Devon Bird Sightings from August 2017

Dawlish Warren

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

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

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

Sightings Page Changes

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Please try and keep posts short, particularly in the Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts page. Photographs are still very welcome.  

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

Friday 1st September 2017

Brixham

Thursday 09:30

Wheatear on the roof of the main building of Brixham College. 

Posted September 1st, 2017 at 12:02 am by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Thursday 31st August 2017

Velator

A Swift again this evening. Time for it to head south surely.....

Posted August 31st, 2017 at 9:18 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Arlington court

An evening walk around Arlington court woods tonight rewarded us with 4 tawny owls, one as close as 20ft not sure who was more surprised us or the owl. Plenty of Robins, baby wood pigeon plenty of wrens and blackbirds. Heron took off from roost above lake with mallards and teal on the lake.

Posted August 31st, 2017 at 9:09 pm by Philip worth in General Birding

Glossy Ibis Fremington

One of the seven on show today.

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Posted August 31st, 2017 at 8:57 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Snapes Point and Starehole Bay

At about 10am, 2 No juvenile Spotted Redshank feeding close to footpath, approx 1km north of Snapes Point.

At stone bridge over stream at Starehole Bay, 1 No Yellow-browed Warbler. Approx 6 Yellow Wagtails at East Soar Farm feeding with Donkeys!  Numerous Pied and White Wagtails here and on grass runway of airfield.

Posted August 31st, 2017 at 8:48 pm by Michael Woodman-Smith in General Birding

Blackcap

Back on September 23rd 2014, I ringed a juvenile male Blackcap. News today that it was controlled (Recaptured by a ringer) on 23rd January 2017 at the Estacion Medioambientale San Roque in Southern Spain. That's 860 days after ringing and 1659 kms almost due south.

I haven't seen it back here in the interim but it looks like a seasoned traveller!

Oddly, we have a house about 25 miles from San Roque in a village called Jimena de la Frontera.

Posted August 31st, 2017 at 5:07 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Black Hole Marsh Seaton

This Water Rail put on a good show today for some 20 minutes (otherwise quiet).  @BobLonghorn2

 

Posted August 31st, 2017 at 5:06 pm by Bob Longhorn in General Birding

Southdown Farm to Middle Soar

Migrants included Sand Martin, Tree Pipit, 21 Yellow Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 13 White Wagtail, Whinchat, 7 Wheatear, 18 Whitethroat, 11 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler & 13 Chiffchaff.

Also: 500 Herring Gull, 25 Stonechat, 70 Carrion Crow, 340 Linnet & 4 Bullfinch.

Posted August 31st, 2017 at 12:52 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Velator/Wrafton

8 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Greenshank on the scrape this morning.

In the reserve dozens of small birds - mostly in a big Tit flock - Blue Tits, Great Tits, Long-tailed Tits, Bullfinches, Chaffinches, Goldfinches, Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps. 2 little Egrets over.

There is a huge flock of Canada Geese at Sherpa Marsh in the evenings - most of which seem to move over onto the Great Field Area late evening, On Monday night they were all spooked and flew off towards the estuary. I estimated 400+.

Posted August 31st, 2017 at 12:24 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Fremington Pill

All(?!) seven Glossy Ibis feeding downstream of the sewage outflow at 11.30

Posted August 31st, 2017 at 11:44 am by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Occombe

Out early before work and rewarded with: 3 Great Tits, 7 Blue Tits, 5 Robins, 5 Stock Doves, 3 Bullfinches, 3 Dunnocks, 2 Buzzards (juvenile & adult), Pheasant, 4 Wrens, 2 Jays, 2 Swallows, 4 Chiffchaffs, a small flock of Greenfinches & a Green Woodpecker. 

On an earlier visit to Occombe I viewed a flock of at least 30 Greenfinches at the lower end, gathering around the tops of several mature trees. It was quite a sight. I did post at the time but for some reason never updated to the site.

Posted August 31st, 2017 at 9:26 am by Stephen Huggins in General Birding

Exminster Marshes RSPB - 29-08-17

4 Yellow wag on Southern fields (from viewing screens), 6 Stonechat (4 juv), Marsh harrier again, 2 Hobby and Tree pipit over

Posted August 31st, 2017 at 8:32 am by Nick Patel in General Birding

Wednesday 30th August 2017

Velator

Another attempt at the Swallows tonight - caught one again! However the Swift was around too.

Posted August 30th, 2017 at 9:56 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Osprey - River Axe

Osprey flying up river at 17:21 this evening, seen from Seaton Marshes (cropped images)

Osprey at Seaton   Osprey at Seaton
Osprey at Seaton                      Osprey at Seaton

Eds: It's actually a pale Common Buzzard - a regularly mistaken species for all sorts of other birds of prey see this article by Mike Langman and Mark Darlaston..  https://www.devonbirds.org/birdwatching/articles/common_buzzard 

Posted August 30th, 2017 at 9:21 pm by John Stagg in General Birding

Seaton Wetlands

Seaton Wetlands full of birds today-Green and Common Sandpipers, Greenshanks, Redshanks, Godwits, Curlew, Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Snipe, Oystercatchers, Lapwings, Yellow Wagtails and many electric blue flashes of the Kingfishers. Gulls of all ages, Little Egrets, Grey Herons, Little Grebes, Coots and Moorhens just to name a few!

Also death visited in the shape of a Peregrine Falcon which swooped down and took a Common Sandpiper, the other birds moved but it just froze at that was curtains!

Greenshank Green Sandpiper
Greenshank                    Green Sandpiper

Posted August 30th, 2017 at 8:36 pm by Simon Thurgood in General Birding

Fremington

On the 'permissive footpath' between The Green, Fremington and the Tarka Trail, at least three Spotted Flycatcher in the dead tree at northeast corner of last field before gate onto trail. 17:00. Hawking for insects and allowed wonderful scope views.

Posted August 30th, 2017 at 6:34 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Common Scoter (1st-s drake) present on lower estuary; also Whinchat, Wheatear, 2 Green Woodpeckers, Kingfisher, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, 25 Curlews, 8 Oystercatchers, 11 Grey Herons and 13 Little Egrets.

Posted August 30th, 2017 at 4:46 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Wrafton

7 Black-tailed Godwits, a Greenshank and a Snipe on the scrape by the Tarka Trail at lunchtime today.

Posted August 30th, 2017 at 1:05 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Exmouth

Osprey drifting downriver, viewed from Mudbank, @ 1220. Also there - first returning Pintail, 3 Wigeon, 5 Knot and 2 Yellow Wagtail. Further details and this morning's Orcombe sightings on www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk later.

Posted August 30th, 2017 at 12:57 pm by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands

Yesterday evening the gull roost contained: 5 juvenile Mediterranean Gulls, 1 moulting juvenile Yellow-legged Gull.

   Yellow-leggedGull BRDSNDS 290817ML

        Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull - right                                              Juvenile Yellow-legged Gul - flying   

Posted August 30th, 2017 at 11:25 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Tuesday 29th August 2017

Velator ringing

Photo re previous post....

Posted August 29th, 2017 at 10:10 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Velator ringing

Out again this evening trying to tape lure Swallows. Only caught one. But also caught this beauty: juvenile female Sparrowhawk. When I turned on the tapes, the first bird to respond was a Swift! Bit late for up here.

Posted August 29th, 2017 at 10:00 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Soar

4 Whinchats, c20 Yellow Wagtails, 3 Tree Pipits, Redstart, 6 White Wagtails, Grey Wagtail, c15 Pied Wagtails, 28 Chiffchaffs, 7 Willow Warblers, 5 Blackcaps, Wheatear, 2 Bullfinches, 2 Sparrowhawks and a buck Roe Deer.

Later a Whimbrel by the tidal road at Averton Gifford.

Posted August 29th, 2017 at 5:58 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Yellow wagtails ~ South Brent

The following report yesterday from Peter Reay ~ 14 Yellow Wagtails this morning on wires running between Whinfield and Underhill and they were then on that manicured lawn and fence above Hilldene, South Brent.

I checked early this morning and saw six Yellow Wagtails above Hilldene and on the garden of that property on the "manicured lawn".

Later in the morning visited again and counted nine birds at one time, most appear to be juveniles.

Green Woodpecker calling, two Stock doves and Raven overhead.

 

 

Posted August 29th, 2017 at 4:57 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Portworthy

This morn: Green sandpiper, 1, knot, 1, little grebe, 3, teal, 32, coot, 8, raven, 3, green woodpecker, 2, great spotted woodpecker, 1 and 6 Canada geese. 

Posted August 29th, 2017 at 3:40 pm by Chris E in General Birding

Spotted flycatcher

Juvenile plumage spotted flycatcher in private land in a village up the Teign Valley.

Posted August 29th, 2017 at 3:13 pm by Samuel Gray in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East Soar

Migrants included 100 House Martin, 14 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Whinchat, Wheatear, Sedge Warbler, 19 Whitethroat, Blackcap, 3 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff & 2 Spotted Flycatcher.

Also: 48 Shag in Starehole Bay, 220 Herring Gull, 29 Stonechat, 100 Goldfinch & 110 Linnet.

On way home c.1000 Herring Gull & 150+ Lesser Black-backed Gull following the plough at Harleston.

Posted August 29th, 2017 at 2:28 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Otter Estuary

Bar-headed Goose in with the Otter Estuary Canada Geese flock last couple of mornings. 

Posted August 29th, 2017 at 10:09 am by Dave McKeown in General Birding

Shaldon

A Redwing on Bundle Head yesterday morning was somewhat unexpected. Also a Spotted Flycatcher and 5 Tree Pipits.

Posted August 29th, 2017 at 8:04 am by Will Salmon in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 28th August 2017

Wembury Point

The highlights were a good number of Stonechats and Whitethroats in the bushes above the point - didn't count, but probably around 12 and 8 respectively. Also a Chiffchaff there and a Yellow Wagtail on the grass. Buzzard and Sparrowhawk over. 5 Little Egrets on the rocks, plus two Curlew and the usual sprinkling of Oystercatchers. I was surprised to see a Jersey tiger moth around the little clump of reeds at the back of the beach.

Whitethroat   Yellow Wagtail Stonechat
Whitethroat                                  Yellow Wagtail                                       Stonechat

Posted August 28th, 2017 at 9:52 pm by Jason Smart in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh and Goosemoor

Bowling Green Marsh: little egret, shoveler, grey heron, whimbrel, curlew, starling, black-tailed godwit, black-headed gull, herring gull, redshank, mute swan, mallard, swallow, cormorant, moorhen, barnacle goose, canada goose, pied wagtail, goldfinch, lapwing, house martin and wood pigeon.

Viewing Platform: oystercatcher, black-headed gull, sandwich tern, curlew and either golden or grey plover (very distant views).

Goosemoor: black-headed gull, herring gull, dunlin, redshank, shelduck and moorhen.

Posted August 28th, 2017 at 8:38 pm by Samuel Gray in General Birding

Shiphay, Torquay

19.20

Swift over Cadewell Park.  Earlier in the day, at least 2 Chiffchaffs on the park with one in nearly full song around 15.00.

Hummingbird Hawk Moth visiting buddleia in our back garden today and yesterday.  Red Admirals, Painted Lady,  Small Whites and Small Tortoiseshells too. 

Posted August 28th, 2017 at 7:38 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Blackhill Quarry, Woodbury.

Birding can be so stressful... thanks to a dog walker! 

I had just started counting (from outside the perimeter fence) c300 Canada Geese, 2 Grey Lags and a white goose, when a female dog walker climbed through a padlocked gate clearly marked 'keep out' and encouraged her dog to fetch a stick from the lake covered in birds!  I protested angrily and was told that other dogs exercise in the water and that she was not disturbing the birds!.  She didn't appear to understand that these were wild birds or the meaning of barbed wire and locked gates. I despair!

The birds had flown in from the Otter valley and were settling happily when I arrived.  No signs of the Little Grebes that have bred here.

 

 

Posted August 28th, 2017 at 5:29 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

South Efford Marsh

Mid/late am. High tide. 5 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpipers, 9 Common Sandpipers, 1 Whimbrel, 32 Curlew, 8 Dunlin, 13 Little Egrets, 12 Teal, 2 Kingfishers, 1 Yellow Wagtail h, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Common Lizard. etc.

