Devon Bird Sightings from April 2017

Dawlish Warren

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

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

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

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

Sunday 30th April 2017

Topsham

Two adult summer plumage Med gulls at Topsham Rec in the afternoon were smart birds. In the morning I enjoyed the equally smart Black tern feeding over Bowling Green Marsh & Curlew sandpiper (thanks to Keith Birchall for the news). Two Ruff still present on the marsh among a good array of waders including summer plumage Knot and Bar-tailed godwit.

Posted April 30th, 2017 at 10:51 pm by Martin Elcoate in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Green Woodpecker

In the garden at Week, Dartington a female Green Woodpecker feeding

Green Woodpecker   Green Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker                                  Green Woodpecker

Posted April 30th, 2017 at 10:09 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Otter Estuary

A brief look this afternoon and highlights included:

3 Whimbrel
1 Lesser Whitethroat singing N of White Bridge
2 Common Swift
15 Sand Martin
30 House Martin
Lesser Whitethroat by Chris Townend

Posted April 30th, 2017 at 8:29 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding

Black tern

Black tern at Bowling green marsh today

  

 

Posted April 30th, 2017 at 8:00 pm by John Deakins in General Birding

Teignmouth

Seawatching 07:00 - 11:00: 1 Pomarine Skua (9:10), 1 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 4 Great Northern Divers, 3 Eider, 4 Manx Shearwater, 30+ Sandwich Tern, 29 Common Scoter, 2 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 200+ auks, 5+ Fulmar, 40+ Kittiwake and 24 Black-headed Gull.

Posted April 30th, 2017 at 7:03 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thurlestone Bay

Went out to Torcross line this morning as the rain started. Very quiet, nothing moving on the sea, no hirundines or Swifts over the ley. Thought I would try Thurlestone Bay in the afternoon as the weather cleared. Arrived in Bob's Car Park at 14:20 where Mike Passman was seawatching and had just had 7 Eiders go south. In the next couple of hours headed south were 62 Manx Shearwaters, 25 Common Scoters, Arctic Skua, 2 Great Skuas and a couple Whimbrels. No doubt about the highlight though. At 15:20 Mike picked up a raptor coming in from the sea the other side of Warren Point. It came close inshore and across the bay and proved to be a female Montagu's Harrier. It eventually went down and disappeared in the grass in a field behind Beacon Point.

Posted April 30th, 2017 at 6:30 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh Sat 29th April

Yesterday: Bar-tailed Gowit 60+, Ruff ,. Black-tailed Gowit 3, Knot, Common Sandpiper 2, Dunlin c20, Whimbrel 7 and Sand Martin 18.

Today at Mount Batten, Plymouth, 1st-s Mediterranean Gull.

Posted April 30th, 2017 at 5:29 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 09:10 till 11:45

within a couple of minutes of getting to the hide picked out a nice Curlew sandpiper coming into summer plumage among 20+ dunlin, with rain now heavy and at 09:50 picked up a Black Tern over the back of the marsh it was still showing well when I left .

totals for the morning in addition were 2 Ruff , 7+ knot, 40+ bar tailed , 45+ dunlin, 2 oystercatcher, 4 redshank, 30+ black tailed godwits, 8+ whimbrel, 3 curlew, 1 avocet, 1 1st summer Mediterranean gull, 40+ black headed gull, 8+ lesser black backed gulls, 4 sedge warblers, 6+ reed warblers, 4+ Cetti's warblers, 21+ wigeon, 6+ tufted duck, 2 gadwall, 300+ sand Martin , 20+ swallows, 1 buzzard.

Posted April 30th, 2017 at 2:38 pm by Keith Birchall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Seawatch 05.45-10.15am: 1 Pomarine Skua (probably 3rd cy), 2 Arctic Skuas (Dark phase and then pale phase), 4 Great Skua (video footage of one here: https://youtu.be/rnMMhyB_lDc ), 3 Puffin, 15 Manx Shearwaters, 6 Great Northern Divers, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Mediterranean Gull (fs), 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Shelduck, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Sandwich Tern, 5 Whimbrel, 56 Kittiwake, 5 Common Gulls 1 Harbour Porpoise and a Whale Sp >S possibly Minke (fairly distinct dorsal fin).

Posted April 30th, 2017 at 1:40 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Devon Group walk at Dawlish Warren 29th April

The group met at 8:00am with 10 present  led by Mike Goss. 38 species were seen with excellent close views of 15 Whimbrel on the golf course, Sandwich terns diving, Gannet offshore. Whitethroat were singing along with Linnet out near the hide. 2 Bar-tailed Godwits with Oystercatcher in front of the hide. On the beach close views of Dunlin, Turnstone,Sanderling and Oystercatcher. A good morning which we all enjoyed.

Posted April 30th, 2017 at 11:48 am by Mike Goss in General Birding

First Cuckoo

Went out early on Dartmoor and got soaking wet but I saw my first Cuckoo this year so it was worth it.

Posted April 30th, 2017 at 10:32 am by Robin Stanbridge in General Birding

Chapel Wood

Plenty of activity at Chapel Wood with Woodpeckers, Treecreepers, Nuthatch, Chiff Chaffs, Willow Warblers and all the regulars. The badgers seem to have survived someone blocking their set entrance, Red Deer on the hillside and Roe Deer in the woods along with all of the regulars.

Ps. If anyone has a Lundy ticket they are not going to use pls inform DB as I am close to the top of the waiting list!!

Buzzard Great Spotted Woodpecker Green Woodpecker
Buzzard                                       Great Spotted Woodpecker                        Green Woodpecker

Posted April 30th, 2017 at 9:24 am by Rob Barnes in General Birding

Exmouth

Maer Rocks - 0545 - 0745 - 1 Arctic Tern, 2 Little Tern and 3 Common Tern lingering. Also this morning 1 Black Tern (east @ 0630), 14 'commic' Tern, c20+ Sandwich Tern, a further 4 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 9 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Skua, 8 Whimbrel 1 Eider (west), 2 Common Gull, 1+ Guillemot, 9 Common Scoter, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Black-headed Gull and 2 Fulmar along with small numbers of Gannet and Kittiwake.

Posted April 30th, 2017 at 8:17 am by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 29th April 2017

Dartmoor

Dartmoor this morning, my first Hobby of the year just above Ashburton also two male Yellow Hammer.

Two Cuckoos calling at Cherry Brook, a large flock 50 plus birds made up of Goldfinch and Redpoll, a Heron and a Mallard drake and Meadow Pipits.

Warren House Inn down to Sousson's at least four Cuckoo calling and then three seen together in flight chasing each other towards the top end of the plantation.

Several displaying Reed Bunting, two Wheatear, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Skylarks, Meadow Pipits carrying food items, Green Woodpecker, Raven, Buzzard and two Kestrel.

Whinchat all over, at least nine on the walk out and easily that number on the way back to the car, calling and showing well, very surprised to find a female Pied Flycatcher not what I expected at that location.

At the entrance to Challcombe two Cuckoos seen close up one in tree and the other flying up to it in display, also Swallows, Pied Wagtail two Stonechat and two Wheatear.

Back at home a Sparrow Hawk carrying food back to a local nest site.

 

Posted April 29th, 2017 at 9:14 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Yarner Wood

Located the Wood Warbler quite quickly from its constant singing by following the path upstream and turning left, taking us onto the higher path. It was very mobile, calling all the time. Didn't see any rings on either legs. Back down to Flycatcher territory and we counted 6 in total (2 m and 3 fm)

Pied Flycatcher Wood Warbler Wood Warbler

 

Posted April 29th, 2017 at 7:51 pm by Steph Murphy in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Yarner Woods

East Devon Branch of DB met this morning with 14 members present. Pied Flycatchers and Redstarts present from the start with Tree Pipit, Stonechat, Blackcap, and Yellow Hammer also quickly found.  Willow Warblers in song in the background and Treecreeper and Gt spotted Woodpecker put in brief appearances. Siskins overhead in small numbers. A single Wood Warbler gave close views and song with others heard.  3 drake Mandarin Ducks present on the ponds.  Small numbers of House Martin were overhead at Trendlebere Down plus a single Swift.  We missed a Hobby that was seen by the Plymouth Group of the RSPB (as we were facing the wrong way as they walked towards us) but thanks to them for locating the Green Woodpecker dropping!

Posted April 29th, 2017 at 6:13 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

The birds in fine voice with Sedge, Reed, Cettis, Chiffchaff amongst others filling the air with bird song. A couple of Whimbrel off Turf and plenty of Swallows, Sand and House Martins hawking over the lagoons. Great days birding on the marshes.

Sedge Warbler
Sedge Warbler

Posted April 29th, 2017 at 6:11 pm by Simon Thurgood in General Birding

Fremington Quay to home farm via ponds.

Sedge warblers 4,whitethroat 6(no lesser)chiffchaff,blackcap,willow warbler,reed bunting,cettis (heard)and bullfinch.

Posted April 29th, 2017 at 3:35 pm by John Elvin in General Birding

East Soar

Pretty quiet just Redstart, 3 Wheatears, 3 Sedge Warblers, lots of Whitethroats & Swallows coming in off the sea. Also first 2 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries.

Posted April 29th, 2017 at 2:55 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Beesands

3 Wheatear, 5 Whitethroat and a Turtle Dove in the field behind the hide -  sadly a scare bird these days.

Posted April 29th, 2017 at 2:15 pm by David Cope in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

parakeet

12 ringneck parakeet central park

Posted April 29th, 2017 at 1:04 pm by barry in General Birding

Topsham

Fairly quiet on the rising tide at Bowling Green Marsh this morning with 3 Ruff, 1 second calendar year Med gull & plenty of Sedge warblers the highlights so I wandered down to the viewing platform. Shortly after entering the field a Hoopoe flew over and into Riversmeet. I didn't see it again. A very fortunate view and apparently the first record for the reserve. From the viewing platform c 25 Pale-bellied Brent geese flew up river. 21 Whimbrel seen in small groups.

Posted April 29th, 2017 at 11:56 am by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Friday 28th April 2017

Vitifer valley to Soussons

Great Grey shrike visible most of the morning on hawthorns on the Warren House side of the valley. Cuckoos calling frequently but only one seen. At least six Whinchats seen but all were males. A female Crossbill gave good views near the ruins at the Soussons end of the valley. Stonechats feeding young now - one nest found. Green Woodpeckers seen and heard frequently - at least three separate birds. Many Willow Warblers and some Chiffchaffs active.

Posted April 28th, 2017 at 7:51 pm by Rob Hubble & Stella Tracey in General Birding

Start Point and Slapton Beach, 28 April 2017

Start Point:  at least 6 Male Wheatear, 1 Common Whitethroat. Lots of Linnet, Meadow Pipits and Stonechat - 2  familes of Stonechat with fledglings. 

Slapton Beach: 4 Whimbrel, 5 Ringed Plover.

Whimbrel
Whimbrel

Posted April 28th, 2017 at 6:47 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Yarner Wood

A lot of activity early morning including: Wood Warbler singing, 11 Pied Flycatchers, 2 Redstarts singing, 6+ Lesser Redpolls, 12+ Siskins, 2 Marsh Tits, 3 Tree Pipits, 2 Hobbies, and 4 drake Mandarin Ducks.

Posted April 28th, 2017 at 2:58 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Bursdon Moor.

Clear but cold for late April on Bursdon quite early this morning..

! Cuckoo calling continuously for 15 minutes, 1 Wheatear,, pair of Bullfinches, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, 2 Blackcaps,, several Meadow Pipits and Skylarks and a few Pheasants..  

Surprised not to find Whitethroat in their usual spot and unusual not to see any raptors...

A pair of Song Thrushes at nearby Meddon.

Harvey Kendall.

Posted April 28th, 2017 at 11:52 am by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Barn Owl

Barn owl flying through trees near the petrol station at South Brent at 0645 this morning, worryingly close to the A38 though

Posted April 28th, 2017 at 7:28 am by Ian Stone in General Birding

Thursday 27th April 2017

Redstarts showing well at yarner

A late run out to hunt for Cuckoo's at Emsworthy gave very little to report despite having one in my sights on Sunday.  Due to blustery conditions we went onto Yarner entering from Trendelbere. En route several Meadow Pipits were observed along with Chaffinches, Stonechats and the usual woodland species expected. The highlight was the Redstarts showing well and a pair of males fighting over territory. As we were leaving we spotted Tree Pipit and heard 

Redstart male Yarner Cuckoo Emsworthy
Redstart male Yarner                                             Cuckoo Emsworthy

Posted April 27th, 2017 at 8:57 pm by John Wilkes in General Birding

Fledged robin

My first fledgling of the year in garden (Honiton) just now. Blackbird, sparrow, dunnock and starling all continuing to collect food. 

Posted April 27th, 2017 at 9:40 am by Andy Rook in General Birding

haytor area/yarner woods

yesterday pm:  cuckoo heard at yarner but disappointing nothing "good" seen there. 2 stonechat, 2 wheatear, skylarks, meadow pipit on moor. 

Posted April 27th, 2017 at 9:27 am by graham folkerd in General Birding

Wednesday 26th April 2017

Topsham

Watched from 16:50 till 19:50

from the goatwalk to start 101+ whimbrel flew from exminster marsh to the estuary plus 9+ more on the estuary, 560+ dunlin , 1 avocet

from the viewing platform bowling green marsh 3 swift over, 20+ ringed plover , 15+ knot, 30+ grey plover, 1 willow warbler , 1 chiffchaff, 2 reed warbler, 1 mistle thrush, 17+ greenshank, 10+ whimbrel

from the hide bowling green marsh , 3 cattle egret flew over heading towards powderham, 3 ruff still, 3 Mediterranean gulls( 2 1st winter, 1 1st summer) , 2 common sandpiper, 6+ dunlin, 44+ bar tailed godwits, 2 oystercatchers, 200+ sand martins, 15+ swallows

from goosemoor, 36+ greenshank, 2 common sandpipers, 16+ little egrets, 60+ black tailed godwits.

Posted April 26th, 2017 at 10:04 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Wembury Bay

Similar sightings to those in Roger's post, but also 3 Bar-tailed Godwits (2 in nice summer plumage), 2 Sanderlings, 4 Ringed Plovers, 3 Dunlins and 15 Whimbrels,

Later 2 adult Dunlins at Blagdons Meadow (Plym Estuary) ,

Posted April 26th, 2017 at 9:17 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Skern

Evening visit at high tide. About 300 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover 1 Oystercatcher

At least 18 Whimbrel present. As the tide started to drop this male Ruff appeared - same one Malcolm had a few days ago?
At least 18 Whimbrel present.  As the tide started to drop this male Ruff appeared - same one Malcolm had a few days ago?

