Devon Bird Sightings from September 2016

2019 Descriptions still outstanding

Many thanks to all observers that submitted their records for 2019. However there are still a number of records that require descriptions before they can appear in the Bird Report.

If you were fortunate enough to find (or see) any of these birds below please could you submit a description to the County Recorder recorder@devonbirds.org Many thanks, stay safe.

Alpine Swift, Dawlish 11 Jun  Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Caspian Gull, Thurlestone, 08 Feb Purple Heron, Slapton Ley 07 May
Caspian Gull, Topsham 02 Aug Sabine's Gull, Thurlestone 14 Aug
Cory's Shearwater, Berry Head 19 Jul Serin (2), Harrowbeer 19 Apr
Glossy Ibis, Otter Est 11-13 Mar Tree Sparrow (2), Berry Head 20 Mar

 

Posted May 2nd at 3:27 pm by Kevin Rylands in General Birding

Coronavirus update - Daily exercise and Bird Hides

Please be aware that in line with Government guidelines on social distancing, the Devon Birds hides at Beesands, Fernworthy and Roadford, in addition to hides elsewhere in the County including Bowling Green Marsh and Dawlish Warren are closed until further notice. Thank you for your co-operation and stay safe.

Please follow NHS guidelines:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/staying-at-home-to-avoid-getting-coronavirus/staying-at-home-and-away-from-other-people/

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Friday 30th September 2016

Taw Estuary + Horsey Island

While I was out bird watching Horsey Island late aft / early evening Richard & Pete who were at Broadsands car park near the White House reported seeing a very large white bird with an orange bill & black wing tips on a sand bank on the Taw Estuary which was moved on by the incoming spring tide & then flew past them in the direction of Horsey Island!

After a thorough cross examination by me which lasted about 15 minutes it was decided it was definitely a Pelican. I then said " if only it would fly over Horsey & land on the flood water" A few minutes later much to my amazement it did!

At approx.18.30 it was back on Taw Estuary again.

2 Chiloe Wigeon still on Horsey.

Posted September 30th, 2016 at 9:58 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exe Est - Osprey

Osprey seen this afternoon - Stephen Huggins

Posted September 30th, 2016 at 9:17 pm in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:30 till 18:40

from viewing platform distant osprey of starcross headed into Powderham, 1 peregrine, 80+ grey plover, 30+ knot.

from the hide 7+ curlew sandpiper among 180+ dunlin

Posted September 30th, 2016 at 9:13 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Mount Batten

The Lesser Grey Shrike was again at Mount Batten today first reported at around 11.20 it was then relocated early afternoon just in front of the southern Mount Batten car park before flying off NE over the two large warehouses toward the yacht Club restaurant .

Photo Bill Macdonald

Posted September 30th, 2016 at 8:38 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

great egret

The rspb at ham wall on the Somerset levels wondered if anyone had a shot of the great egret and what colour the rings were.

Posted September 30th, 2016 at 8:31 pm by jenny and John Elvin in General Birding

Home Farm Marsh R Taw - White Pelican

Timothy Smith has just reported a White Pelican seen from Home Farm Marsh Reserve this morning at 10.00am on South side of the Taw.  It then flew off and landed again nr Horsey Island SS485335. It stayed there preening and was still there when he left.  It flew unhindered,  no leg rings seen.

 Eds: Its the Dalmatian Pelican that's been in Cornwall for several months - its second recorded visit to Devon and hopefully it'll hang around this time

Posted September 30th, 2016 at 6:41 pm in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Coast to Moor

Thursday 29th September ~ A visit to the Rv Tavy in the area round the Lopwell Dam on a low tide, 1 Grey Wagtail, several Pied Wagtails, 8 Buzzard four either side of the dam, 3 Little Egret, 1 Red Legged Partridge, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 2 Common Sandpiper and two very large flocks of migrating Swallows very high and only picked up in the binoculars while watching the Buzzards soaring.

Three Jays seen at Wrangaton with singles seen at Plympton, Tamerton Folliot and Lee Mill.

Friday 30th September ~ Marine Parade Paignton, Turnstones showing well.

Berry Head a sea watch produced very little, six Gannets in view at one point, 50 plus Meadow Pipits coming in off of the sea all along the headland, a few high flying Swallows, two Wheatear one being very confiding. Three greater Black Backed Gulls, Goldfinch 13, Linnets 11, Magpies 10+.

 

An afternoon walk up to the Avon Dam from Shipley Bridge following yesterdays reported Osprey, failed to find any sign of the Osprey and birds were very thin on the ground generally with very little bird song until the approach to the dam itself.

Stonechats and Meadow Pipits in good numbers, the odd Wren, six Kestrel sightings which I suspect relate to three birds moving up and down the valley, one female Peregrine, two Raven, three Buzzard, Goldfinch, Robin, Blackbird, two Dipper, three Herring Gulls, light passage of Swallows, six Mallard on the reservoir  itself.

Kestrel hunting Pied Wagtails on the face of the dam, Grey Wagtail on the river.

At home Three Buzzard soaring in company with two Raven and around my feed station tree a very aggressive Chiffchaff not wanting to share the tree with any other birds.

 

Posted September 30th, 2016 at 6:16 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Kingsbridge Estuary

On the low tide watched up to three Ospreys fishing ranging over most of the estuary, two seen well were both juveniles. One seen to catch a fish. Must be one of the best Septembers on record for them in Devon!

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Posted September 30th, 2016 at 5:25 pm by Mark Darlaston in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wryneck at Higher Piles Copse

Wryneck flushed into a hawthorn this afternoon near the southern edge of Higher Piles Copse on Harford Moor, Dartmoor, then dropped down to feed among stands of old bracken. Not what we were expecting so far from the coast, but a nice surprise.

Posted September 30th, 2016 at 3:29 pm by Richard Archer in General Birding

Bursdon Moor, NW Devon.

1 male Merlin and 2 Whinchats on the moor late morning plus several Meadow Pipits apparently moving south.

Harvey Kendall

Posted September 30th, 2016 at 2:36 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Higher Soar - Southdown Farm - Middle Soar

Highlight of the morning was a juv.Dotterel on winter cereals from the footpath just west of Higher Soar first seen at 0905hrs. It called as it flew up and around before resettling allowing good views. It then flew off south uttering its diagnostic calls as it went! Also: 4 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 400 Herring Gull, 45 Skylark, 5 Swallow, 320 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 5 Wheatear, 24 Stonechat around the cove, 5 Raven, 110 Carrion Crow, 70 Goldfinch & 500 Linnet.

Posted September 30th, 2016 at 2:13 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Start Point

06:30-10:45. Brief pre-dawn shower, 50% cloud cover at dawn, brightening through morning. Fresh westerly wind.

Did a vis mig watch from 06:55-08:15 and headed between SE-SW were 890 Meadow Pipits, 30 alba Wagtails, 120 Swallows, 4 House Martins, 2 Jackdaws, Bullfinch, 570 Goldfinches, 3 Greenfinches, 530 Linnets, 14 Siskins and a Reed Bunting. Around the farm were Grey Heron, Whinchat, Wheatear, 8 Blackcaps and 13 Chiffchaffs. Over 10 Red Admirals and a Clouded Yellow seen.

Posted September 30th, 2016 at 1:52 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

A mixed morning at Hartland Point!

Enthused by reports of Skuas and such like I left my bed at silly 'o' clock to arrive at Hartland Point for dawn. Not much to be seen and then the wind caught my scope and broke the base of the seating off, ending my sea watch. (fixed with super glue I hope) On gloomily walking back to the car a noticed a fuss in the hedge next to the Heli port. A clear Lapland Bunting within about 10ft squabbling with some Dunnock. Watched for about 15mins, it called continually so was also able to check the call etc on the RSPB website and others. So not all bad!

Posted September 30th, 2016 at 12:42 pm by Rob Barnes in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Mountbatten, Plymouth

I have just recieved a phone call to say the Lesser Grey Shrike has been seen and Photographed back at Mountbatten as of 11 a.m this morning.

Posted September 30th, 2016 at 11:22 am by Tor Elm in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth

The first Firecrest of the Autumn has arrived this morning 

Posted September 30th, 2016 at 8:50 am by Tor Elm in General Birding

Thursday 29th September 2016

Topsham

Watched from 15:10 till 18:50

Started at Topsham Quay and at about 15:20 was alerted to a bird of prey being mobbed by a group of carrion crows got my bins on it and surprised to find a juv/ female marsh harrier it was harassed over to exminster marsh seemed to head out over Powderham heading high south west , a quick stop at the goatwalk produced , 1 sanderling , 53+ knot, 400+ dunlin, 3 juv curlew sandpiper  4 golden plover.

then on to the viewing platform at the bowling green marsh, at 15:50 picked up an osprey just of starcross it flew up the estuary heading towards turf  , 70+ grey plover, 1 turnstone, 2 yellow wagtail over, 1 Cetti's warbler.

between the viewing platform and the hide12+ chiffchaffs , 3 willow warblers.

from the hide, 6 juv curlew sandpipers, 4 juv ruff( 1 male 3 female), 30+ bar tailed godwits, the 53 knot from the estuary flew in, as did the turnstone, also 3 whimbrel  6 grey plover, 320+ dunlin, 340+ curlew, 800+ black tailed godwits, 171+ pintail, 720+ wigeon, still large number of teal, 20+ lapwing , 4 buzzards, 1 sparrowhawk , 1 grey wagtail over  8+ chiffchaffs.

finished the afternoon with a walk back down the lane to the goatwalk , large group of long tailed tits also ng the lane 25+ included lots of warblers on checking the majority were chiffchaffs at least 30+ and 6+ willow warblers, 5+ goldcrests, a good way to end the day .

 

Posted September 29th, 2016 at 8:49 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Late news for Tuesday - Hoopoe

My wife, who has seen Hoopoes before, has just told me she saw one near Chudleigh Knighton on Tuesday morning, just E of the A38 at about SX842767

Posted September 29th, 2016 at 8:48 pm by Alan Ford in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Labrador Bay

30 - 40 Barn Swallows moving west at about 6pm. Plus 30+ Gannets fishing off-shore and a flock of 20+ Goldfinches feeding on thistles.

Posted September 29th, 2016 at 7:30 pm by Roger Duggleby in General Birding

Berrynarbor

A Great White Egret viewed from the Monkey Puzzle drive at Arlington Court was flying down the valley towards the lake and was later seen preening in the trees beside the lower lake.


Posted September 29th, 2016 at 5:13 pm by Margaret Phillips in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Start Point

A quiet seawatch between 8.45 and 11.15. 2 Balaeric Shearwaters, 2 Common Scoter, 5 Kittiwakes, 48 Guillemots, 2 Razorbills.

2 Wheatears at the point, Hobby over the Car Park and headed off towards Hallsands at 11.45, c.150 Swallows, 20 House Martins and 4 Chiffchaff.

Many (>30) Red Admirals heading south west once the sun came out.

Posted September 29th, 2016 at 5:07 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Lesser Grey Shrike (Update)

After finding the LGS preening in bushes above the Lions Den on Plymouth Hoe, I then watched him fly low around the front of the Corinthian Yacht Club and hopefully, to the ivy below Duttons Cafe. Alas, I have spent the best part of 2 hours lookng for the little fella but I have been unable to find him again. My gut feeling is that he could have popped back over to Mountbatten and we shall have to hope that somebody else finds him again soon. Whilst around Mountbatten on Tuesday, we were reliably informed that the LGS was seen in the area on Monday evening (26th) despite not being listed anywhere. For any birders who might not have seen the bird yet, don't give up hope. He hasn't gone for good just yet!

Posted September 29th, 2016 at 4:54 pm by Tor Elm in General Birding

Shipley Bridge- Avon Dam

1100 -  1420hrs 2 Kestrel, 2 Buzzard, Peregrine chasing a small bird and to complete the day a surprise Osprey working over the Dam at 1300hrs. Other birds included a dipper, grey wagtail, several stonechats and a few chiffchaff

Posted September 29th, 2016 at 4:44 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Hartland Point Seawatch

1 Sooty Shearwater

23 Balearic Shearwater

7 Manx Shearwater

1 Pomarine Skua (dark)

2 Arctic Skua (dark)

1 Common Scoter

5 Sandwich terns

7 Commic terns

47 Kittiwake

plus Harbour Porpoise

Posted September 29th, 2016 at 2:25 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lesser Grey Shrike

The bird was seen clearly in a bush above the old "Lions Den" men's bathing area but has now flown towards the rocks below Duttons cafe where I am trying to relocate it. Not seen now for 20 minutes 

Posted September 29th, 2016 at 12:58 pm by Tor Elm in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Osprey sighting

Osprey sighted circling above trees across road from River Teign Bishopsteignton side Saturday 24th September at 12 noon. Mobbed by crows when it moved to roost. had previously been seen at this spot.

