Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from August 2016

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Wednesday 31st August 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed 1530-2015 hrs over the high-tide.

From the goatwalk 53-Ringed Plover with several hundred Dunlin and spotted Redshank before the Osprey took at 16:15hrs off flying low up the goatwalk and clearing all the waders from the mud and circling to gain height before disappearing eastwards out of view over Exton. Look at the viewing platform 3-Knot, Common Sandpiper, 6-Greenshank. From the hide 3-Curlew Sandpipers, Wood Sandpiper, 2-Spotted Redshank, c150-Dunlin, Knot, 27-Greenshank with usual good numbers of other waders. Another look from the viewing platform showed 3-Wheatear on top of riversmeet seawall and Common Sandpiper flying up river..

Wheatear   Spotted Redshank
Wheatear                                                   Spotted Redshank

Posted August 31st, 2016 at 9:20 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Topsham - Osprey

Lunchtime visit to Bowling Green Marsh - Spoonbill was fast asleep as usual!

On arrival at the platform I was told an Osprey had been seen heading that way. No sign from the platform so I headed round to the Goatwalk and found the Osprey sat on a post. It flew around briefly in a half hearted fishing attempt before returning to rest on the mud. Still there when I left at around 1.30.

A Spotted Redshank was seen distantly from the platform.

Posted August 31st, 2016 at 2:06 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Wryneck at Wembury (pics attached now sorry Eds)

Here's the pics of the Wryneck, possible Razorbill and one of the Wheatears from my walk at Wembury 30/8/2016.

Wryneck  Razorbill? Please confirm ID
Wryneck                                                       Razorbill? Please confirm ID Eds - Yes

Wheatear
Wheatear

Posted August 31st, 2016 at 11:26 am by Andy Brown in Bird News

Tuesday 30th August 2016

Return crossing from Lundy aboard The Oldenburg

Brief view of a Minke Whale, good numbers of Common Dolphins & Porpoise. Plenty of Manx Shearwaters, a few Terns  & I'm sure a large Shearwater that was flying off the Port side was a Cory's Sheatwater.

Posted August 30th, 2016 at 10:02 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Great session on the evening high tide with plenty of waders, best being 3 Curlew Sandpipers and a Little Stint.

Little Stint Sanderling
Little Stint                                             Sanderling

Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper

Posted August 30th, 2016 at 8:44 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Swallows

Spent an interesting 45 minutes watching a juvenile swallow and an adult at White Bridge on River Otter.  Every time the juvenile moved nearer to the adult it pushed it away and moved a foot away. Probably suggesting that, "you get your own food"  Further up I was told large numbers are gathering.

Swallows gather

Posted August 30th, 2016 at 5:10 pm by Rob Jerrard in Bird News

Wryneck at Wembury

A Wryneck spotted and photographed (pics to follow) today on the cliff path to the Yealm estuary at Wembury sitting on a gate. Also 10+ Wheatears, 6+ Stonechats, 2 Kestrels and what I think was a Razorbill in winter plumage on the sea (pic to follow for ID confirmation)

Posted August 30th, 2016 at 5:07 pm by Andy Brown in Bird News

south efford marsh

A lovely afternoon, though had to leave before high tide, excellent views of the spotted sandpiper feeding with 10+ ringed plover and 3 curlew sand piper. 10+ dunlin also on the marsh, before you reach the hide. Also a wheatear and kingfisher showed well.  lesley

 

Eds - this is the first report of the Spotted Sandpiper for 2 weeks.

Posted August 30th, 2016 at 4:38 pm by lesley goonesekera in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

This lunchtime, the Spoonbill was showing well, feeding in the main water. 1 Ruff in with a small group of Redshank.

From the platform, 1 Spotted Redshank was in the bay just to the right and 1 Kingfisher flew past.

Posted August 30th, 2016 at 2:48 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Wrafton

On my way to the reserve this morning I took a look at the scrape, and found the Wood Sandpiper, but the Green Sandpiper seems to have morphed into a Greenshank! However after the Greenshank uttered a short alarm call, they flew and the culprit appeared - a fine dark female Marsh Harrier, which circled the reserve attracting the attentions of four of the local Jackdaws.

In the reserve, a Kingfisher, and from it - the Green Sandpiper out on the scrape.

Posted August 30th, 2016 at 1:35 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Saltram House

Mon 29 August at Saltram House, Plymouth large numbers of house martins , 75+,  flying around and setting on the house

House martins at Saltram
House martins at Saltram

Posted August 30th, 2016 at 9:22 am by Vince Bedford in Bird News

Monday 29th August 2016

South Huish

17:45-19:15

On the marsh Curlew, Ringed Plover, Dunlin, 6 Wheatears, 15 White Wagtails ( outnumbering Pieds ) and 20 Yellow Wagtails.

Posted August 29th, 2016 at 8:28 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Soar and Plym Estuary & Saltram

Highlight of a morning's walk around Soar was a Turtle Dove in East Soar willows. Also - Yellow Wagtail 37+, Ruff, Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler 2, Spotted Flycatcher 2, Tree Pipit 2, Sedge Warbler 8+, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Wheatear 15, Grey Wagtail, Willow Warbler 8, Chiffchaff 14, Blackcap 3, and Roe Deer (buck).

On this evening's high tide on the Plym Estuary & Saltram: Redshank 88, Greenshank, Little Egret 17+, Oystercatcher 4, and Ringed Plover 3. 

Posted August 29th, 2016 at 8:10 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

An excellent afternoon around the marsh watched from 13:15 till 17:45

The juv osprey which has been around for a few days was first picked up of the viewing platform at 14:20 flying towards turf it then reappeared over the trees of rivers meet house then flew about 8ft above my head over the viewing platform then proceeded to fish the river clyst and exe estuary but was unsuccessfull it later flew over the marsh in front of the hide and headed up the river clyst, also an adult Mediterranean gull here.

Around the marsh mostly from the hide, the spoonbill showed well at times, 1 juv wood sandpiper, 1 juv male ruff , 2 spotted redshanks, 3 juv curlew sandpipers , 1 little stint, 2+ knot, 8+ ringed plovers, 1 common sandpiper, 13+ greenshanks , 300+ redshank, 4+ whimbrel, 200+ curlew, 6+ bar tailed godwits, 600+ black tailed godwits, 12+ lapwing, 70+ dunlin, 1 Pintail, 12+ wigeon, among teal, mallard and shoveler.

21+ little egrets, 3+ grey heron, 12+ moorhen, sparrowhawk, 2 buzzards, nuthatch, green woodpecker, great spotted woodpecker, good numbers of chiffchaffs, 3 blackcaps, 1 willow warbler, with all the other resident birds an excellent afternoon with 60+ species.

on the way home a nice kingfisher along the exe river near Exeter st Davids station. 

Posted August 29th, 2016 at 7:22 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Went looking for the Wryneck but missed out today, even though there were sightings. Other birds of interest to me were Sanderling, Little Stint, Ringed Plover, Wheatear and a juvenile Whinchat, all from, and around, the hide. Also had a nice catch-up with Lee.

Whinchat, next to hide

Very obliging!
Whinchat next to the Hide                                                                               Very obliging!

Posted August 29th, 2016 at 6:22 pm by stephanie murphy in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley

Highlight of the morning was a Wryneck below Hazel Tor on the seaward side just below the scrub line. Showed well for 20 mins while enjoying itself in an ants nest! Poor quality pic attached but you can see what it is.! Also: Sparrowhawk, 15 Whitethroat, 9 Blackcap, 5 Willow Warbler, Spotted Fly, 5 Wheatear around the cove and a Great Spotted Woodpecker through Southdown Farm - prob.migrant. 

Distant record shot of Wryneck Soar Mill Cove
Distant record shot of Wryneck Soar Mill Cove

Posted August 29th, 2016 at 4:36 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

South Brent - Spotted Flycatchers

Several Spotted Flycatchers observed during the past week on the edge of the moor at Dockwell, South Brent. This mornings walk gave 4, all feeding well.

Spotted Flycatcher - South Brent - 29/8/2016

Spotted Flycatcher - South Brent - 29/8/2016
Spotted Flycatcher - South Brent - 29/8/2016

Posted August 29th, 2016 at 4:23 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Wembury

3+ yellow wagtails feeding around cattle in field by coastal footpath but nervous and flighty. 1 noisy ad with 1 even noisier juv Sandwich tern along shoreline. 1 ringed plover heard calling. 1 male whitethroat at Wembury Point. Chiffchaffs calling in bushes. 1 large female sparrowhawk over stubble field spooking roosting herring gulls and 1 ad LBB gull.

Posted August 29th, 2016 at 3:53 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Sherpa scrape

The Wood & Green Sandpiper showing well again this morning. They seem to be the best of friends sometimes searching for food & resting together in close proximity to one another.

Posted August 29th, 2016 at 2:56 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Glossy Ibis halfway down the pill this morning still there at two,oclock middle of stream,great views.

Posted August 29th, 2016 at 2:33 pm in Bird News

Sunday 28th August 2016

Bowling green marsh

Watched from  11:00 till 15:05

between the showers some good birding with the spoonbill showing well from the hide and the juv wood sandpiper, 2 juv curlew sandpipers were seen from the viewing platform then later over the high tide from the hide coming in with 250+ redshank, a small group of dunlin contained 3 ringed plover, and 3 juv knot flew in, 600+ black tailed godwits, 3 common sandpipers, at least 2 spotted redshanks , 3 grey plover were seen from the viewing platform, plenty of chiffchaffs , 1 willow warbler, 3 blackcaps, 2 nuthatch, 2 great spotted woodpeckers, 1 green woodpecker, 16+ little egrets, 12+ lapwing.

Posted August 28th, 2016 at 10:29 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

swallows

500+ swallows passed the house this evening heading sw after a brief feeding frenzy over maize fields opposite..20{00

Posted August 28th, 2016 at 9:14 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Fremington Pill Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis showing well again this evening at 19.00.

Posted August 28th, 2016 at 9:12 pm by David Paterson in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

On this afternoon's high tide: Wood Sandpiper (close to the hide), Spoonbill "sub-adult", Curlew Sandpiper juv, Spotted Redshank, Knot, Pintail, Dunlin 10+. Ringed Plover 2, Whimbrel 3, Common Sandpiper 3 and Wheatear,

Earlier 10 Sandwich Terns at Exmouth.

Posted August 28th, 2016 at 8:58 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Swallow's nest with a sea view, Brixham

A pair of swallows have nested a couple of metres above high water mark on Brixham harbour sea wall, behind a ladder on the north side of the fish market. They've already raised one brood and another looks about ready to go. Clearly a good, if unconventional spot!

Adult swallow & nest behind
Adult swallow & nest behind

Posted August 28th, 2016 at 8:55 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Lyme Bay boat trip

Inspection of photos has clarified a few of the ID issues discussed on board. The wader which zipped past us at speed was a knot. Of the terns, we certainly had 2 immature sandwich terns overhead early on. All others photographed by me today, including at least two of a group called as sandwich have turned out to be common. Photo below is one of the group, very heavily enlarged (hence awful quality) to show tail streamers and red bill with black tip, also dark primary wedge in hand of wing. Based on this I'd put the total as 2 sandwich tern, 5 common tern. Click on photos to zoom in. 

Knot   Common tern
Knot                                                         Common tern

Posted August 28th, 2016 at 8:38 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Lyme Bay boat trip

A few pics of the birds from today's trip.

Balearic shearwater Balearic shearwater, in very heavy wing moult
Balearic shearwater                                                 Balearic shearwater, in very heavy wing moult

Arctic skua, juvenile mobbing a herring gull.
Arctic skua, juvenile mobbing a herring gull.

