Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from November 2018

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Friday 30th November 2018

Gull Pinata - Paignton

Taken in my Paignton garden - this juv Herring Gull deliberately tossed the water bowl upside down then tried to play Pinata with the fat balls!

Posted November 30th, 2018 at 6:03 pm in Bird News

Shoalstone, Brixham

8 Great Northern Divers, 2 Red-throated Divers and 1 Black-throated Diver this afternoon together with good numbers of Razobill and Guillemot.

Posted November 30th, 2018 at 4:54 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Teignmouth seafront 30th November

Five eider close in at Eastcliffe.

Approx seventy common scoter in two rafts off Sprey Point and one GND..

Unidentified diver flying south further out.

Posted November 30th, 2018 at 4:50 pm by Patrick Case in Bird News

White Billed Diver

1 flew SE across Thurlestone Bay At 11.05 . V good views of the bill in good winter light 

Posted November 30th, 2018 at 2:14 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

30-11-18 Ford Park Cemetery

Black Redstart still showing very well on the South East side of the chapels. Other birds seen, Male GSW, Song & Mistle Thrush, Meadow Pipits, Greenfinches, Goldfinches, and the usual Magpies & Crows.

Black Redstart  Song Thrush  Male GSW
Black Redstart                            Song Thrush                                   Male GSW

Posted November 30th, 2018 at 1:11 pm by greg bradbury in Bird News

Thursday 29th November 2018

Bowling Green Marsh

High water levels unsurprisingly at BGM this lunchtime. Good duck numbers including 2 Pochard & 2 Gadwall. 14 Greylags. A Great Crested Grebe was unusual for the marsh.

Posted November 29th, 2018 at 8:42 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Woodbury Common

A walk around from 3pm to 4:30pm. On arrival, 2 Hen Harrier flew through in quick succession. 1 juvenile and the other (from what I got of it) looked to be a Female. Also 6 Crossbill, Circa 30 Fieldfare and several Redwing. More details at http://dixiesbirding.blogspot.com

Posted November 29th, 2018 at 6:22 pm in Bird News

Noss Mayo Garden

A Water Rail is a regular visitor in our small garden, feeding out in the open 12 feet from the window.

Posted November 29th, 2018 at 5:30 pm by Jeremy Spooner in Bird News

Aylesbere Common

Fem/ juv hen harrier hunting & a woodcock accidentally flush whilst watching the harrier

Posted November 29th, 2018 at 3:00 pm by Ian Pearson in Bird News

Broadsands

The Red-necked Grebe still in Elberry Cove area, also from headland 3 Great Northern Divers, 7 Great Crested Grebes, 8 Common Scoter, 4 Razorbills & 6 Guillemots. Also a very confiding Dunlin in the 2nd car park. 

Posted November 29th, 2018 at 2:19 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 28th November 2018

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A very wet & windy visit on the high tide produced a (drake) Goosander on Blaxton Meadow (very unusual on here), 2 Firecrests (there are probably at least 4 wintering), good counts of 255 Dunlins, 8 Greenshanks & 6 Shags, Mediterranean Gull (ad) & Common Sandpiper.

Also 10 Wigeons, 144 Redshanks, Little Grebe, Ring-necked Parakeet, Sparrowhawk, 29 Shelducks & a Grey Wagtail.   

Posted November 28th, 2018 at 7:56 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Berrynarbor

A single Brambling feeding on the bird seed feeders in the garden this morning.

Brambling  Brambling
Brambling                                                   Brambling & Greenfinch

Posted November 28th, 2018 at 4:34 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Sidmouth sea front

4 Purple Sandpipers & 14+ Turnstone close to the sea wall late morning

Posted November 28th, 2018 at 1:51 pm by Ian Pearson in Bird News

Tuesday 27th November 2018

Bowling Green Marsh & Goosemoor

Fairly quiet this lunchtime in the pouring rain, but there were 3 Snipe, 1 Grey Plover, 4 Gadwall & 1 Pochard at BGM.

2 Black Swan on Goosemoor were a surprise.

Posted November 27th, 2018 at 10:24 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Cancellation of EAST Devon Branch fieldtrip

Please note that the fieldtrip to Dawlish Warren this Thursday has been cancelled due to forecast of adverse weather conditions.  The next fieldtrip will be held in the new year on Friday 4 Jan at Blackhole Marsh, Seaton.

Posted November 27th, 2018 at 6:58 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Monday 26 November 2018

Finally made it to Berry Head after a week's heavy cold and struck lucky with the weather. Here are a few more images of the Hume's Leaf Warbler. Having seen this bird tumble from the top to the lower branches several times I'm reinserting the 'Leaf' since this is what the bird actually looked like at times. Lovely to hear its tchuwee call rather than the Yellow-Browed's tsuweet.

 

 

Posted November 27th, 2018 at 5:34 pm in Bird News

Hope's Nose, Torquay

2-4pm. Sewer flowing very strongly. Flocks of herring and black headed gulls, but nothing more exciting than one or two common gulls, a lesser blackback (surprisingly scarce here) and  small groups of kittiwakes and a few gannets still passing. Farther out, 1 imm male eider feeding south of flat rock and a porpoise in water beyond the sewage slick. Other birds seen, pair stonechat, small numbers redwing and a buzzard. A male black redstart was reported to us in the cove on south side.

Posted November 27th, 2018 at 4:54 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Goosander on Lower Tamar Lake

16 Goosander 6m 10f on a dawn count, all birds flew off by 0745.

Posted November 27th, 2018 at 2:18 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Monday 26th November 2018

Velator resefrve

Max 18 Black-tailed Godwits out on the scrape during a very productive ringing session in almost perfect conditions - could have done with a few more degrees!

Highlights:

 

44 Greenfinch

16 Chaffinch

2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers

3 Reed Buntings

5 Song Thrushes

2 Chiffchaffs

1 Starling (1st ringed since 2010)

1 Firecrest

1 Siskin

1 Brambling (not seen or ringed since 2011)

1 Kestrel - juvenile male - third ringed on site.

Total ringed 87, which is coincidentally the number Chris Dee ringed at Arlington today!

Posted November 26th, 2018 at 10:38 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A dark-bellied Brent Goose with 16 Wigeon on Blaxton; also 3 Jack Snipe, Snipe, Kingfisher, 1 or 2 Firecrests, 5 Goosanders (one drake), 152 Redshanks, just 73 Dunlins, 24 Turnstones, 8 Greenshanks, 6 Black-tailed Godwits, just 33 Curlews, Common Sandpiper, Green Woodpecker, 7 Goldcrests, 2 Stonechats & a Stock Dove.

Posted November 26th, 2018 at 8:46 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Torbay

Broadsands: the Red-necked Grebe was still present off Elberry Cove also, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Red-throated Divers, 6 Common Scoter and 4 Mediterranean Gulls in the evening gull roost.

Around the car parks: 12 Cirl & 1 Reed  Bunting on seed in 2nd car park, 3 Chiffchaffs in the marsh and a single Water Rail. 

Clennon Lakes: 7 Chiffchaffs, 4 Goldcrest, the very confiding female Pintail still around the lakes as too was a single female Wigeon (unusual on lakes), 16 Gadwall, 8 Tufted Ducks, 5 Little Grebe, 1 Snipe and at least 4 Water Rail.

pintail female Clennon Lakes 26 Nov 2018 ML  wigeon female Clennon Lakes 26 Nov 2018 ML

                                         Pintail female                                                         Wigeon female              

Posted November 26th, 2018 at 7:41 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Ilfracombe

Today there seems to be an abundance of Black Redstarts from Larkstone, Lantern Hill, to the Landmarks cliffs. A Med Gull also seems to have taken up residence around the Pier and Wildersmouth. 

Black Redstarts    Mediterranean Gull
                                            Black Redstarts                                                      Mediterranean Gull

Posted November 26th, 2018 at 6:03 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Saunton Sands & Downend

Early am start produced 1 vocal Snow Bunting which flew north over the top of my head towards the Saunton Sands Hotel as far as the eye could see but did not alight. I would have expected it to be heading in the opposite southerly direction but not in this case!

Later, the Great Northern Diver landed in Bideford & Barnstaple Bay while I was still on Saunton Sands, so I headed out in the direction it was swimming towards Downend but not on my surfboard!

Managed to get in a good position above it to digiscope it for a record shot.

Posted November 26th, 2018 at 5:15 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Mud Bank Exmouth

40+pintail,1common sandpiper and 1gray wagtail in the culvert at 1pm

Posted November 26th, 2018 at 3:18 pm by Marie Leahy in Bird News

N. Hallsands.

A YELLOW BROWED warbler this morning,which remained in the same Willow bush for the entire time that I was on site ( 5hrs.) ; feeding continuously. Also present 9 Goldcrests and 7Chiffchaffs. Nearby 2Black Redstarts ( f/imm. ) on the roofs of the beach cottages.

Posted November 26th, 2018 at 3:07 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Middle Soar to Southdown Farm

A winter bunting count turned up an impressive 76 Yellowhammer and a disappointing 22 Cirl Bunting. Influx of 65 Blackbird, 49 Song Thrush, 8 Redwing & 4 Mistle Thrush inc.3N. Also: 6 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 100 Stock Dove, 4 Snipe, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers in Soar Mill Valley (away from breeding areas), 3 Chiffchaff, 42 Meadow Pipit, 3 Red-legged Partridge, 190 Starling, 100 Linnet & 30 Goldfinch.

Non-avian: Peacock flying in bright sunshine.

Posted November 26th, 2018 at 2:50 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Isley Marsh

Male Cirl Bunting in scrub by the coast path at c.09:00 then flew inland. Also 2 Spoonbills.

Posted November 26th, 2018 at 12:41 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Exminister Marsh

Late post for yesterday late afternoon from middle car park. Very wet with road flooded. Marsh Harrier Imm/F, 3 Barnacle Geese, 510+ Teal, 800+ Wigeon, 14 Shoveler, 4 Pintail & 300+ Black-tailed Godwit. 