Posted September 29th, 2016 at 9:41 am by Jeanne Silvestri in General Birding

Wednesday 28th September 2016

Photo attachment to earlier post

Ad f. Firecrest. Start 28  09 2016


Posted September 28th, 2016 at 9:22 pm by Alan K Searle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Start and S. Hallsands

My 1st. Firecrest of the autumn ringed at Start (a day earlier than 2015 ).Also present 12 Chiffchaffs and 2 Blackcaps.  At S. Hallsands a further 10 Chiffchaffs and 4 Blackcaps.  At both sites a lot of Meadow Piipit activity and at Start also Goldfinches, Linnets moving south and west; but too busy ringing to make an accurate assessment of numbers.

Posted September 28th, 2016 at 8:53 pm by Alan K Searle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:00 till 18:35

A good afternoon around the marsh with 6+ juv curlew sandpiper, 44+ knot, 270+ dunlin, 2 juv ruff, 26+ bar tailed godwits, 750+ black tailed godwits, 14+ greenshank, 200+ redshank, 2+ whimbrel  220+ curlew. 1 common sandpiper, 15+ lapwing.

Big increase in wildfowl with my highest ever count of 235+ pintail , the supporting cast was 831+ wigeon , 768+ teal, with a few shoveler and mallards, 6+ little egrets, 2 grey heron, no sign of the warbler from yesterday but at least 3 groups of long tailed tits around the marsh with a few chiffchaff and goldcrests.

Posted September 28th, 2016 at 8:04 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Horsey Island

Late Post - 27/09/2016

Horsey Island which is partially flooded by tidal inundation is now attracting a good number of waders including a record number of Black tailed Godwits (179 yesterday early evening) Also 1 Spotted Redshank, 4 Juv Ruff (1 male & 3 female),& 30+ Knot. Also Good numbers of Greenshank.

There is no doubt that Horsey is showing signs of evolving into an excellent wetland & has the potential of making a wonderful nature reserve.




Posted September 28th, 2016 at 6:21 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Teign Estuary - Coombe Cellars

2 late Barn Swallows, heading west at about 5pm.

Posted September 28th, 2016 at 5:59 pm by Roger Duggleby in General Birding

East Soar

A dearth of scrub migrants just several Chiffchaff and the first Goldcrest of the autumn. Otherwise 310 Meadow Pipit grounded but generally moving west, 13 Swallow, 60 Goldfinch and 300 Linnet.

Posted September 28th, 2016 at 2:10 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Hartland Point Seawatch

0730-0930 Wind SW mod

4 Arctic Skua (3 dark, 1 pale)

2 Great Skua

2 Manx shearwater

4 Common Scoter

400 guillemot/razorbill per hour

26 Kittiwake per hour

Posted September 28th, 2016 at 11:34 am by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 27th September 2016

Hembury Woods

Hembury Woods, late afternoon: 13 Mandarin Ducks (5 males) in a nice little flock on the river.

Posted September 27th, 2016 at 10:17 pm by And Smith in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from  15:20 till 18:35

from the hide 4 juv curlew sandpiper among 220+ dunlin, 19+ bar tailed godwits, 1 common sandpiper, 1 white wagtail, 95+ pintail, 320+ wigeon, good numbers of redshank, curlew and black tailed godwits, 4+ whimbrel , 1 great spotted woodpecker, 4+ buzzard.

a quick look on goosemoor produced 19+ greenshank but more interesting was a mixed group of long tailed tits, blue tits  with 6+ warblers among them ( 1 very bright willow warbler , 4 + chiffchaffs , 1 unidentified warbler very brief views seemed smaller than the other warblers and the general jizz of the bird just didn't feel right for chiffchaff or willow warbler the group disappeared along the railway line and seemed to head into bowling green marsh despite searching couldn't find the group again  one of those birds that gets away just couldn't get good enough views of the bird.) also 3+ goldcrests .

Posted September 27th, 2016 at 9:18 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Teign estuary ~ Passage House & Shaldon bridge

Not a great deal to be seen at the Passage House on a rising tide, one Lesser Black Backed Gull with a Greater Black Back flying overhead, Cormorant, Buzzard, Kingfisher, two Stock Doves, several Pied Wagtails.

Below Shaldon Bridge three Sandwich Terns,eight plus Cormorant, twelve Mute Swan, six plus Little Egret and one Buzzard.

At home the morning gave a flock of 38 Goldfinch, a small number of Mistle Thrush and a Nuthatch on the garden feeders only the forth one I have seen around the garden this year.

 

Posted September 27th, 2016 at 9:09 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Strete to Slapton

15.10 to 17.40 - Steady passage of Swallows along the coast with 400+. 12 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcap (m,f), 4 Stonechats. 2 Cettis warblers and 1 Water Rail by Slapton Bridge.

4 Common Scoter on the sea north of Strete gate car park, 28 Ringed Plovers, 1 Sanderling and 1 Grey Plover on the beach between Strete Gate and Memorial Car Park.

Posted September 27th, 2016 at 8:03 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Wryneck South Brent

At 11`:20 on 27th Sept a Wryneck on Clobells Est , South Brent but scared off by a dog and not seen sincre. Bird seen by Mike Goss

Posted September 27th, 2016 at 7:40 pm by Mike Goss in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lopwell dam

Osprey flew up from the Tamar around 6pm and then back down towards the railway bridge about 20 minutes later where it attempted to fish without success. Kingfisher and 3 Common Sandpipers also seen.

Posted September 27th, 2016 at 7:32 pm by Rob Hubble and Stella Tracey in General Birding

Torcross

27 Chiffchaff flew out of the weeping willow in the garden and down to the Ley to roost 6.15 pm Monday 26th. 

Posted September 27th, 2016 at 7:03 pm by Steve Wadsworth in General Birding

Is it possible?

Could I have seen a Little Auk on the Exe estuary from boat above Exmouth today 27/09/16?

Eds: Unlikely (but not entirely impossible), a bit too early for Little Auks, usually late October on.

Posted September 27th, 2016 at 4:30 pm by R. Robson in General Birding

Monday 26th September 2016

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:10 till 16:30

2 juv curlew sandpiper were in among 55+ dunlin, the turnstone flew of down the estuary , 80+ pintail, 4+ whimbrel, 10+ bar tailed godwits , good number of curlew, redshank and black tailed godwits, still good numbers of teal and mallard , wigeon and shoveler, 12+ lapwing , 1 common sandpiper. 

Posted September 26th, 2016 at 6:33 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatch 0800-1200. Very poor for seabird passage with just 6 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Arctic Skuas, Red-throated Diver and c200 Kittiwakes. On the horizon hundreds of seabirds and two large pelagic trawlers (Wiron 5 & 6) hoovering up in outer Lyme Bay!

But the highlight was 6+ White-beaked Dolphins, feeding and playing at mid-long range from 0845-1130, after which they headed south. Quite rare to see off Berry head and get such prolonged views (photos are full crops).

White-beaked Dolphin

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Posted September 26th, 2016 at 5:29 pm by Mark Darlaston in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Yellow Browed Warbler N.Hallsands.

Photos of aY.B.Warbler caught and ringed at this mornings ringing session.Not a big surprise,given the large numbers on the East coast and 2 at Portland recently.  Also on site 30+ Chiffchaffs with a further 16 at S.Hallsands.

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Posted September 26th, 2016 at 2:52 pm by Alan K Searle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh

This lunchtime there were 2 unusual birds for the marsh. A Turnstone was hiding amongst the Redshank flock at the back of the mark. Also an eclipse drake Mandarin was on the mud on the right hand side of the channel from the hide. Otherwise good numbers of ducks and 1 Mediterranean Gull amongst the Black-headed Gulls.

Posted September 26th, 2016 at 2:43 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Sunday 25th September 2016

Mountbatten

Great views of the Lesser Grey Shrike on the footpath behind Lord Louis Crescent this afternoon.

Posted September 25th, 2016 at 8:41 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Ridge above Labrador Bay

One juvenile hobby

Posted September 25th, 2016 at 7:55 pm by Adam davison in General Birding

Hope's Nose, yesterday

Some pictures from yesterday's seawatch.

Balearic Shearwater
Balearic Shearwater

Juvenile Common Tern
Juvenile Common Tern

Knot
Knot

Posted September 25th, 2016 at 4:15 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Exe to the Tamar

A very good birding day which started with a visit to the Exe estuary visiting Bowling Green Marsh at first light, the Viewing platform, Goatwalk and various spots in Topsham overlooking the river.

BGM is holding a large number of wading species a growing number of Teal, a huge flock of Black Headed Gulls dropped in, several Lapwings and a Common sandpiper close to the hide in the first channel.

Distant views from the viewing platform the closer waders being predominantly Redshank.

The Goat Walk gave views of a 60 plus flock of Dunlin, Godwits and a number of Heron.

Around Topsham good numbers of Black Tailed Godwits including a bird tag ringed both legs yellow over red.

An enjoyable visiting without seeing anything overly exciting.

This afternoon took me close to the Devon / Cornwall border above Plymouth, a first time visit to this area, male Kestrel hunting near the A386, Stonechat and Meadow Pipits in the same area.

Followed by Pied Wagtails, 4 Mute Swan, 9 Mallard, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, 3 Buzzard, Little Egret, 2 Cormorant, but the real buzz came when a juvenile female Peregrine Falcon came into view and over the next 30 minutes jostled with Buzzard, Raven and a juvenile Goshawk, an Osprey showed very briefly and the visit ended with a fly past from a Sparrow Hawk.

 

 

Posted September 25th, 2016 at 3:51 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Fremington

The Lesser Yellow Legs and Glossy Ibis were showing well for us, as the tide was on the turn when we arrived, the Lesser Yellow Legs was feeding on the mud bank near the road. Four lovely greenshank, two dunlin and a whole gang of Redshank. Nice area.

Lesser Yellow Legs
Lesser Yellow Legs

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Greenshank
Greenshank

Posted September 25th, 2016 at 3:49 pm by stephanie murphy in General Birding

River Teign, Coombe Celllars

11.20 am. Osprey flying upriver from Shaldon, being harassed by gulls. Disappeared into trees opposite Coombe Cellars. Other raptors included Sparrowhawk, Male Kestrel and two Buzzards.


Posted September 25th, 2016 at 2:57 pm by stephanie murphy in General Birding

Arlington Court - North Devon

Great White Egret in lower lake on the estate.

Posted September 25th, 2016 at 1:11 pm by John Bronze in General Birding

River Teign

still 2 Ospreys on river

Posted September 25th, 2016 at 11:31 am by Keith McGinn in General Birding

Saturday 24th September 2016

Hope's Nose, Torquay

Seawatch 07.10-16.10, Chris & Janet Proctor, Simon Geary. Counts all flying south: 3 manx shearwaters, 16 Balearic shearwaters, 2 sooty shearwaters, 1 fulmar, 1 small petrel (storm?), 1 common scoter, 7 wigeon, 2 knot (flew onto rocks), 6 turnstones (+ 1 on rocks), 2 guillemots, 31 razorbill, 18 auk sp., 20 kittiwake, 1 little gull, 2 common terns, 1 bonxie, 3 smaller skuas (cf arctic), 4 swallows (flew onto land).

Posted September 24th, 2016 at 10:08 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Dunstone Point, Batten Bay, Plymouth Sound

13.00

Lesser Grey Shrike favouring northern side of Dunstone Point, Batten Bay.  Sat motionless on bracken halfway down cliff initially before becoming more active and mobile as the weather improved.     

Posted September 24th, 2016 at 9:58 pm by Paul Darlington in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 07:30 till 14:00

A build up in wildfowl with 668+ teal, 173+ pintail, 215+ wigeon , 25+ shoveler, 55+ mallard, 1 curlew sandpiper among 150+ dunlin, 3+ grey plover, 10+ ringed plover, 4+ whimbrel, 16+ bar tailed godwits, 620+ black tailed godwits, 160+ curlew, 17+ lapwing, 200+ redshank, 1 common sandpiper, 1 adult Mediterranean gull, 1 common gull, 1300+ black headed gulls, 1 lesser black backed gull, 1 greater black backed gull, 2 grey wagtail, a few meadow pipit and skylark over, 4 buzzards, 1 sparrowhawk.

on goosemoor 41+ greenshank, 1 common sandpiper.