Posted August 28th, 2017 at 1:17 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A brief look this morning produced 2 Whinchats, 2 Common Sandpipers, 16 Little Egrets, juv Shelduck, 23 Curlews and 7 Oystercatchers.

Posted August 28th, 2017 at 12:12 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Bolberry Down / Soar Mill Cove

3 Tree Pipit, 3 Grey Wagtails, 10 Yellow Wagtails, Redstart, 11 Whitethroats, 12 Blackcaps, 11 Chiffchaffs and 2 Spotted Flycatchers

Posted August 28th, 2017 at 10:46 am by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Fremington Pill .

This morning - 5 Glossy Ibis , 2 Dunlin , 6 Greenshanks , 4 Common sandpipers , 1 Spotted Redshank.

  

Posted August 28th, 2017 at 9:57 am by David Paterson in General Birding

Sunday 27th August 2017

Cattle Egret

Possibly the Budleigh bird flew south down the Exe estuary past Powderham at 6.45 p.m. this evening.

Posted August 27th, 2017 at 10:57 pm by Douglas Stannard in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Budleigh Salterton and Ladram Bay

A surprise flyover Cattle Egret this morning heading west over Budleigh Golf Course at around 07.50hrs and a flock of 30+ Yellow Wagtail feeding in cattle field immediately west of Ladram Bay Caravan Park. Thanks to Doug C for the Yellow Wags - Been present last couple of days. More on http://creamteabirding.blogspot.co.uk

Posted August 27th, 2017 at 10:00 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding

Start Point Kingfisher

In addition to birds seen by Perry Sanders today at Start Point, I had an unexpected sighting of a  kingfisher whilst on Start Point Beach, 1300 today

Posted August 27th, 2017 at 9:44 pm by Cliff Parrott in General Birding

Lyme Bay boat trip from Brixham

Some photos of the Pomarine Skua and one of the two Great Skuas this morning. An odd trip, there were nearly as many skuas as gulls at the chum slick!

Pomarine skua, 2nd summer Pomarine skua, 2nd summer Great skua
Pomarine skua, 2nd summer             Pomarine skua, 2nd summer                                      Great skua

Posted August 27th, 2017 at 8:47 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Lyme Bay boat trip from Brixham

Additional to the species already noted by Nigel, close inspection of photos shows that the first 3 shearwaters we encountered (2 at 09.31, 1 at 09.33) were all Balearic Shearwater. Very hard to distinguish by eye when they are crossing the bow at some distance, and in the sun's glare! Shearwaters further out appear to have all been Manx. The first (distant) skua was definitely an Arctic skua - a dark phase bird. Terrible record shots below - decent photos of the closer birds will follow.

Balearic shearwater Arctic skua
Balearic shearwater                     Arctic skua

Posted August 27th, 2017 at 8:06 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

East Soar

A family mid-morning jaunt turned up: Golden Plover, Sand Martin, 130 House Martin, Tree Pipit, 65 Yellow Wagtail, 20 Wheatear, Garden Warbler, 8 Whitethroat, 5 Willow Warbler & 7 Spotted Flycatcher.

Non-avian: Clouded Yellow, 4 Painted Lady.

Posted August 27th, 2017 at 7:57 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Fremington Pill

Spotted redshank and Glossy Ibis still at the Pill plus Kingfisher .Peregrine and five buzzards overhead

Posted August 27th, 2017 at 4:31 pm by Geoff Taylor in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lyme Bay Boat Trip

A calm sea this morning from Brixham with our first group of Common Dolphins before we reached Berry Head, the second followed very quickly just beyond BH. In all we had 5 groups of Common Dolphin during the trip. A few Manx Shearwater as we move out to about 6 miles. Once again a very successful trip with Skua. 1 Pomarine Skua, 2 Great Skua and 1Skua sp and I hope Chris Procter can shed more light on this one when he has studied his pictures. 1 Storm Petrel, Fulmar, small groups of Guillemot all sitting on the water and the usual assortment of gulls.

Posted August 27th, 2017 at 1:53 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Okehampton

Swallowtail butterfly in private garden. 

Posted August 27th, 2017 at 1:46 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Seaton Wetlands

Greenshank at Seaton this morning  @BobLonghorn2

 

Posted August 27th, 2017 at 12:36 pm by Bob Longhorn in General Birding

North Devon - Bratton Fleming

Two Swift flying high and heading West.

Posted August 27th, 2017 at 12:30 pm by john bronze in General Birding

Seaton Wetlands

The Kingfishers were "doing their thing" at Seaton this morning  @BobLonghorn2

Posted August 27th, 2017 at 12:28 pm by Bob Longhorn in General Birding

Start Point

06:15-11:00. Beautiful, sunny morning.

Swift, 150+ Swallows, 4 Sand Martins, 10 Tree Pipits, 2 Grey Wagtails, 23 Yellow Wagtails, 6 White Wagtails, 5 Wheatears, 20 Blackcaps, Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Whitethroats, 23 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers and 2 Spotted Flycatchers.

Posted August 27th, 2017 at 12:06 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Saturday 26th August 2017

Plym estuary / Saltram (26-08-17)

Common Scoter(m) Laira Bridge end at 11:50, Common Sandpiper, King fisher (near Sainsbury's), Swallows, Housemartins.

Posted August 26th, 2017 at 6:02 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Curlew Sandpiper ad, Wood Sandpiper, Whimbrel 2, Greenshank 7, Bar-tailed Godwit 2, Common Sandpiper, Sand Martin 2, Reed Warbler 3, Sedge Warbler, Tree Pipit.

Goatwalk: Arctic Tern Juv, Sandwich Tern 2.

Posted August 26th, 2017 at 2:48 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Whitleigh Garden

Three Willow Warblers.

Posted August 26th, 2017 at 10:52 am by chris buckland in General Birding

Exe Estuary 25th Aug

Slavonian Grebe still off Cockwood Steps & 4/5 Green Sandpiper at Matford Pond yesterday. 

Posted August 26th, 2017 at 8:33 am by Steve Cox in General Birding

Friday 25th August 2017

Mansand 25-08-17

Several Spotted Flycatchers opposite the hide at Mansand.

 

Posted August 25th, 2017 at 7:19 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

South Molton ... corrected post

Brimstone butterfly this morning possibly feeding on Bergenia. Also large hornet-like covertly, possibly Volucella zonaria. Anyone able to confirm this, or suggest alternative. Sending photo separately

Posted August 25th, 2017 at 6:04 pm by Art Symons in General Birding

Taw Estuary - Tarka trail

64 Grey Herons on the Taw Estuary at lunchtime today between Ashford & Pottington - viewed from the Tarka trail.

Peaceful & quiet until 2 women walked their dogs across the sand bank at low tide. One of the dogs went bananas & targeted the Grey Herons resting on the sand bank & in the tidal channels.

The time is long overdue for the introduction of dog free zones & dog control measures on SSSI's.

  

Posted August 25th, 2017 at 6:03 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Fremington Quay and Yelland 24/8/2017 15.00 hrs

Two Glossy Ibis present on the pill. Numerous redshanks with a single spotted redshank and three greenshank..

At Yelland there were three spoonbills present, two Kingfishers using the jetty and the previously mentioned Eiders by the fishermans huts. 

Eider     Greenshank
Eider                                                        Greenshank

Posted August 25th, 2017 at 2:29 pm by Richard Yeats in General Birding

East Soar

Good numbers of migrants this morning but a little different to Perry's post: Swift, 4 Sand Martin, 250 Swallow, 240 House Martin, Tree Pipit, 16 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Whinchat, 9 Wheatear, Grasshopper Warbler, 29 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler & 6 Spotted Flycatcher. Also: 310 Herring Gull & 100 Linnet.

Non avian: 4 Small pearl-bordered Fritillary, one of which was taken by a Spotted Fly!

Posted August 25th, 2017 at 2:13 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Soar

Clear with L-M NE wind

06:40-11:30, ,Warren/East Soar

Greenshank ( flyover Warren ), Great Spotted Woodpecker, 25 Tree Pipits, 16 Yellow Wagtails, Wheatear, Sedge Warbler, 6 Whitethroats, 5 Blackcaps, 20 Chiffchaffs, 4 Willow Warblers and 4 Spotted Flycatchers.

Posted August 25th, 2017 at 1:31 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Plym estuary / Saltram

0830-1100  High tide:

127 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 2 Common sandpiper, 26 Curlew, 16 Little egret, 1 juvenile Shelduck. 2 juvenile Bullfinch, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Great spotted woodpecker around the estate. Swallows and House martins fledging, 2 Swift overhead.

Posted August 25th, 2017 at 12:43 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

BGM Yellow Wags

At least 7 through the marsh this morning (7am) 5 while still foggy and two more 9am ish. Curlew Sandpiper and Green Sandpiper also present.

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Posted August 25th, 2017 at 11:20 am by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Uffculme

Sparrowhawk Cullompton

This obliging juvenile Sparrowhawk visited Peter Woods Garden nr Cullompton

Posted August 25th, 2017 at 8:39 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Thursday 24th August 2017

Cattle Egret at Bowling Green Marsh.

An afternoon at Bowling Green Marsh, highlight was the Cattle Egtret, which spent a long time hidden by a snoozing Canada.

Cattle Egrer  Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

Posted August 24th, 2017 at 9:48 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Horsey Island

7 Eider including 4 in eclipse plumage where laid up on the foreshore on the point by the fisherman's  huts at Horsey around 2pm today.

Posted August 24th, 2017 at 8:40 pm by Ken Ebsworthy in General Birding

Swift

My latest ever Swift since I have been in Plymouth a few minutes ago over Freedom Fields. I am getting the idea that they are tardy this year everywhere.

Posted August 24th, 2017 at 5:56 pm by Richard Billington in General Birding

Berry Head

A few migrants around the headland this morning: 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Wheatear, 9 Willow Warblers, 7 Chiffchaffs, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Greenshank around pools in inner quarry (my first at Bhead!), 1 Kingfisher. At sea 4 Balearic Shearwaters and 3 pods of Common Dolphin with a combined count of around 60 - no sign of any Harbour Porpoise today.

Posted August 24th, 2017 at 3:29 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

White Stork Bowling Green Marsh

White Stork approached over trees to South of Bowling Green Marsh at 10am, circled twice then headed North over hide. Put all birds up


Posted August 24th, 2017 at 3:20 pm by Jo King in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh

To add to Nick Potter's post... There was a White Stork flying over Bowling Green Marsh before I reached to the hide at about 10 am this morning.  It circled around, and I am not sure where it went next.  But around 1pm from the viewing platform there was also a Curlew Sandpiper, a Grey Plover still in summer plumage and a Kingfisher. Missed the Cattle Egret, though.

Posted August 24th, 2017 at 3:13 pm by Richard Swinbank in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

On arrival at the hide this lunchtime, a Cattle Egret was on the 'island' towards the back of the marsh. Still there when I left at around 2.20. Otherwise fairly quiet over a low tide.

Posted August 24th, 2017 at 2:59 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Fremington Pill

1 Dunlin , 2 Glossy Ibis & 1 Spotted Redshank in the pill this afternoon..

Posted August 24th, 2017 at 2:51 pm by David Paterson in General Birding

Start Point

06:00-11:30. Some cloud cover, light WNW.

Hobby, Green Sandpiper ( flyover ), 6 Tree Pipits, 2 Grey Wagtails, 12 Yellow Wagtails, 11 Sand Martins, 70 Swallows, Whinchat, 8 Wheatears, Grasshopper Warbler ( in bracken on the way down to the light ), 7 Whitethroats, 4 Blackcaps and a Sedge Warbler. Little Grebes look to have bred on a private pond for the third year in a row.

Posted August 24th, 2017 at 12:51 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Wednesday 23rd August 2017

White Stork Dawlish Warren

White Stork over Dawlish Warren this afternoon heading east.

Photo in email to birdnews address

Steve

Posted August 23rd, 2017 at 4:14 pm by steve ayres in General Birding

Tarka trail , Bideford to Barnstaple.

Little egret, 51 between Bideford and Fremington pill. Spoonbill, 3 adults roosting on Isley marsh, Glossy Ibis one feeding,Fremington pill.  Spotted redshank, Tew-it call heard on Isley. Med.gull , 4 ads. Off Bideford quay. Kingfisher, Fremington quay.  Plus Blackcap,Whitethroats, Long tailed tit flock and Grey wagtail.

