Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from October 2017

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Tuesday 31st October 2017

Redwings at Godborough

A flock of 20 Redwing on Godborough this morning. Seen during the weekly work party. Plenty of holly, spindle and hawthorn berries on the reserve for them.

Posted October 31st, 2017 at 10:59 pm by John Towers in Bird News

R.Exe & Goosemoor

This lunchtime the now semi-regular juv/fem? Marsh Harrier put up two Snipe whilst quartering the reedbed at Goosemoor.  On the rising tide off the Goatwalk the Avocet count was at least 196.

Posted October 31st, 2017 at 10:23 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Exeter

An impressive hour of wood pigeon movement over the Devon hotel in matford Exeter this morning between 07:25 and 08:25 whilst working witnessed a movement that consisted of 28500+ birds moving west with lines of birds stretching from the centre of Exeter out to the Devon hotel and of towards exminster largest group was 8500+ with lots of groups of 500+, at least 150+ stock doves was also interesting also my first redpolls for work when 2 birds dropped in by my office and to cap a good hour a Firecrest moved through with local goldcrests group.

later after work at matford park and ride another Firecrest was very vocal whilst waiting for the bus 

Posted October 31st, 2017 at 9:34 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Migrants

4 field fares in hedgerow behind my garden on Clovelly road bideford just missing out on a tick at 08:00.Lunchtime at westward Ho! Saw 1 red breasted merganser & 2 little egrets heading west

Posted October 31st, 2017 at 9:25 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

2 suspect Snow Geese with 200+ Canada Geese, these have been reported on Maer earlier in October, if I am around the lake tomorrow I'll try and take some photo's if they are still there,

Eds: possibly the hybrid birds that have been around for several years mostly in N Devon?

Posted October 31st, 2017 at 7:06 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

FIRECREST TIVERTON

Watching the bird feeders at 7.50am and amazed to see a Firecrest appear flitting around in the hawthorne hedge, lovely white stripe over eye. A garden first but didn't hang around for me to get camera!

Posted October 31st, 2017 at 5:43 pm by A.COLLINGE in Bird News

South Milton Ley - Y B Warbler

South Milton Ley this afternoon. Walked past the new extended ditch ( a pond really!) , which looks as though it will have real potential as it matures, towards South Milton. A very mobile Yellow Browed Warbler flitting through the trees was the highlight, 2 Goldcrest nearby. A male Reed Bunting at the head of the "pond". Lots of blackbirds - 20+, feeding on the well berried hawthorn hedge. Plenty of blue & great tits around. 12 Goldfinch. Only saw 3 Chiffchaff by the STW. Later South Huish Marsh was alive with Canada Geese. I counted 421 + 2 White Geese, but Mike P tells me there were even more in the morning! Not much else on show, a few teal and 1 Cattle Egret with 3 Little Egret

Posted October 31st, 2017 at 5:40 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Emsworthy Nature Reserve, Nr Saddle Tor.

3 Ring Ouzel showing in hedgerow of  'top field' nearest to the car park this AM.  Also another possible 3 in Hawthorn trees at south end but these flew off and last seen over Saddle Tor.  Several Redwing and at least 8 Fieldfare also present. 

This was my first visit to this reserve and I walked around the perimeter using the way marked path which is very wet in places, particularly the mire!  For those not familiar with this Devon Wildlife Trust reserve.... park at Saddle Tor car park on right of road from Hay Tor to Widicombe on B3387 at map ref: SX748761 and head downhill in direction of Hound Tor.   To find the site using the grid reference go to:

https://gridreferencefinder.com

 

 

Posted October 31st, 2017 at 4:37 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Dartmoor

Foggintor Quarry 10.30.  A great surprise while leading a walking group to see a pair of Ring Ouzel, among the granite spoil heaps.

Posted October 31st, 2017 at 3:42 pm by Mave Goddard in Bird News

Topsham

One Hawfinch flew over my garden in Topsham at 07:20 today, heading west across the river Exe.

Posted October 31st, 2017 at 3:19 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Braunton

A Mistle Thrush was in my garden this morning - perhaps trying to take ownership of the huge Holly tree just over the fence. It was being given a really hard time by a bunch of Jackdaws.

Meanwhile down at the reserve, good numbers of Goldfinch feeding on the Alder cones and a few Siskins heard too. Both Female and Male Sparrowhawks seen hunting in and around the reserve.

So as soon as I say they seem to have gone, 5 Black-tailed Godwits again by the scrape this morning.

Posted October 31st, 2017 at 1:16 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

East. Prawle.

At Moorwell Pond this morning, 20+ Goldcrests ( 12 ringed ) 5 Chiffchaffs ( 3 ringed ) 1 Firecrest and 2 Blackcaps. 4 Swallows hawking insects over the pond. Several Speckled  Woods' and plenty of Red Admirals..

Common Chiffchaff.
Common Chiffchaff.

Posted October 31st, 2017 at 1:09 pm by Alan K Searle. in Bird News

Staddon Heights

Modest vis mig early morning - c225 Jackdaws, c600 Wood Pigeons, 20 Stock Doves, Brambling, 4 Siskins, and 70 Starlings over. Also 7 Goldcrests around.

Posted October 31st, 2017 at 11:29 am by Pete Aley in Bird News

Broadsands

No Sign on a perfectly flat sea of the Surf Scoter but some other good returning wintering seabirds: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 10 Eider, 13 Common Scoter, 6 Great Crested Grebes and 1 full summer plumaged Great Northern Diver.

2-3 Firecrest right up at the back of the marsh by the road.

Posted October 31st, 2017 at 11:11 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

2 Bridges/Wistman woods area

flushed 2 (common?) sandpipers in separate areas of moorland in this area yesterday.

Posted October 31st, 2017 at 9:20 am by graham folkerd in Bird News

South Brent ~ Wood pigeon migration

Between 7 and 8am this morning over 6000 Wood pigeons heading generally west towards Plymouth and out towards the South Hams coast line, the largest of the flocks counted at 600 and 700 birds, at times the wing beat of the passing flocks could be heard clearly.

 

Posted October 31st, 2017 at 8:41 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Lynton & Lynmouth

Walking to Watersmeet produced c.50 Redwing feeding on hawthorn berries over The Cleeves and 5 Dippers in and around Lynmouth.

 

Posted October 31st, 2017 at 8:38 am by Martin Overy in Bird News

Monday 30th October 2017

Exe Avocets

Having only seen the very occasional report of one, two or three Avocets on the Exe over the past few weeks it would appear as though we were still awaiting their arrival.  Well they're here now.  I counted 141 from the Goatwalk, over on the Exminster bank on the lunchtime high tide. (I did count 35 on 6th October, but thought that they have moved on elsewhere). 

Posted October 30th, 2017 at 10:06 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Velator

Ringing again today, among 34 ringed: 3 Redwings, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 4 Goldcrests, 1 Blackcap, 2 Song Thrush, and at last a Firecrest!

Looks like all the Godwits have moved on.

Posted October 30th, 2017 at 7:48 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Upper and Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake.
10 Great Crested Grebe, c300 Canada Geese, 6 Wigeon, 8 Moorhen, c32 Coot, 3f Shoveler, 4 Bullfinch, c30 Mallard, 3 Coal Tit, 5 Chaffinch, 2 Great Tit, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Willow Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Robin.

Upper Tamar Lake.
 24 Fieldfare,  3 Grey Heron, c30 Black-headed Gull, 2 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 2 Dunnock, 1m Stonechat, 1 Meadow Pipit, 3 Wren, 1 Marsh Tit, 11 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Robin, 1 Bullfinch.

Posted October 30th, 2017 at 7:23 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Broadsands Marsh, Torbay

Around the car parks and marsh today, 3 siskins and a redpoll with goldfinches in the alders along the ditch; goldcrests, wren, great spotted woodpecker & usual common birds. A flock of 2-300 starlings were at the top of the stubble field, and flocks of woodpigeon totalling around 150 over. 2 buzzards, 1 sparrowhawk overhead.

Redpoll
Redpoll

Posted October 30th, 2017 at 6:20 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

firecrest

1in private garden today lustleigh nr mortonhampstead.

Posted October 30th, 2017 at 6:14 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Soar

A big movement of Wood Pigeons with c43k (mainly east), the vast majority between 07.00 - 09.30. Other vis mig included 2 Hawfinches, 24 Chaffinches, c70 Goldfinches & 95 Stock Doves all east, plus a late House Martin, 32 Fieldfares, Brambling, 6+ Siskins and 19 Golden Plovers.

Also - still 2 Firecrests, 10 Goldcrests, Chiffchaff, 4 Bullfinches, 4 Redwings, Grey Wagtail and 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers.

Posted October 30th, 2017 at 6:06 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Downend + Bassett's Ridge

1m Common Scoter at Downend am. 2 fm Goosanders on the Taw Estuary late pm.


Posted October 30th, 2017 at 5:57 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

East Soar

Late morning on 28 October a Siberian Chiffchaff in tall bushes just to the west of the stone barn below East Soar farm and about 100m north of the dipping pond. 




Posted October 30th, 2017 at 5:23 pm by Michael Woodman Smith in Bird News

Emsworthy mire

4 ring ouzels together in one walled field. Another further off. c. 40 Fieldfare, 1 redpoll and a briefly calling tawney owl.

Posted October 30th, 2017 at 4:48 pm by John Lusher in Bird News

Fremington Pill / River Taw

1 Glossy Ibis , 1 Green Sandpiper , 6 Greenshanks & 1 Red-Breasted Merganser ( female / redhead )

Posted October 30th, 2017 at 4:17 pm by David Paterson in Bird News

East Soar

To add to earlier post: 9 Brent Geese NW over airfield - very unusual here!

Posted October 30th, 2017 at 3:05 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Lannacombe Valley.

At least 12 Firecrests;probably several more in the thick cover. ( 8 caught and  ringed ) and 15+ Goldcrests ( 6 caught and ringed )  Otherwise very quiet.

It's. Yr. male
It's. Yr. male

Posted October 30th, 2017 at 2:20 pm by Alan K Searle in Bird News

East Soar

A morning on the heights watching vis mig from 0730 to 1200: 21,500 Woodpigeons moving east, 272 Stock Doves moving east, 2 Dunlin in with woodpigeons, Snipe, 350 Skylark on/around airfield, 15 Fieldfare, Redwing, 40 Meadow Pipit, 200 Starling & 40 Jackdaw north.

Non-avian: 31 Red Admirals

Posted October 30th, 2017 at 2:04 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Woodbury Castle, East Devon. Spotted Crake (Deceased)

I don't know whether anyone will want to read this but...

I had spent an hour (in company of Stan Davies) looking at the Chaffinch flocks for Brambling but without success. Returning to the car park to the west of the castle I heard Bullfinch and then found 1 Brambling, 3 Stonechat and a few others. 

A woman walking a Cocker Spaniel approached me having walked up the hill from Woodbury Wood (an area I don't know). The dog was carrying a dead bird which attracted my attention and the woman said she was not sure if her dog (Molly) had caught it or whether it was already dead. The bird was about the size of a Moorhen or smaller, brown with barring on what was left of the feathers.  The legs were of a water bird, long yellowish- green as were the large feet.  I only got a quick look at the head before the dog chewed and swallowed it and ran off with the remains!  The bill was an orange- red, short and Crake like. 

Having returned home and looked at the books Spotted Crake is the only bird that matches the remains.  Sorry no photo or further evidence.

Posted October 30th, 2017 at 1:39 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Start Point

Very quiet, no vis mig. Waited around the farm for Hawfinch but nothing, did see Fieldfare, 10 Redwings, 3 Bramblings, 5 Lesser Redpolls and 3 Reed Buntings.

Posted October 30th, 2017 at 11:50 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

South Brent ~ Wood pigeon migration

An estimated 3500 Wood pigeons counted this morning from home at South Brent, mostly between 7am and 8am, the initial flocks were very low and gave the impression of only recently having  taken to the wing and I suspect that they had roosted locally over night.

A few of the flocks headed towards the moors but the vast majority were headed for the direction of the South Hams coast, one low flying flock attracted the attention of a Peregrine falcon.

A small number of Redwing and Mistle Thrush in the area, several Jays, Raven and a singing Wren.

Posted October 30th, 2017 at 10:05 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

University of Exeter

Two firecrests in the trees in the grounds of Reed Hall. Also down the hill at the T junction (Streatham Drive/The Queens Drive), these fungi (ink caps?) were drawing a lot of attention at the side of the road . The tallest being about 20 cm tall


Posted October 30th, 2017 at 9:50 am by Mike Sampson in Bird News

fieldfare

Six fieldfare flying over crediton station sunday afternoon.

Posted October 30th, 2017 at 7:17 am by w.e. in Bird News

Sunday 29th October 2017

Emsworthy Mire

There were at least 2 (male) Ring Ouzels at Emsworthy this morning at around 10.00. Also Redwing and Mistle Thrushes.

Posted October 29th, 2017 at 9:45 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

East Soar

East Soar, am. Pretty quiet overall. Of note: c300 Skylarks in the airfield area,  4 Firecrests in the willows around the barn pond and 1 Snipe.

Posted October 29th, 2017 at 7:06 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Starehole Valley, East Soar

The northerly winds must have encouraged most of our migrants to desert the shelter of Starehole, so not many remained by this afternoon.  Best though were two juv. Ring Ouzels with a group of four Song Thrush and my first Redwing of the season, a male Blackcap, a Chiffchaff (but no 'crests seen in the valley, but a Goldcrest in the farm willows), then to top it off a single juv. Swallow looked set to spend the night.