Posted April 26th, 2017 at 8:54 pm by JON TURNER in General Birding

Taw estuary

Ringed Plover and Dunlin....picture now attached, hopefully....!


Posted April 26th, 2017 at 8:42 pm by Alan Denzey in General Birding

Totnes Weir

Common Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail & Pied Wagtail on a dry Totnes Weir Face this afternoon. Mallard with 5 duckling above the weir. Also a close encounter with a Cormorant.

Cormorant - Totnes Weir - 26/4/17
Cormorant - Totnes Weir - 26/4/17

Posted April 26th, 2017 at 8:35 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Shallowford, Exmoor

Male cuckoo calling and seen in the vicinity of the farm today from 12:00 - 15:00pm.

Posted April 26th, 2017 at 7:47 pm by Margaret Phillips in General Birding

Taw estuary, near the White House

Ringed Plover and Dunlin

Posted April 26th, 2017 at 7:45 pm by Alan Denzey in General Birding

Wembury Point

A good few hours birding this morning produced

29 species of birds the best being

6 Whitethroat 1 Yellowhammer

11 Whimbrel 3 Grey Plover 2 Black Tailed Godwit

7 Common Sandpiper.

Very few hirundines 2 Swallow 1 House Martin

Plus all the usual birds

Posted April 26th, 2017 at 3:20 pm by Roger Backway in General Birding

Morte Point

0620-1040. 3 Whimbrel, 6 Whitethroat, 5 Fulmar, 1 Gannet,  3 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 5 House Martin, several Swallow plus 23 other species. No sign of the Shrew - so cold it probably stayed in bed!

Posted April 26th, 2017 at 2:17 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Shipley ~ South Brent ~ Cuckoo

Shipley Bridge towards the Avon Dam near South Brent this morning Whitethroat 2, Bullfinch 5, Goldcrest 5, Swallow 20 plus, Blackcap 9 all males, Willow Warbler 5, my first actual sighting of a Cuckoo (seen twice and beginning to call later in the morning) Wren 7, Song Thrush, Goldfinch 2, Chiffchaff 4, Mistle Thrush 4+ (one carrying food) Buzzard 2, female Kestrel being driven off by a Mistle Thrush, Greater Black Back Gull 2, Raven, Skylark 2, Pied Wagtail 3, Linnet 8, a flock of 40 plus Meadow Pipits arrived together near the pump house flying in from the direction of South Brent.

Posted April 26th, 2017 at 1:20 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Torbay

2 passage Cuckoos were noted yesterday one at Berry Head about lunch time (per Ranger) and one in Primley Woods, Paignton during the morning (per D Ellacott). 

Posted April 26th, 2017 at 10:19 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

man sands / coast path

yesterday pm:  small copper b/fly on southdown hill coast path. 2 oystercatcher on mansands beach.  swallows, sand martins, reed warblers, gadwall around ley. .

Posted April 26th, 2017 at 9:43 am by graham folkerd in General Birding

Tuesday 25th April 2017

skern

Little tern and seven whimbrel at 18:45.Nearly ran over a male crossbill yesterday evening after work at north bovey.didnt have time to stop due to seeing it late.Not seen in rear mirror so hopefully ok.Had to make paint shop so was in a hurry.

Posted April 25th, 2017 at 10:53 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Yarner Woods 29.05.2016

Spent a few hours at Yarner Woods yesterday and today.Plenty of Redstarts arriving now.Counted 6 males and 2 females on the top path.Also 12 Pied Flycatchers

Posted April 25th, 2017 at 10:32 pm by Allison Wines in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Walked along the railway path this lunchtime. Highlights were 1 Hobby perched by the back of the lagoon and a female / immature Marsh Harrier - presumably the overwintering bird.

Posted April 25th, 2017 at 2:28 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Meldon Woods

taking a short walk through the bluebells in the woods this morning, there were chiffchaff, willow warbler, blackcap and pied flycatcher, after the viaduct there was a cuckoo calling near the pond and a black red start near the old quarry.

Posted April 25th, 2017 at 2:12 pm by roger jewell in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Two pairs of Mistle Thrushes feeding young, Green Woodpecker, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Wheaters, and Whitethroat.

Wheatear 23.4.17
Wheatear 23.4.17

Posted April 25th, 2017 at 12:08 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Monday 24th April 2017

Dockwell, South Brent

A visit to Dockwell near South Brent today, checked out three nest box's that I placed in some woodland last year, one has a sitting Blue Tit, one half full of dried moss and one just the remnants of a nest from last year.

Bird species included Mistle Thrush, Wren 2, Pied Wagtail, Linnets 20 plus, Yellow Hammer 3, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler 2, Goldfinch 4, Buzzard and my first Whitethroat of the season.

A Roe deer on the edge of Brent hill

Back at home a single Long Tailed Tit, Nuthatch, Song Thrush pair still feeding young and a strange incident of a Carrion Crow attacking and pinning down a Jackdaw, the commotion drew in numerous very raucous Corvids that swooped and circled over the event, the Carrion Crow was clearly intent on killing the Jackdaw when a Magpie came in and actually struck the Crow, as a result the Jackdaw was able to escape not aware if anyone else has witnessed this type of behaviour.

Posted April 24th, 2017 at 10:45 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Occombe Sunday Morning

Late submission for Sunday morning. 2 House Sparrows, 4 Dunnock, 2 Swallows, 3 Greenfinch, Chaffinch, 2 Mallard, 6 Blackcap, Song Thrush, 7 Chiffchaff, 9 Wren, 2 Pheasant, 5 Stock Dove, 5 Robins, 2 Bullfinch, 8 Blackbirds, 2 Willow Warblers, 5 Great Tit, 6 Blue Tit, Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch, plus a Roebuck.

Posted April 24th, 2017 at 7:46 pm by Stephen Huggins in General Birding

Slapton

Mid afternoon, 4 Sandwich tern off middle car park, and at Torcross 2 Swift, 30 House Martin, 50 Swallow and 10 Sand martin.

Posted April 24th, 2017 at 6:30 pm by Nik Ward in General Birding

Plymouth area

A walk this morning from Mount Gould to Staddon Heights and back to Mount Batten, produced singing Sedge Warbler and Wheatear (cycle track by Tothill Park / lower Plym Estuary) and a Grasshopper Warbler at Staddon Heights. Also 2 Whitethroats. 

Posted April 24th, 2017 at 5:36 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Broadsands

Somewhat surprised to see a Bar Tailed Godwit on the beach last evening

Posted April 24th, 2017 at 5:03 pm by tim Clyburn in General Birding

Down Tor

Cuckoo heard on Down Tor several times this afternoon.

Posted April 24th, 2017 at 4:19 pm by Mave Goddard in General Birding

Berry Head

A few migrants on the headland today: 4 Willow Warblers, 4 Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff and 24+ Wheatears moving rapidly through from 9am-10.30am. 1 Great Northern Diver >S over the headland and another flew into Torbay. 2 Shelduck on the pool in the inner quarry was a bit of a surprise. 

Posted April 24th, 2017 at 3:26 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Grasshopper Warbler

Just seen, 1.45pm, a Grasshopper warbler singing away at High down, Lydford, Dartmoor.

Posted April 24th, 2017 at 2:22 pm by Robin Stanbridge in General Birding

Burrator area.

Walked around the north end of Burrator this morning and noted 3 male Redstarts, 2 Cuckoo, 4 Wheater and an Osprey flying north from the reservoir.

Posted April 24th, 2017 at 1:47 pm by Martin Phillips in General Birding

Arlington / Ashford

Pied Flycatcher in the woods at a fast-cooling Arlington this morning.

Stopped at Ashford on the way home and just about saw the hide-and-seek Lesser Whitethroat exactly where Rob said it was - thanks! Several Whimbrel out on the sand banks too.

Posted April 24th, 2017 at 1:39 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Prawle Sightings this weekend

Apologies for late posting.On Friday evening  Pat M saw a Red Kite; on Saturday 22nd April Pat M saw 3 Grasshopper Warblers, a male Redstart,a Sedge Warbler, 40+ Willow Warblers and 75+Wheatears and a possible Pomarine Skua.

Sunday 23rd (when I visited) seawatching with Pat M (7.20 till 9am) produced  2 Arctic Skuas , 3 Sandwich Terns east and 13 Manx Shearwaters west. A smattering of common migrants included my first 5 Whitethroats, 11+ Wheatears, 2 Willow Warblers, 20+ Swallows, 1 Sand Martin. Always interesting what a difference a day makes at this time of the year ! 

Posted April 24th, 2017 at 10:51 am by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Cuckoo

Heard my first cuckoo while walking on Mardon Down (Dartmoor).

Posted April 24th, 2017 at 7:20 am by Samuel Gray in General Birding

Sunday 23rd April 2017

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:00 till 19:20

From the viewing platform 175+ pale bellied brent geese flew up estuary before settling of riversmeet house with 2 dark bellied brent geese in with them 850+ dunlin, 34+ grey plover, 25+ whimbrel, 15+ knot, 16+ greenshanks, 50+ bar tailed godwits

from the hide, 3 ruff still, 2 Mediterranean gulls both 1st winter, 6 common gulls , 20+ black headed gulls, 8+ ringed plover over going high north

Around the marsh, 1 swift through my first of the year, 3 house Martin, 60+ sand Martin, 20+ swallows, 2 buzzards, 1 sparrowhawk, 5 Cetti's warblers, 6+ blackcap, 8+ chiffchaff, 6+ song thrush and 2 mistle thrush, 12+ reed warblers, 5+ sedge warblers

Also in evidence was continued movement of dunlin heading high north over the marsh at least 5 groups seen involving 250+ birds 

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 11:47 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Lesser Whitethroat - Tarka trail

Cycled from Braunton to Barnstaple along the trail again this morning.

On the outgoing journey 1 Lesser Whitethroat was vocalising many times from the Hawthorn & bramble bushes & flying from one bush to the next from Ashford Strand towards Ashford Sewage treatment works where it fell silent in a bush with several other species including a Sedge Warbler, Chiffchaff & Chaffinch. I continued to Barnstaple & during the return journey heard the bird again several times between the sewage works & Ashford. The bird can be heard warbling inside or at the back of a Hawthorn or bramble bush but I was not able to obtain a photo.

A useful tip - be as quiet as possible when you hear it because it will stop singing if you talk!

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 9:59 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Nocturnal recording update

A quick update even if not very exciting from my night recording sessions in Plymouth. 17/4 Tree Pipit over 07:20, 18/4 group of Whimbrel 22:58, 20/4 Common Sand 03:21, group of Dunlin 03:04, 21/4 single Dunlin 01:20. Tawny owl a few evenings as well as some night singing Robins and the occasional burst of random night song from Wood Pigeon, Great Tit and a few unidentified noises. Lots of drunk people, snoring, squeaky brakes etc too!

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 9:32 pm by Richard Billington in General Birding

Skern Bay, Northam

Plenty of birds at Skern. Large flock of Dunlin/ringed plover,10 whimbrel, three bar tailed godwits in summer plumage. 

Bar-tailed Godwit Ringed Plover whimbrel
Bar-tailed Godwit                       Ringed Plover                                     whimbrel

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 9:26 pm by RICHARD YEATS in General Birding

Berrynarbor Cuckoo

Heard for the first time this year this morning and again this afternoon.

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 8:58 pm by Kim Beaver in General Birding

Hartland Quay

Richards Pipit in area above lowest car park 2.30pm today

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 8:51 pm by Rob Cleversley in General Birding

Yarner Wood

13.45 - 17.00

On the heath: a pair of Stonechat, Red-legged Partridge (first for me here), 3 Linnets, Raven, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaffs and a Redpoll.  Mallard flying over.  Calling Tree Pipit. 

In the Wood: 4 male Mandarins, 2 Marsh Tits, 4 Siskins, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Coal Tits and LT Tits.  2 Song Thrushes, 3 males and 1 female Pied Flycatcher, 2 male Redstarts, 2 Treecreepers, all three woodpecker species.  Two calling Wood Warblers and a calling Mistle Thrush.   

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 8:26 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Common Lizard

Common lizard on wall on Tarka trail near Braunton InnSaturday 22nd May


Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 8:00 pm by richard yeats in Other Wildlife

Exeter

Three Swifts over house in Exeter this evening. 

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 7:44 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Yarner Wood

An early morning visit to Yarner Woods gave no less than thirteen Pied Flycatchers, two Wood Warblers together high in the Oak canopy, female Redstart, mating pair of Woodpeckers not something I ever expected to see, Siskin, Song Thrush and Great Spotted Woodpeckers.

Emsworthy Mire gave male Redstart, two male Wheatear, Meadow Pipits and three soaring Buzzards.

On Dartmoor, Swallow, Skylark, Meadow Pipit and several Linnets.

Back at home, Swallow, Nuthatch, Song Thrush and recently fledged Blackbird

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 7:22 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Taw estuary

Despite the dog-walker traffic, the low tide and the baking sun, at least a dozen Whimbrel really wanted to feed on the dry sand way up the beach near Instow cricket club. In the dunes and fields 3 male Whitethroat in song-flight, several Blackcap and a Sedge Warbler singing, plus plenty of singing Linnet and Swallow.

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 7:20 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Burrator (Sat 22nd)

Common Redstart male, half a dozen Wheatear on territory, Grey Wagtail pair feeding young in the nest (half grown) and fly-through by a Peregrine were highlights, but no Cuckoos on site all afternoon. Noticed the wind was northerly and cold so probably explains a lot.

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 7:16 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Burrator / Combshead tor

0810 - 1115:-

3 singing male Redstarts, singing Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs, 2 Great spotted Woodpeckers (m+f), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Cuckoo together with one calling, at the aptly named Cuckoo rock.

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 7:13 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Sixteen Wheatears (a good count for the site) and my first Whitethroat of the year here. Also 1 or 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Common Sandpipers and 2 drake Mandarin Ducks.

Yesterday: 3 adult Dunlins and a Whimbrel.

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 7:01 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Wembury Beach Walk

Continued

Grey Plover  Sanderling  Curlew Sandpiper?
Grey Plover          Sanderling      Curlew Sandpiper? Eds: Yes!

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 5:38 pm by Duncan Leitch in General Birding

Wembury Beach Walk

Spotted the same cast of small waders as an earlier post. Lots of Oystercatchers, Curlews, Egrets and a Whimbrel (i think).

Cast of Waders Dunlin
Cast of Waders Eds: including the Curlew Sandpiper on right                                               Dunlin

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 5:33 pm by Duncan Leitch in General Birding

Tarka Trail

Good afternoon for a cycle to find something....

Wrafton scrape had Common Sandpiper but no LRP (of which more later) on to Barnstaple and on the way heard at least 10 Blackcaps, 1 Willow Warbler and a few Chiffs. Good numbers of Shelduck on the river and a number of Black-headed Gulls too, including a few adults.

