Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from September 2018

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Sunday 30th September 2018

Challacombe Moor,four cross way.

A Sunday excursion out over the moors to see deer provided instead numerous kestrels, buzzards and a bird of prey that I am unsure of.  Kestrels were hunting and perched on gate posts like little statues. There were odd meadow pipits, and pied wagtails numerous pheasants both dead and alive. 

Kestrel.
Kestrel.

Posted September 30th, 2018 at 9:59 pm by Philip worth in Bird News

Plymouth Sound

08.15hrs 30 Sep: 14 Cattle Egret in tight group flying in low past Bovisand, Jennycliff and then they flew out from Mount Batten breakwater where I soon after became unsighted from my location at Eastern Kings. The groups last observed flight line was all heading westwards along the Hoe, so they may have risen up over the Hoe (and over Plymouth) as they didn't pass  E/Western Kings to enter the Tamar. Also 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 ad Med gull, 5 Little Egret, 5 Grey Heron, 28 Goldfinch together and 1 Gannet. Robert Hurrell 

Posted September 30th, 2018 at 9:00 pm by Robert Hurrell in Bird News

Spotted Flycatcher Dawlish Warren

A pleasant couple of hours on the warren reserve gave little out of the ordinary. Good views of the Female Kestrel were had especially when she was sat on the hide roof! She was last seen heading back towards the point being harassed by a Crow. On the way back to the car park at the rear of the pond behind the Reserve building on the edge of the golf course was a distant view of a feeding Juvenile Spotted Flycatcher taking large bugs mid air. Views were short and sweet as it headed off along the fence line of the golf course.

Spotted Flycatcher Dawlish Warren
Spotted Flycatcher Dawlish Warren

Posted September 30th, 2018 at 7:54 pm by John Wilkes in Bird News

Occombe, Preston

This morning not a great deal of activity other than a Peregrine Falcon flying north - south over the site. A Grey Heron mobbed by 3 Magpies as it was attempting to land, and a Kestrel. After walking around the reserve most of this activity was observed from the cafe!!

Posted September 30th, 2018 at 7:15 pm in Bird News

Red Kite

Red Kite seen over the woods just before the Castle Hill viaduct on the A361 6.00 pm this evening (30/9/18). 

Posted September 30th, 2018 at 6:53 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News

Lyme Bay boat trip from Brixham

Juvenile Great Skua and Balearic Shearwater, both seen on the way back in.

Great Skua, juvenile
Great Skua, juvenile

Great Skua, juvenile
Great Skua, juvenile

Balearic Shearwater
Balearic Shearwater

Posted September 30th, 2018 at 6:51 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Lyme Bay boat trip from Brixham

Pics of the feeding frenzy from today's trip, also one of several very smart juvenile gannets seen today.

Gannets
Gannets

Common dolphin and gannets
Common dolphin and gannets

Gannet, juvenile
Gannet, juvenile

Posted September 30th, 2018 at 6:47 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Saturday and Sunday Lyme bay boat trips

Saturday a group of Devon Birds members came out on a Boat trip from Brixham. Very poor sea state gave us rough seas. Birds seen 4 Mute swans flying over just before departing from Brixham, 1 Bonxie, Gannets, Manx Shearwater, 2 Shearwater sp, Fulmar, Kittiwake, GBbG and herring Gull. A frustrating trip.

Sundays trip totally different and a great trip. A big feeding frenzy with 35+ Common Dolphin, 200+ Gannets diving and was a Fantastic sight. 12 Harbour Porpoise, 12 common Scoter, 4 Bonxie, 1 Balearic Shearwater, Swallow, Kittiwake, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Common Gull and Herring Gull. Hope some pictures will be posted by somebody on the trip.  

Posted September 30th, 2018 at 6:11 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Lopwell Dam ~ Maristow Quay Nr Plymouth

Lopwell Dam ~ Maristow Quay ~ Thirteen Raven, two Buzzard, four Little Grebe, two Little Egret, four Muscovy Duck, two Common Sandpiper, two Kingfisher, Pied and Grey Wagtail, four Lesser Black Back Gull and fifty plus Black Headed Gulls, pair of  Mute swan with three full sized youngsters, twelve plus Canada Geese and three Moorhen.

           

Back home at South Brent Tawny owl, the Hobby came in at 09.55hrs and three jays.

Posted September 30th, 2018 at 3:48 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Wembury Point

14 Cattle Egrets with cows in large open field adjacent to coastal footpath east of Wembury Point at SX507485. Departed west a few minutes after 08:00.

Posted September 30th, 2018 at 3:30 pm by John BIshop in Bird News

dark bellied brent

Sunday am exmouth,25 dark bellied brent geese at the duckpond.

Posted September 30th, 2018 at 11:45 am by eric in Bird News

Saturday 29th September 2018

Lundy Wheatear

On Lundy today we saw this stunning Greenland Wheatear thrashing caterpillars inside out. 


Greenland Wheatear
Greenland Wheatear


Posted September 29th, 2018 at 11:37 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Chudleigh Hirundines

Coming back from Chudleigh to Teignmouth about a mile from Chudleigh near Higher Dunscombe Farm lots of hirundines passing over. Parked and walked back to investigate. Estimated 150 to 200 Swallows and House Martins around the fields and in the sky, about one fifth House Martins, but I suspect this was a serious underestimate. Quite a spectacle and all that I saw were juveniles.

Posted September 29th, 2018 at 9:31 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

2 Willow Tits at the hide.

Posted September 29th, 2018 at 7:38 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

East Soar

Nice to see a great spotted woodpecker land on the fence post next to me. Several yellowhammers, blackcaps and a few wheatears.

Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker

Wheatear
Wheatear

Yellowhammer
Yellowhammer

Posted September 29th, 2018 at 7:26 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

East Soar

USeemed to be a day of raptors at East soar, several Kestrels at least 2 sparrow hawks and buzzards, I may have caught a glimpse of a very distant merlin in the afternoon, not 100% but I think it was.

Kestrel
Kestrel

Sparrowhawk
Sparrowhawk

Posted September 29th, 2018 at 7:13 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Fairly quiet but a 1W Little Gull at Torcross end, 5 Med Gulls, 200+ Swallows, 100+ House Martins, 7 Reed Buntings, 12 Chiff-Chaffs, Sedge Warbler and a Wheatear

Posted September 29th, 2018 at 7:11 pm by David Cope in Bird News

Horsey Island

A mid-afternoon walk at Horsey island, along the road side bank from the White House gave us distant views of a great white egret. It seemed keen to keep its distance. Plenty of little egrets around to give a good size comparison.



Great White Egret
Great White Egret

Posted September 29th, 2018 at 6:16 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News

East Soar

East Soar, am, of note: 1 Merlin, 11 Golden Plover; good numbers of  Swallows moving through early am; lots of Meadow Pipits and Skylarks around; 15+ Siskins overhead; 1 Wheatear and 1 Grasshopper Warbler.

Posted September 29th, 2018 at 3:19 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Limers Lane.

3 bar tailed godwit and 1 common sandpiper 

Posted September 29th, 2018 at 11:35 am by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Friday 28th September 2018

South Efford marsh

21 Avocet at South Efford marsh today also 24ish Black tailed godwit, a  lovely grey wagtail landed on the fence in front of the hide. Several glimpses of the kingfisher.

Avocets
Avocets

Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail

Posted September 28th, 2018 at 8:24 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Shute Churchyard find

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Posted September 28th, 2018 at 2:59 pm by Carol Miltenburg in Bird News

Southdown Farm to Soar Mill Valley

A quiet and windy morning highlighted by Merlin over Higher Soar and Hobby over the farm fields. Also: 270 Swallow, 100 House Martin, 3 Wheatear, 75 Meadow Pipit & 200 Linnet.

Posted September 28th, 2018 at 2:30 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake, near Bude.

5 Little Grebe, 2 Tufted Ducks, 21 Mallard, 1 Wigeon, 3 Shovelers, 1 Cormorant, 6 Great Crested Grebes with 2 well grown juveniles, 1 Grey Heron, c.10 Canada Geese, party of Blue, Great and Coal Tits, 24 Coot, 6 Moorhens, 1 Nuthatch.

Harvey Kendall & Barry Bryne.

Posted September 28th, 2018 at 1:29 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake 0715,
4 Cattle Egret (flew out at 0810), 2m Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron.

Posted September 28th, 2018 at 12:21 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Wembury

At high tide and a few hours after. Little Egret 7, Curlew 2, Bar tailed Godwit 6, Ringed Plover 3, Med Gull 14, Cirl Bunting 10 and 2 White Wagtail. The disturbance was chronic all along the foreshore to the point with everything being flushed and with no place to settle!

Posted September 28th, 2018 at 9:36 am by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Thursday 27th September 2018

Skern

47 med gulls 30 adults,6 2w 11 flight. 

Posted September 27th, 2018 at 7:47 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Sightings for this morning at the lake

1 Cattle Egret, 1 Little Egret, 3 Shoveler, 1 Gadwall, 1m Tufted Duck, 23 Canada Geese, 12 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Littel Grebe.

Posted September 27th, 2018 at 7:21 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Plant World Garden Centre - Newton Abbot

1 Spotted Flycatcher watched hunting insects for twenty minutes.

Posted September 27th, 2018 at 5:22 pm by Paul Nunn in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Short-eared Owl came in from the sea this morning and spent time on the point as well as the golf course

Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl

Posted September 27th, 2018 at 4:33 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

East Soar

A generally quiet morning enlivened by 2 Golden Plover, 7 Ringed Plover, 140 Skylark, 100 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 7 Pied Wagtail, 9 White/Alba Wagtail, 13 Wheatear, 3 Blackcap & 450 Linnet.

