Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from October 2019

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Thursday 31st October 2019

Fieldfares on Dartmoor

Not having seen one so far this season, I was pleased to find a single Fieldfare, in a flock of about 20 Redwings with a few Blackbirds on Yennadon Down near Burrator.  It got much better, when from the cycle track near Ingra Tor on Walkhampton Common there was a flock of perhaps 300 that was nearly all Fieldfare.

Posted October 31st, 2019 at 10:19 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

Nice afternoon on Wrafton Pond today. Female Scaup, Male Pintail, Male Tufted duck, 2 maybe 3 Golden eye, female and juveniles, Gadwall, Kingfisher and a Marsh Harrier on the Scrape. 

Posted October 31st, 2019 at 7:32 pm by Andy leat in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the lake.

4 Willow Tit, 10 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Bullfinch.

Also 1 Otter on the weir. 

Posted October 31st, 2019 at 7:17 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

Visited Wrafton Pond again after 16.00 today in the mizzle & surprised to see 2 Goldeneye & the female Greater Scaup which was not visible during the early morning visit.



Posted October 31st, 2019 at 7:04 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Goosanders in the mist

A return visit to the Torquay Reservoirs produced 22 Goosanders (3 adult males and 19 redheads) on the middle lake, the most I've seen here I think, plus 6 Tufted Ducks. As one would expect in the gloom, the woods were largely quiet, but a pair of Crossbills were active at the East end of the upper dam.

Back at home in Exeter, the first two wintering Blackcaps were "tacking" in the mature gardens of St Leonards, and several Redwings passed over. Haven't seen or heard the Belle Isle Parakeet for two weeks now, so perhaps colonisation has been postponed.

Posted October 31st, 2019 at 7:01 pm by James Camden in Bird News

West Soar/Soar Mill Valley/Southdown Farm

A very productive afternoon: Brambling with Linnet flock, Merlin, Wheatear in Soar Mill Cove, 13 Lapwing & 26 Lesser Black-backed Gull - good counts for Soar, Curlew, Snipe, 700 Skylark, 230 Starling, 150 Carrion Crow, 12 Song Thrush, 42 Robin, 75 Meadow Pipit, 21 Stonechat, Redwing, 80 Linnet & 17 Yellowhammer.

Quick heads up: 6 imm.White-tailed Eagles were released on the Isle of Wight in August so could well turn up in Devon - one has already been to Essex!

Posted October 31st, 2019 at 6:42 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

Late afternoon at Wrafton Pond - 2 goldeneye (there was a 3rd on the scrape), 1 pintail (eventually flew off east), 1 female scaup, 1 gadwall.

Goldeneye
Goldeneye

Goldeneye
Goldeneye

Scaup
Scaup

Posted October 31st, 2019 at 5:33 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News

Torre Abbey Sands, Torquay.

Flock of 30 Dark-Bellied Brent Geese feeding in the shallows just off the beach this afternoon.


Posted October 31st, 2019 at 5:17 pm by Steven O'Donoghue in Bird News

Wrafton pond

At 2P.M.  Now 2 F Goldeneye , a M. Tufted Duck with a Scaup type F. , a Male Pintail , a M. Gadwall and calling Water Rail.

M.S. With Sue Bruce.

Posted October 31st, 2019 at 4:23 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

N Hallsands.

A Yellow Browed Warbler calling in the willows, but not showing. 9 Goldcrests ( 4 ringed ) 2 Firecrests ( 1 ringed) , 1 Blackcp ( ringed )  and 5 Chiffchaffs (1ringed). The additional Robins of recent days appear to have moved on,with just local birds on their usual territories.

1st. Yr. m. Firecrest
1st. Yr. m. Firecrest

Posted October 31st, 2019 at 4:20 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

South Brent

An inland ad male Black Redstart at South Brent this morning. I'd been scanning roof tops for the last week or so, but this one was in a more rural location than usual, at the edge of the village near Underhill. It follows one reported at nearby Didworthy last week.


Posted October 31st, 2019 at 3:40 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News

Northbrook, - Woodwater Lane

Managed to get a shot of the Green Sandpiper today (only one seen) also Grey Wag and Dipper as well as the usual small stuff Sparrows etc.

Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail

Green Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper

Posted October 31st, 2019 at 3:26 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Wembury

Just off the Point a Red-throated Diver was seen along with alone Brent Goose and 2 Sandwich Tern. Also seen were 10 Cirl Bunting, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk.

Posted October 31st, 2019 at 1:39 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

07.00 - 1 Goldeneye on the pond this am.


Posted October 31st, 2019 at 8:20 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Wednesday 30th October 2019

Berry Head sea watch

Additions to Mike’s numbers below (to 15.00 including last 1.5 hrs from Shoalstone): 35 Little Gulls (1st-w + 34 ad), Arctic Skua, 5 Pom/Arctic Skuas, 4 Bonxies, 120 Common Scoters, 4 Brent Geese, 9 Teal, 3 Shovelers, 6 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Black-necked Grebes, Great Northern & Red-throated Divers & 8 Mediterranean Gulls.

Posted October 30th, 2019 at 4:01 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Northbrook, Exeter

The Green Sandpipers are back - 5 today - also seen 1 Dipper.At the Woodwater Lane End of the Northbrook.

Dipper
Dipper

Posted October 30th, 2019 at 2:45 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Hoopoe Dawlish Warren

We were pleasantly surprised to encounter a Hoopoe this morning, in the entrance bushes/ buffer zone of the nature reserve (close to the car park).

Posted October 30th, 2019 at 2:14 pm by Stephen Edwards in Bird News

Autumn Watch - Devon

We've had notification that a piece on Autumn Watch on Friday will feature film footage from one of our members Michael Woodman-Smith about cliff breeding Shelducks in Devon - this Friday 1 November at 8pm on BBC2

Posted October 30th, 2019 at 2:04 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wrafton

No sign of the Lesser Yellowlegs in a brief search about 8.30 this morning, nor of the female Scaup on Wrafton pond, where a drake Gadwall was with the Mallard flock.

Water Rail seen in the reserve.

Posted October 30th, 2019 at 1:43 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Berry Head

A good mix of species during a brief seawatch  this morning between 0730-0850hrs: 1 Long Tailed Duck (drake), 1 Pintail, 1 Wigeon, 58 Common Scoter, 9 Brent Geese, 1 GND, 5 Med Gulls, 10 Little Gulls (approx. in one flock), 2 Pomarine Skuas (juvs), 1 Arctic Skua (juv), 2 Arctic/Pom Skuas, and at least 3 Harbour Porpoise.

Around the wood: 1 Treecreeper, 2 Firecrest, 23 Goldcrest and 4 Chiffchaffs.

Posted October 30th, 2019 at 1:07 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Tuesday 29th October 2019

Lesser Yellowlegs

Found a slightly better picture looking through the shots on my camera.


Posted October 29th, 2019 at 9:57 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Highlights were 2 Knot, an Avocet (both unusual here) & 2 Firecrests. A marked increase in Dunlins (90) & Curlews (75). Also: 3 Snipe, 6 Greenshanks, 198 Redshanks, a flock of 160 Jackdaws & 2 Chiffchaffs.

Posted October 29th, 2019 at 9:36 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Sharpa / Wrafton scrape

After receiving a phone call from Jon Turner who spotted this bird on the scrape this morning, cycled down the trail to meet up with book to establish birds identity. The light for photography was tricky with dense cloud cover & very bright silvery reflection on the surface of the water which created exposure problems for both cameras! The majority of my photos were either too dark or too light & most have been confined to the recycle bin. This photo was the best I could manage.


Posted October 29th, 2019 at 7:22 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Wrafton scrape

Looking out from the reserve at about 10 this morning, saw a wader. Had to go home for camera and telescope. From the Tarka trail easy to make out Yellow legs so Either Lesser or perhaps Wood Sandpiper. Call for reinforcements - Rob soon arrived with book and we deduced juvenile Lesser Yellowlegs. Light and distance for photography not ideal. It ranges from the main scrape all the way up to the barn near Wrafton.

Juvenile Lesswer Yellowlegs.
Juvenile Lesswer Yellowlegs.

Posted October 29th, 2019 at 1:04 pm by jon turner in Bird News

Berry Head

Trying to find shelter was difficult at the Berry Head today the best area was along the road leading up from the Berry Head Hotel. birds here included: at least 4 Firecrests, 22 Goldcrest, 6 Chiffchaff, 11 Long-tailed Tits, and a late Pied Flycatcher

 Firecrest Berry Head 291019ML

                           Pied Flycatcher                                                                     Firecrest

Posted October 29th, 2019 at 12:09 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 28th October 2019

Velator

A sparrow hawk flew over near to Salt Rock, Braunton 

Posted October 28th, 2019 at 9:48 pm by Beth Woollam in Bird News

Cornborough Cliffs, Westward Ho!

Mid-afternoon we found a group of 6 red-legged partridge in a field by Cornborough Cliffs, Westward Ho!

red-legged partidge
red-legged partidge

Posted October 28th, 2019 at 6:52 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News

Saunton Sands

Another photo of single Snow Bunting.


Posted October 28th, 2019 at 6:25 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Saunton Sands

Single Snow Bunting searching for seed along the strandline this aft.


Posted October 28th, 2019 at 6:05 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Snow Bunting near Noss Mayo

Snow Bunting on SW Coastal Path between Noss Mayo and Stoke Beach. Showed brilliantly.

Posted October 28th, 2019 at 5:07 pm by Stuart Jones in Bird News

Haldon Forest

A group of 8 Crossbills feeding on pine cones in the tree tops on the southern edge of Haldon Forest. I heard some others calling too but not seen.

Posted October 28th, 2019 at 4:21 pm by Keith Benyon-Tinker in Bird News

Soar

Best birds today were: a Yellow-browed Warbler (in willows just below Southdown Farm), 3+ Ring Ouzels, Merlin, Black Redstart & Firecrest. A modest movement overhead (mainly east) included: 3,500 Wood Pigeons, 30 Stock Doves (+ 25 grounded), 50 Starlings, 15 Alba Wagtails, 100 Jackdaws, 3 Mistle Thrushes & a flock of 18 Cormorants. Also: 15 Golden Plovers, 17 Goldcrests, 4 Fieldfares, 2 Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs, Lapwing, a flock of 300 Skylarks in one field & 2 Roe Deer.

