Devon Bird Sightings from September 2014

Breeding Birds

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Posted March 20th at 3:43 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

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

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

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

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

Tuesday 30th September 2014

Berry Head

Young Hobby hunting over the cattle meadow and radar scrub 2.00pm - 2.20pm at least, 2 Firecrest (one in the quarry, the other 50m north of the Cirl Bunting feeding point to the left of the path).

Posted September 30th, 2014 at 7:14 pm by Bill Macdonald in General Birding

Axe & Otter Estuaries

Axe Estuary + Black Hole Marsh 20+ Black Tailed Godwits, 4 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover, 20+ Teal 25+ Widgeon, 15+ Curlew, 25+ Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 6 Little Egrets, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Common Sandpipe, 4 Kingfisher, 3 Ruff 2 Kestrel and a Peregrine.

Otter Estuary, Plenty of Canada Geese 60+ 2 Cetti Warbler, 3 Common Sandpiper, 6 little Egrets, 20+ Widgeon 3 Kingfisher and 1 Hobby flew down the Estuary and headed out to sea. Very pleasant couple of hours.

   

Ruff from the Island Hide
Ruff from the Island Hide

Peregrine made one pass in front of the old hide Seaton Marsh
Peregrine made one pass in front of the old hide Seaton Marsh

Posted September 30th, 2014 at 6:26 pm by Derek Carter in General Birding

River Plym

The Ruddy Shelduck still at the north end of the River Plym, viewable from the layby at 1.55pm with Canada Geese 

Posted September 30th, 2014 at 5:45 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

River Caen

1030-1400.

  Met up with John clark for a walk down the river. Birds were very hard to come by because of the mindless fools with guns on sherpa marsh. John had shot falling into the river very close to him, this cant besafe.

 Very brief view of the common Crane near the toll house,14 Longtail tit, 20+ stock dove, 1 Wheatear and 3 Little grebe. On the marsh 9 Lapwing, Kestrel, Sparrow hawk and 2 or 3 Buzzard. A Clouded yellow was also showing well.

Posted September 30th, 2014 at 3:04 pm by John Hunt in General Birding

River Caen

1030-1400.

  Met up with John clark for a walk down the river. Birds were very hard to come by because of the mindless fools with guns on sherpa marsh. John had shot falling into the river very close to him, this cant besafe.

 Very brief view of the common Crane near the toll house,14 Longtail tit, 20+ stock dove, 1 Wheatear and 3 Little grebe. On the marsh 9 Lapwing, Kestrel, Sparrow hawk and 2 or 3 Buzzard. A Clouded yellow was also showing well.

Posted September 30th, 2014 at 3:04 pm by John Hunt in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Arrived in the hide this lunchtime to be told of a Kittiwake sat amongst the waders at the back of the marsh. It was still there when I left at around 1.45. It was joined briefly by an adult Mediterranean Gull. Also 1 Spotted Redhanks and 1 Ruff amongst the other waders.

Posted September 30th, 2014 at 2:02 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Monday 29th September 2014

Lundy

Today's sightings included the first Lapland Bunting of the autumn, found by Richard Campey.

Daily reports from Lundy (subject to availability of information, which is dependent on both observer coverage and the vagaries of communications technology) are being posted at lundybirds.blogspot.co.uk The blog often includes more details than it seems appropriate to post under Devon Bird News and provides a quick link for everyone particularly interested in the island. Devon rarities, once we hear of them, will always be cross-referenced here.

Posted September 29th, 2014 at 10:12 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Sherpa Marsh

This evening was pretty much the same: 112 Canada Geese, fewer Swans (and no cygnets seen) Kingfisher, 1 Green Sandpiper, a few Meadow Pipits, 3 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret.

In the reserve this afternoon 10 Mallard again (keep at it chaps) and the first sighting of Little Grebe for many months. Calling Cetti's and Water Rails in both locations.

Posted September 29th, 2014 at 7:34 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Clennon Valley

A quick walk around the lakes this evening produced 6 Gadwall (very good count for site) 1 Shoveler, 1 teal, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Water Rail, 2 Little Egrets, a roost of 8+ Grey Wagtails & 3 Chiffchaff - but best of all only my second ever Stonechat on site, on a willow clump in the middle  pond.

Posted September 29th, 2014 at 7:06 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Soar

 

09:30-17:00, very murky, still morning. Light W wind after midday.

Collared Dove, 11 Swallow, 5 Wheatear, Ring Ouzel ( Starehole Valley ), Garden Warbler ( Starehole Valley ), 8 Blackcap, 55 Chiffchaff, 14 Goldcrest, 3 Jay and 2 Reed Buntings. Also 4 Clouded Yellows and 3 Roe Deer ( in stubble field below Southdown ).

 

Posted September 29th, 2014 at 7:04 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Berry Hd

A small fall of mostly Chiffchaffs this morning at the head totals: 32 Chiffchaffs, 11 Goldcrests, 5 Blackcap, 2 Wheatear, 5 Stonechat.

Overhead: 47 Meadow Pipits, 1 Tree Pipit, 3 Grey Wagtail, 12 'alba' Wagtails, 24 Goldfinches, 11 Linnet, 3 Chaffinch, 12 Skylark, 9 House Martin, 8 Swallow, 2 Sand Martin - there was a certain degree of milling around and not all birds were going in the same direction! Also first  high flying Song Thrush (4) of autumn over the head.

Posted September 29th, 2014 at 7:04 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Branscombe, East Devon

A surprise find 100m from the sea was a Dipper in the small stream which dissappears into the shingle. Also present a Grey Wagtail.  The stream has its origins in the hills around Branscombe and is not part of any other water course.

Posted September 29th, 2014 at 6:52 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Start Point

A good fall of migrants seen from road down to the lighthouse included Yellow-browed Warbler, c60 Chiffchaffs, 12 Wheatears, 12 Blackcaps, 5 Whitethroats, House Sparrow (calling in lighthouse compound!), 2 Goldcrests, 6 Greenfinch and 4 Song Thrush. While overhead large flocks of Meadow Pipits, Linnets, Swallows and a few House Martins and Skylarks on the move.

Posted September 29th, 2014 at 5:36 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Plym Estuary

1 Med Gull and 1 Black Tailed Godwit on the estuary this lunchtime. Usual sps also present.

Posted September 29th, 2014 at 3:53 pm by Chris Ellis in General Birding

East from Instow

Quick check this morning. Spring tide pushed a lot more Med Gull onto the cricket field than usual, allowing excellent views. Adult winter and juvenile both apparent. A definite sense of a passage of Song Thrush (can be hard to judge with breeding species), proving very showy, active and argumentative considering their usual nature. Similar story with Robin today. Several hundred Oystercatcher, often mobile as a single flock due to high tide and dog walking activity. A small falcon with fast wingbeats over the gas jetty, 99% sure of Merlin for the ID.

Posted September 29th, 2014 at 3:45 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Tamar Lakes - 29th Sept

Lower Tamar Lake.

1 Osprey high over, circled then drifted inland north,1 Buzzard, 8 Great Crest Grebes with two well grown young being fed, 4 Coot.

Upper Tamar Lake

1 Wheatear, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Pied Wagtails, c15 House Martins and c 12 Swallows, 2 Meadow Pipits, 4 Grey Herons, 3 Robins and the usual Black headed and Herring Gulls'

Harvey Kendall

Posted September 29th, 2014 at 3:01 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Sunday 28th September 2014

Lundy

Unseasonable weather ensured no grounded oddities on migration today I reckon. Biggest passage was that of Swallow, constant stream down east side of island. Also on the move large numbers of Meadow Pipit, plus Chiffchaff, Pied Wagtail, Skylark, Blackbird, Goldcrest. Golden Plover x1 near the main lighthouse. Raven and Kestrel also present.

Posted September 28th, 2014 at 10:22 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Torquay Sunday 28 Sep

Nigel Smallbones passed on a description of what sounded like an adult Black Brant just off Abbey Sands yesterday sfternoon, but there was no sign this morning of the bird - be interesting to see if one of the Exe or Fleet birds turns up in the next couple of days... 

Posted September 28th, 2014 at 9:01 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Broadwoodwidger

Firecrest today( 28th sept) in garden at Broadwoodwidger near Lifton,in company of Long tailed Tits and Chiffchaffs.

Posted September 28th, 2014 at 8:45 pm by Adrian Davey in General Birding

Sherpa Marsh

Quick walk around late aftrernoon, 19 Canada Geese, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, Water Rail and Cetti's Warbler, 1 Pintail.

In the reserve, I surprised a female Pheasant, which only flew a few feet and looked back where it had flown from: revealing a 1 or 2 day old chick! Bit late?

Posted September 28th, 2014 at 7:07 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

watched from the hide 08:20 till 10:25

3 curlew sandpiper, 6 ruff, 3 spotted redshanks, 11+ bar tailed godwits, 12+ greenshanks, 25+ knot, 45+ dunlin, good numbers of redshank and black tailed godwits, 26+ shoveler, 1 kingfisher, 1 stonechat, 3, whimbrel, 20+ meadow pipit, a few skylarks over calling, 1 sparrowhawk, 1 white wagtail. 

Posted September 28th, 2014 at 5:28 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Berry Head

Fairly quiet, no surprises - 0715-0945hrs, overhead: 33 Meadow Pipits, 3 'alba' Wagtails, 12 Swallows, 37 Goldfinch, 13 Linnets, 1 Grey Wagtail.

Around the headland:21 Chiffchaff, 9 Goldcrest, 9 Blackcap, 1 Firecrest.

Posted September 28th, 2014 at 3:23 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

instow

Med gull colony still healthy with 116 this morning.66 ads,2 sw,48fw

Posted September 28th, 2014 at 1:50 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Ruddy Shellduck

A Ruddy Shell Duck on the banks of the river Plym, Plymouth. A strange duck as it seems to prefer the company of Canada Geese.

Ruddy Shelduck
Ruddy Shelduck

Posted September 28th, 2014 at 12:23 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Start Point

08:00-11:20, 50% cloud cover, mod N-NE wind.

Great Spotted Woodpecker, 200 Meadow Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 10 Blackcap, 20 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 150 Linnet,  Reed Bunting.

Posted September 28th, 2014 at 12:19 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Rillage Point to Watermouth

07.15 to 11.00 Steady but sparse passage of Meadow Pipits (totalling about 100) until about 09.30 with small flocks of Linnets (total about 60) and Goldfinches (20) and just four Swallows. Also six flyover alba wagtails and one Grey Wagtail. On the ground, one Whinchat, nine Stonechats, three Chiffchaffs, five Goldcrests and a Sedge Warbler. A flock of eight Rooks flew east, just offshore, while an ad Mediterranean Gull flew west. Also five Gannets half-heartedly following a small pod of Harbour Porpoises.

Posted September 28th, 2014 at 12:10 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Saturday 27th September 2014

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 08:15 till 11:10

2 curlew sandpipers, 2 spotted redshanks, 2 juv ruff, 4 avocet( 1 ringed left leg white over orange flag right leg green over black over green) 20+ knot, 3 snipe 14+ lapwing 12+ bar tailed godwits among good numbers of redshank, black tailed godwits and curlew, 2 whimbrel, 12+ greenshanks, 1 male stonechat was a good find, 15+chiffchaffs, 3 blackcaps, 4 jay. 

Posted September 27th, 2014 at 11:13 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Grasshopper Warbler at Dunsford

Grasshopper Warbler heard then seen over a minute or so perched and moving in grasses/ low scrub around 2-3 ft high off ground at Dunsford Nature Reserve in Devon on Sat 27th Sept around 3pm.

Distinctive call - like a loud grasshopper.

Fawn brown uppercase, paler buff-cream belly and underparts, faint pale eyestripe but flickering through vegetation and often partially hidden so closer observation impossible.

Seen by eye about 12ft/ 4 metres away from path where we (myself and friend) are standing.

Posted September 27th, 2014 at 7:28 pm by Lizzie Elhamri in General Birding

Slapton Ley

 A vocal Bittern flew north over reeds on the higher ley at 14:45.

Posted September 27th, 2014 at 5:38 pm by Jacob Wood in General Birding

East Soar

Present 0740-1400. Best bird was a female/Imm Marsh Harrier which flew over Mid Soar at 0745, and just kept going. Lots of birds. 150+ House Martin, 150+ Swallow, 600+ Meadow Pipit, 130+ Skylark, 3 Wheatear, 77 Chiffchaff, 61 Blackcap, Whitethroat, 10 Goldcrest, 300+ Linnet, 31 Stock Dove, 2 Golden Plover, Reed Bunting and 5 Jay. 

Also 2 Clouded Yellow, 5 Wall Brown, Peacock, 2 Common Blue and a few Red Admirals and Speckled Woods. And 2 Roe Deer. 

Posted September 27th, 2014 at 4:02 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Exmouth LNR - Mudbank

Good numbers of wildfowl now building up and feeding on the eel grass.    At high tide this morning, there were 245 Brents, over 2000 Wigeon, 54 Pintail, & 41 Egrets plus good numbers of Mallard and Shelduck.       Regrattably all subject to the usual disturbance by power boats and wind surfers (not much wind however!)

Posted September 27th, 2014 at 2:36 pm by Rupert Ormerod in General Birding

Berry Head

Some good visible migration for an hour or so with a couple of hundred Swallows, and a few House Martin and Sand Martin mixed in. 100+ Meadow Pipits, 2 Tree Pipits, 3 Grey Wagtails 10 'alba' Wagtails, 150 Linnets and 100+ Goldfinches a few Skylark and Chaffinch higher up. Also a flock of 8 Jay flying high over the quarry suddenly dropped in to the sycamore copse. 

Around the headland: 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Firecrest, 20+ Chiffchaff, 8 Goldcrest, 4 Blackcap, 8 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear (photo below). 

Wheatear 1cy Berry Head 27 Sept 2014 ML

Posted September 27th, 2014 at 1:22 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

R.Taw off Pottington Ind. Est. 07:20 - 08:30

Little Egret 10; Greenshank 8; Redshank 12; Common Sandpiper 1 and Black-tailed Godwit 23.

Off Penhill Marsh. Another 20 Little Egret and 2 Grey Heron.

Bradiford Reserve - Grey Wagtail 2 and Stonechat 1.

4 wildfowlers (2 each side of the river) and then waterskiers in middle of the river put paid to any further sightings. The 2 on Pottington side hide behind the broken down seawall by the Bradiford Water outfall, between the wall and mean high water mark and string out their decoys out into the river. This seems very close to the Tarka Trail but as they`re at MHW I presume this is allowed. I doubt if the Police would be interested anyway. What does concern me is if the wildfowl are on Bradiford Reserve, will they start shooting into the reserve as as happened before?

Posted September 27th, 2014 at 10:31 am by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Friday 26th September 2014

Instow, PS

PS - 2 Turnstone in amongst the usual Oyks and Curlew. First I've seen there this autumn.

Posted September 26th, 2014 at 11:20 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Sherpa Marsh

39 Canada Geese 17 Swans, 2 Tufted Ducks, 1 Wheatear, 1 Pintail, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Squealing Water Rails. 2 immaculate Clouded Yellows.

In the reserve still a very vocal Cetti's Warbler. Dipper in the stream.

Posted September 26th, 2014 at 5:22 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

South of the Eddistone yesterday

About two hours before getting back to Plymouth on Brittany Ferries yesterday afternoon, S of the Eddistone Light, a trawler had a trailing group of maybe 2000 (mostly) gulls whirling and feeding in a long line at about 2 pm. Amongst these were 19 Bonxies. Within a couple of minutes I saw 3 more.

Posted September 26th, 2014 at 1:45 pm by Arthur Symons in General Birding

East from Instow

Nothing major around, at least by the time I got there (0900), a shame as the rain last night may have grounded a fair amount. Hirundines 'notable only by their absence'. Starling flock similar to last visit, still no Rose-coloured in there though. Cricket field has been re-sown which attracted a mixed flock of Linnet, Goldfinch and Greenfinch plus both Pied and White Wagtail, Meadow Pipit and the usual Oystercatcher with one leg. Kestrel made an appearance by the cricket club and at the first jetty east. Also around this jetty, a Rock Pipit (no Wheatear this time), and in the scrub 2 Blackbird, a Robin, a Stonechat but no warblers at all this time. Quite a surprising sight of a Kingfisher feeding in the saltwater, perching on the red tugboat and jetty. ~100 Mediterranean Gull (mix of ages, one juv had a green darvic ring, unreadable with my Opticron scope), 30 BH Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 1 Great BB Gull and 1 Common Gull on the rocks. 1 Blackcap in the Sea Buckthorn at public carpark.

Posted September 26th, 2014 at 12:01 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Lundy – yesterday, 25 Sep

Thursday 25 Sep: a fall of 250 Blackcaps and the island's second Yellow-browed Warbler of the autumn. See here for additional info. (courtesy of Chris Dee).

Posted September 26th, 2014 at 11:27 am by Tim Jones in General Birding

Lyme Bay

Out in Lyme Bay yesterday a few Balearic Shearwaters, 3 Arctic Skuas, 4 Bonxies, 2 European Storm-petrels and lots of Gannets and large gulls attracted to fishing vessel.Adult GannetFeeding Balearic ShearwaterFeeding Balearic ShearwaterBalearic Shearwater

Posted September 26th, 2014 at 10:48 am by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Thursday 25th September 2014

Wembury Point

Wembury Point

Two Ring Ouzel’s behind the Fir trees, sit by the cattle drinking trough and they are feeding on the banking under the main path from the NT Car park.

Cirl Bunting on the coast path hedge in line with the Water works .

