Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from October 2021

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Black Kite

Shute

07 Jun

Honey-Buzzard

Soar

09 Oct

Caspian Gull

Exmouth

01 Dec

Honey-Buzzard

Thurlestone

13 Oct

Chough

Noss Mayo

09 Feb

Little Bunting

Huxton Cross

18 Oct

Chough

Chudleigh Knighton

24 Sep

Long-tailed Skua

Thurlestone

12 May

Common Rosefinch

Lundy

10 Jun

Ortolan Bunting

Lundy

17 Jun

Corn Bunting [2]

Lundy

22 Jun

Pectoral Sandpiper

Bowling Green

27 Oct

Cory's Shearwater

Lundy

07 Sep

Purple Heron

Slapton Ley

17 Apr

Glossy Ibis

Staverton

21 Dec

RC Starling

Lundy

01 Jul

Glossy Ibis

Otter Estuary

28 Dec

RC Starling

South Huish

09 Sep

Golden Oriole

Combe Valley

09 Jun

Ruddy Duck

Exe Estuary

04 Apr

Nightingale

Hallsands

26 May

Serin

Haldon

21 Aug

Nightingale

Wistlandpound

30 May

Tree Sparrow

Ilfracombe

22 Jan

Hooded Crow

Clovelly

03 Jun

Tree Sparrow

Haldon

14 Nov

Posted June 30th at 11:34 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in Bird News

Sunday 31st October 2021

Ford Park Cemetery

No Redwings or Black Redstarts but Mistle Thrush was a nice consolation.

Also, 5 Canada geese & 1 Heron over & Numerous Greenfinch, Goldfinch and 4 Ring-necked Parakeets.

Mistle Thrush
Mistle Thrush
Mistle Thrush
Mistle Thrush

Posted October 31st, 2021 at 10:42 pm by John Foster in Bird News

Berryhead

Berryhead 7.00-14.00

Pomarine Skua 6, Arctic Skua 8, Bonxie 9, Manx Shearwater 1, Med Gull 11, a late Common Tern, Auks 250+, Redwing 600+ the headland and Torbay were heaving with seabirds including thousands of Kittiwake also Gannets Black Head and Common Gulls some feeding on Garfish and the shore anglers were pulling in loads of Mackerel

Posted October 31st, 2021 at 7:07 pm by Dave Dawe in Bird News

Dawlish Warren etc

The Barred Warbler found yesterday afternoon by Kev Rylands at Dawlish Warren showed on and off again today in the entrance bushes. Although taking berries, including those of Bittersweet (Woody Nightshade), it also ate a wasp at one point. The bird dwarfed a Chiffchaff that approached it!

Two Egyptian Geese were on the flood at Staplake, Starcross, together with about 800 Black-tailed Godwits and a Cattle Egret. 100+ Turnstones roosted on pontoons near the pier.

At Exminster Marshes, a Marsh Harrier disturbed Cattle and Little Egrets; there were at least 6 of the former.

Immature Barred Warbler
Immature Barred Warbler
Egyptian Geese
Egyptian Geese

Posted October 31st, 2021 at 5:40 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Slapton - beach lane

Bit late to post but.....Thursday last week on walk to beach from village, 1 swallow on the wires, 1 merlin crossing the road at speed, 2 cattle egrets with the bullocks in the last field before the hill down to the sands..

Posted October 31st, 2021 at 1:35 pm by Graham Burton in Bird News

Northam Burrows

Not an annual occurrence here but 1 Great Northern Diver off the Skern this morning.

Posted October 31st, 2021 at 11:36 am by Roger Doble in Bird News

Bowling Green and Topsham

Saturday. From the hide a single Spotted Redshank showing well in the late afternoon light. 4 Avocets at the mouth of the R Clyst, my first of the Autumn.

Posted October 31st, 2021 at 8:03 am by Martin Littlemore in Bird News

Slapton

Thousands of woodpigeons flying high over the bridge at Slapton in flocks of roughly about 500 with the odd Stock Dove. Siskin, Greenfinches, Meadow pipits, Goldfinches, Skylark and 3 Swallows all passing high. 3 Snow Buntings on the beach

Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting
Woodpigeons
Woodpigeons

Posted October 31st, 2021 at 6:58 am by Richie Moore in Bird News

Saturday 30th October 2021

Fremington Pill

Today I spent a couple of hour walking up and down the "concrete mile" where there were about 70 or 80 Black-tailed Godwits, the Glossy Ibis, Redshanks, a Spotted Redshank, two Greenshanks and a few Teal (m & F).

Spotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank
Greenshank
Greenshank

Posted October 30th, 2021 at 11:47 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Charleston Marsh

Our first trip to Charlton Marsh - plenty of birds to be seen from the hide on the very flooded marsh. Ten Little egret, good numbers of Mallard, Teal, Herring and Black-gull, a Kingfisher, Stonechats, Moorhen, Canada geese, one Redshank and the highlight for us, c.20 Snipe; mostly tucked into the edge of the floodwaters, with 5 amongst a raised, slightly grassy area in the water. 

Posted October 30th, 2021 at 7:40 pm by Fiona Freshney and Simon Lee in Bird News

North Molton Red Kite

A Red Kite spotted drifting around about 1 mile west of North Molton at 4.30pm.

Posted October 30th, 2021 at 7:32 pm by Martin Worsfold in Bird News

Plymouth area 29th & 30th October

Plym Estuary & Saltram 29th October: Kingfisher, 2 Little Grebes, 4 redhead Goosanders, 10 Wigeon, 4 Shags, 1+ Common Sandpiper, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, Snipe, 7 Dunlins, 7 Turnstones, 10 Greenshanks & an adult Mediterranean Gull.

Ernesettle (Tamar) 29th October: c20 Great Crested Grebes, 9 Black-tailed Godwits, 12 Teal & a Redwing.

Tamar opposite Cargreen (Devon side) 29th October: 3 Lesser Scaup (female & 2 juvs).  

Ernesettle (Tamar) 30th October: Redpoll over (presumed Lesser), 25 Jackdaws NW, 7 Redwings, Sparrowhawk, Grey Wagtail & 6 Great Crested Grebes.

Posted October 30th, 2021 at 5:02 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Slapton and Cadover

2+ Snow Bunting on Slapton Sands (others saw 3+). 

At Cadover first thing - one roosting redhead Goosander - my first of the autumn.

Posted October 30th, 2021 at 4:43 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Velator

Lots of Black-headed Gulls on the scrape and feeding around the field, a Little Egret also feeding there. 2 drake Gadwall on Wrafton Pond. In the reserve, good lot of birds and species: 2 Water Rail, at least 3 Chiffchaffs, a female Blackcap, one or 2 GSW, Jay, 2 Redwing, Tawny Owl, Rising numbers of Green and Goldfinch, a few Chaffinch, a Kingfisher, and best of all about a dozen Siskin feeding with Goldfinch on Alder cones. Common Darter and Emperor still present and one each of Large White and Red Admiral.

Posted October 30th, 2021 at 2:21 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Exeter , Exwick

14 calling redwing flying low over Exeter , Exwick at 14:13 heading South .

Posted October 30th, 2021 at 2:19 pm by Unai Marquez Pardo in Bird News

Snow Buntings at Westward Ho!

Searched in vain for the snow buntings but nearing the parked car by the Visitor Centre a flock flew in over the 'lagoon' to land on the pebble ridge. Two minutes later the group rose and made for the fenced reserve and I was able to confirm a count of 13.. 

Posted October 30th, 2021 at 1:54 pm by stewart beer in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Good afternoon,

This morning at the Lake.

3f Goosander (first of the winter), 1 Redwing in the car park, 2 Willow Tit, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Tufted Duck 1m 1f, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant. 2 Jay.

Posted October 30th, 2021 at 1:08 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Friday 29th October 2021

Great White Egret

One on flood water just north of Totnes this afternoon. 

Posted October 29th, 2021 at 9:50 pm by Nick Addey in Bird News

Fremington

On the Pill, Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, male Ruff and Glossy Ibis. 
Off the Quay  100+ Black-tailed Godwit.

Posted October 29th, 2021 at 7:29 pm by Roger Doble in Bird News

Avon Dam - Ring Ouzels

As the light was starting to fade, at least seven Ring Ouzels, on what's left of the rowan berries, below the double weirs. Also six Redwings, but plenty Blackbirds. On the dam a female type Black Redstart, with Robins, Pied Wagtails, Meadow Pipit & Stonechat.

Ring Ouzels x6
Ring Ouzels x6
Ring Ouzel
Ring Ouzel

Posted October 29th, 2021 at 6:13 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

East Soar, ouzels and snow bunting

Quick afternoon visit today to see two ring ouzels and several redwings in Starehole valley. On walk back to East Soar car park a single snow bunting on the track gave close views. Probably a first winter bird. 

Posted October 29th, 2021 at 5:46 pm by Chris Klee in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Walk around southern part of the marshes this afternoon. Station Road a little flooded but passable but fields near Turf very wet and both welly boots filled with water. In Station Road 2 jays, a few redwing and a kingfisher. Later 3 cattle egrets with cows and 2 marsh harriers (one flew to Powderham marsh).

Posted October 29th, 2021 at 5:30 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Berry Head

Another good seawatch this morning (with Ali King)highlights : 3,115 Kittiwakes in first 1.5hrs, 300+ Auks (mostly Razorbills, 5 Com Scoter, 9 Med & 14 Com Gulls 5 Pomarine (2 ad, 1 3cy+, 2 juvs), 7 Arctic and 13+ Great Skuas, 2 skua sp. (Arct/L-t), 2 B-f Tuna, 7 C Dolphins, 5+ Porpoises.

1 Brambling overhead.

Posted October 29th, 2021 at 2:01 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Leeden Tor, Dartmoor

10 Golden Plover this morning

Posted October 29th, 2021 at 1:48 pm by Ben Crabb in Bird News

Thursday 28th October 2021

Broadwoodwidger

Female Ring Ouzel in the garden for a third day


Posted October 28th, 2021 at 6:57 pm by Adrian Davey in Bird News

Slapton

2 Snow Buntings still around, on boulders and beach approx 400m from Torcross Car Park. 10am - 10.30am.  Bit flustered today.  Periodically flew to other side of road, only just off the road! when people and dogs approaching on the beach. First Snow Bunting sightings for me :) 

Posted October 28th, 2021 at 6:45 pm by Elizabeth Mulgrew in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatching (Mark Darlaston, Paul Alberchtsen, Mike Langman) 0800-1530:  c7000 Kittiwakes (4959 in 1st hr), 9 Little Gulls (8 ads, 1 1w), 15 Med Gulls; 6 Pomarine Skuas (ad, 3cy+ & 4 juv), 5 Arctic Skuas, 8 Great Skuas, 3 Common Scoters,  2 Puffins; Balearic Shearwater and 4 Dunlin. Also 2+ White-beaked Dolphin, c10 Porpoise, 6 sightings of BF Tuna.

