Devon Bird Sightings from September 2012

Dawlish Warren

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

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Sunday 30th September 2012

Soar Mill Cove

Wryneck today - photos by Baz Rankine




Posted September 30th, 2012 at 11:22 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

From the hide today 17:30 till 18:30

3 curlew sandpipers, 1 adult spotted redshank, 550+ black tailed godwits, 3+ snipe,20+ lapwing, 5 pintail, 130+ dunlin, 5 knot,17+ greenshank, 5+ bar tailed ggodwits 

On Saturday 29th over the 2 high tides 5 curlew sandpipers in the evening, the spotted redshank, 450+ wigeon and 300+ teal a water rail in the morning and kingfisher, 145+ dunlin , 6+ knot, 11+ greenshank, 13+ pintail 

overall a very good weekends birding 

Posted September 30th, 2012 at 11:08 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Skern

 

50 med gulls.18 ads,19 sw,13 fw,24 common tern,4 barwits,600 black headed gulls17:45-19:00

Posted September 30th, 2012 at 7:36 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

The Pectoral Sandpiper has spent most of the last 2 days on the back of Thurlestone Marsh- difficult to see from any of the public areas, also 18 Wigeon, 40 Teal and 11 Stock Dove .

At South Huish Marsh - 30 Teal, 4 Grey Wagtail, 1 Wheatear. A Yellow Wagtail on the golf course.

Posted September 30th, 2012 at 6:18 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

G Plover

Eight golden plover at Holming Beam, nr Princetown, Dartmoor on Friday 21 September

Posted September 30th, 2012 at 2:25 pm by pete stevens in General Birding

River Caen/River Taw

1030-1230hrs    The Osprey still showing well on the post with the red top,then fishing between the mouth of the caen and crow point.Not much else about,very windy.

Posted September 30th, 2012 at 1:14 pm by John hunt in General Birding

Skern and Southcott Valley.

07:20 Skern.


Apart from a few Black-headed and Herring Gulls; 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose; 1 Knot; 3 Wigeon;           5 Dunlin;  4 Bar-tailed Godwit; 1 Little Egret; 16 Great black-backed Gulls; c520 Oystercatcher;     c60 Curlew; 1 Common Gull and small flocks of Meadow Pipits and Linnets.

08:40 Southcott Valley.

1 Green Sandpiper and c20 Teal.

Where are all the small waders?


Posted September 30th, 2012 at 10:19 am by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Saturday 29th September 2012

South Huish and Soar

The Pec' Sand' was on the central spit of South Huish Marsh from dawn until sunrise when it was lost in the sun glare. A single Common Snipe was the only other wader present.

I joined Pete and Steve 30 minutes after their Barred Warbler and had failed to relocate it by 13.00. Five Golden Plover and two Lesser Redpoll were all I had to add to their tally.

No sign of Perry's Wryneck early afternoon and Pec' Sand gone when I returned at 16.30.

Posted September 29th, 2012 at 10:19 pm by Steve Young in General Birding

R.Taw off Anchorwood Bank and Pottington Ind.Est.

09:10 - 11:00

There seems very little about on the Taw near Barnstaple these days, although I`ve been told that one of the Ospreys (blue ring) has been up as far as Ashford Strand recently.

Bar-tailed Godwit 8; Kingfisher 1; Ringed Plover c20 in flight; Redshank 5; Little Egret 6;

Cormorant 16 and Dunlin 8.

Plenty of Black-headed Gulls, Curlew; Oystercatcher; Canada Geese and Mallard, although wildfowlers were shooting on Penhill Marsh. Apparently they`ve also been seen shooting from behind the broken down sea wall by Bradiford Reserve. That seems a bit too close to the Tarka Trail.

Posted September 29th, 2012 at 7:33 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Soar

A fine day, with Steve Cox, started with a Redstart at the Coastguard Cottages (@07:20) but the highlight proved to be a juv Barred Warbler by the "pond" at E.Soar (in Blackthorn by the fence just up from the biggest willow clump). Unfortunately we only had brief views at 09:20 and despite a good search, it didn't reappear.

Otherwise: Whinchat 5; Siskin 7; Reed Bunting 1; Great Spotted Woodpecker 2; Chiffchaff 30+; Blackcap 12; Grey Wagtail 3; Skylark 50+; Goldcrest 3. 

No sign of the Wryneck in Soar Mill valley mid afternoon (reported this morning).

Posted September 29th, 2012 at 6:05 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Wrafton

The Gadwall has been joined by a Shoveler and 3 Wigeon, but only 6 Black-tailed Godwits remain.

Posted September 29th, 2012 at 2:13 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Hartland pt.

 

         2 Arctic skuas,21 kittiwakes 2 adult 19 fw,2 common scoter,200 gannet,largest flock 87,300 auks,3 shag,ad+2 juvs,2 common tern,06:45-08:20.

Posted September 29th, 2012 at 10:44 am by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Friday 28th September 2012

Soar Mill Cove

Wryneck through the drizzle this morning. ( More of a challenge for me to upload a photo from my camera to this blog than it is for nasa to get photos back from Mars taken with a Meccano model )


Posted September 28th, 2012 at 9:09 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide from 16:15 till 18:30

A good afternoon with a big increase in wigeon numbers to 450+ and 300+ teal 17+ shoveler, 13+ pintail, spent most of the afternoon trying to confirm number of curlew sandpipers eventually had 5 in flight after a peregrine caused chaos, the adult spotted redshank, 1 ruff, 200+ dunlin, 17+ greenshanks, 24+ lapwings, 6 little grebes, 5 bar tailed godwits,  550+ black tailed godwits, 6+ knot, buzzard, kestrel, kingfisher. 

Had earlier been over exminster marsh and had 2 ruff and 2 wheatear on the scrape by the fishermans car park but no luck with the pectoral sandpipers 

Posted September 28th, 2012 at 8:48 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Ringmoor Down, Dartmoor

First report of Golden Plover on the moor this autumn with c75 at Ringmoor Down this afternoon - always a lovely sight!

(Jan Daniels)

Posted September 28th, 2012 at 8:40 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Wrafton

Gadwall still and 20 Black-tailed Godwits on the now full again puddle over the trail. A few Swallows still about the area.

Posted September 28th, 2012 at 7:47 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

The first Golden Plover of the autumn flew over this evening. 1 juv ringed plover still and just 2 wheatears.

Posted September 28th, 2012 at 6:25 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Soar

08:50-16:30. Overnight rain, 100% cloud cover at dawn, fresh northwest wind persisting all day. Some rain mid-morning but when the front passed, brighter after.

Snipe ( flushed from the long grass which presently covers the Warren ), Golden Plover, 14 Stock Doves, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Wryneck ( watched from 10:25-10:40, mainly on overgrown dry stone wall which connects the two footpaths in Soar Mill Cove about 150 metres up from the cove ), 230 Meadow Pipits ( inc 150 on The Warren ), Grey Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, 6 White Wagtails, 20Swallows ( poor hirundine day ), 4 Wheatears, Whinchat, 6 Blackcaps, 13 Chiffchaffs and 10 Goldcrests.

As an aside, had no transport today but managed to get to Malborough by bus at 08:10. Used the public  footpaths to get out to Soar and was amazed how many fantastic little birding spots are tucked away - brilliant for all sorts of things- sheltered too. I suppose the trouble ( with me at least ) is they only tend to get checked out when more favoured spots are quiet so we have no right to expect anything here then.

Posted September 28th, 2012 at 5:52 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

River Caen/River Taw

1345-1545hrs.   1 Black-tailed godwit,1 Greenshank,3 Redshank,40+Starling and a Kingfisher on the Caen. Islay marsh held 4 Spoonbill and good numbers of Curlew.The Taw was good for 80+ Wigeon and 30+Dunlin.The Osprey showed well fishing off Crow point, then took its catch to the post with the red top.

Posted September 28th, 2012 at 4:41 pm by John hunt in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Visit over lunch time. The lane is partially flooded. Lots of standing water with most surrounded by tall vegetation.

On the pools nearest to the canal-side car park 3 ruff, 5 black-tailed godwits and 2 snipe. At times the flock of teal was impressive, over 300 but they were constantly moving and only about 30 remained at the end of the visit. Some (c60) teal moved to the lagoon. 

On the fields one wheatear (looking very large), one whinchat and 2 stonechats. Small flock of meadow pipits (c15) and heard redpolls flying over. A flock of c30 house martins and a few swallows moved through.

 

Posted September 28th, 2012 at 2:51 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

Must be a Petoral Sandpiper festival at 10.30 picked up a wader flying into South Huish Marsh- a superb  bird which gave good views . Alan D should be posting a photo later today .

Also on the marsh - 47 Teal, 3 Snipe, 1 Yellow Wagtail.

4 Common Scoter flew east

Posted September 28th, 2012 at 12:53 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Three Pectoral Sandpipers late morning from end of Milbury Lane, also Yellow Wagtail and Hobby. [James Diamond]

Posted September 28th, 2012 at 12:47 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Clennon Valley

Cetti's Warbler around the middle pond, singing occasionally (first at site for 6 years). Best of the rest; 1 Redpoll >NW, 2 Little Egrets, and 5 Shoveler. 

Posted September 28th, 2012 at 11:23 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Thursday 27th September 2012

Bowling green marsh

From the hide 15:30  till 17:20

4 juv curlew sandpipers, 1 adult spotted redshank, 6+ knot, 5+ bar tailed godwits, 250+ wigeon, 8+ pintail, 1 turnstone, 5+ snipe, 1 tufted duck, 20+ little egrets, buzzard, 200+ dunlin, 8 greenshank, good numbers of curlew and black tailed godwits.

Posted September 27th, 2012 at 8:19 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Coleton fishacre/ Froward Point, Kingswear

A Short-eared Owl crossed the road as I drove toward Froward Point this evening, stopping the car and grabbing the camera the bird returned cruising just over the road in fantastic light - perfect timing! 1 Ringed Plover and a wheatear in a field being ploughed near to the daymark. 

Short-eared Owl Coleton Fishacre 27 Sept 2012 ML

Posted September 27th, 2012 at 7:14 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

 An Osprey picked up flying accross the Bay - came in over Warren Pt at 11.50 and then flew over the golf course towards the Avon Est- could be the Sharkham Pt bird.

Viz mig well to the fore -between 09.00-13.30 - totals - 500+ Meadow Pipit ( flocks of 100 & 150 )  300 Swallow, 200 House Martin, 1 Sand Martin,  85 Goldfinch, 15 Linnet, 9 Skylark, 4 Siskin, 1 Yellowhammer,   7 Wheatear, 3 Whinchat 2 Grey Wagtail

Waders - 2 Ringed Plover, 1  Snipe

At 16.40 13 Wigeon flew over T'stone Marsh

Posted September 27th, 2012 at 6:16 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

River Caen/River Taw

1330-1600hrs     Ringed plover,5 greenshank,6 redshank,4 Little grebe,2Blacktailed godwit,1 Wheatear and a Kestrel.Islay marsh held 4Spoonbill,50+Wigeon and 100+Curlew. The Osprey was firstly on the short post (rear of chivnor) then fishing by horsey island and crow point,great veiws great bird.

Posted September 27th, 2012 at 4:50 pm by John hunt in General Birding

Another Wryneck

Wryneck seen yesterday by car park west of Trentishoe(Holdstone Down). [Margaret Dobie]

Posted September 27th, 2012 at 3:48 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Sharkham Point

Osprey circling over headland at 1000hrs. Some video footage and a photo below.

Also Wryneck still present at same location. Not much else around bushes, but 2 Wheatears were on the top field. 

The bird comes into focus after a couple of seconds 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZ2SxpoGOhQ&sns=em

And here's a pic:

Osprey Sharkham Point

Posted September 27th, 2012 at 1:12 pm by Josh Marshall in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

3 Whinchats along the weedy runway at 9.45 a.m. Also 5 wheatears present, 4 ringed plovers (3 juvs and 1 adult), 12 swallows through. Skylarks up to around 30 with small numbers seeming to arrive from the north east as i watched. A male sparrowhawk caused panic amongst the meadow pipits before being chased off by crows.

