Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from February 2017

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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

Tuesday 28th February 2017

Exe Estuary cruise

Notables during this afternoon's Stuart Lines cruise were the 2 Slavonian (Cockwood) and 7 Great Crested Grebes, 130+ Pintail (Lympstone Marines camp), 6 Goldeneye (Cockwood), 30+ Mergansers, c10 Ringed Plover, 3-400 Golden Plover, 100+ Grey Plover, 50+ Knot, c15 Sanderling, 2 Greenshank and a few Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

Posted February 28th, 2017 at 9:40 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Exe Estuary

A day on and around the Exe, Topsham Rec gave two Long Tailed Duck and two Goldeneye.

The over wintering Spotted Redshank was seen at Goosemoor along with some Redshank.

Around the quay and shore at Exmouth Rock Pipit, Turnstone, Red Breasted Merganser, Shag, Greater Black Back Gull.  Behind the Bowling club two Goldcrest and at least two Chiffchaff.

 

The afternoon Stuart Line Cruises bird watching trip gave views of Turnstone, Dunlin (100’s), Great Crested Grebe(5), Slavonian Grebe, Knott, Grey Plover, Golden Plover 250+, Shag, Cormorant, Bar Tailed and Black Tailed Godwit, Curlew, Oyster Catcher, Sanderling 25+ , a good sized Avocet flock just off of the Goat walk.

Duck species included Mallard, Teal, Shell duck and a good sized flock of Pintail. Numerous gulls, Greater Black Back, Lesser Black Back (2), Herring, Black Headed and Common Gulls were plentiful and well represented.

At one point a mixed flock of Herring, Common and Black Head Gulls mobbed a male Red Breasted Merganser that was desperately trying to eat a fish that it had caught.

Posted February 28th, 2017 at 8:41 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Plym Estuary

Four Mandarin Ducks, 5 Greenshanks, 49 Curlews, 4 Little Grebes, 2 Grey Wagtails, 19 Common Gulls, Kingfisher, 1 or 2 Common Sandpipers and the lone Wigeon clinging on.

Mandarin Duck
Mandarin Duck

Posted February 28th, 2017 at 7:26 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Staverton WTW

The 3 Yellow Browed Warblers, the tristis Chiffchaff and 11 collybita Chiffchaffs still present this afternoon.

Posted February 28th, 2017 at 7:01 pm in Bird News

Leas Foot beach, Thurlestone and Slapton Sands

A morning visit to Leas Foot beach produced great views of the desert wheatear, singing but almost inaudible in the howling wind! On to Slapton, where the 1st winter little gull was resting on the lower ley at Torcross with the black headed gull flock around lunchtime. The hide produced a brownhead goosander as well as the usual flocks of tufted duck, pochard and gadwall. A short watch from the monument car park yielded feeding gannets and porpoises but no humpback whale. On enquiring we were told it had been present early morning but not since.

Posted February 28th, 2017 at 6:38 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Teigngrace

Still 3 Cattle Egrets with 7 Little Egrets at the entrance field to Blatchford Farm at 8.40am this morning

Posted February 28th, 2017 at 6:36 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

SOUTH HUISH & SLAPTON LEY

white- fronted goose  and  water pipit showing well at south huish,   at slapton , female scaup and female golden eye on the lake as well as tufted duck, gadwall and pochard etc

Posted February 28th, 2017 at 5:29 pm by roger jewell & mike gibson in Bird News

Velator reserve

Having finally caught up with the Chiloe Wigeon the other day, I was delighted to find them on the pond in the reserve this morning! Juvenile  male Sparrowhawk also present and a rather cold looking male Goldcrest. On the scrape a Black-tailed Godwit.

Posted February 28th, 2017 at 1:52 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Brief visit before the rain at lunch time. The number of wigeon continues to drop but there are still about 1200 on the marshes in about 10 flocks, the American wigeon was still present. High tide on the estuary so a few waders on the marsh - including curlew (c100), c300 dunlin and about 100 lapwing. At least 2 chiffchaff in the lane and one each of kestrel, peregrine and buzzard. 

Posted February 28th, 2017 at 1:27 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Prawle 26th Feb

A bit late but for those interested in Gulls check this out - Kumlien's or Thayers or hybrid ? Probably never know!

http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=340355 

Quite possibly the same bird on Portland 23 Feb http://portlandbirdobs.blogspot.co.uk/ , and Guernsey on 2 Feb 2017   http://www.guernseybirds.org.gg/ 

Posted February 28th, 2017 at 9:35 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 27th February 2017

Lower Tamar Lake

2m Yellowhammer, 1 Willow Tit, 3 Reed Bunting, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 10 Goosander 7m 3f, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch,

Posted February 27th, 2017 at 7:15 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Occombe Farm NR, Torquay

Two redwing were at the hide in addtion to usual residents, displaying before one chased the other off. A walk around the big meadow at the bottom of the reserve produced 3 roe deer, two of them bucks just losing the velvet on their antlers.

Displaying redwing. Roebuck, velvet just starting to fray.
Displaying redwing.                                              Roebuck, velvet just starting to fray.

Posted February 27th, 2017 at 4:50 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Stunning photos in a suburban garden

Took almost 100 photos and videos of a sparrowhawk taking a Pigeon. It left me to clean up the mess but wouldn't have missed it for the world but did feel sorry for the pigeon. Have had the hawk in the garden twice in the past seven years and during the summer there are three which circle overhead. No idea where they hide out!

  Slaughter in suburbia!

Posted February 27th, 2017 at 4:31 pm by pHILIP l. fAIRCLOUGH in Bird News

River Otter

A walk today from White Bridge down the Otter to the sea-front and back, by the DB's E Devon Branch, saw 16 people brave the forecast heavy showers (in the event, only one materialised), and between them total 50 species.  The species of note included Kingfisher and Water Rail, by White Bridge, and  a Sparrowhawk along the river, which remained perched for some time.  Some sea-watching in very choppy conditions gave 2 Red-throated Divers, 1 or more  Fulmars and 1 Kittiwake, and a Seal - not often seen off the Otter.  Few duck (low numbers of Shelduck, Wigeon and Teal) or waders (Redshank, Curlew), but a varietyof small passerines made up the numbers, including Bullfinch and Reed Bunting.  Surprisingly, no egrets, and certainly no Whales.......

Posted February 27th, 2017 at 3:58 pm by Colin Randall in Bird News

slapton

Distant views of Humpback Whale from Slapton beach yesterday morning, also the lovely Black Necked Grebe close inshore. A Firecrest was seen close to the bridge and Ringing hut. A short while later another Firecrest seen with several Chiff Chaffs in the hedgerow next to entrance of West Charleton Marsh sewage works.

Posted February 27th, 2017 at 8:33 am by bob barrow in Bird News

Sunday 26th February 2017

Humback and Birds as a bonus!

Watched distant views of the Humpback whale which briefly showed at 11.05am, then disappeared until lunchtime. Fortunately this gap was filled by regular sightings of Gannets plunge-diving close in and a spectacular Black-necked Grebe in almost full summer plumage, just offshore, moving north, but staying on the surface. The Humpback then reappeared at about 1pm, just when we had nearly given up. Easy to spot, watch for the spray from the blowhole, then the whale surfaces. Massive, spectacular creature, with very good views, in spite of the weather. Pods of porpoises and the occasional dolphin were seen as well.

Posted February 26th, 2017 at 9:42 pm by Nick D'Agorne in Bird News

Buckfastleigh

15 Mandarin Ducks (11m) on the brook in the Millenium Park at dusk.

Posted February 26th, 2017 at 8:38 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Cattle Egrets Teigngrace

Five cattle egrets with little egrets in cow field at Teigngrace this afternoon.

  

Posted February 26th, 2017 at 5:38 pm by M Witherall in Bird News

Heathfield ~ Dawlish Warren ~ Haldon

Heathfield ~ Waxwings ~ A solitary bird found on the housing estate, seen in the morning and later in the afternoon, frequently using rooftop TV ariel’s to perch on.

 

Kenton A379 ~ A Red Legged Partridge seen in the road.

Cockwood ~ The regular Greenshank, on the Exe hundreds of Dunlin, good numbers of Redshank, Red Breasted Merganser, Oyster Catcher, Curlew, twenty five plus Turnstone, Brent geese, five plus Common Gull and Black Tailed Godwit.

A walk along the length of the beach at Dawlish Warren gave over 200 Brent Geese feeding a few yards off of the beach, twenty five plus Curlew, as the tide was dropping they began to fly to feed in as did the geese.

Haldon Forrest Park ~ Very busy with people and not a great profusion of bird life, only species of note were four Song Thrush feeding in close proximity to each other.

 

Posted February 26th, 2017 at 5:13 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Slapton Sands, yesterday.

In between watching the various marine mammals on show yesterday (porpoise and grey seal as well as the humpback), this black necked grebe put in a good show on the sea opposite the higher ley. Moult to summmer plumage much more advanced than the Torbay birds.

Black necked grebe, moulting into summer plumage
Black necked grebe, moulting into summer plumage

Posted February 26th, 2017 at 3:50 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Torbay Boat Trip

Managed to get this morning boat trip in before the weather changed. 6 Harbour Porpoise and many Gannets off Berry Head before we went back into the bay to the Elbery Cove and Broadsands area. 4 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Eider, 2 Raven, 2 Canada Geese, 25 Fulmar and a grey seal. Only 2 Purple Sanpiper on Brixham Breakwater. 700 + Guillemots on BH colony cliffs and many flying in and out.

Further trips Sunday mornings during March. If interested call 07866202576.

Posted February 26th, 2017 at 3:18 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Torbay boat trip.

Not as bouncy this morning as the weather forecast had suggested. 2 purple sandpipers Brixham Breakwater jetty; 6 porpoise with gannets feeding nearby off Berry Head; guillemots, fulmar, distant flock of 25 common scoter flying plus another 4 (one of which had a pale belly suggesting another species); 2 grey heron at 7 Quarries; 2 canada geese & a mute swan at Broadsands; 2 eider & a grey seal between Broadsands & 3 beaches; 4 black necked grebe at Goodrington.

Porpoise, 4 of a pod of 6 off Berry Head Gannet Eiders
Porpoise, 4 of a pod of 6 off Berry Head                                   Gannet                                                 Eiders

Posted February 26th, 2017 at 3:17 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Wrafton Scrape

Birds on the scrape this morning.

Six Spoonbills on the scrape, taken from insiide the reserve.  And nearby, the escaped Chiloe Wigeon by the Tarka Trail.
Six Spoonbills on the scrape                                     Escaped Chiloe Wigeon by the Tarka Trail.

Posted February 26th, 2017 at 1:21 pm by jon turner in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Could not find the American Wigeon today at Exminster. Other birds seen include: Wigeon, 2 Curlew, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Reed Bunting, 4 Pheasant (1M 3F), Gadwall, Pintail, Mute Swan, Cormorants and Canada Geese.

segsbirds.wixsite.com/mybirdphotography

Posted February 26th, 2017 at 12:31 pm by Samuel Gray in Bird News

Start Bay

The Humpback was very distant heading south when I was there earlier this morning but looking at the twitter feed it obviously came back inshore which is great for people who have yet to see it. A beautiful Black-necked Grebe was just off the car park ( been here or nearby all winter ) and an adult Mediterranean Gull with the Black-headed Gulls where the ducks get fed at Torcross.

Posted February 26th, 2017 at 12:20 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Torquay

2 Velvet Scoter were with a distant flock of 350+ Common Scoter off Daddyhole Plain, Torquay this morning.

Broadsands: very quiet - 2 Black-necked Grebes the only birds to mention.

Posted February 26th, 2017 at 11:30 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Rillage Point & Ilfracombe

First real signs of passerine migration on my Rillage Point patch this spring. c.250 Meadow Pipits headed W along the cliffs into a blustery SW wind, taking advantage of clear slots between the drizzle, in flocks of 5-30 birds. First migrating Pied Wagtail, Greenfinch and Siskins with them. At Ilfracombe, still 4 wintering Purple Sandpipers feeding at Capstone Point.

