Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from April 2015

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Thursday 30th April 2015

Warren House

Female Cuckoo elusive at Warren House today. Supporting cast of Hobby (distant), pair of Green Woodpecker and pair of Redstart prospecting at Soussons. Large Raven young in nest at edge of plantation. Several Tree Pipit and stacks of Whinchat. Also two Adder.

Posted April 30th, 2015 at 10:11 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Black hole Marsh

Short eared owl presented itself again at 16.00 Hunted unsuccessly for 50 min.

Posted April 30th, 2015 at 9:54 pm by Tim Cox in Bird News

Yellow Feathers - Croyde

Andy Cotton found these & other yellow feathers on a lawn in Croyde recently.No other bird remains were seen.

Any ideas?


Posted April 30th, 2015 at 9:44 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Just to add to Keith's earlier post c20 Sandwich Terns from the viewing platform with 7 on the mud and another c13 diving around the orange buoy and moving upstream rowards the goatwalk on the outgoing high-tide 1945hrs also on the walk back towards the hide with Terry Smith c250 Sand Martins decended over the main pool at 2015hrs

Posted April 30th, 2015 at 9:00 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Yarner Woods

From 10am - 3pm approx. Highlights - Tree Pipit, Yellowhammer, Pied Flycatchers (male and female), Mandarin ducks(all male), Siskin, Marsh Tit, Linnet, Jay and possible Whitethroat.

Tree Pipit
Tree Pipit

Siskin
Siskin

Mandarin Duck
Mandarin Duck

Posted April 30th, 2015 at 8:36 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 15:30 till 17:30

a big increase in sedge warblers today with 20+ showing well and 12+ reed warblers, 1 fly over hobby headed towards exminster marsh, 1 peregrine, 2 knot, 20+ dunlin, 9+ whimbrel, 150+ black tailed godwits, 4 tufted duck , 3 wigeon, 50+ shelduck, 1 common sandpiper.

Posted April 30th, 2015 at 8:00 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

River Caen-Horsey island (Braunton)

0945-1215   On the caen 8 Whimbrel,10 Shellduck and a common sandpiper. Horsey island held 3 Wheatear (1 m 2 f ),3 Whitethroat and good numbers of medow pips and Linnets. On the marsh area were 3 Cettis 1 seen 2 more heard also singing were 2 or 3 Reed warbler. Also seen 1 Raven,2 Buzzard and 10 Stock dove.

Posted April 30th, 2015 at 3:00 pm in Bird News

Wednesday 29th April 2015

Exminster Marsh & Starcross

A look around Exminster Marsh mid-day showed 2 Hobby around the main lagoon with small numbers of Swift, Swallow and Sand Martins. From Starcross railway station mid-afternoon on incoming high-tide the Slovonian Grebe was around the moored boats partway towards Cockwood, several Turnstone around the harbour, 8 Sandwich Terns diving in the estuary heading towards Topsham, c300 Oystercatchers on sandbar towards the Warren.

The 66122 Diesel at front with 70000 Britannia Steam Train attached and 12 south coast carriages passed through Starcross Station north bound towards Exeter at 15:07Hrs..awesom sight and sound.  Links to Hobby & Turnstone videos.

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Id5oT6V_iwc

Hobby at exminster Marsh  29-4-2015
Hobby at exminster Marsh 29-4-2015

Hobby at Exminster Marsh  29-4-2015
Hobby at Exminster Marsh 29-4-2015

Turnstone at Starcross  29-4-2015
Turnstone at Starcross 29-4-2015

Posted April 29th, 2015 at 9:42 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 15:25 till 17:30

2 male Garganey dropped in just after 16:00 and were still showing well from the hide when I left, also 18+ greenshank, 80+ black tailed godwits, 1 common sandpiper, 4 sedge warblers, 3+ reed warblers, 2 reed buntings, 2 little egret over, 5 whimbrel on the marsh, 32+ whimbrel over, good numbers of house Martin over with lower numbers of swallow and sand Martin , 1 avocet, 2 oystercatcher, 3 wigeon, 4 tufted duck.

Posted April 29th, 2015 at 8:37 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Gidley Bridge ~ Dockwell Ridge ~ South Brent

Gidley Bridge near South Brent a pair of Blackcap the male was in full fluttering display to an almost sulking female, this location has had two males showing for some time this was the first hen that I have seen there this season.

Several Goldcrest showing again a first time for this season at this site, brief view of a Song Thrush, several Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs calling but not seen and a male Bullfinch.

On the moorland edge at Dockwell Ridge a Cuckoo calling in the distance across the moors it took ages before it came into view and then could be seen frequently being mobbed by a Meadow Pipit. Close up views again of several Willow Warblers, male Yellow Hammer, Dunnock and distant hunting Kestrel & Buzzard, only a couple of Swallows seen on the moor.

Back at home at South Brent around the feeders a juvenile Siskin appeared this morning with two adult males, the hen came in later as did a single juvenile bird, fly past from a Sparrow Hawk, a pair of Long Tailed Tits and around 4pm in broad day light two Tawny owls were calling across the field, to finish the day.

Posted April 29th, 2015 at 7:31 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Dart Woods @ Venford Tuesday

2 wood warblers,5 pied Flys and at least 3 redstarts along the leat path. Also cuckoo heard on open moor nearby. Plenty of Tree Pipits and Willow Warblers

Posted April 29th, 2015 at 2:39 pm by Tim Clyburn in Bird News

Berry Head.

A quick walk around BH this morning to have my first Swift this year, 2 Whitethroat both singing on station in different locations and in the gully by coast path from St Marys bay one of the Shag nest has 4 chicks, looks very crowded so could be down to 3 fairly soon.

If interested I'm running Pelagic trips out of Brixham from Friday 17th July, every friday till the 11th September email wildbones@btinternet.com for more details.

Posted April 29th, 2015 at 12:36 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Tuesday 28th April 2015

River Teign Flow Point and Passage House

Flow Point . Pair of Ringed Plovers feeding on waters edge, 3 Whimbrel, 10+ Shelduck , Grey Heron.

Passage House. 3 Common Sandpipers , 3 Greylag Geese , Shelducks, Cormorants and Little Egrets.

15.30 to 16.30. Cold wind from SW.

Posted April 28th, 2015 at 11:06 pm by Cilla Ingram in Bird News

Dartmoor and Peregrine

Two male cuckoo at Venford reservoir (south end). At north end, several Redstart, a Nuthatch, Grey Wagtail , Great Spotted Woodpecker and Raven.

Peregrine over Barnstaple this evening.

Posted April 28th, 2015 at 10:28 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Around topsham

Watched from 15:00 till 17:00

from the hide at bowling green marsh 2 greenshank, 1 avocet, 60+ black tailed godwits, 2 oystercatchers, 6+ chiffchaffs, 4 blackcap, 1 peregrine good numbers of sand Martin, a few swallow and house martins.

from the viewing platform, 70+ dunlin, 3 knot, 90+ black tailed godwit, 15+ whimbrel.

from the goatwalk, 6 sandwich tern of turf, 20+ whimbrel flew north, 1 ringedover, 100+ dunlin, 1 peregrine.

 

Posted April 28th, 2015 at 7:13 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Exminster Marshes -13:00 to 14:00

Five Hobbies were circling reasonably high over the Lion's Nest Industrial Estate hawking insects. Watched them for quite a while - true masters of the air. Also, quite a few Reed Warblers singing away and two Swift over. 

Posted April 28th, 2015 at 4:18 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Monday 27th April 2015

(Dartmoor) Dockwell South Brent

Towards Dockwell on Dartmoor above South Brent today three Yellow Hammers, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warblers, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Nuthatch

3 Mallard, Wood pigeon on nest with two eggs, 1 Greater Black Backed Gull, Sparrow hawk carrying what looked like a Blackbird in its talons, handful of Linnets, single Snipe flushed, 3 Jays, Skylarks not as plentiful as last weeks visit, Wren, 2 Stock Dove, Song Thrush

 

The reported Redstart now seen by two other local birders remains elusive, and the movement of Swallow and House Martin from a week ago seems tohave dried up with only a couple of Swallows being seen but just on 30 identified species made for an enjoyable if rather chilly morning.

 

Posted April 27th, 2015 at 9:53 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

Mid-day viewing showed 4 Hobby's in total with 2 active over the main logoon and another 2 over the north side of the marsh with small numbers of Swallow and Sand Martins. On the walk back down station road looking for yellow wags DS spotted a Peregrine carrying it's lunch (pigeon) followed by another flying from the north side of the marsh before landing on top of it's usual electric pylon near the RSPB car-park before dropping it and both ended up on the ground. Link to video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bxxSBBiT3I

Peregrine  27-4-2015
Peregrine 27-4-2015

Peregrine  27-4-2015
Peregrine 27-4-2015

Posted April 27th, 2015 at 8:02 pm by David Boult in Bird News

East Dartmoor fringes

Chudleigh Knighton Heath produced a surprise family of Canada Geese with 5 goslings.

Pied Flycatchers showing well in Hisley Woods Nature Reserve, Bovey Valley with at least five males. A new area to me which I visited to research new venues for field meetings next year.  Maybe better visited some weeks later when other species may be present? 

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Posted April 27th, 2015 at 7:30 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Burrator and Goldfinch below

Wonder if the Goldfinch below is an escapee from captivity? Can't imagine a wild bird failing to file its claws down as normal, anyone else able to shed light?

Burrator today held two Cuckoo (m), Redstart, Grey Wagtail, Wheatear, Swallow, Dipper and Buzzard.

Posted April 27th, 2015 at 7:18 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Possible Crane

Saw what looked like a crane fly directly over my house in Exmouth at 3.35 flying west.

Posted April 27th, 2015 at 5:14 pm by Dave Britton in Bird News

Fingle Woods,Dartmoor

First Wood Warbler just after dawn, male in characteristic song. Also: Dipper, 4 Grey Wagtail, 4 Pied Flycatcher & 3 Nuthatych.

Posted April 27th, 2015 at 2:59 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh

No sign of the LRP this morning, but 3 Common Sandpipers. The cool-to-cold westerly wind seems to have subdued the singing Warblers - just a few in song in the reed-bed this morning.

Posted April 27th, 2015 at 12:43 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Goldfinch with enormous claws

I took this (very poor!!!) shot of a Goldfinch in my garden yesterday. Over the years I have seen many birds with the finches disease but I have never see a Goldie with claws this long - it seems to be  OK at the moment but not sure of its long term chances!


Posted April 27th, 2015 at 11:39 am by Roy Churchill in Bird News

Ruddy Shelduck

Sunday 26th April 2015, single Ruddy Shelduck at South Huish marsh, in amongst Canada Geese 6:30pm showing well.

Posted April 27th, 2015 at 7:18 am by Molly Burnley in Bird News

Exminster - Sunday PM

Walk from RSPB car park along the road to canal bank, Hobby x2, lots of Sand and House Martins, Swallows, my first 2 Swifts of the year, plenty of Reed and Sedge Warblers also, no sign of Yellow Wags sadly. 

Posted April 27th, 2015 at 4:50 am by Trevor Leaman in Bird News

Sunday 26th April 2015

Summer Visitors

One of 4 Whinchat seen today, (3m1f) around Challacombe with Wheatears, Willow Warblers, Swallows, 3 Cuckoos and Tree Pipits the other Summer visitors on show.


Posted April 26th, 2015 at 6:52 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Hope's Nose

14.00

2 Whimbrel, 2 Whitethroats, Rock Pipit, Raven, 3 Blackcaps, 2 Chiffchaff. 

Posted April 26th, 2015 at 6:06 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Cuckoo Robourgh Down - Plymouth

The Cuckoo at Robourough Down near Plymouth, is still hanging around, and not taking much notice of people passing nearby, and still making plenty of noice, the two photo's here were taken at 14:40

Got close enough for a decent shot
Got close enough for a decent shot

Caught in flight
Caught in flight

Posted April 26th, 2015 at 5:30 pm by greg bradbury in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Two Whimbrels on Blaxton Pool and 2 Curlews on the estuary plus 3 Little Egrets. Also 2 Wheatears, a Snipe and 3 Stock Doves.

Posted April 26th, 2015 at 4:56 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh

 Very cold walk around this morning - one Little RInged Plover the reward.

Posted April 26th, 2015 at 11:08 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Saturday 25th April 2015

Saltram & Roborough Downs

At Saltram about 11am to try and find the Little Ringed Plover but no luck.

Moved up to Roborough Downs near Clearbrook where we saw Willow Warblers, Skylarks, Linnets, Male Bullfinch, Meadow Piptis, Cuckoo (Photo of one sent to Gallery), Possible Chiffchaff,Yellowhammers along with the usual Magpies, Pigeons and Crows. Also uncertain sighting of Wheatears.


Posted April 25th, 2015 at 8:56 pm by Mick Spencer in Bird News

Cuckoo @ Robourgh Down Plymouth

Robourgh Down just outside Plymouth - today produced,  Yellowhammers - Willow Warblers - Chiffchaffs - Skylarks - Meadow Pipits - Stonechats - and many Tits - the highlight of the day was a Cuckoo - after chasing this bird for around 2 mile only managed to get a long shot

Posted April 25th, 2015 at 8:51 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

A look around the marsh this morning showed 2 Hobby's with one sat on fence post behind main logoon whilst other was flying over the lagoon and small numbers of Swift, House Martin, Swallow and Sand Martin with 2 Buzzards being mobbed by Crows. A Peregrine was sat in it's usual place on top of the electric pylon with Reed and Sedge Warblers could be heard everywhere around the marsh with one very vocal nearby in station road. Some digiscoped videos on the following links.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64QEPnxkrWM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4iOMxJQpIk

Hobby  25-4-2015
Hobby 25-4-2015

Sedge Warbler  25-4 2015
Sedge Warbler 25-4 2015

Posted April 25th, 2015 at 8:34 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Around the exe

Started at bowling green marsh 07:30 till 12:15

178+ black tailed godwits were on the marsh all morning and were joined by 11+ bar tailed godwit, 35+ dunlin, 40+ whimbrel, with another 7 over North, 20+ greenshank, 4+ sedge warblers, 6+ reed warbler, 2 whitethroat, 10+ blackcap, 8+ chiffchaffs, 2 tufted duck, 1 little grebe, 2 Cetti's warblers, a few house Martin , sand Martin and swallows.

from the goatwalk 20+ whimbrel, 2 knot, 1 ringed plover, 120+ dunlin.

on goosemoore 5+ whimbrel, 1 spotted redshank

then moved onto exminster marsh 12:30 till 14:30

2+ hobby, 2 gadwall, 5 little egret, 80+ swift was the first big movement of the spring.

