Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from October 2013

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Thursday 31st October 2013

Berrynarbor

Firecrest in my garden here in Berrynarbor at 09.15 this morning.

Posted October 31st, 2013 at 8:28 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Snow Buntings, Northam Burrows

I found two Snow Bunting's at Sandymere today, very flighty most of the time due to the high level of disturbance from dog walkers and half term visitors, but very nice to see them here again!



Posted October 31st, 2013 at 6:33 pm by Rob Cross in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Long-tailed duck found on the Marsh this afternoon, about 3 pm.  Female, as last winter (love to know whether it's the same bird!).  No sign in previous half hour, so probably came in with some waders arriving just before high tide.  Moving around main pool, under surface more than above, still present at about 4.40 pm.

Otherwise, much as seen in recent days, including 1 ruff, 2 spotted redshank, 1 curlew sand, 1 knot, 50+ avocets.

Posted October 31st, 2013 at 5:57 pm by Colin Randall in Bird News

Grey Phalarope still at Roadford

I found the Grey Phalarope leisurely feeding along the 'strand line' north of Shop car park (on the west side of the reservoir) between the two inlets (Lower and Upper Grinacombe). I watched it for around an hour (left at 2 pm) and had superb views, even saw the lobed toes!

Tony John

Grey Phalarope by Brian Craven at Roadford 31.10.13

Photo by Brian Craven, Cornwall, many thanks Brian.

Posted October 31st, 2013 at 3:42 pm in Bird News

Slapton Ley

10:40-13:45.

Called in for a quick look on the way home from Start and amazed how many birds on the ley. In Ireland Bay on one of the rafts of whatever plant/algae it is that has spread on the ley this year was a flock of Black-headed Gulls that had as company 3 Mediterranean Gulls and 2 late Sandwich Terns. Loads of wildfowl in Ireland Bay eg 19 Little Grebes ( far and away most i've ever seen here ) 14 Teal, 130 Wigeon, 9 Shoveler, 63 Gadwall, 279 Tufted Duck and 36 Pochard. Also a borderline Cormorant, possibly sinensis, hopefully stay around. Only oddity i could find was what i would presume is the male Tufted Duck x Red-crested Pochard returning for the winter. Was taking my time going through all the wildfowl when a boat came up the ley and put 90% of the birds to flight and they seemed to spread out farthur down the ley. Had a quick look from Torcross where there are at least 500 Coot. I would say there are also a couple of thousand large gulls in the area so Slapton Ley worth a lot of attention at present, hope it stays that way through the winter.                                 

 

 

 

Posted October 31st, 2013 at 3:25 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Start Point

06:30-10:20, overnight rain, grey and cloudy, F W-SW wind.

Vis mig 07:00-08:40 from car park, all flying south.

3 Swallow ( another 8 north ), 60 Meadow Pipit, 50 Linnet, 50 Chaffinch, 110 Goldfinch, 2 Brambling and 36 Siskin. Less than 10 each of alba Wagtails, Skylark and Starling. On arrival just a few Blackbirds Song Thrushes and Redwings calling. Elsewhere Merlin, Ring Ouzel and 4 Goldcrest. A Little Egret was on the rocks by Mattiscombe Sands.

Posted October 31st, 2013 at 2:42 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Middle to East Soar

Highlights today were Firecrest in Starehole, Whinchat at Middle Soar, 8 Swallows over, 29 Lesser Black-backed Gull with 13 showing characteristics of the Scandinavian race intermedius, 60 Skylark - some moving west, a Snipe, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker 10 Song Thrushes, 13 Long-tailed Tits & 3 Bullfinches.

Posted October 31st, 2013 at 2:29 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Berry Hd

0700-0900hrs. Some mostly very high overhead migration: 2 Brambling, 49 Chaffinch, 11 Siskin, 3 Linnet, 28 Goldfinch, 2 Redwing, 3 Song Thrush, 47 Meadow Pipits, 4 'alba' Wagtails, 2 Grey Wagtail, 7 Skylark, 7 Starling, 4 Rooks.

Around the headland: 13 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Treecreeper (less than annual at site), 5 Stonechat, 6 Song Thrush and approx. 700 Guillemots on the cliffs. 

Yesterday: 2 Firecrests at Daddyhole Plain, Torquay, lower view point in evergreen oaks.

Posted October 31st, 2013 at 11:03 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 30th October 2013

Cremyl, Plymouth

A nice 1st wint Little Gull flew down Tamar and over Royal William Yard at lunch time.

Posted October 30th, 2013 at 7:11 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Roger Harris found the Snow Bunting again at 7.30 this morning and took some excellent video footage which can be seen on his blog at http://threecountieswildlife.blogspot.co.uk/

However i could not find it late afternoon between 3.45 and 4.30 p.m. 1 Wheatear, 1 Stonechat present.

Posted October 30th, 2013 at 7:05 pm in Bird News

Yelland

The Roost 14:00-14:30

my first visit of the autumn rewarded with good numbers of oystercatchers, curlew, dunlin, grey plover, lapwings, redshank, 3 or 4 knot, 6 turnstones, a smattering of bartails, 1 cormorant and a few teal.

on to Isley Marsh.

surprised to see a group of 15 greenshanks, also 5 spoonbills, numerous curlew, 8 pintails plus wigeon, shelducks, redshanks, little egrets, teal, canada geese and a juv. sparrowhawk.

Posted October 30th, 2013 at 5:45 pm by alan craddock in Bird News

Wembury and Ford Park Cemetery

A muddy and blustery walk along the coast path at Wembury was quiet until I found a male mandarin duck feeding with mallards amongst the rocks by the sewage pipe at Wembury Point  - a very strange sight and my first at Wembury.

This afternoon I headed off to Ford Park Cemetery in Plymouth to look for the reported wryneck and had a very brief flight view as it disappeared in to a hedgerow near the chapel, never to be seen again and despite searching until the rain started. A flyover raven and at least 12 flyover redwing were also seen. 

Mandarin Duck
Mandarin Duck

Posted October 30th, 2013 at 4:46 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Exmouth

Orcombe Point -  good (for Orcombe) this morning - 0635 - most birds W or NW - 80+ chaffinch, 50+ goldfinch, 2+ siskin, 3+ brambling, c4/500+ linnet, 1 redpoll, 14+ pied wagtail, 2 fieldfare, 4 reed bunting, 1 yellowhammer, 1 swallow, 45+ jackdaw, 65+ starling, 9 stock dove, 1 turtle dove, c20+ woodpigeon, c50/100+ skylark, c50+ meadow pipit and 1 grey wagtail. Also the juv white-fronted goose flew into the usual field and started feeding @ 0750, 2 mute swan east, 2 great spotted woodpecker, 8 brent goose, 1+ goldcrest, c15+ robin, 2 song thrush, just 5 blackbird, 1 kestrel and 1 merlin. Also a clouded yellow butterfly.

merlin in off the sea
merlin in off the sea

migrating stock doves
migrating stock doves

Posted October 30th, 2013 at 3:23 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth

The Wryneck still showing around midday, although mobile and elusive. Showed well for about 10 minutes near the big cross at the east end of the cemetery. Also a female Black Redstart around the visitor centre.

Wryneck

Wryneck

Posted October 30th, 2013 at 2:49 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Bird News

Around the Axe

Singles of Curlew Sandpiper, Ruff and Spotted Redshank on the Estuary today.

Nice to see the patch is doing its best to repel all these amazing rarities that are appearing in the south west at the moment.

Posted October 30th, 2013 at 2:00 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Middle Soar

Quick twitch for the Snow Bunting which was still on the path from the house to the Warren. Very approachable down to 6 feet. Whinchat also there. 

Posted October 30th, 2013 at 1:59 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Downend

07.30 - 08.30

Flocks of Chaffinch moving through again for one hour this morning in an easterly & SE direction.

Posted October 30th, 2013 at 12:32 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth

An early morning walk with nothing much of note until I found a slightly disheveled looking Wryneck behind the chapel. Last seen off the path running east to west towards Trelawny road in the middle of the cemetery. 

Posted October 30th, 2013 at 11:08 am by Tor Elm in Bird News

Tuesday 29th October 2013

East Soar

07.00 - 17.20

A full day of light NW breeze and (mainly) sunshine after the storm was rather more low key than hoped but a few birds were noted: Grey Heron (1 high S. out to sea over Bolt Head), Golden Plover (1 ad.w. and 2 juv.s resting on the western coastal field), Jack Snipe (1 flushed from juncus in field just west of Starehole pond), Skylark (c.30 W. early on), Song Thrush (15), Redwing (1), Ring Ouzel (ad. fem. and 1st w. in Starehole), Blackcap (1 fem./1st w. in "the wood"). Chiffchaff (4), Goldcrest (5), Firecrest (1 by pond above Starehole), Siskin (3), Snow Bunting (an elderly gentleman by the pond said he'd seen a fem. on the SW coast path on the Warren. I easily found the very approachable prob. 1st w. male - too white on head and under's for ad. w. fem. but too little white in wing for ad.w.male. It reloacted to track from Middle Soar to the Warren from 14.30 to dusk.

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Posted October 29th, 2013 at 9:25 pm by Steve Young in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

A late afternoon visit paid dividends when i flushed a male Snow Bunting - it circled a couple of times calling then headed south but appeared to land near the road. Despite a quick search in fading light i couldn't re-locate. 2 Wheatears still, a single Stonechat, 2 Lesser Black Backed Gulls and 8 Stock Doves.

May i request that if anybody visits the site tomorrow they do not take cars onto the airfield (plenty of parking by the main gate near the silage heaps or in the lane by the stadium) and keep to the runways. Thanks.

Posted October 29th, 2013 at 8:00 pm in Bird News

Whinchat or Stonechat first Winter? Otter Estuary

Ottery Estuary 29th 15:30 

A pleasent stroll along the the estuary this afternoon produced the normal 50+ Widgeon, 20+ Teal, a nice brace of Snipe and a single Redshank.

What took my eye was a female Stonechat and what i first thought was a female Whinchat, however looking at Collins Guide I'm not so sure...any thoughts? Great to see both birds anyway...

Whinchat or first winter Stonechat?
Whinchat or first winter Stonechat?

Whinchat or first Winter Stonechat?
Whinchat or first Winter Stonechat?

Derek - there are two different birds here the top is a Stonechat - it looks pale, I even considered Siberian Stonechat but I think the photo is a little over exposed making it paler than reality. See the length of the primary tips to your photo of the Whinchat photo below (the Whinchat primaries extend beyond the end of the uppertail coverts). Tthe supercilium is also huge on the Whinchat. ML

Posted October 29th, 2013 at 6:35 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Roadford Grey Phalarope

Grey Phalarope still at Roadford resevoir this afternoon. Very worn wings as first photo shows.



Posted October 29th, 2013 at 6:03 pm by Adrian Davey in Bird News

Soar

A quiet morning enlivened by just one Firecrest in wetland above Starehole, late Whinchat at Middle Soar plus 2 Swallow, 3 Blackcap, 115 Skylark & 82 Meadow Pipit.

On wing Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Speckled Wood & Small Copper.

Posted October 29th, 2013 at 4:01 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Hope's Nose area

Late news - Hope's Nose Quarry 28 October

1st year male Lesser Kestrel (photos above and below - copyright Simon Geary)

Apologies for the late posting but this wasn't even 'on the radar' until I looked at my photos last night and then I needed some expert opinion overnight to verify before sending people on a 'wild kestrel chase'.

On 28 Oct, the bird was hunting in the quarry at the point. Today it's been seen ranging further afield (inc nr Ansteys Cove) but still in the general area (todays location details to be clarified by Mike Langman).

Salient ID features shown in photos: pale claws (black in kestrel); wing tips reach tip of tail; plain head with with moustache but no dark eye-line; pale, unmarked bases to remiges with black tip (visible on photo); narrow, chevron-shaped barring above. Unfortunately no flight photos. 

 

Photos copyright Simon Geary.

A small pointed winged, pale under winged with dark tipped primaries was seen this morning on 3 occasions interacting with a female Common Kestrel which eventually saw it off. Unfortunately the views were all at distance until it was last seen around 11.30 heading north up a valley toward Anstey's Cove - which was checked thoroughly soon afterward. ML, MRAB, REB, BMc 

 

Posted October 29th, 2013 at 2:46 pm in Bird News

Mudbank Lane, Exmouth

Black Brant off Mudbank Lane, Exmouth at lunchtime's high tide (1315hrs at least). It was on the large mid-estuary mud/sandbank with the large Brent flock. 

Posted October 29th, 2013 at 2:44 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Bassett's Ridge, R.Taw.

11:20

Pintail up to 93, with c300 to 350 Canada Geese. 6 Bar-tailed Godwit and still only c20 Lapwing. 1 Turnstone and 7 Redshank on foreshore.

Posted October 29th, 2013 at 1:40 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Exmouth

7 Swallows flew west over the sea mid-morning.

Posted October 29th, 2013 at 12:12 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Monday 28th October 2013

Yellow-rumped Warbler on Lundy, 28 October

Happily not just a rumour, but true! Tim Davis and I came back from Lundy this afternoon, in spite of the weather, where in the last hour of our last day, we found a Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler in Millcombe (approx. 11.10 hrs). Further details can be found at http://lundybirds.blogspot.co.uk/ Still can't quite believe it, including the stressful circumstances of having to leave the island just minutes later!

Posted October 28th, 2013 at 8:32 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

Seawatching from the car in very strong W winds, only bird of note a single Leach's Petrel @ 0955hrs >W, blown into the bay and clearly struggling in the conditions. Eventually lost from view close to shore and may have even headed in land. 

Posted October 28th, 2013 at 5:05 pm by Bill Macdonald in Bird News

Shoalstone , morning

With the storm clearing away rapidly to bright clear conditions,  there was a predictable lack of any close seabirds. A watch from 0800-0900 produced  distant views of a Manx Shearwater, Great Skua flying south and a Pomarine which stopped off to chase Kittiwakes.

Posted October 28th, 2013 at 4:56 pm in Bird News

Exmouth

Orcombe Point -  8 pintail and 11 wigeon 'in off', 7 dark-bellied brent goose, 2+ common scoter, 1 tern sp (prob sandwich), 5 common gull, 2 snipe, the juv white-fronted goose, c30+ skylark, c20+ meadow pipit, 3+ stonechat, 1 black redstart, 1 coal tit, 1 goldcrest, and 1 mistle thrush.

Mudbank - 4+ pale-bellied brent goose, 1 little gull (fw), 1 mediterannean gull (2w), 2 greenshank and 20+ turnstone.

juv white-front - present for its 13th day but easily overlooked in its chosen field
juv white-front - present for its 13th day but easily overlooked in its chosen field

mistle thrush - scarce on Orcombe
mistle thrush - scarce on Orcombe

Posted October 28th, 2013 at 3:05 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

LUNDY

YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER Milcombe Valley per Birdguides.

