Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from August 2018

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Friday 31st August 2018

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford Sewage Works 1345 - 1515.

Black-tailed Godwit 32; Bar-tailed Godwit 3; Med Gull 3; Knot 3 and Ringed Plover 11.

Penhill Marsh.  Grey Heron 38; Little Egret 9; Whimbrel 1 and a Peregrine, which after spending best part of an hour preening on a sandbar, then decided to cause mayhem among the waders. It finally flew off towards Codden Hill.

Posted August 31st, 2018 at 7:47 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Spotted Crake at Budleigh Salterton.

Spotted Crake seen at 4 pm today from the hide north of Lime Kiln Car Park on River Otter at Budleigh Salterton.

Posted August 31st, 2018 at 7:40 pm by Malcolm Steward in Bird News

River Taw, adjacent to Horsey Island

Duplicate posting....seen this morning....Short-eared Owl on riverbank, two Ospreys, one on channel marker, two flying Spoonbill and a Peregrine.

Short-eared Owl Osprey with fish Spoonbill
Short-eared Owl                          Osprey with fish                                       Spoonbill

Posted August 31st, 2018 at 6:51 pm by Alan Denzey in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

2 Dipper, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Grey Heron, 17 Great Crested Grebe, 1m Tufted Duck, 1 Mute Swan, 50+ Mallard, Coot, Moorhen.

Posted August 31st, 2018 at 5:16 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Whinchat Gore lane Exmouth

Also Whinchat this morning at Gore Lane ( thanks to Mke L for ID)

https://youtu.be/EnTO7cfhTWQ

Posted August 31st, 2018 at 4:17 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Torcross

The Rosy Starling was again present this morning, departing west with a small group of its commoner cousins at 07:10.

Rosy Starling by the tank  Rosy Starling on The Boathouse
Rosy Starling by the tank                            Rosy Starling on The Boathouse

Posted August 31st, 2018 at 3:28 pm by Paul Roberts in Bird News

West Charleton Marsh / Bay

8 Cattle Egrets still present on the marsh along with a Green Sandpiper and 3 Yellow Wagtails. Across the bay, very distant, the Osprey on its usual perch in Ilton Woods.

Posted August 31st, 2018 at 3:28 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Around Exmouth

Early at Orcombe Point and Gore Lane 7am. At least 4 Wheatear (2 early, 2 later) on dung heap. Around 12 Yellow Wags in with the cattle behind Maer Farm (follow public footpath). Also Swallow, Linnet and Rook. Nothing unusual at high tide at Mudbank and a quick visit to Goosemoor 1 Greenshank and 1 Curlew nothing special at BGM.

Yellow Wag video. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uSwBzq86U0

Yellow Wagtail  Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail                              Yellow Wagtail

Posted August 31st, 2018 at 2:30 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

East & Middle Soar

A really good bird today, Tawny Pipit in rape stubble just east of Middle Soar house. Watched for c.10mins with Yellow Wagtails, Meadow Pipits & Linnets before all were scattered by hunting female Sparrowhawk. Also: 120+ Yellow Wagtail, 10 White Wagtail, 13 Wheatear, 330 Herring Gull, 550 Swallow & 80 House Martin moving east.

Posted August 31st, 2018 at 12:07 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Thursday 30th August 2018

Brixham pelagic

Went out of Brixham today on a 9-hour Naturetrek seabirds and cetaceans trip. We headed due east for about 20 miles, then south for about 20 miles, then west towards Start Bay, then north back to Brixham. We failed to find the main cetacean target, White-beaked Dolphin, but did encounter 8 pods of Common Dolphins, totalling about 125. The largest group, of 30 or more, was 8 miles E of Berry Head, and the last (about a dozen) was only 1 mile off Berry Head. Many of them came to ride our bow wave, giving excellent views. Eleven Harbour Porpoises rather paled into insignificance. Birdwise it was rather quiet, with 17 European Storm-petrels, 3 Balearic and 21 Manx Shearwaters, 5 Great Skuas, 43 Gannets, 19 Fulmars, 45 Guillemots, 150 Kittiwakes (including a colour-ringed juvenile that I photographed without realising it was ringed), 1 Common Scoter and 1 Med Gull (off Berry Head!). Returning back to Brixham, it was nice to see a few Turnstones in their summer finery scavenging for scraps, just a matter of days after returning from their wild Arctic breeding grounds!

 Colour-ringed Kittiwake Common Dolphin Turnstone

Colour-ringed Kittiwake                              Common Dolphin                             Turnstone

Posted August 30th, 2018 at 10:03 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Slapton Ley/Torcross

Early evening visit - the Rosy Starling flew in just after 7pm onto Torcross seafront rooftops, my 193rd species for this site so thanks to whoever found it! On the Ley at least 5 juv Yellow-legged Gulls flew into the gull roost. Earlier a flurry of migrants around the higher ley - 4 Spotted Flycatchers, Whinchat, 6 Whitethroats, 6 Blackcaps, 20+ phylloscs and 2 Wheatears. 500+ mixed hirundines over the lower ley and a late Swift.

Posted August 30th, 2018 at 8:46 pm by David Cope in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Juv / fem Marsh Harrier in the Higher Ley this evening

Posted August 30th, 2018 at 8:27 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Taw Bridge to Fremington Pill. 1120 - 1330.

40 Black-tailed Godwit; 1 Bar-tailed Godwit; 23 Redshank and just 1 Dunlin.

1250 Fremington Pill.

130+ Redshank; 3 Common Sandpiper; 1 Kingfisher; 1 Whimbrel and 1 Glossy Ibis. The Ibis normally frequents the area of the creek near the cottages and its roosting tree. Today it flew down nearer to the sluice gate. 1 Little Egret.

Posted August 30th, 2018 at 7:55 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

South Milton Reserve - Ditch Work

Further work is being carried out on the ditch created last year by the public footpath near the sewage treatment plant.  The work includes reshaping the banks and creating an access path which will lead to a viewing screen (to be erected later).  The work is scheduled to be completed by 7 September.

Posted August 30th, 2018 at 7:04 pm by Nick Townsend in Bird News

Anchorwood bank, Barnstaple 11:30

Some 36 Black-tailed Godwits and 1 Bar-tailed on the receding tide.

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit

Posted August 30th, 2018 at 4:18 pm by Roy Churchill in Bird News

Torcross

Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling showing well on rooftops along the seafront this morning.

Posted August 30th, 2018 at 8:32 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Wednesday 29th August 2018

South Efford marsh

Lovely evening at South Efford marsh, a spotted flycatcher on the way to the hide then whilst sat in the hide good views of greenshanks and black tailed godwits and a whimbrel flew past.

    

Eds - to all photographers please label or reference species photos.

Posted August 29th, 2018 at 9:46 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Clennon Valley Ponds, Paignton this afternoon

A pair of dabchicks with 3 well-grown chicks showing well at the upper end of the lower pond. 9 gadwall (3m, 6f) on the middle pond, and 2 tufted duck (1 on lower pond, 1 on middle). Large numbers of chiffchaffs were working through and flycatching around the sallows around the middle pond.

Dabchick, adult and chick  Gadwall, drake
Dabchick, adult and chick                            Gadwall, drake

Posted August 29th, 2018 at 9:40 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

West Charleton Marsh / Bay

Great couple hours this evening on the high tide. Thought there was a maximum of 6 Cattle Egrets, hard to see following cattle through the rushes and reeds but eventually 8 flew out and down ria to the local egret roost. Wonder if they are fresh in or part of yesterdays influx ? For what it's worth they seemed to know which direction the roost was so maybe familiar with area..About to leave the hide when a Barn Owl started quartering the marsh and then all the gulls in the bay went crazy and an Osprey was out there catching a fish pretty late in the day. Also saw Common Sandpiper and 2 Snipe.

Posted August 29th, 2018 at 9:09 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

East Soar

Yellow Wagtails showing well with cattle, counted 32 (adults and Juveniles) also 6 Wheatears, all Juv/1st winter birds.

Yellow Wagtail, Juv/1st Winter    Wheatear, juv/1st winter
Yellow Wagtail, Juv/1st Winter                               Wheatear, juv/1st winter

Posted August 29th, 2018 at 6:10 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Stokenham. ( churchyard )

A 1st. W. male Redstart in the churchyard ; my first of the autumn.

Posted August 29th, 2018 at 4:55 pm by Alan K. Searle in Bird News

Middle Soar & Soar Mill Valley

Great views of 3 Dotterel on lightly cultivated stubble just west of the East Soar car park, viewable from the footpath. First seen at 12:28hrs. All imms with one showing pink on upper belly. Very tame!

Also: 2 Golden Plover, Redstart, 13 Wheatear, Fulmar.

Non-avian: Clouded Yellow & Female Roe Deer.

Posted August 29th, 2018 at 4:13 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

River Otter (East Devon)

With reference to Steve Hoppers request, the Spotted Crake has been showing on the east side of the Otter Estuary at map ref:  SY075826 (using 'grid ref finder').  Best viewed from the first viewing platform on the west side down river from Whitebridge (where it is best to park).  From the platform look down the estuary towards the only visible muddy shore several hundred yards away and below the DB (East Bank) hide.  I have yet to see a decent photo as the distance and reed bed obscures the view!  I believe it has also been seen from the main hide (West Bank) further down towards the sea front.  Hope this helps.

Elsewhere in East Devon today an Osprey seen from the Mudbank Lane viewing screen, Exmouth at 10.45am heading from Powderham to Turf.

Posted August 29th, 2018 at 4:11 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Berry Head

A slow start to the morning until I got into the quarry where I found 3 Blackcaps, 1 Whitethroat, 5-6 Willow Warbler5-6 Chiffchaff, 1 Reed Warbler and this... A Western Bonelli's Warbler! It showed 3 times over 1.5 hrs  -sadly there was no sign of it after about 0920hrs.

