Devon Bird Sightings from November 2015

2019 Descriptions still outstanding

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

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

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

 

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

Coronavirus update - Daily exercise and Bird Hides

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

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

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Monday 30th November 2015

Lower Tamar Lake

On a very stormy lake this morning most ducks sheltering at the top end of the lake. There were 9 Goosander 6m 3f, 1 female Smew, 2 Grey Heron, 10 Tufted Duck, 3 Marsh Tits, 1 Willow Tit, 2 Snipe, 1 Nuthatch, 2 L.T.Tits, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 G.C.Grebe.

Posted November 30th, 2015 at 3:52 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding

Tarka trail - Chivenor

Pleased to meet Rob Jutsum this morning and the presumed leucistic Robin he found a day or two ago.

Tarka trail 100 yrds from Chivenor roundabout entrance heading east.

Thanks Rob!


Posted November 30th, 2015 at 2:46 pm by Martin James Bond in General Birding

Sunday 29th November 2015

Godborough Reserve Bideford

During our Friday work party on the reserve we had two pairs of Grey Wagatails on the new scapes. Glad to see that all the hard work is paying off when new species are seen for the site.

Posted November 29th, 2015 at 5:43 pm by Karen Sims & John Towers in General Birding

Black Brant - Exe Estuary

The adult Black Brant was between Exmouth and Lympstone around midday. Also plenty of Pintail (80+) with Wigeon and Brent flocks.


Posted November 29th, 2015 at 4:20 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Broadsands

2 Black-necked Grebes, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Great Northern Diver.

Around car park, 2 Chiffchaffs & 1 Firecrest.

Posted November 29th, 2015 at 4:07 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Stover Lake

1w Med Gull on the lake this morning with the Black-headeds.

Posted November 29th, 2015 at 1:00 pm by Jeremy Barker in General Birding

Saturday 28th November 2015

Exminster Marshes

Had a double take at this Canada Goose on Exminster Marshes, plenty of Geese with large numbers of Canada and Brent, also the Black Brant was in the group close to the middle car park.

Posted November 28th, 2015 at 6:09 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

Robin - Tarka trail - Chivenor

Forgot to mention that the forehead on this bird is white but when viewing head on as in photo 3 it looks like a supercilium.

Posted November 28th, 2015 at 11:54 am by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Torbay

Combined count with Bob Bailey:

Preston/Paignton: 2 Black-necked Grebes, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Razorbills.

Broadsands: 6 Black-necked Grebes, 4 Great Northern Divers, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill. Around Marsh and car park: 4 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff.

Lesser Redpoll Broadsands 28 Nov 2015 ML                            

                                              Photo : One of Broadsands Lesser Redpoll

Posted November 28th, 2015 at 11:53 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Robin - Tarka trail - Chivenor

Cycled back along the trail again before the worst of the rain came in & the Robin was still in the same location singing just like a Robin!

Not able to digiscope it - too active, so employed the compact pocket camera & snapped away between the joggers passing by.

So you can all now see it & make up your own minds.I think it may be either a immature or leucistic Robin but please let me know if it is something else.




Posted November 28th, 2015 at 11:39 am by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Ring necked Parakeet.

Out for a run this morning, a female Ring necked Parakeet making a lot of noise was watching me. A Greater Spotted Woodpecker came to investigate to see what all the fuss was about. At Woodland wood, by the footbridge. SX473593. Down from the South East for winter perhaps?

Posted November 28th, 2015 at 9:55 am by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Friday 27th November 2015

Slapton Ley

Female Marsh Harrier, Dartford Warbler and 3 House Martins!

Posted November 27th, 2015 at 6:29 pm by David Cope in General Birding

Godborough Reserve Bideford

During our Friday work party on the reserve we had two pairs of Grey Wagatails on the new scapes. Glad to see that all the hard work is paying off when new species are seen for the site.

Posted November 27th, 2015 at 4:33 pm by Karen Sims & John Towers in General Birding

Stover Lake

A quiet morning but notable sightings include the 1st male Goosander of the autumn, 208+ Common Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Little Grebe, 1 male Tufted Duck and two Water Rail. Away from the Lake, chaffinches and siskin noted overhead/ 4 marsh tits along the lake path and 2 Mistle Thrush singing.

Posted November 27th, 2015 at 2:10 pm by JDA in General Birding

Tarka trail - Chivenor

An interesting Robin (normal vocalisations) that has adult plumage with a white chin & throat & very light grey breast with no spots (not a juvenile) or red or orange feathers by the side of the Tarka trail. Possibly immature Robin but not seen one like this before. Sorry no photo.

Directions:- The shortest route is to walk from the Braunton Inn along the Tarka trail towards Chivenor. The Robin is approx 100 metres from the Chivenor roundabout & mobile flying from one side of the trail to the other but remaining in the same area.

Posted November 27th, 2015 at 12:28 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Brixham Breakwater

A walk along Brixham Breakwater this morning 1 Great Northern Diver looking out towards Berry Head. Trawler in far distance with many gulls behind, could only make out some Gannets diving. Further along towards end of Breakwater by old fuel jetty 14 Purple Sandpiper all on the horizontal supports and showing well. My highest numbers this winter.

Purple Sandpiper N Smallbones

Still places on our Sunday morning boat trips in Torbay, if interested call 07866202576 or email wildbones@btinternet.com

 

Posted November 27th, 2015 at 12:22 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Thursday 26th November 2015

Soussons Down

Great Grey Shrike , ranging from area of forest that was cut down last year behind the Golden Dagger mine along to the start of the moorland of Soussons Down. Two active Green Woodpeckers. One Great Spotted Woodpecker, Four Fieldfare and Kestrel

Posted November 26th, 2015 at 11:49 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Black Redstarts x 2

Two female Black Redstarts around Exmouth Marina near the slipway to Shelley Beach. Plenty of Brent Geese around this area of the Estuary with Red Breasted Mergansers fishing in the bays at low tide. A Kingfisher using the boats as lookout posts in the small creeks 

Black Redstart at Exmouth
Black Redstart at Exmouth

Black Redstart no.2 located around the Marina
Black Redstart no.2 located around the Marina

Posted November 26th, 2015 at 8:55 pm by Derek Carter in General Birding

South Huish

Terry Goddard had two very late House Martins over the car park and Ley late morning.

Also three Bramblings at Beedsands Ley.

Posted November 26th, 2015 at 8:34 pm in General Birding

Downend & Baggy Point

 3 female Common Scoters at Downend.

0 Common Scoters at Baggy Point.

0 Red throated Divers at Downend & Baggy Point.

0 Black Redstart at Baggy.


Posted November 26th, 2015 at 4:37 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Plymouth

1 x male Black Redstart in Ford Park Cemetery and 2 x Black Redstarts around the old warehouse in Millbay Docks. I then recieved a call from Russ Eynon in Beaumont Park where we found a Yellow Browed Warbler. 2 x Firecrests have also been seen together in this park in previous days.

Posted November 26th, 2015 at 4:12 pm by Tor Elm in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

1sandwich tern along the beach at 2:30ish 

Posted November 26th, 2015 at 3:38 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Torbay

Possible 1st w Ring-billed Gull sat out on sea with Common Gulls at Broadsands flew off high inland at 10.15hrs, hopefully it will return to the gull roost at some stage for closer scrutiny. 

Preston Seafront: 38 Turnstone, 1 Ad Mediterranean Gull, 2 Black-necked Grebes, 3 Great Northern Divers, 2 Razorbills.

Broadsands: 2 Slavonian Grebes, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 7 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Great Northern Divers, 7 Common Scoter, 1 Razorbill.

Around car parks and marsh: 4 Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 7 Cirl Bunting, 1 Reed Bunting.

Posted November 26th, 2015 at 11:24 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Wednesday 25th November 2015

Plymouth

A Firecrest today and yesterday in bushes by the Aquarium.

Posted November 25th, 2015 at 5:47 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Sherpa scrape - Wrafton Pond - Tarka trail

1 Pintail on the scrape which is unusual in this location.

4 Gadwall on the pond - 1 male + 3 females.

1 Grey Plover on R.Taw next to the Tarka trail below the Braunton Inn which is not unusual!



Posted November 25th, 2015 at 3:27 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Matford Pool - Cackling Goose

A quick visit to Matford Pool this lunchtime - the Cackling Goose there feeding in the company of a small group of Mallards. Also a Gadwall, 2 Little Grebes and a Sparrowhawk.

Posted November 25th, 2015 at 2:13 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Wintering Blackcaps

In the last week our wintering Blackcaps have started to arrive in our Yelverton garden and currently we have at least 3-4 males plus two females which arrived yesterday.  All are busy feeding up.

If you too have wintering Blackcaps please include them in the records you send in or drop me an email.

Posted November 25th, 2015 at 1:06 pm in General Birding

Tuesday 24th November 2015

Buzzard hunting at Torquay Station, lunch time

Surprised when pigeons burst across the station followed by a buzzard! It missed, went and sat on platform roof then moved to shed and then lampost by station gate, much to the continued alarm of the pigeons! The buzzard let me approach and snap him with a little mobile phone! Janet

Buzzard perched after attack
Buzzard perched after attack

Posted November 24th, 2015 at 6:16 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Exmouth bird trip

A very good day on the Stuart Line trip from Exmouth today. Highlights were the Boanaprte's Gull, a Short Eared Owl  flying across the Exe just below Topsham, 2 Great Northern Divers and at least 5 Greenshank. Wader flocks included both Godwits, Grey and Golden Plover, many Avocets, Turnstone and Oystercatchers. Mergansers, Common Scoter, Gannet and Kingfisher completed a very interesting trip.

Posted November 24th, 2015 at 5:30 pm by Marftin Sage in General Birding

Cackling Goose

14.30 Cackling Goose at Manaton Marsh initially at the west end of the Marsh (near the thatched cottage) associating with a large group of Mallard. Also on the marsh usaul Teal etc. and Llittle Grebe. On the canal ponds one Snipe and a some Siskin in the hedgerow between the river and the Double Locks otherwise usual suspects. On the Northbrook no sign of the Dippers but first sightings of Kingfisher there for a long while.

