Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from March 2015

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Tuesday 31st March 2015

Chiffchaffs

8 Chiffchaffs at Axe Valley wetlands, hard work in the wind finding any birds today with only 25 species found, go to http://www.simonthurgoodimages.co.uk/blog.asp to find out more.


Posted March 31st, 2015 at 7:34 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Velator & Wrafton Pond

Not much about at Velator as very windy this morning one Common Sandpiper, 5+ Redshank, 2 Little Grebe 2 Little Egrets.

Sheltered Wrafton Pond produced 2 Little Grebe, 2 Tufted Duck, 4 Chiffchaff, 20+ Sand Martins and 2 House Martins feeding over the pond which was my first sightings this Spring. 


Sand Martin over Wrafton pond

Sand Martin over Wrafton pond

Posted March 31st, 2015 at 10:18 am by Derek Carter in Bird News

Monday 30th March 2015

Saturday - Salcombe

A Kumlien's Gull put in a very brief appearance in a field in Salcombe around 18:30 Saturday evening just giving time for a couple of lucky shots by Alan Doidge.

Kumlein's Gull Alan Doidge Salcombe 28.3.15

Kumlien's Gull Salcombe 28.3.15 Alan Doidge

Posted March 30th, 2015 at 8:01 pm in Bird News

Ring-billed Gull Axe

Some dreadful pictures of the distant second-winter/summer Ring-billed Gull on the Axe Estuary this afternoon. Present 14:55 - 15:10, but hopefully it is still around somewhere. Also c100 Common Gull and second-summer Med Gull. Earlier summer plumaged Slav Grebe stilll off Seaton Hole.

Second-winter Ring-billed Gull
Second-year Ring-billed Gull

Second-winter Ring-billed Gull in flight
Second-year Ring-billed Gull in flight

Posted March 30th, 2015 at 4:10 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Northam Burrows Sunday 29th

Amidst the howling gale were c214 Golden Plover, many approaching summer plumage, c8 Grey Plover, 6 Dunlin, 12 Shell Duck, 2 Redshank and a Sparrowhawk.

Posted March 30th, 2015 at 1:58 pm by Mike Jeffrey in Bird News

Tamar Lakes- 30th March

Cool but pleasant conditions at Tamar Lakes this morning

.8 Goosander, 2 Mallard, 12+ Sand Martins, 2 Swallows, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Treecreeper, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Moorhens, 1 Coot.   14 active Rooks nests at the rookery near the Lower Lake.

Upper Lake   7 Cormorants together on landing stage.

Also 1 ringtail Hen Harrier reported by a very reliable observer making two passes near the Lower Lake hide on Thursday 26th March.

Harvey Kendall

Posted March 30th, 2015 at 1:47 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Sunday 29th March 2015

Topsham

A quick look around topsham 14:00 till 15:50

Good movement of sand martins with at least 150+ in various groups, 6 pintail from the hide at bowling green marsh.

from the viewing platform 1 spotted redshank

from the goatwalk a few red breasted mergansers and the female ruff was on the mud towards turf

 

Posted March 29th, 2015 at 5:01 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Torbay Hospital

Saturday 12.30

Unusual sighting of a Grey Wagtail close to the main entrance (Lowes Bridge) of Torbay Hospital.  Flew off in the direction of McDonalds!

Posted March 29th, 2015 at 9:43 am by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Saturday 28th March 2015

Bowling green marsh

watched from 09:00 till 11:30

1 spotted redshank from the viewing platform and my first swallow of the spring 

from the hide 4 pintail, 4 tufted duck, 3 sand Martin , 2 Cetti's warblers, 1 blackcap, 4 chiffchaff, 5 reed buntings, 1 bullfinch, 5 black tailed godwits, 2 little grebe, 1 sparrowhawk, 4 buzzards, 2 raven, 100+ wigeon, 3 little egrets.

Posted March 28th, 2015 at 10:30 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Darts farm

As the Penduline tits are showing again today thought I would post a pic from Thursday

Penduline Tit
Penduline Tit

Reed Bunting
Reed Bunting

Posted March 28th, 2015 at 1:32 pm by Steve Hatch in Bird News

Friday 27th March 2015

Berry Head

Seawatch 14:30-17:00, front arriving with rain 16;00. 7 Manx Shearwaters which was nice to see, also 2 Common Gulls in with numerous gulls as the day trawlers came back in. At least 5 Harbour Porpoise, but the highlight was a White-beaked Dolphin that breached around 10 times before moving off south (only my third sighting from BHd).

Posted March 27th, 2015 at 6:41 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh and Darts Farm

Bowling Green Marsh and Darts Farm

Water Rail towards the platform
Water Rail towards the platform

Penduline Tit in the Spring Blossom
Penduline Tit in the Spring Blossom

Reed Bunting destroying another reed head
Reed Bunting destroying another reed head

Posted March 27th, 2015 at 4:39 pm by Colin Scott in Bird News

Ivybridge

Lesser Whitethroat still in private gardens. Also Blackcaps, Greenfinch and Goldfinch on feeders.

Posted March 27th, 2015 at 10:47 am by richard teague in Bird News

Berry Hd & Torbay

Very little in the way of migrants on the headland this morning just 3 Chiffchaffs. However an ad Iceland Gull (see photos below) put in a brief appearance on the sea with some Herring gulls before flying off toward Brixham Harbour (I tried but could not relocate it).

Iceland Gull Berry Hd 27 March 2015 ML Iceland Gull Berry Hd 27 March 2015 ML2

Paignton Beach: 4 Common Scoter and 2 Sandwich Terns

Posted March 27th, 2015 at 9:51 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Is this a Snow Goose?

Seen today in the field adjacent to Wrafton Pond was this goose which was in company with about 20 Canada geese. Can anyone confirm Snow Goose in eclipse plumage? There was a flock of about 20 sand martins over the pond too!

With Canada goose for size comparison
With Canada goose for size comparison

(Eds: This is one surviving (originally three in 2009) presumed hybrid Ross's x Barnacle Geese that spent most of their time in N Devon but have ventured as far south as Exminster Mashes)

 

Posted March 27th, 2015 at 7:44 am by Philip Naylor in Bird News

Thursday 26th March 2015

Sparrowhawk with it's lunch

Late post - spotted this bird yesterday, (25th), whilst out with my grandchildren in Westward Ho. Managed to get a couple of photos with mobile phone of it devouring a Blackbird (eds Starling) on someones lawn

Posted March 26th, 2015 at 9:26 pm by Chris & Sally Bollen in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Winter thrushes still moving through - 3 separate flocks of Fieldfare this morning (total of 57 birds) plus a single Redwing. However the cold strong North West wind has put paid to any other migration at the moment. At least 3 snipe hanging on in the ploughed pig field. 

Posted March 26th, 2015 at 7:36 pm in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

A first for me while visiting Wrafton Pond late aft.

At the side of the Tarka trail a Wren clearly visible mimicking the first phrase of a Chiffchaff's song at the start of its usual song & repeating this several times.

Also 2 Crows predating a Magpies nest.

Posted March 26th, 2015 at 6:39 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Cockwood

Red Kite flew east over Cockwood at midday.

Posted March 26th, 2015 at 4:12 pm by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

red kite

Red Kite flying north over main lagoon exminster marsh at 12:05 being mobbed by crows

Posted March 26th, 2015 at 2:56 pm by Tom Jurd in Bird News

Caspian Gull Axe Estuary

Very poor pictures of a very lovely first-summer Caspain Gull on the Axe Estuary this morning.  It was briefly on the Estuary before flying to Seaton Marshes where it landed with a gull flock just north of Seaton skate park.  The whole flock were flushed at 09:40 and I had to leave.

First-summer Caspian Gull
First-summer Caspian Gull; right hand bird of the upper three gulls

First-summer Caspian Gull
First-summer Caspian Gull; snow white axillaries

First-summer Caspian Gull
First-summer Caspian Gull; the only bird with its head up

Posted March 26th, 2015 at 11:13 am by Steve Waite in Bird News

Wednesday 25th March 2015

Bowling Green Marsh, Topsham

Bowling Green Marsh this morning.

Two Foxes in field RH side of hide
Two Foxes in field RH side of hide

Snipe also in both fields towards platform
Snipe also in both fields towards platform

Heron having a snack
Heron having a snack

Posted March 25th, 2015 at 5:41 pm by Colin Scott in Bird News

Baggy

1 cracking male Black Redstart at Baggy this morning.

Highly mobile & very difficult to digiscope but managed 2  frames before it flew out of site.Normal behaviour for a Black Redstart!


Posted March 25th, 2015 at 3:08 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

American Wigeon - River Taw

The American Wigeon was still there today around midday. It was with other wigeon in the difficult viewing area between the 'worst sited hide in the world' and the railway bridge. Not easily distinguished through bins I needed my scope to confidently pick it out but with good light I could see the beautiful speckled wolf-grey head and white forehead. Also showing a pair of Goosander.

