Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from September 2013

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Monday 30th September 2013

Re: Penhill Goose hybrid

Looks quite similar to a bird in Norfolk thought to be Emperor x Ross's Goose, see this intersting discussion:

http://www.flickr.com/groups/hybridbirds/discuss/72157601790274011/

Posted September 30th, 2013 at 9:06 pm by Richard Thomas in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:15 till 18:00

on the walk down to the hide a hobby flew through scattering a large group of house martins and swallows, from the hide 3 juv little stints, 1 juv curlew sandpiper, 3 spotted redshank( 2 juv, 1 adult), 2 juv ruff, 7 ringed plover, 500+ curlew, 550+ black tailed godwits, avocet numbers continue to rise with 24+, 52+ bar tailed godwits, 24+ knot, 41+ little egrets, 22+ greenshanks, 31+ lapwing, 260+ Redshanks, a sparrowhawk took a dunlin, 120+ dunlin, 2+ whimbrel, 1 green sandpiper.

a quick look from the viewing platform produced 3 juv curlew sandpipers, 1 snipe, 4 grey plover and 6+ chiffchaffs. 

 

Posted September 30th, 2013 at 8:30 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Penhill Goose hybrid.

This appears to be the same bird as in July 2012. It`s been on the river with the Canada Geese for quite a few weeks now. No one offered any suggestions as to what it might have been back in 2012. Because of it`s size, size and shape of head and beak colour, together with the plumage I believe it to be a Barnacle/Ross` Goose hybrid. I stand to be corrected.

Posted September 30th, 2013 at 6:47 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Soar

08:40-17:00; Furzedown/Hgr. Soar/ East Soar/Starehole/Bolt Head/ Warren/ Hgr. Soar/Furzedown.

Fog soon clearing, Light east wind, warm.

Merlin, 3 Golden Plover, Snipe, 100 Skylark, 400 Meadow Pipit, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 150 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 3 Whinchat ( together at Furzedown ), Black Redstart ( East Soar Farm ), 2 Redstart, 11 Wheatear, 12 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 45 Chiffchaff, Yellow-browed Warbler, 200 Linnet and 3 Siskin.

Bumped into Eric W. midday, he had seen a Short-eared Owl on the Warren earlier.

The Yellow-browed was near the top of the sheeptrack on the east side of Starehole Valley. Unfortunatly it was out of view but called about 30 times in 5 minutes before going quiet. Waited and tried to pish it out for about 30 minutes but it fell silent, presumably had moved on. Could never tire of seeing Yellow-broweds ( or even just hearing them ! )  but its amazing how they are expected in autumn now, can't remember the last time i saw a Turtle Dove locally in autumn - how things change.

Posted September 30th, 2013 at 6:40 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Glossy Ibis - Horsey Island

One more photo of the Glossy Ibis which for some reason did not post the first time!


Posted September 30th, 2013 at 6:10 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Glossy Ibis - Horsey Island

This bird was briefly on Horsey Island at 16.30 this afternoon

& I only had a couple of minutes to digiscope it before it flew

north over Braunton Marshes then east towards Barnstaple.

Keep your eyes wide open folks, you may see it again.



Posted September 30th, 2013 at 6:02 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

Numbers of wildfowl & waders beginning to build up with 26 Little Egret, 6 Egyptian Geese, 1st Brent Goose of the autumn, 370 Wigeon, 75 Teal, 298 Mallard, 9 Pintail - again 1st of autumn for me, 104 Oystercatcher, 240 Curlew, 86 Redshank, 11 Greenshank, 26 Med Gull at Salcombe, 1070 Black-headed Gull and a neat flock of 26 Cirl Bunting along the north edge of Frogmore Creek. Also a steady stream of hirindines throughout the day,mostly Swallows.

Posted September 30th, 2013 at 4:37 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Penhill Point - Taw Estuary

George Mudford sent me these photos he took yesterday from Penhill Point on the Taw Estuary.

The smaller goose is similar to the one that Maurice spotted & was around in July 2012.

It would be interesting to know what the Geese experts amongst you have to say about this bird.

I digiscoped the one in July 2012, so if you need the photo for comparison let me know or you may have it already!




Posted September 30th, 2013 at 3:08 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Berry Hd

Around the headland today: 3 Spotted Flycatchers, 3-4 Wheatear, 1 Willow Warbler, 22 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest, 4 Stonechat. at sea very quiet but first 4 Common Gulls (for me) of the autumn at the Head, 16 Wigeon and 1 Sandwich Tern.

Overhead: 8 Siskin, 86 Swallow, 2 'alba' Wagtails, 1 Grey Wagtail, 37 Meadow Pipits, 70 Goldfinch, 52 Linnet, 3 Chaffinch.

Posted September 30th, 2013 at 2:14 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Visit to the hide over lunchtime until 1.50. Lower numbers of birds but still good quality. Amongst the waders were 2 Little Stints, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Ruff and 4 Knot.

Posted September 30th, 2013 at 2:05 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Berry Hd

Sunday 29th: Brief Seawatch first thing;1 Balearic Shearwater, 9 Sandwich Terns, 2 Common Terns, 1 Mediterranean Gull (2ndw):

Overhead: 2 Hobbies>E, 1,000+ Swallows 8.30 - 13.30 >E, 9 House Martins, 47 Meadow Pipits, 1 Tree Pipit.

Around headland: 35 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Stonechat.

Posted September 30th, 2013 at 7:49 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sunday 29th September 2013

Around topsham

Watched from 10:15 till 16:45

started at topsham quay and soon found 3 spotted redshank (2 juv, 1 adult) between the quay and the goatwalk, from the goatwalk 935+ black tailed godwits and 1 knot. 

From the viewing platform at bowling green marsh 15 avocet, 6 grey plover and a water rail all showed well.

moved onto the hide 12:00 till 14:00 but fairly quiet with the low high tide but still good with 2 juv little stints, 3 spotted redshanks, 1 juv ruff , 1 green sandpiper,  17 knot, 25+ little eegret.

Back to the viewing platform at least 1 juv curlew sandpiper among 120+ dunlin a nice find was a Osprey just before 15:00 fishing between powderham and Lympstone, just as we were leaving a large group of 50+ long tailed tits, blue tits, great tits  and chiffchaffs appeared one warbler stood out it had a bright eye ring no supercilium dusky back and bright underneath only brief glimpses obtained by the viewing platform before being lost to view despite searching for an hour unable to refind it one which got away. 

still a good around topsham 

Posted September 29th, 2013 at 9:24 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - heaving with birds today with some nice variety. It was nice to see my first two redwing of the autumn heading east. Also1 turnstone, 2 juv ringed plover, 1 dunlin, fw mediterranean gull, fw common gull, 4 golden plover, c20+ alba wagtail, 1 flava wagtail sp (flew out of turnip field with repeated hoarse 'zreep' then gave normal yellow wag flight call), 1 white wagtail, c30+ goldfinch, c10+ chaffinch, 3 wheatear, 1 juv whinchat, 1 stonechat, c15+ chiffchaff, c200+ meadow pipit, 1 tree pipit, 1+ juv hobby hunting the area, c20+ skylark, 3 grey wagtail, c30+ starling, c60+ linnet, 1 goldcrest, 1 spotted flycatcher, 1+ siskin and 1+ whitethroat. Hirundine passage picked up mid morning with c60+ house martin and loads of swallows all east but no proper count was made.

meadow pipit
meadow pipit

white wagtail
white wagtail

tree pipit
tree pipit

Posted September 29th, 2013 at 7:16 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Start Point

James and I birded the lane by the farm from 09.00 to 10.00 then had a seawatch from the point from 10.30 to 11.30 then I checked the farm again from 12.15 to 13.00. A fresh ENE felt "full of eastern promise' and fog masking the horizon and mast tops cleared towards the end but only a modest list of migrants was forthcoming: Gannet (c.30 W but c.20 E.), Kittiwake (2 ad.s and 2 juv.s E.), Hobby (1 juv. harried swallows over the farm briefly heading S. with them), Barn Swallow (maybe 100 S. throughout with 3-4 parties of c.10 birds heading out low over the waves), Wheatear (4 juv.s by the light), Redwing (2 in sycamores by the farm seemed early), Blackcap (1-2 calling by the farm), Chiffchaff (10-15 by the farm (incl. a very grey bird with greenish remiges looking like tristis but presumed abietinus as it called "normally") had all cleared out by midday), Spotted Flycatcher (1 ad. and 1 slightly spotty 1st w. by the farm early on, poss. the same 1st w. by the light at 11.45, none at the farm later)   

Posted September 29th, 2013 at 7:14 pm by Steve Young in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Two Hobbies feeding over Ireland Bay this afternoon. Most of the phylloscs, Blackcaps and Sedge Warblers that were around the Ley over the last week have departed so fairly quiet. Duck numbers building, Wheatear on the beach.

Posted September 29th, 2013 at 6:50 pm by David Cope in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A single Knot roosting amongst the 128 Redshanks on the estuary wall at the top of the river and 2 Bar-tailed Godwits were the best waders; also - 4 Greenshanks, 9 Turnstones, 4 Dunlins, 43 Curlews, just 1 Common Sandpiper and 2 Ringed Plovers. Little Egrets up to 15 and my first Little Grebes of the autumn - a party of 4 on the narrow river. 

An adult Mediterranean Gull in winter plumage showed well and the visit was rounded off with 5 Wheatears and 2 Red-legged Partridges.  

Posted September 29th, 2013 at 3:51 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

E SOAR

Tawny Pipit 1W? Potato field behind Mid Soar Fm. moving East nr Potato Trailers with Mipits and 6 Wheatear.



Posted September 29th, 2013 at 3:45 pm by Alan Doidge in Bird News

Saturday 28th September 2013

Berry Head and Shoalstone car park, Brixham

Berry Hd 0930 -1000hrs - over 450 Swallows passing NE over the head but very little else and nothing moving at sea.

1500-1530hrs; just as rain started to clear, fromShoalstone car park shelter: 1 Little Gull (Adult), 2 Arctic Skuas, 1 Great Skua, 4 Balearic Shearwaters, 17 Sandwich Tern, 1 Red-throated Diver (sum plum). 1 Bottle-nosed Dolphin just off shore (with a notch missing from top of dorsal fin).

The Glossy Ibis was still just south of Galmpton Village at 1545hrs

Posted September 28th, 2013 at 9:33 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Ernesettle.

Little to write home about this morning but an Osprey was seen from Ernesettle Marsh heading down The Tamar at 08.30.

Posted September 28th, 2013 at 9:17 pm by Roy McCarthy in Bird News

Prawle Point Seawatch

Spectacular sheet lightning en route to East Prawle ,with the village weather cock showing NE , today’s seawatch would either be a wash-out ,literally, or interesting, as with any easterly flow birds can appear. So John and Pat and myself spent 8 hours from 7am. Quantity was provided by Gannets (260 east) and Gulls (mostly easterly passage : GBB-265;LBB-310;HG-c400;BH-12; CG-2) But also 1juv Yellow Legged Gull  and 5 Med Gulls (1st w,2nd w and adult)

Our first 4 Brent Geese this autumn flew east.  Ducks came in the shape of : 15 Wigeon,7 Teal,2 Tufted,2 Common Scoter, plus c 20 Duck sp just as we were leaving.  After an earlier solitary Curlew , the wader highlight was 4 Black Tailed Godwit east . And to ensure shearwater sp. were included there were 6 Balearic speeding in a westerly direction. Tern species : 4 Sandwich and 4 x 1st yr Arctic and 7 x adult Arctic Terns , all east.

Bird of the day  ? Well it has to have been the adult female Marsh Harrier that appeared to fly out to sea at 11.20 and then thought better of it !

Posted September 28th, 2013 at 7:56 pm in Bird News

Wrafton Pond.

A brief look this afternoon showed that a pair of Gadwall have returned, along with at least 2 Teal and a Wigeon. In recent days Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail and Dipper under the bridge to the reserve, where not very much on show - a couple of Chiffchaffs.

Posted September 28th, 2013 at 7:35 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

 Miserable wet and windy day until 15.00  resulted in some duck and wader passage .

Bay watched 09.00-13.00 and 16.00- 1745 totals were .-

2 Sandwich Tern , 1 Brent Goose , 17 Teal, 24 Wigeon ,9 Pintail ( all on sea ) 1 Common Scoter,  waders flying through - 1 Grey Plover, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, 4 Bar Tailed Godwit 10 Dunlin , also 2 Med Gull. 

