Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from August 2013

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Saturday 31st August 2013

Short range pelagic from Brixham

Lots to see on this trip, but choppy waters so not many quality photos from me. Iam sure the full totals will be posted by others but plenty of Shearwaters and a few Great and Artic Skuas put in an apperance ;o)




Posted August 31st, 2013 at 8:54 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Berry Head 07:00am to 11:00am

Seawatching on a bright sunny day with an offshore wind and good  visibility may not, on the face of it, seem a very clever thing to do, but it was good for Balearic Shearwaters. About 100 were seen, including one mob of more than 40 heading east out of the bay. Also Manx Shearwater (6). There were six Wheatears in the quarry, as well as Clouded Yellows and Hummingbird Hawk Moth.

Posted August 31st, 2013 at 6:48 pm by Peter Hopkin in Bird News

East Soar

Birding from 0745 with Roy MCCarthy.

A good count of Yellow Wagtails (mainly around farm) and a nice flock of Wheatears and Whinchats on the Warren first thing, but otherwise quite quiet.

Totals - Yellow Wagtail 51, Whichat 3, Wheatear 30, Whitethroat 18, Willow Warbler 8, Chiffchaff 3, Cirl Bunting 8+.

At South Efford Marsh on the way home: Green Sandpiper (2), Greenshank (3), Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher (2), Sedge Warbler, Little Egret (12) and Egyptian Goose (2). 

Posted August 31st, 2013 at 6:23 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

Charleton Marsh / Bay, 14:15-16:00.

On the marsh scrape 17 Teal, Green Sandpiper and 12 Black-tailed Godwits. Out on the estuary 145 Curlew, Whimbrel, Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin and 5 Mediterranean Gulls.

Posted August 31st, 2013 at 6:05 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Preston Down, Paignton

Just thought you butterfly lovers might like this pic of a female Brown Hairstreak, taken today at Preston Down. Sorry, no birds to report except a skulking Dunnock!


Posted August 31st, 2013 at 3:06 pm by Stephanie Murphy in Bird News

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - 0645 - 4 yellow wagtail, 1 grey wagtail, 2 whitethroat, 4 willow warbler, 1 chiffchaff, 1 sedge warbler, 2 tree pipit, 1 wheatear and my first 4 meadow pipit of the autumn.

Mudbank - 0945 - (from garden) - 1 osprey slowly upriver. Presumably the same bird distantly off Lympstone @ 1415. Also 1 greenshank, 1+ grey plover, now 4 pintail and 30 wigeon.

Yesterday - still 1 black tern off Mudbank mid-afternoon. Also 5 mediterranean gull, 3 great crested grebe, 1 bar-tailed godwit, 1 knot, 1 redshank, 90+ wigeon, 2+ common tern and 100+ sandwich tern. On Bowling Green @ 0625, and apparently later also, 1 garganey.

Posted August 31st, 2013 at 10:26 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Friday 30th August 2013

Stoke Gabriel


Osprey montage Stoke Gabriel 30 08 13 MLAd Osprey again this evening fishing on the River  Dart just before low tide down river from Stoke Gabriel after two missed dives it caught a fish on the third attempt then flew off down river. I relocated it looking up river from Galmpton Creek (south bay) sat in some large isolated river side pine trees up river at about SX860563. Also   5 Egyptian Gees (all ads) flew down river from Stoke Gabriel.

Photo montage of one of the dives..

I'm predicting 6 merlin's on the Dart tomorrow evening - see if anyone can get a photo..I'm out in Lyme Bay on the boat trip.

6 merlin Engines..

6 merlin engines!


 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted August 30th, 2013 at 8:12 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Prawle Point and South Huish

Very quiet today at Prawle though initial hopes raised by sighting of 1 Whinchat and 3 Yellow Wagtails .  Seawatch from 7.40 to 9.40 saw steady passage of Gannets and  , after mizzle and low cloud arrived , 11 Balearic Shearwaters flew west; also  1 Bar Tailed Godwit and 1 Bonxie. Highlight ? Minimum of 13 Harbour Porpoises in at least 2 pods.

Later went home  via South Huish marsh where 8 Yellow Wags, 7 Dunlin, 1 Curlew Sandpiper briefly before flying off scared off by a Sparrowhawk ; and 3 each of House and Sand Martins.

Posted August 30th, 2013 at 8:08 pm in Bird News

West Charleton

Swallows started to give alarm calls over my garden earlier this afternoon, looked up in time to see a Hobby having a go at them.

Posted August 30th, 2013 at 4:54 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

English Channel off Devon

29/08/13: yesterday again out on an angling boat. Heading out we encountered two massive Dutch pelagic trawlers, no doubt hoovering up vast quantities of Mackerel. Though more distant than the one photograhed below, one had just hauled and had a huge amount of birds behind it, but sadly we had no time to investigate - one can only imagine that elusive Wilson's amongst the birds! This was the closer one still trawling.Pelagic super-trawler

We travelled on to our fishing mark and I proceeded to make chum. Highlight was attracting good numbers of European Storm-petrels, at least 60 on the liver chum - the most I've seen this year.European Storm-petrelsEuropean Storm-petrelsEuropean Storm-petrels

Note many in active wing moult changing their wing shape and normal appearance, making you look twice! But still no Wilson’s for me off Devon!

European Storm-petrelEuropean Storm-petrels

Other birds attracted in were a Balearic Shearwater, 3 Bonxies and a few Common Terns, lots of Lesser and Great Black-backs, Herring and a juv/1w Yellow legged Gull; and very good numbers of Fulmar including one black-billed bird (black where the base and nostrils are normally greenish/blue).

Balearic ShearwaterGreat SkuaCommon Tern (adult)Common Tern

 Good luck to those on tomorrow's short range pelagic from Brixham, there were plenty of birds in Lyme Bay on the way out yesterday!

Posted August 30th, 2013 at 4:50 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Some different birds in this lunchtime (until 1.45). A Spoonbill (mainly asleep!) in amongst 60+ Little Egrets, 2 Ruff, 1 Green Sandpiper and 1 Mediterranean Gull.

Posted August 30th, 2013 at 2:02 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

Out on the estuary from early morning on a rising tide produced 3 great crested grebes, 32 little egrets, 6 grey herons, 7 shelduck, 7 wigeon - 1st of autumn, 19 teal, 96 oystercatchers, 23 ringed plovers, grey plover, 5 bar-tailed godwits, 2 whimbrel, 141 curlews, 84 redshank, 5 greenshank, 15 Med gulls - at Lincombe, 850 black-headed gulls, single peregrine & 50 linnets.  

Posted August 30th, 2013 at 12:00 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Osprey on River Dart

Thought I saw a big buzzard flapping lazily alond river Dart as we were sailing between Stoke Gabriel and Galmpton, opposite Dittisham. Then I saw it dip down and take a fish from the water, flap hard to regain height and fly off past us upriver. Could see it was not a buzzard by dark eye patch on white head, the way it held its fish in its claws, but mostly by its size. Just like opspreys I saw in Canada.

Looks like others have seen it too.

Posted August 30th, 2013 at 10:50 am by Roger England in Bird News

River Dart

Osprey on the main river opposite Stoke Gabriel - feeding on fish then flew off down river at 19.20hrs. Also 2 Egyptian Geese flew down river toward Galmpton.

Posted August 30th, 2013 at 8:53 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thursday 29th August 2013

bowling green marsh topsham

a group of 14 mixed wagtails including three yellows arrived at 2.55pm.

2 first winter.

Posted August 29th, 2013 at 7:44 pm by gray clements in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

 A fairly quiet day highlighted by 2 Wood Sandpiper , 11 Dunlin, and 5 Yellow Wagtail  on South Huish Marsh . In the gardens 2 Pied Fly ( for 3rd day )

In the Bay an ad Med Gull

Posted August 29th, 2013 at 6:39 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Soar

Birding from 0730 - East Soar lively in the morning, but the west side quiet this afternoon.

Highlight was a juv Red-backed Shrike which appeared in Starehole at 0840 but soon disappeared and I couldn't relocate it. Also: Tree Pipit (6), Yellow Wagtail (20+), Spotted Flycatcher (4), Willow Warbler (c25), Chiffchaff (10), Whitethroat (35+), Wheatear (only 2), Redstart (2), Green Woodpecker (1), Sedge Warbler (1), and Reed Warbler (1).

Another enjoyable day here.

Posted August 29th, 2013 at 6:17 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

BLACK HOLE MARSH

Little stint seen from Island Hide at 1130 this morning along with several curlew sandpipers.

Posted August 29th, 2013 at 5:57 pm by Tony Brooking in Bird News

R.Taw - off Pottington Ind Est.

14.45

Mediterranean Gull 1A; 67 Dunlin; 4 Curlew Sandpiper; 4 Bar-tailed Godwit; 2 Redshank; 4 Little Egret and 1 Buzzard overhead.

Bradiford Reserve.

1 Little Egret & 5 Teal.

Posted August 29th, 2013 at 5:16 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Field Meeting of Plymouth Group

A successful meeting was held at Wembury.  Over 30 Species of bird were seen including turnstone, common sandpiper, redshank rock pipits , one yellow wagtail, 3 wheatear, 5 whitethroat, 1 willow warbler.  The butterflies also gave a good show including 3clouded yellow.  After the meeting , all stayed to have a socialable drink at the cafe to round off an enjoyable meeting.

Posted August 29th, 2013 at 4:59 pm by Lesley Goonesekera in Bird News

Newton Abbot & Teign Estuary

Around the racecourse & Hackney Marshes this morning - 1 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 7+ Chiffchaff, 15+ Linnet, 30+ Pied Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Green Woodpecker. Overhead 1 Tree Pipit and 6 Ravens, and a mixed group of 200+ Swallows and House Martins.

The juvenile Little Stint was still at Flow Point at midday, keeping around the periphery of the small wader flock and chasing off any Dunlin that came too close!

A very brief look at Passage House produced 1 Greenshank and 1 Common Gull.

