Devon Bird Sightings from March 2014

Missing Devon rarity records 2018

Unfortunately no descriptions have been submitted for the following records of ‘A’ species reported in 2018. This means, as things stand, they will not make the official record as part of the 2018 Devon Bird Report. It would be a great shame to lose these records.

If anyone saw these birds (you don’t have to be the finder) please can you submit a description and/or photos asap to Kev Rylands: Recorder@devonbirds.org Thank you.

Chough Northam 17-18 July  

Corn Bunting Beer Head 25 August

Cory’s Shearwater (2) Ilfracombe 28 July

Cory’s Shearwater Thurlestone 26 August

Glossy Ibis Exe Estuary 21-27 October

Golden Oriole Blaxton Meadow 18 April

Great Shearwater (2) Berry Head 20 September

Great White Egret (2) Bridge Marsh, Axe Estuary 13 January

Great White Egret Black Hole Marsh, Axe Estuary 22 August

Great White Egret Exminster Marshes 30 March

Great White Egret Exmouth 06 May

Great White Egret Stover 01 October

Honey-buzzard Dartmoor 21-22 May

Little Bunting Slapton 21 October

Montagu’s Harrier Dartmoor 19 Aug

Pectoral Sandpiper Upper Tamar Lake 13 August

Ring-necked Duck Lee Moor 14 October

Rose-coloured Starling Beesands 27-28 August

Serin South Hallsands 24 April

Tree Sparrow Haldon 20 May

Posted September 24th at 8:44 am by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Please take extra care when visiting Dawlish Warren. We have been informed that due to the recent bad weather there has been significant erosion from Groyne 10 eastwards. This means that access along the site, to and from Warren Point (and the bird hide) will be via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! Signs have been put up to alert people to the hazards, but people need to be aware that access routes that they have become used to may not be available and they need to exercise extreme caution,  with the possibility of being cut off by the tide, and people are strongly urged not to try climbing the sand cliffs. Further information is available on the Teignbridge District Council website.

Posted November 9th, 2018 at 11:08 am by Mike Daniels in General Birding

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Sightings Page Changes

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Posted June 30th, 2016 at 9:24 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Monday 31st March 2014

Dartmoor

A quick walk out on north Dartmoor above Belstone this afternoon revealed 7 male Wheatears and 4 females which were all paired up with males. The unpaired males were calling and making display jumps like this one:


Posted March 31st, 2014 at 11:19 pm by Mike Jones in General Birding

Prawle Point Seawatch

7.30 to 10.30 in south going south easterly : 1 Arctic Skua dp, 5 Black Throated Divers , 9 Sandwich Terns, 75 Common Scoter, 9 Brent Geese db, 1 Med Gull (2nd summer) all east, and 1 Manxie west. Around the car park 5 singing Chiffchaffs and I singing Blackcap. 

Posted March 31st, 2014 at 8:15 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Clennon Valley

Willow Warbler singing at w end of westernmost pond this evening, also one very grey, worn and tatty Siberian Chiffchaff (I guess one of the two present all winter) in Willows down toward the YMCA. 5 singing Chiffchaff around the ponds and 1 Blackcap, 1 Shoveler, 4 Tufted Ducks. 

Posted March 31st, 2014 at 8:02 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

nr. Slapton Ley

Saw a female Marsh Harrier fly over France Farm ( less than 1 k from Slapton Ley ) this morning.

Posted March 31st, 2014 at 7:28 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

glaucous gull

glaucous gull still at exmouth docks,juvenile spoonbill still visible on mudbank at 2.30 pm

Posted March 31st, 2014 at 5:07 pm by gray clements in General Birding

Exmouth - Otter Estuary/Valley

From Exmouth harbour entrance the Glaucous Gull was quite noticeable on the Warren where it spent most of the morning on the beach opposite until I left at 1130 and a couple of Sandwich Tern flew out of the estuary.  

Moving on to the Otter Estuary a dozen Teal and similar number of Wigeon were still present on the scapes. A Chiffchaff (with a ring) was present on the west side of the valley above South Farm Cottages and best of all 5 very late Redwing, sculking in the trees. 2 male Blackcap present in the same bush where they nested last year. A coincidence or a civil partnership!

Commiserations to all Devon Bird members who turned up for the Society's AGM on Saturday only to find it had to be cancelled at the last momment due to the Kenn Centre's mistake in double booking us and thank you for being so understanding. 

Posted March 31st, 2014 at 4:36 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Chipley Cross. Newton Abbot

first Swallow this year. Chipley, South Knighton.

Posted March 31st, 2014 at 2:30 pm by Barbara Yeoman in General Birding

Topsham

The Slavonian grebe was on the estuary at Topsham recreational playing fields this morning

Posted March 31st, 2014 at 10:01 am by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Sunday 30th March 2014

Avocets at Thurlestone

5 Avocets flew towards Thurlestone Bay off the sea at 12pm today, circled high over South Milton Ley, then after briefly going out to sea again, they continued inland over the Ley. Apologies for cropped, distant shots!

Avocets at Thurlestone
Avocets at Thurlestone

Avocets at Thurlestone
Avocets at Thurlestone

Avocets at Thurlestone
Avocets at Thurlestone

Posted March 30th, 2014 at 11:23 pm by Nick D'Agorne in General Birding

Osprey Axe Estuary

Osprey fishing (unsuccesfully) over the upper Axe Estuary 16:30-16:40 today, before flying off NW.

Osprey
Osprey

Posted March 30th, 2014 at 8:10 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Great White Egret

Peter Goodfellow watched a Great White Egret feeding with a Little Egret in Blaxton Creek on the River Tavy (opposite Berre Ferris) today.

Posted March 30th, 2014 at 7:57 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Buckfastleigh

Osprey at a fair height following the river Dart north around midday.

Posted March 30th, 2014 at 7:21 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

lower tamar lake

single willow warbler singing,5 chiffchaff,willow tit calling.All along old canal walk 11:15-12:00.At bursdon moor female hen harrier being mobbed by male peregrine,15:30.

Posted March 30th, 2014 at 4:34 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Exmouth

Glaucous gull still at Exmouth. Sat on top a container.

Posted March 30th, 2014 at 3:31 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

R.Taw. Pottington to Ashford Strand. 09:30 - 10:45

Foreshore off Pottington;- 7 Bar-tailed Godwits; 27 Shelducks; 21 Lesser black-backed Gull and just 2 Redshank.

Penhill Marsh and foreshore:- 43 Shelducks; 3 Goosander (all red heads and roosting on the marsh; 2 Bar-tailed Godwits; 1 Little Egret and just 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose. 13 Cormorants on sandbar.

Posted March 30th, 2014 at 12:51 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Otter Reserve

Juvenile Spoonbill dropped in for a few minutes and then,disturbed by noisy machinery from the Cricket Club in the next field,flew off East

23 Little Egrets along the Otter this morning.

Posted March 30th, 2014 at 11:40 am by Doug Cullen in General Birding

Mansands to Sharkham pt

Large arrival of Chiffchaff since last weekend with at least 20 singing birds. 5 singing Blackcap including 2 in a single bush by the hide at Mansands. 3 Gadwall still remain but Teal all now departed. A single SWALLOW feeding over the water. 3 Common Scoter on the sea between Mansands and Sharkham.

Posted March 30th, 2014 at 10:56 am by Andy Plumb in General Birding

Berry Hd

7 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap. Overhead 28 Wood Pigeon, 2 Rook, 8 Chaffinch and 7 Meadow Pipits all >E/NE. 1 Harbour Porpoise off the headland and 3 Great Northern Divers on sea looking back toward Brixham.

Posted March 30th, 2014 at 9:46 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Saturday 29th March 2014

Soar & South Efford

With Pete & Paul Kemp

Soar - Wheatear 8 in total and Sand Martin 4 in total to add to Pete's figures.

 

Posted March 29th, 2014 at 9:40 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Exmouth Quay and Mudbanks

09:00 Mudbank produced 3 pairs of Red Breasted Magansers, 20+ Brents, and a Juv. Spoonbill.


Exmouth Quay Glaucous Gull still present, chilled in the early morning sun!

Glaucous Gull Chilled at Exmouth Quay
Glaucous Gull Chilled at Exmouth Quay

Juv. Spoonbill at Mudbanks Exmouth 09:00
Juv. Spoonbill at Mudbanks Exmouth 09:00

Posted March 29th, 2014 at 9:19 pm by Derek Carter in General Birding

Exminster marsh

Fairly quiet morning at Exminster today, several singing Chiffchaffs, a fly over Peregrine and a Water Rail with a limp, showing well by the caravan conversions building.

at Powderham marsh were more Chiffchaffs, male and female Stonechat, 2 singing Skylark, 2 Wheatear, 4 Lapwing, and 19 Golden Plover in the ploughed field. Cetti's warbler heard but not seen.

Posted March 29th, 2014 at 7:47 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Soar and South Efford Marsh

Quite a bit of overlap with other posts today, but for the record...

At Soar: a Willow Warbler, 3 Wheatears (Steve Cox had more), 9 Chiffchaffs, 2 Sand Martins and a Snipe.

South Efford Marsh produced 3 White Wagtails, 10 Sand Martins, 2 Common Sandpipers. 



Posted March 29th, 2014 at 7:06 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Bolt Head, South Efford Marsh and Salcombe

Walk around Bolt Head this morning produced a female Black Redstart on the east side of the head and 3+ Wheatear in the area. 

At South Efford Marsh there were 5 Water Pipits and 3 White Wagtails. On the river 3 Greenshank and 2 Common Sanpipers. 

In the Salcombe Estuary 3 Sandwich Terns late morning. 