 Western Bonelli's Warbler Berry Head 29 Aug 2018 ML  Western Bonelli's Warbler Berry Head 29 Aug 2018 ML

   Western Bonelli's Warbler Berry Head 29 Aug 2018 ML  

The bird called several times confirming the identity as Western Bonelli's Warbler. This is the first specifically identified Western  Bonelli's on mainland Devon since 1986 (the last Devon record was 2010 on Lundy - the 2016 Devon Bird Report county list is wrong! Thanks James Diamond)

Posted August 29th, 2018 at 2:35 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Horsey

1 Osprey over Horsey am, good views for about 20 minutes.

Also 1 Juv Wheatear.


Posted August 29th, 2018 at 1:04 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Otter Estuary, Budleigh Salterton The Spotted Crake

Hi is any one able to give a map ref in respect of the location to view the Spotted Crake at Budleigh Salterton please ~ regards Steve

Posted August 29th, 2018 at 12:43 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Start Point

Fairly quiet but an unusual highlight was a Spotted Redshank overhead. ( Have had one here before ).

Posted August 29th, 2018 at 9:43 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Tuesday 28th August 2018

South Brent Tawny owls

An evening with the four young Tawny owls that I released back into the wild recently..... twelve sightings in total, on three occasions two birds in view at the same time, having fed, the birds could be heard calling as they began to range out from the area of their release pen.

  

Posted August 28th, 2018 at 10:32 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Otter Estuary, Budleigh Salterton

The Spotted Crake has been showing fairly regularly at low tide over the last couple of days. Best viewed from either of the designated viewing platforms 150M north of the Lime Kiln Car Park on the west side of the estuary OR 150M south of White Bridge on the west side of the estuary. Best time for the tide is around  3 - 4 hours after or before high tide. The Egyptian Goose (rare on the Otter) has still been hanging around with the large Canada Goose flock along with 2 Greylag Geese. Below is a digiscoped video still using my phone and a 50X zoom and some luck! More and video on my blog: http://creamteabirding.blogspot.com

Spotted Crake, Otter Estuary by Chris Townend
 

Posted August 28th, 2018 at 10:29 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Kestrels at Southdown Cliff. Brixham

I spent some time this morning watching a pair of Kestrels hunting along the cliffside at Southdown. Eventually one got close enough for a photo.

Kestrel
Kestrel

Posted August 28th, 2018 at 6:51 pm by Bill Coulson in Bird News

Kingsbridge area

Start Point first thing fairly quiet, 2 Chiffchaffs, Blackcap, Grey Wagtail and 31 Yellow Wagtails. Then went down to Beesands for an hour not seeing the Rose-coloured Starling reported yesterday. Had a look down Charleton Marsh late morning and there was a Cattle Egret at the top of the marsh and a distant Osprey perched on a branch across the water in Lincombe Woods. Then went and saw the incredible 51 Cattle Egrets at South Huish that departed N-NE at 15:00 ( next stop South Efford ? ). Finally had another go at the Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling at Beesands and saw it at 16:20 with Common Starlings on the roof of the grey house, 3rd back from the hide car park.

Posted August 28th, 2018 at 5:30 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Around East Soar & Aveton Gifford

East Soar area ~ In the large stubblefield from the Bolt Head memorial car park car park (opposite the airfield) a flock of some 100 plus mixed Wagtails mostly Yellow but several Pied and at least one White along with Linnets all birds lifted when a hunting juvenile female Sparrow hawk swept across the field at low level.

Three Kestrels in the area, two female Sparrow Hawks, several Buzzard, two Sika deer stags the first wild ones that I have seen.

Three Wheatear.

Down at the farm in with the cattle up to 50 Yellow Wagtails very mobile moving around the area but coming back to where the cattle were.

Aveton Gifford tidal road, Osprey, Greenshank, Redshank 350 plus Herring Gulls, Oyster Catcher, Curlew and two Common Sandpiper.

Back home at South Brent the visiting Hobby.

Posted August 28th, 2018 at 4:05 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Wembury

This morning:-

10 Mediterranean gull (7 adult, 3 2nd winter) 8 Ringed plover, 4 little egret, c40 Goldfinch, 4 Cirl bunting, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 2 Wheatear, 1 Sparrowhawk. Plenty of berries and apples ripe for picking.

Posted August 28th, 2018 at 3:17 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

BGM , Goosemoor, Darts Farm

Birded from 6.50 - 11 am. Arrived at BGM to find approx 400 Canada Geese (and the Snow Goose) who fortunately moved out before the main wader flocks came in on the high tide. Of note, 3 Knot, 2 Green Sandpiper, 10 Greenshank (left for Goosemoor) 2 Oyks, Stock Dove, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Med Gull, Jay (near viewing platform). Paraglider disturbance again at approx 9.30. 

Goosemoor 16 Greenshank, 6 Common Sandpiper, adult Spotted Redshank.

Darts farm - a few Swallow and 26 Lapwing.

Knot
Knot

Oystercatcher
Oystercatcher

Cormorant
Cormorant

Posted August 28th, 2018 at 2:52 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

SouthHuish Marsh

At 11.05 a flock of 51 CATTLE EGRET flew down the valley and landed in a field containing a herd of Friesian Cows . This is most likely a Devon record and possibly a UK record for a single flock

Posted August 28th, 2018 at 2:50 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

East Soar

Still wagtails around with 67 Yellow Wagtails, 7 White Wagtails & 13 Pied Wagtails across the area. Also: 2 Tree Pipit, Whinchat, 6 Wheatear, Redstart, 5 Blackcap, 14 Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler & 80 Linnet.

Posted August 28th, 2018 at 2:23 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Monday 27th August 2018

Shaldon

Five Tree Pipits, two Spotted Flycatchers and a flyover Yellow Wagtail were the pick of the migrants at Bundle Head this morning.

Posted August 27th, 2018 at 9:40 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Preston, Paignton

Walking down to Preston seafront this morning approx. 20 House Martins, Grey Heron flying inland, 13 Turnstones on Marine Parade, Collared Dove, several Swallows, Starlings and a number of Shags.

Posted August 27th, 2018 at 8:35 pm in Bird News

Soar

A hike between Bolberry and Overbecks and back via Soar: 250+ yellow Wagtails (60+ in fields on the Warren nr Bolt Hd with Highland cattle, 40+ in with dairy cattle at East Soar farm and 150+ in grassy fields at top of Overbecks), 3 White Wagtails on beach at Soar Mill cove with Pied Wagtails and 13 Rock Pipits. Other migrants 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Redstart, 7 Willow Warbler 15+ Chiffchaff, also 2 Firecrest in woods below Overbecks. 

 white Wagtail Soar mill cove 27 Aug 2018 ML    pied Wagtail 1w

            White Wagtail ad probably female                                   Pied Wagtail fw probably female

Yellow Wagtails Soar 27 Aug 2018 ML

                                      Part of Yellow Wagtail flock above Overbecks East Soar.

Posted August 27th, 2018 at 6:52 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

One Balearic Shearwater W at 08.30 today, 27th – a long-awaited patch first! Also 11 Manx Shearwaters and 8 juv Shags flying W out of the Bristol Channel. On Sun 26th, 146 Gannets – a record count for me at this site – flew W out of the Channel 14.00 onwards, as the front eased away to the E, the wind backed to the W, the rain got lighter and visibility picked up. Surprisingly little else with them; just single Manx Shearwater and Kittiwake and 37 Fulmars (probably most of the latter from local colonies).

Posted August 27th, 2018 at 3:22 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Skern

At last, signs of migration on the Skern. Feeding on the mud on an outgoing tide just over Appledore Bridge among a mixed flock of Dunlin and Ringed Plover were 2 Little Stint and a Curlew Sandpiper. Also in the area 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern and 19 Knot.

Posted August 27th, 2018 at 10:22 am by Roger Doble in Bird News

Sunday 26th August 2018

Sidmouth sea watch

Short seawatch from Sidmouth sea front in the squally rain c10:30-11.30. 2 arctic skuas (both close in), 1 distant Manx/Balearic shearwater, 8 sandwich terns, 6 kittiwakes, 1 fulmar, 8 gannets, 1 common scoter. All going W except the scoter going E.

Posted August 26th, 2018 at 11:34 pm by Michael Pocock in Bird News

Pied Flycatcher

Devon coast path Yealm estuary

Posted August 26th, 2018 at 8:25 pm by Tony Edie in Bird News

South Brent Hobby

From today's 5.30pm visit

Posted August 26th, 2018 at 5:58 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Teignmouth

Seawatching from the yacht club 09:00 - 11:10: two Arctic Skuas, one Great Skua, one skua sp, seven Manx Shearwaters, eight Common Scoters, c.50 Common Terns, 34 Sandwich Terns, 61 Kittiwakes, two Med Gulls and a Whimbrel.

Posted August 26th, 2018 at 5:19 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Dipper

Whilst walking along River Lemon Culvert from ASDA to Bradley Lane along with the regular Grey Wagtail there was a Dipper just yards from centre of town. 

Posted August 26th, 2018 at 5:16 pm by Gary Bolton in Bird News

Crossing to Lundy

Yesterday close to the Island an Arctic Skua. Today a few more, lots of Gannets and Porpoise. 

Juv Dark phase Arctic Skua
Juv Dark phase Arctic Skua

Gannet
Gannet

Posted August 26th, 2018 at 4:05 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatching highlight totals this morning: 1 Storm Petrel, 1 Sooty, 32 Balearic, 18 Manx Shearwaters, 145 Common, 81 'commic', 7 Arctic & 16 Sandwich Terns, 13 Arctic & 18 Great Skuas, 600+ Kitiwakes mostly in a huge raft in Torbay ,18 Med & 9 Common Gulls, 32 Common Scoter.

         Dave Dawe & pigeon friend.  

