Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from October 2014

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Friday 31st October 2014

Chivenor Airfield and River Caen

Golden Plover comfirmed. During a remarkable warm morning walk well over 1000+ Golden Plover were disturbed by the RAF Sea King helicopter from Chivenor and produced a great aerial display before settling back down again on the airfield. Also seen 3 Common Sandpiper, 3 kingfisher, 2 dipper, 10+ Skylark, 20+ Greenfinch, 15+ Goldfinch, 20+ Meadow pipits. 50+ Starling. 15+ Redwing.

3 Red Admiral and numerous Common Darter Dragonfly taking advantage of a very warm morning topping 21C by 14:00, not bad for the last day of October! 

Aerial display by Golden Plover and a few Lapwing
Aerial display by Golden Plover and a few Lapwing

Golden Plover on Chivenor Airfield.
Golden Plover on Chivenor Airfield.

One of Three Common Sandpiper.
One of Three Common Sandpiper.

Posted October 31st, 2014 at 9:12 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Seaton Hole Red-Breasted Flycatcher

The bird mentioned earlier in the post from Steve Waite was still present until at least 15:00. It was flitting in and out from cover and was generally elusive. Fantastic bird for the patch!

More pics on my blog:

www.timwhitewildlife.blogspot.co.uk

Red-Breasted Flycatcher    (C) Tim White
Red-Breasted Flycatcher (C) Tim White

Posted October 31st, 2014 at 8:31 pm by Tim White in Bird News

Start Point

Unseasonably warm, pleasant day. Some overnight rain, moderate to fresh S-SE wind.

Redwings and a few Song Thrushes heard passing over my house in West Charleton in the night. Not surprised to hear many of each calling when i arrived at Start Point in thedark at 06:10. They all seemed to dissapear before it got light.

Did a vis mig watch from near the car park, 06:45-10:30, all birds south-southwest. 1150 Woodpigeons ( then at least twice that number flying northwest no doubt including the ones first seen, i think Woodpigeons are spaced out and don't know what they are doing ), 80 Stock Dove, 130 Skylark, 80 Meadow Pipit, 50 alba Wagtails, 10 Jackdaw, 17 Starling, 60 Greenfinch, 130 Linnet, 330 Chaffinch, 1070 Goldfinch, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Brambling, 4 Siskin and 4 Reed Buntings. Like Berry Head the Cirls were a bit aerial at times but none out to sea.

Elsewhere Common Scoter ( still in bay below light ), female Merlin ( hassling the finches ), Mediterranean Gull, 3 Black Redstarts ( lighthouse compound ), Ring Ouzel ( heard only near Car Park ), 3 Chiffchaff, Pied Flycatcher ( late bird in tamarisk below light ) and 2 more Siskins.

On the way home had a quick look at South Hallsands, 2 Black Redstarts on the roofs.

 

Pied Flycatcher, nothing like a very late migrant for making you nervous.
Pied Flycatcher, nothing like a very late migrant for making you nervous.

Posted October 31st, 2014 at 5:18 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Grey Phalarope Budleigh Salterton

The Grey Phalarope was showing well to all the visitors on Budleigh Salterton seafront ( estuary side) who were enjoying the sunshine. at 1430hrs this afternoon.

Posted October 31st, 2014 at 4:49 pm by Roy Adams in Bird News

South Brent ~ Ring Ouzels & Kestrels

The first dry sunny day in ages and the road from Shipley Bridge to the Avon Dam was surprisingly silent given the number of species recorded over the last week in the mist and murk. That said a total of eight Buzzards seen on the soar and hunting the hill sides, three close to the car park and five by the dam.

A Dunnock and a female Blackcap were added to the week's species list, about half way up a flight of six Ring Ouzels passed overhead flying down the valley, a flock of 36 Starlings recorded.

On reaching the site where the Ring Ouzels have been feeding all week, three birds were seen in the top of a hawthorn and a fourth feeding. A total of nine birds counted during the visit, only two of which were males the rest made up of hens and juvenile birds.

Suprising number of Kestrels recorded, one hovering over the east side of the Dam, two flew overhead approching the car park having come over the hillcrest from the treatment works, a fourth sighted near Bloody Pool Cross and a fifth a male on the outskirts of South Brent, first time in 30 years that I have rercorded five Kestrels in the parish in one day.

21 species in total

Posted October 31st, 2014 at 3:31 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Berry Head seawatch

07:30-13:00. Rather too sunny at first - 19 deg C end of October! Feeding frenzy coming and going so may be some duplication in counts: 12 Pomarine Skuas, 6 Arctic Skuas, 2 Bonxies, 5 Mediterranean Gulls (all ads except 1 1w), 5 Red-breasted Mergansers, Great Northern Diver, 13 Common Scoter, 2 Balearic Shearwaters, Manx Shearwater, 3 Harbour Porpoise  and most unusual a Lapwing high up. Some large groups of Woodpigeons with one flock of 100+ heading north, also 7 Stock Doves. Many observers.

Posted October 31st, 2014 at 2:51 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Berry Hd

Good vismig over the headland today: 1 Hawfinch, 2 Brambling, 4 Siskin, 7 Redwing, 18 Song Thrush, 3 Mistle Thrush, 120 Wood Pigeon, 80+ Jackdaw,75 Goldfinch, 19 Linnet, 3 Reed Bunting, 48 Skylark, 13 Song Thrush, 26 Greenfinch, 140 Chaffinch, 12 Bullfinch, 32 Meadow Pipits, 8 Starling,1 House Sparrow. Interestingly 8 Cirl Buntings on end of Headland regularly circling high but, then dropping back down to bushes - eventually 6 flew of high and east - lost to view - Portland next stop??

Around Headland : Yellow-browed Warbler still along road down from Wardens Bungalow but only heard today. 1 Firecrest, 11 Goldcrest, 6 Stonechat. 1 Clouded Yellow, 1 Painted Lady and several Red Admiral Butterflies too.

Posted October 31st, 2014 at 2:32 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Soar

Between 0850 & 1040, 1140 Woodpigeons south & west, but most heading straight out to sea. "I think they know where they are going". 83 Stock Doves, almost all in their own flocks also moving through plus 120 Starlings & 10 Siskin west. Starehole deserted but 3 Wheatears around the farm.

Butterflies: 3 Clouded Yellow, Painted Lady, 2 Peacock & sev.Red Admirals.

Posted October 31st, 2014 at 1:52 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Seaton Hole

The first patch Red-breasted Flycatcher this morning, found by Ian M and Ian P, at Seaton Hole.  From the Beer turning into Seaton Hole, it is favouring the last few conifers before the first house on the left hand side of the road.

Also a Yellow-browed Warbler seen earlier by the Ian's, and whilst I was there a late Willow Warbler and a Firecrest.

Red-breasted Flycatcher
Red-breasted Flycatcher

Red-breasted Flycatcher
Red-breasted Flycatcher

Posted October 31st, 2014 at 11:56 am by Steve Waite in Bird News

Downend

07.00 > 09.00 - Wind ESE moderate from start increasing to fresh.

3942 Chaffinch. After flying around Downend point all these flying East into the wind.

89 Starling > E, 1 Pied Wagtail > E & 1 exhausted Redwing which grounded at Downend.

Posted October 31st, 2014 at 10:26 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Wood pigeon migration ~ South Brent

The autumn Wood pigeon migration picked up a little over South Brent with todays first clear day in some time between sunrise and 8am a count of in excess of 1000 Wood pigeons all headed west, the flocks were small compared with this time last year on average 100 to 150 birds the largest holding about 200 birds.

The flocks were flying much higher than the birds seen recently flying in the misty weather conditions.

One mixed flock of Woodpigeon and Redwing approx 60 pigeons and 30/40 Redwings and a seperate flock of some 60 Redwings.

Also a flock of a counted 27 Stock Doves which were skirting the edge of the moors.

Small numbers of both Goldfinch and Meadow Pipit seen in the same period.

Posted October 31st, 2014 at 8:20 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Thursday 30th October 2014

North Torridge area

Similarly to others, got out for a walk (with dog) tonight to find I was repeatedly hearing Redwing overhead in the dark. Will be disappointed if I see none around the Bristol suburbs when I visit family tomorrow!

Posted October 30th, 2014 at 9:24 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Ring Ouzel at Avon Dam 30th Oct 14

Pic to go with earler blog


Posted October 30th, 2014 at 9:21 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

woodlarks over budleigh salterton

C. 10 Woodlark over in one flock at 10.30am at E edge of golf course: dropping down out of fog, all calling, but not settling.

Posted October 30th, 2014 at 9:04 pm by Simon Smith in Bird News

Brixham

Tonight the first large overhead passage of thrushes heard, many Redwings calling in misty conditions over the town from soon after dark. To add to  the Berry Head list from earlier, a Brambling heard calling overhead at quarry  mid morning. From Shoalstone car park at midday, with a telescope it was possible to pick up some of the Pomarine Skuas approaching the head.

Posted October 30th, 2014 at 8:52 pm in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Extremely poor visibility made for hard going again this morning. However located 19 Golden Plover on the westerly runway (either lost one from yesterday or i made a mistake in counting!) and flushed 3 Snipe from the northerly (weedy) runway. Nothing of note in better conditions this afternoon due to disturbance from motorbikes and model airplanes......

Posted October 30th, 2014 at 8:14 pm in Bird News

Exmister marsh

A quick look around from 14:30 till 16:30

a female merlin was hunting by the motorway bridge, a female sparrowhawk was sat on a post to the left of the railway bridge before being mobbed by some carrion crows, a total of 3 kestrels around the marsh was good to see, and the peregrine was active over the marsh, 2 buzzards, 4 pairs of stonechats were along station road and 5+ chiffchaffs, 2 water rail. 

Posted October 30th, 2014 at 8:11 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

A peregrine was hunting over the marshes a lot today, sending up flocks of ducks and waders from the ditches. We also spotted a clouded yellow butterfly in the hedgrow along station road. Flocks of up to 300 canada geese are providing a spectacle at present when they all fly into the marsh together!

Posted October 30th, 2014 at 6:06 pm by Helen Whitall in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton

A Yellow-browed Warbler was present yesterday afternoon and this morning on the coast path west from Budleigh Golf Course. Quite an interesting bird as yesterday it was giving a very subdued short call and although the views weren't great yesterday in the mist (thanks Matt for helping me re-find it!), it appeared to have dark legs and be quite dusky below, possibly showing some similarity to Hume's.
However, this morning it was giving the full and powerful more expected call of inornatus and showed 2 bright wing bars, despite perhaps not being the brightest YBW I have ever seen! Also present 2 Firecrest and at least a 3rd bird on Halse Hill.

Yellow-browed Warbler by Chris Townend

Posted October 30th, 2014 at 5:45 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Buzzard

I'm a visiting Canadian birder, currently staying in Crediton.  I'm fairly certain I saw a Rough-legged Buzzard today over Two Moors Way, based on sheer size (it was massive at a distance, with huge 'eagle wings'), large dark carpals, although I guess I would have liked to have seen a more distinct trailing band on the tail (perhaps a juvenile?).  What do you think? Cheers,Matt http://snowyowllost.blogspot.co.uk/ 

(Eds: Dear Matt its a mistake many people make but the bird is a Common Buzzard, see this Id article: http://www.devonbirds.org/birdwatching/articles/common_buzzard   )

Posted October 30th, 2014 at 5:43 pm by Matt Poll in Bird News

Shipley - Avon Dam, South Brent

0930 - 1200hrs. Misty, very poor visibility. Only blackbirds on walk up from the car park, but nearer the Dam, several Ring Ouzels still present. Well spread out and moving from hawthorn bush to bush. Most I observed in one group was 6, but others were present. Have not seen rings on any of these birds.

Posted October 30th, 2014 at 5:01 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

East Soar

An early afternoon visit after the morning murk had finally cleared. Best bird a Brambling feeding on the ground with chaffinches by the farm. Also 45 Skylark, 4 Goldcrest, 6 Long-tailed Tit and mf Sparrowhawk. Also Badger latrine!

Butterflies were: 5 Clouded Yellow inc.helice, Painted Lady, Peacock & 2 Red Admiral.

Posted October 30th, 2014 at 4:59 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Avon Dam Area

At least eight Ring Ouzel's by old quarry, just down from dam

Posted October 30th, 2014 at 4:57 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

More Berry Head

Following on from Mark's post, vismig & land based birds, with Jake Wood 7.30am - 2.00pm:

18 Redwing, single Fieldfare (first of the Autumn for me), 5 Blackbird, 12 Skylark, 16 Starling, 18 Jackdaw, 75+ Wood Pigeon, Stock Dove, 70 Chaffinch, 12 Goldfinch, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Cirl Bunting, 3 Sparowhawk, 11 Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 5 Chiffchaff, 14 Goldcrest, Coal Tit, 15 LT Tit, Yellow-browed Warbler - calling and seen briefly at 10.50am in the lane up from the Berry Head Hotel 100m from the triangle. Also 3 Clouded Yellow & 2 Painted Lady.

 

Posted October 30th, 2014 at 3:54 pm by Bill Macdonald in Bird News

Berry Head seawatch

08:45-13:20. 13 Pomarine Skuas (all juvs with some marked size differences), 4 Arctic Skuas, 3 Bonxies, 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Brent Geese, Red-throated Diver. Some evidence that we are seeing some of the same skuas hanging around in Lyme Bay came in the form of one very distinctive 1s Arctic Skua which I had seen and photographed way back on 15th and 17th October and pale headed juv Pom ML saw yesterday (assuming they are the same of course!). Feeding frenzy started around 11:00 which pulled in a few skuas. Many observers today. Typical juv Pom from today, below:

Pomarine Skua juvPomarine Skua juv

 

Posted October 30th, 2014 at 3:18 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Phalarope Budleigh

The Phalarope was present at 1pm today in the channel that runs parallel with the lower path Ottermouth. Also 2 kingfishers and three black tailed godwits.

Posted October 30th, 2014 at 3:03 pm by richard allen in Bird News

Around the Axe

At least one Yellow-browed Warbler at Lower Bruckland Ponds (Musbury) mid morning, with tit flock at north end of top pond.  Also a Chiffchaff.  The Axmouth Yellow-browed Warbler is also still present today, GH heard it calling several times late morning from the front gardens of Coombe Terrace.

Seaton Hole this afternoon, one Firecrest still present and showing well.

Another big arrival on the east coast of the UK today, let's hope this wave of birds reaches Devon!

