Devon Bird Sightings from November 2016

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  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 - Bird Hides

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Please follow NHS guidelines:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/social-distancing/what-you-need-to-do/

Posted April 16th at 12:04 pm by Mike Daniels in General Birding

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in General Birding

Wednesday 30th November 2016

Thurlestone

An excellent days birding in the Thurlestone area with Ian P.

Desert Wheatear showed well early morning on Leas foot Beach but moved over to South Huish by the flats late morning (11.50) probably due to the disturbance.

2 Black redstarts - female Leas foot and adult male South Huish.

Water Pipit, 2 Black tailed godwits, 50+ Snipe, 60 Teal and 40 Wigeon - South Huish marsh. Curlew over late afternoon.

4+ Water Rails (South Milton/South Huish), 8 Ringed Plover, 8 Turnstone and a Sanderling South Huish beach and a female Common Scoter in the bay.

8+ Chiffchaff South Milton ley.

Posted November 30th, 2016 at 8:09 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Purple Sandpipers - Torquay Breakwater

7 Purple Sandpipers along the breakwater, late this afternoon.

Posted November 30th, 2016 at 7:47 pm by Cliff Parrott in General Birding

Torbay

The 4 Velvet  Scoter were still off Goodrington today with 2 Common Scoter nearby. From Broadsands 4 Red-throated Divers, 3 Great Northern Divers & 12 Great Crested Grebes.

Clennon Lakes: The Yellow-browed Warbler still present just below the lakes,  5 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 3 Water Rail, 2 Snipe, 2 Kingfisher & 3 Little Grebes.

Yellow-browed Warbler Clennon Lakes 30 Nov 2016 ML Water Rail & Snipe Clennon Lakes 30 Nov 2016 ML

                          Yellow-browed Warbler                                                                Snipe & Water Rail

 

Posted November 30th, 2016 at 7:38 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exe Estuary cruise

This afternoon's Stuart Lines cruise produced the Bonaparte's Gull again off Exmouth and the Long-tailed Duck by Topsham ferry. In between were 2 Slavonian Grebes (off Cockwood), 12 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Pintail (but not the 6 Gadwall present yesterday, which were my first ever in the estuary), c30 Golden Plover, c250+ Avocets, c120 Knot, c10 Sanderling, 3 Greenshank, masses of gulls (3 L B-b and 100+ Common), Guillemot (off Cockwood), Kingfisher and hundreds/thousands of Black-tailed Godwits and Dunlin.

Posted November 30th, 2016 at 6:40 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Teignmouth Seafront

Nine Eider just offshore, three males. Close in - 150m off the Point car park a Great Northern Diver.

Posted November 30th, 2016 at 5:02 pm by Simon Bates in General Birding

South Hams

On the outskirts of Thurlestone a large flock of finch like birds feeding on a weed and stubble field on checking a flock of predominantly Linnets took to the wing in excess of 200 birds which included a handful of Goldfinch.

The Desert Wheatear continues to draw birders to Leasfoot beach by the Golf club, the bird was showing well despite a JCB working on the beach, also showing was a female Black Redstart and a single Rock Pipit.

  

South Milton beach at least five Rock Pipits, eight Ring Plover, single Heron and Little Egret, three Oyster Catchers, a first winter Common Gull flew from the sea onto South Huish Marsh.

South Efford Marsh, Aveton Gifford at least four Bullfinch, two Stonechat, three Wren, twelve Curlew, Kingfisher, three sightings of I suspect the same bird, three Little Grebe, six Common Sandpipers, one Green Sandpiper, one Heron and three Little Egrets, Teal moving around the marsh and a Buzzard overhead being mobbed by Jackdaws.

Posted November 30th, 2016 at 5:01 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

East Soar to Southdown Farm

Glorious crisp conditions on the high fields! Morning's tally included 120 Gannet feeding out beyond the Ham Stone, 360 Golden Plover, Lapwing, 2 Snipe, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, 39 Stock Dove, 477 Skylark, still 24 Blackbird in Soar Mill Valley, Linnets down to 60.

2 Roe Does!

Posted November 30th, 2016 at 3:29 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Tuesday 29th November 2016

Hembury Woods

1 Woodcock at dusk.

Posted November 29th, 2016 at 11:08 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Pil Tor, Widecombe, Dartmoor

A flock of about 50 golden plover was present this afternoon, feeding 2-300 metres SW of Pil Tor (2km ESE of Widecombe). They were flushed several times by dog walkers - it seems likely that a flock of about the same size seen flying over the valley east of Haytor on the way home was the same group.

Posted November 29th, 2016 at 9:43 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Exe Estuary

The adult Bonaparte's Gull was feeding along the estuary shore at Shelly Beach, Exmouth, at 12:30. At 14:40 the Long-tailed Duck was on the river at Topsham, close to the ferry.


Posted November 29th, 2016 at 7:52 pm by Dave Smallshire in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Emsworthy NR Dartmoor

Great Grey Shrike around the barn at 12.15 this morning and moved off to the north.

Joe Higman

Posted November 29th, 2016 at 7:40 pm in General Birding

Staverton

3 Goosanders ( 2M,1F ), on the River Dart below Staverton Bridge this afternoon.

Posted November 29th, 2016 at 7:17 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Northam Burrows

Two Snow Buntings today seen near the 8th tee next to the estuary.

Roger Jewell and Mike Gibson

 

Posted November 29th, 2016 at 5:47 pm in General Birding

Tidal stream - Bradiford Reserve

In the boundary stream there was a single Green Sandpiper this morning.


Posted November 29th, 2016 at 5:46 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands - Elberry cove

28 brent geese midway between elberry and Broadsands at midday. very close to shore. (had my bins with me today!) 

Posted November 29th, 2016 at 4:37 pm by graham folkerd in General Birding

Thurlestone

The Desert Wheatear showed well this morning and two Black Redstarts.

Desert Wheatear Thurlestone 29 Nov 2016 ML

Posted November 29th, 2016 at 4:35 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands

10 Brent Geese and 1 Eider on a very rough sea!

Posted November 29th, 2016 at 4:19 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Broadsands

The Broadsands car parks gave up to five Cirl Buntings.

A female Reed Bunting, two Buzzards, two Jays and a Kestrel over the car park.

The corner of the left hand car park gave three Goldcrest and another two on leaving with good numbers of Goldfinch feeding on the Alders.

 

Posted November 29th, 2016 at 4:07 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Glossy Ibis - off Horsey Island

Spotted a Glossy Ibis with a Grey Heron & a Greenshank feeding together at low tide at lunchtime today from the coastal path - (sun low & very strong so photo not the best).

Posted November 29th, 2016 at 4:05 pm by Chris Bollen in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Around the Axe

Yellow-browed Warbler still at Lower Bruckland Ponds this morning around the top pond (please keep to public footpath). Also three Black Redstarts about (Seaton Hole and Seaton seafront), and last night three Goosander and two ad Med Gulls on the Estuary.

Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Yellow-browed Warbler
Yellow-browed Warbler

Posted November 29th, 2016 at 2:07 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Pottington

Long-tailed Duck still present this morning with a host of different waders. Up to 5 Goosander seen.

Posted November 29th, 2016 at 1:46 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Monday 28th November 2016

Elberry/Brixham harbour

19 Brent Geese just off Elberry Cove this morning. Also possible immature Eider duck, in the cove.(have pictures, will post them when

checked out). In Brixham harbour and beyond the breakwater, 3 Great Northern Divers.

Posted November 28th, 2016 at 11:39 pm by Kay and Gary Deare in General Birding

Fremington

Plenty of the usual waders around, Redshank,Dunlin,Curlew,Oystercatcher,Lapwing in good numbers Also a Greenshank feeding on its own just off Fremington Quay .Grey Heron,Little Egret,and 6 Spoonbills seen feeding. One of them had blue and white band on the right leg and green yellow green on the left. A Widgeon with some Teal didn't appear to know which way was up! There was also a Kingfisher flying along the shoreline, along with Linnets. Redwings seen along with Wood Pigeon feeding on the berries. 

Posted November 28th, 2016 at 8:25 pm by Christopher Rufus-Marshall in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Late morning (low tide) - Snipe 6+, Jack Snipe 2, Greenshank, Goldcrest, Redwing 6, Roe Deer 2 does.

Posted November 28th, 2016 at 7:37 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Red Kite.

Red Kite seen just north of Aller Cross Roundabout South Molton. Feeding on roadkill.

Posted November 28th, 2016 at 7:24 pm by Jeremy Hickman in General Birding

Thurlestone

Desert Wheatear early this morning also three Black Redstarts two f and a fine male bird.

Posted November 28th, 2016 at 7:17 pm by Chris Buckland in General Birding

Thurlestone Beach

At last a chance to catch up with the Desert Wheatear with the bonus of a Black Redstart and some sunshine. Also 2 Rock Pipits, female Stonechat, 2 Oystercatchers and 3 gannets fishing offshore.

Desert Wheatear

Desert Wheatear
Desert Wheatear

Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Posted November 28th, 2016 at 7:01 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Broadsands - Elberry cove

brent geese. 5 in elberry cove and  a further separate 4 at entry into broadsands bay close to coast path. 

Posted November 28th, 2016 at 6:01 pm by graham folkerd in General Birding

Pottington - Taw Estuary

The Long tailed Duck was still present today in & out of the water for the third day in the same location!



Posted November 28th, 2016 at 5:41 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Northam Burrows

2 Snow Buntings were seen by Dave Paul this a.m close to the 8th green, possibly 2 of those around at the end of October. This afternoon 19 Eider towards the mouth of the Taw/Torridge estuary from Northam Burrows 

Posted November 28th, 2016 at 4:56 pm by Roger Doble in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Dartmoor & Plymouth

An early morning visit to DWT Emsworthy Mire failed to locate the reported Grey Shrike, bitterly cold on the moors today, a small number of Fieldfare and Mistle Thrush and other than corvids little else to be seen.

At the entrance to Holwell three Stonechat and a flock of 20 Starlings.

Grey Wagtail at Yarner.

Later in the day a visit to Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth gave small numbers of Mistle Thrush and Redwing, three Wrens and one very confiding Ring Necked Parakeet and lots of Blue and Great Tit around the feed station.

Posted November 28th, 2016 at 4:48 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Topsham Rec

1 Long tailed duck, 2 Goldeneyes and 6 Red-breasted mergansers at the rec this morning.

Posted November 28th, 2016 at 12:58 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Sunday 27th November 2016

South Huish Marsh

A flock of 10 Barnacle Geese was present on South Huish Marsh this morning at about 8:30.

Posted November 27th, 2016 at 6:45 pm by Tom Gale in General Birding

Pottington + Ashford Starnd - Taw Estuary

Cycled along the Tarka trail again this morning to see if the Long tailed Duck was still around & much to my surprise it was in the same location as yesterday morning on the Taw Estuary at Pottington in the channel at low tide. There have been 2 high tides since yesterday morning!

Andy Landsell was there & while we were catching up on some bird news a female Sparrowhawk  flew past followed by a Merlin chasing a Meadow Pipit a minute or two later.

Spotted this Goldeneye at Ashford Strand but it is less common to see them out of the water on the estuary.

Posted November 27th, 2016 at 6:07 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

black redstarts

Two black redstarts showing well earlier this morning, But constantly being harassed by the desert wheatear!!

Posted November 27th, 2016 at 5:43 pm by patrick ag hawkins in General Birding

Desert Wheatear

Still showing well on Thurlestone Beach, under the golf course, at lunchtime today. 

A Black Redstart on eastern edge of the beach.

