Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from December 2015

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Thursday 31st December 2015

Still There

A pair of Great Northern Divers still off Mount Batten. Have seen them there on three consecutive days.

Posted December 31st, 2015 at 10:24 pm by Bob Dennis in Bird News

little gull

Blackpool sands 2.30 today. Excellent views  of Little Gull flying close to the shoreline. Distinctive  very dark underwing and partial hood. We have photos but don't have facilities to down load today.

Posted December 31st, 2015 at 7:15 pm by Mark Porter in Bird News

Plym Estuary

In addition to Greg's post below: the Siberian Chiffchaff still present, with a single Goldcrest; and on the pool - a leucistic Black-headed Gull, an ad-w Mediterranean Gull, 60 Curlews, 5 Greenshanks, 93 Redshanks, a pair of Wigeons and just 9 Shelducks. All on high / falling tide.

Later from the Hoe, a Great Northern Diver.

Posted December 31st, 2015 at 6:51 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Tor Bay, Otterton and East Devon Heaths

Today a whistle stop tour of a Tor Bay showed 7 GN Divers close inshore without really trying too hard:
3 off Meadfoot Beach and 4 off Hope's Nose. A single RT Diver off Otterton STW and Brambling also.
Ringtail Hen Harrier roaming around the East Devon Heaths in recent days.

Posted December 31st, 2015 at 6:15 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

South Efford Marsh

South Efford Marsh, am. Of note: 2 Water Pipits, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpipers, plus 10 Little Egrets in water meadows just upstream of Aveton Gifford bridge.

Posted December 31st, 2015 at 3:36 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Two Black-necked Grebes on ley at Torcross, early pm.

Posted December 31st, 2015 at 2:57 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Plym River today 31-12-15 Shag, Little Grebe and a lone Guillemot

31-12-15 Ply River Estuary. One the Plym River just down from the railway bridge, a lone adult Guillemot in Winter colours was quite oblivious to me pointing my camera at it, later the Guillemot moved to the dam at Saltram where I managed to take numerous photo's at about 20 meters away. Also on this part of the river was a Shag fishing and about 4 little Grebe's, one photo'ed  with a fish in it's mouth.

Guillemot
Guillemot

Shag
Shag

Little Grebe
Little Grebe

Posted December 31st, 2015 at 2:39 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Bramblings at Otterton

At least 6+ Brambling in with a mixed flock of other finches this morning.4+ Reed Buntings also present, Male Kestrel and Female Sparrowhawk showed an interest in the Otterton area.

30+ Brent Geese and 20+ Widgeon on the flooded Budleigh Salterton Cricket ground this lunchtime.!  

Brambling
Brambling

Brambling
Brambling

Reed Bunting
Reed Bunting

Posted December 31st, 2015 at 2:35 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Torbay

Simultanous Counts from Broadsands (ML) and Brixham (Nigel Smallbones) gave a combined toatal for Great Northern Divers of 62!

Broadsands counts: 35 Great Northern Divers, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 19 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Black-necked Grebes, 2 Slavonian Grebes  & 7 Common Scoter. The Yellow-browed Warbler was still present and 1 Firecrest at least 5 Cirl Buntings dropped onto seed first thing in the morning.

Nigel reported 5 Purple Sandpipers on the Brixham Breakwater this morning.

Video link to:  Slavonain Grebes & photo bombing Great Northern Diver: https://youtu.be/ON0ZgsglEYo

Yellow-browed Warbler: https://youtu.be/yBQZIHTg6Mk

Posted December 31st, 2015 at 2:10 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 30th December 2015

Torbay

Combined Total from Broadsands and Brixham: 55 Great Northern Divers, 1 Black-throated Diver , 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Red-necked Grebe (Broadsands), 3 Black-necked Grebes, 3 Slavonian Grebes, 11 Great Crested Grebes, 6 Common Scoter, 8 Guillemots, 5 Razorbills.

Video of one of the Great Northern Diver groups: https://youtu.be/HtPLLMYO_Vk

The Yellow-browed Warbler was still showing well at Broadsands despite the weather.  

Posted December 30th, 2015 at 4:19 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Exmouth

Seafront - Leach's Petrel lingering off Warren Point @1230. Viewed from the shelter opposite warren Point, near the Grove Pub. Waterproofs advised!

Posted December 30th, 2015 at 12:48 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Tuesday 29th December 2015

Bowling Green Marsh

American Wigeon showing well (when not asleep) amongst the other expected species on this morning's high tide.

Posted December 29th, 2015 at 11:01 pm by Richard Woodland in Bird News

Teignmouth Black Redstarts

What are you going to do over the Hoopoe report on Christmas Eve. Just intrigued.

Posted December 29th, 2015 at 10:27 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Exminster - Dawlish Warren

Lovely dawn this morning arrived at Exminster Marsh at 07.55 almost immediately saw the Cattle Egret in with about 5 Little Egrets constantly disturbed by shotgun fire from further up the estuary. See link

https://youtu.be/BgOkKUYvqtk

Thousands of birds on the marsh a fantastic sight, Brent and Canada’s, Wigeon, Teal, Lapwing, Song Thrush and lots of Tits, Redshank and a small flock of Dunlin. Along the Exe via Turf, Stonechat, Oystercatcher, Kingfisher, Meadow Pipit and 6 RB Merganser off Cockwood. Not at lot different at Dawlish Warren (arr about 11am as tide was dropping) 1 Guillemot off shore and a few Sky Larks the highlights

Cattle Egret and Little Egret
Cattle Egret and Little Egret

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

Posted December 29th, 2015 at 5:16 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Black Redstart - Heathfield

Unexpected visitor to the garden this morning was a female Black Redstart. Gave good views until the resident Chaffinch saw me open the window to get some better photos & sounded the alarm. Another first for the garden

Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Posted December 29th, 2015 at 5:12 pm by Paul Treen in Bird News

Exmouth

Bonaparte's Gull, 2 Black redstarts and a Siberian Chiffchaff in Exmouth today. See www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk for more details.

Posted December 29th, 2015 at 4:57 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Darting ~ Stover ~ South Brent

The Dartington Drive flood meadow contained a large flock of Canadian Geese including two hybrid birds, several flights of birds were lifting off as I arrived but a count of 152 of birds still on the meadow, most had lifted off and flown down towards the Rv Dart by 8.15, one drake Teal, several Mallard, Grey Wagtail and one Mute Swan.

Goldcrest, Blue and Coal Tits in the nearby trees.

Stover late morning gave views of Jay, Pochard (3), Tufted Duck (3) Great Crested Grebe (4), Lesser Black Back Gull (2) Marsh Tit, a male Goosander on the lake and a fly over by a second male.

Back home at South Brent the garden feeders were again busy, mid-afternoon gave Siskin, two sightings of a female Sparrow Hawk, Buzzard, Wren, Redwing, initially a flight of six Starling but a flock of 39 came across the field just before 4pm, Pied Wagtails, a male Greater Spotted Woodpecker, the highlight being the months second sighting in the garden of a Treecreeper.

Posted December 29th, 2015 at 4:50 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Wrafton

A late afternoon visit to the reserve - out on the flood by the Tarka Trail, a Common Sandpiper.

Posted December 29th, 2015 at 4:38 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wembury Bay

Two Water Pipits on the beach with c25 Rocks and a Black Redstart.

From Mount Batten later, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (ad-w and 2nd-w) and a Razorbill; also 2 each of Goldcrests and Little Grebes in Radford Park. 

Posted December 29th, 2015 at 3:43 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Decoy CP, Newton Abbot.

The male Scaup is still present on the lake along with 10 Tufted Ducks. In the adjacent DWT's Wolborough Fen a Firecrest, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were noteworthy

Scaup
Scaup

Posted December 29th, 2015 at 12:50 pm by david cawthraw in Bird News

Broadsands

The Yellow-browed Warbler still present this morning with at least 2 Firecrest, 2 Chiffchaffs, 1 Blackcap, 2 Siskin and 9 Goldcrest. 7 Cirls and 1 Reed bunting on seed in 2nd carpark.

On the sea: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 4 Black-necked Grebes, 2 Slavonian Grebes, 11 Great Crested Grebes, 25 Great Northern Divers (also another 3 off Paignton), 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Shelduck, 3 Brent Geese

Posted December 29th, 2015 at 10:59 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Scandis in force

For the last couple of weeks, our friends from the North have been plucking up worms from the rain-sodden football field at Holsworthy.  Every morning about 9 o'clock, the grass is full of fieldfares - 40 at the latest count on Sunday, December 27, along with a lone redwing.  Very flighty, nervy birds, I haven't yet got a decent pic, but it's a delight to watch these handsome Scandinavian creatures building up their fat reserves from Devon worms. There's been the odd song thrush and m/f blackbirds in with the flock too.  Just beautiful. Starlings too are enjoying my fat-filled bird-feeders, along with robins and blue tits.  No takers for the nyger seeds from the resident goldfinches yet. They're already sprouting thanks to the rain, so I'll maybe make a salad...

Posted December 29th, 2015 at 2:41 am by Hilary Vivian in Bird News

Monday 28th December 2015

Topsham

American wigeon was still on Bowling a Green Marsh at 4pm. While I watched the duck from near the railway bridge, a Firecrest called and flew into the trees on the railway embankment.

Posted December 28th, 2015 at 10:25 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Plymouth

The Plym Estuary & Saltram on the falling tide, produced: Chiffchaff 1 or 2, Goldcrest 13, Little Grebe, Greenshank 3, Redshank 115, Dunlin, Curlew 53, Grey Heron 9, Jack Snipe, Snipe 2, Kingfisher and a flock of 15 Siskins.

Later, at Mount Batten a Great Northern Diver, a Razorbill and an adult Pergerine,

Posted December 28th, 2015 at 9:53 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Downend

The 1 female Common Scoter is still present at Downend which is remarkable considering the weather we have been having since it's arrival.


Posted December 28th, 2015 at 6:50 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Great birding on the marshes today, with good numbers of the usual waders and wildfowl around. As mentioned in an earlier post, there was a Cattle Egret present with Little Egrets in the field between the railway bridge and the Lion's Rest estate. Also nice to see a Red-breasted Merganser at close range on the canal, just north of Turf hotel.

Cattle Egret with Little Egrets
Cattle Egret with Little Egrets

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

Red-breasted Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser

Posted December 28th, 2015 at 5:48 pm by Mike Symes in Bird News

Plymouth Barbican

Another quick walk around The Barbican today and on Sutton Harbour some excellent views of a razorbill as it dived for fish in the shallow water -  amazing to watch it pass by underwater. Also a little grebe. Off the Lock Gates a guillemot sheltering from the rough seas but no sign of the kingfisher today.

Posted December 28th, 2015 at 5:20 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

South Brent ~ Stover and Occombe Farm.

A visit to the hide at Stover just after first light this morning could be described as very peaceful, 19 species seen from the hide including Jay, Pochard (3), Great Crested Grebe (2), Little Grebe, Heron, Lesser Black Back Gull and Goldcrest (2)

Occombe Farm, Paignton before it got busy was well worth a visit, Green Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Bullfinch, Blackcap, Raven (3) large flocks of both Redwing and Goldfinch.

Back at home in South Brent the day had started with a Tawny owl calling just after 7am. In the early afternoon a huntingfirst year male Sparrow hawk showed and came in on two occasions making a visit to the feeders a hazardous prospect, making a kill in incredible fashion on the second visit, seemingly too fast to be possible.

Three Buzzards circling, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Redwings, Siskin, a high flying Canadian Goose, first Starlings of the Christmas season and a BTO ringed Blue Tit.

Posted December 28th, 2015 at 4:40 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Wrafton

3 Spoonbills again early this morning, by the Tarka trail.

Posted December 28th, 2015 at 4:07 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Please send in your records for 2015

As the year end approaches if you have not yet sent your records in please start to write them up and send them in to Data Manager if you have any queries please drop me an email or tel 01822 853785.