Posted November 24th, 2015 at 4:01 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Tamar Lakes

The Lower Lake showed 10 Goosander 6m 4f, 3 Grey Heron, 9 Tufted Duck, 2 Scaup 1m 1f, 12 Mallard, 4 Wigeon, 2 Cormorant,1 G.C.Grebe, 2 Marsh and 1 Willow Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Jay and the usual on the feeders.

On the Upper Lake there were 4 Fieldfare, c200 Starlings, 19 Canada Geese, 8 Coot, 1 Snipe, 1 Cormorant, 1 G.C.Grebe,  C60 Black-headed and Herring Gull, 24 Mallard, 8 Coot.

Posted November 24th, 2015 at 2:03 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding

Broadsands

On sea: 4 Great Northern Divers, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Black-necked Grebe 7 Razorbill.

Around marsh and car parks: a minimum of 4 Firecrest, 4 Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Cirl Buntings.

Posted November 24th, 2015 at 11:23 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Monday 23rd November 2015

Northam Burrows

We arrived at the Burrows just after 12.30, we certainly weren't disappointed with our afternoons bird watching, we saw  oyster catchers, curlews, shelducks, lapwings, little egrets, dunlins, red shanks, 100 +golden plover, brent geese and most remarkable of all, perched on one of the wooden pilings was a merlin!  From here we drove on to Islay Marsh, saw several more oyster catchers, grey plovers, more dunlin, red shanks,30+  godwits , 20+ little egrets, 3 herons and 2 spoonbills.  On the way back along the tarka trail we saw a little egret being watched by a kingfisher! 

Posted November 23rd, 2015 at 10:29 pm by Ali & Andrew Gooch in General Birding

Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth

1400 - 1500

Had a brief walk around this afternoon and apart from the usual crows & magpies I noted Chaffinch, Goldfinch (small flock), about 8 - 10 Redwings, a couple of Mistle Thrushes and a Blackbird. A few pigeons (wood and otherwise) finishing off the stroll. General note, the cemetery now closes at 1530 daily during the winter months.

Posted November 23rd, 2015 at 7:23 pm by Michael Spencer in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake was very cold and still this morning, the ducks were still grouped up in the sun light, I saw 3 Grey Heron, 9 Tufted Duck, 14 Goosander 9m 5f, 3 G.C.Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 6 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 8 Mallard, 2 Song Thrush, 6 Snipe, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Wren, C70 Redwing and Fieldfare, on the car park feeders 1 Willow,2 Marsh,2 Great,5 Blue,2 Coal Tit,1 G.S.Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Dunnock. 1 Robin, 6 Chaffinch, 3 House Sparrow.

Posted November 23rd, 2015 at 7:17 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding

Double Locks Jack Snipe

Single Jack Snipe showing well on mud alongside reeds at the Double Locks Wetland viewpoint (2nd from Swing Bridge) today at 12:45pm. 

Posted November 23rd, 2015 at 7:03 pm by Mike Booth in General Birding

Birch Tor/Headland Warren

Hen Harrier (Ringtail) quartering the slopes on the Warren House side of Birch Tor about 2pm before heading over the ridge towards Headland Warren. No sign of the Great Grey Shrike though.

Posted November 23rd, 2015 at 6:45 pm by Rob Hubble in General Birding

Paignton Pier

1st winter Red throated diver seen by Janet from Paignton Pier at lunchtime, feeding just north of the pier.

Posted November 23rd, 2015 at 5:53 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Female Marsh Harrier at Torcross end late pm. Also Cettis & Water Rail heard. Just missed 5 otters under Slapton Bridge!

Posted November 23rd, 2015 at 5:16 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Teigngrace & Haldon Forest

Two visits to the Teigngrace area failed to locate the Cattle Egrets that have been frequenting the area, the local farmer stopped to chat and told us that he had seen two birds fly out first thing this morning so there is a good chance that the overnight plunge in temperatures has sent them off to warmer climes.

But the field that the Egrets had been in gave, Pied Wagtails, Meadow Pipits, Cirl Buntings (3) Black Headed Gulls, Little Egrets (14) Sparrow Hawk overhead, Dunnock, Robin and numerous Magpies, close by a Common Sandpiper.

The track to Stover from the railway sidings gave, large numbers of Long tailed Tits, Blue Tit, Great Tits, Nuthatch, Tree Creeper, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Redwings, Goldcrest in good numbers and a very strikingly marked Grey Wagtail.

Haldon Forest Park was not overly busy with bird life but a good range of the expected species, a hunting Sparrow hawk flushed a flock of some 50/60 Siskin, a Song Thrush gave a close up snail bashing demonstration before walking under my camera tripod, the newly refurbished pond area by the toilets is proving a very popular bathing and drinking spot for several species.7 Fallow deer on the way out back towards Chudleigh.

A Kestrel on overhead wires on the A38 near Ashburton.

Buzzards showing just about everywhere on today’s trip.

Posted November 23rd, 2015 at 4:49 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Wrafton/Velator

Arrived early for a ringing session this morning (cold) and there were the two Spoonbills asleep in the pond by the Tarka Trail. They had gone by 8 a.m. Ringing was productive with 2 Kingfishers caught, although only one needed ringing. A big range of species in, over and nearby. The cold weather has got the Thrushes on the move - 4 Song Thrush ringed and 6 new Blackbirds. Didn't catch any of the 10 or so Redwings seen early on.

Posted November 23rd, 2015 at 4:29 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Black Redstart _RWY Plymouth

2.45pm Black Redstart feeding around the main entrance arch at Royal William Yard. One for the out the office window list!

Posted November 23rd, 2015 at 2:50 pm by Graham Devine in General Birding

Darts Farm

At Darts Farm this lunchtime, 1 Brambling in with the finch flock. Other highlights were 1 Kingfisher and 1 Kestrel.

Posted November 23rd, 2015 at 2:41 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Sunday 22nd November 2015

Murmuration

 I have been fishing up Upper Tamar over the last  couple of months  & been noticing numbers of starlings flying over i think to roast in the reeds up the far end ,,, but this evening  at dusk the numbers were in there  10,s of thousands  , very impressive , could even hear the wings as they flew over my head :)

Posted November 22nd, 2015 at 8:27 pm by Matin Cox in General Birding

Stover Park

An afternoon stroll around Stover. Around the lake Marsh, Blue & Great Tits. On the lake 1x Great crested grebe, 2 x Tufted duck and numerous black headed gulls. Strangest sight was a female Mallard with a very very late brood of 9 ducklings - let's hope they make it!

Posted November 22nd, 2015 at 8:13 pm by Paul Treen in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On the high tide, roosting: 31 Curlews, 119 Redshanks, 16 Grey Herons, 5 Oystercatchers, 2 Dunlins and 3 Greenshanks. Also 3 Little Egrets, Kingfisher, Goldcrest, Shag (ad), 7+ Snipe, 3 Jack Snipe, Green Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush, and 30+ Redwings.  

Posted November 22nd, 2015 at 7:34 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Vis Mig Sidmouth

Salcombe Hill this morning: 19,000+ Woodpigeons, 16 Stock Dove, 2,019 Chaffinch, 8 Brambling, 196 Goldfinch, 45 Linnet, 4 Siskin, 2 Reed Bunting, 90 Skylark, 45+ Mipit, 60+ Starling, 2 Mute Swan.

Made more of an effort to count the impressive finch movement and so neglected the pigeons a bit today.  Tricky to keep track of the big flocks of Woodpigeons moving West over the sea, along the cliff edge and inland so certainly an underestimate.

Darford Warbler around the look out point again.

Posted November 22nd, 2015 at 6:43 pm by Dan Hennessy in General Birding

Torbay boat trip, 9am-12am

The trip started well with a fingfisher in Paignton harbour. Out on the water, 3 great northern divers, 2 great crested grebe, 1 fulmar, 2 gannets, 15 grey heron, 2 little egret, 8 purple sandpiper and 2 turnstone at Brixham Breakwater, hundreds of guillemot on and around the Berry Head colony, a few razorbill at sea in the bay, groups of kittiwake off Berry Head with 1 common gull. 3 shelduck flew past off the Orestone. 2 porpoise were feeding in their usual place in the Berry Head tidal rip.

Shags on Cod Rock, Berry Head
Shags on Cod Rock, Berry Head

Guillemot, Berry Head
Guillemot, Berry Head

Porpoise, Berry Head
Porpoise, Berry Head

Posted November 22nd, 2015 at 6:31 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Green Sandpiper

Green Sandpiper on the edge of a small are of flooding outside a silage pit. This was at Yarde Farm SS646344 southest of Stoke Rivers near Barnstaple. Showing really well and busy moving around the wet area with Meadow Pipits and Pied Wagtail.

Posted November 22nd, 2015 at 5:21 pm by Karen Sims & John Towers in General Birding

Exe Estuary Slavonian Grebe

The resident Slavonian Grebe was in its favoured haunt off the railway steps near Cockwood at lunchtime.  It has retained an arc of dark feathering around its cheek - not typical of winter plumage (perhaps somehow related to its inability to fly?). Its wings are all there, as shown by shots of it flapping.



Posted November 22nd, 2015 at 5:03 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Around topsham

watched from 11:00 till 15:15

The Firecrest is still around showing well by the railway bridge at the top of bowling green road with goldcrests and coal tits also 1 blackcap.

then watched from the goatwalk 630+ avocet was a very good count for November ( only 466+ yesterday so big increase over night) , 40+ grey plover, 4 red breasted mergansers.

then into the viewing platform at bowling green marsh , a kingfisher showed well and the spotted redshank was to the right of the viewing platform , excellent numbers of dunlin with 3000+ and another 10+ avocet, 5+ jay.

then from the hide at bowling green marsh , 13 pintail , 60+ lapwing , 594+ wigeon 65+ shoveler, 10+ snipe, 800+ black tailed godwits, 32 bar tailed godwits, 380+ dunlin, 1 grey plover, 6+ curlew, 1 sparrowhawk, only 113+ avocet came in over the high tide, 2 buzzard, 1 sparrowhawk.

