Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from November 2014

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Posted August 21st at 3:53 pm in Bird News

2019 Descriptions - last call

The deadline for the 2019 Bird Report is rapidly approaching. If you found (or saw) any of these birds please could you submit a description to recorder@devonbirds.org to ensure your records are published. Many thanks. 

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

 

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Sunday 30th November 2014

Bowling Green Marsh

Just to add to Keith's earlier post of Avocet record count for the marsh.

I have uploaded a video on Youtube which shows the Avocets bunched in a line group in middle of pond after unsuccessful attempts from both Sparrowhawk and Peregrine attacks.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJZ6IYK9ELc&feature=youtu.be

Posted November 30th, 2014 at 9:52 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton

The returning Teal x Wigeon hybrid was present on the scrapes beside the Otter this evening. Its fifth winter since first seen by MK in the Autumn of 2010 on the Exe. Also 15 BT Godwit yesterday which is a good count for here plus 3 redhead Goosander on the estuary. The Starling roost is pretty impressive at the moment with an estimated 6,000 birds coming into the roost in the reeds 100M south of White Bridge.....

Posted November 30th, 2014 at 6:26 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Avocet update

Having checked avocet peak counts on the exe estuary in devon bird reports it appears that this mornings count of 730+ is the highest count for the exe estuary and devon. Severall birds were ringed but no complete sets were read will try over next few days to get some full reads.

 

Posted November 30th, 2014 at 5:42 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Ilfracombe

4 Purple Sandpipers showing well at Capstone Point this morning.



Posted November 30th, 2014 at 5:36 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Topsham

The adult Black Brant was at Dart's Farm with c 600 Dark-bellied Brent Geese at midday.  Also Kestrel, Stonechat, Water rail and Chiffchaff.  Last night I was around late afternoon to watch the Starling roost at the Exe reedbeds south of M5. I estimate that there were 10,000 to 12,000 in the roost. Sparrowhawk made several passes.

Posted November 30th, 2014 at 5:32 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 08:00 till 13:20 

from the hide 10:20 till 13:20

the highlight of the morning was my best count of Avocet on the marsh with 730+ Checking to see if any higher counts in the past will update later

1300+ dunlin, 165+ bar tailed godwits, 120+ lapwing, 57+ snipe, 2 spotted redshanks, 130+ redshanks , 1 greenshank, 300+ black tailed godwits, a few curlew. 4+ pochard, 4 tufted duck, 2 gadwall, 5 pintail good numbers of teal, wigeon and shovelers, 500+ Brent geese over to darts farm.

40+ meadow pipits, 2 stonechat, 2+ sparrowhawk, 1 peregrine, 5+ reed buntings, small groups of redwing and a few fieldfare, 2 great spotted woodpecker.

first thing  the lane and the viewing platform

1 nuthatch, 2 treecreeper, 4+ water rail, 4 golden plover, 30+ grey plover, 32+ knot, 484+ avocet, 120+ lapwing large numbers of dunlin, 6 groups of skylarks over (40+), 7+ red breasted merganser, 300+ Brent geese.

Posted November 30th, 2014 at 5:05 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Broadsands and Dartington

A first light visit to Broadsands the Yellow Browed Warbler continues to evade me but visitng birders from Norfolk and Somerset claimed to have heard one calling while visiting to see the loations Cirl Buntings which were showing reasonably well. 

Having listened to the Firecrest call on the Birdguides sites one certainly present but not seen, Goldcrest and Chiffchaff showing, five Bullfinch two males and presumably the three female seen earlier in the week showing well, several Wrens, a male Sparrow hawk came over the car park hedge by the marsh just after I had arrived and later a female seen soaring overhead mobbed by two Crows, low overhead pass by a Raven, lots of Chaffinch, Goldfinch showing well and one female Greenfinch.

On the way home stopped off on Dartington Drive below the flood plain field, the willows and oaks towards the river were alive with Goldcrests and one very confiding Wren.

Posted November 30th, 2014 at 4:21 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Berry Head

Very quiet morning on BH until a large congregation of gannets and other gulls south of BH in a feeding frenzy then joined by 50+ common dolphins, a great sight and lasted for 25 minutes. Large numbers of Guillemots, 700+ on the colony cliffs with 9 Fulmar. Sorry not out on one of my boat trips, next trip 14th December. 

Posted November 30th, 2014 at 1:37 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Saturday 29th November 2014

Newton Abbot

Male Scaup still, 30 Tufted Ducks, 5 Teal and singles of Great Crested Grebe, Kingfisher and Chiffchaff at Decoy Lake this morning.

Posted November 29th, 2014 at 7:38 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

More Torbay

Walked to Torquay this pm, Great Northern Diver from Goodrington and Paignton Beach. Single Black-necked Grebe close to the sea wall at the north end of Torquay seafront.

Posted November 29th, 2014 at 7:20 pm by Bill Macdonald in Bird News

Topsham BGM + Viewing Platform + Goatwalk

Viewed just after the morning high-tide.

c500 Avocets dropped into bowling green marsh after Keith's (earlier posting) who had already left + Water Rail, Spotted Redshank,10 Grey Plover and 5 Snipe viewed left of the viewing platform on outgoing tide + c70 Golden Plover viewed from the goatwalk across the water early afternoon standing in a line on the mud turf locks side

Posted November 29th, 2014 at 6:39 pm by David Boult in Bird News

River Caen/ River Taw

1230-1515. Cloudy cold but dry. 2 Male stonechat by the vellator car park. On the caen 1 Common sandpiper, 40 + Red shank,2 Green shank, 2 Kingfisher and 2 Grey plover( 6 more on the taw ). On the marsh 500+ Starling, 2 Buzzard and a Kestrel. On the taw 1000+ Lapwing ( no golden plover today ) 18 shell duck, 50+ Dunlin,40+ Brent geese and good numbers of Curlew, Teal and Widgeon.

Posted November 29th, 2014 at 6:36 pm in Bird News

Plymouth - Royal William Yard

Over the last week on my way into the office and back and forth to my car have observed a black redstart feeding at roof level of several of the buildings In the yard.

Posted November 29th, 2014 at 3:57 pm by Graham Devine in Bird News

Ilfracombe

The Firecrest and Black Redstart etc seen in the Jubilee Gardens this morning was among the small bushes and trees on the higher slope above Ilfracombe Museum.

Posted November 29th, 2014 at 3:46 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Torbay

Broadsands: 2 White-fronted Geese sp. flew over > south this morning one adult with a good amount of black barring on brown belly - didn't age the other.  Yellow-browed Warbler still in top right corner of 1st car park this morning showing on and off! Also 2 Firecrest at least 5 Chiffchaff and 3 Goldcrest.1 Water Rail and a Kingfisher.

Clennon Valley: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler at western end by small feeder stream into top pond with at least 6 Chiffchaffs, the Y-bW seems to be loosely associated with a small flock of Long-tailed Tits, 4 Goldcrest, 3 Water Rail, 1 Little Egret and Kingfisher all on site too.

Posted November 29th, 2014 at 3:46 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Tamar Lake - 29th November

At Lower Tamar Lake this morning in quiet conditions and hazy sun:-

7 male and 2 female Goosander, 3 Gadwall, 5 male and 1 female Tufted Duck, 10+ Mallards, 1 Cormorant, 7 Moorhens, 3 Coot, 8 Great Crested Grebes, 25+ Black headed Gulls, 3 Herring gulls, 2 Coal Tits, good numbers of Blue and Great Tits, 1 Willow Tit, 2 Nuthatches, 1 Treecreeper, 3 Blackbirds, 9 House Sparrows, 1Jay, 1 Buzzard, 6 Jackdaws, 1 Magpie and 7 Carrion Crows.

The feeders at opposite ends of the lake are being well patronised.

Harvey Kendall

Posted November 29th, 2014 at 3:03 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Ilfracombe

Wide variety of birds feeding in the Jubilee Gardens this glorious, sunny morning. Among the many starlings, chaffinches and blue tits,  Black Redstart and Blackcap gorging on the palm seeds.

Also in the gardens, picking off the insects from the small fir trees and holly tree, a Goldcrest and a Firecrest.

Numerous blackbirds, thrushes, wrens and robins also present.

Posted November 29th, 2014 at 2:42 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Soar Mil Cove

Cracking male hen harrier hunting over the stubbles. Also 150 skylark & grey wagtail.

Posted November 29th, 2014 at 1:49 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 08:30 till 11:15

Excellent numbers of dunlin with 1500+ including 5 knot , 2 spotted redshanks, 220+ redshanks , 2 avocet,  125+ lapwing, 30+ snipe, good numbers of black tailed godwits and bar tailed godwits, 900+ wigeon, 5 pochard, 7+ gadwall, 3+ pintail, 70+ shoveler and 150+ teal, redwing, fieldfare, 3 song thrush, 2 mistle thrush, 4 reed buntings, 2 sparrowhawk, 1 peregrine, 1 buzzard.

Posted November 29th, 2014 at 1:11 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Friday 28th November 2014

North Torridge area

Barn Owl repeatedly seen hunting around the Tarka Trail this evening around the area under Torridge Bridge/A39.

Posted November 28th, 2014 at 10:38 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

17 members of Devon Birds (East Devon Branch fieldtrip) led by Dave Murray made the most of rather poor light, taking the road and canal footpath to Turf and back, avoiding the western footpath as it was believed to be too wet underfoot.

Good numbers of ducks and geese present with high numbers of Brent geese present.  A Bar-headed Goose was present with large flocks of Canada's, 13 Golden Plover, 7 Pintail, a few Shoveler and good numbers of Lapwing  and Wigeon3 Dunlin seen at a distance.  Fieldfare and Redwing present in the trees plus Stonechat, 2 Cettis Warbler (2 males chasing each other) and a brief sighting of a Water Rail on the bends.   A Kingfisher was present at Turf and a large group of Avocet on the water north towards Topsham. A distant Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrow Hawk and hunting Peregrine, ticked the raptors.  The lagoon produced 2 Gadwall and other ducks. 

The remaining members later visited Matford to view the flooded ponds where c40 Black-tailed Godwit were present plus Wigeon, Teal and a few Tufted Duck.  A total of 56 species listed by Annabelle Strickland for the day.  

Posted November 28th, 2014 at 4:59 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

A record of 6 Black headed gulls may not sound much for those watching a wetland/coastal patch but this is only the 3rd occasion i have recorded them up here. The usual 200+ Herring gulls plus 1 LBB Gull. 14 Golden Plover and a single Snipe and 3000+ Starling nearby on farmland.

Earlier in the week, the Little Owl showed briefly on the 25th, 41 lapwing on 24th and up to 40 Fieldfare and 10 Blackbirds feeding on hawthorns. 

Posted November 28th, 2014 at 4:32 pm in Bird News

Thursday 27th November 2014

Otter - Braunton Marsh - 27th November

Spotted this Otter working it's way up one of the drainage channels - putting to flight several gulls & waders. Great to see that these animals seem to be thriving here.



Posted November 27th, 2014 at 8:18 pm by Chris Bollen in Bird News

Velator

Seeing the post about Chiffchaffs, I have also had an increase in numbers this last couple of weeks. 2 ringed in each of the last two sessions but five ringed this morning and probably at least 2 others seen without rings. Two of these birds were very small - wing lenghts of 54 and 56mm. Don't recall any this small before. Full details of this morning's session on the Forum. Also saw a Water Rail but it was too quick to see if it was the one I ringed recently.

Wrafton Pond had 3 Tufted Duck and at least 2 Shoveler yesterday.

Posted November 27th, 2014 at 7:09 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Stover

Some very dull and overcast weather resulted in very few visitors being at Stover Country Park early this afternoon, the female Mandarin duck is still present on the lake as is a male Goosander, both Tufted and Pochard duck in evidence this visit neither species being seen on last weeks visit, a small duck flew in which I am sure was a female Teal but unable to locate for a positive identification. 

Again the feeder at the feeding station was empty and many small birds were readily coming for food on the raised viewing platform, large numbers of Great and Blue Tits present (including the white tailed BTO rung Great Tit, the ring number starts with "TT") smaller numbers of Marsh and Coal Tit, a counted 11 Long Tailed Tits, Jay, Nuthatch, Robin, Dunnock and good numbers of Chaffinch, Coot and Moorhen.

Posted November 27th, 2014 at 6:48 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Beesands

Nick Townsend, Terry Goddard and Bob Burridge were carrying out some management work near our Beesands hide this morning and found a" nice bright" Yellow-browed Warbler, Firecrest and a Siberian Chiffchaff as well as at least five Collybita Chiffchaff in the area.

Bob also mentioned ringing 21 Chiffchaff at South Milton Ley recently - a record for November.

Posted November 27th, 2014 at 5:26 pm in Bird News

Roadford Lake

A Great Northern Diver seen close to the Devon Birds hide at      1-30pm today. It swam by doing a unusual 'snorkelling' action without diving. In winter plumage with a dark scaly pattern on its back. 

Posted November 27th, 2014 at 4:07 pm by Digby Greenhill in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the morning high-tide 1045-1230hrs.

From the hide very foggy/misty views on arrival and unable to see anything but cleared later to show c450 Avocets + c150 Bar Tailed Godwits + c500 Black Tailed Godwits + c1000 Dunlin + c80 Redshank + c25 Curlew + c10 Snipe + c30 Lapwing + 5 Pintail + 2 Gadwall + 1 Tufted Duck + 1 Pochard + c60 Shoveler + c300 Wigeon + c200 Teal + c20 Meadow Pipit.

From the viewing platform great views of a Water Rail along hedgerow in left field just inside entrance gates + 2 Spotted Redshank + 4 Grey Plover + Common Gull + 2 Snipe + c50 Lapwing also large number of Brent Geese flying over from Darts Farm.

From the goatwalk c20 Golden Plover + c15 Grey Plover across the water on turf side + 6 Red Breasted Mergansers in river channel and large numbers of Dunlin everywhere.

Water Rail
Water Rail

Water Rail
Water Rail

Posted November 27th, 2014 at 3:44 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Brixham.

3 Black Redstart, 1 on wall back of my house and the other 2 on adjacent roofs. All at the same time.15 Long-tailed Tits passing through and at last Coal and Blue Tits on my sunflower hearts after 2 weeks of waiting.

Still places on Sunday morning boat trips, iinterested email wildbones@btinternet.com 

Posted November 27th, 2014 at 3:09 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

LOWER TAMAR LAKE

At 10:30 today, Goosander 6m 2f, 11 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Tufted duck, 1 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Willow and 1 Marsh Tit.

Posted November 27th, 2014 at 1:58 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake - 27th Nov

Lower Tamar Lake this morning - 14 Goosanders, 6 Great Crested Grebes,16 Mallard, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatches, Blue, Great and Coal Tits, 4 Chaffinches, 6 Blackbirds, 25+ Black headed Gulls and a fox.

Harvey Kendall.

Posted November 27th, 2014 at 1:34 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Torbay

A nice flat sea to check over the bay today was hampered by a heat haze over the sea!! 6 Red-throated Divers, 3 Great Northern Divers, 10 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Black-necked Grebes two distant Scoters in the haze off Goodrington looked more like Velvet than Common but I could not be sure! 1 Firecrest in the coastal scrub at Three Beaches headland.