Posted September 24th, 2016 at 7:42 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Lopwell Osprey

Spent the morning at Lopwell Dam on the R Tavy hoping for good views of the Osprey. Saw it twice at distance (see attached record shots) but no close or fishing shots unfortunately

Osprey

Osprey

Osprey
                                              

Posted September 24th, 2016 at 5:51 pm by Andy Brown in General Birding

Juvenile Woodchat Shrike

24th Sept 2016 Juvenile Woodchat Shrike at South Efford Marsh this morning, flew out of reserve and over the Avon bridge. Not picked up again as yet

Record shots  distance kept as bird was very flighty

Record shots distance kept as bird was very flighty

Posted September 24th, 2016 at 3:53 pm by Barry Rankineb in General Birding

South Efford Marsh

South Efford, 1 juv Woodchat Shrike (found by Eric Wotton earlier in the morning) showing well until around 11.15am.

Posted September 24th, 2016 at 1:01 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

East Soar

East Soar, early am, quiet overall with a Hobby the most notable bird. Otherwise, a scattering of Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs, a Goldcrest or two and a single Wheatear.

Posted September 24th, 2016 at 12:56 pm by Andy Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Efford

South Efford, evening, Friday 23rd, low tide: 2 Ruff (1m, 1f), 3 Green Sandpiper, 5 Common Sandpiper, 4 Greenshank, 1 Black-tiailed Godwit, 10 Curlew, 130 Teal, 1Peregrine and 2 Kingfishers.

Posted September 24th, 2016 at 6:39 am by Andy Smith in General Birding

Friday 23rd September 2016

23-09-16 Is this a Merlin ??

Not too sure if this a Merlin or not, but the feather pattern seems to match, taken over Slapton Ley today 23-09-16

Eds: no its a Kestrel. Merlins look more compact, bolder streaking, more pointed wings.

Posted September 23rd, 2016 at 9:03 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

River Teign

2 Ospreys hunting the river all the way from Shaldon bridge to the passage house inn often both in the air together.  between 3-30 and 5-00 pm.

Posted September 23rd, 2016 at 8:40 pm by Keith McGinn in General Birding

23-09-16 Lesser Grey Shrike

At Jenny cliff Today 23-09-16, the Lesser Grey Shrike was showing very well, this little beauty came within 10m of the cameras and didn't bother that several cameras were clicking away, which was not expected, but I'm not complaining



Posted September 23rd, 2016 at 6:54 pm by Greg Bradbury in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Turf

One osprey over the Exe Thursday evening. 

Posted September 23rd, 2016 at 3:40 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Fremington Pil

Glossy Ibis, Lsr Yellowlegs & Little Egret. Last day of the summer....?

Glossy Ibis

Lesser Yellowlegs
                        Glossy Ibis

                                                                                                                      Lesser Yellowlegs

                                                                                            

Little Egret
Little Egret

Posted September 23rd, 2016 at 3:31 pm by Dritree in General Birding

Lesser Grey Shrike

Went down to Jennycliff for a second look at the Lesser Grey Shrike around midday in better weather conditions, from the Jennycliff car park the bird is on the cliff edge of the second green area above the path that leads down to Mountbatten.

Unfortunately from my perspective the birders present during this visit were down as close to the cliff edge as possible which was not giving the bird any room but despite that it did show well if not as settled as it had been first thing this morning when it was as bold as brass despite people viewing it.

 

Posted September 23rd, 2016 at 3:03 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lesser Grey Shrike,Jennycliff,Plymouth

Lesser Grey shrike showing well this morning at Jennycliff in bushes below large coast path marker stone between Jennycliff cafe and curved block of flats.

Also 2 ravens and 2 grey wagtails over, 1 adult winter plumage Mediterranean gull and 1 noisy ad and 1 juv Sandwich tern.

1 firecrest in row of small pine trees near Mount Batten pub was a nice surprise.

Posted September 23rd, 2016 at 12:23 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Skern

A check of the saltings during the 2 hours before High Water this morning did not reveal the five Lapland Buntings seen yesterday.  Unusually for me, two raptor species were seen - a Peregrine being mobbed by corvids over the golf course, and later, a juvenile Merlin was spotted resting in the Salicornia beds.  It didn't move for at least 40 minutes, and then hopped after any Linnets which came within range! I've never seen one do that before  It was eventually chased away by  several corvids.  Good movement of Meadow Pipits early on, with just over 120 passing during 0915-1000hrs.

Posted September 23rd, 2016 at 11:55 am by Tony Mercer in General Birding

Skern

One early Brent Goose seen on the Skern this morning by Ann Wells.

 

Posted September 23rd, 2016 at 11:15 am in General Birding

Fremington Pill

Glossy Ibis & Lesser Yellowlegs both at the pill this morning 09.30.

Posted September 23rd, 2016 at 10:58 am by David Paterson in General Birding

Lapland Buntings at Skern N Devon

Tony Mercer had 5 Laplands on the Skern yesterday. Very mobile with Linnet flock on the beach area. Hard to be sure of numbers. Tony had problems logging in so news slow to go out.

Posted September 23rd, 2016 at 9:38 am by Karen Sims in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lesser Grey Shrike

The Lesser Grey Shrike was showing well this morning closer to Jenny Cliff than Mount Batten, as you come off of the top of the path leading up from Mount Batten on to the open grassed area the bird was on the bushes above the cliff top.

Two Little Egret, seven Oyster Catcher, several Pied Wagtails and a flock of Goldfinch seen from the coastal path.

Posted September 23rd, 2016 at 9:13 am by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 22nd September 2016

YELLOW BROWED WARBLER

1 calling in private residence west of Dartmouth at Little Dartmouth,11:00

Posted September 22nd, 2016 at 10:06 pm by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Fremington

Glossy Ibis Fremington Pill this afternoon

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Posted September 22nd, 2016 at 8:55 pm by Martin Bond in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Osprey Maristow Quay Lopwell area

Still around our local area.  Flew up river today past The Old Pump House café and later watched it perched in a tree in Blaxton Woods a few hundred meters down river of Maristow Quay, took flight then dived straight into the river, but missed its prey.  It then had another unsuccessful dive, then flew off towards Warleigh.



Posted September 22nd, 2016 at 7:47 pm by Shane Willson in General Birding

Lesser grey shrike

Taken this afternoon same location between Mountbatten and Jennycliff.

Lesser Grey Shrike
Lesser Grey Shrike

Posted September 22nd, 2016 at 5:50 pm by Vince Bedford in General Birding

West Charleton marsh

Osprey came very close to hide at 9.50 am and then flew over and towards Kingsbridge.  Plenty of other birds to view including a whimbrel, blackcap and chiffchaff and the water rail was heard.

Posted September 22nd, 2016 at 5:29 pm by lesley goonesekera in General Birding

Middle Soar

Pipit hunting over the stubbles but just: 150 Meadow Pipit, 130 House Martin, 120 Swallow, 2 Ringed Plover, 6 Wheatear, 40 Skylark & 300 Linnet.

Posted September 22nd, 2016 at 3:49 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Skern, Northam Burrows

Great White Egret present on my arrival at 9.30 but quickly left due to rising tide and probably too many people for its liking. Also two Sandwich Tern and seven Knot.

Posted September 22nd, 2016 at 12:03 pm by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exminster Lions Rest - Wheatear

6 Wheatear between the Lion Rest Industrial Estate and the Motorway bridge between 9.00am and 10.00 am

Posted September 22nd, 2016 at 9:38 am by Tony D-C in General Birding

Lesser Grey Shrike - Mt Batten

Still present 07.30 this morning 22/09/16

 

Posted September 22nd, 2016 at 7:28 am by Richard Archer in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 21st September 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the morning high-tide.

From the hide Little Stint, 3-Curlew Sandpipers, Common Sandpiper, 4-Knot, 2-Grey Plover, 5-Ringed Plovers, Ruff, Snipe, 7-Greenshank, 14-Bar-tailed Godwits, 2-Whimbrel, 12-Lapwing, Little Gull, Sandwich Tern, ad/w Mediterranean Gull, Common Gull, 13-Pintail, Wheatear, Osprey over marsh putting up all the birds before drifting high eastwards amongst the usual large numbers of waders and ducks.

From Goosemoor 33-Greenshank, c14-Lapwing and Snipe.

From the viewing platform Osprey fishing near riversmeet house, Spotted Redshank, Kingfisher, Golden Plover, 13-Grey Plover, 3-Curlew Sandpipers seen earlier from the hide, 3-Sandwich Terns, c50-Oystercatchers and Great Crested Grebe.

Mediterranean GullWheatear

Great Crested Grebe

 

Posted September 21st, 2016 at 8:36 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Lesser grey shrike, Plymouth

The lesser grey shrike was present mid afternoon beside the coast path from Mount Batten to Jennycliff, just south of the curved block of flats; keeping to the clifftop scrub on the seaward side of the path.

Lesser grey shrike
Lesser grey shrike

Posted September 21st, 2016 at 8:17 pm by Chris Proctor in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

morte point- mortehoe

3 wheatear,7 gannets over a small pod of porpoise,1bull seal and two young females which eventually hauled up at low tide.

Posted September 21st, 2016 at 5:12 pm by John and Jenny elvin in General Birding

Kingsbridge Est

A juvenile Osprey on the Kingsbridge estuary. Seen twice over West Charleton Marsh and later up Frogmore Creek where it caught a fish and fed. Five other raptor species seen. Water Rail calling in the marsh, 3 Whimbrel and Common Sandpiper on the estuary.

Osprey juvOsprey juvOsprey juvOsprey juv

 

Posted September 21st, 2016 at 5:01 pm by Mark Darlaston in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Kingsbridge Estuary & East Soar

Juv.Osprey eating a fish at the west end of Frogmore Creek early afternoon. Also : Sparrowhawk and 15+ Med Gulls on Lincombe Shore.

Earlier at Soar: 4 Ringed Plover, Great Spotted Woodpecker south, 58 Swallow, 100 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 12 Alba Wagtails, 2 Wheatear, Whinchat, 7 Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, Blackcap, 500 Linnet & 17 Cirl Bunting.

Posted September 21st, 2016 at 4:54 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lundy

There were fly-over Red-throated & Richard's Pipits within four hours of each other on Lundy this morning. Further details here.

Posted September 21st, 2016 at 4:36 pm by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Teign Estuary

An Osprey caught a fish between Passage House and Netherton Point at 14:25 and flew off NE up into the hills with it. Also, 14 Greenshank, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpipers and 81 Curlew.

Posted September 21st, 2016 at 3:49 pm by Laurie Allnatt in General Birding

Northam Burrows - high tide roost - 21/09/16

The late morning roost had an interesting mix today, with a few new arrivals joining the "regulars".  At least one adult Mediterranean Gull in full winter plumage was amongst the Black-headed and Herring Gulls, and I think there were two further immature Med. Gulls present, but could not get a definitive view due to "packing".  Six Golden Plover and a trio of Bar-tailed Godwits were tucked in amongst the group, as were three Dark-bellied Brants .  Curlew numbers have been steady all through the summer at around 60 present, and Oystercatchers remain at about 30, 

Posted September 21st, 2016 at 3:19 pm by Tony Mercer in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

Quiet and mild at the lake this morning.

7 Tufted Duck, 39 Mallard, 1 Mute Swan, 9 Coot, 3 Great Crested Grebe (1 juv), 1 Grey Heron, Blue, Great and Marsh Tit(2)  plus one probable Willow Tit, 12+ House Martin and 3 Swallows at nearby Thurdon,, 3 Nuthatches, 1 Dunnock, 2 Wrens, 1 Buzzard, Chaffinches and corvids c25 Black headed Gulls..

Harvey Kendall & Rod Mudge. 

Posted September 21st, 2016 at 2:51 pm by Harvey Kendall in Other Wildlife

Tuesday 20th September 2016

med gulls

92 down w.ho! today.Didnt get all the ages as they were in and out with tide/flying but majority were adults.13:00-13:30.

Posted September 20th, 2016 at 9:12 pm by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Another Lesser Yellowlegs ?

Walked around Horsey Island & Braunton Marsh this afternoon - saw what looks like a Lesser Yellowlegs on the scrape near the "White House" at around 1.00pm - (took some not very good pics - attached). If it is a LY is it the same one from Fremington Quay or could it be a second bird ?  EDS: Yes that's a Lesser Yellowlegs, nice photos.