Posted February 26th, 2017 at 11:01 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Saturday 25th February 2017

Exeter-Slapton and back

Attempted to find cattle egrets and waxwings on the way to Slapton today; cattle egrets are still on the Totnes-Asprington road as reported earlier, with cows and little egrets. We unfortunately didn't find the waxwings this afternoon by the A38 tile factory.

The whale was visible from Slapton beach though off towards Blackpool Sands this morning, but we got good views of gannets and a black necked grebe close in. There was a med gull on the Ley with other gulls.

:)

Posted February 25th, 2017 at 8:52 pm by Helen Whitall in Bird News

Plym Estuary

Three adult sinensis Cormorants this afternoon (finally pinned after suspecting at least one recently). Also 7 Mandarin Ducks, 2 or 3 Little Grebes, just one Wigeon (1st-w drake) and 7 Oystercatchers.

Posted February 25th, 2017 at 8:01 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Staverton WTW

2 Yellow browed warblers and 9 Chiffchaffs (including one tristis) this afternoon. 

Posted February 25th, 2017 at 6:20 pm in Bird News

Cornworthy

Yellow-browed warbler still at the water works

Posted February 25th, 2017 at 1:26 pm by Henry Trollope in Bird News

Slapton

On the way to Slapton a Hare seen in a road gateway near Diptford.

Arriving at Slapton at first light no sign or reports of the Humpback whale so reverted to a birding sea and beach watch, 32 plus Pied Wagtail, eight plus Gannet, Common Gull, seven GBBG, two Razorbill, and two Shags.

Then sighted the whale from the memorial car park way off just off of Start Point, so moved over to the Torcross end where the whale showed well from just after 8am until 9.30 when it moved off out into the bay coming within some 250 yards of the beach, towards 9.30 Dolphin and Porpoise arrived.

  

While watching the reported Little Gull showed well on two occasions, as did a very distinctive second winter Gull that was identified by other birders as a Yellow Legged Gul, several Common gulls also present and a fly by from a Peregrine that came down the length of the beach just out over the sea.

The Ley was very busy with bird life on arrival but thinned out a little as the morning went on but Goldeneye, displaying Great Crested Grebes, Pochard, Gadwall, a female Goosander and the expected species, several Skylarks singing.

  

Posted February 25th, 2017 at 12:51 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Slapton and Totnes

The Humpback Whale still there this morning off Torcross till at least 930am when it went further out into the bay- it had spent all morning upto that point straight out or south of Torcross( earlier also seen off Beesands ) -EDIT-  now being seen off Central car park and north to Blackpool Sands c1130am

The first winter Little Gull on the ley at Torcross at 830am and 845-850am but dissapeared in between and after . Also 3 Scaup (m 2f).

2 Cattle Egrets near Totnes at 740am viewed from gateway by Bowden Pillars south of Gerston Farm but none there at 10.30am- Nearby In the original field opposite Bowden House just 2 Little Egrets at 730am and 4 Little Egrets at 1040am.

Posted February 25th, 2017 at 11:16 am by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Friday 24th February 2017

Not just the whale.....

Away from the superb mammal some decent birds on the Ley; 12 Goldeneye (7m,5f), Scaup (f), Little Gull (Torcross), Black necked grebe, Goosander (f) and plenty of Cettis singing (and the odd one showing).

Near Totnes this morning, the Cattle Egrets had moved slightly from Perrys posting to be close to Gerston farm, SX795592. They seem to be faithful to wherever the Fresian herd is located.

Posted February 24th, 2017 at 7:53 pm in Bird News

Waxwings

9 Waxwings still present opposite the Tile factory on the A38, showing well

 

 

Posted February 24th, 2017 at 5:18 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Thurlestone/S. Huish

The Desert Wheatear was enjoying the sun and singing - but I doubt it will attract a mate. S. Huish had 2 Whitefronts, Water Pipit and 15+ Snipe

Posted February 24th, 2017 at 5:17 pm by Dick Andrews in Bird News

Greenfinch and Marsh Tit - Stover Country Park

At Stover by the feeders today (24-02-17) Greenfinch, Marsh Tit, Longtailed Tits, Bullfinches, Siskins, Buzzard eating a frog meal. On the lake, 9 Gosanders 4 Male 5 Female, Pochards, Tufted ducks, Great crested Grebe, and the usual mallards ect.

 

Posted February 24th, 2017 at 5:17 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Velator reserve

The calling Little Grebe that has been in the reserve for a few days has attracted a mate, both seen today.

Posted February 24th, 2017 at 4:37 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Around the Exe

A first light visit to the Bowling Green Marsh area this morning gave the Spotted Redshank and a Greenshank from the Goosemoor viewing area.

From the hide, high water levels across the marsh, lots of birds present, 100's of Black Tailed Godwit, good numbers of duck including a female Tufted and several Pintail. Three Snipe on the waters edge directly in front of the hide and four Avocet.

Fox on the far side of the marsh opposite the hide with what may have been a Moorhen, large flock of Canadian Geese were facing up to it.

Walking down to the viewing platform several Wren singing, Goldcrest, Jay and a Greenfinch

From the platform 123 Avocet, 250 plus Dunlin, 33 Curlew and several Grey Plover.

Topsham Rec, Water Rail, five Common Gull and the over wintering Yellow Browed Warbler calling and showing very well in the trees around the zip wire, seemed to be more vocal when dogs were close by.

  

Exminster marshes twelve Barnacle Geese seen from the viewing platform.

Peregrine seen from the A38 while on the way home.

Kestrel over Marldon in the afternoon.

Evidence of Tawny owls breeding in Paignton following a call from a Paignton based vets who had a very young Tawny owlet brought in by the public, eyes only just opening.

  With an Apple to give a sense of scale

Posted February 24th, 2017 at 4:36 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Staverton WTW

5+ chiffchaffs visiting the filter bed this afternoon included 1 grey "tristis" type bird. 1 yellow browed warbler briefly on the filter bed, also long tailed tits, blue tit, wren and a pair of grey wagtails.

Posted February 24th, 2017 at 4:31 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Goosanders

A pair of Goosanders spotted on the river Erme this morning.

Posted February 24th, 2017 at 3:47 pm by William Devlin in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Birds seen this morning.

1m Yellowhammer, 6 Willow Tit, 1m Reed Bunting, 8 Chaffinch, 5 Blue Tit, 2 Dunnock, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egrets, 4 Coot, 7 Tufted Duck, 2 Nuthatch, 3 Coal Tit, 20 Snipe, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Song Thrush, 1f Goosander,

Posted February 24th, 2017 at 2:36 pm by Rod Mudge/Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Stover Lake

One adult Great crested Grebe returned and guarding the usual nest site on the island. 6 pairs of Coot fighting for territories.  14 Tufted Duck, 3 Pochard, 6 Goosander, 2 pairs of Mandarin Duck,1 Kingfisher, Common Snipe and Water rail still in the marsh. Mistle Thrush, Blackbird and Siskins in full song. Plenty of frog spawn in both the marsh and aerial walkway pond

Posted February 24th, 2017 at 12:30 pm by JDA in Bird News

Totnes

Late news for yesterday, 6 Cattle Egrets ( with about 9 Little Egrets ) near Bowden House yesterday morning 10:30. They were in a field with Fresian Cattle SX798591.

Posted February 24th, 2017 at 6:31 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Ilfracombe Capstone 2 Great Skua

In stormy conditions 2 Great Skuas or more. Large numbers of Fulmars at least 200 in view in a minute. 3 Divers 20 Gannets.  20 Lbb gull heading east up channel. 

Posted February 24th, 2017 at 1:58 am by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Thursday 23rd February 2017

Gannets of Slapton Beach, 23 February 2017

The gannets were feeding close in off Slapton beach today.

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Posted February 23rd, 2017 at 11:41 pm by Bob Telford in Bird News

Whale sighted off Slapton beach

Called at Slapton to see whether storm Doris had forced any unusual seabirds to take refuge on the Ley. On arrival at the beach car park someone pointed out a whale and the Gannets were feeding close to the shore as well. At first consensus seemed to point to Minke Whale, some people mentioned one had been seen in the are the previous day. However, checking these pictures it would seem to me to be a Humpback Whale, though I am by no means an expert. Also 2 Harbour Porpoises and 1 Seal. With the whale and the Gannets I never made it to the Ley itself.

Humpback Whale? Humpback Whale? Humpback Whale tail fluke?

Humpback Whale?                                                       Humpback Whale tail fluke?

Eds: yes it is a Humpback!

Posted February 23rd, 2017 at 7:03 pm by Bob Telford in Bird News

Staverton WTW

The 3 Yellow browed warblers and 14 Chiffchaff (including one tristis) showing well this afternoon on the circular filter bed.

Supporting cast of 10 Goldcrest, 10 Long tailed tits and 40 Redwings.

Posted February 23rd, 2017 at 6:53 pm in Bird News

Plymouth

An adult winter Mediterranean Gull in the Sound this afternoon plus an adult Gannet and c15 Turnstones but apparently little else blown in.

Posted February 23rd, 2017 at 6:46 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Brief sea-watch - Westward Ho!

Spent about 20 minutes by the headland (S end of WH) at around high water.  Visibility was not good because of spray mist and severe windshake!  Spotted a Bonxie about 500 mtrs out from the shore, and a flight of seven probable Little Auks, about 300 mtrs offshore - but wouldn't claim them as a definite record because of above mentioned conditions and also the sighting consisted of a number of brief glimpses between rollers. Shame - would have been a Devon first for me!

Posted February 23rd, 2017 at 4:24 pm by Tony Mercer in Bird News

Wednesday 22nd February 2017

Bowling Green Marsh Wednesday 22nd February

Spotted Redshank off the boardwalk at Bowling Green Marsh this afternoon.

 

Posted February 22nd, 2017 at 10:16 pm by M Witherall in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Having failed dismally to find any of the reported white winged gulls at Roadford this morning, in fact only seeing a handful of any gulls and little else in very poor conditions, pushed on this afternoon to Lower Tamar Lake. Could barely see across the lake in the mist and rain! In front of the hide 14 Goosander, 4 G.C. Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 4 Coot, 4 Moorhen and I am glad to say only 3 Canada Geese. Highlights were good views of a Water Rail to the left and many sightings of at least 30 very active and flighty Snipe. At one time 18 were in the air at once when disturbed by a Grey Heron. The feeder area was very busy with 2 Nuthatch, 1 Jay and 1 GS Woodpecker joining the many assorted tits, Robins, Dunnock and Chaffinch. Just before I left at 3.30pm a pair of Reed Bunting arrived. I spent much time closely examining and listening to the Marsh/Willow Tits at this location, on the rare occasions they had the courtesy to call! I think on balance there was probably a 4/2 split in the 6 I recorded, but would not stake my life on it! 29 Species recorded here.

Water Rail - Lower Tamar Lake - 22.2.17Common Snipe - Lower Tamar Lake - 22.2.17Reed Bunting - Lower Tamar Lake - 22.2.17

Posted February 22nd, 2017 at 9:40 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Plymouth area

Near Tamerton Foliot, at least 11 Cattle Egrets and 8 Littles in a field with cows just west of Allern Lane (at one point there were 22 Egrets in the air but I couldn't be sure of the exact split).

Nearby on the Tavy estuary, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (ad-w and 2nd-w), c60 Lapwings, Marsh Tit, a pair of Red-breasted Mergansers, 6 Avocets and 2 Roe Deer.

Later a brief look at the pool on the Plym Estuary produced 8 Oystercatchers, 4 Wigeon and a Common Sandpiper.

