Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from December 2016

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Posted August 21st at 3:53 pm in Bird News

2019 Descriptions - last call

The deadline for the 2019 Bird Report is rapidly approaching. If you found (or saw) any of these birds please could you submit a description to recorder@devonbirds.org to ensure your records are published. Many thanks. 

Alpine Swift, Dawlish 11 Jun  Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug Purple Heron, Slapton Ley 07 May
Caspian Gull, Thurlestone, 08 Feb Sabine's Gull, Thurlestone 14 Aug
Caspian Gull, Topsham 02 Aug Serin (2), Harrowbeer 19 Apr
Cory's Shearwater, Berry Head 19 Jul Tree Sparrow (2), Berry Head 20 Mar
Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May  

 

Posted May 2nd at 3:27 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in Bird News

Saturday 31st December 2016

Merlin

Jurston Dartmoor, 1 Male Merlin

Posted December 31st, 2016 at 7:50 pm by Mike Luckson in Bird News

Torbay

The Siberian Chiffchaff was again at the back of the 1st car park this morning also 1 collybita Chiffchaff.

On the Sea: 1 Slavonian Grebe, 2 Great Northern Divers and 1 Brent Goose.

Goodrington: 2 Black-necked Grebes, 11 Great Crested Grebes, 8 Velvet Scoter, 2 Eider (1st w Male and imm/fem) also another 5 briefly joined the Velvet Scoter before moving off, 1 Red-throated Diver, 3 Common Scoter

Clennon Valley: PADe informed me the 2 Yellow-browed Warblers were apparently seen at same time mid afternoon. One again in trees by the arsto turf pitches by the leisure centre, the other is proving elusive around the 2nd lake, Cetti's Warbler still around the middle lake. 

Posted December 31st, 2016 at 6:59 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Taw

8 Eider off Crow Point near mouth of the Taw ~1300 hrs/low tide. 7 male 1 female, diving for mussels.

Posted December 31st, 2016 at 6:45 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Exmouth

Late this afternoon off West Lodge: fw drake Scaup, fem Goldeneye, 2 Shoveler and a Greenshank of note.

Posted December 31st, 2016 at 5:34 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Broadsands, pm, 31.12.16

15 - 16 Cirl Buntings usual spot (though a visiting birder reported c. 35 from there and along the seafront).

Posted December 31st, 2016 at 4:27 pm by David Holloway in Bird News

Slapton Ley/Offshore

1100-1245. 3 Velvet Scoter off middle car park early on - not too far out. On walk towards Torcross, close-in Black-throated Diver, then a Black-necked Grebe very close in, and then a middle distance Gt Northern Diver. On Slapton Ley, midway from middle car park to Torcross, Long-tailed Duck (would say female), and then 1st winter Scaup. There was an interesting looking pipit flock on the beach. MMay off Beesands, raft of 30+ Common Scoter.

Posted December 31st, 2016 at 3:47 pm by Francis Tusa in Bird News

River Tamar at Ernesttle, Plymouth

Plymouth's first American Wigeon (a drake) this afternoon (thanks Roy) with a small flock of Wigeon - presumably the Kingsmill Creek bird wandering. 

Also: c40 Avocets and 12+ Great Crested Grebes.

Posted December 31st, 2016 at 2:53 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Topsham and Exmouth

YBW at Topsham Rec mobile around play area. Two female Goldeneye off the rec. Black Redstart showing well at Shelley Beach Exmouth. 

see - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3vvGte7xRE

Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Posted December 31st, 2016 at 1:40 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

River Taw

Great Northern Diver and Longtailed Duck in the Taw by the sewage works 10.00 this morning

Posted December 31st, 2016 at 10:03 am by David Paterson in Bird News

Friday 30th December 2016

Emsworthy Great Grey Shrike

Two hours of perseverance finally paid off as dusk approached, with the Great Grey Shrike found in the first walled enclosure NW of Saddle Tor. Further on in the Becka Brook valley 11 Redpoll.

Posted December 30th, 2016 at 8:52 pm by Simon M Bates in Bird News

Great Grey Shrike Woodbury Common

A Great Grey Shrike was on Woodbury Common on Thursday, found at the north end of the common near the warren car park. It was mobile and last seen flying towards the north west corner.

Posted December 30th, 2016 at 8:13 pm by Tom Gale in Bird News

Slapton Ley and Start Bay

Highlights on the ley included 11 Little Grebes ( Ireland Bay ) and from the Stokeley Hide male Scaup and Long-tailed Duck still present. Also at least 4 Goldeneye including 2 displaying males.  In Start Bay viewed from the central car park Great Northern Diver, Red-throated Diver and Black-throated Diver. Now 3 distant Velvet Scoters. Finally 3 Harbour Porpoises heading south together.

                                                   

 

Posted December 30th, 2016 at 6:03 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Start Bay

Just off Torness at 1530 today, 2 Red-throated Divers.

Posted December 30th, 2016 at 5:05 pm by Francis Tusa in Bird News

Staverton WTW

The Yellow Browed Warbler still present this afternoon plus Firecrest, 2 Goldcrest and 5 Chiffchaff.

Anybody wanting to see Goosander fairly easily, Staverton Bridge late afternoon (around 3.30 p.m) is reliable at present albeit that there has only been a single redhead the past 3 days (but the river has been subject to disturbance by kayakers yesterday and today). Last week there was usually 3 birds and i have had up to 8. Kingfisher is regular along this stretch of river together with up to 3 Dippers and 3-4 Little Grebes.

Posted December 30th, 2016 at 4:46 pm in Bird News

Barnstaple to Ashford

An early afternoon walk on the Tarka Trail produced 6 dabchick feeding together just upstream of the new(?) bridge, 4 goosander (1m,3f) off RGB and the long tailed duck by the sewage works plus most of the usual suspects.

Posted December 30th, 2016 at 4:31 pm by alan craddock in Bird News

East Soar-Soar Mill Valley-Southdown Farm

A glorious morning on the heights enlivened by 47 Gannet & 4 Harbour Porpoise fishing off the Ham Stone, 11 Snipe, Lapwing, 218 Skylark, male Black Redstart in the Cove, Firecrest & Chiffchaff in Soar Mill Valley willows, 235 Linnet & 32 Yellowhammer.

Posted December 30th, 2016 at 3:45 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Teigngrace cattle egrets

Two birds still present in solar panel field but with regular commutes to other herds in the vicinity

Posted December 30th, 2016 at 2:24 pm by Ken Dainton in Bird News

Exmouth

In extremely foggy conditions. The 2 Firecrests were along Madeira Walk at the back of the cricket club. Also, the Little Grebe was still in the marina at midday, and nearby the female Black Redstart was on the roof of Leeward Court by Shelly Beach. Later on in the afternoon 3 Goldeneye were off West Lodge.

Posted December 30th, 2016 at 1:16 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Exe Estuary, 29 December

The highlights of yesterday afternoon's Stuart Lines cruise were the 2 Slavonian Grebes (off Cockwood and later off Starcross), 13 G C Grebes, at least 130 Pintail on the mud around the mouth of the Clyst, the Long-tailed Duck at Topsham ferry and a large flock (500+?) of Golden Plover roosting on the mud near Turf.

Posted December 30th, 2016 at 10:45 am by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Teignmouth Seafront

Two female Long Tailed Ducks just south of Yacht Club and 600ish metres out.

Posted December 30th, 2016 at 10:43 am by Simon Bates in Bird News

Clennon Lakes and Valley

A new Yellow-browed Warbler heard yesterday evening and seen well this morning in trees just north of the astro turf pitches by the Torbay Leisure Centre.

Around the Lakes still the usual Yellow-browed Warbler around the 2nd lake also the Cetti's Warbler, Shoveler, 4 Little Grebe and 2 Water Rail.

Posted December 30th, 2016 at 8:47 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thursday 29th December 2016

Yellow Browed Warbler Topsham Rec

Great views of the Yellow Browed Warbler through the freezing fog at Topsham Rec this Lunchtime.

Topsham Rec

great views

on view through the fog

Posted December 29th, 2016 at 9:20 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

River Plym from Leigham Manor Drive

1405 - 1445 

Female Kingfisher fishing  (2 successful attempts out of 3. 2nd attempt bird never entered water after a hover.)  

2 male and 1 redhead Goosander. 

Small flock of Long Tailed Tits and and Coal Tits foraging through.

Posted December 29th, 2016 at 8:50 pm by Charlie Imms in Bird News

Chivenor

The Xmas Robin was present again today at midday after a cold frosty foggy night. Icy patches on the Tarka trail earlier this morning.


Posted December 29th, 2016 at 6:48 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

12.00-14.30

From the track next to the railway line in cold conditions:  

60+ Brent Geese in flight heading towards the estuary mouth, 2 Barnacle Geese, 80+ Canada Geese, 8 Mute Swans, 50+ Teal, 200+ Wigeon, 60+ Lapwing, 7 Snipe, 4 Shoveler, Pintail, 4 Mallard, 100+ Golden Plover, 3 Tufted Duck, 20+ Curlew, 40+ Black Tailed Godwit, Buzzard, female Marsh Harrier, Song Thrush, 20+ Robins, 10 Blackbirds, 3 Jackdaws, 2 Carrion Crows, 2 Ravens, 10 Cormorant, 2 Meadow Pipits, 5 Pied Wagtails, 4 Long Tailed Tits, Blue Tit, Dunnock, Cetti's Warbler, 3 Pheasants, 3 Grey Herons, 6 Woodpigeons and a Linnet.

Back home in Torquay, the male Blackcap still present and visiting the fat balls in my garden. 

Posted December 29th, 2016 at 4:56 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Broadsands

The Siberian Chiffchaff still present in the Marsh with 2 collybita Chiffchaffs. 2 Cirl Buntings on seed this morning with 2 Reed Bunting in 2nd car park. 

The 8 Velvet Scoter were still viewable but over toward Goodrington.

Posted December 29th, 2016 at 3:55 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Staverton

A Yellow browed Warbler, 4 Chiffchaffs (no tristis) and single Goldcrest at Staverton Water Treatment works this afternoon.

 

Posted December 29th, 2016 at 3:34 pm in Bird News

River Plym and Saltram

Pleasant walk in the sunshine this morning - on the river 2 male and 3 female wigeon and on the mudflats a greenshank and 50+dunlin. 2 firecrests, a coo-ing stock dove and a mistle thrush in the trees above the river folly. 2 cattle egret in the fields with cattle along with a sprinkling of redwing, song thrush, blackbird, starling and pied wagtail.

Firecrest Cattle Egret
Firecrest                                                  Cattle Egret

Posted December 29th, 2016 at 3:29 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Northam Burrows

Male Snow Buntings still near the 8th green. Lots of dog walkers and when disturbed flies onto the pebble ridge.

Posted December 29th, 2016 at 2:43 pm by Roger Doble in Bird News

Cornworthy

Yellow-browed warbler still present, feeding in bushes around sewage works. Also present are chiffchaff, blackcap and goldcrest.

Posted December 29th, 2016 at 1:27 pm by Henry Trollope in Bird News

Topsham Recreation Ground

The Yellow-browed Warbler was still at the Topsham recreation ground at around 11am this morning.  There were a surprising number of birds about, including a flock of Long-tailed Tits, quite a few Goldfinches, a couple of Redwings and a lone female Stonechat. On the river there was a Long-tailed Duck and Goldeneye, with a Ringed Plover on the mud with the gulls and Redshanks, and a Kingfisher.

