Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from February 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

Monday 29th February 2016

Home Farm Marsh

Walking from Fremington Quay direction around the bank bordering the Taw & Salt Pill Pond saw a male Great Crested Grebe on the Taw as the tide ebbed & heard a Cettis Warbler calling from bushes on the edge of one of the scrapes. Flocks of <30 linnet were & Skylarks were singing overhead as well. Spring is nearly sprung! 

Posted February 29th, 2016 at 7:05 pm by Phil Naylor in Bird News

Possible Harrier species

Saw what I thought was a Harrier quartering the fields at Aller Cross on the S Molton side. Parked up best we could but couldn't find it again. Unless someone else spotted it then we will never know. We were on the road from SM coming up to the roundabout it was on the RH side.

Posted February 29th, 2016 at 6:49 pm by Karen Sims & John Towers in Bird News

Black Hole Marsh

Barn Owl over the marsh and adjoining fields this morning

Posted February 29th, 2016 at 6:18 pm by Colin Scott in Bird News

Cockwood

The adult Bonaparte's Gull was viewable from Cockwood Steps looking towards Dawlish Warren at low tide from 14.55-15.10pm this afternoon resting on a sandbar. It then flew around for a while before flying into Shutterton Creek.  

Nearby, the 2 Barnacle Geese were north of Lions rest late afternoon with the Canada Goose flock. 

Posted February 29th, 2016 at 6:16 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Aveton Gifford and Noss Mayo

Tidal road falling tide. 2 Common sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 3 Redshank, Curlew, Oyster Catcher.

Noss Mayo Greenshank, Redshank, Egret, 2 Raven, Marsh tit

Posted February 29th, 2016 at 3:22 pm by Jeremy Spooner in Bird News

Broadsands

On the sea: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 21 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Great Northern Divers and 1 Common Scoter.

Around the car parks: 2 Siskin, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest - no Chiffchaffs (for at least a week) here or at Clennon Lakes (for 3 weeks) so any birds will be early migrants, expecting them any day now..

Posted February 29th, 2016 at 3:16 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake - 29th Feb.

Lower Tamar Lake - 29th Feb.

Quiet, cool and dry - a very pleasant morning.

21 Goosanders, 4 Tufted Ducks, 11 Mallard, 2 Cormorants, 1 Grey Heron, 7 Blackbirds, 5 Robins, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Nuthatches, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Kingfisher, 10+ Chaffinches, 1 Jay, 2 Wrens, usual corvids, 30+ Starlings, 12 Canada Geese.

Harvey Kendall

Posted February 29th, 2016 at 1:19 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Northam Burrows

A still cold morning on the Burrows today, with a calm sea. A surprise at the mouth of the Taw/Torridge estuary half way between Northam and Braunton Burrows were two Scoter. The first a female Commom, and the other a female/first winter Velvet. Their close proximity to each other allowed good comparisons of size and structure.

Posted February 29th, 2016 at 10:26 am by Roger Doble in Bird News

Sunday 28th February 2016

Different meeting place

Because the tank carpark is closed, please can we meet by the phone box 100meters before Torcross next saturday's field visit  (plymouth group) ? Thanks 

Posted February 28th, 2016 at 7:27 pm by lesley goonesekera in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Three Jack Snipe, 7 Snipe, 2 Little Grebes, 4+ Mistle Thrushes (one singing), Stonechat, 33+ Redwings, 2 Goldcrests and singing Skylarks.

Later between Coypool and Plym Bridge, a Marsh Tit (good to see as they have been very scarce in Saltram this winter), 4 Siskins, Goldcrest and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Cold but nice to see the sunshine!

Posted February 28th, 2016 at 6:42 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

South Brent ~ Kingfisher

Another good days birding around South Brent, the garden has given 28 species which include, a male Reed Bunting (forth day in a row) Sparrow Hawk, Buzzard, Long Tailed Tit, Raven, Jay, Starling,  Siskin, Pied Wagtail, Rook, Green and Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush and a female Kestrel that flew over from the direction of the village and out below Yonder Cross.

The village marsh and treatment works area gave Goldcrest, Wren, courting / displaying Dunnock’s, Rooks and a Lesser Black Back Gull overhead.

A friends garden at Aish gave reasonable numbers of Yellow Hammer and a private lake near Glazebrook gave two Goldcrest, 12 Mallard, 7 or 8 Moorhen and the first Kingfisher that I have seen around the village for many years and two very vocal Buzzards..

Posted February 28th, 2016 at 5:46 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

ringneck parakeets

central park 9 ringneck parakeets

Posted February 28th, 2016 at 5:38 pm by barry in Bird News

Eagle owl roosting in Bishops grounds at exeter cathederal

Follow on from previous posts , the eagle owl has been calling since approximately christmas,  he has been spotted roosting in the trees and also flying across the garden by myself and others. I'm still trying to catch him with the camera.

Posted February 28th, 2016 at 5:30 pm by Joelle jeng in Bird News

River Plym / Blaxton meadow

0820 - 1025. High tide roost:  

34 Shelduck, 54 Curlew, 5 Little egret. Over by embankment road: 132 Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 3 Little egret, 2 Cormorant, 2 Grey heron, 1 Common sandpiper. 3 Mistle thrush and a flock of Redwing round Saltram estate.

Plymbridge woods in the afternoon:  1 male Goosander, 3 Grey wagtail coming into breeding plumage, Kingfisher and Dipper flew up river.

Posted February 28th, 2016 at 4:47 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Noss Mayo

Probably the last bird I expected in fields just south of the Warren CP was a Dark-bellied Brent Goose. At 110m ASL, probably my highest altitude non-flying Brent Goose in the UK!

Posted February 28th, 2016 at 4:19 pm in Bird News

Ring-necked Parakeet

Spent Sunday morning looking for the Parakeets in Central Park. Eventually found 2 in the laurels and firs around Pounds House, calling to each other. Spent a good 15 minutes photographing and video recording them before they flew out of sight. A good day out.

 

Look what I can do!

Posted February 28th, 2016 at 4:09 pm by stephanie murphy in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth

At least 2 Black Redstarts ( f ) this afternoon.

Posted February 28th, 2016 at 2:27 pm by Tor Elm in Bird News

Morning visits to Lee Bay Woods. Nr Ilfracombe

Myself and the the dog have been 'casing' these old woods as a potential for Crossbill, it is a mix of broad leaf with stands of mature conifers, relatively unmanaged. Two morning walks came up with lots of Blue, Great, Long Tailed and Coal Tits, lots of Goldcrest in the conifers, a small flock of what seemed to be meadow pipit in the tree tops, Gold, Chaff and Green Finches. Buzzards and , GSWP, Green heard, Nuthatch, lots of Blackbird and Robins, Wrens etc. A lovely quiet place but nothing unususal apart form a few unidentified calls.

Posted February 28th, 2016 at 12:58 pm by Rob Barnes in Bird News

Seaton Marsh

An early start on a cold but beautiful morning was rewarded by fantastic views of both the male Green-winged Teal and the Glossy Ibis on the pool on the north side of the hide. Having dipped both at roughly the same time last week, despite extensive searching, this proves that God loves a trier. Of course I had forgotten my camera......

Posted February 28th, 2016 at 10:54 am by Simon Tonge in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Late post from Yesterday: 1 Black-necked Grebe and 1 Firecrest, Ireland Bay, Slapton Ley, late am.

Posted February 28th, 2016 at 9:12 am by Andy Smith in Bird News

Saturday 27th February 2016

Plym Estuary

Eight Red-breasted Mergansers (5 drakes), 2 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Little Grebes and 2 Greenshanks this morning.

Posted February 27th, 2016 at 10:12 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Central Park / Ford Park Cemetery/Plym Estuary

After an hour walking around Central Park I finally found the Ring Neck Parakeets...next to my car....on bird feeders in the North East allotments, by the road. 

Two  lovely Goldcrests at Ford Park Cemetery near the chapel. But no Redstarts sadly.

Five Red Breasted Merganser on the Plym again near to The Ride car park, by the tip entrance. This time I had my telescope so very pleased.

Posted February 27th, 2016 at 9:50 pm by Paul Cowie in Bird News

South Brent & Aveton Gifford

A South Brent home garden watch gave a total of 31 species throughout the day which included Jay 2, a pair of Bullfinch, Siskin, GSWP, Long Tailed Tit, Pied Wagtail, Rook, House Sparrow 25+, Goldfinch 27+, male Reed Bunting, Redwing 35+, Sparrow hawk, Buzzard and a Green Woodpecker in the field.

Overhead and passing three black backed gulls but given the distance and brief views could only ID one as a Lesser Black Back, Raven 3 and Stock Dove 2.

Wrangaton to Kittaford Cross, pair of soaring Buzzards, Heron , Greater Black Back Gull and a flock of 40+ Redwing.

A late afternoon visit to Aveton Gifford (tidal road) Common Sandpiper at least six, constant movement and calling as they flew up and down the river, Greenshank 2, Redshank 2, Canadian Geese 24 flying in. Curlew calling from the marsh, Mistle Thrush 2, Buzzard, several Little Egret and a very elusive Little Grebe.

From the A379 road bridge a Kestrel.

Several birders looking for the reported Barn owl but I am not aware of it showing this afternoon.

Posted February 27th, 2016 at 6:44 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

spring parakeets

saw 2 ringneck parakeets going in and out of nest hole in tree in central park

Posted February 27th, 2016 at 6:22 pm by barry in Bird News

Woolacombe

 In calm offshore conditons 3 small flocks of Common scoters, about 20 birds in total. 

Posted February 27th, 2016 at 6:22 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Brixham Harbour.

2 Great Northern Divers this morning sheltering in the inner harbour, Brixham. Can be seen very close by the old Coast Guard Station and also from opposite Rock fish restaurant, very photogenic but guess what did not take my camera!!!. At least 10 Rock Pipits , 30 + Turnstone in around harbour as waves coming over Brixham Breakwater so most retreated to inner harbour area.

