Devon Bird Sightings from March 2016

2019 Descriptions still outstanding

Many thanks to all observers that submitted their records for 2019. However there are still a number of records that require descriptions before they can appear in the Bird Report.

If you were fortunate enough to find (or see) any of these birds below please could you submit a description to the County Recorder recorder@devonbirds.org Many thanks, stay safe.

Alpine Swift, Dawlish 11 Jun  Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug Purple Heron, Slapton Ley 07 May
Caspian Gull, Topsham 02 Aug Sabine's Gull, Thurlestone 14 Aug
Cory's Shearwater, Berry Head 19 Jul Serin (2), Harrowbeer 19 Apr
Glossy Ibis, Otter Est 11-13 Mar Tree Sparrow (2), Berry Head 20 Mar
Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May  

 

Posted May 2nd at 3:27 pm by Kevin Rylands in General Birding

Coronavirus update - Daily exercise and Bird Hides

Please be aware that in line with Government guidelines on non-essential travel and social distancing, the Devon Birds hides at Beesands, Fernworthy and Roadford, in addition to hides elsewhere in the County including Bowling Green Marsh, Dawlish Warren and Seaton Wetlands are closed until further notice. Whilst some people may be fortunate enough to be within walking/cycling distance of these sites, others should not be making special journeys to visit these areas at this time. Thank you for your co-operation and stay safe.

Please follow NHS guidelines:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/staying-at-home-to-avoid-getting-coronavirus/staying-at-home-and-away-from-other-people/

Posted April 16th at 12:04 pm by Mike Daniels in General Birding

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Posted January 8th at 9:12 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

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

Thursday 31st March 2016

Chagford, Dartmoor

Saw a flock of 10 Jays (I did count them several times) in a tree above where I work. I have never seen this amount of Jays together before.

Posted March 31st, 2016 at 10:34 pm by Maurice Rapley in General Birding

Slapton

A visit to Slapton today did not produce a great deal, virtually nothing on or over the sea, only real species of note on the Ley were two pairs of Gadwall, several Great Crested Grebe and a large number of Mute Swan.

The smaller birds made the day with 5 + Chiffchaff, several pairs of Stonechat and Reed Bunting, a Sky Lark seen low over the Field centre end and several more heard singing, very brief view of a Cetti's Warbler and numerous calls often close at hand but unable to see the calling bird.

Back home in South Brent male and female Reed Bunting on the garden feeders.

 

Posted March 31st, 2016 at 9:47 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Rillage Point to Watermouth

06.45 to 08.15; another very cold and clear start, then sunny; calm. 5 Chiffchaffs in the scrub, plus a steady trickle of Sand Martins, Swallows and Meadow Pipits flying NNW, but these were high up and others may well have been passing over out of range given the near-perfect conditions. One Wheatear at the head of the Sterridge Valley last night (30th).

Posted March 31st, 2016 at 9:10 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Warren Nature Reserve

Watched over the mid-day high-tide great views of 4 Wheatears near the hide 10 Sandwich Terns (2 diving), 12 Red-breasted Mergansers and numerous Shag in the estuary,  7 Skylarks, 2 Stonechats, c30 Brent Geese, c80 Curlew (railway seawall), 9 Great Creasted Grebes offshore from John's watch.

Wheatear video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MB5ZTm4H_M

2 Slavonian Grebes seen from Cockwood steps.

Stopped off north of Powderham church to look for the reported Cattle Egret in stubble field with other Egrets and after scoping the bird appeared to be Little Egret with longer pointed orange coloured bill which looked to be dirty from feeding and 2 plumes showing from the nape.

Still no sign of the Cackling Goose at Matford marsh late afternoon.

Wheatear
Wheatear

Wheatear
Wheatear

Wheatear
Wheatear

Posted March 31st, 2016 at 8:41 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Shaugh Prior and Plym Estuary

A walk in beautiful conditions, from the Dewerstone Car Park near Shaugh Prior, to Cadover Bridge and back produced 3 Marsh Tits, 2 Sparrowhawks, and a Fallow Deer. Nearby, a Swallow.

Later the Plym Estuary & Saltram, on the low tide - Swallow, Peregrine and 2 Mistle Thrushes.

Posted March 31st, 2016 at 7:48 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Morte Point

This morning (31 March) - 1 singing Willow Warbler, I House Martin, 8 Sand Martins, 1 Chiffchaff, 50+ Swallows, 4 Wheatears. Several Meadow Pipits & pair Rock Pipits both displaying plus 24 other species.




Posted March 31st, 2016 at 5:25 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

birds at broadsands and clennon 31.3.16

Broadsands between 7am and 9. Just one lone brent goose on the sea, photo enclosed and an egret. Also what I took from its song to be a yellowhammer but when I photo'd and filmed it, found it was a cirl. Very odd yet, to me, a very similar song. Also a song thrush singing its heart out and another in the car park. At Clennon just a pair of shovellers resting on the middle pond.

P. L. Fairclough

Song thrush at Broadsands but poisted in error, oops
Song thrush at Broadsands but poisted in error, oops

Lone Brent at Broadsands 31.3.16
Lone Brent at Broadsands 31.3.16

Posted March 31st, 2016 at 1:50 pm by philip fairclough in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

 2 Willow Tit, 2 Goosander (1m 1f), 3 Nuthatch, 19 Tufted Duck, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Great Black-backed Gull and c15 Sand Martin.

Posted March 31st, 2016 at 1:27 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding

Yellow browed warbler

Yellow-browed warbler showing well feeding in a small area of willow scrub Wednesday morning and again this morning (31st) at West Sandford (Crediton)

Posted March 31st, 2016 at 9:54 am by Steve Colombe in General Birding

Wednesday 30th March 2016

Swallows at last

While walking along the South Coast Path,  from Wonwell to Challecombe south of Kingston, 2 swallows flew in  from the sea about mid day.  Has summer come? 

Posted March 30th, 2016 at 11:30 pm by Liz Harris in General Birding

mortehoe n.devon

while having a lunchtime coffee in villlage 5 swallow and 5 sand martin appeared + pr of buzzards sky dancing locking talons above hillside,13:10_13:40.At wrafton this evening upto 100 sand martins,6 swallow,1 willow warbler i3 shoveller,2m,f,17:15-17:50.

Posted March 30th, 2016 at 11:10 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Haldon Forest

At the bird feeder in Haldon there are still large numbers of Siskin and Chaffinch with 3 Bramblings among them.

Posted March 30th, 2016 at 9:29 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in General Birding

Torbay

2 Sandwich Terns off Fairy Cove, Paignton again this morning.

A Firecrest near the top pond at Clennon Valley.

1 Swallow over Roundham Head mid-afternoon.

Yesterday, 2 Wheatears on Berry Head and 2 Swallows over Sharkham Point.

Posted March 30th, 2016 at 8:57 pm by George Wall in General Birding

Sherpa scrape & Wrafton Pond

The LRP has not been seen on the scrape today so looks like it has moved on. 50 Sand Martins over the scrape & 1 Swallow over the pond.

1 bold Brown Rat (see photo) at Wrafton Pond which can swim & is  capable of predating eggs & young in nests. 8 Swallows seen between the Toll House & Horsey Island + 2 Wheatear in a field on Horsey.


Posted March 30th, 2016 at 8:53 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Swallow Sightings

Saw a pair of Swallows near Ashreigney, early evening about 6.30pm.

Posted March 30th, 2016 at 8:42 pm by Maurice Rapley in General Birding

Sherpa Marsh

GREEN SANDPIPER on Sherpa marsh pond, where Sand Martin numbers have risen considerably.

Also, at SKERN scrape one female WHEATEAR.

Posted March 30th, 2016 at 6:00 pm by John Bronze in General Birding

Wrafton Pond & Scrape

7.00 - 8.30 - 30 March. Wrafton Pond - Little Grebe 2, Pochard 2, Tufted Duck 2, Mute Swan 2, Several Mallard, Coot & Moorhen,  Sand Martin 30+, Swallow 1, Kingfisher overflew & 2 Chiffchaff sang in bushes. Scrape - Canada Geese 5, Shelduck 2, Little Egret 1, LBB Gull 1, Sparrowhawk 1, a few Teal, Shoveller and P Wagtails. No sign of the Little Ringed Plover




Posted March 30th, 2016 at 3:18 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Tuesday 29th March 2016

Wrafton

Digiscoped photo of LRP on passage taken yesterday am. Does not breed at this location.


Posted March 29th, 2016 at 7:25 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Wrafton Pond & Sherpa scrape

1 House Martin with the Sand Martins flying over the Pond & the scrape pm.

Posted March 29th, 2016 at 7:12 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Wrafton

Little Ringed Plover again at about 09.30 this morning. A singing Chiffchaff in the reserve. 

Posted March 29th, 2016 at 5:35 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Tiverton 29th March

Marsh Tit M Webb

1 Male Redpoll visited the niger seed late morning.Along with 6 siskin, 8 Goldfinch, 5 Chaffinch, 1 pair Greendfinch, 1 Pr Bulfinch, 1 Coal tit, 3 Great tit (one with a white tail), 6 Blue tit, 1 pair Longtailed tit, 1 Robin, 1 pair Blackbirds, 1 Woodpigeon, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Dunnock. Also had a Marsh Tit in last Friday, a brief visit from a Brambling. A Sparrowhawk dropped in mid week.

 

 

Posted March 29th, 2016 at 5:20 pm by M C Webb in General Birding

Wrafton

Little ringed plover on scrape. Also unusual looking black and white Jackdaw.

Posted March 29th, 2016 at 2:04 pm by John Bronze in General Birding

Powderham

The Cattle Egret this morning was in a grass field on the opposite side of the road to the stubble field and behind a row of cottages;  fraternising with a small group of cattle.  

There were 14 Little Egrets in with the flock of sheep in the stubble field.

Posted March 29th, 2016 at 12:49 pm by Rupert Ormerod in General Birding

Broadsands

On the sea: 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Common Scoter, 3 Great Northern Divers & 3 Great Crested Grebes

Posted March 29th, 2016 at 10:09 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Monday 28th March 2016

Bowling Green Marsh & Exmouth

From the hide over the morning high-tide the 2 Spotted Redshanks eventually showed with 4 Avocets and the usual waders and ducks. From the platform a Perigrine was soariing high over towards Darts Farm with c15 Red-breasted Mergansers around the estuary and 2 possibly 3 Sandwich Terns on bouys near the Warren.

From Exmouth Docks on the dropping tide 5 Sandwich Terns were seen on the mud south of Cockwood steps with another 2 flying out from the estuary and along the Warren beach front and 11 Red-breasted Mergansers.

Another look at Bowling Green Marsh late afternoon showed Spotted Redshank and Greenshank around the platform and from the hide when the heavy rain returned c45 Sand Martins and 2 Swallows dropped down onto the marsh.

