Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from October 2015

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Saturday 31st October 2015

Cattle Egrets

As mentioned earlier the 2 Cattle Egrets near Teigngrace were still showing well at mid-day in the flooded fields adjacent the Exeter to Teigngrace road juction before flying across the road towards the farm amongst the cattle.  Link to video.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQkq57vgEeetJjzX_ts15bA/videos

Posted October 31st, 2015 at 10:50 pm by David Boult in Bird News

East Soar

To add to PA's earlier post: 1 Black Redstart around East  Soar Farm buildings early am plus 5 Redpoll (over) and at least two Bramblings heard in with passing Chaffinch flocks.

Posted October 31st, 2015 at 9:33 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Otter Estuary, Budleigh Salterton

A Yellow-browed Warbler calliing regularly though quite elusive in willows aprroximately 200M N of White bridge on the main path to Otterton. Seen this morning and again this afternoon. This is presumably the same bird photographed by David White in the same area on 25th October.

Also today, a Cattle Egret (per Clive) seen on the Otter Estuary this afternoon from the public hide on the west side of the Otter and later in cattle fields north of the Aqueduct and west of the River Otter.

Posted October 31st, 2015 at 9:23 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

South & North Hallsands

7 Black Redstarts including a stunning male on the roof tops this morning. 2 Firecrest past Lannacombe on coastal footpath 26 Goldcrest & 1 Chiffchaff  noted during coastal walk.

Black Redstart Hallsands 31 Oct 2015 ML    Black Redstart Male Hallsands 31 Oct 2015 ML

Posted October 31st, 2015 at 8:50 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Soar - Marsh Warbler

Marsh Warbler Soar Alan Doidge 31.10.15Marsh Warbler Soar 31.10.2015 Alan Doidge

Marsh Warbler Soar 31.10.15 Alan DoidgeMarsh Warbler Soar Alan Doidge 31.10.15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few pictures from Alan Doidge of the Marsh Warbler seen at Soar today

Posted October 31st, 2015 at 8:38 pm in Bird News

Morte Point

At Morte Point this afternoon i saw 2+ Balearic Shearwaters & 2 Skuas headed Swest. 3 Common Scoter heading up the channel. A Hen Harrier & a merlin flew over chasing after meadow pipits. Several Ring Ouzels. 3 Roe Deer along the Skyline.

Posted October 31st, 2015 at 6:54 pm by Martin Thorne MWG in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 07:30 till 11:00

Avocet numbers continue to incresse with 159+ , 1 spotted redshank , 13 greenshanks, 120+ pintail, 600+ wigeon , 1000+ black tailed godwits. 36 bar tailed godwits, 400+ dunlin, 400+ redshank, 350+ curlew, 180+ lapwing, 44+ shoveler, 5 gadwall, 1 stonechat , 70+ skylark over , 200+ redwing , 3 mistle thrush, 45+ snipe , 4 little egrets, 12+ goldcrests, 15+ chaffinch, 1 kestrel, 1 peregrine, 2 sparrowhawk, 5 buzzards, 2 nuthatch, 1 treecreeper, 2 great spotted woodpecker, 1 green woodpecker, 2 song thrush, 2 grey wagtail, 2 pheasants, 100+ starlings, 2 brent geese , 8 greylag geese.

after a quick look from the church in topsham looking over exminster marsh produced 10+ snipe, 10+ golden plover all disturbed by the local peregrine. 

Posted October 31st, 2015 at 6:24 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Soar

A Marsh Warbler originally glimpsed as an interesting Acro sp by AS and PM in East Soar Willows and then re-found and tentaively identified by the 3 of us before - with others - gradually getting conclusive views and photos. Still there to at least mid afternoon.

Also there, a Firecrest and a Yellow-browed Warbler. Earlier, duing the first couple of hours of light, a modset display of "vis mig" with 280 Chaffinches, 70 Starlings, and 65 Goldfinches going south; plus 50 Wood Pigeons north.

Also - Skylark c100, Grey Wagtail, Chiffchaff 4, Goldcrest 10+, Blackcap 2, Redwing 2, Lesser Whitethroat, Golden Plover 2, and Stock Dove 13 (south).    

Posted October 31st, 2015 at 6:23 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

West Soar Southdown farm

of note 2ring ouzel 2firecrest 2short-eared owl plenty of thrush and blackbird in Southdown valley.

Posted October 31st, 2015 at 12:58 pm by Colin Mills in Bird News

Riverside Country Park, Exeter

A two hour walk this morning recorded the Ridgeway's Cackling Goose, seen to fly onto river with Mallard and then flew off up river but to return 45 mins later. Always with Mallard & not nearby Canada's. Looks very different in flight. More duck like due to its small size I suppose. Make of it what you will!!

Also 25 Wigeon, 40+ Teal, 4 Snipe, Green Sand, 2 Lapwing, Water Rail, 14 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 150+ Goldfinch (feeding on Alder seeds), 3 Skylark over being the best of the rest.  

Posted October 31st, 2015 at 11:00 am by Steve Cox in Bird News

Start Point

Limited time this morning. Got out to Start Point first thing, beautiful morning. Plenty of stuff going overhead but way up high in the largely clear bright sky making a worthwhile vis mig count impossible. Did pick up 6 Brambling, Lesser Redpoll and Crossbill. Thought the farm might be good after overnight rain but in a not to thorough look could find none of yesterdays Firecrest but about 10 Goldcrest and a handful of Redwings there. 2 Black Redsarts on the BBC buildings as i left ( distant, i would think a few more here ). Woodpigeons struggling to get going this autumn ?

Posted October 31st, 2015 at 10:26 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Teigngrace ~ Cattle Egrets

The two Teigngrace reported Cattle Egrets were showing well this morning at first light in the flooded fields between Teigngrace Road and Exeter Road (junction of Teigngrace gate) feeding in the flooded fields along with six Little Egret and a Heron, also in the area a Green Woodpecker, Raven, Pied Wagtails, Meadow Pipit, nine Magpie and a large mobile flock of Black Headed Gulls.
 
 
The Cattle Egrets seem well settled and with luck they will remain in the area for a while.
 
 
A Kestrel flew across the A38 near Goodstone.
 
Ladies Wood, South Brent not overly productive but a mixed flock of Great Tits, Long Tailed Tits and Goldcrest, Jay and a large number of Jackdaws.
 
Back at home by 9am to find a Marsh Tit on the garden feeders for the third day in a row.

Posted October 31st, 2015 at 9:37 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Friday 30th October 2015

Torcross to Start Point

Plenty of Black Redstarts around eg 1 Torcross, 2 at Beesands and 3 each at both North and South Hallsands. Little else seen on the coastal path however despite most of it being well sheltered. Only single Redwing, Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcaps and around 14 Goldcrest. Got to Start Point early afternoon  and around the farm were single Redwing, 2 Chiffchaffs, Goldcrest and 4 Firecrest. Little down at the light except for another 4 Black Redstarts on nearby rocks making a day total of 13 ( lighthouse was open so disturbance kept them away from the buildings ). Single Mediterranean gull flew south ( little else on sea except c250 Gannets feeding on the Skerries ).

Posted October 30th, 2015 at 4:16 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Exmouth

Warren View Football Pitch - a Serin showing well in weeds and scrub behind the goals and big red London bus. Found around 3pm and still present late afternoon. Please note the pitch is a private ground but provided you are sensible and park just outside it shouldn't be a problem.

Photos on gobirdingexmouth later.

Posted October 30th, 2015 at 3:57 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Cattle Egrets

These two showing very well in the field next to farm entrance.

Posted October 30th, 2015 at 3:32 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth

Yellow Browed Warbler still in NW corner of the cemetery. Calling and showing really well with Crest/Tit flock and Chiffchaff.

Posted October 30th, 2015 at 12:39 pm by Tor Elm in Bird News

Male black redstart in Dunkeswell Churchyard

Very obligingly feeding on the ground in robin-like manner, then perching on the headstones in Dunkeswell churchyard and shimmering its orange tail. Unmistakeable!

Posted October 30th, 2015 at 11:43 am by Richard Whiteside in Bird News

Berry Hd

Seawatch0710-0830: 3 Balearic Shearwaters, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Great Skua, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Med Gull, 1 Purple Sandpiper.

Around Headland still smaller numbers of Goldcrest and 2 Firecrest, a few Redwing and Songthrush flushed from bushes while walking down to headland. Some photos below showing the variation of the Goldcrest plumage (striking bird bottom 'continental' type? - no photo adjustments made to original photos - except cropping)

Goldcrest Berry Hd 29 Oct 2015 ML Goldcrest Berry Hd 29 Oct 2015 ML2continental? Goldcrest Berry Hd 29 Oct 2015 ML continental? Goldcrest Berry Hd 29 Oct 2015 ML2

Brixham Breakwater quarry car park one non-calling Siberian Chiffchaff.

 Siberian Chiffchaff Brixham 30 Oct 2015 ML

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Posted October 30th, 2015 at 11:14 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Budleigh Pallas's Warbler - No sign yesterday

Despite most of the day spent looking in calm conditions yesterday - no sign of bird though still quite a few of the flock present that bird seemed to be associating with: Goldcrest, Coal Tit, LT Tit and 1 Firecrest in flock.

Posted October 30th, 2015 at 9:52 am by Chris Townend in Bird News

Cattle Egrets

2 Cattle Egret still present in the flooded field at Teigngrace this morning. Both birds quite active flying around the field.

Posted October 30th, 2015 at 9:02 am by Brian Davies in Bird News

Thursday 29th October 2015

Teigngrace

Here's a photo of one of the Cattle Egrets at Teigngrace this afternoon. More on the Teign Birds blog.

Posted October 29th, 2015 at 7:48 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Bird News

Shaldon firecrest

A quick walk along the coastal past behind the Ness pub produced 2 Firecrest, 4 Gold crest and 1 unidentified warbler.

Posted October 29th, 2015 at 7:21 pm by Brian Davies in Bird News

Chivenor - N.Devon

16.15 > 16.30

1 Short eared Owl over Chivenor this aft being mobbed by 2 Crows. Good views from the west bank of R.Caen.

Posted October 29th, 2015 at 5:49 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Teigngrace- Cattle Egrets

On the way back from a successful trip to East Devon for the 2 Glossy Ibis at Black Hole Marsh, Seaton which were viewable distantly from the hide and then the superb Pallas's Warbler at the Bristol School Camp entrance, Gore Lane, Exmouth which showed pretty much non stop from 12.25 to 12.55pm, news came through of a Cattle Egret at Teigngrace at 12.30pm. On arrival, a quick scan and there were in fact 2 Cattle Egrets and 2 Little Egrets. They are in the flooded field at the junction of Teigngrace Road and Exeter Road, 100 yards south of Blatchford Farm. Many thanks to the finder of the first Cattle Egret for getting the news out so quickly. 

Posted October 29th, 2015 at 3:36 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth

Great looks at a Yellow-browed Warbler and male and female Firecrests at 1400 today.

Posted October 29th, 2015 at 3:21 pm by Howard Ackford in Bird News

Mansands

At last, a Yellow-browed Warbler seen here, in willows below the hide. Also a female Black Redstart on Southdown cliffs. Around the marsh, numourous Chiffchaffs, Goldcrests and Redwings. A male and female Sparrowhawk seen together flying around the marsh. On the marsh itself, the usual Mallards, Teals and Moorhens, also a Little Grebe and apair of Gadwalls. Several Water Rails heard, but not seen.

Posted October 29th, 2015 at 1:48 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Bird News

Wednesday 28th October 2015

Dartmoor

A flock of 120 Golden Plover over South Hessary Tor this morning & 60+ Fieldfare in the valley below Black Tor early afternoon.

Posted October 28th, 2015 at 8:51 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Dartmoor

A flock of 120 Golden Plover over South Hessary Tor this morning & 60+ Fieldfare in the valley below Black Tor early afternoon.

Posted October 28th, 2015 at 8:51 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Pallas's Warblers

Pallas's Warbler late this afternoon on the east side of the Otter in Sycamores 200M south of White Bridge.

The Pallas's Warbler found yesterday at Orcombe Point by Dave Hopkins still present this afternoon, see photo below
Pallas's Warbler, Orcombe Point by Chris Townend

Posted October 28th, 2015 at 7:37 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Ridgeway''s Cackling Goose

I think this may be the bird lost from the estuary. Looks the right size anyway. Grid ref  -  SX938896 Nearest pond to the Swing Bridge adjacent to the Exeter Ship Canal.

See youtube - 

https://youtu.be/UT9TM_gNcWs

Not much else around except a at least 4 Little Grebe on Manaton Marsh.

N.B. Old Sludge beds well flooded only accessible with wellies and even then a bit dodgy. All the ponds well filled.

Ridgeway's Cackling Goose
Ridgeway's Cackling Goose

Posted October 28th, 2015 at 6:50 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Colour ringed Spoonbill - Wrafton

Following on from Maurice post regarding the metal ring number 8048768 on GYfG/BaL, you can see from the digiscoped photo the number 8 on the metal ring which is same number as the last digit of the ring number.