Posted October 29th, 2017 at 7:01 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Colyford Common

Glossy Ibis and Great White Egret within a few metres of each other on the common this afternoon.

Posted October 29th, 2017 at 6:59 pm by David McKeown in Bird News

Wembury

1000-1415 

After the drizzle cleared up:

16 Stonechat (11m, 5f) 5 Goldcrest, 3 Firecrest, 1 Skylark, 7 Cirl bunting (5m, 2 Juv's) 2 Blackcap, c20 Linnet, 50+ Goldfinch feeding on blackberries, 10 Meadow pipit, 15+ Rock pipits on the seaweed, 9 Pied wagtails, 1 Buzzard. Several Red admirals and Speckled woods still around, together with 1 Large white, 2 Clouded yellows, and 2 unidentified dragonflies.

Posted October 29th, 2017 at 5:43 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Crow point to river caen mouth

Nice midday walk to the fisherman's Hut and back provided flocks of golden plover and lapwing. Kestral, numerous oystercatchers, cormorants,  2 curlew,  4 whimbrel 3 ruff,  4 shelduck, several little egrets and a pied wagtail.

Lapwing Golden Plover
Lapwing                                            Golden Plover (Eds: the larger waders are Ruff and the smaller birds are Dunlin)

Posted October 29th, 2017 at 5:31 pm by Philip worth in Bird News

Occombe

Highlights this morning included: Pair of Green & GSW each, Jay, Buzzard, 2 Goldcrest, Nuthatch, small flock of Goldfinches, Bulfinch & a distant 3 thrushes, possibly Redwings.

Posted October 29th, 2017 at 2:06 pm by Stephen Huggins in Bird News

Exmouth

A Barnacle Goose off Mudbank this morning - 0930 onwards. Also at least 9 Pale-bellied Brent Goose. Orcombe Pt - drake Pochard on the sea before flying towards river mouth. Also 9 Eider and 17 Common Scoter. On the point just 1 Firecrest and 2 Brambling of note. Some rubbish photos and more details on www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk later.

Posted October 29th, 2017 at 10:25 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Start Point

Very quiet this morning. Only highlights Firecrest ( lighthouse ), Brambling and Leser Redpoll. No vis mig and after yesterdays excess just one woodpigeon in the farm !

Posted October 29th, 2017 at 10:04 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Saturday 28th October 2017

whooper

whooper swan on estuary off Home Farm Marsh


Posted October 28th, 2017 at 9:47 pm by Geoff Taylor in Bird News

Combe Martin

Two Firecrests amongst Blue and Great Tits working through some buddleia

Posted October 28th, 2017 at 8:36 pm by Sue Kendall in Bird News

Plymouth

Over Lipson early morning, c540 Redwings (west), c1,300 Wood Pigeons (south). Two Chiffchaffs & 3 Goldcrests in the bushes.

Budshead Wood produced 2 Firecrests & a Marsh Tit.

Posted October 28th, 2017 at 6:17 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Start Point

Vis mig highlights this morning included a massive Woodpigeon movement, 94000 going south-south west. Between 08:00-09:00, 55000 went through, almost 1000 per minute. Other counts included 66 Starlings, 22 Siskins, 8 Bramblings, 21 Bullfinches and a Reed Bunting. Elsewhere Merlin, Golden Plover, 12 Redwings, 5 Fieldfares, Blackcap and 2 Firecrests..     More details here http://charletonbirding.blogspot.co.uk/ 

 

Posted October 28th, 2017 at 6:01 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Bishopsteignton

Large woodpigeon migration moving SW over village 7000+ between 8.30 and 11.00am also seen a great white egret flying NE. 

Posted October 28th, 2017 at 5:11 pm by Keith McGinn in Bird News

Berry Head

Lucky to catch fairly distant views of the Ring Ouzel on the cafe side of the headland but on the bushes towards the lighthouse.  Managed a couple of dodgy record shots with my bridge camera before it flew overhead and back towards the rocks below the cafe, followed shortly afterwards by a Peregrine low under the cliffs. Other than that, a couple of Skylarks overhead, a Firecrest in the hedges above the cow field and a cold-looking Swallow on a telephone wire down near Shoalstone carpark. Sad to have missed the SEO - by a couple of minutes apparently! 

Ring Ouzel
Ring Ouzel

Posted October 28th, 2017 at 5:01 pm by Alistair King in Bird News

Berry head - 28th oct 17

nice wander around the quarry area at Berry head this morn, catching up with the remainder of this years autumn movement.. a sunny start meant vis-migging was pretty decent; highlights included: 6 reed bunt, 1 swallow near brixham, 20+ skylark (in off sea), a total of 42+ bullfinch (mostly males SE) (never seen such numbers moving before), many goldcrest (grounded), 1 brambling, 4 gsw (in off sea), 50+ long-tailed tit (in several large flocks), 40+ robin, 2 siskin, 2 redpoll, 12 linnet, 3 jay... 

Posted October 28th, 2017 at 4:57 pm by Nick Patel in Bird News

Hope's Nose

15.00

At least two Firecrests in the main clump of scrub adjacent to the main path. Mobile but less vocal today. 

Later, at 17.45, 9 Redwings over the car park at Lidl, Torquay. 

Posted October 28th, 2017 at 4:29 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Dartmoor

Dartford Warbler's 5 in all were seen, they appear to be the most common bird at the moment, and a shot of a Goldcrest

  Dartford Warblers showing very well

Dartford Warblers showing very well

Posted October 28th, 2017 at 3:49 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

White House to the Fishermens Huts

Large numbers of Golden Plover with Grey Plover, Lapwing, Redshank, Greenshank, Curlew, Oystercatcher, L Egret, G Heron, Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Kestrel, Buzzard, Barwit, Blackwit, Ruff, Teal, Shelduck, Pintail, Wigeon, all the regulars and a Short Eared Owl from the Fishermens Huts over to Chivenor.

Posted October 28th, 2017 at 3:05 pm by Horsey Island in Bird News

Berry Head

Rob and I spent a few hours at Berry Head today, firstly looking for the Ring Ouzel by the cafe, with no luck. We  did find 5 Song Thrush, 5 or 6 Blackbirds and a Sparrowhawk instead. After meeting up with Bob Bailey, Pete Dennis and (briefly) Steve Hopper we proceeded around the Headland in search of Firecrests etc. Not much doing so headed to the quarry, on the way were 5 Bullfinch and a large flock of Long-tailed Tits, complete with the required Firecrest.  Down in the quarry were maybe a different, larger flock of Long-tails with a coiple of Goldcrests thrown in. On into the woods where we discovered 2 more Firecrests with the Long-tails, and interestingly, a Barn Owl leapt out of a bush not more than 6ft away from us and flew down towards the road, while we were all stood looking at a Goldcrest. On the path past the Wardens Cottage Pete shouted Short Eared Owl, and there it was flying in off the sea and over the car park, on down over the woods. A good days birding at Berry Head. Sadly no camera with me today.

Posted October 28th, 2017 at 2:06 pm by Steph Murphy in Bird News

Broadsands ~ Firecrests

Broadsands beach this morning gave four Lesser Black Backed Gulls and fifteen Greater Black Backs but very little else, on to Berry Head where a host of birders were in situe but the venue apart from the Guillemot colony was not as busy as most would have hoped.

Brixham town gave a solitary Swallow sat on overhead lines, the harbour car park gave a large floc of Long Tailed Tits and a Seal eating a flat fish.

  

Another visit to Broadsands (the left hand closed car park) gave numerous Wrens. Nine plus Long Tailed Tits, several Goldcrest, at least three Firecrest, three small birds dropped briefly into the Alders near the far corner and were almost certainly Redpoll but a hunting Sparrow hawk scattered everything and they did not show again.

Back at South Brent flocks of Wood pigeons in all directions looking as if dropping to feed, nothing like the numbers being reported along the coast but enough to be not worthy.

Starlings, Redwing and Mistle Thrush no doubt attracting a hunting Sparrow Hawk.

Comment from a friend at Aish (South Brent) who had a Ring Necked Parakeet in her garden at the beginning of the month looks as if the Parakeet has been taken by a female Sparrow hawk.

  

Posted October 28th, 2017 at 1:58 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Berry Head

Short-eared Owl. Flew in off sea behind car park, over cow field and on towards quarry.

Posted October 28th, 2017 at 1:44 pm by Martin Lees in Bird News

Emsworthy

Following Audrey's sighting yesterday, David Turrell and I went up to Emsworthy this morning.  We were rewarded by seeing 4 Ring Ouzels (1 male, 1 female, 2 juvenile), also 3 Fieldfare (my first for the winter) and a couple of Mistle Thrush.

Posted October 28th, 2017 at 12:22 pm by Richard Swinbank in Bird News

Yesterday 27th October Prawle Point

Apologies for late posting, viz mig with Pat (from 8.10am: with me frorm 8..40 till 10.40am) in overcast, NE slight breeze, cool conditions.

Highlight, a strong passage of 30,000 Woodpigeons mainly SE including a minimum of ; 52 Stock Doves; 9 Siskins (I settled in sallows), 15 Song Thrushes,2 Redwing, 1700 Starlings, 6 Reed Buntings, 1 Lapwing, 2 Brambling, 5 Bullfinches in flight (later 4 seen feeding in PIg's Nose valley),Goldcrests (in flight and at least 20 in area), Goldfinches, Linnets,Greenfinches, Meadow Pipits,Skylarks,105 Jackdaws, 3 Kestrels, Sparrowhawk. Also parties of  LongTailed Tits (min 23 in area), I Firecrest in car park. 8 Blackcaps in area, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.  Also I Clouded Yellow, Red Admirals, Peacock and Speckled Wood butterflies in flight as the sun broke through the cloud.

So no rarity ( I still need YBW for Prawle this year-unlike Pat) but plenty of birds on the move.

 

Posted October 28th, 2017 at 12:19 pm in Bird News

Southdown Farm, Bolberry

Another large movement of Woodpigeons with 10770 east/south-east between 0815 & 1040hrs. Also on the move Short-eared Owl, 5 Golden Plover, 8 Lapwing, 56 Stock Dove, 700 Skylark, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 390 Starling, 144 Jackdaw, 36 Goldfinch & 10 Siskin.

Re.J.Ruscoe post many flocks of Woodpigeons seem to head out to sea and are soon lost to sight but I have seen some come back inshore!

Posted October 28th, 2017 at 11:54 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Horsey Island flood

2 photos from different angles showing the extent of the sea water inundation on a spring tide at Horsey Island as a result of a breach in the sea wall between the R.Caen & Horsey Island.

First photo taken by the White House looking towards Braunton in the background & the other from Crossbanks (near the breach) looking in the opposite direction towards the White House.

 

Posted October 28th, 2017 at 11:09 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Exmouth

A Great White Egret north upriver @ 1045. On Orcombe this morning c35k Woodpigeon west/north-west by 10am - biggest movement pre 9am. Yesterday - Short-eared Owl on Orcombe Point, late pm. Also 7 Egyptian Goose and a fw Yellow-legged Gull off Mudbank. More details on www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk.

Posted October 28th, 2017 at 11:00 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

central park around 40 ringneck parakeet all flying together

around 40 ringneck parakeet all flying together on their way somewhere

Posted October 28th, 2017 at 10:11 am by barry in Bird News

Redwings Plymouth

Big movement of Redwing here at dawn as I took the dogs out on Freedom Fields. Probably over 1000 birds in about 15 minutes flying very low over the houses and park into the north westerly breeze. Lots of Song Thrush, my first 4 Fieldfare of the autumn and about 20 Blackbirds accompanying them.

Posted October 28th, 2017 at 8:20 am in Bird News

Friday 27th October 2017

Glossy Ibis Exminster Marshes

Exminster Marshes - at 11.16am Glossy Ibis on newly dug scrapes to South of Station Road between Middle Car Park and Main Car Park. Moved about a bit mostly due to presence of Marsh Harrier and Peregrine, but watched it for over an hour.   

Posted October 27th, 2017 at 7:33 pm by Jo King in Bird News

Emsworthy Nature Reserve

Blackbirds, Fieldfares, Mistle Thrushes and a male Ring Ouzel early afternoon.

Posted October 27th, 2017 at 6:37 pm by Audrey Wolstenholme in Bird News

Plymouth area

A visit to Staddon Heights for the first hour-and-a-half of light produced a vis mig first for me with 5 Ring-necked Parakeets heading high north! Also c700 Wood Pigeons, 115 Jackdaws, 6 Siskins, 11 Redwings and Brambling over. 

At the Plym Estuary & Saltram, later, a Rock Pipit (scarce here) my first Jack Snipe of the autumn, 5 Little Grebes, 2 Greenshanks, 4 Dunlins, Common Sandpiper, 32 Curlews, 6 Oystercatchers, Kingfisher, 2 Stonechats, 3 Goldcrests and 2 Roe Deer.

Finally, a Great Spotted Woodpecker in Plym Bridge Woods.

Posted October 27th, 2017 at 6:33 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Home Farm

Home Farm Marsh and estuary .whooper swan with ten Mute swans off Chivoner .Hundred plus Greenfinch along hedgerow and feeding on sunflowers.Twelve hundred Golden Plover over towards Chivoner.Photo of Whooper  swan hopefully arriving soon.Forty species seen .