Posted March 28th, 2016 at 8:28 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Southleigh garden

Redpoll visiting feeders everyday with other finches- a first in 4 years

Posted March 28th, 2016 at 8:11 pm by Tamara Garner in General Birding

Ugborough Beacon

A lone swallow near Owley Moor Gate. 100+ Golden Plover between Ugborough Beacon and Spurrell's Cross.

Posted March 28th, 2016 at 8:03 pm by Richard Woodland in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

The (2nd cal year) Glaucous Gull present again at the top of the estuary at high tide, Also - 17 Turnstones, Shag, Dunlin, 42 Redshanks, 2 Greenshanks, 9 Curlews, 4 Little Egrets, 2 Common Sandpipers, 28 Shelducks, 4 Goldcrests, Snipe and 2 Nuthatches. 

Posted March 28th, 2016 at 6:54 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Possible Little Bunting?

At Darts Farm, around 13.00. Left hand side of pond by hide. Came across while tracking chiffchaffs in trees.

Posted March 28th, 2016 at 6:08 pm by David Walters in General Birding

White Goose

Has anyone seen the white goose at Wrafton field? Would be grateful for some id confirmation.

Posted March 28th, 2016 at 5:32 pm by Andy Leat in General Birding

Wrafton

Quick walk around the reserve this afternoon: 1 Chiffchaff, several Goldfinch still, a couple of Sand Martins over, and a stunning Barn Owl!

Out on the scrape, the Little Ringed Plover still.

Posted March 28th, 2016 at 4:48 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Dunsdon NR and Lower Tamar Lake

28th March.   Dunsdon NR.

3 Chiffchaffs calling and 1 seen. 1 Blackcap calling. 1 Stock Dove.   No sign of any activity at the heronry.

Lower Tamar Lake.

30+ Sand Martins and at least 3 Swallows, 10 Tufted Ducks, several Mallard, 1 male Reed Bunting, 1 Jay, 1 Buzzard, 1 Moorhens and 1 Coot, 2 Greenfinches, several Chaffinches, Dunnocks, Robins and Blackbirds. 1 Nuthatch,  Carrion Crows and Rooks,

Harvey Kendall and Barry Bryne.

Posted March 28th, 2016 at 2:37 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

From yesterday around the Exe

Stover Country Park ~ at first light, a Water rail flew up from in front of the hide straight into cover, five female Goosander flew in, pair of courting Great Crest Grebe, several Cormorant a mixed handful of Swallow and Sand Martins, Green Woodpecker calling almost constantly.

RSPB Matford ~ Teal, Wigeon, Tufted Duck, Shoveller, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, one Chiffchaff in full song from the top of a Willow, Coot, Moorhen, Buzzard and a good number of Sand Martins low over the water, marsh and pasture.

Spotted Redshank BGM 27032016

Bowling Green Marsh ~ Large number of Black Tailed Godwits many turning to summer plumage, Pied Wagtails, Starling, at least two Spotted Redshank, Redshank, Knot, five Avocet, Oyster Catcher, Curlew, Moorhen, Shoveller, eighteen Pintail, Shellduck, Wigeon, Teal and Heron.

Black Tailed Godwit BGM 27032016

One Black Godwit with coloured tagged legs, Left orange over yellow ~ Right green over orange.

Exminster on the approach to Lions Rest a Kestrel being mobbed by a Carrion Crow.

In the stubble field on the corner before turning down to Powderham Church a Cattle Egret feeding with eleven Little Egret. (Could be seen clearly from alongside a cottage named “Verbena”)

Cattle Egret Powderham 26032016

River Exe at Countess Wear more Sand Martins than could be counted low over the river.

Hackney Marsh / Passage House Inn a good number of Gulls, both Greater and Lesser Black Backs, Little Egret, Heron and Shellduck.

Teigngrace ~ Fifteen Little Egret, eight Mute Swan, around a dozen Canadian Geese, Stock Dove, good number of Wood Pigeons feeding on a fodder crop, Greenfinch, Bullfinch almost constant movement of Sand Martins.

Dart Bridge, Buckfastleigh a single very vocal Grey Wagtail.

Posted March 28th, 2016 at 9:21 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Budleigh Salterton

5.15pm Sun 27 March, Moor Lane Cemetery, pair of green woodpeckers on the grass amongst the headstones.

Posted March 28th, 2016 at 8:57 am by Vince Bedford in General Birding

Exe Sunday

Powderham Marsh - water pipit, singing willow warbler, 10 swallows, green sand

Matford - 2 green sands. No sign of cackling goose - not seen on Saturday either, last seen Friday 25 March.

Posted March 28th, 2016 at 8:47 am by Leigh lock in General Birding

Sunday 27th March 2016

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 10:00 till 12:40

from the hide 1 spotted redshank, 12+ knot, 5 avocet, 17+ Pintail, 150+ black tailed godwits, 6+ snipe, 15+ bar tailed godwits, 20+ curlew, 30+ dunlin, 1 nuthatch, 2 Cetti's warblers, 1 sparrowhawk, 1 buzzard.

from the viewing platform , 6+ sand Martin , 3 red beasted mergansers.

Posted March 27th, 2016 at 10:59 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Wrafton

Along with a scattering of Sand Martins and a couple of Swallows, a Little Ringed Plover was on the scrape by the Tarka Trail late this afternoon.

Posted March 27th, 2016 at 10:36 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Slapton Ley

3pm 6 Swallows and several Sand Martins, at least 2 House Martins around the Ley for a short period after a break in the rain and disappeared as quick as they came, Plenty of Tufted Duck, 15+ Gadwall and 1 smart Male Pochard. Probably more but lots of birds lost in the waves!



Posted March 27th, 2016 at 9:19 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

Saltram Estuary 27-03-16

A windy day at the estuary, a couple of shots of a Little Egret battling  the wind 

Posted March 27th, 2016 at 9:03 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Broadsands

Very quiet this morning out to sea but at least 4 Sandwich terms offshore this evening running before the storm I guess

Posted March 27th, 2016 at 7:27 pm by Timothy Clyburn in General Birding

Morte Point

Morte Point this afternoon a few Manx Shearwaters headed west. A Cormorant with a white head/neck, race Sinensis, headed up channel, 6 Lbbgu on the sea. 2 pairs of Wheatears.

Eds; Cormorants of race 'sinensis' are only reliably identified on the angle of the gular skin in relation to the gape.

Posted March 27th, 2016 at 6:31 pm by Martin Thorne in General Birding

Teignmouth

Sandwich Tern over river

Posted March 27th, 2016 at 3:56 pm by Kieron Palmer in General Birding

Maidencombe

Singing Chiffchaff, single Swallow over ,Fulmar, Gannet and Shag on water.

Posted March 27th, 2016 at 3:54 pm by Kieron Palmer in General Birding

Torbay

1 Sandwich Tern in Torbay 3.30pm close inshore off Livermead Cliff Hotel then flew towards Preston Seafront 

Posted March 27th, 2016 at 3:46 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Rillage Point to Watermouth

07.35 to 10.00, SW4-5, scattered heavy showers with hail. Chiffchaff 4, Wheatear 1 male, Willow Warbler 1 sub-singing in scrub at Watermouth. Also continuing passage of Meadow Pipits (45) and alba wagtails (6) in spite of the blustery conditions. No hirundines though.

Posted March 27th, 2016 at 10:35 am by Tim Jones in General Birding

Saturday 26th March 2016

Sand Martin and swallow over Tottiford reservoir

late afternoon today saw 25 or so sand martin with maybe 3 or 4 swallow feeding above the reservoir during a break in the wet, windy weather. 

Posted March 26th, 2016 at 7:19 pm by Fiona Freshney and Simon Lee in General Birding

Sherpa Marsh

Late afternoon walk around after seeing a dozen or more Sand Martins at Wrafton Pond. There were 20+ more over the ponds at Sherpa, and a delightful male Wheatear on the grass too.

Posted March 26th, 2016 at 6:20 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

At least 12 Sand Martins over the pond late aft offering some shelter from a brisk cold wind.

Posted March 26th, 2016 at 6:19 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Plym Estuary

The Glaucous Gull (2nd c.y) again at the top of the estuary late morning with 55 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and a second summer (3rd c.y) Mediterranean Gull sporting a virtually full hood. Two Black-tailed Godwits (one sum plum) flew down river. Also: 3 Common Sandpipers, 30 Shelducks, 2 Little Grebes, 2 Goldcrests, a pair of Mandarin Ducks and 3 Chiffchaffs (one of which appeared to have a "pollen horn"). 

Posted March 26th, 2016 at 2:59 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Starcross

Willow warbler singing in my garden 

Posted March 26th, 2016 at 2:27 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Lee Bay - N.Devon

The Wren has flown out of the tangled cover on the cliff & is seen here searching for insects amongst the rock crevices & algae on the upper shore.


Posted March 26th, 2016 at 11:48 am by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Exminster - yesterday

In spring like weather a fieldfare was behaving oddly in a field at the top of Exminster Hill. Flicking its tail and running around in the ploughed field. It also looked small.

Otherwise little to report apart from singing skylarks and a couple of singing blackcaps.

Posted March 26th, 2016 at 10:43 am by John Waldon in General Birding

Hopes Nose

7.30-9.30am-12 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Sandwich Tern, 10 Common Scoter, 75 Fulmar, 65 Kittiwakes, 45 Gannet, GCGrebe, Sand Martin 

Posted March 26th, 2016 at 10:14 am by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Morte Point

Two Sand Martins and three Wheatears at the point this morning and a Siskin over Morthoe village.

Posted March 26th, 2016 at 8:49 am by Chris Dee in General Birding

Friday 25th March 2016

Soar

Barely anything to report today but 2 Siskins and a Chiffchaff just warrant a mention.

Two Chichaffs, a Greenshank and 2 Common Sandpipers at South Efford Marsh later.

Posted March 25th, 2016 at 10:25 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Mediterranean Gull (adult summer) RSPB-BGM

Very smart adult summer Mediterranean Gull dropped onto the marsh after the morning 4.1 mtr high-tide at 10:07 and stayed for 20 minutes amongst the usual waders and ducks including the Spotted Redshank. Most of the Avocets appear to have now gone with numbers down to only 23.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=767KlhIT11E

Mediterranean Gull
Mediterranean Gull

Posted March 25th, 2016 at 9:25 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Haldon Forest Park & Bowling Green Marsh

Bramblings - Pintails & Shoveler

Brambling - Halden Forest Park
Brambling - Halden Forest Park

Posted March 25th, 2016 at 8:28 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Baggy Point and Turnpike Cross

My post from this morning on my local patch (Rillage Point) mentioned the passage of Swallows, but the absence of Sand Martins. This afternoon we discovered where all the Sand Martins were! After 11 heading out to sea from Baggy Point, we encountered a feeding flock of c.120 over grassland near Turnpike Cross, between Woolacombe and Georgeham. An amazingly large gathering given that it's still only just the last week of March... Two Swallows with the martins. Also at Baggy, a male Wheatear, 18 Pied Wagtails, 2 White Wagtails, and a Red Kite, which drifted off SE over Croyde.