Posted August 28th, 2016 at 8:30 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

South Brent ~ Swifts

Having been periodically watching handfuls of both Swallow and House Martins heading westerly over the house at South Brent today saw at 7.30pm a small flock of House Martins that had two Swifts accompanying them.

A short time later a flock of 22 Pied Wagtails flew down towards the village.

Posted August 28th, 2016 at 8:24 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Lyme Bay Boat Trip

Here's a couple of pics from todays successful trip.

were did that Balearic go?     One of Three Balearics that came to the back of the boat
were did that Balearic go?                                        One of Three Balearics that came to the back of the boat

Posted August 28th, 2016 at 3:57 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Plym estuary / Blaxton meadow

At high tide:

14 Little Egret, 117 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 30 Curlew, c650 Black Headed Gull, 1 adult 1 juvenile Sandwich Terns, and 1 Common Sandpiper.

Posted August 28th, 2016 at 3:53 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Lyme Bay Boat Trip

This mornings boat trip into Lyme Bay from Brixham was a bit lumpy!!!  Today for me was a first, watching Balearic Shearwater swimming under water and plunge diving beside the boat, 3 + birds seen. 6 Manx Shearwater, 4 + Arctic Skua, 2 + Bonxy, 6 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern, 20 + Kittiwake, Gannets, Fulmar, Guillemots, assortment of Gulls and 1 Wader SP. 25 + Common Dolphin. Hope somebody on trip puts a picture of the Balearic Shearwater on the blog.

Posted August 28th, 2016 at 2:45 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Glossy Ibis showing well for a time on the Pill this morning. Also 3 Curlew Sandpiper. Attached a poor record shot (big crop and high ISO)

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Posted August 28th, 2016 at 11:13 am by Roy Churchill in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Glossy Ibis showing really well this morning , also 3 Curlew sandpipers & 1 Black-tailed Godwit. 

Posted August 28th, 2016 at 11:00 am by David Paterson in Bird News

Glossy ibis

Still showing well this morn but took off at 09:40 heading high down river.

Posted August 28th, 2016 at 10:23 am by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Saturday 27th August 2016

Borrow Pit Marsh

Just to Add to Dave Boults post.....

Green Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker

Posted August 27th, 2016 at 11:33 pm by Tony Dudley-Clarke in Bird News

Black Hole Marsh

Great day out on this magnificent  marsh with Tony. From the island hide close views of 2-Little Stints, Ruff, Snipe, Common Sandpiper, Little and Ringed Plovers, Redshank and Black-tailed Godwits. Cream tea at the nature centre went down very well and many thanks for that. Colyford Marsh Great-spotted Woodpecker top of tree near entrance gate, Kingfisher fishing along the water channel to the hide and 3-Ringed Plovers, Little Egrets seen from the hide with lots of Swallows over. From the tower hide Knot, Common Sandpiper, Oystercatchers, Curlew, Kestrel over the reedbeds and large assortment of gulls on the Axe estuary.

Pathway to Borrow Pit Marsh a Wheatear stood on the fence post and a Green Woodpecker showing close-by the pool from the hide with more Redshank, Curlew and Oystercatchers on the estuary.

Fish and chips in Seaton to finish a very nice day.

Little Stints video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWDY93grFAc

Ruff video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdhQsKjr9-w

Little Stint

Ruff
Little Stint                                                                                                 Ruff

Snipe
Snipe

Posted August 27th, 2016 at 9:07 pm by David Boult in Bird News

swift

1 briefly over the house.bideford at 19:40

Posted August 27th, 2016 at 8:30 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Viewed over the high tide.Curlew Sandpiper and Little Stint (thanks Lee and Ivan) along with Oyks, Sanderling, Turnstone, Dunlin, R Plover etc.

Briefest of views of the Wryneck (in flight) on the point.

Curlew Sandpiper vid

 https://youtu.be/CMbvlOWTOcE

Sanderling vid

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cW6YQBoCmP8

Spooonbill vid from last night 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DQVH-kbfw8

Curlew Sandpiper   Sanderling
Curlew Sandpiper                                                     Sanderling

Posted August 27th, 2016 at 7:08 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Soar and South Efford Marsh

Soar this morning: Hobby, Garden Warbler, Tree Pipit 4, Spotted Flycatcher 2, Whinchat 3, Yellow Wagtail 19+, Willow Warbler 2, Chiffchaff 16, Whitethroat 18, Bullfinch 2 juvs, Blackcap 3.  

South Efford Marsh this afternoon on the high tide: Curlew Sandpiper juv, Little Stint 3 juvs, Common Sandpiper, Snipe 5, Dunlin 2, White Wagtail, Wheatear.  

Posted August 27th, 2016 at 6:46 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

South Efford Marsh

Joined Eric W in the hide at around midday for the high tide. Earlier Eric reported Whinchats in brambles, as he crossed the road bridge. Wader numbers increased with the tide and amongst others birds we identified 3 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin, 5 Snipe and a lone Ringed Plover towards the N end of the Marsh , most had been seen previously by Eric who had been there since 9am. They were also seen by Pete Aley, as he joined us later. As they left I counted 11 more Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper and 1 Greenshank, opposite the hide and towards the sluice end. At 1555 hrs I was treated to the sight of an Osprey flying slowly down the estuary towards Bantham! Many Pied Wagtails, including a lot of juveniles were present and all 3 of us saw or heard a yellow wagtail. As I left at 1630 hrs I saw 2 Wheatear on the marsh, one a nicely marked male.

Posted August 27th, 2016 at 6:35 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Bowling Green marsh & the Exe

An afternoon visit to Bowling Green Marsh on a high tide gave a great afternoons birding, giving a couple of long awaited year ticks, the marsh is simply alive with an abundance of waders, highlights included the reported Wood Sandpiper that was clearly in view just in front of the hide in the first channel along with two bickering Common Sand Pipers.

 

The Spoonbill was on one leg fast asleep during the visit sat in front of a gathering of Little Egrets which did not always make it easy to pick out.

A Curlew Sandpiper and two Knot were another bonus, the Godwits and Curlew were beyond counting, a small number of Lapwing and one Avocet were joined by good numbers of Redshank.

Lots of Black Headed Gulls including an almost pure white individual and one lesser Black Backed Gull.

The Exe estuary below Powderham church gave five Common Gulls.

Posted August 27th, 2016 at 6:24 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Glossy Ibis, Fremington,North Devon.

Glossy Ibis feeding well on Fremington pill,also 3 Common sandpipers,100+ Redshank and 9 Med gulls roosting on Fremington quay.

Posted August 27th, 2016 at 6:13 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Meeth

2 Hobbies at the quarry reserve thhs morning,ad,juv 11:40.Also willow tit calling and southern,migrant hawker dragonflies.

Posted August 27th, 2016 at 5:20 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

On the high tide midday 14 Med Gulls amongst the Black-headeds in Charleton Bay. 7 Teal and a Green Sandpiper on the marsh.

Posted August 27th, 2016 at 5:18 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Osprey

At 10am this morning an Osprey was hunting in the shallow water at the mouth of the Taw. It was clearly visible from Appledore. It caught a fish and then flew up the Torridge and into the distance.

Posted August 27th, 2016 at 4:51 pm by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Soar

Visiting Cotswolds birder Andy Warren spent the last week in West Soar on holiday and amongst good numbers of common migrants reported: Icterine Warbler on 22nd, Wryneck on 25th and a Nightingale (calling) on 26th.

Today in the fresh NE wind migration slower but around East Soar: 30+ Yellow Wagtail,10+ White Wagtail, 15+Wheatear, 3 Whinchat, 4 Whitethroat, an autumn flock of c.15 Meadow Pipits ,a Golden Plover over but few phyloscs. Called into Slapton pm, quiet but 3 Clouded Yellow Butterflies on the higher ley path.

Posted August 27th, 2016 at 2:57 pm by David Cope in Bird News

R.Caen

Digiscoped photo of Little Stint & Dunlin for comparison.

Posted August 27th, 2016 at 9:03 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Wrafton

Single Wood Sandpiper on the scrape again this morning. Swift over the reserve yesterday.

Posted August 27th, 2016 at 8:21 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Friday 26th August 2016

BGM

Evening visit 6 - 7.30 pm Common, Wood and Green Sandpiper showing well as was the Spoonbill who came relatively close to the hide at one point 

https://youtu.be/7DQVH-kbfw8

Red Arrows were also fun.

No sign of the Yellow Wags.

Sparrowhawk attacked something small near Odhams Wharf, then sat up but flew off before I could get a shot of it!

Spoonbill
Spoonbill

Posted August 26th, 2016 at 10:18 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

R.Caen

A superb late aft / early evening in the field with outstanding light for photography - as good as it gets. Curlew Sandpipers finding food, still 7 on R.Caen + 1 Little Stint.

Posted August 26th, 2016 at 9:42 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Braunton Burrows

Dartford Warbler calling from brambles between Crow Point and the car park at the end of the toll road. Seen briefly moving between the thickets.

Posted August 26th, 2016 at 8:50 pm by Martin Unwin in Bird News

South Huish - Scrape Reinstatement Update

Reinstatement of the back scrape at South Huish was completed today and work will be completed on the front scrape tomorrow, Saturday. The back sluice was raised today and by Friday evening water was beginning to flow into the back scrape.  The front sluice will be raised on Saturday allowing both scrapes to fill, how quickly will depend on the rainfall.

There were reports of around 50 Yellow Wagtails around the scrapes today and a solitary Curlew.

Posted August 26th, 2016 at 7:26 pm by Nick Townsend in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the high-tide.

From the hide Spoonbill (ad), Wood Sandpiper, 2-Comon Sandpipers, Curlew Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 2-Spotted Redshanks, 11-Greenshank, Mediterranean Gull (ad), 5-Yellow Wagtails, Swift, Sparrowhawk  2-Buzzards, 25-Little Egrets with large numbers of Black-tailed Godwits, Redshank, Dunlin and Swallows.

From the viewing platform c250-Oystercatchers, c400-Curlew, c15-Whimbrel, 4-Bar-tailed Godwits and Yellow Wagtails moving around with the cattle in field alongside footpath.

From Goosemoor 15-Greenshank and 2-Common Sandpipers.

Spoonbill

Wood Sandpiper & Yellow Wagtail
                Spoonbill                                                                 Wood Sandpiper & Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Posted August 26th, 2016 at 5:14 pm by David Boult in Bird News

BGM Veiwing Platform 15.00hrs

juvenile Osprey, with fish being harried by H Gull, Caught fish on Lympstone side of Exe and headed of towards Powderham.

Posted August 26th, 2016 at 5:06 pm by M C Webb in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Excellent visit to the hide this lunchtime. 1 Curlew Sandpiper eventually showed itself amongst the Dunlin and Redshank. Also 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Spotted Redshank. The Spoonbill woke up and showed well. Just before I left at about 2.10pm, 5+ Yellow Wagtails dropped in by the channel in front of the hide and a Swift flew through.

Posted August 26th, 2016 at 2:31 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Taw Estuary - R.Caen

11.50 - Good views of an Osprey this morning in flight above the Taw Estuary heading east past the mouth of R.Caen towards Barnstaple.

Posted August 26th, 2016 at 12:44 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Fremington creek/ Wrafton Scrape/ Tarka trail

Curlew Sandpiper on Fremington creek early morning, Common,Green and Wood Sandpipers on Wrafton scrape and the "White breasted" Robin showed on the Tarka trail near Chivenor mid morning.