Posted October 30th, 2014 at 2:30 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

River Caen Estuary & Braunton Marsh

8:30 to 10:30 a nice walk with my grandaughter this morning produced a Marsh Harrier hunting over the marsh was great to see, a first for her. Other notable sightings were 4 Kingfisher, 3 Common Sandpiper, 3+ Redshank 150+ Starling 10+ Skylark, 20+ Meadow Pipits, 30+ Goldfinch, 20+ Teal, Family of Swans two adults and four youngsters, 1 Cetti's Wabler 4+ Grey Wagtail, 2 Raven, 1 Sparrowhawk 1 Kestrel and 2 Water Rail heard in the reedbeds.At a distance a large flock of what looked like 500+ Golden Plover and 40+ Lapwing heading south over the Taw Estuary. (to be confirmed by someone on the Fremington side of the Estuary).

Posted October 30th, 2014 at 11:34 am by Derek Carter in Bird News

Night Callers

 3 Tawny Owls and a single Little Owl calling around the centre of Woodbury Salterton between 09.30 & 10.30 last night.

Posted October 30th, 2014 at 8:17 am by Rob Eaton in Bird News

Wednesday 29th October 2014

Lundy

Highlights from today on Lundy included 5 Yellow-browed Warblers (of which 3 ringed), a Red-breasted Flycatcher, 2 Firecrests, a Lapland Bunting and 2,000 Redwings. Thanks again to Rob Duncan for the update.

Posted October 29th, 2014 at 9:18 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Very poor conditions of fog and rain made conditions difficult. However 20 Golden Plover where swirling around the airfield and disappearing into the mist this afternoon and 3 were settled on the runway this morning. Wheatear also present along with Snipe, 2 Stonechat and Green Woodpecker. Meadow Pipits diffcult to count as they were continually being flushed from both runways and fields and 70+ is probably a conservative estimate.

On Monday (29th October)a similar if lighter passage of Woodpigeons and Stock Doves as noted elsewhere along with a stronger passage of Starlings (the Woodpigeon passage lasted throughout the day over home but this is 0.5 miles over the border in Somerset). Wheatear and 5 Stonechats present.

 

Posted October 29th, 2014 at 8:22 pm in Bird News

Wrafton

Ah the thrill of birding in N Devon:  Wrafton pond has added a single Shoveler to the singles of Tufted Duck and Pochard. Cetti's Warbler calling in the reserve.

Posted October 29th, 2014 at 2:47 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Berry Hd

Seawatch 0730-0939hrs in almost monsoon rain like conditions with no wind! 35 Pomarine Skuas >S (2 >N) Dave Norman saw another two South shortly after I left, 14 Arctic Skuas >S (2 >N) 4 Great Skuas >S (1>N), 2 Balearic Shearwaters, 5 Common Scoter, 5 Med Gulls (2 Ad, 1 sw & 2 fw).

Yellow-browed Warbler Berry Hd 29 Oct Ml

Around the headland; probably 2 Yellow-browed Warblers - one briefly in quarry (same place as MD yesterday) and one along road from Berry Hd Hotel to Wardens Bungalow but in SE corner of walled gardens, just 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 2 Firecrest, 14 Goldcrest, 37 Long-tailed Tits in three flocks,1  Brambling and 2 Redwing over.

Posted October 29th, 2014 at 2:23 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Otter Estuary

Phalarope showing well at 10.15.a.m.

Posted October 29th, 2014 at 12:38 pm by Doug Cullen in Bird News

Isley Marsh

3 Spoonbill and a Grey Plover at Isley Marsh RSPB. To the west along shore there is also an escape Weaver species (female) now seen on separate occasions in bramble outside the perimeter fence at northeast corner of the timber yard, sometimes associating with Goldfinch. 

Posted October 29th, 2014 at 12:15 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Re Woodpigeon movements.

Thanks Rob (Macklin) for pointing me to your Wed 22 Oct observation, which I had missed.  I have written something on the subject on the Forum Page to take the discussion further.  Thanks again.

Posted October 29th, 2014 at 9:46 am by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Tuesday 28th October 2014

Lundy update

Further to the earlier post for today, there were three Yellow-browed Warblers in Millcombe this afternoon (thanks to Rob Duncan for this update from the island).

Posted October 28th, 2014 at 10:39 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Berry Head seawatch

09:40-13:30, SSW4 clear gradually becoming more murky. At first large but distant feeding frenzy out in Lyme Bay, with many skua sp. attending, it gradually got closer to BHd and skuas started drifting off heading south, some coming closer 11:00 onwards. Those identified: 23 Poms, 18 Arctic and 4 Bonxie. Also Balearic Shearwater, 4  Mediterranean Gulls (2 ad, 2w, 1w) and Great Northern Diver.

While walking out, checked the bottom of the quarry and glimpsed what I thought was a Yellow-browed Warbler in with tit flock, on the way back it was calling strongly.

Posted October 28th, 2014 at 5:25 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Berry Head - Froward Pt

am. Black redstart on look-out roof. Froward point,  pm. 2 Merlin, 1 flew past daymark and another down near the pines.

Posted October 28th, 2014 at 4:39 pm by John Lusher in Bird News

Aylesbeare Common

Talking of pigeons...'Dove of Peace' sighted over Aylesbeare Common?  Sorry I know this is a serious website but I couldn't resist showing you this cloud formation!  Well I thought it was worth sharing. Happy birding!

Posted October 28th, 2014 at 4:33 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Lundy

Two Yellow-browed Warblers and a Red-breasted Flycatcher on Lundy this morning, and 7 Balearic Shearwaters off the East Side. Visible migration of finches in good numbers for the first time this autumn after an exceptionally quiet season so far for both finches and thrushes.

Posted October 28th, 2014 at 4:06 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

grey phalarope Budleigh Salterton

Grey Phalarope still at Otter Estuary viewed from shingle bank lunchtime today

Posted October 28th, 2014 at 3:19 pm by Tony Pollard in Bird News

Woodpigeon movements

To Jonathan Riscoe re birds heading out to see, take a look at my post for last Weds 22nd. A few thousand heading straight out to sea over Bolt Head and many also west.

Posted October 28th, 2014 at 2:45 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

South Brent ~ Ring Ouzel's

A good morning watching the Ring Ouzel's near the Avon dam, nine showing until the general public arrived with kids, dogs, bikes and noise, for the first time in years I can claim a Dipper on that stretch of the Rv Avon, in fact two seen, one unrung and the other with orange and green and a white and BTO ring on the other leg.
Grey Wagtails, two Kestrels, very close up views of a Green Woodpecker that spent the morning in the same area, male Yellow Hammer, Goldcrest, Raven, singles of both Redwing and Song Thrush. Blue, Great & Coal Tit's, numerous Robins, really good numbers of Blackbirds. Several flocks of small passage birds and the continuation of the Wood pigeon movement I suspect close to 700 birds seen this morning all still headed west.

Posted October 28th, 2014 at 1:57 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

South Brent ~ Ring Ouzel's

A good morning watching the Ring Ouzel's near the Avon dam, nine showing until the general public arrived with kids, dogs, bikes and noise, for the first time in years I can claim a Dipper on that stretch of the Rv Avon, in fact two seen, one unrung and the other with orange and green and a white and BTO ring on the other leg.
Grey Wagtails, two Kestrels, very close up views of a Green Woodpecker that spent the morning in the same area, male Yellow Hammer, Goldcrest, Raven, singles of both Redwing and Song Thrush. Blue, Great & Coal Tit's, numerous Robins, really good numbers of Blackbirds. Several flocks of small passage birds and the continuation of the Wood pigeon movement I suspect close to 700 birds seen this morning all still headed west.

Posted October 28th, 2014 at 1:57 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Aylesbeare Common E. Devon

Clear movemnt of Wood Pigeons west over the East Devon Pebblebed ridge at 10.30 onwards when I watched.  The flocks averaged 100 birds and came in every 15mins from the Sidmouth Gap area before passing over the Otter valley and climbing over the ridge between Venn Ottery Common and Aylesbeare Common.  

There has been discussion over the years as to where the flocks go and where they come from with various theories put forward.  Clearly this is an annual event with flocks passing down through Devon but no clear evidence of them heading out to sea.  If they are seen heading out to sea from the south Devon coast please could we know.

Posted October 28th, 2014 at 1:41 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Wood pigeons over Haytor

Over Haytor at about  9:00 am this morning there was a large movement of Wood Pigeons all heading south,in ten minutes or so I counted between 600 to 700 in quite large flocks, and I am sure that there were many more.

Posted October 28th, 2014 at 10:15 am by Keith Benyon- Tinker in Bird News

Downend

06.50 - 08.40.

Vis mig with moderate ESE turning Southerly after 09.00.

Movement of migrants fizzled out after 08.40.

2165 Chaffinch, 3 Bullfinch,12 Siskin,16 Meadow Pipit, 20 Starling, 14 Woodpigeon, 2 Pied Wagtails.

Posted October 28th, 2014 at 9:39 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Monday 27th October 2014

Heading home to Rugby & stopping at Bowling Green Marsh - Sunday 27.10.2014

Peregrine Falcon trying to see off a Carrion Crow following a duck kill!


Posted October 27th, 2014 at 9:33 pm by Steve McAusland in Bird News

Pied wagtails roost in paris st Exeter

 100+ ?Pied wagtails roost in  tree at top of Paris St Exeter 


Posted October 27th, 2014 at 9:30 pm by Jon Tagg in Bird News

Seaton Hole

Mid afternoon today two Firecrest at Seaton Hole with 6+ Goldcrest, a Chiffchaff and a selection of Tits. 

Firecrest
Firecrest

Posted October 27th, 2014 at 7:05 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Early morning at the bridge - some overhead migration, all going south : lots of finches mainly Greenfinch (200+) and Goldfinch (250+) also 10 House Martin, 1 Swallow and small groups of Skylark, Meadow Pipits and Wood Pigeons. A Yellow-browed Warbler in the willows below the bridge with a tit flock showed itself well and called a few times, what a good autumn for this species! A Firecrest in the hedge nearby. Also 2 Blackcap, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Chiff-Chaff, 4 Goldcrest and a 1W Med Gull at Torcross. Lots of unidentified skuas on the horizon heading towards Start Point!

Posted October 27th, 2014 at 4:20 pm by David Cope in Bird News

Start Point

100% cloud cover over land, clear c20kms out at sea. Fresh southerly decreasing through morning.

Vis mig ( from North of car park, 06:50-08:10, all birds heading south )

21 Meadow Pipit, 120 alba Wagtails, 21 Swallows, 340 Goldfinch, 30 Chaffinch, 110 Linnet, 40 Greenfinch, 1 Starling, 1Reed Bunting. Female Merlin seen twice, once caught an unidentified finch.Decided to head down to the lighthouse ( flock of 9 Swallows on the way ), where Bob Burridge, Mike Passman and Eric Wotton were already seawatching. Turned into a nice skua fest, totals between when Bob started at around 07:50 and i left at 12:30 were ( all headed south ) 4 Great Skua, 20 Pomarine Skuas ( 2 adult rest juvs ), 12 Arctic Skuas and 2 juv Long-tailed Skuas. The skuas passed fairly close affording some great views. On  one memorable occasion had 2 Great Skuas and single Arctic, Pom and Long-tailed in the same field of view going for some unfortunate kittiwakes. The vast majority had gone through by 10:00. Also seen up to 1000 Kittiwakes including a large feeding flock southeast of the point tempting several of the skuas to hang around. Other birds going south included Red-throated Diver, 3 Balearic Shearwaters, Sooty Shearwater ( hung around with the Kittiwakes for a while giving great views ), 2 Brent Geese, 5 Common Scoter ( also apparently flightless bird in bay below light ) and 3 Mediterranean Gulls. Just to round it off, nice Black Redstart in the lighthouse compound.

Posted October 27th, 2014 at 3:25 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Otter Estuary, Sunday

Phalarope was still in the Otter Estuary mouth on Sunday afternoon :)

Posted October 27th, 2014 at 2:27 pm by Helen Whitall in Bird News

East Soar

Firecrest on lower slopes of Fir Wood. Also just 5 goldcrest & blackcap

Posted October 27th, 2014 at 2:03 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

East from Instow

Lotti flock with single Chiffchaff. Fair few Blackbird and Meadow Pipit about. Dunlin x 5, Ringed Plover x 20, Turnstone x 12, Redshank x 20 plus usual Oycs/Little Egret/Curlew while tide only just starting to drop. One flock of 10 Skylark. Couple of Med Gull over heading to inland fields c.f. the rock roost.

Posted October 27th, 2014 at 11:16 am by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Eastern visitors on the yealm

Quick ringing session yesterday afternoon came up trumps when a visit to the net had a tristis type chiff & yellow browed warbler in the net side by side ! There was also another yellow brow calling in the trees. Big passage of redwings through also .

Yellow browed warbler
Yellow browed warbler

tristis chiff
tristis chiff

tristis chiff head
tristis chiff head

Posted October 27th, 2014 at 8:00 am by David Scott in Bird News

Sunday 26th October 2014

Topsham

Female Merlin flew across Exe reedbeds & onto Exminster Marshes early morning, Jays a constant presence around Bowling Green Marsh (over 10). Otherwise not a lot of note: 1 Ruff, 1 Spotted redshank, 17 Greenshank and plenty of meadow pipits.

Posted October 26th, 2014 at 8:10 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

BGM & Topsham Recreation Ground

Viewed over the morning tide with Keith.

2+ Spotted Redshank + Ruff + c20 Jays flying to&fro stashing nuts + good numbers of other usual waders and Meadow Pipits

From Viewing Platform

Large group of Gannets could be seen fishing from the Warren bay and over towards Starcross + c3 Great Crested Grebes + c60 Brent Geese + c100 Wigeon + 5 Ravens moving west fying over

Mid-day at Topsham Recreation Ground on my own

Water Pipit landed in from of me in the first clearing from the rowing boat mooring jetty another couple were also looking for it but by the time i turned around they had already left + 6 Common Sandpipers + 7 Greenshank + Peregrine + 2 Kingfishers under M5 bridge near Retreat boatyard.

Walked back to Bowling Green Marsh again mid-afternoon

Awesom display from a Peregrine which had taken out a Wigeon in mid-air just over the right hand pond before seeing off a Buzzard, Raven and a Crow with some acrobatic maneuvers and very loud calling and was really not happy before returning for lunch.

Peregrine
Peregrine

Peregrine
Peregrine

Kingfisher
Kingfisher

Posted October 26th, 2014 at 6:30 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Northam Burrows

One Whimbrel and one Purple Sandpiper at Northam Burrows today, 26/10/14, at 11.30am. Whimbrel at end of tip road, Purple sandpiper on rocks by 8th tee.

Posted October 26th, 2014 at 3:30 pm by Keith Prangnell in Bird News

South Efford Marsh -Aveton Gifford

11.30 - 1300hrs . A Hobby flying east on the South Brent - Loddiswell Rd. Met Eric, the warden, coming away from the hide. He described things as quiet, but not how you would describe the noise from the many Canada's present! 11 Curlews, 20+ Teal, one Shelduck, 1 Stonechat, 2 Meadow Pipits. Surprised to see 2 clouded yellows, 2 peacock and a lone speckled wood still flying in the fairly strong cold breeze.

