Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from March 2021

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Wednesday 31st March 2021

Willow warbler

A willow warbler heard singing within the cemetery in Totnes today. Now that's a first! 

Posted March 31st, 2021 at 10:53 pm by Jon Flynn in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

10:15

Russian White-fronted Goose (1) 

Posted March 31st, 2021 at 9:56 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Vennbridge Farm (Starcross to Mamhead road)

09:40 

51 Cattle Egret

Posted March 31st, 2021 at 9:54 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Swallow over Swimbridge

Having been allowed to finally visit our family in Swimbridge for a garden tea...we were delighted to see our first Swallow of the Spring overhead. It spent over an hour hawking of the garden. No camera :( 

Posted March 31st, 2021 at 7:47 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Berry Head kayak trip

6 Purple Sandpiper on Cod Rock off Berry Head

1 Great northern Diver

plus: 5 Common Dolphin

Purple Sandpiper, Cod Rock
Purple Sandpiper, Cod Rock
Common Dolphin, Torbay
Common Dolphin, Torbay

Posted March 31st, 2021 at 7:46 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

South Brent

Rv Avon, South Brent a pair of Grey Wagtail.

At home a very vocal Green Woodpecker, female Reed Bunting still coming to the feed station and the third Peregrine sighting since the 25th, this time the tiercel, previous sightings were of the falcon. In previous years I usually have only a single sighting each month around home.

Posted March 31st, 2021 at 7:06 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Roadford Lake

A male Ring Necked Duck this afternoon with Tufted Ducks.


Posted March 31st, 2021 at 7:05 pm by Adrian Davey in Bird News

Slapton Ley

A morning visit to Slapton Ley, from the A379 down to Slapton at least 12 Yellow Hammer on the hedge tops.

At Slapton ~  Stock Dove 2, Cetti's Warbler 16 plus, Chiffchaff 5 ~ Wren 2 inc a BTO ringed bird, on the sea a raft of 11 Great Crested Grebe and numerous singles with some 30 on the Ley itself, Heron 4, Little Egret 1, several Great Black Back Gull, Linnet and Goldfinch, not less than 8 Gadwall ducks, 2 female Golden Eye's, Razorbill and Gannet offshore.

My first Swallow of the year with a solitary individual over the Ley and from the Stokeley Hide a Red Necked Grebe and a single Redwing.

Gadwall
Gadwall
Goldeneye
Goldeneye

Posted March 31st, 2021 at 6:53 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Early Wryneck

Wryneck on Coast Path west of Leas Foot Sands, Thurlestone.

Posted March 31st, 2021 at 5:37 pm by Ian Teague in Bird News

Hike from Cadover

Further to Chris E report there were still Sand Martins at the bridge late this afternoon.   There was 200+ Golden Plover between Legis Tor and Ringmoor Down.  I think they are settling in Legis Mire.
Further out on the moor around Eastern Tor SX 584 665 there were about 10 Wheatears and the males looked stunning in their breeding plumage.  
Lots of Meadow Pipits & Skylarks who were singing their hearts out.

Posted March 31st, 2021 at 5:35 pm by John O'Connell-Davidson in Bird News

Cadover area

Swallow, 10 Wheatear (7m,3f), at least 7 Sand Martin, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Linnet, 24 singing Skylark, 17 Meadow Pipit plus the usuals. Also a peacock butterfly. 

Wheatear
Wheatear
Wheatear
Wheatear

Posted March 31st, 2021 at 5:03 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Fremington to Yelland

Today's walk took me from Fremington to Yelland. Robins, Cetti's Warblers and Blackcaps singing. Saw a few Linnets, a couple of Long tailed tit and a couple of Greenfinches and Goldfinches, Dunnocks and two Stonechats, 

Blackcap
Blackcap
Greenfinch
Greenfinch

Posted March 31st, 2021 at 3:41 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Velator/Wrafton

Garganey still showing on Wrafton Pond. In the trees around the pond a few Chiffchaffs singing and also the delightful lilt of the first Willow Warblers. In the reserve Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Blackcap singing.6 Gadwall flew out. Didn't see either Sand Martin or Swallow anywhere, including over Sherpa Marsh.

Posted March 31st, 2021 at 1:15 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Back on the patch on a lovely morning & singles of both Bar- & Black-tailed Godwits (latter in summer plumage) on Blaxton Meadow with 7 Greenshanks & a 1st-s Mediterranean Gull. Otherwise, 9 Mandarin Ducks (6 drakes), 4 singing Blackcaps & 2 Roe Deer.

Posted March 31st, 2021 at 12:55 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Paignton

Single Great Northern and Red-throated Divers off Goodrington this morning and a single Swallow flew in off the sea at Preston.

One of a pair of Lesser Black-backed Gulls seen at Young's Park Ponds, Goodrington, was colour ringed. Blue ring DXT. The birds were also at the ponds on 27/03/21 and the sightings history I received then indicates that the bird was ringed at a Landfill Site, north of Cheltenham, on 06/12/08. Since then there have been many reported sightings, all in the UK, mainly around the Gloucester area. The bird appears to spend the winter in the UK, with sightings at Chew Valley Lake in January 2010 and Langford Lakes, Wiltshire, in November 2012. The bird has been reported at Goodrington before, in July 2014 and August 2015.

Red-throated Diver
Red-throated Diver
Lesser Black-backed Gull. Blue Ring DXT.
Lesser Black-backed Gull. Blue Ring DXT.

Posted March 31st, 2021 at 12:51 pm by Steven O'Donoghue in Bird News

Ilfracombe

6 Purple Sandpipers on rocks below Capstone; pair of Blackcaps above Tunnel Beaches along with a warbler with an all-over green /yellow colouring  with small flecks along wing edges ,elongated body shape, alone and quiet.(Icterine/Melodious Warbler shape). Any ideas

Eds - at this time of year, your Warbler is likely to be a Willow Warbler or Chiffchaff. The latter is more numerous but the brightness of plumage perhaps suggests the former.

Posted March 31st, 2021 at 12:39 pm by Dave Shadwell in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Short-eared Owl over the main marsh yesterday evening. Also 300+ Sand Martins.

Posted March 31st, 2021 at 10:54 am by Peter& Carole Leigh in Bird News

Blackcap in Torrington

At last things are livening up in Great Torrington! My first blackcap of the season yesterday, singing among the blackthorn in one of the lanes in town

Posted March 31st, 2021 at 7:09 am by Aubrey McKenzie in Bird News

Tuesday 30th March 2021

Barnstaple, Penhill and Fremington

Penhill 15 Cattle Egret. Fremington Pill 9 Teal,  1 green shank, 4 glossy ibis

Posted March 30th, 2021 at 11:30 pm by art symons in Bird News

Anchor wood to Fremington

Walked around the circuit again today and saw a number of Robins, including one in Anchor wood, 4 Blackcaps, 4 Greenfinches, 9 Cattle Egrets in a field along the Tarka trail, a few Redshank, 6-7 Little Egrets along Fremington Pill, a few Teal still lingering and the sounds from 2 Chiffchaffs.

Robin
Robin
Little Egret
Little Egret

Posted March 30th, 2021 at 10:46 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Otter Estuary

A presumed 2nd Cal year (1st Winter) Glaucous Gull on the Otter Estuary briefly this evening before flying out to the coast and headed east at 5.30pm. Also 2 Water Pipits this morning on the wet field immediately N of South Farm Road. More photos if interested on http://creamteabirding.blogspot.com/

2nd Cal year (1st W) Glaucous Gull, Otter Estuary by Chris Townend

Posted March 30th, 2021 at 9:44 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Avon Dam - missing Goosanders

A zero count of Goosanders may seem an odd record to report, but I've been trekking up to the Avon Dam at least once a week since October 2017, always arriving at least 30 minutes before sunrise, and today was my first zero count in any of the four winters (October to March). Indeed, in previous years some birds have usually continued roosting through April and into May or even June. Who's got them?!

Posted March 30th, 2021 at 9:44 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News

Winter and Summer Visitors together at Exminster Marshes

50 species of bird today on Exminster Marshes on the warmest day of the year so far. Highlights include a Greater White-fronted Goose which flew into the fox-proof area -see picture and a pair of Northern Pintail, with Wigeon and Teal in the main pool. Chiffchaffs were in almost every bush and the first Willow Warblers had started to sing. A pair of Ringed Plover were using the new scrape, which also still had water in it!

Greater White-fronted Goose
Greater White-fronted Goose

Posted March 30th, 2021 at 9:11 pm by Nick D'Agorne in Bird News

South Down Farm, Soar

A smart male Marsh Harrier over the lane just east of Southdown Farm heading steadily NE, early pm.  

Posted March 30th, 2021 at 8:32 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Venford Reservoir

Some lovely spots in the woodland and moorland just below reservoir: 2 male Crossbill feeding on pine cones, hanging upside down, making quite a noise. Coot on Reservoir. Solitary Greenfinch and lone Yellowhammer seen near Bench Tor. Buzzard and Raven soaring over Dart ravine below.

Posted March 30th, 2021 at 6:41 pm by R Mogridge in Bird News

Dousland

3 Swallows flying around 17. 30, spring is here. 

Posted March 30th, 2021 at 5:49 pm by Mave Goddard in Bird News

Boat trip Brixham to Berry Head

12 Sandwich Terns on the mussel buoys at entrance to harbour, one which had been ringed in Wales - red ring on left tarsus with white letters KJC.  8 Purple Sandpipers on Cod Rock off Berry Head.  Usual gulls including 3 Kittiwakes - 1x1w and 2 adults.  100+ Guillemots seen flying to and from breeding site, most in full summer plumage, those on the water were disturbed by three jet skis passing close to the cliffs.

Purple Sandpipers
Purple Sandpipers
Sandwich Terns
Sandwich Terns

Posted March 30th, 2021 at 5:08 pm by George and Les Carr in Bird News

South Milton Ley

20 Chiffs.The wintering Siberian Chiff still present. Willow warbler 1.

Posted March 30th, 2021 at 5:00 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

River Plym

2 Black-tailed Godwit on Blaxton Meadow on the high tide this morning with a Bar-tailed Godwit, 7 Greenshank and 3 Curlew. 

Posted March 30th, 2021 at 4:09 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley

New arrivals in 3 Swallow, Sand Martin, White Wagtail & singing Blackcap. Also 25 Chiffchaff & Red-legged Partridge.

Posted March 30th, 2021 at 3:32 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Wembury Point

In addition to Robert's post:-

5 singing Skylark, 6 Linnet, Greenfinch and Chaffinch in full song, together with 5 Chiffchaff and Cirl Bunting, several Stonechat, 2 Curlew, 3 Little Egret and a Grey Heron in the rock pools, 1 Swallow flew east along the beach.

Stonechat
Stonechat
Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff

Posted March 30th, 2021 at 3:27 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Wembury

Sandwich tern 07.30, singing cirl buntings and skylarks. 30 oystercatchers and 7 little egrets on beach towards Wembury Point.

Posted March 30th, 2021 at 11:20 am by Robert Massey in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

Another migrant filled morning, making it feel more like mid-April than late March, with the highlights being a small fall of Willow Warblers (at least a dozen, including singing birds), Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs in the scrub and a steady passage of 69 Sand Martins, 27 Swallows and 1 House Martin. Offshore, 6 Sandwich Terns east and 3 Common Scoters W. Other migrants: a female Wheatear, 12 alba wagtails, 2 Grey Wagtails but only 26 Meadow Pipits (less than 10% of yesterday's count; what a difference clear skies make!).

Posted March 30th, 2021 at 11:19 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Exeter ~ Great White Egret

Just before 9am this morning while driving on the A30 just prior to the M5 interchange near Exeter a Great White Egret flew over the car, headed towards the Exminster Marshes/Exe Estuary.

And a ringing return report ~ Ringing Scheme: RZ63267 Species of bird: Dipper 
This bird was ringed by H Williams as a nestling, sex unknown, 3rd May 2018 at Cleve Farm Ivybridge, Devon.
It was found on 22nd Mar 2021 at Ivybridge, Devon,
OS Map reference SX6356 
Finding circumstances: Identified by Colour Ring(s)
Extra Information: - It was found 1054 days after it was ringed.

Posted March 30th, 2021 at 10:52 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

South Huish marsh

2 swallows briefly over the marsh plus a single Sandwich tern

Mallard
Mallard
Sandwich Tern
Sandwich Tern

Posted March 30th, 2021 at 5:55 am by Richie Moore in Bird News

Monday 29th March 2021

Cadover Bridge

At least 6 Sand Martins, several Pied Wagtails, 2 Grey Wagtails, 5 Wheatears, 2 Buzzards and several Stonechats.

Wheatear
Wheatear
Pied Wagtail
Pied Wagtail

Posted March 29th, 2021 at 10:46 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

North coast & Lundy hirundine passage

An exceptional day of hirundine migration for late March, with 147 Sand Martins, 17 Swallows and 3 House Martins west along the cliffs near Rillage Point this morning. Once the low cloud and drizzle had lifted, Dean Jones counted 212 Sand Martins and an exceptional 162 Swallows passing through Lundy this afternoon.

Also at Rillage Point this morning, a single Wheatear, 400 Meadow Pipits, 29 Linnets, 61 Goldfinches (the finches mostly flying W like the hirundines and pipits) and a handful of Grey and alba wagtails.