Posted October 28th, 2019 at 3:20 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Lannacombe Valley.

Relatively sheltered from the easterly wind this morning. 25+ Goldcrests ( 13 caught and ringed ) , of which 6 were " continental birds ". 2 Firecrests ( caught and ringed ). Also present 3 Chiffchaffs,and again today there seemed to be Robins everywhere, " ticking" from the thick cover with some chasing each other around.Difficult to get a count, but certainly a big increase on the local resident/wintering birds. Overhead hundreds of Wood Pigeons moving approx. S.E. ( Not counted ).

" Continental " Goldcrest. A little more pallid than some.
" Continental " Goldcrest. A little more pallid than some.

Side shot of same bird.
Side shot of same bird.

Another Firecrest photo 1st.Yr. F. They are such delightful birds.
Another Firecrest photo 1st.Yr. F. They are such delightful birds.

Posted October 28th, 2019 at 1:45 pm by Alan K.Searle. in Bird News

Sunday 27th October 2019

East Soar

0650 to 0850: Early start but not the hoped for vis mig: very quiet just 2370 Woodpigeon SE, 120 Jackdaw N, 300 Skylark, 22 Alba Wagtail, 50 Meadow Pipit, 8 Starling E, 2 Bullfinch.

Posted October 27th, 2019 at 10:13 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Capstone Parade

Calmer conditions today, hardly a Gannet to be seen but a small flock of Common Scoter headed up Channel. The last few days deluge has seen 100s of Gulls feeding at the storm drain, other than the usual Herring Gulls 6Juv/sub adult Lesser bb gulls and 4 Common Gulls were all I managed to pick out. 3 Med Gulls have been around the Pier and Wildersmouth rocks. Best birds this Wknd were a pair of Purple Sandpipers on the Rocks to the north of the Pier.  

Common Scoter
Common Scoter

Posted October 27th, 2019 at 10:05 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Bellever Plantation

Early/mid pm:at least 12 Crossbills (12+5+4) and a surprise Red Kite high overhead moving southwards.

Posted October 27th, 2019 at 9:40 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Wembury Point

This morning, 10+ Cirl Bunting, 3 Goldcrest, 30+ Linnet, 1 Female Bullfinch and 8 Canada geese. Of note as well was a House Martin feeding high above HMS Cambridge.  

Posted October 27th, 2019 at 7:48 pm by Matt C in Bird News

2 kingfishers fighting

Seen 26th October, Cockwood stream. 2 kingfishers sitting on a twig, then an agressive fight breaks out with dunking of one of them.

Video also available.

Posted October 27th, 2019 at 7:15 pm by Elaine Hughes in Bird News

Occombe, Paignton

Highlight this morning was a solitary Redwing and a Goldcrest working the hedgerows, plus flocks of Goldfinch & Long-tailed Tits.

Posted October 27th, 2019 at 6:09 pm by Stephen Huggins in Bird News

Horsey Island - White House

Decided not to put the clocks back one hour last night but at 18.00 today!

So at 16.00 this aft which was 15.00 if I had put the clocks back one hour last night, set off on my bicycle down the Toll Road as far as the White House to check out the R.Caen & Horsey. Good size flock of c700 Golden Plover resting on a sand bank on Horsey which were swiftly moved on by the incoming spring tide.

While standing on the Great Bank near the White House a very dark streaky Falcon flew swiftly through the garden of the White House & across the partly flooded field in front of me, a Hobby.

On arriving home a murmuration of c300 Starling alighting in my neighbours palm tree to roost. Along comes a Sparrowhawk, flies into the palm & the Starlings scatter in all directions. Glad to say the Sparrowhawk was unsuccessfull.



Posted October 27th, 2019 at 6:01 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Baggy Point

2 snow bunting on path to Baggy point

Posted October 27th, 2019 at 5:53 pm by Jasper Michie in Bird News

Instow Tarka Trail.

A pair of Water Rail,one seen but two heard,were calling to one another from opposite sides of the Tarka Trail by the replica roundhouse just north of the R.E.M.E. base. 10am.

Posted October 27th, 2019 at 5:14 pm by Ken Ebsworthy in Bird News

Velator

Bird of the day today. Also retrapped 3 juvenile Kingfishers and ringed 6 Chaffinch, 5 Redwing, a Blackcap a Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff.

Juvenile male Firecrest.
Juvenile male Firecrest.

Posted October 27th, 2019 at 4:56 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Golden Plover

Golden Plover on Dartmoor this morning. A large flock of around 200 near Black Tor




Posted October 27th, 2019 at 2:10 pm by Peter Castle in Bird News

Wembury

0830-1140 :-

6 Stonechat, 8 Cirl bunting (5m, 3f) 20+ Meadow pipit, 10+ Rock pipit, 3 Skylark, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Raven, 1 female Black redstart, showing well, on the small green building next to the radar. (MOD property).

Posted October 27th, 2019 at 2:06 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

N. Hallsands

14 Chiffchaffs ( 6ringed ), 20+ Goldcrests ( 8 ringed )  including 4 "continental birds " and 3 Firecrests ( ringed ), all of which were females.Several Robins "" ticking" away in areas where Idont normally see them. There has obviously been quite an influx of these around the Start Point/Prawle Pt. headlands in the last 10 days.

1st. Yr. F.
1st. Yr. F.

Posted October 27th, 2019 at 1:35 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

YBW Plymouth

A Yellow-browed Warbler called briefly at Freedom Fields this morning at 0730. Around the junction of Lipson and Mt Gould Road but it didn't show itself and went silent after a minute or so.

Posted October 27th, 2019 at 8:32 am by Rich Billington in Bird News

Saturday 26th October 2019

Prawle Point

Seawatch from 8.20am to 3.15pm with Pat Mayer in SSW,later SW force 6 going 7 winds with heavy rain at times.

5 Sooty, 1 Balearic, 7 Manx Shearwaters. 6 Arctic Skuas all west and 1 Bonxie east and 1 west. 1 red-head Red-breasted Merganser. 5 Mediterranean Gulls. 8 Fulmars, 2000+Gannets and 720+ Kittiwakes, 540 auks.

Later as I was about to leave , with the wind calmer and conditions brighter, from the NT car park I saw 120+ Kittiwakes fly west close to shore in 5 minutes and amongst them at least 1 Pomarine Skua (adult moulting) and 3 other skua species, probably also Poms.( large double white underwing crescent) all shearing into the strong wind. No Leach's Petrel tho conditions seemed good for a sighting!

Posted October 26th, 2019 at 10:14 pm in Bird News

Start Point

Late afternoon: 1 Black Redstart around the lighthouse buildings, one Wheatear on the rocks above and during a brief sea watch, a steady trickle of Gannets, Kittiwakes and auks plus two Pomarine Skuas.

Posted October 26th, 2019 at 9:55 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Thurlestone

Whilst watching the Black headed gulls on the sea at Thurlestone I was surprised to see an osprey come in off the sea and fly up the valley

Osprey
Osprey

Black-headed Gulls
Black-headed Gulls

Posted October 26th, 2019 at 7:50 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

plymouth railway station

70 ringneck parakeet in to roost at 610 pm

Posted October 26th, 2019 at 6:39 pm by barry insull in Bird News

Common Crossbill

The rain having finally stopped mid-afternoon today , I walked round Witherdon Woods,and was thrilled to hear and see a flock of approximately 15 common Crossbill feeding in the tops of the conifers. 

Posted October 26th, 2019 at 6:21 pm by Juliet Vines in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatching 0745-0945am produced the following highlights: 1 juvenile Sabine's Gull, 1 juvenile Pomarine Skua, 1 juvenile Arctic Skua, 1 Manx Shearwater, 4 Fulmar, 770+ Kittiwake, 1051 Auks (mostly Razorbills) and at least 3 Harbour Porpoise.

Posted October 26th, 2019 at 3:08 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Around the home fields

Had a lovely mooch around our farm, Harford. Lovely sparrowhawk gave good views along with a  kestrel and a few mistle thrush and occasional redwing.  Also had a goldcrest, several green Woodpeckers, numerous jays and wood pigeon. Lots of magpies, couple of raven overhead and a few crows.  Of most interest was the pair of common redstart still on their territory, I would have expected them to have left by now? 

Posted October 26th, 2019 at 11:45 am by Ann Willcocks in Bird News

Whitleigh plymouth

5 ringneck parakeet

Posted October 26th, 2019 at 11:03 am by barry insull in Bird News

Friday 25th October 2019

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning.

1m Goosander, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Tufted Duck 1m 1f, 4 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 200+ Canada Geese.

Note.

I have no authority on who places feeders at the lakes, one has appeared at the Lower Lake car park. I moved my feeders from the car park as there are cats at the adjacent cottage which were causing a problem. The last thing I want to see is a Willow Tit being carried off by a cat.

My car park feeders are now spread around the lake in three sites, all of which have Willow and Marsh Tit feeding on them.

Can we keep the car park free of feeders, I have a Niger feeder there which shouldn't cause a problem.

I can give the positions of the feeder sites if required.

This note is to both CBWPS and DBWPS.

Cheers

Rod Mudge

rcmim@btinternet.com

Posted October 25th, 2019 at 7:36 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Plym Estuary Thurs 24th Oct

A look at Blaxton Meadow during the high tide produced: 2 Snipe, Common Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Dunlins, 4 Greenshanks, Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Oystercatchers, 171 Redshanks, Kingfisher & Grey Wagtail. On the wall, 22+ Turnstones.  