Posted October 28th, 2021 at 5:54 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Cotehele

1 immature Goshawk at 10:20 this morning

Posted October 28th, 2021 at 5:01 pm by Ben Crabb in Bird News

Fremington Pill

1 Greenshank , 1 Spotted Redshank , 1 Glossy Ibis & over 100 Black-tailed Godwits.


Posted October 28th, 2021 at 2:52 pm by Dave Paterson in Bird News

“Northam Burrows

9 snow Buntings  (4m, 5f/juv) still present at 9.30am at east end on fenced area accessed from information centre end. Unusually little disturbance at this time

Posted October 28th, 2021 at 10:03 am by Roger Doble in Bird News

South Brent ~ Ravens

A high flying straggling flock of 22 Ravens passing over South Brent this morning from the moors, three single individuals seen there after, two flying the same way and the last I assume a local bird displaying over a stand of pine trees.

One Great Black Back Gull and a handful of vocal Mistle Thrush.

Posted October 28th, 2021 at 9:24 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Wednesday 27th October 2021

Hope's Nose

This morning in strong wind, 2 Eiders again ranging between the Lead Stone and the Orestone.

Also, 2 Common Scoters south, Purple Sandpiper south of the Point.  Big movement of Kittiwakes and Gannets, all headed south. 

2 Grey Seals. 

Posted October 27th, 2021 at 11:05 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatching 08:00-15:00 with Dave Smallshire. Main feature was an excellent passage of 5016 Kittiwakes (3618 in 1st hour) including many juveniles. Other birds: 5 Mediterrean Gulls, 9 Common Gulls, 1st winter Little Gull, 9 Bonxies, 6 Arctic Skuas, Puffin and 2 Balearic Shearwaters. Also 6 Common Dolphins, 8 Harbour Porpoises and 5 sightings of Atlantic Bluefin Tuna.

Posted October 27th, 2021 at 6:32 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Starcross

Huge flock (50+)of cattle egret flying towards powderham 

Posted October 27th, 2021 at 5:48 pm by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Similar numbers of waders to yesterday, on this morning's high tide, but Wigeon up to 10. Also, juv Ringed Plover (unfortunately, unusual here these days), 2+ Common Sandpipers, 21 Turnstones, 4 redhead Goosanders 2 Little Grebes, 3 Shags & a Grey Wagtail.

At Efford Marsh, Marsh Tit & 2 Chiffchaffs.  

Posted October 27th, 2021 at 4:16 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Barnstaple Spoonbill

Spoonbill this morning , Fremington side of Barnstaple new bridge.



Posted October 27th, 2021 at 3:34 pm by Dave Paterson in Bird News

Slapton

Visited Slapton this morning hoping the Snow Buntings would still be around. Within 20 mins one was spotted (thanks Brian) around the boulders 200m up from Torcross car park. A very bold little chap who wasn’t flustered by us as he wandered up and down within a few meters from us. This was a first for me. Stopped at Shipley Bridge on my way back to see if I could see and Ringed Ouzels, just up past the bridge and up to the right were 5 birds, 2 more flew over head and single male on his own in a neighbouring tree. 

Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting

Posted October 27th, 2021 at 2:44 pm by Duncan Leitch in Bird News

Tuesday 26th October 2021

Northam Burrows

5.15 pm.Went looking for snow buntings and found SEVEN feeding where Rob had spotted three earlier and where I'd seen two yesterday. Several times passers-by spooked them and they flew to the pebble ridge but returned in no time.They were still feeding busily when I left at 5.45.Unable to attach photo of all seven on pebble ridge.

Posted October 26th, 2021 at 8:41 pm by Sue Ambler in Bird News

Hope's Nose

Blustery/windy conditions this morning, particularly on the south side which was blown out.  50+ Redwings over the upper slope/entrance on arrival.  2 Firecrests and a Chiffchaff calling from deep cover in the top dell.

2 Eiders.  1 initially just NE of the Lead Stone and showed very well.  Later relocated more distantly N of the Orestone, where a second bird joined it briefly.  A single Balearic Shearwater south too.

Great to see 2 Purple Sandpipers close to the Point.  

Posted October 26th, 2021 at 8:19 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Velator

I was on the Tarka Trail counting Godwits on the scrape this afternoon, and most of them flew a few yards confirming that they are Black-tailed - max 20 of them. Then I saw a Jay fly out of the reserve, and then another followed by a third.- this is unprecedented, a few minutes later, at least 2 of them returned and one at least seemed to be carrying something. Acorns from elsewhere? There don't seem to be any acorns in the reserve this year, so not sure why there is this level of interest. Dipper in the river, 2 Stonechat outside the reserve, GSW, Water Rail, Cetti's Warbler 30 Redwing 20 Goldfinch the notable birds inside.

Posted October 26th, 2021 at 7:07 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A visit starting around this morning's high tide, produced: 2 Lapwings, Snipe, Jack Snipe, 10 Greenshanks, 180 Redshanks, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, 9 Dunlins, 7 Wigeon, Little Grebe, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (adult & 2nd-w), Common Gull (adult), Kingfisher, 3 Shags, 36 Redwings (26 going west), Firecrest, 2 Stonechats, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers & 9 Roe Deer.

Polish-ringed adult Mediterranean Gull on Tothill Playing Field.

Posted October 26th, 2021 at 6:53 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Broadwoodwidger

Female Ring Ouzel in garden all day.

Posted October 26th, 2021 at 6:37 pm by Adrian Davey in Bird News

Cadover

Hen Harrier (ringtail) over Trowlesworthy, Cadover, at 16:25. Flew from Trowlesworthy Warren towards Wigford Down.

Posted October 26th, 2021 at 5:25 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Berry Head

Nice morning around headland with a movement of 1,500+ Redwings, 1 Merlin (had a go at some Redwings), 1 Ring Ouzel, 3 Brambling, 2 Firecrests, 7 Goldcrests 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap.

  Brambling Berry Head 26 Oct 2021 ML    Merlin and Redwings Berry Head 26 Oct 2021 ML

                  Brambling                                                                         Merlin and Redwings

Posted October 26th, 2021 at 1:40 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Northam Burrows

The 3 Snow Buntings I reported 2 days ago were this morning within inches of where I last saw them... but today I managed a few pictures. (I hope that the gentleman I chatted to who was out looking for them with his scope - probably a Devon Birds member - later found them. They were again just outside the NE end of the fenced area.)

Posted October 26th, 2021 at 12:01 pm by Rob Durrant in Bird News

Dartmoor

A 25km walk taking in Gidleigh village & common, then up onto Hangingstone via Teignhead Farm. Raptors included a distant Hen Harrier, Peregrine harried by Ravens, singles of Goshawk & Sparrowhawk. On the mires 3 Snipe flushed, a single Golden Plover overhead. Coming off at North Creber a single Ring Ouzel with several Mistle thrush, Redwing and c100 Starling.

Posted October 26th, 2021 at 8:09 am by Simon M Bates in Bird News

Monday 25th October 2021

Hope's Nose and the Avon Dam, Dartmoor

At Hope's Nose this morning:

2 Eiders seen close to the Lead Stone before moving north, off The Point.  2 Firecrests in the top dell.  More unusual was a Kingfisher that flew across the south side bay to the west-facing undercliff at Sandy Point.  Two Harbour Porpoise were off The Point too.

This afternoon at the Avon Dam, Dartmoor:

14 Ring Ouzels, with 12 in the small trees and bushes on the hillside to the right of, and just beyond, the first bridge.  2 further birds came up out of the quarry and a splendid male perched on the south-facing Dam Wall itself!  Below, a fem/imm Black Redstart showed well as it flitted up and down the spillway.  30+ Redwing, Mistle Thrush.    

Posted October 25th, 2021 at 6:41 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Slapton

Managed to locate a single Snow Bunting on the beach area this afternoon which is a first for us. Also from the beach, spotted a Grey Seal swimming north staying very close in amongst the breaking waves Three Wigeon on the Ley, a single Gadwall and numerous Tufted. Large Grey Heron.

Posted October 25th, 2021 at 5:54 pm by Tom & Dan Kent in Bird News

South Hams

At least 1 Snow Bunting present at Slapton on beach/roadside boulders as I drove past, 300m N of the Torcross car park at 9.30am.

Start Point 9.45am-1pm: 8,000 + Wood pigeons > SW, 8 Swallows, 20+ Skylarks, 4 Siskins, 15 alba Wagtails. At the lighthouse 2 Black Redstarts, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Stonechats.

Posted October 25th, 2021 at 5:49 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

South Brent

From home at South Brent this morning small numbers of migrating Wood pigeons passing over in small flocks of up to 50 birds, steady passage of Redwings over with flocks of up to 30 birds, 2 Mistle Thrush and a GSWP.

South Brent church the female Black Redstart found by Peter Reay still in situe and showing well, feeding along the roof, a steady trickle of Song Thrush (10 plus) Redwing and a Mistle Thrush coming into feed in the Yew trees in the church yard.

Walking back home an adult tiercel Peregrine passed over Hillside at low level.

Black Redstart
Black Redstart
Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Posted October 25th, 2021 at 5:35 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Northam Burrows

Snow buntings

Snow bunting
Snow bunting
Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting

Posted October 25th, 2021 at 3:35 pm by Andrew Lansdell in Bird News

Emsworthy Mire

Mid morning visit looking for winter thrushes which were few and far between,probably because the Rowan trees are devoid of berries this year.Saw a few blackbirds and a couple of Mistle Thrushes, and about a dozen Redwing at the far end of the valley well past the reserve boundary. Very few small birds about at all, but the bird of the day was a Ringtail Hen Harrier which flew along the valley and passed about 15 ft from me!

Posted October 25th, 2021 at 3:27 pm by Keith Benyon-Tinker in Bird News

East Soar

More vis mig: 2860 Woodpigeon (1640E 620W), Redwing 190W, Stock Dove 19W, Starling 16E & 45 grounded, Meadow Pipit 16W & 32 grounded, Jackdaw 48W 70E, Skylark 50W & 100 grounded, Mistle Thrush 1N, Jay 2W. Also: Jack Snipe, 5 Ring Ouzel, 20 Teal, 6 Song Thrush, 5 Chiffchaff & 3 Bullfinch.

Posted October 25th, 2021 at 3:20 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Northam Burrows

Thanks for finding the 2 Snow Buntings Sam! When Andy joined me a bit later he had seen the third one a bit further North with a Linnet flock, so still 3 there.

