Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from April 2014

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Wednesday 30th April 2014

Northam Burrows

Collared Pratincole still present (thanks to Maurice for pointing us in the right direction!) and apparently very settled at 09.30, running about and feeding well on the short turf, eating grubs or caterpillars and a huge earthworm, also stretching up to snap at flying insects, but didn't take to the wing while we were there. Lots of other things to see, including a 1st-summer Iceland Gull and at least 12 White Wagtails.

Posted April 30th, 2014 at 12:52 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Sherpa/Velator/Wrafton Pond

Started at Wrafton Pond with camera, but no sign of the Garganey. Noticed that the female Swan was off her nest with the male. On closer inspection she was trailing 6 cygnets!! This seems extremely early to me?

Sherpa was busier with Reed and Sedge Warblers, and Swallow, House Martin and Sand Martin all present along with 3 Swifts. Also drake Garganey which promptly flew back to Wrafton Pond. So did I and have a better picture, which I'll have a fight with later.

Not much in the reserve - very juvenile Blackbird.

 

Posted April 30th, 2014 at 11:31 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Northam Burrows. 07:00 - 09:00.

08:05 - 08:25.

Pratincole relocated on Fairway no.9, approx 100yrds south of the wooden shed..It was taking very little notice of dog walkers or their dogs.

 Also 18 Wheatear; 6 White Wagtail; 4 Stonechat; 4 Sedge Warbler; 1 Grasshopper Warbler and numerous Swallows, Sand Martins and House Martins feeding over the Tip Pond.

10 Shelduck; 5 Whimbrel and 9 Dunlin on the Skern.

Posted April 30th, 2014 at 9:37 am by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Lundy 29th April plus other recent news

The latest news from Richard Campey is that an overcast and windless morning on 29th brought with it a fresh arrival of migrants, including a Black Redstart, a Yellow Wagtail, at least two Tree Pipits, a male Reed Bunting at Brambles, and a reeling Grasshopper Warbler and about 30 Willow Warblers and 10 Chiffchaffs in Millcombe, which was "alive with singing Sedge Warblers" – at least 13 counted in the space of a few minutes! Also present were 3 Whimbrels and two Curlews in the Tillage Field.

Recent highlights from the logbook include:

 14th April 2nd-summer Hen Harrier and two Merlins

16th April female Bullfinch trapped St John's Valley (a rare bird for the island)

17th April Reed Warbler trapped St John's Valley (a very early date for Lundy)

18th April Turtle Dove campsite, two Storm Petrels off North Light, and Coal Tit in Millcombe

21st April Cuckoo – calling at the Cheeses on the West Side (Neil Trout)

23rd April 2 Shelducks at the Rocket Pole (Neil Trout)

Posted April 30th, 2014 at 12:12 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Tuesday 29th April 2014

Pratincole

Finally managed a few better shots tonight

Collared Pratincole
Collared Pratincole

Posted April 29th, 2014 at 9:02 pm by Steve Hatch in Bird News

Beaver in the River Otter

Thanks to Chris Weston for his post last evening and for Dave from East Budleigh for tonight's information, great views of the Beaver on the River Otter at 7.45pm


Posted April 29th, 2014 at 8:50 pm by richard allen in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

A walk around the southern part this evening coincided with high water. Over 80 shelduck roosting with 4 gadwall, 2 tufted duck and numerous mallard with at least 6 broods of ducklings. No sign of the pair of garganey present this morning at 8.30. A small flock of noisy whimbrel (21) flew onto the estuary and then returned to settle in the centre of the marsh. Elsewhere there were one wheatear, a single swift and a hobby all to the north of Station Road.

Posted April 29th, 2014 at 8:37 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Wrafton pond

Is where the Garganey has moved to this evening. CLose up and no camera......

Only a few Swallows and Sand Martins over Sherpa Marsh.

Posted April 29th, 2014 at 7:59 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

chicks hatched

I have set up a nest box with camera at the school I work at and this year as last, Great Tits have nested but this year they are a full week ahead of last year with 4 out of the 9 eggs hatching today. In fact this has been the earlest nest in this box for the past 5years with Blue Tits in before.

Is this unusual or normal for this year?

Posted April 29th, 2014 at 7:04 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Velator

A Swift over the reserve this morning, and a Wheatear on the mud by the puddle near the tarka trail.

A couple of days ago I went out for an early walk and the large bird wandering around on the mud was a Buzzard!

Posted April 29th, 2014 at 5:23 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

English Channel off S Devon

Sightings from angling boat Dartangler 33nm SSE of Start Point, yesterday (28th April). 3 European Storm-petrels, 20 'commic' Terns (one flock heading up channel), around 15 Great Skuas heading up channel and stopping off to chase gulls attending the boat, which were mostly Lesser Black-backed (60) with a few Great Black-backs (8), Herring (6) and Kittiwakes (4). Around 40 Fulmars included one smart dark phase, also 10+ Gannets one of which gave very close views! One bull Grey Seal was also out in the middle of the channel!

Fulmar (dark phase)Fulmar (dark phase)Fulmar (light phase)Great SkuaGannetKittiwake

Posted April 29th, 2014 at 10:57 am by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Berry Hd

A small fall of birds this morning: 1 Redstart, 3 Wheatear, 7 Willow Warblers, 4 Whitethroat. Moving over >N/NE 6 Yellow Wagtails (including one with a very buzzy call but too high to see properly), 17 Swallow, 2 Meadow Pipits, 3 Little Egret and 1 Rook. at Sea > S 6 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Red-throated Diver. Also 3 Great Northern Divers on sea calling to each other and 3-4 Harbour Porpoise. 

Fulmars Berry Hd 29 April 2014 ML

Fulmars sat calling just below seawatching point.

Posted April 29th, 2014 at 10:44 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 28th April 2014

Collared Pratincole

The Collared Pratincole returned to Northam Burrows for a while this afternoon before once again heading back towards Braunton Burrows later on! It showed well albeit at quite a distance but a nice bird to add to my Devon Species list! 


Posted April 28th, 2014 at 10:04 pm by Rob Cross in Bird News

Lundy 26–28 April

Migrants over the last couple of days have included Great Northern Diver (in the Landing Bay), Merlin, Dunlin, Golden Plover, Whimbrel, White Wagtail, Common Whitethroat, 30 Willow Warblers and – unusually for Lundy – a Jackdaw. Reported by Richard Campey.

Posted April 28th, 2014 at 9:43 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

River Otter and South Farm

A wander around the clifftop fields above South Farm this afternoon produced at least 7 Wheatears and a Whinchat. On the Scrape this evening was a late drake Wigeon - Yesterday evening there were 4 Whimbrel and a Dunlin.

However, best of all today was a Beaver on the River Otter late this evening just north of White Bridge!

Beaver on River Otter by Chris Townend

Posted April 28th, 2014 at 9:08 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Skern

A visit Skern/Northam burrows produced 2 yellow wags 10 whimbrel loads of wheatears linnets and skylarks.

No sign of the Collared pratincole it had flown minutes before I arrived

One of ten Whimbrel
One of ten Whimbrel

Posted April 28th, 2014 at 8:57 pm by Steve Hatch in Bird News

Torbay

Looking from Roundham Head, Paignton there were 7 Great Northern Divers - 1 full summer plumaged bird (probably straight out from Paignton pier) , 2 moulting into summer plumage and 4 presumed 1st summer plumage as no sign of any breeding moult (but could have been late winter plumage) Also 2 Common Scoter. 

Posted April 28th, 2014 at 7:58 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

28th April - Whimbrels at Ilfracombe

Surprised to see a couple of Whimbrels with the Oystercatchers & gulls on the rocks off The Capstone at Ilfracombe this afternoon. They flew off before I could get a photo of them both.


Posted April 28th, 2014 at 7:55 pm by Chris Bollen in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

A nice surprise after walking around the marsh and bumping into Dave Stone who put me onto a distant HONEY BUZZARD viewed heading off east over Topsham, top man, only takes one bird to brighten up your day!

Also on the marsh 2 Hobby, 2 Whimbrel, lots of Hirundines moving through.

Posted April 28th, 2014 at 4:11 pm by Kevin Bainbridge in Bird News

Beer Head

Fairly quiet up Beer Head this morning, with singles of Tree Pipit and Yellow Wagtail over. On the land a trickle of Willow Warblers and a Wheatear.

Posted April 28th, 2014 at 3:49 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Honey Buzzard

Thanks to a phonecall from Dave Hopkins, and text from Dave Stone for the following news:

Honey Buzzard over Exminster Marshes just proir to 13:30. Last seen flying east towards Topsham.

Posted April 28th, 2014 at 3:40 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

meldon okehampton

walked around meldon woods this morning and counted 8 pied flycatchers, three females and 5 males.  the first two males were seen on good friday, this is the most i've seen in the woods. also a treecreeper nest building.

Posted April 28th, 2014 at 2:19 pm by Roger Jewell in Bird News

COLLARED PRATINCOLE

1115hrs The Collard pratincole flew in to Northam burrows from Braunton burrows area and showed well for about 20 mins. The bird was put up by birders and people taking photos who got to close, It was watched flying back toBraunton. Also on the menu 2 Yellow wags 4 White wags lots of wheatear a Sparrowhawk and at least 7 Whimbrel on the Skern.

Posted April 28th, 2014 at 1:56 pm in Bird News

Yarner 27th April

Some nice birds in between the heavy showers! Best 3 camera shy Redstarts (2M 1F), a Pied Flycatcher & a more obliging Wood Warbler. On the heath section - Yellowhammer, Linnet, Stonechat & a single Meadow Pipit.

Wood Warbler
Wood Warbler

Posted April 28th, 2014 at 12:01 am by Paul Treen in Bird News

Sunday 27th April 2014

Bovey Heathfield 26-27th April

Main area - Stonechat, Yellowhammer, Siskin & Linnet 

Area behind King Charles Business Pk - Whitethroat, Blackcap, Jay, Willow Warbler, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Green & GS Woodpecker and both species of Thrush 

Whitethroat
Whitethroat

Yellowhammer
Yellowhammer

Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler

Posted April 27th, 2014 at 11:53 pm by Paul Treen in Bird News

Northam Burrows

Click on photo for link through to video of Collared Pratincole: 

Posted April 27th, 2014 at 8:49 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

12.00-14.10

Lesser Whitethroat very vocal and showed well despite being mobile along the hedgerow next to the railway line leading away from the RSPB car park.  Reed, Sedge and Cetti's Warblers also present. Lots of Swallows over the central marsh together with a handful of Sand Martins and House Martins. 4 Swifts also generally moving west.  Good views of a Hobby overhead and later, a Stock Dove flying north. 20+ Shelducks.

Posted April 27th, 2014 at 8:38 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Northam burows

A lot of Wheatears and the Collared Pratincole today. The Pratincole was last seen flying over the river at about 6pm heading towards Braunton burrows

A bit distant still but great too see
A bit distant still but great too see

Wheatears showing well
Wheatears showing well

Posted April 27th, 2014 at 7:05 pm by steve Hatch in Bird News

Velator

Late Afternoon drake Garganey still present came about 15-18m away from the board walk. Loads of Sand martins and Swallows, outside of the boardwalk I saw 1 blackcap.

Posted April 27th, 2014 at 4:58 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in Bird News

Wembury Point and Langdon Beach

Walked to the point at around 1pm, the first Whitethroats have arrived performing territorial displays near footpath,20+Linnet and 5+ Willow Warbler in the same area.On beach 100+Swallow and on the rocks the first Whimbrels have arrived. Heard before seen and flying around in groups of 3,in total 10-15 seen. Out to sea at least 5 Sandwich Tern.


Posted April 27th, 2014 at 3:44 pm by Matt Clark in Bird News

Collared Pratincole

Great morning at Northam Burrows, Iceland gull on the Mud at 8.00am, 4 Yellow wagtails, 2 Swifts, 20+ Wheatears, Sedge warbler and the beautiful Collared Pratincole.

Photo by Tom Gale
Photo by Tom Gale

Posted April 27th, 2014 at 2:22 pm by John and Tom Gale in Bird News

Northam Burrows, late morning

Collared Pratincole still present when i left it around 11:00, with a load of nice Wheatears, i'm guessing at the same place Maurice saw it between greens 9 and 10. Cracking bird, thanks to the finders. Also a steady passage of Swallows and saw my first Swift of the year.

Posted April 27th, 2014 at 2:10 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Northam Burrows. 06:30 - 08:30

Around the tip pond - 2 Yellow Wagtail; 1 Common Sandpiper; 11 White Wagtail and 8 Shelduck.

A search around the area of Green No.9 revealed 24 Wheatear; 3 Whimbrel overhead; 3 Sedge Warbler; 4 Stonechat (2 pair) and 2 Common Whitethroat. Also spotted while searching with a scope, was a Gannet offshore.

