Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from May 2016

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Wednesday 1st June 2016

Burlescombe M5

Late submission but Hoopoe feeding on south bound hard shoulder of M5 just north of Jn 27 Samford Peverill (Burlescombe) yesterday evening at 7.15 pm. Thought it was a Jay at first from a distance, hope it found safer place further from the motorway later - sorry no photo.

Posted June 1st, 2016 at 12:02 am by simonkidd in Bird News

Tuesday 31st May 2016

Sparrowhawk Hawked!

Lunchtime at Clyst Road, Topsham, the tables were turned when a Sparrowhawk was being hotly pursued by a House Sparrow! 

Posted May 31st, 2016 at 11:56 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Bee-Eater

This evening was spent at Clennon Valley Lakes after the earlier report of a Bee Eater flying over the houses opposite the park. I walked too the small meadow to the west of the caravan park where I could hear a Bee-Eater. It then proceeded to fly out briefly from the trees at the stile and then across the caravan park, this was at c.19:45. Other birds of note were a few Jays and a Common Buzzard. 

Posted May 31st, 2016 at 10:03 pm by Jacob Spinks in Bird News

Dartmoor

Dartmoor this morning, windy conditions at times,

Headland Warren down to Challacombe ~  one female Wheatear,  Meadow Pipit (4),  Sky Larks, Three Cuckoo calling, Whinchat, Stonechat, male Redstart, (one of five seen over the trip) Willow Warbler (2) Chiffchaff, Spotted Flycatcher, Mistle Thrush, House Martins, Swallows and Pied Wagtails.

Fernworthy reservoir ~ 60 Herring Gull on the water,  Mistle Thrush, Pheasant (3) Swallows, House Martins, Meadow Pipits, Chiffchaff (4) Robin, GSWP and Pied Wagtails.

        

Leaving the moors Raven, Wren, male Bullfinch and several Buzzards.

At Buckfastleigh a Roe deer with a very small fawn seen crossing a hay field.

Posted May 31st, 2016 at 8:45 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Combemartin red kite

A nice surprise this morning whilst in the top garage getting fuel,my wife shouted, wow look at that, it was a red kite wheeling behind and over the cottages opposite.  Stunning to see.

Posted May 31st, 2016 at 6:26 pm by Philip worth in Bird News

Clennon Valley

At  about 11.15am today one or more Bee-eaters flew over my garden in Paignton.  Although it/they were calling clearly and regularly I could not see the bird(s).  The calls gradually got quieter as the birds continued off W - possibly SW. 

I would guess there was more than one bird going on the calls I could hear. 

Posted May 31st, 2016 at 1:09 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 30th May 2016

Soussons Plantation

Following two fruitless days scanning the skies over the moor waiting for an elusive (some would say non-existent) vulture, we decided to spend the day in the woods. It was well spent with great views of nesting Grey Wagtails, two pairs of Redstart, several Siskins, Tree Pipit and about four Cuckoos over Challacombe Down.  The best however came at 15:10 when to our great surprise, no not a lammergeier, but a churring Nightjar!

Posted May 30th, 2016 at 10:23 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Bonehill area, dartmoor.

Amongst the Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, Stonechats and Wheatears a Red Kite at 1320 hours just south of Bonehill Rocks, Then a Cuckoo at 1400 hours just west of Honeybag Tor. Then a diving Buzzard in almost the same place.

Posted May 30th, 2016 at 9:54 pm by Chris Godfrey in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Generally quiet as expected, but - a Shag, a Whitethroat, a pair of Nuthatches feeding young at the nest, 3+ Little Egrets and 7 Shelducks. Also a confiding buck Roe Deer.

A nice change from scanning the skies over Dartmoor! 

Posted May 30th, 2016 at 8:36 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Red kite Saddle tor Dartmoor

Red kite passing low over Saddle tor today also Redstart Wheatear and at least 3 cuckoos

Posted May 30th, 2016 at 7:03 pm by John Deakins in Bird News

cuckoo,dartmoor

cuckoo,dartmoor

 

Posted May 30th, 2016 at 6:35 pm in Bird News

Bolberry Down

Tawny Owl in thick cover on the cliffs at Bolberry Down this morning - unusual locality!

Posted May 30th, 2016 at 5:27 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Osprey

Sunday 29th. Osprey heading NW along the edge of Dartmoor viewed from near Scorhill circle 

Posted May 30th, 2016 at 9:50 am by Steve Colombe in Bird News

Sunday 29th May 2016

Yarner Woods 29.05.2016

Spent most of the morning searching for the elusive Redstarts,with no luck may I add.Plenty of Pied Flycatchers about though

Posted May 29th, 2016 at 8:59 pm by Ali Wines in Bird News

Spotted Flycatcher , Bellever Woods 29-05-16

I think this is a Spotted Flycatcher ? not seen one before but matched this in my book

 

eds... Yes it is JM

Posted May 29th, 2016 at 7:20 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Lammergeier speculation

My health does not now allow me to get far out into the moor but when I was a regular Dartmoor walker the area around Fur Tor (SX 588 831) is out of sight of all roads, had high numbers of dead sheep around the tor and nearby Tavy cleave would provide cliffs for roosting. If anyone fancies a walk the area could be worth checking.

Posted May 29th, 2016 at 7:19 pm by Paul Rhodes in Bird News

Bellever Woods 29-05-16

A Pair of Redstarts close to the offices, a bit further along managed to catch (I think) a Spotted Flycatcher



Posted May 29th, 2016 at 7:10 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

dartmoor-lammergeier

after photographing whinchats and cuckoos on dartmoor yesterday (28/05)nr Warren House I made my way back to the car, as I got to the car dave stone and a friend arrived and said they had been searching for the lammergeier for nearly six hours with no luck, my partner who was sat in her chair beside the car , then said "what is that bird"  , dave then looked through his binos and nearly fell off his feet..it was the lammergeier, unfortunately  it drifted out of sight towards fernworthy before I could undo my camera from the tripod..to make things worse my partner said she had been watching the bird for ten minutes but didn't know what it was..there is a link her for anyone interested on daves birding diary blog

http://davesbirdingdiary.blogspot.co.uk/

Posted May 29th, 2016 at 3:36 am by Graham Clements in Bird News

Saturday 28th May 2016

Exmoor BBS 10:00-17:00

It's was our day for the Doone Valley circuit. Wood Warbler singing in the oak woods by the river. Good numbers of Redstarts, Stonechat & Whinchat on the moor. Three singing Cuckoo. A great day and a terrific walk.

Posted May 28th, 2016 at 8:09 pm by John & Karen Towers & Sims in Bird News

Yarner Wood

11.00-14.30

Whitethroat, 3 Stonechats, 4 Redpolls, 3 Siskins, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Willow Warblers, 3 Marsh Tits, Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatches, Redstart, 4 Spotted Flycatchers, 5 Pied Flycatchers, 4 Mandarins, Chiffchaff, 2 GSW, Buzzard and Wood Warbler.  Green Woodpecker, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush all calling.

Posted May 28th, 2016 at 8:04 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Lammergeier

Lammergeier. t

Took distant picture from Aish Tor. Bird flying very high beyond Deep Marsh and Spitchwick then flew towards Holne. Looked like it was carrying something.. Unable to attach picture. See on twitter.

Eds: Thanks, sorry but that picture is a Common Buzzard. The immature Lammergeier is longer winged, longer tailed, smaller headed, pale body with dark throat. It also shows some very individual bleaching to some of the inner primaries see  http://www.cbwps.org.uk/cbwpsword/sightings/  23rd May posting.

Posted May 28th, 2016 at 5:47 pm by David Turrell in Bird News

Labrador Bay & Dawlish Warren yesterday

Sorry for late post.

Labrador Bay:-  Buzzards, Kestrel, Cirl Bunting (m), Corvids, Herring Gulls, Skylarks. Off shore a pair of Gannets diving. 2 Herring Gulls looked quite cosy on one of the map posters in the Car Park.

Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve:- Cuckoo heard on the Bight, Stonechats, Dunnocks, Robins, Corvids, Sanderlings on the Beach, A Whimbrel, a few Whitethroats, several Imm. Starlings and a couple of Blackbirds .

Posted May 28th, 2016 at 2:19 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News

Exmouth

A Honey Buzzard just drifted low east across the river (1110) before circling higher and continuing east. Watched for 5 mins from the back garden but too far off for photo. Sketches on www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk later.

Posted May 28th, 2016 at 11:24 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Berry Head

Only migrant bird of note was a single Spotted Flycatcher in the lower quarry, yesterday a singing Reed Warbler beside the Wardens Bungalow.

Posted May 28th, 2016 at 11:11 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Friday 27th May 2016

Fernworthy

Whilst carrying out bird surveys this morning for RSPB and part of Moor than meets the eye Project www.moorthanmeetstheeye.org Paul Kemp and I had a ringtail Montagu's Harrier 3km west of Fernworthy heading strongly SW from Hangingstone Hill. Also two Red Kites nearby.

Posted May 27th, 2016 at 10:33 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

HomeFarmMarsh

Main pond.four shellduck,one wigeon,one tufted duck.one male pochard (

very rare here) one male teal, two mallard,two grey heron,one little egret..Around the farm,the usual finches,lots of white throats with young,Sedge and willow warblers,stonechats also with young.one buzzard,one kestrel ,twenty nine species seen.Geoff Taylor ,Rupert Hawley.

Posted May 27th, 2016 at 7:34 pm in Bird News

Merrivale

No Lammergeier seen at Merrivale but I did see a Black Kite! (1110hrs).

Posted May 27th, 2016 at 1:42 pm by richard teague in Bird News

All over the place

Very tatty looking Red Kite at Beesands junction on Prawle road midday yesterday and Redpoll at Berry Head last evening with a flock of linnets.

Posted May 27th, 2016 at 10:19 am by Tim Clyburn in Bird News

1. berry head; 2. kingswear to brixham

non avian fliers. on berry head 25/5 saw common blue and small blue butterflies, the small blues feeding on tufted vetch on south fort walls.

yesterday on walk from kingswear - wall brown, small blue, common blue, red admiral, t/shell, peacock and either pearl bordered or small pearl bordered frittilaries.

Posted May 27th, 2016 at 8:48 am by graham folkerd in Bird News

Thursday 26th May 2016

Red Kite - Cadover

Grace and Bill from Woolwell  saw a Red Kite this afternoon at Cadover Bridge which flew quite low over the river giving good views.  It then gained height until just a speck in the sky.   Eileen Willey

Posted May 26th, 2016 at 11:54 pm in Bird News

Red Kite

Red kite seen flying over Horrabridge , Devon at 07.15 tidy. 

Posted May 26th, 2016 at 9:07 pm by J Henry in Bird News

Dartmoor today

Good numbers of Tree pipits seen today on  Dartmoor plantation.




Posted May 26th, 2016 at 8:26 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Warren House Inn etc.

Nice circular walk in beautiful sunshine. 4 – 6 Cuckoos seen and heard. One female Redstart (Soussons). Nothing special at Challacombe Farm but Whinchat and Wheatear at Headland Warren Farm. Sadly no Tree pipits (loads of Meadow Pipits) and no Spotted flycatchers seen.

Cuckoo
Cuckoo

Whinchat
Whinchat

Wheatear
Wheatear

Posted May 26th, 2016 at 8:20 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Beesands. Hobbys

3 Hobbys in farmland behind the hide at 4.20pm

Posted May 26th, 2016 at 6:50 pm by Terry Goddard in Bird News

Red Kite

Red Kite at 4.30ish drifting over Kingsteignton , middle of Exeter road , heading in the direction of Teignmouth 

Posted May 26th, 2016 at 6:26 pm by Graeme Davey in Bird News

Berrynarbor

Another Red Kite drifting over Berry Down near Combe Martin at 12:15pm today.