Martin Elcoate's tweet about the Black Guillemot at Brixham - I've just noticed was originally from January this year.   

Posted November 27th, 2014 at 9:54 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 26th November 2014

Prawle

The 5 Greylag Geese , seen on Monday , were still present in the field next to the Airfields by Vinivers Cross-relocated just as I was on the point of leaving at 3pm ! Looking wary and keeping together with one of them stretching its neck in order to keep guard. Also 14 Golden Plover and 75 Lapwing flew overhead.

I relocated the Water Pipit , found on Sunday, on the beach at Horsley Cove at the eastern end and a Knot. Elsewhere, a Redwing, Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrushes, 2 Chiffchaffs, female Reed Bunting,32 Mallard and 2 Teal. Alas, no rare wheatears . Dull, overcast, slight breeze , Prawle had the distinct feel of winter.

Posted November 26th, 2014 at 9:03 pm by Tony Marchese in Bird News

Broadsands, Paignton

Very productive visit to Broadsands this morning despite the very dull, damp weather.   In addition to Mike Langman's earlier post, there were 3 FIRECRESTS feeding very actively along the tree line dividing the car park and road.   Two of these birds were working together whilst the third was on its own.  

The 2 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS were in the trees between the two car parks at the marsh end, accompanied by a pair of Bullfinches.  

A RED-THROATED DIVER was offshore from the headland, + 12 Great-creasted Grebes.   2 of the Black-necked Grebes were feeding very close to the beach despite people and dogs.

 

Posted November 26th, 2014 at 5:45 pm by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

Topsham Goatwalk

Viewed over the early afternoon outgoing high-tide in misty conditions.

c400 Avocets + c800 Black Tailed Godwits + c60 Bar Tailed Godwits mostly close in with good views from rivermeat house along the the goatwalk + c70 Golden Plover + c15 Grey Plover + c80 Lapwing + 1 Knot viewed across the river on turf side + 6 Red Breasted Mergansers diving in the channel left of the goatwalk + c2500 Dunlin scattered around the mud.

Posted November 26th, 2014 at 5:37 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Baggy Pt

Juvenile female Merlin showing well both in flight & at rest  this morning at Baggy.The bluish Cere & the pale patch on the nape can be seen on the photos.

No Common Scoters at Downend or Baggy Pt so far this autumn/early winter. No Red throated Divers either but was told this morning that there were 10 Divers at Hartland Point & one at Morte Point. 

No sign of the Black Redstarts which is not surprising with a Merlin in the locality!



Posted November 26th, 2014 at 3:13 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Torbay

Quick sweep of the beaches and marshes produced:

Paignton / Preston: 2 Velvet Scoter, 1 Great Crested Grebe

Goodrington: 9 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Great Northern Diver

Broadsands: 1 Great Crested Grebe and 3 Black-necked Grebes. In marsh 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 3 Goldcrest & 4 Chiffchaff

Clennon Valley: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler (YMCA end over stream), 6 Chiffchaffs

 

Video of Yellow-browed Warbler (click on image) - much easier to see than Broadsands bird!

Posted November 26th, 2014 at 3:12 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Darts Farm

Visited Darts Farm for a change this lunchtime. Good numbers of Brent Geese feeding in the field between the road and the fishing lakes. Just before I had to leave at about 2 o'clock I picked out a bird that looked good for Black Brant - possibly the bird that has been seen further down the estuary recently.

Also 1 Green Sandpiper from the viewing screen and heard a Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker and Fieldfares.

Posted November 26th, 2014 at 3:04 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Tuesday 25th November 2014

Bursdon Moor

Stopped by on my way home from Falmouth. On arrival (2.20) a juvenile female Merlin was perched on one of the dead(?) little trees out in the middle of the moor, it flew off chasing something. At 2.35 a Sparrowhawk flew over hotly pursued by a crow, but of Short-eared Owls, no sign by 3.45 so I followed the rain home.

Posted November 25th, 2014 at 5:51 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

My garden in Northam

13:30 Today, while looking out through the patio doors I saw a Black Redstart on the driveway, also in the garden was a Pheasant, Robin, Dunnock Blue/Great/Coal Tit.

Posted November 25th, 2014 at 2:02 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Monday 24th November 2014

Plymouth

A Black Redstart at Cattedown Wharf first thing this morning (near the old pub).

Posted November 24th, 2014 at 8:41 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

R.Taw. Pottington to Ashford Strand. 13:35 - 15:00.

Just off Pottington Ind.Est:- 253 Dark-bellied Brent; 27 Dunlin; 43 Redshank; 1 Grey Plover and 9 Little Egret.

Mid-river:- c1500 Golden Plover and at least 500-600 Lapwing.

Off Penhill Marsh and Ashford Strand:- 38 Shelduck; 18 Wigeon and c50 Dunlin.

In the scrub area adjacent to Ashford Sewage Works c20 Redwings and 1 male Blackcap.

Posted November 24th, 2014 at 7:34 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

South Efford & South Huish Marsh

32 Bird species identified on South Efford Marsh this morning, not the density of birds as there were last week, but Kingfishers showed well with two individuals and one pair being seen (possibly the two individuals coming together), Greenshank, Redshank, Snipe, Common Sandpiper, Wigeon numbers on the increase to seven, male Sparrowhawk being mobbed by Corvids on leaving.

The Ruddy Shellduck showed all be it a bit distant while feeding with the large numbers of Canadian Geese at South Huish Marsh, all the usual species including a single Lapwing but as at South Efford Marsh not the recent densities of the smaller species.

Posted November 24th, 2014 at 5:39 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Exmouth

Two black redstarts showing well around the dockside apartments this evening.

Posted November 24th, 2014 at 4:48 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Around the Axe

Clearly been an arrival/movement of Black Reds and Chiffchaffs with this colder weather (which is so nice to finally have!).  KH had three Black Redstarts in Beer and my Dad saw at least one at Axmouth Harbour.

I've seen 14+ Chiffchaffs today, with at least one everywhere I've been. Little else though sadly.

Posted November 24th, 2014 at 4:18 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Brixham

In bright conditions this afternoon two different Black Redstarts, a male and a female/imm type, flycatching from rooftops at Sharkham Village, adjacent to the start of the beach path.Another reported at Breakwater by a visiting birder.  

Posted November 24th, 2014 at 3:39 pm in Bird News

Higher to East Soar

Walking across an oilseed rape field by Southdown Farm a female type Great Bustard took to the air and flew over my head towards East Soar; no sign of any wing tags but presumably a Salisbury Plain bird!!! What an amazing start to the day - like being back in Extremadura!!

Also: 8 Buzzards soaring over the airfield with 5 drifting south-east over Bolt Head - maybe a local movement, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls on cliffs, 42 Stock Doves moving west, 155 Skylarks on stubbles, 13 Rock Pipits on seaweed in Soar Mill Cove, 200 Starlings, 100 Crows, 9 Ravens, 60 Linnets and 15 Cirl Buntings. Still butterflies on the wing - one Red Admiral & a "helice" Clouded Yellow, both on Bolt Head. What a morning!

Posted November 24th, 2014 at 2:14 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Bar-headed goose

My husband and I saw an interesting head pop up amongst a flock of Canada geese .It turned out to be a bar-headed goose! just off the road from the RSPB car park towards the canal.

Posted November 24th, 2014 at 9:07 am by Ex minster Marshes in Bird News

Sunday 23rd November 2014

Instow

Low tide and a lot of birds this lunchtime. Armed only with binoculars, some distant views so no mind blowing species to report, but some good numbers including 9 Grey Plover together just west of Isley Marsh, the most I've seen together there. 3 Common Snipe, 8 Fieldfare, several Stonechat, a Skylark and a Mistle Thrush also highlights. Tens of Shelduck, Curlew and Wigeon, hundreds of Golden Plover, Lapwing and Oystercatcher. All in quality light in the sunshine.

Posted November 23rd, 2014 at 11:39 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Wembury

Firecrest above Bovisand beach flitting around in willows. 

Dartford Warbler at Wembury point in low gorse. 

Posted November 23rd, 2014 at 9:00 pm by Jane Penton in Bird News

Prawle

I had no intention to seawatch today arriving in the Prawle  car park at 7.30am and with a northerly force 1-2 and clear to the horizon, not the ideal conditions. But with Pat already at the hide and John putting wet weather gear on, well, what was I to do ?

At the point from 8am Gannets, Auks and Kittiwakes were moving , mainly west , but also east .I still wasn’t convinced but …

Unexpected highlights were : 5 immature Pomarine Skuas east , 1 Bonxie west and 1 unidentified ( probable Pom ) skua far out east . 3 Great Northern Divers east and 1 west. 6 Red-Breasted Mergansers west, 3 Common Scoter east, 1 west. 2 Brent Geese ( with pale bellies) east and 5 Brent Geese west. 2 Med Gulls ( adult wp)  and 3 unidentified duck east .On the rocks at the point a  lovely male Black Redstart alighted, my first male this autumn.

Later John and I saw , on a circuit from the hump, to the car park, and through the village to the airfields : at least 7 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush (seen by Pat) and 2 Blackcaps, Goldcrest and 2 Chiffchaffs. Another Black Redstart on a roof top ; 19 Lapwing , c 200 Starlings, 10 Stock Doves , c30 Skylarks, and, oh yes  a female Teal. 

Posted November 23rd, 2014 at 8:57 pm by Tony Marchese in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A Firecrest was this afternoon's highlight (at the top of Dell Walk). Fewer waders on the pool tonight - 31 Redshanks, 11 Dunlins, 4 Oystercatchers and 34 Curlews,

Otherwise - 5 Little Egrets, 12 Grey Herons, 5 Goldcrests, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and 2 Little Grebes. 

Posted November 23rd, 2014 at 8:01 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Bowling green marsh & countess wear

Watched from the hide 08:45 till 10:25

Avocet numbers continue to increase with 285+, 109+ bar tailed godwits, 1000+ black tailed godwits, 241+ dunlin, 64+ lapwing, good number of redshanks, wigeon, shoveler and teal,  7+ gadwall, , 3+ pintail, 5+ pochard, 1 stonechat, 1 buzzard, 30+ meadow pipit, 1 spotted redshank seen before I arrived.

Countess wear along the canal path by the sewage works from 10:40 till 14:45, produced lots of chiffchaff's in severall groups along with plenty of goldcrest's, 2 kingfisher, 1 coal tit, 1 Cetti's warbler, 1 great spotted woodpecker. 

Posted November 23rd, 2014 at 7:41 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Pintail - Chivenor

All the usual suspects on the estuary this lunch time. wildfowl, waders, gulls and egrets. Lapwing the most numerous. Several hundred. Enjoyed several snipe fleeing the sea purslane in usual fashion but the real treat were 21 pintail. Have always loved this duck. 

Posted November 23rd, 2014 at 6:03 pm by Tom Williams in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

Geese Quarries - Charleton Marsh, 10:45-12-45, falling tide.

Beautiful morning for birding, still and perfect light.

13 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Little Grebe, 37 Brent Geese, 21 Pintail, 70 Teal ( Charleton Marsh ), 7 Red-breasted Mergansers and 500+ Golden Plover.

Posted November 23rd, 2014 at 5:59 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Torbay

A check around the marshes at of Torbay this morning produced:

Broadsands: probably still 2 Yellow-browed Warblers, 7 Chiffchaff (all collybita) 4 Goldcrests.

Clennon Valley: 2 Yellow-browed Warblers one at western end between top two lakes (presumably the same individual last seen on 16th November, but with new influx of Chiffchaff and a new Yellow-browed Warbler it could even have been a new bird), also new bird at far eastern end along stream near to YMCA much easier to watch see photo and video below, also 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, at least 9 collybita Chiffchaffs and 5 Goldcrests.

Yellow-browed Warbler Clennon Valley YMCA 23 November 2014 ML  

Photo: Yellow-browed Warbler YMCA Clennon Vly     Click on image above for Video of same bird

Posted November 23rd, 2014 at 4:41 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Guillemot Budleigh Beach

Winter plumage Guillemot close in to shore at Budleigh Beach this afternoon

Winter Plumage Guillemot
Winter Plumage Guillemot

Posted November 23rd, 2014 at 3:48 pm by Richard Allen in Bird News

Egret behaviour

Kelvin Irwin - During the early creation of Goosemoor Topsham the RSPB undertook detailed bird usage monitoring. I saw this behaviour regularly - the little egrets foraging small fish disturbed by the cormorant - amazing to watch. 

Posted November 23rd, 2014 at 7:32 am by Aj Bellamy in Bird News

Saturday 22nd November 2014

Exe Estuary cruise highlights

Three Egyptian Geese were the highlight (lowlight?) of this afternoon's Stuart Line cruise. They were with Brents off Lympstone. Waders seemed to be generally in good numbers, though still only about 170 Avocets. c15 Golden Plovers were with flocks of Lapwings on the mud. Plenty of Shags (30+) in the lower part of the estuary. Three Little and 2 Great Crested Grebes, but couldn't locate the Slavonian today. Later, a Great Northern Diver and few Common Scoters visible off the Warren from Exmouth.

Posted November 22nd, 2014 at 9:13 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

River Caen, Veletor

Whilst walking beside the River Caen at Veletor this morning I saw a Cormorant and a Little Egret standing together at the waters edge. I watched as the Cormorant went into the water and was diving. After a few dives It surfaced and swam back to the Egret, which had been watching the activity. They then walked further downstream together and this happened again, the egret obviously intent to catch anything disturbed by the Cormorant. This happened again a bit further downstream.  The Cormorant then took flight, closely followed by the Egret and they continued this routine even further downstream. Eventually the Cormorant took flight again and was once more closely shadowed by the Egret, out across Sherpa Marsh, where I lost track of them. A great bit of behaviour which I have not seen before. I wonder how common this is?

Posted November 22nd, 2014 at 9:03 pm by Kelvin Irwin in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh Sat 22nd November

Green winged Teal, adult male. It was with many other Common Teal

Also Gadwall Shoveler Wigeon & Pintail in good numbers.

A Buzzard flew by and put the birds up but caught nothing.

A good couple of hours birding.

S.J.Turner.

Posted November 22nd, 2014 at 8:08 pm by Stephen J Turner in Bird News

Woodford, Plympton

Indoors today sorting out laptop so pleasantly surprised to see from our garden a Firecrest, Redwing, female Blackcap , a Song Thrush, at least 8 Blackbirds and about 20 Starlings plus other common species.Some days this is the best Prawle can offer !

Posted November 22nd, 2014 at 6:03 pm by Tony Marchese in Bird News

Woodford, Plympton

Indoors today sorting out laptop so pleasantly surprised to see from our garden a Firecrest, Redwing, female Blackcap , a Song Thrush, at least 8 Blackbirds and about 20 Starlings plus other common species.Some days this is the best Prawle can offer !