Posted March 29th, 2014 at 5:57 pm by Paul Marshall in General Birding

South Efford Marsh

Saw 3 Water Pipits, 2 at a distance and 1 frustratingly so close infront of the hide it was hid for most of the time in front of the fence. 2 Stock Doves made several apperances as well as a Peregrine which put most of the ducks and gulls up as it went down the river. Lots of Wagtails in front of the hide.

Posted March 29th, 2014 at 4:27 pm by Simon Thurgood in General Birding

Topsham Recreation Ground

Mid-morning, low tide, the Slavonian Grebe still present, also a 1st Winter Yellow-legged Gull - not sure yet but looks a different bird to last week's.

Slavonian Grebe - 29/3/2014 Topsham Rec
Slavonian Grebe - 29/3/2014 Topsham Rec

Yellow-legged Gull - 29/3/2014 Topsham Rec
Yellow-legged Gull - 29/3/2014 Topsham Rec

Posted March 29th, 2014 at 12:43 pm by Tim Worfolk in General Birding

Topsham

Wheatear Bowling Green Marsh; Spotted redshank & Water pipit at recreational playing fields; Willow warbler nr my house; 12 Chiffchaffs singing around the town.

Posted March 29th, 2014 at 12:06 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

East the Water, Bideford

A traipse around the woody quarries of East the Water this morning (7.00-8.45) was lively for birds despite the rain. Singing Wren and Chiffchaff in inordinate numbers, plus single singing Blackcap, Goldcrest and Nuthatch and a drumming GSWoodpecker. Two Jays driving a Song Thrush pair mad, presumably as they have eggs nearby. Crow, Jackdaw, Robin, Bullfinch and Buzzard in nesting territory. At the same time small winter-style flocks of finches (Goldfinch/Chaffinch) and larger ones of thrushes (mostly Song Thrush).

Posted March 29th, 2014 at 11:25 am by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Friday 28th March 2014

Slapton Ley

Driving along Torcross line this morning and saw a female Marsh Harrier flying over the Higher Ley ( 07:30 ). Also a Sandwich Tern offshore.

Posted March 28th, 2014 at 10:15 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Exmouth

The glaucous gull still showing brilliantly this afternoon on Exmouth Quay. Also an osprey off Mudbank just before 6pm having been reported earlier off the Warren. Also this evening 1 sandwich tern on the river and 28 dark-bellied brent geese still. I last saw the siberian chiffchaff in scrub around Warren view football pitch on 26/3.


Posted March 28th, 2014 at 7:11 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A couple of hours on the high tide cut short by heavy hail showers.

Highlight was an Avocet flying over NE, but it didn't stop. On the pool just 17 Curlews, 37 Shelducks and 3 Mandarin Ducks (2 drakes and a duck). Single Little Grebe and Common Sandpiper on the narrow river and a Great Spotted Woodpecker nearby.

Posted March 28th, 2014 at 7:02 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Teignmouth

Five Chiffchaffs and two Blackcaps in Eastcliff Park, and a Wheatear in the fields above the park. Offshore, six Red-throated Divers, two Great Northern Divers, a Sandwich Tern, and two or three Harbour Porpoise.

Posted March 28th, 2014 at 6:34 pm by Laurie Allnatt in General Birding

Aveton Gifford

Signs of spring on South Efford marsh highlighted by 6 water pipits "in the pink", 6 white wagtails, 12 sand martins, swallow plus 3 greenshanks & 2 common sandpipers.

Posted March 28th, 2014 at 4:08 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

R.Taw off Pottington Ind. Est, Barnstaple.

14:30

2 female Goosanders; 1 Dunlin in NBP; 1 Little Egret; 11 Bar-tailed Godwits and 2 Spoonbills (incl the new ringed bird ( LA,Y,R,M  RA,R,YF,G ). We are still awaiting details of this bird.

Posted March 28th, 2014 at 4:05 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Croyde

Red Kite flying over Croyde just after 2pm today .  Observed by Mr Andrew Cotton.

Posted March 28th, 2014 at 2:42 pm by Margaret Phillips in General Birding

Thursday 27th March 2014

Soar, Aveton, Noss

 Soar a complete blank except for a Willow Warbler.  At South Efford Marsh 5+ White Wagtails in a mix of 25+ and an Egyptian Goose plus 2 Common Sandpipers.  At Noss a distant Osprey being seen off by a horde of gulls.

Egyptian Goose
Egyptian Goose

Posted March 27th, 2014 at 8:08 pm by Graham Watson in General Birding

Prawle Sightings

Silly seawatch, given the conditions, resulted in 1 Balearic ( at 12.15 ) and 1 Manx Shearwater west, 2 Black Throated Divers (wp) west and a summer plumaged Red Throated Diver on the sea off the point.Also at least 3 Harbour Porpoises. At the point a Black Redstart and between Langerstone Point and Horsley Cove my first Wheatears : 9 males and 3 females..

Posted March 27th, 2014 at 6:34 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Exminster marshes

Early afternoon visit coincided with high water but few waders came onto the marsh, only about 20 curlew. The shelduck flock is increasing with 47 roosting and others still on the estuary. Few other ducks apart from 5 tufted duck on the lagoon.

There was a steady passage of sand martins north and one chiffchaff singing. Three wheatears (all males) were actively feeding near Station Road. About 6 little egrets were being very aggressive to each other.

Posted March 27th, 2014 at 4:40 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Dartmoor

I saw my first female Wheatear on north Dartmoor above Belstone today, as well as 7 males. It was with the first male I saw on 10th March in the territory where he has been singing virtually every day since. With daily sightings of up to 12 male birds until now, hopefully more females will arrive soon.


Posted March 27th, 2014 at 4:35 pm by Mike Jones in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

The highlight this lunchtime was a Swallow amongst a group of high flying Sand Martins moving through. Also 2 Knot and a pair of Pintail.

Posted March 27th, 2014 at 2:09 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Wednesday 26th March 2014

Around Exmouth

Topsham recreation ground: Sightings were a pair of pintail, and a pair of gadwall, both new arrivals, a female red-breasted merganser and a fox in the late afternoon. Also good numbers of teals, wigeon, shoveler, shelduck, canada geese, few tufted ducks, mallards and curlews, 8 knot, 135+ black tailed godwits and about 10 little grebe.

Exmouth: At 11:00 the 2 female eider, a red-necked grebe, 4 mergansers and about 10 great crested grebe were very close to shore until some people with dogs appeared. The first winter glaucous gull, remains in the quay, which has more parasits around the eye than last time.

Orcombe point: 1 great northern diver, 11 brent geese heading east, a raven and a buzzard.

Sandy bay: There was a flock of 15+ common scoter in the middle of the bay and the cliffs are already full of nesting kittiwakes.

Posted March 26th, 2014 at 9:41 pm by Martin Rey in General Birding

Brixham harbour

First time out for a fortnight after a foot fracture, Karen wheelchaired me to end of breakwater at midday. Not expecting much in bright sunny conditions but 4 Great Northern Divers still by the end, also a Black-throated (possibly a second) in distance between AstraZeneca and Fishcombe. 

Posted March 26th, 2014 at 8:11 pm in General Birding

Beer Head

A quick look around Beer Head 14.45 - 15.30 turned up 4 Wheatears (all M), 5 Yellowhammers, 1 Red Legged Partridge & plenty of corvids. 

Posted March 26th, 2014 at 7:37 pm by Kevin Hale in General Birding

Tarka Trail - Braunton to Isley Marsh

Cycled to Isley Marsh this morning & counted 35 calling Chiffchaffs between Braunton & Isley Marsh but only 4 Blackcaps.

Very few birds at Isley Marsh at high tide but still plenty of Little Egrets.

No Lapwing or Golden Plover seen from the trail.

Still 45 Redshank in Fremington Pill.


Posted March 26th, 2014 at 6:29 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Around the exe

Started early with a walk around powderham marsh 07:15 till 10:00

400+ sand martins, 2 stonechats, 4 chiffchaffs good numbers of linnets and skylarks, 5 reed buntings and a sparrowhawk. 

Moved onto topsham and bowling green marsh watched from 12:00 till 14:00

2 pintail and 2 gadwall were new in among 43+ shoveler, 55+ wigeon, 51+ teal, 5 little egrets, 5 knot, 20+ dunlin , 150+ black tailed godwits, 4 chiffchaffs, 5 little grebes.

the Slavonian grebe was between topsham quay and topsham rec 

Posted March 26th, 2014 at 5:28 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Roadford Reservoir

8 Goldeneye (4 male) in the north-eastern corner early afternoon, viewable from the bridge south of Germansweek.

Posted March 26th, 2014 at 5:16 pm by Will Salmon in General Birding

Stover C P

A walk around the lake this morning produced:

2 Willow Warblers singing, 4 Chiffchaff, 5 Goosander (2 males),3 Tufted Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe (sitting) 4 Coot (one sitting), Snipe,  12+ Blackbirds singing, 1 Mistle Thrush singing, 2 Buzzards, Siskins, 2 Bullfinch, Lon- tailed Tit, Treecreeper, 6 pairs of Nuthatch, Great Spotted and Green Woodpecker, Mute Swan on new nest in front of the hide.

Jon Avon

Posted March 26th, 2014 at 4:52 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Slapton

4 Scaup (2m.,2f.) 1 Marsh Harrier (f) near Ireland bay, 1Cirl Bunting (m) - Numrous Chiffchaffs (one with BTO ring) and Cetti's Warblers. I Great Northern diver on sea near monument.

Posted March 26th, 2014 at 3:37 pm by Rob Hubble in General Birding

Slapton Ley

2f 1m scaup at Torcross, 4 wheatears in field behind ringing hut & 7 chiffchaffs.

