Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from December 2012

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Monday 31st December 2012

Berry Head - totals

Totals 08:30-14:00. 2 Pomarine Skuas, 10+ Bonxies, Black-throated Diver,  Red-throated Diver, 4 Great Northern Divers, 6 'dark' phase Fulmars in a good passage of c150 'light' phase, c2400 Auks, 5 Shelduck, 3 Harbour Porpoise, So goodbye to seawatching in 2012, what will 2013 bring?

Posted December 31st, 2012 at 3:35 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Berry Head

I joined Mark and Adele Darlaston for an extremely soggy  seawatch this morning. Highlights during my stay from 930-1300 were two immature Pomarine Skuas south, also  Bonxies were in almost constant view moving in and out of the bay or sat on the sea, total numbers hard to determine. Fulmars were numerous at times with possibly up to 5-6 'single dark ' type Blue Fulmars.  Mark and Adele stayed on, and will no doubt update totals.

Posted December 31st, 2012 at 2:35 pm in Bird News

Brambling at Darts Farm

The Brambling are still feeding on the bird table, some cracking males giving excellent views from the hide or from the live camera in the visitor centre.

The path remains wet, so boots or wellies needed.

Posted December 31st, 2012 at 1:52 pm by Gareth Williams in Bird News

Lundy

James Leonard reports that the Chough is still on the island.

Posted December 31st, 2012 at 12:51 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Exmouth beach December 30th

     ICELAND GULL showing extremely well feeding on storm-washed mussels on the beach




Posted December 31st, 2012 at 11:04 am by Brian Heasman in Bird News

Beer

3 Bonxies, 8 Red-throated Divers, 2 Brents and a Common Scoter past by 09:55. A steady trickle of Kitts, Gannets and auks kept things lively too.

Posted December 31st, 2012 at 10:37 am in Bird News

Sunday 30th December 2012

Devils Point, Plymouth

No sign of the Spoonbills this morning and a return visit late p.m. also drew a blank.

Among the hundreds of Black headed Gulls going to roost past Devils Point were four Med Gulls, an adult, two first winters and a second winter. An albino Black head was also seen.

The first winter Little Gull was seen on The Barbican around mid-day off The China House. I was hoping for this one past D.P. but no luck.

Star prize today though goes to the humble fly-by Turnstone, a long overdue Devils Point tick!! Hey they all count!

Posted December 30th, 2012 at 6:31 pm in Bird News

Heathfield Waxwings

 A traditional post Xmas shopping trip was brightened up by 4 waxwings in the trees around Prestige furniture store.

Posted December 30th, 2012 at 5:39 pm by Tim Clyburn in Bird News

Mansands marsh and Berry Head

A lunchtime visit to Mansands produced 40 Snipe, c.30 Teal , a single male Gadwall and two Water Rails. Later two Great Northern Divers off Berry Head quarry and about 200  Gannets in the bay.

Posted December 30th, 2012 at 5:17 pm in Bird News

Spring

Must be just around the corner - I heard a Song Thrush singing in my garden yesterday morning.

Posted December 30th, 2012 at 4:12 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Waxwing at Exeter Services

 6 Waxwings at Exeter services by Costa but quite mobile, also going towards the petrol station in the bushes on the right as you look up (watch the lorries!) 5 flew off over the motorway at about 12 but lots of berries around so might return


Posted December 30th, 2012 at 3:21 pm by Simon Thurgood in Bird News

Broadsands

Single male Cirl Bunting showing well, lots of general disturbance due to people in area.

Well out in the bay 3 Great Crested Grebe, Sinle Black Necked Grebe, a number of Gannets diving well out to sea



Posted December 30th, 2012 at 1:59 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 08:35 till 10:50

the female long tailed duck showed well at times, 50+ snipe flew over to goosemoor in 2 groups, 400+ avocet, 250+ bar tailed godwits and 700+ black tailed godwits, 1 grey plover, 40+ dunlin, 200+ redshank, 2 water rails, 20+ shoveler, 2 gadwall, 2 little grebes, kingfisher, 4+ goldcrests, nuthatch and treecreeper, good numbers of wigeon and teal, 35+ lapwing, kestrel, buzzard, sparrowhawk. Cetti's warbler

From the goatwalk 13 turnstone showed well down to a few feet 

Posted December 30th, 2012 at 1:07 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Walked Down Station Road at 9.00. Still flooded at the S bend but probably negotiable in tall wellies. I didn't bother. Lots of birds everywhere and I did not spend a lot of time counting. A flock of between 500 and 600 dunlin was impressive and eventually landed near the road giving excellent views. With them a few redshank and 6+ snipe. The lapwing were particularly difficult but I counted at least 300. A flock of c300 brent geese flew up from the southern marsh and settled down again. There were a few curlew with that flock. Ducks included wigeon, teal , mallard, shoveller and a couple of gadwall.

In the trees alongside the lane 6 redwing, 6 blackbirds, 1 chiffchaff and 2 goldcrests.

Yesterday (29 Dec) a ring tailed harrier was hunting over the marsh at dusk. I assume it was a hen harrier but looked very slim and buoyant. Also little owl dead on the Exminster by-pass early in the morning.

 

 

Posted December 30th, 2012 at 11:26 am by John Waldon in Bird News

Exmouth

Exmouth Beach - juv iceland gull showing well again until 0915 at least. It ranges along the shoreline from the lifeboat station towards Orcombe Point.

Orcombe Point - c50+ skylark and 4 snipe in top stubble fields.

Hayes Barton Pig Farm - 2 adult mediterranean gulls and 1 brambling in with a flock of c200+ chaffinch.

Additionally, 3 mediterranean gulls (2ad + 2w) regularly in fields between Mudbank and West Lodge over the last few days.

juv iceland gull
juv iceland gull

juv iceland gull
juv iceland gull

Posted December 30th, 2012 at 10:50 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Saturday 29th December 2012

Slapton

Start Bay:

Common Scoter 28,  RT Diver 1

Stokley Bay/Torcross:

BlkN Grebe 2,  ChiffChaff 3 (1 tristis type?) Firecrest

RN Duck still present 25/12

Posted December 29th, 2012 at 8:46 pm by Alan Doidge in Bird News

Spoonbills

Three Spoonbills on Drakes Island this morning from Devils Point. All three appeared to be unringed but they were fairly distant. Flew off just after eleven and made their way up the mouth of the Tamar.

Could be worth checking tomorrow.

After much searching Russel re-located the first winter Little Gull at Tinside Pool on The Hoe. He found this one yesterday on The Cattewater at TR2, then promptly lost it again!! It was just off the pool until dusk.

Posted December 29th, 2012 at 7:03 pm by Roy McCarthy in Bird News

Stover Lake

A short walk while the showers stopped during afternoon produced 1 redhead Goosander, 12 Pochard,just  2 Tufted, one Great Crested Grebe, 4 Cormorants. Looked very flooded around the rushy edges, did not see any Snipe.

Posted December 29th, 2012 at 6:24 pm in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

A very stormy week with both Marshes at the highest level of water that even the locals can remember

On T'stone marsh this morning - 25 Wigeon ( + 15 over ) 100 Teal, 19 Gadwall, 16 Shoveler, 1 Little Grabe, 1 Brent Goose , 35 Snipe.

On my feeders 7 Reed Bunting and a male Blackcap ( ringed on rt leg)

Quick visit to South Huish Marsh when the rain ceased produced 50 Wigeon, 40 Teal, whilst offshore were 60 Wigeon, 90 Teal ( flew east ) 20 Kittiwake and small no's of Gannet and Auks.

A flock of 20 + Ringed Plover and Turnstone flew through

Posted December 29th, 2012 at 5:55 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Axe Estuary

A quick look along the Estuary at 3pm showed three Med Gulls (two adults and a colour-ringed first winter) and the two Bewick's Swans still opposite the entrance to Stedcome House.

Posted December 29th, 2012 at 5:37 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Plym Estuary

During a very soggy visit this morning - 6 Wigeons (1 ad male, 1 1st-w male and 4 females) on Blaxton Pool, and 8 Red-breasted Mergansers (2 males, 6 females) on the estuary. Also Little Grebe (3), Greenshank (2), Marsh Tit (1) and Nutchatch (1).

Nuthatch, Plym Estuary
Nuthatch, Plym Estuary

Posted December 29th, 2012 at 3:48 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

Curlew Drive - Charleton Marsh, 13:00-14:45, low tide.

69 Brent Geese,  Great Northern Diver, 12 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Bar-tailed Godwits, 8 Snipe.

Posted December 29th, 2012 at 3:33 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Exminster - Rose-coloured Starling.

The 1st winter Rose-coloured Starling finally showed well after over an hour of searching. Viewed from the top of Milbury Lane on the wires and in the small bushes from 13:30.

Posted December 29th, 2012 at 3:28 pm by Jacob Wood in Bird News

Berry Head

08.15-12.30

Great skua 13, Balearic shearwater 1, Pomarine skua 1 pale (flew south then back north towards Hope's Nose a few minutes later), GNDiver 9 south plus 5 feeding in bay adjacent to quarry and another off Shoalstone.  Lots of kittiwakes, gannets, razorbills and guillemots.

 

Posted December 29th, 2012 at 2:56 pm in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton

Budleigh Salterton . 8.30 to 11.15 am

Good Passage of Gannets,Auks,Kittiwakes. 3 Great Northern Divers,1 Red Throated Diver ,2 Great Skuas and I Arctic Skua

Doug Cullen and Clive Williams

Posted December 29th, 2012 at 1:51 pm by Doug Cullen in Bird News

Waxwings Exeter

5 Waxwings at Exeter Motorway services by Costa Coffee 28/12/12.

Posted December 29th, 2012 at 12:30 pm by Gareth in Bird News

Exmouth

Lifeboat Station - c0830 - 1000 - first winter iceland gull lingering off the beach with a few other gulls. Present until 10am at least. Lots of auks, gannets and kittiwakes passing further out but little shelter from driving rain so I gave up prematurely!

Boxing Day - River Otter - drake wigeon X teal hybrid back again at the southern end of the river with wigeon.

fw iceland gull on beach by Maer Rocks
fw iceland gull on beach by Maer Rocks

fw iceland gull
fw iceland gull

Posted December 29th, 2012 at 11:08 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Friday 28th December 2012

Axe Estuary

The 2 Bewick's Swans back opposite Axmouth FC, and a 1st-winter Med Gull on Bridge Marsh this afternoon.

Posted December 28th, 2012 at 5:38 pm in Bird News

Brixham breakwater

At lowish tide around 1pm, 16 Purple Sandpipers and 13 Turnstones feeding on the outer half. Not much offshore except a few groups of Razorbills. As we left and wind increased, Gannets and Kittiwakes starting to build up in the bay.  

 

Posted December 28th, 2012 at 5:31 pm in Bird News

Exminster

Rose coloured starling showing well in Milbury Lane 11.00 - 11.15 at least. Also 2 brambling in the churchyard. Access to the marshes still very restricted due to flooding - plenty of the normal wintering ducks, 200+ lapwing and a number of black wits but difficult to see. Very little of note off Dawlish Warren in deteriorating visibility.