Decided to push on to the small muddy area opposite Bishop's Tawton, hoping for a wader or a Green Woodpecker. Well the wader turned out to be a Greenshank and not the hoped for Wood Sandpiper. Closer inspection revealed 2 Little Ringed Plovers! Same as this morning's at Wrafton or a different pair?

On the way back along the Tarka Trail the tide was rising and I saw at least 9 Whimbrel, and 2 Common Sandpiper. Also saw 1 Andy Lansdell. Like him I didn't see any Lesser Whitethroats, although I may have heard one.

Finally I walked around Sherpa Marsh. Swallows and Sand Martins in numbers.

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 5:16 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Dartmeet

Cuckoo (at last) calling downstream from Dartmeet.  Also four Pied Flycatchers and at least one Redstart singing in the woods beneath Combestone Tor.

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 5:01 pm by Richard Hibbert in General Birding

Tarka Trail

Miserably failed to find the Lesser Whitethroat Rob reported earlier, but plenty of singing blackcaps. Did get my first comma, holly blue and common lizard of the year and the missing picture for Rob's collection.

Orange-tip female underwing.
Orange-tip female underwing.

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 4:48 pm by Andrew Lansdell in Other Wildlife

Dockwell - South Brent

Cuckoo first heard at this location on 18th, gave good views today whilst calling well late morning. Also present Wheatear (x4), Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Linnet and a lone Tree Pipit.

Cuckoo - Dockwell,South Brent - 23.4.17
Cuckoo - Dockwell,South Brent - 23.4.17

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 4:44 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Curlew Sandpiper, Wembury Point

Curlew Sandpiper on shore east of the slipway and outfall pipe at Wembury Point early this morning, with supporting small-wader cast of three Grey Plover, Sanderling, two Ringed Plover and a Dunlin.

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 2:11 pm by John Bishop in General Birding

Kingford Fen, Lana and Lower Tamar Lake area.

A great early morning walk in quiet, sunny conditions.

6 Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs 3, Blackcaps 3, Dunnocks 4, Treecreepers 2,  Very active rookery at Kingford Fen with at least ten nests so far, 2 Buzzards, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Goldcrest and fair numbers of Swallows and Martins plus all the usual species.

No activity at all at the heronry at Dunsdon

Several Orange Tip, Large and Small White butterflies

. Harvey Kendall.

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 1:16 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Stoke Beach

Red Kite  flying up the coastline towards Mothercombe being mobbed by corvids

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 11:44 am by Roger Backway in General Birding

Wrafton

Took a group around the reserve this morning and we were rewarded with Common Sandpiper and 2 Little Ringed Plovers out on the scrape. Displaying Sedge Warbler just outside the reserve, and a Tawny Owl seen in the pine trees.

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 10:56 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

Saturday 22nd April 2017

Avon Dam

1m Whinchat and 1m Pied Flycatcher in the valley below Avon Dam this evening.

Posted April 22nd, 2017 at 9:59 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Sherpa Marsh

Swift again this evening with good numbers of Swallow and Sand Martin.

Posted April 22nd, 2017 at 9:31 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Hope's Nose

12.00-14.00

80+ Guillemots on the ledges of the Orestone, Whitethroat, Common Sandpiper, female Wheatear, male and female Stonechats, Fulmar, 3 Swallows in off the sea, 2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps, 4 Mallards, Kestrel, 25+ Shags, 2 Oystercatchers, Rock Pipit, Goldfinch, pair of Bullfinches.  Calling Willow Warbler and Pheasant.

Posted April 22nd, 2017 at 9:04 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Pied Flycatcher - Yarner

Early morning walk around Yarner on Thursday morning - Male Redstart, Siskins, Gs & Green Woodpeckers and 3 male Pied Flycatchers. One with rings on both legs - Left silver & Right gold/yellow. 

Pied flycatcher
Pied flycatcher

Posted April 22nd, 2017 at 8:45 pm by Paul Treen in General Birding

Shaldon

A Grasshopper Warbler reeled from the hedge bordering the golf course this morning, with 5 Wheatear, 2 Willow Warbler and 10 Blackcap around the area, and a Yellow Wagtail over.

Posted April 22nd, 2017 at 8:08 pm by Laurie Allnatt in General Birding

Turf

Short eared Owl this afternoon. 

Posted April 22nd, 2017 at 7:53 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Around topsham

Watched from 08:00 till 16:00

A good days birding except for the continued levels of disturbance around the estuary and bowling green marsh.

Best bird was a cuckoo by the viewing platform at bowling green marsh at 09:25 first picked up calling from riversmeet house grounds before showing well by the viewing platform it was chased by a couple of carrion crows and then spooked by a buzzard landing next to it it seemed to fly through and up the river clyst, a rare bird on the marsh these days and my first in 7 years of watching the site.

1200+ dunlin and 100+ ringed plover was a good count from the viewing platform , from the goatwalk 1 hobby flew high over exminster and 3 ruff were in with the black tailed godwits, 2 Avocet, there was movement of waders heading north with several groups of dunlin going high over topsham more unusual was a group of 35 ringed plover that flew up from Dawlish warren they were high and continued high over topsham.

Around bowling green a good fall of warblers with 15+ sedge warblers , 16+ reed warblers, 2 Whitethroat , 6+ new blackcaps, 5 house Martin , 15 tufted duck, 4 gadwall, 18+ wigeon, 2 reed bunting, 1 wheatear, 1 white wagtail, 1 common sandpiper.

on the rising tide from viewing platform . 62+ bar tailed godwits, 40+grey plover, 20+ knot, 20+ greenshank.

Posted April 22nd, 2017 at 5:44 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Prawle Point (Reserve)

An Ad.m. Firecrest ringed at this site on 12/10/16 has been recovered on02/04/17 at Beverwijk, Noord-Holland, Netherlands. (Unfortunately taken by a cat). Of 13609 Firecrests ringed in Great Britain (until 31st.Dec 2015) only 8 have been recovered abroad, 3 previously from the Netherlands.      This individual would have wintered either in S W Britain or further south on the Continent and was returning to breed in Europe when it was recovered.

Posted April 22nd, 2017 at 5:17 pm by Alan K Searle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Holdstone down exmoor

Haven't been able to get up here for a few weeks, but was rewarded with several small flocks of very busy linnets gathering material, stonechat male and female, chaffinches, meadow pipits, skylarks numerous buzzards. I sat  for ages watching a willow warbler? Scour a gorse bush for food. 

Willow warbler Buzzard below
Willow warbler                                                           Buzzard 

Posted April 22nd, 2017 at 3:44 pm by Philip Worth in General Birding

Croyde,Baggy Point.

whitethroats several pairs wheatear,linnets,skylarks,stonechat,willow warbler and chiff chaff.

Posted April 22nd, 2017 at 2:29 pm by John Elvin in General Birding

Tarka trail - Braunton to Barnstaple

A quick look at Wrafton Pond on the way down the trail & a pair of adult Little Grebes with 3 juv's already.

Further down the trail a very mobile Brimstone Butterfly & once it had really warmed up it did not settle.

Having cycled down the trail from Braunton to Barnstaple at least 10 times during the last fortnight I was at last rewarded with 2 new arrivals for the trail which fell in & announced their presence with much excitement in the usual fashion - Lesser Whitethroat.

On the fringes of the Taw Estuary at Ashford with the tide out were 21 Whimbrel.

1  Goosander at Pottington

  

Posted April 22nd, 2017 at 2:20 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Clennon Valley

Grasshopper Warbler reeling in top corner (NW) of Clennon Valley playing fields.

Video clip of bird here: https://youtu.be/yYk65SAihrg 

Posted April 22nd, 2017 at 2:02 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Wierd Magpie Plymouth

Had a bit of a shock driving by Beaumont Road church this morning when a partially albino/partially leucistic Magpie flew in front of me. Seemed almost completely white except the wing where the black was replaced with very pale brown. Bizarre bird - I'll go back later and try and get a picture.

Eds - this bird has been around in this area, for several years on and off. Good to hear it's still surviving.

Posted April 22nd, 2017 at 1:01 pm by Richard Billington in General Birding

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

18 Wheatear around Soar Mill Cove, Sedge Warbler & Willow Warbler singing plus male Sparrowhawk over Bolberry car park.

Posted April 22nd, 2017 at 12:34 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Hexworthy to Dartmeet

Six singing males apiece for Tree Pipit and Redstart (first records of year for latter); single Pied Fly at Dartmeet.  Also Yellowhammer, Mandarin, Goosander, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers.  No Garden Warblers or Cuckoos yet.  Slightly concerned about the latter.  Willow Warblers singing all over area in good numbers.

Posted April 22nd, 2017 at 12:31 pm by Richard Hibbert in General Birding

Berry Head.

A walk along the coast path this morning was worth it. 2 Adders, 3 whitethroat singing, chiffchaff and then I reached BH. Before I reached the first fort by car park a further two whitethroat, 2 male and 1 female bullfinch, 4 shags on nests in the gully and 1 showing off the eggs in a change over. In between the two forts on the grassy slope 10 + Wheatear, gave up counting as they started to flit about, many Goldfinch. At the end of the headland a further 4 Wheatear. Many swallows passing through. An enjoyable morning.

Posted April 22nd, 2017 at 12:18 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Willow warbler - Higher Street Brixham

Had a singing willow warbler drop into our garden on Higher Street for 10 minutes this morning - beautiful way to start the day and a first for the garden.  

Posted April 22nd, 2017 at 8:51 am by Ali King in General Birding

Start Point

A Red Kite flew north at 06:30, little else.

Posted April 22nd, 2017 at 8:09 am by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Friday 21st April 2017

Topsham

Started the day with 2 singing Whitethroats in gardens at the Rec and finished with 2 Swifts over Exminster Marshes.  During the day on a low high tide highlights were 41 Ringed plover and 1 Sanderling amount a large flock of Dunlin, 2 Ruff on the Clyst before moving to Goosemoor and 10 Whimbrel.

Posted April 21st, 2017 at 11:36 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Velator

Common Sandpiper on the scrape and another along the Caen not far from the Toll House this evening. Delighted to see a Swift over the reserve too!

Posted April 21st, 2017 at 9:30 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Snipe at Stover & Pied Flycatchers at Yarner Woods

A Snipe at the front of the hide at Stover today showed very well for a couple of minutes - that was long enough to get some decent photo's.

At Yarner Woods the Pied Flycatchers were showing all over the place, also heard, but not seen, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Wood Warbler heard, but again not seen.

Snipe

Pied Flycatcher

Pied Flycatcher

Posted April 21st, 2017 at 6:57 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Male Redstart - Smeardon Down

A lovely male Redstart spotted this afternoon around 4 o'clock on the bottom fringes of Smeardon Down, Peter Tavy.

Redstart
Redstart

Posted April 21st, 2017 at 6:55 pm by Andy Brown in General Birding

Fingle Woods,Dartmoor

3 singing male Redstarts & 4 Tree Pipits the highlights.

Posted April 21st, 2017 at 2:59 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Peter Tavy - Red Kite

Red Kite circling high over Peter Tavy this morning around 9.45 for 10 minutes then flew off northwards over the Moors (distant shots only)

Red Kite

Red KiteRed Kite


Red Kite

Posted April 21st, 2017 at 2:36 pm by Andy Brown in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Velator

While ringing in the reserve this morning an odd-sounding Goose flew around, I did see it later but not sure what it was  - Egyptian? Anyone out there see one, do let me know!

Ringed 40 Swallows and 15 Sand Martins caught last night, along with 3 Blackcaps, 3 Blackbirds, 2 Bullfinch, 4 Chiffs, a Willow Warbler and a half size Dunnock - the first juvenile of the year.

Also caught a Reed Warbler ringed in 2014. and 3 2-year old Blackcaps, (ringed in 2015).

Posted April 21st, 2017 at 1:13 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Cuckoo

Cuckoo heard from the garden of Littleham Mill near Bideford on Wednesday

Posted April 21st, 2017 at 9:39 am by Brian Sims in General Birding

Berry Head

Migrants thin on the ground again today despite the cloud cover. Fly-past birds included: 1 Whimbrel, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Great Northern Diver. off the headland there were still 6+ Common Dolphin and 1 Harbour Porpoise.

Posted April 21st, 2017 at 8:39 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Thursday 20th April 2017

Cuckoo's- Dartington + Hound Tor

Solitary cuckoo heard at close proximity on the dartington estate by conservation/ woodland wardens. called on several occasions from fixed point in a tree at a higher level. This added to 2 seperate cuckoo's heard in the woodland valley behind Hound Tor on sat 15th.

Posted April 20th, 2017 at 11:46 pm by jordan harris in General Birding

Yarner Woods, 20 April

At Yarner today - 3 male Redstart and 1 female showing regularly - female gathering nesting material. At least 2 male Pied Flycatchers calling and checking out nestboxes/nestsites.

Pied Flycatcher Pied Flycatcher Female Common Redstart gathering nesting material
            Pied Flycatcher                                                    Female Common Redstart gathering nesting material

Posted April 20th, 2017 at 11:19 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Pied flys

Male and female pied flycatcher together in copse above South Zeal this morning. 

Posted April 20th, 2017 at 4:59 pm by Jasper Michie in General Birding

Wrafton, Braunton area.

2 Common Sandpipers on the scrape this morning, although one was originally flying around Wrafton Pond and even landed on the viewing platform at one point. A Kingfisher also flew over. Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Blackcap singing in the reserve. The light rain seemed to dampen the temperature so not much showing.

This afternoon cycled to Saunton Sands sandy lane car park and along the American road to Crow point. Only 4/5 Whitethroats 3 Blackcaps, 15 Willow Warblers and 6 Chiffs. There may have been hundreds of Grasshopper Warblers, but I can't hear them anymore so I recorded none!

On the flooded area of Horsey, 1 Greenshank, 5 Ringed Plover, 12 Redshank, 24 Grey Plover (all in winter plumage) and about 30 Dunlin (in summer plumage). Finally on the Caen river just by the end of the old Chivenor lighting gantry, 3 Whimbrel.

A smattering of Sand Martins and Swallows, one House Martin.

Posted April 20th, 2017 at 4:16 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Turf

Hobby over Turf yesterday evening. 

Posted April 20th, 2017 at 2:16 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Soar

1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling briefly in Soar Mill Valley early am plus at least 10 Whitethroats. The same or another Grasshopper Warbler reeling strongly and showing nicely in a stand of willows in a garden in Higher Soar mid-am.

Posted April 20th, 2017 at 1:44 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Wednesday 19th April 2017

Yarner Woods, 18 April

Sorry its late, but I thought I posted yesterday. 1 male Redstart and 1 male Stonechat.

