Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from December 2013

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Tuesday 31st December 2013

Fremington Spoonbill

Looking at Chris`s image of the Spoonbill in Fremington Pill and the rings on its legs makes me think it`s a new bird for the Taw Estuary. I can find no details of a similarly colour ring coded bird on the Taw among my records. A check of Euring website reveals that all yellow flagged birds with a combination of other coloured rings indicates that it`s a Dutch ringed bird.

Posted December 31st, 2013 at 6:22 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Brixham

Finally caught up with the White-billed Diver today after being out of Devon for the last few days. Thanks Bill - a great find! In addition to the BT Divers and GN Divers and Black Guillemot and the Iceland Gull, the only bird not mentioned on previous posts was a single Red-necked Grebe offshore late morning.


First year Iceland Gull

Posted December 31st, 2013 at 6:08 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Glaucous and Iceland Gulls

The Glaucous Gull on the River Teign still 11.30am midway between Lower Netherton and Coombe Cellars and the Iceland Gull still at 4pm in Brixham Harbour, very close inshore off the slipway off the lower part of Astra Zenaca car park. 

Posted December 31st, 2013 at 5:14 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Brixham

What a way to end 2013 more Divers than you can shake a stick at !!

Black Throated and Great Northern Divers just about constantly in view across the harbour, Guillemots just outside the harbour boundary, a very confiding Razor Bill did a swim past just below the harbour wall, the White Billed Diver had every one moving around but wherever you tried to spot it from it stayed well out on the water often in view but never close.

Lots of Turnstones and Shags

Highlight of the visit was the Iceland Gull that was frequently within 20 yards both in the air and on the water behind the fish quay building

Numerous close in swim bys by some very entertaining Seals

Posted December 31st, 2013 at 3:42 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Clennon Valley

A walk around the Clennon Valley obstacle course (flooding, mud, fallen trees) this afternoon was worth the effort as the Yellow-Browed Warbler appears to be back, ranging along the stream from the YMCA up to the main pond.

Have a great new year!

Posted December 31st, 2013 at 3:25 pm by George Wall in Bird News

Fremington Quay - 30th December

Single Spoonbill just off the entrance to the Quay at around mid-day- probably one of the Isley Marsh group.

Later visited Velator Quay, (about 16.15 - 16.30hrs) & watched one of the Marsh Harriers coursing over Sherpa Marsh - this one has a very pale coloured head.


Posted December 31st, 2013 at 3:09 pm by Chris Bollen in Bird News

River Teign

Lower Netherton - fw glaucous gull this morning @ 1035. A massive individual, clearly outsizing the great black-backed gulls.


Posted December 31st, 2013 at 3:08 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Topsham Recreation Ground

A female/1W type Black Redstart was the only bird of note today; presumably the same bird reported to me by visiting Japanese birder Yusuke Umegaki on 7th Dec.

Posted December 31st, 2013 at 3:04 pm by Tim Worfolk in Bird News

Some pics from my walk along the R. Caen at Velator on 29th

All three birds spotted at low tide near the boats at Velator Quay - pic of Water Pipit not one of my best, but fairly sure my ID is correct.




Posted December 31st, 2013 at 3:02 pm by Chris Bollen in Bird News

Torre Abbey Sands, Torquay

At 1.15 a Great Northern Diver of the harbour. Does that make it 51+?

Also one Great C Grebe. 

Posted December 31st, 2013 at 2:56 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

Walked from Curlew Drive to Charleton Marsh on the rising tide but fairly quiet. Only oddity was a male Goosander with some Mergansers off Gerston Point.

Posted December 31st, 2013 at 2:43 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Last visit to Bowling Green Marsh of the year this lunchtime - the Long-tailed Duck still present. Other highlights included a pair of Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 male Pintail, 1 Snipe and 1 Little Grebe along with a female Reed Bunting on the feeders.

Posted December 31st, 2013 at 2:15 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Brixham & Torbay

Brixham: the White-billed Diver showed well on the falling tide in the inner harbour before moving out off Astra Zenica also 4 Black-throated Divers, 10+ Great Northern Divers, Iceland Gull juv (off yacht club by fish Quay) Long-tailed Duck (off Shoalstone), Black Guillemot off the Lifeboat station (looks like the original Hope's Nose bird?), 4 Purple Sandpipers, 3 Razorbills and 2 Guillemots.

click on photo for video of Black Guillemot:

 

Broadsands: 36 Great Northern Divers (all different from those in Brixham) 5 Black-throated Divers, 3 Red-throated Divers, 37 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Black-necked Grebes, 6 Razorbills and 8 Guillemots.

2-3 Siberian Chiffchaffs in Marsh with 3 collybita Chiffchaffs, 22 Cirl Buntings and 4 Reed Buntings on seed in 2nd car park.

Siberian Chiffchaff Broadsands 31 Dec 2013 ML

photo: Siberian Chiffchaff, Broadsands

Paignton/Preston: 4 Great Northern Divers, 2 Black-necked Grebes, 3 Great Crested Grebes & 2 Ad Mediterranean Gulls on rocks of n end of Preston. 

So a fantastic total of 50+ Great Northern Divers in Torbay!

Posted December 31st, 2013 at 1:01 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 30th December 2013

Black Redstart

My first Black Redstart spotted today at BerryHead Quarry, flying back and forth across the cliff face underneath the lighthouse. It was there at 2.30 and still there when I left at 3.15pm

Posted December 30th, 2013 at 7:06 pm by Kay Deare in Bird News

Brixham Iceland Gull

The Iceland Gull was flying over the fish market about 3.30 pm, then pitched down by the yacht club slipway (right hand corner of AstraZeneca carpark)on the water, where it gave very good views over next half hour.

Posted December 30th, 2013 at 6:41 pm in Bird News

Efford Marsh, Plymouth

An extremely skulking Cetti's Warbler calling and a couple of brief bursts of song, towards the west end of the marsh. Also 10 Teal, a single Water Rail and a couple of Goldcrests but no Chiffchaffs. 

Posted December 30th, 2013 at 6:40 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Iceland Gull, Brixham

The 1st winter Iceland Gull was feeding with a small group of Herring Gulls between Astrizenica and the fish market this evening(15:30-16:30). Video Link below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vsPqa8JrvM

Posted December 30th, 2013 at 6:17 pm by Jacob Wood in Bird News

Cirl bunting

Showing well from the Broadsands yesterday

Female girl bunting
Female girl bunting

Posted December 30th, 2013 at 5:43 pm by steve Hatch in Bird News

Venford Reservoir

Goosander.  10 to roost at 4.30pm. Two adult male eight Redhead

Posted December 30th, 2013 at 5:04 pm by David Turrell in Bird News

Sherpa

Got down to go into the reserve to find 5 vehicles blocking the track and a ffine collection of green-clad merry men enjoying a drink before heading down to the marsh to blast a few things out of the sky. Before they got there I did see a MARSH HARRIER, which I hope had the sense to fly off. Only 14 shots were loosed off, indicating a pretty small number of birds about, and considering the number of guns (at least 10). One of the jolly men went around the perimeter of the reserve with a bird-scaring type device, which I am glad to report didn't work at all!

Female Great-spotted Woodpecker in the reserve.

Posted December 30th, 2013 at 3:54 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Dartington to Broadhempston

No sign of the Ibis at the given map references but heard a call that may have been the bird in the cover behind the Broadhempston treatment works. Trumpeting type call, louder and more strident then the Moorhen that was calling near by.

A count of 11 Snipe at location, several large flocks of Redwing in the Staverton / Broadhempston / Landscove area and one mixed flock of Starling and Fieldfare

Raven seen and heard several times, female Merganser flew up the Rv Dart from Staverton Bridge

Female Sparrow hawk seen near landscove and two sightings of female Kestrel on outskirts of Dartington.

Posted December 30th, 2013 at 3:20 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Brixham

The White-billed Diver showing very well in the inner Harbour early afternoon, also 3 Black-throated Divers 2 Great Northern Divers, 1 Eider, 1 Black Guillemot

Click on photos for video clips: White-billed Diver in sun and shade

 

Posted December 30th, 2013 at 2:16 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sunday 29th December 2013

Burrator reservoir.

The female Ring necked Duck still here today on the northern shore opposite Longstone Manor. Could be tricky to see under the overhanging branches. Still with Mallards in the absence of Tufties!

A pair of Goosander also here as well as at least seven Mandarins and around ten Teal.

Later in the day at Devils Point, Plymouth I counted at least twelve Med Gulls among the eight hundred odd Black heads heading to roost. Mostly first winters but two adults were seen. Very difficult to I.D. in the fading light, but I think there were a few more Meds here. The surprise guest was the first winter Kittiwake among a Black head flock.

Posted December 29th, 2013 at 8:39 pm by Roy McCarthy in Bird News

Torbay boat trip - more photos

A few more photos from this morning's boat trip.

Great northern diver, Torbay
Great northern diver, Torbay

Black guillemot, outside Brixham Breakwater
Black guillemot, outside Brixham Breakwater

Long tailed duck, Shoalstone
Long tailed duck, Shoalstone

Posted December 29th, 2013 at 8:29 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Torbay boat trip

An excellent trip this morning in perfect flat calm conditions. 16+ great northern divers, 5 black throated divers, white billed diver, 11 great crested grebe, 3 red necked grebe, 4 shelduck, long tailed duck, black guillemot. The black guillemot looked different from the Hope's Nose individual. Next trips Sunday 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th January, phone Nigel Smallbones on 07866 202576 to book.

Red necked grebes, Torbay
Red necked grebes, Torbay

White billed diver, Brixham harbour
White billed diver, Brixham harbour

White billed and black throated divers, Brixham Harbour
White billed and black throated divers, Brixham Harbour

Posted December 29th, 2013 at 8:26 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Shoalstone late PM

Returned to scope a bird spotted earlier in the day with binos to confirm my thoughts, nothing very exciting though, just  another black guillemot!!!!!! Seemed to prefer the area 80yds off the flagpole.So thats at least 3 in the bay now.

Managed to get a little more excited when a search of gulls around a day trawler gutting fish threw up a cracking Iceland gull that on occasion was sat on the gunnels of the boat.

