Devon Bird Sightings from March 2017

Breeding Birds

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Thank you.

Posted March 20th at 3:43 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

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

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

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

Sightings Page Changes

Acting on comments to Devon Birds some changes have been made to this page. To the right of this header post you'll see there are now several subjects for you to choose to read and post on. Just click your chosen subject and use as previously.

Please be careful not to post under the wrong subject. If you do, you can still easily go back to edit and change the subject yourself so it appears on the right page.

Please try and keep posts short, particularly in the Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts page. Photographs are still very welcome.  

For help with ID email photos to id@devonbirds.org.

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

Friday 31st March 2017

Berry Head

A brief couple of hours at Berry Head today produced a lovely Wheatear down in the quarry, 3 Swallows passing over, 8 calling Chiffchaffs, 1 Blackcap, around 12 Linnets.  26 species recorded in total.

Wheatear Chiffchaff
Wheatear                                                                      Chiffchaff

Posted March 31st, 2017 at 10:03 pm by Steph Murphy in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head 31 March.

My first Wheatear of the year on the seaward side of the road down to the quarry. 1 Rock Pipit.  Large numbers of Gannet, Guillemot and Shag fishing around the headland. Fulmar nesting.  3 Harbour Porpoises. 1 singing Wren nest building. 1 Song Thrush by the car park.

Wheatear Wren nestbuilding 
Wheatear                      Wren nestbuilding                                                                       

Posted March 31st, 2017 at 10:03 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Staverton WTW

One Yellow Browed Warbler still remains along with at least 8 Chiffchaffs including the tristis.

Posted March 31st, 2017 at 8:23 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Egret mix

From 6pm this evening until roughly 7.40pm 26 egrets gathered on the eastern mudflats opposite my house. There were 19 Little Egret and 7 Cattle Egret by the time they all flew to roost in trees on the west side of the Torridge. The Cattle Egret were far more active in the reeds at the back of the mudflat whereas the Little Egrets were content to sit around and preen. I would think that these Cattle Egret were the 'Magnificent Seven' from Fremington but if anyone saw Cattle Egret at Fremington during this time then we have to rethink our Taw/Torridge totals. Meanwhile my bedroom window list seems to grow and grow!

Posted March 31st, 2017 at 7:52 pm by Martin Unwin in General Birding

Swallow - Crediton and Spreyton

My first Swallow sighting today - Crediton

Swallow over Crediton
Swallow over Crediton

Posted March 31st, 2017 at 7:46 pm by Jo King in General Birding

Chivlestone / Beesands / Slapton

19 Cattle Egrets this morning between Cousins Cross and Chivlestone Cross on the East Prawle road nr. Chivlestone,  Grid Ref SX 785394. They were in the field below the turbine. There were 6 or 7 Fresian Cattle here but the egrets were feeding in the grass away from them. The field has probably been spared the dreaded pesticides ( for now at least ) and must have plenty of food for them.            

Nearby at Beesands an early Sedge Warbler singing from the left of the hide, also a couple Willow Warblers and a male Shoveler. At Slapton Ley still a male Wigeon in Ireland Bay. Swallow and 4 Sand Martins at Torcross. Seen a few Small Tortoishells and Peacocks today, also a Brimstone at Slapton in Ireland Bay Quarry.

                                                                                     

 

Posted March 31st, 2017 at 3:45 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Torbay Coastal

A birding trip around the Torbay coast this morning was almost devoid of bird life other than Gulls and Cormorants. 

A very distant drake Eider in full breeding plumage seen from Broadsands and the only other bird of note was a Willow Warbler in the white thorn/willow stand by the path leading up to the gate towards Elberry.

Posted March 31st, 2017 at 3:35 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Swallow near Tavistock

Saw my first Swallow of the year near Tavistock golf course. Lots of Wheatears surrounding Cox Tor.

Posted March 31st, 2017 at 3:29 pm by Robin Stanbridge in General Birding

stoats

a bleak looking exminster and powderham marsh today with no real birds of note, but amazed to watch a pair of stunning looking stoats playing near the middle car park at exminster marsh.

Posted March 31st, 2017 at 2:32 pm by gray clements in Other Wildlife

Blatchford Farm - Teigngrace

Now 8 Cattle Egrets ( and 13 Little Egrets) in entrance field to Blatchford Farm, Teigngrace mid morning.

Posted March 31st, 2017 at 1:42 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Brixham Breakwater, 30 March 2017

A walk along the breakwater at low tide this afternoon gave 1 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Turnstone, 1 Rock Pipit and 4 Shag

Purple Sandpiper clinging on Purple Sandpiper feeding Turnstone
Purple Sandpiper clinging on                 Purple Sandpiper feeding                                           Turnstone

Posted March 31st, 2017 at 12:02 am by Bob Telford in General Birding

Thursday 30th March 2017

Start

Firecrest in trees between Start car park and Hallsands 11.30 this morning. Lots of chiffchaffs singing. 

Posted March 30th, 2017 at 10:23 pm by Andy Rook in General Birding

South Huish Marsh 30th March

A few more photos of the Iceland gull at South Huish Marsh this afternoon. Nothing else to report that has not already been reported.

  

Posted March 30th, 2017 at 9:41 pm by Mark Witherall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Landcross

Four Cattle Egret in cow field above A386 at grid reference SS461238, 18:00. Pulled over and ran back with binoculars to confirm ID.

Posted March 30th, 2017 at 8:46 pm by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Yelland

The Glossy Ibis, seven Cattle Egrets and 15 Little Egrets were foraging in fields south of Tarka trail opposite Isley Marsh at 09:00. The Cattle Egrets later appeared in the saltmarsh and three Spoonbills dropped in briefly during the afternoon. On the Taw Estuary a female Eider.

Best of the summer migrants was an Osprey that flew west towards Appledore at 13:15 before turning back and drifting high northeast 25 minutes later. Also noted were two Wheatears, three Willow Warblers, 10+ Swallows and 50+ Sand Martins.

Posted March 30th, 2017 at 8:24 pm by Will Salmon in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Mortehoe Snake FAO Derek Stacey

More than happy - thanks Derek. Just wish I'd seen it.

Posted March 30th, 2017 at 8:00 pm by Andy Lansdell in Other Wildlife

Coypool, Saltram & Plym Estuary

Coypool: Yellow-browed Warbler, Willow Warbler, Common Sandpiper, Rabbit
Saltram: Grey Squirrel, Small Tortoiseshell.
Plym Estuary: Greenshank, Cormorant, Little Egret, Rbin, Blackbird, Corvids

Posted March 30th, 2017 at 7:45 pm by Michael Spencer in General Birding

Wrafton

Maybe 150 - 200 Sand Martins over the pond this evening, and at about 7.10p.m. the three subadult Spoonbills flew in, circled and landed out of sight in a dip in the field about 400m south of the scrape.

In the reserve this morning the first singing Willow Warbler, and a few Chiffs,

Posted March 30th, 2017 at 7:45 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

South Huish Marsh

A good mix of Gulls with 8 plus Lesser Black Backs, 9 plus Greater Black Backs and 3 Mediterranean Gulls, two in adult plumage and one 2nd winter bird. EDS: Photo shows two 2nd summer (black tips to primaries) and one 1st summer Med Gull (almost completely dark primaries).

Two White Wagtails and several Pied's, Skylark, Stonechat, numerous displaying Rock Pipit, Raven, two Buzzards having a territorial set to.

Moorhen, Coot, Teal, Mallard, Shellduck and Shoveller on the marsh.

Several Little Egrets and Oyster Catchers flying in from the sea.

Aveton Gifford tidal road, Common Sandpiper, Redshank and two Greenshank.

Posted March 30th, 2017 at 7:03 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Soar and South Huish

At South Huish marsh this afternoon, the juv Iceland Gull flew in off the sea at 2.20pm and flew off at 3.30pm. Also Water Pipit, 3 White Wagtails, Sand Martin, Swallow, 5 Common Scoters, 2nd-s Mediterranean Gull and Grey Seal. 

Earlier at Soar, Wheatear, White Wagtail, Redwing and 18 Chiffchaffs. 

Iceland Gull, juv.
Iceland Gull, juv.

Posted March 30th, 2017 at 6:53 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berrynarbor Hirundines

12 Hirundines over the garden at 18:15.  Mainly Swallows but at least one House Martin.  First for us this year.

Posted March 30th, 2017 at 6:49 pm by Kim Beaver in General Birding

Beesands Ley

From the hide, 1Male Scaup. 1Cettis Warbler seen and singing. On the beach 1 Wheatear.

                         

Posted March 30th, 2017 at 6:10 pm by Terry Goddard in General Birding

Shiphay, Torquay

07.50

A Willow Warbler in full song in one of the small oaks at the top of the hill at Cadewell Park.  

Posted March 30th, 2017 at 2:19 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Morte Point snake

To Andrew Lansdell. Did the edited photos satisfy your ID?

Posted March 30th, 2017 at 1:28 pm by Derek Stacey in Other Wildlife

Mansands

Sedge Warbler was singing in the Southdown side of the reeds this morning, also the Cetti's Warbler was singing and quite mobil and a Willow Warbler was singing half way down the track leading to the hide.  There were 4 Blackcaps singing around the marsh and plenty of Chiffchaffs around also.  On the marsh were 2 pairs of Tufted Duck and a single male, 5 pairs of Gadwalls, 6 Canada Geese and a juvenile Mute Swan. A Sandwich Tern flew along the coast and around the bay.

Posted March 30th, 2017 at 1:23 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in General Birding

Berry Head Quarry

Suberb male Black Redstart by granite boulders. No Wheatears

Posted March 30th, 2017 at 1:09 pm by David Leigh in General Birding

Humpback

Humpback sighted (from A379 between Stoke Fleming and Blackpool Sands) just off Blackpool Sands yesterday evening (19.00 hrs). Good spouts and views of dorsal fin although fairly choppy sea.

Posted March 30th, 2017 at 1:08 pm by Nic Butler in Other Wildlife

Sherpa scrape

3 Spoonbills until 08.30 + 76 Black tailed Godwits & 7 Wigeon on the scrape. 1 male + 1 female Blackcap at the sides of the Tarka trail by Wrafton Pond + 2 Willow Warblers.

 

Posted March 30th, 2017 at 9:45 am by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

South Brent ~ Swallow

A single Swallow over the house at 08.22am this morning, my first one of the year.

Siskin and Song Thrush around the feed station area.

Posted March 30th, 2017 at 8:28 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Wednesday 29th March 2017

South Huish Marsh

Late afternoon: 2CY Iceland Gull still present, first offshore, then foraging with other gulls in sheep field by marsh until 5.15pm at least. Also 1 m White Wagtail and a Swallow.

Posted March 29th, 2017 at 8:13 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

wheatear

northam burrows near 8th tee, 27th march, sunny, slight east wind

Posted March 29th, 2017 at 7:57 pm by jenny shaw in General Birding

Glossy Ibis & Cattle Egrets at Fremington Pil

Short visit to Fremington Quay & ajoining pil this afternoon - single Glossy Ibis feeding with 50+ Black-tailed Godwits at low tide in the pil. Group of 7 Cattle Egrets roosting in the trees where the Little Egrets usually roost at the top of the pil

Glossy IbisCattle EgretCattle Egret





Posted March 29th, 2017 at 7:43 pm by Chris & Sally Bollen in General Birding

Wrafton

A few Sand Martins over and around the pond this morning along with singing Chiffchaffs and a Willow Warbler. Not much in the reserve, a few singing Chiffs.

This evening at Wrafton Pond (around 7p.m.) Hundreds of Sand Martins, a couple of Swallows and still a couple of Chiffs singing. Out on the scrape were 7 Black-tailed Godwits, and in the field about 100 yards south of the scrape were 3 subadult Spoonbills. Also, and unusual here, were 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

Posted March 29th, 2017 at 7:35 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

South Huish Marsh - Iceland Gull

No sign of Terry Goddard's Garganey during my visit to South Huish Marsh 11.30 - 1315 today. However at 11.30 am, what I believe to be an Iceland Gull, from the attached cropped photo, flew in and was there until I left for lunch. No sign of it when I returned about 1500hrs. 

Iceland Gull - South Huish Marsh - 29/3/2017
Iceland Gull - South Huish Marsh - 29/3/2017

Posted March 29th, 2017 at 6:18 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Yesterday at Godborough

Singing Blackcaps the highlight of a good mornings work on the reserve.

Posted March 29th, 2017 at 3:06 pm by John & Karen Towers & Sims in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh & Goosemoor

Quieter at BGM this lunchtime. No sign of the rarer gulls today. The Green Sandpiper still at the back of the marsh.

Goosemoor was more productive with a Willow Warbler of the year singing by the railway line and another singing the other side, out of sight. Then a brief view of a Swallow with a few Sand Martins.

Posted March 29th, 2017 at 2:10 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatching 07:15-11:00. Despite ideal conditions SSW4 and murky - passage poor. Puffin, 206 Auks (1:1 Guillemot Razorbill), 6 Sandwich Terns, 6 Common Gulls, 2 Red-throated Divers, 1 distant poss Great Northern Diver, 12 Common Scoter.

Common Dolphins (c40) feeding under c100 Gannets, perhaps some lingering from yesterday and 10+ Harbour Porpoise.

Common Dolphin

Posted March 29th, 2017 at 1:48 pm by Mark Darlaston in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Plym Estuary

Highlights today were a Yellow-browed Warbler and my first Willow Warbler of the year, both at Coypool near Weigbridge Cottage. Also - Dipper, 5 Greenshanks, 15 Turnstones, 4 Chiffchaffs, a pair of Mandarin Ducks and Green Woodpecker.

Posted March 29th, 2017 at 1:16 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Morte Point snake

Attached side view of head does not show vertical pupil of adder or yellow collar of grass snake. However (with a little help from photoshop),one photo just about shows the zigzag of adder, so sticking with that, but happy to be corrected.