Posted October 25th, 2019 at 7:24 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Berry Head sea watch 09.30 - 16.00

Skuas on view for most of the day but difficult to count due to many seemingly hanging around, but settled on: 12 Pomarines, 17 Arctics, 7 Bonxies & 2 Pomarine or Arctic, the latter including a particularly puzzling adult which none of the observers were sure about. Also: a good number of Puffins for the season (I saw 7 and missed at least 9 others). Sooty, Manx & 9 Balearic Shearwaters, 3 Common Scoters, 2 Fulmars 2nd-w Mediterranean Gull & 4 Harbour Porpoises. A Ring Ouzel was calling in the quarry when I arrived.   

Posted October 25th, 2019 at 7:20 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

N. Hallsands.

A brief visit am. before the wind rose. In the willows 11 Chiffchaffs ( 6 ringed ), 9 Goldcrests ( 4 ringed , one of which was a "" continental " bird. At the beach another 3 Chiffchaffs around the gardens and 2 Black Redstarts ( f/ imm. ). on the beach cottages roofs.  Yesterday morning at Prawle Pt. ( Reserve ) fairly quiet with 8 Goldcrests ( 4 ringed ) 1 Firecrest ( ringed ), and 7 Robins around the Reserve and car park. Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps noticeably absent.

Posted October 25th, 2019 at 7:05 pm by Alan K. Searle in Bird News

Berrynarbor

Firecrest  was seen early this morning in the garden.

Posted October 25th, 2019 at 5:28 pm by Margaret- Phillips in Bird News

Hope's Nose

10.15

Female Merlin disturbed in the grassy tussocks/humps area next to the quarry. Despite the challenging weather conditions, bird seen several times in flight and briefly perched, as it hunted across the lower part of the site.  Last seen at about 10.45. 

Posted October 25th, 2019 at 11:24 am by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Thursday 24th October 2019

Velator

Ringed a cracking adult female Sparrowhawk this morning. 2 each of Redwing and Treecreeper were good too.

Red Admiral and a late Painted Lady the only butterfly species.

Posted October 24th, 2019 at 9:36 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Woodbury Common

A male Hen Harrier and a male Merlin this evening on Woodbury Common hunting south of Grenade Range.

Posted October 24th, 2019 at 8:42 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Exmouth

As per Matt's post the Long-eared Owl was still roosting at 16:15pm. For further information please visit part-timebirding.blogspot.com

Posted October 24th, 2019 at 7:23 pm in Bird News

Shaldon

Ring Ouzel briefly in clifftop scrub at Bundle Head this morning.

Posted October 24th, 2019 at 6:25 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Exmouth

Paul Gosling and I flushed a Long-eared Owl on Orcombe Point this morning. Luckily it pitched back in the hedge pretty quickly and when we left it, it was viewable from the double gate at the top of Gore Lane (where the footpath starts). It's sat at the base of a small ash tree 20-30yds along the hedge. Please park carefully, don't block any gates and under no account enter the field. Also Black Redstart on Orcombe this morning.

Posted October 24th, 2019 at 11:08 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Emsworthy Mire

9-10am 75+ Fieldfare arrived from SE and fed on berries. Another 23 mixed Fieldfare and Redwing arrived after followed by dribs and drabs all from SE. 7 Blue Tits, 8 Blackbirds, 2 Stonechat and a Mistle Thrush.

Fieldfare
Fieldfare

Posted October 24th, 2019 at 10:45 am by Ian Muir in Bird News

Unknown Buntings

Thanks for the photos.  The birds are juv/female Linnets. (Twite is more curry coloured).   The open beaks show the straight edges of Finches'.  Buntings have angled beak edges; the lower fitting into the upper.

Posted October 24th, 2019 at 9:37 am by Abraham Cutajar in Bird News

Wednesday 23rd October 2019

unknown buntings

The 2 snow buntings were still at Northam Burrows but we also saw 2 other buntings very close to them but didn’t think they were juvenile snow buntings because of the speckled breasts. Not sure if they were 1st winter reed buntings would appreciate any suggestions. EDS - These are Linnet & often gather in flocks during the winter

unknown bunting
unknown bunting

unknown bunting
unknown bunting

unknown bunting
unknown bunting

Posted October 23rd, 2019 at 9:46 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News

Soar

Highlights were, a Yellow-browed Warbler (in willows in Starehole), 2 Ring Ouzels (male + 1st-w female), 3 Black Redstarts & Redstart. Overhead: 150 Stock Doves, 2,300 Wood Pigeons & 150 Jackdaws, mainly heading west. Also: 31 Goldcrests, 8 Bullfinches, Siskin, Grey Wagtail, 8 Chiffchaffs, Blackcap, 3 Golden Plovers,3 Redwings, 15 Song Thrushes, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Little Egret, Green Woodpecker & a Stoat.

Posted October 23rd, 2019 at 6:05 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Devon side of west Exmoor

This morning a boggy and very muddy walk over part of the west side of Exmoor was well worth the effort with 200+ Golden Plover seen low overhead 150+ Chaffinch on Beech mast, 50+ Fieldfare, Meadow Pipit seam to be everywhere. But the highlight of the morning were two Hen Harrier at different times passing thro heading south. One Ringtail and a Juvenile Male. Plenty of movement overhead.

Posted October 23rd, 2019 at 4:55 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Hopes Nose

A short visit at lunch time along the road with small numbers of Chiffchaff, Golcrest, Blackcap & a Firecrest. 

Posted October 23rd, 2019 at 4:41 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Northam Burrows

Two Snow Bunting still showing well at North end of Golf Course with a single Wheatear Midday.

Posted October 23rd, 2019 at 4:37 pm by Geoff Campbell in Bird News

South Brent (Owley Moor Gate - Glasscombe Corner)

With Shipley Bridge -Avon Dam busier with birders keen to see the Ring Ouzel, I have over the past few days headed to a quieter location at Owley Moor Gate out to Glasscombe Corner. Harder going, but worth the effort! Today 10.50 -13.30 only walked part of the route and sat up by a Rowan tree, where Ring Ouzels (5-6+) have been showing regularly on previous visits for myself and other local birders. Today was quiet on arrival, but after 10 mins or so a mixed flock of 45+ Fieldfare and a few Ouzels arrived. Very flighty, but did manage a few photos, when they settled nearby. A couple of Mistle Thrush, Jay, Meadow Pipit, several L/T tits, wren and robin in the area. It has been a good spot for raptors over the past week, including a Goshawk as reported by Steve Hopper. 2 days ago I picked up a late misguided Hobby flying North at the head of the Glazebrook! Snipe flushed and Stonechat still present. 

Ring Ouzel (Male) + Fieldfare - South Brent -23.10.2019
Ring Ouzel (Male) + Fieldfare - South Brent -23.10.2019

Ring Ouzel + Fieldfare -South Brent- 23.10.2019
Ring Ouzel + Fieldfare -South Brent- 23.10.2019

Fieldfare -South Brent -23.10.2019
Fieldfare -South Brent -23.10.2019

Posted October 23rd, 2019 at 3:58 pm by Dave Pakes in Bird News

Velator/Braunton

We saw 37 species in or close to the reserve yesterday. Added Song Thrush, Little Grebe and Grey Wagtail to the seen list today. Still getting Speckled Wood and Red Admiral, along with Common Darter and Migrant Hawkers.

On the way home by the cycle track near the fire station a CLOUDED YELLOW butterfly.

Posted October 23rd, 2019 at 3:50 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery. 23/10/2019

Short trip this morning in some sunshine.  Plenty of Crows and Magpies but very little else. Highlight was a very pale looking Buzzard being harrassed by a small flock of Corvids and a nice Red Admiral and a Speckled Wood

Posted October 23rd, 2019 at 3:40 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News

East Soar

Concentrated on the vis mig today:

4550 Woodpigeon SE; 500 Stock Dove SE; 390 Jackdaw - 275E, 105W & 10 grounded; 40 Starling SE; 500 Skylark moving & grounded; 6 Alba Wagtail; 6 Bullfinch.

Also: migrant Great Spotted Woodpecker, Black Redstart, Ring Ouzel on north side of farm, 21 Goldcrest & 40 Goldfinch.

Posted October 23rd, 2019 at 3:08 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Downend

07.40 > 09.00 - Vis Mig:- 138 Fieldfare, 11 Redwing (97 yesterday am), 168 Chaffinch, 50 Starling, 5 Meadow Pipit, 17 Long tailed Tit which landed only 3 metres from observation point, 207+ Auks > S (mainly Razorbill), 2 Gannet & 6 Cormorants.

Posted October 23rd, 2019 at 2:40 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Start Point.

Around the farm this morning 17 Goldcrests  (6 ringed ,of which 4 had the plumage characteristics of""continental" birds. Also present 6 Chiffchaffs ( 3 ringed ) , 20+ Goldfinches.  15/20 linnets and several more Robins than the usual resident/wintering birds. Overhead several small flocks of Woodpigeons ( not counted ) moving west. Also 11 Stock Doves.

"" Continental " Goldcrest .
"" Continental " Goldcrest .

Posted October 23rd, 2019 at 2:10 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Berry Head

Slimmer pickings on the overhead migration today, the best of the counts were : 72 Redwing, 6 Song Thrush, 2 Brambling, 1 Siskin, 12 Skylark, 13 Chaffinch & 5 Bullfinch. 

Around the headland: 1 Ring Ouzel in the quarry, 3 Firecrest, 32 Goldcrest, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 

Posted October 23rd, 2019 at 12:29 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Hope's Nose

10.25

Short-Eared Owl inadvertently flushed from bracken covered cliff face opposite the Leadstone. Flew off out over the Orestone, before gaining height and heading out over Torbay towards Berry Head. Being mobbed by Herring Gulls as it went. 

Later, a Red-Throated Diver flew out of Hope Cove and around the headland close in, before making its way into Torbay. 

 

Posted October 23rd, 2019 at 10:36 am by Paul Darlington in Bird News

East Soar Farm

A brief but rewarding morning visit to East Soar Farm. 7 Black Redstarts, 6 Goldcrests, 1Ring Ouzel, countless Skylarks along the track, and a Blackcap at the car park.

