Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from November 2020

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Posted April 16th at 11:17 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News

Lockdown relaxations

Devon Birds would like to thank the many members and other birdwatchers who complied with the restrictions during the recent Lockdown and stayed in their local area (village, town or part of city) to birdwatch while exercising (and later) taking recreation. We hope that, despite the obvious frustrations, you found some respite in watching wildlife in your local area and perhaps discovered some birds close to home, that you might otherwise not have seen! As always, please submit sightings to the County recorder and / or BirdTrack. 
 
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Posted April 2nd at 4:28 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

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Please think very carefully before posting any information on scarce or rare breeding species both here and elsewhere online.

A list of ‘at risk’ species in the county can be found here. Please note that Wood Warbler should now also be treated as on the list. All species included need to be protected - many receive full legal protection under Schedule 1 and/or are rare in the county and may be vulnerable to persecution/disturbance. It is an offence to intentionally disturb any of the Schedule 1 species during the breeding season without a valid licence. This also applies to anyone taking photographs of these species at or near the nest or whilst feeding dependant young.

Some species may be found breeding at numerous locations however please keep information on these species limited to well-known sites (e.g. Labrador Bay for Cirl Bunting, Aylesbeare Common for Dartford Warbler). Others may be found as obvious migrants and as such can also be posted eg coastal Ring Ouzel and passage waders, or raptors eg Little Ringed PloverRed Kite or Marsh Harrier.

If you have any doubts and think there is a chance there may be breeding, either because of the habitat or behaviour of the bird(s) then do not post, but please submit your records to the County Recorder and the RSPB.

Please be aware that egg collecting and other forms of persecution remain very real hazards for some of Devon’s birds.

Posts which breach these guidelines are likely to be not admitted / removed althogether, rather than edited.  

 

Posted March 15th at 11:56 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

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Monday 30th November 2020

Plymouth Sound

A single Great Northern Diver close in to the northern side of the Mount Batten breakwater at 2 p.m.

Posted November 30th, 2020 at 11:47 pm by Douglas Herdson in Bird News

Baggy Point

C Scoter: 16, Stonechat 1,  Raven 3

Posted November 30th, 2020 at 10:55 pm by art symons in Bird News

Torbay, Dawlish and the lower Exe

To begin with, caught up with the Goodrington Scaup. Later, at Broadsands, missed the L-t Ducks reported by Mike Langman, but managed to see the Dolphins, R-n Grebe, GN and R-t Divers.

From the Dawlish seawall after lunch, a similar selection: at least three GN and seven R-t Divers, plus others too far out to specifically identify, double figures of Guillemot, and, substituting for the R-n, fifty+ G-c Grebes and two Common Scoters. As a bonus, a Cirl Bunting "tseeeep"-ed from the cliffside.

Finally, from Cofton Steps and Starcross, Little and Slavonian made for a rare four-Grebe day, with six R-b Mergansers busy feeding, 100+ Shelducks, uncounted Brents, and the usual waders dispersed across the mud. As the light faded, 120+ Turnstones came to roost on the Starcross pontoon.   

Posted November 30th, 2020 at 9:40 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

The Lower Lake this morning.

18 Goosander 10m 8f, 1 Green Sandpiper, 5 Willow Tit, 4 Marsh Tit, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Tufted Duck 2m 1f. 2 Wigeon, 2 Great Black-backed Gull.

Posted November 30th, 2020 at 7:36 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Fremington Pill and Home Farm Marsh

No sign of the four Glossy Ibis in the pill this morning and it was asked a few days ago where do they go? We found them in the field adjacent to Saltpill Pond on Home Farm Marsh. We were treated to a flyover by at least 2,000 Golden Plover between Chivenor and the south bank of the Taw. A distant small flock of about 20 small waders were identified as Dunlin. There were also Lapwing, Widgeon, Little Egret andTeal present in small numbers in the Taw and on the tide mark. Spotted Redshank was present in the Pill along with at least two Greenshank. and, of course, all the usual Redshank, Curlew and Oystercatcher. 

Four Glossy Ibis at Saltpill Pond,  Home Farm Marsh
Four Glossy Ibis at Saltpill Pond, Home Farm Marsh
Curlew and Oystercatcher disputing feeding territory. Curlew won.
Curlew and Oystercatcher disputing feeding territory. Curlew won.

Posted November 30th, 2020 at 7:11 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Great Northern Diver again, on the lower estuaruy this afternoon; also, 22 Wigeon, Kingfisher & 7 Greenshanks.

Earlier, a 1st-w Mediterranean Gull on Tothill Playing Fields.

Posted November 30th, 2020 at 4:54 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Torbay

A good morning covering the local beaches with totals of:

2 Long- tailed Ducks (found by REB, 1 Paignton 1 flew out toward Brixham), 3 Common Scoter, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 Shelduck, 5 Great Northern Divers, 3 Red-throated Divers, 1 Red-necked Grebe (Elberry Cove), 1 Black-necked Grebe (Preston), 50 + auks, 1 Curlew flew in and then out of the bay! Plus a pod of 15+ Common Dolphins.

The 1st w drake Scaup still at Goodrington boating lakes too!

Posted November 30th, 2020 at 12:09 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Little Bunting - Rackenford Moor

Posting for a friend. Picture taken Friday.

Little Bunting
Little Bunting 
Eds: its actually a Reed Bunting - the brown crown is a good feature and it lacks the rusty front to face.

Posted November 30th, 2020 at 11:38 am by Chris Boyles in Bird News

Fremington to Yelland

About a dozen Redwing in the trees on the approach to Fremington and just off the quay a Little Egret with some sort of growth on its foot. At Yelland no sign of the Short eared owl in fact not a great deal there to report.

Redwing
Redwing
Little Egret
Little Egret

Posted November 30th, 2020 at 2:27 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Anchor to Penhill

On the mud bank just off Anchor Wood area were two or three Lapwing and at Penhill area there were a number of Fieldfare (30 +)

Lapwing
Lapwing
Fieldfare
Fieldfare

Posted November 30th, 2020 at 2:20 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Sunday 29th November 2020

Rillage Point

I was just finishing a morning walk on my patch and reflecting on autumn migration coming to an end - just a handful of Chaffinches & Meadow Pipits, 3 Siskins, 3 Goldfinches and a single Linnet on the move - when TWO Swallows whipped past me along the cliff-tops, heading SE. My latest ever at this exposed, north-facing site by about a month! Surely another sign of our changing climate. A male Blackcap in the scrub wasn’t quite so exceptional but still very unusual for this site at the end of Nov.

Posted November 29th, 2020 at 11:31 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

South Molton Community woodland

Good views of male Stonechat. Siskin, bullfinch, fieldfares, 5 meadow pipit

Posted November 29th, 2020 at 11:10 pm by art symons in Bird News

Longbridge/Blaxton Meadow

Excuse my lack of numbers, I'm not a counter! 

I spent about an hour watching a Kingfisher whizzing up and down at Longbridge, then ambled up to Blaxton Meadow.

Caught a Cormorant struggling to get a decent size catch down it's neck on the way.

At BM, Dunlin, Greenshank, Redshank, Kingfisher, Various Gulls, Shelduck, Wigeon, Curlew. Green Woodpecker in the woods and Buzzard overhead

Kingfisher
Kingfisher
Cormorant
Cormorant

Posted November 29th, 2020 at 10:17 pm by John Foster in Bird News

Velator reserve

Early start for a ringing session. Started well with a selection of Thrushes and Finches, another Cetti's Warbler, and then a dramatic first year female Sparrowhawk. The next two rounds of the nets were empty! Ended up with 30 birds ringed. Redshank reappeared on the scrape early afternoon. Water Rails and Tawny Owl calling from within.

Posted November 29th, 2020 at 8:28 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Saltram

3 Goosander (2 Drakes), 2 Dabchicks, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Common Sandpipers,on the river near the sewage outlet. Redshank, Curlew, Wigeon, Shelduck, Mallards 1 Heron, 2 Little Egrets on Blaxton Meadow. 1 Buzzard, 12 R.N. Parakeets, 2 Nuthatches, 5 Blue tits, 3 Great tits, 1 Goldcrest

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
R.N. Parakeet
R.N. Parakeet

Posted November 29th, 2020 at 7:33 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Cadover and marsh mills longbirdge

Up at the crack of dawn up to cadover, didn't disappoint, the trees are. still full of fieldfares and redwings, a few stonechats, what appeared to bee a reed bunting male in some of the hedges. A few skylarks, and meadow pipits. Plenty of ravens, chasing a pair of buzzards. 

By midday back to longbridge, female kingfisher as active as she always is, dipper singing it's heart out again, 3 redshanks, 2 little egrets, grey/pied wagtails. Possible greenshank, but it didn't get closer to get a better look.

Posted November 29th, 2020 at 7:30 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Haldon Bramblings

Both male and female Brambling showing around the feed station at Haldon Forrest this morning.

M&F GSWP, Nuthatch, numerous Siskin, a flock of calling Crossbill and a single female seen passing over.

Brambling
Brambling
Brambling
Brambling

Posted November 29th, 2020 at 6:05 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Mansands

Up to 12.45

Female Black Redstart, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Pied Wagtails, 1 Grey Wagtail, Rock Pipit and a pair of Stonechats around the cottages. 2-3 Firecrests in Woodhuish Lane. 

On the way home, the first winter Scaup showed incredibly well down to a few feet at Young's Park, Paignton at 14.45.

Posted November 29th, 2020 at 4:28 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

River Dart on Dartington Estate

About 10 male Mandarin duck with 3 females on the river.  Males chased off several Mallard that were close by.  Not fazed by a few boats going past.  Looked as though they may have been going to roost in a tree overhanging the river on the far bank.

Posted November 29th, 2020 at 4:27 pm by Lesley Black in Bird News

Ilfracombe

Redstart (Jubilee Gardens); gannets(flying east to west off Capstone Parade and a lone Purple Sandpiper on rocks below Capstone.

Posted November 29th, 2020 at 3:43 pm by Dave Shadwell in Bird News

Shaugh Prior & Cadover

In glorious mild conditions, a flock of c200 Fieldfares, Redwings & a few Starlings (at Cadover), Marsh Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker & a Brimstone.

Posted November 29th, 2020 at 3:12 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Start Point

2 Black redstarts near the lighthouse, lots of Gannets diving in and several Guillemots and Razorbills on the water.

Gannets and Auks
Gannets and Auks
Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Posted November 29th, 2020 at 5:40 am by Richie Moore in Bird News

Saturday 28th November 2020

Plym Dipper

At Longbridge, around 12:00 midday, the now regular Dipper was singing his heart out from a low branch in the water seemingly oblivious to a metal detectorist working up and down the opposite beach.

Posted November 28th, 2020 at 6:48 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On the estuary as the tide came in, Great Northern Diver, 5 Goosanders (2 drakes), 18 Wigeon, Little Grebe & 23 Turnstones. Then at Blaxton Meadow (to dusk): 53 Curlews, 102 Dunlins, 124 Redshanks & 7 Greenshanks. Unfortunately, 3 separate groups of people ignoring the signs and going out on the estuary wall.

Posted November 28th, 2020 at 6:03 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Hackney Marsh to Passage House this afternoon.

28.11.20

Hackney marsh 

Firecrest (1 pair and at least 1 other)

Goldcrest

Redwing

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Coal Tit

Long tailed Tit

Blackbird

Song thrush singing

Robin

Sparrow hawk

Passage house

Avocet 1

Sandpiper 6

Water rail 1 seen and heard

Curlew 7

Poss wimbrel

Dunlin 5

Redshank 12

Lapwing 8

Grey plover 4

Plover sp (golden)but light was failing)

Numerous cormorant

Great wagtail

Pied wagtail

Posted November 28th, 2020 at 5:26 pm by Darren Maynard in Bird News

Tamar estuary / Ernesettle

On a low tide: 50+ Wigeon, 39 Teal, 65 Avocet feeding just off Warleigh point, 10 Black tailed Godwit, 7 Great crested Grebe, 1 Common gull, 1 Chiffchaff in the bushes.  36 Snipe and 2 Greenshank on Ernesettle creek.

Posted November 28th, 2020 at 4:09 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Otter Estuary

Good numbers of birds around the estuary this morning including Goldcrest(1), Blackcap(1), Wigeon (120), Water Rail (7 calling), Curlew (1), Redwing (c10), Fieldfare (c10), Ling tailed Tit (8), and Little Grebe (3) amongst others.

NOTE:  In response to several messages about the state of the DB hide on the east bank I visited this today and took away various rubbish.  A side screen has been damaged beyond repair and a window board is missing.  The hide is functional but deteriorating due to its age, weathering and vandalism.  It is receiving our attention but we do not have the manpower to inspect the hide as regularly as we would wish.  Thank you.

Posted November 28th, 2020 at 4:04 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Braunton

On arrival (about 09.30) at the gate by the river near the reserve (Velator) a Grey Wagtail. Quick look on the scrape showed an Egret, which on closer inspection turned out to be a Cattle Egret! No sign of the regular Little Egret. Tawny Owl called again, 3 Water Rails, Treecreeper, Sparrowhawk over, Good numbers of Finches, a few Redwings and as I left,  a Kestrel on wires just outside, a few Bullfinches and lots of Goldfinch around the gate. 3 Meadow Pipits flew over. Finally, a Redshank out on the scrape as I was leaving.

Back home opened the garden nets and ended up with a host of Tits, plus singles of Goldcrest, Treecreeper and GSWoodpecker. Ended up ringing 49 birds. Jay heard in nearby trees and 2 Buzzards calling above.

A couple of days ago 2 Dippers under the Tesco bridge.

Posted November 28th, 2020 at 3:59 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Saltram Dell walk way

Lots and lots of people around today, but still some sightings, 2 buzzards, 5 redwings, plenty of goldcrests and nuthatches, some angry song thrushes, the two fields near the carpark had 5 little egrets and 25 curlews. Must be high tide. 