Posted October 28th, 2015 at 6:08 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Ring Ouzel at Dawlish Warren

This 1st Winter bird which I think is a female? was on the hedge that seperates the golf course and the reserve


Posted October 28th, 2015 at 6:08 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Slapton

Starling murmuration of about 20,000 starlings entered reedbed by the bridge around 4.30. A Merlin flew up the stream from under the bridge at 4.45, Bittern landed in the reeds just before 5.00 and an Otter swam down the stream towards the bridge about 5.10. Not a bad 45 mins. Sadly light was too low for my camera

Posted October 28th, 2015 at 5:46 pm by Jeff Hacon in Bird News

Slapton, Beesands and Prawle

At Slapton 2 male red crested pochard in front of hide at Torcross, 1st winter Mediterranean gull amongst the black headed gulls, 1st winter common gull amongst the herring, lesser black backed and greater black backed gulls.

At Beesands a single swallow around the buildings, a large peregrine over and at least 4 chiffchaffs with long tailed, great and blue tits and just 1 goldcrest in a mobile feeding flock in the bushes near the hide.

At Prawle a firecrest by the car park, a few gannets circling offshore with 3+ harbour porpoise underneath them, 7 auk sp. flying west.

Posted October 28th, 2015 at 5:39 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

East Soar & Starehole Valley

2 Ring Ouzels in Starehole plus Firecrest. Another Firecrest in willows below farm. Not much else!

Posted October 28th, 2015 at 5:22 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Northam Burrows 10:00 - 12:00

Nice walk from Skern car park this morning. Lots of Meadow pipits, several Stonechats and a few Wheatear, also a single Snow Bunting

Wheatear
Wheatear

Meadow pipit
Meadow pipit

Posted October 28th, 2015 at 4:04 pm by Roy Churchill in Bird News

Neo-northerner overjoyed to see Black Redstart 1st time for years

Being based around Newcastle-Upon-Tyne these past ten years it's been about 12 years since last seeing a Black Redstart.  

Just down visiting my ma in Ottery-St-Mary and saw a Black Redstart on a roof in Thorne Farm Way estate next to the new cycle/walking bridge over River Otter.   Overjoyed to see one of these little beauties!   No photo unfortunately, but not really possible to confuse this one with a smoky grey/black plumage and orangy/red undertail area.

 

Posted October 28th, 2015 at 1:20 pm by mark.okeeffe in Bird News

Wembury Cliff path

Had a look in the valley before the beach to try and see if the Firecrest were still around but did not manage to see them. I saw a male Black Redstart in the same place i have seen them before. Seen on cliff from the grassy patch overlooking the cliff and river mouth to the immediate right as you walk through the second gate on the cliff path up from the church. Grid ref 526 481. Sorry about pic quality.

Posted October 28th, 2015 at 1:06 pm by Matt Clark in Bird News

Spoonbills in Love - Wrafton

Mutual preening, Sleeping together & a good stretch afterwards!




Posted October 28th, 2015 at 12:01 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Spoonbills in Love - Wrafton

This really is true love between this pair of Spoonbills.

Looking into one another's eyes, syncronised dancing -

wait for it >




Posted October 28th, 2015 at 11:58 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Wrafton

The two Spoonbills still present eraly this morning and yes Maurice that was indeed the combination! The reflection of the yellow flag was repeated this morning but through the scope clearly what you have described, although some of the colours are fading!

Posted October 28th, 2015 at 9:56 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Tuesday 27th October 2015

Re: Coloured Ring Spoonbill - Wrafton.

Surely this is "Old Faithfull" that has been wintering with us since the 7th November 2007?

Ringed as nestling on 10/07/2007 at Oosterkwelder, Shiermonnikoog, West Fresian Islands, Netherlands.

Ring combination: left leg - dark-green colour ring, above yellow leg-flag, above dark-green yellow ring.   

                              right leg-dark-blue colour ring, above metal ring NLA 8048768, above lime-green colour ring.

Posted October 27th, 2015 at 8:15 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Tarka trail - Pottington & Wrafton

1500 Golden Plover on a sand bank on the Taw Estuary at Pottington in line with RGB.

2 Spoonbills which John had seen this morning & late aft, one of which is colour ringed. Apologies for the poor quality photo but very low light levels.

The 2 Yellow flags turn out to be one which is a reflection in the water.

Hope I have got this right, but apologies if not.

Left leg above knee Green/Yellow Flag/Green.

Right leg above knee Blue/Metal/Lime

The metal ring looks Gold in the photos.


Posted October 27th, 2015 at 6:45 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Honiton

4 grey partridge in garden late afternoon

Posted October 27th, 2015 at 6:42 pm by Audrey Wolstenholme in Bird News

Wrafton

Leaving the reserve late afternoon I spied that the 2 Spoonbills had returned for a night roost (high tide now and again early morning I guess). So I cycled along the Tarka Trail and took a closer look: one of them has yellow flags below and above the mid-leg joint (the ankle really) not sure if this has been recorded here before?

Then I met Rob, who had just taken pics in poor light - there may be other colour rings I couldn't see. I'll try to get another look tomorrow to confirm.

Posted October 27th, 2015 at 5:43 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Black Redstart - Milbury Farm Meadow, Exminster

Decided to stay in and no Bird Watching today as so miserable, only to be rewarded by this Black Redstart turning up on the back gate this afternoon eyeing up the seed feeder - particularly exciting as we now live on the new development at Milbury Farm Meadow - who says new development is always a bad thing for birds?!  7 Meadow Pipits arrived yesterday too - we had a dozen here all last winter so hoping for more.


Posted October 27th, 2015 at 5:01 pm by Jo King in Bird News

Berry Head

The large fall of Goldcrests reported onTwitter yesterday by Mark Darlaston has perhaps been added to overnight. Groups totaling over 170 were counted from the Headland back toward the Berry Head Hotel and a further 50+ up the lane toward the Wardens bungalow. Nothing rare that I could find amongst them but 5 Firecrest, 2 Coal Tits, 3 Blackcap and 4 Chiffchaff added some more interest.

Seawatching - best bits:: 2 Great Skua, 2 Arctic Skua, 1 Pom/Arc Skua, 2 Balearic Shearwaters, 1 Manx Shearwater,  3 Shoveler, a Skylark and a Blackbird!

Overhead very quiet, 5 Skylark, 2 Swallow and the highlight being a Woodlark flying in toward Torbay.

 

Posted October 27th, 2015 at 1:49 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Noss Mayo Unidentified

Ref George and Julia Harris report yesterday.

My next door neighbour was at Worswell Barton yesterday and saw the bird with many gulls in a field, larger than a Blackback, grey with white under the tail. When it flew off large wingspan.Raptor out of the question. All seen with naked eye.

Posted October 27th, 2015 at 12:26 pm by Jeremy Spooner in Bird News

Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor

Female Black Redstart again today Old Barn Drive

Posted October 27th, 2015 at 12:12 pm by Rick Lockwood in Bird News

Wrafton

The two Spoonbills roosting in the field by the Tarka Trail this morning. 

Yesterday in the reserve several Red Admiral butterflies.

Posted October 27th, 2015 at 8:04 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Monday 26th October 2015

Bowling Green Marsh

Good numbers of waders and ducks now coming onto the marsh over the high-tides as viewed with Keith from tonights high-tide roost and increasing on a daily basis. Link to video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eS5Fo5LheeM

Posted October 26th, 2015 at 9:27 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 14:50 till 16:40

A busy high tide with 800+ wigeon, 163+ pintail, 736+ Canada geese, 1 barnacle goose, 7 greylag goose, 35+ shoveler, 3 gadwall, 250+ teal, 144 avocet, 1 ruff, 1 spotted redshank, 1000+ black tailed godwits, 500+ redshank, 13+ greenshanks, 38+ bar tailed godwits, 563+ curlew, 350+ dunlin, 1000+ starling, 5+ snipe, 1 white wagtail, 1 grey wagtail, 1 stonechat, 1 buzzard, 3 jay.

Posted October 26th, 2015 at 7:30 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Shipley Bridge

A very gloomy afternoon and generally a dearth of birds. However scanning a mixed tit flock just past the pumping station was rewarded with brief but good views of a Yellow browed Warbler (sorry Dave P!). It was associating with 10 Long tailed tits, 2-3 Goldcrests and a few Blue tits. No sign of any winter thrushes let alone Ring Ouzels. 1 Dipper and 5 Grey wags.

 

Posted October 26th, 2015 at 6:59 pm in Bird News

South Brent

Good numbers of Redwings moving between Hillside and Forder Lane, South Brent throughout the day, counts of 33, 24,25,42,22,19, 34+, 47, 33 and one flock that lifted from the berry trees in that area and were beyond counting.

A flock of 52 Starlings

11 Fieldfare, one Song Thrush but a notable drop off in the number of Mistle Thrush around today.

Very high flying Sparrow Hawk picked up in the binoculars while I was scanning the area, unable to find it without the binoculars.

Highlight of the day was an unidentified Harrier species that flew over towards Yonder Cross,I did get a photo but given the distance and poor light the image is not worth posting.

Posted October 26th, 2015 at 5:11 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Wembury

A breezey walk at Wembury today with some good sightings.

A feeding flock of small birds in the bushes in the valley to the beach was comprised of blue, great, coal and long tailed tits with goldcrests, at least 2 chiffchaffs and 2 very smart firecrests.

On the rocky shoreline were a grey heron, 2 curlew, 4 little egrets, oystercatchers and 5 feral mallard types amongst the mallards. A surprise was an immature wigeon amongst the mallards.

Offshore the odd adult gannet was flying east.

14 Canada geese were feeding in the stubble field with a male pheasent. A male cirl bunting was very skulking in the hedgerow.

2 meadow pipits along the beach with rock pipits, pied wagtails and a grey wagtail.

Posted October 26th, 2015 at 4:19 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Noss Mayo area - unidentified bird

Anyone in the area of Warren Point, Yealmpton, Puslich, Memland? - keep a look out for "something a bit different".  I received a call from Tony John, Lifelong birder, who had a very brief sighting of a large bird flying away from him near Worswell Barton Farm area SX5447.  Flying inland.  Larger than a gull, not a Heron, Goose or Buzzard wrong flight.  Appeared dark with white in wings.  Disappeared from sight over fields.   If anyone is driving through the area in the next day or so worth having a look around just in case.

 

Posted October 26th, 2015 at 3:59 pm in Bird News

Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor

A female Black Redstart again on rooftops this morning at Old Barn Drive, mpretonhampstead.

Posted October 26th, 2015 at 2:15 pm by Rick Lockwood in Bird News

East Prawle.

A photo of a Chiffchaff with the plumage characteristics of Western siberian chiffchaff. ( P.c.fulvescens) ringed on private land near Moorwell pond at this morning's ringing session.


Posted October 26th, 2015 at 1:50 pm by Alan Searle. in Bird News

Start Point

06:15-11:30. Cloudy, moderate SSE wind strengthening through morning.

Spent an hour on the cliff top north of the car park waiting for the vis mig which never started. There were a few Goldcrest calling however and a look around the farm showed them to be in good nos here, conservative estimate of at least 60 ( min 70 in area ) with at least 2 Firecrest. Also a late Lesser Whitethroat and 4 Chiffchaffs. Walked down to the light to see if any crests were working their way up the ridge but there were none. Tamarisks blown out in the compound but could hear a handful of Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff. Did an hours seawatch, around 500 Gannets and 200 Kittiwakes through. Also 4 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Teal and 6 Mediterranean Gulls including a tight flock of 3 adults and 2 first calender year birds close in heading south. Checked the farm again on the way out and would say 50% of the Goldcrest had moved on.

 

Posted October 26th, 2015 at 1:21 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Sunday 25th October 2015

East Soar

The only bird of note to add to Pete Aley's report from this morning was a single House Martin over the airfield.

Posted October 25th, 2015 at 10:49 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Just to add to Keith's post on the walk down to the viewing platform had good views of the Yellow Browed Warbler in the large tree with 2-Blue Tits near the large galvanise gates along the road at 1415hrs (somone mentioned later it was seen in the morning just inside the gates to the platform). From the platform 1-Kestrel, 1-Grey Plover, 1-Red Breasted Merganser, 4-Common Gulls, 1-Kingfisher.

Avocets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-kWQwzo23c

Stralings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oalvRkGpGqE

Kestrel
Kestrel

Avocets
Avocets

Posted October 25th, 2015 at 7:26 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Golden Plover

Good numbers of these beautiful little waders on the Skern and beach today

Golden Plover
Golden Plover

Posted October 25th, 2015 at 7:26 pm by Steve Hatch in Bird News

Downend, Yelland & Isley Marsh

07.10 - 09.30 Visible migration - Downend

821 Chaffinch > SE during first hour, 1036 during second hour then fizzling out. 173 Starling,11 Meadow Pipit, 2 Goldfinch & 17 Skylark all heading SE into the wind.

Aft -Yelland - high tide roost between 2 Jetties - 1 female or imm Merlin (can not see any blue on the Cere from the photos but digiscoped at long range).

Isley Marsh - Now only 2 Spoonbills present.