 

 

Posted March 29th, 2017 at 12:51 pm by Derek Stacey in Other Wildlife

Another Adder variant

I found two of these Adder identical colour and size on Bovey Heath 2016.

Posted March 29th, 2017 at 11:20 am by David Turrell in Other Wildlife

Adders

A hazard while looking for Great Grey Shrike - a more typical colouration. It is very unusual to see a dark phase V. berus without any evidence of the zig-zag pattern. Grasssnake also have dark unmarked specimens. Any close-up of the eye?


Posted March 29th, 2017 at 11:00 am by Andrew Lansdell in Other Wildlife

Tuesday 28th March 2017

Winter Thrushes

Still at least 20 redwings around the Woodland area, just south of Ashburton. Last year they stayed until April1st. Two fieldfares last seen on Sunday, 26 March. Hopefully not the last sighting for this year.

Posted March 28th, 2017 at 10:19 pm by Stuart Logan in General Birding

Woodbury Common/Dawlish Warren

The Great Grey Shrike on the ridge to the north east of Woodbury Castle - very active including hovering Kestrel style whilst hunting. A Red Kite drifted east at 11.20.

At Dawlish Warren, the Jack Snipe was showing well 4.15 to 4.35 - note it could not be seen from the usual place (opposite the boats) as it had moved to the nearside of the pond but could be seen very clearly from the next vantage point looking back along the left side of the main pond.

 

Posted March 28th, 2017 at 9:11 pm by Douglas Stannard in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

nr winkleigh

Red Kite spotted between Chulmleigh&Winkleigh late morning today, drifting north east

Posted March 28th, 2017 at 9:08 pm by Mike Luckson in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

"adder" pics

As a renowned snake non-expert, the pictures posted earlier today look more like a grass snake to me.

Eds. The original post was correct it is an Adder but an almost black one which do occur see here 

Posted March 28th, 2017 at 8:13 pm by Alan Ford in Other Wildlife

Request

Sorry, not a sighting but a request re photos. Obviously I always know what they are (!), but I think it would be a good idea to request that posters always name the subject of their pics.

Posted March 28th, 2017 at 8:12 pm by Alan Ford in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Pictures from today

  

Eds: please label photos - not everyone knows what birds these are.. 

Bonaparte's Gull, (should also come under scarce/ rare - subject) Little Gull and Snipe 

Posted March 28th, 2017 at 7:44 pm by Duncan Leitch in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh

Today was my first ever visit to Bowling green marsh. I will definitely be going back. I had a number of first sightings for my records which included..Little Gull, Bonaparte's Gull and Green Sandpiper. Also good views from the hide of...Wigeon, Teal, Pintail, Tuffed Duck, Shoveler, Black Tailed Godwit, Snipe, Grey Heron, Shelduck, Oystercatcher, Mallard and Curlew.

Posted March 28th, 2017 at 7:34 pm by Duncan Leitch in General Birding

Morte Point

Adder crossing path at Morte Point yesterday 27 March.

Posted March 28th, 2017 at 3:49 pm by Derek Stacey in Other Wildlife

South Huish marsh

2 Garganey and 1 Water pipit

Posted March 28th, 2017 at 2:48 pm by Terry Goddard in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Same as yesterday this lunchtime. Bonaparte's Gull & Little Gull showing well from the hide and 1 Green Sandpiper.

Posted March 28th, 2017 at 2:03 pm by Nick Potter in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exminster Marshes

A pleasant stroll around the southern part of the marshes this morning coincided with high water in the estuary so quite a few waders on the fields including 100+ black-tailed godwit, c60 dunlin and c100 curlew. A imm. marsh harrier had a similar plumage to the bird that was present in mid winter and it was using exactly the same perches so probably the same bird. Some shelduck had moved back onto the estuary before I started to count the flock, however there were over 70 still roosting. A scattering of chiffchaffs (5 singing) and sand martins (c20). Duck numbers continue to fall with small numbers of wigeon, shoveller, teal and pintail (only 6) remaining. And a greenshank flew over.

Posted March 28th, 2017 at 12:13 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Tarka Trail - Braunton > Barnstaple

19 Chiffchaffs + 2 Willow Warblers (Wrafton Pond) singing between Braunton & Barnstaple. Also some Wigeon still on the Taw Estuary & a flock of BH Gulls + 2 Med Gulls in amongst them (one adult in smart summer plumage).

Posted March 28th, 2017 at 11:59 am by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Holsworthy

Five Redwings over at 8am

Posted March 28th, 2017 at 11:40 am by Rupert Kirkwood in General Birding

Monday 27th March 2017

Exminster Marshes

Marsh Harrier, lots of Lapwing displaying, a drake Red Breasted Merganser in the channel to the lock gates at the Turf, c 30 hirundines over the reserve - I believe mostly House Martin, but I couldn't be 100%.

Red Breasted Merganser

Wigeon put up by the harrier

Marsh Harrier being mobbed

 

 

 

Posted March 27th, 2017 at 11:45 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Dawlish Warren and Powderham Marshes Exminster

A Red Kite drifted northwards over Powderham Marshes at 3pm. At 4pm I saw a 'yellow-headed' Marsh Harrier disturb waders and ducks on Exminster Marshes. Several singing Chiffchaffs. Earlier, at Dawlish Warreen I saw the Jack Snipe 'bobbing' , together with a Common Snipe, and saw Sand Crocuses and Sand Lizards (being monitored by someone working for the sea defence building company) 6 plus Peacock and 1 Speckled Wood butterflies.

Posted March 27th, 2017 at 9:46 pm by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Woodbury Common

Grey Shrike showing well if a little distant as yesterdays post, rather mobile feeding within the area it was frequenting.

Other birds included Skylarks, Linnet, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Yellow Hammer, Stonechat, Green and Greater Spotted Woodpecker, two Willow Warbler both in full song and Wren.

 

At home female Reed Bunting still coming to garden feeders along with Siskin and a Song Thrush around the garden and a late fly past from two Canadian Geese.

Early evening a Kestrel seen over Wrangaton.

Posted March 27th, 2017 at 8:14 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Roborough Down 27/03/2017

1 x Redpoll (m), 2 x Yellowhammer (m), Stonechat (f), Meadow Pipits, Chaffinches, Robins, Corvids.

Posted March 27th, 2017 at 7:49 pm by Michael Spencer in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A post-Portugal Plym excursion revealed a few waders still around - Curlew 13, Greenshank 4, Dunlin 4, Oystercatcher 2, Snipe 2, and Redshank 62. Also 4 Chiffchaffs, 10 Little Egrets, and a pair of Mandarin Ducks.

Posted March 27th, 2017 at 7:40 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Imagesof the Crossbills

As Promised here are a couple of images of the Crossbills at Soussons plantation yesterday. Please accept my poor spelling in the last post its the spell predictor on the iPad!

Crossbill At Soussons 2Common Crossbill



Posted March 27th, 2017 at 6:41 pm by John Wilkes in General Birding

Purple Sandpipers - Torquay

A total of 10 Purple Sandpipers  on the rocks beneath Torquay Breakwater at high tide this afternoon ( 1700 )

Posted March 27th, 2017 at 6:36 pm by Cliff Parrott in General Birding

Brixham.

At 1pm 2 Red Kite over the Copythorne road area of Brixham and then at 2pm another 1. Reported by Chris Smallbones. The 1pm ones sighted over Paignton Zoo a bit later.

Posted March 27th, 2017 at 6:28 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Velator

More signs of Spring in the reserve this morning: about a dozen Chiffchaffs, including one with pale legs and longer wings, but it just wouldn't sing to confirm Willow Warbler :(

Also at least 2 male Blackcaps - one of which let out a couple of bursts of song. Plenty of Peacocks and Small Tortoiseshells on the wing.

No sign of Little Ringed Plovers.

Posted March 27th, 2017 at 5:48 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Butterflies emerging in Long Wood, Noss

Very good numbers of Commas and Peacocks emerging today in the sunny glade by the ford in the lowest part of Long Wood above Noss.

 

Posted March 27th, 2017 at 4:58 pm by William Coulson in Other Wildlife

Berry Head

3pm. Red Kite flew low and slow along the length of the N. fort  going west to east. It then took a left at the light house and was lost in the haze in Torbay.

Posted March 27th, 2017 at 4:34 pm by John Lusher in General Birding

Starcross

Red Kite drifting north 4o'clock 

Posted March 27th, 2017 at 4:30 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Red kite over Teignmouth

1 Red kite leisurely drifted over Teignmouth along seafront and up over Mules Parp at 4pm

Posted March 27th, 2017 at 4:17 pm by Adam Davison in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

30 members of DB attended this morning's walk and I listed 35 species in total.  The main interest came from trying to sight the Jack Snipe which was well hidden.  A pair of Cirl Bunting were more obliging and an unexpected find near the visitor centre.  A number of singing Chiffchaff and Greenfinch were present plus a fine Song Thrush.  Due to the low tide we decided not to proceed beyond the end of the golf links where a passing Sparrow Hawk flew along the (Bight) beach. At a distance the pair of Slavonian Grebes was seen close to Cockwood (better seen from the railway crossing point).  Two Skylarks were seen and several Stonechat and Linnets present. Someone reported seeing an Eider offshore and 6 Brent Geese were on the sea, otherwise there were few sea birds and a number of expected species (Wheatear and Swallow) were missing from the land side. On the return walk the Jack Snipe was seen again, this time in company with a Common Snipe.

Later, on driving through the road works at Bridge Road, Countess Wear a Red-legged Partridge flew over the road towards King George playing fields but having got to the other side it decided not to stay and flew back into the housing estate.

Posted March 27th, 2017 at 3:56 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Wrafton pond

Spent a bit of time down at Wrafton pond this afternoon (approx. 1pm).
On the way out, and turning towards Barnstaple on the Tarka trail, a stoat streaked across the path in front of me and into the brambles opposite.

Posted March 27th, 2017 at 3:51 pm by Sam Aston in Other Wildlife

Braunton Marshes

Heron about to land....

Posted March 27th, 2017 at 3:00 pm by Alan Denzey in General Birding

East to West Soar

Highlights were 22 singing Chiffchaffs, 3 singing Blackcaps,White Wagtail, Nuthatch, Treecreeper and 2 Siskins north over West Soar. Also: Speckled Wood on the wing.

Posted March 27th, 2017 at 2:17 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

This lunchtime, the Bonaparte's Gull and Little Gull were on the marsh with a small group of Black-headed Gulls. Also 1 Green Sandpiper

Posted March 27th, 2017 at 2:04 pm by Nick Potter in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 26th March 2017

Topsham

Late afternoon at Bowling Green Marsh, 2yc Bonaparte's gull, Little gull, Ruff and Green sandpiper.

Posted March 26th, 2017 at 10:57 pm by Martin Elcoate in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Mandarins at Yarner

Hadn't seen the Mandarins for a while at Yarner, but this stunning Drake with two females were there today

Posted March 26th, 2017 at 8:14 pm by Simon Thurgood in General Birding

Dunsford

On a day with not much birdlife on offer at Dunsford, it was great to see the Butterflies out with a impressive range of wild flowers to keep me occupied.

Brimstone   Orange Tip
Brimstone                                    Orange Tip

Posted March 26th, 2017 at 8:09 pm by Simon Thurgood in Other Wildlife

First swallow?

A walk on Dartmoor to soussons plantation netted meadow pippet, buzzard, swallow yes swallow single bird making fast passages over the open moorland. Probable Marlin. Carrion crow, great tits. Common crossbills. Cmmn gull not much else due to the blustery conditions. The male crossbill showed well allowing me to get within 30 feet or so before being disturbed by a dog walker not on a lead! Image to follow

Posted March 26th, 2017 at 7:50 pm by John Wilkes in General Birding

Wrafton

First of the long evenings allowing later viewing: On the scrape by the Tarka Trail were 3 Little Ringed Plovers. In the reserve a couple of Chiffs singing. Sherpa Marsh was alive with 37 Mute Swans, mostly last year's young. Back to Wrafton Pond where about 200 Sand Martins were feeding quite high, and in amongst was at least 1 Swallow. No further sign of the Plovers.

Posted March 26th, 2017 at 7:27 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Clearbrook today

Three Swallows over good numbers of Meadow Pipits,the odd Skylark and Stonechats three Greenfinches on golf course and a male Kestrel.

 

 

Posted March 26th, 2017 at 6:22 pm by Chris Buckland in General Birding

Exmouth

A single Willow Warbler in song on Orcombe Point early this morning and a Yellow-browed Warbler in gardens on Belle Vue Road @ 950 this morning. Photos on www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk.

Posted March 26th, 2017 at 6:19 pm by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Red Kite

Seen over fields between Poltimore Arms near Yarde and Cart Gate Cross about 4 miles north of North Molton just before 17:00.

Posted March 26th, 2017 at 5:50 pm by John & Karen Towers & Sims in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Northam burrows

Little ringed plover on tip pool at 17:00.On skern 250 golden plover,4 barwits.At southcott marsh east the water bideford 2 med gulls,ad,fs,120 bhg,9 common gull,17:30

Posted March 26th, 2017 at 5:45 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Labrador Bay

Today at Labrador Bay...

- 1 Cirl Bunting, Male                             - Crows/Rooks

- 1 Kestrel                                                - Skylark(s), Singing

- Chiffchaffs, Singing and Showing    - 2 Blue Tit

- Herring Gulls                                        - 1 or more Dunnock

- Wood Pigeons                                      - 1 Wren

Posted March 26th, 2017 at 5:40 pm by Samuel Gray in General Birding

Great Grey Shrike at Soussons Valley

The Great Grey Shrike was ranging from the gate at Soussons Plantation to the Vitifer  Mine area. Both sides of the valley path.