Posted November 22nd, 2015 at 5:01 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Slapton

1 Black-necked Grebe on the sea just north of the memorial car park.

Black-necked Grebe Slapton 22 Nov 2015 ML

Video link here: https://youtu.be/6Xt86tbN79U

Posted November 22nd, 2015 at 4:46 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Soussons Farm Area

Sighted on a walk:

Great Grey Shrike at Golden Dagger Mine area at approx 11:45, also Treecreeper, Bullfinces(6), Reed Buntings(6), Redwings(many), Fieldfares, Mistle Thrushes, Gr Spotted(2) & Green Woodpeckers.

Posted November 22nd, 2015 at 4:43 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in General Birding

Morning dog walk along the River Caen to the fishermens huts

Lovely bright morning with numbers of Starling, Redshank, Lapwing, Golden Plover, Meadow Pipits. Also Dunlin, Geenshank, Buzzards, Shelduck, Pintail, Wigeon, Egrets, Cormorants, Shags, Curlew, Herons etc and two SHORT EARED  OWLS hunting and showing really well over the north end of the airfield at Chivenor near Sherpa Marsh.

Posted November 22nd, 2015 at 3:04 pm by Rob Barnes in General Birding

Tamar estuary / Ernesettle

0830 - 1145

Fairly quiet, winds died down: 11 Black Tailed Godwit, 7 Little egret, 7 Shelduck, 10 Wigeon, 30 Teal, 5 Great Crested Grebe fishing, 35 Avocet over by Kingsmill lake.

4 Greenshank, 1 Kingfisher and 32 Snipe in Tamerton creek, and a Black headed gull with a leg ring.

Posted November 22nd, 2015 at 1:11 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

East Soar - Woodpigeon migration

4800 Woodpigeons west through the area from 0900 to 1100 hrs. Only 3 Stock Dove. Also 150 Skylarks on the stubbles.

Posted November 22nd, 2015 at 12:25 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Broadsands

On Sea: 4 Great Northern Divers, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Shelduck. Flying past 33 Common Scoter, 5 Gadwall.

Around marsh and car parks: 5 Cirl Buntings, 1 Reed Bunting, 3 Firecrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest

Posted November 22nd, 2015 at 10:14 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Exmouth

c20,000 Woodpigeon west over Orcombe by 0900. Flock sizes much bigger than yesterday (c2000+) and consequently harder to count

Posted November 22nd, 2015 at 9:38 am by Matt Knott in General Birding

Wood Pigeon Migration

This morning’s Wood Pigeon migration over the South Brent area commenced at 07.46hrs with an initial 12 birds coming over, by 09.00hs I had a total count of 6,454 birds.

The first flocks were coming from the direction of Dartmoor and headed westerly, given the still conditions the flocks were generally flying much higher than previous days, that said several large flocks were low enough for me to hear the whir of their wing beats they passed over and were reminiscent of a Starling numeration.

Other species seen during this time were Green Woodpecker, Raven, Rook, Pied Wagtail, Stock Dove, Jay and a count of 29 Herring Gull.

Posted November 22nd, 2015 at 9:23 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Saturday 21st November 2015

Woodpigeons over Sidmouth

35,750+ Woodpigeons moved West over Salcombe Hill, Sidmouth 7.45-11.30.  Likely to be an conservative figure with almost constant movement along and below the cliff edge meaning that I no doubt missed some of the smaller flocks moving about half a mile inland.  Flocks of 100+ still moving west when I finally dragged myself away.

Also, 4 Purple Sandpiper on Chit Rocks at first light and a Dartford Warbler on Salcombe Hill.

Posted November 21st, 2015 at 8:48 pm by Dan Hennessy in General Birding

Velator area & River Caen Saturday the 21st of November 2015

Birds of note, Dipper, Kingfisher, Greenshank, Water Rail (heard) Barn Owl Quartering reeds, 1000+ Lapwing, 2000+ Golden Plover, 3000+ Starling

Record shot one of Barn Owl
Record shot one of Barn Owl

Record shot two of Barn Owl
Record shot two of Barn Owl

Posted November 21st, 2015 at 8:26 pm by Steve McAusland in General Birding

Exmouth Woodpigeons

Orcombe Point - an estimated 20,000 woodpigeons moved towards the mouth of the Exe between 0745 and 0900. I had to leave at 9am but the passage was still going strong. I definitely missed birds before 0745 too - see gobirdingexmouth blog for photos of c10000 birds! Also 1 Jack Snipe, 1+ Golden Plover, 2 Lapwing, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Purple Sandpiper, 30 Brent Goose and 1 Pintail. 

Posted November 21st, 2015 at 8:17 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Stockdoves

At Powderham Marsh this afternoon amongst all the Corvides and Woodpigeons there was 22 Stockdoves in the 1st stubble field which then flew over to Exminster Marshes.

Posted November 21st, 2015 at 7:16 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

Wood Pigeons - Denbury & Sherford

c 4000 Wood Pigeons seen flying very high over Denbury 0930 - 1000hrs heading South West - largest flock over 1000.

At Sherford 1130 - 1230hrs - over 800 counted in smaller flocks flying North into the wind and very low over farmland and copses.

This change of direction has been noted in previous years later in the day

Posted November 21st, 2015 at 6:21 pm by JDA in General Birding

Gidleigh Common

6 seperate Snipe and a buzzard this afternoon.

Posted November 21st, 2015 at 5:18 pm by Chris Godfrey in General Birding

South Brent to BGM & Teigngrace

Between 8am and 9am this morning a count of just over 2000 Wood Pigeons (C~2144) passing and over South Brent towards Plymouth the flocks in view stretched from Brent Hill and out over the A38 valley. The high tailwinds resulted in them traveling at higher speeds than would be the norm, also the altitudes varied some flocks were coming over at tree top height and others so high they were little more than specks.

A drive up to Exeter gave views of several more flocks of up to 50 or so birds. Several smaller scattered flocks were feeding locally back at South Brent this afternoon, possibly dropping down to take Ivy berries.

Small flocks of both Redwing and Fieldfare very much in evidence

A female Kestrel passed over home almost at the same time as yesterday, later in the day another two Kestrels seen from the A38 one at Bickington and the other at Ashburton.

Haldon Forrest Park gave good numbers of Chaffinch and Coal Tit, other species included Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Blue Tit, Greenfinch, Pied Wagtail, Jay, Mistle Thrush and Siskin.

Bowling Green Marsh and Darts Farm were worth a visit but nothing to get excited about, good number of Shoveller Duck and Wigeon at BGM and Lapwings at both locations with attendant Starlings. A low flying Buzzard came across the marsh alarming the smaller species. reasonable numbers of Godwits at both locations.

Despite no recent reports on DBWPS I paid a chance visit to the Teigngrace area found two Cattle Egrets still in situe, feeding in a field of cattle alongside Little Egrets and Pied Wagtails, below the Solar panel installation across the road from the start of Greycoat Lane.

Back home at South Brent the garden feeders had up to 16 Greenfinch at one point along with growing numbers of Chaffinch, Goldfinch and House Sparrows the growing number of  birds at the feeders are proving a magnet for the resident Sparrow hawks and a hunting male made two passes.

Posted November 21st, 2015 at 5:17 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Topsham

1,520 Woodpigeons heading west this morning as viewed between Rec and M5 over 40 minute period.

Posted November 21st, 2015 at 5:14 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

A quick look at the Lake this morning showed 1 Scaup (f), 6 Goosanders 4m 2f, 6 Wigeon, 6 Tufted Duck 3m 3f, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Marsh Tits, 6 Redwing, 19 Fieldfare, 1 Jay.

Posted November 21st, 2015 at 1:52 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding

Hartland Point seawatch

8-10 am N.Gale. Blinking cold.

5 Bonxie

4 Red-throated divers (2 flypast, 2 on water)

4 Common Scoter

7 Kittiwake

approx 60 Auks (guillemot + Razorbill)

1 ad Med Gull

2 Common Gull

regards

Posted November 21st, 2015 at 11:15 am by Rupert Kirkwood in General Birding

Teigngrace Cattle Egrets

Three birds still present this morning. Following, & riding the backs of, the Twelve Oaks herd in the solar panel field.

Posted November 21st, 2015 at 10:12 am by ken dainton in General Birding

pigeons

Photos of pigeons over Budleigh Salterton.



Posted November 21st, 2015 at 9:24 am by Rob Jerrard in General Birding

Pigeons

0820- 0835  Thousands of wood pigeons in wave after wave heading west over Estuary View Budleigh Salterton.  The most I have ever seen.

Rob Jerrard

Posted November 21st, 2015 at 8:41 am by Rob Jerrard in General Birding

Friday 20th November 2015

Seaton Marshes

The Glossy Ibis was still present this afternoon feeding in marshy pools to the right of the entrance track to the hide.

Posted November 20th, 2015 at 8:00 pm by Terry Smith in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Afternoon walk around the marsh.Highlights - Gold Crest, Chiffchaff, Peregrine on plylon, Water Rail, Kestrel and a few small flocks of Feildfare among the usual teal, Wideon ,Curlew etc.

Fieldfare
Fieldfare

Posted November 20th, 2015 at 6:03 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Broadsands

A good mix of birds today: 1 Black-throated Diver (in Elberry Cove), 4 Great Northern Divers, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Brent Goose, 8 Shelduck, 3 Razorbills & 1 ad w Mediterranean Gull.

Around Marsh: 4 Firecrest (together at one point), 2 Goldcrest, 5 Chiffchaff (all collybita type), 3 Cirl Bunting.

Posted November 20th, 2015 at 2:17 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh & Goosemoor

Really good numbers of waders over a lunchtime high tide including plenty of Avocets. A Sparrowhawk casued a bit of mayhem for a while. Small party of Brent Geese headed over in the direction of Darts Farm. A Nutchatch on the feeders.

From Goosemoor, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Green Sandpiper until about 1.50 at least.

Posted November 20th, 2015 at 2:11 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Thursday 19th November 2015

Lower Tamar Lake

A female Scaup was present this morning along with four male Goosanders.

Posted November 19th, 2015 at 8:31 pm by Will Salmon in General Birding

Clennon Lakes

A visit to Clennon Lakes just after the rain stopped found 4 Firecrest, 2 Goldcrest, 8 collybita type Chiffchaffs, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 3 Water Raqil, 4 Snipe and 1 Little Egret.