Posted November 27th, 2016 at 5:14 pm by Martin Lavelle in General Birding

Long Tailed Duck, Topsham

Short Video of LTD at Topsham yesterday.

https://youtu.be/GSgArYps8E4

Long Tailed Duck
Long Tailed Duck

Posted November 27th, 2016 at 3:17 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Emsworthy & Yarner Wood

Got to DWT Emsworthy early as the weather was very dismal. Located the Shrike straight away at the top of a tree on the reserve. Managed to get some record shots as conditions not too brilliant. What a stunner! Carried on to Yarner Wood looking for the Brambling but no sign.

Great Grey Shrike

Great Grey Shrike
Great Grey Shrike

Grey Wagtail at Yarner Wood
Grey Wagtail at Yarner Wood

Posted November 27th, 2016 at 1:15 pm by Steph Murphy in General Birding

Emsworthy/Saddle Tor

Great Grey Shrike still present 9 to 9.30am at least. Initially very close to the road at SX745762 but then moving down the slope to the north.

Posted November 27th, 2016 at 1:02 pm by Andy Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Roadford Lake

Long-tailed duck

Posted November 27th, 2016 at 12:13 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Taw Estuary Long Tailed Duck

Good views of the juvenile Long Tailed Duck from behind RGB this morning for 45 minutes, diving repeatedly and once out on the bank for a few seconds. Six Goosander (2m 4f) also put in an a brief appearance along with a wide range of the usual species. Cold though!

Posted November 27th, 2016 at 11:41 am by alan craddock in General Birding

Saturday 26th November 2016

Wembury Bay

Early afternoon - Water Pipit among a handful of Rock Pipits near the point, a Red-throated Diver flew by and also an adult Mediterrarean Gull and 3 Cirl Buntings.

No sign of the possible Azores Gull, nor of many large gulls at all.

Posted November 26th, 2016 at 7:25 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Emsworthy, Dartmoor

Andrew Taylor reports a Great Grey Shrike this afternoon near the red-roofed barn at Devon Wildlife Trust's Emsworthy reserve (SX746766)

Posted November 26th, 2016 at 5:47 pm in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exminster Marsh

As below post from Mark Bailey Exminster marsh well worth a visit presently, the female Long Tailed duck showing as described on the river to the front of the cottage, just beyond the ferry bridge and about 100 yards up from where the river forks at Topsham rec.

 

The reported Barnacle Geese showing well from the roadside near the Lions Rest Industrial estate, huge numbers of Canadian Geese, good numbers of Brent Geese and a few Grey Lags as well.

Over 100 Lapwings rose from the marsh at one point.

Posted November 26th, 2016 at 5:04 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Slapton

Bleak, overcast day with a moderate NE. Had a look around Ireland Bay this morning, still good numbers of wildfowl, 2 Shovelers, 76 Gadwall, 78 Tufted Duck, 2 Wigeons and a male Goldeneye. Worryingly no Pochard. Also 3 Little Grebes and 50 Coot plus around 180 in a raft further south on the Lower Ley. Best bird was a briefly seen then heard calling Siberian Chiffchaff by the boardwalk towards Deer Bridge near the sewage works with a roving tit flock. Bumped into Mike Langman in the Ireland Bay Quarry and he picked up what was probably another bird calling. Offshore 15 Common Scoter and 10 Brent Geese flew north.

Posted November 26th, 2016 at 4:54 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Emsworthy NR, Dartmoor

Great Grey Shrike today at the red-roofed barn below Saddle Tor - Andrew Taylor.

Posted November 26th, 2016 at 4:12 pm in General Birding

Taw Estuary - Pottington

1 Long tailed Duck seen first by Andy Leat drifting up the tidal channel on the Taw Estuary adjacent to the Bradiford Reserve this morning. While I was digiscoping it Andy videoed it with his smartphone through his telescope. The low angle of the sun made this a difficult photographic challenge for both of us!

Posted November 26th, 2016 at 2:36 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Colebrook - Winter Visitors

A very welcome and rare visitor to the back garden was my second only Treecreeper.  The previous was way back in Oct 2007.  In with the foraging tit flock it was in the company of a Goldcrest, a pair of Blackcap and a female Bullfinch.  All very welcome to see, but where's my Firecrest?

Posted November 26th, 2016 at 1:54 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Exminster Marsh

A brilliant morning - the female Long Tailed Duck still on the River Exe viewable from the cottage near the lock (flew in at 840am) and then moved slightly upriver opposite Topsham Rec.  16 Barnacle Geese ( flock of 14 near end car park and the resisdent 2 in with the Canadas). The Marsh Harrier sat out on the marsh , Pale Bellied Brent Goose, Kingfisher (by lock), Water Rail, 10 Greylag Geese And a flock of 500 Redwing flew north. Thousands of Wigeon on main marsh.

Posted November 26th, 2016 at 10:42 am by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Friday 25th November 2016

25-11-16 Desert Wheatear

Showing again very well

Posted November 25th, 2016 at 10:28 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Desert Wheatear

Sorry - forgot to upload photos



Posted November 25th, 2016 at 8:52 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Desert Wheatear, Thurlestone

Desert wheatear showing ridiculously close today on the beach at Thurlestone in sunny conditions but with a biting cold wind - a  beautiful and charismatic bird indeed.

Posted November 25th, 2016 at 8:33 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Roadford

Sorry Eds! But with the season of merriment fast approaching, could not resist posting a pic of this cheeky " Devon Birds" loving blue tit that joined me in the hide at Roadford today! Think he was asking me if I was a Member! Not much to report on other birds there, Goldeneye the highlight. 

Posted November 25th, 2016 at 8:00 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Exminister Marsh

Visited 0815-1000.

13 Barnacle Geese, Imm F Marsh Harrier, 540+ Redwing (flying north), 15 Fieldfare (flying north), 200+ Lapwing, 2500+ Wigeon, 17 Pintail & 6 Shoveler. 

Posted November 25th, 2016 at 7:27 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Downend

Common Scoter still at Downend this morning. However, the bird on the left in the photo with Cinnamon plumage resembles a female Teal but I am not 100% certain it is a Common Teal?


Posted November 25th, 2016 at 6:33 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Salcombe

2 flocks of Woodpigeons, c200 and c40 seen flying high and purposefully south over Salcombe late morning. Working, not birding so others may have gone through unnoticed.

Posted November 25th, 2016 at 5:49 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

What a lovely crisp day on the marsh today. Found the small group of Barnacle Geese on the scrape, plus many Redwing and Fieldfare nipping around. So much bird life on the marsh we were spoilt for choice. Brent, Canada's, Snipe, Wigeon, Teal, etc. Met Dave Boult who showed us a great place to photograph the female Long Tailed Duck, which was bobbing around with a Little Grebe, so, many thanks Dave.

Posted November 25th, 2016 at 5:39 pm by stephanie murphy in General Birding

Velator reserve

While clearing some brushwood this morning I paused for coffee and a Chiffchaff appeared taking bugs off the Alder trees by the pond. It was soon joined by a second and then a third, and this one was a pale grey individual looking very similar to the one we ringed a couple of weeks ago, so Siberian Chiffchaff number two! Reserve busy with birds: Many Redwing and Chaffinch, at least two Goldcrest, Cetti's Warbler calling, ditto Water Rail. Dipper and Kingfisher seen in the river on the way in. As I left for lunch, a Song Thrush was near one of the Guelder Rose we planted a few years back and is now heavy with beautiful red berries. To my surprise, 4 more Song Thrushes appeared and took berries from the tree. Next to it 2 Greenfinch were ripping into the huge rose-hips - from an ornamental rose planted at the same time as the Guelder Rose.

Posted November 25th, 2016 at 4:54 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Stover Country Park

12 members of DB attended this mornings field trip around the lake and woodlands.  A Treecreeper was reported early in the car park but not seen again. No Grebes and few ducks were present other than Mallard, 3 Pochard,  some Tufted Duck and a pair of Teal.  The main interest was a f. Kingfisher and small birds around the feeders.  These included close views of a pair of Bullfinch, several Siskin, Nuthatch, Tits (1 Marsh present) and a Gt Spotted Woodpecker. (Bullfinch were seen in other areas of the park and possibly numbered four pairs).  A couple of Mistle Thrush were seen at a distance in the meadows to the south and a third present in trees on north side of lake.  A couple of Jays were also present and a single Goldcrest (which were surprisingly absent as were winter Thrushes).

Note:  Members wishing to attend East Devon Branch Christmas lunch at Escot Park on Monday 12 December must pre-book with Sheila Sherburn by the end of November please. Contact details in Programme. 

Posted November 25th, 2016 at 3:51 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Woodbury Common

Great Grey Shrike @ 13.10 approx 1000m east of Woodbury Castle.The shrike flew onto a stunted tree 20 m away & perched for 20 secs or so before flying low down the valley.

Birds also seen include 4 bullfinch,2 meadow pipit, great-spotted woodpecker,goldcrest,mistle thrush,stonechat,buzzard with wren heard sensibly sheltering from the cold wind

Posted November 25th, 2016 at 3:24 pm by Ian Pearson in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

A pleasant walk mid morning around the lower part of the marshes.Fields wet but not as flooded as I would have expected. A small flock of 13 barnacle geese were grazing to the north of the lagoon until disturbed by the imm marsh harrier. Nearer the road another, probably the resident, barnacle goose was with Canada geese and a few strange hybrids. Elsewhere 6 greylag geese, lots of wigeon (estimate over 1,500), teal, pintail and shoveller (c20 on the lagoon). Also seen were a couple of song thrushes, lots of blackbirds, c100 redwing and a few fieldfare. I heard 3 Cettis and saw 2 chiffchaff and 2 goldcrest.

Posted November 25th, 2016 at 2:19 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Kingsbridge Estuary-Long-tailed Duck

One Long-tailed Duck seen to fly up the estuary at about 10:00 hours, landing by the Saltstone and then swimming up the main channel with the incoming tide.

Posted November 25th, 2016 at 2:01 pm by Barrie Whitehall in General Birding

Clennon Lakes

The probable Siberian Chiffchaff again on the far side of the lower lake with 3 Chiffchaff this morning, another 3 Chiffchaff elsewhere around the lakes, 6 Goldcrest and Cetti's Warbler but no sign of the Yellow-browed Warbler today. 6 Gadwall, 2 Little Grebes, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Water Rail, 1 Fieldfare >S and 12 Redwing >S. 

Posted November 25th, 2016 at 12:08 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 24th November 2016

Brambling and G.S. Woodpeckers at Yarner Wood

Cock brambling seen today on bird feeder at bottom hide at Yarner Wood Reserve, also 3 great spotted woodpeckers.

Posted November 24th, 2016 at 10:46 pm by Bob Barrow in General Birding

Topsham Rec

Just an update on the female Long-tailed Duck which was still on the River Exe at Topsham Rec at 13.45. It was favouring the section of river opposite the top end of the play park area. Also there a male Kingfisher showing very closely.

Posted November 24th, 2016 at 7:20 pm by Terry Smith in General Birding

Barnacle Geese Exminster Marshes

I watched these 24 Barnacle Geese fly in this afternoon at High Tide 

24 Barnacle Geese
24 Barnacle Geese



Posted November 24th, 2016 at 7:19 pm by Jocelyn King in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Clennon Lakes

The Yellow-browed Warbler showed well again today and has taken up residence around the willows, by the middle weir. It moved from the YMCA stream yesterday morning about 500m up stream to the lakes.

Checking carefully the photos it shows identical right side wing pattern: it also has the flared supercilium not shown in the photo taken today.

Clennon YMCA 20 Nov 2016 ML   Clennon Lakes 24 Nov 2016 ML

                          20 Nov YMCA stream                                                            24 Nov Clennon Lakes                                                                     

Posted November 24th, 2016 at 6:21 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Hams Coastal

Aveton Gifford ~ River Avon ~ tidal road, Common Sandpiper, Greenshank 3, Redshank 4, Curlew 4, Oyster Catcher 3, Black Tailed Godwit 2, Little Egret, Greater Black Backed Gull 3.

