Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from November 2017

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Thursday 30th November 2017

Woodbury Castle

Had a lunchtime visit but explored the area west of the Castle (opposite side of the road) and down in the valley (on one of the rather muddy tracks) I was treated to a massive finch feeding session. Rough estimate was 150 Chaffinch and 60 Brambling. Possibly had a fleeting view of a Hawfinch but it was too quick to get a definite ID and with all the other Finches I couldn’t single out a call.

Posted November 30th, 2017 at 11:08 pm in Bird News

Dartmoor

A very good day on Dartmoor, doing a field trip reconnaisance for the Exeter RSPB local group with Cilla Ingram. We must have seen literally hundreds of Fieldfare during the day.  One pair of fields near Runnage Farm, Postbridge was covered with both Fieldfares and Redwings.  Another highlight was a fair number of Brambling under some beech trees near the entrance track to Soussons Farm. Moving on to Bellever forest, we had excellent views of about a dozen Crossbills feeding near the top of a fir tree.  There were more Fieldfares at Dunnabridge pound, and a flock of 42 Golden Plover. Dartmeet gave us good sightings of Treecreeper, Nuthatch and Marsh Tit, with Grey Wagtail on the river - the latter also seen in several other places during the day. 

Posted November 30th, 2017 at 8:10 pm by Richard Swinbank in Bird News

South Milton Ley - Cattle Egret

1 Cattle Egret, together with 3 Little Egret, associating closely with cattle in field immediately to the left of the main ditch at the top end of South Milton Ley. Viewed from the path leading down by the STW.

Posted November 30th, 2017 at 4:58 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Harleston & Soar

Mistle Thrush singing in Harleston hamlet this morning.

Now some good news!! 2017 breeding figures for Bolt Head to Bolt Tail inc.record number of breeding territories for Cirl Bunting (46), Yellowhammer (52), Stonechat (55), Skylark (219) & Whitethroat (191). Amazing what a warm spring can do for residents & trans-saharan migrants alike!

Posted November 30th, 2017 at 4:47 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Torbay

At Broadsands: 2 Great Northern Divers, 1 Red-throated Diver, 4 Great Crested Grebes and a pale-bellied Brent Goose on the beach (rare in Torbay!). 8 Cirl Buntings on seed in 2nd car park, 1 firecrest and 3 Chiffchaff in the marsh.

Clennon Lakes: at least 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs with 9-10 Chiffchaffs mostly around the 2nd lake lower causeway, 2 Firecrest, 1 Blackcap and at least 8 Goldcrests the unlikely highlight however were a pair of Stonechats on the fence to the velo park only the 3rd record of any Stonechats at Clennon Valley!.

Siberian Chiffchaff ClnVly 301117 ML 2 Siberian Chiffchaff ClnVly 301117 ML Pale-bellied Brent Goose Broadsands 30 Nov 2017 ML

Siberian Chiffchaff                               Siberian Chiffchaff                                 Pale-bellied Brent Goose

Posted November 30th, 2017 at 1:15 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Plympton

Two firecrest in the garden again this morning. One goldcrest and a male blackcap also visited along with usual tits and finches. 

Posted November 30th, 2017 at 12:46 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Wednesday 29th November 2017

Bench Tor and Venford Reservoir

Late afternoon/dusk: 3 Woodcock and 10 Goosander.

Posted November 29th, 2017 at 9:09 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Ernesettle Creek

A sunny albeit a tad chilly walk along Ernesettle Creek an hour after high tide - 2:30pm. 6 swans, 2 shelducks, 8 greenshanks, numerous redshanks, 10 blackwits, 1 snipe, 30 Canada geese and a number of mallards. 

Posted November 29th, 2017 at 9:08 pm by Val Grehan in Bird News

Haldon Forest Ridge

Had half a day visit along the Haldon ridge today with Rupert Ormrod. Hoped to see an odd Hawfinch but  car spaces were hard to come by however the Brambling flocks were well worth seeing (but very skittish) 150+ feeding in mixed flocks under Beech trees from Belvedere to Ideford Common. Nice to see and worth noting a 40+ Reed Bunting flock on Ideford Common to end the day.

Female Brambling - one of many across the ridge Marsh Tit at the Belvedere one of 40+ Reed Bunting at Ideford Common
Female Brambling                             Marsh Tit at the Belvedere            Reed Bunting at Ideford Common

Posted November 29th, 2017 at 8:17 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Stover

A quick walk around Stover Lake this morning, 7 Goosander (3 Male and 4 Female,) 1 solitary Female Tuffted Duck, 2 Muscovy and a Great Crested Grebe.

Goosander          Goosander
Goosander                                                       Goosander

Posted November 29th, 2017 at 2:29 pm by Duncan Leitch in Bird News

Clennon Lakes & Broadsands

2 Siberian Chiffchaffs between lakes 1 & 2 today also 9 collybita Chiffchaffs around the site and at least 1 Firecrest & 7 Goldcrest.

A visit to Broadsands this morning produced 17 Cirl Buntings on seed in the 2nd car park and at least 3 Firecrest with 3 chiffchaff and 4 Goldcrest in the marsh area between the car parks.

Posted November 29th, 2017 at 1:05 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Tuesday 28th November 2017

Fieldfare and Buzzard , Week, Dartington, 28 Nov 2017

Approx 50 Fieldfare in the orchard next door but no Redwing spotted. A Common Buzzard over the garden .

Fieldfare Fieldfare Common Buzzard
Fieldfare                                   Fieldfare                         Common Buzzard

Posted November 28th, 2017 at 11:06 pm by Bob Telford in Bird News

Interesting Herring Gull behaviour at RD&E today

YouTube link https://youtu.be/eQEAVrSPlwM

An interesting diversion at my appointment today. Tap dancing for worms.

Posted November 28th, 2017 at 8:14 pm by Ian Muir in Bird News

Start Point 27 November

Yesterday midday at Start Point, between about 1200 and 1300hrs, a large passage  of c150 Lesser-Black-backed Gulls, showing characteristics of   blackish winged Larus fuscus intermedius or Larus fuscus (Baltic Gull).  Of these only about 10% were juveniles. Gulls flew mainly in gaggles of 20 -30 birds low over the top of the point in a short patch of clear weather.  Total of 130 adult birds physically counted.

Posted November 28th, 2017 at 7:36 pm by Michael Woodman-Smith in Bird News

Clennon Valley, Paignton, 11am-3pm

2 firecrests, goldcrests, bullfinch (F) and a siberian chiffchaff down by the golf driving range around midday. 7 snipe, 5 teal and 2 dabchick on the lower pond, 2 gadwall on the middle pond, and a little egret on the top pond. 5+ collybita chiffchaffs around the ponds, also water rail heard.

Firecrest Firecrest Four of the Snipe
Firecrest                                       Firecrest                                          Four of the Snipe

Posted November 28th, 2017 at 5:39 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Clennon Valley

Just as an addendum to Mike L's earlier post: 4 Firecrest (2 in the same area as Yellow-browed Warbler; 1 behind the driving range; 1 W end of lakes with the Siberian Chiffchaff).

Posted November 28th, 2017 at 5:00 pm by Dave Holloway in Bird News

Velator

Highlight in the reserve today was a Chiffchaff - the first since 3rd November. All four Moorhens present.  However it seems the juvenile Little Grebe has finally departed, perhaps the Sticklebacks hibernate? The large Godwit flock - 160ish, was joined by both Redshank and Greenshank on the scrape today.

Posted November 28th, 2017 at 4:59 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Bideford Old Bridge

Life is full of surprises!  I was driving back into Bideford from East-the Water at just after 15:40 this afternoon and became stuck in traffic (roadworks traffic lights) almost in the middle of the queue stopped there on the bridge.  There was a small group of Herring and BH Gulls squabbling along the seaward-side parapet and generally being "hassled" by a Glaucous Gull in(almost certainly) third-winter plumage, obviously I couldn't use binocs/camera).  A Devon first for me.

Posted November 28th, 2017 at 4:27 pm by Tony Mercer in Bird News

Woodbury Castle and East Devon

The large flock of Chaffinch and Brambling present this morning and preferring the inside of the west side of the iron age fort.  Several hundred in total (maybe even 400) and a good proportion are Brambling.  The new steps up to the enclosure are now open and the birds are best viewed from the top.  Difficult to count numbers as the birds are constantly moving from ground to trees.

I also tried Colaton Raleigh Common as far as the grenade range but little about worth noting other than a few Dartfords, Pipits and Stonechat with a Green Woodpecker heard.

Back home a Sparrow Hawk settled on my feeders... luckily no birds there at the time!

Posted November 28th, 2017 at 3:46 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Cockwood

Went to Cockwood for a change this lunchtime, From the steps, the resident Slavonian Grebe was fairly close in as well as a few Red-breasted Merganser.

I was amazed to see a Great Northern Diver in Cockwood Harbour though. It was just a few metres from the road at times (sadly no camera). After a few minutes at about 2 o'clock it swam out of the harbour back in to the river. Also in the harbour 1 Greenshank, Turnstones, Redshanks, Oystercatchers, a Curlew and a Black-tailed Godwit.

Posted November 28th, 2017 at 2:53 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Dawlish - 28th Nov 17

Walk from Dawlish down to the warren and back this AM... 

15 great crested grebe (on sea), male kestrel, 27 turnstone, 31 grey plover, 2 kittiwake, 5 gannet, 16 shag, ad bonapartes flew west, 5 red throated diver (close in bay), 2 razorbill, 250+ dark bellied brents, 17 pale bellied brents, 12 rock pipit, 3 (common) chiffchaff, 16 linnet

Posted November 28th, 2017 at 2:42 pm by Nick Patel in Bird News

Middle Soar to Southdown Farm

Highlight was a Firecrest in Soar Mill Valley. Also: 31 Golden Plover, 5 Snipe, 380 Skylark, 38 Meadow Pipit, Mistle Thrush, Bullfinch & 70 Linnet.

Posted November 28th, 2017 at 2:32 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Clennon Valley

Yellow-browed Warbler still present this morning at Clennon Valley along the stream about 150m below the bottom lake. also around the lakes 1 Siberian Chiffchaff around the top lake, 12 'collybita' Chiffchaffs, 2 Firecrest, 8 Goldcrest, 2 Snipe, 9 Teal 2 Gadwall, 9 Tufted Ducks, little Egret, 3 Water Rail and 3 Little Grebes.  

siberian Chiffchaff Clennon Lakes 28 November 2017 ML

Siberian Chiffchaff

Posted November 28th, 2017 at 10:17 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 27th November 2017

Velator

Still plenty of Tits and Finches in the reserve today despite the buffeting wind. A Treecreeper was also making it's way around. Out on the scrape still a big flock of Godwits joined today by a Redshank, which I'm sure I heard either yesterday or the day before. Stonechat nearby too. Everything is now drenched and waterlogged....

Posted November 27th, 2017 at 7:29 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Hope's Nose afternoon

1 razorbill off the end, gannets and a kittiwake off shore; also 3 oystercatchers on the rocks at the south tip. At the end of the afternoon 9 common scoters and a great northern diver were in the bay to the north. The seawatch point has now been cleared of rubbish and is fit for use again.

Posted November 27th, 2017 at 6:20 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Woodbury Castle / Colaton Raleigh Common and Exmouth

Woodbury Castle produced a few Brambling. Not in the numbers Matt saw but it was late in the day. Almost dusk to dark visit to the common. Went to the last car park as if driving to half way house from Exmouth. Went hoping for Woodcock as they can be seen flying over the car park area but none around. However I was pleasantly surprised to see a Female Hen Harrier quartering the area just below the car park. Cracking views and the first one I have seen on the commons for quite a few years. Also 3 Tawny Owls (2 seen and another calling) near my house on Byron Way when I got home.

