Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from November 2013

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Saturday 30th November 2013

Scadson Woods Torquay

Yellow browed Warbler doing what Yellow browed do, being very active feeding high up in sycamores on the south end of Scadson Woods Nr Preston Torquay most of this afternoon. Only moved in to this area four weeks ago so not a bad start for me !

Posted November 30th, 2013 at 10:23 pm by Clive Mason in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 14:00 till 16:00

A good afternoon on the marsh the long tailed duck showed well at times among 480+ wigeon, 4 pintail, 1 female pochard, 1 gadwall, 80+ teal, 8+ shoveler, 900+ dunlin was a very good count, 350+ avocet, 3 spotted redshanks, 147+ lapwing, 120+ bar tailed godwits among 400+ black tailed godwits, 100+ redshanks, 4+ jays, 12+ snipe, 2 Cetti's warblers, 1 water rail , 350+ brent geese over , lots of disturbance by a peregrine made accurate counts hard also 2 sparrowhawks. 

Posted November 30th, 2013 at 8:12 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh & Taw Estuary

2 Marsh Harriers, both hunting over Sherpa Marsh nearing dusk. Good numbers of Lapwing (several hundred) on the field adjoining Chivenor. 15 Snipe, 10 Teal, 4 Wigeon and 50+ Redshank on the estuary fringes. Best bird, however, was a Short-eared Owl seen taking flight from the high tide mark opposite Chivenor firing range. Circled over the field putting up the majority of the Lapwing before flying over the Caen towards Braunton Burrows.

Posted November 30th, 2013 at 6:54 pm by Eden Davies in Bird News

Dartmoor

Went for a nice long walk on Dartmoor, but as I was nearby  couldn't resist a look into Soussans vallly. There I found a Great Grey Shrike, posing on the Rowans and making forays at flying insects. [ SX684806] In case it's there tomorrow, take the the path S. from Bennets cross and walk along the vally bottom, it was about 200 yards N. of the forestry gate. Back up on Hamel Down a Red Grouse was flushed by a dog, first Ive seen for 7 years, and I'm a regular! Elsewhere 2 Snipe 50+ Redwing and an oddity, a bat flying around in brilliant sunshine over Challacombe at 1330!

Posted November 30th, 2013 at 6:28 pm by John Lusher in Bird News

Clennon valley

The yellow browed warbler showed well this morning at the usual spot 200m up from the YMCA. 5 snipe and 2 drake shoveler on the bottom pond, a dabchick and a kingfisher on the middle pond and a little egret on the 3rd pond.

Yellow browed warbler
Yellow browed warbler

Kingfisher, middle pond
Kingfisher, middle pond

Posted November 30th, 2013 at 5:22 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

higher godsworthy

Ring Ouzel still near barn and showing well till disturbed by a Sparrowhawk  

Posted November 30th, 2013 at 1:47 pm by Graham Hill in Bird News

Friday 29th November 2013

Yellow-browed Warbler Clennon Valley

Another photo of this popular bird. Appeared mostly opposite the metal railing but also at times up to 200m west along the streamside bushes.

Posted November 29th, 2013 at 8:22 pm in Bird News

Clennon Valley, afternoon

The yellow browed warbler was in the usual place 200m west of the YMCA, though keeping to cover. 3 snipe and 2 dabchick on the lower pond, 4 shoveler (3m, 1f) and a drake mandarin on the middle pond and 2 little egret and a pair of teal on the top pond.

Posted November 29th, 2013 at 8:08 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Topsham Recreation Ground

Brief views only of the Water Pipit this morning. Also a 1st winter Yellow-legged Gull (a bit thin on the ground this year?), an adult Mediterranean Gull and a photographable Water Rail.

Yellow-legged Gull - Topsham 29/11/2013
Yellow-legged Gull - Topsham 29/11/2013

Water Rail - Topsham 29/11/2013
Water Rail - Topsham 29/11/2013

Posted November 29th, 2013 at 4:09 pm by Tim Worfolk in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

Several each of Shoveler, Wigeon and Gadwall along with one Tufted Duck this afternoon. At least a dozen Collared Doves flying into the reserve to roost.

Posted November 29th, 2013 at 3:59 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Brixham Breakwater.

Quick strool along Breakwater, 1 Great Northern Diver off BW beach, Gannets in mid bay diving for spratts, 7 Turnstones and on the lower legs of the old fuel jetty 4 Purple Sandpipers. Dull and starting to rain so going home but will be going out on boat trip Sunday morning @ 9 from Paignton Harbour checking out all the birds in the Bay, call if interested on 07866202576

Posted November 29th, 2013 at 3:14 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Stover

Today around the Country Park:

12 pochard, 2 tufted duck, 1 little grebe, 2 kingfisher, 2+ water rail,  snipe, Siskin. 2 redpoll, 20 crossbill, 1 green woodpecker, great spotted  woodpecker, 2 marsh tit

Yesterday:    85+ common snipe. 1 jack snipe plus roosts of increasing numbers of chaffinch and redwing.

Jon Avon

Posted November 29th, 2013 at 2:35 pm in Bird News

Seaton Bay

Only two birds on the sea between Axmouth Harbour and Beer this morning, the two Long-tailed Ducks. Absolutely nothing else, not even a Cormorant! 

Posted November 29th, 2013 at 12:07 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Torbay

On Sea..

Paignton/Preston: 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 16 Common Scoter.

Goodrington: 4 Black-necked Grebes, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Common Scoter.

Broadsands: 2 Black-necked Grebes, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Great Northern Divers, 5 Brent Geese. The first returning Fulmars are back on the cliffs this morning. 

5 Cirl Buntings on seed in 2nd car park - by blue rusting skip. 1 Water Rail, 3 Goldcrests,2 collybita Chiffchaffs in Marsh

Clennon Valley: Yellow-browed Warbler same place as usual, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff by 1st (Eastern most) Pond, 3 collybita Chiffchaffs, 1 Water Rail, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Little Egret 

 

Posted November 29th, 2013 at 11:57 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thursday 28th November 2013

Preston, Torbay

Two Black-necked Grebes off shore at lunch time.

Posted November 28th, 2013 at 9:19 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Black Redstart

Albion Hill Exmouth A surprise visitor to my garden this morning, a Black Redstart made an appearance then flew up onto the neighbours roof flicked it's red tail then disappeared. First for my garden. Nice bird!

Sorry no photo this time.

Posted November 28th, 2013 at 8:55 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Plymouth

A drake Goosander flew up the Cattewater first thing this morning.

Posted November 28th, 2013 at 8:24 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Sharkham Village

For a better comparison of the earlier posted Greenfinch and to see how much it stood out. Both taken at the same time with same light etc

Greenfinch
Greenfinch

Greenfinch (xanthochroism)
Greenfinch (xanthochroism)

Posted November 28th, 2013 at 7:45 pm by Josh Marshall in Bird News

Clennon valley , afternoon

Our record of failing to connect with yellow browed warbler remains unblemished, but 2 drake shoveler and a snipe were on the bottom pond, and a little egret went in to roost at the top pond.

Posted November 28th, 2013 at 6:05 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Late afternoon walk down Station Road to canal and back. In the lane near the railway bridge was a loose collection of small birds comprising 2 goldcrests, c4 chiffchaffs and a few blue tits. Further on, on the fields to the south, was a flock of about 100 black-tailed godwits. Amongst this flock were 3 colour rung birds. I had assumed it was the same flock as yesterday but none of the rung birds today were the same as the 3 colour rung birds seen yesterday. So there are at least 6 colour rung godwits on the marsh. Unfortunately poor light prevented a definitive record of colour combinations today.

Nearer to the canal a male merlin was perched on one of the foot-bridges across the firelds to Topsham Cottage. Elsewhere I counted c200 lapwing, a further 200 black-tails and the usual barnacle goose amongst the Canada geese. Also lots of wigeon, teal and shoveller. Yesterday there were 20 gadwall on the lagoon and a green sandpiper flying over.

Posted November 28th, 2013 at 5:13 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Sharkham Village - Brixham

Greenfinch showing xanthochroism tones. This bird was present on my feeders today. All pictues were taken through glass window

Also Lesser Redpoll . 50+Goldfinch, 40+ Chaffinch 12 Greenfinch, GSW all coming to feeders in my front garden, 2 Black Redstarts also present male and female. All visible from the footpaths on the development.

Greenfinch J.Marshall
Greenfinch J.Marshall

Greenfinch J.Marshall
Greenfinch J.Marshall

Lesser Redpoll J.Marshall
Lesser Redpoll J.Marshall

Posted November 28th, 2013 at 5:01 pm by Josh Marshall in Bird News

Seaton Bay

Two Long-tailed Ducks still in the bay this morning, along with a Red-throated Diver.

Off Branscombe, two Great Northern and another Red-throated Diver.

Posted November 28th, 2013 at 2:32 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Broadsands & Clennon Valley

On the sea: 2 Black-necked Grebes, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Great Northern and 1 Red-throated Diver, 8 Common Scoter.

In and around the marsh: 3 collybita Chiffchaffs, 2 Goldcrests, 1 Water Rail. 7 Cirl Buntings on seed in 2nd car park.

Clennon Valley: Yellow-browed Warbler still in sallows 200m W of YMCA, 1 collybita Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrests, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Teal.

Posted November 28th, 2013 at 12:30 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Braunton Marsh. Isley Marsh

Tuesday 26th Nov.

Good views of Marsh Harrier hunting over Horsey Island viewed from Toll Road embankment.

Weds 27th Nov. Isley Marsh.

Three whooper swans over.  Two spoonbills.

Posted November 28th, 2013 at 8:36 am by Patrick Case in Bird News

Wednesday 27th November 2013

Cox Tor, Dartmoor 27th Nov 2013

  RING OUZEL still present in fields to west of tor, in loose         

  association with flock of c.100 Redwings, 20 Fieldfare and

  c. 150 Starlings.

  Presumably the bird from 22nd and 24th Nov,  but very dark

  with extensive white gorget, so more likely to be a female or

  even male, than a juvenile.

  

Posted November 27th, 2013 at 8:59 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News

Topsham Recreation Ground

The Water Pipit is still present, occasionally showing well enough to photograph - though I wish the light was better. Also a group of 5 Little Grebe on the river this morning.

Water Pipit - Topsham 27/11/2013
Water Pipit - Topsham 27/11/2013

Posted November 27th, 2013 at 4:46 pm by Tim Worfolk in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh

Female Marsh Harrier again this afternoon disturbing the Little Egrets.

Posted November 27th, 2013 at 4:16 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

The Long-tailed Duck still present from the hide this lunchtime until about 1.30. Also a nice group of 14 Gadwalls and 1 male Pintail. From the viewing platform, 1 Spotted Redshank and 3 Red-breasted Mergansers.

Posted November 27th, 2013 at 2:15 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Braunton

Yippee a Firecrest in my garden this morning! First for 15? years.

Posted November 27th, 2013 at 2:14 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Clennon Valley

The Yellow-browed Warbler was still present this morning and now 3 eastern/Siberian 'tristis(?)' type Chiffchaffs. My question mark is due to the odd almost collybita/abietinus calls 2 of the very pale and washed out (not the normal buffy brown of tristis) chiffchaffs were giving - see video clip - didn't manage to film the bird unfortunately in this clip:

 http://youtu.be/gkVf4M4Vz9Y  (I switch on a recoding of tristis song after 30 secs of the video)

These calls were identical to the pale eastern chiffchaff at Broadsands see posting and video clip for 22 Nov https://www.devonbirds.org/news/bird_news/devon_bird_news?blogMonth=11&blogYear=2013&blogEntry=4156 .

Here are some pictures of at least one of the two pale washed out eastern chiffchaffs, they both responded well to a recording of tristis song with wing quivering suggesting they are tristis or know tristis song very well! None responded to collybita song recordings. Another much warmer browner bird - a classic tristis also present occasionally gave the standard flat tristis 'iip' call.

 eastern Chiffchaff Clennon Valley 27 Nov 2013 ML   eastern Chiffchaff Clennon Valley 27 Nov 2013 ML2

eastern Chiffchaff Clennon Valley 27 Nov 2013 ML3

 Alan Dean started this discussion on calls and grey chiffchaffs:

http://www.surfbirds.com/forum/showthread.php?12555-Grey-Chiffchaff-using-abietinus-collybita-call&highlight=siberian+Tristis+call

Posted November 27th, 2013 at 12:35 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Around the Axe

Two Long-tailed Ducks feeding off Seaton seafront this morning, first one's I've seen here for six years.  Also singles of Great Northern Diver, Great Crested Grebe (very poor showing of this species here so far this winter) and Red-breasted Merganser (a drake which was flying around all over the place!).

Yesterday, my first four Woodcock of the winter in woodland near Colyton, also 2+ Crossbill.

Posted November 27th, 2013 at 11:58 am by Steve Waite in Bird News

Tuesday 26th November 2013

River Dart - Totnes to Staverton

Highlights a male Goosander on the river (photo), 2 Kingfisher, 3 Siskin and a mix of Redwing & Fieldfare.