The Desert Wheatear was still showing well on Leas Foot Beach at Thurlestone this morning, along with Rock Pipit and Pied Wagtail.

 

South Huish Marsh ~ Dunlin 4, Redshank, Water Pipit, Greenfinch, Oyster Catcher, Teal, Wigeon, Pied wagtails, Stonechats,  Rock Pipits, Greater Black Back Gull 3, Lesser Black Back Gull 2.

 

On the shore numerous Rock Pipits, a dead Gannet, Stonechats, female Black Redstart (thanks to Mike for pointing it out) on leaving a female Merlin.

Several flocks of Canadian geese flying into the marsh largest flock being of 30 birds. 

Posted November 24th, 2016 at 6:06 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Barnacle Geese - Bassett's Ridge

Lightened version of the above!


Posted November 24th, 2016 at 5:40 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

clennon today

The birds at Broadsands had more sense than us. There was nothing visible in the wild water or the car parks except  two oystercatchers and one cormorant. Clennon yielded one kingfisher, one grey wagtail, two little grebes and one tufted duck. however still a pleasant day

Posted November 24th, 2016 at 5:24 pm by philip l. fairclough in General Birding

Bassett's Ridge - Taw Estuary

8 Barnacle Geese on the ridge late aft half way between the Braunton Inn on the Tarka trail & Fremington Quay.


Posted November 24th, 2016 at 5:12 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Home FarmMarsh

9am from main hide.male Marsh Harrier hunting over pond and field,put up 200 plus teal a few wigeon and a redshank,shortly after a Perergine flew by.300plus Lapwing over Isley Marsh.

Posted November 24th, 2016 at 4:07 pm by Geoff Taylor in General Birding

Topsham Rec

Long-tailed duck again this morning at 07:40

Posted November 24th, 2016 at 12:39 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Wednesday 23rd November 2016

Hembury Woods

1 Woodcock, late afternoon.

Posted November 23rd, 2016 at 10:51 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Beesands

On the walk up to the hide a BLACK REDSTART on the electric fence post.

Posted November 23rd, 2016 at 8:37 pm by Terry Goddard in General Birding

Wembury Point

John Bishop sent in these images of a gull (taken this morning) that certainly looks like it might be an Azorean Yellow-legged Gull (3rd winter?)but without more detailed plumage information it will remain only a possible. if anyone is out at Wembury tomorrow morning keep your eyes peeled - at least its going to be fairly easy to pick out! 

possible Azorean Y-l Gull Wembury 23 Nov 2016 J Bishop possible Azorean Y-l Gull Wembury 23 Nov 2016 J Bishop

possible Azorean Y-l Gull Wembury 23 Nov 2016 J Bishop   possible Azorean Y-l Gull Wembury 23 Nov 2016 J Bishop

Posted November 23rd, 2016 at 7:30 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Great Grey Shrike at Fernworthy

Great Grey Shrike at Fernworthy - in the clear-felled area about half-way along the south side of the reservoir. Also about 30 Mistle Thrush and 50 Fieldfare.


Posted November 23rd, 2016 at 5:04 pm by Martin Overy in General Birding

Teignmouth

10 Eiders still present offshore between Point car park and The Ness this morning. Also at least 8 Great Northern Divers but no sign of yesterday's Long-tailed Duck.

Posted November 23rd, 2016 at 2:14 pm by Will Salmon in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Topsham Rec

Long-tailed duck at Topsham Rec at 07:35.  Also adult Med gull flew over, heading up river.

Posted November 23rd, 2016 at 2:10 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Tuesday 22nd November 2016

East Soar-Soar Mill Valley-Southdown Farm

0820- 1200 - Highlight was male & female Black Redstart feeding in Soar Mill Cove with 12 Rock Pipit. Also: Gannet 14, Lapwing,  Snipe 8,  Stock Dove 20, Skylark 530, Meadow Pipit 36, Blackbird 20, Song Thrush 14, Redwing, male Blackcap,  House Sparrow 40, Goldfinch 31, Linnet 130, Bullfinch 6 & Yellowhammer 9. Also Roebuck.

Posted November 22nd, 2016 at 4:06 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands

On the sea this morning were: 4 Velvet Scoter, 3 Eider, 12 Great Northern and 2 Red-throated Divers, 2 Slavonian Grebes, 1 Black-necked Grebe and 1 Red-necked Grebe

Posted November 22nd, 2016 at 3:34 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Clennon Lakes

The Yellow-browed Warbler is still present at along the stream near to the YMCA at the back of the golf driving range. Also around the Lakes: 1 Cetti's Warbler, a small influx of Chiffchaff 10 now, including a possible Siberian Chiffchaff (but need a better look), 5 Goldcrest, 2 Gadwall, 12 Tufted Ducks, 2 Snipe, 2 Water Rail, 2 Little Grebe and 1 Kingfisher.

Posted November 22nd, 2016 at 3:32 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Black Redstart sighting

Tuesday November 22, 2pm: Two black redstarts, Plymouth city centre - on and around trees in Millbay Park, Citadel Road, opposite Duke of Cornwall Hotel.

Posted November 22nd, 2016 at 2:20 pm by C Elder in General Birding

Topsham Recreation Ground

The road to Bowling Green Marsh was closed today due to flooding further down so I made a detour to Topsham Rec. At first the place appeared to be almost birdless with the river very high, so I was surprised to find a Long-tailed Duck - looked like an adult female to me - feeding in mid river. Still there when I left at about 1.40. Also 2 Red-breasted Mergansers.

Posted November 22nd, 2016 at 1:56 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Desert Wheatear

The Desert Wheatear was still showing well on Leas Foot Beach at Thurlstone this morning, along with Rock Pipit and Pied Wagtail.

 

Desert WheatearO

On the approach to Thurlestone in excess of 400 Wood pigeons feeding on late standing corn and a number of Stock Dove.

South Huish Marsh ~ 39 Lapwing, 9 Oyster Catcher, 2 Raven, Snipe, Teal, Wigeon, Little Egret, Heron and Stonechat, Meadow & Rock Pipits and Pied Wagtails.

At home a Song Thrush in the garden.

Posted November 22nd, 2016 at 1:21 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 21st November 2016

Berrynarbor

A little fed up with this weather. Just waiting for the rain to stop !


Posted November 21st, 2016 at 5:51 pm by Margaret Phillips in Other Wildlife

Slapton Ley

Great White Egret tucked away in Ireland Bay. Also Red-crested Pochard.

Posted November 21st, 2016 at 4:21 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bolt Tail

Late post for yesterday: Great Northern Diver west offshore, 2nd winter Med Gull & 101 Great Black-backed Gulls

Posted November 21st, 2016 at 8:31 am by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 20th November 2016

Grey Heron with a young Pike fish

19-11-16 Heron catching a young Pike

   

 

Posted November 20th, 2016 at 7:16 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Desert Wheatear

Showing well on the beach this morning.


Posted November 20th, 2016 at 7:14 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

Bursdon Moor

1 male Hen Harrier and 1 ringtail Hen Harrier.

Posted November 20th, 2016 at 5:39 pm by Barry Bryne in General Birding

Broadsands

A very calm, flat sea and overcast - so perfect viewing conditions: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Slavonian Grebes, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 9 Great Northern Divers, 3 Eider, 4 Velvet Scoter 3 Razorbill and 1 Guillemot. 

Iin the marsh, 2 Chiffchaffs, 4 Goldcrest and 2 Cirl Buntings on seed at the back of the 2nd car park.

Posted November 20th, 2016 at 3:36 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Arlington court

A break in the weather gave time for a sheltered  walk around Arlington court, a small murm of starlings on a field started our walk, numerous Robins, wrens, blackbirds,  and mistle thrushes.

Down on the lake it appeared empty until the great white egret glided in and graced us with its presence.  further along flocks  of long-tailed, blue, great and coal tits were in abundance throughout the woods.

On the last leg mallards and teal on the overflowing river, and finally to top it off a tree creeper in the upper wood by the house,.

Flying in

Getting settled
Flying In                                                Getting settled

Treecreeper
Treecreeper

Posted November 20th, 2016 at 3:28 pm by Philip Worth in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

4 Willow Tits, Blue Great and Coal Tits,12+ Long Tailed Tits. several Chaffinches, 5 Greenfinches, 4 Tree Creepers, 2 Nuthatches, 7 Blackbirds, c.15 Mallard, 10 Tufted Ducks, 4 Goosanders, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Goldcrests, 6 Snipe, 1 Little Grebe, 5 Bullfinches, 5 Water Rail, 1 Cormorant, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Coot,4 Wigeon, 1 Wren, Corvids and small mixed flocks of Black headed and Herring Gulls, 5 Robins.   1 Buzzard at nearby Thurdon.

Harvey and Ian Kendall

Posted November 20th, 2016 at 2:02 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Clennon Lakes/Valley

A new Yellow-browed Warbler arrived at the back of the driving range near to the YMCA a very well marked bird with 'flaring' supercilium on right side.

YBWClennYMCA201116ML YBWClennYMCA201116MLleft

Posted November 20th, 2016 at 12:43 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 19th November 2016

Great Grey Shrike, Soussons to Vitifer

Burrator to Soussons,
A lot of thrushes on moor road just before the Dam, no Fieldfare seen.
Level of water in reservoir very low, Tufted duck, Little Grebe, pair of Kingfishers.
Between Soussons and Vitifer Great Grey Shrike and the highlight of the day seven Bullfinches feeding in the tree tops when a Merlin swooped through them scattering them all ways but without any luck,

Posted November 19th, 2016 at 11:42 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Occombe Farm

Early morning walk around Occombe Farm, besides the usual also spotted a Jay, Green Woodpecker, Bullfinch (m&f), 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Buzzards, Coal Tit, Nuthatch, 4-6 Goldfinch and a Pied Wagtail.

Posted November 19th, 2016 at 8:51 pm by Stephen Huggins in General Birding

Teignmouth

Great Northern Diver close offshore this afternoon and also a more distant diving duck which I got some distant photos of an would appear to be a Long-tailed Duck, but am open to correction.

Great Northern Dive  
Great Northern Diver                                                                                           Long-tailed Duck       

 

Posted November 19th, 2016 at 6:47 pm by Richard Cordery in General Birding

Thurlestone Desert Wheatear

I know there are alot of postings on the Desert Wheatear lately but I went to see it today and it didn't disappoint. Just managed to get off some pics before the weather turned vile for the day. Can any experts tell me if this bird is a Western or Eastern Desert Wheatear?

 

Posted November 19th, 2016 at 5:54 pm by Steph Murphy in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Torbay

Paignton: 2 Great Northern Divers 3 Razorbill

Goodrington: 4 Velvet Scoter, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 3 Great Northern Divers

Broadsands: 2 Slavonian Grebes (Broadsands Bay), 1 Black-necked Grebe (out from Elberry Cove), 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Eider

In marsh 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest

Slavonian Grebes Broadsands 19 Nov 2016 ML

Brixham: 9 Purple Sandpipers on the Breakwater

No sign of Yellow-browed Warblers for a week now at Young's Park, no sign at Clennon for 5 days and no sign at Broadsands since Wednesday.

 

Posted November 19th, 2016 at 3:50 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Efford Marsh & Thurlestone

After getting good views of the Desert Wheatear (see other posts below), South Efford Marsh produced 8+ Water Pipits, Kingfisher, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, hundreds of Teal and Peregrine.  

Posted November 19th, 2016 at 3:44 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thurlestone Desert Wheatear

The Desert Wheatear was showing very well on Leas Foot beach, with occasional trips to the golf club tractor shed, this morning till at least 11:00 when the rains came in. He didn't seem at all phased by all the attention he was getting, and approached close enough to get useful snaps even from a point & shoot. 


