Devon Bird Sightings from October 2018

2019 Descriptions still outstanding

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

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

Alpine Swift, Dawlish 11 Jun  Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Caspian Gull, Thurlestone, 08 Feb Purple Heron, Slapton Ley 07 May
Caspian Gull, Topsham 02 Aug Sabine's Gull, Thurlestone 14 Aug
Cory's Shearwater, Berry Head 19 Jul Serin (2), Harrowbeer 19 Apr
Glossy Ibis, Otter Est 11-13 Mar Tree Sparrow (2), Berry Head 20 Mar

 

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

Coronavirus update - Daily exercise and Bird Hides

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

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

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Wednesday 31st October 2018

Purple Sandpiper on Brixham Breakwater

Hoping that the North/East winds might have blown in some Purple Sandpiper, I was pleased to find a group of 6 halfway up the breakwater.

Also 14 x Turnstone and 2 x Rock Pipit

Purple Sandpiper Purple Sandpiper
Purple Sandpipers

Posted October 31st, 2018 at 5:37 pm by Bill Coulson in General Birding

Velator

Today the Godwit flock has increased to 10 on the scrape. Although early yesterday there were none 'coz it was frozen! Later in the day 9 appeared.

Ringing in the reserve yesterday was very busy - 87 birds ringed, mostly Finches, 37 Greenfinch and 18 Chaffinch plus 4 Gold and a lone Bullfinch. Also ringed 2 more Cetti's Warblers bringing the total to 14 for the year - the highest total yet.

Posted October 31st, 2018 at 4:11 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Braunton Marshes

A very obliging Water Rail

Water Rail
Water Rail

Posted October 31st, 2018 at 2:12 pm by Alan Denzey in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake.

I Mute Swan, c250+ Canada Geese, 37 Coot, 3 Shoveler, 2 female Scaup, , 1 male Goosander,, low numbers of Teal and Wigeon, 1 Cormorant.

Harvey Kendall

Posted October 31st, 2018 at 1:54 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Tiverton St Peter's churchyard

Black redstart halfway up clock tower. Same area where peregrine is seen, so enjoy it while we can...

Posted October 31st, 2018 at 11:03 am by Dave Bittern in General Birding

Odonata at Slapton

Thought I'd post a couple of dragonfly photos as we won't be seeing any for much longer this year. A common darter and a migrant hawker at Slapton 30/10/2018

Common DarterMigrant Hawker
Common Darter                               Migrant Hawker

Posted October 31st, 2018 at 5:58 am by Richie Moore in Other Wildlife

South Huish marsh late afternoon

Pectoral Sandpiper showing well at South Huish marsh also a water pipit spotted by David Pakes, A couple of Buzzards one with a snack can't quite make out what it's got, could be a frog.

Pectoral Sandpiper Water Pipit Buzzard
Pectoral Sandpiper                         Water Pipit                                             Buzzard

Posted October 31st, 2018 at 5:50 am by Richie Moore in General Birding

Tuesday 30th October 2018

Saltram

A late afternoon visit. Lots of common stuff around, including a very obliging Buzzard on a fence post by the car park. The best birds were a Kingfisher, Little Grebe and Little Egret on the river and 5+ Ring-necked Parakeets, 4 of which flew off towards central Plymouth. 

Buzzard Mistle Thrush
Buzzard                                          Mistle Thrush

Posted October 30th, 2018 at 10:16 pm by Jason Smart in General Birding

Strete

Red kite being mobbed by crows 

Posted October 30th, 2018 at 7:04 pm by Graeme Davey in General Birding

South Huish Marsh

Pectoral Sandpiper Spotted By Dave Pakes This Afternoon On South Huish Marsh.A Peregrine Flew Low And Scattered The Teal, Snipe & Sandpiper!!

I Re Found The Sandpiper Further Up The Marsh,  It Was Feeding Well In The Low Autumn Sunshine.

 

Posted October 30th, 2018 at 6:22 pm by patrick hawkins in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Common Scoters Teignmouth

Small flock of approximately twenty five common scoters 500 metres off Sprey Point.  They appeared to favour this spot throughout last winter.

Posted October 30th, 2018 at 5:51 pm by Patrick Case in General Birding

Exmoor Red Kite

Red Kite interacting with rooks south east of Brayford at 13.20 today, perhaps a juvenile as pale underwing lacked definition.

Posted October 30th, 2018 at 4:49 pm by Jonathan Nicholl in General Birding

Clennon Lakes

2 Yellow-browed Warblers one at top lake by gate to Roselands and other down near the YMCA, in trees along the stream behind the Golf driving range. Cetti's Warbler still present and at least 17 Gadwall.

     YBWClennonLks301018ML1  YBWClennonLks301018ML2

                          Top lake bird                                                                         YMCA bird

Posted October 30th, 2018 at 4:48 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

FIRECREST TIVERTON

Amongst a flock of Long tailed tits, Coal tits and Goldcrests a single Firecrest in a pine tree in garden, second ever garden sighting almost a year to the day.

Posted October 30th, 2018 at 3:28 pm by A. COLLINGE in General Birding

Prawle Point ( Reserve )

A Yellow Browed Warbler ringed this morning. Very few  other migrants present. 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcaps and 2 Grey Wagtails ( possibly migrants )

Y B.Warbler
Y B.Warbler

Posted October 30th, 2018 at 12:50 pm by Alan K Searle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 29th October 2018

small flocks of Brambling

Small flocks of Brambling feeding on Beech mast on roads around east Anstey Common and Hawkridge

Posted October 29th, 2018 at 6:54 pm by Mike Coleman in General Birding

Slapton / Beesands

Raw N wind keeping things cool. Started off with a look at Start Bay and rewarded at 06:55 when a young Whooper Swan flew south, keeping going. Bit sad as I guess it's become detached from it's family. Also one fcy Med Gull amongst the now commoner Common Gulls.Vis mig from Slapton Bridge 07:35-08:45 was good with highlights of 10500 Woodpigeons south and Brambling, Lesser Redpoll, 54 Siskins, 92 Chaffinches and 16 Crossbills north. Firecrest and Kingfisher around the bridge.Ring-necked Duck and male Scaup still present along with at least one different female Scaup to yesterday ( light terrible for looking at the ducks in Ireland Bay ). Yellow-browed Warbler calling around the boardwalk below the sewage works. Black-necked and Little Grebe viewable from the pond dipping platform and watched an Otter swimming with it's fish across the ley.

Over at Beesands Ley late afternoon there was a juv. Great Crested Grebe, 5 Gadwalls, 2 Shovelers and 12 Teals. Lastly thought I had a storm driven petrel new to science flying around but it was probably a Daubenton's Bat.

Posted October 29th, 2018 at 5:55 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Plym Estuary

On this morning's high tide, 6 Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Greenshanks, 13 Dunlins, 42 Curlews, 145 Redshanks, Common Sandpiper, 5 Little Egrets, 13 Grey Herons & at least 1 Ring-necked Parakeet.  

Posted October 29th, 2018 at 4:56 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Top of Valley of Rocks Lynton

Large flocks travelling up the valley, fieldfare, redwing, pigeons, linnets, chaffinch, mixed tits, plus one solitary Egret a bit off track. 

Posted October 29th, 2018 at 4:03 pm by John elvin in General Birding

Morte Point

Red-throated Diver off Morte Point 0930 this morning, also Short-eared Owl around the Point between 0830 and 0930 eventually flying over the Bay towards Woolacombe. 40+ Gannets fishing around the buoy with Razorbills and Guillemots present.

Red-throated Diver  Short-eared Owl
Red-throated Diver                                          Short-eared Owl

Posted October 29th, 2018 at 4:02 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Northam Burrows

Very .ittle around the Burrows early afternoon at low tide, but a Short-eared Owl, roosting in long grass near the 8 th green was a surprise.

Posted October 29th, 2018 at 3:23 pm by Roger Doble in General Birding

N. Hallsands

A JACK snipe flushed this morning. An unusual sighting here. Still poor for common migrants, just 6 Chiffchaffs and 4 Blackcaps. No Crests.

Posted October 29th, 2018 at 3:19 pm by Alan K. Searle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lower Tamar Lake

Sightings for the Lower Lake this morning.

1m Goosander (first this winter), 1 Fieldfare, 1 Goldcrest, 2f Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 17 Moorhen, 48 Wigeon, 25 Mallard, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 15 Black-headed Gull, c150 Canada Geese, 9 Shoveler, 34 Coot, 1 Cormorant, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Teal, 2 Willow Tit, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Grey Heron.

Posted October 29th, 2018 at 3:03 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Middle Soar/Soar Mill Valley/Southdown Farm

Best today was a Short-eared Owl over the fields plus continuing easterly migration of 4140 Woodpigeon & 242 Stock Dove. Also on site: 12 Golden Plover, migrant Great Spotted Woodpecker, 680 Skylark, 28 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 31 Blackbird, Redwing, 13 Song Thrush, Blackcapo. Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, 115 Starling & 22 Magpie.

Posted October 29th, 2018 at 2:53 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

A canopy feeding long billed Willow Warbler gave me the run around this morning before eventually giving itself up and showing in well scrub. Also 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs, 6 Chiffchaff, 7 Goldcrest. 6 Blackcap.

Overhead proved fairly successful to in 1 hour the following was the pick of the bunch: 14 Crossbill, 4 Brambling, 42 Siskin.

Willow Warbler Berry Hd 29 Oct 2018 ML Willow Warbler Berry Hd 29 Oct 2018 ML

Willow Warbler

Siberian Chiffchaff Berry Hd 29 Oct 2018 ML Siberian Chiffchaff Berry Hd 29 Oct 2018 ML 2

Siberian Chiffchaff 

Posted October 29th, 2018 at 10:55 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 28th October 2018

Longaford Tor

A flock of about 50 Golden Plover flying together whilst walking on Dartmoor this morning.

Posted October 28th, 2018 at 9:19 pm by Chris Baines in General Birding

Red Kite A361, Nr.Ash Mill.

My first Red Kite in Devon. Flying over North Devon Link Road. Friday afternoon (no internet ‘til tonight). 

Posted October 28th, 2018 at 6:34 pm by Kelvin Irwin in General Birding

Bradiford Reserve

Aft -  On the reserve 1 Ross's x Barnacle Goose in amongst a flock of Canada Geese.

On Wrafton pond 5 Wigeon & 1 female Pintail. On the scrape 8 Black tailed Godwits.


Posted October 28th, 2018 at 5:51 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Froward Point Harrier

News from Friday of a white rumped ring-tailed harrier seen just inland whilst walking coast path from Coleton Fishacre to Kingswear. Seen up the valley from cliff above Kellys cove. Very floaty actobatic flight. I assumed hen harrier but would love to know if others have seen and could confirm id

Posted October 28th, 2018 at 5:30 pm by Henry Trollope in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Good views of the male Scaup as well as the Ring-necked Duck. see my blog for more http://www.simonthurgoodimages.co.uk/blog.asp

Ring-necked Duck and Tufted Duck  Male Scaup and Tufted Duck
Ring-necked Duck and Tufted Duck                      Male Scaup and Tufted Duck

Posted October 28th, 2018 at 4:45 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

Beesands Ley

Plenty of birds sheltering to the left of the hide out of the wind, counted 52 Mute Swans as well as a Black Swan, 46 Canada Geese and up to 100 ducks with Tufted, Wigeon, Teal, Gadwall and Shoveler. Probably more around the corner.