Posted December 29th, 2016 at 1:25 pm by Richard Swinbank in Bird News

LeasFoot Beach

Desert Wheatear still present on Wednesday 28th

Posted December 29th, 2016 at 10:49 am by Steve Ayres in Bird News

Wednesday 28th December 2016

Kingsbridge Estuary

Still a Slavonian Grebe near Charleton Point and c 300 Golden Plover near Rowden Point.

Posted December 28th, 2016 at 8:17 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Preston Torbay

2 Mediterranean Gulls on the rocks this afternoon (ad w and a 2nd w)

Posted December 28th, 2016 at 7:38 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Occombe Farm

Late afternoon and not much to report other than 1st sighting of Redwings at Occombe this winter, counted approx 10 in all. Plus a small number of Goldfinches a Buzzard and a Roe Deer. And though it has been a mild December it appears that nature doesn't always see it the same way...

Posted December 28th, 2016 at 4:57 pm by Stephen Huggins in Bird News

Great Grey Shrike at Emsworthy

It took a while to find , but worth the effort!


Posted December 28th, 2016 at 4:57 pm by Simon Thurgood in Bird News

Shiphay, Torquay

15.25

The male Blackcap that has been visiting my suburban garden since 22nd December, produced some full (though muted) song for a period this afternoon. 

Despite being very obliging yesterday, it has been much more secretive today, preferring the deep cover of the laurel hedge. 

Posted December 28th, 2016 at 4:47 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Cattle Egret - Saltram Estate - 28-12-16

2 Cattle Egret showing well at the back of the fields as the cows were being fed

    

Posted December 28th, 2016 at 4:29 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Today at Lower Tamar Lake.
2 Willow and 1 Marsh Tit, 32 Goosander 14m 18f, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 5 Snipe, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Drake Teal, 2 Cormorants, 1 Song Thrush, 11 Coot, 7 Tufted Duck, 1 Great Crested Grebe.

Posted December 28th, 2016 at 2:48 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

cattle egret at Teigngrace 28/12/2016

Spotted from a distance with hunched look of cattle egret.  In field with cattle.  Flew over head low later when bill and leg colour could be seen well. One other seen at distance not identified.

Posted December 28th, 2016 at 2:27 pm by Pete Stevens in Bird News

Topsham Rec

Yellow-browed Warbler again in the trees near the zip wire at 9.30 this morning

Posted December 28th, 2016 at 9:43 am by Ian Pearson in Bird News

Tuesday 27th December 2016

Holwell Tor/Emsworthy

1 Great Grey Shrike showing well in the valley just south-west of Holwell Tor around midday.

Posted December 27th, 2016 at 7:55 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Ernesettle Creek and Tamar complex Plymouth

1330 - 1445 on a rising tide: 

11 Snipe, 2 Greenshank, c40 Redshank, 1 Curlew,

2 Great Crested Grebe,  c30 Teal, 5 Wigeon, 

2 Shelduck, 1 Grey Heron, 1  Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 

1 Goldcrest. The Avocet  flock was across the border today!

Posted December 27th, 2016 at 7:15 pm by Charlie Imms in Bird News

Water Rail - Goosemoor

Excellent views of two Water Rail on low tide mud at Goosemoor this afternoon, easily seen from one of the viewing screens on the boardwalk / cycle path.

Posted December 27th, 2016 at 6:29 pm by Cliff Parrott in Bird News

Exe area

Yellow Browed Warbler showing well at Topsham Rec also theFemale Long Tailed Duck 1 Grey Plover and 1 Water Rail,on Exminster Marsh 1 Kingfisher 1 Chiffchaff and the female type Marsh Harrier,and finally at Matford Marsh the American Wigeon in with a flock of Eurasian Wigeon of about 100 birds

Posted December 27th, 2016 at 5:47 pm by Andy Bond in Bird News

Cattle Egret, Saltram

Record shots from earlier today.

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

Posted December 27th, 2016 at 5:17 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Plymouth

Plym Estuary & Saltram: highlight today was 2 Cattle Egrets with c8 Little Egrets among the cows in Saltram, Also - Jack Snipe 3, Snipe, Curlew 32, Wigeon 5, Redshank 135, Greenshank 3, Oystercatcher 7, Dunlin 54 and Goldcrest 3.   

Earlier, in Beaumont Park, a Yellow-browed Warbler (high in trees on the northern boundary of the park) and also 2 Ring-necked Parakeets, and a Nuthatch.

Not a bad day!

Posted December 27th, 2016 at 4:47 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Dawlish Warren update

In addition to previous post,  looking at photos an additional Red Throated Diver just off the lifeguard station.

Red-throated Diver  Great Crested Grebe
Red-throated Diver                                                                 Great Crested Grebe

Posted December 27th, 2016 at 3:44 pm by Paul Treen in Bird News

Great White Egret

26th December 2016 - Good visual sighting of Great White Egret as it flew from Arlington Lake to river below, then as it stood on the river bank.  

Posted December 27th, 2016 at 3:38 pm by Sue Prosper in Bird News

Clennon Lakes

The Yellow-browed Warbler was again around the middle Lake this afternoon also, Cetti's Warbler, 4 collybita Chiffchaffs, 5 Goldcrest, 2 Water Rail, Kingfisher, 2 Little Grebe and 3 Gadwall.

  Yellow-browed Warbler Clennon Lakes 27 Dec 2016 ML2   owed Warbler Clennon Lakes 27 Dec 2016 ML    

Posted December 27th, 2016 at 2:36 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Dawlish Warren - Higher Ashton

Yesterday. Quick walk around Higher Ashton with my brother produced 1 GSW, 2 Nutchatch, 1 Treecreeper, Great, Blue & LT Tits, Robin, Blackbird and 4 Goldcrests.

This morning Dawlish Warren off sea wall - 15-20 GCGrebes, 2 GND, 2 Guillemots, Rock Pipit and around 10 Gannets plunge diving off of Red Rock.

Posted December 27th, 2016 at 1:31 pm by Paul treen in Bird News

Broadsands and Clennon

A very cold, beautiful but quiet morning at Broadsands and Goodrington. Clennon was a little more fruitful. one male teal, one shoveler, Gadwall, twp pairs of bullfinches and one possible chiffchaff or a warbler, too fast to ID. 

Pretty duck at Clennon
Gadwall

Posted December 27th, 2016 at 11:52 am by PHILIP FAIRCLOUGH in Bird News

Charleton Marsh and Wareham Point

Late post from 26th; adding to Perry's earlier post. Of note: 1 Great Northern Diver, c15 Great-Crested Grebes, 7 Little Grebes, 75+Brent Geese, 7 RB Mergansers, 60 Lapwing (overhead), c20 Snipe (no Jacks), 3 Greenshank etc.

Posted December 27th, 2016 at 10:17 am by Andy Smith in Bird News

Fieldfares

50 at loddiswell near industrial estate.

Posted December 27th, 2016 at 10:16 am by John Ballantine in Bird News

Slapton

Late post from 26th: 1 Black-necked Grebe very close offshore at the memorial car park late afternoon.

Posted December 27th, 2016 at 10:12 am by Andy Smith in Bird News

Broadsands

The Siberian Chiffchaff was agian in the back of the 1st car park with two collybita Chiffchaffs, 13 Cirl Buntings and a Reed Bunting on seed in the 2nd car park.

On the sea: 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-necked Grebes, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Eider (looks like the fw male that has been around the mussel farm buoys has moved in close with the female)

The 8 Velvet Scoter could be seen over toward Goodrington

Posted December 27th, 2016 at 9:44 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 26th December 2016

Dartford warbler - Woodbury Common

A lovely Boxing Day treat on a walk on Woodbury Common. A Dartford warbler flew low across a pebble track and into a gorse bush where it allowed a close approach. The first I have ever seen. Delighted.

 

Posted December 26th, 2016 at 8:29 pm by Pat Gubb in Bird News

Arlington Court Hide

Finally made it to Arlington Court Hide. 

Goldcrest Goldcrest Nuthatch
Goldcrest                                                        Nuthatch                                                          Goldcrest

Posted December 26th, 2016 at 7:11 pm by Andrew Leat in Bird News

West Charleton

Grey Wagtail and 3 Chiffchaffs in the sewage works, 750+ Golden Plovers flying over fields west of Charleton Marsh.

Posted December 26th, 2016 at 5:12 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Offshore 2 Great Northern Diver & 3 Red-throated Diver. Also 4+ Harbour Porpoise & one Common Dolphin. On the ley male Goldeneye & 82 Gadwall.

Posted December 26th, 2016 at 5:00 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth. 26/12/2016

Quick trip after lunch produced 4 x Green parakeet and 4 x Pheasant (f) in addition to the usual corvids, sparrows etc.

Eds: The green parakeets are Ring-necked Parakeets.

Posted December 26th, 2016 at 3:54 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News

Cornworthy

Yellow-browed warbler around the sewage works

Posted December 26th, 2016 at 2:17 pm by Henry Trollope in Bird News

Torbay.

Walk along Brixham Breakwater by old fuel bunkering jetty 12 Purple Sandpiper and 3 Turnstone. On marine wave screen 3 Common Gull with some Black headed Gulls. Looking out towards Broadsands 1 great Northern Diver and Gannets diving, on the edge outer edge of mussel farm a group of Scoter. My son text me to say a male and a female Eider just off Goodrington beach. From Brixham breakwater looking towards Berry Head many seabirds seen. To far away to ID.

Boat trip Sunday 8th in Torbay still have places, call 07866202576 if interested. 

Posted December 26th, 2016 at 11:17 am by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

goldcrest

Goldcrest feeding in the manor gardens Exmouth this morning.

Posted December 26th, 2016 at 10:20 am by eric in Bird News

Topsham Rec

A Yellow-browed warbler was calling and seen in the trees in the playpark near the zip wire at 8:15. The Long-tailed duck and 2 Goldeneye were on the river. Adult Med gull yesterday.

Posted December 26th, 2016 at 10:12 am by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Sunday 25th December 2016

Otterton & Chistlebury Bay

Since I found myself in Exeter on my own I went birding instead. Saw 400 Common Scotor, Red Throated Diver & 2 GC Grebe on sea, 60 Chaffinch at STW, 40+ Skylark on fields & 2 Dipper at Otterton Mill. Nice day out. Merry Christmas all. 

Posted December 25th, 2016 at 6:08 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Arlington

What a wonderful start to Xmas Day to walk around the National Trust Arlington Estate, visit the hide & digiscope a Great White Egret on the lake before returning home to Christmas Dinner!


Posted December 25th, 2016 at 4:57 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Saturday 24th December 2016

Long John Sanderling - video

For a video of Long John Sanderling enjoying Christmas Eve on Westward Ho! beach, please follow this link: https://youtu.be/eG8MTZRjwxw

Posted December 24th, 2016 at 9:29 pm by Martin Unwin in Bird News

G N Diver Hopes Nose, Torbay

1 Great Norther Diver and 3 Razorbills close to shore on the East ( sheltered ) side of Hopes Nose this afternoon, plus good numbers of Gannets fishing between the point, the Orestone and Thatchers Rock.

