Devon Bird Sightings from August 2012

2019 Descriptions still outstanding

Many thanks to all observers that submitted their records for 2019. However there are still a number of records that require descriptions before they can appear in the Bird Report.

If you were fortunate enough to find (or see) any of these birds below please could you submit a description to the County Recorder recorder@devonbirds.org Many thanks, stay safe.

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

 

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

Coronavirus update - Daily exercise and Bird Hides

Please be aware that in line with Government guidelines on non-essential travel and social distancing, the Devon Birds hides at Beesands, Fernworthy and Roadford, in addition to hides elsewhere in the County including Bowling Green Marsh, Dawlish Warren and Seaton Wetlands are closed until further notice. Whilst some people may be fortunate enough to be within walking/cycling distance of these sites, others should not be making special journeys to visit these areas at this time. Thank you for your co-operation and stay safe.

Please follow NHS guidelines:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/staying-at-home-to-avoid-getting-coronavirus/staying-at-home-and-away-from-other-people/

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Friday 31st August 2012

Wembury Plus

  To add to previous post: 2 Little Egrets, 2 Redstarts, 3 Wheatears, 2+ Willow Warblers and 2+ Chiffchaffs and several Whitethroats.  The Sparrowhawk was hunting early morning and the same waders were on the beach being regularly disturbed by dogs.

Dunlin
Dunlin

Posted August 31st, 2012 at 11:13 pm by Graham Watson in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide from 16:30 till 19:15

3 yellow wagtails the first of the autumn were in with the cattle, the adult spotted redshank came in with 156+ redshank, 20+ bar tailed godwits , 140+ Dunlin, 7 knot, 8+ ringed plover, 4 whimbrel, 500+ black tailed godwits, 9+ little grebes plus 3 recently fledge juv's,  the Garganey showed at times far left hand corner , 3 tufted, 1 pochard, 1 sparrowhawk, 1 white wagtail, no sign of the wood sandpipers today, the juv spottred redshank flew over and into goosemoor . Not a bad afternoon 

Posted August 31st, 2012 at 9:20 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Hobby

Just seen an adult hobby flying SW over my house (outside Paignton). Mobbed by 30+ swallows and house martins.

Posted August 31st, 2012 at 7:30 pm by Jacob Wood in General Birding

Exe from Turf to Topsham

Mid tide this afternoon I rowed from Turf to Topsham and had good views of 50+ dunlin, 4 ringed plovers (all juvs), c30 sanderling and one curlew sandpiper. Also 4 shelduck and about 50 black-tailed godwits. All dispersed by peregrine at about 4.30.

The osprey was reported carrying a fish south of Turf. Also reported were a couple of wheatears.

Posted August 31st, 2012 at 6:55 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Wembury 31st August

Waders at Wembury today :- 1 common sandpiper, 5 turnstone, 4 ringed plover, 3 whimbrel, 1 dunlin, 2 redshank, curlew and oystercatcher. Also 2 juvenile wheatear and a close view of a male sparrowhawk trying unsuccessfully to fly off with a woodpigeon kill.

Male sparrowhawk with woodpigeon
Male sparrowhawk with woodpigeon

Posted August 31st, 2012 at 3:59 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

All the action around the marshes- on Thurlestone early am - 2 Wigeon, 8 Teal, 1 Swift, 1 Snipe, Water Rail , 1 Yellow wagtail.

On South Huish marsh - 16 Teal, 8 Black tailed Godwit, 1 Ruff ( over ) , 150 + Swallow and House martin, ,  1 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Willow warblers, 2 Whitethroat, 30 + Goldfinch , 13 Wheatear.1 Dunlin

Waders on the beaches - 5 Ringed Plover, 10 Dunlin,2 Sanderling, 1 Green Sandpiper and 1 Redshank ( over ).

Ringing team - 1 Groppa, 6 Sedge, 7 Reed W , 3 Blackcap, 4 Willow, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Whitethroat.

Over high ground at Upton's Cross large flock of Swa;;ow and sand martin which included 2 Swift.

Posted August 31st, 2012 at 3:06 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Velator

Only 4 Black-tailed Godwits visible from the reserve this morning, but on the flooded part of the field with them were 3 Wigeon, and several Teal.

Ringing this morning 4 Blackcaps and 3 Chiffchaffs of note.

Posted August 31st, 2012 at 2:47 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Darts Farm

A fantastic morning with great light giving views of, 70+ Black-Tailed Godwits, 3 Curlew, Lesser black backed Gull.

Other sightings from the last week were, Kestrel, 8 Buzzards (at once) 15+ Lapwings with 3 juv among them.

Posted August 31st, 2012 at 10:39 am by Gareth Williams in General Birding

Thursday 30th August 2012

Bowling green marsh

Watched from  15:45 till 18:35

2 juv wood sandpipers still showing on far side from the hide ,the adult and juv spotted redshank were amongst 150+ redshank, 130+ Dunlin, 4 knot, 4 ringed plover,12+ bar tailed godwits good numbers of black tailed godwits , 5 lapwing , 9+ little grebes, 1 pochard, 1 Garganey , 3 tufted duck, 20+ teal, 1 wigeon, 5+ whimbrel, 2 common sandpiper. 

Had a call from Gary Clayden that 4 wood sandpipers flew over towards exminster at 19:25, and Brian heasman had 2 on powderham marsh at 18:30 so at least 4 around the estuary maybe more ? 

Posted August 30th, 2012 at 9:30 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Wrafton

On the pond this evening 5 juv Pochard, now 5 Wigeon, and in amongst the host of Mallard a juvenile Pintail.

On the flood over the trail from the pond now 31 Black-tailed Godwits.

Posted August 30th, 2012 at 8:14 pm by jon turner in General Birding

Wrafton field

31 Black tail Godwits this evening at the flooded field on the Tarka Trail opposite Wrafton pond at 1900. 

Posted August 30th, 2012 at 7:51 pm by Andy Leat in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

A brisk NNW wind with some sunshine. Only wader on the beach this am was a Sanderling. However South Huish Marsh  produced our first Ruff of the year along with a Green Sandpiper, 8 Black Tailed Godwit and 7 Dunlin. A Yellow Wagtail in with a small flock of Alba's

12 Ringed Plover and 5 Turnstone flew in and up the valley.

In the Bay 4 Sandwich Tern and a jv Arctic Tern  feeding.

3 Grey Wagtail over whilst Bob B had a Crosbill over the car park at 13.30

Posted August 30th, 2012 at 6:02 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Exe at Topsham

Mid afternoon a quick look at the estuary from Topsham revealed an osprey (wing moult suggests adult) and 120 black-tailed godwits. Also c200 dunlin flying south.

Posted August 30th, 2012 at 5:48 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

R.Taw - 0ff Ashford sewage works.

14:30

Black-tailed Godwit 112.

17 Mediterranean Gulls (11A; 1 1st S; 5 2nd S) in a roost of c600 Black-headed Gulls. The roost off the sewage works is certainly increasing in numbers.

25 Sanderling flying about.

c500 Canada Geese including the white farmyard goose and the hybrid..

Posted August 30th, 2012 at 4:17 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - 1300 - 1430 - a quick scoot around the top fields was surprisingly productive with 1 short-eared owl (presumed adult in wing moult), 8 wheatear, 3 whimbrel and 1 hobby.

Migrants on Orcombe in the last couple of weeks have included 30+ willow warbler, 1 reed warbler, 9+ tree pipit, 10+ wheatear, 4+ chiffchaff, 1+ pied flycatcher, 1 sedge warbler, 1 whinchat, 3 grasshopper warbler, 2 yellow wagtail, 1 greenshank, 1 green sandpiper and 1 ringed plover and 1 fw yellow-legged gull.

Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl

juv swallow
juv swallow

Posted August 30th, 2012 at 4:03 pm by matthew knott in General Birding

Axe Estuary

Early this morning, the Little Stint, 3 Ruff and 44 Black-tailed Godwits on Black Hole Marsh - along with the usual Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Green and Common Sands.

Mid morning, (presumably) Monday's Garganey reappeared, this time on flood opposite Axmouth FC near Boshill Cross (SY261930).

Posted August 30th, 2012 at 12:04 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Skern

Juv. Common tern and Little Gull at high water.

Common tern and Little Gull
Common tern and Little Gull

Posted August 30th, 2012 at 12:29 am by Stephen Hatch in General Birding

Beer seawatching update - 29/8

15:25-17:25

Pale phase juv Long-tailed Skua W at 15:50, 1 Balearic, 10 Manx, 10 Kittiwakes and 2 Sandwich Terns. Slow going, but worth it.

Posted August 30th, 2012 at 12:11 am by Gavin Haig in General Birding

Wednesday 29th August 2012

Prawle Point Seawatch

Wed 1515 1845. Clear, after heavy rain wind; SW 4-5 inc. 6 Seastate 5. most birds distant :-( all West 

Shearwater: Sooty 1, Balearic 5, Manx 218

Great Skua: 4

Commic Tern:4

Blacktailed Godwit:1

Ocean Sunfish:1

Posted August 29th, 2012 at 10:31 pm by Dick Seekins in General Birding

Hope's Nose

   0620-1500  [Only rained 0730-1350 ! ]  Single observer, very wet, and very little close, but don't think I missed much, so interesting to see how much more Berry Head got compared to Hope's Nose on todays' wind.

   Manx Shearwater                  45

   Balearic Shearwater              12

   Sooty Shearwater                   8       5 of which together distantly at 1445

   Great Skua                            5       only

   Arctic Skua                            5       only

   Pomarine Skua                       3      inc. a spooned sub-adult which sat on sea

   Long-tailed Skua                     1      dark juv. at 0653

   Arctic Tern                              1     juv.

   Black Tern                               1    ad.

       ---------------------------------------------------------

     On a completely different tangent, on a single buddleia yesterday near the Globe Inn, Lympstone,

   one Clouded Yellow, 3 Painted Lady, 15 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Red Admiral, and 1 Peacock.

 

Posted August 29th, 2012 at 9:37 pm by Brian Heasman in General Birding

Slapton Ley

2 Swifts and a Yellow Wagtail around the midway car park this evening.

Posted August 29th, 2012 at 9:16 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Couple of photos from yesterday

Wheatear August 28th

Wheatear

Swallows 28th August

 

Swallows

Posted August 29th, 2012 at 8:46 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

After a fine days seawatching, popped into the airfield briefly this evening. At least 7 wheatears and 2 whinchats still.