Posted February 27th, 2016 at 11:01 am by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Friday 26th February 2016

Eagle Owl - Exeter

To add to the previous post - I have heard an Eagle Owl calling from Exeter Cathedral on a number of evenings over the last few weeks.I had assumed that this was just a recording being used to deter pigeons from roosting on the building, but it seems I should've actually gone and tracked down the source!

Posted February 26th, 2016 at 7:16 pm by G Freeman in Bird News

Aveton Gifford

Driving over Aveton Gifford bridge at 07:45  this morning and saw a Barn Owl perched on a post overlooking the river on the east side.

Posted February 26th, 2016 at 6:07 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

fieldfare/Redwing columbjohn

noticed about 150 fieldfare/Redwing in 3 adjoining fields.not to bothered by buzzard?

Posted February 26th, 2016 at 5:39 pm by Jon Tagg in Bird News

Eagle Owl - Exeter

Possible Eurasion Eagle owl seen on Exeter cathedral’s scaffolding. Maybe escapee from Plymouth?

Posted February 26th, 2016 at 4:36 pm by C Boyles in Bird News

Braunton Marsh

Thursday 25th Jan.

Skylarks in song in lovely sunshine over Braunton Marsh.  Spring not far away !

Also male Roe deer in scrub adjacent Great Field.

Posted February 26th, 2016 at 2:57 pm by Patrick Case in Bird News

Thursday 25th February 2016

Turf Locks & Exminster Marsh

At Turf Locks the Black Brant was showing well late morning in field along cycle track near Turf locks with large group c1000 Dark-bellied Brent Geese and later flew out before dropping onto the Exe. Large numbers of Avocet, Black-tailed Godwits, Dunlin with the Knot feeding in with about c80 Grey Plover and Great Crested Grebe, Red-breasted Mergansers near the canal entrance.

Exminster Marsh showed c250 Golden Plover, large numbers of Lapwing and Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 2 Tufted Ducks and a Sparrowhawk.

Black Brant:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JC0W90rwrXA

Black Brant
Black Brant

Black Brant
Black Brant

Posted February 25th, 2016 at 10:56 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Chivenor and Ashford

Well I'm amazed! There are now two Robins with what appears to be the same rare pigment mutations on the Tarka trail in North Devon! They are just over a mile apart. The cock tailed bird is at Chivenor and the one on the fence lives at Ashford.

Also a dozen Sanderling from the trail at Ashford.

Chivenor Robin
Chivenor Robin

Ashford Robin
Ashford Robin

Dunnock
Dunnock

Posted February 25th, 2016 at 8:51 pm by Martin James Bond in Bird News

Reed Buntings ~ South Brent

A very good days birding in the garden at South Brent a total of 32 species by the end of the day either in or over the garden.

The high light being not one but two male Reed Buntings the first ones that I have ever recorded here in the garden, last visit was around 4.20pm.

Other species included Buzzard, Sparrow Hawk, Heron, Redwing, Song Thrush, Starling 3, Jay, GSWP, Stock Dove 4, Siskin, Pied Wagtails, Rook, Raven 3, Wren and a Tawny owl calling during the night.

At Forder a Treecreeper this morning, also Mistle Thrush, Redwing, Song Thrush, Sparrow Hawk, Buzzard, Wren and 5 Stock Dove.

Posted February 25th, 2016 at 6:37 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Leucistic Robin - Chivenor

I finally managed to catch up with the leucistic Robin in decent weather this afternoon. 

Posted February 25th, 2016 at 6:15 pm by Kelvin Irwin in Bird News

Exminster marshes SEO

Still there! Short eared owl again seen quartering over the Exminster marshes just after 4pm, same place as before, looking north from the high point on the canal path where the Topsham ferry stops, so on the meadows north of the reserve itself. This time it caught some prey in the grass.

:)

Posted February 25th, 2016 at 5:42 pm by Helen Whitall in Bird News

Venford - Great Grey Shrike

Great Grey Shrike at 13:20hrs today at Venford, Dartmoor SX685715 in a hawthorn just below Holne Moor leat at Venford still there at 3.00pm.  (Rob & Maureen Harrison)

Posted February 25th, 2016 at 5:33 pm in Bird News

Stokenham hide and Slapton

Plenty of great crested grebes, some displaying, 3 little grebe, 2 blacknecked grebe were seen from the hide.  4 pochard, 3 wigeon and a pair of golden eye among the usual tufted duck and coot.  2 chiffchaff and a goldcrest and a female blackcap were seen by the bridge and a water rail and at least 3 cetti's heard.

Posted February 25th, 2016 at 3:59 pm by lesley goonesekera in Bird News

Wednesday 24th February 2016

Topsham

From Bowling Green viewing platform late morning on the dropping tide the Spotted Redshank continues to show around the mud close-by near riversmeet house with 21-Grey Plover amongst the usual large numbers of waders and 6-Red-breasted Mergansers . From the goatwalk 44-Knot were feeding with large numbers of Black-tailed Godwits, Dunlin and Avocets scattered all over the mud. c600-Brent Geese were flying from Exminster marsh over Turf Locks and dropping onto water along the seawall. Topsham quay showed 9-Red Breasted Mergansers and 3-Goldeneye seen early afternoon from the recreation ground.

Knot:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydrjHn6MkmU

Spotted (left) and Common Redshank
Spotted (left) and Common Redshank

Posted February 24th, 2016 at 5:22 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Bradiford Reserve

As I was passing by I thought I would take a look from the five-bar gate and as I was getting out of the car a Barn Owl was hunting over the reserve. A Buzzard took exception to it, but fortunately no contact. Only two Teal on the scrape. Beautiful, if cold day.

Posted February 24th, 2016 at 4:45 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Millbay today

Two Black Redstarts seen today at Millbay docks.

Female Black Redstars.
Female Black Redstarts.

Posted February 24th, 2016 at 4:27 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Fremington Pill - Anchorwood bank

A nice walk via the Tarka trail 12:00 - 14:30
Fremington Pill:apart from the Redshanks there were 2 Greenshank
Penhill Marsh: A fair sprinkling of Shelduck
Anchorwood bank: 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Spoonbill and the usual Curlew, Redshank, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Little Egret.

Greenshank
Greenshank

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit

Spoonbill
Spoonbill

Posted February 24th, 2016 at 4:17 pm by Roy Churchill in Bird News

Berrynarbor

Another photo of the robin taken by Alan Denzey with the Mallard of yesterday.


Posted February 24th, 2016 at 4:07 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Berrynarbor

I was delighted to see a Hummingbird Hawkmoth in a garden in Croyde this morning taking nectar from blue hyacinths and daffodil flowers.

I have also included a photo taken by Alan Denzey of the Chivenor leucistic Robin yesterday.

Chivenor Robin
Chivenor Robin

Chivenor Robin

Posted February 24th, 2016 at 3:52 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Noss Mayo

On Newton creek Greenshank, 2 Redshank, Curlew.

4 Raven and Marsh tit on feeders

Posted February 24th, 2016 at 2:44 pm by Jeremy Spooner in Bird News

Re Wrafton Pond/Flooded Field (23 Feb)

In addition to Kelvin's report at 0830 on Tuesday, there was also a pair of Little Grebes, 1 Gadwall and 4 Shoveler on the Pond, a singing Chiffchaff and a ringed Robin in the bushes plus a pair of Teal and 6 Canada Geese in the field on the opposite side of the path. I also saw 10 Lapwing in the field on 14th Feb.




Posted February 24th, 2016 at 11:06 am by Derek Stacey in Bird News

Tuesday 23rd February 2016

Plymouth

Monday 22nd.Feb. Three ring-necked parakeets seen late afternoon in Central Park in the allotments at the north-eastern edge of the park.

Posted February 23rd, 2016 at 10:38 pm by Chris Curry in Bird News

South Efford Marsh

South Efford Marsh, late afternoon: excellent views of a Barn Owl hunting over the marsh plus 1 Water Rail, 4 Little Egrets, 4 Common Sandpipers, 1 Kingfisher etc.  

Posted February 23rd, 2016 at 9:39 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Noss Mayo

4 Raven over the area most of the day. Marsh tit on feeders also on the 22nd 2 male Siskin. In Brookings Down Wood Green Woodpecker and Woodcock.

Posted February 23rd, 2016 at 7:56 pm by Jeremy Spooner in Bird News

Black Hole Marsh and Seaton Marsh

A first time visit to Black Hole Marsh and Seaton Marsh with Keith Male today, long awaited glorious weather, the area is well laid out with high quality hides giving excellent views.

The hoped for Green Winged Teal failed to show but a sizable flock of Lapwing were frequently on the wing before dropping back onto the marsh, Black tailed Godwit, Teal, Shoveller, Shellduck, Mallard, Coot, Moorhen, Little Grebe, Redshank in good numbers, Curlew, a flight of four Wigeon down the river, Little Egret and Oyster Catcher.

Species of small bird were plentiful and included Cettis Warbler, at least six Chiffchaff, male Reed Bunting, a profusion of Wrens, two Goldcrest, Long Tail, Great and Blue Tits, Pied Wagtail, Greater Spotted Woodpecker drumming at various times.

Three soaring Buzzards and a female Kestrel on a barn roof  behind the viewing station.

The days high light being the reported Glossy Ibis

Posted February 23rd, 2016 at 7:37 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Marsh Harrier - West Charleton Marsh

Marsh Harrier quartering the top (STW) end of West Charleton Marsh today, between 1330 hrs and 1345hrs. Flew off over the estuary in the Thurlestone/South Huish direction. Returned briefly at 1500hrs and flew off towards Frogmore Creek. Several poor quality distant photos taken for record purposes. 3 cirl bunting and a group of 5 bullfinch also seen amongst a good variety of birds

Marsh Harrier at West Charleton Marsh
Marsh Harrier at West Charleton Marsh

Posted February 23rd, 2016 at 6:54 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Wrafton Pond/flooded field.