Later at Harleston Hobby & 2 Grey Wagtail over.

Posted September 27th, 2018 at 3:52 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Dawlish Warren - 0930-1130

From the hide one imm. Little Gull, three imm. Med. Gull and a handful of Common Terns among 40+ Sandwich. Over the dunes a Short-eared Owl being mobbed by a Kestrel.

Posted September 27th, 2018 at 3:32 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Great Egret

Great Egret off Fremington Quay, 13:10 today Thurs 27 Sept 18. My first in North Devon.

Posted September 27th, 2018 at 3:19 pm by Robert Durrant in Bird News

Wembury

At high tide and a few hours after. Little Egret 7, Curlew 2, Bar tailed Godwit 6, Ringed Plover 3, Med Gull 14, Cirl Bunting 10 and 2 White Wagtail. The disturbance was chronic all along the foreshore to the point with everything being flushed and with no place to settle!

Posted September 27th, 2018 at 1:59 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Wednesday 26th September 2018

Berry Head kayak trip

4 Balearic Shearwater

4 Common Terns inc one (fw) sat on sea 2 miles off Berry Head

13+ Harbour porpoise

Common Tern
Common Tern

Harbour porpoise
Harbour porpoise

Posted September 26th, 2018 at 7:29 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Turf

I missed Gerry's Osprey, but a very confiding Whimbrel flew in to say hi

Whimbrel
Whimbrel

Posted September 26th, 2018 at 7:25 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Turf

Osprey flying around this afternoon 

Posted September 26th, 2018 at 5:36 pm by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

Marine Parade, Preston, "Dutch Ringed Turnstone".

I have had numerous sightings of this bird and finally managed to establish the full ringing code from a number of pictures taken on 7 September. It is "Z010032".I reported it through the BTO and the following is pasted directly from their report.

Ringing Scheme: Arnhem Ring Number: Z010032 Species of bird: Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
This bird was ringed by Arnhem as age definitely hatched during current year, sex unknown on 15-Aug-2013 10:09:00 at Bloemendaal, Kennemerduinen, Noord-Holland, The Netherlands
OS Map reference - accuracy 0, co-ordinates 52deg 25min N 4deg 32min E accuracy 0.

It was found on 07-Sep-2018 time unknown at Paignton, Devon, UK
OS Map reference SX9061 accuracy 0, co-ordinates 50deg 26min N -3deg -32min W accuracy 0.
Finding condition: Sight record by non-ringer
Finding circumstances: Metal Ring Read In Field

Posted September 26th, 2018 at 5:03 pm by Steve O'Donoghue in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

No sign of a the Grey Phalarope this afternoon, but juv/1w Red-necked Grebe present.

Posted September 26th, 2018 at 4:43 pm by Roger Doble in Bird News

mute swans

73 mute swans including 10 signets,4 sandwich terns and one wheater.behind the sports center exe estuary exmouth this morning

Posted September 26th, 2018 at 3:24 pm by eric in Bird News

Wrafton / Braunton

Whooper Swan on Wrafton scrape this morning.



Posted September 26th, 2018 at 1:06 pm by Dave Paterson in Bird News

Blackhill Quarry- East Devon

No signs today of the Pallid Harrier seen yesterday morning over the footpath- as reported by Oli Force, Exmouth Community UK, via Facebook.  In fact not a lot of birds present today but a Common Sandpiper was good as I have been expecting to find one here for a long time.  Also present 2 Little Grebe, 5 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 2 Moorhen, 4 Mallard, 4 Jay, 3 Meadow Pipit and a Buzzard.

NOTE: there appears to be a recent spate of car breakins at Four Firs Car Park. Do not leave any valuables in your car.

Posted September 26th, 2018 at 12:59 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Warfton / Braunton

Whooper Swan on the scrape this morning 09.30.

Posted September 26th, 2018 at 9:38 am by David Paterson in Bird News

Tuesday 25th September 2018

Trago Mills, Newton Abbot

Kingfisher in the water gardens at 15.00

Posted September 25th, 2018 at 8:23 pm by John Walton in Bird News

South Hams coastal

Slapton Ley, on the way into Slapton no less than four Buzzards sat on roadside telegraph poles, two Stock Doves and a Sparrow hawk hunting a roadside hedge.

The entire Slapton / Torcross area is alive with Swallows along with a handful of House Martin.

On the beach a large flock of gulls I would estimate at least 200 mostly GBBG and LBBG along with at least ten Mediterranean Gulls of mixed ages, unfortunately a walker thought it was great fun to keep walking into the flock and driving them off the beach which killed off any chance of viewing the gulls in any detail, huge numbers on the sea but well off of the shore line.

Build up of great Crested Grebes on the Ley since my last visit.

Meadow Pipit, Linnet, Goldfinch, Cetti’s Warbler, Pied Wagtail and Reed Bunting being the smaller species, one of the Reed Buntings being ringed and another with a large tick on the side of its neck.

 

Beesands Ley, large flock of 75 plus House Sparrows, several Starlings, two Stonechat, 50 plus Mute Swan on the ley and the reported Great White Egret showing really well as it moved around the ley feeding.

Aveton Gifford, Kestrel and Kingfisher near the A379 road bridge, along the tidal road a Black Tailed Godwit, two Greenshank, 300 plus Canada geese and 250 plus Herring gull, one LBBG with another gull roost further down the river beyond the reserve, eight Little Egret and a small number of Swallow.

Back home at South Brent the visiting Hobby came in for food at 4.35pm while being mobbed by Jackdaws and a Magpie.

Posted September 25th, 2018 at 5:10 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Morte Point

Hobby 0830 this morning around the Point. Flew off towards Woolacombe 

Posted September 25th, 2018 at 3:39 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

Woodlark- Dawlish countryside Park

Woodlark feeding in Winter Barley at 11.45am,  25/9

Several flight views from first field from car park, then flew to field with turbine and lost to view

Posted September 25th, 2018 at 3:04 pm by paul barker in Bird News

Blaxton Meadow

At low tide the Cattle Egret was roosting on one of the islands in the meadow before flying off North.

Posted September 25th, 2018 at 2:49 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Middle Soar/Soar Mill Valley/Southdown Farm

Six species of raptor this morning included female Merlin and Hobby hunting over Soar Mill Valley but not together! Movements of 270 Swallow, 320 Skylark & 370 Meadow Pipit. Also: 8 Ringed Plover, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 25 Stock Dove, 5 House Martin, White Wagtail, 5 Wheatear, Whitethroat, 9 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 60 Goldfinch & 360 Linnet.

Non-avian: 4 Roe Deer - male, female & 2 yearlings; 7 Wall Brown & 36 Red Admiral.

Posted September 25th, 2018 at 2:23 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Monday 24th September 2018

R.Caen

Give us a kiss!


Posted September 24th, 2018 at 9:36 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Paignton coastal & South Brent

 

At Broadsands, Paignton this afternoon a rather tatty and moth eaten Great Black Back Gull ringed with a white plastic tag ring with P:76B in red, also what I believe to be a 2nd winter Lesser Black Back Gull, one Little Egret, a trickle of Swallows and at one point 41 Carrion Crows on the beach.

  

Over at Marine Parade, Preston, Paignton seven Sandwich terns, ten plus Turnstone including the Dutch ringed bird, three Oyster Catcher, a Rock Pipit and a very miserable looking Wheatear.

At home Hobby (Don't think it was "my" bird) and a Sparrowhawk being mobbed by corvids, a single Mistle Thrush and a slow but steady passage of House Martin and Swallows. 

This evening not less than seven Tawny owls four seen and three calling.

 

Posted September 24th, 2018 at 9:32 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Velator

Glad there's a Cattle Egret about - I've been looking for one among the Cattle around the reserve. On the reserve pond today were a pair of Gadwall. Several Chiffchaffs around.

Oddly there were no Ducks at all out on the scrape. But one Black-tailed Godwit which flew off South.

Posted September 24th, 2018 at 8:21 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Horsey Island

An absolutely cracking late aft / early evening on R.Caen & Horsey Island with the flood tide.

1 Cattle Egret showing well in the crystal clear evening light on Horsey.


Posted September 24th, 2018 at 7:21 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

East & Middle Soar

A good day of vis mig but nothing like Start Bay yesterday!! Tally included 700 Swallow moving east, 800 Meadow Pipit & 210 Skylark grounded, 6 House Martin, 11 Wheatear  9 Ringed Plover, Dunlin, 2 Whinchat, 16 Stonechat, 18 Blackcap & 350 Linnet. All this attracted 5 species of raptor inc. the first Merlin of the autumn (possibly 2). 

Non-avian; 8 Sika Deer inc.one stag.

Posted September 24th, 2018 at 4:40 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Grey Phalarope on the lake early afternoon, viewed from the dam. Thank you Alec for the tip off.

Posted September 24th, 2018 at 3:25 pm by Roger Doble in Bird News

24-09-18 Saltram Blaxton Meadow & Radford Lake

The Cattle Egret showing well for a for minutes near the Blaxton Meadow in the field with the cows near the main track, also a Heron at Radford Lake at the top of a very large pine.




Posted September 24th, 2018 at 2:35 pm by greg bradbury in Bird News

Sunday 23rd September 2018

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Cattle Egret with the cows in Saltram, 5 Black-tailed Godwits on Blaxton, 3 Greenshanks, Ringed Plover, 183 Redshanks, 13 Turnstones, 2 Common Sandpipers, 37 Curlews, 15 Little Egrets, 20 Grey Herons & Stock Dove. 