If you found a rarity during the year please don't forget to complete a rarity form and send that in too.  Many thanks.  Julia

Posted December 28th, 2015 at 3:01 pm in Bird News

Cattle egret at Exminster Marshes

A Cattle egret was seen at Exminster Marshes at about 13.30/14.00 today 28.12.15.  It was just across the road from the RSPB car park with about 6 Little egret.  The yellow stubby bill and small stockier appearance was clearly seen especially in such close proximity to the Little egret.  The bird was quite flighty and at one stage headed off further towards Lion's Rest.

Posted December 28th, 2015 at 2:44 pm by Judith Read in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 08:45 till 10:30

High water levels and a persistent peregrine made counts hard but the 1st winter drake American Wigeon did drop in and was viewable from the hide over towards the railway line around 700+ wigeon spread over the marsh , 30+ Pintail, 2 pochards. 2 tufted duck, 1 gadwall, 60+ shoveler. 200+ teal, 2 spotted redshanks among 200+ redshank, 550+ avocet, 80+ dunlin, 30+ lapwing, 1000+ black tailed godwits, 100+ bar tailed godwits, 5+ common gulls over, 3 snipe, 2 Cetti's warblers, 1 water rail, 35+ chaffinch, 3 mistle thrush, 2 song thrush, 20+ redwing, 5 goldcrests, 2 nuthatch, 200+ Brent geese over , 10+ Brent greese in field by the viewing platform. 

Posted December 28th, 2015 at 12:37 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Sunday 27th December 2015

Plymouth Hoe

A kingfisher on the rocks near the the lock gates at Sutton Harbour, a guillemot off The Elphinstone before flying off into The Sound, an adult Mediterranean gull flying across to Mountbatten Pier and 3 ravens overhead on a quick walk with mum and sister today.

Posted December 27th, 2015 at 10:41 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Mountbatten, Plymouth

2 Great Northern Divers seen from Mountbatten slipway.  Wintering adult Med Gull and 2nd year Med Gulls in same area - these two indivuduals seen everytime we have been down there in last few months.

Great Northern Diver from Mountbatten Slipway
Great Northern Diver from Mountbatten Slipway

2nd yr Med Gull seen from Mountbatten Pier
2nd yr Med Gull seen from Mountbatten Pier

Posted December 27th, 2015 at 10:30 pm by George and Les Carr in Bird News

Plymouth

This morning - a Firecrest, a Goldcrest, a Blackcap and a Peregrine in Lipson.

This afternoon at the Plym Estuary (low tide) a Siberian Chiffchaff and 2 collybitas, single Little Grebe and Red-breasted Merganser (drake), 40+ Pied Wagtails and 2 Mistle Thrushes.

Yesterday at Efford Marsh, 15 Goldcrests, a Chiffchaff (collybita), and a Kingfisher.

Posted December 27th, 2015 at 8:10 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Around the Exe

Starting at Matford, the Cackling Goose was still with Mallard and a Gadwall was with a good number of Wigeon and Teal. A couple of Chiffchaffs were followed by another singing.

Bowling Green Marsh seemed full to the brim with ducks and waders, before many of the latter left as the tide receded. Highlights were a couple of Spotted Redshanks, one of which was close to the road. Also notable was the arrival of large flocks of Wigeon to supplement those already there, a few Pintail and Greylags, a huge flock of Black-tailed Godwits, mostly feeding, a couple of Sparrowhawk sightings and a pair of Bullfinches.

About 150 Golden Plover were visible across the estuary from the Goat Walk. Over at Exminster Marshes, there were three more Bullfinches and a Lesser Redpoll. Scanning from the Kenn outlet at Powderham produced 8 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Guillemots (the most I've ever seen together in the Estuary), 12 Greenshanks and a Spotted Redshank (presumably one of those seen earlier).

There were 3 Red-legged Partridges in a field at Starcross, while the Slavonian Grebe was off Cockwood, as usual. Off Langstone Rock, there was a Great Northern Diver, but little else of note, then we set off to catch a few Woodcock leaving Haldon at dusk. However, we were delayed by a splendid Barn Owl hunting near the Mamhead road out of Starcross, but did finally see a couple of Woodcock around 5.00pm at Beggar's Bush, making a total of 83 species for the day.

Spotted Redshank at Bowling Green
Spotted Redshank at Bowling Green

Red-legged Partridges at Starcross
Red-legged Partridges at Starcross

Posted December 27th, 2015 at 6:53 pm by Dave & Penny Smallshire in Bird News

Torbay boat trip pt 2

In addition to species mentioned by Nigel we also had a first for the boat Trip ( I think) with a flyover Curlew. Kittiwake, Fulmar, Guillemot, Razorbill & Common Gull + a few Rock Pipit & a partial leucistic Oystercatcher on Brixham breakwater. And for Nigel - the best (cropped) photo of the juvenile Gannet I got.

Juvenile Gannet
Juvenile Gannet

Curlew
Curlew

Oystercarcher
Oystercarcher

Posted December 27th, 2015 at 6:42 pm by Paul Treen in Bird News

Clennon Lakes

1 Siberian Chiffchaff (top lake), 5 Chiffchaffs, 11 Goldcrest, 5 Firecrest (3 together beside lower Lake), 2 Water Rail, 1 Little Grebe.  

Posted December 27th, 2015 at 3:12 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Torbay Boat Trip

A wet dull morning but a good trip with some good numbers of certain birds. 30+ Great Northern Divers, 2 Slavonian Grebe, 3 Black-necked Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, 7 Common Scoter, 3 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Little Egret and Raven. Some Guillemot and 2 Razorbill with numbers of Gannets and a first for me in the bay a first year Gannet. did not venture out from Berry head but did have 2 seals as well. My colleagues may up date my post, weather did clear as we got off the boat at Paignton Harbour. Next trip 10th Jan . 

Posted December 27th, 2015 at 2:06 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Wrafton

With the high tides - the 3 Spoonbills again by the Tarka Trail this morning. In the reserve, a Cetti's Warbler calling, and at least two Goldcrests.

Posted December 27th, 2015 at 11:57 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Saturday 26th December 2015

Hoopoe

In answer to the earlier post, a Hoopoe once spent a long period in Barnstaple through the winter - must have been 15 years ago at least! I don't have the year or dates to hand but I'm sure they are in a Devon Bird report. Also a Hoopoe has been present in Staffordshire for the last few weeks, so this record is certainly on the cards. Might find time to look for it myself before the New Year!

Posted December 26th, 2015 at 9:23 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

A quick look at the lake gave, 12 Chaffinch, 26 Goosander 15m 11f, 21 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 37 Mallard, 3 Coot, 2 Snipe, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Marsh Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Merlin, 2 Great Tit, 1 Dunnock.

Posted December 26th, 2015 at 4:37 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Hoopoe in December?

I have often seen hoopoes in the Middle East and in Malta, and know that the species' status in England is that of an occassional summer visitor.

Yesterday my wife and I gave our daughter-in-law a 2016 calendar featuring birds and were amazed when she and one of her sons pointed to a bird on the calendar's cover and remarked "That's the bird that we saw at Stroxworthy Cross (1 mile south of Woolfardisworthy on the road towards Bradworthy) on Christmas Eve afternoon. It is so distinctive."

My initial reaction was that they were wrong - but they are both adament on the sighting - or an escapee. Thus, I am sending this report to you in good faith and to see if their observation ties in with any other reports that you might have seen.

Posted December 26th, 2015 at 2:27 pm by Colin Pomeroy in Bird News

Wrafton

Three Spoonbills on the flood again this morning. Gone by 10 a.m.

Posted December 26th, 2015 at 1:56 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Broadsands

The Yellow-browed Warbler was showing fantastically this morning, also the Siberian Chiffchaff until it was chased off byt the smaller Y-bW! 2 Chiffchaffs, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Firecrests and just 4 Cirl Buntings on the seed I dropped this morning.

On the sea: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Black-necked Grebes, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 12 Great Northern Divers, 1 Red-throated Diver and still 7 Common Scoter.

Posted December 26th, 2015 at 11:17 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thursday 24th December 2015

Black Redstart

Surprised to see a Black Redstart in Mincinglake Road today.

Posted December 24th, 2015 at 9:37 pm by Jason smith in Bird News

Fairy Cross

One male Hen Harrier.

Posted December 24th, 2015 at 9:26 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

South Brent

A visit to a private lake on the outskirts of South Brent provided sightings of two Little Grebe, a flock of about 50 Wigeon, four MoorhenCoot, Green Woodpecker, three Goldcrest, a large flock of Redwing feeding in a field alongside a stand of mature Beech trees, Heron, Buzzard and one Mute Swan.

Posted December 24th, 2015 at 7:04 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Broadsands

Yellow-browed Warbler showed exceptionally well this afternoon also 2+ Firecrests 4 Goldcrest and 3 Chiffchaffs.

On the sea: 15 Great Northern Divers, 2 Slavonian Grebes, 3 Black-necked Grebes and 7 Common Scoter

Yellow-browed WarblerBroadsands 24 Dec 2015 ML   Yellow-browed WarblerBroadsands 24 Dec 2015 ML2

Posted December 24th, 2015 at 4:16 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Tamar estuary / Ernesettle

1110 - 1330

On a rising tide: 3 Greenshank, 24 Shelduck, 18 Snipe, 71 Teal, 6 Black tailed Godwit, 16 Wigeon, 3 Great crested grebe, 1 Kingfisher, and a flock of Avocet over at Kingsmill lake.

Posted December 24th, 2015 at 3:29 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

hen harrier over Colaton Raleigh

yesterday 23rd december female hen harrier spotted beign mobbed by a raven over Dotton

Posted December 24th, 2015 at 1:09 pm by THE DAIRY LOFT WOODBURY COMMON in Bird News

Exmouth

A Great Northern Diver was close in to Shelly Beach late this morning. Also 2 Black Redstarts were mobile around the apartment blocks and the beach. The Black Brant was on the other side of the estuary with the large Brent flock between Starcross and Cockwood harbour.

Posted December 24th, 2015 at 1:08 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Wrafton

The Redshank that was there yesterday evening had gone, but this morning there were the 3 Spoonbills on the flood by the Tarka Trail, with hundreds of Black-headed Gulls.

In the reserve - the first Primroses were out!!

Posted December 24th, 2015 at 10:32 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Stover Park yesterday

Sorry delays in posting. Paid avisit from about 1030hrs to 1500hrs. Weather passable except for a sharp downpour about lunchtime. Light not good but passable sunny periods. Species noted: Cormorants, Chaffinch, Robin, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Marsh Tit, Great Tit, Blackbird, Jay, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Mallards including Mankies, Tufted Ducks, Mute Swans, Black-headed Gulls, Grey Heron, Lesser Blackbacked Gulls, Water Rail and Kingfisher. Plenty of Squirrels and a late Red Admiral on the wing.

Posted December 24th, 2015 at 7:50 am by Michael Spencer in Bird News

Wednesday 23rd December 2015

Ilfracombe

Birds around the town today included a Black Redstart (Granville Road), a Chiffchaff (near Larkstone Café) and 5 Purple Sandpipers (at low-tide roost on rocks adjoining the quay, just below St Nicholas's Chapel). 40 Fulmars at Torrs colony and a few passing Kittiwakes offshore.

Posted December 23rd, 2015 at 11:37 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Clennon Lakes

1 Siberain Chiffchaff between lower and middle Pond today also 3 collybita type Chiffchaffs 4 Firecrests, 8 Goldcrests, 2 Snipe, 1 Teal, 2 Water Rail, 1 Little Egret.

Posted December 23rd, 2015 at 8:12 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Soussons/Warren House

A nice walk late morning found an active Great grey shrike on the slopes between the Warren House Inn and Soussons. In the plantation itself we encountered a group of c30 crossbills. We then took a walk up onto the hill top towards Birch Tor and to our surprise flushed a Woodcock which we had hoped for lower down in the valley but hadn't expected so high up into the moorland

Posted December 23rd, 2015 at 6:21 pm by Paul Buckley in Bird News

BGM and Goosemoore

Birded from 1pm - 4pm.