Posted August 29th, 2013 at 4:37 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - quiet this morning - just 1 chiffchaff, 5 phyllosc sp, 4 yellow wagtail, 5 grey wagtail, 1 tree pipit, 12+ swallow, 5 whitethroat, 3 alba wagtail, 3 wheatear and 2 mediterranean gull. 450+ shag in a single flock was a good count though.

Belle Vue Road - from the garden, looking out on to the river (beyond Mudbank) 110+ wigeon, 1 teal, 2 great crested grebe, 1 redshank, 2 bar-tailed godwit, 3 black tern (1430) and 1 yellow wagtail.

28/8 - count from garden - 1 coal tit, 10 black-tailed godwit, 5 greenshank, 86+ wigeon and the first returning pintail.

Migrants on Orcombe in the last couple of days have included 36 yellow wagtail and 4 tree pipit on 27/8 and 1 snipe, 2 grey wagtail, 10 yellow wagtail, 5 tree pipit, 1 spotted flycatcher and 2 arctic skua on 28/8.

pintail - Mudbank - 28/8
pintail - Mudbank - 28/8

Posted August 29th, 2013 at 3:08 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

In amongst the Dunlin today until around 1.40 was a single Curlew Sandpiper. Also of note, 60+ Little Egrets.

Posted August 29th, 2013 at 2:24 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

East Devon - Otter Estuary & South Farm Area

Small numbers of migrants around this morning, best being 1 Pied Flycatcher and 1 Grasshopper Warbler. Also 1 Whinchat, 1 Yellow Wagtail and Wheatear. 1 Greenshank, 19 Ringed Plover and 10 Dunlin around the estuary

 Grasshopper Warbler by Chris Townend

Posted August 29th, 2013 at 1:12 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Aveton Gifford

South Efford Marsh, 09:30-11:45.

14 Teal, Greeen Sandpiper, 6 Greenshank, 5 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover, Ruff ( still southern end of marsh), 2 Kingfisher ( poss more ), 2 Yellow Wagtail & Sedge Warbler. Out on the estuary 12 Common Sandpiper & a Little Grebe.

Posted August 29th, 2013 at 12:38 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Still no big numbers of Wheatears although they did struggle into double figures today (10) - no sign of any Redstarts this morning but 3 Whinchat.

Posted August 29th, 2013 at 10:09 am in Bird News

Wednesday 28th August 2013

Shiphay, Torquay

11.20am. 3 Swifts together drifting east close to Torbay Hospital.

Posted August 28th, 2013 at 10:25 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

River Caen/River Taw

1000/ 1230hrs  2Yellow wag,1 White wag,50+ Canada geese,20+ Dunlin,60+ Goldfinch,30+ Blackheaded gull,2 Greenshank,2 Buzzard, Kestrel,Sparrowhawk,5 Stockdove and a albino finch( possible greenfinch ).

Posted August 28th, 2013 at 2:12 pm in Bird News

Beer Head

Not much at all in the bushes on Beer Head this morning (just 3 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff and 2 Willow Warbler) but the open ground and overhead thankfully had more to offer.

Best of all was a juv Osprey west over at 08:45, first picked up circling just offshore. Also overhead my first Grey Wag of the autumn, 2 alba Wags and a Tree Pipit.

On the deck 35 Yellow Wags, 26 Wheatear and a Whinchat.

Tim White reports all 10 Curlew Sands again on Black Hole Marsh this morning.

Osprey
Osprey

There's a Whinchat in this pic - can you spot it?
There's a Whinchat in this pic - can you spot it?

Posted August 28th, 2013 at 11:30 am by Steve Waite in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

A Marsh Tit was a bit of a surprise this morning - 2 Whinchats, 1 Redstart still (juv) and 3 Wheatears. 30+ Swallows and small numbers of Pied Wagtails.

Posted August 28th, 2013 at 11:22 am in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

An early morning look on the rising tide in beautiful conditions revealed 3 Teal and a Mediterranean Gull (ad-w) on the pool, and 4 Sandwich Terns on the lower estuary (2 see here from my house last night). Didn't get a full count on waders but 30+ Curlews, 40+ Redshanks, 4 Oystercatchers and one Common Sandpiper.

Posted August 28th, 2013 at 9:05 am by Pete Aley in Bird News

Tuesday 27th August 2013

Kingfisher

Kingfisher. Devon

Posted August 27th, 2013 at 9:46 pm by steve Hatch in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Amongst the Redshanks today, 4 common Sandpipers. 

Posted August 27th, 2013 at 7:50 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

Another interesting day in the Bay .

At 09.00 15 Manx & 2 Balearic Shearwater east, 1 Med Gull, 1 Curlew. At 13.10 a Common Tern accompanied by a Black Tern flew east. At 13.30 a flock of 8 Geese flew high east , consensus was they were Geylag  ( anyone pick them up along the coast ? ) later 5 Sandwich Tern

On South Huish Marsh, 8 Dunlin , 2 Wheatear and our first Kingfisher of the year- later seen on the rocks .In gardens of one of the houses by the marsh 2 Pied Fly, 2 Whitethroat and 2 Willow Warbler .

On T'stone Marsh at 14.00 2 Wigeon and a Snipe.

Early morning Bob B had 6 Reed , 3 Sedge Warbler  ,4 Tree Pipit and 12 Yellow Wagtail

Posted August 27th, 2013 at 7:39 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Sharkham Point

Unsuprisingly a late morning walk turned up nothing too interesting bird wise. However, it may not be classedas an official 'Clouded Yellow year' but i notched up 5 in an hour...

Clouded Yellow J.Marshall
Clouded Yellow J.Marshall

Clouded Yellow J.Marshall
Clouded Yellow J.Marshall

Female Common Blue
Female Common Blue

Posted August 27th, 2013 at 5:24 pm by Josh Marshall in Bird News

Otter Estuary (East Devon)

4 Wigeon, 3 Wheatear, 2 Whitethroat, Kingfisher, 3 Red-Legged Partridge, c350 Canada Geese and c100 Swallow were present on and around the estuary this morning, plus a white rumped Sandpiper (which I couldn't ID from a brief glimpse in flight).  The estuary was under attack from holiday makers (bless them) as the 'no boating' signs are missing and two dogs were rampaging across the marshes, plus several inflatable kayaks on the water putting everything up several times (an annual problem).

Could I make a suggestion to help visiting birders from outside Devon.... please give clearer locations as not everyone knows the sites, even the well known ones.  Perhaps give 'North Devon', 'East Devon' etc. in  the heading. 

Posted August 27th, 2013 at 5:20 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Exmouth (Mudbank to West Lodge)

13:30 - 15:00. 1 juv Yellow-legged Gull at high tide roost, c.10 Common Terns feeding in mid channel, 1 Wheatear.

Posted August 27th, 2013 at 3:30 pm by phil bentley in Bird News

Wembury Beach

Had a walk around the right side footpath 5+Stonechat on the fences, 10+ Pied wagtail in fields, 40+ Swallows,15+ Rock pipit on the beach. 2+ Wheatear , 10+ Juvinile Linnet on the rocks.

Posted August 27th, 2013 at 2:11 pm by Matt Clark in Bird News

Mudbank,Exmouth

Autumn is coming!    104 Wigeon at 10am on the estuary with another flock of c25 flying mid-estuary towards Topsham.   Also 1 Med gull.

Posted August 27th, 2013 at 1:30 pm by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

East Soar

09:00-12:00. Beautiful morning.

Green Woodpecker, 16 Yellow Wagtails, White Wagtail, 2 Tree Pipit, 5 Wheatear, 6 Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff and 4 Pied Flycatchers. 2 Clouded Yellows one of which was an ' helice ' type.

Posted August 27th, 2013 at 12:54 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

A reasonable morning. 12 Wheatear, 1 Whinchat, 2 Redstarts (new for me here) and the Little Owl.

Posted August 27th, 2013 at 11:06 am in Bird News

Berry Hd

0600-0800hrs: Balearic Shearwater 1, Chiffchaff 7, Willow Warbler 3, Blackcap 3, Whitethroat 4, Wheatear 1, Swallow 30+, House Martin 6 & 4 Harbour Porpoise off-shore.,   

Posted August 27th, 2013 at 10:03 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sightings Monday 26th Aug

From exmouth beach yesterday mid morning 11am I had 4 Arctic Skua and a juvenile pom skua.

lots of sandwich and common tern with one black tern.

at aylesbeare we saw clouded yellow and silver washed fritillary butterflies, amongst others (On path down to Ponds)

 

Posted August 27th, 2013 at 7:11 am by Gus Robin in Bird News

Monday 26th August 2013

Around the Axe

All I did today was twitch the Black Hole Marsh Black Tern (a pale juv) at about 09:15. Very soon after my arrival it flew off north.

Many local birders were out today - in fact all of them (PA, GMH, KH, IMc, TW, SS, IW et al) and between them notched up the following:

Beer Head; 20 Wheatear, 9 Yellow Wagtail, 7 Tree Pipit, 2 Spotted Flycatcher and singles of Golden Plover, Whinchat, Redstart, Lesser Whitethroat and Whitethroat. 

Black Hole Marsh; 10 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Little Stint, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Turnstone, 1 Black Tern and 1 Osprey.

Posted August 26th, 2013 at 10:28 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Velator reserve

Arrived at 06.00 for a morning ringing and shortly after, a Chiffchaff burst into song!  A few migrants ringed including Kingfisher #30 for the reserve, and someone else's Sedge Warbler.

Last night ringed 10 Swallows and a Sand Martin.

Posted August 26th, 2013 at 8:57 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Start Bay

Lazy day soaking up the rays on the beach at Beesands. Did notice a small trickle of Manx Shearwaters moving south throughout, perhaps 60-90 per hour. Two Balearics passed fairly close, no doubt a few more farther out. Couple of Sandwich Terns loitering close to shore, Wheatear on the beach and heard single Ringed Plover and Greenshank. Saw my first 2 Clouded Yellows of the year and one Harbour Porpoise headed north.

