Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from May 2013

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Friday 31st May 2013

Exmouth

Belle Vue Road - a honey buzzard (presumed male) high and fast west over the house at 1105. Also a single jay west yesterday.

Orcombe Point - quiet over the last few days with a light passage of swifts and single spotted flycatcher on 30/5 and 29/5. Also a reed warbler on 28/5. On 27/5 there were 8 great northern divers and a bonxie early morning.

Mudbank - a single female scaup still present on 29/5 along with a fs little gull and 6 whimbrel on 28/5.

Posted May 31st, 2013 at 11:37 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

South Brent ~ Sparrow Hawk

Over the last few days a male Sparrow hawk has been very much in evidence, hunting around local gardens, yesterday I saw it passing over head on two occassions, each time it had an item of prey clutched in its talons.

The first fly by was rudely interupted by the local breeding pair of Mistle Thrush who made serious attempts to drive it away from the area of  their nest site.



Posted May 31st, 2013 at 9:23 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Thursday 30th May 2013

Mansands-evening

Arriving at the hide about 1845 I met Julian Thomas from Somerset who had heard the Savi's Warbler briefly about 1830 . I then waited with no evidence of its whereabouts until about 1950,  when Jacob Wood and I heard a short  snatch of reeling coming from the lower end of the marsh, towards the main pool. 

Posted May 30th, 2013 at 9:03 pm in Bird News

male hen harrier over teignmouth

At about 16.30 a Male Hen Harrier flew north over east Teignmouth...livingstone road/haldon av area, mobbed by crow. 

An unusual sighting here in a town, but clearly identifiable as HH by long tail, hawkish flight bright grey plumage and black wing tips. 

Posted May 30th, 2013 at 4:53 pm by james Homer in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

The male Ruff was showing well from the platform amongst the Godwits, Curlews and Dunlin today around 12.45. Also 4 Little Gulls.

Posted May 30th, 2013 at 2:15 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Mansands

Savi's Warbler showed at close range for PA and myself briefly flicking across the path and skulking in the bracken and bramble, calling quite regularly but no song when I was on site. Still almost in same place as Josh found it originally. Well done Josh sounds like you picked it up from quite a long distance away!

Also 1 Yellow Wagtail flew over - appearing to land toward north side of marsh but no sign of it later. 

Posted May 30th, 2013 at 10:37 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Mansands Marsh

Probable Savi's Warbler giving short 3-4 second bursts of song. Never actually saw the bird so hesitant to go making many claims as I don't have experience of this species only what I've listened to on Internet etc. I wasn't initially encouraged that the song was so short but speaking to a few people this seems ok.

The bird was in the location of the small oak tree half way along the path from the beach to the hide Round the brambles in non-breeding habitat. Hopefully get down for another look later...

Posted May 30th, 2013 at 9:35 am by Josh Marshall in Bird News

Wednesday 29th May 2013

Bowling Green Marsh

The superb male Ruff was showing from the hide today until it flew off with the Godwit flock at about 12.40 where it could be seen from the platform. Also a summer plumaged Knot and 1 Great Crested Grebe.

Posted May 29th, 2013 at 2:25 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Wembury a waders heaven

I was out around Wembury beach again and there was lots of activity. Large numbers of Dunlin around 50 of them were combined with a smaller number of Sanderling . Whimbrel have arrived at the beach and are mostly seen in flight in groups of around 10.

Posted May 29th, 2013 at 1:59 pm by Matt Clark in Bird News

Tuesday 28th May 2013

Orcombe Point

This afternoon at 1455hrs, in temperatures more akin to February, 3 dark-phase Arctic Skuas passed the point close in, heading south-westwards. Earlier 10+ Common Scoter flew past heading west, and these were still present off Exmouth seafront this evening. About 50 Swifts were feeding low over the cliffs and top fields searching for any insect life that may have been present in the cold wind. 

Posted May 28th, 2013 at 9:44 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Sparrowhawk

A male Sparrow Hawk that has dropped into a pine tree at the back of the garden on two evenings this week, his perch over looks my new bird feeding station and on each visit he has tried without success to snatch a meal.

Posted May 28th, 2013 at 7:20 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Bolt Tail

Short-eared Owl over open grassland on cliff top at 0905 hrs.

Posted May 28th, 2013 at 11:21 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Monday 27th May 2013

Roseate Tern at Wembury

Roseate Tern ( Spring plumage) Diving just off shore of the beach and sometimes perches on the rocks to the left at low tide.

Posted May 27th, 2013 at 10:58 pm by Matt Clark in Bird News

Skern,tip pool

97 dunlin,50 swallow by the pool with 3 whimbrel on the beach,19:45.

Posted May 27th, 2013 at 9:54 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatch from 14:15-17:15

1 Pomarine Skua (full spooned), 1 Bonxie, 13 Puffins, 260 Manx Shearwaters.

1 Harbour Porpoise and 10+ Bottlenose Dolphin.

Also a Spotted Flycatcher in the quarry and another (or the same) bird behind the hotel.

JGW,MD

Posted May 27th, 2013 at 8:59 pm by Jacob Wood in Bird News

Hopes Nose

5.25pm-7.10pm -  2 Puffin and 95 Manxies south this evening.

Posted May 27th, 2013 at 7:54 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

12.15. Very mobile, vocal but skulking Lesser Whitethroat in tall hedgerow along main path next to railway line close to RSPB car park.

Sat 25th May. Lesser Spotted Woodpecker at Yarner Wood close to main track beyond car park.

Posted May 27th, 2013 at 7:42 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Sprey Point. Teignmouth sea front

Monday 27th 5.30 pm  

Late wheatear trying to find shelter at Sprey Point.

Felt like March, wet and windy.

Posted May 27th, 2013 at 6:11 pm by Patrick Case in Bird News

Cuckoo at Venford Reservoir, Dartmoor, Sunday 26th May

We heard a cuckoo near the reservoir and saw it fly away from the woodland.  It was then clearly heard again from the direction of Bench Tor.  This was the first time Elizabeth (14) had heard a cuckoo, so very exciting.

Posted May 27th, 2013 at 5:28 pm by Philip, Hazel and Elizabeth Strange in Bird News

Wistman's Wood - Dartmoor.

 Sunday 26th May.

Whilst walking up the valley I heard a Cuckoo calling, then eventually it showed itself in the distance. Red Kite flew over 13:00, 8 Spotted Flycatchers in woods and good Meadow Pipit, Wheatear numbers around.

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit

Wheatear
Wheatear

Posted May 27th, 2013 at 12:27 pm by Mark Dyer in Bird News

Lundy 2013

During my recent trip to Lundy 16th - 23rd May I aw plenty of bird life including Sedge Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Lesser Redpoll, Great Northern Diver and good Puffin and Manx Shearwater numbers.

On 16th,17th and 18th a Cuckoo was present and I managed to get a distant photograph.  Then on the 21st May a Blue Headed Wagtail appeared for a couple of days on the West Coast.

Cuckoo
Cuckoo

Blue Headed Wagtail
Blue Headed Wagtail

Razorbill
Razorbill

Posted May 27th, 2013 at 11:47 am by Mark Dyer in Bird News

Red Kite, Holmacott, N.Devon.

0840

While I was driving home along Old Bideford Road from Southcott Valley to Barnstaple, a Red Kite flew overhead, from north to south in area of the Holmacott Landfill Site. (Map ref: SS505293)

Posted May 27th, 2013 at 9:57 am by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Skern, Northam Burrows and Southcott valley.

0715 - 0830

7 Whimbrel on the Skern with c50 Dunlin and c25 Ringed Plover in total between the Skern and Tip Pond. Numerous Swallows flying around the tip pond and alighting on the ground as if resting on passage. A Sparrowhawk set the cat among the pigeons.

0840 Southcott Valley.

Just 17 Shelduck; 1 Little Egret and 2 Swift overhead.

 

Posted May 27th, 2013 at 9:49 am by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Hobby ~ South Brent

Images of the Hobby that came in and "buzzed" one of my Eagle owls at South Brent on Saturday.  Image taken by Tracey Ikerd of the Tamar Valley Camera Club



Posted May 27th, 2013 at 9:26 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Sunday 26th May 2013

Red Kite Crediton

Single Red Kite seen soaring over the A&S Paving yard/ Crediton Garden Centre at about 10.30 am, a very clear view for a for a few minutes as it circled about 50-75m up, whereupon it was dive-bombed by a buzzard. The Kite circled higher and drifted off in a southerly direction

Posted May 26th, 2013 at 9:59 pm by S. Colombe in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 18:30 till 19:40

the stunning black male ruff was again showing well, and 1 1st summer little gull was in briefley, 20+ dunlin, 3 grey plover, 1 knot, 150+ black tailed godwit, 2 ringed plover, 4 whimbrel on the marsh , groups of 20, 8, 19, 5 whimbrel flew over heading north, 12+ bar tailed godwit, 3 oystercatcher, 4+ reed bunting, 3 fox's

earlier on walk round to the hide 2 sandwich tern of the goat walk 

 

Posted May 26th, 2013 at 9:14 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Plymbridge Woods

After seeing next to nothing in Saltram / Plym Estuary yesterday, I decided to try Plymbridge woods today. Similarly quiet but managed an adult and juvenile Dipper (by the bridge); the latter sporting a red colour ring. Also a single Marsh Tit, 3 Grey Wagtails and a Peregine on the nest.

Hardly any butterflys.

I'm still trying, but what a dire Spring!

PS Pergerine over my garden in Mount Gould, Plymouth, today and a pair of Bullfinches on the feeders yesterday - perhaps I'll just stay here! 

Posted May 26th, 2013 at 6:44 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Birds at Slapton 26-05-2013

There was a stiff on shore breeze which sent the Whitethroat's call all over the place.It seemed to come from every direction.  I had to be very patient to locate the bird,well worth the effort.

Also the with a nice male Stonechat, Reed Warbler, 10-15 Barn Swallows & House Martins feeding in the shelter of Torcross.

Herring gulls of all ages roosting on the Ley, about 20 birds.

Three pairs of Grt.Crested Grebe.

Posted May 26th, 2013 at 6:37 pm by Stephen John Turner in Bird News

Saturday 25th May 2013

Hobby ~ South Brent

While hosting a falconry photographic afternoon for the Tamar Photographic club we had a Hobby come in a do a fantastic display in front of us as it mobbed one of my Eagle owls, incredibly agile as it spent several minutes harassing the owl which took absolutely no notice, hopefully the club may supply some photo's in due course.