Posted March 25th, 2016 at 8:11 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Dartmeet

At Dartmeet and the surrounding area there were 3 Yellowhammers and loads of Stonechats, Mipits and Skylark. also on my way back from Dartmoor just before Torrington a large flock of about 200-300 Golden Plover flew Over.

Posted March 25th, 2016 at 8:04 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in General Birding

Turf

Osprey!! 

Posted March 25th, 2016 at 6:35 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Braunton Burrows

My first Sand Martins of the year with 8 over the Burrows this afternoon. 20+ Meadow Pipits 6+ Skylarks a pair of Stonechat and a male Kestrel around the great dune area. 

Posted March 25th, 2016 at 5:50 pm by Derek Carter in General Birding

Wheatear

1 Male Wheatear just past the bridge on the way to Turf first seen at 10.30am and was still there on my way back at 3pm but had been joined by 24 Meadow Pipits!


Posted March 25th, 2016 at 5:05 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

Sherpa Marsh

40-50 Sand Martins hawking insects in the late afternoon sunshine.

Posted March 25th, 2016 at 4:53 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

East Prawle

Lovely sunny walk along the coast produced a male and female wheatear, a few pairs of stonechats, a sparrowhawk, buzzard and a hungry stoat mooching around the rockpools, which was a lovely treat to see.

Posted March 25th, 2016 at 4:45 pm by Steph Murphy in General Birding

Braunton Burrows

My first Sand Martins of the year with 8 over the Burrows this afternoon. 20+ Meadow Pipits 6+ Skylarks a pair of Stonechat and a male Kestrel around the great dune area. 

Posted March 25th, 2016 at 4:42 pm by Derek Carter in General Birding

Berryhead

Early morning look around produced a Male Black Redstart on the grass bank between the two forts, Also male Wheatear,Two male Bullfinch, 6 Cirl Buntings and a Redwing.

Posted March 25th, 2016 at 4:39 pm by Rob Murphy in General Birding

Matford and Exminster

At Matford Pool, the Ridgeway's Cackling Goose was still accompanying a pair of Mallard (rather than the two pairs of Canada Geese on the other side of the pool!). Also 2 Shoveler, 6 Tufted and a couple of Stock Doves in the dead trees. Seemed like more people than birds around Exminster Marshes, but did manage to see a Water Rail near the railway car park.

Ridgeway's Cackling Goose
Ridgeway's Cackling Goose

Ridgeway's Cackling Goose: not much bigger than a Mallard!
Ridgeway's Cackling Goose: not much bigger than a Mallard!

Water Rail, Exminster Marshes
Water Rail, Exminster Marshes

Posted March 25th, 2016 at 4:16 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Prawle Point

Glorious morning but just 5 Wheatears on the lower fields. Another birder reported Hobby and Swallow.

Posted March 25th, 2016 at 2:22 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Wrafton

Chiffchaff and Cetti's Warbler singing around the pool. 

Handsome Cob!
Handsome Cob!

Posted March 25th, 2016 at 1:29 pm by Martin Bond in General Birding

Soar Mill Cove

Black Redstart near the cove this morning, also 2 or 3 Chiffchaffs.

Posted March 25th, 2016 at 12:56 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Rillage Point to Watermouth

06.20 to 09.00; clear, sunny, NW3: 18 Swallows (first of year here) heading NW in small groups of up to 6 but not a sniff of a Sand Martin. Calls gave away a strong overhead passage of Meadow Pipits, but with light winds and clear skies most were flying too high to see and my count of 41 is inevitably a huge underestimate. Also 11 alba wagtails and small numbers of Linnets, Goldfinches and Siskins.

Posted March 25th, 2016 at 10:50 am by Tim Jones in General Birding

Thursday 24th March 2016

Torridge Valley

Swallow near Weare Giffard at 8.15 today

Posted March 24th, 2016 at 10:13 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Prawle and Slapton

Seawatch at Prawle Point in South-Westerly 4 going 5 from 8am till 1 pm. 55 Manx Shearwaters west ( interestingly 3 groups of 5)  plus 6 Divers east : 3 Black-Throated and 2 Red- Throated plus 1 unidentified .

At 2pm from Torcross end of Slapton Ley I saw 4 Sand Martins - my first this year- in breezy drizzly conditions.

Excellent talk by Mark Avery last night at the Devon Birds AGM : learnt lots about why birders should be opposed to ground- driven grouse shooting on moors. Must sign the e-government  petition.

Posted March 24th, 2016 at 9:41 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Slapton Ley

6+ sand martins ranging over The Ley this morning. 3 male and 2 female goldeneye, 3 male and a female pochard and 2 male and a female wigeon with gadwall and tufted duck on the water. Large number of mute swans, 64+ mobile birds, both adults and immatures, with 2 on reedbed nests.

A chiffchaff singing and 2 water rails squealing at The Bridge. Cettis warblers heard and 3 seen. A large immature female peregrine with very pale grey/brown upperparts overhead spooked all the ducks and gulls.

A great northern diver on the sea with an adult gannet flying west before rain stopped play at 11:30.

Posted March 24th, 2016 at 6:46 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Paignton Harbour

2 Sandwich Terns plunging off Fairy Cove this afternoon.

Also, a Kingfisher on the rocks.

Posted March 24th, 2016 at 5:51 pm by George Wall in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

A quick look around the Marsh just after high tide this morning produced the normal inhabitants with 18 Pintail, 8 Avocets, Still good numbers of Blacktail Godwits with many turning to their summer plumage, Widgeon and Teal in depleted numbers and a Ruff showing well to the left of the hide and 3 Snipe to the right of the hide. Martock birder reported several Sand Martins came over the Marsh around 09:00.

Snipe to the right
Snipe to the right

Ruff to the left
Ruff to the left

Posted March 24th, 2016 at 2:56 pm by Derek Carter in General Birding

Warren House Dardmoor

first Wheatear,s for this year seen flying around Warren House area.

Posted March 24th, 2016 at 2:38 pm by Mavis Goddard in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

This lunchtime at Bowling Green Marsh until about 1.35, 1 Swallow and 1 Sand Martin moved through heading towards the river. A cracking male Wheatear was to the left of the hide looking towards the railway line.

Posted March 24th, 2016 at 1:53 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Wrafton

Looked in at the pond this morning to find several Sand Martins hawking over the water and trees. They were also out over the scrape, and using the shelter of the reserve. Probably more than a dozen. One Swallow.

Sadly the two Swans that were in the reserve for the last two days have upped and left.

Posted March 24th, 2016 at 12:33 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Wednesday 23rd March 2016

Wembury

Quiet walk along the coastal footpath today, a singing chiffchaff busily catching flies the only summer migrant. A pair of shelduck, 2 pairs of Canada geese, 3 little egrets, a grey heron and a male yellowhammer the other highlights.

A quick look at the River Plym from Laira Bridge on the return home and a female goosander, 8 little egrets, a curlew, a singing chiffchaff and 8 Canada geese seen.

Posted March 23rd, 2016 at 8:44 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

A visit this evening produced: 7+ Sand Martins,  Spotted Redshank, Ruff, 22 Pintails, c270 Black-tailed Godwits, c60 Dunlins, 2 Greenshanks and a Cetti's Warbler heard. 

Posted March 23rd, 2016 at 7:42 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

1 Swallow present just for a minute or two.

Posted March 23rd, 2016 at 7:22 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Ashford Strand & Wrafton Pond

1 pair of Goosanders enjoying the calm estuarine water.

Photo 2 :- Darling, can you remind me to bring my hair net before we venture out next time!



Posted March 23rd, 2016 at 7:18 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Ilfracombe Pier

One of the Herring Gulls iv'e photo'd from Ilfracombe pier with a Metal leg ring. I thought it may have come from further a field but It turns out it was ringed @ 4yr old in Ilfracombe on 9th July 2009.


Posted March 23rd, 2016 at 7:17 pm by Martin Thorne in General Birding

Hopes Nose

2 male Wheatears at Hopes Nose late pm on rocks at southern end at Sandy Point.

Posted March 23rd, 2016 at 5:07 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Exminster Marsh/Bowling Green

2 Swallows, 4 Sand Martins and 2 Cetti's Warblers the highlights of a quick visit this afternoon


Posted March 23rd, 2016 at 4:51 pm by Tor Elm in General Birding

Starcross

One swallow today. 

Posted March 23rd, 2016 at 3:23 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Soar Mill Cove/Valley & Harleston by Slapton

Three Wheatears above Soar Mill Cove and first singing Chiffchaff in the willows.

At Harleston singing Chiffchaff and Swallow over garden.

Posted March 23rd, 2016 at 2:42 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Baggy Point morning 23rd March

First surprise of the walk was a Brown Hare jogging along the path away from us near Baggy House! Overhead the Point were about 12 - 15 Sand Martins. An obliging female Kestrel posed on a post :)

Female Kestrel
Female Kestrel

Posted March 23rd, 2016 at 1:39 pm by Phil & Sue Naylor in General Birding

Morte Point

2 Wheatears (m), 7 Swallows & 5 Sand Martins at Morte Point this morning.

Posted March 23rd, 2016 at 1:11 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

First Wheatear on Haytor

I saw a cracking male Wheatear on Smallcombe Rocks just to the North of Haytor this morning,my first of the year on Dartmoor.

Posted March 23rd, 2016 at 10:04 am by Keith Benyon-Tinker in General Birding

Redpoll feeding on sunflower seed hearts

Sidford - East Devon

Thought at first they were siskins but have a very red headcrown/breast. Looked for pictures on the internet & in bird books & then thought they may be  linnets but now believe they are more likely to be redpolls.  Will try to get photos if the gulls stop scaring them away! 

Posted March 23rd, 2016 at 9:45 am by D. Williams in General Birding

Tuesday 22nd March 2016

Sherpa Marsh - N Devon

Sherpa Marsh had a single Sand Martin and a Swallow this afternoon. Back at Wrafton pond Sue Bruce had seen five Sand Martins, but as I arrived only one and a Swallow.  Jon Turner 

Posted March 22nd, 2016 at 8:00 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Red Kite

Single red kite seen over the woods between Swimbridge and Filleigh at 15.00hrs on Monday 21st.

Posted March 22nd, 2016 at 6:49 pm by richard yeats in General Birding

Powderham and Exminster Marsh

A Ruff still on Powderham Marsh this pm - Also a Swallow with 6 Sand Martins over the marsh. A Green Sand, 2 Barnacle Geese and still 75 Wigeon. A Chiffchaff singing by path.  Also 2 Little Ringed Plover on Exminster Marsh. 