Black Swan
Black Swan

Posted October 28th, 2018 at 4:41 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Great start to the windy day looking at Start Bay when a fcy Black Guillemot flew north off the Memorial Car Park at 07:05. Could this be the same bird Dave Cope saw on 23rd September ? In Ireland Bay a male Ring-necked Duck, probably the bird that was at Beesands Ley earlier this year returning to the area. Also 2 Scaup ( fcy female and a male ), 92 Tufted Duck, c250 Coots and 2 Wigeons. Offshore heading north 7 Teals, 11 Pintails and 2 Common Scoters. 5 Brent Geese the other way.

Posted October 28th, 2018 at 2:17 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Plym estuary / Saltram

At high tide this morning:

52 Curlew, 186 Redshank, 7 Greenshank, 20 Grey heron, 6 Dunlin, 6 Black tailed Godwit, 6 Little egret, 3 Little grebe.

Posted October 28th, 2018 at 12:53 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

AVOCETS on the Tamar

Sunny walk along the Tamar / Kingsmill Lake an hour after high tide. 30+ Avocets, 2 Grey Plovers, 4 Dublin, 6 Lapwings, 1 Great Crested Grebe not quite in full winter plumage. 2 Greenshanks, numerous Blackwits, Widgeon, Curlews, Redshanks, Canada Geese and 4 Grey Herons.

Posted October 28th, 2018 at 12:34 pm by Val Grehan in General Birding

Prawle Point and East Prawle sightings yesterday Saturday 27th October

Highlights yesterday with Pat Mayer : a Barred Warbler found half-way down Pig's Nose Valley at 12.30. Showed well until it flew down the valley at 12.55pm but could not be relocated. Earlier at 9.35am a Harrier sp. seen flying from below the village, over Bunkers and around the point mobbed by Jackdaws. Reported on Twitter as a Hen Harrier but photos might indicate this bird had 4 'fingers' ! More news later.

Vizmig from the Hump starting at 7.45am  in cold ,breezy northerly wind : 3/4 Crossbills, 2/3 Brambling, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Fieldfare, 9 Siskins, Skylarks 26,Chaffinch 30, Meadow Pipits 27, Woodpigeons 500+, Stock Doves 121, Starlings 300,  Noteable that  few Goldfinches and Linnets moving this morning.

Elsewhere a couple of Goldcrests (fewer numbers than last year), Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps. 1 Song Thrush. Also 6 Golden Plover over PIg's Nose Valley and 6 Kestrels locally and 1 Sparrowhawk.

 

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Barred Warbler, 27 October 2018 Pig's Nose Valley, East Prawle

Posted October 28th, 2018 at 11:44 am by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

North Hessary Tor

Late post 11 am yestrrday. Golden Plover,  about 20 flying.

Posted October 28th, 2018 at 8:51 am by Mave Goddard in General Birding

Mountwise, Plymouth

6 Cattle Egrets passing over Mountwise at 8.05. Heading north. 

Posted October 28th, 2018 at 8:14 am by neil moore in General Birding

Saturday 27th October 2018

Fieldfare

Numerous Fieldfare 30-50 ...at Badgers Holt around lunchtime today. They were spread between 3 Hawthorne trees.

Posted October 27th, 2018 at 9:31 pm by Lisa Morgan-Anstee in General Birding

Start Point to Prawle and back

Highlights were 8 Whooper Swans on the sea that swam past Maelcombe House heading east then later on rocks just east of Lannacombe Beach. Also 1 Yellow-browed Warbler in willows up from  Woodcombe beach and a Ring Ouzel there too. Just 2 Chiffchaff and 3 Goldcrest seen and heard on the entire walk!

Whooper Swans Lannacombe Beach 27 Oct 2018 ML

Left my camera at home today so here a hand held iphone to binoculars photo of the Whopper Swans!

Posted October 27th, 2018 at 6:14 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lynton area and Brendon Common

Really large flocks of Fieldfare all around this area. 

Posted October 27th, 2018 at 6:02 pm by John elvin in General Birding

Velator

Away for a few days so quite pleased to find a Little Grebe back in the reserve after an absence of several weeks. Also in there a Red Admiral out during a sunny spell between showers.

Out on the scrape:8 Black-tailed Godwits.

Posted October 27th, 2018 at 5:07 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Slapton

Great views of a Bittern out in the open in the higher ley from the bridge mid-morning. Also 2 Goldeneye, 3 Wigeon, 2 Firecrest and 20+ Siskin this morning.

Posted October 27th, 2018 at 12:45 pm by David Cope in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 26th October 2018

South Hams

Clearly overlap with earlier posts but....

Soar - Ring Ouzel, 12+ Song Thrushes, 3 Blackcaps, Chiffchaff, Siskin, Water Rail, Redwing, Goldcrest, plus c175 Stock Doves & 500+ Wood Pigeons over.

Slapton Ley - the Yellow-browed Warbler at top end of Ireland Bay still present  early afternoon, 12 Chiffchaffs, 2 Little Grebes & 4 Goldcrests. 

Posted October 26th, 2018 at 10:41 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Hobby, Kennerleigh flying south

Hobby late this afternoon, twisting and turning low over the fields in Kennerleigh, probably driven south by today's cold weather. 

Posted October 26th, 2018 at 6:54 pm by Nicholas Armstrong in General Birding

Slapton Ley

One, possibly 2 Yellow-browed Warblers around the boardwalk leading to Marsh Lane. 20 flighty Teal in Ireland Bay may have arrived today.

Posted October 26th, 2018 at 3:20 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Clennon Lakes

2 Yellow-browed Warblers still present outside-right, top corner of top lake & bushes top of rec (2 heard, 1 seen on two occasions) this am.

3 Med Gulls (ads) amongst Black-headed Gulls on rugby pitch c.08:00.

Also: 1-2 Kingfishers; 2-3 Chiffchaff; several Gadwall; 1 Migrant Hawker.

Posted October 26th, 2018 at 3:06 pm by Dave Holloway in General Birding

East Soar

Best were 2 Ring Ouzel in Starehole and Merlin overhead. Vis mig easterly in the shape of c.1520 Woodpigeon & 620 Stock Dove, all mixed in together so these are my best estimates!

Posted October 26th, 2018 at 1:58 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 25th October 2018

Stantywell Farm, Otterton

An after work visit produced a brief Woodlark. Seen just south of the farm and it flew off towards the football pitch. Could not relocate. More info at http://dixiesbirding.blogspot.com

Posted October 25th, 2018 at 11:03 pm by Spencer Dicks in General Birding

Plymouth

Two Firecrests in Lipson this afternoon.

Posted October 25th, 2018 at 10:09 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Horsey Island

1 Great White Egret on Horsey late afternoon.


Posted October 25th, 2018 at 5:25 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Start Pt.

1 Yellow-browed Warbler, Start Farm. 1 Ring Ouzel, on hawthorns above coast path, east of Lannacombe. 3pm.

Posted October 25th, 2018 at 4:47 pm by Simon Smith in General Birding

Slapton

Yellow-browed Warbler & 2 Firecrests on Marsh Lane footpath near Deer Bridge.

Posted October 25th, 2018 at 1:06 pm by Simon Smith in General Birding

Wednesday 24th October 2018

Goosemoor

Ruff showing well this morning

Ruff
Ruff

Posted October 24th, 2018 at 9:53 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

Hen Harrier

Noting the Torquay Hen Harrier (HH) post yesterday we today saw a HH in the Axmouth to Lyme Regis Undercliff NNR. The white uppertail-coverts clearly seen as the HH flew east under the cliff after , we assume, being chased out by a screeching Jay.London

Posted October 24th, 2018 at 7:16 pm by Tim&Jenny Holter in General Birding

Exminster marshes

A pleasant walk in the sunshine was enlived by a marsh harrier and peregrine close to the RSPB car park from the road down to the canal

Posted October 24th, 2018 at 6:43 pm by Jeff Hacon in General Birding

SHIPLEY BRIDGE

walked up to the dam looking for ring ouzels, but couldn't see any, only fieldfares about 25,   on the way back we had a ringtailed hen harrier working the ridge on the left hand side, this sighting was confirmed for us by a young lad who had took a photo of the bird showing the white ring just before its tail.  thanks for that.

Posted October 24th, 2018 at 5:48 pm by roger jewell& mike gibson in General Birding

Middle Soar to Southdown Farm

0755 to 1420hrs: Yellow-browed Warbler in willows west of Soar Mill Cove; Vis mig in the shape of 1100 Woodpigeon & 190 Stock Dove mainly south & east; 100 Jackdaw & 66 Starling going all ways; autumn peak of 800 Skylark, most grounded some moving west. Also on site: 17 Blackbird, Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff, 22 Blue Tit moving through Soar Mill Valley, migrant Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Long-tailed Tit, first Snipe & Reed Bunting of the autumn, 200 Linnet & 43 Yellowhammer.

Non-avian: Holly Blue, Speckled Wood & 19 Red Admiral. Later at Blackpool Sands 3 Clouded Yellow.

Posted October 24th, 2018 at 4:36 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wembury & Saltram, 23rd October

Yesterday afternoon there were a fem/imm Merlin and a Wheatear at Wembury Point, followed by about 8 Ring-necked Parakeets at Saltram House (initially 4 chasing a Buzzard, then 5 together, then c8 whizzing around the trees).

Posted October 24th, 2018 at 10:17 am by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Tuesday 23rd October 2018

R.Taw Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford Sewage Works. 1200 - 1315

At last the small waders are beginning to show :- 8 Golden Plover; c30 Dunlin and 1 Ringed Plover. Black-tailed Godwit had dropped to only 8. About 400+ Curlew and 500 Lapwing.

Posted October 23rd, 2018 at 7:18 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Clennon Lakes

2 Yellow-browed Warblers between the upper and middle lakes, calling and chasing each other. One located later between lower and middle lake. Cetti's Warbler still present, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Swallow at least 17 Gadwall, 2 Snipe and kingfisher.  

Yellow-browed Warbler Clennon Lakes 23 Oct 2018 ML

Posted October 23rd, 2018 at 7:10 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

River Taw Home farm

Great Northern Loon

Posted October 23rd, 2018 at 4:35 pm by Gordon Westley in General Birding

Hope's Nose, Torquay

During a lunchtime visit, I bumped into a local who asked me to check out/ID a photo of a raptor that he had taken at 10.30 today. Camera image was clearly a Ringtail Hen Harrier flying across the site's lower slope. No further sign though. 

Later, close to the entrance gate, a lone Fieldfare and a large number of ladybirds! 