Posted September 25th, 2014 at 4:29 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

River Caen

1000-1300.   A flock of 250+ Linnet on the stubble field by the vellator car park. By the toll house 12 Dunlin,4 Blackwit and 1 Curlew sandpiper. On the marsh 30+ Stock dove, 1 Wheatear, 1 Kestrel and 3 or 4 Buzzard. Horsey island held 24 Greenshank,20 Redshank, 2 Kingfisher and 2 Singing Skylark. Good numbers of Swallow flying high over horsey.

Posted September 25th, 2014 at 3:38 pm by John Hunt in General Birding

Soar Mill.Cove

Good conditions for birds to move straight through hence just tree pipit, 70 skylark, 34 robin, 8 blackcap, 9 chiffchaff, a late willow warbler and 3 roes deer. Most hirundines gone just 2 house martin today!

Posted September 25th, 2014 at 12:23 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Northam burrows

2 little stints on tip pond still+1 on beach.F whinchat in scrub opposite,2 juv curlew sands,ad med on skern.07:17-08:10.80 med gulls at instow,56 ad,2w,23 fw,09:15.

Posted September 25th, 2014 at 10:27 am by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Velator and marshes

0630 - 0930

Little owl on a barn roof at first light.

kingfishers showing well on the Caen.

snipe flushed from marshes by a large number of Canada geese coming in to land.

dipper under bridge by reserve.

2 grey heron fishing on the bank by entrance to toll road.

Posted September 25th, 2014 at 9:41 am by Chris Triggs in General Birding

Wednesday 24th September 2014

skern.

2 juv little stints on tip pond,4 juv curlew sandpipers,100 dunlin,60 ringed plover 27 golden,8 juv knot,2ad,3fw med gulls,young female sparrowhawk was interesting to watch as she landed on saltings close to waters edge with her beady eyes sharply focused on group of near by dunlin,you could almost feel her salivating.She then pressed her body firmly to the ground to camoflage then lept into the air after a passing linnet which she missed.She"ll learn.17:30-19:10.

Posted September 24th, 2014 at 10:50 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Dawlish Warren Rose-coloured Starling

The juvenile Rose-coloured Starling flew around the hide in the evening with Starlings before they all went to roost in reeds on the golf course. Little else of note though.

Posted September 24th, 2014 at 10:24 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Soar

Early start with Dave Norman at Soar this morning rewarded as soon as we stepped out of car with a Woodlark in flight over the carpark with a small flock of Skylark. The birds landed in the long stubble behind the grass runway and not seen again. Elsewhere 22 Skylark, 2 Stock Dove, 21 alba Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail and 2 Yellow Wagtail (one on the ground on The Warren in with cattle), 25+ Chiffchaff, Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Blackcap, 3 Goldcrest, Wheatear, 16 Stonechat, 20+ Goldfinch, 3 Cirl Bunting, 25+ Linnet, numerous Meadow Pipits, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 30+ Swallow, House Martin and a Green Woodpecker.

During quick stop at South Huish Marsh Dave photographed 2 Yellow Wagtail and an adult Med Gull on the way home on slipway to the ferry at Dartmouth. Also a pic of one of the Skylark.

Posted September 24th, 2014 at 8:32 pm by Bill Macdonald in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 16:30 till 19:10

A very good evening with little disturbance and excellent numbers of waders from the hide.

10 curlew sandpipers among 120+ dunlin, 7 spotted redshanks, 7+ ruff, 584+ curlew, 872+ black tailed godwits, 22+ bar tailed godwits, 7 whimbrel, 1 juv grey plover and 1 golden plover, 27+ greenshanks, 460+ redshank, 50+ knot, 5 snipe, 80+ teal, 25+ shoveler, 2 jay, 1 sparrowhawkhawk, 6 chiffchaffs.

1 adult Mediterranean gull from the viewing platform

 

Posted September 24th, 2014 at 8:17 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Pilton, Barnstaple

Was at school when an Osprey flew over, coming relatively close unfourtuantly didn't have binoculars on me.

Posted September 24th, 2014 at 8:01 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in General Birding

Sherpa Marsh

Tide was in this evening so nothing of note on the Caen, but in the Marsh a Green Sandpiper still and 51 Canada Geese. 21 Black-tailed Godwits flushed by 3 Swans but flew round and landed again with 2 more. 2 or 3 Pintail too. 2 Cetti's and 2 Water Rails calling. Even a few Swallows still and finally a juvenile male Peregrine flew over stooping towards Wrafton pond.

Posted September 24th, 2014 at 7:55 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

R.Taw. Pottington to Ashford Sewage Works. 14:20 - 15:40

Dunlin 71; Little Stint 2; Curlew Sandpiper 1; Little Egret 7; Redshank 3; Shelduck 7; Black-tailed Godwit 7; Golden Plover 6 on sandbar in mid-river.

Off Ashford S.W. Wigeon 7 and Pintail 4.

Shelduck 12 off Penhill Marsh.

Posted September 24th, 2014 at 4:01 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Velator Reserve

A very vocal Cetti's Warbler in the reserve this morning, and joy on joy, 10 Mallards actually eating some duckweed!! I sneaked off and left them to it. Been trying to get rid of it for two years now - any ideas welcome.

Posted September 24th, 2014 at 3:45 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Downend

The Sanderling were resting & preening on the rocks again at Downend this morning.


Posted September 24th, 2014 at 1:02 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Plym Estuary

Michael Spencer saw and photographed this Ruddy Shelduck at Saltram yesterday.

Ruddy Shelduck
Ruddy Shelduck

Posted September 24th, 2014 at 11:07 am by Steve Waite in General Birding

Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Prawle

Spent a lovely day at Prawle from 7.20am till 3pm in the sunshine with little or no breeze . Plenty of birds around the car park and at Bunkers : Chiffchaffs (37), Blackcaps (19) and Robins (19) with movement of Swallows and Meadow Pipits overhead . So from 8.45 till 10am I undertook my first viz mig of the autumn at the Hump where I was mesmerized by the spectacle of hundreds of Pipits, Linnets and Hirundines swirling east ad west and south .

(Under) Estimated totals : Meadow Pipits 480 ; Linnets  220 ; Swallows 385 ; House Martins  150 ( strangely no Sand Martins identified) ; Goldfinches  100 ; Skylarks  41 ; Chaffinches  20. Oddity value provided by the 1st year female Great Spotted Woodpecker jumping between fence posts and then chased off by a Meadow Pipit.

Back at the reserve 1 Spotted Flycatcher and a Goldcrest (my first sighting of the autumn this year) but I didn’t relocate Pat’s Reed Warbler. Just 1 Willow Warbler and 1 Alba Wagtail. At the top of Merrimore Lane (leading to Pig’s Nose Valley) : 1 female Redstart,1 Whinchat and 2 very bright male Wheatears.  In the valley 16 Blackcaps, 18 Chiffchaffs ,1 Wheatear, 1 White Wagtail and 1 Sparrowhawk. Also 5 Clouded Yellows, Small Copper, 2 Wall Browns and several Red Admirals and Peacocks. Sadly I missed the Wryneck located by Anne and Jo near the gate leading to the path from Pig’s Nose Valley into Ashpark Lane.

 

Posted September 23rd, 2014 at 11:41 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Totnes

Re the posting yesterday, I saw the Great White Heron/Egret on the Dart just below Brutus Bridge this morning at about 9.45am while out running along the cycle path.  It was perched on branches half submerged in the river just by the small weir next to the bridge, I watched for a couple of minutes before it took off up river.

Posted September 23rd, 2014 at 11:06 pm by Jane Pirie in General Birding

Topsham Recreation Ground

A lunchtime visit at low tide produced very few birds, but watched a Sparrowhawk for a good ten minutes.  It was perched on a traffic cone in the mud looking quite disheveled I thought it may have been ill or injured.  But no, it flew directly towards me low over the water.  Two Kingfishers burst out of the reeds with the Sparrowhawk in hot pursuit, then were lost to view.  One Kingfisher flew back up river a few minutes later to disappear beyond the motorway bridge.

Posted September 23rd, 2014 at 10:08 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 16:50 till 19:00

7 juv curlew sandpiper, 6 juv ruff, 4 spotted redshanks, 25+ knot, 25+ greenshanks, 13+ bar tailed godwits, 12+ lapwing, good numbers of redshanks, curlew and black tailed godwits but impossible to count with disturbance from a sparrowhawk, the aggressive lesser black backed gull and a paraglider but they did flush the dunlin with 90+ and a group of 7 flew down river and included a Little stint. 5+ little egrets, 2 grey heron, 6+ wigeon 60+ teal, 2 jay, 14+ shoveler.

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Posted September 23rd, 2014 at 8:18 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Darts farm and Bowling Marsh Green

An early afternoon visit to Darts farm was not overly productive small numbers of Godwitts, a Heron flew in, good numbers of Moorhens around the ponds and marsh ground.

BMG good views opf the resident Fox feeding on blackberries, single Grey Plover, good numbers of Snipe in the far reed bed edges, high light was seeing three Ruff.

Peregrine seen soaring over the A38 on the way up

Hobby seen both morning and late afternoon at South Brent, early this morning significant numbers of House Martins passing over the house.

Posted September 23rd, 2014 at 7:51 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

R.Caen

Very quick look at R.Caen late aft.

Comparison photo of Curlew Sandpiper & Dunlin.


Posted September 23rd, 2014 at 6:45 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

nr. Wrangaton

Stuck in a queue of traffic at Marridge Cross on the B3196 Loddiswell - Wrangaton Road at 09 :00 this morning when a Hobby flew by low heading west.

Posted September 23rd, 2014 at 6:19 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

At lunch time James Diamond alerted me to a wryneck seen near the Lion's Rest industrial estate. On my arrival it perched obligingly in an elder bush two fields north of the estate. Whilst there I saw: 3 (possibly 4) whinchats, at least 5 stonechats (plus a further 2 in the lane), a single robin and one wheatear. A single snipe flew over.  

Posted September 23rd, 2014 at 4:04 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Wembury Point

At least 2, probably 3/4, Ring Ouzels this morning, as wary as always flying high and far when disturbed, 10+ Chiffchaffs, 6+ Blackcaps, 20 Swallows and an imm. Yellow-legged Gull. Good numbers of Red Admirals and Small Coppers, 4 Clouded Yellows, 2 Common Blues, 25+ Wall Browns among 10 species of butterflies.

Posted September 23rd, 2014 at 3:41 pm by Graham Watson in General Birding

East Soar

A glorious day but still hard going: highlights were sparrowhawk 2, hirundines 500 (2/3 swallow 1/3 house martin), meadow pipit 170, grey wagtail, yellow wagtail 4, robin 35, stonechat 16, wheatear 3, blackcap 19, chiffchaff 21, willow warbler, jay 8 moving east & 170 linnet.

Posted September 23rd, 2014 at 2:45 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Horsey Island

It was close to a touch of ground frost on the marshes early this morning.

32 Greenshank on Horsey Island & 4 Winchat (which are amber listed) + 1 more on Braunton Marshes.They were feeding in the sunshine while I was digiscoping laying down fat reserves in preparation for their journey to Africa.


Posted September 23rd, 2014 at 12:47 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Monday 22nd September 2014

Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth

Two Spotted Flycatchers and 7 Chiffchaff this evening. 

Posted September 22nd, 2014 at 9:51 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

watched from the hide 16:05 till 18:40

4 curlew sandpipers , 5 spotted redshanks (3 adult. 2 juv) , 5 juv ruff ( 3 male, 2 female), an impressive count of 47+ knot, 15+ dunlin, 2 whimbrel, 10 avocet, 13+ bar tailed godwits, 13+ greenshanks, 31+ little egrets among good numbers of redshanks, black tailed godwits and curlew, 4 snipe, 12+ lapwing. 

A sparrowhawk made 2 unsuccessful attacks causing panic among the waders, 2 buzzards.

Posted September 22nd, 2014 at 9:40 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

West Down Beacon, Budleigh Salterton-late news from 21st Sept

Visible migration watch from the trig point on the edge of the golf course, from 07:15 to 10:00.

Hirundunes 2650 of which 95% were House Martins, in flocks of up to 500 heading into the north-east wind. Quite a spectacle.

Meadow Pipits 90, Skylark 14, 'Alba' Wagtail 7, 'Flava' Wagtail 1, Wheatear 3 overhead plus a Hobby, all heading in the opposite direction. 

The cliff-top scrub had about 30 Chiffchaffs, 10 Blackcaps and a single Garden warbler.

Posted September 22nd, 2014 at 8:22 pm by Peter Hopkin in General Birding

Soar

07:10 - 17:15. Clear night, beautiful sunny day. Light northeast wind.

Golden Plover, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 20 Stock Dove, c200 Skylark, c700 Meadow Pipit, 4 Tree Pipit, 8 Yellow Wagtail, 300 Swallow, 200 House Martin, 25 Wheatear, 57 Blackcap, 65 Chiffchaff, 15 Goldcrest and a Jay.

Majority of Meadow Pipits working their way southeast along the Warren and Bolt Head early morning. Likewise with the hirundines, loads of the later probably missed. After a starry night and clear dawn surprised to get reasonable numbers of Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs.

Like Rob said, a few Clouded Yellows around. Also saw 2 Painted Ladies and i reckon at least 100 Red Admirals feeding in the afternoon sun on ivy in the lane that leads from Soar Mill Cove up to Southdown.

Posted September 22nd, 2014 at 7:14 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Berry Hd

A brief visit this morning produced of note: 1 Ring Ouzel, 2 Firecrest, 5 Goldcrest, 36 Chiffchaffs, 14 Blackcap, 1 Wheatear, 5 Stonechat.

Click on link for short video of one of the Firecrests: http://youtu.be/RXejGbK6oUs

Overhead:1 Tree Pipit, 55 Meadow Pipits, 6 Skylark, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 'alba' Wagtails, 9 House Sparrows, 24 Swallows, and my first passage of high flying calling Chaffinches (6) this autumn.  

Posted September 22nd, 2014 at 6:25 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Trewsweir Exeter

At 1715 a Comic Tern briefly flew upriver as far as the Port Royal, then circled twice before flying off downriver.

Posted September 22nd, 2014 at 5:49 pm by Mike Booth in General Birding

Sherpa etc

A bit later on the Caen: 60 Dunlin and at least 5 Med Gulls (4 Adults). In the marsh one each of Green and Common Sandpiper, 1 Tufted Duck and 2 Pintail.

A ringing recovery from the BTO this morning: One of the Juvenile Buzzards I ringed last September was picked up as a road casualty somewhere between Mullacott and Woolacombe about 8 miles away. 344 days after ringing, so sadly didn't even make a year.Didn't realise Buzzards became road kill.

Posted September 22nd, 2014 at 5:23 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Soar Mill Cove

A quick afternoon visit turned up whinchat, spotted flycatcher, 4 wheatear, 3 blackcap, 11 chiffchaff & 18 yellowhammer.

Nine species of butterflies included 7 clouded yellows ( 1 helice ) plus 42 red admirals. Possible tantalising view of pale/Berger's clouded yellow - would probably need to catch it.

Yesterday 12 clouded yellows at Snapes Point, Salcombe.

Posted September 22nd, 2014 at 4:57 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

River Caen

1100-1515  Met John clark for a great walk down the river,By the toll house we found 2 Curlew sandpiper,32+ Dunlin,6 Black wit and 2 Bar wit. 1Ruff seen earlier. On the marsh 2 Cettis warbler both seen and heard 25+ Stock dove and a Clouded yellow. Horsey island held 1 Wheatear,King fisher and a stonechat 3 Wimbrel 1 Sparrow hawk and a Kestrel. Also 7+ Greenshank and a few Redshank spread about. Swallows passing through very high.

Posted September 22nd, 2014 at 4:33 pm by John Hunt in General Birding

Meeth Quarry

I went back to Meeth Quarry this morning for the first time in a quite a while primarily to try to photograph hares, of which I saw none!

I was however graced with a Roe Buck that just kept moving towards me, I really didn't need that 1.4X converter fitted!

Lots of Green Woodpeckers, at least 4, seen and heared.

11 Tufted Duck on the smaller of the 2 main lakes.

Also sightings of Bull finch (m+f), Nuthatch, Great spotted woodpecker, Chiffchaff and a fleeting glipse of a sparrowhawk by the main car park.

Below every waypoint post there were pellets, I'm no expert on pellets but they looks too small for Barn owl... Kestrel maybe?

Various dragonflies still present too

Roe Buck
Roe Buck

Posted September 22nd, 2014 at 3:11 pm by Chris Triggs in General Birding

Orcombe Point, Exmouth

This Wryneck could not have been more obliging! Spent most of its time on footpath feeding at ants nest.  The closest you are likely to get as it seemed unworried about humans.  

Posted September 22nd, 2014 at 1:43 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Great White Egret/Heron

Although I am not an avid birdwatcher, I believe I saw a Great White Egret/Heron on the bank of the River Dart just above the Town Bridge,Totnes on the Bridgetown side of the River.

It was perched in a tree overlooking the river.  The sighting was at 5 pm on Sunday 21 September 2014. The Small White egrets are a common sight but I have not seen a Great white before!

(Anyone local to Totnes fancy a look?? Eds)

Posted September 22nd, 2014 at 11:21 am by Stephen Benkel in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Brief visit between 9.30 and 11.00 failed to coincide with high water so few waders on the marsh. However 3 snipe and 2 greenshank flew over. About 30 teal on the lagoon. A flock of c70 meadow pipit was the largest I have seen so far this autumn, a couple of wheatears were with them. Also seen were 2 sedge warblers, a few swallows, 4 house martins, numerous chiffchaffs, including 2 in full song, and a couple of jays collecting acorns.