Posted August 23rd, 2017 at 1:57 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in General Birding

Upper tidal reaches of Torridge

1 Wood Sandpiper

3 Green sandpipers

18 Common Sandpipers

1 Greenshank

1 Otter

Otter
Otter

Posted August 23rd, 2017 at 11:35 am by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Horsey Island

The Great White Egret was searching for food again on the flood late yesterday aft in a fresh SE wind.


Posted August 23rd, 2017 at 8:48 am by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exminister Marsh - Tuesday 22nd Aug

Female, I suspect 2nd cy Marsh Harrier on Marshes this afternoon. In wing moult. 50+ Swallows with 2-3 Sand Martin's. Suspect birds moving south. 100+ Goldfinch & Kingfisher the best of the rest.

Also 5 Migrant & 2 Southern Hawkers along railway line FP.

Posted August 23rd, 2017 at 7:27 am by Steve Cox in General Birding

Tuesday 22nd August 2017

swifts

we still have swifts nesting under the eaves of our house near okehampton today,never had them this late in august before

Posted August 22nd, 2017 at 11:20 pm by laurence smith in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 17:30 till 19:50

Continued increase in wader numbers this evening with an excellent count of 534+ redshank , 2  Spotted redshank , 1 adult moulting curlew sandpiper for its  4th day , a new in knot and 263+ dunlin nearly all juveniles , 480+ black tailed godwits, 12+ whimbrel, 1 green sandpiper, 2 ringed plover, 1 bar tailed godwit, 1 juvenile ruff , 200+ curlew, 1 male sparrowhawk a steady passage of swallows south , 6+ little egrets, 12+ gadwall, 50+ mallard, 40+ teal, 12+ wigeon, 3 tufted duck.

 

Posted August 22nd, 2017 at 10:05 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

West Alvington

Just been out looking for a ' Crane type bird ' a farming friend was kind enough to get a message to me about near West Alvington in fields at SX725433. Gone when I looked but spoke to him and it has to be a White Stork, no doubt yesterdays Charleton bird seen by Barrie.

Posted August 22nd, 2017 at 8:42 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Exmouth

No sign of the hoopoe at Maer Farm this morning but compensation this afternoon with distant views of the juvenile white winged black tern with Sandwich terns and common terns roosting on the sand banks in the Exe estuary as viewed from Exmouth marina. Despite its smaller size it was quite feisty and regularly jostled with any Sandwich tern that came too close to it before it flew upriver on the incoming tide.

Posted August 22nd, 2017 at 7:52 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Soar

Modest signs of migration today with 2 Spotted Flycatchers, Whinchat, 4 Wheatears, 11 Chiffchaffs, 4 Willow Warblers, 50+ Swallows and a Blackcap. Also 4 Whitethrosts, Sparrowhawk and a pair of Roe Deer.

Posted August 22nd, 2017 at 5:44 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Exminster Marshes - 22/08/17

3 Yellow wagtail on the marshes today. Also fem Marsh harrier.

Posted August 22nd, 2017 at 5:21 pm by Nick Patel in General Birding

Berry Head

A few migrants around the headland this morning: 1 Redstart, 8 Willow Warblers, 7 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 30+ Swallows >NE. a very brief seawatch produced,4 Common Tern,  2 Arctic Skuas and a Great Skua.  

Posted August 22nd, 2017 at 4:21 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Horsey Island, G W Egret

Walking late morning NE  from the White House (SS470330) along the bank between the estuary and the flood I saw a great white egret in the flooded area of Horsey Island along with 2 spoonbills and several little egrets. Watched it for 5 minutes then it disappeared while my back was turned. Also, on a sand bank between the fisherman's huts and Isley Marsh 3 large duck too distant to ID but very dark with a horizontal white stripe along the flank. Eclipse Eider? Did anyone else see them?

Posted August 22nd, 2017 at 2:49 pm by alan craddock in General Birding

Fremington Pill

One Glossy Ibis at the top of the creek near the reedbed at 10.00.

Posted August 22nd, 2017 at 11:34 am by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 21st August 2017

White Stork

The Kingsbridge bird photographed today looks to have the same moult pattern as the individual photographed over Mullacott Cross, N Devon last Tuesday.

Posted August 21st, 2017 at 11:10 pm by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Eddystone

A couple more pics from kayak trip today

Balearic Shearwater Balearic Shearwater Common Dolphin
Balearic Shearwater                   Balearic Shearwater                      Common Dolphin

Posted August 21st, 2017 at 10:06 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Eddystone

pics from kayak trip today

Sooty Shearwater PuffinCommon Dolphin
Sooty Shearwater                                  juvenile Puffin                                Common Dolphin

Posted August 21st, 2017 at 10:02 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Huish Marsh early evening

Wood sand 1 juv, black-tailed godwit 9 (1 adult), dunlin - 95 (mostly juvs), ringed plover 23, cattle egret 1, little egret 4.

Posted August 21st, 2017 at 9:13 pm by Richard Archer in General Birding

Horsey Island

The Great White Egret (approx.400 to 500 metres away) was busy jabbing at fish (probably Grey Mullet) on the flood late aft.


Posted August 21st, 2017 at 8:55 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Eddystone

Kayak trip Plymouth Sound to Eddystone 0900-1715

1 Sooty Shearwater

8 Balearic Shearwaters

13 Storm Petrel

1 Puffin

!6 (1+15) Common Dolphin

4 (2+2) Harbour porpoise

photos to follow

Posted August 21st, 2017 at 8:38 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exmouth

Hoopoe eventually found this afternoon, after 45 minutes search, in small field immediately opposite Maer Farm - visible from road gate.  Even showed its crest a couple of times for me.  A lifer - and even better than the field-guide illustrations - glorious!  

Posted August 21st, 2017 at 8:24 pm by Colin Randall in General Birding

Crow point

After a call from John Bronze (thanks John!)I tootled off down the Toll road late afternoon, - lots of Gulls after flying ants - and there were quite a few Gulls on the mud by the flood. Just as I started looking through they all went up and  - away! Bird of Prey I thought. Couldn't find one until scanning the mobile flock of 60+ Dunlin I found a feeding Peregrine. Then I saw Rob further down the toll road so went down to join him - it was an Osprey that put up all the Gulls! I missed it completely. However 2 Spoonbills and the Great White Egret were in place and unspooked by these avian predators.

Posted August 21st, 2017 at 6:48 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Exeter

A day with my son, visiting play parks & the beach. However still saw Swift over the garden and Hobby over Alphington, probably feeding on flying ants with all the gulls. 

Posted August 21st, 2017 at 6:46 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Yet another Perigrine poisoned in the SW!


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Officers are investigating an incident after being contacted by staff at Glendinning Quarry in Ashburton, on Tuesday 15 August, following reports of an injured Peregrine falcon.
The falcon had been located on the floor of the quarry which is home to a breeding pair of Peregrine falcons.
Devon and Cornwall Police Wildlife Crime Officer, PC Josh Marshall, sought that the juvenile Peregrine falcon was given the immediate care it required. However, the bird died the next day.
PC Marshall said: “The initial inspection and condition of the bird strongly suggests that this bird had been poisoned. The bird has now been placed into the Wildlife Investigation scheme administered by Natural England where it will be forensically examined to establish the cause of death and a police investigation has now begun into the incident.
“Members of the public are warned that poisons commonly used to commit a crime like this are incredibly toxic to humans and pets. Should any person locate any dead or injured birds they are strongly advised not to touch them or let pets come into contact with them.
“Ingestion of these poisons can lead to death. It is incredibly concerning that individuals are using these types of chemicals within public areas that not only kill our wildlife but could also place members of the public, children and their animals into harm’s way.
“The area of Ashburton and neighbouring Buckfastleigh is unfortunately a hot spot for poisoning of these birds of prey. Previous incidents at the site are as follows;
2011 – 1 poisoned Peregrine falcon at White Cleaves (Buckfastleigh) Quarry – substance used - Aldicarb and Carbofuran.
2005 – Poisoned bait (racing pigeon) Glendinnings Quarry– substance used Aldicarb. A live bird with clipped wings. Adults missing presumed dead, chicks rescued. Police fitted telemetry device to see if pigeon would relocate but this failed. In Legal Eagle 47, page 5 - https://www.rspb.org.uk/Images/legaleagle47_tcm9-132970.pdf
2005 – 1 poisoned peregrine and 1 poisoned bait (pigeon) – substance used - Aldicarb, peregrine found on dead pigeon which had wings clipped.
2003 – Two men with a pigeon on a length of string appearing to try and lure peregrines from the top of White Cleaves (Buckfastleigh) Quarry. Police visited site but men had gone.
2000 – 1 poisoned Peregrine, substance used Aldicarb at Glendinnings quarry
2000 – 1 shot Sparrowhawk near Buckfastleigh (it lived).
1992 – 2 dead peregrines at White Cleaves (Buckfastleigh), with pigeon flesh in crop – tested positive for Malathion.
“As can been seen from this data, the use of illegal banned poisons are evident and put the public at significant risk. In the 2005 incident, a number of children could have been harmed or potentially worse when the poisoned bait (a racing pigeon) was located wondering around near to a childminders address.
“Significantly racing pigeons have been used as the bait for a number incidents both here and nationally and the answer to solving and preventing these poisonings could lie somewhere within a rogue minority of the racing pigeon community.
“Peregrine falcons do not differentiate between prey items such as wild pigeons and racing pigeons, this obviously causes conflict with some prize racing pigeons being taken by these birds of prey.
“Generally the method used will be to smear the bait with a vasaline type substance containing the poison onto either a live or dead bird. When the Peregrine plucks and eats the bait item the poison is then ingested and kills the bird. The bird dies then endures an excruciating few hours whilst waiting to die.
“South West Peregrines, a volunteer group who monitor these birds and others within the South West, have described the incident as ‘abhorrent’.
“We are urging members of the local community to come forward with any information they may have that can assist in bringing these offenders to justice."
Information is handled in the strictest of confidence and can be passed directly to PC Marshall at Joshua.marshall2@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk or by email 101@dc.police.uk or calling 101 quoting log number 0223 180817.
Information can be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers via 0800 555111 or the charity’s website at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
Tony Whitehead speaking for RSPB in the South West said: "Peregrines are magnificent and much-loved birds, whose comeback over the past twenty years is a conservation success. However, once again, it appears the peregrines at this site have been deliberately targeted and, it is suspected, poisoned.
“Should this prove to be the case, this is outrageous and the criminals must be brought to justice. We are also concerned that, should this again prove to be a poisoning, someone is wantonly placing toxic chemicals in the countryside which can be a danger to both humans and pets.
“Someone in the local community must have information about who's doing this and we urge people to come forward and contact the police. A £1,000 reward has been offered by the RSPB for information that directly leads to the prosecution of the offender.”

Posted August 21st, 2017 at 5:49 pm by Simon Thurgood in General Birding

South Efford Marsh

14:20-15:50

134 Canada Geese, at least 1 Whimbrel ( prob flock of Curlew /Whimbrel near sluice with the sun behind them ), 8 Ringed Plovers, 3 Dunlins, 2 Green Sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers and a Kingfisher. Finally joined the 21st century https://twitter.com/CharletonBirder

Posted August 21st, 2017 at 5:05 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Charleton (Kingsbridge) - White Stork

One White Stork circling over stubble fields to the east of Geese Quarries and north of Frogmore Creek at 15:05 for about 10 minutes (SX760420), thought to have drifted off east. Heavily in moult in left wing.

Eds: wear and tear matches perfectly the Ilfracombe bird on 15th August.

Posted August 21st, 2017 at 4:13 pm by Barrie Whitehall in General Birding

North Devon - Sherpa Marsh

One Great White Egret feeding in Sharpa Marsh lagoon close to toll road footpath. 13:00 -14:00 still present when I left.

Posted August 21st, 2017 at 3:45 pm by john bronze in General Birding

Hobby ~ South Brent

The Hobby coming in for food first thing yesterday morning

 

Posted August 21st, 2017 at 9:01 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Sunday 20th August 2017

Lyme Bay boat trip from Brixham

A few pics of the tubenoses on today's trip.

Manx shearwater Storm petrel and fulmar Storm petrel feeding
Manx shearwater                            Storm petrel and fulmar               Storm petrel feeding

Posted August 20th, 2017 at 11:17 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Lyme Bay boat trip from Brixham

One juvenile Arctic Tern today among the common terns, hanging around the early part of our chumming stop.