Posted March 26th, 2014 at 2:54 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Topsham Recreation Ground

Spent a couple of hours at The Rec at low tide this am. The Slavonian Grebe eventually appeared from down river, also present this 2cy Yellow-legged Gull - haven't seen enough of these recently.

Yellow-legged Gull 2cy - Topsham 26/3/2014
Yellow-legged Gull 2cy - Topsham 26/3/2014

Posted March 26th, 2014 at 1:06 pm by Tim Worfolk in General Birding

Wembury

A single Willow Warbler at West Hill this morning singing and flycatching was the best of it

Posted March 26th, 2014 at 10:28 am by Richard Billington in General Birding

Tuesday 25th March 2014

Dawlish Warren

Off the Warren this evening were Red-throated Diver, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 14 Red-breasted mergansers, 19 Common Scotor, 2 Velvet Scotor, 2 Long-tailed Ducks and Imm (prob 2nd wint bird) Glaucous Gull off Exmouth.

Posted March 25th, 2014 at 8:47 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Wrafton Pond & Sharpa Marshes

At least 6 calling Chiffchaff around the fringes of the pond late aft /early evening.

54 Sand Martins, 2 Shelduck, 4 Teal & 1 Little Egret on & above the scrape.

Posted March 25th, 2014 at 7:21 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Dartmoor

On Dartmoor above Belstone there was an influx of Wheatears at the weekend taking my daily sightings from 3 per day up to Friday to 12+ on Sunday. Today I found 10, all photographed and identified as male birds, so still no females seen.

Posted March 25th, 2014 at 6:12 pm by Mike Jones in General Birding

Red Kite - Hillhead

Red Kite by Hillhead farm at 2.30 PM,,,,vaguley drifting NE.

Posted March 25th, 2014 at 3:58 pm by Trevor leaman in General Birding

R.Taw. Pottington to Ashford Strand. 11:30 - 13:30.

7 Bar-tailed Godwits; 2 Little Egrets & 47 Shelducks. 3 Spoonbills roosting on Penhill Marsh. Just 3 Teal and 1 Little Egret in Bradiford Reserve.

Posted March 25th, 2014 at 2:42 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Soar

Hoping for a passing chough but had to content with 3 wheatears, 3 chiffchaffs & a male sparrowhawk.

Posted March 25th, 2014 at 2:02 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Topsham Recreation Ground

Inspired by Tim's photo earlier, I went to Topsham Rec this lunchtime and the Slavonian Grebe was showing really well close in off the play park end of the Rec. Still showing well when I left at around 1.45.

Posted March 25th, 2014 at 2:02 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Broadsands

From the headland 2 Black-throated Diver, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, Yellowhammer and a Grey Seal.

Posted March 25th, 2014 at 12:50 pm by Bill Macdonald in General Birding

Torbay

Broadsands/Goodrington: 2 Black-throated Divers, 3 Red-throated Divers, 7 Great Northern Divers, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Shelduck.

Paignton/Preston: 3 Common Scoter, 2 Great Northern Divers. 

Posted March 25th, 2014 at 10:52 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Topsham Recreation Ground

A quiet morning with 5 Greenshanks, a couple of Continental Cormorants and the smart Slavonian Grebe somewhat distant at the southern end.

Slavonian Grebe - Topsham Rec 25/3/2014
Slavonian Grebe - Topsham Rec 25/3/2014

Posted March 25th, 2014 at 10:10 am by Tim Worfolk in General Birding

Yealm estuary

First osprey of the year with its catch . No rings evident in pics sorry about quality but wrong lense on at the time !

Osprey with catch
Osprey with catch

Osprey on passage
Osprey on passage

Posted March 25th, 2014 at 9:09 am by David Scott in General Birding

Around the Teign 24/3

Counts from the estuary yesterday morning included 10 Greenshank, 8 Turnstone, 2 Common Sandpiper, 39 Curlew, 21 Red-breasted Merganser, 8 Teal and 26 Little Egret. At Decoy Lake, 5 Great Crested Grebe and 7 Tufted Duck. Half a dozen Sand Martins were over Rackerhayes visible from the gate behind Tesco at 15:00, and seawatching from Teignmouth 15:30-16:10 produced 5 Sandwich Terns and a Red-throated Diver south.

Posted March 25th, 2014 at 7:10 am by Will Salmon in General Birding

Monday 24th March 2014

Slapton Ley

27 Sand Martins and 3 Scaup (1 male & 2 female) from the Torcross car park hide, early afternoon.

Posted March 24th, 2014 at 4:04 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Around the Axe

My first two Swallows of the 'spring' over Lower Bruckland Ponds this afternoon with ten Sand Martins. 45 Fieldfare over were more in keeping with the weather conditions though!

Posted March 24th, 2014 at 3:53 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Berry Head

A quick seawatch (12:30-13:30) as the rain arrived saw: 5 Manx Shearwaters, bp Red-throated Diver, a steady trickle of Kittiwakes (incl .many 1w), several Common Gulls,  c400 Guillemots on the sea (presumed local birds) and a few passing Razorbills. Also 2 Harbour Porpoise and Grey Seal.

Posted March 24th, 2014 at 3:40 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Roadford Reservoir 24/03/2014

 At least 200 Sand Martins and 1 Swallow feeding low over rough water. Also 9 Goldeneye.

Posted March 24th, 2014 at 2:42 pm by Brian Craven in General Birding

Goosemoor and Bowling Green Marsh

The Spotted Redshank was showing well from Goosemoor amongst a group of Greenshanks and Redshanks until about 1.30.

From the hide, 100+ Sand Martins.

Posted March 24th, 2014 at 2:11 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh RSPB

Morning visit until high tide:

c100 Sand Martins, 12 Barwits, c130 Blackwits, 30 Redshanks with 1 Spotted Redshank and c30 Dunlins. 7 Greenshanks at Goosemoor with a further 10 Redshanks.

Posted March 24th, 2014 at 1:40 pm by david cawthraw in General Birding

Berry Hd

Just 1 Wheatear on the cold blown out headland. around the meadow and woods 5 chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap.

Posted March 24th, 2014 at 8:41 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Sunday 23rd March 2014

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 08:30 till 11:00

a quiet morning but a constant passage of sand Martin largest group 100+ an active peregrine made 3 attacks none successfull, 20+ bar tailed godwits, 400+ black tailed godwits, 1 knot, 150+ redshanks, 50+ dunlin, 3 tufted duck, 39+ shovelers, 1 pochard, 5 little grebes , 2 blackcaps, 7+ chiffchaffs, 7 little egrets. 

Goosemoor held 10 greenshanks and the spotted redshank showing very well, 1 sparrowhawk, 21+ curlew, 2 little egrets, 2 chiffchaffs. 

Posted March 23rd, 2014 at 10:19 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Slapton Ley

At Torcross, 4 Black-necked Grebes including 3 in striking summer plumage and 4 Scaup (2 drakes, 2 females). Also c60 Sand Martins over the Ley, a couple of Cetti's Warblers and Great Northern & Red-throated Divers on the sea.  

Posted March 23rd, 2014 at 8:13 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Hobby at Bowling Green Marsh

Hobby seen from hide at BGM at 12.45; seemed to be following the Sand Martins.  Didn't stop just did a quick circuit then headed north.  c200 Sand Martins through 12.30 - 13.30. 

Posted March 23rd, 2014 at 6:26 pm by George and Les Carr in General Birding

Goosemoor

Excellent views this morning of a Spotted Redshank with 10 Greenshank and several Redshanks, plus small numbers of Curlew, Shelduck, Teal and Wigeon. Dozens (50+) of Sand Martins flying between here and Bowling Green Marsh (earlier c40 at Matford Pools).

Greenshank at Goosemoor
Greenshank at Goosemoor

Posted March 23rd, 2014 at 4:09 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Exmouth Chough

I've just got back from walking along Exmouth beach with the family + dog. On arrival, just below Orcombe Point I was stunned to hear a chough, though it took a second for the penny to drop above the noise of the wind. I pointed the camera at it and managed just 3 shots before it curled its wings and plunged in a straight line along Exmouth beach towards the river mouth.

Posted March 23rd, 2014 at 2:39 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Exmouth Glaucous Gull

After disappearing for a couplo of hours, the Glaucous Gull reappeared at around 1050. Showing paler iris on some shots - and I agree with Matt - looks like a 2nd Winter. Also 4 Sandwich Terns and a flyover !st W Little Gull.

Glaucous Gull - Exmouth 23/3/2014
Glaucous Gull - Exmouth 23/3/2014

Glaucous Gull - Exmouth 23/3/2014
Glaucous Gull - Exmouth 23/3/2014

Posted March 23rd, 2014 at 12:29 pm by Tim Worfolk in General Birding

Exmouth Glaucous Gull

Showing down to 10ft this morning in the Quay carpark. Note the bill damage and how the iris colour changes according to light. Still a bit confused about the age of this bird but there is surely an argument for it being a worn and faded second winter bird.

Posted March 23rd, 2014 at 8:35 am by Matt Knott in General Birding

Saturday 22nd March 2014

Exmouth

Warren View - siberian chiffchaff at the back of our garden. Also singing blackcap. Mudbank - 3 pale-bellied brent goose, 2+ 'intermedius' lesser black-backed gull and poss fw caspian gull. Late this afternoon the fw glaucous gull in the Exmouth Quay carpark.

siberian chiffchaff
siberian chiffchaff

glaucous gull
glaucous gull


Posted March 22nd, 2014 at 7:18 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Red Kite

Had a Red Kite this afternoon at about 13.30 drift east over the road between Musbury & Axminster.