Fantanstic to see the National Trust responding to feedback and putting a clear "No Entry" sign up at the north end of Blaxton Pool. Many thanks! Now it's up to all visitors to act responsibly in the best interests of the wildlife there, and obey.

Earlier today, a Whitethroat in my garden (Mount Gould).

Posted September 23rd, 2018 at 7:18 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Skern

1 ruff,4 adult med gulls peregrine, bar tailed godwit,3 white and 17 pied wags,8 skylarks, 4 wheatear and 300 linnet.

Posted September 23rd, 2018 at 6:47 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Start Bay/Slapton Ley

The wind dropped at 1.30pm and the sun came out triggering a massive passage of Swallows! Watching from the Monument Car Park 2pm-5pm birds were moving strongly NE along the coast over the sea as far as I could see and along the beach: peak passage was 500/minute,  estimate of 40,000 Swallows  conservative in the three hours I counted, birds still streaming past when I left and over the Ley and fields inland to Slapton Viillage, a handul of House Martins and Sand Martins with them. Highlight on the sea was a 1W Black Guillemot in flight and settled. Also 6 Eider, 7 Common Scotor, 1 Arctic Skua, 3 Manx and 2 Balearic Shearwaters, 50+ Sandwich terns amongst large numbers of gulls offshore. Earlier 2 juv/1W Yellow-legged Gulls on the lower Ley. Reed Warbler, 4 Reed Buntings,  2 Wheatears and a Whinchat. 

Posted September 23rd, 2018 at 6:22 pm by David Cope in Bird News

Underwood, Plympton

Our Goldfinch population decreased by one this afternoon thanks to this Sparrowhawk. You can just see the hapless bird's wing below the wire in the second photo.

Sparrowhawk
Sparrowhawk

Sparrowhawk
Sparrowhawk

Posted September 23rd, 2018 at 6:16 pm by Jason Smart in Bird News

Mount Batten, Plymouth

Very little to see on the birding front but two adult Mediterranean Gulls, 12 plus Pied Wagtails, small numbers of Swallow and three Oyster Catchers.

Back home at South Brent Tawny owl last night, Hobby and a female Kestrel, six Long Tailed Tits and a small number of Swallow and House Martin.

A friend reports seeing a Barn owl at Marley Head on Friday evening (21st)

Posted September 23rd, 2018 at 5:51 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Bolt Head

Wryneck along coast path between Starehole Bay and Overbecks this afternoon 14:45-15:00 at least. SX728368

Posted September 23rd, 2018 at 4:56 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Wembury

Drizzle this morning until 1100:

2 Chiffchaff, 8 Stonechat, 50+ Swallow on the move, 3 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 20 Sandwich tern, 3 Med gull. Pipits and Wagtails among clouds of flies on the seaweed, urghh!!

Posted September 23rd, 2018 at 3:17 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Common Rosefinch - Froward Cove

Matt Twiggs found a Common Rosefinch at Froward Cove, near Coleton Fishacre this morning and it is still showing regularly this afternoon - 

Directions for Common Rosefinch -park at Higher Brownstone Farm, follow track beyond daymark and down hill to Froward Cove -through gate and take left path - through pine belt for 300 yards to cove - walk down cove for 20 yards and look back right- bird feeding about 25 yrds away beyond blackthorn.

Posted September 23rd, 2018 at 2:55 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Velator

In the light rain as I arrived this morning, there were quite a few Swallows and House Martins over and near the reserve. A small flock of Wigeon flew North past the reserve. The Tit flock found me for a change and I watched as about a dozen Long-tailed Tits buzzed around over my head. There were some Blue and Great Tits with them and at least 4 Chiffchaffs, one of which was prompted by the sun coming out to burst into song.

I ended this visit by going back to the south side of the reserve, where yet another overweight Willow tree crashed over in the gales. and found it bathed in sunshine and covered in birds. Probably the same Tit-flock, but several Chiffs and then a real surprise when a MARSH TIT appeared. Closely followed by a juvenile Spotted Flycatcher. Some movement overnight then.. Never seen Marsh Tit in the reserve before

Kingfisher and Dipper in the river.

Posted September 23rd, 2018 at 1:57 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Start Bay / Point

In Start Bay a flock of 5 Eider, all females, flew south off the Memorial Car Park at 07:50. Largest number I have seen here for a long time. When the rain eased I went up to Start Point. There were 12 Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaffs and a Willow Warbler in a small sheltered spot in the farm. Elsewhere 2 Wheatears, 150 Meadow Pipits ( grounded ) , Grey Wagtail and 10 White Wagtails.

Posted September 23rd, 2018 at 1:04 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Cranbrook, Exeter

A quick walk around Cranbrook Countryside Park this morning produced some expected common birds but nevertheless of interest.  These included 2 mute swan cygnets (a first at Cranbrook for me), 3 Little Grebe on the Big Lake at Stonebarton off Crannaford Lane and a flock of c100 Goldfinch.  Several new, shallow scrapes and an extension to the Big Lake mentioned earlier are under construction and the rough area opposite the railway station has been flailed.  Below shows the new construction.

Posted September 23rd, 2018 at 12:29 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Saturday 22nd September 2018

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning 2 Ringed Plover

Posted September 22nd, 2018 at 7:22 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Velator

Wet and cold. But there were some Swallows around and over the reserve this morning. Another over Croyde this afternoon.

Posted September 22nd, 2018 at 5:28 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

White Bridge, Budleigh Salterton

A surprisingly early Ring Ouzel this morning feeding in Hawthorns to the South of White Bridge (path still closed) and then flew towards South Farm Road but I couldn't re-find it as the heavy rain started! No sign this morning of the Cattle Egrets in a very brief look north of White Bridge, but at least still 3 birds there yesterday.

Posted September 22nd, 2018 at 12:14 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Friday 21st September 2018

South Hams

Start Point first thing produced Spotted Flycatcher, 35 Alba Wagtails & Wheatear. At Slapton Ley, Hobby, 105 House Martins, 2 Sandwich Terns, c20 Mediterranean Gulls & 3 Wheatears. Great White & 2 Cattle Egrets showed at Beesands Ley and finally 2 Spotted Flycatchers at Hallsands.

Posted September 21st, 2018 at 10:16 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Cattle Egret at Blaxton Meadow Saltram Plymouth

Today on Blaxton Meadow at 12.00 a Cattle Egret showing alongside a Little Egret offering a good comparison of the two species.

Posted September 21st, 2018 at 7:31 pm by John Lloyd in Bird News

Exmouth

Grey Phalarope off the Leisure Centre briefly @ 1615.

Posted September 21st, 2018 at 6:55 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Instow

Juv 1st winter Grey Phalarope on mudflats just off yacht club this morning from 10.30.

Posted September 21st, 2018 at 1:46 pm by mike glover in Bird News

Velator

Whilst walking around the reserve this morning I looked out on the scrape and was delighted to see a single, unringed Spoonbill. although I was tucked into the trees it saw me and took flight - into the teeth of the strong south-westerly wind. I can't recall any other records this autumn in North Devon (sure I'm wrong!). In the reserve a large bird of prey resolved into a very low-flying Peregrine.

I suspect that it went yesterday but today I didn't see the last Canada Goose, so I guess it has finally jumped ship and I hope joined the rest of the gang out and about. It has been alone since the rest of the family left on 11th August.

Just as I was leaving a big Tit-flock started crossing the meadow and I counted at least 18 Blue Tits, 8 Long-tailed 4 Great, a Goldcrest and a Blackcap among them.

Posted September 21st, 2018 at 1:40 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Cockwood, Exe Estuary

Single swift over at 9.30 and wheatear on sea-wall.

Posted September 21st, 2018 at 11:13 am by John Waldon in Bird News

Thursday 20th September 2018

Plymouth

From the Hoe this afternoon, 2 each of Sandwich Terns and Mediterranean Gulls (ad + 2nd-w).

Plym Estuary - 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 7 Greenshanks, 128 Redshanks, 35 Curlews & a Stock Dove. 

Posted September 20th, 2018 at 8:24 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

An interesting last day at Seaton Wetlands.

A sparrowhawk on an unsuccessful sortie over Black Hole Marsh, a one legged greenshank, a goose which was recorded as a snow goose with which I would concur and the return of the wood sandpiper. All I have to do now is wait till next year to see what turns up then.

SNOW GOOSE
SNOW GOOSE

WOOD SANDPIPER
WOOD SANDPIPER

GREENSHANK
GREENSHANK

Posted September 20th, 2018 at 6:32 pm by philip l. fairclough in Bird News

Otter Valley, East Devon

5 Cattle Egret including 1 immature with dark legs, feet and bill with cattle in second field above Whitebridge at noon. Best seen from riverside path.   (Footpath from Whitebridge to sea front car park still closed for repairs).

Posted September 20th, 2018 at 1:50 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Wednesday 19th September 2018

Beesands

7 Cattle Egrets and 1Gt White Egret

Posted September 19th, 2018 at 6:32 pm by Terry Goddard in Bird News

Grey Phalarope - South Huish Marsh - 19/09/2018

Nice to be able to point out a Grey Phalarope, I had just found,  to our Chairman and his wife visiting South Huish Marsh around mid-day today. Bird still present when I left mid- afternoon. Only a distant photo for me, no doubt one of the many subsequent visitors will be able to post a better image.