Posted March 29th, 2021 at 9:24 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Fremington Pill

An evening walk to catch the high tide (19.30) showed 40+ little egrets and 2 cattle egrets in their favourite trees at the top of Fremington Pill, and these were joined by 4 glossy ibis. Within 10 minutes of the peak of the tide they slowly started dispersing. By the time we returned from the quay we could only make out about 6, although the light was fading fast. There was also a very vocal tawny owl which flew overhead several times between the bridge and the main road.

Posted March 29th, 2021 at 9:15 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News

Stanlake Farm to near Black Tor

2 Mistle Thrush, Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, Stone Chats, Buzzard, then my first Wheatear of the year, at least 3 males. 

Posted March 29th, 2021 at 8:57 pm by Mave Goddard in Bird News

Wonwell

My first Yellowhammers of the year; four birds seen on walk from Kingston around Wonwell. Beautiful sight and remarkably confident.

Posted March 29th, 2021 at 8:49 pm by R Mogridge in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning,

12 Sand Martin, 3 Willow Tit, 4 Marsh Tit, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Long-tailed Tit.

Posted March 29th, 2021 at 8:13 pm by Rodney Mudge in Bird News

Ringmoor Down

At least 300 Golden Plover on the moor this afternoon. Probably more as they were hunkered down.

Golden Plovers
Golden Plovers

Posted March 29th, 2021 at 7:59 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Chudleigh Black Redstart

Didn't have to travel far today - a Black Redstart sat on my neighbour's roof briefly this afternoon. Up to 8 Buzzards and a pair of Sparrowhawks soaring over the town this morning. A Chiffchaff appeared in the garden and others were singing locally. Also Blackbirds collecting worms for their young, and Peacocks, Small Tortoiseshell and Brimstone on the wing.

Posted March 29th, 2021 at 7:32 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Fremington Pill to Home Farm Marsh

1 Glossy Ibis & 2 Greenshanks at the Pill & at Saltpill Duck Pond ,  45 roosting Sand Martins & a minimum of another 20 in flight plus 3 Glossy Ibises .

Posted March 29th, 2021 at 6:33 pm by Dave Paterson in Bird News

Spring birdsong and a stoat at Crediton.

My exercise walk followed Tinpot Lane around the QE school. A chiffchaff, song thrush, wren and some blue tits sang very pleasantly along lane leading to cradle fields, spotted a rabbit at top of Breakheart Hill and a small tortoiseshell butterfly at the bottom of hill by Salmonhutch. Startled a distracted stoat in Bull Marsh field (often see stoats and their kits around here and usually plenty of rabbits in field over toward railway line). Saw orange tip on way back up Hunniver's Lane and heard a blackcap near the playground at the top.

Posted March 29th, 2021 at 6:32 pm by Andrew Head in Bird News

Ilfracombe

6-8 Sand Martins skirting Capstone Hill flying east to west

Posted March 29th, 2021 at 5:16 pm by Dave Shadwell in Bird News

Cadover.

Sand Martin 3 on territory.Swallow 1 .Willow warbler 1. Wheatear 3 m + 1 pair.

Posted March 29th, 2021 at 5:06 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Wrafton/Velator etc.

Garganey still on Wrafton Pond this morning with Gadwall and Shoveler. Lots of Sand Martins and a few Swallows over. More of the same around Sherpa Marsh - Many of the Martins perching on reed stems.

Posted March 29th, 2021 at 2:21 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Hembury Woods

One Tree Pipit mid-am. Singing form the tops of some birch trees. The earliest date that I've seen one here.

Posted March 29th, 2021 at 1:03 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

East Soar

Quiet this morning, best 11 Golden Plover & 9 Chiffchaff.

Posted March 29th, 2021 at 12:33 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Northern Mockingbird at Exmouth

At last with lockdown restrictions eased, travel to exercise and outdoor sports once again allowed. Travelled to Exmouth to see the mega rare Northern Mockingbird

Didn't stay long record shots in the poor early morning light
Didn't stay long record shots in the poor early morning light
Feeding on the fruits of the Palm Tree.
Feeding on the fruits of the Palm Tree.

Posted March 29th, 2021 at 11:27 am by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Approx 90 sand martin in two flocks heading west over the marshes yesterday afternoon.


Posted March 29th, 2021 at 10:19 am by Robin Pearson in Bird News

South Molton and community woodlands

Siskins chasing and displaying in woodlands. In garden long-tailed tits gathering nest material. wood pigeons mating as usual and house sparrow showing too much interest in swift nest boxes.

Posted March 29th, 2021 at 10:18 am by art symons in Bird News

Chittlehamholt - Red Kite

Red Kite flying north along Taw valley west of Chittlehamholt

Posted March 29th, 2021 at 7:53 am by Paul and Alison Sopp in Bird News

Sunday 28th March 2021

Cadover Bridge

2 sand martins near the farm road entrance. A Male goosanda in flight and a meadow pipit, not much else.

Posted March 28th, 2021 at 9:39 pm by Andy Quest in Bird News

Burrator (Yesterday)

Word of mouth from flatmates, Osprey seen fishing early yesterday morning at the reservoir. 

Posted March 28th, 2021 at 9:33 pm by Matt C in Bird News

Buckfastleigh

Late afternoon: c30 Sand Martins and 1 Swallow hawking for insects over the Water treatment works, a very vociferous Green Woodpecker in an Ash copse nearby and 2 pairs of Mandarin Ducks and a Dipper on the adjacent stretch of the river.

Posted March 28th, 2021 at 8:45 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Walls Hill Torquay

Sparrowhawk flew low across the grass then up and over the cliff fence

Posted March 28th, 2021 at 7:11 pm by Mick Curran in Bird News

Plympton

My first Swallow of the year seen this afternoon over Boriingdon Golf course. A solitary Dabchick and 1f Goosander on the golf course pond,1 Buzzard a Mislle Thrush and several Skylarks.

Goosander
Goosander

Posted March 28th, 2021 at 6:59 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Redwing Berry Head

This dark Redwing dropped on to rocks below sea watch at Berry Head this morning. Looked tired. Stayed in same place over an hour before flying off.  Suggestions of Icelandic sub-species?

Redwing at Berry Head
Redwing at Berry Head
Redwing Berry Head
Redwing Berry Head

Posted March 28th, 2021 at 5:48 pm by Bill Coulson in Bird News

Otter Valley

Singing Chiffchaff and Blackcap. 2 Grey Wagtails. Dipper. Treecreeper (a very rare spot for me !)

Posted March 28th, 2021 at 4:16 pm by Steve Ross in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On this morning's low tide, both Black- (2: 1 in summer plumage) & Bar-tailed Godwits & 70 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (including 2+ intermedius types). Also, 5 Mandarin Ducks (3 drakes), singing Blackcap, Treecreeper & Green Woodpecker.

Posted March 28th, 2021 at 2:35 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Torre Abbey Sands, Torquay

13.20

Red-throated Diver showing well beyond Harbreck Rock.  

Earlier, at nearby Hope's Nose, a Chiffchaff in full song below the gate and brief female Wheatear at Sandy Point.  

Posted March 28th, 2021 at 2:33 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

MELDON WOODS

the first blackcaps i've seen in the patch this year, singing well, also seen were goldcrest, nuthatch, 5 buzzards, jay,chiffchaff and all the usual tits and woodland birds, on the river dipper feeding and two greywagtails.looking forward to the 10th april , this will be when the pied flycatchers should be here,

Posted March 28th, 2021 at 12:57 pm by roger jewell in Bird News

Crediton district sightings

Song thrushes, Chiffchaffs, several Yellowhammers, Skylarks,Blackcaps,Wrens and the regular flock of c.100 Linnets around Sandford.

Other wildlife- a weasel near Copplestone, a stoat in the hedge at West Sandford and boxing hares in their usual field. Of the 6 seen last year, 5 remain. The sixth unfortunately was killed by a car in the lane.

Posted March 28th, 2021 at 9:37 am by S Blatchford in Bird News

Turnstone - Instow

A flock of 30- 40 Turnstone settled on boulders at Instow Quay last night at high tide. Largest flock I have seen on this stretch of estuary.

Posted March 28th, 2021 at 9:15 am by Mike Glover in Bird News

Widworthy

Nuthatch nest building, Goldfinches, GS Woodpecker and Tawny Owls very vocal, first Chiffchaff and Mistle Thrush, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Marsh Tits and Coal Tits on feeder.

Nuthatch
Nuthatch
Mistle Thrush
Mistle Thrush

Posted March 28th, 2021 at 8:18 am by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News

Saturday 27th March 2021

Swallows, Crediton

A short weekly exercise walk around QE school, Barnfield. Chiffchaff singing along Tinpot Lane. Lots of spring bird song. A number of about ten returned swallows flying about at Back's Barn (SX 82805 99825).

Posted March 27th, 2021 at 8:22 pm by Andrew Head in Bird News

Anchor wood to Fremington

Had our usual walk around the circuit today from Roundswell to Fremington, along the Tarka trail to Anchor wood and home in Roundswell. Not a lot to see today other than a small group of Shelduck and a group of 23 Curlew on Penhill marsh.  Also got a distant shop of a single Common Sandpiper flying just above the water off Anchor wood.

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Posted March 27th, 2021 at 5:56 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Still 2 Black-tailed Godwits (1 summer plumage) this afternoon; also, Snipe, 6 Greenshanks, 100 Redshanks, Goosander (female), 2 Green & a Great Spotted Woodpecker & 5 Mandarin Ducks (3 drakes).

Posted March 27th, 2021 at 5:53 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

First swallows

While cycling dow

n the American road at 2.30 I saw my first swallows of the year about 20 also about 6 House martinis and on my way past Velator scrap another 16ish House Martins as well as the usual water fowl. Spring feels like it’s just arrived ????

Posted March 27th, 2021 at 3:34 pm by Kevin Lymer Kevin in Bird News

Coffinswell

3 Yellowhammer in hedgerow on the lane between coffinswell and Kingskerswell quarry. Heard several chiffchaff and saw Kestrel over quarry ponds which are up the lane behind Romany Jones cafe.

Posted March 27th, 2021 at 2:07 pm by Gary Bolton in Bird News

Wrafton

Arrived late and didn't see the Garganey, which had crept into the reeds apparently. 5 Pochard - including 4 drakes. Out on the scrape a few Herring gulls loafing with the Godwits and a few out-in-the-open Snipe. Suddenly the Gulls all took off and were shortly followed by the Godwits heralding the very rapid arrival of a female Peregrine which did a couple of circuits of the pond before drifting off. Later at least one of the Godwits was back.

Posted March 27th, 2021 at 1:48 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Crownhill Down

Two male Wheatears on Crownhill Down mid morning. (original photos posted in wrong format)

Wheatear
Wheatear

Posted March 27th, 2021 at 1:16 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

We had better luck today and found the garganey on Wrafton pond, although it was having a snooze on the far side, it’s a pity it’s not as bold as the local rodents! The whooper swan was still with the mute swans on Braunton Marshes but at a distance - glad we had taken our scope.

Garganey
Garganey
rat
rat

Posted March 27th, 2021 at 12:47 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News

Wrafton & Braunton Saturday morning

The drake Garganey , 4 Pochards , 2 pairs of Shovelers , 40 plus Sand Martins & a Cetti's warbler at Wrafton pond .

6 Snipe & the 4 Black-tailed Godwits on the scrape.

The Whooper swan still in the fields just along from the toll road.   

Posted March 27th, 2021 at 12:10 pm by David Paterson in Bird News

Ringmoor Down

Early walk over Ringmoor Down this morning produced these very confiding Golden Plover.  500+ birds

Golden Plover
Golden Plover
Golden Plover
Golden Plover

Posted March 27th, 2021 at 11:34 am by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Cadover

Two male Wheatear around Trowlesworthy Farm paddocks this morning. 

Wheatear
Wheatear

Posted March 27th, 2021 at 9:35 am by Chris E in Bird News

Friday 26th March 2021

Ringmoor Down

A fruitless search over Ringmoor Down to Legis Tor for Wheatear was enlivened by a flock of at least 500 Golden Plover. (Photos from 1 kilometre distant)

Golden Plover
Golden Plover

Posted March 26th, 2021 at 10:34 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Riverside Country park, Exeter

A Swallow, 14 Sand Martin, 2 Green Sandpipers and 19 Teal at Riverside Country Park above Countess Weir this lunch time. 

Posted March 26th, 2021 at 7:11 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Wrafton pond

On my way home I popped into Wrafton pond and was rewarded with a good sighting of the Garganey. On the scrape were four Bar tailed Godwit.

Garganey
Garganey
Garganey
Garganey

Posted March 26th, 2021 at 6:51 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A higher tide this afternoon brought a few more waders onto Blaxton Meadow: 3 Black-tailed Godwits (2 summer plumage), Turnstone, 5 Greenshanks, 4 Curlews, 77 Redshanks & 7 Oystercatchers. Also around the patch, Treecreeper, 10 Mandarin Ducks (6 drakes) & 3 Roe Deer. 

Photo: Black-tailed Godwits.

Posted March 26th, 2021 at 5:59 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Sandwich Terns - Torbay

Flock of 21 Sandwich Tern, South past Hopes Nose, Torbay, c 1600 today.