On South Huish marsh - 75 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 4 Dunlin , 3 Snipe, 1 Little Stint , Hobby, 4 Wheatear

Posted September 28th, 2013 at 6:55 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Brief visit late afternoon after the rain had stopped. Water levels rising and the first shallow pools emerging. On the pool near the canal car park were 4 lapwing, 1 ruff (juv), 2 wigeon and 16 teal. On the lagoon 3 gadwall, at least 4 little grebe, 1 snipe and c10 coot. A kingfisher flew down the canal. About 50 swallows feeding over the fields.

Posted September 28th, 2013 at 6:45 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Bassett's Ridge - Taw Estuary

16.30 - 18.00

2 Spoonbills actively searching for food in a narrow shallow tidal channel at low tide. No rings visible through the scope so now 4 Spoonbills on the Taw Estuary providing the 2 ringed birds are still around.

One Ruff present, 16 Knot & an increase in the Pintail

numbers - now 44.

Posted September 28th, 2013 at 6:32 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 10:25 till 14:00

1 juv little stint, 1 juv ruff, 4 spotted redshank (1 adult, 3 juv), 5 ringed plover, 1 green sandpiper, 1 peregrine, 500+ black tailed godwits, 17+ greenshanks, 13+ bar tailed godwits, 1 water rail, 180+ teal, 80+ wigeon  all from the hide 

A hobby was around the viewing platform and 3 avocet on the clyst on the walk back into topsham a grass  snake. 

 

Posted September 28th, 2013 at 4:09 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

East Soar

A short and coffee orientated visit to East Soar with Pete Aley and Eric. A few bits before the rain settled in. Swallow 500+, 8+ Chiffchaff, 2 Whinchat, 2 Yellow Wagtail & a Spotted Flycatcher was about it. Nice coffee though. 

Posted September 28th, 2013 at 2:29 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Berry Head & Galmpton

Berry Head. Seawatch from 10:30-12:45. 10 Balearic Shearwater(S),4 Common Tern(S) and 3 Common Scotor(N). Also huge number of Swallows heading south.

Galmpton. The Glossy Ibis was still present in the field viewable from Greenway park today at 13:15 when I left.

Posted September 28th, 2013 at 1:53 pm by Jacob Wood in Bird News

Friday 27th September 2013

Axe Estuary

Tim Wright found a Bittern early afternoon today. It was on the Axe Estuary and viewable from Tower Hide but had wondered a bit further away by the time I got there. Although distant, the bird was remarkably showy. Also 7 Bar Tailed Godwit on the Estuary and a Little Stint on Black Hole Marsh.




Posted September 27th, 2013 at 11:50 pm by Tim White in Bird News

Golden Plover ~ South Brent

A bit later in posting but late yesterday afternoon a flock of some 20 Golden Plover were seen from home flying towards the Plymouth direction along the A38 valley at South Brent

Posted September 27th, 2013 at 8:17 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Bassett's Ridge -Taw Estuary

16.00 > 15 Pintail feeding & 5 Knot



Posted September 27th, 2013 at 7:34 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Berry Hd & Galmpton

Around Headland: 1 Pied Flycatcher, 25 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap.

Galmpton: the juv Glossy Ibis was still present this afternoon at 3.30pm.. better photo than last night.

Glossy Ibis Galmpton 27 Sept 2013 ML

Posted September 27th, 2013 at 4:05 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime visit to the hide until about 1.55. Wader highlights were 2 Ruff and 1 Spotted Redshank.

Posted September 27th, 2013 at 2:24 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

R.Taw. Pottington to Ashford.

10:50 - 12:35

21 Bar-tailed Godwits; 5 Black-tailed Godwits; 6 Little Egrets; 8 Greenshank; 1 Great crested Grebe (juv) and 1 Shoveler on foreshore.

Penhill Marsh viewed from Pottington side :- 9 Grey Herons; 4 Little Egrets and 9 Shoveler mid-river. 2 Peregrines on a sandbar in mid-river. 1 was protecting a kill it had made from the attentions of 3 pestering Crows. The 2nd Peregrine was on the same sandbar and allowing the incoming tide to come up to it`s belly before it moved to dry sand. First time I have ever witnessed a wading Peregrine.

At 11:50 all the Gulls and waders on the river suddenly took to the skies and I caught a fleeting glimpse of what appeared to be a Marsh Harrier flying overhead and upstream between the Tarka Trail and the foreshore. Before I could get a decent bead on it, it had flown inland towards Bradiford Reserve.

3 Pintail flying upstream just off Ashford Sewage Works.

Posted September 27th, 2013 at 2:24 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Exmouth LNR

Wildfowl numbrs building up nicely.    As to-days neap high tide receeded, there were 345 Brent Geese which moved onto the eel-grass beds to feed close in to the shoreline off Imperial Recreation Ground.

Offshore Mudbank there was a very large raft of Wigeon - estimate at  around 1400 - plus at least 50 Pintail.

Posted September 27th, 2013 at 1:25 pm by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

Shoalstone, Brixham

Sea watch for a hour from the shelter at the carpark, 0845 - 0945hrs: 31 Sandwich Terns, 4 Balearic Shearwater, 6 Kittiwake and a Bonxie. No sign of the Glossy Ibis in the field off Greenway Park at 10.15am but was reported earlier this morning on Birdguides.

Posted September 27th, 2013 at 10:25 am by Bill Macdonald in Bird News

Thursday 26th September 2013

Galmpton, Torbay

Thanks to a call from Steph Murphy a few of the locals caught up with a Glossy Ibis in a field just SE of Galmpton Village probably best viewed from Kennel Lane just south of the village on the Greenway Road. Presumably the Mansands bird.

  Glossy Ibis Galmptn 260913 ML1 Glossy Ibis Galmptn 260913 ML1

Posted September 26th, 2013 at 9:08 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Berry Hd

Lunchtime visit produced: 1 Firecrest (my first of autumn) in sycamores at bottom of quarry, 12 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap.

Posted September 26th, 2013 at 2:23 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Mansands

This is the very poor picture of the Glossy Ibis that was at Mansands still this morning when I arrived at 7.30am. From the hide, it was feeding at its favoured pool again. After about 15 minutes or so, the local Grey Heron came to the pool and the Ibis flew further down the marsh, then eventually went onto the beach, I walked down to the beach, but couldn’t find it again. Just wonder if this is one of the South Huish birds or not! Also a Water Rail was running around on the marsh.

Posted September 26th, 2013 at 1:27 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Bird News

Mansands Glossy Ibis

Reported as back again, by our customer, who is Nat. Trust warden there

Posted September 26th, 2013 at 1:03 pm by Trevor Leaman in Bird News

Wednesday 25th September 2013

Plymouth "Hazzard"

My first sighting of one of the  Harris Hawk / Common Buzzard hybrid youngsters, this bird was in moult which would indicate that at least a second year bird. The mature hybrids have a distinct white eyebrow while the first year young have a pale goldish coloured eye brow marking.



Posted September 25th, 2013 at 10:45 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Mansands

No sign of the Glossy Ibis this evening from 6.30-7.30pm

Posted September 25th, 2013 at 8:21 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake Red-necked Grebe

The Red-necked Grebe still showing well on Lower Tamar Lake this morning (10:00 - 12:00).

Posted September 25th, 2013 at 6:44 pm by Tom Martin in Bird News

Prawle Point

PMM's juv. RC Starling found this morning at Prawle Pt.  Relocated in Prawle Village on wires behind 'the Green/Piglet Stores' with Starlings 1500hrs 

Posted September 25th, 2013 at 5:28 pm by Alan Doidge in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

!225 Red necked grebe still showing well.  Eight great crested grebes and two tufted duck with single swallow overhead.

Juvenile red necked grebe
Juvenile red necked grebe

Juv red necked grebe
Juv red necked grebe

Posted September 25th, 2013 at 3:44 pm by Tony Brooking in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Visit to the hide this lunchtime until about 1.50. Good numbers of waders including 1 Spotted Redshank. A Peregrine, possibly a juvenile made several unsuccessful attempts to catch a small wader before heading away towards Darts Farm.

Posted September 25th, 2013 at 2:42 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Mansands marsh

Glossy Ibis on pool near track just passed bird hide. Seen at lunch time today

Posted September 25th, 2013 at 2:10 pm by Tim Bumby in Bird News

Clennon Valley

Mid-morning stroll around site produced little in the way of migrants but did hear my first Water Rails (2) on site this autumn also: 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 4 Little Grebe,1 Shoveler, 2 Kingfisher.

Posted September 25th, 2013 at 1:58 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Instow, Taw/Torridge Est.

32 Mediterranean Gulls; 1 Common Gull; 16 Ringed Plover and 4 Little Egrets.

One of the Meds was carrying a white ring with black alpha/numerics on lower left leg.( French/Belgian or Dutch.) 2 others were carrying metal i/d rings.

31 Pied wagtails on the cricket ground.

Posted September 25th, 2013 at 11:45 am by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Venn by Aveton Gifford

In response to Tony's comments re swallows at Prawle, several hundred streamed through south over my garden in mid-afternoon yesterday. A few house martins too.

Posted September 25th, 2013 at 10:25 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Tuesday 24th September 2013

Taw Estuary - Pottington

The photos that George took from top to bottom

Juv Great Crested Grebe in flight.

Bar tailed Godwit

Bar tailed Godwit & Curlew

Posted September 24th, 2013 at 10:03 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Velator reserve

Arrived at first light for a ringing session (full details on the forum) The resident Tawny Owls both calling. Heard a Chiffchaff singing, and ringed two. Biggest surprise was catching a first year BUZZARD - undoubtedly one of the two which fledged in the reserve this summer.

Posted September 24th, 2013 at 7:42 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Prawle

With blue sky and sunshine ,pretty quiet at Prawle this morning though I did see my first Goldcrest of the  autumn . But only 1 Willow Warbler,8 Chiffchaffs, 5 Whitethroats, 4 Blackcaps,8 Wheatears, 1 Ringed Plover and 3 Turnstone. But then at 12 ish  over 250  hirundines flew over the car park/bunkers and later ,at 1.30pm, whilst in Pig's Nose valley I sat down and counted 1000 plus hirundiines-mainly Swallows, then House Martins and a few Sand Martins  in just half an hour ! Terrific sight as they flew right past me. I gave up counting as I had to leave . Did anyone else count the hirundines through South Hams today ?

Posted September 24th, 2013 at 6:36 pm in Bird News

Taw Estuary - Pottington

George Mudford sent me these photos he took yesterday

on the Taw Estuary at Pottington.

               Juv Great Crested Grebe

              bar-tailed Godwit

              Curlew and bar-tailed Godwit

Posted September 24th, 2013 at 5:42 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake - Tuesday PM

Lower Tamar Lake.

Juv. Red necked Grebe showing well still.   9 Great Crested Grebes and 14 Coot etc.

Harvey Kendall

Posted September 24th, 2013 at 3:43 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Berry Hd

Around the headland this am: 6 Blackcap, 21 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Stonechat. Overhead: 2 Grey Wagtails, 6 'Alba' Wagtails, 5 Siskin, 22 Linnet, 27 Goldfinch 2 House Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch.

Yesterday - 23 Sep: 145 (mostly) Swallows, 3 'alba' Wagtails, 31 Meadow Pipits, 14 Chiffchaff. Seawatching 10.30-11.30Hrs: 5 Great Skua, 6 Balearic Shearwaters, 4 Arctic Tern, 1 Common Tern, 5 Sandwich Tern, 1 'Commic' Tern, 1 unident Tern, 21 Razorbills, 5 Guillemot, 1 Puffin &, 1 Common Scoter,   

Posted September 24th, 2013 at 2:09 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 23rd September 2013

Instow rocks/cricket ground

81 med gulls, 71 ads, 6 sw, 4 juv/fw.

09:10-10:00

Posted September 23rd, 2013 at 9:36 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Otter Estuary

I was hoping for a repeat of 2010 on the patch, following the apparent Glossy Ibis influx, but sadly the scrapes adjacent to the otter are still bone dry - A female/imm Garganey was a pleasant surprise though (visible from hide on the east side of Otter). Otherwise the usual suspects around the Otter......

Posted September 23rd, 2013 at 9:13 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

East Soar, Soar Mill Cove & Southdown Farm

A six hour trek provided scant reward but did include 3 Med gull, 270 swallow, 450 meadow pipit, 2 whinchat, 14 stonechat, whitethroat, 25 chiffchaff, spotted flycatcher, 270 linnet & 18 cirl bunting.

Not a glossy ibis in sight!!

Posted September 23rd, 2013 at 5:36 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

Sth Huish marsh

9 Glossy Ibis, on front pool today, 1ad + 8 juv's 


Posted September 23rd, 2013 at 4:47 pm by Alan Doidge in Bird News

Re: Glossy Ibis sightings

I recently returned from a week in Southern Spain, where I spent half a day at La Janda - an agricultural area with lots of wet rice fields. The most abundant bird species there was Glossy Ibis - we reckoned about 2000! These were all from the huge colony (4000 pairs!) by the Antono Valverde Centre in the Coto Donana, (about 75 miles north) and were starting their migration south. Presumably the birds now turning up on the south coast are also from this colony and have headed off in the opposite direction. Let's hope for a few more!