The three (2M/1F) Tufted Duck are still present on the pond and the Male Pochard has been joined by a second. Ten Long-tailed tit in the Willows.

3 Lapwing on the flooded field. I can't recall the last time I saw any of these here.

There was also a bat flying around in the afternoon sunshine above the path (lots of midges over the water) and a Male Tawny Owl calling from the reserve!

Posted February 23rd, 2016 at 6:12 pm by Kelvin Irwin in Bird News

Decoy lake

A pleasant morning spent walking around lake.  Plenty of blackheaded and herring gull on the water but only 3 tufted duck, 1 gadwall 1grat crested grebe and severa;l mallard.    Woodpecker were drumming in the woods and plenty of tits including 1 marsh tit.were seen  . Good viuews of treecreeper and nuthatch and patience was rewarded with views of a firecrest.

Posted February 23rd, 2016 at 5:54 pm by lesley goonesekera in Bird News

Saltram Plymouth

.Walked the river top end had a Dipper,male Kingfisher,downstrem three Little Egrets, two Mergansers,two Great crested Grebes,six Little grebes.In the park Nuthatches,Grt Tits,Blue Tits,Robins,Dunnark,40 Canada geese,one Kingfisher on pond. 



Posted February 23rd, 2016 at 5:53 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Chivenor leucistic Robin

Midday today, this is the Chivenor Robin, not the Ashford one !

Posted February 23rd, 2016 at 5:39 pm by Alan Denzey in Bird News

Topsham

Saw & heard a tristis Chiffchaff moving along Retreat Drive late afternoon. It quickly moved on to Riverside Road. A real surprise and a new one for the garden list.

Posted February 23rd, 2016 at 5:27 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Teignmouth Sea Front, Point Car Park

Again, a Great Northern Diver in calm waters in the evening sun. Reasonably close in.

Posted February 23rd, 2016 at 5:11 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Red Kites

Two Red kite were seen riding a thurmal at Plympton Langage Business Park at around mid-day 23-02-16, after getting the height they needed headed towards plym-woods area

Posted February 23rd, 2016 at 4:44 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

East Soar

2 White Wagtails at the farm, Grey Wagtail at the ponds and 3 Siskins in Fir Wood.

Posted February 23rd, 2016 at 4:12 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Leucistic Robin - Ashford

Still present this morning but elusive & difficult to pin down to obtain a good photo.

A big thank you to Matthew who has been feeding the Robin during the winter.



Posted February 23rd, 2016 at 2:29 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth

At least 2 Black Redstarts this morning (m & f)

Posted February 23rd, 2016 at 11:34 am by Tor Elm in Bird News

Monday 22nd February 2016

Barn Owl, Crediton

Bumped into this little beauty yesterday (sunday) morning whilst on a walk near Crediton. Looks like it's been ringed to me but can't zoom in any further for detail...


Posted February 22nd, 2016 at 8:18 pm by Jim Southall in Bird News

Tarka trail - Ashford

Not one but two Leucistic Robins. Yes, it is true.

The one that has been seen & reported at Ashford is not the same Robin as the Chivenor one. My first sighting of this bird earlier this morning on my way into Barnstaple on the bicycle.


Posted February 22nd, 2016 at 6:45 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Plym Merganser / Goosander....

Five Red-Breasted Merganser on the Plym today - down near the Rowing Club. 3 female, 2 male.

It was somewhat at the limit of my bins but the female necks had a diffuse neck border rather than a distinct sharp border. Males had a full crest.

Would appreciate knowing if they were Merganser rather than Goosander though please? Are groups ever mixed?

Posted February 22nd, 2016 at 2:25 pm by Paul Cowie in Bird News

Sunday 21st February 2016

Yellow-Browed Warbler

Seen this morning in St James School Grounds , Exeter

Posted February 21st, 2016 at 9:08 pm by Dave Stone in Bird News

Haldon Forest Park

12.30

4 Bramblings showing well under feeders close to the Rangers' Office at the Main Car Park.  Large numbers of Chaffinches and Siskins also present together with several Coal Tits and a Greenfinch.  A Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Song Thrush also in the vicinity.   

Posted February 21st, 2016 at 8:38 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Torbay Boat Trip.

Dull day and windy so we kept to the south side of Torbay ( Brixham Paignton area )  Birds seen this morning. 2 Slavonian Grebe, 3 Black-necked Grebe, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Great Northern Diver, 8 Purple Sandpiper. The Bay was quiet and only 2 Kittiwake and 1 Razorbill, a few Grey Heron in the 7 Quarries area and the usual Cormorants, at this time of year looking great.

In Brixham Harbour area 6 Grey Seals and off Berry Head 3 possible 4 Harbour Porpoise. Approx 500+ Guillemots on the colony seacliff and some flying in and out from the cliffs. Few Gannets off the headland and every so often plunging for food. Generaly a good trip. Guess what after we finished trip the weather impoved and the sun shone!!!!! 

Posted February 21st, 2016 at 7:25 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

River Plym

River Plym upriver from Plympton Road Bridge :- 2 male and a female goosander showing very well before flying upriver, a grey wagtail and a dipper along the river bank, a jay and around 20 siskins in nearby trees.

River Plym from Marsh Mills to Laira Bridge through Saltram Park :- 5 little grebes at Marsh Mills, a female wigeon on the mudflats with mallards, common gulls and lesser black backed gulls roosting amongst the usual gulls on the mudflats, 2 skylarks singing over Chelson Meadow, a pair of red breasted merganser flying upriver on the incoming tide and a common sandpiper from Laira Bridge.

Female Goosander
Female Goosander

Male Goosander
Male Goosander

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Posted February 21st, 2016 at 6:41 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Tamar Lakes

A very misty windy morning at the Lakes saw on the Upper Lake, 1 Barnacle Goose, 53 Canada, 7 Snipe,10 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Goosander, 9 Fieldfare.

On the Lower Lake, 2m Reed Bunting, 20 Goosander, 3 Nuthatch, 3 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 12 Tutfted Duck.

Posted February 21st, 2016 at 3:19 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Herring Gull with metal ring

Yesterday around Ilfracombe harbour & rocks several LBB Gulls. On 16th feb I photo'd a Herring gull with metal ring. On my camera trimmed to the Max I can possibly faintly make out part numbers  J2 over 39pt  WB68. I hope this could be of interest to somone in the know. 


Posted February 21st, 2016 at 1:44 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Bonaparte's Gull showing well from the hide at Dawlish Warren at 1450hrs then between fishing boats on the incoming tide. Also 11 Red-breasted Merganser.

Posted February 21st, 2016 at 5:04 am by Paul Freestone in Bird News

Saturday 20th February 2016

Black Hole Marsh & Seaton Marshes

The GW Teal was present on BHM all day; it showed well at first light this morning but stayed at the back of the reserve for most of the day. Glossy Ibis also still present North of the hide at Seaton Marshes.

If interested, there are plenty more pics on my blog www.timwhitewildlife.blogspot.com


Posted February 20th, 2016 at 8:26 pm by Tim White in Bird News

Plym Estuary

An afternoon walk at high tide to wash away the post-Cuba blues. An good flock of 26+ Siskins and a drake Goosander on the narrow river. On the pool, 62 Curlews, 103 Redshanks, 6 Oystercatchers, 12 Dunlins, 53 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 3 Greenshanks, and 36 Shelducks. Also 3 Goldcrests and a Little Grebe. 

Posted February 20th, 2016 at 7:35 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Velator

Afternoon inspection of the reserve in poor conditions this afternoon. No sign of the pair of Little Grebes I saw yesterday, but most of the action was in the field surrounding the reserve. A large flock of Gulls was mostly Black-headed, but several Herring, a single Great Black-back, and 20+ Common Gulls. 3 Canada Geese, including probably, the pair that has been prospecting in the reserve of late. The flood/scrape had 12 Pied Wagtails, a few Teal and Shoveler (12 yesterday) a Little Egret, and 3 Spoonbills, which I saw at 2.40, but they were gone a few minutes later.

The Finches are still draining the feeders of black sunflower seeds at an alarming rate!

Posted February 20th, 2016 at 5:45 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

River Exe

 Excellent trip on Stuart Line today. Wonderful views of all the waders and geese in large numbers. Five Goldeneye and five Spotted Redshank, four at Powderham and one at Topsham.

Posted February 20th, 2016 at 4:32 pm by Ian Waite in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Highlight was a 2nd calender year Yellow-legged Gull in roost overlooking the north ley with 22 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Also: Black-necked Grebe & 7 Goldeneye in Ireland Bay, 10 Great Crested Grebe and 3 Water Rail.

Posted February 20th, 2016 at 4:30 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Wrafton Pond - Ducks.

Nice to see, along with the usual Mallards, two Tufted Duck, a male Pochard and male Gadwall, this morning. 

Posted February 20th, 2016 at 4:08 pm by Kelvin Irwin in Bird News

Broadsands

On the sea: 3 Black-necked Grebes, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Great Northern Diver and 1 Common Scoter.

Around the car parks: 1 Firecrest, 1 Chiffchaff abd 4+ Siskin.

Posted February 20th, 2016 at 3:57 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Exeter

Yellow-browed Warbler first heard then seen well in ornamental shrubs in the grounds of St James School early afternoon. The school grounds are fenced and the gates are likely to be shut for the rest of the weekend, but the bird is possibly audible/visible from Summer Lane on the eastern side.

Posted February 20th, 2016 at 2:33 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Blackcap

Male Blackcap at Orswell Barn Stoke Rivers on Thursday 18. This is on the edge of a small wooded valley with farm leading down to it. It was silent.

Posted February 20th, 2016 at 11:19 am by Karen Sims & John Towers in Bird News

Siskin

We are getting large numbers of Siskin into our feeders each day. Counted 14 this morning in awful weather. They like sunflower hearts.

We will watch for breeding evidence later in the year if they continue to visit after the winter months.