Posted November 26th, 2018 at 12:14 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Sunday 25th November 2018

Exe Estuary: Exmouth to Lympstone

Big flocks of Brent Geese (including a family of 5 Pale-bellied) and Wigeon in the Wildlife Refuge area this morning, with 230 Pintail. About 10 scattered Great Crested Grebes and 15 Avocets flew up the estuary at Lympstone. Just south of the village 2-4 Firecrests (two singles, later at least 2 together c100m away), but only one Goldcrest!

Posted November 25th, 2018 at 9:46 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Occombe, Preston

Quiet morning, surprisingly so after the rain over the last couple of days. Pair of Buzzards were flying low over the upper part of the reserve. Also viewed a Great Spotted Woodpecker, Treecreeper, Starlings, several Wrens, 4 Blackbirds, a Chaffinch, male Pheasant, a Jay, Blue Tits & Great Tits.

Posted November 25th, 2018 at 6:52 pm in Bird News

Brixham etc

Saw Hume's Warbler at Berry Head good views but no better pictures than those already posted. Great views of the GND in the harbour. Not much else other than some Rock Pipit on the breakwater. 3 grey seals in the harbour. Female Goosander flew down the Exe from the quay first thing seen from my bike!

https://youtu.be/RHCsV4G2akQ GND video

https://youtu.be/Y8l_TGDEjCE - terrible Hume's Warb video.

Great Northern DiverGreat Northern DiverGreat Northern Diver
Great Northern Diver

 

Posted November 25th, 2018 at 6:00 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Velator

Good selection of birds in the reserve today: Goldcrest, at least 3 Song Thrushes, GS Woodpecker after seeing 2 together yesterday. Calling Cetti's Warbler, Good numbers of the 4 common Finches. Two each of Stonechats, Meadow Pipits and Pied Wagtails in the field outside the reserve - attracted by the cattle? Kestrel and Buzzard present. As I was leaving a couple of small birds attracted my attention - both were Chiffchaffs, then a third joined in the chase around and eventually there were I think 5, two of which flew out into the reed-bed on the south side of the reserve. Lots of Starlings with the cattle as I left.

Posted November 25th, 2018 at 5:07 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Exminster Marsh Sunday 25th

At 12.15 pm on Station Road near Lions Rest, Four Marsh Harriers seen together.  Excellent views for a few minutes.

Posted November 25th, 2018 at 4:01 pm by Patrick Case in Bird News

Clennon Lakes

A Siberian Chiffchhaff was with the long-tailed Tits this afternoon and at least 6 Chiffchaff - so a bit of an influx. Cetti's Warbler still present also a Wigeon and Pintail the latter the first in over 9 years.

Pintail Clennon Lakes 25 Nov 2018 ML Siberian Chiffchaff Clennon Lakes 25 Nov 2018 ML Siberian Chiffchaff Clennon Lakes 25 Nov 2018 ML

                         Pintail                                                                   Siberian Chiffchaff

Posted November 25th, 2018 at 2:57 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford Sewage Works 1045-1200

Black-tailed Godwit 21; Redshank c100; Dark bellied Brent Goose 4; G.B.B.Gull 13; Shelduck 25; Dunlin 8; Sanderling 1; Lapwing; Curlew; Oystercatcher; Little Egret and 2 male Pochard mid-river. Pochard stayed only briefly and then flew off down river.

Posted November 25th, 2018 at 12:46 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Berry Head

Following on from Bill's post also 2 Firecrests on top of head near to the navigation beacon and 11 Goldcrests.

Overhead:  3 Brambling, 40+ Chaffinch, 156 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare & 4 Siskin.

Firecrest Berry He 25 Nov 2018 ML

Posted November 25th, 2018 at 11:25 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Hume's Warbler - Berry Head

Hume's Warbler still in the same trees giving good views of itself to the birders present.


Posted November 25th, 2018 at 11:22 am by Bill Coulson in Bird News

Saturday 24th November 2018

Exe Estuary

This afternoon's Stuart Lines cruise was in pretty poor light, but there were lots of birds nevertheless. A female Common scoter was at the estuary mouth to start with, and an immature drake Eider was there on our return to Exmouth. The Great Northern Diver and Slavonian Grebe were again off Cockwood-Starcross, plus a Little Grebe at Starcross and c15 Great Crested Grebes scattered between there and Lympstone. Mergansers totalled maybe 20. Again there were big flocks of Brent Geese and Wigeon, with c100 or more Pintail. Waders also similar to 22nd, with maybe 500 Avocets and Golden Plover, c250 Lapwings, 1000 Black-tailed Godwits, c50 Knot and 2 Greenshank.

Posted November 24th, 2018 at 10:44 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Slapton and Beesands

2 pale-bellied Brent Geese came in off the sea and landed in Ireland Bay this morning. Also a Great Northern Diver south, a distant diver off the Memorial Car Park was possibly Black-throated and a flock of 12 Common Scoters. Around at Beesands Greylag Goose, Gadwall, 2 Teals, 5 Shovelers, Pochard, 16 Tufted Ducks, Goldeneye, Little Grebe and 43 Coots.

Posted November 24th, 2018 at 2:27 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Friday 23rd November 2018

Black Redstart at FPC, Plymouth

The solitary male Black Redstart was around the usual spot all morning.

Posted November 23rd, 2018 at 11:33 pm by Tony Hooper in Bird News

Great Northern Diver, Brixham Harbour

This Diver Put On A Good Show, Close As Fifteen Feet At Times It Spent Most Of The Day In The Harbour Area Were The Golden Hind Is Moored.

Dining Exclusively On Crab!!

    

Posted November 23rd, 2018 at 5:19 pm by patrick hawkins in Bird News

Northbrook, - Exeter Quay

5/6 Green Sandpiper today, also Kingfisher and Dipper on the Northbrook Grey Wags and Little Egret. Salmon Pool Little Grebe and Little Egret. Just past the quay - unusual to see a Tufted Duck and I think the Cackling Goose.

Dipper Northbrook Little Grebe Salmon pool Poss Cackling goose and Tufted Duck, Exeter Quay
        Dipper Northbrook                       Little Grebe Salmon pool           Poss Cackling goose and Tufted Duck

Posted November 23rd, 2018 at 4:22 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Hume's Warbler Berry Head

Thanks to directions from Mike Langman and on site help from local birders Malcolm and Ian, got a few shots of the Hume's Warbler when it perched on a low branch.  Call distinctive.

Happy as well to find a pair of Goldcrest  just above the little car park by Berry Head Farm.

Hume's Warbler  Hume's Warbler
Hume's Warbler                  Hume's Warbler

Goldcrest
Goldcrest

Posted November 23rd, 2018 at 4:06 pm by Bill Coulson in Bird News

Berry Head

The Hume's Warbler again present in same Willow Tree this morning approx 150-200m along road North of Wardens bungalow. It can be elusive but calls regularly.

Posted November 23rd, 2018 at 9:23 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thursday 22nd November 2018

Exeter

Black Redstart around Haven Banks, Exeter Quay this lunchtime. Redhead Goosander downstream from Trews Weir.

Posted November 22nd, 2018 at 9:45 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Exe Estuary cruise

The first Stuart Lines birdwatching cruise proved to be an excellent one, with large numbers of wildfowl and waders providing a great spectacle. In addition to the Peregrine and Great Northern Diver already reported, we saw the usual Slavonian Grebe distantly off Cockwood and maybe 10 Great Crested scattered off Lympstone. There were large numbers of Brent Geese and Wigeon in the Wildfowl Refuge at Shutterton Creek and especially off Lympstone, the latter with well over 100 Pintail. Wader numbers were pretty spectacular as well, with hundreds each of Avocets, Lapwings (surprisingly good numbers so early in the winter), Black-tailed Godwits and Dunlin and maybe 500 Golden Plover roosting between Turf and Topsham. Of the scarcer species, there were about 70 Knot, a few dozen scattered Bar-tailed Godwits, 4 Greenshanks, 2 each of Sanderling and Ringed Plover and a Kingfisher at Turf. Mergansers were just into double figures and perhaps 25 Shags were in the lower part of the estuary.

Posted November 22nd, 2018 at 6:51 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Junction of A30 and B3170

Minimum 20 Buzzards (feeding?) in field to NW of junction at 11.30. Have noticed a few there over past few weeks but never this many. 

Posted November 22nd, 2018 at 5:31 pm by Andy Rook in Bird News

22/11/18 - Stuart Line Cruise Exe Estuary

Excellent cruise up the estuary this afternoon - loads of waders as usual - highlight for me was a Pergrine scimming over the water in front of the boat of Exmouth Beach & a Great Norther Diver off Starcross.

Peregrine Great Northern Diver Great Northern Diver
Peregrine                                    Great Northern Diver                       Great Northern Diver

Posted November 22nd, 2018 at 5:05 pm by Chris Bollen in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Good views of Marsh Harrier harrying wildfowl on reservoir this afternoon. Numerous passes putting up birds,all watched by female peregrine on  post. No sign of Merlin .Very large numbers of Canada geese including one with piebald head.

Posted November 22nd, 2018 at 3:59 pm by John Phillips in Bird News

Northbrook, Exeter

Quick look on the way home on a 500 yard stretch of the Northbrook (between Ludwell Lane and Woodwater Lane) gave - 1 Water Rail, 3 Green Sandpiper. 4-5 Grey Wagtail, 3 Pied Wagtail. 1 Little Egret,, 1 Wren and various other common birds (no sign of Dipper or Kingfisher who rarely get that far upstream) No bad for 500 yards worth of a culverted little stream on the edge of a council estate.