Posted October 26th, 2014 at 3:11 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Cranbrook (New Town), Exeter

An early morning visit to the scrape produced a 'female type' Black Redstart and a female Stonechat sitting on the barbed wire fence together with 3 Meadow Pipits and a Gt Spotted Woodpecker over.  Nothing on the scrape itself which is now full of water and greening up.

The approach road to the scrape and reserve now has a name... Burrough Fields and a grit path is being constructed for access.

Posted October 26th, 2014 at 11:02 am by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Berry Head

First visit to the Head after 10 days away: 1 juv Long-tailed Skua, 10 Juv Pomarine Skuas, 8 Arctic Skuas, 1 Great Skua, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Common Scoter, many Auk Sp all >S (thanks Lee Collins for early call), 

Around Head and overhead of note: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler (photo Below), 2 Firecrest, 15 Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Brambling, 1 Yellowhammer

Yellow-browed Warbler Berry Hd 26 Oct 2014 ML Yellow-browed Warbler Berry Hd 26 Oct 2014 ML

Posted October 26th, 2014 at 10:42 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Ring Ouzel's ~ South Brent

A first light visit to the Avon dam resulted in a count of 14 Ring Ouzel's, at one point 11 broke cover and flew out to the moors quickly followed by another 3.

7 Fieldfare joined them at one point, a single Song Thrush, numerous Blackbirds.

A flight of 6 Goosanders flew down the river as I had walked up, other species included Kestrel, Grey Wagtail, Buzzard, 2 Ravens, Stonechat

Flock of some 100 plus Woodpigeons, small flock of passage Redwings

Posted October 26th, 2014 at 10:03 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Start Point

100% cloud cover, mod-fresh W wind.

Vis mig 06:55-08:00 ( from car park, all birds south-southwest )

7 Woodpigeon ( its a start ! ), 16 Meadow Pipit, 20 alba Wagtials, 25 Swallow, 110 Linnet, 10 Bullfinch, 21 Greenfinch, 310 Goldfinch, 15 Chaffinch ( gone AWOL this morning ) and 5 Reed Bunting.

Heard about a good skua passage at Dawlish / Berry Head. Just had time to set my scope up in the car park and point it seaward for 15 minutes before i had to leave. Frustratingly 7 Pom / Arctics seen flying south in about 15 minutes. Bob B was down at the light so hopefully he will have some numbers later on.

Posted October 26th, 2014 at 10:00 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Saturday 25th October 2014

Shaldon

A (locally) very good passage of Arctic Skuas offshore this afternoon with 26 seen from the top of The Ness between 15:15-16:15, the majority heading south including a party of 5, and at least a further dozen viewed from Teignmouth before and afterwards. Also a Firecrest in The Ness.

Posted October 25th, 2014 at 10:46 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Prawle

As autumn draws to a close ( arrgh! I hear you cry) the 3 amigos ( PM, JL and TM) set forth to discover late migrants :

Highlights today being 2 Yellow-Browed Warblers –both found by PM ( one in the reserve which we all saw at c 11.15am and another in Merrymore Lane towards Pig’s Nose Valley which JL and myself did not ); then 2 Merlins (JL and I saw one at Langerstone Point on rocks; I saw another on the edge of the recording area on top of a telegraph pole on leaving Prawle ) and 6 Egyptian Geese in field nr Merrimore Lane.

A brief seawatch by JL later joined by PM c 10am from Bunkers produced 6 skuas : 3 Bonxies ; 1 Arctic, I imm Pom and 1 unidentified skua all west ; also a Great Northern Diver and  2 Balearic Shearwaters, 5 Common Scoter east and 2 Common Dolphins.

Vis mig results (8.15 to 9.30) : 3 Siskin, 1 Reed Bunting, 790 Goldfinches, 258 Linnets , 195 Chaffinches, c 100 Meadow Pipits, 220  Woodpigeons (the start of things to come ?) , 11 Stock Doves, 8 Greenfinches , 13 Swallows. PM also saw a late Whitethroat nr the Hump.

Elsewhere 12 Long-Tailed Tits, only 3 Goldcrests ,  2 Chiffchaff and 1 Clouded Yellow. Well noted was the lack of thrushes. JL and myself left at 4.30pm.

Posted October 25th, 2014 at 9:00 pm in Bird News

Axmouth

Finally a Yellow-browed Warbler on patch this autumn!

It was up Chapel Street, Axmouth, shortly after 1pm. Showed well in a front garden and along road side, but overall elusive so a good job it's a vocal one (isn't it funny how some remain stubbornly silent whereas others don't stop calling!).  Spent most of its time alone, but shared a bush with two Goldcrest briefly.

It was beyond entrance to Stepps Lane, where road bends left with a public footpath and stile on the right.

Posted October 25th, 2014 at 8:55 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Budleigh / Otter Estuary

The Grey Phalarope continues to stay faithful to its favoured feeding area at the mouth of the Otter. Also today an adult Spoonbill and Little Gull briefly (Alan and Dave).

Over the last few days a Merlin and 100+ Skylark in fields east of the Otter and at least 1 Firecrest on the coastal path above West Cliffs.

Posted October 25th, 2014 at 7:34 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Soar

A very quiet start (I didn't see a single bird between the car park and Mid soar at dawn!) and nowhere near the vis mig Perry has reported at Start. However things picked up a bit later with c800 Wood Pigeons and c15 Stock Doves west and another c100 Wood Pigeons and c15 Stock Doves south-east. 

c25 Goldfinches and c15 alba Wagtails overhead but they didn't seem to be going in any firm direction.

A Yellow-browed Warbler in the clump of sallows beside the main path in Starehole. Also a Merlin, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, just single Blackcap and Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Wagtails, 4 Song Thrushes, and 2 Goldcrests.

At the top of Starehole, a bright ginger Dunnock, the likes of which I've never seen before!

Nothing of note at South Huish on the way home.

Posted October 25th, 2014 at 6:37 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Shipley-Avon Dam, South Brent

After a slow start eventually located 6 ring ouzels below the Dam, with one fieldfare flying in with them off the open moor. 2 kestrels also sighted. Photos on South Brent Birders F/Book page.

Posted October 25th, 2014 at 3:13 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

GREY PHALAROPE

The grey Phalarope  showed well once the tide went out enough for it to get on the mud at the back of the shingle bank  

Posted October 25th, 2014 at 2:07 pm by martin cox in Bird News

Start Point

100% cloud cover, moderate WSW wind.

Vis mig 07:40 - 09:45 ( from car park, all flying south - southwest )

80 Meadow Pipit, 14 alba Wagtails, 3 Swallows, 80 Linnet, 640 Goldfinch, 170 Chaffinch, 8 Bullfinch, 9 Siskin, 7 Greenfinch and 6 Reed Buntings. Also seen single Fieldfare in the farm and strangest sight of the all a Black-throated Diver flying over the point from the west ( ie inland ).

Posted October 25th, 2014 at 10:57 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Friday 24th October 2014

Ring Ouzels ~ South Brent

Another visit to the Avon Dam this afternoon, enroute met several birders coming back down the road who had visited the area without seeing anything of note, certainly no Ring Ouzels. However within a few minutes of reaching the area in which the nine were seen yesterday a female showed well, all be it very jumpy, two other birders observed two others, I can only claim the hen which was moving between two berry-laden trees.

Kestel seen and good numbers of Goldcrests, lots of Blackbirds feeding on the berry trees, again very poor lighting and visibility.

Another birder reported seeing three Ring Ouzels just above the car park, again feeding on berries.

Posted October 24th, 2014 at 10:36 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Start Point - Torcross

Rain forecast for the morning never materialised, but some showers in the night. Got a lift  to Start Point car park on site at 07:45 where there was a moderate sw wind and local hill fog. Spent an hour around the car park but saw little, best being 12 Swallows heading south  ( also about 20 alba Wagtails, 60 Goldfiches, 60 Meadow Pipits and a few Chaffinches ). Walked down to the lighthouse where there was a Black Redstart. Offshore surprised to see some Kittiwakes headed south with an Arctic Skua despite the apparent benign conditions. At least 500 Kittiwakes were feeding southeast of the Point. Bob Burridge then turned up and from 09:30 - 12:30 between us we saw heading south 2 Manx Shearwaters, a Balearic Shearwater which hung around, 4 Shelduck, 4 Common Scoter, 3 Great Skuas and 10 Arctic Skuas, some stopping to hassle the Kittiwakes. Also 2 unidentified Skuas ( 1 Pom/Arctic, 1 Long-tailed/Arctic ). A good late flock of 30 Swallows and 3 House Martins briefly flew around the point. Little else seen, no other migrants at the light or farm.

Walking down to South Hallsands little seen apart from a Clouded Yellow. Things improved at North Hallsands, the bushy/reedy area behind the beach had a Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackcap and best of all a Yellow-browed Warbler. It showed well for a couple minutes then dissapeared into cover but was then calling. A Wheatear was on the beach. Bumped into Bob again at Beesands where an excellent number of 50 Swallows present, Bob also had 6 House Martins. On the ley 51 Gadwall, 62 Coot and 11 Tufted Duck, things improved here since last winter. Nothing around Cellers Quarry and got to Torcross just in time to catch the bus home.

 

Posted October 24th, 2014 at 5:30 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Berry Head pm

A mid afternoon wander around was interrupted by seeing 20+ skuas joining in with a large assembly of Kittiwakes (600+), gulls and Gannets off shore. Without scope I was unable to identify all, most quite distant, but was  able to pick out 2 adult pale Arctic Skuas, several juveniles, and 2-3 juvenile Pomarines of which one flew past close into the bay.

 

Posted October 24th, 2014 at 4:38 pm in Bird News

Thursday 23rd October 2014

Prawle Seawatch

7.40 to 12.30 am seawatch in SW/SSW force 4 going 5/6 with Frank L. and John L. Misty at times and a few passing showers ie pretty good conditions (tho not North Cornwall in  NWesterlies !)

1 Black-Throated Diver (moulting to wp); 1 imm Pom; 2 Arctic skuas; 13 Balearic and 2 Manx Shearwaters ;  604 auks, 163 Kittiwakes all west . Also 1 Med Gull adult wp and  3 Common Scoter.

Posted October 23rd, 2014 at 9:43 pm in Bird News

Ring Ouzels - South Brent

Further to post by Steve Hopper, a fair sized group of Ring Ouzels was first observed below the Avon Dam by a group of 9 South Brent Birders on an organised walk at 1130 hrs Wed 22.10.14. I returned alone with a camera at 1500 hrs . The largest confirmed group seen together comprised 10 Ring Ouzels, although others may have been present nearby. The group included both males, and females with juveniles being a possibility.

Ring Ouzel at South Brent on 22.10.14
Ring Ouzel at South Brent on 22.10.14

Posted October 23rd, 2014 at 8:27 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Ring Ouzels ~ South Brent

Despite the awful weather this afternoon I made the walk out to the Avon Dam to find the Ring Ouzels reported by members of the local birding group yesterday. Once found the light was so poor that it was not possible to even make out the markings on the birds, but evenually two of them came close enough in flight for a posiitve ID, shortly afterwards nine broke cover and circled overhead before beinbg lost in the fog and mist.

Other birds inc Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, numerous Long-tailed Tits, Meadow Pipits and Skylarks.

On the way back at another stand of berry trees numerous "Blackbird / Thrush type species" observed three of which ID'd as Ring Ouzel.

Posted October 23rd, 2014 at 5:27 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Otter Estuary

The Grey Phalarope still this afternoon showing ridiculously well behind the shingle ridge, 

Posted October 23rd, 2014 at 4:18 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Venn, Aveton Gifford

14 Swallows over the garden late morning.

Posted October 23rd, 2014 at 4:16 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Lost falcon

Lost from the South Brent area on the 21st October a hybrid Gyr falcon, looks much like an Arctic Gyr as per images attached, any sightings or information please contact Steve Hopper on mobile 07816 958063 or by email at southhamshawks@owls.entadsl.com 

Given the recent weather the bird could now be some distance from South Brent.




Posted October 23rd, 2014 at 7:41 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Wednesday 22nd October 2014

grey phalarope

 grey phalarope still showing well at budleigh this afternoon


Posted October 22nd, 2014 at 10:36 pm by gray clements in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:30 till 17:50

A female merlin flew through by the the viewing platform and a kingfisher showed well , 2 stonechat to the left of the path. 1900+ wigeon were between exton station and powderham corner on the estuary, 5+ jays.

from the hide 3 spotted redshanks among 300+ redshanks, 18 avocet, 40+ bar tailed godwits among 850+ black tailed godwits, 200+ curlew, 20+ dunlin, 6+ greenshanks, 250+ pied wagtails , 6+ jays.

Posted October 22nd, 2014 at 10:08 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Snow Bunting. Northam burrows.

Snow Bunting flew along pebble ridge from Westward Ho!, dir.

landed briefly,then continued towards Sandymere.

Posted October 22nd, 2014 at 4:45 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Topsham Recreation Ground

The traditional Water Pipit back on territory at the Rec this morning. On the shingle island or along the shore by the path up river to The Retreat.

Water Pipit - Topsham Rec - 22/10/2014
Water Pipit - Topsham Rec - 22/10/2014

Posted October 22nd, 2014 at 2:48 pm by Tim Worfolk in Bird News

East to Middle Soar

A great day for vis mig: Woodpigeon 6530 moving west and south, many straight out to sea with 105 Stock Dove. Also generally moving west 300 Skylark (some grounded), 143 Meadow Pipit (some grounded), 2 Grey Wagtail, 55 Chaffinch, 37 Goldfinch, 5 Siskin & a Reed Bunting.

Other migrants were a Wheatear on Bolt Head, Ring Ouzel & 4 Goldcrest in Starehole, 5 Jay and of course my first Ortolan Bunting for the site. Best day of the autumn!

Posted October 22nd, 2014 at 2:05 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Middle Soar

Ortolan bunting with goldfinches on stubbles by old Admiralty Station aka the Pepperpot, at 1150. Freaked by passing peregrine.

Full morning deatails later.

Posted October 22nd, 2014 at 12:47 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Haytor

A flock of 250 to 300 Golden Plover flying around to the North of Haytor at 9:00 am this morning.

Posted October 22nd, 2014 at 11:18 am by Keith Benyon-Tinker in Bird News

Instow

8 Turnstone, 5 Grey Plover, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 25 Brent Goose, 20 Wigeon were highlights this morning.

Posted October 22nd, 2014 at 11:16 am by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Tuesday 21st October 2014

Grey Phalarope at Budleigh Salterton

A very confiding bird!

Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope

Posted October 21st, 2014 at 9:17 pm by Dave Helliar in Bird News

Plym Estuary

The wader on the Plym has been reidentified as a Little Stint on the basis of some excellent photos which Alan Doidge has just sent me and which include clear shots of the feet (see my post of Monday expressing doubts about the ID).

Many thanks to Alan for these pics without which the ID would not be nailed. If nothing else a very instructive (and tricky) bird.

Posted October 21st, 2014 at 8:52 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Exe

On the Exe with a group of students today from Exmouth to Topsham (tide still flowing out strongly 45 mins after low tide due to the weather!). 1+ Spotshank (Topsham), 3 Golden Plover, 20+ Common Gull, 500+ Brent Goose, 500+ Blackwit. Notable absence of Shelduck with only three seen. Also a duck that I was aleterted to flying away with a pale head, Muscovy came to mind on poor views - are there any around?

Posted October 21st, 2014 at 7:58 pm in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:30 till 17:40

6 ruff, 2+ spotted redshank , 4+ knot, 20+ dunlin, 350+ redshank, 17+ bar tailed godwits, 15+ greenshanks, 120+ wigeon, 70+ teal, good numbers of curlew and black tailed godwits, 1 buzzard, 1 common gull, 5+ jay, 40+ pied wagtails.

Posted October 21st, 2014 at 7:10 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Grey Phalarope - Otter Estuary

Grey Phalarope still on the Otter Estuary feeding and showing extremely well on the mud flat off the lower path towards the river mouth by Lime Kilns Carpark.


Posted October 21st, 2014 at 3:14 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Bassett's Ridge - Taw Estuary

19 Pintail feeding on the Ridge this morning.

7 Black tailed Godwits feeding at Pottington.


Posted October 21st, 2014 at 2:55 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

North Torridge/Instow

Everything a bit all over the place thanks to the high winds. At Instow several Curlew on cricket field, not a common behaviour. Also 2 adult and 2 juv Mediterranean Gull, plus several Common Gull and Blackheaded Gull. Meadow Pipits flattened to the ground anywhere they could find - the public car park, the footpaths etc. Egrets and herons in the farmers fields, some close views of flushed Stonechat (~5 on one hedge) and Skylark, and a Stock Dove I felt rather sorry to flush from a cowshed. 

At Manteo Way nature reserve most action was taking place in a very small cluttered drainage ditch seldom used by birds, with 4 Little Egret, a Green Sandpiper and a Kingfisher.

Posted October 21st, 2014 at 2:06 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

A week in Devon

Drove down 5 mile lane at back of Slapton on Sunday afternoon 5th October around 3pm had 60 + Swallows.Monday 6th quite rainy and blowy but 70 Swallows left roost at Torcoss end of Slapton Ley also a Bittern left at 7.45am high to west, same afternoon 2 Pale -bellied Brent Geese circling bay at South Milton.

Tuesday 7th 120 Swallows Slapton Ley and single Bonxie and Arctic Skua south.

Wednesday 8th Merlin at end of Prawle Point 19 Clouded Yellows in field below NT car park, 100 Swallows south, too windy for much else!

Thursday 9th 200 Swallows south Torcross.

Friday 10th 9 Clouded Yellows Slapton Sands, + 12Stonechat and same number of Cettis Warbler. Afternoon 1 Clouded Yellow Start Point car park, 600 Swallows south, as soon as some rain showers came up the Channell the Swallows stopped leaving and started feeding!

Saturday 11th 200 Swallows to roost Slapton Ley.

Sunday morning 5 mile lane Slapton saw last Swallows (20) on start of 300 mile drive north, seen none since.

Happy Days!!! 

Thursday

Posted October 21st, 2014 at 12:48 pm by Steve Wadsworth in Bird News

Monday 20th October 2014

Plym Estuary - Semipalmated

Although the bulk of the features support Semipalmated, there are just a couple of features which are still niggling me - nb bill shape (I couldn,t see a blob at tip in field nor in my pics) and lower scaps pattern is not typical anchors and rather diffuse.

Only other option appears to be a very grey Little Stint and heavily worn, but even then scaps and terts patterns don't seem to fit.  

No other observer (to my knowledge) has expressed any doubts. I may be being over cautious, but.....

Views and better pics welcome!   

Posted October 20th, 2014 at 10:24 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 15:30 till 17:40

2 spotted redshanks, 3 ruff, 779+ black tailed godwits, 17+ bar tailed godwits, 30+ dunlin, 393+ curlew, 250+ redshanks, 6 avocet, 14+ greenshanks, 7+ jay, 150+ pied wagtails with at least 3 white wagtails in with them, 40+ meadow pipits, 1 buzzard

Posted October 20th, 2014 at 10:03 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Axe Estuary

This lovely first-winter Caspian Gull was down by the tram sheds (bottom end of the Estuary) 15:25-15:50 today.  Classic in all respects but for a touch more mottling on flanks, but I guess that's down to the date and the fact it is not long out of juvenile plumage.

Earlier today not bad vis mig over Beer Head, mostly Linnet, Goldfinch, Skylark, alba Wagtails and Meadow Pipits, but also 3 Reed Buntings, 2 Mistle Thrush and a Siskin. Ian M also had 2 Ring Ouzel and a Firecrest here.

It was a chunky bird, far heftier than surronding Herring Gulls
It was a chunky bird, far heftier than surrounding Herring Gulls

Sorry for the poor quality!
Sorry for the poor quality!

Posted October 20th, 2014 at 7:15 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

East Soar

A  mid-morning visit turned up a late whinchat, 2 wheatear, swallow, grey wagtail & 33 alba wagtail.

Posted October 20th, 2014 at 6:50 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Otter Estuary

 Phalarope. Feeding on the mud inside the pebble ridge at low tide.

Posted October 20th, 2014 at 5:48 pm by David Turrell in Bird News

Otter Estuary

While we were out with the RSPB Exeter local group this morning, we were surprised to see this Grey Phalarope in the mud just behind the pebbles ridge at the bottom end of the estuary.

Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope

Posted October 20th, 2014 at 5:38 pm by Richard Swinbank in Bird News

Sunday 19th October 2014

Semi P location

Hi Tony. Location is Blagdon Marsh car park off Embankment Rd. Not Richmond Walk. Birdguides removed those details since. Walk along footpath by road South and as go under rail bridge bear left along cycle path until over looking estuary with obvious spit of rubble/land. Sitting on that with two Ringed Plover up to dark. 

Posted October 19th, 2014 at 10:27 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Prawle and elsewhere

As neither John L. and I were able to go to Prawle yesterday (missing out on good conditions again this autumn !) we were only expecting the ‘leftovers’ on our seawatch in SW force 5 going west from 7.30 till 11am, when sunshine on the water stopped play.

Key birds seen : 30 Balearic Shearwaters  ; 3 dark phase Arctic Skuas, 1 Bonxie , 1 imm Pomarine Skua and highlight being a fully spooned adult pale phase Pomarine Skua-all west . Also 149 Auks, 3 Common Scoter and 1 Redshank (not often seen on a seawatch at Prawle ) Elsewhere 1 Wheatear and 6/7 Chiffchaffs.  We then left to see the 5 Whooper Swans nr Kingsbridge , and I went home but via Mount Batten to see the Grey Phalarope frolicking in the swell and surf. Unable to go to see the Semi-P. this afternoon  ( an excellent find by Pete Aley ) I am confused as to its location : Blagdon Boatyard on Richmond Walk is not off the Embankment ! Blagdon Meadow is .Can anyone clarify in case ( unlikely) that the bird lingers tomorrow  ? (cheers)

Posted October 19th, 2014 at 10:12 pm in Bird News

South Huish Marsh - Crane

Common Crane reported late afternoon still there at 5.45pm on South Huish Marsh by Robin Shute .  Viewable from NT Car Park in company with Canada Goose flock.

Also five Whooper Swams present in area (2 adults and three juveniles)

Posted October 19th, 2014 at 8:06 pm in Bird News

Phalarope at Budleigh Salterton

I saw what I think was a Phalarope on the Otter Estuary by the Limekiln car park at Budleigh this afternoon.

It was swmming and wading in the shallow water of a creek at high-tide. It flew with a swooping flight.

Posted October 19th, 2014 at 7:56 pm by Phil Smith in Bird News

SEE CORRECTION ABOVE Semipalmated Sandpiper

A couple of pics - with apologies for quality!

Posted October 19th, 2014 at 7:47 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Plym Estuary

SEE CORRECTION ABOVE.  A juv Semipalmated Sandpiper roosting at high tide just south of Blagdon's Boat Yard, viewed from the cycle track. The first spot I looked at on this afternoon's visit to the Plym - I didn't get any further!

All observers happy with the ID after a thorough discussion and initial news put out as "probable" so as not to delay things.

Also 2 juv Ringed Plovers and 18 Turnstones there. 

Posted October 19th, 2014 at 7:26 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Islay Marsh

Unfourtuantly it was high tide, but good show. There was 19 Lapwing, a large fock of Dunlin, 3 Greenshank, 3 Golden Plover, 14 Grey Plover, Oystercatcher, Curlew and pair of Brent geese followed by a flock of ten.

Posted October 19th, 2014 at 5:39 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in Bird News

Exe Estuary - Turf to Powderham

A WeBS count mid afternoon on such a sunny Sunday was almost certainly going to be compromised by lots of people and activities. That was certainly the case today, and a jet ski roaring around near the Turf disturbed most of the waterfowl. However a first for me was that it was being ridden by a young man and a large dog.

However there were a few birds about; c35 brent geese, a dozen or so black-tailed godwits and a few bar-tails. On the sea wall there were a few meadow pipits and one wheatear. Near the Turf a single adult Med gull was hawking for insects with a few black-headed gulls. The black swan had drifted down from Topsham.

On the walk home across the marshes I saw c30 lapwings, 17 little egrets in two groups, one peregrine and two chiffchaffs.

The new foot/bike bridge over the railway north of Powderham Church is in place but not yet open as the track from Turf is still very much under construction.

Posted October 19th, 2014 at 5:35 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Coleton Camp to Froward Point

11.00 - 1400hrs

Skylark 17, Ring Ouzel 3 (2 at Scabbacombe and one above Ivy Cove), Goldcrest 5, Chiffchaff 3, Wheatear, Stonechat 8, Swallow, House Martin 2, Cirl Bunting 4, Raven 2, Yellowhammer, Chaffinch, Goldfinch 5 & Meadow Pips 30+. Also Clouded Yellow & Painted Lady.

Posted October 19th, 2014 at 5:04 pm by Bill Macdonald in Bird News

Mountbatten, Plymouth

Grey Phalarope still off south side of Mountbatten Pier between 1100-1130, two adult Sandwich Terns and two adult Mediterrenean Gulls as well.

Posted October 19th, 2014 at 12:34 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Start Point

Cloudy, grey morning. Fresh-strong SW wind veering more westerly after a while.

07:40-09:40 ( Vis mig watch.)

Found a spot below the car park out of the wind and was surprised how much passed through, all heading south - southwest. Passage starting dying down after 90 minutes.

120 Meadow Pipit, 60 alba Wagtails, 13 Swallows, House Martin, 3 Starlings,  560 Linnets, 1180 Goldfinch, 240 Chaffinches, 50 Greenfinches, 3 Bullfinches and 2 Reed Buntings. A male Merlin shot across the car park as i was leaving. No Brambling or Siskin.

Posted October 19th, 2014 at 10:57 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Saturday 18th October 2014

exminster marshes

common crane at Turf  Hotel end at 15:30

Posted October 18th, 2014 at 6:44 pm by steve clarke in Bird News

nr Malborough

Bob Burridge rang and asked me to post there are 5 Whooper Swans ( 2 adult and 3 Juvs ) in a stubble field by Alston Farm Caravan Park  ( NE of Malborough approx Grid Ref SX722408 ).

Posted October 18th, 2014 at 5:21 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Taw Bridge - Bruanton

Along the Taw River there were plenty of Oystercatcher, Curlew, Dunlin and Redshank but no Godwits. Near Pottington there were a few Teal and before Chivoner a massive flock of 300-400 Canda Geese which included the possible Ross's x Barnacle Goose. Wrafton pond had 2 female Shoveler, a Tufted Duck and a Pochard. Out on Sherpa I saw for the fist time the 2 Marsh Harriers, no sign of cattle egret.

Posted October 18th, 2014 at 4:50 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in Bird News

Hartland Point

Whilst waiting for the helicopter to Lundy (which never arrived due to fog at Castle Air's Liskeard base...) we had good flight views and brief on-the-ground views of a Richard's Pipit. The bird flew off towards the SW at about 10.00 (Tom Bedford, Richard Campey, Tim Davis, James Diamond, Tim Jones).

Posted October 18th, 2014 at 4:35 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Grey Phalarope

A couple of pics in the swell off Mount Batten Pier this morning.  Still there at 13:00.

Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope

Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope

Posted October 18th, 2014 at 3:39 pm in Bird News

Downend

07.30 - 08.50

Another migration check early this morning with a moderate wind from the South. No movement of migrants at all. Not 1 Chaffinch or Meadow Pipit! Yesterday morning at the same time the wind was from the ESE direction.Just shows the importance of wind direction for migration.

31 Cormorants > SE from roost.

Correction yesterday mormings post - The Auks (mainly Razorbills) were flying South not E (typo).

Posted October 18th, 2014 at 1:48 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Berry Head a.m.

Seawatching between  0730-1230 after a night of heavy downpours and gusts, wind slowly veering to SW and cloud lifting. A good morning for skuas with at least 53 Arctics ,most I have  seen here recently. Also 9 Great, 7 Pomarine, Skuas, 3 Sooty and 17 BalearIc Shearwaters, 16 Common Scoter, 1 Arctic Tern.

DMN, Andy Plumb, Clive Harris, REB.

Posted October 18th, 2014 at 1:43 pm in Bird News

Mount Batten

  Grey Phalarope 10:30 am found by Vic Tucker.

Posted October 18th, 2014 at 10:30 am in Bird News

Friday 17th October 2014

Bowling green marsh

Started the day with severall groups of Redwings moving south west over the house in exeter this morning 07:30 till 08:00 with 300+ which also included my first fieldfares of the autumn with 4+ in one group

the goatwalk at topsham 10:00 till 10:30 held plenty of black tailed godwits which were disturbed by my first Merlin of the autumn as it crossed the estuary towards exminster marsh 

The viewing platform at bowling green marsh was next with 12+ grey plover, 1 water rail behind in the reeds calling, 4+ jays , 2 chiffchaffs.

from the hide 3 avocet, 3 spotted redshanks, 2 ruff, 40+ dunlin, among good numbers of redshank, black tailed godwits, curlew , 8+ bar tailed godwits, 10+ greenshanks, 40+ skylark over and steady passage of meadow pipits, the pair of stonechats still showing well, 3 reed buntings, 2 Cetti's warblers, 5+ jay.