Posted February 20th, 2016 at 11:17 am by Karen Sims & John Towers in Bird News

Friday 19th February 2016

Seaton

The drake Green-winged Teal was still showing very well at Blackhole Marsh, Seaton this afternoon. It was to the left and slightly behind the Island Hide.

Also, at Seaton Marshes, the Glossy Ibis was still visible from the hide. It was just north of the Borrow Pit.

A Chiffchaff and a Treecreeper showed very well around the northern perimeter of the sewage works.

Posted February 19th, 2016 at 10:24 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Prawle Point

79 Cirl Buntings in three flocks on the lower stubble fields, followed by a fine lunch in the Pig's Nose.

Posted February 19th, 2016 at 6:06 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Noss Mayo

In garden Blackcap. f., feeding on crab apples also Marsh tit visiting feeders.

Posted February 19th, 2016 at 3:10 pm by Jeremy Spooner in Bird News

Snipe Powderham Thursday 18th 12.00 noon.

Eight snipe in field NW of cycle bridge.  Very close to cycle path and excellent view from embankment path.

Very large flock of brent geese with some curlew in field on W of railway line. Amazing sight when spooked and airborne.

Back in Kingsteignton have had a male blackcap visiting feeders regularly since November.

Posted February 19th, 2016 at 2:15 pm by Patrick Case in Bird News

CHANGE OF DATE

Please note September's field meeting of Plymouth group  will now take place a week earlier, on 4th September Thanks

Please could this also be put in the next Harrier Thanks

Posted February 19th, 2016 at 1:49 pm by lesley goonesekera in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth

Black Redstart the only bird of note this morning 

Posted February 19th, 2016 at 11:58 am by Tor Elm in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton

3 Purple Sandpipers feeding on the rocks off Otter Head this morning and a Short-eared Owl (CT and DW) briefly just N of the Cricket Pitch before being harrassed by Crows and then it flew high NE.
Also a ringtail Hen Harrier at Otterton STW this pm briefly per Pete Adey.

Posted February 19th, 2016 at 12:09 am by Chris Townend in Bird News

Thursday 18th February 2016

central park parakeets

7 ringneck parakeets central park

Posted February 18th, 2016 at 9:08 pm by barry in Bird News

Starcross and Cockwood

  Spotted redshank and 3 greenshank at Starcross. Two slavonian grebes off Cockwood.

Posted February 18th, 2016 at 8:29 pm by Andy Lansdell in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

Tufted Duck on pond late aft.


Posted February 18th, 2016 at 7:35 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Spotted Redshank

The Spotted Redshank still showing well from the platform at Topsham.


Posted February 18th, 2016 at 6:52 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Exminster marshes SEO

Short eared owl again seen quartering over the Exminster marshes just after 4pm, same place as before, looking north from the high point on the canal path where the Topsham ferry stops, so on the meadows north of the reserve itself. Beautiful with the sun shining through its feathers :)

Posted February 18th, 2016 at 6:10 pm by Helen Whitall in Bird News

Broadsands

1 black necked grebe, 1 great northern diver and 3 great crested grebes on the sea

Posted February 18th, 2016 at 4:47 pm by Jeff Hacon in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake - 18th Fe.

Sunny, bright and quiet.   Quite warm and the water very still.

23 Goosander, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Little Grebe, 6 Tufted Duck, 3 Moorhens, 1 Coot, several Mallards, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock, good numbers of Blackbirds, Blue and Great Tits and Robins.  3 Cormorants.

Harvey Kendall

Posted February 18th, 2016 at 2:33 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Anchor wood bank nature reserve

Its nice to see the newly created ponds and scrapes starting to get utilised. Only Shelduck, Mallard and a Teal there this morning but a good start.

Anchow wood bank, Barnstaple
Anchow wood bank, Barnstaple

Posted February 18th, 2016 at 1:28 pm by Roy Churchill in Bird News

South Efford marsh

Rising tide, on marsh 47 Wigeon, 17 Curlew, 3 Egret, Goldcrest and on river 2 Greenhank, 3 Redshank also 4 Raven

Posted February 18th, 2016 at 1:17 pm by Jeremy Spooner in Bird News

Starcross

Spotted Redshank & 4 Greenshank on a pool north of Starcross yesterday lunchtime.

Posted February 18th, 2016 at 11:13 am by Steve Cox in Bird News

Wednesday 17th February 2016

nr Aveton Gifford

Barn Owl flying around below Wakehams Farm at 16:00 .

Posted February 17th, 2016 at 7:50 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Black Hole Marsh & Seaton Marsh (16-2-2016)

A late post post from yesterday on a good day at the marshes.

The Green-winged Teal was showing well from the island hide and the footpath late morning looking south into the sun facing a strong fresh wind from the sea. Great to see lots of families out enjoying pond dipping activities etc.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_j4sgvd5aiY

The Glossy Ibis was also showing well on Seaton Marsh late afternoon from the hide near Borrow Pit sewage treatment works feeding in the water pool nearby.

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

Green-winged Teal   (Black Hole Marsh 16-2-2016)
Green-winged Teal (Black Hole Marsh 16-2-2016)

Glossy Ibis   (Seaton Marsh 16-2-2016)
Glossy Ibis (Seaton Marsh 16-2-2016)

Posted February 17th, 2016 at 9:37 am by David Boult in Bird News

Tuesday 16th February 2016

Bowling green marsh

After a couple of weeks away from my local patch, it was good to get a couple of hours in this morning around the marsh.

watched from 10:30 till 12:45

from the hide good numbers of wigeon , 40+ Pintail, 6+ pochard, 3 gadwall, 50+ shoveler, 8+ tufted duck, 1 kingfisher, 2 grey wagtail, 1 peregrine, 1 stonechat, 200+ black tailed godwits, 35+ lapwing,12+ snipe, 2 water rail.

From the viewing platform good numbers of avocet, black tailed godwits, bar tailed godwits and dunlin, 40+ grey plover, also 3 goldeneye ( 2m, 1f), 6 red breasted mergansers, 2 stonechats

Posted February 16th, 2016 at 9:24 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

SEATON MARSHES

Clear close views from Island Hide of Green winged Teal feeding with other Teal.  Chiffchaff feeding frantically on edge of Borrow Pit pool. Good views of Glossy Ibis seen from Seaton Marshes Hide on edge of lagoon feeding for considerable time with large group of Pheasants.  

Posted February 16th, 2016 at 9:23 pm by Geoff Green in Bird News

Broadsands

17 Cirl Buntings on seed in 2nd car park this morning with 3 Reed Buntings, 1 Slavonian Grebe and 18 Great Crested Grebes on the sea and 1 Great Northern Diver

Posted February 16th, 2016 at 9:07 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

missing European eagle owl in plymouth

Hi my owl brian has been missing since Monday 8th Feb after storm imagen damaged his enclosure there have been many sightings and yesterday 15th he was in a tree at beacon park after 4 hours of trying to get him down he flew off in the direction of central park. Please please if you see brian please call me ASAP 07963435241. Many thanks.

Posted February 16th, 2016 at 8:08 pm by rachel in Bird News

Isley Marsh & Fremington Quay - 16th Feb

A.M. Isley Marsh at high tide - 6 Spoonbills roosting with numerous Curlew (100+), Wigeon (50+), Teal (75+), Shelduck (16), Dunlin (250+) & Grey Plover (14).

P.M. Fremington Quay - 4 Common Snipe, Redshank (150+), Greenshank (3) & male Sparrowhawk

Spoonbills
Spoonbills

Grey Plovers
Grey Plovers

Common Snipe
Common Snipe

Posted February 16th, 2016 at 8:03 pm by Chris Bollen in Bird News

Anchor wood bank

Lots of Waders on the edge of the water as the tide dropped back including Grey Plover, Redshank, Curlew, Common Sandpiper, Dunlin and Lapwing.

Grey Plover
Grey Plover

Lapwing
Lapwing

Posted February 16th, 2016 at 8:02 pm by Roy Churchill in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

 A very cold and crisp morning on the lake saw, 23 Goosander difficult to count as they were spread across the lake and diving, 4 Cormorant, 3 G.C.Grebe, 12 Tufted Duck, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Song Thrush with 5 Redwing, 1 Kingfisher, 1m Reed Bunting, 1 Willow and 3 Marsh Tit, 1 Snipe, 3 Nuthatch, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Great Black-backed Gulls, 2 Long-tailed Tits, 4 Coal Tits.

Posted February 16th, 2016 at 7:33 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

River Plym

Coypool to Plym Bridge this afternoon: 4 Goosanders (3m, 1f) and 8 Mandarins.

Posted February 16th, 2016 at 6:36 pm by Jason Smart in Bird News

Tarka trail - Chivenor

The Robin is still present & singing away as if spring is just around the corner after the coldest night so far this winter!


Posted February 16th, 2016 at 6:20 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Blackcap

Male Blackcap showing very well at the top of my Tamarisk tree in my back garden adjacent to Northam Burrows this morning. Goldcrest heard close by but not seen in dense conifer. Wren very busy non-stop in and out of ivy clad tree trunk with beaks full of nesting vegetation - hope female Wren will choose this nest - but it's a bit early yet!

Posted February 16th, 2016 at 5:44 pm by Ruth Wiseman in Bird News

Black Hole Marsh Green-Winged Teal

The GW Teal was showing well on Black Hole Marsh late afternoon, just South of Island Hide.



Posted February 16th, 2016 at 5:36 pm by Tim White in Bird News

First For Godborough

Whilst I was discussing gorse clearance Gill saw a kingfisher on the oak tree by the middle pond and I missed it!!

Posted February 16th, 2016 at 5:16 pm by Philip Marlow in Bird News

Southdown Farm to Middle Soar

34 Cirl Bunting in two flocks is the highest count this winter for this area. Also: 3 Golden Plover, 2 Snipe, 32 Stock Dove, Skylark 106 & Linnet 150.