Posted May 26th, 2016 at 6:20 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Red Kite

Red kite seen at Wrangaton Cross SX 68407 57777 @ 14.22 today 26th May, heading south over A38

Posted May 26th, 2016 at 5:04 pm by Nic Butler in Bird News

Holsworthy

Red Kite over at 10am

Posted May 26th, 2016 at 5:03 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Bearded vulture?

I spotted a very large wingspanned bird.. Bigger than buzzard just east of Boasley 3.10pm tues 24th May. Too slow to get a pic sorry!

Posted May 26th, 2016 at 4:41 pm by Mary in Bird News

Red Kite near Princetown. Thursday 26 May 2016.

Red kite by Walkhampton Common south of Princetown by B 3212 at 12-30pm.

Posted May 26th, 2016 at 4:14 pm by Malcolm Steward in Bird News

Red Kite

Spotted Preston down rd/ring rd end, Paignton by Mike a trusted a twitcher/mate at 12.40

Posted May 26th, 2016 at 1:39 pm by Jo pring in Bird News

Red Kite

Kite seen over Mansands 12.10pm, then drifted towards Sharkham & Berry Head.


Posted May 26th, 2016 at 1:09 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Bird News

Spotted Flycatchers

Eight Spotted flycatchers seen around Dartmoor.




Posted May 26th, 2016 at 6:50 am by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Wednesday 25th May 2016

Dartington

Another Red Kite sighting: 1 heading SE over Hood Manor, Dartington, 1.30pm.

Posted May 25th, 2016 at 11:12 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Black Redstart - Berry Head

1545 -1600hrs. An unusually late sighting of a female black redstart by myself and two visiting birders from Portland at Berry Head this afternoon. Seen alternating between the wall below the Guardhouse café and the rocks at the top of the cliff edge. Only poor quality record photos.

Posted May 25th, 2016 at 10:51 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Red Kites today

Two Red Kites tonight at 20.00 hrs the Rock Yelverton heading south.



Posted May 25th, 2016 at 9:29 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Sightings today at the lake,

1m Yellowhammer, 2 Marsh Tit, 1m 1f Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1m Tufted Duck, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 16 Swift, 25 Swallow, 3 Nuthatch, 3 Jay,

Posted May 25th, 2016 at 9:02 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Red Kite over Wigford Down, Dartmoor

Mike Daniels had a Red Kite today drifting over the car park at Wigford Down at 15.40.

 

Posted May 25th, 2016 at 8:20 pm in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the morning high-tide and still very quiet around the marsh.

8-Bar-tailed Godwits (1 summer plumage), 63-Black-tailed Godwits, 9-Whimbrel, 7-Curlew, 2-Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3-Greater Black-backed Gull, 5-Herring Gull, 44-Black-headed Gull, c120-House Martin, 3-Swift, 8-Swallow, 6-Reed Warbler and a Buzzard.

From the viewing platform 9-Sandwich Terns, 8-Little Egrets and 2-Great Crested Grebes.

Bar-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit

Posted May 25th, 2016 at 1:18 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Sterridge Valley, Berrynarbor

1 Red Kite over house 09.30.

Posted May 25th, 2016 at 10:55 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Red Kite over Tiverton

Red kite being mobbed by herring gulls, over residential area

Posted May 25th, 2016 at 9:48 am by Dave Walters in Bird News

Cuckoo Dawlish Warren

Cuckoo mostly around the point from about 6.15 still there 8.40 when I left. Also sandy coloured Fox Cub - cute. As well as the usual Sanderling etc. No great pics very skittish and elusive.


Posted May 25th, 2016 at 12:32 am by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Tuesday 24th May 2016

Another Red Kite

Sue Bruce saw a Red Kite over Braunton Burrows today.

Posted May 24th, 2016 at 9:08 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Red kite

Seen 19:00 24/05/16 from the train between Umberleigh & Chapleton a Red Kite semi hovering alongside the train track.

Posted May 24th, 2016 at 9:00 pm by Phil & Sue Naylor in Bird News

Whimple, East Devon 24 May

Red kite over around 1pm

Posted May 24th, 2016 at 8:53 pm by Keith Annison in Bird News

D.W.T. Reserve Emsworthy Nr Saddle Tor

Sighted from Devon Wildlife Reserve Emsworthy, Red Kite over Bonehill Down at around 12:50. Also seen at reserve itself. Mistle Thrush (6), Cuckoo (m), Common Redstart (2), Lesser Redpoll, Wheatears (2). Fantastic display of Bluebells.

Posted May 24th, 2016 at 8:16 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in Bird News

Red Kite

At last a Red Kite over our village at Stoke Rivers. It has been in the area of South Molton and Filleigh but we have never seen it. Today it flew over the lane as we walked down towards Orswell. Wonderful to see.

Posted May 24th, 2016 at 8:01 pm by John & Karen Towers & Sims in Bird News

Berry Head Fulmars

Had a spare hour to kill so took my camera up to Berry Head. I love the way Fulmars look sat on their nests. Spotted a busy Rock Pipit, lots of male Common Blue and also a Small Blue, which was too quick for a pic.

What you lookin' at?
What you lookin' at?

Rock Pipit
Rock Pipit

Spectacularly gorgeous Male Common Blue
Spectacularly gorgeous Male Common Blue

Posted May 24th, 2016 at 6:57 pm by steph murphy in Bird News

Meeth Quarry, 24.5.16

A trip to Meeth Quarry today also turned up this pleasant surprise: 2 Red Kites, c. 09:45.

Posted May 24th, 2016 at 6:49 pm by David Holloway in Bird News

Yarner Woods

Apparently the Lammergeier had nipped across the border for a pasty, so decanted to Yarner Woods. Plenty of Pied Flycatchers and Redstarts. When leaving had 7 Red Kites high above the car park.

Pied Flycatcher
Pied Flycatcher

Redstart
Redstart

Red Kite
Red Kite

Posted May 24th, 2016 at 6:18 pm by C Boyles in Bird News

Venford

Red Kite 16.25

Posted May 24th, 2016 at 5:00 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Monday - 7 Red Kites

Colin Reed reported seven Red Kites circling over  Bagborough (nr Crediton)  at 4.00pm yesterday.

Posted May 24th, 2016 at 4:14 pm in Bird News

Dartmoor

Heard several Snipe drumming and chipping as well as Grasshopper Warblers reeling at Powder Mills last night

Posted May 24th, 2016 at 7:22 am by Ann Willcocks in Bird News

Redstart

Male and female seen Monday pm in Bellever Woods close to car park April

Posted May 24th, 2016 at 1:25 am by Anne Clark in Bird News

Monday 23rd May 2016

Large raptor NOT Lammergeier!

Apologies, but the large raptor seen near North Tawton today was NOT the Lammergeier as this was seen on Bodmin moor during the day, so obviously flew west. Any suggestions? Anyone seen any other large raptors in North Devon today?!

Posted May 23rd, 2016 at 8:23 pm by Nick D'Agorne in Bird News

Warren house area Dartmoor

Whinchats and the odd Wheatear seen plus three Spotted Flycatchers and four Cukoos in flight.

Posted May 23rd, 2016 at 7:26 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Visited today from mid morning till late afternoon.

River Plym. Female Mandarin with 2 chicks, Mute Swan, Corvids & Pigeons.

Plym Estuary. Cormorant, about 50 Herring Gull, 2 Shelduck & 6 Canada Geese along with half a dozen Mallards.

Saltram Park. Robins, Blackbirds, Corvids, 2 Buzzards (one being attacked by 2 Ravens, Dunnock, Moorhen. On the Duck Pond several Mallard (some with chicks), 6 Moorhen and about 8 Mandarin. " Swallows resting on the island in the pond along with a Pied wagtail. Plenty of Chaffinch around the café area.

 

Posted May 23rd, 2016 at 7:23 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News

Dartmoor

Dartmoor this morning still unseasonably cold with windy conditions at times, but that did not stop birders sprouting up all over the moor after reports of the Lammergeier being seen earlier in the morning near Venford and Princetown.

Babeny area ~  Skylarks 16+, Stonechat 8+, Great Black Backed Gulls 2, Buzzard 5, Kestrel, Meadow Pipit 6, Cuckoo 2, Linnet 3, Swallow and House Martin in good numbers and Yellowhammer.

Headland Warren down to Challacombe ~  one female Wheatear, Meadow Pipits,  Skylarks, Four Raven, Two Cuckoo and my first Whinchat of the year with three birds being seen. The reed grass areas at Challcombe were swarming with feeding Swallows.

 

Posted May 23rd, 2016 at 5:33 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Sunday 22nd May 2016

Belated news of Smew on Lundy, 14 May

Further to the male Smew in North Devon on 20 & 21 May (see below), news has just reached us of a male Smew reportedly seen on Pondsbury, Lundy, on 14 May. If confirmed, this is almost certainly the same individual as on the mainland and only the second Lundy record (the first as long ago as 1933!). The dates and locations of these sightings undoubtedly raise questions about the bird's origin and/or well-being, though stranger things have happened...

Posted May 22nd, 2016 at 11:48 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Brent Goose

Brent Goose (pale) with Canada goose flock Kitley on Friday pm.

Posted May 22nd, 2016 at 11:00 pm by tony Edie in Bird News

Bearded Vulture

Seen at approximately 4.30pm on B3212 on western side of Bellever Forest being mobbed by Buzzards and Crows .  After a minute of so of watching my wife just above tree level it drifted off eastwards, vanishing surprisingly quickly for such a huge bird.   

Posted May 22nd, 2016 at 9:30 pm by steve moore in Bird News

Possible sighting of Lammergeier - Postbridge

Lammergeier near Postbridge, Dartmoor today at 16.30 good views of bird being mobbed by buzzard over wooded area and a few minutes later over open moorland flying south.   Laurel Miller.

Posted May 22nd, 2016 at 9:14 pm in Bird News

Pomerine Skua at South Huish Marsh

Still on the marsh today. Did get up and fly about a little bit, but mostly sitting still. Lovely day, bit of wind, lots of martins, swallows and some swifts.

Distant shot of Pom Skua
Distant shot of Pom Skua

Distant shot, having a fidget
Distant shot, having a fidget

Obliging swallow
Obliging swallow

Posted May 22nd, 2016 at 2:56 pm by Stephanie Murphy in Bird News

Pied Flycathers

Arlington Court nest boxes. Pair of Piec Flycatchers in and out if box with food. Not sure if these are monitored by the NT or anyone else? Great to see.

Posted May 22nd, 2016 at 1:13 pm by John & Karen Towers & Sims in Bird News

Smew

Phew! So I wasn't dreaming then! Still an extraordinary record!

Posted May 22nd, 2016 at 12:06 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Prawle Point

Saturday: Seawatch in SSW going SW force 4-5 mainly rain and mist with some dry patches.6am to 2.30pm (TM and PM)

5 Bonxies,5 Great Northern Divers,16 Puffins, 2 Storm Petrels,2 Sandwich Terns, c 30 Sanderling, c 2200 Manx Shearwaters, 31 Kittiwakes  - all west.

In car park, on leaving 2 Spotted Flycatchers.

 

Posted May 22nd, 2016 at 12:04 am in Bird News

Saturday 21st May 2016

Beesands - spotted flycatcher

Beesands in poor weather this morning. As well as the larger Canada Geese, Swans with broods, 4 Gadwall and several Tufted, there were quite a few small birds showing. Highlight was a Spotted Flycatcher to the NW of the hide. Also recorded a pair of Blackcap, a Cetti's Warbler, 3 Reedwarbler and a Whitethroat. My brother walked to Hallsands and back, adding 2 Green Woodpecker , a pair of Cirl Bunting and several Stonechats to his list

Posted May 21st, 2016 at 11:22 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Smew N Devon nr Crow Point

JonTurner reported a smart looking male Smew yesterday at Velator managed to show it to Sue ?.  Went home for camera and when he returned it had gone!