Posted October 25th, 2015 at 6:22 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 13:40 till 16:30

An excellent few hours from the hide with a new record for Pintail with 186+ , wigeon 784+, 3 tufted duck, 28+ shoveler, 295+ teal, 117 avocet, 1006+ black tailed godwits, 30+ bar tailed godwits, 440+ redshank, 1 spotted redshank, 1 ruff, 13+ greenshanks, 394+ curlew, 259+ dunlin, 7+ snipe, 5 jay, 1 great spotted woodpecker, 1 buzzard, 2 grey wagtail, 32+ lapwing.

A yellow browed warbler was reported by the path to the viewing platform 

A quick look from the church at topsham produced a few thousand starlings performing before going to roost.

Posted October 25th, 2015 at 6:19 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Berry Head

Further to Mike Langmans post in respect of Berry head this morning, almost constant movement of small numbers of Meadow Pipits on the main head land.

But to make the day a Short Eared Owl was seen from the cafe area circling the ground the the front of the fort walls and end of the car park, unfortunately it was a bit too far away for decent photography, on the front fort wall over looking the area that the bird was seen I recovered a fresh owl pellet which after some checking I suspect may have been cast by a Short Eared Owl.

 

Posted October 25th, 2015 at 6:02 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Soar

Focused on East Soar from just after dawn and then a brief look at the west side this afternoon.

A Yellow-browed Warbler briefly in the willows mid morning was the best bird, Also: 2 Firecrests, 2 Ring Ouzels, 3+ Siskins (over), 5 Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs, 13 Goldcrests, 2 Sparrowhawks, 30 Golden Plovers, 5 Song Thrushes, 2 Redwings, Jay, c200 Skylarks, Fieldfare, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Swallow and 3 Bullfinches.

Also a Firecrest in Marlborough. 

Posted October 25th, 2015 at 5:50 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Berry Head

Radde's Warbler tentatively identified after Andy Plumb and I tracked the calling bird for some 10 minutes with the briefest of views. The bird crossed the road into an even denser area of scrub before showing briefly again after some 20 mins to confirm id it continued calling occasionally but getting further away in deep vegetation. Last seen some 60m north o the 'wardens bungalow' on W side of road.

Other more notable birds on site: 2 Firecrest, 14 Goldcrest, 9 Chifchaff, 5 Stonechat, 1 Blackcap & 3 Coal Tit.

Overhead:4 Redpoll, 1 Brambling, 16 Chaffinch, 11 Bullfinch, 13 Greenfinch, 55 Goldfinch, 1 Grt Spt, Woodpecker, 32 Skylark, 1 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing.

Posted October 25th, 2015 at 4:06 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sun 25th Oct.

Challacombe to Headland Warren, fm.Hen Harrier. 1.00pm.

Sousson's farm 50+Fieldfare

Posted October 25th, 2015 at 2:50 pm by Martin and Jenny Lees in Bird News

Berrynarbor

Delighted to have a firecrest feeding on the midges in the garden with the long-tailed tits, goldcrests and others early this afternoon.

Posted October 25th, 2015 at 2:35 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Haytor area

There was a Great Grey Shrike this morning on the moor at Emsworthy Farm DWT Reserve (SX745765), although it disappeared after about five minutes. Also at least 2 Ring Ouzels, 80 Fieldfare and 4 Redpolls.

Later, there were c520 Golden Plover in short, grassy heath NE of the tor, near the old tramway.

Great Grey Shrike, Emsworthy
Great Grey Shrike, Emsworthy

Rig Ouzel, Emsworthy
Rig Ouzel, Emsworthy

Posted October 25th, 2015 at 2:24 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Brixham Breakwater.

A walk along the breakwater in Brixham first thing this morning, 18 Turnstone, only 3 Purple Sandpiper, checked my records and this time last year 15. Looking over towards 7 quarries 15 Grey Heron on the cliffs but otherwise very quiet. Was a report mid week from a fisherman 30 Common Scoter off Paignton sea front.  So will not be starting my Sunday morning winter boat trips till the 22nd November, if interested email wildbones@btinternet.com

Posted October 25th, 2015 at 12:25 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

River Caen, Horsey Island. Braunton

9.30 - 10.30am walk with the dog. Within 100m Buzzards, Kestrel, great views of the female Marsh Harrier, a female Merlin getting mobbed by crows and bird of the hour which I though was a short eared at first but displayed a white rump as it flew off - pretty sure of a female Hen Harrier but would be happy for someone to verify. It flew across the Caen and out over Horsey Island, typical Harrier flight pattern. All the other regulars present. Great bit of birding - rubbish walk for the dog!

Posted October 25th, 2015 at 11:07 am by Rob Barnes in Bird News

Start Point

06:15-09:00. Beautiful clear, still morning.

Good start to the day flushing a Short-eared Owl from the side of the road about a mile from the entrance to Start. Little vis mig, best were 2 Lesser Redpolls and a Crossbill ( Siskins heard frequently but very high up unseen ). Around the farm Great Spotted Woodpecker, Fieldfare, Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest, Brambling and 2 Reed Buntings. Around the top fields a female Merlin shot through, Black Redstart at the BBC station and 4 Crossbills overhead.

Posted October 25th, 2015 at 10:43 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Saturday 24th October 2015

Prawle Point

Sea watch from 7.40am till 1pm in SSW 4-5 going NW 2-3 produced nice range but disappointingly few birds.

1 Sooty Shearwater, 4 Balearic Shearwaters, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Red Throated and 1 Great Nirthern Divers, 2 Puffins, 2 Fulmars, 3 Common Scoters west -2 east. c 200 Kittiwakes west, 130 Auks west (predominantly Razorbills) , 450 Gannets west and c 100 east. Also first autumnal Black Redstart. (imm/female on coastguard cottage roofs) and 2 late Wheatears. 

Posted October 24th, 2015 at 10:52 pm in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 11:30 till 16:30

from the hide 91 avocet, 695+ black tailed godwits, 33 bar tailed godwits, 1 ruff, 180+ dunlin, 348+ curlew, 1 whimbrel, 23+ greenshanks, 250+ redshankss, 20+ lapwing, 1 grey plover, another excellent count of 148+ pintail , 311+ wigeon, 30+ shoveler, 160+ teal, 1 kestrel, 1 sparrowhawk, 2 buzzards, 4+ jay, 2 grey wagtails.

from the goatwalk 1 adult winter Mediterranean gull, 6 golden plover , 1 kingfisher.

from the viewing platform, 2 kingfisher, 16+ skylark over, 15+ goldcrests, 10+ chaffinch, 1 nuthatch, 1 great spotted woodpecker, 1 Cetti's warbler, 1 water rail, 1 peregrine, 4 greylag geese, 5 jay.

Posted October 24th, 2015 at 9:58 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Harford Moor

Very surprised to see a kingfisher fly to the small pond below Tor Rocks, Harford this afternoon.  

Posted October 24th, 2015 at 7:11 pm by Katie Willcocks in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

This afternoon on the high tide - 9 Little Egrets, 16 Grey Herons, 42 Curlews, Black-tailed Godwit, 113 Redshanks, 6 Oystercatchers, Mediterannean Gull (ad-w), 4+ Goldcrests, c40 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Mistle Thrushes, Nuthatch, Chiffchaff (singing), Kingfisher and only 2 Shelducks. 

Posted October 24th, 2015 at 6:50 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Soar Area

Hi Guys,
Pete Hannaford and I went to Soar today,
Two Dottrel and small flock of Golden Plover and Skylarks on Airfield,
Starehole Merlin, Kestrel, Buzzard, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Stonechat and Grey Wagtail,
Hedge with fenced cattle gate near ponds, Black Redstart,Cirl Bunting, Yellowhammer.
Regards Barry Rankine
 

Posted October 24th, 2015 at 6:40 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton

A walk around the West Cliffs this afternoon produced a Firecrest again and then a walk around the top fileds east of the Otter resulted in bird of the day, a Short-eared Owl plus 140+ Skylark and 70+ Linnet.

Posted October 24th, 2015 at 6:28 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Plymouth

A Yellow-browed Warbler in the wood at Lipson early afternoon, with the Tit flock. Also 2 Firecrests, a Goldcrest, a Chiffchaff and a Grey Wagtail.

Posted October 24th, 2015 at 3:18 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor

One female Black Redstart this morning on rooftops Old Barn Drive.

Posted October 24th, 2015 at 11:53 am by Rick Lockwood in Bird News

Friday 23rd October 2015

Brixham

14.40

15+ Swallows flying back and forth above Brixham College and adjacent playing fields.  Slowly moved off towards the south east. 

Posted October 23rd, 2015 at 9:37 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 11:30 till 16:40

A good afternoon steady movement of skylark west also included to 10+ crossbill( 3 & 10) over, 20+ goldcrests by viewing platform.

from the hide , 93 Avocet highest count of the Autumn, 1001+ black tailed godwits , 20+ bar tailed godwits, 120+ dunlin, 300+ redshank, 1 spotted redshank , 1 ruff, 30+ lapwing, 11+ greenshanks, 44+ pintail, 80+ wigeon, 28+ shovelers, 300+ teal, 369+ curlew, 6 snipe, 1 sparrowhawk, 1 kestrel, 3 buzzards.

from the viewing platform , 1 whimbrel, 10+ bar tailed godwits, 100+ dunlin, 100+ curlew, 2 oystercatchers, 1 red breasted merganser.

Posted October 23rd, 2015 at 6:54 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Upper Tamar Lake

09:20 This morning saw 4 Fieldfare, numerous flocks of Goldfinch,1 Reed Bunting, 6 Teal, 26 Lapwing, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Buzzard, 4 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant.

Posted October 23rd, 2015 at 6:46 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

BGM

Not much showing at BGM over lunch, - the high tide wasn't until mid afternoon and a only a few Godwits, Lapwings and Greenshank when Keith got a call from Lee at Warren Point - off I went and was rewarded with great views of the Great Grey Shrike consuming what was left of the impaled Blue Tit! Thanks to Lee for the call and Keith for passing it on!

Posted October 23rd, 2015 at 6:31 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Passage House- River Teign

An adult Bonapartes Gull found by Bob Bailey at 3.45pm on the high tide off the Passage House hotel car park. Flew off downriver but then returned at 3.55pm and watched on the grass spit with the B H Gull flock till 4.27pm when it again flew off downriver.  Also a Common Sand, Water Rail and 10 Greenshank. 

Posted October 23rd, 2015 at 6:14 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Berry Head

Like Perry, little moving overhead - the highlights were 6 Fieldfare 4 Redwing a Reed Bunting, Redpoll and 2 Yellowhammers.

Around the headland: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler newly arrived in bushes beside the coast guard station at 8am (still reported present at 0930), 11 Chiffchaffs and 16 Goldcrest.

There was another Yellow-browed Warbler yesterday with Long-tailed Tits around the navigation beacon scrub seen by a couple of visiting birders.

Posted October 23rd, 2015 at 1:14 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Start Point

Cloudy, moderate SW wind strengthening. Dissapointing vis mig watch 07:30-09:30.

130 Meadow Pipit, 20 alba Wagtail sp., 110 Goldfinch, 15 Chaffinch, Brambling, 5 Siskin, 30 Linnet and a Lesser Redpoll. Also seen 4 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 2 Chiffchaffs and a Goldcrest. 3 Little Egrets below the cliffs flying towards the point.

Posted October 23rd, 2015 at 11:25 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Thursday 22nd October 2015

Redwings ~ South Brent

Over the last two days the movement of migrating Redwings seems to have slowed down around South Brent and the birds being seen now are feeding.

A mixed small flock of Redwing and a few Song Thrush seen this morning perched in the canopy of a mature Ash tree, the odd Mistle Thrush and one possible Feildfare in the air.

A counted flock of 50 Redwings just before 9 am came over and all of the roosting birds lifted and were caught up in the low flying flock.

A counted 23 Redwings late this afternoon.

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Buzzard, Coal Tits and a Nuthatch on the garden feeders,small number of Pied Wagtails still moving around the area.

Posted October 22nd, 2015 at 7:38 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Bassett's Ridge - Taw Estuary

24 Pintail searching for food on the Ridge this aft.


Posted October 22nd, 2015 at 6:06 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Urgent Atlas photo request

A couple of habitat photos for the Devon Atlas are needed urgently:

1. One of the larger reservoirs - Fernworthy, Burrator, Roadford a good quality atmospheric photo would be best - but all submissions will be considered.

2. Photo depicting the Devon Redlands or Blackdowns - this could include the river Otter or Axe.

Contact Mike Langman if you can help - mikelangman@blueyonder.co.uk  

 

Posted October 22nd, 2015 at 4:28 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

East Portlemouth

Lesser Redpoll flew over Rickham Farm nr. East Portlemouth this morning

Posted October 22nd, 2015 at 4:10 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Hartland Point Seawatch

8-11am. 1620 auks (razorbills and guillemots) in first hour, then tailing off. 170 kittiwakes in first hour. I dark phase arctic skua. 1 imm type Pomarine skua. 1 unidentified distant skua (I think pom).1 Balearic shearwater.5 Common Scoter. 2 Mediterranean Gulls. 3 groups of Harbour Porpoises, with attendant fishing flocks of Gannets.

regards, Rupert

Posted October 22nd, 2015 at 1:58 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Wednesday 21st October 2015

Fieldfares on west Dartmoor

While walking 2 kilometres east of Peter Tavy onto the Moor,  about 30 fieldfares were identified in trees despite the misty conditions.