This is the third Hobby sighting at home so far this month, if nothing else 2013 seems to be a good Hobby year.

Posted May 25th, 2013 at 9:24 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Friday 24th May 2013

Yarner and Exe Estuary

Battled against the very un-Spring-like conditions to sqeeze a few bits out of Devon. 

Yarner Wood produced 6 Pied Flycatchers (3 pairs), a showy singing Wood Warbler, a Marsh Tit, and 2 Mandarins.

On to Dawlish, but only 8 Sanderlings and 4+ Reed Warblers plus a Little Grebe with 2 young.

Saved the best 'til last, with a good selection at Bowling Green Marsh on the high tide: a striking male Ruff in full summer plumage (black), 3 Little Gulls (all 1st-s), a Mediterranean Gull (1st-s), 3 Knots, 4 Grey Plovers, 1 Dunlin, 3 Whimbrels, c175 Black-tailed Godwits and c20 Bar-tailed Godwits. No where in Devon nor Cornwall is doing better at the moment?

Posted May 24th, 2013 at 8:19 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Axe Estuary

Nice adult Curlew Sandpiper on Colyford Marsh this morning, first found last night on Black Hole Marsh.

Posted May 24th, 2013 at 12:50 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Thursday 23rd May 2013

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:40 till 19:40

4 1st summer little gulls showed very well, with 2 1st summer med gulls and 100+ black headed gulls, 3 knot, 160+ black tailed godwits, 22+ bar tailed godwits, 9+ whimbrel, 1 oystercatcher, 4 wigeon, 2 shoveler, 3 little grebe, 3+ reed bunting, 1 1st year peregrine caught a starling, a carrion crow killed a black tailed godwit first time I have seen this happen.

Also an odd gull possible hybrid black headed gull with longer legs and bill compared to the black headed gulls around the bill was red with black tip a broad black band on tail black spot behind eye couldn't get a good pic sorry but be  interested if anyone else seen the bird and have  any ideas. 

an interesting afternoon around the marsh 

Posted May 23rd, 2013 at 9:45 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

A short visit 16.00- 18.00 with a strong 6/7 NNW wind.

On South Huish Marsh - 15 Dunlin, the Barnacle Goose . On the beaches- 15 Sanderling, 16 Whimbrel,

1 Turnstone, 1 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover

Offshore 25 Gannet, 22 Manx Shearwater, 2 Arctic Tern, 1 dp Arctic Skua, 1 Common Scoter

Posted May 23rd, 2013 at 7:33 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Prawle area

Despite breezy conditions, sunny and warm, and warmer in sheltered spots with lots of flies , I found at least 11 Spotted Flycatchers. 6 Swifts and 2 Wheatears plus Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps and Whitethroats on territories. Near Pig's Nose my first young Robins, 3 on branch with mum and dad gearing up for bank holiday week-end.

Posted May 23rd, 2013 at 4:00 pm in Bird News

Wednesday 22nd May 2013

N Devon reserves

Walked around Velator this morning after two weeks away. The remaining Coot chick is now almost full grown and the parents have constructed another nest. Not sure if there were 3, 4, or 5 adult Little Grebes present... The Canada Geese seem to have deserted the reserve which after she sat on the nest for about three weeks before I went away is a bit disappointing. House Sparrows feeding young in one of the new boxes.... Singing Chiffchaff and Blackcap, but NO Whitethroat, Reed or Sedge Warblers. Nearby on Wrafton Pond the Swans are shepherding their single cygent around, again, disappointing after 8 and 7 in the previous 2 years.

At Bradiford this afternoon lots of loafing Herring Gulls on the flooded scrape and across the river.

Posted May 22nd, 2013 at 9:36 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:30 till 18:40

A male garganey appeared just after 17:00 and showed well and was still present when I left, 2 1st summer little gulls were with 100+ black headed gulls and 1 1st summer med gull, 43+ whimbrel, 22+ bar tailed godwits, 2 summer plumage knot, 150+ black tailed godwits, 4 wigeon, 1 tufted duck, 5+ Little grebe, 8+ little egrets. 1 peregrine

Posted May 22nd, 2013 at 9:19 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

skern

2 Sandwich Tern,6 whimbrel,grey plover.17 Ringed plover,22 dunlin around tip pool.First waders for a while.Poor wader passage this spring.

Posted May 22nd, 2013 at 8:10 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Exmouth Sea Front

Short sea watch this morning (7:30 - 8:30) produced 1-2 Roseate Terns, 30+ 'commic' terns (majority of which were Common), the usual semi-resident Sandwich Terns, a passing group of 2 Turnstone + 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Sanderling, 1 Dunlin. Also good numbers of feeding Gannets, some only 20-30 m off the beach.

Still no Caspian Tern. Just a matter of time... ;-)

Posted May 22nd, 2013 at 9:03 am by Phil Bentley in Bird News

Tuesday 21st May 2013

Red Kite seen central Plymouth

My partner pointed out a large redish brown bird, with a highly forked white tail in the middle of Alexandra park on Sunday 19th May 2013. Definitely not a buzzard and looked just like a red kite after looking up pictures. 

Posted May 21st, 2013 at 8:02 pm by Alix Leclerc in Bird News

Monday 20th May 2013

Yarner Wood and Trendlebere Down

12.30-16.00

Walk across from Down to Wood produced Cuckoo calling in the distance, calling Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff, a pair of Stonechats, Tree Pipit, several Siskins and a confiding and vocal Redpoll.  

The Wood produced a drake Mandarin, Grey Wagtail, lots of Pied Flycatchers, several Wood Warblers (2 ringed, 1 with yellow ring and another with an orange ring), 3 Mistle Thrush, Great, Blue, Coal, Marsh and Long Tailed Tits, 2 Nuthatch, 4 Raven. Blackcaps, Goldcrest, Treecreepers all calling within the Wood. Roe Deer.

Not a bad walk considering that I had a two and half year old on my shoulders!

Posted May 20th, 2013 at 8:09 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Isley marsh.

1100 1400 hrs      2 Reed bunting ( 1 male 1 female) 2+Reed warbler 3+Sedge warbler singing 7 Whimbrel and a Cettis calling on the Tarka trail.

Posted May 20th, 2013 at 4:47 pm in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

From the viewing platform today at around 1.30pm I finally bumped into 2 of the Little Gulls showing well among a flock of Black-headeds. Also 2 Knot. Just before, 5 Dunlin and a Ringed Plover from the Goatwalk.

Posted May 20th, 2013 at 2:14 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Sunday 19th May 2013

Berry Head

Quick seawatch from 11:00-12:30.

About 200 Manx Shearwater (3 large groups, all south), 1 Bonxie(S), 1 Arctic Skua, adult male Eider (very close N), and a 1st s Med Gull off headland.

Also a few Gannets and Guillemots.

Posted May 19th, 2013 at 8:57 pm by Jacob Wood in Bird News

Prawle 14-19/05/13

Highlights of the last few days - my quest to find a first for Britain failed !!

Tuesday 14th;  Golden Oriole - a female briefly in Ash trees east of the village, 20.20. (Unfortunately only half of my message to birdguides got through, leaving out the grid reference, so apologies to anyone who might have wanted to look for it the following day. As it was, it was nowhere to be found).  Earlier, afternoon seawatch came up with masses of birds in both directions, so almost impossible to count accurately, but 3 Storm Petrels, 2 Great Skuas, 6 Common, 1 Arctic and 7 'commic' Terns were easier to count.

Wednesday 15th;  An excellent seawatch, led by a site record 41 Great Northern Divers west. Of these, 23 passed in the first hour of light, so presumably had been going through during the hours of darkness as well. Also single Black- and Red-throated Diver, 9 Storm Petrels, 18 Dunlin, 5 Sandwich, 2 Arctic, 1 Roseate and 4 'commic' Terns. Although over 1170 Auks passed, not a single Puffin was seen.  On the land, singles of Dunlin, Ringed Plover and Turnstone, 4 Purple Sandpipers, a late Water Rail, and singles of Spotted Flycatcher and Willow Warbler.

Thursday 16th;  Quieter day, with singles of Spotted Flycatcher and Willow Warbler. Less expected were a fly-over Redpoll, and a bit of a site mega (sadly) these days, a Cuckoo.

Friday 17th;  Nice suprise was a Tree Sparrow first thing. Initially in the gardens of the coastguard cottages, after several false starts when it circled the point, finally flew off high to the north, calling all the way.  Otherwise, just singles of Spotted Flycatcher, Garden and Willow Warblers, and the first 2 Common Sandpipers of the year.  (Also a Roe Deer on the point. These are becomming more regular here these days - after only 3-4 in thirty-odd years, have now seen five different individuals in the last 2 years).

Saturday 18th;  First multiple count of Spotted Flycatchers, finisning the day with 8. Apart from that, just 2 Whimbrels of note.

Sunday 19th;  2 Great Northern Divers past, and a Spotted Flycatcher. (JAL)

Posted May 19th, 2013 at 8:07 pm by Pat Mayer in Bird News

Topsham

Watched from 10:30 till 14:00

the 1st summer little gull was of riversmeet house from the goat walk, 2 ringed plover, 9+ whimbrel from the hide at bowling green marsh , a 1st summer med gull, still 4 wigeon, now 6 little grebes.

from the viewing platform 179+ black tailed godwits, 11+ bar tailed godwits, 2 whimbrel.

late post for Saturday 18th, a quiet morning, but 7+ hobby over exminster marsh viewed from topsham ( 3 headed straight through heading north over the motorway bridge and 4+ were hunting over towards the lagoon early afternoon) 

Posted May 19th, 2013 at 7:59 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Bowling Marsh Green & Darts Farm

Bowling Marsh Green ~  small number of Black Tailed Godwits, Sedge warbler and Reed Warbler in far reed bed, Greater and Lesser Black Backed Gulls and reasonable numbers of Black Headed Gulls. Three Little Grebe.

Darts Farm ~ Very noisy and persistant calling warbler on arrival, eventually found and identified as a Reed Warbler, a white headed Canadian Goose was to the left of the hide sitting seperately from a small group of normal coloured birds, on the way out an unusual gull species was in the rolled soil field, bird had a metal tag ring on its left leg, cross checking the images taken I believe that it was a first summer Mediterranian Gull, no other birds seen on the field.