Sun 26th March

Posted March 26th, 2017 at 5:36 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

After about an hours looking the Jack Snipe put in an appearance at around 9.45 next to the boats on the main pond. 5 minutes later it was gone again. Common Snipe and Little Grebe present. 

Posted March 26th, 2017 at 5:36 pm by Paul treen in General Birding

In the garden

Filling up the feeders in the garden the song of sparrows, Robins, goldfinches suddenly fell silent..... And then a sparrow hawk flew over.

Female sparrowhawk
Female sparrow hawk

Posted March 26th, 2017 at 5:19 pm by Philip Worth in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

One of many Sand Martins over the pond, in lovely bright but very windy conditions

Sand Martin
Sand Martin

Posted March 26th, 2017 at 4:45 pm by Alan Denzey in General Birding

Brixham Breakwater.

Rough sea no boat trip so walked Brixham Breakwater. 6 Purple Sandpiper and 1 Turnstone on the old fuel bunkering jetty. Lyme Bay boat trips start Sunday 2nd July and then every Sunday till 3rd September if interested call 07866202576.

Posted March 26th, 2017 at 11:20 am by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Wrafton

4 Spoonbills reported on the scrape this morning early. Flushed when joggers ran past along the Tarka Trail.

Posted March 26th, 2017 at 10:44 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

Saturday 25th March 2017

Tawny Owl - Fremington

Travelling back from Fremington to Barnstaple on the bus around 9:45 tonight the driver stopped the bus and asked me (he knows me) to come and have a look at a bird that had flown into the front of the bus and was caught in the wipers. It was a tawny owl looking very groggy but otherwise apparently unharmed. We left it on the grass verge by the bus stop near Taw Meadow Crescent. Lovely bird, hope it's OK. 

Posted March 25th, 2017 at 10:34 pm by alan craddock in General Birding

Jack Snipe at Dawlish Warren main pool 25th March

Jack Snipe just stood in sunshine this morning, lovely Little Grebe also on pool. Redshank at Cockwood

Jack SnipeLittle GrebeRedshank

Posted March 25th, 2017 at 10:25 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Slavonian Grebe's

Two Slavonian Grebe's off Cockwood this morning 25th March 2017.

One a little more advanced in nearing Summer plumage.

 

Posted March 25th, 2017 at 10:20 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Woodbury Common

Great Grey Shrike in birches and scrub in wet area below Woodbury Castle this afternoon. Found and photographed by Dave White and later seen by Doug Cullen.

Posted March 25th, 2017 at 8:54 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding

Dawlish Warren Reserve

Sand crocus now in flower. Snake's Head Fritillary (flower) spotted and 1 Peacock butterfly. Several Drone Flies.

Posted March 25th, 2017 at 8:00 pm by Michael Spencer in Other Wildlife

Stoke Rivers garden birds

After getting our first 2 wood pigeon in our rural garden since moving here in July 2015 we had a Stock Dove this morning. Pays to look at every bird carefully. Not that exciting for most people but great for the BTO GBW Survey.

Posted March 25th, 2017 at 7:56 pm by John & Karen Towers & Sims in General Birding

Staverton WTW

Still one Yellow browed warbler along with 6 Chiffchaffs including the tristis. 

Posted March 25th, 2017 at 7:01 pm by Douglas Stannard in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Velator

Well it turns out that Osprey beat Swallow by 6 hours - finally saw one this afternoon over the reserve with a good number of Sand Martins in the lovely sunshine. Pity about the strong wind though! Also of note were Goldcrest and Long-tailed Tit nest-building. The three Canada Geese in the reserve yesterday ALL had rings on - Ma and Pa and one of the young from last year?

Not been home long when I got a call from a friend saying 'boys' were breaking into the reserve! I went back and called the police. They have found the perpetrators and spoken to them. I will keep you informed of developments.

Posted March 25th, 2017 at 6:32 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Labrador bay and Rv Teign

Labrador Bay first thing this morning Cirl Bunting and Skylarks singing well, Kestrel, Buzzard, white winged Carrion Crow, on the sea 24 plus Common Scoter and 6 Long Tailed Duck. 

Rv Teign from Shaldon to Coombe Cellars, 7 Red Breasted Merganser, Curlew, Oyster Catcher, Heron, Little Egret, Stock Dove, Linnet ad Goldfinch.

On the Kingkerswell by pass 11 Buzzards soaring.

Posted March 25th, 2017 at 6:19 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Holdstone down

Bright but very breezy day today provided courting meadow pipits, skylarks, stonchats, kestral and a pair of wheatears m+f.

WheatearsCourting pipits



Posted March 25th, 2017 at 5:29 pm by Philip worth in General Birding

Morte Point

Morte Point 0800-01100. (My first) 1 Swallow made one pass over the Point flying E. 2 Wheatears, 2 Rock Pipits,  8 Linnets, 2  Stonechat on the Point with 1 Fulmar, 1 LBbG, 1 Shag and several GBbG enjoying the strong E wind off the Point. 50+ Meadow flying E  in small flocks between 0700-0800.17 other species present.

Posted March 25th, 2017 at 5:27 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Bellever Tor - Cuckoo

Cuckoo south west of Bellever Tor at 10.30 am

Posted March 25th, 2017 at 3:14 pm by Audrey Wolstenholme in General Birding

Topsham - Cattle Egrets

Small party of Cattle Egrets in field (with several L Egrets) by R Clyst just N of Highfield Farm. Distance (200m) and failure to bring scope meant exact no. uncertain: min. 4 but possibly up to 6.

Cattle Egrets - Topsham - 25/3/2017
Cattle Egrets - Topsham - 25/3/2017

Posted March 25th, 2017 at 12:26 pm by Tim Worfolk in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Dawlish Warren

Good views of Jack Snipe on the pond, which is attracting quite a few birders. Also of note a male Wheatear, a single Egyptian Goose overhead towards Cockwood and a single Swallow overhead towards golf course. Many Linnets, Skylark, a few Chiffys and some Reed Buntings. Species total count was 36. Only had phone so digiscoped pictures.

Posted March 25th, 2017 at 12:18 pm by Steph Murphy in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Hopes Nose

A male Cirl Bunting singing late morning in middle of lower slope, then moving up the headland and seen again by top gate, is possibly just the second site record . Also a male Wheatear on Sandy Point. Chiffchaff and Blackcap both singing 

Posted March 25th, 2017 at 11:15 am by Mark Bailey in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Cornworthy

Yellow-browed warbler still at the WTW, now alone as chiffchaffs have moved on

Posted March 25th, 2017 at 10:58 am by Henry Trollope in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Braunton

Just heading out when all the Gulls started kicking off and there, much to my surprise, as an Osprey heading north. Sue Bruce has just phoned to say she saw it over her house too! Don't think I've ever seen Osprey before Swallow before....

Posted March 25th, 2017 at 9:07 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

Friday 24th March 2017

Around the Exe

Darts Farm - Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Canada Geese, 1 or more Mallards, Moorhen, Martins, Great Tits, Chaffinches, Wrens.

Goosemoor - Not much to report except lots of singing chiffchaffs.

Bowling Green Marsh From the Hide - Sand Martins, Little Egret, Mute Swans, Wigeon, Shelduck, Grey Heron, Teal, Moorhen, Black-tailed Godwit, Magpie.

Bowling Green Marsh From the Viewing Platform - Again, nothing very interesting to be seen apart from 1 or more Cormorants, a Greenshank and lots of other birds too far out to identify. 

Exminster Marshes - Canada Geese, 1 or more Grey Herons, Teal, Mute Swans, Cormorants, Shoveler, Pintail, Black-tailed Godwits, a Kestrel, and 1 or more Starlings.

Powderham Deer Park - A quick scan from the side if the road gave Canada Geese, Shelduck, Herring Gulls and a Little Egret. 

Posted March 24th, 2017 at 8:04 pm by Samuel Gray in General Birding

Slapton

So it took a whole month to find time to get to Slapton & I knew the conditions were very average and as I expected no sign of Humpback. However 3 Porpoises, 1 GN Diver, 1 Sandwich Tern, 30 Sand Martin & Russ had seen a Wheatear & an Otter. 

Posted March 24th, 2017 at 6:56 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Mountbatten, Plymouth.

This afternoon: 9 Turnstone in the rock pools, 1 Little egret catching blennys, 2 Wheatear, 1 Sandwich tern, 3 Shelduck overhead, 1 Gannet in the Sound and a male Greenfinch singing for Britain.

Posted March 24th, 2017 at 6:31 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

South Brent - Fieldfare

Winter not quite over! This afternoon a flock of c24 Fieldfare flying between trees near Dockwell, South Brent 

Posted March 24th, 2017 at 5:49 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Gannets at Berry Head & a Reed Bunting at Slapton Ley

Around midday at Berry Head, at least 6 Gannet's feeding close to the second fort, a few Guillemots flying but not that many due to the high winds & rough seas - A Reed Bunting showed for a few seconds by the bridge at the far end of the ley - at least 4 Cetti's Warblers heard but only seen for a quick fly by

 

Posted March 24th, 2017 at 5:24 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Mansands & Waddeton

1 Cattle Egret still present with 7 Little Egrets in cattle field between Waddeton and Galmpton.

Mansands Marsh- 2 Sand Martins, 1 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 9 Chiffchaff and 4/5 pairs of Gadwall.

Posted March 24th, 2017 at 4:46 pm by Jacob Wood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton sands - Sandwich Terns

Photos of Sandwich Terns off Slapton taken by Henry Kirkwood (were missed off his original post).

Sandwich TernSandwich Tern with fish

Posted March 24th, 2017 at 3:05 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Osprey river teign

Osprey flying north from river teign over bishopsteignton at 9.55am

Posted March 24th, 2017 at 10:05 am by Rob mcginn in General Birding

Cattle Egret Fremington Pill

Yesterday Thursday there was 5 Cattle Egrets along with 7 Little Egret at the top end of the Pill. They all except one Little one flew up into the field with sheep.

Posted March 24th, 2017 at 8:26 am by Richard Burston in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 23rd March 2017

South Huish

Water Pipit present to right of car park in the corner of the marsh together with several Snipe and Rock Pipits.

Posted March 23rd, 2017 at 7:52 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

South Milton Ley - green sandpiper

1 Green Sandpiper flushed from the side of a small area of open water at South Milton Ley this morning

Posted March 23rd, 2017 at 7:08 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Powderham

1 Whimbrel with 30 Curlews in field south of the River Kenn, Powderham late afternoon . Also in the park 2 Pintail, 2 Greylag Geese, 4 Stock Doves and c12 Sand Martins over the River Kenn.  No sign of the Cattle Egrets in a brief search. 

Posted March 23rd, 2017 at 6:36 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Jack Snipe

A wet visit to the Warren gave, after an hour or so, great views of the Jack Snipe on the main pond, by the boats. Also on the pond Little Grebe, Mallard, Moorhen and Canada geese.

Video link below -:

https://youtu.be/Bg9cgQUOLOc

Jack Snipe
Jack Snipe

Posted March 23rd, 2017 at 5:29 pm by Martin Rooney in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

RSPB, Labrador Bay

c90 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter and 5 Long-tailed Ducks in the bay this morning.

Common Scoter & Long-tailed Ducks
Common Scoter & Long-tailed Ducks

Velvet Scoter & 1 Common Scoter
Velvet Scoter & 1 Common Scoter

Posted March 23rd, 2017 at 11:44 am by david cawthraw in General Birding

Wednesday 22nd March 2017

Exminster marshes

male garganey and around 100 sand martins. this afternoon around 4.00

Posted March 22nd, 2017 at 10:17 pm by Jeff Hacon in General Birding

Stover Park, 22 March 2017

Afternoon at Stover - 10 Goosander, 3 adult male, 1 first winter male and 6 female, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Greenfinch, pair of Bullfinch, pair of Siskin , Marsh Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker at the feeder station. Flock of 15 Martins over, mostly Sand but at leats 1 House Martin

House MartinSand Martin

Siskin



Posted March 22nd, 2017 at 9:42 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Sandwich Tern

1 south over Atherington north devon at 07:20

Posted March 22nd, 2017 at 9:00 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Humpback Whale - Start Bay

On the Humpback Whale's one month anniversary of being in Lyme Bay (mostly Start Bay), things took a turn for the worse when the animal was reported to be tangled in static pot gear (one of the ropes leading to the pick up buoys) off Blackpool Sands, from around 10:00.  The fishing boat Maverick stayed with the whale until help arrived from the British Divers Marinelife Rescue with the RNLI. After several attempts they finally managed to cut the rope wrapped around the whale at c17:20, which appeared to swim off fast and free. Fantastic work by these two great charities.

 Humpback Whale tangled in ropeHumpback Whale, rope being cut by BDMLRFreed Humpback Whale being monitored by RNLI

 

In addition to Steve H post, c100 Sand Martin through Slapton Ley

MarineLife reported Bonxie and 2 Puffin on survey further out.

Posted March 22nd, 2017 at 8:44 pm by Mark Darlaston in Other Wildlife

Morte Point.

9 very smart male wheatear, 2 pairs stonechat, little flock of meadow pipits pairing off and two male linnets.

Posted March 22nd, 2017 at 8:10 pm by John Elvin in General Birding

West Charleton Marsh/Kingsbridge Estuary

1 Cattle Egret on the marsh loosely associating with 4 Little Egrets, also 1 Black-tailed Godwit, both present all afternoon. On the estuary 1 Sandwich Tern hunting down stream of Saltstone at 16:10, then on buoy between Lincombe and Saltstone at 16:30.

Plenty of water in the marsh, several Moorhens, usual range of waterfowl and calling Water Rail, probably 2.

Posted March 22nd, 2017 at 6:29 pm by Barrie Whitehall in General Birding

Mt Batten, Plymouth

First sandwich tern of the year, fishing offshore.