Posted September 23rd, 2013 at 4:22 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Maria Fernandes reported a juv Red-necked Grebe earlier and whilst at Lower Tamar Lake Rod Mudge was able to take a photo or two which I've added below.

 

Red-necked Grebe Lower Tamar Lakes R Mudge 23.9.13

Red-necked Grebe Lower Tamar Lakes R Mudge 23.9.13

 

Posted September 23rd, 2013 at 3:59 pm in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay -

 On South Huish marsh at 9.45 a GLOSSY IBIS ( juv ). Met a visting birder from Derby who was sure she had 8 at 19.15 Sunday evening.  At 11.45 it flew off east- later one seen by Rod Bone on South Efford Marsh. At 13.15  a flock of 9 flew onto South Huish Marsh- Alan D got some good photos which he will post later 

Earlier this morning  a flock of 11 at Slapton Ley trying to land on the algae on the Ley - 2 hrs later a flock of 8 and a single there .

With 4 reported late Sunday evening at Torpoint - just how many have arrived ? Worth keeping a lookout at possible roost sites this evening .

Also a Hobby, , 2 Sooty Shearwater east at 09.15 , 2 Sandwich Tern and upto 10 Yellow Wagtail

Posted September 23rd, 2013 at 3:37 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Upper Tamar Lake

Upper Tamar Lake - Monday AM

Sunny, bright and clear - a lovely autumn morning.

1 Ruff, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 5 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Cormorants, 59 Canada Geese, 14 Mallard, 1 White Wagtail, 4 Grey Herons, 5 Swallows.

Harvey Kendall

Posted September 23rd, 2013 at 2:52 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Maria Fernandes has reported a Juvenile Red Necked Grebe first seen yesterday afternoon during a Taw /Torridge Group visit.  Good close views again this morning 11.00 am.  See photos added to later posting.

Posted September 23rd, 2013 at 1:49 pm in Bird News

Mudbank, Exmouth

The first Brent Geese of the autumn that I've seen -   8 Brents, 425+ Wigeon, 33 Little Egrets, & 14 Pintail.

For information, there are 3 large yellow buoys laid out from the Rec. Ground point;   these mark the outer edge of the eel grass beds (the LNR), and are intended as a voluntary exclusion zone for kite and windsurfers between mid-Sept and end December

Posted September 23rd, 2013 at 12:50 pm by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

Sunday 22nd September 2013

Bowling green marsh

watched from the hide from 09:00 till 12:50

the lesser yellowlegs was eventually found in with the redshank on the far side and had probably been there  all morning seems to be very settled with this it's 4th day coming into the marsh at high tides it then showed well for an hour, those in the hide still witnessed a peregrine attempt a few attacks at the waders just missing a dunlin with the lesser yellowlegs taking cover with a few greenshanks. 

In addition to Steve cox post 3 spotted redshanks eventually showed well ( 2 juv, 1 adult) 23+ ringed plover, a water rail briefley and 2 sparrowhawk, 2 Cetti's warblers, 1 great spotted woodpecker, 6.+ chiffchaff, 1 jay, 1 Mediterranean gull 2nd summer, 13+ knot, 1 raven.

another excellent morning on the marsh 

Posted September 22nd, 2013 at 11:09 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Braunton Burrows/Crow Point

Tim Davis and I did the WeBS section of the Taw/Torridge Estuary immediately downstream of Rob Jutsum and saw his two Marsh Harriers fly from Horsey Island and go down in scrub towards Sandy Lane car park. We saw one of them again briefly as we walked back towards Sandy Lane around 09.30. Superb morning for visible (and audible) migration, with strong Swallow passage, a few House Martins and Pied Wagtails, Skylarks calling high overhead (largest flock 16) and a constant light movement of Meadow Pipits. Also a 1st-yr Hobby, a single calling Yellow Wagtail heading South, a couple of Grey Wags, two Sandwich Terns, 7 Med Gulls and, between Crow Point and Airy Point, about 1,000 Oystercatchers.

Posted September 22nd, 2013 at 9:28 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Soar, Plym Estuary & Saltram

Arrived later than normal at Soar because I wanted to check the fog situation after yesterday's experience. A fine spell until about midday allowed some birding but little of note. Spotted flycatcher, Yellow Wagtail (3), Chiffchaff (24), and Blackcap (10). Then the fog clamped down again!

Nine species of wader on the Plym tonight - Bar-tailed Godwit, Oystercatcher (5), Curlew (43), Redshank (120), Greenshank (3), Dunlin (4), Ringed Plover (2 juvs), Common Sandpiper (3) and Turnstone. Also c90 Swallows and 2 Chiffchaffs.

Posted September 22nd, 2013 at 8:33 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Hirundines, Teignmouth

Early afternoon. One and a half hour watch over my garden. 64 swallows and 1 house martin, apart from 6 or 7 going SW, remainder all due South in calm, warm conditions, lovely!

Posted September 22nd, 2013 at 7:35 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh, Otter Estuary & Topsham

Bowling Green Marsh

Watched between 0800-1000. I didn't see the Lesser Yellowlegs though it was seen after I left in amongst the Redshank, so it had probabaly been there all morning. Counts of Little Egret 16, Lapwing 15, Greenshank 20, Spotted Redshank 1 poss 2 juvs, Dunlin 330+, Curlew Sandpiper 3+juvs, Curlew 506, Whimbrel 1, Little Stint 1 juv, Ringed Plover 21+, Black-tailed Godwit 850, Bar-tailed Godwit 36+, Redshank c310, Wigeon 34, Shoveler 10+, Teal 60+.

Otter Estuary

Swallow 500+, Sand Martin 10+. They were looking to leave but visibility was poor at sea, which I think was holding them up.

Topsham

After Keith had kindly rung me to advise me the Lesser Yellowlegs was still about, I noted it had been seen near the Quay at Topsham mid afternoon. After a little investgation at 1630 I saw it off the slipway down to the passenger ferry, showing very closely on the Topsham side. Access to view is generally poor in this area.

 

Posted September 22nd, 2013 at 6:45 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

skern

17 med gulls.15 ads,1sw,1fw,1 knot,07-09:15.At instow rocks 75 med gulls,69 ads,3sw,3juv/fw.Largest count this year.Possibly small duplication although 12 stil at skern on leaving.3 colour ringed inc long returning polish ad PAH4.09:30-10:15

Posted September 22nd, 2013 at 5:35 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

WeBS Count - R.Caen / Taw Estuary / Horsey Island

Perfect morning for the monthly count, not a breath of wind with excellent visibility & you could hear a pin drop at 100 paces !

A great start with Maurice's Grey Phalarope close to the shoreline at the Fishermens Huts, This bird flew east towards Chivenor & may turn up again on your patch Maurice later on today!

Then not one but 2 Marsh Harriers searching for prey over Horsey Island. These landed & then flew off in the direction of Braunton Marshes > Braunton Burrows.

31 Greenshank, 9 Redshank & 11 Dunlin on Horsey Island.

Posted September 22nd, 2013 at 12:11 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Skern, Northam Burrows

07:20 - 08:30

Wigeon 30; Grey Plover 3; Snipe 5 (overhead); Dunlin 23; Mediterranean Gull 2 adults; Ringed Plover 14; Wheatear 2 juveniles; Curlew Sandpiper 1 with 3 Ringed Plover on the shingle beach; Ruff 1 (from size appeared to be female.Did not remain long); Curlew c40; Little Egret 2; Oystercatcher 71+; plus good nos of Pied Wagtail and Meadow Pipits.

Posted September 22nd, 2013 at 10:11 am by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Start Point

Went out at first light, Grasshopper Warbler and a couple Chiffchaffs on the way down to the light but nothing in the lighthouse compound. Back up at the farm about 10 more Chiffs and a couple Blackcaps. At 08:00 the fog rolled in and i left.

Posted September 22nd, 2013 at 9:09 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Saturday 21st September 2013

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 07:45 till 12:05

The lesser yellowlegs showed well at times from 10:50 till 11:54 before flying off towsrds darts farm, only 1 little stint and 3+ curlew sandpiper among 300+ dunlin, 12+ knot, 9+ ringed plover, 30+ greenshanks, 3 whimbrel, good numbers of black tailed godwits, curlew, bar tailed godwits, and redshanks, 18+ little egrets, 2 Cetti's warblers. 

We searched for the lesser yellowlegs and found it briefly on the river clyst between tremletts and the bridge pub with a common sandpiper and a greenshank. 

 

Posted September 21st, 2013 at 8:27 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

River Exe

Pleasant boat trip this afternoon, 4-5 Arctic Terns and several Common Terns mid-river off Powderham, several flocks of Wigeon totalling over 100 birds and a flock of 80+ Teal.

Easterly winds from tomorrow.............

Posted September 21st, 2013 at 6:49 pm by David Cope in Bird News

ring necked parakeet

a very noisy ring necked parakeet going from the trees to the houses opposite side of river ,going back and forth until it was mobbed by two magpies at wierfields exeter,lost sight of it as it flew off in the direction of double locks..

Posted September 21st, 2013 at 6:02 pm by gray clements in Bird News

Soar and South Huish

Spent from first thing until early afternoon (initially with Steve Young and his son James) hoping for the fog and intermitent rain to clear but it didn't. Managed to see 2 Whinchats, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 4 Grey Wagtails and a Tree Pipit.

Dropped down to South Huish where at least you could see something: Dunlin (2), Swallow (c60), Snipe, Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear, Sedge Warbler and a Peregrine buzzing the marsh. 

I've had better days!

Posted September 21st, 2013 at 5:25 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

River Caen/River Taw

1300-1545 15 Greenshank on horsey island. On the taw 1 Comic tern and 1 Black tern also 1 spoonbill. A Marsh harrier was watched for 20 mins by Chivenor( female) Also 2 Buzzard, 1Sparrowhawk 1 kestrel.

Posted September 21st, 2013 at 4:35 pm in Bird News

Teignmouth

The adult Bonaparte's Gull still early this morning 100 yards north of the pier, stood on a groyne just 20 yards offshore.

Posted September 21st, 2013 at 10:59 am by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Friday 20th September 2013

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 17:30 till 19:35

the Lesser Yellowlegs dropped in again at 19:00 and was still present when I left feeding in the left hand corner, also 2 little stint, and 7+ curlew sandpipers, 3 spotted redshanks(2juv, 1 adult), 41+ bar tailed godwits, 37+ greenshanks, 3 whimbrel, 14+ knot, 6+ ringed plover good numbers of black tailed godwits and curlew another good evening on the marsh.

Posted September 20th, 2013 at 9:13 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Grey Phalarope - Taw Estuary

After a phone call from Maurice I was on my bike down the Tarka trail like a Bolt on wheels!

The spring tide was coming in fast with no time to waste.

Fortunately the bird was still there - what a beauty.




Posted September 20th, 2013 at 8:30 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Maristow Quay, Tavy Estuary

An Osprey, probably a juvenile, flew up the estuary at 1220 today

20th Sept, and appeared to be coming down into trees north of Lopwell Da.

Posted September 20th, 2013 at 8:13 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News

Soar

Soar, 08:20-17:30 ( Malborough- Furzedown, Hgr. Soar, Warren, E. Soar etc. )

6 Ringed Plover ( ploughed field behind mid Soar House ), 25 Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Tree Pipit, 1000+ Meadow Pipit most headed west through day though some grounded, 4 Grey Wagtail, of 10 alba wagtails in the field opposite the cafe late afternoon 8 were White's, 10 Yellow Wagtails, couple hundred Swallows west through day, 4 Whinchat, 7 Wheatear, 5 Blackcap, 8 Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat ( Starehole Valley ), Sedge Warbler, 15 Chiifchaff, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 63 Starling ( single flock Hgr. Soar Farm ) and one Siskin.

Posted September 20th, 2013 at 7:38 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Plym Estuary

Two adult Arctic Terns lingering on the estuary just above Laira Bridge, this evening, occasionally sitting on the buoys (first seen from my house). Also in the vicinity,3 Common Sandpipers, a Kingfisher, a Raven and a juv Ringed Plover.  

Posted September 20th, 2013 at 7:17 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

R.Taw from Taw Bridge to Bradiford Reserve.

13:50. Peregrine just below Taw Bridge. Flew off, up over Sticklepath Hill.

14:05. 23 Bar-tailed Godwits just off Pottington Ind.Est.