Posted May 19th, 2013 at 7:16 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Orcombe, Exmouth

A bit damp and overcast for my first visit to Orcombe, Exmouth, the cliff top vegitation was alive with hawthorn flies and crane flies, despite the abundance of insect food very little seen on the way out, on the return a singe White Throat and Chiffchaff, good numbers of Great Tit, Chaffinch and Blackbirds, high light was the number of Linnets, flock of 24 counted with three following.

Posted May 19th, 2013 at 7:09 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

Late news for Sat - 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Whinchat, 1 Sand Martin, 6 Sanderling.

Sun morning - South Huish Marsh -1 Barnacle Goose , 2 Grey Plover, 1 Dunlin, 1 White Wagtail, 1m Teal. 

On the beach/ rocks - 7 Sanderling, 1 Ringed Plover, 14 Whimbrel.

Offshore 1 Great Skua, 2 Sandwich Tern

Posted May 19th, 2013 at 6:17 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Exminster Marshes - Hobbies 12:00

On the way back from nightingales in Somerset went to Exminster Marshes hoping for a mid May hobby fest, as it was two years ago. Lovely flat light with a grey sky, ideal conditions for raptor spotting. Even with the insect hatch that was prominent yesterday -  only one hobby! Heading determindly northwards!

Posted May 19th, 2013 at 3:53 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Exmouth

Seafront - 0520 - 1 fs little gull, 7 sandwich tern and 2 turnstone.

Mudbank - now 7 scaup (2male, 5 female) -would love to know if the two additional females are the original birds or two 'new' ones. Also 1 greenshank and 21 whimbrel. No sign today of yesterday's singing male wood warbler at Woodbury Castle - see record shot.

wood warbler in conifer plantation
wood warbler in conifer plantation

Posted May 19th, 2013 at 12:23 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Berry Hd

A very quiet morning for migrants, the only highlights being; a single Great Northern Diver in sum plum over the headland at 0725hrs and a late Tree Pipit dropped onto the end of the headland briefly, 8 swallows >N. Numbers of Whitethroat are well down on the last 3 years with just 4 singing males and no Stonechats on the headland this year. The Chiffchaff with the odd song is still on territory along the road from the wardens bungalow to the Berry Head Hotel.

Posted May 19th, 2013 at 8:50 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Saturday 18th May 2013

Sightings 18th May at Yarner Wood & Stover Park

Yarner Wood

Pied Flycatcher - 3, singing 1sighted,  Wood Warbler - 3 singning 1 sighted, Spotted Fly Catcher - 1 sighted, Cuckcoo calling, Black Cap - 2 calling.  Nuthatch - 2.  Also many woodland birds - Robin, Cettis, Blue Tit

Stover Park

Willow Warbler - 2 singing, Swallow 4-5 passing through, Great Crested Grebe - 1, Herring Gull - 1 first summer, Black Cap 2, Bullfinch male and female, Nutchatch 2, Coal Tit, Siskin, Jay, Great Tit and Blue Tit in good numbers, lots of Mallard Ducklings - 12-15. 

Male & Female Bullfinch at Stover
Male & Female Bullfinch at Stover

Siskin at Stover
Siskin at Stover

Posted May 18th, 2013 at 10:40 pm by Stephen Turner in Bird News

Turf

Male Hen Harrier high over Turf about 3pm, .Heading south. Super!

Posted May 18th, 2013 at 7:21 pm by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

Otter Estuary

A late migrant Short-eared Owl was a nice surprise giving lovely close views as hunting over the long grass around Otter Head mid morning. Also around the estuary a singing Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat and a Cetti's Warbler.

Posted May 18th, 2013 at 5:45 pm by David Cope in Bird News

Princetown

Red Kite reported over Ingra Tor drifting towards Princetown around mid-day.

(M&R Harrison)

Posted May 18th, 2013 at 3:41 pm in Bird News

Kenwith nr.

spotted flycatcher.My first for reserve.9 Reed Warblers,4 singing.2 sedge warblers.whitethroat,22 swifts,09:00.Had a hobby over the house at 07:10 and a female yellow wagtail at northam burrows,10;00.

Posted May 18th, 2013 at 12:36 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Exmouth - pm edit

Orcombe Point - 0500 - 0750 - 2 fs little gull (apparantly joined by a 3rd fs later), 1 fs mediterranean gull and a single black-headed gull. Also 2+ roseate tern, 11+ sandwich tern, 1+ common tern, 2 dunlin, 6 ringed plover, 10+ bar-tailed godwit, 1 sanderling, 1 red-throated diver, 1 great northern diver, 1 guillemot, 1 red kite perched briefly before heading low east, 1 goldcrest, 8+ whitethroat, 2 blackcap, 16 swallow and 1 jay high east.

Mudbank - the 5 scaup still present.

East Devon Commons - afternoon dog walk - 1 wood warbler and 1 yellow wagtail.

red kite - my first on Orcombe
red kite - my first on Orcombe

May jay
May jay

Posted May 18th, 2013 at 8:59 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Topsham - Friday

No sign again of Bonaparte's Gull at low tide Friday pm. I haven't seen it since Wed. and suspect it may have gone. Little Gull present again briefly. Also an interesting (honestly!) large gull of apparently mixed parentage - fourth probable hybrid I've seen here in the last six months.

Apparent hybrid gull - Topsham 17/5/2013
Apparent hybrid gull - Topsham 17/5/2013

Apparent hybrid gull - Topsham 17/5/2013
Apparent hybrid gull - Topsham 17/5/2013

Posted May 18th, 2013 at 7:36 am by Tim Worfolk in Bird News

Friday 17th May 2013

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - 0520 - 0635 - 8 swallow, 1 yellow wagtail, 1 arctic tern, 1 common tern, c20+ 'commic' tern, 3 sanderling, 1 goldcrest and a first summer little gull in from the east and on it's own so potentially not one of the 'north Exe' birds.

Mudbank - 5 scaup still present.

Orcombe Point yesterday - 1 red-throated diver, c20+ common scoter, 1 wheatear, 3 stock dove, 11 whimbrel, 4 dunlin, 4 sanderling, 1 diver sp, 33+ 'commic tern', 21 wader sp, 3+ roseate tern and a brief male cirl bunting. Cirls are very scarce this side of the Exe and infrequent visitors to Orcombe Point, averaging only one or two records a year in recent years.


Posted May 17th, 2013 at 5:07 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Appledore area

Fantastic view of a RED KITE flying towards us here in Appledore from the direction of Northam Burrows c12.30.
First for us here!
(Ann Wells)

Posted May 17th, 2013 at 4:34 pm in Bird News

R.Taw off Pottington Ind Estate.

07:00 - 08;30

5 bar-tailed Godwits; 10 Whimbrel; 3 Grey Heron and 1 Little Egret. 34 Shelduck.Apart from 14 Lesser black-backed Gulls the rest were Herring Gulls. Just 3 Common Whitethroat plus a few Long-tailed Tits, Gold and Greenfinches in bushes along Tarka Trail. 11 Mute Swans on Penhill Marsh with just 4 Canada Geese.

Posted May 17th, 2013 at 9:37 am by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Thursday 16th May 2013

nr Loddiswell

Saw a couple of drake Mandarin Ducks on a bank by the River Avon on the Woodleigh road this morning about halfway between New Bridge and Avon Nursuries. Maybe more present but i was driving. Not seen them here before.

Posted May 16th, 2013 at 9:32 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

Waders on the beaches / South Huish Marsh- 1 partial s/pl Grey Plover, 36 Whimbrel, 1 Dunlin.

1 F Yellow Wagtail on the golf course, . On South Huish Marsh - 1m 1f Yellow Wagtail, 2 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear

Posted May 16th, 2013 at 6:11 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Exe - Marshes and Topsham

After a frosty start the morning became quite warm and calm. Few birds on the marshes apart from two hobbies motionless on posts. 15 whimbrel flew over and another two were at Turf. Also at Turf two little gulls (1s plumage) were feeding in the estuary. There was another little gull at Bowling Green Marsh and one avocet with about 30 whimbrel. In Topsham another or one of the previous little gulls was near the recreation ground. Here a hobby attempted to catch a fledgling starling. Another 3 hobbies were seen high over the Exminster Marshes.

Posted May 16th, 2013 at 3:49 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Bolt Head, Soar

Richard's Pipit feeding on short turf between 0930- 0950 hrs with skylarks & linnets. SX722364. Watched for a good 10 mins.

Posted May 16th, 2013 at 12:29 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Berry Head

844 Guillemots on cliffs, 104 on water and 7 on island.

2 Razorbills still on cliff, getting very friendly!!!! so could be promising, first for at least18 years.

3 Harbour porpoise today, 5 yesterday.

Posted May 16th, 2013 at 9:44 am by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Wednesday 15th May 2013

Slapton Ley

c1000 Swifts feeding over Slapton Ley this evening. Also a couple hundred House Martins. Good to see loads of insects for them flying around.

Posted May 15th, 2013 at 8:54 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Topsham Recreation Ground

Mid afternoon low tide visit. The Bonaparte's Gull was showing well as usual. A Little Gull also present for about ten minutes.

Little Gull - Topsham 15/5/2013
Little Gull - Topsham 15/5/2013

Posted May 15th, 2013 at 4:51 pm by Tim Worfolk in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

From the viewing platform at about 1.30 today an Osprey flew over heading over the marsh towards Darts Farm, mobbed by a Herring Gull. 10 Whimbrel on the estuary with 4 (more?) from the hide on my walk back to the car.

Posted May 15th, 2013 at 2:31 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Berry Hd - Tuesday evening

Seawatch yesterday evening 18.25-19.55hrs all birds moving south: 7 Storm Petrel, 8 Puffin, 20+ 'commic' Terns out in murk, 8 Sandwich Tern, 374 Manx Shearwaters, 31 Fulmar, 66 Gannet, 54 Kittiwake, and good numbers - 81 Razorbill with several hundred Guillemots also 14 Swift. 1 Harbour Porpoise off the head.

Posted May 15th, 2013 at 8:51 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Exmouth

Between Lifeboat Station and Orcombe - 0600 - 0700 - 6+ roseate tern, c30+ 'commic' tern, c40+ common scoter, 21+ great northern diver, 1 diver sp, 12+ sanderling, 21+ turnstone, 30+ dunlin, 1 whimbrel, 1 ringed plover, 1 pomarine skua (full-spooned ad off Orc Pt), 1 storm petrel lingering off the Pt and 1 hobby 'in off'. Plenty of waders moving this morning, some stopping on Maer Rocks. 