Posted March 22nd, 2016 at 5:42 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

South Huish

Early morning four Garganey including three smart males, Wheatear and imm Black Redstart

Yesterday's tally included a couple of Wheatear, Little Ringed Plover, smart White Wagtail and Merlin hunting over the area. (Arthur Livett)

Posted March 22nd, 2016 at 1:56 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Monday 21st March 2016

Prawle and South Huish

26 Wheatears seen today between the point and Horsley Cove from 8.30 till 11.30am.with just 2 Chiffchaffs.1 Red-Throated Diver east and 3 Common Scoter west in a brief seawatch. Also 2 Peacock Butterflies. Learnt from another birder ( thanks ) of a Little Ringed Plover at South Huish (at the back of the marsh) where I also saw a White Wagtail,Water Pipit and adult Med Gull moulting into summer plumage. 

Posted March 21st, 2016 at 9:49 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Matford Marsh

The Ridgway's cackling goose showed well mid afternoon in the main pond, feeding with mallards and teal. Also several stock dove in the big oak trees around the pool.

Ridgway's cackling goose
Ridgway's cackling goose

Stock doves
Stock doves

Stock dove
Stock dove

Posted March 21st, 2016 at 8:33 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Berrynarbor

 Redpoll on one of the garden feeders today.


Posted March 21st, 2016 at 8:20 pm by Margaret Phillips in General Birding

Prawle and South Huish

At Prawle 26 Wheatears today (including 2 females) from Point to Horsley Cove. Only 2 Chiffchaffs.1 Red-Throated Diver east, 3 Common Scoter west. 2 Peacock butterflies. Tipped off about a Little Ringed Plover at South Huish where also  White Wagtail,Water Pipit and a very grey and white chiffchaff plus adult Med Gull moulting into summer plumage.Apols but unable to access co-author login.

Posted March 21st, 2016 at 8:13 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Wheatear at Orcombe, Budleigh & Bowling Green Marsh

Seams the change in wind direction has helped the Wheatear invasion. First two for me at Orcombe Point Exmouth, Dave Boult had two on Bowling Green last night and Rupert had three on the Cricket Field at Budleigh Salterton. Nice birds to see in the morning sunshine

Orcombe point Exmouth
Orcombe point Exmouth

Wheatear
Wheatear

one of two on Orcombe Point Exmouth
one of two on Orcombe Point Exmouth

Posted March 21st, 2016 at 7:53 pm by Derek Carter in General Birding

Baggy Point

3 Wheatear (2m + 1 f)

Posted March 21st, 2016 at 7:09 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Exminster marshes

Late afternoon one little ringed plover and 5 sand martins near Station Road. Elsewhere a couple of chiffchaff and c250 curlew with one bar-tailed godwit. Cold wind.

Posted March 21st, 2016 at 7:00 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Rillage Point

Gorgeous v-formation of 40+ Gannets heading west at approx 2pm

Posted March 21st, 2016 at 3:19 pm by Alan Denzey in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake.

Beautiful early spring morning - warm sun and hardly any wind.

! Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Buzzards, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Marsh Tit, Blue and Great Tits, 1 Jay, 1 Raven over, Carrion Crows and the Rooks are back at their rookeries, about six at each site repairing their nests. 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron , 1 Little Grebe, 2 Canada Geese, 2 Moorhens and 2 Coots, Chaffinches.,Dunnocks and Robins. Mallards and 6 Tufted Ducks

No migrants though- and the Goosanders seem to have departed.

Harvey Kendall

Posted March 21st, 2016 at 2:59 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

Wrafton pond this morning whilst waiting for the 'Jungles' Sea-King flight to arrive. Gadwall, Teal, Snipe, Pochard & Sand Martins.

Gadwall
Gadwall

Teal
Teal

Snipe
Snipe

Posted March 21st, 2016 at 2:21 pm by C Boyles in General Birding

Bolt Head,Salcombe

13 Wheatears this morning - 12m 2f.

Posted March 21st, 2016 at 2:05 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Morte Point

06:40 - 08:10. No discernible visible migration, but plenty of Meadow Pipits holding territory despite the heavy frost. Rock Pipit displaying at the point. Merlin disturbed from upper slopes hacked out across the bay towards Baggy Point.

Posted March 21st, 2016 at 1:02 pm by Chris Dee in General Birding

Firecrest- Dousland

A male in my garden at Dousland, Yelverton. Seen daily since Wed March 16th.

Posted March 21st, 2016 at 1:01 pm by Howard Ackford in General Birding

Skern

Saw my first Wheatear of the season at Skern this morning (single Male). always nice to see.

Posted March 21st, 2016 at 12:13 pm by Roy Churchill in General Birding

Rillage Point to Watermouth

06.00 to 07.55, clear/sunny, almost calm, but very cold, with frost right up to cliff edge! Few migrants in evidence. Light overhead passage of Meadow Pipit (36), alba wagtail (11), Goldfinch (20) and Siskin (3) about the height of it.

Posted March 21st, 2016 at 9:30 am by Tim Jones in General Birding

Sunday 20th March 2016

Plym Estuary & Saltram

The Glaucous Gull (2nd c/y) was on the top of the estuary at high tide before flying towards the water treatment works; also my first Wheatear of the year (male).

In addition - 24 Curlews, Dunlin, 83 Redshanks, 4+ Little Grebes, 4 Oystercatchers, 8 Little Egrets and a Snipe.

Posted March 20th, 2016 at 9:10 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Tamar Lakes

A cold morning at the Lower Lake not much moving about, but a Willow Tit at the car park feeders, around the rest of the lake 2 Nuthatch, 1 Tree Creeper, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1m Reed Bunting, 11 Tufted Duck, 4 Buzzard, 2 Jay.

Posted March 20th, 2016 at 8:01 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding

Stover Country Park

Two Sand Martins over the lake this morning and first Mallard ducklings there too! (Charles Tyler)

Posted March 20th, 2016 at 7:56 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Saturday 19th March 2016

house martins

 Was fishing a lake near south molten this morning  , & saw a total of 14 house martins come through feed & leave again in the first few hours of daylight 

Posted March 19th, 2016 at 8:10 pm by martin cox in General Birding

Axe Estuary

Further to the earlier posts, a Yellow-legged Gull and 3 Goldeneye including a very smart drake were on the estuary from Tower Hide late afternoon.

Posted March 19th, 2016 at 7:06 pm by Tim White in General Birding

park parakeets

just 5 ringneck parakeets in park t day.

Posted March 19th, 2016 at 7:06 pm by barry in General Birding

Stover Country Park

Sand Martin hawking insects over the lake this afternoon at 4.15pm  (Charles Tyler).

Posted March 19th, 2016 at 6:44 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Wrafton

Now 4 Sand Martins over the scrape, the trail & Wrafton Pond.

Posted March 19th, 2016 at 6:37 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Wrafton

2 Sand martin over the flooded field this morning. Banking over the trail, so good views. 

3 there this evening. A pair of Shelduck along with the Teal and Shovelers. 

Tufted Duck and Pochard on Wrafton pond. 

Posted March 19th, 2016 at 6:36 pm by Kelvin Irwin in General Birding

Plympton treatment works

Glaucous Gull 1st Winter at 0830hrs Sat 19th, sat alone untill joined by Herring Gulls. Third time lucky.




Posted March 19th, 2016 at 4:40 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Black Hole Marsh / Seaton Marshes

More evidence of migration around the Axe Estuary area today. Best (new) birds of the day were 3 Ruff which dropped onto Black Hole Marsh at around 10am. They stayed for 5 mins ish before taking a disliking to a tram and flying off high & North. Shortly after, a lone Little Ringed Plover flew over BHM, but views were distant so ID had to come from pics later. Phil Abbott later relocated it on Bridge Marsh (or perhaps a second bird). Whilst watching the Glossy Ibis from the Borrow Pit (Seaton Marshes) I also picked up the patch's first Sand Martin of the year - about time really as there've been sightings either side of us here! It stayed feeding for at least half an hour. Only other bird of note was the long-staying Green Winged Teal which was showing well on the estuary from the hide at Seaton Marshes.

Not a bad day!

1 of 3 Ruff. Good bird for the Spring here.
1 of 3 Ruff. Good bird for the Spring here.

Posted March 19th, 2016 at 4:04 pm by Tim White in General Birding

Seaton Wetlands

Morning 19th March, Little Ringed Plover, Three Ruff and a few Sand Martins.

On Lagoon adjacent to Hide at Seaton Reserve (by Sewage Works), Glossy Ibis and Green-winged Teal.

Posted March 19th, 2016 at 1:30 pm by Ian Waite in General Birding

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - fw Iceland Gull off Maer Rocks @ 0620 before moving to Pole Sands off the Warren (photos on www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk later). Also 69 Dark-bellied Brents, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 9 Turnstone, and 10+ Great Crested Grebe. On the point - 1 Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Stonechat and 14+ Meadow Pipit.

Posted March 19th, 2016 at 9:43 am by Matt Knott in General Birding

Robin - Ashford (18.3.16)

In accordance with Rob's wishes the Ashford robin (?female , much less showy and quieter than the Chivenor ?male bird). Also a confusing bunting, female reed with a very dark mask - unusual here.



Posted March 19th, 2016 at 9:18 am by Andrew Lansdell in General Birding

Friday 18th March 2016

Robin - Chivenor

The delightful Robin at Chivenor is still present & enjoying picking insects from the pussy willows.

I am hoping Andy Landsell will post one of his photos of the other Robin at Ashford which he took this morning.


Posted March 18th, 2016 at 7:22 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Black Hole Marsh

Excellent views of barn owl quartering meadows 10.45 hrs today.

Posted March 18th, 2016 at 3:41 pm by Patrick Case in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

The Black Brant dropped in to the field next to the viewing platform with a couple of hundred Brent Geese. Still there until I left at about 1.50. The Spotted Redshank in its usual spot just to the right of the platform.

Posted March 18th, 2016 at 2:18 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Rillage Point to Watermouth

06.25 to 08.15, E2, clear & frosty then sunny; migrants included: Lesser Black-backed Gull (5), Woodpigeon (32 – flocks of 17 & 15 heading E along the coast), Stock Dove (3), Grey Wagtail (2), alba wagtail (5), Meadow Pipit (67), Brambling (2), Chaffinch (12), Linnet (58), Goldfinch (21) and Siskin (4).

Posted March 18th, 2016 at 9:08 am by Tim Jones in General Birding

Thursday 17th March 2016

Sherpa scrape

18.00 - Hybrid Goose.


Posted March 17th, 2016 at 7:28 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

River Plym/Saltram, Plymouth

On a Sunny but cold and windy day. In varying numbers. Pheasant, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Blackbird, Robin, Oystercatcher, Common Redshank, Herring Gull, BH Gull, Goosander, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Dunnock, Wren, Nuthatch, Magpie, Chaffinch, Mallard, Cormorant, Carrion Crow, Curlew, Greenshank, Coal Tit, Jackdaw, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Dunlin, GBB Gull, LBB Gull, Buzzard, Shelduck, Pied Wagtail, Little Grebe, Common Sandpiper, Woodpigeon, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Mistle Thrush, Moorhen, Mandarin, GS Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Jay, Skylark, Starling and Glaucous Gull (Finally!) 