( not related to devon but a rare quick visit over the border to get the Hudsonian godwit at meare Heath in Somerset this afternoon cracking bird to add to my life list and what a great site)

Posted April 25th, 2015 at 8:20 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

took part in a Bird Race day with a number of sites in the Midlands . With very poor weather conditions ,lots of sea fog and rain achieved a reasonable total of 88 species.

A new patch record for Great Skua a total of 25 birds recorded

Posted April 25th, 2015 at 7:11 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Hoopoe sighting

Between Holbeton & Yealmpton this morning. Clear sighting flying then sat in a tree.

Posted April 25th, 2015 at 6:58 pm by Harry in Bird News

Clearbrook

Cuckoo calling at Clearbrook on the edge of Dartmoor this morning.

Posted April 25th, 2015 at 5:18 pm by Paul Rendell in Bird News

Soar and South Huish

Arrived in the car park at East Soar at 07.30 to find a rather wet looking Short-eared Owl which stayed for c10 mins before driting into the mist. The thick mist refused to clear so I dropped down to South Huish where there was: 7 Dunlins, Common Sandpiper, 8+ Whimbrels, 30+ Swallows, c20 Sand Martins, c10 House Martins, and a Wheatear, A flock of 13 Bonxies on the sea flew off east, and a Reed Warbler was singing at South Milton Ley.

Posted April 25th, 2015 at 4:45 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Haytor

Stunning male Greenland Wheatear on Haytor this morning ,standing out amongst the resident Wheatears,also a very vocal cuckoo.

Posted April 25th, 2015 at 4:18 pm by Keith Benyon-Tinker in Bird News

Capstone/ Ilfracombe

1515-  4 Purple sandpiper are still on windy corner.

Posted April 25th, 2015 at 3:51 pm in Bird News

Tawny owl…..Bideford

Plenty of Tawny owl activity in my local woods last night

Tawny Owl
Tawny Owl

Posted April 25th, 2015 at 1:10 pm by steve Hatch in Bird News

Berry Head this morning

Nightingale singing in scrub between carpark and Cafe. 2 Lesser Whitethroa, 10+ Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler and a fly over Tree Pipit

Posted April 25th, 2015 at 12:49 pm in Bird News

Berry Head this morning

0600 - 0800. Bill McDonald and Andy Plumb also present. Nightingale singing intermittently from scrub inland between the two forts, my first at the site. Also at least 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 3+ Whitethroats, a flyover Tree Pipit, and a swallow.

Posted April 25th, 2015 at 12:11 pm by Simon Tonge in Bird News

Rillage Point to Widmouth Head, nr Ilfracombe

08.00-10.20 Visible migration: 76 Swallows, 20 Sand Martins, 12 House Martins, 22 Linnets, 9 Goldfinches, 2 alba wagtails, 4 Meadow Pipits. In the scrub: one Wheatear, plus a few Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps & Whitethroats. Passing offshore: 3 Shelducks, 7 Manx Shearwaters, 7 Gannets, 1 Kittiwake and 15 auks. With the change in wind direction the migrating hirundines are now flying west along the cliffs, whereas last weekend they were all going east!

Posted April 25th, 2015 at 11:55 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Belstone

Early morning cuckoo calling on Belstone Tor

Posted April 25th, 2015 at 7:53 am by Paul Rendell in Bird News

Friday 24th April 2015

Hopes Nose

one female redstart, bright vocal Siskin, 3 singing white throats, 2 willow warblers, 3+ chiffchafs, 4 blackcaps 1 female, bullfinch, in weak sunshine

Posted April 24th, 2015 at 10:15 pm by Adam davison in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

Red Kite over at 1130 drifting NE,also of interest two flocks of Jays 7 birds in the first and 5 in the second also going NE,plenty of Sedge and Reed warbler about also Whitethroat and Willow Warbler.

Posted April 24th, 2015 at 9:30 pm by Andy Bond in Bird News

Red Kite

one Red Kite drifted slowly over Exminster Marsh at about 1130 hrs,also of interest 2 small flocks of Jays went over one of 7 birds the over of 5 birds all birds heading N to NE,also plenty of common spring Warblers around.

Posted April 24th, 2015 at 8:44 pm by Andy Bond in Bird News

Pied Flycatchers, Sticklepath

One of the pairs of flycatchers have returned to the copse above Sticklepath... Also, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, and a possible singing Redstart

Posted April 24th, 2015 at 7:13 pm by Tom Michie in Bird News

Berry Head Field Meeting Sunday April 26th

Due to the predicted adverse weather conditions on Sunday morning, regrettably the above meeting has been CANCELLED

Posted April 24th, 2015 at 6:45 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

South Brent

Heard (but not seen) my first Cuckoos this year. One near Avon Dam whilst on the access road and another heard from the old station car park in South Brent (heard calling from South of the car park).

Posted April 24th, 2015 at 4:09 pm by Sarah Salt in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime visit until about 1.50. Nice to see a flock of 80+ Whimbrel from the hide. One Avocet still and 3 Wigeon.

A few more Whimbrel from the viewing platforn along with 1 Knot, 16 Dunlin and 3 Bar-tailed Godwit (one in full summer plumage) along with the usual waders.

Posted April 24th, 2015 at 2:18 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Tamar Lake - 24th April

Cooler and quiet at the lakes this morning-

1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Chiffchaffs, 7 Willow Warblers, 2 Blackcaps, 6 Wrens, 2 Blackbirds, 1 Song Thrush, 7 Chaffinches, 4 Grey Herons, 2 male Tufted Ducks, 4 Mallard, 2 Moorhens, 2 Canada Geese, 10+ Swallows, 2 Sand Martins, 1 Collared Dove, 15 active Rooks nests in adjacent trees.

Harvey Kendall & Rod Mudge.

Posted April 24th, 2015 at 1:17 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Blaxton Meadow

Little ringed Plover seen briefly this morning, before it flew off at 0955. Also, 10 Shelduck, 5 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 8 Canada Geese, 3 Stock Dove, singing Chiffchaff and Blackcap, Swallows overhead. A big dog charging across the meadow sent everything up not long after.

Posted April 24th, 2015 at 12:31 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Tarka Trail

Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, and Lesser Whitethroat all in song between Braunton and Pottington this morning.

2 Common Sandpipers on the riverbank at Pottington with the roosting Oystercatchers.

Posted April 24th, 2015 at 11:17 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Thursday 23rd April 2015

Sherpa Marsh

Late evening walk around Sherpa Marsh revealed a Wood Sandpiper, which flew off East. Later, at dusk both Barn and Little Owl out along the Marsh road towards the Burrows.

Posted April 23rd, 2015 at 9:25 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Warren House

Warren House and the border of Soussons Plantation held 3 male Cuckoo, 4 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 3 Tree Pipit, a Stock Dove, Raven, Buzzard, Kestrel, 2 Wheatear, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaff.

Posted April 23rd, 2015 at 8:43 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe - Evening Update

The first Swift and Hobby of the year flew rapidly through this evening. The female Whinchat and Wheatears were still present.

Posted April 23rd, 2015 at 8:14 pm in Bird News

Exminster marsh

 

Watched from 14:25 till 17:55

A great afternoon on the marsh with the highlight being at 14:55 with a fly over RED RUMPED SWALLOW along the railway path from the RSPB car park I picked it up as it flew towards me in a group of 6/7 swallow the pale throat stood out as it came closer I got my bins on the bird dark vent was visable as it went close overhead heading towards the rspb car park quickly disappearing. I rushed  back to the car park but no sign as a peregrine dived down into powderham marsh. I managed to find some other birders and we all searched up and down station road. My first in Devon but all to brief views but a great bird. Thanks to all the guys who helped try and relocate it.

just before the red rumped swallow a Hobby flew through powderham marsh heading north plenty of house Martin and swallows around , 2 reed warbler.

as we walked  up station road towards lion rest a Hobby flew over heading towards the motorway bridge probabley the bird reported over the lagoon earlier and was still around at about 17:20. Plenty of swallows and house Martins over the marsh especially towards the lagoon with more sand martins later in the afternoon.

on the walk back down station road just past liins rest I found to female Yellow wagtails among a group of cows close to the road giving good views to the five of us.

 

 

A great afternoon with some quality birds.

 

Posted April 23rd, 2015 at 7:43 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Tetcott, near Holsworthy

Red Kite in tree at 9am

Posted April 23rd, 2015 at 6:49 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Wembury and River Plym

This morning there were 17 wary and flighty whimbrels along the beach at high tide at Wembury with a very smart summer plumaged bar-tailed godwit. Whitethroats, chiffchaffs and blackcaps very vocal and swallows regularly flying overhead.

4 house martins around the cliffs at Heybrook Bay.

At Blaxton Meadow by the River Plym the little ringed plover found yesterday showed ridicolously close to the footpath.

Littel Ringed Plover, Balxton Meadow
Littel Ringed Plover, Balxton Meadow

Posted April 23rd, 2015 at 5:34 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

DARTMOOR CUCKOOS

A female cuckoo being chased by four pipits at Headland Warren. One male cuckoo nearby. A number of goldcrest in the woods.

Cuckoos calling at Fernworthy and another one at Kes Tor.

Posted April 23rd, 2015 at 3:22 pm by Paul Rendell in Bird News

Bolt Tail

3rd male Redstart of the spring on the patch!

Posted April 23rd, 2015 at 2:20 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

The cold grey weather produced probably the best morning of the Spring so far with 6 Wheatear (5m,1f), the first Spring record of Whinchat for the site, the 2nd ever and again first Spring record of Tree Pipit and the first record of Whitethroat for the year. 

Linnets still seem to be passing through with a small flock of 12 this morning (in addition to potential breeders). Last week saw a trickle of Wheatears with Monday (13th) being the best with a total of 8 birds along with 35 Linnets.

Posted April 23rd, 2015 at 11:59 am in Bird News

Around the Axe

Nice bit of a variety around this morning, with single male Whinchat and Redstart on Beer Head, a reeling Grasshopper Warbler in Seaton by the old Racal site, and a Lesser Whitethroat singing at Bridge Marsh. Earlier KH had the Short-eared Owl hunting over Black Hole Marsh (present for its 4th day). 

Yesterday singles of Whinchat and Ring Ouzel briefly in Axmouth between Stepp's Lane and the Golf course.

Off patch Dad had a grounded male Yellow Wag and a male Black Redstart at Berry Head yesterday morning.

Whinchat
Whinchat

Distant Short-eared Owl, taken on Monday
Distant Short-eared Owl, taken on Monday

Posted April 23rd, 2015 at 11:48 am by Steve Waite in Bird News

R.Taw - off Pottington Ind.Est. 07:00

For the past week I`ve noticed that large numbers of Shelduck have been either roosting or feeding in a ploughed and rolled field at North Down Farm, Bickington, overlooking the Taw on the Penhill side. Numbers have varied between 11 today; 59 on 20th and 56 on the 18th. Today they were accompanied by several hundred corvids and pigeons so must assume they are "scoffin" sown seed crop. Together with Shelduck on the river and Penhill Marsh, numbers are averaging about 120 - 150.

Also today on the foreshore off the Tarka Trail were 2 Bar-tailed Godwit; 1 Whimbrel; just 1 Little Egret and a flock of 10 Common Sandpiper. Reed warblers are singing in Bradiford Reserve and yesterday 5 Little Egret were on the reserve scrape. Also yesterday there were 22 Mute Swan resting/asleep on the mud at rear of RGB.

Posted April 23rd, 2015 at 11:16 am by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Northam Burrows/Skern

A few more waders around than there have been recently on the Skern. 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 6 Ringed Plover and around 50 breeding plumage Dunlin. Also 3 White Wagtail on the salt marsh, but the best bird was a Little Tern.

Very few Passerines in the remaining scrub on the Burrows following the Natural England 'Initiave' to remove most of the brambles and scrub where Linnets and warblers bred. However I had 6 Sedge Warblers and 2 Grasshopper Warblers, 1 of which was reeling quite prominently.

Posted April 23rd, 2015 at 10:29 am by Roger Doble in Bird News

Wednesday 22nd April 2015

Spring is here!

With an abundance of Willow Warblers, Yellowhammers, a Swallow and a singing Garden Warbler, Ideford Common (Teignmouth) was alive with the sounds of Spring this evening. This was topped off by the first Cuckoo, which flew rapidly across the heathland.

Posted April 22nd, 2015 at 9:58 pm by Nick D'Agorne in Bird News

Topsham

Female Marsh harrier went to roost in the Exe reed beds south of M5 this evening at 20:15.

Posted April 22nd, 2015 at 9:36 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Little Ringed Plover (found this am) still on Blaxton Pool plus Whimbrel, Manadarin Duck (drake) and 17 Shelducks there. Also 5 Wheatears, a male Whinchat and 3 Common Sandpipers.

Also a Whimrel at the mouth of the estuary on Tuesday.

Posted April 22nd, 2015 at 9:28 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Lynton & Martinhoe

Single Swifts with light but continuous eastbound passage of hirundines (all three common species) over both Valley of Rocks (Lynton) and Martinhoe around 16.00–16.30 hrs today.

Posted April 22nd, 2015 at 8:51 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Exminster marsh

watched from 14:35 till 17:15

my first big movement of House martins with 150+ through also 11+ swift and plenty of swallow and sand Martin , 5 Cetti's , 2 willow warblers, 5 blackcap and good numbers of sedge warbler and reed warblers , 1 peregrine was very active around the marsh.

Posted April 22nd, 2015 at 6:36 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

South Huish Marsh

Eight whimbrel in field to W of marsh.

Single swift at Bantham village.

!8th April.  Blackbird feeding one well developed youngster in my garden at Kingsteignton.

Posted April 22nd, 2015 at 6:04 pm by Patrick Case in Bird News

Chagford

Cuckoo calling at Badworthy Corner near Chagford this afternoon.