15:00. Grey Phalarope appeared just off Bradiford Reserve. Observed feeding in the shallow water at low tide approx 30 yards off the Tarka Trail. Was still there when I left at 15:30.

 

Posted September 20th, 2013 at 4:23 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

BGM

Good numbers of curlew, redshank, greenshanks, blackwits and barwits. Highlights included 5 curlew sandpiper, 2 spotted redshank, a little stint and good views of the lesser yellowlegs before it flew towards Dart's farm at 10:10.

Posted September 20th, 2013 at 3:20 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

OTTER KINGFISHER

Whilst walking on side of River Otter, just south of the town bridge, twice had clear sight of kingfisher.  Good to see they are still around the area.

Posted September 20th, 2013 at 1:44 pm by Geoff Green in Bird News

Merlin - NT Baggy Point

1 Merlin showing an interest in a small flock of Meadow Pipits early this morning - close views but in flight only.

Also 3 Wheatear & the Stonechat numbers have increased after a good breeding season.

Posted September 20th, 2013 at 11:59 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Thursday 19th September 2013

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 17:30 till 19:30

the highlight was the appearance of the lesser yellowlegs around 18:46 it showed well for 10 minutes and then vanished again this is a first for bowling green marsh( was reported on RBA this morning anyone with any info on this mornings sighting I would be interested for the sites records) 

the evening had already been good with a juv Garganey showing well at times, 1 juv little stint, 5+ curlew sandpiper and 3 spotted redshanks ( 2 juv , 1 adult), 5 ringed plover, 12+knot, 32+ bar tailed godwit, good numbers of curlew, black tailed godwits, 26+ greenshanks, 3 whimbrel

 

Posted September 19th, 2013 at 9:13 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Prawle Point

A long 8.5 hour seawatch , with Frank S. and John L., from 7am , in WSW 3 ,going up to 5 moving to SW and then NW , with mizzle and rain , produced  :

8 Sooty Shearwaters, 96 Balearic Shearwaters, 39 Manxies,53 Razorbills , 3 Common Scoter and 1 Puffin  , with just the one dark phase Arctic Skua ,all west.

Posted September 19th, 2013 at 8:22 pm in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

  A day of 2 birds and very little else .

At 10.35 picked up an Auk flying east about 200 yds off the flats at T'stone beach- soon became evident this was  a 1st winter Black Guillemot , a patch life tick for me .

Late afternoon - 17. 15 a Little Tern flew into the Bay and spent 30 mins feeding close inshore , also sat on the beach until disturbed .

Posted September 19th, 2013 at 7:33 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatching 11.00am - 2.30pm with PA.

Gannets, Kittiwakes & Terns feeding off the headland attracted a number skuas including at least 9 Arctic and 8 Great Skua, also a single Sooty Shearwater, 18 Balearic & 7 Manx Shearwater. 30+ Common Tern, 4 Arctic Tern, 1 Black Tern and one Tern sp. 

Posted September 19th, 2013 at 7:18 pm by Bill Macdonald in Bird News

Sparrowhawk - Fishermens Huts

This time not a Peregrine making a kill on a small high tide roost but a small wader was killed.

When the Sparrowhawk flew away with the prey item it was a very small wader indeed & could possibly have been a Little Stint but I do hope it was a Dunlin!




Posted September 19th, 2013 at 2:51 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Spoonbills - RSPB Isley Marsh Reserve

2 Ringed Spoonbills at Isley Marsh.

FJ9 the Spanish Bird ringed as a nestling 09/04/2007 &

the other ringed in the Netherlands 10/06/2007.

Thank you George for the photos which he took yesterday.



Posted September 19th, 2013 at 12:51 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Bonapartes Gull Teignmouth

Still showing well this morning at the north end of the beach off the Lido

Posted September 19th, 2013 at 10:49 am by David Cope in Bird News

Wednesday 18th September 2013

Stafford Marsh (Axe Estuary)

A couple of pics of the Spotted Crake which was showing intermittently from the Field Studies Base hide. It would typically show for about 30 secs before disappearing again for an hour or so, but when it did show it was rather close:



Posted September 18th, 2013 at 11:06 pm by Tim White in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 16:30 till 18:30

1 juv little stint, 8+ curlew sandpiper in with 325+ dunlin, 18+ knot, 532+ curlew, 3 whimbrel, 31+ bar tailed godwit, 560+ black tailed godwit, 20+ ringed plover, 32+ greenshanks, 270+ redshank, 3 spotted redshanks ( 1 adult , 2 juv), 62+ wigeon, 80+ teal, 7+ shoveler. 

Posted September 18th, 2013 at 10:13 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Lesser Yellowlegs at Topsham

I finally tracked down the Lesser Yellowlegs at 4.15 this afternoon; it was on the river bank a couple of hundred yards north of the motorway bridge and, quite fortuitously, showing well at the only gap in the reeds that I came across. Being unfamiliar with the area I was unsure where to park and how to reach the correct stretch of the river. In the event, I walked from Countess Wear Bridge but it seems that I could perhaps have got closer. It would have been helpful if directions had been given on earlier postings so that visitors could find the bird easily.  Great views when I found it, though!

Posted September 18th, 2013 at 7:44 pm by John Thorogood in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Rose-coloured starling (juv) in bushes by the entrance to the golf course this morning at 08.50-09.20

Posted September 18th, 2013 at 6:58 pm in Bird News

Darts Farm

I couldn't park at Bowling Green Marsh today as the road was blocked due to access being required for the construction work there. Instead a went to Darts Farm and was rewarded with a Mediterranean Gull in with around 30 Black-headed Gulls. Also good views of a Kingfisher flying over the fishing ponds. Otherwise fairly quiet although there were plenty of Pied Wagtails feeding amongst the cattle with a couple of Meadow Pipits.

Posted September 18th, 2013 at 2:30 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Axe Estuary

Two great birds in two days!  Yesterday a 2cy Caspian Gull on the Estuary 13:15-14:30 during a spell of heavy rain (excuse the photo quality!)

And today a lovely Spotted Crake on Colyford Common found by Ian Hunt. The bird is showing from the Field Studies Base (FSB) at Stafford Marsh on the large pool in front of the hide part of the FSB.  It's along the near edge of the pool and shows when it emerges from the juncus.

Park in Black Hole Marsh car park, walk past the Island Hide and round the corner past the new Sand Martin bank. The FSB is the large building to the right, go up the ramp and the hide is to your right.

Caspian Gull - bird in front of flapping GBBG
Caspian Gull - bird in front of flapping GBBG

Spotted Crake
Spotted Crake

Spotted Crake
Spotted Crake

Posted September 18th, 2013 at 2:18 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Topsham Recreation Ground - Lesser Yellowlegs

At low tide late morning the Lesser Yellowlegs was again feeding on the shingle/mud under the M5 bridge, distant but viewable from the path north from the Retreat Boatyard.

Also present, the usual suspects: 2 adult Med Gulls, at least 2 Greenshanks and at least 8 Common Sandpipers. And last but not least, that great Devon A Rarity, two sinensis Cormorants; photo of one attached because I couldn't get a decent shot of the 'legs.

Continental Cormorant - Topsham, 18/9/2013
Continental Cormorant - Topsham, 18/9/2013

Posted September 18th, 2013 at 1:55 pm by Tim Worfolk in Bird News

Tuesday 17th September 2013

Thurlestone Bay

Off the Golf Club House beach (Lea's Foot) this evening 1700-1830+ 1W Grey Phalarope, poss the Prawle Bird? also imm Arctic Tern. 

Posted September 17th, 2013 at 10:19 pm by Alan Doidge in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 15:25 till 17:25

1 juv little stint still, 5+ curlew sandpiper, 400+ dunlin, 12+ knot, 28+ ringed plover, 32+ bar tailed godwit, 420+ black tailed godwits, 2 whimbrel, 24+ lapwing, 2 juv spotted redshank, 18+ greenshanks, 260+ redshanks,  

Posted September 17th, 2013 at 7:32 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

The Hoe

Off The Hoe in Plymouth at mid-day today an adult and a juvenile Arctic Terns. Both were seen feeding close inshore.

Posted September 17th, 2013 at 6:45 pm by Alan Payne in Bird News

Barnstaple Cemetery & Taw Estuary

George Mudford sent me these photos to post on the

blog while I was away but better late than never!




Posted September 17th, 2013 at 5:08 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Prawle Point

Seawatch from 7.25am in WSW force 2-3 with mist for an hour produced only Gannets ( and 1 imm Lesser BB Gull !) but joined by Pat ( on the mend) things picked up. Highlights being a Grey Phalarope close west (10.15am)-only my second ever at Prawle ; summer plumaged Red Throated Diver (11.15) and at 12.35 a Black Throated Diver , again in summer plumage.Also close an imm Arctic Skua and a Bonxie, plus 53 Balearic Shearwaters, 83 Manxies, 19 Fulmars, 19 Razorbills,3 Guillemots,2 Dunlin and 1 Sandwich Tern all west. Gannets 151 west and 42 east by time I left at 1.25pm, when wind strengthening and heavier rain. Where did all the skuas go ?

Posted September 17th, 2013 at 4:33 pm in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatching from 0830-1300, when heavy rain began. Fairly slow morning with little wind or waves  until midday. Counts were complicated as shearwaters and Arctic Skuas were feeding up and down the coast causing duplication. Final totals 47 Manx Shearwater, 27 Balearic Shearwater,10 Great Skua, 25 plus Arctic Skua, 8 Common Tern, 4 Sandwich Tern, 2 Black Tern, 1 Red-throated Diver (summer plumage, flew north into Torbay).

 

Posted September 17th, 2013 at 2:52 pm in Bird News

Monday 16th September 2013

Devils Point, Plymouth.

An afternoon visit in constantly changing weather. Not a lot here but six adult Med.Gulls were on the rocks.Two were sporting metal rings but no Darvic. Unusual(?).

Twelve Sandwich Terns were on the mooring buoys and one commic and a Kingfisher were seen in flight.

Earlier this morning an Osprey flew upriver over Ernesettle Marsh. I'm guessing it was the Warleigh bird.

Posted September 16th, 2013 at 9:02 pm by Roy McCarthy in Bird News

6pm Teignmouth Bonapart's gull

Easily located by call off Teigmouth Lido

Posted September 16th, 2013 at 8:46 pm by Adam Davison in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 14:25 till 17:20

only 1 little stint was very mobile constantly flying around the marsh, 5 curlew sandpiper among 320+ dunlin, 2 juv spotted redshanks, 28+ bar tailed godwits, 300+ black tailed godwits 3 whimbrel, 10+ ringed plover, 8+ knot, 1 green sandpiper, 1 snipe, 80+ teal, 12+ greenshanks, 1 peregrine, 2 sparrowhawk

 

Posted September 16th, 2013 at 7:38 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Osprey - Taw Estuary

It was back on the post at 16.00 today & I agree with Andy there is no excuse for disturbing this bird when it can be seen easily through a bird spotting telescope.I was at the Fishermans Huts & the bird was approx 3/4 mile away.

Apologies for the quality of the photos this time but I had the small 60mm scope with the lightweight tripod in a howling westerly.



Posted September 16th, 2013 at 5:57 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Teignmouth Bonaparte's Gull

As promised, here is the write-up.

I was first alerted to its presence by a high pitched tern like call. The bird landed on a pipe and I could see it was a Bonaparte's Gull! Probably the same bird that was here last year. I should think it must have arrived yesterday evening or very early this morning.

Bonaparte's Gull

Also offshore were c80+ Balearic Shearwaters (including a massive flock of 40 - did anyone else see this?), a Red-throated Diver and a distant small Skua sp.

On the estuary were 36 Dunlin, 7 Ringed Plover and a Wheatear at Flow Point, and 99 Curlew, a Barwit, 64 Little Egret and 2 Little Grebe at Passage House.

Posted September 16th, 2013 at 5:02 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Bird News

Aveton Gifford & South Efford Marsh

A morning visit turned up 22 little egrets, 2 Egyptian geese, 13 teal, 6 dunlin, 28 curlews, 3 greenshanks, 2 green sandpipers, 4 common sandpipers & 2 kingfishers.

Posted September 16th, 2013 at 3:24 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Taw Estuary Osprey

Watched the Osprey off Chivenor today for around an hour at midday until it was disturbed by someone who was possibly trying to approach it. The bird can be easily observed ( via a 'scope ) without risk of disturbance from Home Farm Marsh ( Gaia Trust ) across the river from Chivenor.

Posted September 16th, 2013 at 2:20 pm by Alan Craddock in Bird News

Lesser Yellowlegs movements

Regarding  Tim's post, Vic Tucker and I arrived mid morning Sunday at Trews Weir and finding the bird gone, we decided to try Double Locks pools . As we approached  the pools along the canalside path  about 1130 it flew up overhead, apparently having  taken off from one of the scrapes.  We then saw it  leave northward towards Trews Weir, where we found a few minutes later it had dropped in on the usual channel.