Posted November 28th, 2020 at 3:50 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Exmouth Redstart

Female Black Redstart in grounds of Imperial Hotel by the Clock Tower.

Posted November 28th, 2020 at 2:41 pm by Simon Crookall in Bird News

Exton Riverside

09:15 - 11:58

Ringed Rock Pipit (AVP)(believed to be from Norway) and female Kingfisher the highlights. On the river, Brent Goose, Avocet, Pintail, Wigeon, Shelduck, Black-tailed Godwit, GBBG, Herring Gull, Oystercatcher, Little Egret amongst others.

Posted November 28th, 2020 at 2:04 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Great Northern Diver

3 Great Northern Divers near breakwater in Brixham harbour.

Posted November 28th, 2020 at 10:38 am by Neil Thompson in Bird News

Friday 27th November 2020

Penhill Point, R Taw

17 fieldfares, 1 Redding, 4 L egret

Posted November 27th, 2020 at 11:07 pm by art symons in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the lake

18 Goosander 7m 11f, 3 Tufted Duck 2m 1f, 3m Wigeon, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Great Crested Grebe, c50 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 1 Green Sandpiper.

Posted November 27th, 2020 at 7:24 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Lee Moor & Brisworthy Plantation

The female Red-crested Pochard (on at least her 12th annual visit) on Portworthy Mica Dam Ph3. At Brisworthy Plantation a Cormorant was unexpected.

Posted November 27th, 2020 at 6:17 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Plympton

Female Black Redstart on roof tops and in gardens in Compass Drive and Highglen Drive 

Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Posted November 27th, 2020 at 5:17 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Quite a few birds on the rising tide this afternoon including: 2 Teal, 11 Wigeon, 6 Goosanders (redheads), Kingfisher, 7 Greenshanks, Common Sandpiper, 12 Common Gulls & c20 Siskins.

Posted November 27th, 2020 at 4:47 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Wembury

A Water Pipit still along the beach at Wembury this morning, feeding on the big mass of seaweed near the sewage pipe with Rock Pipits and Meadow Pipits. 2 Purple Sandpipers on the rocks nearby were my first here for a few years now.

A Merlin flying high and out to sea before dropping down low over the water and heading east towards Stoke Point was a surprise. 

Water Pipit
Water Pipit
Purple Sandpipers
Purple Sandpipers

Posted November 27th, 2020 at 3:54 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Aylesbeare Common

10:35 - 12:57

Dartford Warbler; Stonechat; 21 Fieldfare; Goldcrest; GSW; Treecreeper; 2+ Nuthatch.

Posted November 27th, 2020 at 1:42 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Powderham Marshes

08:39 - 10:07

1 female Marsh Harrier mobbed by 2 Buzzard; Kestrel; 22+ Pheasant; 70+ Woodpigeon; 100+ Chaffinch were the highlights.

Posted November 27th, 2020 at 1:40 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Woolacombe to Ilfracombe – 26 Nov

A walk from Woolacombe to Ilfracombe on the coast path in yesterday's glorious sunshine, with pin-sharp visibility and a light E breeze, yielded high counts of 39 Stonechats and 57 Robins. Other notable records included 2 Red-throated Divers (off Morte Point), 2 Purple Sandpipers (off the Capstone at Ilfracombe) and 2 Black Redstarts (feeding together on a roof-top near Lee). Also a distant 'feeding frenzy' of gulls, a few Gannets and at least 30 Common Dolphins between Morte Point and Lundy, with 2 Grey Seals and 2 Harbour Porpoise inshore elsewhere. On Wednesday 25th, the Fulmar breeding ledges near Ilfracombe were bustling with activity, birds having returned from their annual moult out at sea earlier this month, but we didn't see a single one yesterday! They'll be coming and going en masse like that all the way through to egg laying next May.

Posted November 27th, 2020 at 12:35 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Bideford Black Redstart

Watched from Bideford station catching insects on the roof of the Royal hotel around the weather vane a first winter female Black Redstart along with a Grey Wagtail , 2 Pied Wagtails And Starlings.

Posted November 27th, 2020 at 11:51 am by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Redwing at Torrington

I saw my first of season redwing yesterday, flying from a big cedar tree toward the middle of Great Torrington. It may've been roosting in the tree

Posted November 27th, 2020 at 11:25 am by Aubrey McKenzie in Bird News

Thursday 26th November 2020

Countesswear - Starcross

High -, and low, - lights were:

- at Matford, a Cattle Egret with its carrier sp. in the field behind the petrol station;

- on the main Exminster pond, 10+ newly arrived Tufted Ducks;

- in the hedges near Turf, 3/400 Winter Thrushes, perhaps 4:1 Fieldfare:Redwing;

- six Cirl Buntings "inland";

- in the estuary, 100+ Avocet in several groups, 250+ Golden Plover, 10+ G-c Grebes, the Slav. Grebe, a distant Diver which I believe, without 'scope, was GN, but only two Mergansers (red-listing definitely seems right), and no Turnstones at Starcross over the high tide;

- no Coots, although there are plenty at Stover (something wrong with our water?), and only one Snipe.

Despite my gloom, c75spp. for the day.

Posted November 26th, 2020 at 9:43 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Soussons

On Dartmoor today so popped into Soussons to look for the Great Grey Shrike.  It was not around but a Kestrel and a Stonechat posed for a photo.

Kestrel
Kestrel
Stonechat
Stonechat

Posted November 26th, 2020 at 8:37 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Totnes and Dartington

1 Firecrest in the trees at the back of Morrison's car wash in Totnes late am; 1 Kingfisher over the Dart at Staverton bridge early pm and a male Brambling with Chaffinches on the Dartington Estate, late afternoon.

Posted November 26th, 2020 at 8:34 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Haldon Forest VC

09:45 - 11:41

Pair of GSW; Coal, Blue and Great Tit; Siskin; Greenfinch; Chaffinch; Robin; Nuthatch; Dunnock; a male Brambling on the feeders.

Posted November 26th, 2020 at 7:20 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Fernworthy Plantation

At around 10:30am, the briefest of views of the Great Grey Shrike in the northern clearfell but it couldn't be relocated.  On Water Hill above Warren House Inn put up a pair of Snipe.

Posted November 26th, 2020 at 6:57 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Mediterranean Gull among large flock of B. H. Gulls on the lake at lunchtime today 

Posted November 26th, 2020 at 5:21 pm by Chris Baines in Bird News

Crossbills at Ideford Common

A small flock (10-12) feeding high in the coniferous trees. Excellent views of them detaching cones and extracting seeds. 

Posted November 26th, 2020 at 4:44 pm by Peter Shaw in Bird News

Middle Soar to Southdown Farm

Today's farmland bird count produced: 586 Skylark, 55 Cirl Bunting, 40 Yellowhammer, 3 Reed Bunting, 300 Starling, Snipe, 30 Stock Dove, 750 Woodpigeon moving east, Black Redstart, 13 Stonechat, 4 Redwing, 10 Song Thrush, 25 Meadow Pipit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 20 Chaffinch, 170 Carrion Crow, mf Sparrowhawk & 62 Goldfinch,  

Posted November 26th, 2020 at 4:25 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Cann Woods

In this morning's sunshine, 2 Marsh Tits & 4 Bullfinches.

Posted November 26th, 2020 at 4:10 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Aylesbeare Common

Third visit in three days with common generally bird-less until today. A Red Kite flew over south at a height at 10.50.  The valley produced Green Woodpecker, Jay and small flocks of Redwing. Fieldfare and Blackbirds feeding on the Holly Trees.  Elsewhere there were 3 Dartford Warblers, 3 Stonechat, and 1 Raven.  

Posted November 26th, 2020 at 4:08 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Chelston, Torquay.

Steps down from the west side of Grenville Avenue to Sherwell Valley Road, 1.30-2.30pm. Firecrest, goldcrest, blackcap (M+F), blue tit, gt tit, coal tit, wren, blackbird, robin, & goldfinch flying over. Long tailed tits here yesterday.

Posted November 26th, 2020 at 3:20 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Plympton

Firecrest again in Compass Drive/Highglen Drive gardens 

Firecrest
Firecrest
Firecrest
Firecrest

Posted November 26th, 2020 at 11:20 am by Chris E in Bird News

Wednesday 25th November 2020

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the lake

6 Goosander 3m 3f, 9 Willow Tit, 3 Marsh Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Tufted Duck 2m 1f, 18 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 2 Long-tailed Tit.

Posted November 25th, 2020 at 7:14 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On this afternoon's high tide: drake Goosander, 6 Little Grebes, Shag, female Kingfisher, Common Sandpiper, 3 Mandarin Ducks, Snipe & Siskin.

Posted November 25th, 2020 at 5:24 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Black Redstart - East Charelton

A female seen at times during the day around Home Farm, probably the same bird has been in the area since earlier in the month

Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Posted November 25th, 2020 at 4:47 pm by Barrie Whitehall in Bird News

Preston, Paignton

2 M,1 F. Blackcaps on feeders in garden.

Posted November 25th, 2020 at 3:23 pm by Tony Sherwood in Bird News

R.Yeo flood meadows, Littleham,Bideford.

3 possibly 4 Green Sandpipers feeding on flooded fields beside r.Yeo about a mile west of Landcross on the Bradworthy road.

Posted November 25th, 2020 at 11:28 am by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Home Farm Marsh Short-eared Owl

The dead Short-eared Owl was found last Thursday morning (19.11.20) by one of the Gaia Trusts volunteer wardens. Apparently the body was being sent off for analysis as there was no obvious sign of injury. It would be valuable to know what the cause of death was.

Posted November 25th, 2020 at 6:42 am by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Tuesday 24th November 2020

Plympton Sewage Treatment Works

Around mid day on the high tide a Dipper was in the leat alongside the cycle track at the STW.  Kingfishers are reasonably regular on the leat, but this is the first time I've ever seen a Dipper here. 

Posted November 24th, 2020 at 9:57 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Broadsands

Around Broadsands this morning, the reported Red Necked Grebe and a GND seen but far too distant to even take a record shot, so settled for some closer avian life.

Two adult Mediterranean Gulls and in excess of 75 Black Headed Gulls one of which had a metal BTO type ring. Three immature GBBG's


Missed trying for a photograph of a Peregrine chasing a Wood pigeon around the cliff face and in turn the Peregrine missed the Wood pigeon. Two Buzzards and a male Sparrowhawk about as well.


A pair of circling Raven being given by a hard time by a flock of Herring Gull.


Mix of Shag and Cormorant on one of the rocky outcrops.


Wren, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit and Chiffchaff along the beach marsh.

On leaving female Bullfinch and Blackcap seen from the road.

Stonechat
Stonechat
Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff

Posted November 24th, 2020 at 8:17 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Slapton

Female Black redstart on village roof. Single Swallow over Ley Reed bed.

Posted November 24th, 2020 at 7:34 pm by Graham burton in Bird News

Home Farm Marsh

Second time lucky, distant views of a single short-eared owl. Also, unconfirmed report of one found dead 2 days ago. 

Short-eared Owl in flight (very distant)
Short-eared Owl in flight (very distant)

Posted November 24th, 2020 at 7:07 pm by Andrew Lansdell in Bird News

Clennon Valley Lakes, Paignton

12:30

Yellow-browed Warbler downstream of first lake on muddy path by stream.

Posted November 24th, 2020 at 3:21 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On the rising tide, 5 Little Grebes, 25+ Turnstones & 6 Greenshanks with the Redshanks & Dunlins (on the wall, after being disturbed from Blaxton Meadow by a helicopter). Also, Treecreeper, 3 Siskins, 18+ Stock Doves, 4 Stonechats & 10 Roe Deer.

Posted November 24th, 2020 at 3:12 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Hackney good number of Curlew

74 curlew near high tide at Hackney, river Teign today.  Good number for a winter flock here. Also 14 Redshank, one greenshank, two dunlin and a common sandpiper.

Posted November 24th, 2020 at 2:47 pm by Peter Stevens in Bird News

Wigford Down 24th Nov 2020

100+ Fieldfare, in a mixed feeding flock with 30 Redwing (several very dark birds probably Icelandic), and 20 Starling.  A good number of Meadow Pipits, about 20, still in area, and one male Stonechat.  15+ Ravens in adjacent field mostly on a sheep carcass.

Posted November 24th, 2020 at 2:36 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News

N. Hallsands

Migrants this morning were 3 Goldcrests ( one a 'continental ' bird ) , 2 nominate Chiffchaffs and on the roof of the new house by the beach 2 ,1st. Yr. m. Black Redstarts.

1st. Yr. f.  'Continental' Goldcrest.
1st. Yr. f. 'Continental' Goldcrest.

Posted November 24th, 2020 at 1:51 pm by Alan K. Searle in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Late report for Monday 23.

7 Goosander 3m 4f, 7 Willow Tit, 3 Marsh Tit, 3 Redwing, c60 Fieldfare, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 2 Jay.

Posted November 24th, 2020 at 8:47 am by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Monday 23rd November 2020

The Gaia Trust, Fremington

Late afternoon....The four glossy ibis were feeding in the field and on the margins of Salt Pill Duck pond. They flew towards the creek to roost at about 4pm.

Posted November 23rd, 2020 at 11:00 pm by Sue Ambler in Bird News

Tarka Trail

The highlights of a walk from Barnstaple to Isley this morning were:

- two Cattle Egrets on Penhill Marsh;

- a sixty-plus flock of Winter thrushes, perhaps two-thirds Redwings;

- the Spotted Redshank in Fremington Pill. No Ibises as the water was too high - where do they roost? Missed the Goosanders reported earlier;

- two Spoonbills asleep on Isley Marsh;

- at least ten Water Rails. Squeals came from every patch/strip of suitable habitat.