However tonight I received a call from Les Scarlett to say much to his surprise he found a male Smew at Crow Point in the ditch near the toll booth and managed to get a photo despite the poor weather.

Smew (male)

Posted May 21st, 2016 at 10:16 pm in Bird News

Bearded vulture

Apologies for the late posting. Yesterday 11.05 - 11.30 hrs, whilst undertaking some fieldwork, I recorded a / the bearded vulture soaring over Cookworthy Plantation, NW Devon. It was mobbed by two different buzzards before it finally went into a long, long glide due west towards Holsworthy.

Posted May 21st, 2016 at 7:35 pm in Bird News

South Huish Marsh. Pomarine Skua

There again today,viewed from the car park at 2.45pm

Posted May 21st, 2016 at 4:12 pm by Terry Goddard in Bird News

Berry Head seawatch

Berry Hd seawatch 05:40-12:40. SSW5 light rain with the occasional clearance. 31 Puffins, 2 Bonxies, 4 Arctic Terns, 9 Common Terns, 4 'commic' Terns, 2 Sandwich Terns, 3 Great Northern Divers, 952 Manx Shearwaters, 3 Whimbrel, 75 Kittiwakes, 4 Common Scoter, Sanderling, 8 Dunlin, 20+ Dunlin / Sanderling, 10+ Common Dolphins, 5+ Harbour Porpoise and Grey Seal. A few Swallows / House Martins and 3 Swifts coming in off sea (includes Mike Langman's totals).

Posted May 21st, 2016 at 3:35 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Friday 20th May 2016

20-05-16 Warren house Inn - Goldendagger Mine area

Wheatears, Whinchats and a lone Reed Warbler were seen and photographed in the valley, other birds were Skylarks & Meadow Pipits, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs, two Cuckoos were heard 1 either side of the valley, but not seen, also a Green Woodpecker heard but not seen.

Wheatear
Wheatear

Reed Bunting
Reed Bunting

Whinchat
Whinchat

Posted May 20th, 2016 at 9:40 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Hoopoe etc Berry Head

Hoopoe in quarry at Berry Head today noon-ish. See youtube link -;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9w1AfDRaCn4

Also Fulmar in same area and Sparrowhawk. Usual Guillemot , Kittiwake and Gannet in view.

Gannet youtube link -; 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGPF6j6hGXE

Later went to Clennon Valley but nothing new seen there.

Hoopoe
Hoopoe

Fulmar
Fulmar

Gannet
Gannet

Posted May 20th, 2016 at 6:42 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Hisley Woods- Bovey Valley

Wood Warbler and Grey Wagtail (male). Taken with bridge camera. 

Posted May 20th, 2016 at 5:38 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Velator

Midday daily inspection: didn't expect much, Canada Geese all present and correct, ditto Little Grebes, hello what's that at the far end of the pond? Drake Smew, ..... what?! Did I have my camera? Had several looks and kicked myself a few times, but clearly no illegal substances involved.

Fortunately, as I drove out, there on the bridge was Sue Bruce, so we went back to confirm, and it was hauled out on the island preening, no apparent rings. Slightly off-white breast plumage, but otherwise a real cracker.

Went up to Exmoor (above North Molton) saw Tree Pipit and Redstart, but no Whinchat or Cuckoo. Returned to the reserve with camera, and no sign of Smew.... 

Looks like tomorrow will be Dartmoor again, could be a crowd!

Posted May 20th, 2016 at 5:21 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Hisley Woods Nature Reserve (Bovey Valley- East Dartmoor).

Reconnoitred this area in advance of fieldtrip planned for Fri 10 June (East Devon Branch Programme).

Treecreeper, Pied Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher, Mistle Thrush, Grey Wagtail, Wood Warbler, Redstart, Marsh Tit, Gt Spotted Woodpecker, Siskin and Blackcap all present.  Buzzard, 3 Swift and a Whitethroat on Trendlebere Down.  A nice alternative to Yarner Wood.  Just hope the birds are still there in June!

Posted May 20th, 2016 at 5:02 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

BBS results for Finlake area

I did my second Breeding Bird Survey transect for the year this morning in 'my' square, which covers part of Finlake, near Chudleigh Knighton. Looking back over the results since BBS began in 1994 is very revealing, although the main value of course comes when the data are combined with those from the other 3,700+ transects in the UK.

I've found 75 species in total over the years, so it's proved to be quite an interesting area for birds. These have included Mandarin, Hobby, Peregrine, Cuckoo (but not since 2000), Kingfisher, Tree Pipit, Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear, Grasshopper Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Wood Warbler and Lesser Redpoll. Though often only single records, these show what patch working can turn up, even if it is only two visits a year. I record an average of 44.5 species per year (range 40-48), but slightly fewer in recent years than in the early years. However, I don't think I can put that down to any loss of hearing, as I'm still finding similar numbers of Goldcrest and Treecreeper! That's important, as most of the birds are located initially on song or call.

Of the more numerous birds, Woodpigeon continues a run of lean years, possibly due to the disappearance of arable land in the square, which no doubt explains why I've only seen single Skylarks in the last two years, compared with 4-10 previously. I used to have 1-2 pairs of Woodlarks breeding, but haven't seen these since 2008 (also principally down to the loss of arable). There's been a big increase in 'horsiculture', which has mostly accounted for the conversion of arable to grass as odd fields have been sold off. On the plus side, there's been an increase in Yellowhammers, notably near stables (a connection I've noticed elsewhere locally).

2016 is the best year for Robin, and among the best for Wren and Blue Tit. Chiffchaff and Blackcap are both more numerous than in the 1990s, continuing a trend which I reckon started in the 1980s (over which period Willow Warblers became much scarcer away from the uplands. A nice surprise was 2 Spotted Flycatchers, which I've only seen twice before, but no Whitethroats for the second year.

Sorry this is longer than other posts, but I just wanted to show enjoyable it is doing a BBS transect, building a picture of bird populations locally, and importantly helping to produce national trends. I would encourage anyone to join in the fun!

Posted May 20th, 2016 at 3:33 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Thursday 19th May 2016

Chapel Wood, N Devon round up

Four or Five evening dog walks this week around Chapel Wood gave Swallows, Swifts, Song Thrush, GSWP, Green WP, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Chiff Chaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Blue, Great, Coal and Long Tailed, Gold and Chaffinch, Buzzard, Kestrel, Raven and all Corvids inc Jay, Male Redstart, Spotted Fly, Tawny Owl heard, Woodies and Collared Doves, lots of Pheasants and all the other regulars. A herd of 6 Red Deer, a single Roe Deer, rabbits, two large Hares, Squirrels, evidence of Fox and activity around the Badger set. A group of 3 Red Deer apparently sunbathing at the top of an opposite field and two sheep carcass in the stream with bones missing - but no Lammergeier!

Posted May 19th, 2016 at 5:34 pm by Rob Barnes in Bird News

Berry Head

Hoopoe still there in bottom quarry this morning at 11

Posted May 19th, 2016 at 3:26 pm by Lloyd Gray in Bird News

Wednesday 18th May 2016

Noss Mayo - Hoopoe

We took an evening stroll along Revelstoke Carriage Drive in the vain hope of finding the Hoopoe that was reported this morning. No luck there and definitely no luck for the Vole that flew past us in the talons of a hunting Barn Owl. Also there, three Red-legged Partridges.

Posted May 18th, 2016 at 10:38 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Exminster

One Red kite over the fields on the west side of Exmister at 19:45 (viewed from Topsham).

Posted May 18th, 2016 at 10:09 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Pomarine skua - spotted flycatcher

South Huish Marsh 1630 -1830 today, Pomerine Skua , reported by Terry Goddard earlier, still present amongst assorted gulls at back of marsh. Mostly on ground but occasionally forced into the air by moving Canada Geese. Distant photo taken by my brother..On way home, a spotted flycatcher seen in the middle of South Milton village.

Pomerine Skua - South Huish Marsh - 18.5.2016
Pomerine Skua - South Huish Marsh - 18.5.2016

Spotted Flycatcher _ South Milton - 18.5.2016
Spotted Flycatcher _ South Milton - 18.5.2016

Posted May 18th, 2016 at 9:58 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Dartmoor

Dartmoor this afternoon strong cold winds and a far cry from early summer, birders all over the moors on hopeful Lammergeier watch.

At the little bridge over the stream below Dury farm, Bellever, two Cuckoo, two Chiffchaff singing, Swallow and House Martin beyond any accurate count, a pair of Pied Wagtails feeding a single recently fledged chick.

Cuckoo by Keith Male

Cuckoo image by Keith Male

Pair of Redstart with the male chasing the hen around, a Mallard flew up the stream, 58 Herring Gull passing over (later in a nearby field a count of 125), Rook, Dunnock, male Stonechat and three Buzzard.

Just past the Warren House Inn a Kestrel and several Buzzard one of which was almost pure white.

Headland Warren down to Challacombe, nine Wheatear, Meadow Pipits, another three Buzzards, a gent that we met on the road reported a Spotted Flycatcher and Garden Warbler near Challcombe farm.

Back home at South Brent, three Siskin and male Reed Bunting on the feeders and at 6.33pm a surprise with two Hobby’s one behind the other flying over one of my field hedges towards the moors.

 

Posted May 18th, 2016 at 7:07 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Red Kite Braunton, North Devon

Single Red Kite seen over Braunton around 11.00am being mobbed by several rooks and starlings before moving off eastwards.

Posted May 18th, 2016 at 6:25 pm by David Worthington in Bird News

Berry Head

Hoopoe seen on the south side of headland at 11:15. Intermittant flying and feeding until scared off by dog. About an hour later relocated by ML with myself and Bob Bailey present, this time on the N. fort gun wall.Not seen since.


Posted May 18th, 2016 at 2:07 pm by John Lusher in Bird News

South Huish Marsh

Pomarine Skua sitting amongst gulls at back of marsh (adult) still there at 11.30am when I left. Also 1 Blacktailed godwit

Posted May 18th, 2016 at 1:21 pm by Terry Goddard in Bird News

Tuesday 17th May 2016

Lammergeier Dip

Stuck on the Exe Estuary most of the day, managed a lone Whimbrel and a lovely summer plumaged Grey Plover. Eyes skyward all the time in the hope it would drift over! And all the usual stuff for a low tide.

Posted May 17th, 2016 at 6:56 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Black Guillemot Ilfracombe Pier

This afternoon a Black Guillemot was on the water, 300m off the Pier. Also a Red Kite up high, headed west over Cairn. 

Posted May 17th, 2016 at 6:54 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Lammergeier dip

Spent from 09:00-15:30 at various points on S Dartmoor looking for yesterdays mega without succsess, Only highlight a Red Kite south of Bennetts Cross at 12:20.

Posted May 17th, 2016 at 6:23 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Bere Alston - Red Kite

Single bird soaring and hovering over fields today reported by Steph Mason

Posted May 17th, 2016 at 6:17 pm in Bird News

Red kite

Drifting across Portmore golf corrse, Barnstaple 11.15 today

Posted May 17th, 2016 at 4:46 pm by Peter squire in Bird News

Hoopoe - Brixham

Hoopoe in our back garden today catching worms  it was there for quite a while, movement didn't seem to affect him but sudden noise did.