Posted October 25th, 2021 at 2:23 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Northam Burrows

Just 2 Snow Bunting present at around 11am today. I was lucky enough to witness 3 yesterday. 

Approximately 1500 Golden Plover on the shoreline who eventually moved over to Saunton direction.

Posted October 25th, 2021 at 1:32 pm by Sam Aston in Bird News

Sunday 24th October 2021

Slapton Sands

At least one Snow Bunting still present at nightfall, around the sea defence boulders, just before the Starling murmuration. Also two Cattle Egrets flew south over the Ley.

Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting

Posted October 24th, 2021 at 11:58 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

South Brent

In addition to the Black Redstart reported at Avon Dam, there was another around the churchyard in South Brent this afternoon. 

Black Redstart, South Brent
Black Redstart, South Brent

Posted October 24th, 2021 at 8:38 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News

Anchor wood to Fremington

This afternoon a group of five Cattle Egrets and two Little Egrets were on Penhill Marsh.  In a field on the in land side of the Tarka path were a group of ten Curlew. In the river were two Bar-tailed Godwit and yet more Curlew. No camera today.

Posted October 24th, 2021 at 6:53 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Avon Dam

Lovely walk up to the Avon Dam this afternoon when the rain stopped. At least one male ring ouzel feeding in bushes below the dam and other thrush flocks around. Also a Merlin flew over the dam and one black redstart among the mippits on the dam wall.

Posted October 24th, 2021 at 5:24 pm by Paul Buckley in Bird News

Exminster Marsh Sunday 24th

Good view of late hobby hunting over field behind Lions Rest. Catching dragonflies and eating on the wing.  Being harassed by three magpies.  Also immature marsh harrier over central area.

Posted October 24th, 2021 at 4:59 pm by Patrick Case in Bird News

South Brent ~ Merlin

Seen from home at South Brent this morning a flock of 31 Redwing, Tawny owl then flushed from the orchard.

Garden feed station getting busy with two Nuthatch and good numbers of Greenfinch as well as the usual garden birds, immature Sparrowhawk flew through and landed on a gate before moving on.

This afternoon a high flying female Merlin (record shots at best given the poor weather conditions)

Merlin
Merlin
Merlin
Merlin

Posted October 24th, 2021 at 4:07 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Royal North Devon Golf Club

3 Snow Buntings on beach adjacent to golf course

Posted October 24th, 2021 at 4:04 pm by Andy Downing in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Bittern dropped into reeds just north of bridge at 07:30, also Kingfisher here.. In the bay Great Northern Diver just off Memorial Car Park. Lots of Gannets and Kittiwakes south through Bay, also 3 Brent Geese and 2 Arctic Skuas. 2 Cattle Egrets in the cattle field across the ley from Memorial Car Park.

Posted October 24th, 2021 at 2:37 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Berry Head

Some good seawatching at Berry Head this morning with Mark Darlaston:

Ed: final day totals 0745-1545 (from MD):

1 Little Auk, 1 European Storm-petrel, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 juv Puffin, 1 juv Pomarine Skua, 6 Balearic Shearwaters, Manx Shearwater, 4 Little Gulls (1 ad, 3 1w) , 72 Mediterranean Gulls, 4920 Kittiwakes (incl. c750 still in Tor Bay at 15:45), 57+ Common Gulls, c650 Gannets, 18 Arctic Skuas, 24 Great Skuas, 2 Gadwall, 4 C Scoter, 2 Brambling, 6 Swallows plus Atlantic Bluefin Tuna & 6+ Porpoises.

Little Auk

Posted October 24th, 2021 at 1:44 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Northam Burrows

First 3 Snow Buntings at Northam Burrows this morning

Posted October 24th, 2021 at 1:24 pm by Rob Durrant in Bird News

Saturday 23rd October 2021

Exeter , Exwick

Very nice to see some black-billed Scandinavian male blackbirds , c4 feeding on the ground inside a damp park .

Posted October 23rd, 2021 at 8:00 pm by Unai Marquez Pardo in Bird News

Saltram National Trust

1 Ring-necked Parakeet, 9 Mandarin, 3 Curlew

Posted October 23rd, 2021 at 7:22 pm by Ben Crabb in Bird News

Slapton ~ Snow Buntings

As per Lloyd's earlier post two Snow Bunting at Slapton today, 150 Coot on the Ley and a handful of Great Crested Grebe but not a great deal else, up to eight Cetti's Warbler and two Water Rail.

Twelve Cattle Egret flying across the bay just out to sea and another two in a cattle field above the Ley, Greenfinch and Stonechat showing well.

Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting

Posted October 23rd, 2021 at 6:06 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Soar

After a quiet start, a reasonable spread of autumn migrants recorded including: Dartford Warbler, 3+ Ring Ouzels, Merlin, Firecrest, 2 Siskins, 1+ Redwing, 5 Song Thrushes, 5 Chiffchaffs, 5 Goldcrests, 9 Teal, 7 Golden Plovers, 12+ Stock Doves & just c250 Woodpigeons. Also Hare, 8 Sika & 3 Roe Deer.

Posted October 23rd, 2021 at 5:47 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Bucks Mills

Today at Bucks Mills I saw this fine chap perched on a rock close to the waters edge. Also saw two Oystercatchers, some Jackdows, a Rock pipit and a Robin.

Carrion Crow
Carrion Crow

Posted October 23rd, 2021 at 5:41 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Velator reserve.

Ringing early this morning aiming to catch a few Redwings which have started to appear. First bird out of a net (pre-dawn) was the female Tawny Owl which had been calling to her mate when I arrived. Ended with 6 Redwing, 5 Blackbird, 4 Blackcap (all males) 3 Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest and a few locals. Still no returning Greenfinch. Out on the scrape from very early a very big flock of Black-tailed Godwits (150+?) Raven over. Didn't catch the Jay, or the Cetti's Warbler, nor yet the GSW or Water Rail....

Anyone know anything about small freshwater fish? There is a small shoal of something (lord knows where they came from!) which mooch about on the surface with their noses just breaking the surface. I have no idea. Otter food?!

Posted October 23rd, 2021 at 3:01 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Slapton Beach

2 Snow Buntings this morning, up and down beach between Torcross and Memorial.Unfazed by many obsrevers

Posted October 23rd, 2021 at 11:55 am by Lloyd Gray in Bird News

Grey phalarope

21 Oct 31 1.15pm in the sea by the breakwater leading to the lighthouse. Alas no photo 

Eds - Was this Brixham?? - Please anyone posting a sighting always start with the site as a 'title' for the post, not the bird.

Posted October 23rd, 2021 at 11:12 am by Bryan Greenwood in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Friday afternoon at Fremington Pill saw little in the way of bird life other than a Little Grebe at the Muddlebridge end a few Mallard, a few Little Egrets and a dozen or so Redshank.  On the little island just off the quay were one, Greenshank, one Grey Heron, one Spotted Redshank, two Curlew and a couple of Oystercatchers. From the middle of the I could see a half dozen or so Wigeon up close to Penhill Point end of river.

Little Grebe and two Mallard
Little Grebe and two Mallard
Little Egret
Little Egret

Posted October 23rd, 2021 at 1:07 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Friday 22nd October 2021

South Brent ~ Home birding

With the change in the weather I put a bird feeder up today and was amazed how quickly it was rediscovered and soon emptied, upwards of 20 Greenfinch was a pleasant surprise I haven't seen that many around the garden for several years, a very persistent Nuthatch, flyover Greater Spotted and Green Woodpeckers, nice to have some Long Tailed Tits back on the feed station.


This morning gave the first evidence of the autumnal Wood pigeon migration with several small flocks of birds passing over, also a Mistle Thrush and several small flocks of Redwing.

Coal Tit
Coal Tit
Nuthatch
Nuthatch

Posted October 22nd, 2021 at 8:18 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Shaldon

Bundle Head 07:45 - 09:15 this morning: 23,500 Woodpigeons (around half heading south/west inland, half flying over the sea between Exmouth/Budleigh and Torbay), Brambling, Swallow, 168 Goldfinches, 119 Meadow Pipits, 67 Linnets, 34 alba Wagtails, 30 Chaffinches, 26 Siskins, 14 Greenfinches, five Skylarks, two Grey Wagtails, two Mistle Thrushes and two Jays.

Posted October 22nd, 2021 at 7:31 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Blaxton Meadow & Plym Estuary.

I only had a brief visit on this afternoons rising tide. On Blaxton Meadow  Wigeon were up to 7, Black-tailed Godwit 6, Redshank 182, Greenshank 9, Oystercatcher 11, Dunlin 6, Curlew 37 & Shelduck 16. On the estuary 4 female Goosander, 2 Little Grebe and a Kingfisher.

Posted October 22nd, 2021 at 7:29 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Hope's Nose & Paignton

Hope's Nose this morning:

Pleased to find my first Black Redstart of the autumn on the south side, amongst the lower boulders.  A prob imm/1cy male.  Also, 2 showy Firecrests, male and female Blackcaps, Chiffchaff, 6+ Meadow Pipits, 4 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Common Scoters.  

Over in Paignton at the junction of the A380 and Fernicombe Rd, the juv Rosy Starling showed well on wires, on and off, at around 14.35.  It was mobile and spent time over at nearby Belfield Rd and Pimm Rd.  

Posted October 22nd, 2021 at 6:23 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Ringmoor Down

Treated to a wonderful avian, aerial display this morning by upwards of 500 Golden Plover. Ravens 7, Snipe 3,Crows 10 Meadow Pipits 30+,Stalings 30+ some mixed in with the Golden Plover flock, Redwing 20+, Stonechats 6.

Golden Plover
Golden Plover
Golden Plover
Golden Plover

Posted October 22nd, 2021 at 5:18 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Noss Mayo

Had great views of a short eared owl over stubble near the warren car park this afternoon.

Posted October 22nd, 2021 at 4:16 pm by Jonathan Rundle in Bird News

Velator

Female Shoveler and 3 Gadwall on Wrafton Pond this morning. 14 Black-tailed Godwits on the scrape (but later flew off east.) 2 Dippers in the river. Water Rail, Long-tailed Tit, Jay, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, GSW, and 15/20 Redwing in the reserve. Yesterday a Raven was calling from one of the big trees. Also a huge (1000+) number of Starlings on the telegraph wires near the river. Haven't seen such a gathering for about 25 years.