2 male Tufted Duck, 6 Pintail, Jay,Redwing, Buzzard, about 120 Avocet Redshank, Lapwing, Greylag and Canada Geese, 1 male gadwall, a few Dunluin, 2 Grey Plover, 1 Snipe, 

Goosemoor at 4pm had about 30 Redshank and two Greenshank. A coouple of Goldcrest flitting about on railway enbankment.

Posted December 23rd, 2015 at 5:08 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Devils point, Plymouth.

1015-1210

Around Devils point this morning: 2 Rock pipit, 1 Great Northen diver in the bay, 1 Sandwich tern fishing near the shore, 30+ Cormorants on Drake's island, several already with the breeding patch.

Posted December 23rd, 2015 at 4:17 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Wembury

A water pipit feeding on the seaweed mass near the sewage pipe this morning with rock- and meadow pipits, allowing good comparisons. Very aggressive towards nearby rock pipits but mostly tolerated nearby meadow pipits.

Otherwise quiet with a single gannet offshore, a kestrel and a buzzard overhead, a goldcrest in a hedgerow and a grey heron along the beach with a curlew, oystercatchers and mallards.

Nice to see a bit of blue sky and sunshine though despite the blustery wind.

Posted December 23rd, 2015 at 2:18 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

23rd Dec.  Lower Tamar Lake.

At last, some sun and dry weather!

1 female Bullfinch, 56 Mallard, 19 Goosander, 5 Tufted Ducks, 2 Nuthatches, 1 Marsh Tit,  plus Blue, Great and Marsh Tits, 60+ Fieldfares, 46 Redwings, 3 Coot.

Harvey Kendall

Posted December 23rd, 2015 at 1:57 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Plymouth City Centre

An obliging Black Redstart was mingling with Christmas shoppers outside the Costa coffee shop at the junction of Old Town Street and New george Street this lunchtime

Posted December 23rd, 2015 at 1:01 pm by Darrell Clegg in Bird News

Tuesday 22nd December 2015

Broadsands and Bowling Green

A very good day today - down from north devon to broadsands waiting for dawn. On a mission to find Firecrest and Grebes.Within 10mins had the Firecrest briefly but pretty close in the carpark and then bumped into Mike Langman (always a good thing when you are looking for birds). Within 30mins had all three Red Necked, Black Necked and Slavonian so 4 new birds inside an hour. Great Northern Divers and all the regulars present. Spent some time looking for a possible Yellow Browed Warbler but no luck. On to Bowling green for high numbers of Wigeon with Avocet,Greylag, Redshank, Pintail, Shoveler,Teal, Gadwall and more. Might try Hartland Point early tomorrow as would really like a Great Skua and more divers.

Posted December 22nd, 2015 at 7:58 pm by Rob Barnes in Bird News

Upper Tamar Lake

A very wet and windy Upper Lake today, I saw 11 Blackbird 5m 6f, 3 Cormorants, 2 Great Black-back Gulls, 28 Mallard, 7m Goosander at the top end, 5 Coot, 5 Fieldfare, 3 Gadwall, 2 Robin, 5 Tufted Duck, 3 Wigeon, 1 Song Thrush

On the Lower Lake. 3 Cormorants, 6 Long Tail Tits, 11 Goosander 5m 6f, 16 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Snipe, 21 Mallard. At the hide 1 Nuthatch,Marsh/Willow/Great/Blue Tits, 1 Bullfinch. The car park feeders also had 1 G.S. Woodpecker, 1m Reed Bunting, 1Nuthatch plus the usual Willlow/Marsh/Blue/Coal/Great Tits.

That gives 18 Goosander on both Lakes.

Posted December 22nd, 2015 at 7:06 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Roadford Res, upstream of viaduct only

4 Goldeneye incl 3 males above the viaduct. Very rough conditions     on main reservoir.

Posted December 22nd, 2015 at 6:35 pm by Brian Craven in Bird News

Broadsands Grebes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lr0DLwjkWGU

Some shaky footage of some divers at Broadsands. I think mostly Slavonian Grebes any other ID would be welcomed.

Eds - you are spot on - all of Slavonian Grebes.

Posted December 22nd, 2015 at 5:47 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Yarner Wood

A late morning visit to Yarner Wood with Keith Male to take advantage of the shelter offered by the hides in this awful weather.On arrival three Mandarin Duck on the pond, from the Pond Hide predominantly Coal Tits on the feeders with up to three Marsh Tit one of which was BTO rung, Great Tit and Blue Tit a few Chaffinch but not a great deal else and not overly busy, only high light were 6 Long Tailed Tits three of which were BTO ringed (of the ring details visible from the images taken one ring ended in a “5” and another “AV”)

The top hide was a different story it was simply impossible to keep up with the numbers of birds coming into the feeders, predominantly Tit species and a high number of them BTO ringed, lots of Marsh, Great, Coal and Blue Tits showing constantly, Dunnock, 2 Robins, male Bullfinch, Nuthatch, female Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Blackbird and Goldcrest.

Great Tit ring details, one ring containing 439 on lower line.

Marsh Tit ring details, one bird middle row starts with an “S” lower line containing “37”, another bird that showed well ring number starts “V1”.

Posted December 22nd, 2015 at 4:17 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Dartington

27 Wigeon and 250+ Mallard on floods at Queens Marsh, Dartington. Easily viewed from the footpath/cycle path between Shiners Bridge and Totnes. 

Posted December 22nd, 2015 at 4:11 pm in Bird News

Firecrest in Plymstock garden - 21st Dec

Firecrest seen in Plymstock garden giving good views for approx 1 hour between 14.30 and 15.30.  A nice little treat on the shortest day.

Posted December 22nd, 2015 at 3:59 pm by George and Les Carr in Bird News

Broadsands

On the Sea 1 Red-necked Grebe (quite close in toward Elberry Cove) 1 Slavonian & 2 Black-necked Grebes, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Great Northern Divers.

Red-necked Grebe Broadsands 22 Dec 2015 ML  

 Red-necked Grebe click on photo above for    video  link

Posted December 22nd, 2015 at 11:04 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Berrynarbor

Good views again of a Firecrest here in the garden this very wet and windy morning. It brightens the day.

Posted December 22nd, 2015 at 11:02 am by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Monday 21st December 2015

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the afternoon high-tide. c600-Avocet + 2-Spotted Redshank + 2-Greenshank + c100-Redshank + 12-Curlew + 28-Lapwing + 40-Pintail + 4-Gadwall + c300-Wigeon + c100-Teal - 4-Greylag Geese.  Links to some videos.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zddyrHeBBp8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcGoWcF7-ro

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNFkfa33udU

Spotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank

Avocet
Avocet

Redshank
Redshank

Posted December 21st, 2015 at 10:08 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Thanks

Thanks for correction on Firecrest actually being a Goldcrest.  Everyday's a school day for me!

Posted December 21st, 2015 at 8:01 pm by Jo King in Bird News

Queen Anne Battery Plymouth

Storm and wind bringing in a lot of seabirds close to shore today. Braved the weather and was rewarded with a lovely Guillemot very close of the end of QAB pier. 

Posted December 21st, 2015 at 1:09 pm by Paul Cowie in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

The first winter male American wigeon was on the marshes, feeding in the field between the Lion's Rest industrial estate and Cork's Drove at 10.00. Lots of other birds but the rain made viewing very difficult.

Posted December 21st, 2015 at 10:51 am by John Waldon in Bird News

Use of sound recording on Crests.

There seems to be several photos of crests appearing to be agitated I have heard that birders/photographers at Broadsands are using the song tapes to attract the crests. Please bear in mind these tiny birds need to feed almost continuously to survive particularly in colder spells - is a close view or picture worth putting these birds at risk? You might think a few minutes will not make a difference - a few minutes later someone else thinks the same and again and again - at popular sites it will make a huge differrence.

Anyone seeing this technique being used please have a word to the person involved.

Posted December 21st, 2015 at 9:43 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sunday 20th December 2015

Exminster Marshes

Spent most of Friday and this morning on the Marshes and enjoyed the vast numbers of winter birds - particularly during High Tide.  Reading the various posts from other birders who also visited, I think they've covered most birds I saw.  But thought I'd mention this little Firecrest who turned up amongst 3 Goldcrests in the hedgerow near the Motorway bridge, by the Canal.

(Eds - Jo, it is actually a Goldcrest - it lacks the white supercilium of a Firecrest.)

Posted December 20th, 2015 at 7:36 pm by Jo King in Bird News

Exminster Marshes and Turf

As already said plenty of birds around, I failed to see the American Wigeon but still got 49 Species, stacks of waders off Turf with the Red-breasted Mergansers putting on a good show with the males displaying.

Posted December 20th, 2015 at 5:08 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Spent 1315-1500 enjoying the masses of birds on the marshes. Apart from the afomentioned American Wigeon, which spent its time on the Fishermans Car Pool there were huge numbers of waders. 230 Curlew, 500+ Black-tailed Godwits, 84 Bar-tailed Godwits, 770 Dunlin, 400 Golden Plover, 400+ Lapwings and 10+ Redshank. Ducks there were 60+ Teal, 20 Shoveler and 850+ Wigeon. And finally one Peregirne that made evrything fly around a lot, which at times was spectacular.

Posted December 20th, 2015 at 4:53 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

American wigeon

American wigeon at Exminster marshes on the left of the track leading from the unofficial carpark.

Posted December 20th, 2015 at 4:15 pm by Martin,Jenny Lees in Bird News

American wigeon, Exminster Marshes

Distant views 1pm in fields south of car park.

Posted December 20th, 2015 at 3:49 pm by Richard Archer in Bird News

brixham breakwater sunday 2pm

8 purple sandpiper on old fuelling stage near the end of the breakwater and 2 feeding cormorants fighting over a fish on harbourside of the breakwater

Posted December 20th, 2015 at 3:12 pm by kevin bates in Bird News

Around the Exe estuary

A visit to Exminster Marshes this morning gave a good range of species and lots of birders looking for the American Wigeon but no one was saying that they had found it, as nice as the long awaited sunshine was, being so low it made for difficult viewing conditions.

3 Chiffchaff in the Willows by Lions Rest and 2 Kingfisher flew over the lane, not the density of birds as there were on and over the marsh on Friday but still well worth visit.

Darts Farm a single Brent Goose on arrival and a counted five flying over during the visit, surprisingly quiet, very few of the recent smaller species in evidence, Stonechat, Great Tit and Chaffinch showed well, across the pasture and marsh, a large mixed flock of Fieldfare and Starlings, Curlew, small flock of Wigeon, 7 Stock Dove and very little else.

Bowling Green Marsh a good range of ducks 100’s of Wigeon, a single Tufted drake, Pintail, Shoveler, Mallard, Teal.

Large numbers of Redshank, Godwit and Dunlin, a small flock of Avocet flew in, Lapwing, Greylag Geese, Heron. On the lane in several Fieldfare good numbers of Dunnock and asingle Goldcrest.

Posted December 20th, 2015 at 2:27 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Wrafton

The Green Sandpiper still in the flooded field between the reserve and Tarka Trail. Also 1 Little Egret.

Posted December 20th, 2015 at 12:11 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Broadsands

Yellow-browed Warbler and Siberian Chiffchaff still present in marsh with at least 2 Firecrests.

On the sea: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 2 Slavonian Grebes, 3 Black-necked Grebes, 12 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Red-throated and 11 Great Northern Divers, 7 Common Scoter

Posted December 20th, 2015 at 10:51 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Saturday 19th December 2015

Plymouth

A Firecrest in Lipson, Plymouth this afternoon. 

Posted December 19th, 2015 at 9:04 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

A wet morning high tide, but great birding. 1080 Blackwit, 590 Avocet, 295 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 109 Bar-tailed Godwit, 80 Dunlin but only 3 Curlew & 3 Lapwing. 240 Wigeon, 115 Teal, 38 Shoveler, 18 Pintail & 5 Gadwall. 

