diver and the usual Slavonian Grebe off Cockwood, c20 Great Crested Grebes, c250 Pintail around the mouth of the Clyst, 3 Eiders (immature drakes) between Exmouth and Cockwood, c30 Mergansers, 2 Sanderlings, c100 Bar-tailed Godwits (many more Black-tailed), 2 Kingfishers and maybe 400 Golden Plovers with large numbers of Lapwings on the mud towards Topsham, maybe 2000 in total.

Posted January 19th, 2019 at 8:43 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

BGM

Yellow-browed Warbler showing well just up from the hide.

Yellow-browed Warbler
Yellow-browed Warbler

Posted January 19th, 2019 at 8:00 pm by simon Thurgood in General Birding

Slapton

Beautiful day at Slapton, saw at least 2 firecrests in the quarry, 2 mistle thrushes chasing each other about and a chiffchaff. From the bridge caught a glimpse of a  Cettis warbler

Firecrest Chiffchaff Mistle Thrush
Firecrest                                      Chiffchaff                                   Mistle Thrush

Posted January 19th, 2019 at 7:42 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

Broadsands

3 Black-necked Grebes, 42 Great Crestred Grebes, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Eider (female), 4 Common Scoter. In car parks, 17 Cirl Buntings, 1 Yellowhammer (male), 4 Reed Bunting, 2 Firecrest, 3 Chiffchaff - no sign of the Yellow-browed Warbler today.  

Posted January 19th, 2019 at 5:09 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Ring-necked Duck still present at Torcross but only one of last weeks Scaup remaining. Also 6 Goldeneyes and 11 Pochards. Yellow-browed Warbler showing well at Torcross, usual spot near the Chapel opposite 'Windfalls'. Black-necked Grebe on the ley viewable from the Stokeley hide. Red-necked Grebe off Torcross and 11 Common Scoters off the monument.

Posted January 19th, 2019 at 4:56 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Around the Exe estuary

Exminster marsh not an over abundance of bird life apart from the hundreds of Wigeon and Canada Geese, high light was a Snow Goose in with a flock of Canada Geese, duck species included Pintail, Tufted and Shoveler. A GSWP, a flock of 8 plus Reed Bunting and two Chiffchaff near the canal. Snipe, Curlew, Heron, Little Egret, and Common Gull.

A Fox hunting across the marsh was interesting to watch with most of the birds ignoring it.

Overlooking the Exe estuary from the Powderham side huge numbers of birds on the mud flats, with Raven overhead, Heron 9, Common Gull, Curlew, Redshank, Greenshank, Oystercatcher, 100 plus Pintail duck, Red Breasted Merganser 5+, Great Crested Grebe 2, Great Black Backed Gull, Shellduck, Grey Plover, Golden Plover in their 100's, Dunlin, Sanderling, Lapwing, Avocet and a Seal.

 

Posted January 19th, 2019 at 4:17 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Highlights this morning were 12 Roe Deer (by far my best ever count here) and a Treecreeper (scarce but a few recent records). Also: Jack Snipe, 2 Snipe, 7 Goosanders (2 drakes), Green Woodpecker, 2 Stock Doves, 8 Redwings & a Shag. 

Posted January 19th, 2019 at 2:36 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

19-01-19 Ford Park Cemetery, Male Black Redstart

At FCP Cemetery this morning a male Black Redstart showing very well and quite friendly, in it's normal place just East of the chapels.

Black Redstart  Black Redstart  Black Redstart
Black Redstart

 

Posted January 19th, 2019 at 2:23 pm by greg bradbury in General Birding

Venford Reservoir and Bench Tor

19 Goosander on the reservoir at dawn. 3 Crossbills over Bench Tor a little later.

Posted January 19th, 2019 at 11:08 am by Andy Smith in General Birding

Stover at dawn

No Goosanders today for the coordinated count in Devon. However, a new Stover bird for me: a drake Wigeon whistling away in the gloom. Excellent views of Water Rail right in front of the hide, and Cetti's Warbler nearby (called when it roused at 7:40). Also 2 pairs of Mandarins, 8 Tufted, 2 Snipe calling, Stock Dove singing and Tawny Owl hooting near the visitor centre - still going at 7:35!).

Posted January 19th, 2019 at 8:51 am by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

A stranger in Paradise

Yesterday spotted a grey wagtail trotting down Eden Vale Rd in Paignton. Methinks he was lost.

Posted January 19th, 2019 at 7:17 am by Philip L. Fairclough in General Birding

Friday 18th January 2019

South Milton Reserve - Reed Cut, 20 January

I have checked the reserve and can confirm that we will be going ahead with the reed cut on the seaward side of the boardwalk, about halfway down the reserve.  We will be meeting at the sewage works at 9:30 on Sunday morning, please see the Harrier posting on 5 January for details.

If you have any queries, please email me at gillnickt@yahoo.co.uk or call me on 01548 560243 or 07989717383

Nick Townsend

Posted January 18th, 2019 at 6:04 pm by Nick Townsend in General Birding

Braunton

There was a Little Egret feeding in the river Caen next to Caen Street School this morning. I saw one further downstream near Tesco recently and it or another was in the river by the Car Park last week too. Becoming quite bold!

Posted January 18th, 2019 at 5:30 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

BGM and Teignmouth Seafront

Bowling Green Marsh - AM - usual wildfowl and waders until a Peregrine spooked all the waders including a couple of Barwits. Along the lane two, at least, drab looking but perky Chiff Chaffs, feeding well, and the Yellow Browed Warbler, amazing how the quality of light changes the experience from last week. Teignmouth Sea Front - PM - hundreds of Gannets way out, a group of sevenish (conditions challenging) Common Scoter - could have been more or less, and at least one Great Northern Diver.

Posted January 18th, 2019 at 2:45 pm by Simon Bates in General Birding

Broadsands and Brixham Thursday 17 January

This was the first field meeting for Plymouth branch members and a full report will appear in Society news section forthwith. Highlights of yesterday's meeting included Cirl Bunting, Red Necked Grebe, Great Northern diver, Yellow Browed Warbler a pod of circa 15 Common Dolphin at Broadsands. At Brixham breakwater Purple Sandpiper, Turnstone, Rock Pipit, Great Northern Diver and Kittiwake at sea  plus 5 Grey Seal.

Posted January 18th, 2019 at 12:00 pm by John Lloyd in General Birding

Thursday 17th January 2019

Exminster Marsh 17th Jan 2019

4 Barnacle Geese third field along path which leads out of the RSPB car park at Exminster Marsh .In with hundreds of Canada Geese and a few Greylag Geese, some of the Canada had very dark backs !!!!!!!!!!

Four Barnacle Geese  Gerylag Goose  Long-tailed Tit Dawlish
Four Barnacle Geese                             Gerylag Goose                  Long-tailed Tit Dawlish

Posted January 17th, 2019 at 10:23 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Two Firecrests in the Quarry area by Irelands Bay, go to my blog for more info http://www.simonthurgoodimages.co.uk/blog.asp

Firecrest
Firecrest

Posted January 17th, 2019 at 8:12 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

Up and down the Exe

Of note - 

Red-legged partridge nr Kenton also Bullfinch (fem). Turnstone - Cockwood harbour (no sign of Slav Grebe or reported Eider), GND, RB Merganser. Hundreds of Brents and Oyks all along the estuary. Avocet , Curlew and Dunlin - Turf Lock. Powderham Marsh -  Linnet and Chaffinch Flocks GSW but still work being done on the marsh so significant disturbance.

Red -legged Partridge video -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RN047m9ZjZ8

Avocet and Dunlin video - 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dm1UWG8ShVU

Red-legged Partridge - nr KentonAvocet - Turf LockLinnet Powderham Marsh
Red-legged Partridge - nr Kenton                Avocet - Turf Lock               Linnet Powderham Marsh

Eds: the Linnet is actually a female Chaffinch.

Posted January 17th, 2019 at 6:25 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Broadsands

The Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Firecrest, 2 Blackcaps and 3 Chiffchaffs were again in the back corner of the 1st car park. 23 Cirl and 4 Reed Bunting in the 2nd car park on seed first thing this morning.

Posted January 17th, 2019 at 3:33 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Darts Farm

6 Water Pipits today from the viewing screen at Darts Farm. 5 fairly distant, but one a little closer.

Posted January 17th, 2019 at 2:28 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Black's Back! (Paignton, 17.1.19)

Just a few novelty shots from my Paignton garden:

Just a single male Blackcap coming to the fat so far this winter. He's been around since Christmas but I have only just managed these dodgy record shots (1 & 2).