Posted August 26th, 2016 at 11:34 am by Martin Bond in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Possible sighting of Osprey yesterday by Jo and Rosa Thorp on the Exe - bird of prey seen swooping over the water dragging it's talons through the water and diving down into the water - keep a look out everyone.

Posted August 26th, 2016 at 10:59 am in Bird News

Thursday 25th August 2016

Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis sighted at about 1.00pm Thursday 25.08.2016 at Fremington Quay, North Devon

Posted August 25th, 2016 at 10:14 pm by Bob Cowlard in Bird News

Wrafton and around Horsey Island

One of wood,green,common sandpiper.two dippers.three kingfisher.seventeen greenshank.two curlew sandpiper.forty eight dunlin.three wheatear.

Posted August 25th, 2016 at 7:44 pm in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

28 Mediterranean Gulls late PM around Lincombe Bay, also 4 Sandwich Terns there. Common Sandpiper in the bay, Kingfisher and Green Sandpiper over the marsh. Late Swift over Charleton village.

Posted August 25th, 2016 at 7:09 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the morning high-tide.

From the hide Spoonbill trying to swallow large fish, Wood Sandpiper, 2-Spotted Redshanks, 2-Common Sandpipers, Curlew Sandpiper, 20-Greenshank, 12-Whimbrel, 4-Bar-tailed Godwits, adult Mediterranean Gull, Common Tern with good numbers of Black-tailed Godwits, Redshank, Curlew, Dunlin and Black-headed Gulls.

From the viewing platform 2-Curlew Sandpipers, Common Tern on buoy near Exton and large number of Oystercatchers.

From Goosemoor Kingfisher was seen fishing from post near sluice gate inlet and Common Sandpiper.

Spoonbill trying to swallow fish. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=It_hUm4C6MI

Close-up Wood Sandpiper. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPacOjtwxqE

Spoonbill & Grey Heron

Wood Sandpiper

Spoonbill & Grey Heron                                                         Wood Sandpiper

Kingfisher in RSPB-Goosemoor
Kingfisher in RSPB-Goosemoor

Posted August 25th, 2016 at 7:05 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Horsey Island

A distant shot of a Little Stint taken through the telescope (bird is in the middle of the photo)


Posted August 25th, 2016 at 5:53 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Powderham Marsh

Green sandpiper, hobby, wheatear and 4 yellow wagtails seen today whilst working on the reserve :)

Posted August 25th, 2016 at 5:19 pm by Helen Whitall in Bird News

Hopes Nose

An hour at lunch time produced 4 Wheatears, 9 Whitethroats 

Posted August 25th, 2016 at 4:59 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Start Point

10:00-13:00

3 Tree Pipits, 10 Yellow Wagtails, 14 Wheatears, 4 Whitethroats, 9 Willow Warbler ( one sang briefly ), 3 Chiffchaff ( one singing ) and 8 Spotted Flycatchers. 2 Harbour Porpoises went around the point.

Posted August 25th, 2016 at 2:58 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

East Soar

2 Fulmars & at least 8 Med Gulls off Sharp Tor. Migrants inc.42 Yellow Wagtails, 8 Wheatears, 2 Redstarts, 3 Whitethroats, 13 Willow Warblers, 9 Spotted Flycatchers & one Pied Flycatcher. On stubbles 280 Herring Gulls, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls & 300 Linnets.

Also: 1st Clouded Yellow of the autumn.

Note: I'm in the market for a reasonably priced 2ndhand scope if there is one out there. Email: rob@robmacklin.co.uk

Posted August 25th, 2016 at 2:01 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Shark's fin & BTGodwits - Horsey Island

After close inspection we now think the shark's fin was a swallow flying past exactly the moment the photo was taken!


Posted August 25th, 2016 at 10:47 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Wednesday 24th August 2016

Ashford Sewage treatment Works to Pottington

Counted 51 Black tailed Godwits from the trail this aft on the Taw Estuary


Posted August 24th, 2016 at 9:26 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Clennon Lakes

Unusual looking blonde Mandarin Duck at lakes this evening.

Blonde Mandarin Clennon Lakes 24 Aug 2016 ML

Posted August 24th, 2016 at 8:54 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Mistle Thrush movement

Around 6pm this evening saw a total of 15 Mistle Thrush flying into the Forder Valley, South Brent from the direction of Brent Hill.

Posted August 24th, 2016 at 7:34 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Bowling Green & Matford Pond

A lunch time visit to BGM produced 490 Blackwits, 3 Barwits, 355 Curlew, 7 Whimbrel, 9 Lapwing, 2 Spotted Redshank, 20 Greenshank, 6 Juv Dunlin, 1 Avocet, 1 Wood Sandpiper & a Common Sandpiper. Also 20 Little Egrets. No Redshank count made. 

Matford Pond late afternoon there were 2 Green Sandpipers, 60+ Swallows & 4 Sand Martin's.

Posted August 24th, 2016 at 6:55 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Torridge Egrets and Osprey

On the high tide roost this morning there were 28 Little Egret, 5 Grey Heron and 70 Curlew.

At 3.30 this afternoon the balloon went up as an Osprey flew up the Torridge towards Torridge Bridge and then turned back down river towards Appledore.

Posted August 24th, 2016 at 6:12 pm by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Soar

Warren / Eat Soar (11:15-15:30 ).

80 Swallows, 20 House Martins, 58 Yellow Wagtails, 2 White Wagtails, Whinchat, 3 Redstarts, 32 Wheatears, 2 Blackcaps, 5 Whitethroats, 14 Willow Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Pied Flycatchers, 2 Spotted Flycatchers and around 800 Linnets in area ( c 500 around airfield ). All the Redstarts and Flycatchers were around the yurt field or Donkey paddock adjacent to the track just up from the cafe.

I have been reading The Life Of Buzzards by Peter Dare ( brilliant book, a lot based on research around Postbridge ). It has shown me how little I knew about them including their wide variety of prey. Coincidentally today I saw a Buzzard in the pepperpot field along with around 30 Herring Gulls. Looking the other way I heard a commotion and on looking back was amazed that a Buzzard had just wiped out an adult Herring Gull. It was not the one i'd just seen so i'm guessing this one had flown in low, put the gulls up and Goodnight Vienna for Jonathon Livingston. The buzzard went to ground over a ridge but in the next 15 minutes several corvids arrived and a Peregrine paid some interest but I saw the Buzzard still with prey a couple times. In Peters book there is a reference to a Buzzard opportunistically taking a Herring Gull

                                                                                         

Posted August 24th, 2016 at 6:02 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Carrion Crow takes out Knot

While at Dawlish Warren a Carrion Crow catches a Knott, kills and eats it in front of the hide. Two pecks to the head and its all over, impressed on how fast the Crow was.


Posted August 24th, 2016 at 5:19 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Pomarine Skua Photographs

Three more images of the Pomarine Skua at Northam Burrows.




Posted August 24th, 2016 at 3:32 pm by Steve Nikols in Bird News

Tamar Lakes

Distinctly autumnal -with cloud and a fairly chilly wind this morning.

I Nuthatch, Blue, Great and Coal Tits, pair of Great Crested Grebes with one well-grown young plus 4 other GC Grebes. 1 Cormorant, 3 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 30+ Black headed Gulls.

A Grey Heron flew in and immediately alighted on the water(Upper Lake) in the manner of a gull, remained for about 90 seconds then flew off - I can't recall seeing this behavior previously.

. Only one Swallow despite much searching.

Harvey Kendall

Posted August 24th, 2016 at 3:07 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Velator

Ringing in the reserve today was productive with 39 birds ringed, including 13 Swallows, 8 Goldfinch, and a Garden Warbler. Both Little Egret and Kingfisher evaded the nets!

A Swift was seen over the reserve, and outside on the Scrape one each of Common, Green and Wood Sandpiper.

Posted August 24th, 2016 at 2:45 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Instow Harbour

51 Mediterranean Gull and 91 Black-headed Gull in Instow Harbour 09:30.

Posted August 24th, 2016 at 9:30 am by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Tuesday 23rd August 2016

Dawlish Warren

Curlew Sandpiper and Little Stint still in the Bight late afternoon on Tuesday with Ringed Plovers, Dunlins and two Sanderlings. Kestrel hovering over Warren Point. Couldn't find the Wryneck.

Eds; Photographers please label the photos - the top image is Sanderling the lower two Curlew Sandpiper

Posted August 23rd, 2016 at 11:46 pm by Jason Smart in Bird News

Fremington Quay

Osprey flying on the edge of chivenor across the river and headed towards Barnstaple this evening at 6.00

Posted August 23rd, 2016 at 9:10 pm by Charles & Amanda Braddick in Bird News

Avon estuary below South Efford Marsh, Aveton Gifford,

A very productive evening on the low tide on the Avon estuary just below South Efford Marsh, Aveton Gifford, the reported Curlew Sandpipers and Little Stints were showing well once found, they were part of a flock of 32 Waders predominantly made up of Ringed Plover and Dunlin.
 
 
Also present were 22 Curlew, one Greenshank and one Lesser Black Backed Gull, two Common Sandpiper, several Little Egrets large numbers of Black Headed Gull, Herring Gull, Mute Swan, Mallard, House Martin and Swallows.
 

Posted August 23rd, 2016 at 8:04 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Roborough Down 23/8/2016

The Wheatears are still there although I could only find 2 this time. Plenty of Stonechats, Crows and Magpies around but not overrun with them and a Kestrel being seen off by a Magpie.

Posted August 23rd, 2016 at 7:31 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News

R.Caen & Horsey Island

18.00 > 19.00

Now 7 Curlew Sandpipers on R.Caen & 2 Green Sandpipers again

on Horsey Island. 1 Wood Sandpiper still on the scrape at Wrafton.

Posted August 23rd, 2016 at 7:21 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Pomarine Skua Photographs

More images of the Pale Morph Pomarine Skua at Northam Burrows on the evening of Saturday, August 20.

Posted August 23rd, 2016 at 7:12 pm by Steve Nikols in Bird News

Pomarine Skua Photographs

Photographs of the Pale Morph Pomarine Skua at Northam Burrows on the evening of Saturday, August 20.

Posted August 23rd, 2016 at 7:09 pm by Steve Nikols in Bird News

Morning visit to Skern

Popped over to Skern on the off chance that the Pomarine Skua might still be around. Lots of BH Gulls with a few Meds, some Knot, Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Curlew and then a silhouette and flight pattern I knew I had never seen before....excitement rising as I raise the glasses quickly to try and see what it is.. and yes it is a completely new bird - an African Grey Parrot!! Flying strongly over the dunes in the wind and then out over the water and across the bay. Not every day you see a parrot flying over a British Estuary, hope it finds its way home. Also seen by Matt Thomas.

Posted August 23rd, 2016 at 6:31 pm by Rob Barnes in Bird News

Avon Estuary - 23.8.16

A shorter visit to the Avon Estuary, below South Efford Marsh, this afternoon. Quieter than yesterday, but to be expected in calmer, very sunny conditions. A count of 17 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper and 10 Dunlin. I left before actual low water, so numbers may have improved as the tide fell lower.

Posted August 23rd, 2016 at 6:21 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Horsey Island 09:30 - 12:00

Almost the first bird I saw at Horsey Island this morning was an Osprey which managed to make a catch just as I was looking the other way! This was followed by 2 Ruff, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Stint plus Redshanks, Greenshanks, B T Godwits, Dunlin and a Kingfisher.

Posted August 23rd, 2016 at 1:44 pm by alan craddock in Bird News

Horsey Island

The 3 Ruff were on Horsey Island again this morning, 2 seen together & a single.  Still a good selection of waders including up to 6 Curlew Sandpipers feeding in with a flock of 90 Dunlin.