Male RedstartMale Stonechat



Posted April 19th, 2017 at 9:11 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

East Soar

A disappointing morning in the easterlies but managed 15 Swallow, Sand Martin, 16 Wheatear, 2 Sedge Warbler, 7 Whitethroat & 3 singing Willow Warblers.

Posted April 19th, 2017 at 6:42 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Exminster Marsh

A short eared owl this morning flushed from trees at the picnic area along the back path and flying onto the marsh where it looked most disgruntled. It then flew back to the trees before flying off again, this time gaining height and heading over the railway line towards Powderham Marsh.

Also good views of reed warblers and sedge warblers busily singing away.4 house martins with the swallows, blackcap and chiffchaff also seen.

Short Eared OwlShort Eared Owl

Posted April 19th, 2017 at 6:36 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Exeter and topsham

Got of the bus at matford park and ride this morning 06:20 and as I was about to cross the road by the Volkswagen car centre / garage I could hear a reeling Grasshopper warbler it was in a small bush and I watched it for 10 mins showing well and reeling away great way to start the day.

A quick look around Bowling green marsh between 15:00 and 16:30 produced the spotted redshank from the viewing platform , 1 1st winter Mediterranean gull , 15+ knot , 40+ grey plover, 6+ whimbrel, 12+ swallow, 5+ Cetti's warbler, 8+ blackcap, 5+ chiffchaffs, , 6+ buzzards.

Posted April 19th, 2017 at 6:21 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Malmsmead and up to Brendon.

Lots of Willow warblers in pairs,fledged Dipper,male Redstart,chiffchaff,2 Ravens,grey wagtails,bullfinch and lots more goldfinch than usual,nice to see good numbers of tree creeper,nuthatch and tits.Beautiful day.

Posted April 19th, 2017 at 5:57 pm by John Elvin in General Birding

River Clyst, Goosemoor

There were 3 Ruff, Common Sandpiper and Greenshank with 30-odd Black-tailed Godwits by Goosemoor cycleway bridge this afternoon. The Spotted Redshank called behind Bowling Green Marsh, but it was invisible behind the railway bridge! A Cetti's Warbler was singing by the bridge.

Ruff on R ClystBlack-tailed Godwit in partial breeding plumage



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                              Ruff on R Clyst                                          Black-tailed Godwit in partial breeding plumage

Posted April 19th, 2017 at 5:42 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Morte Point

This morning, 5 Whitethroat (4m/1f) and 1 Speckled Yellow Moth

Speckled Yellow Moth
Speckled Yellow Moth

Posted April 19th, 2017 at 4:37 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Ruff in Southcott valley

A male Ruff showing signs of summer plumage on the rapldly drying scrape in the southcott valley.   Nearby on Northgate pond a Common sand and Greenshank.

Posted April 19th, 2017 at 4:30 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in General Birding

Soar and South Huish

Soar lacked any great numbers of migrants but managed: 14 Wheatears, 9 Whitethroats, 6 Willow warblers, 12 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps and 2 House Martins.

On South Huish Marsh, the juv / 1st-s Iceland Gull, 3 Garganeys (2 drakes and a duck), 7+ Cattle Egrets, Common Sandpiper, 2 Whimbrels, Sedge Warbler and 2 House Martins; and over the sea, 5 Sandwich Terns.   

Little of note at South Milton Ley.

Posted April 19th, 2017 at 4:11 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Braunton Burrows Biosphere Reserve

South end to North end along American Road to Saunton.

Good fall of migrants this morning on the Burrows.

 63 Willow Warblers, 27 Chiffchaffs, 5 Common Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat (First ones in, hopefully more later), 23 Blackcap, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Grasshopper Warbler.

Posted April 19th, 2017 at 2:11 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Wrafton

Two Common Sandpipers on the scrape this morning. Still precious little in the reserve: 1 singing Willow Warbler, 2 Reed Warblers. Good to see a Tawny Owl fly through the trees.

 

Up on Exmoor (above North Molton) a couple of Tree Pipits.

Posted April 19th, 2017 at 2:10 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Tuesday 18th April 2017

Exe Estuary

A flock of c 90 Brent geese were on the Estuary this evening. Too far down river to tell which sub species with bins, but most likely to be Pale-bellied at this time of year. They appeared to be off Starcross as viewed from Topsham.

Posted April 18th, 2017 at 10:12 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Pied flycatcher and wood warbler

Male pied flycatcher and a wood warbler in the oak wood above the River Barle just north of Dulverton. Other sightings included 3 pair of marsh tit, two pair of nuthatch, greater spotted woodpecker (2) and tree creeper (2). Three grey wagtail and a dipper on the river.


Posted April 18th, 2017 at 8:03 pm by Richard Gowen in General Birding

Mandarins at Lower Buckland

Three male Mandarins together on the river by Lower Buckland this morning.

Posted April 18th, 2017 at 7:36 pm by Colin Brooks in General Birding

Yarner Woods

Smart Wood warbler calling & showing well this morning

Posted April 18th, 2017 at 5:55 pm by Ian Pearson in General Birding

Fingle Woods,Dartmoor

Pair Goosander on river, 5 Pied Flycatcher & male Redstart in song.

Posted April 18th, 2017 at 4:49 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Powdermills

Male Pied flycatcher at Powder mills this afternoon, stunning colours..

Posted April 18th, 2017 at 4:09 pm by john diplock in General Birding

Brixham Breakwater.

10 Purple Sandpiper on the old fuel bunkering jetty at the end of Brixham Breakwater. Thought they would have gone but nice to see.

Posted April 18th, 2017 at 12:08 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Lundy (yesterday)

The Night Heron was still on Lundy yesterday afternoon, Monday 17th.

Posted April 18th, 2017 at 11:33 am by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 17th April 2017

Emsworthy

This evening at least 4 Wheatear, lots of Meadow Pipit, 1 male Stonechat, pair of Linnet gathering nesting material, 1 male Reed Bunting and 1 Buzzard and 1 male Kestrel over.

Meadow Pipit Linnet gathering nest material Male Reed Bunting
Meadow Pipit                             Linnet gathering nest material                     Male Reed Bunting

Posted April 17th, 2017 at 11:12 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Topsham

Started the day at Highfield Farm with Grasshopper warbler, Sedge warbler, 2 Cettis and 4 Cattle egrets. From Clyst viewing platform 6 Little terns distant down river.  3 Ruff on Bowling a Green Marsh. And at least 25 Whimbrel moving up river over course of the morning.

Posted April 17th, 2017 at 10:31 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Dartmoor

A drive around Dartmoors quieter lanes, produced sightings of, Skylark many Meadow Pipits & Stonechats, Wheatears, Linnets, 1 Whinchat. 1 Whitethroat. The best by far was the sighting of a very smart male Redstart, also saw a Raven & Buzzards, many Swallows heading north

Posted April 17th, 2017 at 10:27 pm by Mike Luckson in General Birding

Wheatears on Dartmoor

Plenty of Wheatears at Saddle tor today also Meadow pipits and one cuckoo

     

 

Posted April 17th, 2017 at 5:58 pm by John Deakins in General Birding

Whinchat

a female feeding on Mountsland common,  Dartmoor about 12.00 today

Posted April 17th, 2017 at 4:44 pm by Jeff Hacon in General Birding

Kingsbridge Estuary

Charleton Marsh / Bay, 13:45-14:45

Great Crested Grebe, 3 Teals, 7 Whimbrels, 2 Ruffs ( marsh ), 4 Sandwich Terns, Grasshopper Warbler and Reed Warbler.

Posted April 17th, 2017 at 3:52 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Tarka trail

Hoping to see a Brimstone Butterfly but no luck so far!

Photo 1 = male Orange Tip  upperwing.

Photo 2 = male Orange Tip  underwing.

Photo 3 = female Orange Tip upperwing.

Now I know what you are thinking, Rob failed to get a photo of the female Orange Tip underwing!

  

Posted April 17th, 2017 at 2:07 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

South Huish Marsh and Soar

South Huish Marsh, early am: Iceland Gull and Garganey still present, 4 Cattle Egrets, 5 Wheatears, singing Sedge Warbler etc.

East and Middle Soar, mid-am: 7 Wheatears, singing Whitethroat, steady trickle of Swallows passing through etc.

Posted April 17th, 2017 at 1:50 pm by Andy Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 16th April 2017

Exe Estuary and Elmsworthy

Early morning start on the Exe estuary was not overly busy with bird life on the low tide, from the hide at Bowling Green Marsh ducks included Teal, Wigeon, Shoveller, Gadwall and Tufted.

From the viewing platform Redhank, Curlew, Heron, very mobile Dunlin flock.

On the Exeminster side at least five Sedge Warbler, very vocal Cetti's Warbler, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Swallow and Sand Martin, another flock of Dunlin which landed and then seen to include 12 plus Ringed Plover, steady number of Shellduck coming into one specific area 89 birds at one point, fifteen Curlew.

Emsworthy on Dartmoor five Wheatear, Meadow Pipits, Skylark, spent ages listening to a calling "drumming" bird which eventually revealed itself to be a Snipe, Raven over head.

Posted April 16th, 2017 at 9:43 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

East Soar & Bolt Head/Slapton Ley

Morning at Bolt Head brought female Merlin heading east & over Prawle then Common Buzzard in off the sea flying strongly north. Also in off the sea: 54 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin & 7 Goldfinch. In the area: Whimbrel, 2 soaring Sparrowhawk, 2 Wheatear, 2 Willow Warbler & Nuthatch.

Later at Slapton Ley first Swift, 3 Common Scoter on the sea, 6 Whimbrel briefly on the beach, 3 Sandwich Tern, 2 House Martin & 2 singing Reed Warblers.

Posted April 16th, 2017 at 7:15 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A thorough look around this morning. A modest passage of hirundines with 38 Swallows, and 4 House Martins heading NW. Also, 3 Swallows hanging around, my first Whimbrel of the year here, Common Sandpiper, 2 pairs of Mallard with (12 and 9) ducklings, Stock Dove (4), Sparrowhawk and  Great Spotted Woodpecker (2).

As I arrived home (Mount Gould) a Ring-necked Parakeet flew over my house. Hot on the heels of Yellow-browed Warbler, this makes 110 species for the garden (in, over or from) since 1990.

Posted April 16th, 2017 at 6:14 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dartmoor

Another early morning visit to Dartmoor was rewarded by a stunning flypast of over a 150 Golden Plover which was even better when they landed in front of me. Otherwise usual suspects - Yellowhammer, Linnet, wheatear, m pipit, stonechat, raven and Skylark Inc 2 that were so intent on scrapping with each other in the car park they were oblivious to all the passing cars. 

Golden Plover fomationSkylark
             Golden Plover formation                                                                   Skylark - the winner

Posted April 16th, 2017 at 4:55 pm by Paul Treen in General Birding

Yes Tor

2 Dotterel between Yes tor and High Willhays .Both in breeding plumage.

Posted April 16th, 2017 at 4:04 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Little terns topsham

Watched from 08:00 till 12:45

After doing the hedges first with nothing new in headed to the viewing platform at bowling green marsh , 20+ knot , 45+ bar tailed godwits and 20+ great crested grebes around the estuary , just after 08:30 picked up 3 small terns of starcross but with the light they were to far to confirm ID but size and flight pattern suggested little tern they eventually flew up river so I rushed around to the goatwalk and  they were just of riversmeet house but now there were 4 , they flew down river eventually they came back up river and this time there was 5 they were feeding along the edge of the estuary from turf up towards topsham they were around till just before 12:00, 

At least 60+ whimbrel flew up river in 3 groups whilst watching the little terns , 1 sandwich tern and 1 Avocet was opposite goatwalk, 

A quick look again from the viewing platform produced 45+ grey plover , 1 turnstone, 11 ringed plover.

Posted April 16th, 2017 at 3:39 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Bowling Green/Gooosemoor

Arrived at Goosemoor as the tide was coming in, which pushed the Spotted Redshank in towards the viewing area. It was feeding well, with lots of preening in between. Counted 11 Greenshank and around 11 Little Egret. A Whimbrel dropped in briefly, but flew towards Bowling Green Marsh after around 5 minutes. From the Goat Walk 5 Little Terns were feeding just off Turf Lock (thanks to Keith B. for the tip off) and from the Viewing Platform a Sandwich Tern was perched on the buoy. Back at the hide, 3 Ruff were visible and feeding alongside the Godwit flock, which included around 11 Bar-tailed Godwit, Dunlin (some in Summer plumage), the Whimbrel and 3 Buzzards which were spooking the flock. A very productive morning for me as I went to photograph the Spotted Redshank.

Spotted Redshank and Greenshank Ruff

 

Posted April 16th, 2017 at 3:01 pm by Steph Murphy in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

RSPB, Labrador Bay

65 Common Scoter, 2 Long-tailed Ducks and 11 Shelducks on the sea with 5 Sandwich Terns flying close to the cliffs. Other birds: Stock Doves, Cirl Buntings, Chiffchaffs, 1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker...

Long-tailed Duck Common Scoter
Long-tailed Duck                                    Common Scoter

Posted April 16th, 2017 at 12:00 pm by david cawthraw in General Birding

Barn Owl Lipson

After a chance meeting with Magnus Robb at a conference, I decided to give nocturnal sound recording a go. It has been pretty quiet thus far but last night produced a surprise with a single Barn Owl call at 3.10 AM over Freedom Fields. Slightly random given the location!

Posted April 16th, 2017 at 9:50 am by Richard Billington in General Birding

Saturday 15th April 2017

Prawle Saturday 15th April

No sign of yesterday's early morning Serin found by Pat M. Seawatch highlights were : 4 Bonxies,  1 Black-Throated Diver, 1 Whimbrel, 9 Sandwich Terns west, 2 East, 7 Common Scoter east, 8 Manx Shearwaters west.

8 Wheatears, 1 Sand Martin , 2 House Martins and (from 12 to 1pm) 70 plus Swallows came in off the sea heading north.2 Willow Warblers singing. (Yesterday Pat M had seen a Whinchat and 3 Whitethroats.)

Of interest still 12 Cattle Egrets in the Chivelstone Cross area near the wind turbine.( 11 captured in the image below)

Cattle Egrets, Chivelstone Cross

Posted April 15th, 2017 at 11:46 pm by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Dipper, Two Bridges, Dartmoor

Took a couple of pics of a Dipper today. Just noticed it had at least 3 rings: Orange over silver (?) left leg & a yellow on the right leg.