Posted October 23rd, 2019 at 10:35 am by Roger White in Bird News

Tuesday 22nd October 2019

Steps Bridge - Blackingstone

Along the river and in the woods were the regulars, including Grey Wagtail, Dipper, Treecreeper and Marsh Tit, plus all three Woodpeckers heard, the L.S. being inaccessible on the steep slope. On Mardon Down were several Redwings (my first of the Winter), 100+ Fieldfares,  10+ Mistle Thrushes and far more Blackbirds than normal, so perhaps some were migrants, all gorging on the berries. Tried to metamorphose some of the last into Ring Ouzels, but failed; others might succeed. In the plantations South of Blackingstone were several pairs/groups of Crossbills, among which were two singing males, plus plenty of Siskins and a Sparrowhawk.. Beautiful views and intense Autumn colours made for a satisfying day.

Posted October 22nd, 2019 at 9:52 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Soar

Just the 2 Ring Ouzels in Starehole today. Also in the valley at least 2 Water Rails heard. Pretty quiet otherwise.

Posted October 22nd, 2019 at 8:13 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Hennock reservoirs - Tuesday 22 Oct

2 Little Grebes ( 1 Tottiford, 1 Kennick ), 14 Goosander resting at Tottiford ( 1 male, rest brownheads ). 12 Tufted Duck on Kennick ( typical numbers for regular wintering flock ). Numerous Blackbirds, plus just 1 Fieldfare heard. Lovely clear calm day.  

Posted October 22nd, 2019 at 7:56 pm by Nick Walter in Bird News

Buckfastleigh

2 Firecrests, mid-pm. Both, separately, in mixed Tit/Goldcrest flocks. 

Posted October 22nd, 2019 at 7:46 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

!m Goosander (first of the winter), 6 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 13 Canada Geese, 2 Tufted 1m 1f, 6 Coot, 15 Mallard, 2 Coal tit,

Also 1 Hen Harrier (ring tail) over Fairy Cross 15:20

Posted October 22nd, 2019 at 7:28 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Velator Reserve

Ringing this morning produced 50 new birds and 20 or so retraps.

Highlights were 17 Redwing, 10 Goldfinch, 7 Blackbird, 2 Blackcap, 5 Chaffinch, 1 Chiffchaff and one Goldcrest.

We are also almost certain that two largish pale Thrush-type birds were Mistle Thrushes. Unfortunately neither bird found a net so we couldn't confirm. I have only once seen a Mistle Thrush in the reserve, so it would have been a good record.

We think there were at least 5 Water Rails calling, unseen from various reed-beds in and around the reserve. No sign of any Waders or Egrets on the scrape.

One retrap Kingfisher was ringed on 11th August this year. Another was recently reported to me as having flown into a window in Wootton Courtenay in May 2018, having been ringed here in June 2017. It took a while to get these details as the finder  originally mis-read the ring number, but fortunately had kept the specimen for taxidermy!

Posted October 22nd, 2019 at 5:52 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Northam Burrows

The two Snow Buntings were still showing well this afternoon.

Snow Bunting Snow Bunting Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting

 

Posted October 22nd, 2019 at 5:43 pm by Roy Churchill in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

From our boat in Halwell Creek: 370 Wigeon & 3 Greenshank.

Posted October 22nd, 2019 at 4:59 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Ring Ozels, 22-10-19

Only two Ring Ouzels seen at a distance around the Shipley Bridge area, one Red Wing, Song & Mistle Thrush, Blackbirds, apart from that nothing much else.

Ring Ouzels, distant record shot only
Ring Ouzels, distant record shot only

Posted October 22nd, 2019 at 3:02 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Berry Head

Some great overhead migration today, the highlights were: 630+ Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 13 Song Thrush, 400+ Wood Pigeon, 23 Swallows, 65 Meadow Pipits, 6 Skylark, 2 Grey Wagtail, 17 'alba' Wagtails, 2 Redpoll, 1 Brambling, 14 Bullfinches, 22 Chaffinch, 10 Siskin, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Yellowhammer. 

Around the headland: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler 200m north of the Wardens Bungalow (near last years Hume's Warbler tree), 2 Firecrest, 28 Goldcrest, 14 Chiffchaff, 1 Ring Ouzel a flock of 22 Long-tailed Tits and 5 more in the quarry.

   YBW_BH_221019ML1  YBW_BH_221019ML2  Redwing Berry Head 22 oct 2019 ML

                  Yellow-browed Warbler                     Yellow-browed Warbler                         Redwing Flock  

Posted October 22nd, 2019 at 11:57 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 21st October 2019

Torquay Reservoirs

A seasonally confusing walk. Goosander was the target, but none had arrived. However, several small parties of Crossbills were criss-crossing the plantations, with, eventually, an adult male seen perched in full song. Presumably the seed crop is good and breeding imminent. Half an hour later, 300+ Fieldfares, my first of the "Winter", flew over and dropped into the Bovey valley, so what season is it? Plenty of newly-arrived Skylarks and Meadow Pipits in the soggy pastures. 

Posted October 21st, 2019 at 10:24 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Sanderling on Saunton Sands

A walk along Saunton Sands to Crow Point this afternoon produced 150+ Sanderling a single Common Scoter and 50+ Brent Geese.

a small flock of Dunlin on Horsey Island with 30+ Lapwing

Sanderling  150+ Sanderling on Saunton Beach  Common Scoter off Saunton Sands
Sanderling                      150+ Sanderling on Saunton Beach         Common Scoter off Saunton Sands

Posted October 21st, 2019 at 8:34 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Black-necked Grebe ( Ireland Bay off viewing platform ), 2 Little Grebes,  ( Graveyard Pool ), 21 Wigeons ( Ireland Bay, came in from the North ), 2 Scaup ( still present, between Slapton Bridge and Ireland Bay ), 10 Teals, Peregrine ( male attacking flock of c150 Starlings coming in to roost at Stokeley Bay ), 18 Swallows, 2 Kingfishers   and Wheatear. First 3-400 Woodpigeons/Stock Doves flew south early on. In the bay an Arctic Skua chasing Kittiwakes, 6 mobile Common Scoters and a dark-bellied Brent Goose ( flying north ).

Posted October 21st, 2019 at 7:53 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Prawle Point to Pig's Nose, Sunday 20th

Late report from Sunday 21st. Took the circular around the headland but found no sign of the recently reported wryneck.  Disappointment  was made up for by a brilliant close up sighting of a Short-eared Owl that landed on the path about 50m in front of us. (Not long enough for a photo though).  Other highlights were two Wheatear and six Swallows, along with probable migrant Great Spotted Woodpecker, Bullfinch, Blackcap and several Chiffchaff, amongst good numbers of the usual suspects Cirl Bunting, Yellowhammer, Linnets and Stonechats.

Posted October 21st, 2019 at 3:27 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

East Soar

Start of pigeon migration this morning generally moving SE with 4400 Woodpigeon and 420 Stock Dove. Also moving Starling 52E ,Jackdaw 300 (280W 20E) & 18 Alba Wagtail over. Also: 5 Ring Ouzel, migrant Mistle Thrush, 31 Song Thrush, 4 Redwing, 15 Blackbird, migrant Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2m Bullfinch, Blackcap, Chiffchaff & 30 Yellowhammer.

Posted October 21st, 2019 at 2:12 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

N Devon

Northam Burrows: no sign of the Lapland Bunting, but 3 confiding Snow Buntings. A pale Wheatear was only a Northern.

Fremington Pill was as usual awash with Redshanks + 2 Spotted Redshank, and the Glossy Ibis was also present and showing well.

Posted October 21st, 2019 at 1:13 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

N Devon

Northam Burrows: no sign of the Lapland Bunting, but 3 confiding Snow Buntings. A pale Wheatear was only a Northern.

Fremington Pill was as usual awash with Redshanks + 2 Spotted Redshank, and the Glossy Ibis was also present and showing well.

Posted October 21st, 2019 at 1:13 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wembury Point.

I had a walk around before the dog walkers got out in force and noted the following. Redwing, Fieldfare, Firecrest 2  and  17 Cirl Bunting . Not much on the Point, only  a few Oystercatchers with 4 Curlew before being moved on by the dogs. The only waders seen by me.

Posted October 21st, 2019 at 1:07 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Sharpa / Wrafton scrape

1 Cattle Egret on the scrape am. Also c150 BH Gulls & 3 Black tailed Godwit.

Posted October 21st, 2019 at 11:18 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Sunday 20th October 2019

Haytor, Dartmoor

Late report for Saturday 19 October. c60 Golden Plover near Haytor, Dartmoor at 11.30am

Posted October 20th, 2019 at 6:03 pm by Roger Duggleby in Bird News

Avon Dam

22 Fieldfares, 4 Ring Ouzels 6 Redwings.

Posted October 20th, 2019 at 4:51 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Dartmoor above South Brent & South Efford Marsh, Aveton Gifford.

A morning trip on Dartmoor above South Brent gave a bird of prey bonanza, initially a juvenile Sparrowhawk being mobbed by a crow, followed by two juvenile Peregrines playing tag with another crow, a Buzzard in the distance followed by a Goshawk flying down the valley with two crows trailing behind it.

Meadow Pipit and Gold Crests in good numbers, six sightings of Ring Ouzel, one single female followed by five together flying into a Rowan tree to feed, two Mistle Thrush and a couple of Raven.

South Efford Marsh at Aveton Gifford not a great deal to see, five Greenshank, two Redshank, eight plus Little Egret, Heron, a couple of Curlew, Canada geese providing a spectacle as they were arriving in flocks throughout the visit and on leaving just over 200 birds present including a large domestic goose that flew in with them. Brief view of a Kingfisher on leaving and a female Kestrel overhead.

Posted October 20th, 2019 at 3:46 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Emsworthy Mire

Up to 15 mobile Ring Ouzels early this morning N end,


Posted October 20th, 2019 at 1:45 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Turf

Great white egret at turf Saturday afternoon 


Posted October 20th, 2019 at 8:46 am by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

Saturday 19th October 2019

Seaton wetlands

Nice to see a good sized flock of Lapwing at the Seaton wetlands today, just the usual birds nothing to get excited about but a good day all the same, small bird sp inc Stonechat, Reed Bunting, Meadow Pips, Wren, Chiffchaff.
 