Not to be out done one of my resident Robins attempted to match the Blackcap's agility on the feeder but, as you can see, it could not quite compete (3 & 4).

 

1                                                                                 2

 

3                                                                                4

Posted January 17th, 2019 at 1:31 pm by Dave Holloway in General Birding

Sherpa Marsh Braunton

Bittern seen flying low over Sherpa Marsh at 10am. I imagine it was frightened by a party of shooters who were regrettably there. It circled above the reserve a couple of times, gaining height, and flew in a south-easterly direction towards the R Taw.

Posted January 17th, 2019 at 11:14 am by Alan Denzey in General Birding

Wednesday 16th January 2019

Plym Estuary

Another successful event at Blaxton Meadow today with volunteers and a National Trust ranger showing birds to 64 interested visitors. Twenty-three species were recorded on the Meadow including an adult Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 54 Curlews, 10 Oystercatchers & 7 Wigeon (2 drakes). Thanks, again, to the NT for organising and for the on-going measures to improve the site for birds.

Later around the estuary, 26 Siskins, Common Sandpiper, 5 Greenshanks, 9+ Goosanders (1 drake), Red-breasted Merganser, 24 Common Gulls (1st-w & 23 adults), Shag, 4 Little Grebes & Grey Wagtail. 

Posted January 16th, 2019 at 5:17 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Starlings at Okehampton Camp

Pity the military are scaring the birds off. Regular gun firing sounds as birds returning to roost last night.

Posted January 16th, 2019 at 11:56 am by Nick Atkinson in General Birding

Tuesday 15th January 2019

Ilfracombe Pier

Today off the Pier, the Porpoise, 4 groups of 3 seem to have become a permanent fixture, and a small pod of Common Dolphins were feeding off Capstone.

Seabird wise 3+ Red-throated Divers, a Great Crested Grebe, 2 Purple Sandpipers, 6 Common Gulls and a Kingfisher. On Lantern Hill, still 2 Black Redstarts and a Mistle Thrush. 

Porpoise
Porpoise

Posted January 15th, 2019 at 8:06 pm by Martin Thorne in General Birding

Torquay Haldon Pier

Seven Purple Sandpiper on end of pier this lunchtime 

Posted January 15th, 2019 at 6:51 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

South Hams

Aveton Gifford tidal road only species of note were three Greenshank and Black Tailed Godwit

South Huish Marsh / South Milton ~ good numbers of both Rock and Meadow Pipit, Common gull with a flock of Black Headed Gull, Black Swan at the back of the marsh, Turnstone on the beach.

Southdown Farm, Marlborough ~ well worth a visit huge numbers of Skylark and Meadow Pipit, roving mixed flocks of Cirl Bunting, Reed Bunting and Yellow Hammer, a solitary Stock Dove, two Red Legged Partridge, four Roe deer, a buck with three does. Near one of the buildings a moulted out Barn owl wing feather.

Dunnock

Posted January 15th, 2019 at 4:41 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Torbay

Preston: 1 Black-necked Grebe

Goodrington: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Great Northern Diver, 8 Great Crested Grebes

Broadsands: 2 Black-necked Grebes, 1 Red-necked Grebe (around Mussel Farm buoys), 3 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Great Northern Divers, 2 Common Scoter (drakes) and 10+ Common Dolphins. Also the Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Firecrest and 1 Chiffchaff in the back corner of the 1st car park, 10+ Cirl and 1 Reed Bunting on seed in 2nd car car park. 

Posted January 15th, 2019 at 1:31 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 14th January 2019

Haldon Forest and BGM

Visited Haldon Forest this morning, Crossbills heard but not seen, no Brambling either. Treecreeper showed well near the Gruffalo, Siskin around the feeders, at least 1 Sparrowhawk, Nuthatch, GSW, Song and Mistle Thrush. Later popped into BGM for another look at the YBW (this time with my camera!) also Pochard imm male, Pintail, Gadwall and a distant Goldeneye off Topsham Rec in the fading light.

Videos

Treecreeper - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zj8cbmRqCfc

Yellow-browed - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GooNKVP1nAk

Pochard - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8SHFls6MrE

Cheeky Blackbird - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2DD50ETqDc

Pochard (imm male) Siskin Yellow-browed Warbler
Pochard (imm male)                                  Siskin                                           Yellow-browed Warbler

Posted January 14th, 2019 at 7:41 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford Strand. 1400-1530.

Grey Plover 12; Black-tailed Godwit 15; Bark-bellied Brent Goose c160 on Penhill Marsh; Sanderling 8; Wigeon 24; Golden Plover 2 flocks, 1 off Pottington c550 and 2nd off Ashford Strand c400; Dunlin 32 plus just 1 Ringed Plover. 2 Goosander (1M,1F) off Bradiford Water and another 4 (1M,3F) near Ashford Strand.

Posted January 14th, 2019 at 4:30 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Middle Soar to Southdown Farm

Some reasonable counts: 940 Skylark, 47 Cirl Bunting, 67 Yellowhammer, 25 Blackbird, 41 Meadow Pipit, 6 Red-legged Partridge, Snipe & Grey Heron.

Posted January 14th, 2019 at 4:26 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Slapton

Above Higher Whitestone farm, Slapton 8 Buzzards in a sheep field along with 200 plus Starling, one Stock Dove, 150 plus Lapwing.

Memorial car park, Slapton, 6+ Razorbill, 2 Great Crested Grebe, Black Necked Grebe, Red Necked Grebe, GND, 24 plus Scoter flew in and landed on the sea off of the headland at the end of the Dart. A large number of Common Gull on the ley.

Large mixed gull roost on the beach.

The reported Yellow-browed Warbler still at Torcross on the main road between the old Chapel and The Old Hannafords Butchers across the road from "Windfalls" calling and showing well, when calling it was only using one note and not the familiar twin note call.

From the hide male and female Goldeneye, Gadwall, Scaup, Black Necked Grebe and the briefest view of a passing Otter.

Posted January 14th, 2019 at 3:28 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Opposite Calstock

On a walk yesterday from Bere Alston station yesterday got down to the bank on the Devon side opposite Calstock; just beyond the viaduct a Green Sandpiper got up from the ditch on the field side, flew along a few yards, dropped down and then as we approached again, got up again and flew along the ditch and round the corner towards Cotehele quay. 

Posted January 14th, 2019 at 11:03 am by Simon Martin in General Birding

Broadsands

the Yellow-browed Warbler was again in the back corner of the 1st car park with 2 Chiffchaff this morning. 24 Cirl Buntings on seed in the 2nd car park and 2 Reed Bunting. On the sea 3 Black-necked Grebes, 11 Great Crested Grebes and 2 Common Scoter.

Posted January 14th, 2019 at 10:54 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 13th January 2019

Exminster Marshes

At least 3 Barnacle  and 5 Greylag Geese amongst the Canada Geese today.

Barnacle Geese with the Canada Geese
Barnacle Geese with the Canada Geese

Posted January 13th, 2019 at 7:49 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

Dartington estate

6 snipe in Queens Marsh on the 2nd pond margin 

Posted January 13th, 2019 at 6:37 pm by Hamish Johnson in General Birding

Turf Locks

Great Northern Diver showing well in the river, feeding just downstream of the locks. A lovely Avocet nearby.

Great Northern Diver   Avocet
Great Northern Diver                                            Avocet

Posted January 13th, 2019 at 6:03 pm by Martin Littlemore in General Birding

Tipton St John

The Yellow-browed Warbler showed well in the sunshine in the wilows beside the River Otter this afternoon and a singing Dipper was on the nearby river.

       Yellow-browed Warbler, Tipton St John by Chris Townend   Dipper, River Otter by Chris Townend

Posted January 13th, 2019 at 6:02 pm by Chris Townend in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh this lunchtime

Lots of Black Tailed Godwits, Redshank, Lapwings and Dunlin. A few Bar Tailed Godwits,  Curlew, Greenshank and Snipe. Wildfowl included lots of Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler, Shelduck and Pintail with fewer numbers of Gadwall, Tufted Duck and a single Pochard. As we walked back up the lane the Yellow Browed Warbler showed really well 14:15ish

Posted January 13th, 2019 at 5:01 pm by Simon Bates in General Birding

Dartmoor & Lopwell dam

Seven Fieldfare flew over Dean Cross, Dean Prior.