Possible Lesser Yellowlegs
Possible Lesser Yellowlegs

Possible Lesser Yellowlegs
Possible Lesser Yellowlegs

 

Posted September 20th, 2016 at 7:30 pm by Chris Bollen in General Birding

Eddystone

Kayak trip Plymouth sound to Eddystone:

9 Balearic Shearwaters (5 plus 4 singletons)

2 Storm Petrel

2 Great skua

plus 7 Harbour Porpoise (3+3+1)

Bonxie
Bonxie

Posted September 20th, 2016 at 7:19 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Fremington Pill 15:00 - 16:00

Glossy Ibis and Lesser Yellowlegs still in the pill. Attached record shot of Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs

Posted September 20th, 2016 at 6:21 pm by Roy Churchill in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lesser Grey Shrike

Showing well today on coast path to Jennycliff.

 

Posted September 20th, 2016 at 4:28 pm by Chris Buckland in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lesser Grey Shrike

Showing well on coast path just past curved block of flats, at Mount Batton this morning. Adult Lesser Grey Shrilke

Posted September 20th, 2016 at 12:30 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Monday 19th September 2016

Kingsbridge Estuary

Had a great few hours in the hide at Charleton Marsh this afternoon despite it being low tide. Finally got an Osprey for the year when one appeared over Lincombe Woods and circled high to about 500 metres when I took my eye of it and lost it. A juvenile Marsh Harrier was quartering the marsh on and off 15:00-15:15. Last seen 15:30 disappearing up South Pool Creek presumably headed towards Slapton. Also saw a Black Tern around the Saltstone and was able to count at least 43 Med Gulls in Lincombe Bay ( the light was so pristine this afternoon it made my scope more like the hubble space telescope ). On the marsh 4 Snipe flushed by the Harrier, Water Rail heard, Kingfisher and Whinchat. Short clip of the Harrier here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIe4NHqivhk

Posted September 19th, 2016 at 9:07 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Beesands Ley

Did the WeBS count today, 18 Gadwall present which is a vast improvement on recent times ( I once managed a complete blank here on all species). About 25% of the water surface has some kind of algal weed on it and its increasing. When  this happened at Slapton 3 years ago it held loads of wildfowl through winter 13/14. Hopefully Beesands might go a similar way. For anyone who has sensibly given up looking here in recent winters it might be worth calling in again

Posted September 19th, 2016 at 8:57 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Start Point

06:15-11:15. Beautiful still morning, some thin cloud cover.

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Yellow Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, Wheatear, 9 Chiffchaff, Goldcrest and Spotted Flycatcher. Around 08:30 good numbers of hirundines arrived rapidly from the north flying above the ridge and adjacent fields. I estimated around 3000 with a fairly even Swallow/ House Martin mix.( no big deal here where awesome numbers can go through on some autumn days ) At 09:30 I was walking east from Mattiscombe towards the ridge when I noticed in the distance lots of hirundines flying around the lighthouse. I went down there and hundreds of House Martins ( no Swallows ) were flying around and landing on the light. It was an awesome sight. I reckon they were gathering to go and sensed something in the weather not right for them. At 10:30 a Peregrine flew through and they dispersed inland and did not return. I have uploaded a short clip on to you tube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NPlITkb8vY  privilege to be in the right place , right time to witness bird migration in action like this.

 

Posted September 19th, 2016 at 8:39 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Taw

Lesser Yellowlegs and Glossy Ibis still present at Fremington Pill plus dozens of Redshank and several Greenshank. At Isley Marsh RSPB, 20 Teal, 2 Kingfisher, plus a Spoonbill (unringed) offsite on the open low river. Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest and 2 Nuthatch following the tit-flocks. 2 Jay and a Great Spotted Woodpecker busy in autumn mode.

Posted September 19th, 2016 at 8:34 pm by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

LG Shrike - Plymouth

Can one have too many Shrike pics?? Showing well till 17.40 at least. Not going to win any prizes but proof of a bird that has evaded me worldwide for some years!


Posted September 19th, 2016 at 7:05 pm by Richard Billington in General Birding

Higher Soar via Southdown Farm to West & East Soar

Highlight was female Merlin, first of the autumn. Also: 9 Ringed Plover, 730 Herring Gull, 48 Skylark, 45 Swallow, 21 White Wagtail, 55 Meadow Pipit, 21 Wheatear, 7 Whinchat, 10 Yellowhammer & 13 Cirl Bunting.

Posted September 19th, 2016 at 6:08 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lesser Grey Shrike

Showing well below Jennycliff car park the afternoon

Posted September 19th, 2016 at 5:25 pm by Chris Buckland in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Mount Batten

Morning walk from Mount Batten to Jenny Cliff on the coastal path, Spotted this Great Grey Shrike. 

Eds: even better its actually a LESSER GREY SHRIKE (see black forehead and forecrown).

Posted September 19th, 2016 at 2:43 pm by Duncan Leitch in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Porpoises, Berry Head

During this mornings boat trip round Torbay, much porpoise activity off Berry Head including one which jumped right out of the water - unusual behaviour for this species. Birds were mostly resident or common wintering species, but a pair of mute swans were off Paignton Beach and a sandwich tern on a buoy off Brixham Breakwater Beach.

Jumping porpoise
Jumping porpoise

Posted September 19th, 2016 at 1:27 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

Bowling Green

3 Snipe now

Posted September 19th, 2016 at 1:16 pm by Rob Barnes in General Birding

Holdstone Down Exmoor

We walked Holdstone Down to Trentishoe and back on Saturday. We had a female Redstart and lovely large male Wheater on Holdstone. Assuming the Wheater was a Greenland. Lots of Swallows, Stonechat families and a few Gannets out on the water. Further along  the cliffs a lone seal bottling.

Posted September 19th, 2016 at 10:42 am by KarenSims& John Towers in General Birding

Prawle Reserve - Maintenance work

Essential maintenance work will start at the Prawle Reserve on 21 September.  A contractor will be replacing the dilapidated wooden boardwalk with a stone path.  He will also be clearing the stream and digging a deep sump to reduce the risk of water overflowing into the access road during winter storms.

Members will still be able to enter the reserve but there will inevitably be some disturbance; apologies for any inconvenience.  The work is scheduled to be completed by the end of the week.

Posted September 19th, 2016 at 9:20 am by Nick Townsend in General Birding

Wryneck Bird

Seen a wryneck near Coombe Martin, North Devon.

Posted September 19th, 2016 at 7:06 am by Gillian in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 18th September 2016

Holdstone down exmoor

A mid morning walk today provided many hundreds of swallows and house Martins mixed together, swallows skimming the moorland heather and gorse. Other than this very quiet 3 meadow pipits, 4 wrens 2 chaffinch, 2 stone chat and a pair of buzzards. 

Posted September 18th, 2016 at 8:07 pm by philip worth in General Birding

Topsham

Watched from 08:05 till 13:30

Goosemoor  held 3 snipe, 24 greenshank, 5 juv ruff, 1 dunlin, 6 redshank, 5 black tailed godwit, 4 little egret.

the goatwalk produced 2 osprey ( 1 well down the estuary before heading towards Holden , the other flew into trees behind turf, 2 sandwich terns, peregrine.

bowling green marsh viewing platform produced 3 more osprey, 1 kingfisher, 2 common sandpiper.

all day there was a steady movement over head with birds heading west and north 40+ buzzards and at least 6 sparrowhawks, 1 kestrel, 40+ skylarks and at least 200+ meadow pipits, grounded birds included 12+ chiffchaffs, 1 willow warbler, 6 blackcaps, 10+ goldcrests.

from the hide bowling green marsh , 150+ wigeon, 40+ pintail, 10 ringed plover, 50+ dunlin, 240+ redshanks, , 13+ greenshanks, 8+ bar tailed godwits, 400+ black tailed godwits, 2 whimbrel, 200+ curlew, 2 reed buntings, 400+ teal, 20+ lapwing, 2 knot.

Posted September 18th, 2016 at 7:29 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

South Efford Marsh

Pectoral Sandpiper still present early afternoon, not easy though, distant views from hide looking at last bit of water towards the reserve entrance. Easier to see were 3 Ruff and a couple Green Sandpipers. Also Snipe, Common Sandpiper and Kingfisher present.

Posted September 18th, 2016 at 5:51 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Soar

A pleasant couple of hours today at Soar. The only birds to add to Pete's list from this site on Saturday were, 2 Kestrels, at least 8 Yellow Wagtails and a Wryneck at the foot of Starehole Valley. (Pictures obtained)

Posted September 18th, 2016 at 4:54 pm by Tor Elm in General Birding

W>HO!.

At least 78 med gulls on rocks by the old lido.Say this because scared by dog walker before finishing counting fw's.41 ads,17sw,20fw.10:15.

Posted September 18th, 2016 at 11:51 am by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Strete Gate

Enjoying a BBQ Friday evening at Strete Gate, just after dusk we enjoyed a brief sighting of a nightjar - the hawk like bird in silhouette silently flitted around the back of the beach.

Posted September 18th, 2016 at 7:42 am by Nick Cotter in General Birding

Saturday 17th September 2016

Soar

Generally quiet but a spread of, mainly small numbers of, common migrants. Whinchat 10+, Spotted Flycatcher 2, Whitethroat 5, Blackcap 8+, Tree Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Chiffchaff 25, Wheatear 7, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Sparrowhawk.  

Posted September 17th, 2016 at 9:05 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

The Platform Topsham

While looking at the birds down the Estuary I saw a Grey Squirrel on the mud coming towards the river Clyst, and to my and others amazement swam across 30 ft of flowing water to our side, crossed the mud and up into the hedge.

The mud on the other side must be 250-300 yards from the reed beds which it also must have crossed. Never seen a Squirrel swim before let alone cross the estuary mud, but Iam sure there will be someone out there that has??

Posted September 17th, 2016 at 8:15 pm by simon thurgood in Other Wildlife

16-09-16 Hobby @ West Charleton Marsh

16-09-16 A Hobby flying over West Charleton Marsh looking for a kill, stayed for a while then chased off by crows

Eds: this is actually a juvenile Peregrine. Its too stocky and moustache is a different shape on Hobby, which would also show a different tail shape (slightly wedged) and bolder flank stripes than this bird.

Posted September 17th, 2016 at 7:43 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

South Efford Marsh

1 juv Pectoral Sandpiper finally pinned down after a game of cat and mouse. Showed well 4.30 to 5.30 pm. Viewable from cattle pens by the entrance to the marsh on the pools in the field to the left but difficult. There's no access to this part of the marsh and beware of the bull, he's a lively fellow! Also here today: 4 Ruff, 4 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpipers etc

Posted September 17th, 2016 at 7:37 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Kingsbridge Estuary

1 FW Black Tern hawking around the Salt Stone mid-pm.

Posted September 17th, 2016 at 7:29 pm by Andy Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

skern

20 med gulls,9ads,4sw,7 juv.2 juv kittiwakes were a scarce occurence usually only storm driven or oiled.70 barwits tried to land on arapidly advancing tide.Good count for the area.

Posted September 17th, 2016 at 7:19 pm by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Osprey on the Tamar

Osprey fishing on the river Tamar and up the river Tavy today, seen from railway bridge crossing at Warleigh Woods. Great views as it hovered and dives down after the fish.Dead low water when it was fishing.

Osprey, Tamar, 17.9.16 Barry Rankine


Lots of Partridges and Red-legged Partridge nearly blocking the road from Lopwell Dam till Tamerton Village.

 

Posted September 17th, 2016 at 5:19 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Fremington, River Caen and Horsey Island

Got the Lesser Yellowlegs and Glossy Ibis at really close range at Fremington and then on to R Caen for Whinchat,  Horsey island gave a Little Ringed Plover, a few Knot, Common Sand, Greenshank, Black tailed Godwit and a juvenile Bar Tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Wheatear, Buzzard plus all the regulars. There are three ducks seemingly with the Chiloe Wigeon on the Horsey Island flood, they are the same size as the Chiloe, perhaps bigger, similar body plumage but different shaped head and head plumage. can someone else have a look as I can't work out what they are? They may be Juv Chiloe?

Posted September 17th, 2016 at 3:49 pm by Rob Barnes in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Femington Pill 11:00 - 12:00

Lesser Yellowlegs, Glossy Ibis,  single greenshank and 4x Knot

Posted September 17th, 2016 at 1:10 pm by Roy Churchill in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Fremington Pill.

Both Lesser Yellowlegs & Glossy Ibis showing extremely well this morning 09.30.

Posted September 17th, 2016 at 10:32 am by Dave Paterson in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Westward Ho!

Having lunch behind pier house restuarant.Had my optics with me so could go looking after work a flock of med gulls appeared,38 in total.14 ads,24 fw.13;10-13:35.Went appledore after work and had another 20 making their way out of the estuary from the torridge side,13 ads,1sw,6fw.Different birds?.Decent count none the less.Also osprey flying up the taw from crow pt.15;30-17:00.From yesterday.