                      Dave Dawe and Friend                                     Sooty Shearwater in the mist.

Posted August 26th, 2018 at 2:34 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Saturday 25th August 2018

Wrafton etc

While watching a Kingfisher in the reserve this morning, another one came in. Sadly when this happens they usually just chase each other around and depart, just like these two did. Lots of Tits of all 4 species in a wide-spread mobile flock, which included at least a couple of Chaffinches and Blackcaps. Oddly, a Little Grebe was on the pond after not seeing one for a week or so. This one looked like an adult. Still one of the juvenile Canada Geese on the pond. Unable, or unwilling to fly.

This evening I walked around Sherpa Marsh. There were at least 400 Canada Geese there. Of more interest were about 16 Pied Wagtails over on the saltmarsh on the Caen River, several Little Grebes on the main Pond, still 2 Lapwing, 2 Greenshank, a few each of Swallow and House Martin, and a hunting juvenile male Sparrowhawk which took full advantage of seeing several Reed Warblers flycatching out of the top of the Reed-bed. It took one and plucked and ate it about 50 yards from where I was watching. Also (adding to the strange timings and sightings all this spring/summer) were at least 10 Swifts hunting over the reed bed. 1 Little Egret. About 40 Swallows over the reserve as I walked out.

Posted August 25th, 2018 at 9:38 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Prawle Point

Highlight today was a Wood Warbler seen at 7.30 and 8.30 am below NT car park and in the reserve. Pat thought on average seen here every 4/5 years. Also 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 6 Yellow Wagtails (with Black Cattle), 20+ Whitethroats, 7 Blackcaps, 2 Willow Warblers, 1 Sand Martin. Earlier Pat had seen 2 Mute Swans ( irregular occurrence here) 4 Tree Pipits and 1 Wheatear.

Posted August 25th, 2018 at 8:12 pm in Bird News

THE HOBBY IS BACK !!!!!!!

For those who have been following the four year saga of the young Hobby that I reared and released in 2014 may be as delighted as I am to know that she returned this evening !!!!

As yet I have not seen her but my wife and daughter saw her about 6pm sat on a post outside of the kitchen, when food was offered followed by a whistle she gave one of her usual flying displays before coming in to take the offered day old chick, hopefully she will return later this evening so that I can see her........

(Update) She came in again at 8.10pm just before dusk and again at 8.25p when she took another DOC, now just need her to arrive in day light in an effort to get some new images.

While waiting for her to return 14 Long Tailed Tits through the garden a record number for the garden and one Tawny owl.

Posted August 25th, 2018 at 6:49 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford sewagw works 1220

Black-tailed Godwit 5; Knot 22; Med Gull 5.

43 Grey Heron on Penhill Marsh.

Posted August 25th, 2018 at 6:47 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Swift and Red Kite

Single Swift seen this afternoon just after 2.00 pm over the Victoria Road area of Barnstaple quickly followed by a Red Kite being mobbed by two gulls before drifting off towards Goodleigh direction

Posted August 25th, 2018 at 5:08 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News

BGM

Birded 7am - 9.30 nothing of any great note - sunshine too bright and mist too misty to see much at times. Paraglider disturbed 90% of the roosting flock at about 9.25. Pair of Kingfisher at Riversmeet.

!!!!! Kingfisheer
!!!!!                                 Kingfisher

Posted August 25th, 2018 at 11:05 am by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Friday 24th August 2018

Avon reservoir

Very obliging Jack Snipe near Huntingdon Cross sat for several minutes before usual low short flight.

Posted August 24th, 2018 at 9:31 pm by John Phillips in Bird News

South Efford Marsh, Aveton Gifford, Nr Kingsbridge

Friday 24th August. The osprey still on the East side of the Avon Estuary, just beyond the South end of the tidal road at mid-day.

From 5.30 to 6.30pm at South Efford hide. 3 common sandpipers, 5 ringed plover, 7 dunlin, 7 black-tailed godwits, 5 greenshank, probable green sandpiper (distant in the rain), 12 curlew, 1 whimbrel, kingfisher, 4 teal with 50+mallard and 70+ canada geese. Many pied wagtails and 2 yellow wagtails. On walk back, large twittering of about 150 house martins, with some swallows all very active overhead.

Posted August 24th, 2018 at 9:17 pm by Chris Klee in Bird News

Plym Estuary

Highlight was a male Redstart and 2 Juv Yellow-legged Gulls. Also - 3 Ringed Plovers (unusually 2 on Blaxton), 2 Greenshanks, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 41 Curlews, 2 Turnstones, 2nd-s Mediterranean Gull, 20 Little Egrets, Green Woodpecker, 2 Whitethroats & Chiffchaff.

Posted August 24th, 2018 at 7:18 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Otter Estuary, Budleigh Salterton

A visit from 4pm to 5pm. The Spotted Crake showed rather well on the far side of the Estuary from the viewing platform south of white bridge. Also a single Egyptian Goose. If interested, more information and pictures at http://dixiesbirding.blogspot.com

Posted August 24th, 2018 at 6:51 pm in Bird News

Exmouth

Three Osprey together off Mudbank this morning @ 0920.

Posted August 24th, 2018 at 2:59 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Soar

Very few migrants about, best was: 18 Yellow Wagtail & 12 Wheatear. Also: 130 Linnet & 2 Red-legged Partridge.

Posted August 24th, 2018 at 2:01 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Colour ringed Med gull Plymouth

I have received back the information of a juvenile Med Gull seen on Blaxton Meadow on the 28th July 2018.

Yellow ring 2L67 in black. Ringed on 25th June 2018 as a pulli at South Binness, Langston Harbour, Hampshire.  It's always good to know something about the birds you see.

Posted August 24th, 2018 at 1:05 pm by Martin Philiips in Bird News

East Prawle.

At Moorwell Pond, a Nightjar caught at this morning's ringing session.A stunning bird at close quarters. Dissapointingly few common migrants on site,4 Blackcaps, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler,1 Chiffchaff  and 1 Sedge Warbler.

Nightjar  
Nightjar

Posted August 24th, 2018 at 11:57 am by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Thursday 23rd August 2018

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

2 Marsh Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Willow Tit, 2 Grey Heron, 15 Great Crested Grebe, 1m Tufted Duck, 1 Mute Swan, 9 House Martin, 5 Greenfinch.

Posted August 23rd, 2018 at 9:44 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Broadsands

Another juvenile Yellow-legged Gull this evening (photo below) - lots of new scapular feathers and one new wing covert feather. Also at least 11 Mediterranean Gulls

Yellow-legged Gull juv Broadsands 23 Aug 2018 ML

Posted August 23rd, 2018 at 9:36 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Aveton Gifford tidal road

On arrival at the Aveton Gifford tidal road this afternoon, several birders viewing a juvenile Yellow Legged Gull, the reported Osprey showed up perching at the top of a dead tree across the estuary, flew several times before returning to the same perch.

 

Its presence flushed a number of birds including 34 Curlew, 17 Black Tailed Godwit and 34 plus Mallard.

Four Greenshank flew in, 2 Little Egret, 1 Heron, 1 Buzzard, 24 Mute Swan and a Common Sandpiper.

Dart Bridge this evening two Dipper.

Back home at South Brent two Tawny owls

 

Posted August 23rd, 2018 at 8:54 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Soar & Averton Gifford

Soar - 44 Yellow Wagtails, 10 Blackcaps, Whinchat, Wheatear, Sedge Warbler, Hare & 2 Roe Deer.

Averton Gifford - Osprey over the estuary, juv Yellow-legged Gull, Black-tailed Godwit & 4 Greenshanks. 

Posted August 23rd, 2018 at 8:01 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Wednesday 22nd August 2018

Ilfracombe

The last week have seen lots of Med Gulls passing & loafing on the rocks from Tunnels Capstone & Chain, max c 60 . I've nots seen any darvic ringed Herring Gulls still present. 2 pairs of GBBGus look like they have now taken up residence. 

Mediterranean Gullsone of Ilfracombes Lesser BBg Juvs
Mediterranean Gulls                                         one of Ilfracombes Lesser BBg Juvs

Posted August 22nd, 2018 at 9:24 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford sewage works. 1400.

Black-tailed Godwit 15; Med Gull 19; L.B.B.G 6; G.B.B.G 6

Penhill Marsh - Grey Heron 35.

Saw my first returning Lapwing at 1220 Castle Quay, Barnstaple.

Posted August 22nd, 2018 at 8:00 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Mansands

A quick walk around the lake at Mansands this morning gave a Garden Warbler in an Elderberry bush and a Wheatear, juvenile on the beach.

 

Posted August 22nd, 2018 at 3:38 pm by Bill Coulson in Bird News

Femington Pill 14:00 - 15:00

Glossy Ibis still plus 1x Greenshank, 1x Common Sand and the usual redshank gang.

Posted August 22nd, 2018 at 3:22 pm by Roy Churchill in Bird News

Otter Estuary, Budleigh Salterton

A Spotted Crake was a very welcome addition to patch list this morning. It is actually quite showy for a Spotted Crake! Best viewed from the hide on the west side of the Otter just north of the Lime Kiln Car Park. The bird is feeding on the opposite side of the estuary along the vegetated muddy bank so a scope is pretty essential. Also important to avoid high tide. First seen late in the gloom yesterday evening but I didn't have my scope to confirm my suspicions! Some video on my blog later today for those interested. http://creamteabirding.blogspot.co.uk

Posted August 22nd, 2018 at 12:02 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Tuesday 21st August 2018

Venford Reservoir

Late afternoon, of note: 1 Green Sandpiper and 16 Goosander.

Posted August 21st, 2018 at 7:27 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Plym Estuary

Over the high tide, Black-tailed Godwit 3, Ringed Plover juv, Turnstone 13, Kingfisher, Yellow-legged Gull juv, Little Egret 19, Curlew 41, Shelduck juv and my first Wheatear of the autumn here.