Posted December 28th, 2012 at 4:46 pm in Bird News

Thursday 27th December 2012

Eider - Downend

One Eider at Downend.

Flocks of Common Scoter still present at Downend & Baggy

Point.


Posted December 27th, 2012 at 5:53 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Bewick's Swans - Axe

Both adult Bewick's Swans still present on the Axe today, now with the Swan flock opposite Stedcombe Vale (just south of Boshill Cross).

Posted December 27th, 2012 at 4:00 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Wrafton

Now that the water has cleared after the flood, the pond had 12 Shoveler and 5 Gadwall back this morning. Highlight in the nearby reserve, a Water Rail.

Posted December 27th, 2012 at 3:27 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

R.Taw off Pottington Ind est. Barnstaple.

11:15 - 12:30

11 Dark-bellied Brent; 12 Grey Plover; c30 Dunlin; c2500 Golden Plover in flight and 1 Green Sandpiper in the usual ditch by Ashford Sewage Works.

Earlier at 10:20, c50 House Sparrows feeding in my back garden in Braunton Road.

Posted December 27th, 2012 at 2:06 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Wednesday 26th December 2012

Axe Estuary

Still 2 Bewick's opposite axmouth FC

Posted December 26th, 2012 at 3:05 pm in Bird News

Topsham

Female long tailed duck off the recreational playing field this morning - a first from my garden.

Posted December 26th, 2012 at 9:12 am by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Tuesday 25th December 2012

skern

Great northern diver still present+1 ruff,185 brent geese,20 barwits,2500-3000 black headed gulls several with full hoods

Posted December 25th, 2012 at 9:28 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Axe Estuary

The 2 adult Bewick's Swans still present opposite Axmouth FC. Also 7 Brents with Canada Geese on Colyford Marsh. More Common Gulls on the river than of late, but couldn't turn up anything more exciting...

Posted December 25th, 2012 at 3:11 pm in Bird News

Wrafton

After the flood, all the ducks disappeared but today 6 Shoveler on the pond. Nearby in the reserve highlights were a small flock of Redwings, a Chiffchaff and 3 Water Rails.

Merry Christmas!

Posted December 25th, 2012 at 12:50 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Happy Christmas

I would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and all the very best for 2013. I hope it brings lots of good birds too! 

I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped/helps with the running of this website and Bird News Blog.  With special thanks to all the Co-Authors and the Blog Admin team, who without - it just wouldn't work. 

Posted December 25th, 2012 at 7:40 am by Steve Waite in Bird News

Monday 24th December 2012

Broadsands

Broadsands 11:15-12:45.

Marshes. The tristis type chiffchaff was showing fairly well after I managed to locate the bird. Also about 5-6 chiffchaff and a similar number of goldcrest.

On the sea. 3 Black necked grebes, 30+ great crested grebes, 2 great norther divers, about 15 wigeon and a large group of common scoter.

Posted December 24th, 2012 at 8:14 pm by Jacob Wood in Bird News

skern

Great northern diver showing well along with 16 barwits,20 grey plover,200 brent geese,3 ad meds,

Posted December 24th, 2012 at 6:57 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

West Charleton Marsh / Bay, 13:15-15:45, high tide.

Marsh flooded, had to walk along the estuary wall to get into the hide. Lots of wildfowl on the marsh.

Egyptain Goose, Brent Goose ( unusually on marsh ), 15 Pintail, c200 Teal, Shoveler, 7 Great Crested Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Water Rail, Kingfisher, Mistle Thrush and 3 Chiffchaffs.

Very happy christmas to all who contribute or look at this blog and to their families

Posted December 24th, 2012 at 5:35 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Blackcap - Brixham

female Blackcap feeding on apples pronged onto our Rowan Tree today.....they seem to love 'em.

Posted December 24th, 2012 at 4:42 pm by Trevor Leaman in Bird News

Down End

Still at least 40 Scoter off the point this afternoon.

Posted December 24th, 2012 at 4:41 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Down End

Still at least 40 Scoter off the point this afternoon.

Posted December 24th, 2012 at 4:41 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wembury

Female Black Red and the three Chiffs still around the cliff fall at the point (Andy, your beach lookout spot is now on the beach!). Also a single adult Med Gull - the first for ages, they have been pretty scarce this year. I give up on finding the Water Pipit - 7 visits so far but no sign although there were several littoralis-type Rock Pipits. Also of note, two Redshank.

Posted December 24th, 2012 at 4:32 pm in Bird News

Axmouth

The 2 adult Bewick's Swans still present this afternoon - opposite Axmouth FC on the A358, just N of A3052 coast road.

Posted December 24th, 2012 at 3:45 pm in Bird News

Velator

The reserve is well flooded! Sloshed around this morning and counted about 2 dozen Redwings, a small flock of Goldfinch, and a single male Siskin.

Merry Christmas to all Devon bird bloggers!

Jon

Posted December 24th, 2012 at 12:24 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Sunday 23rd December 2012

Broadsands

As Mikes earlier report... Although GC Grebe numbers increased to 33. I couldnt locate any divers although the BN Grebe was still knocking about. 4 Chiffchaff were cutting about the marsh with 1 tristis type being the stand out bird

Posted December 23rd, 2012 at 8:02 pm by Josh Marshall in Bird News

Okehampton Camp

1615-1635 today 23 December, good numbers of starlings flying in to roost at Okehampton Camp 50-100,000 at least.

Posted December 23rd, 2012 at 6:45 pm by Vince Bedford in Bird News

Wembury

Whilst doing my Devon Atlas work today, saw a party of 5 Red-throated Divers pass Wembury Bay and the Water Pipit still present at the west end of the beach. Also a partially albino Great Black-backed Gull.

Posted December 23rd, 2012 at 5:46 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Wembury

Female Black Red and 3 Chiffs around the point this afternoon. One of the Chiffs was very plain but the light was poor and the bird very active.

Posted December 23rd, 2012 at 3:52 pm in Bird News

Torbay boat trip this morning

Some pics from the boat trip, as promised.

Razorbills off Bearry Head
Razorbills off Bearry Head

2 of a group of 3 Gt N Divers out in the bay.
2 of a group of 3 Gt N Divers out in the bay.

There are 2 GNDs in this photo....
There are 2 GNDs in this photo....

Posted December 23rd, 2012 at 3:07 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Rose-Coloured Starling-Exminster

The First Winter Rose-Coloured Starling still in Exminster village this morning. It eventually showed at 9.40am for 15 minutes at top of the right hand tree at the back of the allotment viewed from the bottom of the churchyard, though had presumably just had a bathe as initially it looked so wet and bedraggled it was hardly recognisable as a Rose-Coloured Starling!

It was then relocated in Milbury Lane itself and showed very well for over an hour in gardens either side of the lane, favouring the first bush on the right before the first houses.

Also, 6 Brambling including 1 male, a male Blackcap and a female Sparrowhawk with kill (thought for a while to be the Starling but luckily not)! on top of a shed at the back of  the allotment,. 

Posted December 23rd, 2012 at 12:33 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

southcott marsh,bideford

85 common gull with 250 black headed,1 gbbg,10:00.M&f bramblings in my garden with 30+ chaffinch.

Posted December 23rd, 2012 at 12:06 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Torbay

I joined Nigels boat trip today with just three people, hopefully Chris Proctor will put on some pictures later. Birds included: 10 Great Northern Divers (several very close to the boat), 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 27 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 10 Purple Sandpipers hundreds of Gannet and Kittiwake feeding just to the north of Berry Head, lots of Razorbills and Guillemots in the same area and some close views of 3-4 Harbour Porpoise.

Great Northern Divers Torbay 22 Dec 12 ML

 The next boat trip is on 6th Jan 2013.

Posted December 23rd, 2012 at 11:52 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

The best Lapwing and Golden Plover counts of the autumn/winter although none were settled. 180 Lapwing drifted north west whilst 350 Golden Plover went north east at a considerable height. 2 Stonechats, 30+ Skylark and a sprinkling of Meadow Pipits. Close to the village were good numbers of thrushes with 200+ Fieldfare and 100+ Redwing along with 400+ Starlings.

Posted December 23rd, 2012 at 11:41 am in Bird News

Siskin

In my garden in Paignton yesterday competing with the goldfinches on the feeder.

Posted December 23rd, 2012 at 8:23 am by Jane Penton in Bird News

Saturday 22nd December 2012

Axmouth and Beer

In the driving rain this afternoon, the two Bewick's Swans were still at Axmouth. They were on the rapidly rising floodwater in the field opposite Axmouth FC on the Musbury road. (The A3052 was just about passable at Colyford, where the tramline crosses the road). Later on I also easily found the Velvet Scoter at Beer in the small Common Scoter flock off the beach. Best to 'scope this bird from the pathway/shelter at the top of the beach path if it's raining and the sea is choppy.   

Posted December 22nd, 2012 at 9:58 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Broadsands

From Headland: 4 Great Northern Divers, 1 Red-throated Diver, 23 Common Scoter, 12 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Black-necked Grebe and 1 Kingfisher.

In marsh: 1 Firecrest 2 Goldcrest 2 collybita type Chiffchaffs and 1 tristis type.

There is a 2.5hr birdwatching boat trip around Torbay leaving from Paignton Harbour tomorrow being run by Nigel Smallbones leaving at 0830hrs. More details or booking ring 01803 856428 ask for Nigel. The forecast looks okay!

Posted December 22nd, 2012 at 2:48 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Decoy Lake and Teign Estuary

At Passage House yesterday a female Goosander flew in and landed for a while before flying off high in the direction of Decoy. Also there 94+ Snipe, 9 Greenshank, a Common Sandpiper and a Bar tailed Godwit.

Today I was amazed to see that the Goosander had indeed landed on Decoy Lake! Also there, 39 Tufted Ducks.

Posted December 22nd, 2012 at 2:17 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Bird News

Barn Owl... North Devon

Once again I was in my car yesterday, (21/12/12) when this owl landed on a fence post alongside the road just in front of me. I managed to get a few photos before it flew off.

Posted December 22nd, 2012 at 12:18 pm by Chris Bollen in Bird News

Sparrowhawk with Blackbird kill at Braunton Marsh

I was lucky enough to be sat in my car on the toll road yesterday, (21/12/12), when this female Sparrowhawk took the Blackbird from a bush right alongside me & then went to ground nearby with it's prey.  

 

Posted December 22nd, 2012 at 12:13 pm by Chris Bollen in Bird News

Darts Farm wetlands

The Brambling are still on site (10+) best viewed from the hide. Other birds using the bird table are Reed Bunting, Great spotted woodpecker among the usual suspects.

Out on the wetland proper, the Brent Geese are out in force along with 20+ Lapwing.

Please note the path to the hide has some standing water so wellies are a must.

Posted December 22nd, 2012 at 10:42 am by Gareth Williams in Bird News

Friday 21st December 2012

Black Redstart - NDDH Barnstaple

Nice male black redstart feeding on insects on the hospital buildings around lunchtime today.