Posted October 27th, 2017 at 5:39 pm by Geoff Taylor in Bird News

Saltram

3 X cattle egrets in field at Saltram liunch time.

Posted October 27th, 2017 at 3:58 pm by Vince Bedford in Bird News

Woodbury Castle / Budleigh Salterton

A single Brambling (male) seen with the Chaffinch flocks before I got to look for Hawfinch when I joined Dave Stone.  Calls heard and then 3 Hawfinch seen in flight at tops of beech trees at north end of the area around 10.00am.  They remained elusive until I left and maybe others had more success later. 

Moving on to Budleigh I went in search of Crests along the coastal footpath and within a few hundred yards of the Golf Club had Gt -spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Firecrest, 2 Treecreeper, Long tailed tit flocks and 3 Bullfinch among others.

Having an interest in Woodpigeon movements could I be pedantic and ask observers to state whether they actually saw birds heading out to sea.  Large movements are now taking place along the coast and to me it is important to know not only the direction of flight but more importantly whether they left the coast and were seen flying out over the sea and did any come back? Also are any seen west of the most southerly points (Prawle, Bolt Head etc).Thanks.  

 

Posted October 27th, 2017 at 3:33 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Anchorwood Bank River Taw

The probable hybrid Snow goose (mainly white with some dark grey feathering) was with 84 Canada geese on the midday high-tide.  Duck numbers increasing with Eurasian wigeon and Teal being joined by a few Pintail. A possible water pipit was too distant to be sure, both godwits were joined by a single knot and a few dunlin plus about 60 redshank and lapwing. A female sparrowhawk hunted overhead but very few passerines seen.

Posted October 27th, 2017 at 3:30 pm by Andrew Lansdell in Bird News

Bowling green marsh & Exminster Marshes RSPB

10.00AM - Hawfinch flew over Bowling green marsh road, towards Goosemoor...

13.00PM - Exminster Marshes RSPB - Glossy Ibis showing nicely from Station road (thanks for the tip off Jo King), until flushed by Marsh harrier. Also Peregrine over and plenty of Wigeon, Pintail, Blackwit and Redwing...

Posted October 27th, 2017 at 2:26 pm by Nick Patel in Bird News

East Soar

Lots of movement this morning highlighted by 16,770 Woodpigeons east/southeast between 0815 & 1205 hrs! Also on the move: 6 Golden Plover, 38 Stock Dove, 600 Skylark, 40 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 49 Blackbird, 13 Song Thrush, 5 Redwing, 11 Long-tailed Tit moving north, 145 Jackdaw, 140 Starling, 60 Chaffinch, 40 Goldfinch & 7 Reed Bunting. Five species of raptor inc.male Sparrowhawk, Peregrine & Merlin. In the scrub 3 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 6 Firecrest & 15 Goldcrest. 

Posted October 27th, 2017 at 2:25 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Start Point.

To add to Perry's post.Around the farm, c.20 Goldcrests ( 12 ringed,including 3 'continental' ), only 1 Firecrest (ringed ), 4Chiffchaffs ( 2ringed), 3 Blackcaps ( 2 ringed )

Posted October 27th, 2017 at 2:07 pm by Alan K Searle. in Bird News

South Brent

The Wood pigeon autumn migration kicked up a gear this morning despite another start to the day with low cloud and overcast conditions at South Brent, a count of in excess of 3,200 birds headed west, the largest flocks containing 300 plus birds, flocks could be seen high over head moving west and well out towards the coast.

Redwing numbers up with flocks of 90 plus and 50 plus birds moving around the area.

The Garden Firecrest's were a bit more elusive today but three seen up until early afternoon. Also around the house Wren, Mistle Thrush, Raven, Buzzard, soaring female Sparrow Hawk, numerous Jays and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

The mature Yews and pine trees in South Brent church yard are attracting good numbers of winter Thrush sp and small numbers of Goldcrest.

  

 

Posted October 27th, 2017 at 2:03 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Velator

Can't compete with the posts from South Devon! In the reserve this morning a Nuthatch - only the third record. Finches beginning to build up now and lots of 4 species of Tit. Goldcrests but as yet no sign of any Firecrests. The Buckthorn berry crop is attracting a few Thrushes too. Little Egret in the field outside, but again no Godwits on the scrape.

Posted October 27th, 2017 at 1:30 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Start Point

Lots of calling pre dawn Song Thrushes and Redwings and during the morning saw 47 and 108 respectively.Healthy overhead movement of birds but directions random in the fresh northerly. Highlights on the move were 3500-4000 Woodpigeons, 2 Swallows, 26 Starlings, 15 Bullfinches, 12 Bramblings, 40 Siskins and 4 Reed Buntings. Elsewhere Merlin, Golden Plover, Great Spotted Woodpecker and 2 Firecrests at the light.

Posted October 27th, 2017 at 1:05 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Berry Head

Some good overhead migration today:350 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 5 Brambling, 103 Chaffinch, 12 Bullfinch, 33 Greenfinch, 40 Linnet, 80 Goldfinch, 6 Siskin, 1 Redpoll, 1 Reed Bunting, 3 Song Thrush, 27 Skylark, 26 Meadow Pipit, 33 'alba' Wagtails.

Around the headland 1 very vocal Yellow-browed Warbler ( video link here https://youtu.be/mcChiYjp1eU ) on north side of the main meadow, 1 Ring Ouzel on slope below the cafe lots of Blackbird including several black billed 1st winter birds, 6 Stonechat, 1 Firecrest, 9 Goldcrest, 3 Blackcap & 4 Chiffchaff.

Ring Ouzel Berry Hd 27 Oct 2017 ML    blackbirds Berry Hd 27 Oct 2017 ML

Ring Ouzel                                                        Blackbirds

YBW Berry Hd 27 Oct 2017 ML  YBW Berry Hd 27 Oct 2017 ML

Yellow-browed Warbler with a very pale grey centre crown stripe (not uncommon)

Come along and learn more about migration, identification and a full breakfast.. https://www.countryside-trust.org.uk/events/details/441/autumn-migration-watch 

 

Posted October 27th, 2017 at 11:51 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Exminster marshes RSPB - 26/10/2017

Merlin (fem), Marsh harrier (imm) and Peregrine still being seen daily at high tide, from the Canal path.. 6+ Stonechat on the reserve, Cetti's warbler singing by the canal car park, lots of Redwing passing overhead, 8+ Bullfinch along Turf path. Also Green Sand and 30+ Pintail

Posted October 27th, 2017 at 8:21 am by Nick Patel in Bird News

Thursday 26th October 2017

Start Point

Spent a pleasant hour or so down by the lighthouse - an abundance of birds in the tamarisk trees and surrounding scrub including 3 Blackcaps (2m/1f), at least 5 Chiffchaffs, 3 Goldcrests and 2 Firecrests, at least 3 song thrushes and several stonechats.  The highlight was a Yellow-browed Warbler showing really well - but strangely virtually silent.  Great to see. 

   

Posted October 26th, 2017 at 8:09 pm by Alistair King in Bird News

Wrafton/Velator

Spent all day ringing in the reserve today. Every time I walked around, took a look over the scrape: No Godwits at all. One Grey Heron (briefly) one Little Egret. Ringing was very good: 51 birds ringed of 16 species. 35 retraps. Best were 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcaps, 1 Goldcrest, 14 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Siskin - first I've ringed for 3 years! 48 Species recorded in over or near the reserve.

Posted October 26th, 2017 at 8:00 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

South Brent ~ Firecrests

Following this mornings post the visible Wood pigeon and Redwing migration continued until around 10.30, the largest single flock of Wood Pigeons being of some 200 plus birds and 46 Redwings, given the abundance of low flying pigeons in the area I suspect that a good number of migrating birds dropped off in the area to feed.

Another afternoon of Firecrest's at home with one seen to fly across the garden, a search soon found two feeding in evergreen cover, checking another area of garden another two Firecrest with possibly another that came in with a small flock of Goldcrest, of this second pair one bird was displaying its crest on a regular basis.

(Click on images to see at full size)

  

  

Posted October 26th, 2017 at 5:27 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Exmouth and Woodbury Fort

At least 3 Hawfinch feeding on Beech masts in Woodbury Fort late this afternoon. Also c10+ Brambling and good numbers of Chaffinch.

The Black Brant still present off Mudbank and a late Whinchat, 2 Brambling and the Ring-necked Parakeet on Orcombe Point this morning.

Photos and more detais on www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk

Posted October 26th, 2017 at 5:26 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Broadsands

Found this 1st winter Surf Scoter about 1/2 km off the seawall at Broadsands - being a 1st w it's not the bird from Mansands last year!

Surf Scoter 1st Winter Broadsands 26 Oct 2017 ML

Posted October 26th, 2017 at 5:25 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Berry Head

Some good overhead migration today: 2 Hawfinch, 8 Redpoll, 16 Siskin, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Yellowhammer, 200+ Redwing, 19 Starling, 7 Skylark, 4 Swallow, 15 Meadow Pipit, 13 Bullfinch, 70 Goldfinch, 8 Linnet, 2 Greenfinch, 15 Song Thrush, 62 Chaffinch, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 8 'alba' Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail.

Around the head 6 Chiffchaff 22 Goldcrest and 4 Firecrest.

Posted October 26th, 2017 at 5:23 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

East. Prawle.

At Moorwell  pond during this morning's ringing session, 25+ Goldcrests ( 13 ringed) 5 FIRECRESTS ( 2 ringed ), 4 Chiffchaffs ( 2 ringed ) and 3 Blackcaps ( 1 ringed ). Also present at least 25 Blackbirds, presumably a mix of passage and local birds, attracted to the site because of the abundant berry crop.

Posted October 26th, 2017 at 5:17 pm by Alan K Searle. in Bird News

Teignmouth

Kayak trip Teignmouth to Torbay.

4 Arctic Skuas. Juv and 2 pale adults off Teignmouth. 1 dark adult off Hope's Nose

22 Common Scoter

1 Eider duck (female) off Teignmouth

plus 2 Harbour porpoise

Posted October 26th, 2017 at 5:05 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Saltram

A morning visit to Saltram and a walk around the river side walk way gave several Little Egret, good numbers of Curlew, Greenshank and Redshank, a soaring Buzzard had many of the waders making alarm calls.

Plenty of Goldcrest,s and one brief sighting of a Firecrest a large flock of Long tailed Tits and later another mixed tit flock good numbers of LTT's and several Goldcrest.

Plenty of Jays and on the small pond by the house 11 Mandarin Duck.

 

 

Posted October 26th, 2017 at 5:03 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Soar

Best bird was a Yellow-browed Warbler this afternoon in the willows at West Soar. Otherwise - Ring Ouzel, Brambling, Siskin 19+, Firecrest 7, Goldcrest 32, Redwing 5+, Redpoll (presumed Lesser) 2, Song Thrush 5, Blackcap 3, Chiffchaff 4, plus c1,200 Wood Pigeons & c60 Jackdaws over.

Posted October 26th, 2017 at 5:02 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Coleton camp

On the picnic area in front of the car park, a Ring ouzel feeding with black birds. certainly unlooked for in this location!

Posted October 26th, 2017 at 12:16 pm by John Lusher in Bird News

Berrynarbor

At long last, not one but Firecrest in the garden this morning.

Posted October 26th, 2017 at 11:09 am by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Cadewell Park, Torquay

09.40

Whilst sifting through an apparent influx of Blackbirds (12+) and Mistle Thrushes (8+) in the trees at Cadewell Park, I was stunned to drop on to a cracking lone Hawfinch.  It was perched out in the open at the top of the beech tree at the top of the hill, calling occasionally.  I watched it for ten minutes before it flew off SW. 

A large mixed tit flock then arrived, followed by a marauding female Sparrowhawk. 

Posted October 26th, 2017 at 10:24 am by Paul Darlington in Bird News

South Brent ~ autumn migration

Despite the low cloud and poor visibility there were signs of autumn migration over South Brent this morning, initially a flock of 100 plus Wood pigeons headed west.

Several flocks of Redwing a flock of 31 soon followed by a larger flock of 76 also headed west but several sightings of smaller numbers feeding or perching in tree tops.

Several small flocks of Starling and two flocks of what may have been Fieldfare headed out towards the moors with the poor light unable to make a positive ID other than to say they were a large Thrush sp.

Several Jays seen and heard scalding, Raven overhead, several Mistle Thrush and small flocks of Goldfinch.

Posted October 26th, 2017 at 9:45 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Hexworthy

Three Hawfinches and a Firecrest between Hexworthy and Dartmeet yesterday.

Posted October 26th, 2017 at 8:24 am by Richard Hibbert in Bird News

Wednesday 25th October 2017

Dawlish Warren

A very late Common Whitethroat was in scrub near the dune pond this morning. Several large flocks of Woodpigeons went SW in mid-late morning, not counted but must have been well over 1000 in total.  Water Rail seen at the main pond, where there was a Cetti's Warbler calling and singing.

Posted October 25th, 2017 at 11:28 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Start Point.

Fairly quiet around the farm this morning. At least 6 FIRECRESTS in the sycamores ( only 1 caught and ringed ) Also on site 8+ Goldcrests, ( 3 ringed ) ,3 Blackcaps ( 1 ringed ) Small flocks of Goldfinches, west overhead. Also woodpigeons west (but not counted ).

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It's.yr. fem.