Posted May 15th, 2013 at 7:27 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Tuesday 14th May 2013

Sharkham/Scabbacombe

Quick walk around Sharkham this morning first thing turned up 3 Spotted Flycatchers and a Reed Warbler.

Evening walk around Scabbacombe head toward Ivy Cove the night before turned up a single Spotted Flycatcher with a great selection of the regulars too

Posted May 14th, 2013 at 10:58 pm by Josh Marshall in Bird News

Exmouth

Between Lifeboat Station and Orcombe Point - 1630 - 1930 - 9+ fulmar, c120+ manx shearwater, 2 storm petrel, 6+ arctic skua, 2 skua sp, c30+ 'commic' tern, 6+ sandwich tern, 8+ roseate tern, 1 little tern, 1+ great northern diver, c40+ common scoter, c 50+ kittiwake, 5+ auk sp, c15+ dunlin, 3 whimbrel, 4 turnstone, c20+ wader sp, and 87 swift 'in off' (largest flock 30).

Posted May 14th, 2013 at 8:50 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Teignmouth

Seawatch from beside the NCI station 16:55 - 18:40: 1 dark-phase Arctic Skua, 78 Manx Shearwaters, 25+ Common Terns, 29 "commic" terns, 40+ Kittiwakes, 1 Whimbrel, 15+ auks all heading south. In addition at least 20 Sandwich Terns, 15 Gannets and 3-4 Fulmars moving up and down the coastline.

Posted May 14th, 2013 at 8:43 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton

In keeping with the general theme of sea watching today;

Exmouth Front

An hours visit to Exmouth front at lunchtime revealed 2 Little Terns, 1 Roseate Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, c6 Common Terns and 1 pale phase Arctic Skua. Also 2 swifts in-off.

Budleigh Salterton

A four hour seawatch resulted in 2 Great Northern Divers, 1 Red Throated Diver, 6 Whimbrel, 28 Kittiwake, 3 Storm Petrels, 2 Common Terns, 2 Arctic Skuas (1 pf, 1 df), 18 Common Scoter c12 Sandwich Terns and 18 Swifts together in-off.

 

 

Posted May 14th, 2013 at 7:52 pm in Bird News

Additions to Lundy

2 Dotterel were present throughout the day but seen clearly as the clouds lifted at about 13.30. Up to 12 Puffin were visable, as the clouds lifted, on the cliffs.

A single Great Skua seen on outward leg.

Posted May 14th, 2013 at 7:42 pm by Mark Humfrey in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

2 seawatching visits with totally different results  - 07.30- 9.00  7 Gannet, 6 Guillemot and 1 Whimbrel . Tonight 17.00-18.30 just as the front moved through - 410 Gannet, 440 Manx Shearwater, 21 Kittiwake, 26 Common Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 11 Fulmar, 1 Great Skua. , 1 Arctic Skua, 4 Common Scoter, 7 Whimbrel 10 Auks, 9 Swift - all flying east

Posted May 14th, 2013 at 7:28 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Exmouth Sea Front

Sea watch from the lifeboat station from 17:15 - 18:15 in what were, it has to be said, pretty challenging conditions! Following birds all heading east-ish.

2 Arctic Skua (1 l.p., 1 d.p.), 4+ Roseate Terns, 2 Arctic Terns, 15+ 'commic' terns, 12+ Manx Shearwater, 1 Swift in-bound

Supplemented by Gannets, Kittiwakes, Sandwich Terns and a lone Fulmar (first I've seen off here for a while).

I could also see distant Manxies heading - at blistering speed - back in a S-SW direction, so I suspect some circular movement was going on.

Phil

Posted May 14th, 2013 at 7:14 pm by Phil Bentley in Bird News

Berry Head later afternoon

Continued to 1630 after Mike left at 1500. An additional 4 Storm Petrels , 1 Puffin and 245 Manx Shearwater flew south. Heavy rain when I left and few birds moving-Mike is going back for another check when the front clears.

Posted May 14th, 2013 at 6:56 pm in Bird News

Lundy trip 2013

The 2013 Lundy trip was very enjoyable despite the awful weather, rough seas to and from the island made it an interesting journey both ways,given that the cloud base was sat like a cover over the island then add fog/mist and rain you could not see more than 20 yards, but the following birds speciesnwere identified (P = photo’s taken)
 
Shearwater
Razorbill ( P )
Guillemot ( P )
Skua (single bird just off of the island as we were leaving)
Gannets ( P )
Oystercatcher ( P )
Kittiwake
Great and Lesser ( P ) Black Backed Gulls
White ( P ) & Pied Wagtail
Dunnock
Magpie
Carrion crow (Nesting)
Swallow
White Throat ( P )
Fulmar
Cormorant
Shag
Wheatear (dark race sp)
Storm Petrol
Wren
Warbler sp ( green / grey upper body very yellow below
Spotted Flycatcher (female) ( P )
Sedge Warbler ( P )
Chiffchaff (tristis) ( P )
Gold Crest
Raven
Starling
Redstart (female)
 
A few seals seen around the island and two high speed  dolphins brightened the journy back

Posted May 14th, 2013 at 6:05 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Kite sp. near Hemyock, EX15 3QX

A kite was floating SW into the wind over Lower Mackham Farm near Hemyock. Unmistakeable with long forked tail, this individual was missing a block of feathers from each wing but flying with no apparent difficulty. I could not see the colour of the tail. 

Posted May 14th, 2013 at 3:51 pm by Richard Whiteside in Bird News

Berry Hd

Seawatch 13.30-15.00hrs all birds moving south, 3 Pomarine Skuas, 2 Great Skuas, 6 Storm Petrels, 6 Puffin, 34 Kittiwake, 93 Manx Shearwater, 17 Razorbill among the many passing (local?) Guillemots, 52 Gannets. Dave Norman was staying on a while longer... 

Posted May 14th, 2013 at 3:50 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

An uneventful dawn fishing session near the Geese quarries was brightened up by a hobby flying downstream.

Posted May 14th, 2013 at 2:49 pm by Tim Clyburn in Bird News

Seaton Seawatching

The following prior to 09:10: 3 Poms (including 2 very close west), 1 Storm Petrel, 3 Great Northern Divers, 53 auks, 11 Gannets, 10 Manxies, 24 Kittiwakes, 2 Turnstones, 2 Oystercatchers, 36 Whimbrel, 1 Barwit, 5 Ringed Plover, 8 Dunlin, 4 Sanderling, 26 assorted small wader sp., 1 diver sp., 2 very distant skua sp. (probably Arctics), 13 Sandwich Terns and a Common Gull. Also a few Swifts and hirundines in-off.

Another look from 12:00-12:55 produced a really close (for Seaton) Stormie, 3 Sandwich Terns, 8 Gannets and a Kittiwake. Much, much quieter.

Almost everything flew west. Steve can add at least another Stormie and a Bonxie.

Edit. Forgot to mention 18 Common Scoter this morning, and the drake Velvet still close inshore off the Yacht Club for its 18th day.

Posted May 14th, 2013 at 1:53 pm in Bird News

Exmouth

Mudbank - 5 scaup again this morning but only 3 of the original 5 - now 2 drakes and 3 females.

Posted May 14th, 2013 at 7:32 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Monday 13th May 2013

Bonaparte's Gull

After visiting a few sites (always at the wrong time) I finally caught up with the Bonaparte's Gull. I opted on a quick visit to Topsham recreation ground after work just before 17:00 and it was showing very well. Lovely bird and really nice to finally get sight of It.

Posted May 13th, 2013 at 9:37 pm in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

After a very quiet day yesterday a 3 hr seawatch from Warren Pt produced some good sightings

65 Gannet, 33 Kittiwake, 1 1st s Little Gull ( feeding off the point ) 2 Common Tern, 1 dp Arctic Skua ( sat on the sea for 15mins before flying off west )13 Manx Shearwater, at 10.28 the first Balearic Shearwater  of the year flew west. 33 Guillemot and 2 Razorbill on the sea .

On the beach 8 Whimbrel, 3 Turnstone

Posted May 13th, 2013 at 6:27 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Quick visit to the hide at lunch time - the female Ruff was at the back of the main water.

Posted May 13th, 2013 at 3:19 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Sunday 12th May 2013

Roadford Reservoir

Whilst carrying out the WeBS monthly count at Roadford Reservoir today the counters couldn't believe their eyes when an adult Gannet appeared out of the mist and flew around giving the counters good views before disappearing.  A most unusual inland record!

(Tony John)

Posted May 12th, 2013 at 11:22 pm in Bird News

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - 5 great northern diver, 2 common scoter, 9+ roseate tern (close off the point 1515 at least), 13+ sandwich tern, 14+ whitethroat, 8 swift, 11 swallow, 11 whimbrel.

Mudbank - 3 scaup (drake + 2 fem) all day and this evening 12 little tern, 25+ sandwich tern and 8+ 'commic' tern.

Posted May 12th, 2013 at 7:38 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Slapton Ley ( mid-morning )

A strange sighting was a Great Northern Diver flying overhead between Frogmore and Chillington on the drive out. About 400 House Martins flying around the ley with at least a couple hundred Swifts. About 50 of these playing chicken with the traffic over the road by the Torcross car park. Wonderful to stand on the raised bank of the car park as they flew right by me at head height. If i live to be 200 i'll never grow tired of watching these amazing birds. Little on the sea, just 7 Sandwich terns through in 30 minutes and a couple distant unidentified Divers flying south ( probably Great Northern by default ).

Posted May 12th, 2013 at 5:25 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Exmouth seafront addition

Around 1145 together with John Gale, saw  at least 6 Roseate Terns in the feeding group  offshore, joined at times by 3- 4 Little Tern.

Bonaparte's Gull was present at Topsham recreation ground early afternoon .

Posted May 12th, 2013 at 5:09 pm in Bird News

Bowling green marsh & exmouth

Bowling green marsh from the hide 09:10 till 10:20

the adult Bonaparts gull showed well in with 80+ black headed gulls 2 1st summer little gull put in a brief appearance but all the gulls flew out to the estuary after a Hobby flew over the hide, the female ruff still around with 92+ dunlin, 1 sp knot, 15+ whimbrel, 13+ bar tailed godwits, 170+ black tailed ggodwits.