No sign of the Collared Pratincole until 07:23 when a dog walker put it up from somewhere between Greens 9 and 10. It flew quite low towards the tip pond but by 08:30 it was not relocated. Quite a few other birders arrived and resumed the search as I left.

Posted April 27th, 2014 at 9:19 am by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh

An early walk around the ponds was rewarded with great views of the drake Garganey. More Swallows and Sand Martins around too.

Posted April 27th, 2014 at 7:56 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Saturday 26th April 2014

Malta..........massacre on migration

Apologies for this not being a post on sightings but i feel as many people as possible should be aware of the great effort TV presenter Chris Packham is making, off his own back and i beleive at his own expense ( and no little risk ) to highlight the problems in Malta with the utterly pointless, unnessecary and illegal shooting of migrant and resident birds on Malta.  If any of you are not aware of Chris's efforts over the past few days please take a few minutes to check the link below

http://chrispackham.co.uk

Posted April 26th, 2014 at 9:13 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Plymouth

Seawatching this morning just on the Cornish side of the county border but 7 Sandwich Terns in the Sound (from Mount Batten) later this afternoon.

Posted April 26th, 2014 at 8:37 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Skern

COLLARED PRATINCOLE still 7.45pm NE of Westward Ho! at Northam Burrows Ctry Park at The Skern on golf course near 9th hole, with 20+ Wheatear

Posted April 26th, 2014 at 8:34 pm in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 15:25 till 18:00

a very wet and windy afternoon, an arctic tern came in just after I got to the hide but only stayed briefley before going back to the estuary, a 1st summer Mediterranean gull , 42+ common gulls, 35+ whimbrel, 18+ bar tailed godwits with 2 in full summer plumage, 195+ black tailed godwits, 1 dunlin, 21+ greenshanks, 2 oystercatchers, a fly through hobby, several small groups of swallows and sand martins, 2 reed warblers, 1 reed bunting, 2 tufted duck and still 7+ wigeon. On the walk up the lane a male sparrowhawk. 

Posted April 26th, 2014 at 8:32 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

skern

2 yellow wagtails,5 white around tip pool,16:40-17:00.7 whimbrel on skern.

Posted April 26th, 2014 at 7:29 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Hopes Nose

A fantastic seawatch this afternoon from 3.30pm-5pm. 795 Manx Shearwaters south in flocks of up to 70 and constantly in view for the entire seawatch. Also 2 Bonxies south at 3.45pm and 4.05pm, 1 Arctic Tern at 4.35pm, 1 Common Tern lingering off point for 20 minutes, 3 Sandwich Terns and 9 Whimbrel close in over rocks.

Posted April 26th, 2014 at 7:17 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Teignmouth

Seawatching 10:00 - 15:15. Everything south.

202+ Manx Shearwaters, 2 Great Skuas, 1 skua sp., 7 Arctic Terns, 1 Common Tern, 8 'commic' terns, 1 Great Northern Diver, 36 Fulmar, 57 auk sp., c43 Sandwich Terns, c94 Whimbrel, 38 Kittiwakes, 1 Great Crested Grebe.

Posted April 26th, 2014 at 5:18 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Bird News

Berry Hd

Seawatching this morning produced the following >S: 3 Puffins, 100+ Manx Shearwaters, 25 Sandwich Terns, still good numbers of Razorbills (98 >S) among the local Guillemots and 7-8 Harbour Porpoise offshore with 1 Grey Seal there too.

Posted April 26th, 2014 at 3:44 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Bishopsteignton

10-00am 25th ring-necked parakeet on west of village

Posted April 26th, 2014 at 9:19 am by Keith McGinn in Bird News

Lundy – update for Friday 25th

In addition to the Marsh Harrier mentioned in a previous post, Richard Campey also had a male Hen Harrier drifting NW, late afternoon, during an excellent day for migrants, which included:

Northern Wheatear 60, Common Redstart 2 (m & f), Yellow Wagtail 2, Grasshopper Warbler 1, Common Whitethroat 11, Sedge Warbler 5, Wood Warbler 1. Also lots of Willow Warblers & Chiffchaffs about (combined total of c. 200) and 500+ Swallows. The ringers caught a Sedge Warbler that had been ringed in France.

Posted April 26th, 2014 at 9:14 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Friday 25th April 2014

Tip pool northam burrows

10 white wagtails,5 pied,9 wheatear,single whitethroat naerby in scrub.Yellow wag heard but not located.Pretty poor for time of year.Perhaps there all being shot in malta!!!!!.

Posted April 25th, 2014 at 10:03 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Soar

Did the Warren- East Soar cicuit in glorious weather today. Predictably quiet birdwise. Just a single Whinchat on the warren. Unusually a Mistle Thrush up on Bolt Head collecting a beak full of worms, later seen flying off in direction of Tor Wood.

Posted April 25th, 2014 at 8:31 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Exminster and Passage House Inn

Visited Exminster with Bill Macdonald, the Hobby was in view  several times early afternoon and during drizzle a Swift flew through with several dozen mixed hirundines. A Wheatear was feeding in the middle of the marsh. After a relatively uneventful visit to Bowling Green we checked the Teign at Passage House , where a Little Ringed Plover and 2 Common Sandpipers were feeding on the central mudbank about 6pm.  

Posted April 25th, 2014 at 7:42 pm in Bird News

Fingle Woods,Dartmoor

Wood Warbler, Garden Warbler, Cuckoo & Tree Pipit all in song. Grey Wagtails feeding young!

Posted April 25th, 2014 at 4:05 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Shipley Bridge - Avon Dam (South Dartmoor)

12 members of DB (East Devon Branch) explored this beautiful valley before hail and rain stopped play around mid-day.  Total of 27 species found including 4+ Tree Pipit, Mistle Thrush, Grey Wagtail, Yellow Hammer, Dipper, Raven, Buzzard, 2 Gt Black Backed Gulls and a male Whinchat.

Posted April 25th, 2014 at 3:48 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Hartland Point and Shipload Bay

Warm, bright sunny conditions - a joyous place to be.

2 Buzzards, 70+ Swallows, 2 Whitethroats, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (near the Point), 1 Garden Warbler, 5 Chiffchaffs, 9 Willow Warblers, 10+ Blackcaps, 2 Ravens, Dunnocks, Robins etc..

Harvey Kendall

Posted April 25th, 2014 at 3:18 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Lesser Whitethroat (or maybe 2?) singing and showing well along the railway line this lunchtime. Also a Whitethroat nearby and a Hobby hunting insects over the marshes.

Posted April 25th, 2014 at 2:12 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Berry Hd & Clennon Valley

Just about no migrants at Berry Head this morning; except for 7 Swallows and 1 Yellow Wagtail >N. 2 Whitethroat, as well as several Chiffchaff and Blackcaps on territory.

Clennon Valley: the Ring-necked Parakeet was still present but I only heard it - in trees next to astro turf pitch. Also 2 Little Egrets, 1 Reed Warbler (first of year on site) and 3 House Martins.

Posted April 25th, 2014 at 1:30 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Lundy

Richard Campey reports a male Marsh Harrier drifting north over the Rocket Pole this morning. Yesterday's birds included Grasshopper Warbler, four Golden Plovers and a Sparrowhawk.

Posted April 25th, 2014 at 11:35 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Culm Davy

Cuckoo heard in the woods again this year, so hopefully hanging on.

Posted April 25th, 2014 at 10:42 am by Ian Seward in Bird News

Thursday 24th April 2014

Exminster marsh

Lesser Whitethroat still present along from rspb car park, also came across a stunning male grass snake beside the viewing platform.




Posted April 24th, 2014 at 10:45 pm by Mark Dyer in Bird News

Ring-necked Parakeet- Clennon Valley

The Ring-necked Parakeet still this evening in trees between the back of the leisure centre and the Astro Turf football pitch at 7pm. Picked up calling loudly at the top of a tree and watched for 10 minutes before being mobbed by a Crow, it flew around the leisure centre but couldn't be relocated up until 8pm.

Posted April 24th, 2014 at 10:10 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Clennon Valley

A resident of Brantwood Drive gave me a ring to tell me a parrot was in the garden  - a quick dash down the road saw me looking at a male Ring-necked Parakeet  -presumably the same bird I had seen at Berry Hd over a week ago?!

Posted April 24th, 2014 at 9:18 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Prawle, Torcross, Strete, Dawlish Warren

Prawle 06.30 1 whitethroat, 1 willow warbler, 4 chiffchaffs, 3 blackcaps.

Torcross 09.00 3 wheatear on beach, 1 sedge warbler singing by tank, 1 great northern diver on sea. 3 swallows.

Strete woodland walk 10.00 1 blackcap, 1 garden warbler, 1 nuthatch, 1 swallow

Dawlish Warren 14.00 - 16.00 23 whimbrel, 1 grey plover, 1 sanderling, 7 ringed plover, 4 dunlin 1 wheatear, 2 db Brent geese, 2 swallow, all from hide; 1 whitethroat, 1 backcap.

Sad to see strange behaviour of black swan in the middle of Dawlish town, sitting on a nest. She got up at one point and began turning the "eggs" she was sitting on, but they were all just big flat pebbles. How disturbed is that?

Jeff Butcher  

Posted April 24th, 2014 at 9:17 pm by Jeff Butcher in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

A recently ploughed and tilled meadow is proving attractive for Wheatears - a total of 14 (8m, 6f) this afternoon with at least 2 birds arriving from the south whilst i watched. A male Whitethroat on territory, a male Yellowhammer and a double figure total Pied Wagtails were, with just one exception, spendid males.

Posted April 24th, 2014 at 8:46 pm in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

A short visit from 15:00 till 16:20 watched from the hide.

21 whimbrel with a further 15+ flew north, 4 dunlin, 100+ black tailed godwits, 1 pochard , 3 gadwall( 2m, 1f) , 27+ common gull, 2 willow warblers, 1 reed bunting, 3 reed warblers, 12+ little egrets. 

on walk around to the goat walk had a group of 70+ whimbrel fly over heading towards exminster marsh 

Posted April 24th, 2014 at 8:03 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

Murky start giving way to a pleasant sunny day with a light S-SE breeze. Watched the bay from 09:30-15:40. All birds flying E-SE unless stated.

75 Manx Shearwater, 15 Common Scoter, prob 2nd calender year Glaucous Gull flew east at 10:10 and joined other gulls following the plough adjacent to South Huish marsh, 3 Sandwich Terns, Arctic Skua ( pale phase ), 51 Whimbrel ( all in off sea, some headed for Yarner beach ) and a Sanderling on the beach.

 

Posted April 24th, 2014 at 7:24 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Cuckoo at Burrator

A cuckoo was calling at Down, Burrator Reservoir, Dartmoor today.

Posted April 24th, 2014 at 5:17 pm by Paul Rendell in Bird News

Berry Head Quarry

Fished this morning and on the way down 1 wheatear on the gravel park. By the time I finished 12:45 there were 5 all in prime condition. The copse at the back was very ,very quiet

Posted April 24th, 2014 at 4:39 pm by Tim Clyburn in Bird News

A mornings walk through MEETH

1 Tawny owlet, 3 Robins, 1 Backcap, 2 Buzzards, 1 Grey Wagtail, 6 male Blackbirds, 1 Whitethroat, 5 Canada, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 1 Pied Wagtail.

Posted April 24th, 2014 at 2:49 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Mansands

This morning a Wood Warbler was singing in the pines just down the lane from the carpark, the Lesser Whitethroat was still singing by the marsh. Plenty of Whitethroats around and afew Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs. Both pairs of Coots have chicks now and a pair of Tufted Ducks weren't having much fun with the Coots chasing them off everywhere, also a pair of Gadwalls were on the pool below the hide.

Posted April 24th, 2014 at 2:36 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Bird News

Sherpa/Velator

Whilst ringing in the reserve this  morning, I saw a succession of birders heading down to Sherpa Marsh, so when I packed up I wandered down to see what they were all looking at/for. Sue Bruce was looking for Reed Warblers, but the other three were lying down waiting for the Garganey to show. I'd just walked past it! They went back to see it, while I went further on and put up a Little Ringed Plover!

Went back to them and they then returned to see that too!

Earlier I had seen a single Swift over the fields south of the reserve.

Posted April 24th, 2014 at 1:00 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Beer Head

Quiet up Beer Head this morning, with singles of Redstart, Yellow Wagtail and Wheatear, and a handful of Willow Warblers seen whilst I was ringing.

Posted April 24th, 2014 at 11:40 am by Steve Waite in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh pond.

08:05

Drake Garganey still present.