Posted March 26th, 2021 at 5:27 pm by CLIFF PARROTT in Bird News

Meadfoot Sea Road

A gannet seen offshore 1030hrs, two oystercatcher on the rocks

Posted March 26th, 2021 at 2:50 pm by Mick Curran in Bird News

Velator area

Delighted to find the drake Garganey on Wrafton Pond this morning, Plus a drake Pochard, and 2 Chiffchaffs near the viewing platform. Out on the scrape fewer Teal, several Snipe and now 4 Black-tailed Godwits. In the reserve singing Chiffchaff, Tawny Owl and Water Rail. Walked to the estuary - Meadow Pipits (many) Linnets, and Skylarks. Sand Martins buzzing about, including a close flock of about 40. Juvenile male Sparrowhawk. Several Wigeon down on the main estuary. Not much to add around Sherpa on the way back.

Posted March 26th, 2021 at 2:16 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Long-tailed Skua.....inland, near Barnstaple last week

We can now report that the Long-tailed Skua friends of ours found in a field next to their house last week...has departed,  presumably north. We were privileged to be able to see it as it was on our route home from a necessary trip to the bank in Barnstaple. It was feeding in the field presumably on worms and seemed little bothered by the regular pestering by the local gulls! Thanks to Mike Langman we can now say that's it's a "...winter moulding to summer adult, well, at least in its 4th calendar year" Furthermore;  it's  "...a crazy time of year to see this bird"! I hope everyone understands why its location was not revealed, not least the travel restrictions, the narrow road & no places to park. 

Long-tailed Skua in flight near Barnstaple last week
Long-tailed Skua in flight near Barnstaple last week

Posted March 26th, 2021 at 1:45 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Thursday 25th March 2021

Black cap in full song

Late morning at Jetty Marsh, Newton Abbot lots of bird song including Cetti's Warbler and Blackcap.

Posted March 25th, 2021 at 10:37 pm by Pete Stevens in Bird News

Plymbridge

Afternoon stroll in hopes of deer, didn't find any but instead i got 
Great and green woodpecker, rooks, nuthatch, blue/great/longtail tit, W.t.dipper sitting so close, kingfisher passing, wood pigeon, a lovely group of tree creepers, goldcrest, robin, dunnock, song thrush, m+f goosanders, mandarin ducks, buzzard

Posted March 25th, 2021 at 9:43 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

River Otter Swallows

Late post from yesterday (weds 24th), pair of swallow over River Otter just south of Ottery St Mary

Posted March 25th, 2021 at 9:38 pm by Ben Rowland in Bird News

River Otter, East Devon

An Osprey this evening found by Helen Booker at around 6.15pm over Otterton and SW towards East Budleigh. Possibly the first this Spring in Devon?

Osprey, River Otter by Chris Townend

 

Posted March 25th, 2021 at 8:26 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Wrafton

This afternoon at Wrafton scrape we saw 2 individual snipe and the distant views of a group of 7 snipe. On the pond there were a couple of gadwall and a pair of shoveler.

Snipe
Snipe
Snipe
Snipe

Posted March 25th, 2021 at 8:10 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News

Velator and other places in N Devon

Started with a scan of Wrafton Pond - drew a blank there, and the scrape where still good numbers of Teal, 3 Black-headed Gulls some Snipe and 3 Black-tailed Godwits. 2 Dippers seen in the river Caen. In the reserve, the wind has blown much of the duckweed up towards one end of the pond, leaving a large clear area and a Kingfisher perched briefly on one of the special branches I have installed. 7 Gadwall and 8 Mallard, 1 Little Grebe, calling Tawny Owl and Water Rail, No repeat of the singing Chiffchaff from yesterday. 4 Small Tortoiseshell butterflies. Walked around Sherpa and met a birder who had seen the Garganey, but I missed it. Several Sand Martins. Later cycled to Barnstaple, tide too high for much to be seen: 4 Black-tailed Godwits at Pottington, 3 Shoveler nearer the new bridge with a female Goosander. At Ashford 17 + 7 Wigeon, and then back at Wrafton Pond the usual gathering of Sand Martins with my first Swallow of the year. Someone else reported seeing 2 House Martins earlier.

Posted March 25th, 2021 at 7:36 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Swallow at Chivenor

A lone Swallow flew overhead as I ran past RMB Chivenor this evening at around 5:15(ish) this evening.  It doesn't sound like the 2 previously spotted around Braunton burrows, as it was alone (hanging out with some sand Martin's). 

Posted March 25th, 2021 at 7:18 pm by Sam Aston in Bird News

Torquay

A Red Throated Diver feeding between Torre Abbey Sands and Corbyn's Head, often coming very close in. Also 2 adult Lesser black backs on  the beach. Later in Sherwell Park a mixed flock of sparrows, dunnock, bluetits and goldfinch were coming down to bathe and drink in a spring fed pool by the stream, just below the middle bridge. Goldfinches and a chiffchaff singing here, and a comma butterfly basking on the ground nearby.

Posted March 25th, 2021 at 3:52 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Cadover Bridge

Mistle Thrush 2, Grey Wagtails 2, Pied Wagtails 6, Stonechats 10,Magpies 10, Buzzards 2, G.W.P.'s 2, Ravens 6, Crows 8, Reed Buntings 3, Goosander 2m, 2f. Chiffchaffs 2,  Goldfinches 6 .a lone cock Wheatear on Legis Tor Warren.

Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
A distant view of a Wheatear
A distant view of a Wheatear

Posted March 25th, 2021 at 2:31 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Buzzards and Herring Gulls over Braunton

At about 13:30 today, and for about 15 minutes, there was a "swarm" of very vocal HERRING GULL adults and younger birds, along with 13 COMMON BUZZARD soaring above the Saunton Park area of Braunton. Earlier, on returning from an appointment in Barnstaple,  observed about two dozen SAND MARTINS feeding over the fields by the Boundary Lane. Unconfirmed because it was a fleeting glimpse of two small brown passerines with light coloured heads flying over the car heading east as we were on Sandy lane.... which reminded me of YELLOWHAMMER. As I say, unable to confirm but I don't know what else they could be.

Posted March 25th, 2021 at 2:17 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Hardwick woods- Plympton

A quick hour walk around the woods midday. 

Stock dove, wood pigeon, loads of singing nuthatch, gs and green woodpecker, crow, raven, jackdaw, blackbird, robin, dunnock, song thrush, great/blue/coal/longtail tit, wren, lots of goldcrests, nest building jays, skylarks heard in neighbouring fields. buzzard scared off a lot of woodpigeons later. 

Posted March 25th, 2021 at 1:22 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

During this morning's walk, at least 2 Green Woodpeckers, 10 Mandarin Ducks (mainly in pairs now), Common Sandpiper, a Blackcap singing & 8 Roe Deer.

In my garden (Mount Gould) a female Blackcap still visiting regularly.

Posted March 25th, 2021 at 1:22 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Reservoir - Braunton Golf Course

 2 Swallows over the reservoir where Phil & Sue spotted the first Sand Martin in N.Devon back in February.

Good chance this is the same 2 Swallows I spotted 2 days ago at the south end of Braunton Burrows.

Posted March 25th, 2021 at 1:08 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Torquay

This morning there were 9 Purple Sandpipers at Haldon Pier and 11 Lesser Black-backed Gulls at Abbey Sands.

Purple Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper
Lesser Black-backed Gulls
Lesser Black-backed Gulls

Posted March 25th, 2021 at 10:10 am by Steven O'Donoghue in Bird News

White House - Braunton Marshes

Late post - 1 Willow Warbler heard yesterday morning.

Posted March 25th, 2021 at 9:23 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Wednesday 24th March 2021

Anchorwood to Fremington Quay

During this afternoon's walk along the Tarka Trail from Anchorwood to Fremington Pill a common sandpiper seemed to follow us giving us our best views yet.


Posted March 24th, 2021 at 9:40 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News

Otter Estuary

Highlights this evening included a brief Grey Plover, a single Black-tailed Godwit and a pair of Goosander on the river north of White Bridge.

Black-tailed Godwit by Chris TownendMale Goosander by Chris Townend

Posted March 24th, 2021 at 8:18 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Black Redstart Plymouth

Black Redstart found in garden in Ernesettle.

Also Chiffchaff heard on Roborough Down yesterday.

Posted March 24th, 2021 at 7:25 pm by Liz Harris in Bird News

Swallow

1 swallow near the bird screen at Exebank, Exmouth at17.00.

Posted March 24th, 2021 at 6:19 pm by Richard Bramwell in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Mid afternoon visit coincided with the high tide but most waders remained on the estuary as low tides at present. A few brent geese but no sign of the 6 avocets that were at the Turf last Monday. On the marsh at least 3 singing chiffchaffs, 6 pintail, 2 tufted duck and 37 sand martins.

Posted March 24th, 2021 at 5:21 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A Black Redstart (very scarce here) was a nice surprise & brought the patch combined observers' total to 100 for the year (+ 1 heard). Also, a calling Tawny Owl, Peregrine, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Bar-tailed Godwit, 26 Turnstones, Common Sandpiper, Nuthatch nest-building, 2 singing Chiffchaffs & 15 Roe Deer.

Posted March 24th, 2021 at 4:38 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

River Otter

Circular walk Budleigh - Otterton. Highlights - Chiffchaff, 2 Black Tailed Godwit, Grey Wagtail, Gtr Spotted Woodpecker. Lots of the usual along river - Many Wigeon, plentiful Teal, 8 Shoveler, 2 Shelduck, Mallard, Canada Geese, Redshank, Curlew, Moorhen. Kingfisher and Dipper higher upstream. 2 Cattle egret still present. Around the cliffs a succession of skylarks and many meadow pipits.Two handsome pairs of courting Stonechat. I startled a Red Legged Partridge from a clifftop bush ! Chaffinch, Goldfinch and Greenfinch. A large noisy roost of 30 Linnets. 2 Green Woodpeckers.

Posted March 24th, 2021 at 3:53 pm by Steve Ross in Bird News

Velator/Sherpa

Finally heard (briefly) a Chiffchaff in the reserve while ringing this morning. Sparrow hawk over (and seen again over Sherpa Marsh a bit later) Water Pipit seen outside the reserve, Garganey still at Sherpa Marsh with a few Sand Martins over.

Posted March 24th, 2021 at 3:28 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Hackney Marsh, Newton Abbot.

1 red breasted merganser, 3 greylag geese, buzzard, redshanks, cormorants 

 Ed’s- it’s a hybrid Swan Goose x. Greylag Goose

Posted March 24th, 2021 at 2:57 pm by Iain morland in Bird News

Passage house, newton abbot

1 red breasted merganser, 3 greylag geese, buzzard, redshanks, cormorants 

Posted March 24th, 2021 at 2:40 pm by Iain morland in Bird News

Hopes Nose

Raven, Stonechats, Rock Pipit and Oystercatcher this morning.

Posted March 24th, 2021 at 12:44 pm by Mick Curran in Bird News

Exmouth Seafront

3 Sandwich Terns fishing and 7 Brent Geese on the rocks. A nice mix of seasonal birds.

Posted March 24th, 2021 at 12:17 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Goodrington Beach

2 Black Swans, on the sea, just offshore. 8 Common Scoter further out towards Berry Head.

Black Swans
Black Swans

Posted March 24th, 2021 at 11:39 am by Steven O'Donoghue in Bird News

Black Swans

2 Black Swans on the sea off Goodrington South sands this morning

Posted March 24th, 2021 at 11:13 am by Tony Sherwood in Bird News

Tuesday 23rd March 2021

Hemerdon Ball

Evening stroll over Hemerdon Ball put up a Woodcock.

Posted March 23rd, 2021 at 10:16 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Velator etc

3 Shoveler, 1 each of Gadwall and Pochard on Wrafton Pond, Several Teal, 5 Snipe and a Black-tailed Godwit on the scrape. Around Sherpa, 4 Little Egrets 1 Snipe, 2 calling Cetti's Warblers, c15 Sand Martins. Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, Linnets and Goldfinches all looking or sounding a little frisky. The drake Garganey was also still present. 2 Chiffchaffs in the reserve. A further inspection of the Egret feathers revealed that they had been plucked from the dead bird, so a bird of prey rather than a mammal I think.

Posted March 23rd, 2021 at 5:40 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Red Kite

Red Kite seen just before Aller Cross on the road from Stags Head to South Molton at 11.30 am this morning.

Posted March 23rd, 2021 at 4:33 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News

Plymouth Hoe

Lovely views of 2 Purple Sandpipers at Rusty Anchor this morning. Thanks to Stuart Green for pointing them out to me. Also seen several Turnstones and a G.B.B.G.

Purple Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper
Turnstone
Turnstone

Posted March 23rd, 2021 at 4:01 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Nothing to match Martin's sighting this morning; however a circuit of the patch revealed: 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Raven, 4 Stock Doves, a singing Chiffchaff & 5+ Roe Deer.

Posted March 23rd, 2021 at 1:37 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Braunton Burrows

2 Swallows over the south end of Braunton Burrows this morning. 

At least 6 Chiffchaff heard in full song. Whooper Swan still present.

Posted March 23rd, 2021 at 12:26 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram.

A quiet morning was brightened up by c6 Crossbills feeding in the pines on the ridge just above the amphitheater. Also of note, a good count of 46 Common Gulls were seen.