Grey Phalarope - South Huish Marsh - 19/09/2018
Grey Phalarope - South Huish Marsh - 19/09/2018

Posted September 19th, 2018 at 5:52 pm by Dave Pakes in Bird News

Taw Estuary - Pottington

Cycled along the Tarka trail to Barnstaple am. The Black & Bar-tailed Godwits (majority Black) were frantically searching for food in 40 to 50 mph gusts of wind with feathers ruffled & tails spread out for maintaining balance in the strong winds. Difficult to keep the camera steady!


Posted September 19th, 2018 at 4:44 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Seaton

Hi Phil, I think your Wood Sandpiper is a Redshank....

Posted September 19th, 2018 at 7:55 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Tuesday 18th September 2018

Always expect the unexpected

Seaton Wetlands has been very quiet since my post last week but tonight the tables were turned. One wood sandpiper, two green sandpipers, one greenshank, one lapwing and a brief glimpse of a lone common snipe. i wonder what else I'll see before I go home in three days time. Watch this space.

GREENSHANK
GREENSHANK

COMMON SNIPE
COMMON SNIPE

WOOD SANDPIPER
WOOD SANDPIPER

Posted September 18th, 2018 at 10:31 pm by philip l. fairclough in Bird News

Ebford

Barn Owl at dusk this evening , flying over road between Woodbury and Ebford. First for some time

Posted September 18th, 2018 at 10:12 pm by Roger Brooks in Bird News

EAST DEVON ORCOMBE WALK

The weather forecast for Thursday is for more rain and continuing high winds, making bird watching v difficult with little prospect of seeing anything. So the planned walk for Thursday is cancelled. If you have friends who don't use this web site would you please pass on this message. Thanks. 

Posted September 18th, 2018 at 7:42 pm by Geoffrey Green in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatch 06.45 - 14.30: Balearic Shearwater 227 including a flock of c50, Manx Shearwater 3, Arctic Skua 28, Bonxie 16, Common Scoter 7, Sandwich Tern 9, Common Tern 2, "Commic" Tern 7, Kittiwake 320 in one raft, Harbour Porpoise 4+. Also Siskin over. 

Posted September 18th, 2018 at 5:48 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

BGM

Birded 11.30 - 2.30 2 Ruff (1 juv, 1 moulting adult), 7+ Pintail,, Kingfisher hovered by the hide for a few seconds, Tufted Duck, Stock Dove and a late influx of Wigeon, 6 Greenshank. From the viewing platform some distant Dunlin, Oyks and a GBB Gull. Goosemoor had around half a dozen Dunlin and 46 Greenshank.

Ruff BGM
Ruff BGM

Ruff BGM
Ruff BGM

Greenshank Goosemoor
Greenshank Goosemoor

Posted September 18th, 2018 at 3:20 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Monday 17th September 2018

Occombe, Preston

Late morning visit produced 4 Swallows, Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Buzzard, Jay. Long-tailed Tit & 3 female Pheasants.

Posted September 17th, 2018 at 9:16 pm in Bird News

Berry Head

Sea watch with MD from 06.45 to 16.45 produced the following. Great Shearwater 6, Sooty Shearwater 2, Balearic Shearwater 205, Pomarine Skua 1, Arctic Skua 18, Bonxie 31. Also Black Tern 9, Common Tern 8, Sandwich Tern 10, Little Gull 2 and Med. Gull 3.  

Posted September 17th, 2018 at 6:37 pm by Clive Mason in Bird News

South Huish

1 Juvenile Great Skua flew onto the marsh, it stayed for 5 minutes and then moved to the Chanel behind Bob's island out of view. Also 7 Yellow wagtails, 1 White wagtail and 2 Cattle Egrets.

Posted September 17th, 2018 at 4:09 pm by Terry Goddard in Bird News

Exe - Starcross

Osprey - seen from Mudbank, landed on exposed shingle and sandbank between Starcross and Cockwood with catch;  harassed by ever increasing number of Crows, and eventually flew off up-river;  lost over Powderham.

Posted September 17th, 2018 at 3:21 pm by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

ospray

Exmouth Imperial rec. Ospray fishing on ebb tide bagged a mullet then flew off towards starcross chased by gulls and crows.

Posted September 17th, 2018 at 3:12 pm by eric in Bird News

East Soar

Most interest on the high fields before the fog rolled in: Golden Plover, 8 Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, 600 Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 8 Pied Wagtail, 13 Alba/White Wagtail, Whinchat, 150 Linnet and the first autumn movement of 66 Skylark. Scrub migrants very poor just Whitethroat & 3 Blackcap.

Non-avian: Brown Hare & MF Roe Deer.

Posted September 17th, 2018 at 2:01 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Hobby

1 over Gregory's lorry depot Cullompton heading s/east at 12.55

Posted September 17th, 2018 at 1:09 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Sunday 16th September 2018

Slapton

Along the beach, late afternoon, 1 fw Little Gull again plus at  least 25 Mediterranean Gulls and c20 Sandwich Terns. On the ley, a minimum of 35 Great-crested Grebes.

Posted September 16th, 2018 at 8:40 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

16/09/18 South Efford marsh

Counted 22 black tailed godwit and a bar tailed godwit outside the hide late afternoon also several greenshank.

Bar-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit

Black-tailed Godwits
Black-tailed Godwits

Greenshank
Greenshank

Posted September 16th, 2018 at 8:28 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Croyde

Driving into Croyde from the Georgeham direction late this afternoon, a large - 50+ - flock of House Martins swirling over the east side of the village.

Posted September 16th, 2018 at 7:37 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

EAST DEVON ORCOMBE WALK

The meeting point for this week's planned walk at ORCOMBE has been changed to the Foxholes Long Term car park, which is on the front and just left of the Lifeboat Station. Please note this change and let any "non web" friends know. Also, the weather forecast for Thursday looks stormy. If this firms up on Wednesday I'll send out another post on Wednesday. 

Posted September 16th, 2018 at 7:16 pm by Geoffrey Green in Bird News

Slapton Ley Hobby

Hobby seen going after dragonflies from Ireland Hide top of ley

Posted September 16th, 2018 at 6:48 pm by Ian Stone in Bird News

Cullompton

2 Hobbies flying rapidly south east over Swallow Way, Cullompton at 2.30pm.

Posted September 16th, 2018 at 6:29 pm by Olly Mears in Bird News

elberry cove

a med. gull sitting on 1 of the buoys "dividing" elberry cove as I swam right alongside it ( on Thursday).  they have been appearing at elberry more frequently.

Posted September 16th, 2018 at 9:15 am by graham folkerd in Bird News

IDs

I agree the raptor in Phil's correspondent's photo is a common buzzard. Also the bunting is a yellowhammer.

Posted September 16th, 2018 at 1:54 am by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Saturday 15th September 2018

Reply

Phil - I think your raptor photograph is a Buzzard. The Bunting has a large tick on it's head. This is quite common, and they eventually fall off.

Posted September 15th, 2018 at 10:18 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

A quiet week just got better

After the flurry on Black hole Marsh earlier in the week, things have quietened down till last night and today. Last night a new birder spotted this bird on a fence post some distance away. i couldn't tell from the photo whether it's the elusive Pallid Harrier or an osprey. Maybe someone with better eyesight can identify it?

Tonight at Seaton Marsh hide, nothing of note except this juvenile reed bunting on the pathway. The apparent growth on its head perhaps explains why it spent most of its time on the floor, allowing me to get within ten feet.




Posted September 15th, 2018 at 9:05 pm by philip l. fairclough in Bird News

Hobby

Lovely view of a Hobby this afternoon over Bableigh nr Landkey which then headed off south over the back of Codden Hill.

Posted September 15th, 2018 at 8:46 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News

Slapton Ley

15:00-18:00 ( mainly on beach )

6 unidentified Egrets picked up at distance behind Slapton Village later flew south across Ireland Bay and down to Torcross. Then went offshore, eventually appearing to go inland at North Hallsands at 16:35. Combination of looking into the sun and distance meant I could not nail them but if I had a free bet I would say Cattle Egrets. Also saw the Marsh Harrier and a distant marsh Tern, by default presumed Black Tern at Torcross late afternoon. Best of the Gulls were 18 Mediterranean and 2 adult Yellow-legged. Still good numbers of mostly adult Lesser Black-backs.

Posted September 15th, 2018 at 8:37 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Thurlestone

1 Hobby, moving fast, a little inland of Thurlestone, early pm.

Posted September 15th, 2018 at 7:37 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A few waders on the high tide including: Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpipers, 24 Turnstones, Ringed Plover, 8 Oystercatchers, 41 Curlews & 5 Greenshanks. Also 22 Little Egrets, 18 Grey Herons, 9 Ring-necked Parakeets & a Stock Dove. 

Posted September 15th, 2018 at 6:31 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Velator

Working around the reserve today with Ben and Andy. Had a few nets open not in any great expectation of catching much. So Robin, Blackcap and Goldcrest (first this autumn) were about par. Three retraps including a male Bullfinch in heavy moult.

Nearly 40 species recorded in over or near the reserve, including one of the resident Buzzards, a Kestrel, and a flyover dark Marsh Harrier. A few Swallows over Sherpa Marsh. And, the first since 21st June - a Black-tailed Godwit on the scrape, morning only. Out there too were some Wigeon (5) and a couple of Shoveler.

In the river singing Dipper, a Kingfisher and a juv Grey Wagtail.

As we were packing up to leave a large Tit flock started moving about - mostly Blue and Long-tailed, but Great, and Coal also. In with them were some Chiffchaffs, a couple of Blackcaps, a Greenfinch, and a Willow Warbler. (Where were they when I had the nets open on Thursday!)  About 50 birds in all.