Posted October 25th, 2017 at 6:56 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Exton

2 Cattle Egrets present on side of estuary, just south of the railway station until 1330hrs at least.

Posted October 25th, 2017 at 2:26 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Berry Head

A Yellow-browed Warbler was calling and showing occasionally in the lane up from the Berry Head Hotel at about this morning, the other good warbler was a really crisp looking Siberian Chiffchaff with collybita Chiffchaffs just east of the navigation beacon. Also around site 6 Firecrests, 16 Goldcrests, 3 Blackcap & 8 Chiffchaff.

YBW BryHd 251017 ML  Siberian Chiffchaff Berry Hd 25 Oct 17 ML

                            Yellow-browed Warbler                                                   Siberian Chiffchaff                                                    

Posted October 25th, 2017 at 2:17 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

East Soar

Now the murk has cleared the first meaningful Woodpigeon movement of the autumn with 4450 moving SW in 2.5 hours this morning plus 7 Stock Doves. Also: Great Spotted Woodpecker west over the airfield, 6 Swallow and 100 each of Skylark & Meadow Pipit.

Non-avian: 11 Red Admiral.

Posted October 25th, 2017 at 1:56 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Velator

From the reserve this morning only two Godwits (45 yesterday 70+ the day before). In the reserve, the first Greenfinches for several weeks, 4 Bullfinch, Coal Tit, Treecreeper, 6 Long-tailed Tits, Cetti's Warbler and a Water Rail. Red Admiral and Speckled Wood on the wing. By the river a Hummingbird Hawkmoth on the ivy.

Posted October 25th, 2017 at 11:55 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

South Brent ~ Wood pigeon migration and Firecrest's...

Birding at home in South Brent between 07.30am and 9am this morning started with a Raven overhead, a flock of 6 plus Long Tailed Tits, Mistle Thrush and Redwings.

At 8am the first of four flocks of Wood pigeons all headed west and progressively higher 67, 71, 79 and 50 plus birds counted.

While looking for yesterdays Firecrest's steady movement of small numbers of Redwing's coming to feed on Holly berries, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay and a hunting Sparrow hawk.

On the point of giving up I heard "crest's" calling and after a while two Firecrest's appeared while watching them four "crests" flew into an oak canopy, one identified as a Goldcrest and another two Firecrest's but difficult to see in the still dense oak canopy.

 

Posted October 25th, 2017 at 10:01 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Tuesday 24th October 2017

Prawle Point ( Reserve ). / S. Hallsands.

Prawle Pt. this morning. At least 7 FIRECRESTS around the Reserve and car park. Also 4 Goldcrests and 2 Chiffchaffs.  At S. Hallsands, 8 FIRECRESTS ( 3 caught and ringed ). Also on site 4 Goldcrests and 5 Chiffchaffs..

Posted October 24th, 2017 at 5:42 pm by Alan KSearle. in Bird News

Exmouth

The adult Black Brant present on the dropping tide this afternoon. Viewed from c500 yards north of Mudbank, along the cycle path. Also off there 1 Cattle Egret, 3+ Pale-bellied Brent Goose, c8/900+ Dark-bellied Brent Goose, c1500+ Wigeon and 7 Red-breasted Merganser. More details and photos on www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk.

Posted October 24th, 2017 at 5:14 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

More South Brent Firecrests

Just on 3pm this afternoon I saw from the kitchen window a small bird flit into a wild rose bush it took some time to get a clear view of it but sure enough it was another Firecrest only a very brief clear view and no time to grab the camera.

So despite the rain and general murk I took a walk around the garden this time with the camera but failed to re locate the bird.

But checking another area about 50 yards away I heard a bird calling and sure enough I got that teasing tantalising glimpse of a Firecrest in deep cover.

After what seemed ages it began to show quite well before flitting off at the speed that leaves you struggling to keep up with them and then it appeared in a totally different location that didn't make sense but within a few moments there were two areas of movement and sure enough two Firecrest's in dense hawthorn and bramble both showing at the same time on occasion.

While this was going on another four Redwings flew in.

  

Posted October 24th, 2017 at 4:40 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Shiphay, Torquay

12.00-14.30

Working in the garden and at 12.00 overhead,  3 Redwings (one calling as it went) and a Mistle Thrush. Over next couple of hours, a noticeable trickle of Meadow Pipits, Mistle Thrushes and Blackbirds overhead. All birds headed generally south west. 

Posted October 24th, 2017 at 3:01 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Velator

Last November (bear with me!) we ringed a Chiffchaff - 8th November to be precise - which was very grey and exhibited many of the features of a Siberian type Chiff. Fortunately, it dropped a couple of feathers, and following a conversation with Nik Ward, I sent these off to him to see if we could get them DNA tested. Well, after a long wait confirmation has been received that it was indeed a Tristis Chiffchaff.

Posted October 24th, 2017 at 1:56 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

REDWINGS ~ South Brent

REDWING's ~ single Redwing put up from a field hedge at home at South Brent this morning then around midday a flock of 17 dropped out of the fog and circled around followed a few minutes later by another 9.

A bit earlier 3 Goldcrests in with a small mixed Tit flock working down the roadside hedge.

Several Pied Wagtails overhead.

And a Jay in the garden this morning.

Posted October 24th, 2017 at 1:10 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Monday 23rd October 2017

Bowling Green Marsh

Two Curlew Sandpipers, Little Stint, Ruff and Avocet, amongst the 100's of usual waders. Also c65 Pintails and female Marsh Harrier.

Later, a Common Sandpiper at Black Hole Marsh.

Posted October 23rd, 2017 at 9:09 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton

A Short-eared Owl unintentionally flushed from stubbles this morning. Great birds!

Short-eared Owl by Chris Townend

Posted October 23rd, 2017 at 8:29 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Labrador Bay

Cirl Buntings showing very well around the reserve at Labrador Bay, counted 15 but probably more.

Cirl Bunting
Cirl Bunting

Posted October 23rd, 2017 at 7:26 pm by Simon Thurgood in Bird News

Common / Siberian Stonechat, Start Point

Thanks for getting the news out Richard and Andrew. Great find. Bird showed well late afternoon and still perching on top of the bracken at 17:45. I would be surprised if it is not there tomorrow. For anyone thinking of going it was showing on both sides of the lighthouse road about halfway between the car park gate and the wooden shed.  Nice male Ring Ouzel briefly dropped in and Lesser Redpoll over.

Stonechat sp Start Pt 23 Oct 2017 AD  Stonechat sp Start Pt 23 Oct 2017 AD

Stonechat sp Start Pt 23 Oct 2017 AD  Stonechat sp Start Pt 23 Oct 2017 AD

EDIT ( Perry Sanders 21:30 ) These excellent photos were taken by Alan Doidge. Unfortunatly the bird shows great similarities to recent birds seen at Dungeness ( Kent ) and Richmond Park ( London ). These were originally thought to be of the eastern races but proven through DNA to be only , albeit very unusual Common Stonechats. The light was shocking today so in that respect these photos are superb and different light might make the bird appear different tomorrow ( if still there ). Whatever it is ( my view now has to be Common unless someone can prove otherwise ) it is worth seeing and a very interesting bird .

The Dungeness Stonechat DNA'd to be Common Stonechat http://www.surfbirds.com/community-blogs/Belvide84/2017/01/08/belvide-8-1-17-stejnegers-stonechat-dungeness/ 

Siberian Stonechat https://birdingfrontiers.wordpress.com/2012/10/17/siberian-stonechat-age-and-race/ 

Posted October 23rd, 2017 at 6:38 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Firecrest ~ South Brent

Every one has a "bogey" bird that they have never seen and up until a couple of years ago one of mine was the Firecrest but thanks to posts on Devon Birds I eventually caught up with one at Broadsands and have seen the odd one since.

Last Friday having lived in South Brent for over 30 years I saw my first ever South Brent Firecrest by the old pump house at Shipley and today I managed to find one in my garden, not the greatest of images but given the weather more than happy with a record shot of this stunning little bird.

 

Posted October 23rd, 2017 at 3:47 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Berry Head

Still a few Firecrests around 5 today at the head (and 2 in the breakwater car park) also 18 Goldcrest, 5 Chiffchaff and a treecreeper.

 Firecrest Brixham 23 Oct 2017 ML   Firecrest Brixham 23 Oct 2017 ML

Just can't get enough of the run on Firecrests - they are simply gorgeous little birds

Posted October 23rd, 2017 at 3:44 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Start pm

Rotten weather but sheltered on east side. Siberian stonechat on bracken slope down to lighthouse 2.30. 

Posted October 23rd, 2017 at 2:30 pm by Richard Archer & Andrew Dodd in Bird News

Thurlestone

A Leach's Petrel flew southeast through the bay this morning at 08:50. 9 Black-tailed Godwits and 4 Mediterranean Gulls on South Huish Marsh.

Posted October 23rd, 2017 at 12:45 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Bolberry

Wryneck along SW coastal path c300m east of Bolberry NT car park at around 11am Sunday 22nd October

Posted October 23rd, 2017 at 10:01 am by Aravind Ramesh in Bird News

Sunday 22nd October 2017

Ring-billed Gull Broadsands 22nd Oct 2017

Ring-billed Gull seen at Broadsands today at 11oclock.  Could you please confirm or put in a correction.

  

Eds: its actually a 3rd winter Herring gull, among the differences a Ring-billed with brown in the wing coverts would have a pink based bill and dark tertials and of course a lot smaller in size and structure - but difficult to judge size in this picture. 

Posted October 22nd, 2017 at 11:03 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Prawle Point

Took two friends visiting from Aberdeen to see the Cirl Buntings and were delighted to find twelve in a single tree in the shelter of Horseley Cove.  Also there at least seven Firecrests, two Goldcrest and six Chiffchaff, two Blackcap.  A flock of 500+ Woodpigeon was closely followed by two Peregrines whilst a Sparrowhawk chased 50 Goldfinches. Two Kestrels patrolled the cliffs.  Also small flocks of Linnet, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit and about 24 Swallows.

Posted October 22nd, 2017 at 10:28 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Hope's Nose

15.30-16.45

3 Firecrests.  1 towards the top of the site in the bushes on the right, 50m down the slope from the second gate.  2 together around the main track towards the middle of the site.  All three were mobile and vocal. 

Also, male and female Stonechat, 5+ LT Tits, major Robin influx and 8 Gannets.  No Goldcrests at all.

 

Posted October 22nd, 2017 at 8:14 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery 22-10-17

Quite a few Meadow Pipits now showing at Ford Park Cemetery today 22-10-17


Posted October 22nd, 2017 at 8:12 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Sherpa / Wrafton scrape + Horsey

John, further to your post on Saturday 21 Oct, it is a young female, very fast & has a moustache! Another casualty between 16.00 & 16.15 this aft.(see photo).

22 Ruff on Horsey today. Could only fit 13 in the photo through the scope!



Posted October 22nd, 2017 at 7:07 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Exmouth

The adult Black Brant present off Mudbank this evening. It has been getting off there daily since the 17th with the large Brent Flock. First movement of Woodpigeon on Orcombe this morning with c1500+ north between about 0915 and 1000. Also Merlin and Brambling over. See www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk for more details.

Posted October 22nd, 2017 at 6:33 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Stover Country Park

On the lake: Black Headed Gulls (20+), Herring Gull, Tufted Duck (5+), Goosander (1F), along with many Mallard and Coot and a few Mute Swans. Cormorants (3) roosting in a dead tree over the lake.

In the woods: Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Bullfinch (2M, 1F), lots of Blue, Great and Coal Tits, and 3 Marsh Tits

Female Goosander
Female Goosander

Posted October 22nd, 2017 at 4:01 pm by Benjamin Drummond in Bird News

Wrafton

Highlights in the reserve this morning: female Blackcap and a Kingfisher. From the reserve on the scrape: 100+ Black-tailed Godwits and a single Ruff.

Posted October 22nd, 2017 at 3:22 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Tamar estuary / Ernesettle creek

1000-1310  In high winds:

40+ Oystercatcher, 2 Great crested grebe, 7 Little egret, 1 Black tailed Godwit, 4 Teal (3m, 1f), c30 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 9 very active Jays in the trees.

Posted October 22nd, 2017 at 3:02 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Hartland Point Skuafest

0800-1200 Wind NW6 decreasing

68 Bonxie

11 Arctic skua (7 pale, 2 int, 2 dark)

6 Pomarine Skua (all adult, including two with full spoons passing very close)

1 Unidentified skua

1 Manx Shearwater

45 Common Scoter

2 Great Northern Diver

1 Spoonbill

Posted October 22nd, 2017 at 1:44 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Torbay coastal

Berry Head at first light this morning, light but steady passage of small birds moving over the head land and out to sea, only species identified being Goldfinch and Meadow Pips, high light was a Hobby passing low overhead and heading directly out to sea.

Enough Wood pigeons moving west down the coast line to make you consider is it time for their autumn migration to begin.

Gannets feeding with a small pod of Porpoise just off the headland.

Male Cirl Bunting near the hide, steady trickle of Guillemot heading towards the colony.