Posted August 26th, 2013 at 8:48 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Coleton Fishacre/ Scabbacombe

Following a call from Dave Norman of an early Golden Plover on the fields NW of Coleton Camp car park I went to have a look, there are now two this evening, plus Yellow Wagtail with about 10 Meadow Pipits and Wheatear in the fields.

Just off shore feeding over the East Banks were 800 - 1000 Manx Shearwaters, 5-6 Balearic Shearwaters, 4  Arctic Skuas (2 dark, 1intermediate and 1 pale - all Ads) 2 Bonxie and one Black Tern among many gulls and Kittiwakes.  

I had to share my scope with some long-legged brute... 

Great Green Grasshopper Coleton Fishacre 27 Aug 2013 ML

Posted August 26th, 2013 at 7:57 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

At about 2.10pm, alerted by Russ Enyon, I watched an Osprey from my garden, working its way down river. It disappeared from view over the Cattewater.

An evening visit to the Plym produced very little but bizzarly, after Saturday's yellow-legged bird, a tail-less adult amongst the (5) Common Sandpipers. Also a Kingfisher.and a party of 7 Mistle Thrushes including at leat 5 juvs.

Very quiet at Wembury Bay this morning. 

Posted August 26th, 2013 at 7:41 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Axmouth - Undercliff and BHM

Walked part of the undercliff coast path between Axmouth and Rousdon / Charton Bay from 09:30 - 16:00. At 11:20 an adult Osprey drifted into view halfway along the route. Almost immediately it hitched a ride on a thermal and, without a single wing flap, quickly rose to great height and was lost to view - presumably setting itself up for the long glide to Cherbourg!

Only other migrants of note were 5+ Northern Wheatears. But good to see plenty of butterflies, including several Clouded Yellows and a couple of Fritillaries (looked like Dark Green).

On the way home I popped into Black Hole Marsh and picked up another Osprey - a juv this time, I reckon - heading north low over the marshes and river at about 16:55. It appeared to drop down onto the Colyford Common area.

Fabulous selection (and numbers) of waders on BHM. Just in the short time I was there I notched up 15 species, including LRP, Green Sand, Wood Sand, Curlew Sand, Little Stint, Ruff, Turnstone (hopefully other observers will post full details later).

Kudos to the wardens and volunteers who have created fantastic birding habitat at BHM and the surrounding marshes. Many thanks.

Posted August 26th, 2013 at 6:53 pm by phil bentley in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

Last nights Swallow roost reached 4,000+ and attracted both a Hobby and a Sparrowhawk.

This morning on South Huish Marsh - 15 Dunlin, 1 Little Stint, 1 Snipe and 2 Curlew over.17 Teal,

6 Yellow Wagtail.5 Mipit, 4 Wheatear. The small copse scored again with our first Pied Fly of the year.

1 Common Sandpiper on the beach.

Early morning Bob B had 7 Sedge Warbler ( ringed )1 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Tree Pipit.

at 17.00 a Greenshank over T'stone Marsh

A short walk around East Soar at 13.00 found 2 Pied Fly and 5 Yellow wagtail by the cafe

Posted August 26th, 2013 at 6:36 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Haldon

Osprey drifting through high up around 12:30

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..and yesterday migrants on the move near Buckfastleigh included this Redstart.

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Posted August 26th, 2013 at 4:47 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Berry Head

A short walk from the car park we saw a Hummingbird Hawkmoth and I took numerous photos, descending into the quarry the verges were alive with Common Blue, male and female, Small Tortoiseshell, a Painted Lady and a Clouded Yellow. A couple of Chiff Chaff were "weep"ing from the trees in the quarry and also a single whitethroat. We spotted a large Grey Seal hanging around by the guys fishing off the quarry. Birds were thin on the ground but butterflies and insects doing well. Even saw our first Ladybird this year.

Hummingbird Hawkmoth
Hummingbird Hawkmoth

Clouded Yellow
Clouded Yellow

Grey Seal
Grey Seal

Posted August 26th, 2013 at 4:46 pm by Steph Murphy in Bird News

Bolberry & Soar Mill Cove & South Efford Marsh

Bolberry and SM Cove

Very quiet compared to yesterday at Soar, though Wryneck still present between pepper pot and Middle Soar in gorse along old hedge bank. Otherwise 13 Wheatear, 19 Whitethroat, 6 Willow W, 2 Blackcap and a Sand Martin was all that could be found. 

South Efford Marsh

Could only add two Yellow Wagtails to what Rob saw earlier. 

Posted August 26th, 2013 at 3:37 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

26th Aug. 2013. Upper Tamar Lake

1 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 2 Black -tail;ed Godwits, 12+ Ringed Plover, 10 Dunlin, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Lapwing, 3 Buzzards, 1 Sparrowhawk.

2 Clouded Yellow butterflies.

Harvey Kendall.

Posted August 26th, 2013 at 3:34 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Skern. 07:30 - 09:50

Ringed Plover everywhere. I stopped counting after 154. 5 Bar-tailed Godwits; 7 Whimbrel; c40 Dunlin; 2 Little Egrets; 1 Grey Heron; 2 Knot; 1 Wheatear; 5 Mediterranean Gulls; c250 O/Catchers and c100 Curlew and 13 Great Black-backs.

Posted August 26th, 2013 at 11:33 am by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Teign Estuary

A juvenile Little Stint - presumably the bird seen yesterday - present mid morning at Flow Point with Dunlin & Ringed Plovers. Also two Wheatears and two Yellow Wagtails briefly. Earlier a Tree Pipit heard at Bundle Head, Shaldon.

Photo by Laurie Allnatt

Posted August 26th, 2013 at 11:19 am by Will Salmon in Bird News

Exmouth

Mudbank - 4 black tern, 3+ common tern, 21+ wigeon, 1 shoveler, c10+ sanderling, c20+ ringed plover, 1+ tree pipit, 1+ yellow wagtail and juv peregrine.

Posted August 26th, 2013 at 10:07 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Aveton Gifford & South Efford Marsh

Good variety of waders included ruff, 9 ringed plover, 2 dunlin, 5 greenshank & 14 common sandpiper. Also 11 teal.

Posted August 26th, 2013 at 9:33 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Sunday 25th August 2013

Black Hole Marsh

I found a Curlew Sandpiper on Black Hole Marsh at 06:00 yesterday morning and it was still present today. It showed well for a short while this afternoon, as did 2 Little Stint. 

Curlew Sandpiper                       © Tim White
Curlew Sandpiper © Tim White

Posted August 25th, 2013 at 10:14 pm by Tim White in Bird News

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - 3 alba wagtail, 4 phyllosc sp, 3+ willow warbler, 1+ chiffchaff, 15+ wheatear, 6+ yellow wagtail, 2+ grey wagtail, 10+ whitethroat, 1+ tree pipit, 1+ sedge warbler and 1 redstart. An increase in migrant numbers after a quiet week but yellow wagtails have been present daily moving through and commuting between cattle herds. On 22/8 there was a 250+ feeding flock of manx shearwaters close in off Orcombe Point with 2+ balearic shearwater and an arctic skua.

Belle Vue Road - a couple hours watching from the garden this morning produced 6 wigeon, 6 teal, 2 mediterranean gull, 2 redshank, 7+ common tern, 3 sparrowhawk, 1 juv yellow-legged gull, 2 yellow wagtail and 1 tree pipit.

garden tree pipit
garden tree pipit

wheatear - Orcombe Point
wheatear - Orcombe Point

Posted August 25th, 2013 at 9:19 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

Can't update the Thurlestone Bay website - A very interesting day with 2 patch year ticks .A few Manx S'water and a single Balearic this morning. Waders on the beaches - 6 Ringed Plover, 1 Sanderling

On South Huish marsh -  9 Dunlin, 1 Little Stint* ,1 Snipe, 1 Greenshank (over ), 1 Redshank .2 Wheatear

11 Teal 1 jv Whinchat .4 Yellow Wagtail

 1 jv Redstart * , 1 Spotted Fly ,1 Whitethroat .in the copse.

At South Milton Ley - 3 Redstart, 3 Tree Pipit, 2 Yellow wagtail.

On T'stone Marsh this afternoon 4 Greenshank and 10 Teal

Posted August 25th, 2013 at 6:35 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Collaton Fishacre

Afternoon walk around the coast path, numerous Swallow feeding low over the fern covered slopes with a single Sand Martin, Yellow Hammer (juv), 4 Northern Wheatear, Blackcap, Redstart, Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff. At sea a feeding group of Manx Shearwater (50+), Kittiwake, Gannet and a single Arctic Skua.

Posted August 25th, 2013 at 6:17 pm by Bill Macdonald in Bird News

Prawle Sightings

A glorious sunny day spent at Prawle - until rain clouds and drizzle from 1.30pm. No Wryneck seen by me but highlight ? My earliest Black Redstart (Horsley Cove area) or a Lesser Whitethroat near Bunkers ? But lovely to see Wheatears popping up nearly everywhere I went (minimum 60 ) especially on the Hump. Later on the airfields 25 seen together with 2 Whinchats , 6 Yellow Wags, min 6 White Wagtails and 20 Pied Wags (tho no waders yet) Every cloud ? The rain clouds brought in a min estimate of 100 Sand Martins, 75 Swallows and 50 House Martins and 1 Common Swift. Wader-wise could only muster a Ringed Plover and a Redshank.

Butterfly-wise : 1 Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary,1 Painted Lady and at least 9 Clouded Yellows. Whites and Wall Browns everywhere.

Best wishes to Pat-hope the op. went well,see you soon !

Posted August 25th, 2013 at 6:04 pm in Bird News

East Soar

A lively day's birding with Paul Kemp and Steve Cox. Highlight was a Wryneck on the seaward side of the Warren at c10am. Also a good count of Redstarts (20), Whitethroat 30+, Wheatear 110+, Whinchat 8, Sand Martin 40+, Yellow Wagtail 39, Tree Pipit 8+, Green Woodpecker 1, Sedge Warbler 1, Garden Warbler 1, Swift 1, Spotted flycatcher 2, Willow Warbler 35+, and Chiffchaff 3.