Posted February 16th, 2016 at 4:39 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Shiphay, Torquay

14.40

Blackcap providing prolonged passages of subsong from the depths of a laurel hedgerow in my back garden. 

Posted February 16th, 2016 at 3:35 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Cox Tor, Dartmoor

Brian Heasman had a Red Kite over Cox Tor, Dartmoor at 3pm

Posted February 16th, 2016 at 3:13 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Noss Creek , Noss Mayo

2 Redshank, in garden Marsh tit on feeders.

Posted February 16th, 2016 at 2:35 pm by Jeremy Spooner in Bird News

Stover Lake

 A quarter of the lake was frozen first thing with about 70 Black headed Gulls standing on the ice - No ringed or colour ringed birds seen. 1 Kingfisher, 3 Great crested Grebes, a pair of Mandarin, three Tufted Duck, a Heron and 6 Cormorants. 3 pairs of Great Spotted Woodpecker active with drumming noted. A pair of raven and buzzard calling along with singing Mistle Thrush and Chaffinches. Several male siskins singing. No Common Snipe seen but last fridays count was c216.

Posted February 16th, 2016 at 12:30 pm by JDA in Bird News

Monday 15th February 2016

Green Haven Nature Reserve, Ilsington.

Watched a pair of Firecrests for about 20 mins. feeding among brambles at edge of woods.

Posted February 15th, 2016 at 11:03 pm by Helen Heathman in Bird News

Topsham

Early afternoon the 4 Goldeneye with 2 Red Breasted Mergansers were on the Exe diving around the buoys between goatwalk and the quay but the sun hampered getting photos.

The viewing platform showed large numbers of Grey Plover and Dunlin as with 9-Red Breasted Mergansers and lots of the usual waders on the dropping tide.

As Steve mentioned Bowling Green Marsh was standing room only over the morning high-tide. The usual high numbers of ducks and waders quite flighty at times to include c500-Avocets, 4-Snipe, Spotted Redshank, 8-Pochard, 5-Tufted Duck, 4-Pintail, 2-Gadwall. Always nice to see Avocets in flight.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4TjtDGNv7A

Avocet
Avocet

Snipe
Snipe

Posted February 15th, 2016 at 9:15 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery

One female Black Redstart.



Posted February 15th, 2016 at 9:02 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Torre Abbey & Torquay Harbour

Great Northern Diver 2 & Great-crested Grebe 5 in Torre Abbey bay at lunch time. 

Posted February 15th, 2016 at 8:04 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

R.Yealm Puslinch to Warren pool.

10 Redwing feeding on ivy berrises. High Tide 36 Wigeon 32 Curlew, 3 Oyster catcher, 2 Greenshank 4 Raven, 4 Little grebe, 6 Shelduck, 3 Egret

Posted February 15th, 2016 at 7:39 pm by Jeremy Spooner in Bird News

South Brent to BGM and back via the Teign

Started the day off with a Barn owl and 16 Wigeon on the outskirts of South Brent.

RSPB Bowling Green Marsh on a high tide was standing room only in the very busy hide, at least 24 species including Barred Tail and Black Tailed Godwits, Grey Plover, Spotted Redshank, Redshank, Lapwing, Dunlin, Avocet, a good range of at least six duck species, Greylag Geese, Little Egret, Curlew, small bird species included a Chiffchaff seen alongside the lane to the viewing platform, Nuthatch, Song Thrush and Goldcrest. The Avocet and Godwits taking to the air periodically giving some stunning views.

Darts Farm a Kingfisher showing very well, Raven mobbing a Buzzard, a female Sparrow Hawk put up flocks of Godwit and Curlew, two Stock Dove, two Heron, female Stonechat and a couple of Wren.

Passage House Inn, Kingsteignton a Mediterranean Gull coming into summer plumage in with the mixed gull flock, three Little Grebe, Curlew and Little Egret.

Hackney Marshes far too busy with dog walkers and still very muddy underfoot, so left that for another day but in the short time we were there Goldcrest, Long Tailed Tit and Song Thrush.

Teigngrace railway sidings a small very yellow bellied Warbler species seen very briefly before being lost in the cover, Green Woodpecker calling several Wren on the path to Stover.

Kestrel sightings on the A38 at Marley Head and Buckfastleigh and two where the A38 and M5 merge.

Posted February 15th, 2016 at 7:34 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton

A ringtail Hen Harrier heading N up the Otter Valley just N of White Bridge at around 11.50am today and a very nice addition to my local patch list!

Posted February 15th, 2016 at 7:13 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Teignmouth

Velvet Scoter (male) off Teignmouth seafront late afternoon.

Posted February 15th, 2016 at 6:36 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Powderham Church - Turf Locks, Exminster Marshes

13 members of DB attended the morning walk organised by East Devon Branch.  The churchyard produced several Goldcrest and a Nuthatch with Grey Heron in adjoining fields.  From the cyle bridge 34 Redshank and 70 Avocet where present on the estuary feeding on a rising tide and a small flock of Dunlin passed up river.  (A solitary Dunlin was found feeding on a field close to the footpath and appeared to have a damaged leg).  A couple of Mergansers and a Goldeneye were scopped at a distance towards Topsham. 2 Grey Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Rock Pipit, Stonechat, Linnet and others were seen along the footpath with Kingfisher on the estuary side of the Double Locks (which opened at weekend). 50+ species were listed during the morning and highlights were good views of 6 Snipe in the waterlogged fields and the large flocks of Brent Geese (c1000),  Golden Plover (c300), Curlew and Lapwing that were ever present on this part of the marshes to the west of Turf.  Thanks to Geoff Green for leading us.

Reminder- East Devon Branch are holding their AGM next Tuesday at The Blue Ball Inn Sidford.  Guest speaker Cath Jeffs from RSPB.  Details in Programme.

Posted February 15th, 2016 at 6:20 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Taw Estuary - Ashford Strand

Jon - Sue Bruce told me earlier this morning that the Glossy Ibis has not been seen since yesterday (Sunday) lunchtime.

1 Great Crested Grebe (oops, missed the first few!) diving on the Taw Estuary this morning in the Ashford Strand area.



Posted February 15th, 2016 at 6:03 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Velator

Visited the reserve this afternoon. Sadly, no sign of the Glossy Ibis. Not sure if it had been seen earlier today. In the reserve, the Canada Geese have returned, and a pair of Goldcrests were displaying. Unusual were two male Reed Buntings.

Posted February 15th, 2016 at 5:21 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

EAST DEVON BRANCH WALK

A delightful walk from Powderham Church to the Turf in bright sunshine (and a cold wind) by 13 members.  Good views of Avocet on a rising tide and huge flocks of Brent Geese flying between meadows and river.  Large flock of Golden Plover flying over and many Curlew feeding.  Six Snipe found giving detailed view.  Total of 52 species.  

Posted February 15th, 2016 at 5:18 pm by Geoffrey Green in Bird News

Re-id Long-eared Owl Plymouth

Is an Eagle Owl!

Posted February 15th, 2016 at 1:18 pm by Darrell Clegg in Bird News

Long-eared Owl inPlymouth

A Long-eared Owl being mobbed by Jackdaws perched briefly on a rooftop on a building site in North Prospect this morning.

Posted February 15th, 2016 at 10:10 am by Darrell Clegg in Bird News

Sunday 14th February 2016

River Plym

Marsh Mills to Plym Bridge and back :- 1 grey wagtail, siskins feeding in alders and males songflighting overhead, 2 ravens cronking overhead and tumbling with 1 flipping over onto its back on occassion, a large peregrine over, a kingfisher flying down river calling, at least 2 marsh tits with coal, blue and great tits and 2 male goosanders fishing together - 1 caught a fish and there was quite a kerfuffle between them before it was swallowed.

Marsh Mills to Laira Bridge :- a little grebe at Marsh Mills, a chiffchaff near the sewage treatment works, 4 little grebes near Sainsburys with a greenshank, a female wigeon on Blaxton Meadow, a firecrest in the trees behind The Folly, 4 pairs of red breasted mergansers on the river near the rowing club with the males busily displaying, 2 great crested grebes together near the rowing club and 4 little grebes from Laira Bridge - no sign of the recent black necked grebe.

Posted February 14th, 2016 at 9:43 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Goosanders

14.02.16

Thought I saw a group of 4-5 goosanders on Tottisford Reservoir plus 3 tufted ducks- can anyone confirm this? Thanks

Eds: Yes; Goosander are regular on the reservoir.

Posted February 14th, 2016 at 9:04 pm by Jane Grinsted in Bird News

Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis on Tarka Trail this morning.


Posted February 14th, 2016 at 4:15 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

Wrafton

Glossy Ibis still present.

Posted February 14th, 2016 at 12:40 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

2 Firecrests in Plymouth

A pair of ‘Firecrests’ working the way through a bank of camellias in a private garden in Plymouth.  SX 48616 56798

Posted February 14th, 2016 at 10:55 am by John O'Connell-Davidson in Bird News

Saturday 13th February 2016

Teign Estuary

Water Pipit still at Flow Point this morning; also a Great Northern Diver just upriver from the Shaldon Bridge and two Avocets at Passage House.

Posted February 13th, 2016 at 9:57 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Exeter Riverside Park

Green Sandpiper 1, which I see most times I visit the area. Otherwise Wigeon 110, Teal 23 & a single Snipe. 

Posted February 13th, 2016 at 8:05 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Gadwall. Wrafton pond

managed to look the other way today instead of at the Ibis. Gadwall,Tufted and Male Pochard on the pond. 

Posted February 13th, 2016 at 5:57 pm by Andy leat in Bird News

Red-breasted Mergansers

13-02-16 River Plym as it enters the estuary - 4 Red-breasted Mergansers landed in front of me - 1 Male & 3 Female. Although further along the estuary a total of 9 were seen

Male Red-breasted Merganser
Male Red-breasted Merganser

1 Makle & 3 Female Red-breasted Mergansers
1 Makle & 3 Female Red-breasted Mergansers

Posted February 13th, 2016 at 3:59 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Wrafton

Glossy Ibis still present this morning, right by the Tarka trail!