Posted December 24th, 2016 at 5:39 pm by Cliff Parrott in Bird News

Long John Sanderling!

Walking on a windswept beach at Westward Ho! this morning my daughters and I saw a one legged Sanderling. It was feeding well but only travelling at half speed! 

Posted December 24th, 2016 at 4:51 pm by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Ring Ouzel

11am.  24th December 2016.

Single female Ring Ouzel spotted on ground, in old orchard, on approach road to Eggesford Garden Centre, Eggesford, Devon.

Posted December 24th, 2016 at 1:11 pm by Martin Waters in Bird News

Occombe Farm

Christmas Eve morning walk started quietly but in all saw: a pair of Pied Wagtails, 20- 30 Goldfinches,, a pair of Greenfinches, a Dunnock, a pair of Green Woodpeckers, a Nuthatch, several good flocks of Blue Tits feeding through, 6/7 Great Tits, approx 6 Long Tailed Tits, 5 Goldcrest (2 sets of pairs), 6 Wrens, 8/9 Robins, Blackbirds in various parts of Occombe including 2 with dark coloured bills. Also heard a Bullfinch and viewed 3 Roe Deer.

Posted December 24th, 2016 at 10:59 am by Stephen Huggins in Bird News

Friday 23rd December 2016

Desert Wheatear yesterday

just a little promotion of the RNLI

Posted December 23rd, 2016 at 5:05 pm by Alex Carlisle in Bird News

Desert Wheatear

Saw the Desert Wheatear at Thurlestone today, even in the wind it was quite active catching any food blown up the beach while the Rock Pipit was working the shoreline


Posted December 23rd, 2016 at 4:40 pm by Simon Thurgood in Bird News

Goosemoor & RSPB Bowling Green Marsh.

The reported Spotted Redshank showing well at Goosemoor from the viewing area, along with six Greenshank, twenty plus Redshank and a Little Egret.

   

RSPB Bowling Green Marsh alive with waders and ducks, feeding directly in front of the hide at times, hundreds of Black Tailed Godwits with a handful of Bar Tailed mixed in, good numbers of Wigeon and Redshank, two Snipe, five Curlew, thirty plus Shoveller duck, Lapwing, Dunlin, two Grey Plover, two Greylag Geese, thirteen Avocet, Starling and a single Greater Black Backed Gull to mention a few.

Female Bullfinch in the hedge, it was a good day for visiting BGM..

Posted December 23rd, 2016 at 4:20 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Drake Wood duck

Lone drake wood duck in old mill leat near new co-op in centre of Bovey Tracey. 

Posted December 23rd, 2016 at 11:00 am by Steve Ayres in Bird News

Thursday 22nd December 2016

Merlin

Unusual to see one heading east over the house on Clovelly rd bideford at 09:15

Posted December 22nd, 2016 at 10:57 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Torbay

A quick scan from Broadsands this afternoon revealed the 8 Velvet Scoters (distant), Eider, Black-necked Grebe, G N Diver, 12+ Fulmars, 20+ Gannets and a scattering of Razorbills.

After further consideration, the 'funny Wigeon' at Bowling Green the other day seems to be just that, not a hybrid!

Posted December 22nd, 2016 at 9:05 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh & Goosemoor

At BGM just after the neap high tide, masses of Godwits as expected, but the Avocets didn't show at all.  The most notable things were a Coot for at least its second day and a Little Grebe, neither of which are common here. Snipe numbers up to at least 13.  On Goosemoor a w.pl Spotted Redshank with singles of Redshank and Greenshank in the same view (but not long enough for a picture together).


Posted December 22nd, 2016 at 8:09 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Goosemoor and Bowling Green Marsh

What a difference the sun makes

Curlew  Greenshank  Spotted Redshank+Greenshank
Curlew                                                    Greenshank                                           Spotted Redshank+Greenshank

Posted December 22nd, 2016 at 6:17 pm by Colin Scott in Bird News

Downend

27 Common Scoters at Downend this morning - 26 females + 1 male.


Posted December 22nd, 2016 at 6:13 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Stover CP

Lots of Black-headed Gulls and Herring Gulls, also the usual Mallards, Tufted Ducks, Coots, Moorhens. There was a male Kingfisher on the lake and on one of the feeders were three Willow Tit. But most exiting of all were the two Pochards seen from the hide.

Eds The 'willow tits' would almost certainly have been Marsh Tits - they are not always easy to separate! Willow Tits are very rare indeed in S Devon.

Posted December 22nd, 2016 at 5:35 pm by Samuel Gray in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake.

Sunny and calm at the Lower lake this morning.

50+Snipe flushed from the reedbeds near the hide, 15 Goosanders,  (6 males), 2 Grey Herons. Blue, Great and Coal Tits plus one Willow Tit on the feeders at the car park, 1 Nuthatch, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Mute Swan, 3 Coot, 5 Moorhens,  6+Robins  an apparent influx of Blackbirds with at least 12 seen between Thurdon and the hide, c.20 Mallard, 14 Black headed Gulls, 5 Chaffinches and 1 Dunnock.

Harvey Kendall.

Posted December 22nd, 2016 at 1:03 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Wednesday 21st December 2016

Otterton STW / Chiselbury Bay

Two female  Long-tailed Ducks on the sea this afternoon as well as the regular flock of 380+ Common Scoter, 3 RT Divers, 60+ Auks (mostly Guillemot, some Razorbill) and 1 GC Grebe.

Posted December 21st, 2016 at 9:03 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

The following birds were seen in and a pool at Exminster Marshes: 1 Pintail, 5 Shoveler, 100+ Wigeon, 50+ Lapwing, 30+ Canada Geese, 30+ Teal, 1 Snip, 1 Golden Plover, 2 Mute Swan and 30+ Dunlin.

Posted December 21st, 2016 at 8:45 pm by Samuel Gray in Bird News

Plymouth

2 yellow browed warblers again in Beaumont Park, Plymouth - 1 calling from tree top in centre of park, seen snaffling a large bluebottle fly and having a preen while a second bird heard calling near the lodge.

Female eider off Turnchapel busily diving and being investigated by passing gulls, distant views across the water from Plymouth Hoe.

Posted December 21st, 2016 at 4:11 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Broadsands, 21.12.16, c.09:00 - 13:30

Churston Head, 09:10 - 11:30: 3 Gt N Divers (09:20, Elberry Cove; 2 staying together + 1; by 11:30 2 + 1 off Shell Cove/Salltern Cove); 8 Velvet Scoter (09:40, off Shell Cove, then moving further out); 1 Eider (09:30, Mussel Beds). 1 Brent Goose (10:15, off Saltern Cove/Goodrington); 6 Lssr B-b Gulls (09:10, Broadsands Bay.

Car Park, 11:30 - 12:50: 4 Cirls (2m, 2f) 1 Chiffchaff (collybita) + Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Chaffinch & Bullfinch; 1 Sparrowhawk; 1 Jay; 1 Gt Sp Woodpecker.

Churston Head, 12:50 - 13:30: 2 Gt N Divers (1 relocated Broadsands Bay moving to off the Pt, 1 relocated Shell Cove); 2 Common Scoters (1m, 1f,  flying S past the point then turning & landing far out in Torbay) 1 B-n Grebe (off Pt, then Broadsands Bay); 6 Brent Geese (flew in towards Goodrington).

Posted December 21st, 2016 at 4:02 pm by David Holloway in Bird News

Plympton

Five Blackcaps simultaneously today in my back garden: three males and two females. Very little aggression so far, except sometimes from one of the males. I saw the males together and later the females about a week ago, but this is the first time I have seen all five at the same time.

Posted December 21st, 2016 at 3:04 pm by Jason Smart in Bird News

Plym Estuary/Blaxton Meadow.

Just popped down for an hour to see what was about and noted the following; On the meadow 126 Redshank, 83 Dunlin, 5 Greenshank, 5 Wigeon, 31 Curlew, 7 Oystercatcher, 2 Kingfisher & 1 Common Sandpiper. 4 Little Grebe on the estuary.

Posted December 21st, 2016 at 3:04 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Tuesday 20th December 2016

Waddeton, Torbay

Two Cattle Egrets were reported from the first field just NW of Waddeton hamlet. in a field with black cattle.

Posted December 20th, 2016 at 9:20 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wistlandpound Reservoir

The Great White Egret was feeding beside the reservoir at 11.30 am today.

Posted December 20th, 2016 at 7:43 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Marsh Harrier (Female) seen on the Flyover side of the Marsh late morning

Posted December 20th, 2016 at 6:17 pm by Ian Teague in Bird News

Chivenor & Pottington

Our enchanting Xmas Robin at Chivenor was showing well this aft & celebrating the coming of the festive season with a good amount of vocalising almost as if it was auditioning for the Military Wives Choir!

I was surprised to see the Long tailed Duck was still at Pottington. Apologies for the slightly out of focus photo but the light was diminishing fast.



Posted December 20th, 2016 at 5:56 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

East to West Soar

Highlight was a Merlin over the airfield. Also: 10 Gannet, 260 Skylark, 140 Linnet, 14 Yellowhammer & 12 Cirl Bunting.

Posted December 20th, 2016 at 2:35 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Great Grey Shrike, Soussons Wood, Dartmoor

I saw one great grey shrike sitting on a very prominent perch.

Posted December 20th, 2016 at 1:20 pm by Samuel Gray in Bird News

Stoke Gabriel

One sinensis ' Continental' Cormorant with 5 carbo Great Cormorants on the Mill pond this morning - the usual returning adult.

Yesterday the Yellow-browed Warbler was still around the 2nd weir at Clennon Lakes.

Posted December 20th, 2016 at 11:51 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 19th December 2016

Stover - Water Rail - Pochard - Blue Tit

At the feeder - every type of Tit, Bullfinches male & Female - Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch & plenty of Squirrels. By the hide a Female Pochard Duck and 1 water Rail showed well in front of the hide

  

Posted December 19th, 2016 at 7:42 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Cattle Egrets - Teigngrace

Cattle Egret - Little Egret - and a Magpie with the cow thrown in

Posted December 19th, 2016 at 7:33 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh Wigeon

Here a picture from Andy Swash of the hybrid. Any other suggestions?

Putative Eurasian X Chiloe Wigeon
Putative Eurasian X Chiloe Wigeon

Posted December 19th, 2016 at 6:49 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Around the Axe

Three Velvet Scoters flying around off Seaton this morning with four Common Scoters. Last seen flying off west. Also today Ian Mc had a Dartford Warbler from the Seaton Marshes hide, possibly the bird reported along the sea front a couple of weeks ago?

Posted December 19th, 2016 at 6:44 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Topsham area

At Bowling Green Marsh today on falling tide: 10 Greylags, 2 Pintail and a putative hybrid Eurasian X Chiloe Wigeon (black barring on chest, orangey flanks and large white patch on sides of head), but no sign of American Wigeon.

Impressive wader numbers were visible from the Clyst viewpoint and the Goat Walk, including 780 Golden Plover roosting on mud towards Turf (possibly the most I've ever seen on the Exe and surely the most for some years). There were also over 500 Lapwings, c25 Knot and perhaps 500 Avocets and 1000 Black-tailed Godwits, with good numbers of Redshanks and a Greenshank. A Water Rail was along the reed fringe across the estuary.