Good sized gull roost on the dropping tide on the Axe lots of Black Head and Herring Gull with a handful of GBBG and at least two Common Gull.
 
Greenshank, Redshank, Curlew, Oyster catcher, Shellduck (two from the local ringing project) Little Egret, Heron, Black Tailed Godwit (one colour ringed bird), Teal and a Common Sandpiper, four Little Grebe, Peregrine.
 
 

Posted October 19th, 2019 at 8:59 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Tamar estuary / Ernesettle

This afternoon:

8 Little egret, 20 Black tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 1 Great crested grebe, 1 Common sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Firecrest.

Posted October 19th, 2019 at 7:07 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Shipley Bridge and Emsworthy Mire

09.30-12.30 - Shipley Bridge 

3 Ring Ouzels seen separately beyond the first bridge perched in trees or bushes. A group also seen briefly in flight passing over. Four species of raptors, 2 Song Thrushes, 2 Mistle Thrushes, 3 Blackbirds, Chiffchaff, Bullfinch, Goldcrest, Ravens and numerous Robins. 

14.00-15.00 - Emsworthy Mire 

At least 10 mobile Ring Ouzels showing well in bushes beyond the northern boundary of the reserve. Mainly juvs but also some females and a smart male. Kestrel, GSW, Ravens and several Mistle Thrushes present too. 

Posted October 19th, 2019 at 6:34 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Wembury Point

Highlights this morning, 3 Cirl Buntings and 2 Goldcrest. Large numbers of Finches and Blackbirds around the pines, as well as a female Blackcap and a Chiffchaff.

Posted October 19th, 2019 at 3:55 pm by Matt C in Bird News

Lapland bunting

As well showing very well by wooden country side post in line with green shipping marker buoy northam burrows

Posted October 19th, 2019 at 2:30 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

A lovely sunny morning at Dawlish Warren produced flocks of Greenfinch, Goldfinch and Linnet. A lone Blackcap, plenty of Stonechat, a well camouflaged Cirl Bunting and I believe a Cetti's Warbler 50m from gate to dunes. Rusty brown but sadly a poor photgraph . Ed’s - this looks like a Wren.

Cirl Bunting
Cirl Bunting

Chetti's Warbler
Chetti's Warbler

Posted October 19th, 2019 at 2:22 pm by Ian Muir in Bird News

Emsworthy

Whilst watching a mistle thrush, 12 ring ouzels gathered around stayed together for several minutes, approx 11am today.

Posted October 19th, 2019 at 2:21 pm by Gary Bolton in Bird News

Snow bunting

2 still showing well now at North end of northam burrows

Posted October 19th, 2019 at 2:11 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Glossy Ibis at Fremington

Just visiting from Sussex, so this is probably well-known, but there was a Glossy Ibis at Fremington Pill yesterday afternoon.

Posted October 19th, 2019 at 10:01 am by Val Bentley in Bird News

Friday 18th October 2019

Berry Head sea watch 07.25 - 16.40

Pretty much as Dave’s tweet, but for the record....

15 Pomarine Skuas (all juvs), 57 Arctic Skuas (various ages), 10 Pom/Arctic Skuas, 13 Bonxies, Grey Phalarope, 6 Balearic & 1 Manx Shearwaters, Arctic & 4 “Commic” Terns, drake Common Scoter, Curlew, 250+ Kittiwakes (mainly adults), ringtail Hen Harrier (south over the sea), 3 Siskins “in off” & at least 6 Harbour Porpoises showing well throughout the day.

Posted October 18th, 2019 at 10:52 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Fremongton Pill

Among the many Redshank lining the Pill, 1 Greenshank, 1 Spotted Redshank and surprisingly a male Ruff

Posted October 18th, 2019 at 2:04 pm by Roger Doble in Bird News

Skern/Northam Burrows

2 Snow Buntings this morning at the north end of the golf course on the sea defences. Also of interest 50 Brent Geese of which 2 Pale-bellied, 8 Wigeon, a late Arctic Tern, c350 Golden Plover and a Raven.

Posted October 18th, 2019 at 2:02 pm by Roger Doble in Bird News

Northam Burrows. Lapland and Snow Buntings

Lapland Bunting. One seen late afternoon Oct.16th and 17th in same spot on coast path around the estuary...opposite green navigation buoy in river and close to coast path sign. Park at Skern. 

Snow Buntings. Oct.17th...Two adults and two juveniles feeding between  8th green and makeshift sea wall. No camera!



Posted October 18th, 2019 at 11:57 am by Sue Ambler in Bird News

Shipley ~ Ring Ouzels

They took their time in showing up this morning, and only one in any way ventured close to us, but eventually the first of eleven Ring Ouzels seen today up at Shipley showed up.

Until they arrived entertained by numerous Blackbirds and a small number of Mistle Thrush.

Three Raven over, M&F Kestrels, slow but steady movement of Chaffinch down the valley and a very active flock of 15 plus Long Tailed Tits.

  

Posted October 18th, 2019 at 11:35 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Shipley Bridge (16th Oct) Ring Ouzels

Nine Ring Ouzel seen in the area  of the first bridge on the road from Shipley bridge to the Avon dam, mostly singles, three in flight at one point circled and went over Black Torr.

Raven and Kestrel, no sign of the numerous smaller species seen earlier in the week.

Posted October 18th, 2019 at 6:57 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Thursday 17th October 2019

Emsworthy

late afternoon: c250 Golden Plover (one flock) overhead, heading SSW.

Posted October 17th, 2019 at 8:52 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Prawle Point

Seawatch today 8am till 12 in SSW 4-5 with little rain tho forecast. 

Skuas : 1 Immature Pom, 2 Arctic ( pale and dark phase) and 1 Bonxie.

4 Balearic Shearwaters; 6 Puffins; 1 Merlin ( chasing the 100+Meadow Pipits flying west) . 12 Common Scoter west, 1 East. 2 Med Gulls adult winter plumage.2 Sandwich Terns.2 Great Northern Divers ( Adult summer plumages and a 1st year).

constant stream of 898 Kittiwakes; 1295 Gannets and 533 Auks all west. And a breaching cetacean.

Yesterday Pat saw and photographed a Wryneck behind the car park. And today he saw a Yellow- Browed Warbler on private farmland and a Whinchat. So, still passer ones out there to find.

Posted October 17th, 2019 at 8:30 pm in Bird News

Wembury Reeve’s Pheasants

We have had frequent sightings of Reeve’s Pheasants over the past couple of weeks and including today, around the Langdon Court area and north of the village. Presumably these are all released birds.  

Posted October 17th, 2019 at 7:27 pm by Matt C in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the lake.

8 Willow Tit, 3 Marsh Tit, 17 Coal Tit, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Nuthatch, 1f Tufted Duck, 3 Mute Swan, 2 Wren, 12 Blue Tit, 2 Grey Wagtail.

Posted October 17th, 2019 at 7:17 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Lannacombe Valley.

Despite the wind, in a few sheltered spots were 2 Firecrests ( caught and ringed ) 13 Goldcrests ( 7  caught and ringed ) At the beach 2 Woodlarks   low overhead moving west into the wind.

Posted October 17th, 2019 at 5:39 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Emsworthy Reserve, Widecombe.

10 members of DB (East Devon Branch) attended the morning fieldtrip before the weather deteriorated at 11.30.  Target birds present including: Ring Ouzel (3), Mistle Thrush (c20), Redwing (c50), Golden Plover (20), Raven(1), Kestrel (1), Willow Warbler (1), Meadow Pipit(s), Skylark (heard over), and did someone say Fieldfare?  Most birds seen at a distance feeding on Rowan trees or passing south up the valley.

Posted October 17th, 2019 at 2:12 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Hoopoe

A report of a Hoopoe at Staddon Green, Plymstock this morning on a site called Nextdoor Lipson & Lara, apparently was seen yesterday on or near this road. Details at scanty.

Posted October 17th, 2019 at 12:13 pm by greg bradbury in Bird News

Wednesday 16th October 2019

Wembury Point , today

Cirl Bunting and Rock Pipit




Posted October 16th, 2019 at 7:20 pm by Peter Castle in Bird News

Avon Dam

15 Ring Ouzel,  very skittish and mobile, seen after the bridge.

Posted October 16th, 2019 at 7:12 pm by Mave Goddard in Bird News

Avon Dam

15 Ring Ouzel , very skittish and mobile, seen further on from the bridge.

Ring Ouzel
Ring Ouzel

Posted October 16th, 2019 at 5:05 pm by Mave in Bird News

Emsworthy Mire

This afternoon there was a large movement of Thrushes on Emsworthy Mire, I counted 8 Ring Ouzels and there could have been more judging by the amount of calling,approximately 100 Redwing and about 20 Mistle Thrush.
The flock was very mobile and moving along the valley, curiously accompanied by a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Male Bullfinch!

Posted October 16th, 2019 at 5:03 pm by Keith Benyon-Tinker in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

Five raptor species included a Merlin while another highlight was a late Whitethroat. Noticeable influx of 43 Robin (41 at East Soar yesterday). Also: 250 Skylark, 7 Alba Wagtail, 14 Stonechat, 24 Blackbird, 8 Chiffchaff, 100 Carrion Crow, 47 Goldfinch, Reed Bunting & 4 singing male Cirl Bunting.

Posted October 16th, 2019 at 3:33 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

East Prawle.

At Moorwell Pond this morning, a Firecrest. 6 Goldcrests. 4 Chiffchaffs ,2 Blackcaps and 8 Robins ( a high count for this species here. A male Blackcap ringed at this site on the 7th. Sept.2018 was recovered ( caught by a ringer ) near Seville in southern Spain on the 12th. Oct.2018. More British ringed Blackcaps are recovered in Spain than any other location abroad ,closely followed by France and then Morocco.