Posted October 23rd, 2018 at 3:29 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Crane

Took a group out to the Mewstone on a boat trip and was very surprised to see a Crane fly overhead towards Plymouth. All neck and legs, no photo sadly but have seen them before so positive in my ID.

Posted October 23rd, 2018 at 1:09 pm by Jonathan Rundle in General Birding

Monday 22nd October 2018

Prawle

Yellow-browed Warbler (East Prawle Wood), Black Redstart, Firecrest, 6 Chiffchaffs, Blackcap & 7 Goldcrests grounded. Overhead, c500 Wood Pigeons, 15+ Stock Doves, Golden Plover, Dunlin , c150 Jackdaws & 3 Siskins.

Posted October 22nd, 2018 at 9:27 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lower Tamar Lake

Sightings for Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

1 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 5 Tufted Duck 3m 2f, 15 Wigeon, 4 Grey Heron, 1 Mute Swan, 4 Little Grebe, c200 Canada Geese, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Teal, 5 Coal Tit, 1 Nuthatch,1 Goldfinch, 4 Blue Tit.

Posted October 22nd, 2018 at 7:44 pm by Rod Mudg in General Birding

Reed Bunting?Linnet, Roborough Down, 22/10/2018

Sorry forgot the picture!!!

Eds - Reed Bunting 

Posted October 22nd, 2018 at 7:17 pm by Michael Spencer in General Birding

Reed Bunting or Linnet, Roborough Down, 22/10/2018

Is this a Reed Bunting or a Linnet. Am hoping it's the Bunting. Seen today on Roborough Down, and if it is the Bunting then others seen a few days ago as well.

Posted October 22nd, 2018 at 7:15 pm by Michael Spencer in General Birding

Great White Egret - Exminster Marshes - 22/10/18

Flew over my head towards the river as I walked down the path alongside the railway-line at around mid-day today

Great White Egret
Great White Egret

Posted October 22nd, 2018 at 5:38 pm by Chris Bollen in General Birding

East Soar

Yellow-browed Warbler still at Lower Soar, 5 Ring Ouzel in Starehole & Merlin over airfield. Vis mig easterly: 7760 Woodpigeon, 280 Stock Dove, 23 Golden Plover (inc.19 grounded), 1 Lapwing, 40 Starling & 10 Siskin W. Also on site: Great Spotted Woodpecker - migrant, 12 Pied Wagtail, 7 Song Thrush, 3 Blackcap & Chiffchaff.

Non-avian: Clouded Yellow, 2 Painted Lady, Peacock, Small Copper, Speckled Wood & 13 Red Admiral.

Posted October 22nd, 2018 at 4:41 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Budleigh Salterton

Pleasant stroll along Budleigh Salterton front this afternoon to the estuary. 6 pied wagtails, 3 linnet, 5 rock pipit and an obliging single dunlin. 15 wigeon near the entrance to the sea and a pair of little grebes. 

Posted October 22nd, 2018 at 4:24 pm by Ian Muir in General Birding

Cockwood

Three Cattle Egret in field close to Cockwood bridge at 10am. Up to six have been feeding among herd of cattle over past few days.

Posted October 22nd, 2018 at 1:06 pm by Philip Laver in General Birding

Ilfracombe Manx Shearwaters

After an evening out with friends, I stood outside the house admiring the night sky having a quick look up and listening for any Owls or migrating birds, there were flocks of small Waders flying around over the town. I'm guessing Dunlins, Plovers and or Oystercatchers. I was then gobsmacked to hear and see this late in the year six or seven Manx Shearwaters calling heading down out over the town toward the sea. Will be interesting to see if the date coincides with any calling heard on Lundy. 

Eds - This is very odd Manx Shearwaters have all but migrated south now, just the odd individual lingering, to get a group over the town at this time of year would be incredible in its own right  - for them to be calling too even more so.

Posted October 22nd, 2018 at 2:20 am by Martin Thorne in General Birding

Sunday 21st October 2018

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:00 till 17:45

the highlight was the brief appearance of a Glossy Ibis and adult which flew in from the estuary at 17:16 it landed at the back of the island before moving around the marsh departing just before 17:30 over goosemoore.

other birds included 1174+ Wigeon , 176+ pintail, 12+ gadwall, 30+ shoveler, 54 Avocet, 13+ Knot, 1 Ruff, 80+ dunlin, 757+ black tailed godwits, , 220+ teal, 5 little egrets, 1 little grebe, 50+ lapwing, 1 peregrine, 1 sparrowhawk, 3 buzzards, 4 jay

Posted October 21st, 2018 at 10:17 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Brent Geese at Instow

Seen on Sunday 21 October, 50 + Brent Geese and Egret on Instow opposite Appledore.

Brent Goose Brent Goose Egret
Brent Goose                                      Brent Goose                                   Little Egret

Posted October 21st, 2018 at 9:37 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Woolacombe

Short-eared Owl quartering near to the TV mast, could be same bird I saw last Wk at Morte Point. 

Black-headed Gull   Black-headed Gull
Black-headed Gull                                   Black-headed Gull

Posted October 21st, 2018 at 9:28 pm by Martin Thorne in General Birding

Migratory Locust Andrews Wood

Dave Turrell found a Migratory Locust yesterday and it was still present this afternoon last seen about 1.30 pm flying up high in to sallows SX 705 516

Posted October 21st, 2018 at 6:21 pm by John Walters in Other Wildlife

Shipley & Dartington

At Shipley early this morning, despite heavy mist across the South Hams, Dartmoor was in full sunshine with clear blue skies, the Ring Ouzels were being very elusive and only one female seen in the area of the junction where the road leads up to the filtration plant.

Plenty of Blackbirds, six plus Song Thrush, smaller numbers of Mistle Thrush and two Redwing, Green Woodpecker, Jay, Grey Wagtail, six Bullfinch, Chiffchaff , several Wren and a Sparrow hawk.

On the way home a Kestrel at Lutton.

An early afternoon visit to Dartington Hall gave very few birds on the estate other than three Buzzard and an abundance of Wren. The productive seed field from last season was being ploughed, initially three Buzzard on the field then later 45 Herring Gull with more arriving.

Along the Rv Dart Green Woodpecker calling, Nuthatch, two Kingfisher, two Dipper, twenty plus Mallard, two Mandarin in flight four Moorhen and one Little Grebe.

 

Posted October 21st, 2018 at 3:12 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Middle Soar to Southdown Farm

Highlight was Yellow-browed Warbler in sycamores at Lower Soar. Vis Mig, mainly eastwards, inc.1480 Woodpigeon, 56 Stock Dove, 750 Jackdaw, 141 Starling & 60 Chaffinch. Also on site: 250 Skylark, 26 Robin, 5 Red-legged Partridge, 3 Chiffchaff, 81 Carrion Crow, Great Spotted Woodpecker - migrant, Bullfinch, 330 Linnet, 29 Yellowhammer & 12 Cirl Bunting.

Posted October 21st, 2018 at 2:03 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Soar area

A  Yellow-browed Warbler in Southdown Farm willows late morning, calling and showing well. 5 Ring Ouzels (4 in Starehole), a Merlin over the airfield, a few Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps and Goldcrests and a Wheatear.

Posted October 21st, 2018 at 1:53 pm by David Cope in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Revelstoke Walk, Noss Mayo

Saturday afternoon along the Warren, 3 Buzzards, Kestrel, a flock of Greenfinches, 3-5 Skylarks and a Dartford Warbler. Later, in the woods above the tennis courts at Noss heard 2 Tawny Owls.

Posted October 21st, 2018 at 12:07 pm by Stephen Huggins in General Birding

Saturday 20th October 2018

Orcombe

Watched from 07:15 till 11:45

Another good passage of woodpigeon with 24779+ wood pigeon steady passage all morning with 2 lines either side of orcombe point converging over the lifeboat station then flying south south west towards dawlish / teignmouth lots of small groups largest group was 1100 plus, supporting cast this morning included 3 Dunlin, 6+ fieldfares, 35+ redwing, 145+ skylark, 41+ goldfinch, 20+ chaffinch, 60+ meadow pipit, 6+ Siskin, 80+ stockdove, 1 raven, 1 kestrel, 1 sparrowhawk, 4 stonechat.

Posted October 20th, 2018 at 8:15 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Dawlish Warren ~ BGM

Dawlish Warren this morning gave the briefest view of a Short Eared Owl, it was in the fenced off area to the right as you approach the visitor centre, it lifted into the air turned in its own length and dropped back into the cover.

Two Cirl Bunting, flocks of Goldfinch and Meadow Pipit, Chiffchaff with a Long Tailed Tit flock, several small groups of both Starling and Brent Geese in flight around the area.

Cirl Bunting (First winter) 

On the Exe at Cock Wood a good mix of birds on the rising tide, flocks of Dunlin, Curlew, Redshank, Black Tailed Godwit, five plus Little Egret.

Bowling Green Marsh from the hide a good mix of duck species, Teal, Wigeon, Pintail, Shoveller, Gadwall and Mallard. Good size flock of Black Tailed Godwit which had for company nine Knot and one Dunlin. 

Two Little Grebe, on leaving a Chiffchaff in the road hedge, Sparrow hawk soaring over Topsham.

Posted October 20th, 2018 at 6:30 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford Sewage Works. 1330 - 1500

Apart from what you would expect were:- 31 black-tailed Godwit; 5 Grey Plover; 11 Shelduck; 21 Redshank; 3 Goosander; 200+ Lapwing; 1 Little Egret; 2 Dunlin and 1 Great Crested Grebe.

On Penhill Marsh side of the river were just 14 Grey Heron.

On Bradiford reserve was 1 Kingfisher and about a dozen Teal. It is getting difficult to spot anything on the reserve from the Tarka Trail because of it`s overgrown nature.

Posted October 20th, 2018 at 6:17 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Osprey At Powderham Castle

The Long Staying Osprey Was Seen Today In The Dead trees In Front Of The Castle. After Warming Itself In The Glorious Sunshine It Did A Circuit Of The Castle Grounds And Lake.


Posted October 20th, 2018 at 3:46 pm by patrick hawkins in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

20-10-18 Avon Dam Ring Ouzel & Kestrels

Not much at Avon Dam today, a Kestrel hovering nicely overhead, and managed to get a couple of distant shots of a Ring Ouzel feeding on the berries, 3 were feeding, but flew off pretty quick.

Ring Ouzel Kestrel
Ring Ouzel                                            Kestrel

Posted October 20th, 2018 at 3:29 pm by greg bradbury in General Birding

Plymouth Estuary

My first Jack Snipe of the autumn here, 1 or 2 Kingfishers, Shag, 2 Stonechats, 4 Little Grebes, 4+ Ring-necked Parakeets, 2 Roe Deer & Clouded Yellow.

Posted October 20th, 2018 at 1:14 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Yellow- browed Warblers (2 ringed, one at Street Gate.) Also 5 Firecrests ( one rung). 10+ Blackcaps, 20+ Chiff Chaffs, a late Sedge Warbler. Some overhead migration including a few thousand Woodpigeons going south.