Dipper, Two Bridges, Dartmoor
Dipper, Two Bridges, Dartmoor

Posted April 15th, 2017 at 10:14 pm by Alan Ford in General Birding

Siskins

9 Siskins on the feeders in the garden this morning. a record for us. Also a pair of Great Tits checking out the nest boxes. Plus the usual Gold Green & Chaffinches. Dunnock Robins Blackbirds Wren & a Nuthatch a Hen Pheasant and a Sparrowhaek

Posted April 15th, 2017 at 6:50 pm by Mike Luckson in General Birding

Soar, South Milton and South Huish

At Soar this morning, Grasshopper Warbler reeling, 9 Wheatears and 12 Swallows.

2 Reed Warblers singing at South Milton Ley and at South Huish Marsh: Iceland Gull (juv), Garganey (drake), Cattle Egret (2 in attractive summer plumage), Dunlin, Swallow (25+), Sand Martin (4), Sedge Warbler, Wheatear and Shoveler (drake).

Cattle Egret Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret                                         Cattle Egret

Posted April 15th, 2017 at 6:48 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Milton and Aveton Gifford

Not a huge amount out there first thing this morning, or at least not where I went, the Iceland Gull was showing well in the sheep field behind the cafe at South Huish as was a Stonechat, Reed Bunting, Rock Pips and a single Swallow overhead.

Aveton Gifford had Greenshank and Common Sandpiper on the tidal road and the marsh had a reasonable selection of smaller species inc Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Bullfinch, Sand Martins, Dunnock, Long Tailed Tit, Wren. Yellow Hammer on the roadside hedges above the village.

Posted April 15th, 2017 at 6:31 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 07:00 till 12:30

a good day around the marsh a quick look around the hedges produced 7+ blackcaps and 7 Cetti's warblers, from the viewing platform 1 little tern with 6 sandwich terns over at powderham corner, 20+ great crested grebes.

From the hide the highlight was a spoonbill it flew through just after 10:15 but soon returned and over the next hour it spent it's time between bowling green and goosemoor, 1 little ringed plover put in a brief appearance right next to the spoonbill, 75+ bar tailed godwits, 40+ knot, 80+ dunlin, 5 whimbrel, 2 oystercatchers, 40+ black tailed godwits, 2 common sandpipers, 1 kingfisher, 400+ sand martins over the morning included 7+ house martins, 20+ swallows, 4 buzzards, 1 kestrel, 8 tufted duck, 2 gadwall, 8+ little egrets, 3+ reed warblers.

another look from the viewing platform on the dropping tide produced the female long tailed duck just of lympstone , 1 1st winter Mediterranean gull, 60+ grey plover, and along path to viewing platform my first female blackcap of the Spring.

overall a good mornings birding 

Posted April 15th, 2017 at 4:35 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

East Soar & Bolt Head

Vis mig  in off the sea included 175 Swallows, 3 House Martins, 2 Sand Martins & 5 Goldfinch. Also 12 Wheatears & Whitethroat across the area..

Posted April 15th, 2017 at 4:20 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Harris Hawk

There is a Harris Hawk with jessies/bells in the large yew at Clovelly House gardens seen at 2.30 pm today.No falconer in attendance so suggests it's an escapee

Posted April 15th, 2017 at 3:04 pm by Rob cleversley in General Birding

Cuckoo up the East Dart.

Stunning views of a cuckoo as it silently floated down onto a rock 15 ft away in the dying light of yesterday just below the East Dart Waterfall

Posted April 15th, 2017 at 2:00 pm by Rhys G in General Birding

Grasshopper Warbler-West Charleton Marsh

1 Grasshopper Warbler briefly reeling this morning on WCM, also Reed Warbler and Reed Bunting on the marsh, at least 1 Whimbrel heard overhead near Geese Quarries.

Posted April 15th, 2017 at 10:47 am by Barrie Whitehall in General Birding

Powderham Marsh

Bird species at Powderham Marsh today include: chiffchaff, canada geese, barnacle geese (2), greenshank (1), pheasant, lapwing, shelduck robin, buzzard, chaffinch, swallow and blackcap.

Posted April 15th, 2017 at 7:57 am by Samuel Gray in General Birding

Friday 14th April 2017

Prawle & Start Point

Prawle: Highlight was 2 Whimbrel; also Sparrowhawk, Sand Martin, 5 Swallow, 5 Wheatear, Whitethroat & 2 Willow Warbler. Butterflies inc.30 Speckled Wood & 13 Holly Blue.

Start: 7 Wheatear, 26 Shag & 10 Grey Seals!

Posted April 14th, 2017 at 10:55 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Hobby Sighting

At about 4pm I was walking from Cudlipptown towards Wapsworthy when I saw a Hobby fly past towards Wapsworthy.

Posted April 14th, 2017 at 7:05 pm by Robin Stanbridge in General Birding

Teigngrace

11.30-14.45

Along the banks of the Teign:

75+ Sand Martins (difficult to count due to distribution along the river), male and female Mandarins, 2 Mute Swans, 10+ Swallows, 3 Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs, 4 Goldfinches,  2 Mute Swans flying over, Little Egret, Sparrowhawk and 4 Buzzards.  Calling Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Linnets and GSW. 

Posted April 14th, 2017 at 7:02 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Redpolls & Willow Warblers at Roborough Down

Plenty of Redpolls, male & Female showing on Roborough Down, as well as Willow Warblers, and the usual birds, Linnets, Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, & Stonechats, many types of Tits

 

Posted April 14th, 2017 at 6:58 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Yarner Wood

Went to Berry Head first thing and around 8am located the Grasshopper Warbler reeling, and visible, in the hedge running between the meadow and the field with picnic tables. Unfortunately there was alot of disturbance by dog walkers and we lost it soon after.  On to Yarner Wood and we located 2 male Pied Flycatchers, the male and female Redstart up on the top track and the very vocal Tree Pipit on the heath. More dog disturbance, but it is Easter Holidays in a public place.

Male Redstart Tree Pipit Linnet

Posted April 14th, 2017 at 2:54 pm by Steph Murphy in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Plymbridge

On the Plym Estuary, 2 Common Sandpipers (also present yesterday), 3 Swallows, a pair of Mandarin Ducks and - on the pool - just 11 Redshanks. Plymbridge hosted a Peregrine at the watch point and Marsh Tit. 

Posted April 14th, 2017 at 2:43 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Plymbridge / Cann woods

This morning:-

3 singing Blackcaps, 10+ Chiffchaffs,  5 Willow warblers, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (f) 1 Green Woodpecker (f), 2 Marsh tits, 1 Mandarin (m), and 1 Goosander (m) on the river chasing fish.

Posted April 14th, 2017 at 2:25 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Taw Estuary

Cyled along the Tarka trail between Chivenor & Barnstaple during the high tide period am.

2 Whimbrel heard calling & seen flying on the Taw Estuary + 2 Common Sandpipers. Several migrants in the scrub inc Chiffchaff, Blackcap,& a few Willow Warbler (mainly at Wrafton Pond)

Posted April 14th, 2017 at 12:10 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Rillage Point to Watermouth

First morning of appreciable visible migration after something of a lull during the last fortnight. All heading W: Sand Martin 17, Swallow 43, House Martin 7, alba wagtail 6, Meadow Pipit 36, Linnet 145, Goldfinch 92. Migrants in the scrub: Chiffchaff 8, Willow Warbler 1, Blackcap 6 and a singing Lesser Whitethroat.

Posted April 14th, 2017 at 10:45 am by Tim Jones in General Birding

Ring ouzel - Dartmoor

First Ring Ouzel of the year feeding in the area of burnt gorse before flying off over Saddle Tor. Also present wheatear,  linnet, stonechat,  skylark,  Meadow Pipit. Quick shop off in Yarner on way home gave Redstart,  pied flycatcher and tree pipit 

Rin ouzel Ring Ouzel Wheatear
Ring ouzel                         Ring Ouzel                                Wheatear

Posted April 14th, 2017 at 10:14 am by Paul Treen in General Birding

Lee Abbey

Cuckoo calling on the Lee Abbey estate, Lynton, this morning - 09:00hrs 14.04.2017

Posted April 14th, 2017 at 9:57 am by Lee Abbey in General Birding

Thursday 13th April 2017

Emswortry

My first visit to Emsworthy. Unfortunately no Redstart or Wheatear for me - though I didn't get round the whole reserve. I had several singing Chiffchaff, nesting Great Tit, a pair of Raven (I hope), several Meadow Pipits and the first Treecreeper I have seen since I moved to Devon last July, so it can't be bad.  I heard Cuckoo all afternoon but never saw one.

Raven (hopefully) Treecreeper Great Tit
Raven (hopefully) Eds: Carrion Crow                               Treecreeper                                               Great Tit

Posted April 13th, 2017 at 9:59 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Emsworthy

Plenty to see at Emsworthy today with Redstart, Stock Doves, 4 Wheatears and my first Cuckoo of the year 

Redstart Wheatear
Redstart                                     Wheatear

Posted April 13th, 2017 at 6:37 pm by Simon Thurgood in General Birding

Thurlestone today

2 Cattle Egrets,1 M Garganey, 1 Iceland gull, Swallows over,4 Blackcaps,2 Willow Warblers, chiffys,5 Jays, 3 Turnstones,2 Little Egrets,1 Grey Heron,6 Gannets,1 f N Wheatear,1 m Shoverler,21 Teal,2 Shellducks,LBB and GBB and Herring gulls,4 Oystercatchers.

Posted April 13th, 2017 at 5:34 pm by chris buckland in General Birding

South Huish & Efford Marsh

First thing at South Huish, no sign of the male garganey but it turned up later. 2 cattle egrets in with the Highland cattle and the Iceland gull finding lots of worms in the sheep field. 1 female/imm wheatear, 20+ teal, 1 male shoveler and a swallow.

South Efford Marsh very quiet. At least 1 whimbrel with curlew but they all went up before I got to the hide so could have been more. 2 swallows and a 2 chiffchaffs in full voice.

Posted April 13th, 2017 at 4:41 pm by Richard Archer in General Birding

Wembury

Interesting article in Devon Birds which arrived in the post yesterday about waders at Wembury confirming my observations over the years of fewer waders and more disturbance along the beach - today was a case in point with 2 dunlin on the beach at high tide before being flushed by dog walkers and flying off east and 6 whimbrel on the rocks being constantly flushed by dog walkers before finally settling further out on the rocks as the tide receeded.

My first songflighting whitethroat of the year was a nice find at Wembury Point. Also seen were 2 swallows over, 6 shelduck, singing chiffchaffs and blackcaps, a red admiral and a nice male white wagtail.

Whimbrel  Shelduck
Whimbrel                              Shelduck

Posted April 13th, 2017 at 4:35 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

South Huish Marsh

Cracking morning with excellent views of immature Iceland Gull plus imm.Med Gull. Drake Garganey showed well as did 2 Cattle Egrets. Also 20 Teal & male Shoveler.

Posted April 13th, 2017 at 3:27 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Withypool/Tarr Steps

2 Pied Flys in song. Also female Ring Ouzel at Withypool village.

Posted April 13th, 2017 at 11:03 am by Simon Woolley in General Birding

Wednesday 12th April 2017

Bowling green marsh

A now rare visit to bowling green marsh was rewarded with the immature / female marsh harrier ( looked very much like the one which has been around exminster marsh this winter) between 17:30 and 18:30 hunting over the marsh before flying of over goosemoor.

the rest of the evening saw an impressive build up of Sand martins with a conservative estimate of 3000+ the sky and marsh was alive and finally just after 19:30 a group of 12+ swallow dropped in , 3 common sandpiper , 52+ knot , 70+ Dunlin , 130+ redshank, 80+ black tailed godwits , 3 whimbrel, 2 gadwall, 8+ tufted duck, 30+ teal, 35+ shoveler, 18+ shelduck, 15+ wigeon, 2 Cetti's warbler, 5 chiffchaff, 2 blackcap, 1 kingfisher, 2 nuthatch, 7+ little egret, 4+ buzzard.

Posted April 12th, 2017 at 9:14 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Meldon Woods

this morning, in the woods, piedfly catchers, willow warblers, chiffchaff, great spotted woodpeckers, treecreeper , blackcap plus all the usual birds.

Posted April 12th, 2017 at 6:20 pm by roger jewell in General Birding

Mansands

10.30-14.00

40+ Common Scoters initially in two separate flocks off the beach.  Both groups were mobile and were constantly being moved on by passing pleasure craft and became distant.  2 Guillemots flying south, Oystercatcher, Sandwich Tern, 2 Fulmars, 3 Gannets, Shag, Cormorant. 5 GBBGs.   

6 Mallards, one pair with 9 ducklings.  Constant stream of Swallows overhead plus 2 House Martins.  4 Stonechats, 2 Yellowhammers, 2 Skylarks, 10+ Linnets, male and female Pheasant, 4 Goldfinches, 2 Bullfinches next to the hide, 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Kestrels, 6 Buzzards, Numerous Carrion Crows, Rooks, Jackdaws, Magpies, Wrens, Dunnocks and Robins. 1 Raven which was continually mobbed by other corvids.  2 vocal but skulking Reed Warblers.  Male and female Tufted Ducks, 4 Canada Geese, 2 Shelducks and a Grey Heron. 

Calling Song Thrush close to the hide and a Willow Warbler calling from bushes high up on the southern hillside.    

Posted April 12th, 2017 at 5:24 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Despite the tide being low, we had a very good session at the RSPB Bowling Green Marsh hide this afternoon. The highlight was an Osprey which flew quite low over the reserve before it headed up the river Clyst. We also had sightings of a Peregrine (twice - it was first spotted by one of our younger visitors), a Sparrowhawk and finally a female Marsh Harrier. A pair of Buzzards also put in several appearances. Aside from the raptors, a couple of Common Sandpipers showed very well. There were still quite a few Teal and Shoveler with some Pintail, Mallard and Tufted Duck and a couple of Wigeon.

Posted April 12th, 2017 at 5:15 pm by Richard Swinbank in General Birding

Tuesday 11th April 2017

Plym Estuary & Saltram

This evening, 4 Wheatears, Swallow, and 3 Mandarin Ducks,

This morning, Yellow-browed Warbler seen in my garden (Mount Gould) again briefly.

Posted April 11th, 2017 at 9:02 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Hope's Nose, Torquay

13.30-15.00

6 Common Scoters in flight heading south towards the main part of Torbay at 14.20.  At 14.25 a lone Sandwich Tern flying towards Hope Cove.  8 Guillemots on the ledges of the Orestone.  Male and female Wheatear, 10+ Gannets, 2 Kestrels, Fulmar.  1 Swallow higher up close to the road, another out over the sea between the Leadstone and the Orestone heading north.  2 Blackcaps, 4 Oystercatchers.  Calling Rock Pipit and Pheasant.  . 

Posted April 11th, 2017 at 5:41 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

South Huish

After a morning at Berry Head, I was tempted to go and look for the gulls at South Huish. After some scanning of the marsh, I was rewarded with a Cattle Egret and a drake Garganey, but no unusual gulls. However, after a walk to Thurlestone and back, the stunningly white Iceland Gull had appeared, though I didn't spot the Glaucous Gull.