Posted November 26th, 2013 at 5:49 pm by Bill Macdonald in Bird News

Broadsands

On the sea: 2 Black-necked Grebes (photo), 2 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Great Northern & 2 Red-throated Divers.

In the marsh: 1 collybita Chiffchaff and 1 tristis Chiffchaff.

Black-necked Grebes Broadsands 26 Nov 13 ML  Yellow-browed Warbler Clennon Vly 26 Nov 13 ML

At ClennonValley: Yellow-browed Warbler (photo) still just west of the YMCA in sallows above stream, visitors please don't use the YMCA car park during the week - use the nearby Torbay Leisure Centre car park. 1 tristis and 2 collybita Chiffchaffs, 2 Water Rail, 12 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Little Grebes. 

Posted November 26th, 2013 at 5:11 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thurlestone Area

Phone call this afternoon from Arthur Livett:

Great Northern Diver

2 Red-throated Diver

Kingfisher on the rocks on the beach

4 Water Pipit

3 Bearded Tit

Two Swallows over yesterday and presumably a different two over this morning

 

Posted November 26th, 2013 at 2:51 pm in Bird News

Baggy Pt & Downend

1 Red throated Diver at Baggy Pt + 4 female Common Scoters. After diving for food several times RtDiver flew off towards Morte Point.

1 Red throated Diver (not the same individual as Baggy bird) at Downend but no Scoters.



Posted November 26th, 2013 at 2:24 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Topsham Recreation Ground

Went to Topsham Rec this lunchtime for a change and eventually found the Water Pipit which showed well for a short time on the far bank of the river. Also a Water Rail, Kingfisher and 6 Snipe.

Posted November 26th, 2013 at 2:09 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Horsey Island and Braunton Marshes

11:00 - 12:15

Marsh Harrier 1; Buzzard 2; Kestrel 1; Sparrowhawk 1; Golden Plover c40; Little Grebe 5; Redshank 6; Greenshank 1; Grey Heron 2; Little Egret 2; Teal c20; Snipe 2; Curlew 25 and several 100 Lapwing scattered over the marshes. All seen from one observation point on top of the toll road embankment, at the White House end.

Posted November 26th, 2013 at 2:02 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Monday 25th November 2013

Yelland

Good to have the winter waders and wildfowl back. Haven't had time to get out for a little while now but this evening with a beaut of a sunset flocks of 2-300 dunlin, 20 lapwing, few teal and wigeon amongst the usual suspects; oystercatcher, curlew, redshank.

Roosting starling in the reeds around the small pond with little grebe ducking for cover on the perimeter of the powerstation fence.

Posted November 25th, 2013 at 11:15 pm by Tom Williams in Bird News

Great Western Canal

A pair of Kingfishers working along the Canal. A pair of Bullfinches, several Fieldfare, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, feeding on berries along the hedge rows with plenty of Green, Gold and chaffinches feeding amongst the Beech and Oak but no Brambling seen. Autumn colours in abundance. A very pleasent walk.

Kingfisher
Kingfisher

Kingfisher fishing on the canal

Posted November 25th, 2013 at 10:14 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Sunday 24th Tiverton area

Red Kite (Mivus milvus) two, drifting west low over Tiverton 11:55,  Sunday 24 November being mobbed by corvids.

Roger Whittlesey

Posted November 25th, 2013 at 9:00 pm in Bird News

River Caen/ River Taw.

1100-1400hrs  1 Female marsh harrier put up 2000+Golden plover 1000+Lapwing a Sparrow hawk was also hunting. Horsey island held 4 Buzzard and a female Merlin.On the Caen 1 Greenshank and 1 Grey plover.

Posted November 25th, 2013 at 7:52 pm in Bird News

Slapton

Following on from Perry's postings on Slapton, there was again today a very impressive number of wildfowl, of specific interest:

1 1st winter(female type) Scaup with Tufted Ducks (approx 200) and Pochard (approx 70) at Torcross, also 2 Goldeneyes and an ad Mediterranean Gull there. In Ireland Bay 1 Black-necked Grebe, 12 Little Grebes and 250+ Wigeon. 

Posted November 25th, 2013 at 2:29 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

The Long-tailed Duck still present today until about 13.05 today. Amongst good numbers of Wigeon was a male bird with quite a bit of green in its head markings and its forehead / crown stripe seemed a little paler and larger than the others. Maybe a sign of some mixed parentage perhaps?

Posted November 25th, 2013 at 1:42 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh

Saw a female type Marsh Harrier again today at about midday hunting over the reed-bed before circling high. Buzzard, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel also present.

Posted November 25th, 2013 at 12:53 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Sunday 24th November 2013

Topsham Recreation Ground

Dropped by twice today to check for Bearded Tits but no sign - there's a lot of reeds out there though. The Water Pipit still present, giving half decent views for a change. Also an adult Med Gull with a white plastic ring, unreadable but I believe likely from Netherlands/Belgium or possibly Poland. Gulls pointlessly and deliberately disturbed by canoeist taking 'short cut'.

Water Pipit - Topsham 24/11/2013
Water Pipit - Topsham 24/11/2013

Water Pipit - Topsham 24/11/2013
Water Pipit - Topsham 24/11/2013

Posted November 24th, 2013 at 9:54 pm by Tim Worfolk in Bird News

Brixham breakwater

22 Purple Sandpiper at the end of the breakwater early a.m and a single Guillemot.

Posted November 24th, 2013 at 9:39 pm by Andy Plumb in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake 11:15

12 Tufted Duck 3m 9 f, 1 Cormorant, 2 G.C. Grebe, 9 Goosander 3m 6f, 2 Treecreeper (behind the bird hide), 4 Little Grebe,1 Wren.

On the feeders in the car park, Chaffinch, Blue, Great, Coal, Marsh Tit, Green Finch, Nuthatch.

Posted November 24th, 2013 at 7:42 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Crossbill footage - Devon

A number of Crossbill feeding today, link below

http://youtu.be/iWVVGQZBKeo

Posted November 24th, 2013 at 7:25 pm by Josh Marshall in Bird News

Great Field Braunton North Devon

Golden Plover 500 to 1000+ feeding on the Great Field and spooked by the local Buzzards and a Marsh Harrier.

100+ Lapwing in the fields and passing over with two Water Rail showing on the edge of the reeds.

Redshank and Greenshank in the Caen Estuary.

Meadow Pippits and a pair of Stonechat also seen from the main road out to Crow Point this afternoon. 

Golden Plover Great Field Braunton
Golden Plover Great Field Braunton

Golden Plover
Golden Plover

500 to 1000+ Golden Plover over the Great Field Braunton
500 to 1000+ Golden Plover over the Great Field Braunton

Posted November 24th, 2013 at 7:25 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Buckfastleigh - Chiffchaff

A very pale looking Chiffchaff (non-calling) of north-eastern origin in my garden today. Some green tones in the uppers away from the head, blackish legs and bill. Possible tristis, or is there too much green there, any thoughts? By chance even got a unique head on in flight shot.ChiffchaffChiffchaffChiffchaff

Posted November 24th, 2013 at 6:49 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Long-tailed Duck at Dawlish

Photographers getting what must have been superb views this morning, 10:45, off the Boat Cove jetty.  Has anyone aged/sexed this bird ? (looks like an adult female to me but I am not familiar with this species).

Posted November 24th, 2013 at 3:38 pm by Dave Cox in Bird News

Female Long - tailed Duck, Dawlish

This female  bird, so obviously different to the male on Bowling Green this week, was feeding really successfully on shrimps and prawns,  just a few feet off the breakwater this morning,  west on Dawlish seafront.




Posted November 24th, 2013 at 3:09 pm by Charlie Fleming in Bird News

Dartmoor

Juv Ring Ouzel still below Cox Tor today

Maureen & Rob Harrison

Gary & Anna Easton

Posted November 24th, 2013 at 2:59 pm by Rob Harrison in Bird News

Downend & Baggy Point

No Scoters at Downend but 10 new arrivals (Common Scoter)at Baggy.

These were happy resting, preening & diving for food until 2 rod & line recreational fishermen in a rubber dinghy with an outboard motor tear through Croyde Bay at speed to anchor & fish off Baggy point disturbing the flock in the process.

Flock of approx 150 Linnets enjoying the early morning sunshine.



Posted November 24th, 2013 at 2:23 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Black Brant and the  juv. White Fronted Goose in with the Brent Geese on the Golf course. The Bonapartes Gull did a fly past on the beach as well. ;o)



Posted November 24th, 2013 at 2:18 pm by Simon Thurgood in Bird News

Torbay

Clennon Valley: Yellow-browed Warbler showed well during a brief visit this morning.

Broadsands: 1 tristis Chiffchaff and 2 collybita Chiffchaffs, 1 Water Rail and 6+ Cirl Buntings on seed I dropped at the feeding station in the 2nd car park.

Paignton: 1 Great Northern Diver just of shore but bay still quite choppy to check thoroughly.

Posted November 24th, 2013 at 12:28 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Haldon Crossbills

I checked the Mamhead area - only a mile or so away from the Ideford site. No sign of the Two-barred Crossbill but did get some great views of 40-50 Common Crossbills mostly feeding beside a footpath with other birds moving around the area. Directions.. 200m W of the main Mamhead car park and SW down a track with a grassy bank built infront of it. Walk 400-500m and the birds were feeding in smallish pines (with long grass growing under them), either side of the track.

 CrossblMamHd241113ML2   CrossblMamHd241113ML

Just out of interest I picked up this chunky looking Crossbill that chased off a Common Crosbill it did look big billed with a swollen lower mandible. I watched it briefly in the tree just afterward went for the camera but it flew off - no call.

 big billed crossbill

Posted November 24th, 2013 at 12:24 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Isley Marsh and Yelland Jetty Roost.

07:40 - 10:00.

Bar-tailed Godwit 9; Wigeon 82; Teal 240; Redshank 55; Dunlin 500; Grey Plover 51; Turnstone 31; Lapwing 86; Knot 18; Lapwing 86; Mallard 86; Grey Heron 3; Little Egret 13; Shelduck 4; Fieldfare 1; Raven 2; Rock Pipit 5 and 5 Spoonbill (inc FJ9).

N.Devon birders who frequent this area may be dismayed at the destruction of winter-cover bramble hedges cut down to the ground, small trees smashed by indescriminate flailing and the reed-bed just inside the gate, cut down by tractor mower and reduced to a very muddy swamp. The ashbeds have been mowed to resemble a rough-cut lawn. And once this was a good area for Little Ringed Plover!

 

Posted November 24th, 2013 at 11:44 am by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Velator

In the reserve this morning at least 2 of yesterday's Chiffs and a Water Rail. Looking south from the reserve over Sherpa Marsh, a Marsh Harrier hunting.

Posted November 24th, 2013 at 11:28 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Saturday 23rd November 2013

Slapton Ley

Still good nos of Coot, Tufted Duck, Wigeon etc as the last time i visited on 15/11. Also a couple Goldeneye. On the sea 2 Red-throated Divers and 6 Common Scoter off the central car park.

Posted November 23rd, 2013 at 7:37 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Brixham breakwater

15 Purple Sandpipers and 12 Turnstones on the breakwater.Purple Sandpiper

A look at Clennon Valley with ML early pm, the Yellow-browed Warbler showed very nicely, but then hid itself - camera shy or pehaps due to this nice Sparrowhawk hunting the area!Sparrowhawk

 

Posted November 23rd, 2013 at 5:38 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Velator

Good day's ringing with Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Chiffchaffs, a Song Thrush  and a Siskin the highlights, more on the Forum later! 2 Dippers in the stream leading to the reserve, and best of all a very late SWALLOW flew over!

Posted November 23rd, 2013 at 5:37 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Topsham

Pair of Bearded tits in reed-bed between playing field & M5. Flew into reeds alongside footpath where seen well & at close quarters before moving back into the central reedbed.

Posted November 23rd, 2013 at 3:12 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake - Saturday 23rd.

Lower Tamar Lake.

8 Goosander (3 males), 2 Gadwall, 15+ Mallard, 11 Teal, 2 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 25+ Black headed Gulls,

On the feeders,now in use again, near the hide:- 3 Nuthatches, Blue, Great and Coal Tits, 1 Jay,

Also 6 Robins 8 Blackbirds.

Harvey Kendall

Posted November 23rd, 2013 at 3:09 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Long-tailed Duck Coryton Cove Dawlish

Great views of Long-tailed Duck next to cafe in rock pools on a falling tide. Dont think you could get closer views without picking it up! Didnt seem to mind the public all around, no bins required ;o)



Posted November 23rd, 2013 at 3:08 pm by Simon Thurgood in Bird News

Clennon Valley/Broadsands

The Yellow-Browed Warbler still showing well and regularly this morning from the path behind the YMCA at Clennon Valley. Also a Siberian Chiffchaff, Chiffchaff and a Goldcrest there.   Nearby at Broadsands, 1+ Siberian Chiffchaff and a Chiffchaff in the marsh between the car parks, a Water Rail calling and a Goldcrest.