 

Posted May 17th, 2016 at 2:09 pm by Michael Linsdell in Bird News

Monday 16th May 2016

Bird of Prey - Rippon Tor -in hindsight probable lammergeier

About 0930 - 0945 saw a large bird of prey fly from Rippon Tor towards Cold East Cross / Ruddycleave Valley. The bird was thought to be a buzzard at first but with binoculars it seemed its flight was very slow and more kite like,,,,,watched it at  a distance for 6 - 7 minutes but clearly no forked tail. On circling anticlockwise it showed very long dark wings and tail but a noticeable small head in proportion to e.g. Honey Buzzard - the bird then drifted south towards Ruddycleave / Poundsgate.. As it flew -it's silouette showed arched wings similar to an osprey but the primaries were distinctly pointed upwards, Had another look nearer Cold East cross but resulted in no further sighting  and the bird was no longer visible in the skyline,. Later at home -  a review of birds of prey in the bird guides remained inconclusive , however given the later sighting of a lammergeier to the south of this area - could well be the same bird,

Posted May 16th, 2016 at 11:58 pm by JDA in Bird News

Warren House Inn - Lammergeier loss now found!

Adam Davidson was one of the birders by the Warren House Inn this evening (Monday) looking for the bird.  Sadly he left his Scope and tripod beside the road when he drove off.  Several birders were still present. The Inn says it was not handed in.  If anyone has any news or has taken it to hand in to the police please would they contact Adam  mob 07985 729750 

Adam now reunited with his equipment passes on his thanks to Andy from Portsmouth

Posted May 16th, 2016 at 11:25 pm in Bird News

Challacombe Farm- Warren House Inn and LAMMERGEIER.

18 members of DB attended the fieldtrip to Challacombe Farm organised by East Devon Branch and spent the morning around the farm and valley towards Headland Warren.  Target species found in small numbers including Gt. Spotted Woodpecker, several Willow Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher 1, Garden Warbler 1, Wheatear 1pr, Tree Pipit 1, Winchat 1f, Treecreeper 1, Stock Dove 1 and a Cuckoo (towards Headland Warren). 

The group later headed by cars to Warren House Inn area for lunch before concentrating on the Soussons plantation and valley where Gt- Spotted Woodpecker and a Green Woodpecker were found together with Whinchat and 3(?) Cuckoo.  

Dave Murray who had led for the day stayed on until late afternoon and received news about the Lammergeier  reported in S. Dartmoor.  He informed me this evening that this bird was seen by him and a party from Axe Valley Conservation Group lead by Ian Waite at around 5pm on the hillside towards Headland Warren. Can't believe I went home earlier!

Ed - later reports from those present say sighting was not of the bird.

Posted May 16th, 2016 at 8:39 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

White Stork

Spotted Monday 9th May at 8.15am walking around in my field in Broadhempston, Nr Totnes, Devon.

Posted May 16th, 2016 at 6:43 pm by Jan Hutton in Bird News

Red Kite Plympton

Just received a message from Mark Rosser who  was driving along the A38 from Plympton to Ivybridge  at 13:30hrs and had a Red Kite over.

Posted May 16th, 2016 at 6:17 pm in Bird News

Clarification of location of sighting of immature Lammageier

I'm not on twitter but I see the tweets are misleading. The bird was seen at SX670634 circling out over the Bala Brook and then the old Shipley Tramway north west of what is called on the OS the Avon Filtration Station. The sewage works is somewhere different, it slowly drifted north east over Zeal Hill and Brent Moor on a track likely to take it over the road up to the Avon Dam. It was circling low scanning the ground and there are plenty of carcasses out there if it should chance to find one.

Posted May 16th, 2016 at 3:56 pm by Barrie Whitehall in Bird News

Slapton - 15th May

A great Saturday morning walk with the Warden. 40 species seen / heard. Firsts for me were Cetti's Warbler and Reed Warbler. Also Garden Warbler, Chiff Chaff and some lovely Gannets close to shore. 

Posted May 16th, 2016 at 2:52 pm by Paul Cowie in Bird News

Yarnor Wood - 8th may

A great afternoon as there were lots of Pied Flycatchers (10+ that I saw) and also two Cuckoo at the very top end of the wood. Two heard, one seen. Any then a stunning Redstart on the way back down - I never realised how lovely these are close up! 

Posted May 16th, 2016 at 2:48 pm by Paul Cowie in Bird News

South Huish Marsh - Gt White Egret

Great White Egret found this morning at 10.20am by Graham Daw and Arthur Livett and still present at 12 o'clock.

 

Posted May 16th, 2016 at 1:32 pm in Bird News

Immature Lammergeier

11:35 16th May 2016, just north of Avon Water Treatment Works circling at low altitude, slowly drifting off north east and possible passing close to the Avon Dam, seemed in no hurry to move on, one immature Lammergeier, last ones seen by me in Himalayas in 1979, about 100 in a morning

Posted May 16th, 2016 at 12:29 pm by Barrie Whitehall in Bird News

South Devon Railway yesterday

Totnes: Robin, Mute Swan and  a Mallard with young on the River, Jackdaws, House Sparrows, Blackbirds.

Buckfastleigh: Robins, House Sparrows, Blackbirds and House Martins (setting up home in the eaves of the Station Building). Orange Tips, Green-veined Whites and Beautiful Demoiselles on the River Walk along with a pair of Muscovey, Mallards and a flypast by a Kingfisher.

Staverton: Swallows, Robin, Mistle Thrush & Blackbird. Buzzard overhead. Orange Tips and Green-veined White on River Walk.

Posted May 16th, 2016 at 9:13 am by Michael Spencer in Bird News

Sunday 15th May 2016

Cuckoo's Meldon Reservoir

Not one but two Cuckoo's were seen at Meldon Reservoir today 15-05-16,seemed to be a pair, as they flew off together. Managed to get photo's but these were well in the distance and did not come out well

Posted May 15th, 2016 at 8:50 pm by Greg Bradburyg in Bird News

Loxhore, N Devon

Spotted Flycatcher and Willow Tit (seen and heard) at the Loxhore side of Arlington on Saturday.

Posted May 15th, 2016 at 8:38 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Osprey

Osprey spotted today at midday near Lee Moor. Had a very good clear view. 

Posted May 15th, 2016 at 8:27 pm by Mark in Bird News

Marsh Harrier ~ South Brent

Dartmoor above Dockwell Farm, South Brent early this morning surprisingly cold with the winds, two Cuckoo calling some distance away, Yellow Hammers showing well, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Linnets.

At the farm Swallows and two young Wagtails which have been confirmed as Pied and not as White as I reported yesterday

At home around 1pm a hen Marsh Harrier was a huge surprise (apologies for the awful record shot but it was a good distance away)

Posted May 15th, 2016 at 7:12 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Slapton - Woodchat Shrike

Woodchat Shrike at Slapton this morning in fields adjacent to Higher Ley - sadly it didn't go near the ringing nets!

Nik Ward

Posted May 15th, 2016 at 6:29 pm in Bird News

Wood Sandpiper River Caen Estuary North Devon

12:30 as the tide was rising a Wood Sandpiper seen on the estuary along with 6 Whimbrel and 4 Dunlin in full Summer plumage. Plenty of Swifts Swallows and House Martins seen over the Braunton Marshes. Cetti's and Reed Warblers heard throughout the marsh's waterways. Skylarks singing overhead during a very pleasant walk.

Posted May 15th, 2016 at 2:19 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Exminster Wood Sandpiper

Still showing well from viewing screen along railway path 10.30

Posted May 15th, 2016 at 12:03 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Saturday 14th May 2016

Grasshopper warbler - at last

Started off well with two cuckoos flying into Centries at Harford, then finished with a grasshopper reeling near Huntingdon.  My first Grasshopper warbler of the year.

Posted May 14th, 2016 at 10:11 pm by Ann Willcocks in Bird News

Nightjars

Just back from my local Nightjar site having successfully seen and heard at least one. Sadly on the way home, just a couple of hundred yards from where I had parked, a freshly dead male Nightjar lay in the road. Must have been very recently struck by a passing car.

Posted May 14th, 2016 at 10:11 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

South Brent ~ Cuckoo

On the moor above Owley near South Brent this morning my first Cuckoo’s of the season with a female seen and while watching her two males calling further out onto the moors, a little later one of the calling birds showing but very flighty and not settling. Also seen a pair of Redpoll, Meadow Pipits, Skylarks, male Stonechat, Mistle Thrush, several pairs of Yellow Hammer, three Buzzards and two Raven.

On the way home two Song Thrush by Owley.

An afternoon visit onto the moors from Dockwell farm gave Grey Wagtail, a White Wagtail with a recently fledged chick, four Cuckoo, Sky Larks, Linnets, Whitethroat, Willow Warblers, male Kestrel, Raven, Buzzard

Back home ~ four Siskin and a male Reed Bunting on the garden feeders, two Sparrow Hawk sightings and four Buzzards soaring overhead.

Posted May 14th, 2016 at 10:09 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

As previous posts Wood Sandpiper visible from the viewing screen.

On way back to car park managed a few shots through the reeds from the path.




Posted May 14th, 2016 at 9:59 pm by Paul Treen in Bird News

Wood Sandpiper Exmister Marsh

Further to Mark's post the Wood Sandpiper got moved by the cattle to next water scrape along the back path before turning for viewing screen and only viewable by looking through the tall reeds where i managed a couple of photos..

Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper

Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper

Posted May 14th, 2016 at 9:59 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Soar

Generally quiet but managed - 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 3 Sedge Warblers, c25 Whitethroats, 5 Chiffchaffs, 8 Blackcaps and a Reed Warbler. 

Posted May 14th, 2016 at 9:23 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Sterridge Valley

Red Kite drifted high over the house, heading W, at 17.30.

Posted May 14th, 2016 at 8:54 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

South Huish Marsh

South Huish Marsh, late afternoon: 1 Hobby, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Dunlin and 1 White Wagtail.

Posted May 14th, 2016 at 8:21 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Churchstow

1 fem. Marsh Harrier heading NE across A379 just NW of Bantham Cross roundabout, 4.25pm

Posted May 14th, 2016 at 8:18 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

The Wood Sand again late pm on scrape by viewing screen along railway path

Posted May 14th, 2016 at 8:05 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

No sign of Wood Sandpiper but lots of Hobbies feeding around the lagoon - best views from railway path. Also 2 Whitethroat along railway path.

Video of hobby https://youtu.be/DxLpNX5O9B0

Hobby
Hobby

Hobby
Hobby

Posted May 14th, 2016 at 5:05 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Mid to late morning, there was a Wood Sandpiper feeding on a large scrape with good muddy edges, about two thirds of way along the railway footpath - presumably the one reported from BGM.   Hobby seen in flight.

Posted May 14th, 2016 at 2:40 pm by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

07.45 to 09.55; clear, sunny; E2-3: Visible migration = 15 Swallows, 1 Tree Pipit, 5 Siskins and 6 Lesser Black-backed Gulls all flying E, plus a new species for my patch, a 2nd calendar-year Iceland Gull flying E close-in to the cliffs on the same line as the LB-bs and possible migrant Herring Gulls (though more difficult to separate these from movements of local breeding birds). Also 2 male Lesser Whitethroats in the scrub. Offshore 6 Gannets feeding over 3 Harbour Porpoises and 2 Common Dolphins.

Posted May 14th, 2016 at 11:50 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Friday 13th May 2016

Hobby ~ South Brent

Around 2pm this afternoon a Hobby seen from home flying over Hillside towards the lower end of Brent Hill and the moors.

Posted May 13th, 2016 at 8:57 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Exminister Marsh

Visited late pm, Purple Heron not reported since before 10am. So probably moved/gone. Two male Gargeney showing on dyke right of lagoon & a Hobby were best bits. 

Posted May 13th, 2016 at 8:34 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Chapel Wood

An evening walk around the Wood in the sunshine gave all the regulars plus good views of GSWP male, Spotted Flycatcher, Treecreeper, Buzzard but the best was a close and long view of a TAWNY OWL on a low branch with its back to the sun, probably up early the feed the family.