Posted April 24th, 2014 at 11:19 am by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Berry Head

Early morning on the headland: 2 Wheatear, calling Lesser Whitethroat (in main scrub near the trig point), Willow Warbler and 2 Common Whitethroat.

Posted April 24th, 2014 at 8:10 am by Bill Macdonald in Bird News

Wednesday 23rd April 2014

ex51ql

I have had a parakeet coming to my garden every day for several weeks, it is very tame, it comes onto my bird feeders somtimes twice a day i have taken down my bird feeders now ,as i am sure that it is frightening the small birds away from my garden wit its screeching,  i had one in my garden last year as well, I live on the cat and fiddle park at clyst st mary,

Posted April 23rd, 2014 at 10:53 pm by walter smith in Bird News

sherpa marsh

Drake Garganey and Gadwall still present late this evening.

Posted April 23rd, 2014 at 9:26 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Still hard going - just 5 Wheatears (2m, 3f) and a brief glimpse of a warbler disappearing into scrub was just possibly a returning Whitethroat. 21 Stock Doves was a good count but nothing else to report.

Posted April 23rd, 2014 at 7:33 pm in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh - rain almost stopped play

With no news of the pratincole decided as it was sunny a quick visit after work to Sherpa to see if the garganey was still present was needed. On arrival the clouds were heavy and rain was starting so leaving the camera alone walked quickly to the shelter of the barn. When the rain eased I walked on to the main pond to hear and see the many reed warblers, sand martins with a few swallows but no house martins. Two male "flavissima" wagtails were present and all the ducks seemed to be mallards. A walk to the far side and the rain bucketing down gave me views of a drake garganey. Glad I went now.

P.S. Meant to post tree pipit displaying at entrance to Yarner Woods on Friday (see JC's photo on gallery).

Posted April 23rd, 2014 at 7:21 pm by Andrew Lansdell in Bird News

Berry Hd

Seawatch 0615-0745hrs: 1 Great Skua, 2 Puffin, 53 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Sandwich Tern, 61 Kittiwake, 400+ Guillemots (heading toward colony) but also good number of Razorbills 47, 1 Yellow Wagtail & 3 Swallows. 

Lesser Whitethroat warbling song at Mansands click on picture to link to video:

Posted April 23rd, 2014 at 6:16 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Dartmoor Cuckoo

I heard two, possibly three cuckoos on north Dartmoor above Belstone this afternoon. I tracked this one down to a lone thorn tree on the open moor (I have logged it on the cuckoo interactive map).


Posted April 23rd, 2014 at 4:35 pm by Mike Jones in Bird News

Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Northam Burrows

2 visits today ! 5.50am-9.50am and 1.25pm-2.45pm

At first light, there was a Common Sandpiper and 4 Dunlin on the pool at the Skern and during the morning there were 2-3 Grasshopper Warblers reeling to the south of the pool, 3 Sedge Warblers, 3 Whitethroats, a steady passage of Swallows and c6 Wheatear but no sign of the Collared Pratincole.

As detailed below, the Collared Pratincole re-appeared for about 20 minutes around midday and then luckily re-appeared again on the golf course, on the far side of the pool from c1.55pm until it flew up high at 2.20pm calling as it went overhead, and flew high upriver towards Instow where it was lost to view.. Also this afternoon, a Whimbrel, Bar-Tailed Godwit, Ringed Plover and 2 Dunlin on the pool, c6 Wheatear still and a Grasshopper Warbler still reeling and showing on and off.

Posted April 22nd, 2014 at 8:28 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Lesser Whitethroat showing and singing well by railway path this morning.


Posted April 22nd, 2014 at 7:03 pm by Mark Dyer in Bird News

Pratincole

I have consulted the pictures with my book and I think that it is a Collared Pratincole because instead of its upperparts being one solid colour like the Black-winged, it had a darker tail than the rest of its body and also it had more orange at the start of the beak than a Black-winged.

Posted April 22nd, 2014 at 5:28 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in Bird News

Beer Head

Another great morning up Beer Head today. Bushes seemed quiet, but my mist nets proved otherwise with 35 Willow Warblers, 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps and 2 Redstarts (fems) trapped and ringed.

A third fem Redstart was seen by my Dad, and I heard singles of Grasshopper Warbler, Ringed Plover and Dunlin (the later two fly overs) whilst ringing. Also a pretty heavy passage of (mostly) Swallows got going from mid morning.  

Like other migration sites in the UK, many of the Willow Warblers passing through now are cold-toned more northerly breeding birds...

Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler

Posted April 22nd, 2014 at 4:31 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Yarner Wood

Mid morning visit to Yarner, started with a pair of Grey Wagtails showing well in front of the cottages as you arrive at Yarner. Hen Sparrow Hawk soaring high above the car park, drake Mandarin on the pond, Nuthatch using the lower pond feeders, a walk round the woodland above the car park revealed Blue and Great Tits in large numbers, one Coal Tit, Long tailed Tit, Wren, pair of Bullfinch. Raven calling.

Greater Spotted Woodpecker(s) heard drumming and calling.

Highlight thanks to a visiting birder who sent us in the right direction was a male Pied Flycatcher that was showing well and singing in a very defined area to which it kept returning, second bird could be heard calling but only one bird on view at any one time.

Feeders have been taken down from the top hide but are still in use at the pond hide.

Posted April 22nd, 2014 at 3:49 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Pratincole sp - Northam Burrows

Apologies for the poor quality photos but dense grey thundery cloud cover with low light levels & raindrops (but not heavy rain) while digiscoping.

The bird did not show from 06.00 to 11.15. But later it flew in & we were able to observe it on the ground & in flight for approx 30 mins. It spent most of the time hawking insects over the seasonal Mere.

The light was very difficult while under observation & we had great difficulty seeing any white trailing edge to the wing & I cannot see the tail extending beyond the primary tips in any of my photographs so undecided whether Collared or Black winged.



Posted April 22nd, 2014 at 3:22 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime in the hide until about 1.50 today. 7+ Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Oystercatchers and 2 Bar-tailed Godwit in amongst the Black-taileds. 3+ House Martins and a 1st year Mediterranean Gull along with a few Common Gulls.

Posted April 22nd, 2014 at 2:12 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Berry Head

Early morning, Yellowhammer far end of the headland and Yellow Wagtail which landed briefly. 11 Swallow, 3 House Martin, Tree Pipit again briefly in trees north of the cattle trough. 3 Willow Warbler, 2 assumed migrant Chiffchaff and 4 Whitethroat. Singing Sedge Warbler in scrub in the centre of the southern fort showing on and off.

Posted April 22nd, 2014 at 8:57 am by Bill Macdonald in Bird News

Monday 21st April 2014

Collared Pratincole

Further to Jon's previous post. Bird fairly extensive red on bill, primaries/wing tip equal tho on occasions tail appearing slightly longer. Upper parts fairly uniform. Wanted to see underwing for trailing edge but while changing eyepiece to do so bird had taken off without anyone seeing so, typical. If awake early enough in morning will check to see if still around.

Posted April 21st, 2014 at 11:27 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Extreme NE Devon, east of Foreland Point

A 10km circular walk taking in part of the SW Coast Path near County Gate brought 8 singing Common Redstarts, 4 singing Wood Warblers, a skulking Grasshopper Warbler above Glenthorne, a migrating Red Kite (which we reckoned to be an immature) heading E, and – unusually for this stretch of precipitous coastline – two Shelducks offshore. Also an abundance of Blackcaps (probably 50+ singing birds, let alone the others only calling or glimpsed), smaller numbers of Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs and one Common Whitethroat. Small flocks of Swallows and House Martins heading into the easterly wind along the clifftops, flying just above similar-sized groups of migrating Lesser Black-backed Gulls also passing up-channel.

Posted April 21st, 2014 at 11:12 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Mansands

Afternoon visit gave a single Whitethroat at the cottages and plenty of Blackcaps in the lane going down. The "ley" is now deep enough to support a pair of Tufted Duck in very fine condition

Posted April 21st, 2014 at 10:46 pm by Tim Clyburn in Bird News

Skern

Re earlier post from Steve - I was one of the locals alerted!

Walked all around the pond and inspected both the islands twice before Martin Elliot called us over to look over the Skern. And there it was: COLLARED PRATINCOLE. Pretty much a twitch by N Devon standards, at least 7 people saw it, and it was still there and seemingly settled when I left at 20.30.

Posted April 21st, 2014 at 9:04 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

 

A short walk down Station Road this evening to the canal. On the fields north of the S bend were 7 Wheatears and two Skylark. A few Whimbrel flew over calling. Elsewhere a noticeable increase in singing Whitethroats, with 3 on the canal bank alone. 100’s of Sand Martins, a few Swallows and even fewer House Martins over the pools.

Posted April 21st, 2014 at 8:06 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Warren House Inn/Challacombe area

One male Whinchat was singing away on the slope down from Headland Warren on quite a cold morning. Green Woodpecker was calling from Sousson and i wonder what it has made of the sculpting the woodland has recieved this winter.

2 Redstart were singing at Challacome with 8 Willow Warbler throughout the valley.Several Wheatear were seen carrying nesting material into nest sites.

Posted April 21st, 2014 at 8:04 pm by Nik Ward in Bird News

Middleworth plantation, Burrator reservoir.

This lunchtime between 1210-1420 :

4 Swallow, 3 Willow Warblers, 1 male Redstart, several distant Mistle Thrushes and ChiffChaffs, under an overcast sky.

Posted April 21st, 2014 at 7:57 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

skern

2 sandwich terns,7 wheatear,spotted redshank flew over calling but unfourtunately didn't land,10:20am.

Posted April 21st, 2014 at 7:51 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Prawle

Staying at Prawle coastguard cottages.

5 wheatears

3 backcaps, 1 willow warbler, 5 chiffchaffs

1 whitethroat

slow trickle of swallows

gannets passing morning and evening

11.20 one Arctic skua west, quickly followed by 2 Arctic skuas east.

Jeff Butcher

Posted April 21st, 2014 at 7:45 pm by Jeff Butcher in Bird News

Collared Pratincole??

Just had a phone call which included a pretty convincing description of a Pratincole sp. over the seasonal mere to the left of the road to the old recycling centre at Northam Burrows.

Have alerted some locals so hopefully we will hear some news soon...

Posted April 21st, 2014 at 6:39 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Soar and Slapton Ley

Despite the brisk SE wind, very liitle at Soar - just 2 Wheatears, 6 Chiffchaffs, 4 Whitethroats, 2 Willow Warblers and 25 Swallows.

Later, Slapton Ley produced (the) female Marsh Harrier, looking very tatty, a few singing Reed and Cetti's Warblers, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 7+ Sandwich Terns and a Grasshopper Warbler heard reeling. 

Posted April 21st, 2014 at 5:37 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Hobby

Hobby on Exminster Marshes at 2.30 pm, flying above the pylons feeding on insects. Headed off towards Exeter along the canal.

Posted April 21st, 2014 at 5:19 pm by Tony Dudley-Clarke in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh

Drake GarganeyHad a call from Sue Brice at lunchtime with news of a drake Garganey at Sherpa Marsh so after finishing lunch I mooched down there. Sorry about the image quality - too far away!

Posted April 21st, 2014 at 4:06 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 09:45 till 12:45

29+ whimbrel was the best count so far this spring, my best count of 85+ common gull for the marsh and included 1 1st summer Mediterranean gull, 26+ greenshanks, 16+ dunlin, 3 bar tailed godwits, 120+ black tailed godwits, 55+ curlew, 1 pochard, 1 tufted duck, 3 little grebes, 18+ little egrets, 2+ reed warblers, 6+ blackcaps, 2 willow warblers. On the walk down to the hide 1 nuthatch. 

A quick look of the goat walk produced 3 sandwich terns. 

Posted April 21st, 2014 at 2:27 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Around the Teign

16 Wheatear on Newton Abbot Racecourse today. An hours' seawatching from Teignmouth this morning produced a Manx Shearwater and 7 Common Scoter, and waders around the estuary included a Sanderling, 9 Whimbrel and 4 Common Sandpiper.

Posted April 21st, 2014 at 1:11 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Berry Hd

Just a a few extra birds to Bill's tally, up until 9am: 1 Yellow Wagtail > N, seawatching from 7am-8am produced; 1 Great Skua, 34 Sandwich Tern, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Gulls,1 Black-headed Gull, 3 Red-throated and 2 Great Northerm Divers, 4 Manx Shearwaters, 28 Kittiwake and 40+ Gannets. 

Bonxie BH 210414 ML

Great Skua

Posted April 21st, 2014 at 9:41 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Berry Head

Brief early morning visit, Grasshopper Warbler reeling near to the large stone by the gate at entrance to the quarry, also 2 Whitethroat, 7 Swallow and 2 Willow Warbler. 