However, not much chance of getting there, the Oldenburg stopped sailing on 25th.......

Posted October 28th, 2013 at 2:57 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Roadford Reservoir

Finally after all the hype and media frenzy, a wind-blown inland seabird!

Grey Phalarope feeding in Lower Grinacombe Inlet (north of Shop car park), west side of lake at 08.30 today. [Jon Tidball]

Posted October 28th, 2013 at 1:20 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Sunday 27th October 2013

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 10:00 till 12:30

1 curlew sandpiper, 1 adult spotted redshank, 1 juv male ruff, 1 green sandpiper, 11+ knot, 180+ dunlin, 60+ bar tailed godwits, 600+ black tailed godwits, good numbers of redshank, curlew, teal & wigeon, 7 shoveler, 13+ meadow pipits, 2 Cetti's warblers 

a quick look from the viewing platform produced 13 common gulls and from the goat walk 16 avocet. 

Posted October 27th, 2013 at 8:12 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

  Bay watched from 09.00-12.30 Very rough seas , Showers and a gale SW wind ( incresing at 12.00 )

Only Gulls around  48 G BB Gull, 28 Black H Gull and a juv SABINE's Gull east . No sign of anf Petrel or Phalaropes . Always Monday !

Posted October 27th, 2013 at 6:52 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Back to earth after a week on Scilly.

Curlew up to 59, still one Bar-tailed Godwit with them, Oystercatcher 6, Greenshank 3, a Snipe and a 1st-w Mediterranean Gull.


Posted October 27th, 2013 at 5:39 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Saturday 26th October 2013

Teign Estuary

Teignmouth 08:15-09:15: adult Bonaparte's Gull still present north of the pier. A brief seawatch produced 4 Kittiwake, 3 auk sp. and a Common Gull all heading south.

Fields/wetland south of Bishopsteignton 10:00-11:00: c.50 Meadow Pipit, 21 Skylark, c.10 Redwing, 2 Water Rail, 4 Teal, Redpoll (heard), Grey Wagtail, Reed Bunting and a late Whinchat.

Flow Point 11:10-12:00: 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Dunlin, 105 Curlew, 390 Oystercatcher, 14+ Shag, 5 Linnet, Rock Pipit.

Posted October 26th, 2013 at 9:58 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Prawle Seawatch

With Pat M,John L, and Frank S, in strong south-westerly winds ( the starter before the main feast ?) from 8am to 1pm ,totals of birds seen flying west : 2 Sooty and 7 Balearic Shearwaters ;an immature Pomarine Skua and a Bonxie; a Black-Throated Diver (winter plumage); 5 Med Gulls, 4 Common Scoter (east) and 3 Shelduck. And at least 5 Harbour Porpoises.  Also a steady trickle of meadow pipits and skylarks (79) plus 9 Swallows .

Posted October 26th, 2013 at 9:25 pm in Bird News

Bassett's Ridge - Taw Estuary

89 Pintail feeding on Bassett's Ridge at low tide this afternoon.

Posted October 26th, 2013 at 9:13 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

East Soar

10.45 - 15.30. For the first time this autumn I thought I could justify a post-dawn start since the place would be blown out by the fresh south westerly. WRONG! The God of Birding instantly laughed at my poor judgement (see Steve's post below). I found out at 12.00 but there was no sign by 13.30 in strengthening wind. The 3 Ring Ouzels were still showing quite well in Starehole plus 3 Firecrests in Starehole, East Soar Willows and the gorse just west of them. Also fem. Blackcap and juv. Whinchat at Middle Soar and Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers.

Posted October 26th, 2013 at 7:46 pm by Steve Young in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 09:45 till 13:15

on the walk down to the hide had 5 crossbill fly over the marsh heading west, from the hide 1200+ black tailed godwits, 72+ bar tailed godwits, 2 golden plover, 3 grey plover, 16 avocet, 150+ dunlin, 12+ knot, 1 adult spotted redshank, 280+ wigeon, 190+ teal, 9 shoveler, 2 whimbrel, 2 stonechat(1m,1f) 1+ sparrowhawk, 3 buzzard , 2 Cetti's warblers. 220+ curlew, 160+ redshank, 3 greenshanks, 3 green sandpipers ( 1 departed high south)

Posted October 26th, 2013 at 7:21 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

A brief visit this morning revealed that three Wigeon and 2 Gadwall were amongst the scores of Mallards. Plenty of Coot, Moorhen and Little Grebes.

 I saw 2 Great-spotted Woodpeckers fly out from the reserve, the first there since 12 July.

Posted October 26th, 2013 at 1:23 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

East Soar

visited East Soar between 0745-1145. A strong breeze meant I headed towards Starehole Valley. Very few birds though as leaving saw 3 Ring Ouzel on southern side of valley. A few Song Thrushes too. A loop around Bolt Head and over to the small wood and up popped a very obliging Red-breasted Flycatcher. Showed very well. Followed by coffee and carrot cake. 

Totals: Song Thrush 12+, Chiffchaff 2, Goldcrest 3, Blackcap 1, Wheatear 1, Great Spotted Wood 1 and Chaffinch 10. Also 30 Meadow Pipits and 25 Skylark. 

 

Posted October 26th, 2013 at 1:02 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Redwings ~ South Brent

All morning there has been a steadfy flow of Redwings generally headed in a westerly direction passing over South Brent on the edge of the moors, largest flock was an estimated 150 /200 birds several flocks of 30 / 40 birds and smaller groups and individuals.

Saw a flock of about 20 unknown birrds early this morning in the distance and suspect it may have been Golden Plover

Nuthatch in the garden and a lot of Jay movement evident

Posted October 26th, 2013 at 12:29 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Taw/Torridge Field Meeting cancelled


Please note due to adverse weather conditions forecast for Monday 28 Oct, the Taw/Torridge field meeting to Bowling  Green Marsh is unfortunately cancelled.

Posted October 26th, 2013 at 12:02 pm in Bird News

Friday 25th October 2013

Lundy update

Thanks to Tim Jones for the texts, who's currently on the island with Tom Bedford, James Diamond, Richard Campey and Tim Davis.

Over past week or so they've seen Short-toed Lark, Richard's Pipit, Lapland Buntings, Yellow-browed Warblers, Balearic Shearwaters, Black Tern and Little Gull. Best of all came today with a Red-throated Pipit that was still present at dusk.

More details and info on their return.

Posted October 25th, 2013 at 9:15 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Berry Head

7:45am-4:00pm Weather, cloudy some sun and south-southwest winds. All going south. 5 Bonxies, 1 juv Pom Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 6 Balearic Shearwaters, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Grey Phalarope, 5 Great Northern Divers, 3 Brent Geese, 21 Common Scoters, 3 Common Gulls. The unusual sight was seeing a Sparrowhawk coming in off the sea, also saw a Merlin in off the sea. With MD & DS

Posted October 25th, 2013 at 6:23 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Bird News

Exmouth

Lifeboat Station - 2 adult little gulls together west @ 1610 then heading towards the Warren. Also 1 auk sp, 1 2w mediterranean gull, 2 red-breasted merganser and 7+ turnstone during a quick post work seawatch.

Mudbank - ad yellow-legged gull with c120+ great black backed gulls.

Yesterday - the white-fronted goose still at the top of Gore Lane but no sign this afternoon, though the farmer had clearly been working in there today.

Posted October 25th, 2013 at 5:35 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Otter Estuary and Upottery Airfield

Otter Estuary, Budleigh Salterton

No sign of the Whooper Swans this morning and nothing unusual on the estuary/grazing marsh. An hours seawatch from Lime Kiln was slighty (but only slighty) better than expected with 23 Brent Geese west, a small movement of B-h gulls west (around 30) and a single Common gull west. However the highlight was a late Hobby around midday that went out to sea at Otterton Ledge, then came across the bay before coming back over the town . Oddities were 5 Skylarks in off and 1 going the opposite way.

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

The highlight today was 2 Ruffs (a juv m and a juv f) that had been brought in by the first significant flock of Lapwings for the autumn (53 No,). 3 Wheatears still present, 1 Stonechat and around 10 Ravens. Starling numbers increasing rapidly with around 1000 present plus small flocks going past that appeared to be on passage.

 

 

 

Posted October 25th, 2013 at 4:33 pm in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh 09:15 to 12:00

40 species. Highlights included 5 female Pintail, 23 Avocet, 10 Greenshank, 1 possibly 2 Spotted Redshank, lots of Teal and Wigeon, 30+ Bar Tailed Godwit, 30+ Redwing overfly, 2 Cetti's, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Stock Dove, pair of Stonechats over the back (good for BGM) and a Raven being mobbed in the air by two Crows (twice).

Posted October 25th, 2013 at 3:29 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Plymouth

First Black Redstart of the autumn in Ford Park Cemetery today, two days later than last year. Also a few Redwings.

Posted October 25th, 2013 at 2:30 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Bird News

Torcross - Start Point

08:20 - 13:00. Reasonable amounts of shelter in certain places on the coast path but few birds about eg 4 Goldcrest and 2 Chiffchaffs, zero Redwings let alone Black Redstarts. Up on Start 10 Swallows went through and a Reed Bunting present. Elsewhere a calling Water Rail at North Hallsands.

Posted October 25th, 2013 at 2:16 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime in the hide today until about 1.40. Good numbers of the usual waders, including 1 Spotted Redshank and 23 Avocets. Also 3 female Pintails.

Posted October 25th, 2013 at 2:05 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Thursday 24th October 2013

Exe today

With a group of students on a boat trip up and back down the Exe today (Exmouth to Topsham and back). Little of much note but 20ish Avocet between Turf and Topsham, 2 Barwit and an interesting gull off about Starcross that appeared to be a reasonable candidate for a 3CY intermedius type LBBG.

Posted October 24th, 2013 at 9:19 pm in Bird News

Prawle Red-breasted Flycatcher

Seen briefly but well for about a minute at 14.30 in the lane down from the paddocks. Only just in time though, as a flock of sheep, followed by 2 dogs and a tractor swept up the lane, so that was alI I saw of it!  The highly vocal Yellow-browed Warbler of recent days was not heard in over 3 hours, so has presumably left.

Posted October 24th, 2013 at 8:11 pm by Pat Mayer in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

 With a clear night and lighter winds this morning turned out to be the best viz mig of the autumn

Bob B was at Huxton Cross  fom 08.00, whilst I looked from my garden , we then met up at 09.30 and watched from the car park until 12.30  Totals in 4.5 hours were -

422 Skylark, 316 Mipit, 125 Chaffinch, 75 Goldfinch 37 Linnet, 25 Siskin, 78 Redwing, 5 Fieldfare, 3 Brambling, 11 Yellowhammer, 8 Reed Bunting, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff. 6 Little Egret

Best of the morning at 12.00 a flock of 18 Crossbill ( first this year )

On T'stone Marsh - 1 Shoveler , 20 Teal, 14 Wigeon, 75 Mallard ( big increase no more than 10 this week )

Offshore 13 Common Scoter flew east.

Posted October 24th, 2013 at 6:17 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

westward ho!/Northam beach

One from yesterdays flock of about 100 Golden plovers

Golden Plover
Golden Plover

Posted October 24th, 2013 at 5:12 pm by steve Hatch in Bird News

Meeth Nature Reserve

The largest lake produced 25 Canadas, 20 Mallard,10 Lesser Black Back mixed ages, 2 Little Grebes feeding separately,1Coot and 1 Egret circling overhead. 

Many Long-tailed.Tits feeding in alder and willows, as were Marsh Tit, Siskin and Redpoll.Approx 15 Lapwing flew in while a  Hobby was persued by a crow.   Other birds present:-several Jay, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, a few Starling,Robin, wren, and a Great Spotted Woodpecker, Buzzard, Kestrel.    Many Crows around also several Magpie and several flocks of Goldfinch.

An enjoyable morning!

Sue Clark

Posted October 24th, 2013 at 3:16 pm by Sue Clark in Bird News

Kennick Resevoir, Yesterday

From 10:00 to 15:00 Highlights included 3 crossbill; 9+ siskin; 5+ raven; a female peregrine and lots of ruddy darters.

Posted October 24th, 2013 at 8:33 am by Simon Bates in Bird News

Wednesday 23rd October 2013

Prawle Sightings

A day of surprises topped by finding a Red Breasted Flycatcher in Merrimore Lane, top of Pig's Nose Valley at 12.55 ( my first after c 20 years of hoping for each autumn ) but last seen at 1.05pm despite searching with help from Pat. Photo to follow . We then heard and saw one Yellow Browed Warbler in same spot where originally found on Saturday opposite chicken coop. Earlier a 2 hour seawatch in strong westerly wind produced initially 2 Common Dolphins and a Merlin chasing a party of 13 skylarks over the sea but just 6 Balearic Shearwaters and only a distant skua sp. Steady but small passage of pipits, alba wagtails, skylarks and  goldfinches plus a few swallows and a few chiffchaffs,goldcrests. Also a Tree Pipit  doing what it does, perched in a tree. 2 Clouded yellows and 3 Painted Ladies .A good day's birding !

 

Posted October 23rd, 2013 at 10:06 pm in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

All day out on the estuary - no surprises in selected counts of 12 great crested gebe, 25 cormorant, 37 little egret, 400 wigeon, 225 mallard. pintail, 153 oystercatcher, 14 barwit, 225 curlew, 68 redshank, 3 greenshank, 1160 black-headed gull & 23 common gull.

Also 3 painted ladies & a clouded yellow.

Posted October 23rd, 2013 at 6:15 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Colyton St Mary, Paignton

A morning of raptors, Hen Sparrow Hawk seen hunting over some heavy cover, Buzzard overhead, a Barn owl broke cover and flew down the valley and to end the morning a hen Merlin.

Numerous Linnet and Goldfinch in evidence, a Heron overhead several times.

Several Red Admiral butterflies still in evidence

Back home at South Brent a pair of Raven heard and seen high overhead engaged in a swirling aerial display

Posted October 23rd, 2013 at 5:32 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Otter Estuary, East Devon

A nice family group of six Whooper Swans (four juveniles) out on the flooded estuary this morning.  Also 26 Wigeon, 10 Curlew and a single Swallow overhead.  Elsewhere up the valley 2 Water Rail.  All the scapes now well covered with water.

Posted October 23rd, 2013 at 12:36 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Tuesday 22nd October 2013

Thurlestone Bay

   4 Storm Petrel flew east at 09.30, 12 Wigeon flew across the Bay

On both marshes- 85 Teal, 3 Wigeon, 1 Shoveler, 1 Little Grebe

 

Posted October 22nd, 2013 at 6:07 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatching 0815 - 1515hrs wind SSW-S with occasional showers.