Posted April 11th, 2017 at 5:23 pm by Richard Swinbank in General Birding

Orcombe Point

An Osprey flew in/off over the extreme westerly end of Sandy Bay caravan park at Gore Lane at 1505hrs gaining height and drifting off over Salterton Road, Exmouth near the big Tesco store. Other migrants were very sparse but included a single male Wheatear on Gore Lane dungheap and 5 Swallows.

Posted April 11th, 2017 at 5:11 pm by Terry Smith in General Birding

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

Finally an arrival of Wheatears with 16 noted. Also White Wagtail & stacks of butterflies inc.8 Holly Blues.

Posted April 11th, 2017 at 4:56 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Woolacombe beach

1 Sandwich Tern fishing 

Posted April 11th, 2017 at 3:11 pm by Andy Downing in General Birding

Becka Brook, Dartmoor

Plenty to see this morning in the valley: 1 Cuckoo, 2 Redstarts, 1 Tree Pipit, 3 L. Redpolls and 1 male Pied Fly in the wood searching out a nest site.

Cuckoo Redstart
Cuckoo                                                                         Redstart

Posted April 11th, 2017 at 3:05 pm by david cawthraw in General Birding

Trendlebere ~ Yarner ~ Dartmoor

Earlyish morning visit to Trendlebere Down with Keith this morning gave Swallow, Yellow Hammer, Linnet, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Dunnock, Goldfinch, GSWP and Siskin.

 

In Yarner wood itself lots of Woodpecker activity, male Redstart and Pied Flycatcher, Wren, Raven, Mistle Thrush and Goldcrest.

Coming back home over the moors above Ashburton gave plenty of Skylark, Meadow Pipits, Stonechat, a female Kestrel, Linnets, Willow Warbler and Greenfinch.

14.15hrs Peregrine non adult plumage incredibly high over the house with an avian prey item which it was happily plucking.

Posted April 11th, 2017 at 2:41 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Now, I know that escaped birds are contentious for some, but I love all birdlife, so I was 'pheasantly' surprised when the female Reeves Pheasant that Mike found sauntered across the quarry road at Berry Head. She perched in a tree long enough for some photos and then sauntered back up the road. There were also a total of 5 Wheatear in and around the quarry and the fort, plus a lovely Wall Brown butterfly. Glad to see the cowslips and common dog violets starting the flower in the quarry.

  

Posted April 11th, 2017 at 2:34 pm by Steph Murphy in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

1 Sedge Warbler singing from the vegetation around the pond early am.

Posted April 11th, 2017 at 11:14 am by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Soar Milll Cove

Whitethroats in at Soar Mill Cove. First Green hairstreak of the year.

Posted April 11th, 2017 at 10:00 am by charles tyler in General Birding

Monday 10th April 2017

Soar and South Huish

At South Huish marsh this afternoon - juvenile Iceland and Glaucous Gulls, drake Garganey, White Wagtail, Wheatear, 6 Swallows and drake Shoveler.

Earlier at Soar just 5 Swallows and butterflys included 2 Small Coppers.

Posted April 10th, 2017 at 8:27 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

(Not) Photographing Schedule 1 Species

I spent a few hours birding around a well-known East Devon common yesterday (Sunday 9th). Shortly after arriving, I came across a couple of birders with telephoto lenses on tripods in what was clearly prime DW breeding habitat. The obvious conclusion to draw is that they were trying to photograph that particular species.

At the risk of sounding repetitive - and not really wanting to play the part of wildlife enforcer -  DW is a Schedule 1 species, one which it is an offence to 'intentionally or recklessly disturb' without a licence. Apologies, I'm sure most of you already know this - photographers and non-photographers alike.

So, a plea to the minority of photographers: please refresh your knowledge regarding UK bird protection legislation prior to your next outing. Sermon over :-)

Posted April 10th, 2017 at 7:59 pm by Phil Bentley in General Birding

Northam Burrows 7.00pm

Two pairs of wheatear on the foreshore at Skern.

Wheatear Wheatear Wheatear
Wheatear

Posted April 10th, 2017 at 7:56 pm by richard yeats in General Birding

Pied Flycatcher ~ Yarner

Male Pied Flycatcher seen at Yarner this afternoon.

Posted April 10th, 2017 at 5:16 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Pied Fly

In song, East Lyn Valley nr Watersmeet

Posted April 10th, 2017 at 5:08 pm by Simon Woolley in General Birding

Weston Cliffs (East Devon).

12 members of DB attended the fieldtrip from Weston village taking in the woodland and fields above the cliffs.  

27 species were counted for the morning with many Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Song Thrush in song.  A Swallow was quickly found together with nesting Blue Tits.  A fine male Bullfinch was present and a Green Woodpecker heard in the valley. 2-3 Buzzards were overhead plus Raven. A single Willow Warbler was heard at a distance and 3 Yellow Hammer and a Skylark found on the walk back though the lanes. 

Posted April 10th, 2017 at 2:56 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Sunday 9th April 2017

Exminster Marshes

Short-eared owl hunting over Marshes S of M5 from 19:55.

Posted April 9th, 2017 at 10:42 pm by Martin Elcoate in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Pied flycatcher

1st sighting of a pied fly this year above South Zeal, beautiful male calling.

Posted April 9th, 2017 at 10:21 pm by Jasper Michie in General Birding

Wrafton scrape

The  3 Spoonbills were on the scrape again this am & later on Horsey Island.


Posted April 9th, 2017 at 9:30 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Plymouth

A Hobby this morning over Lipson (also Willow Warbler and Sparrowhawk) and this afternoon Yellow-browed Warbler heard calling in neighbouring gardens to mine in Mount Gould.

Posted April 9th, 2017 at 8:50 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Soussons

Plenty of Redpolls around Soussons today including this stunning male. Good numbers of Willow Warbler, Meadow Pipit and Chiffchaff with Wheatear and Swallows putting in a supporting role.

Lesser Redpoll
Lesser Redpoll

Posted April 9th, 2017 at 8:32 pm by Simon Thurgood in General Birding

Sherpa Marsh

An evening stroll to the ponds was rewarded with about 50 Sand Martins hawking over the water and fields, but no Swallows. The Sand Martins weren't the only brown-and-white birds though - there were 6 Common Sandpipers which weren't there this morning. Forgot to mention that the first brood of 10 Mallard ducklings were in reeds at Sherpa this morning.

 

Posted April 9th, 2017 at 8:25 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Around Arlington.

Siskin,blackcaps,GS Woodpecker chiffchaff,willow warblers,goldcrest and very busy local population preparing for nesting.

Posted April 9th, 2017 at 7:42 pm by John elvin in General Birding

Kingston to Erme Estuary and the coast path

Garganey ( f., Okenbury Ponds ), Little Grebe, 4 Swallow, Wheatear, 20+ Blackcap, 20+ Chiffchaff, Grass Snake (swimming across one of the ponds)

Posted April 9th, 2017 at 7:21 pm by Chris E in General Birding

Yarner Wood

As other posts from today a very good birding morning the Heathland was alive with birds despite the early thick fog, Yellow Hammer and Willow Warbler well represented.

Very distant Cuckoo heard calling very briefly.

All three Woodpecker species, Stonechat, three Mandarin, Treecreeper, Pheasant, Stonechat, Song Thrush, Goldfinch and Linnet.

On Dartmoor this afternoon from Princetown down to Holne, Swallow, three Sand Martin, Skylark  and Meadow Pipit in good numbers, Green Woodpecker, Linnet and Willow Warbler.

 

Posted April 9th, 2017 at 7:15 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Yarner Wood and Exminster Marshes

12.00 -14.30

At Yarner a Tree Pipit completing repeated song flights on the adjacent heath.  Male and female Mandarins in front of the Pond Hide with 2 Siskins on the feeders.  4+ male Pied Flycatchers close to the main track.  Two sparring male Redstarts on the edge of the wood next to the SWW enclosure.  Also, Sparrowhawk, Raven, LTT, Mistle Thrush, 2 Roe Deer and many Brimstones on the wing joined by the odd Peacock.   

15.30 - 16.30

At Exminster Marshes a Little Grebe, Sedge Warbler, 40+ Teal, 5 Shoveler, 4 Shelduck and a Curlew. 

Posted April 9th, 2017 at 5:35 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Yarner Wood and Heath

An early start at Yarner in the fog is not easy for bird spotting. As it cleared we were bathed in strong sunlight and birds and butterflies emerged. Heard a Tawny Owl calling in the woods, along with Goldcrest and Willow Warblers. Along the top track the male Redstart was flitting about but didn't stay long. At the feeders there were three male and one female Siskin. Also plenty of scrapping amongst the Mandarin Ducks. On the heath were numerous Yellowhammer and Willow Warblers, a Tree Pipit was performing well and a fly-by from a Mistle Thrush was exciting. A small flock of Linnet mixed in with Redpoll in the birch trees proved too much for my lens! . There was a low flying Sparrowhawk looking splendid in the sunshine. Plenty of Brimstone, Orange Tip and Speckled Wood butterflies on the wing. An enjoyable visit.

.Female Linnet Yellowhammer

Posted April 9th, 2017 at 5:04 pm by Steph Murphy in General Birding

Harbour Porpoise (I think) @ Brixham Breakwater

Sorry forgot to reduce the pic, Harbour Porpoise, brixham Breakwater.


Posted April 9th, 2017 at 5:01 pm by Greg Bradbury in Other Wildlife

Guillemots & Fulmars

A couple of Guillemots nesting away from the main flock, another caught just about to land. Fulmars - Male & Female on a nest very visible

   

Posted April 9th, 2017 at 4:58 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Harbour Porpoise (I think) @ Brixham Breakwater

What I think is a Harbour Porpoise, the only shot I got of two as they swam by close to the Breakwater @ Brixham approx. 11.30am, The seal also made an appearance.

Posted April 9th, 2017 at 4:51 pm by Greg Bradbury in Other Wildlife

Thurlestone beach fist light

Five Whimbrel

Posted April 9th, 2017 at 4:34 pm by chris buckland in General Birding

South Efford marsh

Pied Wagtails, 1 Common Sandpiper 2 Little Egrets,1 m Blackcap 2 Chiffys,2 Meadow Pipits,3 Common Lizards,2 Swallows,2 Mallards.

Posted April 9th, 2017 at 4:24 pm by chris buckland in General Birding

Thurlestone today

I male Gargany,1 Cattle Egret,1 Shoverler,1 Black tailed Godwit, 1 f Wheatear, 2 Chifys, 2 Rock Pipits, 2 Pied Wagtails,20 Black headed gulls, 2 GBB gulls,1 Grey Heron,2 Little Egrets, out to sea 5 Common Scoter,1 GN Diver,25 Guillemot,5 Sandwich Terns,Gannets,2 Shellducks,7 Mallards,3 Manx Shearwaters 1 Shag, 5 Cormerants,3 Kittiwake, 1 Ternstone,3 Oystercatchers.

Posted April 9th, 2017 at 4:20 pm by chris buckland in General Birding

Honiton Cattle Egret

One Cattle Egret on private pond near Weston village, Honiton. Terrible photo from mobile phone through telescope taken from within my house.

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

Posted April 9th, 2017 at 2:50 pm by Ryan Knight in General Birding

Sherpa Marsh

No sign of any Wagtails nor yet the Garganey this morning. As Kelvin notes, the 3 Spoonbills still present at 10 a.m. but gone by 12.

Posted April 9th, 2017 at 12:38 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Lee Abbey, Lynton

First House Martin back at the Abbey this morning

Posted April 9th, 2017 at 9:40 am by Lee Abbey in General Birding

Wrafton

Spoonbill on the scrape 7am this morning. 

Posted April 9th, 2017 at 7:25 am by Kelvin Irwin in General Birding

Saturday 8th April 2017

Velator

Quiet in the reserve today, only a couple each of Chiffs and Blackcaps singing. Took a walk around Sherpa Marsh late evening, and saw a rather fine Water Pipit but was otherwise resigned to the normal 4 Little Egrets, a bunch of Teal and a couple of drake Tufted Ducks, when another pair of small ducks headed in my direction - glad I looked as they turned out to be a pair of Garganey! They dropped into the area around the main pond (opposite the Toll House).

Continuing round a flock of Wagtails flew off towards Chivenor - probably White Wagtails about 15/20 of them. finally three smaller Wagtails were possibly Yellow Wagtails, flying away in poor light......

 

Posted April 8th, 2017 at 8:59 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

A38 Haldon Hill

At 1455 on Exeter side of Haldon Hill saw a Red Kite

Posted April 8th, 2017 at 5:40 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Dunsdon NR, near Pancrasweek

 2 Willow Warblers, pair of Buzzards. 3 Chiffchaffs, 1 Marsh Tit,   activity in the heronry, 2 Robins, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Great Tits, 1 Blue Tit..

7 Orange Tip and i Brimstone butterflies,,

Harvey Kendall

Posted April 8th, 2017 at 3:34 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Red kite Holdstone down

A midday walk around Holdstone down today first provided a red kite s soon as I got in the car park,  several buzzards and meadow pipits, half a dozen linnets, chaffinches and seagulls.

Red kite
Red kite

Posted April 8th, 2017 at 3:18 pm by Philip worth in General Birding

Morte Point

Male Redstart 1030 this morning 

Posted April 8th, 2017 at 2:52 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

East Soar

Humpback Whale breached way off  Bolt Head at 11:10hrs. First sightings of Wall Brown & Small Copper. Birdwise: 13 Gannets offshore, 31 Swallows in off the sea & migrant Grey Wagtail at the farm.

Posted April 8th, 2017 at 2:50 pm by Rob Macklin in Other Wildlife

woodland spring migrants

Flashing red tailed redstarts, creaking gate pied flycatchers and trilling tree pipits all in White Wood, Dartmoor, this morning.

Red kite over my house ( nr Ahburton)

Posted April 8th, 2017 at 2:04 pm by Charles Tyler in General Birding

Red Kite over Braunton Rd, Barnstaple.

13:18 Red Kite drifting east over Braunton Road and Pottington area of Barnstaple.

Posted April 8th, 2017 at 1:54 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Berry Head; 06:00 - 10:00

Very quiet at the head with only 3 Puffins passed the head + a handful of Common Dolphins further out in the fog; only 1 Willow Warbler in the Quarry; only 1 Blackcap heard; 1 Swallow but plenty of Chiffchaff - inc. one trying it's hardest to almost sound like an Iberian (thanks for clearing that one up Mike).

Posted April 8th, 2017 at 12:45 pm by David Holloway in General Birding

Friday 7th April 2017

RSPB Labrador Bay

13.15-15.00

In addition to commoner/usual species for the site - 45 Common Scoter, 2 Sandwich Terns, 4 Shelduck in flight heading north over the sea.