Posted September 17th, 2016 at 9:36 am by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 16th September 2016

Bowling green marsh and goosemoor

Watched from 16:00 till 19:15

started at the hide counting the ducks with 605+ teal , 37+ pintail, 59+ wigeon, 142+ mallard, I was just passing time waiting for the waders to come in when just after 17:30 3 greenshank dropped in a another smaller bird flew in  as well on the far side from the hide just got my scope on the waded as it flew out towards goosemoore I only had a second maybe 2 on the bird but my gut reaction was juv LESSER YELLOWLEGS, a quick run to goosemoor but no sign of the bird just lots of greenshank and 3 smart juv ruff so I thought I would pop back to the hide at bowling green marsh and hope it would come back to confirm my id . On the walk back to the hide an osprey flew over heading over topsham.

Back at the hide and just as I put my scope up the bird came in far side behind the redshank and yes a juv LESSER YELLOWLEGS wow it flew to the left of the marsh showing a bit better the fine black bill long yellow legs such a dainty bird it then flew to goosemmor  again another run and some quick phone calls saw me back looking for the bird this time it was there and it showed very well giving good views to those who made it down ( photos to follow) it eventually flew to Bowling green marsh calling loudly as it flew over I headed home but had a call to say it had been relocated on bowling green marsh from the hide before it got dark. 

A fantastic 3 hours around the marsh 

Posted September 16th, 2016 at 8:50 pm by Keith Birchall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Fremington Quay

A local twitch. Glossy Ibis and Lesser Yellowlegs in the same creek. Several dozen Redshanks, Black Headed Gulls, pair of Kingfisher, Curlew, Common Sandpiper and a lone Greenshank made up the numbers. 

Down at Isley Marsh a single Spoonbill with plenty of Curlew and Little Egret.

Posted September 16th, 2016 at 8:27 pm by Karen Sims & John Towers in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Ravens on Dartmoor.

At least 25 Ravens circling between Hart tor and Black tor today. Probably something to do with the strong aroma of dead sheep drifting up from the river Meavy valley. 

Posted September 16th, 2016 at 5:05 pm by David Turrell in General Birding

Hartland Point Seawatch

0700-1100 Wind NW fresh

21 Great Skua

14 Arctic Skua (4pale, 9dark, 1 prob juv)

1 Pomarine skua (adult)

9 Balearic shearwater

26 Manx

40 Common Scoter

26 Kittiwake

plus 2 Harbour Porpoise

Posted September 16th, 2016 at 12:31 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Fremington Pill (Friday 07:00-09:15)

Good morning on the Pill, with the Lesser Yellowlegs with 108 Common Redshank, 3 Common sandpiper and a few Curlew. Glossy ibis roosting with the Little egrets, and 2 Med gulls with the BHG flock.

Posted September 16th, 2016 at 10:59 am by Andrew Lansdell in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Fremington Pill

Lesser Yellowlegs & Glossy Ibis at the Pill this morning. 08.30

Posted September 16th, 2016 at 8:33 am by Dave Paterson in General Birding

Berrynarbor

Yesterday, a Great White Egret present at the Lower Tamar Lake was seen flying at 14:15 pm by four members of the Taw and Torridge branch of Devon Birds.

Posted September 16th, 2016 at 8:32 am by Margaret Phillips in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wembury Sept.15th

3 whinchats together in the hedgerow near the sewage farm , 1 ringed plover, 2 bar tailed godwits and 4 little egrets on the rocks with oystercatchers, juvenile wheatear along the beach.

Posted September 16th, 2016 at 12:14 am by Stuart Green in General Birding

Thursday 15th September 2016

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:30 till 19:15

1 juv little stint was new in among 450+ dunlin, 8+ curlew sandpiper, 10 juv grey plover dropped in for a bit , 5 avocet, 3 juv ruff, 1 juv garganey, 15+ ringed plover, 2 whimbrel, 5 knot, 8+ bar tailed godwit, good numbers of redshank, curlew and black tailed godwits, 3 greenshank, 32+ pintail, 80+ wigeon, 6+ buzzard.

Posted September 15th, 2016 at 9:09 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

North Devon Lesser Yellowlegs

Fremington Pill , this morning.

Posted September 15th, 2016 at 9:02 pm by Dave Paterson in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

North Devon Lesser yellowlegs

Fremington Pill this morning . Photos to follow.

Posted September 15th, 2016 at 7:37 pm by Dave Paterson in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

lundy island

O..utward trip gannets and dolphin onthe island spotted flycatcher,wheatear,larks willow warbler seals raven,female blackcap, met members of Devon birds who had seen 2wryneck at Millcombe.lovely day

Posted September 15th, 2016 at 7:26 pm by jenny and John Elvin in General Birding

South Efford Marsh

Fairly quiet 1400 -1700hrs, that is if you discount the noise made by 300+ Canada Geese! No sign of the Pectoral Sandpiper seen yesterday afternoon by Eric Wotten. 9 Common Sandpiper together on the estuary, 5 Greenshank and 4 Ruff on the Marsh.

Posted September 15th, 2016 at 6:42 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Lesser Yellowlegs in North Devon (somehwere!)

Posted September 15th, 2016 at 6:19 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Beer Head

Since I was passing through East Devon this pm, I stopped off to look at the Juvenile Red-backed Shrike. This was showing really well. A stunning bird. What was equally amazing however was the Swallow passage. Based on a series of one minutes counts ranging from 50 to 200, then average number passing per minute was 105. Times this by 90 minutes equals 9000+ Swallows between 2.30 & 4.00 pm and maybe 200+ House Martin's. It is a long time since I have witnessed that sort of movement. They were passing at the same rate the whole time. How many for the day?

Backup cast. Three Wheatears, incl a male bird, Whinchat and Ad Yellow Wagtail. 

Posted September 15th, 2016 at 6:06 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Skern, Northam Burrows

Quick check of building high-tide roost, highlights in half an hour were 2 Grey Plover, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit and 6 Knot, plus the German-ringed Curlew still present. Very few Oystercatcher and no Black-tailed Godwit or Whimbrel visible.

Posted September 15th, 2016 at 4:56 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Fernworthy Reservoir & Forest

14-09-16: Late Post

House Martins over Reservoir & Forest (1000+), Swallows (100). Also on walk Peregrine Falcon.

Posted September 15th, 2016 at 2:38 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in General Birding

Lopwell Dam 15-09-16

Osprey sighted at 0940 flying down river. Also Kingfisher, Common Sandpiper (6), Little Grebe (2).

Posted September 15th, 2016 at 2:27 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in General Birding

orcombe exmouth

visited orcombe from 08;30 to 09:45 this morning birds seen 20+yellow wagtails,15 wheaters,9 meadow pipits and upto 30 swallows

Posted September 15th, 2016 at 1:24 pm by Tom Jurd in General Birding

Home Farm Marsh, Fremington

4 Whinchat around the site, can be scoped from Tarka Trail. Also Kestrel, 4 Stock Dove, 4 Stonechat, Buzzard, Med gull adult overhead.

Posted September 15th, 2016 at 10:43 am by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Late post Weds 14th Sept

4 Sightings of Osprey from Powderham foot/cycle bridge between 5&6pm - Possibly same bird ??

Posted September 15th, 2016 at 10:19 am by Bob Reeves in General Birding

Wednesday 14th September 2016

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:30 till 18:45

A good afternoon on the marsh , 10+ curlew sandpiper among 350+ dunlin, 4 juv ruff, 15+ ringed plover, 1 common sandpiper, 200+ redshank, 5 greenshank, 25+ lapwing, 3 knot, 8 avocet, 6+ bar tailed godwits among 400+ black tailed godwits, 5+ whimbrel, 40+ curlew., 1 green sandpiper,  1 juv garganey, 20+ pintail, 50+ wigeon, 300+ teal, a few shoveler and mallards, 14+ little egrets, 1 kestrel , 1 peregrine, 2 buzzards.

1 lesser black backed gull took a juv dunlin flying across the marsh before swallow wing it in one go.

Posted September 14th, 2016 at 9:17 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Newton Abbot Racecourse

10+ Whinchat, 5+ Stonechat and 4+ Wheatear mostly on the central fences of the racecourse this afternoon viewed from the cycle path.

Nearby on the Teign Estuary; 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, 71 Curlew and a juvenile Med Gull.

Posted September 14th, 2016 at 7:53 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

great white egret

Saw this on the lagoon at Seaton Marshes yesterday 13.9.16, my second in 10 years, the last one at Torrington. Took loads of video footage, some enclosed. Enjoy. PLF

Great White Egret Seaton Marshes 13.9.16 Peter Fairclough

Posted September 14th, 2016 at 4:06 pm by philip fairclough in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime visit to the hide. The limping Curlew Sandpiper was still present. Also 7 Avocet, 1 Ruff and 1 Common Sandpiper.

Posted September 14th, 2016 at 3:00 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Higher Soar via Southdown Farm to West & East Soar

A long morning out on the open areas turned up: Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, Snipe, 530 Herring Gull, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 92 Swallow, 2 Sand Martin, 130 House Martin, 40 Skylark, 34 Yellow Wagtail, 11 Alba Wagtail, 2 Whinchat, 29 Stonechat, 90 Wheatear, 2 Whitethroat and 400 Linnet.

Posted September 14th, 2016 at 2:14 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Tuesday 13th September 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed 1330-1915hrs.

From the hide in the heavy rain downpour Wood Sandpiper, 4-Curlew Sandpipers (1 limping with light feather damage above left leg), Common Sandpiper, 12-Ringed Plover, 6-Knot, 12-Bar-tailed Godwits, Water Rail, Garganey, 10-Pintail, 2-Buzzards amongst the large numbers of other waders and ducks.

A possible sighting of a probable juvenile Bearded Tit that was seen at the base of  the reeds on the far side in similar place where they have been seen previously but it did not come out far enough to get full ID during the heavy rain downpour but with it's size, movement and long tail myself and Dave Stone was 90% it was.

From the viewing platform there appeared to be twice as many Dunlin coming out from the Clyst estuary that was seen on BGM c500 with a count of 8-Curlew Sandpipers. Osprey was fishing down near Starcross but a bit later an Osprey suddenly appeared over the end of riversmeet house seawall low down and caught a fish close-by but only managed some video as it was just leaving the water before heading towards Turf at 18:17hrs. Brilliant sight close-up.

Osprey with fish:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ArLS-3bFgA

Osprey just after leaving the water with a fish

Osprey heading towards Turf with fish
Osprey with fish

Knot
Knot

Posted September 13th, 2016 at 9:36 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Velator reserve

Whilst unsuccessfully trying to catch a few late Swallows this evening, a female Marsh Harrier was investigating the reed-bed about 200 metres south of the reserve. There was a Water Rail in the reserve this morning.

Posted September 13th, 2016 at 8:34 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Hobby return ~ South Brent

Those who read the article “A Hobby Story” that appeared in Devon Birds Vol 6991) in April 2016 may be interested to read that this evening the Hobby has returned.

Just on 7pm while eating my evening meal I saw what I thought was a Kestrel flash past the kitchen window at low level, on stepping outside I realised that I was looking at a Hobby making low level passes across my garden and house field, the bird responded to my whistle and went into a series of amazing acrobatic manoeuvres.

As with last year’s return it was do I grab the camera or some food? Well food came first followed by the camera the poor light levels by that time were not conducive to quality photography.

After several minutes of display the bird drifted out of sight but was back again within 15 minutes again giving a thrilling aerial display, its mastery of the air was simply beyond remarkable, it then landed in a tree across the field about 70 yards away.

Around 7.45pm I realised that one of the food items that I had placed out for it had been taken, with that the bird made a low level pass over my head and soared above the field before going into another acrobatic routine. I placed another item of food out in the field on one of my falconry posts and the bird immediately began to dive at it, my wife then joined me and we spent several minutes watching the Hobby as it made high speed passes over the post, we gained the opinion that it was not really hungry but simply “playing”, it eventually came in and took the offered food item and by that time it was starting to get dark, a wonderful way to end the day……..

Posted September 13th, 2016 at 8:17 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Powderham Estate & Exeter

Two possibly three Ospreys between 1615-1710. Two together, one a Juv, circling over lower estuary, eventually drifting over/into Powderham. A possible 3rd, a Juv, sat in tree at Powderham Church ten minutes later. Same place as yesterday afternoon. 

60+ Swallows over Powderham & 11 Greenshank.

Back in Exeter, 150+ Swallows over the house on western slope. Clearly birds are on the move. 

Posted September 13th, 2016 at 7:09 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Brixham

16.30

Single adult Lesser Black Backed Gull on the rooftops of Brixham College.  A scarce sighting at a site normally dominated by Herring Gulls and Great Black Backed Gulls.  10+ Jackdaws too.   