Posted March 22nd, 2014 at 6:48 pm by Kevin Hale in General Birding

Mill On The Exe

On Friday 21st I saw a pair of Great Crested Grebes on the river just off the Mill On The Exe pub between 0750 and 0755, so presumably the same pair seen by Mike and Sue Booth earlier heading upstream.

Posted March 22nd, 2014 at 5:56 pm by Perry J Smale in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Best bird was a summer-plumaged Black-tailed Godwit (icelandica) on the pool. Also - 18 Curlews, 34 Redshanks, 6 Oystercatchers, Nuthatch, c12 Skylarks 5 singing Chiffchaffs and 5+ Little Egrets.

Posted March 22nd, 2014 at 5:22 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 07:30 till 09:45

the spotted redshank showed well when it came in but became elusive, sand Martin passage was good with 200+,  11+ knot, 140+ dunlin, 120+ bar tailed godwits, still good numbers of black tailed godwit and 100+ curlew, 115+ redshank , 5 little grebes, 3 tufted duck, 2 little egrets, 40+ wigeon, 3 chiffchaffs. 

a quick look in goosemoor after produced 9+ greenshanks, a few redshank and black tailed godwits another 30+ sand martins, 1 stock dove, 2 chiffchaffs

Posted March 22nd, 2014 at 1:43 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

My first 3 Swallows of the spring this morning above the pond.

Also 1 Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff & 1 Willow Warbler.

Posted March 22nd, 2014 at 1:02 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Broadsands

At sea, 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Great Northern Diver and 2 Great Crested Grebes. 3 singing Chiffchaff around the marsh 1 Blackcap and a Water Rail.

Posted March 22nd, 2014 at 12:59 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Hopes Nose

3 male Wheatears at Hopes Nose mid morning along the front slopes and Sandy Point. Also 1-2 Chiffchaff singing near the top gate and 2 Great Northern Divers sat on the sea, close in off the point.

Posted March 22nd, 2014 at 11:23 am by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Topsham

Slavonian grebe coming into summer plumage at recreational playing fields.

Posted March 22nd, 2014 at 8:46 am by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Friday 21st March 2014

Wrafton/Velator, nr Braunton

Evening walk today produced first Sand Martin of the year (x6). A brief song resembling that of an Acrocephalus sp. warbler was heard in the picnic area by Wrafton Pond in the fading light.

Late news from Monday of the female/juv Marsh Harrier, seen east from the raised path by Velator Quay.

Posted March 21st, 2014 at 11:42 pm by Lowell Mills (and Emzi) in General Birding

Tarka trail adjacent to Wrafton Pond

Early morning. No Spoonbills at Wrafton this morning but one immature Mute Swan sitting down & unable to move on the side of the Tarka trail.Possible collision with overhead cables or booted out by adult pair who have started nesting again on the pond.

I would like to thank Diana Lewis & Barry (N.Devon Animal Rescue Ambulance) for responding so promptly to my phone call. They had to drive from N.Molton, capture the bird & take it all the way to West Hatch in Somerset.

My role was to protect the bird from dog walkers, joggers cyclists etc until they arrived & I would like to thank everybody using the trail for cooperating fully with my requests & redirections!

Posted March 21st, 2014 at 8:30 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Very quiet at Bowling Green Marsh this lunchtime until about 1.50, with just 18 Brent Geese of any note, but a quick look through the screens at Goosemoor revealed a single Ruff feeding close by with a small group of Redshanks, Black-tailed Godwits and 1 Greenshank.

Posted March 21st, 2014 at 2:08 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Trewsweir Exeter

Pair of Great Crested Grebes on the river at Trewsweir 0630 to 0700 today, then moved upstream. Feeding and avoiding occasional unwelcome attention from imm. Mute Swans. Also report of same/similar pair seen yesterday mid-afternoon on river between Exe Bridges and the Quay, adjacent to the Harvester Pub. (Sorry about photo quality, iPhone through scope!)


Posted March 21st, 2014 at 7:37 am by Mike & Sue Booth in General Birding

Shirwell, Barnstaple EX31 4JU

Sighted a yellowhammer in my garden it was a male. Had a very pretty voice and was very bright yellow.

Posted March 21st, 2014 at 7:07 am by Benjamin Rousseau in General Birding

Thursday 20th March 2014

Wrafton and Braunton Marsh 07:40 - 09:30

With Spoonbills leaving other sites in the country and returning to their breeding areas, we still had 3 in the flooded field at Wrafton today, next to the Tarka Trail. The 3 included the new ringed bird and although details of the rings were submitted to BTO back in January this year by myself and Rob Jutson, neither of us have had any info back. Details have been submitted yet again for the more recent sightings.

5 Sand Martins seen over Wrafton Pond and at least 6 Little Grebes were squabbling over territories on the pond. The Mute Swans have built their nest on the far side of the pond from the viewing area and one bird was sitting. Cetti`s were heard and just 1 Chiff Chaff seen.

On Braunton Marsh by the big linney were 3 Buzzards on the ground and 1 Kestrel flying around. I counted 13 Stock Doves on the linney roof and 14 Mute Swans were in the area.

Posted March 20th, 2014 at 9:10 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Dartmoor

Yesterday [19th]  Large, and late? Flock of between 50 to 60

Fieldfares  in the Erme vally opposite Piles copse.

Posted March 20th, 2014 at 7:31 pm by John Lusher in General Birding

Prawle Point Seawatch and Slapton Ley

Seawatch from 6.15am (Pat) and myself from 7.25am till 1.25pm, in SW wind 5 going 6 ,produced :        24 Manx Shearwaters, 6 Red Throated Divers ( 3 w,3 e) ;1 Black-Throated Diver (w)  1 Great Northern Diver (w) and 1 Diver sp (w), 12 Common Scoter (e) and 2 (w) ; 1074 Auks (w) 135 Gannets (w) and 52 (e), 12 Fulmars (w) and 11 Common Gulls .Also 1 Harbour Porpoise and 1 Grey Seal with fish in its mouth.

At Torcross , flying over the Ley ,there were at least 20 Sand Martins full of the joys of spring whilst the murk came in , plus the 4 Black-Necked Grebes ( 2 in full, smart summer plumage) and the Scaup pair.

Posted March 20th, 2014 at 6:05 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Rackerhays- Newton Abbot

30+ Sand Martins and a Swallow late afternoon over the main pond.

Posted March 20th, 2014 at 5:50 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Brambling Raymonds Hill

First and only brambling of the winter/spring on garden feeders this morning, a nice male coming into full breeding plumage. Usually have a small flock for most of the winter, but not this year.

Posted March 20th, 2014 at 4:53 pm by Jim Tirrell in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatch 07:00-13:00. SW building. Heading S, 6 Red-throated Divers (2 on the sea), 3 Great Northern Divers, 1 Black-throated Diver, Great Crested Grebe and a few Common Gulls still around (mostly 1w). Also steady passage of auks mostly Razorbills and 2 Puffins, one which sat on the sea (still in winter plumage!). Highlight was a male Marsh Harrier at 11:20 heading in from along way out, keeping close to the sea (battling against the southwesterly wind), took 20 minutes to get to Torbay and then followed the coastline in on Hope's Nose side of bay. Also 3 Harbour Porpoise and a Grey Seal off the headland. (PAL,MD,AR)

Posted March 20th, 2014 at 3:43 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Around 10 Sand Martins struggling in a strong wind this lunchtime until about 1.50. Also 13 Brent Geese and a Lesser Black-backed Gull.

Posted March 20th, 2014 at 2:12 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Whooper Swans on the Torridge

Halspill, River Torridge - 2 Whooper swans with one Mute, Canada Geese and Shelducks.

Posted March 20th, 2014 at 1:54 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in General Birding

Wednesday 19th March 2014

Holne ~ Red Kite

Unconfirmed reprot of a Red Kite being seen at Holne Nr Ashburton yesterday 18th March

Posted March 19th, 2014 at 9:38 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Dartmoor

A run across Dartmoor with Keith Male today out to Warren House Inn and back via Dartmeet, main birds on the moors were Sky Larks and Meadow Pipits and a few Stonechats, couple of Yellowhammers, a few Mistle Thrush about, several sightings of Buzzard displaying, good numbers of Raven, Carrion Crow sat on a nest at the Warren House, lots of bee's of various types and several butterflies about, strangest sight was a drake Mallard flying low over the high moor in the middle of nowhere. Will have to do a species count later but more species than I have seen on a moors run before.

Posted March 19th, 2014 at 8:55 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Wheatear Aymer Cove Near Challaborough

From South west coastal path 2 male wheatear seen in sheltered valley up from Aymer Cove in view of and west of Burgh Island

Posted March 19th, 2014 at 7:14 pm by Liz Harris in General Birding

Powderham marsh

A quick look from 14:30 till 16:00 

87+ golden plover, 2 kestrels, 7 reed buntings, 1 water rail, 1 sparrowhawk, 3 little egrets, 3 chiffchaffs.

Posted March 19th, 2014 at 6:48 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Broadsands

Still one Siberian Chiffchaff (see photo) present around Marsh with 3 singing collybita Chiffchaffs.

Siberain Chiffchaff Broadsands 19 Mar 2014 ML

Posted March 19th, 2014 at 4:38 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Fairly quite on the marshes with wildfowl numbers greatly reduced. Brent Geese counted at c80, Wigeon <10, and c30 Teal. 2 Pochard and 7 Tufted ducks on the lagoon. Several Cettis and Chiffchaffs calling. Highlight was a male Merlin feeding seen at the end of the track by the middle car park.