Posted November 23rd, 2013 at 12:05 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Friday 22nd November 2013

Cox Tor, Dartmoor

Late fem/juv Ring Ouzel by barn tonight (Graham Hill)

Posted November 22nd, 2013 at 6:49 pm in Bird News

Long-tailed Duck - Dawlish

Long-tailed Duck among rock pools off Rock Pool Cafe, Dawlish at 13-20  today.

In Dawlish Bay - 18 Common Scoter with 1 Velvet Scoter. Also 15 Great Crested Grebe.

Posted November 22nd, 2013 at 4:28 pm by Ray Jones in Bird News

Sidmouth

My first Purple Sandpiper of the autumn at Sidmouth.

Feeding alongside turnstone & oystercatcher at 12.15 on a falling tide

Posted November 22nd, 2013 at 2:03 pm by Ian Pearson in Bird News

Broadsands

2 Siberian ( tristis) Chiffchaffs again at Broadsands and this odd calling grey chiffchaff see YouTube video http://youtu.be/CuNRRNoG-oE  and http://youtu.be/OHSw5EkOw8M call closer to abietinus/collybita (per discussion with Alan Dean) not as flat as normal tristis Chiffchaff. Also1 collybita Chiffchaff present. One on the two  tristis also at Broadsands video here http://youtu.be/vF4KB8UWa3Q

 

Posted November 22nd, 2013 at 10:55 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thursday 21st November 2013

Dartmoor

c300 Golden Plover over Ingra Tor, Princetown this morning.

Maureen & Rob Harrison

Posted November 21st, 2013 at 8:27 pm by Rob Harrison in Bird News

Braunton Marshes

15.00

1 female Marsh Harrier disturbed by shooting on Sharpa Marshes flying west over R.Caen onto Braunton Marshes and seen searching for prey over reed beds.

Posted November 21st, 2013 at 4:05 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

All day out on the estuary produced few surprises but a fine range of species including 10 great crested grebes, 26 cormorants, 47 shags, 35 little egrets, 87 brent geese, 72 shelducks, 440 wigeon, 54 pintail, 10 red-breasted mergansers, female goldeneye, 120 oystercatchers, 150 dunlin, 220 curlews, 19 barwits, 10 greenshanks, 107 redshanks & 1400 black-headed gulls.

Posted November 21st, 2013 at 3:40 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Clennon Valley & Broadsands

Clennon Valley: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still 200m NW of YMCA in sallows beside stream, 1 tristis  Chiffchaff, 2 collybita Chiffchaffs, 4 Goldcrests, 12 Tufted Ducks, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret.

Broadsands: Very windy so struggled to find the warblers today, 1 tristis Chiffchaff 1 collybita Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest and 1 Water Rail

Posted November 21st, 2013 at 11:54 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 20th November 2013

Topsham

About 350 Avocets feeding off the Goat Walk around midday. Several flocks of Redwings, with a few Fieldfares, moving NE in the morning.

Charlie's images of the Long-tailed Duck show pink on the bill and pale feathers on the back - both characteristic of a first winter male.

Posted November 20th, 2013 at 11:03 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Long-tailed Duck

Thought it might be of interest- this is the Long-tailed Duck seen off Boat Cove Dawlish.Obviously a different bird to the one at Topsham


Posted November 20th, 2013 at 9:53 pm by Nick Workman in Bird News

Long-tail Duck Bowling Green Marsh

I decided to sit it in the hide at Bowling Green today until the Long-tailed Duck came in to the channel as it has done previous.  It took a couple of hours but eventually it was around the marker. We then all kept quiet (a novelty in it's self),  and then we held our breath as it got closer and closer, until after just a minute or so it was as near to the hide as it could be. At one point, it cleared a path aggressively amongst the teal, climbed out and fed on the bankside vegetation opposite.

I have more photos on my Blog,  (copy and paste "Wildlife in a Suburban Garden" in to your search).



Posted November 20th, 2013 at 7:20 pm by Charlie Fleming in Bird News

Broadsands

Now 3 Siberian (tristis) Chiffchaffs in the sallows around the small pond just seaward side of the cutting between the two car parks incredibly just one 'western'(collybita) Chiffchaff present also 2 Goldcrests.

 2 x siberian Chiffchaffs Broadsands 20 Nov 2013 ML  siberian Chiffchaffs Broadsands 20 Nov 2013 ML

Photo 2 x Tristis Chiffchaffs and closer shot of one of 3

On the sea: 2 Great Northern Divers and 2 Great Crested Grebes.

Posted November 20th, 2013 at 6:51 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Clennon Valley

Single Yellow-browed Warbler still present this afternoon, feeding in sallows and sycamores 200m west of YMCA where Mike originally found it.

Posted November 20th, 2013 at 4:33 pm by Jacob Wood in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime in the hide until 1.45 today. The female Long-tailed Duck still. Also, 2 pairs of Pintail, 1 drake Gadwall and 1 Snipe along with the usual.

Posted November 20th, 2013 at 3:01 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Long-tailed Duck & Firecrest

Long-tailed Duck in Boat Cove Dawlish also Firecrest behind cafe at Coryton Cove.

Posted November 20th, 2013 at 11:13 am by Nick Workman in Bird News

Tuesday 19th November 2013

R.Taw off Pottington Ind. Est. Barnstaple.

162 Dark-bellied Brent just off rear of RGB. Plenty of Redshank, Oystercatcher, Curlew and Lapwings but only 8 Dunlin. C400 - 450 Canada Geese.

Posted November 19th, 2013 at 6:43 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Clennon Valley

1 (possibly even 2) Yellow-browed Warbler(s) one faithful to sallows 200m west of the YMCA in sallows by the stream. (the same?) 10 minutes before one 600m further west in Sycamores this bird seemed to fly even further west towards the ponds when I lost it. Also 1 tristis Chiffchaff (the same as last week now on sallows in middle pond). 5 collybita Chiffchaff, 7 Goldcrests 1 Mandarin Duck, 11 Tufted Duck, 4 Shoveler, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Water Rail.

yellow-browed Warbler Clennon Valley 19 Nov 2013 ML

 

Posted November 19th, 2013 at 3:56 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Darts Farm - Topsham cycleway

From the viewing hide at the carp lakes of Darts Farm c700 Brent Geese were present in the fields with Bl Tailed Godwits, ducks etc and overhead and settling in the taller trees were a flock of c100 Greenfinch

I walked on via Odhams Wharf to the new cyle path which has been opened in the last few days which crosses the River Clyst just north of Bowling Green Marsh.  Was disappointed with the birds present in the wetland area (Goosemoor?) other than a few distant ducks and waders.  This area is now viewable from the cycle path which has several laybys with slots for birdwatching.  The new bridge over the River Clyst is set at an angle to the river and it is difficult to view the river itself due to the panelling and if you stop you are more likely to be run over by cyclists!  The new bridge and raised wooden cyleway is an impressive and expensive structure and can be  accessed from either Bowling Green Marsh or the pathway opposite Darts farm. Still a welcome addition to birdwatching sites.

Posted November 19th, 2013 at 2:46 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Powderham Marshes, Exminster

A brief visit this morning to view the stubbles and bird-food crops. The crops look excellent and will surely tempt the finches. Bird numbers yet to build but c110 linnets, c12 goldfinches, 2 green finches, a few reed buntings and one cirl bunting is a start. Also present a sparrow hawk, kestrel and a couple of buzzards. Two green sandpipers were vocal and flying around. In the bushes at least 3 chiffchaffs, 2 goldcrests and a flock of long-tailed tits.

Posted November 19th, 2013 at 11:56 am by John Waldon in Bird News

Monday 18th November 2013

Wintering Blackcaps

This month I have ringed 7 Blackcaps in my garden in Braunton. 5 males and 2 females. Although they may overwinter, two of the males have had very high fat scores (65 and 70) indicating that they are ready to migrate. The male ringed today was also well covered (score 50). I've also no idea where all these birds come from - never had a bird ringed elsewhere, and never had any of mine recovered elsewhere after release. This after nearly 20 years of catching Blackcaps here! Perhaps one of this year's might be appear as a control somewhere else.

Posted November 18th, 2013 at 9:16 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Dartmoor, Sunday 17th

First-winter Common Redpoll trapped yesterday on private land on Dartmoor - some photos for the record, all copyright Judith Read.

Noticeable that when it contact-called on release, the call was somewhat deeper in tone than the Lesser Redpolls it was lurking with.

Common Redpoll
Common Redpoll

Common Redpoll
Common Redpoll

Common Redpoll
Common Redpoll

Posted November 18th, 2013 at 8:37 pm by Jeremy Barker in Bird News

Bird Sightings Blog

Just a notice to invite anyone wishing to discuss/air their opinions on the Dusky Thrush to go to the Devon Birds Forum, where a thread has been started on this topic.

Posted November 18th, 2013 at 6:43 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - a lapland bunting this evening in the stubble field at the top of Gore Lane. Best bet if you want to try for it is to view from the gate and wait for a local sparrowhawk to make one of its regular forays into the field when the finches, buntings and larks will get up and fly around a bit. The white-fronted goose was absent this evening having apparently finally found some company at the south end of the Exe. 

Yesterday - a richards's pipit flew low over the 'goose' field calling @0802 but continued west and was searched for this evening without success. This is my first record for the site but the lapland bunting is the twelfth record, having been almost annual since 2006. Also yesterday the white-fronted goose, 6 snipe and c250+ starling west.

lapland bunting
lapland bunting

Posted November 18th, 2013 at 4:52 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Exminster Marshes & R. Exe

The Marshes: Highlights included 22 Golden Plover, 2 snipe, c120 lapwings, 4 pintails, 2 pochard, 25 gadwall, 2 peregrine falcons, 1 greylag goose and 1 barnacle goose in amongst the large flocks of canada geese. Large numbers of Teal and  Wigeon. The River (from Turf Locks): c135 avocets, 11 brents, 11 redshank incl 1 with green flag (unable to read), c150 dunlin and a kingfisher fishing from the boarding steps at the pier on the jetty by the pub.

Posted November 18th, 2013 at 4:48 pm by david cawthraw in Bird News

Torbay

Broadsands: 9 Great Northern Divers (photo of a close one below), 1 Great Crested Grebe. In the marsh 1 tristis Chiffchaff (photo below).

Great Northern Diver Broadsands 18 Nov 13 ML Tristis Chiffchaff Broadsands 18 Nov 13 ML

Paignton: 1 Velvet Scoter, 7 Common Scoter, 1 Great Northern Diver.

Posted November 18th, 2013 at 2:10 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

The female Long-tailed Duck still from the hide this lunchtime until about 1.40. Also 1 male Pintail. Otherwise not much to see over a low tide and not much from a quick look through the viewing screens at Goosemoor either.

Posted November 18th, 2013 at 2:07 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Sunday 17th November 2013

Bowling Green Marsh

The female Long-tailed Duck again on the main pool early afternoon, in the vicinity of the water height marker post in the mouth of the channel, from the hide.

Posted November 17th, 2013 at 9:07 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

White Fronted Goose joined up with Brents

Mudbank, Exmouth

Matt's juv. White Fronted Goose fly-past with the Brents on Thursday. Needed confirmation that it was a WFG and not a Greylag.

Just proves you need to look at every bird!....I thought it was just another group of Brents!

Sorry for poor quality cropped photo.



Posted November 17th, 2013 at 8:37 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Dusky Thrush, Brixham, 26/10/13 - 02/11/13

A first winter Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus) was found in the back garden of a semi-detached house in a small housing estate in Brixham, Devon at lunchtime on the 26th October 2013. According to a resident it may have been present the day before. It was last seen on the 2nd November 2013, and despite searching has not been seen since. During this time it frequented six gardens on the estate and was not seen to go elsewhere.

Dusky Thrush (c) Josh Marshall

Dusky Thrush (c) Josh Marshall

I thought about releasing the news but immediately realised the bird could not be seen from any public area. It favoured the shrubs at the back of the properties, which were only visible from within the houses themselves. The potential impact of perhaps several hundred visitors on the residents’ privacy was also considered. Indeed, a straw poll of some of the home owners was taken as to whether to release the news and the results were all negative. Similar advice was received from the local Police about the potential impact of visitors’ cars on the surrounding highways. Finally, the occurrence of a twitchable Dusky Thrush in Margate Cemetery earlier in the year was taken into account. With all these things in mind, the difficult decision not to release the news was taken.

Dusky Thrush (c) Mike Langman

Dusky Thrush (c) Mike Langman

The bird fed exclusively on the berries of Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster sp.) and Torbay Palms (Cordyline australis). It initially showed well at times, approaching to within a few metres of the houses on more than one occasion. It would however go missing for long periods to sit in cover, presumably to digest its berry-rich diet. It became progressively more nervous during its stay, and by the 2nd November, the last day it was seen, it had become very jumpy, dropping into cover whenever any of the residents went into their gardens.