Posted November 23rd, 2020 at 9:21 pm by James Camden in Bird News

South Brent ~ Wigeon

On private farm land alongside Dartmoor above South Brent this afternoon, a flock of some 20 Wigeon flushed from a woodland pond, other birdlife was a little sparse, 2 Raven, handful of Fieldfare, small numbers of Redwing feeding on holly berries, a flock of 20 Starling, a flock of Long Tailed Tit and not a great deal else.

Posted November 23rd, 2020 at 8:01 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Clennon Lakes

Now two full tailed Yellow-browed Warblers (the tail- less bird has not been seen for a week or more) one is along the stream (very muddy path) below the lakes and the other up around lake 3. also 2 collybita Chiffchaffs and 1 Siberian Chiffchaff in sallows on lake 3.

Posted November 23rd, 2020 at 7:06 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Fieldfares and Redwings At Fremington

Small flock of Redwings and Fieldfares feeding on the berries this afternoon on the Tarka trail on the Barnstaple side of Fremington.

Posted November 23rd, 2020 at 7:05 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Wembury

Quiet afternoon walk at Wembury Point hoping for either a firecrest or black redstart but saw neither. Very busy on the beach with people out enjoying the weather so no shorebirds either. Two singing Cirl Buntings the only notable sightings along with a Sparrowhawk and a Kestrel

Posted November 23rd, 2020 at 6:05 pm by Matt Clark in Bird News

Chillington STW.

 2 Firecrests. 4 Goldcrests. 2 Chiffchaffs ,2 Grey Wagtails and in the horse paddocks and adjacent fields 20+ Redwing and 20/30 Blackbirds.

Ad. f. Firecrest.
Ad. f. Firecrest.

Posted November 23rd, 2020 at 6:02 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Dunlin numbers have shot up, with 101 today. Also: 6 Little Grebes, Kingfisher, 6 Wigeon, 7 Greenshanks, 2 Snipe, 23+ Turnstones, Green Woodpecker, Stonechat, 2 Siskins, Grey Wagtail & 13 Roe Deer.   

Posted November 23rd, 2020 at 4:43 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Soussons

Great Grey Shrike showing well on top of dead tree trunks in cleared woodland.

Great Grey Shrike
Great Grey Shrike

Posted November 23rd, 2020 at 3:56 pm by Gary Bolton in Bird News

Belle Isle Park, Exeter

09:58 - 11:14

Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tit; Chiffchaff; Chaffinch; Carrion Crow; Cormorant; Moorhen; Grey Heron; Herring Gull; Woodpigeon; Mallard; Magpie; Robin; Goldfinch; Wren and Kingfisher.

Posted November 23rd, 2020 at 3:51 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Warren House, Vitifer valley, Golden Dagger.

Great Grey Shrike (m) still in Vitifer- Golden Dagger area, this time  on the south side of gate at approx position SX 681 802 sighted around 1045 this morning. Other sightings in Vitifer area, Fieldfare (5), Blackbirds, Meadow Pipits, Buzzard, Kestrel, Ravens.

Posted November 23rd, 2020 at 3:26 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in Bird News

Fremington Quay

Goosanders at the quay , 2 males & 2 redheads.

Posted November 23rd, 2020 at 2:37 pm by Dave Paterson in Bird News

Broadsands

Picture of the Elberry Cove Red-necked Grebe from Nigel Smallbones.

Red-necked Grebe Elberry Cove Torbay Nigel Smallbones

Posted November 23rd, 2020 at 2:31 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Broadsands

1 Red-necked Grebe off Elberry Cove this morning with at least 7 Great Northern Divers.

In the back of the 1st car park there was a Yellow-browed Wabler, 2 Firecrests and a Chiffchaff.

  Yellow-browed Warbler Broadsands 23 Nov 2020 ML Yellow-browed Warbler Broadsands 23 Nov 2020 ML

                                                             Yellow-browed Warbler Broadsands

Posted November 23rd, 2020 at 11:16 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Northam Burrows

Male and first winter Snow Buntings still on the Burrows at 9.45 this morning. Feeding inconspicuously near the 8th green.

Posted November 23rd, 2020 at 11:07 am by Roger Doble in Bird News

Sunday 22nd November 2020

Chudleigh

A walk around Riding Parks this afternoon produced nothing unusual, apart from a Mistle Thrush that sang in flight as it flew high over the valley - something I've never experienced in 55 years of birding!

Posted November 22nd, 2020 at 10:50 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Saltram

8 Chaffinches, 100+ Goldfinches, 2 Goldcrests, 1 Firecrest, 6 Great tits, 4 Blue tits, 5 Long tailed tits, 2 Pied wagtails, 12 Skylarks, 1 Snipe, 5 Herons, 1 Mistle thrush, 1 Song thrush 6 Blackbirds, 2 Wrens, 2 Dunnocks, 6 Robins, Blaxton Meadow: Little Egrets, Dunlin, Redshank, Greenshank, Curlew, Shelduck, Canada Geese, Oyster Catchers,

Goldfinches
Goldfinches
Kingfisher
Kingfisher

Posted November 22nd, 2020 at 6:57 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Chillington S.T.W.

6 nominate Chiffchaffs 3 Goldcrests 1 Firecrest, 3 Grey Wagtails ,3 Redwing and 20+ Blackbirds.

Posted November 22nd, 2020 at 6:02 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Longbridge/Blaxton Meadow

Excuse my lack of numbers, I'm not a counter! 

I spent about an hour watching a Kingfisher whizzing up and down at Longbridge, then ambled up to Blaxton Meadow.

Caught a Cormorant struggling to get a decent size catch down it's neck on the way.

At BM, Dunlin, Greenshank, Redshank, Kingfisher, Various Gulls, Shelduck, Wigeon, Curlew. Green Woodpecker in the woods and Buzzard overhead

Kingfisher
Kingfisher
Cormorant
Cormorant

Posted November 22nd, 2020 at 6:01 pm by John Foster in Bird News

Fernworthy Forest

12.45-13.30

A single Great Grey Shrike showed well for short periods on the fringes of the vast northern clearfell.  It was mobile and elusive and also ranged out at least 600-700m on to the open moor SE of Shovel Down and SW of Chagford Common.

One or two birds in the wider local area at present? 

Posted November 22nd, 2020 at 5:15 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

North Devon

Out and about this afternoon with camera in hand.  Spotted this Short eared owl sitting on a fence post.  Long distance shot only so no close-ups.

Short eared owl
Short eared owl
Short eared owl
Short eared owl

Posted November 22nd, 2020 at 4:51 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Saltram

100+ Goldfinches, 8 Chaffinches,12 Skylarks, 1 Snipe, 5 Herons, 1 Mistlethrush,1 Song Thrush, 6 Blackbird, 2 Wrens, 2 Dunnocks, 6 Robins, On Blaxton Meadow: Little Egrets, Dunlin, Redshank, Greenshank, Curlew, Shelduck, Oystercatcher, Canada Geese and a Kingfisher

Kingfisher
Kingfisher

Posted November 22nd, 2020 at 4:00 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Black Redstart at Cattedown

Black Redstart on Poseidon House at Neptune Park (South West Path) off Cattedown Road

Posted November 22nd, 2020 at 3:44 pm by Richard Stansfield in Bird News

Isley Marsh, Home Farm Marsh

At Isley Marsh 20 Wigeon 30 Teal 34 Shelduck 7 Grey Plovers 3 Oyster Catchers about 500 Golden Plover and 200 Lapwing. 

At Home Farm Marsh over looking the river 1 Whooper Swan 3 Shelduck and 3 Brent Geese.

Posted November 22nd, 2020 at 3:20 pm by Barnabas in Bird News

Great grey shrike soussons plantation

Parked at Bennett’s cross this morning and walked down towards soussons plantation. The great grey shrike has seen near the gate before the plantation at around 11 am. 

Posted November 22nd, 2020 at 3:03 pm by Daryl Brady lavis in Bird News

Bovisand

Black Redstart (fem/1st-w), Firecrest & Green Woodpecker.

Posted November 22nd, 2020 at 2:52 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Female scaup

Lone female scaup along with teal, coots, and a mute sawn at the Mica mine ponds near Wotter.

Posted November 22nd, 2020 at 2:48 pm by Andy Quest in Bird News

Plympton

Firecrest in gardens along Compass Drive/Highglen Drive. Two Blackcap also around. 

Posted November 22nd, 2020 at 2:35 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Lipson, Plymouth - Black Redstarts

2 males and 1 female Black Redstarts on the roof tops at Lipson, Plymouth, only managed to get 1 male before the other 2 flew off


Posted November 22nd, 2020 at 1:36 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Goosander in Plymbridge Woods

3 Felmale Goosander shooting the bridge in Plymbridge Woods yesterday. 3 Goosander in the Plym estuary opposite Saltram on Friday 20th (1 male 2 female).

Posted November 22nd, 2020 at 11:37 am by Richard Stansfield in Bird News

Fremington Pill & Home Farm Marsh

Highlights ; 1 Spotted Redshank , 3 Greenshanks , 3 Glossy Ibis , 1 Spoonbill , 20 + Ring Plovers , 1 Mistle Thrush , flocks of Redwings & Fieldfares & 1 Short eared owl . 

Posted November 22nd, 2020 at 10:58 am by Dave Paterson in Bird News

Saturday 21st November 2020

Upper and Lower Tamar Lakes

Upper Lake this morning,

3 Goosander 2m 1f, 2 Redwing, 1 Merlin, 2 Great Crested Grebe.

Lower Lake,

1f Goosander, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 3 Marsh Tit, 6 Willow Tit, 1 Nuthatch.

Posted November 21st, 2020 at 7:53 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Fem / imm Marsh Harrier briefly in the Higher Ley early morning.

Posted November 21st, 2020 at 7:47 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Molland Common

Misty afternoon on Molland Common, I saw these Golden Plover (50+) flying west.  Rubbish photos although you can see that they are Plovers.

Golden Plover
Golden Plover
Golden Plover
Golden Plover

Posted November 21st, 2020 at 7:30 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Paignton

The Scaup reported by ML is still is situe with the Tufted ducks on the boating lakes at Youngs Park, Paignton.

In Paignton harbour on the rising tide a Kingfisher, four Turnstone and two Great Black Back Gulls.

Scaup
Scaup
Kingfisher
Kingfisher

Posted November 21st, 2020 at 4:46 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Fernworthy

08:45 - 11:30

Great Grey Shrike, Coal Tit, Goldcrest, Willow Tit, Crossbill, Stonechat.

Posted November 21st, 2020 at 3:03 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Plym estuary & Saltram

44 species on this morning's high tide including:-

142 Redshank, 7 Greenshank, 68 Dunlin, 92 Canada geese, 38 Curlew, 25 Turnstone, 18 Wigeon, 1 Goosander (m), 2 Little grebe, 1 Common sandpiper. Around the estate were 15 Redwing, 5 Ring necked parakeet, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Stonechat,1 Treecreeper, and 5 Crows harassing 1 poor little Kestrel.

Posted November 21st, 2020 at 2:39 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

N. Hallsands.

A Yellow Browed Warbler in the same location as the one present on the 19th. Also on site 3 Collybita Chiffchaffs and overhead 2 very vocal Ravens.

Y. B. Warbler.
Y. B. Warbler.

Posted November 21st, 2020 at 12:05 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Exeter Yellow-browed Warbler

A Y-b W was feeding and persistently calling at the N end of Belle Isle Park 0800-0900 today, using the larger trees which still have a few leaves on.

Posted November 21st, 2020 at 11:55 am by James Camden in Bird News

Cornworthy - Bow Creek

2 Common sandpipiers along Cornworthy end of Bow Creek, I wander if these are going to overwinter or just on late passage?

Posted November 21st, 2020 at 11:16 am by Henry Trollope in Bird News

Friday 20th November 2020

Black redstart

My wife has seen a male black redstart in a garden in Montpellier road Exmouth twice in the last couple of days.

Posted November 20th, 2020 at 9:28 pm by Simon Crookall in Bird News

Slapton

Looking out to sea at Slapton, a few divers both red-throated and great northern, 2 Red-breasted mergansers, a flock of about 14 common scoter and a curlew flew out to sea.

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

Posted November 20th, 2020 at 7:33 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Soussons Plantation, Dartmoor, 19th November

Whilst looking for the Great Grey Shrike, I was delighted to come across a male Snow Bunting.  

Posted November 20th, 2020 at 6:53 pm by Snow Bunting in Bird News

Littleham (Bideford)

1st winter male black redstart, today and yesterday



Posted November 20th, 2020 at 5:44 pm by Rory Akam in Bird News

Great Grey Shrike at Fernworthy

Visibility was surprisingly good at Fernworthy Plantation despite this afternoon's persistent mizzle.  We found yesterday's Great Grey Shrike perched on the barbed wire fence at the northernmost point of the forest perimeter, now clear-felled.  We found it again on the NE side of the clear-fell as us and the bird completed our circuits in opposite directions.

Posted November 20th, 2020 at 5:29 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Harleston by Slapton

First singing Song Thrush in the garden today - lockdown spring just around the corner! Singing Chiffchaff here yesterday.

Posted November 20th, 2020 at 4:12 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Back to the rain today, but a few nice sightings nevertheless: Woodcock, Snipe, Common Sandpiper, 27+ Turnstones, 50+ Dunlins, 7 Greenshanks, 18 Wigeon, Little Grebe, 2 Shags, c70 Fieldfares, c45 Redwings, 4+ Siskins, Treecreeper, Stonechat, 4 Stock Doves & 10 Roe Deer.

Posted November 20th, 2020 at 3:09 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Goodrington & Clennon Lakes

Goodrington: 1 fw drake Scaup with Tufted Ducks on the boating lakes, also Kingfisher and 1 Chiffchaff around the back of the lakes. 2 ad winter Mediterranean Gulls on the beach with Black-headed Gulls and 2 Great Northern Divers looking toward Broadsands.

Clennon Lakes: The Yellow-browed Warbler (full tailed) was up near the top 4th feeder lake today and 1 Chiffchaff.