Posted December 21st, 2012 at 7:11 pm by Andrew Lansdell in Bird News

Sharkham Point

A friend reported a Waxwing round the car park bushes yesterday. I have been away all week so have not checked to see if anymore have turned up

Posted December 21st, 2012 at 5:58 pm by Josh Marshall in Bird News

Waxwings- Torquay

8 Waxwings still opposite 79 Perinvale Road early this morning.

 Still plenty of berries there, so should be around for a while

Posted December 21st, 2012 at 5:40 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Berry Head & Brixham Breakwater

5 Great Northern Divers on the sea & 2 flying south.

Minimum 9 Harbour Porpoises on mirror sea.

Posted December 21st, 2012 at 5:25 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Bewick's Swans - Axe

These two adult Bewick's Swan on the Axe early this afternoon, near Boshill Cross opposite Axmouth FC (where the Long-billed Dowitcher was).

Also, off Beer the Velvet Scoter still with 7 Red-throated Diver west past.


Posted December 21st, 2012 at 3:09 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Mansands

A very wet looking marsh after the rains. 46 Snipe, 2 Water Rails, 15+ Mallards, 30+Teals, 9 Moorhens and a Grey Heron. In the bay, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Great Crested Grebes and 8 Razorbills

Posted December 21st, 2012 at 1:37 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Bird News

Broadsands

On sea: 34 Common Scoter, 32 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Great Northern Divers, 3 Red-throated Divers & 1 Black-necked Grebe.

13 Cirl Buntings on seed in back of 2nd car park with 5 Reed Buntings. In the marsh 5 collybita type Chiffchaffs and 1 tristis type (non calling).

Posted December 21st, 2012 at 11:56 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thursday 20th December 2012

nr. Kingsbridge

40 Lapwings at Borough Farm, Tor Quarry ( couple miles north of Kingsbridge ) today.

Posted December 20th, 2012 at 7:54 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Ringing recovery

Just had details of a Chaffinch I ringed at Velator on 15th December 2010.

It was retrapped at Falsterbo Bird Observatory Sweden on 11th October 2012, 666 days after ringing.

I think I commented a few weeks back that some of the Chaffinches I have been ringing recently were larger than usual, and could be continental birds. Perhaps this is some vindication?

Posted December 20th, 2012 at 5:51 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

Another washout day - some reduction in the number of duck on the marshes but no change in species seen

An hours seawatch this morning from the car park- 3 Great N Diver - west , 1 Red T Diver -east and 50+ Gannet

Posted December 20th, 2012 at 5:41 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Bradiford Reserve.

For those North Devon Birders interested in the recent wildfowling incidents taking place adjacent to the Bradiford Reserve and "possibly" within the reserve, I have been informed by the Police today that the landowner of the field next to the reserve plus those having shooting rights have been established and will soon be seen and interviewed and strongly advised as to their future conduct. Let`s hope this will result in no more incidents. I have asked the Investigating Officer to tell those involved that the incidents were observed by concerned members of the public working in the Pottington Industrial Estate and who will continue to monitor the area. Our thanks to them all.

Posted December 20th, 2012 at 4:44 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Orcombe Point

A visit over the lunchtime period produced a Black-throated Diver sat on the sea just off the point. Also seen were singles of Fulmar, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Redwing and Bullfinch, amongst the commoner species. 

Posted December 20th, 2012 at 2:16 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Wednesday 19th December 2012

Berry Head

10:05-12:30. Balearic Shearwater, Bonxie, distant skua sp., 10 Great Northern Divers south and 2 on the sea. Several Harbour Porpoise including 2 calves, one quite small.

Posted December 19th, 2012 at 4:40 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Hope's Nose

Seawatching 0815-1030hrs, it was just like the good old days the 'storm' pipes were open and hundreds of gulls feeding in the out wash, waves crashing over the rocks covering me in hopefully mostly sea water!

1 Pomarine Skua, 2 Great Skuas, 16 Great Northern Divers, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 5 Common Scoter, 160+ Kittiwake, 735 Auks (mostly Razorbills but many out in mist),22 Fulmar and 65 Gannets. 

Pom Skua Hope's Nose 19 Dec 12 ML  Pom Skua Hope's Nose 19 Dec 12 ML2

Photos: the Pomarine skua in poor light!

Posted December 19th, 2012 at 1:16 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Stick insect - Brixham

Slightly off topic I know, but a massive 12 cm long stick insect on our wall Tuesday PM.  We get them quite often, but this was the biggest I have seen.

Posted December 19th, 2012 at 10:06 am by Trevor Leaman in Bird News

Westward Ho!

A late submission for tuesday.

The single Purple Sandpiper was still on rocks around Nassau Court. Behind Nassau Court a female Black Redstart was bathing in puddles among the static caravans.

Posted December 19th, 2012 at 9:17 am by Roger Doble in Bird News

Tuesday 18th December 2012

Exminster

The first-winter Rose-coloured Starling showed a few times today, but it is quite elusive. Walk through the churchyard to the north side and view up the allotment from the path. It seems to spend most of its time hidden from view, presumably feeding and resting in a garden behind the allotment, occasionally flying up into a tree or the hedge around some ivy clumps. When I arrived, it did actually fly out over the churchyard to a tall tree on the eastern side of the churchyard, but soon returned back to its favourite haunt behind the allotment! Also seen over the lunchtime period in the same spot were a Blackcap or two, and a Brambling and a couple of Goldcrests. 

Posted December 18th, 2012 at 10:40 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Divers & Grebes Survey Torbay

A perfect day for surveying today with flat calm seas - Between Corbyn Head and Petit Tor Point

Red-throated Diver - 1 Petit Tor Point
Black-throated Diver - 1 Long Quarry Point
Great Northern Diver - 1 Long Quarry Point
Black-necked Grebe 1 (3 last month) Corbyn's Head
Great-crested Grebe 25 Petit Tor Point
Also 20+ Common Scoter and 25+ Auks

If anyone is interested in covering Berry Head for Dec - March (2 X10 minute counts per survey) twice a month) please contact Helen Booker  helen.booker@rspb.org.uk

Posted December 18th, 2012 at 8:14 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Waxwings in Torquay

17 Waxwings at 81 Perinville Road Torquay today. There from 12.30 and still there when I left at 3.00.

The group of waxwings
The group of waxwings

Feeding by the side of the road
Feeding by the side of the road

Posted December 18th, 2012 at 5:38 pm by Neville Todd in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary - North

A windless, mild, sunny morning and the estuary as still as a millpond!

Consequently nothing out of the ordinary but the tally included 16 great crested grebe, 48 brent geese, 204 shelduck, 390 wigeon, 55 teal, 3 pintail, 10 red-breasted merganser, 7 grey plover, 206 dunlin, 37 snipe, 21 bar-tailed godwit & 2 greenshank.

Posted December 18th, 2012 at 4:39 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake.

Quiet and bright.

14 Goosander (3 females), 3 female Goldeneye, c.40 Mallard, c12 Teal, 6 Gadwall, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 11 Lapwing over, 1 Bullfinch, c.7 Chaffinches, 2 Nuthatches, 2 Coal Tits, Blue and Grerat Tits, Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 Song Thrush, 146 gulls ~ 3 Lesser Black backed, 102 Black headed and 41 Herring, 1 Moorhen.

Harvey Kendall

Posted December 18th, 2012 at 2:46 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Exeter Waxwings

Posted December 18th, 2012 at 12:11 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Exeter - Wonford (Bovemoors Lane)

14 Waxwing present this morning up to 10.45am, mainly resting on top of large tree at exit to hospital in Bovemoors Lane.  Flying down to hedgerow to take single rose hip before flying back to tree.  Also appeared to fly down to flat roofs of nursing quarters, presumably to drink.  Occasionally seen to fly around to catch the odd fly.

Posted December 18th, 2012 at 12:02 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Pretty quiet on the whole but a gathering of 8 Buzzards was noteworthy. Other than that, routine fare in a single Golden Plover, 40 Fieldfare, 4 Mistle Thrush, a handful of Redwings, 2 Stonechat, 8 Stock Doves and 20+ Skylark.

Posted December 18th, 2012 at 11:04 am in Bird News

Waxwings in Torquay

17 Waxwings still at 81 Perinville Road at 9am.

Posted December 18th, 2012 at 9:22 am by Steve Cox in Bird News

Topsham

Ring tail Hen harrier drifted over reed bed south of M5 at 08:30 on Monday.

Posted December 18th, 2012 at 7:39 am by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Monday 17th December 2012

Wrafton

13 Wigeon and about 5 each of Shoveler and Gadwall on the pond. Nearby a Little Grebe on the river above the weir.

Posted December 17th, 2012 at 11:27 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Broadsands

The Firecrest seems to have moved in with the ChiffChaffs on the stream being quite active and giving good views. In the bay itself was a Black necked grebe feeding only 20 yds out again giving excellent views

Posted December 17th, 2012 at 9:15 pm by Tim Clyburn in Bird News

WeBS on the Grand Western Canal

A WeBS survey on the Grand Western Canal today revealed that, despite the breach on the canal, numbers on the canal are on a par to the previous month. In addition to the normal waterbirds expected were :- 128 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 1 Dipper, 4 Little Grebe, 1 Water Rail and 2 Kingfisher.

Among the other highlights were: a mixed flock of over 600 gulls, mainly Herring and Black-headed, feeding in one small field adjacent to the canal; a flock of 600+ Woodpigeon feeding in a stubble field; and a further flock of 50+ Woodpigeon which included an almost complete albino feeding in a field of kale.

Posted December 17th, 2012 at 7:33 pm by Ray Jones in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

Starling dispersal well down -only 50.000, also on T'stone Marsh - 55 Teal, 11 Gadwall, 14 Shoveler, 30 Wigeon, 50 + Snipe. At 09.00 a female Black Redstart on my roof .

Only new arrival on South H marsh was a male Pintail.

On the rocks 4 Turnstone .

1.45 hrs seawatch produced - 100+ Gannet, 145 Auk's ( too far out for positive ID )  55 Kittiwake, 1 Fulmar,

2 Common Scoter , at 10.55 a Red T Diver flew into the bay and continued straigjht up the valley

Posted December 17th, 2012 at 5:31 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Aveton Gifford

3 Water Pipit on South Efford Marsh plus 24 Wigeon & 43 Teal. On the estuary 2 Egyptian Geese, male Mandarin, 33 Curlew & 3 Common Sandpiper.

Posted December 17th, 2012 at 5:06 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Waxwings in Tavistock

Six Waxwings were feeding in a garden on the eastern edge of Tavistock briefly last week and quickly stripped the cotoneaster shrub bare and  moved on.

(D Thomas)

Posted December 17th, 2012 at 3:45 pm in Bird News

Black Redstart Exmouth Marina

A short walk around Exmouth marina produced a fantastic male Black Redstart feeding among the rocks by the small bay along with a Rock Pipit and Pied Wagtail.

Posted December 17th, 2012 at 1:56 pm by Gareth Williams in Bird News

Torquay

Bob Bailey phoned to say at least 8 Waxwings still at Perinville Rd, lunchtime today.

Posted December 17th, 2012 at 12:16 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Waxwings in Torquay

Flock of 21 Waxwings feeding on berries in front gardens of Perinville Road (Just off Babbacombe Road) Torquay at 16.15 hours yesterday. Also in roadside trees on brow of hill as you approach from Babbacombe Road.