Posted November 19th, 2016 at 2:26 pm by Chris Marcol in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

HomeFarmMarsh

Another early start a new record for teal all on main pond 512.wigeon 100plus shoveler 8 .again great views of male marsh harrier quartering the field and ponds eventually landed on a bush and stayed there for twenty minutes before being chased off by crows.also a peregrine falcon and kestrel hunting over fields .small birds included a flock finches 100plus ,linnets chaffs and goldfinch.

Posted November 19th, 2016 at 11:58 am by Geoff Taylor in General Birding

Desert Wheatear

The Desert Wheatear appeared at 8.30am this morning on Leasfoot Beach favouring the middle of the beach and still present till 10am at least in a strengthening cold wind. 

Posted November 19th, 2016 at 11:34 am by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Thurlestone

Desert Wheatear still showing well on Leas Foot Beach and sometimes sheltering in a gulley by the golf clubhouse.

Posted November 19th, 2016 at 11:24 am by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 18th November 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

The Spoonbill spent the high tide at Bowling Green Marsh - still present at 12.15pm 

Posted November 18th, 2016 at 6:18 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thurlestone

Desert Wheatear still present on Leas Foot Beach 4 to 4.30pm this afternoon.

Posted November 18th, 2016 at 6:03 pm by Andy Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Torr Quarry

Flock of 23 Lapwings flying east this afternoon.

Posted November 18th, 2016 at 5:21 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Around Exmouth

This afternoon there were 4 Pale-bellied Brent Geese off Shelly Beach. In the distance 2 Slavonian Grebes were together near Cockwood Wreck. 150 Common Scoter were out in the bay off the seafront. Later in the fading light at the very least 2 Purple Sandpipers were on Maer Rocks. Maer car park produced Mistle Thrush and 2 Goldcrests in windy conditions.

Posted November 18th, 2016 at 4:58 pm by Terry Smith in General Birding

Skern, Northam Burrows

Went down just after high tide hoping for ringed birds or a sheltering oddity species. Great views from the car of feeding flock of majority Brent Goose, Oystercatcher, Shelduck, Redshank, Lapwing, Dunlin, with some Grey Plover, Curlew and Black-tailed Godwit. One Snipe flew by. One Common Gull in the gull gathering. Horizontal hail/snow came and went which the birds had to work hard to shelter from. A black and white duck in flight out of Appledore and onto the river mouth was sadly not clinched on ID and could have been anything between Tufted Duck and Velvet Scoter (majority black with white in the secondaries, underparts not seen). No divers seen from here either (just one Cormorant), and only ringed bird was metal ring on an adult W Herring Gull (unreadable). Meadow Pipits but no Snow Bunting around the visitor centre. Out on the W'ward Ho! beach at river mouth, a few thousand Golden Plover mostly in the air.

Posted November 18th, 2016 at 3:04 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Spoonbills Wrafton

Before the heavy showers arrived!


Posted November 18th, 2016 at 2:25 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Taw Estuary + Braunton Great Field

A window of fine weather this morning produced some good fortune bird wise. Starting at The White House on the Taw Estuary were 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe,1 female Red Breasted Merganser  & 1 hovering Kingfisher all within 100 metres of one another. On my way back checked Braunton Great Field before lunch & the 4 Common Cranes were feeding well. Digiscoped these from 1/2 mile away from the marsh road then checked the scrape at Wrafton on the way home. 6 Spoonbills on the scrape.

Posted November 18th, 2016 at 2:08 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Braunton Cranes

4 again showing on Braunton Great Filed north of the Marsh Road at 13.50.

Posted November 18th, 2016 at 1:50 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Thursday 17th November 2016

Broadsands & Brixham

Spent a couple of windswept hours at Broadsands this morning. Eventually found 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Slavonian Grebe and 1 Eider.

Later 3 Purple Sandpipers at Brixham Breakwater.

Posted November 17th, 2016 at 8:56 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Home Farm Marsh

Early visit to the farm produced 246 teal,194 wigeon,4mallard,49 dunlin,1 pintail ,1male marsh harrier,7shoveler,2bar tailed godwit,1 greenshank,1redshank,27lapwing,6spoonbill on Isley marsh.

Posted November 17th, 2016 at 6:03 pm by Geoff Taylor. in General Birding

Braunton Cranes

The 4 Cranes were in Braunton Great field this morning. Showing well but skittish.

Posted November 17th, 2016 at 1:10 pm by David Paterson in General Birding

Wednesday 16th November 2016

Desert Wheatear - Photos

Having dipped out on Mike Passman's reported desert wheatear on two previous occasions due to being at sea when the call came in, I was pleased to receive a call at about 12.55hrs today from Eric Wotten. Sadly I was at the top end of Soussons at the time, but a quick walk back to the car and down to Leasefoot Beach at Thurlestone where the desert wheatear showed well until I left at about 15.15hrs with the bird appearing settled and feeding despite other people, including dog walkers, on the beach. 

Desert Wheatear - Thurlestone - 16.11.2016
Desert Wheatear - Thurlestone - 16.11.2016

Desert Wheatear (flying)- Thurlestone - 16.11.2016
Desert Wheatear (flying)- Thurlestone - 16.11.2016

Posted November 16th, 2016 at 6:19 pm by David Pakes in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Braunton Cranes

Having seen them from the house, I cycled out to get a closer look. Easily seen from the Marsh Road and I was able to call Sue Bruce who joined me. After a few minutes they were disturbed  (by a dog walker), but they flew closer! Got a few shots, showing NO colour rings. Sadly the dog walker then returned (there's a public path across the Great Field) and they flew firstly east, then circled and landed over near the Burrows probably where John Bronze saw them.

Looking a little wary.   And off they go!
Looking a little wary.                                                        And off they go!

Posted November 16th, 2016 at 3:59 pm by jon turner in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Cranes

Just seen 4 Cranes out on Braunton Great Field. From my bedroom window!   Should be viewable from the Marsh Road.

Posted November 16th, 2016 at 2:36 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Broadsands

The 4 Velvet Scoter could be seen from Broadsands this morning but closer to Three Beaches headland, 1 Red-necked Grebe still a fair way out but just north of the buoys on the Mussel Farm, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Eider.

Later in the morning, single Black-necked & Slavonian Grebe plus and extra Eider were reported.

The Yellow-browed Warbler was again seen and heard in the back of the Marsh.

Posted November 16th, 2016 at 1:17 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Desert Wheatear

Showing well at 12.15-12.45 on Leasfoot Beach Thurlestone . This is next to the Golf Club .Use Golf Club visitors car park , there is a path to the beach c 100 yds

Posted November 16th, 2016 at 12:54 pm by Mike & Anne Passman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Starling Murmurations

After my request for starling roost gatherings I have had several replies to date.  As follows:

Topsham - good displays

Teignmouth Pier - regular smaller gathering but often lively.

Slapton Ley - large gatherings - could be good if raptors around

and in the North a large gathering at Woolley Wood nr Bursdon - many pausing at the Solar Farm nearby before going into roost 750,000 to one million believed present.

If you know of other roosts in Devon please let me know.

Julia – Data Manager

Posted November 16th, 2016 at 10:18 am in General Birding

Tuesday 15th November 2016

Clennon valley ponds

Early afternoon visit. 11 teal, 7 gadwall, 1 shoveler (very tame drake), 2 dabchick, 2 water rail, 1 kingfisher, 1 sparrowhawk.

Posted November 15th, 2016 at 8:12 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Broadsands / Berry Head 15 Nov 2016

Following Mike Langman's post this morning I made a first visit to Broadsands. The six Black Necked Grebes were still present but no sign of any Divers. Also present were 4 Velvet Scoters. At Berry Head were 2 Rock Pipits and 2 Porpoises feeding just below the point. 

Black-necked Grebe  Velvet Scoter
Black-necked Grebe                                                           Velvet Scoter

Rock Pipit
Rock Pipit

Posted November 15th, 2016 at 7:23 pm by Bob Telford in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Central Park - Plymouth

Called in briefly late morning and had 4-6 Ring-Necked Parakeets flying around and calling 

Posted November 15th, 2016 at 7:22 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Lannacombe Valley.

A Yellow Browed Warbler ringed this morning. Also on site 1 Firecrests ( imm. f ),4 Chiffchaffs and 2 Goldcrests.

  

 

Posted November 15th, 2016 at 4:46 pm by Alan K Searle. in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wrafton

2 Spoonbills roosting by the Tarka Trail most of the morning.

In the reserve, 17 Long-tailed Tits trapped (12 ringed).

No Cranes over!

Posted November 15th, 2016 at 4:03 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Colaton Raleigh Common

With Rupert Ormerod located the Great Grey Shrike near the Marines compound, There were 3 Brambling with the Chaffinch flock at Woodbury Castle, and a number of Dartford Warblers were displaying and singing in the warm sunshine.

Posted November 15th, 2016 at 2:09 pm by Dick Andrews in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lower Tamar Lake

Sightings today at a very misty lake.
2 Willow and 1 Marsh Tit, 8 Goosander, 13 Tufted Duck, 2m Gadwall, 1 Snipe, 26 Mallard, 4 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 1 Bullfinch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Nuthatch, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Jay.

Posted November 15th, 2016 at 1:58 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Broadsands

1 Yellow-browed Warbler found in marsh at back of 2nd car park (1st of autumn for this site), 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest and 4 Cirl Buntings and 1 Reed Bunting on seed at back of 2nd carpark.

On the sea: 6 Black-necked Grebes, 2 Great Northern Divers, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Eider.

Black-necked Grebes Broadsands 15 Nov 2016 ML Yellow-browed Warbler Broadsands 15 Nov 2016 ML

Black-necked Grebes                                                                Yellow-browed Warbler

Posted November 15th, 2016 at 11:14 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 14th November 2016

Goodrington and Clennon valley

A quick check of the pond and wildlife area at Goodrington produced 1 water rail (2 seen + 1 heard), 5 tufted duck, a low buzzard and a grey wagtail. Moving on to Clennon ponds, 6 teal, 7 gadwall, 3 water rail, 1 dabchick, 1 kingfisher, 1 little egret, 1 grey heron, 2 sparrowhawks, 1 cetti's warbler (heard), 3 grey wagtails.

Posted November 14th, 2016 at 8:30 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

River Dart

On the River dart today, just below the bridge to sewage works before Buckfastleigh - 1 male Goosander, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Dipper

Male Goosander     Little Grebe
Male Goosander                                                                  Little Grebe

Posted November 14th, 2016 at 7:59 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

Today Lower Tamar Lake,
10 Goosander 5m 5f, 3 Gadwall 3m 1f, 12 Tufted Duck, 1 Mute Swan, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Mallard, 2 Nuthatch, c50 Black-headed Gull, 2 Moorhen, 2 Robin, 4 Coal Tit, 1 Great Tit, 4 House Sparrow, 2 Dunnock, 3 Blue Tit, 4 Chaffinch, 2 Marsh Tit.

Posted November 14th, 2016 at 7:31 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Fremington

Walking from Fremington to Home Marsh Farm.  

Cranes seen in the distance flying from Horsey Island area to Isley Marsh around 11am. Redwings feeding on berries--Home Marsh Farm, Sanderling feeding on sandbank off Fremington.

Posted November 14th, 2016 at 7:27 pm by Chris. Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Start Point/Beesands/Slapton

Went to Start Point first thing but quiet. Little bit of vis mig going on but way up high and difficult to see. About 100 Chaffinches, 30 Goldfinches and a Reed Bunting. Dropped down to Beesands to do the WeBS count. Nice to hear at least 3 Water Rails and the Goldeneye still there. Had a chilled look around Slapton Ley from 09:30-15:00. Good numbers of wildfowl in Ireland Bay and lots of Coot at Torcross, little in between. Selected counts were 8 Little Grebes, 40+ Wigeons, 87 Gadwalls, 3 Shovelers, 144 Tufted Ducks and 293 Coots. Also adult Mediterranean Gull and a Kingfisher by the bridge. Highlights were Mike L's Scaup still present in Ireland Bay and a Black-necked Grebe ( little else ) out in the bay.

