Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from August 2019

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Saturday 31st August 2019

Topsham (Bowling Green Marsh/Goat Walk)

Good day's birding around Topsham today. A Common Sandpiper at Bowling Green Marsh was my first of the autumn and a Whimbrel showing well off the River Clyst viewpoint was a nice surprise. Plenty of Teal and 6+ Wigeon amongst the Canada Geese on the marsh too. Also 3 Ring-necked Parakeet calling in trees adjacent to The Goatwalk mid afternoon, unmistakably (hear these birds all the time when in London). 

Posted August 31st, 2019 at 9:44 pm by T. M. Mylett in Bird News

Turf

Osprey this afternoon flying low up the Exe 3 o'clock 

Posted August 31st, 2019 at 7:58 pm by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

ford park cemetery plymouth

over 100 ringneck parakeet at roost

Posted August 31st, 2019 at 12:07 pm by barry insull in Bird News

Teign Estuary

Two Ospreys together over Flow Point mid-morning.

Posted August 31st, 2019 at 11:59 am by Will Salmon in Bird News

Friday 30th August 2019

late swifts

One, possibly two swifts again in West St this evening, 1930.

Posted August 30th, 2019 at 8:19 pm by Art Symons in Bird News

Hobby ~ South Brent

Stunning views late this afternoon of a Hobby over the garden at South Brent trying to snatch newly fledged Swallows, they only took to the wing yesterday so that was a rude awakening for them.

Posted August 30th, 2019 at 7:46 pm by Steve HOPPER in Bird News

Red Kite at Darts Farm

Red Kite south over Darts Farm at 1:45pm.

Posted August 30th, 2019 at 6:30 pm by Olly Mears in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Busy afternoon with waders starting to arrive late. Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank and suspected Marsh Harrier were the highlights. Should be a busy high tide this evening. 

Posted August 30th, 2019 at 4:31 pm by Tim Smith in Bird News

Thornhillhead, N.Devon

Wryneck spotted by my wife on road between Hoarstone and Thornhillhead - record photo taken from the car


Posted August 30th, 2019 at 3:27 pm by Mark West in Bird News

Slapton Ley / Sands

On the beach minimum 18 Mediterranean Gulls, 13 Sandwich Terns and great to see 47 Kittiwakes including juveniles. Most I have seen on the beach for a few years. Only waders 2 Ringed Plovers. Elsewhere minimum 28 Great Crested Grebes, 131 Coots, 2 Pochards, Wigeon, Kingfisher, c50 Sand Martins ( Torcross ) and a couple Yellow Wagtails. Several Silver Y's and Painted Lady's. Just 2 Clouded Yellows but one was an 'helice' form.

Posted August 30th, 2019 at 2:55 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Braunton Marshes

1 Lapwing on Braunton Marshes west side of Toll Road yesterday morning.


Posted August 30th, 2019 at 11:51 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Langdon Beach - Morning

On the beach before the dead tree was a Dunlin in a transitional plumage. Also 10+ turnstone, rock/meadow pipits and White/Pied Wagtails. On rocks 20+ Black-Headed Gull and two Mediterranean Gulls. A good number of Gannets out to sea. Lots of warblers in the Pines at the end of the beach. Mainly Chiffchaff and some Willow Warblers. On path heading back towards Wembury, lots of Stonechats, Whitethroats and Linnets

Posted August 30th, 2019 at 11:51 am by Matt C in Bird News

Crownhill Down

Whinchat briefly, Tree Pipit over, 6 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, flock of 40 Mistle Thrush, 50+ Goldfinch and up to 24 Linnet were the highlights from the base of Crownhill Down, nr Lee Moor, this morning. 

Posted August 30th, 2019 at 8:40 am by Chris E in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh - Thursday 29th

On tonight's high tide the highlights amongst the Godwits, Curlews and Redshanks were the Spotted Redshank, 11 Knot, a Dunlin, a couple of Bar-tailed Godwits, Whimbrels and (thanks to Rob & Steph leaving early, as they said would happen) a Curlew Sandpiper.  No sign however of the reported Garganey in the duck flock.  Fly through Kingfisher.

Posted August 30th, 2019 at 12:02 am by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Thursday 29th August 2019

Bowling Green Marsh this morning

Slow start, low tide and lots of Canadas around. Common Sandpiper (1) and Dunlin (1), nice Ruff (juv). Peregrine, Cetti's and all the hirundines. Around 12 O'Clock large number of wildfowl suddenly dropped in including Mallard, Teal and Wigeon (extra 22), also a Pintail and Garganey (thanks to a guy from Loughborough!). 34 species.

Posted August 29th, 2019 at 10:06 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

South Huish marsh

Nice evening watching South Huish marsh, 29 Dunlin, 13 Black-tailed Godwits, a Knot, a ringed plover, a Snipe, Little stint and at least 14 yellow wagtails, probably more.

Dunlin, Knot, little stint and ringed plover
Dunlin, Knot, little stint and ringed plover

Black-tailed Godwits
Black-tailed Godwits

Yellow Wagtails
Yellow Wagtails

Posted August 29th, 2019 at 9:50 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Percy Wakely Wood, Rockbeare, E. Devon.

One location that will be new to most people, other than locals, is this small wood east of Exeter Airport and owned by the Woodland Trust.  A brief visit this afternoon produced a fest of small birds and within ten minutes I found (2) Spotted Flycatcher, Treecreeper, (3) Bullfinch, Chiffchaff, (2) Long tailed Tit and others.  All within the first 100 yards of the carpark. (Parking limited to only two cars). 

Posted August 29th, 2019 at 8:21 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Plym Estuary

Seen on this evenings high tide were the following. Little Egret 21,Grey Heron 1, Curlew 33, Oystercatcher 8, Black T Godwit 2, Greenshank 4, Redshank 155, Dunlin 5, Med Gull 1& Common Tern1.

Posted August 29th, 2019 at 7:26 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

29-08-19 River Plym

Male Kingfisher along the River Plym this afternoon.

Kingfisher
Kingfisher

Posted August 29th, 2019 at 3:31 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Lyme Bay boat trip from Brixham, yesterday

Pics from yesterday. Heavy swell very difficult for photography.

Manx Shearwater
Manx Shearwater

Great Skua pursuing a Herring Gull
Great Skua pursuing a Herring Gull

Posted August 29th, 2019 at 1:38 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Wednesday 28th August 2019

late swifts

Two swifts feeding low over West St, South Molton  6 pm last evening, 27th, close to known nest sites.

Posted August 28th, 2019 at 11:02 pm by Art Symons in Bird News

a good day for sparrowhawks

Early afternoon a sparrowhawk visits our garden for a quick bit of lunch - just wish I had left a window open for a clearer picture.

Sparrowhawk
Sparrowhawk

Posted August 28th, 2019 at 7:42 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News

Lyme Bay boat trip

This mornings boat trip into Lyme Bay from Brixham set off in reasonable sea conditions which deteriorated during the trip to very lumpy!! Big group of about 150 Kittiwake off Berry Head. Birds seen on this trip 3 Artic Skua, 8 Great Skua, 500+ Manx Shearwater, 4 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Sooty Shearwater, possible 2 Petrel, Med Gull, 6 Sandwich Tern, 1 Razorbill, 20+Guillemot, Gannets of different ages, a few Fulmar and Herring, Great Black-backed and Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Very difficult getting pictures but hope somebody posts a few. 

Posted August 28th, 2019 at 4:14 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

East Soar

2 female type Sparrowhawk, 60 Yellow Wagtail, 16 Whitethroat, Blackcap, 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Spotted Fly, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 35 Goldfinch - no sign of Wrynecks.

Posted August 28th, 2019 at 2:15 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Chambercombe

A very approachable juvenile Sparrowhawk reducing House Sparrow numbers in the back yard yesterday evening.

'That's the preparation done'
'That's the preparation done'

'Can I come back tomorrow?'
'Can I come back tomorrow?'

Posted August 28th, 2019 at 1:03 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

Berry Head

Some movement of birds mostly over but also around the headland: Overhead, 4 Tree Pipit, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 5 alba Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit. Around the headland, 3 Wheatear, 1 Goldcrest, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap.