Posted October 22nd, 2021 at 2:52 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Snow Bunting , on beach between Torcross and Memorial car park, presume the bird from 11th October, feeding amongst the boulders so probably been overlooked. Also 1 Med Gull, a late Sandwich Tern and 6 Swallows

Posted October 22nd, 2021 at 2:25 pm by David Cope in Bird News

East Soar

More vis mig this morning: 7560 Woodpigeon - 4280E 3280W, 103 Stock Dove 58E 45W, Skylark 205W & 160 grounded, Jackdaw 150 - 60E 90W, Raven 7W, Chaffinch 60W, Siskin 36W, Snipe 1W, Meadow Pipit 70W, Goldfinch 40W. Also: Golden Plover, 2 Ring Ouzel, 43 Song Thrush, Blackcap, 5 Goldcrest, 10 Pied Wagtail.

Posted October 22nd, 2021 at 2:23 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Avon Dam

Five roosting Goosanders at the Avon Dam this morning included the first male of the autumn there, albeit still in partial eclipse. Two of the brown-heads had paler legs and were assumed to be 1cy birds. All flew out together at 0806. Very quiet below the dam, with just a few Redwing and one Ring Ouzel seen briefly before it took off and flew high southwards - perhaps to Soar!


Posted October 22nd, 2021 at 12:41 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News

Tarka Trail today.

3 Adult Spoonbill roosting at Isley Marsh at high tide this morning , Male 

Peregrine on Torridge bridge , 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls on Bideford quay 

a pair of Bullfinch at Yelland.

Posted October 22nd, 2021 at 12:00 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Late post for yesterday the 21st.

A total of 53 species seen in the morning including eight species of wader. I dipped on Pete's Dipper, but the following were of note. Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Snipe, 8 Turnstone, 8 Bullfinch, 2 Siskin, 2 Stonechat, GSW and 159 Redwing flying over from Saltram towards Laira first thing (0750hrs). There were more Redwing Flying over, but my view was obscured by the trees at times so not counted.

Posted October 22nd, 2021 at 6:15 am by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Thursday 21st October 2021

Marsh Harrier

Horsey Island Thursday morning watched juvenile Marsh Harrier quartering by the middle stone buildings, also good numbers of golden plover

Posted October 21st, 2021 at 10:55 pm by Liz Crow in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Brief visit at lunch time. Probably the same juv hobby was hawking for dragonflies over the canal. The great white egret was amongst the roosting waders in the middle of the marsh. About 160 golden plover flew over but landed on the estuary. At least 2 chiffchaffs were along the canal bank.

Posted October 21st, 2021 at 7:34 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

In much nicer conditions, this morning: 2 Dippers (1 singing), Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtails, 1+ Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Grebes, Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Wigeon & a Treecreeper. 

Dipper
Dipper

Posted October 21st, 2021 at 5:56 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Emsworthy Mire (E.Dartmoor).

A very pleasant morning field walk in spite of cold N wind and waterlogged ground for 12 members of DB (as arranged by East Devon Branch).  From the car park a few Meadow Pipit and a pair of Stonechat were present but birds appeared thin on the ground until we headed north from the red barn.  The target winter thrushes did not come easily but beyond the last wall 2 Ring Ouzel, small flocks of Redwing, a Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush were present at a distance. Overhead a flock of c100 Golden Plover were circling, plus 2 Buzzard and RavensGt S. Woodpecker was finally added to a count of 18 species.

Thanks to Alex and Shelagh Parsons for leading us and keeping the list.

Posted October 21st, 2021 at 2:46 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

East Soar

Good vis mig this morning with 9450 Woodpigeons moving through - 5790E & 3660W then many groups straight out to sea presumably heading for France & Iberia; Skylark 18W 32E & 100 grounded; Song Thrush 8W; Jackdaw 13W; Swallow 6E; Siskin 6W; Jay 1 W. 

Also: 4 Ring Ouzels in Starehole showing really well from main path so no need to struggle up the goat path, female Merlin, Golden Plover, Sparrowhawk, 3 Bullfinch, 2 Chiffchaff, 50+ Meadow Pipit.

Posted October 21st, 2021 at 2:42 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Wednesday 20th October 2021

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning,

3 Willow Tit, 3 Nuthatch, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 2 Coot, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Marsh Tit, 2 Jay, 1 Bullfinch.

Posted October 20th, 2021 at 8:20 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A visit during this afternoon (rising tide) produced: my first Jack Snipe of the autumn, Snipe, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 11 Greenshanks, 186 Redshanks, Kingfisher, 2 Wigeon, adult Mediterranean Gull (Polish ringed PHAU), 3 Stonechats, 7 Mistle Thrushes & 7 Roe Deer.

Posted October 20th, 2021 at 7:09 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Rosy Starling

Again on Kings Ash Road by Fernicombe Road this am between 1030 and 1300 hrs.

Posted October 20th, 2021 at 3:57 pm by Paul Carter in Bird News

Velator

Female Pintail and a pair of Gadwall with the other ducks (and more Coots and Moorhens) on Wrafton Pond this morning. Kestrel briefly as I arrived in the reserve (probably the same as was seen late yesterday afternoon, along with the Marsh Harrier (not by me!) Also in the reserve, Jay, Cetti's Warbler, Coal Tit, Water Rail and the usual other suspects. Dipper in the river as I left.

Posted October 20th, 2021 at 1:44 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Walk around the southern part of the marshes late morning. A single marsh harrier was near the lagoon and a juv. hobby over Station Road. Elsewhere a flock of c50 lapwing was the most I have seen this autumn and duck numbers continue to grow. An assortment of feral/hybrid geese now include bar-headed, snow and several crosses with Canada geese. Overhead a few skylark and chaffinch all going west. Heard water rail (x2) and Cettis. As I was leaving there was 1 (possibly 2) cattle egret near the railway bridge.

Posted October 20th, 2021 at 1:25 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Tuesday 19th October 2021

Rosy Starling Paignton

Immature Rosy Starling still with Starling flock on wires by main road near junction with Fernicombe Road today


Posted October 19th, 2021 at 10:16 pm by John Walters in Bird News

Starcross and Exeter

Off Starcross and the Kenn outfall this morning were 9 R-b Mergansers, my first of the Winter, overlapping with the final 2 Sandwich Terns, plus the usual 50 + Turnstones, 10+ Greenshanks and a few Barwits.

At Countesswear, a Peregrine was on a pylon and 3 Common Sandpipers were in the river.

In St Leonards, my first 2 Redwings were heading S, 2 Water Rails were squealing from the flood channel, and a Dipper was hanging around Trews Weir for the third day in a row.

Posted October 19th, 2021 at 4:08 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Berry Head 18-19/10/21

Today 19/10/21 seawatching 0730-1415: Velvet Scoter S (at 12:18), Pomarine Skua (juv/imm), Arctic Skua, 3 Bonxies, 3 Manx Shearwaters, Puffin, Little Gull (1w), c500 Auks (mostly Razorbills), 33 Mediterranean Gulls (14 ad, 7 2w, 12 1w), numerous Kittiwakes with Black-headed and Common Gulls. c15 Common Dolphins, c10 Harbour Porpoise, 3 sightings of leaping Atlantic Bluefin Tuna.

Yesterday 18/10/21, 0800-1545 a lot more gulls but similar species: Pomarine Skua (juv/imm), 7 Arctic Skuas, 6 Bonxies, Manx Shearwater, 2 Puffins, Little Gull (1w), 73 Mediterranean Gulls (34 ad, 12 2w, 27 1w), Kittiwakes 250/hr with many lingering , with c150 each Black-headed and Common Gulls, 2 Red-throated Divers, Fulmar (unusual in October as at sea moulting), c1000 Auks (mostly Razorbills), c10 Harbour Porpoise.

Posted October 19th, 2021 at 4:06 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram.

A very mild and windy morning the following were noted. Dipper 1, Goosander 3 females, Little Grebe 2, Kingfisher 1, Common Sandpiper 2, Curlew 65, Redshank 163, Greenshank, 10, Oystercatcher 5, Dunlin 7, Black-tailed Godwit 1, Wigeon 2 (m&f)  and a Med Gull 1 1st w.

Posted October 19th, 2021 at 12:24 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Monday 18th October 2021

Slapton Ley

Replying to Tom re his Med Gull which is indeed Polish. It was also here in August. It was ringed this year on 14th May as a nesting female at Warminso-mazurskie in NE Poland c 45 kms south of the Estonian border over 1750 kms away.

Posted October 18th, 2021 at 8:45 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

ALE7701

This is the ring number of a Cetti's Warbler I ringed at Velator in October 2019. I just had a notification that it was retrapped at Hengistbury Head Dorset this month. That's 3 years or over 1000 days ago.

Posted October 18th, 2021 at 8:02 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Shaugh Prior

Red breasted Flycatcher in private garden shrub border around 4pm near White Thorn pub. Many Redwings and Mistle Thrushes nearby.

Posted October 18th, 2021 at 6:41 pm by Rob Hubble in Bird News

Black Redstart-East Charleton

1 female Black Redstart at Home Farm, East Charleton on the patio of my cottage at 18:00 hrs this evening

Posted October 18th, 2021 at 6:15 pm by Barrie Whitehall in Bird News

Slapton

Colour ringed Med Gull on beach at Slapton. Polish I think. I've tried to report it on line but not sure if I was successful or not.



Posted October 18th, 2021 at 10:31 am by Tom Stevenson in Bird News

Bishopsteignton

This morning my daughter found a Wryneck on her doorstep in Bishopsteignton and as it is such a rare species took this photo and told me about it.  It was apparently uninjured in any way and we can only assume that is was a migratory bird which collapsed in some way after roosting overnight. D Munden

 

Posted October 18th, 2021 at 9:43 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sunday 17th October 2021

Anchor wood to Fremington

This afternoon along the river there were: two Goosanders; five Lapwing, got  quick shot of one coming in to land; two Bar-tailed Godwits; and a couple of Oystercatchers.

Bar-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit
Oystercatcher
Oystercatcher

Posted October 17th, 2021 at 10:36 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Torbay coastal

Off of Hopes Nose, Torquay, Eider duck on the sea, ten Common Scoter flying towards Paignton, numerous Pipits and several Greenfinch on the lower slopes.

Marine Parade three Mediterranean Gulls, adult and two first winter birds.

At least four Firecrest at Broadsands, forty plus flock of Goldfinch and a Grey Wagtail.

Firecrest
Firecrest
Firecrest
Firecrest

Posted October 17th, 2021 at 7:32 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

California Cross

1 Merlin, just north of California Cross, South Hams, midday.

Posted October 17th, 2021 at 5:58 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Ring Ouzel, Dawlish

Ring Ouzel nocturnal flight call, heard over house in Oakland park, Dawlish 15/10/21

Posted October 17th, 2021 at 5:58 pm by Paul Barker in Bird News

East Soar

Vis mig: Woodpigeon 1050W 380E, Jackdaw 27E, Skylark 69E 34W, Great Spotted Woodpecker 1E & 3 grounded, Song Thrush 13W & 21 grounded, Siskin 15W 31E, Sparrowhawk 1W, Stock Dove 20W & Starling 14E. Also: 52 Robin, 200 Rook, Golden Plover, 2 Redwing, 10 Alba Wagtail, Swallow, 8 Chiffchaff, Blackcap & 3 Bullfinch.