Posted November 27th, 2017 at 6:12 pm in Bird News

Sunday 26th November 2017

Topsham Rec

Six Cattle egrets flew up river at 16:45. Earlier 24 Red-breasted mergansers on the Exe down river from Riversmeet was my highest count this winter.

Posted November 26th, 2017 at 11:13 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Haldon Forest

No hawfiches found but great views of 12 crossbills in main car park. 

Posted November 26th, 2017 at 10:49 pm by Tim Frayling in Bird News

Exmouth-Lympstone

From the cycle track this morning, a Firecrest and Red Kite, with at least 2 Bramblings in a flock of Greenfinches and Chaffinches in sunflowers just south of Lympstone. Earlier, a pair of Peregrines hunting unsuccessfully at Mudbank Lane.

Posted November 26th, 2017 at 9:36 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Large Brambling Flock

An estimated 200+ Brambling in Woodbury Fort this afternoon, with similar numbers of Chaffinch. Very difficult to get a proper count so could be considerably more than this. Nearby the Long-tailed Duck still off Mudbank, Eider off Maer Rocks and 2 Great Northern Diver plus Slavonian Grebe off Shelly Beach.

Posted November 26th, 2017 at 3:57 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

American Wigeon at Matford Marsh

The American Wigeon is still around the main pool area in amongst the Wigeon.

Posted November 26th, 2017 at 1:29 pm by Samuel Gray in Bird News

Hawfinches Longdown

89 counted lflying up the valley at Perridge forest this morning between 0715 and 0800.Numbers are still consideted to be approximately 150 .This will be my final count before returning to  Hungary. Hope to be back in January 2018 

Posted November 26th, 2017 at 10:48 am by Roy Adams Hungarian Bird Tours in Bird News

Occombe

Plenty of activity this morning: House Sparrow, 5 Robins, Green Woodpecker (as usual in the orchard), 3 Bullfinches, 5 Jays, 11 Long-tailed Tits, 14 Blue Tits, 8 Blackbirds, 9 Great Tits, Buzzard, 5 Redwing, 5 Goldcrest, 3 Wrens, Treecreeper, Chaffinch & a Dunnock. And a Roebuck.

Posted November 26th, 2017 at 10:30 am in Bird News

Saturday 25th November 2017

Dartmoor hen harrier

A ringtail drifting north easterly over Rattlebrook on the north moor this morning about noon.

Posted November 25th, 2017 at 9:53 pm by Simon M Bates in Bird News

Veletor

Good to see a Red-breasted Merganser female in Knowl Water, the stream that runs into the River Caen this morning. Watched it diving just upstream from the weir. 

Posted November 25th, 2017 at 8:14 pm by Kelvin Irwin in Bird News

Topsham Rec

Three Cattle egrets flew up river at dusk.

Posted November 25th, 2017 at 8:12 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Holdstone down

A 9 o clock start around today not very much really,  3 snipe in different places that scared the living daylights out of me as they took off nearly under foot. A very yellowish / green warbler darted out from the gorse before I could focus on it and 3 stonechat male andc2 female.. 

Posted November 25th, 2017 at 5:00 pm by Philip worth in Bird News

Dartmoor - Brambling

Very cold on the Moor this morning, but brambling showing in most of the chaffinch flocks when located feeding on beech mast! In total I must have seen at least 30 amongst several hundred chaffinch. One particular site at SX677772 gave good views of several. Difficult to photograph as they were very mobile and well camouflaged as they searched amongst the leaves. A good variety of thrush species with song, mistle, redwing and fieldfare evident. Pizwell Bridge produced all 4! 

Posted November 25th, 2017 at 4:00 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Clennon Lakes

The Yellow-browed Warbler again present behind the golf diving range calling well this morning.

Video clip here: https://youtu.be/EWQ82iEYGZU 

Yellow-browed Warbler Clennon Valley Nov 2017 ML

 

Posted November 25th, 2017 at 10:27 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Plympton

Two firecrest in the garden this morning. 

Posted November 25th, 2017 at 9:14 am by Chris E in Bird News

Friday 24th November 2017

Topsham Rec

4 Cattle egret flew up river and over the M5 at 16:45. No sign of any Marsh harriers at dusk.

Posted November 24th, 2017 at 10:40 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Matford Pools

The drake American Wigeon was still present this afternoon up until 1510hrs at least. But it wasn't on the main pool as it has the past 3 days, the bird having moved to the northerly reedy pool edge and ditch where it spent most of its time during last winter's visit. A Fox was spooking the wildfowl on the main pool, so it probably decided it was safer in its old haunt!

Posted November 24th, 2017 at 8:08 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Berrynarbor

Two firecrest in the garden again this morning.

Posted November 24th, 2017 at 7:29 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Upper and Lower Tamar Lake

Upper Lake.
1 Willow Tit, 4 Grey Heron, 5 Cormorants, 2 Pied Wagtail, 93 Canada Geese, 5 Snipe, 1 Song Thrush, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Wren.

Lower Lake.
11 Goosander,7m 4f, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Tufted Duck, 43 Coot, 18 Moorhen, 21 Mallard, c50 Black-headed Gull 2 Long-tailed Tits, 1 Willow and 1 Marsh Tit.

Posted November 24th, 2017 at 5:41 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Stover Country Park.

21 members of DB (East Devon Branch) attended this mornings walk around the lake and south towards the meadows behind Stover School.  The absence of water birds on the lake was very noticeable with only 1 Gt- crested Grebe, 2 Tufted Duck, 4 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 2 Coot present. 3 Snipe were on the water fringes and a Kingfisher seen briefly.  The lack of birds may indicate that birds are not moving west because of the mild winter to date.

The bird feeders provided close up views of Marsh Tit, Bullfinch, Nuthatch etc that are found here routinely.  

The meadows were notable for 3 Mistle Thrush, 1 Stonechat, 20+ Redwing, 4 Meadow Pipit, 10+ Siskin, 1 Gt Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush and others.  A total of 41 species was counted for the morning.

Posted November 24th, 2017 at 5:37 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Horsey Island

15 Ruff still on Horsey this aft (13 in photo) .Also 172 Black tailed Godwits & 200 Dunlin.

An attempt is being made to repair the breach in the sea wall between R.Caen & Horsey by the landowner this aft at low tide. High tide around 21.00.

We shall see over the following days & weeks whether this has been successful.

  

Posted November 24th, 2017 at 5:27 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

24-11-17 Dartmoor

Both Male & Female Dartford Warbler showing well, mainly the female. Not many other birds were sighted, Goldfinches, Goldcrests

  Male & Female Dartford Warblers

Male & Female Dartford Warblers

Posted November 24th, 2017 at 5:05 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

24-11-17 Ford Park Cemetery

Male & Female Black Redstarts were showing very well

  

Posted November 24th, 2017 at 4:57 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery 24/11/2017

Black Redstart (m & f), Redwings, Meadow Pipits along with usual suspects

Posted November 24th, 2017 at 4:13 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News

Suspect Snow Geese again

Sorry about yesterdays photos the wrong set was sent in error, here is a cropped set which I hope shows more detail. Any comments would be appreciated as I am undecided.

  

Eds: Indeed Snow Geese but presumed escapes they were at Maer Lakes from at least August!    http://www.cbwps.org.uk/cbwpsword/2017/08/22/ 

Posted November 24th, 2017 at 4:06 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Firecrest in Plymouth

A male in the trees around Stoke Surgery on Devonport Road, Stoke again today. Has been around for two weeks.

Posted November 24th, 2017 at 2:14 pm by Howard Ackford in Bird News

Torbay

Preston: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Great Northern Divers.

Goodrington: 6 Great Northern Divers, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Common Scoter and probably the Black-throated Diver further out but an odd haze on the sea today prevented positive id.

Broadsands: 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe & 4 Brent Geese. Also 1 Firecrest, 2 Chiffchaffs, 5 Goldcrest in the marsh and 7 Cirl Buntings on seed in the 2nd car park.

Clennon Lakes/Valley: the Yellow-browed Warbler was again behind the golf driving range in willows over the stream and I assume the same bird 250m away at the back gate to the YMCA in Buddleia, also around lakes 1 Siberian Chiffchaff on lower lake, 7 Chiffchaff, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Firecrest and 8 Goldcrest  

Yellow-browed Warbler Clennon Valley 24 Nov 2017 ML  Siberian Chiffchaff 24 Nov 2017 ML

  Yellow-Browed Warbler                                                    Siberian Chiffchaff   

Posted November 24th, 2017 at 11:37 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Hawfinches Longdown

Count of Hawfinches this morning between 07.30 and 0830 reached a minumum of 109 birds.Many were missed as they were in mixed flocks of Brambling ,Redpoll l,Bullfinch.Siskin  and Redwing. 

Posted November 24th, 2017 at 9:30 am by Roy Adams Hungarian Bird Tours in Bird News

Thursday 23rd November 2017

Clennon Valley

Yellow-browed Warbler was present in willows over the stream - down stream from the lakes where the stream backs onto the golf driving range. Also there were at least 2 Firecrest, 7 Goldcrest, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff (calling too) and 3 'collybita' Chiffchaffs.

Posted November 23rd, 2017 at 6:08 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Suspect Snow Geese

Here are some photos of the suspect Snow Geese seen on Lower Tamar  Lake  31/10/2017, these where shot a Maer Lake toady but they are the same geese, they seem have the correct plumage showing the black primaries. Are they Snow Geese? Sorry about the photos it was very windy and a long range.

Posted November 23rd, 2017 at 5:17 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Haldon Foirest & Stover Country Park

At Haldon Forest the Hawfinches showing ok, but at the back of the trees, so the only shots I could get were in-between the branches. At Stover, the usual suspects, with one exception, by the feeders a Treecreeper showed itself very well.

  

Posted November 23rd, 2017 at 5:15 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Green Woodpeckers Higher Cemetery Exeter

One male, one female today, late evening.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRpi86xzyU8

Green Woodpecker Female     Green Woodpecker Male
Green Woodpecker Female                                      Green Woodpecker Male

Posted November 23rd, 2017 at 5:02 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Fremington Pill

15.45 female Goosander swimming in stream with 6 mallard, close to Pill Cottage. 

Posted November 23rd, 2017 at 4:47 pm by Paul Bearman in Bird News

Hawfich ST thomas Church yard Cowick Street

At least 2 Hawfinch flew in with a small flock of Greenfinch into the high tree tops perching briefly before disappearing into the trees at 8:15am. also 16 redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush plus all the usual suspects.

Posted November 23rd, 2017 at 3:47 pm by Nik Ward in Bird News

Drake American Wigeon @ RSPB-Matford Marsh

Great views today of the 2/W drake American Wigeon which was showing well in the mid-day sun on the main pond near the roundabout with the other 3 Dave's DS+DH+DL. Also 3+ Snipe.

2/W drake American Wigeon 2/W drake American Wigeon 2/W drake American Wigeon
2/W drake American Wigeon            2/W drake American Wigeon                2/W drake American Wigeon

Posted November 23rd, 2017 at 2:37 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Bowling Green Marsh

From the hide this lunchtime, 1 Ruff, 1 Kingfisher, female Pochard, 9+ Gadwall and 20 Greylag Geese.

Posted November 22nd, 2017 at 9:19 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Re:American Wigeon @ Matford Marsh 21/11/2017

These are images that never got uploaded from previous post.