The Black tailed Godwits appear to be risking their lives in shark infested waters!!


Posted August 23rd, 2016 at 12:27 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

River Taw / Caen Tuesday morning.

1 Osprey hunting over Horsey Island , crossed the Taw & flew towards Yelland with it's catch.                                                                                            2 Marsh Harriers having a territorial dispute , came from the Chivenor side , crossed the Caen & flew towards the burrows.   

Posted August 23rd, 2016 at 11:15 am by David Paterson in Bird News

Monday 22nd August 2016

Hobby

Hobby tonight over Horsey Island, watched as it caught a small bird then plucked and ate in flight. Disappeared over the river Taw towards Fremington. 

Posted August 22nd, 2016 at 10:46 pm by Charles & Amanda Braddick in Bird News

Bowling green marsh & topsham

Watched from 17:45 till 20:45

from the hide at Bowling green marsh, a good evening with 8+ green sandpipers my highest count on the marsh which included a group of 5 which dropped in from goosemoor , 2+ wood sandpipers and 6+ common sandpipers, from about 20:00 large numbers of swallows started to build up over the marsh with a count of at least 600+  a great sight as many appeared to juveniles , 116+ mallards , 40+ teal, and good numbers of chiffchaffs around the marsh. 

from the goatwalk several good sized groups of dunlin with 400+ in total included at least 3 curlew sandpipers , 20+ ringed plover and good numbers of black tailed godwits with good numbers of juvenile among them.

from the viewing platform on bowling green marsh , 2 spotted redshanks amongst good numbers of redshank.

Posted August 22nd, 2016 at 10:42 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

North Devon Birding Weekend

A superb weekend with my two birding buddies Steve & Gary from the Midlands, highlights 1 Pomarine Skua, 6 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Dipper, 1 Osprey, 6 Black Tern, 3 Sandwich Tern, 2 Little Stint, 6 Bk T. Godwit & a total list of 111 species! Here are a few very poor & distant record shots from what we have now called an "Extreme Birding weekend"

Pomarine Skua 1
Pomarine Skua 1

Pomarine Skua 2
Pomarine Skua 2

Curlew Sandpiper with Dunlin
Curlew Sandpiper with Dunlin

Posted August 22nd, 2016 at 9:18 pm by Steve McAusland in Bird News

Cadewell Park, Torquay

15.45

4 Swifts heading south.  Build up of Swallows and House Martins during the late afternoon too.  Sparrowhawk in flight towards the hospital earlier. 

Posted August 22nd, 2016 at 8:37 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Avon Estuary & South Efford Marsh - Little Stint & Curlew Sandpiper

0900 - 1200hrs quiet on South Efford Marsh, although I disturbed a small white rumped wader on arrival ( Curlew Sandpiper?). 3 Greenshank and 2 Common Sandpiper only confirmed waders of note. Probably too much water on the Marsh.A Juv Med gull seen by myself and another birder. 3 swoops over the marsh from a Peregrine. After lunch 1300 - 1600 hrs I went lower down the Avon estuary, where I was joined by Rodney Bone. Yesterday we had counted 23 Ringed Plover on a mud/sandbank as part of Rodney's regular Webs count. Today at distance we confirmed a count of 40 R/Plover, the highest total recorded by Rodney for a good few years. We also thought initially we had 19 dunlin, albeit at distance some appeared very clean white bellied. We went further down and could then make out clearly that 2 were indeed Little Stint. Rodney left to pick up Eric Wotten. Whilst he was away I identified a curlew sandpiper, in the scope together with a dunlin, little stint and ringed plover for comparison. On Eric's arrival we moved closer, even wading across to the other bank and confirmed a final count of 40 Ringed Plover, 3 Little Stint, 2 Curlew Sandpiper and now only 14 Dunlin.

Posted August 22nd, 2016 at 5:58 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Start Point

Seawatch from 09:30-12:00 ( all south )

1069 Manx Shearwater ( 500+ first 30 minutes, slowed down after, also no Balearics ), 11 Common Scoter, 4 Arctic / Common Tern, 1 Common Tern. Quiet at the farm, just Great Spotted Woodpecker and 2 Willow Warblers.

Posted August 22nd, 2016 at 2:01 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Caen River Curlew Sandpipers

An update on my previous post - there are actually a group of six Curlew Sandpipers with a small group of Dunlin on the river bank.

Posted August 22nd, 2016 at 1:51 pm by Rob Barnes in Bird News

East Soar

Finch numbers building up and estimated at 360 Linnet & 90 Goldfinch. Also Yellow Wagtail.

Posted August 22nd, 2016 at 1:51 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Caen River

Two Curlew Sandpiper on the river opposite the Horsey Island flood now.

Posted August 22nd, 2016 at 1:15 pm by Rob Barnes in Bird News

Wrafton

2 Wood Sandpipers on the scrape still this morning.

Posted August 22nd, 2016 at 1:14 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Pomarine Skua at Northam Burrows

After unfortunately having our trip across to Lundy cancelled due to Saturday's gales, Gary Hobbs, Steve McAusland and myself made the best of the day despite the wild winds and, at times, torrential rain. Our last location for the day was Northam Burrows, close to our digs, where a scan revealed the usual line-up of suspects. However, a large bird was resting in the far distance, its black head and back immediately gaining our attentions and lifting the spirits. Initially identified as an Arctic Skua, the incoming tide gradually forced the bird closer and closer when, with the help of local birders who had raced to the scene, it was identified as an adult pale morph Pomarine Skua. Fantastic to see such an elusive bird at close quarters which allowed me to get some half-decent photographs despite the grey skies, gale force winds and heavy showers. As they say, every cloud has a silver lining! Steve Nikols

Posted August 22nd, 2016 at 11:04 am by Steve Nikols in Bird News

Sunday 21st August 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed 1800-2100 Hrs on the lead-up to the evening high-tide.

From the viewing platform 3-Common Sandpipers, 16-Ringed Plovers, Knot, 4-Black Swans and Common Seal.

From the hide Wood Sandpiper, 2-Common Sandpipers, 2-Little Ringed Plovers, 2-Spotted Redshank, 19-Greenshank, 20-Whimbrel, 16, Bar-tailed Godwits, male Gadwall, Pintail, Barnacle Goose with large numbers Black-tailed Godwits, Curlew and Dunlin. Constant flow of Black-headed Gulls moving out towards the estuary with several hundred hirundines dropping down onto Goosemoor reedbeds for night roost and Pipistrelle Bats along the hedgerows..

Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper

Posted August 21st, 2016 at 10:20 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Ilfracombe Pier

Several Storm Petrels were feeding 100m off Combe pier with more further out. A Dark Arctic Skua & a Peregrine chased off up channel. 2 large Mola Mola & 6 Porpoise.

Posted August 21st, 2016 at 10:16 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Watermouth

4 individual European Storm Petrels flying (strongly) W close in-shore 18.00-18.45; the fortunate survivors of what seems to have been quite significant number swept up the Bristol Channel by yesterday's storm.

Posted August 21st, 2016 at 9:35 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Wrafton Scrape & Horsey Island

Quick visit t 1900hrs to Wrafton Scrape revealed 1 x Wood Sandpiper, 1 x Common Sand and a Kingfisher. Moving on to Horsey Island, a mixed group of c25 Greenshank, 1 Curlew Sand, 1 Little Stint, 12 Redshank, 12 Dunlin and 5 Curlew were put up by a juv Marsh Harrier. Also, Kingfisher here as well.

Posted August 21st, 2016 at 8:58 pm by Greg Potter in Bird News

Curlew Sand, Efford Marsh

21st Aug 2016 Curlew Sandpiper in line with front of hide at 0900hrs, with Dunlin and Common Sand

 Eds - please note this site is South Efford Marsh (Averton Gifford) not Efford Marsh which is in Plymouth.

Posted August 21st, 2016 at 7:22 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 09:00 till 15:00

A good day with my first Goosander a female on the marsh, tried for over 4 hours to try and relocate the wryneck but despite searching it managed to elude me.

A good spread of waders with a wood sandpiper, 3 common sandpipers, 2 little ringed plovers and 1 ringed plover , 1 knot , 220+ dunlin, 2 spotted redshank, 3 greenshanks, 150+ redshank, good numbers of black tailed godwits with lots of juvenile amongst them , 20+ whimbrel, 1 yellow wagtail over, 12+ chiffchaffs.

whilst at the viewing platform a second wood sandpiper flew in from the east and headed towards exminster marsh.

Posted August 21st, 2016 at 6:46 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Exeter Quay

A Swift over canal south of Exeter Quay this morning. 

Posted August 21st, 2016 at 6:28 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Osprey

Osprey flying NW passed West Sanford at 7.15 this morning

Posted August 21st, 2016 at 5:39 pm by Steve Colombe in Bird News

Plympton

One Swift (presumed Common) hawking with House Martins over Hardwick Wood and Copse Road this afternoon.

Posted August 21st, 2016 at 4:12 pm by Jason Smart in Bird News

R.Caen > Horsey Island

06.30 > 09.30 - During the WeBS Core Count this morning a good number of waders were to be found on the partially flooded Horsey Island. Highlights were 32 Greenshank, 15 Knot, 2 Grey Plover (1 in summer plumage), 26 Black tailed Godwits, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Little Stint, 3 Ruff, 2 Yellow Wagtail & 4 Widgeon.

Also a Sparrowhawk by the White House.

Posted August 21st, 2016 at 3:07 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Heanton to Wrafton via Caen mouth (Taw Est) WeBS sector

Among an eclectic mix were: single juv Black Tern & Common Tern off Heanton/Chivenor 06.45, 1 Garganey (Sherpa Marsh), 8 Knot (feeding off Heanton), 17 Black-tailed Godwits (ditto), 2 Wood Sandpipers (Wrafton scrape), 3 Wigeon (my first of the "winter"...). Also 2 Kingfishers, 1 Wheatear.

Posted August 21st, 2016 at 2:19 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Visiting Bowling Green Marsh this morning with the RSPB Exeter local group, we were surpised to see a Wryneck.  It was perched on the side of a bush seen through one of the gaps in the hedge (first spotted by Dave Turrell).  Unfortunately it flew off (back towards the railway embankment) before everyone had had a good look.

Also on the marsh, there was a Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper and Little Ringed Plover.  Before heading off to look for the Wryneck, Keith Birchall has alerted is to a Goosander, which we eventally found in amongst the Canada Geese. Also of note were a few Bar-tailed Godwit and Whimbrel with the Curlew flock, and good numbers of Greenshank at Goosemoor.

Posted August 21st, 2016 at 2:03 pm by Richard Swinbank in Bird News

Horsey Island, etc.

I expect Rob will post later with his WEBs totals, suffice to say a good selection of Waders on the flood east of the White House. A Whimbrel and a Common Sandpiper out on/over the estuary.

Looking around over the river my attention was drawn to another large bird which on closer inspection was an Osprey carrying a fish, unfortunately, it flew high , then higher and off inland towards Codden Hill, at one point a Peregrine flew near it.

On the Pill near the Toll house a few Mediterranean Gulls in the Gull roost, and 2 more Common Sandpipers.

The two Wood Sandpipers and the Green Sandpiper on the scrape by the Tarka Trail.

Posted August 21st, 2016 at 1:18 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Northam Burrows

An adult pale-phase Pomarine Skua off Northam Burrows at 18.45 (on Saturday 20th) was reported on Twitter last night by Steve McAusland and is presumably the one seen by Rob Marshall at the Skern this morning. Steve sent me a "back of the camera" shot; a nice bird with intact, if a bit tatty, spoons (unsurprising given the time of year and the stormy conditions).