Posted April 21st, 2014 at 7:27 am by Bill Macdonald in Bird News

Sunday 20th April 2014

Cornwood, Dartmoor

Cuckoo heard on 17th.and 19th. April in Dendles/ Hawns/ High House Waste woods above Cornwood, south Dartmoor.

Posted April 20th, 2014 at 9:15 pm by Chris Curry and Jill Broom in Bird News

Wembury Point

Started walk from car park at 3pm, over field to the right of the path by HMS Cambridge 2 Skylark,10+Linnet and the occasional Goldfinch. Followed path down the hill, 10+Willow Warbler (not calling) and the local pair of Stonechat. In pines at the bottom of the hill 1 Female Pied Flycatcher,most likely pausing on migration to breeding site because of the bad weather. Heard lots of Chiffchaff and seabirds from the Mewstone. 

Posted April 20th, 2014 at 8:29 pm by Matt Clark in Bird News

Clennon Valley

Siberian Chiffchaff still in willows by stream nr YMCA, also 1 Little Egret, 8 + singing Blackcap, 6 singing Chiffchaff, 5 Swallows.

Posted April 20th, 2014 at 8:17 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Tavistock

19th April. Tavistock

2 Dippers on the river behind the market, plus 1 Grey Wagtail.

Harvey Kendall

Posted April 20th, 2014 at 4:31 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Teign Estuary

Counts from around the estuary this morning/early afternoon included 1 Little Ringed Plover, 7 Whimbrel, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Greenshank, 10 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper and 6 Sandwich Terns.

Posted April 20th, 2014 at 3:34 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Prawle

Heavy rain made it difficult but did find 12 wheatears, four     Sandwich terns, a whimbrel & a willow warbler.

Posted April 20th, 2014 at 2:43 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Lundy

Lundy Warden Beccy MacDonald reports recent sightings of both Marsh & Hen Harriers (with the former apparently having been around for a couple of weeks), as well as passage Merlins.

Posted April 20th, 2014 at 12:17 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Taw & Torridge Estuary

Interested to see (below) Margaret Phillips's unusually high count of Common Sandpipers at Wistlandpound Reservoir this morning, as I had 13 – including a flock of 7 – between Heanton and Velator via Chivenor at about the same time during the WeBS count this morning. Also one Little Tern over the estuary between Chivenor and the mouth of the River Caen at 08.20. Tim Davis had five singing Whitethroats at the southern end of Braunton Burrows.

Posted April 20th, 2014 at 12:06 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

R.Caen, Horsey Island, Braunton Marshes

During the WeBS count this morning more migrants arriving with 4 Common Sandpiper on R.Caen & several Whimbrel.

A few Sedge Warblers,a fall of Common Whitethroat on the Marshes, also an increase in the number of Swallows.

On the edge of Braunton Great Field my first 3 House Martins of the year.

Posted April 20th, 2014 at 12:04 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Wistlandpound Reservoir

At least eleven Common Sandpipers feeding at the edge of a largely deserted reservoir at 8.30 am this morning .

Posted April 20th, 2014 at 10:19 am by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Saturday 19th April 2014

blackingstone rock,dartmoor

4 tree pipit,2 mistle thrush,raven,male yellowhammer,11:30

Posted April 19th, 2014 at 10:39 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

East Prawle

In a NE wind, breezier than forecast, I hadn't planned to sewatch but did so from 7.40 to 10.30 with Pat seeing : I Arctic Skua dp, 1 Red Throated Diver sp, 16 Bar Tailed Godwits, 8 Whimbrel and 1 Grey Plover all east, and 1 Manxie west. Also 27 Sandwich Terns east and 6 west.

As for passerines the highlights were : 2 male Redstarts and 3 Common Whitethoats ; c 50 Swallows mainly in off the sea , flying inland and 11 House Martins. 3 Wheatears, 25+ Chiffchaffs, 10+ Willow Warblers ,5 singing,and at least 6 Blackcaps,

Butterflies : Common Blue, Large White,Green Veined White, Orange Tip, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood ,Small Copper and Green Hairstreak (Pat also saw a Wall Brown) And 2 Adders near the Coastguard Cottages..

Posted April 19th, 2014 at 10:03 pm in Bird News

Around the Axe

Four Reed and one Sedge Warbler singing from Colyford/Black Hole Marsh this morning. Also Lesser Whitethroat trapped and ringed by Axe Estuary Ringing Group.

Posted April 19th, 2014 at 9:11 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Hartland Point

Massive movement of hirudines moving north along the NW coast today, timed counts of 1500/hr, mostly Swallows, some House Martins and a few Sand Martins.

Posted April 19th, 2014 at 7:39 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Sterridge Valley, nr Berrynarbor

Red Kite seen from the garden about 10.10 this morning, drifting steadily SW.

Posted April 19th, 2014 at 11:23 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Berry Head

Very quiet this morning with no passage overhead. A single Whitethroat and 2 Wheatear were the only migrants. A Raven in Brixham town centre harassing the Pigeons was a suprise.

Posted April 19th, 2014 at 8:50 am in Bird News

Friday 18th April 2014

Dawlish Warren

The male Kentish Plover ( found by LC) still showing well in the bight from the hide at 7.45 pm with Ringed Plovers, Dunlins and 2 Sanderling. The whole flock apparently flew off, presumably to the beach on the incoming tide at c8pm.  Also a Whimbrel and a Brent Goose on the golf course. The female Snow Bunting still showing at close range at 8.10pm on the seaward side of Warren Point about 300 yards beyond the path down to the bight.

Posted April 18th, 2014 at 9:28 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh

Walked around again this evening, still about 60 Sand Martin and a only a few Swallows. Drake Gadwall still and at least 6 broods of Mallard ducklings. a few Reed Warblers singing at last. 5 Reed Buntings seen. On the muddy bit by the Tarka trail, a Redshank and a Green Sandpiper.

Posted April 18th, 2014 at 8:40 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Male KENTISH PLOVER this evening on the Blight also Snow Bunting via Birdguides.

Posted April 18th, 2014 at 8:11 pm in Bird News

Around the Teign

A male Black Redstart at Newton Abbot Racecourse this morning, along with a Wheatear and 5+ Swallows. Nearby at Hackney Marshes 10+ Blackcaps and a Reed Warbler. At Passage House, a Whimbrel called then flew up and circled off inland, also 2-3 Common Sandpipers and a further 1-2 Reed Warblers.

Posted April 18th, 2014 at 8:10 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Hallsands to Lannacombe

5 Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warblers, 1 Wheatear, 2 Sandwich Tern, steady small movement of Swallows 20+ > N, 4 Blackcap many singing Chiffchaff and one Swift over road nr Beeson. My first Wall brown and 3 Small Coppers along coastal footpath.

Posted April 18th, 2014 at 8:09 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Home Farm Marsh N Devon

Female Marsh Harrier flying from Chivenor towards to the reserve this morning.

Three Gadwall 2 males and 1 female on the big pond. The Bar-headed Goose was still with the Canada's but on the riveraccording to another observer.

Posted April 18th, 2014 at 7:45 pm by John & Karen Towers & Sims in Bird News

Soar

A flurry of Wheatears early on (and 31+ by the morning's end) but not much after this. Whitethroat (2), Sand Martin, House Martin, Chiffchaff (c10), Willow Warbler, and Swallow (c12).

At South Huish early afternoon, a female Blue-headed Wagtail, White Wagtail, a Reed Warbler heard singing, 3 Sand Martins, and c8 Swallows. 

Posted April 18th, 2014 at 7:08 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Challacombe Farm

First of hopefully many! A Cuckoo, the picture is poor due to distance but thought I would share. With Willow Warblers, Swallows, House Martins and plenty of Butterflies Summer has arrived!

Posted April 18th, 2014 at 5:54 pm by Simon Thurgood in Bird News

Bowling green marsh & exminster marsh

Started at bowling green marsh 07:00 till 10:00

a steady passage of sand martins and swallows with a couple of house martins, the 2 spotted redshanks were a bit distant, 24+ greenshanks, at least 29+ whimbrel of which 8 flew north after a brief stop, 17+ bar tailed godwits, 220+ black tailed godwits, 50+ curlew, 2 gadwall, 1 pochard, 1 tufted duck, 3 reed warblers, 2 reed buntings, 1 whitethroat , 4+ blackcaps , 3 song thrush, 5+ little egrets. 

exminster marsh 11:15 till 13:30

my first swift of the year was a good find with steady passage of sand martins and swallows, 4+ sedge warblers, the female garganey was still by the fishermans car park but elusive, 1 willow warbler, 6+ sandwich terns were on the estuary from the viewing platform looking across to the goatwalk at topsham. 

Posted April 18th, 2014 at 4:32 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

R.Taw off Pottington Ind Est, Barnstaple.

07:30 - 09:00

4 Little Egret; 16 Shelduck; 1 female Goosander; 4 Common Sandpiper on the concrete embankment; 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose and 4 Blackcaps in Tarka Trail bushes with a further 68 Shelduck and 3 Little Egret on Penhill Marsh.

Bradiford Reserve. 2 Mute Swan; 1 Little Egret; 1 Moorhen; 2 Teal and 2 Mallard.

Braunton Road, Barnstaple. On a lighter note; for the past 3 weeks my garden in Barnstaple has been visited by 4 Mallard drakes; 3 ducks including "Dylis" with the gammy leg (suspect broken at some time) and for the last week and half, by another duck and 13 ducklings. We have been visited by adult Mallards and ducklings for the past 6 years. I`m now beginning to suspect that duck families are inheriting and "passing-on" that my garden is a good place for a "freebie" meal (2x/day). Will I be over-run with Mallards in the future? I am certainly getting more and more each year.

Posted April 18th, 2014 at 4:22 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Budleigh Beach

2 Sandwich Terns feeding just off the beach, from the Otter mouth To Steamer Steps at 3pm this afternoon


Posted April 18th, 2014 at 3:44 pm by richard allen in Bird News

Sherpa/Velator

Whilst ringing this morning (details on the ringing forum soon) I saw a female Marsh Harrier over the main reed-bed. One of the wintering birds or a summer migrant?

Posted April 18th, 2014 at 12:53 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Thursday 17th April 2014

Exminster marsh

A quick look along station road 15:00 till 16:30 produced a lesser whitethroat by the railway bridge, the female garganey eventually showed on the pools just before the fishermans car park, constant passage of sand martins all over the marsh with good numbers of swallows and house martins , also 3 blackcap and 1 whitethroat, 2 willow warblers, 4+ chiffchaffs.

whilst waiting for the bus in exminster had 2 sparrowhawks over 

Posted April 17th, 2014 at 8:36 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh

A quick walk around the ponds this evening in a cool to cold breeze, hardly conducive to spring passage.

2 Redshank flew up the Caen towards Velator harbour, and two more were having a thorough wash in the main pond and being harrassed by a drake Mallard.

About 40/50 Sand Martin mostly hawking insects over the water, but only a few Swallows (6?).

A fine drake Gadwall on the pond and 3 Wigeon flew over. 2 broods of Mallard ducklings. Nothing singing in the reed-bed, only two Reed Buntings seen.

The muddy pond by the Tarka trail has a small but annoying gaggle of Canada Geese, which may be intimidating anything else showing there, just a few Pied Wagtails.

Posted April 17th, 2014 at 7:59 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Haytor Down & Yarner Wood

Lovely morning on Haytor Down with Redstart, Yellowhammers, and several Willow Warblers and Redpolls in the valley next to Yarner Wells. Pied Flycatchers (5 seen, 3 males and 2 females) were active prospecting for nest boxes). Tree Pipit, 3 Willow Tits, and Great Spotted and Green Woodpecker. Around the pond in the car park; 2 male Mandarin ducks, a Grey Wagtail and Siskins on the feeders.


Posted April 17th, 2014 at 4:21 pm by david cawthraw in Bird News

Beer Head

At least four Redstarts up Beer Head this morning, two of each sex, with one of each sex trapped and ringed. Also two fly over Yellow Wags, a Siskin and a small arrival of Willows and Chiffs.

Posted April 17th, 2014 at 1:17 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

11 Wheatears (7m, 4f) represents the best ever Spring total. Precious few other migrants - just 3 Swallows and a male Blackcap. Plenty of Skylarks on territories and singing well - over 20 birds seen. The 2 Canada Geese again, 10+ Linnets, a single Meadow Pipit and 4 Buzzards.

Posted April 17th, 2014 at 11:28 am in Bird News

Newton Abbot

Hobby sighted over Chipley, South Knighton.