Both images showing the same crown patch on both birds confirming returning bird from last winter.

1/W drake American Wigeon @ BGM 04/01/2017 2/W drake American Wigeon @ Matford  21/11/2017
1/W drake American Wigeon @ BGM 04/01/2017       2/W drake American Wigeon @ Matford 21/11/2017

Posted November 22nd, 2017 at 8:26 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Matford

Drake American Wigeon still present on pool today. 

Posted November 22nd, 2017 at 8:07 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Re:American Wigeon @ Matford Marsh 21/11/2017

Further to Matt's observation post from yesterday's adult drake American Wigeon seen at Matford Marsh. They do look to be the same bird that moved between Matford, Exminster and BG Marshes from last winter returning and clearly shows signs of same crown patch he mentions and shown in the attached images extracted from the videos. Thanks and well spotted Matt.

Posted November 22nd, 2017 at 7:29 pm by David Boult in Bird News

TIVERTON

First Brambling of the winter in garden today amongst a dozen Chaffinches, plus a partial albinism Blackbird. Not the best of pics taken through window!

Posted November 22nd, 2017 at 4:15 pm by A COLLINGE in Bird News

South Efford Marsh, Aveton Gifford - Spoonbill

With Rodney Bone at South Huish Marsh this morning pleased to finally catch up with the reported Spoonbill,( poor distant photos). Thanks to Eric Wotten for the heads up, following his sighting the previous day, when I was enjoying the hawfinch at Haldon - what a bill they have, some contrast from the spoHonbill! Only the 2nd record for Rod, who does the "webs" count for the area, since his first sighting several decades ago. Also present a cattle egret, with 10 little egret, a kingfisher,1 water pipit, 1 black tailed godwit, a few curlew, just 1 greenshank, 3 redshank and several teal, widgeon and mallard.

Spoonbill - South Efford Marsh - 22.11.17  Hawfinch - Haldon - 21.11.17
Spoonbill - South Efford Marsh - 22.11.17                        Hawfinch - Haldon - 21.11.17

Posted November 22nd, 2017 at 4:09 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Velator

Morning cutting up trees, and trying to count mobile smallish Finch flocks. Good numbers of Gold and Chaffinch, fewer Greenfinch.  A small number of Redwings. Pick of the bunch were a Reed Bunting, and a Siskin. No repeat of the Kingfisher from yesterday.

Out on the scrape, 175 Godwits, Little Egret, Pied Wagtail (uncommon at this time of year) and the Green Sandpiper also reappeared.

Posted November 22nd, 2017 at 3:30 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatching from Berry Head 07.30-11.00hrs: 15 Sooty Shearwaters  (video Clip: https://youtu.be/UZBWVR1dfxo ), 1 Manx Shearwater, 3 Puffin, 543 Auks, 423 Kittiwake, 7 Great Skuas,1 Yellow-legged Gull (3rd Winter) 2 Great Northern Diver, 2 Common Scoter & 5 + Harbour Porpoise.

Yellow-legged Gull Berry Head 22 Nov 2017 ML Yellow-legged Gull Berry Head 22 Nov 2017 ML

Yellow-legged Gull - 3rd winter

Posted November 22nd, 2017 at 2:00 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Haldon Hawfinches

Photos relating to my text of yesterday showing hawfinches at Haldon Hill.

 

Posted November 22nd, 2017 at 12:00 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Hawfinches Shute East Devon

10 Hawfinches this morning.One group of 3 flying west over Church and a further 7 feeding on yew/field maple in ancient orchard approx 200 metres on lane above the village Church.

Posted November 22nd, 2017 at 10:59 am by Roy Adams Hungarian Bird Tours in Bird News

Tuesday 21st November 2017

American Wigeon - Matford

I strongly suspect this is a returning drake. Looking at Dave's fantastic footage, both this bird and the bird present last winter (in first-winter plumage) show a narrow patch of darker feathering towards the rear of the cream crown stripe.

Posted November 21st, 2017 at 8:38 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

American Wigeon at RSPB-Matford Marsh

As per Nick Patel's earlier post of the adult drake American Wigeon seen on the main pool near the roundabout this morning.

Some video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGzmc6zKwPE

drake American Wigeon drake American Wigeon
drake American Wigeon                                      drake American Wigeon

Posted November 21st, 2017 at 6:35 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Haldon Hawfinches

Up to 20 Hawfinches at usual spot. Scores of Crossbills and several Bramblings seen.

Posted November 21st, 2017 at 5:11 pm by bob barrow in Bird News

N. Hallsands.

A SIBERIAN Chiffchaff caught at this mornings ringing session. Also on site 4 nominate Chiffchaffs ( 2 caught and ringed ),and 6 Goldcrests ( 3 caught and ringed ). Also 1 Woodcock ( flushed ). One or two regularity overwinter at this site. It is always good to see them return.

Siberian Chiffchaff.
Siberian Chiffchaff.

Posted November 21st, 2017 at 12:40 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Matford marsh RSPB - 21/11/17

Drake American wigeon on main pool, 09.30 am, viewed from cycle path by roundabout... also 85 wigeon, 12 teal, 8 shoveler, 22 btg, little egret...

Also 405 Avocet at high tide from Bowling green hide this morning...

Posted November 21st, 2017 at 9:38 am by Nick Patel in Bird News

Monday 20th November 2017

Velator

Not much action in the reserve in a brief visit this afternoon. Couple of Cetti's calling, and small flocks of Finches. However south of the reserve over Sherpa Marsh, a Marsh Harrier being given a really hard time by several Corvids. Out on the scrape at least 170 Black-tailed Godwits, a Shelduck, and a Green Sandpiper!

Posted November 20th, 2017 at 6:56 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Exminster marshes RSPB - 20/11/2017

Peregrine hawking over the marshes by Station road, Egyptian goose, 3 Pintail, 3 Cormorant, 6 Little egret, 2 Green sandpiper, 5 Curlew, Snipe, 45+ Redwing, 50+ Fieldfare, 25 Goldcrest, Raven, 3 Cetti's warbler, 7 Bullfinch...

Posted November 20th, 2017 at 5:14 pm by Nick Patel in Bird News

Another chestnut crowned Sparrow.

Norman Baldock sent in this picture of a presumed chestnut crowned and whitish cheeked House Sparrow - bearing a resemblance to italiae but it lacks the spit supercilium the possible Italian Sparrow at Budleigh Salterton shows (as do some House Sparrows). The photograph was taken ion 13 March this year in the Newton Abbot area, but the bird had been visiting the garden most of the winter.

Sparrow resembling italiae

 

Posted November 20th, 2017 at 2:08 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Goodrington

The Black-throated Diver was again off Goodrington Beach this morning associating with a Great Northern Diver also 3 more Great Northern Divers & a Red-throated Diver between there and Broadsands.

The Siberian Chiffchaff was still present in the marsh at the back of Young's Park with 3+ 'collybita' Chiffchaffs.

Broadsands 1 Siberian Chiffchaff: , 3-4 'collybita' Chiffchaffs, 1 Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest and 2 Cirl Buntings on seed in 2nd car park. Also 1 Grey Plover flying around and calling over the beach.

Posted November 20th, 2017 at 9:35 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sunday 19th November 2017

Firecrest in Dunsford

Saw a Firecrest in our courtyard garden in Dunsford but the phto is not very clear

Posted November 19th, 2017 at 9:47 pm by Christine Marsden in Bird News

Teign Estuary

Female Goosander at Passage House this morning; also two Bar-tailed Godwits and 51 Snipe. 15 Red-breasted Mergansers further down the estuary towards Ringmore.

Posted November 19th, 2017 at 9:43 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

mandarin duck on tiverton canal

Mandarin duck sighted  on Tiverton canal near Burlescombe 19th November 2017

Posted November 19th, 2017 at 8:01 pm by robin pearson in Bird News

Berry Head

A walk on Berry Head NNR this morning was very quiet, 2 Stonechat, 2 Shag in the gully by the coast path. Both had the start of the crest and looked very pristine, early breeding birds??? The best of the morning was the Fulmar gliding past the front of the Headland by the Lighthouse. 5 in number but never got a good picture, blank shot or a picture of a blur and the sea!! 3 harbor Porpoise and some Gannet diving for food. A beautiful morning in the sun.

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Posted November 19th, 2017 at 7:02 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Sprey Point Teignmouth

Approx 80 scoter off Sprey Point.  Also one Great Northen Diver and one other diver suspected Red Throated but too far out to confirm. Did anyone else see a very large fish breaching the surface just off Holcombe approx 3.00 pm?  Possibly tuna ?

Posted November 19th, 2017 at 6:54 pm by Patrick Case in Bird News

Horsey Island

 5 Ruff still on Horsey & 1 Spoonbill pm.

    

Posted November 19th, 2017 at 5:47 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Soussons Plantation

At least 12 Crossbills at Soussons this morning.

Posted November 19th, 2017 at 5:38 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Haldon Hawfinches

A group of around 15 very mobile birds this afternoon


Posted November 19th, 2017 at 4:55 pm by John Deakins in Bird News

Southdown Farm, Bolberry

The morning's tally inc. Sparrowhawk, 2 Snipe, 17 Stock Dove, 210 Skylark, 19 Blackbird, 140 Carrion Crow, 60 Linnet, 2 Bullfinch, 30 Yellowhammer & 26 Cirl Bunting.

Non-avian: 2 Roe Deer, Brown Hare, Red Admiral.

Posted November 19th, 2017 at 2:13 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Hawfinches Longdown

A minumum count of 98 Hawfinches this morning at Longdown (4 groups flying up the valley). The true number must be in the region of 150 birds allowing for the many groups of up to  6 flying around the estate. 

Posted November 19th, 2017 at 12:00 pm by Roy Adams Hungarian Bird Tours in Bird News

Hawfinch

A most productive morning at Occombe produced the 1st Hawfinch I've seen here. It was a real sign of late Autumn with 15 Blackbirds (only 1 female), 9 Bullfinches (5 male, 4 female), 6 Redwing, Green Woodpecker, Buzzard, 3 Jay, Pheasant (m), 4 Great Tits, pair of Blue Tits & Goldfinch, 5 Wrens, 6/7 Stock Dove, Raven, 4 Robins, Chaffinch, Dunnock and most unusual, I counted at least 25 (but probably more) Magpie in a flock flying westerly.

Posted November 19th, 2017 at 10:52 am in Bird News

Incredible Hawfinch Numbers Longdown

Morning count at Longdown this morning saw 4 groups of Hawfinches totalling 98 birds flying up the valley. There were many other smaller groups of up to 3 .Total thought to be in the region of 150 birds!

Posted November 19th, 2017 at 9:50 am by Roy Adams Hungarian Bird Tours in Bird News

Saturday 18th November 2017

Interesting Nuthatch

The photo that I couldn't have uploaded this am.


Posted November 18th, 2017 at 9:57 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Dawlish Warren 18th Nov 2017

Dawlish Warren, Red-throated Diver and Great Northern Diver out from the seventh groin. Jack Snipe and Common Snipe showing but well in the reeds at edge of main pond by the Sand Martin wall. Pair of shoveler on main pond along with pair of Mute Swans

  

Posted November 18th, 2017 at 8:41 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Exe Estuary Cruise

Excellent Stuart Line Cruise lead by my Dad on the Exe Estuary today, 1-4pm. On the lower Estuary off Cockwood/Starcross the resident Slavonian Grebe, two Great Northern Divers and a surprise Red-throated Diver. An immature Long-tailed Duck was also present but remained extremely distant off towards Mudbanks.  