Posted October 20th, 2018 at 12:47 pm by David Cope in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Start Point

(07:10-10:30)

Beautiful clear, fairly still morning not good for vis mig except for c6700 Woodpigeons that went through (largest flock 1500 ). At least 50 Stock Doves and a feral pigeon through with them. Hardly any thing else moving, best 4 Bramblings and 4 Reed Buntings,. Also seen 9 Redwings, 2 Fieldfares and good number of c1000 Starlings flying around. Just 3 Chiffchaffs and 2 Goldcrests seen, no sign of the Yellow-browed Warbler. Sunny morning encouraged a Skylark to go into full X factor audition mode.

Posted October 20th, 2018 at 12:14 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Hexworthy

All six British thrush species this morning, including three ring ouzels.  400+ fieldfares just arrived.

A barn owl has been present over the last few days (only the second here in over 20 years) - the other evening I saw it in the process of being attacked by a buzzard.  The buzzard had it pinned down on the ground, but the owl was saved by two crows that mobbed the buzzard and drove it off.  I went to assist, but the owl had gone.  It was later seen hunting as if nothing had happened.  Has anyone else ever seen a buzzard attempting to predate a barn owl?  Would seem to be unusual behaviour.

Posted October 20th, 2018 at 12:04 pm by Richard Hibbert in General Birding

Friday 19th October 2018

Fremington Pill

At the sluice 8.30 am Glossy Ibis, Grey Heron and Cattle Egret 

Posted October 19th, 2018 at 9:37 pm by Paul Bearman in General Birding

Yellow Browed Warbler

Seen in hedgerow along farm track just above Morwenstow

Posted October 19th, 2018 at 9:11 pm by Chris Baines in General Birding

Barn Owl on the Otter at OSM

Barn Owl quartering the field near Salston Manor on the R. Otter. What a treat at 17:30!

Posted October 19th, 2018 at 7:53 pm by Martin Littlemore in General Birding

Around the exe

A stunning days birding around the exe watched from 07:30 till 17:00

Started at exmouth / orcombe along the seafront 2 groups of Brent geese flew in ( 37 & 4 ), also 6 wigeon and 2 Dunlin, skylarks started flying over, then picked up 59 woodpigeon over orcombe point going south then it went mad just after 08:00 as I stood just before the lifeboat station first big group of wood pigeon started streaming out south (4000+) in total over the next 4 hours continuous movement south produced 91300+ woodpigeon largest group was 27000+ a stunning spectacle my highest day count.

also 300+ stock dove , 212+ skylark, 2 brambling and 1 short eared owl from long way out flew in then over exmouth heading north east , 30+ chaffing, 12+ Siskin, 2 possible woodlark but I’d not clinched. Lots of stuff missed as busy counting the large wood pigeon movement as lots of calls going over 

Up on orcombe 5+ stonechat and 40+ skylark, 5 chiffchaff.

moved up to bowling green marsh for the afternoon from 13:00 till 17:00

A low hide but the good birds kept coming first was a red crested pochard appeared to be an eclipse male or a first winter male but on seen for less than a minute before it went into the channel on far left side of main scrape whilst loooking for the bird to reappear found another eclipse male red crested pochard much more advance with extensive black on breast where none on other bird. Then a quick view of a possible Juv Garganey which eventually showed well my 3rd on the marsh this autumn.

also 7+ knot, 6+ Dunlin the long staying adult winter ruff, 200+ pintail, 12+ gadwall, 100+ teal, 15+ shoveler, 1 little grebe, 8 little egrets, 32+ greenshank,  52+ lapwing, 1 redshank, 400+ black tailed godwits, 10+ greylag geese, 1 water rail, 9+ Buzzard, 1 Mediterranean gull, 1 juv peregrine

a brief look from the viewing platform got me 400+ Dunlin, 15+ little egret, 6 Mediterranean gulls( 4 adult,1 2nd winter, 1 1st winter, the Osprey showed briefly flying into powderham Park, the juv peregrine caused chaos attempting to catch a Dunlin which escaped by going vertical great to watch.

What a day 

 

Posted October 19th, 2018 at 7:51 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Fallow Deer

Rutting in Plymbridge Wood this afternoon.

Posted October 19th, 2018 at 7:40 pm by Peter Castle in General Birding

East Soar & South Huish marsh

Beautiful day at East soar, distant views of ring ouzel, lots of chiffchaffs, nice to see several song thrushes. Peregrine and sparrow hawk flew over and still a few swallows. called in at South Huish marsh and the little stint was still there.

ChiffchaffRing OuzelPeregrine
Chiffchaff                               Ring Ouzel                                      Peregrine

Posted October 19th, 2018 at 6:43 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

Soar

Nothing moving overhead during the first half hour of light but then some reasonable vis mig (largely dried up by 09.15) mainly heading east: Alba Wagtail 55, Stock Dove 125 (including some pure flocks), Wood Pigeon 1,110, Skylark 330, Goldfinch 50, Starling 55, Jackdaw 295, Siskin 3+, Golden Plover 4 & Swallow 2.

Grounded: Yellow-browed Warbler in Soar Mill Cove, Firecrest, Black Redstart, 3 Ring Ouzels, 4+ Wheatears, 14 Chiffchaffs, 9 Blackcaps, 2 Goldcrests, Redwing & 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers. Also Clouded Yellow.

Clearly, some overlap with other sightings today.

Posted October 19th, 2018 at 6:42 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Middle Soar

Found a Black Redstart at Middle Soar today, see my blog http://www.simonthurgoodimages.co.uk/blog.asp

Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Posted October 19th, 2018 at 5:04 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

East Soar

oops forgot!

Male Cetti's Warbler at Starehole Ponds. My first for the site. 

Posted October 19th, 2018 at 4:54 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

East Soar

More morning  movements included Woodpigeon 1150E, Jackdaw 550E, Golden Plover 26E, 2 Lapwing 2E (first of the year here) & 74 Starling E/NE. Also on site: 100 Skylark, 4 Ring Ouzel, 6 Wheatear, 11 Song Thrush inc.8N over farm, 7 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 24 Blue Tit (8 on airfield & 16 moving up through Starehole with 10 Great Tit and migrant Great Spotted Woodpecker. Seen by other obs: Yellow-browed Warbler at the ponds.

Posted October 19th, 2018 at 4:28 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Velator

Ringing this morning was productive: more Blue Tits! But other birds too; 3 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch 2 Bullfinch and 8 Greenfinch (first influx of the autumn). It's odd that when I go round the reserve I count the birds and record any that I hear too. Recently I have heard Cetti's warbler fairly regularly and recorded '1' in my database. Today, I caught 7! Only one of which already had a ring on. So that has doubled the total ringed this year.

Also one Chiffchaff, one Goldcrest and one Blackcap ringed.

Bird of the day, however was an adult male Chaffinch which was ringed on Helgoland Germany. I will send off the details, but I think it may take a while to get the ringing data back.

Posted October 19th, 2018 at 3:56 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Start Point

(07:30-13:30)

Lots of vis mig till mid morning but in all directions. First pulse of Woodpigeons through, two flocks each of about 500 birds ( couple hours apart but could be same birds ). Also seen today, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Swallows, Wheatear, 2 Redwings, 2 Ring Ouzels, Black Redstart, 2 Blackcaps, Yellow-browed Warbler ( in the farm ), 10 Chiffchaffs, 5 Goldcrests, 2 Coal Tits ( not seen well enough to see if continental ), 40 Starlings, 2 Bramblings and a Lesser Redpoll. Many hundreds each of Goldfinches and Linnets up the road from the farm. Good number of Red Admirals flying towards the Point.

 

Posted October 19th, 2018 at 3:18 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Good overhead movement of birds today (selected counts): 3 Brambling, 2 Crossbill, 2 Reed bunting, 3 Yellowhammers, 10 coal tits (including a flock of 6), 37 Skylarks, 1 Swallow, 23 Song Thrush.

Around the headland: 1 Whinchat, 3 Firecrest, 4 Goldcrest & 7 Chiffchaff

 

Posted October 19th, 2018 at 12:31 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Clennon Lakes

A very vocal Yellow-browed Warbler was in willows by the top lake yesterday afternoon. Also a Cetti's Warbler on site middle lake, 19 Gadwall 4 Siskin, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Snipe, 5 Little Grebe and at least 3 Water Rail.

  Yellow-browed Warbler Clennon Lakes 181018ML

                                         Cetti's Warbler                                              Yellow-browed Warbler

Posted October 19th, 2018 at 10:56 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Shipley Bridge, South Brent

At Shipley for 8am this morning, despite heavy mist on the lower ground Dartmoor was in full sunshine, the Ring Ouzels were being very elusive but over the visit nine birds seen, all in the area where the road leads up to the filtration plant. Very few Rowan berries left but Holly and Hawthorn berries may be enough to hold the birds for a few more days.

Plenty of Blackbirds and smaller numbers of Mistle Thrush and Redwing, Green Woodpecker, Buzzard, Raven and Jay all present.

As nice as it was to see the Ring Ouzels a female Merlin up towards the filtration plant was an unexpected treat.

Just as I was leaving a bird of prey came over the top of the hill being mobbed by a Carrion Crow, it being the first Hen Harrier I have seen on Dartmoor in two years.

Hen HarrierHen Harrier

Posted October 19th, 2018 at 10:31 am by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Shaldon

Yellow-browed Warbler calling and showing intermittently at the north end of the golf course this morning

Posted October 19th, 2018 at 10:06 am by Will Salmon in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Fremington Pill

At the sluice 8.30 am Glossy Ibis, Grey Heron and Cattle Egret 

Posted October 19th, 2018 at 5:57 am by Paul Bearman in General Birding

Thursday 18th October 2018

Around the exe

A fantastic day around the Exe from 07:30 till 18:00

Started at exmouth and orcombe from 07:30 till 12:00 movement overhead as I stepped of the bus was promising best bird was a Woodlark over orcombe at top of gore lane at 09:29 heard calling as it flew overhead and picked up with bins, totals for the morning were 167+ skylark with lots more heard but to high to see, 3321+ woodpigeon, 37+ stock doves,  24+ Siskin, 45+ chaffinch, 1 raven, 3 swallows,6+ stonechat,  lots of bits over high with no I’d possible, along the sea front 13 Brent geese flew into the estuary, 2 sandwich terns, numerous gannets in feeding group close in.

12:30 till 13:00 Bowling green marsh produced 7 knot, 300+ black tailed godwits,31+ lapwing 2 gadwall, with wigeon, teal and shoveler no counts completed, 4 little egret.

news came through of a Barred Warbler at dawlish warren so made way towards the warren stopped briefly at cockwood for the 3 cattle egret 

Dawlish Warren from 14:00 till 18:00 1 Short eared owl flew over the golf course before gaining height and drifted of north west , 1 wheatear, 1 Cirl bunting, 2 stonechat, 1 blackcap, the Barred warbler showed well at 15:55 at far end of Greenland lake just before the pond and was seen again on walk back from warren point and another Cirl bunting.

warren point produced another Short eared owl and 1 stonechat, 1 redwing, 1 chiffchaff, 2 Mediterranean gulls 

 

Posted October 18th, 2018 at 9:42 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Leonards cove

yellow browed warbler seen Monday/Tuesday mornings october15/16th. In a mixed tit/warbler flock. We stopped in the 1st bungalow at the cliff edge giving me a good view across the valley.was seen for 5 minutes each time. Also seen there pair of blackcap/bullfinch,chiffchaff,g's woodpecker,2 buzzards+ a couple of gannets.