Posted August 21st, 2018 at 6:05 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Venford reservoir

Earlier this morning, 24 Goosanders- all female, plus a pair of little grebe.

Posted August 21st, 2018 at 5:53 pm by John Lusher in Bird News

East Soar

Best today was a Pied Flycatcher in the farm willows but also Sparrowhawk pair, 80 House Martin, 8 Pied Wagtail, 3 Tree Pipit, 4 Wheatear, 9 Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff & 120 House Sparrow.

Four other birders reported a Corn Bunting in the water tower field - 2nd year in succession for this scarce species.

Posted August 21st, 2018 at 3:23 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Start Point

06:00-08:00

50 Swallows, 3 Tree Pipits, Yellow Wagtail, Blackcap, 4 Whitethroats, Chiffchaff, 6 Willlow Warblers, 3 Spotted Flycatchers and 2 Pied Flycatchers.

Posted August 21st, 2018 at 9:24 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Monday 20th August 2018

Ugbrooke Park

I took the opportunity to visit on one of the few days when it's possible to enter Ugbooke (near Chudleigh) this afternoon. The lake is a typical Capability Brown affair, with almost no aquatic vegetation and - in keeping with the estate's shooting enterprise - brim full of Mallard - at least 800 of them! That's an exceptional total for Devon, but I'm sure most (if not all) of these were reared for shooting and released in advance of the season, which starts on 1 September. With them was a Great Crested Grebe (my first ever in Chudleigh parish) and 2 Coot, but nothing else. There were up to 9 Stock Doves together in the surround old trees - in fact I saw them more often than Wood Pigeon, which doesn't happen very often!

Posted August 20th, 2018 at 5:28 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Horsey

2 Knot on Horsey am.


Posted August 20th, 2018 at 4:27 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Blaxton Meadow.

A few hours before high tide produced the following. Common Sandpiper 2, Redshank 114, Greenshank 4, Little Grebe 1, Grey Heron 11. On the meadow were Little Egret 18, Curlew 41, Oystercatcher 4, Shelduck 1,  BHG 345 and Black Tailed Godwit 7.

Posted August 20th, 2018 at 1:07 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Bridleway between Lee Moor and Plympton

One Yellow Wagtail feeding with Meadow Pipits in field before you reach the down. Yellow Wagtail then flew east. At least five Spotted Flycatcher in bushes along the bridleway before you reach Crownhill Down. 

Bridleway is off B3417 between Plympton and Lee Moor.

Posted August 20th, 2018 at 7:50 am by Chris E in Bird News

Lyme Bay Boat Trip - 19 Aug

As mentioned by Nigel we saw this Herring Gull this morning that only had a stub of a beak.  It seemed to have no problem feeding so its survival doesn't seem to be in doubt, but its ability to preen has to be in question.  Given the condition of its plumage though it doesn't look like a lack of attention but that the bird has had a very serious encounter with fishing gear which it was lucky to survive. 

Herring Gull 
Herring Gull

Posted August 20th, 2018 at 12:10 am by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Sunday 19th August 2018

South Efford Marsh

Late afternoon. Osprey still present, busy catching fish out in the estuary just downstream of the marsh. Also 2 Green Sandpipers, 3 Greenshank, 14 Black-tailed Godwits and 23 Curlew.

Posted August 19th, 2018 at 9:12 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Blue billed duck

Blue billed duck seen between Exe bridges in Exeter is a Fulvous Whistling Duck.

Posted August 19th, 2018 at 8:31 pm by Ian Muir in Bird News

Exe bridges blue billed duck

Unusual blue billed duck between the two Exe bridges in Exeter. I assume it is an escapee. It has a yellow band on leg.

Posted August 19th, 2018 at 8:20 pm by Ian Muir in Bird News

Sparrowhawk in Brixham garden

We have a bird feeding station midway between two thick shrubs. Our resident House Sparrow flock numbers about two dozen and they use these shrubs as an emergency refuge. This Sparrowhawk (female?) spent ten minutes trying to winkle one out but with no luck this time.

Sparrowhawk trying for House Sparrow Sparrowhawk
Sparrowhawk trying for House Sparrow              Sparrowhawk

Posted August 19th, 2018 at 7:52 pm by Bill Coulson in Bird News

Plym Estuary

On the high tide, a nice gathering of waders along the Embankment, included 4 Ringed Plovers (3 juvs & ad), Common Sandpiper, 6 Turnstones and 2 Dunlins.

Also 2+ juv Yellow-legged Gulls & 2 Black-tailed Godwits on Blaxton Meadow with 43 Curlews, 4 Oystercatchers, 19 Little Egrets, Stock Dove, juv Shelduck and a juv Mediterranean Gull.

Posted August 19th, 2018 at 7:34 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Broadsands "Ringing query"

Broadsands this afternoon, four Mediterranean Gulls all young birds.

Two juvenile Herring Gulls seen, one very tatty around the head, both birds were sporting bright green plastic poultry type tags on their left leg.

 

All gulls put up by a low flying young Buzzard..

  

Posted August 19th, 2018 at 7:27 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Lyme Bay boat trip from Brixham

The large feeding flock of gannets encountered 2.5 km SE of Mansands on the way south was one of the highlights of the trip. Nigel's count of 50+ is a conservative estimate, I counted 30, then we steamed south into a much larger flock. A very smart pale juvenile Mediterranean Gull attended the chum off Scabbacombe Head. It stayed for some time, doing well among among the larger gulls - must have been hungry. Sadly the storm petrel posed well for all of about a second before hopping over a wave crest and vanishing, so no picture.

Gannet flock 2.5 km SE of Mansands Mediterranean Gull, juvenile
Gannet flock 2.5 km SE of Mansands                  Mediterranean Gull, juvenile

Posted August 19th, 2018 at 6:57 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Lyme Bay boat trip

Trip out into Lyme bay from Brixham was restricted by the rough seas and strong winds so ended not going out to far. Birds seen also refelect the rough seas. 50+ Gannets, 4 Manx Shearwater in the distance, Many Great black-backed Gulls, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls , Kittiwake, a very nice Med Gull very close to the boat so hope somebody will post picture and a very quick sighting of a Storm Petrel. Also seen a Herring Gull with a stub  of a beak, must find great difficulty in feeding. Lets hope next Sunday is a better day!!!

Posted August 19th, 2018 at 4:59 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Canada Goose

Seeing Rupert's comments re Cackling Canada Goose. I'm no expert, but it is the time of the year when this year's juveniles are out and about and they are smaller than the adults (as his photo shows). So could this just be a juvenile? Anyone with more knowledge on the range of Lesser Canada's prepared to comment?

Posted August 19th, 2018 at 2:03 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Upper Torridge Estuary

Upper Torridge yesterday 18 Aug

15 Common Sandpipers

1 Barnacle Goose

1 possible Cackling Goose. Smaller than Canadas, stubby bill, yelping call

Barnacle Goose? Cackling GooseCanada and ?Cackling Goose
Barnacle Goose          ? Cackling Goose                Canada and ?Cackling Goose

Eds: looks more like a juv Canada Gosoe not fully grown yet.

Posted August 19th, 2018 at 9:34 am by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Exmouth

A flock of 7 Cattle Egrets past Orcombe Point @0635, and then towards the Warren, presumably continuing upriver? Also the juvenile Black Tern still off the seafront with c30+ Common Tern. Also 5 Common Scoter and 7 Balearic Shearwater past Orcombe.

Posted August 19th, 2018 at 8:12 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Saturday 18th August 2018

Steve H’s Ringed Med Gull - Green RLN4

For further information: I saw this gull on Thursday at Broadsands - it is a gull I had seen before in September last year. I sent off my most recent sighting to the French ringing project and heard back promptly.  The gull was ringed as a chick in Jablines, just outside Paris in June 2015. It has been sighted several times in Torbay, summer and winter, since December 2016.  Seems to love the Bay! 

Posted August 18th, 2018 at 8:02 pm by Alistair King in Bird News

River Dart at Dartington

Sitting hidden on the riverbank below the deer park we watched a pair of Dipper working hard catching  large quantities of Caddisfly larvae. 

A family group of five young Goosander appeared swimming upstream fishing as they went.  They all took off when a group of kayakers came downstream and were followed into the air by an adult female who had been hidden under the trees on the far bank.

Dipper feedingGossander five of six family groupGoosander, one of the family group
Dipper feeding      Gossander five of six family group      Goosander, one of the family group

Posted August 18th, 2018 at 7:27 pm by Bill Coulson in Bird News

Tawny owl ~ South Brent

Some images of two of the four young Tawny owls released overnight on the 16th August (four of seven that came in as very young chicks) tucked away in the tree's above their release pen, they took all of the food placed out for them last night, not easy to spot but some owl poop on the ground gave them away..

 

Posted August 18th, 2018 at 6:20 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Paignton coastal

Marine Parade, Paignton ~ Ten Oyster Catcher, one Little Egret, one juvenile GBBG, one unidentified small wader species lifted from the rocks and flew around the headland one first summer Mediterranean Gull, twenty plus Blacked Headed Gulls.

Broadsands beach not less than eight Mediterranean Gulls two of which were ringed one adult with green ring RLN4 and a metal tag ring which begins FS and ends with 9 3082 and is stamped Musee Paris. A first summer bird with yellow ring 2L14 and a metal tag ring containing the numerals 76712. Later both birds photographed while stood together.

Four GBBG's,two being juveniles, three Mute Swan, two Little Egret, one Oyster Catcher, one Fulmar and a distant Gannet.

 

 

 

Posted August 18th, 2018 at 2:37 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Blaxton Meadow.

A walk around the estuary a few hours before high tide produced the following. Turnstone 7, Black T Godwit 1, Common Sandpiper 6, Dunlin 3, Ringed Plover 9, Redshank 48 and Grey Heron 11. On the meadow were Curlew 45, Oystercatcher 6, BHG c310, Shelduck 2 imm and 18 Little Egret.