Exmouth seafront 10:35 till 11:10 

a quick look of the seafront produced 4+ roseate terns, 2 little terns, 2 arctic terns with common terns and a few sandwich terns.

a quick look at topsham rec after produced 1 of the 1st summer little gulls to end a very good morning around the exe 

 

Posted May 12th, 2013 at 3:56 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Coleton (Fishacre) Camp

Tree Sparrow at about 11.15am from path from Coleton Camp (between Kingswear and Brixham) car park down toward top of Scabbacombe initially in hedge calling then flew off still calling with a couple of Yellowhammer, flying up toward car park - no sign of it when I arrived back in the car park early afternoon - but didn't check thoroughly. Between Coleton and Froward Point 40 + Swallow hawking cliffs and plenty of Whitethroat - at last.

Posted May 12th, 2013 at 3:44 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

12th May - Ilfracombe

Suprised to see a single Purple Sandpiper still hanging around the rocks off the Capstone


Posted May 12th, 2013 at 3:33 pm by Chris Bollen in Bird News

Prawle this weekend

Today, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, just about the only passerine worth mentioning all weekend.

Yesterday (11/5), 7 hour seawatch turned up 20 Great Northern Divers, (all s/p, flying west), 2 Red-throated Divers (1 west, 1 on sea), 540 Manx Shearwaters, 42 Fulmars, 190 Gannets, 4 Storm Petrels, 3 Pomarine Skuas, 10 Sandwich terns, 12 'commic' Terns, 130 Kittiwakes, 980 Auks (most Razorbills), 4 Puffins, 11 Whimbrel and a Dunlin. (Nearly everything west). Also a couple of Swifts in off.

Friday (10/5), just to add to Tony's seawatch, 1 Storm Petrel and 4 Puffins in the evening.

Posted May 12th, 2013 at 3:26 pm by Pat Mayer in Bird News

Colony BH

963 Guillemots on cliffs, 102 on water and 12 on island. Best of all a pair of Razorbills with the Guillemots looking very happy, so may breed, first time for about 18 years.

Good show of early purple orchids and 15 green-winged orchids if anyone interested!

Posted May 12th, 2013 at 2:24 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Exmouth (off sea front)

Brief sea watch this morning (06.15 - 07.45) from the lifeboat station.

A fairly mobile flock of 30+ 'commic' terns feeding between Exmouth and Dawlish Warren included at least 4, but probably several Roseate Terns. Difficult to establish a firm total as they were constantly on the move, and at times distant.

Other birders were about, so hopefully they'll post more accurate species counts later.

Also 5 Whimbrel, 7 Common Scoter and a few in-bound Swallows.

Posted May 12th, 2013 at 1:16 pm by Phil Bentley in Bird News

Topsham reed beds

Pre breakfast kayak around the reedbeds off recreational playing fields. 8 Reed warblers & 3 Reed buntings singing, 13 Swifts, not a lot else.

Posted May 12th, 2013 at 10:30 am by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Berry Hd

Good passage of 8 sum plum Great Northern Divers flying south every one over the top of the headland this morning including two over Landscove Holiday Park! 1 Whimbrel, 3 Swift, 18 Swallow, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Willow Warblers, 13 Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap and 12 chiffchaff (all on territories - including odd singing bird again).

6 Harbour Porpoise very close off the end of the headland on the high tide. 

Posted May 12th, 2013 at 9:55 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Saturday 11th May 2013

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Really very quiet. One Whimbrel on the estuary, just two Liitle Egrets on the pool and single Blackcap and Willow Warbler singing; also 12 Swallows.

Oh for a change in the weather! 

Posted May 11th, 2013 at 7:50 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Plymouth branch field meeting

4 members (all  female) braved the elements  on dartmoor at Challacombe and were rewarded with lovely views of both male and female redstart, a male cuckoo ,4 wheatear, and a grasshopper warbler was heard.  There were plenty of willow warblers around and 2 chiff chaff.  A dipper and treecreeper and 2 raven were also seen.  In total 30 different species were seen, and more importantly, we alll thoroughly enjoyed the day.   

Posted May 11th, 2013 at 7:33 pm by lesley Goonesekera in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

Single male Pochard again on Wrafton Pond this evening.

One Mute cygnet and two little Grebe chicks doing well.

Posted May 11th, 2013 at 7:23 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Topsham Recreation Ground

My reward for Exeter Saturday shopping was the adult Bonaparte's showing well and the first summer Little Gull flew in to join it.

Posted May 11th, 2013 at 7:17 pm by Steve Young in Bird News

Slapton

Along beach and Ley from Memorial car park to Torcross: over the Ley 500+ Swift, 250+ House Martin 200+ Swallow 10 Sand Martin, on beach 2 Wheatear, 1 White Wagtail, 22 Sanderling 2 Dunlin.

Posted May 11th, 2013 at 6:39 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

Back on the patch this morning , just in time to witness the first Skua passage - a total of 4 Arctic's and 5 Pomarine . Also 60 Gannet, 1 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Scoter .

A total of 77 Whimbrel ( 27 flew east, 50 on the marsh/ rocks .

On South Huish marsh  2 Teal, , 1 Curlew, 1 Dunlin

Posted May 11th, 2013 at 6:07 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Topsham

Bonaparte's and Little gull off recreational playing fields on falling tide.

Posted May 11th, 2013 at 12:20 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Berry Head.

957 Guillemots on cliffs, so not too bad numbers but more counts needed.

15 gannets, 8 swallows and my first swifts, 2. Also 5 Harbour Porpoise showing realy well, again no camera!!!!. Then a heavy shower so retired to take wife shopping!!!!! 

Posted May 11th, 2013 at 11:17 am by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - 1 roseate tern close offshore, 6+ great northern diver, 1+ manx shearwater and 17+ dunlin plus 1 prob spot fly and a prob storm petrel both seen too briefly to be sure.

Exmouth seafront - 8+ roseate tern (Lee Collins had at least 10 from the Warren).

Mudbank - 5 scaup (drake and 4 fem) - still present at time of writing and viewable from my son's bedroom window). They were apparantly seen on the Clyst yesterday evening.

Posted May 11th, 2013 at 9:50 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Lundy Trip 2013

Well all packed (well almost) for the Lundy Trip,  wet weather gear added just in case. Planning to drive up today and use an overnight B&B and make a weekend of it.

But the weekend has started well before even leaving home have by 9am identified 16 different species around the house which included a very splendid male Bullfinch, a fly over by four Mallard and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

So that's a good omen!

Posted May 11th, 2013 at 9:20 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Friday 10th May 2013

Dartmoor: Warren Inn, Bellever, East Dartmoor

2 Wheatears,  2 Linnets, 4 Whinchats, 6 stonechats, 6 meadow pipits, 2 skylarks, Gs woodpecker, Kestrel, 3 Redstarts, 4 Willow warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs, Raven, Whitethroat ( heard) 

Posted May 10th, 2013 at 7:43 pm by Graeme Davey in Bird News

skern

4 late pale belly brents,2bp knot this morning.Was hoping bad weather might have brought something but unusally quiet.07:15-07:30.

Posted May 10th, 2013 at 7:38 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Sightings from Prawle

4.5 seawatch in 4-5 wind just north of west produced my first 2 Storm Petrels this spring. Also singles of Bonxie, Pom and Arctic Skuas east. 6 summer-plumaged Great Northern Divers close west , 1 Diver sp east (presumably heading in the correct direction) and 2 Sandwich Terns. On the grassy slope east of the point 22 Whimbrel and 1 Bar-Tailed Godwit. At c 12.30 from the car park a small pod of 6 plus Bottle-Nosed Dolphins swam east close.

Posted May 10th, 2013 at 6:02 pm in Bird News

Topsham

Bonaparte's Gull showed well off recreation ground between 1045 and 1215. 30+ Swifts over Exminster could be seen. After that a quick look at Bowling Green. Ruff, 195 Black-tailed Godwits, 6 Swift & 30+ House Martins. Also a steady passage of Swallows in small numbers. 

And 3 Cetti's Warblers which amazingly I saw two of them!! 

Posted May 10th, 2013 at 4:40 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Seaton

Not exactly brilliant but I wasn't expecting much as too much west in the wind.

05:25-07:00; 11 Great Northern Divers (most in summer plumage), 3 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Ringed Plover, 5 Sanderling, 2 Dunlin, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Arctic Skua (dark phased chasing Kittiwakes then flew east) and 14 Kittiwake.

On the sea the drake Velvet Scoter still with two drake Common Scoters.

Posted May 10th, 2013 at 1:27 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

In less than ideal conditions this morning (strong north westerly wind making it feel more like March than May), evidence of some passage as around 20 swallows battled north along with a single swift. A single wheatear on the dung heap, 1 whitethroat singing from scrub and a green sand flushed from rough pasture. 9 skylarks singing and around 10 linnets.

Posted May 10th, 2013 at 12:05 pm in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Visited between 8.30 and 9.30. Wind still gusty and at times strong. Between the gusts a few birds sang including Cettis, willow warbler, reed warbler, sedge warbler and blackcap. On the canal were two summer plumaged great-crested grebes and a lesser black-backed gull. The gull was eating a large dead fish (carp?).

Overhead a steady passage of swifts (estimated 100+), one house martin and one swallow. Six whimbrel flew north over the estuary. Few birds on the exposed pools - one male wigeon, c50 shelduck and a brood (4) of mallard. The familiar exotics (3 bar-headed geese, 5 greylags) were joined by a single barnacle goose. A peregrine flew over. The other bird of note was a song thrush carrying food; this used to be a very common bird on the marsh but today is note worthy.

Posted May 10th, 2013 at 10:21 am by John Waldon in Bird News

Thursday 9th May 2013

Reduce speed - egg on left hand side of road!

By the side of a road in Cornwall last week.


Posted May 9th, 2013 at 9:51 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh pt.2

Stayed until 19:45 - a few minutes after Keith left the 1st-summer Little Gull appeared, followed by the adult Bonaparte's Gull in with the Black-headed Gulls.



Posted May 9th, 2013 at 9:29 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

3 more photos from N.Devon

George Mudford took these pics during the first week of May.

The Turnstone & Whimbrel at Isley Marsh & a long distance shot of a Winchat on passage.




Posted May 9th, 2013 at 9:17 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Berry Hd

Seawatching 16.20-19.20hrs 2 Roseate Terns, 2 Arctic Terns, 4 Common Terns, 4 Sandwhich Terns,131 Manx Shearwaters, 30 + Gannets 17 Kittiwake, 9 Razorbills, 2 Swift, 4-5 Harbour Porpoise really close to watch point see photos below.