Posted September 15th, 2018 at 6:13 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Instow

Solitary common Gull on the beach by the slipway.

Posted September 15th, 2018 at 5:32 pm by Richard Yeats in Bird News

Colaton Raleigh Common, East Devon

Visited the grenade range area between 8-9.30am this morning but no sightings of P. Harrier.  Two Kestrel in same area plus Stonechats, M. Pipits, Skylark and a numbers of Bullfinch at copse near car park.

Posted September 15th, 2018 at 11:16 am by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Friday 14th September 2018

White Bridge Budleigh Salterton 14th Sept

Five dabchicks busy fishing viewed from the bridge.

Posted September 14th, 2018 at 5:19 pm by Patrick Case in Bird News

Broadsands and South Brent

Two Mediterranean Gulls at Broadsands this morning, one second winter and an adult being the recently reported ringed bird RLN4 green ring and ringed in France that seems to be a regular around Torbay.

 

Ten Great Black Backs one being a juvenile, four Oyster Catcher, Pied Wagtail, Goldfinch (on the beach) House Martins and Swallows overhead.

Back home at South Brent, last evening three Tawny owls, this morning the Hobby continues to visit (image from last evening) Jay, two Raven and the seasons first two Chiffchaff in the garden.

Posted September 14th, 2018 at 4:53 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

East Soar

Spent the morning at East soar sat watching the hedgerows, nice to see a firecrest and the usual migrants, whitethrats and blackcaps.

Whitethroat Blackcap Firecrest
Whitethroat                         Blackcap                                      Firecrest

Posted September 14th, 2018 at 4:45 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Wembury

15 Dunlin, 7 Ringed Plover, 9 Bar-tailed Godwit and 9 Mediterranean Gull (5 ad W, 3 1st W and 1 2nd W) along the beach at high tide near the sewage pipe this morning. Chiffchaffs calling in the bushes and 5 Swallow over heading west, also a Clouded Yellow butterfly.

Posted September 14th, 2018 at 3:20 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

1 juv Curlew Sandpiper in with the Dunlin flock from the viewing platform this lunchtime.

Posted September 14th, 2018 at 2:24 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Pallid Harrier - Colaton Raleigh Common

Juvenile Pallid Harrier was present on the edge of the grenade range on  Colaton Raleigh Common at 7am this morning. It flew low and fast SW and was not seen again by 08:30.

Posted September 14th, 2018 at 9:22 am by Fraser C in Bird News

Thursday 13th September 2018

Lundy

No sign of the Buff-breasted Sandpipers, but the juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper was still present. Details and photos at http://lundybirds.blogspot.com/2018/09/13th-sep-pectoral-sandpiper-still.html

Posted September 13th, 2018 at 10:54 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Wheatear

Driving to my field this morning at the back end of Codden Hill, all of a sudden there were Swallows everywhere and another bird which dropped into the road in front of me. I had to stop in order not to run it over. it took off revealing a large whit patch at the base of it's tail and landed in a nearby tree. Not exactly where I would have expected to see a Wheatear, a country lane surrounded by farmland.

Posted September 13th, 2018 at 8:40 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News

Pallid Harrier

A juvenile Pallid Harrier this evening hunting the area around the grenade range on Colaton Raleigh Common. Seen up until 1910 at least and will presumably go to roost in the area. More details and photos on www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk later.

Posted September 13th, 2018 at 8:13 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Skern and around on the tide.

Dunlin, Turnstones, Whimbrel, 6 Wheatear, Ringed Plover, Sanderling, flocks of linnet, goldfinch, and Starlings, Stonechats, meadow pipits and a brown argos butterfly. Beautiful clear Autumn day. 

Posted September 13th, 2018 at 8:09 pm by John elvin in Bird News

Labrador Bay

Visited early today and plenty of Cirl Buntings about, especially juv/1st winter birds. Looks like they had a good breeding season.

Cirl Bunting juv/1st winter
Cirl Bunting juv/1st winter

Posted September 13th, 2018 at 8:06 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Skern

No sign of the Rose Coloured Starling this evening. There was a large flock of Starling feeding on the Blackberries. Perhaps the Rose Coloured Starling had been supper for the male Peregrine that was cruising around spooking all the other birds. He finally settled down on the salt marsh before disappearing up river looking for dessert! 20+ Pied Wagtails with a scattering of Ringed Plover feeding amongst the Samphire.

Posted September 13th, 2018 at 7:53 pm by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Soar

Pretty good numbers of some common migrants today: Spotted Flycatcher 11+, Wheatear 20, Whinchat 7, Blackcap 38, Chiffchaff 29, Willow Warbler 6, Swallow 35, Whitethroat 8 & House Martin 5. Also Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Nuthatch flying up Starehole!

Posted September 13th, 2018 at 7:26 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

East Soar

A good morning for the commoner migrants: 5 Ringed Plover, 32 Swallow, 50 Meadow Pipit, 4 Pied Wagtail, 7 Wheatear, 40+ Blackcap, 7 Whitethroat, 25 Willow Warbler, 26 Chiffchaff, 7 Spotted Flycatcher and right at the death a Pied Flycatcher in scrub along the top fields by car park.

Posted September 13th, 2018 at 2:11 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Shipley Bridge ~ Avon Dam

A walk up to the Avon Dam from Shipley Bridge Nr South Brent this morning gave 24 species, the highlight being an Osprey passing the front of the dam headed west.

Other species included two Dipper one ringed, (L ~ yellow ring over metal ring, R ~ red ring over green) Grey Wagtail, Chiffchaff, two Sparrow hawk, Stonechat, Heron, Kestrels showing well with four separate sightings, two Raven, Buzzard, Linnet and Goldfinch.

A reasonable crop of Rowan and Hawthorn berries bodes well for when the thrushes arrive.

Small number of butterflies.

  

Posted September 13th, 2018 at 12:50 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Wednesday 12th September 2018

Otter Estuary, Budleigh Salterton

Spotted Crake still present on the estuary this evening. Best viewed from the viewing platform south of the hide.

Posted September 12th, 2018 at 8:55 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Lundy

The two Buff-breasted Sandpipers reported on Rare Bird Alert on Tuesday 11th were still present late morning today,  along with a Pectoral Sandpiper (Peter Slader et al.)! Further details to follow on the Lundy Birds blogspot (I don't yet have information on who first found the Buff-breasts on Tuesday.)

Posted September 12th, 2018 at 3:28 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Skern

Generally quiet on the Skern this morning following a very high tide. Waders confined to Dunlin, Ringed Plover and Curlew of which there were c40 of each. However a small flock of Starling flew onto the saltmarsh to feed among which was a juv Rose-coloured Starling. 

Posted September 12th, 2018 at 3:16 pm by Roger Doble in Bird News

Blackhole Marsh

Apologies for the delay.

Yesterday at Blackhole Marsh hide, Seaton, wood sandpiper , green sandpiper and ruff. At  Colyford Common hide, despite or because of a very high tide and flooded fields, many black tailed godwit, one ringed plover, one greenshank and the ruff reappeared. All in all a very sastisfactory morning.

WOOD SANDPIPER RUFF  GREEN SANDPIPER
WOOD SANDPIPER                                RUFF                                  GREEN SANDPIPER

Posted September 12th, 2018 at 10:31 am by Philip L. Fairclough in Bird News

Tuesday 11th September 2018

Velator

Summer reminders today with a Chiffchaff in full song and a Blackcap in sub-song. Odd.

Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail in the river nearby. 2 Kestrels over. And the first Swallows for a  few days.

Posted September 11th, 2018 at 7:25 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Berry Head

Sea Watch, 0:700 - 11:30 - 2 - 3 Gt Skua; 3 Arctic Skua (1 light, 1 dark & a very brown juv); 1 Sandwich Tern; c50 Balearic Shearwater; c20 Manx Shearwater; 1 Med Gull (1st w) steady stream of Kittiwake all am with one raft of 500 - 600 at 11:00.

At least 3 Harbour Porpoise close & 2 or 3 small groups of Common Dolphin far out.

3 Willow Warblers calling in scrub between water trough and car park.

Posted September 11th, 2018 at 5:01 pm in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

A brief visit at lunch time was rewarded with 9 cattle egrets (possibly 10) with resting cows in field next to the Turf. The egrets flew onto Powderham Marshes at 13.35. Also imm marsh harrier.

Posted September 11th, 2018 at 2:57 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Torbay/Berry Head yesterday

4+ Balearic Shearwaters. Many more suspected (inc small flock)but no binos.

100+ Manx Shearwaters

5 Sandwich terns

300+kittiwake in flock. 2 with colour rings (see pic)

plus: 20 Common Dolphins, 10 Harbour Porpoise

Kittiwakes Common Dolphins
Kittiwakes                                  Common Dolphins

Posted September 11th, 2018 at 2:40 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Monday 10th September 2018

Kingsbridge estuary

Osprey & couple of med gulls between frogmore creek & kingsbridge c

Posted September 10th, 2018 at 9:16 pm by Mike Moxon in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Not great numbers of birds in front of the hide at high tide, but a good range of species seen, go to my blog to read more http://www.simonthurgoodimages.co.uk/blog.asp

Grey Plover Bar-tailed Godwit, Knot and Oystercatcher
Grey Plover                                                       Bar-tailed Godwit, Knot and Oystercatcher

Posted September 10th, 2018 at 7:23 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Soar & Averton Gifford

Very quiet first thing at Soar, but by mid-morning things picked up a bit and eventually a sprinkling of migrants recorded: Grasshopper Warbler in Starehole, 3 Whinchats, 5+ Grey Wagtails, 4 Yellow Wagtails, 3+ White Wagtails, Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Sedge Warblers, 13 Blackcaps, 11 Chiffchaffs, 12 Whitethroats, 7 House Martins, Reed Bunting, 4 Wheatears, 6 Stock Doves & Roe Deer. 