Posted August 29th, 2012 at 8:16 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 15:35 till 18:25

3 juv wood sandpiper were nice with 1 on far side and 2 near bank , the adult and juv spotted redshank were more easy to see today, the male eclipse Garganey was over in far left hand corner , also 63+ Dunlin, 1 ringed plover, 2 common sandpiper, 1 green sandpiper,1 turnstone, 4 knot, 12+ bar tailed godwit good numbers of redshank and black tailed godwits , 4+ whimbrel in with the curlew, 8+ little grebes, 2 wigeon, 2 gadwall, 1 pochard, 12+ shoveler, 20+ teal, 5+ snipe, 26+ little egrets, 1 peregrine, 1 kestrel, 1 sparrowhawk, 7+ lapwing

A very good afternoon 

Posted August 29th, 2012 at 8:00 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Berry Head, Final update

Stayed on to 15.20ish with Luke. Conservatively another 8 sooty shearwaters (at least 4 through together), 9 balearic shearwaters, 1 pale phase arctic skua, 5 sandwich terns. Also 20 black tailed godwits flew into the bay and a wheatear on the cliffs.

Still drying out....

Posted August 29th, 2012 at 6:47 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay & Beesands

Wet, wet & very wet. Set out at 08.00 to look for waders on the beaches- managed to find 13 Sanderling, 5 Ringed Plover. When the really bad weather started viz so bad could not find a Gannet .

Moved on to Beesands where some passage but not up to BH's totals . From 09.15 - 11.30

90 Gannet, 17 Fulmar, 13 Kittiwake, 2 Common Scoter ,1 Turnstone and a Wheatear. Skuas moving west were - a juv Long Tailed at 09.30 ( considering the conditions good in flight views) and at 10.45 a light phase Arctic.

At 07.00 a Hobby over T'stone Marsh . Last nights Swallow roost est at 6000+

 

Posted August 29th, 2012 at 6:13 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Skern

A good selection of birds late afternoon over high tide.

Sandwich Tern 4

Common Tern 16

Black Tern 2

Little Gull 1  A very smart juvenile

The only unexpected wader was a single Golden Plover among c600 Oystercatcher.

A passing Sparrowhawk caused chaos for a while.

Posted August 29th, 2012 at 5:55 pm by Roger Doble in General Birding

Aveton Gifford

On a rising tide:

2 wood sandpiper, 8 green sandpiper, 2 greenshank, 3 common sandpiper, 2 kingfisher, 2 Egyptian geese.

Posted August 29th, 2012 at 4:00 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Berry Head update

In addition to the earlier post from ML from 1145hrs to 1345hrs an additional, 4 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Juv Long-tailed Skua @1225hrs, 9 Great Skua, 12 Arctic Skua, 20 Balearic Shearwater and a Yellow Wagtail over the headland, and no you can't see the sketches in my note book!

Posted August 29th, 2012 at 3:52 pm by Bill Macdonald in General Birding

Black Hole Marsh

A quick look at Black Hole Marsh at 14:00 revealed; 1 Little Stint still present alongside c40 Dunlin, 25 Blackwits, 18 Ringed Plover, 3 Ruff, 3 Green Sands (with 3 more opposite Axmouth FC), 2 Turnstone, 2 Lapwing, 1 Knot, 1 Tufted Duck and an increasingly poorly looking Kittiwake.

Although the Little Stint was showing much nearer to the hide than it was at 8am this morning, the weather was still very dull and wet.  Well that's my excuse anyway for this dreadful photo...

Little Stint Black Hole Marsh

Posted August 29th, 2012 at 3:35 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Three Wood Sandpipers form the hide at lunchtime.

Posted August 29th, 2012 at 2:25 pm by Phil Holyday in General Birding

Berry Hd

A very soggy seawatch 0615-1145hrs, of interest: 2 juv  Long-tailed Skuas sat on sea fairly close in for some time, 3 Sooty Shearwaters, 54 Balearic Shearwaters, 300+ Manx (much milling around in feeding flocks!), 30 Arctic Skua, 12+ Great Skuas, 8 Common Scoter, 1 Arctic Tern, 23 Common Tern, 1 Common Gull, 5 Harbour Porpoise.

Update as at 1230hrs

Another Long-tailed Skua south at approximatley 1215hrs. Presumed 3rd bird although plumage was similar to paler bird in Mikes pic. Mobbed by Arctic Skua (showing difference in size). Also another Sooty Shearwater with more Arctic Skuas/Shearwaters moving through after the front passed through. Im sure those left on site will post full update later. JDPM

Sooty Shearwater.

Posted August 29th, 2012 at 2:07 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Beer Seawatching and Black Hole Marsh

06:05-10:05 at the Beer shelter...

1 Sooty Shearwater @ 06:30, 24 Balearics and 13 Manx, 5 Arctic Skuas and 1 Pomarine, 35 Common Scoter, 2 Kittiwakes, 1 Curlew, 3 'commic' Terns, 2 Arctic Terns. Everything flew W except the Pom, which went E.

At BHM - 1 Little Stint (appeared to fly off N), 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Knot, 3 Ruff, 1 Turnstone, 1 Green Sandpiper, 19 Black-tailed Godwits, several Common Sands, Dunlin and Ringed Plovers.

Posted August 29th, 2012 at 1:21 pm by Gavin Haig in General Birding

Tuesday 28th August 2012

Bowling green marsh

Back to the hide tide roost at bowling green marsh today watched from the hide 15:15 till 17:15

The adult and juv spotted redshank were elusive hidden amongst the 376+ curlew, 3 whimbrel, 502+ black tailed godwits included 45+ juv, 12+ bar tailed godwits, 5 knot, 33+ Dunlin, 1 ringed plover, 7 lapwing, 2 common sandpipers, 1 greenshank, 34+ little egrets, 9+ little grebes, 116+ redshank , 1 wigeon, 2 tufted duck ,had a call from Gary Clayden 17:15 with news of juv little gull from the goat walk in topsham, did not see the little gull had flown over towards turf but there was 1 juv black tern in with 3+ arctic tern and 15+ common terns, a kingfisher flew over to exminster marsh. 

Popped back to the hide and watched from 18:15 till 1910

A new arrival on the far side from the hide a stunning juv wood sandpiper , and shortly after a male eclipse Garganey , also 20+ snipe , 1 pochard, 14+ shoveler, kestrel 

A cracking afternoon 

Posted August 28th, 2012 at 9:58 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Broadsands

Broadsands 07:45-08:00pm

Huge number of herring gulls on the beach, possibly 250+ and that again on the sea. Only about 20+ black headed gulls and no med gulls.

I managed to pick up a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull before 5-6 kayakers disturbed the birds and pushed them on to the sea.

Posted August 28th, 2012 at 8:58 pm by Jacob Wood in General Birding

Wrafton

4 Pochard, with single Wigeon and Shoveler on the pond today, and over the trail on the flooded field up to 8 Blcak-tailed Godwits with 2 Little Egrets, 3 Mute Swans and the escaped Black Swan.

Posted August 28th, 2012 at 5:59 pm by jon turner in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

A good mix and numbers of waders today - big influx around 13.30

South Huish marsh - Wood Sandpiper still and a Green Sandpiper. In the bay 2 Med Gull.

At 13.30  aflock of 25+ Dunlin flew over my garden , Bob had picked up some waders flying over inc 25 Ringed Plover. then found 86 Dunlin on the beach, these still there at 15.30 , other waders on the beaches- 17 Sanderling, 2 Ringed Plover ,1 Dunlin, 2 Turnstone , 32 Oystercatcher.

A Wheatear on the coast path. In amongst the Gulls in the field were 45 ad Lesser BB Gull ( a good count at this time of the year0

Posted August 28th, 2012 at 5:32 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

East Soar

Just a couple of hours this morning turned up whimbrel, 2 tree pipit, sedge warbler, 6 whitethroat,

2 willow warbler, 5 chiffchaff & 40 linnet.

Posted August 28th, 2012 at 4:41 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

A quick look this morning after yesterdays deluge found 9 wheatears and 2 whinchat along with approximately 30 swallows feeding around the dung heap. No visible migration this morning and it is probably a sad reflection on their fortunes but have not had a single sand martin through so far this autumn.

Congrats to Doug and co at Budleigh yesterday with the Long tail but i see that it kept another clean sheet regarding shearwaters!

Posted August 28th, 2012 at 1:22 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Axmouth Osprey

One flew south from Colyford Common towards Axmouth and currently hunting over river near Axmouth (13:15). Also 2 Spotted Redshank, 1 Knot, 3 Green Sand, 3 Ruff and good numbers of Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Bl-t Godwit etc. at Black Hole Marsh. Two Whimbrel and 80 Curlew from Colyford Common hide.

Posted August 28th, 2012 at 1:19 pm by Andy Swash in General Birding

Axe Estuary

A good look around the Axe  this morning 07:45 - 10:00 gave the following totals; 3 Lapwing, 26 Ringed Plover, 1 Knot, 44 Dunlin, 4 Snipe, c25 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Common Sands, 14 Green Sands, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Ruff, 1 Turnstone and a Kittiwake!

A Black Hole Marsh first?

Posted August 28th, 2012 at 11:38 am by Steve Waite in General Birding

Photos for 2011 Bird Report

I have received a good selection of photos for the 2011 Bird Report - but there are more out there I've seen them on various Websites, if you would like to submit some good quality photos taken in Devon during 2011 for consideration - not just rarities - please contact: mikelangman@blueyonder.co.uk

Posted August 28th, 2012 at 11:11 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Monday 27th August 2012

Hope's Nose

06.10-17.00 all south: Long-tailed skua 4 (+2 probable), Pom 4, Arctic skua 78, Pom/Arctic 2, Bonxie 20, Gannet 670+, Sooty shearwater 1, Manx (hundreds) and Balearic (min 9) but not consistently counted, Common tern 234, Arctic tern 1 juv, Black tern 1, Roseate tern 1 ad, Sandwich tern 9, Little gull 1 juv, LBB gull 3 ads, Kittiwake 200+, Storm petrel 1, Redshank 9, Greenshank 1, Whimbrel 1, Curlew 1, Dunlin 3, Common scoter 13 (inc 1 with prob LT duck but too murky to clinch), Swift 2

Posted August 27th, 2012 at 10:29 pm by Simon Geary in General Birding

Dawlish warren

Watched from 08:10 till 16:30 with LC from11:35

Not as good as BH but still good numbers with 5 long tailed skuas ( 1 flew in nearly over are heads and into the estuary and was followed by 2 more that flew into the estuary ,my first in Devon ) , 52+ arctic skuas , 5+ great skua, 3+ pomarine skua, 2+ black tern , 1 little tern, 1 juv little gull ,6+ arctic tern, numerous common terns and sandwich terns, 1 curlew, 1 whimbrel,  good passage of Manx shearwater but to far out to get good count, 1+ balearic shearwater, 29+ common scoter, 30+ fulmar and a steady passage of gannets

A very good day 

Posted August 27th, 2012 at 8:31 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Berry Hd extra!