Posted December 29th, 2013 at 5:24 pm by Tim Clyburn in Bird News

Sandy Bay, Exmouth

One female type long-tailed duck just off the (nearly deserted) beach at Sandy Bay at midday today, moving fairly rapidly towards Exmouth itself.

Posted December 29th, 2013 at 5:00 pm by Colin Randall in Bird News

Brixham breakwater pm

The White -billed Diver still showing intermittently, together with up to 7 Black-throated divers, 1 Red-throated Diver, 6 Great northern Divers, distant Red-necked Grebe probably same as one of the Broadsands birds, Long-tailed Duck, and 2 Black Guillemots . Both Black Guillemots were showing off seaward side early Pm.How many are there in the bay now? Wonder if Hopes Nose bird has moved across.

Posted December 29th, 2013 at 4:35 pm in Bird News

Red-necked Grebe

Pictures from this morning  (mentioned by Mike earlier), taken from the Paignton boat organised by Nigel Smallbones, also photos of Black Guillemot, several divers and of course the White-beaked Diver....... and, oh..... a Long tailed Duck,  an absolutely brilliant morning.

Red-necked Grebe
Red-necked Grebe

White-billed Diver
White-billed Diver

Posted December 29th, 2013 at 4:27 pm by Charlie Fleming in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Very flooded still so walking or driving along the road to fishermans car park not possible. A soggy welly-walk along the path around the marsh in the glorious sunshine produced large amounts of wigeon, teal, curlew, lapwing and canadas. A female marsh harrier passed over putting all the birds up. Also nice to see two sparrowhawks, redwing and fieldfares, a pintail, a pair of stonechats, skylarks over in Powderham, a few goldcrests. A great morning.

Posted December 29th, 2013 at 2:49 pm by Stephanie Murphy in Bird News

Brixham & Broadsands

White-billed Diver still present this morning between Astra Zenica and the Breakwater, also 5 Black-throated Divers, 7 Great Northern Divers, Black Guillemot (seaward side of Breakwater). 

Broadsands: 2 Red-necked Grebes, 2 Black-necked Grebes, 1 Black Guillemot, 1 Black-throated Diver (different from above) 4 Great Northern Divers, 1 Red-throated Diver 15 Great Crested Grebes.

around Marsh 2-3 Siberian Chiffchaffs, 1 collybita Chiffchaff 6 Cirl Buntings on seed in 2nd car park.

Posted December 29th, 2013 at 10:44 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Saturday 28th December 2013

Modbury

Driving along the road at around 2pm toward Modbury from Yealmpton,noticing a group of around 10 Pheasants one in particular was a male of the green (P. versicolor) subspecies.

Posted December 28th, 2013 at 9:50 pm by Matt Clark in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 10:30 till 15:00

the 1st winter male long tailed duck showed well from the hide along with 2 red breasted mergansers (1m,1f), 300+ avocet, 6+ lapwing, 11+ snipe, 5 pintail(3m,2f), 1m tufted duck, 9+ shoveler, 200+ wigeon, 100+ teal, 5+ water rail( 3 from hide, 2 by the viewing platform), 1 peregrine, 1 buzzard, 5+ redwing, 8 greylag geese, 800+ Brent geese flew over from darts farm, 1 kingfisher, 1 green woodpecker. 

Posted December 28th, 2013 at 9:31 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

White-billed Diver, Brixham

Today, in the morning the White billed Diver was in the harbour and there were 3 black-throated divers, 4+ great-northern divers, a black guillemot, a common guillemot, 3 purple sandpiper and at least 9-10 seals.

White-billed Diver
White-billed Diver

White-billed Diver
White-billed Diver

Posted December 28th, 2013 at 9:24 pm by Martín Rey in Bird News

Slapton Ley

12:00-15:00 Hrs. 3 Black-necked Grebes ( 1 Ireland Bay, 2 from Stokeley hide ), 18 Little Grebes, 15 Shoveler, 168 Gadwall ( all these counted from Stokeley hide only, probably over 200 present on site ), 135 Wigeon ( Ireland Bay ), 47 Pochard, 240 Tufted Duck, 3 Scaup ( 1m 2f from Stokeley Hide ), 5 Goldeneye and c 500 Coot. Quiet on the sea apart from 60 Common Scoter.

 

Posted December 28th, 2013 at 6:03 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Isley Marsh

8 Spoonbill, 2 Water Pipit and a Whooper Swan at Isley this afternoon but unable to find the green-winged Teal among a few hundred Teal.

Posted December 28th, 2013 at 5:40 pm by Roger Doble in Bird News

Baggy Point - R.Caen - Sharpa Marshes

No Scoters at Downend this morning but 7 female Common Scoters at Baggy Pt + 1 Eider.

This afternoon on the R.Caen, 1 Common Sandpiper, I Grey Wagtail, 1 Kingfisher & 6 Little Grebes + excellent views of the 2 Marsh Harriers flying over Sharpa Marshes all seen from Velator Quay.


Posted December 28th, 2013 at 5:22 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Brixham

Got back to Devon today to see the White-billed Diver. What a great bird. 

Other sightings. 16 Great N Divers, 4 Black T Divers, Long-tailed Duck and 14 Purple Sandpipers. 

Posted December 28th, 2013 at 5:03 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Hope's Nose

Short visit around midday. 3 great northern divers still present, an adult mediterranean gull at the sewer and a porpoise briefly seen just off the rocks.

Posted December 28th, 2013 at 5:03 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

After the excitement of harbour-dwelling rares yesterday, back to my local patch, dodging the rain! 

Only 37 Curlews on the pool but 7 Oystercatchers and 14 Redshanks feeding there. Also - Ringed Plover 1, Little Egret 11, Common Sandpiper 1, Little Grebe 4, Snipe 14+, Jack Snipe 1, Shelduck 43, Shag 2 (including a juv unusually, right up the river near Sainsburys), and a Roe Deer doe.  

Posted December 28th, 2013 at 3:53 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Sherpa

Whilst ringing in the reserve today I saw a MARSH HARRIER over the Sherpa reed-bed first hunting then perched on a post/tree. (about 1p.m.) Ringing details on the forum.

Posted December 28th, 2013 at 2:53 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Broadhempston

Glossy Ibis still present at 12.00 today. Viewable from lane at sx799658

Posted December 28th, 2013 at 12:41 pm by Andy Cose in Bird News

Brixham

The White-billed Diver was showing exceptionally well in the inner harbour at around 9am. Also 2 Black-throated Divers and a Black Guillemot from the breakwater.

Posted December 28th, 2013 at 11:32 am by Will Salmon in Bird News

Clennon Valley

2 Siberian Chiffchaffs 200m w of YMCA over stream, 1 collybita Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Water Rail, 1 Kingfisher, 20 Tufted Ducks, 3 Shoveler, 1 Mandarin Duck, 6 Snipe, 2 Grey Wagtail. No sign of Yellow-browed Warbler for two days now.

Posted December 28th, 2013 at 9:58 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Friday 27th December 2013

Black-necked grebe, Turnchapel

Yesterday about 3pm a wp bng just off the marina behind Mount Batten quay, diving frequently.

Posted December 27th, 2013 at 9:06 pm by Richard Archer in Bird News

Dawlish

At 2.30 pm the Bonaparte's gull was feeding amongst the surf just to the west of Langstone Rock. Also there c12 turnstone. Further out 2 divers, possibly black-throated but very distant. 

Posted December 27th, 2013 at 5:24 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Clennon Valley

After not seeing the Cattle Egret since the evening of 25th Dec I checked the roosting tree on the eastern pond - both Grey Heron and Little Egret still in tree but no Cattle Egret. I then found scattered pure white feathers (some of the larger feathers collected and photographed here) on the playing field close to where the Cattle Egret regulary fed, they would appear to fit Cattle Egret very well - presumably killed by something or at least scared enough push the egret off!

Cattle Egret Feathers? Clennon Valley 27 Dec 2013 ML

A good corvid roost and gathering near the top pond - 150+ Carrion Crows, 300+ Jackdaws, 80+ Rooks, 2 Ravens and 172 Magpies counted but there could have been another 40-50 already hidden in the trees. 

Posted December 27th, 2013 at 5:13 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Velator/Sherpa

Just leaving the reserve this afternoon (about 3.30) and looked back south and saw 2 MARSH HARRIERS quartering the reed-bed.

Posted December 27th, 2013 at 3:54 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Brixham

White-billed Diver very mobile today ranging from outside Astra Zenica to the inner harbour around the Golden Hind replica! Also 4 Black-throated Divers, 8-10 Great Northern Divers, 4 Purple Sandpipers on  the Breakwater only a 200m out from Breakwater beach.

Posted December 27th, 2013 at 3:07 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Broadsands

On sea -  1 Red-necked Grebe, 3 Black-necked Grebes, 1 Black-throated Diver, 8 Great Northen Divers, 

Around marsh, 4 Siberian Chiffchaffs, 1 collybita Chiffchaff, 1 Water Rail.

12 Cirl Buntings and 2 Reed Buntings on seed in 2nd car park. 

Posted December 27th, 2013 at 3:03 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Brixham

1145 to 1230  Black guillemot flying around, first outside and then inside breakwater. 2 GN divers and one Black necked close in off the end. White billed was reported seen in same area 10 minutes before I arrived.

Posted December 27th, 2013 at 1:00 pm by John Lusher in Bird News

Thursday 26th December 2013

Not the White-billed

The observant will have realised that the bird below that I posted at 2/ish is in fact a Great Northern Diver, sorry.... so many divers, I got excited and posted the wrong image!  Really sorry!

Happy New Year to anyone who knows me.

Posted December 26th, 2013 at 8:28 pm by Charlie Fleming in Bird News

Brixham harbour

Some more photos from a fantastic day of divers.

White billed diver
White billed diver

Great northern diver
Great northern diver

Black throated diver
Black throated diver

Posted December 26th, 2013 at 7:40 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Bittern at Beesands Ley. 26-12-13

Photo taken at about 12.50hrs as it flew across the Ley, other  than that fairly quiet there

Bittern on the wing over the Ley
Bittern on the wing over the Ley

Posted December 26th, 2013 at 6:42 pm by Bruce Church in Bird News

Hartland Point

Red throated Divers very restless this morning with several taking off & landing & others constantly diving so numbers impossible to determine accurately.