Posted September 27th, 2012 at 10:54 am by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Wednesday 26th September 2012

Budleigh Coast Path and Otter Scrapes

Highlight today was a Firecrest above the west cliffs on coast path.
Lesser Black-backed Gulls on the Otter scrapes have been high for the site with 60+ yesterday evening. Only 20+ this afternoon, but at least 2 colour-ringed birds (black ring with white numbers/letters).
Provisional checks show one bird at least was ringed in Guernsey.

Posted September 26th, 2012 at 8:52 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Saw this bird from the Dawlish Warren hide, lunchtime today with the Oystercatcher roost. Looks like a leucistic bird. Not seen one like it before, so thought it might be worth reporting. 

Apologies for the bad picture quality. 


Posted September 26th, 2012 at 8:22 pm by Joe Martin in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

Off Beacon Pt this morning - 2 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Bonxie, 1ad Med Gull, 2 Razorbill.

South Huish Marsh - looking very good - 45 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 35 Alba Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail ( all the Wags coming in tom roost), 1 Dunlin

 

Bob B had a Nutchatch at South Milton Ley

Message for Pat Mayer - Can you let me have your e-mail address please

Posted September 26th, 2012 at 7:35 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Soar

Birding with Steve Cox from 07.15 until early pm when the rain became a pain.

Best bird was a showy Grasshopper Warbler in Starehole; also 11 Yellow Wagtails in field opposite cafe, a nice total of c25 Yellowhammers, 12+ Cirl Buntings, a steady passge of Swallows amounting to c200, 16 Blackcaps, 12+ Chiffchaffs, and single Peregerine and Siskin. 

Posted September 26th, 2012 at 7:28 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Devils Point, Plymouth

Another post-work visit. Much quieter this evening with just three adult med Gulls in The Sound. However a flock of seven Meds, presumed all adults, made their way from the breakwater up the Tamar, though to be honest these may have been beyond the midway point of the river and therefore into Bandit Country. Nice to see them though.

Posted September 26th, 2012 at 7:05 pm by Roy McCarthy in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 14:55 till 18:15

4 juv ruffs(2m,2f) dropped in for a few minutes before flying off towards goosemoor, 4 curlew sandpipers showed well at times amongst 180+ dunlin , 1 avocet, 10+ knot, 15+ snipe 4+ bar tailed godwits , 2+ whimbrel, good numbers of black tailed godwits, curlew and redshanks. 1 adult spotted redshank gave good views, 2 tufted ducks, 20+ lapwing.

A very good afternoon despite the heavy rain 

Posted September 26th, 2012 at 7:00 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Westleigh stubble fields

 

    93 med gulls feeding with 250 blackheaded in stubble between westleigh and bideford new bridge.

           53 adults,25 2w,15 fw.Pretty sure their would have been over a 100 as more birds coming in and after making the count birds were dispersing into several fields making another count difficult,Guess i should have counted theeir numbers in hindsight as opposed to age groups then maybe broke the ton.Never mind.17:20-17:45.

Posted September 26th, 2012 at 6:55 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Sharkham Point

Wryneck (see record shots) located just north of point next to old mine workings at 0850hrs. Showed well again at 1500hrs.

Also noted throughout the day were at least 40+ Chiffchaffs on first circuit (stopped counting after this) in with the increasing Long-tailed Tit flocks. No YBW though!

12 Stonechats in one field, 2 Whitethroats, steady passage of hirundines all day mostly Housemartin, flocks of Goldfinches and Linnets were also building around the headland. Lots of other common species seen too.

Some common Butterflies seen included Large White, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admirals (lots), Painted lady.

Wryneck Sharkham Point
Wryneck Sharkham Point

WryneckSharkham Point
WryneckSharkham Point

Small Tortoiseshell
Small Tortoiseshell

Posted September 26th, 2012 at 6:33 pm by Josh Marshall in General Birding

Skern

A good variety of birds over high tide this afternoon. Among the more usual species were 7 dark-bellied Brents, 7 Pale-bellied Brents, 4 Wigeon, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Knot, 3 Grey Plover and 1 each of Ruff, Curlew Sandpiper and Little Stint

Posted September 26th, 2012 at 4:58 pm by Roger Doble in General Birding

Soar

A three hour walk produced westward movements of 70 swallow, 71 house martin & 303 meadow pipit plus grounded 28 skylark, 2 yellow wagtail, wheatear, 2 blackcap, 8 chiffchaff, 4 goldcrest & 43 goldfinch.

Posted September 26th, 2012 at 2:17 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Great Black backed Gull

Adult Great Black backed Gull takes advantage of a freshly killed Bar-tailed Godwit. But a tug of war follows.

 

Posted September 26th, 2012 at 12:14 pm by Robert Jutsum in General Birding

Axe Update

Much the same, with the two Wood Sands and two Ruff still opposite Axmouth FC.  There's also singles of Greenshank and Bar-tailed Godwit on the Estuary still.  There's been a light passage of Meadow Pipits over head this morning, with a small flock of Linnet and a single Siskin also noted.

Early afternoon update:  A look along the Estuary late morning turned up this (near?) adult Yellow-legged Gull, amongst a good number (92+) Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

Yellow-legged Gull Axe EstuaryYellow-legged Gull Axe Estuary

Posted September 26th, 2012 at 10:11 am by Steve Waite in General Birding

Tuesday 25th September 2012

Bowling green marsh

3 juv curlew sandpipers showed well from the hide this afternoon 

Posted September 25th, 2012 at 9:33 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Devils Point, Plymouth

A quick visit after work turned up a juvenile Black Tern which made its way across the Sound and into the mouth of the Tamar. My third for D.P.

Also here were at least five adult Med Gulls, though I suspect that there were more than that, and four Sandwich Terns.

Posted September 25th, 2012 at 7:25 pm by Roy McCarthy in General Birding

Axe

Two Ruff and two Wood Sandpipers on (a decreasing amount of) flood water opposite Axmouth FC.

Posted September 25th, 2012 at 3:53 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatching from 0800-1000

6 Balearic Shearwater,1 Kestrel, 50+ Gannets, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Wheatear, 20+ Goldfinches, 30+ House Martins

 

Posted September 25th, 2012 at 1:13 pm in General Birding

Monday 24th September 2012

Burrator, Dartmoor

Firecrest (probably male), at 10:30 this morning, near Norsworthy Bridge, Burrator.
It was in a small mixed flock with Treecreeper, Long-tailed Tits and others.

(Paul Stubbs)

Posted September 24th, 2012 at 10:08 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

A ruff was a new bird for the site, feeding on the now finely tilled barley field in company with 5 juvenile ringed plovers. 13 wheatears and a steady passage of house martins reflecting movements elsewhere. Skylark numbers beginning to increase.

record shot of ruff
record shot of ruff

Posted September 24th, 2012 at 9:27 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

A quick look after work from the hide 15:10 till 16:00 

2 juv curlew sandpiper showed very well with 100+ Dunlin, 3 spotted redshank, 5 greenshanks.

then from the viewing platform 16:10 till 16:50 there were 5 curlew sandpipers also 9 avocets 

Posted September 24th, 2012 at 7:06 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Slapton Ley

08:15-17:50. Extremely heavy overnight rain stopped around 07:00. Strong WNW wind backed to SW by mid morning and weakened after midday. Also then some bright periods.

173 Canada Geese, 55 Tufted Duck, 8 Pochard, 5 Common Scoter ( south ), Marsh Harrier ( female south over Lower Ley 12:00, very tatty looking- needs a makeover like me ), Hobby, 230 Coot, 8 Dunlin, Sanderling, Mediterreanean Gull ( 2nd winter ), 4 Sandwich Tern and 2 Wheatears.

Steady passage of Swallows south for a couple hours early afternoon, c 700 per hour. Also early afternoon a large number, up to 1000, of House Martins watched at the north end of the Higher Ley spreading back up the Gara Valley. Dissapeared as quickly as they appeared. Amongst the hirundines were at least 50 Sand Martins today - good late September number ?

Posted September 24th, 2012 at 6:51 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Around the Axe (afternoone update!)

Another look about mid afternoon showed a juv Marsh Harrier hunting over Colyford Marsh. 

Other additions to this morning's totals during this afternoon trip out included a Bar-tailed Godwit and Gadwall opposite Axmouth FC, a second Ruff on Bridge Marsh with a Wood Sandpiper (the first Ruff was still opposite Axmouth FC) and a Little Stint on Black Hole Marsh.

That makes 16 different species of wader for me today on the Axe - not a regular occurrence!

Marsh Harrier Colyford Marsh
Marsh Harrier Colyford Marsh

Marsh Harrier Colyford Marsh
Marsh Harrier Colyford Marsh

Posted September 24th, 2012 at 4:15 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Soar

Very breezy this morning but still16 yellow wagtail, 7 wheatear, 10 chiffchaff, 2 blackcap and a single snipe. 

Posted September 24th, 2012 at 2:21 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Berry Hd

Very windy (NW) on the headland this morning; 1 Wheatear, 1 Whitethroat, 7 Chiffchaffs, 6 Goldcrests, 1 Blackcap, 4 Grey Wagtails >NW, 60+ house Martins, 9 Swallows.  

Posted September 24th, 2012 at 11:10 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Around the Axe

Lots of flood wader about this morning to check - but tried to cover most of it.  The Police have closed the A3052 too which made it a lot more of an effort than it usually is!

Black Hole Marsh: Not a single wader on the marsh, but a Green Sand flew over.

Colyford Marsh: Two Wood Sandpipers still present, along with a Greenshank.

Flood opposite Axmouth FC: Singles of Ruff, Curlew Sandpiper (new in) and Yellow Wagtail, with 21 Wigeon.

River Axe: 51 Black-tailed Godwits and a Knot.

Seaton Beach: A single Ringed Plover.

Posted September 24th, 2012 at 10:19 am by Steve Waite in General Birding

Sunday 23rd September 2012

Godwit

One of the Black-tailed Godwits at Wrafton recently was colour-ringed, I suspected it had an Icelandic origin, and it does. Now awaiting full details from the ringer in iceland.

Posted September 23rd, 2012 at 11:45 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide from 10:20 till 12:40

A good morning with a small movement of waders, 2 ruff, 2 juv curlew sandpipers, 2 ringed plover and the 2   long staying spotted redshanks, 9 knot, 10+ snipe, 1 grey plover, 9 avocets, good numbers of black tailed godwits, 6+ bar tailed godwits, 1 whimbrel amongst the curlew, 3 pochard, 2 tufted duck, good numbers of wigeon and teal 

Posted September 23rd, 2012 at 7:51 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatch 08:50-17:30: Leach's Storm-petrel (came out of Torbay with 4 Balearics 15:17 and lingered brielfy off the headland), 74 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Sooty Sheawaters,  Long-tailed Skua  (prob juv at 16:55), 5 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Pomarine Skuas, 38 Arctic Skuas, 46 Bonxies, 6 Common Terns, 5 Black Terns, Sandwich Tern, 8 Common Scoter. At least 650 Gannets (with very high proportion of juvs >50%).

MD,TB,JW

Posted September 23rd, 2012 at 7:23 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

Poor viz driving rain and a F6/7 E wind produced one of the best Sept wader passages for a few years - not in total numbers but 15 species in one day could well be a site record .

Bay watched from 09.00- 15.30  by BOB B , Alan D  Eric W  and myself

 First good wader was a flyover Grey Plover , then a small group landed on the beach and included 2 Little Stint and a Curlew Sandpiper. 17 Golden Plover ( a flock of 15 ). A total of 10 Snipe flew in off the sea and 1 was accompanied by a Jack Snipe ( viewed from 30 feet ) 2 Knott, a single Bar T Godwit, 1 Greenshank. On the beaches were 26 Dunlin, 9 Sanderling, 3 Ringed Plover, last the resident Oystercatchers.