 

 

Posted November 14th, 2016 at 6:34 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Desert Wheatear,Thurlestone and Prawle

Having recovered from a leg injury I decided that a speculative drive to Mike Passman's gaff might be worth it. On arrival (well,postcode did appear on Birdguides) it seemed too intrusive to wander around the private road so Jane and I set off for the coastal path . Returning from South Huish Ley we continued onto Thurlestone Sands where I commented  "this is where a Desert Wheatear should be ". Well, blow me, there it was, on the beach.We watched it from 11.45 till 12.20.

Link to YouTube : brief ,jerky video but you can see what it is, feeding voraciously. (Best to turn down the volume as quite windy) : https://youtu.be/YQ3-2CkCCyU though better to search for Desert Wheatear Thurlestone.

Later brief visit to Prawle where I saw a Woodcock , a Great Spotted Woodpecker and 4 Golden Plover.

Finally a very big thanks to (Devon Highways ?) who have filled in potholes on the approach road to the NT car park.

Desert Wheatear Thurlestone Nov 2016 Desert Wheatear Thurlestone Nov 2016 AD

Photos from Alan Doidge:

Posted November 14th, 2016 at 5:33 pm by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East. Prawle.

A SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF  ringed this morning at Moorwell Pond. This individual had all the plumage characteristics of classic Eastern ' tristis '. No olive tones at all to the mantle, upper or lower back. A slight olive hue to the rump and upper tail coverts  Strong buff tones to the undertail coverts, flanks, breast, cheeks and supercillum  Dull olive fringes to the flight and tail feathers. A delightful bird.  Also on site 2 nominate Chiffchaffs and 1 m. Blackcap.

   

 

Posted November 14th, 2016 at 4:31 pm by Alan K Searle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Common Cranes

While searching for the Cranes for an hour or so this morning around Braunton Marshes I met Tracey Bore again who as far as I know was the first person to see & photograph the 4 Common Cranes on Braunton Great Field last Friday aft. This time I remembered to ask her name!

Well done Tracey.

Posted November 14th, 2016 at 4:00 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Around the Axe

Looking forward to the arrival of the promised cold weather, will hopefully shake things up a bit. 

Best sighting for me today was a male Goosander flying up the River Coly at Colyford.  The Little Stint is still on the Estuary with 13 Dunlin, 2 Grey Plover, an ad Med Gull and a hybrid (Yellow-legged like) large Gull.

Posted November 14th, 2016 at 3:37 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

The Marsh Harrier was perched up on a bush in the middle of the marsh this lunchtime at around 1.40. Thanks to Ian for pointing it out to me.

Posted November 14th, 2016 at 2:32 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Braunton Marsh

Spent another hour or so on Crane search this morning, covering the toll road, Horsey Island and all the fields I could see into on Braunton Marsh. No sightings. However they have been seen - in flight over Ashford and also in flight from the Tarka Trail just before I got to the entry to the reserve...... They were apparently heading out in the general direction of Crow Point

Best keep looking I suppose!

Posted November 14th, 2016 at 1:23 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Desert Wheatear

No sign of the bird around my house this morning. Drove over to South Huish Marsh at 09.30 , there it was sat on one of the fence posts at the far end of the car park . on view down to 25 feet then flew onto the marsh.Last seen 09.50 .If trying to relocate it the rocks around the  flats would be my first search areas

Posted November 14th, 2016 at 10:44 am by Mike Passman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Skern/Northam Burrows Sunday 13th November

Large number of birds present on a beautiful late afternoon hight tide.

Black-tailed and Bar-tailed godwits, Dunlin, Pintail, Widgeon,Brent geese and a Barnacle goose

Bar-tailed Godwit   Black-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit                                                                            Black-tailed Godwit

Barnacle Goose
Barnacle Goose

Posted November 14th, 2016 at 10:10 am by Richard yeats in General Birding

Slapton

Sunday 13th: 1 drake Scaup in Ireland Bay with Tufted Ducks, 2 Firecrest on muddy path up toward Deer Bridge, 5-6 Chiffchaff around trails and a Great Norther Diver off-shore from Strete Gate car park.

Scaup drake Slapton Ley 13 Nov 2016 ML

Scaup left & Tufted Duck

Posted November 14th, 2016 at 10:05 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 13th November 2016

Dousland near Yelverton

My first Brambling of the winter in my garden in Dousland this morning.

Posted November 13th, 2016 at 11:46 pm by Howard Ackford in General Birding

South Efford Marsh

At least 4 Water Pipits late am. Characteristically flighty and hard to approach.

Posted November 13th, 2016 at 9:13 pm by Andy Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Downend

An early morning visit to Downend this morning produced 10 female Common Scoter + 1 Red throated Diver.

Posted November 13th, 2016 at 6:49 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Broadsands

On a largely empty Broadsands Bay a single Red-necked Grebe stood out. The supporting cast included one, possibly two, female Eider and a fly in of seven Common Scoter.

Posted November 13th, 2016 at 5:56 pm by Chris Marcol in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Braunton Marsh

Four Common Cranes. 12:00

Kindly pointed out to me by a couple who saw them fly in. Birds situated to the West of the toll road about 800m from the road close to herd of cattle half way to the white house. Too distant to see any leg rings

Posted November 13th, 2016 at 5:42 pm by John Bronze in General Birding

Braunton Great Field

I was cycling along the Tarka trail this morning & was asked by a young lady if I could identify some photos taken on her mobile phone of 4 large grey birds with long necks on Braunton Great Field on Friday 11/11/2016 at 14.30. She said there was something unusual about them, not something she had seen before.

Sure enough they were the same 4 Common Cranes that flew in to roost at Horsey Island at dusk last night which Rob Barnes spotted & photographed!

Posted November 13th, 2016 at 5:40 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Horsey Island

Returned from the evening Crane vigil, Crane-less, but did see all 6 Spoonbills come in to roost. Don't be fooled by the light evening, or the time on the picture, I haven't adjusted it since the clocks went back!

4 of the 6 which came to roost. + a few Waders!
4 of the 6 which came to roost. + a few Waders!

Posted November 13th, 2016 at 5:35 pm by jon turner in General Birding

Kingsbridge Estuary

Geese Quarries - Charleton Marsh, 10:00-13:00, low tide.

Great Northern Diver ( around saltstone ), 8 Little Grebes, 7 Great Crested Grebes, 41 Brent Geese, c500 Wigeon, 23 Pintail and a Grey Plover. One Red Admiral enjoying the sun.

Posted November 13th, 2016 at 5:11 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

DESERT WHEATEAR Returns

At 15.40 the male Desert Wheatear was found again in my courtyard. Showed very well down to 25 feet . Plenty of photos taken  by Alan Doidge although light was fading.

Full report on thurlestonebybirds.co.uk later

Posted November 13th, 2016 at 5:05 pm by Mike Passman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Roadford Reservoir

Good clear conditions with no wind - smooth surface on the reservoir.

1 Long tailed Duck showing well, 2 male Goldeneye, 11 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Cormorants, 2 Little Grebe, 4 Teal, 1 Pochard, 24 Coot, 1 Raven over.

Harvey Kendall & Barry Bryne.

Posted November 13th, 2016 at 3:53 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Common Cranes

I was down at Horsey Island at about 7.15 this morning but no sign of any Cranes. I had a text-chat with Mark Bailey who said the 4 Cranes which roosted at Exminster Marsh a few years ago, took off at dawn! So, in the hope that these will feed elsewhere and return to roost, I will head down again shortly to see if they return.

Posted November 13th, 2016 at 2:52 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Braunton Marshes

Four Common Cranes seen from the diverted coast path between Velator and the White House.  First seen flying from the direction of the toll house towards Crow Point, then turned west towards the dunes and eventually north towards the Sandy Lane carpark, landed in field with cattle to the south of the car park to the east of the Tarka trail.

Cettis Warbler heard and clearly seen adjacent to the road, our first sighting this year.

Posted November 13th, 2016 at 1:45 pm by Kim Beaver and Rosie Arnold in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Braunton Burrows

Four Common Crane

Kindly pointed out to me by a couple who had seen the birds fly in. Now located to the West of the toll road at a distance of 800m close to herd of cattle about half way to the white house.

Posted November 13th, 2016 at 12:23 pm by John Bronze in General Birding

Wistlandpound Reservoir

57 Mallard, 1 Shoveler, 7 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 7 Little Grebes, 1 Tufted, 1 Cormorant, 5 Moorhen, 1 Little Egret, and 1 Grey Heron all seen during an early morning walk today. The Great White Egret was also still there.

Posted November 13th, 2016 at 11:12 am by Margaret Phillips in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Roadford Lake

Long-tailed duck

Posted November 13th, 2016 at 9:35 am by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 12th November 2016

Topsham

379 Redwings heading W over my garden in Topsham this morning in a number of flocks. Also ad Med gull, 4 Red-breasted mergansers & 2 Little grebes Topsham rec. 1 Spotted red Goosemoor.

Posted November 12th, 2016 at 10:53 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

skern

juv pale belly brent amongst 148 brents+impressive 118 black tailed godwits(my highest count),12 barwits,48 pintail,8 med gulls,6 ads,2sw,150 widgeon,750 bhg,25 redshank,Yeserday evening pr barn owls over road nr beaford.

Posted November 12th, 2016 at 5:42 pm by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Venford Reservoir

2 male and 6 female Goosanders at the far end of the reservoir sighted at 2pm today.

Posted November 12th, 2016 at 5:29 pm by Robin Stanbridge in General Birding

Clennon and Horsey Island

Drove down to Clennon lakes today and eventually got a good view of a Yellow Browed Warbler after tracing its call for a while. Back to Horsey Island to walk the dog and plenty of Dunlin, Lapwing with Redshank, Greenshank, Curlew,, Blackwits, Snipe, Curlew and all the regulars. Just about to pack up at dusk, did a final scan and found four 'not so' Common Cranes. What next from Horsey island. Apologies for image quality - I need a camera!

Common Cranes at Horsey Island near the White House
Common Cranes at Horsey Island near the White House

Posted November 12th, 2016 at 5:24 pm by Rob Barnes in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Woodbury Common - Great Grey Shrike

A Great Grey Shrike in the boggy valley below Woodbury Fort at about 4pm this afternoon. Full details on www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk later. Also 2 Redpoll. Firecrest on Withycombe Raleigh Common earlier.

Posted November 12th, 2016 at 4:49 pm by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Royal Citadel, Plymouth Hoe

No sign of Pete's Lesser Whitethroat this afternoon on Plymouth Hoe and I never expected to see 3 Holly Blue Butterflies on the wing and feeding in bright sunshine in November! (Grid Ref SX480537)

Holly Blue (female)  Holly Blue (female)
Holly Blue (female)

Posted November 12th, 2016 at 4:09 pm by Tor Elm in Other Wildlife

Shipley Bridge to Avon Dam, South Brent

Interesting walk up to the Avon Dam at 10am this morning. On the way up a peregrine chasing a flock of 5 wood pigeon. Flew out of sight before a kill. 2 Teal flying up to the dam. 3 kestrel in different locations. Lots of blackbirds, but the ouzels, as expected, appear to have gone. Unusually a male bullfinch in the quarry the highlight for me, until on the way back in the location where I had earlier seen the peregrine, on the West side of Dockwell Ridge, I had yet another view, as it glided low over the moor, of the ringtail Hen Harrier that has been seen quite a few times in the area. A distant record shot only!