 

Posted November 20th, 2020 at 2:52 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sidmouth yesterday

Rock Pipit


Posted November 20th, 2020 at 9:26 am by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News

Thursday 19th November 2020

Soussons

Today over Soussons Down:Jays 2, Magpies 2, Fieldfares 60+, Redwing 6, Blackbirds 6, Song Thrush 1, G.S.Woodpeckers 2, Treecreeper 1, Great tit 2, Coal tits 3, Kestrels 3, Buzzard1, Ravens 3, Crows6, Woodpigeons 50+, Stonechats 2, Snipe 3, Robins 3, Dunnocks 2, Goldcrests 5, Starlings 20+

Goldcrest
Goldcrest
Fieldfare
Fieldfare

Posted November 19th, 2020 at 11:17 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Blackmoor Gate and Fremington Pill

Saw this Buzzard and one other sitting on adjacent post near Blackmoor Gate. Moved on to Fremington Pill late afternoon and got this photo of three Glossy Ibis feeding together. 1 Spotted Redshank feeding close by.

Buzzard
Buzzard
Three Glossy Ibis
Three Glossy Ibis

Posted November 19th, 2020 at 8:48 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Wembury Beach , Devon

2 flocks of Wood Pigeon taken mid morning.  The 1st coming in from the sea and the 2nd moving east to west.



Posted November 19th, 2020 at 7:48 pm by Peter Castle in Bird News

Downend & Horsey

Early am - Only 1 Common Scoter at Downend & none at Baggy Point.

Late aft - Gold is my favourite colour on Horsey at the moment!



Posted November 19th, 2020 at 6:28 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Home Farm Marsh

Whooper swan (1cy), also 2 adult Mutes with 3 cygnets, 4 little grebe on Saltpill with high water levels. Pair of kestrels.

Back at Fremington Pill 4 glossy ibis, spotted and common redshank, kingfisher and just before leaving a very vocal little owl.

Whooper Swan (1cy)
Whooper Swan (1cy)

Posted November 19th, 2020 at 6:23 pm by Andrew Lansdell in Bird News

Wood pigeon migration

The first clear day since I don't know when and the Wood pigeons were on the move over the South Brent area from just before sunrise, not huge numbers but flocks from 20 to 100 birds.

A high flying tiercel Peregrine passed overhead around the same time.

Migrating Wood pigeons
Migrating Wood pigeons
Migrating Wood pigeons
Migrating Wood pigeons

Posted November 19th, 2020 at 4:49 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Torquay Harbour

A feeding Great Northern Diver was showing extremely well in the outer harbour this afternoon.

Great Northern Diver with a fish.
Great Northern Diver with a fish.

Posted November 19th, 2020 at 4:41 pm by Steven O'Donoghue in Bird News

Instow

2 Spoonbills east side of Torridge estuary opposite Appledore shipyard, midday.

Posted November 19th, 2020 at 3:59 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

194/11/20 Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth

First Winter Black Redstart (m) is back in again near the Chapels and along the back wall. Also present the usual corvids, blackbirds, nuthatch, coal tit, blue tits, great tits and gulls. Nice Red Admiral also present

Posted November 19th, 2020 at 3:21 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Nice to be able to do a circuit in sunshine this morning. At least 60 Fieldfares heading north, a Dipper singing, & a male Kingfisher showing well (both at Longbridge), Common Sandpiper, 7 Greenshanks, 16 Wigeon, 3 Little Grebes, 6+ Siskins & 2 Redwings.

Posted November 19th, 2020 at 12:46 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

N Hallsands.

 A Yellow Browed Warbler ,which at one point perched briefly on the top string of a mist net , just to add insult to injury.. Also on site a Siberian Chiffchaff ( unringed ,so a different birdt to the one ringed on the 17 th.) ,8 nominate Chiffchaffs , 1 Firecrest and 2 Goldcrests. Overhead  2 Redwings ,7 Fiieldfares and several flocks of Woodpigeons ( not counted )

Collybita Chiffchaff
Collybita Chiffchaff
1st. Yr. f. Firecrest
1st. Yr. f. Firecrest

Posted November 19th, 2020 at 12:46 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Chudleigh Black Redstart

I thought a Greenfinch on my garden feeder was good going this morning, then this fw male Black Redstart popped up on a neighbour's roof!

First winter male Black Redstart
First winter male Black Redstart

Posted November 19th, 2020 at 10:19 am by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Wednesday 18th November 2020

Horsey

Flock of shimmering Golden Plover sheltering from strong westerly winds during a brief burst of sunshine this aft.


Posted November 18th, 2020 at 5:52 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Berrynarbor

A couple of male Blackcaps arguing and feasting on the berries of the Callicarpus in the garden.today. Also a male Siskin on the sunflower feeders.

Male Blackcap
Male Blackcap

Posted November 18th, 2020 at 5:07 pm by Margaret- Phillips in Bird News

Woodcock ~ South Brent

A Woodcock flushed this afternoon while walking the dogs at home, first one seen this year.

Plenty of low flying Wood pigeons dropping out of the fog and overcast skies this morning, still plenty of "thrush" movement mostly Redwings but a small flock of Fieldfare as well.

A male Siskin on the garden feeders feeding on niger seeds.

Siskin
Siskin
Siskin
Siskin

Posted November 18th, 2020 at 4:31 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Clennon Lakes Paignton

Siberian Chiffchaff, 2 collybita Chiffchaffs, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Firecrests & 10+ Goldcrests this afternoon.

Posted November 18th, 2020 at 3:32 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Tuesday 17th November 2020

Meadfoot Sea Road shelter

Red Throated Diver flying then landed on the sea. Gannets flying and diving for food. 

Posted November 17th, 2020 at 10:30 pm by Mick Curran in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Around Blaxton Meadow & the upper estuary, on this afternoon’s rising tide: Goosander (redhead), 15 Wigeon, 152 Redshanks, 54 Curlews 2 Little Grebes & a Kestrel. 

Posted November 17th, 2020 at 8:15 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

South Brent

Yesterday a walk through a private mature deciduous woodland on the edge of Dartmoor above South Brent gave several flocks of Wood pigeon, Mistle Thrush and Redwing.

Two Jay, a GSWP, Heron, Raven and a mixed flock of mainly Blue Tits with at least four Goldcrest and a Roe deer.

 At home today notable increase of birds using the garden feed station, 24 plus House Sparrow, 12 Greenfinch, two sightings of a 40 plus flock of Goldfinch with double figures around the feeders, Chaffinch numbers continue to grow, Blue Tit numbers showing a marked increase to the point it was difficult to count them. Several flocks of Redwing.

BTO ringed Goldfinch and Blue tit seen on the feeders.

This afternoon several flocks of 40 / 50 Wood pigeon over and shortly afterwards a soaring female Peregrine, Grey wagtail on the house roof.

Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
BTO ringed Goldfinch ~  Greenfinch
BTO ringed Goldfinch ~ Greenfinch

Posted November 17th, 2020 at 4:16 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

R Plym at Marsh Mills

On the R. Plym at low water, around 2:00pm, two Dippers were foraging on the shingle opposite the mouth of the Tory Brook.  Viewable from Plymouth Rd bridge.

Posted November 17th, 2020 at 3:58 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Mergansers at Combe Cellars

Flock of 14 red-breasted merganser at Coombe Cellars, Mid-Teign Estuary lunchtime

Posted November 17th, 2020 at 3:22 pm by Pete Stevens in Bird News

Velator reserve

Kingfisher flew up river as I arrived. Little Egret out by the scrape. At least 4 Water Rails calling, one Chiffchaff, 1 Redwing, GSW, a Tawny Owl woke from it's slumbers and emitted a few subdued toots. I was also treated to a flyover by 6 Swans: the wing noise as always quite fabulous.

Posted November 17th, 2020 at 2:16 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

N . Hallsands.

A Siberian Chiffchaff ( intergrade plumage type ) , Also on site 6 Goldcrests and 2 nominate Chiffchaffs.

Siberian Chiffchaff.
Siberian Chiffchaff.

Posted November 17th, 2020 at 11:03 am by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Broadsands

On the sea: 6 Great Northern Divers, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Guillemot

A late Swallow flew W over the 2nd car park. 

Posted November 17th, 2020 at 10:15 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 16th November 2020

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A good number of birds on Blaxton Meadow this evening on the rising tide, including: 61 Curlews, 10 Oystercatchers, 49 Dunlins, 121 Redshanks, 6 Greenshanks, 15 Wigeon & a Kingfisher. Nearby, Green Woodpecker & Sparrowhawk.

Posted November 16th, 2020 at 9:48 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Northam Burrows

Late afternoon.....Two Snow Bunting feeding on high tide debris between 8th green and makeshift sea wall at the mouth of the estuary.

Posted November 16th, 2020 at 5:40 pm by Sue Ambler in Bird News

Ashford 16/11/2020

A late swallow flying around when I got to work this morning at Ashford, also a flock of about 40 redwing.

Posted November 16th, 2020 at 5:26 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Teignmouth Seafront 14:30

A Great Northern Diver off the pier. Usual gulls. Lots of European Shags off the Ness and a Cormorant. Also two more Great Northern Divers off the Ness, including one in full summer plumage!

Posted November 16th, 2020 at 3:09 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Velator

Of late: still several Water Rails squealing, A very vocal Chiffchaff yesterday, along with a fly-through Sparrowhawk. Today a flock of over 70 Goldfinch tinkling in the treetops. And the first Primrose!

Early Primrose
Early Primrose

Posted November 16th, 2020 at 2:53 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Great Grey Shrike Soussons Valley 16th Nov 2020

Great Grey Shrike around Vitifer tin mine ruins beside the Redwater Brook.

Around the slope as you walk in from the Warren House Inn
Around the slope as you walk in from the Warren House Inn
Soussons Down across from the Golden Dagger Mine ruins
Soussons Down across from the Golden Dagger Mine ruins

Posted November 16th, 2020 at 2:44 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Yellow-browed warbler still at Clennon

At around 13:30 today a yellow-browed warbler (full tail) was seen at Clennon valley in company with blue tits, goldcrests and chiff-chaffs.  Seen from path near second pond.  

Posted November 16th, 2020 at 2:18 pm by Pete Stevens in Bird News

Wrafton pond

While collating some of my photos I came across this photo of a small gull that I had forgotten about.  It attracted my attention at the time because of its size, lack of head markings, its short dark beak and its general behavior.  

Small gull
Small gull
Eds: it is a 1st winter Common Gull - Please email id@devonbirds.org for any bird identification enquiries before posting on Devon Bird Sightings a fuller explanation can then be offered. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Posted November 16th, 2020 at 11:11 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Sunday 15th November 2020

Brampford Speke

Alongside the River Exe today were single Bar-headed and Barnacle goose amongst a flock of 360 Canada geese. On the very swollen river downstream at Stafford Bridge were 2 Little grebes and a pair of Mute swans with 4 cygnets.

Posted November 15th, 2020 at 8:39 pm by Simon M Bates in Bird News

Venford Reservoir

am: a whopping 26 Goosander on the reservoir and an equally impressive 25 (or so) Crossbills feeding in one of the tall pines by the dam.

Posted November 15th, 2020 at 7:40 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

whitleigh

8 ringneck parakeet

Posted November 15th, 2020 at 6:53 pm by barry in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Later this morning at Fremington Pill under the cloudy sky there were a few Redshank, a couple of Spotted Redshank, a couple of Greenshank, a Kingfisher, one Glossy Ibis, a Lapwing and a few Wigeon.

Spotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank
Greenshank
Greenshank

Posted November 15th, 2020 at 5:48 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Clennon Lakes

The Yellow-browed Warbler was still in willows around lake 2 this afternoon and a Siberian Chiffchaff with a collybita Chiffchaff in scrub by lake 1. Two more Chiffchaffs and at least 9 goldcrests around the site.

Posted November 15th, 2020 at 4:26 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Tamar estuary / Ernesettle

This morning between the showers:  27 Teal, 17 Wigeon, 2 Black tailed Godwit, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great crested Grebe on the Tamar. 4 Shelduck and a Greenshank on Ernesettle creek.  On the way home, 3 Goldcrest and a Firecrest in Budshead wood.

Posted November 15th, 2020 at 4:17 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Stover WeBS count

This morning's WeBS count included 72 Coot, 12 Moorhen, 2 Water Rail, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Heron, 25 Tufted Duck, 2 Shovelor, 1 Teal, I male Wigeon, 1 male Pochard, 5 Mute swan, 2 Little Grebes and 1 Great crested Grebe. Yesterday 25 Common Snipe were counted, which is low for mid November.

Posted November 15th, 2020 at 3:39 pm by JDA in Bird News

Dousland

Surprised to see on our patio, 1st year Black Redstart. 

Posted November 15th, 2020 at 2:41 pm by Mave Goddard in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Dodged the rain this morning to do a circuit of the patch on the low tide. Kingfisher, 2 Little Grebes,Goosander (redhead), pair of Mandarin Ducks, 10 Wigeon, Common Sandpiper, adult Mediterranean Gull, Sparrowhawk, 4 Grey Wagtails, Chiffchaff & Siskin. 

Posted November 15th, 2020 at 1:55 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

S. Hallsands.

A Woodcock feeding on the grass verge of the tennis court was my first for the autumn and an unsusual location.

Posted November 15th, 2020 at 1:53 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

During a short visit between the heavy showers this morning there were an impressive number of ducks on the marsh. A flock of about 70 mallard (almost all drakes) is the largest flock I have seen for a long time. Also present, but not counted, were pintail, shoveller, teal and wigeon. Because the tide was low in the estuary there were few waders; a single ruff (same individual as last winter), a few redshanks and black-tailed godwits. A single cattle egret was amongst cattle opposite the Swan's Nest pub, west of the railway line. 