At 12.00 Bob had 4 db Brent Goose fly through, earlier 7 Common Scoter flew east. 15 Wigeon

In the Bay 3 groups of Tern - 3 Arctic ,2 Common and 3 Sandwich, 1 ad Med Gull and 1 ad Common Gull

The few migrants included a Wheatear, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 20 Meadow Pipit

Posted September 23rd, 2012 at 7:15 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Froward Point and Higher Brownstone

14.30-16.15. Precious little at FP. Whinchat and Pied Flycatcher on the fence along the path from the main track to the National Trust offices at Higher Brownstone.

Posted September 23rd, 2012 at 6:15 pm by Matt Twiggs in General Birding

Pectoral Sandpiper

Picture of Pectoral Sandpiper.

Home Farm Marsh.  Thursday 20th September


Posted September 23rd, 2012 at 4:12 pm by Patrick Case in General Birding

Shoalstone, Brixham

Short seawatch from the dry of the shelter 13.30 - 15.00: 2 Arctic Skua, Little Gull, 3 Black Tern, Common Tern, 2 Sandwich Tern, & 10 Kittiwake.

Posted September 23rd, 2012 at 3:56 pm by Bill Macdonald in General Birding

Exe, Turf to Powderham

Rained throughout WeBS count (10.40 to 11.40) with poor visibility at times. Waders roosting close to the sea wall included 28 turnstones, 2 common sandpipers and 2 knot. A few <10 ringed plovers and dunlin moved through. 

About 20 swallows hawking over the fields and c10 meadow pipits. Yesterday an osprey flew from the River Clyst towards Exton at 11.30 am. 

Posted September 23rd, 2012 at 1:06 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Hope's Nose

Seawatch 0700-0940hrs - strong E Wind with rain:1 juv Sabine's Gull >S at 0734 with a Black Tern, 2 1w Little Gulls, 1 juv Long-tailed Skua (0900hrs), 1 Sooty Shearwater (0730hrs) 39 Balearic Shearwaters (including one flock of 11), 3 Manx Shearwaters, 1 juv Puffin, 20+ Auks, 52 Sandwich Tern, 9 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 5 'Commic' Tern, 7 Arctic Skua, 3 Great Skua, 2 unidentified small skuas, 20 Wigeon, 44 Common Scoter, 92 Kittiwake, 13 Fulmar, 50+ Gannets 28 Dunlin.   

Posted September 23rd, 2012 at 10:47 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Saturday 22nd September 2012

Dawlish warren and bowling green marsh

Dawlish warren from 07:10 till 09:45

A quick look this morning produced 2 tree pipits over with 18+ meadow pipit, 2 jays, 4 blackcaps, 12+ Chiffchaffs, 17+ sanderling, 10+ Brent geese, 13+ bar tailed godwits, kestrel, buzzard, 2 stonechats, 4 sandwich terns.

Bowling green marsh 11:15 till 15:00

the 2 spotted redshanks showed at times but elusive, manged to confirm 1 juv curlew sandpiper in with 100+ dunlin, with 2 possibles, from the viewing platform later saw 3+ juv curlew sandpipers, also on the marsh were 1 peregrine, 2 kestrels, 1 pochard, 2 tufted ducks, 2 snipe, 1 bar tailed godwit, 35+ little egrets, good numbers of wigeon & teal, and black tailed godwits and curlew , 1 knot, 5+ greenshanks, 

Posted September 22nd, 2012 at 10:27 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Cancellation of DBWPS Field trip to Velator Sunday 23rd

Notice to DBWPS members planning to attend the field trip to Velator/Horsey Island  on Sunday 23rd .... this meeting has beencancelled due to a bad weather warning.

See you at Tamar Lakes 14th October

Jackie

Posted September 22nd, 2012 at 9:07 pm by Jackie Bosley in General Birding

Nuthatches

Thanks for Tom's note on the 20th Sept about two Nuthatches at Berry Head - they are being noted on headlands elsewhere; see Portland BO Website http://www.portlandbirdobs.org.uk/aa_latestnews.htm only the 10th record there! Interesting to note the 'flock' of Great Spotted Woodpeckers at Soar - for some reason woodland birds are dispersing far and wide at the moment. 

Posted September 22nd, 2012 at 6:08 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatch 12:30-15:30 Strong easterly building. Mainly gulls moving, many homing in on a feeding frenzy off the headland over Harbour Porpoises, with an Arctic Skua and 4 Balearic Shearwaters. 2 Wheatears in the quarry.

Posted September 22nd, 2012 at 5:21 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

DBWPS Members - CANCELLATION of FIELDTRIP Sunday 23 Sept

Important notice...... would DBWPS members please be aware that the (EAST Devon Branch) fieldtrip meeting to Soar and Bolberry Down intended for tomorrow, SUNDAY 23 Sept, has been CANCELLED due to bad weather forecasted.

Many thanks

Jonathan and David

Posted September 22nd, 2012 at 3:46 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Soar

Birding from dawn with Steve Cox.

"Vis mig" 0700-0800 from Bolt head (all going east):-

House Martins 390, Goldfinches 75, Swallows 42, Meadow Pipits 85, Alba wagtails 2, Siskins 5, Grey wagtail 1, Dunlins 2.

Elswhere: 250+ House Martins around East Soar (until about 9.30am), plus a few Swallows; 16 Yellow Wagtails, mainly with the cows at the top of Starehole, c15 Wheaters, 1 Sedge Warbler, 4 Grey Wagtails, 8 Blackcaps, 15 Chiffchaffs, c200 Meadow Pipits (grounded), 3 Goldcrests, c80 Goldfinches (grounded) and a lone Sand Martin.

Please note there is now a log book for your sightings (in addition to the chalk board)  at the cafe in East Soar farm. 

Posted September 22nd, 2012 at 1:51 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Cancellation of DBWPS Fieldtrip - SUNDAY

Notice to DBWPS members planning to attend the fieldtrip to Soar and Bolberry Down on Sunday  23 Sept....this meeting has been CANCELLED  due to predicted bad weather. We hope to meet again on the 3rd October. Thanks

Jonathan and David

Posted September 22nd, 2012 at 8:49 am by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Friday 21st September 2012

Start Point

This morning around the point, farm and valley: 8-10,000 Hirundines - not really moving just feeding in good numbers all over the site but mostly on the top fields. Moving over were 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, just 3 alba Wagtails, 6 Siskins, 4 Skylark, several small flocks of Goldfinches, Linnets and just a couple of Chaffinch, 1 Tree Pipit, several hundred Meadow Pipits moving around.

Also 25 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Wheatear 1 Goldcrest.  

House Martins and Swallows Start Point

House Martins & Swallows in car park Start Point

Posted September 21st, 2012 at 9:57 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

What a difference a day makes - after almost nothing yesterday this morning on T'stone Marsh - 3 Black Tailed Godwit, 2 Little Grebe and 250 + House Martin

At 09.15 on Leasfoot beach 2 Sanderling , 2 Dunlin and a year tick a juv Curlew Sandpiper. 50 + Meadow Pipit feeding on the golf course.. 1 Tree Pipit over

At 10.00  afantastic passage of Hirundines feeding on a flat calm sea - In the next hour at least 4000+ House Martin and 1500 Swallow flew through.

On the beach another 3 Dunlin and a juv Ringed Plover.

7 Grey Wagtail on the patch, 2 Yellow Wagtail and 50 + Alba.

Bob B ringed 3 Sedge and 2 Reed Warbler

Posted September 21st, 2012 at 7:47 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

English Channel - Bay of Biscay. Sunday 2 Sept 2012

Have just returned from a great holiday in Northern Spain and The Pyrenees... but I guess this is not the place to tell the story.  The only bird (Storm-petrel) that might have a claim to Devon was found on the deck of the Santander Ferry in the early hours of the day after we sailed from Plymouth and had hitched a lift overnight from somewhere in the Channel.  It seemed only to be resting and made no attempt to leave so it was eventually cast overboard and was last seen skimming the waves in the southern section of the Bay of Biscay. Having not seen one as close before, its tiny size and frailty was what impressed me. 

Plenty of Shearwaters present towards Spain... the  most numerous being being Great Shearwater. And I won't mention Whales!

Posted September 21st, 2012 at 5:28 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Beesands

Walking up the path to the hide, I found 5 Spotted flycatchers all in one group, also, c. 30 chiff chaff 1 sedge warbler and GS woodpecker. Otherwise very quiet here with only a few mixed hirundines stopping briefly to feed. Yesterday afternoon on the sea off slapton, 2 RT divers.

Posted September 21st, 2012 at 4:31 pm by John Lusher in General Birding

Isley Marsh and Jetty Roost

09:05 - 11:00

A stroll via Tarka Trail as far as Instow Barton Marsh and back around the area to Isley Marsh.

1 Jay; 1 Bullfinch; 1 Cetti`s Warbler. 1 Little grebe and 1 Water Rail (on overflow pond.)

Jetty Roost :-  8 Little Egret; c250 Oystercatcher; 3 Spoonbill;  5 Redshank; 3 Grey Plover; 5 Turnstone; 1 Kestrel and c100 Curlew. Most were disturbed off the roost by a caterpillar digger on the bank having come out of Nott`s site.

Isley Marsh :- 18 Little Egret; 3 Spoonbill (had relocated here); c100 Curlew and c10 - 15 Greenshank.

10:30  1 Osprey located on a post in the marsh between Chivenor riverbank and the runway approach.

Posted September 21st, 2012 at 12:44 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Fremington quay

0900-1030    2 Osprey seen flying together from the quay.Then one sat on the small post for at least an hour.

Posted September 21st, 2012 at 12:01 pm by John hunt in General Birding

Thursday 20th September 2012

Nuthatches on Berry Head

After reading Mike Langman's entry concerning the sighting of a Nuthatch on Berry Head, we thought it might be interesting to report that we saw two Nuthatches here ourselves when we visited on September 12th. They were both perched very prominently on the large metal aerial near the end of the headland, calling to each other. We also spotted one earlier in some nearby bushes, but it was likely to have been one of the same two birds.

We commented at the time that it seemed a fairly unusual habitat for Nuthatches, but i guess we were luckier to see them here than we recognised!

Posted September 20th, 2012 at 10:31 pm by Tom Martin in General Birding

Pectoral Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper

Home Farm Marsh, Fremington

Thursday 20th Sept

Posted September 20th, 2012 at 6:20 pm by Patrick Case in General Birding

River taw/River caen

   6Little grebe,5 meadow pipit 4 rock pipit,1greenshank,5linnet,little owl,sparrow hawk,kestrel.TheOsprey was feeding and loafing on the post with the red top for 2 hours  1400-1600hrs.

Posted September 20th, 2012 at 6:14 pm by John hunt in General Birding

South Cott Marsh,bideford.

 

   juv spotted redshank+2 green sands,23 teal 17:30.

Posted September 20th, 2012 at 5:54 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Kingsbridge Estuary off West Charleton

Osprey showing well at mouth of Frogmore Creek early afternoon.

Also: 16 Ringed Plover, 24 Blackwits, 3 Whimbrel, 8 Common Gull & 17 Mediterranean Gulls (all appeared to be adults).

Posted September 20th, 2012 at 4:46 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Soar

Generally quiet but the highlight was a loose flock of 8 Great Spotted Woodpeckers moving west through East Soar Farm.

Also: 115 Swallow, 66 Meadow Pipit, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Wheatear, 2 Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 17 Chiffchaff & 120 Goldfinch.

Posted September 20th, 2012 at 4:43 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Osprey & Black Swan

Osprey still showing well from Fremington Quay this morning.

The Black Swan is still present on the Taw Estuary & can be easily seen from the Tarka trail at Ashford.



Posted September 20th, 2012 at 12:26 pm by Robert Jutsum in General Birding

Slapton Sands - Yellow Wagtail

Late yesterday afternoon, I noticed what I think might be a juv Yellow Wagtail (19th Sept) on Slapton Sands. It was near the large stone monument and with a group of Pied Wagtails.


Posted September 20th, 2012 at 7:56 am by Robin Morrison in General Birding

Wednesday 19th September 2012

Plymouth

"Our" Resdtart still present (see 16th sept posting)


Posted September 19th, 2012 at 9:19 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Torr Quarry

Noticeable westerly movement of Swallows midday / early afternoon, probably around 1000 per hour.