Posted December 17th, 2012 at 11:12 am by Clive Mason in Bird News

Sunday 16th December 2012

Waxwing Dawlish

A single Waxwing spent 10 minutes in trees around Failea Close on the East side of Dawlish at around 1:10pm. A nice addition to the garden list! Had just enough time for a couple of record shots before it flew off South. Also female Brambling with Chaffinches. [Luke Harman]


Posted December 16th, 2012 at 5:54 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

Late news for Sat - AJL had a Jack Snipe on S H Marsh

at 07.45 the Starling dispersal was c 100.000, also on T'stone Marsh - 50 Teal, 27 Wigeon, 14 Shoveler, 11 Gadwall and the Brent Goose.

On the beach/ rocks - 12 Turnstone, 4 Ringed Plover, 3 Sanderling

Offshore 20= Gannet and a Fulmar

On South H Marsh - 130  Teal, 60 Wigeon, 1 Shoveler, 15 Snipe, 30 Lapwing

Posted December 16th, 2012 at 5:43 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

apparent sinensis Cormorant Exeter Quay

A first winter Cormorant showing characters of sinensis (rear gular angle approaching 90 degrees, also small size) at the dam, Exeter Quay c.11am. I see there was only one accepted record last year so thought it might be of interest.

sinensis Cormorant
sinensis Cormorant

Posted December 16th, 2012 at 5:36 pm by Tim Worfolk in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 09:35 till 11:30

on the walk to the hide a nuthatch and at least 150+ snipe flying around on arrival at the hide heard the female hen harrier had been around from about 08:00 so could be 2 in the area with martins post earlier it showed a couple more times before seeming to fly towards exminster around 10:30, the female long tailed duck is still showing well at times, a conservative estimate of snipe was 250+ never seen so many on the marsh, 2 water rail, 250+ avocet , 199+ bar tailed godwits, 3 grey plover, 100+ dunlin, 100+ lapwing, 1 Cetti's warbler, 2 buzzards, kestrel, 5+ bullfinch , 20+ redwing, the treecreeper was seen before I arrived in tree to left of the hide. 

After taking cover from a storm made way to topsham rec, 6 grey plover and 39+ snipe, 5 common gulls. 

Posted December 16th, 2012 at 4:28 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Broadsands

On the sea: 7 Great Northern Divers, 3 Red-throated Divers (including the white flanked BtD wannabe), 41 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Black-necked Grebes, 18 Common Scoter. No sign of the Black-throated diver (photographed yesterday) this morning.

6 Chiffchaffs including 2 pale abietinus/tristis types, 1 Firecrest along road west of car park entrance. 

 

Posted December 16th, 2012 at 3:23 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Skern 1.20pm-2.50pm

40 Shelduck, 10 Redshank, 10 Oystercatcher, 25 Lapwing, 10 Bar tailed Godwits, 1 Greenshank, 10 Dunlin. Approx 30 black headed gulls including 2 immature birds. 2 Lesser black backed gull and 1 Great Black backed gull. 5 Herring gull and 2 rook. Also approx 10 Linnets and a Song Thrush in the gorse.

Posted December 16th, 2012 at 3:19 pm by Sara Elliott in Bird News

Topsham

Ring tail hen harrier over reed beds south of M5 before drifting over Exminster Marshes at 8:15. 4 Brambling and 1 Blackcap in my garden.

Posted December 16th, 2012 at 1:11 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

R.Taw - Pottington to Ashford Strand.

09:50 - 10:50

c250 Dunlin; 5 Grey Plover; 106 D.B Brent off Penhill Marsh; 3 Bar-T Godwit; 2 Buzzard plus c40 Teal on Bradiford Reserve and a further 75 D.B.Brent and 24 Shelduck between Penhill Point and Ashford Strand.

Rain stopped play.

Posted December 16th, 2012 at 12:10 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Wrafton

Wigeon up to 19, 8 Gadwall and about 9 Shoveler. Calling Cetti's.

Posted December 16th, 2012 at 11:53 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Black Redstart Paignton

Black redstart on the out buildings and trees of the cricket club spotted whilst waiting for the Santa Special to leave Paignton end of the Dartmouth Steam Railway.

Posted December 16th, 2012 at 10:35 am by Graham Devine in Bird News

Saturday 15th December 2012

Wonford Waxwings

Today at 12:00 12+ Waxwings in Wonford Sports Centre car park, opposite Lidl. returned at 3:00 pm, they were still there. 

Posted December 15th, 2012 at 10:58 pm by Tim in Bird News

Purple Sandpiper - Ilfracombe

My first of the winter - single bird on the rocks off the Capstone. Glad to see at least one back again this year so far


Posted December 15th, 2012 at 7:09 pm by Chris Bollen in Bird News

Water Pipit - Dawlish

Water Pipit on side of Dawlish town stream. Also 3 Rock Pipit around sea front and 3 Shag of Harbour Wall.

Bonaparte's Gull off Dawlish Warren and Black-necked Grebe and 1 Little Grebe on main pond. No sign of Bearded Tit.

Posted December 15th, 2012 at 5:51 pm by Ray Jones in Bird News

Saunton Down

Third (and last) post of the day. Paused at Down End on my way to Croyde this afternoon. Counted over 100 Common Scoter quite close in.

Posted December 15th, 2012 at 5:29 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary

Best sightings this morning were 6 Wigeons (2 ad drakes, 1 1st-w drake and 3 ducks) with the 33 Shelducks on a very flooded Blaxton Pool; and a Mediterranean Gull (2nd-w) on the estuary. Also single Little Grebe and a handful of Goldcrests.

Posted December 15th, 2012 at 3:00 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Another Brixham Waxwing flock

After a note on Birdguides yesterday , today   I checked Centry Court area off Higher Ranscombe Road (towards Berry Head). None actually in Centry Court at the time but across the main road, 3 birds feeding in a garden on corner of Lower Rea Road about 1130.

Posted December 15th, 2012 at 2:20 pm in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 08:00 till 11:20

on walk down to the hide treecreeper, 8+ goldcrests, 6+ bullfinch, from the hide a female hen harrier flew over causing panic among the waders and headed of east, 3 water rail, 120+ snipe, 208+ bar tailed godwits, 100+ dunlin, 1 grey plover, 100+ lapwing, 2 knot, the female long tailed duck dropped in and showed well, also 4+ pintail, tufted duck(m), lots of teal and wigeon. 9+ shoveler, 150+ redshank good numbers of black tailed godwits, sparrowhawk, 2 buzzards, kingfisher, 2 little grebes, little egret and  15+ golden plover flew over. 

A very good morning on the marsh 

Posted December 15th, 2012 at 1:49 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Braunton Great Field/Marsh

Lots (several hundred) of Lapwings with even more (1000+) Golden Plover on Braunton Marsh (south of the marsh road). A field on the Great Field with sheep eating wurzels(?) had a couple of hundred Skylark with hundreds of Chaffinch and a few Pipits.

Posted December 15th, 2012 at 1:30 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Aveton Gifford

Sth Efford Marsh

Hen Harrier fem West, Lapwing 30, Water Pipit 2 plus Teal, Wigeon .....

per com ENW

Posted December 15th, 2012 at 12:29 pm by Alan Doidge in Bird News

Broadsands

On sea: 1 Black-throated Diver, 5 Great Northern Divers, 2 Red-throated Divers (one with nice white flank patch - just like the BtD!), 19 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Black-necked Grebes, 16 Common Scoter.

black-throated Diver Broadsands 15 Dec 12 ML  black-throated Diver Broadsands 15 Dec 12 ML2

Photos: 1st winter Black-throated Diver, Broadsands 15 Dec.

Around marsh and car parks: 1 Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest, 6 Chiffchaffs, 1 tristis type Chiffchaff, 14 Cirl Buntings, 4 Reed Buntings.

Rest Of Torbay beaches: 3 Black-necked Grebes, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Red-throated Divers, 12 Great Crested Grebes.   

Posted December 15th, 2012 at 11:36 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wrafton

Managed to get out and back before the heavens opened (just!)

Wrafton pond has 13 Wigeon 9 Shoveler and 8 Gadwall. Couple of Little Grebes still. Cetti's and Water Rail calling.

Reed Bunting in the reserve.

Posted December 15th, 2012 at 11:16 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Friday 14th December 2012

Bowling Green Marsh 10:15 to 11:45

Notable numbers were: Wigeon, Teal, Redshank, Avocet and Black Tailed Godwit. Highlights included 122 Bar Tailed Godwit, 3 Grey Plover, 2 Raven, a Knot, the Long Tailed Duck, three flocks of Snipe flying around - amounting to 90+ (we had estimated 30+ on the ground!!) and three Cormorants seemingly herding fish to great effect.

Posted December 14th, 2012 at 11:27 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Broadsands

On sea: 3 Great Northern Divers, 1 Red-throated Diver, 15 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Black-necked Grebe.

In marsh between 1st and 2nd car parks 4   chiffchaffs (collybita), 1 one pale abietinus type and this new bird (possible tristis). Not as warm toned as many tristis and a hint of yellow in the supercilium, unfortunately without a call not much can be done with it.

Chiffchaff tristis? Broadsands 14 Dec 12 ML

 

Posted December 14th, 2012 at 8:05 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wrafton

The ice has all gone and most of the ducks too! Only counted 2 Wigeon and 7 Gadwall!

Nearby in the reserve the only birds of note were about 30 Collared Doves.

 

Posted December 14th, 2012 at 4:27 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

caspian gull

Warren View football pitch, Exmouth - 1 first winter caspian gull @ 1230 before flying towards Mudbank. I nipped home from work for a bite of lunch and had a quick look at a small gathering of gulls from my son's bedroom window. The photos don't do justice to what is a really stunning gull. Hopefully it will return.

fw caspian gull with herring gull
fw caspian gull with herring gull

caspian gull - apologies for yet more awful quality pics
caspian gull - apologies for yet more awful quality pics

Posted December 14th, 2012 at 1:01 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatching 0800-1030hrs: 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Mediterranean Gull (ad w). 5 Great Northern Divers. 44 Kittiwake, 29 Fulmar (mostly lingering), 203 Gannets feeding off headland, 55 Auks. Up to 5 Harbour Porpoises feeding off headland.

Posted December 14th, 2012 at 11:44 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thursday 13th December 2012

Whooper swans at Weare Giffard

Pair whooper swans seen by my wife on 4.12.12, and photographed by myself on 6.12.12 at GR 463231  Mute swans also present, one showing aggressive behaviour towards whooper.

Pair of whoopers
Pair of whoopers

Whooper swan and mute swan
Whooper swan and mute swan

Posted December 13th, 2012 at 6:54 pm by John Ward in Bird News

Clored tagged Godwits Bowling Marsh Green

On Monday 10th December I photograhed several large flocks of Black Tailed Godwits on Bowling Marsh Green, Topsham, on checking the images I found that two of the birds phographed had coloured plastic leg tag rings on both legs, which I recorded as orange/red/orange.

I was given an email address for a Peter Potts and sent the images and informtion to Peter his reply is as below.