Posted May 13th, 2016 at 8:27 pm by Rob Barnes in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

No sign of the Purple Heron whilst i was there 1030-1430 hrs. Red Kite seen at 1330 flying south from golfcourse towards starcross/powerham direction also one seen by others around 1000 over RSPB car-park. 2 male Garganey seen from the canal towpath in the far water scrape right of the main lagoon with at least 3 Hobbies over.

Posted May 13th, 2016 at 5:39 pm by David Boult in Bird News

All Change at Bowling Green

Back at Bowling Green Marsh for my lunchtime break to find the recent visitors had departed only to be replaced now by the season's first Wood Sandpiper amongst the Bar-tailed Godwit and the few Redshank present.

Still two Greenshank on Goosemoor but no sign of the recent Grey Plover 

Posted May 13th, 2016 at 5:10 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Purple Heron Exminster Marsh (Yesterday 12-5-2016)

Late post from yesterday evening. The Purple Heron continued to show athough distant on far side of the main lagoon from the canal towpath viewing platform with the Short-eared Owl stood on the grass bank near the water further to the left and been there most of the evening also a Hobby stood on fence post far left in front of the lagoon and 3 Hobbies seen earlier flying quite close during the afternoon visit.

Short 4K video clip of Heron: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dn4f478aH-U

Purple Heron
Purple Heron

Hobby
Hobby

Posted May 13th, 2016 at 8:41 am by David Boult in Bird News

Thursday 12th May 2016

Bowling Green & Goosemoor

No sign again of the Ruffs or the single Avocet on Bowling Green at lunchtime today, but a newcomer to the marsh was a 1st winter Mediterranean Gull.  On Goosemoor were two Grey Plover not quite in full summer plumage, also two Greenshank and five redshank.

Posted May 12th, 2016 at 11:08 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Venford Reservoir

Three male and two female Cuckoo audible over the course of the day of fieldwork around the reservoir as part of the ongoing upland bird projects (University of Exeter, RSPB, DevonBirds). Lots on Dartmoor this year and a good part of the UK to lay eyes on one, not just ears!

Posted May 12th, 2016 at 9:39 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Plymouth Barbican, Turtle Dove

At 5pm today 12/5/16, a single turtle dove on the Barbican in Plymouth

Turtle Dove
Turtle Dove

Posted May 12th, 2016 at 8:43 pm by Allison Kirby in Bird News

Berry Head

1 Hobby flew over >East this evening just before the thunder storm!

 

Posted May 12th, 2016 at 8:19 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Red legged partridge

I was in the garden this afternoon when I thought I heard a chicken but it turned out to be a red legged partridge on the bungalow roof in Saunton Park, Braunton.

Posted May 12th, 2016 at 6:22 pm by Val Hoad in Bird News

Exminster Marsh - Purple Heron

Having spent some time with just its head poking out of the vegetation, the Purple Heron showed well, having flown across to the right hand side of the lagoon as seen from the viewing platform. Still there when I left at about 1.45.

Posted May 12th, 2016 at 2:05 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Rillage Point

06.30-08.15: An initially unpromising visit, with banks of sea fog draped round the point, was rewarded with my first patch record of Short-eared Owl. It was sitting in the path and later flew back over my head; doubtless a migrant disoriented by the weather (BirdTrack shows above-average numbers around at the moment). Kittiwakes calling in the fog offshore and 185 auks headed E, up-channel, when the fog lifted for a while. Still a trickle of E-bound Lesser Black-backed Gull migration and I could hear (but not see many) hirundines flying overhead, presumably across the top of the fog. No sign of grounded passerine migrants; only territorial Chiffchaffs and Whitethroats.

Posted May 12th, 2016 at 10:06 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Wednesday 11th May 2016

Exminster Marsh

An adult Purple Heron all afternoon on the far side of the lagoon viewed from the viewing platform - showing well but obviously distantly- more or less continually in view. Also 2 Hobby around the lagoon

Posted May 11th, 2016 at 9:37 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Bar-tailed Godwit

Paighton/Preston beach this afternoon 3 birds showing nicely walking the beach..

Posted May 11th, 2016 at 6:29 pm by Jon Pring in Bird News

Velator

Daily check round revealed that we now have 9 Canada Geese - seven of which were little yellow ones! Whitethroat singing was unusual, last time one sang it was driven away by cold and persistent rain. I hope the weather gets back to being sunny soon!

Posted May 11th, 2016 at 6:12 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Newton Abbot

One White Stork circled over Buckland at 16:45.

Posted May 11th, 2016 at 5:23 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Bird News

Abbotskerswell

George Bemment reported the White Stork at about 1.20pm drifting North over 2 mile Oak, nr Abbotskerswell.

Posted May 11th, 2016 at 4:36 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Osprey over the marsh at 2:30pm, went out onto the estuary - it was briefly spotted from the viewing platform but was lost in the misty conditions unfortunately. 

No ruffs today, but we had grey plover in summer plumage (one, plus another at Goosemoor), dunlin in summer plumage, several whimbrel, curlew, blackwits, oystercatcher, 45 ish shelducks, a redshank and greenshank, and 2 barwits :)

Posted May 11th, 2016 at 4:20 pm by Helen Whitall in Bird News

White stork over A380

A white stork flew over the A380 at approximately 14:00; only a very brief view (given that there wasn't anywhere to stop!). It was approximatley 2 miles south of Telegraph Hill and seemed to be heading W or NW, i.e. towards the Exe. I was greatly relieved to see the sighting from Exminster yesterday, at least I know I wasn't hallucinating!

Posted May 11th, 2016 at 2:37 pm by Ross Bower in Bird News

Tuesday 10th May 2016

Topsham

A quiet evening around Topsham. Highlights 22 Ringed plover off the Goatwalk together with 2 Grey plover, 1 of which was in fine summer plumage. 1 Avocet on Bowling Green but no sign of the Ruff.

Posted May 10th, 2016 at 10:56 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Shipley ~ South Huish marsh & South Brent

A morning visit to Shipley before the weather broke ~ male Blackcaps and Willow Warbler showing well and singing away. Swallow, Swift, Wren, Jay, pair of song Thrush one with a beak full of food, Mistle Thrush showing well, Grey Wagtail, Coal Tit, Lesser Black Backed Gull and a pair of Mallard overhead, male Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Chiffchaff and two Goldfinch.

 

A lunchtime visit to South Huish Marsh was rewarded with good if distant views of three full summer plumage Grey Plover and three Dunlin, which all took to flight along with a Snipe when a Buzzard came in low over the marsh.

Two Heron, Little Egret, drake Wigeon, Lesser Black Backed Gull,Moorhen, Coot, House Martin, Swallow, Swift and Sky Larks over the area, Pied Wagtails, out to sea a red/orange billed Tern sp but too far out to be specific re ID.

On the lanes in and out of the location Whitethroat and Yellow Hammer.

Back home at South Brent ~ Siskin and Reed Buntings (1F ~ 2M) on the garden feeders, a pair of Mistle Thrush again driving off Sparrow Hawk, Jackdaw and Magpie. Five Greater Black Backed Gulls overhead, (three adult two Juvenile) 39 Herring Gull in one flock mobbing two Buzzards.

Raven, House Martin , Swallow and Swift, Mallard, GSWP and a late evening fly past from two Canadian Geese.

Posted May 10th, 2016 at 10:35 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Ruffs at Bowling Green Marsh

At lunchtime today the three Ruff and the Reeve were showing very well next the hide.  They were extremely active and involved in what I first took to be some kind of display behaviour but they were actually snapping at midges rising up from the sedges.  Also there was a single Avocet and a Whimbrel with a good number of Godwits including a few Bar-tails.

Someone has left a monopod on the bench in the hide. If that was you, another visiting birder said he would take it to the RSPB shop at Dart's Farm, and you'll be able to collect it from there..

Posted May 10th, 2016 at 6:54 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Exminster / Exminster marshes

While heading down through Exminster at 1400hrs, spotted a White Stork soaring over the car, pulled over and quickly jumped out and secured some photos (could not see any rings). It appeared to head for the marshes, but we couldn't relocate it there, nor could others who looked.

White StorkWhite Stork - Exminster

While at Exminster Marshes saw 6 Hobbies and later 3 Red Kites with a Common Buzzard together heading NE towards Topsham.

Posted May 10th, 2016 at 6:17 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Red Kite/ Trewsweir, Exeter

Seen from Trewsweir today, Red Kite circling high over the Exe at 15:45, then flying north east.

Posted May 10th, 2016 at 5:45 pm by Mike Booth in Bird News

Chapel Wood

Afternoon walk around the Wood produced all the regulars including Chiff Chaff, Willow Warbler plus male and female Redstart and two or three Spotted Flycatchers. Also a Treecreeper catching insects like a flycatcher, which was a new one for me.

Posted May 10th, 2016 at 5:44 pm by Rob Barnes in Bird News

Morte Point

Short-eared Owl hunting over the Point in thick mist this morning between 0800 - 0900. 4 Whimbrel still present.


Posted May 10th, 2016 at 4:51 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

Prawle Point Monday 9th May-late post

Seawatch with JL from 6.30am till 3pm in ENE going E, 3-4/5 with mist and rain from 12.20.

1 Arctic Skua,1 Bonxie, 2 Great Northern Divers (summer plumage), 10 Bar-Tailed Godwit, 6 Whimbrel, a flock of 15 mixed medium-sized waders (probably Knot/Grey Plover), 3 Arctic Terns, 2 Commic Terns,40 Common Scoter- all east. Also 105 Manxies east/7 west; 200 Gannets east/28 west; 59 Auks east/65 east. 1 possible Storm Petrel.

And 8 plus Dolphins, probably Bottle-Nosed, 1 Harbour Porpoise and I Grey Seal. No Pelicans.

 

Posted May 10th, 2016 at 11:51 am in Bird News

Monday 9th May 2016

Topsham

Watched from BGM hide from 18.15 - 20.30. Highlight was a brief (2 minute) visit from a LRP. The four Ruff were there but disappeared north for about 45 mins after being spooked by a Grey Heron. They were in and out a fair bit after that mostly along with a flock of Blackwits. Muscovy Duck still there. Also 2 Stock Dove, Barwit, Common Gull, BH Gull, Herring Gull, 2 Wigeon, 1 Teal, Greenshank, Redshank, Whimbrel, Curlew,Dunlin, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Avocet,. About 6 Swallows through along with 2 Swift, 1 Sand Martin (House Martins along The Strand).  Reed and Sedge in reeds at the back of the marsh.

Nothing in the fading light from the platform or the Goatwalk.

Posted May 9th, 2016 at 10:25 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Plymouth

Three Spotted Flycatchers in NW corner of Ford Park Cemetery.

Posted May 9th, 2016 at 9:45 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Bird News

Bowling Green & Darts Farm

Bowling Green

On morning high tide. 4 Ruff (3 males), 130 Blackwit, 2 Barwit, 21 Curlew, 10 Whimbrel, 6 Redshank, 5 Greenshank on Goosemoor, 6 Dunlin, 2 Common Sand (from platform) & an Avocet. 62 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon. 5 Sand Martin, 10 Swift, 2 Cetti's Warblers. 

Darts Farm

2 singing Reed Warblers & an Orange Tip

Posted May 9th, 2016 at 6:26 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Red Kite over Northam

1.30 today a Red Kite flew over my house and then crossed the Torridge just below Torridge Bridge heading north east towards Barnstaple. It looked as though it was missing at least one inner primary from each wing. Could this be the Kenwith bird?

Posted May 9th, 2016 at 2:26 pm by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

4 Ruff still (3 males and 1 female) this lunchtime. 1 Redshank, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Wigeon. Plenty of Martins, Swallows and Swifts. Also, a Muscovy Duck which looked like the same bird I saw at Darts Farm earlier in the year.