Posted September 19th, 2012 at 6:37 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Bolberry Down - Soar .- Soar Mill Valley

 Very few grounded migrants in 3hrs from 09.30 -only 1 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap , 9 Chiffchaff.

It was the viz mig which took centre  stage - 5000+ Swallow, 1500 + House Martin, 195 Meadow Pipit, 30 Skylark, 50 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin 5 Yellow wagtail all flying west

Posted September 19th, 2012 at 6:09 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

4 Black Tailed Godwit flew in at 08.45 to join the Little Grebe. 4 Grey wagtail flew over with the first Skylark for 8 weeks 

Bob B  had another Skylark, 1 Tree Pipit, 20 Meadow Pipit, 3 Siskin, 3 Snipe , 2 Water Rail.and a Sedge warbler

Posted September 19th, 2012 at 6:05 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

A change of scene and a visit to BGM over the high tide this morning produced the usual suspects. A single Curlew Sandpiper in amongst the Dunlin and  an Osprey over at 11.00am were the most noteworthy species.


Other birds included: Black-tailed Godwit - 350+, Bar-tailed Godwit - 1, Avocet - 1, Greenshank - 3, Green Sandpiper - 1, Knot - 2, Snipe - 1, Lapwing, Little Egret 30+, Tufted Duck, Little Grebe and building numbers of Teal, Shoveler and Wigeon. Not forgetting the 2 Bar-headed Geese in with the Canada Geese flock. They might be plastic, but they are cracking birds!

Posted September 19th, 2012 at 4:47 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding

Isley Marsh

12:00 - 13.30 - 3 Spoonbill on the high tide roost part of the marsh when I arrived - still there when I left which was strange because the tide was right out by now and they normally feed in the shallows of the estuary at low water.
Sat on the bench Osprey watching with George Mudford, there was one on the favourite post off of Chivenor and then another one flew in and pitched on the next post down with the red box on top.

Posted September 19th, 2012 at 3:37 pm by Roy Churchill in General Birding

Mediterranean Gulls - R.Caen

If you are one of those birders who enjoy looking at birds legs & I know like me there are several of you out there!

Looking at Gulls legs for the last couple of months it may interest you to know that there have been several colour ringed Gulls present on the R.Caen. It is very interesting to know where these were ringed & the movements of these

birds. 

I have observed several & sent in the details & they originate

from France, Poland, Hungary ,Belgium, The Netherlands & Germany.

So there is a lot more to a 'seagull' than first meets the eye.

Posted September 19th, 2012 at 2:41 pm by Robert Jutsum in General Birding

Berry Hd

A good look around the headland this morning 0800-10.30hrs: 1 Nuthatch (only my 2nd ever on site - so rarer than R-b Flycatcher!), 1 Sedge Warbler (photo), 1 Whitethroat, 21 Chiffchaff, 11 Blackcaps, 5 Goldcrests, 3 Wheatear. 

 Sedge Warbler Berry Head 19 Sept 2012

Flying over: 72 Meadow Pipits, 3 Alba Wagtails, 7 House Martin, 3 Siskin, 22 Swallow, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and a few commoner finch flocks.

Posted September 19th, 2012 at 12:05 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Osprey on Exe

Osprey was flying all over the estuary, no diving though. 

Also whitethroat + couple of wheatear, and guillemot on river.

Posted September 19th, 2012 at 12:05 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Axe Cliff

I spent 07:00-09:20 this morning at Axe Cliff.

Overhead westerly passage included; 3 Skylark, 54 Swallow, 87 House Martin, 1 Sand Martin, 2 alba Wagtail, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Grey Wagtail, 635 Meadow Pipit, 2 Tree Pipit, 6 Chaffinch and 4 Siskin. 

Very little grounded though; 1 Whinchat (photo), 1 Stonechat, 6 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler and 5 Chiffchaff.

Whinchat Axe Cliff
Whinchat Axe Cliff

Posted September 19th, 2012 at 11:24 am by Steve Waite in General Birding

Tuesday 18th September 2012

Little Grebe-Wrafton pond

Two juvenile Little Grebes with two adults

Little Grebe
Little Grebe

Posted September 18th, 2012 at 8:39 pm by Steve Hatch in General Birding

Wrafton

Tufted Duck and Pintail on the pond with more Coots than have been present all summer: up to 15 counted. The four visible juvenile Swans were having a real thrash trying to lose more juvenile plumage, I expect them to fly anytime soon. Only 20 Black-tailed Godwits accompanying the Ruff.

In the reserve, a big flock of 20+ Long-tailed Tits, and 2 Jays.

Posted September 18th, 2012 at 3:20 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Isley Marsh and Jetty Roost.

07:30 - 09:30

On arrival at Isley approx 1/2hr before high tide, the 4 Spoonbills were being driven off the marsh by an exceptional high tide ( 7.8mtrs at Yelland Quay). All four flew off down river. 16 Little Egrets around the edges of the marsh and loads of Swallows feeding over the normally exposed but now covered vegatation.

A scan accross the river towards Pillsmouth did not find the Ospreys. A Cormorant was sat on the Osprey`s favourite post.

Jetty Roost was nearly overwhelmed by the high tide but a few waders managed to find the odd little island. The 4 Spoonbills had obviously found somewhere there to roost but were put-up by an uncontrolled dog. They then flew back up-river but not to Isley, as they were nowhere to be seen at 09:30 when I returned.

4 Grey Plover; c250 Oystercatcher; 17 Redshank; 31 Curlew; 1 Turnstone; c30 Mallard; 1 Little Egret and 5 Rock Pipits.

Still no sign of the Ospreys on the walk back.

Posted September 18th, 2012 at 2:56 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

        

This Nightjar showing extremely well today at Dawlish Warren from the visitor centre, perched on the dead branch where the nut-feeder hangs!

Posted September 18th, 2012 at 2:18 pm by Brian Heasman in General Birding

Kingsbridge Estuary off West Charleton

Five raptor species included 2 Ospreys. The first came into view over Halwell Wood at 10:22 hrs before flying upstream towards Kingsbridge. The second bird came out of Frogmore Creek at 10:45 hrs, again moving upstream.

Also: 40 little egret, 4 whimbrel, 220 curlew, 100 oystercatcher, 1st winterMed gull, common tern and linnet flock up to c.200.

Posted September 18th, 2012 at 2:06 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Osprey behaviour

Following on from Tim Jones' observation of one of the Taw Ospreys behaviour, I managed to observe the same on Sunday (16th) mid-morning.  After catching a fish downstream from the fisherman's huts, the Osprey gained a great amount of height (being harassed by a crow)  and headed off in a ENE direction before being lost in the clouds.

Posted September 18th, 2012 at 1:42 pm by Edd Davies in General Birding

Fremington Quay

1000-1200hrs   20+dunlin,4redshank,30+oystercatcher,2wigeon and some of the best views of 1 osprey just off the quay.

Posted September 18th, 2012 at 1:27 pm by John hunt in General Birding

Monday 17th September, River Caen/Taw Estuary

A visit on the rising tide from around 3.30 to 7.30pm. About 10 adult and 2nd-winter Mediterranean Gulls, including an adult with a red colour-ring on its left leg, inscribed in white "?E?" reading down the ring. The top character was completely obscured by mud; the lower character was either a "1" or a "T". Online info suggests that this bird was ringed in either the Czech Republic or Slovakia.

We saw two Ospreys; one rather distantly in flight carrying a fish and crossing inland to the south of the Taw towards the Torridge; the other fishing (successfully) upstream of Fremington and then circling ever higher and higher and away to the ENE still carrying its fish, until it was lost to 'scope view in cloud at about 18.10! Highly intriguing. We could only imagine it was looking for a place to eat its meal far from gathering gulls, but couldn't understand why it would go so high or so far - almost like it was migrating. Seems like this bird could well be "Fearna" a first-winter female from Badenoch in the Scottish Highlands. See: http://www.roydennis.org/category/osprey/fearna/

4 Spoonbills at Isley Marsh and about 20 Little Egrets in high-tide, pre-roost gathering. 120+ Pied Wagtails (with a few Yellows) going to roost in Typha on Braunton Marsh.

Posted September 18th, 2012 at 12:39 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

brent geese

20 dark bellied brent off cockwood this morning at 0600z.

Posted September 18th, 2012 at 11:07 am by eric in General Birding

Axe Estuary

All quiet really, except for a decent westward passage of Meadow Pipits with the odd Yellow and Grey Wag.

On Black Hole Marsh the Curlew Sandpiper is still there with 15 Dunlin, other parts of the valley showed 37 Blackwits, 3 Greenshank and 3 Wigeon.

Posted September 18th, 2012 at 9:44 am by Steve Waite in General Birding

Monday 17th September 2012

Skern

3 juv little terns at high tide on the beach giving excellent views down to 10mts. 5 bar tailed godwits also. If only to have a decent camera lens!!!. 18:30-19:20.

Posted September 17th, 2012 at 7:50 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Gadwall - Wrafton Pond

This handsome male Gadwall was on Wrafton Pond tonight.

Posted September 17th, 2012 at 6:54 pm by Robert Jutsum in General Birding

River Caen/River Taw.

1400-1600hrs.  2Greenshank,5Wheatear,6Meadow pipit.I could only find 1 Osprey which showed well.

Posted September 17th, 2012 at 6:31 pm by John hunt in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

Last night the roosts between 18.30- 19.00 were - 400 Starling, 135 Alba Wagtail, 100 Linnet and only 100 Swallow. A Hobby flew through.

At 07.45 this morning an adult Spotted Redshank was briefly on the back marsh- the first on the patch for 2 years. Also 2 Snipe, 17 Teal, 1 Little Grebe. First Siskin of the autumn flew over.

3 Sedge Warbler were ringed.

Around the Bay were10 Meadow Pipit, 1 Wheatear, 1 Grey Wagtail, 100+ Swallow 40 House Martin ,. Amongst the gulls were 20 Lesser B B Gull

Posted September 17th, 2012 at 6:09 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

KINGSBRIDGE EST.

Bob B was the ID guide on a feery trip down the Kinsbridge estuary last night- Very good views of an Osprey, 100+ Dunlin,  23 Greenshank, 1 Spotted Redshank and 6 ad Med Gull

Posted September 17th, 2012 at 6:03 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Kingsbridge Estuary off West Charleton

Popped in on way back from Soar and rewarded with great views of Osprey causing pandemonium over the mudflats.

Good smattering of waders inc.22 Blackwits, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, 120 Dunlin & 130 Curlew.

120 Linnet on adjacent stubble field.

Posted September 17th, 2012 at 5:15 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Bolberry/Southdown Farm/Soar/Starehole

A 6 hour walk but precious few highlights:

Great-spotted woodpecker, 70 Swallow, 140 House Martin, 94 Meadow Pipit, 9 Yellow Wagtail,

16 Wheatear, 6 Blackcap, 14 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest & 100 Linnet.

Posted September 17th, 2012 at 5:12 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Wrafton

Looking at the pool by the Tarka Trail from the reserve this afternoon, the Ruff has been joined by 58 Black-tailed Godwits! Only slightly spooked by one of the reserve Buzzards swooping close by. One of the Godwits has colour rings and is likely to be an Icelandic bird. I will email for the details, which are usually sent back by return!

Posted September 17th, 2012 at 3:51 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Ospreys - Taw Estuary

2 Ospreys this morning seen from the Fisherman's huts on the

two distant posts in easterly direction approx 2+ miles away (not the same posts as on 01/09/2012).

Both birds flew west past the Fishermans huts & out towards the mouth of the Taw & Torridge Estuary.



Posted September 17th, 2012 at 12:39 pm by Robert Jutsum in General Birding

Wrafton

Only 8 Black-tailed Godwits this morning, which promptly flew off south with the Ruff, which returned. 2 Pintail, Tufted Duck and Teal on the pond.

Posted September 17th, 2012 at 9:38 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

Sunday 16th September 2012

Plymouth

The Plym Estuary produced a single Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshanks, 120 Redshanks, 33 Curlews, and single Teal, Ringed Plover and Common Samdpiper. Also a flock of 30 Swallows in Saltram.