Sea state rougher than expected but a fine morning with plenty of sunshine, light winds & a hint of a rainbow.



Posted December 26th, 2013 at 6:06 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

elbury cove

Good numbers of grebes and divers between shore and Brixham with Great Northern Diver and Long Tailed Duck close in.

Posted December 26th, 2013 at 5:01 pm by john phillips in Bird News

Islay marsh

6 Spoonbills at Isley Marsh and 1 male Green- winged Teal in the small pond just before the bank that surrounds Home Farm Marsh on the left of the Tarka Trail  between the Isley Marsh entrance and the Home Marsh entrance . Observed by Norman Briden at 13.00hrs today.

Posted December 26th, 2013 at 4:56 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Brixham

White-billed Diver, Black Guillemot. 2 Black-throated Divers still of breakwater late pm. Also 8 purple sandpipers 

Posted December 26th, 2013 at 4:44 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

White-billed Diver

Brixham Harbour.


Posted December 26th, 2013 at 4:18 pm by Charlie Fleming in Bird News

white-billed Diver

2pm diver on Zeneca side between carpark and fish quay by slipway showing well.

Anybody on the breakwater who could see someone waying and jumping up and down every so often, it was me trying to tell you the bird was over with me;o)


Posted December 26th, 2013 at 3:44 pm by Simon Thurgood in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake - 26th Decemver 2013

Lower Tamar Lake.

Sunny, bright conditions but very muddy underfoot;  wellingtons necessary.

27 Goosander (12 males), 15 Tufted Duck, 40+ Mallard, 28 Teal, 1 Gadwall, 12 Wigeon, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Kingfishers, 6 Snipe.   Mixed flock of gulls - Mainly Black headed (25), Herring (11), Great Black Backed (2).

On the feeders:- 1 Marsh Tit, 4 Great Tits, 9 Blue Tits, 1 Coal Tit, 2 House Sparrows and 1 Jay.

Harvey Kendall.

Posted December 26th, 2013 at 3:35 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

11:00 Clear and sunny morning.

30 Goosander 13m 17f, 4 G.C. Grebe, 14 Tufted Duck, 6 Wigeon 3m 3f, 7 Teal, 1 G.S. Woodpecker.

Posted December 26th, 2013 at 2:59 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Great Northern Diver

Managed to blag a lift in a fisherman's small boat, a great Christmas treat.

Posted December 26th, 2013 at 2:54 pm by Charlie Fleming in Bird News

Brixham

Just been informed; now a Black Guillemot off the breakwater too!

Posted December 26th, 2013 at 2:45 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Clennon Valley

Yellow-browed Warbler 400m West of YMCA still beside stream but further west than before, 2 siberian Chiffchaffs and 5 Goldcrest.

Posted December 26th, 2013 at 1:39 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

White-billed Diver Brixham

The White-billed Diver came very close to the seawall behind the fish quay on Zeneca side about 0845 before moving across to the Breakwater/lifeboat station area

Posted December 26th, 2013 at 11:59 am in Bird News

Exmouth

A nice pair of Mistle Thrush in the sheep field when I fed the farm animals at Bystock Court this morning, also several Nuthatch calling obviously enjoying the sunshine.

Posted December 26th, 2013 at 11:51 am by Dave Britton in Bird News

Brixham

White-Billed Diver showing fantastically (there will be some great photos later from other observer's) plus 10+ Great Northern Divers, 4 Black-throated Divers and 1 Red-throated Diver.

Broadsands - 14 Great Northern Divers 1 Black-throated Diver, 4 Red-throated Divers, 33 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Black-necked Grebes, 6 Wigeon, 24 Conmmon Scoter.

1 Siberian Chiffchaff in marsh and 11 Cirl Buntings in 2nd car park by rusty skip. 

Posted December 26th, 2013 at 11:38 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Clennon Valley & Broadsands

Early start at Clennon Valley before the sun rose and still failed to find the Cattle Egret !! Count of 12 Snipe on a rush bed but looking at the images I suspect there were more as I can see 9 in the one image that I took and I didn't see half of them when I took the picture, Count of 5 Chiff Chaff, one drake Manderin duck, Two male Shovelers, one Little Egret.

Broadsands one very confiding Rock Pipit, one juvenile Great Northern Diver initially guite close to the sea wall but made its way out across the bay

Dartington on the way home close to Cornwall farmers on the A385 female Kestrel seen landing in a roadisde tree

Posted December 26th, 2013 at 11:31 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Redwings in Gara Valley

26 december 10.45 a.m.  watching 3 Redwings in holly tree. Beautiful to see them.

Posted December 26th, 2013 at 10:51 am by Jane in Bird News

Wednesday 25th December 2013

Black guillemot, Hope's Nose

Photo of this morning's black guillemot just off the quarry.

Black guillemot, Hope's Nose
Black guillemot, Hope's Nose

Posted December 25th, 2013 at 11:48 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

White-billed Diver - Brixham

Decided to walk off turkey and all the trimmings with a stroll along Brixham breakwater late afternoon. I was already aware of the growing number of Diver species in Torbay and checking a large diver within the outer harbour I was immediately stunned by the ivory coloured large bill! Finding it difficult to speak Sue my partner agreed to return to the car to get the camera! (THANK YOU).  I watched the bird from about halfway along the breakwater, looking west back across the outer harbour towards Astra Zeneca, feeding 50m from the breakwater. In fading light I managed to grab some record shots, but remained cautious about phoning out the news until I had double checked the ID and what a Christmas present! It was already dark and just hope the bird sticks, gutted I couldn't get anyone else to share the experience.

Posted December 25th, 2013 at 6:32 pm by Bill Macdonald in Bird News

Clennon Valley

Cattle Egret back on playing fields before dusk and going to roost on 1st pond.

Posted December 25th, 2013 at 6:17 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Hope's Nose this morning

The black guillemot was back close off the rocks at the quarry till 10am, after which it disappeared. Also in the cove on the north side, 6 great northern divers and a red throated diver (a 1st winter with grey neck: a different bird from yesterday's). A gull flock was still at the sewer, but nothing notable. I'll try & post photos later.

Posted December 25th, 2013 at 6:00 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Capstone Point - Ilfracombe

4 Purple Sandpipers present on Christmas Day.


Posted December 25th, 2013 at 5:01 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Cattle Egret, Yalberton. Again

The Cattle Egret was present again late morning and early afternoon at least. Still in cattle fields on the Stoke Gabriel road. Spending time between Clennon Valley and Yalberton.

Grid reference SX 86114 59057. In case anyone is interested to see it feeding around cattle.

Merry Christmas

Posted December 25th, 2013 at 1:41 pm by Jacob Wood in Bird News

Brixham Garden

Having moved to Brixham from Bedfordshire over the weekend, birding has been confined to the garden so far.... On Monday morning a Blackcap was calling from the ivy in the back garden but at about midday today a Firecrest moved, rather rapidly, through our front garden! Not a bad start to the garden list!

Posted December 25th, 2013 at 12:23 pm by Andy Plumb in Bird News

Clennon Valley

Merry Christmas - the Cattle Egret was again on the playing fields 8.30 am this morning.

Posted December 25th, 2013 at 9:06 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Tuesday 24th December 2013

Hope's Nose black guillemot

This pic should have been posted with the report - apologies.

1st winter Black guillemot
1st winter Black guillemot

Posted December 24th, 2013 at 5:20 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Hope's Nose this afternoon

A 1st winter black guillemot was in the cove on the north side. This disappeared moments after it was pointed out to us (at 13.23pm) and could not be relocated. The record photos attached show an unusual heavy dark bar on the wing coverts - would be worth close scrutiny if it can be refound.

Also present: 7 great northern, 1 black throated and 1 red throated diver in the cove, and an adult mediterranean gull was at the sewer with commoner species.

Black guillemot - poor record shot from cliff top
Black guillemot - poor record shot from cliff top

Black guillemot
Black guillemot

Posted December 24th, 2013 at 5:16 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Torbay

A very good selection and numbers around today: 40 Great Northern divers - 24 Broadsands/Goodrington, 8 Brixham c/o DMN, 8 Paignton/Preston, 5 Black-troated Divers - 4 Broafdsands, 1 Brixham (c/o DMN), 3 Red-throated Divers (all Broadsands), 1 Red-necked Grebe (Broadsands) 6 Black-necked Grebes - 5 Broadsands, 1 Paignton, 16 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 23 Common Scoter (Preston).

At Broadsands 1 Siberian Chiffchaff and 1 collybita Chiffchaff and 8 Cirl Buntings on seed in 2nd car park.

SS, ML 

Cattle Egret back on the playing fields at Clennon Valley at 4.15pm ready to go to roost.

Posted December 24th, 2013 at 4:02 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Cattle Egret, Yalberton

The Cattle Egret from Clennon Valley was present again at Yalberton this afternoon(14:00-15:15) in the fields behind my house! Feeding on worms around the cow trough.

 


Posted December 24th, 2013 at 4:01 pm by Jacob Wood in Bird News

Broadhempston

Glossy Ibis still present this morning in flooded fields. Viewable from lane. SX 799 655

Posted December 24th, 2013 at 10:52 am by Andy Cose in Bird News

Clennon Valley

Cattle Egret present on playing fields again this morning. 

Posted December 24th, 2013 at 8:26 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 23rd December 2013

Broadsands

Broadsands 14:30-15:00

Very strong wind and rain!

2 Great-northern divers, 1 Red-throated Diver, 3 (possibly 4)Black-throated Divers, 3 Black-necked Grebes and 4 Great-crested grebes.

Posted December 23rd, 2013 at 3:41 pm by Jacob Wood in Bird News

Brixham

Still two Black-throated Divers from Zeneca carpark mid afternoon today , the above shows a Black-throated together with two Great Northern off Shoalstone during Saturday's blow. This afternoon the Eider was off Shoalstone shelter.

Posted December 23rd, 2013 at 3:31 pm in Bird News

Berry Head & Brixham harbour

Berry Head, perhaps too windy as another broken brolly will testify! Seawatch 0830-1030: Balearic Shearwater (very slowly through) and only seabird of note, 5+ Harbour Porpoise, Fulmars starting gather (but no dark phase yet).

