Devon Bird Sightings from August 2014

Missing Devon rarity records 2018

Unfortunately no descriptions have been submitted for the following records of ‘A’ species reported in 2018. This means, as things stand, they will not make the official record as part of the 2018 Devon Bird Report. It would be a great shame to lose these records.

If anyone saw these birds (you don’t have to be the finder) please can you submit a description and/or photos asap to Kev Rylands: Recorder@devonbirds.org Thank you.

Chough Northam 17-18 July  

Corn Bunting Beer Head 25 August

Cory’s Shearwater (2) Ilfracombe 28 July

Cory’s Shearwater Thurlestone 26 August

Glossy Ibis Exe Estuary 21-27 October

Golden Oriole Blaxton Meadow 18 April

Great Shearwater (2) Berry Head 20 September

Great White Egret (2) Bridge Marsh, Axe Estuary 13 January

Great White Egret Black Hole Marsh, Axe Estuary 22 August

Great White Egret Exminster Marshes 30 March

Great White Egret Exmouth 06 May

Great White Egret Stover 01 October

Honey-buzzard Dartmoor 21-22 May

Little Bunting Slapton 21 October

Montagu’s Harrier Dartmoor 19 Aug

Pectoral Sandpiper Upper Tamar Lake 13 August

Ring-necked Duck Lee Moor 14 October

Rose-coloured Starling Beesands 27-28 August

Serin South Hallsands 24 April

Tree Sparrow Haldon 20 May

Posted September 24th at 8:44 am by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Please take extra care when visiting Dawlish Warren. We have been informed that due to the recent bad weather there has been significant erosion from Groyne 10 eastwards. This means that access along the site, to and from Warren Point (and the bird hide) will be via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! Signs have been put up to alert people to the hazards, but people need to be aware that access routes that they have become used to may not be available and they need to exercise extreme caution,  with the possibility of being cut off by the tide, and people are strongly urged not to try climbing the sand cliffs. Further information is available on the Teignbridge District Council website.

Posted November 9th, 2018 at 11:08 am by Mike Daniels in General Birding

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

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Posted June 30th, 2016 at 9:24 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Sunday 31st August 2014

Around Prawle Point

At least a dozen SpottedFlycatcher, with a female Pied Flycatcher in the ash trees by the car park. 3 Yellow Wagtails. 2 White Wagtails.

Large movement of Manx Shearwater this evening, over 200 in the hour I was watching, all heading East. 1 Balearic Shearwater. 2 Whimbrel. 2 Sandwich Tern. Harbour Porpoises and a Sunfish.

Lots of Emperor Dragonflies on the wing. A single Clouded Yellow.

Posted August 31st, 2014 at 9:45 pm by Simon Smith in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Immature Rose coloured starling 2pm in Greenland lake area with small flock of common starlings. Also yellow wagtail, spotted flycatcher and helice form of clouded yellow butterfly during morning

Posted August 31st, 2014 at 8:16 pm by Steve ayres in General Birding

Soar

A walk around East Soar and then the top of Soar Mill Cove, in pleasant conditions.

Fourteen Spotted Flycatchers, 20+ Blackcaps (including a flock of 15 in Starehole), 3 Tree Pipits, 24 Sand Martins, c60 Swallows, c30 House Martins, only 2 Wheatears, male Redstart, Sedge Warbler, 16 Whitethroats, 11 Willow Warblers, 21 Chiffchaffs, 8 Yellow Wagtails, c300 Linnets (including a flock of c250 with a few Goldfinches), and - perhaps most unexpected - a Greenshank (heard).   

Posted August 31st, 2014 at 7:41 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Mt Batten, Plymouth, 2pm

2nd winter little gull feeding upriver.

Posted August 31st, 2014 at 7:14 pm by RichardArcher in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the morning high-tide.

2 Spotted Redshank + male Ruff in with the usual large number of waders. Peregrine made several unsuccessful passes and sat in tree briefly before flying off.

From the viewing platform a Kingfisher was on the wall of rivermeet house + Buzzard in tree overlooking marsh + Great Crested Grebe in the estuary.The Peregrine returned from Exminster direction before making another unsuccessful atempt down the Clyst estuary.

The new bird hide was open for business this morning providing great views of the marsh with some interior work to be carried out during the coming week and looks to be a great improvement on the old many thanks to Clare and RSPB team.

Kingfisher
Kingfisher

Buzzard
Buzzard

Bird Hide
Bird Hide

Posted August 31st, 2014 at 6:23 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Start Point

06:30-12:00, early morning hill fog soon clearing and giving way to a bright warm day. L W-NW breeze.

Grey Heron, 2 Stock Dove, Turtle Dove ( near top entrance to Start Farm ), Great Spotted Woodpecker, Tree Pipit, 3 Grey Wagtail, 8 Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail ( M.m.alba ), Whinchat, 11 Wheatear, 2 Blackcap, 5 Whitethroat, 40 Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff and 8 Spotted Flycatchers. Also 3 Clouded Yellow.

This century birding on the local headlands off the top of my head i have seen Bobolink, BB Sands, Raddes Warbler,Wrnecks, Pallas's Warblers, many Yellow-browed Warblers but honestly can't remember a Turtle Dove, Mega Rare !!
This century birding on the local headlands off the top of my head i have seen Bobolink, BB Sands, Raddes Warbler,Wrnecks, Pallas's Warblers, many Yellow-browed Warblers but honestly can't remember a Turtle Dove, Mega Rare !!

Posted August 31st, 2014 at 1:50 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Berry Hd

Mixed morning around the headland: 200+ 'commic' Terns still off Headland most north of Berry Hd toward the Orestone (all those that could be identified appeared to be Common), 2 Sandwich Terns, 8 Arctic Skuas including a group of 6 sat on sea, also 1 Harbour Porpoise.

Around headland 18 Willow Warblers, 6 Chiffchaff, 12 Blackcap, 6 Whitethroat, 1 Wheatear, 5 Stonechat, 1 Hummingbird Hawkmoth, 3 Clouded Yellow Butterflies.

Overhead, the first numbers of Meadow Pipits of Autumn with 19 Counted, 2 'Alba' Wagtails, 3 Grey Wagtail, 1 Swift, 90 Swallows, 12 House Martins.   

Hummingbird Hawkmoth Berry Hd 31 Aug 14 ML

Photo: Hummingbird Hawkmoth on track down to Quarry - always a great place to see them. 

for YouTube video click on this link: http://youtu.be/lpkmm9rGf-Q 

Posted August 31st, 2014 at 1:04 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Darts Farm, Topsham

Hobby over at about midday.

Posted August 31st, 2014 at 12:46 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Avon Estuary inc.South Efford Marsh

Quiet here just 28 little egret, 8 teal, 14 oystercatcher, 32 curlew, blackwit, 3 common sandpiper,2 kingfisher & sedge warbler.

Posted August 31st, 2014 at 12:27 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

instow

176 med gulls.106 ads,3sw,fs,66 juv/fw.11:30.

Posted August 31st, 2014 at 12:24 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Roscoff, Brittany- Plymouth

Ever wondered what is far out there in the Channel?  Well yesterday (Saturday) I was interested in the absence of birds as I returned from Brittany (07.30 - 14.00).  Singles of Gannets present up to one hour out of Roscoff plus a later Gt Skua and Manx Shearwater.  Then nothing until about two hours before Plymouth when the ferry passed through a group of c.100 Gannet and two Dolphin, presumably after a fish shoal. A heavy swell was present, a westerly wind with mist mid-channel and for most of the time I was about the only one on deck!. 

Posted August 31st, 2014 at 10:30 am by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Saturday 30th August 2014

Galmpton/Hillhead Torbay

While overlooking Dartmouth waiting for the Battle of Britain memorial flight (only 2 Spitfires showed up) found 3 Wheatears and a Ruff (only put in a brief appearance) in a recently 'scraped' stubble field above Long Wood.

Posted August 30th, 2014 at 9:38 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Taw estuary from Fremington (friday 29th)

1730-1830 While walking the dog from Fremington Quay yesterday evening I accepted the challenge to find some odd-ones-out amongst the Taw Oystercatcher and Curlew bonanza, with some success. Walked west along Tarka Trail to join the beach from sea wall back to the Quay. First flock, by the sea wall, had a single Knot in nearly full winter plumage. Next feeding group east, another single treat, a winter plumage Bar-tailed Godwit. Finally, back on east side of creek mouth by the bridge, a single Greenshank. Also 2 Willow Warbler calling from beach scrub. Been checking BHGulls on the creek for ringed birds, just two wearing metal rings so far, no colour rings.

Posted August 30th, 2014 at 6:32 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Soar Mill Cove area

Still quiet just 2 wheatear, 9 stonechat, 5 sand martin, 11 whitethroat, 3 blackcap, 2 willow warbler & 4 cirl bunting. 450 herring gull on the arable fields was notable.

Posted August 30th, 2014 at 3:47 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Around the Teign

Visited several sites around the estuary this morning:

Decoy Lake - 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe

Flow Point - 378 Oystercatcher, 90+ Curlew, 3 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Wheatear

Polly Steps, Teignmouth - 9 Turnstone, Wheatear

Commons Lane, Shaldon - Redstart

Yesterday afternoon there were a dozen or so Sandwich Terns and 6 Bottlenose Dolphins off Teignmouth seafront.

Posted August 30th, 2014 at 3:15 pm by Will Salmon in General Birding

Preston Torbay

The fs Black-throated Diver is still off Preston Seafront this am. Lots of terns still well out in torbay possibly as far as Lyme Bay. 

Black-Throated Diver first summer.

Black-throated Diver 1st summer Preston 30 Aug 2014 ML

Posted August 30th, 2014 at 10:01 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Friday 29th August 2014

Berry Head

Brief Seawatch this pm 3pm - 5pm

Large concentration of 'Commic' Terms from the headland, 300+ birds feeding with about a dozen Manx Shearwater, Gannets & Kittiwakes. Also 2 Black Tern lingering with at least 2 Arctic Tern and 6 Sandwich Tern. The circling Terns attracted a Bonxie and 3 Arctic Skua with 4 Balearic Shearwater. 

On the walk up from the quarry a Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Hummingbird Hawk Moth and flowering Autumn Ladys's Tresses.

Posted August 29th, 2014 at 9:59 pm by Bill Macdonald in General Birding

Exminster Marsh area - Today and yesterday

Good raptor day yesterday: First we saw a kestrel hunting over the marsh, then a sparrowhawk went over being mobbed by hirundines, next a hunting hobby came through and gave us good views as it stopped on a fence post for a bit before resuming hunting and catching a dragonfly. The sparrowhawk cam back to mob it, and finally I finished the day by seeing a buzzard :)

Today we saw a swift over the Turf, and then a whinchat back at Exminster Marsh - viewed from the gate opposite the middle car park!

(Stint and crakes had not been seen at Bowling Green all morning apparently, anyone seen them since?)

Posted August 29th, 2014 at 9:32 pm by Helen Whitall in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the morning high-tide until 1500hrs.

The Spotted Crake appeared on the far left of the main pond and flew to the righthand corner showing well at times on the mud + 2 Spotted Redshank and large number of the usual waders. Temminck's Stint not seen today but could be hiding in gully area left of main pond.

Viewing platform only produced a few Sandwich Terns. The Vole was again on the roadside walking back the the hide area.

Goosemoor was showing the male Ruff alongside Redshank on the far side and some more Redshank were close bye showing well also the Water Rail was just inside the reeds in it's usual place.

Ruff & Redshank
Ruff & Redshank

Redshank
Redshank

Vole
Vole

Posted August 29th, 2014 at 5:20 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Taw. Torridge. Estuary

Checked Skern at high tide this A.M.  No Terns present lots of Oyster catchers and Curlews. Plus 2ad. And 8 juv. Knot.

 Instow rocks held 101 Mediterranean gulls of various ages,one

Sandwich Tern.  Further Sandwich on river Torridge  plus 3Common.