Firecrest Clennon Lakes 19 Nov 2015 ML $k video still                    Firecrest photo is a still grab from a 4K video on my Lumix FZ1000 in dull light! 

Posted November 19th, 2015 at 8:02 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Shooting - Sherpa Marshes

15.00 - The shooters were out again blasting away over Sherpa Marshes & around the DBWPS Reserve this aft.

As I cycled along the Tarka trail between Wrafton Pond & the DBWPS Reserve 2 female Mallard were shot (1 wounded which landed in the bushes adjacent to the Tarka trail & was retrieved later on by another member of the shooting party) flying from the fresh water scrape very close to the Tarka trail.

In the interest of public safety I was very surprised to see one of the shooters shooting so close to a busy public right of way.

Looking at the map of the shooting rights I see the boundary outlined in red is right up against the side of the Tarka Trail from Velator to Wrafton & next to a public footpath from Velator to Velator Quay.

There is also a public footpath all the way around Horsey Island & they also have shooting rights here as well as several other areas on the Marshes.

I was also surprised to hear from 2 other members of Devon Birds that they were showered with shotgun pellets while birdwatching from the east bank of R.Caen.

Perhaps a caution from the Police will rectify this problem or a change in the law.

These shooters are in possession of a lethal weapon which can injure & kill not just birds but people as well.

Posted November 19th, 2015 at 5:53 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Exeter

In absence of a Forum page could I refer readers to todays Express and Echo (page 36) in which a Mr Norman Brooking raises a question.  He says 'every morning at about sunrise many thousands of gulls fly in a north-westerly direction in front of his window (Waterside, Exeter) and at dusk this pattern is reversed.  He thinks they are Black-headed Gulls and asks where they might be going- perhaps to a rubbish tip?'

If anyone has the definitive answer please email me (ruscoe@talktalk.net) and I will happily reply to the Echo. Thanks... Jonathan (East Devon Branch).

Posted November 19th, 2015 at 2:48 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Little Auk

Just had a call from Robin Khan. He spotted a small black and white bird by the side of the roundabout at Clyst St Mary around midday. He stopped the car and went back to the bird which was still alive and turned out to be a Little Auk!! It seemed healthy so he took it to Exmouth where released and flew out to sea unharmed. So hopefully this casualty of the storms will survive!

Posted November 19th, 2015 at 12:40 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Wednesday 18th November 2015

South Huish Marsh

Glossy Ibis flew into the marsh at 11.55 , showing well at the back of the 2nd pool

Posted November 18th, 2015 at 1:33 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor

After an absence of over a week the female Black Redstart was back again this morning at the new-builds on Old Barn Drive.

Posted November 18th, 2015 at 11:54 am by Rick Lockwood in General Birding

Tuesday 17th November 2015

Brixham Breakwater

A quick walk along the breakwater before weather closed in, saw only 4 Turnstone, 2 Purple Sandpiper. Watching a trawler coming in with nets out many gulls, gannets but also a smaller dark bird and on discussions with Mike Langman could well have been Pom Skua. Weather closed in to then see a goose and after much watching getting soaked managed to photograph for ML to ID a Brent Goose ( bernicia ). Through bad weather saw many other seabirds but too wet to hang around.

Still have places on Sunday boat trip, if interested text 07866202576.

 

Posted November 17th, 2015 at 4:30 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Humming-Bird Hawk-Moth Plymstock

Not a bird sighting I know, but a late record for this species?

It came into our porch as I left for work this morning


Posted November 17th, 2015 at 3:11 pm by Graham Devine in General Birding

Monday 16th November 2015

Fremington, Home Farm Marsh.( 9am to 1pm)

Walked from Fremington to Home Farm Marsh .40+ Oystercatcher,40+ Redshank,13 Lapwing,10 Curlew, 1 Snipe,6 Goldfinches,3 Little Egrets,1 male Reed Bunting, 2 Spoonbills flew over the fields heading towards Braunton side of the estuary.30+ Starlings. From the hide over looking the pond 2 female Shovelers,good numbers of Teal, Widgeon and Canada geese one of which looked like a hybrid.On the way back 4 Linnets,2 Great Black-backed Gulls,5 Herring Gulls,30+ Black-headed Gull.

Posted November 16th, 2015 at 8:24 pm by Chris Marshall in General Birding

Crossbills

Around 3pm this afternoon we saw a flock of 20-30 crossbills near Haldon Forest main car park.

Ali & Andy Gooch

Posted November 16th, 2015 at 6:04 pm by Andy Gooch in General Birding

Hope's Nose this afternoon

A great northern diver was in the bay on the north side. Nothing unusual on the sewer - just one common gull among the herring and black headed gulls, and a pair of stonechats on brambles on the edge of the quarry. A red admiral basking by the road at the top was a bit of a surprise in the cool dull weather.

Posted November 16th, 2015 at 4:04 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Harleston at head of Slapton Valley

3 Lesser Redpoll in and around garden this morning (garden tick). Also a few hundred woodpigeons on the move.

Posted November 16th, 2015 at 3:18 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Broadsands

2 Great Northern Divers on sea and 1 Black- necked Grebe but little else.

Around car parks and marsh 3 Frirecrest see one displaying to another (look at blurred image behind front bird).

Firecrest Broadsands 16 Nov 2015 ML     Firecrest Broadsands 16 Nov 2015 ML 2

Posted November 16th, 2015 at 3:13 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Clennon Valley

Between 0830&0900hrs this morning 3000+ Wood Pigeons in 7 flocks moved >SW.

Siberian Chiffchaff Clennon Valley 16Nov2015 ML    Siberian Chiffchaff Clennon Valley 16Nov2015 ML 2

1-2 Siberian Chiffchaffs around Lakes photod above. Video link: https://youtu.be/LR4b2tnhU78

Posted November 16th, 2015 at 3:07 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Topsham

The first bird I saw as I got out the car by the railway bridge at the top of Bowling Green Road was the Firecrest! Watched it for 40 minutes or so busily feeding either side of the road. Still there when I left around 1.55.

Posted November 16th, 2015 at 2:13 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Hartland Point

8-11am Wind W Fresh

3 Bonxie

1 Manx Shearwater

9 Great Northern Divers. All flying south, 7 singletons ,one pair

90 Auks and 17 kittiwakes in first hour

3 Med gulls

A couple of porpoises plus attendant Gannets

Posted November 16th, 2015 at 1:51 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in General Birding

Wood Pigeon migration over the Exe

Just seen around 1000+ Wood Pigeons fly over the Exe and another report on twitter reporting 6000 birds fly over the Warren around 09:00 to 10:00 this morning.

Posted November 16th, 2015 at 10:11 am by Derek Carter in General Birding

South Brent

A female Black Redstart showing well on the roof of South Brent Church this morning, the church yard also gave Mistle Thrush and Nuthatch.

A flock of 25 low flying Herring Gulls circling over the school

A flock of some 60 to 70 high flying Wood Pigeons headed west this flock being the first sign of Wood Pigeon migration that I have seen this autumn small flocks of both Redwing, Fieldfare and Green Finch moving around and over the village.

A Wren in the garden and Pied Wagtails flying over.

And just had two flocks of Wood Pigeons over home counted at 25 and 15 birds also headed westerly.

Posted November 16th, 2015 at 9:18 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Sunday 15th November 2015

Topsham

Just to add to Keith's post, one Firecrest along the railway bank at the top of hill leading down to Bowling Green Marsh just after 8am.

Posted November 15th, 2015 at 8:02 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Dart Valley at New Bridge

1 Woodcock, Dart Valley woods a little upstream of New Bridge this am.

Posted November 15th, 2015 at 6:17 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Colaton Raleigh Common

Male Merlin and Short-eared Owl hunting at dusk this evening

Posted November 15th, 2015 at 5:54 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding

Aveton Gifford & Kingsbridge

Aveton Gifford ~ the tidal road on a low tide was subject to a strong wind coming up the river and bird numbers were down, that said Greenshank ~ Redshank ~ Curlew~ Oyster Catcher ~ Little Egret and Common Sandpiper seen, small gathering of Gulls included two Greater Black Backs along with Herring and Black Headed Gulls.

At the entrance to South Efford Marsh a large flock of Long Tailed Tits, mixed in with them were Blue Tits and Gold Crest the poor light made observation and identification difficult. Several Redwings in the general area

Kingsbridge Quay ~ Redshank and Little Egrets

Posted November 15th, 2015 at 5:46 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Around topsham

watched from 09:15 till 12:30

on the walk down to Bowling green marsh good numbers of goldcrest with several groups of redwing flying around with a few fieldfare best bird over was 4 siskin heading west, a definate increase in greenfich around the marsh as well as goldfinch, 1 nuthatch, 1 kestrel, 1 peregrine.

from the viewing platform 5+ jay going back and forth to riversmeet house, a Jack snipe flew in from the east and dropped into the reeds opposite the hide.

a quick look at darts farm produced a good numbers of greenfich and goldfinch

from the goatwalk , 309+ avocet was my best count of the autumn, 1000+ dunlin, 200+lapwing, 20+ golden plover and at least 20+ grey plover, 5 red breasted mergansers, 200+ black tailed godwits.

finished back at the viewing platform at bowling green marsh, 200+ black tailed godwits in field to left of path, and 816+ on the clyst ( so around 1216+ around the area again best count so far this autumn ) 37+ bar tailed godwits and another 6+ avocet.

 

 

Posted November 15th, 2015 at 5:05 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Berrynarbor

Firecrest again in the garden this afternoon with Long-tailed tits, Goldcrests, Treecreeper, Blue, Coal and Great tits. More Goldfinches feeding today and Great Spotted Woodpecker on the feeders.

Posted November 15th, 2015 at 3:40 pm by Margaret Phillipss in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

Another windy and wet day at Tamar Lake, the Goosanders have increased to 4m 2f also 1 L/Grebe, 1 G.C.Grebe, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Nuthatch.

