Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from May 2015

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2019 Descriptions - last call

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

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

 

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Monday 1st June 2015

Red kite near clovelly

glad to read someone else saw a red kite at clovelly in north Devon as I was surprised but pretty certain it was when I saw it at 3pm on saturday 30th May 2015

Posted June 1st, 2015 at 12:41 am by Sam Whatmore in Bird News

Sunday 31st May 2015

skern

30 sanderling,42 dunlin,106 ringed plover,whimbrel,16:45

Posted May 31st, 2015 at 9:21 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Topsham

Osprey fishing down river from Topsham this evening (19:45), took fish into Powderham estate N of new cycle bridge and S of Turf. 4 1st summer Med gulls on Bowling Sgreen Marsh early evening.

Posted May 31st, 2015 at 8:31 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

bowling green marsh

watched from 15:00 till 18:25

4 Mediterranean gulls (1st summers) among 290+ black headed gulls, 3 lesser black backed gulls.

1 grey plover popped in briefley before heading towards exminster marsh ,  10 bar tailed godwits, 70+ black tailed godwits, 11 whimbrel, 31 curlew, 1 greenshank, 2 oystercatcher, 70+ shelduck, 7+ little egrets.

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

Prawle Point

Had a casual family stroll along the cliff path to Langerstone Point this afternoon and saw a Hobby heading west. Also 2 Swifts.

Posted May 31st, 2015 at 5:10 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Red Kite

I saw Red Kite yesterday 30th May 2015 flying above as we walked through woods near Clovelly

Posted May 31st, 2015 at 1:57 pm by Catherine Revell in Bird News

Saturday 30th May 2015

volehouse moor nature res.

3 tree pipit,4 singing willow warblers,3 male blackcaps,and at least 10 marsh frittilaries

Posted May 30th, 2015 at 11:16 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Yarner wood

A quick visit to yarner this afternoon. Lots of pied flycatcher, m/f Redstart near carpark, nuthatch, GS woodpecker, goldcrest, chiffchaff. Cuckoo calling nearby but not seen. On the pond a m/f mandarin with a single duckling. 

Redstart
Redstart

Goldcrest
Goldcrest

Pied Flycatcher
Pied Flycatcher

Posted May 30th, 2015 at 10:05 pm by Paul Treen in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Early morning visit. Ringed plover, dunlin. & sanderling in the estuary. Off shore only birds of note 2 gannets fairly close in. Lots of juvenile starlings on the golf course with meadow pipit, stonechat, skylark, linnet & a greenfinch. 3 displaying whitethroat in surrounding scrub.

Whitethroat
Whitethroat

Skylark
Skylark

Linnet
Linnet

Posted May 30th, 2015 at 9:58 pm by Paul Treen in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 14:50 till 18:00

The black headed gull build up continues with 500+ with 1 1st summer Med gull, 17 whimbrel, 10 bar tailed godwits, 70+ black tailed godwits, 1 greenshank, 30+ curlew, 70+ shelduck, 2 oystercatchers, 3 buzzards, 2 raven, 3 reed warblers, 4 reed buntings.

Posted May 30th, 2015 at 8:48 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

River Dart at Dartington

A nice afternoon walk along the River Dart. Its amazing what you see if you stand in one spot for an hour. 2 pairs of buzzards, calling and sky dancing, a dozen or more screaming swifts, a female mandarin with 9 young, 4 ravens overhead, mistle thrush, a female goosander on passage up river, a kingfisher up and down river, possible yellow wagtail, and the best part was a pair of GS woodpeckers feeding their constantly squawking young in a hollow tree. On the butterfly front was common blue, male and female, small copper, small white. A very enjoyable and sunny afternoon


Small Copper
Small Copper


Posted May 30th, 2015 at 7:51 pm by Steph Murphy in Bird News

Torquay (Coastal Residential)

A morning visit to the friend who lives just off of Ilsham Marine Drive in Torquay this morning, he showed me some images taken on the 5th May 2015 showing four Wheatears in his garden, two males two females.

Song Thrush in the garden gathering worms.

Peregrine calling overhead

Almost continuous visits from a small Warbler species gathering nesting material which from the images I took I suspect is a Willow Warbler.

A nest box fitted with livecam showed a growing clutch of Blue Tit chicks which looked as if they are just about ready to leave the nest.

A pair of Blackcaps had been showing in the garden all through the winter until recently.

And for the duration of most of the visit a Vixen sunning herself on the back patio and garden area.

Posted May 30th, 2015 at 7:01 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Vennford Reservoir- Dart Valley Nature Reserve - Bench Tor etc.

An excellent day with 18 members (East Devon Branch) trying to avoid contact with similar sized group from RSPB!  

Total of 43 species listed and all target birds found ( Wood Warbler, Pied Flycatcher, Redstart, Spotted Flycatcher, Cuckoo, Tree Pipit, Siskin, Redpoll, Yellow Hammer).  Also, a Hobby and family groups of 3+ Treecreepers and 3 Mistle Thrush.  Indications of many species breeding and a general feeling that bird numbers were up on last year with good numbers of target birds. Thanks to Jean Millen for leading us. 

Posted May 30th, 2015 at 6:00 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

South Milton ley

0930 - 1215

2 Linnet (m), 5 Reed Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel (f), 3 Swallow overhead.

On the beach: 7 Sanderling, 1 Lesser BB gull, 2 Cormorant and 2 Gannets out at sea.

Posted May 30th, 2015 at 4:45 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

And another red kite

Over motorway between Cullompton and Tiverton.

Posted May 30th, 2015 at 3:18 pm by David Walters in Bird News

Another Red Kite

Godborough regularly has buzzards overhead but this morning saw a Red Kite drifting from Abbotsham over the Kenwith Valley and Godborough

Posted May 30th, 2015 at 11:31 am by Philip Marlow in Bird News

Friday 29th May 2015

Red Kite & Sanderling at Topsham

Further to Keith's post some video of the Red Kite at Bowling Green Marsh and the larger group of Sanderling from the goatwalk.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNV7P32MMXg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6g4P7J2cl8

Posted May 29th, 2015 at 10:04 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 15:40 till 18:35

Another Red kite this afternoon just after 17:00 it drifted slowly North earlier a Hobby flew through again heading north a steady movement of swift heading North.

just 1 1st summer Mediterranean gull among 350+ black headed gulls, 40+ black tailed godwits, 1 greenshank, 2 oystercatchers, 3 wigeon, 6 Little egrets, 2 grey heron.

a quick look of the goat walk was rewarded with a count of 280+ sanderling and 30+ dunlin my highest count of sanderling at this end of the estuary, also 2 great crested grebes.

Posted May 29th, 2015 at 9:21 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Slapton & Beesands Leys

Cloudy, murky conditions always good this time of year for Swifts and hirundines at these two places. Very conservative count at Slapton this morning of 350 Swift, 150 House Martins and 100 Swallows. Also single Sand Martin. Around the corner at Beesands Ley where the weather was starting to clear a little there were 50 each of Swallow and House Martin along with 10 Swift and a Hobby passed quickly through.

 

Posted May 29th, 2015 at 3:54 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Stover & South Brent area

A visit to Stover Country Park yesterday gave a low flying Buzzard being harried by a Mistle Thrush at Drum Bridges.

Stover lake had very little of interest one Lesser Blacked Backed Gull, the Great Crested Grebes are down to one chick from the initial three, but it’s a good size so may well survive. Pair of Mute Swan still sitting.

The feeding platform had a good range of birds using the feeder including Marsh and Coal Tits, a pair of Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Jay and Nuthatch.

“Wood Pigeons” at home at South Brent and also between home and Stover small flocks of Wood Pigeons up to 20 birds mostly down low headed towards the moors, constant movement throughout the day.

Above Dean Prior a large field being ploughed failed to attract any Red Kites but did provide pickings for a large flock of Herring Gulls a range of Corvids and two Buzzards, two sightings of a hunting male Sparrow hawk while scanning the field.

At home male Sparrow Hawk hunting and a Peregrine falcon over the roof mid evening.

Posted May 29th, 2015 at 10:07 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Late posting for 28th. No Red Kites but a Little Owl present for only second time this year. Nothing else of note.

Posted May 29th, 2015 at 7:33 am in Bird News

Thursday 28th May 2015

Slavonian Grebe off Cockwood.

Slav Grebe turned up off Cockwood harbour at 17.20 did not come too close and after about ten minutes swam off up river. Nothing else of note - except POSSIBLE Juvenile Rose Coloured Starling amongst a small flock around Starcross Station/ Atmospheric Railway. Flew before I could get on it properly and then my train arrived.So POSSIBLE nothing more.

Slavonian Grebe
Slavonian Grebe

Posted May 28th, 2015 at 8:26 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Bench Tor and Venford

3 possibly 4 Cuckoos (only one seen), 3 Yellow Hammers, a Willow Warbler and a Redstart seen yesterday on the Bench Tor side of Venford and below the reservior.