Posted September 22nd, 2014 at 11:10 am by John Waldon in General Birding

R.Taw off Pottington Ind.Est. 08:30 - 10:00

c200 Dunlin; 11 Black-tailed Godwit; 7 Knot; 1 Common Sandpiper; 1 Curlew Sandpiper; 1 Sanderling;     1 Ringed Plover; 8 Shelduck; 3 Little Egret; 3 Redshank; 24 Wigeon; 1 Kingfisher and surprisingly 1 Whooper Swan flying up river towards Taw Bridge and maybe Bishops Tawton.

Off Penhill:- 10 Little Egret; 8 Grey Heron and 1 male Peregrine on sandbar.

Bradifors Reserve:- just 1 Buzzard and c20 Teal.

Posted September 22nd, 2014 at 10:20 am by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Beer Head

Had a nice couple of hours wandering around Beer Head this morning, made a nice change from netting there, when I spent most the time in one spot.

Saw: 6 Spot Flies, 20+ Chiffchaffs, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 4 Stonechat, 300+ Meadow Pipit, 26 Skylark, 20 alba Wagtail, 4 Grey Wags, 1 Yellow Wag and 15 Chaffinch (last six species overhead).

Ratio of Spotted to Red-breasted Flycatchers this morning was 6:0
Ratio of Spotted to Red-breasted Flycatchers this morning was 6:0

Why do you have spots!??
Why do you have spots!??

Posted September 22nd, 2014 at 10:03 am by Steve Waite in General Birding

Sunday 21st September 2014

Around the EXE

A full days Birding around the exe from 07:20 till 18:15

Mill on the Exe to start with produced 1 Dipper, 1 kingfisher , 2 Grey wagtail , peregrine and 4 Chiffchaffs.

Bowling green marsh 08:00 till 09:45, from the viewing platform, 7+ curlew sandpipers, among 300+ dunlin, 15+ ringed plover, 30+ knot, & Avocet, 13 juvenile Common Tern and a few Sandwich terns, kingfisher, 1 spotted redshank and 6+ chiffchaffs, 1 Blackcap, 2 jays, 2 Water Rail.

Next stop Exmouth and Orcombe Point 11:00 till 13:45

The Red Breasted Flycatcher showed well at times by the entrance to the Bristol School camp along with 4+ chiffchaffs, lots of meadow pipits and severall Wheatear in fields by the footpath back to the coastal path. After nearly an hours wait got a flight view of the Wryneck on the coatal path up from the Geo needle at Orcombe Point after it was flushed by a pair of Magpies also a Whitethroat and sevearll chiffchaffs.

Next stop Bowling Green Marsh from the Hide 15:30 till 17:50

7+ curlew Sandpipers all Juv's among 96+ dunlin, 28+ knot, 5 ringed plover, 1 fly over Grey plover, 7 Avocet, 9+ bar tailed godwits, 3 juv Ruff, 1 Whimbrel, 450+ redshank, 3 spotted redshanks, 700+ black tailed godwits and 450+ curlew, 22+ greenshanks, 25+ little egrets, 1 peregrine , 1 very agressive Lesser Black backed gull, 1 Wheatear, 250+ teal, 10+ wigeon, 15+ shoveler, 6+ snipe.

From the viewing platform 17:55 till 18:15

60+ common tern mostley juv's , 12+ sandwich terns, 1 guillemot, the sky was alive with Swallows, House Martins and Sand Martins easily 500+ but this a very conservative estimate

A Great way to end a very good days Birding with 87 species for the day

 

Posted September 21st, 2014 at 9:48 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Lundy

Along with a fall of 65 Chiffchaffs was the island's first Yellow-browed Warbler of the autumn, found by Andy Jayne. Additional info here.

Posted September 21st, 2014 at 9:39 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Exmoor – Devon/Somerset border

Spent nine hours meandering over the moor in superb light. Large numbers of migrating Meadow Pipits and Skylarks, as well as flocks of Goldfinches and Linnets and a light but steady passage of Swallows. Highlights included three Hobbies (one of which was in Somerset), a Whinchat (in Somerset), a juvenile Cuckoo (I think my latest ever), which was also about a hundred metres into Somerset. What was most definitely in Devon, however, was a very surprising Wryneck, at Shallowford, a few km inland from Lynton.

Wryneck, Shallowford, Exmoor, 21 Sep 2014
Wryneck, Shallowford, Exmoor, 21 Sep 2014

Posted September 21st, 2014 at 9:32 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Berry Hd

Covering the headland this morning proved tricky with a stiff NE breeze but the inland scrub and woodland provided some shelter and birds! The highlight was between 9-10 Firecrests and just 5-6 Goldcrests, 17 Chiffchaffs, 8 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Wheatear 1 Yellow Wagtail - probably the same bird most of this week with the cattle on the meadow or along the entrance road field. 2 Grey Wagtail, 5 'alba' Wagtails and 20+ Meadow Pipits over (and in the meadow).

Later in the day at least a couple of Firecrests still 5+ Goldcrests and the Yellow Wagtail still in the meadow. 60+ House Martin > E and about the same number of Swalllows.

Posted September 21st, 2014 at 9:12 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Prawle

Arrived at the NT car park at 7.10am . Dull, overcast and breezy on arrival but bright by 9.45, though still breezy . Lots of birds along the coast and inland ( though had to leave at 1.45pm and hadn’t searched Pig’s Nose, Sewage Works nor the Loop !  ) . No sign of any rare Shrikes.

Highlight ,that might have been, was the ringtail Harrier sp. that flew east over the car park at 12.35 while I watched briefly at the top of the lane : slim winged, narrow hand and small white rump !

Also 3 Redstarts (One 1st year male and 2 fems along same hedge as 2 Robins ); 1 Spotted Flycatcher; 3 Whinchats ; 5 Wheatears ; 10 Yellow Wagtails and 15 Alba Wags; c 40 Chiffchaffs ; c20 Blackcaps ; 4 Whitethroats ; 25+ Robins; c 250 Meadow Pipits and c 60 Linnets .  And a steady trickle of hirundines which I estimated numbered at least 200 ,mainly Swallows , then House Martins and a few Sand Martins. Crests heard but Pat’s Firecrest and Goldcrest not seen by me.

Posted September 21st, 2014 at 8:48 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

East Soar Turtle Dove..

11am. Sunday. Spotted large area of feathers on the hillside opposite the barn. On close inspection stripped carcase and head of Turtle dove was dicovered amongest its feathers.

Posted September 21st, 2014 at 7:58 pm by David Turrell in General Birding

upper tamar lake

super views of young osprey again this morning.Managed to get a few photos as it came overhead,11:00-13:30

Posted September 21st, 2014 at 7:49 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Little stints

7 Little stints at the skern late this afternoon


Posted September 21st, 2014 at 7:48 pm by steve Hatch in General Birding

Staddon Heights

A nice gathering of migrants on the west side consisted of 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Whinchats, 16 Wheatears and a handful of Chiffchaff, the latter totaling 18 at the whole site. Best bird however was a Short-eared Owl; also c60 House Martins, 3 Bullfinches, 2 Blackcaps and 3 Goldcrests, plus a couple of Clouded Yellows and a Stoat. 

Posted September 21st, 2014 at 6:51 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Orcombe Point. Exmouth

Wryneck at Orcombe point 100 metres up from the Geo-Needle feeding on the edge of the Cliff. A couple of shots taken before the bird disappeared.

Wryneck on the edge of the Cliff at Orcombe Point Exmouth
Wryneck on the edge of the Cliff at Orcombe Point Exmouth

Posted September 21st, 2014 at 5:54 pm by Derek Carter in General Birding

Trewsweir Exeter

Pair of Common Sandpipers currently feeding alongside the top of the flood overspill weir at Trewsweir.

Posted September 21st, 2014 at 5:42 pm by Mike Booth in General Birding

Pottington- Sherpa Marsh

Pottington:

10 Black-tailed Godwit. 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 50+ Dunlin, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Knot, 7 teal aslo loads of Curlew and Oystercatcher and Mallard. In the feilds Starling, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 15 Teal.

Wrafton Pond:

Loads of Mallards and Coots a few Moorhen and Little grebe. The 5 Cygnets are almost adult.

Sherpa Marsh:

2 Little Grebe, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 60+ Dunlin and 5 Curlew Sandpiper.

Posted September 21st, 2014 at 4:39 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in General Birding

Turtle Dove

I saw a Turtle Dove taken by a Sparrowhawk at 09.45 this morning by the pond at East Soar. also saw 1 Raven ,2 other sparrowhawks ,and a Kestrel

Posted September 21st, 2014 at 3:55 pm by Kevin Oram in General Birding

Gaia Trust SSSI, Taw Estuary

Still 'raining Chiffchaffs' this ringing session. 2 Cetti's Warbler caught including a retrap adult bird from breeding season. 2 Reed Warbler, both with very high fat reserves. A possible influx of Reed Buntings too. Also around the site, a squealing Water Rail, 1 Blackcap, Kestrel, 2 Mute Swan, lots of Robins. Smaller numbers of Swallows than recently, plus some flyover Meadow Pipit.

Posted September 21st, 2014 at 3:10 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - the wryneck again showing well on and off all morning on the coast path about 150yds east of geoneedle. The red-breasted flycatcher also showing again, in trees left of the main entrance to the Bristol Schools Camp, accessed by taking the track right off Gore Lane just before the sharp bend. Please park sensibly in Gore Lane or alternatively park in Foxholes and follow the coastal path. Also this morning at least 16 wheatear, 3+ grey wagtail, 5+ alba wagtail, 13+ yellow wagtail, c30+ chiffchaff, 1 hobby (flew south out to sea), 1+ tree pipit, 2 dark-bellied brent goose, c25+ swallow, c40+ house martin, 1+ jay, 1 curlew, c20+ skylark, c100+ meadow pipit, 1+ goldcrest and 1 blackcap. Also 2 couded yellow butterfly and 1 silver Y moth.

Posted September 21st, 2014 at 12:56 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Tarka trail between Bideford and Instow

At 0950 an Osprey with a fish sighted between the new Bideford bridge and the Instow roundabout heading towards the mouth of the estuary. Also 3 Whimbrel, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard.

Posted September 21st, 2014 at 12:19 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding

R.Caen & Horsey Island

A very quick look at the R.Caen & Horsey Island this morning.

Godwits still searching for food on the exposed mud on the R.Caen + the 1 Curlew Sandpiper that John snapped yesterday. Also a Kingfisher on R.Caen & a Water Rail calling from the ditch by the Toll Road.

On the Salting 10 Meadow Pipits & 2 juv Wheatear. 16 Swallows on the telephone cable.

On Horsey 3 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 13 Teal, 1 Kingfisher,another Water Rail calling & a smattering of Greenshank & Redshank.


Posted September 21st, 2014 at 11:40 am by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Saturday 20th September 2014

bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 15:15 till 17:40

the 9 curlew sandpiper came in from the estuary along with 2 juv ruff, 2 spotted redshanks and another 1 flew over, 484+ curlew, 2 whimbrel, 5 ringed plovers, 100+ dunlin, 15+ greenshanks, 10+ bar tailed godwits, 700+ black tailed godwits, 12+ lapwing, 292+ teal, 30+ shoveler, 11+ wigeon, 25+ knot, 300+ redshanks, 3 buzzards.

Posted September 20th, 2014 at 10:09 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Curlew Sandpiper

Curlew Sandpiper

Posted September 20th, 2014 at 9:13 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

R.Taw (off Pottington Ind. Est.) 15:30 - 16:45

c160 Dunlin; 13 Black-tailed Godwit; 1 Bar-tailed Godwit; 6 Knot; 4 Ringed Plover; 7 Teal; 4 Greenshank; 1 Ruff; 1 Redshank; 2 Kingfisher; 1 Common Sandpiper and 7 Little Egret.

Posted September 20th, 2014 at 7:08 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - 0645 - 0900 and again - 1400 - 1630 - a fall of migrants, very good by Orcombe standards - c30/40+ chiffchaff (probably a conservative estimate), 1 lesser whitethroat, 4+ blackcap, 3+ grey wagtail, 3+ jay, 1 spotted flycatcher, 3 stonechat, 1 greenshank, 7+ yellow wagtail, 2+ alba wagtail, 1 goldcrest, c50/60+ meadow pipit, 1 great spotted woodpecker, 2 swallow, 1 wheatear and, best of all 1 red-breasted flycatcher, found near the entrance to the Bristol Schools Camp which is at the bottom of the track, right off Gore Lane before the sharp bend. The bird was found at 1435 and was still present @ 1715.

More details and field sketch on blog later - gobirdingexmouth.

red-breasted flycatcher
red-breasted flycatcher

Posted September 20th, 2014 at 5:51 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Berry Head

Early morning visit with Jake Wood in poor viz with thick low level mist. Significant fall of 75 + Chiffchaffs around the lighthouse/headland and quarry. One Willow Warbler, a tailless Grasshopper Warbler, Wheatear, 4 Goldcrest and a Coal Tit. Overhead 3 Skylark and a Grey Wagtail. 

Posted September 20th, 2014 at 4:59 pm by Bill Macdonald in General Birding

Froward Point

Froward Point (14:00-15:30) 7 wheatears, 1 pied wagtail and a dunlin in the plough fields.

40+ chiffchaff, 2 blackcap 4-5 goldcrest and at least 12 long-tailed tits in the valley east of Froward.

Dunlin feeding on small pool at Froward- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEpL_bvBJBE

Posted September 20th, 2014 at 4:38 pm by Jacob Wood in General Birding

Caen river and Sherpa Marsh

In the river, near high tide from the harbour to the runway:16 Black-tailed and one Bar-tailed Godwits, Kestrel, 31 Dunlin, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, one each of: Kingfisher, Little Grebe, Wheatear, Mediterranean Gull. Across at Isley, 3 Spoonbill. In the Marsh 35 Canada Geese, 1 Green Sandpiper 4 Wigeon, 1 or poss 2 Pintail. Some Swallows! A few Alba Wagtails.

Posted September 20th, 2014 at 4:09 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Soar and South Huish

Got to Soar with Roy & Paul just as the mist was lifting but no great numbers of migrants.

The Turtle Dove still present by the ponds, but not looking very well; also Chiifchaff (19), Whitethroat (4), Blackcap (6), Sparrowhawk (2), House Martin (50+), Wheatear (2), Stock Dove (7), Bullfinch (2), and a Golden Plover.

At South Huish 4 Little Stints amongst 28 Dunlins and also a Wheatear. 

Turtle Dove
Turtle Dove

Posted September 20th, 2014 at 3:57 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Viewing platform 14:00 till 15:15

9 curlew sandpiper among 136+ dunlin, 15+ ringed plover, 3 sandwich terns and juv common term? 1 whimbrel, 1 water rail , 200+ redshank, 1 whimbrel, 300+ black tailed godwits, 10+ bar tailed godwits, kingfisher, buzzard, 30+ knot

Posted September 20th, 2014 at 3:18 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Blagdon valley nr hartland point

Not bad mornings birding at a site i wish i could visit more.In the pt car park area 5 reed buntings,50+ chaffinch,28 goldfinch,2 willow warbler,c.chaff.then down the valley on track leading towards cliff a Nightjar flew from right to left as u look seawards.Also in surrounding area spotted flycatcher,10 blackcap,6m,4f,4 goldcrest,2 marsh tits.6 c.chaff,2 willow warbler,50 goldfinch,g.s.woodpecker,20+ chaffinch,2 grey wagtails,stonechat,f.Just offshore in the race 40 gannet single manxie.07:50-09:45.

Posted September 20th, 2014 at 2:14 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Topsham rec

Watched 12:00 12:20

1 juv ruff, 2 snipe , 2 water rail, 2 common gulls, kestrel over

Posted September 20th, 2014 at 12:21 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Friday 19th September 2014

Lundy

Among a good scattering of other migrants grounded by a change in the weather today was a Wryneck. See here for further info.

Posted September 19th, 2014 at 11:38 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

osprey

Best ever view of 1cy bird fishing at upper tamar lake this evening.After catching fish both times flew down to trees below farm near top end of lake to eat its catch.Fave perch?.(no pun intended)!!.No waders bar single common sand&snipe.4 willow tits&4 herons also.Barn&tawny owls on way home,17:30-19:15.

Posted September 19th, 2014 at 10:22 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Orcombe Point. Exmouth

Late evening on Orcombe no sign of the Wryneck but a nice flock of 30+ Yellow Wagtails were feeding in the top fields. Also 7 Wheatear feeding in the cut grass field. Plenty of chiffchaffs in most of the hedgerows. 

6 of the 30+ Yellow Wagtails on Orcombe point
6 of the 30+ Yellow Wagtails on Orcombe point

Nice adult bird amongst plenty of Juveniles
Nice adult bird amongst plenty of Juveniles

Posted September 19th, 2014 at 10:01 pm by Derek Carter in General Birding

Bowling Green and Orcombe Point

From the platform at BGM late afternoon was a Black Swan, 3 Avocet, 2 Curlew Sandpipers, 21 Little Egrets a calling Water Rail and the usual suspects.. No sign of the Black Tern. Just to add to Nick Potters post. The Guillemot was also on the Exe yesterday in the Exton area. I thought at the time that it was odd to see one so far up the estuary

Belated news (did put on birdguides) of a very obliging Wryneck at Orcombe Point yesterday. It afforded me some great views (at one point it was sat on the wire fence around 8ft away) in total it showed well for around an hour at mid morning. it was feeding on the main coastal path near where the footpath to Gore Lane starts. I then lost it as the path became very busy with walkers. Other birds of note where a nice group of Yellow Wagtails, Sparrowhawk, Whitethroat and a GS Woodpecker. 