A Cetti's Warbler gave good views by the viewing platform and 2 Redwings in one of the seeded fields near the Goat Walk included an obvious very dark, heavily-streaked Icelandic bird (coburni). A Spotted Redshank called near Goosemoor, where there was a Greenshank and another Water Rail.

Posted December 19th, 2016 at 6:43 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Chillington WTW.

SIBERIAN Chiffchaff Ph.c.'tristis'.(fulvescens plumage type)  ringed this morning. Also on site 20+ collybita 5 Goldcrests and 1 Firecrest.

Siberian Chiffchaff
Siberian Chiffchaff

Posted December 19th, 2016 at 1:16 pm by Alan K Searle in Bird News

DWT, Emsworthy, Dartmoor

Great Grey Shrike at Emsworthy this morning.


Posted December 19th, 2016 at 12:06 pm by david cawthraw in Bird News

Great Northen Diver Teignmouth

Great Northen Diver just off the pier on Sunday afternoon. Diving over the bar until chased off by jet skis.

Unidentified scoters further out in the mist.

Posted December 19th, 2016 at 7:56 am by Patrick case in Bird News

Sunday 18th December 2016

Plymouth

A Yellow-browed Warbler in Beaumont Park this afternoon with 2 Goldcrests, 2 Jays and a Nuthatch.

Posted December 18th, 2016 at 8:14 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Start Bay / Slapton Ley

Cracking day, great vis for looking at the sea. Present was the Black-necked Grebe just off the Memorial Car Park. Farther out 2 Great Northern Divers, Red-throated Diver and 2  Velvet Scoters. 13 Common Scoters flew south with a male Shoveler tagging along. Lots of wildfowl etc on the ley including Long-tailed Duck and redhead Goosander from the Stokeley Hide. Good to see a couple female Pochards. Other selected counts from the ley included 120 Gadwalls, 47 Wigeons, 5 Shovelers, 160 Tufted Ducks, 2 Pochards , 3 Goldeneyes and 9 Little Grebes. Would estimate 4-500 Coots. Had a look from the bridge last light where there was a Kingfisher and several calling Water Rails.

 

Posted December 18th, 2016 at 5:41 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Torbay boat trip

A few photos from this morning's boat trip. Notable mainly for the 6 velvet scoter off Broadsands-Goodrington, and common gulls seen in several places.

1st winter Great Northern Diver in the fog. 5 of the Velvet Scoters Common Gull north of Berry Head
1st winter Great Northern Diver in the fog.        5 of the Velvet Scoters                 Common Gull north of Berry Head

Posted December 18th, 2016 at 4:22 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Teigngrace

At least 3 Cattle Egrets in the field with the cattle and solar panels this afternoon.

Posted December 18th, 2016 at 4:19 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

After a foggy start, the sun warmed our bones as we stood on Leas Foot Beach. We quickly located the Desert Wheatear, who posed for his selfie (again) followed by the flighty Black Redstart. A trundle round South Huish Marsh didn't produce anything out of the ordinary, but I did manage to creep up on a lovely sunbathing buzzard.

Black Redstart The famous Desert Wheatear Buzzard
Black Redstart                                The famous Desert Wheatear                                       Buzzard

Posted December 18th, 2016 at 3:55 pm by stephanie murphy in Bird News

Torbay Boat Trip

Just adding to Simon's report the large numbers of Guillemots on the cliffs of the colony at Berry Head, 800+. 5 Common Gull and 20 + Fulmar in Torbay. very atmospheric with the mist in the bay but a good trip. 

Next trip Sunday 8th Jan 2017. if interested call 07866202576.

Posted December 18th, 2016 at 3:32 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Weare Giffard

2 Cattle Egret early afternoon in field by entrance to Barton Farm

Posted December 18th, 2016 at 3:20 pm by Roger Doble in Bird News

Torbay boat trip

Had a great trip out with Nigel around Torbay, saw some great birds the best being 6 Velvet Scoters and 6 Great Northern Divers, 11 Dark-Bellied Brent Geese, 1 Eider and 8 sightings of Harbour Porpoise that came close to the boat.

Great Northern Diver  Velvet Scoter
Great Northern Diver                                                                           Velvet Scoter

Posted December 18th, 2016 at 3:19 pm by Simon Thurgood in Bird News

Velator and Wrafton

On Wrafton Pond this morning a male Pochard and a pair of Gadwall.

In the reserve, a Kingfisher flew around the pond and landed briefly on a reed stem. 2 Water Rails (one seen) Chiffchaff, Goldcrest and the usual FInches and Tits. Outside the reserve a pair of Stonechats and a few more Meadow Pipits today and with them, a Water Pipit.

On the  scrape both Redshank and Black-tailed Godwit.

Posted December 18th, 2016 at 1:37 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Barnacle Geese Exminster Marshes

This is a correction to an old post.  On 24 November 2016 I posted that 24 Barnacle Geese landed on Exminster Marshes.  I am at last checking and processing all my photos from that 'flood week' on Exminster and I can now see it was actually 25.  I will submit this on the Devon Record Sheet to correct.

25 Barnacle Geese 24.11.16 Exminster Marshes
25 Barnacle Geese 24.11.16 Exminster Marshes

Posted December 18th, 2016 at 11:51 am by Jo King in Bird News

Occombe Farm

Early morning walk around Occombe proved quite fruitful. Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Green Woodpecker, 3 Goldcrest, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, a Chiffchaff, several Wren, 5 Robins, good numbers of Blue Tit & Great Tit. Jackdaws, Rooks & Carrion Crow all feeding in one field, a Song Thrush and a Jay.

Posted December 18th, 2016 at 10:49 am by Stephen Huggins in Bird News

Saturday 17th December 2016

Broadsands

This morning the Siberian Chiffchaff was again in the marsh at the back of the 1st car park with 2-3 collybita Chiffchaffs. 

On the sea: 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 5 Great Northern Divers, 6 Velvet Scoter, 10 Brent Geese, 1 Eider, 2 Black-necked Grebes, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 80+ auks out in the middle of the bay.  Two flocks of Common Scoter flew in and out of the bay (8 & 15).

This evening the Gull Roost contain 4 Mediterranean Gulls (1 ad w, 1 sw and 2 fw), 73 Common Gulls in three smallish flocks.  

Posted December 17th, 2016 at 8:45 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Mansands

The Surf Scoter was again off Crabrock Point Mansands this afternoon with 206 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter had been with the flock earlier. 5-6 Chiffchaffs also feeding in Reedbed at Mansands.

Should be good viewing conditions again tomorrow afternoon.

Posted December 17th, 2016 at 8:32 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Mansands Scoters

Mansands ~ Crabrock point gave a distant view of initially 160 Scoter duck, brief view of the Surf and one Velvet a further 22 flew in giving a total of 182 birds, a Guillemot close to the flock and 2 two Fulmar,

22 Meadow Pipit by the cottages, 4 Stonechat and 2 Pied Wagtails.

 

A Kestrel perched alongside the track near the car park, duck on the marsh included Mallard, Teal and Gadwall, four Moorhen.

And a very unseasonal sighting of a Red Admiral butterfly.

Posted December 17th, 2016 at 8:31 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On the pool at high tide this morning - c95 Redshanks, 6 Dunlins, 29+ Curlews, 18 Shelducks & 5 Wigeon. Nearby, 2 Ring-necked Parakeets (1 blue morph) and at least one heard in a different part of the park. Also Snipe, 5 Goldcrests and Nuthatch. 

Posted December 17th, 2016 at 2:52 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Yellow Browed Warblers, Beaumont Park, Plymouth

2 very active and mobile YBWarblers in Beaumont Park this morning. 1 keeping mostly to the tree tops in the trees near the north gate entrance, 1 mostly in the tree tops in the trees in the centre of the park, but both occasionally moving down to the lower branches. Vocal at times and at one point seen chasing each other and calling noisily.

I did manage to get a rubbish record shot of 1 of them.

Also seen:- a female type black redstart, a jay (a first for the park for me), a coal tit, 4+goldcrest, goldfinch, a nuthatch and B,G and LTTits.

Yellow Browed Warbler
Yellow Browed Warbler

Posted December 17th, 2016 at 12:54 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Friday 16th December 2016

Plympton

Noting mention of singing Song Thrushes, one has been singing here in a neighbour's garden for about a week now. 

Posted December 16th, 2016 at 10:33 pm by Jason Smart in Bird News

Cattle Egret, Teigngrace

5 Cattle Egrets sighted in the cow field next to the solar farm.

Posted December 16th, 2016 at 9:45 pm by Samuel Gray in Bird News

Man Sands and Torbay

Crabrock Point, Man Sands: early afternoon the imm Surf Scoter was still present, however, the Velvet Scoters present in the morning had gone, although the Common Scoter numbers had increased to 276 in two flocks (214 and 62). Also flyby Black-throated Diver heading south.

Broadsands: late afternoon. Now 12 Velvet Scoter (11 inline with Goodrington, presumably the 8 have been joined by the 3 Man Sands birds, but also another single feeding off the mussel farm). Also Red-necked Grebe, 2 Black-necked Grebes, Slavonian Grebe, 8 Great Crested Grebes, Red-throated and 3 Great Northern Divers.

Stayed on for the gull roost which included: 4 Mediterranean Gulls (1 ad, 1 2w & 2 1w), the hybrid Mediterranean x Black-headed Gull, 59 Common Culls and c1100 Black-headed Gulls.

 

Posted December 16th, 2016 at 5:34 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Braunton

Ringing in  the reserve this morning was slow going, but rewarded with one retrap and 2 new Chiffchaffs.

When I returned home I was moving some firewood when the beautiful sound of a singing Song Thrush put a spring in my stride!

Posted December 16th, 2016 at 3:44 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Teigngrace cattle egrets

All seven birds present today in solar panel field

Posted December 16th, 2016 at 2:41 pm by Ken Dainton in Bird News

Mansands

At last, caught up with the Surf Scoter this morning, seen not far off Crabrock (still needed scope) with 3 Velvets and 200+ Common Scoters, slowly moving towards Scabbacombe head. Also 12 Common Gulls feeding off the Southdown side of the beach. Later while looking out of the hide with David Pakes, we saw a hang glider drift over the marsh and spook over 45+ Snipe, which flew around and up and down the valley, but alas not Jacks with them.

Posted December 16th, 2016 at 2:34 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Bird News

Dunsdon DWT

A quick look in a Dunsdon feeders, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Great / 4 Blue / 3 Coal Tit, 1 Buzzard, 6 Fieldfare, 1 Willow and 2 Marsh Tit, 2 Robin.

Posted December 16th, 2016 at 2:30 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Sightings for this morning, 35 Goosander 17m 18f, 23 Tufted Duck, 28 Mallard, 14 Coot, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Willow and 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest,

Posted December 16th, 2016 at 2:27 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Thursday 15th December 2016

pied wagtail roost

 Was in town tonight in Exeter & noticed a huge winter roost of pied wagtails, maybe over 500 +  in 4 trees alongside Next in the High St 

Posted December 15th, 2016 at 9:25 pm by Martin Cox in Bird News

Otterton STW / Chiselbury Bay & Budleigh

The Common Scoter flock at Chiselbury Bay was the largest I have seen with 380+ birds this morning.
Also 1 RT Diver , but sadly no Velvet or rarer Scoters though. A check of the River Otter Egret roost this evening resulted in 17 Little Egrets, but no Cattle Egrets - Keep trying!