Butterflys included - Clouded Yellow 6, Wall Brown 25+ and a Purple Hairstreak.

Posted August 25th, 2013 at 3:55 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Aveton Giffford

South Efford Marsh, 10:15-13:00.

Whimbrel, 4 Dunlin, 8 Ringed Plover, Wood Sandpiper, Ruff, Redshank, 9 Greenshank, 4 Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, 2 Yellow Wagtail.

Posted August 25th, 2013 at 2:44 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Saturday 24th August 2013

A GIFFORD

Sth Efford Marsh

Ruff, Whimbrel, 4 Dunlin, 3 R PLover, 12 Common Sand (est. side) 10 Teal, Whinchat, 2 Yellow Wag.

ENW

Posted August 24th, 2013 at 9:05 pm by Alan Doidge in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Watched on the dropping tide. Grey Herons (11) unusually, outnumbered Little Egrets (9+); Redshanks up to 72 and Curlews to 39. Common Sandpiper numbers good with 8+ birds including one with bright yellow legs which got a good grilling from Russ and me! Also - Greenshank (2), Shag (1 juv), Whitehroat and a Clouded Yellow.

Posted August 24th, 2013 at 8:01 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Exeter canal near Turf

A  juv. Spotted Redshank feeding on the floating water weed in the canal about 100m north of Turf Hotel at 11.00 am. Then flew to lagoon on Exminster marshes and returned to canal after 12.00.

Posted August 24th, 2013 at 5:04 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Bideford & Barnstaple Bay

Between 06.00 & 08.00 this morning as many as 1500 to 2000 Manx Shearwaters feeding in Bideford & Barnstaple Bay

In the fresh NW winds the flocks were flying as close as

50 metres from the shoreline over the tops of the waves at

Saunton Sands - spectacular sight.

Dispersing NNW past Downend & across Croyde Bay

to Baggy Point & beyond.

Posted August 24th, 2013 at 8:59 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Black-necked Grebe at Torcross half way across the ley from the tank.

Posted August 24th, 2013 at 8:43 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Start Point

Went out at first light with limited time. Hoped they may have got the forecast wrong and there would be some late rain but not to be. Nothing down at the light which was fairly blown out. Nevertheless a sheltered spot by the farm entrance held a couple Pied Flycatchers and about a dozen each of Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler. In the farm 2 Spotted Flycatchers including one very young bird. Single Wheatear near the car park and a few Swallows passing through.

Posted August 24th, 2013 at 8:42 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Friday 23rd August 2013

Prawle Point

No seawatch for me today so a very pleasant walk along the coastal path to Horsley Cove in mainly glorious warmth produced:

1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Wheatear,16 Whitethroats, 1 Blackcap and Willow Warbler. Wader-wise 27 Ringed Plover, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Dunlin, 2 Turnstone (s.p) 1 Curlew ,23 Oystercatchers, and ,unusually, a Snipe hiding amongst seaweed on the beach at Horsley Cove.

Butterfly wise, at least 150 plus whites in the field next to 'bunkers' plus 2 Clouded Yellows. 

Posted August 23rd, 2013 at 11:38 pm in Bird News

Braunton

Steve Mawby called earlier to say he'd seen a female/juvenile Marsh Harrier over Braunton Marsh at about 4p.m today.

Posted August 23rd, 2013 at 9:47 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Torbay

Feeding frenzy of Manx Shearwaters continued in Torbay this afternoon. Whilst fishing from the quarry at Berry Head continual movement of birds between the sea off Shoalstone and the headland. Three large rafts of birds sat on the sea (500+). Amazing views with the birds flying very close to shore, well worth witnessing. Also Ocean Sunfish (pictured) and 3 Hummingbird Hawk moths on the path down to the quarry.

 

Posted August 23rd, 2013 at 6:08 pm by Bill Macdonald in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

Charleton Marsh / Bay, late afternoon, rising tide.

8 Teal, 160 Curlew, 6 whimbrel, Black-tailed Godwit, 26 Ringed Plover 16 Dunlin, Knot, 3 Sanderling, 2 Green Sandpiper, up to 6 Med Gull and 12 Sandwich Terns.

Posted August 23rd, 2013 at 6:08 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Occombe Farm, Paignton

12.15pm. Single Clouded Yellow Butterfly in the field to the right of the goat shed. 2 Chiffchaffs present with one producing muted song. Skulking Blackcap. Usual mixed Tit flock at feeders.  

Posted August 23rd, 2013 at 3:01 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Aveton Gifford

Sth Efford Marsh

WoodSand, 2 GreenSand, 7 Greenshank, 3 Blk T Godwit, 5 Dunlin, 4 Teal.

ENW

Posted August 23rd, 2013 at 2:50 pm by Alan Doidge in Bird News

Thursday 22nd August 2013

Torbay

A feeding frenzy of over 2000 Manx Shearwaters, 8 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Arctic Skuas, several thousand Gulls and 100 + Kittiwakes were all moving around the bay last seen close off-shore at Three Beaches Headland Goodrington.

Click on picture for youtube video of the frenzy.

 

Posted August 22nd, 2013 at 8:09 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

East Soar

Movement highlights were 37 yellow wagtails amongst cattle & ponies on Bolt Head plus 83 swallows, 4 sand martins, redstart, 3 wheatears, sedge warbler, reed warbler, 14 whitethroats & 2 willow warblers.

Also 3 clouded yellows and several small pearl-bordered fritillaries ( 48 on nearby cliff slopes on 19th ). Good showing of autumn squill.

Posted August 22nd, 2013 at 2:00 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Bideford & Barnstaple Bay

A lot of bird activity in the Bay early this morning.

750+ Manx Shearwaters, 32 Gannets & a frenzy of feeding

acitivity.

Posted August 22nd, 2013 at 12:38 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Upper Tamar lake.

At the top end this morning

1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 8 Dunlin, 1 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover.

The waders were scattered by a passing Sparrowhawk, but no doubt will return to the top end as the lake gets busier.

Around the lake 2 Blackcap, Chiffchaff and 2 Reed Bunting

Posted August 22nd, 2013 at 12:16 pm by Roger Doble in Bird News

Black Hole Marsh

The variety of waders on Black Hole Marsh has increased by one species, with a juvenile Little Stint this morning in front of the platform.

Seems to be very few grounded migrants around this morning.

Posted August 22nd, 2013 at 11:47 am by Steve Waite in Bird News

Wednesday 21st August 2013

Wembury Point

 Late evening with a flat calm gave a juv Yellow-legged Gull, standing out nicely amongst large numbers of juv Herring Gulls, a beautiful Grey Plover in breeding plumage, a Whimbrel and 2 Common Sandpipers. A close in Fulmar was the only bird of note off-shore.

Posted August 21st, 2013 at 9:58 pm in Bird News

Black Hole Marsh

Still bringing in the waders although an increase in water levels has pushed the birds further from the hide.  At least one Wood Sandpiper, several Green Sandpipers, juvenile Little Ringed Plover along with Dunlin, (Greater) Ringed Plover and Black-tailed Godwit.

Green Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit

Little Ringed Plover
Little Ringed Plover

Posted August 21st, 2013 at 9:38 pm by Alick Simmons in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Visited the hide at lunchtime, until about 1.45. Not much to see over a low tide, the only highlight being 2 Green Sandpipers.

Posted August 21st, 2013 at 4:52 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Tamar Lakes

The water level has dropped nicely at Upper Tamar Lake and there is a good muddy margin especially at the top end. Not many waders but a decent variety.

9 Dunlin and singles of Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, Redshank,Ruff, Lapwing and Little Ringed Plover. Also around the lake Sparrowhawk, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 2 Willow Tits and Reed Buntings. 1 Clouded Yellow

On the Lower Lake the water level is still high and there were 8 Great created Grebe, March Tit, Blackcap and Whitethroat. Also 3 Clouded Yellow 1 Silver-washed Fritilliary, Golden-ringed Dragonfly and Southeern Hawker.

Over my garden in Northam 2 late Swifts

Posted August 21st, 2013 at 4:29 pm by Roger Doble in Bird News

Butterleigh, Cullompton

Mistle Thrush  16 flying SE over garden about 6.30 pm 

Posted August 21st, 2013 at 12:06 pm by Richard Holmes in Bird News

Tuesday 20th August 2013

Preston Down Rd, Paignton

A Swift over the area this evening. 

Posted August 20th, 2013 at 9:39 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

 Cloudless skies , no wind and a flat calm sea . Yet in 1 hour this morning (11.00 -12.00) i logged the largest total of Manx S'water this year- 710 all flying east- at least 4 Balearic with them.. Also a dp Arctic Skua and 11 Common Scoter

 

Waders on the beach/rocks - 2 Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Sanderling, 11 Ringed Plover.

Over South Huish Marsh- 6 Yellow wagtail .

Earlier at South Milton  Ley - 3 Sedge warbler, 2 Spotted Fly., and singles of Tree Pipit, Snipe, Green Sandpiper,  Water Rail,

At 20.45 yesterday at T'stone Marsh Swallow roost was 7,000+.

Posted August 20th, 2013 at 6:14 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Velator reserve

Just opening the nets at about 6.00 this morning when 2 Swifts put in a brief appearance.

Posted August 20th, 2013 at 4:12 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

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Posted August 20th, 2013 at 12:03 pm by Josh Marshall in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

The best morning of the autumn so far. 6 Wheatear, 1 Whinchat, 1 Green Sandpiper and new for the site, a Garden Warbler. Also present; Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, 20+ Pied Wagtails and c.40 Swallows.

Posted August 20th, 2013 at 9:46 am in Bird News

Black Hole Marsh (19th Aug)

Yet another pic from Black Hole Marsh; it's the place to be for fantastic views of a variety of waders! 4 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Wood Sand and 2 Ruff the most note-worthy, but plenty of others about this evening also.

Wood Sandpiper © Tim White
Wood Sandpiper © Tim White

Posted August 20th, 2013 at 12:12 am by Tim White in Bird News

Monday 19th August 2013

Torquay

New sighting in back garden - Hummingbird Hawk-moth feeding on buddleia this afternoon. Single Swift over yesterday at 7.00pm. 