A quick look in goosemoor produced a kestrel, 1 kingfisher and a common sandpiper on the clyst,  a group of 38 meadow pipit were put up by the kestrel, 10+ skylarks over, 2 raven.

Posted October 17th, 2014 at 11:00 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Soar

08:30-16:15. Grey morning with a fresh W-SW, cleared a little until midday when the wind started strengthening a little and backing southerly.

Nice to meet a few birders in Starehole looking for the ouzels. Between us we recorded Merlin, Grey Wagtail, 2 Wheatear, 9 Ring Ouzels ( 4 in the valley, Fay and her Mum had 4 the same time by the ponds, one on Sharp Tor by the sun dial ), 3 Yellow-browed Warblers ( Simon heard one East Soar willows, Francis and i heard one halfway down Starehole and Eric W saw one in sycamores on the east side of Starehole, timings all coincided so no duplication ), 6 Chiffchaffs and 8 Goldcrests. Strange to get 3 Yellow-broweds when such a relativly low count of chiffs and crests. Great to meet Mr. Lawrence enjoying the ouzels at the bottom of the valley, always nice to know you can rely on a 90 year old gentlemen to take a scope and tripod down the hill for you to take a look through, thanks Henry !!

Posted October 17th, 2014 at 6:55 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Berry Head

Today at Berry Head, seawatch 12:00-16:30 building southerly ahead of the next front. Large feeding frenzy of mixed gulls and Gannets building in Lyme Bay, attracting skuas and shearwaters some then heading south included: 15 Arctic Skuas, 9 Pomarine Skuas, 10 Bonxies, 14 Sooty Shearwaters, 5 Balearic Shearwaters and a Manx Shearwater.  Also 2 Greylag Geese earlier and a Wheatear.  MD,AR,ST.

Posted October 17th, 2014 at 6:02 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Berry Head Hobby

A few  belated shots (I have been away since) of the very obliging young Hobby which frequented  the back of Berry Head on 30 Sept-1 Oct, hunting Craneflies over the copse and aircraft beacon.   The first shot shows a Cranefly about to be taken.

Posted October 17th, 2014 at 5:00 pm in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smetharpe

Some visible migration this morning, principally Starlings with a count of 980 in just under an hour. The first Fieldfare of the autumn with 36 west and 20 Redwings also west. Single Wheatear and 3 Stonechats on the airfield with increasing numbers of Meadow Pipit with around 70 this morning. Skylarks remain in low numbers without any arable field at around 30-40 although they did appear to be arriving this morning.

Posted October 17th, 2014 at 11:17 am in Bird News

Downend & 'Nessie'

07.30 - 09.20 - Steady flow of migrants for the first 1hr. 30 min of daylight this morning mainly Chaffinches.

546 Chaffinch > east, 18 Meadow Pipits > E, 95 Auks >E,

4 Pied Wagtail, 21 Cormorant flying from roost >SE, 10 Gannet, 4 Manx Shearwaters > S.

Juvenile Thresher Sharks prefer shallow sheltered Bays & the tail can be as long as the total length of the body.After consulting my Marine Expert prey items iinclude Herring as well as several other species & the timing is right for Herring.

Posted October 17th, 2014 at 11:04 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Ravens in Budleigh

3 Ravens circling above Fore Street Budleigh this mroning at about 8.30 

Posted October 17th, 2014 at 11:03 am by Richard Allen in Bird News

Thursday 16th October 2014

Torquay harbour

Not a place that I would consider for bird watching but during a visit with my grand daughter recorded the following species, Rock Pipit, Pied wagtail (several) Cormorant,Shag, feral Pigeons, Gulls ~ Herring / Black Head / Greater Black Back, single Raven overhead, Carrion Crow, Buzzard, Heron on the rocks off the coast in front  of the Living Coast centre, the Heron was roosting with numerous Cormorants, I took a distant photo and on looking at it there is a large brown bird with a distinctive white throat and I have no idea as to its identity.

Posted October 16th, 2014 at 8:15 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

South Knighton

10 Stock Doves feeding on fresh cut Maize field

Posted October 16th, 2014 at 6:17 pm by Roger Yeoman in Bird News

plymouth group field visit

Inspite of the wind and low cloud saw plenty of birds including excellent views of 5+ ring ouzel in soar valley going down to starehole bottom.  Also saw twice a merlin.  Lesley 

Posted October 16th, 2014 at 5:20 pm by lesley goonesekera in Bird News

Bideford & Barnstaple Bay Loch Ness Monster!

 I have spoken to a Marine Life expert this morning & although it is rare, there is a possibility it was a Thresher Shark which is listed as vulnerable - IUCM Red List of threatened species.

I have examined video footage on google & I am now almost certain that it was a Thresher Shark. The length of the tail equals approx half the length of the total body.Thresher Sharks stun their prey with tail slaps. They prefer cool pelagic waters but will wander into coastal areas in pursuit of fish.They are very strong swimmers & can leap out of the water.What I think I have seen is the very long tail of a Thresher Shark in shallow water slapping it's tail. I have never seen one before.

I am familiar with the behaviour of Harbour Porpoise, Bottle nose Dolphin & Common Dolphin & have done a Cetacean watch from a coastal headland for several years & I am certain it was none of these species.

Unfortunately, was not able to obtain a photo through the scope.

Posted October 16th, 2014 at 3:19 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Livermead Torquay

Two Firecrests (1 male and 1 female) again in Holly tree in garden on edge of Scadson Woods at 08.15 today. 

Posted October 16th, 2014 at 10:24 am by Clive Mason in Bird News

Wednesday 15th October 2014

late post for 11 Oct Soar Farm

Yellow-Browed Warbler in Copse down from Soar Farm.

Barry Rankine

Yellow-browed Warbler, Barry Rankine Soar Farm

Posted October 15th, 2014 at 11:37 pm in Bird News

Barnstaple's Loch Ness Monster - suggestion?!

Thanks for the post about the 'nessie', gave us a good giggle and then a fun discussion about what it could actually have been!

Given it was flat calm and warm, and the creature was quite distant, we reckon perhaps a dolphin or similar that was highly distorted via a mirage effect?? Objects near the horizon over the sea sometimes appear stretched due to the temperature contrast with the air, they often don't look wobbly like heat hazes do. Our guess anyway :)

Posted October 15th, 2014 at 10:26 pm by Helen Whitall in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Watched from the hide 09:00 till 12:00

4 spotted redshanks, and still 3 ruff, 70+ dunlin , 1 knot, 42+ greenshanks, 5 avocet with good numbers of redshanks , black tailed godwits, curlew, 15+ bar tailed godwits, 1 kingfisher, 1 peregrine, 1 sparrowhawk, 2 buzzards, 1 kestrel they have been scarce here over last year so a good record, 1 reed bunting and 1 stonechat male, still good numbers of teal with 300+, 170+ wigeon, 6+ jay, 1 stock dove, 10+ swallow, 2 house martins in with a large group of skylarks.

 

Posted October 15th, 2014 at 10:07 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Braunton Marshes

Cycled down to the Marshes around 17.00 & at first no sign of the Cattle Egret.

Looked through a small flock of Gulls with the scope feeding in the field with the Black Welsh cattle - 56 BH Gulls & 1 Med Gull. The Cattle Egret then flew in & landed on a post by the galvanised gate adjacent to the private road.

I digiscoped the bird from a gate entrance to the Great Field on the other side of the main Marsh road not the private road.The bird was over 100 metres away & it remained on the post preening until a flock of Crows swooped in & spooked it.



Posted October 15th, 2014 at 7:05 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Berry Head seawatch

Seawatch 09:00-15:00. Wind SE moving around to SSW, wet then a clearance. All south: Little Gull (ad), 11 Mediterranean Gulls (3 ad, 4 2w, 4 1w), 38 Common Gull, 4 Arctic Skuas (2 ads, juv & 1s), 3 Pomarine Skuas (1 ad, 2 juvs), Great Skua, 2 Balearic Shearwaters, 5 Sandwich Terns, 13 Common Scoter, 345 Kittiwakes, Red-throated Diver and several Harbour Porpoise.

Best bird was a Merlin than came in off the sea and made two passes over my head (also saw one yesterday near Buckfastleigh), these small falcons amaze me as they often are flying in awful conditions. A Ring Ouzel was calling in one of the bushes while walking back.

 

Posted October 15th, 2014 at 6:27 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Torr Quarry ( nr. Kingsbridge )

First Redwing of the autumn for me flying over here this morning.

Posted October 15th, 2014 at 5:15 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Brixham

08.15

8+ Redwing in flight briefly, heading south east over Brixham College rear car park. 

Posted October 15th, 2014 at 1:46 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Berry Hd

Out before the rain, vismig included: my first (approx) 76 Redwing on site this Autumn in several flocks >W, also first Brambling and Redpoll sp. of autumn. Other birds all >E, 220 Swallows, 26 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin, 3 'alba' Wagtails, 60+ Meadow Pipits, 2 Song Thrush, 33 Goldfinch, 6 Chaffinch, 4 Greenfinch, 3 Siskin, 4 Linnet, 1 Skylark.

Around Headland: of note just 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 5 Stonechat and 7 Goldcrest. 

Posted October 15th, 2014 at 1:06 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

East from Instow

11 Brent Geese, a Wheatear, lots of Meadow Pipit and Linnet, 2 Bullfinch over and a Bar-tailed Godwit were highlights along from Instow towards the power station this morning.

Posted October 15th, 2014 at 11:23 am by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Tuesday 14th October 2014

Devon Weekend of Birding

Highlights of this weekend's trip to North Devon

Saturday the 11th Of October, Lundy Island, 1 Grey Pharalope.

Sunday the 12th of October, Yelland, 3 Spoonbill, Braunton area, 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail) 1 Marsh Harrier.

Monday the 13th of October, Bowling Green Marsh, 1 Bittern, 1 Spotted Redshank.

Posted October 14th, 2014 at 8:03 pm by Steve McAusland in Bird News

Velator

A long ringing session was rewarded with the first WATER RAIL for the site today. Further details on the Forum. We also saw Sparrowhawk, Peregrine and Marsh Harrier over the reserve. Lots of Black-headed Gulls feeding on insects over the reserve.

Posted October 14th, 2014 at 7:39 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Bideford & Barnstaple Bay

Mirror calm in the Bay this aft & very warm temperatures when the sun was out.

1 Great Northern Diver in the Bay.Timed several of the dives, one was for 3mins 45 secs & I bet it can stay under for longer than that.

While looking at the GNDiver from Saunton Down through the scope I spotted an unidentified marine animal which I have never seen the likes of before approx 2 miles distant. Surfacing twice vertically in quick succession with what appeared to be a neck approx 6 foot high & one foot wide  A minute passed by & the action was repeated a second time, both times close to the shore just beyond the surf  It looked like the neck & head of a juvenile Loch Ness Monster or ET! It came down with a splash each time.

You will no doubt already be thinking I have been drinking at lunchtime or Rob has finally taken leave of his senses! Not so.

Any suggestions?

A few Porpoise gently surfacing in the Bay as well

Posted October 14th, 2014 at 5:37 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

River Caen/ River taw

1000-1400.  The Cattle egret is still around but not seen by this birder today.

Stonechat 2, Cetties seen by the toll house. 1 Common sand, 16 Greenshank, 7 Redshank, 26 Dunlin, 20+ Lapwing, 2 Grey wag, 5 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel and a female Merlin chasing a pipit.

Posted October 14th, 2014 at 4:45 pm in Bird News

East Soar to Soar Mill Cove

Six hours from 0750 high on quantity but a little lacking in quality: highlights were female merlin & 3 ring ouzel in Starehole. Also: great-spotted woodpecker 2f, skylark 280 (some grounded  but most moving east), swallow 2, meadow pipit 127, alba wagtail 16, robin 86, stonechat 37 (indicates very good breeding season), wheatear 9, song thrush 6, chiffchaff 22, goldcrest 4, jay 5 moving west, magpie 27, carrion crow 150, goldfinch 38, linnet 60, yellowhammer 14 & cirl bunting 6.

Posted October 14th, 2014 at 2:48 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust Cuts

Apologies if already aware but I have just recieved this which may be of interest and concern to our members 

Torbay Council are proposing to cut funding to Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust who manage much of our local woodland and coastline including Berryhead, The Grove, Occombe Farm, Cockington, The Seashore Centre, Brunel Woods, Daddyhole, Hope's Nose, Wall's Hill, parts of Maidencombe and The John Musgrave Trail. Without this funding they will have to turn much of their duties back over to the council - the council can in no way afford to maintain these sites to the standard we have become accustomed for the same money that they give to TCCT. The reason TCCT can function at such low income from the council is due to their army of volunteers. So if the council cut funding and TCCT hand the land back we can expect a enormous drop in the quality of our outdoor spaces in Torbay. If you are a member of TCCT,  you may have already written to the council about this or signed the e petition. If not, please do and you need to do it by tomorrow: 

This is the link to the e petition 

You do have to first register on the council web site before you can sign it (a brief form - an annoyance I know but it is brief). There are also paper versions at Occombe Farm & Cafe, Berryhead Visitor Centre and Cafe and at Cockington.

Posted October 14th, 2014 at 2:22 pm by Tim Clyburn in Bird News

Berry Hd

Respectable visible migration today 07.30 0950hrs: 39 Skylark, 53 Chaffinch, 108 Meadow Pipits, 13 'alba' Wagtails, 4 Siskin, 36 Goldfinch, 12  Greenfinch, 7 Bullfinch, 3 Song Thrush and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Around the Headland: 1 Wheatear, 1 Firecrest, 9 Goldcrest, 10 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap. 200+ Guillemots on Cliffs today.

6 Harbour Porpoise just off head this morning - click this link for video. http://youtu.be/34hH6oIQGPw

 

Torbay: 16 Common Scoter off Roundham Headland.

Clennon Valley 13 October: 1 Firecrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest, 3 Little Egrets still at least 5 Gadwall on lower lake. 

Posted October 14th, 2014 at 2:12 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

A nice surprise this morning at 10.09 there was a male RING OUZEL, just up from the RSPB car park 100yds along the back track to Turf, In the field on the left hand side under the pylon, I watched It for 5 minutes or so before It disappeared off behind the row of brambles. Also one Wheatear. 

Posted October 14th, 2014 at 1:37 pm by Kevin Bainbridge in Bird News

Higher Brownstone, Froward Point and Old Mill Bay

08:00 - 12:15. All East; 1 Woodlark over FP at 08:25, 15 Skylarks, 9 Jay (2, 5, 2) over OMB (+ 2 more in trees at the Coastwatch building), 1 female Merlin, 1 Grey Wagtail, 5 Meadow Pipit, 13 Greenfinch, 5 Goldfinch and 20+ Swallow. Also 15 Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaff, 15 Goldcrest, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler (1 in Sycamores in OMB at 10:37, SX90696 50051, another duller bird in the hedge between the gate to the point and Froward Cove at 11:32, SX90433 49780), 1 Ring Ouzel (FC), 1 Wheatear (FC).