Distant shot of Hen Harrier - Shipley -12.11.2016
Distant shot of Hen Harrier - Shipley -12.11.2016

Posted November 12th, 2016 at 3:48 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Friday 11th November 2016

Dartington and Slapton Ley - 11 November 2016

Three Fieldfare in the garden this morning at Week, Dartington, with a few more heard from a neighbouring orchard but not a large flock. From the bridge at Slapton Ley at dusk gave 3 Cetti's Warblers, 1 Snipe, 1 Swallow, 1 grey Heron and large number of Starling-(others reported a Peregrine through the flock from their viewpoint along the coast path). Large numbers but a very limited murmuration.

Fieldfare in the garden. Starling Starling
Fieldfare in the garden                                           Starlings                                                           Starlings

Posted November 11th, 2016 at 9:40 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Skern Northam Burrows

Among the Brentson the high tide a barnacle goose on its own who eventually flew off towards Hartland,good numbers of regular waders and ducks and golden plover over.Lovely calm day.

Posted November 11th, 2016 at 6:44 pm by Jenny and John Elvin in General Birding

Water Rail and Shoveler Duck at Clennon Lakes

At Clennon Lakes - A Water Rail showing very well on the third lake, at least another two were heard and on the first lake a single Shoveler Duck

    

Posted November 11th, 2016 at 6:09 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Plymouth

A Lesser Whitethroat on the Hoe this morning. Judging by the call it's a good candidate for an eastern race. I got some plumage details but wasn't able to spend as long as I would have liked on it and was wary of tones in strong sunlight, but some potentially promising features (perhaps more in favour of blythi).
It was frequenting trees and bushes on the south side of the road below the marine laboratory building where the "Welcome to Plymouth" sign is carved in the bank.

I left it at c9am; as far as I know all searches, since have failed to find it. It would be good if others could see it and I'd welcome views.

Also Blackcap and Chiffchaff in the area.

Posted November 11th, 2016 at 5:22 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Soussons Great Grey Shrike

Showed really well just to north of woods from two moors way approx 2pm

Posted November 11th, 2016 at 4:46 pm by M&L Noble in General Birding

Marsh Harrier Exminster Marsh Friday 2.00pm

Good views of marsh harrier quartering the reserve. Crows doing their best to thwart the harrier. Spectacular  views of spooked flocks all over the marsh.  Peregrine on usual perch on pylon.

Posted November 11th, 2016 at 4:34 pm by Patrick Case in General Birding

Teignmouth

Two fly past Long-tailed ducks seen half a mile offshore, from kayak

Long-tailed ducks
Long-tailed ducks

Posted November 11th, 2016 at 3:57 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Clennon Lakes

1 Yellow-browed Warbler still present in copse opposite the green storage container 6-8 Chiffchaffs, 5 Goldcrest, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Water Rail, Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 2 Kingfisher.

Support Clennon Lakes at a coffee morning tomorrow, a group of teenage volunteers are running this.

Home made cakes and tea and hot chocolate..

Posted November 11th, 2016 at 3:35 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands

On a glassy calm sea the following were picked out this morning: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Eider, 6 Teal

Posted November 11th, 2016 at 3:29 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Southdown Farm to Middle Soar

Highlight was a Black Redstart in Soar Mill Cove but also 3 Golden Plover, 67 Stock Dove, 160 Woodpigeon, 260 Skylark, 23 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Robin 42, Blackbird 29, Song Thrush 5, Goldcrest 8, Blue Tit 16, Starling 150, House Sparrow 70, Linnet 160 & Yellowhammer 22.Also: Young male Sika Deer & 2 Red Admiral.

Posted November 11th, 2016 at 2:56 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Velator Reserve

One of the first birds out of the net this morning was the Reserve's second Firecrest. We also caught the tenth Great Spotted Woodpecker this autumn (and retrapped two others!)

Worryingly, looking back through the record sheets we have only ringed 10 Greenfinch since May. Where are they all?

Posted November 11th, 2016 at 2:19 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Goosemoor

The Spotted Redshank was at Goosemoor again this lunchtime at 1.50.

Posted November 11th, 2016 at 2:15 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Downend + Baggy Point

 13 female Common Scoters at Downend & a flock of 40 more in flight heading south towards Hartland Point past Baggy point.


Posted November 11th, 2016 at 2:07 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Dolphin, Torquay

Report from Helen May. A dolphin sp. was lingering this morning off Princess Pier, Torquay.

Posted November 11th, 2016 at 1:49 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

Thursday 10th November 2016

Powderham Marsh

Singing cirl bunting, and pretty sure a siberian chiffchaff, at Powderham today. The latter had a very 'flat' call, which got my attention, but then gave me a brief burst of song - 'swee-swoo-swee-swoo' rather than the usual song. Hope that's right for siberian? I was pleased to find it! :)

Posted November 10th, 2016 at 8:01 pm by Helen Whitall in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Yellow- browed warbler in entrance bushes near first pond,also Blackcap and 11+ chiffchaff around site

Posted November 10th, 2016 at 3:35 pm by Paul Barker in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Black Redstarts

On behalf of G. Suter. 2 Black Redstart, Beacon Rd Kingswear. Seen this morning 10/11

Posted November 10th, 2016 at 3:09 pm by Ian Hull in General Birding

Goosemoor

A Spotted Redshank was showing well at Goosemoor at about 2.15 this lunchtime along with Redshanks and Greenshanks.

Posted November 10th, 2016 at 2:55 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Torbay

Goodrington still 2 Yellow-browed Warblers present in Youngs Park. 

Clennon Lakes 2 Yellow-browed Warblers still around the lakes, I eventually counted 5 Chiffchaff there too, also 4 Goldcrest, Cetti's Warbler, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Water Rail, 1 Little Egret, 3 Gadwall & 5 Tufted Duck.

 

Posted November 10th, 2016 at 1:56 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Around the Axe

The late Little Stint is still on the Estuary with 7 Dunlin, but no sign of any Spoonbills. Black Redstart again at Axe Yacht Club this morning. 

Little Stint Axe Estuary
Little Stint Axe Estuary

Black Redstart Axe Yacht Club
Black Redstart Axe Yacht Club

Posted November 10th, 2016 at 10:45 am by Steve Waite in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

dawlish warren

we had a good day walking around the warren, plenty of oyster catchers,dunlin, turnstones ,curlew, two red breasted mergansers, a single sanderling, grey plover and the usual cormarants and waders etc, out to sea there were two great crested grebes, a red throated diver and Eider duck just as we were leaving the Bonapartes gull landed on the 2nd groyne in front of us.

Posted November 10th, 2016 at 10:20 am by roger jewell & mike gibson in General Birding

Berry Head

Another Yellow-browed Warbler (really striking wingbars on this bird) this morning on road up from Berry Head Hotel toward the wardens bungalow) with a flock of Long-tailed Tits, 1 Chiffchaff and a Coal Tit.

Yellow-browed Warbler Berry Head 10 Nov 2016 ML Yellow-browed Warbler Berry Head 10 Nov 2016 ML2

Posted November 10th, 2016 at 9:38 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 9th November 2016

Totnes

08.15

Male Mandarin amongst large group of Mallards on River Dart beneath Brutus Bridge, Totnes.

Posted November 9th, 2016 at 8:07 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Aveton Gifford and South Huish

Aveton Gifford tidal road just before the high tide Common Sand Piper 7+, Redshank 4+, Greenshank 2, Oyster catch 3, Black Tailed Godwit 3, Grey Wagtail and Little Grebe 3.

South Huish Marsh strong on shore winds made birding difficult but 14 plus Rock Pipits, a Turnstone and a Ringed Plover on the beach and a female Kestrel overhead, 2 Dunlin on the marsh, further Pipit sp, Pied Wagtails, Greater and Lesser Black Back Gulls, Teal and Wigeon.

On the outskirts of Thurlestone in excess of 400 Wood pigeons feeding on fields of wheat stubble and a female Stonechat.

Back home at South Brent 25 Goldfinch around the feed station and a flock of 45 Starlings overhead.

Posted November 9th, 2016 at 3:52 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

.long tailed duck mature female

Northam burrows estuary 5thnov 2.15pm

Posted November 9th, 2016 at 3:15 pm by pete.tree.howells in General Birding

Velator reserve

Good numbers of Redwing in the reserve this morning, and a real surprise was putting up a Woodcock.

Out on the scrape 2 Black-tailed Godwits still, and (unusual here) a Lesser Black-backed Gull, perhaps looking at the corpse of a Canada Goose.

Posted November 9th, 2016 at 2:12 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh & Goosemoor

A juvenile Spoonbill was on the marsh when I arrived at the hide this lunchtime. It then headed over to Goosemoor where it was still there when I left at around 13.40. Also 1 Kingfisher at Goosemoor.

Posted November 9th, 2016 at 1:59 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Hartland Point Seawatch

0730-1030 Wind NW strong-gale

1 Sooty Shearwater

6 Manx Shearwater

1 Pomarine skua ( prob juv, looked all brown)

15 Common Scoter

520 Kittiwake total

700 Auks in first hour

Posted November 9th, 2016 at 12:15 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Churston Torbay

Nice to see a small group of 8 Lapwing with Starlings and Black-headed Gulls on a ploughed field above Galmpton/Churston. Lapwing in Torbay are less than annual!

Lapwing Churston Torbay 08 Nov 2016 ML

Posted November 9th, 2016 at 10:15 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Tuesday 8th November 2016

Spoonbill on the Axe

Ian Mc had a Spoonbill on the Axe estuary from Tower Hide at 10am ish and it lingered all day. It was rather mobile being seen on Colyford Common, Black Hole Marsh, the estuary and also Seaton Marshes at various points in the day. It was still out on the estuary at dusk.

  

Posted November 8th, 2016 at 11:56 pm by Tim White in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

swallows

2 swallows near halshanger rifle range. also been hundreds of fieldfares and redwings since Thursday but very few today

Posted November 8th, 2016 at 8:25 pm by P Bowden in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

Sightings or this morning,

7 Goosander 3m 4f, 3 Goldcrest, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Fieldfare, 8 Redwing, 11 Tufted Duck, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Willow and 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Nuthatch.

Posted November 8th, 2016 at 7:20 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding

Velator

5 Chiffchaffs in the reserve today: 3 were ringed, one was retrapped and another unringed bird seen later. One of those we ringed was a Siberian Chiffchaff, probably the bird I saw a couple of days ago. That makes 92 Chiffchaffs ringed in the reserve this year.

3 more Redwings ringed.

Also saw the first Fieldfares of the autumn, when two flew over and two Redshank were heard and seen a few times.

Posted November 8th, 2016 at 7:17 pm by Jon Turner in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

DESERT WHEATEAR

Found at 14.00 on the roof of my house, last seen 14.45 , despite a seach of the area could not be relocated.

Full deatils on thurlestonebaybirds.co.uk later with recod shots

Posted November 8th, 2016 at 4:36 pm by Mike & Anne Passman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Crow point Tues.8/11/16

Saw a bird which I am sure was a shrike. Grey head,black eye stripe,black and white on wings and black on tail feathers. Chest speckled and underbelly pale colour. Has anyone else seen it ??

Posted November 8th, 2016 at 3:57 pm by Jude Runnalls in General Birding

N Hallsands

YELLOW BROWED WARBLER ringed this morning. Also on site a SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF and 15+ nominate ( 9 ringed ).

Yellow Browed Warbler
Yellow Browed Warbler

Posted November 8th, 2016 at 2:53 pm by Alan K Searle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Torbay

Broadsands: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Eider, 5 Brent Geese (possibly a family 2 ads and 3 juvs) 12 Common Scoter, 2 Shelduck & 1 Ad Mediterranean Gull on sea. Around the marsh 1 Firecrest, 3 Chiffchaff.