Ad Pomarine Skua, Northam Burrows, 21 Aug 2016, Steve McAusland

 

Posted August 21st, 2016 at 12:57 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

skern

Ad pale phase Pomarine skua for 5 mins at 07:20.About to film when it took off in direction of w.ho!.Also juvs little stint,curlew sand,3 sanderling,2 each of common/sandwhich terns,2 black tailed godwits,4 meds 2 ads,2 juv/fw,52 ringed plover,36 dunlin and an ad peregrine.30 min seawatch from w.ho! pier house at 06:15 gave 1 storm petrel,150+ manx shearwaters,6 ganne,distant dark phase skua?.

Posted August 21st, 2016 at 9:42 am by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Wood Sandpiper BGM 20.08.16

youtube vid -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SS7_0PxXnxc

Wood Sandpiper Bowling Green Marsh, also a cheeky Common Sandpiper. In lessening evening light. Little else of note leading up to the high tide but was getting too dark to wait until the actual high tide (birded 7pm - 8.30 pm).

Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper

Posted August 21st, 2016 at 1:14 am by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Saturday 20th August 2016

Berry Head

Seawatch 11.40 - 15.15: Balearic  Shearwater 36, Manx Shearwater c100, Common Tern 11, "Commic" Tern 3, Sandwich Tern, Arctic Skua (pale phase), Black-tailed Godwit 13, Harbour Porpoise 5+ and Grey Seal 1 or 2.

Missed all the goodies reported on Birdguides by 15.45, so look forward to hearing details.

Posted August 20th, 2016 at 9:02 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Hartland Point

08.00-15.00: Gannet 250, Fulmar 35, Manx Shearwater 160, Balearic Shearwater 3, European Storm Petrel 1, Bonxie 2, Kittiwake 4, Lesser Black-backed Gull 35, Commic Tern 120 (in 3 distant flocks). Massive seas, but conditions blown out if anything. Surprisingly low Manx and Kittiwake numbers and few Manx after first hour. Only Gannets continued moving all day. Pretty much everything moving W into the teeth of the gale.

Posted August 20th, 2016 at 6:43 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Green Woodpecker

A young juvenile green woodpecker was on the front lawn. Photos taken from inside porch.  Flew off when two people came into the close.  Bad luck because in was getting nearer: we only get a few people pass by in the close.

 

Posted August 20th, 2016 at 6:15 pm by Rob Jerrard in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the morning high-tide.

Wood Sandpiper, 2-Green Sandpipers, 2-Common Sandpipers, 2-Little Ringed Plovers (juv + ad), Ringed Plover, 2-Spotted Redshanks, Knot, 19-Greenshank, 19-Whimbrel, Yellow Wagtail, Sparrowhawk, adult Mediterranean Gull, adult Common Gull, Pintail amongst the large numbers of usual waders.

Some video footage of all 3 sandpipers in left water channel.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FO5fcDJNd44

Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper

Green Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper

Little Ringed Plover
Little Ringed Plover

Posted August 20th, 2016 at 4:48 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Sherpa scrape - Wrafton

Managed to find a narrow window in the weather system this aft to digiscope the 2 Wood Sandpipers & 1 Green Sandpiper on the freshwater scrape.



Posted August 20th, 2016 at 4:46 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Wrafton scrape

10 minute jaunt in the rain to see a long awaited Wood Sandpiper and both plus a Green Sandpiper are still present and showing well on the scrape. Also Juv Marsh Harrier over Chivenor/Sherpa.

Posted August 20th, 2016 at 2:02 pm by Rob Barnes in Bird News

Wrafton

Delighted to report that here are indeed 2 Wood Sandpipers, and a Green Sandpiper on the scrape this morning.

Posted August 20th, 2016 at 12:09 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Torbay coastal

At first light this morning a male Siskin on the garden feeders.

Driving through Berry Pomeroy gave views of a Kestrel hunting over the stubble fields. Large flock of Herring Gulls on the wing near Marldon.

On the grass above the cliffs at Ilsham, Torquay no less than 108 Greater Black Backed Gulls and numerous juvenile Herring Gulls.

Meadfoot gave three Rock Pipits.

Marine Parade at Paignton was well worth a visit with at least 11 Sandwich Tern and one Comic Tern feeding just off of the sea wall, 14 Turnstone including the regular Dutch rung bird that over winters at this location and one juvenile bird.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Terns were being chased almost constantly by Black Headed Gulls that were trying to rob them of the fish they were catching.

Posted August 20th, 2016 at 11:48 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Friday 19th August 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the evening high-tide.

Distant views of Wood Sandpiper seen together with 2-Green Sandpipers, 2-Little Ringed Plovers, 2-Spotted Redshanks, 18-Greenshank, Peregrine put up the large numbers of other waders and group of Sandwich Terns flew in and back out again.

Some video footage taken in poor light of the Wood Sandpiper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxNTR-dO0Ps

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

Little Ringed Plover
Little Ringed Plover

Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper

Posted August 19th, 2016 at 11:54 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Kingfisher Exminster

Kingfisher on the slipway at the Exminster - Topsham Ferry, a very welcome  sighting on our evening dog walk .


Posted August 19th, 2016 at 10:23 pm by Tony Dudley-Clarke in Bird News

HomeFarmMarsh

From main hide early morning one peregrine falcon,one kestrel,one grey heron ,two little egrets and one spoonbill,at least four hundred swallows and house martins with just a few sand martins mainly heading west.A nice view of a knot on the beach before it flew towards Isley.

Posted August 19th, 2016 at 8:29 pm in Bird News

R.Caen

16.30 >

2 Wood Sandpipers on R.Caen in very blustery squally conditions.

Also 213 BH Gull, 10 Med Gull, 1 Black tailed Godwit & 3 Common Sandpipers.


Posted August 19th, 2016 at 8:14 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Prawle Point Seawatch

Seawatch from 7.05am till 11.50 in 4-5 going 6 , wind direction S/SSE/S to SW with rain, heavy at times, the highlight being a Black-Browed Albatross seen very close gliding majestically east at 8.15am.!(No signal from the Point so was unable to alert other seawatchers till returned to the village at 12.30)

Also 2 Cory's ,1 Sooty,16 Balearic Shearwaters. And 2 Arctic Skuas and 1 Bonxie. 3 Whimbrel, 27 Kittiwakes ,2 Common Scoter and 6 Fulmars made up the rest of the cast.

Posted August 19th, 2016 at 7:35 pm in Bird News

Wrafton

Sue Bruce called earlier to say there were 2 Wood Sandpipers on the scrape by the Tarka Trail. I went down and there they were, but I then looked at them again from in the reserve and I think it is one Wood and one Green Sandpiper. Will try to get down later with the scope.

Posted August 19th, 2016 at 5:26 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatch 0630-1545. Cory's Shearwater (0855), 3 Sooty Shearwaters, 62 Balearic Shearwaters, c1300 Manx Shearwaters, Long-tailed Skua, 13 Arctic Skuas, 4 Bonxie, c600 'Commic' Terns (close birds Common), 40+ Sandwich Terns, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (juvs), Little Gull, Common Gull juv, 11 Common Scoter, 3 Swift, 10+ Harbour Porpoise, 2 Grey Seal.

Posted August 19th, 2016 at 5:15 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Mt Batten, Plymouth 19th Aug

Quiet at Mt Batten after the fireworks. 1 ad wp Med gull, 1 wp turnstone, plus Jersey tiger and painted lady.

Posted August 19th, 2016 at 3:16 pm by Richard Archer in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

The Wood Sandpiper was showing well from the hide this lunchtime. Also 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Ruff.

Posted August 19th, 2016 at 2:06 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Horsey Island

18.00 >19.00. Also 1 Little Stint with the Dunlin to add to Tim's post.

Photo - Curlew Sandpiper


Posted August 19th, 2016 at 9:28 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Bowling Green

0630 - 1 Wood Sandpiper, 3+ Common Sand, 2 Spotted Redshank, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 7+ Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, c50+ Dunlin, 2 Greenshank, 3 Lapwing, 2+ Bar-tailed Godwit and 2 Knot among the usual other waders. Also Water Rail and Kingfisher.

Yesterday in Exmouth - Marsh Harrier, 2 Whinchat, 5 Wigeon and juv Yellow-legged Gull.

Posted August 19th, 2016 at 8:55 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Thursday 18th August 2016

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On the high tide this evening - 104 Redshanks, 26 Curlews, Greenshank, 18 Little Egrets and a Mediterranean Gull (adult winter). Also 2 Wheatears. 

Posted August 18th, 2016 at 10:25 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

R Caen/Horsey Island, Taw Estuary

Superb birding on high tide tonight. Highlights: 12 wader spp on Horsey Island, including 3 Ruff, 3 Knot, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Turnstone, 20 Greenshank, 19 Black-tailed Godwits. With them 45 Little Egrets, 9 Grey Herons, Teal & Kingfisher. At least 10 Med Gulls overhead, incl. c.6 juvs/1st-w feeding on flying ants, 1500+ Black-headed Gulls on main channel of Taw. Gathering of 300 Swaliows, a few Sand Martins and 1 Swift over Braunton/Sherpa marshes and fock of 100+ Goldfinches.

Posted August 18th, 2016 at 10:10 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the evening high-tide.

Spotted Redshank, Little Ringed Plover, 3-Common Sandpipers, Knot, Avocet, 13-Greenshank, c500-Redshank, 5-Bar-tailed Godwits, c650-Black-tailed Godwits,  20-Whimbrel, c500-Curlew, c200-Dunlin, 3-Lapwing and 10-Little Egrets. Large group of Swallows moving west over the marsh.

Avocet amongst the waders
Avocet amongst the waders

Curlew
Curlew

Posted August 18th, 2016 at 9:39 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Avon Estuary & South Efford Marsh

Yesterday from the tidal road, I noted several small waders at distance down the Avon Estuary below South Efford Marsh, where I noted one little ringed plover,3 dunlin, a couple of common sandpipers and a green sandpiper, but no spotted sandpiper from the hide. So today I walked down the estuary from the tidal road, where amongst several curlew and little egrets, I counted 17 ringed plover. 1 snipe and 15 dunlin.

Posted August 18th, 2016 at 6:44 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

River Otter

At Budleigh late afternoon: a nicely marked juv Yellow -legged Gull in the gull flock on the dried out scrape. A female Goosander on the river. On Otter Head:: 5 Wheatears and a White Wagtail.

Posted August 18th, 2016 at 6:11 pm by David Cope in Bird News

Mansands & Scabbacombe Head

Two Green Sandpipers flying around the marsh and very vocal. Also afew Reed Warblers, Whitethroats and Blackcaps. Later at Scabbacombe, Wood Warbler in small tree and Hobby after Hirundines.



Posted August 18th, 2016 at 3:09 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Bird News

Wednesday 17th August 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime visit to the hide. Low tide so fairly quiet. 1 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Common Sandpiper. 1 male Gadwall was amongst the Mallards.

Posted August 17th, 2016 at 2:16 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Tuesday 16th August 2016

Roborough Down, Plymouth

Pleased to say that this image of a Female Stonechat has been chosen to published in the iPlymouth 2017 calendar


Posted August 16th, 2016 at 9:23 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

GWE at Velator

GWE was sighted at Velator at 1930hrs 16/8. Came out from phragmites onto grass to south of the 'pool' for 10 mins then went back into reedbed.

Posted August 16th, 2016 at 8:05 pm by Greg Potter in Bird News

Roborough Down, 16/8/2016

Three Wheatears spotted.