Posted April 17th, 2014 at 8:48 am by Roger Yeoman in Bird News

Wednesday 16th April 2014

Exminster marsh & bowling green marsh

Exminster marsh 14:40 till 17:50

a look along the path from the rspb car park by the railway line got me good views of the lesser whitethroat also 2 blackcap, willow warbler and a reed bunting with a few swallows moving through. Then a walk up station road produced an increase in swallow and sand martins and a few chiffchaffs and 2 blackcaps then from the middle car park caught a glimpse of a tern over the lagoon a quick look with bins then scope producing a cracking black tern , it stayed over the lagoon for some time before flying out onto the estuary it finally returned to the lagoon and was still present 17:50 as we left . 

Bowling green marsh from the hide 18:00 till 19:45

15+ whimbrel came in with 5 going north, the 2 near full summer plumage spotted redshanks showed well, 24 greenshanks, 22+ bar tailed godwits, 200+ black tailed godwits, 150+ curlew, 11+ dunlin, 8 little egrets, 2 reed warblers, 2 blackcap, 1 willow warbler, 2 reed buntings, still a few wigeon, 2 stock doves , just before I left a large group of sand martins(400+) , swallows(200+) and house martins (20+) dropped down over the marsh what a good way to end the day. 

Posted April 16th, 2014 at 10:47 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

East Budleigh

A Red Kite was seen briefly flying over the village today around 1.30pm

(David White)

Posted April 16th, 2014 at 10:30 pm in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

The Black Tern flew off at 4.35pm from the lagoon towards the estuary but returned at 5.15pm and was still over the lagoon at 5.50pm showing well from the railway path ( thanks Keith). The lesser Whitethroat still singing this evening.

Posted April 16th, 2014 at 10:24 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

My first Common Sandpiper of the spring flying around the edge of the pond like a butterfly this evening vocalising at the same time.

Posted April 16th, 2014 at 10:03 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Northam burrows

Went down to photograph wheatears which seem to be few and far between but nice to see a few Skylarks

Singing lark!
Singing lark!

Posted April 16th, 2014 at 7:50 pm by Steve Hatch in Bird News

Black Tern.

Exminster Marsh. Over the Lagoon between 1540 and 1645.

Posted April 16th, 2014 at 5:31 pm by Paul Stone and Heather Woodland. in Bird News

Velator ringing

2nd cal-yr Sparrowhawk ringed at Velator

Posted April 16th, 2014 at 4:47 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

River Teign

A Little Ringed Plover on the main spit off Passage House Hotel early afternoon on the low tide (thanks Kev). Nearby at Hackney Marsh, 1-2 Willow Warblers singing plus several Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs singing. 2 Swallows over the road at Tesco.

Posted April 16th, 2014 at 3:45 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

South Brent area

A pair of Dippers (one of the pair being the BTO and colour tag rung bird of recent post and image submission) and a pair of Grey Wagtails watched gathering nesting material.

A woodland walk produced evidence of nesting and or nest building by Jay, Jackdaw, Woodpigeon, Swallow, Blackbird, Greenfinch.

Male and female Blackcap seen seperately but in same general area, Marsh Tit, 2 Goldcrest, Wren, Robin, Dunnock, Blue and Great Tit in good numbers, lots of Blackbirds evident, female Great Spotted Woodpecker, single Chiffchaff, pair of Stock Doves.

Good numbers of Orange Tip Butterflies

Posted April 16th, 2014 at 2:59 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Red Kites

Had a Red Kite fly in from the NW, circle over the upper Axe Estuary and then head off E at 12:35 today.

Also a phone message from Dave Hopkins who had another over Exton at 13:30.

Posted April 16th, 2014 at 2:20 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

An Osprey over the marshes at 9.40 am then drifted slowly towards Powderham. On the marshes a slight increase in sedge and reed warbler numbers but cold SE breeze supressing song. Shelduck numbers now close to 60 with much display. Also 3 Gadwall and 2 Shoveller. A Song Thrush on the canal bank is not a common sight here.

Posted April 16th, 2014 at 11:32 am by John Waldon in Bird News

Black Hole Marsh

This morning little more than singles of Greenshank, Whimbrel, Reed Warbler and Wheatear.

Yesterday my first two House Martins of the year over my house at lunch time.

Posted April 16th, 2014 at 9:08 am by Steve Waite in Bird News

Tuesday 15th April 2014

Topsham

Summer plumage Slavonian grebe off Topsham rec on the high tide.

Posted April 15th, 2014 at 7:58 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Clennon Valley

One Siberian Chiffchaff still present in willows by the stream toward the YMCA it seems to have more or less completed it's moult so will probably move off soon. Also present 8 singing Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler and 8-9 Blackcaps at least 5 singing.

Posted April 15th, 2014 at 7:57 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Exminster

Three House Martins briefly visited old nests in the village earlier this evening before disapearing.

Large Red Damselfly in the garden yesterday.

 

Posted April 15th, 2014 at 7:56 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Cuckoo Sightings

We have an interactive map so please record your cuckoo sightings on our home page

.Check it out - blue dots are sightings so far - red dots are to-day's sightings.

 

Posted April 15th, 2014 at 7:38 pm in Bird News

Red Kite

A Red Kite seen this afternoon flying over the eastern end of the Okehampton by-pass.

Posted April 15th, 2014 at 5:55 pm by Digby & Sue Greenhill in Bird News

SWCP Stoke Beach, Noss Mayo

South West Coast Path above Stoke Beach Caravan Park. 5 Black Caps, 12+ Chiffchaff, 3 Swallows

Black cap
Black cap

Posted April 15th, 2014 at 5:50 pm by Colin & Glenys Smith in Bird News

MEETH RESERVE

MEETH RESERVE

This morning saw several willow warblers and chiffchaffs and a male blackcap.  Also pair of little grebes and two buzzards.  Lots of orange tips and a few peacocks.

Posted April 15th, 2014 at 4:57 pm by Tony Brooking in Bird News

Cuckoo at Belstone

Heard first cuckoo at Belstone, Dartmoor today. It has been there since Saturday 12th.

Posted April 15th, 2014 at 4:22 pm by Paul Rendell in Bird News

Sherpa

One Reed Warbler singing (not seen) and a Water Pipit this morning.

Posted April 15th, 2014 at 2:07 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Red Kite

Red kite quartering Culmstock Common 08:15 today. Wheatear also near the gallop.

Posted April 15th, 2014 at 12:58 pm by Ralph Iddon in Bird News

Skern, Northam Burrows.

07:00 - 08:00

2 Grey Plover; 10 Dunlin; c200 Oystercatcher; 7 Wheatear; 3 Shelduck and just 1 Swallow.

Posted April 15th, 2014 at 9:34 am by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Monday 14th April 2014

Bowling green marsh

16:15 till 18:35 watched from the hide

2 near summer plumage spotted redshanks, 8+ whimbrel, 18+ greenshanks, 200+ redshanks, 12+ dunlin, 8 little egrets, 21+ bar tailed godwits, 210+ black tailed godwits, 130+ curlew, 1 ringed plover, 2 oystercatchers, 1 reed warbler, 2 gadwall, 6 tufted duck, 1 stock dove a few swallows and sand martins, 1 reed bunting, several blackcaps and chiffchaffs. 

Posted April 14th, 2014 at 10:24 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Bar-headed Goose

There was a Bar-headed Goose with Canada's on the main pond at Home Farm Marsh North Devon. Check fir rings but non visible but most likely to be an escapee. Looks in good condition and was happily feeding. The Canada's chives itaway a few times but only moved a foot or so away, never in flight.

Posted April 14th, 2014 at 10:05 pm by Karen Sims in Bird News

Red Kite

While walking in the DWT reserve of Halsdon Woods near Dolton, a raven flew over us cronking, it was chasing a red kite, the first my wife and I have seen in Devon since moving here in 2009.

Posted April 14th, 2014 at 10:01 pm by Andrew in Bird News

Horsey Island, Braunton

Unusual sighting of a Bar-Headed Goose on Horsey Island this evening with a flock of 8 Canada Geese.  Ironically, it was in exactly the same place as the probable Snow Goose escapee / hybrid, as posted by Robert Marshall on the 13th, which I also saw over the weekend (12th) with 2 Canada Geese.

Posted April 14th, 2014 at 9:42 pm by Eden Davies in Bird News

Axe Estuary & Black Hole Marsh

Just a quick recap from yesterday (13th) Osprey on the Estuary at 16.30, also 9 Whimbrel & a few Swallows & a singing Sedge Warbler on BHM.

Posted April 14th, 2014 at 9:17 pm by Kevin Hale in Bird News

Northam Burrows

Not much out to sea but inland there are 2 Wheatears, Stonechats, Pied Wagtails, Common Whitethroats, Skylarks and Swallows.

Posted April 14th, 2014 at 5:50 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

One Hobby over the marsh at 10.30, 3 Wheatear and a Yellow Wagtail in front of the lagoon.

Posted April 14th, 2014 at 5:16 pm by Kevin Bainbridge in Bird News

Bovey Heathfield / Yarner Sunday 13th April

Early morning stroll around Bovey Heathfield produced 4 stonechats, 5+ yellowhammers, a Siskin & 2 linnets. 

On to Yarner & much as other posts - a single male pied flycatcher proved too quick for my camers. Strangest site was the mandarin duck climbing through the trees above the pond & out onto the end of a branch. Still seems odd.

Linnet Bovey Heathfield
Linnet Bovey Heathfield

Mandarin Duck Yarner
Mandarin Duck Yarner

Mandarin Duck Yarner
Mandarin Duck Yarner

Posted April 14th, 2014 at 4:01 pm by Paul treen in Bird News

Beer Head

Despite the conditions, an excellent fall of migrants on Beer Head this morning. Very little around at dawn but things soon got going.  I was busy ringing, but Ian Pearson and my Dad (leading a group) were up there walking about. Totals between the three of us include:

5 Redstarts (all males), 2 Whitethroats, c80 Willow Warbler and 1 Wheatear.

Bun had a look at Beer Cemetery Fields and came up with another male Redstart, a reeling Grasshopper Warbler and 8+ more WIllow Warblers.

First-summer male Redstart
First-summer male Redstart

Posted April 14th, 2014 at 2:33 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Berry Hd

Mmmm, after a good look with JWood and BMc around failed to find the reported 3 Hoopoes! They were reported to - not seen by the warden. Other birders are still looking..

Posted April 14th, 2014 at 1:02 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Topsham

Not a lot to report from a pre-work look at Bowling Green Marsh and Goosemoor today. 14 Greenshank on Goosemoor; 4 Tufted duck, 2 Gadwall and small numbers of other duck on Bowling Green with the high tide wader roost obscured by the morning sun.

Posted April 14th, 2014 at 12:32 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Morning visit between 9.00 and 10.30 around the southern part of the marsh. Lots of bird song including lesser whitethroat (1), blackcap (4+), willow warbler (2), reed warbler (2), sedge warbler (3+), chiffchaff (2) and Cettis. One chiffchaff was carrying nest material.

 On a wet flash in the middle of the marsh viewing from the railway path was a flock of 11 ringed plovers, including one that looked smaller but the distance prevented confirming the id. Elsewhere one greenshank. Duck numbers low, 6 tufted duck and 4 teal, apart from c30 shelduck. 

Posted April 14th, 2014 at 12:00 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Berry Head

HOOPOE 3 at Berry Head, Devon. In trees on Berry Head Road. Moving up through woods towards the cowfield. via @BerryHeadRanger @DevonBirds 

 

Posted April 14th, 2014 at 11:09 am in Bird News

Sunday 13th April 2014

Brixham this evening

As I returned home from Mansands this evening I heard a Parakeet, I had heard it earlier in the day too but hadn't been able to locate it. Eventually I found it feeding on buds in the top of a tree on Summer lane opposite Laywell close. It was indeed a Ring-necked and looked in reasonable condition but on closer scrutiny a metal ring was visible on it's left leg. 

Posted April 13th, 2014 at 8:55 pm in Bird News

skern

58 ringed plover,17 golden,3 grey,33 dunlin,3 wheatear16:30-17;00

Posted April 13th, 2014 at 8:32 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Brixham breakwater

A short wheelchair visit in late pm on a rising tide. Still eight Purple Sandpipers and three Turnstones, most on base of the old oil jetty. Three Sandwich Terns and a Curlew flew past.

Posted April 13th, 2014 at 7:41 pm in Bird News

Yarner Pt 2

Did the circuit around the top of Yarner today. 1 Pied Fly just up from the field museum and as previous lots of Willow warblers and Blackcaps singing. Several Song thrush in full voice and 1 GSW. On the heath Tree Pipit by middle carpark

Posted April 13th, 2014 at 7:37 pm by Tim Clyburn in Bird News

Broadsands

Migrants were thin on the ground at Berry Head early this morning and later at Prawle, just a couple of Wheatear, a handfull of Willow Warbler and a trickle of Swallows. I was therefore suprised to find my first Common Whitethroat of the spring in a hawthorn bush at the back of the toilets at Broadsands beach during a 'visit' late afternoon.