Posted March 22nd, 2017 at 6:20 pm by Richard Archer in General Birding

Powderham Deer Park - Egyptian Geese

Two Egyptian Geese looking well comfy in Powderham Deer Park today

Egyptian Geese
Egyptian Geese

Posted March 22nd, 2017 at 4:50 pm by Jo King in General Birding

South Hams

At least six Cattle Egret opposite Bowden Pillars near Totnes this morning.

Slapton ~ Two Kestrel, three Buzzards, three Sandwich Tern, twenty plus Shag, one Great Crested Grebe on the sea, twenty plus Gannet, several Harbour Porpoise.

Two Wheatear two flocks of Sand Martin ten plus and forty plus birds.

 

Along the Ley in the scrub eleven Cetti's Warbler heard calling,one Wren and three Skylark.

Kingsbridge estuary Greenshank and Redshank and a few Little Egrets.

Blackdown Rings, Loddiswell, Buzzard and another Kestrel.

At home round the feeders female Reed Bunting, Siskin and a Long Tailed Tit.

Posted March 22nd, 2017 at 3:04 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Tuesday 21st March 2017

Slapton Sands

Photos of Terns and Pomarine Skua seen today 

Pomarine Skua
Pomarine Skua

Posted March 21st, 2017 at 9:18 pm by Henry Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Sands

Two sub-adult Pomarine Skuas (possibly 3) 

5 Sandwich Terns

Plus 5 harbour porpoises and distant views of the Humpback Whale 

Posted March 21st, 2017 at 6:19 pm by Rupert and Henry Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Harleston through Start to Slapton Ley

Good day for commoner migrants: 2 Sandwich Tern offshore, 7 Sand Martin over the ley, singing Blackcap & 19 singing Chiffchaff. Also: 7 Little Grebe, 14 Great Crested Grebe, 131 Tufted Duck, 115 Coot, 400 Herring Gull, 40 Robin, 8 singing Cetti's Warbler, Nuthatch 120 Jackdaw & 11 Reed Bunting. In flower already Bluebell & Wood Sorrel. 

Posted March 21st, 2017 at 6:19 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Cattle Egrets - Totnes

Haven't checked field for 2 weeks but now 8 Cattle Egrets (and 7 Little Egrets) at 4.30pm in fields opposite Bowden House on the Totnes to Ashprington road- initially in original kale field, but then as the Cattle all went to the next grass field, all the Egrets followed . They then returned to the edge of the kale field 

Posted March 21st, 2017 at 5:12 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Weare Giffard Cattle Egrets.

The Cattle Egrets have increased to seven, viewed this morning from Half-penny bridge , Annery kiln , feeding on the grass banks of the river Torridge just south of the bridge.No Little Egrets present.   

Posted March 21st, 2017 at 1:28 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in General Birding

Dawlish, Cockwood & Powderham Marsh.

Still 4 Velvet Scoters and c50 Common Scoters off Dawlish plus 7 GC Grebes.

At Cockwood:  2 Slav. Grebes seen from under the railway bridge in the harbour.

Powderham Marsh: c40 Sand Martins, 1 Wheatear.


Posted March 21st, 2017 at 1:19 pm by david cawthraw in General Birding

Jack Snipe Dawlish Warren

Present again today on main pond. View from main track, its on island near boats

Posted March 21st, 2017 at 11:47 am by Steve Ayres in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wistlandpound Reservoir

Despite heavy hail showers, Chiffchaff calling continuously around the reservoir and the first Willow Warbler of the year for me.

Over the water 30 + Sand Martins

Posted March 21st, 2017 at 10:09 am by john bronze in General Birding

Osprey

Exmouth - Osprey viewed from Mudbank - flew into Powderham Park carrying fish @ 0625'ish.

Posted March 21st, 2017 at 6:41 am by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 20th March 2017

Cattle Egrets - Powderham

2 Cattle Egrets and 1 Little Egret still mid pm in corner field north west of Powderham Church.

 

Posted March 20th, 2017 at 3:51 pm by Mark Bailey in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh

11.30 onwards, Little Gull showing well on water in front of RSPB hide. Also Green sandpiper showing on far left hand side,in the foam.

Posted March 20th, 2017 at 1:37 pm by Kay and Gary Deare in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 19th March 2017

Dawlish Warren

Two Common Snipe and a Jack Snipe sleeping at the edge of the main pond this morning, plus 2 each of Little Grebe, Teal and Shoveler. Also two sightings of Sparrowhawk and at least 6 Chiffchaffs. Offshore, a few Great Crested Grebes, 7 Common Scoter and a Sandwich Tern.

Jack Snipe dozing (heavily cropped phonescope)
Jack Snipe dozing (heavily cropped phonescope)

Posted March 19th, 2017 at 8:25 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Dawlish

Also 6 Sandwich tern flying towards Teignmouth from Dawlish Railway Station

Posted March 19th, 2017 at 7:51 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Dawlish and Exminster Marsh

From Dawlish Railway Station :- imm male and female eider close in with 4 velvet scoter,  40+ common scoter offshore, 11+ great crested grebes across bay, 3 ad kittiwakes, gannets

Powderham Marsh :-  3 green sandpiper, sand martins, singing chiffchaff

Exminster Marsh :- no sign of any garganey but still good numbers of wigeon and teal, 2 pairs of tufted duck, 4 male and 1 female pintail, good numbers of sand martins, singing chiffchaff with 2 non singing birds seen, 2 curlew

Posted March 19th, 2017 at 7:49 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Whitethroet

My first Whitethroat of the year on gorse at Little Dartmouth cliff path

Posted March 19th, 2017 at 7:08 pm by Tim Clyburn in General Birding

Prawle Point

First seawatch of the year from 7.10 to 11.10am in strong WSW winds force 5-6, dull at first , and misty to the horizon, then later sunny.

1 Balearic Shearwater; 7 Manx Shearwaters; 1 Puffin, all west and  2 Black-Throated Divers east. Also strong passage of Kittiwakes west : I counted 154 but likely more as some faded into the mist. Also 29 Fulmars west and at least 2 Harbour Porpoises, 4 Dolphin sp. (probably Common) , a Grey Seal though no Whales ! Only passerines of note were 2 singing Chiffchaffs.No Wheatears for me yet.

At Slapton I saw a Slow Worm near the Lower Ley.

Posted March 19th, 2017 at 7:06 pm by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Powderham/Exminster Marsh

Dull and overcast day making photographs difficult. 46 species counted including Golden Plover overhead, 3 Green Sandpipers, 3 Bullfinch, 2 Cirl Buntings, 2 mating Kestrels, 2 hunting Peregrines, 1 Barnacle Goose, many Sandmartins, Skylarks and Reed Buntings, 1 Common Sandpiper and entertainment provided from the viewing platform by the displaying Lapwings.

Female Reed Bunting at Powderham
Female Reed Bunting at Powderham

Posted March 19th, 2017 at 6:31 pm by Steph Murphy in General Birding

Labrador Bay

14.35

4 Long-tailed Ducks flew in from the Shaldon direction and were only visible from the cliff tops of the lower coastal path.  Still 100+ Common Scoter.  Also Gannet, Fulmar, LT Tit, Shag, GBB Gull, Chiffchaff, Skylark, Green Woodpecker, GSW, 15+ Linnets  Calling Bullfinch.  Several calling Cirl Buntings and a male showing well. 

Posted March 19th, 2017 at 4:52 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Lopwell dam

1015-1430 :

9 Shelduck, 2 Common sandpiper, 3 Red legged Partridge on the riverside path, 2 Marsh tit, Chiffchaff singing in the Willows.

Posted March 19th, 2017 at 3:56 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Around the Exe

Bowling Green Marsh ~ Green Sandpiper, Common Gull, Sand Martin in good numbers with a few House Martins mixed in, duck sp included Pintail, Teal, Wigeon, Shoveler and Mallard, Heron, Little Egret, Curlew, Black Tailed Godwit.

From the viewing platform ~ Wren, 16 Black Tailed Godwit on the mud and another 80+ flying over towards the marsh and upper river, Little Egret 2, Curlew 3+, Shellduck 3+, Redshank and a pair of Red Breasted Merganser.

Goosemoor ~ the Spotted Redshank with 6 Greenshank and a Curlew, 5 Little Egret.

Powderham ~ Cattle Egret along with 5 little Egret.

 

Posted March 19th, 2017 at 2:46 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

RSPB, Labrador Bay

Still c100 Common Scoter and 3 Long-tailed Ducks in the bay along with 9 Great Crested Grebes.

Long-tailed Duck
Long-tailed Duck

Posted March 19th, 2017 at 11:05 am by david cawthraw in General Birding

Saturday 18th March 2017

Bowling Green Marsh

This morning at Bowling Green the Green Sandpiper was still there, on the opposite side of the water from the hide.The most impressive bird today by far would be a 1st Winter Little Gull which did not really settle down apart from when it was preening in with the Redshanks.

Other birds include: pintail, grey heron, shoveler, gadwall, little egret, teal, wigeon, coot, curlew, black-headed and herring gulls, pied wagtail, black-tailed godwit, sand martin, tufted duck, shelduck, redshank, canada geese, wood pigeon, robin, blackbird and greenfinch.

Posted March 18th, 2017 at 3:20 pm by Samuel Gray in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Cattle Egrets at Powderham

2 Cattle Egrets in with the sheep just up from Powderham Church, one flew off into the neighbouring field to be with 7 Little Egrets and was there when I left at midday.


Posted March 18th, 2017 at 2:56 pm by Simon Thurgood in General Birding

Cornworthy

Yellow-browed warbler still at the WTW with singing chiffchaffs

Posted March 18th, 2017 at 10:43 am by Henry Trollope in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 17th March 2017

Garganey at Slapton

After visiting South Huish Marsh on the hunt for Garganey, we were informed that there were some at Slapton/Strete Gate, so off we went. We located a snoozing pair on the pond at Strete Gate, and managed a couple of record shots from between the reeds. Other birds of note were 1 singing male blackcap, approx 20 sandmartins, 4 little gebes and a peacock butterfly

Record shot through reeds
Record shot through reeds

Posted March 17th, 2017 at 9:11 pm by Steph Murphy in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Today at Berry Head: Great black-backed and Herring gulls, flumars, cormorants, shags, blackbirds, robins, gillimots, crows and feral pigeons.

Also there were three or more harbour porpoise

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Posted March 17th, 2017 at 9:03 pm by Berry Head in General Birding

Gibbet Hill

The Golden Plover below could the same flock of at least 200 wheeling above Gibbet Hill, Mary Tavy, yesterday afternoon. Always a harbinger of Spring.

Posted March 17th, 2017 at 9:03 pm by Simon Martin in General Birding

Golden Plovers & Wheatears

200+ Golden Plovers at Cox Tor this morning. Also saw 4 male Wheatears.

Posted March 17th, 2017 at 8:09 pm by Robin Stanbridge in General Birding

Stoke Point

6 cattle egret in field by road leading down to Stoke Point caravan park at 11:30 today, difficult to view at times amongst large herd of cows and through hedgerow. 1 in breeding plumage.

On return at 16:30 no sign of any cattle egrets - or cows!

Posted March 17th, 2017 at 6:33 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Siskins, Bulfinches and a scruffy Blue Tit nicknamed Compo

Siskins showing very well @ Yarner wood around the bottom & top hides, along with Bullfinches, male & female @ the upper hide, and the usual array of Tit's 1 we named Compo due it's scruffy appearance.

Posted March 17th, 2017 at 6:13 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Yesterday's Green Sandpiper still in evidence at the back of the marsh.  Overhead and over the water a mixed flock of 100++ Sand Martins and House Martins, yet no swallow.

Posted March 17th, 2017 at 5:21 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Stover Lake

A single Swallow over the Lake at 4.45pm with a dozen Sand Martins. 8 Goosander, two pairs of Mandarins,  1 Great crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron and a single Kingfisher. Black headed Gulls numbers have dropped to 12. Plenty of woodland songsters including Siskin, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush Nuthatch and 3 Chiffchaff. Increased numbers of Greenfinch and Chaffinch also noted

Posted March 17th, 2017 at 5:11 pm by JDA in General Birding

Powderham Church, Cattle Egrets

Two Cattle Egrets with Little Egrets in field just North West of Powderham Church near where sheep are currently being temporarily grazed.

Cattle Egret in flightCattle Egret 2 FeedingCattle Egret Feeding

Posted March 17th, 2017 at 4:55 pm by Jo King in General Birding

Tarka trail & Fremington Pill

Cycled along the trail from Braunton > Fremington Pill this morning.

10 Chiffchaff in full song along the way. Carefully looked through 130 Black tailed Godwits with the scope & none seen with colour rings.

6 Cattle Egrets had been seen with the Little Egrets in the trees, but just one in the photo with the Little Egrets & the Glossy Ibis in the Pill. 

 

Posted March 17th, 2017 at 2:25 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Berry Head quarry

Wheatear, chiff chaffs & goldcrests showing well

Posted March 17th, 2017 at 12:48 pm by J.Beevers in General Birding

Baggy Point

At least 5 cold looking Wheatears in the wind this morning.

Posted March 17th, 2017 at 11:59 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

Brimstone

One in South Molton garden yesterday, Thursday 16th.

Posted March 17th, 2017 at 8:08 am by Art Symons in Other Wildlife

Thursday 16th March 2017

Bowling Green Marsh

A single Green Sandpiper was the first I've seen this season at BGM.  Also showing was Snipe and the hybrid Chiloe ? x Wigeon caused a few heads to be scratched.in the hide. 

Posted March 16th, 2017 at 9:50 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

An influx of Redwings with 50+ in the park. Also Jack Snipe, Snipe, 6 Greenshanks, a pair of Mandarin Ducks, 3 Little Grebes, Common Sandpiper, 3 Chiffchaffs, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers and Tawny Owl heard.