Posted March 23rd, 2021 at 11:24 am by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Hardwick woods- Plympton

Late evening stroll doing some practice surverys of plants but paying attention to birds  Heard in the woods and on amados hill

Raven, jackdaw, rook, herring gull, buzzard, song thrush, blackcap (m), robin, dunnock, house sparrow, greenfinch, goldfinch, blackbird, gs woodpecker, green woodpecker, wren, blue tit, great tit, coal tit, redwing, pheasant, nuthatch, stock dove, woodpigeon, 

Posted March 23rd, 2021 at 8:36 am by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Monday 22nd March 2021

Cadover Bridge

1m 1f Goosander by Cadover Bridge, 1 MIstle Thrush, 2 Grey Wagtails, 1 Buzzard. 4 Reed Buntings by Legis Tor Warren.

Goosanders
Goosanders
Moulting Reed Bunting
Moulting Reed Bunting

Posted March 22nd, 2021 at 11:08 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Countesswear & Matford

Walked down and back from St. Leonards this morning. Good things started with a Water Rail out in the open in the Southernmost Countesswear pond, relaxedly preening, scratching and stretching (how that needs a longer vowel) for 4/5 minutes in the sunshine, easily the longest view I have ever had.

Also noted were:

- a Green Sandpiper in the river opposite the sewage works;

- c30 Teal, c20 Wigeon, c10 Shoveler and 3 Tufted Ducks on Matford ponds. No Little Grebe so far this year;

- a small group of Sand Martins, my first of the year;

- song from 6+ each of Cetti's and Chiff-Chaff and a single Blackcap, newly arrived;

- 50+ Rook nests along Dawlish Road, and 25+ on the East bank of the river, so numbers back to normal;

- the last few Redwings chattering in the trees by the University playing fields, one of which gave a few phrases of full song, the first I have heard, a mournful five note descending sequence, like a slowed-down, simplified Wood Lark's. Haunting. The best was definitely saved 'til last.

Posted March 22nd, 2021 at 9:14 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Ilfracombe

Cetti's warbler (not skulking) near Bath House

Posted March 22nd, 2021 at 9:08 pm by David Shadwell in Bird News

Velator pics

I hope these are the ones!



Posted March 22nd, 2021 at 4:17 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

West Hoe, Plymouth

On the rocks between West Hoe Pier and Millbay Docks this morning (known as 'Rusty Anchor') - 6 Turnstones, 1 Purple Sandpiper and 1 Rock Pipit

Posted March 22nd, 2021 at 3:01 pm by Tony Hooper in Bird News

Velator area

A pair of Grey-lag Geese out on the scrape with plenty of Canada Geese and a Black-tailed Godwit. At Sherpa Marsh the drake Garganey still present, but no sign of any Sand Martins. In the central field the remains (all feathers) of a Little Egret. If I can find where I saved my photos after reducing their size, I'll post them too!

Posted March 22nd, 2021 at 2:19 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Five Cattle Egrets first thing this morning (at southern end of the estuary) but no sign later. Also, 3 Common Sandpipers, Snipe, 6 Greenshanks, 17+ Common Gulls, Treecreeper, 2 Chiffchaffs, Stonechat (m), Green Woodpecker, Peacock butterfly & 7 Roe Deer.

Cattle Egrets & Little Egret
Cattle Egrets & Little Egret

Posted March 22nd, 2021 at 12:50 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Fremington Pill/Quay & Home Farm Marsh

A pair of Red-Breasted Mergansers at the quay . 1 Great Crested Grebe & 1 Great Egret on the Taw in front of Home Farm Marsh & 4 Glossy Ibises at Saltpill Duck Pond.

Posted March 22nd, 2021 at 11:13 am by David Paterson in Bird News

Sunday 21st March 2021

Anchor Wood to Yelland

Decided today to walk from Roundswell to Yelland via Anchor Wood to access the Tarka trail. On the river bank just off Anchor Wood were; a single Grey plover and three Redshank. At Penhill were two Wrens presumed to a pair and a couple of Goldfinches again presumed to be a pair. Cetti's warble singing  between the two points. At Fremington just beyond the iron bridge were two Song Thrushes also presumed pair, a pair of Dunnocks. At Yelland and still on the Tarka path close to the Public footpath to the hides were a pair of Chiffchaffs and a couple of Linnets.

Grey Plover
Grey Plover
Redshank
Redshank

Posted March 21st, 2021 at 11:07 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Male Garganey tucked in reeds this morning. 

Posted March 21st, 2021 at 8:27 pm by Andrew Thorpe in Bird News

Warberries /Torquay

Tawney Owl heard calling around 7pm today 

Posted March 21st, 2021 at 7:56 pm by Michelle Reeves in Bird News

Braunton Marsh

Whooper Swan still present with the Mute Swans beyond the round linhay this evening.

Posted March 21st, 2021 at 7:20 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wembury

West Wembury 

Willow warbler heard calling at the top of church wood valley.

Wembury Point 

At least 6 male Cirl Buntings calling this evening. Many stonechats and a couple of linnets also.

Posted March 21st, 2021 at 7:09 pm by Matt C in Bird News

Hope's Nose

Up to 11.30

A female Black Redstart showed very well around the quarry.  Male Wheatear on the cliffs opposite the Lead Stone.

1 Great Northern Diver off Sandy Point and another off the point.  2 Purple Sandpipers close to the point.  A Firecrest in the dell, 100m or so below the entrance gate.  A Chiffchaff in full song in the scrub on the lower slope.  3 species of raptor.  2 Mallards on the sea on the south side was more unusual.  

2 Grey Seals - one consuming a large fish in close, opposite the Lead Stone.  

Posted March 21st, 2021 at 5:09 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Colebrook, Black Redstart

Surprised to find this female/imm Black Redstart is still here. It's the first time we've seen it in the neighbourhood since 30th January, and previously the 16th (assuming it is the same one of course).

Black Redstart
Black Redstart
Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Posted March 21st, 2021 at 4:35 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Scoters

Raft of approx 40 Scoters off Berry Head currently

Posted March 21st, 2021 at 3:48 pm by Lloyd Gray in Bird News

White tailed eagle

Seen at passage house this morning. Flew off towards torquay. 

Posted March 21st, 2021 at 2:23 pm by Iain morland in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Disturbance from dogs today, accounted for another poor count on Blaxton Meadow but a Bar-tailed Godwit had arrived with the Curlews. Otherwise: 6 Greenshanks, Common Sandpiper, 3 Dunlins, Peregrine, 2 Stonechats & 6 Roe Deer.  

Posted March 21st, 2021 at 2:21 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Long-tailed Duck

This submission is rather late, sighting was 16th March.

However the bird is still in the Cattewater.

I was encouraged to visit the area from the Mount Batten side and snatched a single photo of the bird from considerable distance as it flew upstream.

Long-tailed Duck in the Cattewater, Plymouth
Long-tailed Duck in the Cattewater, Plymouth

Posted March 21st, 2021 at 2:10 pm by Pete Johnson in Bird News

Fremington Pill

9am four Glossy Ibis flying from the Pill across the fields towards Home Farm Marsh.  

Posted March 21st, 2021 at 11:44 am by Paul Bearman in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Not much about, the highlights being the Water Rail, Bar-t Godwit & 5 GSW. On the down side, a Springer Spaniel decided to have a play on the meadow while it’s owner watched from the hide!

Posted March 21st, 2021 at 10:52 am by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Late for yesterday 20th.

Lower Tamar Lake

1 Green Sandpiper on the weir, 5 Fieldfare, 7 Redwing, 1 Cormorant, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Coot.

Posted March 21st, 2021 at 8:24 am by Rodney Mudge in Bird News

Saturday 20th March 2021

Tothill Football Fields

A Chiff-Chaff this morning. Looked very tired.

Posted March 20th, 2021 at 11:16 pm by David Grant in Bird News

Slapton Sands.

A Sandwich Tern.  > S.  this morning

Posted March 20th, 2021 at 8:24 pm by Alan K. Searle in Bird News

Exmouth,

High Land of Orcombe - Wheatear on the usual dung heap at top of Gore Lane

Posted March 20th, 2021 at 6:48 pm by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Rather quiet today but I managed Snipe, 6 Greenshanks, 28 Turnstones, a solitary Dunlin, a pair of Stonechats, Green Woodpecker, 26 Common Gulls (including a 2nd-w & 2 1st-w), Redwing & 5 Roe Deer.

Very few birds on Blaxton Meadow when I arrived - apparently everything flushed by a couple of runners on the wall (this follows 2 dog walkers in this no entry zone yesterday). On the positive side however, lots of paddle boarders (& canoeists) on estuary & none flushed the birds. Many thanks to Ian Downing for posting something about this on Facebook. It seems to be working!

Posted March 20th, 2021 at 4:38 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

White-tailed Eagle

One of the Isle of Wight juvenile White-tailed Eagles flew north over Blackhill Quarry shortly after 2pm this afternoon, heading towards the Exe. Photos on www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk.

Posted March 20th, 2021 at 3:48 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Velator

Not much of note: several Snipe around the scrape, still some Teal, Buzzard carrying nesting material. Stopped near the reserve to talk to Phil and Sue from Ilfracombe who had just seen a drake Garganey at Sherpa. Walked round but didn't see it. 2 Pochard. In the reserve 1 Chiffchaff and 2 Goldcrests.

Posted March 20th, 2021 at 1:13 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Hope's Nose

Up to 11.30

Female Black Redstart and a male Wheatear on the south side.  4 Purple Sandpipers near the point.  2 Chiffchaffs and a Blackcap singing from dense cover.  4 Meadow Pipits over .  Firecrest reported earlier below the gate.  8 Common Dolphins beyond Long Quarry Point.  

Posted March 20th, 2021 at 12:49 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Horsey & Braunton Marshes

Over Horsey early am 28 Sand Martins &  1 vocal Green Sandpiper.

On Braunton Marshes the first winter Whooper Swan still showing well.

Skylarks up & singing over Braunton Great Field & Marshes.

Posted March 20th, 2021 at 11:45 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Totnes Cormorant

Going to work I often see a cormorant perched on this branch in the Dart but don't recall seeing one in breeding plumage with such a pure white head. Very eye catching. Shame as I did not have a camera that could zoom in more - will need to try find him again. I wonder if the whiter the  plumage the better chance of securing a mate.

Plumage
Plumage

Posted March 20th, 2021 at 9:52 am by Dan Kent in Bird News

Ottery Bullfinches

A pair of fabulous looking Bullfinches have been visiting our feeders this week in Ottery St Mary. Beautiful birds.

Posted March 20th, 2021 at 8:26 am by Martin Littlemore in Bird News

Mt Batten

Long-tailed Duck still off Mt Batten this morning.

Posted March 20th, 2021 at 6:53 am by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Friday 19th March 2021

Blackawton

At least 8 yellowhammers just north of Blackawton this morning.

Posted March 19th, 2021 at 11:07 pm by Alun Sherwood in Bird News

Saltram Park

Early evening ride through the park saw the Water Rail in a brief flight. Also well before dark a couple of early flying Common Pipistrelles over the duck pond.

Posted March 19th, 2021 at 10:07 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Mountbatten Pier

Turnstones near Mountbatten Pier. One bird was hopping about on one leg. Sadly the other leg seems to have twine or fishing line around it

Turnstones
Turnstones
Turnstone
Turnstone

Posted March 19th, 2021 at 8:15 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Stover

Nuthatch already with young in one of the boxes at Stover walkway.

Posted March 19th, 2021 at 4:34 pm by Alan Fielding in Bird News

West Hoe waterfront

The Purple Sandpiper still present this morning on Plymouth hoe waterfront, on the rocks just down from the 'Coffee Shack'.

Posted March 19th, 2021 at 3:50 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A Black-tailed Godwit new in today (on the wall then relocated to Blaxton Meadow for a short while). Also, 6 Greenshanks, Snipe, c12 Turnstones, 26 Common Gulls, 2 Goosanders (1 drake), Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 10+ Stock Doves, 2 Redwings, 15 Roe Deer & "TR6M", the Polish-ringed Black-headed Gull (now in summer plumage) still about. 

Posted March 19th, 2021 at 3:36 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Goodrington

The Iceland Gull that has been appearing at Goodrington (and Paignton Zoo) over the couple of months eventually gave itself up to me! Presumably the Brixham bird just relocated.

    Iceland Gull Goodrington 19 March 2021 ML   Iceland Gull Goodrington 19 March 2021 ML

Posted March 19th, 2021 at 3:00 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Red Kite

One o'clock and a Red Kite scouring tree height near Furze  (a hamlet near Chittlehampton)

Posted March 19th, 2021 at 2:02 pm by stewart thomas beer in Bird News

Velator

Only one Chiffchaff in the reserve, or perhaps 2 - did I actually hear one singing? Very brief if so. One Peacock butterfly. However all the action was outside or over the reserve where there were Sand martins visible pretty much all morning, peaking with a flock down by Sherpa Marsh which conveniently flew towards me - estimate 300.

Posted March 19th, 2021 at 1:55 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

North Devon Sand Martins

At least 50 Sand Martins at Saltpill Duck Pond this morning , roosting on the perimeter fences. 