A Redstart (female type) is frequenting the bushes beside the bush stop outside my house on Beaumont Road (opposite the hospital); first seen 12th Sept and then reappeared yesterday night. Still around today. Only the second here in in 22 years of occupation!  

Posted September 16th, 2012 at 7:59 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Berry Hd

A bit of movement today 0700-0930hrs: 5 Alba Wagtails,1 Grey Wagtail and Yellow Wagtail all >E, with small numbers of Linnet, Goldfinch, Meadow Pipit, Swallow and House Martins. Around the headland; 14 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 5 Goldcrest, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. off the end of the headland 1 Arctic Skua and at least 6 Harbour Porpoise.  

Posted September 16th, 2012 at 7:02 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Skern

2 juv little terns,7 bar tailed godwits,7 knot,2 meds,ad,fw,20 curlew,18:00-18:20

Posted September 16th, 2012 at 7:00 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Soar.

Fairly qiuet here today but twelve plus Yellow Wagtails saved the day. Otherwise just one each of Blackcap, Whinchat and Garden Warbler. Lots of Swallows, one hundred or so Goldfinch and a few Chiffchaffs completed the days tally.

Posted September 16th, 2012 at 6:37 pm by R.McCarthy in General Birding

Black Hole Marsh

A juv Curlew Sandpiper, and at least 2 or 3 White Wagtails among the albas this evening.

Posted September 16th, 2012 at 6:12 pm by Gavin Haig in General Birding

Kingsbridge Estuary

Osprey 2 around N Pool/Hallwell Wood Area at mouth of Frogmore Cr. 1400hrs also 1W Little Gull,

Med Gull 17.

Posted September 16th, 2012 at 3:02 pm by Alan Doidge in General Birding

River Caen/River taw.

1015-1230hrs 2Greenshank 1Redshank medow pipit Buzzard Wheatear and Little owl.On the taw the Osprey showed well.Islay marsh held 4 Spoonbill and12 plus Wigeon.

Posted September 16th, 2012 at 3:01 pm by John hunt in General Birding

Colour-ringed Osprey

I have been in touch with Roy Dennis about the Osprey with a blue ring on photographed by George Mudford on Thursday last week.

He confirms what I suspected: It's NOT Fearna the satellite-tagged bird which has taken up temporary residence around the River Yeo. Scottish colour-ringed Ospreys are ringed on the left leg, so this is either an English or Welsh juvenile. We hope we have read the number, so might be able to get precise details of where it was hatched. I'll update if I get details.

This means that there have been at least 3 Ospreys around the estuary recently!

Posted September 16th, 2012 at 12:49 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Wrafton

One Ruff and 36 Black-tailed Godwits this morning.

Posted September 16th, 2012 at 12:31 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Skern/Instow

27 sanderlings on pebble ridge on estuary side which consisted of 12 juvs,07:-08:00.Passerines very thin on the ground with 6 pied wags& 3 meadow pipits,skern.At instow,7 ad meds.In car park bushes 2 f blackcaps,3 chiffchaffs,70 goldfinch,female reed bunting,8 greenfinch,nuthatch,10 chaffinch,2 whitethroat,m&f.The female was using the old mans beard like a kind of dust bathing ie rubbing its self against it for 5 mins.Any one noticed this behaviur before?.08:15-09:00.

Posted September 16th, 2012 at 9:54 am by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Saturday 15th September 2012

Bowling green marsh

2 visits today the first in the thick mist this  morning from 08:15 till 10:00

1 spotted redshank , 6 knot , 9+ greenshank,1 bar tailed godwit, good numbers of black tailed godwit and curlew. Then from the viewing platform 2 yellow wagtails over flying south, a superb kingfisher showed well, 3 willow warblers, 7+ chiffchaff , 4 blackcap and 2 reed warblers.

This evening from 17:00 till 18:40 

An adult female ruff was a good arrival, 4 knot, the adult and juv spotted redshanks gave good views until 600+ black tailed godwits came in with similar numbers of curlew, 3 bar tailed godwits, 3 whimbrel, 12+ Dunlin, 2 snipe, 9+ greenshank

Posted September 15th, 2012 at 9:56 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

UpotteryAirfield, Smeatharpe

Best numbers of hirundines for a while with a mixed flock of approximately 60 swallows and 40 house martins. Wheatears still in reasonable numbers with 12 tonight (17 yesterday). Plenty of meadow pipits. No sign of the Little owl tonight but showed well last night.

Posted September 15th, 2012 at 8:02 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Bideford new bridge/Skern

 

   48 med gulls feeding in stubble field againby the new bridge,25 ad,15 2w,8fw,17:00-17:20.At the skern a guillemot was an unusall record.

Posted September 15th, 2012 at 7:01 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Taw Estuary & Horsey Island

09.00 - 12.30. Osprey seen at low tide fishing near the Taw & Torridge confluence and then flying up-stream with its catch towards Chivenor, being harassed by gulls. Plenty of Curlew and a few Redshank and Dunlin. Kestrel over Horsey Island.

Posted September 15th, 2012 at 5:23 pm by Edd Davies in General Birding

Wrafton

Early afternoon with the Ruff were 42 Black-tailed Godwits. At least one Osprey on the estuary.

Posted September 15th, 2012 at 3:53 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

East to Middle Soar

A glorious morning but nothing spectacular!

2 Sparrowhawk, 3 kestrel, 230 swallow, 170 house martin, 42 meadow pipit, tree pipit, 2 yellow wagtail,

wheatear, sedge warbler, 10 blackcap, 5 whitethroat, willow warbler, 39 chiffchaff, 3 spotted flycatcher,

70 goldfinch, 47 linnet.

Also 48 Red Admirals but a dearth of autumn whites!

Posted September 15th, 2012 at 2:34 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Instow

 

    10 med gulls,7ad,3 sw on the rocks.7 white wagtails on the beach.In the car park bushes 1 whitethroat,male blackcap,3 chiffchaffs,100 goldfinch,8 greenfinch,07:45-08:45.

Posted September 15th, 2012 at 2:17 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Ruff - Sharpa Marsh freshwater scrape

Early yesterday evening - 34 Black tailed Godwit &1 Ruff on the scrape


Posted September 15th, 2012 at 1:32 pm by Robert Jutsum in General Birding

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - 0645 - 0900 - c100+ meadow pipit (conservative count), 4+ alba wagtail, 2 white wagtail, 4+ yellow wagtail, 5+ grey wagtail, 4+ tree pipit, 1 spotted flycatcher, 4+ blackcap, 1+ skylark, 1+ siskin, 3 goldcrest, 12+ chiffchaff, c200+ swallow, sev house martin and best of all, a late swift that hawked the top fields from 0815 - 0830 at least. The best movement of migrants for a long while but all the recent wheatears have cleared out.

Mudbank - 13/9 - 3 pale-bellied brent goose.

Posted September 15th, 2012 at 12:52 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Exe

Osprey fishing on a very misty river early morning south of the Turf.

Osprey
Osprey

Posted September 15th, 2012 at 12:15 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Ospreys - Taw Estuary

This is fantistic news re the tagged & ringed Osprey.

When I walked out to the Fishermans' huts on the morning of

1 Sept 2012 there were 2 Ospreys, one on each post 1/2 mile apart. I digiscoped both & I cannot see a ring or a satellite tag on the photographs of the Osprey on the nearest post.

Posted September 15th, 2012 at 12:14 pm by Robert Jutsum in General Birding

Croyde Beach

A walk down the beach this morning past the loafing Gulls revealed at least 3 Mediterranean Gulls.

Posted September 15th, 2012 at 11:57 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

R.Taw - Ashford Strand.

09:15 - 10:30

The Black-headed Gull roost had moved down river this morning to the foreshore just off the picnic area at Ashford Strand and also Off Penhill Point. Among them were 23 Mediterranean Gulls( 16A; 2 1stS; 2 2ndS & 3J)

Also about were 2 Bar-tailed Godwit and 2 Knot.

Posted September 15th, 2012 at 11:39 am by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Osprey

Walk this morning around Isley Marsh 8.30-10-30

The norm visible including 4 Spoonbill, arriving at Yelland jetty stood for a while watching 30+ flocks of Goldfinches, fisherman entered the river bank to get bait, flying off from the jetty  Barnstaple side the Osprey flew off, I lost site of it between Chivenor married quarters and Heanton Court.

Very interesting link Simon thanks for sharing

Bob

Posted September 15th, 2012 at 11:34 am by Bob Cudmore in General Birding

Osprey

Interesting the earlier post about the satellite -tagged Osprey. George Mudford emailed me some more pictures of this bird which show it has a blue ring on, but I have been unable to read the number/letters.

These flight photos are now in the gallery.

Posted September 15th, 2012 at 12:10 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

Friday 14th September 2012

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide from 16:00 till 18:35

Both spotted redshanks showed at times, wigeon have increased from 96+ on Monday to 164+ today with teal numbers going from 100+ on Monday to 148+ today, female pintail was a new arrival, still 600+ black tailed godwits but only 1 juv bar tailed godwit , 6 knot, 12 dunlin, 27+ little egret, 7+ little grebes, kestrel , juv peregrine, 3+ buzzards, good numbers of redshanks and curlew no count done 2day, 21+ greenshank and 3 whimbrel, 12+ lapwing , 2 tufted duck, 11+ shoveler

 

Posted September 14th, 2012 at 9:57 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

River Taw

I am reliably informed that the osprey that has been recorded on the Taw Estuary in recent days is a satellite-tagged female, called Fearna, that was ringed as a chick near Aviemore this year.  She has been at the Taw since around 31 August.

http://www.roydennis.org/category/osprey/fearna/

Posted September 14th, 2012 at 9:07 pm by Simon Geary in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

Offshore only Gannet, Fulmar and Kittiwake. At South Huish Marsh 10 Meadow Pipit and a Whinchat.

Best activity at present occurs between 19.00-19.30, the are 3 different roosts , last night 400+ Starling, then 250+ Alba Wagtail and at least 2 Yellow then lastly 700+ Swallow. In between a Sparrowhawk and a Hobby caused panic

Posted September 14th, 2012 at 6:15 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Lundy

Tony Taylor sent this update from his week on Lundy from 6-13 September, during which his main focus was to ring Manx Shearwaters. He and Richard Taylor caught 145 chicks, bringing the year's total to 251 following David Price's earlier visit. With adults added in, the total of ringed birds for 2012 is 100 up on the previous record.

Other highlights were an Ortolan Bunting in Millcombe on 7th, a Great Spotted Woodpecker from 9th to 12th and
an elusive Melodious Warbler in Millcombe on 7th, then caught and ringed there on 13th. A Short-toed Lark gave excellent views on the evening of 12th as it fed along the tracks.

Posted September 14th, 2012 at 3:08 pm by Tim Davis in General Birding

R.Taw, Barnstaple.

11:50

33 Mediterranean Gulls on sandbar between Taw Bridge and Tarka Trail swing bridge.

32 2S; 1A.

Posted September 14th, 2012 at 12:09 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Wrafton

Now 16 Black-tailed Godwits with the Ruff on the pool by the Tarka Trail. Kingfisher, Dipper and Grey Wagtail in the stream by the bridge.

Posted September 14th, 2012 at 12:04 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

wryneck in honiton

Found in honiton by david witt and scott benson




Posted September 14th, 2012 at 9:45 am by scott benson in General Birding

Thursday 13th September 2012

mouth of the river caen.

1000-1530hrs Awalk along the river turned up 5 green shank,2 red shank,20plus dunlin,4 plus wheatear and a reedbunting.On islay marsh many curlew and 5 spoonbill.The osprey showed well all day on the taw.Also many black head/med gulls on the river caen.

Posted September 13th, 2012 at 9:53 pm by John hunt in General Birding

Isley marsh/Westleigh

 

   Osprey fishing at isley briefly before heading up taw then turned back and made a dive out of site in the ashford /chivenor area at 17:00.Also sign of autumn in the form of 35 widgeon.4 spoonbill,7 little egret,7 bar tailed godwits,7 med gulls 6ad,2w also.