Posted February 13th, 2016 at 10:47 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Friday 12th February 2016

Membership Renewal

Reminder: If you haven't already done so, now is the time to renew your membership.  on-line or a cheque for £18 made out to Devon Birds to Treasurer, Roger Little, Pendragon, Cornworthy, Totnes, TQ9 7ES

Posted February 12th, 2016 at 11:03 pm in Bird News

Cormorant caught in fishing line

Caught this Cormorant at Hooe Lake in Plymouth, struggling to get out of a muddy area, but, if you look carefully at the feet you can just make out a lot of fishing line, it did manage to break free and carry on what it is best at doing. I wish fishermen and anglers would keep their line to themselves, and not just discard them.

Posted February 12th, 2016 at 8:30 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Seaton

The drake Green-Winged Teal still this afternoon viewable from Island Hide on the left hand island north of the hide and showing well. Nearby, the Glossy Ibis was showing well on the pool north of the hide on Seaton Marsh and then flew towards the Borrow Pit. 

Posted February 12th, 2016 at 7:56 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

South Brent

A days birding in and around South Brent, the feeders and garden area gave a total of 29 species a few of which have been somewhat infrequent this winter such as Starling 5, Bullfinch and Jay also accounted for were Redwing 17, Song Thrush, Great Spotted Woodpeckers 2, Long Tailed Tits, Pied Wagtails, Buzzard and Sparrowhawk, last night gave at least two calling Tawny owls.

A visit to a private lake on the village outskirts gave 20 species including Wigeon 9, Mallard 6, Coot, Moorhen, Grey Heron and two Raven overhead, Redwing and Mistle Thrush 4, Magpies 17, Wren 2, Goldcrest, Mute Swan and some frog spawn in a flooded area.

A brief wander over to the village water treatment works revealed an abundance of small bird species, three Dunnock displaying and calling, numerous Blue, Long-tailed and Great Tits, Redwing and Song Thrush feeding on Ivy berries and Goldcrest in numbers beyond an accurate count.

Posted February 12th, 2016 at 6:04 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Spoonbills - Wrafton

The 6 Spoonbills were on the scrape again this morning in the drizzle + 1 Green Sandpiper & the Glossy  Ibis.

Posted February 12th, 2016 at 3:29 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh, 09:45 - 12:15

450+ Avocet, 180+ Bar Tailed Godwit, lots of Black Tailed Godwit, Redshank, Curlew and Lapwing. Also two Grey Plover. A Spotted Redshank flew in quite close to the hide on the grass, running quite quickly all over the place, lovely sight enjoyed by quite a few onlookers. All the birds quite flighty this morning being spooked by a female Sparrowhawk at one point and a rather large Peregrine with a lighter grey back than normal, later on.

Posted February 12th, 2016 at 2:48 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Wrafton

Glossy Ibis (and an accompanying long lens!) still by the Tarka Trail this morning.

Posted February 12th, 2016 at 1:14 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

plymouth parakeets

today 7 ringneck parakeets flying in sky over central park on way towards manamead

Posted February 12th, 2016 at 11:07 am by barry in Bird News

Leucistic Robin - Bridford

A few days ago neighbours reported a "white" Robin on their bird feeder, and yesterday whilst bird ringing in the garden, Kevin Johns and I caught the bird.  Colouring was generally warm, unlike the Chivenor bird in November, which appeared grey in the photos.  It seemed fit and healthy, weighing in at 17.4 gm, and was in its 1st year - ("growth" bars evident in tail and primaries and just possible to detect moult limits in the greater coverts).



Posted February 12th, 2016 at 9:35 am by David Price in Bird News

Thursday 11th February 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed just after the morning high-tide.

c500-Avocets, c70-Bar-tailed Godwits, c800-Black-tailed Godwits, c100-Redshank, c400-Dunlin, 8-Pochard (5-m + 3-f), 2-Pintail, c300-Wigeon, c100-Teal. Power-glider came over marsh again and put all the birds up most did not come back.

From the viewing platform 2-Goldeneye (drakes) also seen later from the goatwalk, 8-Red-breasted Mergansers, c2000-Dunlin, c1000-Brent Geese, Spotted Redshank, c70-Grey Plover, c30-Curlew.

From the goatwalk c400-Golden Plover on mud near Turf Locks.  Link to Goldeneye video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ounxwn8Ads

Posted February 11th, 2016 at 8:33 pm by David Boult in Bird News

EAST Devon Fieldtrip CANCELLED.

Please note that the fieldtrip planned for Saturday 13 February meeting at Powderham Church has been cancelled due to forecast of poor weather.  This will now be held on Monday 15 February at the same venue meeting at 09.30.

Posted February 11th, 2016 at 7:15 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Paignton

From Paignton Zoo today, three Buzzard’s soaring at height over the general area, one immature Peregrine Falcon ringing up under a large flock of circling Herring Gulls.

Female Sparrow Hawk seen hunting through the grounds.

Two possibly three Goldcrest, numerous Robin, Dunnock and Great Tit a possible female Blackcap in the quarry where the nature trail starts.

Posted February 11th, 2016 at 6:46 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Ilfracombe Rocks

A Juv Glaucous Gull was roosting on the Outfalls rocks off Tunnels along with several Lbb gulls & 2 poss Iceland gulls. Such a Cracking bird to see from Ilfracombe & it stood out a mile when flying in among the 200+ Herring gulls that also all took flight. Also recently a black guillemot off the pier. Could it be the lundy resident ? 

Posted February 11th, 2016 at 6:16 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Ibis at Wrafton

Still there and showing well 10:30 - 11:30. Attached is a (very poor) pic.

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Posted February 11th, 2016 at 5:22 pm by Roy Churchill in Bird News

Wrafton

I arrived at the reserve at about 08.20 this morning for a ringing session. On the scrape were all 6 Spoonbills, and a look out threre shortly after, they had gone, but I did see the Glossy Ibis, which seemed settled there all day with several eager onlookers (many with cameras!) along the Tarka Trail.

Posted February 11th, 2016 at 3:14 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

East to West Soar

A glorious day on the heights highlighted by 177 Golden Plover hunkered down on stubbles at Middle Soar, 200 Woodpigeon, 114 Skylark, 100 Linnet and Cirl Bunting in song.

Posted February 11th, 2016 at 3:06 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Wednesday 10th February 2016

Black Hole Marsh Green-Winged Teal

The Green-Winged Teal remained on Black Hole Marsh seemingly all day again today. It was seen first thing in the morning but then people lost sight of it so it was thought to have flushed. Tim Wright (not to be confused with myself) picked it out on one of the islands again this afternoon, asleep. It had likely been in that spot all day but just hidden by other ducks etc. A few birders/photographers left without spotting it which is a shame. Here's a pic of the bird taken yesterday, right at the back of BHM. Distant but still a rather stunning individual. 


Posted February 10th, 2016 at 10:13 pm by Tim White in Bird News

South Efford Marsh

South Efford Marsh, late afternoon, of note: 1 Water Rail, 4 Common Sandpipers (estuary), 2 Kingfishers and 1 Green Woodpecker. Plus a Barn Owl hunting over the meadows upstream of Aveton Gifford bridge.

Posted February 10th, 2016 at 9:51 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Redwings

Disturbed a large flock of Redwings 50+ on an unclassified road between Herner and Cobbaton, North Devon, Tuesday 9/2/16 mid-afternoon.

Posted February 10th, 2016 at 9:45 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News

Velator & Braunton Marsh - 10th Feb

Glossy Ibis showing right alongside the Tarka Trail at Velator this morning & a Barn Owl hunting over Sherpa Marsh - also a Dipper searching for food in the R Caen. Took a walk along the toll road on Braunton Marsh this afternoon & spotted a second Barn Owl hunting over Horsey Island near the White House & a flock of Fieldfare with some Starlings in the nearby trees.

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Barn Owl
Barn Owl

Fieldfare
Fieldfare

Posted February 10th, 2016 at 8:46 pm by Chris Bollen in Bird News

Topsham

 A look around Bowling Green viewing platform mid- morning on the dropping tide showed 4 Goldeneye and Spotted Redshank near riversmeet house and over far left of estuary numerous other waders including Bar & Black Tailed Godwits, Redshank, Grey Plover, Curlew, Dunlin, 2 Avocets and a Water Rail in lefthand field along the pathway leading down to the platform. Early afternoon 3 Godeneye seen from the recreation ground after they flew up river.

Posted February 10th, 2016 at 8:26 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Cockington- Torquay

A Woodcock flew out of Cockington Valley at 18.06pm this evening 

Posted February 10th, 2016 at 7:12 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

central park parrots

4 ringneck parakeets 1 male 3 female

Posted February 10th, 2016 at 6:53 pm by barry in Bird News

River Teign

At low tide this afternoon: 2 Greenshank, 5 Redshank, 19 Shelduck. At Flow Point: 3 Common Sandpipers, 4 Rock Pipits and the Water Pipit still showing well if a little distant.

Water Pipit
Water Pipit

Posted February 10th, 2016 at 6:41 pm by david cawthraw in Bird News

Brambling

Haldon Forest Park ~ Five Brambling (3M ~ 2F) came in with the Chaffinch flock, good numbers of Siskin, Nuthatch and Great Spotted Woodpecker all showing well along with Dunnock, Robin, Pied Wagtail, Greenfinch, Coal, Great and Blue Tits.

Stover Country Park ~ First winter Great Crested Grebe, two Little Grebe one coming into summer plumage, Grey Heron, Kingfisher and very little else on the lake.

Heathfield Industrial Estate flock of 20 plus Siskin feeding on the mature Alder trees by Mole Valley Farmers.

Marley Head, South Brent ~ female Kestrel.