Posted August 18th, 2018 at 11:43 am by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Coypool Plymouth 17.08.18

Single swift heading south over park and ride at Coypool at 20.05

Posted August 18th, 2018 at 7:08 am by Graham Devine in Bird News

Friday 17th August 2018

North Devon Gannet

Hi all, I was very happy to see my first Gannet today while surfing at Woolacombe this afternoon. I’ve always loved them but have never seen one in person, it was extra special as I was in the water with it! Great perspective watching it dive into the water only a few metres away! 

Have a good day,

Ryan

Posted August 17th, 2018 at 8:34 pm by Ryan Watts in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

One or 2 juv Yellow-legged Gulls on Blaxton Meadow with 43 Curlews, 3 Oystercatchers, 18+ Little Egrets & Stock Dove. Elsewhere, 4 Ringed Plovers, 2 Greenshanks & 2 Common Sandpipers.

Thanks to Ranger Luke Dodimead, et al. for a constructive meeting about wildlife on Blaxton Meadow. 

Posted August 17th, 2018 at 7:13 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Wembury

1 Sanderling, 1 Turnstone, 3 Dunlin and 2 Common Sandpiper along the beach by the sewage pipe and 2 Whimbrel, 6 Curlew and 47+ Oystercatcher with 4 Little Egrets at Wembury Point this morning.


A gull melee feeding along the high tide surfline, mostly Black Headed Gulls including many juveniles and with Herring Gulls and a few great black backed Gulls, 10+Mediterrranean Gulls (6 Juv/1st Winter, 2 2nd Summer and 2 Adult Winter) and a juvenile Yellow Legged Gull.


On land a Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 10+ Whitethroat, Swallow over


Posted August 17th, 2018 at 6:47 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

BGM 17-08-18 - Green Sandpiper

Showing very well close to the hide was a single Green Sandpiper, also noted Dunlins, Curlew, Whimbrel, Bar & Black tailed Godwits, common Sandpiper, knots & Lapwings among others

Posted August 17th, 2018 at 6:30 pm by greg bradbury in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Glossy Ibis on Fremington Pill at 9.30 this morning. Possibly the same individual as spent last winter in the area. As the tide rose it flew to trees at the top end of the Pill in the company of 2 Little Egrets. Also on the Pill a Greenshank and c150 Redshank. Off the Quay  23 Mediterranean Gulls.

Posted August 17th, 2018 at 5:16 pm by Roger Doble in Bird News

Salcombe/Bolt Head

14 Med Gulls feeding off Fir Wood. Fulmar E.

Posted August 17th, 2018 at 2:25 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Thursday 16th August 2018

Taw Estuary - Ashford Sewage treatment works

 1 Glossy Ibis photographed through the scope searching for food, preening & washing. Still present when I departed for home at 18.30.

Posted August 16th, 2018 at 7:36 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

R.Taw. Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford Sewage Works. 1325

Black-tailed Godwit 2; Ruff 1 juvenile male; Med Gull 2.

The Heron count on Penhill Marsh was slightly down at 46.

Posted August 16th, 2018 at 4:34 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Exmouth seafront

The Black Tern (presumably same bird present around the Exe for its 9th day), still offshore early afternoon , viewable from near lifeboat station, with large flock (c50) of Sandwich and Common Terns

Posted August 16th, 2018 at 2:23 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Wednesday 15th August 2018

Kingfishers River Plym

Highlight of  walk around Saltram Area was a nice pair of Kingfishers appearing to have a scrap near the Weighbridge Bridge on the River Plym at Marsh Mills

Posted August 15th, 2018 at 8:07 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Spoonbill, marsh harrier, green sandpiper, spotted redshank and common sandpiper all showing well this morning on the high tide with whimbrel, lapwing, dunlin, greenshank, curlew, black tailed godwit and redshank. Also a 1st winter Mediterranean gull, a raven, stock doves, partial summer plumaged bar tailed godwit and 4 juvenile tufted ducks along with the odd looking albino gull species that has been seen here and in Torbay and the regular psycho lesser black backed gull spooking the dunlin.

From the viewing platform a flyover peregrine, 3 Mediterranean gulls (2 juv, 1 1st winter), a harbour seal and an osprey fishing off Mudbank at Exmouth before flying off high towards Haldon carrying a fish.

From the train the Slavonian grebe was seen off Cockwood.

Posted August 15th, 2018 at 7:49 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Horsey Island

Cycled down the Toll Road for the first time in many months this evening to see what was on the devastation. As I clambered up the embankment a Curlew and a Greenshank flew from the stream but not much else immediately visible. However on closer inspection there were a lot of smaller waders on the sand bank. Out with the telescope. They were all Dunlin and Ringed Plover in about 40:60 split. Several hundred of each.

As I cycled back up the Toll road a wet area off to the left (landward) side looked promising, and suddenly two Green Sandpipers flew off, calling. First I've seen this year.

Posted August 15th, 2018 at 7:28 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Anchorwood Bank, R.Taw, Barnstaple. 1330.

Black-tailed Godwit 35.

Common Sandpiper 8

Ringed Black-headed Gull. White ring with black alpha/numerics " 20V5" on left Tarsus. Metal I/d ring on right tarsus. Details submitted to project leader. Awaiting history.

 

Posted August 15th, 2018 at 4:46 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Braunton marshes

Distant view of a Marsh Harrier, and a wisp (!) of Snipe

Marsh Harrier Snipe
Marsh Harrier                                                         Snipe

Posted August 15th, 2018 at 12:58 pm by Alan Denzey in Bird News

Tuesday 14th August 2018

Velator etc.

In the reserve this morning a large flock of Tits including at least 8 Long-tailed and a couple of Coal Tits. A Kestrel hovered briefly over and a Grey Wagtail came in and shortly after- left.

This evening I walked around Sherpa Marsh. 2 Little Egrets on the Caen, along with a loafing flock of mostly Black-headed Gulls on the Saltmarsh. Several of each of Sand and House Martin along with the Swallows. 1 Snipe, 2 Lapwing and 5 Greenshank. At least 7 Swifts hawking insects over the reed-bed. Best however was a bird of prey over by the RMB Chivenor base. A dark female (or juv) Marsh Harrier. It quickly became involved with one of the local Buzzards which although bulkier lost out in manouverability. The Harrier gave as good as it got. Looking back at it a few minutes later I saw there were three birds of prey. 2 Buzzards and then not one, but 2 Marsh Harriers. Both dark with the pale yellow caps. Finally as I passed the reserve a 3rd Little Egret flew over and a flock of approx. 50 Swallows were nearby.

Posted August 14th, 2018 at 9:11 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Soar & Slapton

Very little sign of migration at Soar - just a Tree Pipit and a handful of Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs.

At Slapton beach, 100+ Mediterranean Gulls (mainly juvs), juv Yellow-legged Gull, c10 Kittiwakes, 13 Sanderlings and a Dunlin.

Posted August 14th, 2018 at 8:34 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Present for morning high tide. 

Spoonbill Juv, Marsh Harrier Juv & Ad Glossy Ibis (which dropped in for half hour) were highlights.

Otherwise 325 Redshank, 21 Greenshank, Spotted Redshank, 250 Curlew, 8 Whimbrel, 12 Lapwing, 45 Dunlin, a Bar-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper & Common Sandpiper. Also plenty of Black-tailed Gidwits. 

10 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler & 4 Little Grebe (2 Ads & 2 Juvs)

Posted August 14th, 2018 at 7:50 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Hartland point to Hartland quay

Fulmers, distant Gannets and Manx Shearwaters. Along the coast plenty of Whitethroats, Linnets and Stonechat. 1 Wheatear 1 Rock Pipit and Kestrel.

Posted August 14th, 2018 at 2:47 pm by A.COLLINGE in Bird News

Anchorwood bank Barnstaple

Nice to see 30 Blackwits feeding on the mudflats on the receding tide this morning 11:30.

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit

Posted August 14th, 2018 at 1:15 pm by Roy Churchill in Bird News

Velator Quay

Still a few Swifts flying in the strong breeze, and a possible Merlin hunting over the reed beds near the reserve.

Posted August 14th, 2018 at 1:12 pm by Alan Denzey in Bird News

Monday 13th August 2018

Bowling Green Marsh

A very good evening at RSPB Bowling Green Marsh, the reported Spoonbill was present and very active at one point flying in close to the hide, two Green Sandpiper one of which was very vocal, at long last caught up with the Spotted Redshank which is now in non breeding plumage.

Five Whimbrel, two Bar Tailed Godwit, a Common Sandpiper, one Tufted Duck.

A growing flock of Starlings was harassed by a Sparrow Hawk (one of two seen)

From the viewing platform 45 plus Dunlin and 64 Curlew, numerous Redshank and Black Tailed Godwit, a Glossy Ibis flew low over the platform towards the Goat walk and the Exe estuary and two Kingfisher chasing each other. Most of the waders lifted as the tide came in and moved onto BGM.

  

Posted August 13th, 2018 at 10:12 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Swift

A Swift was spotted flying in a westerly direction this evening (19:20), over Preston, Paignton, followed by 2 House Martins.

Posted August 13th, 2018 at 8:33 pm by Stephen Huggins in Bird News

Upper Tamar Lake

Low water level = mud, and conditions at the top end are ideal for waders. This evening at 7.00 were 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 2 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 13 Dunlin and 3 Ringed Plover. Surprisingly only 2 Common Sandpiper around the perimeter of the lake.

Posted August 13th, 2018 at 8:14 pm by Roger Doble in Bird News

Swift

Single swift seen this afternoon about 3 pm halfway between Appledore and Northam.