Grey WagtailPied WagtailBlack-headed Gull
Grey Wagtail                                         Pied Wagtail                         Black-headed Gull

Posted November 22nd, 2018 at 3:21 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

22-11-18 FPC Black Redstart

The Black Redstart showing well for a while then disappeared. Plenty of Redwings around along with the usual Magpies & Crows

RedwingBlack RedstartBlack Redstart
Redwing                              Black Redstart                                 Black Redstart

Posted November 22nd, 2018 at 12:40 pm by greg bradbury in Bird News

Berry Head

Discovered a Hume's Warbler calling quite regularly - along road 150m north of Wardens bungalow walking toward Berry Head Hotel. Still present mid morning seeming to prefer a large ivy covered willow tree in the fenced off area but beside the road, it does stop calling for several minutes (up to 20 mins when I was there) and then very difficult to locate.

Video and call here: https://youtu.be/koEDh_d1DDU 

Humes Warbler Berry Head 22 Nov 2018 ML   Hume's Warbler Berry Hd 22 Nov 2018 ML   Hume's Warbler field notes Berry Hd 22 Nov 2018 ML

Posted November 22nd, 2018 at 11:51 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 21st November 2018

N.Hallsands.

Migrants this morning were 12 Goldcrests ( 5 ringed ),4 Chiffchaffs ( 2 ringed ),and a m.Blackcap. Also present a Woodcock ( ar regular winter visitor at this site and an unusually high number of Blackbirds (20+)) Nearby 2 Black Redstarts (f/./imm.) around the cottages behind the beach.

Posted November 21st, 2018 at 6:57 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Merlin seen twice flying low and fast over pasture, poss female/1st Winter?

Posted November 21st, 2018 at 6:52 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

R.Caen

Another photo (digiscoped) of the Little Stint foraging with the Dunlin on R.Caen.


Posted November 21st, 2018 at 5:59 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Goosanders are back - 3 drakes & 2 redheads; also Wigeon, 4 Snipe, Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, 7 Greenshanks, 4 Black-tailed Godwits, 143+ Redshanks, 35 Curlews, Shag, 7 Little Egrets, 11 Grey Herons, 21 Shelducks, Grey Wagtail & 6 Ring-necked Parakeets. 

Posted November 21st, 2018 at 5:03 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

R.Caen + Horsey Island

Quick look at the R.Caen & Horsey Island pm.

1 Little Stint in winter plumage with the Dunlin on R.Caen.

1 Avocet on Horsey.

Posted November 21st, 2018 at 4:44 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Middle Soar to Southdown Farm

Best this morning was my first Woodcock for the site, at Middle Soar. Also: influx of 42 Song Thrush & 37 Blackbird, 5 Redwing, Snipe, 80 Stock Dove,  Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1330 Skylark, 27 Meadow Pipit, 2 Blackcap, 100 Linnet, 53 Yellowhammer & 2 Reed Bunting.

Posted November 21st, 2018 at 3:03 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Tuesday 20th November 2018

Burrator

This morning, Goosander (f), Little Egrets 2, Grey Heron 4, Teal 17,  Bramblings 5 in amongst flock of Chaffinces, Blackbirds, Fieldfares, Redwings, Mistle & Song thrushes, Gr Spotted Woodpecker, Kestrel.

Posted November 20th, 2018 at 8:43 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Quick visit and walk to Ireland Bay, strong SE wind but bay sheltered and birds close to shore. 2 Goldeneye, Black Necked Grebe, 6 GC Grebe,

12 Gadwall, 15 Tufted ducks, numerous Coots.

Posted November 20th, 2018 at 7:31 pm by Jeremy Spooner in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning very early at the lake:
1 Brambling, 1 Willow Tit on the feeders, 4m 1 eclipse 3f Goosander.

Posted November 20th, 2018 at 7:14 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Woodbury castle

About 150 chaffinch and about 15 brambling mixed in midday.

Posted November 20th, 2018 at 3:15 pm by roger jewell & mike gibson in Bird News

Summerwell Forest - -Huddisford Platation.

A Great Grey Shrike this morning at Huddisford Cross, part of Summerwell Forest, near Hartland.   Grid ref: SS315206.

The bird was showing well but quite mobile giving reasonably close views..

Also 2  Kestrels, 1 Buzzard and 3 Ravens..

Harvey Kendall & Barry Bryne.

Posted November 20th, 2018 at 1:46 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Starcross

Red kite going north at midday. 

Posted November 20th, 2018 at 12:12 pm by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

Monday 19th November 2018

Exminister Marsh

A short afternoon visit to splash in muddy puddles, at a 3 year olds request, also yielded a single Cattle Egret and 4 Barnacle Geese. Otherwise 45 Golden Plover, 120+ Lapwing, 30 Fieldfare & 30 Redwing. 

Lots of Redwing over house in Exeter,180 today, 220 yesterday.

Posted November 19th, 2018 at 8:41 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Plymouth

To Plymouth this morning try and catch up with the Black Redstart at Ford Park Cemetery, it was rather elusive but did show on our second visit, five Meadow Pipits and a Jay showing well.

A cat caught and killed a Magpie in the cemetery and within moments it was being mobbed and screamed at by no less that sixty Carrion Crows and a dozen or more Magpie's.

Redwings and Mistle Thrush moving around in reasonable numbers.

Over to Pounds House and eventually found around twelve Ring Necked Parakeets including a ringed blue morph, biggest surprise was a Woodcock flying out from the direction of Central park.

Back at South Brent, a friend in Brakefield reporting the first Blackcap of the winter in his garden where they usually over winter.

Posted November 19th, 2018 at 4:18 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning on the Lake were:
9 Goosander 5m one eclipse, 4f, 1m Goldeneye, 4 Gadwell, 15 Shoveler, 6 Great Crested Grebe, c50 Wigeon, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant, c80 Lapwing, 6 Tufted Duck, c200 Canada Geese, c40 Coot, 1 Mute Swan.

Posted November 19th, 2018 at 3:59 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Ham Woods, Plymouth 18/11/18

Firecrest present in my neighbour's garden this afternoon on the edge of Ham Woods. Foraging in brambles with a mixed the flock for about 5 minutes before flying into the woods. 

Posted November 19th, 2018 at 7:51 am by Chris Vincent in Bird News

Sunday 18th November 2018

Shiphay, Torquay

16.30-16.40

At least 45 Pied Wagtails overhead heading east, in the direction of Torbay Hospital. 

Earlier this morning, several small groups of Redwings and some Fieldfares generally heading north in the strong wind. 

Posted November 18th, 2018 at 5:29 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Plymouth

Plym Estuary: Mediterranen Gull ad, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 105 Dunlins, 4 Greenshanks, 9 Oystercatchers, 53 Curlews, 74 Redshanks, 6+ Little Egrets, 10 Grey Herons & a Ring-necked Parakeet. Good numbers of waders now on Blaxton Meadow, many feeding well too, benefitting from the reduced disturbance thanks to access restrictions.

Efford Marsh: Kingfisher, 3 Chiffchaffs & 4 Goldcrests.

Posted November 18th, 2018 at 4:24 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Saturday 17th November 2018

Exminster Marshes

4 Barnacle Geese, 6 Cattle Egret, Marsh Harrier and Peregrine Falcon

Cattle Egret Barnacle Geese
      Cattle Egret                                                                       Barnacle Geese

Posted November 17th, 2018 at 4:02 pm by Colin Scott in Bird News

Lundy

The Great Skua that was marauding the Landing Bay all week. 


Posted November 17th, 2018 at 2:45 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Lundy

Great Spotted Woodpecker on Lundy Island of all places! 


Posted November 17th, 2018 at 2:42 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Yarner and Haldon Forrest

Male Brambling on the feeders at the pond hide at Yarner this morning, good numbers of both Marsh and Coal Tit with a smaller number of Blue & Great Tit, handful of Chaffinch, Nuthatch and a Robin.

 

The upper hide was far busier with continuous feeding by Marsh, Coal, Blue & Great Tit, female Bullfinch, brief view of a passing Chiffchaff, several Nuthatch and in the surrounding Holly trees a small number of feeding Redwing.

Haldon Forrest, not overly busy with bird life around the feed station, mostly Coal Tit and the odd Nuthatch, a walk round gave Song Thrush, at least twelve Greenfinch, GSWP two Goldcrest and a hunting immature male Sparrowhawk.

Posted November 17th, 2018 at 2:39 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

17-11-18 Black Redstart Ford Park Cemetery

The Male Black Redstart is still showing well at Ford Park Cemetery on the Eastern side of the chapels

Black Redstart

Black Redstart

Posted November 17th, 2018 at 2:11 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Middle Soar to Southdown Farm

Morning highlights were Merlin and Skylark in aerial combat - outcome unknown, and significant influx of 46 Song Thrush in Soar Mill Valley. Also: 2 Golden Plover, 9 Lapwing flying east, 3 Snipe, Fieldfare, 160 Starling & 2 Reed Bunting.

Posted November 17th, 2018 at 12:26 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

100 ringneck parakeet ford park cemetery inc 6 blue

BIUS

Posted November 17th, 2018 at 9:46 am by barry in Bird News

Friday 16th November 2018

Combe Martin Redstart

Tim Jones' Rillage Point Redstart (juv) was briefly beside the river on Combe Martin beach at 09.30, assumed at first to be a Black red.

Note from Tim Jones: Hi Jonathan, I think your sighting was too close to mine time-wise to be the same bird (my last sighting was around 09.20 to 09.25, but I don't think it moved very far). The habitat on the beach also sounds better for Black Redstart, as you suggest.

Posted November 16th, 2018 at 5:06 pm by Jonathan Nicholl in Bird News

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Anchorwood Bank to Penhill Marsh 1330-1430.

G.B.B.Gull 18; L.B.B.Gull 21; Black-tailed Godwit 2; Redshank c230; Shelduck 18; Little Grebe 2; Rock Pipit 1; Golden Plover c700 in single flock on sandbank just off Penhill Marsh and 1 male Gadwall in eclipse plumage with 12 Mallard.