Posted September 19th, 2014 at 7:12 pm by Spencer Dicks in General Birding

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - the wryneck still present late afternoon on the path that links the coast path to the top of Gore Lane. Viewed down to about 10ft. Also 9 yellow wagtail (inc smart grey variant), 1 sedge warbler, c10+ chiffchaff and 2 wheatear.

Yesterday - 1 crossbill early am, over Belle Vue Road.

patch tick - v happy!
patch tick - v happy!

grey variant yellow wag with yellow wags
grey variant yellow wag with yellow wags

presumed blue-headed wag or possibly channel wag - 16/9
presumed blue-headed wag or possibly channel wag - 16/9

Posted September 19th, 2014 at 7:06 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Berry Hd

1 Yellow-browed Warbler on middle track below Navigation/Radar station a very vocal bird but only showed briefly in the top of a sycamore Pete Vanstone turned up just in time to see it, my earliest autumn bird in Devon. Other birds of interest 2 Firecrest, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Willow Warbler 13 Chiffchaff and 8 Blackcap.

Click this link... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voIT0GZYGbM&feature=youtu.be   for video clip of clear call - sorry couldn't edit out the talking..

 

Posted September 19th, 2014 at 6:31 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Horsey Island

Photo of the Ruff on Horsey Island.


Posted September 19th, 2014 at 5:37 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

R.Caen & Horsey Island

Now 15 Black tailed Godwits + 1 Bar tailed Godwit on the R.Caen by the Toll House which was not in the flock of 13 Black tailed Godwits late yesterday aft.

Horsey Island now 5 Curlew Sandpiper (only 2 of the 5 in photo), 20 Dunlin & still 1 Ruff.

Apologies for the poor quality photos!



Posted September 19th, 2014 at 5:31 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Around the Axe

Black Hole Marsh looking really good at the moment with an impressive 8 Ruff feeding on it this afternoon, along with 2 Little Stint, 2 Green Sands, 3 Greenshank and double figure counts of Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Lapwing and Black-tailed Godwit. All we need now are some westerly winds to bring in the American waders...

Earlier in the day a Bar-tailed Godwit was on the Estuary.

Posted September 19th, 2014 at 2:24 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh - Viewing Platform

Lunchtime visit to about 1.55. Looking from the viewing platform over the river, I was amazed to see a Guillemot in amongst the Black-headed Gulls. Presumably it had been driven up the river in the overnight storms. Not a bird I expected to see in my lunch break!

Also 3+ Curlew Sandpipers, 1 Ruff and 4 Avocet. 1 Black Swan as well.

Posted September 19th, 2014 at 2:18 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Thursday 18th September 2014

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:00 till 18:00

From the viewing platform 1 juv osprey at 16:30 caught a large mullet and flew towards turf, 7 juv curlew sandpiper, 36+ knot, 13+ bar tailed godwits, 10 avocets, 2 spotted redshanks, 2 juv ruff, a black tern between exton and Lympstone 18+ common tern and 40+ sandwich terns, 1 summer plumage grey plover, 300+ redshanks, 200+ black tailed godwits, 2 water rail, 1 kingfisher.

 

Posted September 18th, 2014 at 11:42 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Wrafton etc..

On the pond, still 4 Wigeon, with a Tufted Duck this evening, 6 Little Grebes and what appears to be an influx of Coot - 16 at least. One Swallow swooped in for a drink. In addition to Rob's 13 Godwit, a Greenshank and an Oystercatcher, along with 3 more Little Grebes. Around Sherpa Marsh Green Sandpiper still, 70+ Canada Geese, 2 Little Egrets, 3 Grey Herons, and maybe 150 Swallows dipping and hawking. 4 more Little Grebes. Pick of the bunch was a Pintail!

Forgot to mention that in the reserve this morning at least 3 Chiffchaff singing and also a very unseasonal singing Blackcap!

Posted September 18th, 2014 at 6:51 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Downend & R.Caen

Sanderling resting peacefully away from the dogs & the joggers on the beach this morning.

13 Black tailed Godwits searching for food by the Toll House late aft.



Posted September 18th, 2014 at 6:36 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

field visit to Bowling green marsh

Over 40 different species seen including ruff, curlew sandpiper avocets knot and spotted redshank

Posted September 18th, 2014 at 6:33 pm by lesley g in General Birding

Berry Head

Searching the woodlands on top of the headland produced: 3-4 Firecrest, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Spotted Flycatchers, 13 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 7 Blackcap. Plus overhead: 1 Yellow wagtail, Grey Wagtail 200+ Swallows, 20+ House Martins. 

Posted September 18th, 2014 at 5:50 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Re: Ringed and Flagged Curlew Sandpiper today at Pottington, R.Taw

It would appear that this Curlew Sandpiper (ECH) was one of a batch ringed and flagged in Norway on the 2nd September 2014. Two others, namely ECC and ECG have been reported earlier this month in Lancashire. Keep your bins focused.

Posted September 18th, 2014 at 5:03 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Baggy Point

Nice young Hobby, very obliging at the tip of Baggy Point, hawking insects at eye level down to 10m this morning. Also 5 Wheatear and a number of Chiffs + the usual residents.

Whinchat in the Barred Warbler scrub last night on Morte, but nothing else despite a couple of hours search

Posted September 18th, 2014 at 4:13 pm by Stuart Darbyshire in General Birding

R.Taw off Pottington Ind. Est. 14:15 - 15:30

5 Black-tailed Godwit; c130 Dunlin (mostly juveniles); 2 Ringed Plover (Juveniles); 6 Knot; 4 Greenshank and 1 flagged Curlew Sandpiper ( Red ring left tibia, metal i/d ring left tarsus and yellow flag on right tibia with black letters "ECH")

Posted September 18th, 2014 at 3:57 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Skern

A very low high tide at the Skern early afternoon. Small waders are certainly at a premium here this Autumn, and no Dunlin or Ringed Plover were found. However 2 Little Stint were feeding around the perimeter of Greysands Lake. Back on the mudflats were 2 Golden Plover, 1 Knot, 2 DB Brent Geese and a lazing Peregrine.

Posted September 18th, 2014 at 3:21 pm by Roger Doble in General Birding

Velator reserve

Whilst ringing this morning in the reserve, I saw a Pied Flycatcher - first I've seen here. RInging details on the forum.

Posted September 18th, 2014 at 2:45 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

A combination of clear nights, strong easterly winds and disturbance from farm working has made for hard going the last few days. However a few migrants still to be found;

this morning 3 Wheatears, 2 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat (m,f), Whitethroat and Chiffchaff. 3 Lapwing settled on rough pasture after the first 2 of the autumn yesterday.

Linnets (26), Meadow Pipits (c50 but probably an underestimate) and Skylarks (20) steadily increasing but without the arable field on the airfield it is difficult to see how the big numbers seen in the past will attracted here this autumn.

Posted September 18th, 2014 at 10:25 am by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Lundy

In addition to the Hen Harrier mentioned below by Stuart Darbyshire, recent Lundy sightings have included juv Common Rosefinch (ringed on 10th), juv Dotterel (near the Rocket Pole on 16th) and 6 Balearic Shearwaters off the South End late yesterday afternoon (17th). The Tree Sparrow flock that appeared in August was last seen on 30th.

Posted September 18th, 2014 at 8:49 am by Tim Jones in General Birding

Wednesday 17th September 2014

South Huish - yesterday

Photo of the Purple Heron taken yesterday morning by my son Rory, a non-birder, whilist doing groundworks in the reserve


Posted September 17th, 2014 at 9:37 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:00 till 17:00

from the hide 1 curlew sandpiper, 3 juv ruff, 12+ knot among redshank and a few black tailed godwits, 5 little egrets, 4 greenshanks.

from the viewing platform a further 6 curlew sandpiper with 8+ dunlin among 150+ redshanks, 11+ knot, 3 water rail, 1 kingfisher, but best bird was a juv Black tern among 20+ common tern and 30+ sandwhich terns feeding between exton station and Lympstone and over to powderham corner along with severall hundred black headed gulls. 

Posted September 17th, 2014 at 8:11 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Downend

The Sanderling were on the rocks instead of the beach this morning.

Probably had too much disturbance on the beach from mad dogs & joggers & desperately needed somewhere to rest in peace for a while!


Posted September 17th, 2014 at 6:22 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

River Caen

1100-1400   On the river 4 Little grebe, 9 Black tailed godwit and 2 Kingfisher. On the marsh 5+ Buzzard and 2 Kestrel. On the high tide roost at horsey island 15 Green shank, 5 Red shank, 2 Black tailed godwit and 1 ruff.

Posted September 17th, 2014 at 6:19 pm by John Hunt in General Birding

River Teign

This afternoon: 13 Dunlin, 12 Ringed Plovers and 1 Curlew Sandpiper. 12 Sandwich Terns in the river at high tide along with a couple of Cormorants and a Shag.



Posted September 17th, 2014 at 6:07 pm by david cawthraw in General Birding

Topsham Recreation Ground 8 - 9 a.m.

Early morning gull watching produced a presumed hybrid Herring x Lesser BB and a colour-ringed juv. Great BB - from S Wales I believe. The usual adult Med Gull and at least three Common Sands also present. As if that wasn't excitement enough a Peregrine took a Kingfisher - didn't see the strike but saw the result. With all the usual apologies for photo quality.

Hybrid Gull - 17/9/2014 Topsham Recreation Ground
Hybrid Gull - 17/9/2014 Topsham Recreation Ground

Great Black-backed Gull juv. - 17/9/2014 Topsham Recreation Ground
Great Black-backed Gull juv. - 17/9/2014 Topsham Recreation Ground

Peregrine predating Kingfisher - 17/9/2014 Topsham Recreation Ground
Peregrine predating Kingfisher - 17/9/2014 Topsham Recreation Ground

Posted September 17th, 2014 at 4:00 pm by Tim Worfolk in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime visit to about 1.55. The waders have been tightly packed this week so it has been hard to pick anything out at times. Hiding in the flock today were at least 2 Curlew Sandpipers and 3 Ruff. Also good numbers of Knot.

Posted September 17th, 2014 at 2:12 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Tuesday 16th September 2014

Fishermans Huts - R.Caen

The Peregrine on the high tide roost taking a rest after terrorizing an Oystercatcher which narrowly escaped with it's life.

Also 5 Wigeon & 2 Common Terns at the mouth of R.Caen.


Posted September 16th, 2014 at 10:04 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Rillage Point, nr Ilfracombe, 08.15 to 10.00

Groups of Swallows totalling about 120 flying in off the sea into SE headwind. Small numbers of Sand Martins and House Martins with them. Watched a Ruff (rare in these parts) low over the sea, followed shortly after by a Ringed Plover. Also 30 Meadow Pipits, 43 Goldfinches, 4 Stonechats and 3 passage Collared Doves.

Posted September 16th, 2014 at 9:58 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Whinchat - alongside R. Caen

Walked the bank along the Caen from Velator to Blackstone Rock & back, (12.30 - 15.00), hoping to spot the Osprey but no sign of it. The Whinchat was showing well on the fence posts neat the metal walkway. Also a couple of Dunlin & 3 Ringed Plovers with the dozen Black-tailed Godwits on the mud-flats


Posted September 16th, 2014 at 9:28 pm by Chris & Sally Bollen in General Birding

Lundy

Adult female Hen Harrier (bit of a surprise), a couple of Spotted Flycatcher and a Balearic Shear on the return boat the only real highlights of a pretty quiet day on Lundy

Posted September 16th, 2014 at 7:59 pm by Stuart Darbyshire in General Birding

Caen/Sherpa

Started with a quick look in at Wrafton Pond: 3 Wigeon still. The Godwits were in the Marsh as I walked past, but in the river nearly everything was a Black-headed Gull. No Osprey, but I think 3 Spoonbills roosting over the other side at Isley. A Peregrine flew over manacing everything. The only waders on the pill were 2 Curlew and 1 Redshank, until I got back to the Toll House when I saw 12 Godwits, all Black-tailed except one Bar-tailed. + 1 Greenshank. Around the marsh 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Swallows. Kingfisher, Snipe.

Posted September 16th, 2014 at 7:29 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Berry Hd

A visit this evening included a short seawatch: 3 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Great Skuas, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Knot & one Harbour Porpoise.

Around the headland: 1 Wheatear, 12 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap,  1 Goldcrest and while trying to photograph the chiffchaffs beside the pond on the 'heath' 2 Firecrests appeared..

 Firecest Berry Hd 16 Sept 14 ML2    Fircest Berry Hd 16 Sept 14 ML

Posted September 16th, 2014 at 7:12 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

South Huish Marsh

Purple Heron flew from the south end of the marsh at 16.30, circled the toilet block and lost from view over the hill towards South Milton Ley having been flushed by a birder on the marsh. 

Posted September 16th, 2014 at 6:08 pm by Bill Macdonald in General Birding

Lopwell Dam, River Tavy

Juvenile OSPREY flew downstream over Lopwell Dam at about 1445 today 16th Sept, and returned with small fish at 1500.

It then flew upstream towards Denham Bridge.  At one stage calling nervously as it was chased by Ravens.

Posted September 16th, 2014 at 4:20 pm by roger smaldon in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

The Whinchats just keep coming with 5 this morning. 8 Wheatears (including one Greenland race), Stonechat, Chiffchaff. Meadow Pipits increasing all the time with 50+ this morning along with 20+ Linnets and 10 Skylarks. 

Posted September 16th, 2014 at 2:58 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Instow

9.00-10.20 on rising tide. Highlights 1 Wheatear, 1 Sedge Warbler hawking insects from the metal framework by the wreck, 1 Knot and a Peregrine. The falcon sat on the rocks surrounded by corvids with Oystercatcher roost nearby, and at 10.20 took off and showed well overhead for several minutes. Also a few Ringed Plover, Rock Pipit, Stonechat, Chiffchaff and M. a. alba wagtails. Masses of Starling, Swallow and House Martin around the cottages.

Posted September 16th, 2014 at 12:51 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

R.Taw. Pottington to Ashford Sewage Works inc Penhill. 07:30 - 09:00

Common Sandpiper 2; Curlew Sandpiper  2; Redshank 1; Dunlin c200; Little Egret 16; Sanderling 8; Bar-tailed Godwit 2; Black-tailed Godwit 6 and Shelduck 8.

Off Penhill Marsh - Little Egret 18; Grey Heron 7 and 1 Peregrine perched on branch on sandbar.

Bradiford Reserve - Wigeon 11; Teal 15; Buzzard 1 and Kingfisher 2.

Posted September 16th, 2014 at 10:01 am by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Monday 15th September 2014

Prawle

Early morning visit with Dave Norman in difficult conditions with a blustery E-NE wind.

3+ Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Wheatear, 4+ Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Wagtail, 60+ House Martin, 2 Whinchat, a Treepipit and an early Black Redstart.

At Pig Nose Valley: 8+ Chiffchaff, 10+ Blackcap, 2 Whinchat, 5 Wheatear & lots of Meadow Pipits (No sign of the Wryneck reported yesterday).

Stopped off at South Huish Marsh on the way back but failed with the heron. Little Stint, 6 Dunlin, a Snipe, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2+ Sand Martin and a fly over Hobby.

Posted September 15th, 2014 at 8:18 pm by Bill Macdonald in General Birding

LOWER TAMAR LAKE

Lower Tamar Lake 10:00

10 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Coot, 3 Tufted Duck 1m 2f, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Bullfinch, c25 Goldfinch

Posted September 15th, 2014 at 7:27 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding

R.Taw off Pottington Ind Est. 14:40 - 16:00

18 Little Egret; 2 Greenshank; 1 juvenile Little Stint; 2 Curlew sandpiper and just 16 Dunlin.

Bradiford Reserve - 9 Teal; 4 moorhen and 1 Kingfisher.

Posted September 15th, 2014 at 7:09 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Sherpa

 Late afternoon: Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank and now 12 Black-tailed Godwits on the Caen near the toll house. Not much around the marsh: Green Sandpiper, 200+ Canada Geese... and great views of an adult female Marsh Harrier by Chivenor. Still very few Swallows.

Posted September 15th, 2014 at 6:38 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Here and there

A short visit to an old haunt this morning - Shipley Bridge. Highlight was a Hobby south, Dipper and a mixed flock of Chiffchaff (4-5 birds), Goldcrest (6-8 birds) and Long tailed Tits. Two Blackcaps and a Green Woodpecker also present. The clearance of Rhododendron along by the river has got to be commended and gives a much better open aspect to the river allowing for better viewing.

This afternoon at Upottery Airfield, 8 Wheatear and 3 Whinchat despite disturbance from sileage operations. 

Posted September 15th, 2014 at 6:29 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Turf Hotel, River Exe

A Green Sandpiper and a Kingfisher near the lock gate about 2.30pm.

Posted September 15th, 2014 at 4:52 pm by Rob Hubble in General Birding

Soar Mill Cove to East Soar

A five and a half oiuting was high on quantity but a little low on quality: Tally highlights inc.Gannet 46, Sparrowhawk 1, Buzzard 3, Kestrel 5, Ringed Plover 5 & Dunlin 4 - both flying east, Lesser Black-backed Gull 21, Herring Gull 300, Great Black-backed Gull 60 - good count for this site, Sand Martin 4, Swallow 107, House Martin 21, Meadow Pipit 300, Robin 42, Stonechat 23, Wheatear 8, Whitethroat 14, Blackcap 4, Chiffchaff 22, Willow Warbler 4, Carrion Crow 80, Linnet 145, Bullfinch 2, Yellowhammer 7 & Cirl Bunting 13. No sign of the Wryneck in the Cove!

Eight species of butterfly inc.a clouded yellow.