Posted November 15th, 2020 at 1:24 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Goodrington, Young's Park ponds

1 fw drake Scaup with the tufted ducks. It's the same Scaup that was at Clennon Lakes a week or so ago. Also a Black Redstart on Young's Park Road houses it then flew over toward the Inn on the Quay pub.

   Scaup Fw Drake Goodrington 151120 ML  Scaup Fw Drake Goodrington 151120 ML

                                            First winter drake Greater Scaup with female Tufted Duck

Posted November 15th, 2020 at 1:19 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Weare Giffard flood meadows ,r. Torridge.

2 Cattle Egrets feeding on flood meadows with 3 Little Egrets and 2 Grey Herons just down stream of church.    

Posted November 15th, 2020 at 12:10 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Combemartin in the garden

A nice selection of birds in the garden this morning , pair of mistle thrush, blackbirds, female blackcap, robin wren goldfinch chaffinch and Star of the garden a solitary redwing.

Redwing
Redwing

Posted November 15th, 2020 at 11:00 am by Philip worth in Bird News

Saltram

Just hanging around the duck pond before getting soaked in the rain, glad to see the holly tree full of redwings, about 4 of them. Also present were 4 nuthatch, coal tit, blue tit, great tit, mistle thrush, R.N parakeet, sparrowhawk, buzzard, g.s woodpecker, chaffinch, robins.  Some curlews in the nearby cowfield. 

Posted November 15th, 2020 at 9:42 am by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Exmouth

1 GN Diver - Exmouth Marina

1 Grey Plover - Shelly Beach

20 Dunlin 

1 Greenshank

50 Turnstone 

20 Redshank

40 Brent Goose

2 Shell Ducks

Posted November 15th, 2020 at 8:01 am by Stevan Windle in Bird News

Saturday 14th November 2020

Downend

am - Now 5 f Common Scoters at Downend. Hoping this number will increase during the next few weeks.


Posted November 14th, 2020 at 12:20 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Home farm Marsh , Yelland

Imm./sub-adult Whooper Swan On Gaia trust scrape.

Posted November 14th, 2020 at 8:55 am by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Friday 13th November 2020

South Efford Reserve

Further to my post yesterday, I've just noticed the earlier posts from late October and it looks I did see the Lesser Yellowlegs after all! Nice to know you can spot a rare one occasionally.

Posted November 13th, 2020 at 9:36 pm by Nigel Rendle in Bird News

Home Marsh Farm....Short -Eared Owls

Good views of two Short-Eared Owls hunting over the western end of Home Marsh Farm late afternoon. In fading light the lone swan on the pond was hard to I.D. 

Posted November 13th, 2020 at 9:23 pm by Sue Ambler in Bird News

North Haldon

Walked a loop Ide - Perridge - Dunchideock - Ide this morning, serenaded much of the way by the songs of larks, a Cirl Bunting (continuing their Northward expansion) and Yellowhammer. In the farmland were flocks of Linnet (two of 75+ each), Starling (250+), Chaffinch (50+), mixed corvids (700+, never seen so many Carrions together before away from the estuary, but, unusually, no Ravens), and small groups of Redwing and Fieldfare. In and over the woods were Marsh Tit, Treecreeper, Siskin, Crossbill and two Sparrowhawks. Ended with a Dipper on the stream that runs through Ide.

Posted November 13th, 2020 at 7:51 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Home Farm Marsh

Whooper Swan not sure if it is one though.

Posted November 13th, 2020 at 6:16 pm by Barnabas in Bird News

Downend & Baggy Point

Cycled out to Downend early this morning & then on to Croyde Bay NT car park & walked out to Baggy Point & back. 1 f Common Scoter at Downend on the outward journey which increased to 4 f Common Scoters  on return journey. None at Baggy Point.

Late aft - back to only 1 f Common Scoter at Downend!


Posted November 13th, 2020 at 5:38 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

River Yealm Osprey

Late Osprey fishing (as was I!) in the Yealm estuary at 10:30 this morning. Plunged into the river opposite me before heading downstream  towards the former Yealm hotel. Reappeared shortly afterwards heading towards Steer Point where it circled above the river for a minute or two. Not seen again.

Posted November 13th, 2020 at 5:00 pm by Peter Phillips in Bird News

Firecrest Dawlish

Firecrest showing and calling well in gardens at Meadow Rise-stockton rd junction at 9am

Posted November 13th, 2020 at 4:55 pm by paul barker in Bird News

Widworthy

Meadow Pipits in the lane 

Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit

Posted November 13th, 2020 at 4:49 pm by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News

Wembury

Great views of a barn owl quartering the field next to our house in west Wembury this evening. Throughout the day good passage of thrushes through the Ford valley as well as lots of warblers in the garden, presumably chiffchaffs. 

Posted November 13th, 2020 at 4:23 pm by Matt Clark in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On today's low (& rising) tide: 8 Wigeon, Common Sandpiper, Little Grebe, Jack Snipe, Firecrest, 6+ Siskins, 2 Grey Wagtails, 12 Stock Doves, Sparrowhawk, Weasel & 9 Roe Deer.

Posted November 13th, 2020 at 4:09 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Middle Soar to Southdown Farm

First bunting count of the winter but in very mild conditions so not much expected. Peak were 60 Cirl Bunting, only 15 Yellowhammer (must be around somewhere) & 480 Skylark. Also 400 Woodpigeon over.

Posted November 13th, 2020 at 3:52 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

meldon

fieldfare and redwings,  14.30. this afternoon, about 300 plus birds at least 80 % fieldfare feeding on the hawthorn berries around the granulite quarry area.

Posted November 13th, 2020 at 3:37 pm by roger jewell in Bird News

Clennon Lakes & Broadsands

The full tailed Yellow-browed Warbler still in willows by lake 2 this afternoon also 2 Chiffchaffs and 6 goldcrests.

Broadsands: 3 Great Northern Divers, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 5 Guillemot, 8 Cirl Buntings on seed in 2nd car park. 4 chiffchaffsand 3 Goldcrests around the various marshes.

Posted November 13th, 2020 at 3:12 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

South Milton Sewage works 12/11/2020

Several chiffchaffs catching flies, a couple of goldcrests, flock of Long-tailed tits and a sparrowhawk flew over

Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff
Long-tailed Tit
Long-tailed Tit

Posted November 13th, 2020 at 5:43 am by Richie Moore in Bird News

Thursday 12th November 2020

Saltram

Blaxton Meadow: 2 Common Gulls, Shelduck, Mallards, Dunlin, Curlew, Redshank, On the Plym 2 Dabchicks, I Common Sandpiper, 5 Red head Goosanders. Saltram Estate:3 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest, I Sparrow Hawk, Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, 10 R.N. Parakeets, Goldfinches, Siskins, 20+ Redwing,2 Mistle Thrush,, 2 Song Thrush, 5 Stock Doves, 12 Jays.

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
Common Gull
Common Gull

Posted November 12th, 2020 at 10:53 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Exton - Exeter

Over lunchtime:

- a single "drive-by" Cattle Egret feeding on Topsham flats, despite there being no cattle visible;

- from Exton Station, plenty of Wigeon, Pintail, Oystercatcher, Godwit, Curlew etc., plus 70+ Avocets, double figures of Grey Plover, three G-c Grebes, two Mergansers, a distant probable Goldeneye (no 'scope so cannot be sure), and a Grey Seal, hauled out on the mud.

Later:

- at Countesswear a Green Sandpiper, and, behind the crematorium, a singing Treecreeper;

- in the Trews Weir flood channel, two squealing Water Rails and a Kingfisher.

Posted November 12th, 2020 at 9:49 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A bit of variety on this morning’s walk: Dipper, Kingfisher, 1 or 2 Common Sandpipers, 5 redhead Goosanders, 3 Little Grebes, Chiffchaff, 5 Siskins Grey Wagtail & c 20 Redwings.

Posted November 12th, 2020 at 7:23 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Warbler sp seen moving through hedgerow by side of lake, close to bird hide. Pot bellied bird suggesting possible Booted Warbler 

Posted November 12th, 2020 at 7:18 pm by Chris Baines in Bird News

Home Farm Marsh today

Inadvertently disturbed the Short Eared Owl today which had been concealed on the long grass of the flood bank but which then took off as we approached,  unaware it was there. It circled out over the estuary and came back to settle,  possibly in bushes somewhere up river of the westerly border of the Marsh. Four Glossy Ibis together at the reach of the tide in Fremington Pill. 

Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl
Four Glossy Ibis in silhouette
Four Glossy Ibis in silhouette

Posted November 12th, 2020 at 6:11 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Skern

30 Shelduck 15 Wigeon 60 Brent Geese 50 Oyster Catcher 30 Golden Plover 20 Redshank 10 Curlew 2 Pied Wagtail 3000 Black Headed Gull and Herring Gull. 

Posted November 12th, 2020 at 6:01 pm by Barnbas in Bird News

South Efford Reserve

Is there another wader with yellow legs? Could have sworn I've seen a Lesser Yellowlegs today at the above reserve. It was with 2 redshanks in good visibility - around 1400hrs. Would love someone to confirm if still around.

Posted November 12th, 2020 at 5:42 pm by Nigel Rendle in Bird News

River Taw Barnstaple

6 Goosanders in front of Anchor woods this afternoon , 2m & 6 f/juv.



Posted November 12th, 2020 at 3:47 pm by David paterson in Bird News

Kingfisher Radford Lake

Male Kingfisher showing very well at Radford Lake, Plympton



Posted November 12th, 2020 at 2:41 pm by Gregory Bradbury in Bird News

Teignmouth Seafront 12:45 Today

A great northern diver off the yacht club and three more off the Ness. One yesterday @14:00 as well, off the yacht club.

Posted November 12th, 2020 at 2:00 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Otter Estuary & East Soar

Comments sent in just now - hope it goes ahead.

Not much at East Soar this morning - migration over. Best 35 Cirl Bunting, 4 Goldcrest & 700 Woodpigeon over.

Posted November 12th, 2020 at 12:35 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Home farm Marsh , Yelland.

Imm. Whooper Swan On Gaia trust scrape in front of hide.

Posted November 12th, 2020 at 12:15 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Bramblings at Knightshayes National Trust Tiverton

Two male Bramblings seen on the 11th Nov 2020 by the feeders by carpark.

A single male seen on the 12th but not seen since so possibly moved on

Posted November 12th, 2020 at 11:09 am by Andrew Stuthridge in Bird News

Wednesday 11th November 2020

Broadsands

On the sea and beaches: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mediterranean Gulls.

Around the marshes and car parks: 1 Firecrest, 2 Goldcrests, 4 Chiffchaffs, 12 Cirl Buntings (on seed in 2nd car park)

Posted November 11th, 2020 at 10:34 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the lake,

1 Green Sandpiper, 1m (eclipse) Goosander, 3 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron.

Posted November 11th, 2020 at 8:05 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

South Brent and Tuckenhay

Overnight at home (South Brent) a Barn owl calling and at least three very vocal Tawny owls, today Green and GS Woodpeckers and Jay.


On the river at Tuckenhay between the two pubs, spotted a Dipper as I drove by and while sneaking a bit closer saw a female Goosander and then a second Dipper.

Hunting Sparrowhawk and two soaring Buzzards.


Eight Little Egret in the cattle field opposite Bowden Pillars.

Dipper
Dipper
Goosander (female)
Goosander (female)

Posted November 11th, 2020 at 6:51 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Fremington Pill & Home Farm Marsh

Highlights from this morning ; 4 Glossy Ibis , 1 Spotted Redshank , 3 Greenshanks , a couple hundred Lapwings , 25 ish Golden Plovers , 10 Dublin & 1 f Red-breasted Merganser .

Posted November 11th, 2020 at 1:18 pm by David Paterson in Bird News

Maer Rocks, Exmouth

10:00

At least three Purple Sandpiper.

Posted November 11th, 2020 at 12:54 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Otter Valley

Can I back up Chris Townend's appeal?  There is a well-organised and, presumably, well-funded group utterly opposing this wonderful development for the4 natural world, posting glossy leaflets through every door in the area, claiming, amongst other things, that "the green landscape will be replaced by mud flats; trees will be felled:....species such as owls, otters, bats and beavers will be lost."  So please do drop a line to East Devon supporting these proposals, which have been in the pipeline for several years.  Thanks!  

Posted November 11th, 2020 at 10:27 am by Colin Randall in Bird News

south molton

11/11  marsh tit, community woodlands

Posted November 11th, 2020 at 9:26 am by art symons in Bird News

Tuesday 10th November 2020

Avon Dam

Four males among the 17 Goosanders roosting at the Avon Dam this morning included two that had not completed their moult (photo). A late departure just after 0800 was in a SE direction rather than S down the Avon valley and the group was later found feeding at a small fishing lake about 4 km away.

Goosanders - the four males
Goosanders - the four males

Posted November 10th, 2020 at 9:50 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News

Venford Reservoir

2 Woodcocks flying around at dusk.

Posted November 10th, 2020 at 9:24 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Sheepstor, Dartmoor.

Large Swift seen at Sheepstor Hamlet at around 1315. Also in the area big flock of Fieldfare's with some Redwings

Posted November 10th, 2020 at 7:05 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

The drake Green-winged Teal showed well this afternoon on the lagoon between the Fisherman’s car park and the middle car park, also the American Wigeon was seen on the marshes this morning and a Yellow - browed Warbler near the Swan’s Nest Inn early morning. Also a Guillemot below the turf locks on the river.

Posted November 10th, 2020 at 4:31 pm by David Cope in Bird News

Dart's Farm

Cattle Egret from hide at one o'clock.

Posted November 10th, 2020 at 2:47 pm by David Gray in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

Highlight today, a Snow Bunting in the NT office car park and very tame, prob.1st winter male. Also: Black Redstart, 4 Goldcrest, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 46 Blackbird, 31 Robin, 15 Dunnock, 13 Blue Tit, 2 Bullfinch, 160 Carrion Crow, 450 Skylark & migrant Mistle Thrush.