Posted August 16th, 2016 at 7:55 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News

South Huish - Scrape Reinstatement

The scrapes at South Huish were inspected with the contractor today, 16 August. The contractor confirmed that the ground is sufficiently dry to bring in his plant next week, with work scheduled to start on 23 August.  He expects to take about a week to clear the vegetation from around the scrapes.  If all goes to plan, we will divert water back into the scrapes at the end of August.  The scrapes will take at least a few days to refill, depending on the weather.

Posted August 16th, 2016 at 6:48 pm by Nick Townsend in Bird News

Beesands Hide - Refurbishment Work Complete

Refurbishment of the Beesands hide has been completed and the hide will be open again from Wednesday 17 August.

Posted August 16th, 2016 at 6:37 pm by Nick Townsend in Bird News

Mobbing a Kingfisher at Filham Lake

An unusual sight of a Kingfisher being chased in circles low over the water by a mob of feeding housemartins

Posted August 16th, 2016 at 6:23 pm by Richard in Bird News

Morte Point

GBBG with captured Auk.


Posted August 16th, 2016 at 4:19 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

Jennycliffe Bay, Plymouth Sound

On a small rock below Jennycliff, amongst several other cormorants, there was a cormorant with dark back and wings and a completely white underside, which seemed to extend up to its throat and possibly chin. Too distant for a good view or photo, but it was striking, looking at first like a penguin! Stayed sitting upright facing me on a rock for about 30 minutes, occasionally turning its head.

Also yesterday evening there was a juvenile turnstone on the rocks around the Mount Batten Breakwater (where they are letting off the fireworks tonight!).

 

Eds - Juvenile Cormorants have white underparts as described here; they gradually lose this plumage during the two years it takes them to reach maturity.

Posted August 16th, 2016 at 3:52 pm by Doug Herdson in Bird News

Mount Batten Mon eve

First turnstones of the autumn, incl 4 still in sp. Don't think they're going to enjoy the British fireworks competition this week.

Posted August 16th, 2016 at 10:24 am by Richard Archer in Bird News

GWE

No sign of Great White Egret in a brief walk around the marsh this morning.

Posted August 16th, 2016 at 8:16 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Monday 15th August 2016

River Caen/Taw Estuary

18.30-21.00: 1 Great White Egret on Sherpa Marsh main scrape (18.45), seen from N bank of R Caen, but flew just around corner of reed-fringed channel and out of sight after only a minute or two. Also 1 Green Sandpiper, 16 Greenshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Med Gull (ad), 19 Sand Martins, 1 Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wags, 20 Meadow Pipits. And the 2 escaped Chiloe Wigeon still present...

Posted August 15th, 2016 at 9:49 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

15-08-16 Powderham Estate, Exeter.

Swallow


Posted August 15th, 2016 at 8:45 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatch 14:00-15:30 sunny with an easterly force 3-4. 2 Balearic Shearwater (so far this is looking like a very poor year for them), 25 Manx Shearwaters, 4 Mediterranean Gull ( 2 ads, 2 juv/1w), 3+ Harbour Porpoise.

Posted August 15th, 2016 at 5:26 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Warm and bright at the lake this morning, but with enough wind to ruffle the water surface.

38 Mallard, 3 Tufted Ducks, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Coot,3 Great Crested  Grebe plus 1 juvenile, 1 Little Grebe, 12+ Swallows, 3 House Martins at least 10 Chaffinches., 1 Jay plus Jackdaws and Carrion Crows, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker 2 Nuthatches, Blue, Great and Coal Tits, c.10 Black headed Gulls, 3 Herring Gulls, 1 Cormorant.

Good numbers of butterflies on the wing - mostly whites and a few Speckled Woods.

Harvey Kendall & Rod Mudge..

Posted August 15th, 2016 at 3:01 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

late swifts

Saturday 17th August, South Molton 20.05 17 swifts

Posted August 15th, 2016 at 9:13 am by arthur symons in Bird News

Sunday 14th August 2016

South Efford Marsh

The adult Spotted Sandpiper showed late afternoon just south of the hide on the far side of the marsh, but reasonable views through the 'scope in excellent light. Also a Greenshank, a juv Little Ringed Plover, 10 Dunlins and 4+ Common Sandpipers.

Posted August 14th, 2016 at 9:10 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Balearic amongst the Manx

From this mornings trip out into Lyme Bay with Nigel


Posted August 14th, 2016 at 5:38 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Clyst Honiton - Cranbrook (East Devon)

A Green Sandpiper took flight from the river bank by the new sewage pumping station at Clyst Honiton as I dropped by to see if the public footpath has been opened yet.  (Found that the new foot bridge has yet to be built, so the path remains closed).  (A Common Sandpiper was in the same place a few weeks ago where the river is only feet wide). 

Calling in at the large lake west of the Education Campus at Cranbrook, Swallows and House Martins where present in good numbers feeding over the water and an overhead Hobby was a new tick for this area.  Later at 1610 hrs when home three miles away, a Hobby (maybe same one?) flew over the house heading towards Whimple.  Quite a regular visitor here most summers.   

Posted August 14th, 2016 at 5:17 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Late swift

Single swift over Kingsteignton Saturday 20.10.

Posted August 14th, 2016 at 4:07 pm by Patrick Case in Bird News

Lyme Bay trip from Brixham

This mornings trip out of Brixham a few species of seabirds. 25 Manx Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Great Skua, Kittiwake, Fulmar, Great black-backed gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Guillemots and Gannet.  3 Harbour Porpoise and at least 12 Common Dolphin, very difficult to know how many we had around the boat. Many young gulls around boat when chumming!!   Looking forward to next Saturday and Sunday trip with DB Plymouth Group.

Posted August 14th, 2016 at 2:56 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Soar Valley

0900 to 1030. Nice cluster of birds and butterflies at the bottom of the valley These included Whitethroats, Willow Warblers, a restless Pied Flycatcher and a Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary.. In total in the valley  were 10+ Whitethroats, 20+ Phylloscs, 12 Stonechats, and a Blackcap..9 other butterfly species.

Posted August 14th, 2016 at 11:41 am by Roger White in Bird News

Saturday 13th August 2016

Well Spotted

An afternoon visit to Aveton Gifford didn't look too promising when I was informed the Spotted Sandpiper had not been seen since yesterday. But after a bit of a wait it showed briefly down channel of the hide before flying to the centre of the marsh where it stayed on view for at least an hour from 17:00 with a Common and a Green Sandpiper for comparison!  At least 5 Green and 4 Commons, 4 Dunlin and a Snipe. A poor record photo.


Posted August 13th, 2016 at 8:41 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Mount Batten, plymouth

Family stroll mid afternoon. 6 Med gulls, incl 2 juvs plus 2 Sandwich terns Last Sunday there were 9 Med gulls in total, incl 3 juvs.

Posted August 13th, 2016 at 8:34 pm by Richard Archer in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

The Marsh Harrier still present on the southern side of Exminster Marsh near the lagoon at 7pm. Flew off towards the northern marsh. 

Posted August 13th, 2016 at 8:27 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

South Hams

South Efford Marsh first thing - Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpipers, Kingfisher, Snipe, 3 Swifts & 8 Dunlins, but nothing else Spotted!

At Soar a Yellow Wagtail, c20 Whitethroats, a handful of Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers and a buck Roe Deer.

Posted August 13th, 2016 at 4:56 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Broadsands

6 Med Gulls on the beach this morning two with colour rings (white).

Goodrington: 2 juv Med Gulls on beach

Preston: 1 Yellow-legged Gull juv on rocks at low tide(my first for this beach!), 13 Sandwich Terns, 8 Turnstone

Posted August 13th, 2016 at 9:36 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Friday 12th August 2016

12-08-16 Roborough Down, Plymouth

12-08-16. A Good sighting of a Chiffchaff and to my surprise a very obliging Wheatear, which came within 9 feet of me, other birds seen were, Juv Linnets, Juv Dunnock, Goldfinches and Stonechats

 

Eds: the chiffchaff is actually a juv Willow Warbler despite the dark legs(unreliable feature) check the brightness of the plumage, strong supercilium and most importantly the length of the exposed primaries beyond the tertials,the edges at the tip are also rather spaced out - unlike the short and bunched tips on a Chiffchaff. 

Posted August 12th, 2016 at 9:33 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Portlemouth Down

Walking along the coastal path from Mill bay a small, slim falcon flew past just below me, I managed to refind it further along and it proved to be a juvenile Hobby with clear facial markings, heavy streaking underneath and lacking the red trousers. It gained height then flew inland.

Posted August 12th, 2016 at 7:32 pm by Elliot Dowding in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Best birds over the afternoon low high-tide was Spotted Redshank, 3-Little -ringed Plovers, 3-Common Sandpipers and adult Mediterranean Gull

 

Common SandpiperCommon Sandpiper

Common Sandpiper

Posted August 12th, 2016 at 6:42 pm by David Boult in Bird News

HomeFarm

Early morning visit produced a imm male marsh harrier harried by a kestrel  two little egret four heron and one smart whimbrel.unusual were two kestrels on owl box.i was joined by Malcolm Shakespeare at11am and so did the marsh harrier,all from main hide.Saltpill produced sparrowhawk and buzzard with usual finches and warblers,

Posted August 12th, 2016 at 3:11 pm in Bird News

East Soar

A bit of movement through the area: 3 Wheatear, 13 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 12 Willow Warbler, Bullfinch and post-breeding Linnet numbers up to 227.

Posted August 12th, 2016 at 2:02 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Spotted Sandpiper still at South Efford Marsh

12th Aug 2016. Spotted Sandpiper distant, but showing very well at South Efford Marsh. Visited 0800-0930 hrs, also 3 Green Sandpiper and Common Sandpiper.

Posted August 12th, 2016 at 1:07 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Thursday 11th August 2016

River Caen/Taw Estuary

15.00-19.30: Little Egret 20, Marsh Harrier 1m, Dunlin 140, Ringed Plover 36, Green Sandpiper 1, Common Sandpiper 2, Greenshank 12, Whimbrel 3, Common Gull 3, Mediterranean Gull 9, Kingfisher 1, Swift 1, Sand Martin 30, Swallow 50, Wheatear 1, Yellow Wagtail 2.

Posted August 11th, 2016 at 9:42 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

South Efford Marsh

Spotted Sandpiper still present. Also, 1 Common Sand., and 1 Green Sand.

Posted August 11th, 2016 at 3:21 pm by Mark Painter in Bird News

Beesands Hide - Refurbishment Further Update

The missing materials for the Beesands hide refurbishment have arrived.  The work will start on Monday 15 August and will be completed the next day.  The hide will not be useable for those two days.

Posted August 11th, 2016 at 2:29 pm by Nick Townsend in Bird News

HomeFarmMarsh

Good views of a marsh harrier yesterday morning flying along the flood bank between Isley marsh and HFM.main pond two grey heron,two little egret,one wigeon seven mallard ,and a kestrel on the owl box.

Posted August 11th, 2016 at 9:40 am in Bird News

Broadsands

Another juv Yellow-legged Gull at Broadsands beach this morning with juv Herring Gulls around it..

Yellow-legged Gull juv Broadsands 11 Aug 2016 ML Yellow-legged Gull juv Broadsands 11 Aug 2016 ML

A couple of comparison shots showing Great Black-backed and Lesser Black-backed juveniles below.

 

Posted August 11th, 2016 at 9:25 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 10th August 2016

Exminster Marshes- Marsh Harrier

Female Marsh Harrier feeding in the fields halfway between the RSPB carpark and the bottom end of the reserve. Flew off towards the Turf Locks at 7.25 pm.