         Between Westleigh and bideford new bridge in stubble fields large flock of gulls.Only able to count quarter of flock but still managed 27 med gulls,18 adult,6 2w,3 fw at 18:00-18:45                                                       

Posted September 13th, 2012 at 7:52 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Mouth of R.Caen to mouth of Taw & Torridge Estuary

 Osprey searching for Grey Mullet along this stretch of the

Taw Estuary again this afternoon.

Numbers of Mediterranean Gulls on the R.Caen dropping off

after peaking in August.

29 Black tailed Godwits & 1 Ruff on fresh water scape

on Sharpa Marshes

Posted September 13th, 2012 at 6:12 pm by Robert Jutsum in General Birding

Wembury

A brief flight view of a wryneck in front of the pines at Wembury Point this morning was the highlight of a very pleasant walk along the coast path. Also seen were 3 yellow wagtails along the beach with 100+ alba wagtails, 4 juvenile wheatears, a whitethroat, chiffchaffs and swallows, 2 whimbrel, 2 redshank, 1 common sandpiper, 3 ringed plover, 3 turnstone and a peregrine flying over with a kill.

1 Painted lady also seen with plenty of red admirals and small tortoiseshells.

Posted September 13th, 2012 at 5:21 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Exeter matford

A surprise this morning just after 11 whilst at work an osprey flew over calling headed towards matford marsh and seemed to turn towards exminster a great sight 

Posted September 13th, 2012 at 11:32 am by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Wrafton

2 Black-tailed Godwits and a Ruff on the flood by Wrafton Pond this morning. Common Sandpiper further down the Caen on the pool by the barn.

Posted September 13th, 2012 at 10:29 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

Wednesday 12th September 2012

Exe Estuary

A juv Osprey fishing off Lympstone this morning, 10-11 a.m.-ish. Will need to sharpen up its fishing technique if it's going to make Africa - 6 attempts in 50 minutes resulted in no fish dinner.
Jeremy Barker

Posted September 12th, 2012 at 8:14 pm by Josh Marshall in General Birding

Spoonbills at Isley Marsh

Taken Monday Evening with a scope and a camera phone.

Very Exciting Encounter.


Posted September 12th, 2012 at 6:14 pm by Brian (Brim) Palmer in General Birding

THURLESTONE BAY

Another quiet day - only Gannet offshore , an ad Med Gull on the rocks 3 Sanderling and 2 Ringed Plover on the beach. Around the Marsh - 5 Wheatear, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 10 White Wagtail, 10 Meadow Pipit, 3 Chiffchaff ,6 Sand Martin.

This am Bob B ringed 8 Sedge 3 Reed Warbler and a Reed Bunting,.

Aty 15.30 the Huxton Cross field held 28 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 1 Wheatear.

Finally an Osprey repoted from the K'bridge - Salcombe Ferry

Posted September 12th, 2012 at 6:00 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Wrafton/Velator

Stopped by the pond on my way to the reserve this afternoon, to be greeted by, well nothing much, all hiding in the bushes....

Over on the flooded field however, 2 Teal and 2 Black-tailed Godwits.

A look at the flood from the reserve a few minutes later showed no Godwits, but a Ruff! Quite a few House Martins around the fields.

A further look in on Wrafton Pond revealed ALL the ducks now out on the water, including the Tufted Duck and one Gadwall. Around 150 Mallard/Mallard hybrids.

Still 7 cygnets with the adult male - whose ring I finally read a few weeks ago, and it was indeed ringed locally - by the RSPCA in 2008, so I assume it was picked up as an injured or sick bird, rehabilitated, ringed and released locally.

2 Dippers in the river.

 

Posted September 12th, 2012 at 4:07 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Tuesday 11th September 2012

MOUTH OF RIVER CAEN

1510HRS  Osprey going up stream on the taw. 6 plus wheatear 2 Ring plover .On the other side (islay marsh) 5 spoonbill,100 plus curlew.

Posted September 11th, 2012 at 7:48 pm by JOHN HUNT in General Birding

Upottery Airfield Smeatharpe

A lunchtime visit paid dividends with the best wheatear numbers of the autumn, 24 in total. Also 2 white wags, 1 yellow wag and 1 grey wag. 10 swallows and 4 house martins. Also Littel owl showing well.

Posted September 11th, 2012 at 1:54 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Hartland point 7-30-10-30

86 manx shearwater, 5 balearic shearwater, 17 fulmar, 100+ gannet, pair common scoter, 4 arctic skua, 4 great skua, 21 kittiwake, 9 sandwich tern and 23 auks sp. seen by malcombe shakespeare

Posted September 11th, 2012 at 12:47 pm by david churchill in General Birding

Beer Head

Very little grounded on Beer Head this morning - I thought the clear skies and brisk W/NW may have done the business.  Just 6 Blackcap, 3 Wheatear, 3 Willow Warblers, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Spot Flies, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler and 1 Chiffchaff. 

Over head there was a bit more action with a decent westerly passage of hirundines (mostly House Martins), along with several small groups of Meadow Pipits, 7 Grey, 3 alba and 2 Yellow Wags. 

Posted September 11th, 2012 at 11:45 am by Steve Waite in General Birding

Bradiford and Wrafton

Nothing on the scrape at Bradiford, but a 'host' of Swallows and House Martins hawking insects around the reserve (and the sheep!).

Only the Tufted Duck and 2 Teal at Wrafton this morning, but great views of a Water Rail wandering about by the reeds on the far side of the pond. Good numbers of Swallows and House Martins accompanying the cattle in the field over the trail.

Posted September 11th, 2012 at 10:38 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

Monday 10th September 2012

blackhole marsh and berry head

Spent 4 hours in the tower hide this afternoon/early evening.but no sign of spotted crake. Only bird of note was a single whimbrel.

this morning we spend a few hours on berry head from 8-12 with at least 70 balearic shearwaters past west, but also birds seen to far out to be speciated, a small number of swallows and 2 wheatear were only migrants noted. 

Posted September 10th, 2012 at 11:44 pm by Mike & Gordon Youdale in General Birding

Seaton Bay

A total of 87 Balearic Shearwaters flew west today, with a further 13 Shearwater sp. also west.  And the sea was only watched for less than half of daylight hours! (SDW, IMc).

Still one Little Stint around (on Colyford Marsh this pm) with three Green Sands and two White Wagtails opposite Axmouth FC. No reports of the Spotted Crake.

Posted September 10th, 2012 at 9:37 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

River Caen

The highlight of an evening walk (17.15–19.00 hrs) out along the River Caen was an amazing number of Mediterranean Gulls: 30+, all adult winter birds with 1 immature.  Most were in the pill mixed in with Black-headed Gulls until they were all flushed and flew to settle on Braunton Marshes.  Then what I took at first to be a flock of white doves flying towards the barn on Sherpa Marsh turned out to be a further 15 Med Gulls, which joined the flock in the fields.

Two adult winter Mediterranean Gulls, River Caen.
Two adult winter Mediterranean Gulls, River Caen.

Posted September 10th, 2012 at 8:54 pm by Tim & Tim Davis & Jones in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

Not as productive as Start Pt this am - not a single Shearwater recorded.

Offshore in 2.5 hrs- 230+ Gannet, 9 Fulmar, 2 Kittiwake, 1 Bonxie and 5 Wigeon.

On the back of the golf course - 3 juv Wheatear

Posted September 10th, 2012 at 7:10 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Start Pt

0645-1545hrs Seawatching highlights: 282 Balearic Shearwaters, 6 Sooty Shearwaters, 177 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Bonxie, 4 Arctic Skuas, 6 Common Terns, 1 Arctic Tern, juv Puffin and 1 Ocean Sunfish. There were also many large flocks of presumed Manx Shearwaters at long,long distance.

Late morning a flock of 200+ smaller shearwaters passed S, frustratingly, at distance and in poor light but based on what we could see and flight action appeared to have been mostly if not all Balearic Shearwaters but we had to let them go as unidents! Shame as the record Devon count would have tumbled for sure. Just after this, peak Balearic passage of closer birds occurred with183 passing 1100-1400hrs, largest flocks 14 and two 13s, by 1500 passage had completely dried up. 

MD, AR, ML

Posted September 10th, 2012 at 2:18 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Wrafton

On the pond this morning Tufted Duck and one Pochard, and unusual here 2 Teal. Dipper in the river.

Posted September 10th, 2012 at 10:16 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

Sunday 9th September 2012

Bishops Nympton nr south molton

 

    200 House Martins around village this morning.Not sure how many are migrants joining residents but young still being fed in nests.Fairly healthy population present as are house sparrows.

Posted September 9th, 2012 at 8:48 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Chivenor osprey

George Mudford sent me this pic of the Osprey taken this morning.

Chivenor Osprey

Posted September 9th, 2012 at 8:11 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Black Hole Marsh

With the airfield occupied by a car rally for the weekend, decided to interlope onto another patch, Black Hole Marsh. Didn't see the Spot Crake but Little Stint still present along with 2 Common Sands, c.20 of Dunlin and Ringed Plover, 2 Whimbrel and plenty of Redshank and Black wit. 2 Sedge Warblers on the way to Tower Hide and one Yellow Wag flying over. Spent an excellent 20 to 30 minutes with the ringing group as they processed a Swallow, female Blackcap, a feisty female Blue tit, a Reed Warbler and a Kingfisher - many thinks to the Group for their time and friendliness.

Posted September 9th, 2012 at 7:24 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Wembury Bay

Little of note on the Plym, although Redshanks up to 126 and Little Egrets to 14; Curlews remain at 33. Also 1 Kingfisher and a Common Sandpiper.

No sign of the Red-backed Shrike at Wembury but 100+ alba wagtails (mainly White) on the beach plus 6 Yellow Wagatails; also 2 Whimbrels, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (both ad-w), 5 Blackcaps and 6 Chiffchaffs.  

Posted September 9th, 2012 at 4:45 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

River Torridge

Kingfisher and Dipper on the river Torridge today


Posted September 9th, 2012 at 4:29 pm by Steve Hatch in General Birding

River Caen and Taw/Torridge estuary

0730 - 0930 Kingfisher, dipper and greenshank seen on the river walk down to the estuary. Osprey almost immediately seen from the mouth of the Caen, patrolling up and down the estuary, before taking a fish and settling on a sandbank. Peregrine also seen taking a probable wood pigeon over Chivenor firing range. Other species of note were a whimbrel and sedge warbler.

Posted September 9th, 2012 at 3:37 pm by Edd Davies in General Birding

Horsey Island Braunton

Morning visit on incoming tide, large number of Black Headed Gulls, Redshank, Dunlin and at least 50+ Snipe along with 7 Greenshank. Increasing numbers of Swallow and House Martin by mid morning.

Posted September 9th, 2012 at 2:37 pm by Neal Moss in General Birding

Osprey

Still at Chivenor this morning, by the firing range. [George Mudford]

Posted September 9th, 2012 at 1:16 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Tamar Lakes

Saturday 8th Sept

Lower Lake:

6 Great Crested Grebes; 2 Tufted Duck; 5 Mallard; 1 Grey Heron; 61 Swallows on wires, 3 Buzzards,

9 House Martins

 

Upper Lake

c.10 Swallows, 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Pied Wagtails, 6 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Grey Heron.

 

Harvey Kendall

Posted September 9th, 2012 at 12:35 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Home Farm Marsh Hoopoe

Late news from yesterday evening - a friend (a very good birder) has just emailed me saying he saw a Hoopoe on home farm marsh. In his words "It was been seriously mobbed by crows, at least 20 odd, but still persisted to try and stay in territory"

Posted September 9th, 2012 at 11:12 am by Roy Churchill in General Birding

Axe Estuary

Spotted Crake again this morning from the Tower Hide, Black Hole Marsh.  Watched 06:45-07:00 feeding under banks of salt marsh.  Also 7 Whimbrel and 2 Greenshank but I didn't have time to have a proper look around.

Away from the Axe, had a text from Andy Trout, Red-backed Shrike still at Wembury point yesterday in scrub in front of pines.