Posted April 13th, 2014 at 6:53 pm by Bill Macdonald in Bird News

East Soar & South Huish

An early walk at Soar was quietish, but had a few nice brids. 2 female Ring Ousel's in the under cliffs, one below Bolt Head and one by Goat Rock. 5 Wheatears, 11 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcaps, 1 Willow Warbler and a steady trickle of Swallows, 54 by the time I left at 1220.

A look at South Huish included good views of the adult Pectoral Sandpiper and a 1st Summer Glaucous Gull.

Also a good number of Peacocks and Small Tortoiseshell's.

Posted April 13th, 2014 at 4:31 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Yarner Woods

Lovely day at Yarner walking the trail today. Five male Mandarins and one female. Good numbers of Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers calling constantly along with several Blackcaps singing. A grey Wagtail by the Pond Hide and a Linnet on the heath were other notables.

Mandarin Drake & Duck (By Kate Beard)
Mandarin Drake & Duck (By Kate Beard)

Posted April 13th, 2014 at 2:27 pm in Bird News

Starcross Osprey

At just after noon, I looked up from my desk to see an Osprey flying over my house just behind Painters Wood on the outskirts of Starcross. Grabbing binoculars I rushed into the garden and watched it flap steadily at an altitude of about 100 m, and then higher, initially in a southwesterly direction, then veering slightly more westward and soaring higher and higher until lost from view. Initially, it appeared to have an object (a fish?) in its talons, but then it didn't so it may have been its bunched feet hanging down briefly. 

Posted April 13th, 2014 at 1:06 pm by Jonathan Elphick in Bird News

Turf Locks

Osprey again, flying towards Haldon with fish 8:00.

Posted April 13th, 2014 at 10:33 am by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

skern

10 sandwhich tern,5 whimbrel,18 golden plover,42 ringed plover,10 dunlin,barwit,possible adult snow goose heading out of estuary with two canada but know likely escape/hybrid?.

Posted April 13th, 2014 at 12:18 am by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Saturday 12th April 2014

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 15:35 till 18:10

the summer plumage spotted redshank came in with 90+ redshank, 4 whimbrel in with 200+ curlew a further group of 8 whimbrel circled the marsh and flew off over the hide, 20+ dunlin, 25+ bar tailed godwits, 17 greenshanks, 4 little grebe, the great crested grebe is still showing well, 200+ black tailed godwits, 2 oystercatchers, a very good passage of swallow and sand martins and at least 20 house martins, 6 buzzards, 2 sparrowhawks, 3 blackcaps, 1 reed bunting, 6 tufted duck, 25+ shoveler, 20+ wigeon, 7 chiffchaffs, 

Posted April 12th, 2014 at 9:03 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

South Brent Swallows

Yesterdays count was 11 Swallows seen passing my house at South Brent todays count was 33 with a further 4 being seen while driving through Totnes.

Hen Sparrow hawk high up on the soar over the lower part of Bridgetown.

Posted April 12th, 2014 at 7:19 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

NE Dartmoor

Swallows back at West Wyke and a Red Kite drifting west around the north slopes of Cosdon Hill. Two good things in an ordinary day.

Posted April 12th, 2014 at 6:04 pm by Nick Atkinson in Bird News

Berry Hd

Pretty quiet this morning: 5 Wheatear, 4 Willow Warbler,7 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 2 Swallow, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Stonechat & 5 Meadow Pipit.

Posted April 12th, 2014 at 5:56 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Tamar Lakes.

Upper and Lower Tamar Lakes.

On a visit to Tamar Lakes this morning:-

220+ Sand Martins, 40+ Swallows, 15 House Martins, a probable Hoopoe (call only), spent ages search the fields adjacent to Lower Tamar for it, but despite frequent calling, couldn't locate the bird.  I'm familiar with the call from hearing many in Spain.     Female Mallard with 10 very small ducklings, 3 Tufted Ducks, 3 Cormorants, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 14 Willow Warblers, 6 Chiffchaffs, 4+ Blackcaps, 2 Garden Warblers, Blue and Great Tits, Wren, 3 Greenfinches, many Chaffinches, 1 Song Thrush, Blackbirds, 2 Collared Doves, 1 Magpie and a small rookery with (so far) 8 nests.

Harvey Kendall

Posted April 12th, 2014 at 1:40 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Exminster marsh and powderham marsh

Exminster marsh 07:15 till 08:30

1st lesser whitethroat of the spring  along path by railway line from rspb car park and a possible second bird but not seen together also a fall of sedge and reed warblers, willow warblers along with several blackcaps and chiffchaffs.

powderham marsh 08:45 till 10:15

1 whimbrel, steady passage of swallows , 5 little ringed plover , 3 took off and flew northN several blackcaps and chiffchaffs 

Posted April 12th, 2014 at 1:27 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Turf Locks

Osprey with fish flew high towards Haldon 8 am.

Also a Common sandpiper on river.

Posted April 12th, 2014 at 12:03 pm by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

Dartmoor

On his visit to several Dartmoor woods on Wednesday and Thursday Malcolm Burgess reported that he found a Redstart and  male Pied Flycatchers in Bovey Valley Woodlands and a further four male Pied Flys in Yarner.

The Yarner Wood team also reported a Blue Tit nest with two eggs laid, the first on 7th April.  This is the joint second earliest ever egg recorded at Yarner since 1955!

Malcolm’s team of Pied Fly Nesters will also be recording the first arrivals and passing the info on to him.   If you see a Pied Flycatcher in the next couple of weeks at other locations – please send your record to me and I will make sure the information is passed on to Malcolm.

Julia 

Posted April 12th, 2014 at 10:11 am in Bird News

Friday 11th April 2014

Prawle and South Huish

A lovely morning at Prawle though more of the same in receent days  : a few Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps and Willow Warblers singing. 7 male Wheatears at Langerstone. Met up with Vic and Sylvia Tucker who had seen 30+ Swallows from 11.30 plus 10+ more which I then saw coming in off the sea. Butterfly-wise several Green Veined Whites and Peacocks and one intriguing dark blue and rusty speckled underwing buitterfly that I thought had to be a Common Blue (not the powdery blue.of Holly ) seen at head height as it flew past me. Weird.

Later I went to S.Huish ( or is it S Milton Ley ?) having checked Birdguides and seen the report of Pectoral Sandpiper at c 7pm last night and I wasn't to be disappointed : it showed very well from 2pm albeit afar and into shimmery light  from 2pm. . Also at 3pm very briefly a summer plumaged Water Pipit showed well plus 2 Swallows and 1 Sand Martin.

 

Posted April 11th, 2014 at 11:31 pm in Bird News

skern

4 wheatear 3adults,fs male,.Within the hour there 100+ swallows&3 sand martins came through also 20 ringed plover.16:30-17:30.8 swallow on way home from work at hallwill junction to bideford.Bet thursdays kites flew right over the building site at hallwill,!!!!!!.Sure the rookery there would have announced their presence.

Posted April 11th, 2014 at 10:49 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

American Road - Braunton Burrows

A walk from the south end of the American Road to Sandy Lane car park produced 16 Willow Warbler,18 Chiffchaff & 8 Blackcap in full song this morning.

3 Sandwich Terns & 1 Common Tern at Morte Point.

Posted April 11th, 2014 at 9:54 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Yarner Wood

Had a walk around Yarner Wood with my 5 year old this morning. 3 Drake and 1 female Mandarin on the pond. 1 Tree Pipit on the heath above the car park and 2 or 3 male Pied Flycatchers seen on our walk.

Posted April 11th, 2014 at 9:35 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

 

Watched from the hide 15:30 till 17:45

still 1 spotted redshank now nearly in full summer plumage, a good find was a great crested grebe my first on the marsh, the first 2 whimbrel of the year, 250+ black tailed godwits, 40+ redshank, 20+ dunlin, 8+ greenshanks, 5 little grebes , 6 tufted duck, 25+ wigeon, 1 reed bunting, 4 little egrets a few sand Martin and swallows, 4 blackcaps, 5+ chiffchaffs, 1 willow warbler, 1 buzzard, 25+ shoveler. 

Posted April 11th, 2014 at 9:25 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

South Huish Marsh

The Pec Sand still this evening on South Huish Marsh but elusive. It flew across the pool onto the left hand side of the island at 7.25pm and then reappeared at the right hand side of the island at 7.35pm, feeding along the back edge. Also present Reed Warbler, 3 White Wagtails, c6 Swallows, 1-2 Sand Martins, 3 Common Snipe and a Stonechat. 

Posted April 11th, 2014 at 9:18 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Torbay

Looking from Three Beaches Headland this evening: 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver and 5 Sandwich Tern. 

Posted April 11th, 2014 at 8:18 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Budleigh Beach

5 Sandwich terns fishing just off the beach at Budleigh, a new garden tick for me! 

Posted April 11th, 2014 at 4:58 pm by richard allen in Bird News

Colyford Common - Cattle Egret

Yesterday's Cattle Egret on Colyford Common, making friends with the locals.

Cattle Egret on Colyford Common
Cattle Egret on Colyford Common

Posted April 11th, 2014 at 4:25 pm by John Stagg in Bird News

Middle to West Soar

Highlights were 11 wheatears & a singing willow warbler plus 100+ carrion crows.

1st Painted Lady of the year, in my garden at Aveton Gifford.

Posted April 11th, 2014 at 3:56 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Hope's Nose, Torquay

11.10-12.15

3 Blackcaps,  4 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler, Bullfinch, 2 Pheasants, Fulmar, 2 Wheatear, 2 Rock Pipits, 4 Sandwich Terns, 20+ Guillemots on ledges of the Orestone.  

Posted April 11th, 2014 at 2:16 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Marine sediments and feeding seabirds

I was struck recently when scanning from south coastal headlands how murky and brown the coastal water still  seemed to be, at least in patches. During the peak of the winter storms, the combination of exceptional wave action and land runoff after downpours seemed to turn the whole of Torbay and surrounding seas to a kind of brown soup for a mile or more from shore. Those of us watching the divers , auks, Shags and other marine species feeding in the area started to wonder how they managed to detect, follow and catch underwater prey in such turbid conditions. Much of the Great Northern Diver  prey seemed to be crabs which presumably are less mobile, but other species may well have had more trouble catching moving fish . I saw on BBC SW news on Weds night that Plymouth Marine Biological Lab are doing a study of the persistence of suspended sediment in the seas off the region; it will be interesting to see how this affects marine life and continued ability of seabirds to feed in affected areas.  

 

 

Posted April 11th, 2014 at 11:29 am in Bird News

Thursday 10th April 2014

nr Roadford

Two Red Kites passed through the area near Roadford today  (Adrian Davey)

Red Kite by Adrian Davey nr Roadford 10.4.2014

 

 

Posted April 10th, 2014 at 11:48 pm in Bird News

Plympton

So pleased to see Liz's post as whilst removing garage guttering I,too, saw 2 Swallows flying west past Woodford at c 1.30pm. Apparently earliest reference  to this saying is attributed to Aristotle  (in 4th century before the common era ) :"One swallow does not a summer make, nor one fine day; similarly one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely " according to wikipedia.

Posted April 10th, 2014 at 11:05 pm in Bird News

Swallows over Plymouth

2 swallows twittering to each other flying north west over the Citadel on the Hoe.  Does this make a summer?

Posted April 10th, 2014 at 10:11 pm by Liz Harris in Bird News

Powderham marsh and exminster marsh

Watched from 14:30 till 17:15

A quick look over powderham marsh first produced 2 little ringed plover , 2 green sandpiper, a few swallow and sand martins , 5+ blackcaps, 6+ chiffchaffs, kestrel, buzzard, 4 little egrets. 

Along station road 1 willow warbler, 5+ chiffchaffs, 2 blackcaps and steady passage of swallows and sand martins and 6+ house martins. 

Posted April 10th, 2014 at 9:50 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Beer Head, Cemetery fields & Colyford Common.

Combined a walk with Beer Head & the Cemetery fields this morning turning up 5 Wheatear, 15 Willow Warblers, 8 Chiffchaff & 12 Blackcap.

Then this afternoon had great views of the Cattle Egret on Colyford Common, also spoke to some visiting birds who had 3 Cranes circling the reserves at 12.30 but they did not land flying high west, also a Osprey was seen by another observer flying up the Estuary.

Posted April 10th, 2014 at 8:55 pm by Kevin Hale in Bird News

Berry Head (Iceland type Gull)

Couple more photo's of this mornings white winged gull. From my perspective it was heavy chested and showed a clear pale tail band consistant with the bird desribed by MK, see his blog for a cracking field sketch for a comparison.