Posted November 22nd, 2014 at 6:03 pm by Tony Marchese in Bird News

Velator and Sherpa

After a day hacking at the vegetation in the reserve, I walked down past Sherpa to the runway lights. In the reserve still a Water Rail or two, seen all about the reserve, including running across under the main gate. Cetti's Warbler calling and a Red Admiral still in flight. About 30 noisy Redshank on the pill and a Green Sandpiper at Sherpa. I was hoping to find the Short-eared Owl seen hereabouts recently, no sign but as I turned to head back, a lovely (female?) Barn Owl appeared from in the rough area inside the RMB base. flew towards me then along the embankment towards the estuary. This had the advantage that I was looking down at it's right side and could clearly see a ring! - Probably one of mine. A Kingfisher landed on a snag the other side of the embankment and proceded to bash it's small fish a couple of times before seeing me and moving further away. Couple of Little Egrets and a Grey Heron around the marsh. I thought the weather had been warm but seeing a Swallow was a bonus - may be my latest Devon record? Finally about 40 Pied Wagtails looking as if they were heading for a roost somewhere.

Posted November 22nd, 2014 at 5:55 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Unusually, a really good showing of waders on the pool tonight (on the high tide) - including 165 Redshanks, 22 Dunlins, 39 Curlews, 3 Oystercatchers and 5 Greenshanks. Also around the area: Snipe (c5), Kingfisher (2), Green Woodpecker (2), Great Spotted Woodpecker (2), Stonechat (2), Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Song Thrush (12), Goldcrest (6) and a Little Grebe.

Posted November 22nd, 2014 at 5:47 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Berry Head and Broadsands

A short watch from the quarry mid morning produced  a trickle of Common Gulls heading south, a Great Northern Diver going  North distantly and  another on the sea. Two Chiffchaffs in the quarry , in the back lane two more plus a Blackcap. Several small parties of Skylark going south overhead plus two Mistle Thrush over high. 

From Broadsands -Elbury late am, two Great Northern, one by oyster farm towards Brixham and one over towards Torquay, and just 3 Great Crested Grebes. In the marsh 6+ Chiffchaffs , other observers reported a Firecrest and single Yellow-browed Warbler  earlier.

Posted November 22nd, 2014 at 5:29 pm in Bird News

The South Brent Ring Ouzels are still here..............

A walk out onto Dartmoor from Aish Ridge above South Brent this afternoon resulted in the unexpected finding of three Ring Ouzels two hens and one juvenile feeding on hawthorne berries, initially flushed and flew away from the moor but within a few minutes flew almost overhead out on to the open moor one bird landing in the top of a hawthorne and the other two nearby on the ground.

Very large flocks of both Fieldfare and Redwing with good numbers of Starlings moving about in small flocks, good numbers of both Blackbird and Song Thrush, mostly around the hawthornes.

Hen Kestrel and an almost pure white Buzzard seen as well as Stonechat, Goldcrest and Meadow Pipit, in all 20 species identified.

Posted November 22nd, 2014 at 5:23 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Topsham

2 Spotted redshanks on River Clyst close to the view platform and 10 Golden plover on the estuary this morning.

Posted November 22nd, 2014 at 1:06 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Friday 21st November 2014

Broadsands

Two Yellow-browed Warblers.. While watching a Yellow-browed Warbler half way along the steam in the 1st carpark another started calling some 40m away in the upper marsh and continued to call for some time.

      

Video of bird along steam click picture to see movie   Video of calling bird click picture to see movie                

Posted November 21st, 2014 at 6:01 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Hembury Woods.

12 Mandarin Duck. 1 Woodcock. Large flocks of mixed Tits and Goldcrest plus 1Nuthatch.

Posted November 21st, 2014 at 2:04 pm by David Turrell in Bird News

Berry Head seawatch

Watching 0815-1215.Less birds than previous days, main species of interest;single Pomarine Skua juv, Great Northern Diver, Black-throated Diver, Red-breasted Merganser , 3 Scoter and 3 Mediterranean Gulls. 

Posted November 21st, 2014 at 1:52 pm in Bird News

Short Eared Owl - Exmouth

Short Eared Owl mobbed by corvids over Exmouth at 12:30. Heading north towards the Exe Estuary.

Posted November 21st, 2014 at 12:59 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Berry Head

Another movement of thrushes today with 1500+ Redwing and good numbers of Fieldfare (87 minimum) mixed with them also 2 Mistle Thrush and lots of Song Thrush in and around the bushes with one or two overhead. Also Brambling, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest and 1 Firecrest.

 Brambling Berry Hd 21 Nov 2014 ML   Firecrest Berry Hd 21 Nov 2014

Photos Brambling and Firecrest

Brixham - 3 Great Northern Divers (2 outside Breakwater and 1 inside)

Posted November 21st, 2014 at 10:37 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thursday 20th November 2014

Stover Country park

A walk round the lake at Stover today turned up a female Manadarin duck feeding with the Mallards to the left of the hide, this was the first Mandarin that I have seen at Stover. Large numbers of Black Headed Gulls, one Lesser Black Back and one juvenile Herring gull on the lake, juvenile Great Crested Grebe. Marsh Tits showing well and calling at a couple of locations, a BTO rung Great Tit with an almost pure white tail was a bit of an oddity by the feeding station where there were a large numbers of both Great and Blue Tits, the odd Coal and Marsh Tit the feeder was empty and birds were coming onto the platform to take seed that had been put down by visitors. Buzzard, Jay and Nuthatch showed well.

On leaving small group of Goldcrest observed more could be heard calling.

Posted November 20th, 2014 at 8:35 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Plym Estuary 20/11/2014

Spotted Redshank on the marshes at Saltram. Others seen Curlews, Redshanks, Little Egrets, Cormorants and a large quantity of Mallards.

Posted November 20th, 2014 at 8:34 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News

Brixham additions

A  Great Northern Diver was off Shoalstone car park at lunchtime, and a Firecrest was a few yards up the   Berry Head lane beyond the car parking area by the cottages. 

Posted November 20th, 2014 at 7:41 pm in Bird News

Baggy - N.Devon

14.00 - 16.00. One might be forgiven for thinking at  distance that the bird in the photo was a Ring Ouzel or perhaps even a Blackbird x RO! But on closer inspection it becomes clear that this is a Blackbird, well I hope it is so please correct me if you think I am wrong!

6+ Stonechat on the walk out to the point & a small flock of Starling otherwise very quiet until 15.10 when Paula spotted a small dark grey bird flying fast & low across the footpath.

We searched the area & a few minutes later were rewarded with a cracking male Black Redstart followed shortly afterwards by a sighting of a female Black Redstart.

Other birds of note inc 4 Rock Pipits, a smattering of Meadow Pipits & 1 pair of Ravens.


Posted November 20th, 2014 at 6:01 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatching 08:45-14:30, E F5. 5 Pomarine Skuas (all juvs), 19 Mediterranean Gulls (15 ad, 2 2w and 2 1w), 2 Little Gulls (ads), 3 Great Northern Divers, 2 diver sp., Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Common Scoter and strong passage of Common Gulls.

Common Gull (adult)Mediterranean Gull (adult)Great Northern Diver (note collar and no white flank)Common Scoter

Posted November 20th, 2014 at 5:42 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

East to West Soar

Always interesting to see what's around outside of main migration season: highlights were 10 lapwing (very scarce here), grey wagtail, 120 skylark, 24 meadow pipit, a small incursion of 24 blackbird and soaring  3 buzzard, 2 kestrel & sparrowhawk

Posted November 20th, 2014 at 4:24 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Clennon Valley

11 Chiffchaffs (a good count but all collybita), 4 Goldcrests, 2 Snipe, 2 Little Grebes. No sign again of Yellow-browed Warbler I believe this bird was last seen on Saturday.

Posted November 20th, 2014 at 3:27 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake - 20th Nov.

4 Goosander and 3 Tufted Ducks.

Harvey Kendall

Posted November 20th, 2014 at 3:23 pm by Harvey Kandall in Bird News

Around the Axe

A couple of welcome scarcities today, with an immature Spoonbill north of Coronation Corner at 08:30 and a mighty fine adult Yellow-legged Gull lower down the Estuary at 13:00.

Yellow-legged Gull
Yellow-legged Gull

Spoonbill - just!
Spoonbill

Posted November 20th, 2014 at 1:40 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Wednesday 19th November 2014

Prawle Point

Late start at 7.50am when SE 4 , cloud cover but clear to the horizon following a bright red sunrise but I left at 2.50pm escaping SSE 5-6 mist, rain and general yuk.

Lots of birds either moving west, east or circulating for most of the watch-mainly Gannets, Kittiwakes and auks ( mainly Razorbills but seemed to be more Guillemots than recently). Counted for first 2 hours resulting in :  Gannets c 350 w and c 50 e ; Auks 276 e, 40 w ; Kittiwakes 221 e .

Alas no ‘little’ species of any type but 3 Pomarine  ( 1 pale phase and 2 dark phase immatures ) and 2 Great Skuas west ; 1 Manx Shearwater (10.25am) west . 1 Black Throated Diver west and 3 unidentified Diver sp. East which I just  saw before flying out of sight.  7 Common Scoter east. 1 Red Breasted Merganser west. A group of about 30 small waders flew east at 1.35pm included Dunlin, Turnstones and Ringed Plover. 5 adult wp Med Gulls west and one 1st year Med Gull east and a group of 4 Med Gulls which loafed below the point. A  Harbour Porpoise and at least one Common Dolphin surfaced plus a Grey Seal.

Posted November 19th, 2014 at 10:40 pm by Tony Marchese in Bird News

Berry Head (Seawatch)

07:20-14:20 : Little Auk 3, Med Gull 31 (23 Ad, 7 1st W & 1 2nd W ), R.B Merganser 3, Brent Geese 21, R.T Diver 2, G.N Diver 1, B.T Diver 1, Diver sp. 2, Little Gull 4 ( 3 Ad & 1st W), Pomarine Skua 4 (all juvs), Common Scoter and Fulmars 40+, 540 Auks (mostly Razorbills) and 3+ Harbour Porpoise.

BMc, MD, DN, REB, ML

Posted November 19th, 2014 at 12:45 pm by Bill Macdonald in Bird News

Velator

A walk around the reserve this morning showed good numbers of Redwings and Blackbirds and I also saw 2 Water Rails and a Chiffchaff.

Posted November 19th, 2014 at 12:29 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

LOWER TAMAR LAKE

10:30 Today, the 3 Gossander are back on the lake 1m 2f.

Posted November 19th, 2014 at 12:06 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Berry Head

The autumn still rumbles on with estimated 7000+ Redwings and smaller numbers of Fieldfare and Song Thrush passing over the headland in huge flocks for the first 2 hours. Also 1 Brambling feeding in sycamores, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest and 9 Goldcrest. Seawatching up until 0830hrs: 3 Little Auks (thanks BMc).  

click this video clip of some of the Redwing - listen out for the Fieldfare too.http://youtu.be/bWEZ8Jjlw_c

 

Posted November 19th, 2014 at 11:15 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Redwings ~ South Brent

Between 8am and 9am this morning I observed 16 flocks of Redwings all headed easterly at South Brent total count being 783 birds average flock size being around 40/50 birds but two flocks seen in excess of 100/150 birds.

One flock of 53 Starling

15 Greenfinch, 1 Bullfinch and 3 Goldcrest also seen.

Posted November 19th, 2014 at 9:17 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Tuesday 18th November 2014

Exmister marsh

watched along station road from 14:30 till 16:40

The water levels are high on the marsh with flooding at the s-bends by the middle car park and the marsh was alive with waders and ducks.

300+ golden plover were in several groups between the lions rest industrial estate and the lagoon, 800+ lapwing , 200+ avocet and 1500+ dunlin were more towards the fishermans car park and the canal along with 20+ knot, good numbers of black tailed godwits and curlew were spread all over the marsh as were good numbers of wigeon and teal, 30+ bar tailed godwits and good numbers of redshank, 1 green sandpiper, 40+ snipe flushed by a peregrine, 1 buzzard, 1 kestrel, 4+ water rail, 6+ chiffchaffs, 2 Cetti's Warblers, severall groups of redwing and fieldfares, 4+ stonechat, 2 kingfisher, 12+ little egrets.

Excellent numbers of starlings going to roost with one group of 7000+ and another of 3000+ seen in the fading light and a female merlin was active on the north end of the marsh.

 

 

Posted November 18th, 2014 at 8:27 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

R.Taw. Pottington to Ashford Strand. 14:04 - 15:30

On a rising tide (H.W.15:12) Goosander 7( 6 red-heads & 1 male); Lapwing c250; Redshank 61; Little Grebe 1; Grey Plover 38; Dunlin c250; Oystercatcher 163; Little Egret 4.

Bradiford Reserve:- Teal 57; Little Egret 1 and 1 male Stonechat.

Posted November 18th, 2014 at 7:34 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

South Hams Coastal

A run round the South Hams this morning found South Efford Marsh a little over subscribed by birders so visited Bantham and South Huish Marsh instead after checking the tidal road at Aveton Gifford, which produced Redshank, Greenshank, Oyster Catcher, Common Sandpiper and a counted 103 Mute swans.


Bantham started off well with a Peregrine passing low overhead, good numbers of Robin, Dunnock and eventually Stonechats, on the river Heron and White Egret, 9 Oyster Catchers, Black Headed, Lesser Black Backed and Herring Gull.


Arrived at South Huish Marsh just as the weather broke nine Brent Geese were in a field along with lots of Canadians and one White domestic type goose, Teal, Shoveller and Mallard duck all present, high numbers of Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, good numbers of Stonechat, Greenfinch and Goldfinch, one fly by Lapwing.

A huge number of Starlings seen feeding in and around a cattle barn at Stockadon farm near Aveton Gifford.

Posted November 18th, 2014 at 6:46 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Thurlestone Marsh/South Huish

11am - Ruddy Shelduck in with the Canada Geese at Thurlestone Marsh .Later 9 Brent Geese in with the many Canadas at South Huish Marsh.

Posted November 18th, 2014 at 6:11 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Soar

Merlin at Soar this afternoon

Posted November 18th, 2014 at 4:38 pm by Roger White in Bird News

River Caen/River Taw

0930-1245. Despite the shooters it was a day of quality birding. Sherpa marsh held 8 Teal,3 Common sandpiper and 4 Little grebe. Also around 4 Stonechat,2 Buzzard,2 Kestrel. Braunton marsh held 1000+ Starling, 18 Stockdove and feeding on berrys were 40+ Fieldfare and a RING OUZEL ( my first in n-devon ). On the taw 2 to 3000 Golden plover, 2000 Lapwing, 25 Redshank,5 Greenshank,33 Shellduck,150+ Canada goose, 15 Brent goose, 25 Dunlin and a female MERLIN. While watching the merlin at the mouth of the caen i found my spot of the day an OTTER  which i watched for 30 mins

Posted November 18th, 2014 at 2:04 pm in Bird News

Broadsands

Spent about two hours this morning in rather windy conditions checking the rear corner of car park, joined by REB.The Yellow-browed Warbler was  still present , seen several times for short periods moving through canopy. Loosely associating with tit flock. Also 3 collybita type Chiffchaffs and 2 Goldcrests.