Posted May 28th, 2015 at 11:57 am by Noah Salt in Bird News

Wednesday 27th May 2015

Red Kite in North West Devon Today

Have today 27th May 2015 seen a Red Kite near Bradworthy following silaging tractors to scavenge small animals killed. Compared to our buzzards the wings were so long and it’s flight was fast and aerobatic…amazing to see this lovely bird! :)

Posted May 27th, 2015 at 6:55 pm by Pam Thomas in Bird News

Exmoor

Two Red Kite hovering and circling in the strong wind with 5 Buzzards this afternoon near North Molton Ridge Exmoor.

Posted May 27th, 2015 at 6:15 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Buzzard over Tiverton - but it wasn't!

Solitary Red kite being mobbed by carrion crow over Knightshayes Court, first I've seen in Tiverton area

Posted May 27th, 2015 at 9:12 am by David Walters in Bird News

Tuesday 26th May 2015

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the mid-day high-tide.

1-Little Ringed Plover: 1-Ruff: 1-fs-Mediterranean Gull: c50-Black Tailed Godwits: c100 Black Headed Gulls: 1-Whimbrel: 2-Oystercatchers: 2-Egyptian Geese: 1-Peregrine: 2-Ravens: c25-Jackdaws: c40 Shelducks: 8-Reed Warblers: 4-Reed Buntings: 2-Sedge Warblers: 7-Swallows: 1-Stock Dove

fs Mediterranean Gull
fs Mediterranean Gull

Posted May 26th, 2015 at 8:46 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Red Kite over Teignmouth 1.00pm

The bird came very close to our open sliding windows as a consequence of being harried by herring Gulls.


Posted May 26th, 2015 at 5:02 pm by bob normand in Bird News

South Brent to South Huish Marsh

South Brent to South Huish marsh this morning, male Yellow Hammer, Spotted Flycatcher and Skylarks seen near Fowlescombe Cross, Ugborough, the Flycatcher was on the top of the roadside hedge hawking insects as they flew past.

A count of 84 Mute Swan on the River Avon at Aveton Gifford.

On the approach to South Huish both Swallow and House Martin seen coming into muddy pools caused by wheel tracks in field gates ways collecting nesting material.

On the marsh nothing outstanding, nice showing of Little Egrets, Linnets, Goldfinch, Pied Wagtail, Heron, Buzzard, two Raven large and at times almost continuous passage of Swallows, good numbers of House Martin and a few Swifts. Other birders reported an earlier sighting of two Spotted Flycatchers.

Over the wooden bridge above the beach, good numbers of both Whitethroat and Reed Warbler, two juvenile Stonechat.

Back at home male Sparrow Hawk carrying prey item, three Swifts and Greater Spotted Woodpecker.

Posted May 26th, 2015 at 3:24 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Monday 25th May 2015

Warren House Inn to Challacombe Farm

2+ Cuckoo,  2 Wheatear,  2 Whinchat,  2 Lesser Redpoll. Stonechats fledged and adult.  Robins ditto. Swallows,  House Martins at farm.  2 Buzzards and possible distant Peregrine.  Linnets, Mipits and Skylarks. Plenty Willow Warblers,  a Garden Warbler and several Blackcaps. 

Posted May 25th, 2015 at 10:11 pm by richard teague in Bird News

Dartmoor 25.05.15

At Smallridge on Dartmoor this morning,  Cuckoo  calling and seen flying also redpoll with half a dozen Linnets. Sorry, no photographs this time.

Posted May 25th, 2015 at 9:24 pm by Mark Dyer in Bird News

Soar and Slapton Ley

One or 2 Spotted Flycatchers and a Great Spotted Woodpecker at Soar and a single Spotted Flycatcher at Slapton, but little else.

Posted May 25th, 2015 at 8:13 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Wood Warbler

At Yarner Woods on the 25-05-15 plenty of Wood Warblers and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, photo of above shows the chick in the hole being fed

Wood Warbler, Yarner Woods, 25-05-15
Wood Warbler, Yarner Woods, 25-05-15

Great Spotted Woodpecker with chick in hole
Great Spotted Woodpecker with chick in hole

Posted May 25th, 2015 at 6:32 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 10:00 till 12:30

1 ruff, 3 Mediterranean gulls among 100+ black headed gulls, 2 oystercatcher, 50+ black tailed godwits, 2 raven, 2 sparrowhawk, 4 blackcap, 20+ jackdaw, 3 sedge warbler, 10+ reed warbler, 4 chiffchaff, 2 nuthatch.

Posted May 25th, 2015 at 6:18 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Mansands to Scabbacombe

4 female Wheatears along coastal footpath yesterday evening - a small influx! At least 2 Greenland types amongst them. 

Posted May 25th, 2015 at 9:23 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sunday 24th May 2015

Exminster Marshes

American Golden Plover, Ruff

Posted May 24th, 2015 at 11:07 pm by Sam Forest in Bird News

Colyton Sat 23rd May

A Red Kite soaring over the centre of Colyton at 13.15

Posted May 24th, 2015 at 8:52 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Red Kite

Red kite flying over beech ridge at RHS Rosemoor, Torrington today at 1500.

Posted May 24th, 2015 at 4:37 pm by Tony Brooking in Bird News

Starlings ~ South Brent

On Friday I had a count of 22 Starlings mostly fledglings a field occupied by sheep alongside the house, yesterday the number rose to an estimated 60 which were alternating between feeding and perching on the hedge tops.

Although South Brent does attract good numbers of Starlnigs in the winter months I have never previously seen this many young birds birds during previous summers. 

I know that I have had a pair breeding in an ivy covered Holly tree but clearly there have been more active breeding pairs than I had realised.

The last few days has also seen almost constant visits to the feeders from a pair of Greater Spotted Woopeckers and from the state of thier plumage I am guessing that they are also feeding a nest of youngsters.

Posted May 24th, 2015 at 4:14 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Red Kite

Sunday 24th 8.30 am Red Kite drifting North over Sandford

Posted May 24th, 2015 at 2:01 pm by S Colombe in Bird News

Another Kite, or the same one as yesterday.

Red Kite flying very near Kes Tor at 8-45 this morning. Last seen flying down the Teign valley.

Posted May 24th, 2015 at 10:21 am by Bob Haworth in Bird News

Red Kite

Single Red Kite over Lifton yesterday ( Sat 23rd May)

Posted May 24th, 2015 at 10:00 am by Adrian Davey in Bird News

Lusleigh Beating the Bounds

While beating the bounds of Lustleigh on Saturday we heard a cuckoo on lowers slopes of Trendlebere Down near Bovey Tracey.

Posted May 24th, 2015 at 7:42 am by Paul Rendell in Bird News

Exminster Marsh (yesterday late post 23-5-2015)

Arrived on the canal footpath just before 1830hrs with no one else on site and after scanning around managed to pickup the Gull-Billed Tern which was distant around the centre pool between main lagoon and brick pillboxes in front of the American Golden Plover nearby. Must have only flew in just before i got there as the other birders i saw leaving in the middle car-park did not see it. Managed to get 2 other birders who came shortly afterwards onto it before it flew back out to the estuary at 1909hrs. Also a Hobby seen flying low near the tern and c50 Swifts flying around the middle car-park.

Managed to take some record video footage.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRMiZSXCW8c

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaHDyugH4_s

Posted May 24th, 2015 at 7:41 am by David Boult in Bird News

Saturday 23rd May 2015

Crediton

4.15pm today thought i saw a couple of Buzzards soaring VERY high in the sky over Crediton, on closer inspection turned out to be 7 of them! Then presumed Red Kites?

Link to VERY poor video... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3VWSwOPda0

So sorry, only a couple of fleeting glimpses, they were so high, the camera was on full zoom and was struggling to focus and the battery was running out. It was all a bit of a rush! Can anyone confirm?

Eds: At least 6 were Red Kites!

Posted May 23rd, 2015 at 9:59 pm by Jim Southall in Bird News

Gull Billed Tern Bowling Green Marsh

Just a couple of photos of the Gull Billed tern on Bowling green marsh this morning a stunning adult.

Gull Billed Tern
Gull Billed Tern

Gull Billed Tern
Gull Billed Tern

Posted May 23rd, 2015 at 9:55 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Sterridge Valley nr Ilfracombe

Yet another Red Kite sighting... one over the garden at 18.20.

Posted May 23rd, 2015 at 8:27 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Red kite

Red kite seen over Throwleigh at 5-30pm

Posted May 23rd, 2015 at 7:42 pm by Bob Haworth in Bird News

Dartmoor alive with Cuckoos!

At least eight Cuckoos seen in Down Tor area today. 3 observed at the same time this morning in Newleycombe, with the two males sparring. This afternoon at least five different individuals observed at length in Deancombe. No wonder Cuckoo Rock is so named!

Posted May 23rd, 2015 at 6:58 pm by Peter Crispin in Bird News

Drayford - Osprey

Mid afternoon single Osprey flying from South turning North East over Witheridge. Later 7 Red Kites moving South West.