Posted February 22nd, 2017 at 8:31 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Ludwell Valley/Hills

Early evening walk along the Northbrook and up into the hills brought at least 4 grey Wagtails, Green Sandpiper, Dipper, Water Rail, pair Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, Buzzard, pair Raven, pair Mallard as the highlights.

Posted February 22nd, 2017 at 6:51 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Thurlestone

Desert Wheatear still showing well - hope it copes with DORIS!! No sign of the Whitefronts late morning  at South Huish.

Posted February 22nd, 2017 at 5:27 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Sterridge Valley, Berrynarbor

A single cattle egret in horse field this afternoon

Posted February 22nd, 2017 at 5:11 pm by stewart beer in Bird News

Tuesday 21st February 2017

Cattle Egrets

Still 1 Cattle Egret in grazed kale field with 11 Little Egrets by Totnes- Ashprington Road opposite Bowden House late afternoon - earlier just 3 Little Egrets. 

Still 4 Cattle Egrets at South Milton in grazed kale field at Horswell House mid afternoon.

Also 1+ Water Pipit at Aveton Gifford in field to north of road bridge by river ( 9 adult LBB Gulls downstream by tidal road)

Posted February 21st, 2017 at 8:01 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Blackcap

Blackcap singing all morning in Chudleigh garden, Spring must be here!

Posted February 21st, 2017 at 7:34 pm by Keith Benyon-Tinker in Bird News

River Taw

Kayak trip Eggesford to Barnstaple

30 Dipper

26 Goosander

16 kingfisher

5 Green Sandpiper

2 Common Sandpiper (on upper tidal bit)

2 Otter

Posted February 21st, 2017 at 7:05 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Hartland Quay

Had a quick visit to Hartland quay 12+ LBB gull flying northwards and a Shearwater, probably an early Manx.

Posted February 21st, 2017 at 5:51 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Dippers

Dippers are building a nest on the River Sid.  Very poor light but managed a few photos

Posted February 21st, 2017 at 5:33 pm by Rob Jerrard in Bird News

Roadford Reservoir

Two immature white-winged gulls seen from 3pm to 4.15pm with c 200 Lesser Black-Backed Gulls (plus 30-40 Black-Headed , 20 Great-Black Backed and 10 Herring Gulls ) viewed from visitor centre/cafe car park. Both second-winter Glaucous And second-winter Iceland .Loafing and standing on the shoreline opposite the car park , at other times they sat on the water and showed close together providing good comparison.Both looked at times very white. Together with the report yesterday, does this herald a return to improved gull roost watching for this site ? 

Posted February 21st, 2017 at 5:27 pm by Tony Marchese in Bird News

Common scoter

Looking out from Meadfoot beach we can see 3 or 4 rafts of black by the scallop farms. Looking through telescope I can see they are rafts of 40 or 50  closely packed birds which are probably common scoters.

Posted February 21st, 2017 at 5:00 pm by Paul crowdy in Bird News

Puslinch river Yealm

Top of estuary ebbing tide. 55 Wigeon, 4 Goosander m and 3 redhead

2 Greenshank, Redshank, Oyster catcher, 25 Curlew, 2 Shelduck, Mallard,

Little egret numerous Blackheaded gulls.

Posted February 21st, 2017 at 4:31 pm by Jeremy Spooner in Bird News

Thurlestone & Broadsands

Thurlestone: I know I'm probably the last person in the universe to see this bird but, Desert Wheatear still at Leas Foot Sand (c.08:00 on Pill Box on S side).

S. Huish Marsh: The 2 W-f Geese with Canadas in fields on S side of valley, overlooking marsh, behind buildings (c.09;15).

Broadsands: The quietest I've ever seen it, 1 B-n Grebe & the 2 Eider (late am) & only 1 Cirl Bunting (m), back of car park (c.13:00, back).

Posted February 21st, 2017 at 3:37 pm by David Holloway in Bird News

Slapton Ley

On the ley female Scaup, two Goldeneye, 8 Pochard, 198 Tufted & 134 Gadwall. Offshore no divers but 2 Harbour Porpoise & fishing Gannets.

Posted February 21st, 2017 at 2:58 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Velator

Both Buzzards back in the reserve this morning. Little Grebe, Cetti's Warbler and Water Rail all calling.

In amongst a feeding flock of about 100 Black-headed Gulls in the field to the south of the reserve, were at least 2 Mediterranean Gulls.

Posted February 21st, 2017 at 1:44 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

20 Feb Roadford - Glaucous Gull

Adult Glaucous Gull with a small group of Lesser Black-backs at Roadford lake, at the Toft inlet.

Mon 20th Feb pm        Barry Albrighton

Posted February 21st, 2017 at 10:03 am in Bird News

A beautiful spring morning at Broadsands

On the water not far from the beach one black necked grebe accompanied by a great crested. Behind the cafe three meadow pipits and a solitary cirl bunting in the car park whilst somewhere up in the woods a wood pecker was drumming

Posted February 21st, 2017 at 8:06 am by Philip L. Fairclough in Bird News

Monday 20th February 2017

Pittington to Ashford sewage works

Sunday: long-tailed duck, Goosander pair, Sanderling, 3 bar-tailed godwit.

Posted February 20th, 2017 at 10:49 pm by Art Symons in Bird News

Stover Park, 20 February 2017.

8 Goosander - 2 male, 1probable first winter male and 5 female. 1 female Kingfisher, 1 Great Crested Grebe (presumably the resident female), 2 pairs of Pochard, c 18 Tufted Duck mostly in pairs. 2 adult Mute Swans persistently trying to drive off (their) 2 young swans.

Posted February 20th, 2017 at 10:15 pm by Bob Telford in Bird News

Sunday Brixham

I have just re-joined Devon Birds after many years absence. My membership and log-in details have just come through, so thought I would post something albeit a day late.... Seven Purple Sandpipers on Brixham Breakwater jetty and rocks on Sunday also several turnstone present.

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Purple Sandpiper

Posted February 20th, 2017 at 7:01 pm by M Witherall in Bird News

White-fronted Geese - South Huish Marsh + Firecrest at South Milton Ley

The 2 White Fronted Geese flew in with Canadas, from adjacent fields at about 11am! Sorry Jon T! There again, did miss your cranes when I came up N.Devon! Otherwise the birdlife at South Huish remains much the same as it has been for a few weeks now. Only other highlight being a Water Pipit. I spent a couple of hours at South Milton Ley this afternoon, checking out the numerous mobile and feeding Chiffchaffs. Difficult to count, but there are at least 30 and possibly as many as 50, scattered both within the STW and in the surrounding hedges. There is tremendous colour variation amongst them. Most of them greenish/yellow. Many are rung and at least 2 are pale and greyish and could well have been the confirmed tristis  at this location. Had a walk lower down round the area cut by the volunteers on Saturday. Good work and an enjoyable day! Put up a couple of mallard from one of the nearby small wet areas by the shed. Just shows the potential for reinstatement of the former ponds at this location! On the walk back found a rung Firecrest in amongst more of the chiffchaff! Sadly only a poor record shot.

Posted February 20th, 2017 at 6:29 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Instow

Female/first winter Black Redstart again at Instow harbour where the wall/boulders/concrete path curve round onto the ferry pier. Was feeding mainly around the old wooden pontoons. Flighty. 17:00.

Posted February 20th, 2017 at 5:17 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Thurlestone

After 3 months plus, I thought it was about time I took a look at the Desert Wheatear, and what a cracker it is. It flew out of a rabbit hole(?) in the embankment at the back of the beach at about 07.25, and went straight up on the WW2 pill box at the top of the cliff at the south end of the beach. Sat there for about ten  minutes, then I lost it.

Didn't see the reported Cattle Egrets, nor the White-fronts at S Huish.

This afternoon from the railway at Cockwood pretty sure there was a Spotted Redshank over towards the hide at Dawlish - anyone in the hide see it?

Posted February 20th, 2017 at 5:02 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Dipper

Dipper seen on Sunday 19th February under the bridge at Mill Street, Ottery St Mary.  Also a kingfisher further down river.

Posted February 20th, 2017 at 3:59 pm by Julie Blackwood in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

An adult Mediterranean Gull (with partial hood) in with the Black-headeds, Wigeon down to 3, 4 Greenshanks and a Treecreeper. 

Posted February 20th, 2017 at 3:21 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Northam.

Not perhaps the most scenic of birding sites the sewage treatment plant for Clevelands Northam currently holds some interesting small passerines. Visits by myself and Dave Paul over the last couple of days have found 4 Goldcrests, including a displaying male, 2 Treecreepers, 3 Chiffchaff of which 2 were 'cold' and probably Siberian. Also 2 Firecrest which appear scarce in this area this winter

 

Posted February 20th, 2017 at 2:41 pm by Roger & Lynne Doble in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Sightings for this morning,
1m Yellowhammer, 1 Willow Tit, 1m Reed Bunting, 3 Greenfinch.

Posted February 20th, 2017 at 2:24 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Heathfield

As of Sunday, February 19th, the waxwings were still opposite the tile factory, preening high in trees along the southbound verge of the dual carriageway and flying to the central reservation to feed on rosehips. I counted eight of them.

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Waxwing feeding on rosehips

Posted February 20th, 2017 at 2:14 pm by Helen Evans in Bird News

Sunday 19th February 2017

Torbay Boat trip

Alas no Pacific Diver, but lots of good stuff all the same. Great views of Black-necked Grebe & Porpoises and good to see some GNDs. 

GannetGreat Northern DiverFulmars

Posted February 19th, 2017 at 11:00 pm by Paul Treen in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Further to Chris Marcol's earlier posting - In the first part of the morning a minimum of 5 (possibly 6) Great Northern Divers on the sea (including a group of four in close and intermittently "looning" - very nice!) plus the BN Grebe and at least 3 Porpoises. On the ley, the FW Little Gull loafing with a bunch of Black-headed in Ireland Bay.

Posted February 19th, 2017 at 9:02 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Staverton WTW

Pleasant couple of hours this afternoon in the company of Mark and Del. Now 3 Yellow browed warblers, 1 tristis Chiffchaff along with around 10 collybita and 10+ Goldcrests. Photos on Mark's Twitter account https://twitter.com/SeaSkywatch.

 

Posted February 19th, 2017 at 7:53 pm in Bird News

Torbay boat trip

Pics from this morning's trip, in order of appearance. The porpoises stayed close around the boat for 5 minutes, unusual behaviour for this normally boat-shy species. Two black necked grebes at Goodrington obliged us by coming over to the boat, the best views I've had in several years.

Porpoises, 2 of 5 off Berry Head. Razorbills out in the middle of Torbay. Black necked grebe, Goodrington
Porpoises, 2 of 5 off Berry Head.    Razorbills out in the middle of Torbay.   Black necked grebe, Goodrington

Posted February 19th, 2017 at 6:54 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Around mid-day searched the Ley for the reported Little Gull with no luck, compensation came in the form of a 1st w/juv? Iceland Gull that  took off from the middle of the Ley towards the beach, but could not re-locate it there. 2 drake & 1 duck Scaup and 2 drake & 1 duck Goldeneye also on the Ley with the usual. On the sea 2 Great Northern Diver and one very distant Black-necked Grebe, 1/2 Bottlenose Dolphin & a Grey Seal.  At South Huish the two White-fronted Geese still present over the road in the field south of the marsh with the Canada flock.

Posted February 19th, 2017 at 6:42 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Torbay boat trip

As Nigel has said, great trip around the bay today, here's pics from today

Harbour Porpoise Common Scoter Black-necked Grebe
Harbour Porpoise                              Common Scoter                         Black-necked Grebe

Posted February 19th, 2017 at 5:44 pm by Simon Thurgood in Bird News

Desert Wheatear

Desert Wheatear is still showing well at Leas Foot Beach, Thurlestone, this afternoon 19-02-17

  

Posted February 19th, 2017 at 4:56 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Great White Egret

Whilst carrying out the second days Willow Tit Survey at Arlington it was a reward to see the GWE downstream of the lower lake. Made up for not one WT or Marsh Tit.