  Yellow-browed Warbler Youngs Park 08 Nov 2016 ML     Brent Goose family Broadsands 08 Nov 2016 ML

Young's Park Goodrington: now 2 Yellow-browed Warblers  seen chasing each other around the marshy bit behind the two ponds & 1 Chiffchaff

Short Video of YBW here:  https://youtu.be/NnWZFRAM1rw 

Posted November 8th, 2016 at 10:22 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 7th November 2016

Goosemoor and Bowling Green Marsh

East Devon Branch had arranged a trip to Dart's Farm today, 7 November, but an absence of birds there meant that we immediately walked over to Goosemoor and Bowling Green Marsh.  About 24 people attended, of whom several were new members of DB’s.

About 50 species seen by most people, of which the highlights were 2 Water Rails together, 1 distant f. Goldeneye (on the Exe),1 Spotted Redshank on Goosemoor, 1 adult Mediterranean Gull on the Marsh, small numbers of Avocets on the Marsh, with many more on the Exe.  PIntail (3 m & 1 f), several Shoveler,  A few Bar-tailed Godwits amongst large numbers of Black-tailed, some Knot & Grey Plover from the viewing platform.  About 7 duck and 12 wader spp all told.  1 Buzzard the only raptor, but briefly mobbed by a Raven.  A good day for all, novices or more experienced.   

Posted November 7th, 2016 at 9:29 pm by Colin Randall in General Birding

Around the Axe

Three female/1w Black Redstarts along Seaton sea front today. PA also had an adult male at Seafield Gardens yesterday.

Also today a Red-throated Diver flew west over the sea, and on the Estuary a Little Stint, a Dark-bellied Brent Goose and three Grey Plovers.

Black Redstart Seaton
Black Redstart Seaton

Posted November 7th, 2016 at 8:55 pm by Steve Waite in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Goshawk

Probable female being mobbed by a merlin on dartmoor today at 15:30

Posted November 7th, 2016 at 8:45 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Dartmoor today

Had a small flock of Crossbills 30 plus not far from the Warren  House inn.

Crossbills
Crossbills

Posted November 7th, 2016 at 4:42 pm by Chris Buckland in General Birding

Around the Exe

RSPB Bowling Green Marsh just on the high tide in company with several hundred Black Headed Gull were Common Gull 4, Mediterranean Gull 1, large number of Godwits predominately Black Tailed, 71 + Redshank, Dunlin, Snipe, Curlew,  Pintail and Shoveller Duck.

One of the Black Tailed Godwits was subject of the following reply having been seen in Topsham about 8 weeks ago This bird was ringed in Iceland by Tómas Gunnarsson and co-workers. I sent them your sighting, you should receive the bird's life-story from Bodvar Thorisson. All sightings you get of Black-tailed Godwits with 2 colour rings in each tibia, being the lower right tibia position a Red flag are birds ringed in Iceland by Tómas. If you want, you can send him directly the data from future sights (icelandwader@gmail.com). 

From the viewing platform a count of 81 Avocet, large numbers of Waders on the opposite bank mostly Godwit, Curlew, Dunlin 156+, Grey Plover and Knot. Several birders present viewed a solitary duck on the water that took flight and landed after a short time in the air was declared a female Golden Eye, female Red Breasted Merganser.

Jays almost constantly overhead collecting food, a Water Rail called and soon after two showed in the ditch just below the platform much to the delight of the East Devon group of DBWPS who were just arriving.

Exminster Marsh, Chiffchaff on arrival at the car park and a female Reed Bunting on leaving. Birders leaving reported a Marsh Harrier that had been showing well. From the hide overlooking the lagoon Widgeon, Tufted Duck 2, Pintail 4 and growing numbers of Canadian Geese, 8 Golden Plover flew low over the hide.

Haldon Forest Park, not the expected build-up of birds but Siskin, Song Thrush, GSWP, Green Finch, Pied Wagtails and a Buzzard showing. On leaving three Fallow doe on the Chudleigh road.

Posted November 7th, 2016 at 3:57 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

East Soar

760 Woodpigeon moving east this morning.. Other migrants: 24 Blackbird in Starehole plus Coal Tit. Female Blackcap & 2 Chiffchaff in willows.

Posted November 7th, 2016 at 3:49 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning, 7 Gooander 3m 4f, 7 Tufted  Duck,2 Wigeon, 1 Water Rail, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Wagtail.

Posted November 7th, 2016 at 2:41 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Young's Park Goodrington

The Yellow-browed Warbler present again this morning and 1 Chiffchaff

  YBWYngsPrkGoodrngton071116ML2  YBWYngsPrkGoodrngton071116ML  

Posted November 7th, 2016 at 8:54 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 6th November 2016

Braunton Blackcaps

These two were feeding on the Cordilline in my garden this lunchtime.


Posted November 6th, 2016 at 9:44 pm by jon turner in General Birding

Hen Harrier Dartmoor

Took a phone call from Dave Hopkins this afternoon, he saw an adult male Hen Harrier at Haytor Vale late this morning.

Posted November 6th, 2016 at 9:23 pm by Steve Waite in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East Soar

1 Firecrest in the East Soar willows with c5 Goldcrests and a couple of Chiffchaffs. 100's of Wood Pigeon moving in all sorts of directions all morning. Also 18 Stock Doves and 4 Golden Plover (with a further 5 of the latter over Malborough village).

Posted November 6th, 2016 at 8:06 pm by Andy Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A reasonably productive visit on this morning's high tide.

Best birds were 3 Kingfishers, 2 Jack Snipes and a redhead Goosander. Also - Curlew 34, Redshank 64, Dunlin, Greenshank, Little Egret 4, Grey Heron 13, Snipe, Goldcrest 2, Grey Wagtail and Mistle Thrush. 

Posted November 6th, 2016 at 5:31 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Holdstone down

An early morning walk this morning sadly didn't repeat the abundance of birds of 3 or so weeks ago,pair of dunnock 3 wrens green woodpecker, robin,high flying peregrine and a large bird of prey,  which definitely wasn't a kite but seemed too big for a buzzard and too dark a brown, but seemed to have very distinct  forward facing wingtip finger feathers. ( but probably just a buzzard). Although couldn't positive Id in books I have.

Posted November 6th, 2016 at 4:59 pm by Philip Worth in General Birding

Torbay boat trip

From photos the Eider seen at the S. end of Goodrington Sands can be identified as an immature male. Both photos show the same individual.

Eider, immature male Eider, immature male - note pale breast
Eider, immature male                                                       Eider, immature male - note pale breast

Little Egret at Oystercatcher roost, Hollicombe
Little Egret at Oystercatcher roost, Hollicombe

Posted November 6th, 2016 at 4:32 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Dipper, Exeter Quayside

Thursday 3rd November, between 1 & 2pm, Dipper seen feeding, turning over stones on the fast running water of Trews Weir, Exeter Quayside, close to the footpath.

Dipper, Trews Weir, Exeter 1

Dipper, Trews Weir, Exeter 2

Dipper, Trews Weir, Exeter

Posted November 6th, 2016 at 4:20 pm by Stephen Curry in General Birding

Torbay Boat Trip

Had a very enjoyable trip around Torbay on the boat with Nigel, saw some quality birds with a great bunch of people.

Turnstone Purple Sandpiper
Turnstone                                                                     Purple Sandpiper

Eider
Eider

Posted November 6th, 2016 at 2:20 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

Torbay

The Dusky Warbler was rediscovered by Jake Wood in the back of the 1st car park at Broadsands, however it was proving very elusive and hardly calling around 1pm.

2 YbW at Clennon Lakes still one outside of the green container the other around the 2nd weir.

1 YbW found at the back of the marsh at Young's Park Goodrington calling fairly regularly.

Posted November 6th, 2016 at 2:19 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Boat Trip in Torbay.

This mornings boat trip in Torbay was interesting with the following sighted. 8 Purple Sandpiper, 50+ Turnstone, 28+ Heron, male Teal sitting on a rock, 50 Oystercatcher, Female Eider off Goodrington Sands, Little Egret and 2 Raven. The usual gulls. We have only 3 places left on the 20th Nov trip. Give us a call if interested on 07866202576.

turnstone & Purple sandpiper

Purple Sandpiper and Turnstone

Posted November 6th, 2016 at 2:07 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Fieldfare 06-11-16

Plenty of Fieldfares near Soussons Plantation


Posted November 6th, 2016 at 1:56 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Velator reserve

Lurking on the other side of the pond was this usually secretive Water Rail, mostly heard but not seen. Lots of autumn leaf fall in these northerly winds. also present, at least 3 Chiffchaffs - one of which was a good candidate for Tristis. Good numbers of Goldfinch and Redwing too.


Posted November 6th, 2016 at 12:12 pm by jon turner in General Birding

Saturday 5th November 2016

Warren House Inn/Headland Warren

1f Merlin mid-pm, chasing first a Redwing and then a Meadow Pipit.

Posted November 5th, 2016 at 8:59 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Single Scoter at Preston

1 Common Scoter close inshore at Eastern end of Preston 1030hrs with c 20 Turnstone on the esplanade, and a single Brent Goose at the tideline at Paignton.

Posted November 5th, 2016 at 8:58 pm by Cliff Parrott in General Birding

Soussons - 5 November 2016

No sign of Great Grey Shrike. 1 male and 3 female Common Crossbills (I'm sure there ere a couple more but 4 in sight at one time), 4 Meadow Pipits, 1 female Kestrel, 1 Raven, 1 Green Woodpecker and large mixed flocks of Fieldfare and Redwing.

Male Common Crossbill

Male Common Crossbill

Fieldfare
Fieldfare

Posted November 5th, 2016 at 8:47 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Soar

c4,900 Wood Pigeons going east between dawn and 9am. Also: Stock Dove 6, Chiffchaff 6, Goldcrest 9, Peregrine, Bullfinch 4, Chaffinch 27, Redpoll (presumed Lesser), Golden Plover, Fieldfare, Redwing 6, Reed Bunting 2, Great Spotted Woodpecker,Water Rail, and Grey Wagtail 2.

Posted November 5th, 2016 at 8:42 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Marsh Harrier

To my surprise found the Marsh Harrier at Exminster Marshes sat with the Canada Geese and neither birds seemed bothered by each other. When it did fly it disappeared north towards the M5 bridge.

Posted November 5th, 2016 at 7:48 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

Roadford Lake

Juvenile Long Tailed Duck still. Showing well from the viaduct this morning.

Posted November 5th, 2016 at 7:42 pm by Trevor Nobbs in General Birding

Clennon Lakes

One or two Yellow-browed Warblers still around the lakes one seemingly regular around the 2nd weir willows. The Cettis Warbler still around the 2nd lake, 3 Chiffchaff, 5 Teal, 1 Gadwall, 2 Little Egret, 2 Kingfishers and 3 Water Rail. 

Posted November 5th, 2016 at 4:03 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands

1 Red-throated Diver off shore and a Firecrest at n end of beach in scrub up toward the Viaduct.

Posted November 5th, 2016 at 3:59 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

YbW - Colebrook Again!

Just in case there's anyone not aware - there's been a massive influx of Yellow-Browed Warblers this autumn!  This morning I've had two short visits to the back garden from my second bird in only three weeks, together with 2 Goldcrest in the tit & Goldfinch flock. I'm still hoping for a Firecrest though.

Posted November 5th, 2016 at 3:41 pm by Chris Marcol in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Mansands

 Suprised to find Paul's Marsh Harrier still around. At 8am it was fllying about the marsh then after 5 mins was harassed by a crow and flew up the vally behind the hide. Half an hour later it made a brief return and was then lost. Supporting cast included Cetti's warbler, Little Grebe, 6 Snipe, grey wagtail, 9 Teal, 2 Song Thrush and Heron over.  