Arctic tern, juvenile   Arctic tern, juvenile Common tern, juvenile
Arctic tern, juvenile                           Arctic tern, juvenile                      Common tern, juvenile

Posted August 20th, 2017 at 10:15 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 16:15 till 18:50

highlight was a juvenile Ruff , 140+ dunlin, 1 green sandpiper, 2 ringed plover, 12+ whimbrel, 1 spotted redshank, 25+ greenshank, good numbers of redshank , black tailed godwits and curlew ,  1 bar tailed godwit, 4 Mediterranean gulls( 1 adult, 1 2nd summer, 1 1st summer and 1 juvenile) 12+ gadwall, 1 little grebe, 20+ lapwing.

Posted August 20th, 2017 at 9:12 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Lyme Bay boat trip

Skuas from today's trip and more identification/aging puzzles. The first bird to approach the boat was a Pomarine Skua, followed 2 minutes later by an Arctic Skua which circled the boat at very close range. A third bird later on was seen and photographed only very distantly, a pale phase bird, probably arctic. Interesting that there are so many immature skuas out there both last week and this.

Pomarine skua, 2nd summer   Arctic skua, 1st or 2nd summer  Arctic skua, 1st or 2nd summer
Pomarine skua, 2nd summer           Arctic skua, 1st or 2nd summer           Arctic skua, 1st or 2nd summer

Posted August 20th, 2017 at 8:49 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Hoopoe Exmouth

https://youtu.be/BgWzV2LhDJs

Hoopoe
Hoopoe

Posted August 20th, 2017 at 7:37 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Despite the rain

Took myself off to Crow point,  where again I got my tide timing wrongish but nevertheless saw some. Egrets, young herons,2 wheatears,  2 kingfisher.number of smaller tide line birds that I have yet to be sure of plover, sparrowhawk chasing with out success swallows,  and house Martins. Curlew and a couple of whimbrel, little grebes Moor hens and multitude of gulls. When driving towards Wrafton area a flock of 14 black coloured geese were heading towards Crow point.

Sparrow hawk.
Sparrow hawk.

Posted August 20th, 2017 at 6:00 pm by Philip worth in General Birding

Berry Head - 06:30 - 11:00

A promising start (c. 07:00 - 07:30) with 5 - 6 Arctic Skuas & a Long-tailed Skua (noticeably smaller with markedly paler grey inner and sharply contrasting dark outer on upper wings) chasing Kittiwake's around the mouth of Torbay. After that nothing except, 5 Manx Shearwater; 2 Balearic Shearwater. This left the Common Dolphins to brighten the rest of the morning, being split into 4 smaller groups, 1 of which passed close to the head, just beyond the pink buoys.

Posted August 20th, 2017 at 5:46 pm by Dave Holloway in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Taw Estuary

Good views from the Tarka trail of this bird fishing on the Taw Estuary this am.


Posted August 20th, 2017 at 2:55 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Lyme Bay boat trip

This mornings boat trip out into Lyme Bay from Brixham started well with 2 Grey Seals by Brixham Marina, 1 Purple Sandpiper by the Breakwater old jetty, 3 Rock Pipits, all this before we had left the harbour. Before Berry Head a group of 4/5 Common Dolphin. Traveling out into Lyme Bay 3 more groups of Common Dolphin seen, the last group was very large. Once we reached our chumming area the following birds sighted 10+ Manx Shearwater, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 3 Storm Petrel, 2 Artic Skua and 1 Pomarine Skua, 20+ Kittiwake, 12+ Guillemot, 2 Razorbill, 10 Common Tern, 8 Fulmar, Gannets and the usual assortment of Gulls. Sea was not as rough as thought so an enjoyable trip.

Posted August 20th, 2017 at 2:10 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Exmouth

The Hoopoe still present by Maer Farm, in field by plastic bales and showing well- flew over the road briefly but soon returned. Nearby, the juvenile White-Winged Black Tern still on and around Cockle Sands viewable from the Imperial Recreation Ground.

Posted August 20th, 2017 at 10:27 am by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Start Point / Slapton Ley

Fairly quiet around Start Farm, Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Chiffchaffs and 3 Whitethroats. Also Sand Martin and 2 Swifts. Called in to Slapton Ley and good numbers of hirundines at Torcross ie c 100 Swallows, c 200 House Martins and c 400 Sand Martins, also a Swift. 15 Sandwich Terns on the beach. Common Scoter off the Memorial Car Park and a Yellow Wagtail overhead.

Posted August 20th, 2017 at 10:06 am by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Saturday 19th August 2017

Exeter

8 Swifts over garden this evening with 20+ House Martin. 

Posted August 19th, 2017 at 9:04 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:30 till 19:20

Just after 16:45 found a nice moulting adult Curlew sandpiper in among 110+ dunlin( mostly juveniles) it showed on and off over the next couple of hours , the adult spotted redshank showed well at times , 5 ringed plover, 2 green sandpipers excellent numbers of juvenile Black tailed godwits, 1 bar tailed godwits, 8+ whimbrel 

earlier on goosemoor 20+ greenshanks

Posted August 19th, 2017 at 9:00 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Skern

On the incoming tide at Skern there were 9 Mediterranean Gulls (5 adults and 4 juveniles) One of the juveniles was ringed on the left leg below the 'knee'. No colour bands so was unable to get any more details! Also 1 juvenile Little Tern fishing in the bay.

Later there were 30 Little Egret roosting on the marsh below Torridge Bridge.

Posted August 19th, 2017 at 6:29 pm by Martin Unwin in General Birding

Plym Estuary

Two sinensis (ad + imm) amongst the 8 Cormorants, my first Ringed Plover of the autumn (juv), 11 Turnstones (some in nice breeding plumage), Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, 30 Curlews, 10 Grey Herons, 11+ Little Egrets, 10 Oystercatchers, 82 Redshanks, 2 Greenshanks, Pergerine, Swift and Wheatear.

Turnstone
Turnstone

Posted August 19th, 2017 at 6:19 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Exmouth

Hoopoe seen at Orcombe Point / Foxholes area at 10:20 this morning. I was viewing from the second gate on the right hand side just north east of Maer Farm. It had been seen from this location late yesterday afternoon distantly in the furthest field (in front of the houses). As I was scanning that field a flock of Starling came up over the hedge of the next field (that has hay bags in it and also a gate to view in to the field) and I noticed a larger bird in amongst them. Got the bins on it and it was the Hoopoe. I tracked it heading towards Orcombe Point where it then veered back towards the houses at Foxholes. If only I had picked the other gate to look from!!

Posted August 19th, 2017 at 5:57 pm by Spencer Dicks in General Birding

Avon Estuary - Black Swans

4 Black Swans amongst the many mute swans, on the Avon Estuary, viewable from the tidal road, this morning until 12.30hrs when disturbed by paddle boarders. First seen at this location by Mike Passman and Rodney Bone yesterday morning. Have not been seen here many times before. The birds are not bearing rings and have the characteristic smaller size and red bill of the species, however when they flew off they showed a degree of white in the wings. Their origin is unknown, but to me, do not look like the same birds present on Slapton Ley last year. 2 ringed plover ,1 dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper and a few curlew also present.

4 Black Swan -Avon Estuary - 19.8.2017 Black Swan taking off showing white in wing - Avon-19.8.2017 Common Sandpiper - Avon Estuary
4 Black Swan -Avon Estuary - 19.8.2017   Black Swan taking off showing white in wing - Avon-19.8.2017

Common Sandpiper - Avon Estuary

Ed. White primaries and outer secondaries is normal for Black Swan.

Posted August 19th, 2017 at 2:48 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Juv (Black?) Redstart in Teignmouth Garden

Seems obviously a Redstart, but is it a Black Redstart?

Juv (Black?) Redstart in Teignmouth Garden
Juv (Black?) Redstart in Teignmouth Garden

Ed. it's a Redstart (juv > 1W male); orange-red on breast not shown by Black Redsart.

Posted August 19th, 2017 at 12:37 pm by Alan Ford in General Birding

Maer Lane, Exmouth

Hoopoe at 7.30am in small scrubby field, south side, near bottom  of Maer Lane, Exmouth


Posted August 19th, 2017 at 12:14 pm by Dave McKeown in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Kingsbridge Estuary

Charleton Marsh / Bay ( 07:20-08:40, falling tide )

15 Black-tailed Godwits, 77 Dunlins, 76 Ringed Plovers, Common Sandpiper, 3 Mediterranean Gulls ( one adult with darvic rings, too far off to read ).

 

Posted August 19th, 2017 at 9:29 am by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Friday 18th August 2017

Bowling Green Marsh and Goosemoor

Today we went to Bowling Green Marsh. The hide was the area of main interest for us today so we stayed there for quite a long time. Here is a list of the species that we saw there today: green sandpiper, canada goose, lapwing, black-headed gull, wood pigeon, black-tailed godwit, magpie, buzzard, pied wagtail, little egret, jackdaw, mallard, grey heron, goldfinch, great black-backed gull, redshank, starling, cormorant, wheatear, swallow and dunlin. Before we went to Goosemoor we had a quick look from the viewing platform. The tide appeared to be coming in so there was not much birdlife to be seen, in fact all there was to be seen was a large group of curlew and a few black-tailed godwits mixed in with them on the opposite side!

Walking from the viewing platform to Goosemoor a subspecies of the canada goose was pointed out to us in the marsh.

 

Posted August 18th, 2017 at 8:29 pm by Samuel Gray in General Birding

Tiger on the Window!

A more unusual view this time.

Jersey TigerJersey Tiger

Jersey Tiger

Posted August 18th, 2017 at 6:26 pm by Dave Holloway in Other Wildlife

BBG v Cormorant

Watched a BBG pinch a fish (Bass?) from a Cormorant yesterday at Yelland. The struggle went on for several minutes before the Gull made off with the catch. Is this common behavior? .  Poor pics as I was a long way away.

 

Posted August 18th, 2017 at 5:34 pm by Roy Churchill in General Birding

R.Caen

15.30 - 1 Osprey flew over the R.Caen in a force 7 to 8 westerly gale,mid aft, caught a fish, flew high with the catch heading several miles east over Chivenor until lost from view.

Posted August 18th, 2017 at 4:54 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

HOBBY (Saga) South Brent

THE HOBBY IS BACK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am over the moon to continue the Saga of the young Hobby I hand reared and released on the 2nd September 2014.

She has been back each year since arriving back in September, this year I had hoped to see her back in the spring as a fully mature breeding bird but that did not happen and in truth I thought that she had fallen to natures circle of life and that was that.

A short while ago I was sorting some of my birds when I looked up and there she was sat on a post 10 yards away watching me, not a care in the world.

She flew down to a post in the middle of the field but soon came in for some food, incredible feeling to have her back once again.

Posted August 18th, 2017 at 3:02 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Exmouth

The Hoopoe is still present on Foxholes. It's in a private garden and adjoining private field. The hawthorns bordering the back garden and the adjoining field can be viewed, albeit distantly, from Gore Lane but please park sensibly and don't obstruct any gateways. The gateway just right of the track that leads down to the Bristol Schools camp is the best viewing position. Also the juvenile White-winged Black Tern was off the Imperial @0740.

Posted August 18th, 2017 at 11:52 am by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 17th August 2017

White Stork

My son Clive told me a co-worker of his(postman) had a white stork flying over Higher Clovelly near Hartland and landed in a field near Seckington farm Tuesday

Posted August 17th, 2017 at 9:57 pm by David & Gillian Churchill in General Birding

Exmouth - Hoopoe

A Hoopoe photographed on Foxholes, Orcombe Point by Marie Wilson this morning. Not seen since.

Posted August 17th, 2017 at 8:17 pm by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Kingsbridge Estuary

2 Hobby, huge female Peregrine, 6+ Med Gulls but no sign of Osprey.

Posted August 17th, 2017 at 5:10 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Exminster marshes

2 Yellow wagtail, Exminster marshes nature reserve, 17/08/17

Posted August 17th, 2017 at 4:31 pm by Nick Patel in General Birding

Fremington Pill

128 Redshank 1 glossy Ibis 1 Greenshank 2 common sandpipers 2 Curlew and 2 Kingfishers plus a Single Turnstone on the beach.Marsh Harrier over Home Farm Marsh

Posted August 17th, 2017 at 4:01 pm by Geoff Taylor in General Birding

Exmouth

The juvenile White-winged Black Tern was feeding with 2 juvenile Black Terns off the seafront @ 0650 this morning. Viewed from the clock tower.