Posted September 13th, 2016 at 4:41 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Soar to Southdown farm

There was much more activity today, Mid morning after the rain had stopped a walk down the valley revealed 4 Skylark heading east, 22 Robin, 9 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat. 14 Wheatear at Southdown Farm 

Posted September 13th, 2016 at 2:00 pm by Roger White in General Birding

Monday 12th September 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed 1300-1930hrs.

From the hide 3-Curlew Sandpipers, Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 3-Ringed Plovers, 2-Yellow Wagtails, Garganey, Avocet, 12-Pintail amongst good numbers of other waders and ducks.

From the viewing platform 2-Knot, 2-Bar-tailed Godwits, Whimbrel, Curlew Sandpiper left of platform with another flying out, Kingfisher on scaffolding to riversmeet house, the 2-Yellow Wagtails amongst the cattle seen earlier and 3-Osprey with 2 catching fish heading towards Powderham and one dropping into trees behind the cycle bridge out of view and lots of Swallows over the fields. A quick look at the goatwalk was able to relocate the Osprey in old tree between cycle bridge and Powderham Church.

Another look at the viewing platform with Gary saw Sparrowhawk was almost on the tail of one of the Yellow Wagtails before it managed to escape and both flying off over the platform. Another 3-Ospreys with 2 catching fish and heading off high towards Powerham and Haldon with the other flying high over marine camp and out of site.

Yellow Wagtail

Common Sandpiper
Yellow Wagtail                                                        Common Sandpiper

Kingfisher
Kingfisher

Posted September 12th, 2016 at 9:33 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Powderham Estate

One, possibly two juv Ospreys on Exe this afternoon between 1635-1715. First fishing off Lympstone & lower down estuary, until it flew over and behind trees at Powderham Castle at 1705. At 1715 the same or another sat in tree at Powderham Church. 

Posted September 12th, 2016 at 7:26 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Beer Head, East Devon

11 DB members attended the morning fieldtrip although a strong southerly wind kept birds to a minimum.  3 Wheatear, c 50 Linnet, a gathering of Herring GullsLesser and Great black-backed Gulls and 2 Hobby flying south were the sum total of interest.   Even common species were absent. Just goes to show its all in the weather but thanks to Geoff Green for leading us.

Posted September 12th, 2016 at 5:34 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatch with Dave Holloway this morning 06.45-0815: 20 Balearic Shearwaters, 5 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Great Skuas, 1 Arctic Skua,1 Little Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 500+ Kittiwake (mostly lingering)2 Common Scoter, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Dunlin, 2 Grey Wagtails and 1 Yellow Wagtail. 

Posted September 12th, 2016 at 5:07 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh

From the hide this lunchtime, the highlights were 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Avocet and 2 Yellow Wagtails.

Posted September 12th, 2016 at 2:11 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Berry Head, 12.9.16, 08:30 - 09:20

Sea Watching with Mike Langman this morning. Wont duplicate his report but stayed a while after he left: 12 more Balearic Shearwaters; 1 more Manx Shearwater; 1 more Bonxie; a group of 7 more dark Arctic Skuas shadowing Kittiwakes.

Posted September 12th, 2016 at 1:54 pm by David Holloway in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

River Taw Osprey

Osprey on the Taw this morning at 09.00 , approx 1/4 mile up river from the mouth of the Caen , on a roost in front of Chivenor .

Posted September 12th, 2016 at 11:16 am by Dave Paterson in General Birding

Osprey's from Exton Station (Sunday 11-09-2016)

Viewed 0930-1630 hrs from Exton railway station.

Watched Osprey drop into trees behind Powderham Church before the Torbay Express steam train went down towards Starcross. Another 3 Osprey's catch fish at lower end of estuary before heading towards Starcross/Haldon. Osprey being pursued by 5 gulls close-by the cruise boat travelling up river. Osprey catch fish near Powderham corner and flying up towards Turf. Another 3 Osprey's catch fish near Riversmeet House with the last one flying over Turf Hotel possibly the same one Steve saw on his post. Video footage here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdTarq6exOo

Osprey carrying fish

Osprey diving for fish

Osprey carrying fish                                                         Osprey diving for fish

Posted September 12th, 2016 at 9:43 am by David Boult in General Birding

Sunday 11th September 2016

Crow point to river caen mouth

A midday walk from Crow point today provided plenty of birds,  egrets, kingfisher, a peregrine feeding on the shoreline by the fisherman's Hut,the osprey as mentioned before, egrets,  herons, goldfinches in large numbers black headed gull in winter plumage also bar tailed godwit in small flocks around a reserve type area by the white house. I did get photos.  Also met some very nice and helpful people. Who have also posted here.

Posted September 11th, 2016 at 10:58 pm by Philip worth in General Birding

Lyme Bay boat trip

A few more photos from this mornings boat trip. Also had a large Grey Seal close in in front of the astra zeneca car park. 

Purple Sandpiper

Kittiwake
Purple Sandpiper                                                        Kittiwake

Common Dolphin
Common Dolphin

Posted September 11th, 2016 at 9:53 pm by Paul Treen in General Birding

Lyme Bay boat trip from Brixham

This mornings trip was notable mainly for the very large number of kittiwakes and a close encounter with a pod of common dolphins, also a very obliging bonxie for the photographers. Examination of photos of the tern noted by Nigel shows that it was a juvenile common tern.

Kittiwakes, a few of the big flock.

Bonxie
Kittiwakes, a few of the big flock.                                                                                     Bonxie

Common dolphins, mother with small calf
Common dolphins, mother with small calf

Posted September 11th, 2016 at 9:03 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Two Whinchats and 2 Chiffchaffs. Also, on the high tide, 20 Little Egrets, 21 Curlews, 4 Oystercatchers, and 12 Grey Herons.

Posted September 11th, 2016 at 8:45 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Topsham

Watched from 11:15 till 15:15

from the hide at bowling green marsh to start with , 1 juv curlew sandpiper in with 40+ dunlin, 3 ringed plover , 2 bar tailed godwit, 700+ black tailed godwits included a new arrival of juveniles, 1 greenshank, 200+ redshank, 15+ lapwing, 16+ pintail, 40+ wigeon , 300+ teal, 1 common sandpiper, 18+ little egrets.

then watched from the goatwalk 14:25 till 15:15

3 Ospreys , the first flew from starcross eventually catching a fish then flew over Powderham , 1 flew over the west side of the estuary from Powderham before heading towards  Haldon , another flew from lympstone around by turf before heading back down the estuary. Only a brief watch today had reports of at least 3 more Ospreys from the goatwalk before 1 got there this afternoon so still plenty around the estuary.

 

Posted September 11th, 2016 at 8:44 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Powderham side of Exe

Two Ospreys between 1500-1615. The first flew into the trees at Powderham Estate, the second was high over Turf Hotel, then banked across estuary to be finally watched flying over Clyst. 

Posted September 11th, 2016 at 7:32 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

horsey island braunton

From velator went right hand path.Rail by first large drain.Femail Marsh Harrier,peregrine on beach,Osprey on usual post.Plenty of waders and godwits' from a distance in flight. Large flock of goldfinch on way back.Earlier at velator a swan flew into a power line and it was broken when we arrived,didn't see the swan.

Posted September 11th, 2016 at 7:22 pm by jenny and John elvin in General Birding

Lyme Bay Boat Trips

Today we ran two trips out of Brixham. This mornings trip the sea nice and calm, off Berry Head a large flock of Kittiwake, estimated 600 +, not seen these numbers for many years, Artic Skua, 2 Great Skua, Tern sp, 4 Balearic Shearwater, Guillemots, Fulmar, Gannets, Lesser Black-backed Gull and Great Black-backed Gull. Brixham Breakwater also gave us 4 Purple Sandpiper. 12 Common Dolphin visited the boat with two very young ones.

The second trip this afternoon with the Plymouth group proved to be rough and not that productive for birds. Many more Gannets and Great Black-backed Gulls than the morning trip and a lot of searching gave us 200+ Kittiwake and at the last moment 2 Balearic Shearwater. 4 Purple Sandpiper was a good start to the trip but the sea state made things difficult.

These trips are the last this year, make sure you book early for next year starting mid July!!

Posted September 11th, 2016 at 7:06 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Warleigh point

Three Osprey this evening watch two catch fish and fly to tree to eat there catch.

Posted September 11th, 2016 at 6:53 pm by Chris Buckland in General Birding

Soar

07:00-13:00. Soar Mill Cove/Warren/Starehole/East Soar.

Mainly bright, still first thing but a moderate southerly by late morning. The following counts are just for the Warren and Soar Mill Cove so not duplicating Rob's sightings.

Tree Pipit, Yellow Wagtail, 5 Grey Wagtails, 8 Wheatears, 12 Blackcaps, 6 Whitethroats, 21 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers and a Spotted Flycatcher. Additional to Rob's at East Soar were 5 Yellow Wagtails and a Whinchat.

Posted September 11th, 2016 at 5:08 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East Soar

Early to mid-morming southerly movement across the airfield of 320 Swallow & 50+ House Martin. Other migrants: Great Spotted Woodpecker, Tree Pipit, 3 Grey Wagtail, 9 Wheatear, Lesser Whitethroat in Starehole Valley, 3 Blackcap, 5 Willow Warbler, 9 Chiffchaff & 4 Spotted Flycatcher. Also: 3 Kestrel, 18 Cirl Bunting, Clouded Yellow, Painted Lady & 2 Roe Deer.

Posted September 11th, 2016 at 2:37 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Osprey Lopwell & Bere Ferrers

Todays osprey sightings at Lopwell, then flew over to Bere Ferrers where for the first time I saw it dive with a splash into the river, but alas no fish. You would have had such a great view of this on the waterfront at Bere Ferrers.

Posted September 11th, 2016 at 2:33 pm by Shane Willson in General Birding

Warleigh point

Two distant Ospreys up and over Lopwell dam this mornig.

Posted September 11th, 2016 at 2:00 pm by Chris Buckland in General Birding

Saturday 10th September 2016

West Charleton Marsh

West Charleton Marsh/Wareham Point, mid-pm, of note: 17 Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, c80 Curlew, c75 Oystercatchers, 4 Sandwich Terns (2 ad and 2 juvs), 7 Med. Gulls and 5 Whinchats. 

Posted September 10th, 2016 at 10:46 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

reply to ed on Wheatear

Thanks for that, although I don't think it was Marks bird. This was amongst 4 birds, shame I couldn't get them together to show the different size, as it was a  bigger bird. Otherwise I wouldn't have bothered you.

Eds: If you check pattern of median coverts, pale edges in greater coverts, tertials, slightly loose secondary under tertials, spot on primary covert, slight flick- up on pale lores, slightly grey smudge in supercilium behind the eye and pale feather spot just above the bill all of these correspond to Marks bird making it the same individual.

Posted September 10th, 2016 at 9:07 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

Warleigh point

Osprey Warleigh point.

   Ospreys

Ospreys

Posted September 10th, 2016 at 8:43 pm by Chris Buckland in General Birding

Caen River and Horsey Island

A good session with Osprey, Juv Peregrine, Buzzard, Kestrel, about 400 Canada Geese, 12 Greylay, Curlews, Oystercatchers, Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Redshank, Greenshank, Common Sand, Wheatear, Swallows  and all the estuary regulars Also a Juv BT Godwit I think? 

Posted September 10th, 2016 at 7:56 pm by Rob Barnes in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Ospreys

Saw 3 Ospreys in the space of half an hour just off Turf Lock mid day today.

Amongst 4 Wheatears 1 seemed a lot bigger? Its not a Greenland race bird is it?  Any experts out there??

One of 3 Ospreys  Wheatear, Greenland?? not sure
One of 3 Ospreys                                                            Wheatear, Greenland?? not sure

Eds: not very orange, dark, upright or big billed for a Greenland Wheatear.  It is the same bird M Darlaston photographed check plumage details on Thursdays post which looks even less 'Greenland' Whetear like in colour. 

Posted September 10th, 2016 at 7:54 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

Soar

A morning visit timed to start just after the rain, produced very few migrants. However managed - Hobby,  3+ Tree Pipits, Yellow Wagtail, Turnstone, 7 Chiffchaffs, 6+ Whitethroats, Blackcap and Yellow Wagtail.

Posted September 10th, 2016 at 5:21 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Vitifer valley near Warren House

5 Whinchat, 3 Redstart, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Green Woodpecker and 200+ Sand Martin this afternoon

Posted September 10th, 2016 at 4:51 pm by Rob Hubble in General Birding

Start Point

Seawatch 06.45- 09.00hrs after a very foggy start! 1 Sooty, 12 Balearic & 10 Manx Shearwater, 1 juv Arctic Tern , 2 Common Tern, 5 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Scoter, 368 Gannets, 9 Kittiwake & 22 Fulmar.