Flocks of Redwing at Blackaton Cross and Challacombe.

Good sized flock of Stock Dove just above Runnage farm by the junction with the B3212.

On the lane down to the Lopwell dam a Snipe flushed from the roadside a most unlikely place for it to have been, from the cafe, Little Egret, two Little Grebe, Muscovy and Mallard duck, five Moorhen, Pied and Grey Wagtail, eighteen plus Raven, three Buzzard, a female Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher and three Cormorant and numerous Canada geese.

At the lower end of Soussans three Red Deer hinds.

 

 

Posted January 13th, 2019 at 3:56 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Brixham

A Red Kite drifted high over Brixham, Rugby Club just after midday today being harassed by Gulls and crows.

Also a field of wild bird cover just north of the new Gillards Road pathway was busy with finches and buntings including at least 5 Yellowhammers and 11 Cirl Buntings.

Red Kite Brixham 13 Jan 2019 ML

Posted January 13th, 2019 at 3:38 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh

This morning Yellow-browed Warbler feeding along roadside towards the hide  near the 20 mile speed limit sign. Three chiffchaffs also present in the same area.

Posted January 13th, 2019 at 2:13 pm by Ray Hamilton in General Birding

Velator

In among the usual suspects in the reserve this morning were 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Treecreeper, 12 Gadwall, 10 Redwing, and a female Siskin. Grey Wagtail and a male Sparrowhawk by the river bridge.

Marsh Tit still joining all the other Tits at the feeders in my garden.

Posted January 13th, 2019 at 1:39 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Torcross.

Perry's  Y B. Warbler still in the same location as yesterday and showing well this morning.

Posted January 13th, 2019 at 12:39 pm by Alan K Searle in General Birding

Plym estuary / Saltram

This mornings high tide:

127 Redshank, 6 Greenshank, 154 Dunlin, 2 Black tailed Godwit, 2 Common gull. 13 Goosander on the Plym (3m,10f) 2 Stock dove, 2 Goldcrest, 10 Redwing around the estate. 5 Ring necked Parakeet overhead.

Posted January 13th, 2019 at 12:35 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Between Instow and the Torridge Bridge

The Female Scaup was between Instow and the three house boats below Torridge Bridge. Another bird for the bedroom window list!

Posted January 13th, 2019 at 11:38 am by Martin Unwin in General Birding

Slapton Ley

A quick look this morning with 3m Scaup, male Ring-necked Duck, 4 Pochard & 4 Goldeneye at Torcross plus 2 Red-necked Grebes offshore from the memorial car park.

Posted January 13th, 2019 at 10:56 am by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 12th January 2019

Turf locks

Great Northern diver on the river. 

I don't remember seeing one there before! 

Posted January 12th, 2019 at 10:08 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Ilfracombe

Off Capstone Point about 8 Red-throated Divers in a loose flock zig zagging up and down the channel. No Gannets to be seen but Fulmars in good numbers back on their ledges and prospecting new nesting sites. 


Posted January 12th, 2019 at 7:00 pm by Martin Thorne in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands

1 Red-necked & 1 Black-necked Grebe, 10 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Ad Mediterranean Gull, 3 Great Northern Diver's, 2 Common Scoter also Yellow-browed Warbler in back of 1st car park.

Posted January 12th, 2019 at 6:09 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Ley

Great day at Slapton 3 scaup and a ring necked duck Torcross end, great views of a yellow browed warbler spotted by Perry Sanders and a cormorant with a pike right outside the hide

Yellow-browed Warbler  Ring-necked Duck, Scaup, tufted duck and Pochard Cormorant
Yellow-browed Warbler        Ring-necked Duck, Scaup, tufted duck and Pochard        Cormorant

Posted January 12th, 2019 at 5:53 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Great day at Slapton. c300 Common Gulls and 2 Mediterranean Gulls in Ireland Bay.Off the Memorial car park Red-necked Grebe, Black-necked Grebe and 2 Red-throated Divers. On the ley at Torcross 3 male Scaups, 3 m Pochards and the Ring-necked Duck. Also at least 6 Goldeneyes, 6 Wigeons and 15 Teals on the ley. A nice Yellow-browed Warbler in Buddleias and Willows by the ley at Torcross on the main road between the old Chapel and The Old Hannafords Butchers across the road from 'Windfalls'. Calling and showing well this afternoon. To round things off before leaving a Barn Owl hunted the fields just behind the landward side of Torcross viewable from the Duckery.

Posted January 12th, 2019 at 5:17 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Scaup Slapton Ley 12th Jan 2019

Slapton ley , 3 male Scaup,male Ring-necked Duck, Pochard, Gadwall and Goldeneye all viewed from new hide across from the American tank car park.

Goldeneye male  Goldeneye underwing  upperwing Goldeneye
Goldeneye male                        Goldeneye underwing                      upperwing Goldeneye

Posted January 12th, 2019 at 4:56 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

South Brent Woodcock

Spent all morning out birding for very little return, Dartmoor misty wet with very limited visibility, around Powderham not a great deal to see but a flock of 28 Curlew contained a tag ringed bird Green ring over yellow and black.

A Kestrel hovering near the A379 at Exminster.

Back home at South Brent I walked up some rough ground within 150 yards of my house and put up two Woodcock later in the afternoon a Kestrel seen hovering over the same ground, I only ever see a couple around home each year.

Posted January 12th, 2019 at 4:39 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Friday 11th January 2019

Otter Estuary

At least one, probably two Siberian Chiffchaffs with Common Chiffchaff feeding (and calling occasionally) in wet ditches north of South Farm Road along footpath 350M west of White Bridge. 

Posted January 11th, 2019 at 8:24 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding

Isley to Instow.

6 grey plover, 4turnstone, 2Spoonbill 1dunlin, large flock of lapwing, 1 little grebe, 1black tailed godwit, and  large amounts of wigeon. 

Posted January 11th, 2019 at 7:28 pm by John Elvin in General Birding

Taw Estuary - pintail

25 pintail off Penhill Point (SS517344) 3:30 this afternoon.

Posted January 11th, 2019 at 4:59 pm by alan craddock in General Birding

Dart Bridge / Stover Country park

Rv Dart at Dart Bridge this morning Song Thrush in ful song, Grey Wagtail and a Cormorant flying up the river.

A38 Alston Cross a pair of circling Buzzards and a third on a post at Caton Cross.

Stover Country park a BTO style metal ring on a Black Headed Gull the ring ends in "22" and possibly starts with a "6", Snipe, Treecreeper, Long Tailed Tit, three Goosander and a Kingfisher in the small pond to the left of the walkway feed station, a Heron flew over ans a Buzzard in the trees round the car parks.

A38 Dean Prior a Kestrel hunting the roadside fence below the old race course.

At Ivybridge visiting a racing pigeon owner friend a female Sparrow hawk came in and made a valiant effort at snatching one of his pigeons..

At home Tawny owl calling 7.30 this morning, female Reed Bunting on the feed station, Green Woodpecker and two Jays.

 

Posted January 11th, 2019 at 4:57 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Plym Estuary

Thirteen Goosanders (5 drakes) & 7 Red-breasted Mergansers (3 drakes) on the estuary this morning, making a respectable count of 20 sawbills. Also 142 Redshanks, 194 Dunlins, 9 Wigeon (4 drakes), Black-tailed Godwit, Stock Dove & 2 Snipe, all on Blaxton Meadow. Elsewhere, 10 Little Egrets, Shag, and heard Ring-necked Parakeet(s).

Posted January 11th, 2019 at 4:53 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Haytor

On my early morning dog walk near Haytor I had wonderful views of a stunning Male Hen Harrier quartering the gorse and perching on a bush.Watched for a few minutes before the low cloud came in and the bird disappeared.

Also saw the Golden Plover flock nearby which I estimated to be in the region of 300+

Posted January 11th, 2019 at 12:28 pm by Keith Benyon-Tinker in General Birding

Firecrests

Two Firecrests showing very well yesterday in a roadside gully just east of Ashcombe at SX9216980078.

Posted January 11th, 2019 at 9:37 am by Dave Nevitt in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Haldon Pier, Torquay

Walked the pier to check for waders; Turnstone (3) and Purple Sandpiper (9)

Other birds present included Shag, GBB Gull, Herring Gull, Rock Pipit (1).