Posted November 18th, 2014 at 12:52 pm in Bird News

Monday 17th November 2014

Bursdon Moor Hartland

3.45pm-4.30 pm single Short Eared Owl quartering moor in valley also two male Merlin also Raven

Posted November 17th, 2014 at 8:14 pm by Bob Cleversley in Bird News

Beesands Ley

15 November - 11.00 am
The juvenile Long-tailed Duck still present with numbers of Coot and Tufted Duck.

A bittern flew in from the shore-line and crossed the Ley before settling into the reeds and scrub in the left hand corner (looking from the hide). A fine sight in the sunshine.

Behind the hide, moving between a hedge row and a beet field being turned over by grazing cattle, good numbers of small passerines feeding on the insects being disturbed - Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Goldfinch, Stonechat, Blue Tit, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Robin - delightful. Cetti's calling too.

Posted November 17th, 2014 at 6:17 pm by Peter Shaw in Bird News

Slapton Ley

22nd October - A lone Whooper Swan called into Slapton Ley about 4.00 pm  

Posted November 17th, 2014 at 6:06 pm by Peter Shaw in Bird News

South Efford Marsh, Aveton Gifford

A late morning / early afternoon visit to the hide at South Efford Marsh, Aveton Gifford produced a bumper number number of species from what I have previously recorded there and a few new species for this location for me, including Water Pipit (2) Bar Tailed Godwits (14 counted initially and another hand full flew in) Widgeon (pair) Around the hide gave very close views of a pair of Wren, Robin and Grey Wagtails, Kingfisher and Little Grebe on the Rv Avon behind the hide. Single Reed Bunting, Stonechat (2) Dunnock, Redshank & Curlew, more Little Egret than I have previously seen, the numbers of Wren and Robin were out of proportion to any previous sightings, Common Sandpiper (2) Redshank (3) Good numbers of both Pied Wagtail and Meadow Pipit, on leaving a Tawny owl was calling from the woods across the river. In total 37 species recorded during this visit, best birding day I have had in a long time.

At home just before 4pm a flock of about 200 Starlings passed over head.

Posted November 17th, 2014 at 4:49 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

RSPB Bowling Green Marsh

Bowling Green Marsh 10:30 - 14:00

Plenty on view overhead and on the marsh today with plenty of thrushes on show 5+ Song Thrush in the lane 100+ Redwing over head and feeding on Hawthorn around the perimeter with 60+ Fieldfare in small groups flying over throughout my stay.

Plenty of ducks on show with 300+ Widgeon 200+ Teal, good numbers of Shoverler, Mallard, a few Pintail, a couple of Gadwall and a Pochard. 5 Greylag Geese, with 20+ Redshank flew in and 20+ Snipe flew over with atleast 10 also on the Marsh. Atleast 30+ Bar Tailed Godwits flew low around the marsh decided not to land and went back to the Estuary.  110+ Avocets came in just before high tide. Always great to see.

100+ Starling feeding, with 20+ Pied Wags and Meadow Pipits and 50+ Lapwing dotted around Fields. Great views of a Water Rail feeding under the railway embankment pleased a lot of visitors to the hide this afternoon. Also on view in that areas were the resident pair of Foxes, three Jay busy collecting Acorns along the railway bank, with several Woodpigeon doing the same.

200+Brent Geese flew over the marsh from the Darts Farm direction producing another great Autumn sight.

To awaken the flock and a few birders! 2 Buzzards flew over and a Sparrowhawk flew low across the ponds scaring all but a few!.

Posted November 17th, 2014 at 4:23 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Bideford

We still have two Black Redstart around and there was a female Blackcap in the garden this morning on the grapes.

Posted November 17th, 2014 at 1:28 pm by Karen Sims in Bird News

South Brent to Broadsands 16th November

Enroute to Broadsands early morning on Sunday 16th from South Brent, good numbers of Feildfare seen landing in roadside hedges on the outskirts of Avonwick.

At Broadsands visited the spot where ML puts down seed and despite adding to the obvious amount already placed not a single contender coming to feed, a walk round the first car park where the hedging has been cut out gave sightings of at least four Goldcrest, a continuous strident call then announced the approach of a Kingfisher which landed virtualy in front of me and made the day...... Heron overhead, given the high tide only Carrion Crow and Herring Gull on the shore line, a few choppy sea mader any sea watch difficult and nothing of note observed, a few Goldfinch overhead and that was all for Broadsands.

On the Torbay ring road a huge flock of Redwing several hundred plus bird streaming towards Torquay at Marldon, the flock was wider than the dual carriageway and stretched over several hundred yards.

Posted November 17th, 2014 at 10:24 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Sunday 16th November 2014

bideford

m&f blackcaps today in my garden feeding on berry laden tree.So different to last year when after savage cold spring virtually no berries,come on WAXWINGS!!!.30 redwing over as well

Posted November 16th, 2014 at 11:04 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Budleigh and East Devon Commons

A female Red-crested Pochard was present on the scrapes beside the cricket pitch early afternoon (Peter B and Doug C) but not present late afternoon. On Woodbury Common this afternoon a male Hen Harrier and Merlin hunting the area.

Posted November 16th, 2014 at 8:15 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Bursdon Moor, Hartland

After several showers at dusk a single Short eared Owl quartering on ridge.

Also noted pair of Stonechat and single Snipe

Posted November 16th, 2014 at 6:46 pm in Bird News

Great Northern Diver

This is I believe a first winter bird? Seen today on the boat trip around Torbay, this taken in the calmer waters of Brixham Harbour.


Posted November 16th, 2014 at 4:39 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Shirwell, N. Devon

Walking in Wooley Woods near Shirwell this afternoon saw my first woodcock in over 50 years ( yes I know! ). Also flushed good numbers of wood pigeon high in the beech trees and saw maybe a dozen red deer.

Posted November 16th, 2014 at 4:38 pm by alan craddock in Bird News

Berry Head

Two hour sea watch from midday only produced one Arctic Skua and two Pomarine (one very light juv). No sign of Hume's Leaf Warbler but five Chifchaffs one Firecrest and one Great Northern Diver taking a short cut over the navigation aid !

Posted November 16th, 2014 at 4:12 pm by Clive Mason in Bird News

Torquay Harbour 9am

Further to Nigel's post about this morning's boat trip, as we were waiting to go out at 9am we saw 2 black redstarts together on top of the Haldon Pier sea wall beside Living Coasts.

Posted November 16th, 2014 at 3:05 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Torbay Boat Trip

Weather conditions not very good, sea was rough!! A few Guillemots on the Ore stone,

 Did a run across to Berry Head fom Ore stone, seabirds very scarce and at the fuel bunkering jetty by Brixham Breakwater 10 Purple Sandpiper. Also seen 3 Great Northern Divers, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 10 Herons at 7 Quarries and 10 Brent Geese in total from Paignton harbour to Torquay harbour.

Lets hope next Sundays sea state is much flatter!!!

Posted November 16th, 2014 at 2:18 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Exe Turf to Powderham

During the WeBS count this morning the tide was high and the only group of waders were 8 grey plover, 12 dunlin and 7 redshank roosting near the near bridge. This maybe a sign of things to come as that stretch of path becomes quieter enabling birds to roost.

Further towards the Turf the new cycle path was under water! Clearly the path is even below the fields so once again cyclists return to the footpath on the seawall.

James Diamond alerted me to a Black Brant amongst c500 brents just north of the Turf on the Exminster Marshes. A very striking individual. also of note were the large number of juvenille/first winter brents - obviously its been a good breeding season.

Overhead an almost continual movement of fieldfares (300+) and redwings (500+) all moving NE in small flocks of c60 birds.

On the fields to the south of Turf 4 stonechat, c6 meadow pipit and one rock pipit. One kingfisher on the seawall.

 

Posted November 16th, 2014 at 1:16 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Exmouth

Imperial - 4 spoonbill (adult and 3juv) off the Imperial Rugby Ground from 1020 - 1100 at least, but very little mud left when I left. Also a slavonian grebe off there.


Posted November 16th, 2014 at 11:20 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Sightings

Late post for Saturday 15th Nov.

Bursdon Moor, at dusk.

1 Merlin, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Short eared Owl and 1 Kestrel.   Only one quite small Starling flock of c.200.

Lower Tamar Lake during morning.

1 Willow Tit, 9 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Little Grebe, 5 Blckbirds, 2 Goldcrests, 3 Tufted Ducks.   18 Redwings reported from Virworthy nearby.

Harvey Kendall

Posted November 16th, 2014 at 10:46 am by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Berry Head

No sign of the Hume's Leaf Warbler this morning but not many people looking - together with BMc and DMN we searched but only found 1 Firecrest, 2 Chiffchaffs and 8+ Goldcrests in the scrub and woodland areas. overhead: 300+ Redwing, 3 Fieldfare,1 Mistle Thrush, 250+ Wood pigeon, 1 Stock Dove, 2 Reed Bunting plus small numbers of finches. best of all a redhead Goosander flying high N over the back of the headland close to Brixham.

Posted November 16th, 2014 at 10:39 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Snow Bunting

11th November sighting on Northam Burrows



Posted November 16th, 2014 at 8:27 am by Ken Cypher in Bird News

Saturday 15th November 2014

Bowling Green Marsh

Watched from 09:45 till 13:30

Managed to just get to the hide before the heavens opened and considering it was a low high tide the marsh was very busy. Watere levels continue to rise with wigeon numbers at 600+ and included a possible Hybrid wigeon x american wigeon see photo.

3 pintail, 65+ shoveler and good numbers of teal, excellent numbers of dunlin with 500+, the highest count of Bar tailed godwits of the autumn with 83+, 134+ avocets good number of redshank and 3 greenshanks, 40+ lapwing, 2 stonechats, 3 reed buntings , 3 chiffchaffs, 2 cetti's warblers , 2 snipe , 90+ redwing over.

A look around the viewing platform produced 3 water rail, 30+ redwing, 8+ fieldfare, 1 blackcap, 4 jay, 1 great spotted woodpecker, 1 kingfisher.

On the walk to Topsham quay another kingfisher 

Bar Tailed Godwits
Bar Tailed Godwits

Possible Hybrid Wigeon x American wigeon
Possible Hybrid Wigeon x American wigeon

Fieldfare
Fieldfare

Posted November 15th, 2014 at 9:57 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Beesands Ley

Long-tailed Duck (f/juv), Tufted ducks, Gadwalls, Little Grebe, Mute Swans.

Bittern flew length of reed-beds at 1156hrs

Posted November 15th, 2014 at 8:48 pm by Andy Taylor in Bird News

Exmouth

Adult Black Brant off the Imperial Rugby Ground at 1530 this afternoon.


Posted November 15th, 2014 at 4:11 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

South Brent - Yalland

1100 hrs. Good numbers of Fieldfare (250+ birds) feeding on hawthorns on Dartmoor at Yalland Marsh ,South Brent. Smaller number of Redwings in same area. 1 G/s Woodpecker and I Kestrel amongst the other birds.

Posted November 15th, 2014 at 3:11 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Broadsands

The Yellow-Browed Warbler still showing well at the back of the first car park in the far corner over the stream 

Posted November 15th, 2014 at 2:08 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Soar Mill Cove Area

Good numbers of birds in the stubble fields inc.an excellent 25 cirl buntings, 21 yellowhammers, 100 chaffinches & 48 skylarks. Also: 28 brent geese west, 2 snipe, 42 house sparrow and a small thrush incursion of 13 blackbirds & 8 song thrushes.

Posted November 15th, 2014 at 1:51 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Berry Hd, Hume's Leaf Warbler

Video clip of calling Hume's Leaf Warbler ..

http://youtu.be/R1HHUc853DE

Compare that to the Yellow-browed Warbler at Berry Head on 18th Sept..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voIT0GZYGbM&feature=youtu.be 

Not sure what happened to my last entry it went down under someone elses name!!

Posted November 15th, 2014 at 1:30 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Skern. 0920 - 11;15

Dark-bellied Brent 243 (unable to pick out any Pale- bellies owing to distance and being on water); Wigeon 145; Eider 1 still offshore; Golden Plover c100; Grey Plover 14; Shelduck 58; Dunlin c250; Curlew 47; Oystercatcher 237; Knot 2; Common Gull 6; Redshank 16; Grey Heron 1; Pintail 1 and Little Egret 2.

Posted November 15th, 2014 at 12:39 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Berry Head

Hume's Leaf Warbler in quarry watched from a distance intially and only heard calling 'zveest' then lost for nearly 1 hour but relocated on arrival of Andy Plumb and Clive when it called loudly 'chi-wee, chi-wee' and showed well - despite being seemingly dull olive upper parts and not as grey as I have seen Hume's Leaf Warbler previously, my concerns waned as the rest of the plumage features and call are all good for Hume's Leaf Warbler.

Hume's Leaf Warbler Berry Hd 15 Nov 14 ML1  Hume's Leaf Warbler Berry Hd 15 Nov 14 ML2  Hume's Leaf Warbler Berry Hd 15 Nov 14 ML3

Photos above and Video clip of the call to follow...

Also on site 2+ Firecrest, 2 Brambling, 1 Ring Ouzel, 2 Chiffchaff, 8+ Goldcrest, 90+ Redwing over, 28 Brent Geese > E

Posted November 15th, 2014 at 11:36 am by Allan Baxter in Bird News

Friday 14th November 2014

Grey Phalarope

Weir Quay today found Grey Phalarope swimming around the sea weed west of the quay

Posted November 14th, 2014 at 10:13 pm by Jane Sleep in Bird News

Darts Farm & Bowling Green Marsh

Very little to be seen at Darts farm two good sized flocks of Linnets as we drove in, a pair of Stonechat showing well by the track on Sunflower stalks, but from the hide nothing to have made the trip worthwhile.

BMG saved the day, larger numbers of Wigeon all over the marsh and lots flighting in, good numbers of Dunlin, Godwits, Avocet, a few Lapwing, four Greenshank, large straggling flock of Canadian Geese flew including the white headed bird, Pintail and Shoveller ducks in good view, small numbers of T, on leaving a small number of Brent Geese flew over.

 

Posted November 14th, 2014 at 6:41 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Broadsands

The Yellow-browed Warbler reported by  others over past couple of days was showing and calling again mid morning by the stream at rear corner of the first car park, together with 3-4 Chiffchaffs and 3 Goldcrests. Discussed with ML the  extensive  cutting back of stream side bushes  which has taken place particularly on the south aspect. This is part of a  management plan by Countryside Trust designed to improve phragmites growth and stream side  habitat. 

Posted November 14th, 2014 at 4:02 pm in Bird News

Clennon Lakes

A Yellow-browed Warbler showed well at the western end of Clennon Lakes also 3 Chiffchaffs and 5 Goldcrests, 2 Little Egrets, 2 Water Rail,1 Teal, 16 Tufted Duck, 1 Shoveler. Yellow-browed Warbler Clennon Lakes 14 Nov 2014 MLPhoto above and video clip here... http://youtu.be/_iLzykKzdac

Posted November 14th, 2014 at 11:41 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Hawfinches

5 Hawfinches at Longdown 0800hrs this morning. Also 12 Bullfinch and 100 plus Redwing, 

Posted November 14th, 2014 at 11:16 am by Roy Adams in Bird News

Thursday 13th November 2014

Woodcock sighting

While out walking with the dogs we spotted two woodcock in burgh cleave woods Eggesford, and thought you would be interested.