Posted December 15th, 2016 at 6:43 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Mansands

The Scoter flock still off Mansands this morning. At least 6 Velvels and the Surf amongst them. The main flock flew in from Sharkham way at 12:30 to join a smaller raft off the point that had stayed. A flock of Gannets were also active in the area.

Posted December 15th, 2016 at 6:38 pm by Timothy Clyburn in Bird News

Plymouth

One Yellow-browed Warbler still ranging around Beaumont Park at midday today, calling infrequently.

Posted December 15th, 2016 at 6:30 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Quick visit this pm 106 black tailed godwits,47redshank and one greenshank,no sign of the ibis.

Posted December 15th, 2016 at 6:23 pm in Bird News

Teigngrace

All Cattle Egrets and Little Egret in field at Blatchfords Farm. Disappeared over farm to bottom fields at 10.30

Posted December 15th, 2016 at 2:51 pm by Colin Scott in Bird News

Exmouth – Black Redstart

At 10:00 this morning sighting of a female Black Redstart around Shelley apartments in Exmouth

Posted December 15th, 2016 at 1:53 pm by Tom Jurd in Bird News

Wednesday at Fremington Pill

I forgot to post this yesterday . Glossy Ibis showing well at Fremington Pill.

Posted December 15th, 2016 at 11:49 am by David Paterson in Bird News

Wednesday 14th December 2016

River Exe between Powderham and Cockwood

This afternoon, a flock of approx 150 Brent Geese plus 13 Oystercatcher in a field at Powderham, a pair of Red-breasted Merganser, 15 Redshank, 7 Oystercatcher, 1 Turnstone , 3 Curlew  where the Kenn joins the Exe, a male Red -breasted Merganser and a Little Grebe feeding by the ferry pontoon at Starcross and a pair of Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Slavonian Grebes off Cockwood

Posted December 14th, 2016 at 8:58 pm by Bob Telford in Bird News

Teigngrace

Between 10:50 and 11:30 - 6 Cattle Egret and 1 Little Egret in the usual field with the cattle.

Cattle Egret Little Egret and Cattle Egret Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret                                                   Little Egret and Cattle Egret                       Cattle Egret

Posted December 14th, 2016 at 8:03 pm by Bob Telford in Bird News

American Wigeon - Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime at BGM far too many Wigeon to count, so it was not always easy to pick out the American Wigeon in their midst. Well done Helen for picking him out.

Posted December 14th, 2016 at 7:27 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Wrafton

In amongst a gathering of Black-headed Gulls on the scrape this morning was one with a full black head. Bring on spring!

Posted December 14th, 2016 at 7:22 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

American wigeon on the marsh this afternoon amongst an ever-growing flock of wigeon. It showed well right in front of the hide at times :)

Posted December 14th, 2016 at 5:56 pm by Helen Whitall in Bird News

Newton Abbot

Around Town Quay Newton Abbot today. two distant Kingfisher sightings, Heron, two Grey Wagtails, juvenile Moorhen, fifty plus Black Headed Gull, Raven, three Cormorant.

 

Six Geese of various types two appeared to be Grey Lags (as image) one Canadian and three feral types two Chinese and one domestic type goose that also frequents decoy lake.

Around the feeders at home two male Siskin this morning, seven Long tailed Tits late afternoon and two possibly three Song Thrush on the back lawn of Willow House next door.

Posted December 14th, 2016 at 5:23 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Teigngrace

1330. Four Cattle Egret in Field at entrance to Blatchford Farm, before the other three flew in and then all seven flew to fields behind farm, where not visible from road. 

Posted December 14th, 2016 at 5:19 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

East Soar-Soar Mill Valley-Southdown Farm

Not too exciting: Fulmar off Ham Stone, 4 Snipe, 13 Stock Dove, 380 Skylark, 6 Chiffchaff Collybita in Soar Mill Valley Willows & 5 Yellowhammer.

Posted December 14th, 2016 at 4:03 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Broadsands

3 Velvet Scoter and 3 Common Scoter could be seen over toward Goodrington this morning. Otherwise from the headland: 2 Black-necked Grebes, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Great Northern Divers and 2 Eider.

The Siberain Chiffchaff was again in the marsh at the back of both 1st and 2nd car park with at least 1 collybita Chiffchaff. On seed in the second car park were 6 Cirl Buntings and 1-2 Reed Buntings.

Posted December 14th, 2016 at 2:35 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Eider - Hopes Nose, Torquay

4 Eider ( 2 Male 2 Female ) on the sheltered side of Hopes Nose. 11.30 this morning.

Posted December 14th, 2016 at 1:03 pm by Cliff Parrott in Bird News

Tuesday 13th December 2016

Plymouth

One Yellow-browed Warbler in the centre of Beaumont Park first thing this morning with Long-tailed Tits and two Goldcrests.  

Posted December 13th, 2016 at 9:43 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Westward Ho!

4 Purple Sandpiper today on incoming tide on rocks around Nassau Court

Posted December 13th, 2016 at 9:31 pm by Roger Doble in Bird News

Torbay Coastal

A coast watch from Elberry Cove back to Goodrington beach this morning, Broadsands gave a Red Necked Grebe, two Fulmar, fourteen Greater Black Backed Gulls one of which had a metal tag ring on its right leg, three Gannet and a Heron.

Elberry Cove produced an Eider duck around the Mussel farm and a Great Northern Diver.

  

Around the Broadsands car parks, a flock of twenty four Green finch and several other individual birds, three Wren, three Goldcrest, five Cirl Bunting, four Bullfinch.

Oyster Bends gave ten Brent Geese feeding in the right hand cove and a hunting female Sparrow hawk

Goodrington beach a female Eider duck preening alongside two Greater Black Backs and on the boating lake at Young’s park ten Tufted Duck.

On returning home went out to collect a sick female Kestrel that had been picked up at Ashburton.

Posted December 13th, 2016 at 4:40 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Wrafton

The male Marsh Harrier showed much closer from the south side of the reserve this morning. It seemed to have a very full crop, and landed in a tree in the marsh.

Posted December 13th, 2016 at 1:50 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Teigngrace cattle egrets

5 birds present this morning in Twelve Oaks solar panel field but as they regularly commute between Blatchford farm pasture the familiar 7 may well be around

Posted December 13th, 2016 at 12:39 pm by Ken Dainton in Bird News

Monday 12th December 2016

cattle egrets

6 Cattle Egrets at Blatchford farm, Teigngrace today at 1pm, on the field by the main gate. Flew of after 10 mins to the south.

Posted December 12th, 2016 at 11:12 pm by Kay and Gary Deare in Bird News

South Brent

A home birding day at South Brent gave a male Siskin on the feeders, Wren, Raven and Buzzard seen from the house, a walk around the boundary hedges gave a very confiding Chiffchaff, seven Goldcrest sightings, a 50 plus flock of Redwings which on landing was seen to contain 3 Song Thrush.
 
Green Woodpecker calling and the first Woodcock that I have seen in some time was a bonus.
 
Long Tailed Tits and a female Bullfinch, numerous small flocks of Starling, Tawny owls calling again this evening.

Posted December 12th, 2016 at 9:09 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Cattle Egret-East Prawle

Cattle Egret still at Prawle for 2nd day. First for this site : long in coming ! (Found by Pat M.) Seen today briefly , though enough to identify , at 2pm associating with Black cattle near Walland Barns/Water Tower area looking north. Just as I was about to photograph the bird it disappeared down a ridge in the field and I could not relocate it ! Had been seen yesterday in field by entrance to Woodcombe Farm.Best tip, look for any cattle grazing.

 

Posted December 12th, 2016 at 7:06 pm by Tony Marchese in Bird News

Escot Park, East Devon

12 members of DB attended the morning walk and 20 later sat down to a Christmas lunch.  The parklands produced a count of 34 species (thanks to Sue Murphy for keeping the list).  The banks of the River Tale produced sightings of a Dipper and Chiffchaff.  Winter Thrushes (mainly Redwing with a few Fieldfare) were more difficult to locate as most were feeding on the ground and had vacated the usual hot spots in the Millennium Orchard.  A Mistle Thrush and singing Song Thrush completed the Thrush list with numbers of Blackbird ever present.

Next East Devon Branch fieldtrip will meet at Darts Farm on Jan 6.  (See details of Programme on DB website under 'News'). Happy Christmas to all members.

Posted December 12th, 2016 at 6:06 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Velator

During the morning visit I saw at least 4 Chiffchaffs, but very quick moving so unable to see if they were ringed. (one ringed yesterday). Also present 2 calling Cetti's Warblers, and 2 Water Rails - one heard, one seen.

Later this afternoon, I returned and had good if slightly distant views of a male Marsh Harrier quartering the reed-bed at Sherpa Marsh.

Surprised to see both the Redshank and the Black-tailed Godwit back on the scrape this morning. After all the shooting last Friday, I thought they'd never return.

Posted December 12th, 2016 at 4:23 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Around the Axe

The Cattle Egret left the roost in Axmouth at 07:41 this morning, and this afternoon I found it feeding with cattle and Little Egrets at Colcombe Farm, Colyton. Please only view from the Colyton to Shute road.

There's still a Yellow-browed Warbler and a female Tufted Duck at Lower Bruckland Ponds, a Grey Plover on the Axe and an impressive 45+ Chiffchaffs at Colyford WTW. That's a decent count for the site in any year, but all the more impressive because 7 days ago there wasn't a single Chiff there! 

Cattle Egret Colyton.
Cattle Egret Colyton.

Posted December 12th, 2016 at 3:55 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

North Devon - Arlington Court

14:20 Great White Egret on lower lake. No leg rings observed.

Posted December 12th, 2016 at 3:32 pm by john bronze in Bird News

YBW Plymouth

Fourth time lucky, I actually managed to see one of the YBWs in Beaumont Park on the way to work this morning having heard them only previously. 

Posted December 12th, 2016 at 10:58 am in Bird News

Sunday 11th December 2016

Mansands and Teigngrace

Mansands at sunrise gave initially a flock of 77 Scoters on the sea, another flock flew in from the Torquay direction and gave a total count of 140 birds, the birds were well out on the sea and could only be observed with a spotting scope type set up.

In the lane back to the car park 2 Raven, 2 male Cirl Bunting and further up a single Lapwing in the air headed west.

The Teigngrace Cattle Egrets were again difficult to pin down this morning, proving to be very mobile but sightings of possibly up to five birds around the Blatchford farm area along with Little Egrets, also seen were Grey Wagtail and 14 Redwing.

 

Back home at South Brent the afternoon gave 7 Long Tailed Tits, a female Bullfinch, 35 plus Starlings and 13 Redwings, up to three Tawny owls calling this evening.

Posted December 11th, 2016 at 7:06 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Cirl Buntings

Had a great session with the Cirl Buntings at Labrador Bay today, I counted 32 but there was more, they were flying to and fro from the farmers field on the other side of the road to the hedges on the reserve, couple of males in full song on top of the trees, such a great bird!