Adult male Peregrine on usual pillar of Torridge bridge

Posted August 29th, 2014 at 2:51 pm by Malcolm. Shakespeare in General Birding

Torbay

A look off Paignton Beach this morning: 3 Common Tern & 4 Mediterranean Gulls. There were still plenty of tern sp. 100+ 1-2 miles out in the bay looking like Common Tern but too far to be sure. perhaps the terns will move back closer to sure as the sun goes down - I've noticed the small fish are often attracted to the greatest light source which means the fish and hopefully terns will come back to the beaches in the bay later. Where are all the skuas - good tern passage usually means plenty of skuas too?! 

Posted August 29th, 2014 at 1:55 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Late swift

Single swift in South Molton 0930 Thursday

Posted August 29th, 2014 at 10:12 am by Arthur Symons in General Birding

Budleigh Beach

Flock of at least 14 common terns including juveniles feeding just off the beach early evening

Posted August 29th, 2014 at 8:41 am by Richard Allen in General Birding

Thursday 28th August 2014

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed after the morning high-tide until late afternoon.

Temminck's Stint and Spotted Crake showed on the far left side of the main pool after the rain shower + 2 Spotted Redshank + 7 Knot + male Ruff + c20 Greenshank + 2 Snipe + c12 Wimbrel + 2 Bar Tailed Godwits  and usual large numbers of Redshank + Curlew + Peregrine made 2 unsuccessful passes to put all waders up and sat in tree on hedgerow looking menacing.

Sandwich Tern on buoy and common seal on mud-bar from the viewing platform and Vole close to roadside on way back to hide. Lots of Dragonflies about and seen everywhere around the marsh.

Yesterday 2 Ruff (male&female) showing on far side with usual waders + Water Rail on Goosemoor from the roof viewing area in the evening pouring rain.

The new bird hide is now looking really good and told is on target and should be completed this coming weekend.

Spotted Redshank  (centre)
Spotted Redshank (centre)

Peregrine
Peregrine

Water Rail (top)  2 Ruff (bottom)
Water Rail (top) 2 Ruff (bottom)

Posted August 28th, 2014 at 10:01 pm by David Boult in General Birding

skern

juv arctic tern,72 common12 sandwhich,2 ruff,,10 knot,ad+9juv,2 barwit,4 med gulls,ad 3fw.20:40.

Posted August 28th, 2014 at 9:15 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Torbay

Following a call from BMc watching 'hundreds of terns towards Paignton' from Brixham I checked out the Torbay beaches from Roundham Head; there were a minimum of 300 Common Tern including two large flocks sat on the sea of 80+ birds in each flock. Some of the birds were not particularly close (nearly all looking like Common Terns) but I did pick out 3 juv Arctic terns, 15 plus Sandwich Terns, 1 1cy Mediterranean Gull and a 1st sum Black-throated Diver sat just off Paignton Pier (in heavy wing moult - seemingly most of it's primaries moulted so it won't be going far!) 

Posted August 28th, 2014 at 9:14 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

R.Taw. Pottington to Ashford Strand. 12:20

After reading other posts for the Taw Estuary, it would appear that the upper reaches of the Taw are still devoid of many waders apart from Oystercatchers and Curlew.

Off Pottington and Bradiford Water:- 4 Common Sandpiper & just 1 juvenile Dunlin. A flock of c400 Canada Geese.

Off Penhill Marsh:- 18 Grey Heron and 21 Little Egret.

Off the sewage works:- 1 adult Mediterranean Gull and 5 Whimbrel.

 

Posted August 28th, 2014 at 7:36 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Plymouth Sound

 Message from Vic Tucker of Terns in the sound during the day -160 Common Tern, 6 Arctic Tern , 2 Roseate Tern, 35 Sandwich Tern . Late evening wed. a Black Tern

Posted August 28th, 2014 at 6:42 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Coleton Fishacre

Good passage of swallows south with at least 80 swift feeding over the freshly cropped Daymark field. 

Posted August 28th, 2014 at 6:15 pm by Tim Clyburn in General Birding

Mt Batten, Plymouth 4pm

Group of c.50 common terns feeding on small fish, plus two-plus arctics. 5 turnstone and 2 dunlin, 1 2nd summer Med gull.

Posted August 28th, 2014 at 6:10 pm by Richard Archer in General Birding

R.Caen

1 Marsh Harrier on Braunton Marshes when I arrived.

5 Black tailed Godwits resting on the salting which moved onto the exposed mud to feed as the tide went out.

12 Med Gulls inc 2 juv's & 96 BH Gulls.




Posted August 28th, 2014 at 1:52 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

East from Instow

Arrived 9.00 (tail end of high tide) in rain. c. 220 Oystercatcher and c. 250 gulls, plus 2 Little Egret, 4 Common Tern, 100 corvids and a Cormorant in the high tide roost by cricket club. 5 Common Tern feeding very close offshore. I didn't get close enough to gull roost for ID but the cricket field 'nextdoor' held (as a sampler) 2 juv and 1 adult Mediterranean Gull, 5 Common Gull and 20 Black-headed Gull, along with around 100 Rooks (mostly juv) and 20 Pied Wagtail (some pale ones but no clear M. alba alba). Chiffchaff in the adjoining woodland patch and many Swallow over the dunes.

Further along the shore towards Yelland, a feast of waders roosting and feeding as the tide dropped, beside the first pier/jetty: Masses of Ringed Plover and Dunlin (juveniles everywhere but at least 1 adult with black belly remaining), plus fewer of Oystercatcher, Little Egret, Sanderling (all juv from what I could see), plus handful of Carrion Crow (focusing their mallice on the egrets). Grey Heron and 2 Raven also came over from Braunton side of the mouth. Left at 11.00.

Posted August 28th, 2014 at 12:21 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Day off today so snuck a little visit to the marsh until about 11.10. The Temminck's Stint was at the back of the marsh staying close to the reeds. I also had a couple of brief views of a Spotted Crake while watching the Stint. Also 1 Ruff and 4 Knot amongst good numbers of the usual waders.

Posted August 28th, 2014 at 11:49 am by Nick Potter in General Birding

Exmouth

Imperial Rugby Ground- 190+ common tern in the estuary this morning. Also quite a few sandwich tern, 3 little tern, 1 very smart juvenile little gull (@0705), 2 ringed plover, 2 redshank, 4 turnstone, 1 bar-tailed godwit, 3 dunlin, 1 little stint (@0720), 1 greenshank, 1 snipe, 1 grey wagtail, 1 kingfisher, 4 great crested grebe and 1 mediterranean gull.

Yesterday Orcombe Point/Maer Rocks - c15+ common scoter, 3+ manx shearwater, 1 juv yellow-legged gull, 1 dunlin, 1 second wint little gull, 3 teal, 2+ arctic skua, 1+ black tern, 1 turnstone, 1 mediterranean gull, 6+ wheatear, 3+ yellow wagtail, 1 tree pipit, 1+ juv arctic tern and 1 whitethroat

juv common tern
juv common tern

juv yellow-legged gull
juv yellow-legged gull

tree pipit
tree pipit

Posted August 28th, 2014 at 9:09 am by Matt Knott in General Birding

Wednesday 27th August 2014

Around the Axe

Am probably the only coastal Devon birder who's been out today and seen less than ten terns over the sea! (2 Common and 5 Sandwich). Did have a flock of 14 'commics' fly south down the Estuary mid afternoon but picked them up too late. Only species passing here in any number today were Gannets.

Lots of gulls about the place, with a cracking first-winter Yellow-legged Gull the best along with good numbers of the Black-backed varieties.

Amongst the waders in the valley were 2 Ruff, 1 Knot, 3 Greenshank, 19 Dunlin and 11 Ringed Plover.

Yellow-legged Gull
Yellow-legged Gull

In the middle of two juv Herrings with a Great Black-back in front
In the middle of two juv Herrings with a Great Black-back in front

Yellow-legged Gull
Yellow-legged Gull

Posted August 27th, 2014 at 10:17 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Topsham terns

At 8:15pm I heard a lot of Sandwich terns calling above the house. Looking up and in the pouring rain & bad light I saw a mixed flock of terns - mostly Common & Sandwich with some looking good for Arctic. Probably c 200 terns in total swirling around. They spent 10 minutes circling before moving down river. If only the light had been better...

Posted August 27th, 2014 at 8:43 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

skern

2 black tern,1 arctic,36 common,10 sandwhich,5 knot,1ad,4juv

Posted August 27th, 2014 at 8:34 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Start Bay

Did a seawatch from the midway car park along Slapton Line from 09:30. In an hour i saw 13 Common Terns and a Sandwich Tern. Hardly any Gannets or Kittiwakes but a few Fulmar moving south. 15 Sanderling and 6 Ringed Plover on the beach. Was giving up when i heard about the tern nos elsewhere so did a watch from Torcross until 12:00. Good to bump into my old mate Paul Roberts from Bridgend and by 12:00 saw another 19 Common Terns along with 29 Manx Shearwaters, Balearic Shearwater, Peregrine, 3 Arctic Skuas and a Black Tern. Paul had the best of it at first light when he had c 200 Common Terns, 6 Black Terns and a couple of Arctic Skuas head south. Sadly also a dead Otter on the main road in Torcross.

 

Posted August 27th, 2014 at 6:03 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

South Efford Marsh,Aveton Gifford

At low tide 3 common sandpiper, ringed plover, dunlin, kingfisher, 5 yellow wagtails, 42 alba wagtails & spotted flycatcher.

Earlier at high tide Eric had 22 ringed plover, ruff, black-tailed godwit plus several dunlin & green sandpiper. Juv Montagu's Harrier yesterday!

Posted August 27th, 2014 at 4:42 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Croyde beach - Curlew Sandpiper

Having just gotten out of the surf this morning a juv Curlew Sandpiper flew straight at me, landed briefly some 10m away and then flew past me toward Downend. It seemed to land on the beach again, though obviously it is pretty disturbed down there at the moment...

Posted August 27th, 2014 at 4:21 pm by RB in General Birding

Berry Hd afternoon watch

13.00-1500hrs: 4 Balearic Shearwaters, 93 Manx Shearwater, 1 Great Skua, 10 Arctic Skuas, 8 Common Tern, 10 'Commic' Tern, 5 Sandwich Tern. In Quarry 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Whitethroat, 4 Willow Warblers and 3 Chiffchaff.

Posted August 27th, 2014 at 4:20 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Berry Head morning sea watch

Started at 0820 although a visiting birder told me Manx and Kittiwakes were already passing in large groups beforehand, Between 0820 -1220' with Tim Clyburn and John Lusher for part , passage  south included 

Manx shearwater 540, Balearic  Shearwater 12, Common Tern 20+, Arctic Tern 1, Black Tern 17 (groups of 8 and 9 around 1210-1215 during clear spell), Arctic Skua 11 (most around same time), Kittiwake 470. The  Common Terns were at times in far distance and seemed to be moving out from Hopes Nose towards deep water. 

Posted August 27th, 2014 at 2:26 pm in General Birding

Hopes Nose

Sea watching this morning 6.15-11.30am in a strong south-easterly-Combined totals with ML .

8 Black Terns, 1 Little Tern, 22 Arctic Terns, 15 Sandwich Terns and 601 Common Terns, 21 'commic' Terns  . 17 Arctic Skuas and 1 Bonxie.  13 Balearic Shearwaters and 305 Manxies.  Also 21 Common Scoter and a Teal with a Mallard south.  

The Common Terns were very impressive with many flocks of 50+ and most of the Terns were passing close by the headland. Heaviest passage was mid morning.

Posted August 27th, 2014 at 2:05 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Instow 26-08-14

A few waders at Instow/Yelland, around 20 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin and a pair of Ruff being the highlight.

Attached long distance shot showing the marked difference in size between Male and Female.

Ruff
Ruff

Posted August 27th, 2014 at 10:51 am by Roy Churchill in General Birding

Tuesday 26th August 2014

Lundy

There were still 11 Tree Sparrows on the island today, as well as up to eight late Swifts, a Whinchat and a Yellow Wagtail. For details – and photos of the Tree Sparrows – see http://lundybirds.blogspot.co.uk/

Posted August 26th, 2014 at 8:37 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Berry Head

Sea watch with JD from 12.00 to 15.50. Generally good visability after the rain cleared with a good movement south of Kittiwakes and Terns. Kittiwake raft of over 300 and two groups of 30+ Terns too far out to identify accurately. Manx Shearwater 56 south and 15 north. 2 Balearic Shearwaters south and 1 Great Skua also south. 