Posted October 16th, 2019 at 3:20 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

East Soar

This morning: 1 Merlin in protracted chase after a Skylark over the stubble fields by the airfield; 8 or 9 Ring Ouzels in Stair Hole and the Yellow-browed Warbler still in the willows (early pm) but elusive.

Posted October 16th, 2019 at 3:19 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Ring Ouzel - Shipley Bridge to Avon Dam

Walked Shipley Bridge - Avon Dam 11.15 -13.15 today, but only got as far as just past the 1st bridge. Numerous Ring Ouzel moving down valley and feeding on rowan trees to right of bridge. I sat up amongst the trees and at one time saw 24 Ouzel flying over to the pine trees by the ruined hotel, with more left feeding on the rowan. Constant movement and I would estimate there were at least 30+ Ouzel present. Mostly female/juvenile birds and have yet to check my record photos for any sign of ringing. Most I have seen in the area during the past 6 years!

Posted October 16th, 2019 at 2:22 pm by Dave Pakes in Bird News

East Soar

Late post for yesterday thanks to internet failure: Yellow-browed Warbler (found by PA), 2 Ring Ouzel, Ringed Plover, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (migrants), 19 Swallow, 10 Alba Wagtail, Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 2m Bullfinch and first Reed Bunting of the autumn.

Posted October 16th, 2019 at 1:57 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Two redhead Goosanders were new in on Blaxton. Also: Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpipers, 6 Greenshanks, 2 Little Grebes, 2 Grey Wagtails, a pair of Stonechats, Great Spotted Woodpecker & Sparrowhawk. 

Just outside the patch, a Yellow-browed Warbler in Tothill Park (in sycamores near the tunnel under the railway).

Posted October 16th, 2019 at 12:32 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Emsworthy Mire

2 male and 2 female Ring Ouzels this morning at around 10.30. At least 1 Redwing with around 20 Mistle Thrushes.

Posted October 16th, 2019 at 12:04 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Tuesday 15th October 2019

Caen Estuary - Green Sandpiper & Common Sandpiper

Nice comparison to have both Green and Common Sandpiper feeding together on the Caen Estuary this afternoon. Green Sandpiper not so common as the Common on this stretch so nice to see.  

Green Sandpiper   Green Sandpiper Tail   Common Sandpiper  Tail
Green Sandpiper                             Green Sandpiper Tail                       Common Sandpiper Tail

Posted October 15th, 2019 at 7:10 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Soar

A Yellow-browed Warbler first thing in East Soar willows, 3 Ring Ouzels & a Firecrest in Starehole. Also in the area: Redpoll (presumed Lesser) over, 8 Siskins, Wheatear, White Wagtail, 15 Goldcrests, 9 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, 8 Song Thrushes, Water Rail, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 12 Swallows & a Jay.

Posted October 15th, 2019 at 6:06 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Ring Ouzel

Pictures of Ring ouzel at Starehole valley, East Soar yesterday


Posted October 15th, 2019 at 8:26 am by Kay and Gary Deare in Bird News

Monday 14th October 2019

Ring Ouzel

  A lovely count of 9 Ring Ouzel , at East Soar in Starehole Bottom valley,at around 2pm today, even in all that rain.

Posted October 14th, 2019 at 11:35 pm by Kay and Gary Deare in Bird News

Slapton Ley

In addition to Rob's sightings there was another Scaup, first calender year female just off the Duckery in Torcross. A female Teal was sat with Mallards in the duckery, it had a ring on it so maybe from a collection. Also 2 Wigeons in Ireland Bay, 10 Teals Strete Gate, 5 Little Grebes Stokeley Bay,one Redwing heard, flock of c50 each of Goldfinch and Greenfinch along the line, Kingfisher below the bridge and offshore 6 Common Scoter and a summer plumaged Great Northern Diver off the Monument. 160 Starlings came into roost in the Higher Ley.

Posted October 14th, 2019 at 8:07 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Exeter - Starcross

In Belle Isle Park the lone Ring-necked Parakeet chattered into its fifth week of residence, and a Treecreeper was singing, unusually from the Scots Pines.

At the rapidly-enlarging Matford ponds were two Little Grebes and nearly four hundred ducks, well up on last week, but alas of only four species.

In the estuary were several Red-breasted Mergansers and Great Crested Grebes, newly-arrived, and the Golden Plover flock was up to ninety. No Avocet, but twelve other wader spp. seen.

The surprises of the day were a bedraggled Wheatear on the embankment near Turf, and a flock of sixty Swallows near Powderham Church, basically heading South but also attempting to feed in the lee of the trees.

Of the seventy+ spp. encountered, probably twenty+ had acquired some Kelly genes and were singing in the rain.

Posted October 14th, 2019 at 6:26 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Slapton Ley

A good afternoon round the ley turned up male Scaup, Black-necked Grebe, 100+ Kittiwake offshore, 28 Swallow, 6 Firecrest, 2 Blackcap, Grey Wagtail & 2 Marsh Tit.

Non-avian: 6+ Migrant Hawker.

Posted October 14th, 2019 at 5:21 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Snow Bunting - Northam Burrows

at 1130 am. at the northern end between golf course and sea wall among rain-pools.  Tame: approached within 20 feet.  Busy feeding.

Posted October 14th, 2019 at 2:08 pm by Abraham Cutajar in Bird News

N. Hallsands.

A YELLOW BROWED WARBLER ringed this  morning. Also on site 2 Firecrests ( ringed) 20+ Chiffchaffs (11 ringed ) 18 Goldcrests ( 7 ringed),a Willow warbler ( ringed ) and 5 Blackcaps (3 ringed).

Y. B. Warbler.    1st..Yr. m. Firecrest.
Y. B. Warbler.                                        1st..Yr. m. Firecrest.

Posted October 14th, 2019 at 12:18 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Shipley Bridge / Avon dam ~ South Brent

Low cloud giving murky dull conditions with poor visibility ~ An abundance of Goldcrest along with good numbers of Chiffchaff, several mixed tit flocks Long Tailed and  Blue Tit well represented with a few Great Tit. Numerous Magpie, Three Stonechat just below the dam, Heron, Buzzard, three Kestrel sightings, six Mistle Thrush and a single Ring Ouzel in flight, Jay,  good numbers of both Robin and Blackbird, a few Wren and a small number of Chaffinch.

Posted October 14th, 2019 at 10:53 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley

Late post for Sunday: Female Merlin, Sparrowhawk, Firecrest, 7 Swallow, Green Woodpecker - migrant, 2 Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaff & 6 Goldcrest.

Posted October 14th, 2019 at 10:33 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Sunday 13th October 2019

Berry Head

Some overhead migration this morning included: 4 Redwing, 5 Song Thrush, 32 Swallows, 1 Sand Martin, 6 Skylark, 2 Siskin, 11 'alba' Wagtails, 8 Meadow Pipits.

There had been a moderate fall of migrants too: 17 Goldcrest, 23 Chiffchaff, 11 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat.  

Posted October 13th, 2019 at 7:53 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Female Goldeneye diving most of the afternoon. Also Pochard (2), Gadwall and Sparrowhawk. 

Posted October 13th, 2019 at 5:36 pm by Tim Smith in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Black-necked Grebe and Scaup on the Lower Ley about 600 metres north of the Tank Car Park.

Posted October 13th, 2019 at 5:30 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Exmouth

Yellow-browed Warbler and Spotted Flycatcher on Orcombe Point today.

Posted October 13th, 2019 at 4:24 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Wembury Point

Headed out at 13:00 from the car park. 5 Swallows overhead as well as 2 Skylark and some Pied Wagtails. By the sewage outflow pipe on Langdon Beach, 20+Rock/Meadow Pipit. On the rocks, 10+ Oystercatcher and 3 Little Egret. On our return through the pines at the bottom of the hill, 5 Goldcrest, 5+Linnet. The highlight of the walk though was our first male Firecrest in striking plumage. It was low in the sycamores just to the side of the path that tracks up behind the pines at the bottom of the hill. 

Posted October 13th, 2019 at 3:30 pm by Matt C in Bird News

Isley Marsh and Fremington Pill.

Two Spoonbills roosting on Isley at high tide.   Glossy Ibis showing well on Fremington Pill but no sign of Spot Red.  3 Greenshank feeding with 50+Redshank.

Posted October 13th, 2019 at 12:21 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Saturday 12th October 2019

spoonbills

A mid-afternoon walk at Isley Marsh and Yelland Quay, on an incoming tide, started very quietly but once we overlooked the Taw things improved dramatically. The highlights included 2 spoonbills, 6 bar tailed godwit, 5 turnstones, 1 swallow over the man made sand dune, 100+ curlew, 400+ oystercatchers (fairly evenly split between the north and south side of the Taw), and a grey seal.

distant spoonbills
distant spoonbills

Posted October 12th, 2019 at 8:59 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News

East Soar Ring Ouzels

Plymouth branch members met today for a club field meeting at East Soar and against the odds of bad weather we saw 37 species. The highlight of the day came during our lunch break in the Starehole Valley where we saw three Ring Ouzel one male and two females. The male was showing well and gave the group great views for several minutes. Other stand-out birds included Yellowhammer, Cirl Bunting, Wheatear, Swallows, Sparrowhawk and a stunning male Old English Pheasant.

Posted October 12th, 2019 at 6:33 pm by John Lloyd in Bird News

East Soar

Best today were 2 Ring Ouzels in Starehole Valley with a small influx of 15 Song Thrushes. Also: a large movement of 280 Skylarks, 50 Swallows, 3 Sparrowhawks, 2 Blackcaps, 8 Chiffchaffs, 6 Goldcrests, 15 Siskins over, 9 Bullfinches and the crow with white primaries.

Posted October 12th, 2019 at 5:41 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Plym Estuary

Redshanks increasing with 208 (all on Blaxton); also, 22 Turnstones, 8 Greenshanks, Black-tailed Godwit, 33 Curlews & 3 Mediterranean Gulls (2 ads + 2nd-w).

Posted October 12th, 2019 at 5:36 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Bideford Bank end

68 Mediterranean gulls on the river Torridge at low tide , roughly half were adults and half 2cy. With just one first winter.