Click on this link to see a video of the bird: http://youtu.be/WnCLqH_08LQ

Eds; Discussion on Devon Birds forum please...

Posted November 17th, 2013 at 7:10 pm in Bird News

Exminster Marshes - Early Afternoon

tristis Chiffchaff calling in the car park and good views. Good numbers of Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler, Avocet, Curlew and 18 Gadwall along with the more usual.  On the way back from the Turf, a flock of 22 Fieldfare overhead and Redwings on the "haws" in the  hawthorns. Quite a few Goldcrest calling. But then we caught sight of a small swift, falcon towards the M5 flyover, it landed on a telegraph pole about 300m from the road. Stunning male Merlin which we watched for a good time - best views I have ever had of a Merlin. All in all a brilliant birding afternoon!

Posted November 17th, 2013 at 6:47 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Taw Estuary

Morning walk around Fremington and Home Farm Marsh; late afternoon along the River Caen/Sherpa Marsh. About 100 Redshanks along Fremington Pill and around the mouth of the Pill, an estimated 2,000–3,000 Golden Plovers roosting on the sand flats off Chivenor, 13 Pintails, 2 Spoonbills, a Merlin, 2 or 3 Marsh Harriers (all females/imms), a late Whinchat (near Salt Pill Duck Pond), a Common Sandpiper (River Caen at Velator - where also Dipper, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail and 5 Little Grebes) and – most surprisingly of all – two Swallows over Sherpa Marsh at dusk as we watched about 1,000 Starlings murmurating over Wrafton.

Posted November 17th, 2013 at 5:29 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Portworthy

Drake Green-winged Teal with 35+ Teal, 3 Wigeon, 2 Tufted Duck and 2000+ Golden Plover overhead towards Lee Moor.

Posted November 17th, 2013 at 4:36 pm by Sara McMahon in Bird News

Exmouth Town Centre

Last of the Summer birds? Two house martins feeding on what insects they could find over Exmouth. Not an exceptionally late record, but a surprise none the less.

Posted November 17th, 2013 at 3:33 pm by Alan Keatley in Bird News

Ilfracombe

Two Black Redstart on the top of the old Mount Hotel in Ilfracombe this morning.

Posted November 17th, 2013 at 2:48 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Torbay boat trip

Morning trip round the bay in gloomy conditions. Numbers of wintering birds still quite low but quality nonetheless: 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Velvet Scoter with 14 Common Scoter, 10 Grey Heron, 1 Gannet, 2 Kittiwake, 2 Guillemot, 3 Oystercatcher, 6 Turnstone, 8 Purple Sandpiper and a Grey Seal. The next trip is 9-11am next Sunday (24th), book with Nigel Smallbones on 07866 202576. 

Velvet and common scoters off Paignton
Velvet and common scoters off Paignton

Purple sandpiper, Brixham harbour
Purple sandpiper, Brixham harbour

Grey seal, Brixham harbour
Grey seal, Brixham harbour

Posted November 17th, 2013 at 2:33 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Teignmouth

A male Black Redstart was around the port this morning. Offshore 44 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver and a Great Northern Diver.

Posted November 17th, 2013 at 12:11 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Orcombe Point

Matt Knott had a Richards Pipit fly west over Orcombe Point at 8.02am this morning. Also the juv White Fronted Goose was in Exmouth by the leisure centre at 8.30am but not there at 9.20am so had presumably returned to Gore Lane.  (Matt is without Internet access at the moment so is unable to post)

Posted November 17th, 2013 at 9:34 am by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Saturday 16th November 2013

South Huish Marsh

a couple of nice pic's from Bruce 'Churchie' church of the 2nd yr Hen Harrier that ENW connected with at South Huish Marsh mid day today (Snipe and what appeared to be vole on the menu)  Also present 1pr Bearded Tit in the reed fringes as reported earlier by RBu and AJL .

Posted November 16th, 2013 at 8:55 pm by Alan Doidge in Bird News

Teign Estuary

c.2,250 Wood Pigeon moving south or SSW between 07:55 and 08:35, viewed from Shaldon golf course.

The drake Scaup was still at Decoy Lake, Newton Abbot this morning along with 33 Tufted Duck and singles of Gadwall, Great Crested Grebe and Kingfisher.

Posted November 16th, 2013 at 7:45 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A short visit late afternoon in declining light. Just 46 Curlews, 4 Greenshanks and a sole Oystercatcher on the pool; elsewhere 2 Snipes, a Reed Bunting and a Green Woodpecker. 

Posted November 16th, 2013 at 7:40 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Wembury Beach

Walked down to the beach and went along the right side footpath along Langdon beach a couple of Oystercatcher and Curlew were on the rocks. On the sand there were around 200+Pipits, Some were Rock but most were a slightly larger species ( most likely Meadow.)

Posted November 16th, 2013 at 6:01 pm by Matt Clark in Bird News

Shiphay, Torquay

15:30 Male Blackcap actively foraging for insects in the laurel hedge at the bottom of my garden.  Earlier, 3 Siskins calling in flight over Sainsburys Car Park at The Willows, Torquay and a Sparrowhawk at Cadewell Park.

Posted November 16th, 2013 at 4:01 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Torbay

Watching out from Saltern Cove at the same time as JW had a few more GCGrebes and a long way out in the bay 3 GNDivers but not sure if same birds as JW. The only thing I can add is 1 Egret in the cove.

Still places on Torbay boat trip Sunday morning, give us a call if interested, sailing at 9am  from Paignton Harbour.

Posted November 16th, 2013 at 1:59 pm by nigel smallbones in Bird News

Torbay

Two black necked grebes in Torbay viewed from the promenade also one seen early this morning from Babbacombe Downs

Posted November 16th, 2013 at 1:35 pm by Rob Gaze in Bird News

roadford

fri 15th

Grey phalerope stillat Roadford in Shop Inlet.

Posted November 16th, 2013 at 12:48 pm by b.albrighton in Bird News

Thurlestone Area

Message from Arthur Livett and Bob Burridge

South Milton Ley  - late Swallow over this morning

South Huish - two Bearded Tits seen and heard this morning.

 

Posted November 16th, 2013 at 12:38 pm in Bird News

Broadsands

Broadsands 09:30

5 GN Divers, 4 GC Grebes, 1 BN Grebe and 18-19 Common Scoter in flight.

Posted November 16th, 2013 at 11:05 am by Jacob Wood in Bird News

Bursdon Moor, near Hartland

Bursdon Moor - Friday 15th

1 Merlin hunting over the moor and perched in small tree and 1 ringtail Hen Harrier at dusk, eventually going to roost.

Some large flocks of Starlings heading to roost, one flock of over 10.000.

Harvey Kendall & Barry Bryne.

Posted November 16th, 2013 at 9:31 am by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Friday 15th November 2013

Thurlestone Bay

  Wood Pigeon passage this morning only 850.

At South Milton Ley 4 Water Rail, 2 Little Grebe, 3 Chiffchaff

On South Huish Marsh - 14 Wigeon, 25 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck and a KIngfisher.

In the Bay at least 160 Kittiwake ( sat on the sea -all adult birds )   52 Wigeon , 4 Common Scoter.

09.50 a lone Swallow landed on the wires by the car park .

Posted November 15th, 2013 at 6:17 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Snowies on Northam burrows.

Still present today and even came very close, .....so glad I sold my Pentax equipment and upgraded to Nikon, far superior images!



Posted November 15th, 2013 at 5:58 pm by Steve Hatch in Bird News

Slapton Ley

08:15-13:00, Sunny bright day, light north wind strengthening a little through morning.

2 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Little Grebe, 52 Mute Swan, 73 Canada Geese ( single flock which included a pure white domestic type goose and a couple hybrids, maybe Greylag x Canada ), Little Egret ( infrequent visitor here ), 69 Gadwall, 203 Wigeon ( exclusively in Ireland Bay ), 2 Shoveler, 265 Tufted Duck, Scaup ( male, from footpath c200 metres north of Torcross car park ), 54 Pochard, Red-crested Pochard x Tufted Duck hybrid, 549 Coot, 45 Moorhen, Lapwing ( on one of the weed islands in Ireland Bay ), Mediterranean Gull ( first winter ) and 5 Siskin. Possible Redpoll sp. calling over Slapton Bridge and possible Snow Bunting called twice flying north near Memorial. Both times coincided with heavy passing traffic so not 100% sure on either. Very little on the sea but a bright glare did not help. Of note around 500 Kittiwakes feeding towards Blackpool Sands but no accompanying Skuas.

Posted November 15th, 2013 at 5:00 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Long-tailed Duck

Long-tailed Duck of Dawlish sea front close in.

Posted November 15th, 2013 at 4:10 pm by Nick Workman in Bird News

Odd big bird at Churston

Driving close to Churston church this morning, about 9 AM, saw 2 big birds, flying together, first was a Grey Heron, second was very different ....long neck, wings well set back on body.....reminded me of a White Stork......just a heads up in case anyone else has seen similar locally (and keeping in view the GB blogs recently). Both birds headed towards Galmpton village.  

Posted November 15th, 2013 at 1:36 pm by Trevor Leaman in Bird News

Baggy Point

One of each at Baggy this morning

Snow Bunting, female Common Scoter & female Black Redstart.

Photo to illustrate size differences between Cormorant & Shag.



Posted November 15th, 2013 at 1:01 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Thursday 14th November 2013

Thurlestone Bay

Apologies for yesterdays omission - I needed to add - Wood Pigeon . ( thanks Pete ).

An unexpected good day on the patch- there was no vis mig this morning , a 2hr seawatch from the car park produced 215 Gannet, 140 Kittiwake ( this included a flock of 65 on the sea )- these attracted the attention of at least 3 Great Skua ( 4 birds seen in total I lost 1 when it sat on the sea ) a Teal , 4 Common Scoter and 3 Auks all flew east.

On South Huish Marsh - 35 Teal, 25 Wigeon, 1 f Shoveler , and an imm Tufted Duck ( only our 3rd record of the year )  AJL had a male Merlin, there was also Kestrel, Buzzard and Sparrowhawk on the patch

Nick T took the Nat Trust team round South Milton Ley and found a Kingfisher and an imm Marsh Harrier - both scarce here

Not often we have 5 species of raptor in a day

Posted November 14th, 2013 at 6:17 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Dartmoor

18 Lapwing in Prison Fields, Princetown, on ground with c400 Starling at 1515hrs today.

Maureen & Rob Harrison

Posted November 14th, 2013 at 3:55 pm by Rob Harrison in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime in the hide until 1.45. The female Long-tailed Duck still present along with 1 male Pintail. Other than the usual suspects, new birds today were 1 female Pochard, 1 male Tufted Duck and 1 Little Grebe.

Posted November 14th, 2013 at 2:11 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Clennon Valley

A tristis Chiffchaff again present in the stream side sallows just NW of the YMCA with 3 Chiffchaff.

tristis Chiffchaff Clennon Valley 14 Nov 13 ML tristis Chiffchaff Clennon Valley 14 Nov 13 ML2

This is a different and better looking tristis bird than Tuesday despite having paler legs. It is whiter bellied and flanks, buffier upper chest,throat and face and lacking the lemon undertail coverts and yellow in supercilium. It also called with a flat pii typical of tristis.

There was no sign of Tuesdays presumed tristis.

Posted November 14th, 2013 at 10:50 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Dartmoor

Single Whooper found by Rob Lillicrap whilst doing WeBS count - still present this morning but on private land.

 

Whooper Dartmoor Rob Lillicrap 14.11.13

Posted November 14th, 2013 at 10:44 am in Bird News

North Lobb Bustard

Just a follow up on this sighting.

Whilst it is most likely a bird from Salisbury Plain, as opposed to a vagrant, there are no birds recently missing from Wiltshire.

Therefore any further sightings would be greatly appreciated. If you are lucky enough to see the bird key things to note are the age and sex of the bird and of course, assuming it has one, the details on the wingtag.

For more information on the species visit www.greatbustard.org

Posted November 14th, 2013 at 10:30 am by Kevin Rylands in Bird News

Wednesday 13th November 2013

English Channel

Out on Dartangler fishing 25-30nm S of Start Point. 25+Bonxies, 40+Kittiwakes, 5 Fulmars and a few Gannets and Great Black-back Gulls attracted to boat. Also a few scattered groups of Common Dolphins. A few shots, mostly of a range of Bonxie plumages (and light effect), all zoomable if you click them.

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Posted November 13th, 2013 at 10:01 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Colaton Raleigh Common

The great grey shrike was again showing well but mobile, in the same general area as yesterday, on the north edge of the firing range between SY 050 879 and SY 044 882, last seen about 1pm at SY 047 880. According to others it ranges considerably wider than this, over most of the common.




Posted November 13th, 2013 at 7:48 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Soar and Slapton Ley

Started at 0725 in superb conditions. Wood Pigeon passage chiefly 0745 - 0830 (going south-east) and vitually over by 0915. I counted c28,500 birds including some flocks of c3,000. I could well have missed some of the more inland flocks, as I headed out over the Warren and Bolt Head. So not too different to Mike's and Bob's sightings (assuming they are talking about Wood Pigeons!). In one of the closer flocks I counted 4 Stock Doves but most flocks too distant to pick out any doves, so who knows how many slipped through.