Posted August 26th, 2014 at 7:54 pm by Clive Mason in General Birding

Kingsbridge Estuary

Charleton Marsh / Bay, 14:30-16:30, rising tide

80 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 100 Dunlin, 23 Ringed Plover, 15 Mediterranean Gull and 2 Sand Martins

 

Posted August 26th, 2014 at 5:52 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh up to lunchtime

When I arrived at 0845 the Temminck's Stint was on far side of the pool, best viewed from hedge gap before the hide, and to the right from  open bank area with yellow flowers at rear. Seemed to keep  to the right hand narrow fringe of mud  just bordering the reeds. not always easy to see as feeding in between reed bases at times. Still in same area at 1400 when I left . A Spotted  Crake showed briefly close by the stint several times, and another was reported later am from the reed fringe on the left near the Redshank roost area so probably still two here. Ruff still present and one or more Spotted Redshank in morning tide  roost. 

Posted August 26th, 2014 at 3:56 pm in General Birding

River Caen

Another walk down the east bank this morning revealed 4 Black-tailed Godwits - all juvs I think. 1 Common Sandpiper, 25+ Dunlin, but try as I might I couldn't turn any into a Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Ringed Plover, and a juvenile Sanderling.

In the reeds at Sherpa, a squealing Water Rail - first this autumn. Also there a Pochard and a Tufted Duck. 2 Teal, and a possible juv Garganey.

Posted August 26th, 2014 at 1:52 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Possible Osprey, Barnstaple/Taw estuary

Around 10.30am, having just pulled onto a single carriageway off the roundabout that also goes to the start of Taw estuary, I sighted a raptor over the car in direct flight (NW) towards the estuary with gleaming white underside. Keep an eye out!

Posted August 26th, 2014 at 1:33 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Monday 25th August 2014

instow

checked here for meds again only to find 20 birds between17:35-1820 when again several flew inland dissappearing over hillside so i decided to try and locate them.As i neared my car three flocks juv/fw flew over heading in same direction as others totalling upto 70.I finally located them in a stubble field on new road instow.There were so many calling it sounded i imagine like a breeding colony.I managed to count 180 as quick as i could as on the move and taking off.Most of which were on brow of hill so most likely many more out of view.100ads,80 juv/fw.Before i left rocks there were 11 remaining plus around 100 medium gulls at skern containing im sure some meds allowing a safe total of 200+ in this area alone.No other posts for taw/torridge area so wondered if anyone else had any at same times?.Juvs came from barnstaple direction.Count made at 18:45.

Posted August 25th, 2014 at 11:39 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

More Berry Head

Seawatching from 2.15pm to 4.00pm.

Hectic first hour as the rain cleared and birds moved on mass out of the bay, counted over 140 'Commic' Terns, mostly Common with at least 3 Arctic Tern & 3 Sandwich Tern. Also 4 Balearic Shearwater, 41 Manx Shearwater, 3 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie, a Puffin, flock of 20+ Dunlin and lots of Kittiwake (100+ birds sat on the sea off the headland). Didn't pick up Dave's large Shearwater but I was probably distracted grilling the terns.

Posted August 25th, 2014 at 9:00 pm by Bill Macdonald in General Birding

Prawle Point addendum

Just rechecked my notebook after reading Berry Head and Start Point blogs and forgot that we also saw a group of between 15 and 20 Whimbrel very close at 7.55am.

Posted August 25th, 2014 at 8:13 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Prawle Point

Seawatch from 6am till 3pm with Pat M, John L and Frank S. in force 3-4, misty to horizon for most of the time and light/heavy rain , wind veering between SE,SW and S.

Highlight was a Great Shearwater that we all latched onto as it flew past the point west at 10am. Other shearwaters : 28 Balearic ;  382 Manxies west and 102 east.

Skua-wise 3 adult Arctic and a juvenile pale phased Arctic ( very pale/whiteish head and gingery colouration - looking like a cross between an immature  Herring Gull and a Fulmar as it sat on the sea for a while before chasing terns ); also two Bonxies.

11 Commic Terns included at least 4 1st year Arctic Terns and  8 Med Gulls all 1cy.

Wader-wise an exciting but also frustrating time as a group of 5 included 4 Whimbrel and a Bar Tailed Godwit at 7am ; a Curlew east at 9am then at 12.05 about 200 medium sized waders flew west including at least 35 Knot with most of the others Dunlin with perhaps another wader species as well . 35 Kittiwakes including a good proportion of immature and finally 25 Common Scoter flew west.  

Posted August 25th, 2014 at 8:06 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Berry Head 1710-1800

Managed a short sea watch with my 4 year old, spending most of my time trying to get her on to Gannets and Fulmars, but did manage 20 Manx Shearwater and a tight flock of 10 Whimbrel heading south, low over the sea.

Posted August 25th, 2014 at 7:53 pm by Andy Plumb in General Birding

River Dart

The Osprey again this evening on the River Dart viewed from the first gateway on top of the hill, 500 yards south of Galmpton Quay. Arrived at 5.10pm, and at 5.15pm I picked it up circling over the far hillside then estuary and then caught a fish off Dittisham Point, at its third attempt . It flew back over the river and landed in the same set of trees that Dave described yesterday. It remained there till 5.30pm but it then disappeared after momentarily taking my eye off it. Also a Sandwich Tern at Galmpton Quay. 

Posted August 25th, 2014 at 7:00 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Off Shoalstone, Brixham

£2.50 well spent for 2 hours sea-watching from the shelter in the dry.Interesting that this morning the swimming pool had to be emptied to clear the stranded whitebait & mackerel.

Quiet at first with Common Terns entering the Bay. An Arctic Skua was seen towards the murk, the first of three.Passage all south of Fulmars,Kittiwakes. As the weather cleared a good passage of Common Terns. I managed to pick out two Arctic Terns & a sp Black Tern.

Three Balearic Shearwaters with a trickle of Manx Shearwaters. At c3.30pm a large unidentified shearwater travelled south at speed.

Lastly tracked a Peregrine towards Orestone on a sortie.

Posted August 25th, 2014 at 5:12 pm by David Leigh in General Birding

Berry Hd

Seawatch 0615- 1015hrs: 10 Arctic Skuas, 2 Great Skuas, 86 Common Tern, 3 Arctic Tern, 3 Sandwich Tern, 5 Balearic Shearwaters, 46 Manx Shearwaters, 18 Fulmar, 18 Whimbrel (including flock of 17 south see Perry's entry below),15 Common Scoter, 4 juv/fw Med Gulls, 2 juv Common Gulls, 250+ Kittiwake (including high percentage of juvs), 1 Swift. Also  3+ Harbour Porpoise and 1 Grey Seal.

ML, DMN, REB, GW 

Posted August 25th, 2014 at 12:30 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

No great numbers this morning but, for Smeatharpe, some quality in the form of a  male Redstart and 3 Whinchats. 6 Wheatears, 10+ Swallows and a male Sparrowhawk.

Posted August 25th, 2014 at 10:55 am by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Start Bay / Slapton Sands

07:00-09:45, from midway car park. All flying south unless stated

3 Manx Shearwater, 6 Common Scoter ( on sea ), 17 Whimbrel ( single flock ), 9 Sanderling ( beach ), Ringed Plover ( beach ), 3 Mediterranean Gull ( 1 CY ), 20 Sandwich Tern, 22 Common Tern, Arctic Tern , ( also a few distant Tern sps ) and Arctic Skua.

Steady passage of Gannets and Kittiwakes going through. Also a couple hundred Kittiwakes on the beach with a couple distant flocks of large gulls either side of car park.

Posted August 25th, 2014 at 10:55 am by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Sunday 24th August 2014

skern

59 med gulls.20ads,3sw,fs,35 juv/fw.2 juv black tailed godwits,7 juv knot,50 curlew18:25.Whilst there saw large flock medium gulls feeding over fish off instow so drove over&started my watch at 18:45.First count came up with 88 meds before spooked,then 20+ flew towards roadside stubble field joining an estimated flock of at least 150 medium gulls of which most appeared even at distance to be meds.40 flew back towards beach the rest flying east and dissappearing to view.On counting these and birds on rocks i amassed a tally of 117!.68ads,2sw,3fs,44juv/fw.19:40.Even allowing for duplication of which their is a real possibility due to distanve from sites tho did not see any birds arriving from skern the figures for individual ages mean their would have been at least 118 if they had all joined up(correct me if im wrong maths was never my forte)tho cant believe this to have happened so im fairly sure i saw at least 176 this evening.A whopping increase on previous years.Also today 2 swifts,8 buzzards thermalling high heading north over my house on clovelly rd bideford at 14:20.

Posted August 24th, 2014 at 10:17 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the evening high-tide 1715-1930hrs. As per Keith's post.

Some distant digiscoped photos in poor light of the Spotted Crake farside of main pool + Ringed Plover + Lapwing.

From the Viewing Platform c40 Sandwich Terns diving just off Exton railway station area. 

Spotted Crake (Right)
Spotted Crake (Right)

Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover

Lapwing
Lapwing

Posted August 24th, 2014 at 9:32 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

watched from 16:15 till 19:15

The temmincks stint showed well at times on the point by the depth marker and seen in flight twice as it moved between near side bank and the far side, both spotted crake  showed at times both on far side.

now 2 ruff both juvenile (1m,1f), 8 ringed plover, 8 knot, 2 spotted redshanks , 55+ dunlin, 1 green sandpiper, 1 bar tailed godwit, 18+ whimbrel, 350+ redshanks, 650+ black tailed gowits( good numbers of juveniles), 450+ curlew, 15+ greenshanks, 9+ snipe, 1 peregrine, 11 sandwich terns, 4 reed warblers, 1 sedge warbler, 8+ chiffchaffs 

Posted August 24th, 2014 at 8:07 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Lynmouth

Six Swifts feeding high over the East Lyn valley about 1km upstream of Lynmouth at around 13.00 today.

Posted August 24th, 2014 at 7:26 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Lundy

The exceptional Tree Sparrow influx continues, with Tony Taylor reporting a flock of 12 this morning. Worth keeping a close eye on mainland sparrow flocks...

Posted August 24th, 2014 at 6:54 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Prawle Point and area

Seawatching this morning from 6am (John L.) and myself ( from 6.50 ) till 9.30am . Sea calm at first with very little breeze .  Manx Shearwaters mainly flying west -at least 750 –and 400 east but also feeding parties on the sea. Also  7 Balearic Shearwaters and on leaving a Bonxie flew west. Another good day for Med Gulls with 20 seen flying west when not sitting on the sea, all but one 1cy and one adult wp. 8 Common Scoter west. And at least 50 Common Dolphins far out but some breaching fully plus  spectacular aerobatics.

As for passerines a sprinkle but good range of migrants today included : 20+ Yellow Wagtails and 1 Wheatear at the hump; 2 Spotted Flycatchers , 1 Garden Warbler , 6 Blackcaps, 6 Whitethroats, similar numbers of Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers at Bunkers and towards Langerstone.

Elsewhere at Prawle : a further 10 Spotted Flycathers, 1 fem Pied Flycatcher, a fem Redstart, 20 mixed phylloscs,, 2 Sparrowhawks, 5 Sand Martins.  So a good day even though I couldn’t turn my last bird ,heard and seen for a second , into more than a probable gropper ! 

 

 

Posted August 24th, 2014 at 5:37 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Morthoe Point

Lovely Walk with loads of Stonechats and Linnets about also a few Whitethroat and Chiffchaffs.

The highlight was the 11+ seals that were in full veiw and extremely tame.

Posted August 24th, 2014 at 4:34 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Two Spotted Flycatchers (adults) and 2 Whinchats were the best migrants; also Mediterranean Gull (juv/1st-w), 3 juv Stonechats, c20 Swallows, Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatches and a wonderful Stoat!