Posted April 22nd, 2015 at 5:55 pm by Paul Rendell in Bird News

Challacombe Farm-Warren House Inn

3 Siskin, Redpoll, Hobby, and my first Cuckoo of the spring, calling and attended by several Meadow Pipit.

Posted April 22nd, 2015 at 4:54 pm by Sam Forest in Bird News

Meeth DWT

A very pleasant walk with friends through Meeth this morning came up with, Chiffchaffs, Wrens, Chaffinch, Long-tailed Tits, 2 G,C, Grebe, Moorhens, Jay, Blue Tits, 15 Canada Geese, Willow Warbler, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Lesser Black-back Gulls, Mallard, c25 Herring Gulls,Robins, Black birds, Swallow, Buzzards, Sand Martins, Butterflies: Brimstone, Peacock, Orange Tip male and female and a Broad-bodied Chaser dragonfly.

Posted April 22nd, 2015 at 4:46 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Burrator

Singing males of Redstart and Cuckoo. Pairs of Wheatear, stacks of Willow Warbler. Alarm calling Mistle Thrush at Princetown.

Posted April 22nd, 2015 at 4:09 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Ilfracombe

Spotted Flycatcher - first of the year for Derek Stacey - in his garden!

Spotted Flycatcher, Chambercombe 22.4.15 Derek Stacey

Posted April 22nd, 2015 at 3:24 pm in Bird News

Cod Wood, Dartmoor

First Garden Warbler of the year plus 3 singing male Pied Flycatchers & several Siskins.

Posted April 22nd, 2015 at 2:33 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

River Caen,Braunton

1000-1245 A strong wind made birding hardwork but rewarding 1 Tufted duck (not common here ) 2 Little ringed plover 1 White wagtail 1 White throat 2 Greenshank and 3 Wheatear. Swallow numbers were good as were Linnets.

Posted April 22nd, 2015 at 1:47 pm in Bird News

Torbay

A post from yesterday afternoon about 4pm a Cuckoo calling  in the Grove woodlands, Brixham.

This morning seen by Chris Smallbones at 09.00hrs, a Hoopoe flying over Occombe Farm towards Occombe woods and calling.

Posted April 22nd, 2015 at 12:30 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Goodleigh Rise, Barnstaple

Surprised to hear a Grasshopper Warbler reeling at the bottom of my neighbours garden this morning. No visual but unmistakable.

Posted April 22nd, 2015 at 12:00 pm by alan craddock in Bird News

Soar Valley

10.0 am Very strong east wind and most of the small birds were staying down. Chiffchaffs +, 3 Blackcap,  Garden Warbler watched singing from the shelter of a Blackthorn in the hedge leading down to the cove. 2 Whitethroat, a single Wheatear.

Posted April 22nd, 2015 at 11:27 am by Roger White in Bird News

Belstone

The first cuckoo of the year was heard in Belstone this morning.

Posted April 22nd, 2015 at 8:41 am by Paul Rendell in Bird News

Sherpa/Velator

Early morning walk around revealed 2 Green Sandpipers and a few Teal. Good to hear a few Warblers singing in the reed-bed, and a few Swallows around too. A Common Sandpiper was on the scrape by the Tarka Trail.

Posted April 22nd, 2015 at 8:03 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Tuesday 21st April 2015

Burrator

Male cuckoo, snipe, wheatear, pied wagtail, raven, swallow, house martin and buzzard.

Later by the River Taw N Devon, a Common Sandpiper.

Posted April 21st, 2015 at 8:11 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Haytor and area (yesterday)

a white buzzard,meadow pipits, curlews ( 2 seen another 2 heard), stonechats,  swallows, chiffchaff, willow warblers, wheatears, skylarks, cuckoo heard

Posted April 21st, 2015 at 8:04 pm by graham folkerd in Bird News

Pilton, Barnstaple

House Martins came home today, chattering away and straight into restoring last years nest already.

Posted April 21st, 2015 at 7:28 pm by Martin James Bond in Bird News

cuckoo sighting

 male cuckoo in and around Wistman Wood, Dartmoor yesterday-called for nearly 2 hours

Posted April 21st, 2015 at 7:27 pm by richard beer in Bird News

Brixham, The Grove

Heard one Cuckoo for a short time in woods towards Churston.  Also saw seals at Broadsands and Fishcombe.

Posted April 21st, 2015 at 6:56 pm by Philip and Hazel Strange in Bird News

South Huish Marsh & South Efford Marsh, Aveton Gifford

South Huish Marsh this morning gave me my first ever sighting of a Yellow Wagtail, the very stiff off shore winds and bright sunshine made for trying birding conditions, not as busy with bird life as on previous visits but two Common Sandpipers a summer plumage Dunlin showing nicely.

Four possibly five Wheatears, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Little Egrets, a Heron flew in landing in front of the gathered birders. Ducks included Teal, Mallard and Shellduck. Good numbers of both Swallow and House Martin throughout the visit and six Whimbrel.

South Efford Marsh,  Aveton Gifford was almost devoid of any birds, the estuary on a dropping tide gave at least seven Common Sandpipers but very little else. A few Shell duck and Gull species on the marsh, a female Sparrow Hawk actively hunting the far hedge, reasonable numbers of Linnets mostly in pairs.

On the way out a male Kestrel hovering in the strong winds and a Willow Warbler singing strongly by the old residential home.

At home in South Brent on the garden feeders a Greater Spotted Woodpecker and a vibrantly coloured male Siskin.

Posted April 21st, 2015 at 6:54 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Tarka, Barnstaple to Braunton

Not much on the Taw this morning at high tide but two pairs of Bullfinch, a sprinkling of singing male Blackcaps, singing Chiffchaffs, Three singing Whitethroats and an obliging singing Lesser Whitethroat which I might of shared if I'd remembered to put the memory card back in my camera!   

Posted April 21st, 2015 at 5:17 pm by Martin James Bond in Bird News

CHALLACOMBE

One male cuckoo calling at Challcombe, Dartmoor

Posted April 21st, 2015 at 4:29 pm by Paul Rendell in Bird News

East Soar

First Whinchat of the spring, another super male Redstart, Wheatear, Sedge Warbler, 3 Whitethroat and a small fall of 10 Willow Warblers. Perry Sanders had another 15 at Soar Mill Cove.

Posted April 21st, 2015 at 3:53 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Hoopoe West Alvington - Saturday 18th April.

A Hoopoe was watched for 15 minutes by Andy Woodward at Oldaway Cottage near West Alvington, Kingsbridge. This was at 3.30pm on Satuday 18th.

Posted April 21st, 2015 at 3:11 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Fairly quiet this lunchtime with 1 Common Sandpiper from the hide. A couple of Reed Warblers singing at the back of the marsh. The highlight was my first Whitethroat of the year singing by the lane, just past the hide.

Posted April 21st, 2015 at 2:21 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Wistlandpound Reservoir

 Six Common Sandpipers feeding on the edge of the reservoir early this morning.  However it was the wonderful sighting of an otter diving and feeding on fish within a hundred yards of where I was standing that made the visit so special.   I had not recorded an otter here before and I was able to watch it for about ten minutes before it completely disappeared.

Posted April 21st, 2015 at 1:46 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Velator reserve

Quick walk around this morning revealed a very skulking SEDGE WARBLER in a sort of sub-song, and a new bird for the reserve in the form of a female PIED FLYCATCHER.

Anyone know what form of life is nipping off the top 6 inches or so of the emerging reeds and leaving them to their fate? Not exactly helping with my efforts to increase the reed-bed cover!

Posted April 21st, 2015 at 12:53 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

I participated in a breeding bird survey this morning on the central marsh. Good numbers of sedge and reed warblers singing on the perimeter of the reserve. There was a small group of passage waders on the central scrapes including one whimbrel, 3 snipe, 6 dunlin, 2 ringed plover and one little ringed plover.

As the tide rose about 30 shelduck flew in to roost. Otherwise duck numbers low but 2 pintail were a surprise.

Posted April 21st, 2015 at 10:51 am by John Waldon in Bird News

Ladies Wood ~ South Brent

An early morning visit to Ladies Wood, South Brent gave a total 23 species which included, both Green & Spotted Woodpeckers, five Blackcaps all of which were males.

Three Treecreepers, seven Swallows, a Song Thrush, three Chiffchaff a single Marsh Tit and two Coal Tits.

 

Posted April 21st, 2015 at 8:39 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Monday 20th April 2015

Birding ~ South Brent area

A morning visit to Gidley Bridge and the track up to Dockwell on the moors near South Brent with Keith Male gave a pair of Green Woodpeckers calling and three Canadian Geese, a Nuthatch and a nesting pair of Mistle Thrush at Gidley Bridge.

A male Blackcap at the start of the track, the lower to midsection of the track was alive with Chiffchaff and Willow Warblers, reasonable numbers of Sky Larks rising from the fields either side.

A total of four Wrens good numbers of Swallow’s the most I have seen all season, usual in ones and two’s but at times good numbers, one of more in view almost constantly.

At the top of the track I lost count of the Linnets passing by, a total of nine Buzzards hovering and slope soaring in the stiff breeze over Dockwell Ridge, three of these birds were notably white/pale in colour and seemed broader bodied and wider tailed than the normal Buzzards that they were with but given the distance that they were from where we were watching I cannot be any more specific.

Female Kestrel in the same area and four House Martins crossing the moor.

Near Harbourneford some 200 plus Herring Gulls and five Buzzards taking advantage of a field being ploughed, one Long Tailed Tit seen in the hedge.

Peregrine Falcon seen near South Brent and near Dean Prior an almost pure white Buzzard came over the hedge almost within touching reach of the car.

At home in the garden male Siskin on the feeders, Long Tailed Tit with a beak full of nesting material, Greater Spotted Woodpecker on the feeders, Heron overhead calling as it went by, pair of Canadian Geese flying overhead. The evening was rounded off with two Tawny owls calling and a third sat in a Horse Chestnut tree watching as I tried to photograph it and three Pipistrelle bats fliting around as the light faded.

Posted April 20th, 2015 at 10:06 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 16:00 till 19:35

2 spotted redshank still, 1 avocet, 4 bar tailed godwit included 1 in full summer plumage , 220+ black tailed godwits, 26+ whimbrel, 15+ greenshank, 33+ shoveler, 2 oystercatchers, 30+ redshanks, 45+ curlew, 1 white wagtail, 12+ blackcap, 2 Cetti's warblers, steady passage of sand martins , 20+ swallow , 6 house martins.

Posted April 20th, 2015 at 9:49 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Lyd Valley near Brat Tor

My first post here so please be kind to me!!

I spent the morning walking the Lyd valley from High Down over to Brat Tor and the highlight of the walk was a Red Kite (see pic), circling and landing on the downs and dog-fighting with 2 Buzzards and a Crow. 

Other sightings included at least 2 pairs of Stonechat on High Down, at least one pair of Wheatear below Bray Tor and a Willow Warbler riverside. Also a very brief encounter with a Weasel!!

Posted April 20th, 2015 at 9:23 pm by Andy Brown in Bird News

Pochard. Wrafton Pond.

A nice male Pochard taken a few days ago.


Posted April 20th, 2015 at 9:07 pm by George Mudford in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh

Completely devoid of Hirundines this evening! 2 White Wagtails, 4 Teal, a Snipe, a Little Egret, and a pair of Greylag Geese. Never seen this species here before I think.

 

Posted April 20th, 2015 at 8:25 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Green winged Teal

Not strictly a Devon sighting, but a lovely Green Winged Teal at Somerset levels today with the Devon Bird Outing.

Also, Gargeny, Bittern booming, Cetti's warbler, yellow Wagtail,

Gadwall, Reed Warbler, and Sedge Warbler. also, 13 Cranes! Thanks to everyone for a fantastic day out.

Posted April 20th, 2015 at 7:49 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Various Dartmoor

Red Kite around 6.30am over Peter Tavy, nr Tavistock. Crow in pursuit. Venford Reservoir had Sparrowhawk (displaying? reminiscent of climb and glide that Woodpigeon do), Yellowhammer, and Whinchat heard singing but not found. No sign of Cuckoo there yet!

Posted April 20th, 2015 at 7:15 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Red Kite

This beautiful Red Kite surprised me on Exmoor.



Posted April 20th, 2015 at 5:11 pm by George Mudford in Bird News

Bolberry to Hope Cove

12.0 to 1.0 pm. 5 House Martins flew in off the sea. (my first of the year) A steady trickle of Swallows during the hour.  5 Wheatear.  2 Walls.

Posted April 20th, 2015 at 4:56 pm by Roger White in Bird News

orcombe point exmouth

A brief visit teen o Orcombe point this morning birds seen 2,whitethroats 2 pairs of linnets 2 meadow pipits 2 rock pipite swallow,  best bird was a garden warbler heard singing then in flight by by the metal shelter plus all the other speices normally seen

Posted April 20th, 2015 at 2:33 pm by Tom Jurd in Bird News

Velator

While ringing at Velator this morning 2 SWIFTS were with the Sand Martin flock over the reserve, only one House Martin and one Swallow seen.

Posted April 20th, 2015 at 1:11 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Whimbrel

there were 6 Whimbrel on Home Farm Marsh this morning. Seen during our BTO BBS.

Posted April 20th, 2015 at 11:23 am by Karen Sims in Bird News

Ottery St Mary - Ring Ouzel (Yesterday)

A single male Ring Ouzel seen yesterday in field south of Sandgate Lane adjacent to the River Otter.

Posted April 20th, 2015 at 10:01 am by Ben Lansbury in Bird News

Sunday 19th April 2015

Bull Point, west of Ilfracombe

This evening while watching migrating hirundines heading east along the coast into the headwind (mostly Swallows – 120+ in about 30 mins, with around 12 House Martins and a single Sand Martin), Tim Davis had good but brief views of a Red-rumped Swallow at approximately 18.45 hrs. It continued east with the other hirundines, all of which were clearly intent on moving through at speed; none doubled-back to feed. (Translation: I missed it! Failed to lock on to the right swallow before that particular group whipped around the corner never to be seen again.)

Posted April 19th, 2015 at 11:33 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Exminster

Just to add to the Red Kite sightings. Single bird over Exminster marshes between 2-3pm this afternoon. Apologies for quality of photos.

red kite
red kite

Red Kite
Red Kite

Posted April 19th, 2015 at 10:06 pm by Paul Treen in Bird News

Haytor / Yarner / Heathfield

Early morning walk up to Haytor produced 4 wheatear, numerous meadow pipit, Yellowhammer, Stonechat & linnet. Best an unexpected male Redpoll. Onto Yarner - 6 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Tree Pipit, Goldcrest, Treecreeper, Willow Warbler and 2 blackbirds attacking a Jay. Back at home, good to see first infant of the year - juvenile robin.