Posted March 19th, 2014 at 2:56 pm by david cawthraw in General Birding

Tuesday 18th March 2014

Great Crested Grebe's

A pair of Great Crested Grebe's Displaying by The Royal Oak pub next to the river Exe in Exeter. At 1530

Posted March 18th, 2014 at 4:36 pm by Paul Stone in General Birding

Avon Valley,South Devon

Highlights 2 water pipits, black-tailed godwit & 45 alba wagtails inc.at least 2 whites. Also: 5 redshanks, 4 greenshanks, 4 common sandpipesr, 18 little egrets & 9 lesser black-backed gulls.

Posted March 18th, 2014 at 4:32 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Lundy Island

Just checked my Facebook page. Island resident Jonny Aird has reported there are now two Hoopoes on the island.

Posted March 18th, 2014 at 12:18 pm by Mike Jones in General Birding

Stover Great Crested Grebes mating 17/03/2014

A visit to Stover on the17th the high light was seeing the pair of Great Crested Grebe displaying and then mating on the nest site. On the lake Lesser Black Backed Gulls, Pochard and Tufted Duck a pair of each, Moorhen, Coot, 2 female Goosander, Cormorant. Round the lake Wren, Bullfinch, Long Tailed, Great, Blue and Marsh Tit, Jay, single Greenfinch, Chaffinch and Blackbirds in good numbers only the one Nuthatch seen Woodpeckers drumming but not seen.




Posted March 18th, 2014 at 6:28 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Monday 17th March 2014

Off westward ho! 17 th.March

Eiders off Rock nose 3fs.and imm. M.just off shore .

Great northern diver 300metres out to sea.

Posted March 17th, 2014 at 6:24 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in General Birding

Wrafton Pond & Sharpa Marshes

21 Sand Martins on Wrafton Pond.

2 female Marsh Harriers on Sharpa Marshes + 40

Canada Geese + 1 hybrid Ross's goose.

Posted March 17th, 2014 at 6:22 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Berry Head

Still very quiet. 1 Wheatear on the old fort cliffs ,2 raven and 1 sand martin over the beacon this morning and  cracking pair of Stonechat on the thicket by the lighthouse were the "highlights"

Posted March 17th, 2014 at 5:50 pm by Tim Clyburn in General Birding

Hope's Nose

Spent a few hours at Hope's Nose this morning: 7 Great Northern Divers (some quite close in), 1 Black-throated Diver. Good numbers of Guillemots including c70 on the rock ledges on the Orestone; c20 Razorbills and the female Eider is still there although further out near the Orestone this time. 1 passing Fulmar. Chiffchaff and Wheatear.

Great Northern Diver
Great Northern Diver

Posted March 17th, 2014 at 4:46 pm by david cawthraw in General Birding

Dartmoor

Two more male Wheatears seen together today on north Dartmoor above Belstone. The male first seen last Monday is also still in his territory about 200 metres from the new arrivals, so that makes three males so far but no females yet.


Posted March 17th, 2014 at 4:43 pm by Mike Jones in General Birding

Bolberry Down area

Quiet except for an unexpected 29 Golden Plover hunkered down in spring cereals by Southdown Farm.

Posted March 17th, 2014 at 3:58 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

River Caen/River Taw

1115-1400hrs

Female Marsh harrier in flight over Horsey island, 2 Sparrow hawk(both male), 2 Buzzard over Sherpa marsh both calling,2 Little owl and 3 Greenshank.

Posted March 17th, 2014 at 3:53 pm by John Hunt in General Birding

Trewsweir Exeter

Pair of Great Crested Grebes on the river at Trewsweir this morning.  

Posted March 17th, 2014 at 10:01 am by Mike Booth in General Birding

Bishops Taunton

On the 16th I saw a male and female Red-breasted Merganser down by the estuary at Bishops Taunton. They where flying upstream so are unlickely to still be there.

Posted March 17th, 2014 at 7:36 am by Benjamin Rousseau in General Birding

Sunday 16th March 2014

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake.

 

C6 Swallows, 1 G.S. Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron.

Posted March 16th, 2014 at 8:57 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram and Dartmoor

An early morning visit to the Plym Estuary and Saltram produced the first Chiffchaffs of the spring (2 singing), Jack snipe, 2 Snipes, 2 Little Grebes and 15+ Skylarks. Tide was not suitable to get accurate wader counts.

In the afternoon, prolonged views of the Great Grey Shrike at Soussons Down; also 6 Siskins, a Green Woodpecker and a Lesser Redpoll. 

A bit better than the complete blank drawn at Soar and South Huish yesterday!

Great Grey Shrike, Soussons
Great Grey Shrike, Soussons

Great Grey Shrike, Soussons
Great Grey Shrike, Soussons

Posted March 16th, 2014 at 6:52 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Berry head and Broadsands

Early morning wander around Berry Head was quieter than expected. Only notable increases from last weekend were more singing Chiffchaff (5) and Chaffinch numbers seemed well up with birds noted in most suitable cover (c40) 

A family trip to Broadsands beach this evening produced a single Little Egret (also present yesterday) and a winter plumaged Dunlin by the stream outfall.

Posted March 16th, 2014 at 6:25 pm by Andy Plumb in General Birding

Torbay

Check of the beaches this morning: 2 Black-throated Divers (Broadsands), 2 Black-necked Grebes (Preston), 4 Great Northern Divers, 33+ Common Scoter 4 Great Crested Grebes, 11 Razorbills, 6 Guillemots.

Posted March 16th, 2014 at 5:21 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Plymouth sound

A walk along the south west coast path from mount batten to bovisand produced a stonechat, many singing dunnocks, two chiffchaffs, kestral, ravens, fulmars, shags and two great northern divers - one close to shore and another flying further out in the sound.

Posted March 16th, 2014 at 3:52 pm by Elliot Dowding & John Thorogood in General Birding

Velator - Braunton

A scene of peace & tranquillity after the storms & high rainfall totals of this winter.

This ringed Spoonbill was first seen early winter 2013 at RSPB Isley Marsh Reserve.

We are so lucky to have these spectacular birds overwintering in N.Devon.

Digiscoped.




Posted March 16th, 2014 at 3:44 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Saturday 15th March 2014

Lundy Island

Lundy Warden Beccy MacDonald reports that the Hoopoe first seen on Lundy on 10th March is still there today.

Posted March 15th, 2014 at 10:45 pm by Mike Jones in General Birding

Sharpa Marshes

2 Sand Martins late afternoon over the scrape.

Seen Wheatears again this year before Sand Martins.

Interesting size comparison between a GBB Gull & Cormorant


Posted March 15th, 2014 at 6:27 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

plym woods

Buzzards, Marsh tits, pair of mandarins, dippers, kingfisher, siskin, raven, grey wagtail, coal tits, no sign of the goosanders.

Posted March 15th, 2014 at 6:19 pm by Elliot Dowding in General Birding

Torridge

A pleasnt walk along the Torridge produced good views of Kingfisher Grey wagtails, Dippers and two Mandarin ducks, the female was very pale in colouring as you can see from this rather distant shot wihich certainly wouldnt make my top 1000 shots!

Also good views of the ruthless predator the mink

Distant view of a very pale female Mandarin with the male
Distant view of a very pale female Mandarin with the male

Mink
Mink

Posted March 15th, 2014 at 4:11 pm by steve hatch in General Birding

Exminster marsh and powderham marsh

Started with a quick look along station road from 07:15 till 08:40

very quiet with 6+ sand Martin through the 2 Siberian chiffchaff showed by the fishermans car park and 7+ chiffchaff.

then walked out to powderham marsh , 9+ chiffchaffs , 4 reed bunting , 3 buzzard, 59+ golden plover was a good count , 1 sparrowhawk, 8+ sand Martin. 

Posted March 15th, 2014 at 11:54 am by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Friday 14th March 2014

Leigham Manor Drive River Plym

Late afternoon visit observed the following:

Pair of  vocal dippers flirting and foraging, pair of goosander, 2 pair of Mandarins and a solitary drake, 7 goldfinch over.

Posted March 14th, 2014 at 9:31 pm by Charlie Imms in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 15:40 till 17:00

the spotted redshank came in with 150+ redshank, 160+ dunlin, 9+ knot, 75+ bar tailed godwit, 400+ black tailed godwits, 4 snipe, 40+ sand Martin, 1 sparrowhawk, 3 tufted duck, 2 chiffchaffs, 8+ little egrets, 1 reed bunting. 

Earlier between topsham quay and the goatwalk 10 red breasted mergansers.

Posted March 14th, 2014 at 8:23 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Dartmoor

Dartmoor

14 March 2014

1 male wheatear below Hen Tor / Hen Tor meadow

Posted March 14th, 2014 at 8:03 pm by Tim Brighton in General Birding

The Reeve Pheasants.

The local very large Bury shoot has been putting down about half a dozen Reeve Pheasants for the past 3 years, apparently if someone shoots one they have to pay for a round of drinks to all those on the shoot. They are usually at Louisa gate, but seem to have moved to Bury and the main road. They seem to be silly birds, I was waking the dog at Louisa Gate and a pheasant insisted on walking beside us. Dog had to be on a very tight lead!

Many thanks Ann for clearing up the mystery. SW

Posted March 14th, 2014 at 7:25 pm by Ann Crawford in General Birding

Berry Head

A mid morning visit to Berryhead in rather murky misty conditions, overlooking the hide a small number of Chiffchaff and one male Stonechat, hen Sparrowhawk suddenly burst through the scrub after a Chiffchaff and a few minutes later broke out and flew across the scrub scattering small birds from the cover. Two Wheatears resting towards the headland with a Goldfinch and a flock of Meadow Pipits spooked by the Sparrowhawk flew back in. Nice to watch the Fulmars, good number of Great Black Backed Gulls present.

Cock REEVES Pheasant seen on the outskirts of Paignton on a pheasant shoot.