Posted August 24th, 2014 at 3:46 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Osprey, River Dart

Following Mike's recent posts I parked by Galmpton quay and took the footpath half a mile to the left towards Greenway, where the path follows the shoreline past a white house, then set the scope up and looked north. Around 1pm I found the Osprey sat at the top of a spindly tall dead tree, among the row of riverside pines in front of the distant green hillside. Bird still sat there at 1.45 when we left. Reasonable views but requires 60x scope!

Posted August 24th, 2014 at 3:17 pm in General Birding

Kingsbridge Estuary

Curlew Drive-Charleton Marsh, 08:00-10:30, falling tide.

3 Egyptian Geese, 26 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, Snipe, Common Gull and 11 Mediterranean Gull ( 1 second-calender year bird, rest adults ).

Many thanks to everyone who has taken time to sign the petition calling for the rejection of proposals by the Salcombe and Kingsbridge Estuary Waterskiiing Association (SKEWA), to allow Waterskiing and Wakeboarding into the heart of the estuary at Widegates. If you disagree with the proposals and have not yet signed please take time to join the petition here, http://chn.ge/1rfz9Aw  less than a week it has got over 1000 names to it. This has dealt a big blow to the previously confident and bullish SKEWA but it is no time to relax, they still believe that skiing will have no detrimental impact on the estuary and are as determined as ever to get a positive result for their campaign. Please keep the signatures coming and spread the word .

Posted August 24th, 2014 at 12:25 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

The 2 Spotted Crake watched together at 7.35am on the far right hand side behind the main Curlew flock. 1 or other then showed on and off till 8.40am at least.  The Temminck's Stint was in the channel in front of the hide at 8.05am and showing well alongside a Green Sand. The Ruff still present, also c6 Whimbrel. 

Posted August 24th, 2014 at 9:43 am by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Berry Hd

0700-0900: 2 Tree Pipits, 3 Meadow Pipits, 8 House Martin, 32 Swallows. On ground: 5 Wheatears, 6 Willow Warblers, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 4 House Sparrows on Head.

This passing long tailed and long headed juv Common Buzzard, gliding on flat wings could have been a trap for a Honey Buzzard! 

Common Buzzard Juv Berry Hd 24 Aug 14 ML    Common Buzzard Juv Berry Hd 24 Aug 14 ML

Posted August 24th, 2014 at 9:43 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Saturday 23rd August 2014

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the early evening high-tide 1430-1930Hrs.

Temminck's Stint (elusive most of the time) + Avocet + Ruff + Common Tern + Green Sandpiper + Common Sandpiper + Ringed Plover + 2 Spotted Redshanks + 2 Knot + 3 Snipe + c20 Greenshanks (1 ringed at Aberdeen) c11 Dunlin + 3 Bar Tailed Godwits + c12 Wimbrel and large numbers of Black Tailed Godwits + Redshank + Curlew.

Viewing Platform c20 Sandwich Terns seen diving around a bouy south of rivermeet house with one perched on top.

2 Lancaster Bombers (KCA & VRA) flew directly over the marsh at 1730Hrs  from Dawlish Air Show returning to Exeter Airport which was nice to see.

Ruff (Top) & Green Sandpiper (Bottom)
Ruff (Top) & Green Sandpiper (Bottom)

Common Tern (Top) & Sandwich Terns (Bottom)
Common Tern (Top) & Sandwich Terns (Bottom)

Avocet (Top) & Lancaster Bombers (Bottom)
Avocet (Top) & Lancaster Bombers (Bottom)

Posted August 23rd, 2014 at 11:48 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Stoke Gabriel

Osprey showed well over Dart Estuary this evening on Dart Estuary from Stoke Gabriel looking south east toward Dittisham. 

Posted August 23rd, 2014 at 8:51 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Not much to add to what Keith saw this morning, but a few more Knot, a Ringed Plover, at least 2 Spotted Redshanks, a Sandwich Tern - heard only - only one Crake, briefly, and a long wait for the Stint. A juv Yellow-legged Gull flew round a couple of times.

By far and away the best two birds of the day were the TWO Lancaster Bombers that flew down to Dawlish and then came back a couple of times before flying off north. Enjoyed by all!

Posted August 23rd, 2014 at 8:50 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Lundy

Juv Rose-coloured Starling and at least one Tree Sparrow still present around the farm. For further details of these and other sightings today – and a rubbish photo of the starling see: http://lundybirds.blogspot.co.uk/

Posted August 23rd, 2014 at 8:47 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

The Temminck's Stint again from 5.50pm, showing on the near bank left of the hide. It had apparently not been showing for most of the afternoon.  The Ruff also still present in the same area. 

Posted August 23rd, 2014 at 8:40 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Soar and South Huish

Low numbers of migrants generally, but some signs of variety widening. A Grasshopper Warbler (flushed from my feet and then showed well for a short time in Starehole), Redstart, Spotted Flycatcher, Garden Warbler, 4 or 5 Yellow Wagtails, 3+ Sand Martins, c70 Swallows, 12+ Willow Warblers, 9 Chiffchaffs, Peregrine, 2 Sedge Warblers, and 1 or 2 Sparrowhawks.

Fourteen species of butterfly included a Clouded Yellow.

South huish Marsh produced a juv Little Ringed Plover, 3 Ringed Plovers, 2 Dunlins, and 15 Sand Martins; and a single Common Sandpiper was beside the tidal road at Averton Gifford, later.

Little Ringed Plover
Little Ringed Plover

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Posted August 23rd, 2014 at 6:07 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Lovely morning for birding. Around the Ley: 70-80 phylloscs, increasing % being Chiff-Chaffs, 2 Garden Warblers, 4 Blackcaps,15+ Sedge Warblers, 2 Reed Warblers, 10 Whitethroat ,100+ flock of Sand Martins went through with 4 Swifts. On the beach: 1 juv Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Sanderlings, Dunlin. Also 6 Wheatears and 150+ alba wagtails. Surprised no ringing there this weekend, plenty of warblers about.

Posted August 23rd, 2014 at 4:22 pm by David Cope in General Birding

1 2 3 around topsham

Another great morning around Bowling green marsh and from the goat walk watched from 07:35 till 14:25

Started at bowling green marsh the Temmincks stint was viewable in the same area as last night and showed on and off all morning and was still present when we left.

having heard that the spotted crake had been seen already moved back to try and get some better views but it was in the far right hand corner of the reeds on the far side as I was watching 1 in the reeds dean shouted he had another and I just managed to see it dissapearing into the reeds with the other still showing so 2 spotted crakes, 1 was in the far right hand corner just before we left. 

also on the marsh this morning 1 juvenile female ruff, the 1st avocet of the autumn was nice to see , 2+ spotted redshanks, 2+ knot, 600+ black tailed godwits, 1 common sandpiper , 3 snipe good numbers of curlew and redshanks, 20+ greenshanks, with small numbers of whimbrel, 16+ dunlin, 30+ teal, 6+ lapwing , 2 sedge warblers, 6+ reed warblers.

moved around to the goatwalk looking for the osprey that James diamond had txt me about early this morning and watched between 12:30 and 13:15 , me and Stan soon picked the it up on a log on the estuary over towards powderham corner eating a fish, then stan picked up a large bird of prey flying over powderham once I got the scope on it wow another Osprey this one was heading of south west always high until lost to view, then with the other still eating the fish on the estuary the 3rd osprey of the morning flew low out of powderham heading towards exmouth before being lost in the heat haze.

what a fantastic mornings birding 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted August 23rd, 2014 at 3:34 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Dart Estuary

No sign of the Osprey this morning from Stoke Gabriel but this afternoons tide is better for a fishing bird.1 Clouded Yellow Butterfly and at least 15 Little Egrets along river.

My best shot of the Osprey from last night! 

Osprey Dart Est 22 Aug 2014 ML

Posted August 23rd, 2014 at 1:33 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Apologies for posting Yesterday's  Temminck's Stint photo twice.

Here is the other photo that should have been uploaded which shows the Temminck's Stint which looks like a very small common sandpiper in appearance.

Temminck's Stint
Temminck's Stint

Posted August 23rd, 2014 at 1:17 pm by David Boult in General Birding

River Axe

An early visit to Black Hole Marsh on Friday morning yielded good views of the Great White Egret before it flew high and South at 07:20. An Osprey put in some good appearances during the day too.




Posted August 23rd, 2014 at 1:10 am by Tim White in General Birding

Friday 22nd August 2014

Lundy

News tonight of three Tree Sparrows on Lundy. See http://www.lundybirds.blogspot.co.uk/ for details.

Posted August 22nd, 2014 at 11:32 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Just a follow up from Keith's post with some very distant digiscope record shots of the Temminck's Stint.

Thanks Keith for the great find.!!

Temminck's Stint
Temminck's Stint

Temminck's Stint
Temminck's Stint

Temminck's Stint
Temminck's Stint

Posted August 22nd, 2014 at 9:32 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:30 till 19:40

after a quick look from the viewing platform headed round to the marsh first bird was dunlin then next bird a stint very plain looking shouted to Dave boult who got on the bird eventually showed yellowish legs impression was Temmincks stint after more txtx and calls and with more views with other local birders ( MK, BH, DH, DS, MW thanks guys for your help) eventually nailed as Temmincks stint it was flushed at one point and flew out of the marsh showing white outer tail feathers very well it flew back in with 4 dunlin and  it stayed most of the time on the near bank in the left hand corner at times disappearing from site always distant but still present when we left. 

No counts done as busy with the stint but 2 spotted redshank, 5 knot and 21+ greenshank among the usual black tailed godwits( good numbers of juveniles) 14+ dunlin, curlew, redshank and whimbrel. 

Just after I got home had a txt with news of a spotted crake showing on far side left had side and temmincks still showing thanks spencer

Posted August 22nd, 2014 at 9:21 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Dart Estuary

Osprey fly up and down river viewed from Galmpton Creek this evening on hightide - it kept on disappearing up river past bend in river toward Stoke Gabriel. Seen three times in 45 minutes. Stoke Gabriel viewing the main estuary might be a better bet to view.  

Posted August 22nd, 2014 at 9:16 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Temminck's Stint

In case news has not gone round, I turned on Birdguides website after a non birding tasks day and found a report of  Temminck's Stint at Bowling Green Marsh (left  hand side of lagoon) this pm and evening. 

Posted August 22nd, 2014 at 8:10 pm in General Birding

R.Caen

The Black tailed Godwit was swimming across the R.Caen from the east bank to the west bank when I arrived late aft where it settled until the incoming tide tickled it's belly & moved it several times to slightly higher ground.


Posted August 22nd, 2014 at 6:48 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Viewed over the high-tide 1545-1830hrs.

Good numbers of Sandwich + Common Terns + juv-Little Tern + Oystercatchers + Great Black-Backed Gulls + Ringed Plover + Dunlin + sp-Knot + 6 Wimbrel + 5 Little Egrets.

15 Sanderling viewed from the beach-side on way back to car-park.

juv-Little + Common Terns
Juv Little (top) & Common Terns

Ringed Plover + Sanderling
Ringed Plover + Sanderling

sp-Knot + Oystercatchers
sp-Knot + Oystercatchers

Posted August 22nd, 2014 at 12:20 am by David Boult in General Birding

Thursday 21st August 2014

Axe Estuary / Colyford Common

A Great White Egret was still showing well on Colyford Common this evening; it flew over to the upper estuary at 19:30.

Lots of pics on my blog.
www.timwhitewildlife.blogspot.com

Posted August 21st, 2014 at 11:15 pm by Tim White in General Birding

Axe Valley & Beer

A quick look around near the Beer Cemetery revealed 2 Redstarts, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 5 Yellow Wagtails (Around the Cows) a Whitethroat & 4 Blackcaps.

Blackhole Marsh this evening produced a good number & variety of waders inclunding 30+ Dunlin, Ringed Plovers, Black Tailed Godwits, 1 Greenshank, 1 Ruff, Snipe, Green & Common Sandpipers, also 4 Yellow Wagtails, the Great White Egret was still at Colyford Common from the hide when i left at 19.15 & although i never saw it the Osprey has been seen throughout the day.