Very little other "vis mig" (this is my worst recent autumn for this at Soar - very little moving even on same days / times as other nearby sites have witnessed movements). However - single Fieldfare, Siskin and Redpoll (presumed Lesser) and 12 Lapwings over. Also - Chiffchaff 1, Goldcrest 4, Snipe 2 and a Cetti's Warbler at the "pond". (The latter was there on Sunday but we failed to clinch it).

At Slapton later - in the distance over the sea - Bonxie and Skua sp (Arctic or Pom). On the Ley good numbers of ducks including - c70 Gadwalls, c170 Tufted Ducks, c40 Pochards, and c100 Wigeons. Also - Firecrest 2 (bridge and Ireland Bay), Chiffchaff 1, and Merlin 1.  

Posted November 13th, 2013 at 6:20 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Southdown Brixham

A Firecrest calling in my rear ivy hedge this morning, also a Siskin and Brambling flew overhead high. 

Posted November 13th, 2013 at 6:11 pm in Bird News

great grey shrike

The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Colaton, Raleigh common  was still showing well but very mobile  when i left at 1pm

Posted November 13th, 2013 at 6:10 pm by MARTIN COX in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

  First morning with a frost at dawn, also clear skies so another vis mig watch from 08.00, I was in Thurlestone with Bob B at Huxton Cross ( about 2miles inland )

Over my house first flock picked up at 08.10 and  passage lasted to around 08.35 My total logged was just over 10,000 all flying towards Soar. Bob's passage was more dense and lasted longer - he recorded over 30,000. We both agree the total count of 40,000 was conservative. Other species recorded were - By me - 16 Goldfinch, 8 Chaffinch , 4 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 6 Skylark, 14 Mipit, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Grey Wagtail, 7 Lapwing

Bob _- 1 Siskin, 1 Brambling, 3 Fieldfare . He alo flushed 50 Snipe and a Cettis Warbler on T'stone Marsh.

Offshore 7 Common Scoter flew east

 

 

Posted November 13th, 2013 at 5:43 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

North Lobb

Rumours at the Devon Birds indoor meeting last night in Barnstaple of a very unusual sighting of a Great Bustard seen at North Lobb last Sunday.

Decided to check it out & by chance met the person who had seen it who lives at Lobb & who has just returned from a birding trip in Hungary.

When he spotted it on Sunday he could not believe it either!

Unfortunately, it did not materialise for me but then again 3 days have elapsed since it was last seen & have not recently returned from Hungary!

Bret informed me that several Great Bustards have recently dispersed from Salisbury Plain where they were introduced & he is very familiar with the species.

Posted November 13th, 2013 at 5:31 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Slapton

Some photos of a Siberian (tristis) Chiffchaff caught and ringed at Slapton on 10th Nov by Nik Ward.

Tristis Chiffchaff Slapton 10 Nov 2013 NW  Tristis Chiffchaff Slapton 10 Nov 2013 NW 2

The photo to the right shows a nice comparison with a 'western' Chiffchaff (collybita) showing the 'desaturated' buffy/grey and white plumage compared to the bright olive and yellow collybita. Again, like the Clennon bird yesterday, this tristis in bright sunlight shows of olive in the scapulars, mantle and even crown - features that in the past may have resigned it to the abietinus/tristis category, but it lacks the yellow in the body plumage (an underwing shot of the bird showed the yellowy underwing coverts typical of tristis). Tristis usually shows a very dark bill and very black legs with yellow soles to the feet are - shown in this comparison. The supecilium is a dirty buff lacking yellow and the cheeks are slightly warmer buff. 

As with any tristis record it is always good to get call - but many remain stubbornly silent!

Posted November 13th, 2013 at 4:11 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Torbay

A single Velvet Scoter was off Roundham Headland today with 18 Common Scoter unfortunately the flock was disturbed several times by jet skiers. Also 3 Great Crested Grebes, 6 Great Northern Divers and 5-6 Bottle-nosed Dolphins. 

Posted November 13th, 2013 at 3:01 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Exmouth

A Black Redstart present on the roof of Windward Court, Shelly Beach early afternoon, but not the usual overwintering male. Also, two Pale-bellied Brent Geese in the estuary. 

Posted November 13th, 2013 at 2:31 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

The female Long-tailed Duck still showing from the hide this lunchtime (until about 1.40 today) along with a drake Pintail. 2 flocks of around 20 Brent Geese flew towards Darts Farm. Nice mixed tit flock on the walk back to the car including 2 Goldcrests.

Posted November 13th, 2013 at 2:11 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Braunton Marshes & Braunton Great Field

No sign of the 6 Whooper Swans on Braunton Marshes early this morning.

Chaffinch numbers on the Great Field have increased & small flocks of up to 200 murmurating Starlings can be seen.

Posted November 13th, 2013 at 1:06 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Abbotskerswell

c.8000 woodpigeon south over Wolborough Down this morning 07.30 - 09.00 hrs. Also a snow bunting over south.

Posted November 13th, 2013 at 12:51 pm in Bird News

Wood Pigeon migration

The Wood pigeon migration across the South Hams continued this morning, first large flocks seen at 0750hrs, dropped off towards 09.00hrs but two flocks of approx 100 and 200 birds respectively seen at 5 past and 10 past nine.

It was noticable that the birds were generally flying far higher than previously seen and with a direction change, on all previous days over the lasty week the flocks were headed west down the A38 valley towards Plymouth / Cornwall, today the birds are crossing at an angle from the Buckfastleigh towards Dartmouth / Slapton area, several flocks were seen in the distance at at least a mile away passing the exeter side of Marley Head but the size of the flocks makes them very visible.

Most flocks were in the region of 100 to 200 birds but one of the earlier flocks was in excess of 1000 birds.



Cropped image showing three flocks passing by in the distance.
Cropped image showing three flocks passing by in the distance.

Posted November 13th, 2013 at 9:26 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Teignmouth Today

Photo of juvenile Great Northern Diver with upturned beak.


Posted November 13th, 2013 at 12:43 am by Simon Bates in Bird News

Tuesday 12th November 2013

Teignmouth Today

Bonaparte's Gull at 09:45 just north of the pier. Then juvenile Great Northern Diver very close to the New Quay @ 14:30. Odd upturned beak though, but still very grey!

Posted November 12th, 2013 at 11:44 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

South Brent & Berry Head 12/11/2013

The Wood pigeon migration was underway again between 8am and 9am this morning over South Brent one huge flock of approx 1000 birds headed west, several 100 / 200 strong sized flocks, much higher than recent days, in some of the flocks the individual birds were just dots in the sky, some of the smaller flocks came lower and were seen to drop into the oaks on Brent Hill, dropping into areas of oak trees seem to be a regular theme with these passage birds.

Berry Head ~ mid morning ~ Flock of 30 plus Gold Finches by the car park with a couple of Linnets, Stone Chats in the quarry.

Good number of Gannets flying and diving and reasonable number of porpoise some distance out while watching them saw two birds flying into the bay just above the waves, one dropped onto the sea and simply could not be seen again the other flew on am convinced they were Puffins but cannot tbe 100%

Posted November 12th, 2013 at 10:48 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Dartmoor

Four Golden Plover on Yennadon this morning, not often seen here due to use by walkers.

C400 Redwing flew over Meavy in one large flock at 0830hrs today, heading in the direction of Burrator.

Maureen & Rob Harrison

Posted November 12th, 2013 at 10:47 pm by Rob Harrison in Bird News

Bovey Heath

A flock of 24 Crossbills down to drink at a puddle on the heath this afternoon.  Also female Vagrant Emperor over the main pond briefly at 1.15pm

Posted November 12th, 2013 at 8:35 pm by John Walters in Bird News

Northam Snow Buntings

A minimum of 8 Snow Buntings around midday today on the Sandymere side of the pebble ridge, almost certainly more as they were appearing and disappearing behind the ridge.

this one appears to have been ringed
this one appears to have been ringed

Posted November 12th, 2013 at 8:31 pm by alan craddock in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

Vis mig over T'stone  08.15- 09.00 Wood Pigeon 7,500 SW ( largest flock 1600 ) 16 Chaffinch, 14 Goldfinch, 1 Jay, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Brambling, 20 Skylark, .On the Marsh - 1m 3f Shoveler, 4 Wigeon, 17 Teal, 1 Little Grebe

On roof of flats at the car park a 1stw m Black Redstart, Offshore - 90 Gannet, 36 Kittiwake, 7 Common Scoter, 2 f Eider  (all west ), on the sea a Great N Diver. 3 Turnstone on the rocks

On South H Marsh -40 Teal, 10 Wigeon, 20 Lapwing, 2m 2f Shoveler.

This am Bob B had 2,500 Wood Pigeon at Huxton Cross, whilst at South M Ley - 1 Crossbill, 9 Yellowhammer, 7 Chiffchaff, 3 Grey Wagtail

 

Posted November 12th, 2013 at 7:01 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton

3 Grey Partridge again on South Farm yesterday and 1 Purple Sandpiper on the rocks off Otter Ledge today. The first time I have seen Purple Sandpiper here and a good record for Budleigh at least.

Posted November 12th, 2013 at 6:27 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Honiton

Grey Partridge feeding on the green outside my urban home for 20 minutes from 7.00  this morning

Posted November 12th, 2013 at 5:46 pm by Ian Pearson in Bird News

Berry Head

Dusky Warbler brief visit mid afternoon today.

 

Posted November 12th, 2013 at 5:38 pm by Alan Doidge in Bird News

Colaton Raleigh Common

The great grey shrike showed well but briefly at SY 880 050 this afternoon. Quite mobile and soon flew, after which we could not relocate it.

Posted November 12th, 2013 at 5:00 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Woolfardisworthy

Black redstart feeding among outbuildings in gardens. 

 

Posted November 12th, 2013 at 4:17 pm by John Heath in Bird News

whooper swans

6 Whooper swans flying  from the pill to islay marsh this morning.

Posted November 12th, 2013 at 3:30 pm by k dawe in Bird News

Clennon Valley

Things have started to pick up today around the ponds from 1 Chiffchaff, now to 5 (4 collybita and 1 non calling presumed tristis). The presumed tristis responded well to tristis song playback - with wing quivering and being inquisitive the other collybita chiffchaffs ignored this recording. It was incredible how the presumed tristis morphed from a very buffy-grey bird in the shadows to subdued olive in the sunlight. It also showed yellow in the supercilium. Prior to the Dutch Birding article I would probably have put this bird down as an abietinus/tristis!  

Photos: presumed tristis top two and bottom left and collybita Chiffchaff bottom right;

tristis? Clennon Valley 12 Nov 2013 ML    tristis? Clennon Valley 12 Nov 2013 ML2

tristis? Clennon Valley 12 Nov 2013 ML3   collibita Chiffchaff Clennon Valley 12 Nov 2013 ML

Posted November 12th, 2013 at 3:07 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime in the hide today until about 1.45. Good numbers of waders over a high tide including around 200 Avocets again and 1 Greenshank. The female Long-tailed Duck still present. Also 1 male Pintail. Small flock of Brent Geese over. 7 Greylags and 2 Bar-headed Geese in with the Canada Geese.

Posted November 12th, 2013 at 2:19 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Berry Head

0830 - 1145hrs with DN. Large gathering of seabirds feeding at distance mainly Gannets & Kittiwakes the latter numbering at least 300 birds with a tight flock of 50+ birds just off the headland. Also singles of pale phase Pomarine Skua, Arctic Skua and Bonxie. No sign of Little Gull.

Dusky Warbler showing well, remaining loyal to the bracken and hedge line near the cattle trough in the far corner of the meadow, bird calling regularly. Nearby 6 Goldcrest, Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Bullfinch, 6 Goldfinch & 10+ LT Tits. No overhead migration visible.

Posted November 12th, 2013 at 1:55 pm by Bill Macdonald in Bird News

Village Weaver

 I wasn't expecting to see one of these feeding with the sparrows in my Plymstock garden this morning!

Black-headed Weaver
 Village Weaver

Posted November 12th, 2013 at 1:11 pm in Bird News

Monday 11th November 2013

Berry Head

Seawatch 11:40-14:00. Not expecting a good watch as conditions were rather clear, but.... we connected with an impressive movement of 153 Little Gulls, largest flocks 31 & 29 (mostly ads, with some 1w and at least one 2w) - not sure what the Devon record* is but certainly the most I've seen. Also 8 Balearic Shearwaters, 3 Bonxies, Pomarine Skua, unid skua (distant prob Arctic), Ad Med Gull, 86 Common Scoter one flock containing a drake Scaup, 26 Pintail (25 incl. at least 2 drakes and later another single drake on its own). Still 20+ Harbour Porpoise feeding off the headland and in the distance were thousands of gulls and Gannets feeding - so plenty of food at present, though this had dispersed by the time we left. Passing waders included a Snipe and Dunlin and on the quarry face a Black Redstart.