Further up the Estuary were incredible numbers of Wigeon and 100+ Pintail, mostly around the Clyst, along with 300+ Avocet and the usual selection of wading birds. A group of 30 Sanderling were particularly nice to watch, as were c230 Golden Plover and 80 Lapwing. Sightings of four different Kingfishers pleased everyone on the boat, unlike the drone that was being flown over the river, being controlled by a small group of people at Topsham.

Three Common Seal were hauled out on the mud together near Turf Lock, one youngster. 

Red-throated Diver Slavonian Grebe Common Seals
Red-throated Diver                         Slavonian Grebe                           Common Seals

Posted November 18th, 2017 at 8:22 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Ludwell valley - Northbrook park - 18/11/17

Nice calm morning's spotting, 2 Kingfisher, 4 Bullfinch, Brambling, 2 Chiffchaff, 15+ Goldcrest, 2 Treecreeper, 2 Jay, 3 GSW, 25+ Fieldfare, 100+ Redwing, 3 Little egret... 

Posted November 18th, 2017 at 3:46 pm by Nick Patel in Bird News

Holdstone down

A dawn start to a walk over the Moor before the rain was due was almost bird free until about 9am, single reed bunting, chaffinch, kestrel, 3 meadow pipits wrens 2 bullfinch males, flocks of starling and plover. 

Posted November 18th, 2017 at 3:17 pm by Philip worth in Bird News

Yarner & Stover 17/11/17feeders

Yarner Woods. Usual suspects on the feeders along with a GSW.

Stover Park. Heron, Swans + Cygnet, 2 Acive Kingfishers and 3 Snipe as wellas the usual suspects on the feeders including a GSW

Posted November 18th, 2017 at 2:51 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning,
6 GLoosander 5m 1f, 10 Tufted Duck, 2 Cormorant.

Posted November 18th, 2017 at 1:11 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Interesting Nuthatch

When I first saw this very pale Nuthatch in my Colebrook garden I took it to be a juvenile, but none of my books show this type of plumage. So I take it that it is leucistic or something similar.  The eyestripe and the bill are very pale and generally the whole bird has a 'washed out' appearance.  Before anyone shouts 'fake', the two birds wouldn't tolerate each other on the same feeder, so the 'normal' bird is photoshopped in.

Posted November 18th, 2017 at 11:00 am by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Marine Parade, Preston

Red Necked Grebe and Black Necked Grebe both still offshore this morning plus 4 Common Scoter

Posted November 18th, 2017 at 10:13 am by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Bursdon Moor

Concerns raised the me this morning over woman with two pointers on the SSSI ground at Bursdon Moor. This site a know winter roost site. Please let us know if you have any information on this.

Posted November 18th, 2017 at 10:11 am by John & Karen Towers & Sims in Bird News

Friday 17th November 2017

Reeves Pheasant.

Amazing looking male reeves pheasant just on edge of road between Smitherleigh & yealmpton.Roughly one mile from smitherleigh turn.Time about 12.50pm.

Posted November 17th, 2017 at 8:56 pm by Keith Millham in Bird News

Orcombe Point

4 purple sandpipers and 2 turnstone on incoming tide at 2.30pm

Posted November 17th, 2017 at 8:07 pm by Marie Leahy in Bird News

East Budleigh

For anyone thinking of going to see the 'Italian Sparrow' over the weekend, I can confirm that the bird was still present until mid afternoon at least in Cadbury Gardens but very sporadic in its appearances. Please respect the residents' privacy, even if they are a lovely bunch, and don't get too close to the feeders!

Posted November 17th, 2017 at 7:46 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Hawfinch at Haldon

A great day at Haldon Forest with sightings of Crossbill, Brambling and Hawfinch. Thank you to all fellow birders who guided me and Bob Barrow to the right location to watch the beautiful Hawfinch.

Posted November 17th, 2017 at 7:16 pm by John Lloyd in Bird News

Velator reserve

Spent most of the day ringing in the reserve today - a very early start at 05.10. A bright frosty morning soon replaced by wall-to-wall sunshine. No wonder the black sunflower seed feeders are emptying at alarming rates: 21 Chaffinch and 32 Greenfinch ringed, the first big catch of the autumn. 3 Goldfinch and another 5 Bullfinches made up the Finch score. Thrushes were represented by 3 Song Thrush, 6 Blackbird and 10 Redwing - all the Redwing responding to tape lures, several of them pre-dawn. Others ringed were 1 Wren, 1 Woodpigeon, 4 Great Tit, 5 Blue Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Blackcap, 2 Firecrest, and a rather handsome female Kestrel. 98 birds ringed.

Out on the scrape, about 140 Black-tailed Godwits for a while early on.

Posted November 17th, 2017 at 5:41 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Arlington woodlands.

Goldcrest,nuthatch,treecreeper,jay,g s woodpecker,redwing,coal tit,marsh tit,grey wagtail,pied wagtail,thrush,wren,long tailed tit and black cap .All enjoying a beautiful winter day,good numbers of all our local woodland birds.

Posted November 17th, 2017 at 4:57 pm by john elvin in Bird News

River Otter

Spent a sunny 2 hours on the River Otter today just as far as White Bridge, saw, Kingfisher, 4 Little Grebe, 2 Snipe, Heron, 3 Wrens, Little Egret, Pied Wagtail, 6 Long-tailed tits, plus other usual birds and a Common Darter Dragonfly (male). Amazing weather for November.

  

Posted November 17th, 2017 at 4:50 pm by Rob Jerrard in Bird News

Northbrook, Ludwell Valley Park, Exeter

Five green Sandpiper,, Grey Wags (3), Little Egret, Dipper (2), Water Rail (2 separate) as well as usual Tit and Finch flocks, Bullfinch and Song Thrush etc.

Dipper video - https://youtu.be/IBqdaGDFfjQ

Dipper 5 Green Sandpiper Dippers Pair
Dipper                            5 Green Sandpiper                                  Dippers Pair

Posted November 17th, 2017 at 4:36 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Haldon Forest Crossbills

Morning walk around Haldon Forest and then Stover looking for Hawfinches. Unfortunately i never saw any. I did however see my first ever Crossbills. A group of around 10 feeding up in the Pines. Other species today included Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great, Blue, Long Tailed, Coal and Willow (i think) Tits, Bullfinches (all male), Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Tuffed Duck (male).

  

Posted November 17th, 2017 at 2:28 pm by Duncan Leitch in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Female Merlin this lunchtime. It swooped in to sit on a post near the fisherman's car park end of the marsh.

Posted November 17th, 2017 at 2:25 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Torbay

Dropped the seed for the Cirl Buntings this morning in Broadsands car park on a lovely crisp clear morning to find 12+ Cirl Buntings and a Reed bunting already on seed. The rotten Beach huts seem to be multiplying every year but do create cover for any photographers visiting the site.

The sea was too choppy today to check properly so stopped in on the wildlife area of Young's Park, Goodrington. almost immediately finding a Yellow-browed Warbler with 3-4 Chiffchaff, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff (video link: https://youtu.be/maKEh-tuaaQ ), 2 Goldcrest and 1 Firecrest - apparently 2-3 Firecrests were present later in the morning and the Yellow-browed Warbler showed again at about 10am. Be aware the board walk on the back path is closed to the public as it is dangerously rotten. 

Siberian Chiffchaff Goodrington Torbay 17 November 2017 ML

Siberian Chiffchaff

Posted November 17th, 2017 at 1:26 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Good views of Glossy Ibis at 09.45 close to the boat ‘Baby Tug’.  Feeding and preening in the stream. 

Posted November 17th, 2017 at 11:22 am by Paul Bearman in Bird News

Thursday 16th November 2017

Redwing in Newcombe's Meadow (town park), Crediton.

Mid-afternoon, Standing fairly close to the Boniface statue, saw eight redwing in Newcombe's Meadow, Crediton. Seen among top branches of the trees in centre of park... Small blue and L-T tit flock along Sandford Millenium Footpath... Three fieldfare spotted between Fanny's Lane, Sandford and Creedy Lake.

Posted November 16th, 2017 at 6:38 pm by Andrew Head in Bird News

Exe Estuary cruise

The first Stuart Lines birdwatching cruise of the season went off well in excellent weather. A juvenile Great Northern Diver was off Cockwood, as was the 'resident' Slavonian Grebe. Red-breasted Mergansers were scarce, but at least 13 Great Crested Grebes was a good total and Shags were plentiful in the outer estuary.

Over 100 Pintail were with hordes of Wigeon at the Clyst mouth. Two Harbour (Common) Seals were hauled out towards Turf, one of them a brownish youngster. Between Turf and Topsham there were good numbers of Avocets, Black-tailed Godwits and Lapwings, joined by 450 Golden Plovers on the mud. 35 Knot got up from the riverbank at Topsham, where there were 2 Kingfishers. As we returned to Exmouth, the Bonaparte’s Gull was feeding off Bull Hill sandbank.

Posted November 16th, 2017 at 6:31 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Three Goldcrest over the footpath  in with a flock of Long Tailed Tits.  Black- Necked Grebe fairly close in near the concrete pill box. 

Black-Necked Grebe
Black-Necked Grebe

Posted November 16th, 2017 at 6:00 pm by Bill Coulson in Bird News

Slapton - 16.11.17

Reported Black-necked Grebe still showing well at Slapton - Ireland Bay. Many thousands of Starling displayed well this evening 1625 - 1640hrs. Sadly for those of us gathered at the bridge, the display took place at the Strete Gate end, where they came to roost. Binoculars required! At one stage in the display, the flock was attacked by what I believe to be a sparrow hawk. Earlier I saw 5 Common Scoter off Hallsands.

Posted November 16th, 2017 at 5:44 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Brambling at Stoke Rivers

A first for our garden. Lovely male Brambling with Chaffinch flock here in Stoke Rivers.

Posted November 16th, 2017 at 4:49 pm by John & Karen Towers & Sims in Bird News

Torbay

The highlight today was a Red-necked Grebe and Black-necked Grebe off Preston seafront. Around Torbay 9 Great Northern Divers, 4 Great Crested Grebes and 8 Common Scoter

Posted November 16th, 2017 at 3:54 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery

5 Goldcrest,1 Mistle Thrush,1 Song thrush,8 Blackbirds,Long tailed Tit flock,1 Redwing,Common Buzzard 1 Comma.

Posted November 16th, 2017 at 1:29 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

parakeets

5 green and blue parakeets in my garden in Manamead

Posted November 16th, 2017 at 8:13 am by peter in Bird News

Wednesday 15th November 2017

Haldon Forest, Chudleigh road

A flock of about 8 crossbills showed well as they fed at the tops of conifers in a clump south of the Haldon Forest Park Centre on the Chudleigh road. Unfortunately, a twin rotor Chinook helicopter flew low over the trees and scared the birds into flight. Noticeable flight call.

Posted November 15th, 2017 at 10:03 pm by Nicholas Armstrong in Bird News

Velator

Good numbers of Greenfinch waiting for me to top up the feeders today. A couple of Cetti's Warblers calling but no sign of what I thought might have been a Woodcock making a hasty exit before I could get any sort of look at it yesterday. Notable was a flock of at least 13 Bullfinches. As I left I was attracted by a Thrush flying near the reserve which conveniently landed on a fence post and a better view revealed a Mistle Thrush. It was with a few Redwings. No Godwits on the scrape.