Posted August 21st, 2014 at 9:44 pm by Kevin Hale in General Birding

Broadsands

Good numbers of gulls again - plenty of Lesser black-backed but no Yellow-legged tonight, 2 juv/1st winter Mediterranean Gulls, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Little egret, and a Redshank that was pursued by a a pair of peregrines which it managed to outfly!  

Posted August 21st, 2014 at 8:37 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Caen river, Sherpa and Velator reserve

Decided it was high time for an Osprey, so headed out on the east bank of the Caen to see if one had arrived. Past Velator harbour (work on new 'quay' nearing completion) a couple of Little Egrets. As I went past Sherpa Marsh a couple of Little Grebes, and a few Hirundines. The Black-tailed Godwit was just south of the Toll House (on the east side) and probably 100/150 small Gulls in a roost on the toll road side, which I thought I'd look through on my way back. A Swift was by Chivenor and a female Sparrowhawk which preceded me down the embankment to the main river. Only Cormorants on the regular 'Osprey' posts in the river, so I turned back north wondering where Rob's small waders had got to... Well not far up the river a small wader called and landed at the water's edge, but it didn't look right for Ringed Plover... then a small group of waders landed nearby - all Ringed Plover and Dunlin (about 6 of each) Looking back at the single Plover, it didn't join the main flock and then headed back north. Dark (almost black) bill, so I've put it down as Little Ringed Plover. The Gull flock was mainly Black-Headed, but with half a dozen Mediterranean mixed in. The Knot also put in an appearance. I looked in on Sherpa Marsh on my way back - Common Sandpiper, Tufted Duck, the Black-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank, and flying with the other Hirundines, 3 Swifts. In the reserve, a brief burst of Chiffchaff song. Good walk, shame about the lack of Osprey!

Posted August 21st, 2014 at 5:33 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Great White Egret at Colyford Common, Seaton

Photo of the GWE present at Colyford Common today. Thanks to Ian Waite for updates of it's location.

Great White Egret
Great White Egret

Posted August 21st, 2014 at 5:00 pm by Dave Helliar in General Birding

East Soar

Slow trickle of migrants inc.swift, 30 house martin, 12 alba wagtail, 8 wheatear,sedge warbler, 2 blackcap, 11 whitethroat, 6 willow warbler. Also 150 linnet in one flock and my first purple hairstreak for the site (now at 30 species). 

Posted August 21st, 2014 at 11:53 am by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Lundy

Tony Taylor & Richard Taylor, currently on the island to ring shearwater chicks, report a juvenile Rose-coloured Starling around the farmyard.

Posted August 21st, 2014 at 10:40 am by Tim Jones in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Very much as you were this morning. 2 Whinchat still, 14 Wheatear, 3 Whitethroat, 1 male Blackcap and a Chiffchaff. The female Kestrel still, 3 meadow Pipits and an increase in Pied wagtails to c35.

Posted August 21st, 2014 at 10:31 am by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Wednesday 20th August 2014

Broadsands

Evening gull roost: 1 juv Yellow-legged Gull & 1 juv Mediterranean Gull were the highlights. Also of interest 3 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plovers and 2 Redshank.

Posted August 20th, 2014 at 8:32 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Black Hole Marsh

Great variety of waders . Good numbers lapwing, black tailed godwit and redshank. 1 greenshank 3common sand, 2 green and 1 wood . 1 greenshank, a ruff , 2 snipe 1 little ringed plover and several ringed plover.

Posted August 20th, 2014 at 7:37 pm by Tim Cox in General Birding

R.Caen

 1 Black tailed Godwit, 7 Dunlin & 1 Knot on the R.Caen.

2 GreyHeron, 2 Little Egrets, 131 Black headed Gulls &

14 Med Gulls.



Posted August 20th, 2014 at 5:40 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Rock Park, Barnstaple

Forgot to post yesterday so this is for the 19th.

09:30 - 11:30

There were quite a few waders which included 17 Redshank, 5 Common Sand and 1 Spotted Redshank wich was visibly larger compared to the redshanks also it had brighter legs, was paler and very little red on beak unlike the half and half of the redshanks. Coming to gulls there were 117 BH, 124 Herring,  5 Great Black-backed and 2 adult Meds. Also there were 6 cormorants and 15+ Mallard Ducks.

Posted August 20th, 2014 at 5:13 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Wheatear movement seems to be picking up a pace - 15 today. 2 Whinchat still, 2 Chiffchaff and the female Kestrel again. Around 40 Swallows and 5 House martins heading SW. 3 Clouded yellows and few Common Blues despite the strong NW wind.

Posted August 20th, 2014 at 4:00 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Visit to the marsh today until about 2.45. On the marsh were 3 Knot (1 in summer plumage), 3 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper and 1 Common Sandpiper.

Posted August 20th, 2014 at 3:08 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Beer Cemetery Fields & Beer Head.

Some enjoyable birding this morning with 5 Redstarts, 2 Garden warblers, 1 Lesser whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, 1 Spotted Flycatcher at Beer Cemetery Fields, & 5 Wheatear, 3 Whitethroat, & a Garden Warbler at Beer Head (SW had 2), also good numbers of Willow Warblers at Beer Head & numerous Blackcaps at both sites.

Posted August 20th, 2014 at 2:23 pm by Kevin Hale in General Birding

Kingsbridge Estuary

Charleton Marsh - Curlew Drive, 07:00-09:45, low tide

Peregrine, 3 Whimbrel, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, Sanderling, 63 Dunlin, 68 Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, adult Mediterranean Gull.

 

 

Posted August 20th, 2014 at 12:54 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Tuesday 19th August 2014

River Caen, Taw Estuary & Braunton Marsh

Pleasant stroll but with a chilly N wind this evening with Tom Williams and Lucy produced great views of two Kingfishers fishing & chasing each other along the channel. 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Hobby flying over, heading south, 30+ Canada Geese, 15+ Curlew, 5 Dunlin, I Bar-tailed Godwit, 10+ Ringed Plover, 10+ Greenshank, 5 Redshank, 3 female Wheatear, 3 Oyster Catchers, 3 Grey Heron, 7 Little Egrets, and 50+ Swallows where also seen along our route.

Posted August 19th, 2014 at 10:27 pm by Derek Carter in General Birding

Sherpa marsh

Hadn't been for a while so this evening in a cool breeze had a stroll around. 3/4 Little Egrets, 2 Canada Geese, 17 Swans, 2 Little Grebes, 3 Snipe, a smattering of Swallows and a few Sand Martins along with 3 late Swifts. Later a juvenile type Marsh Harrier.

Posted August 19th, 2014 at 7:41 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Beer Cemetery Fields.

A visit yesterday morning (18/8/14) turned up 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 7 Blackcaps, 2 whitethroats & a few Willow Warblers, this morning a stroll round produced 4 Redstarts & 2 Garden Warblers but liitle else.

Posted August 19th, 2014 at 4:14 pm by Kevin Hale in General Birding

Kingsbridge Estuary

 Curlew Drive - Charleton Marsh, 09:14-11:30, rising tide.

18 Dunlin and 7 Ringed Plover below Gerston House. 100 + Curlew with the Oystercatchers and Redshank across the water around Rowden Point. Mediterranean Gull moulting into first winter plumage in Charleton Bay. 

Signatures still urgently needed for the online petition  ( link below ) opposing plans to Water Ski this area, please help if you can.

http://chn.ge/1rfz9Aw

 

 

 

Posted August 19th, 2014 at 1:29 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

A much better morning on the migrant front with the first 2 Whinchats of the autumn. 10 Wheatears, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 White wagtail, c20 Pied wagtails, 2 Meadow Pipit, 20+ Swallows through SW. Also a Siskin over, a Kestrel hunting and 3 LBBGulls.

Posted August 19th, 2014 at 9:46 am by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Monday 18th August 2014

Cockwood/River Kenn

The Slav Grebe still north of Cockwood Steps this afternoon and 15-20 Greenshank on the River Exe at the mouth of the River Kenn. 

Posted August 18th, 2014 at 7:46 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

R.Taw - off Asford Sewage Works 15:15 - 16:15

2 adult Mediterranean Gulls. 1 bird had green ring on left tarsus with white alpha/numerics 5U8. Metal i/d ring on right tibia. Probably French or Belgian project.

Posted August 18th, 2014 at 7:36 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

If Rob had a trickle of migrants at Soar, i had just a single drop on the Blackdowns! Just 3 Wheatear and a single Chiffchaff. 70+ herring Gulls, 1 LBBGull and 1 cy GBBGull. 3 Clouded yellows were the pick of the butterflies.

 

Posted August 18th, 2014 at 6:19 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

East Soar

A trickle on migrants included 22 willow warblers, 10 whitethroats, a spotted flycatcher and 3 clouded yellows. Also 44 linnets,.

Posted August 18th, 2014 at 2:10 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Topsham Recreation Ground

Been fairly quiet of late with usually nothing of note but a handful of Common Sandpipers and one or two Med Gulls - although surprisingly none to be seen this a.m. Always a satisfying find, this smart 1cy Yellow-legged Gull made my morning.

Yellow-legged Gull 1cy Topsham Rec 18/8/2014
Yellow-legged Gull 1cy Topsham Rec 18/8/2014

Yellow-legged Gull 1cy Topsham Rec 18/8/2014
Yellow-legged Gull 1cy Topsham Rec 18/8/2014

Posted August 18th, 2014 at 10:57 am by Tim Worfolk in General Birding

Sunday 17th August 2014

Venford resvr.

Unusualy large flock of lesser redpolls, est. 45 to 50 feeding on birches on west bank. Not seen a flock this size in years! Also a juv. redstart, 4 willow warblers, 2 chiff chaff and nearby moorland gave yellowhammer several linnets and stonechats. On the reservoir were 7 red head Goosanders, c. 30 house martins and a pair of grey wagtail.

Posted August 17th, 2014 at 7:10 pm by John Lusher in General Birding

Turf

Osprey on the river from 1pm for a good hour.

Posted August 17th, 2014 at 4:38 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Kingsbridge Estuary

Firstly apologies for no bird news with this post but personally i feel it is probably the most important news i have posted here regarding this popular and productive birding area. There is currently a slick and very well organised campaign to allow Waterskiing to take place right in the heart of  the Kingsbridge Estuary centred on Widegates. Run by the Salcombe & Kingsbridge Estuary Waterskiing Association ( SKEWA ), one of their biggest hopes could be that complacency and inaction by anyone opposed to the plans could help them through. Could anyone who has enjoyed birdwatching here click on the link, http://chn.ge/1rfz9Aw ,read it through and sign the petition if you feel thats right. Please also inform any anglers ( area especially popular for flounderfishing in the winter ), kayakers, sailors, walkers etc who may be unaware of these plans. Anyone with access to facebook check out the page Salcombe, Politics, Questions and Rhetoric ( S.P.Q.R.) and you will get both sides of the argument. Thanks for reading and hopefully signing. Sorry not strictly bird news, if anyone with the capability wishes to move this to another part of the site please do.

 

Posted August 17th, 2014 at 2:14 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Exe estuary near Turf

Wader numbers beginning to improve, c20 black-tailed godwits, 21 oystercatcher, 12 curlew and 2 common sandpiper on the shore south of Turf until the rising tide drove them off. 

The main excitement was provided by first a hobby (adult) flying low, ahead of a rain squall, that passed very close and was then mobbed by a peregrine. Shortly after another hobby, probably a juvenile, flew slowly into the wind carrying prey - a swift. It also was mobbed by the peregrine, at which point it released the swift. The swift (the only one I saw all morning) fluttered weakly towards the ground and flew onto the sea wall. 

There were 2 dunlin on the edge of the lagoon on the Exminster marshes. 

Posted August 17th, 2014 at 12:44 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Saturday 16th August 2014

Teign Estuary

Waders this morning included 386 Oystercatchers, 105 Curlew, 6 Whimbrel, 5 Greenshanks, 7 Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plovers, 4 Common Sandpipers and a Black-tailed Godwit.