Jack Snipe Jack Snipe Jack Snipe
Jack Snipe

Posted March 16th, 2017 at 7:08 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Garganey at Exminster Marshes

A distant image of a Drake Garganey seen at Exminster Marshes today by Bob Barrow and John Lloyd.


Posted March 16th, 2017 at 6:41 pm by Bob Barrow in General Birding

Fremington,thePill and Home Farm.

Water Rail,4 Spoonbills on Wrafton side,3 chiffchaff plus one plain greyish maybe Siberian, 8 cattle egret on the sheep field, Ibis middle of Pill. Similar waders to Wednesday report plus reed warbler,red wing little flocks of finches, larks and pipits and one goldcrest.All these in the home farm area.

Posted March 16th, 2017 at 6:07 pm by John elvin in General Birding

Teigngrace - Cattle Egrets

Now 7 Cattle Egrets in entrance fields at Blatchford Farm, Teigngrace late pm ( and 9 Little Egrets).  5 Cattle Egrets showing well feeding in sheep field by road, 2 Cattle Egrets with 6 Little Egrets in 2nd field on right with cows. 3 more Little Egrets opposite entrance in muddy field. The last time 7 were reported here was 18 December.

Posted March 16th, 2017 at 4:56 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Wrafton

Over 100 Black-tailed Godwits on the scrape by the Tarka Trail this morning. Some Sand Martins over too.

Posted March 16th, 2017 at 4:21 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Wednesday 15th March 2017

South Milton Ley

Migrant female Marsh Harrier over South Milton Ley this morning  (Vic Tucker)

Posted March 15th, 2017 at 6:35 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Velator

Arrived at the reserve at dawn and by 630 no sign of any Spoonbills. However, at 7 a few Godwits flew over so I went to investigate: they've been off and brought their friends! At least 100 present and feeding well. The early start was for a ringing session and the first Chiffchaff of the year was caught on the first net round. Not much else until very late when another Chiffchaff which had all the hallmarks of an early migrant: gummed up feathers around the bill (see photo). Better was to follow when a Snipe was extracted! Never ringed one here before. A couple more Reed Buntings ringed too.

Migrant Chiffchaff

Adult Snipe trapped in the reserve today.

Migrant Chiffchaff                                 Adult Snipe trapped in the reserve today.

Posted March 15th, 2017 at 6:27 pm by jon Turner in General Birding

Teigngrace

 At Teigngrace at least thirteen Egrets around Blatchford Farm of which at least six were Cattle Egret.

 

Posted March 15th, 2017 at 5:55 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Soar Mill Valley

White Wagtail in the cove with male Pied and 5 singing Chiffchaffs.

Posted March 15th, 2017 at 1:54 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Exminster and Powderham

At least one garganey still around near the lower carpark this morning, but mobile. Wheatear on Powderham marsh, and good numbers of chiffchaffs and cetti's warblers in song :)

Posted March 15th, 2017 at 1:49 pm by Helen Whitall in General Birding

Fremington Pill and river Taw.

Glossy Ibis , 4 Cattle Egrets and1 1 Little Egrets in the Oaks at the top of Fremington pill at 10 a.m. On return ,at 11-50 Ibis feeding in stream at the sluice gate.    58 Black tailed Godwits, 3 Greenshank and 30+ Redshank, Two of the Godwits were coming into summer plumage. On the river Taw, off Saltpill pond a 1st winter/juv  Glaucous Gull flew downstream.While on the pond a Cettis Warbler sang and a male Reed Bunting showed well.

Posted March 15th, 2017 at 1:24 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Baggy - N.Devon

7 hungry Wheatear (5 male + 2 female) searching for food amongst the maritime turf early this morning.

 

Posted March 15th, 2017 at 11:48 am by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Steps Bridge

A walk up river yesterday (Tues 14 March) produced an obliging pair of Goosander, Dipper, Marsh Tit, Grey Wagtail (pr), singing Chiffchaff and drumming Gt Spotted Woodpecker. Hope Mid Devon Branch's fieldtrip next week does better.

Posted March 15th, 2017 at 8:54 am by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Tuesday 14th March 2017

Mount Gould, Plymouth

A Yellow-browed Warbler briefly in my garden early afternoon; I also heard it a number of times in neighbouring gardens.

Posted March 14th, 2017 at 7:58 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exminster Marsh and Staverton

Further to Steves post below - Whilst at Exminster Marsh this afternoon, Colin Chivers found a third drake Garganey activily feeding on the pool by the end car park, whilst Steve's 2 drakes were sleeping at the back of pool from the middle car park. And this evening Julian Thomas has all 3 drake Garganey with a female together on the end pool. 

Also 1 Yellow Browed Warbler still at Staverton Sewage Works early afternoon in the top corner, also 5 Chiffchaffs (3 singing), Goldcrest, Grey Wag and a daytime calling Tawny Owl. Nearby, from Staverton Bridge , a redhead Goosander just up river 

Posted March 14th, 2017 at 5:40 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Lynton 3-4pm

2 male wheatear,goldcrest 4 stonechat,and a couple of meadow pipits.

Posted March 14th, 2017 at 4:54 pm by John Elvin in General Birding

Exminister Marsh

An hours visit at lunch time, resulted in finding two drake Gargeney. 60+ Sand Martin (though James the warden had over 150), Wigeon 1300+, Teal 75, Shoveler 30+, Pintail 5, Tufted 2. Also c400 Golden Plover over. 

Posted March 14th, 2017 at 4:31 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Northam Burrows - yesterday afternoon

Three skylarks and two smart looking wheatears.

Posted March 14th, 2017 at 3:53 pm by Brian Sims in General Birding

North Devon

A few hours at Godborough working this morning to the singing of Chiffchaff among other.

On the way home stopped at Fremington Creek to see Glossy Ibis, plenty of Black tailed Godwit, a few Greenshank, Redshank, Little Egret and 6 Cattle Egrets flying down from the stubble field towards the river.

Posted March 14th, 2017 at 3:26 pm by John & Karen Towers & Sims in General Birding

Plymouth

Staddon Heights Golf Club to Staddon Point on coast path - 12-15 skylark singing, pheasants calling, 2 chiffchaff, 1 kestrel, 2 raven

Radford Park/Lake - 2 blackcap singing, 4 Canada geese, 1 little grebe, 2 chiffchaff, 1 mute swan

Hooe Lake - 1 little egret, 4 little grebe, 1 greenshank, 2 redshank

Posted March 14th, 2017 at 3:03 pm by Chris E in General Birding

Wrafton

The Black-tailed Godwit flock was up to 38 this morning, I only arrived at 9.30, so not sure if any Spoonbills were there earlier. Plenty of Sand Martins around the area.

Posted March 14th, 2017 at 1:20 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Man Samds

The 1st w/s Surf Scoter was again just south of Crabrock Point Man Sands this morning developing its plumage nicely. Also 2 Velvet Scoter with approx 300 Common Scoter.

1st w/s Syrf Scoter Man Sands 14 March 2017

Posted March 14th, 2017 at 9:48 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh

1730-1830 and 40 Sand Martins plus 1 Swalloover. A tristis type Chiffchaff in the lane. On the rising tide a Greenshank from the Clyst platform.

Posted March 14th, 2017 at 7:15 am by Simon M Bates in General Birding

Monday 13th March 2017

Rock pipit, Crow Point

Lovely Little Rock Pipit at the Fishermans Huts Crow Point,last week.


Posted March 13th, 2017 at 10:42 pm by Andy Leat in General Birding

Chiffchaff, Barnstaple bus depot.

Chiffchaff in the bus depot, Barnstaple. Spring is here.


Posted March 13th, 2017 at 10:39 pm by Andy Leat in General Birding

Berry Head

Late afternoon at Berry Head (after the Humpback Whale had gone back to Start Bay!) a 2w Iceland Gull and three early House Martins.

.2nd winter Iceland GullHouse Martin

Posted March 13th, 2017 at 8:12 pm by Mark Darlaston in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Bumped into  Mark D this evening at Berry Head he had seen a 2nd w Iceland Gull off the end of the Headland. It was still there when I arrived - until dusk.

Posted March 13th, 2017 at 8:01 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Humpback Whale, Slapton

The whale was seen numerous times between 1545 and 1830 going up and down along the shore of Slapton, Torcross and Strete Corner beach, sadly not seen to breach like off Berry Head this morning. Many harbour porpoises and gannets present as well.

Posted March 13th, 2017 at 7:34 pm by Kevin Johns in Other Wildlife

Soar and South Huish

In beautiful conditions Soar produced Firecrest, c40 Golden Plovers, 2 Chiffchaffs and 2 Snipe.

Only additions to Dave's post for South Huish - a drake Shoveler, 50+ Wigeons and 4 Cattle Egrets, the latter between South Milton and Horswell House with cows.

Posted March 13th, 2017 at 7:26 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

South Huish Marsh - Wheatears

At least 2 bright Wheatears showing well on the rocks and beach behind the flats at South Huish Marsh this afternoon ( Thanks to Pete Aley and Mike Concannon for the heads up). Also present, a female Black Redstart, many Rock Pipits and numerous Pied Wagtails inc at least one white. On the Marsh itself, one Water Pipit, but no sign whilst I was there of the White Fronted Geese or the Egyptian Goose reported yesterday. Earlier at South Milton Ley, many of the Chiffchaffs were singing, as I watched a pair of Goldcrest. 3 species of butterfly seen on the wing, including a Comma.

Wheatear - South Huish Marsh - 13.3.17 2nd Wheatear - South Huish Marsh - 13.3.17 Comma - South Milton Ley - 13.3.17
Wheatears - South Huish Marsh - 13.3.17                                          Comma - South Milton Ley - 13.3.17

Posted March 13th, 2017 at 6:26 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Wrafton again

 3rd (and final) post today: 5p.m. At least 300 Sand Martins over Wrafton Pond, the scrape and surrounding fields. Couldn't find a Swallow among them. However, at one point they all flew up into a tight group, and few minutes later a female Merlin flew past.

1 Black-tailed Godwit on the scrape with the pair of Chiloé Wigeon.

Posted March 13th, 2017 at 6:19 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Humpback Whale, Berry Head, 13 March

An excellent morning watching the Humpback whale off Berry Head between about 10:45 and 12:45. The whale was first sighted in the middle of the bay rolling and showing his flippers. He then started breaching at regular intervals but still at a distance. At 11:22 a cabin cruiser appeared from the Dartmouth side of the head and cruised directly up to the whale, making several course adjustments as the whale surfaced in different locations. The boat reached the whale and powered off over the last location of the whale which then disappeared much to the consternation and annoyance of a crowd of at least 50 people on the head. The boat left the area at approx 1135. At approx 12:10 the whale returned and to the delight of the crowd headed directly towards the head and fished for some while under the head at 1240 the whale then headed off to open sea breaching constantly to the delight of the crowd. Tail markings confirm this is the same whale that has been at Slapton Beach over the last couple of weeks.

Humpback Whale under Berry Head Humpback Whale breaching Humpback Whale breaching

Eds Bob: could you contact the Berry Head Ranger 01803 882619 about possible use of your photos?

Posted March 13th, 2017 at 5:54 pm by Bob Telford in Other Wildlife

Bolt Head to Goat Rock

Spring arrivals: Cracking male Wheatear on Bolt Head, three singing Chiffchaffs in Fir Wood & tired male Sparrowhawk on slopes by Goat Rock - almost certainly a migrant just in off the sea. Also: 6 Painted Ladies on the warm south-facing slopes.

Posted March 13th, 2017 at 1:56 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Velator

When I returned this morning at about 9.15 the Spoonbill and all the Godwits had gone, along with the Shelduck and pretty much everything else too.

In the reserve the pair of Chiloé Wigeon on the pond, and the first singing Chiffchaff and a Small Tortoiseshell. Later the Sand Martins came over in some numbers (25+) but no sign of a Swallow.

Back over by the scrape all the Gulls were shouting at something and it turned out to be a Fox, which probably ended up going into the reserve.

Posted March 13th, 2017 at 1:29 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Fremington Pill

7 Cattle egret near the Little egret roosting tree at 10:30 took off and flew off towards the estuary. 30 or so Blackwits feeding in the pill. No sign of the Ibis.

Posted March 13th, 2017 at 1:00 pm by Roy Churchill in General Birding

Wrafton

Only one Spoonbill present early morning, but at 7a.m. 17 Sand Martins flew in high and then departed west. However the next arrivals were 34 Black-tailed Godwits, which landed and then started feeding.

Black-tailed Godwits and a lone colour-ringed Spoonbill.Pair of Shelduck claiming the scrape as their feeding area.

Posted March 13th, 2017 at 7:52 am by jon turner in General Birding

Sunday 12th March 2017

Additions to Perry's Slapton post

Great Northern Diver and male Commom Scoter at Torcross. Red-throated Diver off Memorial car park. Male Scaup on Ley. Lots of Harbour Porpoise throughout Start Bay - never seen so many in the Bay before. 

Posted March 12th, 2017 at 10:17 pm by George and Lesley Carr in General Birding

Woodpeckers, Waxwings but No Whale

Started the day at Yarner Wood where  Siskins, Nuthatch and Great Spotted Woodpecker, but no Redpolls at the feeders. 

At Heathfield at least 10 Waxwings still finding berries in the A38 central reservation.

At Slapton Ley a flock of 20+ Sand Martin contained at least two House Martins.  On the ley a male and female Scaup.  In the bay a Great Northern Diver and a 2nd summer Mediterranean Gull, but no sign of the Little Gull (or of the whale).  100+ Pied Wagtails on the beach came into roost at the reeds at the 'duckpond' where a Water Rail also showed.

Posted March 12th, 2017 at 10:12 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Topsham

Good numbers of Sand Martins through today with c 60 over Bowling Green Marshes late pm. In the morning there was a Green Sandpiper on the marsh. The Long-tailed duck was on the river south of St Margaret's Church. Two Goldeneye from the viewing platform and one at the Rec.