Posted November 10th, 2020 at 2:36 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Two Dippers showing well at Longbridge this morning, where there was also a dozen Siskins, Chiffchaff & Grey Wagtail. On the river, 1 Kingfisher, & an adult Mediterranean was amongst the Black-headed Gulls on Blaxton Meadow. Around the Park, 3 Fieldfares, Redwing & Great Spotted & Green Woodpeckers. 

Posted November 10th, 2020 at 2:29 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Ernesettle Lake

This morning  , apart from the usual suspects ,at least 15 Snipe along with 4 male Teal and 6 Widgeon.

Posted November 10th, 2020 at 1:54 pm by Peter castle in Bird News

Male Black Redstart

An update of the Black Redstart at Lipson, this morning a Male showed up so now there is a Male & Female Black Redstart



Posted November 10th, 2020 at 12:56 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Home Farm Marsh 12:30 today

Short Eared Owl  quartering over the field with the sheep in at Gaia Trust Home Farm Marsh this lunchtime. 

Short Eared Owl at Home Farm Marsh
Short Eared Owl at Home Farm Marsh

Posted November 10th, 2020 at 12:52 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Clennon Valley

The ‘tail-less’ Yellow Browed Warbler still Clennon Valley in Willows over the stream below the weir calling repeatedly and showing well 1140am-Also 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest 

Posted November 10th, 2020 at 12:41 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Whtleigh garden

44 Starlings on wires.

Posted November 10th, 2020 at 11:05 am by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Late Garden Warbler Mountbatten Plymouth

After picking up the bird on Saturday and after a couple of visits Over the successive days all with very brief views. Had good views of the bird Yesterday alongside blackcap to confirm ID as Garden Warbler. A late record for this species. Also in same location opposite entrance to Derwent Close a Firecreast feeding in same area of scrub both yesterday and on Sunday. Thanks to the local birders for assisting in clinching the id with me.

Posted November 10th, 2020 at 7:26 am by Graham Devine in Bird News

Monday 9th November 2020

Exminister Marsh

An afternoon visit which included the tide dropping from Turf Hotel. Duck numbers very low, with no more than 45 Teal, 30+ Wigeon & 6 Shoveler incl on the lagoon. On the marsh were 450+ Golden Plover, 200 Lapwing, Ruff and 1 Cattle Egret. 

On the estuary from Turf, as tide dropped. 130 Dunlin, 24 Knot, 12 Grey Plover, 250 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Pintail, 30+ Wigeon and 250 Brent Geese. 

Posted November 9th, 2020 at 7:38 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning,

3 Goosander 1m(eclipse) 2f, 3 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 2m Tufted Duck, 3 Fieldfare, 2 Jay, 2 Cormorant.

Posted November 9th, 2020 at 7:28 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Yarner Woods

Initially quiet, no feeders out at Car Park bird hide, walked past Office just prior to path which leads up to reservoir excellent view of Treecreeper, also Marsh/Long Tailed/Great/Blue Tits they were all in one area where the woodland was less dense. 

Posted November 9th, 2020 at 4:11 pm by Gary Bolton in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

The waders this morning (on the wall & Blaxton Meadow) included 6 Greenshanks & a Common Sandpiper but no numbers of significance. Also around the site: Little Grebe, 2 Shags, 2 each of Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 8 Nuthatches, 2 Stonechats, Siskin & 8 Roe Deer.

Posted November 9th, 2020 at 4:00 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Mudbanks, Exmouth

08:30 - 10:03

GN Diver still present this morning on the rising tide. Initially further out and then closer in at boat yard area.

Posted November 9th, 2020 at 3:27 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Clennon Lakes

2 Yellow-browed Warblers at Clennon this lunchtime - one with a tail the other without. Also 1 Firecrest, 7 Goldcrests and just 1 Chiffchaff.

   Yellow-browed Warbler Clennon Lakes 9th Nov 2020 ML Yellow-browed Warbler tailless Clennon Lakes 9th Nov 2020 ML

                                                                2x Yellow-browed Warblers

Posted November 9th, 2020 at 3:04 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Berry Head

The Ring Ouzel showed well today in the quarry having a good preen after a down pour this morning. Still 40+ Goldcrests around the woods and 2 Firecrests. Overhead there were 3 Brambling, 22 Chaffinches, 1 Redwing, 7 Siskin, 5 Bullfinch and little else of interest.

 Ring Ouzel Berry Hd 09 Nov 20 ML Firecrest Berry Hd 9 Nov 20 ML

                           Ring Ouzel                                                                          Firecrest

Posted November 9th, 2020 at 2:47 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Harleston by Slapton

Yet another good raptor over the garden, a ringtail Hen Harrier. After consulting "Forsman" have concluded adult female. Bird being harassed by Carrion Crow all the time as the harrier headed for Slapton.

Posted November 9th, 2020 at 11:11 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Female Black Redstart Lipson Plymouth

Very nice to see a female Black Redstart on the roof of my house in Lipson, Plymouth, very friendly didn't seem to bothered about the camera clicking away. First year a female has been here, the past 3 years I have had the pleasure of males.



Posted November 9th, 2020 at 9:58 am by Greg Paul Bradbury in Bird News

Sunday 8th November 2020

Exeter patch birding at its best

Back on furlough for the next 4 weeks so more time for my local patch in exeter between the  mill on the Exe and start of flood relief channel at st David’s a summary of last 3 days excellent birding 

Friday 6th Watched from 07:00 till 11:30

11000+ wood pigeon south mostly before 09:00, amazing  thrush passage all north/ north east mostly viewed at Exeter st David’s end of flood relief channel totals 8000+ redwing, 2500+ feldfare, 80+ mistle thrush  30+ song thrush , great views of a Great egret flew in low from the west and headed up river at 10:15 and earlier a merlin headed north also 2 redpoll, small numbers of Siskin and skylarks, 1 peregrine , 2 sparrowhawk, 2 kingfisher, 2 dippers, 2 grey wagtail, 6 chiffchaff, 4 little egrets

Saturday 7th watched from 07:00 till 10:30

only 600+ redwing and 12+ fieldfare again all north east , 3 little grebes on the river and brief views of an otter actively fishing before putting the little grebes into a panic as it headed into the far bank and disappearing , 1 water pipit flew south calling a new patch tick , 10+ meadow pipit, 6+ chiffchaff, 1 kingfisher, 2 dipper; 1 grey wagtail, 3 little egrets

sunday 8th watched from 07:00 till10:00

132+ redwing 12+ skylark all east most surprising was a male red kite flew in low from the West 08:32 being harassed by local crows before gaining height and heading east over the river at st David’s before being lost to view, 1 peregrine, 1 buzzard, 2 sparrowhawk, 2 kingfisher, 2 dipper, 2  grey wagtail , 3 little egrets

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 10:37 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Dawlish Warren, early afternoon

A few linnets, stonechats, greenfinch and goldfinch. Great spotted woodpecker, shoveler and 'singing' little grebe on the lake. By the pond near the golf course, an ace view of a firecrest, two chiffchaffs and a group of fortyish long-tailed tits flying through. 

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 9:05 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Lanacre, Exmoor

1 kestrel seen, but no goosanders.

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 7:55 pm by art symons in Bird News

south molton

7 L Redpoll feeding on alder cones, 1 siskin

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 7:53 pm by art symons in Bird News

Skern

Solitary Swallow heading South West low over the edge of the Golf course @ 09.10 

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 7:51 pm by Warren Shipman in Bird News

Clennon Valley

At 0830 this morning the tailless Yellow-browed Warbler was calling persistently and showing reasonably well from within the willow below the bottom weir. A second visit at about 1400 produced not a sign or sound of it.

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 7:08 pm by Simon Tonge in Bird News

Start Point

am: 1 Black Redstart below the lighthouse and 1 Merlin which headed purposefully out to sea (!).

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 6:12 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Whtlegh Garden

30 Starlings on wires.

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 5:43 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

East Prawle.

At Moorwell Pond this morning ,13 Goldcrests ( 5 ringed ,all with the plumage characteristics of ' continental' birds ) Very few other migrants present ; 2 Chiffchaffs and 15+ Blackbirds .

1st. Yr.m.  ' continental' Goldcrest.
1st. Yr.m. ' continental' Goldcrest.

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 5:35 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Hallsands

A rather sorry-looking tailless Black Redstart was on the rocks in front of the houses at North Hallsands, also a Great Northern Diver offshore.


Posted November 8th, 2020 at 5:28 pm by Paul Roberts in Bird News

Exe Estuary WeBS count

This morning's count between Starcross and Dawlish Warren golf course was messed up by a boat emerging from Eales Dock - many Wigeon and some Teal went to sit on the sea. Highlights were Slavonian, Little and 4 G C Grebes, 11 Little Egrets, only 574 Wigeon, 169 Teal, 2 Mergansers, 34 Snipe and 10 Greenshank. A bizarre surprise was a Cetti's Warbler calling as it sat on the top of a gorse bush on the edge of DW golf course! Also 6 Cirl Buntings there.

There were at least 47 Cattle Egrets near Cockwood on the NW slope of Easter Hill - only really viewable by scope from Warboro Plantation. They're sticking like glue to the large outwintered herd of dairy cattle, which are frequently moved around the Easter Hill fields.

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 5:16 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Northam Burrows and Skern

The Snow Bunting was still at the end of the Pebble Ridge this afternoon feeding on seeds and grass heads. For a couple of hours it moved around the pebbles oblivious of people and dogs.

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 4:54 pm by Martin Unwin and Irene Hahn in Bird News

Cattedown in Plymouth

Black Redstart on the white storage tanks at Green Energy Wharf seen from South West path at the end of Cattedown Road

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 4:49 pm by Richard Stansfield in Bird News

Hope's Nose

09.40-11.20

Brambling flew in and landed in one of the taller trees towards the entrance gate. It gave brief but good views, then flew off inland. Firecrest, 2 Bullfinches, 11 Long-tailed Tits, 15+ Goldfinches, 5 Common Scoters flew south, 3 Greenfinches, 2 Stonechats, 6+ Rock Pipits. Female Kestrel over, Sparrowhawk. 3 Song Thrush, fall of Blackbirds. Redwing calling from deep cover. 2 Grey Seals. 

This afternoon, 3 Goldcrests and a Firecrest close to Torbay Leisure Centre. 

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 4:48 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Seven Greenshanks represented the best wader count on Blaxton Meadow at high tide & 3 Snipe also dropped in. Elsewhere, Firecrest, 2 Siskins, Blackcap,Stonechat, Kingfisher, Shag, 4 Wigeon, 13 Turnstones & 9 Roe Deer. 

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 4:39 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

South Brent

An almost constant stream of Redwings coming into the garden to feed on holly berries today with two Song Thrush and handful of Blackbird.

Plenty of Wood pigeon activity with dozens of birds dropping down to feed on acorns.

Redwing
Redwing

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 4:10 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

South Brent ~ Sparrowhawk

Female Sparrowhawk sat cleaning herself up after she had killed one of my racing pigeons.

Sparrowhawk ~ female
Sparrowhawk ~ female
Sparrowhawk ~ female
Sparrowhawk ~ female

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 4:08 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Skern

45 Shelduck 20 Lapwing 20 Golden Plover 5 Wigeon 5 Teal 1 Starling 2 Pied wagtail a few Black Headed Gull and Herring Gull.  

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 2:12 pm by Barnabas in Bird News

Berry Head & Torbay

Around Berry Head today: 38 Goldcrests, 4 Firecrests, 3 Chiffchaffs, 1 Treecreeper, 4 Stonechat. In the quarry 1 Ring Ouzel (video here: https://youtu.be/-BA_Y9UFBOg ), 1 Black Redstart.

Overhead migration a little disappointing but of interest: 3 Brambling with 24+ Chaffinches, 2 Siskin, 11 Redwing, 4 Song Thrush, 4 Bullfinches, very low numbers of Wood Pigeon just 19 counted.

Torbay: 2 Red-throated Divers, 3 Great Northern Divers, 8 Great Crested Grebes.

   Ring Ouzel Berry Hd 8th Nov 2020 ML Ring Ouzel Berry Hd 8th Nov 2020 ML

                                                                Ring Ouzel, Berry Head

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 1:47 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

East Soar

Best today were 2 Firecrest, an influx of 19 Goldcrest, Black Redstart, 31 Robin, White Wagtail, 10 Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, 7 Redwing, Sparrowhawk, 17 Blackbird & 25 Cirl Bunting.

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 12:37 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Ring Ouzel

On Friday 6th Nov , At Meldon Reservoir Dartmoor National Park in a hawthorn on the  left just past the gate, after crossing the Dam; 20+ field fares, 2 redwings and a ring ouzel feeding on the berries

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 11:50 am by Liz Crow in Bird News

Northam Burrows

Snow Bunting still present at 9.45 this morning

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 11:14 am by Roger Doble in Bird News

Saturday 7th November 2020

Anchor wood to Fremington

While out on my daily walk along the river to Fremington I got close to five Lapwing on the shoreline. However, above the water and about half way between both banks there were at least 100 in flight and more on the sandbanks.  About 20 or so Curlew flew over the path and headed towards the river.  Along Fremington Pill were two Greenshank, loads of Redshank, a couple of Spotted Redshank, two Little Egrets, some Teal, one Glossy Ibis and a Grey Wagtail.

Lapwing
Lapwing
Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Posted November 7th, 2020 at 9:41 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Ilfracombe

Yellow-Legged Gull again this morning, I presume the Gull directly behind is as well. Also one 2nd Cy on the Tunnels rocks. Hardly any birds out on the sea to be seen except a pair of Goosanders headed up channel again. 


Posted November 7th, 2020 at 7:32 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

South Hams Coastal

Dittscombe Cross near Slapton six Buzzards in stubble fields just after first light.

At Slapton Ley, Cetti's Warbler calling at both ends of the Ley, hunting Sparrowhawk, the reported drake Ring Necked Duck seen feeding along with the Tufted and six Pochard and several Gadwall, reasonable numbers of Great Crested Grebe.