Posted August 16th, 2014 at 10:18 pm by Will Salmon in General Birding

Starcross

Midday on the high tide, c145 TURNSTONES on the old inner harbour wall.    They are in various stages of moult with many still showing yellow colouring of summer plumage.   Best viewed from the walkway of the landing stage as many are concealed in clumps of grass

Posted August 16th, 2014 at 6:07 pm by Rupert Ormerod in General Birding

Soar

My opener of the Soar season with Paul & Roy produced reasonable warbler numbers, and a good gathering of hirudines mainly over the car park.

Willow Warbler 12+, Chiffchaff 25+, Blackcap 4, Whitethroat c25, Sedge Warbler 2, Tree Pipit 2, Swallow c75, House Martin c30, and Pergerine 2.

Good numbers of butterflys included c10 Clouded Yellows. 

Posted August 16th, 2014 at 6:03 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

20 members of DB (East Devon Branch) attended a fieldtrip to the Warren and found some good birds including above group of 15 Sanderling on the beach (in flock including 3 Turnstone and 9 Ringed Plover). Of surprise was a Great Northern Diver in the estuary towards the railway line where the 'resident' Slavonian Grebe was also present.  (Thanks to Lee for pointing the former bird out to us). Other species of note where 3 Common Terns, Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Stonechat, Wheatear, 1 Knot, Skylark, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and Blackcap.  Of amusement was a Weasel which tried to catch passing Pied Wagtail and Stonechat.

(Readers should be aware that Teignbridge DC are proposing to re-site the Dawlish Warren hide to a location on the sand dunes!  Devon Birds has no financial or management involvement in the hide but has been asked to give backing to the scheme.  I understand that this will be opposed and all using the hide may like to write to Teignbridge DC to express their views as to the proposal before it reaches the planning stage).  

Posted August 16th, 2014 at 6:01 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 09:30 till 11:50

4 spotted redshanks(3 adult and the first juvenile of the year ) , 1 juvenile female ruff, 2 snipe, 1 sp grey plover, 550+ black tailed godwits with 30+ juvenile 28+ whimbrel among 250+ curlew , 3 bar tailed godwits, 11+ greenshanks, 350+ redshank , 7 lapwing, 6+ dunlin. 

Posted August 16th, 2014 at 12:28 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

R.Taw. Pottington to Ashford Sewage Works 09:00 - 10:00

Off Pottington :- 7 Little Egret; 6 Redshank.

Bradiford Reserve :- 1 Kingfisher.

Off Ashford S.W :- 1A Mediterranean Gull.

Off Penhill Marsh :- 22 Grey Heron; 8 Little Egret and 1 Peregrine (female from it`s size and colour) on a sandbar.

Posted August 16th, 2014 at 10:34 am by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Around the Axe

There's been incredible numbers of Whitebait and Mackerel off Seaton for most of the past week, with large shouls of both even making their way up the Axe Estuary. Locals are catching Mackerel with nothing more than a landing net, and the Whitebait can be seen jumping out of the water onto the beach!

Obviously the gulls have been loving it, with often between 1500-2000 large gulls in the area. I've not managed anything better than a single juv Yellow-legged Gull though.  300 Gannets were also in the bay a couple mornings ago, and for the past few days an Osprey has been taking advantage of this food supply - it can be seen fishing offshore a couple of times a day.

On Beer Head yesterday morning, although the bushes seemed quite quiet, in a few hours two nets caught 18 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap and a Swallow amongst the more local species. Over head singles of Green Sand, Ringed Plover and Yellow Wag flew over.

Still a few wading birds about in the valley, with two Ruff from Thursday evening being the latest additions. 

Posted August 16th, 2014 at 9:14 am by Steve Waite in General Birding

Friday 15th August 2014

Braunton Marsh, River Caen and Taw Estuary

Taking advantage of a dry spell another walk this afternoon and evening produced 3 Kingfishers, 6+Rringed Plover, 12+ Greenshank, 4 Dunlin, 2 Ravens, 2 Kestrels, 10+ Little Egret, 6 Common Sandpiper, 4 Redshank, 3 Swifts over 30+ Golfinch, 40+ Swallows, 6 Grey Herons, 2 Buzzards, 8 Meadow Pipits.

Highlight of this evenings walk was a great view of an Otter.   

Kingfisher
Kingfisher

Greenshank
Greenshank

Posted August 15th, 2014 at 11:16 pm by derek Carter in General Birding

Wembury

On a walk from Wembury beach to Wembury Point and back the highlights today were 8 ringed plover roosting on the beach at high tide, 4 little egrets together flying east, distant views of 3 small shearwater sp. flying west, 3 juvenile wheatears in the fields above the riding stables and a green woodpecker heard yaffling.

There were plenty of whitethroats flitting about at the Point with a male blackcap and a few chiffchaffs also seen. Stonechats were very noticeable including a pair with 3 young feeding from the top of wheat stalks in the wheat field and another young bird was seen unsuccessfully chasing after a flyby Jersey tiger moth.

Also seen were an oak bush cricket and a knot grass caterpillar to round off a very pleasent walk.

Posted August 15th, 2014 at 9:06 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Axe Estuary Wetlands - 15 August 2014

A friend & I visited Black Hole Marsh and Colyford Common LNR today for the 1st time - both well worth a visit & splendid visitor facilities! At Black Hole Marsh we saw, from the Island Hide & Tower Hide: 3 dabchicks, 1 kingfisher, 3 little egrets, I water rail, 3 common sandpipers, c10 shelduck, 8 ringed plover, c20 black tailed godwit, 4 oystercatchers, plus curlew, coot & moorhen. At Colyford Common, from the hide facing the tramway, we saw 45+ curlew, c10 lapwings, c50 canada geese, 3 little egrets and 3 grey heron.

Posted August 15th, 2014 at 8:58 pm by Richard Gillingham in General Birding

Berry Head

15:00-18:30. Clear but still a few birds milling around. Balearic Shearwater, 6 Common Tern, 3 juv Mediterranean Gulls, c140 Manx Shearwaters and 10+ Harbour Porpoise scattered over a wide area.

Posted August 15th, 2014 at 8:40 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

R.Taw - Pottington to Ashford Sewage Farm. 1500 - 1600

Very little to report other than a Green Sandpiper in the usual ditch beside the sewage works (1530-1600),

3 Redshank, 22 juvenile Shelduck and just 2 Little Egrets off Pottington Ind Est.

Large number(100+) of Canada Geese on Bradiford Reserve.

Posted August 15th, 2014 at 5:45 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Thursday 14th August 2014

Lundy day trip

An Osprey flew south along the East Side at 14.05, disappearing from view towards Hartland Point. A scattering of other migrants included an adult Common Tern in the Landing Bay. For further details see http://www.lundybirds.blogspot.co.uk/

Posted August 14th, 2014 at 10:30 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Lesser Whitethroat, Yalberton

Was quite surprised to find an immature looking Lesser Whitethroat feeding on elderberries in our garden this evening. 

Posted August 14th, 2014 at 8:03 pm by Jacob Wood in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

The heavy rain showers brought in 3 Wheatears, 100+ Swallows, a single House Martin but precious little else.

Posted August 14th, 2014 at 6:59 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime visit to the marsh - delighted to find that the Spotted Crake is still around (assuming it is the same bird). Showing really well at times on the mud at the back of the marsh to the left hand side of the reeds. Much easier to see once the Redshanks and Black-headed Gulls cleared off. Worth getting wet for!

Otherwise, 1 Snipe, 2 Spotted Redshanks and 3 Dunlin.

Posted August 14th, 2014 at 1:39 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Bowling green marsh Wednesday 13th

late post for Wednesday 13th watched from 18:00 till 20:30

3 spotted redshanks among 895+ curlew , 57+ whimbrel, 17+ greenshanks, 1 dunlin, 1 green sandpiper, 1 common sandpiper, 9+ bar tailed godwits, good numbers of black tailed godwits included 21+ juveniles, 1 green woodpecker.

Posted August 14th, 2014 at 8:57 am by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Wednesday 13th August 2014

Braunton Marsh and River Caen

A good afternoon's walk along the Caen Estuary and around the marsh produced 5 Wimbrel, 3 Common Sandpiper, 5 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 3 Med Gulls, 1 Green Shank, 5 Grey Heron, 10 Little Egrets, 1 Kingfisher, a passing Peregrine, 2 Buzzards, 1 Kestrel, 1 Swift passing over, plenty of Swallows, and to finish off the walk a Marsh Harrier was the highlight of the afternoon. 

Posted August 13th, 2014 at 10:05 pm by Derek Carter in General Birding

Black Hole Marsh

Had a productive 2 hours this morning.  Close up views of a feeding kingfisher on river (by water outlet at side of river hide), then an osprey flew slowly down the valley to the sea.  On the marsh a few Common Sandpiper, couple of Green Sandpiper and a single Dunlin and Ringed Plover plus the usual Black-tailed Godwit, Oystercatchers and Redshank.  

Posted August 13th, 2014 at 6:38 pm by Geoff Green in General Birding

Salcombe

3 Med Gulls over the bar in harbour. Also 2 swift.

Posted August 13th, 2014 at 1:20 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Tuesday 12th August 2014

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 18:30 till 20:15

3 spotted redshanks still, 793+ curlew with 63+ whimbrel, 1 common sandpiper , 1 juv dunlin, 480+ black tailed godwits included 11+ juveniles, 4+ bar tailed godwits, 22+ greenshanks, 3 sedge warblers, 5+ reed warblers, 30+ teal, 3 wigeon.

Posted August 12th, 2014 at 9:44 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Prawle Point

Seawatch from 7am till 12 in west going WSW, force 3-4 going 5 but clear to the horizon produced :

19 Balearic and 305 Manx Shearwaters ;1 Storm Petrel ;Gannets at c 55 per hour; 28 Fulmars ; 7 Common Scoter ; and 13 Med Gulls  ( 1 second winter, the rest juv/1st winter ) and again 1 Whimbrel , all west.

2 Harbour porpoises and a Grey Seal .

Posted August 12th, 2014 at 8:11 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

LOWER TAMAR LAKE

A quick look today in very heavy showers.

1 Bullfinch, 13 Great Crested Grebe 3 juv.9 Swallow, c10 House Martin, 1 Wren, 1 Sedge Warbler

Posted August 12th, 2014 at 7:43 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding

Pizwell Farm Dartmoor 12-08-14

Juv Cuckoo seen Nr Pizwell Farm at grid ref SX 666 782 today. Also 2 x juv Common Redstart

Posted August 12th, 2014 at 7:29 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in General Birding

Around the Axe

Nice juv/1w Yellow-legged Gull, several juv Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 8+ Wigeon on the Estuary early this afternoon.

Earlier today a few Wheatear about with three each at Beer Head and Seaton Marshes.

Posted August 12th, 2014 at 2:31 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Nothing much to report from the marsh this lunchtime - just 1 Common Sandpiper on the marsh and another (or the same?) from the viewing platform. Otherwise a Green Woodpecker was heard calling on a couple of occasions.

Posted August 12th, 2014 at 2:04 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Monday 11th August 2014

Budleigh Salterton and Exmouth

After some heavy showers the Budleigh scrapes adjacent to the Otter Estuary looked a bit more promising and this afternoon the scrape had a Wood Sandpiper. Managed a quick record short before it flew off! Wood Sandpiper, Budleigh Scrapes

Other local sightings of interest in the last few days have included:

An eclipse drake Eider off West Budleigh Cliffs since 4th August
A moulting adult Sanderling off Otter Head rocks on 9th August - unusual here

Common Eider, Budleigh 4th August 2014

Kittiwakes Straight Point

Nearby at Straight Point, Exmouth the Kittiwake colony has produced at least 4 colour-ringed birds in recent days that have come from Finistere in Brittany. Interestingly, these included a couple of juvenile birds that within 10-12 days of fledging arrived in the Exmouth colony. This is the most important colony in Devon with over 160 nests. Productivity has been good this year with 0.67 fledged chicks per pair which is pretty good for Kittiwakes!
If you do see any colour-ringed birds, please email the details to Helen.Booker@rspb.org.uk

Colour-ringed Kittiwake Straight Point, Exmouth 4th August

 

Posted August 11th, 2014 at 7:35 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding

Sunday 10th August 2014

Berry head & bowling green marsh

With the forecast of stormy weather headed of to Berry head for a seawatch 06:10 till 11:15

As per Mike Langman post with continued movement of Manx shearwaters and gannets after he left.

