Devon Bird Sightings from April 2016

2019 Descriptions - last call

The deadline for the 2019 Bird Report is rapidly approaching. If you found (or saw) any of these birds please could you submit a description to recorder@devonbirds.org to ensure your records are published. Many thanks. 

Alpine Swift, Dawlish 11 Jun  Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Caspian Gull, Thurlestone, 08 Feb Purple Heron, Slapton Ley 07 May
Caspian Gull, Topsham 02 Aug Sabine's Gull, Thurlestone 14 Aug
Cory's Shearwater, Berry Head 19 Jul Serin (2), Harrowbeer 19 Apr
Glossy Ibis, Otter Est 11-13 Mar Tree Sparrow (2), Berry Head 20 Mar

 

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

Coronavirus update - Bird Hides

Please be aware that in line with Government guidelines on social distancing, the Devon Birds hides at Beesands, Fernworthy and Roadford, in addition to hides elsewhere in the County including Dawlish Warren are closed until further notice. Thank you for your co-operation and stay safe.

Please follow NHS guidelines:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/social-distancing/what-you-need-to-do/

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

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in General Birding

Saturday 30th April 2016

Southcott marsh

Late post for Friday 29th due to no internet,2 Yellow wagtails m&f,15 alba&35yarrelli wagtails,50+ swallows,15sand martins,1common sandpiper 16:00-16:45.

Posted April 30th, 2016 at 11:36 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Short Eared Owl Orcombe Point Exmouth

Caught up with the SEO this evening and well worth the wait. Whitethroat displaying to.

Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl

Whitethroat
Whitethroat

Posted April 30th, 2016 at 9:50 pm by Derek Carter in General Birding

Velator

Took a wander around the reserve late morning, and thought I had disturbed some Blackbirds which started alarming as I approached, but the real offender then appeared on the path on front of me: a Weasel! Or could it have been a Stoat? I didn't see the tip of the tail, but it did look a bit bigger than Weasels I have seen previously.... Whichever - I could do with something to deal with the Rabbits!

Still seven cygnets nearby on Wrafton Pond.

Posted April 30th, 2016 at 7:49 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Morte Point

4 Whimbrel and a steady passage of Swallows and House Martins throughout the morning flying NW with 3 Swifts putting in a brief appearance.


Posted April 30th, 2016 at 5:46 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Hoopoe - Seaton area

Great views of the Hoopoe this morning at Lower Bruckland. Thanks Rob & Steph for suggesting going and for driving! Also thanks for the response to the Wood Warbler rings - much appreciated and will keep my eyes peeled for any more.




Posted April 30th, 2016 at 3:43 pm by Paul Treen in General Birding

Trendlebere Down

Red Kite flying over quite low at about 2:30 this afternoon.

Posted April 30th, 2016 at 3:18 pm by Keith Benyon-Tinker in General Birding

Chapel Wood

Morning walk in the sunshine through the wood gave, Blue, Great and Long Tailed Tit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Song Thrush and all the regulars plus a pair of Redstart and a herd of 42 Red Deer across the valley.

Posted April 30th, 2016 at 3:15 pm by Rob Barnes in General Birding

Bursdon Moor, nr. Hartland.

Two Cuckoos on Bursdon Moor early this morning calling and flying about, heavily harassed by c.10 Meadow Pipits.   They perched often on posts and the fences..

Also a light passage of Swallows over the moor and 1 Buzzard.   Several Skylarks present.

Harvey Kendall and Mark ?

Posted April 30th, 2016 at 2:44 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

West Charleton Marsh

Cuckoo present this morning.

Posted April 30th, 2016 at 1:38 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Slapton Bridge

Lesser Whitethroat in song, Cirl Bunting, 30 Swifts, 2 Reed Warblers, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Grey Herons, Blackcaps a plenty - not bad for a 30 min stop!

Posted April 30th, 2016 at 11:24 am by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Nightjars Return

On a late evening walk at Cann Wood, Plympton, we heard but didn't see, our first Nightjar of the season churring briefly in one of the recently re-planted areas.  No sign however of the Cuckoo that was calling on Wednesday night.

Posted April 30th, 2016 at 10:41 am by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Friday 29th April 2016

New Bridge to Venford Reservoir

A walk along the Dart showed several grey wagtails, 3 wood warblers, female pied flycatcher .Near Venford cuckoo calling from opposite bank of Dart plus 2 mistle thrush chasing kestrel. Green woodpeckers calling.

Great walk!

Posted April 29th, 2016 at 10:13 pm by John Phillips in General Birding

whimbrels at broadsands

5 whimbrels at Elberry cove, on the rocks by the golf course.

Posted April 29th, 2016 at 9:37 pm by Kay Deare in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

An evening visit revealed that there are now seven Cygnets with the adults. Quite early?

Posted April 29th, 2016 at 9:34 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Dunsford Woods

10.45-14.45

4 Grey Wagtail, 6 Pied Flycatcher, male and female Goosander, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Song Thrush, 6 House Martins, 2 Jays, Dipper, Nuthatch, Marsh Tit, 3 Goldcrest , Mistle Thrush, Treecreeper, Siskin, GSW and Wood Warbler all calling.     

Posted April 29th, 2016 at 6:59 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

No sightings of the Purple Heron this morning .

22 Whimbrel, 75 Manx Shearwater, 1 Sandwich Tern, 2 Turnstone ( 1in sp )

At nearby Aveton Gifford - 8 Swift, 22 Whimbrel

Posted April 29th, 2016 at 6:17 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Plenty of Martins, Swallows and Swifts this morning over the marsh. Several Whimbrel good numbers of Black tail and Bar tail Godwits and a couple of Knott joined them over high tide. Common Sandpiper was an early morning visitor to Goosemoor. Around the Hedgerows and near the viewing platform Cetti's and Reed Warblers could be heard with plenty of Blackcaps very vocal throughout the Marsh and in the lane hedgerows.Still plenty to see here with a few rarities to keep birders interested.   

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Whimbrel
Whimbrel

Black Tail Godwit
Black Tail Godwit

Posted April 29th, 2016 at 5:17 pm by Derek Carter in General Birding

Topsham

BGM had, among the usual birds, Common Sandpiper, lots of Hirundines (Swallows, Sand and House Martins), Whimbrel and over the far side The Arctic and later Little Tern. 

I found the Little Tern on Goosemoor alternately fishing or preening, at about 12.30 and watched it until one. I then went to the viewing platform where there were excellent vies of the Arctic Tern fishing against the strong breeze eventually joined by the Arctic. Aslo in Goosemoor were many Greenshank and Little Egrets and a couple of sp Dunlin.

Little tern Goosemoor
Little tern Goosemoor

Posted April 29th, 2016 at 4:54 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Home FarmMarsh

From main hide one common sandpiper,pr gadwall,nine shellduck with a Brent goose,pr wigeon,one teal,four mallard,six whimbrel .Around the farm one whinchat,two male reed buntings,plus at least twenty skylarks 

Posted April 29th, 2016 at 4:21 pm by Geoff Taylor in General Birding

Yarner wood Cuckoo

Spent a couple of hours at Yarner wood today. When the rain cleared made my way up to the top track that runs along the common. Single Cuckoo ,Male and very vocal. Other birds include Pied fly catcher, Wood Warbler, Red start , Garden Warbler and a single Lesser Spotted Woodpecker.

Posted April 29th, 2016 at 3:23 pm by Brian Davies in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh platform - Terns

Arrived at the platform this lunchtime to see an Arctic Tern feeding fairly close in, that had been around for a while apparently. I was also told that a Little Tern was at Goosemoor so I hurried across there only to have missed it by a couple of minutes! But, after a quick dash back to the platform, the Little Tern was there, with the Arctic Tern. Both still there when I left at about 2 o'clock and were feeding to the left of the platform looking towards the railway line.

Posted April 29th, 2016 at 2:26 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Harleston near Slapton

Grasshopper Warbler reeling in the hedgerow.

Posted April 29th, 2016 at 2:15 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Clennon Lakes

A singing Wood Warbler around the very top feeder pool and stream was a highlight , my very first in Torbay! also a Siberian Chiffchaff still around - toward the top lake, other warblers included 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler  and 6 Blackcap.

WoodWarblerClennonValley290416ML  WoodWarblerClennonValley290416ML

Posted April 29th, 2016 at 12:36 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Exmouth

A Short-eared Owl hunting fields along the coast path between the Orcombe Point Geoneedle and Sandy Bay @ 0630 this morning. Otherwise just 1 Wheatear, 1 Willow Warbler and 17 Whimbrel. Off Maer Rocks @ 0650 - 2 Roseate Tern, 2 Common Tern and 1 Great Northern Diver.

Posted April 29th, 2016 at 7:18 am by Matt Knott in General Birding

Thursday 28th April 2016

Wrafton Pond

Checking the coast is clear before taking a walk along the board walk, followed by an early evening dip in the pond. Sorry, missed that shot!




Posted April 28th, 2016 at 7:31 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Morte Point

Cuckoo.  First sighting at 0745 last at 1140. Calling well at 1130. A buck Roe Deer showed briefly on the ridge.



Posted April 28th, 2016 at 4:03 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Broadsands - Elberry cove

3 whimbrel on rocks between. 1 (4th?) feeding alone on grass 15 minutes earlier.

fyi 4 common sandpiper along same rocks last week

Posted April 28th, 2016 at 12:26 pm by graham folkerd in General Birding

R.Taw off Pottington Ind.Est. 10:15

34 Whimbrel; 4 Bar-tailed Godwit and 2 Black-tailed Godwit pushed up on to the concrete bank by the high tide, plus 9 Shelduck, with 1 male Kestrel hovering overhead the Tarka Trail.

Posted April 28th, 2016 at 11:55 am by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Berry Head

0600-0900hrs: 12 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, 5 Wheatear

Overhead: 1 Tree Pipit, 1 alba Wagtail, 1 Yellowhammer & 3 Swallows.

Posted April 28th, 2016 at 9:44 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Grasshopper Warbler

Hubby Kevin heard and saw grasshopper warbler on Saunton Golf Course yesterday.

Posted April 28th, 2016 at 6:52 am by Zena Lymer in General Birding

Wednesday 27th April 2016

Topsham

6 Sandwich Terns from the Goatwalk this lunchtime.

Posted April 27th, 2016 at 10:14 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Carrion Crow nest robbing

Today I witnessed a Carrion Crow not just robbing but taking away and eating the contents of a Blackbird's nest. I was working in a garden at Rumsam Road in Barnstaple when this pair of Blackbird's started creating a lot of fuss. Expecting to see a Cat or a Magpie as the cause of their concern I was quite surprised to see a Crow emerge from the bushes carrying their nest in it's beak. It then flew to the roof of a nearby house and shook out the contents which I think was a young bird and not an egg which it then proceeded to eat. Having done that it flew off returning to the site about 15 minutes later to see if it had missed anything, then flew off leaving a pair of distraught Blackbirds. Quite bizarre but I guess not unusual.

Posted April 27th, 2016 at 7:45 pm by Robert Morgan in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

With the snow and hail around Kilkhampton this morning not many birds showing but we had. 1 Willow and 1 Marsh Tit, 4 Greenfinch,4 Common Sandpiper, 3 Tufted Duck, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Chaffinch.

Posted April 27th, 2016 at 7:24 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding

South Huish Marsh

The 2 PURPLE HRON showed well for 10mins this morning at 10.05 . They can be very elusive. Also on site 20 Whimbrel. This afternoon a m Yellow Wagtail and a m Blue Headed wagtail

Purple Heron - Alan Doidge 26.04.16
Purple Heron - Alan Doidge 26.04.16

Purple Heron - Alan Doidge 26.04.16
Purple Heron - Alan Doidge 26.04.16

Posted April 27th, 2016 at 6:12 pm by Mike & Anne Passman in General Birding

Tarka trail - Braunton to Barnstaple

A total of 8 Common Sandpipers on the Taw Estuary seen from the Tarka trail between Chivenor & Barnstaple this aft.


Posted April 27th, 2016 at 6:10 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the morning high-tide.

From the hide 3-Knot, 18-Dunlin, c40-Reshank, 14-Whimbrel, 15-Curlew, 7-Bar-tailed Godwits, c80-Black-tailed Godwits, 1-Common Gull, 12-Black-headed Gulls, 1-Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1-Great Black-backed Gull, c25-Herring Gulls, c30-Sand Martins, c10-Swallows and small numbers of Teal, Shoveler and Shelduck.

From Goosemoor 26-Greenshank, 9-Little Egrets and 3-Curlew.

Whimbrel
Whimbrel

2 Curlew flying out to the estuary
2 Curlew flying out to the estuary

3 Bar-tailed Godwits with 1 wings outstretched
3 Bar-tailed Godwits with 1 wings outstretched

Posted April 27th, 2016 at 4:54 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Tarka Trail

Short walk along the Tarka Trail near the Braunton Inn failed to provide the hoped for lesser whitethroat but did allow views of willow warbler, chiffchaff, bullfinch,greenfinch, goldfinch and a large number of blackcaps (m+f). On the estuary a lone whimbrel and a successfully feeding grey heron.