Brixham outer harbour from Zeneca: 2 Black-throated Divers and 2 Great Northern Divers

Posted December 23rd, 2013 at 1:20 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Shoalstone

A 45 min seawatch this morning from the shelter in the carpark produced relatively few birds the highlights being 1 Balearic Shearwater and 1 Great Northern Diver. 2 Harbour Porpoise feeding close inshore looking toward Berry Head.

Posted December 23rd, 2013 at 11:22 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Clennon Valley

Cattle Egret on the playing fields again this morning first thing - for anyone brave enough to go outside!

Posted December 23rd, 2013 at 8:17 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sunday 22nd December 2013

Clennon Valley

The cattle egret was present from about 1.30 to 2pm, first perched on a tree by the bottom pond, then feeding on the playing fields before inevitably getting flushed by dogs. Also present: 4 dabchick, 7 snipe, 1 pair shoveler.

Cattle egret in tree, bottom pond
Cattle egret in tree, bottom pond

....and after getting flushed from fields
....and after getting flushed from fields

Posted December 22nd, 2013 at 8:45 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

White fronted Goose ?

During a quick visit to Exeter marshes on Sunday morning I think I found a single White fronted Goose amongst the Brents and Canada's (orange legs, pink bill and a white patch above)??? I did get a couple of photo's via digi scoping though not the best due to the distance and no thanks to the couple who walked straight through the middle of the marsh, sending 1000s of birds skyward and wondering why they couldnt see anything through their bino's...

Can any one confirm my picture and its presence???

Eds: Mark there was not a picture attached??

Posted December 22nd, 2013 at 7:52 pm by Mark Leitch in Bird News

Shoalstone Eider

A bit of shower dodging this morning and the female Eider was located on the rocks under the Berry Head Hotel . Couple of Razorbill off the Breakwater . No sign of GND's but I guess there a good chance they'll be back tomorrow afternoon looking at the weather coming

Posted December 22nd, 2013 at 6:08 pm by Tim Clyburn in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton-22nd December

Two Siberian Chiffchaffs and two / possibly three 'collybita' performing well on the bluffs below the old railway line, and also in the ditches beside the path. Walk up the muddy path on the west side of the valley to grid ref SY 073837. Also adult and second winter Med Gulls on the flooded fields.

Posted December 22nd, 2013 at 5:32 pm by Peter Hopkin in Bird News

Broadsands

On the sea: a minimum of 13 Great Northern Divers, 3 Black-throated and 3 Red-throated Divers, 5 Black-necked Grebes 12+ Great Crested Grebes, 3 Razorbills and 2 Guillemots.

1 Siberian Chiffchaff in Marsh. 

Posted December 22nd, 2013 at 5:02 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

lesser whitethroat

There has been a singleton in our St Budeaux, Plymouth garden for about a week feeding on fatballs & breadcrumbs.

lesser whitethroat 22 Dec 13, Plymouth (1)
lesser whitethroat 22 Dec 13, Plymouth (1)

lesser whitethroat 22 Dec 13, Plymouth (2)
lesser whitethroat 22 Dec 13, Plymouth (2)

Discussion at: http://forum.devonbirds.org/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=244

Posted December 22nd, 2013 at 4:07 pm by derek courtnell in Bird News

Clennon Valley, Paignton

A mid morning walk round Clennon Valley, Paignton failed to spot the Cattle Egret, but a good variety of duck species on the ponds inc a drake Shoveller, good numbers of Mallard and Tufted, good numbers of Little Grebe dotted about and a count of 7 Snipe against one of the bankside reed beds, on the playing fields a Common gull amoungst the Black Headed Gulls

Posted December 22nd, 2013 at 3:05 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Velator Reserve

Very wet. Lots of Finches today - probably more than 100 Greenfinch! The Little Grebe is still present, hiding under the duckweed mainly! Also 2 Chiffchaffs, one of which looked like a good Tristis-type and I was just trying to get better sustained views when it flew off and I couldn't relocate it. Grrrr. Had a look at the other one which was a much more typical Collybita-type, greeny/yellowy wash. Will keep looking over the Christmas period to see if I can get better views. No sign of the Whooper Swans over on the great field, or of any Marsh Harriers over the reed-bed.

Posted December 22nd, 2013 at 3:01 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Tavistock

Found this very close drake Goosander on the river whilst returning to the car following an afternoons Christmas shopping in Tavistock..naturally the camera was with me.

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Goosander
Goosander

Posted December 22nd, 2013 at 12:39 am by Adrian Davey in Bird News

Saturday 21st December 2013

Broadsands

Early afternoon: 1 Red-necked Grebe (in Elberry Cove), 5 Black-necked Grebes, 9 Great Crested Grebes,11 Great Northern Divers (probably all additional to Dave's counts), 1 Black-throated Diver in Broadsands Bay (so different from Dave's bird), 1 Red-throated Diver, 3 Razorbills & 2 Guillemots.

2 Siberian Chiffchaffs in Marsh with 1 collybita Chiffchaff.

Cattle Egret still on Playing fields at Clennon Valley late afternoon. 

Posted December 21st, 2013 at 4:19 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Brixham

Mid morning as rain started to lift, two Great Northern Divers to the north of the harbour, from Zeneca.Shortly afterwards between Breakwater beach and Shoalstone, four Great Northerns close in at times, together with one Black-throated (photos to follow), plus an Eider. 

Posted December 21st, 2013 at 2:59 pm in Bird News

Roadford Lake

Two, maybe three, Great Northern Divers at Roadford lake this morning (from kayak)

Great Northern Diver
Great Northern Diver

Posted December 21st, 2013 at 2:05 pm by Rupert kirkwood in Bird News

Sherpa marsh

Doing a little tree trimming in the reserve and saw at least 2 (and possibly 3) MARSH HARRIERS over the reed-bed.

Posted December 21st, 2013 at 1:15 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Broadhempston - Friday

Jon Avon also reports that he received a call yesterday of a  single Glossy Ibis in a field near Broadhempston.

Posted December 21st, 2013 at 1:14 pm in Bird News

Stover today

Jon Avon reports:

9 Goosander (5males),
2 Pochard, 10 Coot, 5 Moorhen,
2 Kingfisher, Water Rail, 
10+ Snipe,
Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker,
SongThrush, 4 Marsh Tit. 12 Siskin,
Buzzard, Grey Wagtail.

Posted December 21st, 2013 at 1:11 pm in Bird News

Downend & Baggy Pt

No Scoters at Downend but 11 female Common Scoters + 1 Eider, 2 Kittiwakes & 8 Fulmars at Baggy Pt.

Also flock of 80 Black headed Gulls + 12 Common Gulls by treated sewage outfall & 1 Kestrel searching for prey.

Posted December 21st, 2013 at 1:03 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Clennon Valley

The Cattle Egret still showing around the playing fields until at least early afternoon. Not so many dogs in the pouring rain so the egret doesn't get as badly disturbed.

Posted December 21st, 2013 at 12:40 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Skern

1st winter Glaucous Gull still on the Skern from 10:30 to 11:00.

Posted December 21st, 2013 at 12:23 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Skern

Fw glaucous gull from 09.15-10.00

Posted December 21st, 2013 at 11:26 am by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Clennon Valley

The Cattle Egret from 745am this morning and still currently showing well on playing fields with Black Headed Gull flock.

edit- it remained feeding well on the playing field till 830am then was flushed by a dog walker and flew to the eastern most pond where is showed well again in a tree at the west end till 845am at least.

Also 1 adult Med Gull on the playing field.

Posted December 21st, 2013 at 8:06 am by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Friday 20th December 2013

Roadford resevoir

Great Northern Diver photographed at Roadford Resevoir this morning.20th December.

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Posted December 20th, 2013 at 9:46 pm by Adrian Davey in Bird News

Ring-necked Duck - Burrator

First found by Neil Trout on 14th and refound today by Roy McCarthy; seems to favour the Longstone side but often hidden under overhanging trees and seems to be mixed in with large group of Mallard.

Still present near dusk when 26 Goosander had arrived to roost and 5 Little Grebe still present.

Posted December 20th, 2013 at 9:40 pm in Bird News

Otter Estuary

Last few days around the Otter:
2 Siberian Chiffchaff in with at least 2+ Collybita about 200M North of South Farm Road on west side of valley frequenting wet ditches and brash piles. Birds have been calling and responding to song.
Thanks to Phil Bentley who initially reported 1 bird present since beginning of December

Much of the fields to the north of White Bridge are currently flooded and as a result are attracting quite a lot of wildfowl and gulls. Today 3 drake and 1 female Pintail (good for Otter) and 2 adult Med Gulls were the highlights other than one Sibe Chiffchaff above
Water Pipit yesterday DC on scrapes S of White Bridge

Siberian Chiffchaff by Chris Townend

Posted December 20th, 2013 at 7:09 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Clennon Valley

The Cattle Egret was back on the upper playing fields (western most) late this afternoon, also 1 Ad Mediterranean Gull. The egret did not show early morning as the fields were frosted, no gulls were feeding there either until late morning.

Jake Wood located the Cattle egret mid afternoon feeding in a cattle field near Stoke Gabriel.

Posted December 20th, 2013 at 5:16 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Broadsands

2 Siberian Chiffchaffs in marsh & 1 collybita Chiffchaff.

Posted December 20th, 2013 at 2:03 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Clennon Cattle Egret

Appeared on the back fields at midday . However very skittish  with Jackdaws taking a dislike to it and eventually flew off although I was 60yds away. This time it disappeared over towards Sainsburys

Posted December 20th, 2013 at 1:32 pm by tim clyburn in Bird News

Nr Crediton - possible Cattle Egrets

Just had a call from a very reliable source; 2 possible Cattle Egrets in flooded fields seen from train 1-2 miles east of Crediton this morning. Can't make it myself but if anyone's nearby would definitely be worth a look.

Posted December 20th, 2013 at 12:22 pm by Tim Worfolk in Bird News

Thursday 19th December 2013

Goldcrest on Exminster Marsh

Rugularly a Goldcrest in the trees at the entrance to the main carpark at Exminster Marsh, today was no exception.