Redpoll - Haytor
Redpoll - Haytor

juvenile robin
juvenile robin

Tree Pipit - Yarner
Tree Pipit - Yarner

Posted April 19th, 2015 at 9:56 pm by Paul Treen in Bird News

South Knighton Newton Abbot

Red Kite being mobbed by Crow before heading off north west. 3pm this afternoon.

Posted April 19th, 2015 at 7:26 pm by Batrbara Yeoman in Bird News

Bird Sightings

Red Kite sighted near Combestone Tor Dartmoor around midday.

Posted April 19th, 2015 at 7:20 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in Bird News

Maidencombe, Torquay

At 11.20 a vocal and obliging Lesser Whitethroat in the trees next to the Beach Car Park.  No sign or sound at 15.30 though.  Chiffchaff, 5 Song Thrushes (one using an anvil to dispatch snails - a sight sadly more common in the past), Kestrel, male and female Blackcap, Green Woodpecker, Jay, 2 Ravens, 4 Linnets, 20+ Swallows overhead, all heading north in the direction of Shaldon and beyond.  Also - Robins seemed to be everywhere.  Gannet, Fulmar and Shag from the SWC Path and beach itself.

Posted April 19th, 2015 at 6:52 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Challacombe

Cuckoo, Wheatear,s Challacombe .

Posted April 19th, 2015 at 5:22 pm by Mavis goddard in Bird News

Red Kite

Feeding on the wing over The Thelbridge Inn, Witheridge at 15.40hrs |

Posted April 19th, 2015 at 4:43 pm by M C Webb in Bird News

Red Kite over Paignton

Red Kite circling in a northward direction over top end of Goodrington Road at 1:30pm

Red Kite
Red Kite

Posted April 19th, 2015 at 4:31 pm by Paul Nunn in Bird News

Soar Mill Cove Area

2 Common Sandpiper in the cove itself, Yellow Wagtail at Lower Soar, House Martin at Southdown Farm & several Whitethroats.

Posted April 19th, 2015 at 3:53 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Combshead area, Burrator.

0900 - 1230

In beautiful spring weather:

2 Green Woodpeckers, 2 singing male Redstarts being all territorial, several Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers, 1 Swallow, 3 male Wheatear, 1 female Bullfinch, 2 Raven, 1 Stonechat, and a good long look of a female Cuckoo.

27 species seen altogether.

Posted April 19th, 2015 at 3:42 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Red Kites - Teignmouth - 2.30pm

2 drifting from the east and circling for several minutes before heading off back in the direction they had come from.

Posted April 19th, 2015 at 2:44 pm by barney donnellan in Bird News

Unusual Buzzard?? On Haytor

Whilst on my morning dog walk around Haytor at about 9:00 this morning I saw a very pale Buzzard which exhibited all of the characteristics go a Rough Legged Buzzard which seems unlikely. When perched it appeared almost white with a distinctive black tail, when flying it was clearly a buzzard species but almost white on the underbody with a very distinctive white rump. It also hovered for long periods on flat perfectly still wings without the usual flapping.Unfortunately it was disturbed by mountain bikers before I could get close enough to see any further details.

Any further sightings or thoughts would be appreciated,

Keith Benyon-Tinker

Posted April 19th, 2015 at 10:54 am by Keith Benyon-Tinker in Bird News

North Devon

 Red kite spotted over West Buckland, North Devon.

Posted April 19th, 2015 at 8:56 am by Chris sherwood in Bird News

Saturday 18th April 2015

Swift at Velator

My first Swift this year at Wrafton Pond. 

Posted April 18th, 2015 at 11:09 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Male Garganey found by Brian H on this evenings high-tide amongst all the other usual waders and ducks on far left-side of the main pond near the end of the reeds seen from the hide. Managed to get some digiscoped footage as the light was dying and still there when i left at 2045hrs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHlsLToQ2vA

Male Garganey  18-4-2015
Male Garganey 18-4-2015

Posted April 18th, 2015 at 10:33 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Roadford Res - Red Kite

Report of a Red Kite from Barry Albrighton late afternoon seen overhead and moved off towards the dam.

 

Posted April 18th, 2015 at 10:13 pm in Bird News

Whimbrel

One of three Whimbrel by the side of the Turf, not a lot else on show.


Posted April 18th, 2015 at 8:18 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Holsworthy

Red Kite over Holsworthy 2.30pm. Drifting North

Posted April 18th, 2015 at 5:26 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Red Kite

Rob Marshall has just left me a message that he has had very good views of a Red Kite low over Folly Gate at 13.30

Posted April 18th, 2015 at 2:00 pm by Roger & Lynne Doble in Bird News

Around topsham

Watched from 07:30 till 12;20

from the hide at bowling green marsh just after 07:45 a little tern popped in but didn't stay long , 2 spotted redshank, 8+ reed warblers, 20+ whimbrel, 1 bar tailed godwit , 200+ black tailed godwits, 30+ redshanks , 1 water rail, 80+ sand martin, 16+ swallow, 4 tufted duck, 1 avocet.

from the viewing platform 2 sandwhich tern, 12+ grey plover 

from the goatwalk from 10:15 

1 hobby through over exminster, 10+ swift, 1 kestrel, 3 sparrowhawk and lots of buzzards.

not a bad morning 

Posted April 18th, 2015 at 1:51 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Cadover Bridge

Red Kite low over river 10.00am then mobbed by Crow so flew off North west.

Posted April 18th, 2015 at 1:19 pm by Rob Hubble in Bird News

Exminster Marsh & BGM (yesterday late post 17-4-2015)

Yesterday on the marsh the stunning Great White Egret in full breeding plumage showed really well at times. Link to video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jM4yY3Napa4

Also some video of Spotted Redshank and Whimbrel from Bowling Green Marsh on yesterday's evening high-tide with Keith.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mORwzMo6n-U

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2QCE0IJdV4

Great White Egret at Exminster Marsh  17-4-2015
Great White Egret at Exminster Marsh 17-4-2015

Great White Egret at Exminster Marsh  17-4-2015
Great White Egret at Exminster Marsh 17-4-2015

Whimbrel at Bowling Green Marsh  17-4-2015
Whimbrel at Bowling Green Marsh 17-4-2015

Posted April 18th, 2015 at 11:26 am by David Boult in Bird News

Wrafton/Sherpa Marsh

07:15 to 08:30

Sunny, windy and chilly morning walk, birds of note:  2 singing Reed Warblers , 1 House Martin with around 20+ Sand Martin and a few Swallow and a lovely sight of a Mallard mum with not quite the perfect dozen ducklings!  

Not quite the perfect dozen!
Not quite the perfect dozen!

Posted April 18th, 2015 at 9:57 am by Martin James Bond in Bird News

Hope's Nose, Torquay

07.25-08.55

Very windy throughout visit. One skulking but vocal Whitethroat, Blackcap, 3 Rock Pipits, Raven, 4 Fulmars, 3 Gannets including one overhead, Bullfinch, calling Pheasant and Chiffchaff.  Lots of Guillemots coming and going at the Orestone.  

Posted April 18th, 2015 at 9:48 am by Paul Darlington in Bird News

powderham

Great white Egret flew towards Powderham castle, Fulmar at Turf and Osprey over River.

Posted April 18th, 2015 at 9:41 am by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

Friday 17th April 2015

Bowling green marsh

watched from 15:30 till 19:10

2 spotted redshanks, 15+ greenshanks, 3 dunlin, 17+ whimbrel and another 5 over North, 200+ black tailed godwits, 20+ redshanks, 100+ curlew, 9 tufted duck, 4 wigeon,  2 reed warblers, 2 Cetti's warblers, 3 house martins , 100+ swallow, 300+ sand martins through, 1 sparrowhawk, 4 blackcap, 4 reed buntings.

Posted April 17th, 2015 at 11:01 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Cuckoo - Exmoor

First Cuckoo of the year heard this evening near to Shallowford on Exmoor.  One Whinchat also present.

Posted April 17th, 2015 at 9:26 pm by Edd Glover in Bird News

KENWITH NR BIDEFORD

grasshopper warbler,my first for reserve,reed warbler,2 blackcap,2 green woodpecker,06:45

Posted April 17th, 2015 at 7:57 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Powderham

An Osprey flew over Powderham at 18.40 carrying a fish

Posted April 17th, 2015 at 7:13 pm by David Cope in Bird News

Berry head

A single Whitethroat on fence up from car park, and one reported by visiting birder just off site to the west. Otherwise as per Jake's post but minus the Firecrest!

Posted April 17th, 2015 at 5:10 pm by John Lusher in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Arrived at about 0900 this morning and along the foothpath from the main car was a Great Egret fishing (sucessfully) in one of the ditches. It was still there when I left at approx. 1030am.

Couple of distant photos below. 

Great Egret
Great Egret

Great Egret
Great Egret

Posted April 17th, 2015 at 1:37 pm by david cawthraw in Bird News

Velator

First Reed Warbler singing in the reserve this morning.

Posted April 17th, 2015 at 1:30 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Great White Egret Exminster Marshes

Just had a phone call from Dave Hopkins, there's a breeding plumaged Great White Egret on Exminster Marshes south of Lion's Rest.

Posted April 17th, 2015 at 12:08 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Berry Head

10 Swallows and 2 Sand Martins east over headland and a single Firecrest in the quarry. Also lots of Chiffchaff singing in woodland.

Posted April 17th, 2015 at 12:02 pm by Jacob Wood in Bird News

Lundy news 14th to 16th April

Highlights included large falls of Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps (200 Blackcaps on 16th), along with the year's first Whimbrels and Whitethroats, a scattering of Common and Black Redstarts, Pied Flycatchers, Sedge & Grasshopper Warblers, White Wagtails and, on 15th, a significant movement of hirundines, plus an early Swift. A Hoopoe on 15th led the rarity stakes, along with the regular Black Guillemot (seen daily), while island scarcities included single Shelduck, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Sandwich Tern, Rook and Bullfinch. Full details on the Lundy blog.

Posted April 17th, 2015 at 11:11 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Fingle Bridge

Thursday 16th - LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER on the top of the hill to the immediate south of the bridge with extensive drumming;  then seen in the tops of the trees on the skyline.

Hunters Path, approx halfway bet. Castle Drogo and Fingle Bridge, a TREE PIPIT singing and providing song flight displays but going down below the ridge line and out of sight.

Posted April 17th, 2015 at 9:38 am by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

Thursday 16th April 2015

Prawle Point

Seawatch from 7.20 to 9.50 am in stiff NE breeze. 1 adult dp Arctic Skua, 2 Whimbrel, 27 Sandwich Terns ; 12 Common Scoter and 12 Manx Shearwaters all east. Elsewhere quite a few Chiffchaffs plus one or two Willow Warblers and my first spring singing Blackcaps singing.Also 7 Swallows, 3 Sand Martins and my first House Martin. And Green-Veined White, Speckled Wood , Red Admiral and Peacock butterflies-but missed out on a possible Hoopoe ! 

Posted April 16th, 2015 at 10:05 pm in Bird News

Hoopoe, East Prawle

Just had a phone call from Richard Tucker, a friend of mine who farms at East Prawle to say he's seen a Hoopoe a few times today near the old school ( right on the first t junction as you arrive in the village )

Posted April 16th, 2015 at 9:26 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Exminster - Powderham - Dawlish Warren

Not much on Exminster as I hurried through, one Reed Warbler heard. Great White Egret visible but hazy on Powderham Lake hence poor record photo. High tide at Dawlish Warren was disappointing.9 Grey plover and 24 Dunlin in front of the hide, 4 Whimbrel in total and a few distant terns with two Sandwich Terns over.


Posted April 16th, 2015 at 9:11 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Powderham Egret

The Great White Egret was very active around the lake at Powderham Castle at 18:00 at which time the light was terrible so there was no chance of observing leg rings.  Also there were 3 or 4 Swallows and up to 8 House Martins over the house.

A late note from yesterday to follow up on the male Redstart at Bolberry Down, around 19:00 the best birds of note were a female Redstart and 4 Swallows..

Posted April 16th, 2015 at 8:37 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Hoopoe, Yalberton, Paignton

Hoopoe seen this evening on private land near Yalberton. Was in trees from 1928-1940 before flying into cover and lost.

Posted April 16th, 2015 at 8:34 pm by Jacob Wood in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:15 till 17:30

There was amovement of Red Kite through over Goosemoore from about 14:30 with at least 6 birds through before i arrived all had been heading from darts farm area towards exminster marsh ( Thanks Gary Clayden for the texts) another 1 went through just after 15:30 heading in the same direction. 

From the hide 2 full summer plumage spotted redshank showed well among 18+ greenshanks, 4 bar tailed godwits, 6 whimbrel another group of 12 whimbrel flew north with 50+ curlew, another 205+ curlew were on the marsh, 15, dunlin,220+ black tailed godwits and 40+ redshank, 5 tufted duck, 8+ blackcap around site, 1 willow warbler and 4 chiffchaff, 1 nuthatch, 4 little egret, 2 grey heron, 1 avocet.

 

Posted April 16th, 2015 at 8:16 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

skern

4 whimbrel,1 barwit,6 grey plover,19 shelduck,21 ringed plover,4 dunlin,21 white wags,2 male wheatear.Yesterday at volehose moor nr near bradworthy n.devon,2 tree pipis,golden plover ove,11 pied wags in hos field 6 willow waabler in song,2 male kestrell,70 swallow onwwi nr powlers piece.

Posted April 16th, 2015 at 8:13 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Challacombe area, Dartmoor

Firsts for the spring singles of male Cuckoo, a male Redstart, a male Whinchat, a Common Whitethroat singing away (unusual here). Several male Wheatear thorugh the valley although not as many as last week so i assume migrants have moved on leaving the residents. Swallows were back last Wednesday and some nine Willow Warbler are singing away.

With reference to the colour ringed  Great White Egret below, all colour ringed birds can be reported through the European Colour Ringing website and you will find out where your bird was ringed. http://www.cr-birding.org/

When you recieve the details please pass them on to me so they can be included in the Annual Report. Many Thanks.

Nik

Posted April 16th, 2015 at 5:25 pm by Nik Ward in Bird News

Bolberry

Cracking male Redstart at Souithdown Farm. Little else in brisk easterly wind!

Posted April 16th, 2015 at 2:28 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Powderham - Great White Egret

The Great White Egret still at the lake at Powderham Castle this lunchtime viewed from the road and still there when I left at around 1.55. It has a red ring on its left leg and a green or blue ring on its right leg (hard to see the colour of that one). I didn't see last weeks bird at Exminster so don't know if that one was ringed. It would be interesting to find out where this one has come from.