Posted August 28th, 2019 at 9:35 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh - a little bit later.

The common sandpiper disappeared and failed to reappear after Martin left.  However, a whimbrel showed up well among the prolific curlews, and shortly after two juvenile ringed plovers and a lovely curlew sandpiper flew into the muddy pool just to the right of the hide. These were briefly joined by a beautifully marked juvenile ruff.  There were also nine greenshanks at Goosemoor.

Posted August 28th, 2019 at 12:10 am by Doug Herdson in Bird News

Tuesday 27th August 2019

Lundy

Grey Heron on his daily Carp raid. 


Coming into land
Coming into land


Posted August 27th, 2019 at 9:58 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Petrockstowe Wryneck

Some photos of this evening's Wryneck, taken by the garden owner Martin.




Posted August 27th, 2019 at 9:22 pm by Andrew in Bird News

Orcombe Point

After work (around 4:30pm) circa 15 Yellow Wagtail in cattle field on Maer Lane. 1 Spotted Flycatcher on Lane to Bristol Camp. More information http://part-timebirding.blogspot.com

Posted August 27th, 2019 at 9:21 pm in Bird News

Wryneck

A friend notified me of a Wryneck feeding on ants  on a lawn in a private garden in Petrockstowe this evening, he watched it from about 6yds away and for  about 5 minutes.

Posted August 27th, 2019 at 8:11 pm by Andrew in Bird News

Powderhan marsh

Three yellow wagtails seen with the cows from the view area. 11.00am

Posted August 27th, 2019 at 8:09 pm by roger jewell in Bird News

Exe Estuary Tuesday 27th 2.45 pm

Excellent close view of Osprey fishing adjacent to Powderham cycle bridge. Caught a small fish on second attempt and then circled to gain height and avoid attention of gulls looking for a free meal.  Eventually flew off towards the S.E. and possibly Haldon.  Also three wheaters on river embakment.

Posted August 27th, 2019 at 6:42 pm by Patrick Case in Bird News

Starehole Valley, Soar

Today 10am - 11am Wryneck, many thanks to Bill Macdonald

Posted August 27th, 2019 at 6:18 pm by Tony Duffin in Bird News

Exmouth& BGM

Not much in Exmouth (should have went yesterday). Spotted Redshank and Common Sandpiper was all of note on BGM over the high tide. 

Two Ring Necked Parakeets over Elm Grove Road, Topsham 16.40 heading generally south.

Posted August 27th, 2019 at 5:30 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

South Huish Marsh

15:00-15:45 ( with Richard Green )

On arrival 3 Teals, 3 Dunlins, Snipe, 8 Yellow Wagtails and 2 White Wagtails. A flock of 7 Knots and a Sanderling came in and did a quick circuit of the scrape and went. Just before we left 13 Black-tailed Godwits arrived and landed behind the scrape.

Posted August 27th, 2019 at 5:17 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

East/Middle Soar pm

Sparrowhawk, 40+ Yellow Wagtails, 6 Wheatear, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff.

Posted August 27th, 2019 at 5:17 pm by Roger White in Bird News

Stokenham.

An Osprey flying up the valley from the direction of Slapton Ley , alighted on the top of a very tall tree ,where it remained for a few minutes before being driven off by rooks from the nearby rookery.

Posted August 27th, 2019 at 5:02 pm by Alan K. Searle in Bird News

East to West Soar

Best today; 3 Pied Flycatcher, 90 Yellow Wagtail (50 East & 40 West), 11 Wheatear, 4 Chiffchaff, 62 Swallow, Tree Pipit, 500 Linnet - shame I didn't venture down Starehole Valley!

Non-avian: 24 Clouded Yellows on red clover field at West Soar; c.700 flower spikes of Autumn Lady's Tresses in main colony & 24 spikes in satellite colony. 3 Migrant Hawkers.

Posted August 27th, 2019 at 4:09 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Braunton Marshes

Common Buzzard then 3 species in a row!



Posted August 27th, 2019 at 3:45 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Challacombe Farm-Postbridge

After a walk along the Hunters Path, Castle Drogo (1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher, Several Long tailed tits, 6 House Martins otherwise quiet) a drive around Headland Warren and along the road to Postbridge from Challacombe 3 Willow Warblers and a Spotted Flycatcher, a Chiffchaff heard. No sign of Wheatear, which is unusual.

Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Posted August 27th, 2019 at 2:46 pm by Ian Muir in Bird News

River Taw Osprey

10.15 this morning Osprey on the Taw between Isley marsh and Fremington Quay again.

Posted August 27th, 2019 at 11:23 am by Dave Paterson in Bird News

South Brent

At least seven yellow wagtails among cattle at Overbrent this morning. Tiny number compared to coastal counts, but seemingly rare inland in Devon, especially on Dartmoor, yet now recorded almost every year at this time from Brent Hill area.

Posted August 27th, 2019 at 9:11 am by Peter Reay in Bird News

Monday 26th August 2019

Lower Tamar Lake.

1 Willow Warbler, 3 Tufted Ducks, 12+ Mallards, 20+ Swallows, 11 House Martins, 27 Coot, 7 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Jay, 1 Wren,1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 

1 Painted Lady, 1 Peacock, 5 Tortoiseshells, 1 Small White, 1 Common Darter, 6 Beautiful Demoiselles, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Black tailed Skimmer.

Harvey Kendall & Barry Bryne.

Posted August 26th, 2019 at 1:27 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

East Soar

A visit from 0630-0900 was quite productive, particularly around the farm. c60 Yellow wagtails in the cow field (and if you go into the field to take photos of the wagtails you risk being sucked or licked to death by the world's friendliest cows), 2 alba wagtails, heard Tree Pipit flying over, 1 Common Redstart, 8 Wheatear, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 8+ Common Whitethroat,5+ Blackcap, 3 Pied Flycatcher, 20+ Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 200+ House Martin and c50 Swallow.

Posted August 26th, 2019 at 11:58 am by Simon Tonge in Bird News

Crownhill Down

Pied Flycatcher (f/juv) and at least 3 Spotted Flycatcher at base of Crownhill Down, near Lee Moor, first thing. 

Posted August 26th, 2019 at 9:02 am by Chris E in Bird News

Sunday 25th August 2019

Fremington foreshore

A walk along the Taw from Fremington to Saltpill Duck Pond on this afternoon’s falling tide gave good views of bar-tailed godwits preening. We also had good but distant views of an osprey heading upstream. Nearer views of a dozen turnstones and 100+ oystercatchers.

bar-tailed godwits
bar-tailed godwits

Posted August 25th, 2019 at 9:37 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News

Lyme bay boat trip from Brixham, 9am-1pm

Photos from this morning's trip.

Great Skua
Great Skua

Arctic Skua
Arctic Skua

Kittiwake
Kittiwake

Posted August 25th, 2019 at 9:17 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

White storks over Wembury Point

A loose flock of 18 white storks was seen over Wembury Point near Plymouth at 11.30 am on Sunday 25th August 2019.

Posted August 25th, 2019 at 7:55 pm by Tamsin Greaves in Bird News

Saltram

Saltram this afternoon produced the usual species, including 1 stock dove; with a grey heron, 11 little egrets, 22 curlew, 6 oystercatchers and large numbers of herring and blackheaded gull on Blaxton Meadow. The one unusual feature was a female/juvenile pied flycatcher in the shrubs and small trees around the gate on the way from the house to Blaxton.

Posted August 25th, 2019 at 7:38 pm by Doug Herdson in Bird News

River Dart, Buckfastleigh 25/08/2019

Two Goosander females along riverside path behind the South Devon Railway.

Posted August 25th, 2019 at 7:21 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News

exmouth ringneck parakeet

1 blue in colour ringneck parakeet douglas avenue

Posted August 25th, 2019 at 5:33 pm by barry insull in Bird News

Lyme Bay boat trip.