Posted May 23rd, 2015 at 6:37 pm by C Boyles in Bird News

Red Kite

Red Kite over A386 just past Hatherliegh at 4.30, seen by Chris Smallbones.

Posted May 23rd, 2015 at 6:06 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Headland Warren

1030 - 1500

In sunny spells: Stonechats (m+f), Whinchats (m+f), Tree Pipits, Willow Warblers, Reed Buntings (m+f), Skylark, 1 Goldcrest, Cuckoos being harassed by Meadow Pipits, and a Garden Warbler heard from within the trees.

Posted May 23rd, 2015 at 5:16 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Around the exe

started at Bowling green marsh at 09:00 and watched till 12:00

A quiet morning suddenly shattered by a fantastic GULL BILLED TERN dropped in at 10:35 and continued to show well till it flew out to the estuary at about 11:10( photos on later) 

also 10+ bar tailed godwits, 6+ whimbrel, 50+ black tailed godwits, 3 greenshank, 2 oystercatcher 100+ black headed gulls , 1 hobby, 30+ swallows.

Then headed over to exminster marshes and watched from 12:30 till 16:00

the AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was viewable from the canal bank but distant along a ditch in line with the left of the 2 brick pillbox like structures , also hobby over, just as we were about to leave news of the gull billed tern showing by the lagoon has us heading back upto the fishermans car park but just as we arrived I watched as it flew over the lagoon and seemed to head back to the estuary.

about 15:20 just as we were leaving had a txt from James diamond saying 23 red kite over Woodbury then Tim Worfolk txt saying 5 over his house in topsham Stan stopped the car at the middle car park and then the RED KITES started flying over right over our heads at least 28+ flew over heading towads exminster a fantastic sight and what away to end a great days birding . also at least 3 hobby over the marsh

Posted May 23rd, 2015 at 4:43 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Foreland Point

20 x Skylark, 15 x Stonechat, 1 x Kestrel, 1 x Ring Ouzel, 1 x Willow Warbler, 1 x Wood Warbler, 1 x Whinchat, 7 x Gannet, 2 x Rock Pipit & 3 x Chaffinch.

Posted May 23rd, 2015 at 4:40 pm by Mark Webber in Bird News

Devon bird sightings

Red kite soaring over Northam burrows, Appledore end tollgate.

Posted May 23rd, 2015 at 4:23 pm by Geanette in Bird News

American Golden Plover

The bird was still present at 1345hrs when I left the site. Can be difficult as it keeps low. Viewing from the canal bank is a must! Look towards the pillbox with the open left side. Both the middle and the end carparks were full, so probably best to park in the RSPB carpark and walk! Also, one silent Yellow Wagtail north over station road as I was walking towards the canal.

Posted May 23rd, 2015 at 2:22 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

More Red Kites

2 Red Kites circling over Raymonds Hill, Axminster this morning.

Posted May 23rd, 2015 at 1:07 pm by Jim Tirrell in Bird News

New Rarities this morning

2 new rarities found this morning - An American Golden Plover found by James D on Exminster Marsh in long grass behind the pool viewable from the canal bank and a Gull Billed Tern found by Keith B at Bowling Green Marsh.

Posted May 23rd, 2015 at 11:29 am by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Friday 22nd May 2015

Red Kite

Red Kite flying West over Buckfast at 7.30 this evening.

Posted May 22nd, 2015 at 7:58 pm by Noah Salt in Bird News

Red Kite over Lynton

Red Kite soaring over Lynton and moving westerly at 12.40 today.

Posted May 22nd, 2015 at 12:45 pm by John Jackson in Bird News

Thursday 21st May 2015

Exminster Marshes - This morning - 09:15.

Watched for an hour. Great White Egret from middle car park, looking towards the resevoir (water holding facility) on the right towards the railway. Non breeding bird. One distant Hobby and a White Wagtail. Otherwise usual suspects.

Posted May 21st, 2015 at 6:11 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

TURTLE DOVE THURLESTONE

Hello,

Yesterday evening at 1950 hrs my colleague and I saw a TURTLE DOVE at Thurlestone in the road at the entrance to the car park overlooking Thurle Rock. notified fellow birders in the village and then returned to see it in the same location about 30 minutes later before it flew across fields towards The Mead estate. would say bird had just arrived and seemed to be feeding itself from grit on the road.

Quite simply an amazing spectacle. We observed it from our car on both occasions at a distance of no more than 30 feet.

Will be out to look for it tomorrow morning with fellow birders from the village.

Posted May 21st, 2015 at 12:15 am by Andy Woodward in Bird News

Wednesday 20th May 2015

Salcombe

Hobby went through Southern Mill Farm caravan park, Salcombe this morning.

Posted May 20th, 2015 at 7:37 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Four Swifts over the lake this morning, along with Swallows and Sand Martins, car park feeders still working well.

Posted May 20th, 2015 at 7:07 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Kittiwake - Sandy Ba

Walk from Exmouth - Budleigh.produced little in the way of migrants. A few chiffchaffs etc. Nice views of Kittiwake at Sandy Bay though. Also first Red Admiral of the year.



Kittiwake Sandy Bay
Kittiwake Sandy Bay

Posted May 20th, 2015 at 6:23 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Belstone

Cuckoo calling early this morning, 6am at Belstone, he calls most days of the week.

Posted May 20th, 2015 at 7:35 am by Paul Rendell in Bird News

Tuesday 19th May 2015

Red Kite late news

Red Kite over Warren House at 16.30 on 18th.

Posted May 19th, 2015 at 3:58 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

By the viewing deck this morning, a singing Lesser Whitethroat. In the reserve the hard work of getting rid of the duckweed seems to have paid off - Little Grebes have hatched at least one young, and the Canada Geese are looking after 7 goslings.

Posted May 19th, 2015 at 11:18 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Released Cuckoo ~ South Brent

Yesterday saw the release of the Cuckoo collected from the vets on Sunday.

Dave Scott kindly checked the bird over and fitted it with a BTO ring before releasing it; from its plumage we suspect the bird is a second year female.

After perching on Dave's hand for what seemed a life time the bird eventually flew off strongly across one of my fields before landing in a mature Oak, over a period of time the bird laddered up into the top of the tree before making off a little later.

A Great Spotted Woodpecker flew in at one point scolding at the Cuckoo's intrusion.

Later in the day a high speed low level pass from a Hobby the fourth one I have seen here this month

Posted May 19th, 2015 at 7:51 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Monday 18th May 2015

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

A pair of Greenland Wheatears being held up by the strong, cold WNW wind this afternoon. 3 Swifts also struggling through.

Posted May 18th, 2015 at 10:49 pm in Bird News

Savage attack on Mute Swan at Wrafton

Update

After a lengthy assessment at RSPCA West Hatch it was decided that the injuries inflicted by the Spaniel were too severe & the Swan had to be put down.

Posted May 18th, 2015 at 6:47 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Sunday 17th May 2015

Possible alpine swift- exeter quay

from the suspension bridge next to Belle Isle Park, Exeter, there was a swift with a white belly flying with other hirundines and swifts. We think it is a alpine swift but could not be sure that it was not just a pale form of swift.

Posted May 17th, 2015 at 11:22 pm by Charlie in Bird News

Plymbridge and Wembury beach

Good views of 5 Nightjars last night at Plymbridge. The first showed when there was still lots of light and you could easily see the male plumage and wing clapping from the path. In total three males. One of the best turnouts for me at this site.

 

Posted May 17th, 2015 at 10:44 pm by Matt Clark in Bird News

Cuckoo

A call from an Ashburton resident resulted in a stunned female Tawny owl being delivered to my doorstep this morning, possibly as a result of colliding with a window, happy to say that the bird recovered well and was released back on the site where it was found later in the day.

Another call from a Totnes vet requesting that I collect an injured Sparrow hawk, on collecting the bird that had been examined by a vet I found it to be a Cuckoo, this bird had been found on the ground in the front porch of a house in Brixham this morning.

While at the vets good numbers of House Martins seen over Totnes.

Back home at South Brent a hunting male Sparrow Hawk was the only bird of note for the day but a Roe doe in the field was a bonus.

Posted May 17th, 2015 at 8:18 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Teign Estuary

Two Little Ringed Plovers again off Passage House this evening. Also a Dark-bellied Brent Goose in the estuary.

Posted May 17th, 2015 at 7:23 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Velator marsh and Braunton Burrows

2 x Lesser Whitethroat, 2 x Whitethroat, 10 x Greenfinch, 1 x Linnet (M), 1 x Grasshopper Warbler, 1 x Sedge Warbler, 2 x Willow Warbler, 1 x Chiffchaff, 2 x Wheater (M &F), 2 x Whinchat (M& F) & 10 x Swift.