Posted October 14th, 2014 at 12:46 pm in Bird News

Kingfisher in Barnstaple

Seen a Kingfisher twice now along the River Taw in Barnstaple, between the Old Bridge and the New Bridge. Second sighting was today, out the back of Tea on the Taw.

Posted October 14th, 2014 at 10:53 am by Emma in Bird News

Monday 13th October 2014

Ring Ouzels at Starehole

Just attaching a photo of one of the RO's at Starehole. I was there last friday at the same time as Steve Cox. 

Ring Ouzel at Starehole
Ring Ouzel at Starehole

Posted October 13th, 2014 at 10:22 pm by Rod Worrall in Bird News

Soar

Rain through night and morning, easing mid-afternoon. Moderate north wind.

08:30-17:00. Hard going today and not much to add to Rob's post. Snipe ( flushed from stubble, Southdown ), 300 Skylark ( grounded in area ), Grey Wagtail, 5 Wheatear, 6 Ring Ouzel ( as per Rob all in Starehole but i bet there were several more sheltering ), 30 Blackbird, 30 Song Thrush, 12 Blackcap, 25 Chiffchaff, 8 Goldcrest, 2 Firecrest and 2 Reed Bunting.

Envy anyone out tomorrow morning watching the vis mig, could be a lot going over first thing.

 

 

Posted October 13th, 2014 at 9:22 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

East Soar & Starehole Valley

The rain abated enough by mid-afternoon for a two hour visit. Highlights were 6 ring ouzel in Starehole, firecrest in willows below the farm and yellow-browed heard here but could not be located! Also 3 wheatear, garden warbler, 9 blackcap, 13 chiffchaff, 6 song thrush, jay and 60 meadow pipit. 

Posted October 13th, 2014 at 6:06 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Braunton Marsh

No sign of the Cattle Egret this afternoon, but brief reports earlier of a bird 'over in the next fields'.... The black cattle have been moved to the next field along. Marsh Harrier (adult female) over at 15.47.

Single Shoveler on Wrafton Pond.

Posted October 13th, 2014 at 5:15 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Sometimes going out in absolutely atrocious weather has its rewards and today was one of those days. In the heavy and persistent rain that has been going on all day, finding a flock of 36 Mistle Thrushes would have been worth noting but to find a patch tick in terms of single Grey Plover sitting on one of the runways was beyond expectations. Plenty of Meadow Pipits, Skylarks and Pied wags around the sileage heaps but didn't feel inclined to count them!

Posted October 13th, 2014 at 4:50 pm in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 08:30 till 11:45

a good increase in wigeon to 500+ and still 300+ teal, 1 new in curlew sandpiper in with 150+ dunlin, 4 ruff, 3 spotted redshanks, 12 greenshanks, 11 avocet, 2 grey plover, 1 golden plover over good numbers of curlew, redshanks, black tailed godwits, 1 jay, 1 Cetti's warbler, 22+ bar tailed godwits, lots of meadow pipits and 6 Brent geese(2 adult, 4 juv).

Update15:20 thank to Martin Wolinski for call a  bittern showing from hide on left hand side in reeds in front of gate

Posted October 13th, 2014 at 2:42 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Golden Plovers on Haytor

On my morning dog walk around Haytor I have seen a flock of Golden Plover flying around the Haytor area,on Friday 10th 100+, Saturday 11th 200+,and Sunday 12th 100+.Seen between 8 & 9 am,very restless and reluctant to land.

Posted October 13th, 2014 at 7:31 am by Keith Benyon-Tinker in Bird News

Sunday 12th October 2014

Topsham

3 Med gulls at Tosham rec late pm.

Posted October 12th, 2014 at 10:23 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Bowling green marsh and the exe river

watched from the hide 08:50 till 11:30

2 spotted redshanks, 3 ruff, 55+ dunlin, 12 new in avocets, good numbers of black tailed godwits, curlew and redshanks, 25+ bar tailed godwits,  12+ greenshanks, 20+ lapwing, 1 water rail, 150+ wigeon, 330+ teal, 1 juv common tern, 25+ jay, 3 stonechat, 1 Cetti's warblrr, 1 chiffchaff, 150+ meadow pipit ( most overhead) , 100+ skylark over, 5 grey heron, 3 little egret, 7 Brent geese over and 1 golden plover only the second record of the autumn, 1 green woodpecker, 1 great spotted woodpecker. 

viewing platform area 11:35 till 12:00

1 kingfisher and the juv common term, more skylark and meadow pipit over, 1 grey wagtail.

13:15 till 15:30 a walk around the exe from salmon pool to double locks produced , 2 little grebe , 2 kingfishers, 6+ jay, 2 great spotted woodpeckers, 2 grey heron , 2 chiffchaff , 4+ goldcrests. 

Posted October 12th, 2014 at 9:29 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Braunton Marsh

The Cattle Egret is proving quite a draw - two people I spoke to this afternooon had come from the Midlands! (via some survey work on Lundy admittedly) Whilst there three Swallows flew over.

Posted October 12th, 2014 at 9:23 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

East Soar & Starehole

Early afternoon in quite breezy conditions found one Yellow-browed Warbler and a Goldcrest in the willows below the farm. In the valley, 2 possibly 3 Ring Ouzel (1 male & 1 1st winter), 4 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff + 1 very probable Garden Warbler.  Worryingly a Sparrowhawk was hunting around the hawthorns where the Ouzels were feeding.  100's Pipits with a few Skylarks and Wagtails, but no Swallows, near the airfield

Posted October 12th, 2014 at 8:14 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Remaining pretty quiet - only surprise was accidentally flushing a Tawny Owl. Wheatears still moving through with 7 today (last weeks maxima was 8). Stonechats up to 3, Snipe also 3 and single Green Woodpecker again. Meadow pipits increasing - around 50 today and 30+ Skylarks. Alas no sign of any Golden Plovers to report. 

Posted October 12th, 2014 at 8:08 pm in Bird News

Bolberry and Soar Mill Cove

Visited 0730-1100. One Ring Ouzel and first Merlin of the autumn. Huge numbers of Meadow Pipits, at least 750, 40 Skylark, 20 Alba Wagtail. Otherwise 16 Chiffchaff, 11 Blackcap, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Wheatear, 4 Swallow, 15 Blackbird, 6 Song Thrush, 2 Reed Bunting and 100+ Linnet. 

Posted October 12th, 2014 at 4:54 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Old Bridge Barnstaple

At the Old Bridge there was a flock of 120+ Canada Goose, in with them was what looked like a domestic goose completely white but was smaller than the rest and stockier but not particulary fat, also it had a small grey beak that was quite small and blun. Also had a bit of mottled black on the tail/back that made it look like it was molting.

Any Ideas?

{ Eds see:  https://www.devonbirds.org/news/bird_news/devon_bird_sightings?blogMonth=9&blogYear=2013&blogEntry=3685  }

Posted October 12th, 2014 at 4:14 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in Bird News

FAO: John Hunt // Golden Plover

Just a shoutout on seeing this post, to ask if anyone has seen Golden Plover over the weekend, can they please submit their sightings via the BTO's Birdtrack database? There is a co-ordinated survey of Golden Plover across the whole of Europe this weekend so all sightings will help.

Posted October 12th, 2014 at 4:08 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Berry Head

0720-0950hrs: 2 Firecrests (one quarry the other near to upper stile into Heath), 1 Ring Ouzel below Guardhouse Cafe, 8 Chiffchaff, 14 Goldcrest, 5 Blackcap, 7 Stonechat. 200 Guillemots on Cliffs (first noted back on cliffs on 10th Oct).

Overhead: 34 'alba' Wagtails, 30 Meadow Pipits, 10 Chaffinch, 7 Siskin, 2 Bullfinches, 1 Reed Bunting, 11 Swallows, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

I returned early afternoon to cover the woods again: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler (same area as this morning's Firecrest near heaths upper stile) showed well for a minute or so but only called a couple of times then silent - with a tit flock including 2 Firecrest, 8 Goldcrests and a Coal Tit.  

Posted October 12th, 2014 at 3:46 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

River Plym / Saltram / Lopwell dam

0930-1100 Blaxton pool at high tide:

43 Curlew, 7 Redshank, 6 Greenshank, 14 Little Egret roosting, 2 juvenile Shelduck, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant. 90+ Wood Pigeon in the fields.

1130-1400 Lopwell dam / river Tavy.

Fairly quiet. 3 Little Egret, 3 Common Sandpiper, 10 Little Grebe, 2 Muscovy duck, 4 Raven overhead, 1 Kingfisher. A flock of 17 Mistle Thrush in the trees of Maristow estate.

Posted October 12th, 2014 at 3:38 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

River caen/Braunton marsh

0900-1230. 25+ Longtail tit by vellator car park, on the marsh the Cattle egret showed well among the cattle and on a barn roof, Also seen 40+ Stock dove, 6 Stonechat and 2 Raven. Small numbers of swallows were still passing through. High over the river taw were 100+ Golden plover

Sherpa marsh held a female Marsh harrier 2 Buzzard and a few snipe.

Posted October 12th, 2014 at 2:36 pm in Bird News

Firecrests on the Yealm Estuary

Must be good numbers of these little chaps floating about at the moment had 3 in the net this morning in couple hours along with 6 goldcrests also. They were 2 males & a female With female 4.8 g & males 5.1 & 5.5g respectively. How do they manage to cross seas ?? Beautiful little birds .

Female firecrest
Female firecrest

Male firecrest
Male firecrest

Posted October 12th, 2014 at 2:09 pm by David Scott in Bird News

Mt Batten, Plymouth

10 Med gulls on the rocks, mostly wp ads.

Posted October 12th, 2014 at 2:08 pm by Richard Archer in Bird News

R.Caen > Horsey Island

Another interesting WeBS Count this morning on this sector in absolutely perfect weather conditions which is not always the case!  Even the Skylark were up singing this morning.

Highlights of the early morning visit included a Whooper Swan in flight calling at the same time, a male Merlin on a post on Horsey Island, 1 Marsh Harrier & 5 Kingfishers.

Posted October 12th, 2014 at 2:07 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Taw Estuary (11th Oct)

(Gaia Trust SSSI site inside sea wall) Continuous Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Blackbird and Song Thrush passage. Thrushes trapped during the ringing session had low to medium fat reserves and some were still in moult. Still plenty of Robin around. 2 Kingfisher were also ringed. 

Posted October 12th, 2014 at 10:43 am by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Saturday 11th October 2014

Lundy

A Grey Phalarope was seen off the West Side this afternoon during the round-island boat trip. A photo by Steve McAusland of MARINElife is here.

Posted October 11th, 2014 at 11:19 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

bowling green marsh

many Ducks coming out of eclipse plumage,teal,Widgeon ect

four ruff in different plumage,a dodget gull too big for a lesser back

it was too big!

two swallows thru'going west.

Posted October 11th, 2014 at 8:54 pm by Stephen j Turner in Bird News

Berry Head this morning

Just to add to Mike's post we had 6 Bottled nosed dolphin move quickly past the sea watch point shortly after first light, they were heading north before diverting and heading due east. Later, around 09.30, we saw the Ring Ouzel. We were viewing from the northern fort looking west. The bird was around a small shack in some sycamores before calling twice and flying into the quarry.

AJP and CH

Posted October 11th, 2014 at 7:33 pm in Bird News

Cattle Egret- Braunton Marsh (08:45h)

Still present near the Private Road this morning, standing on small tree. Unfortunately flew off when camera pointed at it! Yesterday very elusive, a Barn Owl was a bonus.

Posted October 11th, 2014 at 2:08 pm by Andrew Lansdell in Bird News

Berry Hd

Fairly good passage overhead for a clear sunny morning: 62 Meadow Pipits, 41 'alba' Wagtails, 40 Goldfinch, 6 Chaffinch 3 Bullfinch, 18 Greenfinch, 4 Linnet, 7 House Sparrows, 1 Starling, 1 Collared Dove, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 9 Skylark, 18 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 1 Jay.

Around the headland: 11 Goldcrest, 13 Chiffchaff, 4 Stonechat, 5 Blackcap, 1 Wheatear, 2 Song Thrush. 

John Lusher watched a male Ring Ouzel fly in past the southern slopes of the Northern Fort over toward the meadow.

Posted October 11th, 2014 at 11:22 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Start Point

07:25-09:25. Some heavy overnight showers, otherwise clear night. Bright, sunny start to morning, light SW wind.

Strong visible migration in place on my arrival in the car park. In an hour the following passed through ( all heading south ), 9 Skylark, 780 Meadow Pipit, 40 alba Wagtails, 4 House Martin, 100 Swallows, 370 Goldfinches, 250 Linnets, 30 Chaffinches, 40 Greenfinches and 2 Reed Buntings. I would say 80% of this passage went through by 08:00, obviously hard to keep tabs on the birds, lots would have been missed. Had a look around the farm  and top fields, only migrants were single Chiffchaff and Wheatear. Getting back to the car park and there were lots of hirundines feeding below cliff hieght, around 50 each of Swallow and House Martin. 4 Jays then flew south and 3 Siskins ( first i've had this autumn ) went through. Light passage of birds still taking place when a big shower arrived at 09:30.

 

Posted October 11th, 2014 at 10:58 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Friday 10th October 2014

Fremington Quay - 10th Oct

Usual large numbers of Redshank with a couple of Greenshank, Common Sandpipers, 25+ Black-tailed Godwits & a smart Ruff on the ebbing tide - all spotted from the road down to the cafe. Later lots of Wigeon with a few Teal from the hide at Home Farm Marsh 

Ruff
Ruff

Greenshank
Greenshank

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Posted October 10th, 2014 at 11:05 pm by Chris Bollen in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 07:30 till 12:30

A small fall this morning was evident on the walk down to the hide with a group of 10+ goldcrests in with a group of 25+ long tailed tits and a couple of chiffchaffs, with skylarks and meadow pipits moving overhead, the pair of stonechats showed well.

the hide from 07:40 till 09:00 

3+ ruff, 12+ dunlin, 2 spotted redshank, 15+ knot, 30+ bar tailed godwits, in with good numbers of black tailed godwits, curlew and redshanks, 23+ greenshanks, noticeable increase in robins and 8+ jay, 2 Cetti's warblers, 1 green woodpecker, 1 sparrowhawk, 7+ little egrets, 3 grey heron, 40+ wigeon and still good numbers of teal, 20+ meadow pipits.

a walk along the lane and viewing platform 09:00 till 10:15 produced 5+ chiffchaff's, constant movement of jays around rivers meet house, 2 great spotted woodpeckers, continued movement of skylarks and meadow pipits overhead, 2 water rail ( calling) and Cetti's warbler. 

a quick look back at the hide before the waders left showed ruff had increased to 5+ and also reported were 2 curlew sandpiper and a little stint which had dropped in briefly but had gone by time I had got back from viewing platform. 