Posted November 15th, 2017 at 6:52 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Haldon forest

5 hawfinches this morning in trees by the pylon line uphill from the butterfly conservation area, and around the clearcut area to the east. 4 fallow deer were in the clearcut. A half hour watch around the Bullers Hill forest park centre at lunchtime produced blackbird, chaffinches, 1 greenfinch, several crossbills, 2 great spotted woodpeckers, coal tit, nuthatch & treecreeper.

Posted November 15th, 2017 at 6:25 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Higher Cemetery Exeter

Late evening search around had good numbers of common birds;Tits, Finches etc. Also some Redwing and a few Jay. G.S. Woodpecker but sadly no Green Woodpecker.

Jay Jay Redwing
Jay                                                     Jay                                           Redwing

Posted November 15th, 2017 at 5:45 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Slapton Ley

A good murmuration of c.17,000 Starlings at Strete Gate 4:15 - 4;35pm. At Slapton Bridge Bittern flew across channel in north ley plus Otter seen under bridge. Several Water Rails calling & Cetti's Warblers singing. Offshore 17 Common Scoter.

Posted November 15th, 2017 at 5:36 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Exminster marshes RSPB - 15/11/2017

Peregrine hawking up and down the marshes this AM, whilst two raven give it the argy-bargy... Young male Marsh harrier hunting out on high tide.. 2 squealing Water rail, 3 Cetti's warbler, lots of Fieldfare and Redwing moving through, 20+ Goldcrest, 2 Bullfinch.

Posted November 15th, 2017 at 5:17 pm by Nick Patel in Bird News

Berrynarbor Brambling

Our first garden Brambling.  Feeding on peanut feeders from adjacent branches, but couldnt cope with the seed feeders, despite demonstrations from the resident Coal, Blue and Great Tits.

Posted November 15th, 2017 at 8:57 am by Kim Beaver in Bird News

Tuesday 14th November 2017

Otter estuary

4 ring plover and common sandpiper 3.30 pm

Posted November 14th, 2017 at 7:48 pm by Marie Leahy in Bird News

slapton

A small flock of around 20 scoter and 1 great Northern diver from memorial car par. a second GND from Strete gate where many thousands for starlings put  on a spectacular display from 4.10 -4.20 before going down close to the road at sStrete gate

Posted November 14th, 2017 at 4:50 pm by Jeff Hacon in Bird News

Brambling @ Soussons

Below the entrance to Soussons farm late this morning a flock of 20 plus Brambling's found feeding on beech mast, incredibly difficult to spot against the fallen beech leaves. A good number of Coal Tit with some Great Tit, Wren, Nuthatch, GSWP and Jay also present.

 

Near Venford a large mixed flock of Redwing and Fieldfare feeding on Hawthorn berries with some birds bathing in a puddle on a moorland track.

Near Powder Mill a large flock of Fieldfare feeding on the moor, a flock of some 12 plus birds believed to be Crossbill flew over the pine plantation just up from the entrance to the mill and some where up on the moor a female Sparrow hawk.

 

Posted November 14th, 2017 at 4:32 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Haldon, yesterday late news

Hawfinches were frustratingly mobile yesterday afternoon, with several people reporting brief perched views and flybys of individual birds and flocks of up to 6. Activity seemed to be centred around the pylon line around the top (north) end of the butterfly conservation area, and the adjacent lane.

Hawfinch
Hawfinch

Posted November 14th, 2017 at 1:56 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

My first visit to my local patch for 6 months, due to a succession of commitments elsewhere, was rewarded with some good late-season visible migration, in spite of (or perhaps because of) the unpromising weather conditions of claggy low cloud, patchy drizzle and a stiff W breeze... From 07.30 to 08.30: Starling 24, Fieldfare 20, Song Thrush 5, Redwing 196, Brambling 20, Chaffinch 438 (in flocks of up to 50), Linnet 2, Goldfinch 6, Siskin 28. Unusually, there was no dominant direction of movement, perhaps an indication that migrants were disorientated by the poor visibility.

Posted November 14th, 2017 at 9:27 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Monday 13th November 2017

Powderham Marsh/Exmiinster.

Albino/Leucistic Finch seen at Powderham Marsh in the field where the Obs platform is - flew off north and not refound. I sent pic and vid to Devon Birds ID and was thought to be a possible Bullfinch. See what you think. Also on Exminster Marsh, of interest, Egyptian Goose and male Merlin over as Starlings began murmuration.

Video of Albino bird - https://youtu.be/q3vM4cPZt9o

Best still from vid of Albino Bird
Best still from vid of Albino Bird

Posted November 13th, 2017 at 10:33 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Slapton ley

Black necked Grebe on Ley close to the concrete pill box on the nature trail going to Ireland bay. From the bridge a Water Rail and on the sea a single Great Northern Diver. The starlings, irritatingly, roosted up by Strete gate at the Northern end of the Ley well away from where i was waiting on the bridge.

Posted November 13th, 2017 at 9:45 pm by Jeff Hacon in Bird News

East Budleigh

Finally caught up with the possible Italian Sparrow today at 8:30am. It was on the roof of the shed to the right of the feeder that has been set up on Wynards Road. Lots of bird life there to keep me entertained while I was waiting with 28 other species recorded. Question with this bird is will it be accepted? For me the plumage looks very good but without DNA it’s hard to say 100% and it could simply be a House X Tree. It would make a great addition to the British list though as we adopt IOC from January and they treat it as a distinct species. I guess you could debate that all day too? None the less an interesting bird and a big well done must be given to Chris Townsend for his effort in sorting out viewing and taking in to account the residents needs.

Posted November 13th, 2017 at 8:16 pm in Bird News

Exmouth

The Black Brant was off West Lodge late this afternoon, close in to the railway line with a few Dark-bellied Brents. 

Posted November 13th, 2017 at 7:53 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Sightings for Lower Tamar Lake this morning,
3m Goosander, 11 Tufted Duck, 12 Great Crested Grebe, 28 Coot, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, c50 Black-headed Gull, 5 Wigeon, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Snipe, 1f Stonechat, 3 Marsh Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Willow Tit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Wren, 10 Moorhen.

Posted November 13th, 2017 at 7:32 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Yelland old power station

Late afternoon, tide falling.

Firecrest on its own, 3 Goldcrest further along Tarka Trail.

10 Common Gull in with large flocks of BHG and Herring Gull on tilled fields.

At outflow west of power station, 153 Black tailed Godwit, 4 Bar tailed Godwit, plus 3 Grey Plover, Greenshank, 20 Curlew, 2 Dunlin, Lapwings and Wigeon not counted. All but the Wigeon (and a few hundred gulls) tolerated the dog walkers coming past.

Posted November 13th, 2017 at 5:28 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Southdown Farm

Some good numbers in great viewing conditions inc.2 Sparrowhawk, 270 Woodpigeon overhead, 430 Skylark on stubbles, still thrushes moving through with 21 Blackbird, 3 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare & 6 Song Thrush inc.2N, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 110 Linnet, Reed  Bunting, 35 Yellowhammer & 22 Cirl Bunting.

Non-avian: 3 Red Admiral.

Posted November 13th, 2017 at 4:20 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Exmouth- Exe Estuary

19 members of DB (East Devon Branch) had an enjoyable morning along the estuary north (almost) as far as West Lodge.  At low tide there were high numbers of Brent Geese and Wigeon feeding on Cockle Sand with a few Pintail and numbers of waders chasing the tide line, including a good number of Turnstone and Redshank.  Further out were Red-breasted Merganser and a very distant group of Sanderling towards Cockwood (found by my co-leader Glen Vernall).  A Kingfisher and two Grey Wagtail showed at the stream outlet from Carter Avenue. 

A young couple walking their dog along Cockle Sand seemed oblivious to the disturbance their large dog was causing by chasing birds on the reserve mud banks and coincidentally I met 'Molly' the Cocker/Springer Spaniel (better known for eating the Spotted Crake at Woodbury Castle recently).

Posted November 13th, 2017 at 3:33 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Maer Rocks, Exmouth

6 Purple Sandpipers this morning - on far end of rocks.   Low tide only at this location.

Posted November 13th, 2017 at 1:33 pm by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

Velator

Fine conditions and lots of birds in the reserve this morning. Highlights were a Song Thrush, Goldcrest, Little Grebe, Treecreeper, Buzzard, Reed Bunting, Siskin, and 2 Water Rails seen. Around 75 Godwits out on the scrape. The sunshine also tempted out a Red Admiral which briefly alighted on my sleeve!

Posted November 13th, 2017 at 1:26 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Fremington

09.30 Glossy Ibis and redhead Goosander on fremington pill. 1 Ruff and 1 Common Gull on the Taw.

Posted November 13th, 2017 at 11:02 am by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Sunday 12th November 2017

Home Farm marsh

Merlin seen from the Tarka Trail at 1610 in field to west of Saltpill Duck Pond. 

Posted November 12th, 2017 at 8:15 pm by Paul Bearman in Bird News

Northbrook, Exeter

2 Green Sandpiper (6 at dusk yesterday) and Grey Wagtail in culvert today. Also of interest yesterday, further down towards the Crematorium, Dipper.

Short video of Green Sandpiper and associated Grey Wagtail 

https://youtu.be/O1bWzaLtvT8

Green Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper

Posted November 12th, 2017 at 2:08 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Brixham Breakwater

3 purple sandpipers.

Posted November 12th, 2017 at 12:49 pm by Samuel Gray in Bird News

Preston Seafront

4 Little Egrets, 15 Turnstones, 12 Oystercatchers, several Shags, approx: 30 Black Headed Gulls.

Posted November 12th, 2017 at 11:55 am in Bird News

Exminster marshes RSPB - 12-11-17

Quick scan from Station road, on the rising tide this AM; 112 dunlin, 13 knot, 200+ golden plover, many hundreds of blackwit, curlew, wigeon, teal and shoveler. And a nice female Merlin zooming through to top it off nicely :-)

Posted November 12th, 2017 at 9:45 am by Nick Patel in Bird News

Saturday 11th November 2017

Upper and Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake.

3m Goosander, 11 Tufted Duck, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 26 Coot, 2 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 10 Wigeon, c40 Mallard, 1 Great Black-backed Gull.
The Hide.
2 Willow Tit, 2 Great Tit, 3 Coal Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Gold Crest, 3 Blue Tit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.
Car Park
3 Blue Tit, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 3 Chaffinch

Upper Lake
1f Goosander, 5 Cormorant, 16 Mallard, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Great Black-backed Gulls, 250 Black - headed Gull and Herring Gulls, 1f Stonechat, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 16 Mallard, c400 Starling.

Posted November 11th, 2017 at 8:33 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Velator

Windy but surprisingly no rain while I walked around the reserve this morning. No repeat of yesterday's Red Admiral, and no Dragonflies either. Birds were mostly nearby rather than in the reserve: 70+ Godwits on the scrape, 25 very skittish Canada Geese. 3 Little Egrets, and a selection of Ducks. Best was a female Goosander and a Dipper in the stream by the field entrance.

Posted November 11th, 2017 at 1:45 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Teigngrace cattle egrets

One bird in amongst dozen or so little egrets following Twelve Oaks herd in pylon field

Posted November 11th, 2017 at 12:17 pm by KenDainton in Bird News

East Budleigh "Italian" Sparrow

A sparrow showing strong plumage characters of Italian Sparrow (with a slight bill deformity) has been present in East Budleigh for several days and is still present today. Thanks to the co-operation of some local residents and an RSPB donation of bird feeders I have been working hard to negotiate plans to enable the bird to be viewed for those that wish to see it. Previously only visible from private property, the bird is now visible from a more suitable specially organised viewing area on Wynards Road - See Map.