Posted September 15th, 2014 at 4:49 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

R Caen and Horsey Island

7.30 - 9.30am on the loop of Horsey, 16sp wader inc. 3 Curlew Sand, single Grey Plover & Turnstone, both Godwits, Ruff and Common Sand. Osprey still, Marsh Harrier & Peregrine all gave good views. Also Whinchat and 40+ Meds in the BH Gulls on the main river.

Posted September 15th, 2014 at 4:18 pm by Stuart Darbyshire in General Birding

South Milton Ley/South Huish

 2 Little Stints at SML and 1 at Huish with 4 Dunlins and flyover Knot and Ringed Plover. 200+ House Martins, 2 Wheatears and good flocks of Linnets, Goldfinches, Meadow Pipits and Pied Wagtails. No sign of the Purple Heron between 7:30 am and 12 noon.

Little Stint
Little Stint

Posted September 15th, 2014 at 3:42 pm by Graham Watson in General Birding

Morte Point

Further to an early call from Julia, arrived on site at about 9.30. Found the ropey trees, but not the bird (well something pale disappeared after a split second...). Went for coffee and then returned and found Derek, we went back to the site he had seen the bird, but sadly only Whitethroat seen.

Posted September 15th, 2014 at 1:06 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Morte Point

Phone call from Derek Stacey this morning to say believes Barred Warbler relocated still in same area. 

Enter from gate near cemetery, walk c100m towards the "art/sculture display" - four sticks with coloured rope bound round them and collection of rocks in grass with compass, stones in a glass bottle on a plinth etc.

Bird in bushes nearby elusive, calling with brief views 8.00am.

Mobile signal failed before more info!

 

Posted September 15th, 2014 at 9:17 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Sunday 14th September 2014

South Huish Marsh

As an addendum to Perry's post, I spent around four hours at South Huish before the Purple Heron showed itself at the back of the marsh around 15:00.  It never flew but was stalking back & forth and was still in view when I left 45 minutes later.  Also there was a Curlew Sandpiper and about a dozen Dunlin being the only waders.  Handfulls of House Martin and Sand Martin were in the Swallow flocks.  Good numbers of Pied/White Wagtails and Meadow Pipits and 4 or 5 Wheatear were in the cattle field.  A lone Sparrowhawk caused a brief bit of excitement causing everything but the heron to rise.

Posted September 14th, 2014 at 10:00 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 08:50 till 13:00

A very good count of 10 curlew sandpipers among 120+ dunlin, 18+ knot, 13+ bar tailed godwits, 3 ruff, 2 spotted redshanks, 14+ greenshanks, 31 avocet , 1 whimbrel,  good numbers of redshank , black tailed godwits , curlew, 9+ lapwing, 10+ wigeon, 25+ shoveler, among good numbers of teal, 1 female sparrowhawk caused havoc at times and a peregrine added to the panic, 5+ meadow pipit among 20+ pied wagtails, 2 buzzard , 2 jays, 3 blackcaps. 

Posted September 14th, 2014 at 8:53 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Tidal River Caen to Taw confluence

14:30 to 15:00 5+ Blacktailed Gotwits 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Egret, 30+ Goldfinch, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard 1 Female Sparrowhawk, and a fishing Osprey which bought the catch to the post near the confluence. A great site on a warm sunny afternoon.

Osprey with its catch
Osprey with its catch

Landing with the catch
Landing with the catch

And enjoying the meal!
And enjoying the meal!

Posted September 14th, 2014 at 8:26 pm by Derek Carter in General Birding

Exmouth -

WEBS count from 0825 with impressive count on both sections from Shelley/Duck Pond to Lympstone.  

Over 400 Wigeon, 220 Mallard, 5 Pintail, & 47 Egrets in two clusters in the reeds on the Mudbank foreshore.    14 Brent Geese (all dark-bellied) 10 Bar-tail Godwits and 307 Curlew. 13 Great Crested Grebes on the Lympstone side.    

No Swans today - a flock of up to 25 have been coming to feast on the eel grass recently

Posted September 14th, 2014 at 7:46 pm by Rupert Ormerod in General Birding

South Huish

Brief flight view of the Purple Heron at 17:50. Only wader was a Ringed Plover that dropped in. Group of 10 Sand Martins also passed through.

Posted September 14th, 2014 at 6:44 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Wembury Bay and Plym Estuary & Saltram

Little of note at Wembury this morning, however, a gathering of c30 House Martins at Heybrook Bay contained 2 Sand Martins, and 3 Bar-tailed Godwits were on the beach.

This afternoon at the Plym Estuary & Saltram, Whichats had increased to 8, still a single Stonechat and also 9 Chiffchaffs, 2 Bullfinches and 2 Clouded Yellows (tide wrong for wader counts).

Posted September 14th, 2014 at 6:42 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Braunton

I notice that  once again on the day of the WeBS count, the Common Crane has been seen today! That's at least 3 months it's been there, hiding away in the network of fields south of the Marsh Road. Oddly I was on that very road at about the time it was seen looking vaguely in the direction of where I saw it a couple of months ago, but a tractor and sheepdog were at work...

Wrafton Pond again had Tufted Duck and 3 Wigeon this afternoon. Sherpa had over 200 Canada Geese, still 24 Swans, 2 Little Egrets, and even a few Swallows. A Common Sandpiper was in Velator harbour. A few Meadow Pipits have also arrived in the fields.

Posted September 14th, 2014 at 6:21 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

instow

Ooo nearly 200!!,194 med gulls.132 ads,4 2w,58fw.Quite possibly the six more needed tucked away on the rocks so only counted the obvious ones.Picked aload of blackberries as well so crumble for dinner with clotted cream,ooooo arrrr.Count made at 12:00.

Posted September 14th, 2014 at 5:28 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Cold, grey and misty this morning. However 2 Wheatears, 2 Whinchats, Stonechat (first of autumn) and a Grey wagtail. Plenty of Meadow Pipits (30+) around fresh cut grass. 

Posted September 14th, 2014 at 5:24 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Coleton Fishacre

Did  some walks around Coleton Camp and Brownstone-Froward Point area with Vic Tucker, very blustery winds and after clear moonlit nights not a lot of migrants around. 4 Wheatears and 2 White Wagtails in ploughed field towards Brownstone. No Phylloscopus warblers .

Vic  tells me there will be Society management work at South Huish from Tues involving booked contractors   machinery use , anyone wanting to visit there may find Monday quieter.

Posted September 14th, 2014 at 4:24 pm in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatch 07:00-14:00 E-ENE 4-5  (with ML until 09:15). Balearic Shearwaters 66 S (8 N), Manx Shearwater S, Arctic Skua 16  S (3 N), Great Skua S, Mediterranean Gull 5 S (all 1cy), Common Gull 7 S, Little Gull 1cy S, Common Tern 2 S, Kittiwake 837 S, Common Scoter 2 S (8 N), Fulmar 7 S, Auks 28 S (mostly Razorbill), Brent Goose heading N and c30 Swallows heading S.

With now c420 Balearics past Berry Head since 10th, I made some enquiries with our French colleauges about the situation on their side of the channel. Sure enough c4000 were recorded in Douarnenez Bay (Brittany) on 9th September - makes our counts look fairly meagre!

Posted September 14th, 2014 at 3:56 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Beesands

Did the WeBS count for the ley this morning and saw 2 Little Grebes, 3 Mute Swans ( pr and 1 young ), 15 Canada Geese, 43 Gadwall, 9 Tufted Duck,  2 Moorhen and 65 Coot. Big improvement on last year (  in January the count registered an unbelievable zero ) so something has changed for the better. Will be interesting to see how Slapton Ley ( which was brilliant last winter ) fares this time around. Also heard singing Cetti's Warbler and Chiffchaff. Lone Wheatear on the windswept beach.

 

Posted September 14th, 2014 at 1:54 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

River Caen

1030   To add to Rob Jutsum earlier post a Common Crane in flight over the marsh and the toll house.

Posted September 14th, 2014 at 1:46 pm by John Hunt in General Birding

R.Caen > Horsey Island

An interesting WeBS count early this morning on this sector.

The Osprey was still on the metal post when I walked past the Fishermen's huts.

Waders on Horsey Island included 31 Greenshank, 33 Redshank, 19 Dunlin, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 4 Black tailed Godwits, 1 Green Sandpiper & 5 Ruff.

Posted September 14th, 2014 at 12:04 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Exe Estuary - Turf

WeBS count this morning started at 8.25. Along the sea-wall 3 wheatears and one, possibly two, whinchats with c10 alba wagtails.

About 150 black-tailed godwits and a similar number of curlew. Only other waders were 40 oystercatchers, one bar-tailed godwit and a single turnstone and all the waders were pushed off by the rapidly rising tide. On the estuary 4 comic terns (all juvs and probably common terns). 17 little egrets feeding on Greenland Bank was an impressive sight.

 

Posted September 14th, 2014 at 11:08 am by John Waldon in General Birding

Saturday 13th September 2014

South Huish - Purple Heron

Arrived at South Huish at 5.10pm to be greeted with c100 cars and hundreds of people, apparently either attending a local wedding or an organised BBQ on the beach. Local birders told me that the Purple Heron unsurprisingly hadn't been seen again since flying back into the far left hand corner in front of the willows. I joined John Day and luckily at 5.38pm the Juvenile Purple Heron flew out from the far left hand corner, flew down the marsh and stood in full view on the marsh on the seaward side of the second ditch behind the back pool.  After 20 minutes of excellent uninterrupted views, it flew back again to the back left hand side of the marsh( Which is presumably its favoured area). On the pool a Curlew Sand and a Dunlin. 1+ Yellow Wagtail and a Hobby was seen chasing Swallows by Carol from Plymouth. 

Posted September 13th, 2014 at 8:08 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Soar and South Huish

A cool, blustery morning around East Soar with Roy and Graham; the sun never came out and, neither did the birds really! Next-to-nothing in Starehole.

Only 80+ Swallows, 5 House Martins and a single Sand Martin, SE, plus c120 Meadow Pipits in the same direction. Also - Tree Pipit (2), Whinchat, Wheatear (14), Willow Warbler (4 including several really beautifully yellow ones), Chiifchaff (14), Great Spotted Woodpecker, Yellow Wagtail (5+), Grey wagtail (2), Alba Wagtail (15+, mainly Whites), Blackcap (2), and Whitethroat (5).   

Later, at South Huish, the juv Purple Heron showed in the open, but distantly, at the back of the marsh (before reportedly flying further away and dropping near the sallows). A Curlew Sandpiper and Black-tailed Godwit dropped in; also Whichat, Kingfisher, Yellow Wagtail and 2 Snipe.

On the way home, a Green Sandpiper by the A379 bridge over the River Erme.

Posted September 13th, 2014 at 6:12 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Upper Tamar Lake

Very few waders present despite the extensive muddy margins - just 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Dunlin.   Also 3 Grey Herons and quite large numbers of Swallows and House Martins amounting to 70+ in total.

Posted September 13th, 2014 at 4:14 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Teign Estuary

An Osprey was circling over the middle part of the estuary at 9am before flying towards Passage House. I relocated it in a tree at Netherton Point an hour later. Waders included 16 Ringed Plovers, 11 Dunlin, 9 Redshanks, two Bar-tailed Godwits, a Black-tailed Godwit and a Common Sandpiper.

Posted September 13th, 2014 at 3:26 pm by Will Salmon in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 07:00 till 11:00

a good morning did along the lane to start with producing 1 treecreeper, 2 nuthatch, 6+ blackcap, 13+ chiffchaff , 3 coal tits and a group of 30+ long tailed tits, 2 great spotted woodpeckers, 1 green woodpecker, 15+ linnets, a small fall of robins.

from the viewing platform 2 water rail, kingfisher and 5 avocet

from the hide 4 curlew sandpipers among 100+ dunlin, 3 spotted redshanks, 9+ greenshanks, 4 whimbrel, 12+ bar tailed godwits,8+ snipe,  18+ knot among good numbers of redshank, black tailed godwits and curlew, 3+ oystercatcher a posdible ring tail harrier sp seen briefley as it disappeared was one which got away but caused panic among the waders, a lesser black backed gull attacked a redshank which got away a dunlin wasnt so lucky and the rest of the waders remained wary after with more disturbance possible from a peregrine which was later seen meant a lot of birds left heading back to the estuary . 

Posted September 13th, 2014 at 12:29 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Berry Head

Up on top of headland very quiet 8 Chiffchaffs, 1 Blackcap, 3 Grey Wagtails, 3 'alba' wagtails, 13 Meadow Pipits & 1Tree Pipit (See photo below).

Tree Pipit Berry Hd 13 Sept 2014 ML

Posted September 13th, 2014 at 12:25 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

South Huish - Purple Heron

The juvenile Purple Heron was seen flying at 11:15 from one of the ditches in the centre of the meadowlands towards the area near the main stream, furthest from the car park.  There were at least two sightings by other birders earlier in the morning.

Posted September 13th, 2014 at 12:20 pm by Nick & Gill Townsend in General Birding

instow

184 med gulls.139 ads,5sw,40fw,7 juv knot,peregrine,common tern,08:30-11:15

Posted September 13th, 2014 at 12:14 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Berry Head 0700-1100

Slower this morning than yesterday but still birds moving with some coming quite close after 1030. 

43 Balearic Shearwater, 10 Arctic Skua, 2 Great Skua, 3 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Tern, 3 Common Scoter, 100 or so Kittiwake on sea. Porpoise were difficult to count with regular sightings later in the morning, at least 4 individuals involved but probably more.

Posted September 13th, 2014 at 11:51 am by Andy Plumb in General Birding

Soar Mill Cove

Wryneck using grassfield and path directly above the cove. Good movement of chiffchaff with spotted flycatcher. 200+ meadow pipit with occasional yellow wagtail over.

Posted September 13th, 2014 at 11:25 am by Colin Mills in General Birding

Wembury, 12th September

Belated news (again) from yesterday : -

With a wryneck-y feel to the day on a look around the coast path at Wembury and eventually I found one! I flushed it from the footpath leading up the valley from the main beach, it flew off into a nearby clump of sallows where it preened for a short time before being chased off by a female blackcap into deeper cover and out of sight.

Also seen were 2 yellow wagtail in the upper horse field by the stables and a wheatear in the lower horse fields, a singing chiffchaff,  2 flyover grey wagtails, 2 bar tailed godwits roosting on the rocks at Wembury Point with the oystercatchers. 

A flock of hirundines over the main beach comprised 100+ swallow,20+ house martin and 3+ sand martin. 2 ravens flew along the coast and 3 buzzards soared in the strong breeze with 2 of the birds being very pale looking on the underparts and head.

Not a bad mornings walk with 4 clouded yellows being a non-avian highlight.

Record shot of wryneck
Record shot of wryneck

Posted September 13th, 2014 at 11:07 am by Stuart Green in General Birding

R.Taw off Pottington Ind Est. 07:40 - 09:15

15 Teal; 4 Greenshank; 4 Little Egret; 75 Dunlin; 1 Redshank; 3 Common Sandpiper; 3 Green Sandpiper flying downriver and 10 Wigeon also flying about; disturbed by 2 wildfowlers on Penhill Marsh and 1 behind the wall near mouth of Bradiford Water. That`s a bit close to the Tarka Trail!

100s of Swallows and House Martins feeding over the flooded saltmarsh off Pottington.

Posted September 13th, 2014 at 10:27 am by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - 1 dotterel over calling at 0830. Off Mudbank the first brent geese back - 12 birds in the middle of the river - there appeared to be at least 1 pale-bellied bird with them but they were very distant so not certain.

Posted September 13th, 2014 at 9:46 am by Matt Knott in General Birding

Friday 12th September 2014

instow

114 med gulls.80 ads,34 juv/fw.upto 1000 medium gulls feeding over fish in the skern area so probly more mixed in with them so good numbers still around,19:45

Posted September 12th, 2014 at 8:53 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Wrafton

The pond had a Tufted Duck a Shoveler and a few Teal. 2 Common Sandpipers on the pill by the Toll House. 24 Swans 94 Canada Geese, 2 Little Egrets, a few Little Grebes, more Teal and 3 Wigeon in Sherpa Marsh. 1 Sand Martin and one Swallow, no wonder I can't catch any!

Posted September 12th, 2014 at 8:02 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Berry head update

Seawatch 07:00-18:00. Major passage of Balearic Shearwaters final total 251 south (22 N), movement mainly morning then late afternoon, largest flock 21. Other species as per ML's post in addition 2 Manx Shearwaters late pm. Other totals 31 S Arctic Skuas (5 N), 3  S Bonxie (1 N), Common Scoter 11 S (11 N), 6 Common Tern, 4 Sandwich Terns, c2000 Kittiwakes. Top photo of part (10) of the 21 Balearic flock (click to enlarge).

Balearic ShearwatersArctic Skua

Posted September 12th, 2014 at 7:15 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Instow Cricket Ground-Isley Marsh

The Osprey was still on post over the Chivenor side of the river, moved fromone post near the wooden sheds to the well used one further east.

Lots of activity in the brambles by the pond with Stonechat, Blackcap and Whitethroat. Alsoa possible Whinchat which was briefly seen but could not be relocated. Very large bright supercilium. 

Higblights were the two Little Stint on the high tide line between the two jetties east of the pond. Lovely views and still bright in partial summer plumage.

Posted September 12th, 2014 at 7:00 pm by Karen Sims in General Birding

East Soar & South Huish

East Soar (0800-1245)

Best bird was a Pied Flyctacher nr the Car Park. After that it was Whinchat, 9 Wheatear, 13 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler, 12 Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler, 30+ Sand Martins and 100 Swallows moving east. Also first real numbers of Meadow Pipits with 43 moving east. Pretty hard going really.