Posted August 13th, 2018 at 5:28 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News

A successful early morning at Broadsands

A pleasant autumnal morning produced several Mediterranean gulls, plus one solitary dunlin. All in all a good start to the week.

Posted August 13th, 2018 at 4:48 pm by PHILIP L. FAIRCLOUGH in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

New in, Whinchat & 4 Willow Warblers. Also: Spotted Flycatcher, Stock Dove, Shag, 3 Common Sandpipers, 3 or 4 Greenshanks, 23 Little Egrets & 20 Mandarin Ducks.

Posted August 13th, 2018 at 2:58 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Good number of birds this bright morning. Curlew, Redshank, Spotted Redshank, Dunlin, Spoonbill, Common Sandpiper, Marsh Harrier, etc

Spotted Redshank     Spotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank                                        Spotted Redshank

Posted August 13th, 2018 at 2:27 pm by Colin Scott in Bird News

East Soar

Relatively quiet this morning: 300 Herring Gull, 3 LBB Gull, Green Woodpecker - migrant, 40 Swallow, 23 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 11 Whitethroat, 8 Willow Warbler, 54 Goldfinch.

Posted August 13th, 2018 at 1:59 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Sunday 12th August 2018

Busy hour at BGM

Despite the forecast of heavy rain and thunder the weather didn't deter the bird life at Bowling Green Marsh this morning. Upon arrival the Spoonbill was present and within a short period a passaging Osprey put everything up. Once settled back several species were noted. Green Sandpiper, Black Swans, Ruff, Dunlin, Med Gull, Ringed Plovers. House and Sand martins were feeding low over the water. All in all a very good couple of hours.

Spoonbill and passaging Osprey.
Spoonbill and passaging Osprey.

Posted August 12th, 2018 at 8:34 pm by John Wilkes in Bird News

Broadsands, Paignton

Broadsands this afternoon

13+ Great Black Backed Gull, 2 Lesser Black Backs, 2 Med Gulls one juvenile and one 2nd year, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Heron, 1 Little Egret, 3 Oyster Catcher, 1 Buzzard.

Well out to sea 15 plus Gannet.

  

  

Posted August 12th, 2018 at 7:09 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Exeter Osprey

An Osprey flew over the Double Locks NW towards Exeter at 11.55, having disturbed all the gulls at Matford Business Park. A Hobby was seen briefly later and one or two Swifts were with House Martins in the same area.

Posted August 12th, 2018 at 5:14 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Hopes Nose

Hopes Nose 715-1130am-11 Balearic Shears, 5 Arctic Skua , 3 Bonxie, Arctic Tern, 12 Common Tern, 25 Sandwich Tern, 30 Manx, 2 Med Gull, 23 Common Scoter, 2 Ringed Plover on rocks

Posted August 12th, 2018 at 4:01 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatching this morning: 125 Balearic & 245 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Storm Petrel, 14 Fulmar, 3 Black Tern, 4 Arctic Tern, 6 Common Tern, 7 Sandwich Terns, 8 'comic'Terns, 5 Great Skuas, 3 Arctic Skuas, 10 Mediterranean Gulls, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 138 Kittiwake (including 9 juvs) 33 Common Scoter.

Posted August 12th, 2018 at 3:08 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

2 Willow Tit at the hide.

Posted August 12th, 2018 at 2:18 pm by Rodney Mudge in Bird News

Saturday 11th August 2018

Skern

7 med gulls 4 ads,1st, 2 juvenile. Many hundreds of gulls feeding in estuary and off Instow beach where at least 11 more adult and 11 juvenile Meds were active.Seems  south devon etc are getting the lions share of this species so far. 

Posted August 11th, 2018 at 9:31 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatching 0930hrs-3pm with Dave Dawe and Nigel Hewitt: 1 ad Long-tailed Skua (lingered for over 1 hr), 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua, 34 Balearic & 47 Manx Shearwaters, 7 Med Gulls, 2 juv Yellow-legged Gulls.

LTS BrryHd110818ML1 LTS BrryHd110818ML2

Posted August 11th, 2018 at 9:18 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Slapton Sands

204 Mediterranean Gulls on the beach this afternoon in a large gull flock south of the memorial car park, c95% juveniles. Presumably many more in the gull flocks towards Strete Gate. A good couple of thousand Herring Gulls and 300+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls also on the beach with 73 Sanderlings and 20 plus Sandwich Terns. Offshore at least 5 and maybe as many as 9 Arctic Skuas keeping everyone nervous. Encouraging to see reasonable numbers of Kittiwakes including many juvs. Plenty of whitebait just offshore bringing in the Mackeral. Blue-fin Tuna reported yesterday off Start Point.

Posted August 11th, 2018 at 6:33 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Wrafton/Velator

The Wood Sandpiper still out on the scrape late morning.

In the reserve, only one juv Canada Goose left - the others have been encouraged to fly out by the adults. This one isn't keen on the flying malarkey!

I was grateful, for a change, to a Blue Tit today. (Normally they just bite me!) but this one flew into an Elder tree and when I focussed the binoculars on it to check what it was, the first bird I saw was a cracking Garden Warbler. Normally only see them coming out of a mist net. Then a male Blackcap started taking a few berries. Dismal conditions meant only one Butterfly seen.

Posted August 11th, 2018 at 1:30 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Friday 10th August 2018

Broadsands, Paignton

BHG

A late afternoon ~ evening visit to Broadsands for the high tide, two Ringed Plover flushed from close to the sea wall by the rising tide, a very elegant looking Wader which I suspect was a Greenshank flew round the bay and overhead, two Dunlin flew across the bay landing below the far cliffs, one of two Redshank landed on the lower part of the sea wall.

A good mix of Gulls with at least ten Mediterranean gulls the first of which arrived just on 5pm, mostly juveniles with three older birds.

  

 

Posted August 10th, 2018 at 9:19 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Ilfracombe

Today 2 Sandwich Terns and a Juv Common Gull were feeding along the tide race. Loafing on the rocks was a Juv Med Gull, I think? At least 5 Herring Gulls with a metal BTO leg ring. The recent adult Herring Gull with numbered leg ring was ringed in Hastings as a Chick in 2006  & not Sighted in 12 years til last Wk in Ilfracombe. Where do they go? 

juv Mediterranean Gull ? with Herring gull
juv Mediterranean Gull ? with Herring gull  - Eds - yes it is

Posted August 10th, 2018 at 7:28 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Torbay

A sweep of the Torbay beaches produced the following interesting gulls etc today:

Broadsands: 42 Mediterranean Gulls

Goodrington: 6 Mediterranean Gulls, 1 Common Gull & 1 juv Yellow-legged Gull.

Paignton: 1 Mediterranean Gull

Preston: 20 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Sandwich Terns, 3 Turnstone

Torquay: no Mediterranean Gulls!

Posted August 10th, 2018 at 3:12 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Juvenile Little Stint at BGM this lunchtime. Juvenile Spoonbill still, 2 Green Sandpipers and the escaped Snow Goose.

Posted August 10th, 2018 at 2:43 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Wrafton

Wood Sandpiper still this morning.

Dipper in the stream nearby - the first for many weeks coinciding with there actually being enough water in the stream after the overnight rain.

Posted August 10th, 2018 at 1:45 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Broadsands

Yesterday evening : 46 Mediterranean Gulls (moistly juvs) including the leucistic juvenile again & 1 Yellow-legged Gull juvenile.

Posted August 10th, 2018 at 8:06 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thursday 9th August 2018

BGM high tide

Among the usual suspects - the Spoonbill showed well but distant and intermittently. Marsh Harrier (saw one - two reported) and the Leucistic B H Gull and a Ruff ( both spotted by Kieth Birchall)

Leucistic Black Headed Gull
Leucistic Black Headed Gull

Posted August 9th, 2018 at 7:32 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Wrafton

Wood Sandpiper again on the main scrape early morning.

Posted August 9th, 2018 at 4:49 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

The juvenile Spoonbill still at BGM this lunchtime. Sleeping as usual.

Posted August 9th, 2018 at 3:35 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley

Today's tally included Great Spotted Woodpecker, Tree Pipit, Wheatear, 32 Stonechat (mostly juvs), 5 Sedge Warbler, 25 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, Garden Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 21 Willow Warbler, 65 House Sparrow & 80 Linnet.

Posted August 9th, 2018 at 2:12 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Wednesday 8th August 2018

Broadsands

8 Mediterranean & 4 juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls on Broadsands beach this evening - a couple of photos with some notes might help those wishing to pick some of these juvenile birds out.

           Yellow-legged Gull juv Broadsands 8 Aug 2018 ML Yellow-legged Gull juv Broadsands 8 Aug 2018

Also a leucistic juvenile Mediterranean Gull - in flight the wings were in very good condition not very worn or moulting (as in all other Mediterranean Gull plumage's at the moment). It also showed a pale beige/brown ghosting of a juvenile wing pattern on Primaries and secondaries. This looks like the same Gull 'species' (thought to be Med or possibly Hybrid) seen at Dawlish Warren yesterday http://dawlishwarren.blogspot.com/   .

Leucistic Med Gull Broadsands 8 Aug 2018 ML

 

Posted August 8th, 2018 at 9:09 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Otter Estuary, Budleigh Salterton

A Wood Sandpiper on the estuary this evening along with 3 Juv Med. Gulls, one with a green colour ring (probably a French bird).

Posted August 8th, 2018 at 8:41 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Grey Heron Count, Penhill Marsh, R.Taw. 1420.

The Grey Heron count at Penhill Marsh is still rising, from 17 on 21/7; 31 on 23/7; 31 on 25/7; 35 on 30/7; 37 on 2/8 and 53 today at 1420. This number far exceeds any max count in Devon Bird Report 2016. They all congregate either on the marsh or foreshore from Hollowcombe down river to directly opposite Ashford Sewage Works. 

Elsewhere on the river other than more common species were just 1 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 adult Med. Gulls.