Grounded migrants included 4 Willow Warblers, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Pied Flycatcher,  1 Wheatear, 1 Whitethroat and 1 Blackcap mostly up around the farm.

Posted September 10th, 2016 at 12:56 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Fremington Quay

Osprey fishing off Bassett Ridge 11.15, first year Manx Shearwater off the quay on water midday. Not looking unhealthy but definitely a little lost.

Posted September 10th, 2016 at 12:04 pm by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Hartland Point Seawatch

0700-0830

12 Manx

1 Balearic Shearwater

2 Arctic skua (pale + dark)

1 Bonxie

23 Common Scoter (19 + 10 + 4)

plus 3 schools of Harbour Porpoise

Posted September 10th, 2016 at 11:02 am by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 9th September 2016

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 09:45 till  15:30

A wet and windy look around the marsh this morning was another good day from the hide first produced 

6+ juv curlew sandpiper among 250+ dunlin, 3 ringed plover, 600+ black tailed godwits, 6+ juv bar tailed godwits, 180+ redshank , 12+ lapwing, 1 common sandpiper, 4+ whimbrel, 60+ curlew, 450+ teal, 100+ wigeon, 8+ pintail, 3 Mediterranean gulls( 2 adult, 1 2nd winter) among 600+ black headed gulls.

from the viewing platform 12:30 till 15:30

the continued good showing of Ospreys continued with at least 8+ seen most successful in catching a fish before heading of to roost up, from other reports received looks like we missed at least another 2 birds ( 1 before we got to the viewing platform and another that was seen from exton over turf which we couldn't see) , also received another report of 3 osprey of the goatwalk at 16:50, hard to say how many are around the exe at the moment but must be at least 10+ and probably more it is a great sight to see multiple birds fishing the estuary this week has been amazing and the best time has been on the dropping tide.

Posted September 9th, 2016 at 6:35 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

09-09-16 Red-legged Partridge

09-09-16 On the way from Lopwell Dam, came across 3 Red-legged Partridges on the road, they weren't afraid and was able to get quite a few photo's


Posted September 9th, 2016 at 6:24 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Wednesday near Turf

Female Marsh harrier over river near Topsham. 

Posted September 9th, 2016 at 4:55 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Berry Head

1 juvenile Sabine's Gull, 8 Balearic Shearwaters, 3 Manx Shearwaters, 9 Arctic Skuas and 1 Great Skua, despite seemingly less than favourable conditions for seawatching! Nothing in the way of migrants on the headland. 

Posted September 9th, 2016 at 2:15 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Ospreys. Exe Estuary 9th Sept

Three (possibly four) immature ospreys South West of Turf Hotel at 10.30 am. Saw two catch small fish and fly offf  North towards Haldon.

Later, 11.00 am - no sign of them. 

Posted September 9th, 2016 at 2:05 pm by Patrick Case in General Birding

Tamar Lakes

Cloud after rain with a brisk WSW wind.

1 Osprey quite low over the Lower Lake heading towards the Upper Lake.

2 Ravens..

Also: 18 Mallard,4 Tufted Duck, 1 Mute Swan,3 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 3 Grey Herons,Coal, Great and Blue Tits, 2 Nuthatch,1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Swallow,2 Wrens, a few Robins and Chaffinches, good numbers of Black headed and Herring Gulls as well as corvids all put up by the Osprey with an uproar of alarm calls.

Harvey Kendall.. 

Posted September 9th, 2016 at 1:39 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Thursday 8th September 2016

Stoke Gabriel Dart Estuary

Two Ospreys this evening on the Dart Estuary one flew up Bowcombe Creek the other (seen at the same time) drifted off toward Galmpton.

Posted September 8th, 2016 at 8:10 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Ospreys on the Exe

Watched from Powderham Corner most of the falling tide, saw a minimum of seven Ospreys (3 ads, 4 juvs) possibly more! At least five on view at one time. Two of the adults took fish and headed over towards the Haldon ridge (in the past we used to see Ospreys sometimes carrying fish passing over the ridge!). Also a couple of Wheatears.

WheatearOsprey juv

WheatearOsprey juv

Posted September 8th, 2016 at 8:03 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the morning high-tide.

From the hide 5-Curlew Sandpipers,  3-Spotted Redshank, 3-Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, adult Mediterranean Gull, 6-Pintail amongst the usual large numbers of waders and ducks. Osprey was over the marsh which all the birds up.

From the viewing platform on the dropping tide with Gary at least 6-Osprey's still fishing around the Exe, 2-Common Sandpipers, Kingfisher and Great Spotted Woodpecker. From the goatwalk Osprey on the usual tripod post middle of estuary towards Turf with 3 drifting high eastwards over marine camp mid afternoon. Male Tufted Duck on BGM on walk back to car.

Osprey
Osprey

Posted September 8th, 2016 at 7:53 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Fremington Quay and Pill

Pictures take Wednesday 7th September

Meadow Pipit

Glossy Ibis
Meadow Pipit                                                                        Glossy Ibis

Posted September 8th, 2016 at 6:55 pm by Richard Yeats in General Birding

Skern 10am-12-30

Three Brent on the high tide, seal,10 Wheatear,7Larks flocks of goldfinch,linnets and starlings,small waders etc again on the Northern edge.

Posted September 8th, 2016 at 5:58 pm by Jenny elvin in General Birding

Black Stork - Roadford

Distant record shots of the Black Stork this morning at Roadford above the viaduct.

At 11.30 it took off, circled and disappeared high over the tall conifers heading south.

Black Stork Roadford 8.9.2016 Brian CravenBlack Stork Roadford 8.9.2016 Brian Craven

record shots by Brian Craven.

Posted September 8th, 2016 at 5:24 pm in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Osprey hunting - Exe Estuary nr Turf Hotel

Walking along the cycle track just past Lympstone marine camp, was very lucky to spot an Osprey hunting - swooped into the water, huge splash and seemed to drag a fish into the air. It was on the opposite side of the estuary to me, near the Turf Hotel - so some distance, and I was observing through low power binoculars. It was accompanied by two other birds, but at that distance it was hard to see if they were other osprey or mobbing gulls - probably the latter.

Posted September 8th, 2016 at 12:00 pm by Paul Hepple in General Birding

Osprey

1 in tree from train along the river teign at 10:43 

Posted September 8th, 2016 at 10:50 am by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Wednesday 7th September 2016

Topsham

Bowling Green Marsh for last 45 minutes of light: 1 Wood sand accompanying a Ruff. Also a single Spotted redshank. Took me a while but I eventually found the Garganey before the light went.

Posted September 7th, 2016 at 10:20 pm by Martin Elcoate in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Harford flock

Now unless I am very much mistaken - and it is possible I thought I saw a flock of redwing today?  Cannot think what else they could have been, did not think they were mistle thrush - about 40 of them.

Eds: Almost certainly Mistle Thrush - assuming they were of the thrush family.

Posted September 7th, 2016 at 9:01 pm by Ann Willcocks in General Birding

Exe Estuary

The Exe estuary from Powderham church to Turf Lock, on a high tide with very misty and murky visibility from morning to early afternoon gave a fleeting and very distant view of an Osprey.

At least four juvenile Wheatears on the sea wall, four Black swans in company with 15 Mute Swans and a single juvenile Shellduck just below Turf lock.

 

200+ Black Headed Gulls roosting in one of the pasture fields, two Little Egret, almost constant passage of single Cormorant’s, several flocks of 20/30 Canadian Geese all headed up towards the Exminster marshes, large flocks of Goldfinch and a few Greenfinch feeding on an abundance of thistle heads.

The poor visibility made spotting anything distant almost impossible at times.

Posted September 7th, 2016 at 7:23 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

HomeFarm towards Wrafton

Over wrafton 1pm two Osprey circling high together,one stayed on pole in river other flew towards Barnstaple.

Posted September 7th, 2016 at 7:06 pm by Jenny Elvin in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 08:35 till 14:30

Another good day around the marsh from the hide there was a noticeable arrival of new birds over night 

With 17 species of waders included 6 curlew sandpipers among 300+ dunlin, 3 spotted redshanks among 250+ redshanks, 12+ greenshanks, 1 juv male ruff, a new wood sandpiper, 1 common sandpiper, , 12+ ringed plover, 2 avocet, 12+ bar tailed godwits, 400+ black tailed godwits, 2 snipe, 6+ whimbrel, 200+ curlew, 15+ lapwing, 22+ oystercatchers, also 28+ little egrets, 6+ Pintail , 1 juv Garganey( a different bird to the one a few days ago) , 40+ wigeon, 2 grey heron good numbers of teal and mallards and a few shovelers, 2 Cetti's warbler, 2 stock dove .

from the viewing platform from 12:00 till 14:00 with thick mist on the lower end of the estuary viewing was difficult but at least 4+ osprey showed well a times, 6+ sandwich terns , 1 Cetti's warbler.

Posted September 7th, 2016 at 6:36 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

River Caen and Horsey Island

Clear views of an Osprey with a huge fish this evening on the usual 'Osprey post' at the Mouth of the Caen. Also Sparrowhawk, Buzzards, a few Teal on the flood in Horsey Island along with all of the regulars.

Posted September 7th, 2016 at 6:33 pm by Rob Barnes in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Skern, Northam Burrows

Juv Curlew Sandpiper (plus a few Sanderling) in the Dunlin/Ringed Plover flock, wary and mobile on the sandy beach/pebble ridge at north tip of Northam Burrows, at around 10.00.

Posted September 7th, 2016 at 11:45 am by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Teign Estuary Osprey

Osprey at top of the estuary this morning seen from train, which probably disturbed it from a high tide roost. 8.55.

Posted September 7th, 2016 at 9:00 am by Richard Archer in General Birding

Tuesday 6th September 2016

Day trip to Lundy

A quiet trip for Lundy but a Skua sp 30mins out from Bideford almost certainly a Pomarine either Juv or dark phase, I missed two sightings of a Great Grey Shrike on the island, seabirds generally quiet with some Guillemots, Gannets, Shags, Cormorants and usual gulls etc Female/Juv Pied Flycatcher seemed to have dropped, lots of Goldcrest and Wrens through Milcombe, Willow warblers, Wheatear, Meadow Pipits. An incredibly tame Juv Little Stint was working its way through the puddles on the road near the key - you could literally almost touch it - it only actually moved for the landrover to come through! A long awaited Bonxie on the way home. Several Seals and plenty of Dolphins.

Posted September 6th, 2016 at 9:44 pm by Rob Barnes in General Birding

FREMINGTON QUAY, nr. Barnstaple

Glossy ibis still on Fremington Pill this afternoon (low tide), moving from main road end towards the coast.

Posted September 6th, 2016 at 7:34 pm by Tony Brooking in General Birding

Ospreys Bowling Green Viewing Platform

Just to add to Keith's earlier post of 6 Ospreys seen from the viewing platform on the dropping tide. Great site to see 4 Ospreys fishing at bottom end of estuary and putting all the birds up over the Warren.

Video of 2 Ospreys seen catching fish near Exton with 1 flying towards Starcross and the other towards Turf. Photos taken from video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJ3itqNmAoo

Osprey

Osprey carrying small fish
Osprey carrying small fish

Posted September 6th, 2016 at 7:05 pm by David boult in General Birding

Ibis Fremington Pill

Present again this afternoon 14:00 - 15:00 although very flighty.

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Posted September 6th, 2016 at 6:22 pm by Roy Churchill in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 08:35 till 14:35

A very good day around the marsh after a week away

From the hide 2 juv  curlew sandpipers among 250+ dunlin, 2 spotted redshank, 2 Pintail, 2 kingfisher, 8+ ringed plover, 6+ whimbrel, 12+ bar tailed godwits, good numbers of redshank , black tailed godwits and curlew, 10+ lapwing, 1 peregrine.

the best was from the viewing platform between 12:00 and 13:50 , with 6+ Osprey it may have been more we had 2 juv's at the north end of the estuary ( 1 was fishing of lympstone then another came down the river clyst and proceed to fish of exton both were successful before flying of ) we had another further down river as we'll , a distant bird over Powderham marsh gaining height and going south was just too far to clinch I'd but everything pointed to another osprey, we then had 4 birds fishing at the same time between starcross and exmouth at the same time my best day on the estuary for Ospreys  .