7 Balearic and a single Manx Shearwater, 10 Bonxie, 6 Pomarine Skua, 11 Arctic and star of the show a remarkably close juv Long-tailed Skua @ 1305hrs >S. Also one unidentified Pom/Arctic and 11 Common Scoter.

On the rocks behind the watch point a Black Redstart and nearby 3 Blackcap & 2 Chiffchaff in the quarry.

BMc, MD, DN et al..

Posted October 22nd, 2013 at 4:51 pm by Bill Macdonald in Bird News

Monday 21st October 2013

Ilfracombe seawatch

One hour watch on Sunday 20th October from 0855 at Breakneck Point, west of Ilfracombe, yielded 58 gannets, 6 razorbill, 2 common gull, 1 second winter little gull, 5 chaffinch, 1 common buzzard, and the surprise right at the end, 12 crossbills heading east. All the seabird passage was westerly.

As an aside, on the Saturday 19th October, there were huge numbers of bullfinch (30 would not be far off I reckon), and good numbers of chaffinch and goldcrest in the hedges at Lower Campscott, near Lincombe, North Devon.

Posted October 21st, 2013 at 8:48 pm by Simon M Bates in Bird News

Wembury point

1 Gannet very far out beyond the Mewstone and around 50+ Oystercatchers flying around, one of the biggest groups I've seen , The Godwits are still around and usually follow the Oystercatchers there are around 6-10 birds and are quite difficult to spot

Posted October 21st, 2013 at 6:05 pm by Matt Clark in Bird News

Topsham Recreation Ground

Low tide visit mid afternoon. The juv. Marsh Harrier again flew in from the east looking well fed and came down in the reeds. Also two Mediterranean Gulls (ad. and 2W) and at least one of the regular sinensis Cormorants.

Marsh Harrier - Topsham 21/10/2013
Marsh Harrier - Topsham 21/10/2013

Continental Cormorant - Topsham 21/10/2013
Continental Cormorant - Topsham 21/10/2013

Posted October 21st, 2013 at 5:13 pm by Tim Worfolk in Bird News

Around the Axe

This morning, a Garganey was a welcome year tick on Colyford Marsh amongst the Teal. My latest ever. Also 2 Med Gulls (ad and 1st winter)

The sea has been very disappointing recently, with today no exception. Well, until 14:35 when a cracking juv Sabine's Gull flew in from east. It spent ten minutes feeding close in with Black-headed Gulls before moving further out then flying off west.

A look up the river mid afternoon showed three Yellow-legged Gulls amongst good numbers of Great Black-backs. Two adults were roosting on Axe Marsh with a nice 1st winter on the Estuary.

Garganey at the back in front of the Lapwing
Garganey at the back in front of the Lapwing - a record shot!!

Sabine's Gull
Sabine's Gull

Sabine's Gull
Sabine's Gull

Posted October 21st, 2013 at 4:27 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Visit to the hide at lunchtime today until about 1.40. Nothing much of note other than a single Ruff.

Posted October 21st, 2013 at 2:51 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

West Charleton Marsh

12:15-13:45, low tide.

No sign of yesterdays Bittern ( very windy though), just a calling Water Rail and 74 Teal on the marsh, 4 Pintail out on the estuary.

Posted October 21st, 2013 at 2:34 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Shoalstone - Brixham

0830 - 1130hrs Seawatching with Bob & Chris from the shelter at the carpark, 3 Bonxie, 3 Arctic Skua & 4 Balearic Shearwater.

Posted October 21st, 2013 at 12:44 pm by Bill Macdonald in Bird News

Start Bay

Did a seawatch from Torcross in the strong S-SW wind 08:20-10:40 but it was dissapointing. Good southerly passage of Gannets ( c300 per hour ) and single Balearic Shearwater and Kittiwake. 4 or 5 more probable Balearics way out in the distance.

Posted October 21st, 2013 at 11:34 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Sunday 20th October 2013

Exmouth

2+ Purple Sandpipers on Maer Rocks, Exmouth seafront, with Turnstones, late this afternoon (whilst still on a high from Exeter CITY's brilliant 4-0 away win yesterday).

Posted October 20th, 2013 at 9:58 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

White Fronted Goose

Having seen Matt Knott's report and photographs of a Juvenile White Fronted Goose from Gore Lane Exmouth I have made several visits to see it for myself. Today after an hour of watching from the gate  (with the the Exeter Chiefs quietly  on the radio in the background),  I bumped in to Mat (nice to meet you).... and he assured me that it was still around and somewhere in the field.  This gave me confidence to continue and then my perseverance paid off and I could suddenly see it.  Then  I coulnt believe my luck when it actually flew to the area in front of the gate.  Thanks Mat!  (Another species for my Devon Bird Photo Gallery, 182 species now). 

A very pretty bird in good condition and feeding on the leaves of the beet in the field.


Posted October 20th, 2013 at 9:11 pm by Charlie Flemng in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

At 5.15 from the RSPB path leading to the Turf, observed 2 Meadow Pipit and 2 Wheatear. Also saw 2 Kestrels  and a Peregrine on one of the pylons.

Posted October 20th, 2013 at 9:10 pm by Tony Dudley-Clarke in Bird News

Skern

At least 2,000 bhg.

14 med gulls, 6ad, 4sw, 4fw.

700 golden plover

17:00-18:30

Posted October 20th, 2013 at 8:42 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Wrafton pond

Saw a water rail again on the pond at 1000hrs. Twice in one week.

 I must have got my eye in. 

Posted October 20th, 2013 at 8:27 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

West Charleton Marsh

Got a message tonight that a couple of the WeBS counters for the Kingsbridge Estuary saw a Bittern on the marsh today ( briefly inflight i believe ).

Posted October 20th, 2013 at 8:10 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Prawle

5 hour seawatch from 07.45. Good if you like Gannets (and who doesn't!), with 1050 logged (720 west, 330 east), but some variation, with 9 Balearic and 1 Manx Shearwater, 2 Arctic Skuas, 2 Little Gulls and 2 Med Gulls.

Seawatching yesterday (with JL, TM and FS) pruduced Great Northern Diver, 10 Balearic and 1 Manx Shearwater, 16 Common Scoter, Great and Arctic Skua, and Med Gull. (Also Clouded Yellow and good number of Painted Ladies and Red Admirals amongst 7 species of butterfly).

Friday 18/10 produced 3 Balearic and 1 Manx Shearwater, and 6 Med Gulls.

Posted October 20th, 2013 at 8:08 pm by Pat Mayer in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

 

  3hr seawatch this morning produced - 205 Gannet, 60+ Great B B Gull, 4 Med Gull, 2 Kittiwake, 3 Bonxie ( 2 @ 9.45  & 1 @11.00 - all east ) 1 Skua sp  e at 11.30 .

waders on the rocks - 6 Ringed Plover, 1 Sanderling. 30 Teal on S H Marsh.

Posted October 20th, 2013 at 6:32 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

East Soar

Daughter Emily and I birded MIddle Soar to Starehole and back through the farm from 08.00 to 12.30 by which time the forecast rain ended play. Even Starehole was rather blown out by the fresh SW wind which only strengthened later. No vis mig worth mentioning and predictably little in the way of migrants after days of wind and showers: Merlin (fem. hunting Warren towards Starehole), Chiffchaff (<10 in total), prob. Firecrest heard calling in Starehole, LInnet (small parties of 10+)

Posted October 20th, 2013 at 6:21 pm by Steve Young in Bird News

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - 0730 - 7 collared dove, juv white-fronted goose, c20+ skylark, c10+ meadow pipit, 1 snipe, 1 grey wagtail, 26+ great black-backed gull and 2 lesser black-backed gull.

Mudbank - 5 great crested grebe, 7+ sandwich tern, 1 ad wint roseate tern still, 33+ turnstone, 1 whimbrel, 4 grey plover, 1 black-tailed godwit, 1 pale-bellied brent goose and 140+ pintail with c1000+ wigeon and c1000+ brent goose. Also 1 ad mediterranean gull.

The roseate tern flew in at about 11am and showed well, if a little distantly, patrolling up and down the river. The white-front was still in the stubble and kale field at the top of Gore Lane first light but I couldn't see it on a brief afternoon visit.

Posted October 20th, 2013 at 5:42 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

South Brent

The early morning passage of Pied Wagtails continues heading west over the village huge flock this morning far too many to count and constant movement of singles until the weathe broke.

Season first Redwings seen with a flock of 20 counted flew off towards the lower side of Brent Hill

Possible Merlin sighting, but it was gone as soon as seen.

Posted October 20th, 2013 at 12:32 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Downend & Baggy Point

Downend - 07.45 to 09.00.

Chaffinches grounded by strong SSW - not one seen moving through but 46 Cormorants flying SE towards mouth of Taw & Torridge Estuary. 

Baggy Point 09.45 - RED WARNING  = severe & dangerous gusts of wind at Baggy Point, I was blown to the ground!

3 Lapland Bunting flew very low close together just over the top of a fence in southerly direction & one of the 3 (a cracking male) landed on the footpath only 3 to 4 metres in front of me & searched for food for several minutes. I was able to see it very clearly through the binoculars, a large Bunting with a yellow bill.The other 2 which were the same size in flight, I did not see again.  

Posted October 20th, 2013 at 11:51 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Haytor

At about 9:00 am this morning there was a large flock of between 300-350 Redwings just north of Haytor,very restless looked as they had just arrived.

keith benyon- tinker 20 th October 

Posted October 20th, 2013 at 11:00 am by Keith & Sue Benyon-Tinker in Bird News

Saturday 19th October 2013

Start Point and North Hallsands

Son James and I arrived in thick fog at 07.20. Birded the farm until 09.15 by which time fog was clearing fast. Seawatch from the point in the remains of the fog from 09.45 until 11.15. Back at the farm under clear blue skies. By 12.30 I had noted: 2 w. divers SW (prob GN), 4 Balearic Shearwaters (close SW), Ad. pale Arctic Skua (close SW), 2 Grey Phalaropes SW, 4 Kittiwakes (3 ad.s & 1 juv. SW), Guillemot (3 SW), Razorbill (1 SW, 1 off point), Barn Swallow (2 juv.s S), Chiffchaff (6-7 around farm entrance), Firecrest (1 in large pine by farm entrance).

We then looked for sheltered cover around Hallsands "Ley" from 13.00 to 15.15: Black Redstart (2 on highest roofs of houses S. of beach), Cetti's Warbler (1 sang), Water Rail (2 squealed), Chiffchaff (1 each with two tit flocks)

We then gave up and twitched a new Yellow-browed at Pig's Nose. I was very pleased to meet top man Pat Mayer here and at 16.50 I eventually scored good views of the occasionally highly vocal but elusive scarcity in the willows across the narrow paddock from the chicken run at the top of the valley. It was with 4-5 Chiffchaffs.

Posted October 19th, 2013 at 8:43 pm by Steve Young in Bird News

Topsham

Watched 09:00 till 11:45

from the viewing platform still 2 juv curlew sandpipers, 3 ruff, 2 spotted redshanks, 66+ bar tailed godwits, 20 avocet, 22+ knot, 400+ redshank, 1000+ black tailed godwits, 12+ little egrets, 2 water rail, 5 greenshanks. 

From the goatwalk the marsh harrier flew over from exminster marsh towards bowling green marsh at 11:18 just 3 minutes later than yesterday. 

Posted October 19th, 2013 at 8:10 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

R.Taw, Barnstaple (Pottington to Heanton Court)

13:45 to 15:30

Bar-tailed Godwit 6; Lapwing 6; Kingfisher in the ditch next to Ashford Sewage Works and just a few Teal in Bradiford Reserve.

Ashford Strand and Bassett`s Ridge:- c110 Wigeon and 60 Pintail plus 10 Knot.

Posted October 19th, 2013 at 8:04 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Chaffinches - Downend

Is it correct that the Chaffinches I am observing from Downend migrating SSE make use of a regular flight - line from N.Devon to S.Devon as suggested in Eagle Clarke's 'Studies in Bird Migration?' In 1912 he wrote " There is an interesting cross - country route from Barnstaple Bay on the north coast, by way of the Torridge & Teign valleys to the south coast.This 'short cut' is much followed in the autumn by migrants seeking winter quarters across the Channel.

Meanwhile, I will continue researching this movement!

Posted October 19th, 2013 at 7:19 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Exmouth

Mudbank - a very late roseate tern this evening with half a dozen sandwich terns fishing distantly off Mudbank. Also 1 pale-bellied brent goose and 1 shoveler.

Orcombe Point - very quiet early this morning but the juv white-fronted goose still present plus 3 snipe and a trickle of meadow pipits, pied wagtails, skylarks and finches.

Posted October 19th, 2013 at 6:21 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Otter Estuary

White Bridge to Otter Head, 10:30 - 12:30.

Not a great deal to be seen by way of migrants. Only bird of note was a damp and forlorn-looking turtle dove sitting motionless in the last ploughed field near the headland. Unbelievably, my first one this year!

In the same field, a mobile flock of 2-300 skylarks, meadow pipits, linnets, and alba wagtails. This and the adjacent ploughed fields are looking seriously good for small brown jobs.

Elsewhere, half a dozen chiffchaffs along the pine belt. Cetti's warbler singing, as usual. Sadly, my first hirundine-free outing since March. Hello Winter.

Posted October 19th, 2013 at 1:47 pm by Phil Bentley in Bird News

Maristow, Tavy Estuary

At about 1230 today 19th Oct a total of 48 Mistle Thrushes moving south

into the wind, and with them at least 70 Redwing.

Also one Hornet at the Old Pump House cafe - outside!

Roger Smaldon

Posted October 19th, 2013 at 1:36 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News

Downend

07.50 - 09.30.

Visible & audible migration of increasing numbers of small flocks of mainly Chaffinch & a few Meadow Pipits passing through with varying intervals between flocks.

One Atlantic Grey Seal surfacing a short distance from the rocks.

Posted October 19th, 2013 at 12:46 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Friday 18th October 2013

Topsham

Watched from 08:00 till 12:45

not a bad morning from the viewing platform at bowling green marsh a nice adult male Merlin flew over east  my first of the autumn, 2 curlew sandpipers still among 114+ dunlin, 1 spotted redshank, 9 avocet, 15+ knot, 30+ bar tailed godwits, 11+ grey plover, lots of black tailed godwits and redshanks, 2 raven, 1 water rail, 2 ruff both juvs(1m,1f)

From the goatwalk the marsh harrier flew over from exminster marsh towards bowling green marsh whilst trying to refind some 60+ snipe were put up and flew around viewable from the path upto the viewing platform. 