Posted March 19th, 2021 at 9:52 am by David Paterson in Bird News

Cadover

Single Sand Martin this morning.

Posted March 19th, 2021 at 8:36 am by Chris E in Bird News

Roborough Down

Yesterday morning over Roborough Down. Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, Crows, Jackdaws ,Buzzards, Song Thrush, Chaffinches, Goldfinches, Greenfinches, a Bullfinch, Yellowhammers, Blue, Great, Coal and L.T. Tits, a solitary  Chiffchaff singing away, Wrens, Dunnocks, Goldcrests and just before we left 3 Snipe.

Greenfinch
Greenfinch
Yellowhammer
Yellowhammer

Posted March 19th, 2021 at 8:20 am by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Thursday 18th March 2021

Wembury Point

Single swallow seen briefly this evening 

Posted March 18th, 2021 at 8:32 pm by Matt c in Bird News

Torquay Harbour Wednesday 17th March

Six Purple Sandpiper on Haldon Breakwater, Torquay Harbour yesterday with 3 Turnstone.

Posted March 18th, 2021 at 8:00 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Reed BUNTING, not Warbler

Correction to earlier post; meant to say  Reed BUNTING, not Reed Warbler, sorry, slip of the brain! 

Male Reed Bunting singing at Sherpa Marsh
Male Reed Bunting singing at Sherpa Marsh

Posted March 18th, 2021 at 6:02 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

South Brent ~ Home birding

This morning gave a very vocal Green Woodpecker, and a Chiffchaff singing away, my first here this season, Magpie carrying nesting material.

This afternoon Jay, female Reed Bunting and a Treecreeper.

Female Reed Bunting
Female Reed Bunting
Female Reed Bunting
Female Reed Bunting

Posted March 18th, 2021 at 5:58 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Red Legged Partridge

Just had a Red Legged Partridge in my garden at Old Torrington Road, Barnstaple. It stayed for about ten minutes before disappearing, wandering all around the garden, coming right up to the back of the house at one point.

Posted March 18th, 2021 at 5:42 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News

Home Farm Marsh. Sand martins.

Cracking afternoon at Home Farm Marsh this afternoon.

Dozen or more SandMartins were the highlight, but 24 other species in amcouple of hours. Large flock of Goldfinch/linnett with a good number of Skylarks.

Cettis warblers, chiffchaff, Teal, Wigeon to name a few. On the estuary, Grey Plover, Cormorant, Little Egret, Shelduck, curlew amongst others.

Posted March 18th, 2021 at 5:02 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Berry Head

Lovely male wheatear in the quarry this morning.

Posted March 18th, 2021 at 2:50 pm by jeff hacon in Bird News

Sand Martin's Braunton

Circa 60+ Sand Martin's feeding  overhead the Braunton Pill/Caen Stream outfall this morning at about 11:30. One male Reed Warbler singing from a bush top in the reed bed of Sherpa Marsh where there were sporadic appearances of a further 20+ Sand Martin's. 

Posted March 18th, 2021 at 11:58 am by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Skern

A Little Ringed Plover on the Skern early this morning. Also one Black tailed Godwit and five Sand Martin.

Posted March 18th, 2021 at 10:40 am by Martin Unwin in Bird News

South Molton

17/03 Blackcap sang twice this morning in garden

Posted March 18th, 2021 at 7:08 am by art symons in Bird News

Wednesday 17th March 2021

Slapton Ley

Today I was working in Slapton so took the opportunity to stop off at Slapton Ley. A pair of Great crested grebes courting on the water close to the road, an unknown number of Canada geese in the adjacent fields, a pair of Tufted Duck near the bridge, a Blue tit, Robin and Chiffchaff showing well and finally a couple of Cetti's calling.

Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff
Blue tit
Blue tit

Posted March 17th, 2021 at 9:57 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

High Bickington

Late post.  Yesterday Tuesday 16 while working near High Bickington I got an opportunity to photograph a Kestrel that flew past me and landed near by. The highlight for me was a group of 10 maybe 12 Yellowhammers that landed close by.  Not seen a Yellowhammer for years and 10 or 12 arrive together.

Kestrel
Kestrel
Yellowhammer
Yellowhammer

Posted March 17th, 2021 at 9:49 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Crownhill Down

Yellowhammer seen this afternoon on Crownhill Down also a Buzzard mobbed by Crows, several Stonechats and a solitary Snipe.

Yellowhammer
Yellowhammer

Posted March 17th, 2021 at 7:36 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh, Topsham

Two male and one female Pochard amongst the more common duck. Couldn’t see the male Garganey reported yesterday.

A probable Black Redstart by the path to the viewing platform.

Posted March 17th, 2021 at 5:10 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Young's Park Ponds, Goodrington, Paignton

I've just received the history for a French colour-ringed, Great Black-backed Gull seen at the ponds on 12/03/21. Green Ring Y90.

The bird was ringed as a chick on the Chausey Islands, off the North French coast on 21/06/20. It was regularly reported in that area up to the end of October 2020, when it moved along the coast to Erquy where it was seen a number of times over the winter. It was last reported there on 16/02/21.


Posted March 17th, 2021 at 4:29 pm by Steven O'Donoghue in Bird News

Velator area

Ringing this morning for scant rewards: best were 1 male Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff, - typical migrant with the 'rhino horn of gummed up feathers over the beak - and 1 Redwing. Retrapped the Green Woodpecker too. As I was leaving at 10 past 1, a large bird over the North side of the reserve caught my eye, bird of prey? Well yes - a RED KITE. first record I have for this site. I also walked down to Sherpa Marsh - numbers of Canada Geese and large Gulls on a new pond dug by the workmen doing embankment repairs a few months back. Also 15 or so Sand Martins, 2 Pied and one White Wagtail.

Posted March 17th, 2021 at 3:44 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

During a sunny walk, early this morning: Water Rail, Green Woodpecker, 2 Stonechats, Siskin, 4+ Mandarin Ducks (3+ drakes) & 7 Greenshanks.

Posted March 17th, 2021 at 11:55 am by Pete Aley in Bird News

Lipson - Black Redstarts

Male & Female Black Redstarts showing well on the same roof top at Lipson



Posted March 17th, 2021 at 11:51 am by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

The stormy weather last week that drove seabirds up the Bristol Channel in large numbers as far as Severn Beach brought high patch counts of Gannets (max 168) and Fulmars (108) on 12th & 13th as they flew west back out to sea. Also Kittiwakes and single Common Scoter & Red-throated Diver. Groups of migrating Meadow Pipits continued battling west into the headwinds too, but it was generally an extremely quiet week for migrant passerines. More promising this week, with 214 Meadow Pipits and a male Reed Bunting on Monday (15th) and today, 17th, visible migration 06.30-09.00 brought: 133 Woodpigeon, 20 alba wagtail, 75 Meadow Pipit, 2 Greenfinch, 20 Linnet, 21 Goldfinch & 33 Siskin (by far the highest count of the spring so far). Also 3 Canada Geese low over the waves heading NW towards Gower (!), and 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest & 4 Stonechat in the scrub.

Posted March 17th, 2021 at 10:49 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Tuesday 16th March 2021

Velator etc

One drake Pochard this morning on Wrafton Pond - still there later on with a pair of Shoveler, and 2 Sand Martins over (5.40p.m.) Over on the Marsh the Whooper Swan still and 4 more Sand Martins there.

Posted March 16th, 2021 at 6:03 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

South Molton

Two stonechat at same site as last year. One brief song.

Posted March 16th, 2021 at 4:46 pm by art symons in Bird News

Slapton Sands.

1 wheatear on sea defence boulders am.

Posted March 16th, 2021 at 3:48 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Underwood, Plympton

No sign today of the Black Redstart in our garden and Hill Close. Evidently it departed during the night, despite the cloud cover. That's exactly the same night as last year. At least one of the wintering male Blackcaps is still visiting the garden.

Posted March 16th, 2021 at 2:24 pm by Jason Smart in Bird News

Slapton area

Walk in very warm sunshine today to the beach and round the Ley. Red breasted merganser and red throated diver out to sea but no sight, or sound, of sandwich terns yet. Cetti's in fine voice. A number of chiff chaffs in 'song' and first pair of blackcaps in the old quarry, the male warming up with a few song fragments. Still a few wigeon on the water and the usual pairs of gadwall.

Unrelated, work trip to Woodbury area last Friday, noted a red kite over the pebble beds.

Posted March 16th, 2021 at 2:05 pm by graham burton in Bird News

Seabirds Webinar South West Marine Ecosystems

As the annual South West Marine Ecosystems meeting cannot take place this year, it is being replaced by a series of 'webinars'. The latest in the series on Friday 19th March is on Seabird.

Details and to take part/watch sign up here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_TFFalDh8QaynAGtdFor32g 

Posted March 16th, 2021 at 1:31 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Hopes nose

Wheatear on the cliff face near the point at 10am 

Posted March 16th, 2021 at 12:16 pm by mike pound in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A modest count of 48 species seen this morning with the highlight being 6 Cattle Egrets on Blaxton meadow. They only stayed for c20 minutes before flying off down the estuary towards Laira bridge.

Also of note 5 GSW were seen & 7 Greenshank.

Posted March 16th, 2021 at 11:10 am by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Bar-Headed Goose

Bar-Headed Goose and ?hybrid whitefront on flooded fields next to the River Exe at Pynes near Cowley Bridge on Sat 13th March. Also c. 200 herring gull, 50 lesser black backs, 20 little egret and 20 pied wags.


Posted March 16th, 2021 at 9:34 am by Robin Pearson in Bird News

Ivybridge Community Birding project

A new birding project got off of the ground in Ivybridge yesterday with the placing of 19 nest boxes in the towns Long Timber Wood. The project is a joint initiative by Ivybridge Town Council, Devon Birds, BBC Radio Devon and other interested parties and volunteers.

The initial project was to evaluate the Pied Flycatcher as as species and the nest boxes were placed with the intention of encouraging that particular species.

A small socially distanced work party of five placed the nest boxes which will be monitored over the coming months, lots of Great Tit activity noted, a fly over Raven, highlights being a singing Treecreeper that showed well and a Marsh Tit. A Sparrowhawk being seen over the town.


Mike Daniels DB's and Park Ranger Andrew Price
Mike Daniels DB's and Park Ranger Andrew Price

Posted March 16th, 2021 at 9:23 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Buckfast

1 Green Sandpiper by a small pond in a sheep pasture between Buckfast and Buckfastleigh, late afternoon. The first I've seen locally.

Posted March 16th, 2021 at 7:59 am by Andy Smith in Bird News

Monday 15th March 2021

Braunton Burrows

Late afternoon at Wrafton pond saw three male Pochard, one male Shoveler, two Little Grebes and the usual Mallard, Coots, Moorhen and gulls. Moved on the Braunton Burrows were the Barn Owl was showing well and where I also saw five Canade geese and a number of Swans.

Canada Goose
Canada Goose
Barn Owl
Barn Owl

Posted March 15th, 2021 at 9:56 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Exeter - Starcross

Another "ordinary" day produced c70 species, including:

- a pair of Stock Doves in Belle Isle park, the first that I have seen there in my 30 years of residence nearby, plus the usual 20+ in Powderham Park;

- a Dipper and 20/30 Redwings in and over Northbrook Park, the latter, I think, having spent the Winter feeding primarily on the University playing fields;

- 7 LBB Gulls on Matford pond, newly arrived;

- 25 Little Egrets along Lime Kiln Lane, nearly all now sporting head-plumes;

- 6-8 each of Cetti's, Chiff-chaffs, and Reed Buntings singing along the canal bank;

- 2 Pochards on the storage lagoon at Exminster;

- c90 Shelducks on Exminster, with another c40 in Powderham Park;

- a 600+ "Dunlin" flock partially visible from Turf Lock, which, on closer examination, proved to contain 40+ each of Knot and Grey Plover;

-  the usual Stonechat pair in Powderham Park, getting intimate;

- a Mediterranean Gull, 10+ Greenshanks and 30+ Turnstones off the Kenn outfall as soon as the tide fell.

"Missing" today were G-c Grebe, Water Rail, Common Gull, Pintail and the Egyptian Geese.

Posted March 15th, 2021 at 9:17 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Otter Estuary, Budleigh Salterton

The long staying Cattle Egret has now been joined by a second bird with a slightly brighter bill colour. The birds are feeding with 11 Little Egrets in fields N of White Bridge. Also a couple of White Wagtails in with 40+ Pied Wagtails and a beautiful near full breeding plumaged Black-tailed Godwit on the nearby estuary.

Black-tailed Godwit, Otter Esturay by Chris Townend Two Cattle Egrets with Little Egrets by Chris Townend

Posted March 15th, 2021 at 8:52 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Plymouth Hoe

A  brief walk along the Hoe seafront this morning at low tide hoping to see a Purple Sandpiper but no luck .Only birds seen were a G.B.B. Gull and 2 Shags also 2 Oyster Catchers at West Hoe. Always good to get a closer view of these common but attractive birds.

Oystercatcher
Oystercatcher
Oystercatcher
Oystercatcher

Posted March 15th, 2021 at 8:17 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

Quiet afternoon on Wrafton Pond this afternoon.

3 Drake Pochards, several Snipe, 1 lesser Black Back Gull, numerous Black head gulls and Herring gulls. Kingfisher, Cettis warbler(heard), Little Grebe, Moorhen and Coot. 7 rats. Mallard and Mute Swan. 1 drake Shoveler.