Porpoises Berry Hd10 May 2013 ML1 Porpoises Berry Hd10 May 2013 ML

Posted May 9th, 2013 at 9:00 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

From the hide 17:30 till 19:10

the female ruff again, with 1 summer plumage knot, 52+ dunlin, 250+ black tailed godwits, 17 bar tailed godwits, 1 hobby over, 1 1st summer med gull, 1 female yellow wagtail, 2 oystercatchers, 55+ whimbrel, good numbers of swallows and house martins with a few swift and sand martins.

Posted May 9th, 2013 at 8:20 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Yarner wood

An early start 5:30 - 11:00 but well worth it. Plenty of Pied Flycatchers 8+ birds. Some real smart looking individuals, both the male & female. Singing Wood Warblers 7+ all over the reserve. Finally caught up with my bogey bird, spotting a pair of Common Redstarts high in the tree tops before loosing sight.

One male Mandarin duck on the pond with a Grey Wagtail along the waters edge.  

Posted May 9th, 2013 at 1:39 pm by Gareth Williams in Bird News

Berry Head

Only 326 Guillemots on cliffs at Berry Head and the bird with a egg from last count has  lost it, does not look good for the Guillemots of BH. At this time of year should be many eggs.

20 Gannets diving off the end of headland and 4 Harbour Porpoise feeding.

Posted May 9th, 2013 at 10:30 am by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Wednesday 8th May 2013

Slapton Ley

Big numbers of Swallows spread out over the ley this evening, rough estimate around 3000. Also 3-400 House Martins and 100+ Swifts.

Posted May 8th, 2013 at 9:07 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Bonaparte's Gull - Topsham Rec Ground

The adult summer Bonaparte's Gull still showing fantastically well around midday on the river just off the playing field and seen displaying and calling loudly to the nearby BH Gulls.

Posted May 8th, 2013 at 8:17 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 16:30 till 18:40

A female ruff was a new bird in showing well on the far side from the hide, the 1st summer little gull came in with 90+ black headed gulls and 1 1st summer med gull, 250+ black tailed godwits, 10+ bar tailed godwits including 2 in summer plumage, 3 common tern came in, 8+ whimbrel, 7 wigeon, 2 little grebes and 1 willow warbler 

Posted May 8th, 2013 at 7:30 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Sharkham Point

Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler x 2, and a Grasshopper Warbler present today

Posted May 8th, 2013 at 3:36 pm by Josh Marshall in Bird News

Drewsteignton - Red Kite

Nick Dixon phoned to say he'd seen a Red Kite NE of the village around 09:00 this morning which drifted around for a while and then quartered low over an oil seed rape field before gradually moving off South.

Posted May 8th, 2013 at 2:08 pm in Bird News

Black Stork 6th May

I also saw a Black Stork on the 6th May near Marshwood, Dorset.  Seen from bedroom window at eye height the bird was drifting down looking like it would land, passed the house and turned and landed in the field opposite. Went out to locate it, only to find the horses were being called in and it had been disturbed, but I spotted flying from the coppice along the stream and over county border in to Devon, last seen heading over Hawkchurch 6.45 pm.

Posted May 8th, 2013 at 10:45 am by neil croton in Bird News

Around the Axe

Nice Wood Sandpiper on Black Hole Marsh this morning alongside 3 Greenshank. After a few mins the Wood Sand flew south, but about 15 mins later I could hear it calling again.

Earlier, an hour's seawatch from 05:30 was disappointing with 6 Gannet, 10 Whimbrel, 10 Dunlin, 12 auk sp., 9 Kittiwake, 3 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern and 1 Med Gull (1st summer) over it, with the drake Velvet Scoter and 3 Common Scoters on it. 

To top the morning off, just had a single Sanderling on the beach.

Posted May 8th, 2013 at 10:06 am by Steve Waite in Bird News

Orcombe Point/Exmouth Seafront - 7th May

About 10 Common Terns, 2 Sandwich terns, 1 Arctic tern and 1 Roseate tern (presumably the bird from earlier in the day) feeding at the far end of Exmouth seafront up to Orcombe Point over the evening high tide. Other than 3 Kittiwakes through, nothing moving up channel.

At the end of Dawlish Warren, 13 Whimbrel, c10 Sanderling and c120 Dunlin.

Posted May 8th, 2013 at 8:18 am in Bird News

Tuesday 7th May 2013

Sharkham Point

As Mike described, pretty quiet. Another Grasshopper Warbler reeling and showing well. 12 Swifts off the sea, they seem to be back in Brixham now in usual places. The area is alive with Whitethroat.

Adders were out today, got a video today which I will hopefully post.

Couple of Stoats today along with a Common Lizard on the paths.

First Small Copper Butterfly for me  along with Orange Tips were nice to see.

Posted May 7th, 2013 at 10:40 pm by Josh Marshall in Bird News

Wood Warbler -Yarner Wood

Saw a ringed Wood Warbler at Yarner Wood Sunday morning - Left Leg-orange and BTO ring, Right Leg- Pink and yellow. Sent the details off to Malcolm Burgess at the RSPB and have now had his reply- He ringed the bird behind the office just a week ago!! Was hoping for a history a bit more exciting than that !

Posted May 7th, 2013 at 10:20 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

1 Roseate Tern, 1 Little Tern and upto 8 Common Terns with c20 Sandwich Terns offshore mid morning on the dropping tide. The terns all gathered on a sand bar between Dawlish Warren and Exmouth and were also viewable at the same time from Exmouth Seafront (BBH). The Roseate Tern eventually flew after 40 minutes and continued feeding further offshore. Also 13 Pale-Bellied Brent  Geese offshore

Posted May 7th, 2013 at 10:09 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:00 till 18:30

a quick look from the viewing platform first produced 86+ whimbrel, 2 grey plover.

Moved onto the the hide, 250+ black tailed godwits, 1 dunlin, a gradual build up of black headed gulls was joined by first the 1st summer little gull which showed very well again and was soon joined by the adult Bonaparts gull which stayed around and was still present when I left at 18:30, also 22+ whimbrel, 21+ bar tailed godwits, 1 Summer plumage knot, 4 little egret, 3 tufted duck, 3 little grebe and steady passage of swifts, 

Posted May 7th, 2013 at 8:36 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay / South Huish

Off interest in comparison to Tony's day at Prawle i went to Thurlestone this morning in the hope of seeing some wader and Tern passage and bumped into Vic Tucker and Nick Townsend who had the same idea. Little seen from around 09:00 - 12 :00 however, just 3 Common Terns, 1 Sandwich Tern and 30 Common Scoter heading south-east towards Bolt Tail. No skuas or auks passing. Waders coming into the bay were only about 30 Whimbrel and a handful of Bar-tailed Godwits. There is a flock of c60 Whimbrel that have been around the marsh for a few days. Vic stayed on site and had a pair of Garganey arrive off the sea early afternoon and Bob Burridge had about 30 more Common Terns.

Posted May 7th, 2013 at 7:59 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Sightings from Prawle Point today

 Marathon seawatch (for me) from 7am to 4.30pm (joined by Dave Norman for 2 hours from 10.30am) in NE variable wind (ie some southerly at times) produced the hoped for skuas albeit low numbers : 2 Poms,5 Arctic and 3 unidentified skuas.But large movement of terns : minimum 21 Arctic, 7 Common and 277 Commic plus 2 Sandwich Terns. Further variety by way of 2 GN Divers west and 2 Black Throated east plus probable B TH on sea. 9 Whimbrel west and 1 east. Also 7 Brent Geese west (!) plus another highlight : a ringtail Hen Harrier east over the sea. 107 Common Scoters east and a stream of auks mainly west (with 600 plus in the first hour). Steady trickle of swallows in off the sea throughout the watch. Only a few Manxies -30 split east and west. Not a bad day's birding !

Posted May 7th, 2013 at 7:23 pm in Bird News

Monday 6th-Bar Headed Geese at Exminster Marsh

After a long walk around Exminster Marsh we spotted 3 sleeping bar headed geese at the edge of the lagoon by the middle car park. Also spotted male yellow wagtail, willow warbler singing its lovely song, hobby, TONS of sedge warblers, busy swallows all around Turf Locks pub bringing nesting materials under one of the pontoons, sleepy fox, 2 families of mallards with chicks (also spotted, chocolate tiffin in the pub!) Lovely day and lovely weather after a misty start.

Posted May 7th, 2013 at 7:11 pm by Steph Murphy in Bird News

Exminster Marshes


Four hours this morning around the marshes: 2 hobbies over the lagoon. Barnacle goose seen from the middle car park among the Canada Geese along with three bar headed geese. Usual assembly of warblers; willow, cetti's, chiffchaff, reed and sedge. Perfect morning!

Posted May 7th, 2013 at 6:47 pm by David Cawthraw in Bird News

Topsham - Bonaparte's Gull

Bonaparte's Gull showing well again late morning/low tide at the Recreation Ground.

Posted May 7th, 2013 at 5:02 pm by Tim Worfolk in Bird News

Lundy

Latest from the island is that a Hoopoe was seen yesterday, 6 May. Other recent sightings have included a migrant Goshawk, about 70 Puffins, two Great Northern Divers and Grasshopper Warblers. Who knows what may turn up next weekend during the Devon Birds day trip?!

Posted May 7th, 2013 at 10:30 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Berry Hd

Pretty quiet this morning the only possible migrants were 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Yellowhammer and 4 Jay flying over the headland.

Chiffchaff - odd song BH 7 May 2013 ML

I found this odd singing Chiffchaff along the road from the wardens bungalow to Berry Hd Hotel, this sort of song has caused some confusion in the past with some birds being tentatively identified as Iberian Chiffchaffs. However these odd singing birds regularly burst into normal Chiffchaff song (as this one did) and lack the three distinctive sections of and Iberian Chiffchaff, and very importantly the call was also like a normal Chiffchaff. This bird did show a strong supercilium but all other features were as normal collybita  Chiffchaff.   

Click link to go to YouTube and listen - its almost Greenish Warbler like song....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49sdaYKIVpU&feature=youtu.be

Posted May 7th, 2013 at 8:53 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 6th May 2013

East Prawle.

An afternoon walk with the camera in the Sunshine at East Prawl...

We saw over 40 Whimbrel included a Leucistic one. also 4 Swallow, 2 House Marting, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff and a few stonechats and pied wagtails. One Gannet flew over at a distance.