Posted March 12th, 2017 at 8:18 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Highlights this afternoon were 3 Jack Snipe, a drake Red-breasted Merganser and an all white male Pheasant! Also: Stonechat and 12 Little Egrets.

Posted March 12th, 2017 at 8:00 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Fremington & Home Farm Marsh, Taw Estuary

Single Chiffchaffs along the Tarka Trail (singing) and along the seawall at Home Farm Mash. On the estuary from Home Farm Marsh (mainly on Chivenor side): 240 Wigeon, 3 Gadwall, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 120 Black-tailed Godwit (incl 48 feeding earlier in Fremington Pill), 2 Greenshank, 10 Turnstone and 80 Common Gulls (steady passage downstream). 4 Spoonbills at the mouth of Fremington Pill (including the older of the two colour-ringed birds present at Wrafton earlier in the day). Then later at Fremington Pill pre-roost: 7 Cattle Egrets, 20 Little Egrets and 1 Glossy Ibis. A touch of the Med in North Devon...

Posted March 12th, 2017 at 7:58 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Godwit

From the Island Hide at Seaton wetlands this Godwit flew in with all its jewellery, if I've read it correctly it was rung in 2008 in Devon by Pete Potts.

Posted March 12th, 2017 at 6:44 pm by Simon Thurgood in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

Now 40 - 50 Sand Martins + 1 Swallow flying low over the pond late aft.

Posted March 12th, 2017 at 6:43 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Humpback Whale - Torbay

Thanks to George Walls update mid pm saying that the Humpback Whale was in Torbay - viewed from Three Beaches headland from 5.10-6.10pm where the Whale was just about in constant view in the middle of Torbay- making its way towards Torquay before returning to the middle of the bay. On arrival huge towers of water were visible as the Whale breached several times and then countless tail flukes visible as it travelled across the bay

Posted March 12th, 2017 at 6:42 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Man Sands

The scoter flock was back off Man Sands. The imm male Surf Scoter is still present (now showing more developed plumage, white nape etc), 2 Velvet Scoter, c300 Common Scoter & 7 Eider. Also noticeable passage of  Black-headed Gulls contained one ad Mediterranen Gull.

Posted March 12th, 2017 at 5:51 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Topsham Rec.

No Long-tailed Duck, Yellow-browed Warbler at Topsham Rec today.

Other birds that we saw include: Black-headed, Herring and Great Black-backed Gulls, Red-breasted Mergansers, Shanks, Cormorants, Teal, Mallards and Starlings.

Posted March 12th, 2017 at 5:49 pm by Samuel Gray in General Birding

Water spray off Torquay

At Roundham Head this afternoon (~1600) and saw water spray just above the sea off Torquay.  Repeated several times, moving about and by eye could occasionally see "black shapes". Had no binoculars with us or camera.  Obviously I hadnt read about the whale at Berry Head at the time but I thought it might be useful to post this, especially as jet skis were in use in a separate  part of the bay.

Posted March 12th, 2017 at 5:28 pm by Philip Strange in Other Wildlife

Seaton Tern

Forgive lack of expertise: solitary tern close to beach on Seaton seafront today around 14.30. Think arctic but maybe common? Either way, is this early?

Eds: Sandwich Tern is the most likely at this time of year. 

Posted March 12th, 2017 at 5:26 pm by Dave Walters in General Birding

Teign Estuary

Two Cattle Egrets were roosting with the gulls at Passage House this morning before flying south at 09:40, appearing to drop into fields south of Buckland sewage works. These were almost certainly not members of the usual Teigngrace five which were still present in trees at Blatchford Farm forty minutes later. Also on the estuary a male Gadwall, 38 Shelducks, 17 Red-breasted Mergansers, 12 Snipe, four Common Sandpipers and a good local count of 144 Common Gulls.

Posted March 12th, 2017 at 4:16 pm by Will Salmon in General Birding

15 cattle egrets Tamerton Foliot

I believe there are 15 cattle egrets in the photo, and a little egret.  Photos are not too great but was just trying to capture the number of cattle egrets. Somebody stated the record for a flock of cattle egrets in Devon is 12, does this mean more are joining this flock? 

 

Posted March 12th, 2017 at 3:59 pm by Shane Willson in General Birding

Instow

Finally caught up with the long-staying Black Redstart at 12.15....

Posted March 12th, 2017 at 3:28 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Wheatear at Berry Head

After all the whale watching I finally managed to find my first 2017 Wheatear, perched on the wall around the Guardhouse cafe, around 9.15am.


Posted March 12th, 2017 at 1:50 pm by Stephanie Murphy in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Humpback Whale at Berry Head

Whilst out looking for wheatear early today at Berry Head, I noticed a rather large black object in the sea. On closer inspection I realised it was  a whale, spouting and diving. After sending OH running back to the car to fetch my camera I photographed it for about an hour. It turned out to be the humpback from Slapton. The news spread quickly but by around 9.30am it had vanished. Is this a first for Berry Head?

Same markings at Slapton whale  
Same markings at Slapton whale

 

 

Posted March 12th, 2017 at 1:48 pm by Stephanie Murphy in Other Wildlife

Slapton Ley

Female Goosander and female Scaup north of Stokeley Hide this morning. Also at least 2 Pochards, 150+ Tufted Ducks and 4 Goldeneyes ( 3 males )

Posted March 12th, 2017 at 1:07 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Occombe

Walk around Occombe this morning produced the following: House Sparrow, 7 Robin, 3 Blackbirds, 6 BlueTits, Greenfinch, 2 Song Thrush, Buzzard, Pheasnat (m&f), Jay, 3 Goldcrest, 3 Wren, Kestrel mobbed by a Carrion Crow, Bullfinch, 3 Great Tit, Dunnock and 3 Chaffinch.

Posted March 12th, 2017 at 11:05 am by Stephen Huggins in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

8 Spoonbills on the scrape this morning but gone by 09.15.

25 Sand Martins & 1 Swallow present for 30 minutes but gone by 09.15 They may come back again later on like they did yesterday.

  

Posted March 12th, 2017 at 10:10 am by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Saturday 11th March 2017

Slapton 11 March

On the Ley 2 separate pairs of Great Crested Grebe performing various stages of courtship. A pair of Pochard. Also the Little Gull still present. The Humpback Whale showed with the high tide and was very close to beach at Strete Gate beach.

Great Crested GrebeGreat Crested Grebe

Little Gull

 



Posted March 11th, 2017 at 9:50 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Seaton/Axe valley

A Short eared owl spent all of the day roosting in a tree at Seaton marshes by the tramway south of the hide, yesterday there were 4 Sand Martins around the marsh, near by at Black Hole Marsh today was a Avocet & the Grey Plover still remains. 

Posted March 11th, 2017 at 9:25 pm by Kevin Hale in General Birding

Slapton

Humpback still between Slapton Monument Car Pk & Blackpool Sands, c.17:15 - 17:45, apparently feeding around high tide.

Posted March 11th, 2017 at 7:45 pm by David Holloway in Other Wildlife

Spoonbills

Watched and then photographed the nine Spoonbills at Wrafton this morning, and as I left the reserve at gone 12.30, noticed that they were still there! Closer inspection revealed that some of them had started feeding too! Had to go back and get some video,,,,,

Posted March 11th, 2017 at 7:07 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Topsham Rec

Further to my earlier post, I was surprised to find 7 Cattle egrets on the estuary at Topsham Rec at midday.  They soon flew off E towards the Clyst.  I assume that the 4 I saw flying up river earlier that morning connected with another 3 and returned to the Rec. But given the numbers around there could have been 11 in the area.  The Long-tailed duck was still on the river.

Posted March 11th, 2017 at 7:02 pm by Martin Elcoate in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Trentishoe this morning.

2 Wheatear, 4 Sand Martins, many Stonechats and at one time there were 9 perched within a few yards of each other. Skylarks singing and Meadow Pipits everywhere.

Posted March 11th, 2017 at 6:17 pm by Margaret Phillips in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

12 Goosander (5m 7f), about 30 Snipe and 6+ Willow Tit

Posted March 11th, 2017 at 5:08 pm by Dick Andrews in General Birding

Dartford Warbler

Dartford Warbler showing well today - more than the usual Stonechats & Skylarks


Posted March 11th, 2017 at 4:35 pm by Greg Bradbury in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Cattle Egret - Tamerton Foliot - 11-03-17

Cattle Egret - Tamerton Foliot - 11-03-17 - about 12 showing well until we decided to take photo's, except for the one photo'd the rest flew away

 

Posted March 11th, 2017 at 4:09 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Second calendar year Little Gull still at Torcross (near where the ducks get fed )

Posted March 11th, 2017 at 1:12 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Exmoor walk.

A 9am walk across the moors this morning provided, 6 Dartford warblers in 2 separate colonies(edit if  necessary, more for your records really) , 2 kestrel, meadow pipits, skylarks, wrens, stonechat, a small cluster of 7 house martin, and flocks of smaller birds Inc wagtails of sorts all coming in from the NNE., sadly silhouetted against the sky and unable to identify and finally 2 flocks of golden plover. The Moor seems alive again. 

11/03/17 housemartin
11/03/17 housemartin  Eds: it appears to be a Sand Martin..

Posted March 11th, 2017 at 12:51 pm by Philip Worth in General Birding

Topsham

4 Cattle egrets flew down river over Exminster Marshes, circled around over Topsham Rec and flew back up river at 10:15. Long-tailed duck still present.

Posted March 11th, 2017 at 11:05 am by Martin Elcoate in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wrafton Pond

Cycled down to the Pond & Sue Bruce announced there were now 10 Sand Martins overhead. On close examination I found 1 Swallow in amongst them. Also 9 Spoonbills on the scrape.

Posted March 11th, 2017 at 9:36 am by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Friday 10th March 2017

South Huish Marsh

1 female Northern Wheatear and 1 male White Wagtail, late afternoon.

Posted March 10th, 2017 at 11:59 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Start Bay

Went out to the Memorial Car Park late afternoon and the Humpback Whale was on show towards Strete Gate till dusk

Posted March 10th, 2017 at 10:05 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Wheatear

First of the year - Spring is here. Although you wouldn't know it - a mostly very gloomy weather day at Dawlish Warren (did brighten up on the high tide). Also good numbers of Knot, Sanderling, Ringed Plover, hunderds of Dunlin and Oyks, Turnstone, Barwits and a few Skylark. Goldcrest in the entrance bushes the only small bird of note seen at the worst of the gloom.

Wheatear
Wheatear

Posted March 10th, 2017 at 7:57 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Plym Estuary

A number of waders still around, using the pool tonight, including 63 Dunlins, 23 Curlews, 118 Redshanks, 4 Greenshanks, and 6 Oystercatchers.

Earlier a Chiffchaff singing in Plymouth city centre.

Posted March 10th, 2017 at 7:45 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

17.50

5 Sand Martins over Wrafton Pond.

Posted March 10th, 2017 at 6:11 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

19 members of DB attended the morning fieldtrip (East Devon Branch) led by Ian Pullan.  We had intended to get to Turf but the weather deteriorated with mist coming from the coast and we turned back at the viewing platform.  Small numbers of Chiffchaff were active including one singing (incoming summer visitors?).  Numbers of ducks and geese were much reduced although Wigeon were still present in their hundreds.  A Cettis Warbler gave a brief call and 2 Buzzards and a Kestrel were seen at a distance, plus 3 Snipe, 2 Pintail and c10 Shoveler. Overhead 2 Skylark were singing.  A Mink was seen twice near the canal/fisherman's car park and crossed our path within feet.

Posted March 10th, 2017 at 5:59 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Egrets

Tim Smith and I coming back from working at Home Farm Marsh  came down Fremington Pill ,at the road end in the trees 8 cattle egret 6 little egret and the glossy ibis ,most flew across into the field opposit with the sheep,good end to a busy day.

Posted March 10th, 2017 at 5:40 pm by Geoff Taylor in General Birding

Slapton Sands

Great View of Bonxie just offshore harassing the gulls. Also several Harbour Porpoises but no sign of Humpback although there was a report mid pm.

Posted March 10th, 2017 at 4:56 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Brixham, Battery Gardens

1 Black-throated Diver at distance in Torbay today only Diver noted.

Posted March 10th, 2017 at 4:17 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Skylarks return to Cranbrook

The skylarks are back and singing in Cranbrook. Same week as 2015 and 2016.

Posted March 10th, 2017 at 3:15 pm by Stephen Lawrence in General Birding

Brixham Breakwater

An hour and a half on the breakwater this am: the 10 Purple Sands still on the old jetty; a swan of some description way off towards Goodrington; no divers of any description.

Posted March 10th, 2017 at 1:31 pm by Dave Holloway in General Birding

Tarka trail - Pottington

1 Chiffchaff in full song for at least 30 minutes this am in the scrub at the side of the trail, possibly a new spring arrival.

Posted March 10th, 2017 at 12:42 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Yellow Browed Warbler

Cornworthy, 11.00 am today

Posted March 10th, 2017 at 11:43 am by Alun Sherwood in General Birding

Wheatear

3 wheatear on rocks by redrock cafe Langstone rock.1 male 2 female Dawlish Warren

Posted March 10th, 2017 at 11:19 am by Nick Workman in General Birding

Thursday 9th March 2017

Start Bay

In calm conditions the Humpback Whale showed well in Start Bay for most of day, covering most of the area. Breaching twice (completely leaving the water), showing the long white pectoral flippers and body earlier on; and a Bonxie hovered over the whale at one point! Also 10+ Harbour Porpoise, Red-throated and Great Northern Divers.

Humpback close in off memorial car park 18:10

Posted March 9th, 2017 at 10:58 pm by Mark Darlaston in Other Wildlife

Female Black Redstart, Plymouth

Female black redstart, In Stonehouse Creek in a boatyard not far from the Cremyll ferry landing. It has been there consistently from November.