Posted November 15th, 2015 at 1:57 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding

Velator

Arrived at the Reserve for a bit of maintenance work this morning and almost the first bird I saw was a rather lovely Barn Owl. I've never seen one in here before (although Tom Williams reprted having seen one from the Tarka Trail last month). In the surrounding fields there are lots of Black-headed Gulls and a big flock of Canada Geese - a few of which have been dropping into the reserve pond of late.

Posted November 15th, 2015 at 1:33 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Berry Head & Brixham

Over 700 Kittiwakes first moving south then building into a feeding frenzy off headland also 1 Great Skua.

In Brixham in the Breakwater quarry car park (multistorey) 1 Firecrest with 2 Goldcrest in sycamores and scrub. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1UpP9-htRk

Posted November 15th, 2015 at 1:09 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Black Redstart Budleigh

Black Redstart on the garden wall of Pebbles B&B at 9am today, stayed until chased off by a Robin

Posted November 15th, 2015 at 9:28 am by Richard Allen in General Birding

Saturday 14th November 2015

Great Northern Diver in Plymouth Sound

From Devils Point opposite Drakes Island, great northern diver seen in poor weather conditions at 3.30 pm today.  It flew into The Cattewater and then towards Jennycliff for shelter at 4.30pm when viewed from Fisherman's Nose near Duttons Restaurant.

Posted November 14th, 2015 at 11:31 pm by Liz Harris in General Birding

Jack Snipe at Charleton Marsh

1 Jack Snipe and ca 25 Common Snipe at Charleton Marsh, late afternoon. 

Posted November 14th, 2015 at 8:06 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Med Gulls at Torcross

5 Mediterranean Gulls (4 ad-winter and 1 second winter) with the Black-heads at Torcross/Slapton Ley mid-pm.

Posted November 14th, 2015 at 8:03 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Darts Farm / Seaton

Started at Darts Farm. Lots of greenfinch, chaffinch & goldfinch on the sunflower heads. 2 Egyptian Geese having a go at at a buzzard feeding on the ground - they won. On to Seaton, not much on the marsh apart from peregrine sheltering from the rain. Was about to leave when another birder told me of a Caspian Gull. Thanks for the tip, directions & showing me it through your scope.  

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Caspian Gull 1st W

Caspian Gull 1st W
Caspian Gull 1st W

Posted November 14th, 2015 at 6:05 pm by Paul Treen in General Birding

Preston Torbay

Very few gull present at Broadsands this afternoon, over at Preston seafront 1 ad winter Mediterranean Gull and 1 Black-necked Grebe off-shore.

Posted November 14th, 2015 at 3:01 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Friday 13th November 2015

Re: Snow Buntings at Fishermen`s Huts, Pills Mouth, R.Taw.

When I used to do WEBS counts from RAF Chivenor to Crow Point in the early 70s, I used to regularly see flocks of up to 8 Snow Buntings at this location, so it`s not as unlikely as it seems. Mind you, I haven`t seen one here for many years. Let`s hope they`re making a return.

Posted November 13th, 2015 at 7:15 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Taw Estuary

I guess it's unlikely, but I am sure I just saw a 1st Winter female Snow Bunting at the fishermans huts, Horsey Island, Veletor. I disturbed it whilst out for a run and although I had no binoculars with me it settled on the bank in front of me and as I walked passed it was only a couple of metres away. 

Posted November 13th, 2015 at 4:49 pm by Kelvin Irwin in General Birding

Purple Sandpipers back off Capstone at Ilfracombe

4 Purple Sandpipers off Capstone on Tuesday (10th) - and again yesterday (12th) when there were 7. Took my camera with me today to try to get som pics but very very windy, (gusts est +50mph), so no sign of them - just a couple Gannets close in just above the waves.

Gannet
Gannet

Posted November 13th, 2015 at 4:47 pm by Chris Bollen in General Birding

Broadsands

The presumed hybrid Mediterranean X Black-head Gull was again at Broadsands this afternoon. Also one ad Mediterranean Gull, 7 Common Gull.

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Video of the hybrid here    (for best setting in youtube set to 4K as this was the format used to film) 

Posted November 13th, 2015 at 3:59 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Hartland Point

0800-1045 Wind west gale force

1 Sooty Shearwater (very close)

7 Bonxie

1 Pom skua

266 Auks in first hour

113 Kittiwakes in first hour.

Also 1 distant shearwater (prob manx), 1 distant poss Sabine's gull, and one all dark auk. Maybe an oiled guillemot but seemed bigger than the rest.

regards

Rupert Kirkwood

Posted November 13th, 2015 at 3:50 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in General Birding

Teigngrace cattle egrets

Two birds now frequenting the Twelve Oaks herd in the field with solar panels. Also grey wagtail present.

Posted November 13th, 2015 at 3:42 pm by ken dainton in General Birding

Slapton Ley

08:20-12:50. Fresh to strong wsw wind, occasional showers and bright spells.

First time i've noticed any Woodpigeon movement this autumn, about 5100 flew south during the morning, quite a lot probably missed.( Also 300 south over West Charleton earlier ). In Ireland Bay were 6 Little Grebes, 50 Tufted Duck and a couple of Goldeneye. At Torcross a furthur 71 Tufted Duck, 250 Coot and the hybrid male Tufted Duck x Red-crested Pochard has returned ( must be getting old now, too old to dress like a punk rocker ). On the beach was a late Wheatear and a Dartford Warbler was in some gorse bushes near the Slapton turn.

Posted November 13th, 2015 at 2:45 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

On a very stormy lake this morning saw the first  male Goosander this winter, 1 G.C. Grebe, 5 Tufted Duck 2m 3f, 2 Coot, 3 Moorhen. The usual suspects were on the car park feeders, no Willow Tits seen since June, but the Marsh Tits are about.

Posted November 13th, 2015 at 2:35 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding

Plym estuary

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On a falling tide:

56 Curlew, 13 Grey Heron, 5 Greenshank, 1 Common gull, 5 Little grebe, 4 Little egret, 1 Common sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher. 

Posted November 13th, 2015 at 1:24 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

South Brent

The change in the weather gave a brilliant mornings birding at home in South Brent, the high light being two female Black Redstarts

A counted 16 Greenfinch in the garden along with growing numbers of both Chaffinch and Goldfinch, other visitors included Wren, Nuthatch, flocks of Redwings passing over.

A check round the village centre gave several brief views of the reported female Black Redstart, it was favouring a plot of ground by the telephone exchange in Plymouth Road.

Almost constant movement of Redwings overhead, Pied Wagtails showing well in a range of colouration. A small flock of 15 high flying Woodpigeons headed westerly.

A visit to the local church gave a second female Black Redstart that showed well for over two hours, the church yard was alive with a range of birds that included Coal Tit, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Redwings (count of over 200) Blackbirds and Nuthatch.

The cemetery on Station Approach, gave good numbers of Mistle Thrush, Redwings, Song Thrush, a flock of Chaffinch and Pied Wagtails.

Posted November 13th, 2015 at 1:15 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Hartland Point Seawatch

0800-1045 Westerly gale.

1 Sooty shearwater, 7 Bonxie, 1 Pom skua, 266 Auks per hour, 113 Kittiwakes per hour. 1 distant sheawater prob manx.

1 uniformly brown auk. Suspect oiled guillemot but seemed a bit larger than the rest.

regards

Rupert

Posted November 13th, 2015 at 12:26 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in General Birding

Wood Pigeons Brixham

Just had a flock of 2-3000 fly south over home the  most we've seen here

Posted November 13th, 2015 at 10:25 am by Tim Clyburn in General Birding

Thursday 12th November 2015

Seaton Marshes

Glossy Ibis Taken Today 12/11/2015 On Seaton Marshes, Seems To Like This Area Birders!!!

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Posted November 12th, 2015 at 7:06 pm by Simon Wakely in General Birding

Broadsands

3 Med Gulls, Wheatear late bird, Lesser Black Back Gulls adult 1st winter, 6 adult Common Gulls,  Grey Heron, 2 Brent Geese, also lots of Herring Gulls of all ages and of course different plumages.

Posted November 12th, 2015 at 6:57 pm by Stephen J Turner in General Birding

Bassett's Ridge, Taw Estuary & Wrafton pond

53 Pintail on the Ridge this aft & 27 Great BB Gulls. Not all the Pintail are visible in the photo,several tucked in behind the sand bank in a narrow channel.

On a sand bank half way between Ashford Sewage treatment works & Penhill Marsh now up to 3000 Golden Plover.

On Wrafton Pond 44 of a small race of Canada Geese are back again + 3 Gadwall (1 male + 2 females) & 1 fem Wigeon.


Posted November 12th, 2015 at 5:31 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Paignton

A look round Broadsands for the Caspian Gull this morning left me not sure if I had seen it or not.........

A couple of gents leaving just as I arrived showed me some images that they had taken of the "Caspian Gull" (the images shown were of a juvenile Greater Black Back).

The gulls were a little distant on the low tide and as I had a little person with me and the weather was a bit iffy I didn't stay as long as I would have liked. But took some images of the juvenile GBB just to show the size difference between it and Black Headed Gull, Herring Gull and a Heron that was on the water’s edge with the gulls.

Lots of Birders there so hopefully someone will post something on DBWPS and clarify if the Caspian Gull was present.

Paignton Zoo was alive with small birds, Wrens, Goldcrest, Dunnock, a small unidentified Warbler sp, a Heron, two Raven and a Buzzard overhead.

Back home at South Brent a Marsh Tit on the garden feeder.

Posted November 12th, 2015 at 4:40 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Darts Farm

Now 2 Bramblings in with the Greenfinch flock. Fairly flighty between the sunflowers and nearby trees. Also a small flock of Fieldfare.

Posted November 12th, 2015 at 2:46 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Wednesday 11th November 2015

skern

No sign of laughing gull tho 8 meds,5ads,2sw,fw,

Posted November 11th, 2015 at 10:35 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Skern

No sign of any unusual gull this afternoon (but I may need to go to Specsavers!)

Without the eye test there were c.50 Ringed Plover, 100+Brent's, 8 Knot, 12 Grey Plover, about 1500 Golden Plover, 3 Greenshank and one Peregrine in that made a stunning catch of a Dunlin after an incredible, relentless chase.