 

Posted September 9th, 2012 at 8:51 am by Steve Waite in General Birding

Saturday 8th September 2012

Thurlestone Bay

This morning 3 Yellow wagtail, 1 Whinchat , 6 Sedge and 2 Reed Warbler.. Avisiting birder reported an Osprey moving west out in the Bay , 20 Ringed Plover over and 12 Wigeon flew onto the Marsh at 17.30

Posted September 8th, 2012 at 6:26 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Donkey Sanctuary

In a field of sheep west of the last field of donkeys towards Salcombe Regis at least 6 Yellow Wagtails were flitting about in the grass around the sheeps feet.

Posted September 8th, 2012 at 6:19 pm by Lyndon Savage in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

One, or possibly two Gadwall and a moulting juvenile male Tufted Duck. Nearby on Sherpa Marsh 2/3 Little Egret, and about 18 Swans.

Posted September 8th, 2012 at 5:06 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Taw/Torridge Est

Osprey flew over the river towards Chivenor with a fish at 12.30 today, avoiding the favourite post as a Cormorant was there and flew to a further post to enjoy its catch.

Also seen 25 Little Egret and 4 Spoonbill, one with a blue flag and one with a yellow ring low down by its foot.

(John Wicks)

Posted September 8th, 2012 at 5:05 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Berry Hd

With thick drizzly mist and light E breeze you might have expected lots of migrants on the headland, unfortunately it was really quiet: 3 Chiffchaff, 1 willow Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Grey Wagtail and the highlight was 1 Lesser Whitethroat.   

Posted September 8th, 2012 at 10:49 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Harbour Porpoise

Yesterday sea conditions were flat calm, so great to see 16 Harbour Porpoise between Dartmouth to approx. 12nm South of Start Point. Given this was effectively a line transect one wonders how many are out there at present? Birdwise very poor - a few Manx and a Balearic Shearwater closer in and a handful of gulls and Bonxie further out.

Harbour PorpoiseHarbour Porpoise

Posted September 8th, 2012 at 10:36 am by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Friday 7th September 2012

Kingsteignton - Thursday

Red Kite over the clay pits yesterday afternoon (Thursday).

(Sue Smallshire).

Posted September 7th, 2012 at 8:52 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

Whilst no waders in the field at Huxton Cross there was a juv Merlin .

Waders on the beach this am - 27 Ringed Plover, 6 Sanderling, 2 Dunlin. 3 Yellow Wagtail along with 50 Alba Wagtail on the golf course. Around  the coast path 1 Wheatear, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Grey Wagtail.

Spotted Flycatcher in a South Huish garden.

Thurlestone Marsh this afternoon- 1 Little Grebe, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Whinchat. 15 Wigeon flew over at 17.30

Posted September 7th, 2012 at 6:07 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Golden Pheasant-nr Brixham

From BIrdforum, a male Golden Pheasant at Maypool yesterday outside Maypool Cottage

Posted September 7th, 2012 at 3:43 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Thursday 6th September 2012

Mid Soar / Bolt Head / East Soar farm

Whilst the waether was great birds were very thin on the ground- I have  never done this walk in Sept and not recorded- Blue or Great Tit or Wheatear.

A Merlin in the field opposite the car park with some Meadow Pipits, 50 Alba and 8 Yellow Wagtail.

In the Willows and by the cafe - 20 Yellow wagtail, 7 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow warbler, 2 Whitethroat. A juv Pied Fly was in the pine copse.

A visiting birder had photographed a Spotted Fly earlier

Posted September 6th, 2012 at 6:23 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Thurlestone Marsh

An hours viz mig watch from o7.00 produced- 140 House Martin, 20 Swallow, 1 Willow Warbler, 4 Yellow wagtail, 2 Stock Dove, 10 Chaffinch, 1  Dunlin.

On the marsh 23 Teal, 4 Black Tailed Godwit- a different 3 at 17.00

Bob B ringed 5 Chiffchaff, 1 each of Reed & Sedge. A Spotted Fly by the sewage works

Posted September 6th, 2012 at 6:17 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

isley marsh

4 spoonbills today,one with yellow flag on its left leg withdark green rings above and  below flag. right leg dark blue ring above metal ring with lime green ring below.   One with white ring on its right leg code FJ9. also a osprey seen. a possible Honey Buzzard flew over seen by Malcome Shakspeare.

Posted September 6th, 2012 at 4:55 pm by david churchill in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

Three Wigeon and a Gadwall of note this morning with a Little Grebe feeding a small juvenile.

Posted September 6th, 2012 at 10:30 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

Southcott Valley, East the Water.

09:30

Teal 17; Greenshank 1; Common Sandpiper 1 and Green Sandpiper 1.

At 09:45, while driving along Westleigh Straight I noticed at least 11 Little Egret roosting in trees at The Cleave. Only a few days ago I was discussing with Malcolm Shakes` that the egrets had seemingly given up The Cleave as a roost.

Posted September 6th, 2012 at 10:24 am by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Skern

07:45 - 09:15

Black-tailed Godwit 28; Knot 35; Ringed Plover c40; Dunlin 9; Redshank 5; Sanderling 10;

Curlew c40; Oystercatcher c500 and Raven 2.

Posted September 6th, 2012 at 10:19 am by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Wednesday 5th September 2012

Matford Pool

At about 1.45 this afternoon there were 3 Green Sandpipers at Matford Pool. Also 3 Little Grebes.

Posted September 5th, 2012 at 9:24 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Erme Est

Report from Dave Scot ( he is one of the South Milton ringing team ) also does some ringing on the Erme - this evening- An Osprey , 3 Whinchat and an incredible 100+ Spotted Flycatcher. Anyone else picking up these sort of numbers ?

Posted September 5th, 2012 at 8:48 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Wheatears still in double figures (11 this evening) and the little owl enjoying the evening sunshine. Little else to report other than a noticeable increase in meadow pipits with more than 25.

Posted September 5th, 2012 at 7:49 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

WEMBURY POINT

Vic Tucker has asked me to pass on - juv Red Backed Shrike inthe bushes below the Pines . Also 3 Yellow Wagtail and 150 + White Wagtail

Posted September 5th, 2012 at 7:38 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

At 08.00 a flock of 28 Black Tailed Godwit flew onto Thurlestone Marsh ( a patch record for me ) accompanied by a juv Knott. Still on the Marsh 2 Wigeon , 20 Teal and the Little Grebe.

Moved on to the fields at Huxton Cross where - 60 Ringed Plover and 120 Dunlin with 1 Yellow Wagtail over

Waders on the beach - 4 Turnstone, 6 Sanderling, 3 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover. Offshore 5 Manx Shearwater and 6 Common Scoter.

 

 

Posted September 5th, 2012 at 7:36 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Kingsbridge Estuary

Osprey fishing in Frogmore creek 14:00ish - blue colour ring on left leg, but too far to get the details.

Posted September 5th, 2012 at 5:13 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Plymouth Hoe

Eight Mediterranean Gulls. One first wint, 2+ 2nd wints, 3+ Ad wints. Other two too far to age but not first wints.  Two Sandwich Terns this evening. 

Posted September 5th, 2012 at 5:02 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Isley Marsh

Osprey sighted at 13:20hrs today from Isley Marsh.

Bird preening itself on sandbank close to Chivenor.

Posted September 5th, 2012 at 3:54 pm by Dawn Barford in General Birding

Ford Park Cemetry

Two Spotted Flycatchers In NE corner at 9am.  

Posted September 5th, 2012 at 10:10 am by Steve Cox in General Birding

Black Hole and Colyford Marsh

1 Little Stint still present this morning (2 yesterday), also 4 Lapwing, 34 Ringed Plover, 30 Dunlin, 13 Snipe, 3 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 30+ Black-tailed Godwit and 8 Green Sands.

Posted September 5th, 2012 at 10:09 am by Steve Waite in General Birding

Berry Hd

A breezy NE, bright morning with most of the headland being blown out for migrants, more sheltered spots produced: 7 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warblers 2 Whitethroat, 1 Wheatear, 5 Blackcap, 3 'Alba' wagtails >over, 1 Grey Wagtail & best of the bunch1 Yellow wagtail. 

Posted September 5th, 2012 at 9:48 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Tuesday 4th September 2012

Bowling Green

Osprey sat on perch all afternoon until at least 6.30pm. Otherwise too early for evening high tide roost. 12 Snipe snd 21 Lapwings only birds of note. 

Posted September 4th, 2012 at 10:08 pm by Steve cox in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Brief lunchtime visit between about 1.10 and 1.40.

The Osprey was sat on its usual post tucking in to an earlier catch.

From the viewing platform a Spoonbill was feeding fairly distantly with a few Little Egrets.

Posted September 4th, 2012 at 9:07 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

Visited the Huxton Cross ploughed field first this morning - only 1 Ringed Plover, big surprise was  a

Turtle Dove which flew over - South at08.45

 

Waders in the Bay - 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin , 1 Redshank, 3 Black Tailed Godwit on South Huish Marsh where Nick T had 9 Whimbrel fly up the valley.

Big movement of Hirundines before 12.00 - 260 Swallow, 50 + House martin and Bob B had a Swift

 This aft . on T'stone Marsh - Snipe , Water Rail, Little Grebe , Wigeon . Amongst the Canada Geese that flew in were 2 'Snow ' Goose with 4 juv hybrid x Candad

Posted September 4th, 2012 at 6:32 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Hobby

Hobby

Another adult Hobby flew over my house (nr Paignton) at 11:30. I managed to get a record shot of the bird.

Posted September 4th, 2012 at 3:37 pm by Jacob Wood in General Birding

Aveton Gifford

At high tide:

2 Egyptian geese, 4 greenshank, 10 common sandpiper & redstart.

Tawny Owl calling mid morning - must be autumn!

Posted September 4th, 2012 at 2:08 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Horsey Island and Pillsmouth(R.Caen)

08:15 - 09:15

16 Greenshank at Crossbanks end of Horsey.

08:30 Osprey sat on it`s favourite post at Pillsmouth until disturbed by a sailboat owner who changed course in mid-river to approach it as near as he/she could. At 08:45 on being disturbed, bird then flew off upriver to perch on the short post just off Chivenor`s 25yrd range where it stayed until at least 09:00.

Posted September 4th, 2012 at 10:17 am by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Monday 3rd September 2012

Bowling Green Marsh

Decided I needed a change from counting wheatears so made a brief but worthwhile visit to Bowling Green this evening. The Osprey was present from 19.00 to around 19.20, sitting on the derrick post as usual. With Ian Barnard and Roger Pearce managed the following waders between the hide and the viewing platform; 2 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Snipe, 1 Spot Shank, 10+ Knot, 400+ Black Tailed Godwits, 2 Bar Tailed Godwits (could have been more hidden amongst the Black tails). Plus 1 Garganey, 12+  Shoveler, Gadwall and a plenty of Teal. 3 Chiffchaffs in the hedgerows.

Posted September 3rd, 2012 at 10:23 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Turf, Exe estuary

Calm and sunny evening. The osprey was sitting on the derrick in the river Clyst. A single whimbrel flew over. One yellow wagtail amongst the cows in the field closest to the Turf. A kingfisher in the lock is a real sign of autumn. Two green sandpipers flying over Powderham marshes.

Posted September 3rd, 2012 at 7:27 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Rspb Isley Marsh

On incoming tide at 18.30, 12 Little Egretsreds redshank and 100+ Curlew. No sign of Spoonbills.

Osprey still opposite at Chivenor near range. 

Posted September 3rd, 2012 at 7:12 pm by Neal Moss in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

Started at the ploughed field at Huxton Cross at 08.30 and spent 2hrs going through the wader flocks- only 2 species but the numbers are records for the patch in Sept - 175 Dunlin and 130 Ringed Plover. Just after 10.00 a Sparrowhawk spooked them and they all flew off , visits at 13.00 and 16.30 produced no birds.