Posted April 7th, 2017 at 8:38 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Seaton Wetlands

Today at Seaton Wetlands: herring, great black-backed and black-headed gulls, shelduck, oystercatcher, mallards, coots, little egrets, cormorant, 1 or more lapwing, grey heron, 1 or more pheasants and 3 buzzards.

Posted April 7th, 2017 at 8:29 pm by Samuel Gray in General Birding

Thurlstone

Iceland gull ,Cattle Egret,1 Velvet Scoter,1 Purple Sandpiper,2 Grey Plovers,3 Guillemots, 20 Swallows,2 House Martins,1 Shoverler,1 Common Tern,1Ist winter Med Gull,2 Black headed gulls,2Ravens.

Posted April 7th, 2017 at 7:39 pm by Chris Buckland in General Birding

Baggy Point

6 wheatear pairs 4stonechat pairs,numerous linnets,swallows and martins,larks,rock pipits, chiffchaff,peacock and holly blue butterflies and two ravens in fine voice.

Posted April 7th, 2017 at 7:17 pm by john elvin in General Birding

River Plym at Saltram

While I was completing my WEBS survey today at 12.00 I was delighted to see a Mallard duck and her ten ducklings swimming down the river just down from the railway bridge, less happy to see the duck being harried by three Mallard drakes so that she had to take flight and leave the ducklings to fend for themselves until the drakes gave up the chase!

Posted April 7th, 2017 at 6:44 pm by John Lloyd in General Birding

River Teign, Coombe Cellars

After lunch at 2.15pm. An Osprey fishing successfully before flying north with its catch.

Posted April 7th, 2017 at 6:43 pm by David Leigh in General Birding

Wrafton

3 Spoonbills on the scrape by the Tarka Trail early morning. Gone by 9.30.

Posted April 7th, 2017 at 6:30 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Redpolls & Willow Warblers at Roborough Down

Several pairs of Redpolls were very active over Roborough Down today, and several Willow Warblers showing well, plenty of Meadow Pipits, Stonechats, Skylarks, and Swallows, and all the other usual suspects

  

Posted April 7th, 2017 at 6:27 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Yarner NNR

This morning 2 male Redstart on the ridge track not far from middle Trendlebere carpark. Also Blackcap and chiffcaff singing away and Yellowhammer on the heath.

Posted April 7th, 2017 at 5:51 pm by Nik Ward in General Birding

Exmouth

Red Kite west from the back of my house in Cedar Close towards Exe estuary gaining height at 1705hrs.

Posted April 7th, 2017 at 5:31 pm by Terry Smith in General Birding

Challacombe Down Dartmoor

On walk from Headland Warren round to Vitifer Mine Valley, Wheatears (10), Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Tree Pipit (1), Stonechats, Stockdoves (4), Reed Buntings (4), Swallows (3), Redpolls (3), Siskins (2), Great Grey Shrike (1) at position SX 687 806 in Vitifer Valley.

Posted April 7th, 2017 at 5:26 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Morte Point

0645 -1110 Several Swallow , 4 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin (my first), 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Wheatear. Wren, Linnet and Dunnock competing for loudest song plus 20 other species present. Of  2 Willow Warbler seen, one with unusual plumage is possibly the same bird and in the same bush as one I photographed 20 April 2014. The Shrew is still busy at the nest.

Willow Warbler  photo 20 April 2014  Willow Warbler 07 April 2017  Willow Warbler 07 April 2017
Willow Warbler photo 20 April 2014          Willow Warbler 07 April 2017                 Willow Warbler 07 April 2017

Posted April 7th, 2017 at 4:29 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Berry Head

A few singing Blackcaps around the scrub and next to the Cottage today (I missed the Reeves Pheasant though), a male Cirl singing, a pair of Bullfinch and a close encounter with the female Kestrel in the quarry. It got busy with dog walkers around 9.30.

  

Posted April 7th, 2017 at 2:15 pm by Steph Murphy in General Birding

Not one for the Devon bird list

If any one follows the Plymouth media you may have noted that a Striated Cara Cara went AWOL from Sparkwell Zoo on the 29th March, yesterday Devon Birder Dave Pakes was on his way out on a birding trip above South Brent as he passed through Bloody Pool Cross he saw a large raptor that he was unable to identify sitting on the roadside gate.

To cut a long story short I was able to catch the bird which I recognised as a Striated Cara Cara and it has now been returned to its owner, so if you have seen an unusual bird of prey between the respective locations you now have the answer.

 

Posted April 7th, 2017 at 1:43 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Bolt Tail

Single Swallow, 3 Wheatear, 3 singing Blackcap, 6 singing Chiffchaff (looks like being a superb year for this short-range migrant) & Jay. Mammals good: 10+ Harbour Porpoise & Grey Seal.

Posted April 7th, 2017 at 12:45 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Wembury Bay

18 Swallows in off the sea and several Holly Blues plus Orange-tip.

Posted April 7th, 2017 at 12:24 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Eurasian Siskin

Pair regularly on feeders at Lee Abbey, Lynton


Posted April 7th, 2017 at 12:04 pm by Lee Abbey in General Birding

Berry Head

Poor passage today with just 4 Swallows, 2 Willow Warblers, 1 Wheatear on the move. 5 singing Blackcap and 5 singing Chiffchaff around the inland scrub. the highlight was a pod of 20+ common Dolphin off the end of the head Video link here  https://youtu.be/FTiI3BmOo40 . most unusual was a female Reeve's Pheasant in scrub out by the coastguard building.

Reeve's Pheasant female Berry Head 07 April 2017 ML

Clennon Valley: on returning home a male Golden Pheasant male flew over my garden and landed in a a neighbours garden - 3 pheasant species in a day in the wild in Devon possibly a record!  

Posted April 7th, 2017 at 10:18 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Thursday 6th April 2017

Plym Estuary & Saltram

My first hirundines of the year here - 2 Swallows (also 2 at Bovisand yesterday) and a Sand Martin. Also Jack Snipe and 11 Little Egrets.

Posted April 6th, 2017 at 9:52 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Braunton Great Field

A look in at Wrafton Pond this evening and still only a few Sand Martins. One Black-tailed Godwit on the scrape. Decided to take a quick look over the Great Field. Brown Hare and then hundreds of Swallows hawking over the whole area. Must be summer!

Posted April 6th, 2017 at 9:16 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Exminster and Powderham

Late afternoon

3 Egyptian Geese in Powderham Park 

3 Sandwich Tern on River Exe off Powderham 

Short Eared Owl on Exminster Marsh in grass viewed from end of Milbury Lane 

Posted April 6th, 2017 at 7:53 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

South Huish

Glaucous and Iceland Gulls in field with Herring and Lesser-Black backed Gulls to the left of the marsh with the sheep in this afternoon. The lambs enjoying themselves chasing the birds about. 31 species seen on the marsh including Cattle Egret, Wheatear and Swallows.

Glaucous Gull
Glaucous Gull

Posted April 6th, 2017 at 7:31 pm by Simon Thurgood in General Birding

West Charlton Marsh

Reserve full of bird song and a joy to visit this morning. 30 species seen

Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff

Posted April 6th, 2017 at 7:26 pm by Simon Thurgood in General Birding

Red Kite - Grand Western Canal

Red Kite over Grand Western Canal at Tiverton Road Bridge at 1030. At same time there was a group of 11 Buzzards gradually heading in a northerly direction with another 3 nearby on the ground

Posted April 6th, 2017 at 7:15 pm by Ray Jones in General Birding

Carswell Farm + South Brent

Having completed our patch for the Carswell Farm DB survey this morning with fairly poor results - much needs to be done to improve bird habitat at this location - Alan P, Kevin, Jackie and I saw 9 Cattle Egret in with a herd of cattle in a neighbouring patch field. I returned 30 mins later to take a photo, but the egrets had gone. The DB surveyors for that patch drove by and said that the actual count was one or two higher, but they had flown off during the survey.

I decided to check my home patch at Dockwell, South Brent for returning pied flycatchers, sadly none there yet. However on passing Bloody Pool X I saw a hawk I could not identify sitting on a roadside gate. Photo from the car window and later on the road. I called my pal and falconer Steve Hopper, who from my description thought it might be a Harris Hawk. He attended immediately with equipment and food and then saw that it was in fact a Striated Caracara, believed to be an escapee from the Sparkwell area for the past fortnight. Thanks to Steve for his skill in eventually trapping the bird and ensuring it is returned to its owner! Now can I claim a "year tick"?

Striated Caracara - South Brent - 6.4.2017Striated Caracara - South Brent - 6.4.2017


Striated Caracara - South Brent - 6.4.2017

Posted April 6th, 2017 at 6:40 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Swallows

Small flock of swallows crossed berry head around 12.00 today

Posted April 6th, 2017 at 6:18 pm by Jeff Hacon in General Birding

Willow Warbler

1st Willow Warbler of the year spotted at Occombe this afternoon, along with: 3 Mallard, Buzzard, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcaps, Nuthatch, 4 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Mistle Thrush, plus Blackbirds, Robins, Wrens, BlueTits, Great Tits & Dunnock.

Posted April 6th, 2017 at 6:02 pm by Stephen Huggins in General Birding

Exminister Marsh

Look at the marsh early morning on a lovely sunny day. Reed Warbler singing at middle car park, 5 Sand Martin & 1 House Martin. Otherwise 55 Teal, 15 Shoveler but almost no Wigeon left.

Posted April 6th, 2017 at 5:42 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Cattle Egrets-Caulston Farm-Noss Mayo

10 Cattle Egrets in foeld with cattle just east of Caulston Farm south of the road at SX571470 at 11:15. Flushed but eventually returned to the same field.

Posted April 6th, 2017 at 1:35 pm by Barrie Whitehall in General Birding

Braunton

What did I say yesterday about Sand Martins? Somewhat surprised this morning to see none over Wrafton Pond, the scrape, the surrounding fields or down the Toll Road where I took a look over the new flooded area: quite a few Teal and several Redshank, with one Greenshank.

Best of the morning was a single Reed Warbler in reeds in the drainage ditch beside the Toll Road.

In the reserve Chiffchaff and Blackcap singing, plus at least one Willow Warbler.

Posted April 6th, 2017 at 12:16 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Wednesday 5th April 2017

Lake Chapel, Shebbear

Two House martins scouting all morning.

Posted April 5th, 2017 at 11:12 pm by Simon Weale in General Birding

Braunton

Wrafton Pond continues to host good numbers of Sand Martins and the odd Swallow.  Also a few Chiffs and a Willow Warbler or two.

I walked down around Sherpa Marsh again this evening. The Swan herd (30) was in the middle of the central field. Only a few Teal, and the remains of what looked like a Gadwall. There seemed to be a few more Swallows this evening.

However I was finally rewarded as I neared home when I spied a few Hirundines over the north end on the recreation ground. Closer inspection revealed 4 House Martins.

Posted April 5th, 2017 at 9:07 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

South Huish Marsh

While undertaking the Haldon Forrest Survey this morning one member of the team Dave Pakes  took a call from Mike Passman down at South Huish advising that a Spoonbill had just flown into the marsh from the sea at 10.30hrs.

On attending Dave confirmed that the Spoonbill was still present along with the recent Iceland Gull and a Cattle Egret.

Making my way down I arrived to find the Spoonbill on site with up to six Little Erret and one Cattle Egret, the Spoonbill flew off at 16.36hrs initially flying out to sea before turning and reaching great height in a remarkably short time and then headed off towards Torbay.

The Iceland Gull flew into the marsh at 7.15hrs and between those times the Cattle Egret flew off over the cafe.

Small bird species included Linnet, Pied Wagtails and a slow trickle of individual Swallows a first year plumage female Sparrow Hawk passed over while being mobbed by numerous small birds.

 

Posted April 5th, 2017 at 8:25 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Huish

This evening viewing produced Glacous Gull

1 Iceland Gull, 1 Cattle Egret. Male Wheatear

Swallows, sand martins. No sign of the reported

Spoonhill.

Posted April 5th, 2017 at 8:23 pm by Roger Backway in General Birding

Hope's Nose, Torquay

13.30-15.30

2 male Wheatears, male and female Stonechat, 2 Kestrels, Raven, Buzzard, Chiffchaff, Swallow, 4 Gannets, 2 Guillemots, 4 Shags, Cormorant, 2 Rock Pipits, GBB Gull.  Calling Blackcap, Oystercatcher, Pheasant and Bullfinch.  Also, remains of what appeared to be a predated Herring Gull.

Posted April 5th, 2017 at 6:07 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Wembury

1 whimbrel this morning on the rocks at Wembury Point with 10 oystercatcher, 3 swallows together flew in off the sea and headed straight inland, blackcaps and chuffchaffs singing.

Good numbers of peacock and speckled wood, nice to see after the dearth of sightings this time last year. Also 2 male orange tip, 2 holly blue and 2 green veined white.

Posted April 5th, 2017 at 2:57 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Haldon Forest Survey

A 7.30am start at Haldon Forrest gave some 31 species which included Chiffchaff 28, Willow Warbler 5, Yellow Hammer 10, Treecreeper 2, Goldcrest 10+, Green and Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Snipe, Tree Pipit, Stonechat, Wren, Raven, Buzzard and Long Tailed Tit.

And 19 Fallow Deer.

Just outside South Brent on the way home 2 Swallow perched on overhead wires at Dean Cross.

Posted April 5th, 2017 at 2:04 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Pheasant in garden

An exotic visitor to our back garden in the centre of Plympton this morning.

 

Posted April 5th, 2017 at 9:05 am by bob barrow in General Birding

Presumed Vagrant Emperor

Churston Cove Brixham Devon 3/4/2017. Sorry no photos. What else could a large Hawker type be at this time of year considering there has been several in Cornwall and masses in north-west Africa?

Posted April 5th, 2017 at 8:41 am by Robin Chittenden in Other Wildlife

West Charleton Marsh (4th April)

From a trip yesterday morning to West Charleton Mars, Chiffchaff, and three Song Thrush around the WTW,a pair of Stonechat just outside.

Walking down to the hide six Willow Warbler, male Blackcap, Wren, Cirl Bunting and several Chaffinch.

From the hide, Cirl Bunting, Long Tailed Tit, Green, Gold and Chaffinch, Heron, Little Egret, Moorhen, Pheasant and on the estuary side four Redshank

Posted April 5th, 2017 at 6:37 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Tuesday 4th April 2017

Aylesbeare Common

2 Dartford Warbler, 1 or more Stonechat, 1 or more Robins, Linnets and Crows/Rooks.

Posted April 4th, 2017 at 9:42 pm by Samuel Gray in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Starcross

Red Kite over at 3.