Preston 15 Turnstone and a GBB gull making short work of a flatfish

  

Posted October 22nd, 2017 at 1:38 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Otter Estuary

At least three Firecrests in scrub and sycamores on the path just south of White Bridge, on the east side of the river, 8am

Posted October 22nd, 2017 at 10:54 am by Dave McKeown in Bird News

Saturday 21st October 2017

Dawlish warren

Watched from 08:15 till 13:35

hard work on a seawatch from the life guard hut on the sea wall  was rewarded with a Leach's Petrel south just after 10:30  earlier 2 Arctic Skuas close in heading south, a Long tailed duck flew in around 11:20 along exmouth sea front , 3 Great northern divers, 1 Red throated diver was in close to the beach , 1 great crested grebe , 1 2nd winter Mediterranean gull briefly settled off the sea wall , another Arctic Skua went south about 13:10, steady passage of Gannets south all morning , 15 swallow south, 35+ common scoter around the bay , 3 wigeon south

Posted October 21st, 2017 at 9:33 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Start Point / South Huish

A seawatch  from Start Point was very quiet this morning just single Manx and Balearic Shearwater. The bays at Hallsands, Beesands and Slapton Sands checked but nothing found. Went to South Huish this afternoon and meet Nick Townsend who put me onto a Grey Phalarope he had just found. Nothing seen in Thurlestone Bay ( would be easy to miss things in the big seas though ). similarly a look at the sea from Hope Cove and South and North Sands in Salcombe also drew a blank.

Posted October 21st, 2017 at 6:05 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Plymouth

Other than a Grey Seal, very little off Mount Batten today, but in Radford Park (much of which was surprisingly sheltered) a Firecrest, 3 Goldcrests and 3 Little Grebes.

Posted October 21st, 2017 at 5:53 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

In The Bight on the dropping tide good numbers of honking brent geese as they flew off down river on the dropping tide with 2 grey plover, 2 ringed plover, a few turnstone and a bar tailed godwit amongst the roosting curlew and oystercatcher. A 1st winter Mediterranean gull and 2 adult LBB Gulls amongst the gull roost also until a large peregrine flew over putting everything up.

Missed all the sea bird action offshore but 2 common scoter, a red throated diver and a grey seal close in to shore with flocks of 12 and 5 common scoter flying south, also plenty of gannets.

From Dawlish railway platform more gannets and a very nice Arctic skua close in flying south and closely following a group of 5 kittiwakes (2 juvs.)

Posted October 21st, 2017 at 5:46 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

S. Hallsands.

5 FIRECRESTS ( 2 caught and  ringed - despite the gale - in a semi sheltered location ). Also present 6 Goldcrests ( 2 caught and ringed ) and 3 Chiffchaffs.

Posted October 21st, 2017 at 2:49 pm by Alan K Searle. in Bird News

Berry Head

A bit of variety on the seawatch this morning but nothing exceptional: 2 Great Skuas, 7 Arctic Skuas, 1 European Storm-petrel (as usual BH misses the leach's), 3 Fulmar, 1 Manx & 1 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Sandwich Tern, 4 Common Scoter, 1 Merlin, several groups of Swallows coming in over the sea and 5 Siskin

Posted October 21st, 2017 at 12:56 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

South of Zulu Bank + Horsey

Late post - 7 to 800 Golden Plover early yesterday morn just north of Northam Burrows seen from near Airy Point.

21 Ruff on Horsey Island, none on Sherpa / Wrafton scrape. 

Posted October 21st, 2017 at 12:13 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Wrafton

A quick walk around the reserve this morning. Only one tree down. Over on the scrape about 100 Black-tailed Godwits still. I know there is at least one fewer as I have the wings and one leg of one I found in the reserve.

Posted October 21st, 2017 at 10:51 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Friday 20th October 2017

East Soar.

Photograph of the Yellow-browed Warbler (from Michael Brooking) seen earlier in the week - a very bedraggled individual, it was initially considered to show characteristics of Hume's Warbler. 

Yellow-browed Warbler East Soar 17 Oct 2017

Posted October 20th, 2017 at 5:12 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Portworthy

Red-crested Pochard (f) on main dam with many Teal and Widgeon. 3 Little Grebe on No.3 Dam.

Posted October 20th, 2017 at 4:33 pm by Rob Hubble in Bird News

Whitleigh woods

Short walk through the woods this morning 20+ Goldcrest,8 Coal Tits ,6 Great Tits, ,2 Blue Tits,3 Nuthatches,2 Jays,1 Buzzard,1 Bullfinch.

Posted October 20th, 2017 at 2:51 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Mansands

Another cracker today, a Hawfinch flew onto a tree beside the hide this morning, then flew into the willows below. Also seen a Firecrest and 2 of the 3 Cetti's Warblers that are around the marsh. 


Posted October 20th, 2017 at 2:50 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

1 Curlew Sandpiper and 2 or maybe 3 Ruff this lunchtime.

Hundreds of Wigeon dropped in from the estuary. Amongst all the ducks again was the White-cheeked Pintail - it has a metal ring on its right leg and a slight limp!

The ringed Mute Swans (yellow DTA and DZJ) that have been around for a few weeks were originally ringed at Abbotsbury, Dorset.

Posted October 20th, 2017 at 2:24 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Prawle Point (Reserve )

20+ Firecrests in and around the Reserve this morning. 3 caught and ringed, but again too windy for effective netting. Also the birds were keeping fairly well hidden in the ivy covering on the trees. Also on site 8 Goldcrests ( 3 caught and ringed ) 3 Chiffchaffs and1 Blackcap. Plenty of Speckled Woods and 1 Small Copper.

1st. Yr. male Goldcrest.    1st. Yr. male Firecrest.
1st. Yr. male Goldcrest.                                                    1st. Yr. male Firecrest.

Posted October 20th, 2017 at 1:53 pm by Alan K Searle in Bird News

Start Point

Fairly quiet this morning. 2 Firecrests and 2 Goldcrests down at the light. Around the farm an additional 7 Firecrest, Goldcrest, Grey Wagtail, 2 Song Thrushes, 2 Redwings, 4 Chiffchaffs and a Lesser Redpoll.

Posted October 20th, 2017 at 1:13 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

EAST Devon Fieldtrip cancelled tomorrow

Due to the forecast of bad weather due to Storm Brian, the fieldtrip to Exminster Marshes tomorrow (Sat 21 Oct) has been cancelled. Maybe a day to get your bird reports up to date and send them to Devon Birds!

Please note that East Devon Branch is taking bookings for Christmas lunch to be held at Escot Park on Mon 11 Dec.  It is essential to book before end of November.  Please see Programme for this and other events.

 

Posted October 20th, 2017 at 12:52 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Thursday 19th October 2017

Plym Estuary

On the pool in the rain this afternoon: Curlew 33, Oystercatcher 5, Redshank 70+ and Greenshank 4.

Posted October 19th, 2017 at 7:52 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the lake,
2 Cormorants, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Tufted Duck, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 31 Coot, 10 Moorhen, c110 Canada Geese, c120 Black Headed Gull, 3 Coal Tit, 3 Robin, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Chaffinch, 2 House Sparrow, 1 Willow Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, c30 Mallard.

Posted October 19th, 2017 at 7:09 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

WRYNECK Bolberry 19th Oct 2017


Wryneck working the top field at Bolberry. The coast path runs along from the car park towards Soar Mill Cove and as you enter the field by the gate it was along the top fence line running parallel with the coast path. On the tops of the posts and at the base of the wire fencing digging at ant hills. Still there at 1300hrs today

   

Posted October 19th, 2017 at 4:59 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Scabbacombe Head

Cloudy and quite foggy this morning. Over 200 G.B.B..Gulls on Scabbacombe beach. A flock of 45+ Goldfinches flying around and 30+ Meadow Pipits. Highlight was the Yellow-browed Warbler in the small woods on the northern side of the Head, also a couple of Firecrest nearby. Lots of Pied Wagtails in the ploughed fields and 2 Wheatears.


Posted October 19th, 2017 at 3:30 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

1 Curlew Sandpiper and 4 Ruff from the hide this lunchtime.

Posted October 19th, 2017 at 2:23 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Southdown Farm to East Soar.

Much quieter than recent days with just 4 Firecrest, 6 Goldcrest, 2 Ring Ouzel, 44 Blackbird, 2 Sparrowhawk, 8 Chiffchaff, 4 Siskin, 47 Goldfinch & Redpoll heard overhead.

Posted October 19th, 2017 at 2:09 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Berry Head

Some great October migrant weather light SE. wind, overcast and a bit of mizzle in the air: 2 Yellow-browed Warblers along middle path up from the Berry Head Hotel, 1 late Willow Warbler in the quarry, 10 Firecrest around the head, 42 Goldcrest, 13 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap and 1 Wheatear. Overhead nothing spectacular but 1 Merlin, 6 Siskin, 1 Redpoll, 2 Swallows - surprisingly no Redwing

    Willow Warbler Bry Hd 19 Oct 2017 ML  Yellow-Browed WarblerWarbler Bry Hd 19 Oct 2017 ML

Late Willow Warbler                                                                   Yellow-browed Warbler

Posted October 19th, 2017 at 12:17 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 18th October 2017

Sherpa / Wrafton scrape + Horsey

Called in at the scrape on my way to Horsey & 2 Ruff present.

A further 18 Ruff on Horsey Island so we now have at least 20 Ruff on the Taw & Torridge Estuary.

Also of note 130 + Golden Plover resting on Horsey.


Posted October 18th, 2017 at 7:19 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Southdown Farm to East Soar plus Prawle Point

RM & R.Thomas: Hawfinch over willows at East Soar, Firecrests at 34, 17 Goldcrest, Snipe, 2 Golden Plover, thrush influx with 4 Ring Ouzel, 72 Blackbird, 23 Song Thrush & 7 Redwing, 3 Grey Wagtail, Robin 41 at Soar Mill Valley, Wheatear, Blackcap 8, Chiffchaff 9, Coal Tit (migrant) & 15 Yellowhammer.

Late pm at Prawle Point: 36 Firecrest in/around car park & reserve, 9 Goldcrest, 8 Chiffchaff.

Later at Harleston, Black Redstart on roof of car port.

Posted October 18th, 2017 at 7:08 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Southdown Farm (Soar)

Lunchtime visit - amongst the Firecrests and Blackcaps 2 Lesser Whitethroats popped up, one halfway down the valley, the other near the lower gate. The second bird was a good candidate for a Siberian/Eastern race - features included pale sandy tertials and the extent and pattern of white on the spread tail looked good! Also Ring Ouzel, Water Rail and 2 Bullfinches. The Yellow-browed Warbler was reported still present near the East Soar Car Park.

Posted October 18th, 2017 at 6:55 pm by David Cope in Bird News

Prawle Point. ( Reserve )

18 FIRECRESTS,this morning ,in and around the reserve and car park. 6 caught and ringed, but far too windy for efficient mist netting. Not much else on site, 6 Goldcrests ( 3 caught and ringed ) 2 Blackcaps and 7 Robins.

1st. Yr. male,taken in better light than yesterday's photo's
1st. Yr. male,taken in better light than yesterday's photo's

Posted October 18th, 2017 at 5:35 pm by Alan K Searle in Bird News

Cadover Bridge-Trowlesworthy Warren area Dartmoor 18-10-2017

Walk past Trowlesworthy Warren house up along the Plym River, produced Snow Buntings 2 ( m,s at around 12:30) grid ref SX 566 651, Ring Ouzles 5(1m + 4f), same area, Ravens 25(in one group), Mistle Thrush 2, Blackbirds,Skylarks 2, Meadow Pipits 10, Stonechats, Goldcrests 3, Kestrel, Buzzards 2, Starlings 50, Green woodpecker, Golden Plover 300(over Gutter Tor area).

Posted October 18th, 2017 at 5:12 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in Bird News

Soar

A Hawfinch around East Soar willows first thing before flying south, 33+ Firecrests, 25 Goldcrests, 3 Ring Ouzels, Whinchat, 12 Chiffchaffs, c80 Golden Plovers, 9 Song Thushes, 2 Redwings and a Redpoll over (presumed Lesser).

Posted October 18th, 2017 at 3:56 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Tuesday 17th October 2017

Slapton tonight

Short Eared Owl took off from beach between memorial and Strete Gate and flew off over the higher ley as we were driving past

Posted October 17th, 2017 at 9:59 pm by Timothy Clyburn in Bird News

Lundy Island.

20+ Guilemotts on outward trip from Ilfracombe.   Two Hawfinch in Millcombe, good views of f.    M.flew across valley into Sycamores.   50+ Siskin, 25Swallows flying south.    Blackcap and several Goldcrests.    Sparrowhawk, f.over Millcombe.     Return journey,   Great N. Diver still in landing bay,  22 Common Scoter in single flock,  45+ Guillemots, single Kittiwake and 3Harbour porpoise.     

Posted October 17th, 2017 at 8:44 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Goldfinches

Having farmland right behind the garden here in the Wembworthy area we are blessed with good numbers of Goldfinches year round , but today we were invaded by a record count of 64 on the feeders at the same time. A sight to behold .

Posted October 17th, 2017 at 8:13 pm by Mike Luckson in Bird News

East Soar

Another great day on the patch with Richard & Sarah Thomas: highlight was leaf warbler showing the characteristics of Hume's Warbler but still being considered.Otherwise still stacks of Firecrests with 43 counted (inc.11 in Soar Mill Valley), Merlin, Sparrowhawk, Water Rail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 8 Chiffchaff, Brambling, many Siskin & Redpoll overhead on call and to cap it all a Corn Bunting by the car park seen by Richard early am, great bird for here but he is used to them in Cambridge!!

Tomorrow promises NE overnight followed by SE in the morning!!

Posted October 17th, 2017 at 7:08 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Shipley Bridge to the Avon Dam

This morning I led a Field trip for five members of the mid Devon branch of the DBWPS from Shipley Bridge to the Avon Dam and back, a total of 35 species observed and identified the best return I have ever had for that area.