Did all of those seawatching at Berry Head miss something - looks very much like an Iceland Gull in this picture - perhaps the same bird BMc and Jake saw off Broadsands over a monthago? 

  

Posted August 27th, 2012 at 7:55 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Berry Head

06:15 - 17:15 (all obs). TBr, MD, IL, ML, SL, DN, KRy, RSt et al in attendance (at times). F5 SSW, prolonged rain, drier spells. 

12 (confirmed + probable) Long-tailed Skua,  6 Pomarine Skua, 65 Bonxie, 134 Arctic Skua, 9 Sooty Shearwater, 53 Balearic Shearwater, 2500+ Manx Shearwater, 2 Stormie, juv Little Gull, 1 Common Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Black Tern, 10 Arctic Tern, 246 Common Tern, 1 Grey Phalarope, 2 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Dunlin, 1 Swift, 12 Scoter, 2 Mallard.  n/c, but good passage of Gannets, Fulmars & Kitts.

A few Porpoise.

<10 mins glance off Dawlish c.19;00 revealed Bonxie & a 5 Arctic Skua in the murk.

Posted August 27th, 2012 at 7:26 pm by Ivan Lakin in General Birding

Froward Point

Seawatch 13:00-16:30. No Long-tailed Skuas (or I failed to identify them!). Juvenile Sabines Gull in with raft of Manx Shearwater off the Mew Stone, flying around and landing from 13:00 (immediately on arrival) to about 13:10 when a squall impaired visibility/it disappeared. In comparison with BH, a modest count of commoner skuas was expected but 3 Sooty Shearwaters wasn't a bad count for FP (only 2 Balearics though). A large feeding frenzy of several hundred shearwaters north west of Eastern Black Rock (SX915500) had grown since Saturday and may be worth looking through.

Posted August 27th, 2012 at 6:57 pm by Matt Twiggs in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay and Beesands

Seawatch from Warren Pt 2hrs from 08.20- although a F 5 SSW and poor viz not up to expectations - 70 Gannet, 2 Fulmar, 1 jv Pom Skua , Waders on the beaches - 28 Sanderling, 2 Turnstone. Amonst 30 Alba wagtail feeding on the Golf course a jv Yellow Wagtail , 2 Tree Pipit over.

Went over to BEESANDS at 12.00 and shorly afterwards joined by Perry S much more passage here all moving towards Start Pt . In 3 hrs totals were - 105 Gannet, 38 Fulmar, 16 Manx S'water, 1 Balearic S'water, 6 Common Tern, 16 Sandwich Tern, 15 Arctic Tern ( inc 1 flock of 14 ), 8 Arctic Skua, 1 Turnstone, 2 Great C Grebe. 3 Sand Martin over the Ley

Posted August 27th, 2012 at 6:35 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Beer Seawatching - the late shift

Highlights of afternoon seawatch (14:50-17:40)

Another juv Long-tailed Skua W at 16:20, 6 Arctic Skuas, 25 'commic' Terns, 24 Common Scoter.

Posted August 27th, 2012 at 6:15 pm by Gavin Haig in General Birding

Aveton Gifford

The habitat at South Effiord marsh has improved dramatically in the past few weeks after water has been allowed on to the marsh through the tidal exchange system. With recent rain this has created a series of shallow pools and wet areas, hence today at high tide

Wood Sandpiper; 6 Green Sandpiper; 4 Greenshank; 4 Dunlin.

Also: 18 Little Egret; Kingfisher; 10 Sand Martin; 70 Swallow.

Posted August 27th, 2012 at 5:29 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Wrafton

4 juv Pochard on Wrafton Pond this morning 2 of which seem to be moulting into male plumage. 1 Wigeon still.

Across the tarka trail on the flooded field, 7 Black-tailed Godwits.

Posted August 27th, 2012 at 3:32 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Berry Hd

Berry Head trawler

Trawler returning with a mass of Gulls Gannets.

Seawatching 0615-1715hrs a great mixture of species and some really good birds: Grey Phalarope 1, Long-tailed Skua 8 (all juvs plus a 2s) , plus 4 probables juvs, Pomarine Skua 6 (1s to sub-adults as expected - juvs not normally seen until very end of Sep), Arctic Skua 134 mostly ads/imm not many juvs, Great Skua 66, Black Tern 1, Sooty Shearwater 9, Balearic Shearwater 53, Manx Shearwater 2300+, Strom Petrel 1, Arctic Tern 11 virtually all juvs, Common Tern  241, 'Commic' Tern 87,  Little Gull 1 juv, Whimbrel 5 Curlew 1, Turnstone 1, Dunlin 1, Swift 1, Pied Flycatcher 1, Wheatear 2. Harbour Porpoise 3+.

Many obs through the day

 

Posted August 27th, 2012 at 1:52 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Sea Watch at Budleigh Salterton

Watched from 8.30.a.m. to 11.40.a.m. with SH ,RH and CT

Juvenile Long-tailed Skua 10.40.a.m.

Also 14 Arctic Skua, 5 Great Skua, Sandwich Terns, Arctic Terns ,Common Terns.  Passage of Fulmar, Kittiwake and 9 Common Scoter.

Posted August 27th, 2012 at 12:27 pm by Doug Cullen in General Birding

Beer Seawatching so far...

Combined totals from 2 sessions (06:10-08:40 and 09:55-11:55). Virtually everything flew W.

Common Scoter 37, Kittiwake 6+, Common Tern 1, Arctic Tern 2, 'commic' Tern 9, Sandwich Tern 13, Roseate Tern 2, Whimbrel 2, Manx Shearwater 6, Balearic Shearwater 2, Arctic Skua 9, Bonxie 3, Long-tailed Skua 1 (juv W at 10:42)

PA, GMH, KH, IMc

Posted August 27th, 2012 at 12:21 pm by Gavin Haig in General Birding

Black Hole Marsh

Black Hole Marsh this morning 06:10 - 08:00 gave totals of; 1 Garganey (then flew north to Colyford Marsh), 60 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 3 Lapwing, 24 Ringed Plover, 42 Dunlin, 3 Snipe, 43 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Spotted Redshank, 4 Redshank, 10 Green Sands and 8 Common Sands.

Posted August 27th, 2012 at 9:00 am by Steve Waite in General Birding

Soar Sunday 26th Aug

In pleasant conditions found: Pied Flycatcher 3+, Sedge Warbler 2, Willow Warbler 8, Chiffchaff 10, Whitethroat c10, Blackcap 3, House Martin 40+, Wheatear 5.

Called in at excellent improved habitat at Averton Gifford (South Efford) on way home where 5+ Green Sandpipers, 35+ Little Egrets and 4 Greenshank showed and Paul Kemp saw the 2 Wood Sandpipers before they disappeared over the sea wall.

Posted August 27th, 2012 at 8:51 am by Pete Aley in General Birding

Sunday 26th August 2012

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide from 12:00 till 14:00

The juv and adult spotted redshanks showed well, along with 47+ little egrets, 4+ greenshanks, 8+ little grebe, 1 kingfisher,  1 knot,  20 Dunlin,  great spotted woodpecker, 1 snipe

Goat walk from 10:30 till 11:15

450+ black tailed godwits including 15+ juv's, 20 ringed plover

From viewing platform 11:20 till 11:55

21+ greenshank, 11 ringed plover, 2 common sandpipers , sparrowhawk, 2 kestrels

Posted August 26th, 2012 at 8:59 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

At 19.45 rec'd a call from John King to say he had a Wryneck in his garden

Posted August 26th, 2012 at 8:50 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Early start this morning before any disturbance. The 3 Ringed Plovers still, 7 Wheatear, 2 Whinchat, 3 White wagtails amongst 30 Pied, 1 Grey wag, 1 Meadow pipit, 1 Whitethroat.  About 30 Swallows and a few House martins moving south.

This evening 8 Wheatears, 1 Whinchat.

Posted August 26th, 2012 at 8:13 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

East Prawle

Late news for Saturday midday down Pignose Valley.

At least one wryneck, watched for 20 mins. Pied and spotted flycatcher. Hobby. Great skua harrasing lbbgs off point. 

Posted August 26th, 2012 at 7:57 pm by Lyndon Savage in General Birding

Swift

One over house at 19:10 bideford

Posted August 26th, 2012 at 7:31 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Beer Cemetery & Beer Head

Quite a bit around today - Beer Cemetery Fields - 5+ Tree Pipits, 4 Spotted Flycatchers, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Whinchat, 7 Whitethroats,1 Redstart (m) & a few Willow Warblers, also Gav had 5 Crossbills over whilst i was a few fields away

Beer Head - 30 Wheatears, 2 Whinchat, 2 Redstart, Spotted Flycatcher & Yellow Wagtail.

(P.Abbott, K.Woolley, G.Haig, K.Hale)

Posted August 26th, 2012 at 6:57 pm by Kevin Hale in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

Relatively quiet day - this am 4 Tree Pipit over T'stone Marsh with 15 Teal on the water .

Waders around - 1 Wood Sandpiper on S Huish marsh, 1 Knot over, 10 Dunlin and a Ringed Plover on the beach before all the sunworshipers  moved them on

Bob B ringed 10 Reed , 5 Sedge and 1 Willow Warblers

Posted August 26th, 2012 at 6:11 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Southcott Marsh,bideford

Now 48 Black tailed godwits on the marsh.

Posted August 26th, 2012 at 2:24 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

R.Taw (off Ashford sewage works.)

08:30

At least 23 Mediterranean Gulls in mid-river roost with Black-heads. 17A, 4 2nd S, 2 1st S.

Posted August 26th, 2012 at 12:42 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Rillage Point to Widmouth Head

Early this morning 20-30 Gannets feeding just offshore with small pod of Harbour Porpoises, one Bonxie heading W. Just a handful of Manx Shearwaters in contrast to yesterday afternoon, with lighter winds and dramatically better visibility. Only grounded passerine migrants were two Wheatears.