Posted August 17th, 2017 at 8:50 am by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 16th August 2017

Incidental Birding

Tesco car park, Newton Abbot, lunchtime, Raven over high. Teign Street, Teignmouth, early afternoon, two immature Peregrines flying low in close proximity. Our Teignmouth garden, mid afternoon 11+ House Martin, 5 Swallow (all juveniles), one Swift up high, most of these flying due South.

Posted August 16th, 2017 at 9:18 pm by Simon Bates in General Birding

Isley Marsh/Home Farm Marsh/Horsey Island

A 50+ Flock of Goldfinch and 55 Canada geese where at Home farm Marsh and just after 12:00 the Osprey was seen from the flower bank hunting the Taw off of Chivenor...A Marsh Harrier appeared over Isley Marsh  in the afternoon and whilst watching 4 Eider drifting past the fisherman's huts from yelland power station site the Osprey was relocated on the shore just up from the huts feeding on a catch..

Posted August 16th, 2017 at 5:37 pm by Ken Ebsworthy in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A juv Yellow-legged Gull at the bottom end of the estuary before flying up river, female Red-crested Pochard, ad Mediterranean Gull, 16 Mandarin Ducks, 2 Kingfishers, Swift, 27 Curlews, 10 Oystercatchers, 3 Common Sandpipers, 12 Little Egrets and Tawny Owl heard.

Posted August 16th, 2017 at 5:24 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Starcross

Starcross old harbour wall - c210 Turnstones having their summer moult;   several still showing good summer plumage

Posted August 16th, 2017 at 3:49 pm by Rupert Ormerod in General Birding

Goosanders - R. Otter Estuary - 15th Aug

Pleasant walk up the estuary - good veiws of a group of 6 Goosanders diving for small fish just below the road bridge

Goosanders Goosanders Goosanders
Goosanders

Posted August 16th, 2017 at 3:17 pm by Chris Bollen in General Birding

Tuesday 15th August 2017

Prewley Moor

A nice surprise this morning at the entrance to Prewley Moor (WSW of Okehampton): a Willow Tit heard and seen by the old railway cycleway. I've seen them here before, when visiting to survey dragonflies. Surprised to see a few Southern Damselflies still flying!

Willow Tit Southern Damselfly
Willow Tit                                   Southern Damselfly

Posted August 15th, 2017 at 8:31 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Yarner Wood

To start with we went to the pond hide and saw: blue, great and coal tits, a nuthatch, 2 or more chaffinches, a great spotted woodpecker calling, 2 or more siskins, a robin, a grey wagtail and 1 or 2 buzzards calling. After the pond hide we moved on to the heath but there wasn't much about. This is what there was: a possible tree pipit, 2 buzzards and stonechats. Walking back down through the woods to the car park we heard 2 great spotted woodpeckers and I had a definite view of one and a possible view of the other, both were fleeting glimpses.

Posted August 15th, 2017 at 6:46 pm by Samuel Gray in General Birding

Re: Melodious Warbler

Nice one  Dave. In answer to your question I found one at Dawlish Warren on this day 15th August 1980 !. Also seen by the warden at the time. They have become scarcer in recent years and sightings out-number Icterines, mid- August to mid-September the best time. Good to get one before Portland.

Posted August 15th, 2017 at 6:12 pm by David Cope in General Birding

Mullacott Cross Ilfracombe...Crane

Here is the Crane picture referred to earlier

 

Crane
Crane

Ed. not a Crane, this is a White Stork

Posted August 15th, 2017 at 5:50 pm by Alan Denzey in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Soar and South Efford Marsh

Not a great deal of evidence of migration at Soar but 3 Wheatears, 15+ Swifts (a number of which appeared to be heading out to sea), 6+ Willow Warblers and 100+ Swallows. Also Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, 10+ Whitethroats and a flock of c200 Linnets.

South Efford Marsh produced 5+ Common Sandpipers, 3 each of Ringed Plovers and Greenshanks and a Curlew. 

Posted August 15th, 2017 at 5:32 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Melodious Warbler

Found this morning at 9.30 on the far path at Bowling Green Marsh ' it showrd again to around half a dozen birders and it responded to a call ' the 1st Exe Estuary record I think ??

Posted August 15th, 2017 at 5:12 pm by Dave Stone in General Birding

Wembury, 15th August

Very Autumnal feel today on a walk along the coast path from Wembury beach to Wembury Point and back.

Highlight was a juvenile yellow legged gull amongst the herring, black headed and great black gulls feeding on the seaweed mass by the sewage pipe.

1 redshank, 1 dunlin, 1 whimbrel and 1 common sandpiper also feeding on the seaweed mass with 15 eclipse male and 2 female mallard. 

On the rocks below the Point at high tide 6 curlew, 48 oystercatcher, 7 little egret and another 2 whimbrel.

2 swifts, swallows and house martins over, chiffchaffs, blackcaps and whitethroats in the bushes and 2 juvenile wheatears in the horse fields.

Posted August 15th, 2017 at 3:55 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Mullacott Cross, ILfracombe, Crane

2pm today, Tuesday....have just seen and photographed a Crane circling above the West Down turning. Will post picture as soon as possible.

Posted August 15th, 2017 at 2:36 pm by Alan Denzey in General Birding

Frogmore Creek - Osprey

1 Osprey on Frogmore Creek, 08:10, just upstream from Geese Quarries opposite "The Secret Garden" for those in the know, sitting on a channel marker post at SX758416. At 08:30 took off to hunt rising tide, passed over Ham Point and into Fleet Head Bay, known by others as Northpool Bay. Seen to dive but lost behind the point and not seen again. Lack of telescope and angle of sun made searching the head of the bay difficult. Virtually 52 years to the day of my first ever on the R. Yealm upstream of Steer Point in 1965!

Posted August 15th, 2017 at 10:56 am by Barrie Whitehall in General Birding

Monday 14th August 2017

South Efford Marsh

Fairly quiet this afternoon in the rain, 2 Greenshanks, Redshank, 4 Common Sandpipers and a couple obliging Kingfishers.

Posted August 14th, 2017 at 8:18 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

My first Spotted Flycatcher of the year here, Also 11 Oystercatchers, 29 Curlews, 13 Little Egrets, Kingfisher, 2 Stonechats, c10 Swifts and 3 Kestrels.

Posted August 14th, 2017 at 5:58 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Yelland/Isley Marsh/Horsey Island Osprey

12:00-14:00.

90+ Oystercatcher where laid up beside yelland jetty and 17 Little Egret, 2 Spoonbill 80+ Curlew where on Isley Marsh...Just after 1p.m.the Osprey was fishing the Taw just off of the floodbank between Crow Whitehouse and the fisherman's huts...It hit the water 4 times and on the last time made a catch and carried it low over the flood bank onto Horsey and out of sight.

Posted August 14th, 2017 at 4:29 pm by Ken Ebsworthy in General Birding

Seaton Wetlands- Colyford Common

24 Members of DB (East Devon Branch) met for the fieldtrip led by Bob Olliver this morning, with several smaller splinter groups quickly forming.  The walk took in the Tower Hide, Island Hide and Colyford Common Hide.  The main interest came from waders with Common Sandpiper (2), numbers of Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Ringed Plover (8), Curlew, and singles of Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Greenshank and Whimbrel.  A juvenile Water Rail with an adult were seen together from the Colyford Common hide and Kingfisher and Sparrow Hawk added to the interest. 

Dave Murray, one of our most respected and well known birders, was remembered.  Dave was a founding member of the East Devon Branch and passed away in hospital recently following a six month illness.  A private funeral attended by Carol and family members was held on Wed 9 August.

Posted August 14th, 2017 at 3:32 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Budleigh Salterton

One fem/juv type Wheatear seen in the rain on shingle bank at mouth of R. Otter this morning.

Posted August 14th, 2017 at 11:04 am by Colin Randall in General Birding

Eddystone Kayak trip pics from yesterday

I thought this storm petrel looked a bit different to the others. It seemed slightly bigger and less 'attached' to the surface, flying about ten feet above the sea despite calm conditions.

(Appalling) pics seem to show feet sticking out well beyond tip of tail. Could this be a Wilson's?

Seen about 2 miles northeast of Eddystone Lighthouse

European Storm/Wilson's Petrel European Storm/ Wilson's Petrel
European Storm/Wilson's Petrel

Eds: Yes it's a Wilsons Petrel and the first genuine Devon record - however in Devon records are counted for the county within 5 miles of the land this was probably considerably further!!

Posted August 14th, 2017 at 9:59 am by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Eddystoene kayak trip pics

Balearic Shearwater from yesterday.

Balearic Shearwater Manx and Balearic Balearic Shearwater
Balearic Shearwater             Manx and Balearic                Balearic Shearwater

Posted August 14th, 2017 at 8:24 am by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 13th August 2017

Lyme Bay boat trip from Brixham

A few more photos from this morning's trip.

Common terns Fulmar Pomarine skua, 2nd S.
Common terns                                 Fulmar                                        Pomarine skua, 2nd S.

Posted August 13th, 2017 at 9:04 pm by Chris Proctor in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lyme Bay boat trip from Brixham

Common terns from the boat this morning (adults + 1 juv), and one Arctic tern among the first flock of 7 birds.

Common tern, adult  Common tern, juvenile Arctic tern, adult
Common tern, adult                     Common tern, juvenile                         Arctic tern, adult

Posted August 13th, 2017 at 8:08 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Exeter House

23 Swifts almost all heading south, with House Martin's & Swallows this afternoon. Over Exeter House just east of A30, probably following the higher ground. 

Posted August 13th, 2017 at 8:08 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Lyme Bay boat trip from Brixham

Apart from the bonxie, todays skuas presented some interesting id/ageing puzzles.  All three were immatures, the first an arctic skua followed by 2 pomarine skuas, the first of which had spoons. Sadly the pomarine with spoons had something (plastic?) caught on its leg.

Bird 1; Arctic Skua, 2nd S. Bird 2; Pomarine skua, 2nd S. Bird 3; Pomarine skua, 1st or 2nd S.
Bird 1; Arctic Skua, 2nd S.         Bird 2; Pomarine skua, 2nd S.           Bird 3; Pomarine skua, 1st or 2nd S.

Eds -  great photos Chris and captions, the last bird is a 2nd Summer - a 1st summer would be in active wing moult and more like a juv in body plumage.

Posted August 13th, 2017 at 6:06 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Eddystone

Kayak trip from Plymouth Sound out around Eddystone lighthouse. 0600-1500.

13 Storm Petrel

8 Balearic Shearwaters

3 Sooty Shearwaters (4, 8 and 9 miles offshore)

1 probable arctic skua

1 possible Great Shearwater- I heard it 'flick' as it passed a few feet behind my kayak but couldn't be bothered to turn round because I had just cricked my neck a few minutes before looking at a Manx. When I saw it it was too far off to be sure.

Plus 8 Common Dolphin

2+1 Harbour Porpoise

a few photos to follow

regards Rupert

Posted August 13th, 2017 at 5:49 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lyme Bay Boat Trip

This mornings Lyme Bay boat trip out of Brixham was once again rewarding with the following birds seen. 1 Great Skua, 2 Pomarine Skua, I Skua sp which was possible another Pom, 2 Storm Petrel, 16 Common Tern, 8 Manx Shearwater, 4 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Razorbill, Guillemot, Fulmar and the usual Gulls . Sea was calm and hardly any wind. On the way in 2 harbor Porpoise and many Compass Jellyfish. I hope some good pictures will be added to this posting.

Posted August 13th, 2017 at 2:32 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Exmouth

Juvenile White-winged Black Tern off Exmouth beach again this morning, at 0605.

Posted August 13th, 2017 at 9:08 am by Matt Knott in General Birding

Saturday 12th August 2017

11-08-16 Black Tern

A Black Tern was showing very well as it went around the marsh hunting for food.

  

Eds Guessing this is Bowling Green Marsh?? It's always good to use the Post Title as a location not anything else.