Several high lights the best for me was my first ever parish Firecrest which showed remarkably well at close quarters just up from the old pump house.

  

(All images taken & supplied by Tom Wallace)

A flock of 17 Golden Plover passed the Plymouth side of the Dam while we were watching three female Goosander.

A Merlin just as we left the top of the dam possibly put up the Golden Plover we then observed as we came back down several sightings in numbers up to 200 birds.

Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Yellow Hammer, Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers, Kestrel, Dipper, numerous Goldcrest more than I have seen up there previously.

All in all a very enjoyable and worthwhile visit.

Posted October 17th, 2017 at 5:09 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Start Point

At least 20 Firecrests around the farm at this mornings ringing session (9 caught and ringed). Presumably,either lingerers from the incredible influx reported by Perry S. on Sunday at Start, and Mike L. and others at Soar; or fresh birds from further East in Dorset,where 150+ (68 ringed) were recorded at Portland. The birds were incredibly active,feeding (many hovering ) on the undersides of sycamore leaves,and ignoring the willows. They did not react well to playback,so I suspect there first interest was food. I am speculating that this influx was part of a South Westerly movement on the French side of the Channel, and that these birds were drifted over to S.W. England by the southerly wind which occurred during Saturday night (classic drift migration ).

1st. Yr.male firecrest 1st.Yr. fem.
1st. Yr.male firecrest                                                                       1st.Yr. fem.

Posted October 17th, 2017 at 3:41 pm by Alan K. Searle in Bird News

Berry Head

Most of the Firecrests seem to have moved on today with 6 still present around the coastguard station and in quarry, also 7 Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackcap, 2 Coal Tit and 12+ Blackbird. Overhead: 6 Redwing, 7 Song Thrush, 2 Reed Bunting, 16 Siskin, 24 alba wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 10 House Sparrow (in a single flock), 4 Bullfinch, 19 Chaffinch, 2 Skylark, 16 Meadow Pipit, 25 Goldfinch, 14 Linnet and 4 Greenfinch.

 

Yesterdays (Monday) seawatching at Berry Head yesterday from Dave Dawe: Berryhead,1 Sooty Shearwater,10 Balearic,15 Bonxie,9 Arctic Skua,1 RT Diver,4 Med Gull.14 Com Scoter and C35 House Martin. There were also a couple of Puffins

My totals from the headland were: 1 Black Redstart, 1 Wheatear, 14 Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest, 5 Chiffchaff.  

Posted October 17th, 2017 at 2:30 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh 16 October.

Fabulous display by one of the 2 Marsh Harrier seen this afternoon. Also a Peregrine through which landed briefly- pretty sure it was unringed. Also two Ruff, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Little Stint and 1 Dunlin. 

Curlew and Curlew Sandpiper Marsh Harrier Peregrine
Curlew and Curlew Sandpiper                               Marsh Harrier                                       Peregrine

Posted October 17th, 2017 at 1:18 am by Bob Telford in Bird News

Monday 16th October 2017

Wembury Bay

5 Firecrests, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits and Whimbrel.

Posted October 16th, 2017 at 7:35 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Marsh harrier and Peregrine Falcon BGM

Marsh Harrier video - 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WY73nAmCc4

Peregrine video - 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HLzdhanOPQ&feature=youtu.be

Marsh Harrier Peregrine
Marsh Harrier                                              Peregrine

Posted October 16th, 2017 at 7:03 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Start Point

Seawatch 07:20-14:30 with Richard Thomas. Surprisingly sheltered down by the lighthouse, few birds going through and conditions very clear. Highlights included 3 Balearic Shearwaters, 3 Great Skuas, 3 Pomarine Skuas, Arctic Skua, 2 unidentified Skua ( Pomarine / Arctic ), 2 Common Scoter and 2 Mediterranean Gulls. Merlin frequently seen around the headland, Black Redstart, 4 Firecrests and a couple Chiffchaffs in the tamarisks. 4 Swallows seen in the afternoon. Richard picked up the bird of the day, a superb Leach's Petrel heading south close in at 09:33.

Posted October 16th, 2017 at 4:59 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Sunday 15th October 2017

Prawle

About 25 Firecrests around the lower car park near the Coastguards Prawle at 6 pm this evening

Posted October 15th, 2017 at 9:30 pm by John Walters in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

30 Curlews and 50 Redshanks on the pool with a Greenshank and 7 Oystercatchers. Also Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Ring-necked Parakeet, 12 Little Egrets, 6+ Goldcrests and 2 Roe Deer.

Earlier in Lipson, 2 Firecrests.

Posted October 15th, 2017 at 8:13 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Soar

An amazing 60 Firecrests today (49 at East Soar & 11 in & around Lower Soar), 2 Lapland Buntings over, female Merlin, 12 Godcrests, 7 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, Wheatear, 15 Siskin, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (migrants) 200 Skylark, and 5 Bulfinches. Searched for Dusky Warbler in pm but no sign. Back at Harleston Goshawk over garden heading for Slapton - must be genuine migrant!

Posted October 15th, 2017 at 7:02 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Otter Estuary and Slapton

Otter Estuary this morning brief views of a Yellow-browed Warbler in hedge before the pines on the north side (Phil Bentley). Onto Slapton in the afternoon where good flight views of the Bittern over the higher ley, 3 Firecrests at Strete Gate, 20+ Chiff-Chaff, 10+ Goldcrests and a Wheatear on the beach.

Posted October 15th, 2017 at 6:43 pm by David Cope in Bird News

Bolberry to Overbecks

An amazing influx of Firecrest as noted elsewhere between the above sites I recorded 43 and did not cover areas around Southdown Farm that also looked promising, oddly relatively few Goldcrest with only 11 noted. also noted were 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 23 Stonechat. Overhead 1 Merlin, 5 Siskin, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 40+ Swallow and plenty of Skylark and Meadow Pipit.

Posted October 15th, 2017 at 6:21 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Start Point

Vis mig from 07:15-09:00 produced 2 Skylarks, 64 Meadow Pipits, 71 alba Wagtails, 43 Swallows, 2 House Martins, 1 Starling, 32 Chaffinches, 35 Siskins, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 690 Linnets and 650 Goldfinches. After that it was the day of the Firecrests with at least 20 in the lighthouse tamarisks. Birds elsewhere brought the total to at least 33. Also today Merlin during the vis mig watch and in addition to those seen on that watch a further 28 Swallows and 12 Siskins. Other migrants included 2 Great Spottted Woodpeckers, Grey Wagtail, Black Redstart ( lighthouse ), 10 Song Thrushes, 10 Blackcaps, 22 Chiffchaffs and 9 Goldcrests.

Posted October 15th, 2017 at 4:51 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

East Soar

An exciting morning! Brief views of a vocal Dusky Warbler in the low scrub just below the crags at the top of Starehole Valley (by the path sometimes known as the "Goat Track"). Present for just a few minutes at c8.45am then lost and unfortunately not re-located. Loosely part of a wave of Firecrests, Goldcrests and Chiffchaffs that were making their way up the valley. Astonishing numbers of Firecrests with a minimum of 15 during the morning and probably in excess of 20 altogether. Otherwise, 3 late Swallows, 2 Wheatears, a few Chiffchaffs, Goldcrests and Blackcaps and several Siskins.

Posted October 15th, 2017 at 3:59 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Golden Plover - Cuckoo Ball, Dartmoor

Approx 1300hrs today a flock of 300+ Golden Plover seen from Cuckoo Ball, Wrangaton flying north from Western Beacon towards Butterdon Hill. Also in area, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 2 Buzzard and a few Meadow Pipits.

Posted October 15th, 2017 at 3:13 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

East Soar

Latest news this morning: Either Radde's or Dusky Warbler below the willows at 0900. Andy Smith & Richard Thomas (top birder from Cambridge). on site at the moment, I can't get there!! Also at least 10 Firecrests & 2 Lapland  Buntings overhead. Sounds like an an amazing overnight influx!!

Posted October 15th, 2017 at 10:05 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Seaton Wetlands

From ~14:00 to ~18:00, 14/10/17. From the Tower Hide, 1 Kingfisher flew past within seconds of entering the hide. 100+ gulls on the river, including at least 2 GBBG, 1 Cormorant fishing, several Oystercatcher and Black-tailed Godwits, and small numbers of distant Widgeon. To the south, 1 cattle egret in amongst the cattle with 1 little egret. On the marsh, 20+ each of Shelduck, Redshank, Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper and several Black-tailed Godwits. 3 Little Grebes and several Teal.

From the Island Hide, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 1 Ruff, 1 Water Rail, 2 Coot, 1 Kestrel. Cetti's heard, not seen. From the Discovery Hut hide, 2 Water Rail.

From the Colyford Common hide, 100s of Canada Geese, Water Rail calling (not seen). Several meadow Pipits. As the light was starting to fade numbers of Starlings on the common were gradually increasing to 60+ (making us hopeful of some pre-roost displays) but were interrupted by a Peregrine.

On way to marsh, 5+ Swallows seen heading towards the coast by Seaton Jurassic centre.

Posted October 15th, 2017 at 9:50 am by Benjamin Drummond in Bird News

Saturday 14th October 2017

Berry Head

While leading a birding day for TCCT during a short seawatch late morning and then lunchtime watch clocked up 2 Great and 3 Arctic Skuas

Posted October 14th, 2017 at 6:19 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Dawlish Warren - 14/10/17

12.00... 113 brents, 3 sandwich tern, 7 stonechat, drake common scoter (close in), (common seal)

Posted October 14th, 2017 at 3:58 pm by nick patel in Bird News

Berry Head

Very quiet sea watching (winds dropped), the only "action" being: 1 Manxie (08:30); 1 Bonxie ((08:35); 1 adult Med Gull (0850); 1 Balearic Shearwater (10:00), all > S, + 24 Common Scoter landed off Torbay (09:15); a Hirundine flock, c.20 > W, mainly Swallow, some House Martin. A Firecrest in the woods brightened up a dull day.

Posted October 14th, 2017 at 3:19 pm by Dave Holloway in Bird News

Start Point

Vis mig from 07:15-09:00 included Woodlark, 170 Meadow Pipits, 38 alba Wagtails, 136 Swallows, 7 House Martins, 19 Chaffinches, 710 Linnets, 640 Goldfinches, 43 Siskins, Lesser Redpoll and 3 Reed Buntings. Nothing around the farm except a couple Goldcrests.

Posted October 14th, 2017 at 12:49 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Friday 13th October 2017

Ford Park Cemetery

2 Firecrests this afternoon and also - in Central Park - 5 Goldcrests and a Chiffchaff.

Posted October 13th, 2017 at 6:27 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Start Point / Hallsands

Windy and foggy at Start but sheltered and clear down at the light where there were 21 Blackcaps, 6 Goldcrests  and a Wheatear. Also a Usain Bolt type Sooty Shearwater south which made it from Berry Head in a record breaking 25 mins ( thanks for the call Mike ).Had a walk around Hallsands seeing Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtails, 4 Chiffchaffs and a handful of Swallows.

Posted October 13th, 2017 at 3:01 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Berry Head

A bit too windy for migrants on top of head, so concentrated on a short seawatch 0800-0930hrs: 1 Sooty Shearwater 3 Balearic Shearwater, (0900) 9 Great Skua,6 Arctic Skua. Only passerines of note were a Yellow Wagtail and Siskin over, 

Posted October 13th, 2017 at 11:07 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thursday 12th October 2017

exminster marshes - 12/10/17

16.00pm from turf path.... fem merlin, juv marsh harrier, peregrine, 2 stonechat, 2 raven, 6 siskin (over)

Posted October 12th, 2017 at 9:39 pm by nick patel in Bird News

Dartmoor

 Leeden Tor. 100 + Golden Plover, Snipe also Skylark.

Posted October 12th, 2017 at 6:30 pm by Mave Goddard in Bird News

Soar

Migrants in short supply, but - Lesser Whitethroat, Ring Ouzel, 4+ Siskins, 13 Goldcrests & 8 Swallows.

Posted October 12th, 2017 at 6:05 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Wrafton

I was in the reserve when the shooting started. Unfortunately for them, the Canada Geese started flying out of the Great Field and over the Marshes, reserve and Wrafton Pond. I couldn't see but the shooting certainly reached a frenzy as they went over Sherpa.

Did see Peregrine and later this afternoon a Sparrowhawk over the reserve. 3 Ravens were around this morning too.

Posted October 12th, 2017 at 5:39 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Sherpa / Wrafton scrape

12 Ruff present this morning with the Black tailed Godwits until the shooters turned up blasting there way through Sherpa Marshes disturbing everything including the non target species. People walking down the trail thought World War 3 had started!


Posted October 12th, 2017 at 4:35 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Seaton Wetlands Thursday 12th

Four ruff at Colyton Common.  Also heard but not seen - two cettis warblers - two water rail.

Posted October 12th, 2017 at 3:51 pm by Patrick Case in Bird News

Southdown Farm & Soar Mill Valley

Amazingly quiet in these warm conditions. Highlights just 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Peregrine, Great Spotted Woodpecker moving west, Skylark 150 - most grounded but some moving west, 70 Meadow Pipit, Swallow, 14 White Wagtail, 2 Goldcrest & 85 Linnet.