Around twenty GBBG, four LBBG and one Common Gull.

High light was a flock of some 100 Greenfinch that came in as one flock before splitting up into smaller flocks as they fed and surprised to see a Great Northern Diver on the Ley.

West Charleton WTW a single Swallow, Pied and Grey Wagtail.

South Milton beach ten ringed Plover, two Turnstone, Kingfisher, Little Egret, six Oyster catcher, Rock Pipit well into double figures.

On South Efford Marsh the briefest view of a Bar Headed Goose that came in with the flock of Canada Geese and two feral farmyard geese. Two Dunlin, Black tailed Godwit, Teal and Wigeon

Rock Pipit
Rock Pipit
Rock Pipit
Rock Pipit

Posted November 7th, 2020 at 6:07 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Plymouth

Firecrest & Great Spotted Woodpecker at Efford Marsh & a redhead Goosander on the Plym Estuary this afternoon.

Posted November 7th, 2020 at 5:55 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

Geese Quarries - Charleton Marsh ( 12:45-15:45, low tide )

2 Great Northern Divers ( Saltstone ), 7 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Little Grebes, 18 Brent Geese, 29 Pintails, 550+ Golden Plovers, 2 Greenshanks and 2 Rock Pipits.

Posted November 7th, 2020 at 5:39 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Clennon Lakes Torbay

The tailless Yellow-browed Warbler was again just below the lower weir (easternmost weir) and in a willow over the outlet stream from the lakes.

Posted November 7th, 2020 at 5:00 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

holdstone/home in the garden.

spent a good 3 hours up around holdstone down this morningand came away fairly dispondant at the lack of birdlife.

thankfully at home in the garden later the day was saved with sparrow, blue and great tits,longtailed tits, female blackcap and male blackbirds.also but not close enough for me to id but i think a goldcrest

Posted November 7th, 2020 at 4:45 pm by philip worth in Bird News

Great Northern Divers

4 birds inside Brixham Harbour this afternoon

Posted November 7th, 2020 at 4:10 pm by Lloyd Gray in Bird News

Velator

Once I had refilled the feeders, Finches started to reappear. About 20 Goldfinch the largest flock but several smaller groups of Greenfinch, the occasional Chaffinch and a lone male Bullfinch. 2 Redwings, 2 or 3 Water Rail and as I was leaving a calling Tawny Owl.

Posted November 7th, 2020 at 3:45 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Sparrowhawk

Hi, we live in Weare Giffard and this lovely bird appeared in our garden this morning. From its plummage it appeared to be very joung and was not confident in flight.

 

Peregrine?
Peregrine?

Posted November 7th, 2020 at 1:44 pm by Nic Harding in Bird News

Brisworthy Plantation and New Park nr Cadover

One Merlin chasing Meadow Pipits this morning. 

Posted November 7th, 2020 at 12:36 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Kingsteignton

Firecrest, Kingfisher, Blackcap, three Chiffchaffs, 12 Goldcrests, four Grey Wagtails, c.100 Redwings and two Fieldfares around Hackney Marshes this morning.

Brambling over my garden yesterday morning.

Posted November 7th, 2020 at 12:12 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Friday 6th November 2020

Wrafton pond

Dropped in on Wrafton Pond as I headed home from Ilfracombe and saw the following: Two male Teal; one possible female Teal; two female and one male Sholeler; male and female Gadwell and many of the usual.

Teal
Teal
Shoveler M & F
Shoveler M & F

Posted November 6th, 2020 at 9:19 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Small party of Stonechats ( 4/5 ) passing through 10.00am. 

Posted November 6th, 2020 at 8:18 pm by Roger Brooks in Bird News

East Soar

Wander around East Soar, wheatear near the airfield and a golden plover flew over, lots of skylarks.

Wheatear
Wheatear
Golden Plover
Golden Plover

Posted November 6th, 2020 at 8:05 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Common Gulls - Westward Ho! 11.40am

3 Common Gulls (L. canus) close together on the sand  --  well away from the B-headeds and Herring G's loafing on the rocks.

Also 1  Med G.  adult

Posted November 6th, 2020 at 4:22 pm by Abraham Cutajar in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Little of note on Blaxton Meadow on this morning's high tide but elsewhere on site: Peregrine, Green Woodpecker, 2 Stonechats, 2 Siskins, 3 redhead Goosanders, 4 Wigeon, Teal, 2 Common Sandpipers, Shag & 3 Roe Deer.

Posted November 6th, 2020 at 3:53 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

South Efford Marsh - Hide

Eric Wotton has asked me to report that the Devon Wildlife Trust hide at South Efford Marsh is now closed.

Posted November 6th, 2020 at 3:50 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

South Brent ~ Wood pigeon migration etc

Up on Dartmoor above Shipley, South Brent this morning, 2000 plus Wood pigeons most dropping down into the Oak woodland between Didworthy and up towards the Dam, Heron, Kestrel, Buzzard, three Raven, 2 Wren, Wagtail sp, still a few Meadow Pips about, 7 Mistle Thrush, 12 Redwing, a handful of Starling and 50 plus Fieldfare.


Grey Wagtail at Lydia bridge.

Eds - please label photos

 

Posted November 6th, 2020 at 2:18 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Quick walk around southern part of marshes found 1 ruff with 6 lapwing, female type marsh harrier, kestrel, 600+ black-tailed godwits, a few brent geese and 30+ wigeon. Overhead a steady passage of small flocks of woodpigeons and one of six redwings.

Posted November 6th, 2020 at 1:36 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Berry Head

After finding a Yellow-browed warbler near the Berry Head Hotel with about 20+ Goldcrest and Firecrest, I tried to relocate it for Steph and Rob Murphy only to find a Pallas's Warbler! There was obviously an arrival of Crests today with probably 30+ Goldcrest, 5 Firecrests, 2 Chiffchaffs.

Overhead migration today included 450+ Redwing, 1 Brambling, and 2 Yellowhammer but rather limited movement of Woodpigeon approx 600+, perhaps the oddest were 4 Great Northern Divers >S  over the woods!

Yesterday a tailless Yellow-browed Warbler was by the lower weir at Clennon Lakes also 2 Firecrests and 2 Chiffchaffs.

Pallas's Warbler Berry Head 6th Nov 2020 Steph Murphy Pallas's Warbler Berry Head 6th Nov 2020 Steph Murphy

                                                   Pallas's Warbler Berry Head  photos: Steph Murphy

Posted November 6th, 2020 at 1:16 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Northam Burrows

Snow Bunting at 10.00 on edge of Burrows c100yds west of two seats opposite old recycling centre.

Posted November 6th, 2020 at 10:53 am by Roger Doble in Bird News

Ilfracombe Rocks

This morning 2 Adult Yellow-legged gulls. Different gulls to previous. One may even be a possible Caspian candidate !

Posted November 6th, 2020 at 10:39 am by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Thursday 5th November 2020

Colyford Common & Black Hole Marsh

10:02 - 12:46

Crane, Song Thrush, Shelduck, Greenshank, Redshank, Meadow Pipit, Water Rail, GBBG, LBBG, Herring Gull, BH Gull, Snipe, Wren, Teal, Lapwing, Little Grebe, Kingfisher; 36 species in total.

Posted November 5th, 2020 at 9:36 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Exmouth

Three Large Pipit sp, almost certainly Richard's Pipits, on Orcombe Point this evening. Unfortunately I'm not sure I can rule out Blyth's Pipit, based on the brevity of sighting and poor photos. Photos and further details on www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk.

Posted November 5th, 2020 at 8:31 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Merlin

 Walked on Woodbury  Common this afternoon  near Four Firs/Gibraltar Stone and watched a Merlin fly low and fast along the path in front Gone too quickly for a photo.

Posted November 5th, 2020 at 8:22 pm by JOHN PHILLIPS in Bird News

N. Hallsands.

 Migrants this morning were 7Chiffchaffs ,3 Goldcrests and 1 Firecrest. Also present ;4 Redwing and 2 Fieldfares. A m.and f. Gadwall and a m.and f. Teal on the ponds.

1st. Yr. m. Firecrest.
1st. Yr. m. Firecrest.
Chiffchaff .
Chiffchaff .

Posted November 5th, 2020 at 7:03 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Fremington Pill 12:00 to 13:30

When I first got there I saw 3x Greenshank, 1x Spotted Redshank and at around 13:00 3x Glossy Ibis flew in and pitched adjacent to the two houses.

Posted November 5th, 2020 at 5:49 pm by Roy Churchill in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On a glorious sunny morning, my first Water Rail of the year here, 2 Treecreepers, 4+ Siskins, c20 Redwings, Green Woodpecker, 2 Grey Wagtails, Kingfisher, Goosander (redhead), 4 Little Grebes, 6 Greenshanks, Weasel & 3 Roe Deer.

Posted November 5th, 2020 at 5:48 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

Todays tally inc.1870 Woodpigeon moving east, 2 Black Redstart, 48 Blackbird, 8 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, 2 Redwing, 6 Buzzard, 33 Goldfinch, Sparrowhawk, 130 Starling, 4 Bullfinch, 32 Robin, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Chiffchaff, 215 Jackdaw NE, migrant Great Spotted Woodpecker, 400 Skylark and a lone Swallow.

Posted November 5th, 2020 at 2:30 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the Lake.

2f Goosander, 3 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 2m Tufted Duck, 1m Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Redwings, 2 Fieldfare, 4 Teal 1m 3f, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorants.

Posted November 5th, 2020 at 1:57 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

south molton community woodlands

Mistle thrush, 7 fieldfares.

7 goldfinch, 1 siskin feeding on alder cones.

6 redwing, 1 song thrush feeding on haws.

Posted November 5th, 2020 at 10:28 am by art symons in Bird News

Wednesday 4th November 2020

North Devon

A run up to Exmoor today for the Red deer and a bit of bird watching at Fremington.


Several 50 plus sized flocks of Wood pigeon headed west into Devon.


On leaving Exmoor near Kinsford Hill above North Molton saw a covey of some 30 plus Red Legged Partridge, an estimated 2500 Starling feeding on stubble fields, a Sparrowhawk came in and had a tickle at them and even a Buzzard had a go.


On to Fremington, seven or so Greenshank followed by the reported Spotted Redshank and a short distance further on four Glossy Ibis that totally ignored everyone who stopped to watch them.


On the Braunton side a flock of 100 or so Lapwing came over dropped onto the mud flats, a bit further on a huge number of Lapwing and twice that number of Curlew !!



Posted November 4th, 2020 at 9:07 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Kingfisher at Fremington Quay today

First seen feeding successfully from a tidal rockpool at the left side of Pill mouth this female Kingfisher then flew to take up a perch on the wooden pilings of the quay from whence it surveyed for more prey...unsuccessfully for the five minutes we observed. The image is taken at about 50 metres range and heavily cropped. 

Female Kingfisher
Female Kingfisher

Posted November 4th, 2020 at 8:29 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Fremington Pill Wednesday 4th November

Four Glossy Ibis today three of which were feeding in close proximity to the Spotted Redshank. I'm no expert but the three looked brown and the one further downriver was definitely black/glossy so is it correct to assume the three are fledglings? Maybe they followed the adult from their birthplace? Also had a Jay collecting acorns from an oak alongside the road. 

Spotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank
Two, query, juvenile Glossy Ibis
Two, query, juvenile Glossy Ibis

Posted November 4th, 2020 at 8:23 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Velator

Solitary Cattle Egret in with Cattle near the Toll House. Shame about the dozen or so shooters on Sherpa Marsh. 

Posted November 4th, 2020 at 8:03 pm by Alan Denzey in Bird News

Stover Lake

2 female Goldeneye were a surprise on the lake this afternoon. Also 2 Pochard, 1 Shoveler, 2 Little Grebes, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 6 Mandarins.

Posted November 4th, 2020 at 7:32 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Velator reserve

After a cold start, a  very productive ringing session: 89 birds ringed, including a male Blackcap, a Cetti's Warbler, a Goldcrest, 2 Redwings, and a host of Tits and Finches. Retraps included 2 GSW and the recent Green Woodpecker, but I failed to catch the Firecrest seen early afternoon. 1 Black-tailed Godwit out on the scrape (3 there yesterday).

Posted November 4th, 2020 at 7:15 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Soar

Apart from the steady flow of Wood Pigeons watched from the Old Nuclear Bunker flying west from 7.15 to 7.45, 2 large flocks (ca 100 each) were watched later at 11.00 coming in off the sea over the cliffs near at Middle Soar and flying off west.

Late post from yesterday: At Start Point mid morning a f/imm Merlin. Also hundreds of Wood Pigeons flying west.

Posted November 4th, 2020 at 6:54 pm by Roger White in Bird News

south molton

Brimstone butterfly and Red Admiral and Peacock in garden this morning

Posted November 4th, 2020 at 6:51 pm by art symons in Bird News

Berry Head

Two Black Redstarts still in the quarry late morning.

Posted November 4th, 2020 at 4:54 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Two House Martins flew north east over the bridge at about 1330. Also a late Peacock (butterfly not bird!). Felt like summer.

Posted November 4th, 2020 at 4:53 pm by Roger Duggleby in Bird News

Teign Estuary

An estimated 30,000 Woodpigeons flew south / west between 07:00 and 08:00 this morning. The majority of birds appeared to follow the coast to Teignmouth then turned inland.

Posted November 4th, 2020 at 4:53 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

04/11/20 Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth

Although the Black Redstart was missed by me it was seen by another birder. Female Blackcap spotted near the chapels, Male Pheasant and Robin also spotted along with a very friendly Pied Wagtail.