Posted January 11th, 2019 at 8:58 am by Matt Collis in General Birding

Thursday 10th January 2019

Teignmouth Seafront pm

Lots of Gannets way out. Five Eider (two males) off the estuary mouth. 

Posted January 10th, 2019 at 10:50 pm by Simon Bates in General Birding

Berry Head

On a visit to Berry Head this morning was greeted with a Great Spotted Woodpecker in the woodland behind the Berry Head Hotel. 2 Raven in the inner quarry. Just before the seaward end of the quarry on the cliffs 15 Fulmar investigating breeding sites, nice to hear the sound of the chatter. Before settling down at the sea watch site noticed much activity of birds coming out of Torbay and flying in, going into the Bay 20+ Scoter. Majority of Auks seen were Razorbill, 30+ coming out of the Bay, Gannets and a few Guillemots but best was the show of Common Dolphin, 12+ feeding and they stayed around from first light till I went at 11am. I have a few places left for the 20th Jan on 2 hour boat trip around Torbay looking at the Divers and Grebes. If interested call 07866202576.

Posted January 10th, 2019 at 8:30 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

32 Goosander 11m 21f (dawn count), 3 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1m Pintail, 2 Tawny Owl calling, 1f Ring-necked Duck, Plus Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Teal, Wigeon, 3 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron.

Posted January 10th, 2019 at 7:19 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Berry Head, early afternoon

1 grey seal on the north side on the way down into the quarry, and around 12 each of porpoise and common dolphin in the tide race off the end. Numbers were diffiicult to estimate as both species were feeding in small scattered groups. Birds off the end included a few gannets, guillemots and fulmars (also back on nesting ledges) and 7 common scoters flew out of the bay.

Grey seal Porpoises Common dolphins
Grey seal                                                Porpoises                                      Common dolphins

Posted January 10th, 2019 at 5:44 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

Baggy Point

 17 Common Scoters + 4 Eider (1 male + 3 females).

1 Red Throated Diver, 1 Atlantic Grey Seal & 2 Porpoise



Posted January 10th, 2019 at 5:40 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Hanger Down

Marsh |Harrier, presumed juvenile, hunting over marshy area around 15:00 this afternoon. Unusual on Dartmoor, especially in winter.

Posted January 10th, 2019 at 5:00 pm by Peter Reay in General Birding

Mansands

A Sparrowhawk was seen hunting around the marsh below the hide alot this morning. Also a Cetti's Warbler and Chiffchaff below the hide when the Sparrowhawk wasn't around. On the main marsh, 3 pairs of Gadwalls were with some Mallards and Teals. Off shore 3 GCGrebes and 4 Common Gulls.


Posted January 10th, 2019 at 4:13 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in General Birding

Stover Country Park

On Stover Lake - 7 goosander, 2 pairs of Mandarin, 12 Tufted Duck, 13 Coot, 12 Moorhen, 200 black headed Gulls, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Heron. In the marsh - 1 Cetti's Warbler in scrub next to the hide, several Water Rail and Snipe (200+). In the woodland, several Marsh tit, Green Woodpecker calling, Great spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatches singing and a few small Siskin flocks. (Stock Doves also been seen recently)

Posted January 10th, 2019 at 11:56 am by JDA in General Birding

South Brent ~ Blackcap

Male Blackcap in the garden and on the feed station this morning, feeding on sunflower hearts.

Also Greenfinch, male GSWP, female Reed Bunting, Dunnock,Goldfinch, Song Thrush, flyover Mistle Thrush and Raven.

Posted January 10th, 2019 at 11:28 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Otter valley

Excellent views from the cafe at the Otter Valley field kitchen, nr Honiton of a Black Redstart . Also a pair of sparrow hawks. All seen while enjoying coffee and ice cream. 

Posted January 10th, 2019 at 11:13 am by Lyn lucey in General Birding

Re: River Exe Estaury

Replying to Trevor Ridgers earlier post of Redshank C73. This is a Dutch, Westerland female into her 15th year and regularly winters on the Exe.

Please report sighting details to Wim Tijsen,  wimtijsen@ziggo.nl

Website: https://www.cr-reading.nl/V4/Home.php

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TijsenW

Posted January 10th, 2019 at 10:06 am by David Boult in General Birding

Wednesday 9th January 2019

River Exe Estuary

12.40hrs  Between Powderham Church and Turf Lock I spotted geo-tagged redshank C73 (a little research shows she has quite a history).  I don't know If I should report this sighting and if so to whom?

Posted January 9th, 2019 at 8:35 pm by Trevor Ridgers in General Birding

Baggy Point

Still perhaps 16 Common Scoter off the point (one smart male) 3 Eider and a Red-throated Diver. 2 Ravens.

Common Gull on Croyde Beach.

Merlin over the Reserve at Velator today.

Posted January 9th, 2019 at 6:22 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Out and About

Soussons,Dartmoor: Best was 3 Crossbill inc.2 red males; Also: 11 Jay, 4 Bullfinch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Yarner Wood: 3 Marsh Tit; 2 Nuthatch.

Stover Lake: 2 pairs Mandarin Duck, 4 Goosander, Treecreeper, 2 Marsh Tit; 2 Nuthatch.

River Dart by A38: Dipper & Grey Wagtail.

Posted January 9th, 2019 at 5:04 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

ERNESETTLE CREEK

Little Egret , Redshank, Greenshank

Posted January 9th, 2019 at 4:33 pm by Ray Brown in General Birding

Fremington Pill Ruddy Duck

Sorry no photos the duck was a male had white cheeks  dark crown and stiff tail. Not scaup

Posted January 9th, 2019 at 4:19 pm by Gordon Westley in General Birding

Fremington Pill ruddy duck

Re: below, any photos of the ruddy duck? May I venture that the reported ruddy duck is a further sighting of the female (greater) scaup that's been present? Just that the pale 'blaze' in the face of female scaup could resemble female ruddy duck's pale cheeks. 

Posted January 9th, 2019 at 9:35 am by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 8th January 2019

South Hams

South Brent to Slapton and back via Frogmore, Kingsbridge and Aveton Gifford

Twenty plus Redwings near Harbertonford.

Lapwing near Slapton

Above Higher Whitestone farm, Slapton 10 plus Buzzards in a sheep field along with 100 plus Starling, four Stock Dove, 110 plus Lapwing and numerous gulls.

Slapton Ley (Ireland bay viewing platform) three Firecrest came through in company with 20 plus Long Tailed Tits. On the Ley good numbers of Common Gull, Great Black Backs and several Gadwall duck, a fly over Heron and a Cetti’s Warbler by the bridge.

On the sea from the Memorial car park, 2 Black Necked Grebe, 10 plus Razorbill, at least three Great Crested Grebe, a Red Necked Grebe and 2 Lesser Black Back gulls.

From the hide opposite Torcross, drake Ring Necked Duck, drake Golden Eye, 3 Pochard (2M & 1F) 3 Great Crested Grebe (2 displaying) 46 Great Black Back gull.

Torcross a single Brent Goose flew down the coast line.

Frogmore Creek ~ Common Sandpiper, Little Egret, 6 Common Gull, Redshank, Greenshank, 2 Oyster Catcher and a Shelduck.

Kingsbridge estuary ~ 25 plus Shelduck, Curlew, 100 plus Dunlin, 5 Little Egret, 14 Brent Geese, Redshank and Greenshank.

Churchstowe ~ female Kestrel.

Aveton Gifford (Tidal road) ~ 2 Oyster catcher, 34 Black Tailed Godwit, 3 Greenshank, Redshank, Little Egret, Grey Wagtail, female Bullfinch and 2 Little Grebe.

Back at home a female Reed Bunting spent the afternoon around the garden feed station.

 

Posted January 8th, 2019 at 6:17 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Putsborough Sands

A couple more photos of the Rock Pipit with leucistic plumage taken on 06/01/2019.

  

Posted January 8th, 2019 at 5:56 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

At least 11 Goosanders (6 drakes) including a flock of 10 mid-way up the estuary, a pair of Red-breasted Mergansers, 7 Little Grebes, Jack Snipe, Snipe, 1 or 2 Common Sandpipers, 9 Wigeon, 2 Shags, 2 Grey Wagtails, a pair of Mandarin Ducks & a Green Woodpecker.