Many thanks for the godwit photos and sighting. The bird you saw was ringed on the Axe at Seaton, East Devon. The godwits ringed there have YRY on the right upper leg and 3 colour-rings opposite on the left leg. There is a bird that has lost a ring previously seen and photographed at Bowling Green Marsh which is the bird you saw RO+YRY.

I have interpreted ORO as YRY as I am sure it is this bird and we don’t have a scheme with ORO on right – and yellow and orange can get confused as can red and orange!

I can see two ringed godwits in our photo probably both from Seaton.

Hope to hear from you again with more sightings. Best wishes Pete


Posted December 13th, 2012 at 6:05 pm by Steve HOPPER in Bird News

Black Redstart - Ilfracombe

Showing well on the rock face at the side of the Capstone at lunch time today.

Black Redstart

Black Redstart

Black Redstart

Posted December 13th, 2012 at 3:37 pm by Chris Bollen in Bird News

BRIXHAM 5

THE 5 BRIXHAM WAXWINGS WERE JOINED BY ANOTHER 7 AT APPROX 12.45PM BEFORE FLYING OFF SHORTLY AFTER.

Posted December 13th, 2012 at 1:51 pm by KEN FLAXMAN in Bird News

Black Redstart in Teignmouth

Nine O'clock in Pellew Arcade again, on the roofs and palms. Also on the palms in Stanley Street later. Fairly mobile!

Posted December 13th, 2012 at 9:41 am by Simon Bates in Bird News

4 Brixham Waxwings today

4 Waxwings at Smardon Avenue,  Brixham this morning, up the road and same side as Post Office....9.30 AM

Posted December 13th, 2012 at 9:38 am by Trevor Leaman in Bird News

Wednesday 12th December 2012

Scandinavian Blackbird, 1st winter male.

It's my understanding that our UK Blackbirds develop their yellow beaks in the first winter whereas winter visiting Blackbirds from the continent retain their dark beaks until the following spring.  This last few days there has been quite a noticeable influx of Blackbirds in front of my private hide on the outskirts of Exeter. Several of these birds have dark beaks and are noticeably different somehow.  Can anyone confirm this to me or  have I been misled?

Today's other visitors at the feeding station included Buzzard, Brambling, Redwing, GS Woodpecker as well as a gorgeous Pigmy Shrew seen often throughout the session in the leaf litter beneath the feed.  My own blog has lots of pictures from the hide from the last 6 months.

http://parrotletsuk.typepad.com/wldlife_in_a_suburban_gar/

Dark Beaked 1st winter Scandinavian Blackbird - Turdus merula
Dark Beaked 1st winter Scandinavian Blackbird - Turdus merula

Buzzard (believed 1st winter male)

Buzzard (believed 1st winter male?)

Ed: Charlie it might be better posting the questions on the forum which is more interactive than bird news section - but interesting!

Posted December 12th, 2012 at 9:18 pm by Charlie Fleming in Bird News

Exeter Waxwings

Further to Jonathan's post below, I was in Exeter at lunchtime, so came back via Wonford to look for the Waxwings. I found 11 feeding on rosehips in Bovemoor Lane, largely ignoring people walking past and traffic. They did move about the area a bit, and I left them at the junction of Wonford Street and Dryden Lane at 1330hrs. Also present roadside in Bovemoor Lane was a very noisy bold Jay!

Posted December 12th, 2012 at 8:52 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Landkey Blackbirds

From yesterday numbers more than doubled peaking at an impressive 78,Only 3 fieldfare and 3 redwing as well.

Posted December 12th, 2012 at 7:53 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Firecrests, Broadsands

A female firecrest was in the bramble thicket at the top of the marsh this afternoon, seen from the road. A male was in the same spot late yesterday afternoon.

Firecrest, male
Firecrest, male

Posted December 12th, 2012 at 7:45 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

Still a Waxwing free zone ( ouch ). Starling dispersal this morning at 07.45 totalled 175.000 +

 On South Huish marsh Teal up to 175 , 15 Wigeon, 5 Lapwing, 50+ Snipe .

A Great N Diver flew east

A walk around South Milton Ley produced 25 + Chiffchaff ( inc 1 that was a good candidate for Sib.on call and siight) also flushed a Woodcock

Posted December 12th, 2012 at 6:57 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

More Brixham Waxwings

Spent some time early this afternoon with the Waxwings, when I left there were 6 but when I returned there were 5 , A sparrowhawk had taken out 1 right in full view apparently.

In between, a stroll around Broadsands and Elbury threw up 2 Black-necked Grebes, half a dozen great crested Grebes and in the scrub around the carparks at least 3 Goldcrest,  3 Bullfinch, 1 Water Rail as well as the usual suspects on the seed.

Typical of the behaviour all day
Typical of the behaviour all day

Stunning birds whichever way you look at them
Stunning birds whichever way you look at them

Posted December 12th, 2012 at 6:32 pm by Tim Clyburn in Bird News

Rose-coloured Starling

Just had a tweet from James Diamond.  There was a first-winter Rose-coloured Starling at Exminster this afternoon, in the churchyard and surrounding gardens.

Posted December 12th, 2012 at 4:31 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

GN Diver juv, Pintail 5, Med Gull adW, Goosander male (sth tw'd Salcombe 1300hrs) the best of this lunch break on a rising tide.

Posted December 12th, 2012 at 3:13 pm by Alan Doidge in Bird News

Exeter

Can't get enough of the pics of Waxwing but you need decent light to show them off to the full.  Mine was in trees by Rifford Road Surgery this morning around 10.30am.  Plenty of berries to keep it around for a while yet

Posted December 12th, 2012 at 2:11 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Brixham Waxwings

Some further shots from today

Waxwing J.Marshall
Waxwing J.Marshall

Waxwings feeding on berries, J.Marshall
Waxwings feeding on berries, J.Marshall

All 5 Waxwings, J.Marshall
All 5 Waxwings, J.Marshall

Posted December 12th, 2012 at 2:06 pm by Josh Marshall in Bird News

Bradiford and Wrafton

Dropped by Bradiford briefly for fence repairs this morning. Buzzard, 4 Song Thrush and a few Teal. Spoke with one of the nearby workforce who said that the shooters had again been present earlier. One or two of them may even have been IN the reserve. The police did attend but I'm not sure what the result was.

At a half-frozen Wrafton pond at least 25 Wigeon now and 8/10 Gadwall with several Shoveler including the first drakes of the winter, difficult to get an accurate count as half the ducks were sleeping in the reedbed across the pond.

In the reserve a Cetti's Warbler called, but no sign of Chiffs (one ringed yesterday).

Posted December 12th, 2012 at 1:31 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Brixham

5 Waxwings present around the Smardon Avenue area, although my best sightings were in Gollands Close, nearby. The area has a lot of berry bushes so they move around.

Waxwing, J.Marshall
Waxwing, J.Marshall

Waxwing, J.Marshall
Waxwing, J.Marshall

Waxwing, J.Marshall
Waxwing, J.Marshall

Posted December 12th, 2012 at 12:48 pm by Josh Marshall in Bird News

Waxwing in Drewsteignton churchyard

One waxwing perched at the top of an Ash tree in the churchyard calling, before flying off towards gardens to the east. 10.35am on weds 12th Dec.

Posted December 12th, 2012 at 12:03 pm by Nick Dixon in Bird News

Brixham Waxwings

Following a tipoff through ML I visited Smardon Avenue, off North Boundary Lane Brixham, this morning. Five Waxwings feeding on garden  hedges by the street and flying up onto telephone wires, residents told me they had been present about a week.  Quite a narrow residential street  ,so if visiting ,please take care parking and avoid causing any disruption to residents ,although those I spoke to were pleased to see the birds. . 

Posted December 12th, 2012 at 11:13 am in Bird News

Waxwing

2 Waxwing visited my garden yesterday.  Newton Poppleford.

Posted December 12th, 2012 at 9:44 am by David Jannaway in Bird News

Exe Boat Trip

The Stuart Line Cruise on the Exe Estuary yesterday (lead by Ian Waite) showed; 2 Slavonian Grebe, 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 5 Goldeneye and 1 Long-tailed Duck along with the expected waders and wildfowl.

Posted December 12th, 2012 at 8:34 am by Steve Waite in Bird News

Tuesday 11th December 2012

Thurlestone Bay

The spell of cold weather has brought some new arrivals- On T'stone Marsh this morning the Starling dispersal was in excess of 100,000. also , 60 Teal, 18 Wigeon, 8 Shoveler, 13 Gadwall, 60+ Snipe, 1 Lapwing, 1 Water Rail.

Over at South Huish Marsh - 135 Teal, 10 Wigeon, 1 Brent Goose, 90+ Snipe, 1 Lapwing , 1 Dunlin.

Offshore a Wigeon and a f Pintail flew west .

On the rocks a Ringed Plover.

Bob B still has 30+ Chiffchaff at the sewage works ( inc 2 Tristis types )

 

Posted December 11th, 2012 at 6:18 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Exminster marsh & bowling green marsh

Exminster marsh 14:15 till 15:00

along station road 100+ golden plover in fields by the lions rest industrial estate also 200+ snipe , 1 grey plover good numbers of wigeon and teal also 1 kingfisher, 1 water rail, 2 weasel showed well one had caught a field mouse 

bowling green marsh 15:15 till 16:00

150+ snipe was a good count, 2 Water rail, 300+ avocet, 100+ bar tailed godwit, 10+ grey plover, 50+ dunlin, 400+ wigeon, 1 pochard, 1 male pintail, 600+ black tailed godwits. 

a good couple of hours around the marshes 

Posted December 11th, 2012 at 5:45 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Ring-necked Parakeet Exeter

Emma Wood reports the Exeter Ring-necked Parakeet still present, it was seen up until 10am this morning near Prince of Wales Road when it flew east.

Posted December 11th, 2012 at 2:55 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Shelly Beach, Exmouth

Male Black Redstart still present on appartment roofs adjacent to Shelly Beach early afternoon. Also a Common Chiffchaff around the upturned boats on the edge of the beach, by the sailing club and 4 Goldeneye just offshore.

Posted December 11th, 2012 at 2:26 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Monday 10th December 2012

Landkey

37 Blackbirds feeding on fallen apples on farm in village throughout the day.Female brambling yesterday in my garden,bideford.

Posted December 10th, 2012 at 10:13 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Teignmouth

The Bonaparte's Gull was seen flying and perching on groyne posts just east of Teignmouth Pier from 14-40 - 15-30hrs.  The bird was still there when we left.  Will try and get some photos tomorrow morning.

Bob and Alicia Normand

Posted December 10th, 2012 at 6:03 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Broadsands Chiffchaffs

Greyish Chiffchaff Broadsands 10 Dec

Had Had a look at the bushes by the car park near midday , choppy sea so not much to see offshore. The bushes were a bit more productive with 4 Siskin, Blackcap, Firecrest, 4-5 Goldcrests and 4+ Chiffchaffs feeding just above stream level. One of the Chiffs was distinctly grey, with lack of yellow and quite white underparts. Unfortunately not heard to call.