Posted May 17th, 2015 at 4:24 pm by Mark Webber in Bird News

Yarner Wood / Trendlebere Down

0845 - 1430

31 species seen, including Siskin, Yellowhammer, 5 Pied Flycatchers, 3 Willow Warblers, 2 Wood Warblers, 2 Tree Pipits, 5 Linnet, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Swifts overhead.

Posted May 17th, 2015 at 3:51 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Red Kite , Weare Giffard

   At 13.50 a Red Kite drifting down the Torridge valley , heading north over Weare Giffard .

Posted May 17th, 2015 at 3:38 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Exeter

Red kite over garden at 13:42 in redhills exeter heading west was being attacked by the local peregrine.

Posted May 17th, 2015 at 2:27 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Squacco Heron - Beesands

Terry Goddard has just reported that the Squacco Heron was showing well at Beesands close to the hide at 11:30am.

Posted May 17th, 2015 at 11:36 am by Nick Townsend in Bird News

Saturday 16th May 2015

Exminster Marshes

One Red kite over high at 14:30 and four Hobbies over the northern end of the marshes around the M5.

Posted May 16th, 2015 at 10:32 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Squaccos in South Devon

Spent a good hour at Beesands Ley, up to 19:45, where the spectacularly plumaged Squacco Heron was showing well at the north end of the ley.  At one point it was struggling to swallow a newt, this bird is small.  Whilst there a report of another at Prawle Point was received, this was confirmed at 19:12, giving positive proof that there are at least two birds in Devon.  Is the South Milton bird a third?

Posted May 16th, 2015 at 10:09 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Red Kite over Plymouth

Red Kite drifted over Plymstock/Hooe at 13.25 today, heading in a westerly direction towards Mountbatten.

Posted May 16th, 2015 at 8:57 pm by George Carr in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from the hide 16:35 till 18:35

the highlight was a Short Eared Owl ( thanks to John Gale who picked it up) which came out of goosemoor about 17:45 chased by a group of crows it proceeded to gain height heading south / South East before being lost to view a rare bird on the marsh and my first on the marsh .

otherwise very quiet , 132+ black tailed godwits, 3 bar tailed godwits, 1 avocet, 11+ whimbrel, 2 oystercatchers, 3 wigeon, 4 raven , 1 whitethroat.

earlier from the goatwalk 1 Hobby and lots of swifts heading north over exminster.

Posted May 16th, 2015 at 8:19 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Bennett's Cross, Vitifer, Challacombe Farm and Widecombe

11.00-16.00

1 Cuckoo plus two others calling, 3 Redpolls,  4 Siskins, 4 Whinchats, 2 Stonechats, Reed Bunting, 4 Tree Pipits, 5 Wheatears, Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, numerous Willow Warblers and Meadow Pipits, 3 Skylarks, 2 Stock Doves, male and female Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtails, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, Kestrel, 4 Buzzards, 2 Treecreepers, Song Thrush, 2 Linnets and 2 Goldfinches.  A pair of Coal Tits feeding young in a nest in a stone wall.  Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps and a Green Woodpecker all calling.

Also at Eastern Lane near Widecombe, a Red Kite overhead drifting towards the village at 16.25. In the village itself, a Sparrowhawk flew through clutching a recent kill. 

Posted May 16th, 2015 at 7:04 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Little Haldon

11.35am Red Kite seen soaring overhead.

Posted May 16th, 2015 at 7:03 pm by Keith McGinn in Bird News

Another Red Kite and a Hobby

Sighted over Peter Tavy, Tavistock another Red Kite at high altitude heading east over Dartmoor. A Hobby also flew over a few minutes later (see pics) headed in  roughly the same direction.

Hobby (underside)
Hobby (underside)

Hobby (upper wings)
Hobby (upper wings)

Posted May 16th, 2015 at 6:57 pm by Andy Brown in Bird News

Beesands

further info on the Squacco Heron- on arrival early afternoon there was no sign, but then at 2.35pm it flew into the south west corner from the back of the reedbed ( viewed from the grassy area by the bench on the seaward side of the ley)- it fed out in the open, under the trees on the furthest right hand bit of mud for 15 minutes before flying back into the reedbed ( north west corner). It didnt show again up until 330pm at least 

Posted May 16th, 2015 at 5:56 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Loddiswell

Sorry for the belated post, but only just managed to pick up a strong enough internet signal on my phone. Had an Alpine Swift at 1055hrs whilst partaking of a coffee at the Aune Valley farm shop, just south of Loddiswell village. It was with a good number of hirundines and Common Swifts. Also caught up with the Beesands Squacco Heron which appeared again at 1615hrs and was still showing when I left.

Posted May 16th, 2015 at 5:22 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Beesands Ley

Standard WeBS count on the ley this morning, nothing out of the ordinary. There was an anonymous entry in the log book however mentioning an unusual white heron with orange underparts seen in flight late yesterday afternoon. Thinking it sounded good for a Squacco Heron i counted the wildfowl and had a good look around the ley. Pleased to find a Squacco Heron in beautiful breeding plumage on the ley shore inland of the hide viewable from the meadow by the car park. Still present at 13:30 hrs. I guess this is last weeks Prawle bird and probably the same at South Milton midweek ?

Posted May 16th, 2015 at 1:48 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Roadford Oriole

Golden Oriole calling (singing)from copse beside Roadford Lake 8am.Heard for 20 mins. Clear musical note interspersed with screeches. Shifting around canopy. NOT seen. East side of lake at Breazle inlet.

Posted May 16th, 2015 at 9:39 am by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Friday 15th May 2015

Red Kites - South Brent

Just returned from a long day at sea, which ended with me dropping off a cod at my friendly farmer in South Brent, to thank him for reporting the red kites on his farm. He informed me that earlier today, he still had two red kites flying around his fields. That's 3 days in a row now. 

Posted May 15th, 2015 at 11:17 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Another quiet day in this strange Spring. A late female Wheatear today following a late male on Monday (neither were Greenland race). Whitethroats at last on territory ( 3- 4 singing males), 2 singing Blackcaps and a Green Woodpecker. A flock of 16 Linnets were, presumably, non-breeders.  Red Kites conspicuous by their absence despite flying over home a few miles away.

Posted May 15th, 2015 at 10:45 pm in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:15 till 17:30

just as I arrived at the hide a red kite flew in from the west circled around the marsh then headed of North north East, then another went through the one was heading in the same direction also had a txt from James diamond shortly after say another heading our way but must of gone behind the hide.

otherwise very quiet with 10 bar tailed godwits, 120+ black tailed godwits, 15+ whimbrel, 2 dunlin, 3 greenshanks, 2 oystercatchers and about 70+ swifts, 1 peregrine with kill, 1 distant kestrel.

1 turnstone was just down from the quay in topsham 

Posted May 15th, 2015 at 8:32 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Kennford

Red Kite over the A38 near Kennford at 5.40pm.

Posted May 15th, 2015 at 7:58 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Great Northern Divers over Dartmoor

Surprised to see 2 breeding plumage Great Northern Divers flying over Dartmoor near Two Bridges heading north west at 6.35am this morning.

Posted May 15th, 2015 at 4:24 pm by John Walters in Bird News

Thursday 14th May 2015

Berry Head

Another Red Kite to add to the growing list, one flew over Berry Head Hotel at 12.35 heading due north across the bay and beyond Babbacombe.

Sea watch from 13.00 hours with Brian Henwood produced 140 Manx Shearwater north with 15 south until 14.45 when movement finished. Also Great Northern Diver south.

Posted May 14th, 2015 at 5:37 pm by Clive Mason in Bird News

13th - Red Kites

To continue the information on the influx of Red Kites we have also received the following info:

One over Umberleigh on 13th (P Churcher)

Three Red Kite in a well separated line all heading south over Moorgate, Glazebrook Valley, Dartmoor last night around 20:15 .  (Leonard Hurrell)

Posted May 14th, 2015 at 3:42 pm in Bird News

Red Kites - South Brent

After another call from a friendly farmer, I went back to his farm above South Brent at around 11am today. Not as many Red Kites as Steve Hopper and I saw last night, but still observed at least 4 flying around the farm.Clearly they had stayed around overnight. Maximum count of buzzards in the air at any one time 5, but more than this were present. A wheatear also seen. The plumage on the kites looked fairly tatty! I could not get a good photograph and the attached record shot was the best I could do.


Posted May 14th, 2015 at 2:54 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

A visit today at lunch time coincided with a brief gap between the heavy showers. On arrival there were hundreds of swifts and house martins with a few swallows and sand martins. After the next shower there were hundreds of swallows and few swifts. On the pools were 2 greenshank, one black-tailed godwit and one avocet. Three curlew flew over. The only grounded migrant I could see was one wheatear.

Posted May 14th, 2015 at 2:45 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Red Kite

Thurs. 14th.  10.45am. Red Kite over Okehampton. Seemed to be gliding west.Feathers missing on both wings.Heavy rain, low cloud.