Posted April 10th, 2014 at 7:48 pm by Bill Macdonald in Bird News

South Huish

I had a message from Sylvia Tucker late morning to say a Pectoral Sandpiper was present.

Posted April 10th, 2014 at 2:24 pm in Bird News

Soar Mill Cove area

Just 2 wheatears, 4 blackcaps, singing willow warbler, 21 chiffchaffs & 7 buzzards soaring together over Hazel Tor.

1st green-veined whites!

Posted April 10th, 2014 at 1:52 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

At long last a few migrants. 2 Wheatears (1m,1f), 3 Willow warblers, 2 Blackcaps (both males), 3 Chiffchaff and a single Swallow. Oddities were 2 Canada Geese and a Great Black backed Gull flying north. Around 10 skylarks singing plus 12+ Stock Doves, 20 Linnets, 2 Meadow Pipits and 30 Ravens.

Posted April 10th, 2014 at 11:25 am in Bird News

Berry Hd

Small fall of migrants: 5-6 Wheatears, 2 Willow Warblers, 4 Blackcap, 9 Chiffchaff, 1 Swallow and a fly-through Ring-necked Parakeet! At sea 2 Sandwich Tern,1 Manx Shearwater but the highlight was what we took to be an Iceland Gull but despite rather distant views consider it might be the 1st w Exe Kumlien's gull, however it does appear to have a more extensive pale bill base than the photos I've seen. BMc ML

     

Above: Possible Kumlien's Gull (hopefully some more photos from Bill later) - Wheatears below:

Posted April 10th, 2014 at 11:15 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Beesands Hoopoe

A Hoopoe was seen in a private garden at Beesands for its second day yesterday.

The way this bird was found was quite extraordinary. Mr Mead thought he could hear a tapping noise on one of the windows of his house...

Hoopoe (c) Tony Mead
Hoopoe (c) Tony Mead

Posted April 10th, 2014 at 9:50 am by Steve Waite in Bird News

Hartland Point

Loads of Swallows and House martins also 3 Stonechats and 1 Yellowhammer and the usual Rock Pipits, Chiffchaffs and Cetti's Warbler. Not much out to sea just Black-backed Gulls, Herring Gulls and 2 Cormorants.

Posted April 10th, 2014 at 9:32 am by Benjamin Rousseau in Bird News

Wednesday 9th April 2014

Plymouth

Several waves of swallow over the tamar (saltash side) At 10:30 am. Approx 40+ in total.

Posted April 9th, 2014 at 10:01 pm by Trystan Bryant in Bird News

Prawle Point

136 Manx Shearwater , I Red-Throated Diver and 2 x 1st ( or is it 2nd ?) year Common Gulls west between 7.55 and 8.55;  2 Wheatears and 4 Swallows ( my first at Prawle this year) over the Hump. . Around the car park there were 6 singing Blackcaps ,and 1 female; 4 singing Chiffchaffs and 3 singing Willow Warblers, which , under blue skies was lovely . But probably ( despite loads of Wrens and Dunnocks trying their best ) the day was won for the butterflies ( yeah !) : 1 x Brimstone ; 6+ Speckled Woods, 2 x Holly Blues; several Peacocks and small Tortoiseshells, and ,in Pig's Nose Valley, more of the same plus a couple of female Orange Tips.

Posted April 9th, 2014 at 9:26 pm in Bird News

Hele bay N/devon

1815-1915 Huge numbers of Swallows at last. A 15 min count gave  110 swallow and at least 40 house martin all going west. On the sea 2 Guillemot.

Posted April 9th, 2014 at 8:48 pm in Bird News

Torbay

Looking from Three Beaches headland: 3 Great Northern Divers, 1 Great Crested Grebe 1 Shelduck also two Swallows in offf sea..

Posted April 9th, 2014 at 8:38 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Powderham marsh

Watched from 14:30 till 17:00

An elusive Little ringed plover finally showed well, 8+ golden plover dropped in severall in full summer plumage, still 2 green sandpiper, steady passage of swallows a few sand martins and my first house Martin of the year, 2 stonechat , on the walk out to the viewing platform found 1 red legged partridge, kestrel, the usual barnacle goose was in front of the viewing platform and another was on exminster marsh , several blackcaps and chiffchaffs, 47+ linnets. 

Posted April 9th, 2014 at 7:39 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Lundy

Three Puffins which were rescued from the winter storms recently and nursed back to health at the RSPCA West Hatch centre near Taunton were released at Gannet's Bay a few days ago.

 

Posted April 9th, 2014 at 6:53 pm in Bird News

Ideford Common (Teignmouth)

Took a morning walk to reconoitre tomorrow's fieldtrip (East Devon Branch) around the common.  Contrary to rumour the car park is open although the Forestry Commission has been working there felling some trees.  Plenty of Pipits, Yellowhammer,Stonechat, 4 Siskin, and pairs of Green Woodpecker, Goldcrest and Raven to mention a few species.  Also Roe deer.

Thanks to all who attended last evening's Branch AGM at Sidford and to guest speaker Dr Humphrey Sitters

Something I learnt from Julia Harris is that the Society's Home page has now been updated... and if your computer is showing the old logo and 'DBWPS etc' you need to 'refresh it'.  When looking at the home page... right click the mouse and find 'refresh'.  This should give you the new look home page which you can then save on your 'favourites'. 

Posted April 9th, 2014 at 3:47 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - a white-winged gull, almost certainly the fw kumlien's gull circling high over the top fields this afternoon. Also the 2w glaucous gull still present today.

Posted April 9th, 2014 at 3:46 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Soar

Willow warbler was the bird highlight but also two green hairstreaks ( very early) and an adder at Bolt Head.

Posted April 9th, 2014 at 2:07 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Tuesday 8th April 2014

Slapton

3 GND's off the memorial today and gannets feeding really close in. As we were watching a group of about 15 Sandwich terns flew in off the sea and started to feed well. They then broke into 2 groups 1 south and 1 north along the beach.

Posted April 8th, 2014 at 6:28 pm by Tim Clyburn in Bird News

Exeter and Powderham marsh

Just as I was leaving work just after 14:00 there was alot of noise with all the local crows in the air and among them was an Osprey heading north over the Devon hotel matford

Then moved onto Powderham marsh still 1 male yellow wagtail, 8+ ringed plover, 2 green sandpipers, 2 stonechat severall swallows, 2 little egret, kestrel, 3+ white wagtail, 1 willow warbler, 1 blackcap and several  Chiffchaffs. 

From the viewing platform we could see 4 Egyptian geese on exminster marsh they were close to the path by the railway line. 

Posted April 8th, 2014 at 5:59 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Emsworthy Mire Nature Reserve

Good views of singing male Redstart today in wooded area of reserve. Several Swallows also seen. 

Posted April 8th, 2014 at 5:42 pm by Richard Jenkins in Bird News

Corbyn Head and Torre Abbey Sands, Torquay

12.00-14.00

3 Sandwich Terns fishing close in just off promenade. 4 Lesser-Black Backed Gulls on small patch of sand near footbridge over Torbay Road. 

Yesterday at 16.00, after the rain had finally stopped, small but visible passage of Swallows overhead at Shiphay, Torquay.

Posted April 8th, 2014 at 5:17 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Clennon Valley

Two quite tatty looking Siberian Chiffchaffs together in willows by stream nr YMCA among the 9 or more neat singing Chiffchaffs, also 1 Willow Warbler, and my first Orange-tip Buttterfly of the year.

Photos: Siberian Chiffchaff and Orange Tip

 Siberian Chiffchaff Clennon Valley 8Apr 2014ML          Orange Tip Butterfly 8 Apr 2014 ML

Posted April 8th, 2014 at 3:59 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Aveton Gifford/South Efford Marsh

Pintail pair been on marsh since Saturday (scarce here) plus 2 greenshank, 12 sand martin & 9 chiffchaff.

Posted April 8th, 2014 at 2:17 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

R.Taw - 0ff Pottington Ind Est and Ashford Sewage Works.

11:15 - 12:30

47 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. 123 Shelduck on Penhill Marsh and forshore.

12:05 3 Little Gulls together, beating their way down river just off Ashford Sewage Works in the strong westerly wind and jinking their way down towards Chivenor. At 12:15 a single bird was seen slowly flying the same way and occasionally landing briefly on foreshore to pick up titbits. Classic dark-grey underwings and rounded white tips. None of the birds had fully developed full black heads. Constantly in view until 12:30.

Posted April 8th, 2014 at 12:57 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Monday 7th April 2014

Plymouth Sound

Seven Sandwich Terns, a Swallow and a Mediterranean Gull (1st-w) today.

Posted April 7th, 2014 at 8:11 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Berry Head pt 3

Late evening gave a pod of about 12 dolphins off the end and 2 swallows in off the sea.

Also Broadsands had 1 Sandwich tern and half a dozen gannets feeding only 150 yds out briefly this afternoon

Posted April 7th, 2014 at 8:07 pm by Tim Clyburn in Bird News

Torbay

A scan out from Roundham Head this evening produced: 3 Sandwich Terns, 1 Red-throated Diver and a flock of 8 Manx Shearwaters crossing the bay.

Posted April 7th, 2014 at 7:21 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Berry Head Pt2

Seawatch 13:15-15:30, heavy rain SSW veering W and clearing: 36 Manx Shearwaters (incl. one flock of 18), 5 Sandwich Terns, 3 Great Skuas, Common Gull and light passage of Kittiwakes and Auks (mostly Razorbill). Also 2 Harbour Porpoise.

Posted April 7th, 2014 at 5:41 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Berry Head

Late afternoon: 3 Wheatear (2m,1f), 9 Willow Warbler, 2 Swallow & 3 Blackcap.

Posted April 7th, 2014 at 5:17 pm by Bill Macdonald in Bird News

Exmouth

Imperial - 1400 - fw kumlien's gull this afternoon. I lost it as it drifted slowly over Exmouth but it may well still be around. I'm guessing it's the same bird that Tim Worfolk had off Topsham Rec six days ago. Also 60+ sandwich tern and 7 dark-bellied brent goose. The second winter glaucous gull is still loafing around the Quay this afternoon. Some truly dreadful photos of the kumlien's on my blog later.

Posted April 7th, 2014 at 3:33 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh and Goosemoor

The immature Spoonbill was showing well at Goosemoor when I arrived this lunchtime. It then flew over the railway line back to Bowling Green Marsh where it remained until I left at around 1.45.

Posted April 7th, 2014 at 2:08 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Sunday 6th April 2014

Exmouth

A quick look at Exmouth Dock showed the 2nd W Glaucous Gull to still be present late this afternoon.

Posted April 6th, 2014 at 7:41 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 09:15 till 12:30

the highlight was the immature spoonbill which flew in at 11:20, also steady passage of mostley swallows with a few sand martins, 600-700 curlew was a good count, 300+ black tailed godwits, 20+ bar tailed godwits, 60+ redshanks, 1 turnstone , 1 dunlin, 20+ common gulls , 4+ willow warbles still, and good numbers of chiffchaffs and blackcaps, 2 snipe, 1 sparrowhawk, 2 buzzards, 1 tufted duck, 10 shelduck, 24+ wigeon.

Posted April 6th, 2014 at 7:00 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Heathfield - Sunday 6th April

Not delighted to look out of the window this morning to see the weather, but more than made up for by a Redpoll feeding on the niger seed along with the Siskins & Goldfinches. A first in any garden I've owned. 




Posted April 6th, 2014 at 4:35 pm by Paul treen in Bird News

Haytor

A slightly foggy stroll up to haytor produced numerous stonechat, meadow pipit & skylark. Best finds 3 Wheatear (2m/1f) around the rock piles close to the rock. Also Mistle Thrush feasting on berries next to the main road

Wheatear
Wheatear

Mistle Thrush
Mistle Thrush

Posted April 6th, 2014 at 4:27 pm by Paul treen in Bird News

Berry Head

Quick look this morning produced just 2 Sandwich Terns and a female Wheatear around the quarry. Very little else of note other than 3-4 singing Chiffchaffs in the woods.

Posted April 6th, 2014 at 2:15 pm by Jacob Wood in Bird News

Gannets off Exmouth

6/4/2014 9.45am

2 Gannets fishing less than 50 metres out to sea opposite The Maer Exmouth

Posted April 6th, 2014 at 1:46 pm by Mike Pearman in Bird News

skern

4 sandwich terns at 11:30.