Posted August 12th, 2017 at 8:24 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Horsey Island

Got 2 Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, 2 Spoonbill, 7 Eider, Common Sandpiper, Dunlin/Ringed Plover flock, Yellowhammer. Bags of butterflies including Wall Brown and Common Blue. Dipped the Osprey and Ibis. 12.00-14.15

Posted August 12th, 2017 at 8:05 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Man Sands and Berry Head

Sorry about the late post (from Thursday!):

First of all we went to Man Sands. The following is what I saw today: a possible male and female eider (distant views so could have been a species of scoter), 4 or 5 shags/cormorants (three of these were flying overhead), 1 or more great black-backed gulls, 2 or more wood pigeons, 6 mallards (4 adults and 2 young), some swallows, 2 or more herring gulls, some linnets, 2 stonechats, some house martins and 1 or more kestrels (only one was seen at a time but there could have been more). Then on to Berry Head where we saw: a kestrel, gulls, some linnets, 1 or more possible cormorants/shags, some magpies, 1 or more crows/rooks and some feral pigeons. 

Posted August 12th, 2017 at 7:24 pm by Samuel Gray in General Birding

A Tiger on the Patio!

Not rare down here I know, but nice when they occur in your garden - taken this pm.

Jersey TigerJersey Tiger

 

Posted August 12th, 2017 at 4:29 pm by Dave Holloway in Other Wildlife

Berry Head, 06:15 - 09:30

12 - 13 Arctic Skuas (all chasing Kittiwakes & occasionally larger gulls); 1 Yellow-legged Gull (juv loitering off  the head - white tail & black tail band clearly visible when bathing+ paler head); 5 Balearic Shearwater; 3 Common Scoter (> N c. 06:50). Also, 20 - 30 Common Dolphin; several Harbour Porpoise; 3 Painted Ladies; 1 Red Admiral; and a pile of feathers implied a Peregrine had taken out one of the Feral Pigeons.

Posted August 12th, 2017 at 4:26 pm by Dave Holloway in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Update on Lyme Bay Trip on Thursday

Oops, forgot to include that we also saw 3 Common Scoter. 

Find some more pictures from the trip - apologies for the poor picture of the Arctic but this was for ID purposes and it was a long way away

Balearic Shearwater Storm Petrel Arctic Tern harassing Kittiwake
Balearic Shearwater                                 Storm Petrel                 Arctic & Pomarine Skua harassing Kittiwake

Eds. Nice photo comparison - just for clarity the bird grabbing the Kittiwake from below is an immature Pomarine Skua, with the Arctic Skua above.

Posted August 12th, 2017 at 2:04 pm by G E and L A Carr in General Birding

Exmouth

The juvenile White-winged Black Tern was off Exmouth beach @ 0635 and seen again from Mudbank, feeding off Starcross, @ 0805.

Posted August 12th, 2017 at 9:33 am by Matt Knott in General Birding

Friday 11th August 2017

Lyme Bay Trip on Thursday

Good trip out from Brixham into Lyme Bay on Thursday.  Birds seen included 3 Arctic Skua, 2 Pomarine Skuas, 4 Bonxies, 10 Storm Petrels, 3 Ringed Plover, 50+ Manx Shearwater, 5 Balearic Shearwaters, Sooty Shearwater, Sandwich Tern, 100+ Kittiwake, 2 Razorbills.  Usual Gannets, Guillemots, Lesser BB Gulls, etc. Lots of pods of Common Dolphin.

Pomarine Skua Storm Petrel
Pomarine Skua                                             Storm Petrel

Posted August 11th, 2017 at 11:40 pm by G E and L A Carr in General Birding

Thatcher Point, Torquay

10.45

15+ Swifts straight out to sea and into the distance heading SE.  2 Ravens overhead and a lone Gannet past Thatcher Rock.    

Posted August 11th, 2017 at 9:21 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Occombe

Early this morning in the warm sun recorded: 4/5 Chiffchaffs, Willow Warbler, 10/12 Long-tailed Tits, 3 Bullfinches, 4/5 Goldfinches, Jay, Green Woodpecker, 5 Great Tits, 6 Wrens, Greenfinch, Blue Tit, Nuthatch, 2 Swallows, 2 Robins & Blackbirds and a Buzzard.

Posted August 11th, 2017 at 9:12 pm by Stephen Huggins in General Birding

Broadsands

2 juv Yellow-legged Gulls and 5 Mediterranean Gulls on Broadsands Beach this evening. 

2 YlwLgGullsBroadsnads110817ML YLGull behind Herring Gull Broadsnads110817ML YelwLgGullBroadsnads110817ML2

2 YLG's left side                                            1 YLG(top) moulting scapulars into fw           Flight shot of YLG

Posted August 11th, 2017 at 8:09 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Huish Marsh

Good to see waders in this sort of numbers at South Huish Marsh this morning! Not quite BGM, but very welcome nonetheless! Counts of 160+ Dunlin, 40+ Ringed Plover and 1 Black Tailed Godwit. They all flew off at 12.50hrs and I did not wait to see if they returned. Earlier in the morning local guru, Mike Passman, also had 4 Greenshank and a woodlark on site! On the way there, I had seen 3 Green Sandpiper on North Marsh at South Efford. A later visit to the reserve gave only 1 greenshank in with 20 curlew by the sluice.

South Huish Marsh - 11.8.2017
South Huish Marsh - 11.8.2017

Posted August 11th, 2017 at 5:12 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Shelly Beach Exmouth

The White-winged Tern was showing well on the receding tide at lunchtime. Viewed from Shelly Beach looking up river towards Powderham sat at times on a sandbank in front of green bouy number 21. Supporting cast of several Common Tern, numerous Sandwich Tern a Little Tern and a Wood Sandpiper. 

Posted August 11th, 2017 at 3:52 pm by Spencer Dicks in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

northam

Flock of 60 swifts heading west over bay view road at 10:00

Posted August 11th, 2017 at 3:33 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Exmouth

The juvenile White-winged Black Tern viewable distantly, from Mudbank,, feeding between Powderham and Starcross from 0755 onwards. Also Little tern and 15 Black-tailed Godwit.

Posted August 11th, 2017 at 10:09 am by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Molton

26 swifts this morning 9 to 9.20 am, some screaming.

Posted August 11th, 2017 at 9:30 am by Art Symons in General Birding

Thursday 10th August 2017

Cann Woods, Plympton

On a late season visit to Cann Wood, pleased to find four Nightjars. One bird attempted some half-hearted churring but the others not very vocal at all, so there may be more that haven't as yet left, but they are just harder to detect.

Posted August 10th, 2017 at 11:11 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

South Molton

10 swift this morning, 9 am, 4 this evening, 8 pm

Posted August 10th, 2017 at 11:02 pm by Art Symons in General Birding

Exe Estuary

Viewing from Cockwood this evening, eventually picked up the juv White-winged Tern, though at a distance where we struggled to get all the features. Also Slavonian Grebe in summer plumage, 15 Bar-tailed Godwits, c25 Common and hundreds of Sandwich Terns.

Posted August 10th, 2017 at 9:37 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Seaton Wetlands

Great session at Seaton today, plenty of waders about with Green Sandpiper and Little Ringed Plover adding a bit of quality.

LRP with Ringed Plovers and Dunlin. Green Sandpiper Two fighting Common Sandpiper
LRP with Ringed Plovers and Dunlin.         Green Sandpiper                   Two fighting Common Sandpiper

Posted August 10th, 2017 at 8:49 pm by Simon Thurgood in General Birding

Slapton

Tree Pipit flew over the village this morning

Posted August 10th, 2017 at 8:22 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Velator reserve

Ringing in the reserve today: another early flush of Blackcaps with 7 ringed and 8 retraps - all from the last few weeks - odd that I hardly ever see them on my daily visits. Also 4 juvenile Bullfinches 8 Chiffchaffs, 1 tiny just fledged Reed Warbler. New to the reserve ringing list were two Stock Dove pulli - from the Owl box :( .

Posted August 10th, 2017 at 8:18 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Butterflies at Honey farm

An hour or so at Blackbury Honey farm, Southleigh EX26JF.  No birds but a wonderful flower meadow full of Common Blue butterflies, male and female with a few Small Coppers, 4 Painted Lady, some whites and meadow brown.  Many of the Common Blue joined together making the next generation.

  Flower Meadow

Flower Meadow

Posted August 10th, 2017 at 7:24 pm by Rob Jerrard in Other Wildlife

Horsey Island Osprey

Excellent views of the Osprey hunting over the pool and perched on a post the opposite side feeding on a catch this morning although  I didnt actually witness the bird taking the fish...The bird was seen regularly around horsey in flight and perched up until about 2pm....2 Spoonbill flew in at about 1pm and 1 Glossy Ibis flew in beside the drainage ditch beside the toll road...A marsh Harrier was heading towards the great field as I left...

Posted August 10th, 2017 at 5:29 pm by Ken Ebsworthy in General Birding

East Soar

The first significant passerine passage today in the shape of 25 Wheatears on Bolt Head. Local scrub held 10 Whitethroat & 7 Willow Warbler. Pair of Sparrowhawk soaring. At nearby Frogmore Creek 12 Greenshank & Clouded Yellow.

Soar butterfly highlights: Clouded Yellow, 3 Painted Lady & 45 Red Admiral.

Posted August 10th, 2017 at 4:33 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Swifts

A single swift over Kingsteignton this morning  Interestingly 7 were still present over Kingsteignton last evening and another 30 over Newton Abbot about 8pm

Posted August 10th, 2017 at 3:41 pm by JDA in General Birding

Mansands

A nice surprise at Mansands with a Water Rail making an appearance and a Little Grebe in summer plumage. Also loads Swallows, House and Sand Martins passing through. Some Reed Warblers still around, a Cetti’s singing and a Sedge Warbler below the hide with some Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs.

Posted August 10th, 2017 at 1:18 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in General Birding

Wednesday 9th August 2017

Skern

Juvenile little ringed plover 8 med gulls 5 ads, 1ss,1fs juv 25 redshank 19:15-20:30.

Posted August 9th, 2017 at 9:09 pm by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Huish Marsh early evening

LRP - 1 juv, dunlin 46 (4 adults), 10 ringed plover (2 juvs).

Posted August 9th, 2017 at 8:52 pm by Richard Archer in General Birding

River Exe

The juvenile White-winged Black Tern still at the south end of the River Exe on and off mid evening viewable distantly from Cockwood Steps ( Also being watched from Shelly Beach and Dawlish Warren )- loosely associating with large number of Sandwich and Common Terns.

 

Posted August 9th, 2017 at 8:38 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Bell and Chinkwell Tor

Sorry about the late post - from yesterday:

Today must have been the day of the 'small birds' as the only 'big birds' were a buzzard and a raven (both heard). On the way up the first part of the slope to Bell Tor there were... great tit/s, a whitethroat, a stonechat and 2 or more meadow pipits. When we reached Bell Tor, I found a nice vantage point quite high up with a great view of all the birds below me. From here I saw... a whitethroat, 1 or 2 stonechats, a juvenile robin, the calling buzzard I mentioned earlier and 1 or 2 dunnocks. There was not much walking up the second part of the slope to Chinkwell Tor apart from this is where I think I heard the raven calling. When we reached Chinkwell I spent most of the time 'chasing' wheatears about. The most I saw together was 3 but there could have been more, there were also somewhere between 5 and 10 linnets flying about. On our way back down to the car I was able to add chaffinch to my overall list of today's bird sightings.

Posted August 9th, 2017 at 8:29 pm by Samuel Gray in General Birding

Osprey, Horsey island.

No sign of Marsh harriers , Ibis or Spoonbills but a fine Osprey over Horsey mere.

Posted August 9th, 2017 at 3:41 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A male Kingfisher putting on a good performance this morning and a good count of 16 Mandarin Ducks (all imm/fems). Also 3 Common Sandpipers, Oystercatcher, 2 Greenshanks, 56 Redshanks, 23 Curlews, 11 each of Grey Herons and Little Egrets and a juv Great Black-backed Gull.

Posted August 9th, 2017 at 1:41 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Glossy Ibis- Velator

Arriving at the reserve this morning, I was disappointed there were no Egrets in the field (up to three most days recently) but no sooner had I thought this, than 2 sprung up from some long grass and headed towards the reserve. They were followed by a Glossy Ibis! It circled and returned to land a few yards from  me!

When I left it again flew up and followed a Little Egret to perch in one of the conifers in  the reserve - so it officially goes on the reserve list!

A flock of over 50 Goldfinch were buzzing around the reserve too.