Posted August 19th, 2013 at 10:30 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Wembury

A redshank, a common sandpiper and a whimbrel were on the rocks at Wembury Point with curlews and oystercatchers at low tide this morning. Chiffchaffs were flitting about amongst the vegetation in the Valley to the Main Beach and whitethroats were flitting about amongst the brambles at Wembury Point. A lone swift headed West, probably my last of the year.

There were plenty of butterflys on the wing too including my first clouded yellow for 2 years! Another non-avian flying highlight was a golden ringed dragonfly ovipositing in the stream in the valley to the beach, seen from the small bridge crossing the stream, and a first at Wembury for me.

Clouded yellow
Clouded yellow

Golden ringed dragonfly
Golden ringed dragonfly

Posted August 19th, 2013 at 8:11 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Bowling Green & Darts Farm

1530 - Darts Farm:   there was 1 Bar-headed Goose and 1 Barnacle Goose amongst the large flock of Canadas, both showing extremely well.   Also 20 Lapwing.

1615 - BGM:  another 2 Bar-headed geese with a smaller flock of Canadas.    The Wood Sandpiper was also present but flew off towards the estuary soon after my arrival 

Posted August 19th, 2013 at 7:15 pm by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

Black Hole Marsh

Lots going on and plenty to see, here some more pictures from today




Posted August 19th, 2013 at 6:47 pm by Simon Thurgood in Bird News

R.Taw - Pottington to Ashford.

13:50

2 Bar-tailed Godwits; 3 Black-tailed Godwits on Pottington bank and 18 Dunlin on Penhill side.

c100-150 Black-headed Gulls; 8 Little Egrets; 8 Grey Herons and 1 Mediterranean Gull having a feeding spree in the shallow water between Ashford and Penhill. Unable to see what they were feeding on. Gulls feeding on the surtface and diving from about 5ft. Herons and Egrets rushing about as if demented.

Posted August 19th, 2013 at 3:54 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Black Hole Marsh

Again stacks of wading birds here, many showing close to the hide today. Highlights being 4 juv Little Ringed Plovers, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Ruff and 2 Greenshank.

Green and Wood Sandpiper
Green and Wood Sandpiper

Four Little Ringed Plovers
Four Little Ringed Plovers

Posted August 19th, 2013 at 3:05 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Sunday 18th August 2013

Darts farm and bowling green marsh

Helped out on the Webbs count today started at the entrance to tremlet's on the walk to look at the clyst river I spotted a bird of prey coming over a ringtail harrier it headed towards darts farm Peter slader was with me and also got on the bird but we didn't get enough to pin down I'd in the brief view as it disappeared over darts farm, 

Bowling green marsh 15:00 till 18:00

400+ black tailed godwits, 43+ greenshanks, 54+ little egrets, 47+ dunlin, 335+ redshanks, 1 bar tailed godwit, 1 common sandpiper, 4 Mediterranean gulls in with 800+ black headed gulls, 17+ whimbrel with good numbers of curlew, 11 lapwing, 30+ teal. 

Posted August 18th, 2013 at 11:04 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

ad SABINE'S Gull in the Bay today a v nice find for MikeP.


Posted August 18th, 2013 at 2:38 pm by Alan Doidge in Bird News

Saturday 17th August 2013

Start Point

Seawatch 09:30-18:15. 1 Great Shearwater (@13:25 in feeding with large group of Manxies), 102 Balearic Shearwaters, 6230+ Manx Shearwaters, 5 Bonxies, juv Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Mediterranean Gulls ( ad & juv), 198 Common Terns (well the closer 152 were), 2 Sandwich Terns, Puffin, 3 Razorbill. Also a Basking Shark, Ocean Sunfish, 30+ Common Dolphins, 4 Harbour Porpoise.

Posted August 17th, 2013 at 9:19 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Prawle seawatch

Seawatch from 05.45 - 16.45 (PM, JL and TM); 1200+ Gannets, 2500+ Manx Shearwaters, 91 Balearic Shearwaters, Curlew, Whimbrel, Redshank, Dunlin, Great Skua, 50+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Yellow-legged Gull (juv), 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Sandwich Terns, 78 Common Terns, 0 Fea's Petrels.

Posted August 17th, 2013 at 7:35 pm by Pat Mayer in Bird News

Berry Head late am

After a 2-hour wait from 1015-1215, the first of the promised rain squalls  finally arrived . Up to this time small numbers of Manx and Balearic Shearwaters had been passing, many going north. At 1215 a group of Manx feeding out north of the watchpoint were joined by a  Fea's Petrel which then moved north rapidly into Lyme Bay with the group. My Devon tick at last! Unfortunately the other 2 observers present did not have time to get onto the bird.  I stayed until 1415 hoping the petrel would pass the watchpoint again with feeding shearwaters, 6 Arctic Skuas were the only other birds of note. 

Posted August 17th, 2013 at 4:03 pm in Bird News

Friday 16th August 2013

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime visit to the hide until around 1.45.

Good numbers of the usual birds, with the highlights being 1 Mediterranean Gull and 3 Common Sandpipers.

Adding a bit of variety amongst a growing flock of Canada Geese were 3 Greylags, 2 Bar-headed and 1 Barnacle Goose.

Posted August 16th, 2013 at 2:18 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Thursday 15th August 2013

Black Hole Marsh/Stafford Marsh

A few pics to add some colour to the page. Yesterday's Sanderling wasn't present on Black Hole Marsh when I checked early this morning. Quite a few Dunlin (pic) and Ringed Plover about though. 1 Greenshank, 10+ Green Sandpiper and a few Common Sand. Present and showing well this afternoon was a single Wood Sand (pic) and I finally caught up with the juv Cuckoo (pic, scarce here). Not a bad day!

Dunlin
Dunlin

Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper

Cuckoo
Cuckoo

Posted August 15th, 2013 at 11:20 pm by Tim White in Bird News

Black Hole Marsh

2 wood sandpiper,5 green and 3 common sands.1 ruff 25 ringed plover and c20 dunlin.

About to leave when a cuckoo flew onto overhead lines.

Posted August 15th, 2013 at 9:25 pm by Tim Cox in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

A very quiet morning so it was a bit of a surprise to find a new bird for the site, Reed Warbler, along the western bank close to the cow shed. Only other birds of note were 1 Green Sand, 1 Whitethroat, 25 Pied Wags and 1 White Wag.

Posted August 15th, 2013 at 7:03 pm in Bird News

Jennycliff nr Wembury.

Beed asked by Vic Tucker to pass on news of a juv Montagues Harrier he had very close views of at 16.00 today

Posted August 15th, 2013 at 6:24 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatch 06.30-14.30. Rather cloudy with some drizzly rain and some sun with a moderate south west wind. 26 Balearic Shearwaters, 91 Manx Shearwaters, 6 Great Skuas, 3 Arctic Skuas, 52 Kittiwakes and 7 juvs, 3 juv Med Gulls, 3 Common Terns, 6 Common Scoters and 351 Gannets. With MD and BMc

Posted August 15th, 2013 at 5:49 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Bird News

Teign Estuary

Around the middle and upper estuary today: 15 Sandwich Terns, 102 Curlew, 14 Dunlin, 13 Ringed Plover and 7 Whimbrel.

Posted August 15th, 2013 at 5:46 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Velator reserve

A single Swift passed by this morning and a Little Egret flew out of the reserve. On the plucking post (a large tree stump), half a weasel! This post is mostly used by the local Buzzards. Didn't know Weasel was on their menu! Maybe duck is though, as there are now only 4 juv Mallard. Still a few Chiffchaffs 'wheeting' away, and a couple of Reed Warblers, one in a sort of half-song.

Posted August 15th, 2013 at 4:08 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

Lincombe Bay

belated news from yesterday wed 14/8

38 Med Gull, 15 Sandwich Tern this evening.

Posted August 15th, 2013 at 12:06 am by Alan Doidge in Bird News

Wednesday 14th August 2013

BTO skua Id video

The BTO has produced a short online video to help with Skua identification - it's quite useful for those wishing to brush up on their id skills before the main skua passage starts..

http://www.bto.org/about-birds/bird-id/bto-bird-id-skuas?dm_i=IG4,1QRJH,39H4OC,67IUP,1

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

Brixham yesterday am

Late morning a flock of 4-5 Crossbills flew high southwest over my garden ,near Southdown Hill at the back of Brixham.

Posted August 14th, 2013 at 10:40 am in Bird News

Tuesday 13th August 2013

Velator reserve

Nothing terribly exciting I'm afraid: a couple of small juvenile Moorhens have joined the 5 Mallard ducklings in helping me get rid of the duck weed on the pond.

Posted August 13th, 2013 at 6:20 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

East to Middle Soar

At least 2 Med gulls off Sharpitor and movements included 140 swallow, swift, 11 whitethroat & 17 willow warbler. Also 7 cirl bunting.

Highlight of the morning was a male ruddy darter on the path by Middle Soar House, a genuine migrant!

Posted August 13th, 2013 at 5:07 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Monday 12th August 2013

Bradiford reserve

Yes just replacing some broken fenceposts Maurice! Was accompanied by 2 Green Sandpipers and 2 Lapwing.

Posted August 12th, 2013 at 1:17 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Around the Axe

A bit more variety up Beer Head this morning with; 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 15 Willow Warbler and 2 Wheatear.

A little later there were singles of Wood Sandpiper and Greenshank on Colyford Marsh scrape and the Ruff with 40 Black-tailed Godwits on Black Hole Marsh.

Posted August 12th, 2013 at 12:45 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

R.Taw. Pottington to Ashford.

09:45 - 10:15

Spoonbill still with Little Egrets and Grey Heron on Penhill Marsh. 1 Common Sandpiper flying downriver just off Pottington. 10:15 1 Green Sandpiper in the ditch next to Ashford Sewage Works but flew off downriver towards Ashford. Jon working in the reserve.