Posted October 18th, 2018 at 9:20 pm by Alan Robinson in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Fremington Pill

At the sluice 8.30 am Glossy Ibis, Grey Heron and Cattle Egret 

Posted October 18th, 2018 at 8:12 pm by Paul Bearman in General Birding

Avon Dam

As well as the Ring Ouzels bybwaterworks and valley (approx 12 birds) there was another 7 up by the dam

Whilst walking back 50+ Golden Plover flew over the path heading up towards the dam

Posted October 18th, 2018 at 5:29 pm by Ian stone in General Birding

Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth

Firecrest this afternoon.

Posted October 18th, 2018 at 4:40 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Southdown Farm

Short walk from Southdown to Soar Mill Cove produced 4 swallow, 1 house martin, 1 ring ouzel, 2 redwing, c30 chiffchaff and a whinchat. Heard golden plover but no sightings.

For your information Southdown is now empty of a tenant farmer (except for grazing stock) for the winter, therefore, some 270 acres of stubble will be in place until approx March 2019. I have already seen hen harrier there and have had short-eared owl over winter in the past, this is now highly likely.

Posted October 18th, 2018 at 4:14 pm by Colin Mills in General Birding

East Charleton-Cattle Egrets

At roost near Cleavehouse on Frogmore Creek (SX768423) 4 Cattle Egrets, 2 Little Egrets, 10 Greenshank, 1 male Gadwall (unusual) and 1 Kingfisher

Posted October 18th, 2018 at 3:39 pm by Barrie Whitehall in General Birding

Middle Soar/Soar Mill Valley/Southdown Farm

Best morning of the autumn so far with highlights of ringtail Hen Harrier over Middle Soar, female Merlin & 4 Ring Ouzel in the valley. First autumn movement of Woodpigeon with 1040 moving east. Also: Golden Plover, 52 Stock Dove on stubbles, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker in the valley - all migrants, 7 Swallow, 270 Skylark, 100 Meadow Pipit, 9 Rock Pipit in the cove, 2 Wheatear, 34 Stonechat, Fieldfare, 12 Song Thrush, 11 Blackbird, 6 Blackcap, 27 Chiffchaff, 50 Goldfinch, 8 Greenfinch, 310 Linnet, 50 Yellowhammer & 11 Cirl Bunting. 

Posted October 18th, 2018 at 2:21 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Shipley Bridge Ring Ouzels

A morning visit to Shipley Bridge / Avon Dam near South Brent gave views of the reported Ring Ouzels on the hillside below the road leading up to the filtration plant, a total of nine sightings with four birds flying off together towards the dam.

  

In that area several Mistle Thrush, lots of Blackbirds, an abundance of Blue and Coal Tit, Bullfinch, two Jay, Buzzard, Green Woodpecker and Meadow Pipits on the skyline.

On the way up to the Dam a Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Skylark, Linnet, Meadow Pipit, Goldfinch, three sightings of a hunting male Sparrow hawk, at one point five Kestrels in view at the same time, they moved off when two Buzzards arrived.

The presence of the birds of prey flushed seventeen Ring Ouzels from the area of Zeal Gorge they flew across the quarry area below the dam and out towards Buckfastleigh. Shortly after that 53 Fieldfare flew up the valley.

From the dam a male Peregrine and a small number of Mallard.

Posted October 18th, 2018 at 1:47 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sidmouth - Connaught Gardens

Red-breasted Flycatcher present this morning in Holme Oaks near public toilets in Connaught Gardens, Peak Hill Road, Sidmouth at SY120869.  Found by Clive Williams last evening.  Thanks Clive.

 

Posted October 18th, 2018 at 12:35 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Emsworthy

Emsworthy Around 30 Fieldfare plus an assortment of other Thrushes including at least 2 Ring Ouzel 8.30 to 9.30 today

Posted October 18th, 2018 at 10:12 am by Dave Turrell in General Birding

Wednesday 17th October 2018

Shipley Bridge - Avon Dam

Just to add to Jonathon's post, having passed both the E Devon Group and a Plymouth RSPB group on their way back, as I walked right up to the dam this pm. It was indeed quiet, but I did check out the quarry below the dam, sadly only 3 Blackbirds, no Ouzels in one of the regular haunts. Just below the dam 2 Reed Bunting were a surprise. On the way back by the ruins a Nuthatch and 4 Goldcrest. Pleased to catch up with the Mistle Thrush and 3 Ring Ouzel in the given location! Could have saved my legs!

Posted October 17th, 2018 at 5:51 pm by Dave Pakes in General Birding

Shipley Bridge (S. Dartmoor)

9 members of DB attended the East Devon Branch fieldtrip this morning but were defeated by the drizzle and turned back once we could see the Avon Dam in the distance.  Several Mistle Thrush were seen from the car park and our target bird- Ring Ouzel were found within minutes on the hillside where the road turns left for the water works.  They were feeding in rowan trees.  Difficult to count numbers as the birds were mobile but both males and females were present.  Also seen were Bullfinch, Kestrel and flocks of mixed tits.  The valley beyond the bridge seemed devoid of birds and no Dippers, chats or wagtails were found during the morning which was a surprise.

Posted October 17th, 2018 at 5:31 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Round up at Arlington.

3 Redwing with 4 thrushes, GS Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Tree Creeper, good amounts of blue, great, long tailed coal and marsh tits, chaffinches, Kingfisher and wrens and robins all in fine fettle and preparing for winter. Lovely Autumn day. 

Posted October 17th, 2018 at 5:11 pm by John elvin in General Birding

Cockwood, Powderham Marsh

Two Cattle Egret in next field up from Cofton Village Green past the Ship Inn (field with the cattle). Also Buzzard, Little Egret and Grey Heron. Decided to have a look on Powderham Marsh on the way home, still not much water on the marsh and little of birding interest, 100's of Pheasant, some Reed Bunting and Cirls. Sadly 6 dead cattle (reported) in field at the back of the marsh. Little of interest on Matford Marsh but good to see plenty of water there.

Cattle EgretCattle Egret
Cattle Egret                                   Cattle Egret

Posted October 17th, 2018 at 4:07 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Cockwood

Three Cattle Egrets at Cockwood at 11.00 today, with the cattle in the valley-bottom field around 500m upstream from the harbour.

Posted October 17th, 2018 at 3:15 pm by James Camden in General Birding

Berry Head

A Yellow-browed Warbler found calling and showing well south of Berry Head Hotel along the road approx 50m up the hill from the old Berry Head Farm buildings.

Also around the site 3 Goldcrest, 8 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap. Overhead: 6 Song Thrush, 9 Siskin, 30+ Chaffinch, 110 Goldfinches, 14 Linnet, 11 'alba' wagtails, and 4 Skylark.

Yellow-browed Warbler Berry Head 17 Oct 2018 ML

Posted October 17th, 2018 at 12:31 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Peverell, plymouth

16/10/18: 2 Redwing and 1 Song Thrush over after dark in the mizzle (22.30hrs)

Posted October 17th, 2018 at 11:50 am by R Hurrell in General Birding

Redwings ~ South Brent

Seven Redwings seen over home at South Brent this morning.

Posted October 17th, 2018 at 10:45 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Tuesday 16th October 2018

Firecrest in Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth.

Nice Firecrest in holly near the large metal shed in the bottom corner of Ford Park Cemetery, adjacent to Central Park at 2pm today. It squared up to a Goldcrest and won this particular dispute!  Firecrests are regular in the cemetery at this time of year. 

Posted October 16th, 2018 at 9:21 pm by Howard Ackford in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Little Stint seen today at BGM around 1.30pm.

Eds this is actually a Dunlin.

Posted October 16th, 2018 at 8:08 pm by Mike Jones in General Birding

16-10-18 Ford Park

Nothing very much around of note, a couple of Song Thrushes, crows, magpies, and small birds, the only thing of some interest was a Green Parakeet


Posted October 16th, 2018 at 5:45 pm by greg bradbury in General Birding

Brixham

Noticeable movement of Swallows (50+) and House Martins (10+) over the rooftops and buildings of the Higher Ranscombe Rd area of Brixham this afternoon.  Birds coming through in pulses, generally headed SW, with numbers peaking around 16.15.  

Posted October 16th, 2018 at 5:26 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Velator

No sign of any Mistle Thrushes this morning, but a juvenile Grey Wagtail by the pond and a Jay were both unusual. More Long-tailed Tits today. One Black-tailed Godwit out on the scrape.

Posted October 16th, 2018 at 4:55 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Red Kite sighting near South Molton

Adjacent to A399 between south molton and Brayford flying approx 40ft high hunting over grass field.

Posted October 16th, 2018 at 2:27 pm by Nick Porter in General Birding

East Soar

First 5 Ring Ouzels of the autumn in Starehole Valley; also a very unusual movement of Blue Tits with 15 moving up through Starehole and 7W over the airfield, Great Spotted Woodpecker - migrant, 2 Wheatear, 4 Song Thrush 14 Blackcap, 12 Chiffchaff, 2 Bullfinch, 26 Robin, 100 Liinet, 60 Goldfinch & 20 Yellowhammer. All usual areas checked for YBW but no luck.

Posted October 16th, 2018 at 2:11 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East Devon (Darts Farm & Cranbrook).

Darts Farm produced a Ruff and 4 Green Sandpiper amongst others but I gave Bowling Green a miss due to lack of parking. 

Cranbrook produced Meadow Pipit, Chiffchaff, 2 Snipe and a female Whinchat (the latter a first for this area) in the rough opposite the railway station.  The 'Big Lake' near the Education Campus has been extended and is now about 300 yards in length.  Little Grebe have returned there as the contractors have moved out and cleared the area. 

Posted October 16th, 2018 at 12:53 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Berry Head

Some bird movement today, of note overhead: 2 Brambling, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Crossbill, 14 Siskin,3 House Martin, 5 Swallow.

Around the headland: 1 Lesser Whitethroat (in quarry), 1 Black Redstart, 2 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest.

5-6 Common Dolphin off head

Posted October 16th, 2018 at 11:17 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Shaldon

At least two Firecrests on the south side of the Ness yesterday morning.

Posted October 16th, 2018 at 10:15 am by Will Salmon in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 15th October 2018

Velator

Ringed a whole lot of Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tits today with a Coal tit thrown in for good measure. Also the first autumn arrival of Chaffinches with about a dozen ringed. A female Goldcrest and a male Siskin were about the best, but bird of the day avoided the nets: 2 calling Mistle Thrushes graced the reserve for a short while. Only one previous record.