Posted August 9th, 2017 at 12:47 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Bowling green marsh Tuesday 8th

Late post for yesterday watched from 17:30: till 20:45

1 wood sandpiper very vocal then flew towards exminster, 3 green sandpipers, 1 spotted redshank, 22 whimbrel, 294+ curlew, 320+ black tailed godwits ( included 35+ juv's ) 4 bar tailed godwits, 240+ recdshank , 21+ greenshank, 1 pochard, 7 gadwall, 10+ tufted duck. 50+ dunlin.

late evening 6 juv  goosanders dropped in from the north east, also a juv yellow wagtail

 

 

Posted August 9th, 2017 at 6:25 am by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Tuesday 8th August 2017

Willow Warber and Swifts ~ South Brent

Warbler sp seen in the garden this morning I thought a Chiffchaff but others express the view that it is a Willow Warbler the bird was showing well until a female Sparrow hawk arrived on the scene.

Two Swifts over the house for most of the mid evening period.

 

Posted August 8th, 2017 at 10:03 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Barred grass snake, Natrix helvetica

Anyone who has read with interest the "discovery of a fourth species of  snake" in Britain, as reported by the BBC and press, might be interested to look at the original paper, available at:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-07847-9

The paper concludes that the grass snakes in Britain do indeed belong to the new species, barred grass snake Natrix helvetica (previously thought to be a subspecies of grass snake Natrix natrix). However, Natrix natrix does not occur in Britain (apart from a few escapes of imported individuals of continental origin). So we still have only three native species of snake in Britain.

Posted August 8th, 2017 at 9:41 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

New Type of Grasssnake Reported Natrix helvetica

New Type of Grasssnake Reported Natrix Helvetica has been reported on the BBC, the Guardian, and the Daily mail, I believe the pictures show here are of that grass snake, these photo's were taken at Stover in May this year

  

Posted August 8th, 2017 at 8:36 pm by Greg Bradbury in Other Wildlife

Lyme Bay boat trip from Brixham, late news

Of a flock of 6 terns past the boat on Sunday (6th), I photographed and have positively identified 3: an adult and a juvenile common tern, and an arctic tern. The white forehead and dark bill suggests the latter is a 2nd summer bird.

Adult Common tern 2nd summer Arctic tern 2nd sum Arctic tern with juv Common tern
Adult Common tern             2nd summer Arctic tern            2nd sum Arctic tern with juv Common tern

Posted August 8th, 2017 at 7:30 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

White-winged Black Tern - Exmouth

A juvenile White-winged Black Tern present for its second day off Shelly Beach, Exmouth. Details on www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk later. News not released yesterday as it was only a 'possible'. Much better views today.

Posted August 8th, 2017 at 7:20 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Snellings Down area

August 6th - Osprey seen hunting close to the rocks below the coast path

Posted August 8th, 2017 at 6:33 pm by Sarah Bovey in General Birding

Exe Estuary

At Bowling Green Marsh (enjoying closer views of waders thanks to the new work): Wood & Green Sandpipers, Spotted Redshank, c200 Black-tailed Godwits, c6 Greenshanks, 4 each of Bar-tailed Godwits and Whimbrels, Sand Martin and 2nd-s Mediterranean Gull.

Exmouth produced 100+ Sandwich and c12 Common Terns, 3 juv and 2 ad Mediterranean Gulls and a juv Yellow-legged Gull plus 2 Swifts. 

Sparrowhawk, 10+ Swifts and another Sand Martin at Exminster Marsh and the summer plumaged Slavonian Grebe off Cockwood.

Posted August 8th, 2017 at 6:00 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Wood Sandpiper and Green Sandpiper from the hide this lunchtime.

From the viewing platform, Spotted Redshank and Common Sandpiper.

Posted August 8th, 2017 at 2:18 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Velator

Busy with pruning duties in the reserve, so I missed both of Rob's Harriers! :(

There were at least 7 Swifts hawking over the reserve, and both Grey Heron and Little Egret by the reserve pond.

Posted August 8th, 2017 at 1:07 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

R.Caen,Horsey Island, Sherpa Marsh

An early start this morning produced the first of 2 Marsh Harriers.

An immature flying SW over the R.Caen searching for prey over Braunton Marshes, the second seen later on (viewed from the Taka trail) was a dark brown adult female searching for prey over the reed beds on Sherpa Marshes. Good views for several minutes. Obvious plumage differences between these 2 birds.

I Green Sandpiper calling from Horsey Island.

Posted August 8th, 2017 at 10:24 am by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Shillingford Abbot, edge of Exeter

Watched 100+ Swifts feeding over fields around 1245 yesterday, but almost all moved on with 15 minutes. Also 50+ Swallows & 40+ House Martin. 

Posted August 8th, 2017 at 10:12 am by Steve Cox in General Birding

Monday 7th August 2017

Horsey Island

2 Glossy Ibis, 2 Spoonbill, 12 redshank 4 greenshank 2 Kingfisher a Male Kestrel and a quick glimpse of a female Marsh Harrier around 2pm this afternoon ...Dunlin ,Black Tailed Godwit the usual Gulls Heron & Egret and a single Sedge Warbler and a single Common Sandpiper aso present...

Posted August 7th, 2017 at 9:40 pm by Ken Ebsworthy in General Birding

Tawny owls ~ South Brent

Some images taken last evening when some of the recently released wild Tawny youngsters came in for their supper, the close up bird had actually managed to get back into the release pen and had to be caught up and re released and went off non the worse for its adventures....one of the birds coming in having been found by a DBWPS member.

  

Posted August 7th, 2017 at 9:11 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Glossy Ibis at Horsey Island

Made my first visit to Horsey Island on Sunday to find the glossy ibises - and my daughter spotted five of them in the estuary, rather than the large "lake" where I was looking. Lovely to see them flying and three spoonbills as well. Are the ibises still around?

Posted August 7th, 2017 at 8:44 pm by Gordon Otley in General Birding

Swifts ~ South Brent

Late this evening good numbers of Swallows over the house at South Brent heading towards Plymouth, just on 8pm six Swifts came over, very vocal, shortly after that three spent some 20 mins screaming and racing around the roof tops as they do.

For most of the afternoon I was kept company by a very vocal Green Woodpecker, a Nuthatch over the garden this morning.

Posted August 7th, 2017 at 8:20 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Sunday 6th August 2017

Berry Head

Very quiet for birds in the afternoon heat. 2 female silver washed fritillaries were nectaring on flowers and egglaying along the track to the quarry, between the track junction outside the N fort and the quarry ramp top gate. Also here, a hawking male emperor dragonfly (which had a go at one of the fritillaries) and a pale hawker (possibly immature southern). Other butterflies included 1 small copper, many 2nd brood common blue, meadow brown, speckled wood, red admiral, painted lady and unidentified whites. On the rabbit lawn just south of the S fort, the first autumn ladies tresses orchids and autumn gentian were just coming into flower, but the real show here was thousands of autumn squill forming blue patches in the turf.

Silver washed fritillary, female   Autumn squill & wild thyme
Silver washed fritillary, female        Autumn squill & wild thyme

Posted August 6th, 2017 at 10:08 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

Lyme Bay boat trip

Some pictures from this morning's trip from Brixham. A good range of species, spectacular shearwater rafts and our first really good views of Balearic Shearwater for this season. 

Arctic Skua, adult chasing Common Tern, juvenile  Balearic Shearwater Storm Petrels
Arctic Skua (adult) chasing Common Tern (juv)         Balearic Shearwater                         Storm Petrels

Posted August 6th, 2017 at 9:31 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper showing well this afternoon, also, 140 Black Tailed Godwit, and 2 Reed Warblers at the back of the marsh. A female Marsh Harrier floated through at 4 pm, occasionally dropping into the reed bed, before flying off towards Darts farm.

Posted August 6th, 2017 at 7:49 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Egret roost

33 Little Egret at the high tide roost above Instow on the Torridge at 7pm tonight.

Posted August 6th, 2017 at 7:27 pm by Martin Unwin in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A Cattle Egret on Blaxton Pool with 13 Little Egrets and 24 Curlews, Also 90+ Goldfinches and c60 Swallows. 

Posted August 6th, 2017 at 6:34 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Cattle Egret

A single Cattle Egret at Blaxton Marsh - Saltram Estate among about a dozen Little Egrets

  

Posted August 6th, 2017 at 5:07 pm by Greg Bradbury in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lyme Bay Boat trip from Brixham

Out again this morning on another 3 hour trip and wow what a difference, sorry Plymouth group!!! 500 + Manx Shearwater, 8 + Balearic Shearwater, 1 Artic Skua, 4 Storm Petrel, 6 Tern sp, 1 Razorbill, Guillemot, Kittiwake, Fulmar, Lesser Black-backed Gull and Great Black- backed Gull. The Shearwater were in big rafts. 4+ Dolphins, difficult to ID species due to the swell. A most enjoyable trip. Next 3 Sundays we are full. 

Posted August 6th, 2017 at 2:06 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Female Sparrowhawk

A female Sparrow hawk landed on a dead tree in the back garden at Lipson, Plymouth, eyeing up the birds on my feeders


Posted August 6th, 2017 at 12:16 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Saturday 5th August 2017

Horsey Island

Four Glossy Ibis this evening. 1 Winter plumage Knot. 24 Mediterranean Gulls.

Posted August 5th, 2017 at 9:54 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Froward Point Wheatears

Small influx of Wheatears today. They will  be going south now I guess. Saw 2 on Froward Point and one on the bowling club green next door in Brixham.

Froward Point also gave us a male Clouded Yellow and some Painted Ladies.

Wheatear backdrop of Start BayClouded Yellow taking off


     Wheatear backdrop of Start Bay                                                 Clouded Yellow taking off

Posted August 5th, 2017 at 6:46 pm by Bill Coulson in General Birding

Skern

The immature Little Gull flew into the Skern again just before high tide at 5.00pm this evening. It rested up with mainly Black-headed Gulls and 2 each of Mediterranean Gulls and Common Gulls. Also about 20 Ringed Plovers .

Posted August 5th, 2017 at 6:29 pm by Roger Doble in General Birding

Borough Valley, Lee

View from above of Golden-ringed Dragonfly

Posted August 5th, 2017 at 6:27 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Borough Valley, Lee

A wonderful day out exploring, observing & photographing items of interest! The first item an auk like sculpture approx 3 times my height.

Still learning my Dragonflies & Damselflies. After looking at Dave Smallshire's & Andy Swash excellent photographic field guide to Britain & Ireland's Damelflies & Dragonflies I was quickly able to identify these two.

A male Southern Hawker & a Golden-ringed Dragonfly.

 

Posted August 5th, 2017 at 6:04 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

DB Plymouth Group, Lyme Bay Trip.

Plymouth group had a trip out this morning from Brixham  into Lyme Bay. 1 Grey Seal in harbour. Nice and sunny but very quiet some Guillemot on the water, 2 Razorbill, 8 Scoter flying in the distance, a small group of Kittiwake on the water until we reached the 8 mile mark. At last birds started to come to the chum. Birds seen 3 Storm Petrel, 1 Great Skua, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull , usual support from the Herring Gull and Fulmar. Very few Manx Shearwater, approx10. Coming back in we saw 6+ Common Dolphin and 2+ further out. Today we reached the 9 mile mark. 

Posted August 5th, 2017 at 4:12 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Yesterdays White-winged Black Tern BGM

White-winged Black Tern Bowling ( video here ) Green Marsh Topsham. Moulting adult with damaged leg. Also Ringed plover, Redshank, Dunlin etc.

White Winged Black TernSpotted Redshank


White-winged Black Tern                                      Spotted Redshank

Posted August 5th, 2017 at 9:50 am by Martin Rooney in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Osprey

Osprey at Gribbleford Bridge. On electricity cable surrounded on 3 sides with mature trees. Sorry no photo but larger than Buzzard, it's creamy white front and necklace of dark feathers,dark brown wings and back showed well in morning sun 8.30am. 

Posted August 5th, 2017 at 9:39 am by Sue Clark in General Birding

Kingsbridge Estuary

3+ Whimbrels, 14 Ringed Plovers and 11 Dunlins in Charleton Bay on the high tide early AM. Surprised to see an unseasonal male Common Scoter between Charleton Pt and Lincombe Woods.