On walk into topsham 2 spotted redshanks showed well opposite topsham museum. 

 

Posted October 18th, 2013 at 8:31 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - late pm - white-fronted goose (albifrons) still showing really well this afternoon. I was able to age it as a juv. today. The apparent white partial forehead blaze was, I think, just an artefact of the light and I think the apparent dark marks on the belly were just shadows created by the plants in the field. Features pointing towards a Russian origin, as opposed to Greenland, include a dull pink bill (with dusky nail) and broad white tail tips. Nice bird but very lost!

juv white-front - top fields, Gore Lane
juv white-front - top fields, Gore Lane

Posted October 18th, 2013 at 7:25 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Shoalstone, Brixham

Again from the shelter 3.15-5pm. Mediterranean Gull following a returning trawler.

Joined by Bill Macdonald. Totals - 4 Balearic Shearwaters, 3 Arctic Skuas, 1 Arctic Tern. Movement all south.

Posted October 18th, 2013 at 5:50 pm by David Leigh in Bird News

Around the Axe

4 Bearded Tits on Black Hole Marsh this morning, found by reserve warden Fraser Rush. At 11:45 they flew across tramline on to Colyford Marsh.

Marsh Harrier and Spotted Redshank both still present on Colyford Marsh.

Posted October 18th, 2013 at 11:56 am by Steve Waite in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

An increase in quality and quantity this morning. A female/immature Black Redstart was showing well near th control tower. 3 Stonechats were also new arrivals. 2 Wheatear, 1 Chiffchaff, 60 Redwing, 50 Skylarks, 50 Meadow Pipits, 8 Blackbirds, 15 Pied Wags, 16 Stock Doves.

Earlier in the week,

15/10 - 1 Wheatear, 2 Green Sands, 15 Stock doves and the Little Owl still.

16/10 - 3 Wheatear, 30 Skylark, 30 Meadow pipits and a Blackdown rarity, an immature Common Gull.

 

Posted October 18th, 2013 at 11:45 am in Bird News

Topsham and Exminster Marshes

The juv. Marsh Harrier still present over the Exe reed beds by the M5 bridge and the northern part of Exminster Marshes c.9.30 - 10.30.

Posted October 18th, 2013 at 11:44 am by Tim Worfolk in Bird News

South Brent 17th October

Steady trickle of Pied and Grey Wagtails passing the house and area, very vocal in flight.

Two Raven seen in aerial display towards the edge of Dartmoor, flying in bvery tight almost touching formation at times before soaring and diving.

Female Peregrine seen high up skirting the edge of Brent Hill westwards

Posted October 18th, 2013 at 11:10 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Downend

A trickle of Chaffinch in very small flocks for the first hour of daylight this morning.

Posted October 18th, 2013 at 10:24 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

R. Caen - 17/10/2013

Late posting

One Guillemot (looked like oiled bird) on R.Caen at high tide late afternoon.



Posted October 18th, 2013 at 10:19 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Thursday 17th October 2013

Hartland point

Malcolm Shakespeare visited Hartland point this morning between 7.30-9.30 and had

127 Balearic shearwaters

11 manx shearwaters

and 1 great skua

Posted October 17th, 2013 at 9:14 pm by David & Gillian Churchill in Bird News

westward Ho!/ Northam beach

20 + Golden Plovers along waters edge


Posted October 17th, 2013 at 8:51 pm by Steve Hatch in Bird News

Prawle Sightings

A brief,unplanned seawatch , from 7.30am ,  produced a Merlin flying/struggling  west (against a strong westerly wind) and 3 Balearic Shearwaters . Few birds overhead or around the reserve/car park area so up to the village where a fem/imm Black Redstart  showed well on Kittiwake Cottage. Next stop Pig's Nose valley where , at the bottom, a nice male Ring Ouzel flew from the ridge down onto gorse. Photos  to follow. An autumnal trio-not bad. 

Black Redstart, Prawle 17.10.13 Tony Marchese

 

Ring Ouzel, Prawle, 17/10.13 Tony Marchese

 

the Ouzel ( clearly a male) looked very silvery scaly akin alpestris sub?? any thoughts?

 

Posted October 17th, 2013 at 7:54 pm in Bird News

Soar

08:30-17:00

Some overnight rain, fresh SW wind easing through day. Cloudy and overcast, fog coming in late afternoon.

Grey Wagtail, 6 Wheatear, 2 Ring Ouzel ( singles Soar Mill Cove and Starehole ), Redwing, 4 Blackcap, 16 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest and 5 Siskin. Also 1 Clouded Yellow.

Posted October 17th, 2013 at 6:38 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

East Soar

Very quiet mid-morning highlights were Merlin over Starehole and 7 Siskins west.

Posted October 17th, 2013 at 5:52 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Berry Head

07.45 - 10.30 with Jake Wood:  8 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 3 Chaffinch, 38 Meadow Pipit, 7 Alba Wagtail, 5 Greenfinch, 7 Skylark, 32 Goldfinch, 5 Bullfinch, 2 House Sparrow, 11 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Redwing, 4 Song Thrush and 3 Ring Ouzel in the main quarry.

Posted October 17th, 2013 at 3:07 pm by Bill Macdonald in Bird News

Mansands & Scabbacombe Head

Early morning at Mansands saw 30+ Mallards, 45+ Teals, 17 Moorhens, 2 Water Rail, that were very vocal, 1 Grey Heron and 2 Snipe. About 12 Swallows flew up the valley and 11 Alba Wagtails flew overhead also 2 Siskins. There were 2 Grey Wagtails by the beach and 3 Blackcaps in the bushes by the hide. At Scabbacombe Head saw a calling Yellow-browed Warbler at 10.50am in the small woods on the lower coastal path towards Scabbacombe beach.


Posted October 17th, 2013 at 2:58 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime in the hide today - I picked up the Marsh Harrier over the reeds at the right hand edge of the reserve at about 12.30. It slowly gained height until it was a tiny speck in the sky, soaring almost Buzzard-like in the clouds and was lost from sight over the hide. Otherwise very quiet over a low tide.

Posted October 17th, 2013 at 2:08 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Froward Point and Old Mill Bay

08:10-12:00. Pretty much all the action in Old Mill Bay as the point was a bit blown out this morning. 1 very vocal Yellow-browed Warbler in the Sycamores at the bottom of the valley, eventually seen just before 9:00am but still calling at 10:53am. Also 1 Firecrest, 20+ Goldcrest, 10+ Chiffchaff, 1 Whitethroat, 10+ Blackcap, and male Merlin over. Just east of Eastern Black Rock a feeding frenzy around three fishing boats comprised c. 500 gulls, including 200+ Kittiwake, 2+ Balearic Shearwater and a Pom/Arctic Skua.

Posted October 17th, 2013 at 12:54 pm in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

A leisurely stroll around the southern part of the marsh mid morning revealed 1 wheatear at Turf but no other obvious migrants apart from 5 skylarks high over west. On the lagoon the only ducks were 3 tufted and 2 gadwall, also there 3 little grebe and 5 coot. Elsewhere on the wet flashes there were plenty of teal (c60 on the pool nearest the canal car park). As for waders nothing more exciting than 1 black-tailed godwit, 5 lapwing and 2 curlew. Amongst the large number of Canada geese were 1 barnacle and 5 greylag geese.

Posted October 17th, 2013 at 12:32 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Around the Axe

Marsh Harrier on Colyford Marsh this morning (first seen yesterday evening) and Spotted Redshank still.  Also two Green Sands on Black Hole Marsh.

Axe Cliff this morning showed very little vis mig, but first Ring Ouzel of autumn for me with 10+ Song Thrush and a Redwing.

Yesterday sea watching showed two Arctic Skuas, a Balearic Shearwater and 7 Brent Geese. On the Estuary a near adult Yellow-legged Gull and two more Brent Geese.

Posted October 17th, 2013 at 12:08 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Sth Milton Sands

from Wed eve 16/10

Med Gull, YLG, also Common Gull on the beach.  Arctic Skua Dk/ph Sth.




Posted October 17th, 2013 at 12:45 am by Alan Doidge in Bird News

Wednesday 16th October 2013

Wrafton

As usual in North Devon, not terribly exciting - on the pond early afternoon, 5 Shoveler, 4 Wigeon and a Tufted Duck. A large Tit flock in the reserve seemd to be mostly Great Tits! I've seen Dipper, Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail in the river leading to the reserve in recent days.

Posted October 16th, 2013 at 9:35 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - 1545 - 1730 - late whiz round again -1 white-fronted goose in the top fields (an Orcombe Point tick for me) was a very pleasant surprise. Also 2 snipe, c200+ linnet, 5 alba wagtail, 2 grey wagtail, 1 stonechat, 1 firecrest, 1 goldcrest and 2 chiffchaff.

white-fronted goose - age uncertain
white-fronted goose - age uncertain

jackdaw - pale collared bird?
jackdaw - pale collared bird?

Posted October 16th, 2013 at 7:15 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Around the exe

A look around dawlish warren this morning was very poor with only 5 redwing, 1 mistle thrush a couple of song thrush and a few skylark and meadow pipits what a difference a few miles make with all the fun being had at berry head. 

A few hours later and another good afternoon on Bowling green marsh from the hide with a Pectoral sandpiper showing well for 20 minutes from 15:15 before flying off towards exminster marshes were it was refound by Dave stone. The marsh harrier showed again briefley flying over towards darts farm, also 2 ruff, 3 spotted redshanks, 1 curlew sandpiper, 200+ dunlin, 20+ knot, 22 avocet, 2 whimbrel, good numbers of black tailed godwits, bar tailed godwits, redshank, 28+ lapwing, 12+ grey plover, 1 tufted duck, 1 pheasant, 4 shoveler. 

Posted October 16th, 2013 at 7:14 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Shoalstone Beach, Brixham

Before the weather cleared and prior to the fun at Berry head this morning, myself and Bill Mac seawatched from the shelter 0845hrs - 0945hrs. 4 dark phase Arctic Skua, 3 Great Skua, all close in. 2 Balearic Shearwaters a bit further out along with a Harbour Porpoise. 

Posted October 16th, 2013 at 4:56 pm by Josh Marshall in Bird News

Berry Hd

What an incredible few hours arriving on site - I had just started to log hundreds of mostly Redwing but also many Song Thrush passing overhead when my telephone rang (just as 3 Ring Ouzel plummeted out of the sky and landed in asome blackthorn next to the Cafe), Josh was ringing to say he and BMc had just found a  Great Grey Shrike at the lighthouse, I arrived just in time to have a good look before it flew off low - not to be seen again! Totals were: 6,000+ Redwing, 220+ Song Thrush, 6 Ring Ouzel, 7 Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush, 15 House Martin, 5 Swallows, 9 Skylark, 30 Meadow Pipits, 4 'alba' Wagtails. Around the rest of the headland: 2 Merlin, 6 Chiffchaff (including one non calling tristis type), 4 Goldcrest, 4 Stonechat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Blackcap.

The count of Redwing is very conservative there could have been up to 10,000 the large flocks were in 'layers' not only above the headland but also to the North and South as well.   

Posted October 16th, 2013 at 2:16 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Topsham Recreation Ground

Between 11:00 to 11:30ish the Marsh Harrier was hunting over the reedbeds, last seen drifting south west over Exminster Marshes. Some very dodgy photos (below) at least allow it to be aged as a juvenile. Also an adult Peregrine overhead giving the gulls a nervous morning.

Marsh Harrier juvenile - Topsham 16/10/2013
Marsh Harrier juvenile - Topsham 16/10/2013

Marsh Harrier juvenile - Topsham 16/10/2013
Marsh Harrier juvenile - Topsham 16/10/2013

Posted October 16th, 2013 at 1:24 pm by Tim Worfolk in Bird News

Berry Head

Live post on site. Just located a Great Grey Shrike at the point in bushes near to Lighthouse. Also masses of thrushes going over.

Posted October 16th, 2013 at 10:20 am by Josh Marshall in Bird News

Tuesday 15th October 2013

Marsh Harrier

As reported by Keith earlier there was a Marsh Harrier at Bowling Green this morning, frustratingly it was at the back but did eventually, after 50 minutes or so, fly up and over the hide, Here's two record shots just as it took to the air.

Just a record unfortunately.
Just a record unfortunately.

Again a record shot.
Again a record shot.

Posted October 15th, 2013 at 9:02 pm by Charlie Fleming in Bird News

Prawle

A Firecrest was in the car park at lunchtime, at1300 Heather Woodland and Martin Unwin saw the Wryneck on the coast path towards Gammon Head near where Pat saw it yesterday. It was looked for through the afternoon without further sightings but a Ring Ouzel and Wheatear were in the same area.

Posted October 15th, 2013 at 8:46 pm in Bird News

R.Caen > Fishermens Huts

One juv Wheatear on the salting by the R.Caen & a further 3 on the fence posts alongside the footpath to the Fishermens huts.

1 Peregrine swooping in at the high tide roost.


Posted October 15th, 2013 at 6:42 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Teignmouth: Back Beach

Bonaparte's gull feeding off the fish quay at 17:10.

Posted October 15th, 2013 at 6:36 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched around topsham from 09:00 till 16:00

the highlight was the finding of the female marsh harrier again this morning just after 10:15 on  the edge of the reeds on the far side from the hide showing very well for at least 50 minutes. 

A grey seal was off the goat walk around lunch time. 

The high tide roost at bowling green marsh was cut short due to the contractor for the RSPB cutting the grass which caused havoc to the many  birds that had come in I  thought high tide roosts were not ment to be disturbed ??? . So no accurate counts could be done, birds seen included 1 curlew sandpiper among 200+ dunlin, 2 spotted redshanks(juvs), 1 golden plover, 18+ grey plover, 1 juv ruff(f), 35+ bar tailed godwits, excellent numbers of black tailed godwits, curlew and redshank, 7 avocet, 1 oystercatcher, 20+ knot, still good numbers of teal and 18+ little egrets, 2 Cetti's warblers. 

 

Posted October 15th, 2013 at 6:18 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

East to West Soar & Southdown Farm

A ring-ouzel free zone but a 6 hour day was saved by finding a new Yellow-browed Warbler in the valley scrub below Cathole Point and a Merlin hunting Soar Mill Valley. Good numbers of commoner species included 3 Sparrowhawk, 5 Kestrel, 16 Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 355 Skylark - many moving east & many grounded, 40 Swallow, 193 Meadow Pipit - mostly moving east, 34 Robin, 2 Whinchat, 7 Blackcap, 38 Chiffchaff, 8 Goldcrest, 9 Long-tailed Tit, 23 Magpie, 114 Carrion Crow, 54 Goldfinch, 240 Linnet & 27 Cirl Bunting inc. a loose flock of 25.