Down by viewing platform 350 Brent Goose with the Black Brant. Also Kingfisher. Another at Goosemore with two Eygptian Geese.

Posted December 19th, 2015 at 3:08 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Lower Central Park, Plymouth

Two Ring-necked Parakeets still, in trees opposite junction of Inverdene and Durban Road this morning.

Posted December 19th, 2015 at 10:50 am by richard teague in Bird News

Powderham

One sandwich tern on the River this morning

Posted December 19th, 2015 at 10:13 am by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

Friday 18th December 2015

Exminster Marsh & Turf Locks

Viewed over the morning high-tide at Turf Locks. c500-Avocets + c250-Golden Plover + 10-Grey Plover + c1000-Black-tailed Godwits + c200-Lapwing + c2500-Dunlin + c70-Redshank + 20-Knot + c50-Curlew + 192-Pintail + 9-Red-breasted Mergansers + c300-Brent Geese. Links to some video footage.

Avocets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQXH-8RzS9A

Pintail:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZPAJRMreWA

RB Merganser:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cg1KCeTVsK8

Grey Plover:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noESUfjP74k

From Exminster Marsh mid-afternoon the American Wigeon was in field between Lions Rest Ind Est and wood footbridge with a small group of other Wigeon and Curlew, a Peregrine was hunting over the south of the marsh from the eletric pylon and a few Snipe + c300-Lapwing + c200-Brent Geese with several hundred Canada Geese.

American Wigeon:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbbddlQZdeQ

American Wigeon  at  Exminster Marsh
American Wigeon at Exminster Marsh

Grey Plover  at  Turf Locks
Grey Plover at Turf Locks

Golden Plover   at  Turf Locks
Golden Plover at Turf Locks

Posted December 18th, 2015 at 8:51 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Colebrook Ravens

It's not too uncommon to see the odd Raven over Colebrook, but I was a bit surprised to see at least twelve in a spiral as I left for work this morning.

Posted December 18th, 2015 at 8:36 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

A visit to Exminster Marshes just after first light until early afternoon gave a tally of 43 species which unfortunately did not include any of the reported Short Eared owls.

Species identified included large flocks of Wigeon, including the American Wigeon (right hand side of the below image), Golden Plover, Lapwing and Bar Tailed Godwit. Also on today’s list, Song Thrush, Fieldfare, Redwing, Starling, an abundance of Goldcrest, Curlew, Wren, several flocks of Long Tailed Tits and Goldfinch, Raven, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, 13 Bullfinch, Buzzard, Snipe, Stonechat and Meadow Pipit.

Having read one of yesterday posts a visit to Matford Park and Ride as reported by Keith Birchall numerous Goldcrest and a very vocal Firecrest that despite continuosly calling remained out of sight over in the far left corner in a small fenced of area.

On the way home to South Brent ~  Kestrels seen at Ashburton on A38 overhead wires and a second bird hunting at Marley Head before being menaced by a Buzzard.

At home a garden bird watch gave 24 species including Tawny owl (calling at 7.30 this morning) Coal Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Marsh Tit, BTO rung Blue Tit, Wren, Dunnock, Nuthatch and Buzzard.

Posted December 18th, 2015 at 5:46 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

Lovely walk round the marsh, Egrets, Herons, Golden Plover, Curlew, Snipe, Blackwits, lots of Wigeon and Teal, cracking flights of Canada Geese and Brent Geese, about 200 Avocets over the River and a few pairs of Merganser on the Canal. At least 2 Cettis calling, Stonechats, Wrens and various Tits thinking it's Spring with lots of singing, highlight for me was a flock of 20 odd Bullfinch on the path from the car park to the pub. No sight of the SE Owl I was looking for but who cares! 

Posted December 18th, 2015 at 5:44 pm by Ben Rowland in Bird News

Torbay

12 Great Northern Divers, 1 Red-throated Diver, 9 Great Crested Grebes, 5 Black-necked Grebes, 7 Common Scoter, 7 Shelduck.

At Boadsands car parks: Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 3 Firecrests, 4 Goldcrests, 5 Chiffchaff.

Posted December 18th, 2015 at 5:02 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Exmoor

 Dull and dismal on Exmoor this morning but nevertheless 24 Golden Plover circling, 100 Fieldfare and 1000 Starlings near Five Barrows Hill.

Surprised and delighted to see a male Hen Harrier at Moles Chamber appearing suddenly over a gateway that was equally surprised to see me!

20 more Fieldfare at Five Crossways and 2 Carrion Crows mobbing a Sparrowhawk at Leworthy Cross.

Posted December 18th, 2015 at 4:14 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh - Black Brant

Had a look at the field by the viewing platform this lunchtime. I couldn't see the American Wigeon but a fairly large group of Brent Geese joined the small flock that was already there and the Black Brant was in amongst them. Still there at 1.50 when I left, showing well close to the lane.

Posted December 18th, 2015 at 2:25 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Wrafton

The Green Sandpiper was again on the flood by the TarkaTrail this morning.

A disappointing ringing session in the reserve - 2 Fieldfares seen and a Chiffchaff which got into, and then out of one of the nets!

Posted December 18th, 2015 at 2:06 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Exmouth

At Mudbank Lane late this morning over the high tide was a Great Northern Diver which was very close in to the railway line. Later on it had moved down adjacent to the large carpark at the back of the station. Also at Mudbank a Slavonian Grebe close in and a first-winter Little Gull which performed very well for a while. One female Goldeneye was out in the estuary and a Whimbrel flew by close in. The usual adult Mediterranean Gull was also present. Another Great Northern Diver was over the other side of the estuary near Starcross.

Posted December 18th, 2015 at 12:45 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Thursday 17th December 2015

Firecrest

1 Firecrest very vocal with goldcrests at matford park and ride Exeter at 14:15

Posted December 17th, 2015 at 2:20 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Wrafton

Looking at the flooded field from the reserve today, a Green Sandpiper flew about!

In the reserve 2 Cetti's Warblers calling.

Posted December 17th, 2015 at 11:46 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wednesday 16th December 2015

Plympton

Again a Firecrest passed through the garden this afternoon. I'm assuming it's the same bird as on 1 Dec and 26 Nov, but who knows?  Yesterday we had two Goldcrests and we don't see those often either.

Posted December 16th, 2015 at 9:51 pm by Jason Smart in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the morning high-tide. The 1w drake American Wigeon continued to show well from the hide and along the road amongst c300-Wigeon + c500-Avocets + c150-Bar-tailed Godwits + c1000-Black-tailed Godwits + Spotted Redshank + c70-Redshank + Snipe + c40-Dunlin + c30-Lapwing + 13-Greylag Geese + c50-Shoveler + c100-Teal + Sparrowhawk.  From the viewing platform 2-Spotted Redshank + 7-Grey Plover + 9-Common Gulls. Link to American Wgigeon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7NaxBW3O00

Posted December 16th, 2015 at 8:15 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Sightings in Plymouth Area

Went looking for the Parakeets this morning on Inverdene Rd and Central Park but found no sign of them anywhere. The weather wasn't that good as it was very overcast, misty and drizzling. Then went for a stroll around Central Park. Plenty of Wood Pigeon, Crows and Magpies, a couple of Blackbirds and some tits and finches but was unble to get any firm identifications. Finished off in Ford Park Cemetery where we managed Song Thrush, Crow and Magpie, the highlight being a Sparrowhawk being seen off by a pair of Magpies. It was still drizzling so gave up and went home for a cuppa. 

Posted December 16th, 2015 at 7:14 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News

Escot Park, East Devon

NO decent birds to get excited about but 20 members of DB (East Devon Branch) enjoyed each others company in a walk around the parkland and woodland areas (normally off limits to public).  23 later sat down to an excellent Christmas lunch at Escot Park.  Next fieldtrip will be to Black Hole Marsh meeting at 09.30 on Monday 11th Jan 2016.  We wish all Devon Birders a great Christmas.  

Posted December 16th, 2015 at 4:51 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

South Brent

Another wet, overcast and murky day at South Brent but the garden feeders have been inundated with birds a total of 31 species recorded today and a possible Song Thrush but only the briefest of views so not 100% sure.

Great to have 3 Siskin on the feeders, on and off for most of the day, other species included Greater Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Long Tailed Tit, flocks of  both Goldfinch and Greenfinch, at one point a count of 18 Greenfinch and over 30 Chaffinch on or around the feeders, Nuthatch, Bullfinch, 6 Goldcrest, Pied Wagtail, Jay, Buzzard, Mistle Thrush, Fieldfare, Redwing and a  Raven overhead.

 

Posted December 16th, 2015 at 4:14 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

The first winter drake American Wigeon was near the path to the viewing platform, giving good views with Wigeon, Teal and Black-tailed Godwits. Stonechat and Stock Dove nearby.


Posted December 16th, 2015 at 4:02 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

A Short-eared Owl was mobbed by corvids for a few minutes this morning. A Peregrine was very active, but failed to kill. Lots of Canaga Geese, Wigeon and Teal, c130 Golden Plover, hundreds of Lapwings, Curlew and Black-tailed Godwits, but only one Snipe seen. Passerines notably scarce: single Skylark, Song Thrush, Meadow Pipit, Bullfinch and Reed Bunting; 2 Stonechats, a few Goldcrests, Chiffchaffs, Long-tailed Tits and no winter thrushes.

Posted December 16th, 2015 at 4:00 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Plymouth

From Plymouth Hoe with Russ Eynon. 1 x Razorbill, 1 x Med Gull, 1 x Little Gull, 1 x Great Northern Diver. From Rusty Anchor/Millbay, 2 x Black Redstarts.

Posted December 16th, 2015 at 3:31 pm by Tor Elm in Bird News

Wrafton

2 Egyptian Geese again near the flood, and 2 Grey Herons briefly - unusual here.

Posted December 16th, 2015 at 2:57 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Lunchtime visit today - a Short-eared Owl was hunting over the marsh looking towards Topsham from the railway bridge near the RSPB car park at about 1.55.

Posted December 16th, 2015 at 2:16 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Brixham Breakwater.

Walk along Breakwater this morning, 1 Great Northern Diver off Breawater beach, 8 Purple Sandpiper on seaward side near old fuel jetty and 5 Purple Sandpiper on the lower legs of jetty. otherwise very quiet. Still places on Torbay boat trips 20th, 27th Dec and 3rd Jan, call 07866202576 if interested. 

Posted December 16th, 2015 at 10:59 am by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Broadsands

A newly arrived Siberian Chiffchaff in ditch toward sea wall this morning (photos below and link to video of call here: https://youtu.be/6dwAbCVGmCM ), the other pale bird still present and 3 Chiffchaffs, Yellow-browed Warbler still present, 3+ Firecrest, 4 Goldcrest.

   Siberian Chiffchaff Broadsands 16 Dec 2015 ML Siberian Chiffchaff Broadsands 16 Dec 2015 ML

On the sea: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 4 Black-necked Grebes, 2 Slavonian Grebes, 7 Great Crested Grebes, 6 Great Northern Divers and 5 Common Scoter. 

Posted December 16th, 2015 at 10:15 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Tuesday 15th December 2015

Chillington W.W.T.W.

    Siberian Chiffchaff (classic tristis plumage type). 9 Collybita,1Firecrest,8 Goldcrest

Posted December 15th, 2015 at 5:10 pm by Alan Searle. in Bird News

Clennon Lakes

1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Firecrest 6 Goldcrest and Kingfisher on site this morning.

Posted December 15th, 2015 at 3:55 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Upper Tamar Lake

A quick look at the Upper Lake this morning before the heavy came in, saw, 12m 1f Goosander (there were 2m and 4f on the Lower Lake), 4 Gadwall 2m 2f, 3 Great Black-back Gulls, 2 Snipe, 12 Great Crested Grebe, c40 Canada Geese, 1m 1f Stonechat, 1 Wren, 7 Coot, 32 Mallard, 3 Grey Heron, 150+ Lapwing flying over, c10 Black-headed Gull.