South Huish

Nice views of juvs Curlew and Wood Sandpipers on the marsh.

Posted September 12th, 2014 at 5:00 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Fremington seawall / Gaia Trust SSSI

Highlight of this morning's ringing session was a juvenile Sedge Warbler with a ludicrously large fat reserve. Sub-cutaneous fat is usually deposited in the tracheal pit and cloacal regions, but this bird also had deposits covering almost its entire breast muscle! It weighed a whopping 19.6 grams, most weigh 11 or 12g.

Also sighted overhead were 1 Common Snipe, Sparrowhawk, 150 Goldfinch and 100+ Swallow. Greenshank were heard. On the ploughed field at Home Farm Marsh, 1 Wheatear and 2 Skylark. Finally, a Clouded Yellow Butterfly.

Posted September 12th, 2014 at 3:59 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Upper Tamar Lake - 12th Set.

Upper Tamar Lake - 12th Sept.

1 Osprey flying low over the water, then flying up the northern arm to the wooded area - also seen yesterday by the ranger.  3 Grey Herons, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Grey Wagtail, 200+ Canada Geese and 1 Common Sandpiper

Harvey Kendall

Posted September 12th, 2014 at 3:06 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

East Devon Raptors

Just been driving to Ottery from Sidmouth and saw 2 different Hobbys (one in Sidbury and the second on East Hill), also on East Hill were 2 Kestrels circling with a Buzzard.  Nice car journey, sad that a Kestrel is quite a scarce spot now though.

Posted September 12th, 2014 at 2:25 pm by Ben Rowland in General Birding

Soar Mill Cove Area

Still quiet up here, best being 30 golden plover over, 52 swallow, 11 alba wagtail, wheatear, stonechat 18, whitethroat 13, blackcap 11, chiffchaff 9, linnet 104, cirl bunting 15 & yellowhammer 3.

Posted September 12th, 2014 at 2:03 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Osprey on the Taw

Osprey still present on post near the end of the Caen.

I watched it arrive at the post at around 13:45

Posted September 12th, 2014 at 1:55 pm by Chris Triggs in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatching 0700-1100hrs: 155 Balearic Shearwaters >S ( 18>N), 12 Arctic Skuas >S (3>N), Great Skua 2 >S 1 (>N), 1 fw Little Gull 1260 Kittiwake >S many resting on sea in large flocks, 2 juv Yellow-legged Gulls, 2 Sandwich and 2 Common Terns, 1 Mediterranean Gull >N, 11 Common Scoter >N (8>S) also 1 Ocean Sunfish >N 5-6 Harbour Porpoise, 3 probable Risso's Dolphins (unable to rule out White-beaked Dolphin entirely) 1 Grey Seal.

Overhead while seawatching: 1 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Grey Wagtail, 2 'alba' Wagtails, 8 Swallows. 

ML,MD, DMN

Posted September 12th, 2014 at 12:07 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Thursday 11th September 2014

Cuckoo - Fremington

Missing pics from last post



Posted September 11th, 2014 at 9:17 pm by Chris & Sally Bollen in General Birding

Late Cuckoo - Fremington Quay - Wednesday 11th

First thought this bird was a Sparrowhawk but since downloading my pics I am now fairly convinced it's a Cuckoo - (sightings report has been submitted). Didn't see bird in flight, just managed to get a couple of not very good pics of it sat in a bush on the foreshore - when I looked back it was gone.

(Yes that's a Cuckoo - SW)

 

Posted September 11th, 2014 at 8:45 pm by Chris & Sally Bollen in General Birding

Taw estuary from seawall at Fremington

Low tide (15.00), 3 Greenshank flew upriver towards Fremington Quay. Marsh Harrier female/juv flew low over Salt Pill Duck Pond at 15.40.

Posted September 11th, 2014 at 8:27 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

South Huish / Thurlestone

The juv Purple Heron that was seen briefly early yesterday and couldn't be relocated; popped up again this afternoon at the back of South Huish Marsh thanks to eagle-eyed Russell Eynon.  Arthur Livett also reports a Wryneck on the coastal path down near the hut on Golf Course.

Posted September 11th, 2014 at 7:06 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Goatwalk

3 avocets were feeding on the mud ahead of the rising tide at about 6pm!
Earlier I watched a peregrine hunting low over the estuary, also from the Goatwalk, it went out of sight somewhere around the Turf so I didn't see if it was successful.

Posted September 11th, 2014 at 7:01 pm by Helen Whitall in General Birding

Morte

Ok, just had a message from Stuart Derbyshire saying it was he who saw (and indeed heard) the Barred Warbler this morning at about 07.30. There are indeed some dead trees with distinctive coloured rope on them! Not far from the gate, apparently. I obviously didn't look far enough!

To add to Jon's post Derek Stacey tells me the "trees with coloured ropes" are actually part of an art display - four sticks with coloured ropes around them - I think he said c50m from the gate.

Posted September 11th, 2014 at 5:17 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

South Huish marsh

Thur 11th Sept pm

One each of dunlin, knot, curlew sandpiper and green sandpiper on the edge of the pool, plus wheatear in the field behind the shack.

Posted September 11th, 2014 at 4:53 pm by Chris Klee in General Birding

Morte

Perhaps it was Chinese whispers.... and should be ...scrubby Guelder rose.....

Don't recall seeing any of that either!

Posted September 11th, 2014 at 4:36 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Barred Warbler

In response to Jon, I found the Barred Warbler this morning (about 7.30) it was down from the gated entrance by the cemetery in the scrub by the dead trees that have coloured rope wound round them. Apologies if the instructions weren't clear, I thought the trees were pretty distinctive

cheers, Stuart Darbyshire

Posted September 11th, 2014 at 4:32 pm by Stuart Darbyshire in General Birding

Osprey at the River Erme

At 2.48pm today an osprey was seen flying up the River Erme scattering the gull population. Viewed from Mothercombe side of the river at low tide.

Posted September 11th, 2014 at 4:32 pm by Liz Harris and Mandy Mander in General Birding

R Caen

Photo sent in by John Clark (more in Gallery) of Gull attack on the local R Caen Osprey.

Osprey J Clark R Caen

 

Posted September 11th, 2014 at 4:23 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

River Caen

1030-1445.   The Osprey was on the post at the mouth of the caen for at least 4 hours giving a lot of people good veiws. Also today 8 Little grebe,2 Common sandpiper,3 Blackwit on the river. Horsey island held 34 Greenshank.

Posted September 11th, 2014 at 4:06 pm by John Hunt in General Birding

Morte Point

News of a Barred Warbler had me arriving on site at about 11 but the instructions were odd - near the gated entrance (I found 5 gated entrances) in 'scrubby colour-roped trees'. No such trees were found in the hour or so I was there.

Anyone with more accurate directions please post here.

Posted September 11th, 2014 at 1:03 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Isley and Tarka Trail

Isley 0900.

The Osprey was on it's usual post at the mouth of the River Caen feeding.

On the Tarka Trail near Bideford 31 Redsthank, 17 Little Egret. 

Posted September 11th, 2014 at 12:02 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding

Skern. 11/09/14 07:00

The Little Stint was still present this morning together with 1 Little Egret; 1 Bar-tailed Godwit; 25 Dunlin; 1 Ringed Plove; 1 Peregrine and plenty of Curlew; Oystercatcher and 5 G.B.B.Gulls.

 

Posted September 11th, 2014 at 9:24 am by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Wednesday 10th September 2014

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 16:30 till 20:10

highlight was 7+ spotted redshanks( 2 adult and 5 juvenile ), also still 1 juv little stint, 1 juv curlew sandpiper , 2 juvenile ruff( male and female), 50+ dunlin, 13+ bar tailed godwits, 9+ whimbrel, 1 water rail, 10+ snipe, 12+ greenshanks, 400+ redshanks, 600+ curlew, 600+ black tailed godwits, 8 lapwing.

1 sparrowhawk, 2 sedge warbler, 3 reed warbler, 11+ linnet, 1 pintail, 7+ wigeon, 80+ teal, 9+ shoveler, and a hobby over just after I left the hide.

before the hide a quick look from the viewing platform produced a nice male kingfisher.

Posted September 10th, 2014 at 10:19 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Skern

Spent a short while there tonight at highwater...highlights included Curlew sandpiper, Little stint on the shoreline together with whimbrel, ringed plover, Knots  and dunlin

Posted September 10th, 2014 at 9:01 pm by Steve Hatch in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe - part 2

A late afternoon/early evening visit; the Little Owl showing well again, 4 Whincats and 8 Wheatears but the star bird of the day and indeed of the autumn so far was a male Pied Flycatcher sitting on temporary fencing by the stock car stadium - a first for the site. It flew to one of the sallows edging the airfield. 

Posted September 10th, 2014 at 7:40 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatch 11:00-17:00, in sunshine and a brisk ESE F4. On arrival a  large feeding aggregation in the entrance of Torbay, mostly large gulls, but also c450 Kittiwakes and c50 Gannets. In amongst these were 3 Common Terns, 2 Sandwich Terns, 3 Mediterranean Gull (ad & 2 1cy), 1cy Little Gull, 6 Arctic Skuas (most further out) and a sub-adult Pomarine Skua. Also 51 Balearic Shearwaters, up to six were feeding with stronger passage building late afternoon, moving through in groups of 4-5.

Balearic Shearwaters

Posted September 10th, 2014 at 7:09 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Osprey and Spoonbills.

         Osprey located on same post as photograph off Chivener and r.Caen. Disturbed by casual walker on riverbank and salt marsh ,flew off up r.Taw,    5 minutes later I would have missed it!

          Nearby the first two returning Spoonbills were roosting on Isley marsh.     One an adult,the other kept its head tucked in.

Posted September 10th, 2014 at 1:52 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Relatively speaking another good morning (relative in terms of an inland site with little or no water and surrounded by intense agriculture compared to coastal/estuary site!).

Nothing in quantity (the clear night put paid to that) but 8 Wheatear, 1 Whinchat and the Redstart still and showing well. A light passage of Swallows (50+ south west), an increase in Meadow Pipits (30+) and Chiffchaffs (5) plus the first Snipe of the autumn. 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Buzzard, a Sparrowhawk and a Hobby.

 

Posted September 10th, 2014 at 1:13 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

River Caen

Walked down the east bank again this morning to see if John's Osprey was still present. A birder on the opposite side said it was but also a Wryneck 'down the Toll road'. So I hastened down to the mouth of the river, and there indeed was the Osprey on the usual post. A Wheatear also present. Back to the bike and off down the toll road. At the designated spot, no Wryneck.... I was joined by Ian Taylor and two others (John & ?) but no sign. There were however probably 28 Greenshank and 2 Black-tailed Godwits roosting in Horsey Mere. Lots of Redshank there too. The Marsh Harrier was also seen. Then the Osprey joined in the fun flying over and even swooping down to the mere. All it did was disturb all the waders! Had to leave at 11.40, Wryneck-less.

Posted September 10th, 2014 at 12:26 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Wryneck

Had red letter morning yesterday at my ringing site at Mansands . First bird of the day was Cettis warbler followed couple hours later by this stunning creature ! Lots of Blackcaps & chiffs moving also .

Cettis warbler
Cettis warbler

wryneck body shot
wryneck body shot

wryneck portrait
wryneck portrait

Posted September 10th, 2014 at 11:08 am by David Scott in General Birding

Braunton Great Field

Hobby flying low but purposefully south east at 9.15. Looked to be juvenile based on only slightly buff vent.

Posted September 10th, 2014 at 11:03 am by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Tuesday 9th September 2014

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 16:50 till 19:50

good numbers of waders with 1 juv little stint, 2 juv curlew sandpiper, 7+ ruff, 18+ knot, 7+ dunlin, 4 spotted redshank( 2 adult, 2 juv) , 9+ bar tailed godwits, 8+ whimbrel , 600+ curlew , 700+ black tailed godwits, 400+ redshanks, 7+ lapwing, 12+ greenshanks.

3 yellow wagtails ( 2 juv, 1 adult), 8+ snipe, 2 little egrets.

Posted September 9th, 2014 at 11:27 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Another good afternoon for migrants - 14 Wheatears, 5 Whinchats and the 2nd Redstart of the autumn (juv/female type). Little Owl showing well.

Posted September 9th, 2014 at 9:38 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Skern

Very high tide and only small waders along the tiny bit of beach, but this did have the advantage of bringing them much closer! About 30 Dunlin, 8 Knot, 4 Little Stint and 9 Curlew Sandpiper. Good numbers of Swallows over the pond. Needless to say a dog was allowed on to the beach and then sticks thrown into the the water........

Posted September 9th, 2014 at 8:10 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Osprey - Chivenor

Seen by John Clark at around 10.30 to 10.45am today 09.09.2014 at the mouth of the Caen behind Chivenor.

Osprey, Chivenor, John Clark 9.9.2014

Posted September 9th, 2014 at 4:33 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime visit to the hide until about 1.50. 1 Little Stint was on the mud on the right hand side of the channel, creeping its way along the edge towards the right hand corner. Also, 4 Ruff, 2+ Yellow Wagtails and 1 Bar-headed Goose. An Osprey was sat on the usual derrick throughout.

Posted September 9th, 2014 at 2:07 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Monday 8th September 2014

Sherpa Marsh

Evening stroll at high tide revealed at least 6 Little Grebes, 2 Little Egrets, 16 Swans, 160+ Canada Geese (and the white-necked hybrid goose), 2 Lapwing, a female-type Shoveler, some Teal and a Snipe. Best was probably the Green Sandpiper. Only 30 or so Swallows.

Posted September 8th, 2014 at 10:11 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the evening high-tide until 2000hrs.

From the viewing platform the Osprey was sat on it's usual pole in middle of estuary south of rivermeet house at 1745hrs.

From the hide 3 Little Stints (first of the autumn) flew in at 1902hrs on nearside of main pond around the Canada Geese feeding along the shoreline and moving onto to the point of left channel before flying across to right side out of site from the hide but viewed from the road and still there when i left. Also of note were 2 Curlew Sandpipers + 6 Ruff + 4 Spotted Redshank + c19 Knot + c8 Snipe + 3 Ringed Plover + 2 Yellow Wagtails + Barnacle Goose + Bar-Headed Goose and wader numbers similar to yesterday with Shoveler and Teal. 

Some digiscope record shots in fading light.

3 Little Stints
3 Little Stints

Curlew Sandpiper (right of Dunlin)
Curlew Sandpiper (right of Dunlin)

Yellow Wagtail (top) & Little Stint (bottom)
Yellow Wagtail (top) & Little Stint (bottom)

Posted September 8th, 2014 at 9:42 pm by David Boult in General Birding

River Dart Ospreys and mystery raptor

Two Ospreys today on river Dart, one around Bow Creek / Duncannon and another high heading downstream near Sharpham. Also four Common Sandpipers and Water Rail calling in Sharpham Marsh.

Earlier in the day a high flying mystery raptor - soaring on flat held wings, but wing shape wrong for Honey (initial thoughts). Rattled off some very distant shots and pretty sure it was a very high flying escape Harris Hawk!! See distant shots (which even just show pale base to the tail).

presumed Harris Hawkpresumed Harris Hawk

Posted September 8th, 2014 at 8:35 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

The juvenile Woodchat, found this morning, still around the far end of Greenland Lake near the pond till 5.25pm at least showing very well but very mobile and last seeen flying towards the golf course beyond the pond. Just about to leave when a birder walking back from the point said the Wryneck was showing, so with John and Tom G, we followed the directions to where he had said and within 5 minutes, the Wryneck was showing in the top of the bush . It showed well several times for a few minutes till 5.45pm.  Follow the path to Warren Point to the last red marker and the Wryneck was in the bramble patch to the left. Also 2 Whinchat in the same area. 

Posted September 8th, 2014 at 7:35 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

skern

juv little stint,4 juv curlew sandpipers,blackwit,5barwits,8 knot,ad+7 juvs,17:20-17:50.Earlier at instow 19 med gulls,18ad,fw,16:30

Posted September 8th, 2014 at 7:16 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Brixham and Berry Head

This morning, with John Lusher for part, Berry Head held 30+ Phylloscopus predominantly Chiffchaffs (several in song),2 Blackcap,2 Whitethroat,  3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Yellow Wagtail (by cows in field behind south fort), 2 Spotted Flycatcher.

     Yesterday a trip around the bay on Vigilance sailing ship produced a few Sandwich and Common Terns in misty conditions, the surprise being around 6 Bottlenose Dolphins (one calf) pursuing fish shoals at speed,  just off the breakwater as we returned into port at 1245. Boatmen tell me there have been few sightings in recent months.

 

Posted September 8th, 2014 at 6:31 pm in General Birding

Wembury Point

At last a few birds and no people or dogs on the beach. In the pines were at least one Spotted Flycatcher, a Willow Warbler and a couple of LBJ's that would not reveal themselves. On the beach were 4 Bar-tailed Godwits, a Whimbrel, 6 Ringed Plovers, and a very confiding Sanderling.  Feeding in the seaweed were several Rock Pipits, 30+ Pied and White Wagtails plus at least 2 Yellow Wagtails.  Stonechats were numerous but no Cirls today - saw a dozen last week.

Sanderling
Sanderling

Bar-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit

Posted September 8th, 2014 at 2:46 pm by Graham Watson in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime visit until about 1.40. From the hide were 4 Ruff, 2 Dunlin and 1 Whimbrel amongst small numbers of Redshank and Black-tailed Godwit. The Barnacle Goose also still present.