Posted November 11th, 2015 at 8:31 pm by Martin Unwin in General Birding

Kings Tamerton Road St Budeaux

Male Black Redstart in private garden lower end of Kings Tamerton Road, been around for a week. 




Posted November 11th, 2015 at 7:17 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Black Redstarts ~ South Brent

Following a message yesterday reporting a male Black Redstart being seen in South Brent near the village centre I had a look this morning and had a brief sighting of a female that flew over me near the Pack Horse Inn.

A return visit at 12.30 located the male Black Redstart in a parking area near the Old School Centre sat on a garage roof.

Another visit just after 3pm resulted in good views of a female Black Redstart which landed on the roof of the Pack Horse Inn.

Posted November 11th, 2015 at 6:14 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Around the Exe/Canal

Of note ;- Two (possibly 3) Dipper on the Northbrook above the Crem. Green Sandpiper flitting arond the canal ponds. A pair of Bullfinch in bushes on towpath near the Double Locks. Manaton Marsh had Little Grebe and two Snipe. Nothing much arond the Old Sludge Beds.

Posted November 11th, 2015 at 5:14 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Godwell Lane Farm, Ivybridge

Black Redstart on barn roof with wagtails this morning. 

Posted November 11th, 2015 at 4:38 pm by Richard in General Birding

Broadsands

Caspian Gull 2nd winter Broadsands this morning, rather paler upper wing coverts made me consider retarded 3rd winter intitially but everything else fits very well with 2nd w - note tiny white spot in Primary 10 in upperwing shot and extensive white tongues into every outer under primary feather. A very long-necked bird see last shot. 

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Posted November 11th, 2015 at 11:51 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Skern - Laughing Gull?

Abraham Cutajar reported seeing a possible Laughing Gull at Skern yesterday SS455314

with the comment: would someone please have a look!

Brief description given:

A very dusky (pigeon grey) - distinctly darker than all other gulls.  Smooth tones,  not vermiculated like other immature gulls. Wing tips have extensive black with no white mirrors.   On the water sits lower and longer on than surrounding gulls.  Also dusky grey breast distinct from the others. 

Posted November 11th, 2015 at 11:44 am in General Birding

Tuesday 10th November 2015

Bovey basin yesterday

 A couple of pictures from Teigngrace and Stover park, yesterday afternoon, and an update: examination of photos at home showed an eclipse/imm drake wigeon tucked in under shrubbery with the mandarins at Stover lake.

Cattle egret, Teigngrace causeway road
Cattle egret, Teigngrace causeway road

Mandarin ducks, stover lake
Mandarin ducks, stover lake

Posted November 10th, 2015 at 6:16 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Whimbrel at Staddon Heights

Whimbrel heard then flew up from field by Staddon Heights Golf Course.  Regretably at some distance and no bins so unable to confirm if it was anything unusual.....

Posted November 10th, 2015 at 4:39 pm by George and Les Carr in General Birding

Darts Farm

A single Brambling with large numbers of greenfinch, chiffchaff near the smaller fishing lake and two Egyptian Geese in field to right of hide. 

Posted November 10th, 2015 at 1:56 pm by Ben Lansbury in General Birding

South Brent to Brixham

South Brent to Brixham yesterday gave counts of 25 and 39 Herring Gull over South Brent in the morning and four Raven over home. The gull numbers have been reasonably scarce since the summer.

The flood meadow at Dartington Drive gave a larger number of Mallard along with six Canadia geese and 13 Wigeon.

Brixham inner harbour a counted 33 Turnstone, Rock Pipit and Pied Wagtail.

Berry Head was subjected to very strong winds and very little seen, three Pheasant, a slow but steady trickle of ones and twos of both Meadow and Rock Pipits coming in off the sea. A few Redwing.

The staff at the visitor centre report that a Short Eared owl as present on both the 1st and 7th November.

A small trawler off Brixham was surrounded by Gulls and was attracting Gannets in a steady stream of ones and two’s.

On leaving a counted flock of 100 plus Woodpigeons swept low over the headland and went out to sea.

Posted November 10th, 2015 at 9:03 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Starcross

Green sandpiper in Puddle in field behind Starcross

Posted November 10th, 2015 at 8:29 am by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Monday 9th November 2015

skern

male peregrine harrasing everything + 10 med gulls 7ads,2 sw 1fw ,500 golden plover,25 turnstone,2 bartails,19 pintail,700 bhg"s 30 common gull,70 dunlin,18 ringed plover,40 brent geese,all ads,15:00-16:00.

Posted November 9th, 2015 at 11:18 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Velator

For the first time since March 17th, I saw 2 Gadwall  in the reserve this afternoon.

Posted November 9th, 2015 at 9:08 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Dartington

Now 14 Wigeon on Queen's Marsh with Mallard up to 90. Around Dartington Hall estate 1 Chiffchaff, 40 Linnets, 4 Yellowhammers and small numbers of winter thrushes.

Posted November 9th, 2015 at 8:39 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Teigngrace and Stover

2 cattle egrets at midday from the causeway on Exeter Road, with 11 little egrets. The cattle egrets soon moved off in the direction of Blatchford farm. At Stover lake, 2 gt crested grebe, 4 mandarin and a very tame (but unringed) drake gadwall.

Posted November 9th, 2015 at 5:39 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Bowling green marsh Sunday 8th

Late post for Sunday 8th 

watched from the hide at bowling green marsh 13:45 till 16:10

192+ avocet, 1000+ black tailed godwits, 36+ bar tailed godwits, 1 knot, 460+ dunlin, 1 spotted redshank, 8+ greenshanks, 61+ pintail, 150+ wigeon, 35+ shoveler , 30+ lapwing, 1 Brent goose, 8+ greylag goose, 2 sparrowhawk, 2 buzzards, 1 kestrel, 1 peregrine , 3 little egrets, 2 snipe.

as I left the hide a large group of 600+ jackdaw flew over heading east.

Posted November 9th, 2015 at 8:28 am by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Sunday 8th November 2015

Topsham

The Ridgeway's Cackling goose was flying around with Mallards over the rec and Exminster Marshes this morning. Dart's Farm have left a wonderful border of sunflowers to their maize field. Hundreds of Greenfinches cannot believe their luck.

Posted November 8th, 2015 at 8:21 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Goldfinches on Parade for Remembrance Sunday

Exminster Marshes to Powderham Cycle Bridge - plenty of the usual winter birds about, both on and off the Estuary as tide came in.  But I particularly enjoyed seeing this flock of Goldfinches on parade for Remembrance Sunday! 


Posted November 8th, 2015 at 8:16 pm by Jo King in General Birding

Firecrest photos

      My apologies  The photos were incorrectly resized. Herewith  the  amended photos.



Posted November 8th, 2015 at 8:08 pm by Alan Searle in General Birding

Firecrests

        2 of 16 Firecrests ringed this autumn (to date ) at 5 sites in the Start / Prawle area. Higher than average autumn numbers for this species.



Posted November 8th, 2015 at 7:16 pm by Alan Searle. in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On this afternoon's high tide, 53 Curlews, 63 Redshanks (on the pool - couldn't see any on the wall), 5 Oystercatchers, 5 Grey Herons, just 1 Little Egret, 2 Dunlins, 4 Greenshanks, 4 Jack Snipe, 4 Snipe, Little Grebe, Common Sandpipier, Firecrest, 6 Goldcrests, c30 Long-tailed Tits, Chiffchaff and 9 Stock Doves. 

Posted November 8th, 2015 at 6:24 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Heathfield / Teigngrace

Nice mixed thrush flock feeding on the Rowan berries this morning - 4 blackbirds with 1 Mistle Thrush & approx 15 Fieldfare being 2 firsts for my garden. Also popped to Kingsteignton & was pleased to see all 3 Cattle Egrets in a tight group along with around 9 little egrets, 1 heron, several Canada geese, mallard & a few hundred Black-headed gulls 

Mistle Thrush
Mistle Thrush

Fieldfare
Fieldfare

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

Posted November 8th, 2015 at 5:38 pm by Paul Treen in General Birding

Exe Estuary Cruise

The first Stuart Lines cruise of the winter proved to be a good one. In the estuary mouth, just off the seaward side of the Warren, was a Long-tailed Duck (f/imm) and inside the estuary a Great Northern Diver initially near Exmouth, later near Cockwood. Also seen: 2 G C Grebes, Little Grebe, probably >50 Shags, c15 Mergansers, Peregrine, c250 Avocets, >200 Lapwings, 6 Golden Plover, c15 Grey Plover, hundreds of Brent Geese, Wigeon, Dunlin, Redshank and Black-tailed Godwit, c8 Bar-tails, 2 Greenshank, 6 Lesser Black-backs and c25 Common Gulls.

Posted November 8th, 2015 at 2:18 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Dartington

On flooded Queen's marsh between Dartington and Totnes (viewed from cycle track/foothpath), 8 Wigeon, 60+ Mallard and 400+ Canada Geese.

On Friday (6th) a late Willow Warbler at Dartington Hall estate by Old School Farm. 

Posted November 8th, 2015 at 2:12 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Broadsands

My first 2 Black-necked Grebes in Torbay this autumn/winter also 2 Great Crested Grebes.

Around the marsh 1 Firecrest, 2 Goldcrest and 1 Chiffchaff.

I have started feeding the Cirl Buntings again in the 2nd car park-  after 2 weeks of dropping seed the first few Cirls were noted today with 4 on the seed and another 2 in trees between the car parks. 

Posted November 8th, 2015 at 10:37 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Saturday 7th November 2015

Plymouth Branch visit to Kingsmill Lake, Cornwall

Members of the Plymouth branch attended a scheduled outdoor meeting on Saturday, 7th. November. We set off from the China Fleet Club car park in wet and blustery conditions and while making our way to the first hide we saw Pied Wagtail, Woodpigeon, Blue, Long Tail and Coal Tit and overhead we had Black Headed and Herring Gull. From the first hide we saw Great Black-backed and Herring Gull as well as Oystercatcher and Shelduck.