Posted December 19th, 2013 at 5:46 pm by Charlie Fleming in Bird News

Berry Head & Brixham

Berry Head, seawatch 0930-1130: south 3 Black-throated Divers, 6 Red-throated Divers, 5 Great Northern Divers otherwise little seabird passage. 10+ Harbour Porpoises off the head.

Brixham: 6 Great Northern Divers just outside the breakwater (so these will all be additional birds to ML's).Great Northern Divers

Posted December 19th, 2013 at 2:27 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Torbay

A sweep of the beaches produced:

Preston: 5 Black-necked Grebes, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Great Northern Divers, 21 Common Scoter and 45 Turnstone.

Goodrington: 18 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Great Northern Divers.

Broadsands 1 Red-necked Grebe, 6 Black-necked Grebes, 8 Great Crested Grebes, 6 Great Northern Divers, 2 Black-throated Divers, 1 Guillemot & 1 Little Egret.

Around marsh: 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs, 3 'collybita' Chiffchaffs and 10 Cirls and 1 Reed bunting on seed in 2nd car park.

On my return home at 1315hrs the Cattle egret was again on the upper Clennon Valley playing fields viewable from my front door step! it was flushed by several dogs and flew up the valley toward Paignton Zoo.

Video clip here: Click on photo

Posted December 19th, 2013 at 2:12 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Very brief visit this lunchtime - the Long-tailed Duck still present.

Posted December 19th, 2013 at 2:08 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Roadford Reservoir

Roadford Reservoir - Thursday 19th December.

1 Great Northern Diver, reported to me by the Ranger Paul Lott.

Harvey Kendall

Posted December 19th, 2013 at 2:03 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Clennon Valley

Cattle Egret back around playing fields and roosting in trees on bottom (Eastern) pond. Yellow-browed Warbler in usual place with two Siberian Chiffchaffs this morning. Also 1 Little Egret, 1 Ad Mediterranean Gull, 16 Tufted Duck, 4 Shoveler, 5 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Water Rail and 3 Little Grebes  

Posted December 19th, 2013 at 11:12 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Barn Owls

Not exactly the bird news we are used to reading on this blog, but I urge all readers to look at this press release from the Barn Owl Trust: https://www.devonbirds.org/news/society_news#blogEntry4350

The winter of 2013/2014 and the 2014 breeding season are obviously going to be critically important times for the UK Barn Owl population.

Posted December 19th, 2013 at 8:14 am by Steve Waite in Bird News

Wednesday 18th December 2013

Sitwell st, Exeter

17 Redwing feeding in the Holly tree next to savers.

Posted December 18th, 2013 at 11:52 pm by Jason smith in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake 08:30 – 10:07  Very wet and windy.

20 Goosander 11m 9f, 23 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 2 G.C. Grebe, 10 Mallard, 2 Coot, 3 Teal, 1 Wren, 1 Kingfisher, 1 G.S. Woodpecker.

Posted December 18th, 2013 at 5:30 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Broadsands

Too wet and windy to walk out around Elberry Headland but 1 calling Great Northern Diver in the bay and a single Black-necked Grebe with 2 Great Crested Grebes. 10+ Gannets feeding just off shore.

Sunday 15 Dec: An egret with a yellow bill was seen flying W past Brixham on the Torbay boat trip last Sunday, after I received a call while I was on Elberry Headland I waited to see what was told  to be a large egret flying my way. When it didn't turn up I scanned the cliffs and found a distant white 'blob' in the misty rain sat on the cliffs Seven Quarries. The egret I could see was small, certainly not the Great White I was expecting. After straining my eyes for several minutes I decided it was just a Little Egret but called back to the boat crew describing where the egret was - how I wished I had waited for the weather to clear now! The boat crew failed to get good views on their return. This was the best photograph Chris Proctor managed to get from the boat -

Egret Species Seven Quarries Brixham 15 Dec 2013 CJP

perhaps it was the Cattle Egret or maybe a snowman!  Photo Chris Proctor.

Posted December 18th, 2013 at 1:02 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Tuesday 17th December 2013

Northam Burrows

Lovely day's birding, numerous lapwing, redshank, curlew on the marshes. Lots of pied wagtails on the stones with close veiws of curlews on the golf course. Highlights were six stonechats, two pairs plus two single males plus one Snow Bunting by the pool. Nice end to the day with three or four thousand starlings going to roost under Bideford old bridge.

Posted December 17th, 2013 at 9:41 pm by Andrew P Gooch in Bird News

Brixham breakwater

7 purple sandpipers feeding with turnstones seen on Brixham breakwater at 4pm today

Posted December 17th, 2013 at 8:08 pm by Liz Harris in Bird News

Brixham Breakwater

3 Black-throated Diver showing well from the beach at lunchtime. 1 very close

Posted December 17th, 2013 at 7:00 pm by Josh Marshall in Bird News

Baggy

Have any of you ever tried doing this with your feet in the sea or swimming baths?

12 female Common Scoters at Baggy Point.


Posted December 17th, 2013 at 6:39 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

South Brent

 Three Siskins on the feeders at home this morning, having lived here for five years and only ever seen two previously seen a couple of years apart to see three was a real bonus, one cock bird and two hens, late rin the day a very vocal and singing Song Thrush arrived first one that I have seen here since the summer, the day was capped off with a Treecreeper only the second one seen here in five years.

Lots of Redwings, Starling,Greenfinch and Goldfinch present over the last few days

Posted December 17th, 2013 at 6:27 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Clennon Valley

Yellow-browed Warbler still present 200m W of YMCA in Sallows over stream, 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs, 6 Goldcrests, 1 Mandarin Duck, 5 Snipe, 2 Teal, 1 Little Egret, 15 Tufted Ducks, 3 Shoveler.

Siberian Chiffchaff video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6zhDq9GBso

Yesterday: 1 Cattle Egret on bottom E most field, unfortunately not there this morning!  

Posted December 17th, 2013 at 3:14 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

River Caen/ River Taw

1145-1430hrs   The only raptor seen today was the female MARSH HARRIER sat on the top of a bush on Sherpa marsh viewed for 15 mins. The sandbanks of the Taw held 3000+ Lapwing 3000+ Golden plover good numbers of Curlew and Widgeon. 2 Kingfisher on the Caen.

Posted December 17th, 2013 at 3:12 pm in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

The Long-tailed Duck and female Red-breasted Merganser still from the hide this lunchtime until about 1.30. Increased number of Pintail today with at least 15 males and 5 females. Quick look from the new cycle path at Goosemoor saw 2 Water Rails showing well in the open from the last viewing point before the bridge. I was told there were 5 there earlier.

Posted December 17th, 2013 at 2:06 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

East Soar

A search for wintering passerines turned up just 16 cirl buntings but also firecrest at the wetland, female merlin & female sparrowhawk.

Posted December 17th, 2013 at 12:05 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Monday 16th December 2013

Smithincote, Uffculme

An unusually large group of about 16 Little Egret was seen on Friday 13th Dec and this increased to 20 birds counted and photographed on Sunday.   Today the count was twenty-four, possibly one or two more.
 
They are in the same field as last year almost exactly a year later.  This is a water meadow between the River Culm and a mill leat, flooded last year, but just wet now.
 
We regularly see Little Egret on this stretch of the river between Uffculme and Culmstock, but only as singles or pairs. They are more common in winter. These large groups have been seen during or after spells of bad weather -- particularly high winds.
 
Distant record shot of some of the birds.  Chris & Sue Longworth
L Egrets Uffculme 14.12.13 C Longworth

Posted December 16th, 2013 at 11:21 pm in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

The Long-tailed Duck still from the hide this lunchtime until about 1.40. Otherwise all the usual stuff, including at least 3 male Pintail.

Posted December 16th, 2013 at 2:17 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Yarnscombe

200+ skylark

100 chaffinch

Posted December 16th, 2013 at 2:10 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Sunday 15th December 2013

Torbay boat trip

The morning's boat trip in wet conditions from Paignton to Brixham and back again. 3 black throated divers (Churston), 2 black necked grebe (Broadsands), 8 great crested grebe, 3 teal (Churston), 2 purple sandpiper & 4 turnstone (Brixham breakwater) plus a fair few gannets and kittiwakes sheltering in the bay. 1 seal just outside Brixham harbour. Next trip is 29th December, phone Nigel Smallbones on 07866 202576 to book.

Black throated divers
Black throated divers

Black throated diver
Black throated diver

Black necked grebe
Black necked grebe

Posted December 15th, 2013 at 4:51 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

beesands and Slapton

New hide at Slapton useful in view of weather.  Male goldeneye and 3 females with the tufties, 20+ pochard, gadwall, 2 shoveler,2 great crested grebes.

Good view of bittern at Beesands also 2pairs gadwall

Posted December 15th, 2013 at 2:58 pm by lesley goonesekera in Bird News

Black-throated Diver

It was hideous weather but a morning  out of Paignton on the Dart Princess was productive the highlight being a these 3 Black-throated Diver just off Broadsands. 


Posted December 15th, 2013 at 1:50 pm by Charlie Fleming in Bird News

Broadsands

On the sea: 3 Black-throated Divers out from Elberry Cove, 2 Black-necked Grebes, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 25 Gannets feeding close inshore, also 1 Grey Seal.

Around the marsh,  2 Siberian Chiffchaffs, 1 'collybita' chiffchaff, 8 Cirl Buntings on seed in 2nd car park. 

Posted December 15th, 2013 at 1:38 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

10:30 - 12:00 Very wet and windy.

1 G.S Woodpecker, 25 Tufted, 1 Grey Heron, 13 Goosander 10m 3f, 4 Snipe, 2 G.C. Grebe,1 Gadwall.

Posted December 15th, 2013 at 1:20 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Broadsands

Broadsands 11:45-12:30

2 Black-throated Divers off shore towards Elbery Cove, also 3 Black-necked Grebes and 5 Great-crested Grebes.

Posted December 15th, 2013 at 12:51 pm by Jacob Wood in Bird News

Chivenor to Bradiford Reserve - Taw Estuary

There were 44 rod & line fishermen on the foreshore at low tide this morning on the north side of the Taw Estuary from the North Gut at Chivenor to Bradiford Reserve.

No birds were able to feed on the muddy margins along this stretch of several miles.