After a short break at home it was back to local patch birding and watched around bowling green marsh from 16:00 till 18:40.

The highlight was finding a Spotted crake on the far side in front of the reeds on left hand side, Dave stone managed to get down and see it before it flew to the far right hand corner of the marsh and was eventually picked up again briefley before I had to leave. Also still 3 spotted redshanks showed well among 40+ greenshanks, 450+ black tailed godwits with now 7 juveniles, 1 dunlin, 350+ redshanks, 1 green sandpiper, 2 bar tailed godwits, 51+ whimbrel, c400+ curlew , 1 common sandpiper , 1 buzzard, 1 green woodpecker.

 

Posted August 10th, 2014 at 9:03 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Hartland Point

Seawatch with Tim Davis from 09.45 (just after the main rainband cleared through) to 14.15. Blustery WNW wind picked up during the morning, steady F5-6, gusting 7, but perhaps not as strong as originally forecast. Plenty of seabirds, with an almost continuous stream of Manx Shearwaters, many of which were very close in until c.13.00. Total of 1,090 logged. Only one Balearic Shearwater though, at 11.20. Feeding frenzies of Gannets (with Harbour Porpoises beneath them) constantly dispersing and regrouping. Total of 400 estimated. Also one Bonxie at 13.20, small numbers of Kittiwakes, but not a single auk. One Ocean Sunfish close-in to the Point and several Grey Seals. Butterflies (yes, really!) included Wall and Common Blue. A brief look at Bucks Mills on the way home revealed four Med Gulls (three ads and a juv) sitting on the sea, close inshore, apparently hunkering down and riding out the storm.

Posted August 10th, 2014 at 7:22 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Berry Hd

seawatch 0600hrs-0930hrs: 1 Great Shearwater at about 0910hrs, 2 distant Large Shearwaters just after the Great looked okay for Greats but too far out to be sure, 550+ Manx Shearwaters, 12 Balearic Shearwaters, 18 Fulmar, 150+ Gannets, 7 Great Skuas, 1 Arctic Skua, 3 + juv Med Gulls,7 Common Scoter 2 'Commic' Terns, 1 Grey Plover, 6+ Harbour Porpoise.

Posted August 10th, 2014 at 7:06 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Hopes Nose

A Great Shearwater south this morning at c9am and watched heading across Torbay. 2 more large  Shearwaters( presumed Greats) south further out at 8.45am. Also 5 Balearic Shearwaters, 130 Manxies and 5 Common Scoter north. 

Posted August 10th, 2014 at 5:56 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - 0730 - 0850 - 3+ arctic skua, c60+ manx shearwater, 1 great skua, 3 fulmar, 2 great shearwater and 25 common scoter. The great shearwaters went through west @0804 and 0816. Also several gannets and a few kittiwake.

Posted August 10th, 2014 at 2:35 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Budleigh Salterton

Seawatch from 6.30 to 10.00 in the company of Doug, Brian and Ray. 66 Manx shearwaters, 5 Balaerics, 3 Arctic skua, 1 Great skua, 2 Common scoter and 1 razorbill. Alas no large shearwaters and, aprt from gannets and Kittiwakes, everything stopped around 9.15 when the wind veered west.

Posted August 10th, 2014 at 12:20 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Saturday 9th August 2014

Piles Copse

Hobby flying south down the valley at Piles Copse. A family of Wheatear at the end of the track -2 young. In the Erme itself 2 Dipper and  3 grey wagtails. Plenty of Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff young in the Rowan trees beside the track

Posted August 9th, 2014 at 11:59 pm by Tim Clyburn in General Birding

Prawle Point

Shortish seawatch this morning from 6.55 till 8.55am in a breezy westerly force 3 going 4 till passage paused in advance of the approaching storm (unable to venture forth tomorrow)

Flying west ( with a few of each species east) 316 Gannets , 89 Manxies and 1 Balearic Shearwater. Also 1 Bonxie and 1 Whimbrel both west and 2 Common Scoter east. But highlight was the (at least) 10 Med Gulls loafing and feeding with similar numbered Black-Headed Gulls : 7 juv/1st years ; 1 second winter and 2 Adult winter.

2 Wheatears at the point but only a thin spread of usual warblers around the car park and towards Gammon Head. At least 6  Red Admirals and 2 Clouded Yellows in the area.and I saw my first Holly Blue for a few months plus an Emperor Dragonfly..

Posted August 9th, 2014 at 11:09 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched 15:00 till 18:00

3 spotted redshanks, among 46+ greenshanks, 1 summer plumage grey plover , 44+ whimbrel, 3 dunlin, 400+ black tailed godwits, 450+ curlew, 2 common sandpipers, 1 green sandpiper, 2 bar tailed godwits, 300+ redshanks, 30+ teal, 2 wigeon 

A quick look in goosemoor produced 3 green sandpipers and 7+ common sandpipepers which were flushed into the open by a male peregrine, 7 lapwing , 8+ little egrets.

Posted August 9th, 2014 at 10:58 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Slapton

Had a tweet from a Paul Roberts yesterday informing me of at least six Yellow-legged and a juv Med Gull in the gull roost at Slapton Sands last night.

Pic of one of the Yellow-legs here: https://twitter.com/npaulroberts/status/497821425403965440

Posted August 9th, 2014 at 10:28 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

East Soar

A morning at East Soar produced very little, best being 5 Wheatears. 15 Chiffchaff and 11 Whitethroat were probably local birds. 30 Swallows and 15 House Martin's were probabaly local birds as well.

Butterflies were better again with 6 Cluded Yellow, incl one 'helic'. 13 Wall Brown, a Painted Lady, 4 Small Pearl-bordederd Fritillary, 30+ Common Blue, 10+ Small Copper were probabaly the best of it.

Posted August 9th, 2014 at 6:26 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Burrator Rough Tor, Deancombe Valley

Report for 08-08-2014. Sorry for being late.

Mistle Thrush 13, Spotted Flycatchers 4, Stonechats 3, Common Redstart.

Posted August 9th, 2014 at 8:06 am by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in General Birding

Friday 8th August 2014

Bowling green marsh

watched from 15:00 till 17:20

3 spotted redshanks among 320+ redshanks , 37+ whimbrel among 446+ curlew, 2 Green sandpipers , 2 common sandpipers , 17+ greenshanks, 30+ dunlin , c400+ black tailed godwits included 4 juveniles, 7+ lapwing. 

Lots of disturbance this afternoon caused by a male peregrine making repeated attacks on the waders and it managed to make one kill when it plucked a juvenile dunlin from waters edge. Also a female sparrowhawk and 2 buzzards, great spotted woodpecker and green waoodpecker , 4 chiffchaffs and 3 sedge warblers, 2 reed warblers.

Posted August 8th, 2014 at 10:45 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Berry Head

Overcast conditions late afternoon and calm, perfect for cetacean watching.  c10 Harbour Porpoise feeding off the headland and much further out c60 Common Dolphins.

There's alot of seabirds feeding further out in Lyme Bay, with several mixed gull and shearwater concentrations into the 1000's. Mostly Manx but did  pick out a couple of Balearics in a closer group and one Bonxie.  Off the head the water was boiling with Mackerel chasing whitebait on the surface!

Posted August 8th, 2014 at 7:24 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Yarnscombe,n.devon

Hobby east over at 10:30.

Posted August 8th, 2014 at 5:22 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Exminster Marsh area - Thurs 7th

3 bits from yesterday :)

We were alerted to a hobby going over Exminster Marsh reserve near the railway line by a commotion amongst the swallows and house martins.

Lots of great butterflies at Powderham Marsh, including abundant common blues and small coppers, and a clouded yellow.

This evening we saw a small starling murmuration (~200 birds) over the marsh from the Turf.

Posted August 8th, 2014 at 5:15 pm by Helen Whitall in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Fairly quiet this lunchtime until about 1.55. The only highlights being 1 Green Sandpiper and 1 Common Sandpiper on the marsh.

Posted August 8th, 2014 at 2:16 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Thursday 7th August 2014

R. Taw nr. Chapelton

Sand Martins feeding second broods in the riverbank. A Kingfisher, a Common Sandpiper, 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 Swallow, a Robin, Cormorant over. Also 1 Clouded Yellow butterfly. [1700-1745]

Posted August 7th, 2014 at 11:14 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:20 till 18:00

423+ black tailed godwits included 2 juveniles the first of the year, 3 bar tailed godwits, 54+ whimbrel among c300+ curlew, 2 spotted redshanks among good numbers of redshank, 23+ greenshanks, 60+ dunlin a peregrine caused havoc with 3 failed attacks, 29+ little egrets, 1 common sandpiper, 600+ black headed gulls, 1 adult Mediterranean gull , 5+ lapwing, 2 sedge warblers, 1 buzzard.

from the viewing platform.

3 ringed plover( 2 adults, 1 juvenile ) 1 common sandpiper, 40+ dunlin ( 18 were  juvenile) 1 water rail , 3 sedge warblers. 

Posted August 7th, 2014 at 9:47 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

River Caen.

1115--1430 hrs   4 Med gull 3 Common sandpiper 3 Dunlin 4 Whimbrel and a Kingfisher.Sherpa marsh held a Little ringed plover and 3 Little grebe.

Posted August 7th, 2014 at 3:20 pm by John Hunt in General Birding

East to Middle Soar

A mid-morning visit missed the host of migrants but still turned up 6 wheatear, 4 yellow wagtail, 5 alba wagtails, 22 meadow pipits & 8 willow warblers. Female sparrowhawk soaring low with apparent juv indicating probable successful breeding in areas woods.

Butterflies included small pearl-bordered fritillary, grayling, lots of walls and painted lady plus 11 clouded yellows inc.two "helice".

I've noticed an apparent small westward migration of male emperor dragonflies over the past couple of weeks inc. 3 more today. Where they are going - who knows!

Posted August 7th, 2014 at 2:08 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

East Soar

Early morning walk, 6-8am before work worthwhile around East Soar Farm and Starehole. After a clear night lots of migrants in the bushes: 60 Willow Warblers, 20 Chiff-Chaff, 40 Whitethroat, 12 Sedge Warbler, 4 Tree Pipits, 6 Wheatear, Garden Warbler and a Whinchat. No time to cover East Soar Cove area so totals would be higher. A good drop-in of migrants on Portland today also. Shows that we dont need morning rain or mist to get good numbers this time of year, but they do disperse quickly in the warm sunny weather.

Posted August 7th, 2014 at 11:10 am by David Cope in General Birding

R.Taw. Pottington to Ashford Sewage Works 09:10 - 10:00

After over a week of nothing to report apart from Black-headed Gulls, Herring Gulls, Oystercatcher, Curlew & the like at last something of note.

1 Adult Mediterranean Gull just off the sewage works; 12 Little Egret; 13 Grey Heron and 18 juvenile Shelduck.

Highlight of the hour was 1 Green Sandpiper in the usual ditch next to the sewage works but even that didn`t stay for longer than a minute.

Posted August 7th, 2014 at 10:19 am by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Wednesday 6th August 2014

Berry Head

Should have been here yesterday was also mentioned by those at Berry Head this morning ! Conditions here were the same as Prawle.

Totals between 06.15 and 10.15 hours. Manx Shearwater 51 plus 2 Balearic and one large Shearwater sp all heading south. Only two Manx heading north and 2 Juv. Med Gulls. 

Three Harbour Porpoise and two small pods of Common Dolphins.    

Posted August 6th, 2014 at 11:29 pm by Clive Mason in General Birding

Berry Hd

A brief look off the top of the headland this evening produced 7 juv Mediterranean Gulls > S.