This mornings boat trip started with a bit of mist but soon cleared for us to go out about 8 miles. 2 Grey Seals saw us on our way with one eye open while snoozing! Another good trip with the following birds seen. 3 great Skua, 2 Arctic Skua, one at a distance so will confirm after pictures studied. Many rafts of Guillemot, Many mixed gulls on the chum ranging from Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed, Great Black-backed Gulls, Fulmar visiting the chum with Gannets also coming in for a look. Kittiwake and a Med Gull seen. 1 Razorbill, 2 small waders and 4 Teal. 50+ Shearwater but many at a distance. 7 Common Dolphin and 1 calf.   Still have places for 1st September if interested 07866202576. 

Posted August 25th, 2019 at 2:57 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

Migrants on Saturday 24th: a Marsh Harrier, 3 Grey Herons, 2 Green Sandpipers, 4 Black-headed Gulls, 46 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 6 Swifts, 4 Sand Martins, 107 Swallows, 2 House Martins, 1 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaffs, 1 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroats, 1 Wheatear & 1 Grey Wagtail.

On Sunday 25th: 1 Whimbrel, 3 Snipe, 56 Black-headed Gulls, 63 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 34 Swallows, 3 Willow Warblers, 4 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, 5 Whitethroats & 1 Grasshopper Warbler.

Posted August 25th, 2019 at 12:18 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Whitebridge, Budleigh Saltn.

Large presence of House Martin near the farm shop at 10.30am.  Certainly many hundreds maybe 500+.  Also 2 Peregrines over the marshes and 16 Teal (all female) on the estuary. 

Posted August 25th, 2019 at 12:01 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

Osprey again perched  in Lincombe Woods. 49 Dunlins in Charleton Bay. On Charleton Marsh a brief Wood Sandpiper, 5 Teals, Kingfisher, 300 plus Swallows, Yellow Wagtail and Tree Pipit.

Posted August 25th, 2019 at 10:48 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Exmouth

Orcombe Point with Derek this morning - Tawny Pipit low NW over the top of Gore Lane, calling @0850. It followed a flock of 175+ House Martin, also NW. Otherwise - 4+ Tree Pipit, 2+ Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Wheatear, 1 alba wagtail, 2 Swift, 3+ Blackcap and a Whitethroat. Many other hirundines, including Swallow moving through but most too high to count - audible only.

Posted August 25th, 2019 at 10:18 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

central park plymouth

around 16 ringneck parakeet

Posted August 25th, 2019 at 9:49 am by barry insull in Bird News

River Taw Osprey

09.30 Osprey on the Taw between Isley & Fremington quay.

Posted August 25th, 2019 at 9:33 am by Dave Paterson in Bird News

Crownhill Down

Great morning at base of Crownhill Down, nr Lee Moor: 1f Pied Flycatcher, 1 Whinchat, 5+ Spotted Flycatcher and 3 Tree Pipit (over). Only migrant I managed to photograph though was a Spot Fly! 

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Posted August 25th, 2019 at 8:32 am by Chris E in Bird News

Saturday 24th August 2019

Late Swifts

10 Swifts over Newton Abbot this evening. also 2 over Kingsteignton last evening 23rd.. both late records for these locations

Posted August 24th, 2019 at 10:03 pm by JDA in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

0830-1320

2 Blackcap, 6 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, c140 Ringed Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover (juvenile), 150+ Dunlin, 64 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern, 15 Knot.  6 Turnstone and 4 Sanderling on the beach between the groynes.

Posted August 24th, 2019 at 6:09 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

East soar

60 Yellow wagtails,oth.erwise only very low numbers of common migrant,s. 1 clouded Yellow.

Posted August 24th, 2019 at 4:27 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

East soar

60 Yellow wagtails,oth.erwise only very low numbers of common migrant,s. 1 clouded Yellow.

Posted August 24th, 2019 at 4:26 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

East Soar

A brief visit brought 42 Yellow Wagtails, 140 Swallow, Sand Martin, 10 House Martin & 500 Herring Gulls on stubbles.

Posted August 24th, 2019 at 2:34 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

Osprey in Lincombe Woods  07:30-08:30 at least. 2 Teals and a Kingfisher on Charleton Marsh.

Posted August 24th, 2019 at 9:05 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Slapton Sands.

An unusual sight here ;a LITTLE tern on the beach near the day roosting gulls. Also 2 Ringed Plovers.

Posted August 24th, 2019 at 9:05 am by Alan K. Searle in Bird News

Crownhill Down

4 Spotted Flycatcher at base of the Down first thing. Also mini fall of Chiffchaff (13+) and Willow Warblers (5+).

Posted August 24th, 2019 at 7:51 am by Chris E in Bird News

Modbury Garden

Surprised to see a pied flycatcher in the oak tree at the bottom of my Modbury garden yesterday 23/08/2019

Pied Flycatcher
Pied Flycatcher

Pied Flycatcher
Pied Flycatcher

Posted August 24th, 2019 at 5:30 am by Richie Moore in Bird News

Friday 23rd August 2019

Butterfly

Apparently rare butterfly (Wall) protected under section 41. Section 41 species of principal importance under the NERC Act in England.

Wall
Wall

Posted August 23rd, 2019 at 10:15 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Garden birding

Sat in garden and heard swifts which eventually  numbered around the 30 mark.Half hour later flock of 10 buzzards casually drifting south.Then a cormarant no higher than 30 mtrs heading towards the coast.8:00-09:30.A mixed flock of hirundines contained 20 house martins 6 swallow and another 8 swifts at14:00.Too finish a low flying female sparrow hawk.All over clovelly rd Bideford.

Posted August 23rd, 2019 at 9:23 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Garden birding

Sat in garden and heard swifts which eventually  numbered around the 30 mark.Half hour later flock of 10 buzzards casually drifting south.Then a cormarant no higher than 30 mtrs heading towards the coast.8:00-09:30.A mixed flock of hirundines contained 20 house martins 6 swallow and another 8 swifts at14:00.Too finish a low flying female sparrow hawk.All over clovelly rd Bideford.

Posted August 23rd, 2019 at 9:23 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

New Road, Teignmouth

Afternoon, again skywards, c100 House Martins over, c10 Swallows, a Swift at 13:00 another 17:00. Also a lot of Herring Gulls c60 wheeling in a small area overhead, possibly anting, anyway feeding on insects. Amazing photos of Dolphins, Rupert Kirkwood.

Posted August 23rd, 2019 at 9:19 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Soar

A Hobby, 31 Yellow Wagtails, Tree Pipit, Sand Martin, Wheatear, 15+ Whitethroats, c30 Swallows, c30 House Martins, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackcap & Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary.

Posted August 23rd, 2019 at 6:58 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

From our boat, Osprey with fish over Blanksmill Creek & 13 Common Buzzards together over Frogmore Creek.

Posted August 23rd, 2019 at 3:20 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Barnstaple Red Kites

3 Red Kites over The Cedars as I write this post.

Posted August 23rd, 2019 at 1:55 pm by Dave Paterson in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

05.40-08.15: A promisingly mellow late-summer/early-autumn dawn yielded rather little in the way of visible or audible migration, with the more notable species being a Grey Heron flying W well out over the sea, 48 Swallows moving through in small groups, 2 House Martins, 8 Chiffchaffs, 9 Blackcaps, 12 Whitethroats, 4 Stonechats and 3 Grey Wagtails.

Posted August 23rd, 2019 at 12:16 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Dolphins

Amazing photos from Robert Kirkland.  Thanks for posting.

Posted August 23rd, 2019 at 11:19 am by Patrick Case in Bird News

Crownhill Down

One Whinchat with flock of 12 Stonechat at base of the Down first thing. Single Tree Pipit over. 35+Swallow and single Sand Martin east. Good numbers of residents including Green Woodpecker and flock of 35 Goldfinch. 

Posted August 23rd, 2019 at 8:27 am by Chris E in Bird News

Thursday 22nd August 2019

Bowling Green Marsh

10:15 - 13:00 Lots of waders over high tide, common and green sandpiper, 2 ruff, 2 Spotted Redshank, lots of Curlew, a few Whimbrel, Blackwits, Redshanks, 12+ Greenshanks and the more usual ducks, including Wigeon, Teal. All the hirundines, no Swift.