Posted October 17th, 2021 at 3:00 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Saturday 16th October 2021

Exminster Marsh & bellow Exeter Quay

Three F/Imm Marsh Harriers together today at Exminster Marsh, during a very brief visit at lunch time. 300+ Teal, 10 Shoveler & 50 Lapwing the best of rest.

Redwings now arrived in Exeter with a flock over house & one along with Kingfisher & Stonechat on drainage channel south of Trew Weir 

Posted October 16th, 2021 at 9:54 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Cadover Bridge

Brief early morning visit to Cadover. Between patches of thick mist managed to see Redwings 40+ with Starlings, Blackbirds, Mistle and Song Thrushes, Woodpigeons 30+, Ravens 2, Yellowhammer 1, Chaffinches 6, Mallards 6 and a solitary female Goosander on the river by the bridge.

Redwing
Redwing
Goosander
Goosander

Posted October 16th, 2021 at 8:31 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Short-eared Owl first thing seemed to come in off the sea. 743 Alba Wagtails came out of the reed roost just north of the bridge.

Posted October 16th, 2021 at 5:26 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Hope's Nose

08.30-11.45

Decent morning with a female Velvet Scoter south.  The juv Eider showed well south of the Lead Stone.  A Woodlark in off with Skylarks.  Also, 4+ Firecrests, 10 Common Scoters, 4 Swallows, 4+ Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps, 8+ Meadow Pipts, 3+ Alba Wagtails, 

Nice to see the first Purple Sandpiper of the autumn on the Lead Stone.  

Posted October 16th, 2021 at 4:51 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Tamar estuary / Ernesettle

On a misty morning, 37 Black tailed Godwit, 18 Teal, 5 Wigeon, 4 Great crested Grebe (3 Ad, 1 Juv) on the Tamar, 10 Stock Dove, 2 Buzzard. Ernesettle creek: 7 Greenshank and 2 Ring necked Parakeet (they're spreading!)

Posted October 16th, 2021 at 2:50 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley area

Good day for vis mig: 1180 Woodpigeon (800E 380W), 141 Jackdaw (106E 35W), 16 Jay (16E 3W), Skylark 330 (160E & 170 grounded), Song Thrush 5 (2E 3W), Chaffinch 70E. Also: male Merlin, Sparrowhawk, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker - migrants, 90 Robin (also 47 at E Soar yesterday), 18 Blackbird, 35 Goldfinch, 2 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Swallow, 4 Bullfinch & 20 Teal on lagoons.

Non-avian highlight: coming face to face with huge Sika stag!!

Posted October 16th, 2021 at 2:05 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Anchor wood area

On Friday 15 on my post regarding Anchor wood, it appears that I had forgotten to include photos of the Goosanders and the Lapwing.

Goosander
Goosander
Lapwing
Lapwing

Posted October 16th, 2021 at 1:40 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Woodcock, Ashcombe

Two Woodcock flew from verge at Junction of Colley lane and A380 at 7.20am yesterday morning

Posted October 16th, 2021 at 8:05 am by Paul Barker in Bird News

Friday 15th October 2021

Anchor wood area

Following my visit to Fremington pill I decided to walk along the river adjacent to Anchor wood where for the second day running I've seen three Goosander and a single Lapwing. 

Posted October 15th, 2021 at 10:27 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Fremington Pill

This afternoon I popped over to Fremington Pill were the Glossy Ibis was showing well and a ringed Curlew presented itself. Orange ring above the left knee (no clear marking) and a Black ring above the right knee (number 92) in white.

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Curlew
Curlew

Posted October 15th, 2021 at 10:21 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Cadover around to Legis tor

Hoped to be earlier but thick fog, so starting 10.30

Cadover-  Redwings (over in Brisworthy's fields- noting lack of holly berries this year)
Goldcrest, stone chat, pippits, robin, great/blue tit, woodpigeon, pied wagtail, grey wagtail, crow, green woodpecker. A first for me, a kingfisher, fishing further upstream towards the farm. 

Walking around to top of legis tor then to ringmoor down. 

Kestrel on top of legis tor being mobbed by the pippits, multiple ravens, sky larks passing by, golden plovers, at max one time easily 300+ birds, an initial startle from a member of the public caused them to fly, break into smaller groups and spread out, but came back to gather on ringmoor down allowing a nice photoshoot with my laying in amongst the grasses.
Also stonechat, female yellowhammer, magpie, g.s woodpecker at the plantation, robins, and buzzard. 

Posted October 15th, 2021 at 10:21 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

George Nympton

Counted 17 Buzzards in the field with me whilst Ploughing today.Maybe more hiding in the trees.Estimate 700 gulls after the same worms as the Buzzards.Mostly Juveniles but what surprised me was the majority of the adults were LBB Gulls with the rest being Herring Gulls.That presumably meant that there were likely to be about 500 LBB's in one group.The Gulls find the plough so quickly in the morning do some of them carry mobiles?!!!

Posted October 15th, 2021 at 5:28 pm by Roger Gay in Bird News

Plym estuary & Saltram

High tide: 160 Redshank, 10 Greenshank, 2 Common gull, 1 Mediterranean gull, Black headed gull with 2J21 leg ring still present, 2 Kingfisher, 13 Grey Heron roosting on the embankment. 4 Ring necked Parakeet overhead, Jays busy gathering acorns.

Posted October 15th, 2021 at 5:27 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

on the clyst by the bridge inn topsham great white egret 1pm to 2 pm today

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Posted October 15th, 2021 at 5:23 pm by martin arthur noakes in Bird News

East Soar

A quiet morning with Firecrest, Grey Wagtail, 38 Siskin, 145 Skylark, Sparrowhawk, 18 Yellowhammer, 20 Cirl Bunting, 47 Robin, 13 Blackbird (first influx), Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 4 Swallow, 18 Jackdaw west.

Posted October 15th, 2021 at 3:15 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Venford Reservoir and Bench Tor

early am: 15 Goosander on the reservoir, lots of Redwings and several Jays about, 1 Crossbill over.

Posted October 15th, 2021 at 12:17 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Stoke Point early morning

2 male 1 female ring ouzel, 4 siskin, 4 cirl buntings. Modest viz mig - 30 plus meadow pipit, handful of skylarks and a jay.

Posted October 15th, 2021 at 10:38 am by Richard Archer in Bird News

Thursday 14th October 2021

Brixham and Berry Head

1 Purple Sandpiper

plus 15ish Common Dolphins

Purple Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper
Common Dolphin
Common Dolphin

Posted October 14th, 2021 at 7:52 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Burrator

Redwings 200+ Crossbills 18 ,1 Redpoll.

Posted October 14th, 2021 at 4:34 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Cadover

At least 130 Redwing, 60 Blackbird and 30 Song Thrush in Brisworthy Burrows first thing. Most gone by 08:30.

Posted October 14th, 2021 at 10:22 am by Chris E in Bird News

Wednesday 13th October 2021

Berry Head

A very out of context 'pwing' call caught my attention - Bearded Tit! it was calling from the top of a sycamore tree beside the woods and meadow. My first for the site and Torbay. Also around site: 3 Firecrest, Spotted Flycatcher, 11 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap.

Other birds included overhead:  4 Redwing,  4 Song thrush, 1 House Martin, 22 Skylark

  Bearded Tit male Berry Head 13 Oct 2021 ML  Bearded Tit male Berry Head 13 Oct 2021 ML

                                                             Bearded Tit - Berry Head

Posted October 13th, 2021 at 7:59 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh & Goosemoor

Bowling Green Marsh & Goosemoor at lunchtime. Spotted Redshank Juv (GM), Ruff, 210+ Redshank, 33 Dunlin, 530+ Blackwits, 34 Greenshank (GM), 19 Lapwing, 190+ Pintail, 235 Teal, 165+ Wigeon, 3 Shoveler, 2 Snipe & a Kingfisher 

Posted October 13th, 2021 at 5:23 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Cadover, Brisworthy, Old Tin Workings

Viewed from old tin workings north of Trowlesworthy Warren house, large flock of Golden Plover approx 300 flying & settling just east of Legis Tor.

Also viewed Redwings (4), Blackbirds (6) no Ring Ouzels as yet, Green Woodpeckers, Bullfinch, Mistle Thrushes, Kestrel.

Posted October 13th, 2021 at 4:18 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in Bird News

Great White Egret, Teign Estuary

Seen from A380 by Passage House Inn, Yesterday at 5pm

Posted October 13th, 2021 at 1:57 pm by Paul Barker in Bird News

Yealm Estuary

Highlights - Whimbrel, 2+ Redwing heard over, 11 Little Grebe, 12 Teal, 11 Redshank, 12 Curlew, 4 Stock Dove, 2 Chiffchaff, Mistle Thrush, 2 Raven, Nuthatch, GS Woodpecker and 9 Little Egret

Posted October 13th, 2021 at 10:13 am by Chris E in Bird News

Tuesday 12th October 2021

Fremington Pill

Today between 18.00 and 18.30 hours the Spotted Redshank appeared and was showing well between the sluice and upper pill.

Spotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank

Posted October 12th, 2021 at 8:24 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Taw & Torridge Estuary from Crow Point

26 Dark-bellied Brent Geese in a pool at low tide (16:30)



Posted October 12th, 2021 at 7:12 pm by Tim Jukes in Bird News

Fremington Pill to Saltpill Duck Pond

8 Cattle Egrets roosting , 4 Greenshanks , 1 Glossy Ibis , 1 Spotted Redshank , 1 Grey Plover , 2 Shovelers & 4 Snipe .

Posted October 12th, 2021 at 6:03 pm by Dave Paterson in Bird News

River Plym & Blaxton Meadow

On the bank on the other side of the Plym by the railway bridge between Longbridge & Saltram, a lone Roe deer browsing. While photographing that, 2 Common Sandpiper flying downstream and a Kingfisher darting down then up stream ten mins later, 2 Grey Wagtails.

I didn't count but At Blaxton meadow, Curlew, Oystercatcher, Redshank, Greenshank, Dunlin,  Little Egret, Grey Heron.

Roe Deer (doe)
Roe Deer (doe)
Roe Deer (doe)
Roe Deer (doe)

Posted October 12th, 2021 at 4:42 pm by John Foster in Bird News

Plymbridge

Out early to catch Fallow action, apart from alpha no other male was being so eager just yet, but soon. 