Posted December 15th, 2015 at 3:47 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Wrafton

Arrived too late to see if any Spoonbills were on the flood this morning, but close scrutiny from within the reserve revealed a Common Sandpiper there.

Posted December 15th, 2015 at 1:59 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Ladies Wood ~ South Brent

A visit to Ladies Wood, South Brent before the rain set in and stopped play.

Two Treecreeper, at least 8 Goldcrest, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Redwing, Fieldfare, Mistle Thrush, Marsh Tit and Wren.

Brent Mill on the way home gave us 2 Jays and a flock of 42 Redwing.

At home a count of 22 species, which included Tawny owl calling just before 7am, 8 Long-tailed Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Redwing, Fieldfare. Chaffinch in good numbers but a notable number of them have scaly leg mite.

Posted December 15th, 2015 at 1:51 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Matford and Powderham

What a strange December morning; no gloves, midges in the air and great tits singing. At Matford pools the cackling goose was with a few mallard and wigeon. Whilst I was counting the ducks a pair of goldcrest were displaying. Also at least 4 chiffchaff including one that sang briefly.

Earlier at Powderham marshes there were lots of wigeon (715), Canada geese (625) and 2 barnacle geese (probably including the usual bird).

Posted December 15th, 2015 at 10:30 am by John Waldon in Bird News

Monday 14th December 2015

Starling Roost.

Woolley Wood, nr. Hartland

During the past few evenings several tens of thousands of Starlings have been going to roost at Woolley Wood just off the A39 during late afternoon and dusk, accompanied by up to 3 Buzzards and 3 or 4 Sparrowhawks.

Any onset of cold weather should see a spectactuar increase in the number of birds using the roost

Posted December 14th, 2015 at 2:55 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Central Park

 
Ringneck Parakeet visited garden and sat eating his Monkey nut. Squawking away as he sat, this was at 1400 hrs. and he was still there when I left at 1500 hrs.
He was in the trees adjoining Inverdene Road
Regards Barry Rankine




Posted December 14th, 2015 at 1:46 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Wrafton

Three Spoonbills by the Tarka Trail this morning at 09.15, gone by 10. 2 Egyptian Geese also present.

Posted December 14th, 2015 at 11:34 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Sunday 13th December 2015

Sherpa Marsh

Dispite the low quality light and distance of these Egyptian Geese, I managed a few decent images.

Egyptian Geese.
Egyptian Geese.

Egyptian Geese.
Egyptian Geese.

Little Grebe. Wrafton Pond
Little Grebe. Wrafton Pond

Posted December 13th, 2015 at 9:35 pm by George Mudford. in Bird News

Walk to Crows Point via Caen and Taw Estuary

Plenty of birds on view this afternoon, 500+ Golden Plover, 150+ Lapwing, 3 Kingfishers, 3 Common Sandpiper, Plenty of Redshank, Greenshank, several Grey Plover, Dunlin, 30+ Curlew, 3 pairs of Stonechat, Grey and Pied Wagtail, Large flock of Goldfinch, with many Meadow Pipits feeding on the marshes. 50+ Oystercatcher, mix flock of Tits and Goldcrest along the floodbbank towards Crowspoint. 2 Buzzards, and the bird of the day, good views of a Marsh Harrier heading towards the Braunton Burrows harrassed by the local Corvids. 

Posted December 13th, 2015 at 8:32 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

short eared owl

short eared owl hunting on open moor at 14.30  200yds west of princetown

Posted December 13th, 2015 at 8:22 pm by patrick hawkins in Bird News

Saltram Marsh 13-12-15

A few photo's from Saltram Marsh today, a seasonal Robin and the Kingfishers were showing very well, and what I thought is a Meadow Pipit but not to sure, about the size of a Robin, I'm sure someone in our group will verify of otherwise (Eds - yes it is Meadow Pipit)

Kingfisher
Kingfisher

Robin
Robin

Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit

Posted December 13th, 2015 at 8:15 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Rare and Scarce Bird photos 2014

If anyone has any photographs they would like to submit for the 2014 Devon Bird Report please send them to me as soon as possible.

 Many thanks

Mike 

Posted December 13th, 2015 at 7:25 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Low tide, so no proper counts of waders. Highlights were a Woodcock flushed, and a Firecrest on the "lane" to Saltram at the Point Cottage end. Also 18 Goldcrests, Common Sandpiper, 3 Dunlins, 2 Little Grebes, Snipe, 5 Little Egrets, 3 Nuthatches, Sparrowhawk, and Kestrel.

Posted December 13th, 2015 at 6:06 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Plymouth Parakeets

A cycle around Ford Park Cemetary and Inverdene didn't turn up any parakeets, but on passing through Victoria Park I heard that unmistakable squawk behind the bowling green.  Closer inspection found an aviary with a mixture of parakeets and cockatiels inside.  But sitting on top of the cage was one free-flying Ring-necked Parakeet.

In the cemetery a female Black Redstart was on the chapel roof, in the bushes a male Blackcap and good numbers of Redwing.

At home in Colebrook a Firecrest and Chiffchaff were in our hawthorn.

Posted December 13th, 2015 at 6:02 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Stoke Gabriel

On the Mill Pond 2 Continental Cormorants (sinensis) usual returning ad and an imm, with 3 carbo Cormorants. Also 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher.

Continental Cormorant imm Stoke Gabriel 13 Dec 2015 ML

Photo: immature Continental Cormorant the angle of the gular patch to the feathering on the lower face/throat is the most important feature.

Posted December 13th, 2015 at 5:06 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Matford Marshes

1 Siberian Chiffchaff late afternoon. Couldn't see the Ridgway's Cackling Goose. Also 2 Chiffchaff.

Late news for Friday - the adult Black Brant again off Mudbank, Exmouth.

Posted December 13th, 2015 at 4:59 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Exminster marsh

A good afternoon on the marsh in addition to Dave smallshires post 

At least 3 short eared owls, 1 female Merlin , 4+ chiffchaffs, lots of goldcrests and long tailed tits.

Posted December 13th, 2015 at 4:58 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Taw Estuary and Horsey Island/River Caen

A good walk from Barnstaple to Ashford this morning, nice to meet others from the Taw/Torridge Devon Birds membership. All the usual species on the higher estuary. Evening walk with the dog 3.30 - 4.30pm along the Caen river bank and Horsey Island gave close views of a Kingfisher. a hunting Short Eared Owl and a hunting Barn Owl in the same place over the Braunton end of the Chivenor air field. Interesting to see how similar their flight pattern and hunting technique is. Then a second Barn Owl over Horsey Island. Large numbers of Lapwing and Golden Plover in the air over the estuary in the evening sun. All the usuals also present.

Posted December 13th, 2015 at 4:45 pm by Rob Barnes in Bird News

Velator/Wrafton

Arrived at about 9 this morning for a ringing session. Two (or possibly 3) Spoonbills on the flood. When I left at about 3, the two Egyptian Geese were back, but keeping a distance from all the Canadas.

Ringed a juv male Reed Bunting - first I've ringed since April! Also saw, but didn't catch 7 Fieldfares feeding on Buckthorn berries.

Posted December 13th, 2015 at 3:25 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

A Short-eared Owl rose up high, mobbed by corvids, then drifted over to the south. The marshes were nicely wet and full of Canada Geese! Also c100 Brents, 1 Shelduck, lots of Wigeon and Teal, 3 Pintail, c20 Shoveler, Peregrine, a few hundred Lapwings and Curlews, several Water Rails and Cetti's Warblers heard, Chiffchaff, 24 Fieldfare, c10 Redwings, 6 Stonechats, 2 Bullfinches and a Reed Bunting.

Posted December 13th, 2015 at 3:03 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Matford Pools

The Ridgeway's Cackling Goose was grazing with ducks near the southern-most pool, almost hidden by rushes and tall herbage. Also on the ponds: 2 Gadwall, Little Grebe and a few Shoveler, in addition to the usual Wigeon and Teal. Plenty of Goldcrests around and one Chiffchaff.


Posted December 13th, 2015 at 2:54 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Torbay Boat Trip

This mornings boat trip in Torbay, dull conditions but a very rewarding 3 hour trip.

Birds seen:- 5 Great Northern Diver, 6 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 3 small Grebe (not able to confirm ID), 1 Black-throated Diver, 11 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Common Scoter, 4 Puple Sandpiper, 3 Razorbill, many Guillemot ( 700+ on colony)  these are just a few of the species seen this morning. 1 seal and 2 Harbour Porpoise.

Black-necked & Slavonian Grebes Torbay Photo: 2 Black-necked Grebes left and 2 Slavonian Grebes right

Running trips all Sundays over Christmas period if interested call 07866202576.

Posted December 13th, 2015 at 2:20 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

RSPB Labrador Bay

Spent few hours on the reserve this morning with good numbers of Cirl Buntings (c30) and Linnets (c40) around the fields. One Goldcrest and one Firecrest on the lower footpath and a further Firecrest by the cattle water troughs. Also a Sparrowhawk and Buzzard.

Posted December 13th, 2015 at 1:12 pm by david cawthraw in Bird News

Clennon Lakes

m Siberian Chiffchaff (same bird as mid November) now calling, 9 Chiffchaffs, 1 Firecrest, 10 Goldcrest, 1 Little Egret, 2 Shoveler, 4 Snipe.

Siberian Chiffchaff Clennon Valley 13 Dec 2015 ML Siberian Chiffchaff Clennon Valley 13 Dec 2015 ML

Photos: Siberian Chiffchaff

Posted December 13th, 2015 at 11:30 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

RNPs Plymouth

By chance I was at lunch with a friend yesterday who lives on Durban Road and saw the Parakeets. He said that they have been coming to his feeders for a couple of weeks.

Posted December 13th, 2015 at 11:15 am in Bird News

Saturday 12th December 2015

Topsham

Spent some time around Topsham and plenty on view with 51 species seen, the American Wigeon and Spotted Redshank showing well. 


Posted December 12th, 2015 at 9:23 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Red Kite

Heard, then spotted beautiful, healthy looking single Red Kite flying over Decoy Road, Newton Abbot at 10:45 this morning heading North East. Sadly no time to fetch camera.

Posted December 12th, 2015 at 5:40 pm by Tom Morris in Bird News

Plymouth - 'scope cover found

Found a 'scope eye piece cover on Inverdene, Peverell, Plymouth today.

Email me if it's yours: peteraley@msn.com

Posted December 12th, 2015 at 5:32 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Turf Locks

Late morning in blustery conditions 285-Golden Plover + 20-Grey Plover + 1-Ringed Plover + 36-Knot + c600-Lapwing + c2500-Dunlin + 44-Redshank + 1-Bar-tailed Godwit + c1000-Black-tailed Godwits + 53-Curlew + c500-Avocets + 5-Red Breasted Megansers + c300-Brent Geese + c800-Wigeon.  

Posted December 12th, 2015 at 4:41 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Wrafton

The two Egyptian Geese flew in to the flooded area by the Tarka Trail at 3.10 p.m.

Posted December 12th, 2015 at 3:55 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plymouth

Two Ring-necked Parakeets late morning in Inverdene, Peverell, Plymouth - in trees beside the road and on feeders in front garden.


Posted December 12th, 2015 at 3:37 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Downend + Bideford & Barnstaple Bay

1 fem Common Scoter at Downend + 1 fem Common Scoter in Bideford & Barnstaple Bay in a Force 7 to 8 Gale!

Posted December 12th, 2015 at 1:03 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

South Brent ~ Woodcock

On a walk round home this morning gave 29 species including 2 Woodcock, Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, 2 Wren, Long Tailed Tit, 25 Herring Gull, Fieldfare, Raven, 2 Rabbits and a Grey Squirrel.

Tawny owl over night.