Posted March 25th, 2015 at 2:19 pm by alan craddock in Bird News

Tuesday 24th March 2015

Ashford Strand - Taw Estuary

Yes indeed, I also enjoyed the American Wigeon this morning from 10:10 to 10:30 with 16 Wigeon from the Tarka Trail north side of the Taw, moving out with the tide. Sorry about the photo quality. 

Also 6 snipe and the hybrid (Snow?) goose with Canada Geese at Bradiford reserve.


Posted March 24th, 2015 at 4:10 pm by Martin James Bond in Bird News

Ashford Strand - Taw Estuary

1 cracking male American Wigeon with 28 Wigeon this morning on the north side of the Taw Estuary. Good views from the Tarka trail.



Posted March 24th, 2015 at 2:25 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Broadsands

On the sea: 12 Great Crested Grebes, one Black-necked Grebe in full summer plumage and, 2 male Common Scoter.

Posted March 24th, 2015 at 8:47 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 23rd March 2015

Shaugh Prior

Surprised to see a male Brambling on the garden nijer feeder today - I haven't seen one for two months. Maybe we shouldn't bank on Spring just yet!

Posted March 23rd, 2015 at 6:22 pm by Rob Hubble and Stella Tracey in Bird News

Around Topsham

Mostly usual suspects around Topsham but two Red Kite over the Rec at 13.05.

Spotted Redshank showing well from platform.


Posted March 23rd, 2015 at 4:17 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

East Soar & Starehole Valley

Two Firecests in Starehole, one at the ponds and one at the very bottom of the valley. Not much else!

Posted March 23rd, 2015 at 3:58 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Emsworthy Gate & Vitifer, Dartmoor.

Large flock of Golden Plovers in the vicinity of Emsworthy (nr. Haytor), probably 250 birds some now moulting into breeding plumage.

At Vitifer the Great Grey Shrike was distantly seen and was quite mobile flying from Vitifer over to Soussons plantation. Plently of Siskins in the plantation as well as Goldcrests.

Golden Plovers
Golden Plovers

Great Grey Shrike
Great Grey Shrike

Posted March 23rd, 2015 at 3:43 pm by david cawthraw in Bird News

Torbay

Scanning from the beaches produced: 14 Common Scoter, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Shelduck and 1 Mediterranean Gull. 

Posted March 23rd, 2015 at 9:48 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sunday 22nd March 2015

Northam Burrows

Attention seeking behavior and then the sulk.




Posted March 22nd, 2015 at 9:12 pm by Richard Yeats in Bird News

Water Pipit

I found this bird which looks like its nearly in summer plumage in a ditch just down from Turf by the cycle track.

Did a walk from Powderham Church to Exminster Marshes and back and found 37 species of birds, if you are very bored you can follow the link to find out what they are http://www.simonthurgoodimages.co.uk/blog.asp



Posted March 22nd, 2015 at 7:31 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Velator marsh and Braunton Burrows

Velator / river Caen - 8 x Redshank, 4 x Dunlin, 1 x Greenshank, 2 x Little Egret, 1 x Great White Egret, 4 x Shelduck, 1 x Reed Bunting, 1 x Stonechat, 10 x Whooper swan, 4 x Mute Swan,4 x Widgeon 1 x Greenfinch

Braunton Burrows - 2 x Bullfinch, 10 x Linnet, 1 x Greater spotted woodpecker, 2 x coot, 2 x Canada Geese, 1 x coal tit, 2 x chiffchaff

Posted March 22nd, 2015 at 5:49 pm by Mark Webber in Bird News

Slapton ley

Fairly quiet this morning, 32 species seen, including:

5 Sand Martin, c30 Tufted Duck, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Pochard, c30 Common Gull, several singing Chiffchaff, and a pair of Bullfinch (m+f) around Ireland bay. Cetti's warblers heard In the reeds.

Posted March 22nd, 2015 at 4:44 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Woodbury Area

Ray Hamilton reported a Red Kite 9.00am this morning seen over the Pebblebed vineyards, Woodbury.

Posted March 22nd, 2015 at 10:47 am in Bird News

Saturday 21st March 2015

Prawle Point

Attended the scattering of Dave Norman’s ashes at Prawle Point this afternoon with Karen, Emma and Jonathan, Vic and Sylvie Tucker : a fitting resting place for someone who put Prawle on the map and was loved by him.

Whilst there Sylvie put me onto a Firecrest  flitting and calling on the edge of the reserve. Also a male Black Redstart on the beach and a female Wheatear at the point.

Posted March 21st, 2015 at 11:27 pm in Bird News

Clennon Lakes

Drake Scaup still present on eastern most pond,  2 Siberian Chiffchaffs with 4 collybita Chiffchaff. Also 1 Kingfisher, 2 Little Grebes, water rail and 2 Little Egrets.

Posted March 21st, 2015 at 7:04 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Darts Farm and Topsham

Had a great day out birding around Topsham with 49 species of birds seen.




Posted March 21st, 2015 at 6:42 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Early morning walk from Milbury Lane across Marshes to Lion's Rest/Station Road and a joy to see and hear 6-8 Sky Larks in the Westerly fields. Spring has arrived!



Posted March 21st, 2015 at 3:17 pm by Jo King in Bird News

Friday 20th March 2015

Late news - Fremington Quay

Green Woodpecker heard yaffling again on west side of Fremington Pill, 10am Friday post-eclipse. Also Greenshank, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Treecreeper, Redshank, 'Black-wit', Shelduck, Little Egret etc.

Posted March 20th, 2015 at 11:32 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton

Three Water Pipits this morning feeding in fields north of White Bridge near the Aquaduct, one in very smart summer plumage. The Little Ringed Plover was still presesnt on the scrape this evening.

Posted March 20th, 2015 at 8:13 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

River Teign Steps Bridge.

Male Goosander, Mistle Thrush, Sparrow Hawk, Marsh Tit , Raven, Chiffchaff and two sightings of Dippers.

Posted March 20th, 2015 at 7:26 pm by Priscilla Ingram. in Bird News

Berrynarbor

I was very interested to read that Tony in South Huish had noticed yellow pollen on the face of a Chiffchaff.

The Blackcaps in my garden have also had yellow faces this spring, particularly one female last week .  Here , it is from the pollen of large single pink and white Camellia flowers with bright yellow stamens and they attract Blue Tits every year also.

Posted March 20th, 2015 at 7:03 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Despite the sunshine little sign of spring on the marshes today, not even a sand martin, although I saw 2 yesterday. Late afternoon  the high tide wader roost contained c200 curlew, c50 black-tailed godwits and a few hundered dunlin. Yesterday there was one ruff with 16 lapwing. Wigeon numbers continue to fall and they appeared to have formed one flock. Still lots of teal, 8 tufted duck, 4 pintail and c60 shoveller.

The brent geese were near the Turf and the black brant was with them. I saw or heard 4 chiffchaffs. On the estuary at Turf there was one avocet.

Posted March 20th, 2015 at 6:51 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Penduline tit

spotted at Dart's farm

Posted March 20th, 2015 at 4:19 pm by Lizzie in Bird News

Otter Estuary Budleigh

The LRP still present at 3pm today, first scrapes up from the cricket pitch  

Posted March 20th, 2015 at 3:31 pm by Richard Allen in Bird News

Dave Norman's Ashes

Karen Norman has informed me Dave's Ashes will be scattered tomorrow at Dave's two favourite birding sites in Devon, Berry Head and Prawle Point. Should any friends wish to attend they will be made welcome, meet Berry Head (top of quarry entrance at 10am) and/or at Prawle Point (meet National Trust car park at 1.30pm).

Posted March 20th, 2015 at 3:23 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Clennon Lakes

The drake Scaup was still present today, still cannot work out where it is going on its days off! Also 3 Siberian Chiffchaffs, two looking particularly scruffy moultlng tertials, tail and body feathers - much latter moult than the collybita Chiffchaffs (7) also present and in full song - the Siberian Chiffs are remaining stubbornly quiet. Also around Lakes, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Water Rail, 23 Tufted Duck, 5 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 1 Little Grebe and a party of 6 Redwing.

Drake Scaup Clennon Lakes 20 March 2015 ML  

 Above: Scaup with Tufted Ducks                      Above Siberian Chiffchaff; click photo for video link

Posted March 20th, 2015 at 1:56 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Otter Estuary NR

Little Ringed Plover still present at 1220hrs on first scrape up from cricket pitch

Posted March 20th, 2015 at 1:06 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

2 spotted redshank and first ruff of the spring 

09:40 from viewing platform 2 goosander (1m,1f)

Posted March 20th, 2015 at 8:56 am by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Thursday 19th March 2015

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

4 Wheatears this morning (3m, 1f) and winter thrushes still coming through with 28 Fieldfare this afternoon. The Snipe count was down to around 20 early afternoon but will probably be zero now as the farmer was muck spreading on the field by late afternoon!!