Posted November 13th, 2014 at 9:18 pm by Marie Reynolds in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatch 07:30-15:30.  With a SSE building to F10+, today was perhaps too windy. ML checked Froward Point Coastwatch's live readout midday  when registering SSE windspeed 60-68mph, gusting 80mph, while the highest gust actually recorded at Berry Head was 93mph!!  After peaking wind gradually veered SSW 6, but failed to deliver the mass seabird exodus from Lyme Bay the few intrepid seawatchers who sat it out had hoped for! Totals: 11 Pomarine Skuas, Great Skua, Arctic Skua (2s), Manx Shearwater, Balearic Shearwater, 3 Great Northern Divers (one east, two on the sea), Black-throated Diver, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, Curlew, 243 Kittiwakes, light passage of Gannets and auks and around 15 lingering Fulmars. Also 2-3 Harbour Porpoise.

A quick tally up of Berry Head's Pomarine Skuas since September shows around 358 recorded, almost certainly making this a record autumn/winter and an unprecedented November and its not over yet!

Berry Hd wind speed km/h

http://www.weathercast.co.uk/world-weather/weather-stations/obsid/99001.html

Posted November 13th, 2014 at 8:29 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

R. Caen, Braunton

An early morning walk down the R. Caen flushed a Short-eared Owl.

Ebbing tide just after high produced a few Lapwing, Curlew, Redshank and Turnstone. A Sparrowhawk was hunting the bank moved a cross the field towards the pumping station.

All birds were flighty due to the wind.

Posted November 13th, 2014 at 8:05 pm by Chris Snook in Bird News

Wistlandpound Reservoir

Female Long-tailed Duck was still showing well  yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) feeding in the deep water part of the reservoir.  Also 4 Little Greebe, Mallards and Comorants.

Maria Fernandes 

Posted November 13th, 2014 at 3:10 pm by Maria Fernandes in Bird News

Shoalstone Brixham

Seawatching 0800-1345. A lot of sea!  although not that many seabirds. Wind force 9-10 Southeast, with big waves making observation difficult and few birds flying, suddenly turning to Southwest around midday.Along with a trickle of Gannets and Kittiwakes in clearer spells were 5 Pomarine Skuas and one Great. .A Red-breasted Merganser flew south and two Great Northern Divers on the sea close offshore.

MD and others were at Berry Head so they will have more to add later.

Posted November 13th, 2014 at 2:29 pm in Bird News

Fyldon Common, Exmoor

Unable to post this before but a remarkable 20 Buzzards ( could have been more ) flying and hovering in the wind, dropping down and feeding in the long grass of Fyldon Common on the bright sunny day of yesterday.  Seen from below these fields along the small road for about 500 yards. A couple of kestrel also present.

Posted November 13th, 2014 at 11:50 am by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Wednesday 12th November 2014

Prawle Point Seawatch and Beesands Ley

Mixed expectations as John L. and I started to watch the sea from 7.30am in a force 4 going 5 , SW going SSW , wind with some mist and cloud/showers but also some sunshine.  Unfortunately  John had to leave at 12 as the highlight  was an adult Sabine’s Gull which drifted east , close , on slightly bowed wings arcing over the waves at 12.50pm ( having checked my notes apologies to Birdguides as previously reported as seen at c 1.50 )

Up till then 2 Pomarine Skuas, 2 Balearic and 2 Manx Shearwaters . Also  1 Black Throated Diver, 1 Red Breasted Merganser,  2 adult Med. Gulls , 2 Common Scoter and 2 Fulmars  mainly west. Backing up were : 120 auks w, 16 e; 115 Gannets w,26 e; 30 Kittiwakes w, 39 e.Also at least 3 Harbour Porpoises ( 2 adults and a young one ?)

At 2.30pm I left for Beesands Ley where the Long-Tailed Duck was found after a few minutes whilst a horde of duck went berserk for several minutes flying in formation and frenetically from one end of the ley to another for no apparent reason. No raptor,no predator visible. Fun ? As Perry had previously commented many more water birds than last year : 85 Coot ( no Americans detected !) ,46 Tufted Duck ,1 female Scaup (note at least 4 ‘scaup-faced’ Tufted ), 23 Gadwall, 2 Mallard, 2 Moorhen,2 Little Grebe, 3 Swan , 13 BH Gull and 23 Herring Gull and I Lesser BB Gull. Only 12 Canada Geese. Finally Cetti’s, Chiffchaff and Goldcrest calling  as the sun shone (giving fabulous double rainbow) 

Posted November 12th, 2014 at 8:49 pm by Tony Marchese in Bird News

Around the Teign Estuary - early afternoon

Highlights included great northern diver, 50 plus redshank, mistle thrush, kingfisher, grey wagtail, sparrowhawk and 12 red breasted mergansers (1 male). They were swimming in a line, against the tide and diving almost synchronously - organised fishing?? Thirty six species in all.

Posted November 12th, 2014 at 5:58 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Broadsands

While dropping some seed for the Cirl Buntings today (6+ in recent days) I heard a Yellow-browed Warbler calling from the back of the marsh area - tricky to see but it did give some good views (see photos) high in the willows at the back (western end) of the first car park also there 1 Firecrest 5 plus chiffchaffs (including one brief view of a silent Siberian Chiffchaff candidate and another bird giving a loud see-ou call).

Yellow-browed Warbler Broadsands Torbay 12 Nov 2014 ML Yellow-browed Warbler Broadsands Torbay 12 Nov 2014 ML

Posted November 12th, 2014 at 3:53 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

R.Taw from Taw Bridge to Ashford Sewage Works. 11:45 - 13:15

On foreshore below the Taw Bridge:- 125 Redshank; 6 Little Egret and 143 Dunlin.

Pottington foreshore:- 46 Redshank; c150 Lapwing; 8 Little Egret and 1 Black-tailed Godwit.

Penhill Marsh and foreshore:- c450 Lapwing; 9 Little Egret; 57 Dark-bellied Brent but more could have been hidden in ditches; 7 Grey Heron and 43 Shelduck. A flock of c1800 Golden Plover settled on the sandbanks just off the marsh and steadily built up to c2500. Small flock of 37 Dunlin with the Golden Plover.

Ashford Sewage Works ditch;- 1 Green Sandpiper and 1 Little Egret.

Posted November 12th, 2014 at 2:22 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Female Black Redstart in the garden

We live near Blackawton, & have noticed this bird for a couple of days.  Would love to know more about them, how rare are they, do they stay for the winter etc.

There are lots of berries in the garden this year & we have a large variety of birds we feed.

Posted November 12th, 2014 at 12:03 pm by Angela Lonsdale in Bird News

North Torridge area

Manteo Way nature reserve had very high water level, making for interesting birding. 2 Kingfisher flew in a wide circle from the Torridge over the commuter traffic and back on my arrival. Flooded cowfield held some of the wintering Curlew, a Greenshank plus a patch tick of 2 drake Wigeon. The highly flooded stream held Little Grebe and Little Egret. Nothing at all at the main pool due to water level. Great light for viewing common passerines, only of note were considerably more Linnet than usual.

Posted November 12th, 2014 at 9:39 am by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Tuesday 11th November 2014

LOWER TAMAR LAKE

Lover Tamar Lake 10:30

3 Goosander, 4 Tufted Duck, 6 Redwings, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Grey Heron, 9 G.C.Grebe

Posted November 11th, 2014 at 7:18 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatch 08:00-14:30. SSE F6-7 overcast, but the heavy rain that was forecast did not arrive. Dave Smallshire present from 08:00 saw a Little Auk and Black-throated Diver, before Bill Macdonald and I arrived.  Other totals as follows: 2 Long-tailed Skuas (at 09:00 and 14:00, may have been the same dark type juv circulating), 42 Pomarine Skuas, 4 Arctic Skuas, 2 Pom/Arctics, 14 Bonxies, 6 Great Northern Divers, Manx Shearwater, Balearic Shearwater, 15 Fulmars, Grey Phalarope, 7 Common Scoter, Puffin, 11 Little Gulls (9 ads, 1w, 2w), steady passage of Kittiwakes, Auks (mostly Razorbills) and Gannets. Interesting to note greatly reduced diver totals compared to Hope's Nose, where did they go, into Torbay?

Stopped off at Shoalstone for an hour and saw another 3 Pomarine Skuas and 4 Common Scoter crossing outer Torbay; and a smaller shearing skua, too far out to be certain of species but had the jizz of Long-tailed!

Posted November 11th, 2014 at 5:19 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Northam Burrows Sightings

1 Eider and 1 Snow Bunting showing well at Northam Burrows this morning.

PS. I took some photos of the Snow Bunting but have no means of sending it until the weekend when I return home from my short Devon break. 

Posted November 11th, 2014 at 2:09 pm by Ken Cypher in Bird News

Hope's Nose

Seawatch 0725-1025hrs all birds moving South: 3 Grey Phalaropes one lingering, 2 Long-tailed Skuas juvs, 13 juv Pomarine Skuas, 2 Arctic Skuas, 2 Great Skuas, 2 Skua sp (Arctic/Pom), 31 Great Northern Divers, 1 Red-throated Diver, 5 Little Gulls (4 ads, 1 fw), 600+ Kittiwakes and 60+ Gannet in first 2hrs then passage slowed for most species. 80+ Auk Sp. 8 Dunlin, 1 Sanderling, 4 Grey Plover, 9 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar.  

Some video clips below of passage seabirds - click on pictures to see videos:

                       

      Pomarine Skua                              Grey Phalarope                           Great Northern Divers

Posted November 11th, 2014 at 1:15 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 10th November 2014

Fremington

3 Goosander off Fremington at 4.15pm today.

Posted November 10th, 2014 at 5:54 pm by Ken Cypher in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatch 09:45-15:30, southerly wind building before the next front. Large but distant feeding frenzy out in Lyme Bay, gradually getting closer as the day wore on and then dispersing with the following mostly moving south: 20 Pomarine Skuas (juvs bar one full-spooned ad), 2 Arctic Skuas (pale phase 3rd sum types), 8 Great Skuas, 8 skua sp. (distant prob poms), 2 Balearic Sheawaters, 8 Sooty Shearwaters, Little AukPuffin, Mediterranean Gull, Little Gull (1w), 1 petrel sp. heading north. A few Harbour Porpoise and Common Dolphin seen earlier.

Posted November 10th, 2014 at 5:46 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Bovisand Bay

Before the rain at least 2 Black Redstarts and a Chiffchaff.

Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Posted November 10th, 2014 at 5:25 pm in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

The Jack Snipe flushed from the runway again this morning. Fieldfares in quite good numbers, around 200. 30 Chaffinch, 43 Lapwing and a Snipe. 

Posted November 10th, 2014 at 4:20 pm in Bird News

Purple Sandpipers - Ilfracombe - 10th November

Two, possibly three, Purple Sandpipers returned to the rocks off the Capstone at Ilfracombe - not sure how long they have been back, I spotted them for the first time about mid-day today at low tide - no camera with me sadly.

Posted November 10th, 2014 at 3:55 pm by Chris Bollen in Bird News

Torcross / Beesands / Hallsands

Had a look around this morning for the late autumn Mega but would you believe did not find it . Long-tailed Duck and Scaup still at Beesands Ley, also 2 Teal i did not see there yesterday. Spent over an hour at North Hallsands looking for the Red-breasted Flycatcher without success.  Cracking spot though with 6 Chiffchaffs, 6 Goldcrest, Blackcap and calling Water Rail and Cetti's Warbler. Black Redstart on the rooftops at Torcross.

As an aside i beleive the Olive-backed Pipit was well looked for this morning but no sign.


Long-tailed Duck, Beesands Ley
Long-tailed Duck, Beesands Ley

Posted November 10th, 2014 at 3:51 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Southdown Farm/Soar Mill Cove

Late wheatear on Hazel Tor, grey wagtail & 15 rock pipits in the cove, 65 woodpigeons flying west & 3 roe deer.

Posted November 10th, 2014 at 3:46 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Woodbury castle

Female Brambling with chaffinch flock @ 13.55 Woodbury castle

Posted November 10th, 2014 at 3:12 pm by Tom Jurd in Bird News

Bursdon Moor - 9th November

Bursdon Moor- Sunday, 9th Nov.

1 Short eared Owl hunting over the moor late afternoon.

Also a pair of Stonechats, 1 Reed Bunting, several quite small flocks of Starlings heading for roost, probably 400 in total.

Harvey Kendall & Barry Bryne

Posted November 10th, 2014 at 11:29 am by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Fernworthy - Wood Pigeon movement

7.30 this morning at Fernworthy Mike Daniels reported c5000 Wood Pigeon flying over in 25 minutes, flying west in flocks of 200-300.

Posted November 10th, 2014 at 9:50 am in Bird News

Sunday 9th November 2014

North Devon

Sunday: 800 Golden Plover and 140 Lapwing on the Taw sandbank next to Chivenor at low water. Out for the Starling roost at Bideford Long Bridge, a Buzzard crossed the Torridge both Sunday and Saturday at dusk from the derelict quay buildings into gardens on Bideford side (quite weird) and Sunday a female Sparrowhawk flew into the roost to try for a catch but failed, flew off just feet above the road on the bridge itself.

Yesterday: A few hundred Golden Plover on the Skern, a redhead Red-breasted Merganser joined the Brent Geese at the north end of Northam's pebble-ridge and a flyover Merlin from the main road into Yelland from Instow.

Posted November 9th, 2014 at 10:57 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

re Olive-backed Pipit

For anyone not sure where East Buckland is, its not too far from Thurlestone but a bit furthur away than you would think  by road. An approximate grid ref to the phone box would be SX678438. I've been around there a few times and there are plenty of suitable gardens with nice trees etc. As the e-mail said not much  ( if any ) parking where you would not be invading someones space. There would be plenty down the road at Bantham however which would just mean a walk back on a quiet road of less than a kilometre. Well done to the finders and good luck to anyone who might try for it.

Posted November 9th, 2014 at 10:37 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 08:45 till 11:15

Very good numbers of waders this morning with 87+ avocet among 650+ dunlin, 2 sanderling, 3 knot, 40+ bar tailed godwits, 30+ lapwing,600+ black tailed godwits, good numbers of redshank, 700+ wigeon, 1 sparrowhawk, 500+ wood pigeon heading west.

 

Posted November 9th, 2014 at 10:02 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Olive-backed Pipit!

Just had an email from a Helena Davison who, alongside Adam Davison, saw an Olive-backed Pipit this afternoon near Bantham. Here's the email:

"Sunday 9th 2:15pm and re-visited the site at 3:45pm but could not relocate it.

From the Public footpath 100 yards NE of public phone box at East Buckland near Bantham. It was creeping under 3 large conifers, on a wood pile and in a small bare tree before flying in a private garden.

Bird showed typical distinctive tear drop in ear coverts, strong supercilium, olive brown weakly streaked upper parts, wing bars, pale legs and constantly pumping its tail when perched.  I've seen lots abroad and a few in the UK before.