Posted April 27th, 2016 at 3:06 pm by John Bronze in General Birding

Slapton last week

Out with a group of students all week around Slapton. Avian highlights few and far between but included a Whinchat (21/4), 12 Sandwich Tern (23/4), Gropper (19 and 20/4), 8 Whimbrel (23/4), Greenshank (24/4) Whitethroats (23/4) as well as large numbers of Blackcap and Willow Warbler (20/4). The non avian highlights included this jammy video from a camera trap: https://youtu.be/gz7LtZPP7Tg

Posted April 27th, 2016 at 10:37 am by Richard Billington in General Birding

Fly over Osprey

Osprey flying very low, North over Winkleigh airfield, mobbed by Carrion Crow.At about 09:30, 26/04. Makes for a good work day! 

Posted April 27th, 2016 at 6:25 am by Bill Hibbs in General Birding

Tuesday 26th April 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Not much to report at Bowling Green Marsh this lunchtime. 1 Whimbrel from the viewing platform.

For information - there was a sign on the hide to say that both parts of the hide will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.

Posted April 26th, 2016 at 9:17 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

South Huish - Purple Herons

A short visit to South Huish this evening was rewarded with excellent views of both Purple Herons in flight.  The landed near the usual place along the main ditch at 6:45pm.

Posted April 26th, 2016 at 7:18 pm by Nick Townsend in General Birding

Tarka trail - Braunton to Barnstaple

One of the Lesser Whitethroats warbling away despite the bitterly cold NNW wind.


Posted April 26th, 2016 at 4:19 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Tarka Trail

Good to see my old friend again the aberrant Robin on the Tarka Trail and a close Whimbrel off Ashford plus two others.

Whimbrel, nice and close.
Whimbrel, nice and close.

Robin, beautiful.
Robin, beautiful.

Posted April 26th, 2016 at 3:33 pm by Martin Bond in General Birding

River Clyst nr Tremletts Boatyard

1 Whimbrel feeding next to the River Clyst. 

Posted April 26th, 2016 at 2:03 pm by Paul Thearle in General Birding

Monday 25th April 2016

Woodbury

Sunday 24 April Male Pied Fly Catcher in small wood near Woodbury Common . Showing interest in nest box, but no female seen  

Posted April 25th, 2016 at 10:13 pm by Roger Brooks in General Birding

South Huish & South Hams

On the way down to South Huish Marsh this morning male Reed Bunting, Mistle Thrush, Pied Wagtails, a Lesser White Throat (Nr Elston) Skylarks, Linnets and Chiffchaff.

On arriving at the marsh a small group of very excited birders watching at a bit of a distance a Purple Heron.

With the weather threatening a detour to Bolberry Downs gave very little four Gannets, female Kestrel, a very pale Buzzard a small number of calling birds coming in off of the sea which I suspect were Linnets, several singing Skylarks.

Back to South Huish just in time to spot a Purple Heron flying in but lost in reed cover once it had landed, at times almost continuous movement of Swallows, House and Sands Martins over the marsh, Heron, Little Egret, one Common Sandpiper, one Ringed Plover, three Whimbrel flew into the marsh but did not stay for long.

Back home in South Brent male Blackcap, Reed Buntings and Siskins on the garden feeders.

Posted April 25th, 2016 at 9:21 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Migrant hunt

A visit to Dartmoor today from N Devon did not start promisingly, with rain and a very cold wind. The rain had stopped by the time we reached Yarner, and a male Pied Flycatcher was seen from the car park. A circuit to the moor and back around the paths to the hide saw male Redstart and Tree Pipit, and although 3 Wood Warblers were heard none were seen. THe Pied Flycatchers appeared to be more plentiful than I have known for some years.

Early afternoon in the Warren House and Soussons area was particularly cold, but rather surprisingly a Cuckoo was present as were 2 male Whinchat. THe most unexpected sighting of the day was in the boggy area immediately by the Soussons gate, where a Jack Snipe was flushed from under our feet and flew silently around the back of nearby vegetation.

Posted April 25th, 2016 at 7:33 pm by Roger Doble in General Birding

Exminster Marsh - railway path

A female Redstart this afternoon - showing well on and off near the newly cut hedge by the path- also a Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler and female Blackcap all showing well in the same area . At least 5 Swifts over the marsh by the lagoon. 

Posted April 25th, 2016 at 6:26 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Taw river

Cycled along the trail from Braunton to Barnstaple this afternoon. No sign of Lesser Whitethroats, or of the Spotted Redshank. Eight Whimbrel (3,3 and 2) between the downstream Bridge and Ashford. One Common Sandpiper.

Posted April 25th, 2016 at 5:02 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

A very cold and windy lake this morning, in the car park were 1m 1f Yellowhammer, 2 Willow Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 3 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch, around the lake 3 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Tufted Duck, 2 Wren, 1 Grey Heron plus plenty of Sand/House Martin and Swallows.

Posted April 25th, 2016 at 3:52 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding

Dartmoor Wood warblers

Thanks Paul Treen for posting the images of a colour ringed wood warbler at Yarner Wood. The combination of this individual (a male) is actually a metal ID ring over a pink/white striped ring on the left leg and red over orange on the right leg! Its not easy, especially the striped rings. This male was captured and ringed at Yarner Wood in 2015 as part of the conservation science work undertaken by Devon Birds/RSPB.

Already this season we have several returning colour ringed Wood warblers in our Dartmoor woodlands and we expect to find many more. A dedicated research assistant (Joan Castello) is employed on this project to undertake the resighting and related work. This is a long running project that works across nearly 30 Dartmoor woodlands investigating declines in the UK breeding population. A part of this work colour marks adults and young to uniquely identify these birds without the need to recapture them again - this is enabling us to look at survival rates between years which we can relate to various factors as well as getting a more accurate picture of population size.

Please report colour ringed wood warblers, ideally to me or Joan. They are very challenging to read correctly but even if you just get a partial or uncertain look, if you can give us a rough location we can follow this up and find it and check ourselves. We will be able to give you the full history of the bird. We know from this work that they are not usually very faithful to a wood and move around a lot, even within the breeding season (although not this particular Yarner bird!).

Also remember colour ringed birds can be reported just like found bird rings to the BTO (best done through www.ring.ac.uk).

If anyone is interested in finding out more about the Wood warbler project please get in touch.

Malcolm Burgess (RSPB Conservation Scientist)

Malcolm.burgess@rspb.org.uk

Joan.castello@rspb.org.uk

Posted April 25th, 2016 at 3:49 pm by Malcolm Burgess in General Birding

South Huish Marsh

Arrived at 0720 but no sign of Purple Herons until c.1020 when one took flight at the back of the marsh then probably another in brief flight. Also whimbrel, common sandpiper & sparrowhawk.

Posted April 25th, 2016 at 12:01 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Sunday 24th April 2016

They're Back!

A circular walk around Challacombe Down proved quiet at first, but eventually the birds started to appear, with 5 singing male Whinchats and 2 females seen on the walk. A Redstart was the bonus at the end., but no Cuckoos unfortunately. We decided to stop off on the way back at Yarner Wood, which was at its best today, with all 3 speciality species present, Wood Warbler, Pied Flycatcher and Redstart and the usual Mandarin Ducks on the small lake.

Whinchat
Whinchat

Pied Flycatcher
Pied Flycatcher

Redstart
Redstart

Posted April 24th, 2016 at 10:44 pm by Nick D'Agorne in General Birding

Yarner +

In answer (partly) to Paul's post re Wood Warbler at Yarner - I've seen a red-ringed WW there too in 2014, apparently it is part of a long-term study of Wood Warblers at this site.

Velator today: I took a small group around the reserve this morning, they had originally asked about ringing, and I was able to open just one net (too windy for much else) and trapped a few birds to show them the process. I'm glad I did, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Willow Warblers, the first Reed Warbler of the year, and 3 Sedge Warblers, one of which had a French ring on - this is the third French-ringed bird I've trapped in the last week or so.

Common Sandpiper on the scrape just outside the reserve, this morning and this evening where there were also 12 Pied and 2 White Wagtails there.

Posted April 24th, 2016 at 10:16 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

red kite near ashburton

Red Kite seen drifting north over fields just south of Ashburton at 10am this morning

Posted April 24th, 2016 at 10:12 pm by Stuart Logan in General Birding

Exminister Marshes

Lots of birders, but no posts on here. So for the record a quick look at Middle car park for 40 minutes at lunch time. 6+ Yellow Wagtails (4 Males) & possibly up to ten birds. A Swift, 100+ Sand Martin's & singing Reed Warbler. 

Posted April 24th, 2016 at 9:33 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Yarner Wood

12.00-14.30

On the heath: 

3 Tree Pipits, 3 Willow Warblers, Chiffchaff, Stonechat, Linnet Calling.

On the edges of and in the wood:

Mistle Thrush, male Redstart, 3 Ravens, 2 Siskins, 1 female and 4 male Mandarins, Nuthatch, Goldcrest, Wood Warbler, 2 Pied Flycatchers. GSWP, Green Woodpecker and Blackcap all calling. 

Posted April 24th, 2016 at 9:12 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Hoopoe at Dawlish update

I have now added an image taken this morning of the Hoopoe at Dawlish Warren. Whilst on site I also saw Linnets, Whitethroats, Greenfinches, Whimbrels, Possible Sparrow hawk, along with the usual more common birds.


Posted April 24th, 2016 at 7:49 pm by John Wilkes in General Birding

Chapel Wood

A pair of Redstarts reported by another birder this morning and while looking for them found two Wood Warblers on the lower path (Manor side) in the canopy - first I have seen at Chapel Wood. Others had reported a singing Wood Warbler earlier this morning. Also Nuthatch, GSWP, Green WP and all the regulars.

Posted April 24th, 2016 at 7:41 pm by Rob Barnes in General Birding

M 5 Devon

Driving down the M5 at approx. 4.30 pm having just entered Devon a racing pigeon seemed frightened by the traffic and was flying very low parallel to the traffic and clocked at 55-60mph for several hundred yards before veering off! Is this a record? 

Posted April 24th, 2016 at 7:37 pm by Vince Bedford in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

During our visit to the reserve today we encountered: 4 Whitethroat, a Reed Bunting, 2 Bull Finches, a multitude of Linnets, 7 Wheatear, however the highlight of the day was the discovery of the Hoopoe (which you can see in the photos below)

Hoopoe
Hoopoe

Hoopoe
Hoopoe

Wheatear
Wheatear

Posted April 24th, 2016 at 7:27 pm by Jason Smith in General Birding

Yarner Wood

A quick visit to Yarner this afternoon proved very worthwhile with both male Redstart & Pied Flycatcher. Best of all first Wood Warbler of the year. After looking at photos, it has rings on both legs - red on one and 2 on other, 1 metal, one coloured red/white Any thoughts?



Posted April 24th, 2016 at 6:26 pm by Paul Treen in General Birding

Hoopoe at Dawlish Warren

A wander around the Warren this morning bought a surprise in the form of a Hoopoe showing well at the fence line of the golf course. many other small species including Linnet, White throat, Whimbrel, SparrowHawk, lots of Green finches in the mix too

Posted April 24th, 2016 at 5:44 pm by John Wilkes in General Birding

Thurlestone

What a day! Started off with not one, but maybe two Purple Herons, followed by two Swifts, a Little Ringed Plover, three Whimbrel, three Wheatears. Lots of swallows and martins buzzing about. Most of it too far for my lens but did manage to get a couple of good shots of a Whitethroat. Lovely area, lovely local birders.

Whitethroat
Whitethroat

Dunnock
Dunnock

Jackdaws enjoying some free carpeting
Jackdaws enjoying some free carpeting

Posted April 24th, 2016 at 3:30 pm by Steph Murphy in General Birding

Tarka Trail

Must have missed  you by minutes Rob.  Also on Sherpa Marsh managed to see 6 yellow wagtails (4 male flavissima, I female and 1 blue-headed (?flava or flava x flavissima)) which were spooked by a crow as I was preparing my camera and disappeared.


Posted April 24th, 2016 at 3:03 pm by Andrew Lansdell in General Birding

Around topsham

Watched from 07:50 till 12:30

Around bowling green marsh , among lots of blackcaps at least 2 Whitethroat along the lane and best bird a Garden warbler near the hide , 3 willow warblers and good numbers of chiffchaffs at least 6 Cetti's warblers, 200+ dunlin was a good increase , 4 knot, 14+ bar tailed godwits, 22+ whimbrel, 1 hobby over following a group of sand martins and swallows a few house martins over, 5 buzzards, 1 sparrowhawk, 40+ redshank, 100+ black tailed godwits.

from the viewing platform 12+ sandwich terns, 6 great crested grebes , 1 wigeon, 65+ whimbrel(  one group of 50+ flew onto the shore at lympstone commando ) 

from the goatwalk 8+ sandwich terns  and a common tern over exminster marsh large numbers of sand Martin, swallow and house martins moving through , 2 hobby, and my first swifts with at least 9.

Posted April 24th, 2016 at 2:44 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Northam Burrows

Usual stuff on the burrows this morning but inc 5 Whimbrel on the mud flats and several Wheatear (very flighty). Attached pic is a very large crop taken at distance.