Posted December 10th, 2012 at 5:46 pm in Bird News

waxwing honiton

from 10/12/12


Posted December 10th, 2012 at 5:34 pm by waxwing honiton in Bird News

Dawlish Warren ... Black-necked Grebe

Posted December 10th, 2012 at 4:33 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

A cracking Black-necked Grebe showing well on the pond and has been present for several days.  Some excellent pics on the Dawlish Warren web-site (click on link to the right). A pair of Gadwall came out of the reed after everyone had left but no signs of the Bearded Tit said to be here also.

Posted December 10th, 2012 at 4:04 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Female Ring-necked Duck still present on the ley with Tufted Ducks opposite the toilet block. Also of note at least 13 Little Grebes and a good tristis Chiffchaff candidate (which called) as well as several standard collybita.

Heading home from Slapton flocks of both Lapwing and Golden Plover on the move and a large flock of Woodpigeons.

Posted December 10th, 2012 at 3:42 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

A glorious, sunny, windless morning on a rising tide which produced:

25 Shag, 32 Brent Geese, 164 Shelduck, 430 Wigeon, 76 Teal,      2 Shoveler, 11 Red-breasted Merganser, 200 Dunlin, 3 Greenshank & 23 Great Black-backed Gulls.

Posted December 10th, 2012 at 3:38 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

R.Taw, Anchorwood Bank - Penhill Marsh

12:40 - 14:00

4 ChiffChaffs in trees by the bat tunnel,Sticklepath Rndbt.

1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Sanderling and 5 Common Gulls at Anchorwood Bank.

4 Goosander (3 males & 1 Red-head) mid-river. Up until now they`ve all been red-heads. 38 sanderling flew from sandbars to Anchorwood on rising tide.

c300 Dunlin on Pottington side plus 6 Grey Plover.

Nice dark Buzzard on elec pole by Moanhenge.

 

 

Posted December 10th, 2012 at 3:13 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Westward Ho!

My first local Purple Sandpiper of the winter was at Westward Ho! at high tide, with 9 Turnstones. As usual it was on rocks just to the east of Nassau Court.

Posted December 10th, 2012 at 3:03 pm by Roger Doble in Bird News

Waxwings in honiton 10/12/12

Thanks to a neighbour letting me know he spotted these, and how greatfull am i.

chers tony.

Posted December 10th, 2012 at 1:49 pm by scott benson in Bird News

Wrafton

Sadly no sign of the Waxwings this morning, but on the pond 23 Wigeon and possibly as many as 8 Gadwall.

Posted December 10th, 2012 at 1:00 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Torbay

Covering the 3 main beaches this morning produced: 12 Common Scoter, 5 Black-necked Grebes, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Great Northern Diver. Most of the birds were, as usual, toward Broadsands.

Broadsands: 9 Cirl Buntings and 2 Reed Bunting on seed at back of 2nd car park, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrests  and 1 Firecrest back end of 2nd car park in and near marsh.

Posted December 10th, 2012 at 11:43 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Waxwings in Ilfracombe

A pair of Waxwings in Torrs Walk Avenue this morning, on the telegraph post outside the Avon Court Hotel.

Posted December 10th, 2012 at 11:13 am by Dave Tooke in Bird News

Sunday 9th December 2012

Beesands - Bittern

On a field trip of the Plymouth Branch today, a bittern was seen by Doug Herdson to the left of the hide 10 meters away at 12.30 and remained for 5 minutes. 

Bittern
Bittern

Posted December 9th, 2012 at 9:39 pm by Liz Harris in Bird News

Around topsham

Topsham rec 10:00 till 10:30 

22 snipe, 200+ black tailed godwit, kingfisher, 2 red breasted mergansers, 8+ common gull

Topsham quay 10:45 till 11:15

the female long tailed duck showed very well down to about 15 feet at times also 4+ red breasted mergansers.

bowling green marsh 12:00 till 14:50

2 water rail, 70+ snipe, 16 grey plover my highest count on the marsh, 200+ bar tailed godwits, 800+ black tailed godwits,  114+ dunlin, 4 knot, 106+ lapwing, 1 pochard, 1 male pintail, 300+ wigeon , 12+ shoveler, 4 gadwall, 100+ teal, Cetti's warbler, chiffchaffs, 4 goldcrests, 2 bullfinch, kestrel , sparrowhawk, peregrine, 19+ redwing, 2 tufted duck 

A very enjoyable day around topsham 

Posted December 9th, 2012 at 5:33 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Stover

Lovely female goosander on lake along with 2 pochard and 1 female tufted duck. A few great crested grebes bobbing about too. 3 male and 2 female crossbill in conifers to the left of the bird hide, plus siskin. Some marsh tits calling and feeding on some seed put out. Great sotted woodpercker, goldcrest, treecreeper, kingfisher, male bullfinch of interest too.

Posted December 9th, 2012 at 5:30 pm by Steph Murphy in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

 Brisk 5/6 NW wind this morning - on T'stone Marsh - 40 Teal, 7 Shoveler, 1m Wigeon , 30 Snipe

On South Huish Marsh - 120 Wigeon, 135 Teal, 45 Lapwing, 50+ Snipe 1 Brent Goose, 2 Dunlin,  1 ad Med Gull .

Graham Daw and I watched a most unusual fight take place between 2 Buzzard, the aggressor seemed to have its talons in the breast of the other and was pecking its head. It really was just like watching a  ". cockfight" Has anyone else witnessed this type of behavior with Buzzards ?

Bob B had 25+ Chiffchaff, 2 Siskin, 20 Stock Dove and 30 Fieldfare.

Late afternoon the Starling roost at T'stone marsh was 40,000+

Posted December 9th, 2012 at 5:25 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Brixham Breakwater

A late afternoon walk on the breakwater (very poor light)... No trawlers inbound, so not much in the way of gulls to look at.

18 Purple Sandpipers

5 Common Scoter

Numerous Rock Pipit and Turnstones also present.

Purple Sandpiper, J. Marshall
Purple Sandpiper, J. Marshall

Turnstone, J.Marshall
Turnstone, J.Marshall

Posted December 9th, 2012 at 5:03 pm by Josh Marshall in Bird News

Waxwings Torquay

BBC Radio Devon, early pm ,carried an item about a listener who had been watching 10-15 Waxwings in gardens near  Torquay United football ground at Plainmoor. Had a look in the general area around  3pm but couldn't locate them.

Posted December 9th, 2012 at 4:37 pm in Bird News

Blackhill Quarry

A drake mandarin with c20+ mallard and 2 tufted duck this afternoon. Possibly the bird that was present at the beginning of November but now in full 'adult' plumage. No sign of the scaup today but only one of the 4 pools checked.

Exeter City Centre - a female-type black redstart around the 'Mary Arches' car park made the Christmas shopping a little more pleasant.

Posted December 9th, 2012 at 4:17 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Broadsands

3 Black-necked Grebes, 3 Great Crested Grebes and 1 Great Northern Diver this morning  from sea wall.

17 Cirl Buntings on seed in back of 2nd car park, 7 Chiffchaff including 1 buffy abietinus/tristis non calling, 1 Firecrest, 4 Goldcrests.

Posted December 9th, 2012 at 1:51 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Waxwings in Wrafton

Three WAXWINGS still present in Orchard Road this morning on a Cotoneaster hedge at No 15 (or maybe 13!)

Nearby on Wrafton Pond 17 Wigeon, 3 Shoveler and 6 Gadwall. Not a lot in the reserve - probably 15+ Redwings.

Posted December 9th, 2012 at 11:15 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Saturday 8th December 2012

Dawlish Warren this morning.

Fairly quiet in lovely light. The Black Necked Grebe showing well on the main pond.

Posted December 8th, 2012 at 9:30 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Waxwings Paignton

3 birds in a private garden at Horseshoe Bend, Goodrington late this afternoon. 

Posted December 8th, 2012 at 8:27 pm by Bill Macdonald in Bird News

Plym Estuary

A lovely walk at high tide in mild, sunny conditions.

Highlight was a Firecrest (in bushes near the southern end of the estuary wall path beside Blaxton Meadow). Also: 115 Redshanks, 6 Little Egrets, 12 Turnstones, 4 Dunlins, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Grebes, 31 Curlews, 20 shelducks, and 4 Greenshanks.

Had a look along the road near Drake's Lodge / Golf range but no sign of any Waxwings.

Posted December 8th, 2012 at 6:54 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Braunton

Waxwings in Braunton at last!! Although I haven't seen them yet. A report of one in Moor Lea this morning, and later there were 3 in Wrafton. I'll try and track them down tomorrow.

Posted December 8th, 2012 at 5:35 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 10:10 till 13:40

the female Long tailed duck showed from 13:10 very well at times, 3 water rail were viewable with 2 spending most of the morning out in full view, 52+ snipe, 1 pochard and male pintail, 800+ black tailed godwits, only 1 Bar tailed godwit, 64+ lapwing, 2 Cetti's warblers, 1 grey plover, good numbers of wigeon and teal, 10+ shoveler,  2 little egrets, 3 little grebes, 3 buzzards, kestrel and sparrowhawk, 3 goldcrests and chiffchaff along the lane, on walk down to the hide 1 treecreeper and a coal tit. 

from viewing platform only 2 avocet, 100+ Bar tailed godwits, 50+ grey plover, 8+ snipe, 1000+ dunlin

from goat walk 3 turnstone 

Posted December 8th, 2012 at 5:25 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

River Caen/River Taw

1330-1600 hrs.  4000+Golden plover,2000+Lapwing on Braunton marsh. On the river 30+Redshank 2 Grey plover 50+Dunlin and a Kingfisher. Isley marsh held good numbers of Curlew shellduck andWigeon plus 6 Spoonbill.

Posted December 8th, 2012 at 4:41 pm in Bird News

Barn Swallow, Stoke Gabriel.

A swallow was feeding around the scout area and the old hotel in  Stoke Gabriel between 14:30-16:00 at least. I didn't have my binoculars but the bird was showing fairly close and I'm almost sure that it was a barn swallow. 

I'm not sure how unusual a winter swallow is but I haven't seen one before.

Posted December 8th, 2012 at 4:36 pm by Jacob Wood in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Female Long-tailed Duck srtill present this afternoon until 1545hrs at least on the main pool. Also on the marsh: drake Pintail and 2 Pochard. A Chiffchaff seen by the path to the viewing platform and looking out from the latter only produced 2 Avocet, one Greenshank and 2 Knot amongst the hundreds of wader present. 

Posted December 8th, 2012 at 4:36 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Waxwings.

Two Waxwings still at Baron Road, Dousland and showing well this morning.

At Portworthy this afternoon around eighty Teal but no sign of thier American cousin.

A good fifty Redwing were in the area and eleven Ravens were thermalling high overhead.

Posted December 8th, 2012 at 4:34 pm by Roy McCarthy in Bird News

Great White Egret - R.Torridge

First spotted early in yesterday afternoon(07/12/12), standing on water's edge of the Torridge between Landkey and Bideford, but no chance to examine because we were in a hurry to  be somewhere!  On return journey a couple of hours later the bird was still in the same area and standing conveniently near three Little Egrets and  a group of seven Black-headed Gulls.  We have previously had fleeting views on the lower part of the estuary, but never been able to confirm the identification because of distance/poor light and/or lack of binoculars.  .