Posted December 15th, 2013 at 12:39 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Braunton Marsh

Out early this morning before the rain closed in.

Cracking close up view of the Marsh Harrier on the Marsh.

Gadwell, Shoveler Tufted and Wigeon on Wrafton Pond.

Posted December 15th, 2013 at 9:49 am by Andy Leat in Bird News

Saturday 14th December 2013

Hope's Nose

Seawatch 2.30-4pm produced little in the way of birds: 25 gannets feeding offshore and a couple of kittiwakes and fulmars. However two porpoises were close off the rocks and a seal in the cove to the north.

Posted December 14th, 2013 at 10:12 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Otter Estuary

A rare visit to Budleigh Salterton in hope of some gulls this a.m. produced this 1st winter Yellow-legged Gull. Very distant and fairly unco-operative, but a smart and distinctive bird nonetheless.

Yellow-legged Gull 1W - Otter Estuary 14/12/2013
Yellow-legged Gull 1W - Otter Estuary 14/12/2013

Posted December 14th, 2013 at 4:12 pm by Tim Worfolk in Bird News

Downend & Baggy Point

No Scoters at Downend this morning but 13 females at Baggy Point plus 1 Eider.

On leaving Baggy Point the gusts of wind were so strong I almost joined the seabirds with my first & what would have been my last flying lesson!




Posted December 14th, 2013 at 2:10 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

South Milton Ley

Just received a report from Arthur Livett of flushing a Great White Egret from the reeds at South Milton Ley around 9.20 this morning  near Bob's ringing area.  It circled around for some time, settled in a field for a while and then was last seen by him down by the little bridge.  Arthur's not sure whether it settled again or it may have gone further...

Posted December 14th, 2013 at 12:16 pm in Bird News

R.Taw. Barnstaple to Ashford

190 Dark-bellied Brent off Penhill Marsh; c3000 Golden Plover and c800 Dunlin mid-river; c3500 Lapwing.

3 Black-tailed Godwit; 3 Grey Plover on Ashford sewage works foreshore and 7 Goosander (all redheads) diving and feeding mid-river.

Posted December 14th, 2013 at 12:08 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Friday 13th December 2013

Newton Abbot and the Teign

A few sightings from this afternoon.

Decoy Lake; drake Scaup still present, a Gadwall and 24 Tufted Duck.

Passage House Inn near high tide; 77 Redshank, single Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, and 30 Snipe which took off from reeds.4 Little Grebe .

Lower estuary from roadside car park; 10 Red-breasted Merganser.

 

Posted December 13th, 2013 at 5:19 pm in Bird News

Thursday 12th December 2013

Bowling Green Marsh

The usual fare this lunchtime until about 1.50, with the Long-tailed Duck and female Red-breasted Merganser still from the hide. Good numbers of waders, with most from the viewing platform, including the Spotted Redshank, although it will probably have headed toward the hide as the tide gets higher. Also around 10 other Red-breasted Mergansers from the platform.

Posted December 12th, 2013 at 2:17 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Clennon Valley

The Yellow-browed Warbler showing in usual place 200m W of YMCA (please do not park in the YMCA car park during the week) in sallows above stream. Also 1 Chiffchaff, 7 Goldcrest, 4 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher 2 Water Rail 2 Little Grebes, 6 Tufted Duck 2 Teal and 2 Shoveler. 

Posted December 12th, 2013 at 1:13 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Berry Head & Brixham Breakwater

Yesterday

Berry Head: 10+ Common Dolphins fairly close in to the headland, also 5 Harbour Porpoise (including one calf).

Brixham breakwater: 23 Purple Sandpipers, 13 Turnstones

Posted December 12th, 2013 at 9:12 am by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Wednesday 11th December 2013

Lower Tamar Lake

A quick look at the lake this morning, noticed less female Goosanders today than normal.

8 Tufted Duck 4m 4f, 15 Goosander 12m 3f, 1 Gadwall, 11 Mallard, c50 Teal, 2 Raven, 1 Snipe, 1 Water Rail, 2 Coot.

Posted December 11th, 2013 at 7:18 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Broadsands

3 Siberian Chiffchaffs one quite buffy brown bird the other two showing yellow in the supercilium and paler overall, also 3 (collybita) Chiffchaffs present in the marsh and 3 Goldcrests.

tristis Chiffchaff Broadsands 11 Dec 2013 ML  tristis Chiffchaff Broadsands 11 Dec 2013 ML2

Photo of one of the Siberian Chiffchaffs with yellow in supercilium in sunlight and in shade.

The Yellow-browed Warbler showed again at Clennon Valley this afternoon (D. Land)

Posted December 11th, 2013 at 5:12 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Braunton Marsh

2 Female type Marsh Harriers seen from the Toll Road to Crow Point this afternoon.

Also a female Merlin in the Burrows near the point.

[Steve Mawby]

Posted December 11th, 2013 at 2:53 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Very good numbers of waders from the hide today until about 1.45 particularly Avocets and both Black-tailed and Bar-tailed Godwits. Also 1 Spotted Redshank and just 1 Golden Plover today. The Long-tailed Duck was up and down as usual and the female Red-breasted Merganser was sat on the near bank showing very well. Also 1 male Pintail.

Posted December 11th, 2013 at 2:10 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

near Bradworthy

Surveying on private land c.4km NW of Bradworthy yesterday; a female or juvenile Marsh Harrier flew NE just before midday. Also a Peregrine, 53 Teal and several Willow Tits.

Posted December 11th, 2013 at 9:48 am by Will Salmon in Bird News

Tuesday 10th December 2013

Torbay

Broadsands:On sea: 1 Black-throated Diver ,3 Great Northern Divers, 2 Black-necked Grebes 5 Great Crested Grebes

In marsh: 3 Siberian Chiffchaffs & 3 Collybita Chiffchaffs 1 Water Rail. 9 Cirl Buntings on seed in 2nd car park. 

Clennon Valley: the Yellow-browed Warbler and 1 Siberian Chiffchaff 200m w of YMCA this afternoon

Posted December 10th, 2013 at 8:19 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Bowling Green / Exmouth / Otterton Sewage Works

Bowling Green - In addition to Nick's post 1 Spotted Redshank and the Long-tailed Duck still viewable from the hide late morning

Exmouth Seafront - Long-tailed Duck close in-shore just off Maer Rocks mid afternoon

Otterton Sewage Works - at least 2 RT Divers and 2 GN Divers plus 15+ Fulmar and 40+ Common Scoter

Posted December 10th, 2013 at 7:17 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Hope's Nose

The eider was on rocks in the quarry on the north side this afternoon.

Eider, Hope's Nose Quarry
Eider, Hope's Nose Quarry

Posted December 10th, 2013 at 4:34 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Good numbers of waders over a high tide at lunchtime today until about 1.50. In amongst the Lapwings were 17 Golden Plovers. Good numbers of Avocet, but not enough time to count them! Most unexpected was a female Red-breasted Merganser resting on the bank with the wader flock to the right of the hide. Not a bird I can remember seeing from the hide here. Also 3 male and 1 female Pintails.

Posted December 10th, 2013 at 2:16 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Barnstaple

Driving over the new bridge this morning, I saw 4 Goosanders fly upstream.

Posted December 10th, 2013 at 10:56 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Monday 9th December 2013

Hartland area

50+ Red-throated Divers feeding in the race between Hartland Point to Hartland Quay (probably more as sea choppy), also good numbers of auks a few Kittiwakes and Harbour Porpoise.

On Bursdon Moor single ringtail Hen Harrier and Merlin.

Posted December 9th, 2013 at 7:07 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Escot Park, East Devon

An enjoyable few hours this morning to reconnoitre the EAST Branch fieldtrip around the Escot Estate this Wednesday.  (Please note that reservations for the Christmas lunch are now closed).  Walk starts at 0930 and those attending for 'lunch only' should meet at 1230.  I would like to dedicate this walk in memory of the late Paul Stubbs, whose sudden death was announced recently.  I will miss you Paul.

Plenty of birds around with 4 very approachable Buzzards, 74 Lapwing in fields, Bullfinch, Raven, 12 Fieldfare, 45 Mallard, c50 Linnet and a probable Jacksnipe (disturbed but immediately went to ground in the 'spash pools' below the car park. 

May I take this early opportunity to wish all Devon Birds members a very Happy Christmas and great birding for 2014. 

Posted December 9th, 2013 at 6:44 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Horsey Island, Braunton Marshes. 0855 - 1030

3 Grey Plover and 27 Dunlin on the White House foreshore.

Horsey Island and Ramshorn Pond(Tarka the Otter)

12 Greenshank; 23 Teal; 5 Little Grebe; 5 Redshank; 2 Little Egret; c500 lapwing on Horsey fields and 1 Buzzard. No sign of Harriers. 

Posted December 9th, 2013 at 6:39 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

River Caen/River Taw

A wonderfull walk on a sun filled day. Good numbers of Curlew,Lapwing and Golden plover. A Female Marsh harrier was hunting over the whole area. 3 Greenshank 6 Little grebe 2 Great crested grebe 50+ Redshank 2 Stonechat. On Isley marsh 4 Spoonbill.

Posted December 9th, 2013 at 6:33 pm in Bird News

pintail

a quick visit to bowling green marsh this afternoon.

plenty of avocet and dunlin,highlight was two peregrine sending all the birds up,one of the peregrines had taken a wigeon and dropped it,which was quickly claimed by a buzzard,good view of female kingfisher from viewing platform,two male pintail(as picture) showing quite nicely.

Pintail
Pintail

Posted December 9th, 2013 at 4:48 pm by gray clements in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

No surprises but a good day included 7 little grebe, 10 great crested grebe, 20 cormorant, 20 shag, 27 little egret, 80 brent goose, 2 Egyptian goose, 98 shelduck,780 wigeon, 110 teal, 12 pintail, 14 red-breasted merganser, 138 oystercatcher, 3 grey plov er, 90 lapwing, 380 dunlin, 2 black-tailed godwit, 15 bar-tailed godwit, 180 curlew, 89 redshank, 2 greenshank, 40 common gull & 2 kingfisher. 