No easy parking nearby"

Posted November 9th, 2014 at 9:00 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Northam Burrows.

Female merlin today (Sunday 9th) at 2pm sitting on washed up branch, viewed from tip road.

Posted November 9th, 2014 at 8:35 pm by Keith Prangnell in Bird News

Black Redstart

We had two male Balck Redstarts in our front garden are this afternoon in Bideford.

Posted November 9th, 2014 at 7:58 pm by Karen SIms in Bird News

Prawle in the car park /

Yellow-Browed Warbler (unringed) still in reserve all morning.Reported yesterday pm. Called several times first thing from 8.30 But elusive thereafter seemingly doing a circuit lasting c 50 mins. Last seen at c 1.30 pm. Tried to photograph but failed miserably. Also, for this autumn, a veritable thrush-fest with about 13 Blackbirds and 5 Song Thrushes in the car park/reserve/bunkers area. At least 400 Woodpigeons overhead. Also 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Goldcrests, 1 female Blackcap and 1 Grey Wagtail.

Posted November 9th, 2014 at 6:58 pm by Tony Marchese in Bird News

Great Grey Shrike Colaton Raleigh Common, Exmouth

Great Grey Shrike still on Colaton Raleigh Common spotted 16:15 this afternoon. Very flighty but magaged to get a record shot. Spent several hours last year to see one without success. Went for a quite stroll with Julie and thought i'd take the camera along just in case! Right place right time!

Seen east of the live firing range then the bird headed south of the range but not really going to far so should be about tomorrow.

Great Grey Shrike at Colaton Raleigh Common
Great Grey Shrike at Colaton Raleigh Common

Posted November 9th, 2014 at 6:12 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Beneath Avon Dam. Sunday 9th

One female ring ouzel and one redwing on berries.

Also one peregrine, one kestrel and two buzzards, stonechat and pied wagtail.

Posted November 9th, 2014 at 5:42 pm by Patrick Case in Bird News

Plymouth area

Little at Staddon Heights this morning beyond c150 Wood Pigeons moving west and single Mistle Thrush and Great Spotted Woodecker. The Plym Estuary & Saltram produced a Green Woodpecker, 3 Jack Snipe and 4 Goldcrests.

Posted November 9th, 2014 at 4:21 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Hawfinch Longdown

A visit to the traditional  winter roost site at Longdown  just west of Exeter found at least 1 Hawfinch flying away at 0740hrs this morning.Also 5 Bullfinch and 3 Stock Dove. 

Posted November 9th, 2014 at 3:59 pm by Roy Adams in Bird News

plymouth field meeting

Please note, this is on Thursday 13th, looking forward to seeing you Thanks

Posted November 9th, 2014 at 3:58 pm by lesley goonesekera in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Lots of water and birds, over 100 lapwing moving between pools disturbed (I think) by a raptor high overhead that just might have been a goshawk. One golden plover seen briefly, 80+ wigeon and 50+ teal on the pool closest to the canal to the south of the lane. On the opposite side of the lane the only bird on the small pool was a grey phalarope. It was still present at 2.30pm.

The new cycle path is open between Powderdham and Turf and so I enjoyed a walk along the path on top of the sea wall. Its the first time in years I have not had to contend with masses of cyclists. Also the view from the bridge is pretty good. Only bird of note was a little grebe at Turf. Distant views of black-tailed godwit (100) and avocet (40).

Posted November 9th, 2014 at 3:36 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Torbay Sunday morning boat trip

A couple of picture's from this morning's trip (see Nigel's post for species list). The undoubted highlight was the great northern diver calling many times off Shoalstone Beach.

Great Northern Diver, calling, Shoalstone Beach.
Great Northern Diver, calling, Shoalstone Beach.

Red Throated Diver, 1st winter, Brixham Harbour entrance.
Red Throated Diver, 1st winter, Brixham Harbour entrance.

Posted November 9th, 2014 at 3:04 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

North Hallsands

Had a call from Alan Searle who found a Red-breasted Flycatcher this morning in the willows by the layby with a muddy puddle in it ( ie layby nearest the turning to Fordsworth Cottages ). Still present at 14:15. ( approx grid ref SX 816389 ).

Posted November 9th, 2014 at 2:36 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Beesands Ley

Last winter Beesands Ley held hardly any wildfowl, presumably no food present for whatever reason. This winter looks set to be a great improvment. Today i saw Little Grebe, 4 Mute Swan, 53 Canada Geese ( guess i would not call that an improvement ), 51 Gadwall, 2 Pochard 54 Tufted Duck, Scaup ( fem ) , 55 Coot and best of all a Long-tailed Duck ( first calender year bird ).

Posted November 9th, 2014 at 2:32 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Torbay Boat trip.

Just got in from our trip around Torbay. Brixham side of Bay we had 2 Great Northern Divers, 1 calling, what a great sound to hear in Torbay, 1 Red-throated Diver(off Brixham Breakwater), 2 Purple Sanpiper, 4 Common Scoter, over 600+ Gullemot on the colony (nice to see from the boat) and 7+ Harbour Porpoise. Also many of the regular sea birds.

Sailing again next Sunday morning, email wildbones@btinternet.com if interested. 

Posted November 9th, 2014 at 12:35 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Soar Mil Cove

A short stroll turned up 3 swallows, grey wagtail, white wagtail with a few pieds plus 80 woodpigeons south & 8 stock doves south/west.

Posted November 9th, 2014 at 12:17 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

R.Taw. Pottington to Ashford Sewage Works. 09:45 - 10:50

After nearly 2 weeks of constant disturbance (fishermen and repairs to concrete banking), I decided to give my patch a quick visit this morning.

c60 Dark-bellied Brent on Penhill Marsh; 244 Lapwing; 28 Shelduck; 74 Redshank and c37 Dunlin.

Bradiford Reserve (really flooded due to very high tide):- c200 Canada Geese; 1 Buzzard; 1 Sparrowhawk; c45 Teal and 1 Green Sandpiper perched on a post.

Ashford Sewage Works ditch :- 1 Water Rail in view for a long time.

Posted November 9th, 2014 at 12:04 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Wistlandpound Reservoir

The female Long-tailed Duck is still present along with 6 Cormorants, 17 Mallard, 5 Little Grebes, 1 Heron early this morning. 2 female Goosander circled and eventually landed  beside the reservoir but I don't think they will stay as there is a lot of disturbance with fishermen, dogs and boats today.

300 Woodpigeon in 3 flocks flew over.

Posted November 9th, 2014 at 11:35 am by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Start Point

06:30-09:30. Showers at first , clearing and becoming bright. Mod-fresh WSW wind.

Vis mig, 07:00- 09:00, from car park, all south-southwest unless stated.

23 Stock Dove ( inc tight flock of 18 heading north ), 700 Woodpigeon ( 2 flocks, 200 and 500, cutting a line inland from Torcross - Lannacombe / Prawle as they are normally apt to do here ), 23 Meadow Pipit, 12 alba Wagtails, 3 House Sparrow, 430 Goldfinch, 240 Chaffinch, 70 Linnet, 3 Bullfinch, 1 Brambling, 2 Siskin and 6 Reed Buntings.

Also a Great Northern Diver high over the car park heading southwest. GN Divers cutting across the headland is more a spring phenomenom . I wonder if its older birds that have made the trip before as they rise up from sea level and over seemingly without having checked out the route ie they knowingly save time and energy on a migration journey taking a short cut through memory.

Posted November 9th, 2014 at 10:59 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - Nick Pratt and I had a snow bunting flying low west along the cliff top @ 0730. Details and further sightings on 'gobirdingexmouth' later.

Posted November 9th, 2014 at 10:21 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Saturday 8th November 2014

Berry Head

Seawatching totals (07:30-14:00), another amazing November seawatch with the majority of birds moving south out of Lyme Bay from 10:00 when I arrived and heavy rain started to clear. 2 Long-taileSkuas (both juvs 10:50 & 11:14), 67 Pomarine Skuas (mostly juvs), 6 Arctic Skuas, 4 Bonxies, 2 Puffins, Little Auk (11:45), 2 Little Gulls (ad & 1w), 3 Balearic Shearwaters, 4 Manx Shearwaters, 3 Great Northern Divers, numerous but no count on auks (mostly Razorbills), Gannets and Kittiwakes. Perhaps the best bird was a Short-eared Owl at 13:23 heading south then circled up high on approaching the headland.

(MD, Jacob Wood, Dave Dawe, Clive Harris)

Posted November 8th, 2014 at 4:44 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Teignmouth

A very good seawatch by Teignmouth standards from 08:10 - 09:50 this morning: 19 Pomarine Skuas (including a superb light adult close in at 09:25 and a group of 6 dark birds at 09:33), 2 Great Skuas, 5 skua sp, 2 Little Gulls, 430+ Kittiwakes, 4 Great Northern Divers and 11 Common Scoters all heading south.

Edit: Robin Shute watched from when I left until 11:45 and had a further 18 Pomarine Skuas, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Great Skuas, 3 Great Northern Divers and 2 Common Scoters.

Posted November 8th, 2014 at 3:49 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Saunton Sands

Wonderful surprise this morning while walking along Saunton Sands from the north end to the south end & a first for me in all the years I have been birdwatching there.

1 Short eared Owl flying south along the shoreline then east across the beach into Braunton Burrows - close views.This bird was moving from north to south so may not be the same individual as seen at  Isley Marsh yesterday by Rob Morgan.

Posted November 8th, 2014 at 2:43 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Grey phalarope dropped in just before 10:00 this morning flew out briefley but returned and still showing well when I left at 11:00

Posted November 8th, 2014 at 11:25 am by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Friday 7th November 2014

Berry Head this morning

Managed to get an hour or so sea watch from 09.30. 2 Great, (1 north and 1 coming into bay chasing Kittewake) 2 Arctic and a single Pomerine skua, 4 Common Scoter north and 2 Great Northern Divers north. Atleast 2 Porpoise on view most of the time but no Dolphin today

A Black Redstart was on the sea wall between the fishing platform and the sea watch point.

Posted November 7th, 2014 at 9:06 pm in Bird News

Prawle Point

Long seawatch from 7.30 till 3pm in W/WSW 4-5 going 6, gusting 7 with occasional rain, hail, mist , sunshine etc.

Highlight was a Grey Phalarope ( my 4th  here) which floated into view feeding near seaweed, then flew a short distance westwards and after a drifted eastwards out of sight . This was at 1.40pm when I had thought of leaving at 1.30pm ! Maybe a lesson in there somewhere . Also an adult pale spoonless Pomarine Skua, 4 Great Northern Divers ( 3 in moulting summer plumage) 1 Balearic and 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Puffin (in winter plumage), 2 Ringed Plover and another small wader west, 2 Fulmars,   2 Common Scoter east, 4 Med Gulls, and 5 Common Gulls. And 2 surfacing Harbour Porpoises.

The first 2.5 hours had seen 206 Gannets, 166 Kittiwakes and 131 Auks  ( predominantly Razorbills) flying westwards.

Posted November 7th, 2014 at 8:07 pm by Tony Marchese in Bird News

SNOW BUNTING AT BAGGY POINT CROYDE

Wet windy walk this morning , male snow bunting on the N side at 12.00  a lovely surprise

Posted November 7th, 2014 at 2:34 pm by MALCOLM BUCHANAN in Bird News

Hoopoe

I have just been watching a Hoopoe feeding on a lawn at Foxholes Hill Exmouth.  No time for a camera observed for a few minutes before it was disturbed.  Afirst for me!

Posted November 7th, 2014 at 1:43 pm by Gordon Medlock in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh Thursday 06-11-2014

Viewed 1045-1330Hrs

Thought i might share this on here as it makes a great story. Have received email about Common Redshank which was seen on the marsh yesterday at 1100Hrs with a group of c60. This bird has been reported by 5 others around the Exe in previous years and this email was sent to all who have reported her  sightings in the past. It was ringed in Westerland, Holland by Wim Tijsen.

Right Tibia=C73 (white alpha-numeric code)

Left Tibia=Green Flag (transponder)

Just an email from me that C73, which you once spotted in your area is yesterday seen at this place by David Boult.

She is celebrating now her 10th universary in the mouth of the Exe-river! I always use her in my presentations about by Redshank study.

And it is not surprising that she is always, one of the first redshanks in my study area which comes back to breed, because she is wintering so close, while others go to Guinee Bissau.... or Portugal or Spain. 

And not suprising that C73 it is such a good bird, she is now 10 years old, and she is daughter of the most famous "widdow of old Bil", who died at age of almost 20 years old(the second old redshank in the European Database. And her mom (C06) is still a live and breeding very close to her(400 meters away at the same farmer, in the same area). Her mom is now at least 15 years old.

Other birds of note were Gadwall + 2 Tufted Ducks + Pochard also seen on the marsh yesterday.  

Common Redshank
Common Redshank

Common Redshank
Common Redshank

Posted November 7th, 2014 at 11:48 am by David Boult in Bird News

Raptors at Vellator & Yelland power station (Isley Marsh)

Whilst out walking my dog along the Taw Estuary yesterday, 6/11/14, I saw the following raptors.

1/. One adult Marsh Harrier at Vellator, flying from the toll road towards Rams Horn Pond. This is the second sighting of a Marsh Harrier we have made heer this year. Quite an uncommon visitor.

2/. 1 adult & 2 juvenile Common Buzzards flying above Ashford.

3/. 1 adult male Peregrine over flying the new Barnstaple Bridge towards the estuary.

4/. 1 adult Short Eared Owl being mobbed by corvids & gulls over the SW coast path, Isley Marsh, Yelland. The S.E.Owl flew off over the water towards Vellator.

Not a bad tally for one simple dog walk in November!

Thanks 

Rob

Posted November 7th, 2014 at 11:42 am by Rob Morgan in Bird News

Thursday 6th November 2014

Budleigh and Upottery

Budleigh Salterton

An excellent seawatch from 12.30 to 4.00 p.m. Little Auk at 12.55, Storm Petrel at 13.50, 4 Balearic Shearwaters, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 10 Pomarine Skuas, 7 Arctic Skuas, 6 Skua sp, 2 Shearwater sp and a possible Long tailed skua.

Supporting cast of 500+ Kittiwake, 31 Common Scoter, 3 Brent Geese, 30 Auk sp (mainly Razorbills), 45 Black headed gulls, 6 Common Gulls, Fulmar, Sanderling, 2 Teal 

All birds west except 21 of the Scoter.

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Early morning before the wind got up Woodpigeons were going through in reasonable numbers (around 500), 60 Fieldfare starting to feed on the hawthorns, 4 Stonechats but best of all,  a Jack Snipe flushed from the runway edge, first record for here.

 

Posted November 6th, 2014 at 7:04 pm in Bird News

Berry Head update

Seawatching 07:15-16:00. Southerly building through day, with patchy rain becoming heavier through afternoon. Despite missing the Wb Dolphins (see MLs post below) an amazing seawatch for November ended with the following totals: Little Auk, 4 Puffins, c800 Auks (mostly Razorbills), Sooty Shearwater, 9 Balearic Shearwaters, 4 Manx Shearwaters, 42 Pomarine Skuas (mostly juvs, 1 ad & imm), 4 Arctic Skuas, 6 Bonxies, 4 Little Gulls (all ads), 2800 Kittiwakes, c1200 Gannets, 3 Great Northern Divers, Red-throated Diver, 22 Common Scoter, 24 Fulmars (now reappearing after the Oct moult) and Bar-tailed Godwit.