Posted November 16th, 2018 at 4:20 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Higher Cemetery Exeter

Brief afternoon visit in poor light gave - 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Jay, 50+ Redwing, a handful of Fieldfare, Greenfinch, small Chaffinch flock, small Long Tailed Tit flock and on Sweetbrier lane a Sparrowhawk..

Green WoodpeckerJayMistle Thrush
Green Woodpecker                                    Jay                                             Mistle Thrush

Posted November 16th, 2018 at 4:14 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Black Redstart ~ Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth

The reported male Black Redstart showed well (once it turned up) at Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth late this morning, feeding in the area above the chapels. Possibly a second bird tucked in the holly both birds could be heard calling but the second bird other than moving between tree cover stayed out of view.

Several Redwing, Song Thrush and numerous Blackbirds feeding on holly berries.

Shame that some of the visiting birders/photographers have no respect for graves and headstones, if the behaviour I saw today continues I would not be surprised if the cemetery authorities said that bird watchers are no longer to be welcomed on site.

  

Posted November 16th, 2018 at 3:16 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

Once again a complete contrast between S & N coasts of Devon, with no visible Redwing or Fieldfare migration up here on the N coast and precious little movement at all this morning... Totals were 35 Meadow Pipits, 6 Siskins, 25 Goldfinches, 7 Linnets and only 24 Chaffinches. The scrub yielded a Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrests, 16 Blackbirds, 6 Song Thrushes, 3 Stonechats and the highlight by some way an exceptionally late female or first-winter Common Redstart.

Posted November 16th, 2018 at 2:52 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Return of the Willows

I live at Yelverton, Devon PL20 6BN.  Two Willow Tits have returned to my garden following an absence of at least 20 years.  Submitted for information.

Posted November 16th, 2018 at 1:27 pm by Dave Peake in Bird News

Berry Head

Mostly impressive overhead migration today 0710-0910hrs: 5000+ Redwing, 950 Fieldfare, 11 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 345 Chaffinch, 8 Brambling, 2 Reed Bunting, 19 Siskin, 4 Bullfinches, 80 Goldfinches, 25 Stock Doves (in one flock), 65 Meadow Pipits, 7 pied Wagtails, 30 Starlings, 2 Skylark & 1 Snipe.

Around the headland: 7 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest and 3 Chiffchaff

Posted November 16th, 2018 at 12:51 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thrush sp and Wood pigeon migration over South Brent 15th & 16th November

15th November ~ Lots of Redwing movement over Hillside, South Brent during the earlier part of the day over 1500 birds counted largest flock of some 500 plus birds, most flocks ranging from 50 to 70 birds.

Two sightings of soaring female Sparrowhawks no doubt attracted by the Redwing numbers.

Notable movement of Wood pigeons as well with about 200 birds seen early in the morning.

Pied Wagtails trickling over for most of the day in one's and two's.

GSWP, Nuthatch and male Greenfinch on the feeders and a Wren around the garden today.

16th November ~ Thrush migration noted from 8am to 9.30am, very overcast misty conditions, 1300 plus Redwing largest flock being of some 400 birds, the odd Mistle Thrush noted and several flocks of Fieldfares amounting to about 150 birds, all Thrush flocks headed north while several smaller flocks of Starling appeared to be feeding locally and moving in the opposite direction.

Small flocks of migrating Wood pigeon continue to pass over and two flocks of what I believe to have been Chaffinch the light being to poor to see any plumage detail. 

Other birds of note were a Green Woodpecker, two GSWP, four Bullfinch and fifteen Pied Wagtail.

 
 
 

Posted November 16th, 2018 at 10:34 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Thursday 15th November 2018

N.Hallsands.

,A small influx of Chiffchaffs (8),and Goldcrests (9). 3 Goldcrests ringed,all'Continental' birds. Also a flock of 50+ Redwings and a flock of 20+ Fieldfare alighted in the tops of the tallest White Willows, before flying off westward.

1st.Yr.m. 'Continental' Goldcrest.
1st.Yr.m. 'Continental' Goldcrest.

Posted November 15th, 2018 at 4:53 pm by Alan K. Searle in Bird News

Dawlish Warren - Exeter

A multi-stop day which produced around 80 species. Of note were:

From the sea wall - 4 Kittewakes in a mixed gull/Gannet feeding flock of 400+, and 1 R-T Diver.

From Starcross - 2 R-B Merganser (at last) and the Slavonian Grebe.

In Powderham Park - 1 Green Sandpiper and a mixed Redwing/Fieldfare flock.

From Turf - several thousand mixed waders, including 300+ Golden Plover.

On Exminster Marshes - just the Cattle Egret in the fields near the canal. Diggers were dredging some of the ditches, so very disturbed. More Redwings/Fieldfares feeding in the hedges.

At Matford ponds - several Gadwall, which I don't always see here, and 4 feeding Snipe.

Finally, at King James Weir - Dipper, Water Rail, another Green Sandpiper and more Redwings/Fieldfares, heading West. 

Posted November 15th, 2018 at 4:48 pm by James Camden in Bird News

15/11/18 - Bicton Park

Visit to Bicton Park today - very dull & misty but loads of winter thrushes - Fieldfare, Redwing & Mistle Thrushes - flying about.


Posted November 15th, 2018 at 4:44 pm by Chris Bollen in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery

This Black Redstart showed for a short time this morning, always at a distance on the eastern side of the chapels.

Posted November 15th, 2018 at 2:56 pm by patrick hawkins in Bird News

Baggy Point

1 Great Northern Diver flying south close in to Baggy point this am.

Also 5 female Common Scoters present.


Posted November 15th, 2018 at 2:01 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Berry Head

Fantastic overhead migration was noted between 07.30-09.30 with: at least 8400 Redwing, 150 Fieldfare, 1 Mistle Trush, 8 Song Thrush, 230 Chaffinch, 16 Brambling, 29 Siskin, 300+ Wood Pigeon, 3 Skylark, 30 Goldfinch, 3 Linnet, 22 Meadow Pipits and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Around the woods and top of the headland: 1 Pallas's Warbler, 4 Firecrest, 18 Goldcrest, 2 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff.

   Redwing Berry Head 15 Nov 2018 ML  Firecrest Berry Head 15 Nov 2018 ML

                              Some of the Redwings                                           Firecrest

                  Pallas's Warbler Berry Head 15 Nov 2018 ML     Pallas's Warbler Berry Head 15 Nov 2018 ML

Pallas's Warbler

 

Posted November 15th, 2018 at 1:51 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

A Great White Egret (a patch tick!) flew E along the clifftops at 08.30. Visible migration did not include the large numbers of thrushes being seen on the south coast, but was instead dominated by Starlings, with some 934 counted before 09.00. Also 134 Chaffinches, a Fieldfare, a Mistle Thrush, 4 alba wagtails, 9 Meadow Pipits, 14 Goldfinches and 5 Linnets. One Red-throated Diver W. In the scrub, single Chiffchaff and Goldcrest, plus 4 Stonechat. It will be interesting to learn if the Chivenor Great White Egret seen at 07.45 this morning stuck around, or if it could be the same individual that I saw 45 minutes later – though even a direct line between the two locations is c 15km.

Posted November 15th, 2018 at 11:27 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Rattery

Mixed flock of 4/500 redwing/fieldfare feeding on holly and travelling south above Rattery this morning (a sign of cold weather to come?) Female black redstart yesterday.

Posted November 15th, 2018 at 9:56 am by Ian Samuel in Bird News

Great White Egret Chivenor

First field past Bovis on the left towards Braunton at 7:45 this morning

Posted November 15th, 2018 at 9:30 am by Robert Cudmore in Bird News

Wednesday 14th November 2018

Cattle Egret

The Egret was just outside the Velator reserve again this morning while we were ringing (lots more Blue Tits!) However, the farmer arrived to take the Cows away, and so I fear it has moved away! In the reserve, at last - a calling Water Rail.

Catching flies in among the cows.
Catching flies in among the cows.

Posted November 14th, 2018 at 5:58 pm by jon turner in Bird News

Gibbet Hill

Huge flock of Golden Plover, well over a thousand strong, wheeling and floating and peeping to each other over Gibbet Hill near Brentor this afternoon. Smaller flocks breaking away, then reforming then, breaking up again, and all the while circling roughly over the same spot for about 25 minutes. Looking for all the world as if they were just enjoying the experience of flying in the stiff southerly breeze. 

Posted November 14th, 2018 at 5:50 pm by Simon Martin in Bird News

14/11/18 - Black Redstart - Exmouth Marina

Adult female Black Redstart spotted darting from roof-to-roof on the flats around the marina this morning

Black Redstart  Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Posted November 14th, 2018 at 3:54 pm by Chris Bollen in Bird News

Haldon Forrest.

Starting at Haldon Belvedere (Lawrence Castle), 21 members of DB (East Devon Branch) undertook a 5k walk along the east side of the Haldon ridge and included the Raptor viewing site to the west. 

The grounds of the castle produced a Buzzard and a few small flocks of winter thrushes flying over but little else and a surprising absence of finch flocks.  The trail gave us several Goldcrest, 2 Gt spotted Woodpecker, Coal Tits, 3 Bullfinch, 3 Crossbill and a Treecreeper amongst others. In spite of the lack of birds the walk introduced many to an area few had visits previously and which was nevertheless most enjoyable. 

Posted November 14th, 2018 at 3:21 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Cookworthy Forest, near Holsworthy.

2 Crossbills this morning - very mobile.

Harvey Kendall & Barry Bryne.

Posted November 14th, 2018 at 2:56 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

14-11-18 Ford Park Cemetery

The male Black Redstart was showing very well East of the chapels where the grass has just been cut

Black Redstart Black Redstart Black Redstart
Black Redstart

 

Posted November 14th, 2018 at 1:52 pm by greg bradbury in Bird News

Cockwood

Drove along Exeter Road this morning at Cockwood, 4 Cattle Egrets again in with the cows.The single Cattle Egret still on Exminster Marshes main lagoon.