Posted August 26th, 2012 at 11:40 am by Tim Jones in General Birding

Prawle Point Seawatch Sat 25th

1130-1530 when rain and poor vis set in. 74 Manx (West) 9 (east)

1 Balearic (W), Osprey (W) at 1515, 1 wheatear

Posted August 26th, 2012 at 9:18 am by Dick Seekins in General Birding

Wembury

Quiet this morning with only a juv Med Gull on the beach and 15+ Whitethroats (local juvs probably)

Posted August 26th, 2012 at 8:02 am by Richard Billington in General Birding

Saturday 25th August 2012

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide from 11:00 till 13:00

The adult spotted redshank is still showing well and is now in full winter plumage , also 70+ Dunlin, 1 knot, 2 snipe , 3 whimbrel, 10+ bar tailed godwit, 20+ little egrets, 400+ black tailed godwits

From the viewing platform earlier 2 grey plover, 1 ringed plover, 2 common sandpiper, 20+ greenshank, 1 juv med gull. 

Posted August 25th, 2012 at 10:07 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

A cold north westerly wind made for difficult birding this evening. Just 5 wheatears and 1 whitethroat but now 3 ringed plover with the juv joined by two adults. Around 80 swallows feeding in the area. On the way home an astonishing 30 mistle thrushes gathered just on the Devon side of the Somerset/Devon border just outside Churchinford.

Posted August 25th, 2012 at 7:57 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Prawle point

Osprey seen flying SW low over the sea at 3pm today (25/8), just off Sharpers Head (below East Prawle and east of Prawle Point).

Posted August 25th, 2012 at 7:42 pm by Tim & Aishlyn Youngs in General Birding

Rillage Point to Widmouth Head

14.30 to 17.30 Strong NW breeze (but not strong enough!) and heavy showers. 295 Manx Shearwaters, 48 Gannets, 35 Fulmars, 7 Whimbrel, 1 Stonechat, 1 Kestrel, 2 Harbour Porpoise, 1 Grey Seal.

Posted August 25th, 2012 at 6:31 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

southcott marsh,bideford

37 Black tailed godwits still, with 20 teal, 2 grey heron.16:00.  

Posted August 25th, 2012 at 5:48 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Plym Estuary

Not much recent change but Redshanks have edged up to 110, and Little Egrets to 12. 3 Greenshanks remain and 4 Dunlins were on the pool with 33 Curlews. 

Posted August 25th, 2012 at 5:35 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Wrafton

Still two Pochard and a Wigeon on the pond and an odd singing Chiffchaff. Cetti's Warbler also called - first I've heard for several weeks.

Posted August 25th, 2012 at 12:14 pm by jon turner in General Birding

Hartland Point

148 manx shearwater,1 Balearic shearwater,1 pale Arctic Skua,91 Terns between 7 am and 9am seen by Malcome Shakespeare

Posted August 25th, 2012 at 11:51 am by David Churchill in General Birding

Black Hole Marsh Seaton

This morning,08.30 - 10.00, 5 x Common Sand, 9 x Green Sand and single Spotted Redshank.

Posted August 25th, 2012 at 11:21 am by Neal Moss in General Birding

Friday 24th August 2012

Budleigh Salterton seawatching

16.15 to 19.00

Pom skua at 16.50 attacked a Kittiwake and then sat on sea until 2 Great Skuas past west at 16.58 when it got up and joined them. 3 juv Little Gulls between 18.15 and 18.35 and a Little Tern with Sandwich terns at 18.25. Routine fare in 70 Gannets, 24 Sandwich terns, 2 Commic terns, 20 Kittiwakes (4 juvs), 19 Fulmar and 4 Common Scoter. All heading west.

Budleigh has become a shearwater free zone at the moment - i can only think that the guys at Berry Head have erected some kind of force field stopping them going further up channel or have an infinite supply of sprats!

 

Posted August 24th, 2012 at 9:07 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Seaton Seawatching

15:54 - 17:50

Juv Long-tailed Skua E at 16:37, 3 Sandwich Terns, 5 'commic' Terns, 3 Kittiwakes, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Common Scoter, 160+ Gannets.

Posted August 24th, 2012 at 6:22 pm by Gavin Haig in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

Driving rain and very poor viz made any seawatching impossible - even the Gannet were too far out. A nice ad Med Gull and 4 Sandwich Tern in the bay. on the beaches waders totalled - 22 Sanderling, 22 Ringed Plover, 13 Dunlin and a Whimbrel over.

Late afternoon 8 Sandwich Tern in the Bay , 3 Black Tailed Godwit on South Huish marsh with 6 Teal.

At 07.30 a Wigeon on T'stone marsh

Posted August 24th, 2012 at 6:12 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Berry Hd

Seawatching 0645-1800hrs noteable species: Manx Shearwater 607, Balearic Shearwater 11, Arctic Skua 13, Great Skua 10, Pomarine Skua 1. Common Tern 76, Commic Tern 51, Sandwich Tern 5, Common Scoter 23, Common Gull 1 (juv/1w), 1 Swift, Sunfish 1, Harbour Porpoise 5. Also 637 Gannets, 50+ Kittiwakes and a Wheatear.

ML,MD,PA,BBH,SS,LH

Updated 19:30

Posted August 24th, 2012 at 2:32 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Torrington

A friend phoned me to say he was watching a Red Kite over  the river Torridge at Torrington this morning at around 10:30. He said he saw the colour wing tags but did not take note of the colours!

Posted August 24th, 2012 at 11:45 am by Roy Churchill in General Birding

Thursday 23rd August 2012

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

A dearth of migrants at present - just 2 wheatears tonight (with 6 last night). The juv ringed plover still present

Posted August 23rd, 2012 at 10:12 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Otter Estuary and Coast

Wednesday 22nd August
1 Pied Flycatcher on east side of Otter

Thursday 23rd August
A walk along the coast path this afternoon produced my 2nd Wryneck for the area (the 1st being just last year on 4th Sep). It was approx. 1Km east of Otter Head before flying inland.
Also 1 Whinchat on the top fields and a Greenshank on the main scrape this afternoon.

Wryneck: Nr Otter Head
Wryneck: Nr Otter Head

Posted August 23rd, 2012 at 9:20 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding

southcott marsh east the water,bideford

    40 Black tailed godwits,30 teal,17:45.

Posted August 23rd, 2012 at 8:08 pm by robert marshall in General Birding

Soar

06:15-16-00 hrs ( East Soar / Starehole / Warren / Soar Mill Cove / Southdown etc. )

No overnight rain, 75% cloud cover at dawn. Very still and humid by early afternoon with a light S-SW wind picking up.

Lot of effort for not a lot namely Ringed Plover, Swift, 250 Swallows, 150 House Martins, 4 Yellow Wagtails, 10 Tree Pipits, 3 Wheatears, 3 Sedge Warblers, 13 Whitethroats, 9 Blackcaps, 15 Willow Warblers and 6 Chiffchaffs.

To all those rarities that hid away this time all i can say in my best Schwarzenneger voice is ......i'll be baaack.

Posted August 23rd, 2012 at 7:59 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Powderham marsh

 At 6.00pm today there were at least 1 common sandpiper, 3 green sandpipers and 4 wood sandpipers on the ditches and pools close to the railway line and as far as possible from the viewing area. The only other birds were 6 mallards, 1 shelduck, 3 moorhens, 2 coots, c30  pied wagtails, 9 linnets and lots of rooks with a few jackdaws.

Posted August 23rd, 2012 at 7:20 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Thurleston Bay & Soar

Walked from Bollberry Down to Soar Mill Valley- fairly quiet - totals - 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat, 8 Chiffchaff, 8 Willow Warbler, 7 Blackcap, 40 Linnet, 30 Goldfinch, 2 sparrowhawk

The Wood Sandpiper still on South Huish marsh.

Tonight  21 Teal and 225 Mallard on Thurlestone Marsh - last night the Swallow roost was 4500 plus a Hobby

 

This am Bob B ringed 26 Sedge, 1 Reed W blr, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow warbler with a Tree Pipit over

Posted August 23rd, 2012 at 6:26 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Black Hole Marsh

Juv Spotted Redshank still on Black Hole Marsh this morning, with 3 Redshank.  Also 45 Teal, 25 Black-tailed Godwits, 16 Dunlin, c8 Common Sands, 5 Green Sands, 3 Snipe, 2 Lapwing and a Water Rail.

Mid morning a lone Whimbrel flew west over the house (a common sight and sound in spring, not so in autumn).

Just had a mid afternoon stroll over Beer Head, singles of Yellow Wagtail and Whitethroat were the only migrants.

Posted August 23rd, 2012 at 4:25 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Wednesday 22nd August 2012

Kingsbridge Estuary

Had a look from the Pumping Station along Embankment Road, Kingsbridge on the rising tide this evening but fairly quiet. Only 71 Redshank, Greenshank, Whimbrel, 4 Black-tailed Godwits, Med Gull and 4 Sandwich Terns. Numbers of Tringa Sandpipers and gulls well down on what one would normally expect here this time of year. No small waders either but they are always a bit hit and miss here.

Posted August 22nd, 2012 at 8:20 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

Late news for Tues - at 20.30 4 Black Tailed Godwit flew onto the marsh ( no sign att 07.00 today )

2 Wigeon and 15 Teal on the marsh this am

Waders on the beach only 37 Sanderling. A Whimbrel and a Curlew flew over. Offshore feeding parties of Gannet and 3 Manx S'water.

Bob B ringed 6 Sedge and 1 Reed Warbler , also 1 Tree Pipit over.

This afternoon news rec'd of a Wood Sandpiper at the back of South Huish Marsh- still there when I went over at 16.45

 

Posted August 22nd, 2012 at 6:21 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Beesands

Ley predictably quiet but around and about:

60 house martin, 9 wheatear, whinchat, 3 willow warbler.

Posted August 22nd, 2012 at 4:03 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Venn Ottery Common Reserve

Initial impression was that all birds had deserted the common,,, until one of those mixed Tit flocks of birds turned up, including c20 Long Tailed Tits, Blue, Great and Coal Tits, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Nuthatch and Tree Creeper.  Then along came a female Redstart and a Spotted Flycatcher. Also present on the common were Bullfinch and both Green and Gt Spotted Woodpecker. Totasl of 21 species present.

Posted August 22nd, 2012 at 2:40 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

English Channel

Yesterday out on a fishing boat 30nm SSE of Start Point. c200 gulls mostly Lesser Black-backed, 8 Common Terns, 30+Fulmars, 20 European Storm-petrels (many now in active moult giving a different wing shape!), 3 Bonxies and a Balearic Shearwater.