Posted March 17th, 2016 at 4:12 pm by Tor Elm in General Birding

Sterridge Valley

Red Kite circled upwards, interacted briefly with a Buzzard, and drifted off high to the NE at 12.05.

Posted March 17th, 2016 at 12:16 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Hillsborough (Ilfracombe) to Watermouth

06.25 to 08.15, ENE3-4: Meadow Pipit migration really getting going with a minimum of 269 heading along the coast into the wind in small flocks. As other recent mornings alba wagtails (15) and small numbers of finches, including Siskins, amongst the pipits. Probably not surprising that there has been no sign yet of any Wheatears, hirundines or even Chiffchaffs along this section of coast which is so exposed to the chilling north-easterly wind, offering very few sheltered spots that might allow insectivores to feed. It was nice to enjoy the (relatively) balmy warmth of Wrafton yesterday evening, watching Chiffchaffs flipping about in the sun and snapping at insects – see Rob's photo below.

Posted March 17th, 2016 at 10:02 am by Tim Jones in General Birding

Wednesday 16th March 2016

Tarka trail - Wrafton

Photo of 1 of 3 Chiffchaff in the Willows by the side of the trail late aft.


Posted March 16th, 2016 at 10:11 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Ford Park Cemetery today

Two goldcrest one Medowpipit,four Black redstarts,chaffinches,robins,Goldfinches a raven fover with four buzzards.




Posted March 16th, 2016 at 4:56 pm by Chris Buckland in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

My first Sand Martin of the year this lunchtime, flying around above the marsh.

Posted March 16th, 2016 at 2:12 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Sherpa scrape & Wrafton Pond

1 Sand Martin present this morning flying over the scrape,the Tarka trail & Wrafton pond.

Posted March 16th, 2016 at 11:31 am by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Plym Estuary

Seen this morning. 18 Curlew, 2 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank, 78 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 26 Turnstone, 4 Oystercatcher and also seen at the water treament works was imm Glaucous Gull.

Posted March 16th, 2016 at 10:07 am by Philip M Phillips in General Birding

Rillage Point to Watermouth

06.45 to 08.00: ENE F2-3. Strong movement of 66 Lesser Black-backed Gulls flying up channel, hugging the coastline, in small groups of up to 8 birds, almost entirely adults. Visible passerine migration: Grey Wagtail (1), alba wagtail (12), Meadow Pipit (87), Chaffinch (10), Linnet (29), Goldfinch (6), Siskin (9).

Posted March 16th, 2016 at 8:47 am by Tim Jones in General Birding

Tuesday 15th March 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

46 species of birds today at Bowling Green Marsh..should have gone there years ago! A great high tide time with sunny weather. Highlights for me - Avocet, Godwits Bar & Black Tailed, Snipe, Teal, Kingfisher, Shoveler, Pintail, Knott, Dunlin, Tufted Duck.

I really want to see that Glaucous Gull on the Plym next... 

Posted March 15th, 2016 at 9:14 pm by Paul Cowie in General Birding

Stoke Point

A lovely walk along the coastpath today in the cool sunshine and there were plenty of stonechats on view including quite a few singing males. 8 red legged partridge and a flyover raven also seen but best of all, a very smart male wheatear.

Heading home and at 16:45hrs a barn owl hunting along the hedgerow by the road at Collaton Cross just outside Noss Mayo - my first in Devon in the 30 years I have lived here!

Male Wheatear
Male Wheatear

Posted March 15th, 2016 at 6:44 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth

At least 6 Black Redstarts and a Wheatear today

Posted March 15th, 2016 at 6:34 pm by Tor Elm in General Birding

GLAUCOUS GULL

Vidio grab of gull in sewer works this morning.



Posted March 15th, 2016 at 6:13 pm by Chris Buckland in General Birding

Prawle Point

Seawatch from 8.25 till 11am in (cold)  ENE wind 3-4 . 1st Manx Shearwater of the year (wintering bird or migrant ?) Also 3 Red-Throated divers and 19 Common Scoter east. Highlight for me were the 3 Great Crested Grebes flying east at 9.30 .Evidence of Spring migration provided by the 54 Meadow Pipits and 2 Alba Wagtails flying in off the sea.No Wheatear at the point. 

Posted March 15th, 2016 at 5:41 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

RED KITE- Sidford

Red Kite circling with 3 female Buzzards over Sidford at 1400. All 4 drifted off in a south-westerly direction.

Posted March 15th, 2016 at 5:39 pm by Ray Jones in General Birding

Red Kite

Red Kite hunting low over the gardens on Raymonds Hill, Axminster this afternoon.

Posted March 15th, 2016 at 4:35 pm by James Tirrell in General Birding

GLAUCOUS GULL

Glaucous gull seen this morning at sewer works and on the river.

Posted March 15th, 2016 at 3:49 pm by Chris Buckland in General Birding

Nr. Froward point

Always nice to get your first Wheatear of the season. Found this one on the coast path just north of Puddcombe cove.


Posted March 15th, 2016 at 12:14 pm by John Lusher in General Birding

Rillage Point to Watermouth

07.00 to 08.15 today: 1 Firecrest in scrub at Watermouth; continuing light overhead passage of Meadow Pipits (20), alba wagtails (6), Chaffinches, Linnets, Goldfinches and Siskins. Other migrants included Cormorants (5) and adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls (6).

On Sunday (13th) during WeBS count on the Taw Estuary: sub-singing Blackcap along Tarka Trail near Chivenor Business Park and singing Chiffchaff at Wrafton Pond. Tim D counted 289 Dark-bellied Brent Geese just off Penhill Marsh at high tide (see photo below).

Brent Geese off Penhill Marsh, Taw Estuary ©Tim Davis

Posted March 15th, 2016 at 9:01 am by Tim Jones in General Birding

Monday 14th March 2016

Red Kite

 High over Bovey Tracey this lunchtime drifting to the south west. 

Posted March 14th, 2016 at 11:50 pm by George Lavers in General Birding

Around Plymouth

The Rv Plym on the low tide below Saltram Glaucous Gull asleep on the mud flats separate from the other gathered gulls.

Ford Park Cemetery, above the Chapel three Black Redstart (2F ~ 1M) seen, while there males could be heard calling from cover at two different locations. Nuthatch, Wren, hen Sparrow Hawk, Buzzard and Raven overhead.

Outland Road approaching Mannadon a Ring Necked Parakeet flew over the road at some height.

At home in South Brent male and female Reed Bunting around the feeders Lesser Black Backed Gull over head.

Posted March 14th, 2016 at 9:41 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Wistlandpound Reservoir

One Bar-headed Goose with the canada geese at the reservoir late this afternoon and unusually there were six Shelduck on the water. My first record for the site.

Posted March 14th, 2016 at 7:26 pm by Margaret Phillips in General Birding

Ford Park Cemetery today

Three Black-redstarts still showing well one Goldcrest,one f Blackcap.




Posted March 14th, 2016 at 3:21 pm by Chris Buckland in General Birding

Short-eared Owl (Yesterday Sunday 13-3-2016)

The Short-eared Owl was showing well at 16:30hrs north side of Exminster Marsh for over an hour hunting in the fields along the the canal hedge near the cycle track viewed from the mud track at centre car-park. Also 2-Stonechats and Chiffchaff stood on fence just behinde me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5KNbqePtuo

The Ridgway's Cackling Goose is also showing well at Matford Marsh on the trading estate end.

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

Redwings are still present around the trees in the middle of King George V Playing Fields Countess Wear.

Posted March 14th, 2016 at 9:46 am by David Boult in General Birding

Sunday 13th March 2016

West Charleton Marsh and Wareham Point

1 Jack Snipe - West Charleton Marsh mid-pm and 1 Whimbrel and a fem. Merlin at Wareham Point.

Posted March 13th, 2016 at 9:36 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

South Brent Brambling and Blaxton Meadow

A great days birding, a morning visit to a private lake near South Brent gave me no less than 22 species that included 10 Canadian Geese, Mute Swan, a solitary drake Wigeon, full summer plumage Little Grebe, Coot, Moorhen a large flock of Redwing more than could be counted, several Wrens, four Greater Spotted Woodpeckers, three Green Woodpeckers heard calling only the one seen, Heron, male Yellow Hammer, a single Goldcrest, hen Sparrow Hawk overhead and fly past from five Lesser Black Backed Gulls.

The Rv Plym Blaxton Meadow gave good if distant views of the reported Glaucous Gull, Curlew 11, Shellduck 37, Redshank 80 plus, Turnstone, Common Sandpiper, Greenshank 2, Oyster Catcher, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, several Little Egrets, Lesser and Greater Black Back Gull, Long Tailed Tit, Green and Gold Finch.

On arriving home at South Brent a female Reed Bunting came in for the second day running followed later in the afternoon by a male however the highlight was a female Brambling the first I have recorded here (a male did over winter a few years ago). Two Song Thrush, Starling, Jay, four Siskin.

Lesser and Greater Black Back Gulls passing over.

Late afternoon the resident hen Buzzard made a concerted effort to drive off a pair of Raven one of which was carrying a sizable twig, both Raven beat a hasty retreat.

Posted March 13th, 2016 at 8:56 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

meeth nr north devon

pleasant strolll around the quarry pit and fields.On the main pool,male goldeneye,pair each of tufted duck,g.c. grebe,pochard,coots.Two,possibly 3 willow tits,green wooodpecker,pr tawny owls calling,12:00-15:00.

Posted March 13th, 2016 at 6:34 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Princetown

This afternoon: 2 Siskin, 1 Firecrest, flitting around the conifers. 8 Skylark singing by South Hessary tor, 2 Buzzards overhead, a Small Tortoiseshell on the grass and a common lizard amongst the granite.

Posted March 13th, 2016 at 4:57 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Topsham

BGM - Darts Farm and Topsham Rec. Viwed over the hight tide 9am - 1pm. Usual suspects mostly but some Fieldfare (8) in field behind Darts Farm. SX 97527 88702

Distant Fieldfare (record shot)
Distant Fieldfare (record shot)

Posted March 13th, 2016 at 2:41 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Braunton Burrows

Chiffchaff x 2 , no singing, by the Sandy Lane car park north end

Posted March 13th, 2016 at 2:37 pm by Lowell Mills/Tom Williams in General Birding

Clennon Lakes

Siberian Chiffchaff around the middle and top pond also 2 singing collybita Chiffchaffs.

SibeChiffClnnLakes130316ML SibeChiffClnnLakes130316ML2

Posted March 13th, 2016 at 2:19 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

13-03-16 Ford Park Cemetery

Two pairs of Black-Redstarts showing well this morning in Ford Park Cemetery




Posted March 13th, 2016 at 2:13 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Chapel Wood

Lovely sunny spring morning in the wood today. At least 5 Greater Spotted Woodpeckers displaying and calling around the wood, Green Woodpecker heard along with Buzzard, Robin, Chaffinch, Blue, Great and Cole tits, lots of corvids and pheasants. A few different calls - a low trill not heard before and I think a Tawny Owl being harrassed by Jackdaws.