We then proceeded to the second hide encountering Blackbird and Robin along the path. At the second hide we observed flocks of Wigeon and Black-tailed Godwit along with Redshank and Dunlin. Lapwing were showing well and with the emerging sunshine their green plumage was delightful. We also had Teal and good numbers of Black-headed Gull and several Great Black-backed Gull & Herring Gull. Pleasing to see were large flocks of Canada Geese flying in 'V' formation to take up residence further upstream from the hide.Other water fowl included Mute Swan and Mallard. We also had Great Crested Grebe showing well in front of the hide as they dived for fish. Grey Heron and Little Egret were also present in the Salt Marsh. On the far river bank we saw many Pheasant and were pleased to see a male Pheasant on the small beach directly in front of the hide, this cock bird was in brilliant plumage but was conspicuous in not having the usual white 'collar'. Shortly after this sighting we observed several Snipe on one of the Salt Marsh banks across the river from the hide. A solitary Cormorant was seen drying out its wings on a sand bank before it flew off down stream. The group were blessed with a visit of a Kingfisher that flew across and then hovered above the river before returning to perch on a large mooring post directly in front of the hide and then flying off across the river.At the sight of many birds taking to the air we were alerted to the presence of a Buzzard and Peregrine circling and then moving off down stream. Also seen from the hide were Magpie, Carrion Crow and a Lesser Black-backed Gull. 

On our return to the car park we had Chaffinch and Robin. 

Posted November 7th, 2015 at 8:34 pm by John Lloyd in General Birding

Blaxton meadow

Chiffchaff & Goldcrest 2 going around with common group of Tits.

Also a splendid Med.gull an adult winter plumage.

Many Herring gull mostly 1st winter birds many B.H gull only 3 1st

winter birds.

A Sparrowhawk put them up as it soared overhead.

Curlew 40,Redshank 35,Greenshank 4,Little Egret 9

Posted November 7th, 2015 at 7:19 pm by Stephen J Turner in General Birding

Around topsham

watched from 11:30 till 16:45

From the church in topsham , 300+ redwing heading north over exminster marsh .

from the goatwalk good numbers of dunlin on the far side towards turf with 200+ avocet , 10+ golden plover.

from the viewing platform at bowling green marsh , 1 brambling over in a group of chaffinch heading west, a couple of groups of skylarks over, 1 kingfisher, 1 spotted redshank over, 4 jay, 1 red breasted merganser.

from the hide at bowling green marsh

2 sanderling among 450+ dunlin, 29+ snipe, 1 knot, 170+ black tailed godwits, 36+ bar tailed godwits, 1 whimbrel, 80+ curlew, 150+ redshank, 16+ greenshanks, 55+ pintail, 500+ wigeon, 30+ shoveler , 1 sparrowhawk, 2 buzzard, 1 peregrine, 3 jay, 6+ redwing, 1 stonechat, 1 grey wagtail, 1 Raven, 5 greylag geese, 1 Brent goose, 200+ Canada geese

Posted November 7th, 2015 at 6:41 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Burrator area

Flock of 170+ Golden Plover flying over the back of Burrator and finally settling on moorland below Sharpitor

Posted November 7th, 2015 at 6:04 pm by Lesley Carr in General Birding

Exminster marshes

The marshes are wet and attracting birds. A short visit in the early afternoon coincided with the high tide and a bit of sun; a winning combination. About 200 curlew were spread out over the lower marsh, nearest to Turf. Elsewhere c300 black-tailed godwits, c200 dunlin and c300 lapwing. A single snipe flew over the canal as did a kingfisher. On the canal bank - 2 chiffchaffs, Cettis and one goldcrest. The female peregrine was sitting on one of the pylons. So far this autumn just a few duck, mallard, wigeon and teal with a couple of shoveller.

Posted November 7th, 2015 at 4:39 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Wrafton

Surprised to see the two Spoonbills roosting by  the Tarka Trail as I arrived at the reserve this afternoon at 2.30. They were still there at 4.15 when I left despite being surrounded by cattle! Also a Little Egret feeding nearby.

Posted November 7th, 2015 at 4:38 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Hope's Nose this afternoon

The sewer was flowing after the morning's rain, with a first winter mediterranean gull among the commoner species. Up slope, a sparrowhawk and a female pheasant (quite scarce for the site).

Posted November 7th, 2015 at 4:27 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Brixham Breakwater.

Walk up Brixham breakwater after the rain stopped. 15 Purple Sandpiper on the seaward side of wall, 3 Turnstone. 2 large bull grey seals on seaward side and 1 on marine side of Breakwater. Had a look toward Berry Head on the Torbay side of headland many many seabirds but did not pick up scope when i went out. From Sunday 22nd November and every sunday morning doing boat trips in Torbay if interested  email wildbones@btinternet.com

 

Posted November 7th, 2015 at 4:05 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Hobby ~ South Brent

14.48hrs today a juvenile Hobby seen flying over the outskirts of South Brent from the direction of the A38 and out towards Brent Hill.

Posted November 7th, 2015 at 2:59 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Friday 6th November 2015

Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth

Female Firecrest in NW corner of cemetery again today at 1300.

Posted November 6th, 2015 at 3:33 pm by Howard Ackford in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh and Goosemoor

Lunchtime visit until about 1.55.

Good numbers of waders building up from the hide including a flock of 30+ Bar-tailed Godwits. A flock of 40 Pintail flew in.

From Goosemoor a Spotted Redshank was feeding with a small number of Greenshank. A Kingfisher flew past and a couple of small groups of Redwing went over.

Yesterday, a Treecreeper was on the tree to the left of the ramp to the hide.

Posted November 6th, 2015 at 2:24 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Thursday 5th November 2015

Late Swallows in Beeson ..

Thursday November 5th.

Watched a swallow family of 2 adults and 3 juveniles feeding over our garden and surrounding area in Beeson this mornig from 9.45 am until we left the house at 11 am .

Posted November 5th, 2015 at 5:05 pm by Janet Teare in General Birding

Wrafton

The two Spoonbills were roosting by the Tarka Trail again this morning until at least 09.45. Probably scared off when the shooters arrived......

Posted November 5th, 2015 at 12:32 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Broadsands

A presumed hybrid Med x Blackheaded Gull (probably 2nd winter going by black line in 2nd primary based on previous experience) was present on rocks and then around 2nd car park this morning with Black-headed Gulls.

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Yesterday: 3 Mediterranean Gulls on the rocks at Preston; 2 ads and 1 2nd winter

Posted November 5th, 2015 at 9:54 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Wednesday 4th November 2015

Teigngrace cattle egrets

3 still around all of today though often only two together. They move between Blatchford farm sheep & cattle fields and the flooded field viewed from causeway.

Pair of cirl buntings also in Blatchford hedgerow beneath power lines.

Posted November 4th, 2015 at 9:12 pm by ken dainton in General Birding

Exmouth Serin

The Serin at Warren View Playing Field, Exmouth, eventually showed reasonably well at 15:30 after a 2 hour wait! Not easy to photograph though!

Serin
Serin

Posted November 4th, 2015 at 7:43 pm by Dave Helliar in General Birding

Teigngrace Cattle Egrets

The 3 Cattle Egrets showed well in sheep field adjacent to Blatchfords Farm entrance at 13:00 today.

3 Cattle Egret
3 Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

Posted November 4th, 2015 at 7:38 pm by Dave Helliar in General Birding

Around the Axe

A decent day around the Axe, with the best being a juv Hen Harrier over Colyford Marsh briefly this afternoon.

Have also seen a Short-eared Owl on Beer Head, at least one Firecrest at Seaton Hole and three Black Redstarts (one male) at Axmouth Yacht Club.

No sign in a brief look of yesterday's Axmouth Yellow-browed Warbler.

Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl

Male Black Redstart
Male Black Redstart

Posted November 4th, 2015 at 6:52 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Mansands

Good views of short eared owl patrolling cliffs halfway between Mansands and Sharkham point.

Posted November 4th, 2015 at 12:22 pm by John Lusher in General Birding

Tuesday 3rd November 2015

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the morning high-tide showed good numbers of Snipe all over the marsh with a group of 10 around the point of the left water channel noticeably quite active in the rain mist amongst the usual high numbers of other waders and ducks.

Video link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bHtsxoS5vg

Snipe
Snipe

Snipe
Snipe

Posted November 3rd, 2015 at 8:10 pm by David Boult in General Birding

River plym

Great-northern Diver close to the road on the Embankment.

Posted November 3rd, 2015 at 6:59 pm by Stephen John Turner in General Birding

a week at West Ogwell

Highlight of a week walking round West Ogwell area was a Black Redstart on the roof of High Holbeam (ref.822712)Thurs 29th, not seen after wet windy night on Friday 30th; possibly 1st yr male, as some white on wing; Also Monday 26th, 1 Swallow heading east; 2 small flocks of larus gulls heading NEast around 4-4.30pm, ~80no. total ALL juveniles/sub adult plumage, not a flash of white anywhere!  I've never seen this before.  Tues 27th Merlin heading south at ref. 801700. West Ogwell knoll had 50+ fieldfares, 30+ Redwings swirling around, much jay activity but could be 'only' 5 birds or many more. 

Posted November 3rd, 2015 at 6:01 pm by Dan Lupton in General Birding

Cattle Egrets Teigngrace

All three of the Teigngrace Cattle Egrets located late this morning, the lower fields alongside the Exeter Road contained one along with a counted 20 Little Egrets, th eother two were in the fields either side the entrance to Batchfords Farm one with the sheep and one in with the cattle (living up to its name)

 Back home at South Brent the weather slowed down the birding acitivty but a friends garden had a good sized flock of Starlings feeding on fat balls, a count of 15 Collard Doves and 10 plus Goldfinch

Posted November 3rd, 2015 at 5:03 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Exmouth

Warren View - Serin still present this afternoon, in weeds and willows behind the carpark. Stand by the big red bus to view. Also a very late Willow Warbler there - in sallows at the north end of the fields. Yesterday - 3 Mediterranean Gulls with large Black-headed Gull flock.

Posted November 3rd, 2015 at 3:21 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Instow

Good high tide roost of ~350 Oystercatcher (one wearing metal ring unreadable at distance)

Also about 10 Mediterranean Gull in with the Common and BHG, one of which carrying a French/Belgian project ring (White with code starting 'E__'). Full number collected and sent off! Very pleased.