Posted April 16th, 2015 at 2:18 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Coleton Fishacre

A nice male Redstart in the woods at Coleton Fishacre. Also lots of Chiffchaff and Blackcaps singing around the woods.


Posted April 16th, 2015 at 1:27 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Bird News

Torquay Haldon Pier

Eight Purple Sandpipers still at 11.30 hours (low tide) today. 

Posted April 16th, 2015 at 12:31 pm by Clive Mason in Bird News

Powderham Lake

A Great White Egret on the lake, visible from the road, at 9.30am.

Posted April 16th, 2015 at 12:08 pm by Janet Gray in Bird News

Cornwood

Wryneck found in private garden near Cornwood Wednesday evening.

Posted April 16th, 2015 at 12:06 am in Bird News

Wednesday 15th April 2015

Trendlebeare Down, Dartmoor

Singing Cuckoo, 1st of year, plus 2 singing Tree Pipits and stacks of Willow Warblers.

Posted April 15th, 2015 at 11:39 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Orcombe Point and Exmouth

Orcombe Point 

A Red Kite was sat on the hedge on Gore Lane, near the start of the footpath that leads to the coastal path. Within seconds of me spotting it, it flew off high towards the Warren. From the lifeboat station a Roseate Tern showed briefly also several feeding Sandwich Terns, Gannets and Shags.

Exmouth 

First House Martins of the year turned up at my house yesterday.

Posted April 15th, 2015 at 10:37 pm in Bird News

Wrafton/Velator

Fall of Willow Warblers this week, after ringing 15 on Monday, returned today and ringed another 31!

Blackcap (7), Chiffchaff (3) and Goldcrest (1) the only other birds ringed.

This evening at Sherpa, 1 White Wagtail, 6 Teal, 3 Little Egret, drake Garganey. Wrafton pond had a few Sand Martin and 1 Swallow, the scrape had 6 White Wagtail. Then several hundred distant hirundines were mostly Sand Martins with a few Swallows. We saw one House Martin over the reserve this morning.

Posted April 15th, 2015 at 10:20 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Evening on Exminster marshes

After hearing a Cuckoo calling all afternoon close to Pymbridge I entered it on the interactive map on the front page of this website. 

I was then inspired to have a stroll around the Exminster Marshes - highlights inc. Whimbrel 10, PB Brent 12, Reed Warber 1, Ruff 5, Willow Warbler 2

Posted April 15th, 2015 at 9:25 pm by AJ Bellamy in Bird News

West Charleton Marsh / Bay ( 17:40-18:50, tide in )

On the marsh single female Teal, Green Sandpiper and a singing Reed Warbler. Also a Water Rail called a couple times. Out on the estuary Whimbrel and 5 Sandwich Terns.

Posted April 15th, 2015 at 8:29 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 15:15 till 17:40

1 spotted redshank now in summer plumage, among 15 greenshanks, 1 avocet, 1 little ringed plover briefley, 220+ black tailed godwits, 4 whimbrel among 50+ curlew , severall more whimbrel were heard calling from the estuary , 1 dunlin, 20+ redshanks, 10+ blackcap around site , 5+ chiffchaff, 1 willow warblet, 3 buzzard, 4 tufted duck, 3 little egrets, 2 swallow.

Posted April 15th, 2015 at 7:18 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Red Kite, Totnes

Red Kite over A385 east of Totnes, heading SW at 17:05.

Posted April 15th, 2015 at 7:02 pm by Jacob Wood in Bird News

Red Kite at Haytor

We saw a Red Kite (it was unmistakable) at around 12pm this afternoon just below Haytor, closely followed by two crows. We saw around 3-4 buzzards in the area , along with a great spotted woodpecker.

Posted April 15th, 2015 at 6:54 pm by Edward in Bird News

Soar and Bolberry

A beautiful walk along cliff to east Soar, saw plenty of skylarks, linnets, 4 swallow and my first 2 whitethroat.  Also lots of cirl bunting lesley G

Posted April 15th, 2015 at 5:47 pm by lesley goonesekera in Bird News

Yarner Wood

Another morning visit to Yarner Wood gave views of eight Pied Flycatchers.

Nuthatch pair using one of the nest boxes, other species seen included female Grey Wagtail, Goldcrest, numerous Blue and Great Tits, two Mandarin drakes on the pond, Wren, Greater Spotted Woodpeckers heard calling but not seen.

Butterfly species included Yellow Brimstones and Orange Tipped

Ravens calling overhead

A Roe buck was laying dead at the side of the road close to the entrance.

Posted April 15th, 2015 at 2:15 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Exmoor

Singing Sedge Warbler, several Redpoll and 2 Wheatear near Barbrook this morning.

Posted April 15th, 2015 at 1:35 pm by Edd Glover in Bird News

Kingsteinton

   First swift seen at 11.50 today.

Posted April 15th, 2015 at 12:24 pm by John Broome in Bird News

Berry Head.

A Hoopoe seen at 08.15 this morning  by Landscove Holiday Park on grass area on opposite side of road just past holiday camp shop as you approach Berry Head. Appeared to be feeding. Care should be taken reference access to site as it's private.

Posted April 15th, 2015 at 10:45 am by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Braunton

Heard, but unfortunately couldn't see Grasshopper Warbler at Batts Meadow near Tesco this morning. 

Posted April 15th, 2015 at 7:08 am by Kelvin Irwin in Bird News

Tuesday 14th April 2015

Garganey

A splendid male Garganey was seen by myself and Andy Lansdell on Sherpa pond this evening ( 14.04.2015 ).

Male Garganey
Male Garganey

Posted April 14th, 2015 at 11:22 pm by John Clark in Bird News

Bolberry Down

Could not get out to Bolberry Down until after 19:00, but in lovely evening sunshine the Woodchat Shrike was showing well on the clifftop footpath towards Soar Mill Cove. Also a reeling Grasshopper Warbler present. Have uploaded a video to youtube which shows plenty of white at the base of the primaries. If the link does not work just go on youtube then search for > Woodchat Shrike Bolberry< and it should be top of the list

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyoJm8bCKEA

Posted April 14th, 2015 at 10:06 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Ivybridge, Henlake Down/Longtimber Woods

Extensive scrub clearance and recent gorse/grass fire.

2 Tree Pipit, 5 Stonechat, several Willow Warbler, Pheasant and Blue/Coal/Great Tits, Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker & Robins & Wren.  2 Swallow, 1 Kestrel and 1 Buzzard overhead. Also Linnets, Chiffchaff and Yellowhammer. Far fewer Dunnock and Chaffinch than previous years, presumably due to burning.

Posted April 14th, 2015 at 9:39 pm by richard teague in Bird News

Bolberry

The Woodchat Shrike still present early evening and showing well just to the left of the coastal footpath near a marker post, 500 yards east of Bolberry car park.

 

Eds: note seemingly lack of very much white in visible primary base! 

Posted April 14th, 2015 at 7:46 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Baggy Point

Bit misty this afternoon, only a couple of Wheatears, and 3/4 Swallows over. A porpoise close in from the point.

Posted April 14th, 2015 at 5:42 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime visit to the hide until about 2.00. A Spotted Redshank dropped in with 5 Greenshanks but it only stayed for about 30 seconds before heading back to the river. It is approaching full summer plumage now and looking very smart. Also 1 Whimbrel.

Posted April 14th, 2015 at 2:32 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Yarner Wood

Early morning visit to Yarner wood gave good views of both male and female Pied Flycatcher.

Nuthatch and Grey Wagtail showing well, still a couple of Mandarin drakes on the pond, Green Woodpecker heard calling, site staff and other birders reporting Redpoll in the Birch trees above the site office.

Posted April 14th, 2015 at 10:17 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

South knighton Newton Abbot

Two House martins returned to nest site yesterday.

Posted April 14th, 2015 at 8:40 am by Barbara Yeoman in Bird News

Monday 13th April 2015

Northam burrows

Grasshopper Warbler heard reeling this morning, but not seen. Very little else but 3 Wheatear, 1 White Wagtail And 1 Willow Warbler.

I thought I would have another go at the Grasshopper Warbler this evening and finally heard it reeling again at about 7.50 and had prolonged good views.

Posted April 13th, 2015 at 8:28 pm by Roger Doble in Bird News

Water Rail Orcombe Point Exmouth

Water Rail seen at 10.00 am alighting on a rock off the beach at Orcombe Point and then flying to the base of the 200ft cliff which it climbed over 2-3 minutes.

Posted April 13th, 2015 at 8:09 pm by Richard Bramwell in Bird News

Braunton

A very few Sand Martins over the reed-bed at Sherpa Marsh this evening, one White Wagtail. The water level is the lowest I've seen it, so plenty of mud. No hirundines at all over Wrafton Pond, but a Common Sandpiper on the scrape by the Tarka Trail.

Posted April 13th, 2015 at 7:19 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Osprey, Paignton

Osprey distantly over Yalberton Industrial Estate at 16:30 this afternoon.

Posted April 13th, 2015 at 4:38 pm by Jacob Wood in Bird News

Exmouth

5 Whimbrel at Mudbank Lane early afternoon . 2 Sandwich Tern off the Lifeboat station. 

Posted April 13th, 2015 at 3:56 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Velator

A Reed Warbler was among several migrants ringed at the reserve this morning. 15 Willow Warblers,

6 Chiffchaffs and 5 Blackcaps also ringed.

Posted April 13th, 2015 at 3:16 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Exminster Marsh ~ Yarner Wood (Pied Flycatcher) ~ Haytor (Cuckoo)

Exminster Marsh this morning while providing a wide range of species was very still, the most prolific species being Wood Pigeon and Canadian Geese, very spaced out Chiffchaff, a single Willow Warbler, a single full coloured male Reed Bunting, Little Egret, Wren(s) Curlew calling. Met a group looking for a reported Grasshopper Warbler but they were as despondent as we were with the lack of birding opportunities on site.

Yarner Wood, a male Pied Flycatcher on full view from the car park, 3 drake Mandarin on the ponds.

Other birders reported having seen a Cuckoo at Haytor, so that was the next stop, 3 Buzzards overhead, Sky Lark and Meadow Pipits in good numbers, reasonable numbers of Stonechat (more hens than cocks) single Swallow overhead, pair of Wheatear, Raven overhead,female Kestrel hunting the Sky Lark and Meadow Pipits and then the Cuckoo showing well and at close quarters at times.

Posted April 13th, 2015 at 3:08 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Haytor + Yarner

Went to haytor this morning with Cilla Ingram birds seen 4yellow hammers 6 redpolls several stonechats and meadow pipits, swallow, house martin, wheater, and our first for the year 1 cuckoo around quarry.At yarner on the heath several willow warblers,tree pipit and stonechats, marsh tit around the lake 2 male 1 female mandarin duck 1 pied flycatcher plus all the normal woodland birds seen

Posted April 13th, 2015 at 3:06 pm by Tom Jurd in Bird News

Berry Head

Good Fall of Willow Warblers today with about 40 birds around the headland, 2 Grasshopper Warblers reeling in scrub, 7 Balckcap, 9 Chiffchaff, 3 Wheatear, interestingly a flock of 6 Jays moving around the headland. Flying over 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Yellowhammer.

At sea: 18 Manx shearwaters, 2 Puffin.

Mammals: 2 Grey Seal off headland and a buck Roe Deer in field by entrance road first thing this morning.

ML BMc JL

Posted April 13th, 2015 at 10:13 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Rillage Point

06.45–08.00 Calm, then light SW. Patchy cloud. Hirundine passage started up after sunrise: 85 Swallows and 4 House Martins in about 40 mins. Also three fly-over Tree Pipits, 22 Linnets and 9 Goldfinches. One Grasshopper Warbler reeling intermittently, 3m Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs.

Posted April 13th, 2015 at 8:53 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Sunday 12th April 2015

River Otter

One Reed warbler singing nr White Bridge this evening.

Posted April 12th, 2015 at 9:11 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Torquay

9 purple sandpipers Haldon Pier torquay harbour this evening

Posted April 12th, 2015 at 8:17 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Hope's Nose, Torquay

15.25-16.40

Male and female Wheatears, 4 Swallows (one off the sea first picked up over The Orestone), 4 Gannets, Sandwich Tern, 100+ Guillemots on the Orestone, 40+ GBB Gulls, Linnet, Rock Pipit, numerous Shags, 4 Oystercatchers.  Chiffchaff and Blackcap calling. 

Quite shocked to see the amount of litter, BBQ and camping gear discarded across the site - I've never seen it so bad.  

Posted April 12th, 2015 at 6:20 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Torrs, Ilfracombe to Lee

09.45 - 12.15 Strong SSW wind. Sunny start but increasingly overcast with a few spots of drizzle. Few grounded night migrants: just 3m & 1f Blackcap and about 8 Chiffchaffs in the sheltered cliff-side scrub. A trickle of W-bound hirundine passage in the lee of the cliffs totalled 36 Swallows and 2 Sand Martins.

Posted April 12th, 2015 at 1:32 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

S Huish Marsh Sat p.m.

5 swallows, 1 black-tailed godwit, 4 teal, 1 yellow wagtail.

Posted April 12th, 2015 at 10:07 am by Richard Archer in Bird News

Saturday 11th April 2015

Wrafton Pond

Late evening visit: about 100 Sand Martins and one Swallow.

Posted April 11th, 2015 at 10:18 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Female Peregrine Falcon laying an egg.

Female Peregrine Falcon just laying an egg at Plym Peregrine,Plymbridge wood,Cann viaduct.

http://www.plymperegrines.org.uk/diary/ (New Websight)

Taken with VIDEO,80 X ZOOM. ©Steve Waterhouse - under Schedule 1 Licence (Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981).

Ed. Also note this breeding site is wardened.

Posted April 11th, 2015 at 6:47 pm by Steve Wterhouse in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake - 11th April

1 Grey Heron, 20+ Swallows, 20+ Sand Martins, 2 House Martins, 4 Willow Warblers, 4 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Nuthatch, 4 Tufted Ducks, 1 female Goosander, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 15 active nests at nearby rookery, 3 Coot, 1 Moorhen, several Mallard.