Posted March 14th, 2014 at 4:52 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

High Moor

 Between okehampton camp and dinger tor many skylarks but as yet no wheatears. Highlight was a flock of over 200 golden plover which settled on the lower slopes of High Wilhays. John Phillips

Posted March 14th, 2014 at 4:27 pm by John Phillips in General Birding

Clennon Valley

Very cool and misty this morning, but some signs of spring with 3 Chiffchaffs, 1 Goldcrest and 1 Blackcap all in song. 19 Tufted Duck (best count since end of last year!), 1 Shoveler, 1 Water Rail, 1 Kingfisher and 4 Redwing including one giving a quiet sub-song. 

Posted March 14th, 2014 at 9:16 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Thursday 13th March 2014

Reeves' Pheasant

Make of this what you will, but two stonking male Reeves' Pheasants were by the side of the A396 this afternoon, between Exebridge and Machine Cross (although not entirely sure whether this was on the Devon side - probably!). I saw them as I drove by, making a change from the hordes of their commoner relative which frequent this area. I wasn't aware that these were released by landowners, so wonder where they came from?

Posted March 13th, 2014 at 10:16 pm by Perry J Smale in General Birding

Otter estuary and Crab Ledge

6 Snipe on view in the scrapes with 50+ Wigeon and 20+Teal still present. Water Rail heard with great views of a Male Reed Bunting along the reed beds. Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming on the dead oak on the floodplain with plenting of Rooks busy building nests in the large Poplars by White Bridge. Fulmars paired up and gliding along the cliff face with Rock Pipits appearing along the cliff edge. Ravens soaring over the stubble fields and Skylarks singing above the grassy buffer strips. A very pleasant stroll on a warm early spring afternoon.  

Fulmars in good numbers
Fulmars in good numbers

Rock Pipit
Rock Pipit

Posted March 13th, 2014 at 8:22 pm by Derek Carter in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 15:20 till 16:50

A spotted redshank came in with160+ redshank , 80+ bar tailed godwits, 400+ black tailed godwits , 21+ dunlin, 21 little egrets, 2 little grebes, 3 tufted duck , 8+ snipe, 25+ shoveler, 43+ wigeon, 1 buzzard, 1 male blackcap.

Posted March 13th, 2014 at 8:21 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Braunton Marsh - 13th March

Gorgeous Spring day - numerous singing Skylarks overhead. Little Owl in & around old barn (see pic). 4 Buzzards in the air at same time; female Marsh Harrier, Kestrel & Sparrowhawk spotted too. 4 Red-breasted Mergansers close in off Horsey Island with some Sheducks & a single Common Gull on sand bank near the White House 

Posted March 13th, 2014 at 8:15 pm by Chris Bollen in General Birding

River Caen/RiverTaw

1300-1530.  2 Spoonbill flying together over vellator and wrafton pond, Watched for 15 mins before they disappeared into the fog. 2 Chiffchaf singing by the toll house. 1 Little owl on the roof of an old barn.

Posted March 13th, 2014 at 6:26 pm by John Hunt in General Birding

Plym estuary and woods

A lovely cycle past the estuary and deep into plym valley woodland today in bright sunshine. 35 Curlew, 52 Shelduck, redshank, 8 little egrets, little grebe, lesser black backed gulls, greater black backed gulls, shag, common gulls and grey heron all on the estuary. Nuthatch, blue, great, coal and long-tailed tits, mandarin duck, jays, ravens, kestral, sparrowhawk, buzzard, chiffchaff (singing), chaffinch and grey wagtail in the woods, and from the first viaduct a pair of dippers, 1 male and 1 female Goosander.

Posted March 13th, 2014 at 5:42 pm by Elliot Dowding in General Birding

Soar Mill Cove

Stunningly bright male wheatear this morning, first of year. Also 5 chiffchaffs & 11 male yellowhammers back on territory.Also 5 peacocks.

Posted March 13th, 2014 at 2:10 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Broadsands

On the Sea: 2 Pintail (pair) 3 Great Northern Divers, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 3 Common Scoter.

Still one Siberian Chiffchaff in Marsh with 3 singing Chiffchaffs.

Posted March 13th, 2014 at 11:59 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Berry Head

Dartford Warbler showing well this morning in gorse on the cliff side of the fence between the North & Southern Forts. Also first Northern Wheatear of the spring on the headland, with 3 Pied and one White Wagtail on the meadow.

Posted March 13th, 2014 at 10:58 am by Bill Macdonald in General Birding

Wembury 12/03/2014

A mid morning visit to Wembury and the coastalpath was only be described as disappointing, some widely spaced bird song but very little to see, Dunnocks were about the only birds to try and save the day with a t one point three birds (inc a pair) high up on the thorn scrub by the church, a pair of Stonechats did eventually show and saved the day, a drake Mallard on the sea just off the shore, Jackdaws, Buzzards, Herring Gulls, Blackbirds, Great and Long Tailed Tits, a cock Phesant flew into the cover at one point, the haze and glare from the sun negated being able to see anything out to sea. So apart from the weather being very warm sunny that was about the only plus.




Posted March 13th, 2014 at 10:10 am by Steve HOPPER in General Birding

Wednesday 12th March 2014

Exmouth

A siberian chiffchaff at the back of the house and scrub bordering Warren View football pitch (for its second day at least) and this evening, a firecrest on Orcombe Point plus 1 goldcrest and 3 song thrush.

siberian chiffchaff
siberian chiffchaff

firecrest
firecrest


Posted March 12th, 2014 at 7:15 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Hope's Nose & Ringed Brent Goose, Exminster.

Visit to Hope's Nose this morning: 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-throated divers, 1 Fulmar, 2 Gannets, c12 Guillemots and a couple of Razorbills. The female Eider is still present and showing well.

On 4 March I took details of a ringed Brent Goose which I have now received details: Originally rung in 1996 and has been regularly recorded over 18 years on the Exe and on passage in the Wadden Sea.


Posted March 12th, 2014 at 6:44 pm by david cawthraw in General Birding

Torcross

Good view of a male scaup, 5 blacknecked grebes, great northern diver on a very quick visit

Posted March 12th, 2014 at 5:22 pm by lesley goonesekera in General Birding

Bird Sighting

Sighted today 12-03-14 Red Kite at junction to Clearbrook road SX 508643 at 12:30

Regards

Colin Hannaford

Posted March 12th, 2014 at 4:30 pm by Colin Hannaford in General Birding

Avon Valley,South Devon

On South Efford marsh 51 alba wagtails inc.at least 4 white wagtails; also 2 water pipits, 20 meadow pipits & 2 singing chiffchaffs.

On river 3 greenshanks, 3 redshanks & 3 common sandpipers.

Posted March 12th, 2014 at 2:03 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Legis Tor Dartmoor

At least one pair of Wheatear this morning with female flirting shamelessly in the Spring sunshine whilst skylarks sang all around.

(M&R Harrison)

Posted March 12th, 2014 at 12:53 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

nr Harbourneford

A Woodcock flew over a stubble field at dusk last night by the road which leads from Marley Head to the Harbourneford to South Brent junction ( approx. SX717616 )

Posted March 12th, 2014 at 7:13 am by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Tuesday 11th March 2014

Exminster marshes

Watched from 14:30 till 17:10

Another good afternoon with severall groups of sand martins moving through over the marsh and more groups   Towards exminster conservative estimate 100+ also my first swallow of the year low over the middle car the park the male Merlin was active near the fishermans car park then as I walked back down station road the juv marsh harrier flew in over the lagoon at just before 16:30 and headed towards the northern end of the marsh where it showed on and off for the next half hour a good end to the day. 

Posted March 11th, 2014 at 9:55 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Dartmoor

The solitary male wheatear seen yesterday on north Dartmoor above Belstone was in exactly the same area again today. He was not calling, I guess he is the first migrant to arrive back in the area and is just sitting quietly waiting for more birds to arrive.


Posted March 11th, 2014 at 6:28 pm by Mike Jones in General Birding

Monday 10th March 2014

Wembury Coast Path

A walk this morning along the coast path. Large numbers of Wrens, Robins and Dunnocks, 2 pairs of Stonechats, Rock Pipit, Meadow Pipit and 2 Buzzard. A lovely sunny, calm day, we had expected to see the Cirl Buntings displaying at their usual spot but neither sight nor sound of them. No Wheatears yet. 

Wren
Wren

Posted March 10th, 2014 at 8:13 pm by Colin & Glenys Smith in General Birding

Exminster marsh

Watched from 14:30 till 17:30

A juv marsh harrier showed well at times from 16:00 till 17:15 mostley between the lagoon and the motorway bridge it eventually dropped into the reed beds by the motorway bridge. The male Merlin was also on the northern part of the marsh. 

Along station road at least 16+ chiffchaffs and 2 Siberian chiffchaffs showed well by fishermans car park and were very vocal. also 5 Cetti's warblers , 3 stonechat, 4 pochard, 4 tufted duck , 6 gadwall. 

Posted March 10th, 2014 at 7:37 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Exminster Marsh

A juvenile female type Marsh Harrier seen from the steps of the Turks Head looking over towards Powderham Viewing platform, hunting along the railway embankment.

One Wheatear on the grass in front of the lagoon and the Barnacle Goose in amongst the Canadians were the best birds seen this morning.

Posted March 10th, 2014 at 6:26 pm by Kevin Bainbridge in General Birding

Dartmoor

Saw my first Wheatear on north Dartmoor above Belstone this afternoon. A solitary male.


Posted March 10th, 2014 at 6:10 pm by Mike Jones in General Birding

Soussons Valley/Warren House

Great Grey Shrike showing this am, as directed by Mark.

Ring tail Hen Harrier hunting near Warren House - scattering skylarks & Meadow Pipits.