Posted December 9th, 2013 at 4:42 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Broadsands

Black-throated Diver, Great-northern Diver, and Red-throated Diver all present. 2 Black-necked Grebes also. In the marsh 2 tristis type Chiffchaff 

Posted December 9th, 2013 at 4:13 pm by Josh Marshall in Bird News

Clennon Valley

The Yellow-browed Warbler showed well by stream 200m w of YMCA this afternoon.

Yellow-browed Warbler clennon Vly 9 Dec ML    Yellow-browed Warbler clennon Vly 9 Dec ML2

Posted December 9th, 2013 at 2:17 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sunday 8th December 2013

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A single Jack Snipe, 2 Snipes, 3 Dunlins, a Common Sandpiper and a buck Roe Deer. 

Posted December 8th, 2013 at 7:27 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Torbay boat trip

Morning boat trip from Paignton harbour along the coast to Berry Head and back. 3 great northern divers (2 of them calling to each other off Elberry Cove), 1 black throated diver (Churston Point), 8 great crested grebes, 1 black necked grebe (Broadsands), 21 common scoter (Preston), 500 guillemot (Brerry Head), 1 purple sandpiper and 3 grey seals (Brixham harbour), and a few porpoise off Berry Head.

Next trip Sunday 15th December at 9am from Paignton Harbour. To book phone Nigel Smallbones on 07866 202576

Common scoter flock, Preston
Common scoter flock, Preston

Black throated diver, Churston Point
Black throated diver, Churston Point

Great northern diver, off Brixham
Great northern diver, off Brixham

Posted December 8th, 2013 at 5:51 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Beesands Ley

14:00-15:45.

A little improvement on recent visits. Little Grebe, 3 Mute Swan, 7 Gadwall, Pintail, 4 Teal and 8 Mallard. Out at sea a Red-throated Diver off the cellers. Picked up a flock of about 80 Wigeon way out on the sea that eventually came in and out of my sight to land presumably on Slapton Ley or furthur inland towards Kingsbridge Estuary.

Posted December 8th, 2013 at 4:57 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Slapton Ley

10:00-13:30.

2 Great Crested Grebe, 17 Little Grebe, Black-necked Grebe ( Ireland Bay ), 123 Canada Geese, 220 Wigeon, 133 Gadwall ( can't be far short of a record count for Devon ? ), 15 Teal, 7 Shoveler, 259 Tufted Duck, 2 Scaup ( male and female from Stokeley hide ), 76 Pochard, Red-crested Pochard X Tufted Duck hybrid, Goosander ( redhead Stokeley Bay ), 397 Coot, 50+ Moorhen, c 200 Common Gull and 3 Mediterranean Gulls ( first winter, second winter and adult ). Quiet on the sea apart from 2 Great Northern Divers.                                                                                                                                          

 

 

  

Posted December 8th, 2013 at 4:52 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Teign Estuary

Selected sightings from today: 

Decoy Lake - drake Scaup still, 34 Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Green Woodpecker

Wetland south of Bishopsteignton - Teal, Water Rail, Chiffchaff, 5 Song Thrush, c.15 Meadow Pipit

Lower estuary (high tide) - 11 Turnstone, 9 Red-breasted Merganser

Upper estuary (falling tide) - 98 Redshank, 13 Greenshank, 20 Lapwing, 5 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 10+ Snipe, 5 Little Grebe, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Grey Wagtail

Posted December 8th, 2013 at 4:46 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Broadsands

On sea: 1 Black-throated Diver, 3 Great Northern Divers, 2 Black-necked Grebes, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 5 Great Crested Grebes.

In Marsh: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 2 'collybita' Chiffchaffs, 1 Goldcrest - up to 9 Cirl Buntings on seed early morning.

Posted December 8th, 2013 at 12:55 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Saturday 7th December 2013

Bird sightings at dawlish

Bonapartes Gull adult winter flying up & down the beach.

Common,Med.gulls also giving good views.

Great Crested Grebe 5-6 winter plumage.

Two Razor Bills swimming around close in shore.

Posted December 7th, 2013 at 7:47 pm by Stephen John Turner in Bird News

Velator reserve

Slightly disappointing ringing session considering how many birds were seen in the reserve yesterday. Only 24 ringed of 4 species.

We did record Cetti's Warbler (heard) along with Grey Wagtail and Water Rail (seen) and also saw the first Little Grebe in the reserve since July. One was also seen in the river by the bridge to the reserve, along with a Dipper.

Posted December 7th, 2013 at 5:43 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Otter Estuary, Budleigh Salterton

Back to reality after birding the sweaty Upper Guinea Forests of Ghana!
Nothing out of the ordinary on the Otter today, but a quite confiding Water Rail visible from White Bridge plus a Kingfisher distracted me for some photos.....

Water Rail by Chris Townend

Kingfisher by Chris Townend

Posted December 7th, 2013 at 4:57 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Torrington

An hour spent watching some woodland birds today inc Treecreeper and lots of these lovely little Goldcrests


Posted December 7th, 2013 at 2:31 pm by Steve Hatch in Bird News

Broadsands-Elbury

While watching one of the Black-throated Divers out towards the shellfish farm around 1230, I picked up a distant winter plumage Black Guillemot drifting north, apparently moving north from Brixham and slowly out into the bay,lost by 1245.

Posted December 7th, 2013 at 2:12 pm in Bird News

Baggy point

This morning 9 female Common Scoters at Baggy.


Posted December 7th, 2013 at 1:59 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Torbay

Broadsands early am: 2 Black-throated Divers, 2 Great Northern divers, 1 Red-throated Diver, 4 Black-necked Grebes, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 6 Great Crested Grebes.

Paignton /Preston: 2 Great Northern Divers, 17 Common Scoter 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe.

Clennon Valley: Yellow-browed Warbler usual place 200m w of YMCA, but wandering further a field now leaves are dropping. 

 

Posted December 7th, 2013 at 1:22 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Hopes Nose

A female Eider present this morning around Lead Stone. Also 2 Stonechat.

Posted December 7th, 2013 at 11:32 am by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Friday 6th December 2013

Red Legged Partridges at Paignton

Totally surprised, driving a regular back road from Stoke Gabriel towards Sainsburys, wifey spotted a partridge in a field gateway. Screeched to halt, backed up, and saw 3 x Red Legged, which only retreated slowly from us. From Sainsburys, head on towards Stoke, past cider sales barn, over the brook, and there is a sharp left hand bend, with field entrance immediately adjacent. Will return in the morning with camera and optimism !

Posted December 6th, 2013 at 4:44 pm by Trevor Leaman in Bird News

Topsham Recreation Ground

The Water Pipit still present this afternoon. Also an adult Yellow-legged Gull - although I have doubts about this one; structure, mantle colour and primaries look acceptable but legs only slightly yellowish and head a little too streaky for my liking.

Yellow-legged Gull - or is it? - Topsham 6/12/2013
Yellow-legged Gull - or is it? - Topsham 6/12/2013

Yellow-legged Gull - or is it? - Topsham 6/12/2013
Yellow-legged Gull - or is it? - Topsham 6/12/2013

Posted December 6th, 2013 at 4:31 pm by Tim Worfolk in Bird News

Torbay

Bright morning with calm sea. At high tide 41 Turnstones at Preston promenade seemed a good total, also 20 Oystercatcher. On sea 21 Shag, 18 Common Scoter, 2 Great Northern Diver, 3 Great Crested Grebe.From Roundham  Head 5 Great Crested Grebes, Great Northern Diver and Red-throated Diver. Broadsands-Elberry, a quick look produced 7 more Great Crested, 2 Great Northern and  another Red-throated. A  Slavonian and a Black-necked Grebe were together close off Elberry .Others reported seeing  a Black-throated Diver over towards Brixham, and two more Black-necked.   

 

Posted December 6th, 2013 at 2:20 pm in Bird News

Broadsands

On Sea : 1 Black-throated Diver,2 Great Northern Divers, 2 Great Crested, 1 Black-necked and 1 Slavonian Grebe,

black-throated & Grt Nrthn Divers Broadsands 06 Dec 2013 ML   Slav Grebe Broadsands 6 Dec 13 ML

9 Cirl Buntings and 1 Reed Bunting on seed in 2nd car park. 1 Water Rail in marsh.

 

Clennon Valley: Yellow-browed Warbler showed early pm - usual place 200m W of YMCA.

Posted December 6th, 2013 at 2:15 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Saunton Sands

A single Snow Bunting which could possibly be the same individual as the one I had seen only once at Baggy on 15/11/2013. Perhaps at some future date it will join the others on Northam Burrows.

The overwintering flock of Sanderling were very active (like clockwork toys) searching for food along the strandline & shoreline. Also unusual for this time of year (normally seen during spring & autumn passage on Saunton Sands) a flock of 42 Ringed Plover.

Posted December 6th, 2013 at 12:47 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Thursday 5th December 2013

Seaton

Around mid-morning Thursday, at Seaton harbour a male Black Redstart was on the rooftops of the Cafe/Tackle Shop and adjoining cottages.    Very smart indeed! 

Posted December 5th, 2013 at 6:15 pm by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime today until about 1.50. The Long-tailed Duck eventually appeared having remained out of sight for most of the time. Also 4 male and 2 female Pintails, 1 male and 2 female Gadwall, 2 male Tufted Ducks and a female Pochard.

Posted December 5th, 2013 at 2:32 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Braunton etc.

Wrafton pond has the usual suspects again - 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Teal, and several each of Wigeon, Shoveler and Gadwall.

From the reserve, looking south over the Sherpa reed-bed, 2 hunting female Marsh Harriers, very close to the reserve.

Out on the Great Field now 4 Whooper Swans, with a few Mutes.

 

 

Posted December 5th, 2013 at 12:49 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wednesday 4th December 2013

Whooper Swans - Braunton Marsh

Two Whoopers with a couple of Mutes back on the marsh again




Posted December 4th, 2013 at 9:44 pm by Chris Bollen in Bird News

Barnstaple - pied wagtails

Tesco St. Johns carpark at 5:00 with the weeks shop saw maybe 300 pied wagtails noisily settling down to roost in three ornamental hornbeams close to the store with more flying in as I left.

Posted December 4th, 2013 at 9:25 pm by Alan Craddock in Bird News

R.Taw off Pottington and Ashford Strand.