However was treated to a holly busy with lots of firecrests, about 4 in one, and could hear more in other locations. 

Also today had, Golddcrests, tree creepers, gs woodpeckers, 4 buzzards, lots of jays active,  blue/great/long tail tit,  robin, wren, pheasant crow, raven, jackdaw, song thrush, woodpigeon, stock dove, 

Also treated to a fox running across my path

Posted October 12th, 2021 at 2:59 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Crownhill Down, Dartmoor

Late Whinchat at top of Crownhill Down this morning.

Whinchat
Whinchat

Posted October 12th, 2021 at 10:47 am by Chris E in Bird News

Monday 11th October 2021

Tamar Lakes, Exminster Marshes & Bowling Green Marsh

Best bird today at Tamar Lakes was a surprise Black-necked Grebe on Upper Tamar Lake. A few Marsh Tits and, eventually, a vocal Willow Tit were at the feeders at Lower Lake.

On Friday, October 8, Exminster Marshes gave us a young Hobby, a juvenile Marsh Harrier, a Great Egret and 50 Golden Plovers. Across the water, at Bowling Green Marsh, highlights included a Spotted Redshank, a Ruff, Kingfisher, Peregrine and around 150 Pintail.

Posted October 11th, 2021 at 10:21 pm by Howard Ackford in Bird News

East Prawle

A Yellow Browed Warbler in the willows around the pond at 9. 30 this morning.

Posted October 11th, 2021 at 12:54 pm by Alan K. Searle in Bird News

Dawlish Warren NNR

07:50 - 09:30

Yellow-browed Warbler in Dead Dolphin Wood. Calling but mobile.

Posted October 11th, 2021 at 12:21 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Sunday 10th October 2021

Sunday 10th oct dawlish warren and starcross

Great sunlight and light winds on the warren today with plenty to see but did become a little busy. Grey plover, Ringed plover, Sanderling, Dunlin, plenty of Sandwich Terns, med gull, plus Blackcap, Greenfinch, Cirl buntings etc but hi-lights of the day were the bold little Dartford Warbler in the sunshine and display of cattle egrets on the wreck at Starcross.   

Question please....When will the Warren bird hide be re-opened?

Dartford warbler
Dartford warbler
ship wrecked cattle \egrets
ship wrecked cattle \egrets

Posted October 10th, 2021 at 11:29 pm by simon kidd in Bird News

Plymstock

Hobby seen flying over Radford Park Woods this afternoon.

Posted October 10th, 2021 at 11:14 pm by G and L Carr in Bird News

Fremington Pill

This afternoon I had a quick visit to Fremington Pill. Sue Ambler and I saw the Glossy Ibis so it's returned at last.  On the quay side of the iron bridge was a single Greenshank.

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Greenshank
Greenshank

Posted October 10th, 2021 at 8:57 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

East Soar

Looks like a Radde's Warbler was found at Starehole today,

 

Posted October 10th, 2021 at 7:40 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Passage House, Teign Estuary

I was driving slowly southbound in traffic on the A380 flyover, across the River Teign, at 12.45.  I glanced to my left and down, and saw a Great White Egret, mid-channel in a creek, south of Passage House. 

Thankfully, the bird was seen by others soon after and I got decent views of it again at 14.40, just 125m or so east of Passage House.   

Posted October 10th, 2021 at 7:26 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Avon dam ~ South Brent

On the drive up to Shipley from South Brent two Redwings.

From Shipley car park to the dam and back across the moors gave a total of 28 species, despite glorious weather bird life was a bit sparse, the recently seen flocks of Thrush sp, Meadow Pipit and Goldfinch were not in evidence.

No sign of any Ring Ouzels and the birders I spoke to said they had blanked as well, as previous post it has been a poor rowan berry year up there.

On the plus side a brilliant day for birds of prey, with numerous Kestrel sightings, male Sparrowhawk passed over, two Buzzards and fly pasts from both Peregrine and Hen Harrier.

A female Goosander sat on the bottom step of the Dam, Pied and Grey Wagtails, Jays, Raven, male Bullfinch, small numbers of Stonechat and Meadow Pipit.

An unexpected Wheatear on edge of the moor on the way back.

Posted October 10th, 2021 at 12:41 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Saturday 9th October 2021

Velator reserve.

Early on lots of Godwits out on the scrape, but as I can only see their heads difficult to get a proper count. Ringed another juvenile Kingfisher plus Goldcrest and Blackcap. Most interesting was a Great Spotted Woodpecker with a ring that wasn't mine, or Chris Dee's either.

Posted October 9th, 2021 at 8:59 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

LowerTamar Lake

This morning at the Lake,

4 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 3 Coot, 3 Jay, 2 Grey Hero, 3 Moorhen, 3 Nut Hatch.

Posted October 9th, 2021 at 7:43 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Slapton

10 Jays heading north over Slapton Bridge, same number of Greenfinch in bush beside the ley. Small mixed flock of waders on the beach containing 10 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover and a Sanderling.


Posted October 9th, 2021 at 7:38 pm by Tom Stevenson in Bird News

Rose coloured Starling

Messed up the images on the original post !!!!

Rose-coloured Starling
Rose-coloured Starling

Posted October 9th, 2021 at 4:50 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Rose coloured Starling

The Paignton Rose coloured Starling continues to show well off of the  Kings Ash Hill / Fernicombe Road area of Paignton, the bird is with a flock of around 40 Starlings which are using a garden feeding station in Pimm Road.

All birds put up by a soaring Sparrowhawk.

Rose-coloured Starling
Rose-coloured Starling
Rose-coloured Starling
Rose-coloured Starling

Posted October 9th, 2021 at 4:49 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram.

An early morning visit before first light produced 4 Tawny Owls. Other birds of note were 41 Curlew, 167 Redshank, 11 Greenshank, 1 Bar -tailed Godwit, 3 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Stonechat, 30+ Meadow Pipit, 24 Stock Dove and a Grey Wagtail.

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Posted October 9th, 2021 at 3:13 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Great White Egret from Clyst viewing platform at 7.30 this morning. Flew towards Goosemoor or beyond. Otherwise Ruff, 210+ Pintail, 165+ Teal, 12 Shoveler, 20+ Wigeon, 4 Little Grebe, Water Rail and plenty of waders but poor light meant no count. 

Posted October 9th, 2021 at 2:40 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

East Soar

No sign of vireo & no Ring Ouzels! White Wagtail 27, Skylark 110, Robin 40, 15 Chiffchaff, Water Rail, 13 Blackcap, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Bullfinch, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker moving, four Ravens flying east, 2 Swallow && another 8 Jay - makes 66 since late Sep!

Posted October 9th, 2021 at 2:33 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Osprey over Raymonds Hill

Osprey over Raymonds Hill, Axminster at 8.15 this morning, being mobbed by a local buzzard.

Posted October 9th, 2021 at 12:02 pm by Jim Tirrell in Bird News

Kingsteignton: Flock of Jays

Flock of 31 jays, over Exeter road approx 10.30am approx 20 Canada geese , and female sparrow hawk 

Posted October 9th, 2021 at 11:46 am by Graeme Davey in Bird News

Wrafton area

Yesterday's visit to Wrafton pond was a little disappointing, just the Swan family, two Moorhens and a juvenile Little Grebe.  On the Scrape was a little better, 22 Black tailed Godwits and a few Teal. In the river by the bridge was a Magpie taking a shower.

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit
Magpie
Magpie

Posted October 9th, 2021 at 11:40 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Friday 8th October 2021

Paignton Rose-coloured Starling

By 10.15-10.30 this morning, the juvenile Rose-coloured Starling had moved 100m east from Kings Ash Road to rooftops at the junction of Fernicombe Road and Belfield Road.

Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling
Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling

Posted October 8th, 2021 at 9:08 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Ivybridge ~ Goshawk

Late this afternoon a high soaring female Goshawk over the western end of Ivybridge.

Posted October 8th, 2021 at 8:26 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Ilfracombe

17 Oystercatchers, 2 Cormorants and a rock pipit on rock off Capstone this morning.

Posted October 8th, 2021 at 5:47 pm by Dave Shadwell in Bird News

East Soar

No sign of the vireo this morning.

Anyway: male Merlin, Firecrest, 12 Jay moving west, 23 cWhite Wagtail, Golden Plover, 16 Chiffchaff, 3 Bullfinch, 340 Meadow Pipit, 80 Swallow, 240 Skylark, 150 Jackdaw moving east, 2 Blackcap, 1st Reed Bunting of autumn, Great Spotted Woodpecker moving west & 50 Goldfinch.

Posted October 8th, 2021 at 2:49 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Slapton Ley

A good look today produced a Lesser Whitethroat near the bridge and an adult Yellow-legged Gull on the beach. Some light overhead passage mid-morning, 10 Jays noteworthy. Also 3 Med Gulls, 2 Wheatear and 30+ Chiff-Chaff

Posted October 8th, 2021 at 2:02 pm by David Cope in Bird News

South Brent ~ Home birding & Paignton Rose-coloured Starling

At home in South Brent yesterday afternoon (7th Oct) two Chiffchaff in the garden, overhead a passing Hobby, GSWP flew in, a flock of not less than twelve Greenfinch and several Jay. In the evening Tawny owl on the house roof

This morning the reported Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling sat on overhead wires junc of Kings Ash Hill and Fernicombe Road, Paignton along with a flock of approx 40 Starlings.

Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling
Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling
Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling
Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling

Posted October 8th, 2021 at 10:17 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Thorne Moor N.Devon

Late post from circuit around the SSSI last night. At least 6 Robins, 2 wrens, dunnock singing or calling. Single snipe and jay. 2 skeins of Canada Geese (12 & 45). heading WNW  Many loose flocks of gulls ranging in size from 2-3 to 20-30 moving slowly SE at quite high level.

Posted October 8th, 2021 at 8:59 am by Mark West in Bird News

COCKWOOD

Sorry for late post but there were at least 40 Cattle Egrets on the estuary just off Cockwood Harbour yesteday afternoon.

Posted October 8th, 2021 at 8:39 am by Nick Workman in Bird News

Thursday 7th October 2021

Berry Head

Overhead migration: 1 Grey Plover, 2 Siskin,  300+ House Martins, 80+ Swallows, 1 Sand Martin, just 1 jay today.

At sea: 1 Balearic Shearwater, 3 White-beaked Dolphins and 5+ Common Dolphins 10+ Harbour Porpoise. Many Gannets >S and still hundreds of Kittiwakes.

Around the headland: 14 Chiffchaff, 2 Stonechat, 1 Blackcap. 

      White-beaked Dolphins Berry Head 7 Oct 2021 ML   White-beaked Dolphins Berry Head 7 Oct 2021 ML

  White-beaked Dolphins, keeping my fingers crossed we see them on my cruise in Lyme Bay tomorrow!