Posted December 11th, 2016 at 6:45 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

This afternoon's WeBS count included a Jack Snipe in the saltmarsh, 2 Slavonian Grebes and 5 Greenshanks, plus 5 Cirl Buntings. Offshore, 1 Red-throated Diver, 18 G C Grebes, 2 Velvet Scoters and 60+ Common Scoters.

At dusk, 3 Woodcock leaving Haldon at Beggar's Bush, heading towards Chudleigh - a regular occurrence in winter around 4:50-5pm.

Posted December 11th, 2016 at 5:56 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

YBW's in Beaumont Park Plymouth

Saw one of the  yellow- browed warblers today at 15.25 at northern end of the Park. It was feeding high up in large tree near the park wall. Earlier Charlie Imms saw both birds in the centre of the park at 13.00 pm.

They have been associating with mixed tit  flock over the last couple of days! 

Posted December 11th, 2016 at 5:37 pm by Russ Eynon in Bird News

Otterton STW / Chiselbury Bay

The Common Scoter flock still present, but no sign of the Velvet Scoter in recent days.
Also 2 RT Diver and 1 GN Diver plus 6+ Guillemot.

Posted December 11th, 2016 at 5:21 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Mansands

The Surf Scoter showed again in the flock of over 200 Common Scoter and now 3 Velvet Scoter too. The flock was disturbed several times by small boats but did regularly come back to feed either just east of Crabrock Point or more regularly just south of the point so not viewable at all from Mansands beach.

Its a bit of a slog climbing the hill between Mansands and Scabbacombe beach to get the best views of the scoter flock.

Posted December 11th, 2016 at 3:38 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Clennon Lakes

A Siberian Chiffchaff was present on the willow Island in the middle lake this morning then 10 mins later one of the Yellow-browed Warblers was in the same place. Also around the site 3 collybita Chiffchaffs 7 Goldcrest, 3 Water Rail, 2 Snipe, 12 Teal, 3 Gadwall and 11 Tufted Duck.

Siberian Chiffchaff Clennon Lakes 11 Dec 2016 ML

Siberian Chiffchaff 11 Dec 2016 Clennon Lakes video link here: https://youtu.be/D5NWB91XrEg 

Posted December 11th, 2016 at 3:30 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Broadsands: 08:30 - 12:15, 11.12.16

From Churston Pt, c. 08:45 - 09:30: 1 Eider (mussel beds); 3 Black-necked Grebes; 1 Slav Grebe (off the Point); 8 Velvet Scoter + 11 Brent Geese (all together off Saltern Cove); 1 more Brent Goose (in Broadsands Bay).

Around Broadsands Car Park c. 09:45 - 12:00: the Siberian Chiffchaff was in the marshy area adjacent to car park c. 10:00 - 10:30. At c.11:00 it came in over my head and landed in front of me, in the hedge, behind the beach huts, back of the 2nd car park, where the Cirl Buntings usually are. There it remaIned, calling and feeding until I left it at c.12:00.

At least 4 Cirls (2m, 2f) and 1 Reed Bunting, same spot.

Posted December 11th, 2016 at 3:10 pm by David Holloway in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

Geese Quarries- Charleton Marsh, 10:15-13:45, rising tide ). Stunning winters day to be out.

15 Brent Geese, 55 Pintail, 16 Red-breasted Merganser, Long-tailed Duck ( prob 1cy m off Charleton Pt., ), 12 Great Crested Grebes, 7 Little Grebes, Slavonian Grebe ( off Charleton Pt. ), 2 Water Rails ( marsh ) and a Green Sandpiper ( Charleton Marsh, can't remember seeing one here in the winter before ).

 

Posted December 11th, 2016 at 2:23 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Teigngrace

Seven Cattle Egrets still present although very mobile and wary.

Posted December 11th, 2016 at 12:55 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Bird News

Melbury

Two willow tits coming to feeders at my feeding station melbury forest..All six species of tit now visited.Just waiting for an Azure to turn up now!!!!!.Also pair of mistle thruses near by,f g s woodpecker and possible 2 continental blackbirds,adult males with all black bills and orbital rings.

Posted December 11th, 2016 at 11:49 am by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Saturday 10th December 2016

West Charleton Marsh and Wareham Point

Early pm, high tide, of note: 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Slavonian Grebes, 6 Great-crested Grebes, 6 Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 Whimbrel, 20 Snipe, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits and c500 Dunlin. Plus at least 2 Chiffchaffs at the Sewage works.

Posted December 10th, 2016 at 6:39 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Slapton

am of note: 3 Velvet Scoter, 12 Common Scoter and 1 Red-throated Diver offshore at Strete Gate; 1m Greater Scaup and 1 imm/f Long-tailed Duck on the ley; 1 Firecrest and a Chiffchaff in the woods along the Ireland Bay trail. 

Posted December 10th, 2016 at 6:35 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Bowling Green

Bowling Green Marsh, Topsham around 10.30 I saw what I am convinced was a bittern fly out of the reed beds at far end. Didn't reappear. Really hoping someone else can confirm I'm not going mad...

Posted December 10th, 2016 at 5:53 pm by Dave Walters in Bird News

Velator

Wet, today! But still a Spoonbill roosting by the Tarka Trail when I arrived. It flew off at about 10.30. There have been a couple of Gadwall in the reserve these last few mornings. They were joined by a Wigeon yesterday.

Posted December 10th, 2016 at 5:25 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Teigngrace ~ Cattle Egrets

The Teigngrace Cattle Egrets proved difficult to find late this morning, eventually four birds found at Blatchford farm feeding with two Little Egret.

 

At least 140 Canadian Geese in a field alongside the main road, four Pied Wagtails, one Grey Wagtail, several Stock Dove feeding with Wood Pigeon, Magpie and Pheasants.

Posted December 10th, 2016 at 2:43 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Torbay

Goodrington: 8 Velvet Scoter, 4 Common Scoter, 15 Great Crested Grebes, 11 Guillemot & 6 Razorbill

Broadsands: 7 Red-throated Divers, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Eider 3 Guillemot & 1 Razorbill

Preston: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Red-throated Diver, 3 Great Crested Grebes and 7 Guillemot

Posted December 10th, 2016 at 12:33 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Yellow Browed Warblers, Beaumont Park, Plymouth

Now 2 yellow browed warblers in Beaumont Park, Plymouth. Very active and mobile around park, associating with a flock of long tailed tits - very vocal at one point when close together but mostly keeping apart.

Also a chiffchaff, a nuthatch, a goldcrest and coal tit.

Posted December 10th, 2016 at 12:16 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Hembury Woods

Late post for Friday 9th: 3 Woodcock and a Tawny Owl, late pm/dusk.

Posted December 10th, 2016 at 8:01 am by Andy Smith in Bird News

Friday 9th December 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Estimated 450 - 500 Avocets on the lunchtime high tide at BGM, disturbed by the local Buzzard. Probably more than twice that many Godwits with about 30 Bar-tailed.  4 of the 5 recent Snipe were playing hard to get in the farthest channel from the hide. 


Posted December 9th, 2016 at 10:23 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Slapton

Good to bump into Perry at Slapton today. In addition to his sightings, a Red necked Grebe showed briefly off the Memorial car park around 11 a.m. 

A Black Redstart (f) at Hallsands and 42 Common Scoter offshore.

Mid afternoon the Red throated Diver had drifted north to be off Strete gate and at the far end of Strete gate beach were 2 Velvet Scoter.

In addition to those settled on the sea, Guillemots (with a few Razorbills) were moving through the bay all day and must have numbered a few hundred.

 

Posted December 9th, 2016 at 6:31 pm in Bird News

Torbay Coastal

Marine Parade, Paignton ~ 25 Oyster Catcher, 43 Black Headed Gull, 26 Turnstone, out on the sea one Guillemot in flight and a Red Necked Grebe.

Oyster Bends, Paignton ~ 22 Scoter of which seven were Velvets, 3 Gannet, a speed boat went through the area that the flock was in and all flew off towards Goodrington.

Broadsands ~ 26 Brent Geese, 3 Fulmar, 2 Gannet, Black Necked Grebe, Heron, 8 Greater Black Backed Gull, 2 Pied Wagtails on the sea wall, a female Eider picked up in flight well out in the bay she flew directly into Broadsands landing by the outflow pipe to drink and bath.

 

                                      

On leaving a Grey Wagtail and over Paignton a female Sparrow Hawk being mobbed by Herring Gull.

Back home at South Brent 29 Pied Wagtails, 2 Bullfinch, 3 Long Tailed Tit and 90 plus Redwing.

Posted December 9th, 2016 at 5:06 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Tottiford Reservoir

23 Goosander ( 6M) and 8 Tufted Duck ( 3M) the highlights of a walk round the reservoir

Some of the Goosander - Tottiford - 9/12/2016
Some of the Goosander - Tottiford - 9/12/2016

Posted December 9th, 2016 at 5:02 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Yellow-browed Warbler Plymouth

A very vocal bird in Beaumont Park at lunchtime today. 

Posted December 9th, 2016 at 3:57 pm in Bird News

Home Farm Marsh

Main pond 146 Canada geese plus a few wigeon,teal,shellduck,shoveler,pintail,little egret and 110 lapwing.On Fremington Pill47 blackwits and the Glossy Ibis has returned.

Posted December 9th, 2016 at 3:54 pm in Bird News

Cattle Egrets Teigngrace

After a text from Paul Treen, we dashed off to Teigngrace in search of Cattle Egrets. We found 3 in a field leading to Berry Knowles Farm initially. Those three then flew off towards Twelve Oaks Holiday Cottage, where we relocated all 7 of them, 4 in with the cattle and three in the field opposite. 

At Berry Knowles Farm    You can see his orangey cap  Enjoying the insect lunch at Twelve Oaks
At Berry Knowles Farm                You can see his orangey cap            Enjoying the insect lunch at Twelve Oaks

Posted December 9th, 2016 at 3:42 pm by Steph Murphy in Bird News

Mansands

A failed attempt to see the Crabrock point Surf Scoter: The approx 200 Common Scoter flock had broken into two groups, the largest loafing group further out and south and a smaller group of about 70 actively feeding off the point. Conditions were difficult quite windy up on the ridge and choppy sea. On leaving I looked out from the beach by the Lime Kiln at Mansands Beach, the flock had now increased over 100 birds but I was too low to be able to go through them in the choppy sea.

Bumped into Mark D and Del on way back up who picked out the Surf Scoter a bit later and saw the Black Redstart on the cottages.. One of those days I should stayed at home!  

For anyone wanting to make the trek down, Sunday is looking like good viewing conditions with a light NW offshore wind - afternoon light is better too. Scope absolutely essential!

Posted December 9th, 2016 at 3:38 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Slapton and Beesands

Reasonable numbers of Waterfowl on the ley, vast majority in Ireland Bay. Selected counts included 9 Little Grebes, 3 Teals, 113 Gadwalls, 8 Shovelers, 26 Wigeons, 89 Tufted Ducks and 415 Coots. Also large nos. of Gulls but the best I could find was just an adult Med Gull. 2 Chiffchaffs seen were both collybita, one ringed. In Start Bay Black-necked Grebe just offshore from the central car park, also Red-throated Diver. Way out 50 Common Scoters flew north and good numbers of Guillemots present ( and a few Razorbills ).

Beesands ley extremely quiet just 40 Mute Swans, 5 Canada Geese and 3 Mallard. Well offshore a feeding congregation of at least 500 Gannets.