Posted March 19th, 2015 at 10:27 pm in Bird News

South Huish

Unable to get out recently to enjoy the influx of early migrants , although I did notice a male Blackcap (over winterer ? ) and 2 Chiffchaffs (migrants ? ) in my garden in Plympton yesterday and today (one Chiffchaff's bill and forehead dark due to pollen ?) Opportunity arose to go to South Huish Marsh this afternoon from 2 till 4pm i glorious Spring sunshine. Ruddy Shelduck  still at the back of the marsh ; 5 Wheatears including a female ; 2  Water Pipits including one in summer plumage ( just love that peachy  hue on the breast ) ; at least 1 White Wagtail amongst 20+ Pied Wagtails ; and at the back of the marsh the Little Ringed Plover ,picked up by another birder, and taking time to confirm identity : golden eye-ring and black bill etc.Pied Wags becoming excited and singing whilst sparring in the air ; 6 + Teal whistling and vying for the affections of the 2 accompanying females .Lovely venue and delightful weather. Must do more of this.

Posted March 19th, 2015 at 9:50 pm in Bird News

Around the exe

started at powderham marsh10:00 till 12:00

3 red legged partridge was a surprise , 1 green sandpiper, 31+ golden plover, 2 kestrel, 1 peregrine, 3 buzzard, 8 sand Martin , 22+ reed buntings, 80+ linnets, 9 tufted duck, 40+ wigeon, good numbers of meadow pipits and pied wagtails, 2 stonechats.

a quick look on exminster did not produce much with 3 chiffchaffs, 2 Cetti's warblers, 3 stonechats, severall groups of wigeon and 300+ Brent geese in flight towards turf.

bowling green marsh 15:00 till 17:30

A male Garganey spent most of the time asleep to the left of the hide, 1 pochard, 4 tufted duck, 6 pintail, 1 white wagtail, 2 Cetti's warblers, 2 avocet, 150+ redshank, 200+ black tailed godwits, 2 little grebes, 70+ wigeon.

from the viewing platform, 2 spotted redshanks, 4 greenshanks , 7 knot, 13+ grey plover, 800+ dunlin, 20+ bar tailed godwits, 8 great crested grebes, 15+ red breasted mergansers.

Posted March 19th, 2015 at 9:24 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Stover & Hay Tor

Stover Country Park was only on tick over as far as birding went this morning, that said two female Goosander and two Great Crested Grebe on the lake, the pair of Mandarins were tucked away under the bank on one of the back waters.

Around the feeders very slow but Marsh Tit, a pair of Greater Spotted Woodpeckers coming onto the sunflower feeder, Nuthatch, pair of Bullfinch and my first sighting of Greenfinch on site.

At Hay Tor good numbers of Sky Larks and Meadow Pipits, a few Stonechat one male was chasing of any other small bird landing in a specific area. A couple of Raven seen flying over.

Posted March 19th, 2015 at 7:25 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

Late aft -  Now 17 Sand Martins above the pond & the scrape opposite & 1 Chiffchaff with a metal ring on the right leg but unable to read the number through the bins!

Posted March 19th, 2015 at 6:17 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

N Devon

Tuesday 17th.

Pair of goosanders close to shoreline off Penhill Point.

Wedsnesday 18th.  

Chiffchaffs in song Braunton Marsh.

Barn owl seen over B3231 one mile E of Saunton Sands Hotel. 

Posted March 19th, 2015 at 5:09 pm by Patrick Case in Bird News

Solden Cross, near Bradworthy

Late entry - 18th March.   Solden Cross near Bradworthy.

5 House Martins.

Harvey Kendall

Posted March 19th, 2015 at 3:10 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

This lunchtime a male Garganey to the left of the marsh as you look towards the railway line. It remained asleep the whole time I was there though!

Posted March 19th, 2015 at 2:13 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Branscombe sewage works, East Devon

Following up the previous sightings in this area, my visit this morning paid off with Yellow Browed Warbler and a Firecrest showing in the large pine tree to the right of the sewage works gate.  The firecrest was in same area (thanks to Doug Cullen for showing me where to look).  Also present were at least 10 Chiffchaff near the stream and several Goldcrest2 Grey Wagtails on the filter bed.

Posted March 19th, 2015 at 1:51 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Lapwings and cormorants

The Field Guide to Monitoring Nests (BTO guide) cites the full time range for dependent Lapwing young as start of April to end of August, with majority between mid April and end July (very first eggs are usually laid this week or slightly earlier), so they're very early indeed! There was mild weather several weeks ago and several juvenile birds have been reported from across the country including Moorhen in January and Robin in February!

RE: the cormorant, discussion of characteristics for identification of P. c. sinensis are coincidentally also being discussed on this Birdforum thread right now http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=301209 . Mainly 'gular patch angle'. White heads are not a common feature on P. c. carbo but are not massively rare either it would seem.

Posted March 19th, 2015 at 1:27 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

Midday seen from the pond high on the thermals 8 Buzzard, 1 female Sparrowhawk and 12 Sand Martin.

Posted March 19th, 2015 at 1:06 pm by Martin James Bond in Bird News

Lapwing chicks

A party of us from Mid Devon Natural History society visited Black Hole marsh yesterday.

There were nesting Lapwings on one island, and one had hatched at least 2 chicks. Can anyone confirm to me my opinion that this is extremely early.

When we went to do a preview on Saturday to check access for disabled members we saw an  unusual "Sinensis"Cormorant. (see photos).

Sinensis cormorant?
Sinensis cormorant?

Sinensis cormant ? 2
Sinensis cormant ? 2

Posted March 19th, 2015 at 10:39 am by Peter Clark Richardson in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton

A quick look around the Otter and assoiated scrapes this morning produced 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 4 Black-tailed Godwit and 6 Sand Martin. The LRP was also present yesterday afternoon (DC, RH SH)

Belated from Tuesday: 8+ Wheatear and 1 male Black Redstert on Museum roof

Posted March 19th, 2015 at 10:27 am by Chris Townend in Bird News

Wednesday 18th March 2015

Male Garganey Goosemoor Topsham

Male Garganey seen at Goosemoor on the River Clyst at Topsham late yesterday afternoon. Great views at 16:00

Male with BTG.
Male with BTG.


Posted March 18th, 2015 at 10:10 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

2 Wheatears (m,f) on the rough pasture near the control tower. Snipe showing well in afternoon sun, 44 confirms that numbers are decreasing. 

Posted March 18th, 2015 at 5:00 pm in Bird News

Uffculme - Tuesday

Yellow-browed Warbler by sewage works, also present Chiffchaff and two Grey Wagtails.

(Chris Hill)

Posted March 18th, 2015 at 2:55 pm in Bird News

Branscombe Sewage Works

Great picture from Terry Honewill of the Branscombe Yellow-browed Warblerfrom yesterday also 2 Firecrest there.

Yellow-browed Warbler Branscombe Sewage Works 17 Mar 15 THnl

Posted March 18th, 2015 at 9:49 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Tuesday 17th March 2015

Around topsham

watched from 11:00 till 17:00

on the walk down to the hide obvious fall of chiffchaff's with 10+ , 1 nuthatch, 2 coal tits.

from the hide, 5 pochard, 4 tufted duck, 6 pintail, 2 gadwall, 2 little grebe, 2 reed buntings 120+ wigeon, 1 water rail, 1 avocet

from the viewing platform 2 spotted redshanks, 2 greenshanks, 2 knot, 15+ grey plover, 1000+ dunlin, 31+ bar tailed godwits, 15+ red breasted mergansers , 2 great crested grebes, 8+ little egrets, 1 water rail, 1 peregrine, 5+ buzzards.

thanks to a call from mark baker just before 16:00 I manged to see a male Garganey viewable from the first viewing slots on goosemoore it showed well for 20minutes before flying onto the river clyst. The 2 spotted redshanks were with 5 greenshanks and a small number of black tailed godwits.

Posted March 17th, 2015 at 10:17 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Soar

17 March

12 Chiffchaffs in Soar valley pm. Barn Owl at Soar 8.0 pm

Posted March 17th, 2015 at 9:47 pm by Roger White in Bird News

Slapton Ley

15:00

12+ Sand Martins drifting east over Ireland Bay from hide. 2 Chiffchaffs in full song on nature trail. 

Posted March 17th, 2015 at 9:32 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Evening on Exminster marshes

As dusk fell on the marshes 60+ Sand Martin came back to the site to roost. 

Posted March 17th, 2015 at 9:19 pm by AJ Bellamy in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

The pond like liquid gold in the late afternoon light.

1 Swallow,1 Sand Martin, 4 Little Grebes & an increase in the number of Chiffchaffs, one individual half the size of the others (Goldcrest size).



Posted March 17th, 2015 at 6:50 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

A run round the South Hams

A run round the South Hams today, looking for some sign of the spring migration.

 Idstone Cross, Aveton Gifford saw several Yellow Hammers on the roadside hedge alongside a stubble field.

(The tidal road at Aveton Gifford was shut presumably for road works)

Bowcombe Creek, Kingsbridge large gathering of mainly Herring Gull but four Lesser Black Backs and 2 Common Gulls present, Curlew, Redshank and Shell duck on the mud flats.