Posted April 4th, 2017 at 9:33 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

15.00

At least 100 Sand Martins over the scrapes and pools to the east of the railway line. 

Posted April 4th, 2017 at 8:31 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Exmouth

The Long-tailed Duck was off Mudbank Lane late afternoon. Also a Whimbrel, 8 Knot and 38 Bar-tailed Godwit.

Posted April 4th, 2017 at 5:57 pm by Terry Smith in General Birding

South Huish and Cattle Egrets

South Huish this morning - Glaucous Gull on and off all morning. Also 1 Cattle Egret on marsh or nearby cattle field, 1 Water Pipit , 6 Little Egrets, a Curlew and several Swallows and Sand Martins. No sign of the Iceland Gull this morning.

'On the way home ' - found the Cattle Egret flock near Chivelstone in a grass field with cattle behind the wind turbine west of the road between Cousins Cross and Chivelstone Cross, but only viewed distantly from the South Pool road from Cousins Cross or the farm track south of Chivelstone Cross, but unfortunately the cattle were right on the brow of the hill so all the Egrets were never all in view at the same time . Counted at least 15, but presumably the 19 Perry had Friday were all still there. 

Opposite Bowden House near Totnes now 9 Cattle Egrets ( and 2 Little Egrets) in usual grazed kale field.

 

Posted April 4th, 2017 at 3:47 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Haytor Down, Dartmoor

Over Black Hill this morning was a Peregrine Falcon, 2 Buzzards and a Red Kite.

Three Cattle Egrets at Blatchford Farm, Teigngrace in with the sheep at the farm entrance.

Red Kite Cattle Egret
Red Kite                                                                                     Cattle Egret

Posted April 4th, 2017 at 1:48 pm by david cawthraw in General Birding

Plymouth

Yellow-browed Warbler again in my garden (Mount Gould) this morning for a few minutes.  

Posted April 4th, 2017 at 10:38 am by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Glaucous Gull

A few photos of the Glaucous Gull at South Huish marsh yesterday.

Glaucous Gull, juv Glaucous Gull, juv Glaucous Gull, juv
Glaucous Gull, juv

Posted April 4th, 2017 at 10:21 am by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 3rd April 2017

Don't shoot the messenger ~ possible Crane sighting

At about 19.50hrs this evening my wife and daughter saw what they are convinced was a Crane flying over the A385 near the Rattery junction the bird was flying out towards the Diptford direction.

Having looked at images on the internet and birding books they are convinced that what they saw was a Crane describing a very large dark grey bird (far larger than a Heron) and flying with a distinctively extended neck and very graceful flight.

Posted April 3rd, 2017 at 9:29 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Topsham

17.00 - 19.00 Green Woodpecker heard around the cemetery but could not locate. Nothing unusual from the hide  but the Green Sandpiper came in close in poor light. One swallow seen with many Sand Martin. Buzzard came in with a kill (a Teal I think) and two crows tried to move it with no luck.

Green Sandpiper vid - https://youtu.be/fVWzAVyQWME

Buzzard vid - https://youtu.be/nWfEoNm6gu8

Buzzard on kill Green Sandpiper
Buzzard on kill                                       Green Sandpiper

Posted April 3rd, 2017 at 9:05 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Soar and South Huish

Pretty quiet at Soar this morning but a Tree Pipit on Bolt Head and 21 Sand Martins passed through. 

At South Huish, the Iceland Gull present when I arrived but soon disappeared (too far away for me to be sure whether it was a juv or 2nd-w) and the Glaucous Gull (juv) returned mid afternoon to give good views. Also 1st-w Mediterranean Gull, 3+ Water Pipits (one in cracking summer plumage), 2 Swallows, and 4 Sand Martins. Finally, 2 Red-legged Partridges at South Milton Ley. 

Posted April 3rd, 2017 at 8:11 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Huish Marsh ~ South Milton

South Huish Marsh late morning through lunch time, perched Swallow on approach to the marsh, three others seen to fly over the marsh during the visit.

Ducks species included Teal, Wigeon, Shoveller,Mallard and Shell duck.

Curlew 2, Linnet male in full colour,  Stonechat, Rock Pipits, Pied Wagtails and one White Wagtail.

Little Egret 4 a Heron flew over the marsh out towards the sea.

 

Larger numbers of Herring Gull began to arrive and with them was a first winter Glaucous Gull and then at 13.06hrs a Iceland Gull arrived which I believe was also a first winter bird.

 

Back at home female Reed Bunting still coming into the garden feed station.

Posted April 3rd, 2017 at 5:20 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Home farm, Fremington and the Pill.

Chiffchaffs,willow warbler, black cap,r eed bunting, 6 cattle egrets over home farm 3 spoonbills from the hide and a cettis calling from near the small lake. Glossy Ibis top of the pill, greenshank and Redshank.

Posted April 3rd, 2017 at 5:20 pm by John Elvin in General Birding

Morte Point

1030 -1130 1st April I watched this shrew carrying nesting material to a large hole beneath a slab of rock. This hole has been used by Adders over the years so the prospects of breeding success are probably not great!

Shrew to-ingShrew fro-ing

Shrew resting

 

Posted April 3rd, 2017 at 4:23 pm by Derek Stacey in Other Wildlife

South Huish Marsh

Glaucous Gull and Icelandic Gull both showing well at South Huish Marsh ~ will do more detailed post later.

Posted April 3rd, 2017 at 3:31 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh & Goosemoor

Green Sandpiper still at BGM this lunchtime.

At Goosemoor, a smart looking Spotted Redshank close to the viewing screens, nearly in breeding plumage.

Posted April 3rd, 2017 at 2:13 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Haytor Down, Dartmoor

Male Common Redstart this morning between Yarner Wood and Haytor Down. Willow Warblers and Wheatears at Emsworthy.

Posted April 3rd, 2017 at 1:51 pm by david cawthraw in General Birding

Sunday 2nd April 2017

Velator

Arrived at the reserve at 05.30 this morning for some ringing. First decent day for some time without any wind!. Ringed 15 including 6 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps and 2 Willow Warblers.

The three Spoonbills were out on the scrape early and gone by 9.15ish.

Posted April 2nd, 2017 at 10:41 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Ford Park Cemetery 02/04/2017

Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Speckled Wood and Holly Blues on the wing, Green Shield Bugs seen and a squirrel. Chiffchaff in the bushes.

Posted April 2nd, 2017 at 9:00 pm by Michael Spencer in Other Wildlife

Yarner & Trendlebeer

Trendlebeer into Yarner this morning

Yellow Hammer, Stonechat, Bullfinch 3, Treecreeper, Mallard 5, Raven, Marsh Tit 3+, Siskin 5+, Green Woodpecker 2 (Calling) Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Mandarin duck (pair) Long Tailed Tit 2, Buzzard 2, high light being a Tree Pipit displaying below the weather station.

Over Dartmoor this afternoon

Holne ~ Mistle Thrush

Venford ~ Mistle Thrush 3, Meadow Pipit 2 and Buzzard

Towards Princetown ~ Buzzards 7, Skylarks singing away in good numbers and a small number of Meadow Pipits.

As yet not a great deal of obvious bird life on the higher moor open moorland.

Posted April 2nd, 2017 at 8:15 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Great Grey Shrike Saddle Tor Dartmoor

Great Grey Shrike in hawthorns below Saddle Tor and road  near Emsworthy 11am 

Posted April 2nd, 2017 at 7:57 pm by John Walters in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Feniton - First Swallow

I have just seen my first Swallow of the season in the fields just north of Feniton  village, summer is on its way!

Posted April 2nd, 2017 at 7:33 pm by Maurice Rapley in General Birding

ManSands Marsh

At least 7 Gadwall, Three Tufted Duck and 2 Teal, alongside the Mallard and Canada Geese on the Marsh. Along the Coast Path between Berry Head and Colyton Fishacre, two pairs of Ravens, several Yellowhammer, Chiffchaff Blackcap and one Seal close to the Shore off St Marys Beach.

Posted April 2nd, 2017 at 7:14 pm by Cliff Parrott in General Birding

Plym estuary/Saltram

At low tide this afternoon:

2 Little egret, 3 Lesser black backs on the estuary, Skylark by the recycling centre, 5 Swallow over the duck pond/cafe.

Posted April 2nd, 2017 at 6:34 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Stover CP

0830-1330 :-

5 Tufted duck (4m 1f) 2 Mandarin (m,f)  8 Female Goosander, 2 Green Woodpecker (m), 2 Siskin, 2 Treecreeper, plenty of Chiffchaff. Brimstone, Peacock and Orange tip on the wing.

Posted April 2nd, 2017 at 5:50 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

West Charlton Marsh

After a lovely view of the iceland Gull and male garganey at Thurlestone, headed off to west Charleton marsh and had lovely view of a great white egret for 20 mins before a farm  machine sent it off.  A dog walker says" its been here every morning for a week"

Posted April 2nd, 2017 at 5:38 pm by lesley goonesekera in General Birding

Cuckoo Berry Head

First visit to Berry Head today and clearly heard Cuckoo at 1230 today

Posted April 2nd, 2017 at 5:37 pm by Ian Stone in General Birding

West Charleton Marsh

Went down this afternoon hoping to see a Great White Egret seen on the marsh this morning ( apparently one reported flying over South Huish towards South Milton 07:00, probably same bird ). Unfortunatly no sign, the log book entry said it flew off towards Kingsbridge late morning. Fine compensation provided by a showy Bittern however, in a ditch near the scrape and often coming out in the open between 15:50-16:20.

Posted April 2nd, 2017 at 5:36 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thurlestone Bay

After a stop-off at Huxtons Cross, birds of note were a pair of Yellowhammer on the hedge and 2 Red Legged Partridge in the ploughed field on the left. Then down to South Huish where we found the Male Garganey on the marsh and the Iceland Gull in the field behind the marsh. A lone Stock Dove was foraging around the edge of the marsh and a lovely male Swallow was perched on a wire, singing.  41 species in total for us today and an interesting chat with local birders Bob, Chris and Perry.

Male Swallow
Male Swallow

Posted April 2nd, 2017 at 4:24 pm by Steph Murphy in General Birding

South Milton, Thurlestone

A lovely walk in the sun along the reed bed at South Milton produced quite a few butterflies on the wing. Plenty of Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White and a Comma basking in the sun outside the ringing hut.

Comma Comma Peacock
Comma                                                Comma                               Peacock

Posted April 2nd, 2017 at 4:17 pm by Steph Murphy in Other Wildlife

Occombe Farm, Torbay

Redwing heard flying over during the astronomy event last night.

Posted April 2nd, 2017 at 2:16 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Blackcap

Blackcap clearly calling at Occombe this morning.

Posted April 2nd, 2017 at 1:46 pm by Stephen Huggins in General Birding

Saturday 1st April 2017

Paignton Zoo

13.25

Single Swallow over the giraffe enclosure.  Singing Blackcap and Chiffchaff also noted and brief views of GSW. 

Posted April 1st, 2017 at 7:24 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Velator

Disappointing numbers of migrants in the reserve today: 3/4 singing Chiffs, one singing Willow Warbler (and another by Wrafton Pond) and one Blackcap. However it was warm enough for more butterflies today: first Comma and Orangetip, and a few Speckled Wood along with Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock. Good numbers of Sand Martins over.

Posted April 1st, 2017 at 5:56 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Kingsbridge Estuary

Charleton Marsh / Bay, 12:30-14:30, falling tide.

On the marsh 5 Teals, 2 Wigeons and a Black-tailed Godwit. Out in the bay 17 Brent Geese, 2 Gadwalls and 5 Great Crested Grebes. Singing Willow Warbler near the hide and still a Grey Wagtail in the sewage works. Best of the butterflies were a Comma and the first Orange-tip of the year. In the log book a Marsh Harrier seen during the week and several Bittern sightings including late yesterday afternoon behind the bird feeders.

Posted April 1st, 2017 at 4:11 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Great Grey Srike. Sousson Plantation

While watching the Great Grey Shrike in Soussons Plantation yesterday I noticed what seems to be a growth on the chin and extending into the lore, anyone know what this might be? I hope the pictures will help.

Soussons Plantation

 

Posted April 1st, 2017 at 4:08 pm by Gary Easton in General Birding

Winter thrushes

Still about ten redwings remaining from the flock that has been around the Woodland area all winter. Last fieldfare was seen on Thursday 30 March. Also, two male singing cirl buntings seen on hedgerows in lane between Littlehempston and Staverton on Wednesday 29 March.

Posted April 1st, 2017 at 4:00 pm by Stuart Logan in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

My first Wheatears (2) of the year here; also Willow Warbler 10 Little Egrets and Snipe. Now just 3 Dunlins and 7 Curlews on the pool but still 69 Redshanks and 4 Greenshanks.   

Posted April 1st, 2017 at 1:38 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Walked from Exminster into Exeter along side the canal this morning. During the walk heard 5 willow warbler, 3 blackcap and numerous chiffchaff singing. On the marshes south of the motorway bridge there were 5 cattle egrets at 10.00 but they flew towards Topsham at 10.26.

Posted April 1st, 2017 at 1:26 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

East Devon Commons

Great Grey Shrike seen in valley in between Colaton Raleigh and Woodbury Commons - 10.30am.    

Commons full of bird song, inc numerous Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Song Thrush, Yellowhammer and Willow Warbler.

Posted April 1st, 2017 at 12:08 pm by Rupert Ormerod in General Birding

East Soar

Alpine Swift watched for 7 minutes close up on the tip of Bolt Head between 1022 -1029 hrs. Could even see the white throat clearly! Also first Swallow and 13 Chiffchaffs.

Posted April 1st, 2017 at 12:03 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Occombe

Lively spring morning. At least 4 if not 7 Jays, 6 or 7 Chiffchaffs, male & female Kestrels, Green Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush's, Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, 3 Mallards. Plus usual Blackbirds, Robins Great & Blue Tits, Dunnocks, Stock Doves, Pheasants, Wrens, Bullfinch & Chaffinch. Roebuck & 2 Roe Deers.

Posted April 1st, 2017 at 11:52 am by Stephen Huggins in General Birding

Berry Head

Singles of Firecrest and Wheatear on the end of the headland and a fine male Black Redstart on the fort walls, next to the cafe. 20-30 Common Dolphin about 1/2 mile out from end of headland and 7 Harbour Porpoise close in.

Firecrest Berry Head 1 April 2017 ML  Black Redstart Male Berry Head 1 April 2017 ML

                                    Firecrest                                                                  Black Redstart

Posted April 1st, 2017 at 10:06 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Hembury Woods

Early am: 1 Tree Pipit and several singing Willow Warblers.

Posted April 1st, 2017 at 9:52 am by Andy Smith in General Birding

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