Posted March 13th, 2016 at 12:30 pm by Rob Barnes in General Birding

Warren Woods, River Yealm, Yealmpton

A lovely couple hours before sunset.

A Dipper on the river. 50+ Wigeon on the Marsh. 30+ Shelduck on the estuary. Also Greenshank, Redshank, Green Woodpecker, Curlew, Whimbrel (?), Grey Heron, Little Egret, Buzzard, Canada Geese. Very pleased - I keep forgetting this spot just 10 minutes from home. A great mix of habitats (woods,river,estuary, large reed beds, arable fields, old railway line).

Also saw a barn owl at Brixton - a big favourite of mine. 

Posted March 13th, 2016 at 12:13 pm by Paul Cowie in General Birding

Blackcap singing in Chudleigh

This morning a Blackcap was singing in the tree in front of our house,I suspect that it was one of the wintering birds that have been in the area,but it was wonderful to hear,spring is on the way!

Posted March 13th, 2016 at 11:45 am by Keith Benyon-Tinker in General Birding

Baggy Point

No Wheatears early morning but right out at the point, two Chiffchaffs must surely be migrants. The resident species in display mode, and even carrying nesting material.

Posted March 13th, 2016 at 8:42 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

Saturday 12th March 2016

Rillage Point to Watermouth

Visible migration along the clifftops early this morning included flocks of Linnets, Goldfinches & Siskins, plus 15 alba wagtails, 3 Grey Wagtails and a few Meadow Pipits. Single Coal Tit, Treecreeper and Great Spotted Woodpecker wandering well away from their preferred habitats, much as they do during post-breeding dispersal in autumn. 7 Cormorants were also migrants.

Posted March 12th, 2016 at 10:58 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

RE: Exmoor Walk

Hello

Answering Philip Worth's post, the wader type birds you saw flying over you were Golden Plover, interesting to see, at least one seems to be in breeding plumage.

Hope this helps

Andrew

Posted March 12th, 2016 at 9:17 pm by Andrew in General Birding

Plym Estuary Glaucous Gull (2nd cy)

Some record shots of today's bird




Posted March 12th, 2016 at 9:04 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

South Huish Marsh

South Huish Marsh. 1 Whooper Swan on the main pool when I arived at 9.30am. Seen off by the resident pair of Mute Swans at 9.50am when it took off, circled the marsh and then headed off north. Also one 1stW Med Gull in the gull roost.

Posted March 12th, 2016 at 8:52 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Popped in briefly this afternoon, and there was a male goosander on the lake :)

Posted March 12th, 2016 at 8:47 pm by Helen Whitall in General Birding

Exmoor and Braunton Caen River

Trip up to Pinkery Pond gave Stonechat, lots of Skylark, Buzzards, Fieldfare. A walk along the Caen this evening gave great views of a hunting Barn Owl, Male Kestrel, Redshanks, Greenshank, Dunlin, Egret, Teal, Shoveler, Shelduck with a Green Sandpiper on the crape close to the Tarka Trail last evening.

Posted March 12th, 2016 at 7:58 pm by Rob Barnes in General Birding

Topsham

Male Goosander dropped into Bowling Green Marsh this afternoon.

Posted March 12th, 2016 at 7:55 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Plym Estuary

Highlight was the Glaucous Gull (2nd calendar year) which flew in from the south @ 11.30 am and settled at the top of the estuary, before gping to Plympton Water Treatment Works where it showed well, and the returnong to the top of the Plym Estuary.

Also - Turnstone 16, Dunlin 4+, Ringed Plover 2, Common Sandpiper 2, Redshank c75, Greenshank 3, Oystercatcher, Curlew 16, Little Egret 8, Red-breasted Merganser redhead, Great Crested Grebe, Shelduck 33, Goldcrest 3, and Siskin.

Posted March 12th, 2016 at 6:30 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Short eared Owl

Short eared owl again on Exminster marsh. It was in fields just before ferry boat steps.

Posted March 12th, 2016 at 6:28 pm by Brian Davies in General Birding

Bull Point - N.Devon

My first male Wheatear of 2016.


Posted March 12th, 2016 at 6:06 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Reed Buntings ~ South Brent

Since the last week of February I have had two male Reed Buntings coming into the garden feed station almost every day, this morning brought the first hen Reed Bunting that I have ever recorded here and she has remained around for most of the day.

The darker male came in briefly this morning, followed by the paler male (as per image) and it continued to come and go throughout the day, oddly enough the hen tends to feed on the ground while the males actually come onto my flat tree trunk feeder and always have done since they arrived, the hen is also more tolerant of feeding around other species than the males that tend to bicker and be aggressive.

Posted March 12th, 2016 at 5:58 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Plym Estuary

A couple of pics of the Glaucous Gull that I snapped today as it left the estuary and headed for the sewage works..

Glaucous Gull, Plym Estuary
Glaucous Gull, Plym Estuary

Glaucous Gull, Plym Estuary
Glaucous Gull, Plym Estuary

Posted March 12th, 2016 at 5:52 pm by Jason Smart in General Birding

Middle- East Soar

Middle Soar: Merlin(F), Yellow Hammers (10), Cirl Bunting, flying over flock of Golden Plover(50)

Stare Hole valley: Linnets, Stonechats.

Posted March 12th, 2016 at 4:05 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

watched from 08:00 till 11:30

on walk down to the hide , 1 Firecrest in with mixed goldcrest and tit group by the bridge over railway line at top of lane, also nuthatch , treecreeper , green woodpecker and great spotted woodpecker.

from the hide the male brambling was around the feeders briefly, 1 nuthatch . 141+ avocet, 1 spotted redshank , 2 greenshanks , 1 water rail, 70+ bar tailed godwits, 400+ black tailed godwits, 200+ dunlin, 2 oystercatchers, 3 Cetti's warblers, 250+ redshanks, 4 tufted duck, 12+ PIntail, 15+ snipe, 2 reed buntings, 1 stonechat.

in walk back from the hide 1 new in chiffchaff .

Posted March 12th, 2016 at 1:58 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Exmoor walk

Hooray, after many fruitless Weekend walks over the past few weeks the Moor seems to be alive again.

Wrens, chaffinch, skylark male &female stone chats, Robins and buzzards and some wader type birds flying overhead that I managed to snap at a great distance but am unable to identify.

Hopefully someone may be able to identify them for me,  the picture is heavily cropped,  I have picked out the clearest birds out of a flock of about 25 birds.

Wader type bird over moor.
Wader type bird over moor.

Posted March 12th, 2016 at 1:12 pm by philip worth in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Despite the good weather, no spring migrants this morning. But a Bittern over the Higher Ley at 08.45 and the female Marsh Harrier. Highlight was an Otter hunting in open water mid-morning.

Posted March 12th, 2016 at 11:49 am by David Cope in General Birding

Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff calling, Bitton Park, Teignmouth, 10am

Posted March 12th, 2016 at 10:40 am by Alan Ford in General Birding

Friday 11th March 2016

Migration at sea + barn owl -South Brent

At sea today, fishing mid Channel. Pleased to see several groups of small birds flying from France to England! They will have too remain as LBJ's as too distant for me to identify. The spring migration would appear to have started! None landed on my boat this time as they were all flying strongly in good conditions

On the way home at around 10pm a barn owl was seen again flying in the Marley Head, South Brent area

Posted March 11th, 2016 at 11:11 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Plymouth

A Black Redstart this afternoon in Millbay Docks.

Posted March 11th, 2016 at 9:08 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Budleigh and Otterton STW

2 Firecest feeding in the warm sunshine near Kersbrook Village today. At Otterton, a flat calm sea produced 8 RT Divers, 4 Common Scoter and a single Porpoise.

Posted March 11th, 2016 at 8:42 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding

Re Seaton wetlands crow

The report of the crow taking a gull in flight was amazing: Recently at Bowling Green Marsh we had a crow catch and kill a godwit from the lake, but last week I witnessed a crow hunting a godwit in flight! It persisted for quite some time before the godwit managed to rejoin the flock and reach the safety of numbers, and I remember wondering what the crow thought it would do if it caught it, since I didn't think crows were equipped to take prey on the wing. Perhaps I'm wrong. I wonder if crows have been seen doing this elsewhere? 

:)

Posted March 11th, 2016 at 8:41 pm by Helen Whitall in General Birding

parakeet roost

12  may be more ringneck parakeet roosting western approach

Posted March 11th, 2016 at 6:38 pm by barry in General Birding

Seaton Wetlands

An excellent day on my first visit to this excellent site with 52 species recorded, managed to catch up with both the Green Winged Teal and the Glossy Ibis,and there were lots of Chiffchaffs about.

On Stafford Marsh I saw an amazing bit of bird behaviour, I watched a Crow catch a BlackHeaded Gull in flight and bring it to the ground and proceed to kill it with a series of hammer like blows from its beak to the back of the head of the unfortunate gull.Two other crows looked on no doubt hoping for some of the spoils.Is this learnt behaviour or a lucky strike?

Posted March 11th, 2016 at 5:04 pm by Keith Benyon-Tinker in General Birding

Ludwell Valley Park

I've lived here a while now and never seen them before, but I can confirm the 'mythical' dippers on the stream are real :) Great to finally find them! Also lots of finches about, including a pair of bullfinches munching buds in the hedgerow near the orchards.

:)

Posted March 11th, 2016 at 4:14 pm by Helen Whitall in General Birding

Exe River (Between Mill on the Exe & St David's station)

A pair of Goosander on the river. 

Posted March 11th, 2016 at 1:43 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Middle Soar

Take a deep breath!!  Large Eagle species flying north over Middle Soar at 0915 and putting up 330 Golden Plover. Viewed from just under a mile way at East Soar Farm and in poor light. Very dark bird with powering flight heading north and obvious protruding neck & head. No gliding. Short tail. Broad eagle-like wings. Immediate thoughts were White-tailed Eagle and looking at Forsman could well be but can't be certain. Hopefully someone else will see the bird across the UK, will contact Bird Guides & BTO.

Thoughts welcome!!

Posted March 11th, 2016 at 12:15 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Plym Estuary

Correction to the age of the Glaucous Gull, it should read 1st winter not 3rd. Sorry, fat fingers!

Posted March 11th, 2016 at 11:51 am by Philip Martin Phillips in General Birding

Plym Estuary

A few hours on this mornings high tide produced the following;

3rd winter Glaucous Gull, Red breasted Merganser (m/f), 8 Little Grebe, Kingfisher, 41 Curlew, 5 Dunlin, c128 Redshank, 3 Greenshank and 1 Snipe.

Posted March 11th, 2016 at 9:27 am by Philip Martin Phillips in General Birding

Thursday 10th March 2016

Kingsteignton

Finch fest on the bird table and feeders today!! 5 Siskins, 4 bullfinches, up to 30 goldfinches, 6 chaffinches, 6 green finches, and a female reed bunting !! (A first for us ????)