Posted December 12th, 2015 at 11:35 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Broadsands

The Yellow-browed Warbler showed well agin in 1st car park also up to 3 Firecrests, 4 Goldcrests and 5 Chiffchaffs including the same paler bird (photos below) details as previous posting, (still calling like collybita) and non-responsive to tristis tape. 

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3 Black-necked Grebes, 3 Great Northern Divers off Elberry Headland and the drake Velvet Scoter again over off Goodrington Beach. 

Posted December 12th, 2015 at 11:30 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Friday 11th December 2015

American Wigeon -- Bowling Green Marsh

The highlight was a sub-adult male American Wigeon seen in field alongside footpath to viewing platform at 1150hrs and still there when we left mid- afternoon amongst c70-Wigeon and c40-Black-tailed Godwits + 7-Brent Geese + Water Rail along the hedgerow + 1-Snipe around the pool + 20-Grey Plover + 1-Sparrowhawk from the platform. From the hide 2-Egyptian Geese + 12-Greylag Geese + 2-Pintail + c200-Wigeon + c40-Lapwing + c70-Teal + c65-Shoveler. From the goatwalk c500-Avocet  + c400-Lapwing + c1000+ Black-tailed Godwits + c70-Redshank +  c100-Golden Plover + 3-Red Breasted Mergansers + 3-Great-crested Grebes.  A few Goldcrest amongst the Long-tailed Tit flocks moving around the hedgerows up and down the road.  Link to video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ommv5_1ONU

American Wigeon
American Wigeon

American Wigeon
American Wigeon

American Wigeon
American Wigeon

Posted December 11th, 2015 at 9:17 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

A late lunchtime visit to Bowling Green, turned up a drake American Wigeon with the Wigeon flock in the field next to the path to the viewing platform.

Posted December 11th, 2015 at 7:31 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Sherpa Marshes

2 Egyptian Geese (introduced species) feeding in the field around the freshwater scrape area between the Tarka trail & DBWPS Velator Reserve.


Posted December 11th, 2015 at 6:05 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

South Brent

Another overcast and murky day at South Brent but it was worth making the effort to get out and about, initially at home a female Sparrow Hawk, Jay, Long Tailed Tits 5, Great Tits 5, Coal Tit 2, Goldcrest 5, Wren, Siskin, Pied Wagtails, 16 Redwing, small passing flock of Fieldfare, a counted 36 Herring Gulls passing over, the day ended with a trio of Greater Spotted Woodpeckers in the garden.

On the River Avon at Brent Mill a male Goosander and a Pied Wagtail on Avondale House.

Around a private lake just outside the village gave Buzzard, 20 Redwing, a flock of 30 plus Goldfinch with them were 5 Siskin and 1 Blue Tit, Coal Tit,  2 Mallard, a counted 34 Wigeon on the lake but when they lifted a count of approximately 75 birds, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Moorhen, 1 Coot (the first I can recall seeing in the parish in the 30 years that I have lived here) Carrion Crow, Jay, 8 Goldcrest, Blackbird, Wren, Robin Green Woodpecker heard calling.

Ladies Wood, initially very quiet but eventually 2 Nuthatch, Robin, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, a single Chiffchaff and 10 plus Goldcrest, Herring Gulls and Carrion Crows overhead.

Posted December 11th, 2015 at 5:13 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth

Visited this afternoon for an hour or so. Species noted were; Song Thrush, Redwings, Mistke Thrush, Jay, Goldfinches, Greenfinches, Crows, Magpies, Pigeons, Wood Pigeons, Coal Tits and a Sparrow Hawk. Animal sightings were Squirrel, Rabbit and two Cats. Weather overcast and dry though wet underfoot. Not many sunny spells.

Posted December 11th, 2015 at 4:16 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News

River Otter

Whilst walking by R Otter 1 mile S of Otterton this morning had close views of 2 female Goosander plus Goldcrest.  

Posted December 11th, 2015 at 1:23 pm by Geoff Green in Bird News

Torbay

A calm Torbay enabled a good look at the sea starting at Preston and finishing at Broadsands the bay totals were: 21 Great Northern Divers, 1 drake Velvet Scoter Goodrington), 6 Common Scoter, 5 Black-necked Grebes (Broadsands), 1 Red-breasted Merganser (once regular in numbers in Torbay now occasional visitor this bird at Broadsands) 16 Great Crested Grebes.

At Broadsands the Yellow-browed Warbler was still present, also 2 Firecrests, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 5 Cirl Bunting and 1 Reed Bunting.  

Posted December 11th, 2015 at 10:06 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thursday 10th December 2015

Broadsands

Lunch time visit.

Yellow-browed Warbler showed well with 1 Firecrest, 4 Goldcrest & 3 Chiffchaff.

On the sea were 6 Black-necked Grebes, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 4 Grest Crested Grebes and 2 Great Northern Divers

Posted December 10th, 2015 at 8:37 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Exe Estuary cruise

Today's Stuart Lines Cruise was brilliant! Star bird I suppose has to be the Sandwich Tern off Powderham - my latest in Britain. Also off Powderham was (dare I say the regular?) Spotted Redshank with a couple of Greenshanks. Waders were spectacular in the upper part of the estuary, with 500+ Avocets, 100 Golden Plover, 300+ Lapwings, 20+ Sanderlings, 100+ Bar-tailed and probably c1000 Black-tailed Godwits, together with good numbers of Dunlin, Redshank, Curlew, Grey Plover. 3 Snipe even got up from the saltmarsh at Topsham.

110+ Pintail were loafing around the mouth of the Clyst. The Slavonian Grebe was off Cockwood, while in the outer part of the estuary there were 5 Great Crested Grebes, perhaps 100 Shags, 2 Goldeneye, 50+ G B-b Gulls, a few Lesser Black-backs and maybe 50 Common Gulls in total. Mergansers probably totalled over 30.

Posted December 10th, 2015 at 5:19 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Avocets in flight on the River Tamar

Had the great pleasure of seeing around 100+ Avocets flying on the River Tamar on the 9th Dec 2015, and a magnificent sight all together

 

Avocets flying on the River Tamar
Avocets flying on the River Tamar

Posted December 10th, 2015 at 4:04 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Broadsands

Yellow-browed Warbler showing very well today (see photo below), at least 3 Firecrests, 5 chiffchaffs including one pale bird thought by some to be a tristis (which it might be) but on close views showing olive streaks in places tristis shouldn't show, very strong yellow lores, calling like a collybita Chiffchaff.

Yellow-browed WarblerBroadsands 10 Dec 2015 ML

Posted December 10th, 2015 at 12:11 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Torbay.

A look around the Bay this morning before boat trip Sunday morning, 1 Merganser off Hollicomb Head about half a mile out, 2 Ravens flying about Livermead Headland and a small dark seaduck off Livermead Headland, to far away to ID properly. 1 Kingfisher Paignton Harbour. Met Bob Bayley Broadsands car park, he had Great Northern Divers and Grebes off that headland so Sundays Trip looks very promising. If interested call 07866202576.   

Posted December 10th, 2015 at 12:10 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Wednesday 9th December 2015

St Anns Chapel ( nr. Bigbury )

30 Golden Plover and 40 Redwing this morning

Posted December 9th, 2015 at 10:32 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Shipley Bridge/Avon Dam

A male Merlin just south of the dam this morning. 14 Fieldfares, 2 Stonechats and 5+ Goldcrests the only other birds of note.

Posted December 9th, 2015 at 9:47 pm in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

A much quieter morning weather wise, there were 10 Tufted Duck, 18 Goosander 10m 8f, 2 Snipe, 3 Great Black-back Gulls, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 8 Fieldfare and 1 Redwing in with c30 Starling, 1 Grey Heron, on the feeders and around the hide were, Coal/Willow/Marsh/Blue/Great Tits, Chaffinch/Greenfinch, 1 Nuthatch, 2 G.C.Grebe and a Robin.

Posted December 9th, 2015 at 7:23 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Tarka trail - Chivenor

Managed to find just enough time to cycle along the Tarka trail & see the delightful Robin again, happily singing away & showing well this aft.


Posted December 9th, 2015 at 5:40 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Velator

At last a day calm enough to open some nets in the reserve: amongst  54 birds ringed were 20 Greenfinch (about time they turned up) 9 Goldfinch, a bunch of Tits (mostly Long-tailed) the first Chiffchaff I have seen in the reserve since mid October, and an immaculate adult female Sparrowhawk, the fifth I have ringed in the reserve this autumn/winter.

Also 2 Red Admirals on the wing!

Posted December 9th, 2015 at 5:39 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

River Tamar

Made a visit today to the River Tamar, admittedly we were on the Cornish side near Kingsmill Lake, but the species seen could well and probably do appear on the Devon side as well:

Avocets (about 150), Canada Geese (about 60), Curlews, Great Crested Grebe, Black-tailed Godwits (about 40), Herring |Gulls, Black-headed Gulls, Lapwings (about 40), Log-tailed Tits (about 10), Goldfinches (about 10), Robin, Wren, Blackbirds, Song Thrush, Mallards, Redshanks, Shelduck, Teal and Widgeon.

Weather was kind but sunny spells were in short supply and the wind was chilly.

Posted December 9th, 2015 at 5:28 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News

Firecrest, Cirls & Yellow Browed Warbler

Broadsands midmorning gave a good number of gathering birders thanks to some decent sunny weather.

At least two Firecrest showing in the corner of the left hand closed off car park and one in the cover where the Cirl Buntings are fed.

Unable to keep up with a count on the Goldcrest numbers, I have rarely ever seen so many in one place.

The reported Yellow Browed Warbler came in with a large flock of Long Tailed Tits, Chiffchaff showing in several locations around the car parks, male Bullfinch, Goldfinch flock feeding on the Alders.

Three Cirl Buntings, five Dunnock’s where the seed is scattered, several Chaffinch and a very aggressive Robin chasing off anything that landed near the feed.

On the way home a very acrobatic Raven, rolling and diving and two 50 plus sized flocks of Wood Pigeon just outside of Dartington.

At South Brent a count of 36 Redwings late afternoon.

Posted December 9th, 2015 at 4:35 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Ludwell Valley - Exeter Canal Ponds - Extra

Also - Kingfisher near Double Locks and small flock of Redwing in Double Locks "Garden"

Posted December 9th, 2015 at 4:19 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Ludwell Valley - Exeter Canal Ponds

Notable sightings - Ludwell Valley - L Egret, Chiffchaff, Siskin (M) and 3 Dipper - Countess Wear Village - R B Merganser.

Nothing much on any of the ponds - usual Wigeon/Teal etc L Grebe. No sign of Cackling Goose.

Posted December 9th, 2015 at 4:07 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Stony Cross nr Bideford.

Many more Redwing & Fieldfare seen in this area in the last few weeks, than for many a year.

Posted December 9th, 2015 at 2:36 pm by Chris Marshall in Bird News

The Robin at Chivenor

The 'ghostly' looking Aberrant Robin still on the Tarka Trail early pm showing very well and singing/calling constantly either side of the path 150 yards east of the Chivenor roundabout.

Posted December 9th, 2015 at 2:00 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Dipper on the River Otter, nr Budleigh

Lovely walk along the river Otter to Otterton from Budleigh, 2 kingfishers, 3 bullfinches (2m and 1f), male kestrel and the highlight was a dipper near the aqueduct outfall. 


Posted December 9th, 2015 at 9:26 am by Richard Allen in Bird News

Wood Pigeon migration

The Woodpigeon migration west over South Brent picked up again today with 722 birds counted in a 25 minute period up to 9am this morning, largest flock an estimated 200 plus birds the smallest of 21.

Also observed were two Cormorant flying over the village, I counted 32 Herring Gulls and one Great Black-backed Gull.

Posted December 9th, 2015 at 9:10 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Tuesday 8th December 2015

Spoonbills on Isley marsh.

Three  adult  Spoonbills  on Isley marsh high tide roost this P.M.