 

Posted September 6th, 2016 at 3:16 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

East to West Soar

Strangely quiet: 170 Swallow, 23 House Martin, Sand Martin, 5 Wheatear, 13 Meadow Pipit, 4 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 63 Goldfinch & 2 Roe Deer.

Posted September 6th, 2016 at 3:04 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Sightings

Thurdon & Lower Tamar Lake.

100+ Swallows on wires at Thurdon near Tamar Lake and at least 40 Swallows feeding over the lake.

1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Mute Swan, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Nuthatch, 3 Coal Tits plus Blue and Great Tits, 3 Moorhens, 4 Tufted Duck ,Mallards, 3 Bullfinches,  several Robins and Chaffinches.

Harvey Kendall

Posted September 6th, 2016 at 1:26 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Lyme Bay boat trips, Sunday

More pictures from the Brixham boat trips on Sunday.

Storm petrel  Storm petrel
Storm petrel

Balearic shearwater  Gannet
Balearic shearwater                                                                        Gannet

 

Posted September 6th, 2016 at 12:54 pm by Chris Proctor in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lyme Bay boat trip, Sunday

Some pictures from Sunday's boat trips from Brixham.

Bonxie  Bonxie
Bonxie

Posted September 6th, 2016 at 12:47 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

North Devon Osprey

09.30 this morning , Osprey on the Taw at the mouth of the Caen, usual place.

Posted September 6th, 2016 at 10:06 am by Dave Paterson in General Birding

Monday 5th September 2016

Topsham

1 Wood sandpiper and 1 Green sandpiper, Bowling Green Marsh early evening.

Posted September 5th, 2016 at 11:08 pm by Martin Elcoate in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Fremington Pil

Glossy Ibis showing well this afternoon.

Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Posted September 5th, 2016 at 9:52 pm by Mike Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Topsham

Viewed over the morning dropping tide.

From Bowling Green Marsh 2-Spotted Redshank, 3-Curlew Sandpipers amongst the large numbers of waders and ducks. Wheatear again from the viewing platform on riversmeet house seawall.

From the goatwalk the Osprey was again on the tripod post in middle of estuary near Turf Locks on the low-tide.

Osprey video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpy9oOiUfgE

Osprey

Osprey
Osprey

Wheatear
Wheatear

Posted September 5th, 2016 at 9:30 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Avon Estuary & South Efford Marsh

At 1700hrs an Osprey seen heading south down the Avon estuary below the Marsh. On the Marsh itself at low tide still Curlew Sandpiper and Little Stint amongst the Dunlin and Ringed Plover. 1 Ruff and 2 Black Tailed Godwit. Rodney Bone reports another sighting of a Wryneck on the path to the hide, probably the same bird seen on Fri evening and again at midday on Sat at this location, although not seen yesterday and not seen by other birders today.

Posted September 5th, 2016 at 5:50 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Velator

In the reserve this morning the first Water Rail (heard only) of the autumn. Outside a mobile Black-tailed Godwit on (but mostly off) the scrape.

Posted September 5th, 2016 at 1:11 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Skern

High tide roost of Curlew (including one colour-ringed in Germany), Oystercatcher (two colour-ringed, one from Iceland and another unknown at present), plus five Black-tailed Godwit, one Whimbrel, three Knot, a few Sandwich Tern, several Dunlin and Ringed Plover. All around 09:30.

Posted September 5th, 2016 at 12:08 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatch from 0630-900hrs: 1 Large Shearwater sp (probably Great), 1 Little Gull, 11 Arctic Skuas, 2 Great Skua, 10 Balearic Shearwaters, 32 Manx Shearwater, 4 Sandwich Tern, 12 'commic' Tern, 12 Auk Sp, 4 Common Scoter, 9 Bar-tailed Godwit Also 20+ Common Dolphin and 2+ Harbour Porpoise.,

Posted September 5th, 2016 at 10:03 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Topsham

Late post for Sunday: Bowling Green Marsh (morning high tide): 4 Curlew sandpiper, 1 Wood sandpiper, 2 Spotted redshank, 1 Osprey (flew up the Clyst scattering al the waders). Rec (late afternoon): 1 ad Med gull, 4 Common sandpipers, 2 Water rail. Tim Worfolk had a Yellow-legged gull there in the afternoon.

Posted September 5th, 2016 at 7:59 am by Martin Elcoate in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 4th September 2016

pomarine skua

image from yesterday

Posted September 4th, 2016 at 8:03 pm by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

2 Lyme Bay Trips

Today we had 2 Lyme Bay trips out of Brixham. A grey seal came to the boat before we departed wanting to be fed!!! The morning trip a little bit lumpy so went 6 miles out. Birds seen 3 Purple Sandpiper Brixham breakwater, 4 Manx Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 3 Storm Petrel, 1 Great Skua, Gannet, Kittiwake, Fulmar, 2 Guillemot, 14 Common Scoter in flight, 2 Common Dolphin and 5 Harbour Porpoise.

The afternoon trip was very slow so went 7 miles out. Birds seen 2 Storm Petrel, 1 Great Skua, 1 Kittiwake, GBB gulls, LBB gulls, Herring Gulls, Fulmar. The total of Shearwater 7 miles out and closer to Berry Head, 4 Manx Shearwater, 6 Balearic Shearwater and 1 SP Shearwater. 4 Purple Sandpiper on Brixham breakwater. Last trips next weekend and full!! 

Posted September 4th, 2016 at 6:23 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Southdown Farm

juv dotterel on recently planted field, sorry no footpaths near by. East Soar could be worth a look!

Posted September 4th, 2016 at 4:43 pm by Colin Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exe Estuary - Osprey

9.10 am this morning - approx  half-mile South West of the Turf Locks above the tree line being mobbed by crows.

Late post from yesterday- Same area eating catch on dead oak at 9.30 am.

Photo at distance!!


Posted September 4th, 2016 at 4:15 pm by Tony Dudley-Clarke in General Birding

Fremington Pill (Sat late afternoon)

Quick visit to Pill in the hope the Glossy ibis may be close enough for photo with the rain deterring walkers. Noticed amongst the 100+ redshanks several showing white on the closed wing, some quite extensive (photo). A few curlew and 2 common sandpipers made up the rest.

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Unusual Redshank
Unusual Redshank

Posted September 4th, 2016 at 2:18 pm by Andrew Lansdell in General Birding

Exmouth

Exmouth Beach - 0845 - c200+ Ringed Plover, c200+ Dunlin, c10+ Sanderling, 1 juv Curlew Sandpiper, 2 juv Little Stints and 36 Pale-bellied Brent Goose over east. Photos on www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk

Posted September 4th, 2016 at 10:18 am by Matt Knott in General Birding

Saturday 3rd September 2016

skern

Another ad pale phase pom skua after one during last storm 2 wks ago unfortunately heavy squall pushed it off.18:20-18:50.Also 2 common tern and yellow wagtail,10 blackwits this morn at 07;25

Posted September 3rd, 2016 at 9:08 pm by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Combined totals from several watchers 0830-1900hrs: 15 Balearic, 1 Sooty & 47 Manx Shearwaters, 6 Arctic & 2 Great Skuas, 1 juv/fw Little Gull, 3 Common Tern, 6 'commic' Tern, 2 Guillemot, 22 Fulmar, 36 Kittiwake also 2 Wheatear, 5 or more Harbour Porpoise and 1 Grey Seal.

Posted September 3rd, 2016 at 7:59 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exmouth

Bits and bobs from today - Orcombe Point - fw Yellow-legged Gull, 2+ Yellow Wagtail, 2+ Balearic Shearwater and 5+ Manx Shearwater. Exmouth Beach - juv Curlew Sandpiper, 88+ Ringed Plover, 135+ Dunlin and 20+ Sanderling. Mudbank - 9 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Osprey, 230+ Mallard, 6 Pintail, 48 Wigeon, 50+ Teal, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank and 3 Mediterranean Gulls. Some rubbish photos and further details on www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk.

Posted September 3rd, 2016 at 5:38 pm by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the morning high-tide.

Wood Sandpiper, 2-Green Sandpipers, 2-Spotted Redshanks, 2-Curlew Sandpipers, Snipe, 17-Greenshank, 4-Whimbrel, 3-Bar-tailed Godwits, adult Mediterranean Gull, Kestrel amongst the large numbers of waders, gulls and ducks.

Had a call that the Osprey was in the oak tree near Turf Locks.

Posted September 3rd, 2016 at 11:43 am by David Boult in General Birding

Friday 2nd September 2016

Topsham

No sign of either Osprey or Garganey this evening. But nice to see a soon to fledge House Martin. Great Crested Grebe on the Clyst.

House Martin (poor light)   Great Crested Grebe
House Martin (poor light)                      Great Crested Grebe

Posted September 2nd, 2016 at 9:40 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

South Efford Marsh

Good session this evening at South Efford headlined by a Wryneck in the scrub along the bank plus 4 Curlew Sandpipers, 1 Little Stint, 1 Ruff, 4 Greenshank, 5+ Snipe, 10+ Common Sandpipers, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, ca35 each of Ringed Plover and Dunlin, 30 Curlew and at least 5 Yellow Wagtails.

Posted September 2nd, 2016 at 7:45 pm by Andy Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh

Morning high tide. To add to Birds in Dave's post of 2 Spttd Redshank, 3 Curlew Sand, Wood Sand & Gargeney.

Redshank 400, Greenshsnk 22, Curlew 363, Whimbrel 5, Dunlin 153, Black-tailed Godwit 663, Lapwing 14, Little Egret 17, Teal 103, Shoveler 3, Med Gull Ad wint & Kingfisher. 

Gargeney showed to LHS in front of reeds. Female/Imm bird. 

Posted September 2nd, 2016 at 7:33 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the morning high-tide.

From the hide Wood Sandpiper, 3-Curlew Sandpipers, 2-Spotted Redshank, Kestrel and a Garganey amongst the large numbers of waders and ducks. No sign of the Spoonbill today. Peregrine swooping on the Redshanks close-in again in front the viewing platform and large numbers of Swallows around the fields.

From the goatwalk Osprey was seen very distantly stood on top the electric post at 12:05 hrs in field halfway between Turn locks and new cycle bridge, left of Belvedere Tower Powderham before moving off and fishing at bottom end of the estuary. 

Osprey  (maximum digiscopeed)

Kestrel
                      Osprey (maximum digiscoped)                                                      Kestrel

Posted September 2nd, 2016 at 4:15 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Home Farm Marsh

Female marsh harrier hunting for at least half an hour this morning over Isley Marsh.  Glossy Ibis bottom end of Fremington Pill at one o'clock very close to road.

Posted September 2nd, 2016 at 2:54 pm by Geoff Taylor in General Birding

Berry Head

not much in the way of migrant birds today, the highlights being: 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Willow Warblers, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest (first of the autumn for me on headland), 1 Whitethroat.

Of more interest were a couple of pods of Common Dolphin totalling about 40+ and 2 Harbour Porpoise that actually joined one of the groups for several minutes. 

Video link here:  

Posted September 2nd, 2016 at 2:08 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Thursday 1st September 2016

skern

23 med gulls,6 ad,2sw,15juv/fw,1 sanderling.19:00-19:45

Posted September 1st, 2016 at 9:07 pm by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

BGM & Goatwalk Topsham

Viewed 1200-1630 Hrs.

From the goatwalk Osprey on the tripod post middle of water channel near Turf Locks then flew up river at 1330hrs before flying down and over riversmeet house towards the river Cyst and out of view. Seen again from the viewing platform at 1437hrs on the mud in middle of the Exe estuary then Gary arrived on the platform it flew down river fishing and was joined with another fishing between Mudbank and the Warren without success. Also very close views of Peregrine swooping over the Redshank in front the platform before disappearing up river. Wheatear still on the seawall of riversmeet house. Spoonbill still showing from the hide.

Osprey  (distant views in the mid-day heat haze)
Osprey  (distant views in the mid-day heat haze)

Osprey (distant views in the mid-day heat haze)

Posted September 1st, 2016 at 5:51 pm by David Boult in General Birding

East Soar

Just a smattering of migrants:  100 Swallow, 23 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin, Yellow Wagtail, 6 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 14 Willow Warbler & 11 Chiffchaff. Also: 2 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Sparrowhawk, 400 Herring Gull, 37 Goldfinch & 350 Linnet.

Butterflies better: Clouded Yellow, 3 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, 5 Painted Lady & 70 Small Copper.

Posted September 1st, 2016 at 1:57 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Glossy Ibis

Easily visible from road down to Fremington Quay on 29 August.  There all morning.

Glossy ibis, Fremington Pill

Glossy ibis, Fremington Pill
Glossy ibis, Fremington Pill

Posted September 1st, 2016 at 9:57 am by JOHN WARD in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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