Also 4 Fallow Deer included 2 mature stags ( one ran off ), 56 Red Admiral & a Wall Brown. 

Posted October 15th, 2013 at 5:22 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Berry Hd

0730-0930hrs: overhead migration interesting through variety rather than sheer numbers.. 2 Ring Ouzel, 2 Fieldfare, 16 Redwing, 4 Song Thrush, 3 Crossbill, 2 Lesser Redpoll (both landed at one stage), 6 Siskin, 4 House Sparrows, 19 Chaffinch, 43 Goldfinch, 9 Linnet, 3 Greenfinch, 1 Reed Bunting, 27 Skylark, 51 Meadow Pipit, 25 'alba' Wagtails, 2 Grey Wagtail.

Very quiet around headland otherwise: 300+ Guillemots now on cliffs, 4 Chiffchaff,7 Goldcrest, 1 Blackcap, 1 Stonechat. ( Below: Poor picture of the Lesser Redpoll!) 

Lesser Redpoll Berry Hd 15 Oct 2013 ML

Posted October 15th, 2013 at 3:42 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Mudbank Lane, Exmouth

A female-type Marsh Harrier flew south close in to Mudbank Lane at 1340hrs, before gaining height and drifting higher over towards Cockwood.  

Posted October 15th, 2013 at 2:36 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Froward Point

08:00-10:45. 1 (silent) Yellow-browed Warbler in the bushes just west of the buildings at the point briefly at 8:40 this morning, along with a handful of Goldcrests and Chiffchaffs. Little else of note.

Posted October 15th, 2013 at 12:20 pm in Bird News

Monday 14th October 2013

South Milton Ley

Message from Bob Burridge to say he flushed the Corncrake again ( last seen 6th Oct ) at 17:00 today.

Posted October 14th, 2013 at 7:20 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Scabbacombe

At least 12 wheatears in a freshly tilled field above the cliffs this afternoon with large numbers of Martins hawking over the coatal fringe as well. Large Linnet flock at the Scabbacombe Carpark with 8 skylark'

Posted October 14th, 2013 at 7:15 pm by Tim Clyburn in Bird News

Soar

08:30-17:00, Furzedown/Warren/BHead/S'hole/ESoaretc

Overnight rain eased by mid morning, Cloudy day, M NW wind.

2 Merlin ( 1 attacking Skylark mid Soar joined by a Kestrel ), Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Short-eared Owl ( fairly new but headless body picked up on airfield ), Grey Wagtail, 9 Wheatear, 15 Ring Ouzel ( 6 on undercliff south end of Warren, 9 Starehole Valley ), 16 Blackcap, Garden Warbler, 24 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest and 6 Siskin. Bumped into Alan Doidge who saw a living Short-eared Owl at mid Soar late afternoon.

Posted October 14th, 2013 at 7:12 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Around topsham

watched from 09:00 till 17:00

The star bird of the day was a female marsh harrier twice this afternoon over the marsh at 13:40 and then again at 16:14 causing havoc amongst the roosting waders giving fantastic views and my first on the marsh. 

5+ curlew sandpipers among 170+ dunlin, 23+ knot, 3 juv spotted redshanks, 3 juv ruff(2m,1f), 900+ black tailed godwits, 70+ bar tailed godwits, 12+ avocet including one coloured ringed will send of details, 1 golden plover, 20+ grey plover, 1 whimbrel, among 400+ curlew, 22+ little egrets, 240+ redshanks, 6+ greenshanks, 1 pintail, 4 shoveler, 85+ wigeon, 115+ teal, 26+ long tailed tits, 5+ water rail ( 2 from hide, 3 from viewing platform), 3 Cetti's warblers , 10+ goldcrests , 6+ chiffchaffs, 2 nuthatch and my first mistle thrush of the autumn, 1 jay, 2 great spotted woodpecker, 1 green woodpecker. 

From the viewing platform this morning 26+ grey plover.

from the goat walk this morning 527+ dunlin, 1 grey wagtail and 1 common sandpiper this afternoon. 

Another good day around the marsh. 

 

Posted October 14th, 2013 at 7:06 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Muddlebridge

George Mudford sent me these 2 photos of Snipe to post on the blog.



Posted October 14th, 2013 at 3:48 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Teign Estuary

Teignmouth 07:45-08:30: The adult Bonaparte's Gull was showing well again on groynes north of the pier. Also two Lesser Black-backed Gulls and a Grey Seal in the estuary mouth.

The Ness to Bundle Head 08:45-11:00: 2 Firecrest (The Ness), 7 Goldcrest, 9 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 5 Song Thrush, 30 Swallow, c10 Meadow Pipit, 8 Skylark, 2 Siskin

Fields/pond south of Bishopsteignton 11:15-12:30: 4 Teal, 15 Little Egret, 30+ Meadow Pipit, 9 Skylark, 2 Blackcap, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Reed Bunting

Passage House 14:30-15:00: 4 Greenshank, 6 Swallow, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Kingfisher

Posted October 14th, 2013 at 3:24 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Berry Hd

0730-0945Hrs: 1 (new) Yellow-browed Warbler moving up the road into the quarry before being lost then (presumably the same bird) with a tit flock in the quarry 1hr later only seen briefly on both occasions. Also around site 30+ Chiffchaffs, 7 Goldcrests, 8 Blackcaps, 1 Wheatear, 1 Coal Tit, 3 Stonechat.

Flying over: 1 Tree Pipit, 29 Meadow Pipits, 6 'alba' Wagtails, 2 Grey Wagtails, 9 Song Thrush,  5 Chaffinch, 11 Skylark, 8 Swallows, 7 Siskin, 7 Linnet, 2 Greenfinch & 1 Merlin. 

ML,BMc,JL, DMN

Posted October 14th, 2013 at 1:13 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

R.Taw. Pottington to Ashford Strand.

11:05

Lapwing 18; Bar-tailed Godwit 7; c70 Dunlin; Little Stint 2 juveniles; Black-tailed Godwit 3; Golden Plover 22 off Penhill; Little Egret 9 at Ashford Strand and still at least 36 Pintail at Bassett's Ridge.

Posted October 14th, 2013 at 12:27 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Chelston - Torquay

A Redstart in the garden at 8am this morning.

Posted October 14th, 2013 at 9:02 am by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Sunday 13th October 2013

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 08:45 till 15:15

Spent the day between the hide and the viewing platform and helped out with the WEBS count, day started with a nice nuthatch showing well on the walk down to the marsh and adult sparrowhawk attacked the birds around the feeders at the hide but failed 2 chiffchaff in hedges, from the viewing platform 4 juv curlew sandpiper with 15+ snipe ,70+ skylark and a possible woodlark all over going north east and 12+ redwing over. Started WEBS count at tremletts only birds of note 12+ meadow pipits , on walk down to hide at bowling green marsh my first 3 goldcrests of the autumn. 

From the hide 11:50 till 12:50, 3 of the curlew sandpipers came in with 80+ dunlin, 3 spotted redshanks, 24+ knot, 600+ black tailed godwits, 226+ teal , 80+ wigeon, 3 shoveler, 1 pintail, 10+ lapwing, 12+ greenshanks, 18+ bar tailed godwits, 23+ little egrets, the first golden plover of the autumn was a nice find. 

Another look at the viewing platform 12:55 till 13:40

11 avocet, 16+ grey plover, 32+ bar tailed godwits, 77+ dunlin, 2 oystercatcher, with more redshank and black tailed godwits 

Finished with quick look back at the hide only additional bird was a second golden plover. 

 

Posted October 13th, 2013 at 9:22 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Duck Pond & Mudbank Exmouth

11:30 high water Saturday morning

3000+ Wigeon

50+ Pintail

1000+ Brent Geese

A real Autumn site worth a visit...

Posted October 13th, 2013 at 8:38 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Prawle Sightings

Highlight today was a Short-Eared Owl that flew over the hump and then out to sea west at 9.25am.Otherwise ,as Perry indicated, far fewer birds migrating overhead though 2 Reed Buntings dropping into a hedge on the hump was a pleasant surprise. 

Other recent visits : on 7 Oct seawatch produced 16 Balearic Shearwaters west , 2 Bonxies and 1 Pom Skua plus I caught up with 'Pat's' Firecrest briefly. 

On 9 October with Pat viz mig saw in addition (minimum ): 320 meadow pipits,240 Alba Wags (mainly pied),94 Skylarks. Also 1 Firecrest, 1 Yellow wagtail,7 Wheatear, 1 GS Woodpecker and my first 3 Long Tailed Tits this autumn.

Photo of the Firecrest to follow ( as best I've taken to date)

 

Posted October 13th, 2013 at 8:37 pm in Bird News

Start Point to Maelcombe house

2 Yellow-browed Warblers (Perry's bird at Start Farm) and another 200m East of Maelcombe House in a sycamore copse beside coastal footpath with 8-10 Chiffchaff 2 Blackcap & 4 Goldcrest.

Betwwen Start and Lannacombe 180+ Swallows, 13 Chiffchaff, 8 Goldcrest, 11 Stonechat. 

 

Posted October 13th, 2013 at 7:46 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Isley Marsh

Had a call from Malcolm Shakespeare who had a Rose-Coloured Starling (juvenile) at Isley Marsh at 14.00 today and a Marsh Harrier yesterday

Posted October 13th, 2013 at 5:30 pm by David & Gillian Churchill in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

A totally miserable cold and wet morning. 4 Wheatears still, 18 Golden Plover going west, 2 Snipe, 40+ Meadow Pipits and 15 Stock Doves. Winter thrushes noticeable by their absence, despite good numbers elsewhere.

Posted October 13th, 2013 at 5:04 pm in Bird News

Beesands

Just done the October WeBS count for Beesands Ley, Grey Heron, 67 Canada Geese, 3 Mallard and 3 Moorhen. Not looking good for the coming winter.

Posted October 13th, 2013 at 4:34 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Berry Head

Berry Head this morning with Bob Bailey. 

3 sparrowhawks, merlin, 1 great-spotted woodpecker, 25+ swallows, 1 house martin, 32 skylarks, 2 siskin, 9 chaffinch, 2 bullfinch, a flock of about 20 goldfinches, 10 'alba' wagtails, 1 grey wagtail, 6 redwing, 2 fieldfares, 1 fly over ring ouzel, 6 goldcrest and about 10 chiffchaff. 

Posted October 13th, 2013 at 3:50 pm by Jacob Wood in Bird News

Plymouth area

Took a walk around Staddon Heights in very mild and calm conditions. Good number of Song Thrushes (21) but otherwise little of note; 6 Siskins over, just 2 Blackcaps and 1 Chiffchaff, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Goldcrests and a glimpse of a Stoat.

Better luck at the Plym and Saltram with a male Ring Ouzel which flew from bushes by the Ride towards Chelson Meadow (I couldn't relocate it) - a long-awaited Plymouth tick for me! On the pool, Little Egrets stable at 16, and 3 Bar-tailed Godwits lingering but only 40 Curlews. The Redshanks (95) on the estuary wall were joined by slight increases in Dunlins (8) and Greenshanks (5). Also a Wheater, 3+ Goldcrests and a Harris Hawk x Buzzard hybrid.  

Posted October 13th, 2013 at 2:55 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Start Point

07:00-09:30. Grey, cloudy morning, mod N-NE wind.

No decent visible migration to speak of, few hirundines through and maybe a dozen Siskins. Couple of Redwings calling around the car park first light. Elsewhere couple Chiffchaffs at the light. Around the farm were a couple Blackcaps, 10 Chiffchaffs and the mornings highlight, a Yellow-browed Warbler around the farm entrance for a few minutes, showed well but did not call.

Posted October 13th, 2013 at 12:01 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Saturday 12th October 2013

Prawle

Seawatching today produced singles of Balearic Shearwater, Puffin and Great Skua, 8 Pintail, 10 Common Scoter, 3 Med Gulls, 3 Common Gulls, 312 Gannets and 174 Razorbill/Guillemot. Also 4 Geese arrived from the south, before turning west. Later, what I presume were 2 of the same passed east. All the while they were very distant, and in bright light, and I can do no better than 'goose sp'. Also 1 Merlin in off the sea, and a Wheatear present.

Recent news (highlights); 11/10. Jack Snipe, in off the sea, Grey Plover, Merlin, 54 Redwing, 9 Siskin, Reed Bunting.   10/10. Jack Snipe, in off the sea, 5 Barnacle Geese (west past the point), Wryneck (Gammon Head), 11 Wheatear, 2 Reed Bunting, 58 Blackcap.   9/10. Merlin, 230 Swallow, Garden Warbler, 45 Chiffchaff, Firecrest, 23 Siskin.   7/10. Hobby, Common Sandpiper, Whinchat, Reed Warbler, 46 Chiffchaff, 13 Goldcrest, Firecrest.

Posted October 12th, 2013 at 9:21 pm by Pat Mayer in Bird News

Topsham

Marsh harrier over reed beds north of recreational playing fields at 8am. Female / imm

Posted October 12th, 2013 at 9:00 pm by Martin Elcoatem in Bird News

Dartmoor

 On a cold, damp, misty morning there were lots of Redwings - 80 at Two Bridges, 120+ at Burrator and small flocks elsewhere.  Several Goldcrests at both sites, a lonely Green Woodpecker far out on the moor and 40 Golden Plover in flight near Princetown.

Posted October 12th, 2013 at 6:25 pm in Bird News

Topsham

Watched from 09:00 till 15:30

a quiet morning with nothing of note in the hedges around bowling green marsh, so watched from the hide 10:30 till 14:00, still 3 juv curlew sandpipers in with 76+ dunlin, my highest count of the autumn for black tailed godwits an impressive 1047+, 36+ bar tailed godwits, 20 avocets, 6 greenshanks, 2 snipe, 14+ knot, 12+ grey plover, an increase in teal numbers to 317+, 145+ wigeon, 2 shoveler, 1 pintail(f) briefley, 1 female juv ruff, 1 jay, 1 kingfisher, 18+ little egret, 2 grey heron,1 1st winter common gull. 

From the viewing platform 14:05 till 15:00 

another avocet joined the 20 from the marsh, 1 adult Mediterranean gull, 3 common gull, 2 chiffchaffs. 

Posted October 12th, 2013 at 6:21 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - very cold and unpleasant this morning but much more settled late this afternoon - c50+ linnet, 20+ alba wagtail, 1 snipe, 2+ grey wagtail, 1 late yellow wagtail, 1 mistle thrush and 1 goldcrest.