One of the new features of the new Devon Bird News is photos have a zoomable feature, click any of these to see a larger version with the bird named.

Balearic ShearwaterBalearic ShearwaterBalearic ShearwaterBalearic ShearwaterEuropean Storm-petrel in wing moultFulmarLesser Black-backed GullGreat Skua

 

Posted August 22nd, 2012 at 11:26 am by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Instow - Cricket Ground foreshore.

08:00 - 09:00.

Mediterranean Gull 5 ( 1A, 1 1st S, 3 2nd S including 1 carrying green ring on left leg - Belgium/France)

Common Gull 4; Sandwich Tern 1; Ringed Plover 65; Turnstone 3; Sanderling 2 and 15 Dunlin.

Posted August 22nd, 2012 at 10:57 am by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Tuesday 21st August 2012

Bowling green marsh

In addition to Brian's post there were 3 wood sandpiperon from the hide on Monday night 19:30(thanks to Dave boult) this afternoon had a call from Gary Clayden that 3 had flown over at 17:30

I watched from viewing platform from 19:00 till 20:05 

3+ juv med gulls amongst the numerous black headed gulls (700+ estimate) 20+ greenshank and at 19:45 2 wood sandpipers flew over calling. Had a quick look from the hide 2 knot, 5 greenshank , 1 whimbrel, 400+ black tailed godwit and 10+ little grebe

Posted August 21st, 2012 at 10:38 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Powderham Marsh

      Four Wood Sandpipers on Powderham Marsh this evening, along with 2  Common Sandpipers and 2 Dunlin. There may be as many as 7 Wood Sands around the Exe at the moment, with 3 flying over Bowling Green Marsh earlier, and 2 flying over later.

Posted August 21st, 2012 at 9:44 pm by Brian Heasman in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Lunchtime visit very quiet - 1 green sandpiper and a flock of 60+ house sparrows, many of them juveniles.

This evening 3 whinchats, 1 wheatear, a juv ringed plover and the green sand still.

Posted August 21st, 2012 at 9:23 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Plym Estuary 18th & 19th Aug

Sorry for late posting - had some technical problems.

18th - Whimbrel 2, Curlew 30, Mandarin Duck 2, Little Egret 11, Greenshank 3, Redshank 92, Common Sandpiper 2 (others reported double figures), Turnstone 11, Ringed Plover 1, Kingfisher 1.

19th - generally lower numbers as visited on lower tide but exactly 100 Redshank, 2 Kingfisher, 5 Common Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin and 3 Greenshank. One of latter sported colour-rings and flag from Brittany (I'm awaiting futher details). 

Posted August 21st, 2012 at 7:50 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

West Charleton Marsh

Still 25 Black-tailed Godwits along with 10 Teal this afternoon.

Posted August 21st, 2012 at 7:41 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

2 Wigeon on T'stone Marsh at 07.15 were new arrivals , this afternoon a Dunlin over and at 17.00 a Greenshank fed for 6 mins before flying off up the valley.

Waders on the beach this am - 22 Sanderling, 6 Turnstone, 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin. A Sandwich Tern in the bay . Wheatear and Whitethroat on the coast path.

Bob B ringed 19 Sedge, 5 Reed, 3 Willow , 3 Chiffchaff and a Reed Bunting , also had 6 Tree Pipit over .

Late news from Mon 2 Swift over S Milton village.Last night the Swallow roost best so far over 4000birds

Posted August 21st, 2012 at 6:23 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Anchor Wood Bank

15:00 - 16:00 low water.
62 Blackwits, 2 Barwits and 3 Whimbrel

Posted August 21st, 2012 at 5:39 pm by Roy Churchill in General Birding

Soar

A few migrants around this morning included:

2 whinchat, grasshopper warbler, 4 whitethroat, 3 blackcap, 3 willow warbler, pied & spotted flycatcher.

Also 9 meadow pipit & 30 goldfinch. Green woodpecker, my first record here.

Posted August 21st, 2012 at 1:47 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Exe estuary near Turf

Yesterday evening just before high water (9.00 pm) over 300 curlew flew onto the marshes accompanied by a few bar-tailed godwits. 39 sandwich terns flew north up the estuary, calling loudly. Other birds displaced by the rising tide included 2 dunlin.

A 100 or so swallows were over the canal with c50 house martins and 2 swifts. Earlier in the evening I saw a juv sparrowhawk try to kill an adult magpie. Much noise. Eventually the birds fell out of the tree and landed near me. That was too much for the sparrowhawk. It gave up and flew away. The magpie moved into dense cover. A peregrine, sat on a pylon, watched the whole episode intently.

Posted August 21st, 2012 at 9:07 am by John Waldon in General Birding

Froward Point to Coleton Fishacre

A stroll along the coastal footpath yesterday evening produced: 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Wheatear, 2 Willow Warblers and 8 Whitethroat.

Posted August 21st, 2012 at 8:11 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Monday 20th August 2012

Beer Cemetery & Beer Head

Migrants around today, at the Beer Cemetery fields were 4 Spotted Flycatchers, 1 Redstart, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Tree Pipit, Garden Warbler & good numbers of Willow Warblers.

At Beer Head were 2 Pied Flycatchers, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, Whinchat & another Redstart. ( Ian M, Phil A, Steve W, Kevin H)

Posted August 20th, 2012 at 9:23 pm by Kevin Hale in General Birding

Prawle Point

Late Swift near car park this afternoon.

Posted August 20th, 2012 at 6:34 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Skern

07:15 - 09:30

With Rob Marshall:-

Black-tailed Godwit 5; Knot 3; Mediterranean Gull 5 (3A,1 2nd S, 1 Juv); Common Tern c40-50 on foreshore and many more feeding off Crow Point; Turnstone 3; Ringed Plover 30; Dunlin 8; Black Tern 1; Sanderling 10 (3 on foreshore with 7 more overhead); Ruff 1; Wheatear 3 (2M,1F); Greenshank 4 and c40 Pied Wagtails. Large number of Oystercatcher on Crow Point foreshore, a few 100 of which came on to the Skern.

Rob also picked up 4 Little Terns.

Posted August 20th, 2012 at 11:18 am by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Kingsbridge Estuary

West Charleton marsh / Bay, 06:45-08:30, high tide.

10 Teal, 2 Little Grebe, 25 Black-tailed Godwit ( scrape on marsh-good count for here), Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, 70 Dunlin, Sanderling, 4 Turnstone, 5 Ringed plover, 160 Curlew, 5 Whimbrel, 4 Common Sandpiper, Mediterranean Gull and Sandwich Tern. Among a small number of Canada Geese were 4 hybrid young. Looked like Greylag X Canada but there were also a couple domestic geese present so who knows?

Posted August 20th, 2012 at 9:45 am by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Sunday - Barnacle Goose with Canadas - Derek Carter

Barnacle Goose with Canadas BGM 19.8.12 D Carter

Posted August 20th, 2012 at 12:10 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Sunday 19th August 2012

English Channel - 18/08/12

Yesterday fishing 11nm S of Start Point, very quiet birdwise considering the strong winds of the previous days. Attracted to the boat and chum were: Sooty Shearwater, 3 European Storm-petrels, 5 Fulmars, 6 Great Black-backed Gulls, juv Common Tern and juv Kittiwake (pretty dire for August). On the return journey to Dartmouth, another Sooty Shearwater, a few Manx Shearwaters, Ocean Sunfish and three large dolphins, did not get too much on them but dorsal fins looked more like White-beaked than Bottlenose!

Sooty Shearwater

Posted August 19th, 2012 at 10:13 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

The first returning Meadow Pipits (5) of the autumn brought with them a single Tree Pipit. Also 5 Wheatears, 1 Whinchat, 1 Whitethroat, 30+ Pied wagtails, 3 Stock Doves and 20 Swallows going steadily south.

Posted August 19th, 2012 at 8:42 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide from 09:15 till 11:00

The adult and juv spotted redshanks showed well at times, 15+ dunlin,12+ bar tailed godwits , 350+ black tailed godwits, 1 knot, 1 pochard, 2 wigeon, 1 green sandpiper, 7+ little grebe, 2 sedge warblers, 1 snipe

from the viewing platform as tide droped 10+ turnstone and 27+ greenshank

Posted August 19th, 2012 at 7:35 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

West Charleton Marsh

06:30-07:30, high tide.

Very foggy, managed to peer through it enough to make out 5 Black-tailed Godwits on the scrape. Poor, brief views of another wader which might have been a Ruff. Walking down the marsh a probable Turtle Dove flew out of a tree and away in the ether before i got a good enough look to be 100 %.

Posted August 19th, 2012 at 11:03 am by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Skern

  Only 122 common tern today!!!..Single ruff,6 whimbrel,40 curlew and a lovely flock of 43 black tailed godwits pitched in.Good record for the site.14 med gulls,10 adult,2ss,2 juv.08:00-09:30.

Posted August 19th, 2012 at 10:41 am by robert marshall in General Birding

Saturday 18th August 2012

Wembury

A slightly weird morning. First off, out of the corner of my eye I saw what appeared to be a Phyllosc or Wren dive into a bramble bush but on closer inspection it turned out to be a Convolvulous Hawk moth - first for Wembury? Then a Snipe dropped onto the rocks - really only a cold weather winter species here. Finally, later in the day, a Wheatear seemed to arrive in off from the south. Also 2/3 Common Sand and plenty of Whimbrel. 

Posted August 18th, 2012 at 7:28 pm by Richard Billington in General Birding

Skern

  300+ common tern.228 counted but toing and throwing meant difficult to gauge numbers only to say recent high totals down although tonights tide may change that.Also 6 little tern.25 blacktailed,1 bar tailed godwits,whimbrel,4 turnstone,40 curlew,2 adult,2s med gulls.06:15-09:30.

Posted August 18th, 2012 at 10:45 am by robert marshall in General Birding

Froward Point yesterday, 17/08/12

Seawatch 07:45-11:20; 1099 Manx, 4 Balearic Shearwater, 62 Fulmar, 142 Kittiwake (18 juvs), 3 Bonxie, 1 Arctic Skua, 14 Common Tern, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Ocean Sunfish. Also 2 Painted Lady on Buddleia on the way back.

Posted August 18th, 2012 at 10:27 am by Matt Twiggs in General Birding

Terns

Got to the Skern about 6.30.