Posted February 10th, 2016 at 5:11 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Glossy Ibis - Wrafton

Showing very well again this morning & is finding food, preening, relaxing & sleeping. Seems to have settled in & happy with this location.


Posted February 10th, 2016 at 3:47 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Tuesday 9th February 2016

Roadford Lake

Eight Goldeneyes, including three displaying males, viewable from the road bridge in the north-east corner this afternoon. Also 12 Wigeon and 20+ Tufted Ducks.

Posted February 9th, 2016 at 9:04 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Exe Estuary cruise

Excellent Stuart Lines cruise today, with Great Northern Diver at Exmouth, 2 Slavonian Grebes off Cockwood, 3 Great Crested Grebes, dozens of Shags, 3 Goldeneye (ad drake at Topsham) and 16 species of waders, including plenty of Avocets, 3-400 Golden Plover, c20 Knot and Spotted Redshank (with 4 Greenshank at Powderham). 1 Med. Gull with gulls gathering between Topsham and Turf. Harbour (Common) Seal on Bull Hill sandbank.

Black-tailed Godwits
Black-tailed Godwits

Great Northern Diver
Great Northern Diver

Red-breasted Mergansers
Red-breasted Mergansers

Posted February 9th, 2016 at 6:38 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

white bird

Goodleigh nr Barnstaple. Sighting of a Chaffinch sized white bird, quite a long tail - any ideas would be gratefully received. Has this been blown and which species is it.

Posted February 9th, 2016 at 6:19 pm by linda hemmings in Bird News

Jack snipe - Mackham, Near Hemyock

... flushed when it was about to be stepped on... and even then I almost didn't see it! We've now seen woodcock, snipe and jack snipe (on separate occasions) in this 3-acre patch of springline mire. 

Posted February 9th, 2016 at 6:15 pm by Richard Whiteside in Bird News

Plymouth Sound

A quick check of the eastern side of the Sound for any wind blown seabbirds was not very productive; however there was a Fulmar sweeping along the cliff top at Jennycliff.

Not much more in the sheltered waters of the Cattewater, but a nice adult Mediterranean Gull on the water just in front of the Mount Batten Centre.

Posted February 9th, 2016 at 5:11 pm by Doug Herdson in Bird News

Slapton Ley

3 Black-necked Grebe - 2 at Torcross & one in Ireland Bay. Also: 9 Great Crested Grebe, 68 Gadwall, 188 Tufted, 2m Pochard, 8 Goldeneye & Chiffchaff in reeds.

Posted February 9th, 2016 at 4:03 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

South Brent

A great early morning start watching a Barn owl hunting near South Brent, while watching it also observed, Buzzard, Jay, Raven, 55 plus Redwing flushed by one of two Sparrowhawks, Song Thrush in full song.

Back home around the feeders another count of nine Siskin, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Buzzard on my wood pile, male Sparrowhawk attacking the feed station area, Rook, a big jump in all the usual garden species, in particular Blue Tit, Goldfinch and Chaffinch.

Posted February 9th, 2016 at 1:45 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Glossy Ibis - Wrafton

Still present but rather distant along the Chivenor side of the field this morning.

Posted February 9th, 2016 at 1:05 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Monday 8th February 2016

Slapton

only 1 black necked grebe and an otter at Torcross 3.10 today

Posted February 8th, 2016 at 9:27 pm by Jeff Hacon in Bird News

Wrafton/Velator

3 Spoonbills in the field south of the reserve this afternoon, hiding in a wet gulley from the fierce gale-force winds, which have wreaked some considerable damage to trees in the reserve! No sign of the Ibis though.

Posted February 8th, 2016 at 3:50 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wrafton

9AM(ish) - Pochard on Wrafton pond, along with 6 Shoveler. Glossy Ibis still present in field by track, feeding well and seemingly unperturbed by the strong winds. Shelduck on flood. 

Posted February 8th, 2016 at 10:10 am by Kelvin Irwin in Bird News

Broadsands, Sunday, 7.2.16

At least 6 Great Northern Divers from blue buoys to Brixham harbour mouth + 1 drake R-b Merg. Red-necked Grebe seen briefly 13:00. 1 Firecrest between car parks 13:30 + 2m & 1f Cirl Buntings at usual spot.

Posted February 8th, 2016 at 7:34 am by David Holloway in Bird News

Sunday 7th February 2016

Haldon & Newton Abbot

At least five Bramblings present under the feeders opposite the bike hire at Haldon Forest Park this morning.

The male Scaup was back on Decoy Lake, Newton Abbot this afternoon.

Posted February 7th, 2016 at 6:01 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Glossy Ibis - Wrafton

Glossy Ibis still present at 4.45 this afternoon. Very close to trail, in clear view, but far too wet for my camera!

Posted February 7th, 2016 at 5:06 pm by Kelvin Irwin in Bird News

Beeslands and Slapton

A single female Common Scoter close to shore at Beesands and 50-60 Mute Swans on the ley but little else. At Slapton a male Red Crested Pochard by the tank. Further out 3 Black Necked Grebes and a single Red Necked grebe.

Posted February 7th, 2016 at 5:06 pm by Jeff Hacon in Bird News

South Brent ~ Barn owl

First time that I can recall local birding at and around South Brent being more productive than a trip around Torbay.

A brilliant start to the Brent birding day with views of a Barn owl just outside the village just after 7.30am, the Barn owl being the first true "wild" one I have seen here in over 20 years, so a real bonus.

Two male Blackcaps in a friends garden, at least five Siskin around my garden feeders. A male Reed Bunting just outside the village and another in a village garden, a male Sparrow Hawk making two passes at the birds using my feeding station finished off the day.

Broadsands gave five Goldcrest a soaring Buzzard and two Great Northern Divers well out in the bay.

The coastal area off  Roundham Head gave Turnstone, Greater Black Backed Gulls, four Great Crested Grebe, two Fulmar came into view followed by a Heron within moments the Fulmars multiplied to five and very meaningfully drove the Heron away for the area.

Posted February 7th, 2016 at 5:04 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Glossy Ibis - Wrafton

The Glossy Ibis at Wrafton attracted a lot of attention this morning from several serious bird photographers with some all 'singing & dancing' equipment.

I promised Sue Bruce who first spotted the bird as it flew into the scrape at Wrafton a few days ago that I would do my best to obtain a decent quality photo for her diary, weather permitting.

Most of my pics turned out to be absolute rubbish but one, a difficult shot taken through the brambles & branches exceeded all my expectations, in fact it was the best photo I have ever taken through a telescope.

Please do not ask me how many many hundreds of pics I had to take to get this one but I did manage to discharge 3 batteries in the process!


Posted February 7th, 2016 at 4:41 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Torbay Boat trip

Spent yesterday looking at weather maps watching fronts and decided to run today and had a good trip with a Red-necked Grebe out from the Broadsands/Saltern Cove area. 12 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Great Northern Diver, 17+ Fulmar, 20+ Cormorants in the 7 Quarries area, Brixham, 4 Purple Sandpiper at Brixham Breakwater, Gannets and 30+ Guillemots on the water off Berry Head. 1 Harbour Porpoise and 5 Grey Seals in the Brixham area. Glad we went, finding a window in the weather. Wind increased as we returned to Paignton Harbour.  

Posted February 7th, 2016 at 3:47 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Wrafton - Glossy Ibis

Another picture from today


Posted February 7th, 2016 at 1:54 pm by Tim Kevan in Bird News

Cranbrook, Nr Exeter

Having not recently posted anything from this new town I took a walk around the Country Park this AM.  Starting at the Education Campus I quickly listed 21 species, the best being a Green Sandpiper which flew off west.   A lake opposite the Campus has been created and with the weekend rain is now 300m long and contained 25 Mallard. C. 25 Linnet also present here plus a Goldcrest in the Alders. 

Then moved on to the new Cranbrook Railway Stn where parking is best to visit 'The Scrape'.  Sadly this area has now become overgrown with Bullrushes and other vegitation so hardly any water is visible.  What birds are there are usually hidden unless disturbed but I have had Jack Snipe here in recent weeks.  I finally ended up at Clyst Honiton where I parked near the end of the airport runway.  Another lake has been created here and a pair of Stonechat were on the fencing with Buzzard over. 

An interesting area to follow and to determine how birds are using a developing urban area.

Posted February 7th, 2016 at 12:46 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Bolt Tail Woods, Hope Cove

Firecrest in scrub with Goldcrest & Coal Tit.

Posted February 7th, 2016 at 12:38 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Wrafton Glossy Ibis

Showing really well this morning as JonTurner requested here is one photo

Posted February 7th, 2016 at 12:22 pm by Robert Cudmore in Bird News

Glossy Ibis - Wrafton

Was still present this morning close to the Tarka Trail, in good sunlight, which attracted a few big cameras! I hope one of the photographers posts a pic here soon! Also present a Green Sandpiper.

Posted February 7th, 2016 at 12:06 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Cattewater & Plym Est 6th Feb

One Great Northern Diver Adult in Cattewater, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers (2 male, 2 female) lower Plym. Very distant views of what was probably the Black-necked Grebe but only had bins, so too far to be sure. 

Posted February 7th, 2016 at 6:38 am by Steve Cox in Bird News

Saturday 6th February 2016

Topsham

A wander around Topsham in the rain. 2 Goldeneye still at Topsham rec. Good numbes of waders feeding on Bowling Green Marsh including 178 Bar-tailed godwit, 23 Grey plover and 2 Greenshank. Counted 28 Pintail, 8 Pochard and 4 Tufted ducks.

Posted February 6th, 2016 at 7:22 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Buckfastleigh

57 Mandarin Ducks (43 males/23 females) on meadow floods immediately upstream of Dart Bridge between Buckfastleigh and Buckfast, early pm.

Posted February 6th, 2016 at 2:04 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

 Getting to and from Tamar Lake today wit the weather was at times a bit tricky, so I didn't stay too long.