Posted October 21st, 2015 at 10:22 pm by Liz Harris in Bird News

around topsham

Watched from 09:30 till 14:00

from the hide at bowling green marsh , 12+ greenshanks, 200+ redshanks, 600+ black tailed godwits, 1 sparrowhawk, 5 dunlin, 1 spotted redshank (heard only),  20+ lapwing, 8+ goldcrests , 1 kestrel, 2 buzzards, 75+ redwing, 20+ skylark, 300+ teal, 80+ wigeon, 30+ shoveler, 4 chiffchaffs, 1 stonechat.

from the viewing platform , 12+ bar tailed godwits, 30+ lapwing

from the goatwalk , 59 avocet, 10+ bar tailed godwits, 20+ grey plover, 3 golden plover, 200+ black tailed godwits, 300+ dunlin.

 

Posted October 21st, 2015 at 9:17 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Tuesday 20th October 2015

Exmouth

Mudbank mid-day on the outgoing tide the Black Brant was showing nearby from Imperial Recreation Ground with c1000-Brent Geese, c1500-Wigeon, c120-Pintail, 10-Red Breasted Mergansers, 2-Great Crested Grebes, c500-Ostercatchers. From the Docks 8-Ringed Plover on bull hill sandbar, c1000-Oystercatchers, c40-Turnstones, c800-Wigeon. From the seafront c80-Common Scoter in 2 groups sat on top the water offshore.

Link to video of Brent Geese with Black Brant.

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

Posted October 20th, 2015 at 8:43 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 08:15 till 12:30

The highlight was a Great Northern Diver from the hide which I picked up flying up river over the viewing platform then it headed of north east at 11:50, this appears to be the first for the marsh.

other counts were 31 avocet, 1 turnstone, 1 spotted redshank, 250+ dunlin, 300+ redshank, 800+ black tailed godwits, 20+ curlew, 55 pintail, 200+ wigeon, 300+ teal, 30+ shoveler, 20+ mallard, 2 stonechat, 5 greenshanks, 44+ lapwing, 1 kestrel, 2 sparrowhawk, 3 buzzards, 5 jay, steady passage of starlings, jackdaw, skylarks, redwings, meadow pipits , and the first 3 fieldfare over, 15+ goldcrests, 2 chiffchaffs, 6 coal tits.

from the viewing platform, 2 kingfishers.

 

Posted October 20th, 2015 at 7:57 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Horsey Island > Sherpa Marshes > Taw Estuary

A report of a sighting of 1 Short - eared Owl flying over Horsey Island being mobbed by corvids late aft after shooters had gone. Observer noted direction of flight over R.Caen & Sherpa Marshes heading out over Taw Estuary.

Posted October 20th, 2015 at 7:02 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Downend, Baggy, Sherpa Marshes, Horsey Island

'A grain of Sanderlings' enjoying a well deserved rest this morning at Downend.

A few Wheatear (3 at Baggy) still passing through on migration.

The shooters were out again today, this morning at Sherpa Marshes & this aft at Horsey Island.

This has become a very unpopular activity with residents & visitors alike in this area who go out for a walk to enjoy the wildlife, fresh air & peace & quiet only to be interrupted by shotguns blasting away & birds falling from the sky. It is also bad for tourism & puts people off visiting the Marshes & the Estuary.


Posted October 20th, 2015 at 6:39 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Budleigh West Cliffs

Lots of Goldcrests and Chiffchaffs on a morning walk along the coast path beside the golf course, the most notable birds being at least 1 Firecrest and a Dartford Warbler (the first I have seen in Budleigh).

Posted October 20th, 2015 at 5:38 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Berry Head

A few birds grounded on the headland today: 8 Chiffchaffs, 11 Goldcrest, 4 Coal Tit,6 Stonechat & 6 Blackcap.

Overhead migration fairly good,  pick of birds being : 1 Short-eared Owl, 127 Skylark, 16 Meadow Pipit, 1 'Tree' Pipit (getting very late and Olive -backed sound the same!),  10 'alba' Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 6 Siskin, 5 Redpoll, 96 Chaffinch, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Yellowhammer, 7 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 9 Swallow, 1 House Martin.  

Thrush sp 1 Thrush 2

On missing photographing a party of Redwing I focused up and fired of a couple of shots of lone thrush  (I thought was another Redwing which doesn't look like and neither does it look like a Song Thrush despite the underwing being the same colour). Make your own mind up..

Posted October 20th, 2015 at 3:41 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Good numbers of the usual waders and ducks this lunchtime. They were disturbed by a few unsuccessful passes by a Peregrine.

The highlight for me though was a single Turnstone that flew off at about 1.40 with a small group of Redshanks - the first for the marsh for me!

Posted October 20th, 2015 at 2:11 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Osprey ~ South Brent

08.12hrs thismorning high flying Osprey seen passing between Soth Brent and Marley Head towards the coast.

Earlier the moring gave 10 Redwings perching in canopies of the taller trees and the seasons first Fieldfares for me with five flying over towards Brent hill just after first light.

 

Posted October 20th, 2015 at 8:23 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Monday 19th October 2015

East Soar

Visited dawn to 1145.

Vis Mig - 6 House Martin, 45 Meadow Pipit, 14 Alba Wag, 10 Greenfinch & 30 Linnet. 

Otherwise 15 Chiffchaff, 20 Goldcrest, 2 Blackcap, 12 Song Thrush, 5 Redwing, Fieldfare. 100 Meadow Pipit, 45 Skylark, 30 Golden Plover, 25+ Chaffinch, 11 Starling, 22+ Yellowhammer is a good count. 5/6 Cirls of which two males singing, Spartowhawk & 3 Kestrels. 

Posted October 19th, 2015 at 10:43 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 08:15 till 12:00

Good numbers of waders with 301+ dunlin, 56 avocet , 3 golden plover, 900+ black tailed godwits, 33 pintail, 450+ teal, 300+ wigeon, 300+ redshank, 1 spotted redshank, 8 greenshanks, 8 bar tailed godwits, 1 whimbrel, 300+ curlew,  70+ lapwing, 35+ shoveler, kestrel , sparrowhawk, peregrine, 2 buzzards, 30+ skylark over with steady passage of meadow pipits starlings and chaffinch, 25+ robin, 12+ goldcrests, 2 chiffchaff, 3 cetti's warblers, 2 Mediterranean gulls( 1 adult, 1 1st winter ) 

from the viewing platform, 2 kingfisher , 2 grey wagtail, 1 red breasted merganser, 8 little egrets. 

Posted October 19th, 2015 at 7:24 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

High Dartmoor

5 Red Grouse all flushed at the same time. The most I've seen together on the moor.

Posted October 19th, 2015 at 5:34 pm by John Lusher in Bird News

East Soar

Firecrest in scrub by the ponds and small influx of 15 Blackbird & 7 Song Thrush, other migrants being Snipe, 120 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail flying west up Starehole Valley, Fieldfare, 5 Chiffchaff & mf Bullfinch. Also: Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel, 110 Skylark, 23 Starling west & 9 Yellowhammer.

Posted October 19th, 2015 at 4:26 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

South Huish Isabelline Shrike

The South Huish Isabelline Shrike was showing well this morning, feeding readily hawking large insects and actively chasing them along the hedgerow also very vocal at times.

Sharing the hedge with Stonechats, Long Tailed Tits and House Sparrows.

Male Pintail seen at the back of the marsh below the White House.

Meadow Pipits and five Black Tailed Godwits around the marsh.

Back home at South Brent a flock of some 50/60 Starlings in Totnes Road, smaller movement of Redwings earlier this morning around 30 birds and another 10 plus flock seen later in the day.

Home surprise bird was a White Egret that was seen from the kitchen flying across the fields above the house.

 

Posted October 19th, 2015 at 2:42 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Berry Head

1 Firecrest, and an exhausted but surprisingly skulking Brambling (in bushes beside N of cafe) only birds of note on headland.

Overhead movement better with: 4 Crossbill,1 Redpoll, 12 Siskin, 78 Goldfinch, 3 Bullfinch, 45 Chaffinch, 4 Greenfinch, 5 Linnet, 2 Song Thrush, 32 Redwing, 2 Skylark,31 Meadow Pipit, 2 Starling and 15 Swallow.

Posted October 19th, 2015 at 10:30 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth

At least 2 x Firecrest in cemetery today

Posted October 19th, 2015 at 9:44 am by Tor Elm in Bird News

Sunday 18th October 2015

Dousland

Small flocks of Swallows passing through this afternoon.

Posted October 18th, 2015 at 9:21 pm by Mavis Goddard in Bird News

Plymouth

Plym Estuary & Saltram at high tide - 68 Redshanks, 3 Common Sandpipers, 42 Curlews, Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Little Egrets, and 4 Greenshanks, all on the pool. Also - 2 Stonechats, 2 Green Woodpeckers, Chiffchaff and 13 Turnstones.

This afternoon in Lipson, 2 Firecrests, 2+ Goldcrests, Chiffchaff and 2 Grey Wagtails.  

Posted October 18th, 2015 at 8:04 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

The only notable things during an early morning WeBS count were the resident Slavonian Grebe, 535 Teal and a Kingfisher in the estuary, although I heard fly-over Crossbill, Redpoll and Siskins while counting. On the golf course there were 25 Pied Wagtails and 27 Meadow Pipits, plus at least 4 Rock Pipits in the saltmarsh.

A walk to the hide later produced the adult Bonaparte's Gull preening on one of the groynes, 62 Shags offshore, a distant group of Common Scoter (30-ish), 3 Water Rails calling around the main pond and another Redpoll over. The bushes produced only a few Goldcrests, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and 3 Bullfinches. Oh, and a distant falcon in a shallow stoop in pursuit of small birds looked surprisingly like an Eleonora's Falcon ... but it flew off and I'm saying no more!

Posted October 18th, 2015 at 5:37 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Berry head (0700-1000)

Little activity in the bushes this morning.... 4 Stonechat, imm/fem Ring Ouzel, single Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff and 4 Goldcrest were about it!

 Overhead though 503 Goldfinch, 44 Greenfinch, 33 Chaffinch, 18 Siskin, 18 Swallow, 11 Crossbill, 9 Fieldfare and 134 Redwing (mainly heading NE out to sea) Highlight though was a propable imm Spoonbill heading west along northern side of headland toward Brixham. Had no scope with me and bird quickly lost behind trees... Frustrating end to the morning!

Posted October 18th, 2015 at 11:08 am by Andrew Plumb in Bird News

Saturday 17th October 2015

Start Point

Cloudy morning with a fresh NNE wind. In the relative shelter of Mattiscombe Valley tried a vis mig watch from 07:45-08:30. Not great, seen heading north were 24 Meadow Pipits,  Grey Wagtail, 11 alba sp Wagtails, 8 Swallows, 90 Goldfinch, 20 Chaffinch, 40 Linnet and 11 Siskins. Nice fem. Merlin perched on a post for a while.

For anyone interested in the South Huish Isabelline Shrike brilliant informative piece about it here http://2birdtheory.blogspot.co.uk/ written by Tim Worfolk

Posted October 17th, 2015 at 7:29 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Soar

The highlight was prolonged views of a Short-eared Owl quartering the rough field at mid-Soar at dawn, Also: Merlin, Ring Ouzel, Firecrest, Golden Plover (30), Chiffchaff (8), Bullfinch (4+), Redpoll sp (presumed Lesser), Meadow Pipit (50+ including one with a partially albino head), Skylark (just c40), Redwing (6+), Song Thrush (3+), Siskin (3+), Wheatear (2), Blackcap (3), Goldcrest (11), Grey Wagtail, and Coal Tit.

At South Huish, later, the Isabelline Shrike showing only on the field side of the hedge opposite the White House; the "flat" light re-inforcing my feeling from earlier in the week, that it's a Daurian (although not every feature perfect).  

Posted October 17th, 2015 at 6:40 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 07:30 till 11:30

A group of 9 coal tit on the walk down to the hide was a good count and at least 10+ goldcrests, from the hide lots of disturbance again by a paraglider making counts impossible but estimates of 900+ black tailed godwits, 200+ dunlin, 300+ redshank, 200+ curlew, 400+ wigeon 200+ teal, other counts were 44 avocet, 1 juv male ruff, 1 spotted redshank, 23 greenshank, 2 bar tailed godwits, 50+ pintail, 2 blackcaps, 4 jay, 1 1st winter Mediterranean gull, 1 common gull. 

movement overhead included 20+ skylark and lots of meadow pipits, along the lane more goldcrests and at least 15+ goldcrests by riversmeet house and 1 male blackcap.