Posted March 9th, 2017 at 10:30 pm by Tom in General Birding

Cattle egrets Tamerton Foliot

Flock of 12 cattle egrets, field adjacent Allern Lane SX474620.  Took flight in easterly direction, located them 300m East of Lukes Fruit Farm  in field adjacent Luke's Lane Soper's Hill  SX484624.

Posted March 9th, 2017 at 8:04 pm by Shane Willson in General Birding

Firecrest in Berrynarbor

Firecrest spotted by Rosie at around 10am this morning in the Oak tree opposite our house on Barton Lane.  Watched for around 15 mins.  Reappeared briefly at about 3pm this afternoon.

   

 

Posted March 9th, 2017 at 6:31 pm by Kim Beaver and Rosie Arnold in General Birding

Wrafton Spoonbills

8 present this morning early. Gone by 8.35

Still including the two colour-ringed birds.
Still including the two colour-ringed birds.

Posted March 9th, 2017 at 6:22 pm by jon turner in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh - Cattle Egrets

When I arrived at the hide this lunchtime there were 2 Cattle Egrets towards the back of the marsh along with 1 Little Egret. Unfortunately, they flew off towards the estuary when a Buzzard spooked them at about 1.55.

Posted March 9th, 2017 at 2:19 pm by Nick Potter in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wrafton

Arriving at the reserve this morning at about 08.20, I could see a few Spoonbills over on the scrape. Sneaked through and took a few pics of 8 of them! Will post pic later.

Ist Chiffchaff I've seen in the reserve for several weeks today.

Posted March 9th, 2017 at 1:54 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Wednesday 8th March 2017

Black redstart

Seen in S Bideford at about 13.30 today

Black redstart, Bideford 8.3.17
Black redstart, Bideford 8.3.17

Posted March 8th, 2017 at 5:42 pm by JOHN WARD in General Birding

Cattle Egrets ~ Totnes

Twenty two Egrets in the kale/cattle field opposite Bowden Pillars, hard to pick out the three Cattle Egrets present as they were feeding in the standing kale crop, the Little Egrets (19) were spread across the field and in with the cattle.

Nine Linnet overhead.

Posted March 8th, 2017 at 5:13 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Instow

Another winter visitor still hanging on - the Black Redstart which has been regular around Instow Quay was still there early pm.

Posted March 8th, 2017 at 2:05 pm by Roger Doble in General Birding

Plympton

A rather pale, grey-and-white Chiffchaff briefly in the garden this morning. Anyone care to ID to race?

'Grey' Chiffchaff (tristis/abietinus/fulvescens)
'Grey' Chiffchaff (tristis/abietinus/fulvescens)

Eds: Shows characteristics of 'Siberian' Chiffchaff 'tristis'

Posted March 8th, 2017 at 8:47 am by Jason Smart in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 7th March 2017

Waxwings Heathfield

11 Waxwings feeding on poplar buds by the tile factory at midday


Posted March 7th, 2017 at 9:41 pm by John Walters in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Brixham

The Pacific Diver was again back in the bay best viewed from the end of Brixham Breakwater but still fairly distant looking toward Torquay. 7 Great Northern Divers counted from here too.

Also in bay around Broadsands: 1 Black-throated Diver, 2 Eider, 2 Black-necked Grebes and 1 Great Crested Grebe.

Posted March 7th, 2017 at 9:14 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Staverton WTW

2 Yellow browed still, at least 8 Chiffchaff including the tristis, 10 Goldcrests, 20 Redwing, 3 Teal (all males) on floods in field below the WTW and 2 Marsh Tit in Staverton Woods. 

Posted March 7th, 2017 at 7:14 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Totnes - Ashprington

As soon as I pulled up by the recently cut kale field opposite Bowden House on the Totnes to Ashprington road I could see it was full of Egrets - Now 7 Cattle Egrets and 18 Little Egrets- all still there at 450pm

Posted March 7th, 2017 at 6:01 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

White blobs

This is actually a long-distance shot of the 5 Cattle Egrets at Weare Giffard this afternoon.


Posted March 7th, 2017 at 5:27 pm by jon turner in General Birding

South Hams Coastal

Aveton Gifford ~ Male Yellow Hammer just outside of the village, on the tidal road, Common Sandpiper 3, Greenshank 3, Redshank 5, Black Tailed Godwit 2.

Frogmore Creek ~ Greenshank 3, Great Crested Grebe, Little Egret 3, Shellduck 5, Redshank.

Slapton ~ Not overly busy with birds on the Ley, Pochard 4, good numbers of Tufted and Gadwall duck, Long Tailed Tit 2, Goldcrest 2.

Sea watch from Torcross 30 plus Gannet, one Seal and several Harbour Porpoise.

From the memorial car park a small flock of Shag with a Red Throated Diver keeping them company.

 

Posted March 7th, 2017 at 4:35 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

More Cattle Egrets. Fremington.

Five Cattle Egrets and three Little Egrets roosting in the Oak tree at the top of Fremington creek.        One Spoonbill on Isley marsh.

Posted March 7th, 2017 at 2:00 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in General Birding

RSPB, Labrador Bay

Still over 100 Common Scoter and 6 Long-tailed Ducks in the bay. A little further out 20+ Great Crested Grebes.

Long-tailed Duck
Long-tailed Duck

Posted March 7th, 2017 at 1:41 pm by david cawthraw in General Birding

Garden - Braunton, N.Devon

Just heard a Chiffchaff in the garden but not sure whether this is an overwintering bird or a new spring arrival.

Posted March 7th, 2017 at 1:21 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Northam Burrows

The Snow Bunting which has wintered on the Burrows was still present this morning, unobtrusively feeding with 4 Linnets around 100m west of the 8th green. At least 10 of the wintering Eider were on the estuary but difficult to count in a particularly choppy area. No sign of any Wheatear as yet.

Posted March 7th, 2017 at 10:13 am by Roger Doble in General Birding

Monday 6th March 2017

Bowling Green's unusual wigeon

I think consensus on the unusual looking wigeon with the white face is that it's a hybrid with a chiloe wigeon; if you look at pictures of chiloe wigeon it actually does share more features with the Bowling Green bird :)

Posted March 6th, 2017 at 9:37 pm by Helen Whitall in General Birding

East Soar

A post rain afternoon visit in the vain hope of finding Wheatear. Did manage 60 Golden Plover, 4 Lapwing & 30 Cirl Bunting.

Posted March 6th, 2017 at 7:06 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Saunton Beach

Following Steve's earlier post re Iceland Gull on Saunton Beach, I cycled there(!) and at first glance thought it looked a bit big. Had to move quickly. as several walkers (most with dogs) creating disturbance. Managed a few record shots before more dogs and walkers put it right off. Not much doubt that it is a Glaucous Gull I think.


Posted March 6th, 2017 at 6:57 pm by jon turner in General Birding

Unusual Widgeon

There's been an unusual looking female Widgeon on Bowling Green Marsh for some time now.  It has the typical plumage of a female but with the addition of a white band around it's neck extending on to the cheeks. Steve Waite says  that if it was a hybrid it would show more features of the other parent. So just a freak Widgeon.

Eds. This bird has been around for most of the winter see here

 

Posted March 6th, 2017 at 5:09 pm by Tom Wallis in General Birding

Start Bay

Went out to the memorial car park for an hour this afternoon. Did not see the whale though it has been reported today. Still a few Porpoises around and a Grey Seal just offshore. Birding highlights 2 Great Northern Divers and a Great Skua.

Posted March 6th, 2017 at 5:05 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Plym Estuary

Little of note on the estuary itself this afternoon, but just up river between Coypool and Riverside Caravan Park, 13+ Siskins and a pair of Mandarin Ducks.

Posted March 6th, 2017 at 4:54 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Iceland Gull

2nd or 3rd year bird on Saunton beach, approx 1 mile south of beach car park.  Bird at tide line feeding on dead Conga Eel and present 12.30 to 12,45 at least.

Posted March 6th, 2017 at 1:52 pm by Stephen Mawby in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Goosander near Dartington

1 male and 2 female Goosander from the garden this morning, on the Bidwell Brook at Week.

Goosander on Bidwell Brook
Goosander on Bidwell Brook

Posted March 6th, 2017 at 1:39 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Sand Martins in Exeter

Two sand martin hawking over the Exe flood relief channel in Exeter this morning, just a few tens of meters south of the Station Road bridge. 

Sand Martin
Sand Martin

Posted March 6th, 2017 at 9:40 am by Ben Drummond in General Birding

River Otter

A Chiffchaff was in full song at White Bridge on Friday morning, in the sunshine - but had stopped on our return an hour later in dull conditions. Doubtless an over-wintering bird, but even so - signs of spring!  Sorry for the late post.

Posted March 6th, 2017 at 6:54 am by Colin Randall in General Birding

Sunday 5th March 2017

Hembury Woods

1 Woodcock late afternoon.

Posted March 5th, 2017 at 10:51 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Sand Martin-Bowling Green Marsh

Amongst a wealth of wildfowl this morning at Bowling Green Marsh, in addition to 80 Avocet, large flocks of Black-tailed Godwits and a flock of  20 Pintail I saw my first Sand Martin of the year. Also spotted an unusual hybrid Wigeon, showing all the plumage features and characteristics of a female Wigeon, but with a russet head and a distinctive white band across the head. Any suggestions?

Sand Martin

 

Posted March 5th, 2017 at 10:43 pm by Nick D'Agorne in General Birding

Humpback Whale at Slapton, Sunday 5 March.

Whale showed at about 15:15 way down off Torcross. Slowly worked its way up and was still off the Strete Gate car park area at 16:30 and seemed quite happy circling (feeding) in that area where the majority of Gannets had been all afternoon. Someone had told me that the Little Gull was sitting showing nicely at Torcross but all the gulls had dispersed by I made it there at 17:00ish.

Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale showing tail markings.
Humpback Whale showing tail markings.

Posted March 5th, 2017 at 10:27 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Humpback

Humpback whale was off the memorial car park between 17:00-17:45 at least. Also Harbour Porpoises and feeding Gannets. The whale does seem to be showing best mid afternoons onward.

Posted March 5th, 2017 at 9:56 pm by Perry Sanders in Other Wildlife

Slapton Ley

Very wet at Slapton Ley today. No whale off the beach or a little gull in the duck feeding area.

Other birds that we saw today include: Black-headed Gulls, Canada Geese, Great Crested Grebes, Coots, Tufted Ducks, M Goldeneye and Mute Swans.

Posted March 5th, 2017 at 8:16 pm by Samuel Gray in General Birding

Isley Marsh

At 11:20 ish (extra high water), the 9 Spoonbill roosting in a fairly neat row, well onto the marsh.

Even better, just off the marsh, a duck and drake Red-breasted Merganser on the river Taw, diving often and tricky to view in high winds/waves. I love the unpredictable birding in N Devon.

Posted March 5th, 2017 at 7:23 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Stoke

6 Cattle Egret still at Caulston Farm Stoke.

Posted March 5th, 2017 at 3:45 pm by Jeremy Spooner in General Birding

Weare Giffard

Following Rupert Kirkwoods post last week I checked out the fields near Weare Giffard.

Just north of the church close to the river I found 20 egrets. 5 Cattle Egret and 15 Little egret. Birds very mobile and often obscured so numbers may not be absolute.april

At Landcross bridge 2 Common Sandpiper

Posted March 5th, 2017 at 2:41 pm by john bronze in General Birding

Plym Estuary

The leucistic adult Black-headed Gull and 2 adult summer Mediterranean Gulls amongst the Black-headed flock this morning. Also: Lesser Black-backed Gull (23), Greenshank (4), Wigeon, Shelduck (46), Common Sandpiper and Little Grebe (4).

Later, a Blackcap singing in Lipson. 

Leucistic adult Black-headed Gull
Leucistic adult Black-headed Gull

Posted March 5th, 2017 at 12:55 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Lesser Black-backed Gull

I was at Beesands Ley yesterday and a gull flew in with some odd wing markings. After double checking with Kev R its a Lesser Black-backed Gull with an odd pattern of albino feathers matched on each wing. Quite distinctive!

 

Posted March 5th, 2017 at 12:12 pm by Simon Thurgood in General Birding

Saturday 4th March 2017

Mandarin Ducks

This is just for the romantics amongst you!

Posted March 4th, 2017 at 11:42 pm by Carole Leigh in General Birding

Slapton

A couple more pics of the Little Gull at Slapton today. Nice to see the humpback again this evening.

Little Gull

Little GullGreat Crested Grebe



Posted March 4th, 2017 at 10:51 pm by M Witherall in General Birding

Slapton Humpback

Amazing views this evening also Balearic shearwater


Posted March 4th, 2017 at 9:45 pm by John Deakins in General Birding

Slapton

Balearic Shearwater south at 1230

3 Great Northern Divers

Humpback whale and 20+ porpoises

Balearic Shearwater
Balearic Shearwater

Posted March 4th, 2017 at 9:21 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Stonechats in Berrynarbor

At least five male Stonechats plus one female searching the newly restored section of Devon bank between our garden and the adjacent field in Barton Lane.  Occasionally coming within 15 feet of us searching newly cleared earth and immitating the resident Robin by perching on the fork handle!  Present for most of the afternoon.

Posted March 4th, 2017 at 8:37 pm by Kim Beaver & Rosie Arnold in General Birding

Slapton crested grebe

The Grebes would appear to have a varied diet, as well as the pike already posted,  I saw the grebes eating tench & perch - although this was spat out, too prickly?

Posted March 4th, 2017 at 8:26 pm by Alun Sherwood in General Birding

Slapton

To add to the posts already submitted, a Balearic Shearwater flew south at 12:40; 18 Grey Plover flying around offshore mid-morning; 5 Great Northern Divers and 10+ Harbour Porpoises inshore; and c65+ Gadwall on the Ley.