Posted December 8th, 2012 at 4:28 pm by Tony Mercer in Bird News

Exmouth

Blackhill Quarry - fem-type scaup this afternoon with 6+ tufted duck and 1 teal.

scaup with 2 tufted duck
scaup with 2 tufted duck

Posted December 8th, 2012 at 3:22 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Colyton

2 Waxwings briefly in roadside trees opposite 'The Tool Box' at 12:10, adjacent to bridge over River Coly.

Posted December 8th, 2012 at 12:57 pm in Bird News

Friday 7th December 2012

Bowling Green Marsh 09:30 to 12:15

Forty six species, including: many Brents flying to Dart's Farm; 850+ Black Tailed Godwit; only 5+ Bar Tailed Godwit; Water Rail showing well in the sunshine for 2 hours; male Pintail; female Long Tailed Duck and really good numbers of Starling. No Avocets though on this neapish high tide.

Posted December 7th, 2012 at 11:18 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Thursday - Portworthy

Green-winged Teal seen in distance at Portworthy.

Green-winged Teal Barry Rankine, Portworthy 6.12.12

(Barry Rankine)

Posted December 7th, 2012 at 10:44 pm in Bird News

Exmouth & Sidmouth

With apologies for somewhat delayed postings 

EXMOUTH - Exe off Shelley Beach.    

3 Goldeneye on Wednesday afternoon very actively feeding at the edge of the mussel beds at low tide.     This is a regular location for them but note that the normal best window of opportunity is approximately 1 hour either side of low tide.       

SIMOUTH - Jacobs Ladder.   Thursday 6th Dec.

3 Purple Sandpipers mixing with a flock of 18 Turnstones.    The Sandpipers were difficult to see on the sea defence 'islands' but came over to the foreshore rocks under the footpath approx 2.5 hours into the ebbing tide.     This is a smaller number than previous years - so far.

 

Posted December 7th, 2012 at 10:14 pm by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

Exmouth Waxwings

At least 18 were present at 12.30 today on the Hulham Road site reported yesterday (thanks Terry and others)

Posted December 7th, 2012 at 6:37 pm by Steve Oliver in Bird News

Waxwings-Newton Abbot

 6 Waxwing were present in trees in front of Albany Road Surgery at 2pm,showing well overhead, but no sign half an hour later. (There was also no sign first thing this morning).

Posted December 7th, 2012 at 6:07 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Wrafton

Now 21 Wigeon and 6 Gadwall on the pond and 150+ Mallard/Mallard hybrids.

Posted December 7th, 2012 at 6:00 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Broadsands

The sea was too choppy to check thoroughly but there was a Black-necked Grebe and a Great Northern Diver just off-shore.

11 Cirl Buntings on seed in back of 2nd car park, 9 Chiffchaffs in marsh and this very confiding individual feeding alongside the road outside the car park.

chiffchaff collybita Broadsands 07 Dec 12 ML

Posted December 7th, 2012 at 11:51 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thursday 6th December 2012

Velator reserve

Ringing this morning produced another good range of species - predominantly Finches, still no Brambling but 3 each of Gold and Bullfinches along with the more common Chaff and Green. Slight lack of attention when a Great Spotted Woodpecker drilled me, drawing blood - note more care with these! Others were 4 Blackbirds and another Song Thrush, plenty more new Tits, and singles of Reed Bunting (two others seen) Cetti's Warbler, and Chiffchaff (two others seen). Lots of retraps with some big Blackbirds, presumably continentals. Sadly didn't catch any of the Redwings or Starlings feeding on the Buckthorn berries.

Posted December 6th, 2012 at 6:39 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

The Goldeneye last seen on Wed. This morning on South Huish Marsh - 105 Wigeon, 110+ teal, 2 Pintail, 1 Gadwall, 7 Shoveler, 1 Brent Goose, 25 Snipe, 1 Lapwing plus 5 flew over. On the beach 1 Turnstone .

Offshore 3 Common Scoter flew east.

In the courtyard of the flats a 1st w male Black Redstart.

Posted December 6th, 2012 at 6:32 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Waxwings-Newton Abbot

The 4 Waxwings only present mid morning in trees in the small square outside Albany Road Surgery near the River Lemon, but had gone by 11am and no sign there or anywhere else around the town centre during the rest of the day.

These trees are a favourite site for Waxwings in Newton Abbot in previous years, and there are still plenty of berries left. Please respect any locals/surgery privacy if you are passing.

Posted December 6th, 2012 at 6:05 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Female Merlin north of railway bridge. Thursday pm

Posted December 6th, 2012 at 4:50 pm by Patrick Case in Bird News

Exmouth

10+ Waxwings still present early this afternoon at the junction of Hulham Road/Dinan Way/Summer Lane, feeding on roadside hawthorns, giving close views. They also range over to the Jubilee Drive/Pines Road junction area and regularly rest in a tall tree opposite the entrance to Barrowdale Close.   

Posted December 6th, 2012 at 1:25 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Waxwing in Seaton

A single Waxwing has been seen twice in the last two days on the west side of town.  Not pinned down though and still needed by all but one of the patch birders! 

In Seaton Bay there has been record numbers of Great Crested Grebes, with over 40 the other day.  Is this influx evident elsewhere?

Posted December 6th, 2012 at 12:29 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Newton Abbot

4 Waxwings  outside surgery in Newton Abbot town centre. reported by Robin Shute.

Posted December 6th, 2012 at 11:17 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 5th December 2012

Waxwing in Exmouth

14 waxwing still present this afternoon in Exmouth. The flock was located near the junction of Hulham Road and Dinan Way at 15:00. They were feeding on Hawthorn Berries. Great views with the birds feeding a couple of feet away. This is the 4th day the Waxwings were seen in this area and there is a good chance they will be around for a few days more as the Hawthorn bushes in the area have plenty of berries on them.

Waxwing feeding on Hawthorn
Waxwing feeding on Hawthorn

Waxwing
Waxwing

Waxwing
Waxwing

Posted December 5th, 2012 at 10:16 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Teignmouth Pier starling murmuration

Teignmouth seafront about 4.15pm today watched large number(1000+?) of starlings joining together+displaying before roosting under pier

Re black redstart seen today Pellow Arcade Teignmouth -have recently seen starlings feeding on palm tree flowers/seeds in same place plus in other palm trees on Moor View Drive on edge of town

Posted December 5th, 2012 at 7:36 pm by Jean Gitsham in Bird News

Downend & Baggy

The Common Scoters have increased in number yet again probably due to cold weather movements.

111 at Baggy Point & 73 at Downend.

An absolutely cracking male Black Redstart at Baggy but highly mobile & only visible for 30 seconds before moving on.


Posted December 5th, 2012 at 6:11 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake - Wednesday 5th Dec.

Bright and cold.

10 Goosdander (1 female), 1 female Goldeneye, 3+ Gadwall, c. 35 Mallard, 50+ Teal, 1 male Tufted Duck, 3 Little Grebes, 1 Mute Swan, c.5 Snipe, 1 Cormorant, good numbers of Robins and Chaffinches, 1 Redwing, 2 Buzzards. 

On the feeders:- Blue, Great, Marsh and Coal Tits, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Jay, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Harvey Kendall

Posted December 5th, 2012 at 3:30 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Escot Park, East Devon

Please excuse the diversion from birds but the people need a mention occasionally and I am pleased to report that 21 'Devon Birds' members had a very enjoyable walk around the Escot estate today... this was followed by Christmas lunch when 24 members enjoyed an excellent meal with all the trimings.  A few good birds were present on the walk including three pairs of Bullfinch but for once I ommitted to make a list, sorry!  A bonus event was a walk around the Red Squirrel enclosure and the thrill of seeing the animals at close quarters,  A fine Buzzard perched above the squirrels in the hope of a meal.

From EAST DEVON BRANCH to all 'Devon Birds' members..... thank you for supporting us in 2012 and have a great Christmas

Posted December 5th, 2012 at 3:29 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Anchorwood bank, Barnstaple

10:30 - 12:30 on a receding tide.
There were a lot of birds this morning, nothing unusual but big numbers for this site. I heard a few gunshots coming from Pottington area so maybe that drove the birds over to the anchorwoods side.
Among the birds were well over 100 Redshank, the usual splattering of Oystercatcher and Curlew, c80 Lapwing, c150 Sanderling, a few Dunlin and a couple of dozen Shelduck. A nice bonus was a grey wagtail feeding in one of the guts.

A few pics from this morning below taken with a 600mm astroscope + 1.4x tc and a 7D DSLR

Redshank

Curlew

Oystercatcher

 

 

 

 

 

Posted December 5th, 2012 at 2:50 pm in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Short visit at lunch time. Sunny and cold. Access fine with almost no water in the lane.

Lots of ducks including 800+ wigeon, 300+ teal and 80+ shoveller on the wet fields south of the lane. On the lagoon 24 gadwall and 8 tufted duck plus a few more wigeon. Elsewhere a few mallard. Nearer the Turf the brent geese were spread out in the field making counting difficult due to trees in the view. I estimate about 500 but could only see 8 1w. Only waders I could see were curlew (c100) and a few lapwing. Earlier in the day I saw a flock of c300 lapwing flying towards the marshes.

 

Posted December 5th, 2012 at 1:49 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Black Redstart in Teignmouth

Probable male (no bins, light not good!) in Pellew Arcade on palms and flower bed at 08:10 this morning.

Posted December 5th, 2012 at 9:08 am by Simon Bates in Bird News

Tuesday 4th December 2012

Waxwings in Dousland

Two, possibly more, eating cotoneaster berries.

(Anna Easton & Rob&Maureen Harrison)

Posted December 4th, 2012 at 2:17 pm in Bird News

Monday 3rd December 2012

Swans at Weare Gifford

Malcolm had 4 swans Sunday 2 mute and 2 whooper

Posted December 3rd, 2012 at 8:22 pm by David & Gillian Churchill in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary - North

Numbers beginning to build up and today's tally included:

79 brent geese, 114 shelduck, 140 wigeon, female goldeneye, 14 red-breasted merganser, 300 golden plover, 6 grey plover,150 dunlin, 24 snipe, 5 bar-tailed godwit, 160 curlew, 2 greenshank & 63 common gull.

Unable to locate the recently reported slavonian gebe though.

Posted December 3rd, 2012 at 3:23 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Exmouth

At lunchtime there were 18 Waxwings in the same area as yesterday, but they are roaming around a bit. They have been seen in the Pines Road/Jubilee Drive/Maple Drive/Cedar Close area. Sometimes feeding outside of the pharmacy in Pines Road. Seen again from my kitchen window too!  

Posted December 3rd, 2012 at 2:27 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Wrafton

On the pond this morning 19 Wigeon 6 Gadwall and 2 Shoveler with 2 Little Grebes.

Too windy in the reserve for small birds, except Finches! but Buzzard calling from the tall trees.

Posted December 3rd, 2012 at 1:52 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Topsham

One redhead Goosander on Exe between rec and M5 this morning (08:15). Also 2 Brambling in my Topsham garden over the weekend.