Posted October 12th, 2017 at 3:12 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh 11th Oct

Early morning yesterday on rising tide. On Clyst, Bar-tailed Godwit 5, Grey Plover 3, Knot 1, Redshank 160. On Bowling Green Teal 480, Wigeon 105, Pintail 80 & Shoveler 15. Also 2 Ruff with in coming Blackwits. Finally on Goosemoor 31 Greenshank, 25 Dunlin & juv Curlew Sandpiper. A few Chiffchaff & Goldcrest around marsh and 70+ Goldfinch.

Posted October 12th, 2017 at 7:22 am by Steve Cox in Bird News

Wednesday 11th October 2017

Sherpa / Wrafton scrape

The 17 Ruff (9m + 8fm) were present again this morning searching for food amongst 148 Black tailed Godwits. Also 37 Teal & 1 Cettis calling from the scrub by the side of the trail. So far have not been able to get all 17 Ruff together posing for a photo but will keep trying when time allows!

  

Posted October 11th, 2017 at 12:33 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Tuesday 10th October 2017

Hobby

1over main road between winkleigh and Beaford north Devon close to Stafford moor fishing lake junction at 17:30

Posted October 10th, 2017 at 9:50 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Crossbills Near Kennick Reservoir

Large numbers of crossbills in pine woods near Kennick Reservoir.

Posted October 10th, 2017 at 8:25 pm by Samuel Gray in Bird News

Plym Estuary

in addition to Pete's sightings 2 Jay 141 Redshank 1 Grey Wagtail 11 Heron 2 Med Gulls 1 Kingfisher

Posted October 10th, 2017 at 7:09 pm by Roger Backway in Bird News

Sherpa / Wrafton scrape

Called in at the scrape on my way down to R.Caen & Horsey Island around 16.10 > 16.30

As soon as I arrived I noticed a flock of 17 Ruff on the edge of the scrape.

By the time I got the camera mounted on the scope they had dispersed  around the edges of the scrape & promptly joined the Black tailed Godwits searching for food in the damp rough grass & rushes.

On the way back called in again hoping to obtain a few photos of the whole flock together but  they had gone!

Posted October 10th, 2017 at 6:04 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Shipley Bridge tot he Avon dam ~ South Brent

Afternoon walk from Shipley Bridge to the Avon dam early this afternoon once the worst of the misty wet weather had passed.

21 species identified ~ including Mistle Thrush, Buzzard 3, Kestrel, Dipper 2, Warbler sp, Mallard on the reservoir, Meadow Pipits 15+, Green Woodpecker 2, Stonechats, Goldcrest, Long Tailed Tit 10+.

High light was the briefest view of a Ring Ouzel.

Posted October 10th, 2017 at 4:41 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis spotted yesterday whilst driving down to Fremington Quay feeding near the bridge that you drive over in the river that joins the estuary.

Posted October 10th, 2017 at 4:33 pm by Simon in Bird News

Berry Head

Despite off-shore winds there was a sizeable collection of gulls and Gannets feeding about 1/2 mile out from headland, checking through them produced: 5 Arctic, 1 Pomarine and 4 Great Skuas but no sign of any Shrearwaters.around the headland 2 Firecrest, 19 Goldcrest, 6 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap and 1 Wheatear.

Posted October 10th, 2017 at 3:51 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Two Green Woodpeckers, Stonechat, 2 Ring-necked Parakeets, Chiffchaff, Kingfisher, 27 Turnstones, 24+ Curlews, 2 Ringed Plovers, Little Grebe, Mandarin Duck and 3 Roe Deer.

Posted October 10th, 2017 at 3:42 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Wrafton

136 skittish Black-tailed Godwits and 4 Ruff out on the scrape this morning. And where exactly were all the Goldfinches (about 50) that I saw in the reserve this morning, when we were ringing there on Sunday?

As the sun peeped out one Red Admiral, 1 Peacock and 2 Speckled Wood butterflies on the wing.

Also of note and they've been out for a few days now: Primroses!

Posted October 10th, 2017 at 1:36 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Monday 9th October 2017

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 07:30 till 12:30

Firecrest still with goldcrests and let nag tailed tit group on the hill going down to the hide 

At the hide 111+ pintail , 800+ teal, 600+ wigeon, 1 peregrine,  3 ruff , waders were starting to build up when just after 08:30 the waders and ducks all went up just as the demolition of a house behind the marsh started soon the marsh was empty , the demolition machinery had caused panic among the birds apparently the new build will be over the next 18 months so lots of disturbance expected unless something can be done to stop the disturbance over the high tides.

around the viewing platform 1 kingfisher, 1 Cetti's warbler showed well , 8+ goldcrests, 3 chiffchaffs, 1 blackcap 

 

Posted October 9th, 2017 at 8:58 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Ivybridge 2 Moors Way gate to Piles Copse

Walked along field wall boundary to Piles Copse. 4 Fieldfare; 3 with a few Redwings, another Fieldfare nearer the Copse. Several Mistle Thrush.  A Green Woodpecker with 20+ Chaffinch. 1 Grey Wagtail at a brook, Linnets and Stonechats in fields. Near the Copse a Wheatear with Meadow Pipits. At the Copse a Dipper and a few Tits but quiet except for Ravens and a Buzzard above the Copse.

Posted October 9th, 2017 at 7:28 pm by richard teague in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

12 members of DB (East Devon Branch) attended the fieldtrip led by Colin Randall.  40 + species were counted during the morning with a high tide turning as we reached the hide.  Earlier a Sparrow Hawk was chased over the car park by a number of small birds, a pair of Bullfinch and a Gt-s-Woodpecker found in the entrance trees.  Several Stonechat were present along the dunes and a Blackcap and Whitethroat seen by some. A flock of c100 Goldfinch were feeding in low vegetation and a single Wheatear seen on the golf course. 234 Brent Geese were counted on The Bight with both Light and Dark Bellied together.  18 Grey Plover were resting on the island plus a few Wigeon, a number of Oystercatcher, 2 Dunlin and a Snipe. (Did someone say a Knot was also present briefly?).  At a distance 2 Sandwich Tern were seen on the estuary, 6 Turnstone were resting on a boat, the Slavonian Grebe was off Cockwood together with high numbers of Wigeon and Curlew below the railway line and numbers of Great Black-backed Gulls and more Oystercatcher at the far side of The Bight.

Posted October 9th, 2017 at 4:14 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

East Soar

Not much going on this morning - Red-legged Partridge, 60 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 14 Meadow Pipit, 29 Robin, Wheatear, 6 Song Thrush, Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, 12 Goldcrest, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 52 Goldfinch & 22 Yellowhammer. No sign of any easterlies!

Posted October 9th, 2017 at 3:56 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Start Point etc

Vis mig from 07:05-08:15........60 Meadow Pipits, 24 Alba Wagtails, 31 Swallows, 4 Starlings ( first of autumn ), 220 Goldfinches, 340 Linnets, 12 Chaffinches, 6 Lesser Redpolls ( first vm birds of autumn ) and a Bullfinch ( first of autumn ). Elsewhere 20 Goldcrests, 5 Chiffchaffs ( a single bird the only migrant at the light ), 2 Blackcaps and 2 House Martins. First Merlin of the autumn flew past the lighthouse. No sign of yesterdays Yellow-browed Warbler in the farm.

Down at Beesands Ley a good count of 70 Swallows in one flock heading north, wrong way guys ! On the ley 48+ Mute Swans, 65 Gadwalls ( including a mating pair , he looked more interested than she ), Shoveler, 3 Tufted Ducks and a couple of Water Rails calling. Had a quick look at Start Bay from the Memorial Car Park along Torcross Line and there is still a flock of 21 Common Scoters offshore.

Posted October 9th, 2017 at 3:37 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

More Skern/ring-reading

Richard's Curlew is one from the mid-Wales Ringing Group project, I am glad someone's nailed this individual as I see multiple birds from this project at the Skern but only ever get a successful read of one of them (different 2 letter code).

Anyone who sees a Curlew (or Whimbrel) marked in the way depicted, email sightings/photos to Tony Cross at avcross[at]btinternet.com

Mike your Curlew sounds interesting if it is indeed entirely different to Richard's. Ring reading at Skern is most rewarding at high tide viewing from the car, best of luck!

Posted October 9th, 2017 at 12:00 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Skern

In response to Mike Luckson's Sunday post.. I took these photos on the 5/10/2017 at Skern.

Curlew Curlew
Curlew                                                                  Curlew

Posted October 9th, 2017 at 10:14 am by richard yeats in Bird News

Broadsands

Dropped the first seed of the autumn for the Cirl Buntings followed by a scan of the sea: 1 Great Crested Grebe only bird of note and then the marsh: 2 Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest and 2 Chiffchaff.

Firecrest Broadsands 09 Oct 2017 ML  firecrest Broadsands 09 Oct 2017 ML

Photos of one of the Firecrests

Posted October 9th, 2017 at 9:17 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Exmouth

Ring-Necked Parakeet in Maer Valley of unknown origin. Visible on top of dead tree from the first gate up from lifeboat station end of Maer Lane. Please respect parking and residents

Posted October 9th, 2017 at 8:14 am in Bird News

Sunday 8th October 2017

Skern 7/10/17

Spent 1hr at Skern on a very low spring tide, spotted a ringed Curlew, a very long way off, looks to have a red over blue maybe pale green ring, has anyone any idea on where it may have been ringed

Posted October 8th, 2017 at 8:23 pm by Mike Luckson in Bird News

Wrafton/velator

Ringing in the reserve this morning we were able to keep an eye on the movement of Black-tailed Godwits on the scrape. About 136 with at least 3 Ruff and a Little Egret.

Ringing was rewarding too: 1 each of Cetti's Warbler, Wood Pigeon, Song Thrush, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Coal Tit, Goldfinch, 2 each of Wren,  Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Dunnock, 3 Goldcrests and Great-spotted Woodpeckers, 5 Blackbirds, 8 Long-tailed Tits and 10 Blue Tits. 26 retraps too including another Woodpecker.

Posted October 8th, 2017 at 6:28 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym estuary / Saltram

1015 - 1245  On the falling tide: 

10 Little grebe, 5 Grey heron, c130 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 3 Common sandpiper, 3 Little grebe, 20 Curlew, 1 Red crested pochard (female) probably the one from Weighbridge Cottage.

Posted October 8th, 2017 at 3:00 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

East and Middle Soar

am. Quiet overall. Highlights: 2 Ring Ouzels (1female and1 juv), 1 Woodlark (heard overhead), 1 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, several Chiffchaffs and Goldcrests, dozens of Swallows, a few House Martins and ca10 Siskins (overhead).

Posted October 8th, 2017 at 2:15 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Skern (ring reading)

After high tide, British-ringed Black-headed Gull (yellow ring with black code starting '2') and Dutch-ringed Oystercatcher (green ring above knee, coded colour ring on each tarsus!) successfully read today and details sent off. 15 Brent Geese and as below a good mix of ages of Med Gull the other highlights. 

Posted October 8th, 2017 at 1:52 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

skern

Late post from yesterday at least 45 med gulls amongst a large flock of bhg"s{750+},31 ad,4 2w,10 fw.18.30.On this mornings tide a mass feeding over fish in estuary.Only a very small fraction came to roost which included 30 meds,17 ad,3 2w,10 fw.08:15-09:20.Several thousand gulls followed fish out with the tide so likely to have been more meds.

Posted October 8th, 2017 at 1:31 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Start Point

Vis mig 07:00-08:20 quiet, 3 Skylarks Grey Wagtail, 7 Alba Wagtails, 10 Swallows, 11 Meadow Pipits, Chaffinch, 40 Linnets, 80 Goldfinches and 10 Siskin. Around the farm an elusive Yellow-browed Warbler just heard calling, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Wheatears, 5 Chiffchaffs, 5 Goldcrests, Treecreeper ( not sure I have actually seen one here before ), Coal Tit ( British ) and 2 Lesser Redpolls flew over.

Frustratingly a brief glimpse of a pale dragonfly in the fenced off set aside area up the road from the farm. Wondered about Vagrant Emperor and I see there is one at Dawlish this morning. Waited for 30 minutes but not seen again. I am not great with Dragonflies so may easily have been fooled by something commoner and in all honesty may have forgotten about it if not for the Dawlish sighting.

Posted October 8th, 2017 at 1:14 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Berry Head

Fine, still, clear and sunny morning around Headland: 1 Firecrest in Quarry, 12 Goldcrest, 17 Chiffchaffs, 14 Blackcap, 1 Coal Tit, 4 Stonechat, 18 Blackbirds. First returning Guillemots (just 4) back on cliff face this morning

Overhead: 31 Meadow Pipits, 22 'alba' Wagtails, 57 Skylark, 13 Siskin, 4 Song Thrush, 55 Goldfinch, 15 Chaffinch, 10 Linnet,4 Swallow. 

Posted October 8th, 2017 at 11:32 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Instow

Further to Lowell Mills observation on Ruff there have been up to 17 at this spot since 1st  October. This is an unusual place to see Ruff and this is the first time I have seen them here in the 11 years I have lived in Instow.

Posted October 8th, 2017 at 10:03 am by Mike Glover in Bird News

Dawlish Warren Country Park

October 8th. 1 Firecrest - corner of Little Commons Field  (hedgrow near the wind turbine). Also 2 Goldcrest, 4 Skylarks over, Cirl Bunting and the regular flock of around 200 Linnets.

Posted October 8th, 2017 at 8:43 am by Peter Leigh in Bird News

Saturday 7th October 2017

Southdown Farm/Soar Mill Cove

Nice views of one female Ring Ouzel with Blackbirds and Song Thrushes at Southdown Farm this afternoon.