Posted May 14th, 2015 at 12:04 pm by Clive & Sue Clark in Bird News

Squacco Heron near South Milton 13th May

I had a shock while driving north up the A381 east of South Milton yesterday at 1335. What I initially took to be a Little Egret flew low across the road from left to right and, all the while losing height, banked and dropped out of sight in the area of Oldaway Farm. The alarm bells were ringing even before I lost sight of the bird as I had seen the dark head, but when it banked I was almost certain that I glimpsed dark coloration on the back as well.                                        Well anyway, try as I might I could not relocate the bird (I drove the minor road marked Oldaway and Woolston unsuccessfully). I was pretty sure with myself I'd seen a Squacco Heron (albeit briefly,  from a moving vehicle) and so rang out the news as "probable". I was pleased to notice that someone saw the bird later in the day though (don't know if this was in the same location though).

Posted May 14th, 2015 at 6:20 am by Perry Jonathan Smale in Bird News

Wednesday 13th May 2015

Buckfastleigh - Kites

Seven Red Kites watched overhead on the moor early evening. (Kevin Cox).

 

 

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

South Brent ~ Red Kites

South Brent ~ Red Kites

A brilliant birding day, up at the crack of dawn to visit the WWT at Slimbridge (well worth a visit) the early start saw two juvenile Siskins on the garden feeders.

No sooner than I got back home late evening when the phone rang and Dave Pakes told me to grab my camera as he was picking me up forthwith, a local farmer was reporting 6 Red Kite following his plough along with 29 Buzzards.

On arrival there were Buzzards everywhere you looked including an almost fully white individual, one field side tree was holding good numbers of Buzzard which began to fly off as we approached, two birds then left the tree and were seen to be Red Kites, on entering the field there Red Kites lofted over the boundary hedge towards Brent Hill.

While chatting to the farmer John Luscombe a single Sky Lark flew into the field and a short time afterwards three Red Kite came down across the field in a long drawn out line and were last seen headed out towards South Brent.

Posted May 13th, 2015 at 9:34 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Red Kites over Underdown

3 Red Kites flew over our garden in Underdown, Haldon forest this evening at 5:30.

2 of the 3 Red Kites seen
2 of the 3 Red Kites seen

Posted May 13th, 2015 at 9:25 pm by Tom Gale in Bird News

Exminster village

At about 6.00pm this evening 4 red kites flew over Exminster heading SW. All appeared to be in some stage of moult.

Posted May 13th, 2015 at 6:45 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Nightjar

Seen yesterday at Soussons basking in the sun on large tree trunk

Posted May 13th, 2015 at 4:47 pm by bob barrow in Bird News

Soussons plantation

2 Cuckoo singing. 1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling. C. 6 Stonechat. 1 Buzzard.

Posted May 13th, 2015 at 11:49 am by James Gale in Bird News

Berry Head

Lesser Whitetroat 400m south of Berry Head Hotel in fenced off area on right of road. 1 Skylark dropped in briefly at the end of the headland also1 Great northern Diver flew high over the top at about 0630hrs..

Posted May 13th, 2015 at 8:23 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Tuesday 12th May 2015

Squacco Heron - Prawle

adult on rocks 800m east of point near Langerstone Point mid-morning today
Squacco Heron Prawle Pat Mayer 12.5.15
Squacco Heron Prawle Pat Mayer 12.5.15
Squacco Heron Prawle Pat Mayer 12.5.15
Later feeding amongst the rock pools
Many thanks to Pat Mayer for photographs
 

Posted May 12th, 2015 at 10:51 pm in Bird News

Dockwell, South Brent - Cuckoo and others

10.30 - 1430 A walk on the open moor with 2 Cuckoos heard at this location. One photographed in 4 locations before finally flyng close enough to my hiding place to allow a slightly better photograph. Other birds seen included whitethroat, skylark, wren, goldfinch, yellowhammer, linnet, stonechat and meadow pipits. As I was walking off the moor, a too brief fly past from a female hobby.


Posted May 12th, 2015 at 8:21 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Warren House/Challacombe farm Circuit

Nice walk around the circuit today. Best birds seen - Redstart (male and female) - Cuckoo (two seen in flight - about 4 heard in total) - Whincat (male and female).

Whinchat
Whinchat

Posted May 12th, 2015 at 7:40 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

cuckoo sighting

Maristow estate roborough

Posted May 12th, 2015 at 6:47 pm by Gordon gray in Bird News

Black Guillemot

Black Guillemot on cliff on Lundy 10th May


Posted May 12th, 2015 at 5:41 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

Combe Martin

 Red Kite circling over the Combe Martin health centre just before midday today and four swifts have returned to the same area where they have bred for many years.

Posted May 12th, 2015 at 1:09 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Squacco Heron Prawle

Surprised that there has been no mention of the Squacco Heron at Prawle on this blog as yet : a first for this site I believe. First reported on Birdguides on Saturday 9th, I was only able to get down to see it (after a tense hour watching at Maelcombe Beach) yesterday when I saw it between 3 and 4.30pm on rocks east of Langerstone Point ( thanks to 2 women birders who had arrived from Norfolk and were heading for Wales !) Feeding well and in beautiful breeding plumage (poor thing) Also my first Spotted Flycatcher of the year at Bunkers.

Squacco Heron Prawle

Posted May 12th, 2015 at 11:18 am by Tony Marchese in Bird News

Monday 11th May 2015

Plympton Nightjars

In my first visit since the 29th April when I could only hear one Nightjar, tonight in three separate areas of Cann Wood we managed to hear seven and managed views of two of them just as it was getting dark and overcast.

Posted May 11th, 2015 at 11:55 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Shipley Bridge to the Avon Dam near South Brent (Three Cuckoo's)

Shipley Bridge to the Avon Dam near South Brent today, arriving just as the rain dried up and the sun came out, several highlights included three confirmed Cuckoo sightings, all three birds being heard calling before being seen, one near Black Tor just up from the car park and the other two together just below the dam. The Black Tor bird did a fly past hotly pursued by an irate meadow Pipit as pictured.

Cuckoo Black Tor

Lots of Herring Gulls on the moor with a count of no less than 72, Robins just about everywhere and without doubt the most numerous ground bird, the numbers of both Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler has dropped off but still present in decent numbers, Yellow Hammer heard and male Reed Bunting near the old pump house.

Good numbers of Swallows at long last, six Buzzards, one Kestrel carrying what appeared to be a small lizard, just below the dam a immature coloured Peregrine sat on a rock close to a small tree that a Cuckoo was calling from, a short while later a second Cuckoo flew into the same tree despite the Peregrine being sat close by, the Cuckoo’s were being constantly mobbed by Meadow Pipits. The Peregrine gave good views when it flew off and circled the valley.

Good numbers of Grey Wagtails two obvious pairs with beaks full of insects, one Long Tailed Tit, two Coal Tit’s, Skylarks up towards the dam, a single male Wheatear, Wren, Jay and Goldfinch


Posted May 11th, 2015 at 9:28 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Hound Tor, Dartmoor

Dull misty morning, sun in the afternoon

Yellowhammer
Yellowhammer

Wheatear
Wheatear

Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit

Posted May 11th, 2015 at 6:38 pm by Colin Scott in Bird News

Lundy additional pix

As requested by one of your guys, here are some pix - Spot Fly; potential Greenland race Wheatear; and Turtle Dove.

Spotted Flycatcher in The Valley.
Spotted Flycatcher in The Valley.

Poss Greenland Wheatear
Poss Greenland Wheatear

Turtle Dove in the Pig Field
Turtle Dove in the Pig Field

Posted May 11th, 2015 at 1:47 pm by Lyn David Loder in Bird News

Cann Woods

Saturday 9th May. 8pm - 10:30pm

A lovely evening walk around Caan Woods. Good numbers of Willow Warblers singing, with 8 individual sightings.  Female Peregrine spotted. 4 Ravens, 3 Buzzards. 2 Treecreepers, one singing. The evening chorus was amazing before all quietened down giving way to the the churring of Nightjars. 3 heard and one seen in flight. Two Tawny Owls calling.

Posted May 11th, 2015 at 1:17 pm by Val Grehan in Bird News

Lundy Island trip

Had a great day on Lundy, a first visit for me. It all kicked of with one of my companions (Karle Burford) Locating Turtle Dove (2) behind the last farm building as we walked from the settlement area. And the day finished on a high with Golden Oriole (f) first seen in the woodland area but then relocated over the brow of the hill, near a Sycamor tree.

Turtle Dove
Turtle Dove

Golden Oriole
Golden Oriole

Posted May 11th, 2015 at 6:48 am by Brian Thompson in Bird News

Sunday 10th May 2015

Berry Head

 started with a seawtch 0630-0830: 3 ad pale Pomarine Skuas, 9 Puffin, 6 Great Northern Divers, 25 Manx Shearwaters,  180+ Auks>S,  2 Shelduck >N.

Also around headland: 1 Yellow Wagtail,1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 2 Swift, 6 House Martin, 35 Swallow and a Tawny Owl roosting in the quarry. An odd singing Chiffchaff that initially sounded very like the start of Iberian Chiffchaff song without the final stuttering rattle but it then slipped regularly into Common Chiffchaff song see video below. 