Posted August 12th, 2013 at 11:07 am by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Quiet on the migrant front - just 2 wheatears and 3 white wagtails with 20 pied.

Posted August 12th, 2013 at 10:07 am in Bird News

Sunday 11th August 2013

Brixham short range pelagic, 10th August

Some more pictures of the balearic and manx shearwaters from last night. Very successful trip.




Posted August 11th, 2013 at 9:58 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

The Otter Estuary

A quick visit to the estuary this evening produced:
10 Ringed Plover
4 Dunlin and best of all 2 moulting adult Sanderling
The latter is a very scarce bird here and the first I've seen on the Otter - Happy Days.

Posted August 11th, 2013 at 9:29 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Torbay

Several thousand (perhaps 10,000 or more) Gulls including a lot of Kittiwakes and 3 close Mediterranean Gulls, feeding in Torbay (watching from Berry Hd), scanning through the birds I soon found large rafts of Manx Shearwaters sat and actively feeding in the bay, counting around 800-1,000. Mixed in with them were 20+Balearic Shearwaters (I only had my binoculars - no telescope) and a Great Skua - if only the short pelagic trip was a day later who knows was out there with them!  

Posted August 11th, 2013 at 8:08 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Prawle this weekend

Yesterday (Sat 10/8); As at Soar, plenty of Warblers about. Final totals, in descending order; 95 Willow, 60 Whitethroat, 31 Sedge, 16 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 2 Garden, and 1 each of Grasshopper and Reed.  Some decent other birds too, including Hobby, Greenshank (over), 7 Wheatear, Whinchat, Pied Flycatcher, 6 White Wagtails, 200+ each of Swallow and House Martin, 14+ Sand Martin and 5 Swift.

Much quieter today, just 12 Willow Warblers, 11 Whitethroats and 1 Sedge Warbler, (only 50% area coverage today).  Waders remained consistent over the 2 days, peaking at 3 Whimbrel, 18 Ringed Plover, 4 Common Sandpipers and 3 Dunlin.

No seawatching today, but during a couple of quick scans from the coastpath, 2 Balearic Shearwaters passed, along with about 80 manx. Yesterday FDS saw 5 Balearics during a short seawatch.

Yesterday, totalled 14 species of Butterfly, including a single Clouded Yellow, and (for Steph Murphy), a fresh hatch of Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries, which is what your photo is of.

Late news from 7/8, a Wood Sandpiper flew over the village calling (unseen), and constitutes only the 3rd site record.

Posted August 11th, 2013 at 7:13 pm by Pat Mayer in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Watched on the falling tide. Two Whimbrels and an Oystercatcher had joined the (37) Curlews on the pool; also 12 Little Egrets roosting on the islands.

On the estuary - Greenshank (2), Common Sandpiper (2), Redshank (48) and a Mediterranean Gull (2nd-s). In the flooded wood, no sign of yesterday's Flycatchers but good views of a Stoat.

Posted August 11th, 2013 at 2:59 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

instow/torridge estuary

20 med gull,17 adult,2 ss,juv amongst 2000 bhg,09:15 -11:30.

Posted August 11th, 2013 at 1:21 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

Nice genteel walk down to Charleton Marsh on the high tide this morning.Out in the bay 7 Med Gulls ( 5 ad., 1 2cy and a juv ) outnumbered only about 5:1 by Black-headed Gulls. No large gulls present. Also 9 Whimbrel and 8 Sandwich Terns. First 5 returning Teal on the marsh, maybe a tad early?

Posted August 11th, 2013 at 12:58 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

R.Taw. Pottington to Ashford Strand.

08:20

5 Common Sandpipers at Pottington.

2 adult Mediterranean Gulls at Ashford Strand.

21 Little Egret, 8 Grey Herons and 1 adult, unringed Spoonbill on or just off Penhill Marsh.

Posted August 11th, 2013 at 9:56 am by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Brixham short range pelagic

Heres a couple  of pics from the trip ;o)



Posted August 11th, 2013 at 12:40 am by simon thurgood in Bird News

Saturday 10th August 2013

Brixham short range pelagic

A very successful pelagic, with great views of the target species Balearic Shearwater (may be 8 seen). It was also very interesting to get a group of Manx coming into feed on mashed fish liver - they're not really meant to do that! One Balearic was a nice pale bird with the white on the underside going right down between the legs, this bird might be called something else as a distant well lit view off some headlands! A pic of this bird and hopefully other photographers on board will post some more shots from the trip. One Harbour Porpoise was also seen. While heading back yet another Balearic Shearwater was just off Brixham breakwater....and finally I was a little peeved to hear my usual fishing boat had a Great Shearwater feeding by it at very close range some 20+miles out!

pale Balearic ShearwaterManx ShearwaterManx and Balearic flight shape comparison

More trips are planned by Nigel and Chris Smallbones for 17th & 31st August and  7th & 14th September, leaving from Brixham harbour at 16:30 (with chum for attracting seabirds), contact on 07866 202576. Prices £18 per head, spaces limited to 12 people.

Posted August 10th, 2013 at 11:26 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

24 members of East Devon Branch of DB spent the morning with leader Ian Pullan.  A total of 33 species were found but numbers of waders were poor.  A single Red-Throated Diver present a mile out on a calm sea together with c100 Shag.  A single Bar-tailed Godwit on the estuary side plus singles of Turnstone, Whimbrel and Dunlin together with 3 Knot and 3 Common Tern.  Slavonian Grebe near railway line. 2 Wheatear and a Peregrine also present. 26 Sanderling on the seaward side of shoreline on our return walk.

NOTE: Please don't forget the link on this page to the site dedicated to Dawlish Warren sightings.

Posted August 10th, 2013 at 6:08 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On the pool at high tide - Curlew (37) and Little Egret (10). The estuary held 51 Redshanks, 3 Common Sandpipers and 2 Greenshanks; also 2 Sandwich Terns viewed earlier from my house.

Lots of passerines the flooded wood including a family party of 4 Spotted Flycatchers (2 ads and 2 juvs) and 2+ juvenile Bullfinches.

Posted August 10th, 2013 at 3:35 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

instow

large gathering of gulls namely bhg in feeding frenzies over whitebait .Surprisingly few meds considering vast shoals of fish,only 5 noted.4 adult,2s.07:30-09:00.4 swifts over my house in bideford at 13:00.2 male peregrine over north end of dartmouth y.day morning while working there 07:30

Posted August 10th, 2013 at 2:49 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Soar

The valleys at Soar lively with migrant warblers this morning: Phylloscs 70+ (Willow mainly), 60+ Whitethroat, 18 Sedge Warbler, Blackcap and 7 Wheatear. Good numbers of juv Stonechat - looks like a good breeding season for them.

Posted August 10th, 2013 at 12:55 pm by David Cope in Bird News

Friday 9th August 2013

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 18:20 till 20:15

a nice surprise was a female garganey showing well, the female ruff was still present for its second day, curlew numbers had increased again to 511+ with 47+ whimbrel, 3 ringed plover, 210+ dunlin including 45+ juv's, 370+ black tailed godwits, 1 bar tailed godwit, 35+ greenshanks, 250+ redshanks, 1 common sandpiper, 1 green sandpiper, 25+ teal, 3 wigeon, 2 shoveler. 350+ black headed gulls.

 

Posted August 9th, 2013 at 9:55 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Prawle Point

After leaving the Prawle Point car park we spotted a Kestrel, Peregrine, Buzzard, 3 Whimbrel down on the rocks, 3 Wheatear, juvenile Stonechats, 2 brown warblers which we decided were probably Reed Warblers(?) Butterflies: Red Admiral, Common Blue, Wall, a Fritillary (we think Pearl Bordered, can anyone help identifiy for us) Clouded Yellow, Small Copper, 6 Spot Burnet and a Silver Y moth. Fantastic day, going back on Saturday for more.

Is this a Pearl Bordered Fritillary? If it is...tick
Is this a Pearl Bordered Fritillary? If it is...tick (It's a Small Pearl-bordered Frit - SDW)

Clouded Yellow, up by the lookout tower. Another new one...tick
Clouded Yellow, up by the lookout tower. Another new one...tick

Small Copper
Small Copper

Posted August 9th, 2013 at 8:40 pm by Steph Murphy in Bird News

Bruanton

Steve Mawby saw a Hobby over Braunton this morning.

Posted August 9th, 2013 at 8:12 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Velator reserve

Busy raking out pond weed this afternoon when a female Mallard swam into view with 5 about week-old ducklings - I've been in the reserve every day recently and never seen any! Never recorded them successfully breeding either!

Just outside the reserve the marsh and reed bed has become so dry this year that the cows have been ploughing it up endeavouring to eat it all.

Posted August 9th, 2013 at 4:24 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wembury 8/8

One brief juv YLG and 13 Sanderling on the beach were the best of it. Quite a few juv LBBG as well as one adult and some really worn and faded horrors of 1S Herring Gulls!

Posted August 9th, 2013 at 12:53 pm in Bird News

west Charlton marsh

2 whimbrel, common sandpipe, wood sandpiper, 2 med gulls

Posted August 9th, 2013 at 12:08 pm by l goonesekera in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

A real feel of autumn this morning with a brisk north westerly. This and the overnight showers had combined to produce the first Wheatears of the autumn with 5 birds. Other species were also more in evidence today with 15 Pied Wagtails, 25 Swallows and 10 House Martins, a single Meadow Pipit and a male Sparrowhawk.

Just to make a mockery of my comment on gulls yesterday, an adult GBB gull and 2 adult LBB gulls present with around 40 Herring Gulls.

Posted August 9th, 2013 at 10:58 am in Bird News

Averton Gifford

Sth Efford Marsh a.m.

4 Green sand, 2 Wood Sand(juv) 5 Greenshank, 6 Redshank, 30 Curlew, 6 Whimbrel, Blk T Godwit, 6 Dunlin, 150 BH Gull

ENW

Posted August 9th, 2013 at 9:46 am by Alan Doidge in Bird News

Thursday 8th August 2013

Braunton Burrows

Not a bird i know, but thought you'd all like to see this from Braunton Burrows this evening.