Out on the scrape no sign of the single Godwit that as been around lately.

ED: I also retrapped a Long-tailed Tit which I originally ringed in June 2014 as a 3J. More than 4 years for LTT is good going. Last saw it 2 years ago.

Posted October 15th, 2018 at 8:18 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Isabelline Shrike

As per Steve Hoppers post. Video link here

https://youtu.be/qlPYT6UE6E0

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Posted October 15th, 2018 at 6:57 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Taw Torridge estuary.

One Spoonbill on high tide roost with Little Egrets , Isley marsh.     Glossy 

Ibis feeding at the top end of Fremington pill.    Just one Common Sandpiper with around 150 Redshank on the pill.

Posted October 15th, 2018 at 2:29 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in General Birding

Thurlestone ~ Isabelline Shrike

The reported Isabelline Shrike showing well from the coastal path alongside the Thurlestone golf course.

  

Also in the area 150 plus Meadow Pipits, flocks of Goldfinch, a handful of Wheatear, pair of Stonechat, several Rock Pipits, two Swallow, Heron and Raven.

On the beach 15 Oyster Catcher, 11 Dunlin and 5 juvenile Ringed Plover.

Out to sea several Gannet in the distance.

  

 

Posted October 15th, 2018 at 1:26 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

15-10-18 Radford Lake

A Cormorant battling with a rather large eel was a sight to see, and amazingly the eel won and lived another day, Kingfishers, 3 in number were flying around but not hanging around for photo's 

Cormorant @ eel Cormorant @ eel the great escape
Cormorant @ eel       the great escape

Posted October 15th, 2018 at 12:55 pm by greg bradbury in General Birding

Isabelline Shrike still at Thurlestone gold course.

A pleasant, mildly windy start to the day at Thurlestone gave the target speeches almost as soon as I arrived just after dawn. It showed well at a distance for some 30 minutes before other birders arrived. As previously mentioned it is on the heath before the second green hut viewable from the coastal path. Other species spotted on the walk to and from the Shrike were, Crow, Rook, Blackbird, numerous Wheatears, Stone chats, Rock Pipets, Wrens, Robins, One highlight was the passage of at least 30 Swallows heading along towards the beach. On the sea little other than Cormorants a few oystercatchers and the usual gulls, nothing out of the ordinary.

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Posted October 15th, 2018 at 12:38 pm by John Wilkes in General Birding

Berry Head

Headland blown out by mod-strong NNE wind so checking out more sheltered areas of headland produced: 2 Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest, 9 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap.

Overhead: 46 Swallow, 12 House Martins, 2 Skylark, 4 Siskin, 2 Bullfinch, 4 Song Thrush, 50+ Meadow Pipits, 300+ Goldfinches, 25 Chaffiinch, 14 Linnet and 5 'alba' Wagtails.

Posted October 15th, 2018 at 12:20 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Sunday 14th October 2018

Dawlish Warren

At 11.30 am from the lifeguard look out hut, 1 Sooty Shearwater flying in towards the sea wall and low to the water, and then out to sea passing by Langstone Rock.  Good view also of adult male Eider drifting and diving near the rocks below the sea wall.

Posted October 14th, 2018 at 9:48 pm by Nick Armstrong in General Birding

Otter Estuary

Footpath from White Bridge south is now open for access only to bird hide and viewing platforms.

Three 1st winter Med Gulls on the cricket pitch this evening with the gull flock and the Egyptian Goose with Canada Geese  in fields north of White Bridge. A Barn Owl has been hunting in fields north and south of South Farm Road during the early evening in recent days.

Barn Owl by Chris Townend

Posted October 14th, 2018 at 6:35 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding

Soar Mill Valley

Best was a Merlin but few migrants just Wheatear, 7 Blackcap & 4 Chiffchaff.

Posted October 14th, 2018 at 4:32 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Thurlestone

Isabelline Shrike has seen out the bad weather and showing well in the same place on the golf course this afternoon. Short windy vid here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ggoy5WlnQU8&feature=youtu.be

Posted October 14th, 2018 at 3:58 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Cockwood

There were 2 Cattle Egrets with a Little Egret in the fields by Cockwood Harbour this morning (although they weren't to be seen when I passed half an hour later).

Posted October 14th, 2018 at 11:51 am by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Powderham Park, Saturday

Osprey on oak tree near castle 2pm.

Posted October 14th, 2018 at 7:08 am by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Saturday 13th October 2018

Berry Head seawatch

Totals for 07.45-15.45 in strong S wind: 2 GN Divers, 1 Red-throated, Diver, 2 Great Shearwaters (10.40 and 10.50), 1 Sooty, 8 Balearic, 5 Manx, 3 Storm Petrels, 48 Great, 27 Arctic and 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Little, 2 Med and 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Common Tern and 2 Puffins.

Posted October 13th, 2018 at 10:32 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Torbay and South Brent

Marine Parade, Paignton 18 Turnstone including the regular Dutch ringed bird.

Broadsands beach a non starter due to a beach full of dogs, a Heron struggling across the bay in the strong winds.

Some very helpful and knowledgeable sea watch birders were at Berry Head and spotted and helped identify a range of rather distant sea birds, good numbers of Kittiwake, Gannet and Razorbill. The more interesting species included Arctic and Great Skua (the Arctic was chasing the Kittiwakes) Balearic and Manx Shearwaters, Arctic Tern and a couple of Storm Petrels.

On the walk down to the quarry area 4 Swallow, 12 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 9 Shag a raft of 18 plus Kittiwake.

 

Given the distance offshore the only half decent images were of a Great Skua.

Back home at South Brent the Hobby continues to visit and come in for food, 8 Canada geese over late afternoon and a single Tawny owl this evening.

 

Posted October 13th, 2018 at 9:33 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh 13th Oct 2018

Little Stint and Spoonbill.

  

Posted October 13th, 2018 at 9:28 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Red-veined Darter at Prawle

Female red-veined darter this afternoon in brief spell of sunshine. Along road between Prawle village and coastguards after sharp right hand bend. It settled on the road several times before flying off over the hedge to the south.


Posted October 13th, 2018 at 6:11 pm by John Walters in Other Wildlife

Friday 12th October 2018

Ilfracombe Pier

At dusk this evening, surprised to see so many Seabirds sitting out the gale. Along with 50 Oyster catchers and a Whimbrel were 6 Sandwich Terns, 11 Great Black Backed Gulls, 3 Juv Common Gulls, 100+ Lesser bbgull, Herring, Meds and Black Headed Gulls. 

 Sandwich Tern Shag

                                     Sandwich Tern                       Shag

Eds: the tern is a Common Tern not Sandwich see size compared to Common Gull. The extent of white on forehead, rather greyish looking primaries (not contrasty dark grey/black) and slightly paler base to bill rule out Arctic

Posted October 12th, 2018 at 9:04 pm by Martin Thorne in General Birding

Bowling green marsh and exmouth

Started at bowling green marsh from 07:10 till 09:45

4 goosander dropped in just after I arrived a scarce bird on the marsh , pintail were continually dropping in with 180 up to the time I left Martin Elcoate had anther 36 arrive giving a very good count of 216 for the morning , 42 greenshank, 6 Dunlin, 2 turnstone, 180+ redshank, 2 avocet, 300+ wigeon, 2 tufted duck, 1 water rail, 1 little grebe, 2 grey heron, 2 little egret, 215+ teal. 3 bar tailed godwits, 200+ black tailed godwits, 1 whimbrel, 30+ curlew.

then moved down to exmouth for some sea watching from near to the lifeboat station and watched from 10:45 till 16:00

7+ Arctic Skua , 2 Balearic shearwater, 1 shearwater most likely sooty but only brief views,, 5 Manx shearwater,  9 fulmar, 7+ sandwich terns, 2 eider, 3 teal, 5 wigeon, 38+ gannets, 2 whimbrel

 

Posted October 12th, 2018 at 7:50 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Berry Head update

After the rain cleared a few more seabirds came through giving totals 07:30-15:45. 3 Sooty Shearwaters, 4 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Manx Shearwaters, 13 Arctic Skuas, 3 Bonxies (see photo), 2 European Storm-petrel, Storm-petrel sp. (not European) and a distant Storm-petrel (most likely European), 1w Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Common Scoter, Black-throated Diver, 23 Fulmar (high count for October here!), 5 Swallows and a Merlin.

Great SkuaGreat Skua

Also some video of Bonxies from Berry Head yesterday See here

Posted October 12th, 2018 at 6:06 pm by Mark Darlaston in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

BGM

14.30 - 16.30. Little Stint on the point. Spoonbill busy at the back of the marsh. 2 Dunlin. Lots of Pintail, not much else of note. Goosemoor had a few Lapwing.

Spoonbill
Spoonbill

Posted October 12th, 2018 at 5:56 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Berry Head

Gale force S winds and heavy rain were perhaps just too much for seabird passage with the following seen between 07.30-1100, with M Darlaston and D Dawe:

6 Arctic Skuas (including at least 3 juveniles), 3 Mediterranean Gulls, 1 Yellow-legged Gull (juv/fw), 9 fulmar (often scarce at this time of year), 1 Merlin, 2 Grey Seal and at least 5 Harbour Porpoise.

Trees in bottom of quarry completely blown out, with no sign of any land migrants. 

Posted October 12th, 2018 at 1:22 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Late post - Horsey Island

On the way home yesterday early evening from the White House

1 Short eared Owl alighted on the top of a telephone pole by the side of the Toll Road for a few seconds & then flew north over Horsey Island.

Posted October 12th, 2018 at 12:09 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 11th October 2018

Sparrowhawk in Exmouth

Surprised to have sparrowhawk in my tiny front 'garden' on busy road in centre of Exmouth. (Cropped photos through window, rain, reflections, but pleased camera was at the ready))

Posted October 11th, 2018 at 8:21 pm by Margaret Mackintosh in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Teignmouth seawatch

Looking out from Teignmouth seafront 15:00-16:45: 2 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Common Scoters and c20 Mediterranean Gulls all south, plus lots of Gannets diving well offshore. Hard to be sure of exactly how many Med Gulls, as a few were feeding in the area rather than moving rapidly through. By comparison, only 3 Common Gulls!

Posted October 11th, 2018 at 8:08 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

ISABELLINE SHRIKE THURLESTONE GOLF COURSE

Shrike Showing Well This Morning, Despite Rain, Wind,& Low Cloud.

Usual Spot By Green Shed On The Edge Of Golf Course Next To Coast Path.

Please Note,   Limited Free Parking.    

    

Posted October 11th, 2018 at 3:33 pm by patrick hawkins in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh

Spoonbill flew in at around 1.40 this afternoon to the marsh,

Posted October 11th, 2018 at 2:18 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Thurlstone

Isabelline Shrike on bush golf course this morning.