Posted December 8th, 2015 at 6:56 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Broadsands

The Yellow-browed Warbler still showing well today in top corner of 1st car park also at least 3 Firecrests around the site, 4 Chiffchaff and 4+ Goldcrest. A minimum of 7 Cirl buntings on seed in the 2nd car park.Yellow-browed WarblerBroadsands 8 Dec 2015 ML

On the sea: 1 Red-necked Grebe looking from Elberry Headland look between the mussel farm bouys and the Oar Stone rock some 500m off shore, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Slavonian Grebes, 2 Black-necked Grebes, 6 Great Crested Grebes & 7 Common Scoter.

Posted December 8th, 2015 at 3:08 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

South Brent

A mornings birding at home with Keith Male gave us a total so far of 28 species the highlights being a Treecreeper and a count of 10 Goldcrest.

A flock of 50 plus very low flying Woodpigeons passed over the house headed west and although it may be a bit late in the season they struck me as migrating birds.

A Song Thrush showed for the first time this month small number of Redwing and Fieldfare in the field hedges.

A pair of Siskin (and possibly a second male) came in midmorning the first ones to come onto the garden feeders in some time.

Other species included Starling, Blackbirds,Dunnock, Wren, Long Tailed, Great, Blue and Coal Tits, Goldfinch, Greenfinch and Chaffinch. Overhead Raven and Herring Gulls.

Posted December 8th, 2015 at 2:33 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Paignton Harbour

The male black redstart was showing well in the Burma Star gardens around midday.

Posted December 8th, 2015 at 1:43 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Teigngrace Cattle Egrets return

2 birds present at noon in same solar panel field as before following the Twelve Oaks herd

Posted December 8th, 2015 at 12:45 pm by ken dainton in Bird News

Monday 7th December 2015

Topsham

Late morning male Brambling seen in trees around the fishponds with mixture of other finches and 3-Reed Buntings around the reedbeds.

Early afternoon from Goosemoor a Water Rail seen in the pond near the bridge and 2-Spotted Redshank with 3-Greenshank and other waders around the main pond on the marsh.  Links to videos.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dkust0kNcqg

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

From Bowling Green Marsh c250-Avocets; 22-Bar-tailed Godwits; c850-Black-tailed Godwits; c300-Redshank; c450-Dunlin; 3-Snipe; c60-Lapwing; 28-Curlew; 3-Pintail; 1-Tufted Duck; c200-Wigeon; 13-Greylag Geese; c35-Shoveler; c60-Teal. 

Posted December 7th, 2015 at 10:13 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Broadsands

Midday to early afternoon, additional to Mike's counts. 2 brent geese (briefly) and 5 great northern divers on the sea. 8 cirl buntings were at the feeding station. 2 firecrests and the yellow browed wabler were still showing well by the stream at the far right corner of the car park.

Posted December 7th, 2015 at 9:10 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Blackcaps

It would appear that the wintering Blackcaps have arrived in South Hams (or at least Dartington) in the past few days. On Friday (4th) had a male on the feeders, Sunday (6th) had both male and female whilst today what i presume to be the same male was present. 2 Red Admirals were on the wing last Thursday (3rd) at Strete gate. No observations from Saturday although i did see 11 superb Hornets!

Posted December 7th, 2015 at 6:54 pm in Bird News

Haldon ~ Darts Farm ~ BGM and home

Haldon Forest Park this morning was very murky to the point of it being difficult to identify any of the birds in the area due to very poor light, prominent birds identified being Chaffinch, Coal Tit and Siskin.

Dart’s Farm started with a pair of Mistle Thrush a reasonable sized mixed flock of Greenfinch and Chaffinch. Around the hide and ponds, 2 Stonechat, Kingfisher, 20 plus Goldfinch, hunting Kestrel giving very close up views. Godwit, Wigeon and a handful of Brent Geese circling before moving off. On leaving a flock of 100 plus Linnet with a single Brambling feeding on the sunflower heads around vegetable field.

Bowling Green Marsh several good sized flocks of Wigeon, Greylag Geese, Shoveler duck showing well, a small number of Lapwing and Curlew  The railway tunnel at the beginning of the footpath gave several Goldcrest and one Firecrest possibly a second.

Heathfield Industrial Estate gave views of 2 or 3 Goldcrest.

Ashburton(A38) Kestrel on overhead wires.

Back at home in South Brent a Heron overhead, I counted 7 Goldcrest, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Redwing, Buzzard and Long-tailed Tits.

Of note was the fact that the BGM Goldcrests were highly coloured birds with  green and grey upper plumage while the birds at home were the usual drab buffish colour.

Posted December 7th, 2015 at 5:04 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Saltram & Plym Estuary

Paid a visit this morning and early afternoon on a rising tide. Species identified were: blackbird, canada geese (about 50), chaffinch, curlews (about 20), dunnock, little egrets (3), little grebes (4), grey  herons (6), male pheasant, pied wagtails, redshanks (about 50), robins, starlings, herring gulls, black-headed gulls, common sandpiper (3), wren (3) and a kingfisher. Surprise was a very late freshly emerged peacock butterfly. Weather overcast with sunny spells.

If anyone is going to Saltram from Sainsbury's end the path from the end of the Railway Bridge to the Sewage Outfall has been cut back providing wide open views of the Plym.

Posted December 7th, 2015 at 4:32 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News

Berry Head

A seawatch this morning produced 1 Pomarine Skua, 700+ Kittiwake 100+ Gannet and 260 Auks also 15-20 Common Dolphin, 3 Harbour Porpoise and a Firecrest in the woods with 5 Goldcrest.

Posted December 7th, 2015 at 3:55 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Broadsands

The Yellow-browed Warbler showed well this morning with a minimum of 4 Firecrest also around the car parks and marsh, 3 Chiffchaff and 3 Goldcrest. A quick look at over the seawall produced, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Slavonian Grebes and 1 Black-necked Grebe.

Yellow-browed WarblerBroadsands 7 Dec 2015 ML

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

Posted December 7th, 2015 at 3:00 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

darts farm & exmouth marina

A quick look at darts farm 10:30 got me 2 female bramblings in with a finch flock consisting of linnets,chaffinches,goldfinch and greenfinch. Then I went for a look at Exmouth Marina saw there 1 female black redstart and 6 red breasted mergansers

Posted December 7th, 2015 at 1:45 pm by Tom Jurd in Bird News

Slapton Ley

1st winter Marsh Harrier over Higher Ley (bird at Torcross last week had more creamy-white on forewing) suggests two birds recently. Quiet on ley (too mild?): 60 Gadwall, 44 Wigeon, 158 Tufted Duck, 3 Pochard, the usual punk Hybrid, 1000 Herring Gull, 128 Great Black-backed Gull & 14 Lesser Black-backed Gull. On sea just 6 Shag.

Posted December 7th, 2015 at 12:47 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Velator/Wrafton

The two Spoonbills were back this morning by the Tarka Trail when I arrived at the reserve at about 09.15. In the reserve a lot of Blackbirds and Finches alarm-calling and high up in one of the Macrocarpus trees, a Tawny Owl, studiously ignoring them!

The Barn Owl was hunting around and in the reserve yesterday morning.

Posted December 7th, 2015 at 11:08 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Roundham Head

Single Velvet Scoter in bay off Goodrington beach. Seen from cliff walk.

Posted December 7th, 2015 at 11:08 am by Claire & Chris Grove in Bird News

Burma Star Gardens

Stunning male Black Redstart still present, though actually seen on wall of property on the other side of the road to the gardens.

Posted December 7th, 2015 at 10:55 am by Claire & Chris Grove in Bird News

Sunday 6th December 2015

Torbay boat trip

A few more photos from this mornings boat trip. In addition to species previously mentioned by Chris there was also a flock of 7 Common Scoter next to the Mussel farm. Passed the Burma Star Garden on the way back to my car and was immediately treated to the male Black Redstart. Well worth getting up early & wet for!

BN / SLAV / BN Grebe in formation
BN / SLAV / BN Grebe in formation

Kittiwake
Kittiwake

Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Posted December 6th, 2015 at 8:17 pm by Paul Treen in Bird News

Powderham

One swallow alongside river Kenn 2:30

Posted December 6th, 2015 at 4:51 pm by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

Torbay boat trip this morning

Due to strong winds and drizzle the boat ran a reduced route out from Paignton to just short of Berry Head and back. Quite a few gannets and kittiwakes were sheltering in the bay and fulmars back at the Broadsands colony. 4 great northern divers scattered along the route, 3 great crested grebes, 4 (possibly 5) black necked grebes and 2 slavonian grebes at Broadsands, 7 common scoter at the Churston mussel farm, 1 Little Auk flying east off Shoalstone, also 11+ razorbill and 1 guillemot. Common shorebirds included turnstones, oystercatchers, herons at the Chuston roost and a little egret.

Mixed flock of Black Necked and Slavonian Grebes, Broadsands
Mixed flock of Black Necked and Slavonian Grebes, Broadsands

Little Auk, off Shoalstone
Little Auk, off Shoalstone, showing white tipped scapulars

Little Auk, off Shoalstone
Little Auk, off Shoalstone ... and dark underwings

Posted December 6th, 2015 at 3:34 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Broadsands

Whilst leading a walk for Torbay Coast & countryside Trust we found a Yellow-browed Warbler in the back corner of the 1st Carpark, also present 2 Firecrests, 2 Chiffchaff, 25+ Siskins, 3 Goldcreat. On the sea 2 Slavonian Grebes, 5 Black-necked Grebes, 3 Great Crested Grebes ,1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Razorbill. We missed a Little Auk seen at the south side of Broadsands Bay by about 15 mins!

Posted December 6th, 2015 at 2:00 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

South Efford Marsh

Late post for Saturday 5th: 1 Firecrest, 1 Greenshank, 1 Kingfisher and ca 110 Teal, South Efford Marsh, late afternoon

Posted December 6th, 2015 at 9:32 am by Andy Smith in Bird News

West Charleton Marsh

Late post for Saturday 5th: 40+ Common Snipe, 3 Jack Snipe, 75 Teal and 120 Curlew, West Charleton Marsh, early pm.

Posted December 6th, 2015 at 9:30 am by Andy Smith in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Late post for Saturday 5th: 3 Firecrests in woods along trail at northern end of Slapton Ley

Posted December 6th, 2015 at 9:27 am by Andy Smith in Bird News

Saturday 5th December 2015

Hound Tor area

Ringtail hen harrier seen flying around the moor this morning in the area up above Widecombe on the way to Hound Tor, along with 2 ravens.

Posted December 5th, 2015 at 12:15 pm by Tim & Aishlyn Youngs in Bird News

Friday 4th December 2015

Tavistock

04/12/15

On a cycle ride, near the east gate cafe Tavistock. Firecrest in a willow tree over river with group of Long Tailed Tits, also Grey Wagtail. En route - Bullfinches & Marsh Tits at the north end of Gem Bridge.

Posted December 4th, 2015 at 10:31 pm by Colin Hannaford in Bird News

Goldcrest at Otterton

Plenty of Goldcrest's around Otterton this afternoon. Four on the ground one taking a bath!

Two Goldcrest bathing
Two Goldcrest bathing

Posted December 4th, 2015 at 9:28 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Broadsands

This afternoon on the sea: 1 Black-throated Diver, 2 Red-throated Divers, 7 Great Northern Divers, 5 Black-necked Grebes, 7 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Slavonian Grebe.

Around the car parks: 2 Firecrest (see David Pakes entry below!), 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest 

Posted December 4th, 2015 at 7:55 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Exmouth

The female Black Redstart continued to show well around the Marina apartment rooftops late morning. Link to video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WeXRSrIX6Xc

Viewed mudbank over the mid-day high-tide. 2-Mediterranean Gulls showing in front the viewing screen 1 with Polish red darvic ring either PPR2 or PRR2 (details sent off) amongst the Black-headed Gulls with good numbers of Pintail, Wigeon, Brent Geese, Oystercatchers, Curlew, Turnstones and a few Redshank.  Link to 2-Med Gulls.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqOK9jnDnyE

Black Redstart  (Marina)
Black Redstart (Marina)

Mediterranean Gull  (Polish red darvic ring PPR2 or PRR2)
Mediterranean Gull (Polish red darvic ring PPR2 or PRR2)

Mediterranean Gull
Mediterranean Gull

Posted December 4th, 2015 at 7:53 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Velator

A quick look round the reserve this morning showed an increase in Finches, and these included the first Siskins (about 8) seen there this year.