Even a quiet day on the pond is a good day. 

Posted March 15th, 2021 at 6:06 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Harleston by Slapton

Male Blackcap in song, mostly sub-song, in garden. No wintering birds here so proper migrant!!

Posted March 15th, 2021 at 4:36 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Velator

All the Ducks seem to have deserted Wrafton Pond now. Little Egret and several Teal on the scrape. In the reserve 6 Gadwall flew out as I arrived, 3 later returned and almost immediately started feeding on the Duckweed, unlike the Mallards which seemed to have other things on their minds.... Brief fly through of a Kingfisher and a Grey Wagtail landed on the roof of the pumping station building. Heard 3 Water Rails, plus the Little Grebe, but no Woodpeckers today.

Posted March 15th, 2021 at 2:21 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Hardwick woods- Plympton

Morning walk at the woods behind my house, lots of typical woodland activity. List of birds include
song thrush, blackbird, robin, greenfinch, nuthatch, woodpigeon, great/blue/coal tit, goldcrest, raven, crow, jackdaw, buzzard, stock dove, great and green woodpeckers, magpie, dunnocks, wren, male pheasant, jay and at one point the sky erupted and the canopy was filled with redwings, a big group of them passing through. 

Posted March 15th, 2021 at 1:50 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Community woodlands and near South Molton

6 Redwing. Bullfinch feeding on hawthorn buds this morning. Also chiffchaff first heard singing on Friday, 12th and again today. 14/3, dipper with nest material on R Mole and two skylark singing at Burrington

Posted March 15th, 2021 at 11:42 am by art symons in Bird News

Sunday 14th March 2021

Robough Down and Cadover Bridge 14th Mar 2021

Yellowhammer,s on Robough Down. Dipper and pair of Goosander on River Plym up from the bridge at Cadover where the river (stream) passes Trowlesworthy Warren Farm house.

Female Goosander shooting the rapids at Cadover
Female Goosander shooting the rapids at Cadover
Several sightings of Yellowhammer on Robough Down.
Several sightings of Yellowhammer on Robough Down.

Posted March 14th, 2021 at 11:32 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

River Culm, Willand

8 cattle egret + 17 little egret in large meadow between Willand and Bradfield corner - 5pm.

Posted March 14th, 2021 at 6:43 pm by James Morrison in Bird News

Long Tailed Skua.....inland, near Barnstaple

Images 

Long tailed Skua near Barnstaple
Long tailed Skua near Barnstaple
Long Tailed Skua in flight
Long Tailed Skua in flight

Posted March 14th, 2021 at 5:46 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Long Tailed Skua.....inland, near Barnstaple

Friends sent me an image earlier today and asked "What is it?" My best guess is a juvenile/1st winter  Long Tailed Skua which is pretty unusual I think as it's in a field to the north of the Taw River near Ashford, Barnstaple! I am awaiting confirmation from id@devonbirds but I'm happy to post on our friends behalf, with their permission, the images they got because it needs recording, we think. Happy to be corrected Editor.

Posted March 14th, 2021 at 5:30 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Hope's Nose

Up to 11.15

5 Great Northern Divers, 7 Purple Sandpipers near the point, Common Scoter south into Torbay, Shelduck flew north and two close Razorbills.  Chiffchaff singing.  4 Common Dolphins.  

Posted March 14th, 2021 at 4:46 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Wembury

This morning: 7 Cirl bunting (4m,3f) 3 singing Skylark, 4 Stonechat (2m,2f) the female Black Redstart still on the beach along with Pipits and Wagtails feeding on plenty of flies, also, 1 Bar Tailed Godwit and 3 Great Black Backed Gulls on the rocks.

Black Redstart (female)
Black Redstart (female)
Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit

Posted March 14th, 2021 at 4:34 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

4 or 5 sand martins over the car park near the canal late morning. There appeared to be an influx of chiffchaffs, at least 6 near Turf and others in bushes alongside Station Road.

Posted March 14th, 2021 at 2:50 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A few odds & ends this morning included: 3 Snipe, 4 Greenshanks, Dunlin down to just 4, 119 Redshanks, 5 Mandarin Ducks (3 drakes), Sparrowhawk, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, my first Linnet of the year here & 4 Roe Deer.

Posted March 14th, 2021 at 1:58 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Mount Batten

While looking at LT Duck in usual area around the buoys saw a Sandwich Tern perched on one. It’s Devon migrant tern. 

Posted March 14th, 2021 at 12:47 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Saturday 13th March 2021

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning,

5 Goosander 1m 4f, 2 Marsh Tit, 2m Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 3 Willow Tit, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Long-tailed Tit.

Posted March 13th, 2021 at 9:39 pm by Rodney Mudge in Bird News

Hope's Nose

Up to 11.30

4 Great Northern Divers between Thatcher Rock and Hope Cove.  5 Purple Sandpipers close to the point.  

10+ Common Dolphins, Harbour Porpoise and a Grey Seal.  

Posted March 13th, 2021 at 3:42 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Wrafton

1 Drake Pochard on Wrafton Pond. 2 Sand Martins between the reserve and the scrape. 2 Pied Wagtails. Inside calling Tawny Owl, Little Grebe and Water Rail and 2 Cetti's Warblers seen: male displaying and singing to a female.

Posted March 13th, 2021 at 2:15 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Friday 12th March 2021

Velator etc

Only 2 drake Pochard Wrafton Pond this morning. A few  Teal out on the scrape and a Little Egret there too. Looking out on the scrape from inside the reserve 6 Pied Wagtails looking as if they were new in. Still a few Green and Goldfinch in the reserve and 5 Gadwall when I arrived. Little Grebe and Cetti's Warbler called. Then Green Woodpecker joined in too. Later as I sat drinking coffee, it flew across and gave me this photo opportunity. Later still a lone, busy Chiffchaff.

Green Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker

Posted March 12th, 2021 at 8:18 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Braunton Burrows

On my way home from work I popped into Braunton Burrows and drove along the road past the thatched round barn.  Just beyond the barn was the Juvenile Whopper Swan still showing well and at one point it came too close to get the whole bird into my frame.

Whooper Swan
Whooper Swan
Whooper Swan
Whooper Swan

Posted March 12th, 2021 at 8:14 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Stover CP

4 Goosander (2M 2F paired), 4 Sand Martin, very aggressive Marsh Tits and a Long-tailed Tit nest were the highlights of a PM walk around the site 

Posted March 12th, 2021 at 7:57 pm by Matt Collis in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Highlights on a wet & windy walk were: Reed Bunting, Peregrine, 9 Stock Doves, Common Sandpiper, 5 Greenshanks, 3 Goosanders (1 drake), 21 Mandarin Ducks (12 drakes), Red-crested Pochard (f) & 13 Roe Deer.

Posted March 12th, 2021 at 5:51 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Crownhill Down

Now 9 Tufted Duck on Portworthy Ph3 dam, with at least 3 Teal, 4 Coots a Moorhen and a Little Grebe.  Between the blustery showers on Crownhill Down, a Sparrowhawk, Buzzard and a pair of Peregrines.  Plenty of Stonechats, Meadow Pipits and Skylarks but no sign of the resident Yellowhammers. Most unexpected was a Woodcock that we flushed from the gorse around midday.

Posted March 12th, 2021 at 4:40 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Thursday 11th March 2021

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On Blaxton Meadow at high tide this afternoon, a small gathering of gulls included 30 Lesser Black-backs & the Polish-ringed Black-headed; also there, 2 Stock Doves & 4 Greenshanks. A Shag & 21 Turnstones on the estuary.

Posted March 11th, 2021 at 5:04 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Teignmouth

One Black-throated Diver early afternoon off the seafront, between Yacht Club and Sprey Point. 

Posted March 11th, 2021 at 2:10 pm by Guy Freeman in Bird News

Ilfracombe

Purple Sandpipers still working rocks below Capstone(up to 5), female Black Redstart around Bath House area, 5 Fulmar on cliffs near Tunnel Beaches, Kingfisher on Upper Slade reservoir.

Posted March 11th, 2021 at 12:38 pm by David Shadwell in Bird News

River Otter

A pair of Goosander taken earlier this week.


Posted March 11th, 2021 at 11:05 am by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Wednesday 10th March 2021

Purple Sandpiper at West Hoe

Purple Sandpiper at West Hoe

Purple Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper

Posted March 10th, 2021 at 7:20 pm by Richard Stansfield in Bird News

Purple Sandpiper, Ilfracombe harbour

7 Purple Sandpiper on rocks near Verity,  Ilfracombe harbour, at high tide, 4.00 p.m, with turbulent sea.  Busily feeding, No camera (of course)!

Posted March 10th, 2021 at 5:49 pm by Jonathan Nicholl in Bird News

Purple Sandpiper on West Hoe in Plymouth

One Purple Sandiper on the rocks at West Hoe at high tide this afternoon with a Turnstone, feeding and roosting. 

Posted March 10th, 2021 at 5:21 pm by Richard Stansfield in Bird News

Broadsands

Yesterday evening roost watch highlights: 1 fw drake Long-tailed Duck, 13 Common Scoter, 7 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (ad nearly s and fw), 17 Common Gulls, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull.

Posted March 10th, 2021 at 8:18 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Underwood, Plympton

Three Blackcaps (2m, 1f) and ad male Black Redstart still visiting our garden.

Posted March 10th, 2021 at 8:14 am by Jason Smart in Bird News

Ring-necked Parakeets , Ham Woods

9th March, Ring-necked Parakeets feeding on the new buds in the trees at Ham Woods.

Large numbers of these would do irreparable damage to any tree they descend on
Large numbers of these would do irreparable damage to any tree they descend on
All that said and done what a beautiful bird.
All that said and done what a beautiful bird.

Posted March 10th, 2021 at 12:13 am by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Tuesday 9th March 2021

Powderham and Exminster Marshes

Walked the canal and across to the Powderham Marsh viewing platform:

- along the way, song from 10-12 each of Reed Bunting and Cetti's and 5-6 Skylarks, plus a single squeal from a rail, this time from the sewage works;

- from the platform, a Peregrine, two Kestrels and three Buzzards, plus 20+ Golden Plover, 40+ Lapwing, with courtship in the air (literally) and on the ground, and one pair creating a nest scrape (or at least, she was scraping, and he was standing by and no doubt criticizing), 50+ Starling, 120+ Blackwits, and a sprinkling of Curlew, Redshank and dabbling ducks, and the Snow Goose. Cirl and Reed Buntings were briefly and harmoniously together on the feeding tray, but when a Chaffinch arrived, a three-way fight ensued, resulting in them all leaving;

- East of the railway, 7 Tufted Ducks were, unusually, near the bend in the road, rather than on the lagoon, and the four White-fronts were distantly visible from the canal-bank.

Alas, no Hirundines or LRPs, and the Common Gulls seem to have left.

Posted March 9th, 2021 at 7:47 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A good count of 35 Turnstones on the wall during this afternoon's high tide, with 5 Greenshanks, 130 Redshanks & 29 Dunlins. Also around the patch, 2 Stock Doves, Sparrowhawk (m), 3 Snipe, Grey Wagtail & 11 Roe Deer. Finally, Polish-ringed Black-headed Gull TR6M still about.

Posted March 9th, 2021 at 6:51 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Clennon Lakes Torbay

A pair of Gadwall and a pair of Teal at Clennon this pm.

Posted March 9th, 2021 at 4:37 pm by CLIFF PARROTT in Bird News

Wembury

1 Whetear m, Blk Red Start still present. 

Posted March 9th, 2021 at 12:34 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Crownhill Down

Yesterday in woodland near Crownhill Down my first Yellowhammer of the year ,several Chaffinches at least a dozen Greenfinches, Blue, Great, Coal and L.T. Tits 2 Buzzards and a Raven

Bullfinch
Bullfinch
Greenfinch
Greenfinch

Posted March 9th, 2021 at 10:32 am by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Underwood, Plympton

The wintering male Black Redstart and two male Blackcaps still this morning, but not for much longer, I suspect.

Posted March 9th, 2021 at 7:12 am by Jason Smart in Bird News

Monday 8th March 2021

River Mole Valley

300+Chaffinches still  being attracted by the supplementary feeding.Busy rolling the field for this years bird feed crop and great company......4 Buzzards,16 Pied Wagtails accompanied by 6 Meadow Pipits and overhead a fabulous soaring female Sparrow Hawk .Also 55 Pheasant,40 Rooks and 2 Stock Doves, In the neighbouring field 60 Starling and 12 Fieldfare.Non avian included a pair of Roe Deer 10 Red Deer......females with last years calves and 2 foxes.....one chasing a rook and periodically stopping for a scratch.3 Goosanders in the River.

Posted March 8th, 2021 at 7:52 pm by Brian Nicholas in Bird News

Stover

Spent an hour at Stover Park between 4-5pm. Highlights were 7 goosanders (3.4), 4 tufted duck (3.1) and 2 marsh tits. 

Posted March 8th, 2021 at 7:14 pm by Stover in Bird News

Fernycombe Point, Kingston

16 Cirl Buntings on field and trees enjoying the sun above Erme Mouth

Posted March 8th, 2021 at 4:35 pm by R Mogridge in Bird News

Mount Gould, Plymouth

A Black Redstart (female/1st-w) briefly in my garden; it's over 18 years since we last saw one here! 