Yellow Wagtail Berry Hd 10 May 2015 ML     

Aboveleft :  Yellow Wagtail.  Above right :  Odd Chiffchaff song click on picture for video

Posted May 10th, 2015 at 7:41 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Start Bay

8 Great Northern Divers from the Memorial Car Park, Slapton this lunchtime. 7 sat on the sea and 1 flying south. 9 Sanderling past and a steady trickle of Swallows in off.

Posted May 10th, 2015 at 7:41 pm in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 09:15 till 12:30

the 1st summer Bonaparte's gull came in with 220+black headed gulls, 3 1st summer Mediterranean gulls, 4 common gulls, 36+ whimbrel, 23+ bar tailed godwits, 1 dunlin, 1 avocet, 100+ black tailed godwits, 2 oystercatchers, 3 wigeon.

Posted May 10th, 2015 at 7:10 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Yarner Wood

Quick afternoon visit produced 2 redstarts, 5 pied flycatchers, 1 wood warbler sporting red right leg ring and left yellow and blue leg rings (looked it up and it appears to have been ringed in Greece), 3 GS woodpeckers, 5 mandarins, male and female bullfinch, marsh tits, jay versus blackbird fight. A lovely peaceful afternoon out.

Female Redstart
Female Redstart

Wood Warbler with leg rings
Wood Warbler with leg rings

Posted May 10th, 2015 at 5:03 pm by Steph Murphy in Bird News

Roadford Lake

Cormorant sitting on nest in tree.

Drake Pochard escorting brood of Mallard ducklings, together with duck Mallard.. Not sure whether it is real or adopted father. Ducklings look pure Mallard.

Drake Pochard and ducklings
Drake Pochard and ducklings

Posted May 10th, 2015 at 12:38 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram - Saturday 9th May

A few bits 'n' pieces with my first Spotted Flycatcher of the year (at the top of Dell Walk - not a regular spot), 4 Whimbrels, still 2 Curlews lingering, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Wheaters and a Nuthatch at the nest.

Posted May 10th, 2015 at 11:58 am by Pete Aley in Bird News

Hopes Nose

Sea Watching 8.30am-10am

1 Pom Skua south at 9.06am, 8 Puffins, 1 of which was in the very first group of Auks after setting up and 2 very close in at 9.30am, 4 Great Northern Divers at 8.45am, 9.16am, 9.18am and 9.49am (overhead). 46 Manxies in small groups of upto 5. Also c100 Swallows in off. 

Posted May 10th, 2015 at 11:12 am by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Saturday 9th May 2015

Plymbridge

At least one Nightjar heard calling and one seen briefly in flight at the usual location. Also a Tawny owl on the walk up being mobbed by a male Blackbird.

Posted May 9th, 2015 at 11:01 pm by Matt Clark in Bird News

Nightjars

Just to let you all know that I had at least 3 Nightjars churring in East Devon this evening (one of which I saw). So there may be birds back at your regular site. Of course, this evening was  wonderfully still and  2 hooting Tawny Owls added to the occasion!

Posted May 9th, 2015 at 10:20 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Photo of Bonaparte's gull on Bowling green marsh this morning possibly the bird which was at chesil cove yesterday.

Bowling green marsh
Bowling green marsh

Posted May 9th, 2015 at 9:41 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Powderham and Exminster Marshes

Nice walk up from Powderham Church were 20+ House Martins were collecting mud from the track, other suprises were a lone Avocet on the scrape and a couple of stunning Wheatear just down from Turf. For more info follow the link http://www.simonthurgoodimages.co.uk/blog.asp




Posted May 9th, 2015 at 8:20 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 08:30 till 13:30

At 09:55 the quiet was brought to an end when while scanning through the black headed gulls I noticed a bird with a rather grey nape I stopped and tried to get a better view then pink legs came into view eventually managed to see the whole bird and wow another BONAPARTE'S  GULL for the marsh a nice 1st summer bird which continued to show till at least 12:00 a great bird.

the rest of the morning was quiet with 4 1st summer Mediterranean gulls, 5 common gulls, 200+ black headed gulls, 21 bar tailed godwits, 1 dunlin, 4 greenshanks, 7+ whimbrel, 80+ black tailed godwits, 3 wigeon, 1 redshank, 2 oystercatchers.

around the lane , 1 whitethroat, 4 blackcap.

 

Posted May 9th, 2015 at 5:54 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Savage attack on Mute Swan by Spaniel

Witnessed an unprovoked attack on a Mute Swan this morning by a spaniel between Wrafton Pond & Velator Reserve. The dog was able to get down the bank by the side of the Tarka trail easily & onto the Swan within seconds. It targeted the wing & did not let go until the owner was able to get access into the field which took several minutes. I phoned the N.Devon Animal Ambulance who have always been very quick to respond to make an assessment of the injury & take any necessary action. They arrived promptly as asual.

Please note - This is not the breeding pair on Wrafton Pond which had 7 juv's at the beginning of the week but now only has 3 juv's. What is killing these juveniles?



Posted May 9th, 2015 at 1:59 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Night Heron at Black Hole Marsh, Seaton 8th May 2015

Yesterday's Night Heron at BHM, Seaton. Seen perched in small oak tree near the tower hide.

Night-heron
Night-heron

Posted May 9th, 2015 at 8:31 am by Dave Helliar in Bird News

Friday 8th May 2015

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - 1600 - 1900 - 1 spotted flycatcher, 1 whinchat, 3 wheatear, 1 pomarine skua lingering (1755 - 1900 at least), 2 roseate tern, 1 little tern, 1 common tern, c30+sandwich tern, 34 whimbrel, c70+ dunlin, 6 swift and good nos of hirundine sp among other stuff - more details on blog - www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk.

Posted May 8th, 2015 at 8:11 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Hopes Nose

Sea watching 18.15-19.15- 4 Puffin south at 18.19, 18.55, 19.00 and 19.02. 2 of which landed on the water off the point. Also just 6 Manxies south and c200 Auk sp( mostly Guillemots). Also 6 Swift, 10 House Martin and a Swallow in off. 

Posted May 8th, 2015 at 7:57 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

North coast – Woody Bay to Heddon's Mouth

Another day of superb visible hirundine migration up here on the North Devon coast, with 400 Swallows through in an hour from 11.30 to 12.30 (heading E into SE headwind) and an estimated minimum of 1,000 in total (just those birds actually seen, not extrapolated). Also minima of 75 Swifts (including 60 in that first hour), 400 House Martins and 70 Sand Martins. After the wind veered to SSW, the hirundines gathered in large 'kettles', feeding on abundant insects in the lee of the cliffs. In the Heddon Valley oak woods, presumed territorial Wood Warbler, Redstart, Pied & Spotted Flycatchers, and Garden Warbler.

Posted May 8th, 2015 at 6:29 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Shipley Bridge -Avon Dam, South Brent

10-30 - 1430 What turned out to be a wet walk up to the Dam produced good sightings of many common birds, with the highlights being a total of 5 Grey Wagtail and one Dipper. 2 Mallard in the marsh half way up. 2 Kestrel hunting the ridge on Brent Moor. 1 Cuckoo heard over towards Dockwell Ridge and another located further up towards the Dam (record shot). Later saw this cuckoo being chased for a couple of minutes by the two kestrel followed by a lone (brave) meadow pipit! Believed the cuckoo escaped. 

Grey Wagtail - Shipley - 8.5.15
Grey Wagtail - Shipley - 8.5.15

Record shot -Cuckoo - Avon Dam - 8.5.15
Record shot -Cuckoo - Avon Dam - 8.5.15

Posted May 8th, 2015 at 5:35 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Stover Country Park ~ Great Crested Grebe chicks

Stover Country Park ~ Despite the fact that the rain set in and dampened the visit, it didn’t dampen the results or enjoyment, walking between the car park and lake a Warbler Sp high in the canopy singing well, below a male Blackcap possibly a second long with a pair of Dunnock followed by a Goldcrest.

On arrival at the lake a Mandarin drake in with some Mallard by the first view point, eventually a total of six Lesser Black Backed Gulls including one juvenile. Several Coot nests and one Mute Swan sitting.

A Mallard duck with a large brood of ducklings which were very clearly from three separate broods.

A pair of Great Crested Grebe and one solitary individual, the pair had what appeared to be three very recently hatched chicks riding on the back of one bird presumably the hen while the male went off foraging for food before returning to offer food to the chicks.

While watching a Heron broke cover from behind them and one of the park wardens pointed out a basking Red Eared Terrapin a short while later we spotted another large specimen, a Buzzard flew over the lake scattering the few gulls present.

Having discussed the absence of any Swallows over the lake, one turned up and as it circled two more, then six which in turn were followed by a mixed flock of House Martin and Sand Martin, the birds spent some time drinking from the lake surface before moving off.