Posted April 24th, 2016 at 2:24 pm by Roy Churchill in General Birding

Exmouth - Maer Valley

A Spotted Flycatcher in the centre of the valley this morning by bridge over stream.   4 Blackcaps.

Posted April 24th, 2016 at 2:21 pm by Rupert Ormerod in General Birding

Tarka trail - Braunton to Barnstaple

Photo taken this morning of one of the  3 Lesser Whitethroats heard & seen yesterday. 3 Common Sandpipers on the R.Taw in the same area.


Posted April 24th, 2016 at 2:20 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

This morning - 3 Whimbrels, 3 Wheatears, 13 Swallows, 8 Turnstones, 7 Blackcaps and a Mandarin Duck.

Posted April 24th, 2016 at 2:12 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Soar and South Huish

Had a look around The Warren, East Soar and Starehole Valley this morning but nothing too tearing. Saw Golden Plover, Whinchat, 10 Wheatear, Sedge Warbler, 5 Blackcaps, 3 Willow Warblers and 21 Chiffchaffs.

Called into South Huish on the way home, amazingly now 2 Purple Herons. Looking from the car park they were in the far end of the very left hand ditch. Must be a reserve tribute to Prince ( Purple Heron, Purple Heron )

Posted April 24th, 2016 at 1:15 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Harleston

Pic of yesterday's hoopoe

Posted April 24th, 2016 at 8:32 am by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Bolberry Down

Female Cuckoo 




Posted April 24th, 2016 at 12:30 am by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Saturday 23rd April 2016

Kingsteignton

Red Kite over at 7pm

Posted April 23rd, 2016 at 11:26 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 08:00 10:00

110+ dunlin, 14+ bar tailed godwits, 10 greenshanks, 120+ black tailed godwits, 20+ whimbrel , 30+ curlew, 2 knot, 80+ redshanks, 8+ reed warblers, 2 sedge warblers, 5 Cetti's warblers, 12+ blackcaps, 20+ chiffchaffs, 3 willow warblers, 1 Whitethroat,  3 buzzards, 2 sparrowhawks, 1 kestrel, 2 reed buntings, small groups of sand Martin , swallows and house martins, 1 nuthatch, 4 song thrush, 2 tufted duck, 6+ wigeon, 25+ shoveler, 3 little egrets.

Posted April 23rd, 2016 at 10:43 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed 1800-1930Hrs on lead-up to high-tide with T.Smith.

c900-Sand Martins (most seen to date), 2-Swallows, 24-Greenshank, 44-Whimbrel, c45-Curlew, 130-Dunlin, c50-Redshank, c130 Black-tailed Godwits, 15-Bar-tailed Godwits (3 breeding plumage), 1-Common Sandpiper.

Whimbrel
Whimbrel

Bar-tailed Godwit (middle in breeding plumage)
Bar-tailed Godwit (middle in breeding plumage)

Posted April 23rd, 2016 at 10:34 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Whinchat on Darmoor

Nice to see my first Whinchat on the moor this afternoon. Meadow Pipits everywhere and 3 Ring Ouzels at a distance. great to see. 

Whinchat
Whinchat

Whinchat
Whinchat

Posted April 23rd, 2016 at 9:19 pm by Derek Carter in General Birding

Bolberry Down

Female Cuckoo feeding on a lot of large caterpillars. Never made a sound all morning, just flitting in the gorse feeding.

Posted April 23rd, 2016 at 9:05 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

A lovely sunny walk around the lake produced numerous Willow Warblers, a group of Tufted Ducks, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Reed Buntings, 1 Heron, a pair of courting buzzards one of which was a very pale bird, a female Orange Tip Butterfly, a Tawny Owl calling in the car park. Also of note around the feeders in the car park were 1 Redpoll, 1 Yellowhammer and 2 Willow Tits (?). We noted them calling so assumed not Marsh Tit.




Posted April 23rd, 2016 at 8:57 pm by steph Murphy in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Several Yellow Wagtails seen at Exminster Marshes today


Posted April 23rd, 2016 at 8:55 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

Sherpa Marsh Braunton

Two visits to the marsh today. This morning Little Ringed Plover, 4 Yellow Wags inc one female, Whitethroat, Wheatear, Linnets,  Plus all the regulars. This evening Plover still present but closer and 10 Yellow Wagtails inc one female and an immaculate BLUE HEADED WAGTAIL, close views through the scope, Large numbers of Sand Martin and Swallows all day, Cettis calling, Sedge Warblers, Male Reed Bunting, Common Sandpipers, Buzzards and a Marsh Harrier reported. Canada Geese and the hybrid goose, Egrets, Swans, Herons, Pied and Alba Wags, Meadow Pipits, Skylarks. Jon Turner says the Blue Headed is not tick as it is a sub species! Well I have never seen one so its a tick on my unofficial list! See you all on the Lundy Boat! :-)

Posted April 23rd, 2016 at 8:17 pm by Rob Barnes in General Birding

Soar and South Huish

Soar this morning produced a female Ring Ouzel, a fine male Black Redstart, a male Pied Flycatcher, 10 Wheatears, a Reed Warbler, c15 Chiffchaffs, 3 Willow Warblers, 4+ Whitethroats a few Swallows and a Peregrine.

This afternoon the adult Purple Heron showed briefly several times at South Huish (thanks Mike) together with: Wood Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, 2 each of Yellow Wagtail and Redstart, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, 11 Whimbrels, 5 Dunlins 2 Sand Martins, 6 House Martins, 2+ Wheatears and a White Wagtail.

After a cold, rather birdless start, a great day in the South Hams.

Posted April 23rd, 2016 at 6:27 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Tarka trail - Braunton to Barnstaple

The Spotted Redshank showing well this aft on the Taw Estuary but you need a telescope or a very long telephoto lens to photograph it!


Posted April 23rd, 2016 at 5:21 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

West Charleton Marsh

Reeling Grasshopper Warbler at top end of marsh near the old Trout Pond this afternoon.

Posted April 23rd, 2016 at 5:15 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Saltram, Plymouth

Highlights of a quiet but sunny day were 1 Whimbrel, 1 Yellow Wagtail (briefly amongst cows) and 1 Spotted Flycatcher 

Record shot
Record shot

Posted April 23rd, 2016 at 4:13 pm by Tor Elm in General Birding

Morte Point

Short Eared Owl flew over the Point 10:00 this morning. Also 1 Swift, I Whimbrel and 3 Whitethroat present - my first sightings of these at this location this year.



Posted April 23rd, 2016 at 3:39 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Tarka trail - Braunton to Barnstaple

Cycled down the trail from Braunton to Barnstaple & back this morning which is much faster than walking!

3 Lesser Whitethroat all a good distance apart from each other.

Also 1 Spotted Redshank searching for food along the foreshore.


Posted April 23rd, 2016 at 2:28 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Harleston

As I was perusing Devon Bird Sightings online at 0755 this morning my wife called out that she could hear a Hoopoe calling in the garden. Sure enough it flew into next door's garden and proceeded to forage hungrily for worms with 2 Song Thrushes giving excellent views. My neighbour was pretty impressed as well. After about an hour it got spooked and flew off towards Slapton. Now that's what I call a garden tick!!

Posted April 23rd, 2016 at 1:45 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Exminster to Turf

6.45 - 10.00

100+ Sand Martins rising from roost on the scrapes between the cps.

2 Lesser Whitethroat (not singing - towpath between cp and Turf)

1 Whitethroat (Powderham Marsh)

dozens of Reed & Sedge Warblers

6 Blackcap

3 Willow Warbler

3 Cetti's

4 Chiffchaff

1 Swift

5 Common Sandpiper/ 2 Whimbrel (Turf)

Posted April 23rd, 2016 at 11:59 am by Simon Smith in General Birding

Rillage Point

07.00-09.00, clear & sunny but cold, ENE3-4: in the scrub 2 Willow Warblers, 3 Chiffchaffs, 4 Whitethroats and a Lesser Whitethroat. Visible migration comprised 13 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, just 6 Swallows (all whipping through singly), 3 alba wagtails, 3 Meadow Pipits, at least 80 Goldfinches and 7 Siskins.

Posted April 23rd, 2016 at 9:52 am by Tim Jones in General Birding

Friday 22nd April 2016

Ivybridge

Two Swifts low over slip road onto A38 westbound this evening

Posted April 22nd, 2016 at 10:35 pm by Graham Devine in General Birding

Tiverton

Heard, but not seen, In the woodlands of Knighthayes Estate, a cuckoo. Not heard in this area for about three years.

Posted April 22nd, 2016 at 9:22 pm by Rosie Brooking in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

High tide this morning. 137 Blackwits, 14 Barwits (2 in Br plumage), 55 Curlew, 20 Wimbrel, 53 Redshank, 20 Greenshank (Goosemoor), 3 Common Sand. 9 Shoveler, 14 Teal, 5 Tufted. 12 Little Egret (Goosemoor). 40+ Sand Martin, 30 Swallow, 6 House Martin. 

Posted April 22nd, 2016 at 7:09 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Wembury

A cold, wet and muddy walk this morning at Wembury was worth the effort with nice views of 9+ vocal and flighty whimbrel on the rocks along with a common sandpiper, 3 bar tailed godwit (2 in SP), 2 grey plover (1 in partial SP), 3 little egret and 2 male mallard. 1 of the whimbrel had a green plastic ring on its left thigh and a buffy coloured one on its right thigh.

A willow warbler was singing in the bushes around the church and 2 swallows were flitting around the horse stables. Chiffchaffs were very vocal along with 4 whitethroat.

Offshore a few gannets and fulmars with 3 Sandwich terns flying west.

Heading home and a swift flew over the village.

Posted April 22nd, 2016 at 4:26 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Home FarmMarsh

On and around main pond today 8am till11am pair tufted duck,two pair wigeon,one teal ,six shellduck,two grey heron,one dunlin,one green shank,two male wheatears ,two Canada geese ,plus five mallard.Along the track were a whitethoat ,two reed buntings and a singing willow warbler,around the fields and ponds were at least one hundred swallows ,forty house martins,and three sand martins,plus usual linnets,finches,and stonechats,a female sparrowhawk arrived just as I was leaving,a good day apart from the rain.

Posted April 22nd, 2016 at 2:53 pm by Geoff Taylor in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Plenty of Swallows and Sand Martins with smaller numbers of House Martins low over the marsh in the cold damp conditions this lunchtime. The highlight for me was 2 Common Sandpipers at the back of the marsh. Also 1 Reed Warbler singing.

Posted April 22nd, 2016 at 2:06 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Cuckoo Berrynarbor

This morning I saw a Cuckoo in trees by Castle Hill Farm Berrynarbor.

Posted April 22nd, 2016 at 1:24 pm by Martin Thorne in General Birding

Rillage Point

06.55–08.30, ENE4-5, overcast & cold with patchy light-moderate rain: 8 Sandwich Terns and 19 Common Terns moving up the Channel, plus 2 Gannets, 10 Dunlins, 4 Whimbrels, 1 Common Sandpiper, a few auks, 1 Kittiwake, 1 Common Gull, 15 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 6 Sand Martins & 9 Swallows. Everything flying into the wind. A (the?) Lesser Whitethroat the only migrant revealing itself on the ground in thoroughly miserable condtions.

Posted April 22nd, 2016 at 10:42 am by Tim Jones in General Birding

Thursday 21st April 2016

Wrafton Pond

This male Shoveler showed up on the pond today very hungry & after feeding enjoying a well deserved rest.


Posted April 21st, 2016 at 9:48 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Reeve's Pheasant's

Venford




Posted April 21st, 2016 at 9:23 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Tarka trail - Chivenor to Barnstaple

1 Lesser Whitethroat which is a challenging photographic subject to say the least! 1 sumplum Bar tailed Godwit & 1 Common Sandpiper near the Civic Centre at Barnstaple.




Posted April 21st, 2016 at 8:34 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Sherpa Marsh

As I missed them this morning, I went down on an entirely successful mission to see the pair of Garganey this evening. I stayed on for a while and found 4 Yellow Wagtails, including 3 smart males. I called Sue as she had missed these this morning. When she arrived I was also able to point out the female Wheatear to her. We watched and waited - perhaps for a Swift, no joy, but then a cracking BLUE-HEADED WAGTAIL joined the Yellow ones. There were also a few House Martins, and good numbers of Sand Martins and Swallows, often perching on some brambles. 5 Little Egrets in the area. On the pill at least 5 Common Sandpipers and 3 Dunlin. In amongst the Pied Wagtails were a few White Wagtails

Posted April 21st, 2016 at 6:38 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Powderham Marsh RSPB

A visit at lunch time produced a Whinchat by viewing field, a Whitethroat, singing Sedge Warbler and a Willow Warbler. 6 Swallows were local birds. Also 9 Shoveler and 30 Teal.

Posted April 21st, 2016 at 4:59 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Thurlestone

Two Swifts over today.  Good passage of Whimbrel and Godwits

Posted April 21st, 2016 at 4:41 pm in General Birding

Noss Mayo

2 Swift with 6 House martin this afternoon. 3 Blackcap 2m.f. feeding on old crab apples in garden , regular visitors.

Posted April 21st, 2016 at 4:18 pm by Jeremy Spooner in General Birding

Yarner Wopod

Wood Warbler- one, possibly two, both observed and heard singing high in the canopy.