Posted November 3rd, 2015 at 2:46 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

River Caen near Wrafton Pond - 02/11/15

Dipper showing well just below the footbridge off the Tarka Trail


Posted November 3rd, 2015 at 2:44 pm by Chris Bollen in General Birding

Berrynarbor

I know it's going to be a good day when I see a Kingfisher looking into the pond I netted yesterday !

Firecrest still through the garden daily.

Posted November 3rd, 2015 at 12:05 pm by Margaret Phillips in General Birding

Swift

Watched a Swift flying over Mannameasd, Plymouth this morning. Clearly visable and not flying south!

(EDs; UK records will show Pallid Swift is more likely in Nov!)

Posted November 3rd, 2015 at 11:47 am by D W Young in General Birding

Berry Head

A stronger E wind probably curtailed a bigger overhead movement today but still managed to count the following in 2hrs: 2 Ring Ouzel, 8 Blackbirds, 2 Song Thrush (7 more in bushes), 640 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 5 Swallow, 315 Chaffinch, 3 Brambling, 207 Goldfinch, 9 Linnet, 8 Siskin, 12 Skylark, 16 Meadow Pipit, 4 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail.

Also around the headland: 1 Firecrest, 46 Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper.

Stopped off at Breakwater quarry car park in Brixham and found a Yellow-browed Warbler, 15 Goldcrest and 2 Chiffchaff in the ivy and sycamore on the west side of the quarry.

Yellow-browed Warbler Brixham Breakwater Quarry 3 Nov 2015 ML

Posted November 3rd, 2015 at 11:00 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Monday 2nd November 2015

Late swallow - Teign Estuary

A single swallow seen today (Midday) at Arch Brook, Teign Estuary

Posted November 2nd, 2015 at 11:38 pm by JDA in General Birding

Bradiford reserve

Had a report of a Short-eared Owl hunting and perched in Bradiford reserve this afternoon. Watched for at least 20 minutes.

 

per Tom Williams

 

Posted November 2nd, 2015 at 7:58 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Teigngrace and Dartmoor

Only two of the reported Cattle Egrets were showing this morning at Blatchford Farm, Teigngrace, in the same sheep field as yesterday, they could be viewed easily from the road at the farm entrance and seem oblivious to viewing “birders”.

A drive up onto the high moors gave surprisingly little to be seen in the way of bird life, the lower moor around Caton gave a large flock of Fieldfare with the odd Redwing and a couple of Meadow Pipit.

Challacombe gave good views of a hen Kestrel.

Soussons gave us the high light of the day with a short view of an unidentified species of Harrier flying low over the ground.

Other than the various Thrush species and a number of  Buzzards very little to be seen overall.

Dart Bridge, Buckfast a Dipper could be heard calling but not seen while three Buzzards were circling over the river.

Marly Head gave a flock of 43 Redwing, two Jays and two Buzzards, one a juvenile calling to an adult bird.

Back home at South Brent a garden bird watch had given me 25 species before 9am including Nuthatch, Fieldfare, Redwing, Starlings, Coal Tit, Wren, Dunnock, two Herons flying over, a count of 18 Goldfinch.

Posted November 2nd, 2015 at 4:08 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Late Wheatear

Wheatear still remaining on Morte Point this morning 2nd Nov


Posted November 2nd, 2015 at 3:57 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Stover Country Park

19 members of DB (East Devon Branch) attended the morning walk.  Few water birds were present on the lake with only a few Tufted Duck and Pochard present.  A distant Kingfisher was scoped and a Water Rail seen below the overhead walkway to the feeders.  The feeders were busy with Coal Tit and a few Marsh Tit and over head a handful of Siskin were feeding at top of an Alder tree. A Gt Spotted Woodpecker (f) put in a brief appearance.  The Laurel bushes produced feeding Redwing and Mistle Thrushes and in the woodland fringes groups of Long Tailed Tit were accompanied by Goldcrests.

Posted November 2nd, 2015 at 2:56 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

cattle egrets

12.00 2 cattle egrets amongst sheep  in field by entrance to Blatchford farm. They were joined by the third around 12.20 and all 3 birds flew over the road towards the river around 12.30. They came down some distance away.

Jeff Hacon

Posted November 2nd, 2015 at 2:00 pm by Jeff Hacon in General Birding

Dartmoor - Dousland

The Bramblings are back!  Reported in gardens on Saturday and today.

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Rob Harrison

Posted November 2nd, 2015 at 1:20 pm in General Birding

Berry Head

Joined by John Lusher we were treated to another impressive vis mig morning at Berry Head with the following overhead:

1 Hawfinch, 1 Ring Ouzel, 16 Fieldfare, 229 Redwing, 970 Chaffinch, 23 Brambling, 2 Redpoll, 49 Siskin, 3 Swallow, 4 Bullfinch, 33 Linnet, 460 Goldfinches, 6 Skylark, 22 Greenfinch, 5 Songthrush, 62 Meadow Pipit, 5 pied Wagtail, 31 Wood Pigeon and a flock of 11 Long-tailed Tits!

Around the headland: 31 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest, 4 Blackcap, 6 Stonechat.

Brambling Berry Hd 2 Nov 2015 MLBrambling- male

Posted November 2nd, 2015 at 11:07 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Teigngrace

3 Cattle Egrets arrived at 0740, grouped with 9 little egrets. Distant on far side of flooded fields. Buzzard, Jay present.

Posted November 2nd, 2015 at 8:43 am by Chris Courtaux in General Birding

Sunday 1st November 2015

Soar

A walk around the Bolberry side from mid morning was quite quiet but produced - Firecrest, 12+ Goldcrests, 8 Redwings, Chiffchaff, 2 Bullfinches, Sparrowhawk, Siskin, Blackcap, c50 Skylarks and 3 Roe Deer.  

Posted November 1st, 2015 at 10:18 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Topsham

Highlight of the morning was 274 Fieldfares heading east over the house in 5 flocks and an influx of Coal tits (at least 10) in the garden.  In the afternoon the Rideway's Cackling Goose was on Bowling Green Marsh associating with the Canadas.

Posted November 1st, 2015 at 6:55 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Teigngrace to Yarner

The two reported Cattle Egrets were showing well this morning at first light in the flooded fields between Teigngrace Road and Exeter Road (junction of Teigngrace gate) fielding in the flooded fields along with 11 Little Egret but further away than yesterday, while watching all the gathered Egrets lifted and flew up towards Stover landing further up the valley.

Stover CP ~ The pines in the car parks were alive with Goldcrests

Yarner Wood ~ Pond hide ~ Predominately Coal Tits on the feedersbut three Marsh Tit showed, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Goldcrest and Chaffinch. At the upper hide mostly Great Tits with a few Coal and Blue Tits, two Nuthatch, Raven heard and seen dropping into the woodland in front of the hide, Green Woodpecker calling on the way back down to the car park.

Back to Teigngrace to find the Little Egret count at 14 but no Cattle Egrets to be seen while viewing a Kingfisher flew over the flooded fields, Meadow Pipit, both Grey and Pied Wagtails, Jay Wren, Goldcrest and Robins. Large flockof Black Headed Gulls in the area again.

A drive round the area found the Cattle Egrets at Blatchford farm they could be viewed easily from the road at the farm entrance and surprised to see that (as in an earlier post) the numbers had risen to three. They became alarmed when the Black headed Gull flock passed high overhead but simply remained on the ground in an alert posture but did break and fly when a Buzzard went over them but landed within the same field.

Back home Nuthatch, Fieldfare, Redwing, and Sparrow hawk.

Posted November 1st, 2015 at 6:26 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Wrafton

all males, Whilst ringing in the reserve this morning, one Spoonbill seen by the Tarka Trail. It left at about 9 a.m. Ringed a Kingfisher (8th this year) and trapped 3 different Great Spotted Woodpeckers - 2 of which were ringed recently. Never seen more than one at a time there before!

Posted November 1st, 2015 at 5:44 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Croyde Bay

Interesting feeding behaviour from a Crow this aft on the north side of Croyde Beach. It was feeding on a small Limpet which it had managed to remove from the surface of the rock with it's bill holding it upside down with it's feet to reveal the juicy fleshy underside.

Missed it with the camera while looking through the bins!


Posted November 1st, 2015 at 5:26 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

watched from 08:15 till 12:30

A good morning with a big increase in avocet to 244+ , 460+ dunlin, 300+ curlew, 18+ bar tailed godwits, 110+ lapwing, 300+ redshank, 200+ wigeon, 12+ pintail, 80+ snipe( 16 on marsh, the rest over in small groups mostly heading west ) , 2 grey wagtail , 1 stonechat, 1 buzzard.

Around the viewing platform 1 kingfisher showed well, 375+ redwing came out of rivers meet house with 60+ fieldfare, 8+ mistle thrush, 4 song thrush, increase in robin and blackbirds, 50+ skylark over, 2 crossbill, 1 redpoll , small groups of chaffinch west, 12+ long tailed tit, 1 female blackcap.

from the goatwalk large number of dunlin on far side by turf, 25+ golden plover, 300+ lapwing, 20+ grey plover.

 

Posted November 1st, 2015 at 4:21 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Berry Head

During Torbay Coast & Countryside walk overhead migration was quite special highlights being: 2000+ Redwing, 50+ Fieldfare, 200 Woodpigeon, 40+ Skylark, 3 Brambling, 1 Redpoll, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Woodcock, 2 Snipe, 200+ Chaffinches, 5 Swallows. other birds included 1 Kingfisher, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers.

Posted November 1st, 2015 at 11:56 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

cattle egrets

Three cattle egrets now in Teigngrace. Often mobile but with sheep at Blatchford farm at 10.30. easily viewed from farm track.

Posted November 1st, 2015 at 10:59 am by ken dainton in General Birding

Pallas's Warbler photos

Photos of a Pallas's  Warbler ringed yesterday (31st. Oct.) at North Hallsands (site with no public access). Also on site 70+ Goldcrests 1 Firecrest and 1 Chiffchaff.




Posted November 1st, 2015 at 2:41 am by Alan Searle in General Birding

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