Where are the Pochard this winter ? none seen today.

Posted December 9th, 2016 at 3:12 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Hartland Point & Shipload Bay.

3 - 4 Red-throated  Divers, 5+ Kittiwakes, 7 Fulmars, 30+ Gannets, Black headed and Herring Gulls, 2 Great Black Backed Gulls, 1 ring tail Hen Harrier quartering the fields and hedges at Shipload Bay putting up large numbers of Meadow Pipits.

Harvey Kendall & Barry Bryne.

Posted December 9th, 2016 at 3:11 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Northam Burrows

Two Snow Buntings still present early pm, feeding unobtrusively some 100m west of the 8th green. In the estuary 19 Eider, and off Greysands Point a Red-throated Diver.

Good numbers of Geese, ducks and waders off the Skern, but as far as I could see, nothing unexpected.

Posted December 9th, 2016 at 3:04 pm by Roger Doble in Bird News

Cattle Egrets- Teigngrace

Flock of 7 Cattle Egrets still 1.35pm in grass field opposite entrance to Twelve Oaks Farm

Posted December 9th, 2016 at 2:06 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Cattle Egrets, teigngrace

12.00 noon. 7 cattle egrets in cow field opp Twelve Oaks Herd farm

Posted December 9th, 2016 at 12:00 pm by Steph murphy in Bird News

Teigngrace, Kingsteignton

Saw a report of a Cattle Egret at Teigngrace  so thought I'd take a look. Was more than a little surprised when I found it along with 5 friends. What with last year as well, maybe Kingsteignton has become the hotbed for Devon Cattle Egrets.

Cattle Egret 1

Cattle Egret 2,3 & 4  Cattle Egret 4 & 5 + little egrets

Cattle Egret 1                                   Cattle Egret 2,3 & 4                            Cattle Egret 4 & 5 + little egrets

Posted December 9th, 2016 at 11:12 am by Paul Treen in Bird News

Cattle egrets Teigngrace

4 birds present @ 11am in field with charolais cattle at Twelve Oaks farm to north of Teigngrace road. View over hedge from road.

Posted December 9th, 2016 at 11:09 am by Kenvin Dainton in Bird News

Thursday 8th December 2016

Bowling Green/Goosemoor Topsham

200 Avocets at BGM on the high tide roost at lunch time with at least twice as many Black-tailed Godwits. Including this colour-ringed bird.

At Goosemoor a Spotted Redshank, Water Rail and a colour-ringed Curlew (no pic) were the highlights..


Posted December 8th, 2016 at 10:42 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Broadhempston

At least 100 Fieldfares flying around village this morning.

Posted December 8th, 2016 at 4:53 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

A short visit mid afternoon proved quite exciting; at one point the imm marsh harrier, a peregrine and raven were inter-acting over something that I could not see. A flock of 14 barnacle geese near Station Road probably included one or two of the locally resident birds. Two flocks of brent geese were nearer the Turf and totalled about 800 birds. There is still an impressive number of wigeon (over 2,000) but relatively few teal, shoveller and mallard. Apart from the hundreds of Canada geese the only other bird in large numbers was the 200+ flock of lapwing. I saw two chiffchaff in the lane and heard two more on the canal bank.

Posted December 8th, 2016 at 4:21 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Clennon Lakes

Now two Yellow-browed Warblers at at Clennon, the original moving between the lowest and middle weir and a new bird behind the driving range near to the YMCA in willows by the stream. (the original bird was seen before and again after seeing the 2nd bird, about 400m apart ). 3 Chiffchaff and a Water Rial also seen.

Posted December 8th, 2016 at 1:25 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 7th December 2016

Mansands - 7.12.2016

The reported 200+ common scoter not off the beach and could only be seen by climbing up to the top of the ridge above the coastguard cottages. For myself and possibly a couple of other experienced birders present, the light, distance involved and the choppy nature of the sea precluded any accurate identification of the surf scoter, reported in better conditions by Mike Langman yesterday. The flock was constantly moving and diving with a few guillemot present just to confuse matters. I even had a kestrel come and perch alongside me to give me the benefit of its outstanding vision! Other notable birds included a male black redstart on the coastguard cottages and on the marsh, a water rail showed.

Some of the Common Scoter flock -Mansands - 7.12.2016  Water Rail - Mansands - 7.12.2016
Some of the Common Scoter flock -Mansands - 7.12.2016                    Water Rail - Mansands - 7.12.2016

Posted December 7th, 2016 at 8:19 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Goosemoor and Bowling Green Marsh

Lovely bright day for birding

Greenshank

   Kingfisher Spotted Redshank
             Greenshank                                            Kingfisher                                           Spotted Redshank

Posted December 7th, 2016 at 5:34 pm by Colin Scott in Bird News

Northam Skern

A count in the area of the High Water roost this morning revealed a couple of interesting additions to the usual species which I have been recording there in the past couple of months: 2 Spotted Redshank amongst the other redshanks on the pool across the road from the Skern Saltings roost site, and 5 Common Scoter on the sea about 30m from the edge of the tide.  There was also a single Pochard amongst the 220 Wigeon and 52 Pintail, and my highest Golden Plover count of the season at just over 700.  Curlew, Oystercatcher and Shelduck numbers were unchanged, though this was my first ever visit to the Burrows when I didn't see at least one Little Egret!

Posted December 7th, 2016 at 5:28 pm by Tony Mercer in Bird News

Caton, Ashburton

Overflown by a woodcock in the lane behind the office whilst walking the dog.

Posted December 7th, 2016 at 5:23 pm by Barney Donnellan in Bird News

Snipe at The Skern

Snipe at The Skern, Northam Burrows, today

Posted December 7th, 2016 at 4:35 pm by JOHN WARD in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh & Ludwell Valley

Viewed over the morning high-tide.

From Goosemoor the Spotted Redshank, 5 Greenshank and Sparrowhawk showing really well and good area to view on the lower high-tides.

From the hide large numbers of Avocets, Black & Bar-tailed Godwits, Dunlin, Redshank amongst the usual Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler and Snipe.

Ludwell Valley mid-day the Dipper showing well in the Northbrook stream along Topsham Road 

Spotted Redshank

Avocet    DipperSpotted Redshank                                              Avocet                                                                 Dipper

Posted December 7th, 2016 at 3:34 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Velator

Still Chiffchaffs in the reserve this morning (2 ringed yesterday) Cetti's Warbler calling, Water Rail also seen scurrying away. Best sighting was a Peacock butterfly!

Posted December 7th, 2016 at 1:38 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Teigngrace - Cattle Egret

One Cattle Egret present this morning with herd of Charolais cattle mobile between Tewelve Oaks & river. Also peregrine ranging around.  Farm fields are located to north of the Teigngrace road approached from Kingsteignton/ Newton Abbot.  Viewed over hedge near junction with Greycoat Lane.

Posted December 7th, 2016 at 12:26 pm by Ken Dainton in Bird News

Broadsands & Goodrington

The Siberian Chiffchaff was still present in the marsh at the back of the 1st car park with at least 2 collybita Chiffchaffs. 5 Cirl Buntings and a Reed Bunting on seed in the 2nd car park.

On the sea: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Eider, 5 Red-throated Divers, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 16 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill & 4 Brent Geese

Goodrington: 19 Great Crested Grebes, 8 Velvet Scoter, 8 Common Scoter, 

Posted December 7th, 2016 at 10:39 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Tuesday 6th December 2016

Skern

Plenty of Waders on the high tide, good numbers of Dunlin, Knot, Golden Plover, Redshank, Oystercatchers. Also, some Grey Plover and Bar-tailed Godwits.  Brent Geese were plentiful and I noticed a Barnacle Goose in amongst them.  Good number of ducks---mainly Widgeon and Shelducks. A few Teal also. 

Posted December 6th, 2016 at 9:02 pm by Chris Marshall in Bird News

Teignmouth seafront 4pm

10 scoter progressing left to right. According to the Coastwatch personnel they had been going up and down all afternoon - about 150yds out.

Also flock of about 4 dozen starlings around the pier

Posted December 6th, 2016 at 6:16 pm by Barney Donnellan in Bird News

Mansands

1st winter Surf Scoter with 202 Common Scoter best views from ridge dropping down to Crabrock point.

Also off beach 5 Red-throated Divers & 1 Great Crested Grebe. 

Posted December 6th, 2016 at 4:16 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Totnes

Black Redstart  -   Seen from first slope of Sharpham cycle path,on new build roof tops.13:00 today.  Denis Doy

Posted December 6th, 2016 at 3:56 pm in Bird News

Broadsands

1220-1320, viewing from Broadsands. Very similar counts to Mike below. However in addition a Black-necked Grebe off Broadsands and a Slavonian Grebe near mouth of Brixham Harbour. Scotor and Geese numbers the same though one looked a Pale-bellied. 3+ Red-throated Divers and the Eider. 

Posted December 6th, 2016 at 3:32 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Goodrington & Broadsands

The 8 Velvet Scoters were viewable from the beach also 9 Common Scoter, 25 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Red-throated Diver & 4 Shelduck.

Broadsands: 11 Brent Geese, 1 Eider, 2 Red-throated Divers, 1 Great Northern Diver.

In the marsh: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff and 2 collybita Chiffchaffs plus 4-5 Goldcrest.

Posted December 6th, 2016 at 11:51 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 5th December 2016

Slapton Beach

Seawatching off Slapton Beach this afternoon gave 11 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 1 Red Throated Diver, 1 Guillemot, 1 Shag and c 25 Gannet fishing.

Red-throated Diver  Common Scoter Velvet Scoter
Red-throated Diver                                    Common Scoter                                       Velvet Scoter

 

Posted December 5th, 2016 at 11:41 pm by Bob Telford in Bird News

Staverton Bridge

Seen from Staverton Bridge between 11:00 and 11:40am- 1 male Goosander with 3 female, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Dipper, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Wren and 1 Grey Heron. With the current clear water it was possible to watch a female Goosander swimming underwater.

Female Goosander           Little GrebeMale Goosander

 

Male Goosander              Female Goosander                                                  Little Grebe

Posted December 5th, 2016 at 9:39 pm by Bob Telford in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

The water rail was showing out in the open this morning in 'the usual spot' by the hedge viewed from the gate on the left as you walk down towards the viewing platform - I hope it starts showing regularly there again!

Avocets, mergansers and a kingfisher from the viewing platform.

Posted December 5th, 2016 at 7:15 pm by Helen Whitall in Bird News

River Dart, Staverton

8 Goosander (2m, 6 redhead) at 4 p.m. today. 

Posted December 5th, 2016 at 6:37 pm in Bird News

Clennon Lakes

The Yellow-browed Warbler was present today back in sallows around the middle weir. Also at least  5 Chiffchaff and 6 Goldcrest around the lakes. 

Posted December 5th, 2016 at 6:28 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Berry Head

Right at the head, between cliff edge and lighthouse: Black Redstart (m), c.10:30.

Posted December 5th, 2016 at 2:20 pm by David Holloway in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

17 Goosanders on the lake plus 4 Tufted Duck , 1 Mute Swan, Blue, Great and Coal Tits, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Nuthatch and 1 Snipe.