*Ed. This appears to be a new Devon (day) Little Gull passage record. Although, to put it in context on the otherside of Lyme Bay, Portland saw 1523 (1138 from the Bill and 268 from Ferrybridge), a staggering 10x our total! How many would we have seen if we'd started earlier?

Posted November 11th, 2013 at 4:59 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Broadsands

11 Great Northern Divers off Elberry Headland today.

Posted November 11th, 2013 at 3:40 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Dartmoor

Dartmoor

A brownhead Goosander flew across the B3212 and landed on the Blackbrook at Oakery Bridge.

Maureen & Rob Harrison

Posted November 11th, 2013 at 2:23 pm by Rob Harrison in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime from hide today until around 1.40. The female Long-tailed Duck was still present along with an impressive flock of 200+ Avocets.

Posted November 11th, 2013 at 2:16 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Colaton Raleigh Common

The Great Grey Shrike was performing well until at least 11:00 when I left. In the vicinity of the Firing/Grenade Range SY049876, about half mile SE of car park. It's not particularly shy but moves about a bit within the area, chasing pipits and occasionally flycatching.

Great Grey Shrike - Colaton Raleigh Common 11/11/2013
Great Grey Shrike - Colaton Raleigh Common 11/11/2013

Great Grey Shrike - Colaton Raleigh Common 11/11/2013
Great Grey Shrike - Colaton Raleigh Common 11/11/2013

Posted November 11th, 2013 at 1:55 pm by Tim Worfolk in Bird News

Berry Hd

A slow start despite promising condition, but soon started to log thousands of redwing flying over most heading N and NE, then the highlight - a very vocal, showy Dusky Warbler along the northern edge of the meadow.

Dusky Warbler BH 11 Nov 2013 ML sketch      Dusky Warbler BH 11 Nov 2013 BMc

Dusky Warbler Sketches Mike Langman - photo Bill Macdonald.

Totals: 9,800 Redwing (and I stopped counting when the Dusky Warbler appeared but reliably informed several more thousand went over!) 16 Fieldfare, 22 Song Thrush, 2 Siskin, 1 Firecrest , 9 Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff - and a very odd buffy (leucistic) Meadow Pipit.

Redwings Berry Hd 11 Nov 13 ML

Redwings - one of the 'smaller' flocks! 

ML, BMc, DMN, MD, AR.

Ed. After locating the Dusky Warbler, Redwing counts stopped however MD was counting at the time when the bird was found and after I left the site. MD suggested at least another 5,000 passed through so the overall total was somewhere in the region of a staggering 15,000 Redwings so perhaps another county site passage count record broken! There were also more Fieldfare but surprisingly few considering the numbers of Redwing. 

Posted November 11th, 2013 at 1:50 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Velvet Scoter

Just seen 4 Velvet Scoter in front of Dawlish railway station.

Posted November 11th, 2013 at 1:21 pm by Nick Workman in Bird News

Brents at Starcross yesterday

The highlight of yesterday mornings WeBS count between Stacross and Dawlish Warren golf course was the Black Brant with 452 Brents on Starcross gold course. The Brents have had a successful breeding season this year: 51 out of 366 (14%) were juveniles. A Bar-headed Goose was also there, and 'my' estuary section held 2 Little Grebes, 1 Great Crested and 'the' Slavonian, 19 Shags, 10 Little Egrets, only 403 Wigeon, 58 Teal and 2 Merganser, a Water Rail, 21 Ringed Plover (roosting on the railway embankment outside Cockwood Harbour), 6 Greenshank and 6 Rock Pipits.

Posted November 11th, 2013 at 12:26 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Sharkham Village. Brixham

Over the house conservative count of 2,000 Redwing between 0800-0930hrs. Also 6 Feildfare. Similar things happening at Berry Head by all accounts. Although nil Dusky Warblers here.

Posted November 11th, 2013 at 10:46 am by Josh Marshall in Bird News

Snow Buntings on Northam Burrows

There are now 6 Snow Buntings on Northam Burrows. This morning they were feeding on the strand line of Sandymere Pool by the entrance path to the Information Centre. They were typically confiding, and I was watching from a distance of about 10yds until a dog walker who could not have failed to see I was watching something walked between me and the birds. They flew across the pool towards the pebble ridge.

Posted November 11th, 2013 at 9:50 am by Roger Doble in Bird News

Brixham Breakwater

A visit to Brixham Breakwater had some good results with 22 Purple Sandpipers on the old bunkering jetty.Nice to see such big numbers and also very photogenic!!

Posted November 11th, 2013 at 8:05 am by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Sunday 10th November 2013

Bolberry

Nik T's Snow Bunting (looking like a 1W male) still present 1430hrs today around the 1st gate on footpath from Car Park to Soar Mill Cove.  A different bird to Steve Y's at Mid Soar earlier in the month.


Posted November 10th, 2013 at 9:37 pm by Alan Doidge in Bird News

Short eared owl - Cussacombe Common, Exmoor

I was reliably informed today that there was a single Short eared owl hunting over Cussacombe Common near to Molland Common by the Devon/Somerset boarder. I frequent this area a lot and have not seen a single SEO on Exmoor since November 2012. I made my way to the area but was unable to locate it myself.

Posted November 10th, 2013 at 9:14 pm by Chris Triggs in Bird News

East Portlemouth- Gara Rock

3 Mediterranean Gulls (all ad), 2 Great Northern Divers in Estuary, 2 Firecrest Mill Bay, 6 Goldcrest and 2500+ Woodpigeon over East Portlemouth most moving North up Kingsbridge Estuary (one extended flock of more than 1500 at 9.20am)

Posted November 10th, 2013 at 8:33 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

 A 2hr vis mig watch from my house at 07.20 was superb , With clear skies and little wind the Wood Pigeon were the star attraction - in the first hour 5200 and then they really got moving another 22,000 in the second hour , not quite up to the totals in Newport Wales but a good patch count , other species recorded were -

85 Chaffinch, 14 Goldfinch, 9 Siskin, 70 Skylark, 11 Mipit, 4 Reed Bunting, 275 Starling, 8 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 25 Fieldfare, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush, 5 Jay. 1 Green Woodpecker , 2 flocks of Wigeon 25 & 14 flew west as well as a M Pintail.

On the marsh 17 Teal, 2 Wigeon and a Water Rail.

Bob B had 7 Reed Bunting, 4 Chiffchaff at S M Ley and a Dunlin on the beach, he also had 8000+ Wood Pigeon at Huxton Cross some of which were probably in my totals . Finally a very nice F Black Redstart in my garden

Posted November 10th, 2013 at 8:28 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Prawle

Overhead, first 2 hours of light, (most north); Great Northern Diver (west), Red-throated Diver (east), 2 Snipe, 2000+ Woodpigeon (all directions!), 40+ Stock Dove, 60 Skylark, 33 Meadow Pipit, 265 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 85 Goldfinch, 50 Linnet, Redpoll, 3 Siskin, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting.

Elsewhere, 6 Egyptian Geese (west over village), 3 Purple Sandpipers, Swallow, Water Pipit (Horseley Cove), a further 4 Reed Buntings, 3 Chiffchaff (1 likely Siberian), 10 Goldcrests. (Also 10+ Red Admirals, 2 Clouded Yellows, Painted Lady).

(PM & TM)

Posted November 10th, 2013 at 8:04 pm by Pat Mayer in Bird News

Velator ringing

Managed to return to the reserve this morning, with Patrick and Eden and by late afternoon we had ringed 74 and retrapped a further 27, so over 100 birds handled. Details on the ringing forum. 

Posted November 10th, 2013 at 7:53 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Teign Estuary

WeBS counts from today:

334 Oystercatcher, 112 Curlew, 74 Redshank, 12 Greenshank, 25 Snipe, 8 Ringed Plover, 4 Turnstone, 9 Lapwing, 5 Common Sandpiper, 25 Little Egret, 6 Red-breasted Merganser, 8 Little Grebe, 6 Teal, 6 Shelduck, 15 Mute Swan and 1 Kingfisher.

The drake Scaup was still at Decoy Lake with a Gadwall and c25 Tufted Duck.

Posted November 10th, 2013 at 7:07 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Bird News

Soar

A very pleasant walk with Paul Kemp in lovely sunshine and next to no wind. 

Best bird was a Woodcock which gave good flight views in excellent light next to the track to East Soar Farm. Otherwise: c600 Wood Pigeons including c200 south and c300 west; 5 Goldcrests; and single Snipe, Chiffchaff and Reed Bunting.

Later at South Efford Marsh, an obliging Kingfisher fishing from posts, 3+ Common Sandpipers, 18 Curlews, and 42 Teal.

Posted November 10th, 2013 at 7:00 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Roadford

Grey Phalarope west side 9am.

approx 2500 woodpigeons over just before sunrise.

regards

Rupert


Posted November 10th, 2013 at 6:35 pm by Rupert kirkwood in Bird News

Bolberry Down - Snow Bunting

Male Snow Bunting on the SW Coast Path about 150m East of the Bolberry Down NT car park, just beyond the gate leading to Soar Mill Cove.  Seen between 11:30 and noon but was no longer visible at 1pm, no doubt disturbed by numerous walkers and dogs.

Posted November 10th, 2013 at 5:11 pm by Nick & Gill Townsend in Bird News

Slapton

Nothing of particular note, other than 8 Swallow, a singing Chiffchaff, and a small passage of Wood Pigeon heading SW, seen by 12 members of the East Devon Branch fieldtrip this morning.  In the afternoon the remaining members viewed the sea when a raft of 100+ Common Scoter containing at least 3 Velvet Scoter was seen a mile out in a heavy swell.   

Posted November 10th, 2013 at 5:03 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Bowling green marsh & goatwalk

The female long tailed duck showed well from the hide all morning, and the avocets had increased to 175+, 2 stonechats, 2 sparrowhawks, 4+ buzzards, 750+ wood pigeon going north , 200+ black tailed godwits, 6+ bar tailed godwits, 110+ dunlin a few redshank and lapwing, good numbers of wigeon and teal, 2+ Cetti's warblers, 1 kingfisher, 90+ redwing over northwest, on way to viewing platform 1 water rail and 1 kingfisher showing well from viewing platform. 

From the goatwalk a female/ 1st winter scaup was over towards turf and at least 3 red breasted mergansers, a female long tailed duck flew past heading up river towards topsham quay

Posted November 10th, 2013 at 3:38 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Colaton Raleigh Common

The Great Grey Shrike still early afternoon at the north end of the firing range viewed from the main path and showing well. From the main car park, take the left hand path by the entrance to the car park down into valley for 200 yards, then take the steep right hand grassy track back upto the main track on top of the hill to then view across the heath with the white poles of the firing range beyond.

Posted November 10th, 2013 at 3:03 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Northam Burrows

4 Snow buntings showing well.

Snow Buntings
Snow Buntings

Posted November 10th, 2013 at 2:44 pm by martha mills in Bird News

Exmouth - pm edit

Orcombe Point - 0700 - c50+ chaffinch, 2+ brambling, c20+ goldfinch, 5+ siskin, 1+ redpoll, 1 greenfinch, 1 bullfinch, 1 prob snow bunting (flight call once only but sounded fine), 3 reed bunting, 1+ grey wagtail, 1 raven, 1 sparrowhawk, 1 fieldfare, 1 hirundine sp (prob swallow), 2 goldcrest, 1 chiffchaff, 1 siberian chiffchaff, 3+ pied wagtail, 10 starling, 1 very late wheatear, 1 little egret, 5 song thrush, c40+ skylark, c20+ meadow pipit, 2 coal tit, 2 snipe and, of course, the juv white-fronted goose. Also 900+ woodpigeon moving north. All were moving over Exmouth, largely behind me, so I probably missed lots as I concentrated on other stuff. Best bird without doubt was my first Orcombe siberian chiffchaff which moved rapidly through the long hedge bordering the 'goose' field, continually calling a flat, dunnock-like 'fee' (which I actually managed to sound-record) - a really smart bird. On Maer rocks late pm 6+ turnstone and now 3 purple sandpiper. Also great crested grebe offshore.

siberian chiffchaff - showing the typical plumage tones
siberian chiffchaff - showing the typical plumage tones

last seen in a single sallow in the corner of the field
last seen in a single sallow in the corner of the field

little egret
little egret

Posted November 10th, 2013 at 12:45 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Braunton Marshes

08:10

6 Whooper Swans this morning plus14 Mute Swans (8 adults & 6 juveniles) also Sparrow Hawk being hassled by crows.

08:44 female Marsh Harrier arrived in same area as the Whoopers, being mobbed by about 8 corvids.

Posted November 10th, 2013 at 9:36 am by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Saturday 9th November 2013

white fronted goose

White- fronted Goose from Orcombe point today , thank you Matt , for showing me where it was

Posted November 9th, 2013 at 9:00 pm by MARTIN COX in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A search over the high tide period produced 121 Redshanks, 5 Greenshanks, 18 Turnstones and 61 Curlwes roosting. Grey Herons (9) and Little Egrets (10) in almost equal proportions. Only 10 Shelducks and 3 Oystercatchers; but 2 Jack Snipes and 3+ Snipes. Also a Green Woodpecker and a solitary Ringed Plover.