Posted October 12th, 2019 at 4:45 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Paignton Harbour area

The juvenile Red Throated Diver close in off Roundham Head late morning. It drifted slowly north and out to sea, last seen some way out from Paignton sands at 12.30

Posted October 12th, 2019 at 3:08 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Fremington pill

Spotted Redshank; Ruff.

Spotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank

Posted October 12th, 2019 at 1:03 pm by Gordon Westley in Bird News

Firecrest, Wonford Road, Exeter

A firecrest foraging in large birch on western end of Wonford Road, Exeter.

Posted October 12th, 2019 at 12:06 pm by Ben Lansbury in Bird News

Berry Head seawatch

Seawatch from 0730-0900. More productive than expected given the flat calm conditions. Star bird was a juvenile Sabine's gull south at 0830. Also Bonxie, 2 Pomarine Skua, 12 Arctic Skua, Red-throated Diver and 300+ Kittiwakes

Posted October 12th, 2019 at 11:54 am by Simon Tonge in Bird News

Friday 11th October 2019

Tarka trail - Taw Estuary

A single Juv Great Crested Grebe on the Taw Estuary late aft seen from the Tarka trail several hundred metres from the Tarka Inn.

Posted October 11th, 2019 at 5:57 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Slapton Ley / Start Bay

Seawatch from Torcross

08:40-10:00, all south

9 Gadwalls, 13 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Pomarine Skuas ( juvs ), 6 Arctic Skuas, 3 unidentified Skuas ( Pom / Arctic ) and around 500 Kittiwakes.

12:00-15:00, all south

23 Gadwalls, Sooty Shearwater ( good record from this location ), 3 Arctic Skuas, 2 unidentified Skuas ( Pom / Arctic ) and 11 Swallows.

Gadwall movement interesting, most looked to be heading around to Beesands Ley, picked up way to far out to have just commuted from Slapton Ley where they have been scarce lately anyhow. The male Scaup is still on the ley at Torcross. Also Little Grebe, 2 Mediterranean Gulls and Coot numbers up to around 200.

 

Posted October 11th, 2019 at 5:07 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Paignton harbour ~ Red Throated Diver

Being a fair weather birder who does not do rain, waking up to the pouring deluge outside this morning was not encouraging, but the lure of the Red Throated Diver that seems to be quite happy in Paignton harbour was too much of a temptation so off I went.

Well worth the visit firstly the weather was half decent for a poor weather day and then to spot the RTD in the harbour entrance made the day, it gave great close up views being reasonably unconcerned that I was watching it.

Despite the dropping tide it was working an area 20 or so yards inside and outside of the harbour mouth.

Posted October 11th, 2019 at 1:26 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Off Shoalstone,Brixham

9.30 till 11.00. Great Northern Diver. Arctic Skuasx14 all dark phase flying south

Posted October 11th, 2019 at 12:30 pm by David Leigh in Bird News

Thursday 10th October 2019

Instow Beach

20 Brent Geese - 10+ curlew. All unsettled by hunting Peregrine

Posted October 10th, 2019 at 6:03 pm by Steve Wheale in Bird News

Wednesday 9th October 2019

PAIGNTON HARBOUR

The Juvenile Red Throated Diver Was Showing Well From 11.30 Until I Left At 14.15, Both On The Seaward Side And Inside The Harbour.

Thank You To Stephen O Donoghue For The Original Post.


Posted October 9th, 2019 at 5:51 pm by patrick hawkins in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

8 Willow Tits, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Jay, 9 Coal Tit, 1 Cormorant.

Posted October 9th, 2019 at 3:56 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Velator

Best sighting in the reserve this morning was a male Bullfinch, but best bird was a squealing Water Rail, the first since one nearby in June and a couple in early January. Oddly, Great Tits outnumbered Blue Tits by about 4:1.

3 Black-tailed Godwits out on the scrape.

Posted October 9th, 2019 at 1:38 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Tuesday 8th October 2019

East Soar late pm

Everything keeping low in the strong west wind. A 'crest' flitted through the willows, never to be seen again. A Wheatear, a few Skylarks and Sparrowhawk by the car park.

Posted October 8th, 2019 at 6:16 pm by Roger White in Bird News

Velator

After I saw you Rob, I saw a Curlew out on the scrape too. In the reserve a Treecreeper was the best, still lots of Blue Tits.

At home, and the first I have seen this year, a Humming-bird Hawkmoth, which all too quickly zoomed off.

Posted October 8th, 2019 at 4:55 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Sharpa / Wrafton scrape

1 Shoveler, 13 Teal, 1 Black tailed Godwit, a small flock of BH Gulls & 1 Grey Wagtail which flew over the Tarka trail towards Wrafton Pond.

Posted October 8th, 2019 at 12:42 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Emsworthy Mire

At around 9.40 this morning, I picked out a male Hen Harrier coming in low from the direction of Haytor. It continued low until I lost it behind some trees. No sign of any thrushes though.

Posted October 8th, 2019 at 11:02 am by Nick Potter in Bird News

Paignton Harbour

Juvenile Red-throated Diver feeding  inside the Harbour on Monday afternoon(07/10/19).. At low tide it remained just off the Harbour mouth.

    

Posted October 8th, 2019 at 8:16 am by Steven O'Donoghue in Bird News

Monday 7th October 2019

Berry Head

Seawatching with MD and AR today 1240-1700hrs: 1 Sabine's Gull juv, 1 Little Gull juv, 500+ Kittiwake 20 Pomarine Skuas all juvs, 21 Great Skuas, 86 Arctic Skuas, 1 Arctic Tern, 1 Common Tern, 1 Sandwich Tern, 6 Balearic shearwaters, 1 RTD, 13 Common Scoter approx 6 Harbour Porpoise and 1 Grey Seal.

Posted October 7th, 2019 at 8:59 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Braunton Marshes, Horsey & Broadsands

Late aft - Horsey - no small waders but 21 Lapwing, 1 Spoonbill, 10 Little Egret, my first 2 adult Shelduck (back from the moult) not seen any here for a couple of months.

On Braunton Marshes 22 Swallows. At Broadsands on the Taw Estuary on a sand bank, 51 Sanderling,26 Dunlin & 7 Ringed Plover which were later spooked by my first Merlin of the autumn.


Posted October 7th, 2019 at 6:36 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Exmouth - Maer Rocks

1 Purple Sandpiper 

Posted October 7th, 2019 at 9:34 am by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

Sunday 6th October 2019

Instow

On an outing to Instow on Sunday morning I can across a number of these little waders.  Is this a little Stint?

Little Stint?
Little Stint?       Eds - Sanderling

Posted October 6th, 2019 at 8:55 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Feathers

Here are most of the feathers I collected earlier.

Quite a variety, and some odd shapes too. There's also one Sparrowhawk feather - can you see it? Anyway concensus is Snipe.
Quite a variety, and some odd shapes too. There's also one Sparrowhawk feather - can you see it? Anyway concensus is Snipe.

Posted October 6th, 2019 at 8:20 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Dawlish warren

Watched from 09:00 till 16:45

A long day on site was rewarded with some really good birdwatching a large feeding frenzy off of exmouth and orcombe point had brought lin large number of gulls and terns a count from the hide looking at bull hill produced 159+ sandwich terns and there was constant movement between the estuary and the sea, 1 probable black tern but was lost when terns disturbed repeatedly by jet skiers, in the estuary 5+ common terns , 1 Juv curlew sandpiper, 24+ Dunlin, 8 grey plover , 7 greenshank , 12 bar tailed godwits, 374+ curlew, 2 pintail, 8+ Mediterranean gulls( 6 adult, 2 1st winter)

Around the site 1 tree pipit over calling, 1 peregrine , 2 sparrowhawk, 1 Merlin, 1 kestrel, steady passage of alba wagtails with 115+ over the day , 2 grey wagtail, 2 rock pipits, lots of meadow pipits, greenfich, goldfinch and linnets, 12+ goldcrests, 6+ chiffchaffs, 3 blackcaps, 1 fox ion front of the hide.

The best bird was a surprise I had left the hide about 13:30 and as I came up ont the dune ridge behind the 7th tee of the golf course a small lark was on the path along the top, just got my bins on it before it flew along the path about 30feet and dived to the side behind the fencing as I moved along the path it flew up again giving bin views before diving behind the fence Lind again another 10feet along my thought was SHORT TOED LARK from the bill shape and face pattern, it the flew back over my head towards the 7th tee and landed on top of a small bush enabling brief scope views before it was flushed by 3 golfers it flew down the golf course and after briefly settling it flew again to an area around the 5th green, but with only one other birder on site and we both searched over the next 2 hours it coul not be relocated but am happy it was SHORT TOED LARK but unfortunately couldn’t get a photo hope it stays around . 

Finished with another look at the sea from the seawall by the boathouse pub and between 16:00 and 16:40 had 6+ Arctic Skuas chasing numerous teens and gull around the bay ( 3 pale phase, 2 dark phases and an intermediate)  a good way to end the day , 

Posted October 6th, 2019 at 7:53 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Crow Beach House Horsey Island

Grey Plover (21) Dunlin (17) and Turnstone (4) on the waters edge. A mixed flock of 200+ ringed plover, dunlin and sanderling (17) on Horsey ridge.

Grey plover
Grey plover

Turnstone
Turnstone

Posted October 6th, 2019 at 6:27 pm by Richard Gowen in Bird News

East Soar

Best today was 2 Firecrest in Starehole Valley but also Swallow, 4 White Wagtail, 11 Wheatear, 5 Blackcap, 14 Chiffchaff, 5 Siskin west up the valley, 45 Goldfinch & 200 Linnet.

Posted October 6th, 2019 at 4:21 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Tarka trail - Taw Estuary

Cycled slowly along the Tarka trail this morning on the north side of the Taw Estuary stopping off at several locations to check the birds.

Photo showing comparison shot of small flock of Black & Bar-tailed Godwits.