Harvey Kendfall

Posted December 5th, 2016 at 1:46 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Broadsands

During a Torbay Coast and Countryside walk yesterday we picked out one possibly  two pale-bellied Brent Geese in Elbery Cove with the flock of Dark-bellied Brent Geese.

Posted December 5th, 2016 at 9:48 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sunday 4th December 2016

Hembury Woods

Late post for Saturday 3rd: A male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker moving through the canopy with a mixed flock, mid-am.

Posted December 4th, 2016 at 10:09 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A visit during the middle part of the day on the falling tide. 52 Dunlins (a good count for here), 3 Greenshanks, Common Sandpiper, 8 Little Grebes, 3 Kingfishers, 2 Ringed Plovers, Wigeon, Goldcrest, Stonechat and 3 Jack Snipes.  

Posted December 4th, 2016 at 9:40 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Slapton

In a very blustery Ireland Bay a Snipe and three Black-necked Grebes stood out from the crowd but the best sight was a very tight raft of about 20 ducks that included Shoveler, Mallard, Gadwall, Tufted and Wigeon, with right in the middle of it an even tighter group of 10 Little Grebe. Also there a 'scaup-type' female Tufted Duck but no sign of last week's Goldeneye and in the woodland three Goldcrest and a Firecrest.

Posted December 4th, 2016 at 9:07 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Broadsands - Elberry cove

20 brent geese in elberry cove, 13.00 hrs. 

Posted December 4th, 2016 at 5:28 pm by graham folkerd in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

Curlew Drive-Charleton Marsh ( 11:20-14:20, falling tide ).

73 Brent Geese, 290 Wigeons, 4 Pintails, 5 Red-breasted Mergansers, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Little Grebes, 2 Slavonian Grebes, Bar-tailed Godwit and 200 Golden Plovers.

Posted December 4th, 2016 at 3:13 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Starling roosts - murmurations

After my request for starling roost gatherings I have had several replies to date.  As follows:

Topsham - good displays

Teignmouth Pier - regular smaller gathering but often lively.

Slapton Ley - large gatherings - could be good if raptors around

and in the North a large gathering at Woolley Wood nr Bursdon - many pausing at the Solar Farm nearby before going into roost 750,000 to one million believed present.

If you know of other roosts in Devon please let me know.

Julia – Data Manager

Posted December 4th, 2016 at 2:29 pm in Bird News

Velator

Kingfisher seen from Tarka Trail 

Kingfisher
Kingfisher

Posted December 4th, 2016 at 1:37 pm by Alan Denzey in Bird News

Exmouth

A Yellow-browed Warbler, Siberian Chiffchaff, Firecrest, at least 3 Chiffchaffs and 2 Bullfinches in large sallow clump at the very end of Exmouth seafront, below Foxholes from 8am this morning. View from road - west end of the clump is best. Offshore at least 1 Great Northern Diver and c40+ Common Scoters. Yesterday 2 Velvet Scoters were off the seafront with c100+ Common Scoters and the Bonaparte's Gull was off Shelly Beach late afternoon. A Scaup was off Mudbank until 30/11 at least. More details and some dreadful photos on www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk later.

Posted December 4th, 2016 at 9:50 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Saturday 3rd December 2016

Exminster Marshes

On a grey Blustery day there was plenty to see at the Marshes, a lot has already been mentioned except for 20+ Fieldfare and 100+ Redwings working their way through the berry bushes, don't think there will be much left for the Waxwings if they ever arrive!!

Redwing
Redwing

Posted December 3rd, 2016 at 7:55 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Mouth of Taw & Torridge Estuary

 19 Eider this morning diving for food on the outgoing tide at the mouth of the Taw & Torridge Estuary. Not all together in one tight flock.

Posted December 3rd, 2016 at 6:00 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh 09:00 - 11:15

700+ Black Tailed Godwit, 500+ Avocet, 30+ Dunlin, Snipe, 20+ Bar Tailed Godwit, 3 Common Gull, Pintail and a Peregrine over.

Posted December 3rd, 2016 at 4:47 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Red Kite

A Red Kite quartering the Sports Field across the road from Braunton Academy at 14.00hrs today. Only about 10m. above ground level  and looking intently downwards.  I couldn't stop because of traffic, but the bird wasn't bothered by several people moving about beneath it.  Shades of the urban Kites we had  in Newbury, Berkshire!

Posted December 3rd, 2016 at 4:45 pm by Tony Mercer in Bird News

Velator reserve

Couple of Chiffchaffs and at least 12 Bullfinches! Late on I was clearing some brambles and gave up at about 4  - too cold! Looked out and saw what looked  like a House Martin flying along the western edge of the reserve. However closer inspection revealed a Swallow with a slightly truncated tail. As I got back to the river it had followed me and hawked up and down under both bridges for a while. I see it was seen earlier too! First time I've seen a Swallow in December.

Posted December 3rd, 2016 at 4:41 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Labrador Bay ~ Dawlish Warren ~ Exminster Marsh

Labrador Bends ~ Eight Cirl Buntings all in and on the hedge below the entrance area of the car park.

Dawlish Warren Reserve ~ Seven Long Tailed Tit, male Sparrow hawk,eight Wren, nine Gannet, two Slavonian Grebe on the sea, Shellduck, Wigen, Teal, Oyster Catcher in large numbers, Turnstone, fifteen Skylark in a tight flock, five Stonechat, Curlew, Redshank, Dunlin I would estimate well in excess of 1000, 150 plus Brent Geese, Common Gull, Shell duck, Grey Plover, three Shoveller duck and the high light a female Marsh Harrier that flew round the back of the pond and reeds in the area behind the reserve building.

 

On the golf course at Starcross ~ 100 plus Brent Geese, Lapwing 6+, Oyster Catcher 6+, Curlew, Teal 4 +, Canadian Geese 6+, a female Sparrow Hawk passed over the gathered flocks at head height and other than a large flock of Herring Gulls that ignored it everything else lifted in one huge cloud of birds.

Exminster marsh six Barnacle geese seen from the viewing platform in with the gathered Canadian geese which were in small numbers compared to recent weeks. A flock of approx 60 Starlings dropped in amongst the simply hundreds of gathered Wigeon.

Posted December 3rd, 2016 at 4:11 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Velator

Watched a very unexpected solitary Swallow for a few minutes from the Tarka Trail, and a nice view of a Snipe probing for food.

Posted December 3rd, 2016 at 3:03 pm by Alan Denzey in Bird News

Thurlestone / Kingsbridge Estuary

Desert Wheatear showing well on Leasfoot Beach despite the cold drizzle, also a Black Redstart. One Great Northern Diver in the bay. On the way home stopped of at the Embankment Road Pumping Station in Kingsbridge and saw a distant adult pale -bellied Brent Goose off Gerston Pt with 23 Brent Geese.

Posted December 3rd, 2016 at 2:01 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Topsham Rec

Long-tailed duck & 2 Goldeneye this morning.

Posted December 3rd, 2016 at 11:44 am by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Broadsands

The Siberian Chiffchaff still in the back of the marsh behind the 1st car park with two collybita Chiffchaffs. A brief look at the sea in rough conditions produced 1 Eider, 16-17 Brent Geese in three parties and a single ad Mediterranean Gull.

Posted December 3rd, 2016 at 10:05 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Friday 2nd December 2016

Exminster Marsh

2 White Fronted Goose,not together, Marsh Harrier,Pergrine,but no sign of any Barnacle Goose on Exminster Marsh this afternoon

Posted December 2nd, 2016 at 5:06 pm by Andy Bond in Bird News

Torbay Coastal

A coastal sea watch around Torbay today from the Esplanade at Paignton to Elberry Cove.

The Esplanade gave fourteen Turnstone, three Oyster Catcher and one Common Scoter.

Broadsands on a low tide gave 13 Greater Black Backed Gulls, an unidentified Grebe sp (not a Great Crested) one Little Egret.

 

Broadsands to Elberry Cove ~ hovering male Kestrel, two Herons, one Fulmar, One Oyster Catcher, up to eight Scoters mixed flock of Common and Velvet, one Eider, one Shag, six pale bellied Brent Geese flew up the coast and landed in Elberry Cove and one rock Pipit.

The coastal path at Oyster Bend above Keywest gave a much closer view of the Scoters and a total of fifteen birds in a loose flock were watched for over 30 minutes, several showing clear white wing sections when they flapped their wings and white “dot” facial markings.

Posted December 2nd, 2016 at 4:53 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Goodrington

While checking the Gull roost tonight I counted 8 Velvet Scoter and 8 Common Scoter in the bay also 2 Shoveler, 6 Brent Geese and a Black-necked Grebe. Disappointing numbers of small gulls - just 32 Common Gull their numbers have really dropped off in recent years in Torbay.

Posted December 2nd, 2016 at 4:45 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Chiselbury Bay, Otterton

A Velvet Scoter in with the 200+ Common Scoter flock this afternoon. Two were present a couple of days ago per Doug Cullen. Some video on blog http://creamteabirding.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/velvet-scoter.html
If you do visit the site, please take great care at the cliff edge as there have been a number of landslides in recent days!

Posted December 2nd, 2016 at 3:29 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Mansands

Chilly morning at Mansands. 2 Firecrests with Long-tailed Tits while walking down the track, also 3 Chiffchaffs and the Cetti's Warbler. Off Crabrock Point, saw 100+ Common Scoters pictured.

Posted December 2nd, 2016 at 2:11 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Bird News

Bolt Tail

Offshore: 2 Great Northern Divers flying west; 45 Gannet, 2 Razorbill.

23 Blackbirds in woodland here. Also: 2 Harbour Porpoise.

Posted December 2nd, 2016 at 1:49 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Wrafton

In amongst the Gulls and Ducks stood about on the ice at Wrafton Pond this morning was a lone, slightly out of place Redshank. In the reserve at least 3 unringed Chiffchaffs.

Posted December 2nd, 2016 at 1:37 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Broadsands today at 8.30

Another quiet day in the bay. Only five Brent on the sea. Though cold and bright still a nice day to be out.

Posted December 2nd, 2016 at 10:51 am by PHILIP L. FAIRCLOUGH in Bird News

Thursday 1st December 2016

Purple Sandpiper Maer Rocks Exmouth

Had great views of 5 Purple Sandpipers today at Low tide. Weather was perfect

Purple Sandpiper in the sun

5 Purple Sandpiper

Great views

Posted December 1st, 2016 at 11:04 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Colaton Raleigh Common

The Great Grey Shrike was seen on Colaton Raleigh Common this morning - information passed to me by a reliable dog walking friend

Posted December 1st, 2016 at 8:23 pm by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

Broadsands

A Siberian Chiffchaff was present in the back of the 1st car park today with at least 2 collybita type chiffchaffs.

On the sea: 4 Velvet Scoter, 8 Common Scoter, 14 Brent Geese, 1 Eider, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 12 Red-throated Divers, 2 Great Northern Divers.

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Siberian Chiffchaff 'tristis' Broadsands 1 Dec 2016

Posted December 1st, 2016 at 1:52 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Exminister Marsh

An early morning look as the mist rose from frozen ground. 10 Barnacle Geese still, 250 Brent Geese, 1000+ Wigeon, 150 Curlew, 50 Lapwing, male Tufted in one of the dykes, Kingfisher and best of all a Merlin flew through. 

Posted December 1st, 2016 at 12:44 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

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