From the platform, the Osprey was in view distantly. It left its post to catch a fish which it then tucked into while on the mud rather than back on its post.

Posted September 8th, 2014 at 1:57 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Middle Soar

Quieter today with highlights of: Stock Dove 25, Swallow 162, House Martin 20, Tree Pipit 4, Meadow Pipit 29, Alba Wagtails (mostly white) 47, Wheatear 34 & Linnet 270. Four raptor spec ies:Sparrowhawk, 4 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel & Peregrine.

Posted September 8th, 2014 at 1:53 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Despite the weekend disturbance and very clear moonlit night, a good showing of Wheatears this morning with a total of 15. No sign of any Whinchats but a supporting cast of 2 Whitethroat (juv and adult male), Chiffchaff and Green Woodpecker. 

Posted September 8th, 2014 at 11:38 am by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Hobby(s) South Brent

On the 2nd September I released back into the wild a juvenile Hobby that had been brought into me to be looked after, the bird has been back on an almost daily basis each day since giving me remarkable close up views, this morning at 7.30am my wife spotted it sat outside waiting to be fed, while watching it feeding a second bird a mature adult flew almost directly overhead towards South Brent village, there was no obvious interaction between the two birds.




Posted September 8th, 2014 at 9:03 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Sunday 7th September 2014

Bowling Green Marsh & Cranbrook Scrape

Just to add to Keith's post earlier with a photo of one of the 6 Ruff's with a Black-Tailed Godwit in the left channel at BGM.

Popped over to Cranbrook Scrape at 1845hrs after BGM as Dave Stone (cheers !!) phoned me earlier to say the Wood Sandpiper was still present. The sun was direct in front of me with difficult light but managed to get some digiscope record shots. It was still there with 2 Snipe when i left at 1930hrs.

Ruff (right) & Black-Tailed Godwit @ BGM
Ruff (right) & Black-Tailed Godwit @ BGM

Wood Sandpiper (Cranbrook)
Wood Sandpiper (Cranbrook)

Snipe (Cranbrook)
Snipe (Cranbrook)

Posted September 7th, 2014 at 9:19 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 14:30 till 17:30

The osprey was on the Derrick most of the afternoon, 1 peregrine and 4 buzzards.

good wader numbers with 6 juvenile Ruff, 1 juvenile curlew sandpiper , 2 spotted redshanks( 1 adult, 1 juv), 624+ curlew , 8+ whimbrel, 7+ bar tailed godwits, 700+ black tailed godwits, 12+ knot, 400+ redshanks, 18+ greenshanks, 2 ringed plover , 9+ dunlin, 7+ lapwing.

28+ little egrets, 5+ snipe, 122+ teal, 2 female pintail, 5+ wigeon, 8+ shoveler, 3+ sedge warbler, 2 reed warblers, 5+ chiffchaffs.

Posted September 7th, 2014 at 8:49 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

skern

4 juv curlew sandpipers briefly before being chased off by yet another dog!!!!!!..Also 3 knot ad,2juvs,3 med gulls,ad,2w,fw.

Posted September 7th, 2014 at 7:04 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Highlights were 2 Tree Pipits (a good record for here) and a decent count of 6 Whinchats. Also 2 Wheatears, 4 Stock Doves, 70+ House Martins, 2 Goldcrests, 17 Little Egrets, 6 Greenshanks, 30 Curlews and a single Whimbrel. 

All in lovely weather!

Posted September 7th, 2014 at 6:18 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Northam Burrows

Just the usual suspects over high tide this afternoon, but of interest was a colour ringed Curlew. It had a very wide red ring on the left leg (or possibly 3 narrow red rings), and a combination of green, yellow, green on the right. Looking up the CR Birding web site it appears that it was ringed in Schleswig-Holstein in Germany.

Posted September 7th, 2014 at 5:19 pm by Roger Doble in General Birding

Soar

06:30-12:00. Light variable ( from N-E ) breeze strengthening a little by midday. Bright and sunny, unlike Start no sea mist rolling in ( at least by midday.)

14 Cormorant ( in single flock flew southeast over mid-Soar from inland ), Hobby ( nr. car park late morning ), 2 Kestrel ( hunting together on Bolt Head ), presumed Golden Plover ( heard to call about a dozen times in the course of an hour around mid-Soar / Warren early morning, but not seen. Once or twice called like a cross between a Golden and a Grey Plover - hope it was nothing rarer ! ), 19 Stock Dove, 150 Meadow Pipit, 8 Tree Pipit, 22 Yellow Wagtail, 150 alba Wagtails ( roughly 50% split, White/Pied ), , 150 Swallow, 10 House Martin, Sand Martin, 2 Whinchat, Jay, 59 Wheatear, 4 Whitethroat, 8 Blackcap, 28 Chiffchaff, 10 Willow Warbler and 2 Bullfinches.

Around 80% of Wagtails and Wheatears were in the large ploughed fields at mid-Soar. Hirundine numbers looked to be building a little before i left. Interesting the Chiffchaff / Willow Warbler ratio cp Start Point, noticed a difference here before. About half the chiffs at Soar were singing inc several unseen ( no Willows in song ) so this might tilt the figures a little but not a lot. Similarly ( although far smaller numbers at Soar ) the Whitethroat / Blackcap ratio cp Start Point, all interesting stuff.

Posted September 7th, 2014 at 4:56 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

River Caen/River Taw

1130-1500.  MARSH HARRIER seen hunting over Sherpa marsh on and off for 2 hours, Only 5 Buzzard today, 2 Kingfisher,1 Blackwit,4 Wheatear and 20+ Dunlin were the best of the rest.

Posted September 7th, 2014 at 3:49 pm by John Hunt in General Birding

River Caen/River Taw

1130-1500.  MARSH HARRIER seen hunting over Sherpa marsh on and off for 2 hours, Only 5 Buzzard today, 2 Kingfisher,1 Blackwit,4 Wheatear and 20+ Dunlin were the best of the rest.

Posted September 7th, 2014 at 3:49 pm by John Hunt in General Birding

Start Point

Before the thick mist rolled in at about 1045hrs there was a good range of commoner migrants around: 13 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Grey Wagtail, 5 'alba' wagtails, 5 Tree Pipits, 36 Meadow Pipits, 46 Wheatear (mostly up around the masts), 2 Whinchats, 2 Grasshopper Warblers (along side road down to Lighthouse), 36 Whitethroat, 13 Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest, 26 Willow Warbler, 18 Chiffchaff, 7 unidentified Willow/Chiffs, 5 Spotted Flycatchers and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. Also 2 Mediterranean Gulls >N whilst I was looking over the tamarisks aby the lighthouse.

Yelloow Wagtails and Wheatears Start Point 7th Sept 2014

Autumns here... Yellow Wagtails and Wheatears Start Point

Posted September 7th, 2014 at 1:57 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Osprey - Buckfastleigh

Osprey heading south, high up following the Dart near Buckfastleigh at 10:15 - unmistakable silhouette in the morning gloom!

Osprey in the morning gloom - unmistakable silhouette

Posted September 7th, 2014 at 1:28 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Rockbeare and Cranbrook scrape nr. Exeter

Around Rockbeare this weekend were two Spotted Flycatchers at Percy Wakely Wood and a few good birds at Cranbrook scrape including 2 Green Sandpiper, a Wood Sandpiper (shown as record shot), two Snipe  and 2 Mallard.  The scrape is best visited at the weekend when building work is not underway and the scrape approached with stealth (some netting has been placed on the fence to aid the approach which is best made on hands and knees as birds are easily disturbed).  For directions as to how to find Cranbrook scrape... go into Forum page and under General Discussion see entry 'Where is it? 

Whilst on the Forum page please see my other item on Dawlish Warren Hide.. we are in danger of loosing it.

 

Posted September 7th, 2014 at 12:05 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Saturday 6th September 2014

Prawle

Given the range of migrants in the UK and having missed the Crake at Black Hole Marsh yesterday ( though Little Stint ,Curlew Sandpiper and Water Rail were year ticks for me) it was back to Prawle for a good day’s birdwatching from 7.20am till 3pm. Misty at first but later very sunny, warm and humid. Star bird was a Wryneck I found at 8.40am in a gorse bush on the cliffs opposite Langerstone Point ( have seen about 6 previously at Prawle all found by Pat : “about time too” !) Seen for about 3.5 minutes it then flew and disappeared behind rocks on the headland .

Reasonable spread of other migrants included : 2 Common Redstarts (male and female ) on edge of reserve at 2.45pm and a female Pied Flycatcher seen whilst picking blackberries. 2 Spotted Flycatchers ; 3 Garden Warblers; 1 Whinchat (Pat had seen 5 ) ; 1 Wheatear ( Pat had seen 4) 1 Yellow Wagtail in flight ( Pat saw a group of 30 on the Hump); 6 Blackcaps; 11 Whitethroats; 15 Chiffchaffs including a deceptive lemony one ; at least 30 Robins and at least 350 hirundines , mostly Swallows but a few Sand and House Martins , flying and  coasting east.

 

 

Posted September 6th, 2014 at 9:30 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the afternoon high-tide until 1830hrs.

From the viewing platform at 1545 the Osprey again sat on pole in middle of estuary where it eventually took off and caught fish south of rivermeet house before returning to same pole. Keith then picked up another Osprey flying towards us from Exton area where it flew across and disappeared up towards the goatwalk fishing and disappeared over turf side.

From the hide watching the incoming waders of note were 2 Curlew Sandpipers + 1-juv Spotted Redshank + 2 Snipe + c15 Knot + 3 Ringed Plover + 5 Ruff + c5 Dunlin + c4 Wimbrel + c4 Bar-Tailed Godwits + c10 Greenshank + Barnacle Goose and good numbers of other waders, Shoveler and Teal. The Osprey returned and sat on top the mast/derrick for quite a while before disappearing down the estuary again.

A Hobby made a low diving pass eastwards in front the hide just over the heads of 2 Black-Tailed Godwits feeding in channel left of hide and went over to Goosemoor. A bit later a Peregrine made what looked like several low unsuccessful passes amongst the waders on far side of the pond attempting to try to pick something up. It wasn't until sometime later Keith found a small wader laying down on the mud in amongst the numerous Canada Geese with a damaged wing unable to stand and seemed to have longish black legs with a long black curved bill and convinced it was one of the Curlew Sandpipers but hoping it was something else but in the end had to agree with some sadness.

Most of the Canada Geese went out to the estuary for a short while and about 1/2 hour later some 300 returned and decended on the pond just as i left.

A quick look at the viewing platform again upon leaving showed lots of Sandwich Terns diving around the estuary but NO Ospreys seen on any of the poles.

Posted September 6th, 2014 at 9:13 pm by David Boult in General Birding

River Torridge, Torrington

Nice views today of Kingfisher and Common sandpiper.

Sandpiper image taken from same spot last week

Kingfisher
Kingfisher

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Posted September 6th, 2014 at 8:27 pm by Steve Hatch in General Birding

Teign Estuary

A good variety of waders around the estuary this afternoon: 373 Oystercatcher, 92 Curlew, 12 Dunlin, 11 Ringed Plover, 15 Greenshank, 3 Redshank, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 7 Turnstone, 3 Common Sandpiper and a Whimbrel. Also 54 Little Egrets.

Eight Whinchats and 2 Wheatears were on Newton Abbot Racecourse mid-morning, best viewed from the cycle path alongside the railway.

Posted September 6th, 2014 at 7:48 pm by Will Salmon in General Birding

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - 0630 - 0930 - birded with Derek Carter and Nick Pratt - 2 goldcrest, 29+ yellow wagtail, 16+ robin, 11+ grey wagtail, 3 little egret, 8+ alba wagtail, c90+ meadow pipit, 3+ tree pipit, 5+ wheatear, c10+ chiffchaff, 8+ greenfinch, 2+ chaffinch, c30+ swallow, c40+ hirundine sp, 2+ house martin, 1+ great spotted woodpecker, 1 green woodpecker, 3 starling, 1 sedge warbler, 1 firecrest and 1 white wagtail.

Yesterday on Orcombe - late pm visit - 1 lapland bunting east @ 1645, 1 whinchat, c10+ chiffchaff, 3 wheatear, 2+ spotted flycatcher and 1+ yellow wagtail.

Mudbank - 136 wigeon, 26 pintail, 1 teal and 6+ mediterranean gull.

white wag - Orcombe Point
white wag - Orcombe Point

whinchat - Orcombe Point
whinchat - Orcombe Point

Posted September 6th, 2014 at 7:44 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Bideford to Instow

A stroll along the Tarka Trail this morning showed the normal array of Black-headed  and Herring gulls plus two Great Black- backed Gulls, also a lone Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, C30 Oystercatchers and 7 Little Egret.

Posted September 6th, 2014 at 6:55 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding

Soar

Birding with Ali from 07.20, first at Mid and East Soar, then a look around Bolberry, all in lovely clam and mild conditions.

A passage of Swallows first thing, with 270 going South (c50 others hanging around later) and a single Swift with them. 

A scattering of other migrants included - Whinchat (4), Redstart (4), Yellow Wagtail (31), Sedge Warbler, Garden Warbler, Chiffchaff (24), Willow Warbler (6), Tree Pipit (5), Whiethroat (7), Blackcap (14), Wheatear (6), Grey Wagtail (4), Goldcrest (2), Sand Martin, Robin (c25), Reed Warbler and surprisingly just 1 Spotted Flycatcher. Also 20 Stock Doves, 4 Sparrowhawks and 2 Roe Deer, 

Posted September 6th, 2014 at 6:48 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Black Hole Marsh

No sign of the Little Crake between first light and 11.00 at least. Waders on the scrape included Little Stint, Turnstone, Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit, Snipe, Lapwing, Common and Green Sandpipers and Red and Greenshank. Single Spotted flycatcher in the hedgerow where a Whinchat had been earlier. 

Posted September 6th, 2014 at 4:38 pm by Andy Plumb in General Birding

Friday 5th September 2014

Mansands & Scabbacombe Head

Not much on the marsh for WeBS count, usual few Mallards, some Teals and Moorhens, but a Greenshank flew in to the Southdown pool and a Curlew was on the beach for a while. Then had a walk around Scabbacombe Head and seen a male Redstart, a Whinchat, Spotted Flycatcher and afew Willow Warblers and lots of Swallows and House Martins flying overhead. Yesterday at Froward Point about 100 yards along the footpath towards Brixham, saw two Firecrests in the pine trees with Willows and Chiffchaff. 

Posted September 5th, 2014 at 10:20 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the afternoon high-tide.

Osprey was sat on top the mast/derrick most of the high-tide  before flying down the estuary + 2 Curlew Sandpipers (first bird keith got in his scope on arrival) + 3 Spotted Reshank (inc 1-juv) + 5 Ruff + c14 Knot + c4 Wimbrel + 1 Bar-Tailed Godwit + c5 Dunlin + 2 Snipe + c36 Little Egrets + Barnacle Goose in with all the Canada Geese and good number of usual waders, Shoveler and Teal. Hobby also seen flying eastwards heading over Goosemoor and a Jay sat on small tree left of red brick bungalow on the hill.

From the viewing platform the Osprey was located on it's usual pole in the middle of the estuary where it flew up river caught fish off Exton and returned to same pole for lunch and lots of Sandwich Terns diving around the estuary with some sat on the buoys and Keith picked out a Little Tern further down the estuary.

Thanks eds for the info on yesterdays Harbour seal.

Osprey
Osprey

Osprey
Osprey

Barnacle Goose
Barnacle Goose

Posted September 5th, 2014 at 9:16 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Berry Hd

While running a day time bird identification course on the headland: hundreds of Swallows and House Martins > NE, 6 Wheatear, 1st Goldcrest of the autumn on top of headland, 3 Blackcap,1 Spotted Flycatcher (JL), 1 Whitethroat, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Balearic Shearwatwer, 5-6 Harbour Porpoises. 

Posted September 5th, 2014 at 9:04 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

East Soar and Soar Mill Cove

Totals after 9 hours out today. 14 Spotted Flyctachers, 2 Pied Flycatchers, 2 Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 28 Wheatear, Garden Warbler, 24 Blackcaps, 17 Whitethroats, 48 Chiffchaff, 18 Willow Warbler, 35 Yellow Wagtail, 8 White Wagtail, 450+ Linnet, a Reed Bunting, 250+ Swallow, 50+ House Martin and 10 Sand Martin. 

Always something in got look at. 

Posted September 5th, 2014 at 8:31 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Wembury, 4th September

Belated news from yesterday : - a quick walk along the coast path at Wembury after work to look for yellow wagtails dre a blank but there were plenty of alba wagtails in the fields and along the beach and included a juvenile grey wagtail.

A green woodpecker, a clouded yellow and 2 common lizards were also seen but best of all was an osprey which circled high above the riding stables before drifting off towards the River Yealm mouth, spooking all the gulls roosting on the rocks below the cliffs.

Osprey
Osprey

Posted September 5th, 2014 at 6:53 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Exe Powderham Corner

15:00 Same Osprey seen by Nick, but distant (on derrick) in entrance of Clyst.  Little Gull on estuary (mid-channel, looked 2cy on underwing), 2 ad Mediterranean Gulls, several Sandwich Terns fishing.

Posted September 5th, 2014 at 6:17 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

6 Whinchats, 3 Wheatears and the Little Owl late afternoon. Please note that there is no access to the site this weekend as the airfield is being used for a car rally.

Posted September 5th, 2014 at 6:01 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Devil's Point, Plymouth

Two spotted flycatchers at the point this afternoon. Both feeding in trees and bushes close to the coast path leading to the Royal William Yard.