Posted October 17th, 2015 at 6:38 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Slapton Ley

A good morning. Early arrival rewarded with nice flight views of a Bittern which dropped into the reeds near the bridge at 07.50. On the Ley the 2 Red-crested Pochards still (drakes, now moulted at Torcross end), also a 1W Yellow-legged Gull (north end).

Some overhead migration: 200+ Meadow Pipits, 30 Siskin, small flocks of Goldfinch and Greenfinch going over, 2 Redwings, 3 Mistle Thrushes and  8 Swallows. 20+ Chiff-Chaffs, Blackcap, 15 Goldcrests,  3 Firecrests and a Dartford Warbler.

Posted October 17th, 2015 at 6:05 pm by David Cope in Bird News

East Soar

A relatively brief morning visit turned up Ring Ouzel in Starehole with 23 Song Thrushes moving through. Firecrest in willows below farm & just single Blackcap.

Posted October 17th, 2015 at 6:00 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Shipley Bridge to the Avon Dam this afternoon

Shipley Bridge to the Avon Dam this afternoon, initially more birders than birds to be seen, reports of Green Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Long Tailed Tits, Kestrel and a Hobby but initially very little else.

By the old pump house three Goldcrest showed well and good numbers with Blue and Coal Tits below the quarry below the dam, very few Stonechat given the numbers in recent weeks.

Two Kestrels were showing almost constantly towards the Dam, one sighting of a small dark falcon was possibly a Merlin but was gone low over the moors as soon as it was seen, shortly afterwards two Cormorants flew over from the direction of the dam while watching them in the binoculars an unidentified species of Harrier flew into view but was lost very quickly without being able to be any more specific.

The two Kestrels began to climb strongly above the dam and three Hobby’s came into view above them too high to be seen with the naked eye.

Coming back to Shipley across the moor in an effort to relocate the Harrier gave views of a Peregrine being mobbed by a Kestrel and shortly after that a Raven pursuing a Carrion Crow.

Just before reaching the treatment works a distant Buzzard rounded off the visit.

Posted October 17th, 2015 at 5:00 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Isabelline Shrike

The Shrike showing well and not to bothered by us humans! Seems to be doing well on the wasps;o) 



Posted October 17th, 2015 at 4:56 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

16th - Braunton Marsh

12.00 - 16.00hrs walk around the coastal path & toll road - 40+ species; included Grey Plover (3), Ringed Plover (25+), Lapwing (250+), Dunlin (25+), Greenshank (6), Peregrine, Buzzard, Kestrel & Marsh Harrier. Also large numbers of Starlings (2000+) chilling out on the telephone lines. Late Wheatear hanging around the boats alongside the R. Caen




Posted October 17th, 2015 at 3:44 pm by Chris Bollen in Bird News

Prawle Point

Yellow-Browed Warbler showed well if briefly in DBWPS reserve from road at 10am and then again fleetingly at c1pm. Also Firecrest seen well by Vic and Sylvie Tucker. Elsewhere 20+ Blackcaps, 3/4 Redwing, 15 Song Thrushes, 15 Blackbirds, 7/8 Chiffchaffs and 4/5 Goldcrests.20+Swallows, 1/2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers,2 Wheatears and 2 Little Egrets.I had to leave at 1.30pm so hopefully other birders still searching will pick up something else !

Posted October 17th, 2015 at 3:20 pm in Bird News

Berry Head

Managed to Miss Steph's Ring Ouzel!

Little of note:16 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 3 Coal Tit.

Overhead: 16 Crossbill, 1 Redpoll, 4 Siskin, 80+ Goldfinch, 5 Linnet, 2 Greenfinch, 6 Chaffinch, 4 Bullfinch, 5 Swallows, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 'alba' Wagtails, 22 Redwing, 4 Songthrush.  

Posted October 17th, 2015 at 2:53 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Berry Head

Single Ring Ouzel in scrub below Guardhouse Cafe this morning at 8.45am. Also 1 Wheatear, Sparrowhawk being pursued by crows, Goldcrest and Redwing.

Posted October 17th, 2015 at 12:40 pm by Steph Murphy in Bird News

Avon Dam

Late post for Friday 16th: 1 Short-eared Owl quatering grassy slopes a little below Avon Dam, late afternoon.

Posted October 17th, 2015 at 7:37 am by Andy Smith in Bird News

Friday 16th October 2015

South Huish Marsh

Daurian Shrike (Lanius isabellinus) showing and feeding well by White House.  Please keep to the lane to view.  We saw some birders climbing the hedges to see the bird late this afternoon as they said it hadn't shown on the telegraph wires for 1 hour.  This a) was breaking down the hedge and b) was disturbing the cattle in the field.    Short-eared Owl flew over the field holding the Shrike at approx 10.45.  On the marsh, in addition to the Teal and Mallard, 42 Widgeon flew in from the sea, Pied Wagtail, 1 Wheatear, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Little Egret, Moorhen and usual gulls and corvids. Buzzard, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel hunting in area. 

Daurian Shrike
Daurian Shrike



Posted October 16th, 2015 at 10:05 pm by George and Les Carr in Bird News

Thurlestone

Nobody else has reported it but Isabelline Shrike showing very well by White House this afternoon.

Also 17+ Snipe, 52 Teal, Sparrowhawk, 8 Wigeon, and a Blackwit 

Posted October 16th, 2015 at 8:14 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Ring Necked Duck Wednesday

Thanks to Mark for ID

Video now on youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltE7aoveQh4

Looked today and had possible sightings around 3pm - 3.30 but only 40% that it may have been the bird (around the bensd in the river nearest the Double Locks).

Posted October 16th, 2015 at 6:05 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Ring Necked Duck- Exeter

Martin Rooney had a juv Ring Necled Duck at Countess Weir on Wednesday on the river viewed from the junction of Mill Road and Countess Weir Road. Unfortunately, no sign this morning, but a Green Sandpiper flew around and headed back to the Riverside Park pools and a Little Grebe was on the river. 

Posted October 16th, 2015 at 3:07 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Saunton Sands & Bideford & Barnstaple Bay

First female Common Scoter of the autumn this morning in Bideford & Barnstaple Bay. Apologies for the poor quality photo!


Posted October 16th, 2015 at 2:19 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Berry Head

Around the headland today: 5 Coal Tit, 2 Firecrest, 8 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 5 Stonechat.

Overhead movement: 1 Fieldfare, 11 Redwing, 6 Song Thrush, 2 Blackbirds, 6 Siskin, 2 Redpoll, 6 Chaffinch, 85 Goldfinch, 4 Greenfinch, 6 Bullfinch, 1 Starling, 8 Swallows, 12 Skylark, 40+ Meadow Pipit, 7 'alba' Wagtails, 1 Grey Wagtail 

Coal Tit britanicus Berry Hd 16 Oct 2015 ML Firecrest Berry Hd 16th Oct 2015 ML

Photos: Coal Tit left and Firecrest right.

Althought this Coal Tit looks very grey on mantle and scapulars it did show olive streaks combined with small black bib, lack of blackish chest side markings, rather rich ochre flanks and lack of crest when aggitated ruled out the possibility of 'continental - ater' Coal Tit.

Posted October 16th, 2015 at 11:02 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thursday 15th October 2015

Buckfastleigh

Late post from Weds 15th: 1 Firecrest, Bossell Park, Buckfastleigh.

Posted October 15th, 2015 at 10:15 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Soar

08:40-17:00. Beautiful sunny day after a clear night. Moderate NNE wind backing easterly at times.

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Short-eared Owl ( flushed from path nr. East Soar Willows and flew northwest along Warren ), 3 Grey Wagtail, 50 Redwing ( prob on site too late for early morning movement ), Fieldfare ( over car park late PM ), 16 Song Thrush, 4 Wheatears, 5 Blackcap, 11 Chiffchaff, 14 Goldcrest, Firecrest ( Soar Mill Cove willows ) and 16 Siskins.

Posted October 15th, 2015 at 8:48 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

South Brent ~ Paignton

Large movement of  Redwings over South Brent this morning from just after 7.30 until just after 8.15 all headed easterly, counts of 32, 10,11, 22, 71, 25, 22, 10, 12, 19, then a flock far too many to count given distance etc but over 100 estimated, 13 and finally 3 giving in excess of 300 birds.

At Marine Parade the Turnstones were showing in good numbers 27 counted including the rung bird and from images taken today and over the last few weeks I can now read a ring number of Arnhem VT ~ Holland ~ Z010032 confirming that this is the same bird that over wintered at this location as last year.

22 Oyster Catcher, good numbers of both Black Head and Herring Gulls with only the one Greater Black Back, one Rock Pipit.

A visit to Paignton zoo gave a Grey Wagtail, Buzzard, Long Tailed Tits and Jay.

Posted October 15th, 2015 at 7:02 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

South Huish

Another image of the Isabelline (Daurian) Shrike showing colour and patterning on upperparts. Also in the area 4 Black-tailed Godwits, a few Snipe and Fieldfare


Posted October 15th, 2015 at 6:45 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Exmouth Mudbank & Bowling Green Marsh

Today (15-10-2015) the Black Brant was showing really well late morning from the Exmouth Mudbank Imperial Recreation Ground amongst c1000 Dark-bellied Brent Geese on the outgoing tide with the Ridway's Cackling Goose further out in middle of the estuary on the sandbar. Link to video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9o3diUaEAjA

Yesterday (Wed 14-10-2015) Bowling Green Marsh over morning high-tide. 47-Avocet, 1-Ruff, 1-Knot, 1-Spotted Reshank amongst the usual high numbers of other waders and 1-White Wagtail seen from the hide around left water channel. A brief glimpse of the Yellow Browed Warbler amongst a mobile group of c10 Long-tailed Tits near the viewing platform late morning.  Link to videos.

Avocets. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HqfWtmbCRw

Wagtail. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkxGNidyvjU

Black Brant  Exmouth  15-10-2015
Black Brant Exmouth 15-10-2015

Avocet   BGM  14-10-2015
Avocet BGM 14-10-2015

White Wagtail   BGM  14-10-2015
White Wagtail BGM 14-10-2015

Posted October 15th, 2015 at 6:22 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Fremington

Seen my first fieldfare of the season on the nature reserve at Fremington 50+ feeding in the fields.Also a kingfisher flying along the shore line.100+redshank in the pill feeding just as the tide was dropping.50+ lapwing on the estuary,200+ canada geese. and 5 stonechats and a kestrel seen on the way back to Fremington.

Posted October 15th, 2015 at 6:04 pm by Chris. Marshall in Bird News

Daurian Shrike (Lanius isabellinus) South Huish yesterday

Posted October 15th, 2015 at 4:08 pm in Bird News

White Tor near Cox Tor

Golden Plover 100+, south of White Tor. Lots of Buzzards, one very white, pleanty of Meadow Pipits.

Posted October 15th, 2015 at 3:49 pm by Mavis Goddard in Bird News

Harford Moor

Still have one wheatear who thinks Harford is still good enough.  As with others, plenty of Redwing this morning.  Also had reports of a flock of Golden Plover on Sheepstor common.

Posted October 15th, 2015 at 3:01 pm by Ann Willcocks in Bird News

Clennon Valley

170+ Redwing and my first Fieldfare of the autumn over the valley this morning . Also 2 Redpoll, Siskins and 20+ Chaffinches. Around the lakes 2 Kingfisher 5 Water Rail, 3 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 1 Little Grebe.

Posted October 15th, 2015 at 2:08 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Velator

Pottering about the reserve this morning I was drawn to a small Tit flock, with a Goldcrest and a few other species. Closer inspection of another tiny bird was rewarded with the first views in the reserve of a Firecrest.

Posted October 15th, 2015 at 1:08 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Redwings over Haytor

Huge movement of Redwings over the Haytor area this morning,at about 8:00 am I counted at least 1000 flying over me in about 10 minutes,mostly in groups of 25-50 all heading north. Flocks were still flying over in lesser numbers an hour later,the total numbers of birds flying over must have been huge as I could see further flocks in the valleys below.

The Golden Plover flock continues to grow,today it was about 150, also quite a few Mistle Thrushes about.

Posted October 15th, 2015 at 12:32 pm by Keith Benyon-Tinker in Bird News

Exeter

06:30 till 10:15

vis migration over Devon hotel this morning with 32+ redwing , skylarks, 7 Siskin , 4 crossbill , meadow pipits.

Posted October 15th, 2015 at 10:24 am by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Kingsteignton

 First redwings and fieldfares in the gardens this morning

Posted October 15th, 2015 at 8:40 am by JDA in Bird News

Wednesday 14th October 2015

Soar

Had a look around the Warren , Bolt Head and Starehole Valley till midday when i got news of the Shrike and departed. Not too much around but single Redwing, Ring Ouzel and 7 Blackcaps in Starehole, Firecrest in East Soar Willows. The little visible migration included 5 Lesser Redpolls.

Posted October 14th, 2015 at 9:20 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

River Dart - Buckfastleigh

5 miles downstream from Buckfastleigh at 14:20 - Osprey seen flying up the River Dart.