The viewing platform was a nonstarter due to a tree being cut up by a chainsaw team working beside it.

Back home at South Brent on the garden feeders a Greater Spotted Woodpecker and a juvenile Siskin. This morning gave three Swifts and a large flock of very high House Martins and a pair of Rooks, one of which has taken to coming into the garden feeders for the last three days.

Posted May 8th, 2015 at 5:13 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Shirwell nr Barnstaple

Swifts are finally back in Shirwell! 2 of them are wheeling around. You forget how amazing they are.

Posted May 8th, 2015 at 5:10 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in Bird News

River Teign- Passage House Hotel

1 first summer Med Gull this morning on the high tide ( for its 2nd day) with 41 Black Headed Gulls. 

Posted May 8th, 2015 at 1:07 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatch 05.45-0745: Great Northern Diver 22 (!), Common Scoter 55, Puffin 4, Auks 703 (mostly Guillemots, approx 30% Razorbills), Manx Shearwaters 6, Whimbrel 3,

Also: Tree Pipit >N and 12 Swallows

GND Berry Head 8th May 2015 ML 

 Great Northern Divers - click on right photo for video clip link

MD just phoned since 0800hrs he has logged 9 Pomarine Skuas, 7 more Puffin and 6 Sandwich Terns. 

Posted May 8th, 2015 at 10:45 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thursday 7th May 2015

Stoke N.Devon

Late entry for Monday 4th May. Phone wires by Stoke church .Approx 70 swallows. Amazing never seen so many at the same time . Plus 1 swift.

Posted May 7th, 2015 at 10:16 am by Mick Mitchell in Bird News

Wednesday 6th May 2015

Bowling green marsh

watched from 18:30 till 20:15

a quiet evening , 183+ black tailed godwit, 18+ bar tailed godwit, 26+ whimbrel, 1 knot, 2 oystercatchers , 1 redshank, 6+ greenshank, 7+ little egret with good numbers of sand Martin a few swift, house Martin and swallows.

Posted May 6th, 2015 at 10:41 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Exmouth Seafront

An hour's seawatch from the seafront in evening sunshine with good numbers of wheeling Sandwich Terns and Gannets and a very steady stream of Manx Shearwaters heading west in groups of 3 to 7. A single Pomarine Skua was closely followed by a beautiful tight group of no less than seven of the same species. They flew quite purposefully with heavier wingbeats than Arctics I've seen, so that's my guess...perhaps someone more experience than I can confirm or otherwise.

Posted May 6th, 2015 at 7:55 pm by dav in Bird News

Tuesday 5th May 2015

Bowling green marsh

watched from 17:00 till 20:15

a good evening on the marsh with continued build up of gulls with 5 1st summer Mediterranean gulls in among 300+ black headed gulls( 1 new ringed bird white ring TMWA have sent off appears to be a polish ringed bird), 3 common gull and 3 sandwich terns.

Good numbers of waders with 60+ whimbrel, 27+ bar tailed godwits, 181+ black tailed godwits, 7 dunlin, 1 knot, 2 oystercatchers, 2 redshanks , 14+ greenshanks, 1 common sandpiper . 1 hobby made 2 unsuccessful passes with 300+ sand martins and 40+ swallows, 3 wigeon.

Posted May 5th, 2015 at 9:51 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton

Seawatching from 14.15 to 16.45 from the eastern most shelter on Budleigh front.

Highlights were 3 Great Skuas together (14.15), 1 Pomarine Skua (15.10),1 Great Northern Diver  in partial summer plumage, 1 Red Throated Diver, 21 Whimbrel and 382 Manx Shearwaters (an under estimate as many more were passing in numbers further out but too difficult to count). All birds going west.

Supporting cast of c30 Kittiwakes, 50 Sandwich terns, 4 probable Arctic Terns, c20 Auks (mostly Razorbills) and plenty of Gannets and Fulmars. One Swift and 2 Swallows in off.

Posted May 5th, 2015 at 8:12 pm in Bird News

Swifts

Two Swifts just flashed past our house in Bideford. With the wind like it is today they weren't hanging around.

Posted May 5th, 2015 at 6:27 pm by Karen Sims & John Towers in Bird News

Burrator

Cuckoo, juv Stonechats and several Wheatear at Burrator in stormy weather today.

Posted May 5th, 2015 at 3:29 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Best bird this lunchtime (until about 1.45) was a Common Tern that flew from where it was hiding and headed out to the estuary but was beaten back by the strong wind a dropped back out of sight on the far bank looking from the hide. Otherwise good numbers of hirundines (mainly Sand Martin) and 2 Oystercatchers.

On Goosemoor, 1 Whimbrel, 5 Greenshank and 2 Egyptian Geese,

Posted May 5th, 2015 at 2:04 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Red Legged Partridges - Yalberton

Family group of at least 6 Red Legged Partridges on the back road from Sainsburys to Stoke Gabriel, near to the "cider sales" farm, all crossing the road. Saw a similar group last year nearby, so will watch this area more diligently in future 

Posted May 5th, 2015 at 1:09 pm by Trevor Leaman in Bird News

Hopes Nose

Sea watching - c20 Manxies, 1 Great Northern Diver,  5 Swifts and a Swallow in off, 3 Whimbrel on rocks. A Lesser Whitethroat singing near the entrance by the road and showing occasionally. Also 2 Whitethroats, 2 Blackcap and a Chiffchaff. 

Posted May 5th, 2015 at 11:23 am by Mark Bailey in Bird News

European Nightjar

One early this morning sat on a gate on the Exminster Marshes found by James Dimond then seen my myself and B Heasman in flight .

Posted May 5th, 2015 at 9:33 am by Dave Stone in Bird News

Monday 4th May 2015

Night Heron nr Kingsbridge

Saw an adult Night Heron on private land today. Unfortunatly when i asked the land owner ( non-birder ) if i could release the news he gave me a polite but definate no and it cannot be seen from any public land. Apparently not seen before today. I know many people do not like news of birds which are not ' available ' being put on sites like this but personally i 've always liked to know as it gives you the incentive to keep looking for 'rares ' as something else good might be around. Apologies for not getting the green light from the land owner, tried my best and rest assured there is no 'clique ' of viewers who have seen it, only me.

Posted May 4th, 2015 at 7:29 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Cuckoo Wistman's wood

 Cuckoo seen close to river just below Wistman's wood at 2pm today. Strange call never heard before, first note normal second note almost abbreviated, just wondered whether anyone has heard a similar call before ?

Posted May 4th, 2015 at 7:01 pm by Tom and jasper Michie in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 08:15 till 11:00

from the hide 25+ bar tailef godwits, 20+ whimbrel, 1 common tern , 200+ black headed gulls, good numbers of swallows, sedge warblera and reed warblers, 1 avocet, 2 oystercatchers, 4 little egrets.

from the viewing platform, 2 knot

goosemoor , 3 common sandpiper , 1 greenshank, 50+ black tailed godwits.

Posted May 4th, 2015 at 6:15 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Brixham surprise

Red Legged Partridge strutted accross Mathill road in front of the car this afternoon

Posted May 4th, 2015 at 4:18 pm by Tim Clyburn in Bird News

Yarner Wood / Bovey Heathfield

Very early morning walk around Yarner produced Yellowhammer, Blackcap, Stonechat, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler & Tree Pipit on the heath. On the path adjacent to the path a pair of Redstart & possible LS woodpecker( wouldn't put my house on it though) In the wood plenty of Pied Flycatcher & single male redstart singing from top of tree.

Late morning Bovey Heathfield with Rob & Steff Murphy - Yellowhammer, Linnet, Whitethroat, Stonechat & a very close Tree Pipit.

Tree Pipit - Bovey Heathfield
Tree Pipit (eds Meadow Pipit) - Bovey Heathfield

Redstart - Yarner
Redstart - Yarner

Yellowhammer - Bovey Heathfield
Yellowhammer - Bovey Heathfield

Posted May 4th, 2015 at 4:13 pm by paul treen in Bird News

Yarner Wood

10.00-13.50

6 male Mandarins, Grey Wagtail, Mixed Tit flock (Great, Blue, Coal, Marsh and Long Tailed), Great Spotted Woodpecker and Nuthatch at Pond Hide. 

Elsewhere in the wood 3 Wood Warblers, 5 Pied Flycatchers, male Redstart in full song, 5 Song Thrushes (one with a young bird), 2 Mistle Thrushes, 2 Jays, Treecreeper and Blackcap.  2 Ravens visible flying over the canopy. 

On the wood's fringes and adjacent heath 1 Garden Warbler (plus another singing), 6 Swifts, 8 Swallows, 5 House Martins, 5 Buzzards, 2 Redpolls, 3 Yellowhammers, 3 Siskins, 3 Linnets, 2 Goldfinches, 2 Willow Warblers, 3 Stonechats (2 males).  Tree Pipit and Green Woodpecker calling but not seen. 