Posted May 9th, 2016 at 2:11 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Bideford

Red Kite very low over Kenwith valley this morning. Reported by Bob Cleversley

Posted May 9th, 2016 at 2:04 pm in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh

Took a wander around late morning and of interest found the Swan herd has increased to 31, and a smart drake Garganey was following a pair of Mallard around.

Posted May 9th, 2016 at 1:55 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Honiton

Osprey seen flying south over Honiton this morning at 08:50 by Vernon Whitlock.

Posted May 9th, 2016 at 12:33 pm in Bird News

images from Lundy trip

As previous text

WheatearSpotted Flycatcher
Wheatear & Spotted Flycatcher

Posted May 9th, 2016 at 12:05 pm by John Wilkes in Bird News

Lundy images

From the run ashore at Lundy yesterday I spotted the following not in any order, Black Backed Gulls, Herring Gulls, little Gulls, Guillemots, Razor Bills, Manx Shearwaters, Crows, Magpie, Black Bird, Puffins Peregrine Falcons, Kestrel, Turtle Dove, Wood Pigeons, Sandwich Turns, Spotted Flycatchers, Goldfinch, Meadow Pipet, Skylarks, Wheatears, Starlings, Swallows, Chiff Chaff, Wood Warbler. Black caps, Mallard Duck, I did hear of other sightings of Redpol, Linnets, Gannetts and a few other possible sightings.

All in all a long day slightly dampened by the very blustery conditions in the afternoon.

more images to follow.

Chiff Chaff or at least I think so??Black cap
Chiffchaff &  Blackcap



Posted May 9th, 2016 at 11:58 am by John Wilkes in Bird News

Sunday 8th May 2016

Lundy trip

Joined 149 other souls on the annual DBWPS trip to the island today. Good to see yet more Puffins this year. the numbers of other Auks also seems to be good. On the island a Grasshopper Warbler by quarter wall and then an adult female Marsh Harrier moving north along the sheltered west side of the island. There had clearly also been a small but significant fall of Spotted Flycatchers. Later on back in Milcombe a Turtle Dove, and others saw a Garden Warbler. Someone else reported a Whinchat. Finally as we descended to the boat a cracking Wood Warbler and then two Sandwich Terns in the bay. Buzzard, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk all seen. Fine very calm return trip.

Posted May 8th, 2016 at 11:04 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Topsham

Garden warbler in my neighbour's garden was a surprise this morning. Three Hobbies watched feeling high over Exminster Marshes this afternoon up towards the M5.

Posted May 8th, 2016 at 8:43 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Prawle

1 Hobby in off the sea at Langerstone Point, Prawle at 12.50pm. Also, 1 Stoat tearing across one of the ploughed fields along the coast path.

Posted May 8th, 2016 at 8:07 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Tide was in but still managed to spend some time watching the Sandwich Terns squabbling and preening. Also there were two Grey Plover, Turnstone, the usual Oyster Catchers, a few Whimbrel, Skylark and an Orange Tip and Small Copper next to the lakes (apologies for quality as using bridge camera)

Sandwich Terns
Sandwich Terns

Whimbrel
Whimbrel

Male Orange Tip
Male Orange Tip

Posted May 8th, 2016 at 7:40 pm by Steph Murphy in Bird News

Exeminster ~ BGM ~ Yarner/Trendlebere & South Hams

An early morning visit to Bowling Green Marsh gave good views of four of the reported Ruff, 60+ Black and Bar Tailed Godwits, Whimbrel, Curlew, Oyster Catcher, 32 Dunlin, Black Headed Gulls, Swallows, Chiffchaff singing, 31 Shellduck, Canadian Geese, Mallard a Fox along the left hand hedge from the hide and four Rabbits.

Exminster Marsh ~ 2 Whitethroat, numerous Sedge Warblers, Cetti’s Warbler, Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff, Wren, Swallows, Sandwich Tern up and down the canal, Heron, Little Egret, a flock of 20 Oyster Catchers flew into the marsh.

Yarner and Trendlebere Down ~ Male Yellow Hammer, Tree Pipit, a pair of Stonechat both carrying food, male Linnet in full summer plumage, Pied Flycatcher, a very brief glimpse of a Redstart, 2 Greater Spotted Woodpeckers, at least 3 Wood Warblers a first for me.

Dart Bridge , Buckfastleigh ~ Green Woodpecker and Chiffchaff singing.

Back home at South Brent ~ Siskin and Reed Buntings on the garden feeders, a pair of Mistle Thrush driving off a very persistent Sparrow Hawk which later flew past carrying a prey item ,3 Buzzards and a pair of Swift mating in full flight.

Posted May 8th, 2016 at 7:18 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Haldon Hill & Exeter

Out on the butterfly walk at Haldon Hill when someone asked me if I knew my birds. I said yes, to be pointed out what I identified as a Monks Parakeet. Got a few average pics. It seemed to be feeding on the gravel path. 

Also 12 Pearl-bordered Frits & 10 Orange Tips, later have been less common this year. 

At 1700 a Red Kite went over the house on west side of Exeter. 

Posted May 8th, 2016 at 6:38 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Buckfastleigh

Osprey drifting north at 11:15, presumed non-breeder being this late on migration.

Posted May 8th, 2016 at 4:25 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 08:15 till 12:10

only  4 ruff (3m, 1f ) this morning , 3 beautiful grey plover in full summer plumage, 21 bar tailed godwits was a big increase , 32+ dunlin, 1 summer plumage knot, 1 1st summer Mediterranean gull early on before heading towards darts, 3 redshank, lots of reed and sedge warblers, 4 reed buntings, 4+ Cetti's warblers, still good numbers of chiffchaffs and blackcaps, 2 buzzards, 1 sparrowhawk , 1 hobby, 80+ black tailed godwits, 20+ whimbrel, 12+ curlew.

from the goatwalk 2 common terns.

Posted May 8th, 2016 at 2:37 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Trowlesworthy Warren, Dartmoor

On Saturday afternoon: three Wheatears (2m, 1f), a pair of Grey Wagtails and three Sand Martins. Also a Dipper seen flying east at a moderately high altitude.

Posted May 8th, 2016 at 8:58 am by Jason Smart in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Leading a group from the Salisbury Natural History Society on a tour of South Devon saw us reach Slapton in mid-afternoon. Not much at Torcross save a few Swifts but at Slapton Bridge the Purple Heron came out of the north ley, flew over us and landed on the east side of the ley in thick reed cover - a great experience for the group! Also had 4 Whimbrel over and good views of Reed Warblers.

Posted May 8th, 2016 at 8:05 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Saturday 7th May 2016

Bowling green marsh

A second visit for the evening high tide from 17:15 till 19:35

Now 6 ruff this evening with a new female ( 3m , 3f ) , 3 ringed plover, 100+ dunlin, 3 bar tailed godwits, 120+ black tailed godwit, 3 redshanks, 2 greenshanks, 2 oystercatchers, 25+ whimbrel, 12+ curlew, 100+ shelducks, 2 wigeon.

Posted May 7th, 2016 at 9:51 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Taw Estuary

On my WeBS sector around high tide this morning: 1 Little Tern (flying upstream off Chivenor), 3 Grey Plover (one in full breeding plumage), 110 Dunlin (all in breeding plumage), 30 Ringed Plover, 1 Turnstone (in breeding plumage), 16 Whimbrel, reeling Grasshopper Warbler, a couple of Swifts, and a mix of territorial and migrant Reed & Sedge Warblers and Common Whitethroats.

Posted May 7th, 2016 at 9:38 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Plenty of singing Warblers, lost count of Sedge Warblers, 3 Reed Warblers and 2 Cettis, one next to the fisherman's carpark by the bridge showing well.



Posted May 7th, 2016 at 8:24 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Hartland

Red Kite flying over fields 

Posted May 7th, 2016 at 8:21 pm by Charlie and Amanda Braddick in Bird News

venn reservoir

walking across the road bridge heard a cuckoo at the far end of the reservoir, going across the moor to the woods, skylark,stone chats, house martins, raven, in the woods there were pied flys, redstarts ,wood warblers, chiffchaff and willow warblers , plus all the local woodland birds 24 birds seen during the walk.

Posted May 7th, 2016 at 7:20 pm by roger jewell in Bird News

Crow point

Excellent view of 2 Sum plum Bar-tailed Godwit with a Whimbrel on high tide line. Fed up camera battery had just run out!!

Posted May 7th, 2016 at 7:14 pm by Kelvin Irwin in Bird News

Soar and Slapton Ley

Generally quiet but a Spotted Flycatcher, Sedge Warbler, Swift and 9 Whitethroats at Soar and a Yellow Wagtail along with plenty of Reed Warblers at Slapton.

Posted May 7th, 2016 at 7:05 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Wrafton and Tarka trail

A Little-ringed Plover and a Little Egret on the scrape at Wrafton at 12:30 and a certain aberrant Robin singing it's heart out on the Tarka trail.



Posted May 7th, 2016 at 6:13 pm by Martin Bond in Bird News

Spotted flyctcher

Chambercombe woods, Ilfracombe. Three spotted flycatcher.


Posted May 7th, 2016 at 5:35 pm by Richard Gowen in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 07:00 till 12:20

The 5 ruff (3m, 2f) flew in and showed well most of the morning from the hide, 200+ dunlin, 3 redshank, 3 bar tailed godwits, 80+ black tailed godwits, 30+ whimbrel, 15+ curlew, 1 greenshanks, 30+ reed warblers, 20+ sedge warblers around the marsh , 2 Whitethroat , 30+ blackcap continues thre excellent Spring on the marsh , 20+ chiffchaffs, 2 buzzards and hobby flew in and chased a dunlin which escaped , green woodpecker and great spotted woodpecker, 5 song thrush. 

From the goatwalk 1 common tern 

Posted May 7th, 2016 at 3:00 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Late Shrike News Wednesday & Thursday

Went down to Wembury Point around 7:30 pm on Thursday 5th to view the very handsome Woodchat Shrike, in the exact same spot one showed up at the same time of year eight years ago. We were approached by two non-birders who asked what it was and when given a look through the 'scope declared "that's what we saw yesterday at Wonwell Beach". They'd looked it up in a book when they got home, but still weren't sure.  Can't tell if it was the same bird or if we have two visitors in the South Hams at the moment.

Posted May 7th, 2016 at 2:32 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Chambercombe

4 Spotted Flycatchers at Chambercombe Manor this morning.


Posted May 7th, 2016 at 1:27 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

Turf

Hobby chasing Martins yesterday evening. 

Posted May 7th, 2016 at 12:13 pm by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

Late Post - Wood Sandpiper - Wrafton

A Wood Sandpiper on the scrape yesterday evening but checked again early this morning & it had gone. By the time I got home & processed the  photos it was already dark!  Anyway, enjoy the photo.


Posted May 7th, 2016 at 11:40 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Beesands Ley (yesterday late news)

Red Kite over Ley being mobed by crow

Posted May 7th, 2016 at 7:54 am by Terry Goddard in Bird News

Friday 6th May 2016

Ruff at Bowling Green Marsh

Just to add to Keith's post some 4K video footage of 2 males preening in front the hide.