Later, from my window, an adult winter Mediterranean Gull amongst a flock of Black-headed Gulls on Blagdon's Meadow.

There have been a few recent changes in birds' behavouir on the Plym, reflecting human activity. Grey Heron numbers have increased dramatically - now occasionally out-numbering Little Egrets - probably due to disturbance caused by house building in their previously favoured nearby quarry. Due to the removal of a former wader roosting spot - a pontoon near the mouth of the estuary - the Ringed Plover(s) now roost on the adjacent rubble beside Blagdon's Boatyard and Turnstones appear to have relocated much further away on the estuary wall at the top end.

   

Posted November 9th, 2013 at 5:17 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Exmouth

Mudbank - 0700 - 21+ dunlin, 8+ redshank, 27+ little egret, 48+ turnstone, 6+ teal, 6+ great crested grebe, 1 scaup @ 0735 (probably a fw male but distant towards Starcross), the black brant, 1 goldcrest, 1 reed bunting, 1 kingfisher and 6+ meadow pipit as well as good numbers of wigeon, brent goose, shelduck etc.

Orcombe Point - juv white-fronted goose in usual field and 2 purple sandpiper again on Maer Rocks late this afternoon with 11+ turnstone and two brent goose. No sign of yesterday's snow bunting around the top fields today.

Posted November 9th, 2013 at 5:09 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Berry Head

A very quick walk around the site this morning produced 2 Fire crest nr. pond, and 2 Black Redstart in the southern fort. c. 40 Gannets feeding and a single H. porpoise. Skies were quiet with just 2 alba wagtail and a solitary Redwing which landed at my feet on the end of the head!

Posted November 9th, 2013 at 10:28 am by John Lusher in Bird News

South Brent migration...........

The Wood Pigeon numbers have dropped off markedly from the numbers seen earlier in the week, but several flocks seen between 8am and 9am this morning numbering around 40 to 50 birds, lower than the previous birds seen and some seen to drop down to feed in Oaks presumably picking up the acorns.

Two flocks of Redwings and the first that I have seen this season of Fieldfares 20 plus birds, everything seen headed west ........

Posted November 9th, 2013 at 9:59 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Friday 8th November 2013

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - 1535 - 1 snow bunting this afternoon, also 2 starling, 1 sparrowhawk, c50+ linnet, c10+ meadow pipit, 4 snipe and the long-staying juvenile white-fronted goose. On Maer Rocks 2 purple sandpiper and 3+ turnstone with 6 brent goose 'in off'.

still apparently happy in this one field!
still apparently happy in this one field!

Posted November 8th, 2013 at 6:17 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

One hour at Exminster early pm; marshes are now well flooded: Good numbers of black tailed godwits c350, wigeon c300, c400 Canada geese, a few curlews and 1 juv ruff seen from the road near the middle car park.

Posted November 8th, 2013 at 5:45 pm by david cawthraw in Bird News

Colaton Raleigh Common

No sign of the Great Grey Shrike today, although many looking. My afternoon at least was saved by a Richard's Pipit, flushed calling from long grass at roughly SY047880 - about 400m N of Firing Range. Found at 15:40ish, looked for it but no further sighting.

Posted November 8th, 2013 at 5:17 pm by Tim Worfolk in Bird News

Broadsands

Broadsands Bay: 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Great Crested Grebes. 1 Chiffchaff and 4 Goldcrest in marsh between car parks.

Posted November 8th, 2013 at 5:11 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Berry Hd

Yellow-browed Warbler (same as last Fridays?) very vocal bird in sycamores just North West (50m) of wardens bungalow on corner as road drops away toward the Berry Head Hotel.

The Harbour Porpoises were very active this afternoon off the headland with 15-20 present in dispersed group some very close in several leaping clear of the water - not witnessed this very often. 

Posted November 8th, 2013 at 5:08 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

The female Long-tailed Duck still showing well at times from the hide this lunchtime until around 1.45. Otherwise very quiet as most of the duck had been spooked by something - a large flock tried to land on the water at one point but were very nervous and soon disappeared.

Posted November 8th, 2013 at 2:11 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Broadsands

Four Great Northern Divers between the cove and Elbury today late morning, also two Great Crested Grebes.

Posted November 8th, 2013 at 1:21 pm in Bird News

Newton Abbot

Drake Scaup on Decoy Lake this morning, also drake Gadwall and 25 Tufted Ducks.

Posted November 8th, 2013 at 12:29 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Swans

I was driven over to Braunton Marsh this morning and there are still 4 Whoopers with the Mute Swan herd.

Posted November 8th, 2013 at 12:28 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Berry Head

Quick visit earlier this morning between rain showers, on the headland 2 Goldcrest, 3 Redwing and a Black Redstart, no sign of the Dartford Warbler seen yesterday. Overhead very quiet, flock of 28 Goldfinch, 3 Siskin & 6 Meadow Pipit.

Posted November 8th, 2013 at 11:19 am by Bill Macdonald in Bird News

Thursday 7th November 2013

R.Taw off Pottington Ind Estate.

15:15

A few more waders than of late:- Dunlin 45: Lapwing 46: Redshank 57; Bar-tailed Godwit 2; Grey Plover 1: Kingfisher 2 and Mallard 33. Didn`t count Curlew or O/Catchers.

Bradiford Reserve:- 3 Stonechat (2 males, 1 female); 3 Moorhen and just 1 hen Pheasant.

Posted November 7th, 2013 at 6:52 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Preston Seafront

The 2 Velvet Scoters till dusk straight offshore showing well.

Posted November 7th, 2013 at 6:48 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Berry Head

First time to Berry Head, biggest treat for us was a Dartford Warbler along fence line just north of Artillery Store, showed well for 15 minutes at around 12:30.

Posted November 7th, 2013 at 6:03 pm by Sue and Steve Grimshaw in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

 Wood Pigeon movement started at 09.00 and only lasted 30 mins , largest flock 1500 , total logged 2210.

Interesting comparison with Steve  at South Brent.

At South Huish Marsh - 40 Teal, 8 Wigeon, 1f Shoveler, 10 Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Lapwing . 50+ Mipit and 45 Skylark over.

Over at T'stone Marsh - 9 Lapwing, 2 Shoveler, 20 Teal.

Posted November 7th, 2013 at 5:43 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Topsham Recreation Ground

A Water Pipit and a 1st winter Med Gull on the river at low tide. The pipit fairly unapproachable as is usual at this site, photo attached is the best I could do.

Water Pipit - Topsham 7/11/2013
Water Pipit - Topsham 7/11/2013

Posted November 7th, 2013 at 4:38 pm by Tim Worfolk in Bird News

Starehole Valley - Great Grey Shrike

Great Gey Shrike seen in the lower section of Starehole Valley between 11 and 11:30 am.  Possibly the same bird as seen at Bolthead on Monday.  Also single Ring Ouzel.

Shrike not seen in the afternoon but Ring Ouzel still present.

Posted November 7th, 2013 at 4:31 pm by Nick & Gill Townsend in Bird News

Braunton Marsh

Quartet of Whooper Swans on the marsh at c.SS473353, at about 3.30 p.m.

Posted November 7th, 2013 at 4:22 pm by Jeremy Barker in Bird News

Exmouth - Shelley

On the dropping tide at 1p.m., 7 Red breasted Mergansers were diving very actively off the mussel beds and in the pools in the mussel bank.     They've arrived in the last couple of days.

Posted November 7th, 2013 at 2:49 pm by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime today until about 1.10. The Long-tailed Duck still showing from the hide. From the platform, 1 quite distant female type Goldeneye and 1 Great Crested Grebe plus a few small groups of Brent Geese. Good numbers of Avocets too, possibly up to100 birds.

Posted November 7th, 2013 at 1:39 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Colaton Raleigh Common - Great Grey Shrike

The Great Grey Shrike still on the Common mid morning; apparently not too disturbed by the army manoeuvres and artillery fire. Last seen at SY 054 876. Photo attached - this one safely described as a 'record shot'.

Great Grey Shrike - Colaton Raleigh Common 7/11/2013
Great Grey Shrike - Colaton Raleigh Common 7/11/2013

Posted November 7th, 2013 at 12:23 pm by Tim Worfolk in Bird News

Torbay

2 Velvet Scoter 500m off Paignton/Preston Beach with 2 Common Scoter also 2 Great Northern Divers.

Posted November 7th, 2013 at 12:05 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Berry Hd

A bit over overhead migration this morning: 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Reed Bunting, 7 Siskin, 30 Chaffinch, 34 Goldfinch, 4 Linnet, 5 Greenfinch, 4 Skylark, 6 Redwing.

Around the headland: 2 Firecrest, 5 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Stonechat, 1 Kestrel, 600+ Guillemots on the cliffs and 7 Harbour Porpoise off the headland. 

Posted November 7th, 2013 at 12:04 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wood pigeon migration South Brent

Between 08.30hrs and 09.20hrs this morning significant movement of flocks of Wood pigeons travelling west at height between the A38 and the edge of Dartmoor, initial flocks of 150 plus then a counted 48 and there after two flocks of in excess of 1000 one over 500 and numerous smaller flocks from 15 birds up to 100, the larger flocks were passing out of view with the main trail passing over while other birds were still coming into view.

Posted November 7th, 2013 at 9:27 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Wednesday 6th November 2013

Prawle Point

6.5 hours sewatching from 7.45am in strong WSW winds (5/6 gusting 7) and mainly decent light . Gannets passing at c 150 per hour with 391 Kittiwakes, including a few distant immature birds in tantilising plumage ( no Sabine's alas). 19 Balearic and 4 Manx Shearwaters ( and no sniff of Sooty Shearwaters) .24 Auks (mostly Razorbills) and a returning 11 Fulmars. Also 5 Common Scoter west and 1 Tufted  which had two attempts to fly west rather comically but eventually succeeding. The 1 or 2 Harbour Porpoises enjoyed the swell and regularly jumped clear of the sea and dived -quite spectacular. Only unusual passerine seen was a Firecrest seen by the coastguard cottages.

Posted November 6th, 2013 at 8:26 pm in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

The Long-tailed Duck was still showing from the hide this lunchtime until around 1.40.

Posted November 6th, 2013 at 2:55 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton

A much better seawatch than anticipated between 11.30 and 13.30. Highlight was a late Osprey heading out to sea at 12.45 and watched for 5 minutes as it battled South West. Gulls were on the move with 175 Kittiwakes (it was slightly more than this but stopped counting whilst i watched the osprey!), 4 Little Gulls, 8 Common gulls, 23 GBB Gulls all west. 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Black throated diver, 2 Razorbills again all west and 25 Common Scoter east

Posted November 6th, 2013 at 2:48 pm in Bird News

Torbay

A scan of the bay from Broadsands between the drizzle produced: 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Common Scoter and 4 Shoveler. 5 Cirls on seed in the back of the second car park at Broadsands and 1 Chiffchaff present in the marsh area. 

Posted November 6th, 2013 at 2:06 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Berry Head

Obviously a lot of fish offshore at present, with a flock of up to 66 Gannets diving within 100 yards  off the cliffs at times, and 5 Harbour Porpoise close inshore. In the strong WSW wind and mist/drizzle patches, the main seabirds passing by during a watch from 0800-1000 were over 300 Kittiwakes. A single Great Skua and immature Pomarine appeared several times, apparently the same individuals circling around feeding, and six Balearic Shearwaters went south.  

Posted November 6th, 2013 at 1:29 pm in Bird News

Tuesday 5th November 2013

Roadford

12.30pm - in addition to the Grey Phalarope, from the bridge there was a female Goldeneye (rather early?) and 2 Pochard amongst the other usual wildfowl.

Also a Merlin performing great aerobatics with Crows.

Posted November 5th, 2013 at 11:04 pm by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

Great Northern Diver

There was a Gt Northern Diver just off Brixham Breakwater mid-morning on 4th November, noted while I was walking the south west coast path. SX 932567.

Posted November 5th, 2013 at 10:35 pm by Nigel Milbourne in Bird News

Dartmoor

7 male Mandarin and a female on Burrator Reservoir this morning.

Our first male Brambling of the autumn on feeders in the garden at Dousland

Posted November 5th, 2013 at 9:21 pm by Maureen & Rob Harrison in Bird News

Colaton Raleigh Common

A Great Grey Shrike late afternoon at around SY050882. Also Merlin around the area.

Great Grey Shrike

Posted November 5th, 2013 at 9:13 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

South Hams

Saw a flock of c100 Redwings at Kitterford Cross near Wrangaton this morning. This afternoon was driving over Riverford Bridge on the Dart between Dartington and Buckfastleigh when a redhead Goosander flew overhead and upstream.

Posted November 5th, 2013 at 7:37 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Roadford Reservoir - Grey Phalarope

This is my first post on this blog. Had the oportunity to visit this very obliging bird today.