Posted August 22nd, 2019 at 11:57 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Lyme Bay (yesterday)

Following on from Nigel Smallbones' post yesterday, here are a few pictures from the boat trip with the RSPB Exeter local group. My dolphin photos are nowhere as good as Rupert Kirkwood's, so I'm sticking to the birds. 

Gannet
Gannet

Great Skua
Great Skua

Fulmar escaping from juvenile Herring Gulls
Fulmar escaping from juvenile Herring Gulls

Posted August 22nd, 2019 at 10:55 pm by Richard Swinbank in Bird News

exmouth ringneck parakeet

2 ringneck parakeet douglas avenue

Posted August 22nd, 2019 at 9:31 pm by barry insull in Bird News

Wednesday 21st August 2019

Teignmouth Garden, New Road

16:00 Looking skywards, 60+ House Martin, 7+ Swallow, one Swift and a Sparrowhawk. Lots of Painted Ladies, Red Admirals and Small Tortoiseshell. Great views of a Southern Hawker

Posted August 21st, 2019 at 8:00 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Emsworthy Mire

Amongst the numerous Stonechat and Linnet were single GS Woodpecker, Redstart (female), and Spotted Flycatcher.

Posted August 21st, 2019 at 3:36 pm by John Walton in Bird News

Lyme Bay Boat Trip.

Today's boat trip out into Lyme Bay with the RSPB Exeter local group was fairly fruitful with 5+ Porpoise, 10+ Common Dolphin joining us before we had traveled far from Berry Head. Much further out the following birds sighted, 10 Kittiwake, Fulmar, Gannet, 6 Scoter, many small groups of Guillemots ,9 Shearwater, some Manx but most seen at a distance, Great-black backed Gull and large numbers of Herring Gull. The best was 3 Great Skua chasing the gulls but also young Herring Gulls chasing the Skua! An unusual sight was a Fulmar being attacked on the water by young Herring Gulls.  Another trip on Sunday so will be interesting to see what is about.

Posted August 21st, 2019 at 3:21 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

BGM

Birded 07.50 until 11 highlight Green Sandpiper and Common Sandpiper. one juvenile Turnstone, a couple of Greenshank a few hirundines over. Good numbers of BH Gulls but no Meds. Few small waders lots of Redshank and Curlew, Blackwits and a Whimbrel. Kingfisher and juv Reed Warbler on Goosemoor

Whimbrel
Whimbrel

Kingfisher
Kingfisher

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Posted August 21st, 2019 at 2:43 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Glossy Ibis in Fremington Pill

18/08/19, 11:28; The Glossy Ibis which has been a regular at Fremington Pill for a few years now was showing nicely on the falling tide. It appeared to toss tiny snails (a la Avocet diet?) down it's throat having extracted them from the gloopy mud with it's bill tip. Great skills!! The Common Sandpiper seen in the background appeared to be watching with keen interest.

Posted August 21st, 2019 at 1:41 pm by Phil & Sue Naylor in Bird News

Osprey on the Taw

Observed for about an hour up to high tide this morning (09:00 to 10:00) hunting over Horsey Island & the River Taw was this Osprey (Juve?). It stooped about four or five times and splashed down once, but failed to catch it's brunch. Last seen heading back upriver. 

Osprey over Horsey Island
Osprey over Horsey Island

Posted August 21st, 2019 at 1:26 pm by Phil & Sue Naylor in Bird News

Cookworthy Moor, near Ashwater

The clearfell and forestry areas this morning produced:-

4 Redpolls, 1 Jay, 1 Buzzard, 1 Stonechat, numerous Swallows feeding over the clearfell plus a few Sand Martins, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Crossbill (heard), Blue and Great Tits.  1 Gatekeepe.

Harvey Kendall & Barry Bryne..

Posted August 21st, 2019 at 11:47 am by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Tuesday 20th August 2019

Late post - Horsey Island

19/08/2019 - Early evening count on Horsey produced the highest number of Ringed Plover I have ever seen at this site. A spectacular 491 in a mixed flock of c800 small waders consisting of Dunlin & Ringed Plover

Visited the site again today early evening & a disappointing 20!

Posted August 20th, 2019 at 9:51 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Nightjars at Bovey Heathfield

Two birds watched from 20.45 - 21.05. Both female/juvenile. No churring heard whilst on Heath.

Posted August 20th, 2019 at 9:39 pm by John Walton in Bird News

Marsh Mills to Blaxton Meadow 20/8/2019

Went over to Saltram area this morning.

At Marsh Mills (where the Tory Brook meets the River Plym) was a Dipper (Coloured Rings: Red over Orange Right Leg ;Yellow over Grey? Left Leg).

On Blaxton Meadow 20 or so Curlew,  2 Herons. 3 Little Egrets, .a single Oystercatcher and about 80 Canada Geese.  Also a very photogenic Robin.

Other things were about 10 Painted Ladies, a Red Admiral and a Jersy Tiger

Posted August 20th, 2019 at 7:31 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News

Additions today Fremington Quay and home farm.

4 Common sandpiper,4 young turnstone,The Glossy Ibis perching " young Shellducks and a large flock of Goldfinches, all the rest as reported earlier.

Mediterranean Gull
Mediterranean Gull

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Posted August 20th, 2019 at 7:30 pm by john elvin in Bird News

R.Taw - Penhill Marsh and Freminton Pill. 1015-1215. H/T 0932

2 Med Gulls and 14 Black-tailed Godwit among a roost of about 3-400 Black-headed Gulls at the Barnstaple end of the marsh. Tide 1hr in ebb.

16 Med Gulls in a smaller roost of about 40 BHGs at the Penhill Pt end of marsh.

11.30 2 Turnstone at mouth of Fremington Pill and 2 Dunlin and 27 Redshank in the Pill. Water level in the Pill still at half ebb.

Posted August 20th, 2019 at 4:49 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

East Soar

Migrants beginning to trickle through with Redstart, Spotted Flycatcher, 19 Whitethroat, 7 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler & Green Woodpecker (only 2nd record this year). Also Sparrowhawk, 50 Swallow, 40 House Sparrow.

Non-avian: 33 Painted Lady, 49 Small Copper, 2 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Golden-ringed Dragonfly.

Flora: 178 Autumn Lady's Tresses flower spikes - a sensational count and thanks to National Trust for not grazing this area.

Posted August 20th, 2019 at 2:24 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Shobrooke Park/Bowling Green Marsh

Hi, message for Chris Marcol RE his photos of a Bar-Headed type goose from Bowling Green Marsh on the 14th of his month - sorry to post on here but not sure how else to contact contributors - I believe your bird is in fact the Canada x Bar-head hybrid that was hatched here at Shobrooke Park last summer by our now semi-resident Bar-Headed Goose (first arrived here in mid 2014) and one of the many summering Canada Geese. The bird is identical in plumage and I have observed more unusual birds (plumage-wise/based on ring data) to frequently travel quite far from the park only to return again in the next few days, if not sooner, and sure enough, this hybrid bird was present again yesterday evening in our main pre-roost flock of Canadas (see my post from yesterday). So yes, the bird is indeed a Canada x Bar-head hybrid as you correctly thought that it may be, and I do indeed think it is highly likely to be the same individual, as I haven’t seen another goose of this hybrid type at all recently anywhere else in the Devon area. Hope this is of some help. If you’d like any more info about the bird’s history etc feel free to email me on londonbirder@gmail.com. Thank you! 

Posted August 20th, 2019 at 8:22 am by T. M. Mylett in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

Osprey perched in Lincombe Woods this morning. Turnstone and Common Sandpiper in Charleton Bay, Kingfisher in Charleton Marsh.

Posted August 20th, 2019 at 8:02 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Monday 19th August 2019

Shobrooke Park

Another good day's work on patch produced a few decent finds: the first 2 Cormorant of the summer/autumn dropped in towards the beginning of the evening, the Bar-headed X Canada Goose hybrid showed well in the Canada Goose flock (126 birds strong today) alongside its Bar-head parent, and a patch first of 2 Great Black-backed Gull arrived for a brief swim on the main lake.