Visiting birders may want to note that a new viewing area created by National Trust just to the north of Blaxton Meadow gives improved views of the top end of the estuary. This has been put in place to compensate for restricted access nearby (which has been very succesful in increasing numbers of birds using the Meadow). 

Posted January 8th, 2019 at 5:20 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Plymbridge

12 Mandarin Duck {6 male and 6 female} and 2 brown head Goosander very close to the bridge this afternoon.

   

Posted January 8th, 2019 at 4:30 pm by Peter Castle in General Birding

Trendlebere down

Red Kite seen flying briefly over the down this afternoon . 

Posted January 8th, 2019 at 3:57 pm by Keith Benyon-Tinker in General Birding

Broadsands

Yellow-browed Warbler still present in the back of the 1st car park with 3 collybita Chiffchaffs. 11 Cirl Buntings and 3 Reed Bunting on seed in the 2nd car park.

The sea was a little too choppy to check properly; 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 33 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Eider, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Brent Goose and 1 Red-breasted Merganser (red-head) the first I've seen here in several years - Churston to Brixham used to have a dozen or more every winter.

Posted January 8th, 2019 at 3:48 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Fremington Pill

Ruddy Duck

Posted January 8th, 2019 at 3:30 pm by Gordon Westley in General Birding

Teignmouth Tues 8th

At 1.00 pm there was an estimated 100 gannets plus assorted gulls in a feeding frenzy approx 100 metres off the pier. Wonderful sight in bright sunshine.  By 2.00 pm the flock had dispersed somewhat and moved East to Sprey Point where I estimated approx 50 gannets still diving. Also off Sprey Point 12 common scoter, one great crested grebe and one seal close in on reef.

Posted January 8th, 2019 at 3:00 pm by Patrick Case in General Birding

Deer Bridge to Slapton Bridge

Highlight was Yellow-browed Warbler just in from Deer Bridge. Also: 2 Firecrest, 11 Goldcrest, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Water Rail, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker inc.one drumming, 2 Mistle Thrush, 5 Song Thrush & 2 Cetti's Warbler.

Posted January 8th, 2019 at 2:07 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Ley

Cetti's Warbler near bridge and Torcross. Grey Wagtail Torcross garden for 4th day.

Posted January 8th, 2019 at 11:33 am by Steve Wadsworth in General Birding

Monday 7th January 2019

Waxwing Plymouth

Good days birding Waxwing found straight away at approx 09.50 -opposite pitch and putt cafe.- later Ring-necked Parakeets including Blue and Olive morphs to roost in 

Waxwing video - https://youtu.be/ohLI3fIchg4

Parakeet video - https://youtu.be/PcftqRUG90M

Waxwing  Ring-necked Parakeet (Blue and Olive)  Ring-necked Parakeet
Waxwing                  Ring-necked Parakeet (Blue and Olive)       Ring-necked Parakeet

Posted January 7th, 2019 at 8:12 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Broadsands

The Yellow-browed Warbler showed briefly from dense cover at least 3 times during the course of the day in the usual corner of the car park. Seemed to be heard rather than seen most of the time. Curiously I heard a second one towards the Alders at c.09:00 replying to the 1st bird, but never saw anything of it!  At least 3-4 collbyta Chiffchaffs and a m & f Blackcap in the same area. (A Firecrest was also reported by another birder).

10 Cirl Buntings (2m, 8f) coming to the seed at the back of second car park, along with a Reed Bunting and an assortment of Chaffinches and Greenfinches.

On the sea: 2 Black-necked Grebes, 2-3 Gt N Divers & 1 Common Scoter ( adult drake).

Posted January 7th, 2019 at 6:15 pm by Dave Holloway in General Birding

Tipton St John and Otterton STW

The Yellow-browed Warbler was present this morning in the willows adjacent to the River Otter immediately north of the River Car Park. It seems to be the fist sighting since it was first found on 28th Dec. Also on the sea off Otterton STW at least 7 Red-throated Divers.

Posted January 7th, 2019 at 5:38 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding

Stover

Good views of Goosander today, at least 3 m and 5 f. Not all on the lake as some were in the channels that connect with it.

Goosander  male and female
Goosander male and female

Posted January 7th, 2019 at 4:29 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Ring-necked Duck at Torcross today. Red-necked Grebe and 2 Black-necked Grebes in Start Bay off the monument.

Posted January 7th, 2019 at 3:44 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Man Sands

Black Redstart still on coastguard cottage roof this am.

Male Firecrest with Goldcrests in pines near hide.

Posted January 7th, 2019 at 3:29 pm by David Leigh in General Birding

Efford Marsh (Plymouth)

Pleased to find a Marsh Tit this morning (getting scarce in this area); also 5 Chiffchaffs, 2 Grey Wagtails, 3 Teal (1 drake), 6 Goldcrests & a pair of Bullfinches.

Posted January 7th, 2019 at 3:24 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Tamar Lakes

This morning on the Lower Tamar Lake,
 36 Goosander 14m 22f (dawn count), 2 Greensandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Grey Heron, 1f Scaup, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Tawny Owl calling in the car park, c15 Shoveler, 1m Pintail, 3 Long-tail Tits, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Reed Bunting, c12 Tufted Duck 

Upper Lake,
2 Brambling, 6 Linnit, 1 Goldcrest, 1m Stonechat.

Posted January 7th, 2019 at 2:05 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Littlehempston, Totnes

Red Kite in flight over a roadside field, just out of Totnes before the Littlehempston bend and dip approx 11am.

G Bemment

Posted January 7th, 2019 at 1:28 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

TORCROSS. A good start today

At 8am Trisha saw a Barn Owl over the garden twice, I saw it hunting in the field next door at 8.30, then at 8.40 I saw an Otter swimming accord the Ley carrying a  good  sized fish.

Posted January 7th, 2019 at 9:19 am by Steve Wadsworth in General Birding

Broadsands and Brixham breakwater 06/01/19

Several chiffchaffs flitting about at Broadsands and Cirl Buntings and reed buntings in the carpark behind the huts. A nice Great northern diver on the sea at Broadsands. Good views of Purple sandpipers and turnstones on Brixham breakwater

Purple Sandpiper   Great Northern Diver   Cirl Bunting
Purple Sandpiper                     Great Northern Diver                                  Cirl Bunting

Posted January 7th, 2019 at 5:43 am by Richie Moore in General Birding

Sunday 6th January 2019

Re hen harrier.

Sorry not to add the location, it was seen briefly at Challacombe Moor near 4 cross way. The picture was taken at max focus 600mm + with all the wrong settings programmed in, and sadly was the best of the 8 frames. 

Posted January 6th, 2019 at 11:07 pm by Philip worth in General Birding

Goosander @ Stover

3 m & 4 f Goosander at Stover park this afternoon. 

Posted January 6th, 2019 at 7:20 pm by Jim Eames in General Birding

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford sewage works. 1500-1615

Birds of note:- Black-tailed Godwit 41; Shelduck 12; Golden Plover c350; Dunlin c300; Grey Plover 4; Greenshank 1; Sanderling 1; Dark-bellied Brent Goose 3.

Posted January 6th, 2019 at 6:23 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Not a lot really Except this.!

Looking for seo's today and the usual blank, infact except for small flocks of starling,  and numerous rooks there wasn't much around until my wife spotted this flying low over the long grasses,  a male hen harrier. 

Male hen harrier.
Male hen harrier.

Eds: great bird to see but struggle from this photo to positively id this as a male perhaps a 1st w male but just as likely a female. Also no site given - see other posts - to keep it simple the title of the post should really be the site. 

Posted January 6th, 2019 at 5:13 pm by Philip worth in General Birding

Dawlish/Teignmouth

Velvet Scoter with 8 Common Scoter off the Parson & the Clerk.Seen from my kayak.

Posted January 6th, 2019 at 5:04 pm by Nick Workman in General Birding

Kingsbridge Estuary ( Geese Quarries - Charleton Marsh ).

31 Pintails ( North Pool Bay ), 50 + Brent Geese, 5 Red-breasted Mergansers, Great Northern Diver, 15 Great Crested Grebes, 13 Little Grebes, c300 Dunlins, c700 Golden Plovers, c150 Common Gulls, 2 Greenshanks and 2 Rock Pipits. The marsh is still flooded as there is a problem with the culvert. Not so much on there at present just 14 Teals, 5 Wigeons and a Tufted Duck. Grey Wagtail at the north end of the marsh and a Chiffchaff in the Water Works.