Large numbers of Pied Flycatchers with two pairs seen entering nest boxes.   2 Tree Pipits on open heath section

Posted April 21st, 2016 at 4:14 pm by Rupert Ormerod in General Birding

Holsworthy

Red kite over Holsworthy at 3.30

Posted April 21st, 2016 at 3:37 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Saw my first Swift of the year this lunchtime at Exminster Marshes. In with a group of House Martins along the path by the railway line not far from the RSPB car park. Also a Whitethroat singing by the first gate along the path.

Posted April 21st, 2016 at 2:16 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Sherpa/Velator

Ringing in the reserve,

9 Blackcaps

3 Willow Warbler

3 Chiffchaff

2 Sedge Warbler

2 Whitethroat

Three Controls (not my birds) French Sedge Warbler, and British ringed Blackcap and male Pied Flycatcher.

Sue Bruce walked down to Sherpa Marsh and saw a pair of Garganey 2 Common Sandpiper and Little Ringed Plover.

Posted April 21st, 2016 at 1:32 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Morte Point

Willow Warbler with aberrant plumage singing well on Morte Point yesterday.

Posted April 21st, 2016 at 11:59 am by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Bideford & Barnstaple Bay

2 Common Scoters in the bay this morning + 13 Whimbrel  passing through on Saunton Beach.

Posted April 21st, 2016 at 11:09 am by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Rillage Point

06.10–08.10, heavily overcast, E4 gusting 5: One Swift (first of year here) powering E along with 135 House Martins (all in tight bunches of 5–30 birds) but only 6 Swallows. Also on the move: 30 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 2 Tree Pipits, 48 Linnets, 35 Goldfinches, 16 Siskins, 1 redpoll sp. – everything going E into the wind. One Common Sandpiper, 1 Blackcap and 1 Lesser Whitethroat was pretty much it for migrants at ground level.

Posted April 21st, 2016 at 9:05 am by Tim Jones in General Birding

Wednesday 20th April 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the evening high-tide.

From the viewing platform 2-Knot and from the hide c20-Whimbrel, 12-Bar-tailed Godwits (2 in summer plumage) with the usual waders and ducks at Goosemoor Spotted Redshank (summer plumage) with 21-Greenshank and a Sparrowhawk flying over.

Spotted Redshank in summer plumage
Spotted Redshank in summer plumage

Whimbrel
Whimbrel

2 Bar-tailed Godwits in summer plumage
2 Bar-tailed Godwits in summer plumage

Posted April 20th, 2016 at 10:06 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Sherpa Marsh

Evening stroll around the ponds after checking a rather quiet Wrafton Pond. Still about 16 loafing Swans. A Little Ringed Plover and a Yellow Wagtail, which quickly and expertly disappeared! A smattering of Sand Martins about, and a few Swallows. Back at the Scrape, a Common Sandpiper and a House Martin.

Forgot to mention earlier that I saw 6 House Martins at Baggy this morning.

Posted April 20th, 2016 at 9:17 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Berrynarbor

Six Common Sandpipers at Wistlandpound Reservoir this morning and a total of 48 Wheatears in three fields above Berrynarbor early this afternoon.

A couple of Roe deer again in the garden last evening causing havoc nibbling all the fresh growth of roses, shrubs and anything that takes their fancy !


Posted April 20th, 2016 at 7:59 pm by Margaret Phillips in General Birding

South Huish

A very cool and breezey coast walk fromThurlestone to Hope Cove and back this morning with 3 whimbrel sheltering on the muddy shore by the footbridge over South Milton Ley, 3 Sandwich terns fishing offshore, a skulking chiffchaff at South Milton Sands and a winter plumaged grey plover on South Huish Marsh with 2 female teal and a coot being the highlights. It was quite fun to watch the occassional swallow dash past at almost supersonic speed in the strong wind. An oil beetle on the footpath was also a nice find.

Posted April 20th, 2016 at 5:35 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Broadwoodwidger

Hobby over Broadwoodwidger this afternoon, Wednesday 20th April

Posted April 20th, 2016 at 5:34 pm by Adrian Davey in General Birding

Baggy Point

Walked out to the point this morning in beautiful conditions. 3 Whitethroats singing, several Linnets, Stonechats, Meadow Pipits, Rock Pipits, Chiffchaffs, and 3 Wheatears. At the point a big bull seal eating a very large fish. On my way back just before the kissing gate at about 09.35, a bunch of Gulls were agitating out over the bay. Looking up, what I had been hoping for the last few weeks: an OSPREY! It was harassed right over my head at about 200 feet and on over the headland towards Putsborough, the Gulls being replaced by a flock of Jackdaws.

Posted April 20th, 2016 at 4:49 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Haytor, Dartmoor

14.00 Yellowhammer and two swallows between two Haytor car parks

Posted April 20th, 2016 at 4:02 pm by Margaret Mackintosh in General Birding

Orcombe Point

An early afternoon visit produced a Whinchat around the top fields 'paddock'. The dungfield yielded 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, a Black Redstart and 3 Wheatears. A female Common Redstart  was in the top hedge one field up from the campfield. 13 Swallows, 3 Pied Wagtails, 1 House Martin, 2 Whitethroats, 1 Blackcap and 6 Chiffchaffs completed the totals.

Posted April 20th, 2016 at 3:01 pm by Terry Smith in General Birding

South Brent 19th ~ 20th Yarner and Trendlebere

Tuesday 19th April ~ South Brent ~ River Avon at the Island ~ Green Woodpecker two possibly a third, Robin, Wren 2, Blackbird 7+,Blue Tit 5+, Great Tit, Chiffchaff, Jackdaw, Jay 2, Herring Gull, Carrion Crow, Canadian Geese could be heard calling from towards Brent Mill, Goldcrest, Long Tailed Tit 2, Grey Wagtail, Magpie, Rook 2, Goldfinch 4 one of which was flying carrying a trailing length of fine grass, Song Thrush 4, one with nesting material, two gathering worms and one singing in the church yard.

Dockwell ~ Willow Warbler pair singing and displaying, Wren 2, Chaffinch several chasing pairs, Great Tit, Carrion Crow, Blackcap pair and a single male, Pheasant, Heron, Chiffchaff, Goldfinch, Buzzard.

Between Dockwell and Bloody Pool Cross several singing Skylarks.

Ladies Wood ~ Blue Tit in a nest box (popped its head out as we passed) Great Tit, Blackcap, Green Woodpecker 2/3 calling almost constantly during visit, Treecreeper pair and a single bird, Chiffchaff. One Orange Tipped Butterfly.

Back home at GSWP, Jay, male and female Reed Bunting on the feeders, Song Thrush, Starling gathering nesting material, Rook, Siskin and male Bullfinch visiting the feeders.

Wednesday 20th April ~ Yarner and Trendlebere ~ top of Yarner Wood as approached from Trendlebere ~ Stonechat and Dunnock on the gorse tops, Tree Pipit displaying and singing.

In the top edge of the wood a pair of Redstart, male Pied Flycatcher, Long tailed Tits, Green Woodpecker and Chiffchaff calling. On leaving a small species of very blue butterfly.

A38 Ashburton Peregrine seen passing over the dual carriageway.

Posted April 20th, 2016 at 2:26 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Turf

Great White egret flew past  the Turf going south at 8 o'clock yesterday evening

Posted April 20th, 2016 at 12:56 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Rillage Point

06.15–08.00, clear, E4: first Whimbrels of the year (5), plus 12 Wheatears (all at NW extremity of Point first thing; all had gone when I walked back past at 07.45). Also 3 Blackcaps, 3 Whitethroats, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaffs. Change in weather meant much less visible migration than yesterday: 10 Swalows, 11 House Martins, 1 Sand Martin, 5 alba wagtails, 25 Goldfinches, 11 Siskins and four apparently migrating Rooks. Lesser Black-backed Gulls continuing to trickle through, with 19 flying E.

Posted April 20th, 2016 at 8:53 am by Tim Jones in General Birding

Tuesday 19th April 2016

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:00 till 19:00

A nice afternoon around the marsh with 1 spotted redshank now nearly in full summer plumage, 25+ whimbrel, 12+ bar tailed godwits, 10+ greenshanks, 1 grey plover, 2 knot, 22+ dunlin, 150+ black tailed godwits, 80+ curlew, 12+ blackcap,  4 willow warblers,  20+ chiffchaffs  4 Cetti's warblers, 2 sedge warblers, 2 tufted duck , 1 sparrowhawk, 1 peregrine, 10+ buzzards, 6 little egrets, 18+ shovelers, 15+ shelducks, a few swallows and sand martins.

A good find was a curlew with colour rings will send of the details 

Left tarsus had a white ring with BH on, over yellow ring 

Right tarsus had just a green ring 

From the viewing platform 117+ pale bellied Brent geese later they headed past the goatwalk heading north, also 7 great crested grebes.

 

Posted April 19th, 2016 at 9:06 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Plymouth

A Sedge Warbler singing, 6 Chiffchaffs, 4+ Blackcaps and a Jay in Lipson first thing. On the Hoe, a Wheatear, a few Sandwich Terns and a Razorbill.

Posted April 19th, 2016 at 8:19 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Matford Marsh

Male Wheatear in the fields between Matford Marsh and Marsh Barton this afternoon.


Posted April 19th, 2016 at 7:46 pm by Jim Southall in General Birding

Kingford Fen, Dunsdon and Lower Tamar Lake.

Good numbers of migrant warblers calling in all these areas with predominance of Willow Warblers.   A possible Garden Warbler at Venn was heard but could not be seen and where the very active and noisy rookery held at least 15 nests. More than 30 Swallows and six House Martins were feeding over the Tamar at Kingford Fen and a pair of Bullfinches fed along the hedge.

A few Grey Herons were feeding on the marshland and in the streams with three or four active nests at the Dunsdon heronry.   A resident reported a Barn Owl at their property and Siskins visiting their bird feeders.  Two Song Thrushes were noted at Dunsdon.

A Jay was watched as it bathed in a stream at Lower Tamar with three others reported.   Two Goldcrests were obtaining mossy nesting material from trees.   The usual tits were on the many feeders including one Willow Tit and also a Nuthatch.   One or two Buzzards were circling high in the warm clear skies at all the sites visited.

A very good morning's birding.

Harvey Kendall

Posted April 19th, 2016 at 6:47 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Yarner Woods

Pied flycatcher (10 male and 4 female), Redstart (male), Nuthatch (5), Treecreeper (3),

Pied Flycatcher
Pied Flycatcher

Nuthatch
Nuthatch

Posted April 19th, 2016 at 6:10 pm by Richard Gowen in General Birding

Velator

Velator reserve ringing this morning: 9 Blackcaps, 8 Willow Warblers (50 so far this year) 3 Chiffchaffs and the first Sedge Warblers ringed (4). Retrapped a Kingfisher originally ringed in 2014.

A Redstart was in the reserve a couple of days ago.

Posted April 19th, 2016 at 6:02 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Challacombe

Walking around Challacombe this afternoon, we saw Redstart (m), Stock Dove, Nuthatch, plenty of Willow Warbler,s, also seen at 14.45 a  Bat flying around.

Posted April 19th, 2016 at 5:21 pm by Mavis Goddard in General Birding

Wheatear

Distant record shot of a Wheatear on Jubilee Field, Budleigh this morning 


Posted April 19th, 2016 at 5:11 pm by Richard Allen in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Quick visit to Exminster Marshes this lunchtime. A Reed Warbler was singing and showing really well by the middle car park. Then at the far end of the RSPB car park was a Whitethroat.

Posted April 19th, 2016 at 4:06 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Black Hole Marsh

Great morning at BH Marsh, didn't see the Monty but did see lots of Swallows, a pair of Bullfinch, lots of Cettis calling, Kestrel, single Grey Plover, 2 Blackwits but bird of the day was a Whitethroat in front of the Colyford Common hide.   The Sun even came out!

Posted April 19th, 2016 at 2:29 pm by Ben Rowland in General Birding

East Soar

Moderate arrival of 33 Wheatears plus Redstart, 4 Sand Martins, 5 Swallows, Whitethroat, 6 Willow Warblers, migrant Goldcrest and first spring record of Green Woodpecker (yaffling in wood). First real butterfly emergence with Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, 4 Speckled Woods & 2 Peacocks. Also 2 buck Roe Deer.

Posted April 19th, 2016 at 12:41 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Burrator area

0640-0900hrs.  2 Redstarts (m), Treecreeper, 3 Wheater (m) and a Ring Ouzel (m) seen on Down Tor.

Posted April 19th, 2016 at 11:25 am by Philip M Phillips in General Birding

Berry Head

0630-0830hrs: 1 reeling Grasshopper Warbler (photo below and video link here: https://youtu.be/zarT8MAe4gE  ), 1 Whitethroat, 9 Willow Warblers, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff. 2 Wheatears - the large looking male perhaps an Icelandic bird - not quite as richly coloured on lower underside (but still very rich neck and onto upper chest) as Greenland but showing the typical browny rear ear coverts, and brown in the mantle and scapulars (photo below)

Overhead: 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Swallows, 1 Rook & 4 House Sparrows heading high NE. 