400+Oystercatchers, 100+ Curlew, singles of Knot, Whimbrel, Redshank, Bar-Tailed Godwit and Little Egret. 23 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Dunlin 3 Turnstone. 100+Common Tern settled but were almost immediately flushed by a Peregrine! 6 Little Terns flew about. 3 Teal.

Posted August 18th, 2012 at 10:03 am by jon turner in General Birding

Friday 17th August 2012

Tern fest continues.

The spectacle of large numbers of Common Tern on the falling tide at the Skern, Northam Burrows continues.Just after high tide they come into the estuary, and preen on the saltings.

This evening there were around 600 Common Tern, and among them 3 Little Tern (inc 1 Juv), 2 Arctic Tern, and 18 Black Tern, of which 2 were still in summer plumage.

Wader numbers remain small with 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Turnstone, 1 Knot and 2 Whimbrel.

Posted August 17th, 2012 at 8:19 pm by Roger Doble in General Birding

Skern

Late afternoon on a rising tide.

Approx 400 common terns on the sands. 5 black terns, 2 little terns, and 6+ sandwich terns. Small numbers of wheatears on the shore.

Posted August 17th, 2012 at 8:05 pm by Lyndon Savage in General Birding

Berry Head

Berry Head 13.00 >16.00

Adding to Pauls morning sightings- 1417 Manx shearwater, 2 Balearic shearwater, 4 Arctic Skua, 20 Common tern and 2 Whimbrel

Posted August 17th, 2012 at 7:52 pm by Stan Stanbury in General Birding

wrafton

2 juv Pochard and the lone Wigeon still.

Posted August 17th, 2012 at 5:29 pm by jon turner in General Birding

Start Point

Seawatch 07:30-13:30. Very similar species to Berry Head give or take a couple. 2 Sooty Shearwaters (09:53&10:58, did not get a time off the Berry Head boys for the first one, but the second took 38 minutes - that's an av. speed of 22mph), 8 Balearic Shearwaters, 1421 Manx Shearwaters, 4 Bonxies, 1 Arctic Skua, 5 Common Scoter, 1 Puffin, 2 Guillemots, 175 Common Terns (most early), 2 Arctic Terns, 4 Whimbrel and Ocean Sunfish.

This mornings conditions looked spot on for a large shearwater, with wind SSW force 6 and rain and reduced vis, yet none. While yesterday pm at Berry Hd the wind was light and vis good and we get a close one - who can ever predict seawatching!

Posted August 17th, 2012 at 5:15 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Berry Head

07:00-13:00 A bit slower today, but still some good stuff moving south past the Head. 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 8 Balearic Shearwaters, 1102 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Black Tern, 29 Common Terns, 4 Arctic Skuas, 3 Great Skuas, 1 Puffin, 5 Common Scoters, 93 Gannets, 116 Kittiwakes (+4 juvs) and 1 Whimbrel.

Posted August 17th, 2012 at 2:53 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in General Birding

Budleigh Salterton Seawatching

Watched from 7.00 to 10.30 and joined by Jim at 8.45. Worse than Beer i think. No shearwaters, no skuas. 28 Scoter, 120+ Gannet, 40 Sandwich tern, 40 Common tern, 9 Kittiwake, 7 Fulmar, 3 Shelduck, 1 Turnstone and 1 Whimbrel

Eider close to the estuary mouth

Posted August 17th, 2012 at 2:37 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Black Hole Marsh

Spent three hours in the island hide this morning (it's the Wet and Wild Weekend).  Water levels still fairly high so only noted; 23 Black-tailed Godwit, 18 Teal, 12 Common Sands, 4 Dunlin (20 less than a couple of days ago!), 2 Lapwing, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Green Sands (had 14 here on Monday morning), 2 Gadwall and 1 Med Gull (adult - my first on the Axe for several weeks).

Posted August 17th, 2012 at 2:04 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

       The first juvenile Spotted Redshank here this morning, also one Green Sand, one Common Sand, half a dozen Snipe, and a juv. Med Gull.  Unable to go seawatching today which was a shame!

Posted August 17th, 2012 at 1:14 pm by Brian Heasman in General Birding

Beer Seawatching

06:05 - 07:45 Visibility often poor, but even so it was obvious that things were going to be very slow...

11 Manxies, 9 Common Scoters, 6 'commic' Terns, 1 Sandwich Tern, a sprinkling of Fulmars and Gannets. By far the highlight were 2 rather distant juv Little Gulls. Almost everything heading W.

Ian M stayed on, and at 08:12 texted that 6 Little Gulls had gone through (I assume that means an additional four)

Posted August 17th, 2012 at 10:37 am by Gavin Haig in General Birding

Skern 06:00 - 08:30

Before Rob arrived:- 10 Black-tailed Godwits; 2 Whimbrel; 4 Knot; Shelduck 9 juveniles; 3 Bar-tailed Godwit; 1 Wheatear and 4 Turnstone.

At approx 07:15 the Terns started to arrive on the falling tide. A spectacular sight.

Posted August 17th, 2012 at 9:56 am by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Skern

800 common tern,7 black,3 little,7 sandwich.adult med gull,7 black tailed godwits,1 knot,07:00-09:00.With maurice clements

Posted August 17th, 2012 at 9:32 am by robert marshall in General Birding

Thursday 16th August 2012

Skern

This morning 67 common,1 arctic,9 little,4 sandwich terns.5 adult knot,37 bartailed godwits,2ad meds.08:00--09::45. On  this evnings tide fairly quiiet from 17:00-18:30 with ruff, 4 juv knot,5 black tailed godwit.Then from latter time after a squall wave after wave of terns entered the estuary coming onto the skern and instow.Unless these were yesterday's birds feeding further out then they could possibly be new arrivals.Totals being up to 1500 common,10 black,1 little,1 adult arctic, 9 sandwich. Also 150 black headed gulls came in along with 8 med gulls, 3 adult and 5 juvs.If only a skua or two would follow them in!!!.

Posted August 16th, 2012 at 9:20 pm by robert marshall in General Birding

Berry Head

05:50-17:30. A good sea-watching day with MD&BH. 1 GREAT SHEARWATER (at 13:30), 8 Sooty Shearwaters, 53 Balearic Shearwaters, 3470 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Pomarine Skuas, 19 Great Skuas, 12 Arctic Skuas, 2 Arctic Terns, 31 Common Terns, 1 Storm Petrel, 1 Puffin, 1 Yellow-legged Gull (juv), 3 Common Scoters, 454 Gannets,257 Kittiwakes + 7 juvs and 20+ Fulmars.

Posted August 16th, 2012 at 6:54 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

Waders on the beach this am- 10 Ringed Plover, 5 Sanderling, 1 Dunlin..

Seawatch not as productive - 8 Manx S'water, 5 Sandwich Tern, 4 Common Tern, 6 Fulmar, 75 Gannet, 2 Razorbill

Posted August 16th, 2012 at 2:21 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Rillage Point to Widmouth Head

Not as exciting as seawatching on the south coast – or tern watching at the Skern for that matter – but a short visit this morning saw seabirds passing W having probably been driven up the Bristol Channel by yesterday's stormy weather. 74 Gannets, 109 Manx Shearwaters, 12 Common Terns, and 3 Common Scoters (with two more feeding quite close to shore in Hele Bay).

Posted August 16th, 2012 at 2:02 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Wednesday 15th August 2012

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide from 15:30 till 18:30

350+ black tailed godwits including 12+ juv, 20+ bar tailed godwits 15+ whimbrel, 400+ curlew, 10+ Dunlin , 60+ redshank, 31+  greenshank, 3 snipe, 2 pochard, 1 tufted duck, 8+ little grebe (5ad, 3 juv), 2 buzzard, 1 hobby 

Posted August 15th, 2012 at 8:36 pm by Keith birchall in General Birding

Skern

 Loaded with terns tonight.Managed to count around the 1000 mark of resting commons with at least half this number again feeding.Terns outnumbered gulls 3-1.Unprecidented numbers for the estuary.Managed to find 3 arctic,1 little and 4 sandwich amongst them.Also present 3 adult curlew sands,4 knot,5 bar tailed and 1 black tailed godwits,sanderling,turnstone,17 redshank.6 med gulls,3 adult,3 juv.500 black headed.Gulls a little down on numbers but made up with terns.

Posted August 15th, 2012 at 7:41 pm by robert marshall in General Birding

Skern

A fishing frenzy in the Taw/Torridge estuary late afternoon with a huge flock of Common Tern. Dave Paull lost count at 1000. Just a handful of Sandwich Tern.

There were 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, but small waders were still in short supply. However 3 moulting adult Curlew Sandpiper were my first for the year, and also present 3 Knot, 1 Sanderling and 1 Dunlin

Posted August 15th, 2012 at 7:37 pm by Roger & Lynne Doble in General Birding

Kingsbridge Estuary

1310-1430hrs

Osprey-still 1320hrs Frogmore Cr, Ringed Plover 150+, Knot 6,  Dunlin 110, Med Gull 6 (adW,2cy)  Sandwich Tern 9, Common Tern 3 (2ad,juv) Marsh harrier fem 1430hrs W. 

Posted August 15th, 2012 at 6:22 pm by Alan Doidge in General Birding

Berry Head 0600-1500

Totals for 0600-1500

26 Balearic Shearwaters, 445 Manx Shearwaters, 26 Great Skuas, 5 Pomarine Skuas, 20 Arctic Skuas, 64 Common Terns, 10+ 'commic' Terns, 7 Black Terns, 7 Common Scoter, juv Yellow-legged Gull, c180 Kittiwakes, c500 Gannets, Puffin (juv), Guillemot, Razorbill, 8 Whimbrel, 12 Redshank, 11 Swifts, Harbour Porpoise, Basking Shark. MD,ML,BBH.DMN,IL,SS

Posted August 15th, 2012 at 5:07 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

A very contasting day - stairrod rain up to 11.00 gradually clearing to sun & blue sky .Wind S/SSE increasing from 6 to gale 8, sea rough to very rough.

Seawatching from the car park from 08.30-14.00. Very little movement until the rain easde off then very good- all passage east , totals ,

23 Common Tern, 6 Sandwich Tern, 1 Black Tern (13.15 ) 26 Fulmar, 730 Gannet, 3 Balearic and 2 Manx Shearwater, 4 Kittiwake, 1 Little Gull, 1 Razorbill , 2 Common Scoter,1 Bonxie , 24 Swift ( one flock of 15 ) 1 Grey Wagtail

Waders all flying through - 10 Ringed Plover, 3 Turnstone, 1 Curlew

Posted August 15th, 2012 at 3:56 pm by mike passman in General Birding

Budleigh Salterton seawatching

Just to complete the picture....  surprisingly only Gannets and a few Terns present between 0930 - 1030. (a Common Sandpiper on the estuary from the hide). Exmouth seafront was even worse mid morning!