Posted November 14th, 2018 at 1:07 pm by David Cope in Bird News

Broadsands

The Red-necked Grebe was still present in Elberry Cove this morning also 1 Great Crested Grebe and 18 Common scoter off the headland there.

Worryingly, for the first time since a voluntary agreement was put in place about 10 years ago to protect the bays wintering seabird diving bird population (Roundham Headland to Seven Quarries end of Oct - end of March) a fisherman was taking in and setting mono filament gill nets in the Elberry cove area, I am working on the best way forward. This was not the fisherman we worked with initially to organise the agreement,  who has been brilliant. 

Posted November 14th, 2018 at 12:59 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Tuesday 13th November 2018

South Hams

At East Soar, Firecrest, Fieldfare, 3 Redwings, Chiffchaff & 2 Goldcrests. Black Redstart (female type) at Hallsands plus 2 Cetti’s Warblers, 4 Chiffchaffs, 3 Goldcrests & Tawny Owl heard. First winter female Scaup still on Beesands Ley; also 3 Shovelers & Chiifchaff. At Slapton, the drake Ring-necked Duck (initially at the Torcross end before the Tufted Duck flock dispersed) & Chiffchaff.

Posted November 13th, 2018 at 9:31 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

This afternoon, 4 Barnacle Geese from Station Road, 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Cattle Egret with the cattle near the middle car park.

Posted November 13th, 2018 at 9:19 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

East Buckland - Red Kite

Red Kite circling at East Buckland @ 1400 on 11/11/18. 

Posted November 13th, 2018 at 8:02 pm by Mike Booth in Bird News

Glossy Ibis back in Fremington Pill

Seen this morning on a falling tide in Fremington Pill just below Fishley Quay. Feeding successfully & showing why, in the right light, it got its name. 

Glossy Ibis Fremington Pill Glossy Ibis Fremington Pill
Glossy Ibis Fremington Pill

Posted November 13th, 2018 at 6:42 pm by Phil Naylor in Bird News

Brixham & Broadsands

Brixham Breakwater, am:

7 Purple Sandpipers (6 on the jetty with 2 Turnstones, 1 feeding outside of breakwater initially, until joined by at least one other - photos below); 1 Gt N Diver, 1 B-t Diver; 1 Diver sp seen in Torbay from breakwater.

Broadsands, Early pm:

The Red-necked was in  its usual spot in Elberrry Cove, along with a second Gt N Diver (presumably the adult still molting: mottled, yet very dark upper parts; still black on crown & back of neck; full black collar).

Posted November 13th, 2018 at 6:12 pm in Bird News

13/11/18 - Dawlish Warren - Cirl Buntings & Eider

Took the "long-walk" along the sand dunes to reach the hide this morning due to the usual walkway being partially washed away. Four Eider spotted just offshore near Groin 8 + pair of Cirl Buntings showing well on the picket fencing overlooking the creek

[Spoke to a couple of wardens - they say there are no plans to restore the walkway on the top of the dunes - things are apparently being left as they are !!]

Eider Cirl Bunting Cirl Bunting
Eider                                                   Cirl Bunting                                  Cirl Bunting

Posted November 13th, 2018 at 6:00 pm by Chris Bollen in Bird News

N. Hallsands.

4 Black Redstarts (2 1st. Yr. m's) around the cottages just behind the beach.Previously this autumn,I have only seen singles. Overhead a constant westward movement of Wood pigeon flocks.(not counted)

Posted November 13th, 2018 at 3:58 pm by Alan K. Searle in Bird News

Middle Soar to Southdown Farm

In these mild conditions an amazing count of 1360 Skylark on winter stubbles, the highest count in recent years. Also 6 Snipe, 60 Stock Dove, 20 Blackbird, 16 Song Thrush, 6 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 2 Blackcap, 30 Goldfinch, Bullfinch, 160 Linnet, 38 Yellowhammer & 11 Cirl Bunting.

Posted November 13th, 2018 at 3:10 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Dartmoor to Plymouth

From Venford to Hexworthy ~ female Kestrel, nine Golden Plover, Mistle Thrush, three female Reed Bunting, good numbers of Meadow Pipit, a hundred plus Fieldfare with a few Starlings mixed in and a Jay near the Brints forestry commission entrance.

Towards Postbridge twelve Mallard, a very unusually marked pale morph Buzzard, a female GSWP and another Kestrel.

On the lane leading down to Prince Hall 100 plus Chaffinch flock which when checked held no less than seven Brambling.

Another Kestrel near Two Bridges and a large flock of Starlings feeding in a field.

  

Ford Park Cemetery the most obvious avian item of note was the large number of Magpie's at one point not less than fifteen in one area and I suspect not less than thirty plus overall. Two sightings of female Sparrowhawks one adult one immature, a single Meadow Pipit, Redwing, Song Thrush and Mistle Thrush in small numbers and on leaving the forth kestrel of the morning.

 

 

 

Posted November 13th, 2018 at 2:24 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Teign Estuary

Leucistic oystercatcher and singing Cirl Bunting

Leucistic Oystercatcher
Leucistic Oystercatcher

Posted November 13th, 2018 at 2:03 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Velator

About 30 Black-tailed Godwits in amongst 120 Canada Geese on the scrape this morning. In the reserve, plenty of Finches and Tits. A Treecreeper in with the Long-tailed Tits. 8 Gadwall. 1 Chiffchaff. However bird of the day was just outside: The Cattle are now in the field surrounding the reserve on the west side and there in amongst them was a Cattle Egret which flew north and landed just outside the main gate to the reserve. I've been hoping that it would hop over from Braunton Marsh, and I could have predicted it would be today - I didn't have my camera!!!

It joins a good list of Heron species seen in or very close to the reserve: Grey Heron, Little Egret, Great Egret, Night Heron, Purple Heron, Bittern, and Glossy Ibis (well sort of!).

Posted November 13th, 2018 at 2:02 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Clennon Lakes

The Cetti's Warbler was still present this morning also (just) 4 Chiffchaffs, 3 Goldcrest, 16 Gadwall, 3 Snipe, 4 Little Grebes, 11 Tufted Duck, 4 Water Rail and 1 Kingfisher. Overhead approx 450 Wood Pigeons, 25 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 2 Siskin, 2 Skylark and 3 Redwing.

Posted November 13th, 2018 at 11:34 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 12th November 2018

Buzzard

Had an altercation with said bird on way to work this morning.Bad timing saw it fly onto dead fox 1/4 mile beyond Abbotsham roundabout north devon towards Clovelly just when a car passed.Seeing that it was in trouble i turned round.When I got to it it was standing but with its head twirling as though stunned.Typically didn't have anything to throw over it i grabbed hold to put in car but it had other intentions and made a big struggle and subsequently sank it's talons into my hand and there is was with a buzzard hanging on with all its strength with a lorry driver behind me wondering what the hell was going on!!!!.Had to literally rip the talons out of my bleeding hand and took to vets.Visually she could see no broken wings so decided to let go and away it flew into nearest trees.Vet cleaned me up and i checked if it was okay and was still there but probably getting over a little concussion so hopefully all is well.Bit different for a  Monday morning!!!.

Posted November 12th, 2018 at 8:47 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Slapton and Beesands Leys.

Vis mig highlights from Slapton Bridge ( 07:10-08:30 ) were 1200 Woodpigeons, 200 Stock Doves, 50 Greenfinches, 260 Goldfinches, 760 Chaffinches, Bullfinch and Brambling ( all south ). Wildfowl highlights were female Goldeneye and the Ring-necked Duck still at Torcross. Managed to read a couple gull rings on the beach, will post if I get details back on them. Nothing off note on the sea. Near the sewage works were Firecrest and presumably the same Yellow-browed Warbler hanging around, heard only  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C42UVNABnUg&feature=youtu.be 

Around at Beesands Ley for the November WeBS count and there were 44 Mute Swans, Black Swan, 50 Canada Geese, 3 Shovelers, 3 Teals, Gadwall, 4 Mallards, 25 Tufted Ducks and a fcy female Scaup. Perhaps of concern no Pochards seen today.

Posted November 12th, 2018 at 6:36 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

BGM and Exmouth

Not much over the high tide at BGM - Avocet, Pintail, Curlew, Dunlin, Redshank. One Redwing in field by the gate on path to platform. Greylag and Greenshank on Goosemoor. At Exmouth Two Black Redstart best viewed from Shelly Road (near Windward Court). Not much at Mudbank of any note Turnstone near Rockfish cafe.and at the Gore lane Dung heap some Meadow Pipits.

Black Redstart Black Redstart Meadow Pipit
Black Redstart                                   Black Redstart                                        Meadow Pipit

Posted November 12th, 2018 at 3:56 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Otter Estuary- East Devon

From the seafront car park 4 Ringed Plover and 2 Dunlin were present in the nearest channels and a couple of Mergansers flew up river at a distance. The cricket pitch attracted the Herring Gull population plus 6 Gt black backed Gulls, while up the valley the flooded fields held c450 Black- headed Gulls and numbers of Curlew.  A Water Rail was heard near West Town Cottages and c10 Fieldfare were seen on the east side of the valley. 

The DB hide above the Otter on the east side has been trashed again and I collected a large bag of rubbish containing an assortment of bottles and other rubbish.

NOTE:  The footpath from Whitebridge to the sea front is closed again for emergency repairs to a culvert so it is not possible to reach the west hide.

Posted November 12th, 2018 at 3:36 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Whimbrel

Doing WeBs count yesterday, had a lovely Whimbrel in the creek at Sandridge Barton, along with 5 grey herons. Going back to the car, 2 Fieldfares on the leftover grapes.First we've seem this Autumn.

Posted November 12th, 2018 at 9:18 am by Kay and Gary Deare in Bird News

Sunday 11th November 2018

Torbay

Berry Pomeroy a large flock of Starling headed inland.

Marine Parade, Paignton ~ twenty two Turnstone and twenty four Oyster Catcher, seven Cormorant on the sea.