 

Posted April 19th, 2016 at 10:14 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Rillage Point

06.10 – 07.50, overcast, almost still: Strongest visible migration so far this spring, with 400 Swallows, 70 House Martins, 20 Sand Martins, 44 Linnets, 83 Goldfinches and 14 Siskins all moving W or NW. Hirundines still pouring through when I left. In the scrub single singing Grasshopper Warbler, Common Whitethroat (first of year here), Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap and Chiffchaff, plus 1 f Wheatear. A Shelduck flew W offshore.

Posted April 19th, 2016 at 9:27 am by Tim Jones in General Birding

Monday 18th April 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Just to add to Steve Cox post.

The marsh, road and viewing platform was alive with Sand + House Martins and Swallows over the late afternoon high-tide with 3-Sandwich Terns from the Goatwalk on the rising tide and the Spotted Redshank with 19-Greenshank and 14-Little Egrets in Goosemoor

Sandwich Tern
Sandwich Tern

Sandwich Tern
Sandwich Tern

Sandwich Tern
Sandwich Tern

Posted April 18th, 2016 at 10:11 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Red Kite over Exeter

Red Kite over Quayside at 5pm.  Drifted East being mobbed by gulls.

Posted April 18th, 2016 at 9:22 pm by John Holmes in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

17 Sand Martin's, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 29 Shoveler on Bowling Green & 2 Knot & 2 Avocets from Goat Walk early this morning. 

Posted April 18th, 2016 at 8:49 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Soar Mill Valley

5 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 2 Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap & 3 Willow Warbler. Quite good after a dearth of birds on Saturday!

Posted April 18th, 2016 at 5:14 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Baggy Point

Pair of nice Wheatear and several Stonechat on rocks and foliage at Baggy Point this last weekend

Posted April 18th, 2016 at 4:53 pm by mark etheridge in General Birding

Rillage Point to Watermouth

In complete contrast to yesterday, a weak weather front sinking south at dawn brought cloud and a few spits of drizzle in the W wind, grounding a singing Lesser Whitethroat (first of year here) and a reeling Grasshopper Warbler. Visible migration included 105 Swallows and 47 House Martins flying W or NW in the space of an hour from 07.00, along with a Grey Wagtail, 3 alba wagtails, 53 Linnets, 32 Goldfinches and 4 Siskins. There were also two different female Sparrowhawks moving W with the hirundines and finches, but whether migrants themselves or local birds in pursuit of a passing snack is impossible to know.

Posted April 18th, 2016 at 2:55 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Newton Abbot

Two Grasshopper Warblers reeling from the middle of a rather nondescript silage field on private land to the west of Newton Abbot this morning. Also a Swift over.

Posted April 18th, 2016 at 12:32 pm by Will Salmon in General Birding

Exeter

On border trees between Belvidere Meadows and Exeter Uni Campus, a yaffling Green Woodpecker.

Posted April 18th, 2016 at 10:53 am by Lowell Mills in General Birding

South Zeal

House martins back under the eaves and first Pied flycatcher ( male) seen yesterday, up in the copse.

Posted April 18th, 2016 at 7:27 am by Jasper Michie in General Birding

Sunday 17th April 2016

Montagu's Harrier - Colyford Common

This afternoon 3 Whimbrel and a Common Sandpiper on the Estuary, Knot on Black Hole Marsh. Red Kite showing well over Bridge Marsh/A3052 and Colyford Common mid afternoon but then a MONTAGU'S HARRIER stole all the attention! Very distant for pics but it appeared to go to roost on Colyford Common so I will be there early in the morning and hope for some good fortune before it moves on...



Posted April 17th, 2016 at 11:13 pm by Tim White in General Birding

Bowling Green Viewing Platform

Apologies seems I clicked on the wrong photo and sent it twice. 2-Sandwich Terns seen from the platform.

Sandwich Tern
Sandwich Tern

Posted April 17th, 2016 at 9:30 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Watched over the afternoon high-tide.

From the viewing platform 3-Common Sandpipers, 3-Knot, 2-Grey Plover, 7-Bar-tailed Godwits, 2-Sandwich Terns and 2-Blackcaps.

From the hide 2-Ringed Plover, 22-Whimbrel (13-cirling overhead), 17-Curlew, 1-Snipe, c65-Redshank, c450-Black-tailed Godwits, 1-Dunlin, c10-Sand Martins and 2-Buzzards.

From Goosemoor 1-Spotted Redshank (nearly black), 19-Greenshank, 15-Little Egrets, 1-Swallow and 3-Blackcaps

Sandwich Tern
Sandwich Tern

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Spotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank

Posted April 17th, 2016 at 9:24 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Rillage Point to Watermouth

Cloudless blue skies & light N wind = super quiet for migrants first thing. Visible migration included 22 Swallows, 1 Sand Martin, 35 Goldfinches and 32 Siskins, the latter my highest count of the year so far and all flying W. 40 House Martins over Sterridge Valley this evening.

Posted April 17th, 2016 at 9:15 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Soar and Plym Estuary & Saltram

Soar this morning - 4 Wheatears, 9 Blackcaps, 11 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, 2 Whitethroats, 3+ Swallows a (presumed) Continental Goldcrest (much more striking than its' autumn counterparts), and a Green Hairstreak. 

Plym Estuary and Saltram this afternoon - Still 2 Snipe and 10 Little Egrets; also Wheatear, Green Woodpecker, 2 Blackcaps, Chiffchaff and at least 3 Mandarin Ducks.

Posted April 17th, 2016 at 8:05 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

skern

5 little terns briefly  feeding then flew out of estuary only to return to land for a wash and brush up near to entrance gate present at 17:15 also 1 pale bellied brent&5 whimbrel

Posted April 17th, 2016 at 5:47 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Berry Head - Brixham - 17-04-16

Plenty of Guillemots on their usual nesting place, several Fulmars around the coast and especially in the Quarries, and a couple of Shags nesting near the South Fort.

Posted April 17th, 2016 at 4:44 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Tarka trail , West Yelland.

A Common Whitethroat  singing  on  the Tarka trail adjacent to Home farm marsh at 12-30.

Posted April 17th, 2016 at 2:21 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in General Birding

Burrator / Sheepstor.

This morning:  2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker, 1 displaying Tree Pipit, 2 male Redstarts, 5 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, c20 Swallow and 2 House Martins over the surface of the reservoir.

Posted April 17th, 2016 at 2:18 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Saturday 16th April 2016

Topsham

A good day around Topsham. Started with my first Sedge & Reed warblers of the year at Highfield Farm (2 of each). A hybrid Herring / Lesser-blacked gull at the rec did a good impression of a Yellow-legged gull, where 27 Dunlin & 2 Ringed plover dropped in.  The Bonaparte's gull flew into the Goatswalk at 3pm before moving onto Bowling Green Marsh for 30 minutes. 103 Oystercatchers & a single Avocet and Spotted redshank were joined by 19 Sandwich terns on the falling tide off the viewing platform.  A Hobby was feeding over Exminster Marshes as viewed from the Goatwalk. 18 Chiffchaff, 10 Blackcap, 4 Willow warblers, 4 Cettis around & about the town.

Posted April 16th, 2016 at 11:08 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Turf

One swift 5:00 Saturday afternoon

Posted April 16th, 2016 at 9:53 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Exeter

This evening walking home from Exeter st davids station after a day in Plymouth a grasshopper warbler  giving several bursts of song beside the river in scrub about half way along towards the mill on the exe pub and a couple of swallows heading north .

Posted April 16th, 2016 at 9:42 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Torquay coastal footpath

Torquay coastal footpath this morning, plenty of small bird song from the cover, Chiffchaff showing and calling well, Wren, male Blackcap showing and singing, two Sparrow Hawks, Peregrine, Jay, a very dark Fulmar, plenty of Greater Black Backed Gulls, several cock Pheasant seen and calling, in excess of 150 Guillemot on one of the rock islands off of Ilsham.

Rock Pipit at Ilsham and  Meadfoot and a couple of Swallows.

Back home at South Brent four Swallows, GSWP, Jay, two male Reed Bunting on the feeders, a Song Thrush gathering worms (a Sparrow Hawk took one of the pair yesterday afternoon). Starling gathering nesting material, Raven, Rook, Buzzard, Heron and a good number of Siskin visiting the feeders.

Posted April 16th, 2016 at 8:39 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Hopes Nose, Torquay

13.40-15.00

Swallow, Sparrowhawk, 2 Ravens, 2 Rock Pipits, male and female Stonechats, 2 females and 1 male Wheatear,  10 Whimbrel heading north past the Leadstone, 40+ Guillemots on the ledges of the Orestone, 3 Sandwich Terns, Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaffs, Greenfinch, Linnet, Gannet, Oystercatcher, 10+ Great Black Backed Gulls.  Numerous Shags and Cormorants.  Bullfinch, Great Tit and Pheasant all calling. 

A single Sandwich Tern diving for fish close to the shore at nearby Meadfoot Beach at 15.50. 

Posted April 16th, 2016 at 8:29 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Berry Head

Highlight today was a Red Kite heading north at about 10.15 

Posted April 16th, 2016 at 8:01 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Burrator

Gentle walk around the reservoir. Displaying tree pipit, calling willow warblers and a redstart. 3 swallows over Yelverton.

Posted April 16th, 2016 at 7:36 pm by Richard Archer in General Birding

Red Kite at Bowling Green

We were hoping to see an Osprey but red kite flew over at 12.30

Posted April 16th, 2016 at 4:49 pm by Paul Sauven in General Birding

Countess Wear, Matford Pond & Double Locks

Good numbers of Swallows, House Martins & a few Sand Martins  along valley. 

Posted April 16th, 2016 at 2:49 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

Around the lake this morning were, 1 Yellowhammer and 1 Marsh Tit at the car park feeders, also 3m Reed Bunting, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron with  Swallow/House Martin/Sand Martin and 2 Goldfinch.

Posted April 16th, 2016 at 1:46 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding

Exminster to Powderham

2 Yellow Wagtail

2 Wheatear

5 Whimbrel

Small parties of House Martins flying through

4+ Reed Warblers

1 Willow Warbler

Posted April 16th, 2016 at 12:47 pm by Simon Smith in General Birding

Starcross

Red Kite flying in the sky! 12:00

Posted April 16th, 2016 at 12:28 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Velator

Early visit this morning, first birds seen were a surprise 3 Siskins, feeding on pussy willows. 20+ Swallows feeding over the pond, and good numbers over the fields around the reserve, with Sand Martins.

Posted April 16th, 2016 at 10:28 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

Friday 15th April 2016

Little terns and yellow wags :-)

A nippy evening on Exminster but rewarding - highlight had to be 5 little tern seen from the turf - fishing and resting on west mud. 4Yellow wagtail several white wags and singing willow And sedge W. And finally House Martin  made it on to the year list ! 

Posted April 15th, 2016 at 10:12 pm by 'AJ' bellamy in General Birding

Treecreeper - Shaugh Prior - 15-04-16

Two Treecreepers were seen in Shaugh prior woods today, nothing much else though



Posted April 15th, 2016 at 9:13 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Chapel Wood

The usual GSWP's seen and Green Woodpecker heard. Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler, Buzzards, two Swallows but best was a stunning Male REDSTART - not seen one at Chapel wood before.

Posted April 15th, 2016 at 7:04 pm by Rob Barnes in General Birding

Garden Plymouth

Nine Barn Swallows over garden in one hour this afternoon.

Posted April 15th, 2016 at 6:36 pm by Chris Buckland in General Birding

Chapel Wood

The usual GSWP's seen and Green Woodpecker heard. Chiff Chaff and Willow Warbler, Buzzards, two Swallows but best was a stunning Male REDSTART - not seen one at Chapel wood before.

Posted April 15th, 2016 at 6:26 pm by Rob Barnes in General Birding

Cuckoo

Cuckoo observed being harassed by 2 smaller birds near to Challacombe on Exmoor.

Posted April 15th, 2016 at 6:02 pm by Edd Glover in General Birding

Velator reserve

Several each of Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler and probably more than a dozen Blackcap. A Coot on the pond perhaps prospecting for a nest site. Only a  couple of Sand Martins over, briefly. Best was a very quick sighting of a male Redstart.

Posted April 15th, 2016 at 5:26 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Thursday 14th April 2016

Berrynarbor

A ring-tail Hen Harrier over Exmoor at Five Barrows this afternoon. 

Posted April 14th, 2016 at 8:15 pm by Margaret Phillips in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the high-tide from the hide.

Adult winter Bonaparte's Gull was again distant around the main pond feeding on insects before flying out at 1300hrs right on the high-tide and headed north towards Topsham recreation ground direction, 1-Knot, 3-Bar & c70-Black-tailed Godwits, 1-Spotted Redshank, c80-Redshank, 14-Greenshank, 5-Curlew, 7-Tufted Ducks, 8-Shelduck, c20-Shoveler, c25-Teal and 1-Buzzard.

From Goosemoor 13-Little Egrets and 2-Oystercatchers.

From the Viewing Platform 2-Grey Plover, 2-Dunlin, c30-Curlew and c80-Oystercatchers.