Mudbank - c60+ dunlin, c10+ ringed plover, 6+ bar-tailed godwit, 2 grey plover, 14+ turnstone, 1 black-tailed godwit, 1 sanderling and 18 redshank. Also 2 pale-bellied brent goose amongst huge numbers of wildfowl.

Woodbury Common - an afternoon walk with the dog was uncharacteristically productive with 5+ ring ouzel (almost certainly 6), 1+ lesser redpoll, c10+ meadow pipit, 3+ reed bunting, 1 goldcrest and 1 grey wagtail.

ring ouzel - there were 5 in this birch seconds earlier!
ring ouzel - there were 5 in this birch seconds earlier!

Posted October 12th, 2013 at 6:19 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Erme Estuary

Afternoon walk after rain had clear and wind had dropped. 50+ Swallows and 10 House Martins is all I could muster. 

Posted October 12th, 2013 at 5:21 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Start Point

07.00 to 15.00. Blown out at the light and farm first thing but Mattiscombe sheltered. Heavy shower late morning then the wind gradually dropped and the sun started to emerge: Merlin (fem. seen 4x hunting the area), Common Snipe (2), Commic Tern (3 NE early on), Swallow (2), Wheatear (1 juv.), Fieldfare (1), Redwing (14), Grasshopper Warbler (1 v. elusive above Mattiscombe Beach took me 40 minutes to nail), Blackcap (2), Chiffchaff (30+), Goldcrest (12), Firecrest (1 at N. end of farm at 14.00), Siskin (3) 

Posted October 12th, 2013 at 4:42 pm by Steve Young in Bird News

Soar

Battled against strong NE wind then heavy rain before finer conditions, with very little to show for it.

First Redwings of my autumn (3), 4 Song Thrushes, 16 Chiffchaffs, 2 Snipe, Siskin, 3 Blackcaps, 7 Goldcrests, Wheatear, c35 Swallows and a party of c15 House Martins battling their way east. 

Posted October 12th, 2013 at 3:34 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Berry Hd

Top of headland 'blown out' today even overhead migration minimal but I did see my first Redwings of the autumn on site - 17 in three flocks also 12 Song Thrush overhead. In more sheltered areas (not many!) 1 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff and 6 more Song Thrush there seemed to be good numbers of Robins around today too.

First returning Guillemots back on cliffs this morning a couple of small groups totalling 27. 

Posted October 12th, 2013 at 11:38 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Friday 11th October 2013

Berrynarbor

200 - 300 Redwing flying over Berrynarbor  and 100 flying over the fields above Hele, nr Ilfracombe this morning.  More than 200 flying over the garden again this afternoon.

Posted October 11th, 2013 at 8:34 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Soar

08:30-17:00; Furzedown/ SM Cove/ Warren/ E.Soar/ Starehole/ Bolt Head and back.

Tough going in a fresh N - NE  wind but there was shelter in some parts of Starehole and Soar Mill but few birds. Visibility was outstanding at times and mid afternoon could easily make out The Lizard way beyond Dodman Point from the Warren.

Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Collared Dove, 28 Swallow, 62 House Martin, 6 Wheatear, 6 Redwing, 7 Blackcap, 14 Chiffchaff, 12 Goldcrest and 3 Siskin.

Posted October 11th, 2013 at 7:06 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Fieldfares

Woolfardisworthy. 

16.15 Flock of 40+ fieldfares over village

Posted October 11th, 2013 at 4:29 pm by John heath in Bird News

Redwing

Saw my first flock of the autumn on the main road near Simonsbath on Exmoor today .

Posted October 11th, 2013 at 3:27 pm by Tim Clyburn in Bird News

Thursday 10th October 2013

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 07:45 till 11:30

A drop in numbers over night but still a good morning, 3 spotted redshanks, with only 7 greenshanks, 3 juv curlew sandpipers, 25+ knot, 4 juv ruff, 1 whimbrel, 1 turnstone, 600+ black tailed godwits, 40+ bar tailed godwits, 2 pintail, still good numbers of wigeon and teal, 2 shoveler, 1 green sandpiper, 5 avocet, steady passage of meadow pipits and skylarks with a few swallows. A quick look from the viewing platform first thing produced 14 grey plover, 2 water rail, and the first Siskin and redpoll flying over of the autumn. 

Posted October 10th, 2013 at 7:44 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime visit to the hide produced 2 Spotted Redshanks and 4 Avocet as the highlights. A brief visit to the platform saw 2 Curlew Sandpipers until about 1.40.

Posted October 10th, 2013 at 2:02 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Start Point

0730 - 1100 Hard work at times in the wind, unable to hear many birds passing high overhead so plenty went unidentified.

Good numbers of migrants around the farm. HIghlight was a Firecrest, also 3 Goldcrest, 40+ Chiff Chaff, 15+ Blackcap, 2 Song Thrush.

Quiet around the Point, another Chiff Chaff, 2 Wheatears, 3 Robins and Stone Chat. The Tamarisks were blown out and only held a Dunnock, a Wren and a Great Tit.

Constant overhead stream of Meadow Pipits (1000+) and at least 1 Tree Pipit, Alba Wagtails (200+) and Swallows (300+). Hundreds of grounded Meadow Pipits and Alba Wags all over the Point and fields around the farm.

Plenty of butterflies in the sheltered sunny spots. 2 Clouded Yellow, 7 Small Copper, 3 Wall Brown and 40+ Red Admiral.

Posted October 10th, 2013 at 12:07 pm by Richard Berridge in Bird News

Wednesday 9th October 2013

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 07:35 till 11:50

The 4 spotted redshank showed well among 47+ greenshanks, 4 curlew sandpiper, 23+ knot, 100+ dunlin, 53+ bar tailed godwits, 1 ruff (juv m), 3+ whimbrel, 340+ curlew, 850+ bar tailed godwits, 350+ wigeon teal numbers fallen to 150+, 38+ little egrets, 1 pintail.

a quick look from the viewing platform produced 3 ruff( 2m, 1f juvs) and 13+ grey plover 

 

Posted October 9th, 2013 at 7:25 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Hobby hunting over the lagoon at 4.20pm, watched for around 10 minutes until it flew down the canal and across the River Exe towards Topsham

Posted October 9th, 2013 at 6:47 pm by Tony Dudley-Clarke in Bird News

Late news of two "megas" from Lundy...

In the last few minutes I have just learnt of two mega-rarities (in Devon terms) that were trapped, ringed and photographed on Lundy recently: a Booted Warbler on 1st and a Blyth's Reed Warbler on 3rd (followed by Wryneck on 4th and Common Rosefinches on 4th & 5th)!! I believe that the Blyth's Reed Warbler is a first for Devon, if accepted. Both the Blyth's Reed and the Booted would certainly be firsts for Lundy. More information and photos to follow in due course I hope.

Posted October 9th, 2013 at 5:34 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Soar

Out from 0745 with Steve Cox - East Soar in the morning and Bolberry in the afternoon. Fine conditions early on.

The obligatory Yellow-browed Warblers - one called about a dozen times in the copse but didn't reveal itself and the other with a small flock of Chiffchaffs in Tor wood.

Still quite good numbers of Chiffchaffs (50) and Blackcaps (46 - all but 1 on east side). A Merlin perched in the copse and ringtail Hen Harrier over Bolberry. Also: Alba Wagtail 60+ (appeared to be all Pieds); Meadow Pipit 110+; Whitethroat 2; Wheatear 5; Swallow c15; Siskin 5; Whinchat 3; and a Hare.

Posted October 9th, 2013 at 5:08 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Turf

Two Hobbies (a juv and later an adult) in early afternoon. Also at least 3 Wheatears.

Posted October 9th, 2013 at 5:01 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Distinct change in the weather with a strong northerly wind bringing the temperature way down. Little of note other than 6 Wheatears and the first Lapwings of the autumn, 3 birds.

Posted October 9th, 2013 at 3:18 pm in Bird News

R.Caen, Horsey Island, Braunton Marshes

I have noticed a big difference in the behaviour of waders,wildfowl & gulls in these areas since the shooting season started. The birds are very nervous indeed, easily disturbed even at distance, & terrified of man because they think they are going to be shot at.

I do wish this barbaric activity was outlawed once & for all.

Posted October 9th, 2013 at 12:50 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Tuesday 8th October 2013

Soar

A very enjoyable couple of hours birding with Josh Marshall around Soar 9.30 - 2.00pm.

Hundreds of Skylark and Meadow Pipits in the fields surrounding the carpark, circling birds made any accurate count impossible, also 10 Wheatear, 3 Whinchat, Cirl Bunting and 4 House Sparrow.

In the meadow behind the farm numerous feeding alba wagtail 60+, in Starehole Valley 10 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest and 4 Stock Dove overhead. Also around the site GS Woodpecker, 4 Swallow, 14 Stonechat, 4 Kestrel, Merlin, 2 Sparrowhawk, Raven & Buzzard.

Small flocks of finches included 6 Chaffinch, 30+ Goldfinch, 4 Greenfinch, 2 Bullfinch, 3 Yellowhammer, 60+ Linnet. Also 24 Starling, Green Woodpecker and of course Yellow-browed Warbler still in the sycamores adjacent to "The Olde Cottage" in the lane down towards the hotel.

Posted October 8th, 2013 at 7:43 pm by Bill Macdonald in Bird News

Aveton Gifford

As astonishing 2200 Herring Gulls at mid pm roost!

Posted October 8th, 2013 at 5:09 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Brief visit to the platform this lunchtime until about 1.40. 3 Curlew Sandpipers showing well.

Posted October 8th, 2013 at 2:02 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Monday 7th October 2013

Devils Point, Plymouth

A post work visit this evening intended to see how many Black headed Gulls were heading to the roost up The Tamar. Very few as it turned out with numbers stopping just shy of one hundred.

However, seventeen Sandwich Terns and eight Med Gulls (six adults, and one each of first and second winter) saved the situation.

Posted October 7th, 2013 at 8:55 pm by Roy McCarthy in Bird News

Topsham Recreation Ground

Same time (c.13:00-14:00) as Keith's visit but I moved a little further up river. Greenshank (4), Spotted Redshank (1), Common Sand (2), sinensis Cormorant (at least one of the regular 2cy birds), Med Gull (1 ad). Surprise of the afternoon was calling Woodlark, at least 2 flying north - clearly not a breeding site so I presume OK to mention this? If not please delete...

Posted October 7th, 2013 at 7:30 pm by Tim Worfolk in Bird News

Soar

08:30 - 17:00; Furzedown/E.Soar/ Starehole / Warren / Soar Mill Cove/ Hgr. Soar.

Like Rob alluded, a bit like the day after the Lord Mayors show, thick fog not helping.

Merlin ( almost flew into me at Furzedown ), Ringed Plover ( calling Warren ), Green Woodpecker, 2 Collared Dove ( Hgr. Soar ), Whinchat , 6 Wheatear, 9 Blackcap, 41 Chiffchaff ( 30 Starehole am ),Yellow-browed Warbler ( in the sycamore and Japanese Knotweed outside ' The Olde Cottage' near top of hotel road - same as the Plymouth Massive had yesterday ) and 6 Goldcrest.

Posted October 7th, 2013 at 7:11 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Early evening visit to the Higher Ley: no less than 5 Hobbies (including 4 together over Strete Gate) plenty of dragonflies around for them, a few Sedge Warblers still in the reeds, otherwise quiet.

Posted October 7th, 2013 at 7:09 pm by David Cope in Bird News

Topsham

Bowling green marsh 07:30 till 11:20

1 Curlew sandpiper, 10+ knot, 2 juv spotted redshank, 12+ greenshanks, 350+ teal, 150+ wigeon, 3 pintail, 53+ bar tailed godwits, 550+ black tailed godwits, 3 avocet, 4+ whimbrel, 12+ dunlin, 120+ redshanks, 2 snipe 15+ chiffchaffs, 3 Cetti's warblers.

from the viewing platform 1 grey plover, from the goatwalk 1 grey wagtail.

then went to topsham recreation ground, 2 water rail showed well, 1 snipe, 3 greenshanks, 4 chiffchaffs.

Posted October 7th, 2013 at 6:54 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

East Soar

An evident mass clear-out overnight produced a disappointing afternoon tally of Water Rail at the wetland below the farm ( a patch tick ),120 Skylark, 20 Meadow Pipit, 20 Robin, one Blackcap, 13 Chiffchaff & 3 Goldcrest. Another observer reported a Lesser Whitethroat.

Posted October 7th, 2013 at 5:06 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - 9+ chiffchaff, 2 goldcrest, 1 turtle dove still, 1 stonechat, 1 snipe, 1 jay, 2 great spotted woodpecker, 1 hobby and 1+ coal tit this afternoon. The highlight by far though was my first ever crimson speckled - an immigrant moth from north Africa and one that I've been dying to see - a truly brilliant looking insect!

crimson speckled
crimson speckled

Posted October 7th, 2013 at 4:27 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Berry Hd

0715-0930hrs: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Firecrest, 2 Goldcrest, 37 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 1 Wheatear, 3 Stonechat,

Overhead: 7 Siskin, 6 Chaffinch, 21 Linnet, 30+ Goldfinch, 11 'alba' wagtails, 20 Meadow Pipits, 3 Rook. 

Photos of today's Yellow-browed Warbler and Firecrest 

Firecrest Berry Hd 7 oct 13 ML  Yellow-browed Warbler Berry Hd 7 Oct 13 ML

Posted October 7th, 2013 at 11:17 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sunday 6th October 2013

SOAR

a few pic's of the 1w RB Fly and one of the 5 YB Warblers around Soar this weekend with 'vintage' numbers of other migrants. 