Posted April 6th, 2014 at 1:10 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

0730 to 1010 circuit from car park via Turf Hotel

Spoonbill - juvenile feeding in flash near Lions Rest. Water rail in ditch by Turf. Tufted duck 3 male 2 female on lake. 12 chiffchaff, 2 willow warbler, 7 Cettis warbler, 2 blackcap. c100 sand martins and 15 swallows. Peregrine briefly on a pylon. About 3 pair of skylark. Common snipe flushed near dicovery trail.

Posted April 6th, 2014 at 12:01 pm by Simon M Bates in Bird News

Hopes Nose

Sea watching from 9am-10.30am-   1 Puffin south at 9.44am, and 7 Sandwich Terns, Red -Throated Diver and Great Northern Diver. 

Posted April 6th, 2014 at 11:04 am by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Saturday 5th April 2014

Berry Head

Very foggy and damp first thing but a few migrants: 1 Swallow, 5 Willow Warblers (in quarry), 12 Chiffchaff (5 migrants in quarry) others apparently on territory as were 2 singing Blackcap, 3 Stonechat 8 Meadow Pipits > over and a Roe Deer which made its way up from quarry before dashing off toward Berry Hd Hotel. A brief look out to sea produced 3 Manx Shearwaters, 4 Common Gull 20+ Gannets, 15 Kittiwakes and 1 Harbour Porpoise. 

Posted April 5th, 2014 at 9:04 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Powderham Marsh

Thanks to BBH -Powderham Marsh mid/late afternoon, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Yellow Wagtail ( there was also a Blue-Headed Wagtail ) , Green Sandpiper (2 earlier) and a Common Sandpiper. Also 'Barny' was showing well with 3 Canada Geese in the field immediately behind the Swans Nest car park.

Posted April 5th, 2014 at 5:38 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - pied flycatcher this afternoon. Also 2 willow warbler and c6+ chiffchaff in very wet conditions. The 2w glaucous gull is still on the Quay and at least 22 sandwich tern on the river. More on the blog.

a relatively early pied fly
a relatively early pied fly

Posted April 5th, 2014 at 4:09 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 08:30 till 12:15

at least 2 spotted redshanks now well on the way to summer plumage, a good fall of warblers with 22+ blackcaps, 17+ willow warblers and 25+ chiffchaffs, 1 peregrine, 2 gadwall, 1 tufted duck, 30+ dunlin, 26+ bar tailed godwits, 320+ black tailed godwits, 50+ swallows, 150+ sand martins, 20+ wigeon. 9+ shoveler, 4 little grebes. 

Posted April 5th, 2014 at 2:27 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

05 April - Baggy Point

Early morning visit to Baggy Point, few singing Chiffchaff and a single male Wheatear along top path.

mid morning stop at Velator, Braunton, two Swallow flew over.

Posted April 5th, 2014 at 12:21 pm in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Brief visit this morning: mixed flock of hirundines over the marsh including the first House Martins.

Posted April 5th, 2014 at 10:55 am by David Cope in Bird News

Great Spotted Cuckoo - Beer Head

Fantastic bird. I saw it mid-afternoon in the location described in previous posts. Pic:


Posted April 5th, 2014 at 12:35 am by Tim White in Bird News

Friday 4th April 2014

Golden plover

Golden plover flock of 40 near car park below Cox Tor and Great Staple Tor north of B3357 in cutting on the moor. Also 7 male wheatear and many skylarks and meadow pipits and a croaking raven on this sunny day.

Posted April 4th, 2014 at 11:55 pm by Liz Harris in Bird News

Great Spotted Cuckoo- Beer Head

The Great Spotted Cuckoo showed really well at Beer Head mid afternoon/early evening. Best to park at the start of Beer Head, walk west for 1 mile past the coastguard cottages and the bird was sat in a hedge in the right hand corner of the field beyond the first gate on the coast path towards Branscombe.

Posted April 4th, 2014 at 10:00 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

Willow Warblers can now be heard in the Willows surrounding the Pond.

The first wave of 50 Sand Martins has moved on but there is still an abundance of insects on the wing ready to be eaten by the next wave of hirundines.

Posted April 4th, 2014 at 9:35 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Otter Estuary

Recently returned from the Moroccan Deserts and always keen to check what's new on the patch!
Notable birds this afternoon were a Little Ringed Plover on the scrape and a pair of Gadwall on the Otter Estuary.

Posted April 4th, 2014 at 8:40 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Mansands

A female Wheatear was on the coastguard cottages roof this morning. 7 Shelducks flew around the marsh, 3 males and 4 females, which then settled further up the valley. 2 Gadwalls, a male and female were still here and also the female Teal, which seems to likes the company of the male Mallards when they get together. There are 6 Coots on the marsh with 2 now sitting. Around the marsh in the bushes and hedges, plenty of Chiffchaffs singing and also afew Blackcaps with lots of Dunnocks and Goldfinches around also.  

Posted April 4th, 2014 at 6:23 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Bird News

Prawle & Slapton

A rather disappointing day, few migrants: Best at Prawle were 2 Sandwich tern, 2 sand martin, 2 swallow,11 chiffchaff & stacks of cirl buntings.

At Slapton 16 Sandwich terns offshore while on the ley male scaup, 2nd year yellow-legged gull, 11 common gull, 4 blackcap & 5 chiffchaff. 

Posted April 4th, 2014 at 6:23 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Great Spotted Cuckoo at Beer Head

Sunning itself at 4pm just west of the gateway at SY213883


Posted April 4th, 2014 at 6:04 pm by Davina W in Bird News

re: Egyption goose

This bird was seen on the Tiverton Canal today.


Posted April 4th, 2014 at 6:03 pm by Debbie Metcalfe in Bird News

Lundy Island

A great day on Lundy yesterday watching the successful release of three puffins rescued from the winter storms and nursed back to health at the RSPCA West Hatch centre near Taunton.

The other highlight was seeing two Sandwich Terns feeding in the Landing Bay on Lundy's east side.


Posted April 4th, 2014 at 2:27 pm by Mike Jones in Bird News

Slapton area

Stayed at Slapton FSC this week with a group of students. Highlights were a female Black Red on the 31st at Down Farm (Start) and 150+ Swallow, 50+ Sand Martin and 9 Sandwich Tern at Slapton yesterday.

Posted April 4th, 2014 at 2:20 pm in Bird News

Dunsford Woods

Between 07:00 and 08:00 this morning a pair of Goosander and a pair of Grey wagtails. Also present, 1 very vocal Mistle thrush perched high up, 1 Goldcrest, Longtail Tits present, Great Tits, Bluetits and numerous blackbirds.

Posted April 4th, 2014 at 9:25 am by Tim Williams in Bird News

Thursday 3rd April 2014

Exminster marshes

During a visit this evening between 6.30 and 8.00 a swarm of sand martins descended to feed low over the marsh. A small flock of swallows (c20) passed through and then over 500 sand martins appeared. (James Diamond counted 600). They were everywhere and so were the mosquitoes.

Posted April 3rd, 2014 at 8:15 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Topsham

Slavonian grebe and Common sandpiper at Topsham rec early evening.

Posted April 3rd, 2014 at 7:52 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Sterridge Valley, nr Berrynarbor, Weds 2 April

An Osprey in the early evening, probably looking for a suitable roost tree, was mobbed by Herring Gulls and a Sparrowhawk and flew off north, high over the house, towards the nearby coast.

Posted April 3rd, 2014 at 5:13 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

A Willow Warbler was singing close to the hide this lunchtime. Also a good number of Swallows have arrived, outnumbering the Sand Martins today. The rain was forcing them low over the water with others perched on wires by the houses behind the hide.

Posted April 3rd, 2014 at 2:20 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Paignton

A quick look out from the beach this lunchtime produced: 2 Great Northern Divers, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Common Scoter, 2 Razorbills and 3 Swallows in off the sea. 

Posted April 3rd, 2014 at 1:22 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Clennon Valley

The Siberian Chiffchaff was still present in Willows beside the stream near to the YMCA yesterday, 9-10 Chiffchaff and 3 singing Blackcap but no sign of the Willow Warbler. Seeing John's report of ducklings at Exminster I saw my first brood of 9 tiny ducklings yesterday at Clennon. 

Siberian Chiffchaff Clennon Valley 2 Apr 2014       Siberian Chiffchaff Clennon Valley 2 Apr 2014

Posted April 3rd, 2014 at 8:01 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 2nd April 2014

Exminster marshes

A walk down Station Road to the canal bank and back revealed two female mallards both with broods of tiny ducklings, one brood of 11 and the other of 12. I thought this was going to be the only avian sign of spring but then c30 sand martins and 5 swallows flew over. A few chiffchaffs singing. Still about 20 teal and 4 shoveller on the pools.

Posted April 2nd, 2014 at 6:50 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Information re: the new Spoonbill on Taw/Torridge Est.

I have received info today from the BTO that the newest ringed Spoonbill( LA,Y,R,M. RA,R,YF,G ) on the Taw/Torridge Est was ringed on 23/07/2013 on a dam near the town of Den Oever in the Netherlands, on the edge of the Dutch Wadden Sea and Het Ijsselmeer.

BTO is still trying to establish the metal ring identity no. before all sightings of this bird can be processed.

Posted April 2nd, 2014 at 6:24 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Hoopoe - Brixham

Our good friend, a NT warden, told me he saw a Hoopoe today, in his yard at Greenway.    My son saw a Zebra Finch yesterday in Lytes Road, Brixham, obviously an escape. 

Posted April 2nd, 2014 at 4:40 pm by Trevor Leaman in Bird News

Berry Head

Late morning after the rain, 9 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap and a single Swallow over the Northern Fort.

Posted April 2nd, 2014 at 3:30 pm by Bill Macdonald in Bird News

South Efford Marsh, Aveton Gifford 1st April 2014

Mid morning visit to South Efford Marsh just after high tide yesterday, a noticable absence of many of the usual and expected small bird species, that side of the day was saved by initially two pairs of Linnet severalmore being seen during the visit. Little Egrets, Mute Swans and Shell Duck very aerial and the Shellducks bickering and displaying. 3 Greenshank together on the dropping tide, Common Sandpiper, 2 Buzzards, 1 male Kestrel, 1 Redshank several small flocks of Greater Black Backed Gulls flew past the hide. On the way home a flight of 4 Cormorant seen near California Cross.

And todays high light my first Swallow of the season passing the house at South Brent.

Posted April 2nd, 2014 at 1:27 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Brandis Corner

Swallow,

Brandis Corner, N.Devon, 08:00

Posted April 2nd, 2014 at 9:33 am by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Tuesday 1st April 2014

Wrafton Pond

About 50 Sand Martins over the pond this evening.

Posted April 1st, 2014 at 9:05 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - 1 snipe, 2 chiffchaff and 1 osprey @ 1700 'in off' the sea, over Sandy Bay and north over Exmouth towards the river. Also a single pale-bellied brent goose on Maer Rocks with 16 dark-bellied brent goose, plus 9 sandwich tern and an eider offshore. The 2w glaucous gull was sat on Warren Point, viewed from the Quay. The siberian chiffchaff was last seen in the garden (Belle Vue Road) on 29/3.

pale-bellied brent goose
pale-bellied brent goose


siberian chiffchaff - 29/3
siberian chiffchaff - 29/3

Posted April 1st, 2014 at 8:21 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Exminster marshes

An osprey circled high over the marsh before slowly drifting north at 5.20 pm. Otherwise quiet with only a few chiffchaffs singing. Other highlight was a grass snake that crossed Station Road ahead of me. A single peregrine was on one of the pylons.

Posted April 1st, 2014 at 5:59 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Dawlish

Red Kite drifted lazily over Dawlish town 1pm.

Posted April 1st, 2014 at 4:38 pm by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

Topsham Rec - Iceland Gull

Surprised to find an Iceland Gull at The Rec today at low tide in the usual big gull gathering towards the Retreat Boatyard. Suspect it's a 1W/2cy though views and photos awful, either way a nice patch tick for me. Slavonian Grebe also still present.

Iceland Gull 1/4/2014 - Topsham Rec.
Iceland Gull 1/4/2014 - Topsham Rec.

Posted April 1st, 2014 at 3:35 pm by Tim Worfolk in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh and Goosemoor

3 Spotted Redshanks this lunchtime (until about 1.50). 1 from the hide until it flew off with some Redshanks towards the estuary and 2 at Goosemoor which were showing some signs of darker plumage.

Posted April 1st, 2014 at 2:15 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Morthoe Point

I saw a Yellowhammer, Linnet, Stonecaht, Raven, Kestrel, Reed Warbler, Great Black-backed Gull, and a pipit which I couldn't ID it was a slim build whith a brownish grey back and wings and it had a yellow flank just under the wing. Could anyone help if they know?

Posted April 1st, 2014 at 7:34 am by Benjamin Rousseau in Bird News

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