Bonaparte's Gull (digiscoped)
Bonaparte's Gull (digiscoped)

Bonaparte's Gull (digiscoped)
Bonaparte's Gull (digiscoped)

Bonaparte's Gull (digiscoped)
Bonaparte's Gull (digiscoped)

Posted April 14th, 2016 at 4:57 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Starcross

Grasshopper warbler in lanes behind Starcross this afternoon. 

Posted April 14th, 2016 at 3:37 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Berry Head

Surprisingly quiet on headland despite good looking conditions last night, best birds were 1 male Redstart, 3 Willow Warblers, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest. Very little overhead  best was 2 Tree Pipits  and 1 Yellowhammer that dropped in to the headland bushes.

Posted April 14th, 2016 at 2:18 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Rillage Point to Watermouth

06.25 to 08.25, low cloud then sun, SE1-2: a reeling Grasshopper Warbler (first of year here). Otherwise quiet for grounded night migrants: 1 Wheatear, 5 Chiffchaffs, 3 Willow Warblers and a Goldcrest. Varied visible migration though, including: 21 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (all moving E), 1 Sandwich Tern (W), 45 Swallows (all W or NW again), 1 Stock Dove, 16 Carrion Crows (loose flock came in high from NW following the coastline just offshore and remaining at height), 1 alba wagtail, 3 Tree Pipits, 6 Meadow Pipits, 50 Linnets, 36 Goldfinches, 10 Siskins and 1 redpoll sp.

Posted April 14th, 2016 at 11:20 am by Tim Jones in General Birding

Bundle Head, Shaldon

2 Redstarts, 10+ Chiffchaffs, c15 Blackcaps, 1 Swallow on the headland and 6 Sandwich Terns fishing out to sea.

Posted April 14th, 2016 at 10:37 am by Laurie Allnatt in General Birding

Wednesday 13th April 2016

Turf locks

Managed to digiscope 4 Swallows around the moored boats at Turf Locks over the high-tide but elsewhere very quiet on Exminster marsh mid-day with just 1 Whimbrel in with a group of Curlew and a few Sedge, Reed and Cetti's Warblers could be heard calling.

Swallow
Swallow

Swallow
Swallow

Swallow
Swallow

Posted April 13th, 2016 at 4:48 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Woolacombe warren

 

WOOLACOMBE WARREN

GRASSHOPPER WARBLER reeling from tops of black thorn and scrub at northern end of the Warren.

Location: Just below Marine Drive close by broad steps leading down to coastal path. Bird between path and Drive

Posted April 13th, 2016 at 4:08 pm by John Bronze in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the Lake,

On and around the Lake, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1m Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Wren, 4 Moorhen. On the feeders, 4m 1f Reed Bunting, 3 Robin, 5 Great Tit, 2 Green Finch, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Willow and 2 Marsh Tit, 4 Nuthatch, 1 Jay, 2m 3f House Sparrow

Posted April 13th, 2016 at 3:33 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding

Fingle Woods

A day of firsts for this site: Male Redstart, 2 male Pied Flycatchers, 20+ singing Willow Warblers and stacks of Blackcaps in.

Posted April 13th, 2016 at 3:07 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Berry Head And Clennon Lakes

Berry Head: very quiet virtually no migrants at all this morning but in thick fog- I suppose If I couldn't see the headland neither could the birds!

Clennon LakesSiberian Chiffchaff (tristis) in heavy moult as expected of P.c.tristis which migrate a lot later than our 'western' Chiffchaff P.c collybita.

Video clip link here:  https://youtu.be/c-EZABPvYjM

Posted April 13th, 2016 at 2:41 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

MeldonWoods

a pied flycatcher was perched above a box claiming his patch for this year also seen were,  great spotted woodpecker ,green woodpecker,  and all the usual woodland birds.

Posted April 13th, 2016 at 2:09 pm by roger jewell in General Birding

Ravens over Meavy

Saw 23 Ravens circling and soaring from ground level to thousands of feet above a farm near Meavy yesterday. Plenty of cronking and tumbling play. Looked like a Raven speed dating meeting! 

Posted April 13th, 2016 at 10:27 am by Simon Martin in General Birding

Rillage Point to Watermouth

06.25 to 08.15, sunny intervals, almost calm, v. light ESE: The first real sustained passage of hirundines so far this spring started up about 07.30 and was going strong when I had to leave. In about 30 minutes I counted 65 Swallows, 30 Sand Martins and 3 House Martins, all going W or NW, many heading out over the sea. Also 2 fly-over Tree Pipts. Other migrants: 3 Shelducks (very scarce here), 5 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcaps, 2 alba wagtails, 2 redpoll sp. (presume Lessers), 1 Siskin, 12 Goldfinches, 38 Linnets.

Posted April 13th, 2016 at 10:20 am by Tim Jones in General Birding

Tuesday 12th April 2016

Tree Pipit

Tree pipit taken at Yarner Wood, South Devon on Tue 12th April 2016.

Tree Pipit
Tree Pipit

Posted April 12th, 2016 at 7:40 pm by Vikki in General Birding

Exeter and Dartmoor

A walk along the Exeter canal from Countess Wear to the City centre this morning gave no less than 25 species, six Blackcap (5M ~ 1F) Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler, two Sand Martin, numerous singing Wrens, Robins and Great Tits. Goldcrest, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, several Song Thrush, Pied Wagtail, Buzzard, Moorhen and three Lesser Black Back Gulls.

Dartmoor above Bovey Tracy, to Haytor and back via Sigford gave all three species of Woodpecker, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler as well as several sightings which could have been of either species, good numbers of Sky Lark, Meadow Pipit an abundance of Stonechat, female Kestrel, lots of soaring Buzzards, one calling and then seen Curlew. 

My first Wheatear of the season and dropping into Sigford four Swallows sat on overhead wires.

Back at home two late afternoon Swallows low over the field and just before 7pm a Chiffchaff seen from the kitchen window.

Posted April 12th, 2016 at 7:13 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Wrafton scrape

Wrafton Pond this morning, despite beautiful sunny calm weather and plenty of airborn insects, had no hirundines at all during our visit. Previous reports on the wildfowl present need not be repeated by us but I've included a Barnacle goose amongst the Canada geese in the scrape. The small white goose image (s) includes a Canada goose for scale. Possible Barnacle/Ross' goose hybrid? Sweet little thing anyway!



Posted April 12th, 2016 at 5:31 pm by Phil and SueNaylor in General Birding

11.04.16 Short Eared Owl M5 Exeter

On way back in the car from Bristol last night at 7.15pm saw single owl species unknown flying over M5 at Exminster flyover. Can only assume it was same Short Ear Owl(s) reported by other poster.

Posted April 12th, 2016 at 5:02 pm by Graham Devine in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

The Bonaparte's Gull still at Bowling Green Marsh this lunchtime in the company of 3 Black-headed Gulls. Still there when I left at 1.50pm. Also at least 1 Whimbrel with the Curlews.

Posted April 12th, 2016 at 2:25 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Exminster marshes

A glorious morning - warm, sunny and calm. Over 65 shelduck on the pools. There was clearly a fall of migrants over-night. At least 5 singing sedge warblers and one, possibly two, reed warblers. A male blackcap and both willow warblers and chiffchaffs on the canal bank. Three swallows (all male) at Turf visiting last year's nest sites.

Posted April 12th, 2016 at 12:09 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Berry Head

Bright clear morning and consequently not much moving, overhead: 1 Tree Pipit, 1 House Martin, 3 Swallows, 6 Jays in tight flock over headland, 5 Rooks, 3 Collared Doves on the move.

Around the headland 1 Firecrest in bushes by coastguards station, 1 Willow Warbler and 3 migrant Chiffchaffs. Video clip of Firecrest here https://youtu.be/uW671EhgEVA  and photos below: 

  

Posted April 12th, 2016 at 10:34 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Monday 11th April 2016

Plymouth Hoe & Millbay

Two Sandwich Terns, 1 or 2 Black Redstarts and a female Wheatear. 

Posted April 11th, 2016 at 9:30 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Topsham

Popped into Bowling Green Marsh on the way home from work.  Just one gull on the marsh - an adult Bonaparte's gull, presumably the bird from Dawlish. Watched from 7pm to 7:45pm during which time it swam around picking flies off the surface.  The gull is still in winter plumage.

Posted April 11th, 2016 at 9:05 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Exminster SEOs

Watching from the viewing platform on the tow path opposite the lagoon tonight between 7.00 and 7.30 pm an SEO flew in from the right being mobbed by gulls. Once it had shaken them off it proceeded to quarter the fields around and over the lagoon and as it did so it passed behind a second SEO sat on a fence post. It eventually disappeared to the right and the second bird then took off and flew languidly left. I caught up with it again two fields nearer the Turf. By the time I left it was back in the fields in front of the lagoon. I did not see the first bird again.

Posted April 11th, 2016 at 8:59 pm by Nigel Banks in General Birding

South Brent

A good days birding in the garden and locally around South Brent, this morning gave five Chiffchaff, three Sky Larks and six Yellow Hammers on the outskirts of the village.

A garden area bird watch has given me 35 species throughout the day, the last recorded species being 14 House Martins that flew in from the direction of the A38.

Eight Buzzard over head at one point, the resident hen Buzzard aggressively driving off any Corvid's that approached her nest site including three Raven.

Reed Buntings still coming into the feeders two hens together this morning and single cock birds throughout the day.

Both Mistle Thrush and Song Thrush showing well, Green Woodpecker calling, four Jays in late evening

Posted April 11th, 2016 at 8:34 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Cuckoo

Cuckoo calling this evening in Berrynarbor.

Posted April 11th, 2016 at 8:27 pm by Brian Davies in General Birding

Clearbrook

Clearbrook today 2 Wheatears,good numbers of Willow warblers and the odd chiffchaff,Meadow Pipits and Stonechates.




Posted April 11th, 2016 at 8:21 pm by Chris Buckland in General Birding

Exminster marshes

At 6.00 pm the short-eared owl was quartering the fields north of Topsham Lock and then flew south to hunt around the lagoon. Several chiffchaff and willow warbler singing. A reed warbler near the canal side car park gave a few short burst of song. There were 5 brent geese (all dark bellied), 2 wigeon and c24 teal on the pools. The most unusual sighting was a great tit carrying nest material into the top of one of the tall street lights on the by-pass - the pole must be nearly 30 feet high.

Posted April 11th, 2016 at 7:48 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Near Widdecombe

Male Cuckoo calling at Blackslade down. Is this the first of the year?

Posted April 11th, 2016 at 6:58 pm by Sam Forest in General Birding

Pied Flycatcher

Pied Flycatcher at Chambercombe this afternoon


Posted April 11th, 2016 at 4:14 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Berry Head

Didn't get to the headland until late morning and then just for 1.5hrs  but obviously a bit of a fall: 22 Willow Warblers, 9 Chiffchaff (presumed migrants rather than territorial birds), 2 Redstarts (males), 6 Blackcap, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Wheatear and 9 Swallows over.

 

Above Chiffchaff - below Willow Warbler, a dull bird with dark legs and grey-nape Goldcrest new in on headland

  

There's a day long long field course at Berry Head run by myself for Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust this Saturday, limited places still available: https://www.countryside-trust.org.uk/events/details/336/spring-migrants-watch-and-identification-day   

Posted April 11th, 2016 at 3:44 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

seo exminster

the short eared owl just below m5 flyover at 6.45 am this morning, showing very well but mostly distant from canal footpath


Posted April 11th, 2016 at 2:04 pm by Gray Clements in General Birding

Kingsteignton

Three Whimbrel and seven Common Sandpipers at Passage House at 9am. Nearby two Wheatears on the racecourse and at least seven Willow Warblers at Hackney Marshes.

Posted April 11th, 2016 at 9:49 am by Will Salmon in General Birding

Rillage Point to Watermouth

06.25 to 08.30, overcast & murky, ESE4: First Tree Pipit of the spring (for my patch) flying over calling. Strong eastbound passage of 225 mainly adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls, plus 2 Common Scoter and 2 Sandwich Tern. Few grounded migrants: Wheatear 1, Chiffchaff 6, Willow Warbler 2.  Visible migration: Sand Martin 20, Swallow 3, House Martin 6, Meadow Pipit 36, Linnet 37, Goldfinch 11.

Posted April 11th, 2016 at 9:42 am by Tim Jones in General Birding

park parakeets

a good show this morning 12 ringneck parakeets flying around park together this morning

Posted April 11th, 2016 at 9:38 am by barry in General Birding

Sunday 10th April 2016

Colour-ringed Wheatears on Lundy

In response to Martin and Martha Unwin's post below, information on the Lundy Wheatear colour-ringing project can be found on this Facebook page and on the Lundybirds blog. Any additional sightings (and photos) this spring and summer will be gratefully received (details of what information to note down and where to send it are available via the same links).

Posted April 10th, 2016 at 10:22 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Plym Estuary

Four Mandarin Ducks, 7+ Little Egrets, 27 Redshanks, 2 Blackcaps, 3 Goldcrests and a Willow Warbler this morning.

Posted April 10th, 2016 at 8:41 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Topsham

After a grey & windy day and not much to show for my birding efforts this weekend, I was delighted to watch a male Marsh harrier hunting over the reed beds off Topsham rec at 19:30. Seemed to go to roost.