Posted August 5th, 2017 at 8:09 am by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Friday 4th August 2017

Glossy Ibis

4 of 7

And also this evening: 14 Black-tailed Godwits, 20+ Little Egrets, 12 Dunlin, 2 Spoonbills. 1 male Sparrowhawk, 9 Mediterranean Gulls to go with the 5 on the Caen saltings.

Posted August 4th, 2017 at 8:37 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

White-winged Black Tern - BGM - 04/08/17

Took several pics of this bird from the hide, (not best quality unfortunately as at distance limit of my camera). Several other birders with cameras in the hide so hopfully better pics will follow.

White-winged Black Tern White-winged Black Tern White-winged Black Tern
White-winged Black Tern

Posted August 4th, 2017 at 7:22 pm by Chris Bollen in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Dragonflies/damselflies

About 90 minutes spent at Bystock Pond, East Devon AM.  No birds worthy of note, albeit Green Woodpecker heard.  During the brief periods that the sun came out so did the dragonflies, too brief really before darker clouds and rain; but did see a common darter and some common blue damselflies and a few others too fast to ID.

  Dragonflies/damselflies

Dragonflies/damselflies

Posted August 4th, 2017 at 6:56 pm by Rob Jerrard in Other Wildlife

Bowling Green Marsh

The moulting adult White-Winged Black Tern still late pm from the hide - also Wood Sand , Green Sand, Common Sand, Spotted Redshank , Whimbrel and 6 Ringed Plover

Posted August 4th, 2017 at 6:10 pm by Mark Bailey in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh

On arrival at the hide this lunchtime, a 'Black Tern' was feeding over the marsh and then rested on the island for a while before flying around to feed again. After some debate, most of the features pointed towards it being a moulting adult White-winged Black Tern. It was there when I left at around 1.30.

Posted August 4th, 2017 at 4:54 pm by Nick Potter in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lower Tamar Lake

Sightings for today at the Lower Lake.

5 Common Sandpiper, 4 Great Crested Grebe and 4 juv, 2 Nuthatch, 3 Greenfinch, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Moorhen, 12 Coot, 3 Tufted Duck, 3 Robin, 3 Marsh Tit, 5 Blue Tit, 1 Willow Tit, 4 Great Tit, 10 Canada Geese, c50 Mallard, c10 Swallow, 3 Coal Tit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Chaffinch, 2 House Martin.

 Rod Mudge

Posted August 4th, 2017 at 4:35 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Horsey Ibises

4 of the 7.

Posted August 4th, 2017 at 2:54 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Horsey

In addition to the 7 Glossy Ibis present this morning, (not sure what happened to my earlier post!) there were 2 unringed Spoonbills and 12 Black-tailed Godwits.

Posted August 4th, 2017 at 1:54 pm by Jon Turner in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Glossy Ibis

Four of the seven Glossy Ibises present again this morning.

Posted August 4th, 2017 at 1:28 pm by jon turner in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 3rd August 2017

Emsworthy Mire

Almost as soon as we started walking we had a quick view of a male sparrowhawk (at this point we didn't know what it was). It flew into the bushes so I followed it and had a quick but oh-so-beautiful viewing of this amazing bird plucking an unidentified prey item. We were also lucky enough to see a spotted flycatcher. We only saw one at a time but are very sure that there were more about. Other bird species that we saw here include: marsh or willow tit (probably marsh), blue tit, goldcrest, wood pigeon, wren, possible great tit, stonechat, nuthatch, robin, goldfinch, quick views of a possible (very likely) swallow, buzzard, chaffinch and chiffchaff/willow warbler.

Posted August 3rd, 2017 at 9:19 pm by Samuel Gray in General Birding

Horsey Island

Amongst a flock of 80 Dunlin & a few Ringed Plover 1 Knot in summer plumage.


Posted August 3rd, 2017 at 7:33 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

South Huish Marsh

Today at South Huish Marsh - A Yellow wagtail feeding around horses feet, 3 dunlin, a juvenile and an adult Mediterranean gull and a juvenile Yellow Legged Gull.

Thurlestone village - 3 spotted flycatchers in garden and around 10 swifts overhead

Offshore - a Sandwich tern, gannets, distant small shearwater sps. heading west, 2 small shearwater sp. closer in heading east, and a distant large shearwater sp. heading west at around 12:50hrs

Yellow Legged Gull - juvenile Yellow Legged Gull
Yellow Legged Gull - juvenile

Posted August 3rd, 2017 at 6:55 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Green Woodpecker

Juvenile Green Woodpecker on the front lawn AM, I was able to photograph through the glass of porch.  Pity the sun went behind a cloud but it came reasonably near as we prayed that nobody would walk through the Close.

    Green Woodpecker

Green Woodpecker

Posted August 3rd, 2017 at 5:53 pm by Rob Jerrard in General Birding

Braunton Toll Road.

The 7 Glossy Ibis have returned showing well from the toll road flood bank by the stables at 2 o clock this afternoon....Also a single Spoonbill...

Posted August 3rd, 2017 at 4:23 pm by Ken Ebsworthy in General Birding

Bolt Tail Thu 3 Aug 6:00 - 8:00 am

Seawatch from Soar Cove did not produce more than previous days despite of strong W wind: 96 Balearic Schearwaters, 240 Manx, 2 Storm Petrels, 1 Med Gull, 420 Gannet, 20 Fulmar.

Posted August 3rd, 2017 at 11:48 am by Hans Schekkerman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Hartland point

0600-0900

1320 Manx Shearwater

2 Balearic Shearwater

1 Storm Petrel

1 Sandwich tern

Posted August 3rd, 2017 at 10:41 am by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 2nd August 2017

Dawlish warren

Watched from 15:15 till 19:00

A wet and windy afternoon produced an execellent few hours sea watching the highlight was just before 18:00 just before a heavy pulse of rain started to move through picked up a group of 7 Skuas( 5 Arctic, 2 great ) just behind them a large shearwater appeared but before I could confirm Id it was lost  in the heavy rain.

The afternoon had started with a group of 4 storm petrels and a steady passage gave final count of 37+ , the main theme was a lot of Skuas the most numerous was Arctic Skua with 42+ ( just before I left 8 were on the sea and another 7 were flying in great to watch ) an impressive 11+ Pomarine Skua some very close, 8+ great skua.

Tern passage was strong all afternoon the majority were sandwich and common terns but one group of common terns close in also included 3 Artcic terns.

The supporting cast included 6+ Mediterranean gulls, 5 knot, 4 whimbrel , 26+ common gulls. 35+ common Scoter and a few Manx shearwaters.

An excellent afternoons birding 

Posted August 2nd, 2017 at 9:52 pm by Keith Birchall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Swifts

18 swifts in a group over my house in Barnstaple this evening about 6.30 pm. Over the last two days have seen groups of swifts on my way round North Devon. Obviously migrating back south and the summer. Lets hope they find it. Ours seems to have vanished yet again!

Posted August 2nd, 2017 at 7:50 pm by Robert Morgan in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatching on a very wet and murky day today produced (highlights): 3 Great Shearwater, 6 Sooty Shearwater, 31 Balearic Shearwater, 793 Manx Shearwater, 39 European Storm-Petrel, 21 Arctic Skua, 2 Great Skua, 1 Roseate Tern, 12 Common Tern, 3 Puffin,51 Common Scoter, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Redshank, 15 Dunlin and just 1 Harbour Porpoise! 

Video link to two of the Great Shearwaters if you slow the clip down and look hard..https://youtu.be/0DQEDQRQORc 

Posted August 2nd, 2017 at 6:47 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

BGM Wood Sandpipers

Pair of Wood sandpipers BGM


Posted August 2nd, 2017 at 4:51 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

A wet morning at Bowling Green Marsh hide.  A Spoonbill was by the main channel when I arrived just before 11am, but unfortunately soon got scared off by a low flying aircraft (helicopter?).  A Common Sandpiper showed well, but I didn't see the Wood (or Green) Sandpipers this morning.  The number of Teal and Wigeon have increased since last week, and there was one Shoveler. A quick visit to Goosemoor on my way home at around 1pm found the re-located Spoonbill and the long-staying Spotted Redshank, as well as several Greenshank.

Posted August 2nd, 2017 at 4:50 pm by Richard Swinbank in General Birding

Bolt Tail 1 Aug 6.00-7.30 am

Seawatch at Soar Cove produced 106 Balearic Shearwaters, 350 Manx, 4 Storm Petrels, 1 Arctic Skua.

Posted August 2nd, 2017 at 3:31 pm by Hans Schekkerman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bolt Tail 30 Jul 6.30-8.00 am

Seawatch at Soar Cave, produced 58 Balearic Shearwaters, 400 Manx, 1 Great Skua.

Posted August 2nd, 2017 at 3:25 pm by Hans Schekkerman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh

All quiet on the western Front last night.

The 2 Wood Sandpipers showed very well. They y were joined by a Common Sandpiper & a juvenile Dunlin. Another common Sand flew in later just off the main channel. First visit since alterations, so don't know how deep, but one of the Woods decided it was quicker to swim across. Approx 10+ lapwings also presrnt.

Wood Sandpipers Wood Sandpiper & Dunlin Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpipers                Wood Sandpiper & Dunlin                          Wood Sandpiper

Posted August 2nd, 2017 at 1:31 pm by Paul Treen in General Birding

Tuesday 1st August 2017

Skua off Teignmouth.

Large Skua species off Teignmouth, Ness. Mobbing, chasing a group of Sandwich Terns.

Posted August 1st, 2017 at 10:54 pm by Simon Bates in General Birding

South Brent

The morning started with a flock of juvenile Long Tailed Tits moving through the garden along with some juvenile warblers I suspect Chiffchaff, two Raven over head, a single swift and another late this afternoon.

This evening three of the four young Tawny owls that I have raised this season that were released on the 24th July came in for food just after 8.30pm as they have done since release giving me the chance to take a couple of photos.

 

Posted August 1st, 2017 at 9:28 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Went to Bowling Green Marsh for about an hour and a half this morning. I saw: a grey heron, 3 little egrets, 1 or 2 redshank, black-tailed godwits, a little ringed plover, 1 or more swallows, shelduck, 1 or more magpies, gadwall, black-headed gulls, about 8 canada geese, 2 wood sandpipers, 1 or more wood pigeons, 1 common sandpiper and a mediterranean gull. A good mornings birding.

Posted August 1st, 2017 at 8:07 pm by Samuel Gray in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Berry Head Yesterday: Med. Gull, Herring Gulls, Great Black-backed Gulls, Swallows, Cormorants/Shags, Corvids and Magpies. Also some Harbour Porpoise and some good views of a pod of about 8 Common Dolphins.

Posted August 1st, 2017 at 7:54 pm by Samuel Gray in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East Soar

A few bits & bobs included 15 Swift, 3 Wheatear, Willow Warbler, post-breeding flock of 40 House Sparrow and 180 Linnet in two flocks inc.130 on Bolt Head. 

Yesterday had a small skimmer on cliffs at West Soar which was probably a wandering Keeled Skimmer but there is always a possibility of a Southern Skimmer (would be first for UK mainland).

Posted August 1st, 2017 at 5:57 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Braunton Toll Road.

Good views (within 50 metres )of 7 Glossy Ibis 2 still in summer plumage at 2pm this afternoon...Watched them for an hour before they flew off high in the Barnstaple direction..2 Spoonbill, 2 Ringed Plover and 8 Black Tailed Godwit also present.

Posted August 1st, 2017 at 5:31 pm by Ken Ebsworthy in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake.

2 Great Crested Grebes with 2 well grown juveniles, 4+ Moorhens, 2 Coot, 1 Grey Wagtail, 12 Canada Geese, Swallows and House Martins, 15 Mallard, 2 Nuthatches, 2 Coal Tits, 1 Great Tit, 1 Willow Tit on the feeders, 1 Chiffchaff,. Buzzard nearby, 3 Wood Pigeons, 1 Wren..

Beautiful Demoiselle, Banded Demoiselle, Blue tailed Damselfly, 1 Southern Hawker, 3 Red Admirals, 1 Peacock several Meadow Browns, 2 Carpet moths..

Harvey Kendall and Barry Bryne.

Posted August 1st, 2017 at 4:01 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Lynton the coast and woodlands aroundLee Abbey.

Young wheatear,12 gannets over 3porpoise,fulmars,large numbers of stonechats' 4 young spotted flycatchers,redstart and chiffchaff.

Posted August 1st, 2017 at 3:01 pm by John elvin in General Birding

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