Posted October 6th, 2019 at 3:23 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Velator

This morning in the reserve I thought that Blue Tit would be the bird of the day, when a flock of 20+ flew over the pond. Fortunately a Swallow flew over, and then a Sparrowhawk flew off leaving a pile of feathers, which at present I haven't identified. Will take a pic later and see if anyone can help.

Posted October 6th, 2019 at 1:34 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Darts Farm, Topsham.

6 Cattle Egret present with red cows at far side of meadows this morning and seen from viewing hide.

Elsewhere... at Bowling Green...Marsh Harrier at back of reeds earlier (10.30am).  It flew off north gaining height.  

Posted October 6th, 2019 at 12:09 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Slapton and Soar 05/10/2019

Lovely marsh harrier flying around Slapton, I don't see many in Devon and a yellow wagtail with the pieds near the Café at East Soar

Marsh Harrier
Marsh Harrier

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Posted October 6th, 2019 at 6:47 am by Richie moore in Bird News

Saturday 5th October 2019

Plymouth Estuary/Saltram

Just to add to Alan's post, the following of note were seen.

37 Turnstone at the Laira bridge end, Bar-tailed Godwit, Oystercatcher 8 and a Firecrest in the trees above the steps off the riverside walk.

Posted October 5th, 2019 at 5:21 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Velator

After some essential and disruptive works around the scrape recently, (a sewage pipe was dug in to link the big shed with the sewage system) finally had a Black-tailed Godwit on the scrape this morning, there have been some Black-headed Gulls the last few days, but not much else.

Ringing in the reserve of late has garnered 9 Blackcaps, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Cetti's Warbler, a Reed Warbler (latest ever here) 9 Blackbirds, the first 5 Greenfinch of the winter, Great Spotted Woodpecker and the 16th Kingfisher of the year. Plus all the usual suspects.

Also in the reserve this morning: 2 Raven. a Grey Heron over.

The first Meadow Pipits of the Winter in the surrounding field appeared in the last couple of days.

Posted October 5th, 2019 at 5:07 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

05-10-19 Ford Park Cemetery

More in the way of bird life and sounds today, 2 Buzzards, 5 Song Thrushes, 4 Goldcrests, 3 Female Pheasants and 1 male, Dunnock, Blue and Great tits, 4 Parakeets.

Buzzard
Buzzard

Song Thrush
Song Thrush

Goldcrest
Goldcrest

Posted October 5th, 2019 at 2:38 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

River Plym / Saltram

At high tide:

5 Little egret, 29 Curlew, c380 Black headed gull, 165 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 5 Mandarin, 1 Raven, 1 Kestrel, 2 Ring necked parakeet.

Posted October 5th, 2019 at 12:41 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Friday 4th October 2019

Marsh Harrier Frogmore

Female or immature Marsh Harrier over the road at Winslade Farm Frogmore 4.30 pm probably the bird seen at Slapton earlier.

Posted October 4th, 2019 at 8:50 pm by John Walters in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

A good high tide visit to Bowling Green Marsh this morning, almost shoulder to shoulder standing room only due to the flood of migrant birders trying to catch a view of the Long Billed Dowitcher, which after showing really well on my last visit played hard to get today but it is still there. But no sooner had it decided to show itself it tucked its head under its wing and went to sleep, until a Peregrine came visiting and it was lost inside a flock of Curlew and Godwit.

Several Bar Tailed Godwit about, Lapwing, Teal and Wigeon numbers up on my previous recent visit, still 30 plus Greenshank, lots of Redshank, at least three coloured ringed Black Tailed Godwits. A single Ruff showing well and a solitary Whimbrell.

Two Buzzards caused a bit of a stir as they soared in view of the hide and a lightning low level pass, skimming the ground had to be a Hobby, that was in and gone before most folk had any idea it was there.

Several Pintail duck, a Common Sandpiper, brief view of the Curlew Sandpiper, a couple of Dunlin, Heron and Little Egret, Curlew still present in large numbers.

Bar Tailed GodwitLB Dowitcher

Posted October 4th, 2019 at 4:22 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Highlights were the male Scaup still in the Tufted Duck flock out from the Tank car park at Torcross and a female type Marsh Harrier seen dropping into the reeds in Ireland Bay around midday. Elsewhere Black Swan spoiling the view, Little Egret in the Cormorant roost ( only a casual visitor here ), 5 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Common Terns and 2 Wheatears. Anyone else notice a lack of Starlings at the moment ? 

Posted October 4th, 2019 at 3:18 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Thursday 3rd October 2019

East Prawle

Seawatch 7.00am till 9.45am in strong southerly winds.  1 Black-throated Diver west  at 7.55am (my first of the autumn)  7 Balearic and 3 Manx Shearwaters west . 2 probable Cattle Egrets flew west at 7.15am . A probable Pomarine Skua west at 9.05am. 607 Gannets west.  67 Kittiwakes and 6 Common Scoter west. 4 Med.Gulls west.

Also  a pod of 6 Harbour Porpoises and later a pod of 6+Bottle-nosed Dolphins. Small passage of Swallows and Meadow Pipits west. Over the Hump lots of Linnets, Meadow Pipits and Swallows, and the first of 3 sightings of Merlin. Several Painted Ladies and lots of Red Admirals. Lots of Cirl Buntings and Yellowhammers in sheltered places near the front. (Didn't see any of Alan's Goldcrest 'fall' towards the seashore such is birding in the Prawle area)

Later a few Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps, and 3 Northern Wheatears at the Airfields. 

I dreamt of finding a Black and White Warbler last night , but I don't think that counts !

Posted October 3rd, 2019 at 11:29 pm in Bird News

Soar

Had a good go at it today but it was hard work and then the rains came. Just one Swallow, 2 White Wagtails ( Soar Mill Cove beach ), Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Wheatears, 6 Blackcaps, 30 Chiffchaffs and 12 Goldcrests. At Higher Soar amazed to hear a Skylark singing a good repertoire in the rain, could not see it so maybe from the ground.

Posted October 3rd, 2019 at 8:16 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Golden Plover Haytor

Out with a student group at Haytor this morning. At 11.30, two groups of Golden Plover totalling c. 100 birds whizzed low past us going south.

Posted October 3rd, 2019 at 6:38 pm by Rich Billington in Bird News

East Prawle.

At Moorwell Pond this morning the first significant influx of Goldcrests of the autumn, with 20/25 around the site ( 11 caught and ringed ).Also present 4 Chiffchaffs, 8 Blackcaps, a Peregrine overhead and a flock of 30+ Linnets around the airfield.

It's. Yr. M. Goldcrest.
It's. Yr. M. Goldcrest.

Posted October 3rd, 2019 at 1:24 pm by Alan K Searle in Bird News

Wednesday 2nd October 2019

Middle Soar to Southdown Farm.

An afternoon visit so no chance of vis mig but did get 2 Sparrowhawk, female Merlin, Snipe, male Great Spotted Woodpecker (migrant), 12 Swallow, 4 White Wagtail, 3 Pied Wagtail (migrants), 200 Meadow Pipit, 3 Wheatear, 17 Stonechat, 11 Blackcap & 17 Chiffchaff.

Non-avian; 162 Red Admiral, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Comma, 5 Painted Lady, 2 Wall, Clouded Yellow, 15 Large White, 14 Small White & 8 Common Darter.

Posted October 2nd, 2019 at 8:14 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh 10 - 12 this morning

Quite busy on all fronts with the high tide, lots of waders and wildfowl. Highlights were the Long Billed Dowitcher, elusive on the extreme right with some Greenshank and a Common Sandpiper. On the right of the "peninsula", the eclipse Garganey again. Quite a few Bar Tailed Godwits and Pintail.

Posted October 2nd, 2019 at 8:06 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

East Soar and South Huish Marsh

Pretty lively at East Soar this morning (8.45 am to 12.45pm); 1 Merlin, 1000+ Swallows moving through, 30+ House Martins, hundreds of Meadow Pipits (1000+?), 1 Whinchat, c10 Wheatears, c10 Blackcaps, c30 Chiffchaffs, 1 Cettis Warbler, 2 Firecrests, c5 Goldcrests and c300 Linnets etc.

At South Huish Marsh briefly, early pm: 6 Mediterranean Gulls in with the Black-headed and a lone Yellow Wagtail.

Posted October 2nd, 2019 at 6:15 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Salcombe

Crossbill flew over Bennett Road this morning.

Posted October 2nd, 2019 at 5:24 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Roborough Down 02-10-19

Wandering around Roborough down this afternoon, several female Reed Buntings were seen, along with Stonechats, Meadow pipits, Goldfinches and 4 buzzards above



Posted October 2nd, 2019 at 3:41 pm by greg bradbury in Bird News

Clennon Valley

Yellow-browed Warbler first calling then seen in tall leylandii trees in my back garden, before flying off over my house and toward gardens and Clennon Lakes, I failed to relocate it. Around the lakes 11 Chiffchaff, 9 Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Kingfishers, 7 Teal, 10 Gadwall, 8 Tufted Ducks, 4 Little Grebes, 3 Little Egrets, 1 Water Rail, 1 Snipe. 

Posted October 2nd, 2019 at 11:24 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Tuesday 1st October 2019

Cadover/Trowlesworthy area Dartmoor

Highlights - Hobby over, 2 Little Grebe - one juv still begging for food and being fed by adult, 2 Teal, Tufted Duck, Green Woodpecker, Reed Bunting and 60+ Mipits

Posted October 1st, 2019 at 7:19 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Berry Head

Female Sparrowhawk hunting along the hedgerow leading into the car park.

Plenty of small birds around the top of the quarry area, with Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Bullfinch, flocks of Goldfinch,small numbers of Swallow, a large mixed flock of House and Sand Martin, several species of butterfly.

A sea watch was not as productive as hoped for but well entertained by numerous Gannet and Porpoises just off the headland for most of the visit.

Two Great Skua, two Arctic Skua and a solitary Manx Shearwater passing in the distance, a few Kittiwake, several large rafts of Herring gull before the rain stopped play.

Gannet adult & Juvenile

Posted October 1st, 2019 at 1:49 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

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