Posted September 16th, 2013 at 1:37 pm in Bird News

Exeter - Lesser Yellowlegs

At 10.30 the Lesser Yellowlegs was on the Exe by Newcourt Park - just N of M5 Bridge, along path from Retreat Boatyard. It would be interesting to know where it's going at high tide.

Posted September 16th, 2013 at 11:40 am by Tim Worfolk in Bird News

Teignmouth

A moulting adult Bonaparte's Gull, found by Laurie Allnatt, was showing well early this morning along Teignmouth seafront on the groynes north of the pier. Laurie will do a full write-up with photos later.

Posted September 16th, 2013 at 10:41 am by Will Salmon in Bird News

Shoalstone, Brixham

A pleasant 2 hours from 1.15pm in the dry spent in the shelter at Shoalstone yesterday.

6 Balearic Shearwaters,1 Manx,1 Bonxie,9 Arctic Skuas,6 Common Scoter & a possible Great Northern Diver. Terns driven into the Bay included Sandwich,Common & Arctic - being mobbed by Arctic Skuas.

Posted September 16th, 2013 at 10:08 am by David Leigh in Bird News

Sunday 15th September 2013

Hopes Nose.

Sea watching between 08.00 and 14.30.

Painfully slow for the first couple of hours with ten Balearics heading south and twenty or so Manxies feed among the distant Gannets.

Things perked up at arouund 11.00 when a dark phase Pomarine Skua flapped its leisurely way over the Ore Stone. A probable second bird appeared a couple of hours later.

A suspected Sabines Gull showed distantly on and off for an hour or so before finally giving itself up for scrutiny at a reasonable range and showed itself indeed to be a moulting adult Sabines Gull.

Finally an adult Long tailed Skua lazily dropped in between me and The Lead Stone. It landed on the water never to be seen again.

So a nice clutch of birds but every silver lining has a cloud and a lot of time was spent gazing at a cold and lonely sea.

Final totals were; Twelve Balearic Shearwaters, forty Manx Shearwaters, twenty three Common Scoter, one or two Poms, one Long tailed Skua, one adult Sabines Gull. One Bonxie, three Sandwich Terns, five Tunstone, two Wheatear and aHouse Martin.

Posted September 15th, 2013 at 7:49 pm by Roy McCarthy in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 12:45 till 16:10

3 little stint and 8+ curlew sandpiper in with 350+ dunlin, 26+ bar tailed godwits in with good numbers of black tailed godwits , 2 juv spotted redshanks, 270+ redshank, 2 med gulls( 1 adult, 1 2nd summer) 1 whimbrel, 3 ringed plover, 10+ knot, 17+ greenshanks, best bird was an osprey which flew in from over darts farm area over the marsh then down river just after 16:00. 

2 ospreys were reported of the viewing platform earlier. 

Posted September 15th, 2013 at 6:27 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Turf, Exe estuary

My WeBS count was disturbed twice by an osprey flying over and putting up all the birds, it finally at about 14.40 flew west towards Halden Hill. I saw another osprey further down the estuary. 

Possibly because of the osprey wader numbers were low with a count of 498 curlew, 160 black-tailed godwits and a small flock of ringed plovers (c15). One of the black-tails was colour ringed. I will investigate.

Elsewhere one wheatear on the sea wall and hundreds of swallows and house martins flying south between the squalls.

 

 

Posted September 15th, 2013 at 6:23 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Shiphay, Torquay

5.40pm. Female Wheatear on neighbour's roof atop a TV aerial for 25 minutes in rainy conditions.  Earlier, small overhead passage of Meadow Pipits and a Chiffchaff moving through nearby gardens.

Posted September 15th, 2013 at 6:19 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - early am and late pm visit -  400+ meadow pipit in the first half hour of daylight (thats 800 per hour but, although still going, the passage had lessened by the time I left at around 0900). Also 8+ yellow wagtail, 5 grey wagtail, 3 tree pipit, 1 alba wagtail, 10+ phyllosc sp (prob all chiffies), 2+ chiffchaff, 38+ goldfinch, 20+ swallow, c20+ hirundine sp, c30+ starling, 2+ wheatear, 1 skylark (the first of the autumn), 2 siskin, 1 whitethroat, 1+ blackcap, 1+ ringed plover, 1 snipe, 3 turnstone, 1 knot, 1 arctic skua, 12+ common scoter, 3 balearic shearwater, 6 teal, 1 juv/fw yellow-legged gull and best of all, this afternoon a juvenile turtle dove, mobile around Gore Lane in stubble fields with wood and feral pigeon flocks.

Mudbank - 1+ osprey, 1 mediterranean gull, 35+ pintail, 3+ bar-tailed godwit, 1 greenshank, 5 great crested grebe, 20 black-tailed godwit, 4 yellow wagtail, 480+ wigeon, 43 teal, 1 grey wagtail, 3 turnstone, 2 redshank and 1 ad arctic tern with c40+ sandwich tern.

gulls heading inland to feed at dawn
gulls heading inland to feed at dawn

wheatear
wheatear

Posted September 15th, 2013 at 5:59 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Teignmouth

A decent couple of hours' seawatching from 14:30 - 16:45, with the rain largely holding off and visibility remaining good. Totals were c.60 Balearic Shearwaters (almost certainly an overestimate since some birds were moving back and forth, but did include a group of 15 loafing on the sea together), 7 Manx Shearwaters, 8 distant unidentified shearwater sp., 4 Black Terns, 1 Arctic Tern, 12 commic terns, 6 Arctic Skuas, 1 Great Skua and 6 Common Scoters. Also a steady trickle of Sandwich Terns and Gannets and a handful of Kittiwakes. Apart from the circulating shearwaters, everything was heading south.

Posted September 15th, 2013 at 5:29 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A party of 14 Bar-tailed Godwits was a good count for the Plym (only 2 moved on to the pool at high tide). Also a Mediterranean Gull (ad-w), a Whinchat, 2 Dunlins, 4 Oystercatchers, 2+ Common Sandpipers, 3 Greenshanks and Curlews stuck at 39. 

Posted September 15th, 2013 at 5:12 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Lesser Yellowlegs, Exeter

The Lesser Yellowlegs was again showing well in the flood defence at trews weir and was feeding the whole time I was there, all of 5 minutes! Also 1 pied wagtail.

Posted September 15th, 2013 at 4:14 pm by Tom Michie in Bird News

Taw Estuary

Osprey, first seen yesterday evening fishing at low tide, still present this morning on wooden post adjacent to Chivenor eating a recent catch.

Posted September 15th, 2013 at 9:42 am by Eden Davies in Bird News

Saturday 14th September 2013

Farmland East of the Otter Estuary

An early evening wander around the top fields/coast path near South Farm produced at least 12+ Wheatear, 1 Whinchat, 2+ Stonechat the first few grounded Meadow Pipits of the autumn and 3 Grey Partridge - the first I've seen here since 2011.

Posted September 14th, 2013 at 10:29 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Lesser Yellowlegs, Exeter

Another couple of photos of the lesser yellowlegs at Trew's Weir. Very confiding despite lots of people and dogs in the general area.



Posted September 14th, 2013 at 8:55 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Exmouth

Orcombe point - 0630 - 1010 - covered with Derek Carter this morning - lots of movement - 6+ phyllosc sp, 5+ chiffchaff, 3 common scoter, 12 alba wagtail, 4 white wagtail, 2+ yellow wagtail, 7+ grey wagtail, 5+ tree pipit, 500+ meadow pipit (a constant stream of birds in small parties, all west with c40+ grounded), 34+ linnet, 5+ goldfinch, 4 grey heron, 1 little egret, 3 wheatear, 1+ siskin, 4+ sand martin, 2+ house martin, 80+ swallow, 150+ hirundine sp, 11+ starling, 2 sedge warbler, 1 whitethroat and 2 coal tit.

Mudbank - 1 juv osprey @ 1110 and it or another feeding on a fish on a sandbar @ 1830. Also 3 greenshank, 2 redshank, 2+ bar-tailed godwit, 12 black-tailed godwit, 3+ knot, 450+ wigeon, 60+ teal, 30+ pintail, 2 little tern, c60+ sandwich tern, 1 mediterranean gull, 30+ little egret and 1 grey wagtail. Yesterday I had my highest ever teal count off Mudbank with a minimum 250 birds.

white wag from 9/9
white wag from 9/9

Posted September 14th, 2013 at 7:58 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Around the exe

Started at topsham quay at 09:30 first birds was a superb views of 9 curlew sandpipers the a juv spotted redshank, just of goat walk 6 knot and 4 ringed plover. 

From the viewing platform at bowling green marsh 2 little stint and 2 curlew sandpiper, Cetti's warbler, 3 chiffchaffs, from the hide 6 little stint and 8 curlew sandpiper among 400+ dunlin, 44+ little egrets, 2 juv spotted redshanks, 1 ringed plover, 6 knot, 2 bar tailed godwits among 250+ black tailed godwits , 27+ greenshanks, good numbers of redshanks, 2 sparrowhawks. 

from the goat walk 2 ospreys of powderham 

popped into trews weir on the way home the lesser yellowlegs  had been flushed by a photographer and was on the river above the overflow dam a good end to the day. 

 

 

Posted September 14th, 2013 at 6:36 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Soar

A nice spread of migrants at East Soar (after a slow start) even if quality and quantity didn't rival the best days. Starehole and the wood both held a fair few migrants. Most notable were 47 Yellow Wagtails, 3 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Tree Pipits, 28 Wheatears, a Garden Warbler and my first Siskins (2) of the autumn.

Also: Meadow Pipit (c270), Green Woodpecker (1 juv), Willow Warbler (7), Chiffchaff (16), Blackcap (13), Whitethroat (12), Grey Wagtail (1), Swallow (c45), House Martin (c50), Sand Martin (2) and Cirl Bunting (2).

At South Efford Marsh this afternoon - Greenshank (4), Dunlin (2), Ringed Plover (6), Whimbrel (1), Common Sandpiper (1), and Egyptian Goose (2).  

Posted September 14th, 2013 at 3:44 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Lesser Yellowlegs

Another fine photo of the Exeter Lesser Yellowlegs, this one taken by Keith Birchall.

Lesser Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs

Posted September 14th, 2013 at 12:12 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Friday 13th September 2013

Thurlestone Bay

  A change in the weather at lunchtime brought some new arrivals - On T'stone Marsh ( back pool )

 2 Little Stint and a Dunlin

In the Bay 4 COMMON TERN ,1 SANDWICH TERN and an ARCTIC SKUA . On the rocks 3 Turnstone and by South Huish Marsh 5 Yellow Wagtail

Posted September 13th, 2013 at 5:35 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Lesser Yellowlegs - Exeter

In case anyone's not seen it yet, the Lesser Yellowlegs is still very photographable in the overflow channel at Trews Weir Exeter.

Lesser Yellowlegs - Trews Weir Exeter
Lesser Yellowlegs - Trews Weir Exeter

Posted September 13th, 2013 at 2:45 pm by Tim Worfolk in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Plenty of waders at lunchtime today (until about 1.55). Highlights were 2 Spotted Redshanks, 2 Little Stints, at least 2 Curlew Sandpipers, 3 Green Sandpipers, 1 Common Sandpiper. An Osprey sat on the post throughout.

Posted September 13th, 2013 at 2:20 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Lesser Yellowlegs

Surprised that there are no photos here of the bird that was showing so well yesterday and gave everyone the chance to snap away. Must have had it's picture taken 1000's of times.

Lesser Yellowlegs, Trews Weir Exeter
Lesser Yellowlegs, Trews Weir Exeter

Posted September 13th, 2013 at 9:39 am by CharlieFleming in Bird News

Thursday 12th September 2013

Prawle

I hadn't planned a seawatch today given the lack of wind at first  but from the point I saw 2 skuas so...

Totals in 2 hours from 8am : 5 Arctic skuas; 13 Balearic Shearwaters; 68 Manxies; 1 Common Tern (1st yr), 2 Commic Terns and .2 x 1st yr Med Gulls all west. Also 1 Grey Plover, 1 Ringed Plover and 4 Dunlin ,12 Common Scoter west.  Elsewhere only a trickle of migrants : 1 Sedge Warbler, 9 Blackcaps,    9 Chiffchaffs, 8 Wheatear (including a 1st year bird) and 2 Willow Warblers, one of which was very pale.Later ,hearing the news, I went to see the Lesser Yellowlegs in Exeter-a very smart bird.