Posted October 11th, 2018 at 12:16 pm by Chris Buckland in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

BGM

7.30 - 10.45 Sadly no Little Stint but Spoonbill first thing (left north about 8.45), Ruff, , Avocet, Knot and Barwit amongst the usual suspects. In the bushes by the viewing platform Blackcap, Goldcrest and (reported by Dave Stone) Firecrest and possible YBW.

Spoonbill vid -

https://youtu.be/Kx_5EeCJOzY

Spoonbill
Spoonbill

Posted October 11th, 2018 at 11:41 am by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Wednesday 10th October 2018

Cockwood

Two Cattle Egrets, with Little Egret and cattle, on inland side of Cockwood Harbour at c1100 today.

Posted October 10th, 2018 at 9:48 pm by James Camden in General Birding

Wistlandpound Reservoir.

Initially very quiet at the reservoir during a short visit today. 5 Little Grebes, 6 Cormorants and 9 Teal and then we were delighted to see a Great White Egret fly in.

Posted October 10th, 2018 at 5:57 pm by Margaret- Phillips in General Birding

Velator

Still bursting with Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tits today, they seemed to be everywhere. 2 Treecreepers seen. Cetti's Warbler calling and another by Wrafton pond. The usual numbers of Speckled Wood butterfly around in the sheltered very warm sunny spots. Highlight of the day was the first CLOUDED YELLOW I have seen in the reserve.

Posted October 10th, 2018 at 5:29 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Isabelline Shrike

Great to find today at Thurlestone Golf Course an Isabelline Shrike, I originally thought it was a juv Red Backed Shrike due to the very difficult light conditions but had a jizz it may have been something a bit more special and thanks to Al Doidge, Pete Aley, Russ Eynon, Mike Passman and Eric it was confirmed as Isabelline. 

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Posted October 10th, 2018 at 5:17 pm by Ian Teague in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East Soar

A fruitless quest for Yellow-browed Warbler in all the usual spots, in fact deathly quiet. Only item of note was 2 Coal Tits flying west up through Starehole Valley - genuine migrants!

Posted October 10th, 2018 at 4:53 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Lannacombe Valley

At last some Goldcrests. 12+ present.(6 ringed). Hopefully the start of a later than normal autumn passage.Other migrants were 6 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps and 1 Firecrest.

Posted October 10th, 2018 at 3:54 pm by Alan K Searle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 07:30 till 09:00

Very Misty first thing 800+ black tailed godwits, 260+ redshank, 3 knot, 2 bar tailed godwits, 1 whimbrel, 90+ curlew, 11 avocet, the long staying adult winter male ruff, 1 Mediterranean gull nearly full adult winter, 1 common gull, 1 green sandpiper heard calling from goosemoor, 2 raven.

about 08:09 a group of 30+ lapwing flew in from darts farm direction and with them 1 Dunlin and the Little stint presumably the bird from yesterday afternoon.

 

Posted October 10th, 2018 at 12:25 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Berry Head

My first Yellow-browed Warbler of the autumn was in sycamores near the drinking trough on the top NE corner of the meadow, it was being continually chased by the local Chiffchaffs but did it's best to stay in this sunny, warm, still corner.

Yellow-browed Warbler Berry Head 10 Oct 2018ML Yellow-browed Warbler Berry Head 10 Oct 2018ML

Of more interest was a very pale, sandy brown Lesser Whitethroat probably of eastern origins, with almost entirely white outermost tail feathers. It was very skulking but did give some good views from time to time. some of the pictures make it look rather pale grey on the upperparts but it was genuinely sandy brown. Click on images below for a better look.

Lesser Whitethroat eastern Berry Head 10 Oct 2018ML Lesser Whitethroat eastern Berry Head 10 Oct 2018ML Lesser Whitethroat eastern Berry Head 10 Oct 2018ML Lesser Whitethroat eastern Berry Head 10 Oct 2018ML Lesser Whitethroat eastern Berry Head 10 Oct 2018ML

 

Posted October 10th, 2018 at 11:34 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 9th October 2018

Photo Request 2017 Bird Report

Invites have been sent out to our many excellent Devon bird photographers to submit a few of their best photographs into a linked Dropbox folder of birds taken during 2017 for the Devon Bird Report currently in preparation.

If you haven't already done so please send your photos all labelled as follows so we can create captions and know who the photographer was: so a Mediterranean Gull 2nd winter taken at Broadsands on 30 Sept 2018 by J Bloggs would be file named..    MdGll2wBrdsnds300918JBloggs 

If you have not received an invite and would like to submit a photo or two please let me know: mikelangman@blueyonder.co.uk 

many thanks

Posted October 9th, 2018 at 8:35 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Sparrowhawk

Taken today in the Order Valley Nature Reserve , Plymouth. I was only about 2 meter away from the bird and it just sat and looked at me for about 2 minutes and then flew off very slowly.

 

Posted October 9th, 2018 at 4:38 pm by Peter Castle in General Birding

Sherpa Marsh (Braunton)

Starling, Song Thrush, Oyster Catcher, Curlew, Meadow pipit, Redshank, Bar Tailed Godwit, Kingfisher, Kestrel, Buzzard, Mute & Whooper Swam.

Whooper Swan
Whooper Swan

Posted October 9th, 2018 at 3:49 pm by Tim Williams in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

1 Little Stint present this lunchtime. I lost sight of it though at around 1.45 when some Lapwings spooked it but it may still be there.

Posted October 9th, 2018 at 3:40 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Skern 13:00

Avocet still present, also 1 Wheatear up by the 8th green

Posted October 9th, 2018 at 3:29 pm by Roy Churchill in General Birding

Dartmoor Barn owl

An early visit to Dartmoor above South Brent gave the unexpected view of a Barn owl, initially seen in the distance and then a lot closer before it flew off across the moor.

  

Posted October 9th, 2018 at 12:28 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Start Point / Slapton Ley ( 8/10/18)

Early morning vis mig highlights at Start included 100 Meadow Pipits, 490 Linnets, 270 Goldfinches, 54 Siskins and a Reed Bunting. Elsewhere a male Merlin, 2 Redwings, Fieldfare (  I think my earliest ever autumn bird around here ), 44 Swallows, 10 Chiffchaffs, Wheatear, and a Brambling.

Around at Slapton in Ireland Bay 2 male Scaups still present. Not such an apparent size discrepancy as I thought on Sunday with a better view. Also male Pochard, 231 Coots, 5 Med Gulls.                                                              

 

Posted October 9th, 2018 at 5:15 am by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 8th October 2018

Skern

67 med gulls,40 adults,11 sw, 16fw 4 Brent geese 1 great crested grebe,Avocet present on leaving at 17:45.

Posted October 8th, 2018 at 6:28 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Skern

1 Avocet present now at 16:55

Posted October 8th, 2018 at 4:54 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

East Soar

Highlights this morning were a Merlin harassing Linnets and my first Firecrest of the autumn. Also: 3 Kestrel, adult Lesser Black-backed Gull race intermedius, 4 Chiffchaff, Bullfinch male, 15 Siskin W & 80 Linnet.

Need some easterlies soon!

Posted October 8th, 2018 at 3:01 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Snipe at Mansands

Quite low water level at Mansands this morning.  Usual visitors at the hide plus 2 Chiffchaff and a large number of Hornets. Watched four Snipe on the edge of the lake feeding in open water while two more washed and preened close to vegetation.

As we were leaving several hundred Swallows appeared suddenly and were catching the myriad flies etc over the lakes.

Snipe Snipe Snipe
Snipe                                                    Snipe                                                  Snipe

Posted October 8th, 2018 at 1:54 pm by Bill Coulson in General Birding

Sunday 7th October 2018

Sunday 7 October

Haytor Tramway. 0815 - three Golden Plover high to the south; nineteen circling.

Aveton Gifford tidal road. 1230 - two Greenshank, one Bar Tailed Godwit

Posted October 7th, 2018 at 10:15 pm by Colin Brooks in General Birding

Devon Deer Watching

138 Red Deer seen from first light this morning along the Devon and Somerset border.

 

The only avian interest being two flocks of Golden Plover the largest with 23 birds, several sizable flocks of Goldfinch and Linnet and a Kestrel.

A Lesser Black Back Gull on the Rv Exe at Tiverton

Ashton near Chudleigh nineteen Fallow Deer and a female Sparrowhawk at Chudleigh.

Back home at South Brent a large flock of Tits came through the garden 20 plus Blue, 1 Coal, 3 Long Tailed and a single Chiffchaff.

 

The Hobby came in at 16.10hrs, a Tawny owl had been calling at 05.30hrs.

Posted October 7th, 2018 at 7:08 pm by Steve Hopper in Other Wildlife

Slapton and Beesands Leys

Went out to Slapton Ley again mid afternoon. From the memorial car park picked up the 2 adult male Scaups below the Hartshorn Plantation. The bright conditions not perfect but they were in company with a male Tufted Duck. One was noticeably larger than the Tufted, the other barely the same size !  At least 60 Tufted Ducks present, male Pochard, 25+ Great Crested Grebes, 21 Med Gulls and a couple hundred Coot. A Lesser Redpoll flew overhead and 4 Common Scoter offshore. Around at Beesands Ley 45 Mute Swans and a plastic Black Swan. 28 Gadwalls, Wigeon, 9 Med Gulls and a couple hundred Linnet around the old football field.

Posted October 7th, 2018 at 7:01 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

Highlight was a superb view of a female Merlin perched up on a straw bale. Also: 42 Gannet offshore, 2 migrant Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Swallow, 28 Alba Wagtail, 110 Meadow Pipit, 29 Robin, 12 Blackbird, 14 Blackcap, 17 Chiffchaff, 22 Magpie, 1 Jay moving west ( also 2 west on 4th), 40 Goldfinch, 450 Linnet & 22 Yellowhammer.

Later at Harleston 150+ mixed flock hirundines.

Posted October 7th, 2018 at 6:49 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Tamar estuary

This morning:

10 Little egret, 7 Grey heron, 25 Black tailed Godwit, 100+ Oystercatcher, 14 Curlew, 1 Kingfisher. 

Ernesettle creek: 2 Greenshank, and 1 Stoat in and out of the undergrowth.

Posted October 7th, 2018 at 2:45 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Cattle Egret roosting in willow below the Hartshorn plantation this morning. Also saw from the memorial car park  2 male Scaups in with 60+ Tufted Ducks in Ireland Bay. One looked interesting, maybe a little smaller. Went around Ireland Bay for a closer look but by the time I got around most of them had disappeared. Could not find them at Torcross either but doubt they have gone far and no doubt a closer look would prove them to both be Greater Scaup. 

Posted October 7th, 2018 at 12:48 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Saturday 6th October 2018

Captsone Parade

In the strong N easterly wind today off Ilfracombe. About 1km out it looked like a Seabird motorway. Heading down channel were flocks of hundreds of small gulls with a few Manx Shearwaters sp and Terns. Heading up channel were mainly flocks of up to 40 waders with a Super flock of nearly 100 Oystercatchers in close to the point. 

A Great Skua appeared and made a half hearted attempt to rob the 20 Gannets circling round only to be seen off by 40 Herring Gulls. 