Posted August 10th, 2016 at 11:26 pm by Tony D-C in Bird News

HomeFarm

Female marsh harrier on lsley marsh and Home Farm marsh this morning.

Posted August 10th, 2016 at 10:06 pm by Geoff Taylor in Bird News

Osprey

Osprey watched hunting the taw river from crow point to fremington quay.Sat on a sand bank for a while before the weather turned and it flew off towards Barnstaple. Also hunting on Horsey island a Marsh Harrier .

Posted August 10th, 2016 at 9:49 pm by Charles & Amanda Braddick in Bird News

Spotted Flycatcher

While releasing a rehabilitated Buzzard near Harbourneford, South Brent this evening had a pleasant few minutes watching a Spotted Flycatcher using a field gate as a perch to hawk insects from. 

Five Buzzards seen in the area, three Greater Spotted Woodpeckers the land owner tells me that a pair of Kestrel have reared and fledged three young on his land this season.

Posted August 10th, 2016 at 9:18 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Horsey Island / Taw Estuary

Amazing afternoon watching an Osprey hunting the river Taw from Crow point to Fremington Quay. Before the weather turned. Also lucky to see a juvenile Marsh Harrier hunting briefly over Horsey Island  

Posted August 10th, 2016 at 9:03 pm by Charles & Amanda Braddick in Bird News

Little Egrets

Little Egrets


Posted August 10th, 2016 at 7:30 pm by Rob Jerrard in Bird News

walk from Lympstone to Exmouth, cycle track

With wife and dog walked from Lympstone to Exmouth.  Thought I would take lighter wide lens and of course needed a better one.  House Martins feeding 2nd brood, one in a very unusual "house".  Also about 25 Little Egrets in a field at Exmouth end.  Sorry about quality of photos



Posted August 10th, 2016 at 7:27 pm by Rob Jerrard in Bird News

Frogmore Creek & West Charlton Marsh

Afternoon walk along the edge of Frogmore creek, ending up in the hide at West Charlton. Cirl Buntings, 6 Greenshanks on the creek, 2 Dunlin also, plenty of Buzzards around. From the hide counted 70 Curlew on the mudflats, 1 Whimbrel, 4 Common Gulls, Redshanks a-plenty.

Posted August 10th, 2016 at 5:04 pm by Elliot Dowding in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Just to add to earlier post seen from the hide over the high-tide a juvenile Ruff and a Common Tern on a buoy off Exton from viewing platform.

Posted August 10th, 2016 at 4:51 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the morning high-tide.

From the hide 2-Little Ringed Plovers, 3-Common Sandpipers, Spotted Redshank with the usual good numbers of waders.

From the viewing platform a Painted Lady butterfly along the footpath, 4-Common Sandpipers right of the platform with a few Long-tailed Tits and Willow Warblers around the hedgerows.



Posted August 10th, 2016 at 4:37 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Shipley Bridge to Avon Dam

Despite the cold northerly wind some evidence of movement. Best bird was a 1st year Wood Warbler associating with Chiffchaffs (total around 25). 5 Willow Warblers, 12 Stonechat, 30 House Martin and 15 Swallows as well as the normally expected species. 

Posted August 10th, 2016 at 3:50 pm in Bird News

Tuesday 9th August 2016

Start Point

Walked around the point, on the sea close to shore was a single adult Common Scoter, 2 Kestrels, 1 Raven, 1 Wheatear, 1 Sanderling on Mattiscombe sand and a pair of Rock Pipits on the cliffs there.

Posted August 9th, 2016 at 7:47 pm by Elliot Dowding in Bird News

R.Yealm Puslinch

High tide. 9 Greenshank, 47 Curlew, 5 Shelduck, 2 Swift, 2 Swallow, House martin, 4 Jay, 6 Little Egret, Stock Dove,  30+ Canada, numerous Black headed gulls. 2 Silver-washed frittilary.

Posted August 9th, 2016 at 7:15 pm by Jeremy Spooner in Bird News

Wembury, 8th August

A sanderling on the main beach at Wembury yesterday despite the crowds of holiday makers, feeding along the tideline and surprisingly easy to overlook or lose sight of due to its cryptic plumage patterning. Unfazed by nearby people and seen down to a few metres.

Sanderling on the beach
Sanderling on the beach

Posted August 9th, 2016 at 6:01 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Wembury, 8th August

Despite the crowds of holiday makers on the main beach at Wembury this sanderling was busily feeding along the tide line oblivious to people nearby and seen down to a few metres. It was surprisingly easy to overlook it or lose sight of it against the pebbles and seaweed with its cryptic plumage patterning. 


Posted August 9th, 2016 at 5:57 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the morning high-tide.

From the hide Green Sandpiper, 3-Common Sandpipers, adult Mediterranean Gull, 2-Sandwich Terns (ad + juv) amongst the usual high numbers of other waders. Still a few Willow Warblers in the hedgerows along the road from the hide.

RSPB Goosemmor on the dropping tide Spotted Redshank showed well after being flushed by Buzzard which was stood on the fencing decided to fly off, c200-Redshank and 35-Greenshank.

Green Sandpiper  (BGM)Spotted Redshank  (RSPB Goosemoor)

Posted August 9th, 2016 at 4:18 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Morte Point

Spotted Flycatcher on Morte Point this morning.

Spotted Flycatcher

Posted August 9th, 2016 at 2:54 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

late swifts

South Molton, Monday 8th Aug: 9 pm Four swifts flying, chasing and screaming

Posted August 9th, 2016 at 10:25 am by arthur symons in Bird News

South Efford Marsh,

A first light visit to South Efford Marsh, Aveton Gifford this morning, on the way down to the village a male Yellow Hammer.

Little Egrets in good numbers at least 16, Heron 3, adult Shellduck with four juveniles, two juvenile Buzzards calling, Jay, several Curlew, a single Ringed Plover, Stock Dove 2, a single Teal, 65+ Mallard lifted off of the marsh at one point, Common Sandpiper in double figures the most I have seen at this location with birds on both the marsh and the river, 31+ Black Headed Gulls.

The high light being the reported Spotted Sandpiper, very distant and difficult to pick out but it showed periodically.

The marsh was alive with Wagtails mostly Pieds constantly in view and continuous movement during the visit with the odd Grey seen as well.

On the way out Swallows began to trickle over the marsh feeding with a single House Martin, three Wren and a single Kingfisher.

Posted August 9th, 2016 at 8:50 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Monday 8th August 2016

Spotted Sandpiper - South Efford Marsh - 8.8.2016

1130 - 1630 Well marked Spotted Sandpiper , probably first seen lower down the Avon estuary by Rodney Bone on the evening of 6.8.2016, located by me on the south end of the marsh at 1130hrs on 8.8.2016. Bird disappeared in various gullies for lengthy periods of time, reappearing to give good, but distant, views to several local experienced birders. Still present at 1630 hrs, when I left with more birders arriving. Sadly too distant for any photographs at that time.

Posted August 8th, 2016 at 5:41 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

East Soar

Migrant counts of Wheatear, 21 Whitethroat, 4 Willow Warbler, 21 Swift, c.300 House Martin & 150 Swallow. Several Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries on wing.

Posted August 8th, 2016 at 2:07 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Sunday 7th August 2016

Sparrowhawk.

A quiet day in the garden today, a couple of goldfinches, pair of Robins adult and juvenile, female blackcap and a sparrowhawk flying over.

Sparrow hawk Looking for teaSparrow hawk seeing tea

 

Posted August 7th, 2016 at 7:50 pm by philip worth in Bird News

Lyme Bay boat trip

A good range of species seen from the boat trip out into Lyme Bay from Brixham this morning; 20+ Manx shearwater, 1+ Balearic shearwater, 2 storm petrel, 1 arctic skua, 1 bonxie, among the gannets, fulmars, guillemots & commoner gulls. 2 porpoises off the end of Berry Head and a pod of 18+ Common dolphins further out to sea provided some mammal interest.

Balearic shearwater
Balearic shearwater

Bonxie
Bonxie

Storm petrel
Storm petrel

Posted August 7th, 2016 at 6:04 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Brixham Lyme Bay boat trip

A good trip out this morning but a little bit rough!! A good cross section of species seen on the trip.

Great Black-backed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring gull, 60 Manx Shearwater, 3 Balearic Shearwater, Artic Skua, Great Skua, 2 Storm Petrel, Fulmar, 2 Razorbill and 40+ Guillemots in small rafts. A good seabird trip and also had 20+ Common Dolphin with young and 3 Porpoise. 

Posted August 7th, 2016 at 6:00 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Plym Estuary

A look just after high tide; a few birds now beginning to gather.

4 Sandwich Terns briefly on the pool before getting flushed by a dog; also there - Oystercatcher, 16 Little Egrets and 28 Curlews. On the estuary: 5 Common Sandpipers, 2 Greenshanks, 91 Redshanks, and 10 Grey Herons. Swift heard.

 

Posted August 7th, 2016 at 1:37 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Saturday 6th August 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Just to add some photos and video to Keith's earlier post of the Spotted Flycatchers along the footpath to the viewing platform. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pdLfizUiJ4

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Posted August 6th, 2016 at 10:59 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Eddystone

Wildlife watching kayak trip from Plymouth sound to Eddystone.

22 Storm petrels including 8 in feeding group with 50 plunging gannets, half a dozen common dolphins and a porpoise. No shearwaters involved.

5 arctic terns, adult pair and adult pair plus wingeing juvenile.

2 Common terns, adult pair.

plus 1+6+6 common dolphins

Approx 12 harbour porpoises

All peterels between half way reef and eddystone lighthouse

Storm Petrel
Storm Petrel

Storm Petrel
Storm Petrel

Posted August 6th, 2016 at 6:05 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Do these Pics show two different Least Sandpipers

Least Sand pic taken at 0930 hrs showed a split in its supercilium, also a very marked breast streaking as opposed to the pics taken at 1030 hrs in the same place. This birds supercilium reaches the bill base and the breast streaking appears fainter. Is the first bird a Juv and the second a first winter !!!!!!!!!!!

0930 hrs pic showing a split supercilium
0930 hrs pic showing a split supercilium

1030 hrs pic showing fainter breast streaks
1030 hrs pic showing fainter breast streaks

1030 hrs pic showing supercilium reaching bill base
1030 hrs pic showing supercilium reaching bill base

Posted August 6th, 2016 at 5:34 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 08:00 till 14:30

A good morning with an unexpected fall of 5+ spotted flycatchers around the path to the viewing platform this amongst s fall of willow warblers with 20+ around the marsh, and smaller numbers  of chiffchaffs.

waders over the high tide included 200+ dunlin, 1 spotted redshank, 420+ redshank, 40+ whimbrel, 8 bar tailed godwits, 450+ black tailed godwits included at least 6 juv's, 3 common sandpipers, 6 lapwing, 6 greenshanks, 4 oystercatchers, 300+ curlew.

from the viewing platform, 1 kingfisher , one group of dunlin of 141+ included 90+ juveniles looks like dunlin have had a good breeding season.

Posted August 6th, 2016 at 5:14 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Codden Hill, North Devon.

Perched on the top of a tree near the reservoir on Codden Hill, sorry about the quality of the photo.