Posted January 6th, 2019 at 4:18 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Hen Harrier

Female or juvenile Hen Harrier seen from the car  flying low over fields north of California Cross yesterday 5 January at 1430hrs.

Posted January 6th, 2019 at 3:29 pm by Michael Woodman Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Ley

Update to Rob's earlier post; late am/early pm: Red-necked Grebe still on the sea off the Memorial car park plus 3 Black-necked Grebes (a pair and a single), 2 Common Scoter and a Great Northern Diver. On the Ley a minimum of 6 Goldeneye (5 males), the four Pochard and the Ring-necked Duck, another Black-necked Grebe and an adult Med Gull. In the woods around Ireland Bay, 1 Firecrest and 2 Blackcaps. Pretty good!

Posted January 6th, 2019 at 2:41 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Putsborough Sands

The bird which has been attracting some attention around the Café at Putsborough Sands turned out to be a Rock Pipit with leucistic plumage.


Posted January 6th, 2019 at 1:59 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Slapton Ley

On the ley at Torcross: male Ring-necked Duck, 4 Pochard, 76 Tufted & 28 Gadwall. 3m Goldeneye at Ireland Bay.

On the sea: Red-necked Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Common Scoter & 6 Razorbill.

Posted January 6th, 2019 at 1:35 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Underwood, Plympton

This Sparrowhawk dropped in briefly this morning and made a half-hearted pass at our resident male Blackcap before gliding off to look for easier prey. He never gave me the chance of a better shot.

Sparrowhawk
Sparrowhawk

Posted January 6th, 2019 at 9:56 am by Jason Smart in General Birding

5th of January Bowling Green Marsh

Some lovely views of snipe from the hide and lots of Brent geese off the viewing platform. All the usual waders on the estuary and a female red breasted merganser at Topsham

Snipe Lapwing Wigeon
Snipe                                             Lapwing                                       Wigeon

Posted January 6th, 2019 at 6:36 am by Richie Moore in General Birding

5th January Slapton

Red necked grebe and black necked grebe on the sea from the memorial carpark also lots of distant Auks. Black necked grebe on the ley and also ring necked duck and 2 Pochard.

Distant red necked and black necked grebes    Ring necked duck with the tufted ducks
Distant red necked and black necked grebes       Ring necked duck with the tufted ducks

Posted January 6th, 2019 at 6:32 am by Richie Moore in General Birding

Saturday 5th January 2019

Torbay Divers and Grebes

Sea very flat, Perfect conditions for sea watching and photography at the moment. if it was out there it was easy to see.

Female Cirl, the seed put out is a lifeline, great work Mike Great Northern Divers, big thank you to Steve for letting me use his Hopper Hubble 800mm Red-necked Grebe off Elberry
Female Cirl, the seed put out is a lifeline, great work Mike

Great Northern Divers, big thank you to Steve for letting me use his Hopper Hubble 800mm

Red-necked Grebe off Elberry

Posted January 5th, 2019 at 8:51 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Around Torbay

Around Torbay today ~

From Haldon Pier ~ 7 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Turnstone, two Shag, 14 plus Cormorant, Rock Pipit, 2 GBBG, sevon Mute Swan and a Razorbill.

Livermead beach ~ Little Egret, Heron and a single Turnstone.

  

Marine Parade, Preston ~ 7 Oyster Catcher, 26 Turnstone including the Dutch ringed bird  "Z010032",  out on the sea Gannet, Great Crested Grebe, Black Necked Grebe and 2 Guillemot. 

Broadsands car parks ~ In the Cirl Bunting corner disturbance disrupted any birding but 40 plus "Buntings" feeding in the field behind the car park, lifting periodically, 2 Cirl Bunting came into the hedge. In the corner of the first car park Yellow Browed Warbler, female Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Siberian Chiffchaff.

Record image Black n#Necked Grebe  

From the sea wall and the headland towards Elberry ~ 6 Fulmar, 12+ Great Crested Grebe, Gannets, 4 Black Necked Grebe, Red Throated Diver, 6+ Great Northern Diver, Little Egret, 2 Heron, 2 Razorbill and a Kittiwake.

On the way home a Kestrel near Berry Pomeroy.

 

Posted January 5th, 2019 at 4:28 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Ring-necked Duck still present but north of Torcross, probably best viewed from the Stokeley Hide. Also at least 7 Goldeneyes and 2 Pochards. Otter seen in Ireland Bay and 2 Black-necked Grebes in the bay off the monument.

Posted January 5th, 2019 at 1:53 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Torbay

Birding with M Bailey this morning around Torbay we counted: 28 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Black-necked Grebes (Broadsands), 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Divers 1 Eider (Off Goodrington).

The Yellow-browed Warber was still in the back corner of the 1st car park at Broadsands with 3-4 Chiffchaffs and 1 Firecrest.

A single Cattle Egret was in a grassy field with about a dozen black cattle some way off the Waddeton Road looking East.

Posted January 5th, 2019 at 12:36 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Beesands hide inaccessible

The outlet from Widdicombe Ley is currently blocked and the water level in the Ley is now extremely high, flooding the access to the Beesands hide.

The land agent for Widdicombe Estate and Stokenham Parish Council have been contacted and asked to resolve the matter as soon as possible (Devon Birds has responsibility only for the hide and access).

Posted January 5th, 2019 at 10:53 am by Nick Townsend in General Birding

Friday 4th January 2019

Mansands

A late visit this morning, a nice female Black Redstart was on the Coastguard cottages roof iwh acouple of Pied Wagtails. also a Peregrine flew past over the marsh and a Redwing was by the caraprk. There were 5 Gadwalls on the marsh with Mallards and Teals, 4 males and a female, but no sign of any Snipe, which was unusual. 

Posted January 4th, 2019 at 8:47 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Black Redstart, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth

A smart male black Redstart brightening up my coffee break this morning as it flitted about the rooftops.

Posted January 4th, 2019 at 8:26 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

Can I add to Harvey and Barry's blog as I was there earlier, 23 Goosander 12m 15f, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit.

Posted January 4th, 2019 at 8:10 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

rhs rosemoor.

Large flock of Redwing in the upper woodland, Goldcrest, and a really healthy population of local woodland species.

Goldcrest.    Redwing
            Goldcrest.                                                               Redwing

Posted January 4th, 2019 at 6:21 pm by john elvin in General Birding

Goodrington to Churston

From 1215 until 1600 on Thursday 3rd January birding was hard work in the glum light! A female eider at Goodrington and single red-throated diver. At Broadsands a yellow-browed warbler and at Churston Cove a single red-necked grebe. I didn't see any of Mike's BN Grebes!

Posted January 4th, 2019 at 5:11 pm by Simon M Bates in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Baggy point

At Baggy Point around midday today;

10 female, 2 imm male, and one adult male Common Scoter seen but image size dictates only cropped image of the raft , image of one Red Throated Diver but three seen, image shows three Eider amongst the scoters but a raft of 18 were observed. All birds were regularly diving to feed.  

   

Posted January 4th, 2019 at 4:39 pm by Phil & Sue Naylor in General Birding

Waxwing

Waxwing at Central Park Plymouth showing well this morning


Posted January 4th, 2019 at 4:33 pm by Roger Backway in General Birding

Bolt Tail

2 Red-throated Divers east offshore this morning.

Posted January 4th, 2019 at 3:24 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Plymouth

The reported Waxwing is still showing in Central Park not as settled today due to some photographers trying to get as close as they could, as such the bird was getting into the mid cover of the berry tree before flying up into one of the taller nearby trees between feeds.

  

Around the park Mistle Thrush, Pied Wagtails and small flocks of Goldfinch.

Mountbatten ~ a male Blackcap, a Rock Pipit and one adult Mediterranean Gull and surprisingly very little else.

Posted January 4th, 2019 at 3:11 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

SEATON WETLANDS FIELD TRIP

This morning 22 members from the E Devon branch walked round Black Hole Marsh taking in views across Colyford Common in cloudy, cold conditions.  A total of 43 species were seen, including  5 Snipe on the lagoon and 3 Little Grebe on the river.  Three female Reed Bunting were seen near the viewing platform and 1 Common Gull on the river with few Curlew  and no Godwit sp..  A reasonable start to the 2019 year list.  