Posted August 19th, 2019 at 11:52 pm by T. M. Mylett in Bird News

South Brent

Presumed migrant whinchat below Avon Dam yesterday, and one on Brent Hill today, where also three wheatears and hobby..

Posted August 19th, 2019 at 9:01 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News

Osprey on the Taw Estuary

Osprey on the Taw Estuary this pm. Feeding on its catch then going back for another fish. Looked like this bird was in no rush to move on. Photos were at some distance but hope someone can make out if its an adult or Juvenile from the photos.

Osprey feeding on its catch at Horsey Island North Devon
Osprey feeding on its catch at Horsey Island North Devon

Osprey heading over the Taw for seconds!
Osprey heading over the Taw for seconds!

Osprey banking around gaining height
Osprey banking around gaining height

Posted August 19th, 2019 at 7:03 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Sunday 18th August 2019

Taw Estuary

Highlights from my WeBS count sector along Chivenor foreshore and Sherpa Marsh, included 49 Knot, a few Greenshank and Whimbrel, 34 Mediterranean Gulls, 8 Swifts and two Little Terns in flight close to the opposite shore - two of four birds seen by Tim Davis from his WeBS sector (Instow to Isley) at Yelland.

Posted August 18th, 2019 at 9:16 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Broadsands Sunday 18.30

Single ringed plover sighted at 18.30 

Posted August 18th, 2019 at 7:21 pm by Kevin Bates in Bird News

Glossy Ibis and Med Gulls at Fremington Quay

The Glossy Ibis is still at Fremington Pill today. Great light this am for the bird to show off its true colours. 25+ Med Gulls at Fremington Quay on the Taw Estuary at low water. 20+ Whimbrel roosting at RSPB Isley Marsh this pm.   

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Mediterranean Gulls near Fremington Quay
Mediterranean Gulls near Fremington Quay

Mediterranean Gull
Mediterranean Gull

Posted August 18th, 2019 at 6:57 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Glossy ibis near the egret roost.

Posted August 18th, 2019 at 6:18 pm by Richard Yeats in Bird News

Instow

On the rock beyond Instow cricket ground were - 8 ringed plover,  2 Turnstones and a great many Oyster catchers.

Distant shot of one Little ringed plover
Distant shot of one ringed plover



Posted August 18th, 2019 at 1:15 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Teignmouth Sat 17th pm

Single wheatear foraging on the cliff along the the sea wall.

My first for this site.

Posted August 18th, 2019 at 9:56 am by Patrick Case in Bird News

Saturday 17th August 2019

Croyde

Kestrel, Wheatear and a number of Med. gulls at the Saunton end of Croyde beach.

Kestrel
Kestrel

Wheatear
Wheatear

Posted August 17th, 2019 at 8:11 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Ilfracombe

Of all places, In my garden today feeding under Dad's apple trees. Alas no leg rings to tell if it's a passing Lundy bird. 

A brief look offshore, 15 Gannets were being mythered by a Great Skua. 

Wheatear
Wheatear

Posted August 17th, 2019 at 7:01 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Saunton Sands

While doing one of my regular wader counts on Saunton Sands this morning good to see a single Wheatear on passage. Not unusual at this site at this time of year.


Posted August 17th, 2019 at 4:57 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

R.Plym at Longbridge

A Dipper was down at Longbridge, Plympton, this morning no doubt driven downstream by the raised river level caused by the recent heavy rains. 

Posted August 17th, 2019 at 2:09 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Yesterday at Prawle Point Friday 16th August

Seawatch from 7am till 5pm in strong force 5 ,going 7 at times, SSW winds with occasional mist and later heavy rain.

Highlight was a pale-phased juvenile Long-Tailed Skua seen at 11.55 struggling to tack into the wind going west. Also 1 Sooty Shearwater (at 1.30pm) , I Bonxie, 18 Balearic Sheawaters amongst a constant stream of at least 4301 Manx Shearwaters (nodded off a couple of times so totals would have been greater as the passage never let up). Alas no other large shearwaters!

Also 7 Commic Terns, 87 Kittiwakes, 25 Fulmars and 744 Gannets.

Posted August 17th, 2019 at 9:45 am in Bird News

Yesterday at Prawle Point Friday 16th August

Seawatch from 7am till 5pm in strong force 5 ,going 7 at times, SSW winds with occasional mist and later heavy rain.

Highlight was a pale-phased juvenile Long-Tailed Skua seen at 11.55 struggling to tack into the wind going west. Also 1 Sooty Shearwater (at 1.30pm) , I Bonxie, 18 Balearic Sheawaters amongst a constant stream of at least 4301 Manx Shearwaters (nodded off a couple of times so totals would have been greater as the passage never let up). Alas no other large shearwaters!

Also 7 Commic Terns, 87 Kittiwakes, 25 Fulmars and 744 Gannets.

Posted August 17th, 2019 at 9:45 am in Bird News

Four swifts just over the house on clovelly rd Bideford

Posted August 17th, 2019 at 9:08 am by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Thursday 15th August 2019

Sherpa Marsh

A productive walk around the Marsh this evening: one juv Pied Wagtail, several Sand Martins and a few House Martins, 6/7 Swifts, 25 Swans - only 3 cygnets, 1 Lapwing, 1 Little Egret, best was (at last!) a juvenile Yellow Wagtail.

Posted August 15th, 2019 at 10:22 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Saunton Sands & Braunton Burrows

Plenty of birds along the Saunton Sands shoreline late afternoon with 50+ Knot 200+ Sanderling, 200+ Oystercatcher the most ive seen here, 30+ Ringed Plover 30+ Dunlin. My first Yellow Wagtail of the early Autumn with 2 around the cattle on Braunton Marsh and two Osprey on the Taw Estuary a very pleasant walk.

Sanderling at Saunton Sands
Sanderling at Saunton Sands

Knot on Saunton Sands
Knot on Saunton Sands

2 Yellow Wagtail on Braunton Marsh
2 Yellow Wagtail on Braunton Marsh

Posted August 15th, 2019 at 8:45 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Fremington Pill.

A walk along the road to Fremington Quay logged 70+ Redshank this afternoon in the Pill including good numbers of Juvs.  On the return back around 2:30 a single Glossy Ibis along with 2 Common Sandpiper were in the pool by the sluice.

Posted August 15th, 2019 at 4:28 pm by Ken Ebsworthy in Bird News

Erme Holberton

Adult Osprey on the Erme water meadow this afternoon, sitting in dead tree with fish.

Posted August 15th, 2019 at 4:15 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Erme Holberton

Adult Osprey on the Erme water meadow this afternoon, sitting in dead tree with fish.

Posted August 15th, 2019 at 4:15 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Soar

Still quiet, just 4 Swift, 10 Whitethroat & 300 Linnet.

Posted August 15th, 2019 at 3:37 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Dipper

1 Dipper on Teign just upriver of Teigngrace

Posted August 15th, 2019 at 9:43 am by Lois Pryce in Bird News

Wednesday 14th August 2019

Bowling Green Marsh - Bar-headed Goose

Yesterday and again today this juvenile Bar-headed Goose turned up with the Canada flock. It has the yellowy bill & legs as expected, and no head cross bars of an adult. bar-headed.  It however appears as big as the Canadas and overall brown/grey rather than ash grey, could it be a xCanada hybrid?

Bar-headed Goose juv
Bar-headed Goose juv

Bar-headed Goose juv
Bar-headed Goose juv

Bar-headed Goose juv
Bar-headed Goose juv

Posted August 14th, 2019 at 11:43 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatching from 0600-0830hrs: 1260 Manx, 14 Balearic Shearwaters, 1 Bonxie, 4 Common Scoter, 1 Teal, 11 Mediterranean Gulls, 16 Fulmar 1 Arctic Tern, 3 'comic' Terns.

Posted August 14th, 2019 at 4:06 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Saunton Sands

Late Post -13/08/2019.  Small flock of 41 Knot on passage having just arrived back from the high arctic enjoying a rest, wash & preen after foraging along the shoreline.