Treatment works at West Charleton, Grey Wagtail, Song Thrush, Long Tailed Tits and Goldfinch.

Beesands Lee for my first visit to this location and hide, count of 28 Tufted Duck mostly in pairs, my first sighting of the Tufted Pochard hybrid, 3 Gadwall, 2 Skylarks singing over the car park and field leading to the hide and around the feeders 7 Greenfinch.

The signs of spring migration waited until we reached Start Point, Stonechat in plentiful numbers more than I have ever seen before, Meadow Pipits showing well and flying over from the sea, one Chiffchaff, several small flocks of Pied Wagtails and no less than 11 Wheatears mostly females and very flighty, Raven overhead

 

South Huish Marsh, Hen Sparrow Hawk, 4 Wheatears, 15 Sand Martins which were coming over the marsh in small numbers, 18 Teal, the Ruddy Shell duck is still present, Heron, Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 2 Oyster Catchers several Meadow Pipits and Pied Wagtails and my thanks to Vic Tucker (if I have remembered the name correctly) for pointing out the location a drake Garganey.

Returning home along the Kingsbridge estuary, a good number of Brent Geese seen on the water just outside of Kingsbridge.

Posted March 17th, 2015 at 6:45 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

12Chichaffs around the reserve,two singing,3 Wheatears 1f,2m, in fields behind Lions Rest.Good  numbers of Wigeon still on the marsh withShoveler and Teal in smaller numbers.Tufted Duck,Gadwall,and Pochard on the lagoon,and a couple of Pintail nearby.A flock of about 30 Golden Plover were flying briefly,disturbed by 3 Buzzard displaying.2Peregrine on the usual pylons.and a Kestrel nearby was good to see.

ACettis Warbler was singing near the Turf,and there were good numbers of waders in the channel around midday which included 1Avocet,good numbers of Dunlin and Black Tailed Godwit some Curlew,Redshank,and 9 Grey Plover and 5 Knot.Good numbers of Brent on the water and a larger flock down towards Powderham.There were at least 12 Red Breasted Mergansers in the channel,and the males were displaying vigorously. An excellent day in the warm weather with 56 species see.

Posted March 17th, 2015 at 5:06 pm by Keith Benyon-Tinker in Bird News

Hopes Nose

1 male Wheatear late this afternoon on Sandy Point. Also a pair of Stonechat along the front path and a Chiffchaff

Posted March 17th, 2015 at 4:38 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

R.Taw - Pottington Ind.Est to Ashford Sewage Works. 1130 - 1510.

Off Pottington:- 33 Shelduck; 53 Redshank; 3 Grey Plover; 16 Dunlin; 1 Black-tailed Godwit; 4 Goosander(2M,2F); 2 Wigeon.

Off Penhill Marsh:- 56 Dark-bellied Brent Geese.

On Penhill Marsh:- 6 Little Egret, 6 Grey Heron and a few Canada Geese.

Bradiford Reserve;- Just 1 Little Egret and a few Teal, Mallard and Moorhen. 1 Buzzard overhead.

Posted March 17th, 2015 at 4:26 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Baggy Point

3 male Wheatear at Baggy this morning searching for food amongst the short coastal turf grazed by the Hebridean sheep.


Posted March 17th, 2015 at 2:15 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

No Wheatears this morning but winter visitors moving through with the arrival of 170+ Fieldfares overnight. Snipe numbers appear to be declining with 43 counted this morning. Two Canada Geese appear to have taken up residency.

Posted March 17th, 2015 at 1:02 pm in Bird News

Dart's Farm

Finally (4th visit) caught up with the 2 Penduline Tits this morning. They appeared right on schedule at 3 minutes to 10!

Posted March 17th, 2015 at 12:18 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Berry Head

A few migrants around the headland this am: 2 Wheatear, 2 Black Redstarts (male and female type in quarry), 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Stonechat.

Overhead birds moving NE: 71 Chaffinch, 33 Meadow Pipit, 40 Goldfinch, 5 Bullfinch, 3 Greenfinch, 3 'alba' Wagtails, 1 Siskin, 1 Redd Bunting, 1 Skylark.

At sea (in 1/2 hr seawatch): 100+ Razor Bill, 65 Guillemot, 7 Kittiwake, 3 Common Gull and 5-6 Harbour Porpoises

Wheatear Berry Head 17 March 2015 ML 

                                  Wheatear                                           Harbour Porpoise Click picture for video link                                    

Posted March 17th, 2015 at 11:18 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 16th March 2015

Exminster Marsh & Turf Locks

Just to add to John's ealier post.

Late morning another 2 Wheatear (males) left of Lions Rest Ind Est with 4 Pintail in ponds near the bend in station road also 5 Gadwall and 2 Tufted Ducks on the main lagoon with c200 Brent Geese flying from north of the marsh down the estuary.

From Turf Locks 2 Avocets; 16 Red-Breasted Mergansers in 3 groups; c600 Brent Geese on the estuary; large numbers of Dunlin, Black-Tailed Godwits and Black-Headed Gulls scatterd around with usual numbers of other waders.

Links to videos of Wheatear near the main lagoon and Peregrine on pylon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zo8LlpPu2e4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Y_vA6MkH5k

Posted March 16th, 2015 at 7:24 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Dipper Ludwell Valley

On the way back from BGM (nice to see my first Sadn Martins of the year) finally got a reasonable picture of the Dipper pair on the Northbrook.

Distant Dipper Pair
Distant Dipper Pair

Dipper
Dipper

Posted March 16th, 2015 at 6:17 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Around topsham

watched from 09:00 till 15:15

started at darts farm and great to watch 2 Penduline tits for over an hour , also 1 stonechat, 4+ reed buntings, 3+ chiffchaffs, 2 bar tailed godwits, small numbers of curlew, black tailed godwits and wigeon, 1 water rail.

on the estuary of the goat walk 2000+ dunlin, good numbers of black tailed godwits, 29+ bar tailed godwits, 21+ red bresated mergansers, 150+ shelducks.

From the viewing platform at bowling green marsh, 1 spotted redshank, 4 greenshanks, 2 water rail, 15+ grey plover, 2 chiffchaff's.

finished at the hide at bowling green marsh, 2 groups of sand Martin (20+ & 18+)moved through from 14:30 plus 1 single earlier, 6 pintail , 2 gadwall, 5 pochard, 4 tufted duck, 5+ reed buntings, 6+ chiffchaffs, 200+ wigeon, also small numbers of teal and shovelers, 4 little egrets, 1 greenshank, 2 Cetti's warblers, 1 buzzard

Posted March 16th, 2015 at 5:46 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

This afternoon, under grey sky and in a cold wind, about 30 sand martins were feeding over the various pools. Near the lagoon 4 wheatears, all males, sat motionless in the grass. On the canal - one goosander (red head and may have been the bird seen on and off during the winter). Nearer the Turf one, possibly two, green sandpiper flew onto the wet flashes nearer the railway, calling loudly. I counted 5 chiffchaffs during the walk around the perimiter of the southern marsh. 

Two peregrines on pylons, one buzzard and a good variety of ducks made up for the cold and damp conditions. Spring seemed a long way off.

Posted March 16th, 2015 at 5:22 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Posted March 16th, 2015 at 5:14 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Whitebridge - Otter Estuary, East Devon.

20 members of DB (East Devon Branch) attended the morning fieldtrip around the estuary.  First excitement came from a large, dark brown, furry creature swimming downstream which I mistakingly called 'Beaver' but was then identified as a Mink, bad news for the Otter!  Many Chiffchaff trying to find food, suggesting a recent fall. Four Little Grebe in mid stream and 3 Black tailed Godwit and a Dunlin present on the Estuary.  Falling numbers of Wigeon and Teal evident. Small numbers of Snipe on the marshes plus 3 Shoveler and at least 7 Rock Pipit.  Kingfisher seen near to the car park and later above Whitbridge where a GT Spotted Woodpecker was also found and heard drumming.  Not much out to sea other than 2 distant passing Scoter.  Thanks to Chris Townend for leading us through the cold and gloom.

Posted March 16th, 2015 at 3:44 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Middle to Soar Mill Cove

Firecrest in scrub above the cove and 3 Chiffchaffs in nearby riverine scrub. 2 Snipe in wet flushes at Middloe Soar. Grey & cold!!

Posted March 16th, 2015 at 2:23 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

A nice little fall of 6 Wheatears together this morning - 4 males and 2 females. Despite the cold and gloom at least 10 Skylarks singing.

Posted March 16th, 2015 at 12:56 pm in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

A lone Sand Martin this morning over the pond.