Posted January 4th, 2019 at 1:57 pm by Geoff Green in General Birding

Decoy Black-headed Gull

There was a colour-ringed Black-headed Gull (yellow TJ3A) at Decoy Lake coming to bread on 1 January. Just received the ringing details: it was ringed as a chick at a lake in SW Poland, Zalew Mietkowski (SW of Wroclaw) on 11 June 2017, and was seen by Nick Potter at Bowling Green Marsh on 19 June 2018.

Posted January 4th, 2019 at 1:51 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake. 4th jan.

c.10 Goosanders, 20+ Coot, 11 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Scaup - 1 juv. male and 1 female, 1 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 1 Gadwall,1 Jay, moderate numbers of Teal, Wigeon and Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron.. 

 Rinf necked Duck and Willow Tits reported.

Harvey Kendall & Barry Bryne..

Posted January 4th, 2019 at 1:19 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Thursday 3rd January 2019

Baggy Point

Near sunset on a walk around the peninsula, a kestrel, 9 Cormorants, a couple of oystercatchers, Common gulls (I think ) Black- backed gull (not sure which )and after much deliberation a floating flock of Common Scoter (I think).

Posted January 3rd, 2019 at 8:46 pm by Beth W in General Birding

Velator down to Horsey Island area

This morning, on a walk down the river from Velator I saw Long tailed Tits, a pair of Shelducks, Chaffinch, a Bullfinch pair, several noisy Redshanks, a large flock of Lapwing in a field, a Buzzard on its post, a Great Tit, a few Curlew (I think) , a small flock of Scoters (I think) , mute swans, small flock of Sandpipers, a small flock of starlings in the field, goldfinch, and possibly Reed Buntings and a Meadow pipit. 

Posted January 3rd, 2019 at 8:43 pm by Beth W in General Birding

Ilfracombe

Nowhere near half of the Gulls feeding on Mullacott farmland today. Interestingly I surveyed the nearby industrial estate last July for nesting Gulls and couldn't find a single pair.  

Mostly Herring Gulls.
Mostly Herring Gulls.

Posted January 3rd, 2019 at 7:43 pm by Martin Thorne in General Birding

Broadsands

4 Black-necked Grebes, 2 Great Northern Divers and 1 Red-throated Diver off Broadsands this morning.

Posted January 3rd, 2019 at 7:24 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Velator

Some excitement as I arrived at the reserve this afternoon: a large collection of mobbing Corvids, so I stopped a little way off and looked in. A Buzzard was perched on a telegraph pole ignoring all the activity of 5/6 Magpies 6/7 Crows and about 20 Jackdaws. Some of which were diving down to the ground which I couldn't see. As I arrived at the  gate a second Buzzard took off from inside the SWW compound inside and flew off carrying a prey item. I didn't get a clear view of this but several of the Corvids followed it away. I did my usual walk around and at the far side of the reserve on a pile of brushwood, was a dead Magpie. Haven't seen one of these predated before. At least 7 Magpies continued with their raucous tirade as I pottered around for the next hour or so. Not much else of note.

Posted January 3rd, 2019 at 7:18 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Powderham Marsh and Exminster Marsh

Of note 7-8 Cirl Bunting on path to Powderham Viewing Point, the 4 Barnacle Geese that were on Exminster Marsh have relocated to Powderham Marsh, small Linnet and Chaffinch flocks, Pintail, Tufted Duck, Snipe and Kestrel.

Exminster Marsh had huge Wigeon, flocks, Teal and Shoveller, lots of Brent geese, about 15 Greylags. Off Turf  - Red Breasted Mergansers, Lots of Avocet and a Kingfisher. Off Topsham rec - pair Goldeneye, Black Swan at Topsham Quay still. On way back to Exminster Marsh car park - Stonechat and Meadow pipit.

Cirl Bunting Powderham MarshBarnacle Geese distant Powderham MarshGoldeneye - distant off Topsham Rec
Cirl Bunting Powderham Marsh    Barnacle Geese Powderham Marsh    Goldeneye - off Topsham Rec

Posted January 3rd, 2019 at 5:52 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

At high tide, birds on Blaxton Meadow included 195 Dunlins, 100+ Redshanks, 9 Oystercatchers, 32 Curlews, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Greenshanks & a Kingfisher. 

Also: Jack Snipe, 6 Snipe, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 5 Ring-necked Parakeets (1 blue), sinensis Cormorant (adult), 4 Mandarin Ducks, Chiffchaff, Sparrowhawk, 2 Wigeon, Red-breasted Merganser, Goosander (both redheads) & 3 Little Grebes.  

Nearby, a Lesser Whitethroat in Mount Gould Avenue (east end). Only the tac call heard.

Posted January 3rd, 2019 at 5:30 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Middle Soar to Southdown Farm & South Huish.

Soar: Yet another site  record count of 184 Yellowhammer and a respectable 85 Cirl Bunting. Also: 25 Gannet off Soar Mill Cove, Lapwing, Snipe, 870 Skylark, 32 Blackbird & 42 House Sparrow.

South Huish: 61 Teal, 36 Wigeon, Blackwit & 10 Ringed Plover.

Posted January 3rd, 2019 at 4:18 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Waxwing, Plymouth

Waxwing still showing very well this morning in Central Park, Plymouth - light still awful though.

Posted January 3rd, 2019 at 4:18 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Dawlish

Black Redstart in garden of large white house 150m from coast guard bridge. Seen last couple of years in same place. Firecrest along Thompsons path. Pair of Dartford Warbler Ideford common.

Posted January 3rd, 2019 at 3:56 pm by Nick Workman in General Birding

Ringmore, Shaldon

4 Red-Breasted Mergansers (2 prs) seen from flood defence barrier at the end of The Strand, Ringmore.

Posted January 3rd, 2019 at 11:40 am by Gary Bolton in General Birding

butterdon hill, dartmoor (bittaford)

yesterday - sandpiper (presume common) flushed on summit of hill. otherwise, devoid of anything.

Posted January 3rd, 2019 at 10:56 am by graham folkerd in General Birding

Barnstable

male Black Cap in my Barnstaple garden for at least a month, this morning pleased to see a Female aswell

Posted January 3rd, 2019 at 9:51 am by Robert Cudmore in General Birding

Wednesday 2nd January 2019

anchorwood band and the tarka trail

3 common sandpiper, 2 male goosander, 3 female.Large flock of curlew, 2 kingfishers,godwits,lapwing,redshank and goldcrest by the bridge.

Common Sandpipermale goosanderfemale goosander.
Common Sandpiper                            male goosander                       female goosander.

Posted January 2nd, 2019 at 8:14 pm by john elvin in General Birding

Re: Whistlandpound Snow Goose?

I think it was decided a few years ago now that this bird is a hybrid Ross/Barnacle Goose. It has been seen many many times on and around Taw estuary in company with Canada Geese for quite a number of years.

Posted January 2nd, 2019 at 7:43 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Capstone Point

2 more close up photos taken on the 27/12/2018 of the very tame imm Shag standing alongside the recreational rod & line fishermen at Capstone Point.

     

Posted January 2nd, 2019 at 5:28 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Wistlandpound Snow Goose?

A picture to go with yesterday's posting of suspected Snow Goose at Wistlandpound

Wistlandpound: Snow Goose?
Wistlandpound: Snow Goose?

Posted January 2nd, 2019 at 5:21 pm by Jonathan Nicholl in General Birding

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford sewage works. 1345-15.30 High tide 15.35.

Golden Plover 14, just off Pottington Ind.Est. 21 dark-bellied Brent Geese just off Penhill Marsh. 32 Black-tailed Godwits; 5 Grey Plover; 1 Sanderling and 4 Dunlin just off Ashford S.Wrks.

Ringed Black-headed Gull on shoreline at Ashford S.W White ring on right tarsus with black alpha/numerics coded TTY3. Metal I/d ring on left tarsus. Reported to BTO. Believed from Polish ringing scheme.

Posted January 2nd, 2019 at 5:02 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Fremington

Quick visit this afternoon: lots of Redshank, a few Dunlin and a Greenshank. The Glossy Ibis was roosting in the trees at the top of the creek, with one Little Egret.

Posted January 2nd, 2019 at 4:30 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Preston sea front, Torbay

2 Mediterranean gulls on rocks and the road at the north end - 1 adult, 1 2nd winter. Oystercatchers, turnstones and a rock pipit on rocks, and 2 great crested grebe offshore.