Later, from the tidal road at Averton Gifford: 3 Greenshanks, Bar-tailed Godwit & 2 Black-tailed Godwits. 

Posted September 10th, 2018 at 6:27 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Wryneck, Wembury Point

Brief view at 1.30pm, top of bramble in field between the pine trees and the coast path.

Posted September 10th, 2018 at 3:10 pm by Jacki and Kevin Solman in Bird News

Ospreys

Two Ospreys on River Tavy this morning one seen to fly up the river one in a tree eating a fish. 

Posted September 10th, 2018 at 1:35 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Late post bowling green marsh Sunday 9th

Late post for bowling green marsh watched from 17:00 till 18:55

from the viewing platform, 1 juvenile curlew sandpiper among 450+ Dunlin, 6+ knot, 270+ redshank , 30+ ringed plover , 1 grey plover

from the hide 

great views of the juvenile marsh harrier as it caused chaos among the waders, 2 knot, 15+ Dunlin, 150+ redshank. 160+ curlew, 3 whimbrel, 101+ wigeon, 41+ pintail, 3 tufted duck, 1 sedge warbler, 1 water rail.

Posted September 10th, 2018 at 7:31 am by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Sunday 9th September 2018

Prawle & Beesands

Prawle very quiet, best being Whimbrel & Clouded Yellow. Beesands better with brilliant views of great White Egret in filght, 2 Hobbies, 150+ Kittiwakes offshore and DP Arctic Skua harrying them!.

Posted September 9th, 2018 at 10:28 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Plymouth Sound

16+ Sandwich |Terns on buoys beside Drake's Island today

Juvenile Sandwich Tern Adult Sandwich Tern Demanding offspring, patient parent
Juvenile Sandwich Tern               Adult Sandwich Tern              Demanding offspring, patient parent

Posted September 9th, 2018 at 9:44 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

South Huish this afternoon

About 4 p.m. the wood sandpiper was showing well and two dunlin appeared. Lots of pied/white wagtails and five bright yellow wagtails, on the near bank and around the horses. Two swallows went over, and a sparrowhawk  startled the teal before flying through the bars of the iron gate.

Posted September 9th, 2018 at 9:35 pm by Doug Herdson in Bird News

South Efford marsh

Just leaving the hide at 7:00pm tonight when 11 cattle egrets flew in, landed briefly then took off in the direction of Bantham. South Efford marsh

Cattle Egrets Cattle Egrets Cattle Egrets
Cattle Egrets                           Cattle Egrets                      Cattle Egrets

Posted September 9th, 2018 at 7:55 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Plym Estuary

On this afternoon’s high tide: 6 Greenshanks, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 38 Curlews, 6 Oystercatchers, 2nd-s Mediterranean Gull, Common Sandpiper, 17 Little Egrets & Stock Dove.

Posted September 9th, 2018 at 5:53 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

South Efford marsh 08/09/18 Evening

5 very distant yellow wagtails at South Efford marsh last night

Yellow wagtails
Yellow wagtails

Posted September 9th, 2018 at 3:47 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Slapton / Beesands

Cracking mornings birding started off with a fem/first calendar year Marsh Harrier ( dark bird ) flying over the bridge into the Higher Ley. Same bird as seen on 30/8. Now 3 Cattle Egrets with cattle in the field behind the Hartshorn Plantation ( look across from the memorial car park ). Lots of gulls on the beach between the car park and Torcross. At least 31 Mediterranean Gulls, 15 Sandwich Terns and a Common Tern. Best was a beautiful first calendar year Little Gull. Single Wheatear on the beach and a Yellow Wagtail overhead.

Went around to Beesands Ley where the Great White Egret still present in the back corner viewable from the seaward meadow ( not viewable from the hide ). Did one brief circuit of the ley. A Hobby almost continually on view hawking Dragonflies, joined a few times by a second bird. No Canada Geese which was nice but ley still not plastic free thanks to a Black Swan. Clouded Yellow seen on the meadow.

Posted September 9th, 2018 at 2:29 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Lopwell dam / Maristow

0900 - 1215:

6 Little grebe, 1 Great crested grebe, 3 Grey wagtail, 2 Common sandpiper, 1 Green sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Red legged partridge in the lanes approaching Lopwell. 1 Osprey perched on a log in the Tavy estuary, flew down river at 1210.

Posted September 9th, 2018 at 1:39 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Saturday 8th September 2018

South Hams

A good day out in the South Hams. Wood Sandpiper still at South Huish Marsh early am. A Wryneck at East Soar late am along with good numbers of Blackcaps, Whitethroats and Chiffchaffs, a few Wheatears and Whinchats and at least one White Wagtail. Great Egret still at Beesands mid pm along with a juv Hobby busy hawking dragonflies.

Posted September 8th, 2018 at 8:23 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Torbay Gulls

I may be sticking my head on the block again, but this gull was at Broadsands this afternoon, much bigger than the near by Herring Gulls, massive beak and large head being notable features, from feed back on forums where I have posted the images I am being told that it is a Caspian Gull, if it is it's a first for me.

 

Also two Mediterranean Gulls and twenty eight Great Black Backs.

Two Sandwich Terns fishing off of Marine Parade, Paignton.

Berry Head lots of gulls moving off of the headland along with large numbers of Gannet, several Porpoise and a single Wheatear.

Posted September 8th, 2018 at 6:46 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Crossbill at Yennadon Down near Yelverton

Nice pair of Crossbills in the pines by the car park at Yennadon Down at 1730 today. Very vocal but mobile.

Posted September 8th, 2018 at 6:19 pm by Howard Ackford in Bird News

WHINCHAT

whinchat seen & photographed from east soar carpark

WHINCHAT
WHINCHAT

Posted September 8th, 2018 at 5:39 pm by patrick hawkins in Bird News

East Soar

Nice to see a wryneck at Soar today and well done Andy for spotting it.

Wryneck Wryneck
Wryneck                                              Wryneck

Posted September 8th, 2018 at 4:26 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 06:55 till 10:00

A good morning around the marsh at last a few waders came in to the high tide roost which coincided with there being no Canada geese  on the marsh, but still low numbers with 250+ black tailed godwits, 130+ redshank, 30+ Dunlin, 8+ ringed plover, 18+ little egrets, 30+ pintail, 20+ wigeon , 1 water rail, 1 Buzzard, the long staying adult winter ruff showed well.

moved on to the viewing platform and soon picked up the juvenile curlew sandpiper amongst 250+ Dunlin, 32+ greenshank, then just after 08:30 an osprey flew from powderham towards turf and then at 08:40 another Osprey was picked up of exmouth hunting around the south end of the estuary.

then at 08:48 best birds of the morning 2 Glossy ibis flew in high from the east past the viewing platform and appeared to go down onto the marsh, so made way back to the hide initial look produced nothing but five minutes later they flew up from channel on far left hand side of main scrape flew over the hide heading towards exminster marsh ( they were relocated on exminster lagoon soon after ) 

 

 

 

Posted September 8th, 2018 at 11:25 am by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Friday 7th September 2018

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Off Pottington Ind. Est. 1430

Black-tailed Godwit 85; Knot 51 and Redshank 2.

Posted September 7th, 2018 at 10:10 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Soar

A few migrants around in beautiful conditions: Lesser Whitethroat, 23+ Yellow Wagtails, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, Goldcrest, Sedge Warbler, 3 Wheatears, 2 Whinchats, 4 Whitethroats, a handful of Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers and Blackcaps, Hare and 3 Roe Deer.  

Posted September 7th, 2018 at 9:43 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Otter Estuary, Budleigh Salterton

The Spotted Crake still remains faithful to the east side of the estuary and now present for its 18th day! It showed well this afternoon on the rising tide, though generally most reliable in the morning if the tide is suitable. Also up to 3 Water Rails around the same area. Bar-headed Goose still on the estuary and the Egyptian Goose is probably still around, last seen 2 days ago at least.

On the cliffs west of Budleigh and the golf course, my first Firecrest of the autumn, Spotted Flycatcher and Yellowhammer.

Posted September 7th, 2018 at 9:33 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

East Soar

Few wagtails in evidence, but a ringtailHen Harrier from car park at East Soar at 12:30.

Posted September 7th, 2018 at 6:07 pm by Renton Righelato in Bird News

East Devon

Budleigh Salterton ~ from the hide a Bar Headed Goose flew in with the numerous Canada Geese, inc two white headed birds, Water Rail, Peregrine, 2 Buzzards 2 Little Egret, Heron.

 

Black Hole Marsh ~ Wood Sandpiper, Dunlin, Redshank, Greenshank, Lapwing, Common Sandpiper, Black Tailed Godwits (inc 2 coloured tagged birds) several Snipe showing well.

Posted September 7th, 2018 at 6:03 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

East Soar

Saw a single wheatear, a couple of spotted flycatchers, blackcaps and the usual stonechats with several young ones.

Wheatear Spotted Flycatcher Blackcap and a wren
Wheatear                                              Spotted Flycatcher                                   Blackcap and a wren

Posted September 7th, 2018 at 4:21 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Beesands

Gt  White Egret and 1 Kingfisher on the Ley today, best viewed from seaward end of the Ley.