Dartmeet feeding station nice 'group' of Yellowhammers plus a Marsh Tit.

Of interest on 26th Feb a Dipper on R Erme Ivybridge bearing a white ring on right leg

Posted March 10th, 2014 at 5:24 pm by David Leigh in General Birding

River Caen/River Taw

1000-1300hrs   Horsey island held singing skylark and many medow pipits also a stunning male wheatear and a female wheatear. 3 spoonbill on islay marsh.

Posted March 10th, 2014 at 2:25 pm by John Hunt in General Birding

Soar

Female ring ouzel in scrub by Starehole Valley wetland early morning.

Posted March 10th, 2014 at 1:54 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Broadsands

Just 7 Cirl Bunting and no Reed Bunting this morning. Newly arrived singing Chiffchaff. Party of 7 Mute Swans just off the beach and a single Great Crested Grebe. 

Posted March 10th, 2014 at 12:33 pm by Bill Macdonald in General Birding

Sunday 9th March 2014

Dartmoor

Striking male Hen Harrier flying north to south over Royal hill at 10am.

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Posted March 9th, 2014 at 10:36 pm by John Lusher in General Birding

Around the Teign

A summer-plumaged adult Mediterranean Gull was off Teignmouth early evening, though distant. Also a male Red-breasted Merganser.

Yesterday there were singles of Great Northern Diver, Great Crested Grebe and Razorbill off Teignmouth mid-afternoon. In the estuary just 7 Red-breasted Merganser. At Decoy Lake the male Scaup remains, also male Gadwall, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 15 Tufted Duck, 3 LBB Gull.

Finally the female type Black Redstart continues to reside in the Tarrs Lane/Primrose Close area of Kingsteignton.

Posted March 9th, 2014 at 9:43 pm by Will Salmon in General Birding

Sharkham Point to Brixham Breakwater

A very pleasant walk this morning following the coast. Little in the way of summer migrants though with only 4 singing Chiffchaff (3 Sharkham and 1 Berry Head) and a single Blackcap of note (all probably wintering birds) 3 Ravens on Berry Head. Wintering birds still of note around the breakwater includes a flock of 30+ Common Scoter, 1 Black throated Diver, 1 Slavonian Grebe and 24 Purple Sandpiper still.

Posted March 9th, 2014 at 9:08 pm by Andy Plumb in General Birding

Topsham

A quiet weekend around Topsham. Black redstart still present at the rec.

Posted March 9th, 2014 at 7:14 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Staddon Heights Plymouth

Lesser Redpoll at Staddon Heights this afternoon very little else 1 raven,chaffinch,goldfinch,pied wagtail.robin and dunnock. 

Posted March 9th, 2014 at 6:56 pm by Charlie imms in General Birding

Wembury cliff path

Lots of activity on the cliffs at the moment. The pair of Ravens I observed last year are back and defending the cliff around the nest site from jackdaws and another Raven pair. Around 20 pairs of Fulmar+Herring Gull. At around 12pm today My first ever Black Redstart feeding just below on a ledge. No sign of any Cirl Buntings.

Very vocal Raven Pair
Very vocal Raven Pair

Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Posted March 9th, 2014 at 3:21 pm by Matt Clark in General Birding

Soussons Valley

The Great Grey Shrike showing on and off from 9am-11.10am ranging widely over the valley, as far as the ridge towards Headland Warren, the enclosure by Soussons and the ridge back towards Warren House Inn. It's favoured tree seems to be west of the track, 100 yards up from the gate into Soussons.  Also Stonechat, Reed Bunting, Green Woodpecker and GS Woodpecker seen. (DS and BH had a ringtail Hen Harrier fly through).  Nearby, a flock of 15 Fieldfare by the road at Headland Warren farm.

Posted March 9th, 2014 at 12:39 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Kingsbridge Estuary

Charleton Marsh / Bay ( 08:30-09:50, high tide )

Great Northern Diver, Great Crested Grebe, 46 Brent Geese, 12 Teal ( marsh ), Red-breasted Merganser, Water Rail ( marsh ), 3 Chiffchaff ( sewage works ).

Posted March 9th, 2014 at 10:29 am by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Saturday 8th March 2014

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Superb weather and nice to see a few other birders out 'n' about.

A Great Northern Diver towards the head of the estuary was unusual, and also 5 Red-breasted Mergansers (2 drakes and 3 redheads - all showing well), 3 Little Grebes, a superb adult Mediterranean Gull in full summer plumage, 3 Greenshanks, a Common Sandpiper, (only) 27 Redshanks, 8 Oystercatchers, 51 Curlews, 2 Stock Doves, 1 or 2 Jack Snipes and 3 Snipes.

Later, a dead Great Northern Diver in the Barbican. 

Posted March 8th, 2014 at 8:23 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Around the exe

Started with a walk around the river by the mill on the exe  1 kingfisher, peregrine and 2 sand Martin.

moved on to bowling green marsh watched from 10:15 till 11:30, good number of bar tailed godwits, black tailed godwits, dunlin, redshanks, 12 avocet, 3 tufted duck , 100+ wigeon, 7 common gulls, 1 male reed bunting, 1 sparrowhawk, 1 buzzard , 2 little egrets, 3 Cetti's warblers. 

then a quick look at goosemoor produced 1 spotted redshank, 11+ greenshanks, 25+ redshank, 2 little egrets. 

Moved onto exminster marsh but was very quiet but 9+ chiffchaffs along station road, 3 stonechats , 2 reed bunting, 3 Cetti's warblers 

 

Posted March 8th, 2014 at 7:22 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

South Huish and Thurlestone

As a change from the hard graft of an inland patch, paid a visit to the above to call on Mike Passman today. Was rewarded with a Sand Martin over South Huish at 1.40 p.m. Earlier 8 Goosander (3m) had flown into Thurlestone Bay, had a look and then departed east.

Posted March 8th, 2014 at 7:03 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Soussons, Dartmoor

Great Grey Shrike this afternoon at north-east corner of Soussons plantation, close to the track; the bird was roaming widely though, also hunting in the open moorland to the north of the plantation. Woodcock and Reed Bunting also seen, plus several Skylarks singing in the sunshine.

Posted March 8th, 2014 at 5:34 pm by Mike Symes in General Birding

Soar

2 black redstarts out on Bolt Head showing well. Also possible wheatear but could not confirm. Firecrest in nearby Fir Woods.

Posted March 8th, 2014 at 5:16 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Berry Head

06.45 - 0800 Trickle of Meadow Pipits overhead this morning plus a Chiffchaff in the scrub behind the artillery store. Back at Broadsands Cirl Bunting numbers on seed falling with birds presumably moving off to breeding territories. Nearby nesting Blackbirds appear to be sitting on eggs.

Posted March 8th, 2014 at 9:15 am by Bill Macdonald in General Birding

Friday 7th March 2014

South Brent

After a morning visit to Stover had a look round my own grounds, 2 Meadow Pipit, Song Thrush, Bull Finch, good numbers of both Gold and Green Finch, Pied Wagtails, Dunnock, Pair of Siskin a very aggresive Robin driving everything away from my new feeding station, sighting of rung Blue Tit and hen Chaffinch which I suspect are from the netting and ringing session in the garden earlier in the week. Pair of Buzzard soaring at height, Raven and a pair of Nuthatch, a small number of Starling came over at the end of the day and as it got dark 2 Tawny owls heard calling. Apparent pairings of Blue & Great Tit, House Sparrow, Siskin, Blackbird and Buzzard observed during the day.

Posted March 7th, 2014 at 9:18 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Stover Country Park

Early visit to Stover this morning gave a count of nine Goosander, 8 on the lake and one in the marginal lagoons, three males on the lake, Four Great Crested Grebe 2 in full coutship display mode and nest building, Little Grebe in full summer plumage showing really well, lots of Jays scolding and screaming at one point, Bullfinch, Long tailed Tits, Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Nuthatch Pochard and Tufted Duck all showing well, good number of Cormorant, no sign of any Snipe in the margins.

Posted March 7th, 2014 at 9:10 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Berry Head

Despite early morning visits this week no real sign of Spring migration, with only two fly over alba Wagtails. A visit this evening created some excitement with three returning day trawlers creating an impressive gull frenzy, only 'white winger' proved to be an unexpected adult Mediterranean Gull trailing behind 4 Black heads flying North across the bay with no interest in the trawlers.

Posted March 7th, 2014 at 7:13 pm by Bill Macdonald in General Birding

Broadsands to Elberry Cove

Seven Great Northern Divers and one Black-throated in view this morning. Also strangely a single Canada Goose on sea out in the middle of the bay. A visitor reports a Red-necked Grebe in summer plumage was offshore Wednesday, but no sign today.

Posted March 7th, 2014 at 5:42 pm in General Birding

DWT Meeth Quarry Reserve

Amongst the dozen or so Canada Geese on the main lake was a slightly smaller, different coloured goose. Not sure what it is though.


Posted March 7th, 2014 at 5:03 pm by Mike Jones in General Birding

Slapton Ley

08:20-13:00. Drizzly with a moderate NW wind at first, beautiful spring like day by mid morning.

13 Great Crested Grebe ( inc. couple displaying pairs ), 2 Little Grebe, 4 Black-necked Grebe ( inc. 3 almost full summer plumage, view from tank in Torcross car park ), 21 Gadwall, 3 Pochard, 203 Tufted Duck, 2 Scaup ( m, f  Torcross ), 3 Pochard, 2 Goldeneye ( m,f ), 60 Coot and Peregrine. Little on the sea apart from a couple Great Northern Divers and a Great Crested Grebe.

Massive clearout of wintering birds from the ley since my last visit in early February. Been great at Slapton this winter, shedloads of wildfowl like in its glory days, the water quality must have improved greatly as the numbers obviously could not be put down to a hard winter. Still lacking big nos of gulls though and Start Bay very quiet these days.