Posted August 6th, 2014 at 10:05 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Prawle Point

"Should have been here yesterday" is one of the phrases that came to mind as John L and myself watched from 6 to 11am in a westerly breeze with sunshine increasing. 

Totals seen : 12 Balearic and 204 Manx Shearwaters west ;1 Arctic Skua briefly ; 2 juvenile Yellow-Legged Gulls, 4 similar aged Mediterranean Gulls, 6 Common Scoter, 1 Razorbill plus a 'steady passage' of Gannets.

Highlight ? A pod of at least 50 Common Dolphins accompanied by about 100 Gannets diving into the sea as the dolphins moved steadly westward over the course of half an hour or so (from 9.30am). Later a smaller pod of about 8 at 10.30am.

Also seen 3 Swifts, 1 Clouded Yellow.and a Grey Seal close to shore.

Posted August 6th, 2014 at 9:30 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:20 till 17:00

2 spotted redshanks among 21+ greenshanks, 146+ dunlin included 53 juveniles, 2 common sandpipers, good numbers of redshank and black tailed godwits, 3 lapwing and 18+ little egrets.

from the viewing platform 32+ whimbrel , 4 common sandpipers

Posted August 6th, 2014 at 9:14 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Sherpa Marsh

Evening stroll around produced 3 Kingfishers, 16 Swans plus a family group including at least 4 cygnets, 2 Little Egrets. At least 15 Teal, a female/immature Garganey still, 2 Tufted Duck, 4 Little Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, a few Swallows and a very few Sand Martins, plus one Green Sandpiper and unusual at this time of year: a Little Ringed Plover.

Posted August 6th, 2014 at 7:15 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Topsham Recreation Ground

The Ross's Gull again notable only by it's absence - last seen on Saturday I believe. Some small compensation to be found in this juv Yellow-legged Gull (although as it's already showing one or two 2nd generation scapulars, perhaps more accurate to call it a juvenile moulting to 1st winter).

Yellow-legged Gull juv/1W 6/8/2014 Topsham Rec
Yellow-legged Gull juv/1W 6/8/2014 Topsham Rec

Yellow-legged Gull juv/1W 6/8/2014 Topsham Rec
Yellow-legged Gull juv/1W 6/8/2014 Topsham Rec

Posted August 6th, 2014 at 4:26 pm by Tim Worfolk in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime visit until about 1.50.

2 Spotted Redshanks were at the back of the marsh amongst the Redshanks & Greenshanks.

From the platform, 1 Common Sandpiper.

Quick look at Goosemoor - 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Whimbrel.

Posted August 6th, 2014 at 2:11 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Tuesday 5th August 2014

Exmouth

 the caspian tern was viewable from the imperial recreation ground at exmouth roosting on a  sandbar  with a group of greater black backed gulls just after 16:30 intail views it was asleep but eventually it stood up and showed well before flying around 16:45 myself and Chris Townend tried to relocate but no sign by 17:40 

Posted August 5th, 2014 at 6:30 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Quick lunchtime visit : female/imm Garganey, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper

Posted August 5th, 2014 at 5:43 pm by David Cope in General Birding

Exmouth

Mudbank - ad Caspian Tern off Mudbank on sandbar from around 1240 - 1315'ish when it headed upriver. It was seen briefly off the Lifeboat Station initially this morning around 0700 but I'd almost talked myself out of it. It is still on the river and may appear again off Mudbank as the tide receeds or possibly the Warren? Sketches (and possibly photos later?) on my blog.

Posted August 5th, 2014 at 2:24 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatching 05.45 - 11.30am with JW and later DMN

8 Great Shearwater (06.55, 2@07.15, 2@10,00, 1010, & 2@11.00), one probable Cory's Shearwater (08.45) and two distant unidentified large Shearwater (07.30).

16 Balearic Shearwater, 690 Manx Shearwater, 4 Puffin, 9 juv Med Gulls, Sandwich Tern, Bonxie, 6 Dunlin and 38 Common Scoter.

Small pod of distant Dolphin, 4/5 Harbour Porpoise. On the walk back up from the quarry 4 Clouded Yellow and another of the pale form helice in the meadow.

 

Posted August 5th, 2014 at 1:21 pm by Bill Macdonald in General Birding

Sherpa Marsh

Had a walk around yesterday evening, no Waders at all! 2 Tufted Duck, and a female Garganey. a good count of 7 Grey Herons - only one adult amongst them. In the Caen and around the marsh probably 4 Kingfishers, although it might have been the same one buzzing around!!

Posted August 5th, 2014 at 11:25 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

Berry Hd

BMc just phoned to say 3 Great Shearwaters past Berry Hd this morning and 2 large unident Shears - hopefully the Caspian Tern at Exmouth might pass that way too!

Posted August 5th, 2014 at 8:24 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Black Hole Marsh, Wood Sandpiper (4th Aug)

Here's a pic of the Wood Sandpiper which has been on Black Hole Marsh as mentioned on Steve Waite's earlier post. It has been show fantastically well at times.

Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper

Posted August 5th, 2014 at 2:19 am by Tim White in General Birding

Monday 4th August 2014

Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton

A boat trip along the Jurassic Coast today was interesting with highlights being good numbers of young Kittiwakes off Straight Point including at least 3 colour ringed birds that seem to be from the Brittany population and an eclipse drake Eider west of Budleigh Beach.

This evening on the Otter Estuary at least 8 Common Sandpiper (up to 11 in recent days) plus 1 Dunlin and 1 Whimbrel.

Posted August 4th, 2014 at 9:57 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding

South Huish Marsh

Present this evening 2 Teal, Black-tailed Godwit, Yellow Wagtail and Wheatear.

Posted August 4th, 2014 at 9:30 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Chapel Wood

Lovely day but very quiet there were plenty of Woodpigeons, Wrens and Robins and an abundance of House Martins and Swallows also 3 Buzzards. The highlights were a Greater-spotted Woodpecker and a Treecreeper.

Posted August 4th, 2014 at 6:03 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in General Birding

Around the Axe

A lovely summer plumaged Curlew Sandpiper on Black Hole Marsh over high tide today (at least). Also 1 Wood Sand, 1 Greenshank, 2 Ringed Plover, 6 Dunlin, 1 Med Gull and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull over. The YLG landed in a field full of gulls following a plough just west of the marsh.

Earlier today there were 30+ Willow Warblers and 5+ Whitethroats on Beer Head (with five of the former and one of the latter trapped and ringed).

Posted August 4th, 2014 at 3:59 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

First signs of autumn migration today with 2 Wheatears and a single Willow Warbler. 2 Whitethroats and a Chiffchaff were probably local breeders. Other birds of note were a juv Green Woodpecker (quite scarce on the very top of the Blackdowns), 2 Meadow Pipits, 60+ Herring Gull and 1 LBB Gull 

Posted August 4th, 2014 at 8:40 am by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Sunday 3rd August 2014

Topsham

In case I am not the only person who didn't know, the RSPB Bowling green marsh hide is being demolished. I understand a new one will be built during August and should be ready by the end of the month.

Meanwhile the adjacent Goosemoor cycle track is now open and affords good views over Goosemoor where I saw Whimbrel and 2 Common Sandpipers this morning. There was also an immaculate and cooperative Green Sandpiper at Dart's Farm at high tide.

Posted August 3rd, 2014 at 7:38 pm by Rob Hubble in General Birding

East Soar

A beautiful day at East Soar, but only two migrants noted for sure. A Swift and a juv Willow Warbler, both at the NT car park. In the field next to it were 10 Whitethroats, 120+ Linnet and 60+ Swallows. Otherwise just a total of 10 Chiffchaffs which are probabaly local birds made up of adults and young. And two Imm Kestrels towards Bolt Head.

Butterflies were more interesting with 16 Spp. 6 Small Pearl-bordered Frit; 2 Painted Lady; 33 Wall Brown; 40 Gatekeeper; 220+ Meadow Brown; 2 Red Admirals; 5 Speckled Wood; 17 Small Tshell; 11 Small Copper; 3 Clouded Yellow; 40 Common Blue; 3 Peacock and good numbers of the three spp of Whites.

And 8 Golden-ringed DF & 2 Emperor DF.

Posted August 3rd, 2014 at 3:07 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Saturday 2nd August 2014

Topsham

The Ross's gull was very close to the footpath near the M5 late afternoon. Photographs taken with 250mm lens. New feathers comimg through nicely. Also 23 Common sandpipers. 2 Med gulls at Bowling Green Marsh this morning.




Posted August 2nd, 2014 at 9:53 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Black Hole Marsh

After a fine summers day, they said rain all day.

The first bird was a splendid Wood Sandpiper from the Island hide. Also Common Sandpiper 6, Greenshank 1, Black-tailed Godwit 12+, Dunlin also 12+.

hirundines all day feeding & passing through with a Kestrel feeding from the wires over the marsh.

plus much more

SJ & AM Turner

Wood Sandpiper

Posted August 2nd, 2014 at 8:15 pm by Stephen J Turner in General Birding

Prawle Point

A shorter seawatch today from 7 to 9am. Conditions similar to yesterday at first ( ie heavy rain ) but soon brightening .In that time I saw : 4 Balearic and 167 Manx Shearwaters all west and 23 Manx east ; 1 Puffin, 77 Common Scoter west and a 1st year Med. Gull. Around the NT car park a few warblers : 1st year female Blackcaps (pretending to be Garden Warblers) , Whitethroats and 2 yellowy Willow Warblers . Also a Chiffchaff which started to sing in the sunshine.

Butterfly-wise several Wall Browns as well as Gatekeeper, Meadow Browns and male Common Blues, with Large Whites more numerous than smaller species.

Posted August 2nd, 2014 at 5:23 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Sherpa Marsh

The two Wood Sandpipers remain at this location along with a single Green Sandpiper .

Posted August 2nd, 2014 at 2:32 pm by Neal Moss in General Birding

Berry Head

Stayed on for another 45 mins after Mike left, with a further 20 Manx Shearwaters trickling past to the south and 2 more Porpoise appearing.

Also, a Hummingbird Hawkmoth and a Painted Lady on the way out of the quarry.

Posted August 2nd, 2014 at 12:08 pm by George Wall in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatching 0550 - 0850hrs birds of note: 16 Mediterranean Gulls - all juvs! 3 Balearic Shearwaters, 45 Manx Shearwater, 1 Little Egret >N, 47 Common Scoter, first 2 juv Kittiwakes of autumn, 2 Sandwich Terns also 2 Harbour Porpoise and 1 Grey Seal. 2 juv Willow Warblers on way back up hill and a Clouded Yellow butterfly.

Posted August 2nd, 2014 at 10:50 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Friday 1st August 2014

Prawle Point addendum

Ah!  Omission , also saw a juvenile Yellow-Legged Gull circling the point.

Posted August 1st, 2014 at 9:18 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Prawle Point Seawatch

First long seawatch of the 'autumn' .Bucketing down on arrival so started at 7am and leaving at 4pm in a break. Misty,murky and humid with occasional bright spells amidst torrential rain 'showers'; winds from the west up to force 5 (where is the village weather vane ?) .

1 Sooty Shearwater (at 12.30) , 16 Balearics and 462 Manxies all west plus some unidentified smallish shearwaters (about 20) seen in misty conditions. 3 close Puffins were nice showing their colourful bills; 30-40 Common Scoter flying /coming and going both west and east. I Dunlin and I small unidentified wader (not Dunlin,Turnstone or Sanderling ) Steady passage of Gannets and Fulmars. Alas no Greats or Cory's.

 

Posted August 1st, 2014 at 9:05 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Strete Ralegh (Whimple) East Devon

LIght rain in East Devon and best birding was from my window.  These two Spotted Flycatchers turned up in the garden, the first I have seen here this year.  Glad to see the juvenile (on the right).  A Tree Creeper also present and a Hobby came through chased by Swallows last evening, the third time in a month.

Posted August 1st, 2014 at 6:34 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

R.Caen

52 Mediterranean Gulls on the R. Caen this morning including 17 juv's.

169 BH Gulls inc 13 juv's.

2 Common Gulls (1 adult & 1 imm)




Posted August 1st, 2014 at 4:10 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

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