Posted November 4th, 2020 at 4:27 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News

Soar

Highlights in lovely conditions were: c13,000 Woodpigeons (mainly going south-ish from just after dawn to 10.30), 2+ Ring Ouzels, a Black Redstart & a very late Willow Warbler. Also, 6 Bramblings, 135 Chaffinches (110 over & 25 grounded), 5 Bullfinches, 3 Lesser Redpolls, 7 Siskins, 3 Redwings, Mistle Thrush, 4 Song Thrushes, 3 Chiffchaffs, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Golden Plover, Coal Tit, 2 Grey Wagtails, Hare & 2 Roe Deer.

Posted November 4th, 2020 at 2:59 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

East Soar

Major focus this morning on Woodpigeon migration. Watched from 0700 to 1100 hrs from airfield & Bolt Head. All birds heading south or west, most out to sea and final count a monstrous 55,600 and very few Stock Doves.

Also: Starling 50 (30W 20E), Mistle Thrush 2 (migrants), Ring Ouzel, Redwing, Fieldfare, Snipe 2, Golden Plover, Chaffinch 200+, Song Thrush 12, several Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, Jackdaw 52NE & 14 Cirl Bunting.

Posted November 4th, 2020 at 2:13 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Seaton Wetlands - Common Crane

Common Crane drifting over around 12 45

Posted November 4th, 2020 at 12:47 pm by Dave Bittern in Bird News

Tuesday 3rd November 2020

West Hoe, Plymouth

The Grey Phalarope showed well below the Wet Wok restaurant, before swimming around West Hoe Harbour at 10:45, not to be seen again for the rest of the morning. Also there six Turnstones & Kingfisher and in the harbour two Portuguese Men-o-War.  Distantly off Drake's Island at least two Great Northern Divers.

Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope

Posted November 3rd, 2020 at 11:05 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Prawle

A very late juvenile Red Backed Shrike seen at Prawle, at least 30 Cirl Buntings, 12 Greenfinches, several Chaffinches 20+ Goldfinches, 3 Little Egrets, Oyster Catchers, Gannets and a Sparrow Hawk. Earlier several hundred Wood Pigeons at Halwell flying S.W.

Cirl Bunting
Cirl Bunting
Red Backed Shrike
Red Backed Shrike

Posted November 3rd, 2020 at 10:44 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Caspian Gull, Slapton Sands

Got some information back re the 3rd Calender year Caspian Gull on the beach last Friday. It was ringed as a pullus at Mietkow, 20 miles SE of Wroclaw SE Poland on 1st June 2018. It was seen in Holland the following month. From 30/08-13/09/18 it was at Lower Compton Landfill, Wiltshire. The last sighting was at Cottenham, Cambs 10/08 this year.



Posted November 3rd, 2020 at 9:54 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Highlights of a fairly short visit this afternoon were: 2+ Kingfishers, 6 redhead Goosanders, Little Grebe, Common Sandpiper, 4 Wigeon, ad Mediterranean Gull, 6 Mandarin Ducks, Siskin, Grey Wagtail, c100 Greenfinches (pre-roost) & Moorhens with 2 very small young.

Posted November 3rd, 2020 at 8:06 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

South Brent

The day's reported Wood pigeon migration also reached South Brent today with several flocks of 50 plus birds coming over headed west.

Redwings and a few Fieldfares also about, the Redwings are now dropping into the garden feeding on hawthorne and holly berries.

Three Raven and Three Stock Dove over head and a soaring Sparrow hawk. Lots of raucous activity from several Jays.

Redwing
Redwing
Redwing
Redwing

Posted November 3rd, 2020 at 7:16 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Wrafton pond

Not much to report! The Kingfisher appeared a couple of times no photos, the Cetti's warbler calling but not seen, Water rail calling not seen. A Godwit possibly Black-tailed godwit far side of the pond in the field adjacent to Wrafton pond.

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit
Robin
Robin

Posted November 3rd, 2020 at 5:34 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Solitary swallow over the car park at about 2.00pm. 

Posted November 3rd, 2020 at 5:17 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Turn chapel village nr plymouth

Early this morning a Yellow - b Warbler was the 153rd species for my tiny parish.Also 150 + Redwings, 20+ Fieldfare and the first Wood Pigeon flocks totalling sev 100s. Plymouth Sound : Red - t Diver ,Gt N Diver. Grey Phal. still present.

Posted November 3rd, 2020 at 3:30 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

East Soar

Vis mig from the airfield 0750 - 0920 hrs - Winds westerly force 4/5.

3170 Woodpigeon SSE

All west: 120 Chaffinch, 17 Starling, 20 Goldfinch, 6 Greenfinch, 34 Jackdaw.

Posted November 3rd, 2020 at 11:40 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery Black Redstart

Black Redstart back at Ford Park Cemetery, (I think it's a Juvenile) showing well around the 2 chapels at 10.30am, no Redwings in at the present time



Posted November 3rd, 2020 at 11:15 am by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Northlew

Male and female blackcap together in my garden 

Posted November 3rd, 2020 at 10:06 am by Chris Baines in Bird News

Monday 2nd November 2020

Fremington Pil

As the light faded nearly 20 Little Egrets along with the 4 Glossy Ibis. 

Glossy Ibis x4
Glossy Ibis x4

Posted November 2nd, 2020 at 10:15 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Ilfracombe

Nearly a 1000 gulls present today. Of note were a Juv Iceland Gull. 1 adult and a 2nd Cy Yellow-legged Gull. Further out 1 Shearwater sp. Young Gannets were coming in too close for the gulls and running the gauntlet ending up in the surf swell. Once up on the rocks the Gulls were giving them a wide berth. 



Posted November 2nd, 2020 at 10:07 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Berry Head

A Yellow-browed Warbler was 50m down the road from the Wardens Cottage this morning with at least 3 Chiffchaffs, 8 Goldcrests, 7 Blackcaps. in the quarry 4 Black Redstarts,  7-8 Harbour Porpoises and 2 Roe Deer.

4 Purple Sandpipers, 6 Turnstones and 1 Mediterranean Gull (ad) along the Breakwater.

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                  Yellow-browed Warbler                                                          Black Redstart

Posted November 2nd, 2020 at 8:25 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Plymouth

The Grey Phalarope showed very well off Plymouth Hoe (favouring the area between Tinside & the Cofee Shack). Also 3 Great Northern Divers & an adult Kittiwake in the Sound & a Sparrowhawk by the Cattewater.

Later at the Plym Estuary & Saltram: 3 Snipe, 12 Dunlins, 51 Curlews, 4 Wigeon, Little Grebe, c100 Greenfinches (pre-roost), Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrushes & at least 1 Green Woodpecker.  

Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope

Posted November 2nd, 2020 at 8:20 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Getting back to lock down birding at home

At home at South Brent today gave a female Blackcap, this being the first female I have seen here in for some time, Raven, Jay, Wren and Redwings.

But today's highlight was a male Brambling this afternoon at the feed station along with about a dozen Chaffinch, it flew off just after I spotted it and despite watching for the next hour or so it failed to show up again.

Posted November 2nd, 2020 at 7:53 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Plymouth Hoe

Finally got to see my first ever Grey Phalarope this afternoon on Plymouth Hoe seafront. Read on here yesterday that there was one in the area. Usually by the time i get anywhere the bird in question has vacated the area. A few other people also managed to get excellent views of this fantastic little bird.

Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope

Posted November 2nd, 2020 at 7:47 pm by Duncan Leitch in Bird News

Upper and Lower Tamar Lakes

The Upper Lake this morning,

5 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 2 Snipe, 2 Song Thrush, 25 Canada Geese.

Lower Lake.

6 Willow Tit, 3 Marsh Tit, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Jay, 6 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Grey Heron.

Posted November 2nd, 2020 at 7:38 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Fremington Pill

......and five Cattle Egret came to roost at 16.50 hrs.

Posted November 2nd, 2020 at 7:17 pm by Martin Bond in Bird News

Fremington Pill

10:08 - 14:30


Four Glossy Ibis; Common Sandpiper; Greenshank; Curlew; Redshank; Kingfisher; Spotted Redshank; Sparrowhawk.

Posted November 2nd, 2020 at 5:28 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Northam, near Torridge Bridge

1 Spoonbill feeding off Lower Cleve again this morning. Later around lunchtime 1 Cattle Egret was perched in a tree out of the wind and heavy showers on the west side of the Torridge. 

Posted November 2nd, 2020 at 4:16 pm by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Vis mig highlights this morning ( 07:10 - 08:40 ) included ( all moving south ) 590 Woodpigeons, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 7 Greenfinches, 66 Siskins, 2 Crossbills, 630 Goldfinches and 610 Chaffinches. Elsewhere c3000 Starlings leaving the Higher Ley roost, Ring-necked Duck middle of Lower Ley and a Purple Sandpiper ( photos ) on the shingle, don't see many here.



Posted November 2nd, 2020 at 3:54 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Barnstaple

Common Sandpiper. Distant shot through the mesh along the side of the new bridge.

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Posted November 2nd, 2020 at 2:20 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Velator

For the first time in a while, a rain-free morning. However a howling gale of wind straight in off the sea! 2 or 3 Chaffinches alarming led me to a roosting Tawny Owl, which drifted silently off. A Goldcrest and a Water Rail seen (another heard). Plenty of Green and Chaffinch emptying the feeders. Later on a Long-tailed Tit and a Chiffchaff being blown across the pond. Warm enough for Common Darters to be out and 2 Speckled Woods as well. Out on the scrape lots of Black-headed Gulls and the resident Swans along with Grey Heron and a Little Egret.

Anyone noticed if Coal Tits have had a good breeding season? They seem to outnumber all the other Tit species in my garden by at least 6 - 1. I also have several Nuthatch and a GSW this morning.

Posted November 2nd, 2020 at 1:46 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Fremington Pill

4 Glossy Ibis at the pill this morning. 

Posted November 2nd, 2020 at 1:40 pm by David Paterson in Bird News

Fremington

At Penhill Marsh there were at least 20 Curlew, a couple of Redshank a few Redwings and some Little Egret.  At Fremington Pill there were a good number of Redshank, a Spotted Redshank and a few Mallard.  One Glossy Ibis at the head of the Pill.

Curlew
Curlew
Redwing
Redwing

Posted November 2nd, 2020 at 12:32 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Goodrington Beach, Paignton

2 Great Northern Divers were just off the beach this morning.

Great Northern Divers
Great Northern Divers

Posted November 2nd, 2020 at 11:18 am by Steven O'Donoghue in Bird News

Sunday 1st November 2020

Berry Head

Other than plenty of Ganets little to be seen during a period of sea watch, a Common Gull showed throughout, a couple of GBBG's.

Two Harbour Porpoise and a Red Admiral butterfly that flew out to sea.

Around the quarry two female Black Redstart, three Stonechat, female Bullfinch, several Goldfinch, Wren, two Raven two "lost" racing pigeons in the quarry with a small flock of feral pigeons.

Stonechat
Stonechat
Black Redstart ~ female
Black Redstart ~ female

Posted November 1st, 2020 at 8:59 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Buckfastleigh

1 Firecrest early am, passing through my yard with some Long-tailed Tits and Goldcrests.    

Posted November 1st, 2020 at 8:54 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Lesser yellowlegs ?

Assume this is the lesser yellowlegs seen at South Efford Marsh a few days ago - seen yesterday on the R. Avon below Aveton Gifford hanging about with a greenshank.

Posted November 1st, 2020 at 6:53 pm by Fiona Freshney in Bird News

Clennon Lakes

A 1w drake scaup was found on the lakes yesterday but still present today. Photo Nigel Street

1w Scaup Clennon Lakes 31 Oct N Street

Posted November 1st, 2020 at 6:13 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Berry Head

4 Black Redstarts in the quarry and at least 2 Firecrests in scrub near the navigation beacon.

Posted November 1st, 2020 at 6:10 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Grey Phalarope, Plymouth Hoe

A Grey Phalarope feeding close in off Tinside Pool this afternoon in the wind and mizzle, mobile between clumps of seaweed and flotsam, one of which contained a Portuguese Man-o-War looking like a pink and blue Cornish Pasty.

Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope

Posted November 1st, 2020 at 5:06 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Fremington pill

10 redshank 1 spotted redshank 15 mallards 2 glossy ibis 1 grey phalarope and 1 curlew.

Posted November 1st, 2020 at 3:32 pm by Barnabas in Bird News

01 November Slapton Ley

Good views of a bittern from the bridge, a single swallow flew over, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher and hundreds of finches in flocks of 20ish, Chaffinches, Siskin and Goldfinches.

Bittern
Bittern

Posted November 1st, 2020 at 3:29 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Fremington Pill - Grey Phalarope

1st Nov at 1000:-- Grey Phalarope.  Busily feeding at the upstream end of the pill on gravel -- water barely covering bird's toes.

Also 6 Dunlin, 1 Greensh, 1Spotted Redshank,  approx 30 Redshanks scattered along both banks

Posted November 1st, 2020 at 3:22 pm by Abraham Cutajar in Bird News

Hope's Nose

09.45-12.15

Short-eared Owl in off the sea over Hope Cove at 10.45.  Showed well in flight for a couple of minutes before dropping into the central area of scrub.  4 Great Northern Divers, Firecrest, 2 Turnstones, 2 further species of raptor.  Common Dolphin, Grey Seal and a Slow Worm.  

Posted November 1st, 2020 at 2:33 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Ilfracombe

3 purple sandpipers on rocks below Capstone Parade, Ilfracombe

Posted November 1st, 2020 at 11:54 am by David Shadwell in Bird News

Teignmouth

A 75-minute seawatch this morning produced 26 Great Northern Divers, three Red-throated Divers and 14 unidentified divers. More info and photos at teignbirds.blogspot.com

Posted November 1st, 2020 at 11:25 am by Will Salmon in Bird News

Isley Marsh, Fremington pill

Late post for 31 October. Isley marsh 1 shelduck 2 grey plover 2 curlew 30 teal 10 wigeon. Fremington pill 30 redshank 1 grey phalarope.

Posted November 1st, 2020 at 10:20 am by Barnabas in Bird News

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