Posted September 7th, 2018 at 12:58 pm by Terry Goddard in Bird News

Thursday 6th September 2018

South Brent Birds of Prey

A good day for birds of prey from home at South Brent with Hobby (three visits) Buzzard, two sightings of female Sparrowhawks, a female Kestrel flew across my house field (not a common sight around the village) and three tawny owls this evening.

Other birds inc GSWP and Raven

  

 

Posted September 6th, 2018 at 10:27 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

from the hide 15:00 till 16:45

the long staying male Ruff showed well at times, 7 avocet flew in 3 times but didn’t land each time flying back to the estuary, 1 spotted redshank flew over towards goosemoor, 15+ ringed plover , 100+ Dunlin, 2 knot, 200+ redshank, 50+ pintail, 60+ wigeon, 18+ little egret, 1 juvenile water rail, 1 sparrow hawk.

then moved to the viewing platform 16:50 till 18:00

within seconds of getting on the viewing platform picked up an osprey fishing of the wall of rivers meet house managed to get it in the scope and was an adult it dived after a fish disappearing behind the wall despite watching for some time it didn’t reappear and must of caught a fish and flown towards turf / exminster then picked up another osprey of exmouth and managed to watch this one for over 20 minutes as it hunted over the estuary eventually fishing of rivers meet house and catching a good size fish heading off towards turf this was a different bird and looked like the bird which has been around for a couple of months.

on the mud on the far side from the viewing platform were the 7 avocet from earlier, 5 knot, 200+ Dunlin, 30+ ringed plover, 12 grey plover, 8 greenshanks, 200+ redshank, 150+ curlew 

Posted September 6th, 2018 at 9:00 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Gannet and Common Dolphin at Berry Head

About 3 o'clock this afternoon, about 300 yds off Berry Head something like 50 or 60 Gannet and a pod of Common Dolphin made short work of a ball of fish.  The dolphin pod had a least one calf.  The show moved off towards Daddyhole and by 4 o'clock had dispersed.

Gannet and Common Dolphin Gannet and Common Dolphin Showing Calf
Gannet and Common Dolphin                   Gannet and Common Dolphin                   Showing Calf

Posted September 6th, 2018 at 8:59 pm by Bill Coulson in Bird News

Aveton Gifford

4 Black-tailed Godwits and a Ruff at the southern end of the tidal road by the stakes this afternoon. They had flown out of South Efford Marsh. After 10 minutes the Ruff flew off north.

Posted September 6th, 2018 at 5:50 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Braunton

Last night while catching Swallows (15),  we returned to the nets late and found (as usual) a Pipistrelle Bat in a net. I have discovered an easy way to get them out and it was soon on it's way. At the other end of the net run a huge surprise was a much bigger Bat - managed some photos and later identified it as a Lesser Horseshoe Bat. Never seen one before, fine addition to the reserve mammal list.

This morning I opened the nets in the garden and in among the basins full of Blue and Great Tits, ringed a male Blackcap, a Treecreeper and a Marsh Tit. Never seen one here, or at my previous house or in the reserve. Last time I ringed one was at Hartland Point probably 25 years ago! One of the Blue Tits had a ring on that wasn't mine. Probably one of Chris Dee's up at West Down or Chapel Wood.

Posted September 6th, 2018 at 4:35 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

6+ Yellow Wagtails in the field between the marsh and the viewing platform amongst the cattle this lunchtime.

Posted September 6th, 2018 at 2:29 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Middle Soar & Soar Mill Valley

Best today was a hunting Hobby plus a imm Yellow-legged Gull with 450 Herring Gulls. Also: 4 Ringed Plover, 7 Stock Dove, 2 White Wagtail only, 6 Pied Wagtail, 9 Rock Pipit, 10 Wheatear, 4 Whitethroat, 21 Blackcap, Willow Warbler & 2 Spotted Flycatcher.

Non-avian: male Brimstone, only my 2nd record at Soar in 7 years!

Posted September 6th, 2018 at 2:11 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Garden redstart!

Just looked out the window over breakfast to see a 1st winter redstart in our little front garden in Wonford :) Best thing on my garden list! :)

Posted September 6th, 2018 at 8:32 am by Helen Whitall in Bird News

Wednesday 5th September 2018

Ford Park Cemetary 05-09-18

Spotted flycatcher in FPC this morning, a nice find for this area

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Posted September 5th, 2018 at 10:05 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Beer Head

Six Yellow Wagtail with sheep on coast path between the village and the Head 7.30pm

Posted September 5th, 2018 at 9:31 pm by Dave McKeown in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Back on the patch, post St Lucia.Two Bar-tailed Godwits, juv / 1st-w Yellow-legged Gull, 8 Oystercatchers and 4 Greenshanks at the top of the estuary. Also Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, 2+ Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Chiffchaffs, 100 Redshanks, 3 Common Sandpipers, c40 Curlews, 12+ Mandarin Ducks and a Sparrowhawk.

Posted September 5th, 2018 at 9:04 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth 05-09-2018

Can anyone help with the Identification of this little beauty. I thought it was a meadow pipit but the legs seem all wrong.

Eds - it's a Spotted Flycatcher; a migrant and scarce breeder in the Plymouth area. Beautiful indeed.

Posted September 5th, 2018 at 8:46 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News

Orcombe Point and Otter Estuary

Orcombe Point

This morning at least 8 Wheatear, a few Yellow Wagtail and Meadow Pipit 

Otter Estuary 

A look after work. 3 Cattle Egret. First seen north of white bridge then relocated to near the hide. Spotted Crake showed on and off plus Bar-headed Goose.

if interested more details and photos at http://dixiesbirding.blogspot.com/?m=1

Posted September 5th, 2018 at 7:58 pm in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:10 till 17:55

A very quiet high tide but still a few good birds the first was juvenile GARGANEY found asleep in front of the reeds on the far side of the marsh from the hide and showed well at times the second bird was a possible juvenile bearded tit seen only briefly so only 95% certain but unable to find again, and the third bird a running water rail in and out of the reeds on the far side again , pintail numbers continue to increase with 26+ , wigeon 35+, 4 tufted duck , 9+ Little egrets. 

From the goatwalk 

500+ Dunlin. 80+ ringed plover, 5 whimbrel 

Posted September 5th, 2018 at 7:22 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Axe Estuary- East Devon

A pleasant morning for 17 members of DB (East Devon Branch) around the estuary.  A walk to the river mouth produced 2 Peregrines off the coast and some distant birds including Gannets, Common Scoter and small numbers of Swallow.  Yellow Wagtails reported to be passing through also.  The estuary produced small numbers of waders with a Knot amongst the Black-tailed Godwits that were later seen again at Blackhole Marsh.  The latter venue also produced a Wood Sandpiper, C. Sandpiper and Water Rails.  Having left the estuary we later heard of an Osprey being reported near the bridge but nothing was seen when we returned there after lunch.  Thanks to Bob Olliver for leading us and it was good to see some new members and some familiar faces after the August break.

Posted September 5th, 2018 at 7:08 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

DAWLISH WARREN - Eider

EIDER in eclipse on rocks at Langstone Cliffs. Also WHEATEAR on beach between Dawlish Warren and Dawlish.

Posted September 5th, 2018 at 5:09 pm by Ray Jones in Bird News

Velator

Good to see a Kingfisher in the reserve again this morning. The last of the juvenile Canada Geese can fly! I've seen it a couple of times flying the length of the pond. Just needs to pluck up courage to get up and over the trees now. A late evening session for Swallows on Monday only delivered two, but the total for the year is now 366. Also ringed a juvenile Spotted Flycatcher - only the second here.

A Buzzard - presumably one of the breeding pair, was circling above the reserve today calling permanently. As I was leaving, a Kestrel was being given a hard time by a Jackdaw, and when I turned for a better look it had been joined by a Peregrine. They both circled off South. Then as I reached the gate by the river a Sparrowhawk flew North towards the village.

Posted September 5th, 2018 at 2:05 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Horsey Island

Three Knot, and a mix of Ringed Plover and Dunlin. A Peregrine on one of the sadly derelict Linhays.

Knot
Knot

Posted September 5th, 2018 at 1:45 pm by Alan Denzey in Bird News

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford Sewage Works. 0940 - 1100.

Black-tailed Godwit 27; Bar-tailed Godwit 2; Ringed Plover 3; Redshank 1; Knot 15; Med Gull 3; Dunlin 2.

Penhill Marsh. Grey Heron 47; Little Egret 10.

Bradiford Reserve. Lapwing 1; Teal 16.

Posted September 5th, 2018 at 11:44 am by Maurice Clements in Bird News

05-09-18 Ford Park Cemetery

At FPC this morning around 9am, a few Ring-necked- Parakeets were showing well, a Wheatear, the first this year in the cemetery (as far as I know) also showing very well and quite undisturbed by my presence, allowing me to take close up shots

Wheatear Wheatear 
Wheatear                                                 Wheatear                                     Ring-necked Parakeet

Posted September 5th, 2018 at 11:20 am by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Tuesday 4th September 2018

Bere Peninsula 04-09-18

Osprey seen perched and feeding in dead tree, the Tavy Railway Bridge at approx position SX 451 625 at around 12:20.

Posted September 4th, 2018 at 10:34 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in Bird News

Torcross Rosy Starling

The reported juvenile Rosy Starling was showing well on a roof top at Torcross this evening, initially flew in as one of a flock of 10 birds and was easy to ID when it flew over at close quarters, by the end of the evening some 400 plus birds were murmarating over the ley and it was difficult to pick it out.

At one point some 300 plus birds on the roof top when flushed by a Sparrow hawk, almost constant passage of Swallows throughout the evening.