Leucistic Whimbrel.
Leucistic Whimbrel.

Posted May 6th, 2013 at 11:42 pm by Rich Edmondson in Bird News

East Devon Commons

Male Nightjar seen well this evening on the East Devon Commons. No churring heard, but bird initially seen calling in flight at 2108hrs and again at 2113hrs. 

Posted May 6th, 2013 at 9:56 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Burrator, Common Crane.

As promised by Julia, further details..

From Raddick Lane I could hear what sounded like a Common Crane but couldn't pin it down. Ten minutes or so later I heard a flock of gulls calling high above. Scanning through I very briefly picked up on a Crane. It quickly flew roughly in the direction of Yelverton and was lost to view as I moved to my 'scope.

If I hadn't heard it earlier I would probably write it off as a mystery bird. Likewise if I hadn't seen it I would have written off the calls I had heard; but together......

Posted May 6th, 2013 at 9:20 pm by Roy McCarthy in Bird News

Otterton Sewage Works

A look on the sea off Otterton Sewage works this evening gave perfect viewing conditions with the sea like a mill pond and great light. An impressive count of at least 30 Divers in small groups and at varying distances, but 20 identifiable as Great Northern Divers (some in summer plumage). Also 2 Puffins on the sea with a Razorbill was a patch tick! 1 Harbour Porpoise also feeding  amongst the Divers.

Posted May 6th, 2013 at 9:15 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Torbay

A great day for a wildlife boat trip in Torbay, Thick mist and only 5 people but the started to see groups of 30 to 40 Guillemots flying through the mist into the Bay, this carried on for much of the day. On last trip, out of the mist a large bird on the water , it was a Great Northern Diver and we passed close to it, sorry no pictures, soon after this, still very misty, a Gannet on a dive missed calculated and hit the hand rail of the vessel and  fell into the sea, unfortunately died. Returning back to Paignton we again saw the GND. Not bad for a very misty day!!!!

Posted May 6th, 2013 at 8:41 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 16:20 till 18:35

a good afternoon with the highlight being 2 brief appearances from the Bonaparts gull with 200+ black headed gulls, a common tern was present being very active at times, the 1st summer little gull was flying around with the common tern when one of the guys in the hide said he had a little gull sat down a quick look and yep 2 1st summer little gulls which continued to fly around together, 1 adult med gull. 

also on the marsh 250+ black tailed godwits, 9+ bar tailed godwits, 14+ dunlin, 1 summer plumage knot, 5+ greenshanks, 6+ whimbrel, 2 grey plover, 4 little grebe, 1 reed bunting, 4 tufted ducks,  5+ little egrets, still 7 wigeon. A yellow wagtail was also reported to me. 

Posted May 6th, 2013 at 8:25 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Black Stork,north molton.

Went over the border today(chetsford water)exmoor.Had 3 cuckoos flying together along with 6 m,1f whinchat.After long day driving pulled over on road about 3 miles north of north molton nr stowford cross.My friend dawn barford remarked at a bird coming towards us from the sw looking like a heron.Check it out i said still with eyes closed remarking causually caes its a black stork.Have a look she said as it came nearer.So i did with bins,frigging hell it is a black stork!!!!!!.i shouted.Got out the car and bird stayed wheeling long enough to allow descent scopes to confirm its identity.Bird was losing hieght and drifting in an easterly direction towards south molton at 17:45.Went on a wild stork chase to try and locate it in any fields but to no avail,A real wild chance.Good end to the day and another case of right time righy place.

Posted May 6th, 2013 at 8:06 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Wrafton

Walked around Sherpa last evening - odd to see a female Wigeon. Not much else except for some hundreds of Swallows, many perched on dead thistle stems in the field. 6 Little Egrets were feeding together and were then seen in the reserve atop the tall evergreen trees.

The Wigeon (or another?) was on Wrafton pond this morning. Ringing in the reserve was slow but livened up with a Jersey-ringed Sedge Warbler.

Posted May 6th, 2013 at 4:42 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Yelland

Late Post from yesterday.
I snapped these Barwits from afar (shooting with 2400mm focal length) yesterday between the outfall and the Instow jetty - thought it makes a nice comparison shot.

Bar-tailed godwits

Posted May 6th, 2013 at 3:08 pm in Bird News

Isley Marsh area.

07:30 - 09:15

Cetti's Warbler on Tarka Trail. 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose; 12 Whimbrel; 8 Grey Plover; 7 Dunlin; & 1 Bar-tailed Godwit just off Isley.  Great-crested Grebe mid river.

A pair of Bullfinch & 3 Reed Buntings in bushes by side of path leading back to T.Trail from overflow pond. Plenty of Reed & Sedge Warblers in pond reeds.

Posted May 6th, 2013 at 1:02 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Burrator Area

Brief sighting of poss Common Crane high heading NW over Leather Tor direction  9.40

(Roy McCarthy)  More info from Roy later

Posted May 6th, 2013 at 10:04 am in Bird News

Sunday 5th May 2013

Torquay and Glazebrook

6 Purple Sands on Haldon pier yesterday and a walk up the Glazebrook to the moor this afternoon produced a pair of Blackcap,2 Tree pipits,2 Cuckoo , 4 woodpeckers drumming BUT  only 1 Willow Warbler. Those Cuckoos are gonna be very lonely up there unless things pick up- a noticible dearth of Mipits and Willow warblers on this part of the moor today.

Posted May 5th, 2013 at 10:29 pm by Tim Clyburn in Bird News

Topsham

Bonaparte's gull present at recreational playing fields again this evening. Also 21 Whimbrel, 2 Sandwich tern, 1 Jay high over head and Sisken.

Posted May 5th, 2013 at 9:14 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Exe: Stafford Bridge to Brampford Speke

1 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Sedge, 2 Willow Warbler. 4 Sand Martin.

Orangetips and Cuckoo-flower at last.

Posted May 5th, 2013 at 8:57 pm in Bird News

Yarner Wood and Trendlebere Down

11.30-14.00. Tree Pipit, Linnets, male and female Stonechat on Down with Blackcap calling from the fringe.  Quiet walk in strong May sunshine.  Lots of Siskin around including on feeders in front of new hide. Male Mandarin, 8+ Pied Fly, 3 Wood Warbler, Bullfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker.  Good views of Treecreeper carrying nest material.  Highlight would have to be stunning throbbing vocal performance of one confiding Song Thrush.  Lots of Brimstone butterflies and a Roe Deer.  

Posted May 5th, 2013 at 7:48 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Instow Whimbrels

At least a dozen Whimbrels at Instow yacht club today

Posted May 5th, 2013 at 7:27 pm by Andy leat in Bird News

South Brent

Bird watching from home today, first bird of interest was a Hobby that came in from the Bent Hill direction, at one point had seven Buzzards high overhead riding the termals, between 3pm and 5pm had a female Peregrine in view on three seperate occassions, pair of Ravens diving turning and calling, Green woodpecker calling but not seen .

Buzzard
Buzzard

Peregrine
Peregrine

Posted May 5th, 2013 at 7:13 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Rackenford and Knowstone Moors

My first Cuckoo of the year on Knowstone Moor this morning. Plenty of Meadow Pipits on territory (10+) and a single Tree Pipit. A single Wheatear, 10+ Willow Warbler, 2-3 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcaps and a single Curlew. Reed buntings, Yellowhammers and Stonechats also in good numbers.

Posted May 5th, 2013 at 6:20 pm in Bird News

Yarner Wood plus

Small number of Pied Flycatchers at Yarner, rather more singing Wood Warblers, one I noticed had an orange ring on it's left leg as I faced it (don't know if that helps).

On the way home, a Red Kite at Marldon, not far from the site of one I picked up last week, as the Crow (or indeed Red Kite) flies. 

Posted May 5th, 2013 at 2:57 pm by Trevor Leaman in Bird News

Axe Extuary

Very quiet. 3+ hours of birding this morning produced not a great deal.

Black Hole Marsh: 8 Bl-T Godwits, 4 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper (on the river), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, plenty of Sedge and Reed Warblers singing.

Colyford Common: flock of 35+ Whimbrel feeding on the marsh, otherwise virtually devoid of birds.

Seaton Marshes: 15+ Wheatear (about 2/3rds female, but also 1 male in full regalia - nice)

A quick stop at Bicton Gardens on the way home produced 1 Redstart (singing from tree top), a few Stock Doves and more Rooks than you could possibly eat in one sitting.

Must do better next time!

Posted May 5th, 2013 at 2:01 pm by Phil Bentley in Bird News

Berry Hd

During a dawn chorus walk for the Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust we found 12+Wheatear (none very bright bodied), 1 Whinchat, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Swift and 3 Jay out near the coastguard station. Like Orcombe a small fall!

Posted May 5th, 2013 at 11:02 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Topsham

Bonaparte's gull at recreational playing fields this am. Displaying & calling at Black-heads - deeper call, reminded me of percussion wooden kid's frog instrument. Also 4 Common sandpipers. 2+ Reed warblers singing from reed-beds.



Posted May 5th, 2013 at 10:30 am by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Powderham to Turf

Similar to Exmouth...Four Wheatear on the estuary wall, Lesser whitethroat singing also.


Posted May 5th, 2013 at 10:28 am by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

Start Point

Early morning walk down to the lighthouse quiet birdwise until an unexpected Glaucous Gull flew by below the cliffs. Had a look around the back of the lighthouse compound and found it on the rocks off the point. Watched it in the distance for about 40 minutes as it mainly slept until it headed out towards a working trawler with an attendent gull flock a couple miles offshore. Would have thought it was at least a 3rd calander year bird. Little else except for a couple Wheatears and a Great Northern Diver which flew south high over the point.

Posted May 5th, 2013 at 9:57 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Exmouth

Mudbank - 0530 - long-tailed duck and a cetti's warbler - only my second in Exmouth, the last being during the really cold snap (winter 2009/10) in the same strip of bramble.

Orcombe Point - 0555 - 0815 - 4+ whimbrel, 16+ whitethroat, 1 swift, 2 stock dove, 20+ wheatear (cf none yesterday), 1 roseate tern, 5+ sandwich tern, 4 great northern diver high north and 60+ common scoter. Yesterday the roseate tern plus 2 great skua and 1 red-throated diver.