2nd winter Mediterranean gull
2nd winter Mediterranean gull

Posted January 2nd, 2019 at 3:19 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Plymouth Waxwing

As with all the other posts from today the reported single Waxwing showing well in Central Park opposite the Putting Green Cafe.

Waxwing

Posted January 2nd, 2019 at 2:56 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Ilfracombe

Male Black Redstart around Lidl, Rock Pipit and a very tame Cormorant begging for food from fishermen at Capstone Point.

Black RedstartCormorant
Black Redstart                                       Cormorant

Eds: The Cormorant is actually an imm Shag among other features

note thin bill and clear barring on wing coverts

Posted January 2nd, 2019 at 2:43 pm by Kim Beaver in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

02-01-19 Waxwing Central Park Plymouth

The Waxwing at Central Park in Plymouth was showing very very well, it did not seem to be too worried about all the photographers around snapping away, staying on the berry branches and feeding.

Waxwing    Waxwing
Waxwing

 

Posted January 2nd, 2019 at 1:55 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Plymouth Central Park

Waxwing at Central Park Plymouth by Putting Cafe

Single Waxwing  Waxwing  Waxwing
Single Waxwing

 

Posted January 2nd, 2019 at 1:46 pm by Barry Rankine in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Baggy Point

am - At Baggy Point 28 Common Scoter (1m + 27f ), 2 Eider & 3 Red throated Diver.

Posted January 2nd, 2019 at 12:45 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Waxwing

Waxwing still Central Park by Putting Cafe , showing well as they do.

Single Waxwing
Single Waxwing

Posted January 2nd, 2019 at 12:01 pm by Barry Rankinebb in General Birding

Broadsands

The Yellow-browed Warbler was again at Broadsands, back of 1st car park this morning with 2-3 collybita Chiffchaffs & 2 Blackcaps.

Posted January 2nd, 2019 at 11:53 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

New years day Slapton

Nice day at Slapton with some nice birds on the sea, red throated divers, a black necked grebe, a distant great northern diver and a couple of goldeneye on the ley.

Coot with a large water snailGoldeneyeRed-throated Diver
Coot with a large water snail              Goldeneye                              Red-throated Diver

Posted January 2nd, 2019 at 5:42 am by Richie Moore in General Birding

Tuesday 1st January 2019

Wistlandpound SnowGoose?

8.50, bird, assumed to be Snow Goose, with Canada Geese, showing dark wing tips, with grey areas on upper wing, to mostly white body. Bill pinkish, overall petitecompared with Canadas.

Posted January 1st, 2019 at 11:25 pm by Jonathan Nicholl in General Birding

Around Exeter

Happy New year to everyone. Not great birding today - too many people/dog walkers about. Higher Cemetery was the best. Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker (no Jays) Redwing, Goldcrest and Collared Dove the highlights. Usual Dipper, Green Sandpiper on Northbrook. - Lots of Snipe 7+ on Matford Marshes.

Green Woodpecker video - 

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

Green WoodpeckerCollared DoveRedwing
Green Woodpecker                          Collared Dove                                          Redwing

Posted January 1st, 2019 at 8:38 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Glossy Ibis

Monday 31st ,11.00 - Glossy Ibis with Little Egret, Fremington Pill.

Posted January 1st, 2019 at 8:30 pm by Fiona Mackay-Moffatt in General Birding

Stover and around the Exe

Stover Country Park ~ just on first light, some 30 species including four Mandarin duck, nine Goosander, two Treecreeper, two male Bullfinch, Marsh Tit, Greater Spotted and Green Woodpeckers, Snipe, Siskin, Goldcrest, Mistle and Song Thrush.

Matford Marsh, Exeter ~ Chiffchaff, Long tailed Tit, Snipe, a good range of birds on the flooded areas, including good numbers of Wigeon and Black Tailed Godwit.

Powderham ~ overlooking the Exe from by the pedestrian over bridge, Little Egret, Heron, Dunlin, Curlew, flocks of Brent Geese, Knott, Sanderling, Lapwing and a male Red Breasted Merganser.

  

RSPB Bowling Green Marsh ~ twelve Greylag Geese, Pintail duck, 350 plus Black Tailed Godwit (three ringed birds) Lapwing.

The Goat Walk, Topsham ~ Large numbers of Dunlin, one male Red Breasted Merganser, a count of 235 Avocet and one Common Gull.

And this evening a Tawny owl calling very close to the house at South Brent.

Posted January 1st, 2019 at 8:09 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Woodbury Common

Ringtail Hen Harrier hunting on Woodbury Common this morning before heading off South West.

Posted January 1st, 2019 at 7:43 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding

Ashford Strand

Very relaxed cycle ride in warm sunshine this morning along the Tarka trail from Braunton to Barnstaple. Lots of birds on the Taw Estuary to enjoy including this lovely pair of Goosanders.

Posted January 1st, 2019 at 6:21 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Berrynarbor

firecrest   was seen in the garden  again  this morning.

Posted January 1st, 2019 at 5:59 pm by Margaret- Phillips in General Birding

Tawny Owls

Regular hootings of at lest 2 Tawnies with 1 Twitting F.at Gribbleford, EX203LX

Posted January 1st, 2019 at 5:21 pm by Sue Clark in General Birding

Waxwing, Central Park, Plymouth

Good views of the Waxwing late this afternoon busily eating cotoneaster berries by the pitch and putt hut in Central Park, Plymouth - a few record shots attached in the fading light

Posted January 1st, 2019 at 5:18 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Raven

Very active and vocal raven at nest in small group of mature conifers in North Lew are of West Devon.

Posted January 1st, 2019 at 5:03 pm by Sue Clark in General Birding

Dipper on the Dart

Great start to 2019. Saw a Dipper on the Dart along the woodland walk from the station towards the village, 1st time in about 8 years. On the return walk caught a glimpse of a Kingfisher as it flew over a pair of Mallards. From the bridge spotted a pair of Goosanders.

Posted January 1st, 2019 at 4:24 pm by Stephen Huggins in General Birding

Coney gut rock park Barnstaple

Sad to see single dead female mute swan at above location should these be reported.

Posted January 1st, 2019 at 3:25 pm by Richard Yeats in General Birding

Great Northern Diver at Decoy CP

Fantastic views this afternoon of the immature Great Northern Diver on Decoy Lake, Newton Abbot. Also a Peacock basking in my garden just now - oddly enough, my first butterfly of the year!

Great Northern Diver Great Northern Diver Great Northern Diver

Great Northern Diver at Decoy

Posted January 1st, 2019 at 2:43 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Butterfly

Painted lady and Red admiral together on purple hebe .at Bovisand Plymouth.

Posted January 1st, 2019 at 2:41 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Other Wildlife

Tamar estuary / Ernesettle

0830-1150

on a rising tide:

49 Teal (20m, 29f), 28 Shelduck, 2 Red breasted Mergansers, 3 Great crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Mediterranean gull (ad winter), 1 Kingfisher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Chiffchaff.

Ernesettle creek: 65 Snipe, 1 Water Rail, 1 Greenshank.

Happy new year everyone!

Posted January 1st, 2019 at 2:39 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Butterfly

Painted lady and red admiral together on purple hebe hedge.Bovisand, Plymouth.

Posted January 1st, 2019 at 2:03 pm by Tucker in General Birding

Purple Sandpipers - Torquay

10 Purple Sandpipers on the rocks off Haldon Pier, Torquay at 1300.

Posted January 1st, 2019 at 1:48 pm by CLIFF PARROTT in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Ring-necked Duck still at Torcross with 60+ Tufted Ducks, 2 Goldeneyes and a Pochard. At least 2 Mediterranean Gulls in Ireland Bay. Offshore at least 7 Red-throated Divers roaming around and a  Great Northern Diver flew north. A Black-necked Grebe off the memorial car park and also, surprisingly, a Teal.

Posted January 1st, 2019 at 1:00 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

A quieter morning than last night.

Off Torre Abbey sands, 2 northern divers and umpteen cormorants. Marine Parade was host to two oyster catchers with the eiders well off shore. At Clennon, three teal, one male and two female, several tufted duck and one very active bird in the tree tops by the middle lake, possibly one of the chiff chaffs.

Posted January 1st, 2019 at 10:47 am by Philip L. Fairclough in General Birding

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