Posted August 8th, 2013 at 10:47 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from the hide 18:00 till 20:05

A nice female ruff showed well, 180+ dunlin included 40+ juv's, 37+ greenshanks, 200+ redshank, 2 bar tailed godwits, 350+ black tailed godwits, 400+ curlew, 35+ whimbrel, 18+ little egrets, 1 green sandpiper over, first snipe of autumn with 4 over south, 400+ black headed gulls, 1 adult Mediterranean gull, 3 wigeon.

 

Posted August 8th, 2013 at 9:44 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

At sea off South Devon

Again out on a fishing boat off South Devon. Absolute highlight was a Minke Whale 16nm ESE of Start Pt, although intially close, only surfaced in sight once more and not when camera was at hand! Also two Ocean Sunfish seen.

While fishing seabirds were again relatively poor for the time of year! 3 juv Yellow-legged Gulls, 20+ Common Terns, 2 Bonxies, just one European Storm-petrel, though numerous Fulmars and commoner gulls. Of note were 3 Shags crossing the channel (not usually this far out) and one Redshank heard (high up). Manx Shearwaters were thinly distributed to 30nm out (though 50+ in the Minke area), but the main concentration was about 1.5nm off Dartmouth, which included several Balearic Shearwaters (boat was going too fast to count) when heading home. I've also saved some fish liver, to bring along for Saturday's pelagic, yum!

Couple of pics of the Bonxies, one a worn adult in heavy moult the other a fresher looking bird (2cy).

Great Skua (adult)Great SkuaGreat Skua (adult)Great Skua

Posted August 8th, 2013 at 9:31 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Aveton Gifford

A few waders on the marsh & estuary: 12 oystercatcher, 2 ringed plover, 6 whimbrel, 21 curlew, 4 redshank, 2 greenshank, green sandpiper & 2 common sandpiper.

Also: 21 little egret, 2 kingfisher & 4 white wagtail with a few pieds.

Posted August 8th, 2013 at 2:53 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Around the Axe

Black Hole and Colyford Marsh at high tide today gave the following totals: 1 Wood Sandpiper (there were 2 last night), 1 Ruff, 2 Greenshank, 3 Little Ringed Plover (incl 2 over west), 10 Lapwing,12 Green Sands, 20 Ringed Plover, 42 Dunlin and the first 4 Wigeon of the autumn.

A Cuckoo was a nice surprise too, at the south end of Colyford Common (earlier seen by Black Hole Marsh).

Posted August 8th, 2013 at 12:43 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Little sign of any migration. 5 whitethroats (2 adults + 3 juvs), chiffchaff, 10 stock doves and the little owl in its usual place.

Oddity of the morning was a juvenile LBB Gull flying South West - 90-95% of gulls in the Blackdowns are Herring gulls and the few Lesser Black backed we see are generally adults in mid-winter.

Posted August 8th, 2013 at 9:42 am in Bird News

Froward area Dartmouth

Yesterday evening: 400+Manx and 2+ Balearic Shearwaters feeding about 1km off Ivy Cove with 70+ Kittiwake, 15 Gannets and 6-7 Harbour Porpoise. Also a Yellow Wagtail in sheep field between Coleton Camp car park and Ivy Cove.  

Posted August 8th, 2013 at 7:33 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 7th August 2013

Sherpa Marsh

Malcolm Shakespeare saw an immature Marsh Harrier soaring over the marsh with 2 Buzzards and a Sparrowhawk late morning. By the time I got there (about 5 mins later), I couldn't see any of them!

Posted August 7th, 2013 at 10:07 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Starcross

On the old harbour wall at Starcross, c165 Turnstones - possibly a few more hidden behind tussocks of grass;    many are in part summer plumage.     Easily seen from the foot bridge over the railway.   Need to view around high tide.

Posted August 7th, 2013 at 8:39 pm by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

Sand Hole Hartland

15.25  Red Kite flying north, Sand Hole, Hartland

Posted August 7th, 2013 at 3:58 pm by John Heath in Bird News

South Milton Ley

After 40 years of ringing at this site Bob B trapped his first MARSH WARBLER. A very nice juv. Nice to see the bird in the hand and take some ID particulars . Only the second site record , previous one many years ago a singing bird in Spring

Posted August 7th, 2013 at 10:11 am by Mike Passman in Bird News

Tuesday 6th August 2013

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 17:00 till 19:10

465+ curlew was a good count, 44+ whimbrel, 90+ dunlin, 180+ redshank, 25+ greenshanks, 750+ black headed gulls included 2 2nd summer Mediterranean gulls, 305+ black tailed godwits, 2 bar tailed godwits, 5 oystercatcher, 25+ little egrets, 1 green sandpiper, 3 wigeon. 

Posted August 6th, 2013 at 9:04 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Stover

First autumn Robin song at Stover today 6th – 2 days earlier than 2012 *(8th August).

20+ crossbills also in the park – recorded daily now.

(Jon Avon)

Posted August 6th, 2013 at 8:33 pm in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

Having missed out on the spectacular seawatching reports over the weekend  certainly did not expect to find anything in todays calm conditions. At 09.15 Graham Daw picked up a large Shearwater sat on the sea c700 yds off  the car park . We watched it until 09.45 when it flew off east - a Cory's Shearwater.

Also 21 Manx and 1 Balearic S'water, 10 Common Scoter, 2 Med Gull, . Waders - 2 Sanderling, 8 Ringed Plover, 5 Common Sandpiper .a Curlew flew over T'stone Marsh . A juv Yellow Wagtail on South H Marsh

Evidence of Warbler passage this morning - On the patch - 20 + Willow ., 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Garden, 8 Sedge, 8 Reed, 1 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat

Posted August 6th, 2013 at 7:04 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Old Mill Cove, nr Froward Point

Mid morning walk around. Nice Hobby low over the cove which came back twice. Also a Cuckoo giving some nice views feeding.

Other migrants, a single Wheatear and 3 Willow Warblers

Posted August 6th, 2013 at 3:40 pm by Josh Marshall in Bird News

Monday 5th August 2013

Prawle Point

'Another time,another place' was a wonderful enigmatic film  made in the 1980's..and it sums up the seawatch today : thanks to Mark and Pat, it's all becoming clearer as to where the birds have gone or are going . High expectations, if only the conditions had been 'right' !

Totals ( with Frank) from 6am to till 12,45 : 57 Balearic shearwaters,824 Manxies west; 5 Arctic and 2 Pomarine Skuas west; 2 Puffin and 16 Common Scoter west.   

Posted August 5th, 2013 at 10:33 pm in Bird News

A GIFFORD

Sth Efford Marsh

Wood Sand 2 (1 present since 01/08)  Green Sand 4, Whimbrel 4 + Redshank, Greenshank, dunlin.  ENW

Posted August 5th, 2013 at 10:31 pm by Alan Doidge in Bird News

Wembury Point

3, probably 4, juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls on the beach in amongst the juvenile Herring, Black-headed and Great Black-backed Gulls.

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

Aveton Gifford

First Wood Sandpiper of the autumn on South Efford Marsh plus first Greenshank & Dunlin. Also 24 Littlr Egrets, Redshank & 2 Common Sandpipers.

200 Linnets on oilseed rape at Hatch Farm, Churchstow.

Posted August 5th, 2013 at 4:38 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Start Point

05/08/ Seawatch 06:30-14:00. Start could not compete with Berry Head today, perhaps due to being stuckout in the sunshine, with the main weather front more east, inland and higher in Lyme Bay - producing the reduced vis for the large shears!

All SW: Cory's Shearwater @09:05, 3 Sooty Shearwaters (only one correlating with BH birds), 80 Balearic Shearwaters, 1142 Manx Shearwaters, Pomarine Skua, 7 Arctic Skuas, 22 Whimbrel (20&2), 2 Common Terns, 4 Sandwich Terns, 7 Common Scoter, 8 Puffins, 2 Guillemots and a Razorbill.

Late post for 02/08

16:00-18:00: 100+ Balearic Shearwaters (65 passing and 35+ feeding with Manx on skerries bank), 800+ Manx (680 passing and 120+ feeding over skerries), 4 Puffin, 20 'commic' Terms feeding over skerries bank.

Since 29/7/2013 Start Pt has seen c580 Balearic Shearwaters! I'm not sure how many are on a feeding loop in outer Lyme Bay (i.e the same birds going round in a circle), or new birds crossing the channel, feeding and moving on - perhaps a bit of both! Which would explain lower numbers at Prawle on 04/08/13. This influx is earlier than normal, as I have never had a 100+ counts in July, or early August.

Posted August 5th, 2013 at 4:17 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Prawle seawatch yesterday (4/8)

Prior to the seawatch, a walk along the front turned up 2 Whimbrel, 14 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin and 3 Common Sandpipers.

Now the seawatch, JAL and FS watched from 06.00 to 15.00, while I did 08.00 to 18.00. Final totals were 1 Cory's Shearwater, west at 09.40, 1 Great Shearwater west at 16.50, 2 Sooty Shearwaters west late PM, with another 2 probables early AM, 190 Balearic Shearwaters west, (all but 2 after 08.00), 2320 Manx Shearwaters, 1480 Gannets, 30 Fulmars, 16 Common Scoter, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Great Skuas, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Med Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Razorbill, 6 Guillemots, 3 Puffins and 5 Swift.

Fair play to 'the MD' at Start Point. I doubt I'd recognize a Yelk Shearwater if it hit me between the eyes, but I probably would a Little Shearwater!  Comparisons are interesting, and it would appear that many birds passing Start Point then head out into the Channel rather than follow the coast. e.g. only 1 Tern at Prawle, 30+ at Start, 16 Puffins compared to just 3, and the slightly but significantly lower totals of Shearwaters. I sincerely hope the Little Shearwater did do that, rather than pass un-noticed under my nose!

Posted August 5th, 2013 at 4:06 pm by Pat Mayer in Bird News

Berry Head-midday

Stayed on in case the predicted rain squall produced some birds at sea, in the event it was late and brief. After other observers left, 1130-1330 hours, another 16 Balearic and 30 Manx Shearwaters flew south.  