Posted April 10th, 2016 at 7:42 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Ringed Lundy Wheatear

While on a day trip to the island on April 9th we saw and photographed a female Wheatear. She was colour ringed on her left leg and ring banded on her right leg. Please see attached photos (apologies for the poor quality but they do show the ring combinations!)



Posted April 10th, 2016 at 6:48 pm by Martin and Martha Unwin in General Birding

Peter Tavy

ringtail hen harrier

Posted April 10th, 2016 at 5:51 pm by Charlie Braddick in General Birding

Tiverton

A first today a Femal Redpoll, decided to join in the feeding frenzy, along with the usual  6 Sikins, 4 Goldfinches 2 Chaffinch, 6 Blue tits, 3 Great tits (1 with white tail), 2 Coal tits, 2 Longtailed tits, 3 Dunnock, 3 Blackbirds (2 male 1 Female) 1 wood pigeon, the male Redpoll has been in and out all week.

Posted April 10th, 2016 at 4:53 pm by M C Webb in General Birding

Berry Head

0620-0950hrs: Dark Fulmar (single dark - Photos below), 90+ fulmar,1519 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Puffin, 4 Great Skuas, 457 Kittiwake, 10 Sandwich Tern, 3 Red-throated Divers, 1 Great Northern Diver,  1 Bar-tailed Godwit & approx. 5 Harbour Porpoise

 Dark  single Fulmar BH 100416 ML Dark  single Fulmar BH 100416 ML2

  Video link here set to 4k for best picture  https://youtu.be/peXLtNPe-ww 

 

 

Posted April 10th, 2016 at 3:30 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Bolt Head

1 Osprey in off the sea at 10.25am and 71 Common Scoter passing east in small groups between 10 and 11am.

Posted April 10th, 2016 at 2:10 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Hopes Nose

 6.30- 9.30am -11 Bonxies (inc a group of 4 at 8am),  1 Arctic Skua (dp)7.45am, BTD, GND, 5 RTD, 12 Sandwich Terns, 500 Manxies.

Posted April 10th, 2016 at 10:19 am by Mark Bailey in General Birding

ringneck parakeets

6 ringneck parakeets in ford park cemetry this morning

Posted April 10th, 2016 at 9:36 am by barry in General Birding

Saturday 9th April 2016

Exminster Marshes

A lovely stroll around the marshes this evening, the Short-eared Owl still over the north end, a single Wigeon, a steady passage of Sand Martins (300+) with a few Swallows, 2 singing Willow Warblers and 2 Wheatears.

Posted April 9th, 2016 at 8:10 pm by David Cope in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Two or 3 Swallows, a House Martin, 2 Wheatears, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Snipe, Pergerine, 17 Redshanks, and 25 Shelducks.

Earlier a Willow Warbler in sub-song in my garden (Mount Gould, Plymouth).

Posted April 9th, 2016 at 7:32 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

park parakeets

12 ringneck parakeets central park

Posted April 9th, 2016 at 2:05 pm by barry in General Birding

Friday 8th April 2016

Parakeets at Plymouth Outland Road 08-04-16

Parakeets at Plymouth, in a small woods near Outland Road, seem to be quite friendly, 4 were seen altogether 



Posted April 8th, 2016 at 9:51 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Hay tor and passage house in

A couple  of hours out and about initially at haytor in and around the quarry revealed the usual residents, several wrens, blue tits, pied wagtails. No sight or sound of cuckoos yet! Amongst the less common visitors I spotted a single willow warbler who was frightened off by dog walkers. A single female Siskin was also in the quarry. On the walk back to the car there was a flock of medium sized birds I was unable to positively identify. There were approx. 50 birds in a loose formation fllying with no real direction again put up by dog walkers. The usual suspects were in abundance including lots of male blackbirds establishing territories. Several stone chats were showing well as were a couple of wheatears. More obvious were the number of skylarks and meadow pippets one allowed me to get quite close with the camera. Finally just before the car park a pair of yellow hammers were chasing each other around. 

On the Teign at the passage house in there was very little of interest with a trio of grey lag geese on the embankment two egrets and a possible sighting of a single redshank. Back in Ogwell on the outskirts of Newton Abbot I spotted a house Martin which normally nests in the same spot each year so hopefully they are back to breed.

Posted April 8th, 2016 at 8:16 pm by John Wilkes in General Birding

Otter Estuary

22 members met at Whitebridge and took a circular walk down the river to the sea front and then back up the west path, venturing a little north of South Farm Cottages before returning to the cars. 

A singing Cettis Warbler briefly presented itself well before taking flight and numbers of finches, tits and other small passerines were present throughout the morning.  Shelduck and Teal were present in double figures plus a lonesome Wigeon (injured) on the scrapes. A short sea watch produced distant sightings of Gannet and possible divers and Razorbill.  The western path produced Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps in expected numbers, a Gt Spotted Woodpecker, a distant singing Willow Warbler and 2 Buzzard overhead.  Surprisingly no hirondines. Over 40 species listed.

Posted April 8th, 2016 at 4:14 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Fingle Woods,Dartmoor

Pair of Goosander on river, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard nest building, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Grey Wagtail, 2 Dipper, 2 singing Blackcap, 15 singing Chiffchaff & pair of Siskin. No sign of Willow Warbler or Pied Flycatcher.

 

Posted April 8th, 2016 at 3:57 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Wrafton

7.00 - 9.30 Friday  1 Cetti's, 3 Willows, 4 Chiffchaff & 2 Blackcap around Pond. Pr Tufted Duck, pr Pochard, 1 Little Grebe, Mallard, Coot, Moorhen & Mute Swan on the water. Plenty of Swallows & Sand Martins overhead. On scrape Hybrid Goose with several Canada Geese, 3 Teal & 1 L B-b Gull. No sign of any House Martins. Rather quiet really - especially after the wild life invasion!


Posted April 8th, 2016 at 3:16 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

From the viewing platform this lunchtime, 2 Spotted Redshanks. Also, 5 Knot in amongst the Black-tailed Godwits.

Posted April 8th, 2016 at 2:49 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Thursday 7th April 2016

East Soar

Male Stonechat showing characteristics of Continental form "rubicola" paired with female Stonechat. Large white rump and thick white collar extending towards nape. Nought else but a few chiffchaffs.

Posted April 7th, 2016 at 5:03 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Rillage Point to Watermouth

The cold and blustery north-westerlies seem to have very efficiently put the mockers on nearly all migration up here on the north coast. Early visits today and yesterday brought just two Swallows battling against the wind and a handful of Chiffchaffs. A bit more going on out at sea this morning (as per news from Hartland), with small numbers of Manx Shearwaters, Gannets, Kittiwakes and auks (mainly Guillemots) moving W out of the Channel. 4 House Martins feeding in the shelter of the Sterridge Valley yesterday afternoon and 5 this morning.

Posted April 7th, 2016 at 12:44 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Hartland Point Seawatch

7-8.30 Wind NW strong

1150 Manx shearwater in first hour (then rapidly tailing off)

33 Kittiwake

4 Gannet

2 Razorbill

1 Sandwich Tern

Regards

Posted April 7th, 2016 at 12:25 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in General Birding

Wednesday 6th April 2016

Sherpa scrape

The hybrid Goose showing well again late aft - early evening.



Posted April 6th, 2016 at 7:11 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning saw, 2 Willow Tits on different feeders, c50 Sand Martin and 5 Swallow over the lake, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldcrest  2 Nuthatch.

Posted April 6th, 2016 at 7:08 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding

Paignton - Red Kite

Wednesday 5.45 PM, Red Kite above the main road at 3 Beaches, on the main Dartmouth Road

Posted April 6th, 2016 at 6:27 pm by Trevor leaman in General Birding

short eared owl/powderham

Short -eared Owl on fence post in field just before the farm on the back road towards Powderham ,was being mobbed by crows and went down to the grass, we waited in the little lay-by for nearly an hour but it didn't reappear, Cattle Egret still on Powderham pond.at 1.20pm

Posted April 6th, 2016 at 3:45 pm by gray clements in General Birding

Staverton 05/04/16

5 PM, from the bridge at Staverton, 1 x Raven, 1 x Jay, 3 x Goosanders, 1 x Dipper, 2 x Kingfishers......a lovely sunliit, quiet evening

Posted April 6th, 2016 at 6:09 am by Trevor Leaman in General Birding

Tuesday 5th April 2016

South Brent ~ Swallows

A total of five Swallows seen over home at South Brent today

Posted April 5th, 2016 at 10:19 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Dunsford Woods

Plenty of woodland birds to see and hear, with Blackcaps, Blackbirds, Song Thrush, and Chiffchaffs in full voice.A couple of Woodies drumming but no Willow Warblers or Pied Flycatchers yet but plenty of Goldcrest's and Tits throughout the wood. On the river where three Goosander's 1m and 2f and 2 Grey Wagtails. My first Comma seen this year in the warm afternoon sunshine.

Goosander
Goosander

Goosander
Goosander

Posted April 5th, 2016 at 9:59 pm by Derek Carter in General Birding

Turf

One Short eared Owl west of turf 6o'clock.

Posted April 5th, 2016 at 9:37 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Yarner Wood

Following on from Steve Hopper's earlier post; good views of a male Pied Flycatcher foraging its way through the tree tops at Yarner Wood this evening. 

Posted April 5th, 2016 at 9:20 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Wrafton area

Ringing in the reserve this morning produced a further 9 Willow Warblers, 7 Chiffchaffs and the first two Blackcaps of the spring.

Late afternoon walk to Sherpa: 2 Common Sandpipers on the Pill. Loads of Sand Martins and several Swallows from Wrafton Pond all the way to the marsh. Also another female Marsh Harrier which was chased off towards the estuary by a Herring Gull. Different bird to yesterday - this one had a complete tail!

Posted April 5th, 2016 at 8:14 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Dartmoor

Red Kite  drifting over Ilsington early evening at 5.45pm lingering over the woods and valley for several minutes before moving on.  Also Swallows, House Martins and singing Blackcap.  (Steve Hearn)

Posted April 5th, 2016 at 8:01 pm in General Birding

Torr Quarry

Red Kite seen by Tom Hallam drifting over at 14:00 heading south towards Kingsbridge

Posted April 5th, 2016 at 5:46 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Morte Point

2 Grasshopper Warblers reeling from Blackthorn @ Gorse cover 0915  - 0945 this morning. My earliest record by 6 days for this location.

Posted April 5th, 2016 at 2:24 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

First swallows

Just went out for lunch with the family to Combe sellers pub on the Teign estuary and had a few good sightings of a pair of red breasted mergansers, great crested grebe the usual gulls and oyster catchers. Whilst eating lunch I spotted a small bird darting around over the exposed mud flats and upon investigation I spotted a pair. They were in fact a pair of swallows and they were getting quite fruity on the telephone line at the land side of the car park. I managed to grab my camera and they obligingly allowed me to shoot them in order to get a 100% I.d. First sighting of 2016 for me. 

Posted April 5th, 2016 at 2:09 pm by John Wilkes in General Birding

Yarner Wood ~ Pied Flycatcher

A morning visit to Yarner Wood gave me views of two male Pied Flycatchers, unfortunately each time they settled they were mobbed and driven off by Blue Tits, staff advise that they are the first Pied Flycatchers to be seen and recorded in the wood so far this year.

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay, Marsh Tit, male Siskin, Chiffchaff and four Mandarin duck(3M ~ 1F)

Roe buck seen while driving onto the site.

Posted April 5th, 2016 at 11:27 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Berry Head

Bright still morning on the headland and a small fall of birds, the highlight being a well marked continental Coal Tit that we watched for 35mins before it flew off high West. Other migrants: 6 Willow Warblers, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 4 Wheatear and off shore 6+ harbour porpoise. 

Continental Coal Tit Berry Head 5th April 2016 Bill Mc

 Continental Coal Tit Berry Head 5th April 2016 Bill Mc 2   Continental Coal Tit Berry Head 5th April 2016 Bill Mc 3

Continental Coal Tit (photo Bill Macdonald) note extensive black bib extending down onto chest sides, very slate blue-grey scapulars and mantle, lack of warm tones on underside, the crest on continental coal Tits seems to be more obvious but our own britannicus Coal tits can show this feature and although the very white cheeks are a feature of autumn Continental Coal tits at this time of year britannicus can show white cheeks and are often paler on underside!

Posted April 5th, 2016 at 10:04 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Monday 4th April 2016

Hayne Down, Dartmoor

One Tree Pipit over at15.00hrs

Posted April 4th, 2016 at 7:42 pm by Rick Lockwood in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Short eared owl seen at 4.15pm, first picked up towards motorway and made its made towards the canal car park before being lost from view.

Posted April 4th, 2016 at 4:56 pm by Claire & Chris Grove in General Birding

4th April 2016

Dunsdon NR, near Holsworthy.

At least 4 Herons active in the heronry. 1 Jay, 1 Chiffchaff singing, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Song Thrush.

Lower Tamar Lake.

At .least 5 Willow Warblers, 4 Chiffchaffs, 10+ Sand Martins, 1 female Reed Bunting, 1 Great Crested Grebe,, 1 Cormorant, 2 Canada Geese,1 Moorhen, Blue, Great and Coal Tits, Chaffinches, Wrens, Robins and corvids.