Posted November 6th, 2014 at 6:51 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Torbay

This morning ventured out by boat into Torbay to see what is about, tried to go out to Berry Head but sea state very lumpy!!! so turned and had a look at the Brixham side of the bay. Off Broadsands we had 1 Black-necked Grebe and a Great Northern Diver. The usual herons at 7 quarries. I'm running my winter Sunday morning trips so if interested email me on wildbones@btinternet.com starting this Sunday. With so much interest in the birds off Berry Hd at the moment we'll try to get in amongst the feeding activity if conditions allow.

Black-necked Grebe Broadsands 6 Nov 2014 N Smallbones

Photo: Black-necked Grebe

Posted November 6th, 2014 at 2:53 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Berry Hd

A seawatch this morning 0715-1000hrs produced the current feeding activity of many Gannets and Kittiwakes plus 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Balearic Shearwater. 1 juv Puffin, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit and 4 Common Scoter plus 170 Plus mostly Razorbills >S.

1 Chiffchaff in quarry. Yesterday 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps, 11 Goldcrest and a Firecrest in the woods.

Best of all today were 5 White-beaked Dolphins and a minimum of 12 Harbour Porpoises feeding fairly close to the headland, Youtube footage here http://youtu.be/3TjHdNWjStQ  

Posted November 6th, 2014 at 11:34 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wood Pigeon Movement Bishopsteignton

7-30 to 8-00am on 5th Nov at Bishopsteignton.  A minimum of 6000 wood pigeons all moving southwest.  I was unable to watch after 8-00am.

Posted November 6th, 2014 at 8:29 am by K McGinn in Bird News

Wednesday 5th November 2014

Bowling Green Marsh

Some digiscope photos to add to Keith's earlier post of the Avocets viewed in the hide at 1545Hrs and Knot seen from the viewing platform earlier 1500Hrs. Also c250 Lapwing seen from the Goatwalk across the river at Turf Locks.

Avocet
Avocet

Knot
Knot

Posted November 5th, 2014 at 8:36 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Velator reserve

One of the birds we didn't catch whilst ringing this morning (details on the forum) was a Chiffchaff, first I've seen here for a few weeks.

Posted November 5th, 2014 at 8:22 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 14:50 till 16:15

The first main arrival of avocet of the autumn with 158+ was great to see , the female goldeneye showed well among a big increase in wigeon to 600+ and teal to 350+, 65+ shoveler, 2 pintail, the usual 3 spotted redshanks, 257+ dunlin, 10+ knot, 27+ bar tailed godwits, 950+ black tailed godwits, 8+ greenshanks, 300+ redshanks, 300+ curlew, 25+ lapwing, 5+ snipe, 1 peregrine, 1 sparrowhawk, 4+ song thrush, 3 buzzards, 4 jay, 90+ Brent geese flew over

Posted November 5th, 2014 at 8:16 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Lovely calm morning. 10 L egret, 10 Bar-tailed godwit, c. 50 redshank, 3 curlew. Pretty quiet. About 400 lapwing by Chivenor.

Posted November 5th, 2014 at 7:37 pm by Arthur Symons in Bird News

Dark Black Red

Walking the dog at 6.15 this evening, way after dark, what I thought was going to be a Robin on someones clothes airer under lights turned out to be a female/1W type Black Red. On the back street behind Sea View Terrace, Lipson, Plymouth.

Posted November 5th, 2014 at 6:30 pm in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

A good morning of visible migration; 3700 Woodpigeons, 55 Fieldfare, 27 Lapwing and 9 Golden Plover. On the airfield, the late Wheatear still, 3 Stonechats, Green Woodpecker and 40 Linnets.

This afternoon the Wheatear was still present and the Little Owl was showing well. 50+ Meadow Pipits.

Posted November 5th, 2014 at 6:21 pm in Bird News

Bellever, Dartmoor

A glorious sunny day to be up on the moor but little about. Best were 4 buzzard, kestrel, great spotted woodpecker, dipper, 2 grey wagtail, treecreeper & 4 bullfinch. No sight or sound of crossbill, redpoll or siskin.

Posted November 5th, 2014 at 3:33 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Wistlandpound Reservoir

 A female Long-tailed Duck feeding at Wistlandpound Reservoir this morning along with 6 Cormorants, 6 Teal, 6 Little Grebes, 3 Mallard, 1 Grey Heron and 2 Kingfishers this morning.

Posted November 5th, 2014 at 3:10 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime visit to the hide. Best bird was a female Goldeneye which was mostly towards the right hand side of the water diving frequently. Otherwise fairly quiet although duck numbers have increased, particularly Wigeon. 2 groups of Brent Goose flew over towards Darts Farm.

Posted November 5th, 2014 at 2:09 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Black redstart.

A female Black redstart present on the jetty at Instow,close to the ferry point at noon today.

Posted November 5th, 2014 at 2:06 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare. in Bird News

Baggy > Putsborough

5 Snow Buntings seen together both on the ground & in flight this morning which confirms Brian & Liz Weston sighting on Saturday 01/11/2014.

This time they were very mobile & easily disturbed by joggers & walkers along the coastal footpath.

Posted November 5th, 2014 at 12:38 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Berry Head

Chilly brisk N wind, bright, sea choppy. Had no expectation of seabirds but at 0840  a juvenile Pomarine Skua flew in from the south to harry Kittiwakes close offshore, and up to 10 am at least six were present. Birds were arriving and departing so more may have been involved. 100+ Gannets were feeding offshore again today, and 3 Brent Geese flew south.

Posted November 5th, 2014 at 12:30 pm in Bird News

Tuesday 4th November 2014

skern

221 brent geese with 18 pale bellied,ad med gull,2 knot,merlin,15:00-16:15

Posted November 4th, 2014 at 10:35 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the afternoon high-tide with huge rainbow over the marsh.

c45 Avocet + 2 Spotted Redshank + Ruff (juv-male) + 9 Golden Plover + 7 Greenshank + c800 black Tailed Godwit + c20 Bar Tailed Godwit + c100 Dunlin + c350 Redshank + c400 Curlew + 3 Snipe + 8 Pintail (4-male+4-female) + Tufted Duck (female) + c45 Shoveler + c125 Teal + c150 Wigeon + 4 Greylag Geese + 5 Little Egret + 6 Jay + Sparrowhawk + Buzzard + c20 Brent Geese flying over to Darts Farm.

Rainbow
Rainbow

Spotted Redshank (top centre)
Spotted Redshank (top centre)

Posted November 4th, 2014 at 10:12 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Prawle Point

The Red-breasted Flycatcher was still around at 3:30pm in the copse.  Also 2 Black Redstarts on the cottage roofs, 2 Chiffchaffs, a juvenile Merlin [which made a terrible hash of a catch and ended up stuck in the Blackthorn], a Great Northern Diver east and 6000+ Wood Pigeons west with a few Stock Doves mixed in. A trickle of Pipits and Skylarks off the sea.

Red-breasted Flycatcher
Red-breasted Flycatcher

Posted November 4th, 2014 at 7:24 pm in Bird News

Avon Dam Ring Ouzel Update

Apologies, it was accessible earlier but it appears that the link now is :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFw7lHrDmB8 

 

Posted November 4th, 2014 at 7:02 pm by Tony Marchese in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

This afternoon a bit of quality in the form of a late Wheatear, a female Merlin and the Little Owl showing well. 21 Lapwing, 2 Golden Plover, 1 Snipe and 200+ Herring Gulls on the rough pasture.

Posted November 4th, 2014 at 5:09 pm in Bird News

Berry Head

0815 to 1030. 2 Wheatear in N. Fort. Intense but very localised feeding frenzy off the end involving c. 100 gannets and a dozen or so H. Porpoise on the sprats. 0930 Large flock of Wood pigeon passed over going south. est. five or six hundred. Also 1 Mistle thrush, 5 Gold crest, 1 Chiff Chaff and a single Skylark over.

Posted November 4th, 2014 at 4:36 pm by John Lusher in Bird News

Berry Head

A walk round at lunchtime produced Firecrest and Chiffchaff with a tit flock about 50m down the lane from warden's bungalow. Also in a sunny spell 6 Red Admirals and a Painted Lady  nearby, but with increasing winds I was unable to locate the Wheatear reported earlier. 

Posted November 4th, 2014 at 2:56 pm in Bird News

N Devon Reserves

At Velator, the three Gadwall survived the carnage yesterday and were still at work on the duckweed this morning, along with a few Mallard. Several Redwing also present.

Bradiford had a flock of about 50 Teal and a few Mallard. I took a walk around the reserve with Mike Towns, all three areas of trees/bushes planted a couple of years ago are progressing quite well. We also discussed other options for future changes within the reserve.

Posted November 4th, 2014 at 2:50 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

North Devon

Just Mediterranean Gull, Common Gull, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Starling flock, Oik and Raven on show at Northam Burrows in gales between showers!

Of more interest, running among the gulls a Common Sandpiper on the mud at the north end of Bideford Quay, near the skate-park/boat cafe!

Posted November 4th, 2014 at 1:20 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Baggy Pt > Putsborough

While talking to Brian & Liz Weston yesterday aft after a bird trip to Isley Marsh they gave an excellent description of a small flock of up to 6 white finch like birds which landed within a few feet away & were very tame while walking the coastal footpath between Baggy Point & Putsborough around midday on Saturday 01 Nov 2014.I immediately thought Snow Buntings & asked them to check the bird books + google photos & videos which they did when they got home. They emailed me later to confirm that they were Snow Buntings that they had seen.

Earlier this morning during a window between the heavy  showers I walked out along the coastal path to where they had been seen & no sign of them anywhere so they must have moved on. There is a good chance they will be seen again in another location.

1 Merlin at the start of my walk to Baggy Pt this morning.

Posted November 4th, 2014 at 1:03 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Avon Dam Ring Ouzel

Here's a link to a video I took of one of the birds yesterday ( there's a first time for everything ! Turn the volume down as twas windy):

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFw7lHrDmB8

Posted November 4th, 2014 at 12:46 pm by Tony Marchese in Bird News

Colaton Raleigh Common, East Devon

Great Grey Shrike present at 10.00 am when it was seen briefly at a half mile sw from grenade range. Woodpigeon movements seen passing south over Colaton Ralegh with c.1500 in number. Several Dartford Warbler, Reed Bunting and Stonechats showing well on the common, plus Skylark and Starlings moving through. 

Posted November 4th, 2014 at 12:36 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Haytor

More Woodpigeons moving over Haytor at about 9:00am this morning,I saw two flocks of about 150 each,and there were others moving across in the valleys which I couldn't count,all moving South.Also a small movement of Skylarks in small groups, I saw about 50 in half an hour or so.A large flock of Golden Plover flying to the North of Haytor,approximately 500 but difficult to count exactly as they kept breaking into small groups and then re joining the main flock, but the largest flock that I have seen this autumn.

Posted November 4th, 2014 at 11:21 am by Keith Benyon-Tinker in Bird News

Monday 3rd November 2014

Velator/Sherpa

Jolly shooters at Sherpa (the part of the marsh opposite the Toll House) again this morning, but not as far as I was aware too many shots. 3 Gadwall flew off the reserve pond after they had gone.

Late afternoon, more fusillades of shots and there they were shooting the bits of reed-bed surrounding the reserve, fortunately I was back home......

Shoveler and 2 Tufted Ducks on Wrafton Pond.

Posted November 3rd, 2014 at 10:17 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Teignmouth

Seawatching from 07:00-08:00 this morning produced 6 Pomarine Skuas, 4 unidentified skuas and an adult winter plumage Mediterannean Gull south.

Posted November 3rd, 2014 at 9:56 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Avon Dam,South Brent

Having missed Ring Ouzels in both spring and autumn (so far) I took a trip up to Avon Dam from Shipley Bridge , thanks to the recent postings but left Plymouth at c 11am given the wet weather. A lovely walk in autumnal sunshine I arrived at the dam about 12.30 noticing quite a few Blackbirds en route (c 12) and Goldcrests calling at regular intervals. At the Dam ,heavy rain and hail showers notwithstanding, 4 Ring Ouzels seen ( at one time  watching , now with Mark D. and Adele, 3 Ouzels comically flew from the trees immediately below the Dam and landed on the Dam wall itself.) Also 1 Fieldfare , 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a heavily ringed Dipper ( silver on LL and a Red and Green Ring on RL) and 3 Kestrels. Lovely walk , must come here again.

Posted November 3rd, 2014 at 9:15 pm by Tony Marchese in Bird News

Berry Hd

A look around the Headland late afternoon produced: 4 Firecrest, 5 Chiffchaff, 9 Goldcrest and 1 Blackcap seemingly more warblers but no sign of any Yellow-browed Warblers (moved on? It's difficult to work out just how many there had been at Berry Head so far, at least 5 - assuming one or two of those 5 lingered in the woods. Y-bW have been recorded at Berry Hd on at least 9 days this year)

Posted November 3rd, 2014 at 8:47 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 14:55 till 16:15

31 avocet, 15 golden plover, 1 knot, 100+ dunlin, 800+ black tailed godwits, 12+ greenshanks, 3 spotted redshanks, 300+ redshanks, 20+ bar tailed godwits, good numbers of curlew, 3 pintail, 250+ wigeon, 300+ teal, 25+ shoveler, 3 song thrush, 1 peregrine, 1 sparrowhawk, 3 buzzard, 6+ jay.

Posted November 3rd, 2014 at 8:07 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Beesands Ley

An hour in the hide gave the following;  1 male and 1 female Scaup,  Little grebe, water rail, 62 Gadwall, 34 Tufted, 33 coot, 81 Canada geese flew in which kinda shattered the tranquility, followed by a serene Cirl bunting near the hide.

Posted November 3rd, 2014 at 5:59 pm by John Lusher in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime visit to the marsh. A Peregrine caused some disturbance but as far as I could tell wasn't successful. Good numbers of the usual waders were arriving including 1 Spotted Redshank. Just before I left at about 1.50 a group of 8 Golden Plover flew in.

Posted November 3rd, 2014 at 2:09 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Reduced numbers of wildfowl compared to this time last year. Meet Nick the reserve warden who said there is not so much food available in the ley ( he explained the reasons, to do with rainfall, nutrients etc ). Saw the following and for some species have put in parenthesis the number present when i visited on 1st November last year.

2 Little Grebe (13 ), 11 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Mute Swan, 4 Wigeon ( 207 ), 2 Shoveler ( 13 ), 24 Gadwall ( 52 ), 90 Mallard, 5 Pochard ( 52 ), 72 Tufted Duck ( 367 ) and 70 Coot ( 420 ).