Harvey Kendall

Posted April 11th, 2015 at 6:04 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Berry Head

Did a seawatch 0645-0750: 1 Red-throated diver heading north, 1 Puffin and 7 Manx Shearwaters heading south, plus the usual harbour porpoise, were the best of it. On the way back up my main reward for stirring from my pit was a fine male Ring Ouzel on the path. Otherwise it was too cold and windy at the top for any self-respecting migrant to hang around.

Ring Ouzel at Berry Head
Ring Ouzel at Berry Head

Posted April 11th, 2015 at 4:32 pm by Simon Tonge in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 08:00 till 12:00

A small fall of warblers this morning with 11+ willow warbler around site, 20+ chiffchaff and 9+ blackcap, severall hundred sand martins over the morning with only 4+ house Martin and 6+ swallow, 1 avocet, 2 greenshanks, 15+ knot, 1 whimbrel, 4 tufted duck, 2 Cetti's warblers, 2 little grebes, 3 reed buntings,  8+ buzzards, 4 coal tit, 2 Siskin reported along the lane .

had a look of the goat walk from 09:00 till 10:00 

at 09:15 picked up a Hobby making its way across the estuary from Lympstone to powderham corner before heading up past turf and continued over exminster marsh heading strongly North. 2 red breasted mergansers, 4 grey plover, 110+ shelduck. 

Posted April 11th, 2015 at 2:49 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Exmouth

Male Redstart on the lawn and in and out of the shrubbery of the Imperial Hotel mid morning

Posted April 11th, 2015 at 12:35 pm by Dave Mckeown in Bird News

Start Point

07:00-09:00, heavy rain pre dawn. Fresh NW wind and brightening thereafter.

Highlight was 2 male Ring Ouzels near the farm. Elsewhere only 6 wheatears and a handful of Chiffchaffs and Swallows. Nothing at the light.

Posted April 11th, 2015 at 11:00 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Rillage Point, nr Ilfracombe

07.30–08.30 What a difference a cold front makes! Unfortunately, the timing of the abrupt change in the weather, which under other circumstances might have triggered a fall, seems to have put a block on migration up here on the north coast. In a cold, blustery NW wind, though rapidly clearing skies, the only migrants were two Swallows battling west along the cliffs and a distant Sandwich Tern out at sea. Otherwise, about a dozen Gannets, 1 Kittiwake, a few passing auks and two Stonechats were about the height of it.

Posted April 11th, 2015 at 10:16 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Friday 10th April 2015

Topsham & Exminster

1000-1045hrs Bowling Green Marsh showed 1-Spotted Redshank; c100-Redshank; c4-Knot; 3-Greenshank; c 400-Black Tailed Godwits;  4-Dunlin; 1-Avocet;  2-Oystercatchers (1 with leg rings);  4-Tufted Ducks  with small numbers  other ducks and 1-Buzzard with  4-Swallows and 1-House Martin flying eastwards over main pond. Whilst standing on the viewing platform all the waders flew out towards Exminster presumably a raptor has gone through.

1145-1315hrs Exminster Marsh showed c350-Curlew and most of the other waders that came out from Bowling Green Marsh i saw earlier and 1-Peregrine sitting in usual electric pylon and 2-Swallows behind Lions Rest estate.

1330-1635hrs Powderham Marsh showed 5-Ruff which flew off towards the railway at 1348hrs; 2-Little Ringed Plovers showing really well in the scrape nearest the viewing platform alongside one of the2- Green Sandpipers;  3-Golden Plover flew off high NW direction; 1-Buzzard; 2-Swallows low over the scrapes and numerous Reed Buntings, Chiffchaffs and Linnet.  Good views of a Blackcap along Toby's hedgerow near entrance gate and 2-Swallows were sat on the cables above the rear car-park of Swans Nest.

1640-1730hrs Another look at Exminster Marsh near the S-bends but no sign of the Ruff.  2 groups c35-Martins/Swallows  flying up from Turf dropping lower over the lagoon and heading high NW towards the Peregrine still sat on the pylon.

Links to videos for Ruff + Little Ringed Plover  + Green Sandpiper

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

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTxANgszB0U

5 Ruff at Powderham Marsh  10-4-2015
5 Ruff at Powderham Marsh 10-4-2015

Swallow at Swans Nest  10-4-2015
Swallow at Swans Nest 10-4-2015

Posted April 10th, 2015 at 11:31 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Yarner Wood & Hay Tor

Late morning visit to Yarner Wood. On the heath above the car park, 1 Tree Pipit, at least 3 Willow Warblers and 1 Redpoll. 4 male and 2 female Mandarin Ducks on the pond.

At Hay Tor, Wheatears (mainly male) were dotted around the place and a group of 5 Redpolls flying around the lower car park. Good numbers of the expected birds - Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Skylark.

Posted April 10th, 2015 at 9:51 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Velator

After a few weeks away, went to have a look around this morning and found a clutch of 6 Mallard ducklngs following Ma around. The Canada Geese have also claimed the island and built a nest. I hope they succeed this year, coz they're great grass cutters! Several Chiffs in song and a couple of Willow Warblers and Cetti's also singing.

Posted April 10th, 2015 at 8:11 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Prawle Point

Seawatch from 7.30 to 9.30 in misty, murky , Saharan-dust clad conditions, with sun occasionally bursting forth . NE wind on arrival, verring to SW by the time I had stopped. 1 dark phase Artcic Skua,2 Puffins,1 Red-Throated Diver , nearly in full summer plumage, 5 Sandwich Terns, 7 Common Scoter and 28 Manx Shearwaters, all east. 1 Willow Warbler flew in from the sea and landed on the point.Also in the area 17 Chiffchaffs and 1 male Wheatear at Langerstone Rocks.The only Swallow I saw today was one over Pig's Nose Valley. In addition 2 Peacock and ,my first, Speckled Wood butterflies.

Posted April 10th, 2015 at 7:40 pm in Bird News

Berry Head

A fem Whinchat in the quarry this afternoon but as previously reported little else

Posted April 10th, 2015 at 5:42 pm by Tim Clyburn in Bird News

East Soar

Wryneck in scrub line on west side of East Soar Farm but elusive. Also Continental Stonechat Saxicola torquata rubicola still on Bolt Head.

Posted April 10th, 2015 at 11:24 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Berry Head

Short seawatch this morning (having failed to find any migrants on top of headland!): 3 Puffin, 5 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Sandwich Tern, 160+ Razorbill among Guillemots moving south.

In the end we did find: 1 Wheatear, 2 Swallows and 1 Blackcap.

BMc, ML  

Posted April 10th, 2015 at 10:25 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thursday 9th April 2015

Bull Point

06.20 to 08.20 An early strong movement of Meadow Pipits, Linnets and Goldfinches, with five well spaced-out calling Tree Pipits mixed in, petered out soon after sunrise to to be replaced by a steady passage of hirundines, including approx. 50 Swallows, 20 Sand Martins and 10 House Martins. Very few grounded warblers: just 10 Chiffchaffs, 5 Willow Warblers and 1 Blackcap. The only other migrants were 3 Wheatears.

Posted April 9th, 2015 at 9:16 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

yarner wood

 Whilst up on Dartmoor today i popped into  Yarner wood , & saw my first 2 PIED FLYCATCHERS of the year [  springs here } 

Posted April 9th, 2015 at 8:20 pm by martin cox in Bird News

Mansands

A red kite east out of ther mist this afternoon .Other  arrivals inclded 2 willow warblers and a pair of whitethroat as well as an increase in chiffchaffs, Cettis warbler in the reeds

Posted April 9th, 2015 at 6:23 pm by Tim Clyburn in Bird News

Yarner Woods

4 male, 1 female Mandarin Ducks, Nuthatch, Siskin, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Wagtails and others.

Mandarin Ducks mating
Mandarin Ducks mating

Nuthatch
Nuthatch

Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail

Posted April 9th, 2015 at 5:36 pm by Colin Scott in Bird News

Exmouth

An Osprey has just soared Northwest over my house in northern Exmouth, being mobbed by gulls.

Posted April 9th, 2015 at 5:24 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Dartmoor

2 Red Kite wheeling over the remote 'Dry Lake' area. SX  635665. Watched till out of sight as they drifted slowly south.

Posted April 9th, 2015 at 4:50 pm by John Lusher in Bird News

Clennon Lakes

The Siberian Chiffchaff still singing around the 2nd lake also 5 Chiffchaff, 7 willow Warblers, 1 Swallow and my first Sedge Warbler (a ringed bird - see photo below) of the spring - breaking into song every now and then, around 2nd lake. 1 Shoveler and 2 Teal still present. Colin Bath texted  'a male Redstart in garden' further up the valley.

Sedge Warbler Clennon Lakes 9th April 2015 ML

Posted April 9th, 2015 at 3:07 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Skern/ Yelland

1015-1200    2 White wagtail, 30+ Ringplover, 42 Shell duck, 8 Grey plover, 2 Stone chat and lots of Skylark, Medow pipit and Linnet but only 1 Swallow and no Wheatear on the skern.

Isley marsh.    3 Cettis heard and 1 seen. 2 Sandwich tern on a sandbank.

Posted April 9th, 2015 at 2:13 pm in Bird News

Soar Mill Cove Area

First Whitethroat of the year plus 8 Wheatear, 2 Sand Martin & 6 Sandwich Tern fishing off the cove.

Posted April 9th, 2015 at 2:02 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Exminster

No sign of the Great White Egret this morning but c350 Curlew on exminster marsh over the morning high-tide and from powderham marsh 5 Ruff (3-m & 2-f) + little Ring Plover still showing when i left at 1300hrs.

Posted April 9th, 2015 at 1:56 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Little Haldon Heath

Lovely morning on the heath and the surrounding woodland: 2 Willow warblers, Yellowhammers, 3 Buzzards and 2 Tree Pipits. Lots of Skylarks and Linnets around.

Posted April 9th, 2015 at 1:08 pm by david cawthraw in Bird News

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - male redstart, whitethroat, 5+ willow warbler, yellowhammer and jay the highlights this morning (NP,PG and MK)

Belle Vue Road - red kite over the house @ 1110.

second redstart of the spring on Orcombe
second redstart of the spring on Orcombe

red kite
red kite

Posted April 9th, 2015 at 11:36 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Exminster marshes this morning

In a brief mist hindered search this morning i did not catch up with the egret - but it could easly still be on site - Did have my first Willow warbler of the year by way of compensation 

Posted April 9th, 2015 at 8:24 am by AJ Bellamy in Bird News

Exminster Marsh (late post from yesterday 8-4-2015)

Futher to Mark's post i viewed the Great White Egret at 1246hrs from the viewing screen at the rear path alongside the railway with others but was distant feeding in the ditch near the back of the main lagoon and the shimmering from the heat-haze making it more difficult. I did manage to get some digiscope video before it took off at 1333hrs and flew around before dropping on other side of the lagoon towards the canal area with some flight recording at end of video. I rushed over that side hoping it would be better views but was again distant and obscured in another ditch with mostly just the neck and head showing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xw5DefWPELM

Great White Egret  8-4-2015
Great White Egret 8-4-2015

Posted April 9th, 2015 at 7:47 am by David Boult in Bird News

Wednesday 8th April 2015

In and around the Otter

No sign of the Little Ringed Plover today. At least 7 newly arrived Wheatear feeding and moving north field by field. Otherwise usual suspects. Further afeild Skylark. 

Skylark
Skylark



Posted April 8th, 2015 at 7:04 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

A Great White Egret found on Exminster Marsh at lunchtime by James D, still showing well at 4pm between the middle car park and lagoon , feeding up and down ditches at about 100 yards range. Also viewable from the gateways opposite the Lions Rest Estate. Also 2 Swallow over at 4pm.

Posted April 8th, 2015 at 5:04 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Lundy – Wryneck

A further message from Rob Duncan: a Wryneck was caught and ringed in Milllcombe today, 8th April.

Posted April 8th, 2015 at 2:59 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Red Kite - Dartmoor

A Red Kite over Black Hill on Haytor Down at 12:30 this afternoon with two Ravens in close attendance.


Posted April 8th, 2015 at 2:40 pm by david cawthraw in Bird News

Around the Axe

No sign today of last night's 7 Ruff and 3 Little Ringed Plovers on Black Hole Marsh (PA, KH), but plenty of action still.

At 09:55 an Osprey flew low NW over my house in Seaton, very purposefully. Then at 13:12 two Red Kites flew high west, also very purposefully. Long may this hig pressure spell continue!

One of the Red Kites
One of the Red Kites

Posted April 8th, 2015 at 2:21 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Exmouth

A Red Kite has just passed over my house in north Exmouth, circling and being mobbed by gulls, heading gradually westwards.

Posted April 8th, 2015 at 12:43 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Livermead Torquay

Osprey overhead heading north and followed by the local Herring Gull population at mid-day today.

Posted April 8th, 2015 at 12:36 pm by Clive Mason in Bird News

East Soar

First spring Blackcap today, singing male in Starehole Valley. Also: 18 Swallow, White Wagtail, 3 Wheatear, 3 Willow Warbler & 13 Chiffchaff.

Butterflies included very early Wall Brown and Clouded Yellow flying strongly in warm sunshine - early migrant or overwintering individual (don't normally survive our winters).

Posted April 8th, 2015 at 12:03 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Lundy 6 & 7 April

An update from Rob Duncan, relaying news of a major fall of Phylloscopus warblers on Lundy on Easter Bank Holiday Monday, 6th April, along with smaller numbers of other passage migrants on 6th & 7th, can be found at the Lundy birds blog here.

Incidentally, comprehensive updates to the species accounts in the 2007 book The Birds of Lundy, taking into account all new records up to the end of 2014, have recently been posted online at the completely revamped and relaunched website http://www.birdsoflundy.org.uk/

Posted April 8th, 2015 at 11:08 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Rillage Point to Widmouth Head, nr Ilfracombe

07.15 to 09.15 Reeling Grasshopper Warbler, a handful of Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs, 2 Wheatears, 4 fly-over alba wagtails, plus a steady light passage of hirundines, pipits and finches, including c.40 Swallows, 15 Sand Martins, 25 Meadow Pipits, 3 redpolls, 2 Siskins, 1 Greenfinch, 30 Linnets and 50 Goldfinches. Offshore a couple of small flocks of migrating Lesser Black-backed Gulls and Black-headed Gulls and one Harbour Porpoise.