Posted October 6th, 2013 at 10:37 pm by Alan Doidge in Bird News

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - 90+ alba wagtail west, also 1 yellow wagtail, 1 grey wagtail, c200+ meadow pipit, 1+ tree pipit, c50/100+ goldfinch, c200+ linnet, c30+ starling, 1+ reed bunting, 6+ siskin, 13+ chaffinch, 1 great spotted woodpecker high east, 3+ coal tit, 1 mistle thrush (first of autumn), 1 willow warbler, 25+ chiffchaff, 9+ blackcap, 1 golden plover, the lingering turtle dove, 1 hobby, 1 goldcrest, 1 2w mediterranean gull and a great northern diver that came in high from the east and headed over the Warren not long after dawn. 8 species of butterfly included numerous red admiral, 2 clouded yellow and a single painted lady.

turtle dove - settled for the time being in the top fields
turtle dove - settled for the time being in the top fields

willow warbler
willow warbler

hobby
hobby

Posted October 6th, 2013 at 6:43 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

 Corncrake flushed again at S M Ley , despite several hours of searching it could not be relocated , 12 Song Thrush and a Redpoll also seen

At South Huish Marsh - Merlin, juv Ruff, 30 + Teal, 3 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 15 Chiffchaff , 1 Goldcrest, 5 Redwing repoted by visitors

2 Sandwich Tern on the rocks On the beach 1 Bat Tailed Godwit and a Ringed Plover 

T'stone Marsh 30 Teal, 5 Wigeon, 18 Snipe

Posted October 6th, 2013 at 6:34 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Kingswear (Coleton Camp, Scabbacombe Head & Froward Point)

Afternoon walk along the coast path in glorious warm sunshine, 3 Wheatear, 9 Skylark, 3 alba Wagtail, 6 Linnet, 7 Stonechat, Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, 9 Chiffchaff and an obliging Firecrest

Posted October 6th, 2013 at 5:20 pm by Bill Macdonald in Bird News

East Soar

Following on from my post earlier, Pete Aley and I went down to East Soar Farm and onto Starehole Valley. We saw Roger's Yellow-Browed Warbler in the Copse by East Soar Farm as we past. We then went on to see the 1st wint Red-breasted Flyctacher and a third Yellow-browed Warbler in Storehole Valley. Eric and Alan had also seen Pete's Yellow-browed Warbler from yesterday in the pines/wood today, making a total of FOUR in the Soar area today. Added to this one Eric saw in Tor Wood yesterday makes FIVE over the weekend.

There had been a good number of Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps in the East Soar area today though we didn't see so many being there after lunch only, so the numbers in brackets are conservative. We saw 20 Blackcaps (84 for day), 28 Chiffchaff (88 for day), 8 Wheatear (11 for day), 2 Whinchat, 6 Goldcrest (9 for day).

Also Clouded Yellow (2), Comma, Peacock, Small Copper (2).

Posted October 6th, 2013 at 5:20 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

East Soar

Cracking day highlighted by Red-breasted Flycatcher showing on & off in Starehole plus 3 maybe 4 Yellow-browed Warblers around the farm and in Starehole. Also Merlin, 3 Whinchat, 9 Wheatear, 2 White Wagtail, 38 Chiffchaff, 4 Pied Flycatcher in Starehole, Redstart, stacks of Blackcaps, Skylarks & Mipits plus  one Reed Bunting - scarce here! Also 3 Clouded Yellows and a fresh Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary.

Posted October 6th, 2013 at 5:10 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

North Gut - Taw Estuary

Couple of digiscoped photos of 2 Knot & a Black - tailed

Godwit taken this morning.




Posted October 6th, 2013 at 1:04 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Soar Mill Cove

8.20 to 12.20 Pete Aley and I ventured down SM Cove. Lots if chiffchaffs by coastguard cotts. Huge flock of Blackcaps in the top of the valley. Yellow-browed Warbler by houses adjacent to FP and garages. 

Totals Blackcap 64, Chiffchaff 60, Wheatear 3, Whitethroat, 200+ Linnet, 15+ Cirls, 3 Goldcrest, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers. 

Now for East Soar. 

Posted October 6th, 2013 at 12:47 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Start Point

07:00-09:20. Cracking morning, great visibility first thing, Portland Bill easily visible across the water.

Visible migration from the car park 07:10-08:00 difficult, most stuff passing high up, all heading south....10 alba Wagtails, 40 Meadow Pipit, Tree Pipit, 27 Swallow, 50 Goldfinch, 20 Chaffinch, 160 Linnet, and a Reed Bunting. Around Start Farm 20 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps and 2 Spotted Flycatchers. Elsewhere Golden Plover, Grey Wagtail and 3 Siskin.

Posted October 6th, 2013 at 12:03 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake - Friday  4th

Red necked Grebe (juv) - still present and showing well.

Per Rod Mudge

Posted October 6th, 2013 at 11:49 am by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

East Soar

East Soar as far as the Willows. 8.15 to 10.0 am. flyover Snipe, 8 Wheatears, 2 Whinchats, 40+ Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps, Yellow-browed Warbler (in the copse by the farm). Black Redstart at Higher Soar Farm.

Posted October 6th, 2013 at 11:16 am by Roger White in Bird News

Woolacombe to Ilfracombe yesterday (Sat 5 Oct)

Yesterday's superb visible migration and rash of grounded rarities on the south coast were in stark contrast to up here on the north coast... What a difference a few dozen miles can make! Tim Davis and I walked the coast path from Woolacombe to Ilfracombe, taking in Morte Point and Bull Point but saw/heard relatively little in the way of migrants. 32 Swallows, 7 Wheatears, 4 Chiffchaffs, not a single Blackcap (!), and just a handful of Meadow Pipits, Skylarks, wagtails and finches. One ad Med Gull on rocks at Woolacombe with white-inscribed red colour-ring on its right leg. We had wall-to-wall sunshine all day and got sunburnt! Butterflies were astonishing for the time of year; best I can ever recall for October: 182 individuals of 8 species, including 66 Small Whites, 34 Small Torts, 27 Small Coppers, 26 Red Admirals and smaller numbers of Speckled Wood, Peacock, Comma, and Green-veined White.

Posted October 6th, 2013 at 10:48 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Saturday 5th October 2013

Prawle - an oasis of calm amidst all the rare bird exitement!

My first serious go at vis-migging this autumn produced a fair bit of quantity, and a tiny bit of quality. In 2 hours, all west, 670 Meadow Pipits, 290 Linnets, 200 Goldfinch, 195 Skylarks, 90 each of Pied Wagtail and Chaffinch, 28 Siskin, 6 Greenfinch, 3 Reed Buntings, and a sneaky Bunting sp that kept it's beak firmly closed - probably the pesky Lap that danced around at Soar!!  Also a group of 9 Carrion Crows disappeared out to sea in a SW direction. During the day. 150+ Swallows moved through, with 2 each of House and Sand Martin. A fine site was a loose gathering of 11 Kestrels all hunting along the west cliffs in a line. Further day totals; 10 Wheatear, 22 Stonechat, 4 Whinchat, 2 Yellow Wagtails, Grey Wagtail, Spotted Flycatcher, 36 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warblers, Whitethroat, 53 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Firecrest.  Goldcrests are a bit slow to get going this year though!

 

 

 

Posted October 5th, 2013 at 8:44 pm by Pat Mayer in Bird News

Soar

The Red Breasted Fly still this afternoon when it showed very well to 5 of us between 3.30-3.40pm, on the north side off Starehole Valley, low down in the nearest sycamore left of the steep path coming down from the new gravel path at the top. Also jammed into Pete's Lapland Bunting when we arrived, flying around the car park with Skylarks.

Posted October 5th, 2013 at 6:36 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Soar

As well as the Red-breasted Flycatcher and Yellow-browed Warbler as per Steve Y's post below, Steve Cox and I had a Lapland Bunting flying around mid-Soar car park early afternoon. This morning small flocks of Blackcaps were making their way inland along hedge rows, with others lingering in Starehole, and we slowly picked up on Chiffchaff numbers as we reached the more wooded areas.

Totals: Blackcap 50 (count), Chiffchaff 48, Whinchat 4, Wheatear 15, Meadow Pipit 500+, Sedge Warbler 1, Great Spotted Woodpecker 1, Snipe 1, Swallow c25. 

A great day's birding!

Steve Y - your shots of the Flycatcher are much better than mine!

Posted October 5th, 2013 at 6:06 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

SOUTH MILTON LEY

 At 08.00 Bob B flushed a CORNCRAKE from the path leading to the boardwalk - the 3rd record for the patchalso on site a Groppa, and a Redpoll over .

Viz mig  this morning - 75 Skylark, 150 + Mipit, 30 Goldfinch 75 Linnet , 4 Chaffinch , 2 Blackcap , 3 Chiffchaff

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

East Soar

My son James and I arrived at 06.50 to find clear skies after a starry night and very light westerly breeze but initial fears were elayed especially when we bumped into birdfinders Aley and Cox at c.07.40. An early Acro' I flushed from juncus proved to be a Sedge Warbler but our next meet, in Starehole Valley, was timed to perfection. As I checked out another Sedge Pete and Steve found a cracking Red-breasted Flycatcher 100m up the valley. The smart 1st w. bird showed well on and off between a sycamore above the rough track up the north side of the valley and the blackthorn below the rocky crags along the top of the valley. Lots of activity in the valley was due to 20+ Chiffchaffs and 10+ Blackcaps. By 15.00 I had noted: 150+ Skylark, 500+ Meadow Pipits all over Bolt Head and the Warren, Yellow Wagtail (1 unseen calling), White Wagtail (1 on Bolt Head), Whinchat (3 juv.s), Wheatear (4 juv.s), Sedge Warbler (2), Blackcap (15+), Chiffchaff (30+ in total), Yellow-browed Warbler (heard once in "the wood" after Pete had glimpsed a possible and before he then saw it in the willow hedge), Goldcrest (just 1 in the RBF sycamore), Siskin (3 along the Bolt Head clifftop), (Lesser) Redpoll (1 over Starehole), Cirl Bunting (1 male singing and family parties). I then left to race Alan Doidge in uploading RBF shots but fearing what else Pete and Steve would find as they headed down Soar Mill Cove!Red-breasted Fly Starehole Soar

Red-breasted Fly Starehole Soar

Posted October 5th, 2013 at 5:32 pm by Steve Young in Bird News

Lesser Yellowlegs

 Showing well from the platform at Bowling Green, flew off and went around towards the Goat walk.


Posted October 5th, 2013 at 3:46 pm by Simon Thurgood in Bird News

Start Point

Got the nod from Mike that Berry Head was busy so went out to Start. Very vocal but unseen Yellow-browed Warbler in Start Farm. Also there about 50 Chiffchaffs and 20 + Blackcaps. Also seen were 500+ Swallows passing through, Yellow Wagtail and 5 Wheatears. The tamarisk around the lighthouse were surprisingly quiet, just 3 or 4 Chiffs.

Posted October 5th, 2013 at 3:09 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Soar Valley

10.0 am to 12.0 pm. In the valley:  Ring Ouzel (near hotel),  12 Chiffchaffs, 1 Wheatear, 60+ Linnets.  Also 5 Clouded Yellows and 4 Commas.

Posted October 5th, 2013 at 2:16 pm by Roger White in Bird News

Berry Hd

With clear skies and very good visibility I thought it would be a slow morning at the Headland - how wrong! On arrival lots of Chiffchaffs, small groups of Blackcaps fly over Yellow Wagtail and that was just leaving the car park. The morning got better: 1 Radde's Warbler, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Firecrest, with a (selected) supporting cast of: 62 Chiffchaff, 17 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Coal Tits (both britannicus), 5 Wheatear, 1 Reed Bunting, 16 Siskin, 1 Rook (rare at site), 6 Skylark, 42 Swallows, 82 Meadow Pipits, and 1 Arctic Skua.  

Radde'sWarbler Berry Head 051013 ML  Radde's Warbler Berry Head 051013 ML2

Radde's Warbler above Yellow-browed Warbler below;

Yellow-browed Warbler Berry Hd 5 Oct 13 ML  Yellow-browed Warbler Berry Hd 5 Oct 13 ML2

Posted October 5th, 2013 at 1:34 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Friday 4th October 2013

Lopwell Dam

Osprey still in the area.  Also saw little egrets, grey heron, kingfishers, little grebes, cormorants, buzzards, long-tailed tits


Posted October 4th, 2013 at 10:06 pm by Shane Willson in Bird News

Thurleatone Bay

 Good in quality if not quantity - our first day with no Hirundines

This morning - 1 Common Tern, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 ad Med Gull, 4 ad Little Gull ( flew across the Bay at 12.00 ), 17 Wheatear, 1 Whinchat, 5 Yellow wagtail, 1 Snipe , 2 Stock Dove. 75 + Teal, 1 Wigeon, 110 + Mipit

This evening 2 Sandwich Tern and a juv Arctic Tern

 On T'stone marsh - 5 Wigeon , 30 Teal and 12 Snipe

Posted October 4th, 2013 at 7:56 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Dawlish

 A Helice Clouded Yellow suprised me by flying past this morning on the cliffs near the town. Also a Hummingbird Hawk moth in Starcross.

Posted October 4th, 2013 at 7:26 pm by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

Taw Bridge.

In addition to Rob`s 71, there were another 8 Pintail just off Pottington sewage works and under the bridge.

Posted October 4th, 2013 at 6:59 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Richard's Pipit at Bovey Heath

A Richard's Pipit at 5.40pm by the signboard rock on the highest part of the heath with meadow pipits.  Flew off high towards the Great Plantation and not seen again.

Posted October 4th, 2013 at 6:49 pm by John Walters in Bird News

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - 1540 - 1730 - another quick visit - best bird - another turtle dove in the top fields. Also 1 juv hobby, 1 snipe, 2+ wheatear, c300+ meadow pipit, c100+ linnet, 4+ chiffchaff, 1 coal tit and a late willow warbler.

turtle dove - the best I could manage - apologies!
turtle dove - the best I could manage - apologies!

Posted October 4th, 2013 at 6:32 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Soar

08:45-17:00, Warren/E.Soar/Starehole/Bolt Head/Hgr Soar.

Early morning coastal fog soon lifted. Mod-Fresh W-SW wind.

Golden Plover, Green Woodpecker, Yellow Wagtail, 4 Swallow, Whinchat, 10 Wheatear, Ring Ouzel ( Starehole ), 2 Whitethroat, Blackcap, 23 Chiffchaff, Firecrest ( East Soar Pines ) and a Spotted Flycatcher.

Well done getting all that in Ford Cemetary Laurie, i think Ford beat Soar today, esp given their respective sizes !

 

 

Posted October 4th, 2013 at 6:30 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Plymouth

Had a fantastic few hours this afternoon birding the trees just to the west of Ford Park Cemetery. The rain overnight definitely grounded a few migrants.

Highlights were, 2 Pied Flycatchers (possibly another), 1 Redstart (possibly another) and c.12 Spotted Flycatchers. I also had a possible Lesser Whitethroat but couldn't clinch it as I was viewing it through several branches and into direct sunlight! But definitely a smallish Sylvia. Compensation though came in the form of a cracking Firecrest in the same bush!

At one point there were 2 Pied Flies, a Redstart and 6 Spotted Flies all in the same tree. One of the Pied Flies even decided to break out into song! - which was nice.

No sign of the Long-tailed Skua yesterday. Luckily I saw it the day before.

Pied Flycatcher

Posted October 4th, 2013 at 5:04 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime visit to the hide until about 1.45. The 6 Ruff still present at the back of the marsh often in the longer vegetation. 1 Green Sandpiper that flew off just as I arrived, otherwise very quiet with lower Teal numbers that the last couple of days.