Posted August 15th, 2012 at 2:57 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Skern and Appledore

06:15

Only c50-60 Common Tern on this morning`s tide. Mostly feeding in mid-estuary but a few on forshore at Skern and near old Hinks` boatyard.

Also 4 Knot and 1 Ringed Plover.

Posted August 15th, 2012 at 12:45 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Sea watch of Brandy Point yesterday 14-08 12

29 Common Scoters mid afternoon.  

Along the cliff path Butterflies were on the wing at last 

Holly Blues, Painted Ladies, Wall, Small Tortoiseshell,

Red Admiral. Skipper, and Peacock

Pete Adey

Posted August 15th, 2012 at 11:32 am by Pete Adey in General Birding

Sidmouth seawatching

seawatching from Sidmouth 08:30-09:20 in deteriorating visability. c.25 gannets, 1 sandwich tern, no shearwaters.

Posted August 15th, 2012 at 10:59 am by Michael Pocock in General Birding

Seaton seawatching

Roger Harris sea watched off Seaton 06:45-07:45 and saw: 250+ Gannet, 47 Manxies and a Common Tern.  I watched 07:50 - 08:20 (when it started to hammer down!) and noted: 60+ Gannet, 24 Manxies and a Balearic Shearwater.

Edit [GMH] Another go from 08:40-09:30 produced 2 Balearics @ 08:48 and a Manx, but visibility deteriorated to 'pathetic'.

Posted August 15th, 2012 at 9:49 am by Steve Waite in General Birding

Berry Hd

Seawatching: Could only do a couple of hours this morning but a few others staying on for whole morning.

0600hrs-0800hrs: 13 Great Skua, 8 Arctic Skuas, 12 Common Tern, 6 Balearic Shearwaters, 82 Manx Shearwaters, 7 Common Scoter, 1 Puffin (juv), 1 Razorbill, 94 Kittiwake, 1 Whimbrel, 12 Redshank, 1 Swift and a Basking Shark >S at 0643hrs.  

Posted August 15th, 2012 at 9:22 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Tuesday 14th August 2012

Skern

 6-700 common terns in feeding frenzy with gulls mainly in skern -appledore area although many birds at instow as well.Made several counts of resting birds and consistently arrived around the 400 mark with loads still feeding.Could well have been more due to so many feeding.Mainly adults.Also present 4 sandwich tern,10 meds,5adult,5juv,500 black headed,3 juv knot.

Posted August 14th, 2012 at 7:31 pm by robert marshall in General Birding

Skern and Appledore

Reported by Rob Marshall this evening at 18:07, c600 Common Terns.

Posted August 14th, 2012 at 6:52 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Info

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Also, many people I have spoken to recently are still unaware that the site has a forum that both members and non-members can utilise. It has the potential to be a great tool for asking and posing questions on a number of matters, ID queries etc, society matters and much more. The link is along the top tabs, you will have to register (using your real name) to partake in the discussions.

Cheers

Posted August 14th, 2012 at 6:43 pm by Josh Marshall in General Birding

Black Hole Marsh

Much the same at Black Hole Marsh this morning; 28 Teal, 24 Dunlin, 22 Black-tailed Godwits, 11 Common Sands, 4 Green Sands, 4 Ringed Plover, 2 Lapwing, a Whimbrel and a Wheatear.

Ian M had two Redstarts at Beer Head earlier in the day - but little else.

Posted August 14th, 2012 at 3:55 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

The Wigeon still present thios morning along with 2 of the juvenile Pochard, which presumably commute between here and Sherpa Marsh.

A sparkling male Beautiful Demoiselle damselfy was a surprise by the bridge on the way in to the Velator reserve.

Posted August 14th, 2012 at 2:36 pm by jon turner in General Birding

Monday 13th August 2012

Berry Head - early PM

Seawatch 12:30-15:30. 11 Balearic Shearwaters (singles then a group of six), 12 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Bonxies, Arctic Skua, 8 Common Terns, Harbour Porpoise and Ocean Sunfish very close to the headland (see pics).

Ocean SunfishOcean Sunfish 

Posted August 13th, 2012 at 8:19 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Plym Estuary Sunday 12th Aug

Recently returned from a great trip to California, so back to reality! A few bits n pieces eased me back in

1 Med Gull (2nd-w) amongst 500+ Black-headed Gulls, a single Sandwich Tern, Reshank (87), Whimbrel (2), Curlew (30), Common Sandpiper (2), Little egret (10), Greenshank (2), Turnstone (8), Ringed Plover (3). 

Posted August 13th, 2012 at 8:16 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

A dismal summers day until 11.00which did produce some interesting birds - all passage was east

90 Gannet, 3 Fulmar, 2 Med Gull ( juv & 2nd S )1juv Kittiwake, 6 Common Tern, 11 Sandwich Tern ( landed on rocks )2 Turnstone. At 09.35 a flock of 11 Knott came in off the sea and flew up the valley - an exceptional number for the site.

On S H Marsh 6 Teal and 4 Wheatear

Posted August 13th, 2012 at 7:25 pm by mike passman in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

In amongst the large collection of Mallard, there were 2 Shoveler and a lone and early Wigeon this afternoon.

Posted August 13th, 2012 at 6:31 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Frogmore Creek

Mid-afternoon, Osprey caught a fish and flew off south.

Also 8 greenshanks there.

Posted August 13th, 2012 at 5:27 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Black Hole Marsh/Axe

At lunchtime: 24 Dunlin, 6+ Common Sands, 2+ Green Sands (5 yesterday evening), 17 Blackwits (27 yesterday evening). A check of the gulls drew a blank.

Common Sandpiper

Posted August 13th, 2012 at 2:42 pm by Gavin Haig in General Birding

Berry Head to mid morning

Seawatch 820-1050 , fresh southerly winds, low cloud, banks of drizzle. No large numbers of birds moving however. Manx Shearwater 104, Balearic Shearwater 1, Common Tern 1, Pomarine Skua 1 subadult, Arctic Skua 4, Bonxie 3, Gannet 85.

Posted August 13th, 2012 at 11:57 am by Dave Norman in General Birding

Aveton Gifford

In the rain on the estuary:

Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpipers, 8 Common Sandpipers, Kingfisher.

Posted August 13th, 2012 at 11:06 am by Rob Macklin in General Birding

English Channel

Yesterday out on a angling boat, Dartmouth to mid-channel. Approx 2 miles off Dartmouth some large rafts of Manx Shearwaters, a Pomarine Skua and Bonxie. Out mid-channel a small passage of waders included Turnstones and 2 Whimbrel. Attracted to the boat many gulls now including juv Great Black-Backs, also 3 Bonxies, Arctic Skua and a few passing Common Terns otherwise dissappointing for August! However, we did see a couple of Ocean Sunfish and some Common Dolphins.

Posted August 13th, 2012 at 9:55 am by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Berry Hd

Tried a seawatch this morning - hoping something might have been forced ahead of the weather front, not a great deal but came up with the following in 2hrs, 0600hrs- 0800hrs:

330 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 423 Gannest,  46 Kittiwakes, 3 Great Skuas, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Sandwich Tern and 1 Grey Seal

Posted August 13th, 2012 at 9:15 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Sunday 12th August 2012

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

No sign of the Stone Curlew this evening but cars still on the airfield. 2 green sands and a stonechat.

Posted August 12th, 2012 at 8:58 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Bishops Tawton SS562313

Nice mix of sandpipers on flooded field west of River Taw. At least 4 Green Sandpipers, several Common Sandpipers and at least one Wood Sandpiper flushed out when first a sparrowhawk and then a buzzard disturbed the 65 black-headed gulls. Also one fox.

Posted August 12th, 2012 at 7:08 pm by Andy Lansdell in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

On the marsh this am -5 Teal, 1 Snipe, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 juv Blackcap,  Green and Great Woodpecker, 1 juv Yellow L Gull .

Offshore - 4 Common Tern, 1juv Kittiwake, 1 Balearic Shearwater. 3 Med Gull ( juv , 1st S and an Ad )  

Waders flying over- Redshank , Greenshank, 2 Dunlin, 5 Wheatear in the fields.

Full ringing team out today - 40 Sedge, 18 Reed , 1 Groppa, 38 Willow, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Whitethroat

Posted August 12th, 2012 at 6:27 pm by mike passman in General Birding

Hopes Nose

A couple of hours at Hopes Nose this morning produced: Three hundred and forty eight Manx Shearwaters (all distant), five Balearic Shearwaters, three Arctic Skuas, two un id'd skuas, fifteen Common Scoter and around thirty Kittiwakes.

Posted August 12th, 2012 at 6:05 pm by R.McCarthy in General Birding

Exminster - Powderham Marsh

13:00 - 14:00

2 Wood Sandpiper, 4+ Green Sandpiper, 2+ Common Sandpiper, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Wheatear, 1 Yellow Wagtail over

Posted August 12th, 2012 at 3:15 pm by Phil Bentley in General Birding

Fremington Pil

On incoming tide this afternoon, 2 x Green Sandpiper amongst 35 Redshank, also at Quay single Med Gull.

Posted August 12th, 2012 at 2:18 pm by Neal Moss in General Birding

Upottery Airfield Smeatharpe

A Stone Curlew on the on the westerly runway in the model aircraft area at around 10.20. The bird sat for about 10 minutes before the general disturbance of microlights, model planes, motor bikes and the stock car racing got too much for it and it flew to rough pasture behind the stock car stadium. Searching to around 12.30 failed to re-locate the bird. Around 8 wheatears, 1 green sand, 1 whitethroat and a chiffchaff. A movement of around 40 swallows south.

Whilst searching for the Stone Curlew, Dave Helliar has also found 2 whinchat and a white wagtail. Grid reference is ST101185 . Note the site is heavily disturbed today and the bird is unlikely to re-appear back on the airfield until late this evening if still in the area. If you do come, please keep to the runways or the road that runs by the side of the stock car stadium. Note if you bring a car onto the airfield the gates are locked at randon times in the evening.