Posted February 19th, 2017 at 3:39 pm by Karen Sims & John Towers in Bird News

Torbay Boat Trip.

This mornings boat trip had a mission to see if the Pacific Diver was still about! The answer was no but we did have a good trip and some good sights. Before we had left Brixham harbor 3 Grey seals and 6 Purple Sandpiper. out to Berry Head with over 1,000 Guillemots on the cliffs. 5 Harbour Porpoise and these very close to the boat. Other birds seen on this trip included 11 Common Scoter, approx. 50 Fulmar, Gannets, 3 Great Northern Diver, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Black-necked Grebe and Grey Heron. Some Common Gull and the usual other gulls but one bird missing was the Kittiwake.

Last trip next Sunday but may have one or two trips during March and April before the Lyme Bay trips in July, August and September.

 

Posted February 19th, 2017 at 1:52 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Ilfracombe

Nine purple sandpipers on the rocks at Capstone Point

Posted February 19th, 2017 at 12:34 pm by James Walsh in Bird News

RSPB, Labrador Bay

Over 200 Common Scoter and 4 Long-tailed Ducks in the bay this morning.

Long-tailed Ducks

Long-tailed Ducks

Posted February 19th, 2017 at 12:04 pm by david cawthraw in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram Sat 18th Feb

In beautiful sunny conditions at high tide, a good count of 209 Dunlins; also Mediterranean Gull (adult), 7 Little Egrets, 117 Redshanks and 7 Oystercatchers. Skylark, Song Thrush and Goldcrest all singing.

Later, a Red Admiral in Beaumont Park. 

Posted February 19th, 2017 at 9:53 am by Pete Aley in Bird News

Saturday 18th February 2017

Hembury Woods, 18 February.

A walk through Hembury Woods and alongside the Dart. We saw the Gorse in bloom, 1 Brimstone butterfly and a female Goosander and a pair of Dipper which were sent our way by a flotilla of canoes.

Dipper

DipperGorse

Posted February 18th, 2017 at 9:58 pm by Bob Telford in Bird News

North Molton

It was good to see at least a dozen yellowhammers feeding with several chaffinches in a farmyard near North Molton this afternoon.


Posted February 18th, 2017 at 8:16 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Broadsands

No Pacific Diver at Broadsands today. Notable birds include: a Black-necked Grebe and a possible Black-throated diver.

Posted February 18th, 2017 at 7:58 pm by Samuel Gray in Bird News

Grey Herons

Several Grey Herons have taken up positions on nests at Powderham, a lot of calling and flying around, add that to the Rookery at Powderham church getting busy, spring is on the way!


Posted February 18th, 2017 at 6:05 pm by Simon Thurgood in Bird News

Broadands & Haldon

A run out to Broadsands with Keith Male this morning initially to Broadsands joining the growing numbers of birders looking for the reported Pacific Diver that did not show ( or at least not while we were there), two distant Divers were deemed to be Red Throated Divers, two Black Necked Grebe showed well, a solitary Common Scoter, Fulmer, and very distant Razorbills and Guillemots were all added to the days list.
 
Male Cirl Bunting in the rear car park.
 
  
 
Onto the Haldon Forest park and after some more waiting the reported female Brambling showed very briefly, thirty plus Siskin, GSWP, two Nuthatch, two Song Thrush.
 
At home two soaring Raven, female Siskin on the feeders along with female Reed Bunting and Nuthatch.

Posted February 18th, 2017 at 5:50 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

North Devon Cattle Egrets

2 Cattle Egrets in the field behind Bishop's Tawton church at 16.00 , an hour later I saw both birds flying towards Barnstaple following the Taw.

Posted February 18th, 2017 at 5:47 pm by David Paterson in Bird News

Sidmouth

After the excitement of Broadsands yesterday, a more relaxed afternoon's birding along Sidmouth seafront today. 50+ Divers were moving eastwards, some settling on the sea. As far as I could see they were all Red-throated (maybe the Pacific was amongst them?). 3 Purple Sandpipers were on Chit Rocks and a Black Redstart was on the roof of the Be!mont Hotel. 

Posted February 18th, 2017 at 5:21 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Lovely morning. Of note on the Ley: 2 drake Scaup, 1W Little Gull, 16 Little Grebe, 2 drake Goldeneye. On the sea: 2 GN Diver, 3 RT Diver, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1W Mediteranean Gull, 2 Harbour Porpoise close in.

Posted February 18th, 2017 at 4:08 pm by David Cope in Bird News

Holdstone down exmoor

A morning walk around Holdstone down,  actually saw some life unlike the last few weekends. Robins, wrens, stonechat m+f, meadow pipits, skylark, kestral, and to top it all a snow bunting. Spring may be on its way.

Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting

Posted February 18th, 2017 at 3:04 pm by Philip Worth in Bird News

Soussons

The Great Grey Shrike still 1.45-1.55pm in valley below Warren House inn towards Soussons viewed from main path in valley - bird was going from tree to tree by large gully by path going down into valley.

Posted February 18th, 2017 at 2:14 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Sunnybank Allotment Barnstaple Feb 18th

Male Green Woodpecker on Oak tree  and Blackcap on Mahonia this morning - both have been around all winter. Usual pheasants x7 but no sign of the Red-Legged Partridge today.

Posted February 18th, 2017 at 12:25 pm by Chris Tyzack in Bird News

Friday 17th February 2017

Dawlish Warren between 1000 and 1230, 1 February.

Several hundred Grey Plover, several hundred Dunlin and approx 25 Knot, many of which crossed the bight to the island in front of the hide to begin feeding as the tide turned. Most of the large number of Oystercatcher on the point across from the hide were still there when I left. Also 2 Rock Pipits, 5 Turnstone, numbers of Redshank, 5 Skylark in the bight and on the golf course. 1 male Red Breasted Merganser off shore. Numerous Brent Geese on foreshore and golf course. Several singing Dunnock on the dune walk. All of the small waders dispersed at 1158 when a Peregrine came through on the hunt.

Dunlin Grey Plover Skylark
Dunlin                                              Grey Plover                                        Skylark

Posted February 17th, 2017 at 10:24 pm by Bob Telford in Bird News

Ilfracombe

 8 Purple Sandpipers this morning in flocks of 3, 2 & 3 between Capstone Point & Ilfracombe Harbour.


Posted February 17th, 2017 at 9:32 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Exmouth

Couple of purple sandpipers amongst turnstones on the rockpools near the lifeboat station today. (We found quite a few starfishes too!) :)

Posted February 17th, 2017 at 7:04 pm by Helen Whitall in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Two Jack Snipe, Snipe, 1 or 2 of both Kingfisher and Common Sandpiper; also Lesser Black-backed and Common Gulls increasing - 26 of each (!)

Posted February 17th, 2017 at 5:56 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Brambling

Haldon Forest at the feeders.

Brambling
Brambling

Posted February 17th, 2017 at 5:21 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

14 Barnacle Geese still around in field just North of Turf today and American Wigeon very close to Car Park by canal. Juv Oystercatcher with deformed bill at Turf confused me for a while - thought I'd found a 'Curlew Oystercatcher!'

Barnacle Geese Flock 14 American Wigeon Juv Oyster Catcher with deformed bill
Barnacle Geese Flock 14                              American Wigeon              Juv Oyster Catcher with deformed bill

Posted February 17th, 2017 at 5:15 pm by Jo King in Bird News

Black Redstart (Female) Ford Park Cemetery

Female Black Redstart showing well around the centre of Ford Park Cemetery in the early afternoon

  

Posted February 17th, 2017 at 4:56 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Wrafton

On the scrape this afternoon, a slightly pinkish Water Pipit.

Little Grebe calling in the reserve.

100+ Canada Geese at Sherpa with the lone Barnacle Goose. Teal, Wigeon, Shoveler, Gadwall and a brace of Snipe also present.

Posted February 17th, 2017 at 3:42 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Taw

Long-tailed duck on Taw estuary one mile west of Taw Bridge.

Posted February 17th, 2017 at 2:18 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Torbay and Heathfield

After enjoying the Pacific Diver along side a Black-throated this morning on a "mill pond" sea, 11 Waxwings seen at their usual spot opposite the tile factory.

Posted February 17th, 2017 at 1:58 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Broadsands

The Pacific Diver was still present this morning, initially associating with a Black-throated Diver. 2-3 Black-necked Grebes and a distant Great Northern Diver.

Posted February 17th, 2017 at 12:13 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thursday 16th February 2017

Bowling Green Marsh

Amidst the flock of 350+ Lapwing at lunchtime a single Golden Plover was the first seen here for a while.  A Brimstone butterfly was also reported in the lane.

Posted February 16th, 2017 at 10:15 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Peter Hopper's Hill North of Tamerton Foliot

Whilst scanning the fields looking for the cattle egrets, a kestrel came flying overhead.

Posted February 16th, 2017 at 9:35 pm by Shane Willson in Bird News

South Hams

A Brambling, 4 Reed Buntings and a Cirl Bunting with other finches and Buntings at Huxton Cross.

At Thurlestone, the Desert Wheatear singing and showing very well, the throat now well developed dark. On the sea 100+ Wigeon and on South Huish: c25 Teal, 30+ Snipe and 2 White-fronted Geese.  

West Charleton Marsh produced 6 Chiichaffs including 1 showing characteristics of tristis, Water Rail, Cirl Bunting, Greenshank, Pintail and c30 Brent Geese.

Posted February 16th, 2017 at 8:16 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Broadsands

The diver detailed below was a juv/1stw Pacific Diver (if accepted first for Devon) also 1 Black-throated Diver further out in bay.

  

  

Posted February 16th, 2017 at 6:45 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Tamerton horsham lane

12 cattle Egrets showing well this morning.

Posted February 16th, 2017 at 6:22 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Totnes/Staverton

 6 Cattle Egrets, found by Josh Marshall just outside Totnes on the road to Ashprington at SX797593, still present at 13.25 this afternoon (along with 3 Little Egrets). Look from the gate on the right immediately after the two roadside pillars.

At Staverton WTW this afternoon, one, possible two, Yellow browed warblers, Firecrest, around 10 Goldcrests but a reduction in Chiffchaffs to just 5.

Posted February 16th, 2017 at 4:46 pm in Bird News

Yarner Wood

No lesser spotted woodpecker at Yarner today but other sighting are... coal, blue, great and marsh tits, great spotted woodpecker, nuthatches, siskins, chaffinches, blackbirds, robins. There was also a squirrel by one of the hides.

Posted February 16th, 2017 at 4:32 pm by Samuel Gray in Bird News

Around the Axe

Red Kite flew south east over Seaton at 12:15. It was a distinctive bird with a primary missing on the right wing and its left tail fork worn off - so look out for it, be great to track its movements.

This afternoon at 13:45 a lovely second-winter Iceland Gull on the Axe Estuary, showing well from Coronation Corner.

Iceland Gull
Iceland Gull

Red Kite
Red Kite

Posted February 16th, 2017 at 2:45 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Upper Tamar Lake

Sightings for this morning on the Upper Lake.

3 Willow Tit one pair and an individual at separate locations, 6 Goldcrest, 10 Goosander 2m 8f, 61 Canada Geese, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Wren, 1 Redwing, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Great Crested Grebe.

Posted February 16th, 2017 at 2:00 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Broadsands

The identification of a Black-troated Diver at Broadsands was troublesome today, as it didn't appear to show a white thigh patch on either side of the body, it also looked small billed. However after watching it for some time I did pick up a much reduced thigh patch 'just' as it dived. I'm off for another look.. There was no chin strap but young Pacific Divers don't always show this feature.

Some notes and hopefully photos later..

Also there 3 Black-necked Grebes, 1 sw Mediterranean Gull, 2 Eider, 3 Great Northern Divers and 1 Common Scoter.