Posted October 7th, 2017 at 7:16 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Instow

Quick look across Instow harbour at low tide showed 4 Ruff in with the small Redshank flock.

At Home Farm Marsh, a flock of 8 Common Snipe over. Sparrowhawk in the garden.

Posted October 7th, 2017 at 7:04 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 07:30 till 12:30

the day of 2 Firecrests the first was by the bridge over the railway at the top of the hill on the way to the hide it was very vocal with a good size group of goldcrests a good way to start the day a few blackcaps and chiffchaffs along the lane to the hide.

from the hide 9+ Ruff was a good increase on the last few days, a new in Curlew sandpiper , 4 bar tailed godwits, 2 avocet, among the usual black tailed godwits, redshank and curlews, 5 dunlin, 2 grey wagtails, 4 jays, 70+ pintails, 600+ teal , 3 tufted duck and good numbers of wigeon, 3 little grebes. Also of note was another kill from the local sparrowhawk this time a redshank the new spit has over the last few weeks become a very dangerous place for the smaller waders as the local birds of prey have learnt that the cover of the hide and the trees gives the waders very little time to escape. 

the second Firecrest eventually showed well by the viewing platform amongst 8+ chiffchaffs, 7+ goldcrests, 2 blackcap, also 2 stonechat, 4 grey wagtail, small movement of meadow pipits and my first 4 Siskin over of the Autumn. 200+ dunlin, 2 water rail, 35+ greenshanks and 2 kingfishers.

Posted October 7th, 2017 at 6:21 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Wembury

Plymouth RSPB undertook a walk along the coast path from Wembury west this morning in damp conditions but managed to see a number of cirl buntings and a lonely swallow struggling in the wind; plus several gannets quite close into the shore, curlew, oystercatchers, little egrets, rock and meadow pipits, linnet etc.

Posted October 7th, 2017 at 5:16 pm by Vince Bedford in Bird News

Fieldfare

First Fieldfare of the year seen this morning outside my garden at Uffculme.

Also a House Martin and a Swallow at the same time!!

Posted October 7th, 2017 at 11:19 am by Francis Welland in Bird News

Bideford Bar - opposite The Skern

Single Common Scoter diving/fishing at low tide. Seen at 15:30 6/10/17 from beach, southern end Braunton Burrows, in Taw Estuary. It was surprised by an Atlantic Grey Seal, which surfaced with fish in it's mouth, right next to the Scoter! Bird flew off a short distance, settled again on the water. Unfortunately no photo.

Posted October 7th, 2017 at 9:47 am by Tim Smith in Bird News

Friday 6th October 2017

Lyme Bay boat trip from Brixham

Addtional to Nigel's post we had 2 definite arctic skuas and another small skua probably this species, also there were 2 kittiwakes. Fulmars notably absent. Views of great skuas were superb with a flock of 6 on the water and some sitting very close to the boat - a superb end to a great pelagic season.

Great skua, adult Great skua, adult Arctic skua, 2nd summer
Great skua, adult                                   Great skua, adult                           Arctic skua, 2nd summer

Posted October 6th, 2017 at 8:17 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Scadson Woods - Paignton

Visible migration of hirundines over the house tonight at 18.00 hours. Flying in from a SW direction and dispersing NE. 600+ House Martins with 200+ Swallows. First Firecrest of the Autumn yesterday (5th October) in the usual holly tree in the garden! 

Posted October 6th, 2017 at 6:25 pm by Clive Mason in Bird News

Wrafton, part two (and 3)

Went back to the reserve to finish the strimming this afternoon, but stopped along the Tarka Trail to view the scrape. Still plenty of Godwits, and 3 Ruff, with a lone Little Stint.

When I had finished I set up the scope in the reserve to have a final look, and all the Godwits had gone! A close look at the grass near the scrape however revealed that the Ruff have been breeding - there are 6 there now!

Posted October 6th, 2017 at 5:15 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Lyme Bay boat trip.

A 4 hour Birdwatching charter out into Lyme Bay this morning in sunshine and fairly calm seas gave us some very good sightings. Reached a 10 mile mark and chummed!! Not much action and then things got busy. During our time at the mark we had: - 8 + Great Skua, spent a long time with the boat,  2 Artic Skua, Greater Black-backed gull, Gannets, 2 Wagtail, 2 Swallow. other birds seen on the trip : - 2 Manx Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Razorbill, 20 Guillemot and 1 Kittiwake. 3 pods of Common Dolphin as well. Hope some good pictures will follow soon!!  

Posted October 6th, 2017 at 4:29 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Wrafton

At least 140 Black-tailed Godwits with 2 Ruff this morning; many of them feeding just outside the reserve!

In the reserve, a Raven took off as I arrived, only the second time I have seen one in the reserve. 6 Bullfinches feeding in the Willows.

Posted October 6th, 2017 at 1:22 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Thursday 5th October 2017

Sherpa/Wrafton scrape

John, further to your post earlier, I had a very similar experience myself with the BT Godwits & the Ruff. Starting with a count of 2 then 3 & then 4!

Digiscoped them & when looking at the photos on the pc at home later another one showed up which I had not seen through the telescope!


Posted October 5th, 2017 at 8:59 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Green Woodpeckers

A pair of Green Woodpeckers were grubbing around a bramble bush at Occombe this afternoon. Often seen, or heard this bird around Occombe this year, but this is the 1st time I've seen a pair together.

Posted October 5th, 2017 at 8:12 pm by Stephen Huggins in Bird News

Wrafton

At least 150 Black-tailed Godwits on the scrape this morning. Also 3 (or possibly even 4) Ruff. All the birds were spooked at one point and as they landed all the Ruff came in together, but the fourth one looked a bit bigger, then almost immediately they flew again and I lost the subject bird in the confusion. Could have been a Bar-tailed Godwit.

Posted October 5th, 2017 at 6:13 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Barnstaple Gannet

Late post for Wednesday. On my way to the Leisure Centre in Barnstaple I saw a Gannet circling over the Old bridge in the centre of the town. I didn't have binoculars with me but think it was a juvenile.

Posted October 5th, 2017 at 7:46 am by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Wednesday 4th October 2017

Marsh Green (East Devon)

Breakfast at 7.45am was interrupted by sight of a small warbler very active and flitting about an apple tree ten feet from the window.  Two conspicuous cream wing bars and a supercilium confirmed Yellow-browed Warbler much to my surprise.  Alas, it had gone by the time I found my camera and has not been seen since.  A first for Marsh Green I think.

Posted October 4th, 2017 at 4:28 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Brent Geese Skern(3rd October)

4 Brent Geese on Skern at the afternoon high tide.

Also present 11 teal, 31 golden plover, two bar tailed godwit and numerous curlew and oyster catchers.

Posted October 4th, 2017 at 1:41 pm by Richard Yeats in Bird News

Wrafton

Looked over the scrape this morning from the reserve  (which seemed to be alive with various Tit species) and counted 106 Black-tailed Godwits, 60+ Canada Geese, 2 Ruff, 1 Little Stint and a Green Sandpiper.

Posted October 4th, 2017 at 1:13 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Tuesday 3rd October 2017

Wryneck

Wryneck showing well again this afternoon in private garden at Saltash Passage 

Posted October 3rd, 2017 at 11:02 pm by stephen gooding in Bird News

Red Backed Shrike - Wembury

A juvenile Red Backed Shrike found by John Gyllenship early afternoon, about 400 yards west of the National Trust car park, in scrub at the back of the second grass field (just west of the two obvious pine trees) and still present mid afternoon ( did dissapear briefly over the brow of the hill)

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

On way home the juvenile Little Stint still on River Teign on spit off Passage House Inn car park on the incoming tide late afternoon

Posted October 3rd, 2017 at 6:10 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Shipley car park up to the Avon dam, South Brent

A walk from Shipley car park up to the Avon dam, South Brent with Keith Male this morning, no part of the walk overly busy with birds but not a bad list at the end of the trip twenty plus species that included Mistle Thrush,Dipper (2) Long Tailed Tit (several tit flocks) Goldcrest, Buzzard,Raven, Kestrel, Wheatear, Stonechat, Grey Wagtail, Peregrine and Nuthatch.

Of note is that non of the Rowan trees and very few of the Hollies on the walk have berries this year, so the hoped for autumn Ring Ouzel's may not be there this season, only the Hawthorne's have an abundance of berries.

           

Posted October 3rd, 2017 at 6:00 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Instow (Sat 30th Sep)

Late news of 10 Brent Geese on the beach NE of the cricket club at Instow, Sat 30th Sep. First sighting of these on the estuary this autumn perhaps.

Posted October 3rd, 2017 at 1:20 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Occombe

Early morning and plenty to see; Pied Wagtail, 3 Buzzards (2 adult, 1 juv), several Chifchaff, Blue Tits, Great Tits, 4-5 Robins, several Wrens, 4 Goldcrest, at least 15 Swallows flying over in a westerly direction, Jay and a Blackbird.

Posted October 3rd, 2017 at 9:12 am by Stephen Huggins in Bird News

Monday 2nd October 2017

Orcombe Point

Richard's Pipit Found by Dave Stone and understandably first reported as a possible. I was working from home so though "I've got to have a quick look". I got there around 12:40 and searched the top fields and noted c50 Meadow Pipits. Walked through the field with the electric fence (permissive path from Gore Lane to coastal path) and hadn't got far when I flushed 12 Pipits. Heard Meadow Pipit calls and the unmistakable Richard's Pipit call. Managed to get very brief flight views of the bird (which was obviously larger than the Meadow Pipits) it headed off towards Bristol School Camp. I had another search later on in the afternoon (3:00 - 3:45) but couldn't relocate the bird.

Posted October 2nd, 2017 at 8:06 pm in Bird News

Teign Estuary

A possible Pectoral Sandpiper landed very briefly at Passage House before flying down river again this evening. The Little Stint was still present with 5 Common Sandpipers.

Posted October 2nd, 2017 at 7:50 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Bird News

Hartland point seawatch.08-20 to 11-00.

Great northern diver, Red throated ,3. Manx , one, Gannet, 20 inc.one very dark juv. Common Scoter , 40 in two flocks.    Great Skua  2. Uni.ld..Skua ,one .Kittiwakes , 25+. Razorbills, flock of ten.   M.S. With Nigel Hakes.

Note the new owner of the lighthouse will not allow anybody down the access path, we watched from the water tanks at the top of the path.

Posted October 2nd, 2017 at 4:00 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Sherpa / Wrafton scrape

3 Little Stint + 2 Ruff on the scrape at lunchtime today. Also a number of Black tailed Godwits, Teal & Wigeon.

 

Posted October 2nd, 2017 at 3:26 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Start Point

Great bit of vis mig this morning, 07:00-08:00, 1010 Meadow Pipits, ( not sure if I have got over a thousand before ), 17 Swallows, 470 Linnnets and 310 Goldfinches. Job to keep a handle on the pipits. Lots of birds missed going by below cliff top level. Other birds included just 6 alba Wagtails, Grey Wagtail and Siskin. Quiet in the bushes best being a couple of Firecrests in the farm.

Posted October 2nd, 2017 at 3:08 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

A flock of around 10 Ruff arrived at BGM this lunchtime.

Posted October 2nd, 2017 at 2:10 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Fremington Pill / River Taw

Penhill Marsh/Point. 2 Cattle Egrets , 1 Peregrine , 1 Sparrowhawk & 3 Wheatears . 

Fremington Pill. 1 Glossy Ibis , 1 Kestrel & 1 Curlew Sandpiper.

Posted October 2nd, 2017 at 11:41 am by David Paterson in Bird News

Sunday 1st October 2017

Teign Estuary

A juvenile Little Stint was at Passage House this evening. Also present a first-winter Mediterranean Gull, a White Wagtail and at least 15 Greenshanks.

Posted October 1st, 2017 at 9:58 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Berry Head

Sea-watch, 0740 to 0940. Of note: 5 Arctic Skua, 1 Pomarine Skua, 5 Skua spp (distant, presumed mostly Arctic), 1 Great Skua, 2 Balearic Shearwaters and 1 Sandwich Tern.

Posted October 1st, 2017 at 9:04 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh and Goosemoor

BGM Hide - wigeon, black-tailed godwit, little grebe, mallard, lapwing, teal, mute swan, canada goose, shoveler, pied wagtail, wood pigeon, moorhen, coot, pintail, ruff, buzzard, starling, grey wagtail, crow/rook, cormorant, black-headed gull and grey heron.

Viewing Platform - redshank, curlew, crow/rook, black-headed gull and cormorant.

Goosemoor - black-headed gull, curlew, little egret and little grebe.

Posted October 1st, 2017 at 7:49 pm by Samuel Gray in Bird News

south hams

Sat 30th Sept - Decided to have a quick run out after the rain threatened  to ease in Plymouth after a Humming Bird Hawk Moth was on the wing in the garden. Nice Juvenile Wheatear at South Huish in almost Isabelline  pose, and several swallows heading west over Slapton after the morning showers had passed. 19 restless Common Scoter off the shore with some Gannets feeding close in and the Yellow Horned poppies looked refreshed after the rain.       

Juvenile Wheatear, S milton sands    Common Scoter    Yellow Horned poppy
Juvenile Wheatear, S milton sands                Common Scoter                                    Yellow Horned poppy

Posted October 1st, 2017 at 11:27 am by Simon Kidd in Bird News

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