Posted September 5th, 2014 at 5:42 pm by Chris Ellis in General Birding

Bolberry to Soar Mill Cove via valley

10 Spotted Flycatchers, 12 Whitethroats, 15 Blackcaps, 3 Whinchats, 70+ Linnets and many Chiff/Willows (est.15 CC, 10 WW)

Posted September 5th, 2014 at 4:39 pm by Rob Hubble and Stella Tracey in General Birding

R.Taw - off Pottington Ind. Est. 14:10

At last something to report!

6 Greenshank; 2 Common Sandpiper; 24 Little Egret; 3 Redshank; 2 Curlew Sandpiper; 1 Kingfisher and 1 Buzzard in Bradiford Reserve. Still no Dunlin?

Posted September 5th, 2014 at 3:19 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

This lunchtime until about 2.15, the Osprey was on a post in the middle of the river from the viewing platform tucking into a recent catch.

Otherwise, 3 Ruff on the marsh and the Barnacle Goose still with the Canada Geese.

Posted September 5th, 2014 at 2:33 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Back to normality this morning - just 5 Whinchats (3 on weedy runway and 2 on dungheap), 5 Wheatears, Whitethroat and 2 Chiffchaffs. 25 Meadow Pipits on fresh cut grass by the stock car stadium was best count this autumn so far.

Posted September 5th, 2014 at 9:27 am by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Thursday 4th September 2014

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the afternoon high-tide in poor light until 1830hrs.

3 Ruff on far side of pool + 2 Snipe + Barnacle Goose in with the continuing increase in numbers of Canada Geese + good numbers of Shoveler and Teal.

From the viewing platform the Osprey was again on the pole in middle of estuary towards the Warren where it flew up river and caught a fish off Exton station area and flew back towards Powderham out of site + Curlew Sandpiper also seen with another 2 Ruff in with the Redshank and elusive most of the time  and later disappeared (Keith also had 2 from the goatwalk later) + 2 Spotted Redshank + c15 Greenshank + c12 Knot + 4 Sandwich Terns close in with plenty more diving out in the estuary further down + c200 Oystercathers flew up from Lympstone area. Still good numbers of Redshank and Black Tailed Godwits but curlew numbers seem really low. Peregrine again over the estuary and marsh a few times with the same unsuccessful passes and circulating high before moving on. The Grey Seal came upon the mud opposite the platform close in before turning around and moving down river.

Black-Tailed GodwitsSandwich Tern

 Black-tailed Godwits                                                         Sandwich Tern 

Grey Seal
Grey Seal (Harbour seal?? eds) 

Posted September 4th, 2014 at 9:19 pm by David Boult in General Birding

A day of surprises

Whilst not in the same league as finding a Little Crake today has been quite interesting.

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe - this evening. A big surprise to get the first sighting of Little Owl this year, followed by the sites 2nd record of Reed Bunting and an incredible 14 Whinchats including a party of 9 that flew in whilst i was watching the Little Owl. Supporting cast of 8 Wheatear, Whitethroat and Chiffchaff. Clouded yellow also present.

Earlier in the day (around 11 a.m.) whilst treating her indoors to a coffee and cake at Budleigh seafront, unexpectedly a Sooty Shearwater came out of the mist close in and disappeared west towards Straight Point.

Re Andy's posting yesterday regarding Hummingbird Hawk Moths, it has been a very good year for them - i have had them at least 20 days this summer with occasionally 2 together in the garden (i live up in the Blackdowns). Portland has reported up to a 100 in a day - the Obs site is worth a visit. Valerian and Verbena seem to be favourite nectar plants.

Posted September 4th, 2014 at 8:40 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Meddon

Short eared owl. Dusk between Meddon and Hartland Forest 3rd September, hunting over rough ground and fields of crops, originally flushed from tree beside the road.

Posted September 4th, 2014 at 6:42 pm by John Heath in General Birding

Black hole Marsh -Seaton

The Little Crake, found earlier today , showed well distantly but in constant view until 3.20pm from the Island hide, before going back into the small stretch of reeds.  A good selection of waders included a smart juv Curlew Sand, 2 Ruff, Green Sand, Common Sands, sev Greenshanks, Ringed Plovers and a Turnstone. Also a Clouded Yellow by the path to hide. 

Posted September 4th, 2014 at 6:04 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Middle to East Soar

All activity in the ploughed fields: tree pipit 1, yellow wagtail 12, alba wagtail 42, whinchat 3, wheatear 4, linnet 270. Also: sparrowhawk 2, peregrine, 61 swallow and a dearth of other migrant passerines.

Posted September 4th, 2014 at 1:54 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Wednesday 3rd September 2014

Hummingbird Hawk Moth

Saw and photographed a Humming bird Hawk Moth at Saunton Park, Braunton today. Years since I have seen one. I have registered my sighting on the butterfly conservation sight. Anyone else seen one this year?

Posted September 3rd, 2014 at 10:42 pm by Andy Leat in General Birding

East Soar

15 Yellow Wagtail, 10+ White Wagtail, 12 Wheatear and an adult Dartford W this evening. 

Posted September 3rd, 2014 at 9:39 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the midday high-tide until 1730hrs.

Birds of note were 2 Yellow Wagtails around the cattle + 4 Ruff + 5 Snipe + 2 Gadwall.

From the viewing platform the first bird i saw through the scope was a Curlew Sandpiper among the other waders preening on the shoreline on the outgoing tide first of the autumn + 2-sp Grey Plover + Osprey sat on post middle of estuary towards Dawlish Warren + 2 Spotted Redshank + Ruff (now 5 in total) + Common Sandpiper + 13 Knot and the usual good numbers of other waders. Peregrine put all the waders up and bunched them up on the mud.

Lots of Blue Hawker dragonflies around the marsh, very good camouflage in the photo.

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Grey Plover
Grey Plover

Blue Hawker
Blue Hawker

Posted September 3rd, 2014 at 7:50 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

An early evening visit found an increase in migrants to 9 Whinchat and 9 Wheatear plus a single Whitethroat.

Posted September 3rd, 2014 at 7:09 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Halls Cleave Wood,North Dartmoor

Superb view of male lesser-spotted woodpecker, a hard bird to get these days!

Posted September 3rd, 2014 at 3:30 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

A bit quieter this lunchtime (until about 1.50). 2 Yellow Wagtails were the highlight, feeding among the cattle with a few Pied Wagtails before they flew away to the right of the hide. Also at least 1 Snipe and 1 Ruff.

The main bit of the hide is being painted at the moment so currently out of bounds.

Posted September 3rd, 2014 at 2:10 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Beer Head

Quite a bit of visible migration over Beer Head this morning, despite the complete coverage of low cloud, with most birds flying NE. Saw 600+ Swallows/Martins, 20 Yellow Wags, c10 Meadow Pipits, 10+ Chaffinch, 5 Grey Heron, 4 Tree Pipits and 3 Grey Wags.

Should have been more grounded migrants than there were to be honest, but lots of Blackcap and Whitethroats about along with a few Chiffs and Willows, two Whinchats and a Goldcrest.

Posted September 3rd, 2014 at 1:54 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Berry Hd

Short seawatch 0715-0745hrs: 5 Balearic Shearwaters, 16 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Great Skua, 10 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern & approx. 350 Kittiwake sat in four rafts on sea, 2 Porpoises.

Around headland: 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Redstart, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 3 Willow Warblers, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Wheatear, 1 'alba' Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 160+ Swallows, 30 House Martin & 7 Sand Martin 

Posted September 3rd, 2014 at 12:53 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

North Torridge area

On Manteo Way nature reserve by Tarka Trail, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper and a Kingfisher were highlights, also a Curlew and 6 Redshank. Nearby, on what was apparently meant to be a 'storm reservoir' but has become a permanent pond, on a new housing estate on Watkins Way, approximately 200 House Martin and 50 Swallow hawking over the pool and more strikingly perching all over the facades of nearest houses and weighing down the tiny trees around the pond. A real sight. 

Posted September 3rd, 2014 at 11:34 am by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Back on site today after watching England get demolished at Egbaston yesterday and the birding was certainly better than England's batting!! 

Wheatear numbers still low (6 today) but compensated by 5 Whinchats and a flyover Yellow wagtail. 2 Jays and a Green Woodpecker were the first records for some months and 4 Long tailed tits were noteworthy. 50 Swallows, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Meadow Pipits and a Grey Heron.

 

 

Posted September 3rd, 2014 at 10:07 am by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Local patch, Torridge area

(10.00-10.30 rising tide) Manteo Way nature reserve, a small reserve just off Tarka Trail north of Bideford, saw what I imagine will be the peak in its wader passage for the year today: 5 Common Sandpiper and 8 Redshank c.f. the usual 1 of each, and a Green Sandpiper as well!

Posted September 2nd, 2014 at 10:05 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Topsham

Two Yellow wagtails over the house this morning and a smart 1st yr Yellow legged gull at the rec late pm. Osprey on the post of Exton, female / imm Redstart and imm Whinchat Bowling Green Marsh early evening.

Posted September 2nd, 2014 at 8:45 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Osprey

Travelling up the River Dart on Saturday - just above Dittisham on a partly dead tree - osprey with a large fish -about 11.45am.. Sorry for the late posting. 

Posted September 2nd, 2014 at 7:01 pm by gwen thomas in General Birding

Prawle

A family stroll at Prawle enlivened by 15 yellow wagtails spooked by pertegrine. Also 6 clouded yellows.

Posted September 2nd, 2014 at 4:57 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Soar

Proper autumnal feel this morning with good numbers of birds dropping into the ploughed fields in the north-easterly breeze. Fair selection of migrants:

40+ Yellow Wagtails, at least 25 White Wagtails within the 200+ alba flocks, 3 Grey Wagtails, 14 Wheatears, 3 Whinchats, 100+ Skylark, 30+ Meadow Pipits, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 17 Blackcaps, 21 Whitethroats, 40 phylloscs, Redstart, many mixed hirundine flocks moving through, 200+Linnets 

No drift scarcities today, highlight unboubtedly the home-made chocolate cake at East Soar Farm.

Posted September 2nd, 2014 at 4:01 pm by David Cope in General Birding

River Caen/River Taw

1130-1500  Ihad a great walk down the river with John clark who like me was amazed to see 10 Buzzard in the air together over the toll house. On the river were 50+ Sand martin and big numbers of swallow and the odd house Martin feeding on huge numbers of flying ants. Also seen 1 King fisher 2 Raven 10+ Stock dove 1 White wagtail 1 Wheatear 2 Ring plover and 3 Dunlin.

Posted September 2nd, 2014 at 3:49 pm by John Hunt in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime visit today until about 1.55.

Attention was focussed on the hawthorn bushes that run away from the road to the left of the hide as they contained a cracking male Whinchat, a female Redstart and 2 Whitethroats.

Good nunbers of waders including 1 Spotted Redshank which were being disturbed by a Peregrine when I arrived.

Posted September 2nd, 2014 at 2:11 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Suburban Cirl Bunting

During the last few weeks I have been surprised to open my windows at home in Brixham and hear a Cirl Bunting singing a few yards away.At times it was in tops of garden hedges, others on rooftops or aerials as shown.  We live in a street on a small estate,  although I am aware there are Cirls in nearby countryside. I wonder if this is a young male which has had problems setting up a new territory in the  main farmland habitat-hopefully that might be a sign of good population density.  

Posted September 2nd, 2014 at 12:21 pm in General Birding

Monday 1st September 2014

Preston Torbay

The fs Black-throated Diver and a fs Great Northern Diver present this evening also 1 1cy Mediterranean Gull and Curlew on the rocks, plus 4 Manx Shearwaters feeing out in Torbay.  

Posted September 1st, 2014 at 8:10 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

More from Prawle

A surprisingly productive seawatch from the bank below the carpark 0715 - 0845.

789 Manx Shearwater, 5 Balearic Shearwater, 8 Common Tern, 8 juv Kittiwake, 2 juv/1stw Med Gulls, Sandwich Tern, Arctic Skua, 4 Redshank and a Black-tailed Godwit. All birds heading west and relatively close to shore.

Walking East, 12+ Blackcap, 15+ Willow/Chiffs, plenty of Cirl Bunting, 5+ Whitethroat, Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Yellow Wagtails and 6 Sand Martin with a steady trickle of other hirundines. Did briefly see Dave's Hobby but missed the Kite.

Posted September 1st, 2014 at 7:55 pm by Bill Macdonald in General Birding

Bowling Green and Exe

Popped into the new hide at Bowling Green Marsh this evening just in time to see the osprey (great first bird to see from the new hide, good timing!!) before it flew off down river. The hide's really nice, surprised to see so many birders still viewing the marsh through the hedge now it's open!

Also, godwits were all the way up into Topsham along the river this evening in numbers, including the duck feeding area, never seen so many there.

Several flocks of swallows gathering around, especially over Ludwell Valley Park and the swing bridge at Countess Wear.

Posted September 1st, 2014 at 7:05 pm by Helen Whitall in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the morning high-tide.

The Osprey was on the derek in front the hide for quite a while which is on an old barge beached in the river Clyst entrance before flying off + male Ruff + 8 knot + 7 Whimbrel + 4 bar Tailed Godwits + Spotted Redshank + 2 Snipe + 2 Dunlin + c200 Redshank + c250 Black Tailed Godwits + c200 Curlew + 23 Little Egrets.

From the viewing platform a Hobby was seen flying eastwards and the Osprey was located again sat on a post in the Exe estuary off the marine camp area apparently disturbed earlier by a canoeist and was still there when i left at 1400hrs + lots of terns seen diving between Lympstone and Exmouth area + Common Sandpiper + Green Woodpecker heard several times calling.

From Goosemoor the Water Rail was again showing just inside the reeds in it's usual place which is best seen approx 3 1/2 hrs after high-tide when all the water had drained.

The seats are now in the new bird hide.

Osprey
Osprey

Osprey
Osprey

Little Egret
Little Egret

Posted September 1st, 2014 at 6:16 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Berry Head (update)

Including DMN's counts, totals up to 15:00 were: 16 Balearic Shearwaters (including 5 pale birds), 106 Manx Shearwaters, 16 Arctic Skuas, 769 Commic Terns (c90 still feeding off head when we left, mostly Common, although one juv Arctic seen),13 Sandwich Terns, 1cy Yellow-legged Gull, 4 1cy Mediterranean Gulls. Many Harbour Porpoise were showing in small groups of up to 5, with a peak count of 25 around 15:00. Also one dolphin sp. that showed briefly, most likely Common on size.

Posted September 1st, 2014 at 5:44 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Prawle

Hard going looking for passerine migrants in the stiff westerly breeze: a scattering of phylloscs and Whitethroats, a single Yellow Wagtail, a Hobby and best of all a Red Kite flew low over Pigs Nose Valley at 10.30 am. Several Cirl Bunting flocks totalling over 40 birds - looks like they have had a very good breeding season here. A Hummingbird hawk moth by the duckpond. 

Posted September 1st, 2014 at 4:50 pm by David Cope in General Birding

Topsham Bowling Green Marsh and R Clyst

Only intended a quick visit to look over the new hide, ended up staying all morning. As well as the usual waders (incl. Ruff, Knot etc.), an Osprey perched on the tradional mast/derrick in the river, also a single Yellow Wagtail and 5 Avocets (first of autumn?) briefly. A Green Sandpiper was in the area but only heard. From the viewing platform a nice juvenile Black Tern was on show for about 10 minutes.

Black Tern juv. 1/9/2014 Topsham
Black Tern juv. 1/9/2014 Topsham

Posted September 1st, 2014 at 2:29 pm by Tim Worfolk in General Birding

Instow

10.00-11.00 The high tide gull roost, as alluded to elsewhere on here, really has to be seen to be believed. More than 100 Mediterranean Gull of a highly educational range of ages, compared to just 20 or so Black-headed Gull, 5 Herring Gull and a smart adult Lesser Black-backed Gull. Hiding in the roost was also an adult Sandwich Tern. Common Gulls on the cricket field. Aside from the Oystercatchers and 1 Curlew, waders were elusive, only eventually found handful of Ringed Plover and Dunlin as tide got to its highest.

Posted September 1st, 2014 at 2:17 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Berry Head am

Seawatch 08.25-  12. 25, joined by REB then MD  and Adele. Sea flat, visibility clear at times with periods of drizzle and murk.

A Little Gull (subadult) was feedinmg to the north initially, together with 2 juv Mediterranean Gulls.When vis lifted after 0830 a steady stream of terns south , most distant but all closer were Common.Final totals by 1225 were 539 commic terns, 8  Sandwich,  8 Arctic Skua, 7 Balearic and 64 Manx Shearwaters.

Posted September 1st, 2014 at 1:31 pm in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

A dearth of migrants over the last few days and today was no exception. Even wheatears are proving hard to find at what is the normal peak time for them with just 1 or 2 birds around but totally absent today. A single Whinchat and a Goldfinch flock of 150 (mostly juveniles) were the only things of note this morning.

 

Friday a Kingfisher on the River Culm close to Hemyock.

 

Posted September 1st, 2014 at 1:04 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Yarty Valley

Finally managed a short early morning walk near Stockland yesterday a.m.

Relieved to see at least 2 Kingfishers, Dipper, Treecreeper, the usual favourites still hanging on. Little Egret, Heron, a few Chiffs. 5 undetermined geese flew upstream low behind the trees.

Surprised to see 2 active Sand Martin nests in the river bank, never seen them in previous years. Maybe last years flood erosion has offered them a new nesting site.

An apparent lone juvenile swallow on the wires all the time I was there, left behind to fend for itself? Plenty of house martins but didnt notice any adult Swallows, I expect they were there somewhere, just late getting up!!.  

Posted September 1st, 2014 at 6:45 am by Ian Seward in General Birding

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