Posted August 14th, 2019 at 9:32 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Tuesday 13th August 2019

Velator

In the reserve late this evening tape-luring Swallows. Monday night  - 1, Tuesday night - 85, Tonight 35. Year total now over 400. Also ringed Kingfisher no 12, another juvenile. Flying over were at least 12 Swifts.

By the bridge to the reserve one, occasionally 2 Dipper these last few days.

Posted August 13th, 2019 at 10:13 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

East Soar

No migrants - best were 22 Med Gulls in Starehole Bay and 400 Linnet.

Posted August 13th, 2019 at 3:03 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Juvenile cuckoo

Encounter with a juvenile cuckoo near Laughter Tor on Dartmoor yesterday. Landed in a rowan sapling right in front of me; not very concerned about my presence. If only I had a half decent camera. 

Posted August 13th, 2019 at 12:49 pm by Fiona Freshney in Bird News

Avon Dam

Three brown-head goosanders roosting this morning. Had gone by 0630. Checked weekly, and these were first since 22 Jun. Would be interested to hear of any other goosanders in Devon over the next month or so at preay6960@gmail.com.

Posted August 13th, 2019 at 9:54 am by Peter Reay in Bird News

Spotted Flycatchers

Spotted Flycatchers at Avon Mill Garden Centre yesterday, In the Trees by the river, catching flies, for a youngster.


Posted August 13th, 2019 at 8:10 am by Kay and Gary Deare in Bird News

Monday 12th August 2019

Otter Estuary

Two Avocets on the estuary this evening - A rare bird on the Otter and only my 3rd sighting in 10 years.
Also Green Sandpiper, 10+ Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover and an obliging Cetti's Warbler.
Avocets on the Otter by Chris Townend

Cetti's Warbler, Otter Estuary by Chris Townend

Posted August 12th, 2019 at 7:43 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Slapton Sands.

7 Black Tailed Godwits, 2 Whimbrel, 6 Ringed Plover and2 Dunlin.this afternoon.

Posted August 12th, 2019 at 4:15 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

South Brent

Two pied flycatchers in small hawthorns on Brent Hill this morning, presumed migrants or at least dispersing juvs (over 3 km to nearest known breeding site). Otherwise just a whitethroat and a few chiffs and willows.

Posted August 12th, 2019 at 2:21 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News

12-08-19 Brown Magpie

At Knighton Road, Plymouth an unusual Brown Magpie seen and Photo'd at 10.35am


Brown Magpie
Brown Magpie


Posted August 12th, 2019 at 11:53 am by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Sunday 11th August 2019

Velator etc

Late evening visit to try and boost the Swallow catch - only caught one! But also ringed another Kingfisher, and retrapped one from a few weeks back. (I saw two Kingfishers in the reserve earlier on today). In the field next to the one south of the reserve, the farmer has cut the grass and there were several hundred Swallows chasing insects there for a while. Only a few came and inspected the tape recorder. Over the reserve were 5 Swift, the first I've seen in several days.

A Black-tailed Godwit for it's third day out on the scrape.

Best bird was a male Marsh Harrier, which flew south from the reserve towards the reed-bed.

Posted August 11th, 2019 at 9:57 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Morte Point

Few Birds to be seen, conditions had improved too much. 2 flocks of 5 Sanderlings 1 Manxie 6 Gannets, one Juv looking a bit worse for wear. Compensated for by spending an hour watching European Storm Petrels, albeit at a fair distance, feeding over static fishing gear buoy ropes. Max 5 in view at the same time. 

Storm Petrel, just about!
Storm Petrel, just about!


Hitching a ride.
Hitching a ride.

Posted August 11th, 2019 at 9:09 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

exmouth parakeet roost

9 ringneck parakeet at the roost at douglas avenue

Posted August 11th, 2019 at 7:51 pm by barry insull in Bird News

Tamar estuary / Ernesettle

This morning:

c100 Herring Gull, 12 Little Egret, 10 Common Sandpiper, 5 Whimbrel, 3 Grey Heron feeding on flatfish, 2 Greenshank on Ernesettle creek, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Whitethroat. Trees heaving with red apples and berries.

Posted August 11th, 2019 at 6:45 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Slapton Sands.

11 Sanderling,19 Ringed Plover and 2 Turnstone on the beach this afternoon.

Posted August 11th, 2019 at 5:09 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatch, 06:00 - 15:00 predictably slow with only 10 Manx & 6 Balearic Shearwaters all day, & 3-4 Med Gulls.

Constant trickle of Painted Ladies, together with 2 Migrant Hawkers in off the sea.

Usual Harbour Porpoises, at least 3, close in at first; c.20 Common Dolphin, mid am; but highlight of the day, at least 3 Bottle-nosed Dolphins close in c.midday.

 

Posted August 11th, 2019 at 5:02 pm in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

06.30 to 08.50: juv Shelduck 7, European Storm-petrel 2, Fulmar 37, Manx Shearwater 5, Gannet 39, Common Sandpiper 1, Lesser Black-backed Gull 16, Sandwich Tern 3, Great Skua 1, Guilllemot 1. All heading W out of Bristol Channel, except for Gannet flocks feeding over four Harbour Porpoise and an Ocean Sunfish (presumed same as yesterday; appeared similar size).

Posted August 11th, 2019 at 10:05 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Saturday 10th August 2019

ringneck parakeet

mear valley 9 ringneck parakeet

Posted August 10th, 2019 at 8:57 pm by barry insull in Bird News

North Devon seawatching

At a rain- and gale-lashed Hartland Point from 08.00 to 13.00 Tim Davis & Tim Jones recorded 532 Gannets, 1352 Manx Shearwaters, 111 Fulmars, 14 Kittiwakes, an Arctic Skua, a Sandwich Tern, and three Whimbrels. All were heading W out of Barnstaple/Bideford Bay.

From Lundy during the morning and early afternoon Dean Jones counted 212 Gannets, 2991 Manx Shearwaters, 22 Fulmars, 19 Kittiwakes, a Ringed Plover and two Turnstones.

Off Watermouth in the late afternoon Tim Jones encountered small numbers of Gannets,Manx Shearwaters, Fulmars and Kittiwakes continuing to fly W out of the Bristol Channel, where Gannets have been seen upstream today at least as far as Lydney and Sharpness in the Upper Severn Estuary. Also off Watermouth, two Harbour Porpoises and an Ocean Sunfish.

Posted August 10th, 2019 at 8:13 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Skern

Over a low high tide 14.00 - 15.00.  1 Little Egret, 31 Ringed Plover, 1 Turnstone, c250 Dunlin, 4 Sanderling, 5 Knot, 3 Redshank, 1 Greenshank 2 Whimbrel, 18 Curlew, 43 Common Tern, 2 Little Tern, 4 Sandwich Tern.. what a difference a bit of wind makes!

Posted August 10th, 2019 at 3:47 pm by Roger Doble in Bird News

Re Pottington Oystercatchers

On 8th June driving out of Rgb I spotted 2 pairs among the nesting Lesser bb and Herring Gulls, so there may have been more. Hope they are successful as the Ilfracombe pairs I'm aware of always seem destined to fail. I also surveyed Mullacote ind estate for nesting Gulls which is easy cos there isn't any. Probably a bit too exposed up there. 

This morning off Ilfracombe a Basking Shark and several feeding Grey Seals were attracting lots of Gulls. Some good birds were present as well. 2+ Storm Petrels were close to the anchored Trinity ship. A Great Skua and 2 flocks of 4/5 Whimbrels were making their way down channel. 

young Seal enjoying a tasty breakfast.
young Seal enjoying a tasty breakfast.

Posted August 10th, 2019 at 3:22 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Start Bay/Slapton Ley

Little offshore except reasonable numbers of Fulmars and Kittiwakes flying south. Over the ley at Torcross  250 plus House Martins, 20 Sand Martins and 6 Swifts. Also Little Grebe, 61 Tufted Ducks and 5 Pochards ( 3M ).