Following ML's post of yesterday had a look around the Waddaton/Galmpton area, initially a flock of sixty plus Goldfinch, a Little Egret, on a winter cornfield a flock of Chaffinch which included a female Brambling and a male Cirl Bunting, overhead four Mistle Thrush.

Just outside of Galmpton the reported pair of Egyptian Geese in a roadside field close to the field gate.

Off of Broadsands a single Great Crested Grebe.

Back home at South Brent a flock of 40 to 50  Redwing.

 

 

Posted November 11th, 2018 at 5:47 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

During my WeBS count on the Taw & Torridge Estuary this morning I enjoyed close views of a Siberian Chiffchaff feeding in rushes next to the boardwalk at Wrafton Pond at around 07.35. Classic plumage and call.

Posted November 11th, 2018 at 3:53 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

My first Firecrest of the autumn / winter here, Chiifchaff, 4 Goldcrests, 3 Ring-necked Parakeets (one blue), Snipe, 12 Wigeon, 5 or 6  Greenshanks, Black-tailed Godwit, 41 Curlews and 19 Shelducks.

Posted November 11th, 2018 at 3:27 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Almost forgot - adult Yellow-legged Gull in with the Herrings on higher fields overlooking the ley.

Posted November 11th, 2018 at 3:17 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Ring-necked Duck male in with Tufties at Torcross; 4+ Firecrests on track around Ireland Bay plus 2 Chiffchaff & Redwing; Offshore 10 Common Scoter & 10+ Kittiwakes.

Posted November 11th, 2018 at 3:15 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Broadsands

The Red-necked Grebe still in Elberry Cove this morning and just one Great Northern Diver. 20 Common Scoter further out in Torbay.

The Cirl Bunting Feeding station is up and running in the 2nd car park (thanks again to the RSPB SW for the winter seed) at least 8 birds down feeding this morning.

Cirl Bunting Male Broadsands 11 Nov 2018 ML

Posted November 11th, 2018 at 2:12 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Ring-necked Duck still at Torcross this afternoon.

Posted November 11th, 2018 at 2:10 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Male Teal

Male Teal at Wistlandpound

Male Teal
Male Teal

Posted November 11th, 2018 at 11:36 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Saturday 10th November 2018

Exminster Marshes and Dart's farm

Exminster Marshes were alive with Canada geese, wigeon, teal, and starlings. Good numbers of black-tailed godwits, shoveler and pintail present and one cattle egret with the cattle.

Similar at Dart's Farm, but also two green sandpipers at far end of the field to the right of the hide.

Posted November 10th, 2018 at 11:13 pm by Douglas Herdson in Bird News

Brixham Breakwater

Nice to see a few divers from the breakwater at Brixham, at least 5 Great northern divers and a red-throated diver. Also 3 Purple sandpipers.

Great Northern Diver Red-throated Diver
Great Northern Diver                                                          Red-throated Diver

Purple Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper

Posted November 10th, 2018 at 4:50 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Broadsands

5 Great Northern Divers and 2 Red-throated Divers this pm also 20 Common Scoter.

Nearby at Waddeton 2 Egyptian Geese, 1 Ad Mediterranean Gull and a flock of 37 Stock Doves.

Egyptian Geese Waddeton 10 Nov 2018 ML

Pair of Egyptian Geese Waddeton

Posted November 10th, 2018 at 2:29 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

The Goosander count this morning.

10 Goosander, 3m (one eclipse), 7f which flew out very early  0630, the males flew out at  0748.

Posted November 10th, 2018 at 2:00 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Slapton

The drake Ring-necked Duck still at Torcross this morning, Black-necked Grebe, 8 Common Scotor and 2 Arctic Skua on the sea, Otter by the bridge .

Posted November 10th, 2018 at 10:00 am by David Cope in Bird News

Veletor. Spoonbill.

Caught up with the two Spoonbill on the scrape at 7am this morning. 

Posted November 10th, 2018 at 9:05 am by Kelvin Irwin in Bird News

Friday 9th November 2018

Bowling Green Marsh

From the hide 0900-0945, c250 Avocet, 3 Knot, 1 Green Sandpiper, the usual shanks and godwits etc., and a Buzzard eating a Lapwing, until the crows took over.

No Coot or Little Grebe, only 1 Tufted, and all the Pintail and Shoveler were on shore: the Otter was present, so I assume it excludes the open-water feeders.

Posted November 9th, 2018 at 3:13 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Torbay

Berry Head: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler in woods just near to entrance gates to Berry Hd from Berry Head Hotel.

Brixham: 4 Great Northern Divers and 1 Red-throated Diver

Broadsands: 5 Great Northern Divers (including one that flew off west inland toward River Dart), 3 Red-throated Divers & 16 Common Scoter

Paignton: 1 Great Northern Diver.

Yellow-browed Warbler Berry Hd 091118 ML  Great Northern Diver Broadsands 091118 ML

                          Yellow-browed Warbler                                          Great Northern Diver 

Posted November 9th, 2018 at 3:08 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Plymouth

Battled along the seafront from West Hoe to Laira Bridge in strong wind. Two adult Mediterranean Gulls & 9 Cormorants including 2 sinensis

Posted November 9th, 2018 at 2:47 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Exmouth - Shelley

Black Redstart - at 11am was using the low garage roofs between the sailing club and estuary.

160 Brent Geese in Camperdown Creek - good to see a few juveniles among them after last years' dearth

Posted November 9th, 2018 at 12:54 pm by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

Brixham

Pictures from 8th Nov Brixham Breakwater

 

Eds- please put a name to the birds - Great Northern Diver

Posted November 9th, 2018 at 11:25 am by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Velator

Once again two Spoonbills on the scrape as I arrived at about 815. Also maybe 36 Godwits, and lots of Black-headed Gulls. 10 Gadwall in the reserve, and as I left at about 10 the Spoonbills had gone, but I saw a Merlin by the river which raced into the Velator estate.

Posted November 9th, 2018 at 10:27 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Thursday 8th November 2018

Brixham Breakwater 8th Nov

Three Great Northern Divers off Brixham Breakwater one in full summer plumage

Posted November 8th, 2018 at 7:28 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford Strand. 1215-1330.

18 Black-tailed Godwit; 3 Grey Plover; 1 Greenshank; 12 Dunlin; 26 Wigeon and 28 G.B.B.Gull. Plenty of Redshank and Lapwing but still a lack of small waders.

Posted November 8th, 2018 at 6:57 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Exe estuary

Whilst monitoring the refuges in the Exe Estuary this afternoon a few sightings are worth reporting. From north of Exmouth a 2nd W Caspian gull flew towards Exmouth, 11 (possibly 13) great -crested grebes in the main channel and at least 3 pale-bellied brent geese with the main brent flock (just over 1000 including many 1st winter birds).

Posted November 8th, 2018 at 5:39 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Purple Sandpipers Brixham Breakwater

Five Purple Sandpipers Showing Well In The Strong Wind This Afternoon

On The Seaward Side Of The Breakwater, Also Numerous Turnstones,

And Two Seals In The Harbour  Within Twelve Feet Of The Shore!!

  

Posted November 8th, 2018 at 5:33 pm by patrick hawkins in Bird News

Broadsands & Elberry

Red Throated Diver off of Broadsands beach moving towards Goodrington, also one Seal this afternoon.

Elberry three Great Northern Divers, one Great Crested Grebe and a Red Necked Grebe.

 

 

Posted November 8th, 2018 at 5:20 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Black Redstart

Unfortunately a Black Redstart run over just outside my house. About 1 mile inland from Thurlestone sands. Beautiful plumage close up, though sad to see.

Posted November 8th, 2018 at 2:15 pm by Ben Holt-Wilson in Bird News

Goosander at Lower Tamar Lake

3m(2 eclipse) 2f sighted 0655 flew out SSE 0714.

Posted November 8th, 2018 at 1:53 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Torbay

The Red-necked Grebe was in its usual spot just off the small shingle cove (with a blue barrel washed up on the high tide line),  looking SE from the headland between Broadsands bay and Elberry Cove, Also 2 Great Northern Divers and a Red-throated Diver there too. 

Brixham: 2 winter type Great Northern Divers at the entrance to the Breakwater looking from the (old Astra Zenica) labs car park

Shoalstone: 1 moulting summer plumaged Great Northern Diver 

Posted November 8th, 2018 at 1:37 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Velator Quay

10.30am...good views of a male Marsh Harrier over The Sherpa Marsh reedbeds.

Posted November 8th, 2018 at 12:51 pm by Alan Denzey in Bird News

Velator

Arrived at the reserve at 08.20 to see 2 Spoonbills out on the scrape No colour rings discernible. 34 Godwits too, and about 100 Black-headed Gulls. A Siskin was with. the Finch flock in the reserve and about 10 Gadwall left when they saw me...

Posted November 8th, 2018 at 9:59 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wednesday 7th November 2018

Pottington - Taw Estuary

Late Post :- 4 of the 7 Goosanders seen yesterday at low tide.


Posted November 7th, 2018 at 5:10 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Ilfracombe Rocks

Purple Sandpipers x4. 3 Red Throated Divers flying down the channel. 60 Oystercatchers, 2 with Coloured leg rings and a small influx of 11 Great Black Backed Gulls. 


Posted November 7th, 2018 at 5:06 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Woodcombe Valley

Yellow-browed Warbler at the bottom of Woodcombe Valley ( just west of Lannacombe ) this morning.

Posted November 7th, 2018 at 5:04 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Berry Head

To add to Mike’s post, additions to seawatch (up to 12.15): 7 Great Northern Divers, Diver sp,  2 Bonxies & a Harbour Porpoise.

Posted November 7th, 2018 at 4:54 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Broadsands & Shoalstone, Torbay

A summer plumage Great Northern Diver off Shoalstone Pool at lunch time and another GN Diver off mouth of Brixham Harbour, RT Diver and BN Grebe at Broadsands with 9 Common Scoter further out. 