Posted April 8th, 2015 at 10:29 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Tuesday 7th April 2015

River Otter

In a short riverside walk south of Ottery Little Egret sat in tree, close to Willow that had characteristic Beaver bite marks on it. Further down Skylark singing well, Grey Wagtail flew over then 1 Swallow along with 4 Sand Martins. Chiff Chaff's a- plenty and more Little Egret and 1 Grey Heron and Pied Wagtail.  Beautiful! 

Posted April 7th, 2015 at 9:28 pm by Geoffrey Green in Bird News

Abbotskerswell

first swallow at garage roost last night,same date last year.

Posted April 7th, 2015 at 8:05 pm by Keith green in Bird News

River Taw and Tarka Trail, Pottington to Ashford Sewage Works 14:15-15:45.

Little Grebe 1; Redshank 7; Black-tailed Godwit 4; Snipe 1; Goldcrest 1; Chiff Chaff c6; Little Egret 3; Shelduck 41; Red-breasted Merganser 1F; Ringed Plover 11; Dunlin 7; Bar-tailed Godwit 2; Bullfinch 1M; Buzzard 2 over Ashford.

Bradiford Reserve - Mallard 8; Snipe 7; Canada Goose 7; Moorhen 3 and c20 Teal.

Posted April 7th, 2015 at 7:18 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Bowling Green Viewing Platform

1100hrs Whimbrel flew past the platform calling and 3 Sandwich terns were stood on separate buoys in middle of exe estuary off Exton.

Link to video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mU1UhcKm5eM

From yesterday the 2 Spotted Redshank showed well on low-tide and stayed close to the platform and are now partway through their black breeding pulmage.

Link to video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L00ZfGD1ukE

Spotted Redshank  6-4-2015
Spotted Redshank 6-4-2015

Spotted & Common Redshank together  6-4-2015
Spotted & Common Redshank together 6-4-2015

Posted April 7th, 2015 at 6:27 pm by David Boult in Bird News

South Knighton Newton abbot

Two Swallows just arrived back at nesting site two days later than usual.

Posted April 7th, 2015 at 5:20 pm by Barbara Yeoman in Bird News

South Huish - Kumlien's Gull

Kumlien's Gull seen 7:30 this morning at South Huish and later around 11.15 in fields between South Huish and Hope Cove.  Seems to favour South Huish for batheing.

2 Garganey, Black-tailed Godwit present with c15 Swallow and a few Sand Martin also Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff present.  (Arthur Livett)

Posted April 7th, 2015 at 2:11 pm in Bird News

Redstart - Orcombe Point, Exmouth

A cracking male Redstart on Orcombe Point this morning around 0700. 

Posted April 7th, 2015 at 1:30 pm by Nick Pratt in Bird News

Bowling Green/Powderham Marsh/Exminster

The Little Ringed Plover at Bowling Green Marsh showed well on the near bank till 10am when it flew off. Also 5 Greenshank, 1 Avocet, 1 Grey Plover and c20 Dunlin. Whilst in the hide got a text from Matt K saying there was an Osprey heading up the River Exe. Went down to the Viewing Platform and picked up the Osprey circling over the river at 9.15am, after making one unsuccessful dive into the water, it circled up higher and was eventually lost to view at 9.27am heading north up the River Clyst.

On Powderham Marsh - 1 Green Sand and the Barnacle Goose paired with a Canada Goose.

On Exminster- a Little Ringed Plover ( quite possibly the Bowling Green bird) showed exceptionally well on the scrape by the middle car park and was still there at midday. Also 1 Willow Warbler singing by the end car park. A Whimbrel flew through north before I got there. 

Posted April 7th, 2015 at 1:05 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

One Little Ringed Plover, also 3 Spotted Redshank, single 2cy Med Gull.

Posted April 7th, 2015 at 10:46 am by Tim Worfolk in Bird News

Stover Country Park

A first light visit to Stover Country Park yesterday morning (6th April) found the lake covered in mist and frost underfoot, it soon cleared to glorious sunny day.

A small duck flew in across the lake, landed and turned out to be a drake Mandarin, a pair of Canadian Geese flew in and were swiftly driven off by a pair of Mute Swans. Great Crested Grebe taking nesting material to the nest where a bird already sitting tight, later seen to catch and eat a Rudd.

Around the feeders, a pair of displaying Siskins, a single Chiffchaff showed very briefly.

Good numbers of both Nuthatch and Long Tailed Tits showing well, Greater Spotted Woodpecker(s) and Green Woodpecker heard calling, Jay seen and others calling very stridently, a female Bullfinch flew over.

Heron hunting along the lake margin to the left of the hide.

Over at Trago around the lakes/ponds another Chiffchaff and two Goldcrest a small but very active Rookerywith several Rooks sitting on nests.

Back home at South Brent 4 Buzzards soaring and a female Sparrow hawk passing over head, one Heron another two Swallows seen passing by in the afternoon.

Posted April 7th, 2015 at 10:23 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Berry Head

Morning with Bill Macdonald and John Lusher at the head: one 1w Glaucous Gull circling early on over southern fort with Grt Blk-Backed Gulls. 40 mins seawatching produced: 3 Puffin, 22 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Common Scoter, 2 Great Northern Divers (>N), 300+ Razorbills and several hundred local Guillemots. Apart from a few Chiffchaffs the only summer migrants noted were 2 Wheatears.

Posted April 7th, 2015 at 10:22 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 6th April 2015

Otter Estuary, Budleigh Salterton

Two Little Ringed Plovers on the scrape this evening along with 6+ Wheatears

Posted April 6th, 2015 at 10:10 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Various

Been all over East Devon today, but not birding (yeah - right!). Still managed a Red Kite west over Jacob's Ladder, Sidmouth just after 09:30, and a Yellow Wagtail north over Mear Park, Exmouth at midday. 

Back at home, no sign today of the two Penduline Tits that were on Stafford Marsh on Sunday evening. Wonder where they are now....

Posted April 6th, 2015 at 8:49 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

red kites

Two quite low flying red kites passing over exeter quay,heading towards cowley area, constantly being mobbed by gulls and crows at 5.30pm

Posted April 6th, 2015 at 7:51 pm by Graham Clements in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

18.10 > 18.40

Another first for me this evening which I have never seen before & will probably never see again.  On arriving at the pond, the large Brown Rat running up the boardwalk towards me with a Toad in it's jaws!

3 Willow Warblers, a single Sparrowhawk, 24 Sand Martins over the pond & 1 Green Sandpiper on the scrape. 

Posted April 6th, 2015 at 7:33 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Border Raptors

A superb day for raptors was borne out by an excellent 15 minutes this evening as first a Red Kite (at 5.45 to 5.50 p.m.) and then an Osprey (at around 6 p.m.) flew over Watchford farm (ST114230 -just north of the A303 in the Blackdowns) and across the border into Somerset close to Churchinford.

Posted April 6th, 2015 at 7:13 pm in Bird News

Powderham marsh

a quick look from 12:30 till 14:30

2 Little ringed plover showed well before flying over to exminster marsh , 1 green sandpiper , 2 kestrel, 10+ golden plover. 

Posted April 6th, 2015 at 6:55 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Dartmoor

Female Hen Harrier flying south over Ter Hill and single Snipe in same area. SX 643705.

Posted April 6th, 2015 at 6:06 pm by John Lusher in Bird News

West to East Soar

Glorious still day on the cliff tops and good value vis mig: 17 Swallows & a Sand Martin in off the sea, 20 Wheatears, White Wagtail at the farm, 9 Willow Warblers in the willows below the farm and a male Stonechat on Bolt Head showing the characteristics of Continental Stonechat ssp.rubicola.

Several Peacocks, a Small Tortoiseshell and a very early Small Copper at the Starehole ponds.

Posted April 6th, 2015 at 3:56 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Start Point

Beautiful bright and sunny spring morning. Light NE wind. Arrived just before 08:00 and stopped in the road to check the farm. Saw a Red Kite heading towards the point and drove around to the car park for a better view. Surprised to see it join another bird here and with corvids in attendance they disappeared in a south-south westerly direction. In the farm itself around a dozen each of Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler with a single Goldcrest. 4 Wheatears on the road near the lighthouse and another singing from a building inside the compound. Only hirundines were 5 Swallows and 2 Sand Martins.

 

 

Posted April 6th, 2015 at 12:34 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 07:30 till 10:30

The highlight was a brief Little ringed plover which dropped in about 07:50 but was gone by 08:00 flying of towards goosemoor, also a whimbrel which flew over towards exminster

very hazy conditions made counts awkward but at least 2 spotted redshanks , 1 grey plover, 2 avocet, 12+ knot, 30+ dunlin among good numbers of redshank and black tailed godwits, 2 water rail, 2 Cetti's warblers , 3 blackcap , 8 chiffchaff, 1 nuthatch. 

Posted April 6th, 2015 at 11:25 am by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Torquay

1 Willow Warbler singing at the bottom of Courtlands Road this morning

Posted April 6th, 2015 at 9:37 am by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Sunday 5th April 2015

Hartland Abbey

Constant stream of sand martin and swallow east over the river mouth. Also along the valley from Abbey to sea, stacks of chiffchaff, plus buzzard, raven, treecreeper, nuthatch, grey heron, great spotted woodpecker, goldcrest.

Posted April 5th, 2015 at 9:46 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Capstone/Ilfracombe

Midday- 6 Purple sandpiper ( windy corner ) highest number i have seen here. Late evening 20+ Swallow over Ilfracombe all heading west.

Posted April 5th, 2015 at 9:22 pm in Bird News

Trentishoe and Heddon Valley.

A beautiful afternoon on Exmoor. Large numbers of wheatear, swallows, linnet and meadow pipits and a Ring Ouzel.

Posted April 5th, 2015 at 8:24 pm by Richard Yeats in Bird News

Prawle Point

During a 2 hour seawatch ( in ENE verring SE wind , force 2 ) with JL ,from 7.30am , we saw 47 Manx Shearwaters west and 12 east; a single Sandwich Tern flying  west oddly enough ; a summer-plumaged Great Northern Diver east and 5 Common Scoter west. Steady passage of almost a 1000 auks west (Razorbills to Guillemots 5 to 1 ratio) and about 130 Gannets mainly west. Also 5 Wheatears (3 males) and 3 Swallows. So it starts.

Posted April 5th, 2015 at 8:05 pm in Bird News

Wheatears on Dartmoor

Came across 5 Wheatears today on Dartmoor, 2 stunning Males and 3 Females. Also quite a few displaying Meadow Pipits also around, follow link to find out more http://www.simonthurgoodimages.co.uk/blog.asp



Posted April 5th, 2015 at 7:14 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Cadewell Park, Torquay

14.10

Single Swallow heading south west.  Vocal Green Woodpecker late morning calling repeatedly from Kitson Park direction. 

Posted April 5th, 2015 at 6:25 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Clennon Lakes

1 Siberian Chiffchaff breaking into song from time to time. Click on picture below for video and sound  - very distinctive song a collybita Chiffchaff can be heard sing in background first. 7-8 Chiffchaff and a Willow Warbler also present.

Click on picture for video to hear song of Siberian Chiffchaff singing.

Posted April 5th, 2015 at 4:41 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wembury, 5th April

A gorgeous walk from Wembury Beach to Wembury Point and back in sunshine this morning before the Easter Sunday crowds descended and it was nice to finally see some summer migrants. A willow warbler quietly and briefly singing in the hedgerow by the road leading down to the beach was a good start. A singing blackcap was less obliging and I couldn't catch a sight of it, a further 4 were heard along my walk and I didn't see them either! A single swallow flew in from the sea and I had a further 2 single birds but all probably the same bird as it had very long and distinctive tail streamers. 2 sand martins flew in off the sea and headed straight up the valley from the main beach and out of sight. 7 Sandwich terns were roosting on the rocks at Wembury Point before flying off along the shoreline to dive for fish. 3 male wheatears were seen with 2 seen together feeding on insects buzzing around piles of horse muck by the horse stables. Plenty of chiffchaffs singing. A female sparrowhawk flew out to The Mewstone where it was mobbed by a raven.

Peacock butterflys, small tortoishells and common lizards added to the Spring air.

Posted April 5th, 2015 at 4:01 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Stover Country Park

No sign of the male Garganey this morning, however, on the lake:

3 Tufted duck, 1 Gadwall, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mandarins (m+f) around the streams. Around the feeders: 3 Siskins (m+f) 1 male Bullfinch, and a pair of mating Nuthatches. 

Also seen and heard around the lake: 1 Treecreeper, 5 Ciffchaffs, 1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpeckers. Several Brimstone and Peacock butterflies out of hibernation too.

Posted April 5th, 2015 at 3:04 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Berry Head

The morning started well with my first Tree Pipit of the spring flying over calling just after 7am with small movement of Meadow Pipits(23), then an Osprey (rare sighting at Berry Hd!) flew north being mobbed by Herring Gulls just after 7.18am - after a few calls, tweets and text messages the bird was tracked by Lee Collins at Dawlish Warren just before 8am, about 40 mins flight time. then on the lower Exe by Matt Knott at 8.03am and up at Bowling Green after some fishing at about 9.09 (Keith Birchall) before finally flying off high North at 10.46am - it would be great if it were tracked again, perhaps on the Taw/Torridge, but difficult to prove it was the same bird.

Other Berry Head birds included: 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Wheatear, Yellowhammer , Stonechat male (new in). Overhead: 22 Chaffinch, 1 Swallow, 4 'alba' Wagtails and 2 Greenfinch. Some seawatching between 07.30 and 08.30: 2 Puffin, 27 Manx Shearwater, 21 Kittiwake, 40+ Gannet, 7 Common Scoter, 3 Common Gull,95 Razorbill among many Guillemots. Also 3 Common Dolphin south at about 8am and minimum of 2 Harbour Porpoise offshore.

Stonechat Berry Head 05 Apr 2015 ML

   (Above left) Male Stonechat (presumed returning white upper rumped bird as last year and metal ring on right leg)

(Above right) Common Dolphins - click on photo for link to video

Posted April 5th, 2015 at 12:57 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 09:00 till 11:15

The osprey caught a fish on the estuary and returned to the Derrick at 09:09 and was still there at 10:30 before flying of gaining height before heading of North.

3 ringed plover and 4 grey plover were good birds for the marsh and still 3 spotted redshanks among 130+ redshank, 18 knot, 1 avocet, 250+ black tailef godwits, 42+ dunlin, 3 blackcaps, 2 Cetti's warblers, 6+ chiffchaff, 2 water rail in ditch upto the viewing platform.