Posted February 16th, 2017 at 1:48 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Trinity Hill

The Little Bunting showed really well from  9.30-9.35 calling in small tree near car park. Just followed Steves excellant post from 30 January for tactics and directions . Just stand and wait by first bushes and Buntings fly in and out. Also c20 Reed Bunting, Yellowhammer and Sparrowhawk.

Nearby still 5 Cattle Egrets near Colcombe Farm with c8 Little Egrets at 10.30am viewed across valley from Lions Close Hill, but all eventually flew off, mostly up the valley 

Posted February 16th, 2017 at 12:52 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Broadsands

A visit to Broadsands  with a very calm sea, 1 Water Rail in marshland, showed well,12 Cirl Bunting by the beach huts, out at sea 3 Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-necked Grebe. Looking over towards Goodrington sands a large group of birds on the water so drove to Saltern Cove and was greeted by a large group of Great Crested Grebe 78 + on the water , the group was moving towards Broadsands . Lets hope they remain in the bay for Sundays boat trip, still have 3 places, call 07866202576 if interested. 

Posted February 16th, 2017 at 10:42 am by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Wednesday 15th February 2017

Great Northern Diver at Brixham- 15 February 2017

I could only locate 1 Great Northern Diver this afternoon. It was moving regularly between the Breakwater and the swimming pool. 

Great Northern DiverGreat Northern DiverGreat Northern Diver
      Great Northern Diver

Posted February 15th, 2017 at 10:11 pm by Bob Telford in Bird News

Wesward Ho! Northam Burrows end.

Mixed flock Dunlin and Golden Plover late afternoon on Wesward Ho! 

Dunlin and Glden Plover
Dunlin and Golden Plover

Posted February 15th, 2017 at 9:46 pm by Richard yeats in Bird News

Hope's Nose, Torbay

Five Great Northern Divers this morning; 3 in the bay and 2 more further out.

Posted February 15th, 2017 at 8:36 pm by david cawthraw in Bird News

Staverton WTW

Still one Yellow Browed warbler this afternoon although quite elusive. 10+ Chiffchaffs and similar numbers of Goldcrests.  

Posted February 15th, 2017 at 8:03 pm in Bird News

Occombe

A late afternoon visit started quietly but notable sightings included: Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Song Thrush, Buzzard, 11 Redwing & 3 Long Tailed Tits.

Posted February 15th, 2017 at 7:54 pm by Stephen Huggins in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery this afternoon

Amongst the usual suspects there was a male Black Redstart feeding and showing well. There was also mention of a female but I couldn't find it.

Posted February 15th, 2017 at 4:47 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

A walk in two halves; one in glorious warm sunshine and the other in rain and much cooler conditions. Going towards the Turf the 14 barnacle geese were next to the lagoon. On the lagoon were 5 tufted duck and one red-throated diver. Large flock of golden plover and lapwing in the centre of the marsh. On my return the American Wigeon was near to Station Road.

Posted February 15th, 2017 at 4:26 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

12 Cattle Egrets - Tamerton Foliot

An incredible 12 Cattle Egrets (a record Devon flock), possibly even 13, still north of Tamerton Foliot this morning viewed from Allern Lane. On arrival 12 were sat on top of a hedge, next to field, viewed from gateway on first right hand bend. Also 4 Little Egrets feeding in field behind. At 10.20am, the flock then flew up, with 6 heading up valley and 6 dropping down out of sight into field . I then relocated 7 Cattle Egrets feeding in a distant field with cows at top of valley looking north from Allern Lane, and I hadn't seen any other Cattle Egrets fly by me out of original field.

Posted February 15th, 2017 at 2:04 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Velator Reserve

Plenty of signs of spring this morning - first Lesser Celandine in flower, and along with Water Rail and Cetti's Warbler calling, Great Tit, Robin, Wren, Dunnock, Song Thrush and Chaffinch all in song.

2 Chiffchaffs chasing insects in the reed-bed just outside the reserve.

2 Spoonbills (one colour-ringed) on the scrape early on.

Posted February 15th, 2017 at 2:01 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Tuesday 14th February 2017

Labrador Bay and River Teign

At Labrador Bay possible Cirl Buntings. Looking out over the River Teign, there where... 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Shelducks, Black-headed Gulls and a Greenshank.

Posted February 14th, 2017 at 8:53 pm by Samuel Gray in Bird News

West Charleton Marsh

In Sewage works, many Chiff-Chaffs, Grey Wagtail.

From hide

20+ Curlew,80+ Brent Geese,a Whimbrel,6 Redshanks,several Greenshanks,4 Shellduck,4 L.Egrets,80 Wigeon.

4 sightings Water Rail, (probably same bird).

A bittern, showing very nicely.

An acrobatic Pheasant.

and what I believe to be a Peregrine, (please correct me if I am wrong)

  

Posted February 14th, 2017 at 8:41 pm by Lloyd Gray in Bird News

Tamerton Foliot

A carefully counted 11 Cattle Egrets all sat on a hedge on the perimeter of kale field being grazed by cattle (and could be more)... There are Little Egrets there too.

Nearby at Lopwell:  Goosander (Redhead), 3 Common Sandpiper, Marsh Tit, Firecrest  and Goldcrest.

Posted February 14th, 2017 at 7:37 pm by Charlie Imms and Russ Eynon in Bird News

Torquay Harbour

Black-necked Grebe in Harbour this lunchtime. 

Posted February 14th, 2017 at 7:01 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Here and there...

Arrived at BGM at high tide, (about 10.45) so lots of activity. A Peregrine had been seen just before we got there and spooked everything. Most of the birds returned, but were edgy. Not helped by some people moving along behind the reed-bed opposite the hide. Not sure what they were doing. 400+ Avocets, many Black-tailed Godwits, plus all the usual suspects (except Little Egret). So to Goosemoor where we also saw the Kittiwake on the water, looking a little lost. Went back to let people in the hide know, but not exactly a rush to see it!

Managed brief views of the Yellow-browed Warbler at the Rec at Topsham.

A Greenshank in the harbour at Cockwood. but no sign, in now very poor conditions of the Slavonian Grebes or Bonaparte's Gull nearby. Called in at Haldon and were rewarded with a Brambling under the feeders.

Posted February 14th, 2017 at 6:40 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Brixham Harbour

4 Great Northern Divers, 2 the sea side of the breakwater and 2 in the outer harbour. Didn't see any Purple Sandpipers.

Posted February 14th, 2017 at 5:16 pm by Simon Thurgood in Bird News

Plym Estuary

During the rainy high tide this morning at the pool: 7 Greenshanks, c155 Dunlins, the 6 Wigeon, Common Sandpiper and 2 Nuthatches.  

Posted February 14th, 2017 at 4:36 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Goosemoor - Kittiwake

Fairly quiet at Bowling Green Marsh this lunchtime. Good numbers of Lapwing, 4+ Snipe, 1 Little Grebe.

I dropped in to Goosemoor and was very surprised to see a Kittiwake! It was drifting about on one of the small creeks, then flew about for a bit before settling back down on the mud. Still there when I left at about 2.10.

Posted February 14th, 2017 at 2:28 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Hen Harrier Hartland Point

Ringtail hen harrier seen over fields next to car park at Hartland point at 12:50

Posted February 14th, 2017 at 1:56 pm by Felix Adams in Bird News

Tamerton Foliot, Plymouth

Cattle egret.  Hard to tell how many there were 6+

 

Posted February 14th, 2017 at 12:21 am by Shane Willson in Bird News

Monday 13th February 2017

Plym Estuary and Saltram

A Bar-tailed Godwit in with the Curlews this evening on the pool. Also the 6 Wigeon still about, 4 Little Grebes, Common Sandpiper, a drake Red-breasted Merganser and c280 Jackdaws over Marsh Mills, going to roost.

In addition, I glimpsed 3 small geese flying over the top of the estuary but - in poor light - couldn't clinch an identification.

Posted February 13th, 2017 at 8:09 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Elberry Cove

Today at Elberry Cove: Shag, Herring Gull, Black-headed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Eider, 1 Slavonian Grebe, c3 Oystercatcher (at Broadsands).

Posted February 13th, 2017 at 6:27 pm by Samuel Gray in Bird News

Torquay Harbour - Great Northern Diver

1 Grt Northern close to the harbour wall in the outer harbour, 1230 today.

Posted February 13th, 2017 at 4:36 pm by Cliff Parrott in Bird News

Ashprington & Cornworthy

Fork Cross, Nr Harberton, female Sparrow hawk hunting the hedgerows.

Bowden Pillars Nr Totnes, Flock of 100plus Linnet with a few Goldfinch and later joined by a Chaffinch flock, Nineteen Mallard, four of nine Little Egret seen over the general area and a raven overhead.

River Dart from Sharpham, 100 plus Canadian Geese, four Shell duck, Heron, roost of Herring and Black Headed Gull containing one Common Gull and a flock of Redwing .

Ashprington, WTW ~ female Peregrine falcon over the valley, Song Thrush, three Wren and a Dunnock.

Ashprington along the river, four Little Grebe, four Moorhen, one Grey Wagtail, one Common Sandpiper.

Cornworthy WTW ~ The reported Yellow Browed Warbler initially calling and then showing very well, a very vocal little bird, at least four Chiffchaff and one Siberian sp, and a male Bullfinch.

  

Posted February 13th, 2017 at 3:17 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Goodrington

1 ad Mediterranean Gull among Blk-Hd Gull and Common Gull Goodrington Beach.

Posted February 13th, 2017 at 1:56 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Plymouth

Three Great Northern Divers in the Sound first thing this morning.

Posted February 13th, 2017 at 12:26 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Sunday - Roadford Reservoir

Great Northern Diver on Roadford on today's WeBS count.  Tony John

Posted February 13th, 2017 at 12:16 am in Bird News

Sunday 12th February 2017

Fingle Bridge

 10/2/17 5 goosander,1 male 5 female .1 dipper and a kingfisher whilst walking up river to the bridge

Posted February 12th, 2017 at 10:30 pm by Tim Cox in Bird News

Staverton Water Treatment Works

2 Yellow-browed Warblers this afternoon feeding simultaneously on the circular filtration tank itself alongside up to 10 Chiffchaffs, several Goldcrests and Long-tailed Tits, a Pied and a Grey Wagtail and 3 Blackbirds - quite a lively little scene!

Posted February 12th, 2017 at 10:18 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Arlington Court

Great white egret seen at NT Arlington Court, initially on roof of hothouse and then flew down to pond.About 1.00pm Sun 12 Feb. Also tree creeper near entrance.

Posted February 12th, 2017 at 7:55 pm by Vince Bedford in Bird News

Iceland Gull, Langstone Rock, Dawlish

Peter Leigh found this lovely adult Iceland gull off Langstone Rock this afternoon (12 Feb17). We took plenty of photographs, all a bit grainy in the failing light, but ok.  These particular shots are Carole's.

 

Posted February 12th, 2017 at 6:25 pm by Carole Leigh in Bird News

Yarner

Had a good session at Yarner today, plenty of birds about with a Lesser-spotted Woodpecker putting in a brief visit to the trees to the left of the car park.

Nuthatch Marsh Tit
Nuthatch                                                             Marsh Tit

Posted February 12th, 2017 at 5:31 pm by Simon Thurgood in Bird News

Efford Marsh, Plymouth

A Yellow-browed Warbler this afternoon, showing well at times. Also Kingfisher, 3 Goldcrests and 7 Teal. 

Would photographers please refrain from walking out on the mud on the Plym Estuary (which I witnessed this afternoon). It is scaring the birds off their feeding area and there are ample other (better) opportunities to photograph them close up eg at Blaxton Pool during high tide. Thanks in anticipation of cooperation. 