Posted December 4th, 2015 at 7:33 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning I shared the hide with Nigel Bastin, up until I left we didn't see the Smew, but we did see: 2 Water Rail showing very well, 10 Goosander 7m 3f, 10 Tufted Duck, 1 Scaup (f), 4 Snipe, 2 Bullfinch, 1 G.B.B. Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Sparrow Hawk,1 Jay, 1 Grey Heron, 1 L/Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 23 Canada,  25 Mallard, 2 Raven,  around the hide and car park feeders Willow, Marsh, Great, Blue, Coal and Long Tail Tits,Nuthatch.

Posted December 4th, 2015 at 7:13 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Broadsands Firecrest demise

Sad, but excited, to witness a sparrow hawk take a firecrest I was about to photograph at Broadsands at lunchtime today. Pleased to say there was more than one present as I managed  to photograph another there later in the day.

Posted December 4th, 2015 at 6:57 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

MortePoint / Capstone Point

This afternoon from Morte Point i saw 2 Manx Shearwaters 3 Great Skuas & 2 Great Northern Divers on the sea. 16+ Gannets were flying steady holding position in the strong westerly wind. Also during last weeks Storm, Wed to Fri from Capstone Point, a Little Auk, several Skuas & Divers  also Dave Parker & myself both saw Sooty Shearwaters on different days.

Posted December 4th, 2015 at 6:32 pm by Martin Thorne MWG in Bird News

Red Kites

Between 2.15 and 2.30 this afternoon I was driving along the A361 towards Barnstaple near the Harpridge turn off just after the Tiverton roundabout when  was suprised to see a red Kite. 15 miles further down the road over the forested area to the right of the viaduct by the Fillleigh estate there was another one.

Posted December 4th, 2015 at 5:22 pm by richard yeats in Bird News

Leucistic Robin

Leucistic Robin showing well this morning.

Thanks to Rob Jutsum/Martin James Bond for exact location.


Posted December 4th, 2015 at 5:08 pm by Colin Scott in Bird News

Harleston to Slapton Bridge via Start ( & back )

Two Firecrests, 11 Goldcrests & Chiffchaff in the wayside scrub & 21 Stock Doves on pasture. Female Marsh Harrier over the higher ley and in/around Ireland Bay 2 Goldeneye, 36 Wigeon, 51 Tufteds, 4 Water Rails, 2 Snipe, 2 Common Gulls & two Cetti's Warblers.

Posted December 4th, 2015 at 4:38 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth

Visited this morning for about an hour or so. Weather overcast with variable light but dry. Apart from the usual suspects (Magpie, Crow and Pigeon) were seen Blackbirds, Greenfinch, Great Tit, Song Thrush, Robin, a Wren and 2 cats. No sign of the Redwings from about a week ago or anything else much either. Some Herring Gulls circling overhead as the skies darkened.

Posted December 4th, 2015 at 3:16 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News

Topsham

Short-eared owl flew high from Exminster Marshes, over Topsham rec and off to the east, being chased by a Crow all the way (08:00 this morning).

Posted December 4th, 2015 at 1:32 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Downend

Only 1 fem Common Scoter left at Downend after all the gales we have been having recently.


Posted December 4th, 2015 at 12:21 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Short Eared Owl Exminster

Great close view of Short Eared Owl this morning flying over near the Swans Nest and then heading over the railway line towards RSPB Exminster side at 7.30am.

Posted December 4th, 2015 at 8:06 am by Peter Otley in Bird News

Thursday 3rd December 2015

Green Sandpiper

This bird is still in the muddy pool at Yarde Farm SS646344 near Stoke Rivers Barnstaple. It has been there some weeks now and seems settled and busy feeding.

A large flock of Redwings near the stone barn at Orswell was good to see. The colder weather expected this weekend may bring in  a few more winter visitors.

Posted December 3rd, 2015 at 2:46 pm by Karen Sims & John Towers in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatching this morning produced with BMc & MD: 1 Sooty Shearwater, 5 Great Skua, 1 Skua sp. (Arctic/Pom), 1 Little Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 933 Auks (approx. 80% Razorbill). Also at least 4 Harbour Porpoise and 1 Grey Seal.

Update from MD additional birds this afternoon: 1 Little Auk, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Great Skuas, 2 Pomarine Skuas, Great Northern and Red-throated Diver 

Link to video of one of the Great Skuas: https://yout u.be/b82vrrlzAa0 


Posted December 3rd, 2015 at 2:24 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Westward Ho!

A report from Dave Paull this morning of 3 Purple Sandpipers between Nassau Court and the defunct swimming pool. Also a Long-tailed Duck offshore.

Posted December 3rd, 2015 at 12:54 pm by Roger Doble in Bird News

Velator

My visit to the reserve this morning was rewarded with views of a Barn Owl between the reserve and the harbour. Later on I saw it again, this time in the reserve.

Posted December 3rd, 2015 at 11:40 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wednesday 2nd December 2015

Fleet Mill, Totnes

1 Bittern over the reedbed at Fleet Mill south-east of Totnes late this afternoon. Also at least 3 Water Rails calling.

Posted December 2nd, 2015 at 9:58 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the mid-morning high-tide. 146-Bar-Tailed Godwits (big increase since monday); c850-Black-Tailed Godwits; 2-Spotted Redshank; c50-Redshank; 28-Curlew; c250-Dunlin; 27-Lapwing; 7-Snipe; 14-Greylag Geese; 1-Little Egret; 19-Pintail; c35-Shoveler; c70-Teal; c40-Wigeon; 1-Sparrowhawk; 1-Buzzard and no Avocets present on the marsh. From the viewing platform 1-Spotted Redshank feeding near riversmeet house; 12-Grey Plover; 4-Common Gulls; c45-Black Headed Gulls; 2-Red Breasted Mergansers; c100-Wigeon in field left of path. From the goatwalk c550-Avocets on far side near Turf Hotel.

Link to my videos for today and over past few weeks:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQkq57vgEeetJjzX_ts15bA

Spotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank

Spotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank

Bar-Tailed Godwit
Bar-Tailed Godwit

Posted December 2nd, 2015 at 8:35 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Dartmoor

A run over the southern side of Dartmoor gave a productive birding day, Buzzard and Heron near Holne Bridge.

Dartmeet giving Goldcrest, Song Thrush, Long Tailed Tit, Nuthatch, Dunnock, Male Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Coal Tit, Great Tit. The most numerous bird being Chaffinch.

Two Bridges Flocks of Fieldfare , female Kestrel and a Buzzard.

On the higher moors just past the Warren House Inn gave Raven and a flock of 14 Golden Plover struggling into a strong head wind.

Challacombe, produced the days first Redwing flocks, a Grey Wagtail and Raven.

Between Runnage and Post Bridge a female Hen Harrier came overa hill and dived into a flock of Carrion Crows making a determined attack onone crow, on missing her intended prey she swept up and tried to take another bird without success before flying out towards the valley below Soussons plantation.

Between Bellever and Cator Green Cross large mixed flocks of Redwing and Fieldfare along with smaller numbers of Pied Wagtail and Meadow Pipit.

Apologies for the image quality but all the birds photographed were rather further away to give any real detail.

Posted December 2nd, 2015 at 2:37 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Dartington

A nice surprise of a Firecrest in the back garden this morning. 

Posted December 2nd, 2015 at 1:22 pm in Bird News

Firecrest, Plympton

Record shot of a Firecrest in my back garden yesterday (1 Dec) - presumably the same bird that dropped in just as flittingly on 26 Nov. We have had one or two visits in previous years, but they always seem to come when the light's too low for a photo. I'm beginning to wonder whether this is coincidental.

Posted December 2nd, 2015 at 1:41 am by Jason Smart in Bird News

Tuesday 1st December 2015

Tarka trail - Chivenor.

Enjoyed the Leucistic Robin again today in the same place. Amazing how perfect the leucism is!  


Posted December 1st, 2015 at 7:57 pm by Martin James Bond in Bird News

Topsham and Exmouth

High tide at Bowling Green saw good numbers of Avocet and Dunlin some Knot, Pintail and the usual Redshank and various ducks, all very jumpy but no raptors seen - until later a female Kestrel at the veiwing platform. Not much of note on Goosemoor except 1 greenshank.

Mudbank had approx 6 Turnstone in amongst lots ot Brent and Pintail and Wigeon etc. 

Bird of the day a female Black Redstart at Exmouth Docks.

Black Redstart at Exmouth Docks
Black Redstart at Exmouth Docks

Black Redstart at Exmouth Docks
Black Redstart at Exmouth Docks

Female Kestrel Topsham Viewing Platform
Female Kestrel Topsham Viewing Platform

Posted December 1st, 2015 at 5:28 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Paignton ~ Dartington ~ South Brent

A visit to Broadsand’s with Keith Male resulted in us meeting up with Bob Bailey who very quickly and kindly positioned us to see two Firecrest a long awaited first for me, also in the corner of the closed off car park were Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, a flock of 12 plus Goldfinch and a Raven overhead.

Off shore were 6 Crested Grebe, a Great Northern Diver, Velvet Scoter and a Black Necked Grebe picked out by Bob.

A visit to the Roundham Head area where Bob had reported seeing a male Black Redstart found us at the Burma Star garden where the male Black Redstart showed on an almost constant basis, a very elusive female showed briefly on two occasions. Also of note in the garden were Blackcap (male and female) and two Song Thrush.

Marine Parade, Preston gave a count of 36 Turnstone which included the Dutch rung bird that is over wintering at this location, Oyster Catchers, a Heron, two Greater Black Backed Gulls, Shag, Cormorant, Bob arrived while we were there and added a few species to his sea watch list.

Dartington Drive and Hall despite the habitat gave very little, good numbers of Redwing, Mistle Thrush and Blackbirds feeding in a mature Yew tree a few Pied Wagtails and a Wren were about the sum of it from that area.

Back home at South Brent, a garden watch gave me a total of  23 species including Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Greenfinch all in double figures, Rook, Coal Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Sparrow Hawk, Redwing and 3 Raven overhead.

Posted December 1st, 2015 at 5:10 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Velator

Whilst in the reserve this morning, I saw a bird that I thought was a Cormorant flying nearby, but it didn't look right, so I hurried out into the open and saw what can only have been a Diver sp flying strongly towards and over Chivenor in the direction of Fremington.

If anyone sees a Diver in the estuary, I'd be interested to get an id!

Posted December 1st, 2015 at 1:49 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Torbay

Broadsands: 7 Black-necked Grebes, 2 Slavonian Grebes, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Great Northern Divers, 1 Red-throated Diver, 9 Common Scoter. 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Firecrest, 2 Goldcrest, 4 Cirl Buntings. 

Goodrington/Paignton: 1 male Velvet Scoter, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-necked Grebe.

Posted December 1st, 2015 at 1:40 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

sightings

30.11.2015

Higher Slapton Ley,fm Marsh Harrier.

!.12.2015

Mansands,on track from car park to beach Firecrest with flock of Goldcrests and long-tailed Tits.

Posted December 1st, 2015 at 1:36 pm by Martin Lees in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Overcast but dry this morning with a steady breeze. The female Smew showed well from the hide for a few minutes around 10.25, before diving into the reeds not to be seen again in the next half hour. Also from and around the hide, 5m and 2f Goosander, Kingfisher, c10 Tufted Duck, Snipe, Water Rail, Raven, Great crested Grebe, Willow Tit and Cetti's Warbler.

Posted December 1st, 2015 at 12:02 pm by Roger Doble in Bird News

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