OS Ref SZ421913

Very unusual to find your lens is too long when photographing birds! 300 to 400mm would be ideal.

Grey Phalarope - Roadford - 05/11/13
Grey Phalarope - Roadford - 05/11/13

Posted November 5th, 2013 at 4:27 pm by Roger Harding in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Visit to the hide this lunchtime until about 1.40. The Long-tailed Duck showed well at times although spent most of its time under the water. Otherwise 7 Brent Geese dropped in and a small group of Redwings were feeding on berries by the railway line.

Posted November 5th, 2013 at 2:14 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Berry Head

A short walk round in blustery conditions with a strong westerly wind. A Great Skua was chasing Kittiwakes offshore. Visible migration included Swallow, single Siskin and Brambling, a few Meadow Pipits and c 200 Redwing, all going west.   

Posted November 5th, 2013 at 10:58 am in Bird News

Exe Estuary cruise (Sunday)

Belated report from the first Stuart Lines Exe cruise of the winter on Sunday (3 November). Highlights were 11 Great Crested Grebes, Slavonian Grebe, a Ruff (with Redshanks at Topsham), Mediterranean Gull and a late Sandwich Tern.

Posted November 5th, 2013 at 10:28 am by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Monday 4th November 2013

Braunton ringing

As I'm unable to get anywhere at present, (new hip, so no bike or driving for a while yet) I opened a net in the garden this morning, and the first 3 birds I ringed were Redwing, Blackcap and Blackcap! - which were both in the net together both 1st years, one male, one female. After a few of the more expected Tits, I caught another male Blackcap, and a female House Sparrow. This garden has always been good for wintering Blackcaps, but now that I have the opportunity to ring at Velator, I rarely open a net at home. Perhaps I should.....

Posted November 4th, 2013 at 8:50 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Grey Phalarope, Roadford.

The Grey Phalarope was still showing well this afternoon! I didn't have long to locate it as it was mid-afternoon when I arrived, but luckily found it fairly quickly!


Posted November 4th, 2013 at 8:05 pm by Rob Cross in Bird News

Grey Pharalope

This little beauty was showing well again today, you just need to put a bit of effort in to locating it!


Posted November 4th, 2013 at 7:59 pm by Steve Hatch in Bird News

E SOAR

Bolt Head

GG SHRIKE. on the headland.  E Wotton conecting with this 1st yr. beauty 1040-45'ish this morning  the 1st site record since 93? 

Posted November 4th, 2013 at 6:40 pm by Alan Doidge in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

 Earky morning viz mig - 9 Stock Dove, 1 Merlin, 12 Redwing, 33 Goldfinch, Siskin , Redpoll. 6 Swallow flew N at 11.30 over the car park.

Great N Diver on the sea . waders on the rocks - 5 Turnstone and a Sanderling

1 Chiffchaff in the copse

Posted November 4th, 2013 at 6:13 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Yarner Wood (Hides) and Stover

Pond hide at Yarner not overly busy, Coal Tits were numerous , Blues and Greats in much lesser numbers, with one Marsh Tit showing, on the way out a Grey Wagtail seen on the lower pond edge.

The woodland hide was dominated by Blue Tits, reasonable number of Marsh Tits, Nuthatch on the feeders, very brief visit by a Greater Spotted Woodpecker.

Stover was reasonably quiet, a Treecreeper behind the main building ring on left leg. Three Great Crested Grebe on the lake and a Kingfisher briefly on the pool by the feeding station.

Posted November 4th, 2013 at 5:37 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Baggy Point

One Albatross at Baggy Point this morning on the water preening for a short time then in flight heading south west towards Hartland.

Posted November 4th, 2013 at 2:39 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Roadford Reservoir - Monday 4th Nov.

Grey Phalarope still showing well in the Goodacre/Shop area this morning at 10am.

Harvey Kendall & Barry Bryne

Posted November 4th, 2013 at 2:21 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

East Soar

A substantial Woodpigeon movement between 10.00 & 11.50 this morning involving 3400 birds, some moving west but the majority heading straight out to sea. Also 28 Red Admirals, most on the cliff tops and several heading out to sea.

Posted November 4th, 2013 at 2:02 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Late swallows

Saturday PM, whilst absorbed watching Brixham thrash Worcester.....6 late swallows flying south into the strong wind. Also noted a Black Swan on Stoke Gabriel millpond.

Posted November 4th, 2013 at 1:13 pm by Trevor Leaman in Bird News

Berry Hd

0715-0930hrs. Limited overhead migration: 5 Brambling, 35 Chaffinch, 3 Siskin, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 12 Goldfinch, 2 Linnet, 2 Redwing, 23 Meadow Pipits, 1 Skylark.

Around headland: 1 big, very orange bellied 'Greenland' Wheatear, 2 Firecrest, 11 Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff 1 Blackcap, 4 Coal tits (all britannicus), 2 Stonechat. ML DMN BMc

Photo :Firecrest.

Posted November 4th, 2013 at 1:08 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

A single yellow-browed warbler in the sallows NE of the railway bridge, the bridge side of the pool on the main road onto the marshes. Seen from bridge. Also one or probably two chiffchaffs and a goldcrest. Still present at 10.30.

Posted November 4th, 2013 at 11:24 am by John Waldon in Bird News

Sunday 3rd November 2013

South Hallsands

Yellow-browed Warbler trapped and ringed by Alan Searle this morning, he said it was showing well in the Elms by the tennis court after he released it.

Posted November 3rd, 2013 at 7:45 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Wembury.

Six Med Gulls on the beach here today; five adults and a first winter.

Little else of note but with my five year old grandson in tow nothing was expected. The long term plan is, that in fifteen years time, he will have me in tow!!

Posted November 3rd, 2013 at 7:13 pm by Roy McCarthy in Bird News

Roadford

Grey Phalarope still showing well at Roadford this morning.
(Tom Wallis)
Grey Phalarope by Tom Wallis at Roadford on 3.11.13
  Grey Pahalarope Roadford, Tom Wallis 3.11.13

Posted November 3rd, 2013 at 6:36 pm in Bird News

Grey Phalarope

The Grey Phalarope continues to show very well.



Posted November 3rd, 2013 at 5:41 pm by Simon Thurgood in Bird News

Clennon Valley

A visit to the ponds produced: 1 Mandarin duck - male, 5 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck (I wonder if the normal numbers deserted for Slapton?), 4 Little Grebes, 2 Water Rail, 1 Kingfisher, 7 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff (normally 8-10 at this time of year) and 7 Siskins > S over site. 

Posted November 3rd, 2013 at 3:29 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery & Devil's Point, Plymouth

20 Redwing, 7 Mistle Thrush & 20 Meadow Pipit in the cemetery.

2 Adult Med Gulls at Devil''s Point.

Posted November 3rd, 2013 at 3:10 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Ravens on Mardon Down, Moretonhampstead

Saw 10 ravens this morning in a tight group above Mardon.  Wonderful aerobatics, both in pairs and as a group.  Cannot bring myself to call them by their collective noun - an "unkindness" - which is unworthy of them.  An exhibition would be more apt!

Posted November 3rd, 2013 at 2:09 pm by Caroline Wilkinson in Bird News

Saturday 2nd November 2013

Start Point & Hallsands

Joined Perry for the last hour of the "vis mig" by 09.00 - hundreds of Chaffinches and Goldfinches moving SW along the clifftop was impressive as always. Also 4 Redwings and a Swallow. By 12.30 I had added single Woodcock and Firecrest to the west of the farm.

A flock of duck 400m off Hallsands in rough seas at 15.30 comprised Wigeon ( 4-5 drakes) with at least 1 duck Shoveler - odd.

Posted November 2nd, 2013 at 10:26 pm by Steve Young in Bird News

Devils Point, Plymouth

Little to write home about here this p.m. but at least nine Med Gulls were in The Sound. Feeding on floating seaweed with B.H. Gulls.

Elsewhere just a single Swallow over Ford Park cemetery and around twenty Meadow Pipits among the tombstones.

Posted November 2nd, 2013 at 8:40 pm by Roy McCarthy in Bird News

Grey Phalarope, Roadford

Grey Phalarope still at Roadford feeding in a very relaxed manor.         Very confident little bird, managed to get about a metre away from it!

Posted November 2nd, 2013 at 5:27 pm by Tom Michie in Bird News

South Brent Wagtails

Around 3pm this afternoon a flock of approx 150 Wagtails the majority of which were White Wagtails with a small number of Pied Wagtails mixed in dropped into my field at South Brent, I have never seen such a large flock and concentration of these birds in one place before

Posted November 2nd, 2013 at 5:25 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Berry Head seawatch

An hour seawatch 1030-1130 (presumably including Nigel's heavy shower!) in strong SW winds, clear at times, rough sea. Not a lot moving-Kittiwake 40, Brent Goose 1, Balearic Shearwater 1. 300 Redwings flew over westward.

Posted November 2nd, 2013 at 4:23 pm in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Vis mig from Slapton Bridge early morning: notably 32 Crossbill (two flocks), 100+ Chaffinch, 80+ Siskin, 300+ Goldfinch, 50+ Greenfinch, 20+ Linnet, 200+ Meadow Pipit plus a hanful of Redwings and Song Thrushes. High wind and rain stopped play. A few Chiff-Chaff around the Higher Ley and a pair of Cirl Buntings at Strete Gate

Posted November 2nd, 2013 at 1:46 pm by David Cope in Bird News

Berry Head

Quick walk on Berry Head. 1 Firecrest in wooded section behind BH farm. 1 Black Redstart on cliffs by bird hide, 700+ guillemots on the cliffs. At the end of headland 45+ Gannets feeding with 9 Harbour Porpoise and then run for cover, heavy rain shower. I'm starting up my winter boat trips in the bay next Sunday ( 10th ) if interested call 07866202576.  

Posted November 2nd, 2013 at 11:26 am by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Start Point

Cloudy, grey morning with a fresh W-SW wind. Watched the visible migration from the car park from 06:45. Difficult conditions, not easy to hear a lot of things but worth perservering. Passage seemed to have died out by 09:00,all birds headed south.

10 alba wagtails, 570 Goldfinch, 420 Chaffinch, 60 Linnet, 15 Siskin, 3 Brambling and the highlight 21 Crossbills ( groups of 18 and 3 ). 2 Swallows flew north.

Posted November 2nd, 2013 at 10:25 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Friday 1st November 2013

teignmouth

the bonapartes gull flew past east cliff cafe this morning around, several gannetts 11.30am towards the river, also little egret on river from marine drive

also some late news as my phones not been working sorry

29/10 at brixham, 10 purple sandpipers of the jetty near lighthouse, a single guillemot in harbour, as well as 5 rockpipits in area

30/10 at broadsands 2 male and 4 female cirl buntings in hedge of field north car park

Posted November 1st, 2013 at 9:34 pm by chris vaghela in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

 4 Shoveler on T'stone Marsh with 20 Teal, 6 Snipe

Waders on the rocks this morning - 1 Purple Sandpiper ( first of the autumn and an early record here )          4 Ringed Plover, 4 Turnstone , 1 Sanderling .

Huxton Cross fields 6 Lapwing .

Posted November 1st, 2013 at 6:21 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Black Redstart - Paignton Bowling club

1 female Black Redstart Paignton Bowling Club, Queens Park, late morning.

Posted November 1st, 2013 at 5:23 pm by Paul Nunn in Bird News

Berry Hd

1230 - 1500hrs: most birds of interest around woodland and road just south of the Berry Hd Hotel - 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Firecrest, 2 Treecreepers, 3 Chiffchaff, 9 Goldcrest.

Posted November 1st, 2013 at 4:16 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Slapton Ley

08:20-14:00.

13 Little Grebe, possible 'sinensis' Cormorant ( Ireland Bay with a couple other Cormorants but distant ) Shelduck, 52 Gadwall, 14 Teal, 13 Shoveler, 207 Wigeon, 52 Pochard, 367 Tufted Duck, 52 Pochard, Tufted Duck x Red-crested Pochard hybrid, 420 Coot, 45 Moorhen, 6 Mediterranean Gull ( 5 adults, 1 first winter ), c1500 Herring Gull, c300 Great Black-backed Gull, c 200 Lesser Black-backed Gull ( maybe 10 % darker intermedius type birds )and a Firecrest ( in roving tit flock by pillbox ). The vast majority of the gulls were in 2 big flocks on the beach. All the Wigeon were in Ireland Bay, most of the Coot, Tufted Ducks and Pochard in Stokely Bay/Torcross.

 

Posted November 1st, 2013 at 3:08 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Berry Head, morning

Not really ideal conditions in mod SW wind, rain not arrived yet. A seawatch from 0915-1115 produced mainly Kittiwakes, with 148 moving south, plus 11 auks. Four Great Skuas went  south and one flew into the bay, also an adult Pomarine flew into the bay to chase Kittiwakes. 

 

Posted November 1st, 2013 at 1:28 pm in Bird News

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