Posted August 10th, 2019 at 1:01 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatch 05:30-10:00 Fairly slow, only 33 Manx Shearwater and 9 Balearic. Highlights were a Sooty Shearwater south at 06:45 and a pale phase adult Pomarine Skua south at 08:30. Also 1 Bonxie, 100+Kittiwake, 4 Sandwich tern, 1 Common Tern, 3+ 'Commic' Tern, 6+ swift.

Posted August 10th, 2019 at 11:12 am by Simon Tonge in Bird News

brixham-churston

flock of swallows feeding over farmland above copythorne rd yesterday morning

Posted August 10th, 2019 at 9:27 am by graham folkerd in Bird News

Friday 9th August 2019

Budleigh Salterton

A ninety-minute seawatch late morning produced Gannets passing at a rate per ten minutes of 10-25, Manx Shearwaters of 5-15, and Fulmars of 1-2, plus 5 Common Scoter, and a Great Skua. No Auks or Kittewakes.

On the way home, 10 minutes at BGM produced the Spotted Redshank and singles of Common and Green Sandpipers.

Posted August 9th, 2019 at 9:30 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Shobrooke Park North (and surrounding area)

Cormorant (over) and single escapee Bar-headed Goose (the regular bird here) seen just outside of the site in fields adjacent to Nomansland Cross - both common birds on the lakes at Shobrooke, but, to our knowledge, this is the first time that they have been seen here in the Sandford and Upton Hellions Nature Group (SUHNG) recording area, which borders the park. 

Posted August 9th, 2019 at 9:01 pm by T. M. Mylett in Bird News

South Milton sands

Some lovely waders on the beach at South Milton, Sanderling, turnstones, Dunlin and ringed plover.

TurnstoneSanderlingDunlin
Turnstone                               Sanderling                                Dunlin

Posted August 9th, 2019 at 5:02 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatch highlight totals 0530-1230hrs: 1 juv L-t Skua which lingered for over 1 hr also 1 Arctic & 7 Great Skua, 168 Balearic, 247 Manx, 1 Sooty & 1 large Shearwater, 3 Puffin, 2 juv Y-l Gulls, 251 Kittiwake, 39 Med Gulls, 11 C Scoter, 12 Sandwich, 9 Commin & 29 'comic' Tern, 3 Whimbrel, 3 Grey Plover, 4 Ringed Plover,3 Dunlin,1 Green Sandpiper, several flocks of waders too far out to id, 1 Tufted Duck, 50+ Common Dolphin & 6 H Porpoise.

Posted August 9th, 2019 at 4:48 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton sea front.

An hours watch from the shelter near Lime Kiln car park (11am -12noon) produced:  28 Gannet, 3 Balearic Shearwater, 12 Manx, 2 GBB Gulls and 5 Oystercatcher.  All flying west. Variable weather conditions with visibility from horizon down to half a mile.  Two of the Balearics came in within several hundred yards.  

Posted August 9th, 2019 at 2:58 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Thursday 8th August 2019

Sidmouth

Quick look between folk music sessions in deteriorating condition lots of Herring gulls, a few,BH Gulls, one Oyster Catcher on the rock armour and one Turnstone on the rocks near Jacob's Ladder. Visibility down to about 50 yards offshore.

Turnstone
Turnstone

Posted August 8th, 2019 at 8:49 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Bradiford oystercatchers

Surveying the Bradiford site for DevonBirds in 2017, I noted that an oystercatcher pair were collecting food from the pond mud on Bradiford and flying to the roofs of the industrial unit 'nextdoor', which strongly implied successful hatching. I wonder if this year's nestling has jumped down from there, or they've moved to lower ground because of the gulls.

Posted August 8th, 2019 at 8:06 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford sewage works. 11.30-13.00. High tide 12.40.

Black-tailed Godwit 7; Bar-tailed Godwit 1; Med Gull 1A; Redshank 1 and 3 Dunlin flying up-river.

A surprise sighting was that of an Oystercatcher chick still in down feathers on the concrete bank between Bradiford Water and the rear of RGB. It was being attended to by 2 adults. In the 30-odd years that I have been birding along this stretch of the river, this is the first time that I have ever known Oystercatchers to be breeding here. The chick was incapable of flight and could not have come far.

Posted August 8th, 2019 at 2:37 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram Wed 7th August

First returning Little Grebe and autumn Wheatear. Also: 2 Turnstones, Whimbrel, 4 Greenshanks, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 32 Curlews, 1st-s Mediterranean Gull, Shelduck pair with 2 juvs, 27 Mandarin Ducks, 2 Shags, 4 Stock Doves & 2 Swifts.  

Posted August 8th, 2019 at 12:10 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Wednesday 7th August 2019

Taw Estuary - Pottington

2 Bar-tailed Godwits foraging. Photo taken from the Tarka trail early evening.


Posted August 7th, 2019 at 9:54 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Charleton Marsh/ Bay

Kingfisher bombing around the marsh. In the bay Whimbrel, 29 Ringed Plovers, 43 Dunlins, 2 Sanderlings and at least 5 Common Sandpipers.

Posted August 7th, 2019 at 8:52 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

BGM

On our way home from the Hide at Dawlish we stopped at BGM and went out onto the viewing platform. Peering sharp left there were 2 Spotted Redshanks in among the Redshank flock.

Posted August 7th, 2019 at 8:26 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Colour-ringed Oystercatchers this afternoon. Quite excited to find the two Blue/Yellow colour-ringed birds, as I put these rings on last November! The other one Ivan Lakin tells me was ringed pre-2002, when this combination stopped being used.

Ivan also found the Black Tern out on a buoy in among the boats, and the Slavonian Grebe was away over near Cockwood.

H8 Yellow over Blue with white script
H8 Yellow over Blue with white script

H9 Yellow over Blue with white script
H9 Yellow over Blue with white script

Black and White ring.
Black and White ring.

Posted August 7th, 2019 at 8:24 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Mountbatten, Plymouth

An adult gannet sheltering on the water at the SE end of Batten Bay was a surprise this afternoon. After a while it managed to haul itself onto the rocks, but with great difficulty. Clearly not a well bird. Also an adult Mediterranean Gull seen and three Oystercatchers, but otherwise, only Herring and GBB Gulls.

Gannet, Batten Bay, Plymouth
Gannet, Batten Bay, Plymouth

Posted August 7th, 2019 at 5:36 pm by Jason Smart in Bird News

Slapton Sands.

21 Sanderling plus a lone Dunlin. My first double figure count for Sanderling here. this autumn.

Posted August 7th, 2019 at 2:56 pm by Alan K. Searle in Bird News

Shobrooke Park

4+ Black-headed Gull mostly around bridge area until 1930 at least, the first of summer/autumn on patch. 

Posted August 7th, 2019 at 8:08 am by T. M. Mylett in Bird News

Tuesday 6th August 2019

Broadsands

138 Mediterranean Gulls, 1 ad Common Gull, just 29 B-h Gulls and 1 juv Yellow-legged Gull in this evenings roost

Posted August 6th, 2019 at 10:01 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

South Huish Marsh

Tuesday afternoon 14.30 onwards. 2 Wood Sandpipers, 3 Dunlin, 12 Ringed Plover.

Posted August 6th, 2019 at 7:22 pm by Joe Higman in Bird News

Velator

What I think was a juvenile Fox was disturbing the Moorhens by the reserve pond today. Spent some time scratching - probably fleas.


Posted August 6th, 2019 at 3:57 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Monday 5th August 2019

R.Caen

Early evening look at R.Caen & a picture of peace & tranquility in the evening light with the single unringed Spoonbill foraging in the tidal channel alongside good numbers of BH Gulls, 2 Common Gulls, 2 Little Egrets & 14 Dunlin. On the salting a flock of Linnets, a few Goldfinch & a smattering of Pied Wagtails.