Posted March 8th, 2021 at 3:55 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Black Redstart Northam Burrows

Just parked up at the Tip Road looking at the Skern as the tide came in awaiting covid jab at Westward Ho! when this little bird landed by the car!! Black Redstart our first at this location. Happy days!

Black Redstart Northam Burrows, Tip Road.
Black Redstart Northam Burrows, Tip Road.

Posted March 8th, 2021 at 2:52 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Baggy

Walked out to Baggy early am hoping to see an early spring migrant

On the way to Baggy point a cracking male Wheatear walked across the path in front of us. Approx 10 seconds later 2 joggers disturbed the bird & that was the last we saw of it!

Ringers - Please could you identify the bird from the feather - Eds_ looks like Pheasant.

Posted March 8th, 2021 at 2:51 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Plympton

Yesterday a Snipe and around 20 Skylarks over Boringdon stubble fields. Stock Doves, Redwings on the Ivy berries, a Buzzard,6 Songthrushes, several Goldfinches, a solitary Linnet and a Raven overfly.

Linnet
Linnet
Song Thrush
Song Thrush

Posted March 8th, 2021 at 10:56 am by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Sunday 7th March 2021

Glossy ibis

Saw a group of 3 Glossy Ibis at Fremington Quay on Friday 5 March. Along with egrets, teal and a curlew! 

Posted March 7th, 2021 at 11:24 pm by Rosalind in Bird News

Hemsworthy

Twelve golden plover and a stonechat close to the road 

Posted March 7th, 2021 at 11:06 pm by Chris Watson in Bird News

Grey Wagtail

a pair of Grey Wagtail on our walk in Plymouth today - 

What is this? (Yellow Wagtail)
Grey Wagtail

Posted March 7th, 2021 at 9:14 pm by Paul Aldersley in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

This morning 06.45 to 08.30: highlights were a Red Kite, 5 Crossbills flying WSW and 2 Collared Doves, which I only see as passage migrants. Bitterly cold first thing (-3.5C in Berrynarbor and still not much above freezing  at 09.00), so maybe not surprising that it was otherwise quiet for visible migration, with just 4 alba wagtails, 27 Meadow Pipits, and a few each of Chaffinch, Linnet & Siskin.

In addition, over Berrynarbor early this afternoon, a loose flock of c.150 Golden Plover flying E.

Posted March 7th, 2021 at 8:12 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Plym estuary & Saltram.

On a cold and frosty morning:  128 Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 57 Dunlin, 30 Shelduck, 28 Curlew, 28 Turnstone, 15 Common gull, 5 Mandarin, the female Red Crested Pochard still on the duck pond. Also, 2 Stonechat (m,f) 3 Skylark, 4 Ring necked Parakeet, 1 Redwing, 1 Green Woodpecker (f), and several Nuthatch on the feeders.

Nuthatch
Nuthatch
Green Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker

Posted March 7th, 2021 at 3:44 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Aylesbeare Common

Dartford Warbler on the opposite side of the road to the reserve. Also a pair of Siskins, Raven overhead and 3 Stonechats, 2 m, 1 f showed well.

Posted March 7th, 2021 at 2:22 pm by Martin Littlemore in Bird News

Broadsands

On the sea: 1 Long-tailed Duck (fw drake), 7 Common Scoter, 15 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Great Northern Diver.

1 ad moulting Mediterranean Gull on headland grass (a fw was present a few days ago)

11 Cirl Buntings and 1 female Yellowhammer on seed in 2nd car park.

    Med Gull ad Broadsands 030321ML   Med Gull fw Broadsands 030321ML

         ad moulting Mediterranean Gull 7th March                   fw Mediterranean Gull 3rd March

Posted March 7th, 2021 at 1:32 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Totnes Jack

Jack Snipe on Southern shore of Snipe Island 18:20 Saturday.

Posted March 7th, 2021 at 10:34 am by Denis Doy in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram 6th March

Best sighting was 2 Treecreepers showing well together; also, 6 Greenshanks, 29 Turnstones, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers (1 drake), 4 Stock Doves & 8 Roe Deer.

Posted March 7th, 2021 at 9:29 am by Pete Aley in Bird News

Bickington road

Got these images of a Chaffinch and one of two Cattle Egrets near the main road between Fremington and Bickington.

Chaffinch
Chaffinch
Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

Posted March 7th, 2021 at 12:20 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Fremington Pill

More from my walk.

Curlew
Curlew
Redwing
Redwing

Posted March 7th, 2021 at 12:15 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Tarka trail

Today's walk along the Tarka Trail from Barnstaple to Fremington, along Fremington Pill and home along the main road to Roundswell was time well spent. Two female and one male Goosander in the river just off Anchor Wood, a few Curlew and Redshank on the sand banks.  At Fremington Pill were a couple of Curlew, a few Redshank, one Spotted Redshank a number of Teal (12 or so) some House Sparrows, a pair of Greenfinches and Chaffinches, three Redwings, two Wrens and a single Sparrow Hawk.

Goosander (fm)
Goosander (fm)
Goosanders
Goosanders

Posted March 7th, 2021 at 12:12 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Saturday 6th March 2021

Aylesbeare Common

Party of 8 crossbills near Joney's Cross this afternoon

Crossbill at Aylesbeare Common
Crossbill at Aylesbeare Common

Posted March 6th, 2021 at 8:58 pm by Robin Pearson in Bird News

Woodbury Common

At least 2 pairs of Common Crossbills, a Siskin, and a Lesser Redpoll in amongst some Chaffinches seen eating pine cones above our heads this afternoon, followed by spotting a pair of Dartford Warblers on our return walk.

Female Common Crossbill
Female Common Crossbill
Male Common Crossbill
Male Common Crossbill

Posted March 6th, 2021 at 6:53 pm by Peter Newman in Bird News

Whooper Swan

The juvenile Whooper Swan still showing very well this evening out along the marsh road in the field with at least 18 Mute Swans (including mating pair). No sign of Barn Owl.

Posted March 6th, 2021 at 6:25 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

3 whooper swans flew SE over the house (Exminster village) at 9.50 this morning, low and looking like intending to land on the marshes. A new bird from the garden. Later single red kite over marshes flying towards Topsham at about 2.30pm.

Posted March 6th, 2021 at 4:10 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh, Velator warblers...

A morning walk around Sherpa Marsh, avoiding the closed footpath. 18 Canada Geese, numerous MallardTeal, at least one Reed Bunting, heard at least 4 Cettis calling and saw 6 silent Chiffchaff. Unfortunately disturbed at various points 9 Snipe which merely settled further along the Marsh, thankfully.  Sadly the plentiful plastic shotgun cartridge waddings are testament to the wildfowlers who take their pleasure but can't pick up after themselves :( No sign of any further Sand Martins.....yet.  

Chiffchaff in the reeds Sherpa Marsh
Chiffchaff in the reeds Sherpa Marsh

Posted March 6th, 2021 at 4:08 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Red Kite

A Lovely Red Kite10 AM on the old A361 between Swimbridge and Landkey flying North East.

Posted March 6th, 2021 at 3:25 pm by Phil Tonkins in Bird News

Hope's Nose

Up to 11.30

Red-throated Diver east of the point.  Also a Great Northern Diver, Purple Sandpiper, Razorbill and Great Crested Grebe nearby.  3 species of raptor.  

2 Harbour Porpoises and a Grey Seal.  

Posted March 6th, 2021 at 2:31 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Wrafton

Hooray SAND MARTIN over the scrape early this morning. Could be the same one that Phil and Sue saw yesterday. 2 Chiffchaffs in the reserve, along with the now regular and very vocal Green Woodpecker and a drumming GS Woodpecker too. 2 Gadwall on the reserve pond, with calling Little Grebe.

Posted March 6th, 2021 at 1:54 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

This morning- 5 White-fronted Geese, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Sand Martins and the Marsh Harrier.

Posted March 6th, 2021 at 11:53 am by David Cope in Bird News

HMS Cambridge early a.m.

Male cirl bunting singing. Bar-tailed godwit, 1. High tide and several dog walkers. 

Posted March 6th, 2021 at 10:41 am by Richard Archer in Bird News

Friday 5th March 2021

Cattewater, Plymouth

The female Long-tailed Duck still in The Cattewater this morning, viewed from Mountbatten Sports Centre, more under than above the water as expected. Didn't spot any GND's though.


Posted March 5th, 2021 at 10:16 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Braunton Marshes & Braunton Great Field

The Whooper Swan showing very well on Braunton Marshes.

In the Willows on Braunton Great Field 2 vocal Chiffchaff which I think are behaving like new arrivals.



Posted March 5th, 2021 at 7:17 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Passage house, newton abbot

Song thrush

Posted March 5th, 2021 at 5:52 pm by Iain morland in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Little Ringed Plover, Peregrine, many Chiffchaff (inc 1 Tristis) were the highlights.

Posted March 5th, 2021 at 5:12 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Wheatear & Blk Redstarts Hopes Nose Torbay

One female Wheatear and two female Black Redstarts on the west facing cliff face ( above the cove ) at Hopes Nose, Torbay - 1530 this afternoon.

Posted March 5th, 2021 at 4:51 pm by Cliff Parrott in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Still 134 Redshanks around but Dunlin down to 60. Also, 2 Common Sandpipers, 6 Greenshanks, Turnstone, 2+ Snipe, 4 Goosanders (1 drake), 3 Red-breasted Mergansers (1 drake), 15+ Mandarin Ducks (9 drakes), Shag, Little Grebe, Fieldfare, c20 Redwings, Sparrowhawk, Raven, Siskin, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 10+ Stock Doves & 5 Roe Deer. 

Posted March 5th, 2021 at 4:26 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Harleston by Slapton

Here we go again:  1200 to 1330 hrs - 37 Common Buzzards moving NE into a NE wind force 4. Resident pair on constant patrol but almost all migrants much higher up. Birds only seem to move in a north-easterly. Also Sparrowhawk & 3 Raven.

Posted March 5th, 2021 at 4:11 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Greater Spotted Woodpeckers

Three GSW in the same area of Longtimber Woods, low down by the Drs surgery.

Posted March 5th, 2021 at 2:59 pm by Alan Fielding in Bird News

Wembury

Glaucous Gull still at Wembury this morning, resting on The Mewstone and scavenging behind passing fishing boats - same bird as 23/2/21 and 27/2/21 with primary feathers missing from both wing tips.

An adult Lesser Black-backed Gull, a 1st winter Mediterranean Gull and just a single Black-headed Gull amongst the Herring Gulls and Great Black-backed Gulls also present.

Black Redstart feeding on the seaweed along the beach with a Meadow Pipit, Rock Pipits and Pied Wagtails.

A Bar-tailed Godwit roosting at The Point with 4 Curlew and 25+Oystercatchers.

Glaucous Gull
Glaucous Gull
Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Posted March 5th, 2021 at 2:47 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Avon Dam

Snipe drumming at regular site below Avon Dam at 0600 this morning was the first I've heard this year. Of the eight roosting Goosanders on the reservoir, a pair flew out at 0625, the rest at 0650..

Posted March 5th, 2021 at 1:53 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News

south molton community woodlands

6+ smart redwings,  noisy flock of Siskins in treetops, at least 4 pairs chasing, could be a lot more.

Posted March 5th, 2021 at 12:51 pm by art symons in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

A strange start to spring passage. The strong southerlies in the last week of Feb brought an unusually early movement of 275 Meadow Pipits WNW on 25th, but since then numbers have been lower than normal during a series of very chilly mornings, though building up again to 41 today. Similarly a Chiffchaff back on territory on 28 Feb, but no new arrivals since. Otherwise there have been flurries of Stonechats, a trickle of Linnets, Siskins, both Grey & alba wagtails, and yesterday (4th) the season's first significant E-bound movement of 80 adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls – always a feature of March here – with another 25 today. Two Greylag Geese also heading E this morning were only my third-ever patch record!

Posted March 5th, 2021 at 12:03 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

First Sand Martin of the year Saunton

Local walk from Saunton Golf course end on the South west coast path this morning at 11:00 produced a very unexpected but welcome sighting of a Sand Martin. It flew above us twice, swooped and either took an insect, or water, from the butyl lined reservoir at the Club before flying generally east towards the Great Field. Our earliest sighting yet! Image is very distant cropped and silhouette but a record nonetheless. 

Sand Martin over Saunton Saunton Golf club
Sand Martin over Saunton Saunton Golf club

Posted March 5th, 2021 at 11:20 am by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Wembury Point Friday March 5 09:30

The Glaucous Gull still at Wembury Point. Seen distantly on the Mewstone, along with several Greater Black-backed Gulls, which proved useful for size comparison.

Posted March 5th, 2021 at 11:19 am by David Fieldsend in Bird News

Wembury

Yesterday at Wembury :Skylarks 12, Dunnocks 12, Goldfinches 5, Blue tits 3, Stonechats 10, Crows 30+, Buzzard i, Kestrel 1, Meadow Pipits 8, Rock Pipits 11,Pied Wagtails 7, Mallards 5, White Wagtail 1, Wrens 2, Shags 5 Cormorants 2, Curlew 1, Pheasants 6, Cirl Buntings 2, G.B.B. Gulls 2, Linnets 6, Greenfinches 2, Magpies 5, Chaffinches 2, Rooks 8, Bar tailed Godwit, Little Egrets 8, Oystercatchers 9, Canada Geese 2.