Posted August 8th, 2018 at 7:34 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

The third Great Crested Grebe nest has produced, at the moment I can only see 2 chicks on her back, the other two broods have 4 juveniles which means three have been predated.
Great Crested Grebe 7 adults, 17 Canada, 1m Tufted, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Grey Heron, 28 Coot, 12 Swallow, 24 Moorhen, 4 House Martin, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Blue Tit.

The feeders are back up at the car park and the hide.

Posted August 8th, 2018 at 7:21 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

08-08-18 Burrator arboretum

Not much in the way of birds mainly butterflies ect. The surprise was 4 or 5 Juvenile Crossbills, but only 1 was showing to photograph, high up in the pine trees and light cloud behind, not for a good picture, so please excuse the quality.

  

Posted August 8th, 2018 at 3:38 pm by greg bradbury in Bird News

Occombe, Preston, Paignton

Expecting a quiet morning was delighted with what I saw and heard: 2 adult Kestrels, one with a kill and took towards the nest site. Adult & juvenile Buzzards calling, Green Woodpecker, 3 Chiffchaffs as well as plenty of young attempting their calls, a large flock of Long-tailed Tits with others mixed amongst them, 3 Wrens, Jay, and my 1st sight of a Whitethroat at Occombe this year. Also, encountered a very young Roe deer.

Posted August 8th, 2018 at 9:18 am in Bird News

Clennon Valley

Green Sandpiper flying over calling yesterday evening - only my third record here!.

Posted August 8th, 2018 at 8:24 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Tuesday 7th August 2018

Ilfracombe Rocks

The hot weathers ongoing Herring Gull influx continues and now post breeding dispersal.  Interesting to watch 3 Carrion Crows tormenting the 100s of Gulls that are drinking from their stream. 

Herring Gull
Herring Gull

Posted August 7th, 2018 at 11:16 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Turf

Osprey and Marsh Harrier this evening.

Posted August 7th, 2018 at 10:51 pm by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

First passerine migrants of the autumn here - Sand Martin & Chiffchaff. Also juv Yellow-legged Gull (a quite subtle, dark-headed bird at rest but striking in flight), ad Mediterranean Gull, 4 Common Sandpipers, Whimbrel, 45 Curlews, 3+ Turnstones, 21 Little Egrets, Shag, 7 Mandarin Ducks, Peregrine, Green Woodpecker, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 4 Oystercatchers & 11 Grey Herons.

Posted August 7th, 2018 at 9:58 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Horsey Island

Completely the wrong state of tide really, but 11 Redshank, a Snipe, couple of Black tailed Godwits, a brace of Little Egret and 9 Grey Herons. Large numbers of starlings...didn't do a proper count but estimate 1,000 ish, on phone wires by Marstage Farm.

Posted August 7th, 2018 at 7:44 pm by Greg Potter in Bird News

Carmine-pink Gull, Barnstaple.

Goes to show how a bird of a different colour can affect your identification. Instead of being a B.H.Gull, it turns out it`s a Herring Gull. Images and posts on Facebook shows it`s being seen quite a lot.

Posted August 7th, 2018 at 6:34 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Wrafton

Wood Sadnpiper again this morning on the main scrape with an increasing gaggle of Canada Geese.

Juvenile male Sparrowhawk in the reserve.

Posted August 7th, 2018 at 5:58 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

The Spoonbill was again at Bowling Green Marsh this lunchtime although mostly hidden out of view behind the 'island'. Also 1 Ruff, 3 Green Sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers and the escaped Snow Goose.

Posted August 7th, 2018 at 4:11 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

07-08-18 Radford Lake Plymouth

On Radford Lake two Kingfishers showing very well, one I believe is an adult Female whilst the other is a Juvenile. Other Species on or around the lake were 2 Little Grebes which have been absent from the lake for quite a while, several Cormorants and Little Egrets along with the usual mixture of Gulls 

  

Posted August 7th, 2018 at 1:47 pm by greg bradbury in Bird News

Bridleway between Plympton and Lee Moor

Female Pied Flycatcher this morning along bridleway towards Crownhill Down. Bridleway is off B3417 between Plympton and Lee Moor. 

Posted August 7th, 2018 at 10:02 am by Chris E in Bird News

Broadsands & Goodrington

Broadsands: 1 juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, 11 Mediterranean Gulls all juvenile

Goodrington: 8 Mediterranean Gulls (6 juvs & 2 fs)

Posted August 7th, 2018 at 8:12 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 6th August 2018

Raptors and Gulls

Early afternoon picked up a badly oil contaminated 2018 hatched Barn owl from near Chudleigh Knighton, the land owner reports having a breeding pair with young on the ground this season.

On the way home a Peregrine hunting alongside the A38 at Lower Dean actively trying to flush something from the trees alongside the road.

Late this afternoon a Kestrel hovering alongside the A380 Torbay ring road and a bit further along a Sparrow Hawk chasing a Magpie.

Broadsands beach this evening no less than ten Mediterranean Gulls, mostly first year birds, one ringed second year bird, yellow tag ring 2L88 and one older bird, possible first year Yellow Legged Gull, one Kittiwake, one Oyster Catcher, several House Martins feeding on the tarmac by the cafe.

Eds: without labels on each photo - not sure if comment here is correct but the gull on the 2nd row left is a fs Common Gull (not Kittiwake) and the gulls in the single lower photo are all Herring Gulls (3 juvenile and one ad) no Yellow-legged there.

Posted August 6th, 2018 at 10:27 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Wrafton

Wood Sandpiper on the main scrape this morning along with a Lapwing. Whitethroat and Treecreeper in the reserve. Walked around the Marsh in the evening: 4 Swifts, several Swallows, a few Sand Martins and a House Martin. 2 Lapwing, and one each of Common Sandpiper and Snipe.

The Wood Sandpiper still on the main scrape with 12 Teal.

Posted August 6th, 2018 at 9:23 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Swifts

Just heard Swifts screeching overhead at my home in Preston, Paignton. Thought I saw a pair earlier but didn't have my glasses on.

Posted August 6th, 2018 at 8:12 pm in Bird News

Plym Estuary

On this afternoon's falling tide - juv Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Greenshanks, Common Sandpipier, 6 Turnstones & 4 Mandarin Ducks.

Posted August 6th, 2018 at 8:08 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Eddystone

Kayak trip to Eddystone

4 Balearic Shearwater

plus 22 Harbour Porpoise, 2 small (approx 5 ft) Blue Sharks swimming at surface

Balearic Shearwater Balearic Shearwater Guillemot
Balearic Shearwater                           Balearic Shearwater                                      Guillemot

Posted August 6th, 2018 at 7:45 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Lyme Bay boat trip from Brixham

Photos from yesterday morning's trip.

Manx Shearwater Manx Shearwater Manx Shearwater
Manx Shearwater                                Manx Shearwater                               Manx Shearwater

Posted August 6th, 2018 at 4:57 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

a juvenile Spoonbill was present this lunchtime. It had probably been there a while sleeping before it woke up and made itself visible. Also 1 Spotted Redshank and 1 Ruff.

Posted August 6th, 2018 at 4:08 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

East Soar

Migration well underway this morning with: 200 House Martin, Sand Martin, Tree Pipit, Yellow Wagtail, 5 Wheatear, Reed Warbler, 15 Whitethroat, 7 Willow Warbler, Pied Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher. Also 2 Raven, Kestrel.

Non-avian: Clouded Yellow.

Posted August 6th, 2018 at 2:30 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Ilfracombe

Red Kite 11.55, flying low and following the hedgerow south from Lynton Cross.

Posted August 6th, 2018 at 12:33 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

Sunday 5th August 2018

Ashburton & South Brent

River Dart Country Park, Ashburton 10 plus Mistle Thrush feeding on Rowan berries around the main car park, small flock of Goldcrest, three Buzzards high overhead interacting with each other possibly adults birds with a  dependant youngster.

This evening my first South Brent Hobby of the year today seen from home hunting insects high over the Forder Valley was in view for at least 15 mins followed shortly afterwards by a flock of 30 plus high flying Swifts over the house feeding on insects, then had a steady passage of Swifts over the area for the next 45 mins or so.

Posted August 5th, 2018 at 10:06 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Velator

The Wood Sandpiper was on the main scrape this morning, and further away a lone Lapwing. There was one other wader which I'm pretty sure was a Green Sandpiper, but when I got into the reserve I couldn't find it again....

Posted August 5th, 2018 at 7:48 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Matford Ponds, Exeter

Glossy Ibis still present together with 27 Little Egret, Grey Heron, Green Sandpiper and a Kingfisher.  Family of Whitethroat seen from cycle path towards the viewing platforms.  Nice to meet Gordon and his wife... happy birding days to come.

Posted August 5th, 2018 at 4:36 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Raptor-us morning

At Matford Pools the Glossy Ibis was showing well and among 29 Little Egret and a Grey Heron. On Matford Marsh we saw a Sparrowhawk chase after a Whitethroat without success. We then visited Goosemoor which held no waders but we watched a number of Reed Warblers feeding on the reeds alongside the cycle path. At BGM we had three Common Sandpipers and a number of Black Tailed Godwit and a few Lapwing among Mute Swan, Mallard, Moorhen, Grey Heron,B/H Gulls and Coot suddenly the birds went up when a Peregrine flew over carrying some prey. We then walked to the viewing platform where we had Redshank and Greenshank and then we were amply rewarded with great and prolonged views of an Osprey fishing in the mouth of the Cyst river and then flying over the platform clutching its fish - superb views! At Darts Farm we saw a Kingfisher and three Buzzards circling overhead, a nice conclusion to a great morning's birding around the Exe and the Clyst.   John Lloyd and Bob Barrow

Posted August 5th, 2018 at 2:57 pm by John Lloyd in Bird News

Lyme Bay boat trip.