Single Cattle Egret in with cattle on the hillside as viewed from the memorial car park.

  

Posted September 4th, 2018 at 8:57 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford Sewage Works. 1100 - 12.45

Black-tailed Godwit 57; Bar-tailed Godwit 2; Knot 4; Little Egret 2 and Grey Heron 2; Med Gull 2.

Penhill Marsh. Grey Heron 38; Little Egret 10.

Bradiford Reserve. Teal 12 and 1 Kingfisher.

 

Posted September 4th, 2018 at 8:09 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Lundy

A Golden Oriole was found in Millcombe by Rich & Rebecca Taylor around lunchtime today. Further details to follow on the Lundy birds blog.

Posted September 4th, 2018 at 7:40 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Otter Estuary

Was just watching the Spotted Crake at the spot where it's been for a while when a second bird emerged from the reeds nearby 

Posted September 4th, 2018 at 4:15 pm by Dave McKeown in Bird News

Budliegh Salteron

10.45. Spotted crake & a bar headed goose seen from the hide,. Above white bridge two cattle egrets with the cows.

Posted September 4th, 2018 at 3:29 pm by roger jewell & mike mikegibson1@yahoo.com in Bird News

East Soar

A good day for wagtails but overall much quieter: 26 Yellow Wagtail, 76 White Wagtail, 12 Pied Wagtail, Ringed Plover, 80 Meadow Pipit, 12 Wheatear, 4 Whitethroat & Willow Warbler.

Message for Steve Cox: Can you let me know where the Lady's Tresses are? robmacklin@outlook.com

Posted September 4th, 2018 at 2:17 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Monday 3rd September 2018

Broadsands

Two different juvenile Yellow legged Gulls at Broadsands today and I've included two differnt Lesser Black-backed gulls too below for comparison.

YLGjuvBrdsnds1 030918 ML YLGjuvBrdsnds  030918ML

Above:  Yellow-legged Gulls - juveniles rather tatty plumage and plenty of fw scapulars, white headed and belly

LBBGjuvBrdsnds1  030918ML LBBGjuvBrdsnds  030918ML

Above Lesser Black-backed Gulls - juveniles neater plumage, no sign of any fw scapulars, duskier head, smaller billed, shorter legged, mottled plumage still on belly.

Posted September 3rd, 2018 at 10:01 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Lesser whitethroat

1 found dead at Instow marine camp this  morning.Was on the inside of one of the hangars I'm painting so assuming it got in over the weekend and couldn't get out again poor thing..

Posted September 3rd, 2018 at 9:10 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Lyme Bay boat trip from Brixham, yesterday

A few more pictures from yesterday's trip. The skua sp. seen on the way back in was a dark phase Arctic, in inner primary moult.

Great Skua Storm Petrel Arctic Skua
Great Skua                                Storm Petrel                                      Arctic Skua

Posted September 3rd, 2018 at 7:02 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

East & Middle Soar

East & Middle Soar this am.

250+ H Martin, 50+ Swallow, Swift, 13 Wheatear, 6 Whinchat, 13 Whitethroat, 9 Blackcap, Sedge Warbler, 25+ Yellow Wagtail, 8 Wt & 15+ Pied Wag, Spotted Flycatcher, Redstart, Golden Plover, Reed Bunting

Also 50+ Small Copper, 9 Painted Lady’s & 1 Small Heath

30+ Autumn Ladies Tresses 

Posted September 3rd, 2018 at 6:35 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Wembury

Wyrneck,below the pines at Wembury point.

Posted September 3rd, 2018 at 1:42 pm by Vic and Sylvia tucker in Bird News

Request for information

With the current flourish of Ortolan Bunting sightings ( dipped myself on 2 seen at Rame yesterday) and the number of records based on sound recordings, does anyone know what happens to these birds one heard overhead or overnight ?

Posted September 3rd, 2018 at 1:06 pm in Bird News

Juvenile Rosy Starling, Torcross 2nd September 2018

Finally caught up with it 6.45am Sunday -early bird etc. Link to a bit of video. Lots of Common Starlings.

https://youtu.be/roYGElT8djM

Also seen a Wheatear, a Sedge Warbler, 2 Common Scoter offshore and from the memorial car park 2 Cattle Egrets with cattle in fields afar.

 

Posted September 3rd, 2018 at 1:04 pm in Bird News

East Soar

A good bit of vis mig this morning with 140 Swallow, 560 House Martin and 2 Swift all heading east. Also: 5 Ringed Plover, 27 White Wagtail. 26 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Tree Pipit, 20 Meadow Pipit, 2 Whinchat, 14 Wheatear, 11 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 30 Goldfinch & 110 Linnet.

Posted September 3rd, 2018 at 12:49 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Mediterranean Gull

Sunday September 2nd. Walk around Galmpton. There was a 2nd summer Mediterranean Gull on the mud in front of the house at Mill creek, along with the canada geese and black-headed gulls. (thanks Mike Langman). Also a nice Wheatear on one of the Lower Greenway fields.

Posted September 3rd, 2018 at 9:20 am by Kay and Gary Deare in Bird News

Sunday 2nd September 2018

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the lake,
4 Grey Wagtail 2 adults and 2 Juv, 1 Sedge Warbler,  16 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Wren, 1m Tufted Duck, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Goldfinch.

Posted September 2nd, 2018 at 9:21 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Otter Estuary - Spotted Crake

Spotted Crake again on the Otter estuary this morning between 0720 and 0820, making its way slowly downstream from White Bridge all the way to the bottom viewing platform.

Spotted Crake
Spotted Crake

Posted September 2nd, 2018 at 8:50 pm by Nick Pratt in Bird News

Lyme Bay Boat Trip

Here's some pictures to add to Nigel's earlier post

Storm Petrel Great Skua Yellow-legged Gull, juv
Storm Petrel                                     Great Skua                             Yellow-legged Gull, juv

Posted September 2nd, 2018 at 6:25 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Lundy

An Ortolan Bunting was seen on Lundy (on the track near Quarters) this morning by Rich Taylor. Further details of this weekend's sightings will be posted in due course on the lundybirds blog.

Posted September 2nd, 2018 at 4:55 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Berry Head

Sea watching - 06:30 - 12:30: a lot of effort for minimal return, not surprising considering the light winds - 12 Balearic & 6 Manx Shearwaters; 2 Great & 2 Arctic Skuas; 3 Sandwich Terns; with a steady trickle of Kittiwakes. The cetaceans brightened the day: 3 Harbour Porpoise; 20 - 30 Common Dolphin (with young leaping clear of the water!).

The quarry was dead quiet first thing, seemingly devoid even of local birds.

Posted September 2nd, 2018 at 3:47 pm in Bird News

Lyme Bay boat trip from Brixham.

This morning trip started well with a Grey Seal fast asleep on Brixham Marina wave pontoon. Just outside Berry Head sightings of 3 Harbour Porpoise but the best was to come when we reached about 5 miles out with 150+ Common Dolphin around the boat. Adults, young and some very young Dolphins, a fantastic experience. Chummed  at about the 7 miles mark. Birds seen 2 Great Skua, 1 Artic Skua, 1Skua sp, 20 Manx Shearwater, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Storm Petrel, Fulmar, Kittiwake, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull and in the Harbour area of Brixham White, Pied and Grey Wagtail. We had no Balearic Shearwater. A good trip and I hope some good pictures follow.

Posted September 2nd, 2018 at 3:11 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Otter Valley

Having cleaned the DB Hide on the east bank and carried away another bag of bottles and litter I took a walk up the valley on the west footpath towards the aqueduct where I found two Cattle Egrets with a 200 strong herd of cows.  (Not to be confused with two other smaller herds).  Likely to be the same birds as seen by Chris T yesterday. Probably best seen from the river path.

Lots of small birds in the trees along the 'Little Otter' including several Treecreeper, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and others. 

Posted September 2nd, 2018 at 12:36 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Start Point ( 06:20-08:50 )

Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Chiffchaffs, 2 Whitethroats, Grey Wagtail, 47 Yellow Wagtails, Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Whinchats and 250 Linnets on a small area of set aside.

Posted September 2nd, 2018 at 11:09 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Saturday 1st September 2018

Otter Estuary, Budleigh Salterton

2 Catte Egrets on the estuary this evening and then flushed by a Peregrine and lost to view.
No sign of Spotted Crake this evening.

Cattle Egrets by Chris Townend, Otter Estuary

Posted September 1st, 2018 at 9:20 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Lundy

Lundy sightings blog updated with news of an exceptional count of Pied Flycatchers on 31 Aug here.

Posted September 1st, 2018 at 8:45 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

South Efford marsh

A single cattle egret amongst the cows, several reed buntings and the usual waders. Greenshanks, black tailed godwits, curlews and common sandpipers at South Efford marsh.

Reed Bunting Cattle egret Common Sandpiper
Reed Bunting                             Cattle egret                                 Common Sandpiper

Posted September 1st, 2018 at 8:02 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

From yesterday,

2 Dipper, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Grey Heron, 17 Great Crested Grebe, 1m Tufted Duck, 1 Mute Swan.

Posted September 1st, 2018 at 12:14 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Berry Head

Brief seawatch 0730-0830 produced: 25 Balearic Shearwaters, 16 Manx Shearwaters, 6 Arctic Skuas, 3 Great Skuas, 53 Kittiwake, 1 Sandwich Tern, 4 Common Scoter also c.10 Common Dolphins and 1 Harbour Porpoise.

Around the headland and quarry: 7 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat and 1 Grey Wagtail., 

Posted September 1st, 2018 at 11:46 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

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