Posted May 4th, 2015 at 3:46 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Shipley Nr South Brent (Cuckoo)

Shipley Bridge near South Brent at sunrise this morning following a report yesterday of a Cuckoo calling behind the old pump house site on the track up to the Avon dam.

28 species recorded I suspect it would have been a few more if my bird song recognition was up to scratch, something singing or calling from just about every bush.

Unidentified Warbler species I suspect a Willow Warbler

Carrion Crow 4, Great Tit 5, Pheasant calling, Wood Pigeon 15, Willow Warbler 6, Coal Tit 2, Chiffchaff 4, Greenfinch, Grey Wagtail 3, Chaffinch 10, Skylark, Blackbird 20, Siskin 2, Song Thrush, Stock Dove, Robin 8, Jay 3, Goldcrest 3, Cuckoo, Yellow Hammer 8, Meadow Pipit 8 (mostly mobbing the Cuckoo) hen Sparrow hawk, male Reed Bunting, Blue Tit 3, Dipper, Blackcap 2 (male showing well with nesting material but female only showing periodically) Dunnock 3. Wren, unidentified Warbler species 5.

Back at home a pair of Mistle Thrush feeding in the field, Nuthatch and male Siskin on the feeders.

Posted May 4th, 2015 at 3:41 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Rillage Point to Widmouth Head

Best morning of hirundine migration so far this spring. Between 06.50 and 10.20 I counted c.730 Swallows, c.90 Sand Martins and c.40 House Martins heading west, the great majority after 08.00. Though passage was concentrated along the cliff edge, birds were also passing behind me and well out to sea, so the above totals would certainly have been higher with extra pairs of eyes. Also 15 Swifts, and calling Tree Pipits (2) and Yellow Wagtail (1) flying through. A mix of territorial and passage Whitethroats (9), Blackcaps (5) and Chiffchaffs (6) in the scrub.

Posted May 4th, 2015 at 11:17 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Brixham Breakwater

10 Purple Sandpiper on the old fuel jetty, Brixham Breakwater at 9ish this morning.

Posted May 4th, 2015 at 10:26 am by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Sunday 3rd May 2015

Yarner Wood

Fairly quick but worthwhile visit to Yarner Wood this morning produced a Tree Pipit on the heath above the car park, a superb male Redstart seen from the track just below the heath, a few male Pied Flycatchers and 2 Wood Warblers, plus the usual Mandarins on the pond.

Posted May 3rd, 2015 at 10:04 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Northam Burrows

Walkaround the Burrows & Skern this afternoon amongst e squally showers. A few Wheater, Swallows, Shelduck, Oystercatchers, some small waders well out that looked like Dunlin and over 90 Whimbrel. These were on the beach side to start then flew over the golf course and on to the course and Skern.

Posted May 3rd, 2015 at 9:05 pm by Karen Sims & John Towers in Bird News

Bovey Heathfield

Popped in Bovey Heathfield this afternoon for a quick look to find no birds about. Soon discovered why - a Hobby perched on a post on top of the earthwork next to the information stone. Wouldn't let me get too close and flew off. After it went 5 Stonechat, 2 Yellowhammer & 2 whitethroat appeared.

distant hobby
distant hobby

Posted May 3rd, 2015 at 5:55 pm by paul treen in Bird News

Exminster

Early morning walk around exminster produced my first "devon" swifts (beaten by a day by their somerset cousins at Shapwick - along with the very sleepy Hudsonian Godwit) loads of displaying Sedge warblers, Willow Warbler, 9 whimbrel & 10+ little egrets. Best bird for me a Yellow Wagtail feeding amongst the cattle between mid &  fisherman's carpark 

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Displaying Sedge Warbler
Displaying Sedge Warbler

Sedge Warbler
Sedge Warbler

Posted May 3rd, 2015 at 5:50 pm by paul treen in Bird News

Venford, Dartmeet & South Brent

A walk around Venford today gave a pair of Great Crested Grebe on the water, male Siskin displaying, pair of Linnets, Goldcrest, Long Tailed Tit, Skylark, Meadow Pipits, Warbler sp (possibly a Willow)

Dartmeet very busy with visitors the feeders were empty and devoid of any bird life of mention, female Grey Wagtail on the river on leaving a pair of Linnets, pair of Stonechat, Meadow Pipit and Sky Lark.

Back at home in South Brent my first Swifts of the year with two coming in low over the field and roof top, female Peregrine towards Brent Hill, Starling and a male Siskin on the feeders.

Posted May 3rd, 2015 at 5:14 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Bowling green marsh & topsham

Watched from 08:15 till 10:50

from the hide, 21+ bar tailed godwits, 150+ black tailed godwit, 1 avocet, 2 knot, 12+ greenshank, 2 redshanks, 20+ whimbrel, 30+ swift, 1 common sandpiper , sedge and reed warblers , 2 Cetti's warblers, 110+ black headed gulls, 1 common gull.

along the lane and viewing platform , 2 whitethroat, 35+ whimbrel.

best bird of the morning was a hobby over topsham quay before it headed over to exminster marsh.

 1 black headed gull with white ring on right leg with 21N6 will send of later.

Posted May 3rd, 2015 at 12:59 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Saturday 2nd May 2015

Bowling green marsh

watched from 16:30 till 19:15

the highlight was 26+ sandwich terns that flew in just after 19:00, 19+ bar tailed godwits, 2 knot, 1 dunlin, 21+ greenshank, 2 redshanks , 1 avocet, 35+ whimbrel, 150+ black tailed godwits, 20+ curlew, 2 oystercatcher, 150+ sand martin , good numbers of swallows and house martins, still good numbers of sedge and reed warblers.

Posted May 2nd, 2015 at 10:49 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Following on from Nick Potter's post yesterday about the Male Wheatear near the Middle Car Park, I have spent several hours over the last week patiently watching what looks like two pairs of Wheatear's in the fields around Lion's Rest to Middle Car park.  Kept my distance so these shots aren't great but they are indeed impressive birds.




Posted May 2nd, 2015 at 9:16 pm by Jo King in Bird News

Teign Estuary

Despite the weather 75 species were recorded around the estuary today, the highlight being a pair of Little Ringed Plovers off Passage House late afternoon. Other sightings included 4 Whimbrel, 3 Turnstones, 2 Common Sandpipers, a Bar-tailed Godwit and a late Red-breasted Merganser.

Posted May 2nd, 2015 at 8:20 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

BELLEVER

Saw four roe deer and heard a cuckoo in the mist at Bellever today.

Posted May 2nd, 2015 at 4:53 pm by Paul Rendell in Bird News

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - sum plum black guillemot off the point @ 0600, heading east before looping back around and heading for the Warren. Also 5 great northern diver and 1 red-throated diver.

Posted May 2nd, 2015 at 8:19 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Friday 1st May 2015

Bowling green marsh

watched from 16:00 till 19:15

from the hide 27 bar tailed godwit, 27+ greenshank, 3 avocet, 1 knot , 80+ black tailed godwit, 30+ whimbrel, good numbers of house martins and swallows, a few sand Martin, 2 swift, again around 20+ sedge warbler and reed warblers, 5+ reed buntings, 2 great black backed gulls , 200+ black headed gulls, 2 lesser black backed gulls, 7+ little egret, 2 sparrowhawk.

from the viewing platform 1 sandwich tern

from the goatwalk 3 sandwich Terns, 4 pale bellied Brent geese.

Posted May 1st, 2015 at 10:35 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Red Kite at Gulworthy

At 1610 a Red Kite moving east just south of Gulworthy Cross, over the Bere Alston Rd.

Posted May 1st, 2015 at 7:22 pm by Neil Moore in Bird News

sighting of male mandarin duck

 

This morning ( 010515 ) around 1045 saw a male mandarin duck on the foreshore of the River Dart, Totnes, at Steamer Quay, before it flew off upstream.

Posted May 1st, 2015 at 6:43 pm by andy woodward in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Windy and cold but still 6 Whimbrel over, Swift with 100+ Swallows, House & Sand Martins, 4 Cetti's Warblers & 2 Reed Warblers. Otter seen briefly by Torcross Hide!

Posted May 1st, 2015 at 5:04 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Ivybridge, the Erme

2 Dipper. 1 colour ringed double orange on right, light grey/blue left. 3rd year seen at this location. No visible rings on 2nd.

Posted May 1st, 2015 at 3:03 pm by richard teague in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Chilly and fairly windy at Exminster Marshes this lunchtime. The highlight was a superb male Wheatear close to the middle car park. Also 1 Peregrine tucking into a recent catch and 1 Hobby low over the marsh. Decent numbers of Swallows, House Martins and Sand Martins with a few Swifts in amongst them.

Posted May 1st, 2015 at 2:18 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Cann Woods, Plympton

Late night stroll in Cann Woods, heard churring from first Nightjar of the season.  Also there a Sparrowhawk and several Tawny owls calling.

Posted May 1st, 2015 at 6:52 am by Christopher Marcol in Bird News

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