Posted November 7th, 2018 at 4:40 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Exmouth

Second-winter Caspian Gull off Mudbank @ 1540.

Posted November 7th, 2018 at 4:30 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Ring-necked Duck still at Torcross. 10 Common Scoter offshore.

Posted November 7th, 2018 at 2:24 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatch 07.10-09.10Hrs: 3 Pomarine Skuas (all juvs), 1 Manx Shearwater, 861 Kittiwakes, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Mediterranean Gulls.  

Posted November 7th, 2018 at 10:23 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Female Brambling

Seen on 28/10/18 on Birdfeeders at Knoightshayes National Trust ,Tiverton.


Posted November 7th, 2018 at 10:10 am by Stuthridge in Bird News

Male Brambling

Male brambling seen at Bird Feeders at Knightshayes National Trust ,Tiverton on 5/11/18


Posted November 7th, 2018 at 10:06 am by Stuthridge in Bird News

Tuesday 6th November 2018

Bowling Green Marsh & Goosemoor

Female type Marsh Harrier this lunchtime, mobbed by crows and then a Buzzard so it headed off in the Exminster direction.

Ruff again at Goosemoor.

Posted November 6th, 2018 at 8:39 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Blaxton Meadow

On the meadow at this evenings high tide were the following;

Oystercatcher 9, Curlew 37, Dunlin 30. Redshank c102, Greenshank 6, Black T Godwit 7, Wigeon 1(f), Common Gull 2 & Whimbrel 1!

Posted November 6th, 2018 at 8:21 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

4 Red Kites

4 red kites spotted together this morning at 07:05 flying north, approximately 1km from the Aller Cross roundabout in the Brayford direction.

Posted November 6th, 2018 at 4:37 pm by Sam Aston in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A drake Pochard (scarce here) at the lower end of the estuary at low tide, Jack Snipe, Common Sandpiper, 7 Little Grebes, 2 Stonechats, 2 Greens & a Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, Bullfinch, Wigeon & 2 Ring-necked Parakeets.

Posted November 6th, 2018 at 2:31 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Dawn sightings this morning.
1m Goosander (eclipse), 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Gadwall, 6 Tufted Duck, 9 Shoveler, c60 Wigeon, 12 Fieldfare, c30 Mallard, 1 Mute Swan, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Willow Tit, 1 Nuthatch.

Posted November 6th, 2018 at 1:09 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Monday 5th November 2018

Lannacombe Valley.

This morning  c.20 Goldcrests, a welcome increase in numbers after the scarcity of the last fortnight. 8 ringed of which 5 had the plumage characteristics of 'continental'birds.Also present 1 Firecrest, 2 Blackcaps and 1 Chiffchaff.

Posted November 5th, 2018 at 6:45 pm by Alan K Searle in Bird News

Bursdon Moor

Bursdon Moor 5pm Monday - 3 Hen Harriers (one male, two ring tails) mobbing a barn owl that just wouldn't give up patrolling the territory. Brilliant! (Thanks to Rod Mudge for directions).

Posted November 5th, 2018 at 6:15 pm by Tim Williams in Bird News

Arlington

Great White Egret roosting high up in one of the fir trees near Arlington lake this afternoon at 3:30 pm.

Posted November 5th, 2018 at 5:54 pm by Margaret- Phillips in Bird News

Sparrowhawk v Starling

Took this in my Barnstaple garden this afternoon - I was amazed that the Starling somehow got free after it had been in the hawks clutches for several minutes.


Posted November 5th, 2018 at 5:54 pm by Roy Churchill in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Greenshank 6, Black-tailed Godwit 7, Curlew 51, Dunlin 20, Redshank 152, Common Sandpiper, Shag, Grey Wagtail, Treecreeper (my first here for over a year), Stonechat 2 & Ring-necked Parakeet.

Posted November 5th, 2018 at 5:28 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery 05-11-18 Black Redstart

A male Black Redstart @ Ford Park Cemetery showing very well by the two chapels

Black Redstart Black Redstart
Black Redstart                                                Black Redstart

Posted November 5th, 2018 at 4:17 pm by greg bradbury in Bird News

Broadsands

The Red-necked Grebe was again tucked into Elberry Cove, a Black-necked Grebe was in Broadsands bay also 1 Great Crested Grebe and a Common Scoter there. 10 or more Common Scoter out in Torbay and a single juv Pomarine Skua harassing the kittiwakes. 

Posted November 5th, 2018 at 4:05 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

East Soar

Quiet apart from Ring Ouzel & Firecrest in Starehole. Also 3 Snipe & 27 Yellowhammer.

Posted November 5th, 2018 at 12:41 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

N Devon Link Road

One, possibly two, Red Kite over the link road at the concrete bridge over valley NE of Filleigh. 10.45 on 4th Nov.

Posted November 5th, 2018 at 11:54 am by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

Visible migration this morning dominated by Chaffinches, with 1,007 looged by 09.30, in flocks of up to 70, all heading E into the wind. Also 3 Skylarks, 6 alba wagtails, 20 Meadow Pipits, 4 Siskins, 7 Goldfinches, 1 Linnet. One Crossbill yesterday (4th).

Posted November 5th, 2018 at 11:08 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Bursdon Moor

Mid-afternoon yesterday (Sunday 4th)

  1 male Hen Harrier, 2 Kestrels, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker over, 2 Stonechats.

Harvey Kendall & Barry Bryne.

Posted November 5th, 2018 at 9:27 am by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Sunday 4th November 2018

South Huish marsh

Sat in the car for an hour and watched South Huish marsh. Good views of Meadow pipits and pied wagtails. A kestrel landed on the fence post quite close. 4 snipe and 1 Mediterranean gull on the marsh.

Meadow Pipit Pied Wagtail Kestrel
Meadow Pipit                                      Pied Wagtail                        Kestrel

Posted November 4th, 2018 at 10:26 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret Braunton Marsh  at 14.30 today;Flying short distances  and landing between groups of cows in fields just after the toll house.

Posted November 4th, 2018 at 7:59 pm by Fiona Moffatt in Bird News

Hoopoe 1/11/18

My sister sent me a photo and a couple of videos of a hoopoe, present on the moor just above Wotter near Shaugh Prior.  

Hoopoe. Wotter 1/11/18. Image resized 4/11/18
Hoopoe. Wotter 1/11/18. Image resized 4/11/18

Posted November 4th, 2018 at 7:29 pm by Christopher Vincent in Bird News

Brixham

A White-billed Diver was just of the sea water swimming pool at Shaolstone, Brixham this afternoon - probably a 2nd winter bird rather than a poorly marked 1st w. Video clip here:  https://youtu.be/pV-OXUoGMrA 

White-billed Diver 2w Brixham 04 Nov 2018 ML White-billed Diver 2w Brixham 04 Nov 2018 ML

Posted November 4th, 2018 at 3:36 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thanks

Many thanks Harvey. Sounds a bit like a needle in a haystack job!

Only about a dozen Godwits on the smaller scrape visible from the reserve this morning. Probably driven there by the 117 Canada Geese monopolising the larger scrape.

3 Gadwall in the reserve, they are very welcome - they actually eat duck-weed!

Lots of Finches mobbing the hovering and then perched Kestrel. Later it was chased off another perch by one of the 'anting' ? Black-headed Gulls making a really peculiar call.

Posted November 4th, 2018 at 2:12 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Answering Jon's query on the Lapland Bunting.

Stoke, near Hartland.

Answering Jon Turner's query concerning the Lapland Bunting in the Hartland area.   It was seen and watched yesterday (Saturday) morning at Stoke near Hartland by Ian Kendall, also 330+ Chaffinches migrating at Hartland Point and 1 Brambling..

Posted November 4th, 2018 at 10:49 am by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Bittern seen briefly in flight first thing just north of Slapton Bridge. Ring-necked Duck and Scaup still present at Torcross until 09:30 when they flew south, probably to Ireland Bay. Reasonable nos. of Gannets and Kittiwakes south. 8 common Scoter settled on the sea off the Memorial Car Park.

Posted November 4th, 2018 at 10:31 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Query

A Lapland Bunting was shown on the RBA map yesterday out near Hartland, but no report on here. Any clues anyone?

Posted November 4th, 2018 at 9:49 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Saturday 3rd November 2018

Purple Sandpiper ~ Torquay

Five Purple sandpiper on the seaward side of Haldon Pier, Torquay harbour this morning.

 

Posted November 3rd, 2018 at 9:32 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Berry Head seawatch

Seawatching from 08:00-15:30. Slow but quality rather than quantity. Little Auk (@14:38), Black-throated Diver (headed into Tor Bay), Sooty Shearwater (@13:39), 3 Manx Shearwaters, Pomarine Skua (juv), 5 Great Skuas, Mediterranean Gull (ad) and 15 Common Scoter (either N or into Tor Bay).

Also very good showing of marine animals with 6+ White-beaked Dolphins (breaching at times), 3+ Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (breaching), 5+ Harbour Porpoise. 

Posted November 3rd, 2018 at 6:17 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Velator

I think I counted 25 Black-tailed Godwits out on the scrape from the reserve this morning, But I may have overstated that slightly!

5 Gadwall in the reserve and one of the ringed Treecreepers showed really well. A Kestrel was being given a hard time by the resident Crows.

Posted November 3rd, 2018 at 5:53 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On Blaxton: 22 Dunlins, 5 Greenshanks, 7 Black-tailed Godwits, 35 Curlews, 8 Oystercatchers & Kingfisher. Also Jack Snipe, Snipe & Goldcrest.

Posted November 3rd, 2018 at 4:49 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

1010 - 1400:

Approaching high tide:- 350+ Oystercatcher, 200+ Dunlin, 223 Brent geese, 96 Great BB gull, 20 Turnstone, 8 Grey plover, 6 Ringed plover, 1 Sanderling, lots of Teal and Wigeon. A Peregrine sent everything up at 1330. 