Dunnock
Dunnock
Bar-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit

Posted March 5th, 2021 at 9:53 am by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Sparrowhawk

Spotted from my kitchen window in Heavitree this morning. I had wondered where our regular gang of sparrows had disappeared to! 

Posted March 5th, 2021 at 8:20 am by Steve Manning in Bird News

Plympton

19 Siskin in the garden this morning. Chiffchaff singing from Newnham Meadows Nature Reserve. 

Posted March 5th, 2021 at 7:38 am by Chris E in Bird News

Thursday 4th March 2021

Chiffchaff

Heard my first Chiffchaff of Spring on Diddywell Road in Northam this afternoon, whilst on Exercise walk from home. Only 3 small snatches of song but unmistakeable and only glimpsed the bird in the treetops. Not very good weather for migrating.

Posted March 4th, 2021 at 9:33 pm by John (Stan) Coats in Bird News

Wrafton pond

Today between jobs I popped in to Wrafton pond, although it was a waste of my time. Just one: Pochard (m); Little Grebe, Gadwall (m) a small number of the usual.  Mange to spot a pair of Dippers in the stream that passes under the main Tarka path.

Dipper
Dipper

Posted March 4th, 2021 at 8:32 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Three Beaches Head, Torbay

In the bay: 1 Long-tailed Duck (fw drake), 13 Common Scoter, 22 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Red-throated Diver. 2 Great Northern Divers, 22 Great Crested Grebes, 2 ad s Mediterranean Gulls.

Posted March 4th, 2021 at 5:40 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Powderham Marshes

Female Marsh Harrier

Posted March 4th, 2021 at 12:56 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Lost camera bag Saltram

A camera bag was left in the bird hide at Blaxton Meadow, Saltram, this morning. If it's yours contact me through devonbirds and I will arrange to return it to you

Posted March 4th, 2021 at 12:28 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Wrafton area

Took a walk around Sherpa Marsh this morning. Pleased to find a Common Sandpiper on the grass by the Pill on a high tide. Finally also found a Reed Bunting! I also think I had a nano-second glimpse of a Cetti's Warbler in thick reed cover after it called.... So went up to the reserve, only to find, for the first time in many years that someone had locked the gate excluding my lock, so unable to get in! SWW not responding to telephone calls yet so still waiting...

Posted March 4th, 2021 at 11:32 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wednesday 3rd March 2021

Portworthy Dams, Lee Moor

On main mica dam large group of Mallards and Teal held a male Shoveler (scarce visitor here, my first, thanks to Chris E for the tip). Very distant shot, just to prove it was there.  On Phase 3 dam, three Tufted Duck still (also scarce here), from recent seven, plus a pair of Swans, a single Canada, 3 Mallards, 4 Coots and a Moorhen.

Shoveler record shot
Shoveler record shot
Tufted Duck
Tufted Duck

Posted March 3rd, 2021 at 11:48 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Countesswear - Starcross

Some miscellaneous observations from an ordinary day:

- on Matford Pond, 9 Tufted, I think the most I've seen here, and 20 Shoveler, but no Teal or Wigeon, a very abrupt departure;

- on Dawlish Road, c20 Rook nests, down from c75 last year. Perhaps the start of housebuilding around the hill behind is having an effect;

- in Lime Kiln Lane, c30 Redwings chattering, or chatting "Is it time to go?". As an aside one was singing near the crematorium on Sunday, only the second time I've heard this. Haven't seen a Fieldfare for 3/4 weeks;

- along the towpath, song from 4/5 Chiff-Chaffs and 8/10 Cetti's, but only one squeal from a Rail;

- on Exminster Marsh, a few Pintail, missing last week, plus 120+ each of Curlew, Godwit (c99:1 Black:Barred) and Shelduck, and 800+ Brents. Missed the White-fronts, and Barnacles if they are still there;

- in Powderham Park, the usual Stock Doves and Egyptian Geese, and 30 more Shelduck, but no Greenshank;

- in the estuary, 4 each of G-c Grebe and Merganser. Ratio would have been 0:30-40, 30-40 years ago.

Posted March 3rd, 2021 at 9:14 pm by James Camden in Bird News

River Mole Valley

Supplementary feeding continues but still plenty of seed available on the fodder radish.Todays sightings included 250 Linnet,300 Chaffinch.....2 of which showing severe scaly leg.....155 Stock Dove and on the river a pair of Goosander a Cormorant and several Mallard.2 sparring GSWs Treecreeper and Marsh Tit in the orchard.Meadow pipits and Starling in the kale field.Non avian included 4 Roe Deer and a Red Deer hind .

Posted March 3rd, 2021 at 7:16 pm by Brian Nicholas in Bird News

Wrafton

Took a walk to Wrafton Pond this evening and my attention was drawn to a distant grey Goose with Swans way out in the field to the south. Had to walk over to the reserve to get even this poor picture - sorry! It's a Grey-lag and not a repeat of the White-front seen a while ago. No Sand Martin either. 2 Chiffs in the reserve earlier on today.

Grey-lag Goose
Grey-lag Goose

Posted March 3rd, 2021 at 6:54 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

4 sand martin over lagoon at 5.20pm. Also 4 white-fronted geese still.

Posted March 3rd, 2021 at 6:19 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Plymouth Hoe and Sutton Harbour

The female Long-tailed Duck still in The Cattewater this afternoon with 2 Great Northern Divers as viewed from Duttons Cafe. 3 Red-breasted Merganser(1 male) flew down The Cattewater and out into The Sound. A Chiffchaff was quietly singing away as it chased insects in the trees by the National Marine Aquarium. A summer plumaged Little Grebe was on Sutton Harbour with 3 Canada Geese, 12 Mute Swans and 2 male Mallards,

Posted March 3rd, 2021 at 5:36 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A Reed Bunting was the most unusual sighting today; also, 15+ Stock Doves, c60 Redwings, Green & (2) Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 23 Mandarin Ducks (13 drakes), 3 Red-breasted Mergansers (1 drake), 4 Goosanders (1 drake), 7 Greenshanks, 20+ Turnstones, a summer-plumaged Shag, 3 Mediterranean Gulls (1 in virtually full summer-plumage) & 9 Roe Deer.

Posted March 3rd, 2021 at 5:05 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Central Exeter

5+ Sand Martin this morning over bottom of relief channel below Trews Weir and then just to north of the Incinerator. 12 Teal in relief channel. No sign of LT Duck. 

Posted March 3rd, 2021 at 3:23 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Torbay

Checking the beaches in the southern corner of Torbay produced:

Broadsands/Goodrington: 1 long-tailed Duck (fw drake), 16 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Divers, 1 Great Northern Diver, 12 Great Crested Grebes plus 2 Mediterranean Gulls (ad w moulting & fw).

Paignton/Preston: 1 Common Scoter, 2 Great Northern Divers, 12 Great Crested Grebes 1 Mediterranean Gull (ad s)

Posted March 3rd, 2021 at 2:33 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wrafton

4 drake Pochard on Wrafton Pond with only 2 Gadwall and 3 Wigeon - numbers dwindling as Spring progresses. Out on the scrape 3 Snipe and 2 Black-tailed Godwits. In the reserve 2 Chiffchaffs, feeding well, as if they are new in.... 3 Canada Geese 2 Gadwall and about 7 Mallard on the pond with the Little Grebe and Moorhens.

Posted March 3rd, 2021 at 1:13 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Chiffchaffs

5 singing individuals in almost as many days - one at Aylesbeare Common on 25th Feb, one at the River Otter at Ottery on 26th, one at Sowton village on 28th, one again at Ottery on 2nd March and another the same day at Rockbeare.

Posted March 3rd, 2021 at 10:16 am by Robin Pearson in Bird News

Tuesday 2nd March 2021

Penhill Marsh

On the Barnstaple end of Penhill Marsh just off Anchor Wood were a good number of Brent geese 50+ I believe. Just beyond those was a single Redshank, about 10 Curlew and Cormorant fishi

Brent Geese
Brent Geese
Redshank
Redshank

Posted March 2nd, 2021 at 11:17 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Bickington

In the field adjacent to the lane to Penhill were seven Cattle Egrets. My photo shows just two of them.


Posted March 2nd, 2021 at 11:10 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Madarins on the River Ply

Mandarins - 3 males and 2 females on River Ply at SX 517 577 and further up the river at SX 520 604 - 9 males & 3 females afternoon 2 March.  

Posted March 2nd, 2021 at 10:42 pm by John O'Connell-Davidson in Bird News

Blackawton 2/3/21

Single curlew high over, east towards the Dart at about 1700, calling frequently. (First in 11 yrs!)

Posted March 2nd, 2021 at 10:00 pm by Geoffrey Osborn in Bird News

Underwood, Plympton

Black Redstart still present. Also Blackcap singing.

Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Posted March 2nd, 2021 at 6:51 pm by Jason Smart in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Highlights:

4 x White-fronted Goose (2 fields down from RSPB car park (from Station Lane)); Ruff on lagoon; many Chiffchaff, 1 possible Siberian Chiffchaff; Peregrine; 1 female Kingfisher (Turf Hotel).

Posted March 2nd, 2021 at 4:38 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Wrafton etc

2 Black-tailed Godwits out on the scrape and one Spoonbill, which was showing off it's very smart headgear! 2 Gadwall on the reserve pond, plus both Little Grebes. One Chiffchaff - migrant or over winterer? Looked very fresh.

Posted March 2nd, 2021 at 4:02 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Highlights during a walk this morning were: 2 Treecreepers, 6 Stock Doves, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers (1 drake), 2 Goosanders (1 drake) & a Common Sandpiper.

Posted March 2nd, 2021 at 4:00 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Bideford , East the Water.

Greylag goose in the Southcott valley close to the flooded area holding various gull species including 3 Lesser Black backs.

Black Redstart , female  taking insects from below the weather vane on the Royal hotel , viewed from the old station platform.

Posted March 2nd, 2021 at 12:10 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Monday 1st March 2021

Tamerton Foliot & Lopwell

Thirteen Cattle Egrets with cows in Warleigh Estate, west of section of very muddy footpath in Horsham Lane. Yesterday during WeBS count at Lopwell Dam a Comma butterfly.

Posted March 1st, 2021 at 9:06 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Snipe-Bideford- 1145--01/03/21

While biking on Silford Rd. I flushed a Snipe out of the muddy road side.

Hard to tell who was most startled - bird or I ! 

2 days ago another Snipe at the edge of the the industrial complex at Daddon Prk/ building site behind Premiere Inn. 

Posted March 1st, 2021 at 7:51 pm by Abraham Cutajar in Bird News

Woodbury Common

Cold wind this afternoon with little showing .Few stonechat pairing up ,crossbills in pines up hill from 4 pines car park. 

Posted March 1st, 2021 at 7:10 pm by JOHN PHILLIPS in Bird News

Dart Totnes

Great Crested Grebe sewage works 16:30

Posted March 1st, 2021 at 6:24 pm by Denis Doy in Bird News

Queens Marsh Dartington

Pair of Little Grebe fishing happily, Egret and Heron

Posted March 1st, 2021 at 3:10 pm by Chris Watson in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A Bar-tailed Godwit on Blaxton Meadow on this morning's high tide, together with 130 Redshanks, 80 Dunlins, 7 Greenshanks, an adult-summer Mediterranean Gull & a Polish-ringed Black-headed Gull (awaiting details). Also around the site, 15 Mandarin Ducks (8 drakes), Red-crested Pochard (female), 3+ Goosanders (1 drake), 2 Red-breasted Mergansers (1 drake), Shag, Peregrine, 4+ Stock Doves, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Stonechat, 2 Grey Wagtails & 10 Roe deer.

Bar-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit

Posted March 1st, 2021 at 2:08 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

South Molton

garden tick: Yellowhammer. They seem very scarce here.

Posted March 1st, 2021 at 10:56 am by art symons in Bird News

South Molton Community woodland

Bullfinch singing; Redwing attempting song

Posted March 1st, 2021 at 10:51 am by art symons in Bird News

Dartmoor - and beyond

A synchronised roost count at dawn on 27 February resulted in a count of 55 Goosanders (including 18 ad males) on Dartmoor sites, slightly down on the 72 counted in December and well down on the 100 or so of a decade ago. The total comprised 29 at Venford, 8 at both Avon Dam and Upper Shaugh Lake, 7 at Fernworthy, 2 at Burrator, 1 at Meldon and none at Hennock. Elsewhere in Devon, there was incomplete coverage, with a max of 11 at Tamar Lakes and single figure counts from the Plym Est, Queens Marsh (Dartington), Shobrooke and Stover, and none at Blue Waters or on the Taw Est. Thanks to all who made the early start - a beautiful morning with or without Goosanders..

Posted March 1st, 2021 at 9:02 am by Peter Reay in Bird News

Exeter Trewsweir Long-tailed Duck

Female LTD present most days last week, and here again this morning. Diving to feed, and occasionally preening, in the area between the weir and the Port Royal Pub. 

Posted March 1st, 2021 at 8:18 am by Mike Booth in Bird News

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