The bird is visiting feeders with the local House Sparrows. Please view this area from the pavement rather than the grassed area to avoid disturbance and to maintain privacy to local residents. If there is no sign of the bird here it is also visiting feeders in Cadbury Gardens where the local resident is aware of the bird's presence.

The bird does spend much of its time in private gardens and is often not visible from public rights of way.

Please view from one of 2 bird feeder locations shown on the map and be patient.
East Budleigh village has limited parking.

Please abide by the following simple rules to ensure any disruption to the local residents is kept to an absolute minimum.

1 - Parking as shown on Map
Free car park off Hayes Lane or on the main B3178 Road at Oak Hill

2 - Respect people’s privacy 
Please be patient as the bird will eventually visit one of the bird feeders shown on the map

Many thanks to one of the local residents for alerting me to this interesting looking bird in the first instance.

Posted November 11th, 2017 at 11:22 am by Chris Townend in Bird News

Higher Godsworthy

2 hour walk this morning prtoduced 2 Ring Ouzel 3 Mistle Thrush 4 Redwing 35 Fieldfare 3 Raven 2 Buzzard 3 Pied Wagtail 10 Rook 250 Starling Skylark and Blue Tit

Ring Ouzel    Fieldfare
Ring Ouzel                                                                       Fieldfare

Posted November 11th, 2017 at 10:36 am by Roger Backway in Bird News

Friday 10th November 2017

Fernworthy reservoir

Walk round the reservoir this morning in the sunshine.

Carrion crow, Buzzard, 4 tufted duck, 4 cormorant, Grey heron, Jay, Chaffinch, 3 blue tit, Great tit, Great spotted woodpecker, 20+ fieldfare, 3 redwing, Grey wagtail, 2 pied wagtail, 2 goldfinch, 3 goldcrest, Robin, Blackbird.

Posted November 10th, 2017 at 10:14 pm by Trevor Wilkinson in Bird News

Haldon Hill

Early morning visit to the Butterfly Walk, led to 11+ Hawfinch in the Hornbeams & surrounding firs. 

Posted November 10th, 2017 at 9:51 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Countess Wear

10 Cattle egrets came into roost at the sewage works / old sludge beds. Arrived in a group of 6 and a group of 4. Also 2 Little egrets. 51 Cormorants roosting on the Countess Wear pylon.

Posted November 10th, 2017 at 7:19 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A Woodcock, Jack Snipe and 2 Snipe made a nice trio and some reasonable wader counts on the high tide, with 40+ Curlews, 130+ Redshanks, 5 Greenshanks, 25 Turnstones, 15 Dunlins and 5 Oystercatchers. Also: adult sinensis Cormorant, 13 Grey Herons, 10 Little Egrets, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail. 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Little Grebes and a flock of 21 Redwings over.

Posted November 10th, 2017 at 5:39 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Exminster marshes RSPB - 10/11/2017

1 Hawfinch over the marshes at 12.00

Posted November 10th, 2017 at 4:55 pm by Nick Patel in Bird News

R Otter - Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis flew over us about 11 am this morning.  Tried to fly against the N wind, but appeared to give up, circled round White Bridge, then flew S down the river.  We tried to relocate it later on the scrapes, but no sign.  Only other bird of particular note was a perched Kingfisher, giving stunning views from White Bridge..

Posted November 10th, 2017 at 2:14 pm by Colin Randall in Bird News

Haldon

A trip up to Haldon Forrest this morning with Keith Male gave two Brambling feeding on the roadside with a flock of Chaffinch.

We eventually caught up with numerous birders and the reported Hawfinch's the largest flock seen consisting of 16 birds.

Lots of Goldcrest, Jay and one Nuthatch.

On the way home on the road to Chudleigh near Milestone Cross a Goshawk flew across a field as we drove by.

  

Posted November 10th, 2017 at 1:45 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Abridge Farm Sandford

Bramling on feeder this am. First here for several years

Posted November 10th, 2017 at 12:17 pm by Richard Burston in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Bittern seen twice in Higher Ley from Slapton Bridge between 07:00-07:40. Little Grebe Graveyard Pool and another 15 in Ireland Bay. 5 Firecrests between the bridge and Quarry. Offshore a Great Northern Diver and 13 Common Scoters.

Posted November 10th, 2017 at 11:04 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Thursday 9th November 2017

Exminster marshes - 9th Nov 17

Hawfinch over (13.00), Great white egret flew through marshes, towards Topsham, Marsh harrier, Peregrine, 2 Raven, 200+ Golden plover, 30+ Dunlin, 30+ Blackwit, 2 Snipe, 2 Water rail, 200+ Redwing and 10+ Fieldfare (through), 7 Bullfinch, 3 Cetti's warbler, 2 Lesser redpoll over, 3 Siskin (over) and Brambling (over)

Posted November 9th, 2017 at 5:09 pm by Nick Patel in Bird News

Torbay, Three Beaches Headland

1 Black-throated Diver present with 2 Great Northern Divers this afternoon off Three Beaches Headland Goodrington. There were an additional 4 Great Northern Divers, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 10 Eider & 8 Common Scoter.

Posted November 9th, 2017 at 2:38 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Clennon Valley

The Dusky Warbler was present around the willows of the top lake first thing this morning but very quickly moved across into the bracken going up the hill. It then made a rapid move through undergrowth (I could track it by its call) until lost some 400-450m away from the ponds, I don't think its coming back from that point!

Video of it calling on the move.. https://youtu.be/KlWxmIw131E 

Cetti's Warbler still present around the lakes.

Posted November 9th, 2017 at 2:36 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 8th November 2017

Brixham Breakwater

An hour on the breakwater this afternoon saw 3 Purple sandpiper, 4 Turnstone, 2 Razorbill, 1 Shag, 1 Rock Pipit and approx 40 Kittiwake moving across the bay.

Purple Sandpiper Purple Sandpiper Kittiwake
Purple Sandpiper                       Purple Sandpiper                                        Kittiwake

Posted November 8th, 2017 at 8:01 pm by Bob Telford in Bird News

Soar & South Huish

Wood Pigeon movement at Soar this morning consisted of c14k birds generally going west. I Only saw 2 Stock Doves amongst them but many flocks distant. Also over: c30 Chaffinches, Siskin & 2 Bramblings. Otherwise, Snipe, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Firecrest, 3 Goldcrests & Bullfinch.

On South Huish Marsh, a juv Spoonbill, 5 Cattle Egrets & Black-tailed Godwit.

Posted November 8th, 2017 at 5:04 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Haldon

30 Hawfinches were feeding in hornbeams and perching in conifers north of the track that crosses underneath the pylons on the butterfly trail from 13:30 to at least 15:30. Also 9 Crossbills in the area.

 

Posted November 8th, 2017 at 4:43 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Bird News

Emsworthy Ring Ouzels

At least 5 Ring Ouzels, plus about 50 Fieldfares, feeding on hawthorn berries and sloes - no livestock issues!

  

Posted November 8th, 2017 at 3:25 pm by Martin Overy in Bird News

Clennon Lakes Paignton

A stroll around Clennon Lakes was livened up by some quiet 'tacking' coming from a willow island on lake 2 - exactly where I found a Dusky Warbler in the 1990's. After what seemed like an age the bird popped up on the sunny side of the willows, low, just above the water - indeed it was another another Dusky Warbler mine and the lakes third record!

It was not as vocal as previous birds but did call a lot as it moved from one location to another, showing best from the footpath with the sun behind me. Beware there is also a Cettis Warbler in the same area (much more rufous than the Dusky Warbler).

 Dusky Warbler Clennon Lakes Nov 8th 2017 ML  Dusky Warbler sketch Clennon Lakes Nov 8th 2017 ML Dusky Warbler Clennon Lakes Nov 8th 2017 ML 

Posted November 8th, 2017 at 1:56 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Powderham Marshes RSPB - 8th Nov 17

Early morning wander around Powderham marsh RSPB produced 4 Hawfinch briefly, 1 Brambling, Cirl bunting, 50+ Redwing, 8 Bullfinch, c35 lapwing, 3 Little egret, 2 Green sandpiper (Stoat)...

Posted November 8th, 2017 at 8:16 am by Nick Patel in Bird News

Emsworthy update from Devon Wildlife Trust – livestock

Many thanks to Devon Birds members for your Emsworthy Mire records and images. This year’s include great grey shrike, redstarts, cuckoos, ring ouzels, hawfinches, bramblings, golden plovers and many others. It’s a relatively new reserve and your help with building up seasonal species lists (birds and other taxa) is greatly appreciated.
 
An aggressive cattle incident was reported on this page on Monday. We understand it involved a small band of all-black animals plus calf, lurking across the Becka Brook about 1km NW from the red-roofed barn. (The barn area is where the ouzels and other thrushes are currently feasting on hawthorn.) The fence is new, so the uninvited cows must have entered the reserve through an open gate. We’re tracing their owner. Meanwhile please proceed with caution in the fields north of the ponds, and close any gates left open by other visitors. Please email ataylor@devonwildlifetrust.org with any further information. Thanks again – Andrew Taylor (voluntary warden).

Posted November 8th, 2017 at 7:09 am by Andrew Taylor in Bird News

Tuesday 7th November 2017

Exmoor

The most white buzzard I have ever seen and managed to capture a couple of pictures through the hedgerow before it flew off

    

Posted November 7th, 2017 at 9:31 pm by Adam Sibbald in Bird News

Berrynarbor

2 Firecrest in the garden again this morning.

Posted November 7th, 2017 at 7:29 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Goodrington

Scanning from Goodrington this evening while watching the gull roost produced: 3 Great Northern Divers, 1 Red-throated Diver, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 43 Common Scoter, 10 Eider (in two groups) & 1 ad Mediterranean Gull. 

Posted November 7th, 2017 at 6:34 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Portworthy

At dusk today on the main lake, viewed from the road: Canada Geese (147), Herring Gull (1,200+), Black Headed Gull (15), Common Gull (7), Lesser Black Backed Gull (3), Great Black Backed Gull (7), Teal (60+), probably more on near shore, Wigeon (at least 5) probably more on near shore, Mallard (20+) and Brazilian Teal (1 - escape). 

Also Tawny Owl (2), Green Woodpecker (1), Redwing (18), Kestrel (1), Raven (15+), and Coot (9) and Tufted Duck (2) on pond near solar farm, again viewed from road. 

Posted November 7th, 2017 at 6:21 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Torbay

Three Purple Sandpipers with the Turnstones on Brixham breakwater and Great Northern Diver offshore there. At Broadsands, Great Northern Diver and 2 Great Crested Grebes.

Posted November 7th, 2017 at 2:40 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Berry Head

A seawatch today between 0700-0900hrs produced: 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 1 Little Gull, 4 Common Scoter, 1 Manx Shearwater,2-3 Great Skua, 350+ Auks, 1 Dunlin & 5-7 Harbour Porpoise

Posted November 7th, 2017 at 2:18 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Topsham Rec

10 Cattle egrets flew down river at Topsham Rec this morning at 07:40.  I believe they are roosting in the Countess Wear sewage works or Old Sludge Beds.  One 1st calendar year Marsh harrier was seen over the Rec reed beds.

Posted November 7th, 2017 at 12:57 pm by MArtin Elcoate in Bird News

Emsworthy to Bovey Tracey Rd

25 fieldfare plus 2 starling and a redwing feeding on berries near cattle grid just past Emsworthy  on the road towards Bovey Tracey.


Posted November 7th, 2017 at 10:55 am by Ian Muir in Bird News

Hawfinches Longdown

Numbers are continuing to increase at Longdown with 74 counted leaving the roost site this morning.This included one group of 53 .