1 of a small fall of wheatear this morning
one of a small wheatear fall this morning

Posted May 5th, 2013 at 9:13 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Topsham

Bonaparte's gull off recreational playing fields 07:30 onward

Posted May 5th, 2013 at 8:26 am by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Saturday 4th May 2013

Exminster Marshes

Today at the Marshes counted 3 Hobbies, 1 Lesser Whitethroat,  2 Reed Buntings, 20+ Linnets, 2 Sedge Warblers and 1 Peregrine.

Linnet.
Linnet.

Reed Bunting.
Reed Bunting.

Little Egret.
Little Egret.

Posted May 4th, 2013 at 9:00 pm by Mark Dyer in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 12:00 till 15:00

the 1st summer little gull came in with 140+ black headed gulls before being flushed by hobby , 9+ greenshanks, 20+ dunlin, 5 little egret, 2 reed buntings, 7 wigeon, 2 more hobby's, spotted flycatcher heard not seen by Rivers meet house.

Posted May 4th, 2013 at 5:55 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Topsham - Bonaparte's Gull

Another photo from this morning at the Recreation Ground, my only excuse is to suggest that this individual seems, unsurprisingly, to be the same bird as the one from Dawlish and other parts earlier in the year. The black slash on P9 and the tiny dark spots just visible on the primary coverts seem to match nicely.

Bonaparte's Gull - Topsham
Bonaparte's Gull - Topsham

Posted May 4th, 2013 at 3:06 pm by Tim Worfolk in Bird News

Topsham

Photograph taken this morning of the Bonaparte's gull at the recreational playing fields.



Posted May 4th, 2013 at 1:41 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Exminster/Powderham Marshes 7am - 10am

4 singing Lesser Whitethroat (1 Turf basin, 1 back path double gates, 1 railway bridge, 1 Powderham Marsh - hedge at the back of first field)

Posted May 4th, 2013 at 12:47 pm in Bird News

Topsham

From 06:55 till 10:00 started at topsham rec very quiet but had a txt saying the Bonaparts gull was of Lympstone at 07:00( thanks James) finally got distant views of the bird from the viewing platform at bowling green, a quick look from the hide got me 252+ black tailed godwits, 3 bar tailed godwits. 1 common sandpiper, 2 pochard, 2 tufted duck, 4 Cetti's warbler, 5 blackcap, 6+ chiffchaffs. 

The 1st summer little gull was showing well off goat walk on walk back to topsham 

Posted May 4th, 2013 at 10:36 am by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Topsham

Bonaparte's gull at recreational playing field this morning.

Posted May 4th, 2013 at 8:23 am by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Friday 3rd May 2013

Friday 3rd May

First walk of the Spring around Wistlandpound Res' - several Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs & Blackcaps in full song & a single male Garganey with some Mallard on the water. Spotted some Fulmars & Great Black-backed Gulls on nests on the way home. 




Posted May 3rd, 2013 at 9:00 pm by Chris Bollen in Bird News

Whimbrel at prawle

About 40+ Whimbrel at Prawle including a very pale individual. Whinchat only other bird of note seen.

Pale Whimber in flight at Prawle
Pale Whimbrel in flight at Prawle

Posted May 3rd, 2013 at 6:48 pm by Tom Stevenson in Bird News

Topsham

Bonaparte's gull present off playing fields at 18:30.

Posted May 3rd, 2013 at 6:47 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Cuckoos at Challacombe

I spent the day listening for Cuckoos at Challacombe and heard at least 2 different birds. On my drive back up during the afternoon I had a very fortunate encounter with a male sat on the low wall and then it flew up in to a roadside tree, I managed a record shot before it zoomed away again and then perched on the stone wall in the distance  My second Cuckoo sighting of the year but my first photographs.  Great to see one again.

(Just  record shots not good quite enough for the Gallery).

Cuckoo
Cuckoo


Posted May 3rd, 2013 at 5:21 pm by Charlie Fleming in Bird News

Short Eared Owl

Short Eared Owl 09.30

Lesser Whitethroat 10.00

3 Hobbies 12.00

Exminster Marshes

Posted May 3rd, 2013 at 2:34 pm by Paul Stone and Heather Woodland. in Bird News

Topsham - Bonaparte's Gull

An Adult (maybe 3rd year looking at the wings) Bonaparte's Gull was briefly at Topsham Recreation Ground this morning around 8.45. Presumably Nick's bird from yesterday. Present for about ten minutes then flew off down river. Composite image attached.

Bonaparte's Gull - Topsham 3/5/2013
Bonaparte's Gull - Topsham 3/5/2013

Posted May 3rd, 2013 at 9:53 am by Tim Worfolk in Bird News

Thursday 2nd May 2013

North Hallsands

Alan Searle had a Red-rumped Swallow feeding with 6 Swallows over the middle fish pond from 09:15-09:30 this morning when they all flew off.

Posted May 2nd, 2013 at 8:09 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Berry Head.

627 guillemots on cliffs at BH, 28 on the water and 8 on Cod rock. 4 Kittiwake at 08.45.

2 bridled Guillemots on the colony. The rest of the headland very quiet, only 2 Whitethroat calling

Posted May 2nd, 2013 at 7:26 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Around topsham

A quick look around top sham from 14:45 till 16:15

No sign of the reported possible Bonaparts gull from nick nothing left in bowling green marsh when I arrived but from viewing platform the female long tailed duck was in estuary towards Exton station, 102+ whimbrel , 140+ dunlin,1 knot, 150+ black tailed godwit, 13+ green shanks.

From the goatwalk in topsham, the 1st summer little gull was showing well with the black headed gulls. 

From the church in topsham looked across to exminster marsh and had 1 hobby towards the motorway bridge and a peregrine flew over from topsham to exminster marsh 

Not a bad couple of hours looked forward to see pics nick of the gull.

 

Posted May 2nd, 2013 at 6:15 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Hoopoe Newton Ferrers

Just received a call from the wife of a colleague who has just had a Hoopoe in her neighbours garden in Court Road, Newton Ferrers.

Posted May 2nd, 2013 at 3:58 pm in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh - Bonaparte's Gull?

On a lunchtime visit to the hide I picked out a gull amongst the Black-headed Gulls that were resting on the mud. I was drawn to a gull that appeared slightly smaller and noticed it had a black head rather than chocolate-brown Its bill was dark and smaller than the Black-headed and the bird had black wing tips. From my knowledge of gulls this makes me think it is an adult Bonaparte's but hopefully someone else can get down to see it and confirm this. A lunchtime birding colleague took some records shots of the bird which I hope to post later. Also 4 Dunlin in summer plumage, Whimbrel calling and 2 Oystercatchers. I really must enter some useful phone numbers in my phone so I can get the news out earlier. The bird was still present until around 2 o'clock

Posted May 2nd, 2013 at 2:23 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Wednesday 1st May 2013

Red Kite Woodbury Salterton

1 Red Kite spotted at Woodbury Salterton East devon 5pm this afternoon

Posted May 1st, 2013 at 10:31 pm by Paul Redmore in Bird News

Exmouth (Maer Valley)

A tristis-type Chiffchaff feeding in my neighbour's apple tree this evening. Uniform milky tea colour above and off-white below. Indeed, I wasn't able to discern any olive-green tones on this bird at all, thus briefly entertaining foolish ideas of Caucasian Chiffchaff - I must have had too many glasses of wine this evening :-) [sadly no clean white throat or supercilium, so that ruled out that species pretty quickly]

Called softly a couple of times, but I wasn't able to discern the quality of the call above the din of clucking Blackbirds, singing Robins, and wailing Herring Gulls.

Phil

Posted May 1st, 2013 at 8:54 pm by Phil Bentley in Bird News

Butterleigh nr Cullompton

Red Kite over around 3.00pm this afternoon.

(Geoff Hawkins)

Posted May 1st, 2013 at 8:18 pm in Bird News

yarner wood

a sunny morning

3 wood warbler seen/ 1 heard

5m 3f pied flycatcher

1 redstart

4 marsh tit

2 mandarin duck

1 tree pipit on moor

Posted May 1st, 2013 at 7:03 pm by karle burford in Bird News

Sharkham Point

Having issues with new computer, heres a photo for the earlier post


Posted May 1st, 2013 at 6:42 pm by Josh Marshall in Bird News

Sharkham Point

Grasshopper Warbler on the south slope reeling. Most resident birds seen but few migrants about. Report from Seb Loram earlier in the morning of a number of Lesser Whitethroat.

Butterflies consisted of 2 Orange Tip (stunning little things), Lots of Holly Blue, Peacocks, 3 Commas, 3 Red Admiral, Small and Large Whites

Posted May 1st, 2013 at 6:18 pm by Josh Marshall in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

At South Milton Ley Bob B ringed 2 male Lesser Whithroat ( first site record of 2 ) and a Reed Warbler. up to 8/10 Sedge warbler singing on the 3 main sites , but only a few Reed Warbler. 10 Whitethroat on the patch .

On the rocks off Warren Pt a Purple Sandpiper, on the flat calm sea 2 Red T Diver and a Great N Diver, only 1 Gannet

On South Huish marsh - 75 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 10 Teal, 2 Shoveler. late afternoon a male Yellow Wagtail and another Blue Headed.

Hirundines very few, 10 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 1 Swift.

At Huxton wood a singing Garden Warbler,

 

Posted May 1st, 2013 at 6:12 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Badgworthy Water & Hoccombe Combe

A walk along the county boundary up onto the top of Exmoor produced at least 8 territorial male Redstarts, plus two females, a lone singing male Pied Flycatcher, 5 singing male Whinchats, two territorial male Stonechats, a Garden Warbler, and a male Reed Bunting. Incredibly dry on top of the moor and almost like going back into deep winter from the state of vegetation (non-)development. Hardly any Meadow Pipits seriously back into the swing of breeding and the upper parts of some of the combes almost spookily devoid of birds for the time of year. Another walker reported hearing a Cuckoo, which we missed. Perhaps not surprising that there should only be one about, given the apparent dearth of nesting pipits. No sign (or sound) of any Wood Warblers either.

Posted May 1st, 2013 at 5:35 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Dawlish

Red Kite flew east over Dawlish town about 11:30.

Posted May 1st, 2013 at 2:47 pm by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

A walk from the main car park to Turf via the Fishermans car park and back along by the railway produced the following; 12+ Reed Warblers, 3 Sedge Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 5 Cettis and just 2 Willow Warbler (one in the main car park). 63 Whimbrel in field by Turf and one flyover Hobby. Hirundines scarce with just a few Swallows and not a single Swift.

Posted May 1st, 2013 at 1:49 pm in Bird News

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