Posted March 4th, 2017 at 8:22 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Great Crested Grebe

Slapton Lay, small pond other side from Torcross, near the bridge, enjoying a fish dinner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eds: the Great Crested Grebe has caught a small Pike!

Posted March 4th, 2017 at 6:57 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Gadwall Duck

A lone Gadwall duck at Torcross this morning, I think it's a male still in winter colours

 

Posted March 4th, 2017 at 6:49 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Humpback

Went out to the memorial car park at 17:45 and the whale was showing superbly about 100 metres offshore. Equally close were several porpoises and feeding gannets. Whale still showing when I left at 18:20

Posted March 4th, 2017 at 6:46 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Drake American Wigeon still present; busily grazing amongst one of the large flocks of Eurasian Wigeon, early pm.

Posted March 4th, 2017 at 6:40 pm by Andy Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

R. Avon - Knapp Mill - Hatch Bridge

Road flooded this morning, just passable! 1 Barnacle Goose still in with 43 Canada Geese in fields near Hatch Bridge. 3 Meadow Pipit and 8 Mallard in same fields. Dipper on river, Treecreeper moving between trees near Bridge, 1 Sparrowhawk flew by and 2 Buzzard perched together in same tree.

Posted March 4th, 2017 at 5:45 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Thurlestone

Desert Wheatear singing from  the roof of the small building between the golf club house and Leasfoot Beach early afternoon, also Black Redstart nearby. The 2 White-fronted Geese hiding away at the back of South Huish Marsh.

Posted March 4th, 2017 at 5:21 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Golden Plovers

About 130+ Golden Plovers sighted this morning near Cox tor car park nr Tavistock..

Posted March 4th, 2017 at 5:02 pm by Robin Stanbridge in General Birding

Slapton/Torcross

We finally caught up with the Little Gull at the duck feeding area late afternoon. You can see how small it is in the photo, with the black headed gull for comparison. Also of note today were male and female scaup, female goosander, common gull adult and juveniles, 2 "manky mallards"  plus 2 firecrests in the bushes along the path around the Ley.

Little Gull at Torcross Little & Large! Firecrest around the Ley
Little Gull at Torcross                                      Little & Large!                          Firecrest around the Ley

Posted March 4th, 2017 at 3:56 pm by Steph Murphy in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Puslinch to Warren Point

Falling tide so a large expanse of mud. 50 Wigeon, 8 Greenshank, 14 Redshank, 3 Dunlin,12 Curlew, Oyster Catcher, !4 Shelduck, Goosander redhead, 4 Little egret,  Greater, Lesser Blackback, Herring and Blackheaded gulls, Kingfisher and Song thrush singing.

Posted March 4th, 2017 at 3:52 pm by Jeremy Spooner in General Birding

Bolt Tail

2 adult Med Gulls offshore plus Fulmar.

Posted March 4th, 2017 at 3:41 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Torbay coastal

Marine Parade Paignton ~ 32 Turnstone including the over wintering Dutch ringed bird.

Berryhead ~ 18 Fulmar, Great Northern Diver, numerous Shag, Cormorant and Gannet with 5+ Guillemot and a similar number of Greater Black Backed Gulls.

Three Pipit sp flew in from the sea, I suspect Meadow Pips but landed or flew on to far away to be certain.

Harbour Porpoises showing really well.

Posted March 4th, 2017 at 2:55 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Slapton ley

The Little gull still down at the Torcross end, on the water with Black headed's. Also: 1 Cetti's warbler, 12 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 12 Pochard, Skylarks singing, Robin's nest building, and a 7 spot ladybird on a leaf, Spring is coming!

Posted March 4th, 2017 at 2:32 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

ringneck parakeet

3 ringneck parakeet bodmin road whitley woods

Posted March 4th, 2017 at 12:49 pm by barry in General Birding

Cornworthy

Yellow-browed warbler still the first bird I see when checking the WTW, also present today were chiffchaff, goldcrest and grey wagtail 

Posted March 4th, 2017 at 11:36 am by Henry Trollope in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Yarner/ Teigngrace and Waddeton

Male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker at Yarner Wood this morning - also c8 Redpoll

Nearby , the 5 Cattle Egrets and 16 Little Egrets still 10.30am around entrance fields of Blatchford Farm , Teigngrace 

late pm - 1 Cattle Egret still at Waddeton 

Posted March 4th, 2017 at 11:12 am by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram Friday 3rd March

Three Jack Snipe, Snipe, a leucistic adult Black-headed Gull, 23 Turnstones, and 2 Stonechats.

Posted March 4th, 2017 at 9:35 am by Pete Aley in General Birding

Friday 3rd March 2017

Spoonbill on the Torridge

A single colour ringed Spoonbill (one of the yellow flagged birds) feeding in the low tide pools just below the Torridge Bridge on the incoming tide at about 4.45pm. This is the second time I have recorded this bird from my bedroom window!

Posted March 3rd, 2017 at 7:53 pm by Martin Unwin in General Birding

Start Bay

Located the Humpback Whale around 1100hrs distantly north of the 'bell buoy' (around 2+ miles out), it worked its way north and gradually came closer during the afternoon early evening, when seabird feeding activity increased indicating fish moving closer to shore. Glad many who had missed it before were able to see it in the afternoon, although elusive at times. Also 2-3 Harbour Porpoise, Grey Seal, 2 Bonxies & an ad Mediterranean Gull came through during the day and there was a Velvet Scoter off Strete Gate.

Great Skua

Great Skua

 

Posted March 3rd, 2017 at 7:33 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Blatchford Farm, Teigngrace

5 Cattle Egrets and 16 Little Egrets around entrance fields of Blatchford Farm late afternoon but mobile between fields 

Posted March 3rd, 2017 at 6:32 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Humpback whale

Whales showing from memorial car park from about 4.15 -5.00. When i left at 5.00 it was till there

Posted March 3rd, 2017 at 5:39 pm by Jeff Hacon in Other Wildlife

Stoke

6 Cattle Egret just west of Caulston Farm Stoke.

Posted March 3rd, 2017 at 5:13 pm by Jeremy Spooner and John Adams in General Birding

Cattle Egrets - Waddeton + Barnacle Goose - R Avon

15.30hrs - Returning from the boat at Brixham came the back road from Galmpton - Stoke Gabriel. Just prior to Waddeton,  2 Cattle Egrets + 1 Little Egret in field on right with cattle. Easily viewable from road.

Late post for yesterday morning, with Rod Bone, 1 Barnacle Goose with 43 Canada Geese in fields by R. Avon at Knapp Mill, viewable from road ( flooded at times) near Hatch Bridge. Has been seen here or lower down on the Avon for a week or so.

Posted March 3rd, 2017 at 4:32 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Brixham

Juv/1st w Iceland Gull Brixham, flew toward Berry Head at about 3.10pm. Also 5 Great Northern Divers from Shoalstone shelter.

juv Iceland Gull Brixhm 03 March 17ML juv Iceland Gull Brixhm 03 March 17ML juv Iceland Gull Brixhm 03 March 17ML

Posted March 3rd, 2017 at 4:31 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Great Grey Shrike near Stoke Rivers, North Devon.

Perched on telephone wires between A399 and Stoke Rivers, near to the hunt kennels turning. Wary of the light traffic and the flew towards fields by Stoke Barton. returned with camera but could not find again.

Posted March 3rd, 2017 at 2:25 pm by Karen Sims & John Towers in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Isley Marsh

Following on from Jon's post below, I was at Isley Marsh at the same time ~10:30 and the other five Spoonbill were roosting there. By Yelland Power Station site a collybita race Chiffchaff feeding in a hedgerow willow.

Posted March 3rd, 2017 at 11:29 am by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wrafton

Only (!) 4 Spoonbills on the scrape this morning when I arrived - still there when I left at 10.30.

Around Sherpa Marsh small flocks of both Wigeon and Teal, along with about 20 Curlew.

Posted March 3rd, 2017 at 11:03 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Late post for yesterday: 2 Red-throated Diver offshore at memorial & Little Gull at Torcross.

Posted March 3rd, 2017 at 8:06 am by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 2nd March 2017

Common Merganser - Female

Spotted just below weir at Plymbridge today Thursday 2nd March 2017 at 13.30 hrs

Eds: Just to avoid any confusion, "Common Merganser" is another name (mainly used in North America) for Goosander (as opposed to Red-breasted Merganser). Great photo! 

Posted March 2nd, 2017 at 11:50 pm by Ian Douglas in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Little Gull at Slapton Ley today seen and photographed by Barry Rankine

Little Gull Slapton Barry Rankine    Little Gull Slapton Ley Barry Rankine

Posted March 2nd, 2017 at 11:20 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Berry Head, Thursday 2 March.

30 plus Gannets feeding close in, along with 5 Harbour Porpoise. At least 4 Fulmar and large numbers of Guillemot

Guillemot Fulmar Harbour Porpoise
Guillemot                Fulmar                                                  Harbour Porpoise

Posted March 2nd, 2017 at 10:58 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Humpback Whale

For those who missed it, there are reports again today of the Humpback Whale feeding in Start Bay, seen at Strete Gate at 17:30.

Posted March 2nd, 2017 at 10:43 pm by Mark Darlaston in Other Wildlife

woolacombe and mortehoe

Med gull in the stream on woolacombe beach.longtailed tits collecting nesting materials,three pairs of stonechats

Posted March 2nd, 2017 at 6:43 pm by John Elvin in General Birding

Northbrook

A quick early evening walk along the Northbrook - at least 2 (possibly 3) Dipper, between 4 & 6 Grey wags, Green Sandpiper and a Redwing. Sadly no Kingfisher or Water Rail today.

Short video link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8wETqkpFj8

Dipper Green Sandpiper Grey Wagtail
Dipper                               Green Sandpiper                                 Grey Wagtail

Posted March 2nd, 2017 at 6:27 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Velator reserve

I saw the Spoonbills from the field gate as I arrived this morning, and thought there were quite a few! Sadly when I got to that side of the reserve they had gone! I thought they would be bird of the day, but maybe the red visitor (pic below) might qualify? Kingfisher by the pond again.


Posted March 2nd, 2017 at 6:15 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Efford Marsh (Plymouth)

High tide on the Plym Estuary produced an adult Mediterranean Gull, adult sinensis Cormorant, Common Sandpiper, 8 Manadarin Ducks, 9 Little Egrets, 128 Redshanks, 124 Dunlins, 6 Greenshanks and 6 Oystercatchers.

At Efford Marsh, a Dipper, Chiffchaff and 3 Bullfinches. 

Posted March 2nd, 2017 at 4:45 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Membland and Noss Mayo

Took the coast road from Modbury  via Membland to Noss Mayo. As I turned down to Membland noted a large herd of cattle on the right by the hedge 1 Cattle egret and on further detailed observation by John the number rose to 11. Also a number of Herring gulls.

Noss Mayo Marsh tit, Goldcrest, Tawny owl and Green woodpecker.

Posted March 2nd, 2017 at 3:38 pm by Jeremy Spooner and John Adams in General Birding

Upper tidal Torridge

4 Cattle egrets and 10 Little Egrets in field beside river at Weare Giffard church.

8 Common Sandpiper

2 Green Sandpiper

3 Mandarin

Posted March 2nd, 2017 at 11:20 am by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sherpa scrape

9 Spoonbills on the scrape early this morning.


Posted March 2nd, 2017 at 10:02 am by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands

In the 2nd car park on seed were 13 Cirl Buntings, 2 Reed Bunting 1 Chiffchaff in the Marsh

On the sea: 2 black-necked Grebes, 1 eider, 1 Great Crested Grebe. On a worrying note it looks like some nets have been set just of the headland, there was a voluntary agreement between fishermen and TCCT not to set nets in this area between 1st November and 1st April. This seems to have been ignored and with the forecast of more strong winds the numbers of wintering divers and grebes will again pick up in the area these nets will put them at risk.

Posted March 2nd, 2017 at 8:52 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Wednesday 1st March 2017

Stover Park, 28 February 2017

Mixed weather. Highlights were approx 10 Goosander, a pair of which were seen mating. Male Kingfisher fishing for over 45 minutes on the pool by the raised boardwalk. Also a Buzzard landed within 20 ft of the boardwalk. 

Mating Goosander Male Kingfisher Buzzard
Mating Goosander                          Male Kingfisher                                                     Buzzard

Posted March 1st, 2017 at 3:26 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Haldon Forest birding survey

A38 Heathfield while on the way to the Haldon birding survey gave the flock of Waxwings sat in the trees alongside the road opposite BCT.

At Haldon the team that I was with recorded Green Woodpecker that showed well at the beginning and end of the route covered, GSWP, Yellow Hammer (2), Siskin, Mistle and Song Thrush, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, numerous Goldcrest, Snipe (12) Woodcock (6) Stonechat (pair) Crossbill (4) two sightings and a Raven to mention a few of the species seen and recorded.

Both Roe and Fallow deer.

Back by the feed station one of the team picked out the reported female Brambling.

A divert to Teigngrace on the way home gave double figures of Little Egret and five Cattle Egret and a very pale Buzzard.

Two Sparrow hawks seen while driving on the A38, one at Chudleigh and the other near Dean Prior.

Posted March 1st, 2017 at 2:59 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Velator reserve

2 Spoonbills seen over Sherpa Marsh from the reserve this morning. Both settled by the reed-bed near to RMB Chivenor.

A female Kingfisher paid a visit to the pond later in the morning.

Posted March 1st, 2017 at 2:03 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Little Gull @ Torcross

Little Gull

Little Gull
Little Gull

Posted March 1st, 2017 at 7:57 am by Roger Backway in General Birding

Little Gull

Little Gull in admonst Black Headed Gull at Torcross

Posted March 1st, 2017 at 7:28 am by Roger Backway in General Birding

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