Posted September 12th, 2013 at 9:17 pm in Bird News

East Soar

Highlight of the morning was a dark phase Honey Buzzard being harassed by several corvids who totally ignoring a nearby Common Buzzard - typical corvid behaviour to an "unusual" raptor. This was at 0925 hrs and the bird drifted off inland to escape the unwanted attention!

Also: 110 Meadow Pipits & 105 Starlings- first real autumn movements for these species, 53 Yellow Wagtails, 13 Alba wagtails, Green Woodpecker, 15 Wheatears, 10 Whitethroats, 7 Blackcaps, Sedge Warbler, 3 Willow Warblers & 13 Chiffchaffs.

Posted September 12th, 2013 at 2:05 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Yealm Est

The local landowner whose house is situated at Steer Point has phoned to advise us that the area surrounding the Point is privately owned and he has asked that his privacy is respected.  We would just like to remind anyone planning to visit the area to keep to public rights of way and park sensibly on public roads without blocking gateways or access.

Posted September 12th, 2013 at 2:03 pm in Bird News

Lesser Yellowlegs - Trew's Weir Exeter

Fantastic close views of a Lesser Yellowlegs today - still showing well when I left at around 12.15. Feeding in the flood relief channel between the river and the canal near to Trew's Weir in Exeter. Thanks to whoever found this and put the news out on Birdguides this morning.

Posted September 12th, 2013 at 1:04 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Wednesday 11th September 2013

Otter Estuary

This evening on the estuary was all about quality rather than quantity!
1 juv. Curlew Sandpiper
1 juv. Little Stint
1 Dunlin
4 Ringed Plover
2 Common Sand

Posted September 11th, 2013 at 9:59 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Topsham

Watched from 15:30 till 18:00

A very nice juv spotted redshank showed well off the goat walk and 6+ curlew sandpipers with dunlin towards turf. From the viewing platform at bowling green marsh 1 osprey on its usual post and a juv attempting to fish between powderham and dawlish warren. 

Posted September 11th, 2013 at 8:27 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Little Tern - Powderham Point

Little Tern flew up estuary towards Turf at high tine this morning.

Also single Wheatear at Turf.

Posted September 11th, 2013 at 6:42 pm by Ray Jones in Bird News

Dawlish Warren (or Exmouth)

With Dick Andrews at 10.50am on Dawlish Warren:                      a White Stork seen flying in from the sea and crossed directly over the mouth of the Exe into the estuary; continued flying at a leisurely pace up the estuary but gaining height all the time, and by the time it had reached Lympstone Camp appeared to be turning inland.     Anyone on the Exmouth seafront or Shelley beach area would have also had a full view

12.30pm: 16 Sanderling actively feeding on foreshore

Posted September 11th, 2013 at 4:15 pm by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

First significant numbers of Meadow Pipits today - 30+. 2 Wheatear, 1 Whinchat and 1 Stonechat.

Posted September 11th, 2013 at 3:16 pm in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime in the hide until about 1.45. An Osprey was on the usual post, tucking in to a recent catch. Plenty of waders although most of the small ones had left before I arrived. 1 Curlew Sandpiper and at least 4 Knot were the highlights.

Posted September 11th, 2013 at 2:07 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

5 Wigeon returned to the pond yesterday, and they are still there today.

And there were at least 2 Chiffchaffs this morning, one of which was singing!

Posted September 11th, 2013 at 1:22 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Tuesday 10th September 2013

Start Point-Monday 9/9/13

Fantastic views of Wryneck.(our first) on path down to Maddiscombe sands. Stayed in sight back and forth in scrub and perching on dead branch with family of stone chats for at least half hour between 1.30 and 2.00.

Posted September 10th, 2013 at 7:30 pm by Gary & Kay Deare in Bird News

Osprey on passage,Yealm

Osprey on passage with a Mullet.

 

Copyright steve waterhouse .© .

Osprey on passage
Osprey on passage

Osprey on passage with a Mullet.
Osprey on passage with a Mullet.

Posted September 10th, 2013 at 6:54 pm by Steve Waterhouse in Bird News

Topsham

A quick look around topsham this afternoon from 15:00 till 17:30

between topsham quay and goatwalk produced 13+ curlew sandpiper among good numbers of dunlin and black tailed godwits, 1 bar tailed ggodwits.

from the viewing platform at bowling green marsh a further 2 curlew sandpipers among 40+ redshank, 1 osprey on a post in middle of estuary towards dawlish warren and a second osprey flying around before landing on mud further down the estusry. 

Not a bad afternoon considering it was low tide 

Posted September 10th, 2013 at 6:46 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Powderham & Exe estuary

Quick visit to Powderham and the Exe at high tide today: Powderham: c35 L.Egrets, 13 Grey Herons, 3 Greenshank and c25 Redshanks. Exe stuary by Powderham produced 3 black terns and 1 common tern plus 12 ringed plover and 2 dunlin.

The photo of the black tern is taken from some distance away so apologies for the poor quality.

Posted September 10th, 2013 at 3:40 pm by David Cawthraw in Bird News

River Caen/ River Taw

0915-1200 hrs    25 Greenshank 3 Redshank all on horsey island. 40+ Blackheaded gull, 2 Little ring plover,2 Kingfisher,3 Wheatear and 3 Stock dove. Islay marsh held 15+ Little egret good numbers of Curlew and 1 Spoonbill.

Posted September 10th, 2013 at 2:01 pm in Bird News

Beer Head

Certainly felt like we have entered the 'next phase' of autumn migration up Beer Head this morning, with a small arrival of Chiffchaffs and the first decent movement of Meadow Pipits. The north wind ensured the migrating flocks of Pipits/Wags were landing briefly before continuing west.  Sadly I found nothing rarer than a Pied Fly, although it always felt like a goodie was around the next corner. 

Full counts: c100 Meadow Pipit, 75 Yellow Wag, 5 White Wag, 2 Grey Wag, 26 Wheatear, 1 Whinchat, 1 Pied Fly, 4 Spotted Fly, 28 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 11 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 600+ Swallow/House Martin and 2 Mute Swan east!

Pied Flycatcher
Pied Flycatcher

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Wheatear
Wheatear

Posted September 10th, 2013 at 12:47 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Red rumped Swallow - Challacombe

Yesterday morning  (10 am) I watched an adult Red rumped Swallow for 3-4 minutes on a wire, and also flying brieflly,where the A3358 meets the A399 in the Challacombe Area. Good views were had but I was in a slow moving car so no pictures. Apologies for late news.

Posted September 10th, 2013 at 9:15 am by Paul angus in Bird News

Monday 9th September 2013

Thurlestone Bay

Sth Huish Marsh

LR Plover juv. late afternoon on the front 'puddle'  with R Plover and Dunlin.


Posted September 9th, 2013 at 8:38 pm by Alan Doidge in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

The Red-backed Shrike still at 3pm ranging over the headland.

Red-backed Shrike
Red-backed Shrike

Posted September 9th, 2013 at 8:03 pm in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

   Brief seawatch from the carpark at 08.45 produced , 60+ Gannet, 10 Manx & 4 Balearic Shearwater, 5 Fulmar

All todays activity around South Huish marsh - waders - 4 Black Tailed Godwit , 23 Ringed Plover, 8 Dunlin, 2 Sanderling, 2 Grey wagtail, 2 Yellow and 2 White wagtail, 4 Wheatear, 8 Whinchat, 1 Water Rail ( good views ),9 Stonechat , 30+ Linnet, 15 Goldfinch, 13 Teal.

At 15.50 picked up a light phase Honey Buzzard soaring over T'stone Marsh - went up the valley towards Churchstow

Posted September 9th, 2013 at 6:13 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Kingsbridge Est (South)

Marsh Harrier juv. NE and into Charleton Marsh 1400hrs

Posted September 9th, 2013 at 4:24 pm by Alan Doidge in Bird News

East Soar

I also spent five hours out at Soar. Similar to Rob, but only 52 Yellow Wagtails. Otherwise similar but had 4 Redstart, 6 Whinchat, Spotted fly and 8 Willow Warblers. 

Posted September 9th, 2013 at 4:13 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

A very quick look this afternoon turned up 7 Wheatears and 1 Whinchat.

Posted September 9th, 2013 at 3:35 pm in Bird News

East Soar

Forgot the three clouded yellows & 48 small coppers.

Posted September 9th, 2013 at 2:51 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

East Soar

A five hour search turned up hobby heading south-east, 94 swallow heading west, 54 yellow wagtail, 10 alba wagtail, 22 robin, redstart, 4 whinchat, 4 wheatear, 28 whitethroat, 6 blackcap, 12 chiffchaff, willow warbler & 40 goldfinch.  

Posted September 9th, 2013 at 2:48 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime from the hide until about 1.50. Good numbers of waders, including around 10 Curlew Sandpipers, 2 Little Stints and 1 Green Sandpiper. Also a Kingfisher flew through, heading towards Goosemoor / Darts Farm.

Posted September 9th, 2013 at 2:08 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Possible Rose-coloured Starling - Yelland.

Just had an email from a Keith Prangnell who reports either a juv Rose-coloured Starling or a leucistic Starling feeding with a flock of Starlings behind the old gas jetty between Instow and Yelland Power Station. Keith only saw it from a distance so couldn't 100% nail it.

Worth checking out if anyone up that way is heading out this afternoon...

Posted September 9th, 2013 at 12:26 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Berry Hd

A brief seawatch in what seemed like pretty good conditions (SE wind force 3, vis only 4 miles and occ drizzle) but gave up after 1/2 hour with totals of 1 Manx Shearwater >N, 20 Gannets 13 >N and 7 >S!

Around the headland: 19 Chiffchaffs, 3 Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Yellow Wagtail >E, 4 Alba Wagtails >E, 2 Grey Wagtails >E, 1 White Wagtail on headland, 

Posted September 9th, 2013 at 10:19 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sun 8th Sept - Dawlish Warren

 

Charlie's patience paid off when he managed this shot of a juvenile at Dawlish Warren.

 Red-backed Shrike Dawlish Warren 8.9.13 Charlie Fleming

Posted September 9th, 2013 at 9:04 am in Bird News

Sunday 8th September 2013

Otter Estuary

Saturday 7th - Single Juv. Curlew Sandpiper roosting on beach at high tide with Ringed Plover and Dunlin, but sadly no sign of other 4 birds that Rupert saw earlier in the day.....

Sunday 8th - Had a look for Jonathan's Wryneck north of South Farm Road, but no sign other than 2 Spotted Flycatchers, but could easily still be around as lots of suitable cover!

 

Curlew Sandpiper and Ringed Plover

 

Posted September 8th, 2013 at 10:03 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Berry Hd

A short seawatch this evening produced: 8 Balearic Shearwaters, 11 Manx Shearwaters, 4 Fulmar and 1 juv Yellow-legged Gull. Around the headland just 12 Chiffchaff and 2 Willow Warblers.

Broadsands: 2 Ringed Plover and an early Great Crested Grebe in the bay.

Posted September 8th, 2013 at 8:35 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Soar

Very quiet at Mid Soar this morning, practically birdless. Things perked up at Starehole however when a typically brief Wryneck showed itself for all of thirty seconds before flying off down the valley.

It refused to show itself again despite much searching. (Where do they go)?

Trudging up the valley turned up two Spotted Flycatchers, three Blackcaps and a splendid Redstart.

Elswhere in the area was another Redstart, a Whinchat and around twenty Yellow Wagtails.

Posted September 8th, 2013 at 6:23 pm by Roy McCarthy in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

 After an overninght thunder storm some new waders on the patch. At 08.30 on T'stone Marsh - 8 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Dunlin and 8 Teal

On the beach - 25 Ringed Plover, 5 Dunlin, 1 Sanderling.

Around South Huish Marsh - 3 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Sand Martin.11 Teal

At 11.00 an Osprey picked up leaving the land and heading south .

 

Posted September 8th, 2013 at 6:17 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide from 09:00 till 11:00

3 little stints showed well and 1 spotted redshank at least 230+ dunlin 2 bar tailed godwits, good numbers of redshank,  greenshanks, and black tailed godwits, 5+ whimbrel, 1 green sandpiper and osprey on usual post 

from viewing platform 11:10 till 14:00 

a different little stint making 4 for the morning, 13+ curlew sandpiper, 10+ knot, a distant osprey over dawlish warren, and another seen going high south, just before leaving a cracking male redstart was showing well to the left of the viewing platform 

 

Posted September 8th, 2013 at 4:16 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Upper Tamar Lake.

A good selection of waders again this morning, mainly from the hide at the top end.

2 Pectoral Sandpipers, 3 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank (Juv), 3 Greenshank, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Common Sandpiper and around 30 each of Dunlin and Ringed Plover.