 

Posted April 5th, 2015 at 11:36 am by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Saturday 4th April 2015

Exminster marshes this evening

Good numbers of shelduck and curlew pushed on by the high tide - just one lown sand martin - highlight has to be two whooper swan calling to each other as they flew low through the marshes then gained height as they were lost to view over Exeter 

Posted April 4th, 2015 at 10:08 pm by AJ Bellamy in Bird News

Swallow ~ South Brent

My first South Brent Swallow sighting of the year just before 3pm today rounded of a good day of birding in the garden, the morning gave me my first garden sighting of a Chiffchaff (last year they didn't arrive until the end of the month) ,a male Siskin came into the feeders along with good numbers of Goldfinch and Greenfinch, a very vibrantly coloured Nuthatch has been in and out throughout the day as has a Jay.

A pair of Starlings came into the feeders and have been seen flying to the same spot in a heavily Ivy covered Holly tree throughout the day so I suspect they are beginning to nest.

Overhead a hen Sparrow hawk, a pair of Buzzards, one of which got mobbed by a passing Raven, a Lesser Black Backed Gull and calling since around day break a cock Pheasant and a Green Woodpecker. (Little owl and Tawny owls calling during the night)

A pair of Greater Spotted Woodpeckers came onto the feeders at the same time and a very brief scuffle ensued with several feathers drifting away on the breeze.

And as I draft this post a shout from my better half as a female Sparrow Hawk came into the garden after the Sparrows, she sat on the top of a bush for a moment before departing.

Posted April 4th, 2015 at 9:56 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

River Taw

5 Goosander

Nice to see three Goosander out the water for a change

Swimming
Swimming

Standing
Standing

Posted April 4th, 2015 at 8:15 pm by Martin James Bond in Bird News

Coleton Fishacre to Kingswear

10+ Chiffchaffs, 2 Wheatear 1 Swallow along the coastal footpath and a Firecrest at Froward Point, at the entrance to the Dart Estuary.

Posted April 4th, 2015 at 6:15 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Lopwell Dam

Lopwell dam this afternoon:

2 Marsh tit, 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 Raven, 22 Shelduck on the mud, 2 ChiffChaff, 1 male Blackcap. Cormorant and Sparrowhawk flew over.

Posted April 4th, 2015 at 4:20 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Soar

A blustery day with large numbers of skylarks and linnets. A lot of singing wrens, a few chiff chaff but not much in the way migrants. A few wheatear, cirl bunting, a peregrine, raven, pied and white wagtail, buzzards and kestrels and a large slab of cake in the Walkers Cafe. An enjoyable day in a lovely area.

Skylark with quiff
Skylark with quiff

Wheatear
Wheatear

Raven
Raven

Posted April 4th, 2015 at 4:12 pm by Steph Murphy in Bird News

Rillage Point, nr Ilfracombe

Clearing skies and a light NE breeze provided excellent conditions for migrants to move at last. Heading out over the channel to Wales in the space of an hour from 11.15 were 67 Swallows (including a single loose flock of 33), 11 Sand Martins and 2 House Martins. Also a steady flow of Meadow Pipits, with a light passage of Goldfinches, Linnets and alba wagtails.

Posted April 4th, 2015 at 3:25 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

1 Willow Warbler singing powerfullydespite the quite cold conditions, 20+ Sand Martins, 4 Goosanders, 5 Tufted Ducks, 1 Willow Tit with Blue and Great Tits in good numbers. 1 Nuthatch, 1 Jay, 1 Buzzard, 15+ Rooks, 1 Great Crested Grebe and the usual Blackbirds, Dunnocks and Robins.

Harvey Kendall.

Posted April 4th, 2015 at 1:31 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

1 Large Brown Rat boldly running up & down the boardwalk this morning with young children present. This could pose a serious threat to the nesting waterbirds as it is a very capable swimmer.

The Rat is also a public health hazard & should be eradicated asap.

Posted April 4th, 2015 at 12:45 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

South Huish / South Milton Village

Went to South Huish this morning looking for the Kumlien's Gull only to be dissapointed by the lack of gulls there. The Ruddy Shelduck still on the marsh and single Great Northern Diver and Common Scoter offshore. Driving back, in the distance saw a farmer ploughing on the north edge of South Milton Village ( c 2.5kms inland from S. Huish ). Headed over and pleased to see the Kumlien's in company with a couple hundred Herring Gulls. Still there when i left around 11:00 am. My advice for anyone looking for this bird is obviously to get on a bit of higher ground in the area and suss out where the ploughings at.

Posted April 4th, 2015 at 11:56 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 07:30 till 11:00

5+ house Martin, 50+ swallow and good numbers of sand Martin moving through, 3 spotted redshank, 17 knot, 1 avocet, 250+ black tailef godwits, 100+ redshank, 1 kestrel, 3 buzzard, 1 peregrine, 2 sparrowhawk, the first willow warbler of the spring, 3 little egrets, 4 tufted duck, 1 jay, 2 reed bunting, 2 Cetti's warblers, 5+ chiffchaff, 2 blackcap.

from the viewing platform 14+ ringed plover, 20+ dunlin, 3 grey plover and 14+ red breasted mergansers, 2 water rail in field by path to viewing platform.

 

Posted April 4th, 2015 at 11:40 am by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Taw marsh Dartmoor 3rd April

A walk from Henry's ford to hound tor across Taw marsh in truly appalling conditions. 2 wheatear, stonechats, 2 x golden plover, 1 snipe and large numbers of pipits and skylarks.

Posted April 4th, 2015 at 11:16 am by Tom Michie in Bird News

Friday 3rd April 2015

Yarner Wood / Stover Park

Visited both today.

Yarner - Usual finches, tits & nuthatch. 3 mandarin on pond, a single GS Woodpecker & 2 raven. Most surprising (at 2.30pm) a Tawny owl, that called 4-5 times - looked but couldn't find it.

Stover - The Male Garganey gave great close views. Thanks Steff for the txt.

Garganey
Garganey

Garganey with mallard for comparision
Garganey with mallard for comparision

Raven Yarner Wood
Raven Yarner Wood

Posted April 3rd, 2015 at 10:57 pm by Paul Treen in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Just to add to Keith's post. Quick look at the viewing platform on high-tide at 1930hrs  2 Sandwich Terns stood on each of the orange & white buoys south of riversmeet house.

Link to video taken in poor conditions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvzMOZzdo5Y

also link to video of the 2 Penduline Tits at Darts Farm taken earlier in week

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

Posted April 3rd, 2015 at 9:07 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Stover Country Park

A pleasant early morning walk around Stover revealed 38 different bird species including 2 Swallows and 2 Sand Martins feeding over the lake plus several Chiffchaffs .

Also seen a Kingfisher, Treecreeper, pairs of both Siskin and Bullfinch on feeder and on the lake a pair of Lesser Black Backed Gulls, Gadwall and Mandarin Ducks.

Posted April 3rd, 2015 at 8:33 pm by Cilla Ingram in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:30 till 19:05

A male sparrowhawk was hunting over the field by the viewing platform, from the hide 3 spotted redshank among 130+ redshank, 8 greenshank, 17 knot, 300+ black tailed godwits , 1 avocet.

4 house Martin were my first of the spring among 30+ swallow and severall hundred sand Martin, 1 buzzard , 4 little egret , 1 jay , 2 Cetti's warblers , 5 chiffchaff.

7 tufted duck , 1 gadwall, 1 little grebe.

Posted April 3rd, 2015 at 8:29 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Garganey - Stover Country Park

Male Garganey on lake at Stover Country Park 3rd April 2015




Posted April 3rd, 2015 at 7:51 pm by Miriam Haas in Bird News

South Huish Marshes

Adult Kumlien's Gull. In field to left of wetlands this afternoon. Also in ploughed field. Also 2 Water Pipit, 5 Swallow, 1 Sand Martin, 2 Wheatear, Ruddy Shelduck.


Posted April 3rd, 2015 at 7:07 pm by Tom Mabbett in Bird News

filham park ivybridge

i was dog walking this morning at 08.30 in filham park ivybridge

when i was greeted by the sound of a male green woodpecker drumming,shortly afterwards he was joined by the female.

Posted April 3rd, 2015 at 6:24 pm by patrick hawkins in Bird News

Otter Estuary, Budleigh Salterton

Migrants this afternoon included 4 Wheatears on the Cricket Pitch and 1 Little Ringed Plover on the scrape.

Posted April 3rd, 2015 at 6:14 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Berry Head

Plenty of wheatears this morning. 7 in the quarry, 1 in the south fort and 2 more reported from the coast path. Only other migrants were a swallow over the bungalow and 2 chiff chaff.

Posted April 3rd, 2015 at 4:45 pm by John Lusher in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

During a walk down Station Road and back I counted c30 sand martins, a few swallows and 3 chiffchaff including one singing on the canal bank. A female peregrine spent almost 5 minutes calling loudly and dive bombing a buzzard that appeared to have stolen her prey. The fields looked almost deserted apart from a few teal, shoveller and mallard. The conditions on the marshes look good for passing migrants but we will have to wait for the wind to change direction. Near the road bridge over the railway were two wheatears, a male and a very dark female (with almost a black head).

Posted April 3rd, 2015 at 4:38 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

100:00 this morning, heavy driving mist. c30 Sand Martins and Swallows, 7 Tufted Duck 4m 3f, 2 Goosander 1m 1f, 2 G.C.Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Chifchaff, 1 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 1 Nuthatch, usual suspects on the feeders.

Posted April 3rd, 2015 at 3:22 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Stover

The drake Garganey still 2.25pm at Stover by viewing area left of hide , 30 yards out in the open showing very well but then swam to left hand island and out of view. Also a pair of Mandarin by the bridge. 

Posted April 3rd, 2015 at 3:13 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Soar Mill Cove Area

12 singing Chiffchaffs and 130 Linnets the best of it. Early indications of a good season for Stonechat & Cirl Bunting - the latter 2015 proposed national survey will probably now go ahead in 2016, funding permitting!

Posted April 3rd, 2015 at 2:11 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

12.10 > 12.40

1 Willow Warbler & 3 Chiffchaff calling, 70 Hirundines consisting of 55 Sand Martins & 15 Swallows give or take a few!  1 pair of Tufted Duck. 4 Sand Martins notHouse Martins over the R.Caen in the village of Braunton.

Posted April 3rd, 2015 at 1:14 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Stover lake

Male Garganey in front of hide this lunch time

Posted April 3rd, 2015 at 1:13 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Berry Head

Yesterday evening; 5 Swallows flew through heading north over the southern fort.

Posted April 3rd, 2015 at 8:19 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thursday 2nd April 2015

Bowling green marsh

watched from 16:30 till 18:35

4 spotted redshank among 130+ redshank, 10 knot, 8 dunlin, 300+ black tailed godwit, 3 greenshank, 4 swallow , 200+ sand Martin , 2 Cetti's warblers, 1 gadwall, 2 little grebe , 7 tufted duck, 4 little egret, 7 chiffchaffs, 1 sparrowhawk, 5 buzzards.

Posted April 2nd, 2015 at 9:38 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Plymouth 1/4/15

Two Sandwich Terns around Devils Point and this Cormorant which is probably not quite clear cut enough to call sinesis.


Posted April 2nd, 2015 at 7:58 pm in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

100+ fairly even mix of Swallow and Sand Martin over the pond at 17:15.

One Sparrowhawk came over for a look too!  

Posted April 2nd, 2015 at 6:42 pm by Martin James Bond in Bird News

Dartmoor Swallows

My first Swallow sighting of the year was today with five birds seen together at Dart Meet, two Yellow Hammers, male and female with the male showing really well.

In the Spitchwick area a reasonable numbers of Skylark both seen and heard and a smaller number of Meadow Pipits.

Grey wagtail seen on the River Dart towards Ashburton

At home in South Brent visiting the garden feeders, three Siskins, two males and one hen, one of the males being very vibrantly coloured, good numbers of both Goldfinch and Greenfinch and two visiting Jays.

Posted April 2nd, 2015 at 6:30 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Berry Head

4 Wheatear in the Northern Fort this morning but nothing else of note

Posted April 2nd, 2015 at 5:25 pm by Tim Clyburn in Bird News

Darts Farm

On the way back from a fairly quiet Bowling Green Marsh this lunchtime I dropped in at Darts Farm to find the 2 Penduline Tits huddled up in the willow tree by the hide. Still there at about 2.40 whn I left.

Posted April 2nd, 2015 at 3:01 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Wednesday 1st April 2015

Wrafton Pond

Late aft

35 Sand Martins, 4 Swallows, 0 House Martins.

1 pair of Tufted Duck

1 Willow Warbler calling & 3 Chiffchaffs.

Posted April 1st, 2015 at 9:20 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 16:00 till 18:30

Good movement of sand Martin through with 100+ and also 7+ swallow, 1 spotted redshank among 90+ redshank and 5 knot, 1 kingfisher, 4 little egrets, 5 tufted duck, 4 buzzard, 4 meadow pipit , 2 little grebe, a few curlew and black tailed godwits , 1 avocet, 4 greenshank.

 

Posted April 1st, 2015 at 8:31 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Powderham Church to Exminster Marshes and back

Went for a stroll up the river and a circuit around the marsh, the Brents and Wigeon seem to have gone but still managed to find 38 species.



Posted April 1st, 2015 at 8:02 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Clennon Lakes

2-3 Siberian Chiffchaffs still present at the ponds both looking very scruffy in heavy moult (see photo below - one still renewing three central tail feathers), one breaking into brief snatches of song. 1 Yellow Wagtail flew North calling.

 Siberian Chiffchaff Clennon Lakes 010415 ML2  Siberian Chiffchaff Clennon Lakes 010415 ML 

Posted April 1st, 2015 at 5:33 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Iceland Gull 14th March

After seeing Alan Doidge's photos of the adult Kumlien's Gull nr South Milton/Salcombe from last Saturday, I checked some more of my photos of the Iceland Gull I reported on 14th March at South Huish.

 Kumliens Gull S Huish 14 March 2015 ML Kumliens Gull S Huish 14 March 2015 ML2

Although faint and despite having a one or more feathers damaged on left wing (P6 & 7) there are grey tips on Primary 8 (P8) on both wings and P7 on right (undamaged wing). Sadly the upper wing shots were all distant but there does appear to be a darker line along the leading edge of P10.  As an adult the primary tips alone make this a  kumlieni rather than glaucoides Iceland Gull.

Posted April 1st, 2015 at 8:53 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

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