Posted October 14th, 2015 at 8:25 pm by George and Les Carr in Bird News

South Brent

A visit to a private lake near Soputh Brent did not contain the expected number of species that I thought I would see, but it did give 15 species including 2 Little Grebe, 4 Grey Wagtails, 4 Buzzards and a Nuthatch.

Just up the road at a private address in Aish gave us an unexpected Marsh Tit on the garden feeders feeding alongside Coal Tits.

And this evening at home as seen from the kitchen window a few minutes ago my resident Tawny owl.

Posted October 14th, 2015 at 8:20 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Around the Exe

Ludwell Valley - Quiet usual tits etc. Countess Wear Village - Juv Pochard, Coal Tit Blackwit. Riverside Country Park (Canal Pools) Three Snipe feeding in middle of pond and a Green Sandpiper in amongst the usual Teal etc. Not much in the Old Sludge Beds - Long tail Tit Flock (about the fifth flock seen today) and a juv G.C. Grebe on the Exe  near the Water Works. Matford Marshes had good numbers of Coot and 6 + Gadwall.

Great Crested Grebe Juv
Great Crested Grebe Juv

Pochard Juv
Pochard Juv

Snipe
Snipe

Posted October 14th, 2015 at 6:26 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

South Huish Marsh

First reported late Tues afternoon managed to get good views from 08.00 this morning of a 1stw ISABELLINE SHRIKE , on view down to 15 feet !

Full report and photos on thurlestonebaybirds.co.uk site 

Posted October 14th, 2015 at 5:27 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

West to East Soar & South Huish

A quieter day highlighted by just one Ring Ouzel & 5 Wheatear, all at West Soar. Across the area: Snipe, 6 Song Thrush, 7 Blackcap, 12 Chiffchaff, 6 Long-tailed Tit & 6 Goldcrest. Popped into South Huish on the way home for cracking views of the Isabelline Shrike.

Posted October 14th, 2015 at 4:17 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Otter Valley, Budleigh Salterton

Lesser Whitethroat showing well this morning on west side of valley south of West Town Cottages.  (About 200 m south of the road where the bluff ends and opens out below gardens).  The other goodie was a Yellow Browed Warbler north of the road, again on west side, in oak trees just past the old metal wind mill and bridge.  Sighted at 10.30, I later went back to get photo but bird not sighted again.  Other birds present included a Marsh Tit, Cettis Warbler, Green Woodpecker and Water Rail (heard). 

 

Posted October 14th, 2015 at 2:31 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

South Huish - Isabelline Shrike

This morning it could be seen from the gateway into the White House - park in the NT car park and head towards Hope Cove but follow the lane round until you come to the first house on the left, the White House.

Nick Townsend

Posted October 14th, 2015 at 12:12 pm in Bird News

Berry Head

A Yellow-browed Warbler showed well from time to time in the quarry, around headland also 3 Blackcap, 1 Firecrest, 13 Goldcrest, 7 Chiffchaff, 7 Coal Tits.Yellow-browed Warbler Berry Hd 14 Oct 2015 ML

Overhead: 8 Redwing, 6 Song Thrush, 13 Skylark, 4 Siskin 70 Goldfinch, 20+ Swallows, 23 Meadow Pipits, 17 'alba' Wagtails.

Yesterday 13th Oct 3 Firecrests on site.

Posted October 14th, 2015 at 10:49 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Tuesday 13th October 2015

East Soar and Higher Soar

1 Merlin and 2 Firecrests, East Soar, late afternoon and 1 Short-eared Owl just north of Higher Soar.

Posted October 13th, 2015 at 9:38 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Prawle Point

Lovely day to be walking around Prawle today : blood red dawn and blue skies thoughout starting off cold in NNE breeze but then turning very warm once the sun had risen fully; and lots of birds as well . Not unexpected was a Yellow-browed Warbler reported by Dave Smallshire in the reserve about 12.30 but not relocated by myself ! My highlights included a Jack Snipe flushed near the same spot I saw a Quail on the 26 September by the overflow car park ; a female Ring Ouzel in Ashpark Lane; a Firecrest up the lane from the reserve and 4 Brent Geese flying west over the sea. 47 Blackcaps seen probably indicated many more over the whole area and frustratingly included another sylvia warbler showing some features of Barred Warbler but alas it only showed fleetingly. 4 Wheatears, 10+Chiffchaffs, 50+hirundines, 30+Blackbirds, 40+Robins, 8 Goldcrests. Many Red Admiral butterflies and a Common Darter.    

Posted October 13th, 2015 at 8:32 pm in Bird News

Prawle Point

Yellow-browed Warbler and Firecrest in Devon Birds reserve around midday, but little else of note.

Posted October 13th, 2015 at 6:57 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

South Brent to Powderham

South Brent ~ Mistle Thrush (2) Redwings flock of 16 over the house, Pied Wagtails, female Sparrowhawk, Buzzard and Jay

Haldon Forest ~ Siskins in high numbers feeding on pine cones, Coal Tits, Gold Crest, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Nuthatch came together in a spectacular squabble, small flocks of Greenfinch and several Goldfinch.

Powderham to Ken ~ Buzzard, Kestrel, Meadow Pipits, Pied Wagtails, a small number of Swallows grew into a huge flock that contained some House Martins, Grey Heron and Green Woodpecker.

Posted October 13th, 2015 at 6:04 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Burrator Dam

Mandarin Duck 3 m, 3 f,  very near the dam.

Posted October 13th, 2015 at 4:11 pm by Mavis Goddard in Bird News

Harleston at head of Slapton Valley

A bit like African skies here with 24 Common Buzzards and the odd Raven soaring with scores of Herring Gulls over a freshly ploughed field.

Posted October 13th, 2015 at 2:13 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Redwings ~ South Brent

08.25hrs this morning a count of 16 Redwings flying over the house at South Brent.

Earlier in the morning two Mistle Thrush, Jay and a single Redwing.

Posted October 13th, 2015 at 8:30 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Ring Ouzel, Shipley Bridge

Late submission for Sunday 11th: 1 female Ring Ouzel, a little below Avon Dam, late afternoon. Also a singing Dipper and a  Weasel

Posted October 13th, 2015 at 7:18 am by Andy Smith in Bird News

Bowling green marsh 12/10/15

late post for yesterday watched from 15:15 till 18:20

From the hide

Increase in wigeon numbers was very clear with 658+ also 140+ pintail , 30+ shoveler and 200+ teal, waders included 25 avocet, 1 golden plover, 200+ dunlin, 1 ruff, 1 spotted redshank, 350+ redshank , 900+ black tailed godwits, 6+ bar tailed godwits, 1 kestrel, 6+ chiffchaffs.

From the viewing platform 

1 kingfisher, 2 golden plover, 3 chiffchaffs 

Posted October 13th, 2015 at 7:03 am by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Monday 12th October 2015

Instow

Dog walk 5-6pm, high tide. Off the cricket club on the sea, exactly 100 Brent Geese! 400+ Oystercatcher in a tight roost of mixed waterbirds (Curlew, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Teal, Redshank) on the point by the Power Station jetty. Kingfisher flushed from gas/oil jetty, also a Wheatear here. Was on lookout for Redwings but none showed, so some consolation that I found in a mobile flock (Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Reed Bunting) the local mega of a Willow Tit!

Posted October 12th, 2015 at 8:24 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

West & East Soar

West Soar: Wheatear 1, Black Redstart 3, Ring Ouzel 1, Firecrest 1, Lapland Bunting 1

East Soar:  Firecrest 2, Common Redstart 1, Swallows 12

Vic Tucker

 

Posted October 12th, 2015 at 6:58 pm in Bird News

East Soar

A very good day on the patch highlighted by a Yellow-Browed Warbler with Chiffchaffs at the head of Starehole Valley plus two Firecrests, one in Starehole & one in the Willows below the farm.

More migrants: Golden Plover overhead, female Great Spotted Woodpecker in Starehole then flew high to the west, 45 Meadow Pipit, Wheatear, female Redstart by ponds, 11 Song Thrush, 23 Blackcap, 19 Chiffchaff, 20 Goldcrest, 4 Long-tailed Tit & female Bullfinch.

Also: 70 Linnet, 10 Yellowhammer & 11 Cirl Bunting.

Butterflies: 2 Large White, 12 Red Admiral, Comma & 4 Speckled Wood.

Posted October 12th, 2015 at 4:33 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth

First Black Redstart of the Autumn

Posted October 12th, 2015 at 12:16 pm by Tor Elm in Bird News

Redwings

I have just (9.10am) seen a party of 10/12 high flying Redwing heading over the Torridge estuary towards Northam Burrows.

Posted October 12th, 2015 at 9:20 am by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Sunday 11th October 2015

Bowling green marsh

watched from 15:15 till 18:25

The highlight was a YELLOW BROWED WARBLER found just after 16:00 with Martin it only showed briefly in the corner just to the right of the gate to the viewing platform , it was in with a mixed flock of long tailed tits, goldcrests, chiffchaffs, coal tit blue tits and great tits which seemed to move into rivers meet house grounds, also nuthatch and grey wagtail .

on the walk down at the pond by the entrance to goosemoor at least 6+ chiffchaffs also included a redpoll my first grounded bird on the marsh usually just fly overs, also 1 reed bunting.

From the hide 16:40 till 18:25

The continued exceptional numbers of pintail with 182+ among 550+ wigeon, 27+ avocet, 905+ black tailed godwits, 1 juv ruff, 1 spotted redshank, 200+ dunlin, 350+ redshanks , 5+ bar tailed godwits, 300+ curlew, 30+ lapwing , 15+ greenshanks, 200+ teal, 35+ shovelers, 1 sparrowhawk.

Posted October 11th, 2015 at 7:54 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Honiton

Juv Black Redstart on rooftops in private gardens this afternoon.

Posted October 11th, 2015 at 6:50 pm by Audrey Wolstenholme in Bird News

East Soar Update

My day got off to a not very great start when I got to the carpark to find I had no binoculars!  So I wasn't too hopeful of finding too much in the scrub with a x32 'scope.  In the field next to the water tank was a single Whinchat alongside about 100 Meadow Pipits.  At the head of Starehole Valley a female Redstart showed well as did a Chiffchaff and five Kestrels in the air together.  Back at East Soar, in the willows, a Goldcrest, another Chiffchaff and two Firecrests.  It's really difficult 'scoping a Firecrest in scrub from 25 yards away.

Posted October 11th, 2015 at 6:11 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

East Soar and Stare Hole

East Soar and Stare Hole early am. Fairly quiet with best birds a Firecrest in the Willows below East Soar Farm, a Whinchat by the car park and a Golden Plover overhead.

Posted October 11th, 2015 at 3:17 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Harford Moor birds

Redwings this morning in amongst the bracken,  Five birds flew up from Addicombe valley.  Couple of snipe lurking in th bracken - not where I expected them to be as well as several stonechats flitting about.  Good flocks of goldfinch, chaffinch, mistle thrush and long tailed tits around the hedges

Posted October 11th, 2015 at 12:23 pm by Ann Willcocks in Bird News

Shaldon

Yellow-browed Warbler showing well this morning (though silent) in The Ness, along coast path c.100m north-east of new scout building in open area with sycamores. Also a Firecrest.

Posted October 11th, 2015 at 10:34 am by Will Salmon in Bird News

Saturday 10th October 2015

Bowling green marsh

watched from the hide 16:00 till 17:45

Pintail numbers continue to rise with 140+ among 200+ wigeon, 908+ black tailed godwits is the highest count this Autumn, 1 male juv Ruff, 1 spotted redshank, 25 avocet,300+ redshank , 10+ greenshanks , 200+ dunlin, 4 snipe, 8+ bar tailed godwits, 1 whimbrel in among 400+ curlew, 32+ shoveler and 200+ teal, 1 sparrowhawk, 1 stonechat, 20+ meadow pipit.

On the walk back to get the bus a Firecrest picked up on call only was among the local long tailed tit group by the bridge over the railway line at the top of the lane.

Posted October 10th, 2015 at 7:33 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Shipley Bridge to Avon Dam 10/10/15 9.00 to 13.00

Dipper showing well on river where there are large flat slabs of stone in the river bed providing good feeding platform for this hungry Dipper! A Grey Heron was perched in a tree a little way up stream.Further along we had a pair of Jays and flying over a pair of Raven. The misty conditions and chilly temperature seemed to keep many birds subdued though we did see Robin, Blue Tit and a Kestrel flying over. As we progressed up the track we had Magpies, Blue Tit, Great Tit and Blackbird.We also saw Chaffinch and Carrion Crow. A little surprised to see a Cormorant fly over! We then had a party of Long Tail Tit in the trees that lined the river bank. Also seen this morning were Pied Wagtail and Meadow Pipit. The Hawthorn trees nearer to the Dam were busy with Blackbird feeding and also two Redwing were showing well. In the same bush we saw two Mistle Thrush giving us a great chance to observe there beautiful plumage and in flight allowing us to observe their brilliant white underwings and outer tail feathers. On the way back to Shipley Bridge we saw Buzzards, a Chiffchaff and also heard Goldcrest. A very rewarding morning after a rather grey and misty start!