This mornings boat trip from Brixham was in nice sunny weather and a slight breeze so expectations were high!! What did we see, 600+ Manx Shearwater, 9 Balearic Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, 100+ Guillemot, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua, 25 Kittiwake, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 4 Common Dolphin and 2 Harbour Porpoise plus other seabirds. So a good trip. The numbers of Manx Shearwater could be higher but became very difficult counting as they appeared to be circling.

Posted August 5th, 2018 at 2:47 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Beesand Ley

Great White Egret still showing well, best viewed from seaward end of the ley.2 spotted fly catchers on the way to the hide. 1 Cetti's warbler seen from the hide.

Posted August 5th, 2018 at 12:25 pm by Terry Goddard in Bird News

R.Yealm Puslinch to Warren Point

Start of a rising tide. Dipper, 8 Greenshank, 6 Redshank, 2 Oyster catcher,

18 Curlew, Common Sandpiper, 11 Egret, 2 Grey Heron, GBB, Herring and BH gulls, 2 Stock dove, number of Wood pidgin, Carrion crow and Mallard.

along the railway path 2 Song thrush, 2 Robin and Blackbird rather quiet.

Posted August 5th, 2018 at 9:55 am by Jeremy Spooner in Bird News

Whitleigh Garden

Passage of 40 plus Swifts over this afternoon all going south with 3 Barn Swallows.

Posted August 5th, 2018 at 6:52 am by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Saturday 4th August 2018

Early Evening at Mansands

Mansands...early evening spent half an hour watching assorted Swallows and House Martins catching insects off the lake surface and apparently risking their lives in doing this. A wonderful sight in the evening light.

Hoping to see the Hobby but no luck.

Earlier we picked up this beautiful Magpie moth on the track down to the beach.

 

Posted August 4th, 2018 at 9:29 pm by Bill Coulson in Bird News

Swifts

Just when I thought they had all gone for good this year 4 just turned up although it's a matter of days  now.Like everyone's favourite species we could spend hours in the garden watching and listening to them.No luck this year with getting them to try out the boxes so wait(too long),for their arrival next year when we will have more boxes up to try and establish a new colony.Here'so hoping.

Posted August 4th, 2018 at 9:07 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Velator

Wood Sandpiper on the larger scrape this evening (2045hrs)

Posted August 4th, 2018 at 8:57 pm by Greg Potter in Bird News

Broadsands

Yesterday evening: 3 juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls on the beach.

This morning: 8 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 (different)  juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls on the beach. one of them a brute of a bird and a superb example of species in juvenile plumage - some are more subtle than this. amongst the other juv YLG features  but note the white belly white head and breast band.

Yellow-legged Gull juvenile Broadsands 4 Aug 2018 ML  Yellow-legged Gull juvenile Broadsands 4 Aug 2018 ML

                                      Yellow-legged Gull juvenile - great specimen example 

Posted August 4th, 2018 at 6:11 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Velator

The Wood Sandpiper put in a brief appearance on the smaller scrape this morning at 11.00.

Ringing produced another Kingfisher and a raft of Warblers including a smart Garden Warbler.

Posted August 4th, 2018 at 2:44 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Holdstone down

A 9am walk around here this morning found it as quiet as the grave,barely being able to see your hand in front of your face with the fog. What was spectacular though was the carpet of spiders webs blanketing the Heather and gorse catching moisture and giving the appearance of a blanket of frost. 

Posted August 4th, 2018 at 2:41 pm by Philip worth in Bird News

Friday 3rd August 2018

Trip in Lyme Bay

A fabulous trip out into the bay gave us 5 Balearic,100+ Manx, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 3 Storm Petrels, Bonxie, Pom Skua, Guillimots, 5 separate groups of Common Dolphin with largest group of 70+. 4 Harbour Porpoise and best of all, stunning close encounter with 9 White-beaked Dolphins that rode the bow wave of the boat.  Usual gulls included Fulmars, Kittiwakes (one of the groups was 27+), Med Gull, Herring, LBB, GBB.  Photos to follow.

Posted August 3rd, 2018 at 10:32 pm by George and Les Carr in Bird News

Crowpoint

After finishing work we pottered off to Crow point to find it shrouded in fog.a lot of waders could be heard,  gulls of various breeds were present but I managed to catch some smaller birds on camera. Initially I thought they were corn bunting,  but in a later in another picture I believe them to be young linnet. 

Young linnet Linnets feeding young
Young linnet                      Linnets feeding young

Posted August 3rd, 2018 at 9:21 pm by Philip worth in Bird News

Beesands Ley

Great White Egret showing very well at lunchtime today. Frustratingly very close to hide , but only visible from path at back of beach

Posted August 3rd, 2018 at 7:38 pm by Lloyd Gray in Bird News

Carmine-pink Black headed Gull, Barnstaple.

0915 03/08/18 R.Taw, Barnstaple. An unusual sight on the river just above the Long Bridge at low tide was a bright carmine-pink Black-headed Gull. The whole bird was this colour. The rest of it`s mates appeared to be staying well clear of it.

Posted August 3rd, 2018 at 5:00 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Black Hole Marsh

The Juv Wood Sandpiper showing well, also 4 Green Sandpipers and 8 Common Sandpipers seen but could be more of both.

Juv Wood Sandpiper Green Sandpiper
Juv Wood Sandpiper                                Green Sandpiper

Posted August 3rd, 2018 at 4:45 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Mansands

Saw some Swallows and House Martins dive-bombing something, then saw this Hobby. Also a lot of Reed Warblers and Whitethroats around the marsh and many Swallows, House Martins and a couple of Swifts flying over the marsh. 


Posted August 3rd, 2018 at 4:07 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Bird News

East Soar

Highlight my first Kingfisher for the Soar area, offshore from Fir Wood before flying to land at East Portlemouth. Two Sandwich Terns here.

Posted August 3rd, 2018 at 1:58 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Velator

 A Wood Sandpiper out on the smaller of the 2 scrapes briefly this morning.

Posted August 3rd, 2018 at 1:21 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Matford & Countesswear

Glossy Ibis, with 15 Egrets, on Matford puddle, formerly pond.

Common (min. 14) and Green (min. 5) Sandpipers and Kingfisher on river between bypass and motorway, and Water Rail in DWT Sludge Beds.

Forty-six spp. before breakfast.

Posted August 3rd, 2018 at 7:57 am by James Camden in Bird News

Thursday 2nd August 2018

Black Hole Marsh, Seaton

Juvenile Wood Sandpiper was showing fantastically well from viewing screen at entrance path the island hide late afternoon. Pictures on http://dixiesbirding.blogspot.com/?m=1

Posted August 2nd, 2018 at 11:08 pm in Bird News

Velator reserve

Looked longingly out at the scrape just in case the Lesser YL had returned. No chance but I was surprised to see a Clouded Yellow butterfly flying determinedly south between the scrape and reserve.

In the reserve, evidence of Badger activity, which might include predating one or more of the Canada Geese. A female Sparrowhawk was around, seen twice and then disturbed plucking what looked like a Feral Pigeon. A Tawny Owl also flew on my approach, and there were at least 2 Kingfishers chasing around the pond.

Posted August 2nd, 2018 at 6:24 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

East Soar

200 Swifts generally moving west over Bolt Head; 23 Gannet offshore; 290 Linnet inc.150 on rape stubble.

Non-avian; Stoat running along wall on Bolt Head being mobbed by Meadow Pipits, Wheatears & Stonechats.

Posted August 2nd, 2018 at 4:14 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Blaxton Meadow

Seen on this mornings high tide were the following;

Yellow-legged Gull juv on the meadow, Redshank 110, Greenshank 3, Dunlin 2, Curlew 45, Whimbrel 1, Oystercatcher 4, Common Sandpiper 7, Little Egret 15, Little Grebe 1, Shelduck 1 imm & 6 Mandarin Duck.

Posted August 2nd, 2018 at 11:52 am by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Maer Valley Exmouth

The Ring-necked Parakeet is still around - flying very noisily over Maer Valley Wednesday mid morning.

Posted August 2nd, 2018 at 9:14 am by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

Glossy Ibis - Matford Marsh & Common Eider - Dawlish

Glossy Ibis on main pools at Matford Marsh at 07:15 this morning.

Juvenile Common Eider at Dawlish (viewed from near train station) at 08:00 this morning.

Posted August 2nd, 2018 at 8:57 am by Fraser in Bird News

Wednesday 1st August 2018

Plym Estuary & Saltram

At least 7 Common Sandpipers, 2 Whimbrels, 3 Greenshanks, 98 Redshanks, 43 Curlews, 2 Shags, 14+ Little Egrets, 4 Oystercatchers, 9 Mandarin Ducks, 1 or 2 Spotted Flycatchers, Grey Wagtail, 2 Swifts, Kestrel, c35 House Martins and 2 Jersey Tiger Moths. 

Posted August 1st, 2018 at 10:10 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Upper Tamar Lake

This morning at the Upper Lake.
1 Little Egret, 4 Cormorant, 1 Herring Gull, 9 Goldfinch, 32 Black-headed Gull, 15 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 2 Pied Wagtail, 147 Canada Geese, 4 Grey Heron, 2 Crow, 1 Jay, 1 Wren, 10 Mallard, 1 Great Crested Grebe.

Rod Mudge

Posted August 1st, 2018 at 8:11 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Beesands ley

The Great White Egret still early afternoon showing well favouring the back left corner of the ley but only viewable from the seaward side path

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Posted August 1st, 2018 at 1:00 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Curlew Sandpiper & Spotted Redshank - Goosemoor

A juvenile Curlew Sandpiper and Spotted Redshank were present at Goosemoor from 08:00 this morning. 

Also 2 Green Sandpipers, 5 Common Sandpipers and Osprey at Bowling Green Marsh. 

Posted August 1st, 2018 at 10:09 am by Fraser in Bird News

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