Posted March 16th, 2015 at 7:24 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Slapton - Sunday

More Sand Martins arriving here too  (photo Alan Doidge)

Sand Martin Slapton 15.3.15 Alan DoidgeSand Martin, Slapton, 15.3.15 Alan Doidge

 

Posted March 16th, 2015 at 7:20 am in Bird News

Sunday 15th March 2015

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

A female Wheatear this morning was the first of the Spring and earliest record for the site. The Snipe still present (not counted) but precious little else with no Stonechats seen today. On Friday (13th) Fieldfares were arriving out of the gloom from all directions in small groups (typically 5-10 birds) and gathering in the ash trees close to the control tower. The flock was approaching 100 when i left.

Posted March 15th, 2015 at 9:10 pm in Bird News

Exmouth

A lone Sand Martin over the gardens by the Devoncourt Hotel, Exmouth this morning at 0900. 

250+ Brent Geese and 10+ Turnstone on or around Maer Rocks at 0700.

Posted March 15th, 2015 at 5:40 pm by Nick Pratt in Bird News

Badgers Halt, Dartmoor

Badgers Halt, Dartmoor, despite the large number of visitors six or seven Yellow Hammers showing well mid-afternoon, males in a range of plumage as they colour up. Marsh and Long Tailed Tits, Nuthatch and the usual species present.

Dipper seen on the River Dart just above Holne Bridge and on the other side of Ashburton at Gages Mill a Kestrel flew over the roadside hedge.

Posted March 15th, 2015 at 4:58 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Slapton ley

25 to 30 Sand Martins out of wind at back of ley, 36 species of bird's seen. Good days birding;o)

Posted March 15th, 2015 at 2:33 pm by Simon thurgood in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

1 Sand Martin & 1 Swallow feeding over the pond this morning. 1 female Pochard & a couple of Chiffchaffs.

Posted March 15th, 2015 at 10:14 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Sand Martin

3 Sand Matin trying to feed over the canal at the Turf Hotel at 9.34 am

Posted March 15th, 2015 at 9:45 am by Tony Dudley-Clark in Bird News

Exminster Marsh 7 Turf Locks (Saturday 14-3-2015)

Walked around Exminster Marsh at 1100hrs 3 Meadow Pipits; c25 Sand Martins; 4 Pintail around the pond near the bend in station road with lots of Wigeon scattered around. At the viewing platform 5 Gadwall on the main lagoon with 6 Wheatear in front (pointed out by BH). From Turf Locks 4 Red Breasted Mergansers with the 2 males performing their courtship display also 9 Grey Plover and several other waders scattered around on the mud. Walked down to Powderhan corner the Snow Bunting again sat on the sea wall in it's usual place near the new railway bridge showing well with the Black Brant just over the path fence in amongst c50 Brent Geese with another c600 Brent's in various groups further up in the field before someone let their dog run around the field and putting up the whole group.

Links to some videos.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RqLfanbo34

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjVQf4XrNlw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fE04l6YI1zM

Snow Bunting  near Powderham Corner  14-3-2015
Snow Bunting near Powderham Corner 14-3-2015

Black Brant  near Powderham Corner  14-3-2015
Black Brant near Powderham Corner 14-3-2015

Posted March 15th, 2015 at 9:23 am by David Boult in Bird News

Saturday 14th March 2015

Darts farm

An early afternoon visit to Darts Farm found a sizable group of birders gathered to watch and view the two very affable Penduline Tits that showed very well, mostly in the willow and thorn bush thicket between the pond to the left of the hide and the hide itself. Interestingly although they were seen to pull grubs from the Bullrush heads they were also very clearly eating the greenery from the opening buds in the thorn trees.

Also showing well around the pond were Stonechat, Chiffchaff, male Reed Bunting, Goldfinch, Wren, two very amenable Robins, Blue and Great Tits, on several occasions the Penduline’s were seen off by the Blue Tit’s.

A couple of flights of Godwits passing by as a back drop made the day.

Posted March 14th, 2015 at 10:42 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Slapton Ley

First summer migrants of the year. Watched 5-6 Sand Martins towards back of Ley for approx 10 minutes before flying off inland over the trees. Great Crested Grebes, Tufted duck & a number of LBB Gulls.


Posted March 14th, 2015 at 5:23 pm by Paul Treen in Bird News

South Huish

late morning 1 ad Iceland Gull with Herring Gulls on marsh then flew off up valley with 150+ Herring Gull.

Iceland Gull Ad South Huish 14 March 2015 ML 2   Iceland Gull Ad South Huish 14 March 2015 ML

2 White Wagtails with Pied Wagtails around horses on grass by car park.

Posted March 14th, 2015 at 5:03 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wrafton pond

Quick look at the pond for early Sand Martins just now, sadly none, but a lone Swallow hawking over the pond, Tarka Trail and wet field adjacent. Probably my earliest Swallow, by some margin! 

Also several Chiffchaffs in the Willows around the pond.

Posted March 14th, 2015 at 4:58 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Sand Martins (4) foraging over Ley-side scrub.

500 metres further on, Redwing (c10) feeding on ivy berries. 

Overwintering Chiffchaff very active in the bushes

Posted March 14th, 2015 at 4:53 pm by Peter Shaw in Bird News

South Milton

Quick visit because of the icy wind blowing, but saw my first wheatear-which didn't hang around, and 4+sand martin.  The ruddy shelduck, teal and shellduck still present.  Lesley

Posted March 14th, 2015 at 4:09 pm by l. goonesekera in Bird News

Wheatear on Orcombe Point

Quick hour around the top fields produced 4 Wheatear, 20+ Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 5 Skylark, 1 Rock Dove. Spring movement on the Point. More to come.....

Wheatear
Wheatear

one of the Stonechat
one of the Stonechat

Posted March 14th, 2015 at 3:41 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Velator

Arriving at the reserve at shortly after 6 this morning there were the 2 SPOONBILLS out by the Tarka trail.

We ringed 4 Chiffchaffs and a Blackcap. So, migration under way!

Posted March 14th, 2015 at 1:08 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Dartmoor - Wheatear

Had my first three wheatears this morning on Tor Rocks - also plenty of Skylark moving back up onto the moor.  Buzzards displaying overhead - I hope the weather stays good for them - and us!

Ann Willcocks

Also Jan Daniels had a male Wheatear flying across the Princetown Road 9.30 this morning and a Brambling feeding in the garden!

 

Posted March 14th, 2015 at 12:23 pm in Bird News

Friday 13th March 2015

Exminster Marshes

Quick visit to Exminster Marshes this afternoon - at about 4.20 there were 3 male and 1 female Wheatears to the right of Station Road just before the Lions Rest.

Posted March 13th, 2015 at 4:59 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery & Central Park, Plymouth

Visited this morning but so no sign of the Wheatears, or very much else apart from the usual Crows and Magpies. It was very cold with a stiff wind blowing so that might have contributed. Did manage a nice Female Sparrowhawk roosting in one of the trees though which made up for it.

Later moved to Central Park and witnessed a Corvid feeding frenzy after a dog walker deposited a lot of food for them. While watching this managed to get some shots of a Raven attacking a Magpie (for pinching the seeds he wanted). The Raven got his come-upance later when a large Carrion Crow attacked it. Apart from a Robin, Wren, Blackbird, Blue Tit and Great Tit nothing much else around.

Posted March 13th, 2015 at 4:22 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 09:00 till 12:00

in addition to my earlire post the highlight was 3 red breasted mergansers(2f,1m) dropped in for 10mins, 150+ black tailed godwits, 1 avocet, 1 greenshank, 1 green sandpiper, 5 pochard, 4+ tufted duck 6+ pintail, usual wigeon and teal, 1 water rail, 6+ chiffchaff, 1 jay , 2 bullfinch, 4+ reed buntings, 1 buzzard, 1 sparrowhawk.

Posted March 13th, 2015 at 2:22 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

East to Middle Soar

9 Wheatears ( 7m 2f )  on south-facing cliffs & grassland between Bolt Head and Goat Rock, 3 Chiffchaffs at farm & wetland, 26 Pied Wagtails & one White Wagtail at farm, stacks of Rock Pipit territories (23 birds) & 37 Golden Plovers.

Posted March 13th, 2015 at 2:19 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Mansands

While watching some Chiffchaffs in the reeds by the beach, heard some Gulls going mad above and this Red Kite flew past quite high (patch tick) at about 9am and flew towards Sharkham Point and Berry Head. Then later saw a Kingfisher sitting on some rushes by the marsh. 


Posted March 13th, 2015 at 12:44 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

09:30 till 10:15 

from the hide 25+ sand martins 

Posted March 13th, 2015 at 10:23 am by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Thursday 12th March 2015

Around Topsham

1000-1400 hrs.

High-tide at Bowling Green Marsh were 2 Avocets; c65 Redshank; c450 Black-Tailed Godwits; 10 Bar-Tailed Godwits; 5 Pintail; 4 Pochard; 3 Tufted Ducks; Little Grebe; 7 Little Egrets; c70 Black-Headed Gulls; 2 Lesser Black-Backed Gulls; Stonechat and good numbers of Shoveler, Teal and Wigeon. At the Viewing Platform 4 Red-Breasted Mergansers.