Posted March 10th, 2016 at 10:09 pm by Graeme Davey in General Birding

Willow Tits at lower Tamar Lakes

Three of us went from Exmouth especially to see a Willow Tit and within 5 minutes we found our quary. All three we seen near the feeders and the Hide. Marsh Tits were seen to which made id interesting! 18 Goosander and a Cetti's Warbler were seen from the footpath to the hide. Met up with Harvey Kendall along the way. A few photo's of the Willow Tit and a Goosander.

Willow Tit at the feeder
Willow Tit at the feeder

Willow Tit
Willow Tit

Goo sander touch down
Goo sander touch down

Posted March 10th, 2016 at 9:52 pm by Derek Carter in General Birding

Dawlish Warren 10th Mar 2016

What looks like an Iberian Chiffchaff feeding on the reeds at the large pond by the flood defence wall, another Chiffchaff at the small pond area.. The Savonian Grebe was off Cockwood.

(eds: looks more like a bright 'collybita' Chiffchaff..)

Posted March 10th, 2016 at 9:50 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Rippon Tor, Dartmoor

A Short-eared Owl seen at around 17.00hrs quartering below the Tor.

Posted March 10th, 2016 at 9:35 pm by Rick Lockwood in General Birding

West Charlton marsh

A couple of hours spent here were wellworth it, on a lovely spring day.  At least 5 chiffchaff were around the sewage works, as was a goldcrest.  On the estuary were at least 50 brent geese and plenty of shellduck wigeon and a few curlew.the only other waders being 3 redshank and one greenshank.  The feeders on the marsh attracted  a variety of birds including one male cirl bunting and on the scrapes were 20 more wigeon 10 teal , 2 grey herons and 3 little egret.  Over 35 different species seen and skylarks heard

Posted March 10th, 2016 at 7:48 pm by lesley goonesekera in General Birding

Ford Park Cemetery today

Ford park cemetery two female Black redstarts,one male Black redstart,female Blackcap,one Goldcrest,two Buzzards.




Posted March 10th, 2016 at 4:34 pm by Chris Buckland in General Birding

Sightings

Lower Tamar Lake - 10th March,

Pleasantly spring-like at Lower Tamar this morning.

1 Kingfisher, 1 Song Thrush, 5 Moorhens, 3 Cormorants, 17 Goosanders 9 Tufted Duck,, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreepers 8+ Blackbirds, 2 Dunnocks, several Robins,1 male Reed Bunting, 11 Mallard, 1 Grey Heron, Marsh, Blue, Great and Coal Tits, 2 Willow Tits, c.10 Chaffinches, usual corvids, c. 15 Black headed Gulls.

Good tp meet up with 8 other birders from widespread areas of the West Country - all successfully seeking Willow Tit.

Harvey Kendall 

Posted March 10th, 2016 at 3:07 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Wednesday 9th March 2016

Dartington

Firecrest along Bewhay Gardens, Dartington this morning at around 10 a.m.

Posted March 9th, 2016 at 9:14 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Tuesday 8th March 2016

skern

possible RED THROATED PIPIT seen all too briefly on edge of tip pool northam burrows.Seen face on immediate feature being all brick red underparts but no sooner sighting it away it flew dropping down into scrub s.west of pool.No call or other features obtained sorry.17:40.4 med gulls,2ad,2ss,110 widgeon,pr pintails on sea.

Posted March 8th, 2016 at 11:08 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Broadsands

On the sea: 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Common Scoter, 2 Great Northern Divers.

Around the car parks: 1 Firecrest, 1 Reed Bunting 5 Cirl Buntings.

Posted March 8th, 2016 at 7:56 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Rillage Point to Watermouth

A change in wind direction brought the first real signs of visible migration over the headland, with a Skylark, 19 Meadow Pipits, 7 Pied Wagtails, 3 Grey Wagtails and a handful of Chaffinches passing through.

Posted March 8th, 2016 at 7:27 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

watched from the hide 16:00 till 17:45

8 grey plover, among 200+ dunlin, 250+ redshank, 2 greenshanks , 300+ black tailed godwits, 250+ avocet, 20+ bar tailed godwits, 16+ Pintail, 2 sparrowhawk, 1 peregrine, 1 little egret, 2 grey heron, 1 spotted redshank flew over towards goosemoor, 20+ snipe, 1 water rail, 2 Cetti's warblers, 250+ wigeon. 

Posted March 8th, 2016 at 7:26 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Exe Estuary cruise

This afternoon's Stuart Lines birdwatching cruise was the last of the season. The resident Slavonian Grebe was off Starcross Yacht Club with a second bird. The only Spotted Redshank was with large numbers of godwits at Topsham. Avocets totalled about 350 and there were about 40 Knot in the Turf area and 25 Sanderlings mid-estuary. A single Goldeneye was at Topsham.

Slavonian Grebes off Starcross Yacht Club
Slavonian Grebes off Starcross Yacht Club

Posted March 8th, 2016 at 6:58 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Monday 7th March 2016

skern

14 med gulls this evening,6ad,6ss,2fs 17:45-18:30

Posted March 7th, 2016 at 9:47 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Exeter

Mid-day c25 Redwing still around the trees in the middle of King George V Playing Fields Countess Wear which were there also on Saturday. 2 Dippers seen on the Northbrook stream and group of 7 Goldcrest moving along the hedgerow with other tits and finches at Ludwell Valley off Topsham Road.

Dipper:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGItFb01lPA

Redwing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UccOWscPIBM

Dipper  at Ludwell Valley
Dipper at Ludwell Valley

Redwing  at King George Playing Fields
Redwing at King George Playing Fields

Posted March 7th, 2016 at 8:09 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Turf, Exe Estuary

sunday March 6

black brant with 500 Brent's in fields south of Turf

Also cattle egret with 2 little egrets around cattle feeder in field west of railway line

also spotted redshank and Slavonian grebe at Turf

Posted March 7th, 2016 at 7:55 pm by Leigh lock in General Birding

Sunday 6th March 2016

Black Hole Marsh & Seaton Marsh

At Seaton Marsh the Green-winged Teal was seen at the far north end of the marsh pool behind the sewage treatment works looking towards BHM at 1400hrs onwards but mostly disappearing within the long grass. The long staying Glossy Ibis was showing really close in the marsh pools looking south towards Seaton from the hide.

At Black Hole Marsh 2 Kestrels showed continously perched on the overhead cables and 2 Water Rails were very close and noisey fighting in the ditch under the overhanging hedge behind the viewing area at the entrance leading to the tower hide.

GWTeal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROqG6-O-OMo

G-Ibis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTpntCQI7Bk

W-Rail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rZienvkj5E

Kestrel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PB_NnYkQRl4

Green-winged Teal at Seaton Marsh
Green-winged Teal at Seaton Marsh

Glossy Ibis st Seaton Marsh
Glossy Ibis st Seaton Marsh

Kestrel at Black Hole Marsh
Kestrel at Black Hole Marsh

Posted March 6th, 2016 at 11:47 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Shag's tail being got at by a crow

At Brixham Harbour today 06-03-16 I caught this Crow trying to get a tail feather from this shag, the shag seemed not to bother to much & the Crow did not manage to get any feathers.


Posted March 6th, 2016 at 8:54 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

South Brent

A morning walk from Shipley Bridge towards the Avon dam as far as the old pump house, the moors are still in the grip of winter despite several lots of frog spawn and not overly abundant with bird life, that said two Buzzards soaring, numerous displaying and rolling Ravens, Jay, Crow, Magpie, numerous Robins, Long Tailed Tits, a single Goldcrest, two Kestrel and Dipper sightings which I suspect may well have been the same birds.

At Yalland farm a flock of around 20 plus Redwings and once back in South Brent a low flying flock of over 100 birds headed easterly possibly heeding the call of nature and beginning to migrate.

Around the garden feeders a male Reed Bunting and at least five Siskin in and out for most of the day, Raven, Buzzard and three Stock Dove overhead.

Just after 6.15pm Dave Pakes rang me to say he was watching a Barn owl near Marley Head just as I arrived the bird lifted from a roadside gate post and flew off across fields it did not strike me as being in very good health, no doubt struggling to feed in this up and down weather.

Posted March 6th, 2016 at 8:01 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Seaton Wetlands

Having never visited this reserve beforehand, I would highly recommend it. There has obviously been significant investment in the infrastructure and creation of a variety of habitats. The wetlands have started to attract a variety of wetland birds, with the ponds and scrapes looking really good for the future. Had 42 species this morning, including ChiffchaffGlossy Ibis, and adult male Green-winged Teal in the southern section of the reserve, by the pond behind the sewage Works. Barn Owls are apprently regularly seen and roost in the hides!

Glossy Ibis- Seaton Marshes
Glossy Ibis- Seaton Marshes

Green-winged Teal-distant view
Green-winged Teal-distant view

Posted March 6th, 2016 at 6:07 pm by Nick D'Agorne in General Birding

Exe Estuary cruise

I saw the adult Bonaparte's Gull briefly off Exmouth at the start of today's Stuart Lines Cruise, but couldn't find it later. The highlights were the Black Brant on the river near Turf, at least 4 Pale-bellied Brents off Exmouth, and Spotted Redshank and Slavonian Grebe off Powderham. Still good numbers of Avocets, Grey Plover, Dunlin and both godwits at the top end of the estuary, plus about 15 Knot. Also at least 10 Great Crested Grebes, c20 Shags, c40 Mergansers and a Grey Seal joined the resident Harbour Seal on Bull Hill sandbank.

The 'resident' Slavonian Grebe, today off Powderham
The 'resident' Slavonian Grebe, today off Powderham

Spotted Redshank, also off Powderham
Spotted Redshank, also off Powderham

Grey and (resident) Harbour (Common) Seal
Grey and (resident) Harbour (Common) Seal

Posted March 6th, 2016 at 6:06 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Yellow Browed Warbler Exeter

Yellow Browed Warbler - as per yesterdays post by Will Salmon (thanks) Yellow Browed Warbler seen in same place - St James School. by the disabled parking bays near the sports hall. Seen from 12.45 - 1.45 moving fleetingly up and down the hedgerow senn 4 times in 1 hour.

Posted March 6th, 2016 at 3:28 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Tamar Lakes - 5th March

Walk around the Tamar Lakes on Saturday - very cold wind made the water very choppy & the water bird sheltering at the margins on both lakes. Good numbers of Gooseanders (25+) & Great Crested Grebes (16). No birds at all in front of the hide on the Upper Lake but lots of Tits, (Blue, Coal, Great & Marsh), Chaffinches, Dunnocks & Reed Buntings on the feeders alongside the hide on the Lower Lake. Also lovely views of a Jay & a Snipe from the same hide.

Marsh Tit
Marsh Tit

Jay
Jay

Snipe
Snipe

Posted March 6th, 2016 at 3:25 pm by Chris Bollen in General Birding

Kingsbridge Estuary

Late post for yesterday, 5th March. Kingsbridge Estuary at Wareham Point, of note: 6 Red-breasted Mergansers, 140 Brent Geese, 3 Greenshank, 1 Whimbrel (!), 1 singing Cirl Bunting etc; plus ca 20 Common Snipe at West Charleton Marsh and 6 Chiffchaffs at the sewage works.