 

Posted October 10th, 2014 at 6:30 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Braunton

Kingfisher and 3 Dippers along with a Clouded Yellow by the bridge to the reserve, along with a small Tit flock with at least one Chiffchaff. Calling Cetti's in the reserve. Very Little of note at Sherpa. No sign of the Cattle Egret at 5.45p.m. When I returned home, a garden tick! Can't count it though: Guineafowl, quite where it came from is a mystery... It's not the first exotic, I had a Peahen fly over once!

Posted October 10th, 2014 at 6:22 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

East Soar

The highlight on a generally quiet day was 11 Ring Ouzel in Starehole valley, along with 10 Blackbirds (contiental) and 2 Song Thursh. Also 2 Firecrest there. In addition over the rest of the area was 14 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 2 Wheatear, 4 Goldcrest, 50+ Swallow, 6 House Martin, 110 Meadow Pipit & 60 Skylark.

Butterflies, included 10 Clouded yellow, 2 Comma, 2 Peacock, 4 Wall Brown, 3 Small Copper and 15+ Red Admirals.

Posted October 10th, 2014 at 5:47 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Start

With the sun out many butterflies about, the highlight being a Monarch that flew over our heads heading NE along the coast, also Red Admirals, Peacocks and few Clouded Yellows. c300 Swallows heading out.

Posted October 10th, 2014 at 5:21 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

At lunchtime low tide today there was very little wader interest other than the two Ruff that are still hanging about.  What was interesting though was the number of woodland species on the marsh.  This included 4 Jays in the little willow in the ditch together with a Stonechat and a LBJ (Chiffchaff) and two fly over Green Woodpeckers, none of which are very common here.

Posted October 10th, 2014 at 5:02 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

South Molton

3 swallows at 0845 and one clouded yellow ayt about 1100

Posted October 10th, 2014 at 3:51 pm by Arthur Symons in Bird News

Burrator Reservoir

A quick walk around the reservoir in the sunshine today provided some good sightings, most notably a pair of mandarin duck, 8 redhead goosander and a kingfisher which looked resplendent in the bright light as it flew over the water.

Also seen were 2 grey wagtail, around 4 little grebes, around 8 cormorant, a muscovy duck, 2 white feral geese and a late juvenile swallow. A few red admiral and speckled wood were also flitting about along with a common darter.

The water level is surprisigly low and gives a totally different perspective to the area. Also lots of tree felling going on changing the scenery drastically too. Interesting visitor centre was open too.

Posted October 10th, 2014 at 3:26 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Thursday 9th October 2014

Prawle Point

From 7.20am PM, JL and myself watched in WSW force 7 going SW 4-5. Fewer rain showers than predicted . I left at 3.10pm (for the movies-Pride, excellent film ) and Pat stayed till 6.45pm.

Steady passage of Gannets , at first east and then west (mainly) . Highlights :

1 Sooty at 2.50pm west ; 206 Balearic Shearwaters ( I saw 140 ) west –a site record : plumage ranged from dark to very pale types ; 7 Manxies . 3 Pomarine and 3 Arctic Skuas (all west adult pale phase) . 169 auks west (till 3.10 pm)

Also 2 Fulmars, 4 Kittiwakes and 1 adult Med Gull west. Oddity value was the Common Snipe which flew in off sea .

Also at least 1 Harbour Porpoise and at least 3 other cetaceans with tall dorsal fins lost to the waves and swell

Posted October 9th, 2014 at 10:22 pm in Bird News

Axe Estuary

An hour at Island Hide and an hour at the lower hide produced 20+ Lapwing, 5+ Teal, 1 Greenshank, 2+ Little Grebe, 25+ Redshank, 20+ Blacktailed Godwit, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 20+ Curlew, 5+ Shelduck, and atleast 1 Ruff still in the area. Very difficult conditions for birds and humans with galeforce winds and heavy blustery showers most of both were keeping their heads down!! Worth the effort tho'.

Little grebe Island Hide
Little grebe Island Hide

Ruff and BTG on the Estuary
Ruff and BTG on the Estuary

Posted October 9th, 2014 at 9:23 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Start Pt

Seawatch 09:30-15:30, very strong SW wind, birds heading SW: 136 Balearic Shearwaters (a good variety of plumages with many shearing high on the strong wind), 2 Manx Shearwaters,  2 Pomarine Skuas, 6 Arctic Skuas, 90 Auks (mostly Razorbills), 6 Common Dolphin.

Posted October 9th, 2014 at 8:23 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

R.Caen

Late aft / early evening visit.

Raindrops keep falling on my head when digiscoping!

As you can see from the photo there was a shower while I was taking the pics.

Only one Curlew Sandpiper left on the R.Caen & this may well be the last time I see one until Sept next year.

Wishing it a safe journey to it's wintering grounds in Africa.



Posted October 9th, 2014 at 6:59 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Braunton Marsh

Cattle Egret still this afternoon, and a Marsh Harrier flew over towards the toll road.

Posted October 9th, 2014 at 5:27 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

East Soar

2 Firecrests on the lower, sheltered slopes of Fir Wood. Everything else blown out!

Posted October 9th, 2014 at 4:23 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Cattle Egret - Braunton Marsh.

The Cattle Egret was still present this morning at 08:30. It was still in the Round Linhay field and right up close to Gallowell (private marsh) Road, with the Mute Swans and cattle.

Posted October 9th, 2014 at 9:32 am by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Wednesday 8th October 2014

Lundy

Lapland Bunting seen by Tony John today.

Posted October 8th, 2014 at 11:01 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 08:00 till 09:35

3 spotted redshanks, 5 ruff, 6 knot, 1068 black tailed godwit best count this autumn, 30+ Bar tailed godwits, 32+ greenshanks, 12+ lapwings, 2 dunlin, 460+ curlew, 420+ redshanks, 12+ little egrets, 330+ teal,40+ wigeon, 3 grey herons, steady passage of meadow pipits over, 4 jays, 2 water rail, 1 Cetti's warbler.

 

Posted October 8th, 2014 at 8:20 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Berry Hd pics

A few photos from Berry Head seawatching today: Balearic Shearwater, Pomarine Skua (juv in silhouette), Harbour Porpoise and Gannet.

Balearic ShearwaterPomarine SkuaHarbour PorpoiseGannet

Posted October 8th, 2014 at 7:55 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Cattle Egret - Braunton Marshes

Late aft early evening visit.

Good views of the bird from the Braunton Marsh Road by the gate to the private road.

Photos taken in low light before a thunder & lightning shower!




Posted October 8th, 2014 at 7:04 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Cattle egret - Velator

The cattle egret  is present now (15:00) in the field with the black cows down velator. A new tick for me!

Posted October 8th, 2014 at 3:00 pm by Chris Triggs in Bird News

Berry Hd

Seawatch from 0715-1545 birds moving south: 7 Pomarine Skuas (all juvs), 16 Arctic Skuas, 2 distant Long-tailed Skuas, 5 Great Skuas, 4 Sooty Shearwaters, 27 Balearic Shearwaters (2 >N), 2 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Wigeon several Swallows over sea, Grey Seal and several Harbour Porpoise.

DS,MD,BMc ML,DL,REB,CM

Posted October 8th, 2014 at 10:49 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Bideford

5 swallows heading south over East the Water yesterday am.

Posted October 8th, 2014 at 9:48 am by Les Wray in Bird News

Cattle Egret

Flew in to field with black cows again at 7.24 this morning

Posted October 8th, 2014 at 7:41 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Tuesday 7th October 2014

Cattle Egret

Still present this afternoon in field with Welsh Black Cattle 100 metres or so past the round linhay.

Posted October 7th, 2014 at 5:10 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Livermead Torquay

Two Firecrest feeding together in Holy Tree in our garden at 08.15 this morning.

Posted October 7th, 2014 at 2:56 pm by Clive Mason in Bird News

Cattle Egret

Braunton Burrows this morning approx 10.30 .1/4 mile past the toll road entrance heading towards Saunton , in the fields opposite the main gateway for the great field.

Cattle Egret

 

Posted October 7th, 2014 at 2:10 pm by David Paterson in Bird News

Red darvics on Med Gulls

PS - according to cr-birding.org, projects using red colour-rings to tag Med Gulls are, without exception, based in Eastern Europe (Czech Republic, Serbia & Montenegro, Lithuania, Poland, Hungary), so on balance this morning's Med Gull is likely to be from this region. Quite a common wintering strategy in easterngull populations.

Posted October 7th, 2014 at 11:05 am by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Tarka Trail nr. Yelland

Definite increase in Chaffinch recently but otherwise not many developments to report. Linnet flocks still small. Very good conditions for migration at height, only brief Skylark vis-mig of note. Plenty of Woodpigeon (first decent autumn flock of ~60 birds) and Stock Dove about. 1 Jay. Also medium gull spp. mobile around the ploughed fields. When checked again from the road, one was wearing a red darvic on right leg (as usual of late not readable with my scope at this distance) and of course it had to be a Mediterranean Gull. The rest appeared to be BHGull.

Posted October 7th, 2014 at 10:55 am by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Interesting Pomarine Skua

Yesterday afternoon this interesting juvenile Pomarine Skua came through (one of 28 seen, 20 were juvs).

A smaller Pom (see compared to Kittiwake, normally they're bigger than this one). Also I’ve never seen a Pom with such large pale bases to the upper primaries, tends to be a feature seen on some juv Arctics (and Bonxies). However, the pro-Pom features far out-way Arctic features on this bird, namely: broad-based wings, short looking rearend, quite blunt tail projections (and barely noticeable, but this is very variable feature), standout pale base of heavy two tone bill, standout pale barred uppertail-coverts / rump (forming pale patch which is very extensive in this bird), shape of head with typical dark eye mask and the birds overall colder colour despite being well lit. Also if it was an Arctic nape would be paler than rump.Pomarine Skua juvPomarine Skua juv
 Apologies for quality of heavily cropped image. For a good variety of juv Poms from 2011, see http://devonbirdnews.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/pom-fest-berry-hd-231011.html

Posted October 7th, 2014 at 9:32 am by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Monday 6th October 2014

Redwings ~ South Brent

Early this morning I saw three Redwings making an aerial circuit of one of my fields and later in the day saw another two flying over.

On saturday 4th had a solitary Swallow and House Martin pass over

Posted October 6th, 2014 at 7:42 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

R.Caen > Horsey Island

Late aft visit during high tide with brilliant autumn light.

On R.Caen - 33 Black headed Gulls, 2 Common Gulls, only 1 Med Gull & 2 Herring Gulls. 1 Kingfisher & 1 Common Sandpiper & a smattering of Pied Wagtails.

On Horsey Island - 25 Greenshank,12 Redshank, 8 Dunlin,1 Lapwing, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Little Egrets. No sign of the 5 Winchats but still 3 Stonechats.

At the White House another Kingfisher perched on the boulders at high tide which after doing some fishing flew towards Crow Point.




Posted October 6th, 2014 at 7:23 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton

A wild and at times difficult seawatch from 8.00 to 11.15 a.m. With the exception of Shags and Cormorants (see below), very little moving as witnessed by not seeing the first Gannet until 9.15! However lack of quantity made up by quality - Leach's Petrel west at 8.35, adult Little Gull east at 8.05, 2 juv Pomarine Skuas at 9.20 and 9.42 and an Arctic Skua along the beach at 10.40.

Supporting cast of 8 Brent Geese west, 24 Common Scoter (one group of 10 had 4 small paler ducks with them, assumed to be Teal), Kittiwake 5 (all juvs).

Shags and Cormorants were continually heading west throughout the morning with estimates of over 100 of the former and 40 of the latter. 

Posted October 6th, 2014 at 1:53 pm in Bird News

Start Bay

Seawatch from Torcross, 08:15-10:50, all birds south.

5 Balearic Shearwater, Brent Goose, 5 Arctic Skua, Pomarine Skua ( adult ), 5 Great Skua, Arctic Tern,  4 Common Tern and 5 Sandwich Tern

Posted October 6th, 2014 at 1:28 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Berry Hd

The best seawatch (07:15-16:00) of the autumn so far for variety, scarcity and counts of birds >S.. Long-tailed Skua 1 juv, 28 Pomarine Skuas (8 ad or near ads and 20 Juvs), Arctic Skua 54, Bonxie 27, Sooty Shearwater 7, Balearic Shearwater 33, Manx Shearwater 1, Arctic Tern 2, Common Tern 7, Sandwich Tern 3, Kittiwake c750, Common Scoter 23 and just 6 Fulmar plus steady movement of Auks (mainly Razorbills) and Gannets. Also 3 Harbour Porpoise.

BMc, MD, ML and REB.

Posted October 6th, 2014 at 12:28 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sunday 5th October 2014

Lundy

Some rather staggering news hot in from Tony Taylor on the island... A first for Lundy and I believe for Devon  – but twitchers can rest easy – namely proof at last of successful breeding by Storm Petrels, when a chick was found on the West Side tonight! Further details here.

In addition, the island's third Yellow-browed Warbler of the autumn was found during the day on Sunday.

Posted October 5th, 2014 at 11:02 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Prawle

Seawatch with JL from 7.30 to 10.30am in advance of the storms . The sea was calm force 2 varable going SW.

9 Balearic Shearwaters west and 3 east; 5 Manx Shearwaters west. 4 Dark-Bellied Brent Geese west ( our first of the autumn ) ;  1 Common Scoter west then east ;127 Auks (mainly Razorbills) west with  a steady passage of Gannets passing both east and west. Also 1 Fulmar and 1 adult Med Gull. Joining us on our seawatch was a steady trickle of passerines either coming in off the sea or flying west : 100+ Meadow Pipits; 17 Alba Wagtails; 14 Skylarks ; 10 Swallows and others unidentifiable. Next, a wheatear near the Hump and a possible Black Redstart on the roof of one of the coastguard cottages , but  more of this at a later date.

Around the car park and reserve 7 Long Tailed Tits, 3 Goldcrests, 5 Chiffchaffs, 8 Blackcaps and a female Bullfinch calling with a less ‘piu’ call but rather a trumpet-like ‘honk’ sound !  A steady trickle of Swallows with at least 60 flying over the reserve. Below the car park at least 28 Clouded Yellows and 1 definite Helice type and also a paler upper-winged CY ( Pat saw at least 50 Clouded Yellows yesterday with many coming in off the sea). Having a cup of coffee in the car park at 2pm I saw both a young Sparrowhawk and a Hobby fly over. A later walk around the Loop produced nothing of note.