Posted October 7th, 2021 at 8:15 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Paignton

Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling at top of Kingsash Hill. Found by Andy Plumb as he drove to work this morning. It regularly sits with Starlings above the main road! 

   Rose-coloured Starling Paignton 7 Oct 2021 ML   Rose-coloured Starling Paignton 7 Oct 2021 ML

Posted October 7th, 2021 at 8:08 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Avon Dam and East Soar

This morning at Avon Dam: Blackbirds 15, Song thrushes 3, Mistle thrushes 3, Ring Ousels 2, Jays 9, Magpies 3, Swallows 12, Goldfinches 12, Linnets 15, Dipper 1, Goosander overfly 6, Stonechats 20, Buzzard 1, Kestrels 2.

Afternoon at East Soar: A Red Eyed Vireo down Starehole Valley. Great Spotted Woodpecker 1, Green Woodpecker 1, Kestrel 1, Ravens 2, Yellowhammers 2, Cirl Buntings 1, Goldfinches 20+, Linnets 20+, Skylarks 15, Pied Wagtails 20+, Chiffchaffs 18.

Red-eyed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Yellowhammer
Yellowhammer

Posted October 7th, 2021 at 8:04 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning,

11 Black-headed Gull, 3 Moorhen, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Goldfinch, 2 Coot, 6 Mallard, 4 Blue Tit, 2 Willow Tit, 4 Coal Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Grey Heron.

Posted October 7th, 2021 at 7:37 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Seaton Wetlands, East Devon.

12 members of DB attended this mornings field walk (East Devon Branch).  52 species were counted by Chris Hodgson with the group being led by Colin Randall.  Water levels at Blackhole Marsh were high with little mud exposed but contained small numbers of waders including a Ruff, Greenshank, 3-4 Common Sandpiper, a Snipe and others.  A flock of c10 Sand Martins flew south while a Kingfisher put in a brief appearance at the Tower Hide. A Kestrel was the only bird of prey seen. Other birds of interest were Green and Gt S. Woodpecker and a female Blackcap.  At Colyford Common water levels were again high but a Greenshank was seen close to the hide.

Posted October 7th, 2021 at 6:53 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Wrafton etc

2 Godwits as I headed out towards the reserve where a GSW, a Kingfisher and a Jay were once again present. Down the Pill to the pill-box where 10 Redshank were at the water's edge. Back at the scrape 94 (or 95?) Black-tailed Godwits. Where do they go? 

Posted October 7th, 2021 at 4:26 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Surprise, surprise

Late yesterday afternoon, over the pool at Stoke Gabriel, a few last minute  swallows and house martins heading downriver. Today about ten thirty heard several meadow pipits flying over and a skylark's brief song. Possible migrants but don't know it they were coming or going but a welcome sound nonetheless, especially in suburban Paignton

Posted October 7th, 2021 at 2:12 pm by Philip L. Fairclough in Bird News

Stoke, Plymouth

A Grey Wagtail - an Unexpected visitor to urban garden

Posted October 7th, 2021 at 1:49 pm by Tim Buckley in Bird News

Mediterranean Gulls and Redwing

South Brent this morning a small flock of fourteen Redwing seen flying over home.

Broadsands yesterday (6th Oct) three first winter Mediterranean Gulls at the gull roost on the dropping tide.

At Marine Parade fourteen Mediterranean Gulls, a mix of first winter birds to adults and two Sandwich Tern.

Peregrine high over Torquay.

Mediterranean Gull
Mediterranean Gull

Posted October 7th, 2021 at 10:11 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Cadover Bridge

Yesterday at Cadover and Brisworthy Burrows. Up to 30 Swallows and House Martins, Mistle Thrushes 9, Song Thrushes 2, Blackbirds 12, Jays 7, 4 of them flying south over the moor. Magppies 8, Bullfinches 4, Chaffinches 6, Great/Blue and Coal Tits. Green Woodpevker 1, Great Spotted Woodpecker 2, Buzzard i.

Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker

Posted October 7th, 2021 at 6:26 am by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Wednesday 6th October 2021

Velator Weir to Horsey Island Morning Walk

Morning walk from Velator Weir to Horsey Island produced 38 species of birds. Highlights were, 2 Kestrel, 28 Redshank, 142 Canada Geese, 3 Skylark, 12 Swallow, 4 Stonechat, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Curlew, 5 Little Egret, 1 Raven, 2 Buzzard, 1 Lapwing, 50+ Ring Plover, 50+ Dunlin, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Rock Pipit, 6 House Martin, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 200+ Golden Plover and a Marsh Harrier. Record photo would not load!

Posted October 6th, 2021 at 8:58 pm by Steve McAusland in Bird News

Wrafton scrape

Went back for a second look to check the numbers of Godwits. Now at least 140!. Also, on a very low bit of willow scrub in the reed-bed at Sherpa Marsh, the dark, female Marsh Harrier sat looking around before taking flight and then dropping into the reeds.

Posted October 6th, 2021 at 7:04 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Berry Head 6th October

Glaucous gull resting very close to shore. 5 Oyster Catchers could be seen,and heard, from the coastal path towards St Mary's Bay. Overhead about 25 House Martin's.

Posted October 6th, 2021 at 6:15 pm by David Roper in Bird News

Velator reserve.

Arrived at about 08.30 for another ringing session. As I walked around opening nets I noticed a large flock of Godwits fly off the scrape. I kept looking to see if they had returned and there they were at about 12.45. After I had finished I walked up to count them. I made it 114. Most I've seen here. Saw a Kingfisher, heard 2 Cetti's Warblers, ringed 5 Chaffinch 2 Blue Tits, 3 Dunnocks, 2 Bullfinch, a Song Thrush a Robin a Great Tit and a male Blackcap. Sparrowhawk, Buzzard both nearby, a Water Rail called just outside, and still one Jay; Probably guilty of pecking holes in the Apples! Most interesting sighting was a Black-headed Gull flying low over the pond looking for something to eat. Never seen one do that before!

Posted October 6th, 2021 at 4:48 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Dawlish Warren, Cockwood & Exminster Marsh

A visit to Dawlish Warren post high tide this morning. 13 Grey Plover, 30+ Barwits, 9 Sanderling, 57 Brent Geese (2 pale-bellied), 2 Wheatear, 18 Skylark, 30 Meadow Pipit & 120+ Linnet the best of it. Also 40+ Cattle Egret in Cockwood Valley (from Warren).

A visit to Exminister & Turf this pm. Juv Hobby, Juv Marsh Harrier, 400+ Teal, 12 Avocet (from Turf), Juv Peregrine, Wheatear, 7 Stonechat, 10 Little Grebe & Kingfisher best of it. Also 30+ Migrant Hawkers 

Posted October 6th, 2021 at 4:08 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

East Soar

Good vis mig this morning, largely over by 0930 and all moving west: 35 Jay, 10 Golden Plover, Mistle Thrush, 7 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 23 Siskin, 430 Meadow Pipit (some grounded), 12 Chaffinch, 42 Goldfinch, 24 Swallow, 220 Skylark (130 grounded), 32 Linnet, 19 Alba Wagtail.

Grounded: 100 Rook, Song Thrush, 20 Robin, 21 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 24 White Wagtail, Sparrowhawk, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Chiffchaff.

Posted October 6th, 2021 at 2:58 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Berry Head

Overhead migration: 74 Jays (biggest flock32!), 1 Hawfinch, 12 Skylark, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 9 Siskin, 45 House Martin, 18 Swallow, 29 Swallow and 2 Redshank - over the top of the headland calling on their way!

Around the headland: 26 Chiffhcaff, 1 Firecrest, 1 Goldcrest, 6 Blackcaps, 5 Stonechat. 400+ Guillemots back on the cliffs (first I noted this year was 74 on 4th Oct).

At sea: 4 pods of Common Dolphin total of approx 55, 8 Harbour Porpoise, 1 skua sp - Arc/Pom too far out to be sure, hundreds of Kittiwake and 70+ Gannets.

Jays Berry Head 061021 ML firecrest Berry Head 061021 ML

 Flock (part of) of Jays                                                          Firecrest

Posted October 6th, 2021 at 2:20 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Torquay ~ Peregrine

Just after 1pm flock of gulls seen milling around clearly alarmed, looking above them, a high flying Peregrine, bird in view for a short time as it moved out towards Plainmoor.

Posted October 6th, 2021 at 1:24 pm by Michelle Reeves in Bird News

Shipley Bridge - Avon Dam

Early am- 2 Ring Ouzels (male and juv/fw) in area to the left of tarmac track 300 yards before dam but generally elusive and last seen flying out into bracken on hillside - also a flock of 6 Jay, 8 Blackbirds, Bullfinch

Posted October 6th, 2021 at 11:21 am by Mark Bailey in Bird News

South Huish Marsh 05/10/2021

Spent an hour after work watching South Huish Marsh, 3 Snipe flew up, Sparrowhawk, several  Juvenile Lesser Black Backed Gulls and Herring Gulls

Lesser Black-backed Gull & Herring Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull & Herring Gull
Snipe
Snipe

Posted October 6th, 2021 at 5:55 am by Richie Moore in Bird News

Start Point

Walking from the car park at Start Point to the Lighthouse I saw a lots of Swallows, pipits meadow and Rock, a few stonechats.

Bird of prey around Start Point lighthouse.
Bird of prey around Start Point lighthouse.
Stonechat
Stonechat

Posted October 6th, 2021 at 12:03 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Tuesday 5th October 2021

Velator

A lone unwell? Black-tailed Godwit by the scrape this morning. In the reserve Jay, Kingfisher, Cetti's Warbler, Sparrowhawk over. But star prize was finally seeing the main predator this yea - an Otter diving in and out of the duckweed.

Posted October 5th, 2021 at 5:56 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Berry Head

Still thousands of seabirds off in Lyme Bay feeding at the moment this morning a brief seawatch produced: 2 Great Skuas, 5 Arctic Skuas, 3 skua sp. Arctic/Pomarine, 1 1st w Little Gull, many Kittiwakes, Gannets and Gulls a pod of Common Dolphins, and several Harbour porpoises.

Around the headland: 23 Chiffchaff, 2 Firecrest, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Blackcap. Overhead 2 Siskins, 30+ Swallow, 8 House Martin, 1 Sand Martin, 19 Meadow Pipits, Grey Wagtail and 4 'alba' wagtails.