Posted August 5th, 2013 at 2:40 pm in Bird News

Kingsbridge Est

1230-1330

Med Gull 11 (adS, 2S) Sandwich Tern 12, Turnstone, Ringed Plover 16, Dunlin 48. 

Posted August 5th, 2013 at 2:21 pm by Alan Doidge in Bird News

Matford Pool

Went to Matford Pool for a change today (until 1.30pm) and a Wood Sandpiper there feeding along the channel that leads into the main pool.

Posted August 5th, 2013 at 1:58 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Berry Hd

Seawatch 0600-1130hrs: 2 Cory's Shearwaters (0800hrs & 10.40hrs), 3 Great Shearwaters (0605hrs, 0705hrs & 1030hrs), 1 unidentified Large Shearwater (0745hrs), 3 Sooty Shearwaters (0735hrs 0745hrs & 1100hrs), 289 Manx, 52 Balearic Shearwaters, 24 Fulmar, 8 Bonxie, 7 Arctic Skua and 1 Pomarine Skua, 10 Med Gulls, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls, 5 Puffin, 1 Razorbill, 2 Guillemots, 19 Common Scoter, 20 Whimbrel, 3 Turnstone,5 Harbour Porpoises. 

Posted August 5th, 2013 at 12:45 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sunday 4th August 2013

Start Point

Seawatch 09:00-18:30. An amazing '7' shearwater seawatch! In order of magnitude: Macaronesian (Barolo's) Shearwater sw @17:10, Yelkouan Shearwater (@11:55 close in with Manx & Balearic for direct comparison), 2 Great Shearwaters @11:25 & 16:38, Cory's Shearwater @14:45, one large Shearwater sp.(@09:20 prob Cory's as tied in with one at Prawle), 3 Sooty Shearwaters, 255 Balearic Shearwaters, 2414 Manx Shearwaters, 16 Puffins, Pomarine Skua (ad), Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxies, c30 'commic' Terns, juv Yellow-legged Gull and 6 Whimbrel.

Posted August 4th, 2013 at 9:49 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Berry Hd

Seawatch 06.15-11.45hrs: 1 Great Shearwater 10.15hrs, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 452 Manx and 45 Balearic Shearwaters, 1 Storm Petrel, 17 Fulmar, 2 Roseate Terns, 1 Common Tern, 27 'Commic' Terns, 14 Puffin, 4 Guillemots, 2 Razorbills, 5 Bonxie, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (juvs), 1 Mediterranean Gull (juv), 20 Common Scoter, 1 Gadwall, 4 Little Egret. ST, REB, SMRY.

Yellow-legged & two Herring Gulls Berry Hd 040813 ML

Yellow-legged Gull (top) with Herring Gulls all juvs.

Posted August 4th, 2013 at 1:36 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Saturday 3rd August 2013

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 14:40 till 17:35

100+ dunlin included 20 juv , 36 whimbrel, 43+ greenshanks, 270+ black tailed godwit 1 bar tailed godwit, 150+ redshanks, 3 lapwing, 3 wigeon, 200+ curlew, 400+ black headed gulls. 

Posted August 3rd, 2013 at 8:27 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Black Hole Marsh

Lots of mud about and it stinks! So it's perfect for waders at the moment, and was crammed full of them this afternoon.

Best of all were singles of Ruff and Little Ringed Plover and at least 14 Green Sands.  Also several Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank and Common Sands. Also two Med Gulls.

Posted August 3rd, 2013 at 8:21 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Berry Hd

Seawatch 16.15 hrs - 18.45 hrs: 296 Manx Shearwaters, 11 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Puffin, 4 Yellow-legged Gulls all juvs (3 behind one trawler), 14 Kittiwakes (including first 3 juvs of the year), 13 Fulmar, approx 70 Gannets. Other wildlife 1 Painted Lady and several Oak Eggar Moths. 

Posted August 3rd, 2013 at 7:43 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

R.Taw, Pottington to Ashford Sewage Works.

12:00 - 13:30

1 Common Sandpiper and 1 adult Mediterranean Gull on bank at rear of RGB. 1 Redshank at same location, compared to 35 at Fremington Pill on 30/7. 6 Little Egrets between Pottington and Ashford and 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull in the Herring Gull roost just off Bradiford Reserve. Apart from the usual numbers of Curlew scattered along the banks on both sides of the river was a single flock of c150 off Penhill Marsh which contained just 2 Black-tailed Godwits.

Posted August 3rd, 2013 at 1:58 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

River Torridge

Male kingfisher taken this morning on the Torridge

Kingfisher
Kingfisher

Posted August 3rd, 2013 at 1:47 pm by steve Hatch in Bird News

Friday 2nd August 2013

Tor Quarry

Couple of Crossbills flew south over Tor Quarry nr. Kingsbridge this morning.

Posted August 2nd, 2013 at 8:08 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Berry Head

06.30-12.30 Weather started cloudy with a few showers, then sunny, warm and light southwest wind. 34 Balearic Shearwater, 41 Manx Shearwater, 4 Great Skua, 2 Arctic Skua, 1 Puffin, 10 Whimbrel, 39 Kittiwake + 2 juv, 347 Gannet and 35+ Common Scoter

Posted August 2nd, 2013 at 2:01 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Bird News

At sea off South Devon

Yesterday at sea from a fishing boat (>5nm) off South Devon, seabirds were a little disappointing given the sightings off Ireland and Cornwall the previous day! Never-the-less most expected species were on show, which included: 2 Balearic Shearwaters (one being mugged by a GBB Gull see pic), numerous Manx Shearwaters, 3 European Storm-petrels, 6+ juv Yellow-legged Gulls in with numerous Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gulls and three Great Skua.

If anyone is interested in evenning pelagic trips off S Devon, Nigel Smallbones has trips planned for 10th, 17th and 31st August, leaving from Brixham quay at 16:30 (with chum for attracting seabirds), contact him on 07866 202576. Prices £18 per head, spaces limited to 12 people. Note these trips go beyond 5nm (see http://forum.devonbirds.org/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=9).

alearic Shearwater attacked by Great Black-back GullBalearic ShearwaterEuropean Storm-petrelGreat SkuaJuv Yellow-legged GullJuv Yellow-legged GullJuv Yellow-legged GullJuv Yellow-legged Gull

 

Posted August 2nd, 2013 at 11:25 am by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Broadsands

Yesterday evening: 2 Med Gulls and 1 juv Yellow-legged Gull.

Yellow-legged Gull juv Broadsands 1st Aug 2013

iPhone and telescope photo of Yellow-legged Gull

Posted August 2nd, 2013 at 10:08 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Around the Axe

Couldn't see the Pec Sand this morning on Black Hole Marsh, but there were singles of Turnstone, Little Ringed Plover and Med Gull, 3 Teal, 4 Green Sands, 6 Ringed Plover, 20+ Dunlin and 22 Black-tailed Godwits.

Earlier a 45min sea watch from Spot On Kiosk showed singles of Great Skua, Balearic Shearwater, Great Crested Grebe and Turnstone past. Ian M has had a few more Balearics since.

Posted August 2nd, 2013 at 10:02 am by Steve Waite in Bird News

Osprey at Torridge Estuary

An Osprey seen yesterday evening at 19:30 on the mud flats near the lifeboat station at Appledore. [Michael & Mary Dendle]

Posted August 2nd, 2013 at 9:59 am by Steve Waite in Bird News

Thursday 1st August 2013

Ringed Roseate Terns

Mike Passman's note about double-ringed Roseate Terns at Thurlestone reminded me of a bird I photographed at Dawlish Warren last July which had a ring on  both legs.By coincidence I checked Birdguides website today and found an article by Tom Cadwallender about ringing of Roseate Terns at Coquet Island, Northumberland, which is the Uk's main colony, holding 77 pairs. It is customary at Coquet to ring birds with both a BTO metal ring, and on the other leg a slightly bigger metal ring bearing a Coquet Island number, hopefully readable in the field, enabling individual  birds to be tracked away from colonies. So we just have to get closer to read those numbers! 

Posted August 1st, 2013 at 11:09 pm in Bird News

Thurlestone Marsh

 21.00 update - Just gone out to look at the Swallow roost and found a Spoonbill flying across the Marsh - did not land , flew off towards the Avon Est

Posted August 1st, 2013 at 9:15 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

Great start to the new month with 2 ad Roseate Tern in the Bay from 08.45- 11.45. Spent some time resting on the rocks which enabled good views to be obtained. This is only our 3rd record in the last 9 years. Both birds had metal rings on both legs which according to Bob B is unusual - need to try and acertain whether this could be normal practice for the ringers  near Roscoff as their arrival coincides with an influx of Balearic S'waters

Also this am - 1 Sandwich Tern, 17 Manx and 1 Balearic S'waters, 6 Common Scoter, 2ad 2 2nd s Med Gull

Waders on the beach/ rocks - 4 Turnstone, singles of Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Sanderling .

This aft. on T'stone Marsh 3 ad & 2 2nd s Med Gull

Posted August 1st, 2013 at 6:17 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

River Torridge yesterday

A few photos from a day on the river 

Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail

Kingfisher
Kingfisher

Posted August 1st, 2013 at 5:38 pm by Steve Hatch in Bird News

Brixham pelagic, 24th July

Trial evening pelagic trip on 24th July produced 1 balearic shearwater, good numbers of manx shearwaters, juv. yellow legged gull and good numbers of gannet, fulmar, lesser blackback attracted to chum. Places are still available for trips on 10th, 17th and 31st August, leaving Brixham 16.30 pm: contact Nigel Smallbones on 07866 202576 to book.

Balearic shearwater
Balearic shearwater

Fulmar
Fulmar

Manx shearwater
Manx shearwater

Posted August 1st, 2013 at 1:53 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Bradiford

The cows are back over the river and on the scrape the first returning autumn Lapwing.

Heard a Whimbrel from the reserve at Velator yesterday.

Posted August 1st, 2013 at 12:37 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

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