Goosemoor 5 Snipe; 4 Greenshank; c25 Redshank; c40 Black-Tailed Godwits; Buzzard being mobbed by a Raven and usual numbers of Teal and Wigeon.

Darts Farm the Penduline Tits showing well again and still there when i left at 1400hrs.

Links to videos of Snipe and Penduline Tits.

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uw1HXqck0Ok

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fT7j7CH9tBU

Posted March 12th, 2015 at 9:04 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Plymouth group Field Meeting

A successful visit to Torcross/Slapton Ley took place.  Inspite of poor visibility good views of a variety of birds were seen.  Winter visiters including 3 golden eye showed well and there were plenty of tufted duck,  coot and pochard to be seen. A few gadwall were also near the bridge.

 Plenty of great crested grebe in their beautiful plumage were on both the sea and on the ley, one pair displaying.

Patient scanning of the sea by Doug and Martin finally found a great northern diver at Torcross and one was also found from the memorial car park were there was also a red throated diver.  A sandwich tern made a brief appearance and 6 scoter were seen a couple of times.  Summer visiters are beginning to return and 3 chiffchaff were seen and heard singing near the bridge and also a possible willow warbler was found by Mandy. Good sightings of cetti's warbers rounded off the day before the rain arrived. 

The Ley is always worth a visit but do take care walking along the line as it is easy to trip over hidden rocks.

Posted March 12th, 2015 at 8:39 pm by l goonesekera in Bird News

Prawle Point and Slapton Ley

My first seawatch of the new season ( ESE force 4 ,misty conditions) and my first Manx Shearwater of the year , east at 9.45am. From 7.40 till 10.30 a steady passage of auks (predominantly if not all Guillemots in breeding and winter plumage) : 693 in 2 hours; 65 Kittiwakes (25% 1st years) and 87 Gannets east. 2 Common Gulls and 2 Harbour Porpoises of interest. Elsewhere at Prawle most of the common residents in glorious spring song, butg no Wheatears !

Offshore at Slapton ,from Torcross , 1 x Great Northern Diver and 6 Common Scoter.Lovely to see the Great Crested Grebes courting but no sign of the other Grebe species.

Posted March 12th, 2015 at 8:12 pm in Bird News

West Charleton Marsh

Several Reed Buntings showing well at West Charleton Marsh this morning. However the arrival of this juvenile Sparrow Hawk put them into hiding for a while!

Reed Bunting -West Charleton Marsh - 12.3.15
Reed Bunting -West Charleton Marsh - 12.3.15

Sparrowhawk -West Charleton Marsh - 12.3.15
Sparrowhawk -West Charleton Marsh - 12.3.15

Posted March 12th, 2015 at 6:15 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

To begin with I will admit that I failed to relocate the wheatear and water pipit seen by James Diamond on the marshes this morning. In fact the afternoon felt like winter with a strong cold southerly breeze and low cloud.

The wigeon and teal numbers continue to fall but over 60 shelduck was an increase and a sign of change. I also counted over 60 shoveller, 15 pintail and 8+ tufted duck. The flock of c600 brent geese contained the black brant, they all flew out on to the estuary mid afternoon. Apart from c30 curlew there were no other waders on the marshes although c90 golden plover flew over onto the estuary in small groups of c20 birds.

At 3.00pm just ahead of a light shower at least 9 sand martins appeared flying low over the pools. There may have been more but 9 was the most I could see at one time. Also on the way back I heard or saw more than 4 chiffchaffs, maybe these were also new arrivals.

 

 

 

Posted March 12th, 2015 at 4:15 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Clennon Lakes

Small influx of Chiffchaff with 6 collybita present today and several singing. Still  2 Siberian Chiffchaffs (at least - could be 3) with one calling and occasionally singing its less orderly  'we - chu - chu' song. 2 Water Rail, 1 Kingfisher,1 Shoveler, 1 Little Egret, 3 Snipe.  

Posted March 12th, 2015 at 2:35 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Orcombe Point

Pair of Wheatears at Orcombe early afternoon, at west end of the ’Stone Curlew' field adjacent to Gore Lane.

Posted March 12th, 2015 at 2:28 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

East to Middle Soar

Low cloud, mist and south-easterlies - surely worth a look!!

Migration really getting underway with black redstart on ploughed land by the airfield, cracking male wheatear on north side of Bolt Head then pristine female on the head itself, 3 chiffchaffs at the Starehole Wetland and 31 pied wagtails & 2 white wagtails at East Soar Farm.

Also: 80 golden plover circling Middle Soar, first meadow pipit in song display flight and several yellowhammers on territory - a month earlier than 2014!

Posted March 12th, 2015 at 2:22 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

The Spotted Redshank was in its usual spot to the right of the viewing platform this lunchtime (until about 1.40 at least) along with a Greenshank.

Shelduck numbers have been high on the marsh this week - I counted at least 54 from the hide today. Also a male Reed Bunting on the feeders by the hide.

Posted March 12th, 2015 at 2:16 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth

At least 3 Wheatear arrived overnight

Posted March 12th, 2015 at 12:23 pm by Tor Elm in Bird News

Penduline Tits

Thanks to posters on this blog generously sharing information, I drove from north of London to take some pictures of the Penduline Tits and I was so pleased with them that I hope you don't mind me posting them. They were feeding on the seed heads, but also flitting in and around the Willow tree giving some really nice shots. If you look at the first image, you can see that it has a small grub in its mouth. I didn't realise until told by the very pleasant RSPB staff that they were eating mites, spiders and grubs rather than the seeds. Fantastic day out!

Michael.

Note grub in needle like bill
Note grub in needle like bill

Calling penduline Tit
Calling penduline Tit

Flowering Willow(?) gives nice context
Flowering Willow(?) gives nice context

Posted March 12th, 2015 at 12:01 am by Michael Nott in Bird News

Wednesday 11th March 2015

Buzzard eating Frog at Stover CP

I need to thank the bird photographer who told me ( as a visitor to the area) that  he was waiting for the "Frog eating Buzzard" and. as we aited, it turned up. First it perchedd in a tree near a pool, listening for the frogs which could be heard calling,. After a few minutes it flew down to the side of the pool before it went to the side and pulled out three frogs in turn devouring them on the bank side. I was told this was a regular annual activity. Three images attached.

Buzzard perching on arrival
Buzzard perching on arrival

In transit to pool side
In transit to pool side

Obviously a buzzard with French tastes!
Obviously a buzzard with French tastes!

Posted March 11th, 2015 at 11:51 pm by Michael Nott in Bird News

Taw merganser

1 female with 2 displaying male RB merganser. Beautiful. Just down from Fremington. In the pill, 3 greenshank and good numbers of shellduck and redshank. 

Posted March 11th, 2015 at 11:13 pm by Tom Williams in Bird News

Barn Owl, Bowling Green

A sad sight along the Goosemoor cyclepath, (just before the covered viewpoint), opposite just inside the BGM fence lies a dead Barn Owl, that may have had a collision with a train?

Posted March 11th, 2015 at 5:00 pm by Gary Clayden in Bird News

Yesterday -Teign Valley

A cracking day out with Mid Devon Branch yesterday starting from Steps Bridge.  3 Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers seen at one time, very active and displaying wing flickering (also seen in flight).  Both Gt Spotted and Green also present. Several Dippers, Grey Wagtails and a pair of Goosander were other highlights.  Thanks to Tim Channon for leading.  

Posted March 11th, 2015 at 10:41 am by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Tuesday 10th March 2015

Teign Estuary - this morning

By the lay-by look out on the estuary road, 27+ Red Breasted Merganser, drifting and fishing as a group going NE. Largest group I have seen on the estuary, and these just surface birds, not diving.

Posted March 10th, 2015 at 10:35 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Around Topsham

Viewed 1000-1600hrs,

At Bowling Green Marsh 6 Pintail (3-pair) + 1 Avocet + c400 Black Tailed Godwit + 9 Bar Tailed Godwit + c45 Redshank + 7 Curlew + 3 Pochard + 2 Tufted Ducks and good numbers of usual Shoveler, Teal and Wigeon. The 2 Foxes were running fast along the hedgerow before stopping in front the hide, turned around and ran back over to the right far-side of the field.

From the Viewing Platform 2 Kingfishers sat on Rivermeet House wall + Greenshank right of the platform and Red Breasted Merganser in channel + Common Gull + c150 Black Headed Gulls. No Avocets seen from the platforn or the Goatwalk on the outgoing tide.

Walking back along the road a Snipe was was close-by the gates between the 2 fields.

At Goosemoor 4 Greenshank + 25 Redshank + c60 Black Tailed Godwits and usual numbers of Teal and Wigeon.

Darts Farm the 2 Penduline Tits (female) continue to show well all afternoon around the reed-beds and in the trees near the hide.