Posted November 5th, 2016 at 12:44 pm by John Lusher in General Birding

East Soar

Quiet morning highlighted by Firecrest in East Soar willows plus 3 Chiffchaff. 900 Woodpigeons on the move included 280 flying high out to sea off Bolt Head.

Posted November 5th, 2016 at 12:37 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Brixham Breakwater

Walk along the Brixham Breakwater this sunny morning had 8 Purple sandpiper, Are they the same 8 as in Torquay?? These birds are at the far end on the old fuel jetty sitting on some rusty pipes. Hope still around tomorrow morning as I'm running a Torbay boat trip, still have places if interested. call 07866202576.

Posted November 5th, 2016 at 10:34 am by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Friday 4th November 2016

Purple Sandpipers - Torquay Breakwater

At least 8 Purple Sandpipers towards the end of Eastern Arm at low tide today ( 1300hrs )

Posted November 4th, 2016 at 5:30 pm by Cliff Parrott in General Birding

Kingsbridge Estuary

13:00-15:00, Curlew Drive -  Charleton Marsh, low tide.

5 Brent Geese, 5 Pintail, 3 Red- breasted Mergansers, 382 Golden Plovers and 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls. On the marsh 4 Snipe, Water Rail and a Blackcap in sub-song by the hide. 12 Collared Doves in the sewage works is the largest flock I've seen in Charleton for a while.

Posted November 4th, 2016 at 4:13 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Start Point - Beesands

Got to Start Point first thing. Looked good but the showers came to late just before daybreak. Only saw Mistle Thrush, 2 Fieldfares, 2 Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff. Dropped down to North Hallsands where it was slightly better with Blackcap, 3 Chifffchaffs, Goldcrest and a Reed Bunting. Star bird on Beesands Ley was a male Goldeneye (rare here ). also Wigeon, 46 Gadwall and a Water Rail.

Posted November 4th, 2016 at 4:07 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Watched this morning from 8.30am till 10.30am. All the usual waders and wildfowl in good numbers along with 1 med gull and 1 golden plover. Happy to see the plover. A peregrine passed over and put everything up. Also in the hawthorn at the back of the lagoon a male and female bullfinch. Thanks to the RSPB volunteers in the hide for the coffee.

Posted November 4th, 2016 at 4:01 pm by Steph Murphy in General Birding

Mansands

Misty and raining this morning, saw a Little Egret first by the main marsh, it then flew off up the valley. After scanning the marsh, spotted a female/juv Marsh Harrier sitting out the rain in the middle of the marsh for about an hour. It then flew around the Southdown field before flying off towards Sharkham and Berry Head direction. Also Cetti's Warbler singing in the reeds and two Fieldfares by the top barns.


Posted November 4th, 2016 at 2:18 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Dunsdon DWT

On the car park feeder this morning, 1 Willow and 2 Marsh Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Great Tit, 3 Coal Tit, 4 Blue Tit.

Posted November 4th, 2016 at 2:17 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Broadsands

A Dusky Warbler was found by a visiting Birder in the back of the 2nd car park - I could not locate it later in the morning. The hybrid Mediterranean x Black-headed Gull that was around last early - mid Nov has returned to the beach with a small flock of Black-headed Gulls. Judging from previous experience with another hybrid at Preston for 4 consecutive years this bird will be in its 3rd calendar year (so 3rd winter). 

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Mediterranean x Black-headed Gull Broadsands 

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compare this years wing tips (left)  with last years (right)

Posted November 4th, 2016 at 11:53 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 3rd November 2016

Goosemoor/Bowling Green Marsh

At Goosemoor from the cycle path, looking for yesterday's Snipe, only to find a Jack Snipe in its place (very briefly) on the reed edge.  Unfortunately no other witnesses but short bill & 'sewing machine' action were diagnostic. Also there again a Water Rail.

Posted November 3rd, 2016 at 11:27 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Home Farm Marsh

Main pond this morning 108Teal 76 Wigeon 6 Pintail 5 Shoveller.Small pond 43Wigeon.On the estuary 700Golden Plover with 200 Lapwing all put up by a Perigrine Falcon.

Posted November 3rd, 2016 at 8:30 pm by Geoff Taylor in General Birding

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

Highlight was a Red Kite moving east mobbed by CarrionCrow & Magpie. Also on the move 800 Woodpigeon & 40 Stock Dove generally moving east plus 25 Jackdaw north. Otherwise 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull inc.one intermedius, 480 Herring Gull, 330 Skylark, female Great Spotted Woodpecker at Higher Soar, 31 Robin, 34 Blackbird, 3 Redwing, 3 Goldcrest, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 100 Linnet & 4 Bullfinch. Still 5 Red Admirals on the wing. 

Posted November 3rd, 2016 at 4:31 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wistlandpound Reservoir

 41 Mallard, 32 Canada Geese, 5 Little Grebe, 2 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 7 Moorhen, 1 Cormorant ( 7 more flew over several times but didn't land) and 1 Great White Egret all present at 8 o'clock this morning.

1 Blackcap feeding on the Leycesteria berries at home in the garden.

Posted November 3rd, 2016 at 4:25 pm by Margaret Phillips in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Good overhead movement today (selected): 550 Redwing, 18 Fieldfare, 5 Mistle Thrush, 21 Song Thrush, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Reed Bunting, 85 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling and 260 Wood pigeons over the headland, looking further inland there were many more Woodpigeons moving S a short count came up with 4700 in several large flocks.

Around the headland: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler beside the meadow near the cattle drinking trough, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 1 Firecrest and 7 Goldcrest

Posted November 3rd, 2016 at 11:37 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands

1 Red-necked Grebe a long way out from the headland this morning plus 2 Common Scoter, 2 Eider, 1 Brent Goose and 1 2nd W Mediterranean Gull.

Posted November 3rd, 2016 at 11:29 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Orcombe Point Exmouth

C.2500 woodpigeons going W over Orcombe Point between 8.15 and 9 this morning turning N to head up Exe valley. Also Yellow-browed Warbler moving up through hedge around paddock on permissive path to Gore Lane.

Posted November 3rd, 2016 at 9:59 am by Nick Pratt in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wood pigeon migration

08.15hrs this morning a flock of 400 plus Wood Pigeons headed west over South Brent.

Also a flock of 24 Redwing and 2 Mistle Thrush

Posted November 3rd, 2016 at 8:47 am by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 2nd November 2016

Wistlandpound Reservoir

Great White Egret showing really well in the sunshine today at far end of reservoir standing next to Little Egret and Mallards ,great bird in more than one sense.

Posted November 2nd, 2016 at 9:58 pm by Geoff Taylor in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Soussons

Morning at Soussons. At approx 08:45 large numbers of Fieldfare and Redwing feeding in the berry trees at the bottom of the track from the car park near Warren Inn, just as you turn to head down the valley - they had dispersed when i returned at lunchtime. At about 09:45 located the Great Grey Shrike in the tall conifers about 100 yards before the clear fell - watched it unsuccessfully chase a small tit after which it disappeared. Found it again for a short while at the very top of the clear fell. Also saw 1 raven, 2 Buzzards, 1 male Kestrel and 1 Green Woodpecker male Kestrel

Posted November 2nd, 2016 at 8:44 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Harleston near Slapton

As with Doug's Post male Blackcap in garden, first since Sep so probably a migrant from Central Europe!

Posted November 2nd, 2016 at 3:58 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Exminster Marshes - American Wigeon

The American Wigeon was in with a small group of Wigeon at the back of the lagoon this lunchtime. Still there at about 1.30 when I left.

Posted November 2nd, 2016 at 2:06 pm by Nick Potter in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Torridge

On Tarka Trail on well-wooded section between Manteo Way and Torridge Bridge (east side of river), a Marsh Tit in with a small flock of commoner species. In the narrow ditches in marsh under Torridge Bridge, a Common Sandpiper.

Posted November 2nd, 2016 at 1:32 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Clennon lakes

Warbler numbers picking up on site with 3 Yellow-browed Warblers (first in willows and Sycamore on hill side leading up to Roselands School, the 2nd by 2nd weir and the thrid on the streamside path toward the YMCA) - at least 2 of those new as none had the very striking yellow lores of one of the birds on Sunday. Also the Cetti's Warbler still present, now 4 Chiffchaff, 8 Goldcrest and 2 Blackcap. 2 Water Rail calling from reedbed, 1 Kingfisher 3 Gadwall, 1 Little Grebe and 3 Little Egrets. 

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two of today'sYellow-browed Warblers

Most exciting record was my first Cirl Bunting on site - a male singing for a short period down near to the YMCA!

 

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Posted November 2nd, 2016 at 1:19 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Dartington

Some visible migration for once over Dartington this morning - 360 Fieldfare, 80 Redwing and 10 Blackbirds, all going North East. A male Blackcap in the garden was the first since September so suspect new arrival.

Posted November 2nd, 2016 at 10:45 am by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Trewsweir Exeter Little Grebe

Little Grebe feeding on weed area adjacent to the new string of black buoys, on upstream side of Trewsweir at 09:00 this morning. also Tufted Duck.

Posted November 2nd, 2016 at 9:14 am by Mike Booth in General Birding

Tuesday 1st November 2016

Shipley Bridge/Avon Dam

Late afternoon: c350 Fieldfares, c150 Redwings and 1 Ring Ouzel. Lovely to see big numbers of the winter Thrushes!

Posted November 1st, 2016 at 10:27 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Torquay Inner Harbour

Kingfisher moving around the harbour  c 1600hrs this afternoon.

Posted November 1st, 2016 at 8:58 pm by Cliff Parrott in General Birding

Lannacombe Valley

Yellow Browed Warbler ringed at  this mornings ringing session. Looking slightly odd in the photo because it had either been bathing or foraging in very wet foliage; hence the spiky look about the head. Also on site 10+ Goldcrest, 1 imm.f. Firecrest (ringed) 6 Chiffchaffs and 2 Blackcaps. Masses of Woodpigeons milling around overhead,but not counted.

Posted November 1st, 2016 at 4:47 pm by Alan K Searle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Dormouse ~ Buckfastleigh

Yesterday a vet referred an injured Dormouse to me (I undertake Bird of prey Rescue!!) it had been unearthed by a dog and the dogs owner was able to recover it. 

Does any one in DBWPS know of any one who is licensed to rehabilitate such creatures? After a day of numerous phone calls to every wild animal charity and organisation I can find I am still being kept company by a Dormouse..

I can be contacted on 01364 72152 or via email at southhamshawks@owls.entadsl.com 

Posted November 1st, 2016 at 4:23 pm by Steve Hopper in Other Wildlife

East Devon NNR

This afternoon at the northern end of the reserve I saw the largest flock of Redwings and Fieldfares that I have ever seen. Every bush and tree was covered in birds feeding furiously, impossible to count accurately but there were easily over 1000 birds with more flying in all the time. If the numbers of birds that I have seen in a relatively small area of Dartmoor are reflected throughout the Moor the number of winter thrushes must be in the region of tens of thousands!

Posted November 1st, 2016 at 4:02 pm by Keith Benyon-Tinker in General Birding

Dunsdon DWT

I have  three feeders at Dunsdon, this is the first viewing, 2 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 3 Blue/ 2 Great/ 3 Coal Tit, 1 Robin, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Nuthatch, 3 Chaffinch.

Posted November 1st, 2016 at 2:39 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Downend

1 Great Northern Diver + 5 female Common Scoters early this morning. No sign of the 4 Eiders which were present yesterday.

Posted November 1st, 2016 at 11:09 am by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

No sign of the Dusky Warbler in the quarry this morning. 1 Yellow-browed Warbler in Woods just south of Berry Head Hotel.

Posted November 1st, 2016 at 10:09 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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