Posted February 12th, 2017 at 5:27 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

Charleton Marsh-Curlew Drive ( 08:00-11:40, falling tide )

In Charleton Sewage Works a Blackcap and still at least 14 Chiffchaffs including the probable Siberian. On the estuary 125 Brent Geese, 11 Red-breasted Mergansers, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Little Grebes, Slavonian Grebe ( Widegates ), c250 Golden Plover, Whimbrel, ( below Curlew Drive ) and a first winter Little Gull flying around the Saltstone before heading up Frogmore Creek.

Posted February 12th, 2017 at 1:55 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Cornworthy and Ashprington

2 Cattle Egrets found by the Totnes - Ashprington road in muddy field with cows opposite entrance to Bowden House at 10.20am- also 6 Little Egrets. 

Nearby the Yellow-Browed Warbler still showing really well at Cornworthy sewage works in constant view in bare bramble bush by filter bed- also 3 Chiffchaffs.

Posted February 12th, 2017 at 1:25 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Heathfield Waxwings

10 seen at 1045 this morning opposite the tile factory beside the southbound carriageway. Appeared briefly before dispersing.

Posted February 12th, 2017 at 11:50 am by Chris Godfrey in Bird News

Firecrest Radford Park

One by entrance to park at Mayers Lane at 11:00

Posted February 12th, 2017 at 11:12 am by Chris E in Bird News

Mountbatten/Hooe Lake/Radford Park

1 GN Diver off Mountbatten Pier this morn

Hooe Lake/Radford Lake area - 7 little grebe, 1 GSW heard drumming, 1 kingfisher, 10 redshank, 2 shelduck, usual spa. 

Posted February 12th, 2017 at 8:32 am by Chris E in Bird News

Saturday 11th February 2017

Exe Estuary cruise

There was a raw easterly wind blowing this afternoon, but at least the morning's snow flurries had ceased. A male Black Redstart appeared on scaffolding at Exmouth as passengers were waiting to board the boat.

There were hundreds of gulls, mainly Herring Gulls, feeding and roosting off Dawlish Warren, taking advantage of the lowest tide for several years. A Harbour (Common) Seal popped up briefly near Exmouth. The two Slavonian Grebes and a pair of Goldeneye were off Cockwood, and a few Great Crested Grebes further up the estuary. A Greenshank was in the Kenn outflow as usual.

A flock of Pintail (dozens) was on the Clyst banks. Hundreds of Avocets, Dunlins and both godwits were scattered over the mudbanks at the northern end of the estuary, and a flock of Golden Plover flew over. Lots of Common Gulls were amongst Black-headed Gulls as we approached Topsham, where again the female Long-tailed Duck was with Red-breasted Mergansers. A further pair of Goldeneye were also at Topsham.

Posted February 11th, 2017 at 10:05 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

GSWP & Nuthatch A361

Picnic/Service area on south side of A361 between Tiverton and S Molton at SS829216 has bird feeders which attract several species inc Marsh Tit. I have also seen a Treecreeper on nearby trees. These photos were taken yesterday:

GSWP & Nuthatch - A361 Services
GSWP & Nuthatch - A361 Services

Posted February 11th, 2017 at 5:31 pm by Alan Ford in Bird News

Turnstones

Visit Brixham harbourside if you want close ups of turnstone, taken on my phone from inches away.

 

Posted February 11th, 2017 at 4:46 pm by Lloyd Gray in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Brief visit between the hail showers at lunch time revealed the drake American Wigeon near Station Road just south of the Lion's Rest estate. Otherwise quiet with few waders in sight. Two bullfinch and 3 reed bunting near the canal.

Posted February 11th, 2017 at 3:23 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Velator reserve

Spring moving right along despite the cold. No fewer than 7 Canada Geese in the reserve this morning. There's only room for one pair, so quite a bit of chasing around. 30 or more others waiting their chance just outside!

Canada's trying to gain an advantage! Also of interest - this Peziza coccinea growing on fallen ash branches.
Canada's trying to gain an advantage!     Also of interest - this Peziza coccinea growing on fallen ash branches.

Posted February 11th, 2017 at 3:15 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Two drake Red-breasted Mergansers, a pair of Goosanders, 3 Jack Snipe, 5 Snipe, Common Sandpiper, Treecreeper, Kingfisher and 4 Little Grebes.

But best of all, a Seal just up river from Laira Bridge (presumed Grey - I didn't get a very good view). The first time I can remember seeing one on the estuary itself.

Posted February 11th, 2017 at 2:42 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Cornworthy

Yellow-browed warbler still present with two chiffchaffs at the sewage farm

Posted February 11th, 2017 at 1:26 pm by Henry Trollope in Bird News

Torbay Scoters?

Large flock of what I believe are Scoters (80+)between the two Thatcher Rock mussel farms this morning but can anyone confirm my identification please 

Posted February 11th, 2017 at 9:54 am by Cliff Parrott in Bird News

Friday 10th February 2017

Berrynarbor

Roosting Tawny Owl in a neighbouring garden today.


Posted February 10th, 2017 at 7:12 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Exe Estuary cruise

Highlight of this afternoon's Stuart Lines cruise was the female Long-tailed Duck - great views as we approached Topsham. There were also c100 Golden Plovers with Lapwings in the same area, plus hundreds of Avocets and godwits (both species) and a sprinkling of Knot. The 2 Slavonian Grebes were off Cockwood, as usual, and 2 Greenshanks off Powderham.

Long-tailed Duck Long-tailed Duck Golden Plovers and Lapwings
Long-tailed Duck                                               Long-tailed Duck                Golden Plovers and Lapwings

Posted February 10th, 2017 at 7:07 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Staverton WTW

Yellow browed warbler showing well this afternoon. Around 8 Chiffchaffs, 10 Goldcrests and 40 Redwing.

Posted February 10th, 2017 at 4:13 pm in Bird News

Slapton and Beesands

Male Scaup just out from the car park hide at Torcross. Elsewhere Greylag Goose and 5 Goldeneyes. Great Northern Diver off the Memorial Car Park. 3 Goldeneyes on Beesands Ley ( 1 M ) Can only recall seeing the odd single bird here before. Also 2 Teals and 2 Shovelers. In Start Bay off Beesands village about 50 Common Scoters.

Posted February 10th, 2017 at 3:00 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Thursday 9th February 2017

East Devon

An very early morning visit to Woodbury Castle produced a Male Brambling in amongst a large and mobile Chaffinch flock. Also of note Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker. A late afternoon visit to Otterton Sewerage works gave a Red Throated Diver, several Fulmar and Kittiwake. Also good numbers of Gannet and Guillemot. A single Razorbill was close in.

Posted February 9th, 2017 at 9:00 pm in Bird News

Plym Estuary

A pair of Goosanders this afternoon on the narrow river, and on the pool, a 1st-w Mediterranean Gull, c140 Dunlins and the 6 Wigeon still present.

Posted February 9th, 2017 at 8:02 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Exe Estuary cruise

Just inside the estuary off Exmouth, the adult Bonaparte's Gull gave good views (as it did during a low-tide count cruise yesterday). The now regular 'couple' of Slavonian Grebes were off Cockwood. Waders included 2 Greenshanks, about 500 Avocets, hundreds of Bar-tailed and Black-tailed Godwits and a few Knot (50+ yesterday). Large flocks of Lapwings and Golden Plovers were over Exminster Marshes.

Bonaparte's Gull off Topsham yesterday  Godwits at Topsham  Female Goldeneye at Topsham
Bonaparte's Gull off Topsham yesterday            Godwits at Topsham                     Female Goldeneye at Topsham

Posted February 9th, 2017 at 6:45 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Sutton Harbour, Plymouth

This afternoon I was watching 14 Turnstones at Marrowbone Slip in Sutton Harbour  - regular low tide visitors - when a Kingfisher flew across the small bay and landed on the rungs of a quayside ladder beside the China House and ahead of an abandoned trawler.

Turnstones in Sutton Harbour Kingfisher in Sutton Harbour
Turnstones in Sutton Harbour                       Kingfisher in Sutton Harbour

Posted February 9th, 2017 at 5:14 pm by Tony Hooper in Bird News

Topsham - Med. Gull

Yesterday afternoon on the river at Topsham playing fields - an adult Med. Gull with almost full black head.

Posted February 9th, 2017 at 11:37 am by John Connolly in Bird News

Wednesday 8th February 2017

Taw estuary

Five of the local Spoonbill were feeding out on the Taw estuary this morning near Isley Marsh RSPB at low tide, sieving the water where it flowed fast and chest-deep, walking in and out of these flows and seldom standing still. Some juveniles and both site-faithful colour-ringed adults were present (from Netherlands project) but no sign of colour-ringed juvenile from this project seen here other times this winter.

Posted February 8th, 2017 at 9:41 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Plym Estuary

Six Wigeon still around and Curlews up to 62; also 3 or 4 Greenshanks, 2 Ringed Plovers and a pair of Mandarin Ducks.

Posted February 8th, 2017 at 9:29 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Roadford

For it's size, I always find Roadford a disappointing venue, both for its fishing and birding.(Only 10 reports on DBWS for 2016!) It never seems to live up to its potential! Today started at the dam end, with very little showing. Annoying to have to pay a £2 parking fee just to get a coffee and cake in the café! A trip to the hide and a viewing session from the bridge on the Germansweek road was more productive! A calling Tawny Owl,1 Buzzard,2 Cormorants, 3 Goldeneye (f), 2 Little Grebe,7 GC Grebe, 24 Teal,8 Mallard, 12 Tufted Duck, 7 Canada Geese and a tight group of 5 Snipe being the highlights.

Goldeneye - Roadford - 8.2.2017
Goldeneye - Roadford - 8.2.2017

Posted February 8th, 2017 at 8:02 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Dippers in Tiverton

The R. Lowman in Tiverton passes under the A396 Heathcoat Way at cSS965129 and runs in a channel behind The Tiverton Hotel and behind Tescos (at SS960127).
Since last November I have had frequent sightings of a Dipper along this stretch.
On 2nd Feb it was standing on the bank by Tescos staring at the swollen river before launching into song. Today there were two by the little bridge behind Medland, Sanders & Twose (SS961127).

Posted February 8th, 2017 at 7:32 pm by Alan Ford in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Male scaup on the lake this afternoon with a pair of tufted ducks. The female has a white face, but from size, back colour and head shape pretty sure she's a tufty not a second scaup (there was somecdebate!). :)

Posted February 8th, 2017 at 5:13 pm by Helen Whitall in Bird News

Velator reserve

Sitting quietly by the pond this lunchtime, I was watching for ripples, as I thought I had seen the splash of a Little Grebe earlier. Didn't appear, but more ripples revealed a Kingfisher repeatedly diving in from a low branch.

Last week, a pair of Canada Geese paid two visits to the pond, - two weeks earlier than they appeared last year. Still several Reed Buntings taking seeds.

Posted February 8th, 2017 at 4:52 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Yarner Wood and the River teign

Yarner and Trendlebere Down ~ a cold and icy start to the day, two flocks of Long Tailed Tit giving a total of 15 birds, at the top of the wood 40 plus Redpoll feeding in the tops of the birch trees, male Bullfinch and Coal Tit.

On the Down in initially five Snipe put up followed by another three which may have been some of the same birds, Heron overhead, Green Woodpecker calling, from the car park area 

Heathfield A38 three Waxwings showing briefly.

Teigngrace six Little Egret and four Cattle Egret at Blatchford farm, along with Pied Wagtail, Redwing, nineteen Magpie and two Canadian Geese.

River Teign ~ Passage House Inn, a pair of Red Breasted Merganser, two Greenshank, seven Redshank one little Egret.

On the sea off of Shaldon a Great Norther Diver.

On the River Teign viewed from around Coombe Cellars, fifteen plus Redbreasted Merganser, two Greenshank, fourteen Redshank, five Avocet the first I have ever seen on the Teign, five Heron, one Little Egret, ninety one Curlew, Gulls included nine Greater Black Back, four plus Common and a Mediterranean coming into summer plumage. Numerous Oyster Catcher and Shellduck.