Posted August 12th, 2012 at 1:01 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Kingsbridge Estuary

Osprey 11:30hrs  Frogmore Creek also 50+ Ringed Plover, 5juv. Red Knot and juv. Sanderling

Posted August 12th, 2012 at 12:24 pm by Alan Doidge in General Birding

Saturday 11th August 2012

Wembury

Today at Wembury :- 4 juv Wheatear, 2 sp dunlin, 1 juv ringed plover, 2 whimbrel, 1 juv whitethroat. Small passage of Manx shearwater moving West offshore in 1-3's in strong breeze.Short winged cone head and dark bush cricket also seen.

Posted August 11th, 2012 at 9:31 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay-11 Aug

Whilst ringing this morning at T'stone Marsh- Bob B et al had a flyover Crossbill.

3 Snipe flew onto the Marsh at 07.25, 5 Sand Martin over and a Swift.

Waders on the beaches - 2 Bar Tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 2 Sanderling,.

Offshore31 Manx S'water, 1 Sandwich Tern 3 Teal.

on the coast 3 juv Wheatear . Another 4 this aft on the Golf Course.

Final ringing totals - 14 Sedge and 4 Reed Wblr

Posted August 11th, 2012 at 6:33 pm by mike passman in General Birding

Barnstaple to Instow today.

11:30 Taw Bridge :- Common Sandpiper 1.

11:55 Anchorwood Bank ; Ruff 1; Mediterranean Gull 2; Peregrine 1; Shelduck 4 juveniles.

13:00 Fremington Pill :- Redshank c80.

14:00 Isley Marsh - viewed from Tarka Trail :- Spoonbill 1; Little Egret 10. 

14:30 RMB Instow (Flooded field) :-  Ruff 1. Also c150 Swallows feeding over marshy ground together with c50 juvenile Starlings. The Ruff was being disturbed and often flew around with the Stalings and Swallows before landing again.

15:30 Taw Bridge :- Common Sandpiper 2.

Posted August 11th, 2012 at 4:31 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Yelland roost

Amongst the med gulls today were several common gulls and two grey plover. 

Posted August 11th, 2012 at 4:24 pm by Andy leat in General Birding

Fremington Pill

Redshank numbers up to 64 today including several juveniles.

Posted August 11th, 2012 at 2:25 pm by Fremington Pill in General Birding

Ouzels of the Moor

'Living World' on BBC Radio 4, Sunday 12 August at 6.35am features Ring Ouzels on Dartmoor. Miranda Krestovnikoff tracks down these birds with the help of naturalist Nick Baker who has been studying the Dartmoor ouzels for the RSPB. Further programme details at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01lstrn

Posted August 11th, 2012 at 1:19 pm by Michael Fay in General Birding

Aveton Gifford

On a rising tide this morning:

3 Dunlin, 6 Curlew, 1 Greenshank, 1 Redshank, 9 Common Sandpipers, Kingfisher.

Posted August 11th, 2012 at 11:03 am by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Aveton Gifford

On a rising tide this morning:

3 Dunlin, 6 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 9 Common Sandpipers, Kingfisher.

Posted August 11th, 2012 at 10:53 am by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Beer Head

Hardly inspiring in the brisk easterly, early am: just 1 Wheatear and 6 Willow Warblers

Posted August 11th, 2012 at 9:13 am by Gavin Haig in General Birding

Friday 10th August 2012

Exminster marsh and Bowling Green Marsh

Wood sandpiper still present at Exminster this evening plus 3 green sands and 9 snipe. Around 50 swallows and a female blackcap.

Form the viewing platform at Bowling Green, 3 greenshank, the spotted redshank and at least 25 sandwich terns on the mud plus a couple of reed warblers.

Posted August 10th, 2012 at 10:39 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Broadsands

Whilst towing a number of children in a dinghy a Greenshank flew over, my first for the site.

Posted August 10th, 2012 at 9:16 pm by Josh Marshall in General Birding

bradiford

1 Green Sandpiper still on the scrape this afternoon. Also present one Cow! I chased it back over the river!

Posted August 10th, 2012 at 7:35 pm by jon turner in General Birding

Barnstaple - Fremington Quay

11:00-12:30 Very busy on the Tarka trail this morning with loads of holidaymakers - the dangerous ones are the Bradley Wiggins wannabes who swish past you at great speed with no warning that they are coming!

Anchor Wood Bank:
Among several hundred gulls were 34 Oystercatchers,12 Canada's a single Curlew, the Black Swan was still there with 8 mutes and a Little egret.

Fremington Pill:
23 Redshank

Late News from Yesterday:
In the flooded field adjacent to the Instow camp was 1 Ruff

Posted August 10th, 2012 at 1:56 pm by Roy Churchill in General Birding

Pomarine Skua

From recent trip in the English Channel off Devon. Seawatched from land we'd easily pass this off as an adult, but close up shows some residual barring on underwing coverts - more like a 3rd summer.

Pomarine Skua 3rd summer

Pomarine Skua 3rd summer

Posted August 10th, 2012 at 1:31 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Broadsands

Brief look at the beach this morning only birds of note; 1 Mediterranean Gull a 1st Summer and a Redshank (noteable for site!)

Posted August 10th, 2012 at 8:20 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Thursday 9th August 2012

Sharkham point

40+ Swift flying out to sea late evening. Leaving?

Posted August 9th, 2012 at 9:16 pm by Josh Marshall in General Birding

Barnstaple - today

10:45 Taw Bridge:-  2 Common Sandpiper.

11:30 7 Bretheren Bank (opp Rock Park) :-  25 Juv Redshank; 3 adult Med Gulls
and 1 Common Sandpiper.

14:00 R.Taw (opp Pottington Ind Est) :-  1 adult Med Gull.

14:10 Demoiselle Damsel Fly flopping about over the brackish ditch next to Ashford sewage works. I thought these were only ever seen over very pure, freshwater streams?
Also, more Cinnabar moths than I`ve seen in a long time. Probably due to the vast ammount of Ragwort that`s about.

Posted August 9th, 2012 at 7:53 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Yelverton

Seven Swifts flying over the house tonight, three look like juveniles, good to know our local birds have succeeded.

Posted August 9th, 2012 at 7:27 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Bonking Beetles in Barnstaple

Just a test with the new site really. This is leaf beetles 'Lilioceris Lili' which have been playing havoc with my garden lilies. I think after this I will have more still to contend with!!!!

Lilioceris Lili

Posted August 9th, 2012 at 7:13 pm by Roy Churchill in General Birding

Manx Shearwater photo Berry Head

Photo of Manx shearwater group Berry Head 7th Aug.

Manx Shearwater feeding frenzy

Bottle-nosed Dolphins a group of 6 passed at 2pm.

Bottle-nosed Dolphin

Posted August 9th, 2012 at 7:06 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Yesterday confirming the number of wood sandpipers proved difficult. At one time 4 were in the air together, they landed back on the marsh. Shortly after two rose from another part of the marsh and flew south gaining height until they were lost to view. After that I could only find one on the pool.

Today I failed to find any. However a whinchat, lesser whitethroat and spotted flycatcher made up for it. 

Posted August 9th, 2012 at 5:31 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Sizable flock of small waders on beach at high tide including 180+ Ringed Plover, but also good numbers of Sanderling and Dunlin with 1 Grey Plover and 1 Arctic Skua offshore.

Posted August 9th, 2012 at 3:00 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Wednesday 8th August 2012

Peverell Plymouth

Still five swifts over house this evening. 

Posted August 8th, 2012 at 10:30 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

First returning wheatear this evening. Pied wagtails up to 20 with many of them being juvenile birds which, given the weather, is quite surprising. No yellow wags yet. A huge gathering of corvids with at least 1000+ rooks and similar numbers of jackdaws. 7 ravens and 2 buzzards also around.

Congrats to the team regarding the new website - done a very good job.

Posted August 8th, 2012 at 8:08 pm by doug stannard in General Birding

Tuesday 7th August 2012

Sharkham Point

I was aware that a large number of Manx Shearwater were present off Berry Head so eventually got down to the point at 1630hrs. Massive amount of Manx moving both North and South which made counting pointless.

At around 1700hrs a huge feeding frenzy began moving south into my field of view from Berry Head. I would estimate it at 1000+. Joining in with the flock which moved south the whole time were 20+ 'commic' Terns, At least 2 Balearic Sheawater (probably more tucked away), Adult Pomarine Skua with full tail, and a sub-adult Pom. Another 2 Skua sp. (Arctic/Pom) moved with the frenzy also. Very enjoyable watching the action until I had to leave at 1800hrs.

Posted August 7th, 2012 at 7:42 pm by Josh Marshall in General Birding

Budleigh Salterton - yesterday 6/7

Ringed Plovers on Budleigh Beach

Part of a flock of 12 Ringed Plovers with Dunlin, blending in to Budleigh beach     © Pete Adey

Posted August 7th, 2012 at 3:06 pm by Gavin Haig in General Birding

Monday 6th August 2012

One for Monday

Just some sweet nothings to get something on here for today, and hopefully get the archive to update...

Posted August 6th, 2012 at 12:55 pm by Gavin Haig in General Birding

Friday 3rd August 2012

Torquay

Late news from yesterday, Hobby (migrant here) over Torquay Police Station at 1700hrs.

Posted August 3rd, 2012 at 8:24 am by Josh Marshall in General Birding

Thursday 2nd August 2012

Black Hole Marsh

Juv Wood Sandpiper still present this morning, also 4 Green Sands, 8 Common Sands, 27 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Greenshank, 6 Dunlin, 2 Gadwall and a Yellow Wagtail.

Wood Sandpiper Black Hole Marsh

Posted August 2nd, 2012 at 10:20 am by Steve Waite in General Birding

Wednesday 1st August 2012

Seaton Area

45 minutes seawatching from 06:00 produced 1 Balearic Shearwater, 3 Manxies, 13 Common Scoter and a Sandwich Tern.

A juv Wood Sandpiper at Black Hole Marsh this evening.

Juv Wood Sandpiper at Black Hole Marsh

Posted August 1st, 2012 at 8:43 pm by Gavin Haig in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatch 07:00-17:00. First reasonable movement of Balearic Shearwaters this side of Lyme bay with 24 south, supporting cast: Sooty Shearwater, 653 Manx Shearwaters (also 100+ N), 2 European Storm-petrels, Pomarine Skua, 3 Bonxie, Arctic Skua, 33 Common Terns, 3 Sandwich Terns, 56 Common Scoter, 8 Puffins, 342 Gannets, 123 Kittiwakes (incl. 7 juvs, first of the year), 3 Black-headed Gulls, 4+ juv/1w Yellow-legged Gulls, Grey Seal and 3 Harbour Porpoise. 

Posted August 1st, 2012 at 7:58 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

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