Yellow Wagtail and a Wheatear  also in the field

 

Quick visit to the sewage works this afternoon found 3 Spotted Fly , 3 Blackcap and 2 Grey Wagtail

Garden Warbler and a Spot Fly in a South Milton garden this morning

Posted September 3rd, 2012 at 6:41 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Middle to East Soar

A glorious, windless morning and things starting to warm up!

swallow 155, yellow wagtail 6, tree pipit 3, wheatear 7, redstart 1, whitethroat 11, blackcap 7,

willow warbler 10, chiffchaff 18 plus 125 house sparrow around Higher Soar.

Big influx of red admirals - 66 counted, plus single painted lady & 20 silver y moths!

Posted September 3rd, 2012 at 3:11 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Wembury Point

On a beautiful morning there were 5 Sanderlings, 10 Ringed Plovers, 6 Turnstones, Dunlin, Whimbrel, Curlew and Common Sandpiper with the Oystercatchers,  Also good numbers of Pied Wagtails along with several Whites and a Yellow.  Good numbers of Chiffchaffs, Whitethroats, Blackcaps and a Willow Warbler. Stonechats numbered 6 and a flock of 40+ Goldfinches and 25+ Linnets with many juveniles showed Autumn is coming!  A huge scar headed [bull?] seal surfaced halfway to the Mewstone and shredded a very large flatfish.

 

Posted September 3rd, 2012 at 2:46 pm by Graham Watson in General Birding

Clennon Valley

5 Crossbill >NW calling over my house lunchtime.

I'm running a two day Bird Identification Course for Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust at Berry Head on 29th-30th Sept - it's also open to DBWPS members (max 12 people) details at  http://www.countryside-trust.org.uk/eventdetail.cfm?id=1824

Posted September 3rd, 2012 at 2:25 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Barnacle Goose - Teign Estuary

One Barnacle Goose Showing well with c230 Canada Geese at the Passage House Hotel Roost.

Posted September 3rd, 2012 at 1:41 pm by Laurie Allnatt in General Birding

Caen river

Had a report from Brian Palmer that one Osprey still present this morning.

Birdguides reports a Wryneck in Bideford yesterday, anyone any further details?

Posted September 3rd, 2012 at 1:30 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Isley Marsh and Jetty Roost

07:30 - 09:15

Isley Marsh

3 Spoonbills back on the marsh including one with white ring on left leg. Could be FJ9 (Donana) back with us.

1 Greenshank; 14 Little Egret; 5 Wigeon; 11 Redshank and c200 Curlew.

Jetty Roost

3 Grey Plover; 1 Turnstone; 1 Whimbrel; 2 Wheatear: 3 Little Egret ; 37 Redshank; 117 Curlew and c150 Oystercatcher.

No sign of the 2 Ospreys seen yesterday at Pillsmouth.

 

Posted September 3rd, 2012 at 10:48 am by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Sunday 2nd September 2012

Kingsbridge Estuary

Charleton Marsh / Bay, 17:15-19:15 high tide.

3 Egyptian Geese, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 25+ Black -tailed Godwits ( very vocal but difficult to see in hidden scrape at the north end of marsh ), 5 Common Sandpiper, Sandwich Tern, 3 Mediterranean Gulls ( adults ) and a Yellow Wagtail. Family party of hybrid geese flew over including probable parents namely Canada Goose and white domestic goose.

 

Posted September 2nd, 2012 at 9:14 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Skern,18:45-20:20

 

    Juv little gull,8 meds,6adult,fs+juv.43 common tern counted but possibly 50,10 knot,2 bar tails,2 grey plover,30 curlew,whimbrel

Posted September 2nd, 2012 at 9:00 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Exminster and Bowling Green Marsh

A rather muddy visit this pm,  trying to do the path by the railway line at Exminster down to Turf;the last section particularly glutinous. A  Hobby was hunting the marsh. At Bowling Green the Osprey still perched mid afternoon, also at least 2 Green Sandpipers on the pools.  

Posted September 2nd, 2012 at 8:50 pm in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

Waders on the beaches have not been up to previous years totals - At 08.00 Bob B found  A large flock in one of the fields by Huxton Cross ( right on the edge of the patch ) this held 70 Ringed Plover, 35 Dunlin and our first Little Stint.

On T'stone Marsh the Wigeon increased to 3 , 20 Teal and a Little Grebe

 

Posted September 2nd, 2012 at 7:46 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Exmouth

Mudbank - 1900 - wildfowl influx with 12 pale-bellied brent goose, 88+ wigeon, 5 pintail and 5+ teal amongst c100+ mallard. Also 4 black-tailed godwit and 1 ad mediterranean gull.

Posted September 2nd, 2012 at 7:16 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

River Caen

Following reports of 2 Ospreys, walked down the Caen late afternoon (with Andy Lansdell) Dipper by the bridge, and 4 Knot by the end of the runway. An Osprey on a post near the Chivenor firing range, and a Peregrine on a sandbank over near Isley. Around the mouth of the Caen were a few smaller Waders, -mostly Dunlin and Ringed Plover, but 3 more Knot, and a possible Curlew Sandpiper (two seen on the Caen yesterday). On the way back (Kingfisher flew across the pill and landed on the mud) we were just about to look through the Gulls in amongst thje Cows, when they all flew - another Peregrine flew through! However the Gulls all flew over our heads and we were able to see at least 3 adult Mediterranean Gulls amongst them. At least 7 Little Grebes at Sherpa Marsh. Fine walk, shame about the grey drizzle....

Posted September 2nd, 2012 at 6:24 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Wembury Point

  No sign of the Wryneck mid-morning but on the beach a good number of Wagtails including 2 Yellow and a White.

Posted September 2nd, 2012 at 4:16 pm by Graham Watson in General Birding

Topsham (Odhams Wharf/Tremletts Yard)

An Osprey was sat atop the derrick near the railway bridge from at least 12:25 - 12:45 (still there when I left). Presumably this bird was readily visible from the BGM hide too.

1 Spotted Redshank, several Greenshank, good numbers of Redshank, plus 2 Common Sandpipers on the marsh. Also a Kingfisher showing well feeding along the River Clyst.

Posted September 2nd, 2012 at 3:24 pm by phil bentley in General Birding

Skern,07:15-09:00

Black tern with 6 common, snipe,9 knot

Posted September 2nd, 2012 at 1:03 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

R Caen - N Devon

Saturday - Two Ospreys

2 Ospreys early Saturday morning, one on the tall metal post at the mouth of the R.Caen and the other on the shorter post adjacent to The Royal Marine Base at Chivenor, both could be seen from the Fishermans' huts on the west side of R.Caen without disturbing them.

(R Jutsum)

Also a late note from S Beer

Friday midday: one adult osprey came over from the Braunton Burrows direction and circled above the foreshore between  Instow and Yelland jetty for five minutes. Later in the day flying over Instow from a southerly direction -Bideford.

Posted September 2nd, 2012 at 10:46 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Saturday 1st September 2012

River Dart

A single Golden Pheasant seen high on the river bank in Bow Creek on the River Dart whilst kayaking yesterday evening.

Posted September 1st, 2012 at 8:43 pm by Bill Macdonald in General Birding

Uppottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Similar numbers of Wheatears again this evening - i counted 14 but could easily be a 2-3 more as birds widespread. 2 Whinchat again, 1 White Wagtail and the Little Owl for the first time for some months. A Tawny Owl heard but not seen.

Posted September 1st, 2012 at 8:04 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Budleigh Salterton

8 ringed plover on the mud and large numbers of wagtails around the Lime Kiln car park.

Posted September 1st, 2012 at 7:39 pm by William Gallois in General Birding

Wembury

Wryneck on rough ground between Wembury Point and conifer stand 08:45. Also seen 12:20

Also, Osprey flew W offshore at 11:10

[Andy Trout]

Posted September 1st, 2012 at 5:42 pm by Gavin Haig in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay and Kingsbridge Est

Fri evening Bob B was the bird expert on a trip down the Kinsbridge Est - passengers were rewarded with good views of an Osprey, 24 Greenshank and 8 Med Gull .

Late news just rec'd from AJL - he had a RED KITE over his house at miday on 27 Aug - a patch year tick .

Today rather quiet  offshore and for waders - 2 Dunlin, 2 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Ringed Plover and a Curlew ( over )

This morning on the back pools of T'stone marsh - 2 Wigeon, 13 Teal , a Little Grebe ( first since Feb ).

Around the Bay 6 Wheatear, with a juv Whinchat in the copse and 3 Yellow Wagtail

The ringing team caught - 13 Sedge, 5 Reed, 9 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow,1 Whitethroat , 1 Reed Bunting and only the second in 30 years ( according to Bob B ) Marsh Tit which is a patch year tick.

Posted September 1st, 2012 at 5:38 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide from 08:35 till 10:30

An adult osprey appeared at 08:05 flying away from the hide but reappeared 5 mins later with a fish and sat on the derek for an hour before flying off, the adult spotted redshank was again in with good numbers of redshank , 14+ knot , 140+ Dunlin, 5+ bar tailed godwits, 2 snipe, 1 ringed plover,500+ black tailed godwits , 8+ little egrets, 1 peregrine, 2 tufted duck, 9+ shoveler, 8 little grebes.

Then watched from the goat walk and 1 adult med gull was a nice find , 200+ Dunlin, then refound the osprey in a tree south of turf it was mobbed by a couple of gulls and eventually flew of down river catching a fish then settled on the mud 

A very good mornings birding 

Posted September 1st, 2012 at 5:36 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Soar

Steve Cox and I had an Osprey flying low west over the road near Rew at 10.07 (perhaps the same as reported about an hour later at Wembury?) and the same or another west following the coast at the Warren at 14.40. Otherwise slightly fewer Yellow Wagtails than Perry (27) mainly with cows on the seaward side of east Soar farm and a Grasshopper Warbler in Soar Mill. Also - Willow Warbler 7, Chiffchaff 10, Blackcap 4+, Whitethroat 3, Cirl Bunting 6, Wheatear c15, White Wagtail 1, Whinchat 3.

A look at South Efford marsh on the way home but of birds reported by others, only the White Wagtail seen. 

All in all not bad day, though. 

Posted September 1st, 2012 at 5:32 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Aveton Gifford

On a falling tide:

21 little egret; 3 greenshank; 2 green sandpiper; wood sandpiper; 9 common sandpiper;

2 snipe; pristine white wagtail.

Posted September 1st, 2012 at 5:12 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

River Caen

Report of an Osprey at the mouth of the river Caen this afternoon.

Posted September 1st, 2012 at 5:00 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Sharkham Area

A Hobby over the house today being mobbed by House Martins.

Posted September 1st, 2012 at 3:37 pm by Josh Marshall in General Birding

Soar

 Warren / Starehole / East Soar , 06:40 - 11:40. Cloudy, light moderate WNW.

Ringed Plover, 100 Swallow, 50 House Martin, 42 Yellow Wagtail ( majority around East Soar Farm, well cut camping field by cafe often has a few lately ), 2 Tree Pipit, 7 Wheatear, 5 Whitethroat, 7 Blackcap, Grasshopper Warbler ( flushed from old sheep track on the east side of Starehole Valley, then showed well in bushes ), 13 Chiffchaffs, 3 Willow Warbler and Spotted Flycatcher. First Goldfinch flock of the autumn ( 50+ ) forming around East Soar Farm.

Posted September 1st, 2012 at 12:16 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Wrafton

This morning 4 Wigeon and a Gadwall on the pond, and still 4 Black-tailed Godwits on the flooded field.

Posted September 1st, 2012 at 11:36 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

Along the Exe and Darts Farm

Some nice birds seen on my way to work this morning. A Kingfisher at Exton Station, followed by my first Osprey of the year sat on the old boat in the River Clyst. 22+ Snipe flew over near Darts Farm, most probably from Goosemoor, some returned while the rest gained height.

Lots of Pied Wagtails in with the cattle, i couldn't really scan through them due to time. Im sure a good look would have produced a Yellow Wag. I'll check on the way home.

Posted September 1st, 2012 at 10:36 am by Gareth Williams in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe - Late Post

An increase in wheatears - 12 on Thursday and 14 yesterday evening. Also 2 whinchats, 4 meadow pipits and green woodpecker last night.

Posted September 1st, 2012 at 7:36 am by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

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