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

Ruff

Ruff
Ruff

Ruff
Ruff

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 11:25 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 16:00 till 19:45

The 5 Ruff ( 3 males and 2 females ) showed very well in front of the hide, 269+ dunlin, 3 bar tailed godwit, 2 redshank, 5+ greenshanks, 100+ black tailed godwits, 30+ whimbrel, 12+ curlew, 2 oystercatchers, 58+ shelduck, 1 tufted duck, 2 wigeon, a big arrival of reed warblers and sedge warblers around the marsh and an increase in blackcaps, 2 sparrowhawks, 4 buzzards.

from the goatwalk 2 common terns 

topsham quay while waiting for the bus 11 sandwich terns flew north up river

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 10:38 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Braunton Burrows

Sparrow Hawk, Linets, Wheaters, Whimberels, Oyster Catchers

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 10:22 pm by Adam in Bird News

South Brent - Cuckoos et al

Walking on the Moor behind South Brent today produced sightings of 3 calling male cuckoos, a farmer friend reports another lower down on his farm near Brent Hill. 4 buzzard in the air together and 2 kestrel. Also seen several whitethroat, linnets, meadow pipits and a few skylarks, sadly only 2 stonechat today. 2 male reed bunting at Dockwell Hole.

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 9:35 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Venford Reservoir

2 very vocal and visible male Cuckoos around Venford Reservoir late this afternoon.

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 8:38 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Bird Sightings, Roborough Down & Shaugh Prior

Roborough Down: Chaffinches, Meadow Pipits, Pied Wagtail, Robins, Blackbirds, Magpies, Carrion Crows, Jackdaw, Skylark, Stonechat & Yellowhammer.

Shaugh Prior: 2 Grey Wagtail (1F & 1M in breeding colours), Robin, Crows & Wood Pigeon.

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 8:25 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News

Hobby

Hobby low over the house on clovelly rd at 14:25 caught something then drifted east.20+ swifts on Wednesday eve over Dartmouth.

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 8:14 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

A385 Collaton St Mary to Totnes

Two Hobbies seen late morning also Swifts have returned to Totnes

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 7:23 pm by David Leigh in Bird News

Axmouth to Rousden

Stepps Road between Axmouth & Rousden produced 23 species including a Whinchat (female),  Yellowhammer, Red-legged Partridge, Skylark, Whitethroat, Blackcap & an extremely pale Buzzard.

The Glossy Ibis is still present at Seaton Marsh.

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 6:12 pm by Susan Murphy in Bird News

Wolborough Hill - Swifts

First sighting this Spring of swifts (about 10) over Wolborough Hill, Newton Abbot at 5.50pm Thursday 5th May.

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 5:16 pm by Stuart Waterhouse in Bird News

Soar Valley to Southdown farm

am. Generally quiet. Fresh east wind.. 8 singing Chiffchaff, 6 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap.

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 4:51 pm by Roger White in Bird News

South Huish

4.0 pm. 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Whimbrel, 2 Grey Plover, i Common Sandpiper, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail.

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 4:46 pm by Roger White in Bird News

Offwell Woods, Nr Honiton

13 DB members attended this fieldtrip (organised by East Devon Branch) and enjoyed a fine morning around the lakes and woodlands.  30 species listed although nothing really exciting was found other than a Marsh Tit on the log cabin feeders.  House Martins were present around the village having arrived in the last week.  Goldcrest and Chiffchaffs were found in the lane by the church and a fine Mistle Thrush was present in the meadows.  Bird song was provided by Chiffchaff, Song Thrush, Blackcap and Wren of which there were plenty.  The ponds produced only a single Mallard. A Buzzard circled above the woods. 

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 4:26 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Plymouth Thornbury

Red Kite sighted over Thornbury, Plymouth, Near the 'Airport', around 13:20.

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 3:44 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh - Ruffs

The Ruffs had flown off when I arrived at the hide and there was no sign of them from the platform. Luckily, they had dropped back in as I got back to the hide. 3 smart males and 2 females, as yesterday. Still there when I left at 2.15pm.

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 2:35 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Start Point, Beesands and Slapton

Went to Start Point first thing but it was dead. Nothing moving off the point, no migrants at the light or in the farm. Driving on the back road to Beesands and a Turtle Dove flew in front of the car and up into some trees at Huccombe, just up the road from the old school. Got in the hide at Beesands at 08:00 and Dave's Purple Heron was showing well at the waters edge on the opposite side of the ley. At 08:20 it took off and flew towards Beesands Village only to double back and fly away over the Cellers Quarry towards Slapton Ley. 5 Sandwich offshore here, little else. Went around to Torcross and scanned Stokeley Bay but no sign of the heron. Parked at Slapton Bridge and walked around to Ireland Bay. Looking out from the hide/shelter on the corner above the Quarry saw presumably the Purple Heron from Beesands fly down into the reeds on the seaward side of the Ireland Bay Causeway at 11:25.

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 2:01 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Teignmouth Swifts

Swifts 17+ screaming and flying over Teignmouth town centre this morning.

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 12:10 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Yennadon, Dousland.

Cuckoo heard strongly Thursday 5th

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 10:39 am by Sue Clark in Bird News

Red Kite Week

Looks like the spring week with lots of Red Kite movement might be upon us. One south over central Plymouth at 9.50 being mobbed by Herring Gulls followed a couple of minutes later by a second.

Edit: A third went SE over the uni at 13.20

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 10:03 am in Bird News

Black Swans

Yesterday's Black Swans at Slapton were at Dawlish on Wednesday. They are not part of Dawlish's wildfowl collection.

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1000201533420482&id=365561793551129

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 9:45 am by Alan Ford in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh (Thursday 5 May)

Some video footage of the 5 Ruff including 3 very smart males in breeding plumage seen over yesterdays evening high-tide.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Wkek5hU8lo

Ruff  (3-males in breeding plumage)
Ruff (3-males in breeding plumage)

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 7:41 am by David Boult in Bird News

Thursday 5th May 2016

Lower Tamar Lake

Further to Harvey's report 1 Willow Tit in the car park.

Posted May 5th, 2016 at 11:33 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Grey Plover

One adult Grey Plover in summer plumage, plus one juvenile, showing well on beach near Gorah Rocks, below East Prawle, this afternoon about 3pm.

Posted May 5th, 2016 at 10:31 pm by Chris Tickle in Bird News

Slapton - 5 Black swan

Odd birds in with the more normal residents and migrants at Slapton lunchtime today included 5 Black Swans on the South Side of Ireland Bay and a red crested pochard swimming alone and diving in the middle of the Ley

Posted May 5th, 2016 at 10:25 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Hembury Woods

2 singing Garden Warblers, top of Hembury Woods, early am.

Posted May 5th, 2016 at 9:34 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Velator

Ringing in the reserve this morning finally produced a small arrival of Reed Warblers - most of which were retraps! The oldest dates back to 2011 - that's a good few trips to Africa. Also ringed 11 Sedge Warblers - some very fat birds clearly continuing their migration, 5 Blackcaps, and the first Garden Warbler for a few years.

Two Swifts over early, but later on 4 were screaming around my house - I hope they are those that nest under the eaves.

Posted May 5th, 2016 at 9:09 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Chelston, Torquay

About 10 swifts were hawking and screaming over our house late afternoon.

Posted May 5th, 2016 at 7:19 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 16:20 till 18:30

final totals were 5 ruff( 3 males and 2 females) 2 ringed plover ( 1 colour ringed details to be sent but we thinks it was ringed in Norway ) 200+ dunlin( finally got a full read on colour rings from bird seen a couple of days ago will send details but looks like ringed in Spain ) 30+ whimbrel,120+ black tailed godwits , 2 bar tailed godwits, 8+ greenshanks.also a ringed curlew and herring Gull details to be sent .

Posted May 5th, 2016 at 7:19 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Rillage Point

06.10 to 07.45, clear and cool (7C first thing), ESE3: an obvious small fall of migrants in the coastal scrub in spite of the clear conditions: 7 Common Whitethroats, 3 Lesser Whitethroats (my highest-ever count here!), 4 Blackcaps, 6 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, 2 Wheatears. Almost nil visible/audible migration; just 9 Swallows, 1 Tree Pipit and 2 Siskins.

Posted May 5th, 2016 at 4:55 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

4 ruff, 3 smart males in summer plumage showing well from hide now 

Posted May 5th, 2016 at 4:41 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Beesands Ley and Prawle

From Beesands hide at 11.45 a nice surprise was an adult Purple Heron feeding in the open along the bank directly opposite the hide, looked settled and seen again later by others.

Earlier at Prawle a scattering of migrants including 2 Whimbrel, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, Whinchat and a small influx of Blackcaps and phylloscs.

Posted May 5th, 2016 at 3:17 pm by David Cope in Bird News

Late report for 4th May

Near Welcombe, North Devon.

1 Lesser Whitethroat calling and making itself more visible than the species usually does.

Harvey Kendall.

Posted May 5th, 2016 at 2:21 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Lower Ta,mar Lake - 5th May.

Warm sun and just a hint of a SE breeze.   A lovely morning at the lake today.

2 Goldfinches, several Chaffinches, 3 Greenfinches, 2 Nuthatches, 1 Treecreeper, 4 Willow Warblers, 3 Chiffchaffs, 6 Blackcaps, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Wrens, 2 Goldcrests, 4 Blackbirds, 1 Song Thrush, Wood Pigeons, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Moorhen, 1 Swallow, 2 Great Crested Grebes, pair of Mallard with 5 well-grown young, 2 Cormorants, Blue and Great Tits, 4 Canada Geese, Rooks and Carrion Crows.

Rod M. saw a Common Sandpiper before I arrived.

Butterflies: Brimstone, Small White and Orange Tip.

Harvey Kendall

Posted May 5th, 2016 at 2:04 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth

Turtle Dove flushed in cemetery this morning before quickly disappearing. Finally re-located briefly with the help of Ian Teague and Delboy. The bird was last seen flying towards the Barn Park entrance of Central Park.

Posted May 5th, 2016 at 11:29 am by Tor Elm in Bird News

Dawlish Warren yesterday

Birds seen: Robin, Dunnock, Blackbird, Starlings, Whimbrel, Sanderlings, Stonechat, Wheatear, Crow, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Whitethroats, House Sparrows, Herring Gulls. Other items. The Green Sand Lizards were showing well on the Dune path. Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Small Copper Butterflies.

Posted May 5th, 2016 at 9:47 am by Michael Spencer in Bird News

Woodchat Shrike Wembury

Found at 7.10am this morning at Wembury Point by John Bishop.

It was in the rough field just inland from the outfall pipe. 

Posted May 5th, 2016 at 8:55 am in Bird News

Bideford

8 Swifts flying around this morning

Posted May 5th, 2016 at 8:28 am by Amanda Braddick in Bird News

Wednesday 4th May 2016

Topsham

To add to Keith's post, Wheatear numbers doubled after he left (to two!) as did Sanderling on the dropping tide (to four). Highlight was group of 38 Pale bellied Brent geese that flew up river. Also 14 Sandwich terns circuiting the Exe.  Later that evening at around 9:30 a large group of Sandwich terns (c 50) flew high up river over the M5.

Posted May 4th, 2016 at 10:44 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Buckfastleigh

10+ Swifts screaming around the rooftops of Buckfastleigh this afternoon.

3 Whinchats (2m/1f) near Avon Dam yesterday.

Posted May 4th, 2016 at 9:42 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:20 till 18:15

2 sanderling was a good find among 175+ dunlin, 2 ringed plover, an increase in whimbrel with 90+ , 2 bar tailed godwits , 90+ black tailed godwits, 12+ greenshanks, 2 redshanks, 15+ curlew, 3 tufted duck, 1 wheatear.

Posted May 4th, 2016 at 7:44 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Sightings around my work area

4 Swifts chasing around at Higher Road, Fremington and Swallows in and out of the old barns at Great Fisherton, Bishops Tawton. At my field at Greysholt  Cross, Landkey lots of singing Willow Warblers, Swallows overhead and disturbed a Garden warbler amongst the trees. Fabulous weather.