There were 26 Goosander 14m 12f, 24 Tufted Duck, 2 Cormorants, 7 L.T.Tits, 2 Mallard. The car park feeders were put out today after a two week absence and the usual suspects started to appear.

Posted February 6th, 2016 at 1:14 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Wrafton Glossy Ibis

9am still present, weather to say the least not good and 6 spoonbills present

Posted February 6th, 2016 at 11:56 am by Robert Cudmore in Bird News

Friday 5th February 2016

Seaton Marshes

Male green winged teal feeding at the back of of the pool at 4.15 this afternoon, but no sign of the glossy ibis.

Posted February 5th, 2016 at 6:28 pm by Ray Hamilton in Bird News

Glossy Ibis - Wrafton Pond

The light was a fraction better early aft, so managed a few more digiscoped pics.

The Ibis was spooked by Gulls several times & on one occasion we thought that we might have lost it from the Marshes but it circled around & landed back on the edge of the scrape showing well for Margaret Phillips.

Posted February 5th, 2016 at 3:52 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

1000 - 1300

From the hide: 24 Lapwing, 23 Shoveler, 7 Pochard, 5 Pintail, 2 Snipe, 1 Little grebe, 3 Greylag geese, and good numbers of grazing Teal and Wigeon. 3 Reed bunting on the feeders.

From the viewing platform: 2 Greenshank, 3 Grey plover, 3 Shelduck.

Plenty of Avocet, Dunlin and Black tailed Godwit on the estuary mud, together with several Brent geese a long way out. 4 Red breasted merganser on the Exe, as the wind began to pick up and the rain came in.

Posted February 5th, 2016 at 3:44 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Broadsands

The Red-necked Grebe was still present today off Elberry Headland looking toward Hope's Nose, also 3 Great Northern Divers, 1 Great Crested Grebe.

Around the car parks 6 Cirl Buntings, 1 Siskin, 2 Firecrest and 2 Goldcrest. 

Posted February 5th, 2016 at 3:38 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Ilfracombe - 5th February

Mainly dry walk along the town's Coastal Path this morning - several pairs of Fulmars along the cliffs on the Tors & at least 3 Purple Sandpipers on the rocks off the Capstone. Also spotted a least 2 Harbour Porpoises possibly feeding about 100yrds off the Capstone due to the large numbe of gulls around & above them. Solitary Shag opposite the harbour on the rocks.

Fulmar
Fulmar

Purple Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper

Shag
Shag

Posted February 5th, 2016 at 3:10 pm by Chris Bollen in Bird News

Glossy Ibis - Wrafton

After several attempts at digiscoping this bird in poor light managed to get a couple worth posting on the blog!



Posted February 5th, 2016 at 12:28 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Aveton Gifford

Barn owl on post by road bridge.

Posted February 5th, 2016 at 11:16 am by Keith millham in Bird News

Newton Creek Noss Mayo

Rising tide in creek. Greenshank, 3 Redshank, Oyster Catcher.

On feeder in garden Marsh tit.

Posted February 5th, 2016 at 11:08 am by Jeremy Spooner in Bird News

Glossy Ibis

Still present this morning by the Tarka Trail at Wrafton. Rob will post photos later!

Posted February 5th, 2016 at 9:55 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Thursday 4th February 2016

Filleigh North Devon

Today's trip to see Somerset birds started off well with a Red Kite being harassed by a crow over the village of Filleigh just before 9 am.

Posted February 4th, 2016 at 6:32 pm by Andy Lansdell in Bird News

Brixham Harbour & Broadsands

Brixham: 11 Purple Sandpipers on the disused jetty and a further 2 feeding on the sea side of the breakwater.

Broadsands: 3 Great Northern Divers, one close to shore seen catching a small flatfish. A Firecrest was in the main fee-paying car park by the stream. Three Goldcrests in the corner of the far car park. Two Cirl Buntings.

Purple Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper

Firecrest
Firecrest

Firecrest
Firecrest

Posted February 4th, 2016 at 2:52 pm by david cawthraw in Bird News

Velator update

Just had a phone call from Sue Bruce, who tells me a Glossy Ibis is on the scrape by the Tarka Trail.

 

I'm on my way....

Posted February 4th, 2016 at 2:27 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Velator

I was away last week, but before I left there was a dead sheep in the field outside the reserve. It attracted the attentions of the local Corvids and GBB Gulls. Today, there's not much left of the carcass, but there were 4 Ravens IN the reserve waiting their turn.

Posted February 4th, 2016 at 1:36 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

South Molton just above the A361 Link Road

Red Kite, quite low above A361 just past Aller Cross roundabout toward Barnstaple at 0830 February 3.

Posted February 4th, 2016 at 9:29 am by Phil Plant in Bird News

Wednesday 3rd February 2016

Haldon and Exminster Marsh

Haldon Forest Park while closed the general public due to the potential danger from high winds the staff did let a few birders onto the park which allowed views of two male Bramblings that were frequenting the feed station in front of the Rangers office. Good numbers of both Chaffinch and Siskin. Other species included two Song Thrush, one Redwing, Greenfinch, Nuthatch, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, two Pied Wagtails, Blue, Great and Coal Tit, on leaving a Raven overhead.

Exminster Marsh gave a Peregrine Falcon that was causing a stir amongst the waders and waterfowl, a flock of Golden Plover, lots of Lapwing, Canadian Geese beyond counting, a count of 96 Rook in one field, plenty of  Redshank, Dunlin, largeflocks of Brent Geese. Three Heron, several Little Egrets, female Reed Bunting, three Stonechat, duck species included Wigeon still in very large numbers, Shoveller, Pintail, Tufted, Teal, Shellduck and lots of birders hoping for the Short Eared Owl that again in the time that I was there remained out of sight.

Posted February 3rd, 2016 at 8:52 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Top of estuary Puslinch. River Yealm

Tide starting to fall strong wind up the estuary.

24 Wigeon 47 Curlew, 6 Oyster catcher, Redshank, Greenshank, 3 Egret.

Posted February 3rd, 2016 at 3:31 pm by Jeremy Spooner in Bird News

Tuesday 2nd February 2016

Saltram Plymouth

Walked from hide to bridge five Red -Breasted Mergansers,three Med Gulls in with roosting flock of Black headed gulls,three Little grebes,and one Black-necked grebe close to bridge allso prescent two Great crested grebes.

Posted February 2nd, 2016 at 10:43 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Berrynarbor

A feisty male Blackcap with face covered in yellow pollen continually chased off the Blue Tits from the Camellia flowers today. The Firecrest still present in the garden.



Posted February 2nd, 2016 at 9:45 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

short eared owl- exminster marsh

despite the wind,the short eared owl showed ,quartering mostly distant at exminster marsh


Posted February 2nd, 2016 at 8:38 pm by gray clements in Bird News

Spotted Redshank ~ Starcross

The previously observed and reported Spotted Redshank is still frequenting the flooded field adjacent to the EA Veterinary Investigation Centre, opposite the entrance to Starcross and the exit from the coastal lane from Powderham , the bird tends to favour the far side of the field from the road

Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve, the walk out to the hide gave Little Grebe, and a Gadwall on one of the ponds. The Hide area gave 6 Turnstone, Brent Geese, 5 Pipit sp, Shellduck, Oyster Catcher, Grey Plover, Red Breasted Merganser 7 +, Curlew, Greater Black Backed Gull and 5 Lesser Black Backs, Cormorant, Redshank, Little Egret and a very mobile flock of 30 plus Dunlin.

From the car park of the Passage House Inn, Kingsteignton, 23 Lapwing, 5 Little Egret, Curlew, redshank, Greater Back Gull.

The morning had given some good birding around the home feeders and fields surrounding the house with a total of 30 species which included 3 Mistle Thrush, 4 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 5 Meadow Pipits the first ones seen here since the beginning of December,6 Pied Wagtails, 3 Siskin, 42 Chaffinch, 3 Buzzard, 1 Lesser Black Backed Gull, 36 Herring Gull, Jay, 2 Raven, Goldcrest. On arriving home my wife Jacqui told me she had been disturbed by a commotion in one of our roadside hedges and found a first year female Sparrow Hawk scrabbling with a Blackbird that managed to get free and escape which took the home total to a very presentable 31species.

Posted February 2nd, 2016 at 5:30 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Wrafton

Male Pochard on Wrafton pond along with 9 Shoveler. Male Shelduck on the flooded field. A large number of Collared Dove in trees by pond (30+). Is this number unusual?

Posted February 2nd, 2016 at 5:19 pm by Kelvin Irwin in Bird News

River Erme Holbeton.

20 Wigeon, 15 Curlew, Oyster Catcher, 2 Jay and Raven

Posted February 2nd, 2016 at 3:40 pm by Jeremy Spooner in Bird News

Haldon Forest

Three Bramblings, 2 males and a female, in among the Chaffinch flock by the forest's Visitors Centre; coming to ground often and feeding on sunflowers seeds from the feeders. c30 Siskins also around the centre / feeders.

Bramblings
Bramblings

Posted February 2nd, 2016 at 1:27 pm by david cawthraw in Bird News

Peacock

First peacock butterfly of the year in Rattery.

Posted February 2nd, 2016 at 12:57 pm by Ian Samuel in Bird News

Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff feeding in my garden at midday yesterday - it's a very blustery, coastal garden just inland from Northam Burrows - first one I've seen in the garden since the very cold spring we had a few years ago.

Posted February 2nd, 2016 at 8:44 am by Ruth Wiseman in Bird News

Monday 1st February 2016

REDWINGS

50+ Redwings along with a few Mistle Thrush at High Bullen Golf Course on the fairway at the entrance at 1000 am today, all had moved on when I returned at 1230pm.

Posted February 1st, 2016 at 5:31 pm by Philip Plant in Bird News

Starcross

The Spotted Redshank was again in the field adjacent to the Veterinary Investigation Centre with 10 Greenshanks and c50 Redshanks.


Posted February 1st, 2016 at 2:49 pm by david cawthraw in Bird News

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