In off the Sea, lots of Mippets, Linnets, Finches and a Snow Bunting. 

Oystercatcher Gbbgu Limpets it is then!
Oystercatcher                                      Gbbgull                              Limpets it is then!

Posted October 6th, 2018 at 8:51 pm by Martin Thorne in General Birding

South Brent Hobby

Hobby South Brent "My" Hobby continues to visit each day, in previous years she has always left by mid September, a non birding friend at Didworthy (Between S/Brent and the Shipley Bridge/Avon dam) contacted me in the week to say that she had had three birds that she believed to have been Hobby's on her land at the beginning of the week, from what she described it sounded like an adult pair with a dependant youngster.

From the Newton Abbot area a 2018 hatched female Barn owl collected from a local vet this morning the bird is very thin and had been found laid in a road, exact location not obtained by the veterinary staff.

 

Posted October 6th, 2018 at 6:29 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Mediterranean Gull Brixham Marina

The Med. Gull spotted by Ali King a few days ago is still in residence at the top end of the marina under the pedestrian walkway.  There is a gale of wind blowing along the marina wall so the bird is finding it difficult to feed and is flying bumpily around the harbour and using up a lot of energy.

Mediterranean Gull  Mediterranean Gull
Mediterranean Gull                                           Mediterranean Gull

Posted October 6th, 2018 at 3:52 pm by Bill Coulson in General Birding

Bursdon Moor, North Devon.

Late post.

5th October.

Although quiet and slightly hazy at Bursdon Moor we had excellent views of a hunting Barn Owl which came pretty close several times.   Also 1 Kestrel briefly hovered and a pair of Stonechats.

The previous evening (4th Oct) the moor held 1 Whinchat and i Wheatear as well as the Barn Owl.

Harvey Kendall & Barry Bryne.

Posted October 6th, 2018 at 3:23 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Gannets off Sidmouth

Several gannets seen diving just off Sidmouth seafront at 10.00 am this morning

Posted October 6th, 2018 at 1:26 pm by Chris Frame in General Birding

Friday 5th October 2018

Cookworthy Forest

5 Common Crossbills.

Posted October 5th, 2018 at 8:35 pm by Barry Bryne in General Birding

Dawlish Wareen

Missed out on the Black Throated Diver - drat! But 10 Grey plover, 4 Barwits and two close in Eider made a nice afternoon out in the sun.

Eiders - https://youtu.be/H02OlUFS30E

Bar-tailed Godwit Eider
Bar-tailed Godwit                                                               Eider

Posted October 5th, 2018 at 6:50 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Plym Estuary /Blaxton Meadow

On this afternoons high tide was the following:

Common Sandpiper 3, Black T Godwit 5, Curlew 29, Greenshank 7, Redshank 182, Little Egret 19, Grey Heron 21, Kingfisher 1 and a Little Grebe.

Posted October 5th, 2018 at 4:49 pm by Martin Phillips in General Birding

Start Point

Had a good go at Start today but it was quiet and felt more like late April. Quite a few Gannets heading south first thing and a Great Skua which flew high over the Point. No vis mig of note except for a surprising 58 Skylarks that headed out from the light between 08:10-09:00, early for these here. Elsewhere Golden Plover, Firecrest ( no Goldcrest ), 11 Chiffchaffs, 7 Blackcaps and the first Reed Bunting of the autumn. Best part of 1000 Linnets between the farm and the BBC field. Nice to see 7 Clouded Yellows.

Posted October 5th, 2018 at 3:24 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East Soar

Still very quiet, no vis mig just Great Spotted Woodpecker - migrant, 2 Sparrowhawk, 12 Chiffchaff & 1 Blackcap.

Non-avian: 2 Clouded Yellow, 4 Red Admiral, 5 Small White, 10 Speckled Wood & Emperor dragonfly.

Note:  Big music festival at East Soar Farm this weekend, suggest accessing Starehole Bay & Bolt Head via. Middle Soar footpath.

Posted October 5th, 2018 at 2:01 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Berry Head

The conditions seem to favour migrants around the headland but the seawatching was surprisingly good due to a feeding frenzy of seabirds just due east of Torbay - a 30 minute seawatch produced: 1 Sooty Shearwater, 7 Balearic Shearwaters, 6 arctic Skuas, 2 Great Skuas, 4 Common and 7 Sandwich Terns, 1 Mediterranean Gull and 400+ Kittiwakes among the Gulls and Gannets also a pod of some 15+Common Dolphin. 

Around the rest of the headland grounded migrants included: 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 11 Chiffchaff, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 1 Wheatear. 

Overhead produced: 38 Skylark, 42 Siskin, 9 Chaffinch, 5 'alba' wagtails, 30 Meadow Pipits,  

Posted October 5th, 2018 at 12:31 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 4th October 2018

Broadsands and South Brent

A late morning visit to Broadsands gave three Oyster Catchers and the biggest Seal that I have ever seen it was simply humongous! Thirty plus Carrion Crow on the beach, a single Common Gull in with the Herring Gulls an adult Mediterranean Gull flew in with fifty plus Black Headed Gulls, ten Great Black Backs.

  

Image one below is of a juvenile Greater Black Back Gull not so sure of the second gull (I suspect it is but) generally sleeker than the other GBBG's white head and upper body and a more slender beak without the GBBG's deep angle to the underside of the beak. 

  

It was back home to South Brent for a bird of prey bonanza, initially the resident female Buzzard coming in for food, followed by the Hobby at 5.40pm, a female Sparrowhawk around 6pm and shortly after that the reddish Tawny owl subject of recent images was showing well.

Six Pied Wagtails, a flock of Long Tailed Tits and a GSWP.

This evening no less than six Tawny owls with three in view at one point and another three calling.

  

Posted October 4th, 2018 at 9:04 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Exminster marsh

Not much of great interest today. Common Sandpiper at Turf lock, 2 Black Swan on the estuary, male Kestrel, Jay and a pair of Stonechat. Also checked Matford Marsh while awaiting the Flying Scotsman but little there except 4 Stock Dove.

Common sand video - https://youtu.be/AaOxqbwKF70

Flying Scotsman - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLss-OlsRAg

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Posted October 4th, 2018 at 7:30 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Wednesday 3rd October 2018

Isley March 3rd October 2018

A quick trip through Isley Marsh - curlew, teal, redshank, stonechat, little egret. Distant photos show spoonbill and  sparrowhawk.

Je n' EGRET rien - when its a spoonbill. Sparrowhawk
 spoonbill.                                 Sparrowhawk

Posted October 3rd, 2018 at 7:25 pm by Tim Williams in General Birding

Downend

1 female Common Scoter at Downend am. None at Baggy Point.

Posted October 3rd, 2018 at 2:00 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Tuesday 2nd October 2018

Lyme Bay boat trip from Brixham, late news

Among the gulls photographed at chum on Sunday's trip was this individual, a juvenile/1st winter yellow legged gull. Thanks to Mike Langman, Perry Sanders and Steve Waite for help with ID.

Yellow legged gull, juv/1st w Yellow legged gull, juv/1st w
Yellow legged gull, juv/1st w

Posted October 2nd, 2018 at 9:05 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Prawle Point Seawatch

Seawatch in strong westerly, going WNW force 4-5, gusting 6 from 7.30am till 11.30am.Totals west : 101 Balearic Shearwaters, 1 Manxie, 1shearwater sp. 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Bonxie, 8 Med Gulls, Gannets 632w, 56e, Auks 142w, 34e.

Also in area 1 Greenland Wheatear, 4 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps.

Posted October 2nd, 2018 at 7:43 pm by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Great White Egret - Stover Lake

A Great White Egret visited Stover Lake briefly yesterday  (Mon 1st Oct)11am - Noon. News only just filtered through via park visitors. Seen leaving towards the river Teign

Posted October 2nd, 2018 at 2:52 pm by JDA in General Birding

Shipley Bridge to the Avon Dam, South Brent

Shipley Bridge to the Avon Dam in poor heavily overcast conditions the cloud base sitting on the tops of the surrounding hills.

A total of 21 species identified, someone with good bird call knowledge would add to that tally.

Not Bad for birds of prey with Sparrow hawk, Buzzard, Peregrine and at least three Kestrels one or more being in view for most of the visit.

Mistle Thrush and Blackbirds making the most of the abundance of red berries, several tit flocks moving through the cover, brief view of a Dipper, Bullfinch and Goldcrest showing well.

At home at South Brent a Tawny owl making an unusual day time appearance.

  

Posted October 2nd, 2018 at 1:17 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Monday 1st October 2018

Yarner

The feeders are back up after a summer break, great views of Marsh, Coal, Great, Blue and Long-tailed Tits as well as other woodland birds such as Nuthatch and Great-spotted Woodpeckers

Marsh and Blue Tits
Marsh and Blue Tits

Coal Tits
Coal Tits

Posted October 1st, 2018 at 7:16 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

East Soar

A quiet day in glorious sunshine: Tally included a stand-out Greenland Wheatear with 3 other Wheatear, 37 Alba Wagtail, 4 Kestrel, Swallow, 120 Skylark, 100 Meadow Pipit, 33 Stonechat, 8 Chiffchaff & 300 Linnet.

Non-avian: 2 Clouded Yellow, 47 Small White, 2 Small Copper, 10 Red Admiral, Comma, 14 Speckled Wood & 2 fresh Wall Brown.

Posted October 1st, 2018 at 5:16 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Soar

Started the day at Bolberry checking the vis mig but little doing. Had a good look around Soar Mill Cove/Southdown/Warren/ East Soar etc but fairly quiet...7 Golden Plover, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Swallows, Whinchat ( SM Cove ), 5 Wheatears, 29 Chiffchaffs, 13 Blackcaps and Single Firecrest ( SM Cove ) and Goldcrest ( could be a poor autumn for the latter ). Plenty of Siskins going over. A few Red Admirals and Speckled Woods around, also Small Copper and Clouded Yellow. Beautiful weather but not if you're a moanin' birder in October who would prefer a bit more SE wind and drizzle !

Posted October 1st, 2018 at 4:15 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Cattle Egret nr. Cornwood

Single Cattle Egret this morning in field with cows along minor road between Smithaleigh & Cornwood (SX602 572).

Posted October 1st, 2018 at 2:40 pm by Ivor Thomas in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

01-10-18 Clearbrook

Nothing much around Roborough Down, but at Clearbrook a Green Wood Pecker was showing well, my first pics of this bird around this area

Green Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker

Green Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker

Green Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker

Posted October 1st, 2018 at 2:00 pm by greg bradbury in General Birding

Dipper at Gara Bridge, nr Avonwick

Spotted a Dipper foraging in R. Avon under Gara Bridge whilst cycling past. A first for me as a casual wildlife watcher !

Posted October 1st, 2018 at 9:40 am by Tony Martin in General Birding

Dartmoor

Six ring ouzels around mine workings near the top of the O Brook at Hooten Wheals on Saturday (29th).

Posted October 1st, 2018 at 8:51 am by Richard Hibbert in General Birding

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