Back home at South Brent a male Reed Bunting for the third day in a row, Nuthatch and a pair of Siskins on the feeders (Monday gave a male Blackcap).

Posted February 8th, 2017 at 2:19 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Broadsands

Sea a little too contrasty in sunshine and small waves did not make for good viewing conditions however there were: 3 Black-necked Grebes, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 80+ Great Crested Grebes, 1 Common Scoter & a 2w Mediterranean Gull on the beach.

9 Cirl Buntings on seed in the back of the 2nd car park and 1 Reed Bunting.

Posted February 8th, 2017 at 2:08 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Waxwing

Total of 11 Wsxwings at Heathfield this morning between 9.00 and 9.45 feeding well on berries in centre reservation of A38 

Posted February 8th, 2017 at 11:07 am by Roger Backway in Bird News

Tuesday 7th February 2017

Teignmouth

Small flock of about a dozen Eider off the beach railway line end. Also 5 Great Northern Divers.

Posted February 7th, 2017 at 7:54 pm by Chris Godfrey in Bird News

South Huish

Whilst watching the 2 Eurasian (or is it Russian ?) White-Fronted Geese and distant Water Pipit on the marsh, an Iceland Gull (second year) flew in and landed in front of us on the water, then promptly flew off , out to sea, after about a minute ! Just enough time for a record image. Hopefully it might hang around.

   

 

Posted February 7th, 2017 at 5:50 pm by Tony Marchese in Bird News

Heathfield Waxwings

12 Waxwings opposite the tile factory around lunchtime today.

Posted February 7th, 2017 at 5:26 pm by Tony Hooper in Bird News

Beesands

Red head goosander and 3 goldeneye (1 male and 2 females ) on Beesands ley a raft of 25 common scoter on the sea south of the Beesands 

Posted February 7th, 2017 at 5:19 pm by Jeff Hacon in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Great number of birds on the marshes this morning. Wigeon, Canada and Barnacle(6) geese, Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Lapwing, Golden Plover and other wildfowl species.

Dunlin  Lapwing and Golden Plover
Dunlin                                               Lapwing and Golden Plover

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit

Posted February 7th, 2017 at 4:45 pm by Colin Scott in Bird News

Ivybridge, Erme -Sewerage Works

7/2/17 afternoon. Dipper 1 (no rings), Goosander 4 (1m-3f), Grey Wagtail 2.

Posted February 7th, 2017 at 4:09 pm by r teague in Bird News

Broadsands, 08:30 - 12:30

2 B-t Divers (left of the mussel beds & as far out, c.08:30 - 08:45, then not seen again for rest of visit); 1 R-t Diver; 4-5 Gt N Divers; 3 B-n Grebes; 1 Slav Grebe (past Churston Head & into Elberry Cove c. 11:00); 2 Common Scoter (both drakes, towards Goodrington); 10 Eider (9 flew through & past Brixham + 1 imm. m towards Goodrington); 140+ Gt C Grebes (towards Goodrington).

Posted February 7th, 2017 at 2:55 pm by David Holloway in Bird News

East Soar to Soar Mill Valley

White Wagtail in Soar Mill Cove with 3 Pieds and 9 Rock Pipits. 20 Snipe on very wet fields (highest count here for me) and 7 Lapwing.

Posted February 7th, 2017 at 2:50 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Plymouth Hoe

2 Great Northern Divers close in off Tinside Pool this morning

Posted February 7th, 2017 at 2:42 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Eiders

Both female and male eiders relaxing by the outflow pipe at Goodringto

n, close enough for a photo opportunity . 12.30.

Posted February 7th, 2017 at 12:35 pm by Steph Murphy in Bird News

Monday 6th February 2017

Late news...

Travelling between  Barnstaple and Boode  yesterday afternoon (05/02) I was amazed to see a very large flock of plovers feeding on the freshly ploughed field just past the Garden Centre. On stopping, I counted between 3,300 - 3,500 Lapwings and approximately 800 Golden Plover. This was easily the largest flock of Lapwings I've seen in the UK since before the very severe winter of 1962/63. For me, this was much more exciting to see them than the odd rarity now and again. A very heartening sight (and a wonderful sound, too)!

Posted February 6th, 2017 at 7:46 pm by Tony Mercer in Bird News

Mandarin ducks

Mandarin ducks at Stover 2016

Mandarin ducks at Stover 2016

Posted February 6th, 2017 at 1:59 pm by Margaret Mackintosh in Bird News

Velator

Having spent a rather wet morning working in the reserve, I was rewarded with brief but close-up views of a male Firecrest just at the end of the Tarka Trail by the Tesco bridge.

Posted February 6th, 2017 at 12:57 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Teigngrace Stover and Heathfield

Twelve Waxwings opposite the Ceramic Factory at Heathfield: roosting not feeding on a grey cold morning. Five Cattle Egrets and five Little Egrets at Blatchford Farm. At Stover, one male Goosander, pair of Mandarin, pair of Pochard, several Tufted Ducks, plus the usual suspects!

  

Posted February 6th, 2017 at 12:21 pm by Martin Overy in Bird News

Staverton WTW

Yellow browed warbler still present and showing well at 10.00 a.m. Also 8 Chiffchaffs.

Posted February 6th, 2017 at 11:18 am in Bird News

Broadsands

A fantastic mirror like sea in Torbay and leaden sky made for perfect viewing conditions: 9 Eider, 102 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Black-necked Grebes, 1 Slavoinian Grebe, 2 Black-throated Divers, 5 Great Northern Divers, 1 Mediterranean Gull (ad) and 1 Lapwing.

Posted February 6th, 2017 at 10:56 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sunday 5th February 2017

Teigngrace Cattle Egrets

3 Cattle Egrets in with a group of Little Egrets in the second field up the track to Blatchford Farm at around 10 this morning. 

Posted February 5th, 2017 at 9:39 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Waxwings A38 Heathfield

Thirteen Waxwings still around the Porcelain Tile Factory area at Heathfield on the A38 at lunchtime today. Also Bullfinch, Goldcrests and LT tits enjoying this area. 


Posted February 5th, 2017 at 7:34 pm by Jo King in Bird News

Crow point to river caen mouth

Walked the footpath from the white house to the breach this afternoon,  plenty of oystercatchers, lapwing, shelduck,  knot and grey plover. I think I may have been in the wrong place though, as I was leaving by the toll house I must have seen about 15? People all with cameras.

 Grey Plover  Grey plover
Grey Plover                                                                               Grey plover

Posted February 5th, 2017 at 6:26 pm by Philip worth in Bird News

Torbay boat trip

Photos from todays trip. Very difficult photographic conditions today in a very sharp choppy sea.

Courting Fulmars off Broadsands.  Black necked grebes - small birds in a big sea.
Courting Fulmars off Broadsands.                                Black necked grebes - small birds in a big sea.

Posted February 5th, 2017 at 5:56 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Broadsands

Couldn't find the Red-necked Grebe but the Black-throated Diver was still present mid-afternoon along with two Black-necked Grebes.

Posted February 5th, 2017 at 5:47 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Tarka trail - Braunton To Barnstaple

Cycled along the Tarka trail from Braunton to Barnstaple this morning & counted 9 singing male Song Thrush.

Due to the very calm conditions bird song could be heard a good distance away. While on the north side of the Taw Estuary near Bradiford Reserve I heard my 10th Song Thrush singing from the south side of the Estuary!

Posted February 5th, 2017 at 5:36 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

On wrafton pond there were 2 extremely tame chiloe wigeon in with the mallard. Probably the same 2 seen a few months earlier on Horsey island.

Posted February 5th, 2017 at 5:32 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Highlights today  were 20 Pochard  (from the Stokeley Hide),  2 Scaup ( male Ireland Bay, fem distant from Stokeley Hide ), 7 Goldeneyes and 19 Little Grebes. Offshore nothing seen in Start Bay.

Posted February 5th, 2017 at 4:43 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

White Fronted Geese ~ South Huish

Aveton Gifford,  South Efford Marsh ~ Kingfisher 2, Mallard 60+ Teal 30+, Wigeon 85+, Shell duck 2, Little Egret 4, Redshank 7, Greenshank 3, Little Grebe 1, Curlew 24, Black Headed Gull 110+, Black Tailed Godwit 1, Moorhen 3, Lesser Black Back Gull 2, Greater Black Back Gull 3, Common Sandpiper 1, Pied Wagtail 1, Grey Wagtail 1, Song Thrush 2.

 

South Milton, South Huish Marsh ~ White Fronted Goose 2, Canadian Goose 50+, Water Pipit 1, Greater Black Back Gull 2, Lesser Black Back Gull 4,  Little Egret 1, Moorhen 3, Kestrel 1 , Buzzard 1, good numbers of Teal and Wigeon.

Back home at South Brent Nuthatch and two female Siskins on the feeders.

Posted February 5th, 2017 at 4:24 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Torbay Boat Trip

A cold wind and choppy seas welcomed us on our trip out into Torbay. We only covered the south side of the bay from Brixham to Goodrington Sands, birds seen:- 27 Cormorants on cliffs 7 Quarries, 4 Purple Sandpiper, 3 Black-necked Grebe, 1 grebe we could not ID, 2 Velvet Scoter, 80+ Great Crested Grebe but could have been many more between the waves, 2 Common Gull, 2 Grey Heron and Fulmar already using the cliffs at north end of Broadsands and Roundham Head. 2 Grey Seals on the Marina wave protection pontoon. It was nice to be back on the water. Still places on the 19th and 26th Feb

Posted February 5th, 2017 at 2:01 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

White-fronted Geese - South Huish Marsh

2 White-fronted geese in with a number of Canada Geese at South Huish Marsh 8.30am - 12 noon today. Still there when I left. Birds in fields above the white house allowing only distant photographic opportunity. I believe they were first seen yesterday by Arthur Livett, good to have him back observing the Marsh!

Distant shot -White- fronted Geese - South Huish Marsh - 5.2.2017
Distant shot -White- fronted Geese - South Huish Marsh - 5.2.2017

Posted February 5th, 2017 at 1:32 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Saltram Blaxton Meadows

Cold morning reward was 1 single Glaucous Gull  on Blaxton Meadows in amongst 200 Black Headed Gulls at high tide. Other birds 6 Widgeon 1 Common Sandpiper 40 Shelduck 30 Curlew 200 Dunlin 20 Redshank 3 Greenshank 2 Black tailed Godwit 

Posted February 5th, 2017 at 12:09 pm by Roger Backway in Bird News

Broadsands

1 Red-necked Grebe, 3 Black-necked Grebe & 1 Gt N Diver all in Elberry Cove (c. 08:30 - 10:00).  The Velvet Scoters & at Least 80-90 Gt Crested Grebes were off towards Goodrington (too choppy & windy to get full counts of either).

10 Cirl Bunting (6m, 4f) back of the car park.

Posted February 5th, 2017 at 12:08 pm by David Holloway in Bird News

Saturday 4th February 2017

Slapton Ley

In addition to the Scaup reported earlier, one Black-necked Grebe and one Otter in Ireland Bay mid-am and one Great Northern Diver on the sea.

Posted February 4th, 2017 at 9:41 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Desert Wheatear, Thurlstone

The Desert Wheatear at Thurlstone today.

Posted February 4th, 2017 at 9:14 pm by Samuel Gray in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

The Marshes looking like "a true wetland" today with thousands of birds on the flooded fields, fantastic sight!