Posted December 3rd, 2012 at 1:01 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Sunday 2nd December 2012

R.Taw - Pottington to Ashford Strand.

10:40 - 12:00

Off Pottington.

Little Grebe 1; Grey Plover 4 & Sanderling 8.

Bradiford Reserve.

Wigeon 7;  Teal c24; Buzzard 1; Mallard 27 & c60 Canada Geese. How many will be there wednesday moning  if wildfowlers come again?  It would appear from my enquiries that weds is the most regular day they come. Police have been in contact with me today and will be visiting Riverside Units tomorrow to begin their enquiries.

Ashford Sewage Works ditch.

Green Sandpiper 1; Kingfisher 1; Little Egret 1.

Off Ashford Sewage Works & Ashford Strand.

Sanderling 10; Wigeon 31; Dunlin 25; Golden Plover c3000( in mid-river) and Goosander 7.

Posted December 2nd, 2012 at 5:51 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

On South Huish Marsh - water level still very high -long may it stay like this- Glodeneye, 90+ Wigeon, 60 Teal, 2 Pintail, 3 Gadwall, Brent Goose, 14 Black Tailed Godwit, 30 Snipe, 15 Lapwing.

On the rocks - 9 Turnstone

Offshore 25 Gannet, 1 Razorbill, 1 Great N Diver.

On T'stone marsh- 12 Shoveler, 10 Wigeon , 40 Teal , 35 Snipe

Bob B at S M Ley -30+ Chiffchaff ( another 3 ringed ) 2 Siskin , Mistle Thrush

Harry Huggins rang to confirm 3 Blackcap in his garden

 

Posted December 2nd, 2012 at 5:27 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Broadsands and Clennon Valley

Broadsands: 4 Great Northern Divers, approx 25 Common Scoter, 2-3 Black-necked Grebes, 12 Great Crested Grebes, 8 Chiffchaff including one pale bird seen in Marsh, 2 Firecrest, 3 Rock Pipits ssp. on damp meadow.

Clennon Valley: 2 Firecrest, 4 Goldcrest, 4 Chiffchaff including one pale buffy grey bird calling today - single short sharp note sounding something between collybita and tristis - odd or does that = abietinus?! 

Posted December 2nd, 2012 at 4:17 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Berry Hd

Terry Lakeman reported the following yesterday off the head: 25-30 Common Dolphin, 7 Harbour porpoise and 4 Great Northern Divers.

cmn Dolphn Berry Hd 01 Dec TL

                                                        One of the Common Dolphin

Posted December 2nd, 2012 at 4:06 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Another Brixham Waxwing

Father phoned sat morning, single waxwing in garden (Windmill Hill area,) along with 2 Blackcaps, all feeding on apples.

Today I had a male blackcap in my garden, (bottom of Community College playing field area)

Posted December 2nd, 2012 at 3:11 pm by Trevor Leaman in Bird News

Exmouth

7 Waxwings at Junction of Jubilee Drive/Barrowdale Close until 1445hrs at least.

Posted December 2nd, 2012 at 2:55 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Exmouth

5 Waxwings at junction of Jubilee Drive/Barrowdale Close until 1410hrs at least!

Posted December 2nd, 2012 at 2:33 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Wembury

Water Pipit still showing well on the beach here mid-day. The only other birds of note were ten Wigeon on the sea which drifted out towards the Yealm.

Late news for yesterday; Had a Short eared Owl at Halshanger Common, near Cold East Cross, late p.m. Little else here though just a dozen or so Fieldfare and singles of Yellowhammer and Redwing.

Posted December 2nd, 2012 at 2:13 pm by Roy McCarthy in Bird News

Topsham rec

3 goldeneye (1m,2f) of topsham rec late morning showing well also 2 little grebe, 2 common gulls, 2 snipe 

also of topsham quay 4 red breasted mergansers (2m,2f)

Posted December 2nd, 2012 at 1:39 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Wrafton

The pond now has at least 18 Wigeon, 4 female Shoveler and 5 Gadwall.

Nearby in the reserve 1 calling Cetti's Warbler and 2 unringed Chiffchaffs and a Water Rail seen.

Posted December 2nd, 2012 at 12:00 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

5 Waxwings - Bridge over A30 coming back from Exeter airport

Saturday 10.15am. 

In the bush in middle of the roundabout just over the bridge over the A30 coming back from Exeter airport before coming down sliproad onto A30 heading towards Exeter.

Posted December 2nd, 2012 at 7:53 am by Barney Donnellan in Bird News

Saturday 1st December 2012

Ernesettle & Wembury

Lesser Yellowlegs showed well on the creek eventually also Spotted Redshank, 3+ Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, 50+ Avocet.

lsr Yellowlegs Enesettle 1 Dec 12 ML

Wembury: Water Pipit still at Wembury just east of sewage pipe on top of beach and lots of Rock Pipits several probably Scandinavian see photos below, also Swallow feeding over horse paddocks: 

Water Pipit:

water pitpit Wembury 1 Dec 2012 NM water pitpit Wembury 1 Dec 2012 NM

Possible Scandinavian Rock Pipit:

scand? Rock pipit Wembury 1 Dec 2012 NM scand? Rock pipit Wembury 1 Dec 2012 NM

Rock Pipit ssp?

Rock pipit ssp. Wembury 1 Dec 2012 NM Rock pipit ssp. Wembury 1 Dec 2012 NM

Posted December 1st, 2012 at 9:32 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Barn Owl Pic

 

Barn Owl veletor
Barn Owl veletor it has a ring but numbers not visible

Posted December 1st, 2012 at 8:53 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Otter Estuary

Waxwing briefly seen by cricket clubhouse. Along the track 2 grey plover in the fields. Goldcrest and Cettis in the hedge.  

Redshank, gulls inc black headed and herring gull, 1 single Lapwing, 10 or more Teal, 2 x Little Egret, 

S J Turner

Posted December 1st, 2012 at 7:57 pm by Stephen John Turner in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

The main lane from the Swan's Nest pub is still flooded at the S bend. Some cars were going through but most were not. When I walked through the water was close to the top of my wellies.

But it was worth it. Hundreds of wigeon and teal, covering the many wet pools. I also saw tufted duck, (12+), pintail, shoveller, pochard and coots. In addition to the waterfowl there were lapwing (c30), curlew (70) and redshank. In the lane 4 or 5 chiffchaffs, one stonechat and one goldcrest. I suspect the pipit, hiding in tall vegetation, near the bends in the lane was a water pipit but I could not get a good view.

Lots of blackbirds on the berry bushes (at least 30), one fieldfare and a few redwings. I heard water rails calling at 4 locations and a Cettis at one.

Posted December 1st, 2012 at 5:49 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Wrafton

On the pond this morning (partly frozen) were 16 Wigeon along with 2 Shoveler and 5 Gadwall. A lone Little Grebe. Goldcrest and Chiffchaff in the reserve along with a Water Rail.

Andy the Barn Owl may well be one I have ringed on the great field either this year or last year - I've ringed the brood in James Leonard's barn - I've ringed 3 each year. It's great to hear that one is still a local bird. Any chance of a picture with part of the ring number, slim chance I know.

Posted December 1st, 2012 at 5:43 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

On South Huish marsh this morning a F Goldeneye ( first for the year ) 100+ Wigeon, 60 Teal,  singles of Pintail, Gadwall, Shelduck, Brent Goose , Little Grebe. Water Pipit

On the rocks - 12 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin .

T'stone Marsh at 08.00 -  12 Wigeon, 40 Teal, 12 Shoveler ( 8 of which flew off east at 08.10 )1 Cettis Warbler ( first on site since Spring ) 20 Snipe

At Upton Cross ( nr South Milton ) 55 Lapwing, 2 Fieldfare, 100+ Skylark, 1 m Hen Harrier.

Bob b at S M Ley - 40+ Chiffchaff ( 3 ringed ) , 2 Brambling, 8 Water Rail

Posted December 1st, 2012 at 5:15 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Waxwings-Torbay Hospital

On arrival this morning at 8am-there were now 11 Waxwings in car park A. They all flew off around the front of the hospital at 8.15am. At 8.35, a single Waxwing flew over fairly high and then at 8.55- 12 Waxwings flew back into the car park. The flock all flew off again at 9.10 and as far as I'm aware, haven't been seen again all day. As there aren't many berries left on the trees they are feeding on, this isn't surprising.

 

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Posted December 1st, 2012 at 4:12 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

GN Diver juv, Slav Grebe, 260 Golden Plover, DB Brents 15+, Wigeon 400, Teal 80+ (Saltstone-Gerston area)

A Gifford - 2 Water Pipit ENW

Posted December 1st, 2012 at 4:08 pm by Alan Doidge in Bird News

Teign Estuary

A good count of 30 Snipe at Passage House. Probably more behind the reeds. Also 1 Common Sandpiper, 23 Lapwing and 2 Dunlin.

On the Estuary, 1 female Goldeneye and c30 Mergansers. Plus the usual Curlew, Oystercatchers, Little Egret, 3 Greenshank and c70 Redshank.

Posted December 1st, 2012 at 3:50 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Bird News

Wembury

Male Black Red still at the beach and a Brambling at the point this morning.

Posted December 1st, 2012 at 3:43 pm in Bird News

Instow

12 blackcaps,5 male,7 female,10 fieldfare,2 redwing,6 song thrush feeding on sea buckthorn leading to car park north end of instow,Great northern diver from instow just off appledore lifeboat slip but gone time i got there.

Posted December 1st, 2012 at 12:31 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Barn Owl Velator

A Barn Owl has often been showing on the Marsh Road at Velator during the day. It posed quite nicely by the side of the road for me today.

It is ringed, anyone know any more about it?

Posted December 1st, 2012 at 12:14 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

On walk down to the marsh this morning a Waxwing in trees by entrance to goosemoor seen with Richard winfield also 2 goldcrests 30+ long tailed tits and a bullfinch the waxwing showed well for 15 mins around 08:50 but was constantly chased by a mistle thrush this is another first for bowling green marsh 

Posted December 1st, 2012 at 10:43 am by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Brambling at Darts Farm

About 20 Bramblings on site this morning. Best views are from the hide or on the live camera viewed from the visitor centre.

Posted December 1st, 2012 at 10:02 am by Gareth Williams in Bird News

Hawfinches Longdown

  5 Hawfinches seen to leave the traditional roosting site on a private woodland estate at Longdown.This was at approximately 0800hrs and the birds flew East towards Ide. A check of the Field Maple at West Town Farm (Ide) proved negative but the trees have a very good seed crop so it is probably worth periodic checks.

Posted December 1st, 2012 at 9:28 am by Roy Adams in Bird News

Black-necked Grebe, Dawlish Warren NNR

I thought members would be interested in the Grebe, easily seen and very attractive as well. Behaviour was interesting, lots of diving and then skulking  in  the reeds. Larger than the Little Grebe whose territory it had invaded.

Black-necked Grebe, Dawlish Warren NNR
Black-necked Grebe, Dawlish Warren NNR

Posted December 1st, 2012 at 9:04 am by Charlie Fleming in Bird News

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