Posted September 8th, 2013 at 2:18 pm by Roger Doble in Bird News

skern

sightings for y.day 5 meds,4ad,juv.juv ruff,4 sanderling,juv peregrine07:15-09:30.Upper tamar lake,juv little stint,2 juv curlew sands,adult spotted redshank,2 green sands,4 greenshank,ad peregrine,11:20-13:30.

Posted September 8th, 2013 at 11:53 am by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Saturday 7th September 2013

Teign Estuary

Bundle Head (07.00-09.00): 30+ Chiffchaff, 20+ Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 12 Meadow Pipit, 4 Grey Wagtail and 1 Whinchat.

Flow Point (10:00-11:15): 30 Dunlin, 18 Ringed Plover, 3 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel and 1 Wheatear.

Posted September 7th, 2013 at 9:03 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Powderham

This afternoon my carer (thanks Sue!), kindly took me to Powderham to let me look for Ospreys. No luck with them (but as it was raining most of the time I didn't blame them), but 1 nice juv Black tern, a juv Common Tern, 2 Green Sandpipers (flew out from the park and back again), and a limpy Spotted Redshank.

Posted September 7th, 2013 at 8:34 pm by Pat Mayer in Bird News

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - 2 visits today, the first with Derek Carter - 6+ phyllosc sp, 28+ meadow pipit, 5+ yellow wagtail, 1 curlew, 6+ chiffchaff, 5 grey wagtail, c20+ swallow, 2+ sand martin, 3+ whitethroat, 2+ tree pipit, 4+ wheatear, 1 willow warbler, 2 whinchat, 3+ blackcap, 1 juv/fw yellow-legged gull and 1 sparrowhawk.

Yesterday - 2 tree pipit, 3 whinchat, 4 wheatear and 1+ sedge warbler on Orcombe and off Mudbank @ 0715 - 1 little tern, 1 black tern and 2 mediterranean gull.

Wheatear
Wheatear

juv whinchat - 6/9
juv whinchat - 6/9

vestal  - an immigrant moth species
vestal - an immigrant moth species

Posted September 7th, 2013 at 7:59 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Wembury Woods and River Yealm Viewing point

Heard all about the Osprey sighted down at steer point so I went to try and find it .  When I arrived down at the rivers edge there were 10+ Little Egret , 5+ Mute Swan , 30+ Black Headed Gull , 4+ Curlew. Nothing else was seen for a while so i walked down a bit further with Steer point running parrallel to me on the other side of the river and was finally succesful with a brief view of an osprey flying up the mouth of the estuary. I reccomend a good pair of binoculars and possibly a scope if you want to see it.

Posted September 7th, 2013 at 6:17 pm by Matt Clark in Bird News

East Soar, Start Point & Beesands

Richard Thomas at East Soar early am: 70+ yellow wagtail, 30+ alba wagtail - mainly white, 4 tree pipit, 7 wheatear, 3 whinchat, 30 whitethroat, 10 blackcap, 4 willow warbler, 30 chiffchaff, 2 spotted flycatcher & a sedge warbler.

Later at Start with RM, wryneck showing well below Start Farm. Also 22 wheatear, 5 whinchat, 4 spotted flycatcher and a clouded yellow.

At Beesands 40 sand martin over the ley & 23 gadwall on the ley.

Posted September 7th, 2013 at 5:11 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

South Efford Marsh

3.30 pm  2 Egyptian Geese, 6 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Kingfisher.

Posted September 7th, 2013 at 4:57 pm by Roger White in Bird News

Ottermouth

At about 1pm on the exposed mud just inside the Otter estuary;  very mobile and moving in and out of the channels,

1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Dunlin and 8 Ringed Plover

Posted September 7th, 2013 at 3:12 pm by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 07:00 till 11:20

a very good morning on the marsh 5 little stint, 7+ curlew sandpiper, an osprey on the usual post, 200+dunlin, 1 ruff first thing, 1 knot, 1adult spotted redshank 24+ greenshank, 13+ little egrets, 1 green sandpiper along with the usual redshank, curlew and black tailed godwits, 2 bar tailed godwits and 4+ whimbrel, 1 cetti's warbler 

great views of 2 ospreys from the viewing platform and a peregrine taking a dunlin, also 2 common sandpipers 

Posted September 7th, 2013 at 2:47 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Platform at Topsham

It was all happening at the platform as the tide was going out today at midday, plenty of waders, Spotted Redshank, Red and Greenshanks, Godwits, Curlews,Curlew Sandpipers, Little Stints,Dunlin and lots of Little Egrets, Kingfisher and Yellow Wag heard but not seen. To add to the excitement 2 Osprey and a Peregrine Falcon took out what we thought was a Dunlin.

Peregrine Falcon with prey, poss a Dunlin?
Peregrine Falcon with prey, poss a Dunlin?

Osprey
Osprey

Posted September 7th, 2013 at 2:23 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Osprey at Yealmpton

Osprey on passage on Yealm

I contacted Roy Dennis regarding information on this Osprey, He confirmed the following.

This bird was reported to Roy Dennis MBE from the Highland Foundation for Wildlife on 25th August.

It was ringed when young by Roger Broad in Argyllshire near Loch Awe on 27/06/2013.

Photographed by me on 01.09.13 Steer Point.Taken from a distance and cropped.

(RING - BLUE- NN)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/spw6156-steve_waterhouse/

Copyright steve waterhouse .© .

Osprey on passage.01
Osprey on passage.01

Osprey on passage.02
Osprey on passage.02

Osprey on passage.03
Osprey on passage.03

Posted September 7th, 2013 at 8:51 am by Steve Waterhouse in Bird News

Friday 6th September 2013

Exe Est., near Powderham

Two different Ospreys (one flew into Powderham and the other fishing @13:00) and 2 Black Terns (ad & juv) on estuary.

Posted September 6th, 2013 at 8:23 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

R.Taw off Pottington Ind.Est.

14:15

15 Black-tailed Godwits, 2Bar-tailed Godwits, 10 Knot, 37 Dunlin, 2 Curlew Sandpipers and 1 Little Stint.

Bradiford Reserve:- 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 8 Teal, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Moorhen and 3 Mallard. 

Posted September 6th, 2013 at 3:57 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime today until about 1.55pm. On arrival an Osprey was sat on the usual post, but flew off moments later only to arrive back on the post after about 10 minutes tucking into a fish. 3 Little Stints showing well. On the way back to my car towards to the top of the lane was a Treecreeper in amongst a mixed tit flock.

Posted September 6th, 2013 at 2:19 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Otter Valley, Budleigh Salterton, East Devon

Wryneck briefly seen for all of 3 seconds as it sat on branch of dead tree at 10.05am.  I waited around for hour but no further sightings.  Bird seen 300 yards south of electric fence and large fallen tree trunk on path running north from South Farm Road on west side of valley.  Other birds present: Spotted Flycatcher, several Whitethroats, Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, Cettis Warbler and House Martins.

Posted September 6th, 2013 at 12:44 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Beer Head

Beer Head this morning; 20 Yellow Wag (1 cracking ad male), 18 Chiffchaff, 12 Blackcap, 10 Wheatear, 10 Meadow Pipit, 5 Whitethroat, 4 Spot Fly, 2 Redstart (male and fem together), 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler and 1 Whinchat.

It's looking good for the East Devon Branch walk/bird watch up here a week on Monday. If you've never been to Beer Head why don't you come along and I can show you where the hot spots are. Details HERE.

Earlier at Black Hole Marsh 4 Curlew Sand, 2 LRP and the Little Stint.

Posted September 6th, 2013 at 11:31 am by Steve Waite in Bird News

Plym Estuary

In Pete's absence I took a stroll around the top of the Plym at high tide yesterday. Grey Heron 17, Little Egret 12, Curlew 39, Redshank 94, Greenshank 2, Dunlin 1 & C Sand 1. 

Posted September 6th, 2013 at 9:05 am by Steve Cox in Bird News

Thursday 5th September 2013

East Prawle

Another gloriously sunny day ,after the misty start, produced 1 Garden Warbler, 6 Spotted Flycatchers,16 Whitethroats, 12 Blackcaps (evenly split males and females) , 11 Willow Warblers and 2 Chiffchaffs and at least 25 Yellow Wagtails ,and 1 Wheatear. A steady passage of hirundines and to sea at least 6 Harbour Porpoises feeding until the speedboat passed by.

Posted September 5th, 2013 at 8:58 pm in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

Charleton Marsh / Bay ( 17:30-19:00, high tide ).

On the marsh 10+ Teal and 7 Black-tailed Godwits. Out on the estuary Curlew Sandpiper, 5 Dunlin and 15 Ringed Plover. 3 or 4 adult Med Gulls amongst the Black-headed. Walking back up the marsh and a adult female Marsh Harrier put in a show.                                                                                                    Back home in West Charleton just been outside to empty the trash and a Sandwich Tern calling as it passed over in the dark, unusual this far back from the estuary.

 

 

Posted September 5th, 2013 at 8:55 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

East Soar - Dotterel


Just thought would let you know details of Dotterel found today at east Soar. Had bird flying west calling at 0830 over area of middle hedge/barns by small reedbed. Then circled around middle soar and dropped in area of airfield/car park at entrance to soar farm. Had a search of suitable fields but couldn't relocate. 
Also had upto 40 yellow wag in cattle fields,3 gr wag around reedbed pool. 20 pied wag,15 meadow pipit,4 tree pipit.
2 spot fly,20 whitethroat,10 blackcap,2 sedge warbler,1 reed warbler,25 chiffchaff,10 willow warbler.

Pete Sofley

Posted September 5th, 2013 at 8:52 pm by Josh Marshall in Bird News

Puslinch, Yealmpton

 This and this with 400+ Canada Geese this morning.  The Barnacle looked real!  Also 10 Greenshanks, 25+ Little Egrets and a Kingfisher. 

It's white!
It's white!

Barnacle Goose
Barnacle Goose

Posted September 5th, 2013 at 8:09 pm in Bird News

Cockwood

Osprey, three Hobbies and a Silverwashed Fritillary before morning tea break today !!

Posted September 5th, 2013 at 8:01 pm by Gerry H. in Bird News

East Soar

An unsuccesful search for the reported Dotterel on Bird Guides but we did turn up a few migrants in the shape of 28 yellow wagtails, 9 whinchats, 6 wheatears, 5 whitethroats & 4 willow warblers. One painted lady.

In the harbour at least 21 Med Gulls but very hard to get a conclusive count amongst the many black-headed gulls & kittiwakes all feeding hard.

Posted September 5th, 2013 at 7:26 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

  At 08.35 this morning Bob B found an AQUATIC WARBLER in the sedge/reeds by the footbridge at the coastal end of South Milton Ley. Also in the reeds at least 3 Sedge and 1 Reed Warblers. As usual the bird was very elusive and only gave brief views over the next 3.5 hours. It was so elusive even Alan Doidge could not get a record shot !

 This continues the remarkable series of records ,  of this now very scarce bird , in recent years at this site.

Posted September 5th, 2013 at 6:35 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime today until 2 o'clock - the Little Stint was creeping about in the reeds at the back. Just one Ruff today.

Posted September 5th, 2013 at 2:26 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

OSPREY Yealm Estuary 04/09

It was showing well at 15.25 and then again seen hunting at 16.40 at steer point. My first ever sighting of one and i got a few nice photo's. :-)


Posted September 5th, 2013 at 12:09 am by Rich Edmondson in Bird News

Wednesday 4th September 2013

Teign Estuary

The juvenile Little Stint was again at Flow Point early evening along with 23 Dunlin and 20 Ringed Plover.

Posted September 4th, 2013 at 10:15 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:25 till 19:30

at least 11+ curlew sandpipers in with 300+ dunlin, the spoonbill again, 56+ little egrets, a juv little stint, 2 ruff, 2 spotted redshank ( adult & juv), 1green sandpiper, 6+ knot, 19 ringed plover, 3 med gulls among 400+ black headed gulls, 5 whimbrel, 5 shoveler, 2 bar tailed godwits, 340+ black tailed godwits, 32+ greenshanks, 260+ redshanks, 2 snipe, a sparrowhawk made 3 attacks causing lots of panic among wade roosting birds. 

Posted September 4th, 2013 at 10:13 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Sth Milton. S Devon

early evening Honey Buzzard, East at 1845hrs this evening was a total suprise!  camera in bag, hands full of washing event...




Posted September 4th, 2013 at 9:13 pm by Alan Doidge in Bird News

Black Hole

Plenty of waders about at mid-day, saw 15 Curlew sands (and there could have been more) 1 Little Stint, 2 LRP 1 Turnstone, 1 Godwit, 2 Greensands, and plenty of Common Sands, Ringed Plovers and Dunlin.

Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper

Little Stint
Little Stint

Posted September 4th, 2013 at 6:41 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Plym Estuary

Little gull juv/1st winter 1440  this afternoon with Russ Eynon.

Posted September 4th, 2013 at 5:46 pm by Charlie Imms in Bird News

R.Taw - Taw Bridge to Ashford sewage works.

14:15 Taw Bridge - 3 Little Egrets; 5 Bar-tailed Godwits; 19 young Shelducks & 1 Peregrine that saw them all off. Peregrine flew off up river under the bridge.

Brdiford Reserve 14:30 -  2 Lapwing; 10 Teal; 2 Green Sandpiper; 1 male Kingfisher fishing from the cattle fence. Bird carried a metal I/d ring on right leg. One of Jon's maybe? 1 Buzzard on fence up by main road; 3 Mallard & 3 Moorhen. All viewed from the Tarka Trail.

15:30 Mid-river just off Ashford sewage works was our old Spanish Spoonbill friend "FJ9" plus 1 more Bar-tailed Godwit.

Posted September 4th, 2013 at 4:42 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Axe

Juv Osprey prospecting over the river at midday, last seen appearing to head away high and west.

Posted September 4th, 2013 at 4:21 pm in Bird News

Berry Hd

Seawatching 0700-1000hrs: Balearic Shearwater 8 >N & 44 >S, Manx Shearwater 136 >N & 394 >S, Great Skua 1 >N & 3 >S Arctic Skua 4 >S, Common Scoter 16 >N & 5 >S, Kittiwake 9, Fulmar 6, Gannet 80+ mainly >S, Razorbill 3 rarest of all Tufted Duck 1 >S! Also a minimum of 14 Harbour Porpoise offshore (the most I have ever seen at BH).

Around the headland: 16 Chiffchaff, 7 Willow Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 4 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Tree Pipit, 3 Blackcap, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 'Alba' Wagtails and 1 Hummingbird Hawkmoth. 

Posted September 4th, 2013 at 3:07 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Around the Exe

Powderham: 3 Black terns (and Ian P) where the Kenn meets the Exe between 9 and 9.30 a.m.

Cockwood: Slav grebe as usual.

Dawlish warren: Generally quiet - usual waders plus Garden warbler, 5 Whitethroat, Blackcap and Yellow Wag (heard only). Around 10 Sandwich Terns offshore.

Bowling Green Marsh: Despite being low tide, from the viewing platform 3 Curlew Sands, 3 Spotted Redshanks and 2 Greenshanks. From the hide the Little Stint still.

 

 

Posted September 4th, 2013 at 2:51 pm in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

2 Ruff from the hide still this lunchtime (until 1.45). On a quick visit to the platform I picked out 1 Curlew Sandpiper amongst the Dunlin and Redshanks.

Posted September 4th, 2013 at 2:28 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Dotterel on Dartmoor

Rob Lennox found this Dotterel yesterday on the south side of Three Barrows at Ugborough Moor, Dartmoor. Grid ref: SX654624.

Thanks to Doug Stannard for getting this record to me.

Dotterel
Dotterel

Posted September 4th, 2013 at 1:07 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Soar Mill - late news

The below is courtesy of Darran Rickards:

Soar Mill Cove Sunday 1st September 06.30-08.45

Land

Plenty of common migrants the best of which were a Sedge Warbler and Spotted Flycatcher

Sea

Gannet - 250+, Balearic Shearwater- 23, Manxie - 1, Arctic Skua – 2, Bonxie – 4, Sandwich Tern – 1, Fulmar – 6, Harbour Porpoise - c10 in 1 feeding group, Basking Shark – 2, Minke Whale- 1 (E) 07:17.

Salcombe Estuary mouth 1st September 3pm

Med Gull – c60 mainly adults, a few 2nd w and 1 1st w

Posted September 4th, 2013 at 12:57 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Around the Axe

Much the same at Black Hole Marsh first thing this morning, with 11 Curlew Sands, 1 Little Stint, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Turnstone.

At Beer Head mostly quiet except for one patch of bushes which held 3 Spot Flies, 3 Garden Warbler, 3 Whitethroat and 8+ Blackcap. Overheard singles of Greenshank and Grey Wagtail.

Posted September 4th, 2013 at 12:01 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Tuesday 3rd September 2013

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 17:00 till 19:10

a juv little stint again showed well, the spoonbill dropped in again, an increase in dunlin(250+) included 8+ curlew sandpipers, 2 ruff, 2 spotted redshanks(1adult, 1 juv), 14+ ringed plover, 11+ knot, 24+ greenshanks, 4+ whimbrel, 63+ little egrets, 2 bar tailed godwits good numbers of curlew, black tailed godwits, redshanks, 23+ lapwing, 1 green sandpiper, 1 kingfisher heard not seen,96+ wigeon, 3 tufted duck, 4 shoveler.

Posted September 3rd, 2013 at 9:49 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

R.Taw off Pottington Ind.Est.

09.40

4 Bar-tailed Godwits; 3 Redshank; 1 Common Sandpiper; 1 adult Mediterranean Gull; 17 Little Egrets & 9 Grey Herons.

Bradiford Reserve:- 1 Green Sandpiper & 6 Teal. 1 Buzzard harassed by Crow. C150 Swallows over the reed bed & on the wire fences.

Posted September 3rd, 2013 at 4:27 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Axe Estuary

Still several Curlew Sandpipers on Black Hole Marsh, which were yesterday joined by a juv Little Stint and two juv Spotted Redshank

Today, three Knot on the Estuary are new in.

Posted September 3rd, 2013 at 11:54 am by Steve Waite in Bird News

Berry Head

Cool grey overcast morning with light wind. Seawatching 0750-0920 produced less Manx Shearwater feeding numbers than yesterday (total 5-600) but some south-moving groups came closer, accompanied by at least 30 Balearic Shearwaters . 6 Great Skuas also flew south.

Posted September 3rd, 2013 at 10:30 am in Bird News

Monday 2nd September 2013

Instow

36 Mediterranean gulls, 30 adult, 5ss, Fs, @13.45-16.20hrs

Skern-juv Little stint, @ 17.00hrs

Posted September 2nd, 2013 at 10:11 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Instow

01/09/2013

35 Mediterranean gulls, 4 with green rings on, got 3 of them.

Posted September 2nd, 2013 at 10:06 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 15:15 till 18:40

the spoonbill dropped in again and quickly Went to sleep, a different juv little stint from yesterday  showed well, 3 curlew sandpiper 2 adults and a juv, 2 ruff ( 1f, 1 juv), 1 adult spotted redshank, 240+ dunlin, 30+ greenshanks, 250+ redshanks, 44+ little egrets, 9+ ringed plover, 110+ wigeon, 2 bar tailed godwit, 300+ black tailed godwits, 4 whimbrel, 200+ curlew, 2 shoveler. 

Posted September 2nd, 2013 at 8:24 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Dartmoor Cuckoo TV prog tonight

See Society News page or Tweets for full details

Posted September 2nd, 2013 at 3:39 pm in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Wheatear numbers still low with just 5 trhis morning but 5 Whinchats with them was the best for 2 years. Also Whitethroat and 18 Stock Doves

Posted September 2nd, 2013 at 3:21 pm in Bird News

East Soar to Soar Mill Cove

Glorious morning but fairly quiet with 2 green woopeckers, 20 yellow wagtails, 6 wheatears on the Warren, 20 whitethroats, 16 chiffchaffs & 4 willow warblers.

Posted September 2nd, 2013 at 2:59 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Berry Head am

A bright clear morning with light NW wind. Sea calm, with a lot of glare. A seawatch 0830-0930 produced some big feeding flocks of shearwaters in the distance ,up to probably 1000 Manx, with one or two Balearic among them. One Arctic Skua south was the only other seabird of note. Overhead ,Tree Pipit, Yellow Wagtail and a few Swallows moving. A variety of butterflies included 2 Painted Lady.  

Posted September 2nd, 2013 at 12:57 pm in Bird News

Sunday 1st September 2013

Plym estuary

Not much to add to Mr. Aleys' post, but a Garden Warbler behind the sewage works was a very welcome addition to the patch list.

Posted September 1st, 2013 at 10:37 pm by Roy McCarthy in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 16:45 till 18:10 from the hide 

after a great week in Rome it was good  to get back to local patch be it brief, the spoonbill spent most of its time a sleep, whilst a juv little stint was very active showing well, 2 curlew sandpiper( 1 adult, 1 juv) were in with 120+ dunlin, 2 spotted redshanks( 1 adult, 1 juv ), 1 ruff, 60+ wigeon, 30+ greenshanks, 4 ringed plover(2 adult, 2 juv), 40+ little egrets, good numbers of redshank and black tailed godwits, 1 sedge warbler. 

 

Posted September 1st, 2013 at 9:22 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Black Hole Marsh

Good numbers of juvenile Curlew Sandpipers (at least 10) and one juvenile Turnstone present today.

Posted September 1st, 2013 at 7:24 pm by Alick Simmons in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A visit on this afternoon's rising tide produced a few odds 'n' ends.

Three Whichats and a Dipper topped the billing; also - Common Sandpiper (2), Grey Heron (12), Curlew (still @39), Redshank (up to 82), Greenshank (2), and Clouded Yellow (3).

Posted September 1st, 2013 at 6:12 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh and Platform

A good day today with a Little Stint showing well from the hide. Also Common Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, Peregrine. From the platform we saw an Osprey being mobbed by a gull, approx 150 Redshank mixed with Dunlin and a Greenshank. Was hoping to get a better look at the Osprey to see if it was ringed but it was too far and too brief. If anyone else sees it can they post its leg ring colour.

Posted September 1st, 2013 at 3:55 pm by Steph Murphy in Bird News

Brixham pelagic 31st August

A few more pictures from last nights short pelagic.

Manx shearwater flock
Manx shearwater flock

Arctic skua chasing imm. kittiwake
Arctic skua chasing imm. kittiwake

Arctic skua
Arctic skua

Posted September 1st, 2013 at 1:05 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - 0645 - 0930 and 1545 - 5 mediterranean gull, 1 lesser black-backed gull, 7+ phyllosc sp, 3+ willow warbler, 5+ chiffchaff, 1 grey heron, c10/20+ swallow, 2+ house martin and 1+ late swift. Also 18 yellow wagtail, 2 meadow pipit, 2 spotted flycatcher, 4 tree pipit, 2 wheatear, 2 starling, 6 grey wagtail, 1+ alba wagtail, 2 whitethroat, 1 sedge warbler, 2+ blackcap, 1 whinchat and best of all a marsh harrier which headed northeast. A big thank you to Lee Collins who phoned from the Warren to tell me about the harrier. It was directly overhead when he phoned and I reckon I'd have missed it otherwise! My only other record on Orcombe was of a female or juv that headed out to sea early on the morning of October 2nd 2011.

Belle Vue Rd - 1115 - the osprey again, distantly off Powderham corner.

Mudbank - oddly good for waders this afternoon. I can only assume there is disturbance on other parts of the estuary - 4 redshank, 1 black-tailed godwit, 1 snipe, 26+ dunlin, 1 juv curlew sandpiper, 60+ ringed plover (including a flock of 45 high north), 1 turnstone, 68+ wigeon, 3 pintail, 4 mediterranean gull, 4 common gull, 1 grey wagtail, 1 yellow wagtail, 1 wheatear and a clouded yellow butterfly.

marsh harrier (presumed juv) - only my second on Orcombe
marsh harrier (presumed juv) - only my second on Orcombe

spotted flycatcher - scarce on Orcombe
spotted flycatcher - scarce on Orcombe

Posted September 1st, 2013 at 10:27 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Dartmouth Ospreys.

My daughter, Martha, reported two Osprey over Dartmouth during the Regatta on Friday 30th just before the Red Arrows put on their display! The Osprey were being mobbed by several very vocal Herring Gulls.

Posted September 1st, 2013 at 8:50 am by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Lyme bay Pelagic

A good range of species on last night's trip: 10+ Great Skuas, 8+ Arctic Skuas, 100+ Balearic Shearwaters, hundreds of feeding Manx Shearwaters, 2 Fulmar, 12 Guillemots, 15+ Kittiwake, 1 Common Tern. Being able to motor right into the feeding areas was a fantastic experience, unfortunately the natural food sources (and plenty of it by the numbers of birds out there) meant the chumming only really attracted hundreds of mostly Herring Gulls with a couple of Balearics investigating.

Next week's trip if fully booked but there are still places left on the 14th Sept - potentially the best period for seabirds! See link below for booking details..

https://www.devonbirds.org/news/bird_news/devon_bird_news?blogMonth=8&blogYear=2013&blogEntry=3286

 

Posted September 1st, 2013 at 7:58 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

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