Posted October 4th, 2013 at 2:11 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

A mid-morning visit after high tide so most birds were back on the estuary. On the pool nearest to the canal side car park the number of lapwing had double since my last visit - now 12 plus the single black-tailed godwit. also in those fields 5 wheatears. On the lagoon about 300 duck, mostly teal but also c40 wigeon, c10 mallard, c10 shoveller and at least one gadwall. Most of the ducks were roosting tucked into the banks.

In the lane at least 3 chiffchaffs including one that sang continuously, one blackcap and 2 Cettis. Butterflies included 1 painted lady, small copper, red admiral and comma (yesterday 1 clouded yellow near Topsham).

Posted October 4th, 2013 at 1:03 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Bassett's Ridge

Another look through the scope this morning produced a further increase in the numbers of Pintail to 71.

I was not able to fit all of them in one photo because they are feeding over a wide area! 

Also 10 Bar tailed Godwits & 4 Black tailed Godwits present & 2 Knot




Posted October 4th, 2013 at 12:52 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Thursday 3rd October 2013

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 15:30 till 18:25

The week just gets better on the marsh at 16:26 this afternoon a lesser yellowlegs presumabley the bird from last month reappeared a fantastic bird showing well at times with the greenshanks if the same bird were has it been ??. Teal numbers are now at 650+ with 120+ wigeon, still 6 ruff this evening (3m,3f), 3 juv little stint, the juv little ringed plover still showing well, 1 green sandpiper, 56+ bar tailed godwit, 780+ black tailed godwits, 11 avocet, 13 knot, 2+ curlew sandpiper, 4 spotted redshanks, 26+ greenshanks, 310+ redshanks, 3+ ringed plover, 6 whimbrel, 300 + curlew, 160+ dunlin, 22+ little egrets, 1 water rail, 1 reed warbler, 1 hobby chased a ruff, peregrine, sparrowhawk, buzzard, 6+ chiffchaff, 2 Cetti's warblers. 

While waiting for the bus at topsham quay watching the masses of gulls coming to roost of the turf a kingfisher flew straight towards me and briefly landed by the quay great end to the afternoon. 

Posted October 3rd, 2013 at 8:33 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Hope's Nose

Can't live with some of the Berry Head totals but seawatching 07.10 - 15.40 hrs yielded:

42 Balearic shearwater, 12 Arctic skua, 1 bonxie, 1 int/dark juv long-tailed skua, 137 sandwich tern, 1 common tern, 224 gannet, 21 common scoter, a notable swallow passage over the sea and the best seabird of the day - a juv Marsh harrier flying south over the sea

Posted October 3rd, 2013 at 8:20 pm in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Still big numbers of Teal on the marsh today. The combination of a low tide and higher water levels meant that waders were restricted to a total of 10 birds, although these were 6 Ruff, 2 Little Stints plus 2 Black-tailed Godwits. just about worth braving the weather for!

Posted October 3rd, 2013 at 2:11 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Berry Hd

Seawatch 0730-1530Hrs: best birds, 4 juv Long-tailed Skuas (intermediate types, 2 prior to 09:30, then 12:48 & 14:03) , Pomarine Skua (full spooned ad), 28 Arctic Skuas, 5 Great Skuas, 1 unidentified Skua (Pom/Arctic), 64 Balearic Shearwaters (incl one flock or 12), 10 Common Scoter, 80 Sandwich Tern, 6 Common Tern, 5 Common Gulls and Harbour Porpoise

1 Firecrest in bottom of Quarry first thing, also good passage of Swallows and Meadow Pipits, 8+ House Martins, 6 Siskins, Blackcap, Wheatear, 1 Hobby >E out to sea, 1 Kestrel came in off sea - first picked up over 1mile out.

Yesterday (02/10) Seawatch 09:45-14:00. juv Long-tailed Skua (intermediate type @11:55), 4 ad Little Gulls, 25  Arctic Skuas, 21 Sandwich Terns, ad w Mediterranean Gull, 6 Great Skuas, 3 Balearic Shearwaters, 26 Common Scoter, 6 Brent Geese, 5 Common Gulls and a Grey Seal.

Combined totals ML,MD,REB

Posted October 3rd, 2013 at 1:06 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 2nd October 2013

Mount Batten pier Long-tailed Skua

The original 2 photo's posted by Graham of the 'skua' despite being very aggressive and chasing terns combined with the odd (suggested) warm colour and apparent triangular head and thin looking bill in the lower photo (all more Arctic like) - shows all the plumage features of a Long-tailed Skua.

Graham kindly sent on a few more shots to me (two posted here) - just to be on the safe side before saying anything - it is indeed a dark(ish) juv Long-tailed Skua. A hybrid Arctic X Long-tailed was seriously being considered for a little while looking at the original photos! 

Long-tailed Skua Mount Batten Plymouth 2 Oct 2013 Graham Watson   Long-tailed Skua Mount Batten Plymouth 2 Oct 2013 Graham Watson 2

Two more of Graham's photo's

Posted October 2nd, 2013 at 8:28 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 15:30 till 17:30

Amazing number of teal on the marsh this afternoon with 500+, lots of new birds must of arrived over night with now 6 ruff (all Juvs 3m, 3f) a juv little ringed plover my first ever in October still 3 juv little stints , 4 ringed plover, 2 spotted redshank showed (1 adult, 1 juv), 4+ curlew sandpipers, 76+ bar tailed godwits with lots being juvs, 6 whimbrel, 300+ curlew, 650+ black tailed godwits, 4+ ringed plover, 25+ knot, 26 avocet, 1 green sandpiper, 250+ dunlin, 300+ redshank, 28+ greenshanks, 1 grey plover, 32+ little egrets, 1 juv sparrowhawk, 2 buzzards, 20+ wigeon, 4 shoveler. 

Posted October 2nd, 2013 at 7:10 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

  Around South Huish marsh this am - 80 Teal, 1 Wigeon, 2 Dunlin, 3 Whinchat, 7 Wheatear, 7 Stonechat, 2 Yellow Wagtail., Hobby

Offshore -only 4 Sandwich Tern ( 16 yesterday ) 1 2w Med Gull, 8 Pintail flew east , 1 Bonxie

Posted October 2nd, 2013 at 6:30 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Plymouth Sound

Nipped out to Mount Batten on reading about the Long-tailed Skua and watched it mugging the terns for a couple of hours.  Also 2+ Med Gulls and a Common Tern recorded this morning.

This, having gratefully been corrected on the ID and thereby learning a lot, by Mike, is a "lifer" for me and completes my British Skuas!

Arctic Skua
Long-tailed Skua

Arctic Skua
Long-tailed Skua

Sandwich Tern
Sandwich Tern

Posted October 2nd, 2013 at 5:36 pm in Bird News

Around the Axe

Two Yellow-browed Warblers at Lower Bruckland Ponds (Musbury) at 14:30 today with 5+ Chiffchaff and a mixed tit flock. Only (knowingly) saw one, but whilst watching this one at close range another started calling from behind me! Felt like I'd been temporarily transported to the east coast!

Also today, Spotted Redshank and four Ruff still in the valley.

Yellow-browed Warbler - not the easiest species to photograph!
Yellow-browed Warbler - not the easiest species to photograph!

Posted October 2nd, 2013 at 4:43 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

East Soar

No sign of the YBW and relatively quiet with 66 skylark, 250 swallow, 80 meadow pipit, curlew, white wagtail, 2 whinchat, redstart, 3 whitethroat, 4 blackcap & a goldcrest.

Posted October 2nd, 2013 at 4:26 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Preston Seafront Torbay

Plenty of Sandwich Tern in Torbay also (Steph Murphy reported 60 yesterday) today, I counted 72 around the seafront area, I have never seen this many together in Torbay (ignoring passage counts at the headlands) and 1 ad w Mediterranean Gull.

Sandwich Terns Preston 2 Oct 2013 ML

Some of the Sandwich Terns!

Posted October 2nd, 2013 at 4:24 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Start Point

Walking down to the point at 8am a Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat and 6 Chiffchaff, the bushes below the light house were completely blown out, but up around the farm a further 2 Blackcap, another Whitethroat, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 14 Wheatear, 8 Chiffchaff, single Willow Warbler and a Firecrest. In the valley below the farm a brief Wryneck on the fence line over the stream (same location as the spring Bluethroat) plus a Grey Wagtail. Overhead steady stream of Swallows (100+) and Meadow Pipits, 11 Skylark, 3 Sand Martin, 16 Linnet and 3 Goldfinch. Also Raven, Saprrowhawk & Kestrel.

Posted October 2nd, 2013 at 1:35 pm by Bill Macdonald in Bird News

Mountbatton Plymouth

 Message from Vic Tucker at 12.45 - there are 50 + Sndwich Tern and an Arctic Skua just off the pier. Unusual to get this no of Terns in Oct and the Skua is a rare bird inside the Sound

Posted October 2nd, 2013 at 12:56 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Hobbies

Yesterday, 1 October about 1245, 4 hobbies seen  flying around over West Down Beacon, (west of Budleigh Salterton on the coast by the golf course), apparently hunting insects.  Unfortunately without binoculars, so not sure of ages, but at least 2 probably juvenile as no sign through the gloom of red around vent area when they flew close to me. 

Posted October 2nd, 2013 at 12:21 pm by Colin Randall in Bird News

Tuesday 1st October 2013

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 15:15 till 18:25

A cracking afternoon on the marsh with the highlight being 7+ little stint running around on the far side from the hide, 5+ curlew sandpiper all juvs, 4 spotted redshanks( 1 adult, 3 juv), 2 juv ruff(1m, 1f), my first sanderling on the marsh was a good find, 1 grey plover, 12+ ringed plover, 340+ dunlin, 4 whimbrel, 500+ curlew, 59+ bar tailed godwits, another increase in avocet to 29, 660+ black tailed godwits, 280+ redshank, 19+ greenshanks, 16+ lapwing, 29+ knot, 1 green sandpiper, 39+ little egret, 1 water rail, 2 sparrowhawk( 1 adult, 1 juv) caused panic among the waders on 5 occasions, 42+ wigeon ,90+ teal, 4 shoveler, 3 grey heron, 10+ chiffchaff along the road down to the hide. 

 

Posted October 1st, 2013 at 8:36 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

In the hide at lunchtime until about 1.45. 1 Ruff, 1 Little Stint and 3 Knot were the highlights.

Posted October 1st, 2013 at 8:13 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - 1645 - a lightening post-work dash around the top fields was well worthwhile producing a gorgeous jack snipe - my first of the autumn. Also 2 wheatear, 1 curlew, just 1 chiffchaff, c1/200+ meadow pipit and c20+ skylark. 

Yesterday a longer spell mid-afternoon produced 21+ chiffchaff, c50+ starling, 2+ grey wagtail, 3 alba wagtail, 6 wheatear, 1 juv whinchat, 1 whitethroat, 2 yellow wagtail, 2 blackcap, 1 curlew, my first great spotted woodpecker of the autumn and, oddly, 2 sandwich terns high over the top fields. Also of note my 9th and 10th vestals of the autumn - it has been an amazing spell for these immigrant moths. I've also had several rush veneers and stacks of silver Y. Additionally, off Mudbank yesterday a female or juv garganey with 1 mediterranean gull, 4 grey plover and c50+ teal amongst c1000+ wigeon.

vestal - the rarer pink form. The 9 others have all been yellow.
vestal - the rarer pink form. The 9 others have all been yellow.

Posted October 1st, 2013 at 7:25 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Berry Hd

Short seawatch this afternoon produced: 1 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Balearic Shearwaters, 4 Great Skuas, 1 Arctic Skua, 11 Wigeon, 7 Kittiwake and 45 Gannets.

Overhead: 740 Swallows> SE, 12 House Martins, 21 Meadow Pipits, 1 Grey Wagtail.

Around the headland: 1 Wheatear, 1 Willow Warbler, 19 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest and 2 Blackcap. 

Posted October 1st, 2013 at 6:27 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

A gloomy afternoon visit. 3 wheatear and c10 meadow pipits were in the field next to the railway bridge to the north of the road. On the pool near the canal - 6 lapwing, 1 black-tailed godwit and a few teal. There were c200 black-headed gulls roosting on or near the lagoon, also there 5 little grebes, c10 shoveller, teal and wigeon. Over head a flock of 10 shelduck kept appearing. A few swallows flew east (c20) and a hobby was catching dragonflies near the railway. A juv sparrow hawk had repeated efforts to catch something but failed.

Posted October 1st, 2013 at 5:25 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

A return to local birding after 2 weeks away. 26 Golden Plover were the first of the autumn and a good number for the beginning of October. 2 Snipe, 30+ Pied Wags, 30+ Mipit, 12 Linnets and a handful of Skylarks. The Little Owl in its usual place. Visual passage of swallows heading south with over 50 in around 50 minutes.

Unfortunately the arable field has been turned into a single species grass field this year which doesn't bode well for late autumn and winter flocks of finches, mipits and skylarks and possibly for holding the GP's. Time will tell.

Posted October 1st, 2013 at 5:00 pm in Bird News

R.Taw off Pottington and Penhill Marsh.

13:30

The number of Pintail on the river have increased slightly to 62. All were just off Penhill Marsh. This is the highest number I have ever experienced on the river.

Also 4 Ringed Plover; 2 Dunlin; 1 Sanderling; 3 Bar-tailed Godwit and 2 Black-tailed Godwit.

Bradiford Reserve:- Just 8 Teal; 1 Kingfisher and 1 Buzzard.

Posted October 1st, 2013 at 4:33 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Soar

Arrived at 08.40 with Steve Cox, fearful that the thick mist was going to prevent any meaningful birding; but in the event, we managed a pretty reasonable session before the real rain clamped down from about 14.00.

Virtually the first passerine we set eyes on was a Yellow-browed Warbler briefly in the hedge, then in the pines beside the track by East Soar Farm. Soon after, a Restart and 2 Whinchats appeared nearby. A Merlin overflew the willows and later, we saw a Black Redstart at the farm where 6 Yellow Wagtails and 2 Hobbies also performed.

Totals: Golden Plover 1, Swallow 35+, House Martin 6, Chiffchaff 20+, Whinchat 5, Green Woodpecker 1, Blackcap 12, Meadow Pipit c150, Whitethroat 3, Snipe 1, and Skylark 40+.  

Posted October 1st, 2013 at 3:17 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Around the Axe

On Black Hole Marsh this morning 4 juv Ruff and a juv Spotted Redshank.

On the Estuary 22 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, 11 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Shoveler and this afternoon another one of those (presumed) HerringxLesser Black-backed Gull hybrids...

Not a Yellow-legged Gull
Not a Yellow-legged Gull!

Posted October 1st, 2013 at 2:29 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

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