Penduline Tit at Darts Farm 10-3-2015
Penduline Tit at Darts Farm 10-3-2015

Snipe at Bowling Green Marsh  10-3-2015
Snipe at Bowling Green Marsh 10-3-2015

Kingfisher at BGM Viewing Platform  10-3-2015
Kingfisher at BGM Viewing Platform 10-3-2015

Posted March 10th, 2015 at 7:24 pm by David Boult in Bird News

East to Middle Soar

No real luck for migrants but did get 19 migrant Pied Wagtails at East Soar Farm, several singing Cirl Buntings and 143 Golden Plovers on maize stubble.

Posted March 10th, 2015 at 4:00 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Velator

Arrived at the reserve this morning at about 06.20 for a ringing session. 2 SPOONBILLS again by the Tarka Trail (flew off at 08.15). One retrap Chiffchaff and another seen without a ring. SIgns of early migration were two Goldcrest ringed and at least one other seen later without a ring. Reed Bunting singing, Cetti's Warbler, Little Grebe and Water Rail calling.

Posted March 10th, 2015 at 3:41 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Baggy Point

Earlier this morning, my first spring migrant of the year right on the point in front of the Hebridean sheep, a cracking male Wheatear. It did not hang around for long & not long enough to digiscope it, so sorry folks no photo this time.

Posted March 10th, 2015 at 12:45 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Exmouth

One Sandwich Tern off the seafront at 1130hrs.

Posted March 10th, 2015 at 12:35 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Clennon Lakes

No sign of the drake Scaup this morning (it was still present yesterday) it may have moved to Young's Park Goodrington or up to Paignton Zoo) as the Tufted Ducks regularly commute between the sites. 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs present this morning with 4-5 collybita Chiffchaffs, 2 Water Rail, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Little Egrets, 1 Little Grebe and best of all a singing Reed bunting by the middle lake they are surprisingly rare on site. 

Siberian Chiffchaff Clennon Lakes 10 March 2015 ML

Photo: Siberian Chiffchaff

Posted March 10th, 2015 at 11:57 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 9th March 2015

Recent Lundy news

After a quiet winter on the bird news front, recent sightings have included Red-throated Diver (4th) and two Great Northern Divers, Stock Dove (4th), passage Meadow Pipits (160 on 5th), Black Redstart (female on 2nd) and the first Sand Martin of the spring yesterday (8th).

Posted March 9th, 2015 at 8:29 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Wrafton

2 Spoonbills by the Tarka trail this morning - one with colour rings on.

Posted March 9th, 2015 at 1:09 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Sunday 8th March 2015

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

The Snipe remain with numbers around the mid-70's (counts of 75, 77 etc). The good weather has prompted the Stonechats to move on with just 2 on Friday, none yesterday and 3 today. For the first time this year the Little Owl showed this afternoon.

Posted March 8th, 2015 at 6:37 pm in Bird News

Garden - Braunton

A pair of Blackbirds in our garden are feeding young as from yesterday 07/03/2015.

Posted March 8th, 2015 at 6:24 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Good mornings birding at the Warren, a nice group of 24 Sanderling was a nice sight on a dull grey day. A total of 41 species seen.


Posted March 8th, 2015 at 4:56 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Clennon Lakes

My first record of Scaup on the lakes and a fine drake too..1 Siberian Chiffchaff still present (photo and youtube link below) and 3 collybita (one singing) Chiffchaffs.

 Siberian Chiffchaff Drake Clennon Lakes 8 March 2015 ML   Scaup Drake Clennon Lakes 8 March 2015 ML

Siberian Chiffchaff video - click this YouTube link: http://youtu.be/xAWdXw99OEw

Posted March 8th, 2015 at 4:54 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

There were three Water Rails to the left of the track to the viewing platform this morning. From the platform, the Spotted Redshank was showing well with a Greenshank.

From the hide, 2 Gadwall, 4 Pintail, c12 Shoveler, half a dozen each of Tufted and Pochard and a couple of Avocets (a few were also seen towards Turf viewed from the Goat Walk, but numbers are well down from over 200 last weekend).

Good numbers of Wigeon, Teal, Black-tailed Godwits and Redshanks were using Goosemoor, plus 1 Greenshank; 1 Kingfisher along the river.

Posted March 8th, 2015 at 2:18 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Torbay

Off Preston Seafront: 2 Black-necked Grebes (one sum plum the other moulting from out of winter plum).

Broadsands / Elberry Cove: 2 sum plum Black-necked Grebes, 1 winter plum Slavonian Grebe and 3 Great Crested Grebes.

Posted March 8th, 2015 at 10:33 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Saturday 7th March 2015

Penduline Tits showing well today at Darts Farm

Although only 2 Penduline Tits were present, they were showing well this morning, both in the reedmace and preening in the willow tree. Interestingly they appeared to be eating the buds off the tree as well! Chiffchaff and reed buntings were also present in the morning sunshine.

Penduline Tit in Willow Tree
Penduline Tit in Willow Tree

Penduline Tit at Darts Farm
Penduline Tit at Darts Farm

Reed Bunting feeding on Reedmace
Reed Bunting feeding on Reedmace

Posted March 7th, 2015 at 9:33 pm by Nick D'Agorne in Bird News

Saunton Sands

While watching Sanderling feeding along the shoreline, I saw for the first time people taking pleasure in filming their dogs chasing the birds. In one instance for up to 30 mins.

First 3 People with one dog were encouraging their animal to chase the Sanderling back & forth along the beach while they recorded the flying birds on film, then 2 others doing the same for a shorter period of time.

How can we educate these people?

Posted March 7th, 2015 at 9:05 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Exe Estuary

A lovely afternoon for the last Stuart Lines birdwatching cruise of the autumn. The highlight was seeing the Snow Bunting on the sea wall near Turf! The 'usual' Spotted Redshank was with Greenshanks at Powderham, also 4 Goldeneye (including adult drake near Topsham), only about 30 Avocets, 3 Great Crested Grebes and the Slavonian was roughly between Powderham Church and Exton, near where a Harbour Seal was hauled out. The Slav has obviously had wanderlust recently, as it was off Powderham on Wednesday. Still large numbers of Brent Geese, Black-tailed Godwits and Dunlin, plus small numbers of Grey Plover, Knot, Sanderling and Bar-tailed Godwits.

Posted March 7th, 2015 at 6:50 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Sandwich Tern

The Sandwich Tern was roosting on a sandbank just off groyne 11 on Dawlish Warren. As the tide came in it started fishing just out beyond the breaking waves between groynes 11 and 12.

Posted March 7th, 2015 at 5:48 pm by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Exmouth

Mudbank - a single sandwich tern off there @ 1045. On Orcombe Point early this morning, 1 (presumed migrant) chiffchaff, 1 adult summer mediterranean gull, 5+ red-throated diver and good numbers of auk past.

Posted March 7th, 2015 at 11:25 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Pilton, Barnstaple

No sign of the Black Redstart mid morning in Pilton Park but thrilled with 15 Goosander flying high and east over the Park at 09:50 hrs. 

Posted March 7th, 2015 at 10:24 am by Martin James Bond in Bird News

South Molton Sand Martin

Just had a text from Martin Cox, he's fishing about two miles from South Molton and at 7am had a Sand Martin fly north.

Posted March 7th, 2015 at 10:23 am by Steve Waite in Bird News

Friday 6th March 2015

Pilton

Black Redstart found late morning and observed for about an hour 11:45 to 12:45 in the southern row of trees, Pilton Park. I don't recall ever seeing a Black Redstart so at home in trees before.   

Black Redstart, Pilton Park
Black Redstart, Pilton Park

Black Redstart, Pilton Park
Black Redstart, Pilton Park

Posted March 6th, 2015 at 11:11 pm by Martin James Bond in Bird News

Prawle

Red Kite flew in from the sea at midday today only to be mobbed by crows on iits arrival. Flew quickly inland as a result.

Posted March 6th, 2015 at 7:01 pm by Tim Clyburn in Bird News

River Exe @ Powderham

At 11:30 on the ebb tide by the outlet pipe at the rear of Powderham Castle the Spotted Redshank feeding alonside 3 Greenshanks.


Posted March 6th, 2015 at 3:13 pm by david cawthraw in Bird News

Velator

I've been having a blitz on the festering duck-weed on the pond recently, aided by  the west wind pushing it all up to one end of the pond. There's now heaps of it drying out...

The reward this morning was hearing and then seeing the first Little Grebe in the reserve for well over a year. I hope to get more of it out before the breeding season really gets under way, but Mallard, Coot and Canada Geese are all prospecting.

Posted March 6th, 2015 at 1:38 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Thursday 5th March 2015

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Very much as you were - the Snipe still present (75 counted today) and 8 Stonechats (5 males and 3 females). On Monday (2nd) there was an additional male Stonechat making 9 in all. Otherwise very quiet.

Posted March 5th, 2015 at 7:08 pm in Bird News

Maer Rocks- Exmouth

12 Purple Sands on Maer Rocks( just off Exmouth Lifeboat Station) at 4.30pm with c45 Brent Geese also there. Couldn't find any Long-Tailed Ducks at either end of the seafront. 