John Lloyd, Liz Harris and Doug Herdson.

Posted October 10th, 2015 at 7:04 pm by John Lloyd in Bird News

Instow-Isley Marsh

2 Spoonbill on beach near the oil jetty, then flushed to Isley Marsh.

Also Wheatear, Kingfisher, 2 Buzzards, Meadow Pipits, several Teal and Wigeon, stacks of Curlew, plus on the Tarka Trail a few Chiffchaff and several Goldcrest within the Tit flocks, and 2 Jay.

Posted October 10th, 2015 at 3:57 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

River Caen toward the estuary about 11.30am

Quick 30min jaunt along the river bank with the dog. LT Tits, Greenfinch, Goldfinches, Kestrel, Stonchat, Cettis (heard not seen - as per usual) Little Grebe, gulls, corvids, lots of Meadow Pipits, Skylark plus all the regulars and the female MARSH HARRIER still present on the edge of Chivenor near the marsh.

Posted October 10th, 2015 at 12:07 pm by Rob Barnes in Bird News

Exmouth - off Imperial Rec Ground

On receeding tide 0830, BLACK BRANT, 6 Pale-bellied Brents and the Cackling Goose (courtesy of Matt Knott).    The Pale-bellieds were feeding on the right of the flock (seems their favoured place), with the other two more or less in the middle and at the front.

The flock of Dark-bellied Brent Geese is now well over 1000;  this morning they were split into two roughly even groups with the second staying out on the central sandbar.

First impression - not too many juveniles as yet

Posted October 10th, 2015 at 10:51 am by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

Friday 9th October 2015

Funny gull

Discussion over the photos on birdforum went through a few options before landing in consensus of aberrant Black-headed Gull. One poster had photos of several other individuals of similar plumage abnormality. Thread here: http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=312871

Eds: Good to see we got it right from initial photos!

Posted October 9th, 2015 at 9:12 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from the hide 15:00 till 17:45

The female mandarin duck showed well in front of the hide, an exceptional count of 119+ pintail with birds still dropping in as I left the hide , 110+ dunlin , 1 spotted redshank , 1 juv male ruff dropped in with 10 greenshank from goosemoor, 15 avocet , 750+ black tailed godwits, 5+ bar tailed godwits , 180+ redshanks , 1 knot, 300+ curlew, 200+ teal, 80+ wigeon, 12+ little egrets, 1 kestrel, 1 stonechat, 3 reed buntings, 1 kestrel, 2 buzzards, 30+ meadow pipits, 25+ shoveler, 4 snipe.

 

Posted October 9th, 2015 at 8:08 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - a Snow Bunting - on private land - 'Top Fields' this evening.

Posted October 9th, 2015 at 6:43 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Harleston at head of Slapton Valley

12 Common Buzzards, 8 Ravens and a Kestrel in the air together - one of the buzzards resembling a pale-phase Booted Eagele, a trap for the unwary!! Also5 Stock Dove, 50 House Martin & 40 Swallow. In the garden Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Blackcap & Yellowhammer.

Posted October 9th, 2015 at 5:54 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

A Ruff flew in from Topsham direction, feeding by last pool on the right with 22 Black-tailed Godwits and 25 Lapwings. 5 Chiffchaffs in willows at Topsham ferry and Water Rail calling from reeds there.

Posted October 9th, 2015 at 5:53 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Otter Estuary, Budleigh Salterton

Wigeon flying around beach with 5 feeding on mud banks; first seen this autumn

Posted October 9th, 2015 at 4:48 pm by Sandy Moreton in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime visit to the hide until about 1.55. Most unexpected bird was a female Mandarin that spent its time towards the back of the marsh towards the left hand side, often in the channel that leads towards the railway line. First for the marsh for me.

Otherwise good numbers of duck, 1 Snipe, Meadow Pipits and Skylark over.

Posted October 9th, 2015 at 2:18 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Exe estuary (yesterday 09-10-2015)

A look around the Exe estuary with Tony.

Powderham mid-day showed a Kingfisher around the pond near the lay-by area in front the castle and moving across to the railway steps a bit further along the road showed another Kingfisher hovering near the water outlet tunnel.

Starcross railway station was seen 2-Little Grebes and a distant Slovenian Grebe towards the Warren end and c700-Brent Geese over towards the Mudbank area.

Cockwood railway steps the Slovenian Grebe was still showing but distant again having moved further up towards the harbour, also 2-Kingfishers flying low over the water close-in heading towards the Warren.

From the Warren hide at mid-afternoon 1-Grey Plover, c30-Turnstone, c30-Dunlinn, 14-Ringed Plover on the great bull hill sandbar, 1-Ringed Plover and 5-Sandwich Terns in the bight area, c1500-Oyster Catchers, c110-Brent Geese, c1200-Wigeon and c300-Curlew. The common seal was lazing on the great bull sandbar. Around the Dunes large mobile group of Linnets a few Stonechats and a Blackcap.

Cockwood railway steps again over the hide-tide hoping to get better views of the Slovenian Grebe but was again still very distant nearer Starcross. But the highlight was a Red Throated Diver that suddenly appeared very close-by near the rocks in front of us and by the time i rushed back across the railway to get my camera from the car i just managed to get a distant shot as it moved further down the river heading towards the Warren and lost from view. Appologies for the poor photo with only 4x zoom.

Red-throated Diver  (Cockwood railway steps 08-10-2015)
Red-throated Diver (Cockwood railway steps 08-10-2015)

Slavonian Grebe  (Cockwood railway steps 08-10-2015)
Slavonian Grebe (Cockwood railway steps 08-10-2015)

Posted October 9th, 2015 at 11:13 am by David Boult in Bird News

Thursday 8th October 2015

Strange BHd. Gull on BGM.

Could it be BHd. X Med Gull?

Posted October 8th, 2015 at 9:43 pm by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Shirwell nr Barnstaple

On my way to school today down the shirwell road past the hospital I saw a curlew flying over. Any ideas where it is going or why.

Posted October 8th, 2015 at 8:15 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in Bird News

Exminster Marshes to Turf

Nice to see the first few Lapwings back on the Marshes, with Teal, Curlews and Godwit.  And a small flock of Avocets (30+) feeding off the Goat Walk side of the estuary (viewed from Turf).  

Ringed Curlew in field south of Main Car Park alongside canal - not the best photo but didn't notice ring until downloading several photos of Curlew. 

Have reported to sightings@waderstudygroup.org


Posted October 8th, 2015 at 8:00 pm by Jo King in Bird News

Thurlestone area

Swallows and meadow pipits were the obvious visual movement of the day. The latter were coming in off the sea, mainly in 2's and 3's but one flock of 36 picked up. Numbers subsequently built up on the stubble field next to South Milton Ley such that the flock was 100+ and a day estimate of 170 is probably low. Swallows were coming and going all day with flocks moving both ways along the coast e.g. 30+ across the bay west around 10.00 and 60+ south east inland at around 10.30 whilst over a 100 fed across South Huish. In all an estimate of over 250 birds involved - only 5 House martins. On the marshes, 1 Black tailed Godwit, 1 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 24 Teal, 1 Wigeon and 1 Shoveler. Skylarks trickled in throughout the morning to around 20 in total.

Warblers were initally scarce but eventually found 6-7 Chiffchaffs, 8 Blackcap, 6-7 Goldcrests and 1 Willow warbler (including those being ringed by Alan P). Whilst chatting with Alan, my first Redwing of the autumn flew over. 

Posted October 8th, 2015 at 7:18 pm in Bird News

Haldon Forest

An afternoon visit to the Haldon Forrest area, two Crossbill flew over, one red one green, great way to start the vist.

Siskins, Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay, Great ~ Blue and Coal Tits, Coal Tits being the dominant tit species.

Constant movement of Pied Wagtails, good numbers of Chaffinch, a young Carrion Crow still with a parent the young bird had a good deal of white in its wings. 

Buzzard seen to fly into a tree and within moments drop down to the ground and take a field vole.

Posted October 8th, 2015 at 4:56 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

East Soar

Highlight of the morning was the first Ring Ouzel of the autumn in Starehole Valley. The berry crop is poor so there may not be many hanging around this year! A thorough, if fruitless, search of the usual scrub areas failed to turn up any YBW but migrants/probable migrants included male Great Spotted Woodpecker, 28 Swallow, 310 Meadow Pipit, 41 Alba Wagtail, 25 Blackcap, 9 Chiffchaff, 18 Goldcrest, 15 Blue Tit ( many more than usual ), 4 Jay in Starehole & 2m 3f Bullfinch ( moving through Starehole ).

Also: 41 Robin ( probably not an influx but just resident birds being much more active ), 80 Skylark & 110 Linnet

Posted October 8th, 2015 at 4:10 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Wednesday 7th October 2015

Bowling green marsh

A quick look around the marsh after work 15:30 till 16:30

3 ruff showing well from the hide , 65+ dunlin , 2 greenshanks , 1 buzzard good numbers of teal and black tailed godwits , 2 bar tailed godwits, 15+ meadow pipits.

on goosemoor , 1 spotted redshank, 25+ greenshanks.

Posted October 7th, 2015 at 10:31 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Taw

80 Lapwing, several distant Brent Geese, 20 Teal on open Taw estuary tonight. 

At Rolle Quay, Barnstaple, a Med Gull coming down to pigeon food with the BHGulls. One of the BHGulls wore a metal ring.

Isley Marsh no sign of the Spoonies, but a nice roost of 12 Greenshank, with Teal and a Redshank, in one of the gullies.

Posted October 7th, 2015 at 9:53 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

BGM Topsham

Whilst looking at small flock of bh gulls on the other side of the estuary from the viewing platform, this gull stood out. It was considerably paler than any of the black heads, no ear spot and whilst they seemed happy to sit on water it was forever moving. Probably nothing unusual but any suggestions / ideas?

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(Eds - can't enlarge photos but looks like leucistic Black-headed Gull, although the bill looks very short /stumpy?)

Posted October 7th, 2015 at 5:35 pm by Paul Treen in Bird News

East Soar

Bright and breezy and little about: 70 Meadow Pipit, 37 Alba Wagtail, Grey Wagtail flying west up Starehole Valley, Whinchat, just single Blackcap & Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest & 2 Bullfinch.

Posted October 7th, 2015 at 2:01 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Haytor

This morning at about 9.15 there was a flock of approx 100 Golden Plover to the north of Haytor.

Posted October 7th, 2015 at 11:24 am by Keith Benyon- Tinker in Bird News

Tuesday 6th October 2015

Around South Brent

Gingerford Cross large flock of 30 plus Goldfinch flew over the road.

On the approach to Yalland large flock of mixed Tits Great/Blue/Coal and 6 Long Tailed ~ Goldcrest, Greenfinch, Robin and an un identified Warbler sp.

Shipley no sightings of the Ring Ouzels but a possible call heard, far fewer Mistle Thrush and Blackbirds present than recent days but larger numbers of Blue and Great Tit, several Goldcrest, Stonechat and Wrens, two male Bullfinch just up from the car park most prolific bird being Chaffinch.

Back at home Jays, Mistle Thrush and a count of 53 House Martin headed West.

A male Siskin was a pleasant surprise.

Posted October 6th, 2015 at 3:22 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Monday 5th October 2015

Dippers in Plympton

Late news for the Saturday 3rd.  2 Dipper (and 1 Grey Wagtail) in/on Torr Brook, Plympton by bridge beside Police Station.

Posted October 5th, 2015 at 5:36 pm by Ian Dodd in Bird News

R.Caen & Horsey Island

1 ad Med Gull left on R.Caen amongst 204 BH Gulls.

The shooters were out on Horsey Island this morning & by lunchtime there was nothing left to see apart from1 Little Grebe.They had disturbed everything including the Greenshank, Redshank & non target species.If that was not enough they returned mid afternoon to shoot over it again.


Posted October 5th, 2015 at 5:08 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Instow

Quick look in the harbour at 8.15am (low water) produced Kingfisher, at least 2 Mediterranean Gull but only a few Redshank.

Posted October 5th, 2015 at 11:21 am by Lowell Mills in Bird News

River Plym / Saltram Park Saturday, 3rd. October 0800 - 1200

The following species were seen in and around a field which has a herd of bullocks in it at present: Goldcrest, Great, Blue and Longtail Tit, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Magpie, Juv. Herring Gull, Little Egret, Wren, Dunnock, Song Thrush, Robin (Nuthatch heard), Wood Pigeon,Blackbird.

In Blaxton Meadow I saw: Curlew, Blacktailed Godwit, Black Headed Gull, Pintail (F) and Widgeon (F), Little Egret, Carrion Crow, a Redshank flew over.

I walked along the river toward the flyover and saw: Canada Goose, Little Grebe (M+F)

Posted October 5th, 2015 at 10:47 am by John Lloyd in Bird News

Sunday 4th October 2015

Berry Head

Whilst leading a birdwatching event at BH a good movement of Swallows and House Martin - 500+ moved south this morning together with a single Swift - sadly always silhouetted, but timing and shape would suggest Common Swift (relatively narrow pointed wing tips - deeply forked tail).     