1415 - 15:30

216 Dark-bellied Brent and c3000 Golden Plover on Penhill Marsh side with c50 Wigeon undecided wether or not to land. 4 Black-tailed Godwit and just 1 Grey Plover off Pottington. The Golden Plover were very skittish and constantly taking off and landing.

c300 Dunlin; 8 Goosander(1 male & 8 Redheads); 1 Turnstone; 1 Grey Plover; 28 Wigeon and 2 Bar-tailed Godwit at Ashford Strand. Too many Lapwings on the river to estimate let alone count.

Posted December 4th, 2013 at 7:13 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

River Caen/River Taw

1415-1630hrs Good numbers of Golden plover,Lapwing and Curlew showed well. The best birds were a Female Marsh harrier hunting on Horsey island with 3 Buzzard close by. On and around the caen i found 2 stonechat 2 Greenshank and a Common sandpiper.

Posted December 4th, 2013 at 6:54 pm in Bird News

Dartmoor

Three Tawny Owls calling continously for a couple of hours last night, one sat on our neighbour's roof, the other two on either side of the road at Dousland.

Two Woodcock flew up from a damp area in Peek Hill Plantation.

Maureen & Rob Harrison

Posted December 4th, 2013 at 6:08 pm by Rob Harrison in Bird News

Haldon

2 Woodcock flew out from the southern side of Haldon at 4.46pm and 4.51pm. Whilst waiting, a dog walker said his dog had put up 3 more Woodcock in the nearby wood this afternoon.

Posted December 4th, 2013 at 5:48 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Clennon Valley

Yellow-browed Warbler at Clennon Valley still showing well and calling in it's usual area this afternoon (photo). The tristis Chiffchaff also showed briefly and called.

Yellow-browed Warbler

Posted December 4th, 2013 at 4:09 pm by Jacob Wood in Bird News

Clennon Valley

Yellow-browed Warbler still in sallows along stream 200m W of YMCA. 

Posted December 4th, 2013 at 3:39 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Tuesday 3rd December 2013

Lower Tamar Lake

10:00

Goosander 6m 6f, Little Grebe 2, Tufted 2m 4f, Grey Heron 1,

Car park feeders: Great/Coal/Blue/Marsh Tits, Collered Dove 2,

Goldcrest.

Posted December 3rd, 2013 at 6:56 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Torbay

Paignton/Preston: 6 Common Scoter, 1 Great Northern Diver ( also a male Black Redstart on houses by entrance to  Roundham Head green)

Goodrington: 6 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Brent Geese.

Broadsands: 4 Black-necked Grebes, 5 Great Northern Divers, 5 Great Crested Grebes. 5 Cirl and 2 Reed Buntings on seed in 2nd car park, 2 collybita Chiffchaffs in Marsh. 

Posted December 3rd, 2013 at 3:46 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Clennon Valley

The Yellow-browed Warbler was again in the usual spot but was ranging 200m further west along the steam from time to time. Also on Site 1 tristis Chiffchaff, 2 collybita Chiffchaffs, 7 Goldcrest including this singing bird (click on photo of Goldcrest to direct you through to YouTube video)

 

Sibe chiffchaff Clennon Vly 03 Dec 13 ML2  Sibe chiffchaff Clennon Vly 03 Dec 13 ML

Photos: Siberian (tristis) Chiffchaff Clennon Valley. A fairly brown looking bird with buffy brown supercilium, from below the whole throat and upper breast was buffy too. Yellow only shown on underwing see photo right. 

Posted December 3rd, 2013 at 3:25 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

The Long-tailed Duck still from the hide today until about 1.45. Also 3 male and 1 female Pintail, 2 Snipe and from the viewing platform, 1 Greenshank.

Posted December 3rd, 2013 at 2:15 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Around the Axe

Two Long-tailed Ducks still off Seaton, along with three fem-type Goosander, two Red-throated Diver and a Great Crested Grebe.

The three Goosanders were on the Estuary about thirty minutes later, with two Greylag Geese. 

Posted December 3rd, 2013 at 1:44 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Downend & Baggy Point

No Scoters at Downend but 13 females at Baggy Point.

Also a Great Northern Diver in flight heading south close to the point.

Posted December 3rd, 2013 at 1:03 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Monday 2nd December 2013

goldcrest

visited darts farm today,large flock of greenfinches,seven redwing and a single fieldfare and a few goldcrest showing quite well around bushes.

Goldcrest
Goldcrest

Posted December 2nd, 2013 at 7:55 pm by gray clements in Bird News

Ilfracombe

One Black Redstart on the large rock at the entrance of Wildersmouth beach and two Purple Sandpipers at Capstone Point in Ilfracombe at 2 o'clock today 

Posted December 2nd, 2013 at 6:54 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Great Grey Shrike

Great Grey Shrike at entrance to Soussons Farm Dartmoor at Grid Ref sx 68261 78745 (from memory map) at around 12:40.

Also on our walk, group of Bullfinches x 7, Crossbills x 8, same area.

Posted December 2nd, 2013 at 4:55 pm by Colin Hannaford in Bird News

R.Taw off Pottington Ind.Est

14:15

Dunlin c375; Bar-tailed Godwit 5; Grey Plover 2; Dark-bellied Brent 155; Ringed Plover 2; Little Egret 3; Golden Plover c2500; Goosander 9 (2 males, 7 Redheads); Lapwing c1500; Little Grebe 2, Redshank 43 and c50 Teal in Bradiford Reserve.

Posted December 2nd, 2013 at 4:14 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

A very smart male (jack) Merlin hunting area, which caught a Pied Wagtail, first attempt at great speed.

Posted December 2nd, 2013 at 3:24 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Avon Valley inc.South Efford Marsh

A good range of species included18 little egret, 2 Egyptian geese, 88 wigeon, 35 teal, 247 mallard, 18 curlew, bar-tailed godwit, 2 greenshank, 3 common sandpiper, grey wagtail & 31 alba wagtails. No sign of any water pipits after 6 in late November.

Posted December 2nd, 2013 at 3:04 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Blackcap.

A female Blackcap has been visiting the apple constantly in my Alphington, Exeter garden today.


Posted December 2nd, 2013 at 2:29 pm by Charles Fleming in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

The Long-tailed Duck still from the hide until about 12.15 today. Other highlights were a male Pintail and 1 Bar-tailed Godwit amongst the Black-taileds. Also noticably higher number of Lapwings today.

Posted December 2nd, 2013 at 2:00 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Clennon Valley

Yellow-browed Warbler still showing well 200m w of YMCA, also on site 1 tristis Chiffchaff two videos of call and bird:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fw85E8WTTFI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgAlmcHkIQ0

Call is varied, some slightly rising calls others flatter, but not as hollow/flat as 'classic' Siberian Chiffchaff calls. Not quite as Western collybita Chiffchaff like as the greyer looking 'Siberian' Chiffchaffs posted at Clennon and Broadsands last week.

Posted December 2nd, 2013 at 12:00 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Blackcaps as usual.

A nice female Blackcap feeding on apple in my garden at dawn today. Annual winter residents  here in Alphington

Posted December 2nd, 2013 at 9:12 am by Charles Fleming in Bird News

Sunday 1st December 2013

Topsham

One Water pipit at the Recreational playing fields late pm along waters edge. Also possible 1 winter Yellow legged gull.

Posted December 1st, 2013 at 10:42 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

South Brent ~ Greenfinch flock

During the afternoon at South Brent I saw a large flock of finch like birds drop into the crown of an ash tree, a check with the binoculars confirmed them all as Greenfinch, trying to get an accurate count while they were in the tree was diffiuclt but when they lifted they went out in a long straggling line and an accurate count of 47 made.

 

Posted December 1st, 2013 at 8:42 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Tried for the starling roost in Ireland Bay, only about 15000 but it seems numbers are varying day to day here so maybe a little unlucky. 20 Little Grebes and a Black-necked Grebe noted on the way round.

Posted December 1st, 2013 at 6:03 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

West Charleton Marsh / Bay

2 Egyptian Geese and a Black-tailed Godwit on the marsh this morning. Three more Black-wits in the bay with a male Pintail. Distant wildfowl at entrance to Blalanksmill Creek put up by a Peregrine. Thought i heard a Whimbrel but not 100 %.

Posted December 1st, 2013 at 6:01 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Soussons Valley

Great Grey Shrike still present this morning just north of the Forestry gate, with several Crossbill feeding in the tops of the Conifers on the edge of the woods.

Posted December 1st, 2013 at 4:22 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Coleton Camp - Froward Point (south of Brixham)

Black Redstart below Ivy Cove, and a Little Egret at Froward Point. At sea 6-7 Harbour Porpoise just off Froward Point and a couple of Grey Seals

Posted December 1st, 2013 at 4:09 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Torbay boat trip

A good trip this morning. 3 great northern divers, 15 herons, 16 common scoter, about 700 guillemots (mostly at the Berry head colony), 6 razorbill, 7 kittiwake, 9 fulmar, 2 purple sandpiper, 4 turnstone. Marine mammals represented by 5 grey seal (our highest ever count) and around 10 porpoises showing very well off Berry Head. Next trip Sunday 8th December 9am, call Nigel Smallbones on 07866 202576.

Great northern diver off Brixham Breakwater
Great northern diver off Brixham Breakwater

Guillemots at colony, Berry Head
Guillemots at colony, Berry Head

Porpoises south of Berry Head
Porpoises south of Berry Head

Posted December 1st, 2013 at 4:08 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Westward Ho!

Purple Sandpiper numbers have been declining in recent winters at  Westward Ho! and last winter there was only one. It was good therefore to see 2 at high tide on rocks immediately to the east of Nassau Court.

Posted December 1st, 2013 at 3:35 pm by Roger Doble in Bird News

Saturday Haytor Rocks

Great Grey Shrike seen near Pinchaford /Haytor Rocks area (SX7776) in the afternoon.

(Roger Yeoman)

 

Posted December 1st, 2013 at 11:01 am in Bird News

Soar Mill Cove

Yesterday afternoon,superb male black redstart feeding on the tideline with grey wagtail. At nearby Hope Cove 2 purple sandpipers on the rocks. 

Posted December 1st, 2013 at 9:10 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News

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