Posted October 5th, 2021 at 12:15 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 4th October 2021

Berry Head seawatch

Seawatching 13:00-17:00, building SSW/SW wind with showers: on arrival their were a huge amount of feeding seabirds in Lyme Bay, off the headland c500 Kittiwakes on the sea with c1500 in flight. Skuas attracted to the feeding and passing through included c42 Arctic,11 Bonxies and a juv Pomarine. Other birds seen: c25 Balearic Shearwaters, Little Gull (1w), 2 Common Terns (ad & juv), 2 Mediterranean Gulls (1w) and 3 Common Gulls (1w). Cetaceans under the feeding birds included Harbour Porpoise and at least 2 pods of Common Dolphins. Wheatear in the quarry.

Posted October 4th, 2021 at 9:58 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Cockwood - Exminster

From Cofton Steps were 4 G-c Grebes and a Sandwich Tern in the estuary, plus a single Cattle Egret with the herd in the fields to the South.

From Starcross Station were 50+ Turnstones feeding along the weedy pipe running into the estuary, and 40+ Brent Geese, my first of the Winter, distantly on the Exmouth side.

Off the Kenn outfall were 10+ each of Barwit and Greenshank.

In the Powderham Park, the Great Egret was in the river, but for the second week running, no ducks were visible on the lake. Two weeks ago Tufted and newly-returned Shelduck were there, plus Mallard etc., so something funny going on.

At Powderham corner, a Treecreeper was singing from the churchyard and a R-l Partridge from the stubble field adjacent.

Along the seawall, three Wheatears were finding plenty to feed on, and six or so Swallows were heading SW.

On Exminster Marsh, a Marsh Harrier was initially being harried by a Crow, but shortly afterwards was hunting calmly. Many Teal, but few of any other ducks. Wigeon seem to be especially late this year.

Back in Exeter, 10+ House Martins were feeding over the Trews Weir flood channel.

Posted October 4th, 2021 at 7:45 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Anchor wood to Fremington

This afternoon at Fremington Pill a Spotted Redshank had a close encounter with a flying Redshank. Along the Tarka path just off Anchor Wood a Stonechat popped out of some bushes and landed on a nearby fence.

Spotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank
Stonechat
Stonechat

Posted October 4th, 2021 at 5:48 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Marsh Mills

This morning on the River Plym by the Sainsburys underpass. Goosanders 6, Common Sandpipers 2, Jay 1, Crows 4, Grey Wagtails 2, Mallards 5.

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
Goosander
Goosander

Posted October 4th, 2021 at 5:38 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Wrafton

Nought of note on the scrape, but in the reserve a calling Cetti's Warbler, GSW, Jay, Kingfisher, 3 Mallard (unusual) Squirrel (pest|) no Butterflies (rain) 5 Long-tailed Tits. Best was over the marsh south of the reserve - a smart female Marsh Harrier quartering the reed-bed.

Posted October 4th, 2021 at 1:46 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Quick visit mid morning. Tide low so few waders on the marsh; 5 black-tailed godwits were all I saw. Duck numbers continue to build, with over 200 mallard and even more teal. Also a few pintail, shoveller and gadwall. The snow goose was with the Canada geese. A late hobby flew between the lagoon and canal. Other birds of prey included sparrow hawk (juv male), buzzard and one marsh harrier.

Posted October 4th, 2021 at 12:34 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

South Brent ~ Ring Ouzels and Whinchat

Shipley Bridge to the Avon Dam this morning, Grey Wag tail, flock of 18 plus Meadow Pipit (large numbers up towards the dam) Jay, Heron, Stonechat, Raven, Kestrel, Jay, GSWP, Goldcrest, Dipper, Raven, Dunnock, Wren.

In the Rowans below the dam to the left of the valley heading up, three Ring Ouzel (one adult female two juveniles) four Song Thrush and well into double figures of Blackbird, the Blackbirds were constantly chasing off the Ring Ouzels and Song Thrush, the tree they are feeding in was a little distant so a spotting scope would be useful. 

Below the dam a female Whinchat.

Not at great berry year so not sure how long the area will hold the Ouzels this year.

Ring Ouzel (Record shot only)
Ring Ouzel (Record shot only)
Whinchat female (record shot only)
Whinchat female (record shot only)

Posted October 4th, 2021 at 11:20 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

South Huish marsh

Little gull still @ South Huish Marsh 6pm 03/10/2021 and a few Med gulls

Little Gull
Little Gull

Posted October 4th, 2021 at 6:10 am by Richie Moore in Bird News

Sunday 3rd October 2021

Bundle Head, Shaldon

780 Meadow Pipits, 165 Linnets, 112 Goldfinches, 94 Swallows/hirundine species, 12 alba Wagtails and a Grey Wagtail south between 07:10 - 08:10.

Posted October 3rd, 2021 at 10:36 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Plym Saltram

Testing conditions at the Plym today, but there were 7 Mergansers just outside the meadow.

Posted October 3rd, 2021 at 8:09 pm by David Grant in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

Two Juv/1st wint Marsh Harriers on Exminster during brief lunchtime visit. One Ruff, 40+ Hirundines, Peregrine & Kestrel best of the rest

Posted October 3rd, 2021 at 7:31 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Wrafton scrape

Went there at 4.15 this afternoon and just as I said to my wife 'hrrrumph nothing here today' 90+ black Tailed godwits flew in.  Good timing!

Posted October 3rd, 2021 at 6:13 pm by Fozz Forsdike in Bird News

Torbay

Berry Head ~ In the cover towards the headland at least five Chiffchaff, a flock of 25 plus Goldfinch, small numbers of Swallow constantly over the headland and Meadow Pipits in good numbers.

Over the sea, a Skua sp harassing a flock of Kittiwake, several Gannet over a pod of Porpoise.

Broadsands ~ A Tristis type Chiffchaff in the back car park, a flock of 100 plus Goldfinch and good numbers of Greenfinch. A Sparrowhawk interacting with a pair of soaring Buzzards and a Heron on the rocks.

Hopes Nose ~Buzzard, Chiffchaff, steady passage of small numbers of Swallow, a large mixed flock of Gulls and Gannet following a trawler off of Anstey’s Cove, a count of 60 plus Great Black Backed Gulls.

Back home at South Brent a trickle of Swallow and a single House Martin, Sparrowhawk and Jay.

House Martin
House Martin
House Martin
House Martin

Posted October 3rd, 2021 at 5:01 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Soar

A windy morning at Soar. Highlights a Merlin, 2 Whinchat, 3 Wheatears, 200+ Meadow Pipits, a trickle of Swallows, 6 Siskin and, best of all, a Quail, flushed from a field margin just east of Middle Soar Farm at 11.40 am. Disappeared over the hedge-bank into the next field. New one for me in Devon!

Posted October 3rd, 2021 at 2:22 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Avon Dam

At least four Ring Ouzel seen. A group of three and then a lone male perched in Rowan for prolonged period. Otherwise quite active with  short views between downpours. 

Posted October 3rd, 2021 at 2:18 pm by Matt Collis in Bird News

Saturday 2nd October 2021

Teignmouth

Seawatch 07:15 - 08:45: 1050 Kittiwakes, eight Arctic Skuas, five Common Scoters, two Common Terns, Balearic Shearwater and Mediterranean Gull (all south). 

Posted October 2nd, 2021 at 9:36 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Berry Head seawatch

Berry Head 07:00-17:45 (with Dave Dawe all day). Afternoon proved better than morning once the heavy rain and wind moved through, heading south:

3 Sooty Shearwaters, 108 Balearic Shearwaters & single Manx Shearwater: 4 Pomarine (juv & 3 ads) Skuas, 88 Arctic Skuas, 7 Bonxies & 3 Skua sp. (2 of which most likely Long-tailed but ID not clinched); 5 European Storm-petrels; 2 Little Gulls (both 1w), 6 Mediterranean Gulls (4 ad, 2 1w), 1500+  Kittiwakes; 4 Fulmars; 2 Common Terns (both juvs), 2 Sandwich Terns, 592 Auks (mostly Razorbills), 15 Common Scoter, 100+ hirundines (mix) and c15 Common Dolphins.

Posted October 2nd, 2021 at 7:56 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Brent Hill

Stonechats maintain their year-round presence on farmland hedges below Brent Hill. Yesterday (1 October) there were at least eight in a loose flock on one hedge, and seven of them (two in flight) appear in the photo. They typically fly out into the field to snatch prey items. Also two snipe (migrants?) in the field.

Seven stonechats on farmland hedge
Seven stonechats on farmland hedge

Posted October 2nd, 2021 at 4:55 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News

Cockwood & Powderham Estate

43 Cattle Egret in Cockwood Valley, northern slope, this afternoon. 15+ Swallow too. 30+ Swallow, 5 House Martin & Sand Martin over Powderham Estate lake too

Posted October 2nd, 2021 at 4:22 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Swallows Mid Devon

100+ gathered on wires Kennerleigh 11.30 a.m. In the rain.

Posted October 2nd, 2021 at 1:04 pm by Richard Burston in Bird News

Berry Head

Berry Head- sea watching 7am-1045am- highlight a Storm Petrel very close in at 10am- also 44 Balearic Shears,25 Arctic Skuas plus Sandwich Tern,Med Gull, c75 House Martins, 25 Swallows 

Posted October 2nd, 2021 at 11:54 am by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Friday 1st October 2021

Dart Estuary

2 Ospreys an ad near to Dittisham and a juvenile at Duncannon, 41 Curlew roosting north of Blackness slip. 3 Harbour Seals and 4 Grey Seals along the river.

Posted October 1st, 2021 at 9:29 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

River otter

A stroll down the river otter by otterton, plenty of beaver signs for sure including a few felled trees. Bird wise, 3 dippers, 10 grey wagtails, 3 kingfishers, little egret, morehen, gs and green woodpecker, buzzards being mobbed by the rooks and crows. Grey heron, teal, mallards, pheasants, little grebe, nuthatch, long tail/great/blue tit, robin, wren, dunnock, pied wagtail,

Posted October 1st, 2021 at 9:25 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Wryneck in the River Mole Valley

27 Pied Wagtails feeding with the cattle,a flock of Goldfinch feeding on rose hips,7 Greenfinch in the orchard and a Kingfisher and Old Nog by the river.Best of all was a Wryneck….on the neighbours lawn.Non avian included 2 Commas…..not common this year……also 3 Roe Deer.

Posted October 1st, 2021 at 8:34 pm by Brian Nicholas in Bird News

Pomarine Skua, Dawlish

Juv Pomarine Skua, Harassing  Common Gulls offshore at Coryton Cove, at 6.20pm

Posted October 1st, 2021 at 8:22 pm by Paul Barker in Bird News

House Martins over Totnes

Wednesday and Thursday early evening perhaps 100 birds hawking over south central Totnes.  A fine sight.

Posted October 1st, 2021 at 8:43 am by Philip Strange in Bird News

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