Posted October 4th, 2015 at 9:28 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Berry Head

Whilst leading a birwatching event at BH a good movement of Swallows and Housemartin - 500+ moved south this morning together with a single Swift - sadly always silhoueted but timing and shape would suggest Common Swift (relatively narrow pointed wing tips - deeply forked tail).     

Posted October 4th, 2015 at 9:28 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 10:15 till 13:00

The highlight was a Juv curlew sandpiper in with 155+ dunlin, 3 juv ruff (2m , 1f), 1 spotted redshank in with 250+ redshank, 8+ greenshank, 650+ black tailed godwits, 3+ bar tailed godwits, 175+ curlew, 47+ pintail was an excellent count along with 205+ wigeon, 360+ teal, 20+ shoveler, 12+ mallard, 36+ lapwqing , 9+ little egret, 1 female sparrowhawk, 3 buzzards, 12+ swallow, 12+ meadow pipit, 6+ siskin over, 2 nuthatch, 1 cetti's warbler, 1 stonechat, 3 jay, 1 green woodpecker, 2 great spotted woodpecker, 2 water rail. 

 

Posted October 4th, 2015 at 8:38 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

A couple of hours in the garden.

A couple of hours in my combemartin garden late this afternoon saw 5 coaltits, 2 squabbling robins, 6 bluetits, 3 dunnocks, several chaffinches, 1 firecrest and a half dozen house sparrow along with a garden warbler (certainly a warbler of somekind) and numerous jackdaws. 

Posted October 4th, 2015 at 8:21 pm by philip worth in Bird News

Berry Head

It seemed fairly quiet at Berry Head this morning, but a Firecrest (in a buddleia bush on the slope out the quarry) made my day.

Also of note, a late Swift.

Posted October 4th, 2015 at 5:00 pm by George Wall in Bird News

Exmouth

Imperial Recreation Ground - adult Black Brant @ 1330 with 740 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 5 Pale-bellied Brent Goose and the Ridgways Cackling Goose. Also 10 Sandwich Tern off there.

Maer Lane Waste Water Treatment Works - 1 Serin over @1450.

More, including photos of the geese, on 'gobirdingexmouth' later.

Posted October 4th, 2015 at 4:15 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Hopes Nose

Sea watching this afternoon - 1 Balearic Shear south at 2.05pm, 1 Puffin south at 2.30pm ( Also 1 Brent Goose, 7 Common Scoter, c35 Auk sp , c100 Gannet, c15 Kittiwake)

Posted October 4th, 2015 at 3:56 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

PALLAS'S WARBLER at Bolt Head

1 Pallas's Warbler seen well but briefly in scrub along coast path just east of Bolt Head at 11.10 am. Bird was very mobile and rapidly disappeared upslope. Hopefully will turn up in more suitable sheltered spot at Stare Hole or East Soar. 

Otherwise at east Soar/Stare Hole etc this am after a cold, grey start: 1 fem/imm Merlin (seen repeatedly), 1 Firecrest, several Goldcrests, Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs, a couple of Wheatears, 50+ Swallows moving through, good numbers of Skylarks and Meadow Pipits (some movement) and 4 Ringed Plovers on the airfield.

Posted October 4th, 2015 at 1:35 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

instow

late post for y.day.At least 38med gulls on rocks 34 ad,1sw,3fw also several hundred gulls in feeding frenzy(crane flies?)in surrounding area as of last few days 12:30-13:15.

Melbury 4 crossbills heading eastover powlers piece x n.devon  16;00.

Posted October 4th, 2015 at 11:10 am by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Ring Ouzels ~ South Brent

Despite the poor misty weather conditions three Ring Ouzel's were still showing in the same place as yesterday between Shipley Bridge and the Avon Dam, two juveniles and one adult female no sign of the male seen yesterday.

Other species included Dipper, Green Woodpecker, Raven, Grey Wagtail, Stonechat, Goldcrest and count of 16 Mistle Thrush.

A Stoat ran across the lane on the way up.

Posted October 4th, 2015 at 10:52 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

East Soar

Late post for yesterday: Surprisingly quiet but big increase in Skylark numbers to 150, grounded and moving west. Also: Whinchat, 4 White Wagtail, 30 Swallow, 6 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 11 Goldcrest, Song Thrush, 31 Robin, 2 male Bullfinch, 4 Yellowhammer & 7 Cirl Bunting inc.3 singing males.

Posted October 4th, 2015 at 9:16 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Saturday 3rd October 2015

Ring Ouzels ~ South Brent

 Shipley Bridge to the Avon dam at first light this morning gave a total of 27 identified species and several species that could well have added to that figure the hedges and tree cover was alive with bird song.

On the approach to Shipley an almost pure white Buzzard perched in near Didworthy.

The high light being four Ring Ouzels, two juveniles, one adult hen and one well marked cock bird, that where showing well either side of the road in the valley just past the first bridge close to the small quarry.

Blackbirds, Wrens, Robins, Chaffinch, Meadow Pipit, Stonechat and House Martins showing in good numbers, small numbers of Song Thrush, a count of 7 Mistle Thrush a possible single Redwing, a Whitethroat, Green Woodpecker, 2 Dipper, Raven showing well at least 4 birds seen, 2 Grey Wagtail, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Cormorant, Kestrel and a flight of 4 Siskin.


Re visiting the area where the Ring Ouzel had been seen a female Sparrowhawk was very actively hunting down one side of the valley and the area that had been abundant with bird life was devoid of anything other than a few alarm calls.

Back home at South Brent Jays 3, Swallows, a Grey Wagtail first seen at home this year and handful over Pied Wagtails calling loudly passing over head, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Raven 2 and 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers.

Posted October 3rd, 2015 at 7:31 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Decoy Lake, Newton Abbot

The drake Scaup has returned to the lake now along with 12 Tufted Ducks (six on Thursday). More of a rarity however were two Pintail in the middle of the lake. Also a pair of Great Crested Grebe with three juveniles and a Kingfisher.

Posted October 3rd, 2015 at 6:18 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Bird News

Peek hill Cycle Trail

A walk along part of the newly opened Peek hill to Princetown cycle trail - Firecrest, Goldcrest (5), Crossbill, Wheatear (4), Meadow Pipits, Kestrel (2), Buzzards (4), Song Thrush, Skylarks, Stonechats(10), Chaffinches.

Posted October 3rd, 2015 at 5:16 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in Bird News

Berry Head

Lighter winds saw an improvement in the numbers of grounded migrants on the headland with:1 Firecrest, 15 Goldcrest, 19 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap,1 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 5 Coal Tit (all britannicus), 2 Grt Spt Woodpeckers.

Overhead:14 Siskin, 3 Redpoll, 9 Linnet, 2 Bullfinch, 3 Greenfinch, 17 Chaffinch, 85 Goldfinch,11 House Sparrows, 8 'alba' Wagtails, 12 Skylark, 5 Rook, & 33 Meadow Pipit.

  Grt Spt Woodpecker Berry Head 3rd Oct 2015 ML visable migration dawn Berry Hd 3rd Oct 2015 ML

Photos: Grt Spt Woodpecker coastguard mast               Visible migration Berry Hd at dawn

Posted October 3rd, 2015 at 3:39 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Plym estuary / Saltram

High tide At Blaxton meadow:

40 Curlew, 11 Little Egret, 3 Wigeon (f), 1 Dunlin, 1 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Pintail (f).

9 Cormorant, and 1 Juvenile Great Crested Grebe, fishing on the Plym.

Posted October 3rd, 2015 at 1:08 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Ring Ouzels ~ Shipley ~ South Brent

An early visit to the Shipley Bridge ~ Avon Dam near South Brent gave me four Ring Ouzels, two juveniles, one adult hen and one cock bird.

Showing well either side of the road in the area just past the first bridge close to the small quarry.

Further post to follow

Posted October 3rd, 2015 at 10:27 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Friday 2nd October 2015

Exmouth Mudbank

Another look over the morning high-tide where the Ridgway's Cackling Goose was showing really well close-by from the Imperial Recreation Ground amongst c500-Brent Geese + 14-Ringed Plover and 13-Sandwich Terns on the sandbar with a few others fishing + c1500-Wigeon.

Link to video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sq3zufJQfBk

Posted October 2nd, 2015 at 10:54 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Swift

Saw a single Swift fly over Cowick street in Exeter today. Got some catching up to do!

Posted October 2nd, 2015 at 10:18 pm by Jason smith in Bird News

They haven't left yet!

Our housemartins are still with us, photo taken today, October 2nd! Getting very late now.

Also a photo taken at the weekend of a crab spider.



Posted October 2nd, 2015 at 8:05 pm by Andrew P Gooch in Bird News

Otter Estuary, Budleigh Salterton

A quick look on the scrape this evening produced the following noteworthy species:
1 Ruff, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Black-tailed Godwit and a Pintail.
The Bar-headed Goose still on the estuary but no sign of the Barnacle Goose in a brief look.

Posted October 2nd, 2015 at 7:52 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Berry head

Nice pair of Firecrests by the pond, otherwise quiet. 2 Blackcaps  7 Chiff Chaffs 1 Coal tit.

Posted October 2nd, 2015 at 5:50 pm by John Lusher in Bird News

Stookman

I saw literally thousands and thousands of swallows and/or martins, swarming Eastwards along the Devon coast between Branscombe and Beer Head this morning.   I assume that they were heading for a point from which they would take off for Africa.

Any knowledge of this phenomenon?

Posted October 2nd, 2015 at 4:26 pm by Tony Hill in Bird News

Start Point

07:00-12:30. Beautiful, clear day but a strong ENE wind making the birding difficult.

Swallows moving through in good numbers till mid-morning, at least 2000 per hour. Smaller nos of House Martins, maybe around 100 per hour all going into the wind. Other highlights single Redpoll sp and 11 Crossbills ( groups of 8 and 3 ). In the farm about a dozen each of Chiffchaffs and Goldcrests, also 6 Blackcaps scattered. Very difficult birding in the wind , someone could do well tomorrow when the wind drops .

 

Posted October 2nd, 2015 at 3:41 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Lundy – no sign of the Rustic Bunting

News from the island this afternoon is that there has been no sign of the Rustic Bunting, but other notable sightings include Dotterel, Jack Snipe and Lapland Bunting. Details here. I have emailed Mark Bailey to let him know.

Posted October 2nd, 2015 at 3:07 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Lundy Charter

If anyone is interested in the Rustic Bunring on Lundy , I have organised a charter from Clovelly at 9am tomorrow morning - £35 per person ( Oldenburg is £36) and the crossing takes just 1 hour compared to 2 hours on the Oldenburg- and the skipper is flexible in return times so we can have as little or as long as is needed. Would hopefully make the whole day a shorter option rather than going on the Oldenburg.  c10 places free - either phone me if you know my number or reply by email. Obviously all dependent on positive news today . 

Posted October 2nd, 2015 at 10:23 am by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Haldon

c30 Crossbill still at Haldon at 9am in trees by feeders at back of main car park behind visitor centre.

Posted October 2nd, 2015 at 9:58 am by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Derriford Hospital!

Peter Leigh found a recently dead Firecrest that had flown into one of the hospital windows yesterday. 

Posted October 2nd, 2015 at 9:51 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thursday 1st October 2015

Shipley Bridge to Avon Dam

A late afternoon walk from Shipley Bridge to Avon Dam. A Ring Ouzel just before the bridge below the dam. 1 Whinchat, 10+ Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 14 Siskin, 40 Linnet and a small flock of hirundines (13 Swallow and 5 House Martin) going, somewhat surprisingly, north.

Posted October 1st, 2015 at 10:40 pm in Bird News

Preston, Paignton

A count of 30 Turnstones on Marine Parade, Preston, Paignton on this mornnigs high tide, includes the rung bird ring ending in 00032 top line "VT".

Just as I left a flock of  22 Oyster catchers flew in onto the rocks.

At South Brent late this afternoon a count of 106 swallows passing over and 8 House Martins, Jay, Buzzard and Long Tailed Tits calling.

Posted October 1st, 2015 at 8:05 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

House Martins near Brentor

In the region of 300 House Martins feeding low over the long grass at West Blackdown on Gibbet Hill today at 1430, passing through in a matter of minutes on their southward journey

Posted October 1st, 2015 at 6:51 pm by Simon Martin in Bird News

Skern north devon

1030-1300       High tide roost- 122 Oystercatcher,56 Curlew,10 Goldenplover,12 Brent geese,3 Bartailed godwit and 3 Pintail. Also showing 2 Wheatear and plenty of Medow pips,Linnets and Swallows feeding by the bridge.

Posted October 1st, 2015 at 5:59 pm in Bird News

Instow/Isley Marsh

3 Spoonbill at Isley Marsh, a few Mediterranean Gulls in with the mobile gull flocks around the cricket field at Instow. Kestrel, Black-tailed Godwit and few Chiffchaff around Yelland Power Station.

Posted October 1st, 2015 at 4:09 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Lundy

The Rustic Bunting was still present this morning, Thursday 1 Oct: see here for details.

Posted October 1st, 2015 at 9:29 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

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