Also present a first winter Mediterranean Gull on the beach, Kingfisher by the bridge, 2 Swallows, Wheatear on the beach and a Yellow-browed Warbler in Ireland Bay calling from the big clump of willows out from the new viewing shelter. Who knows if this is the same as last weeks below the bridge ( nearly 1 km away ). Off the top of my head i can think of at least 16 Yellow-broweds seen on the coastal strip between Bolt Tail and Slapton Ley this autumn, amazing. 

Posted November 3rd, 2014 at 12:59 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

North Devon

From the Tarka Trail at Yelland, 1000+ Golden Plover but only a handful of Lapwing, in flight over the Taw touching down around Chivenor.

In the north Torridge area, Manteo Way NR had 3 Teal (first this autumn), the wintering Curlew flock on the fields, Kingfisher, Little Egret, Greenshank and Redshank.

The Bideford Long Bridge Starling murmuration takes place around 1600-1630 each night and is looking quite impressive.

Posted November 3rd, 2014 at 11:40 am by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Berry Head

A chilly morning, dull overcast with rain clouds gathering. A Merlin flew south across the meadow 0800. A short sea watch 0820-0950. Lots of fishing activity with 100+ Gannets feeding just off the cliffs and groups of Kittiwakes harassed by two juvenile Pomarine Skuas coming close in at times. Three other Poms flew south so total 5 birds, an adult Mediterranean Gull with the Kittiwakes the only other bird of note.

Bill Macdonald and REB checked the bushes but report not much moving.

 

Posted November 3rd, 2014 at 11:26 am in Bird News

Sunday 2nd November 2014

Grey Phalarope

today on river bird showing so well. It was so good you don't need a scope, binoculars probably not required either.

also seen of note Kingfisher, Grey Wagtails, Curlew, Black Tail God and Common Sandpiper.

Posted November 2nd, 2014 at 9:54 pm by Grahame Woodberry in Bird News

Plymouth area

A 1st-w Med Gull on the pool on the Plym Estuary (also 44 Curlews and 2 Oystercatchers) and a male Black Redtart at Staddon Heights on the houses.

Posted November 2nd, 2014 at 8:42 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Prawle

Thanks to Tony for yesterday's news about the Red-breasted Flycatcher,which gave very good views around the reserve and top end of carpark most of the morning .A Yellow-browed Warbler also showed occasionally.  I didn't manage a proper seawatch but large numbers of Gannets were passing plus a Grerat Northern Diver west. Two Swallows still around the village.   Having been unable to get to Prawle most of the year  it was a nice end to the season.

Posted November 2nd, 2014 at 8:15 pm in Bird News

Berry Head yesterday morning

Just to add to the Wood Pigeon passage figures for yesterday, we had 3 flocks heading SW proir to 09.00 totaling c600 birds. Also 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff. A noticable increase in Song thrush numbers with small parties (2s and 3s) moving overhead. Also a few small groups of Redwing over. 

The Yellow-browed Warbler below  the cafe showed well till just after 10.00.

Yellow-browed Warbler

Posted November 2nd, 2014 at 8:08 pm in Bird News

Colaton Raleigh Common

Great Grey Shrike on Colaton Raleigh Common this evening to the east of the Grenade Range, found late on at 17.00hrs. Amazingly, it was about 100 metres from the same spot I came across it last year and 3 days earlier! Also male Merlin around.

Posted November 2nd, 2014 at 7:58 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the afternoon high-tide

27 Avocet possibly still passage migrants almost half of yesterdays count + 11 Golden Plover + 4 Grey Plover + 3 Spotted Redshank + Ruff + Pintail + 4 Greylag Geese + c50 Brent Geese flying over from Darts Farm and good numbers of other usual waders and ducks. Clouded Yellow butterfly on path to viewing platform.

Golden Plover
Golden Plover

Avocet and Golden Plover
Avocet and Golden Plover

Spotted Redshank  (centre)
Spotted Redshank (centre)

Posted November 2nd, 2014 at 7:16 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatch 07.45- 10am birds moving South: 11 Pomarine Skuas (all juvs), 3 Arctic Skuas, 1 Great skua, 1 Ad Little Gull, 2 Great Northern Divers, 1 2w Mediterranean Gull, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Common Scoter, 35+ Kittiwakes (before feeding frenzy started then 600+), 1000+ Gannets.   

Brief look around the headland: 6 Goldcrests, 1 Firecrest, 1 Chiffchaff. 

Posted November 2nd, 2014 at 6:59 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Around the Axe

Very surprised to see a Red Kite fly low east along Harbour Road, Seaton at midday today. I last saw it circling high over Axe Cliff Golf course. My latest ever on patch.

Also, JM and PA report the Yellow-browed Warbler still present at Lower Bruckland Ponds.

Posted November 2nd, 2014 at 6:16 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Velator

Quick walk round the reserve this morning showed not only several Mallard hard at work on the duckweed, but two Gadwall as well.

Posted November 2nd, 2014 at 4:50 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Avon Dam

A very good morning's walk to the Avon Dam.  Still some Ring Ouzels about - at least 4, maybe 6, just below the dam.  Also a Merlin, Kestrel and Buzzard, one Dipper in flight down the (very full) river, and Goosanders both in flight and on the lake (about 12 in all).

Ring Ouzel
Ring Ouzel

Posted November 2nd, 2014 at 4:43 pm by Richard Swinbank in Bird News

West Charlton Marsh

0930 - 1110. 

Marsh side:- 3 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 23 Teal (5m 18f) 1 Kingfisher, 4 Moorhen, 1 Peregrine in the fields.

In the bay at high tide:- Curlew, Oystercatcher, and 1 juvenile Great Crested Grebe close to the hide.

Posted November 2nd, 2014 at 1:09 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

DWT Emsworthy reserve. 02.11.14

Ring Ouzel at least three, 5 Fieldfare and a good number of Redwing. All very flighty, must take the scope next time.

Posted November 2nd, 2014 at 12:32 pm by David Turrell in Bird News

Start Point

Overnight rain and passing front. By dawn strong wsw wind veering W by mid morning.  

Did a seawatch with Mark Darlaston and Adele from 07:30. Quite productive with birds still feeding southeast off the point. Passing south were 14 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Manx Shearwaters, 8 Arctic Skuas, 20 Pomarine Skuas ( all juv ), Long-tailed Skua ( dark juv @ 09:04 ), Great Skua, 1w Little Gull, c800 Kittiwakes, 7 Mediterranean Gulls (all ads bar 1w) and a late Arctic Tern. Also good numbers of Gannets. I had to leave at 10:00, MD's updated totals to 15:00 added,

Posted November 2nd, 2014 at 11:39 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Late post for Saturday 1st November.

Visible migration mirroring that on the coast but with smaller numbers. 270 Woodpigeon some going south, some going west, 30 Skylarks west, 8 Chaffinch west and 16 Lesser Black Backed Gulls in one flock going south (unusual for the Blackdowns where usually only odd birds seen). 850 Starlings were a mix of passing birds and ones arriving to feed.  Around the airfield, 2 Wheatears, 21 Lapwings and 23 Stock Doves. A small influx of Robins with around 10 in a small area of hedge/scrub each competing for territory.

Friday at dusk 19 Lapwings and 11 Golden Plovers.

 

Posted November 2nd, 2014 at 9:58 am in Bird News

Saturday 1st November 2014

Budleigh Grey Phalarope

Showing well again today

Posted November 1st, 2014 at 9:14 pm by John Deakins in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton

Phalarope still present at 3pm today


Posted November 1st, 2014 at 7:53 pm by richard allen in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Just to add to Keith's post some digiscope photos of the c45 Avocets viewed over the morning high-tide which is an increase from 26 seen yesterday (friday) and the juv-male Ruff.

Avocet
Avocet

Ruff
Ruff

Posted November 1st, 2014 at 7:44 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Budleigh

No sign of the Yellow-browed Warbler over the last two mornings but still at least 3 Firecrests around the coastal path above the West Cliffs. Good flocks of Woodpigeons over as per Matt's posting, but no time to check estuary today to see if Phalarope still present.

Firecrest by Chris Townend

Posted November 1st, 2014 at 7:31 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

01/11/14 1530 Braunton : Osprey?

Around 1530 this afternoon whilst returning from a ringing session I saw a white-headed raptor perched on a dead tree at the back of  a small wood. The brown back was facing me.  Rather late for an Osprey.

The wood is located located just past the turn off for the Perigo factory on the Northern side of the A361.

Posted November 1st, 2014 at 7:29 pm by Chris Snook in Bird News

Soar

Soar is really missing out on the vis mig again - next to nothing at dawn and then just c500 Wood Pigeons NE and 30+ Jackdaws NW.

Best bird was a showy Wryneck around 8am in the hedge between the wood and the coast path (Mid Soar) - no pics here I'm afraid due to laptop going pop.

Also: single Reed Bunting, Siskin, Black Redstart, Merlin and Golden Plover; 25+ Stock Doves, 2 Chiffchaffs, 5 Goldcrests and 3 Roe Deer. 

Posted November 1st, 2014 at 6:40 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Prawle addendum

Ah! forgot to mention the 2 Black Redstarts (1st year female/imm type and a 1st year male type) seen on the roofs of the coastguard cottages and a few butterflies on the wing : 1 Clouded yellow, Specked Wood and Red Admiral.

Posted November 1st, 2014 at 6:12 pm by Tony Marchese in Bird News

Prawle

Star birds today : a 1st year Red-Breasted Flycatcher showing well at times in the reserve from 9.50am but difficult to photograph well (though I suspect Pat has one or two good images) And the (ringed) Yellow-Browed Warbler which showed well but very briefly .

Prior to this , vismigging from 7.20 till 9.30 ( in strong WSW/SW wind) produced : approx 3500 Woodpigeons and  630 Stock Doves (many flying close to us over the point heading west or north-west). Also 235 Starlings; 183 Goldfinches ;181 Chaffinches; 136 alba Wagtails; 118 Meadow Pipits; 109 Linnets ; 55 Skylarks ; and 8 Greenfinches (though likely were more but at times the strong sun making non-calling birds silhouetted) And 2 Reed Buntings (female and 1st year male) and 1 female Bullfinch.

Other sightings (before I gave up due to the wind strength) : 1 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush ,1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Chiffchaffs, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Blackcaps. Noticeable absence of Brambling, Siskin and Hirundines.

Posted November 1st, 2014 at 6:09 pm by Tony Marchese in Bird News

Dingles Heritage Fairground Nr. Lifton

Day out with my family was enhanced by good views (no optics) of a black redstart in the entrance yard and on the barn roofs of this attraction.

Posted November 1st, 2014 at 5:08 pm by Graham Devine in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 07:10 till 13:30

a large movement of woodpigeon for the first 2 hours most heading south towards exmouth with 10000+ with largest group of 2500+, 300+ redwing , 5+ fieldfare, 600+ jackdaw, steady passage of skylark and meadow pipits, 4 Siskin, 20+ jays, best bird of the morning was a jack snipe over the viewing platform heading west , 2 stonechat, 3 reed buntings, 1 kingfisher, 1 chiffchaff, a peregrine took a black tailed godwit but lost it to 2 carrion crows, 2 buzzards, 2 sparrowhawk, 1 Cetti's warbler, 20+ long tailed tits, 1 goldcrest.

From the hide 10:30 till 13:30 

an increase in avocet to 45 was good , 1 male ruff still, 100+ dunlin, 2 spotted redshanks, 250+ redshank, 7+ greenshanks, 800+ black tailed godwits, 20+ bar tailed godwits, 400+ curlew, 1 tufted duck, 70+ wigeon, 80+ teal, 3 little egrets, 2 grey heron , 4 buzzards, 1 sparrowhawk.

Posted November 1st, 2014 at 4:39 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Berry Head

Ring Ouzel below Cafe late morning and a Firecrest in the woods south of the Berry Head Hotel (Andy P & Bob B report the Yellow-browed Warbler still below Cafe mid-morning and 4 Firecrest and the usual  Yellow-browed Warbler along the middle path below the radar station), 2 Pomarine Skuas noted off the end of the headland but a lot less Skuas than recent days.

At least 6 Clouded Yellow, 3 Painted Lady, 10+ Red Admirals and Speckled Wood Butterflies not bad for November! 1 Harbour Porpoise off headland.

If you have not clicked on Perry's vismig YouTube clip, do it - it's brilliant - try and pick out the Brambling! 

Posted November 1st, 2014 at 3:11 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Puffing Billy Track Nr Ivybridge

Following a possible sighting of my lost falcon on the moors above Ivybridge I trecked up the Puffing Billy track this morning, surprised by the number of Rooks on the moors above the old Cantrel works, good numbers of both Skylark and Meadow Pipit, two Kestrels, close overhead pass from a single Raven, the Woodpigeon and Redwing migration in evidence with several good sized flocks seen all but one headed west towards Plymouth.

Posted November 1st, 2014 at 1:32 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Start Point

Some overnight rain. Fresh-strong WSW wind, weather brightening soon after dawn.

Vis mig 06:40-09:30 from near car park. All birds flying somewhere between south to southwest.

1 Golden Plover, 25100 Woodpigeon, 24 Skylark, 40 Meadow Pipit, 20 alba Wagtails, 2 House Martin, 8 Redwing, 2 House Sparrow, 10 Brambling, 140 Linnet, 940 Chaffinch, 29 Greenfinch, 15 Siskin, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 970 Goldfinch, 32 Bullfinch and 8 Reed Buntings.Also 1 Painted Lady.

 Woodpigeons all heading south west. By choice they normally cut across south west from Torcross towards Lannacombe / Prawle.The strong WSW wind probably made this difficult forcing them onto Start Point then the long way around. Stock Doves as usual on these days easy to ignore . Less than 1% of the pigeons appeared to be stock doves but half a percent would have still meant a healthy count of 125 +.For anyone interested i've uploaded a short clip to you tube ( looking north towards Hallsands ) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxDCNGtx9LM

Posted November 1st, 2014 at 12:00 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Berry Head

Walked along the breakwater at Brixham after dark yesterday and could hear Redwing passing overhead in large numbers. Expectantly arrived at Berry Head this morning at first light to be greeted by a mass movement of birds, but not Redwing (only 3). 2,485 Wood Pigeon, 14 Stock Dove, 89 Jackdaw with one Rook, 3 Wheatear around the Northern Fort and yes it's November! 20+ Meadow Pipit, 10+ Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 3 Greenfinch, House Sparrow, 9 Bullfinch, 10+ Chaffinch, 2 Reed Bunting 5 Cirl Bunting, 8 Skylark, 5 alba Wagtail and another Yellow-browed Warbler (new in) in scrub below the cafe, heard calling at 8.10 and seen briefly by ML at 8.40. Left the site at 9.15 with birds still on the move.

Posted November 1st, 2014 at 10:06 am by Bill Macdonald in Bird News

Orcombe Point Woodpigeons

Breath-taking migration spectacle this morning, birding with Nick Pratt. 16000+ woodpigeon north-west in 2.5 hours from dawn. Also 180+ stock dove with presumably many more concealed in the woodpigeon flocks. Largest woodpigeon  flocks of c2000 and 1500 birds. More details and photos on blog later.

Posted November 1st, 2014 at 10:01 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

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