Posted November 3rd, 2018 at 4:23 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Rather cool and blustery at the lake today.

1 Merlin, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Little Grebes, 1 female Pintail, 1 Brambling, 100+ Fieldfares, 1 Willow Tit, Long tailed, Blue and Great Tits, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Tree Creeper, Wigeon, Teal, good numbers of Mallard and Canada Geese, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Harvey & Ian Kendall. 

Posted November 3rd, 2018 at 3:33 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford Strand 1130.

17 Black-tailed Godwit; 1 Dunlin; 20 Redshank; 1 Kingfisher; 21 Sanderling and just 4 Golden Plover in large flock of Lapwing.

Bradiford Reserve:- c250 Canada Geese plus the Barnacle/Ross hybrid; Teal; Mallard; Moorhen and 1 male Stonechat.

Yesterday at Ashford Strand were c100 Wigeon and 7 Pintail.

Posted November 3rd, 2018 at 3:23 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Broadsands

A Red-necked Grebe was tucked into Elberry Cove this afternoon (video clip here: https://youtu.be/EeEcdTMQp90  ), also in Torbay 7 Common Scoter, 2 ad w Mediterranean Gulls and a Black Redstart on rocks between Broadsands Beach and Elberry Cove.

Red-necked Grebe Broadsands 3 November 2018 ML Red-necked Grebe Broadsands 3 November 2018 ML

Distantly digiscoped Red-necked Grebe

 

Posted November 3rd, 2018 at 3:20 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Ring-necked Duck still present but now at Torcross.

Posted November 3rd, 2018 at 8:59 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Wembury (November 1st)

At about 15.00, a Short-Eared Owl over the sea, being mobbed by Carrion Crows. After they broke off it flew towards Noss Mayo.

Posted November 3rd, 2018 at 12:06 am by Joe Higman in Bird News

Friday 2nd November 2018

Woodbury Common

As per Chris’s post. Ringtail Hen Harrier sighted at close range on 2 occasions from late afternoon to dusk. More details http://dixiesbirding.blogspot.com

Posted November 2nd, 2018 at 9:32 pm in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton and Woodbury Common

An early morning on the cliffs above Budleigh Salterton today produced some quiet visible migration with the highlight being Brambling and several hundred Woodpigeon. However, biggest surprise was a Cattle Egret that was sat on the top of a tree on the cliff before heading inland.

This afternoon a ringtail Hen Harrier hunting around Woodbury Common and a Merlin too.

Posted November 2nd, 2018 at 7:39 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Tamar Lakes

Lower Tamar Lake sightings from dawn.

5f Goosander (very skittish), 21 Fieldfare, 4 Willow Tit, 1 Barnacle Goose amongst  200+ Canada Geese, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Redwing, 2 Bullfinch, 9 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Cormorant, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 2f Tufted Duck, also plenty of Coal Tit on the feeders.

Upper Lake.
4 Grey Heron, 1 Treecreeper, 3 Cormorant, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Wren, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Snipe, 2 Raven, 1 Song Thrush, c100 Starling, 1 Fieldfare,1 Redwing, 7 Mallard.

Posted November 2nd, 2018 at 7:31 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Soar

A superb sunny, mild & calm day. 

Three or 4 Firecrests, Ring Ouzel (Starehole), 2 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps, 4 Goldcrests, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a good total of c55 Yellowhammers.

Overhead, 65+ Stock Doves (also c50 grounded), c750 Wood Pigeons, Redpoll (presumed Lesser), Brambling & 3 Siskins.  

Posted November 2nd, 2018 at 6:58 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Saltram Blaxton Meadow 02-11-18

Shoveler Duck showing well by the hide also 6 Black-tailed Godwits, around the marsh, Dunlin, Red shanks, a single Greenshank, Curlew & whimbrel, Oystercatchers and Little Egrets

Shoveler Duck Black-tailed Godwits
Shoveler Duck                            Black-tailed Godwit

Posted November 2nd, 2018 at 6:57 pm by greg bradbury in Bird News

Slapton Bridge

c.15,000 Starlings over the reeds at dusk plus Bittern in the north ley seen from bridge. Grey Heron caught an enormous rudd right under the bridge! Offshore 3 Great Northern Divers & 10+ Common Scoters.

Posted November 2nd, 2018 at 6:26 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Velator

Ringing in the reserve again this morning. Another 55 birds ringed, once again majoring in Finches - 18 Green, 9 Gold, 3 Bull and 5 Chaffinch, and Tits - 9 Blue and 3 Great. Best was a Grey Wagtail, which conveniently hopped up from the side of the pond into a net as I approached. Retraps included 2 Goldcrests and 3 Treecreepers.

Out on the scrape the Godwit flock increased to 15, but only present early, before the Shooters arrived (grrr) Later a Redshank appeared and later still a Lapwing. There were also a few Curlew nearby. As I was packing up, the shooters reappeared for another session over Sherpa Marsh. (double grrrr!).

Posted November 2nd, 2018 at 5:20 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

The first chance to visit my local patch since mid-Sep saw some modest late-autumn movement in the hour or two from dawn, with 134 Chaffinches heading WNW (towards Pembs and then Ireland?), plus many more heard calling from high up, beyond range of vision, 2 Bramblings, 30 Goldfinches, 2 Redpolls, 2 Siskins, 1 Greenfinch, 8 alba wagtails and 2 Skylarks. In the scrub, minima of 28 Robins (a high count for this site), 14 Song Thrushes, 18 Blackbirds and a female Blackcap.

Posted November 2nd, 2018 at 4:51 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Darlington Tawny

Male hooting 13:00 today,top of gardens.

Posted November 2nd, 2018 at 2:46 pm by Denis Doy in Bird News

Middle Soar to Southdown Farm

Best was male Ring Ouzel in Soar Mill Valley. Also 260 Stock Dove moving east, small influx of 18 Song Thrush, Lapwing, Blackcap & 2 Bulfinch.

Posted November 2nd, 2018 at 2:20 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Teignmouth Seafront

Two Eider North of the pier this morning.

Posted November 2nd, 2018 at 12:17 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Sidmouth sea front

Red-throated Diver feeding close to the shore opposite the R Sid

Posted November 2nd, 2018 at 11:59 am by Ian Pearson in Bird News

Occombe, Preston

Heavy frost around Occombe this morning, winter is arriving as witnessed with at least 9 Robins and 6 Blackbirds. A flock of at least 22 Blue Tits were around a cattle feeder in one of the higher fields. 2 Buzzards, 2 GSW's, Pheasant, 2 Coal Tits, Nuthatch, Bullfinch, 5 Wrens, 4 Great Tits. As well as large numbers of Wood Pigeons and Magpies.

Posted November 2nd, 2018 at 9:40 am in Bird News

Bursdon Moor

Nigel Bastin - please send your records for the Moor into the Data Manager for entry in the records for 2018. The record sheets are on website along with the mail address.

Posted November 2nd, 2018 at 8:30 am by John & Karen Towers & Sims in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Late post from yesterday quiet day at Slapton until late afternoon when sightings of Bittern , Firecrest, Waterail , Yellow browed Warbler all seen by bridge and on the sea 8 common Scoter and 3 Great Northern Divers 

Posted November 2nd, 2018 at 8:13 am by Roger Backway in Bird News

Woodbury Common 1st Nov

Short-eared Owl flying briefly at 3.15 south of the firing range

Posted November 2nd, 2018 at 7:30 am by Ian Pearson in Bird News

Thursday 1st November 2018

Bursdon moor

Please let me know if you would updates from Bursdon moor as I monitor  most days for Sterling university  (BTO), during the winter since moving back down to Bude.

Eds - anyone can send in sightings to be published on these web pages, so your updates would be very welcome..

Posted November 1st, 2018 at 11:23 pm by Nigel Bastin in Bird News

Exmoor

Wave after wave of thousands of Starlings passing over Challacombe, Exmoor this morning. Too many to estimate total numbers.  6 Redwing at Moles Chamber.. A further huge flock of several thousands of starlings gathering and feeding in an old stubble field of pheasant farm above Heasley Mill before going to roost and 4-5 Short -eared Owls near Kinsford Gate.

Posted November 1st, 2018 at 8:07 pm by Margaret- Phillips in Bird News

Taw Estuary

25 Pintail on the Ridge late aft + 6 Goosander on the Strand.

 

Posted November 1st, 2018 at 6:13 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

south huish & slapton

at south huish the pectoral sandpiper was showing well,  also a merlin was sat on the post near the carpark,  then moving on to slapton and looking out to sea we had 3 great northern divers and 8 common scoters, but no sign of the blackneck grebe on the ley.

Posted November 1st, 2018 at 5:57 pm by roger jewell & mike gibson in Bird News

Dawlish town

A Velvet Scoter this afternoon off Dawlish town just beyond the northern most breakwater, viewable from grass area opposite East Cliff Road.

Posted November 1st, 2018 at 5:46 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

East Prawle

At Moorwell Pond this morning ,a small arrival of Chiffchaffs (10+) and 2 ''Continental '' Goldcrests. Also on site 20+ Blackbirds. 8 Song Thrushes, 2 Blackcaps and 1 Grey Wagtall . Chiffchaff numbers have been poor this autumn; Goldcrests even more so. With ''Continental' birds now arriving on the East Coast,hopefully more will make their way westward.

1st.Yr.M. ''Continental'' Goldcrest.  
1st.Yr.M. ''Continental'' Goldcrest.

Posted November 1st, 2018 at 3:39 pm by Alan K Searle in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning,
2 Redwing, 1 Kingfisher, at the car park feeders 2 Willow Tit, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Goldfinch. At the hide, 2 Marsh Tit, 1 Willow Tit.

Posted November 1st, 2018 at 2:08 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Torbay

Scant rewards for checking the bay at the moment.. 6 Common Scoter, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Red-throated Diver & 1 Brent Goose.

Posted November 1st, 2018 at 9:45 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

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