Posted March 7th, 2014 at 2:23 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

R.Taw - Pottington to Ashford Sweage Works. 12:00 - 13:15

1 Barnacle Goose with c23 Canada Geese on Bradiford Reserve. 2 Little Grebe; a pair of Goosander; 2 Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Little Egret on foreshore.

65 Wigeon and c83 Shelduck on Penhill Marsh.

Posted March 7th, 2014 at 2:14 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Thursday 6th March 2014

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake  09:00

 

1 Willow Tit. 6 Goosander 3m 3f, 3 Cormorant, 1 G.S. Woodpecker, 4 Redwing, 3 Tufted Duck. 3 G.C. Grebe.

 Goosander moveing between the  Upper and Lower Lake.

Posted March 6th, 2014 at 7:25 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Brixham

A quick tour of Berry Head failed to locate any early Wheatears and a couple of Chiffchaff may have been winterers. Only real movement was six Brent Geese south . Between  Berry Head and the Breakwater, nine Great Northern Divers . Three Black-throated from the Breakwater , one the pale first year bird again. Seven Purple Sandpipers roosting on the old oil jetty base.

Posted March 6th, 2014 at 12:42 pm in General Birding

Wednesday 5th March 2014

Egrets on the Axe

31 Little Egrets in the roost at Axmouth this evening.

Posted March 5th, 2014 at 8:31 pm by Jim Tirrell in General Birding

Dunsford Wood

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. Deep Joy! Watched it feeding high in the trees for ages. My first for two years.

Posted March 5th, 2014 at 5:56 pm by David Turrell in General Birding

Topsham

The Yellow-browed Warbler was in gardens near the Recreation Ground this afternoon. (The Black Redstart was also seen nearby and three Bearded Tits in the reedbed near the M5, from Exeter Canal.)

At Goosemoor this morning, flooded by the high tide, a Jack Snipe was scoped as it 'floated' on sparse vegetation, swimming to find somewhere more solid and then flying off - amazing! Also a Snipe there, but on more solid ground, and 2 Greenshank.

Posted March 5th, 2014 at 5:19 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Soar

Cracking male ring ouzel at West Soar this morning, in scrub above hotel. Watched in full view for a few  minutes before "chacking" and flying into cover.

Is this the earliest true migrant for Devon?

Posted March 5th, 2014 at 1:55 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Reed Bunting ~ South Brent

This male Reed Bunting is visiting a private garden in South Brent reasonably close to the village centre, where it is taking peanuts from the lawn.



London
London

Posted March 5th, 2014 at 12:30 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Tuesday 4th March 2014

South Brent

The BTO rung Greenfinch has been on the garden feeders everyday since first being seen about 10 days ago, following email recieved from the BTO as follows "Thanks Steve and I agree that this is _T7218_ but we know Greenfinches begin with T, so this will be TT7218_ which is fine. There are just 10 possibilities, four of which are males, all ringed near you in winter 2012/13. So we'll process it with these details and send you a proper report in the next 4-6 weeks."

As the bird is a definate male it would seem to be one of four possiblities, had a friend come with his netting and ringing kit today but the Greenfich while present did not fall into the net, but netted, rung and took records of 15 Blue Tits, 1 male Blackbird, 1 hen Chaffinch and one male House Sparrow, Siskin heard calling as were Green Woodpecker, Greater Spotted Woodpecker seen and heard woodpeckers drumming for the first time this year, flight of 5 Canadian geese passed over, constant passage of Raven's, single birds and a trio, a trio of Bullfinch came in second day in a row, 2 males 1 hen, Nuthatch which evaded the ringers net !! Wren, Couple of Redwings in the field, Long Tailed Tit once the nets had been packed away, small murmuration of Starlings around 5.30pm smaller number than seen last evening, just need to finish off by listening for any Tawny owls calling, have been up to five over the last few nights.

Posted March 4th, 2014 at 10:03 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Stover CP

Had an excellent day at Stover today. 39 species in total including Lesser Redpoll, Bullfinch (2x male, 1x female), lots of Siskins showing well, several Marsh Tits, Treecreeper, Water Rail, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Goosander (4 male, 4 female), 2x pair Great Crested Grebe displaying and nest building, Moorhen mating right in front of the hide and best of all, a Little Grebe showing very well in front of the hide - lovely breeding plumage and it even came out onto land, something I had not seen before and which I gather is somewhat unusual!

Little Grebe comes ashore!
Little Grebe comes ashore!

Posted March 4th, 2014 at 10:00 pm by Paul Beard in General Birding

Brixham and Berry Head

6 Great Northern Divers showing very well and a distant Black-throated Diver off the end of the breakwaters.  Another Great Northern at Berry Head and a Black Redstart on the cliffs near the auk colony.


Posted March 4th, 2014 at 4:56 pm by John Walters in General Birding

R.Taw (Pottington Ind Est to Ashford Sewage Works.) 12:10

285 Dark-bellied Brent geese mainly on Penhill Marsh side; 1 adult Great Crested Grebe; 1 female Goldeneye still; 3 Goosanders (2M,1F); 2 Spoonbills on Penhill side (these appear to be juvenile birds as their beaks are light in colour); 6 Grey Heron and 6 Little Egrets; 58 Shelduck; 6 Wigeon and 4 Little Grebe. Just 2 Teal in the ditch by the sewage works and just 11 Canada Geese in Bradiford Reserve.

Posted March 4th, 2014 at 3:35 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Monday 3rd March 2014

Wembury Point

On the very clean [no seaweed or rubbish] and reshaped beach at the Point this afternoon at low tide was an adult Glaucous Gull; quite possibly the one from Plymouth Barbican.  Otherwise a complete dearth of birds.

Glaucous Gull
Glaucous Gull

Posted March 3rd, 2014 at 9:50 pm by Graham Watson in General Birding

Plymouth

A quick walk along Plymouth Hoe this afternoon while dodging the showers and 2 great northern divers were showing well close in to shore - 1 off Duttons cafe and 1 near Tinside Pool.

At Sutton Harbour 3 turnstones were feeding along the beach by The China House with a summer plumaged little grebe diving nearby.

Around the fish quay there were 2 adult winter plumaged kittiwakes amongst the gulls, 1 unfortunately with oiling on its upper and lower right wing and vent area. No sign of the glaucous gull but it was low tide.

Posted March 3rd, 2014 at 7:33 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Sunday 2nd March 2014

skern

12 med gulls,9 adult of which five full bp,2sw,1fw,1500 bhg,60 common,20 bar tailed godwits,17:15-17:50.

Posted March 2nd, 2014 at 10:55 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Plym Estuary

On the Plym this afternoon, 3 Goosanders, 5 Red-breasted Mergansers, 4 Greenshank, 2 Dunlin, 1 Wigeon (m), 1 Mediterranean Gull (1W) and c15 Lesser Black-backed Gull.

 Goosanders

Posted March 2nd, 2014 at 8:11 pm by Laurie Allnatt in General Birding

Brixham Harbour

A quick check  towards midday, tide down . From the breakwater nine Great Northern and three Blackthroated Divers still present some way out. 

Posted March 2nd, 2014 at 7:55 pm in General Birding

Topsham Recreation Ground

Both Yellow-browed Warbler (gardens by the path) and Water Pipit (often best seen on shingle island at low tide) still present. Several Redpolls calling overhead and 2 Med Gulls feeding on the field.

Mediterranean Gull 1W - Topsham 2/3/2014
Mediterranean Gull 1W - Topsham 2/3/2014

Mediterranean Gull 3W - Topsham 2/3/2014
Mediterranean Gull 3W - Topsham 2/3/2014

Posted March 2nd, 2014 at 2:01 pm by Tim Worfolk in General Birding

Prawle Sightings Yesterday

In glorious 'spring' weather John Lambert saw a Red Throated and Great Nothern Diver on a seawatch. We saw the  Black Redstart (presumed female) at Sharpiter's Head but no sign of any wintering Firecrest.  2 Lesser Black-Backed Gulls  ( Graellsii and Intermedius -next to each other for nice comparison) on rocks near Langesrstone and 74 Shags offshore. Also our first Comma of the year along coastal footpath..

Posted March 2nd, 2014 at 12:01 am by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Saturday 1st March 2014

Exminster Marshes

Black-necked Grebe on the central pond. Two Siberian Chiffchaffs in the hedge along the canal about 100m south of the car park, at a place where the canal embankment has recently been scraped and de-vegetated. The birds' calls were slightly flatter and less melodic than a 'collybita' Chiffchaff, of which there were about six others scattered along the hedges and lanes for comparison. 

Posted March 1st, 2014 at 8:09 pm by Peter Hopkin in General Birding

Marsh Harrier & Short eared owl - Chivenor

Between 1pm and 4pm I watched a single Marsh Harrier and a Short Eared Owl hunting over Chivenor and in the marsh behind the Velator Reserve, at times they were also joined by a Buzzard.

Posted March 1st, 2014 at 7:22 pm by Chris Triggs in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Beautiful spring-like day for a change.

A pair of Goosanders showing well again on the narrow river and later 3 Red-breasted Mergansers (drake and 2 redheads) on the estuary as the tide rose. Also - Little Grebe (3), Greenshank, Treecreeper (2), Skylark (7), Meadow Pipit (45+), Jack Snipe (2), Snipe (5), and a Green Woodpecker. 

Posted March 1st, 2014 at 4:20 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Skylark Newton Race Course 1st March

Skylark singing over Newton Race Course.  9.00am

Must be Spring !

Posted March 1st, 2014 at 11:01 am by Patrick Case in General Birding

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