Yellowhammer
Yellowhammer

Posted August 6th, 2016 at 4:10 pm by Richard Yeats in Bird News

South Pool Creek, Kingsbridge Estuary

10 Greenshank - from the kayak!

Posted August 6th, 2016 at 4:01 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

GBB Legring

Snapped this Great black-backed gull also at Seaton Marsh, out on the River Axe. Turns out it was ringed in Looe or Falmouth.  White with Red Alpha numeric markings L:BB6  (Apologies for rubbish picture)


Posted August 6th, 2016 at 3:56 pm by steph murphy in Bird News

Thurlestone (South Huish Marsh)

A mid morning stroll round the marsh produced 1 Spotted Flycatcher, a family group of 2 juvenile and 2 adult Heron, 12 Ringed Plovers, stationery on the drained area, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard being bombed by Swallows and 1 female Wheatear. It was too busy with holidaymakers to stay much longer than an hour or so.

Posted August 6th, 2016 at 3:15 pm by steph murphy in Bird News

Torbay

On a mid-tide early morning visit to Broadsands 31 Great Black Backed Gulls of which at least three were ringed. Of the two rings that I could obtain details ~ 6AA8 subject of a recent post at the same location was ringed in Guernsey and appears to be resident at Broadsands the second readable ring bearing O.BE on a very scruffy poor condition individual.

  

With the gathered Herring Gulls was possibly my first Yellow Legged Gull, a juvenile, slightly but obviously larger than the Herring Gulls that it was with and a visibly larger beak but whether I am right or not is another matter. A single Oyster catcher on the rocks.

Eds: its a juv Herring Gull Steve, an email has been sent to you with reason. Look at notched tertials and rather barred tail and rump - not white and clean as in YLG.

 
Eight Swifts over the Warberry end of Torquay.
 
Very little from the Torquay coastal path of note.
 
Meadfoot gave four Rock Pipits and a ringed Shag.
 
On the way home a Kestrel hunting near Blagdon, Marldon.

Posted August 6th, 2016 at 1:21 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Good parenting

Another of this pipits massive task on Dartmoor

Cuckoo juv fed by pipit

Posted August 6th, 2016 at 12:02 pm by John Deakins in Bird News

instow

62 med gulls..47 ads,6ss,8fs,juv.Many more birds feeding offshore07:30-08:20

Posted August 6th, 2016 at 11:51 am by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Friday 5th August 2016

skern

12 med gulls 9ads,2 ss,juv,juv black tailed godwit and common gull,3 whimbrel,6 sandwich tern 5ads,juv 200 black headed gulls.19:15-20:30.15 swifts over clovelly rd.

Posted August 5th, 2016 at 10:21 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

late swifts

we still have swifts nesting under the eaves today just outside okehampton

Posted August 5th, 2016 at 10:06 pm by laurence smith in Bird News

Swifts

Still three Swifts over Northam this morning flying down the Torridge towards Bideford.

Also two Mediterranean Gulls on Westward Ho! beach this afternoon feeding in the moats of sandcastles close to the pebble ridge and negotiating their way through the many visitors!

Posted August 5th, 2016 at 9:04 pm by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Beesands Hide - Refurbishment Update

The missing materials for the Beesands hide refurbishment have arrived.  The work will start on Monday 15 August and will be completed the next day.  The hide will not be useable for those two days.

Posted August 5th, 2016 at 7:35 pm by Nick Townsend in Bird News

South Brent

Local farmer cut my fields for hay this afternoon the grass cutting soon attracted four Buzzards that took advantage of an impromptu food supply.

While using binoculars to watch the Buzzards noticed a large movement of House Martins all headed west at great height beyond normal eye sight, as the afternoon went on another flock of House Martins came over the cut fields feeding.

Posted August 5th, 2016 at 7:27 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Braunton Caen River /Horsey Island

A great afternoon for a walk to the fishermens huts with Chiloe Wigeon both still present, Mallard, Redshank, Dunlin, Egrets, Cormorants, Heron, Corvids, Black Headed, Great Black backed, Lesser Black backed, Herring and few Med Gulls. Curlew, Whimbrel, Oystercatchers, Common Sand, Swallows, Meadow Pipits, Stonechat, Buzzards, Sparrowhawk and a female Marsh Harrier over the Chivenor side of the river.

Posted August 5th, 2016 at 6:05 pm by Rob Barnes in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley & Higher Soar

In the valley 5 Wheatear, first returning Redstart, 2 Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, 8 Whitethroat & 17 Willow Warbler. At Higher Soar c.10 Swift,. 200 Swallow & 300 House Martin.

Posted August 5th, 2016 at 2:14 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Exeter, Cathedral Yard

Heard, but did not see Swift yesterday evening around 18:45.

Posted August 5th, 2016 at 1:16 pm by Stephen Huggins in Bird News

late swifts

Thursday 4th August: 4 swifts passed over moving west during day. At 20.15 there were 30 feeding over the western part of South Molton for 5 mins or more.

Friday 5th August: 12.05 13 swift moved west in light drizzle

Posted August 5th, 2016 at 12:12 pm by arthur symons in Bird News

Thursday 4th August 2016

Swift - Kingsteignton

An adult swift was seen entering its nest this evening at 2015hrs. An adult was also seen overhead last evening but the bulk had left on the 1st

Posted August 4th, 2016 at 8:34 pm by JDA in Bird News

Least Sandpiper

Here's a couple more to add to Dave's post, great little bird and worth the trip.



Posted August 4th, 2016 at 7:12 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Black Hole Marsh

No doubt there will be many photos of the (original) Least Sandpiper, but here's a couple from today.

Least Sandpiper in worn summer plumage
Least Sandpiper in worn summer plumage

Least Sandpiper in worn summer plumage - note length of central toe
Least Sandpiper in worn summer plumage - note length of central toe

Posted August 4th, 2016 at 6:58 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Cool and breezy with some brief sun.

2 Coal Tits, 4 Great Tits, 6+ Blue Tits, 1 Marsh Tit,   2 Nuthatches, 1 Willow Warbler, 4 Chaffinches, 1 Greenfinch, 3 House Sparrows, 1 Moorhen, 10+ Swallows, 1 Buzzard, c.10 Mallard, 3 Great Crested Grebes - one still on nest. 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, usual corvids and several Wood Pigeons, .

Harvey Kendall & Rod Mudge.

Posted August 4th, 2016 at 1:15 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Berry Head

03/08 Early eve seawatch, returning trawlers attracted 2 European Storm-petrels, 3 Bonxie, 3+ Yellow-legged Gulls, 2-3 Balearic Shearwaters with even 2 Manx pulled in behind one which is unusual. Lots of Harbour Porpoise showing well close in.Yellow-legged Gull (juv)

Posted August 4th, 2016 at 9:16 am by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Wednesday 3rd August 2016

Seaton Marshes

Both the Least and the Wood Sandpiper showing well in front of the hide.


Posted August 3rd, 2016 at 4:30 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Beesands Hide - Refurbishment

Beesands Hide - Refurbishment

Please Note: Devon Birds' contractor will be carrying out repairs and refurbishment work on the Beesands hide on Monday and Tuesday next week (8 & 9 August). The hide will not be useable on those days.

Posted August 3rd, 2016 at 4:24 pm in Bird News

Exeter Swifts

There were still 4 Swifts yesterday evening (2 August) over Heavitree Road, Exeter.

Posted August 3rd, 2016 at 4:04 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Red Grouse; Gidleigh Common, Dartmoor

3 Red Grouse seen and heard well on Sunday 31st July, at approx. ref 635887.  Your website requests all sightings, so I hope these are of interest.  Dan Lupton

Posted August 3rd, 2016 at 1:02 pm by Dan Lupton in Bird News

East Soar

Reed Warbler, 6 Whitethroat & 6 Willow Warbler. Also second generation of Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary on wing.

Posted August 3rd, 2016 at 12:33 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Prawle Seawatch Tuesday 2nd August

7.30 to 1.35pm in WSW with rain and mist, force 4/5 to 5/6, reducing to 4.

19 Balearic Shearwaters,2 Sooty Shearwaters, 2755  Manx Shearwaters, 1 Bonxie, 1 Puffin,61 Fulmars,221 Gannets ,1 1st year Med Gull, 1 Guillemot, 6 Kittiwakes, I Curlew all west. 1 Common Scoter east.Interesting to compare Start Point's sightings !

Posted August 3rd, 2016 at 11:56 am in Bird News

Black Hole Marsh

The Least Sandpiper still at Black Hole Marsh this morning from 6am for its second day, and showing well from the Island Hide. Also Wood Sand, sev LRP's and Common Sands 

Posted August 3rd, 2016 at 10:02 am by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Tuesday 2nd August 2016

Exmouth

One or two 1st year Yellow-legged gulls following the mackerel boat off Exmouth. Good views given I was on the boat.

Posted August 2nd, 2016 at 10:55 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 16:55 till 19:50

A good evening with the juv Little Ringed Plover showing well , 2 ringed plover ( 1 adult, 1 juv) , 1 spotted redshank, 498+ redshank, 4 greenshanks, 404+ black tailed godwits, 8 bar tailed godwits, 162+ dunlin included 51+ juv's , 384+ curlew, 40+ whimbrel, 2 oystercatchers, 2 common sandpipers, 2 yellow wagtails, 2 Mediterranean gulls( 1 adult, 1 2nd summer ) among 400+ black headed gulls.

Posted August 2nd, 2016 at 10:05 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Broadsands and Totnes

On a rising tide a visit to Broadsands this afternoon 18 Great Black Backed Gulls, Herring Gulls and a small number of Black Headed Gulls on the beach, very little out to sea just two Cormorants noted.

Ringed Plover Broadsands 02082016 

High light was two Ring Plover one adult and one juvenile, the first of this species that I have seen at this location.

Four Greenfinch and eight House Martins over the car park.

Two Gannet of off Shoalstone, Brixham.

On the site of the lower school at KEVIC’s, Totnes a single Mediterranean Gull along with two Black Headed Gulls on the school field.

Posted August 2nd, 2016 at 6:46 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Berry Head

Four hour watch between 11.00 and 15.00 hours produced a single Sooty Shearwater (11.30) 5 Balearic and 414 Manx Shearwater, 5 Common Scoter and 2 Sandwich Terns. Compared to Porthgwara today it was rather quiet !

Posted August 2nd, 2016 at 4:58 pm by Clive Mason in Bird News

Monday 1st August 2016

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 16:40 till 19:40 

A good evening viewing over the high tide with 108+ dunlin which included 32+ juv's, 1 juv little ringed plover , 2 ringed plover, 4 knot looking very smart still in full summer plumage, 387+ curlew and 20+ whimbrel, 4+ common sandpipers, 1 spotted redshank , 25+ greenshanks , 250+ redshank, 380+ black tailed godwits, 8 bar tailed godwits, 8+ lapwing, 300+ black headed gulls  2 lesser black backed gulls, 6 little egrets, 8 wigeon , 1 sedge warbler  18+ Moorhens, 60+ mallards, 3 shovelers. 

Posted August 1st, 2016 at 10:41 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatching 14:00-19:30. SSW-S increasing 5+ with heavy rain. Very disappointing given the conditions, just one Balearic Shearwater, c950 Manx Shearwaters, 3 Yellow-legged Gulls (all juv), 4 Mediterranean Gulls, 5 European Storm-petrels (behind a trawler), 9 Whimbrel, Sandwich tern and 6+ Harbour Porpoise including one calf.

Posted August 1st, 2016 at 8:44 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Teignmouth

15:45 - 17:45

1 Balearic Shearwater, 305 Manx Shearwater, 4 Med Gulls, 5 Fulmars, 4 Kittiwake, 6 Sandwich Terns and 40+ Gannet.

Posted August 1st, 2016 at 7:24 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Bird News

South Efford Marsh

South Efford Marsh, late am/early pm: 4 Green Sandpipers, 3 Common Sandpipers, 5 Ringed Plover, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 1 second-year Mediterranean Gull.

Posted August 1st, 2016 at 3:36 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

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