Posted March 5th, 2015 at 6:04 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Penduline Tits

2 Penduline Tits (female) at Darts Farm this morning and still there when i left at 1400hrs.

Penduline Tit at Darts Farm 5-3-2015
Penduline Tit at Darts Farm 5-3-2015

Penduline Tit at Darts Farm 5-3-2015
Penduline Tit at Darts Farm 5-3-2015

Penduline Tit at Darts Farm 5-3-2015
Penduline Tit at Darts Farm 5-3-2015

Posted March 5th, 2015 at 4:59 pm by David Boult in Bird News

East to Middle Soar

Day late as couldn't access the blog yesterday!!

Strangely a good day for waders on this largely dry site! Best was a Jack Snipe with 3 Snipe on wet flushes at head of Starehole Valley followed by 275 Golden Plover hunkered down in maize stubble. Also 3rd White Wagtail of spring at East Soar Farm with 6 Pieds. 9 Linnets were first spring returns.

Posted March 5th, 2015 at 4:39 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Water Rail - West Charleton Marsh - 4.3.15

Apologies for late post, but attempts yesterday to post more detailed sightings kept being rejected by my computer.

Anyway amongst the many birds recorded yesterday was the sighting on 3 occasions of what I presume is the same water rail. In one photo carrying a small fish.

Water Rail - West Charleton - 4.3.15
Water Rail - West Charleton - 4.3.15

Water Rail - West Charleton - 4.3.15
Water Rail - West Charleton - 4.3.15

Posted March 5th, 2015 at 3:25 pm by Dave Pakes in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh - Viewing Platform

1 Water Rail just past the gate to the viewing platform. From the platform itself 1 Spotted Redshank.

Posted March 5th, 2015 at 2:07 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

A very pleasant walk this morning mostly in warm sunshine. The snow bunting was on the sea wall south of Turf but further north than its usual location. Also around the Turf were a few red-breasted mergansers (13 yesterday) and c30 black-tailed godwit. No sign of the two colour-rung godwits that have been in that area - both were rung as chicks in Iceland, one in 2007 and the other in 2013.

On the marshes the numbers of wigeon and teal were noticeably lower but still plenty of teal in the ditches together with shoveller (c60), pintail (2), tufted duck (c10) and mallard. The black brant was within a flock of c600 brent geese. 

Signs of spring included singing Cettis warbler (3), herons with luminous orange bills and a buzzard inspecting an old nest. At least 2 chiffchaffs were on the canal bank and at least 5 stonechats were on the fields. 

Yesterday there was a flock of 160 golden plover flying over the marshes and James Diamond reported a firecrest there.

Posted March 5th, 2015 at 12:41 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Fremington Quay

Search for nesting activity this morning turned up positives for Long-tailed Tit and Carrion Crow.

Also a Redwing feeding on ivy, Green Woodpecker seen and then heard yaffling on the Tarka Trail to the west (a first for me at this site!), Bullfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming nearby. Treecreeper x3 and more Long-tailed Tit pairs on other side of the Pill. Buzzards also showing close to ground in this area. Redshank, Black'wit, Greenshank, Curlew, etc. on the Pill.

Posted March 5th, 2015 at 11:41 am by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Drake's Island

23 and 28 Feb 2015, 4 and 5 Mar 2015: One imm unringed Spoonbill roosting on Drakes Island amongst the many Great Black-backed gulls.  Generally leaving roost early in the morning and then flighting up the Tamar towards St Johns Lake area.   

(Robet Hurrell)

Posted March 5th, 2015 at 10:49 am in Bird News

Wednesday 4th March 2015

Around topsham

watched from 15:00 till 17:30

male and female goldeneye showed well of the goat walk along with 700+ Brent geese good numbers of avocet, black tailed godwits and dunlin.

2 spotted redshanks of from the viewing platform at bowling green marsh and 3 water rail from the path just inside the gate

from the hide 6+ pochard, 4 tufted duck, 2 little grebe, 1 water rail, 7+ pintail, 200+ wigeon, 20+ shoveler.

Posted March 4th, 2015 at 9:12 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Darts Farm ~ Bowling Green Marsh & Stover

A trip out to Darts Farm and Bowling Green Marsh this morning was disappointing, despite the clear blue skies there was a very strong cool wind blowing across Darts farm and virtually nothing on view, BGM was not a great deal better at the hide or the viewing platform, two sunbathing Fox’s added to the interest from the hide which basically boiled down to a good range of duck species, a flight of four Grey Lag Geese flew in as we left.

Goosander ~ Stover

Stover Country Park, 12 Goosander on the lake, 3 Great Crested Grebe, reasonably busy round the feed station without being overly exciting, Nuthatch, Marsh Tit, Long Tailed Tits showing well, a pair of Siskin with the male displaying, an idiot dog walker decided his dog did not need to be on a lead and soon lost it as it chased a Roe buck through the woods.

Posted March 4th, 2015 at 6:46 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

R.Taw - Pottington to Ashford Strand 12:15 - 13:45

344 Dark-bellied Brent; 15 Goosander(3M,12F); 3 Little Egret and 4 Spoonbill off Penhill Marsh.

15 Shelduck and 2 Little Grebe off Pottington.

3 more Goosander(1M,2F); 5 Shelduck and 27 Wigeon at Ashford Strand.

No Lapwing, Grey Plover, Golden Plover nor Dunlin at all. Just a few Redshank and numerous Curlew and Oystercatcher generally.

Posted March 4th, 2015 at 3:30 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Clennon Valley

Black Redstart that I had originally thought to be a female (very dull smoky grey body plumage and no pale tertial/secondary panel) was still present and now singing from rooftops! I assume it is a male, probably 1st winter/summer, however some males apparently never attain a full male type plumage. I cannot find any reference to females singing - unlike robins.   

Posted March 4th, 2015 at 9:00 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 2nd March 2015

Brixham

17:45

22 Pied Wagtails on and around the tennis courts close to the Leisure Centre at Brixham College.

Posted March 2nd, 2015 at 8:27 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Darts Farm

Watched two of the three Penduline Tits for a good hour by hide this afternoon. And following correspondence with another all three were present this morning. Great prolonged views at last. 

Posted March 2nd, 2015 at 6:47 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Clennon Valley

A female Black Redstart feeding in gardens and roof tops in Brantwood Drive.

Around the lakes: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff feeding & calling in trees above the Common Reed around the 2nd (middle) Lake, 2 collybita Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Little Egret, 1 Little Grebe

Posted March 2nd, 2015 at 12:55 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Skylark song!

On my early morning cycle ride from Okehampton, up past the Army Camp then on the Military Road out to New Bridge below East Mill Tor, there were six Skylark in full song defying the winter, despite the snow!

Posted March 2nd, 2015 at 10:32 am by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Sunday 1st March 2015

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

A total of 6 Stonechats with 5 being adult males was a definite sign of passage (only 1 adult male and 1 sub adult male being present previously). Meadow pipits also seem more numerous with arond 50 today. The Snipe still present (83 counted) and a mixed flock of extremely smart thrushes totalled 64 Fieldfare and 22 Redwing. 

Posted March 1st, 2015 at 8:07 pm in Bird News

Stover

I couldn't resist sending pictures of this very public moment of intimacy between a pair of Great Crested Grebes on the lake in the front of the hide this afternoon



Posted March 1st, 2015 at 7:42 pm by Dave McKeown in Bird News

Stover

Goosander 2 male, 3 female

Maderin 6, 3 of each

Nuthatch 3 or 4 around the park - all singing different songs 

Gadwell 1 male 1 female

Great Crested Grebe practicing their courtship display

120+ black headed gulls, which I suspect were non breeders, a great many were first year birds and the adults had no hoods.

Posted March 1st, 2015 at 7:10 pm by Stephen J Turner in Bird News

South Huish Marsh

Quite windy this morning at South Huish:

2 White Fronted Geese still with the Canada Geese, 2 Shelduck, 1Ruddy Shelduck, 1 male Gadwall, several Teal, Wigeon, Meadow and Rock Pipits, 1 Buzzard looking for dinner. Thanks also to Nick Townsend for the tour round South Milton Ley.

Posted March 1st, 2015 at 5:11 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Dawlish Warren 28th February

Walked the length of the beach. Distant view of a single unidentified diver (GND or BTD), 1 x Slavonian Grebe & best of all the two Long-tailed ducks feeding & swimming together. Displaying Skylark at the far end & around 20-25 Brent Geese on the Golf course.



Posted March 1st, 2015 at 11:49 am by Paul Treen in Bird News

Stover park

Morning Walk around stover. on the lake: two pairs of goosander, two pairs of tufted ducks , one male gadwall, pair great crested grebes, and all the usual suspects. On the feeders: plenty of siskins m+f , bull finches m+f, chaffinches m+f , coal tits , great tits, blue tits. also plenty of Gs woodpeckers, nuthatches, and two buzzards overhead and a sparrowhawk (f), and a pair of Ravens 

Posted March 1st, 2015 at 8:17 am by Graeme Davey in Bird News

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