Posted October 5th, 2014 at 9:18 pm in Bird News

Berry Head & Froward Pt

Berry Head first thing: 8 Goldcrest,14 Chiffchaff, 16 Blackcap, 9 Stonechat,1 Wheatear. 3 Sandwich Tern, 2 Balearic Shearwaters. 40-50 Common Dolphin feeding in Torbay but quickly moved out into Lyme Bay Video links here.. http://youtu.be/wvHjg5k-1bg & http://youtu.be/DT_JBKsE36M  .

Overhead small numbers of Chaffinch, Skylark best birds; Great Spotted Woodpecker and Reed Bunting.

Brownstone - Froward Point - Coletonfishacre afternoon walk: 2 Firecrest, 15 Goldcrest, 9 Chiffchaff, 21 Blackcap

Posted October 5th, 2014 at 8:47 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh

One Dunlin in the Pill and a Mediterranean Gull on the saltings with a few Black-headed Gulls south of the Toll House. Two Black-tailed Godwits in the marsh. As I suspected, far fewer birds after last week's shooters. 2 Little Egrets, and calling Water Rails and Cetti's Warblers. Two Buzzards, a Kestrel and 2 Marsh Harriers (along the Chivenor boundary and lost to site behind the hedge). Both juveniles.

Posted October 5th, 2014 at 6:08 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Taw Estuary

Saturday (dusk): 3 Spoonbill at Isley Marsh RSPB including the long-returning individual ringed "Green-Yellowflag-Green, Blue-Metal-Lime". 

Sunday: At Salt Pill Duck Pond (Gaia Trust)/the sea wall west of Fremington Quay, migrants included a few flocks of ~20 Skylark (spaced out over the morning), 5 Song Thrush, 8 Blackbird, 3 Stonechat, 2 Common Snipe and 3 Swallow. Also present here a singing Cetti's Warbler and 2 Water Rail. Very few finches today and zero Chiffchaff (or other warblers) caught in the ringing session. A Bar-tailed Godwit was feeding on the flats beside Fremington Quay Cafe. 35 Wigeon on the beach east of here plus a Jay overhead.

Posted October 5th, 2014 at 3:49 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Soar Mill Cove

Just time for a brief visit with birding friends from Cambridge: no surprises but a sizeable roaming flock included 40 chiffchaff, willow warbler, whitethroat, 30 blackcap & 2 garden warbler. Also 32 robin.

Posted October 5th, 2014 at 12:25 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Saturday 4th October 2014

Cullumpton

Possible glossy ibis circled fields beside the river Culm and may have landed (view obscured by trees and railway line) late morning. Viewed from Speed Meadow football pitch by myself and Paul Gosling. Unfortunately neither of us had optics - we were both watching our sons play football.

Posted October 4th, 2014 at 5:13 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

LOWER TAMAR LAKE

10:25  an Osprey being driven off by crow towards the Upper Lake, also 3 Male Tufted duck, 6 G.C, Grebe.

Posted October 4th, 2014 at 12:10 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Bursdon Moor

Ringtail Hen Harrier and Merlin yesterday evening (Friday)

Posted October 4th, 2014 at 9:36 am by Barry Bryne in Bird News

Friday 3rd October 2014

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:00 till 16:30

a walk along the lane produced 1 curlew sandpiper, 2 ruff, 2 spotted redshank, among a few redshank and black tailed godwits, 12+ little egrets a pair of stonechats to the left of the hide.

from the viewing platform 3 common tern( 2 juv, 1 adult, 1 water rail and another juv ruff with 20+ meadow pipit over and 3 jays.

Posted October 3rd, 2014 at 10:37 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

River Plym / Saltram.

1700-1850.

A quick look after work: 124 Canada Geese, 14 Little Egret, 19 Curlew, 18 Redshank, 1 Whimbrel, 2 juvenile Shelduck but no sign of the Ruddy Shelduck. 

Posted October 3rd, 2014 at 7:42 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Back on site this week (on and off) after a week in Cornwall. Mostly very quiet with 1 or 2 Wheatear plus  the first Golden Plover of the autumn, heard only in thick fog on Monday 29th.

However, a small improvement this morning in terms of variety - 1 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat (m), 1 Wheatear, 2 Snipe, 2 Green Woodpeckers (still scarce here), 6 Lapwings and a single Swallow. The female Kestrel remains in the area.

 

 

Posted October 3rd, 2014 at 7:13 pm in Bird News

Here and there

Heddon's Mouth: Kestrel and a couple of Ravens. Watersmeet, heaving with Chaffinches. Velator - finally a few Starlings at a pre-roost, about 450 on wires by the bridge to the reserve. No Rosy's amongst them.... In the reserve, Cetti's still calling, and 11 Mallards, keep at it, between us we'll get rid of that duckweed!

Posted October 3rd, 2014 at 6:27 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Mansands

A nice female/juv Garganey was swimming and feeding around the main marsh behind the beach with Mallards this morning. Also two Cetti’s Warblers in the reeds by the beach.


Posted October 3rd, 2014 at 6:22 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Bird News

Lannacombe

While at Lannacombe beach (around 11:00-12:30) quite surprised to see a movement of Balearic Shearwaters with 48 heading east (largest group 13) and 7 west. Interesting to know if there was a big movement today off S Devon headlands.

Posted October 3rd, 2014 at 6:00 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

blagdon valley hartland point.

fairly quiet today.Was hoping for a goodie ahead of the rain bout nowt.70 meadow pipits,6 chiffchaff,10 yellowhammer,10 bullfinch,m&f blackcap,2 buzzard,2 raven,70 gannet in the race.First yr osprey still at upper tamar lake.Only waders being 1 common sand&6 dunlin.Osprey at 11:50.

Posted October 3rd, 2014 at 5:09 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

North Torridge area

Manteo Way nature reserve had 1 Greenshank, first Jay in 14 months of surveying (a migrant??) and 1 Grey Wagtail (only seen here on passage). First Curlew of the grazing-field wintering flock present. Tons of Robin.

Posted October 3rd, 2014 at 10:28 am by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Thursday 2nd October 2014

Horns cross nr bideford

small flock of gulls chasing insects of some kind over fields included 5 med gulls 4ad,fw 20 meadow pipits over 13:00

Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 10:14 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

I returned to Bowling Green after work at 17:30 in the hope of relocating the Bittern seen at lunchtime, but no show.  A nice surprise however was a single Wheatear in the middle of the meadow.

Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 8:28 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Plymouth

 The Ruddy Shelduck was sleeping [!] mostly, with the 180 Canada Geese on the Plym. Also 8 Grey Herons, 19 Little Egrets, 40+ Curlews, 100+ Redshanks, 2 Grey Wagtails and 2 Common Sandpipers.

Ruddy Shelduck
Ruddy Shelduck

Ruddy Shelduck
Ruddy Shelduck

Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 8:22 pm in Bird News

bittern

  a distant bittern over powderham flying towards turf at 5.15pm wednesday ,came out of the powderham estate


Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 8:17 pm by gray clements in Bird News

Exeter/Bowling Green

2 kingfishers and 2 grey wagtails by the canal, near the sewage works, this morning.

A bittern showed off in front of the hide at Bowling Green quite a bit today, climbing about in the reeds! Hope it stays for the opening tomorrow!

Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 7:15 pm by Helen Whitall in Bird News

Sightings 2nd Oct

Pigs Nose Valley,

0900hrs Cirl Bunting, 3 Yellow Hammer’s, Hundreds of Swallows and lots of House Martins along with large flocks of Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, Linnet, Goldfinches. Keeping the flocks flying Kestrel and Buzzards.

Higher Ley at Slapton,

1400hrs Bittern twice saw flying short flights, right-hand side looking from bridge. Male Kingfisher along the main channel, Reed Bunting, Cetti’s and Willow Warblers.

Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 7:06 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 15:00 till 17:10

The bittern eventually showed in the reeds on the far right hand side from the hide at 16:20 till 16:30, and is only the 3rd record for the marsh assuming it is the same bird as the one on Monday. 

also this afternoon , 1 juv curlew sandper, 1 spotted redshank, 2 juv ruff, 2 knot, 16 greenshanks, 1 yellow wagtail over, 2 Cetti's warbler, 1 buzzard, 14+ little egrets, 3 snipe, 15+ shoveler.

Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 6:57 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Arrived at dawn in anticipation of visible migration which didn't measure up to much: 8 Mistle Thrush, small groups of Meadow Pipits, Skylarks and Swallows south. At least 250 alba wagtails departed from the higher ley roost. Otherwise:  plenty of Chiff-Chaff (40+) and Blackcaps (30+) including a roving flock of 18 birds, 2 Sedge Warblers, 2 Goldcrests, 1 Firecrest by the bridge nice to see. 

Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 5:35 pm by David Cope in Bird News

Lundy

A Barred Warbler was seen briefly this morning by Richard Campey. News also of a Red-throated Pipit calling in flight around the same time.  Further information, as it becomes available, on the Lundy Birds blogspot.

Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 4:56 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Bittern showing well from the hide at 1pm

Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 3:28 pm by richard allen in Bird News

Bowling Green - Bittern

The Bittern that was reported on Monday, but was dismissed by those in the know as mistaken identity, was showing very well from at least 12:30 to 14:00 this lunchtime.  It was sunnining itself part way up the reeds in the soutwest corner of the marsh.

Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 2:14 pm by Christopher Marcol in Bird News

R.Taw. Pottington to Ashford Sewage Works. 11:25 - 13:00

Off Pottington saltmarsh:- Greenshank 10; Little Egret 11; Black-tailed Godwit 30; Dunlin c50; Redshank 3; Common Sandpiper 1; Kingfisher 2.

Ditch alonside Ashford Sewage Works;- Green Sandpiper 1 and Water Rail 1.

Off Ashford Sewage Works:- Lapwing 3; Little Egret 1 and Buzzard 1.

Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 2:00 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

East Soar & Starehole Valley

Lots of activity across the area: grey heron (1st for site), skylark 63, swallow 11, meadow pipit 140, alba wagtail 102, robin 46, wheatear 3, garden warbler 2, blackcap 37, chiffchaff 22, goldcrest 4, jay 5 (migrants), raven 3, house sparrow 60, goldfinch 27, linnet 180, yellowhammer 4 & cirl bunting 14.

Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 1:57 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Berry Hd

Not very much in the way of new grounded migrants but a few 'bits and pieces' of note overhead: 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Siskin (first of autumn at head) 2 Reed Bunting, 20 + 'alba Wagtails, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Around Headland: a minimum of 3 Firecrests plus double figure counts of Chiffchaff, Goldcrest and 5 Blackcap. 

 

Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 12:20 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 1st October 2014

Prawle

The 1st day of October always sets the pulse racing ,a bit ,and as I approached East Prawle at 6.40am and almost ran over my second only Water Rail here ( as it kept dithering whether to cross the road towards the Village Pond or not ) my hopes were raised - only soon to be reduced to normal .  So from 7am till 1pm , together with Sam Forest , we explored the car park, front, reserve and up the lane. Goldcrest and Firecrest called but not seen. Best bird an adult calling Great Spotted Woodpecker and there did not appear to be any obvious visible migration despite parties of Meadow Pipits and Linnets in fields and on wires. In the area a sprinkling of Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps and Robins and no hirundines.

Over to Merrimore Lane and Pig’s Nose valley where by the gate a small area of gorse and brambles appeared to be alive with birds though mainly Chaffinches , Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs. Later, after we had met Mark Darlaston and Adele, whom we left contemplating the last time we’d seen a Melodious Warbler in the valley, Sam and I ventured further down the valley only to fail to clinch a highly probable Wryneck which , unbeknown to us ,had decided to fly up onto a fence post just as we arrived and quickly and wryly went to ground.  A couple of Wall Browns and Clouded Yellows emerged as the sun started to shine long after the forecasted time.Hey ho.

Posted October 1st, 2014 at 9:08 pm in Bird News

Soar mill Leucistic Blackcap

Early ringing session this morning . Large numbers of both Skylarks & meadow pipits passing over along with at least 30 + Jays during couple hours i was there. Blackcaps & chiffs in abundance in the bushes but thats been nothing out of the ordinary this autumn ! No nice surprises in the nets apart from this nice leucistic blackcap which i initially thought was a Garden warler in the net on approach . Nice neat bird & biometrics all as you would expect from a blackcap . Tally was 15 blackcaps ringed along with 4 chiffs ,all birds glad to say say with good fat covering !

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Posted October 1st, 2014 at 6:58 pm by David Scott in Bird News

Berry Head

Watched from the end for an hour, just c. 30 M. pipits, 2 chaffinch over and the resident goldfinch flock. Chiff chaff numbers lower with around 20. 2 Wheatear down in the quarry but little else while I was there. More luck up the top with 3 possibly 4 Firecrests on the back path, and in the meadow an obliging Hobby, possibly Bill's again, spent 45 minutes hunting insects. It was briefly joined by a Sparrowhawk. Clouded yellow in southern fort.


Posted October 1st, 2014 at 12:17 pm by John Lusher in Bird News

East from Instow

Similar flock of finches, wagtails and pipits on cricket field as last week. Amongst the Oy'c's and Curlew, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Turnstone, 2 Dunlin and about 15 Ringed Plover. In the scrub behind the next beach, even more Song Thrush than last visit, plus some Blackbirds and a female Blackcap behaving as migrants might (I see Redwing are reported from N Devon this morning!). Good numbers of showy Stonechat and Robin. 7 Meadow Pipits around the 'gas jetty', plus 2 Wheatear and 2 Rock Pipit. Kestrel feeding on a kill on gatepost was another real treat.

Posted October 1st, 2014 at 11:30 am by Lowell Mills in Bird News

South Hams coastal area 30th September

Aveton Gifford large flocks of Canadian Geese and Herring Gulls, good numbers of Little Egret, 2 Heron, Common Sandpiper, 4 Greenshank.

South Huish Marsh single Ringed Plover, 4 Godwits, small number of Dunlin, Little Egrets, plenty of Meadow Pipits and Pied Wagtails, Robins singing at almost everywhere, good numbers of Stonechat, several flocks of Goldfinch, Sparrow hawk hunting over some scrub showing well, Teal showing well on the marsh. Heron seen flying over and another on the beach.

Soar Mill Cove, good numbers of both Linnet and Cirl Bunting, Pair of Raven over head and Buzzard soaring one of several seen during the day, hen Kestrel hovering just outside of the village. Chiffchaff.

Several other birders met all saying that "things were slow" but something worthwhile seen at each location visited.

Posted October 1st, 2014 at 9:25 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Sunnybank Allotments - Barnstaple

10x Redwings briefly in flight around the allotments perching momentarily in tall Scots Pine before flying north at 8 a.m. Around 30+ goldfinches and 10+ long tailed tits also.

Posted October 1st, 2014 at 8:36 am by Chris Tyzack in Bird News

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