Also 12 were seen at West Town Farm Ide which does have public access.This included a flyover group of 9 with a further 3 feeding on Field Maple .Directions are travel through  Ide village from A 30 until you teach Poachers Inn .Turn right at mini roundabout and  travel approximately 1 mile until you reach West Town Farm on left just pat the farm the road drops downhill and the birds were at the bottom of this short hill.

Posted November 7th, 2017 at 10:31 am by Roy Adams Hungarian Bird Tours in Bird News

Monday 6th November 2017

Ludwell Valley Park, Exeter

One Firecrest at lunchtime today.

Posted November 6th, 2017 at 11:10 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Brambling - Emsworthy Mire

Brambling with the Chaffinches near the houses at Emsworthy Mire

 

Posted November 6th, 2017 at 9:14 pm by Jo King in Bird News

Fieldfare & Redwing, Crediton.

From Top of Breakheart Hill overlooking Salmonhutch, Crediton: fieldfare numbering c.15 and few redwing seen half way along walk through Cradle Fields towards Tinpot Lane. (behind QECC School).

Posted November 6th, 2017 at 6:53 pm by Andrew Head in Bird News

RiverTamar looking towards Kingsmill Lake

Sunday 5th November 1:40pm

The Avocets are back on theTamar 70 +. Also good numbers of Curlews 50+, Blackwits 100+, Shelduck 10, Redshanks 100+, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Great White Egrets, 150 + Canada Geese, 1Buzzard, 1 Kingfisher. Unfortunately Avocet photos won't upload.

Posted November 6th, 2017 at 5:42 pm by Val Grehan in Bird News

Marsh harrier, Velator

Seen going in to roost in the Sharper Marsh reedbed on 28th October

Marsh Harrier, Velator  Marsh harrier, Velator
Marsh Harrier, Velator

Posted November 6th, 2017 at 5:25 pm by Martin Batt in Bird News

Braunton Marshes

A new member, just moved to the area from Yorkshire. Some spectacular sightings that I never really expected here.  A selection below.  Also it's been good to meet some of the regulars here; Rob and Miranda have been very helpful and welcoming.

Great white egret. 30th October Sparrowhawk in pursuit. 30th October Golden plover, part of a gathering early in the season. 4th Novembeer
Great white egret. 30th October      Sparrowhawk in pursuit. 30th October     Golden plover, part of a gathering early in the season. 4th November

Posted November 6th, 2017 at 4:51 pm by Martin Batt in Bird News

Wembury Bay

Firecrest, Merlin, Goldcrest 8, Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Clouded Yellow.

Posted November 6th, 2017 at 1:00 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Fremington Quay

Female Snow Bunting at Penhill Point ( Fremington Quay ) this morning.

  

Posted November 6th, 2017 at 12:08 pm by David Paterson in Bird News

Exeter (Uni campus)

At last bagged a Firecrest at Streatham Drive in conifers with 1 Goldcrest 11am. No binoculars with me so glad I had a bash at following the calls: the birds turned out to be easily watched without.

Posted November 6th, 2017 at 11:34 am by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Isley/Yelland marshes N Devon

07:15 1 adult and 1 juvenile Spoonbill, both unringed, flushed from edge of Isley Marsh to W of the power station's jetty. Here there was a great spring high tide roost of mixed waders.

Posted November 6th, 2017 at 11:31 am by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Sunday 5th November 2017

SHIPLEY BRIDGE AVON DAM

Blustery early morning walk up to Avon Dam produce 30 Redwing 4 Ring Ouzel a single Fieldfare and  Green Woodpecker 

Posted November 5th, 2017 at 9:15 pm by Roger Backway in Bird News

Slapton

Late afternoon. 14 Common Scoter, 1 Scaup and 2 Med Gulls on the sea from the Memorial carpark; at least one Firecrest along the leyside trail; 1 Kingfisher by the bridge, thousands of Starlings at Strete Gate and Perry's Glossy Ibis dropping in to roost in the reeds just north of the bridge at 4.50pm.

Posted November 5th, 2017 at 8:34 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

REDWING FLYBY.

Around lunchtime today, a small flock of redwing, perhaps 30 strong, flew in from the direction of the sea inland towards Marldon. Possibly new arrivals or just birds on the hunt for food and safety.

Posted November 5th, 2017 at 8:10 pm by PHILIP L. FAIRCLOUGH in Bird News

Haldon & Yarner

Haldon Forrest ~ a walk round the Tree Trail gave Song Thrush, Great Spotted and Lesser Spotted Wood Peckers, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Goldcrest, Raven, Jay, two sightings of Crossbill's in flight initially a small flock and later a pair that landed in the top of a pine tree.

 

Yarner Wood ~ from the new hide overlooking the reservoir, twenty one Mandarin duck and a very active Kingfisher.

Posted November 5th, 2017 at 8:05 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Fremington Pill

4.30 pm Glossy Ibis feeding close to the road to the Quay. 

Posted November 5th, 2017 at 7:58 pm by Paul Bearman in Bird News

Emsworthy

Early & very windy trip to Emsworthy - alas no Hawfinches! About 15 Fieldfares today - 2 of which chased off the only Ring Ouzel before I could get a shot. Photo opportunity gone I stood up and had my closest ever Peregrine encounter. Skimming over the drystone wall I'd been behind the last thing it expected was me to pop up, changing direction at the last minute and passing a few feet from me. 

Posted November 5th, 2017 at 7:34 pm by Paul Treen in Bird News

Occombe Farm NR, Torquay

Steady movement of woodpigeons over this afternoon, not counted but around 100; also, 2 or 3 stock dove. A mobile pair of green woodpeckers finally gave good views in the orchard late afternoon.

Green woodpecker, male
Green woodpecker, male

Posted November 5th, 2017 at 6:09 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Goodrington

The White-cheeked Pintail has reappeared on the boating lake at Goodrington after an absence of several weeks.

Posted November 5th, 2017 at 4:14 pm by Tony in Bird News

Exe Estuary Avocet - ringed over 19 years ago Snettisham

I went on the RSPB Avocet Cruise yesterday and was really pleased to see good numbers of waders with a good selection of species.

Amongst them was this ringed Avocet and I emailed John Middleton, project coordinator last night. I was thrilled to get a very quick response and to hear this bird was ringed in Snettisham in June 1998  > 19 years ago and this is the first record of it being seen on the Exe Estuary.

  Ringed Avocet Exe Estuary

Ringed Avocet Exe Estuary

Posted November 5th, 2017 at 4:13 pm by Jo King in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Stood on Slapton Bridge from 06:55-09:45 and the highlight was a Glossy Ibis which flew south down towards Torcross at 07:08. Other highlights were 6800 Woodpigeons heading anywhere between south - southwest, 2 Kingfishers, Firecrest,, 2 Bramblings and 11 Lesser Redpolls. At least 10,000 Starlings flew south down from the Higher Ley, presumably roosting at Strete Gate or in the Gara Valley.

Surprisingly the Ibis may be only the second modern record for Slapton Ley, ( one seen in October 1986 ). there is an old record of 2 shot in 1837. More details here https://charletonbirding.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/scarce-herons.html

Posted November 5th, 2017 at 1:19 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Velator

Very windy so not much small bird activity today. About 70 Black-tailed Godwits flew off the scrape and circled over the reserve before returning there. Don't know what spooked them, but shortly after, they all flew off south.

Despite the wind and cold, in a quiet corner, a Speckled Wood sunning itself.

Posted November 5th, 2017 at 11:45 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Skern

A Pale - bellied Brent Goose with the Dark-bellied this morning on the WeBS count. Only  11 gulls present but covering 5 species, including an adult Yellow-legged, the first I have had at this site in nearly 30years.

Posted November 5th, 2017 at 10:42 am by Roger Doble in Bird News

East Soar - a correction

On 15/10 (Firecrest Sunday) at East Soar I had brief views of a Phylloscopus warbler that I posted here later that day as a Dusky Warbler. I'm not familar with either Radde's or Dusky but on reflection and with reference to various literature, images, sound recordings and converstaions with other birders who do have experience of the two species it's clear to me now that the bird was a Radde's Warbler rather than Dusky. Apologies for the confusion.

Posted November 5th, 2017 at 9:46 am by Andy Smith in Bird News

Exmouth

A Richard's Pipit out of a field and west over Orcombe Point @0805. For further sightings and photos see www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk later.

The Black Brant was off Mudbank yesterday and c10+ Brambling with c50+ Chaffinch in Woodbury Fort.

Posted November 5th, 2017 at 9:27 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Incredible Hawfinch Numbers Longdown

Located the hawfinch roost at  Longdown this morning and between 0645 and 0730 46 birds were  counted  leaving the site with a further 9 proable birds.Largest group was 29.Majority of birds wete flying in the Dunsford direction 

Posted November 5th, 2017 at 9:10 am by Roy Adams Hungarian Bird Tours in Bird News

Saturday 4th November 2017

Topsham

6 Cattle egrets flew up river towards Countess Wear sewage works at 16:25 with a further 2 egrets at 16:45 probably also Cattle egrets (distance and low light prevented positive id). 2 Marsh harriers roosted in the Topsham Rec reedbeds, while 1 or 2 Sparrowhawks hunted Pied wagtails. Earlier two Red breasted mergansers on the river. Yesterday I found a Firecrest along the cycle path between Goosemoor and Darts Farm.

Posted November 4th, 2017 at 8:43 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

BGM starlings

Picture (correct size) attached!


Posted November 4th, 2017 at 7:46 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

BGM Starling murmuration

Not as good as last night but similar numbers and the Sparrowhawk harassing again.

Short video -

https://youtu.be/DaZMkFG5wAQ

Posted November 4th, 2017 at 6:59 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

North of Heasley Mill

Ringtail Hen Harrier flying low over field of pheasant rearing farm being mobbed by four crows this afternoon.  Large flocks of starlings gatherimg before going to roost in the same area.

Posted November 4th, 2017 at 6:17 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Horsey Island

The Ruff were present again on Horsey this aft. They may depart for their wintering grounds in Africa at any time.


Posted November 4th, 2017 at 6:09 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Emsworthy Mire

Went to Emsworthy Mire following a report on DWT of two Hawfinch at the location bit failed to locate them, but the feeding flocks of Fieldfare more than made up for that, an estimated 200 plus birds in the area, with them a small number of Redwing.

Three Ring Ouzel seen 2M & 1F but they were very distant and flying out over the moor once seen.

Other birds included a Kestrel, Buzzard, Raven, Heron, four Goldcrest, two Stonechat and a solitary Meadow Pipit.

 

Posted November 4th, 2017 at 5:05 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Torquay Breakwater

6 Purple Sandpipers  on the breakwater rocks at low tide this morning, plus a solitary Chiffchaff in the bushes adjacent to Living Coasts.

Posted November 4th, 2017 at 1:37 pm by Cliff Parrott in Bird News

Holdstone down

After hesitating on whether to get out of the car or not due to the wind,I was rewarded with many small moorland birds. Coal tits, great tits, 2 firecrest,4 meadow pipits 2 buzzards wrens and Robins,  small flocks of starling and I believe 1 reed bunting. ( hopefully in pictures).  Lesson for today always check your lens settings. 

Reed Bunting Reed Bunting  Reed Bunting 
Reed Bunting                                       Reed Bunting                                          Reed Bunting

Posted November 4th, 2017 at 12:47 pm by Philip worth in Bird News

Tory Brook, Colebrook

A foraging flock of 70+ Goldfinches in the ash tree in my backyard contained about 8 or 10 Siskins.  Also so far 1 Chiffchaff, Nuthatch & a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers.