Posted May 4th, 2016 at 7:39 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News

South Huish

14:20-17:40

Hoped there would be some waders and terns coming into the bay but nothing doing. The marsh was better with 7 Whimbrel, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 2 Grey Plover and a smart Blue-headed Wagtail

Posted May 4th, 2016 at 6:54 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Powderham Marsh, Exminster

Took the long walk out to the viewing seat overlooking the marsh, an area not often reported on. For those unfamiliar with this area it is reached from the path behind the Swans Nest Inn. Needed  a scope for distant birds but found 5 Wheatear (4f, 1m), and three Whimbrel on the bare earth fields.  Whitethroat(s) and Sedge Warbler in the hedgerows and ditches and at a  distance 4 Wigeon and a Barnacle Goose (accompanying a Canada Goose).   (I believe that the Barnacle has been around for some time... years?).  Good numbers of Lapwing.  The scrapes are just inviting some good birds to drop in. 

Posted May 4th, 2016 at 6:36 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Swifts back at Cornwood

Good to see 4 swifts back at Cornwood School today.

Posted May 4th, 2016 at 5:25 pm by Ann Willcocks in Bird News

Dartmoor

Lovely day at Hound Tor, Dartmoor

Yellowhammer
Yellowhammer

Skylark
Skylark

Posted May 4th, 2016 at 2:26 pm by Colin Scott in Bird News

Tuesday 3rd May 2016

Bowling green marsh

A quick look around the marsh from 16:50 till 18:40

350+ dunlin were active on the far side of the marsh, 30+ whimbrel, 3 greenshanks, 102 black tailed godwits, 2 wigeon, 4 lesser black backed gulls.

from the viewing platform 

2 bar tailed godwits, 56+ whimbrel, 7 great crested grebes

from the goatwalk , 2 sandwich terns .

 

Posted May 3rd, 2016 at 8:44 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Start Point

Beautiful sunny morning. Walked down to the lighthouse this morning, quiet apart from around 25 Wheatears working their way up the ridge and a reeling Grasshopper Warbler. Short video of a few of yesterdays Blackcaps here https://youtu.be/ffFA_NtQxN4

Posted May 3rd, 2016 at 7:21 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Various

Sunday, regular Mandarin at Totnes Weir. Monday 2 x RL Partridges at Waddeton, ....at Staverton 6 x Mandarin, 4 x Dippers, 3 x Goosanders, 1 x GSW, and my first ever European Hornet.

Posted May 3rd, 2016 at 11:57 am by Trevor Leaman in Bird News

Monday 2nd May 2016

Bowling green marsh

Watched from  10:30 till 18:00

On arrival its was evident there had been a fall of blackcaps and after doing all around the marsh 32+ were counted with 20 males and 12 females, at least 20+ chiffchaffs , 3 sedge warblers and 10+ reed warblers, from the hide over the high tide was very quiet with 12+ whimbrel 3 greenshanks, 2 oystercatchers, 2 buzzards, passage of house martins picked up again today out numbering sand martins and swallows most of the day. swifts starting to increase with at least 20+, 3 Cetti's warblers , 1 nuthatch, 1 green woodpecker. 

After the rain cleared moved to the viewing platform along the path to the viewing platform there were at  least 6+ chiffchaffs an increase from the morning and then a lesser Whitethroat put in a brief appearance before being lost to view, from the viewing platform good numbers of dunlin with 350+ which included 1 colour ringed individual  

green right tibia   yellow over red right tarsus

will try and find out any details 

also 30+ whimbrel, 10 bar tailed godwits 90+ black tailed godwits, 12+ sanderling, 2 common sandpiper, 12+ little egrets

 

Posted May 2nd, 2016 at 10:40 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Yarner Wood

From Trendlebeare lower car park; 2 Tree Pipit, 1 Swift and 2 House Martin over. Linnet, Yellowhammer and Stonechat present. At Yarner Wood car park pond 7 male Mandarin, 1 Grey Wagtail. Through wood, 3 Wood Warbler, one showed very well. 6+ Pied Flycatcher, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, 3 GSW, Bullfinch and Marsh Tit. Many Blackcaps, 3 Song Thrush. Redstart heard but not seen.

Posted May 2nd, 2016 at 10:32 pm by R Teague in Bird News

Turf

Five Wheatear on the river wall +good number of swift. 

Posted May 2nd, 2016 at 10:31 pm by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

Late afternoon in the garden

After a lousy morning, a late afternoon in the garden saw chaffinches, house sparrows in their resident nest box ( very productive over the last 4 years) dunnock, blackbirds, pair of wood pigeon, a rook, several gold finch, an almighty conflagration of smaller birds followed by a sparrow hawk and to top it all a chiff chaff. Hopefully in the picture posted.

Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff

Posted May 2nd, 2016 at 8:54 pm by philip worth in Bird News

Shipley Bridge to Avon Dam

16.00 to 18.30 - Highlights - a male Whinchat and a Hobby. Supporting cast of 12 Willow warblers, 4 Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, 2 Great Black backed Gulls. 

Posted May 2nd, 2016 at 8:45 pm in Bird News

South Efford Marsh and South Brent.

South Efford Marsh,  Aveton Gifford, first visit for some time and rather disappointing results, the marsh is dry and looks as if it has been for some time resulting in virtually no bird life other than a couple of Shell duck and three Pied Wagtails, on the hedge margins Linnet, Chiffchaff, Great Tit and Wren.

On the river mud flats two Common Sandpiper, reasonable numbers of Little Egret, two greater Black Backed Gulls, almost constant movement of Swallows and House Martins with a count of 15 Swifts.

South Brent SWWA treatment works area gave good views of four male Blackcaps singing and two hens. Two Wren, Chiffchaff seen and heard calling, one Willow Warbler, Dunnock, Long Tailed Tits, and two House Martins.

Posted May 2nd, 2016 at 7:44 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

First good Skua passage this morning , in just over 3hrs from 09.15 -

5 Great Skua ( +2 from Hope Cove much later than mine ), 3 Arctic Skua and 5 Pomarine Skua ( 2 with spoons ) also 1 Balearic and 7 Manx Shearwater., 12 Sandwich and 1 Common Tern, 4 Common Scoter.

On the beach 7 Sanderling and 7 Whimbrel

Posted May 2nd, 2016 at 6:35 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Berry Head

A 2hr visit to the headland (after a call from Mark Darlaston at Start Point where there had been a big fall of warblers) found the following mirgants on the end of the headland and quarry: 16 Blackcap, 7 Whitethroat, 6 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Cuckoo 

Overhead: 1 Whimbrel, 2 Swifts, 6 House Martin & 13 Swallows.

Other Wildlife: 2 Harbour Porpoise and 1 Adder

Cuckoo Berry Hd 2 May 2016 ML Adder Berry Hd 2 May 2016 ML

Posted May 2nd, 2016 at 2:58 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Start Point

Got a call from Mark Darlaston this morning to say he and Dell were at Start Point and there was a bit of a fall there. Managed to get to the light by 11:30 and was able to stay until 13:00 by which time it started to rain. Present around the lighthouse tamarisks were Grasshopper Warbler, Reed Warbler, 15 Sedge Warbler, 100 Blackcaps, 10 Whitethroats, 12 Garden Warblers, 30 Willow Warblers ( inc some bright acredula types ) 4 Chiffchaffs, 3 Spotted Flycatchers and a Reed Bunting. 2 Common Sandpipers were on the rocks. Mark and Dell heard brief snatches of song from a probable Nightingale earlier and also had 8 Wheatears, Whimbrel and reckon there were nearer 150 Blackcaps earlier. Seawatching they had c250 Manx Shearwaters and 8 Puffins. I had a grounded Tree Pipit on the way down to the light.

Posted May 2nd, 2016 at 2:51 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Sunday 1st May 2016

Short-eared Owl Orcombe Point Exmouth

The short-eared Owl showing again during the late evening after 20:15hrs quartering around the 2 lower fields near the geoneedle in the failing light.

Some video footage. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoFeAsgbjp4

Posted May 1st, 2016 at 11:41 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Holdstone down exmoor

A strong south easterly wind deterred most wildlife this morning but I did manage to see a wheatear, several chaffinch, wrens, meadow pipits and about 60+ swallows who were battling the wind. 

Posted May 1st, 2016 at 8:24 pm by Philip worth in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Lots of Swifts and Hirundines late afternoon / early evening, mostly at the Torcross end where there has been a massive emergence of insects to help them out. 500 Swifts probably a conservative count, similar number of House Martins and perhaps up to 1000 Swallows. Small number of Sand Martins mixed in.

Posted May 1st, 2016 at 7:23 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Southcott marsh bideford

2swifts,30+ sand martins,12:55-13:20

Posted May 1st, 2016 at 5:27 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Topsham & Exeter

Started at bowling green marsh watched from 10:30 till 15:00

A nice morning in the hide with constant movement of house martins , sand martins and swallows and a few swift a brief Hobby flew through ,  1 kestrel and a buzzard chasing a wigeon the wigeon escaped , 1 tufted duck , 30+ whimbrel with several small groups seeming to head straight through heading north, 2 oystercatchers, 10+ blackcaps , 12+ chiffchaffs, 1 nuthatch , 3 reed warblers, 1 sedge warbler, 4+ reed buntings, 2 stock doves, 8 greenshanks, 1 nice male white wagtail, 3 Cetti's warbler.

from the path leading to the viewing platform a nice male wheatear , 4 whimbrel , 2 blackcaps, more house Martin  sand martins and swallows.

from the viewing platform, 80+ black tailed godwits, 8 bar tailed godwits, 142+ dunlin, 1 sanderling, 1 knot, 8 whimbrel, 1 Cetti's warbler.

from the goatwalk 2 sandwich terns , another 40+ dunlin, 10+ whimbrel.

A quick look around the mill on the exe on the way home produced 2 common sandpipers, 8 lesser black backed gulls.

Posted May 1st, 2016 at 5:11 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Soar

This morning on the Plym Estuary - 2 Whimbrels, 3 Sand Martins, 21+ Swallows and 2 Nuthatches.

Yesterday, Soar was very quiet with less than double figures of Whitethroats, Willow Warblers, Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs and just 3 Wheatears. 

Posted May 1st, 2016 at 4:27 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Natsworthy Gate - 3pm Saturday 30

Female cuckoo moving between fence and trees in the cleared forest area near path that leads to Heathercombe.

Posted May 1st, 2016 at 2:09 pm by Richard Woodland in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh area 30th April

30th April ~ Exe ~ Bowling Green Marsh area, very little of note on the marsh itself on a low tide, from the railway bridge to the Goat Walk 23 Dunnock, Song Thrush, Long tailed Tit, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Starling, Chiffchaff seen and heard singing, and 3 Wren.

From the viewing platform, Black tailed Godwit, Greenshank, Dunlin, Heron, Little Egret, Buzzard.  Canadian Geese and Whimbrel flying into the marsh.

From the Goat walk, Swifts calling and then two overhead, two Sandwich Terns perched on buoys, 4 Ringed Plover, 9 Dunlin, Little Egrets, Godwits, Black Headed Gull.

Back home at South Brent Siskin and Reed Buntings on the garden feeders, Mistle Thrush look to be setting up to nest, first Blackbird chick of the season showing well.

Posted May 1st, 2016 at 12:44 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

East Soar

Late post for Saturday 30th April; 1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling, East Soar airfield, mid-am.

Posted May 1st, 2016 at 11:56 am by Andy Smith in Bird News

Yarner Wood

Had a lovely day at Yarner Wood yesterday with good results. On the pond there were 4 male Mandarins and there had apparently been a female earlier. On the right hand-side of the woods from the car park we saw at least 4 Pied Flycatchers, 2 Redstarts and plenty of Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers, however there were no signs of the Wood warblers. We decided to head up onto black hill above Yarner Wood to be treated with a gorgeous male cuckoo.

Posted May 1st, 2016 at 9:15 am by Benjamin Rousseau in Bird News

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