 

Posted February 4th, 2017 at 8:15 pm by Simon Thurgood in Bird News

Slapton

3 Scaup in the middle of the Ley and at least 14 male Pochard from the Torcross hide

Posted February 4th, 2017 at 5:51 pm by Jeff Hacon in Bird News

The odd couple

Long tailed duck and Goldeneye spending all afternoon together at Topsham rec today


Posted February 4th, 2017 at 5:38 pm by John Deakins in Bird News

Powderham Church to Turf Locks

The East Devon Branch field trip was joined by 27 members, who enjoyed the unusually calm and sunny weather this morning. As we set off, there was a Goldcrest in the trees near Powderham Church.  With the large attendence, we were rather spread out.  Before reaching the footbridge over the railway, the leading group were surprised to find a group of buntings, including at least one Cirl Bunting, which unfortunately flew off before everyone had a chance to see it. However, those towards the rear of the party found some Snipe and a Kingfisher nearby. Over the bridge, the tide in the estuary was already quite high, but we had good views of Shelduck and more distant Red-breasted Mergansers. As we walked along the path towards Turf locks, we enjoyed close views of Brent Geese, Oystercatchers, Redshanks and Wigeon in the muddy pools, and quite a large Curlew flock later on. Along the way, we also spotted several Meadow Pipits, a couple of Stonechats, and a smart Grey Wagtail. We didn't see too much more from the Turf Hotel lawn, but we added Common Gull to our list. It was soon time to retrace our steps back to Powderham - though several people decided to extend the walk and go on to Exminster marshes. Those of us who missed the Snipe on the outward journey got very good views on the way back.  

Posted February 4th, 2017 at 4:59 pm by Richard Swinbank in Bird News

Torbay Coastal

Marine Parade, Paignton ~ 24 Turnstone, 30 Oyster Catcher, a Great Crested Grebe flew past towards Goodrington and a very distant view of what I believe was a large flock of Scoter duck which were lost from view once they landed on the sea.

Goodrington beach ~ Drake Eider Duck.

Broadsands / Elberry ~A counted flock of 110 Great Crested Grebe that were in company with 5 Velvet Scoter. Two seperate Black Necked Grebe, 3 Razorbill, Eider duck, 6 Fulmar, Cormorant and Shag.

 

Brixham Break Water ~ Raven, 3+ Guillemot, 7+ Razorbill, 2 Turnstone, 7 Purple Sandpiper and 2 Rock Pipit.

Berry Head ~ The highlight were 7 Harbour Porpoise including one calf that at times had Gannet over them diving for fish, 2 Rock Pipit, movement of Guillemot, good numbers of Fulmar showing.

 

From the hide the Guillemot colony had well over 500 birds on the cliff and 15+ Fulmar, female Sparrow Hawk overhead.

  

Posted February 4th, 2017 at 4:54 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Iceland Gull, Ilfracombe Pier

 A Cracking 2nd  CY Iceland Gull on Larkstone rocks then in flight.  Also poss Ring billed gull.

Posted February 4th, 2017 at 4:05 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Labrador Bay

The 6 Long Tailed Ducks ( probably 3 males) still this afternoon offshore from car park with 65 Common Scoter

Posted February 4th, 2017 at 3:27 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Plym Estuary/Blaxton Meadow

Seen on this mornings high tide. 3 Kingfisher, Common Sandpiper, 6 Oystercatcher, 4 Greenshank, 153 Dunlin ( my highest count), 119 Redshank, 7 Little Grebe, 4 Common Gull, 3 Red Breasted Mergansers all male.

Posted February 4th, 2017 at 1:58 pm by Philip Phillips in Bird News

Ilfracombe

Black Redstart on roof at Chambercombe this morning.

Posted February 4th, 2017 at 12:26 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

Teignmouth Seafront

The Bonapartes Gull is on Teignmouth seafront this morning close-in flying up and down the beach. Not much else though.

Posted February 4th, 2017 at 11:31 am by David Cope in Bird News

Waddeton

A Cattle Egret again at Waddeton in field with cows on Galmpton Road at 9.55am with a Little Egret but neither there at c11am-  

At Broadsands to add to Mikes post- 2 Great Northern Divers together 

Posted February 4th, 2017 at 11:05 am by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Broadsands

The Red-necked Grebe was again back in Elberry Cove this morning also 1 Black-necked Grebe and 1 Great Northern Diver. Over toward Goodrington 128 Great Crested Grebes and 5 Velvet Scoter.

Posted February 4th, 2017 at 10:54 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Cornworthy

Yellow-browed warbler still present at the sewage works

Posted February 4th, 2017 at 10:34 am by Henry Trollope in Bird News

Waxwings

Twelve waxwings flying north over Newton Abbot racecourse at 10.15

Posted February 4th, 2017 at 10:30 am by Kevin Johns in Bird News

Friday 3rd February 2017

West Charleton Marsh

On the scrape this afternoon were 77 Wigeons, 7 Teals and 6 Pintails. Water Rail showing well from the hide beneath the feeders. Birds out in Charleton Bay included 3 Bar-tailed Godwits and 2 Greenshank. In the sewage works at least 14 Chiffchaffs including a probable Siberian.

Posted February 3rd, 2017 at 7:56 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Hope's Nose, 14.45-15.45pm

Southerly gale veering westerly. Very light passage of gannets, auks and commoner gulls. 3 great northern divers in the north cove along with guillemots, shags and a feeding gannet flock. A great crested grebe and 1 or 2 fulmars off the end, also a few common gulls and a kittiwake possibly feeding from sewer flow. 

Great northern divers sheltering in the cove.

Great northern diver and shags.
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gt northern divers sheltering in the cove.                       Great northern diver and shags.

Posted February 3rd, 2017 at 5:04 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

High water levels on the marsh this lunchtime. Very few dabbling ducks about. The highlight was a drake Scaup in with 4 Tufted Ducks. presumably the bird that has been at Exmouth recently. 1 Little Grebe, 2 Grey Plover, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Snipe. 

Posted February 3rd, 2017 at 2:21 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

South Huish Marsh & South Efford Marsh

Nothing new for me at South Huish Marsh this morning, where the highlights were one Mediterranean Gull in with the many b/h gulls. 2 Black Tailed Godwits, 22 Oystercatcher, 20+ Snipe and at least 70 Lapwing. Decided to pay a quick visit to South Efford Marsh on the way home at about 12.30pm. In trees to the left of the entrance gate, good views of a very mobile calling Yellow Browed Warbler. Eventually this flew into the private garden of a neighbouring house. The Egyptian Goose still on the marsh and a flock of between 80-100 Lapwing flying around.

Posted February 3rd, 2017 at 1:58 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Broadsands

2 Black-necked Grebes, 2 Eider, 1 Great Northern Diver. Lots of Gannet, Kittiwakes and Auks out toward Breakwater & Berry Head

Posted February 3rd, 2017 at 1:19 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thursday 2nd February 2017

Passage House Inn

Single avocet still at Passage House Inn 14.15hrs. Seven wigeon, two red-breasted mergansers and a single common sandpiper of note.

Posted February 2nd, 2017 at 10:40 pm by Kevin Johns in Bird News

Slapton

A late morning visit to Slapton, very stormy conditions, constant movement of Gannets and Gulls including Common and Greater Black Back off the beach.

On the Ley 15 plus Pochard, Tufted duck, male Goldeneye, increasing number of Great Crested Grebe good numbers of Gadwall and Coot, one Heron flying over.

Three Common Gull along with a small flock of Greater Black Back and a first winter Mediterranean Gull.

At home round the feeder’s good numbers of Goldfinch, at least two Siskin and a growing number of Chaffinch.

  

Posted February 2nd, 2017 at 5:30 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A Dipper this morning on the narrow river. Also: 21 Turnstones, 2 Greenshanks, 2 Goldcrests, 2 Little Grebes, Common Sandpiper, 3 Mandarin Ducks  and 6 Wigeon.

Posted February 2nd, 2017 at 3:51 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Starcross

One Med Gull by the DofE Veterinary Investigation Centre this morning at high tide.


Posted February 2nd, 2017 at 2:06 pm by david cawthraw in Bird News

South Efford Marsh - Egyptian Goose

Plenty of water on the Marsh! When I arrived about 10.15am, a Peregrine took off from near the top scrape. 100+ Wigeon, 50+ Teal, 9 Shelduck, 25 Curlew amongst the other birds on the marsh. A group of 50+ Canada Geese included an Egyptian Goose, the first I have seen there for 18 months or so! Smaller birds included 2 Water Pipit, 2 Bullfinch, 3 Stonechat and 3 Long Tailed Tits.

Egyptian Goose - South Efford Marsh - 2.2.2017
Egyptian Goose - South Efford Marsh - 2.2.2017

Posted February 2nd, 2017 at 2:04 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Wednesday 1st February 2017

Holcombe beach

Far left of the beach under the sandstone cliffs - single female black redstart at 4pm. Brightened an otherwise blowy, rainy and virtually birdless dog walk.

Posted February 1st, 2017 at 9:44 pm by Barney Donnellan in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Excellent morning at Slapton Ley before the rain arrived, well worth the early morning start, highlights being :-

Ireland Bay - 4 male and 3 female goldeneye, 12 little grebes, 1 male teal, 1 female marsh harrier over the reedbeds

From the bridge - 1 firecrest andsquealing water rails

From memorial Car Park - 2 great northern diver, 1 black necked grebe, gannets in a feeding frenzy and 3 + harbour porpoise very close in to beach with a guillemot further out

Mid Ley -  2 male and a female scaup (greater, not lesser)

Torcross  Beach - 1 grey seal very close to beach

Torcross Ley - 1 immature male scaup, 1 male goldeneye, 1 adult yellow legged gull bathing amongst the gull flock and bird of the day, a 1st winter little gull, bathing amongst black headed gulls at the duck feeding platform

Posted February 1st, 2017 at 8:01 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Flock of Scoters?

Seen today from low bridge by railway on coast path between Holcombe and Dawlish, about 200 birds in total

Eds: yes Common Scoter

Posted February 1st, 2017 at 5:59 pm by Philip Strange in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery

A single female Black Redstart showing well at Ford Park Cemetery around lunchtime today but no sign of the male.

Black Redstart Black RedstartBlack Redstart

Posted February 1st, 2017 at 4:27 pm by Andy Brown in Bird News

Teignbridge

A morning visit to the residential estate at Heathfield gave twelve Waxwings which proved to be very mobile around the estate as well as making the odd visit to the usual site on the A38, while on the estate the birds again observed to be “hawking” for flying insects from the taller trees, a female Siskin seen sharing a tree with the Waxwings at one point. Some of the HGV drivers passing the A38 site have started giving long blasts on their HGV's horns which scare the birds off and give the twitch to some birders to say the least.

  

Yarner Wood (Pond hide) Marsh Tit, Nuthatch, Siskin and the usual expected species.

Teigngrace gave a flock of twelve Egrets flying over and landing at Blatchford farm, which when viewed properly gave two Cattle Egret and ten Little Egret.

 

Forty plus Pied Wagtails on a fodder field strip and a very pale Buzzard.

Stover Country Park, on the lake, five Goosander, eight Pochard, ten plus Tufted Duck, from the feed station walk way four plus Marsh Tit, Nuthatch, three Bullfinch, Green and Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Jay and a male Greenfinch. On leaving a mixed Tit flock containing four Long Tailed Tits.

   

Back home at South Brent the resident pair of Buzzards soaring and displaying despite the weather.

Posted February 1st, 2017 at 4:24 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

High Speed Waxwings

Driving down the A38 at 65 mph at 8:00am, at least 6 of the Waxwings seen as a blur in their perching tree at the end of Old Newton Road next the tile factory.

Posted February 1st, 2017 at 1:55 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Broadsands

5 Velvet Scoter and 80+ Great Crested Grebes over toward Goodrington Beach today, and 2 Black-necked Grebes off Elberry Headland in toward Elberry Cove.

Posted February 1st, 2017 at 10:37 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Labrador Bay 31 Jan

6(!) Long-tailed Ducks were off the cliffs straight out from the car park with approx 50 Common Scoter yesterday afternoon.

Posted February 1st, 2017 at 10:36 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

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