Posted November 4th, 2017 at 10:04 am by Chris Marcol in Bird News

parakeet roost

around 40 ringneck parakeet central park all together b4 flying off for the day

Posted November 4th, 2017 at 9:41 am by barry in Bird News

Hawfinches Longdown

12 Hawfinches feeding on Beech and Hornbeam this morning.Several others heard  and will try and locate a roost site for a more accurate total.Sadly this is a private estate but hopefully birds will disperse around the vilaage 

Posted November 4th, 2017 at 9:19 am by Roy Adams Hungarian Bird Tours in Bird News

Friday 3rd November 2017

Bowling Green Marsh, Topsham

Great White Egret for ten minutes only at around 12:45 this lunchtime. (First I've seen on BGM). Must be the same bird seen by Nick Patel on the Exminster side.  It flew off over Goosemoor, it didn't land there but carried on to gain height to disappear from view well beyond Dart's Farm.

Posted November 3rd, 2017 at 11:33 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Horsey Island

33 Ruff on Horsey again pm.

Photo showing 25 Ruff + 42 Golden Plover. There was a further 8 Ruff  on the far shoreline to the left of the photograph with the Lapwing.

 A telescope was essential to be able to identify them accurately.


Posted November 3rd, 2017 at 7:20 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Fieldfares at Newton Abbot Racecourse

Over 12 Fieldfares seen flying around Newton Abbot racecourse this lunchtime. Very pale Common Buzzard present as well.

Posted November 3rd, 2017 at 7:10 pm by Kevin Johns in Bird News

Velator

Maxima of 12 or 14 Godwits on the scrape this morning. Ringing produced 5 Redwing, 8 Bullfinch, 2 Goldfinch, 3 Chaffinch, 4 Greenfinch (first of the autumn) 2 Song Thrush, 3 Blackbirds, 3 Goldcrests and a second Firecrest this week. No sign of the Chiffchaff seen yesterday.

Posted November 3rd, 2017 at 6:34 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Approx 3000 Starling in murmuration over the marsh from about 4.15 - 4.45 also 80-100 Avocet flew in underneath them Harassed, at times, by a pair of Sparrowhawks. In beautiful  light, gorgeous sunset - good day to forget my camera! 

Posted November 3rd, 2017 at 5:48 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Broadsands

On the sea: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 6 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Red-throated Diver, 5 Common Scoter, 10 Eider and several distant flocks of Auks seemingly mostly Razorbills.

Posted November 3rd, 2017 at 5:31 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Berry Head

Some pretty good overhead migration today: the highlight was a late Yellow Wagtail > E also, 1300 Wood Pigeons mostly > N, 8 Stock Dove mixed with them, 95 Jackdaw > NE, 1100 Redwing, 15 Fieldfare, 11 Mistle Thrush (in a flock!), 12 Song Thrush, 1 Yellowhammer, 2 Reed Bunting, 5 Redpoll, 5 Siskin, 70 Goldfinch, 82 Chaffinch, 6 Brambling, 16 Bullfinch, 7 Linnet, 11 Skylark, 16 Meadow Pipit, 9 'alba' wagtails, 1 Grey Wagtail, 15 Starling & 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Around the headland: 18 Goldcrest, 5 Firecrest, 7 Chiffchaff, 3x flocks of Long-tailed Tits totalling 39 with two Coal Tits

Posted November 3rd, 2017 at 5:29 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Teignmouth Seafront 3rd November

Approximately 60 to 80 common scoter 300 metres off Sprey Point. Also massive feeding frenzy with gulls, comorants and shags. Appeared to be taking sand eels or something similar. Fantastic sight.

Posted November 3rd, 2017 at 5:00 pm by Patrick Case in Bird News

Brixham breakwater

Purple Sandpipers on Brixham breakwater.  3 seen today, all trying to rest but being rousted from time to time by Turnstones

  

Posted November 3rd, 2017 at 3:29 pm by Bill Coulson in Bird News

Darts Farm

A female Brambling amongst a small finch flock that was dropping from the hedgerow to feed among the crops this lunchtime.

Posted November 3rd, 2017 at 2:15 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Exminster marshes RSPB - 03/11/17

Great white egret briefly on scrapes adjacent to Station road at 12.30. Also female Merlin, Sparrowhawk, Marsh harrier, 5+ Cetti's warbler, 7 Stonechat, Green sandpiper...

Posted November 3rd, 2017 at 1:28 pm by Nick Patel in Bird News

Start Point

Highlight of the morning an unexpected Spoonbill out at sea, high up  heading north at 07:30. No vis mig as such hardly any Goldfinches and Chaffinches ( the latter really scarce for me so far this autumn ). There were at least 10 Bramblings, 2 Bullfinches and 2 Reed Buntings. Couple of thousand Woodpigeons seen, largest flock 700. Do not think they have a clue what they are doing, a couple flocks c200 each, one going north one south, crashed into each other. Work that one out !

Posted November 3rd, 2017 at 1:22 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Lannacombe Valley and S. Hallsands.

Lannacombe , a.m. 12 Goldcrests (4 ringed ) 3 Firecrests (2 ringed) , 1 Blackcap and 1 Chiffchaff. At S. Hallsands 6 Goldcrests (3 ringed), but little else. Unusual not to see Black Redstarts at either location at this time of year.

More Firecrest photo's A 1st Yr . male  
More Firecrest photo's A 1st Yr . male

Posted November 3rd, 2017 at 1:05 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Black Redstart

1w male Black Redstart on site of new build house in Moreleigh , 31/10/17, present for a week at least

Posted November 3rd, 2017 at 8:11 am by Paul Barker in Bird News

Hawfinch sighting

7 Hawfinch flew south, calling, over garden at Kingsdown close, Dawlish,at 7.20am,  3/11/17

Also Firecrest in garden for past week

Posted November 3rd, 2017 at 8:08 am by Paul Barker in Bird News

Thursday 2nd November 2017

Horsey Island

33 Ruff on Horsey again this aft, not all in one tight flock (13 individuals in photo).

Golden Plover present again + 1 juv Spoonbill.

  

Posted November 2nd, 2017 at 7:02 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Skern

19 Pale bellied Brent's amongst 150 Brent this evening.Also 9bar tailed godwits 6 grey plover 6 f pintail 16:40-17:10

Posted November 2nd, 2017 at 6:37 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Haldon Forest

Feeling a bit outdone by the plethora of Hawfinch records around the country in this autumn's unprecedented invasion, I though I would try the spot where I saw a few about 25 years ago near the Haldon Butterfly Trail. I failed to find Hornbeams where I recalled them being, but fortunately 2 Hawfinches calling alerted me to the presence of a single Hornbeam down the Tree Trail. Actually, they called as they flew out of it! At least 7 Crossbills were nearer the car park, and odd Redpolls flew over on several occasions. A lovely afternoon, with 2 Southern Hawkers and a late Speckled Wood adding to the summery feel.

Posted November 2nd, 2017 at 4:58 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Whitleigh woods

7 Redwings, 3 Mistle Thrush,2 Song Thrush, 2 Great spotted woodpeckers,3 Nuthatches,2 Coal Tits,two flocks of Long tailed Tits,10 + Goldcrests,4 Jays,and good numbers of Blue Tits.

Posted November 2nd, 2017 at 4:24 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Garden First

No great news for most of you I'm sure, but I'm excited - having searched around Broadsands car park yesterday am to no avail, a Firecrest turned up in my garden in Paignton this pm.

Posted November 2nd, 2017 at 2:39 pm by Dave Holloway in Bird News

Broadsands

On the sea: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 6 Great Crested Grebes, 8 Common Scoter, 9 Eider & 2 ad Mediterranean Gulls.

Around the car parks: 1 Brambling  >over, 5 Goldcrest 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest  & 6 Cirl Buntings (in field hedges not on seed this morning).

Posted November 2nd, 2017 at 2:09 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Start Point.

Quiet at this morning's ringing session. Around the farm 10+ Goldcrests ( 4 ringed, including 1 " Continental " bird ),3 Chiffchaffs ( 1 ringed ), 1 Firecrest.Also 1 Brambling among 20+ Chaffinches in the sycamores.

" Continental" Goldcrest 1st. Yr. fem.
" Continental" Goldcrest 1st. Yr. fem.

Posted November 2nd, 2017 at 1:20 pm by Alan K Searle. in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

21 Black-tailed Godwits on the scrape this morning.


Posted November 2nd, 2017 at 1:02 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

Exeter

A very active morning by the river in Exeter (Exwick, northern limit of the flood relief channel).

2 Kingfisher, 2 Dipper, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Cormorant, 2 Little Grebe, 10+ Mallard, 8+ Moorhen, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Meadow Pipit, 30+ BH Gull, 10+ Herring Gull. 

In the surrounding trees and hedges, 5 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush and 1 Robin. A large Tit flock (30+) moved through, mostly Long-tailed with some Great and Blue Tits, in addition to 1 Goldcrest and 1 Firecrest.

Flying over were 3 Mute Swans (heading down river) and 1 GS Woodpecker.

Posted November 2nd, 2017 at 10:25 am by Mike Sampson in Bird News

Wednesday 1st November 2017

Plym Estuary

Little of note on today’s high tide, but 90+ Redshanks, 6 Dunlins and 29 Curlews using the pool. Also Common Sandpiper, 11 Turnstones, 15 Grey Herons and a Grey Wagtail.

Posted November 1st, 2017 at 10:13 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Broadsands

The Wood pigeon migration was in full swing again this morning over South Brent just after 7.15am but only able to spend a short time watching but in that time over 900 pigeons came into view, a flock of some 500 for reasons known to themselves were headed out onto Dartmoor, possibly avoiding some the low lying fog that effected parts of the South Hams.

Broadsand's car parks, three Firecrest, two plus Goldcrest, a pair of Cirl Bunting, one possibly two Chiffchaff and a flock of at least fourteen Long Tailed Tit.

From the sea wall ten Eider and eight Scoter a long way off, one Great Crested Grebe and one Red Necked Grebe.

  

Posted November 1st, 2017 at 5:45 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

East Soar

After the excitement of the last few days just a small easterly movement of 3000 Woodpigeons & 73 Stock Doves between 0720 & 0830hrs. Also moving east 33 Chaffinch & 27 Goldfinch plus 43 Jackdaw north. Around the site: Female Merlin, 3 Peregrine, 130 Skylark, Grey Wagtail, Ring Ouzel, 4 Firecrest, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Bullfinch and Reed Bunting.

Posted November 1st, 2017 at 4:35 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Broadsands

Flat, calm sea but haze made viewing difficult at a distance this am:-      1 R-t Diver; 1 B-n Grebe; 4-6 G-c Grebe; 8 Common Scoter (all f/juv types); 10 Eider. Despite a thorough search around both car parks by myself and several others, only bird of note: 1 m Cirl Bunting near the entrance to the overflow car park. Several Red Admirals & a Migrant Hawker around car parks also.

Posted November 1st, 2017 at 4:14 pm by Dave Holloway in Bird News

Horsey Island

Photo of flock of Golden Plover on Horsey. Is there anyone who would rise to the challenge of counting them one at a time?


Posted November 1st, 2017 at 3:47 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Horsey Island

33 Ruff on Horsey Island early aft. The highest number I have ever seen in N.Devon!

1250 Golden Plover. Also Lapwing, Black tailed Godwits & a few Barwits present. Not enough time to count the Lapwing, Blackwits & Barwits this time but will do so next time!


Posted November 1st, 2017 at 3:28 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

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