Harvey Kendall.

Posted April 4th, 2016 at 1:53 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Velator reserve

Late morning visit revealed good numbers of Chiffchaffs, (20+) including one or two in song, and about 10 WIllow Warblers, again one or two singing.

Best was an adult female Marsh Harrier which circled over the reserve and then moved off north.

Posted April 4th, 2016 at 12:41 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Staverton

1swallow sighted in spite of all day rain.

many Chiffchaffs singing Totnes to Staverton circular walk.

Posted April 4th, 2016 at 12:04 pm by Jacqui Beevers in General Birding

Sunday 3rd April 2016

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 10:15 till 17:30

A good day round the marsh with a steady flow of sand martins through from 14:40 with 500+, 15+ swallow and my first House martins of the year with 3 from the hide , a immature female peregrine took a black tailed godwit and then saw off a buzzard and 2 carrion crows before taking its fill of the kill, 4 avocet , 30+ redshank, 2 greenshanks, 100+ black tailed godwits, 1 water rail, 1 willow warbler, 2 Cetti's warblers, 12+ chiffchaffs around the marsh, 1 sparrowhawk, 2 tufted duck, 2 gadwall, 10+ pintail, 30+ shoveler, 30+ wigeon, 1 jay, 3+ blackcaps, 2 nuthatch, 1 treecreeper, 2 great spotted woodpeckers, 1 green woodpecker, 2 coal til, 15+ blue tits, 8+ great tits, 2 reed buntings, 4 pale bellied Brent geese flew in circled around and went back south to the estuary

2 spotted redshanks  from the viewing platform with 8+ greenshanks, 4 knot, 6 ringed plover, 7+ red breasted mergansers, 1 great crested grebe, 1 Cetti's warbler, 100+ redshanks.

from the goatwalk, 12+ red breasted merganser, a group of 21 Brent geese flew high over exminster marsh heading north before being lost to view and appeard to be pale bellied race, 8 grey plover.

Posted April 3rd, 2016 at 11:06 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Lundy

This morning saw a fall of common migrants, the first Ring Ouzels of the spring and a passing Osprey at 9.30 – meaning that there were at least two in North Devon today. Further details of today's Lundy sightings are here.

Posted April 3rd, 2016 at 9:19 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

South Brent & Dartmoor

Despite the wet overcast weather and slow but goods days birding around the garden with 31 species including Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, Siskin, Beed Bunting, Wren, Goldfinch, Song Thrush, GSWP and Jay. Overhead hen Sparrow Hawk, Buzzard, Raven, Mallard and Greater Black Back Gull.

Best spot being the first Blackcap I have seen in the garden for at least two years with a male showing on and off for most of the day.

A trip over Dartmoor above Ashburton to Post bridge and back via Moretonhampstead showed that Dartmoor is getting busy with small birds again, Skylark and Meadow Pipit showing well.

Dartmeet busy around the feeders with a male Blackcap, hen Yellow Hammer, Marsh, Great, Blue and Coal Tits, Nuthatch, House Sparrows, Chaffinch and Robins.

At Dartbridge a pair of Canadian geese with what I suspect was a hybrid Canadian sharing the same field.

Blackcap
Blackcap

Yellow Hammer
Yellow Hammer

Reed Bunting
Reed Bunting

Posted April 3rd, 2016 at 8:38 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Wembury Bay

A Sandwich Tern, Swallow, 4 Chiffchaffs, 7+ Rock Pipits and a Common Sandpiper this afternoon.

This evening in my garden (Mount Gould, Plymouth) a Willow Warbler and 2 Chiffchaffs.

Posted April 3rd, 2016 at 7:52 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Topsham

Three House Martins over Bowling Green Marsh my first for the year early evening, followed by seeing an Osprey eating a fish on the mud between Powderham & Turf at 18:15. Two Spotted redshanks and nine Greenshsnk from the viewing platform.

Posted April 3rd, 2016 at 7:28 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Osprey

The Osprey was back over the Taw/Torridge estuary this afternoon at 4.40pm. Viewed from Skern it was mobbed by gulls but did appear to dive down to the river after a fish. It was lost to view again.

Posted April 3rd, 2016 at 6:03 pm by Martin Unwin in General Birding

Clennon Lakes

At least 8 Willow Warblers and 3 chiffchaff, 1 Swallow and Shoveler around the lakes.

Posted April 3rd, 2016 at 5:17 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Skern

A brief visit to the Skern between the showers proved better than expected. Just inside Appledore Gate were 13 Shelduck, 5 Black-tailed Godwit 1 Whimbrel 2 Dark-bellied Brents and 1 Pale-bellied. On the salt marsh were c300 Golden Plover and 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, and around Greysands lake 9 White Wagtail and2 Sand Martin.

Posted April 3rd, 2016 at 3:43 pm by Roger Doble in General Birding

Mortehoe several days ago

2 Roe Deer but only visible for very short time before leaping over a hedgerow.


Posted April 3rd, 2016 at 2:50 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Northam Burrows- Skern

A large flock of golden plover remained at Skern through the day. A couple of swallows seen at about 6.30pm. Three snipe in the scrub-land as well as willow warbler, linnets,meadow pipits, skylark and an unusually marked stonechat.

Stonechat
Stonechat

Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit

Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler (Eds: chiffchaff)

Posted April 3rd, 2016 at 1:13 pm by Richard Yeats in General Birding

Rillage Point to Watermouth

06.50 to10.00; partly overcast, SE4: Good morning for migrants, including 8 Swallows, 21 Sand Martins, 1 House Martin, 15 Chiffchaffs, 5 Willow Warblers, 1 Blackcap (1st this year), 63 Meadow Pipits, 10 alba wagtails, 53 Linnets, 12 Goldfinches and 40 Chaffinches (visible Chaffinch migration unusual here in spring). Also an apparently migrating flock of 15 Woodpigeons. Highlight was a 1st calendar year Glaucous Gull that did a wide sweep to the W between Rillage Point and Beacon Point before coming back in to land and preen. Excellent views through scope. 09.40 to 10.00. Dashed home to get camera, but bird had gone on return at 10.25 and could not be relocated.

Posted April 3rd, 2016 at 11:52 am by Tim Jones in General Birding

South Efford Marsh

Late post for Friday 1st: 1 Barn Owl hunting, South Efford Marsh, early am. Plus 2 Common Sandpipers, 5 Little Egrets, 12 Shelduck, Chiffchaffs singing etc.

Posted April 3rd, 2016 at 8:31 am by Andy Smith in General Birding

Saturday 2nd April 2016

Mansands and Woodhuish

11.30-15.00

Around the Car Park, Lane and Hide

Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Linnets, 2 Stock Doves, 3 Buzzards, Goldcrest, 4+ Chiffchaffs, 3 Long Tailed Tits, 2 Great Tits, 2 Blue Tits and a Coal Tit (all on feeders adjacent to hide), female Bullfinch, Greenfinch and Chaffinch.  Blackcap and Pheasant calling.

On or close to the Ley

2 Shovelers, 2 Tufted Ducks, 3 Stonechats, 6+ Chiffchaffs, Kestrel, 3 Swallows, 1 House Martin and 4 Goldfinches. 

On the Sea

Great Crested Grebe, 2 Fulmars and 5 Gannets (all headed south). 

Posted April 2nd, 2016 at 8:58 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Paignton area

Occombe Farm, Paignton ~ lots of small bird activity including Chiffchaff and Goldcrest, all the usual woodland birds Nuthatch, Blue & Great Tit, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Jay, Dunnock, lots of singing Robins two Wren and a pair of Bullfinch.

Broadsands just about a non starter as a group of “travellers” have set up camp on the usually closed car park where birders visit to view the Firecrest’s etc. The only saving grace were at least three Chiffchaff.

Back home in South Brent four Reed Bunting 3M 1F. Two males and one female on the feeders, three Goldcrest, three Chiffchaff, Wren, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, late afternoon gave a fly past from a Greater Black Back Gull, Mallard, two Canadian Geese and a single Stock Dove.

Tawny owl calling over last night.

Posted April 2nd, 2016 at 8:35 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the afternoon high-tide. Small group of between 6-10 Willow Warblers seen around the trees and fields just inside the gates to viewing platform. From the Goatwalk 4 Ringed Plovers on Turf side of the mud across river with c100 Redshank, c50 Curlew, and numerous Black-tailed Godwits. Another look at the viewing platform showed 6 Knot, c25 Bar-tailed Godwits, c550 Black-tailed Godwits, 14 Red-breasted Mergansers, c25 Curlew and c100 Oystercatchers. On walk back towards the hide 4 Chiffchaff along the lane and from the hide 7 Pintail, 3 Tufted Ducks, c25 Shoveler and c35 Teal. At Goosemoor 7 Willow Warblers along the cycle track, 2 Greenshank, 5 Little Egrets and a Kestrel hovering low over the marsh.

Willow Warblers:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6XrgwNktT8

Yesterday Friday c100 Golden Plover with several in summer breeding plumage seen from the Goatwalk near Turf Locks.

Golden Plover:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHGgCI1sje4

Posted April 2nd, 2016 at 8:12 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Little other than 3 Oystercatchers, 8 Little Egrets and 24 Sheldicks on the high tide. But warblers in evidence with a single Willow, 6 Chiffchaffs and a Blackcap. Also Green Woodpecker and Mistle Thrushi

Posted April 2nd, 2016 at 7:47 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Osprey

Osprey seen late afternoon/early evening on the Torridge just off Appledore. Everything went up off the estuary to mob it. The bird flew upstream but I couldn't relocate it after that.

Posted April 2nd, 2016 at 7:24 pm by Martin Unwin in General Birding

South Devon Coast

Two days looking for migrants but very thin on the ground. 

3 Brent Geese west at Start Point yesterday & 2 Swallows. Prawle very quiet.

Today Sandwich Tern inshore at Beesands, 15 Chiffchaffs at Soar Mill Valley plus White Wagtail & 2 Swallows.

Posted April 2nd, 2016 at 6:25 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Soar Valley

Early evening: 8 Chiff Chaff, 1 Blackcap, 7 Yellowhammer

Posted April 2nd, 2016 at 6:23 pm by Roger White in General Birding

South Efford Marsh

pm: 2 Little Egret, 4 Redshank, 1 Greenshank,1 Stonechat, 10 Chiff Chaff, 1 Blackcap

Posted April 2nd, 2016 at 6:18 pm by Roger White in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

It was very wet at the lake this morning but there were c100 Sand Martins, c8 House Martins, c12 Swallows, 11 Tufted Duck, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1m Reed Bunting.

Posted April 2nd, 2016 at 2:55 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding

Buckfastleigh to Totnes 01/04/16

Train ride with Grandson produced 2 x pairs of Mandarin Duck, at least 6 Goosander (2M, 4F), swallows all the way along the valley, just a couple of Sand Martin noted. 

Posted April 2nd, 2016 at 7:23 am by Trevor Leaman in General Birding

Friday 1st April 2016

Powderham Egret

Intrigued with the yellow-billed Little Egret at Powderham. This bill colouration is rare in Little Egrets, can someone get a good look at the colour of the lores (should be blue/grey) and the leg/feet colour (black/yellow). If different please make some good notes!.............

Posted April 1st, 2016 at 10:36 pm by David Cope in General Birding

Teignmouth

A single Sandwich Tern was fishing close in to the mouth of the river this afternoon.

Posted April 1st, 2016 at 9:21 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Rillage Point to Watermouth

Two House Martins under glowering clouds at Watermouth this evening were my first of the year.

Posted April 1st, 2016 at 7:55 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Velator reserve

Ringing today was very productive, and spring has finally arrived:

Summer migrants ringed were:

15 Chiffchaffs

6 Willow Warblers (only heard one singing)

4 Swallows

24 Sand Martins

Posted April 1st, 2016 at 6:38 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

Overcast and quiet cold this morning at the Lake, 2 Willow Tit, 9 Tufted Duck, 6 Great Crested Grebe, c40 Sand Martin,1f Goosander, 3 Nuthatch, 4m Reed Bunting, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Posted April 1st, 2016 at 3:37 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding

Mansands

A dozen sand martins and a single swallow in off the sea this lunchtime and immediately feeding over the pond. 

Posted April 1st, 2016 at 3:04 pm by Tim Clyburn in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

1 Willow Warbler singing in the Willows surrounding the pond am.

Posted April 1st, 2016 at 12:21 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

River Teign

On the Teign this morning: 23 Shelduck, 12 RB Merganser, 1 Greenshank and 2 Common Sandpipers. At Flow Point the overwintering Water Pipit remains and is now molting into breeding plumage. Also 1 Rock Pipit showing characteristics of ssp littoralis also in molt.

Water Pipit
Water Pipit

Water Pipit
Water Pipit

Posted April 1st, 2016 at 11:53 am by david cawthraw in General Birding

Powderham Egrets

Cattle Egret & the pale billed Little Egret side by side at Powderham yesterday (4pm). SX967843. Judging by the array of mighty lenses out there someone must have a better picture...

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret (Left) & Little Egret (Right)
Cattle Egret (Left) & Little Egret (Right)

Posted April 1st, 2016 at 9:41 am by C Boyles in General Birding

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