Posted March 6th, 2016 at 9:35 am by Andy Smith in General Birding

Saturday 5th March 2016

Brixham & South Brent

Wickedly cold in the strong winds around the Broadsands and Brixham area this morning, Broadsands gave a Carrion Crow trying to break into a dead Black Headed Gull on the beach, the rough seas spoilt any realistic sea watch.

The Brixham multi story car park gave a single Goldcrest.

The winds must have at gale force on Berry Head but views of the cliffs from the hide gave good number of Guillemots and a handful of Fulmar one pair appeared to be feeding a single chick.

Back home in South Brent the sun was out and no wind to speak of, with very clear skies the birds were flocking to the garden feeders the 29 species recorded included a female Siskin, male Reed Bunting (both making regular visits) a BTO ringed Blue Tit the last three numbers on its ring being 697, two Greater Spotted Woodpeckers, several Pied Wagtails, Rook, Jay, Raven, two Wren, two Long Tailed Tits, Sparrow Hawk, two Buzzards, 58 Jackdaw and a 40+ flock of Starling passed over head..

Posted March 5th, 2016 at 6:08 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Three Jack Snipe, 9 Snipe, a drake Red-breasted Merganser, Little Grebe, 4 Stock Doves, Green Woodpecker, Pergerine (juv female) and (the) leucistic Magpie.

Good to see everyone out today. 

Last night a good candidate for a sinensis Cormorant (adult).

Posted March 5th, 2016 at 5:13 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Exeter

Yellow-browed Warbler again around the car park at St James School late morning & early afternoon. Seems to favour the bushes opposite the disabled parking bays next to the sports hall.

Posted March 5th, 2016 at 4:13 pm by Will Salmon in General Birding

ashford strand, river taw

A pleasant walk today with Andy Leat from Chivenor to Barnstaple produced 10 goosander, a flock of circa 50 sanderling then 2 almost certain curlew sandpiper, one of which stood chest deep in the water (does that help I.D. it). They were directly across from the garden centre. Also had my first look at the Chivenor white breasted robin. Bizarre!

Posted March 5th, 2016 at 3:23 pm by alan craddock in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

Quite a pleasant morning at the lake today, the numbers of Goosander are starting to drop, the best count this year was 29, last year we had 45. 1m Gadwall, 17 Goosander, 8 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 1 G.C.Grebe, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Cormorant,5 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Nuthatch, 5 Marsh Tit, 2 Willow Tit, 2m Reed Bunting, 1 Snipe, 2 Greenfinch.

Posted March 5th, 2016 at 2:55 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding

Dawlish Warren Ring Read Report: 2015

As we wait for the much anticipated first Wheatears and Sand Martins to arrive, I can recommend sitting down with a cup of tea and having a read of this inspiring report written by Dawlish Warren patch birder Lee Collins: http://www.dawlishwarren.co.uk/2015%20Dawlish%20Warren%20ring%20report.pdf

There are many dedicated bird ringers out there, but it's refreshing to see such a dedicated ring reader whose efforts are adding invaluable data to the BTO database about bird movement and migration.

Posted March 5th, 2016 at 8:55 am by Steve Waite in General Birding

Friday 4th March 2016

Postbridge - and Steps Bridge

Just to show how East Devon Branch is never put off by bad weather forecast.  New Branch Chairman Geoff Green (nearest on left) battles through snow at Postbridge and later leads the way at Steps Bridge to find Goosander.

Posted March 4th, 2016 at 9:11 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the afternoon high-tide good numbers of the usual numbers of Black & Bar-tailed Godwits, Redshank, Snipe, Avocets, Curlew, Pintail, Tufted Duck, Teal, Shoveler, Wigeon, Water Rail with a Brambling and Nuthatch around the garden feeders amongst the other finches and tits. From the viewing platform the Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, Grey Plover, Dunlin, Red Breasted Mergansers and another Water Rail in field along the path.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHsRDA_7Jq0

Brambling
Brambling

Long-tailed Tit
Long-tailed Tit

Spotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank

Posted March 4th, 2016 at 7:21 pm by David Boult in General Birding

ringneck parakeets

9 ringneck parakeets and 2 going in out of nest site again.

Posted March 4th, 2016 at 6:45 pm by barry in General Birding

Broadsands, Fri, 4.3.16

2 Gt Northern Divers, 1 Gt - crested Grebe, c.09:30; at least 4 Cirl Buntings (3m, 1f) in field adjacent to footpath in far LH corner of rear car park + 1 Chiffchaff feeding & singing in same area, c.10:00 - 11:30; 1f Sparrowhawk over same field.

Now for the report that most of you may find hard to believe: Hobby  flying inland over the back of same field c.11:00! Definitely not a Kestrel; showed black cap & moustache; too small, too slim; too long in the wing & too dark on upper parts; distinct lenghtways striations on breast. (Believe me I'm as suprised as you - used to watch hobbies in New Forest and seldom had first individuals before mid to late April.)

Last but not least: 1 Firecrest in reedy tree divide between main car park & back of huts, c.13:00.

Posted March 4th, 2016 at 5:15 pm by David Holloway in General Birding

Burrator Reservoir

A chilly walk around Burrator reservoir this afternoon dodging the hail and sleet showers and the ususal wildfowl present on the water - a male and 2 female goosander, mallards, 2 cormorants, Canada geese, 4 Muscovy duck and a white farmyard goose - but a complete surprise were a pair of scaup busily diving - distant views and a couple of dodgy cropped and zoomed photos attached.

In the woods the usual species - siskins, nuthatch, tits, robins, a buzzard, 2 jays and a roe deer.

Male Scaup
Male Scaup

Female Scaup
Female Scaup

Posted March 4th, 2016 at 5:05 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Postbridge- Bellever- Steps Bridge

12 members of DB (East Devon Branch) attended the fieldtrip to Postrbridge.  We had only gone up river a few hundred yards when a sudden blizzard caused us to retreat but not before we had seen Grey Wagtail, Nuthatch and a colony of House Sparrow.  We decided to move to the shelter of Bellever forest and were rewarded with warm sun and a blue sky and sightings of Siskin, Treecreeper and Bullfinch. A Green Woodpecker was heard and a second at Postbridge when we returned for lunch where c22 Fieldfare were on the move plus c10 Redwing.

After lunch the remainder of the group headed back towards Exeter and five of us stopped off at Steps Bridge to look for Lesser Spotted Woodpecker.  We soon heard one calling several hundred yards into Dunsford Woods plus a Green Woodpecker.  A Marsh Tit was found together with several Long Tailed Tit.   I decided I was getting fatigued (having finished two months of radiotherapy the previous week) and said goodbye to the others. 300 yards before the bridge I heard a Lesser spotted Woodpecker calling from alders on the far bank.  15 minutes later it revealed itself and flew across the river, long enough for me to see the red crown of a male.  (This was the same clump of trees we had the species last year).  A great day out made memorable by the snow showers and familiar company. 

Posted March 4th, 2016 at 4:48 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

East Soar

Very few migrants just 200 Golden Plover inc. several in summer plumage and 11 Meadow Pipit. No hoped for Wheatear!!

Posted March 4th, 2016 at 3:36 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Thursday 3rd March 2016

Grey Parakeet

Seen calling in tree in Inverdeen Road Sunday 30th Feb, kept calling as the Ringnecked Parakeet's flew over going to roost


Posted March 3rd, 2016 at 9:03 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

River Plym

The juv Glaucous Gull first found last week, again on the River Plym late afternoon, at the bend of the river at the north end and viewable from the layby. Still there till 4.10pm at least. 

Posted March 3rd, 2016 at 6:53 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Dawlish Warren & Cockwood

Highlights were 2 Slavonian Grebes - seen very close in at Cockwood, 14 Great Crested Grebes - 12 offshore, 300+ Brent Geese, 22 Red-breasted Mergansers, 14 Shags, 20 Sanderling, 1 Knot, 60 Turnstones & Kingfisher off Cockwood. Grey Seal hauled out on sandbank.

Still dipped on the Bonaparte's Gull!

Posted March 3rd, 2016 at 4:32 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Ring necked parakeet

Saw one today got this shot of the bird herd more calling but did not see them Ford park Plymouth.

Posted March 3rd, 2016 at 4:26 pm by Chris Buckland in General Birding

Ford Park Cemetery

Today two female Black redstarts,one male Black redstart,and one Ringed necked parot..

 

Posted March 3rd, 2016 at 4:18 pm by Chris Buckland in General Birding

Wednesday 2nd March 2016

Wrafton

One Spoonbill this morning flying towards and then over the scrape, but not seen to land. Struggling in the very windy conditions.

Three Tufted Duck and two Pochard on the pond.

Posted March 2nd, 2016 at 12:03 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Tuesday 1st March 2016

Hembury Woods

1 Woodcock, Hembury Woods, late afternoon.

Posted March 1st, 2016 at 9:37 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Barn owl ~ South Brent

A good start to March with a close encounter with a Barn owl near South Brent, close enough to see that it was an un ringed female.

Around and over the garden 30 species including one Lesser and two Great Black Back Gulls, three Siskin, male Bullfinch, Raven, Wren, 35 Chaffinch and 13 Starling.

Almost continuous movement of Redwing flocks once the rain had stopped, initial count of 28 followed by 67, 40+, 29 and late afternoon a counted 84 birds.

Female Blackbird collecting nesting material, pair of Great Tits checking out a nest box

 

Posted March 1st, 2016 at 9:25 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Wrafton

1 adult Spoonbill on freshwater scrape late aft.


Posted March 1st, 2016 at 6:24 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Redshanks in Exeter

I saw 3 redshanks along the newly landscaped flood relief channel further downriver from the quay - nice to see them :)

Posted March 1st, 2016 at 5:41 pm by Helen Whitall in General Birding

Noss Mayo

5 Raven today flying back and forth over the village. Marsh tit on feeders as well as Great, Blue, Coal and LTT. Chaffinch, Goldfinch and 2 Greenfinch they are now scarce in the area. Great spotted woodpecker and Nuthatch as well as Dunnock, Robin and Blackbird. Sparrow Hawk and Buzzard over. Song Thrush are now scarce and Blackbird numbers reduced. On Newton Creek at half tide Curlew , Redshank and Shag.

Posted March 1st, 2016 at 3:29 pm by Jeremy Spooner in General Birding

Marsh Harrier - Slapton Ley

Killing a couple of hours at Slapton with my wife, whilst her car was serviced, we were treated to my best views ever of a female marsh harrier. Seen flying over the reedbed at Torcross before alighting in the reedbed about 40m away. Remained static there from 11.30 - 1200, giving superb views, before being forced further into the reeds and out of view by the proximity of a pair of swans.

Posted March 1st, 2016 at 2:56 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

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