Posted August 5th, 2019 at 7:21 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Dockwell, South Brent - Spotted Flycatcher

Having surveyed the Dockwell patch fairly thoroughly during the years of the South Brent Bird Survey and subsequently, I have been concerned about the lack of Flycatchers this season, both Pied and Spotted, the latter having appeared regularly in reasonable numbers over past years. I therefore breathed a sigh of relief when I briefly saw my first Spotted Fly there last Thursday. I returned this morning and recorded amongst others, 6 Moorhen ( inc 4 well fledged young from a 2nd brood), 2 Treecreeper, 3 Jay, 4 Canada Geese and 2 Mistle Thrush, but no sign of a Flycatcher. I returned after lunch and was very pleased when a Spotted Flycatcher posed on a fence near my car!

Spotted Flycatcher - Dockwell, South Brent- 05.08.2019
Spotted Flycatcher - Dockwell, South Brent- 05.08.2019

Posted August 5th, 2019 at 5:55 pm by Dave Pakes in Bird News

Hartland Point Storm Petrel

The bird we retrapped last Friday was ringed at Porthgwarra, West Cornwall on 6th July this year. It had a brood patch, as did all the other birds we ringed that night, indicating breeding fairly locally. (Lundy?)

Posted August 5th, 2019 at 5:11 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Three Ringed Plovers (2 ads + juv), 3 Dunlins, Whimbrel, 3 Common Sandpipers, 4 Greenshanks, Kingfisher, 2 Shags, 13 Little Egrets, 9 Mandarin Ducks, 2 Spotted Flycatchers feeding young, Peregrine & 4 Stock Doves.

Eight species of wader on Blaxton Meadow today.  

Posted August 5th, 2019 at 3:25 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

late news from Slapton this weekend

In addition to Perry observations the gull flock was quite spread out on Saturday with estimate numbers of many hundreds of gulls feeding on whitebait and roosting on the beach in several groups. Numbers included around 50 Mediterranean gull, 10 Common gull, a single adult Yellow Legged gull, LGGB 75, GBBG 125, Herring gull 200, Kittiwake 1, Black headed gull 15, Sandwich tern 8, Sanderling 2, Ringed plover 2, and an Oystercatcher.

Ringing on Saturday morning saw a total of 132 birds processed including 5 Grasshopper warbler, Sedge 62, Reed 30, White 6, Garden 1, Willow 11 plus a smattering of other common species. Two Sedge warbler were already carrying British rings so waiting to hear where from but one is probably from Lands end.

A short ringing session on Sunday until 9 am produced 45 birds including 2 grasshopper warbler and 28 Sedge warbler and the rest made up of Reed, Willow and Whitethroat.

Several Painted lady's around but no big numbers like elsewhere.

Posted August 5th, 2019 at 12:08 pm by Nik Ward in Bird News

Sunday 4th August 2019

Lower Prewley Moor, Sourton

Heard an unfamiliar call as I entered the far western corner of Lower Prewley this afternoon: it turned out to be a very agitated Grasshopper Warbler. It gave excellent views and continued calling rapidly for several minutes, presumably having young very close by. Soon after, a Willow Tit heard and then seen in some of the many willows on the site. Frequent Lesser Redpolls in the area too.

Posted August 4th, 2019 at 10:44 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Slapton Sands / Start Bay

Lots of gulls around, plenty of whitebait in the bay at present bringing in the mackerel etc. Med Gulls of all ages on view, juvenile Yellow-legged Gull flying around and a Manx Shearwater and 3 Common Terns flew south.

Posted August 4th, 2019 at 6:44 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Dawlish and Bowling green marsh

Lots of waders at Bowling green marsh, Curlew, Whimbrel, Redshank, Green sandpiper, Dunlin, Lapwing, Greenshank and black-tailed godwits. On to Dawlish Warren where there where lots of Sandwich terns a few common terns and Dunlin and ringed plover.

Whimbrel & Curlew
Whimbrel & Curlew

Sandwich Tern
Sandwich Tern

Dunlin
Dunlin

Posted August 4th, 2019 at 5:39 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Exmouth Parakeets

Exmouth Parakeets seam well established with this female feeding at least two Juveniles with another two calling in the Douglas Avenue area of Exmouth. 

Female feeding young
Female feeding young

Juvenile pulling bark
Juvenile pulling bark

Female checking the sweet chestnuts
Female checking the sweet chestnuts

Posted August 4th, 2019 at 5:17 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Blanton Meadow, Saltram

Sunday 4th August, 9.00. 3 Green Sandpiper.

Posted August 4th, 2019 at 4:42 pm by Joe HigmN in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

Lots of gulls viewed distantly off Lincombe from Charleton hide. c800 Herring Gulls and c2000 Black-headed Gulls. All got spooked one time, an Osprey has been seen lately but I could not pick one out. Feeding on something, maybe Whitebait. 20 plus Med Gulls ( must be way more ) present. Single Common Sandpiper and Black-tailed Godwit in Charleton Bay.

Posted August 4th, 2019 at 12:54 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Saturday 3rd August 2019

Slapton Ley

Green Sandpiper heard calling around Torcross tonight. Earlier at least 10 Mediterranean Gulls seen offshore in Start Bay without much effort. Also 5 Sandwich Terns.

Posted August 3rd, 2019 at 10:34 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Seaton

A quick visit to Seaton between visits to Sidmouth festival. Not much of any note (locals complaining of too much water in the site). Highlight was a visiting LRP that dropped in about 6pm.

LRP
LRP

Posted August 3rd, 2019 at 9:43 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Butterflies

2nd of August at Turnchaple near Plymouth ,we saw 60+each of Painted Lady and Red Admiral . Today many fewer Red Admiral but similar numbers of Painted Lady’s.

Posted August 3rd, 2019 at 2:11 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Hartland Point

Finally got round to the annual pilgrimage to Hartland Point last night to ring Storm Petrels. Accompanied by Chris Dee and Andy Lansdell. Ended up ringing 17 with one retrap from somewhere else - will post here when I get the details back from the BTO. Stayed on in the morning and caught a few of the local residents - mostly Blackcaps and Whitethroats.

One Grasshopper Warbler heard and seen in the scrub on the south side of the valley. Good numbers of Manx Shearwaters passing by and at least 2 Porpoises seen with diving Gannets.

Posted August 3rd, 2019 at 11:49 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Manor Gardens, Exmouth

Woken up to sounds of the jungle today! 5 noisy Ring Necked Parakeets in Manor Gardens. Fun to watch!

Posted August 3rd, 2019 at 10:32 am by Simon Crookall in Bird News

Friday 2nd August 2019

Middle Soar to Southdown Farm

First returning Tree Pipit by Soar Mill Cove, also 3 Willow Warbler, prob.migrant Wheatear, 15 Swift & 270 Linnet.

Non-avian: male red-veined darter, 59 Painted Lady.

Posted August 2nd, 2019 at 10:43 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Two Spotted Flycatchers (at different locations and one visiting nest box), Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers,2 Chiffchaffs, Kingfisher, 2 Dunlins, Whimbrel, 3+ Common Sandpipers,3 Greenshanks, 105 Redshanks, 34 Curlews, 8 Mandarin Ducks, a pair of Shelducks with 2 juvs & a pair of Roe Deer.  

Posted August 2nd, 2019 at 2:16 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Stone Curlew - Dawlish Warren

A Stone Curlew found by Lee C early morning at Dawlish Warren over the high tide and still present in the bight early afternoon

Posted August 2nd, 2019 at 1:12 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Thursday 1st August 2019

Velator

Odd.. Haven't seen any Painted Ladys at all for a few weeks then suddenly there were 5 in the reserve this afternoon feeding on Thistle flowers. + another by the entrance bridge.

Another 35 Swallows caught tonight.

Posted August 1st, 2019 at 10:17 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Marsh sandpipers on Bowcombe Creek

Three marsh sandpipers on Bowcombe Creek, Kingsbridge Estuary at 4pm to 5pm 1st August. Seen on the shore and in flight. Flew off to the main estuary as tide rose at 5pm.

Posted August 1st, 2019 at 5:40 pm by Chris Klee in Bird News

Matford Ponds, Exeter

5 Green Sandpiper present this morning.

Posted August 1st, 2019 at 3:22 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

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