Devon Bird Sightings from 15th–21st October 2012

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Sunday 21st October 2012

Bonaparte's Gull

At Dawlish Warren this afternoon (3.45pm), I saw an interesting- looking gull on the beach near groyne 14. Similar to a Black Headed, but key differences were black bill, big black smudge behind the eye, grey nape, slightly darker grey mantle/wings and pink legs. In flight, similar to BH with black primaries and a white wedge. Several BH gulls about for close comparison. Checked the field guide: Bonaparte's gull- a lifer for me!

Posted October 21st, 2012 at 8:59 pm by Stephen Edwards in General Birding

Soar

Had a very casual family stroll around East Soar this afternoon. Best i saw was a lone Wheatear and a Merlin perched in the big ploughed field near the car park which had a half hearted go at a passing Red Admiral.At 15:30 my ex friend Bob Burridge continued his purple patch by having a Serin fly over the cafe with me blissfully unaware inside it.

Posted October 21st, 2012 at 8:47 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Soar

Birding from 07:35 with Steve Cox. Little vis mig but 59 Alba Wagtails east and c700 Wood Pigeons & c25 Stock Doves over. Some Thrush numbers up - c20 Song Thrushes and 5+ Redwings but low Blackbird numbers and no Ouzels.

Best birds were a Yellow-browed Warbler (found by Dave Cope) in E. Soar willows and a Richard's Pipit (found by Bob Burridge) in set aside at Bolberry.

Also - 1 Firecrest (Steve); c120 Skylarks; 19 Goldcrests; 4 Bramblings; 9 Chiffchaffs; 5 Blackcaps; 11 Siskins; 200+ Linnets; 2 Wheatears; and 1 Whichat. 

Posted October 21st, 2012 at 6:40 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 09:20 till 13:30

a very good morning with the juv curlew sandpiper, 1 juv ruff, 4 golden plover were the first of the autumn, 819+ black tailed godwits was a great sight they were flushed many times by at least 2 sparrowhawks, 2 kestrel and 3+ buzzards, 44 avocets, 21+ bar tailed godwits, 120+ dunlin, 100+ redshank,  4 greenshanks, 41+ lapwing, 15+ snipe, 7+ little egret, 5+ little grebe, 3 pochard, 4 tufted duck, 103+ wigeon, 2 Cetti's warblers, 2 blackcaps , 40+ teal,  4+ shoveler 6+ pied wagtails. 

There was good movement north / north west with 19+ jay and 886+ jackdaw including groups of 180+, 170+ and 135+ with the peak  between 11:00 and 12:30 , 120+ starling , 200+ wood pigeon 2 redpoll , also over severall Siskin and chaffinch groups. 

Posted October 21st, 2012 at 5:48 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Beesands Ley

This is a real negative post, did the WeBS count this morning and it consisted of 2 Mute Swans, 3 Cormorants and  a Moorhen. Can't help thinking there is something badly wrong with the water quality at present. Hopefully just connected with the recent heavy rainfalls bringing something naff in off the fields but i'm no ecologist. At least i can put in a big fat zero for Canada Goose !

Posted October 21st, 2012 at 5:24 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Powderham to Turf, Exe estuary

WeBS count started at 8.50 on a really pleasant morning. Few waders; curlew 45, bar-tailed godwit 3 and c20 oystercatcher. Similarly water fowl numbers low: 8 brents (including only one juv) and a few mallard. On the sea wall there was a good selection of birds including - one kingfisher, one wheatear, 7 pied wagtails, c40 meadow pipits, 3 reed buntings, c30 goldfinches, 2 green finches, 2 robins, one stonechat and 3 dunnocks. Overhead c20 jackdaws, a few skylarks, one redpoll and one jay.

Posted October 21st, 2012 at 4:50 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Ernesettle Creek- Plymouth

The Lesser Yellowlegs still showing very well in creek early afternoon viewable from slipway by football pitch, it then flew back down the creek, towards the main Redshank flock by the wrecked boat. Also, 5 Greenshank.

Posted October 21st, 2012 at 3:59 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Plymouth.

The Lesser Yellowlegs showed well this morning. The 'shank roost is on small islands in the middle of the creek and as the tide fell most of the birds moved quite a way upriver. After half an hours searching I got onto the bird on the Tamerton side of the creek.

This is the second record for Plymouth following a bird also at Ernesettle in 1954. That one was the second for Devon barely two weeks behind the first.

Also here was one, maybe two, Spotted Redshank.

Posted October 21st, 2012 at 3:22 pm by R.McCarthy in General Birding

River Caen/River Taw

1030-1300hrs.     2 Kingfisher,5 Little grebe,5 Greenshank,20+ Redshank,11 Lapwing,100+ Starling,3 Teal and 10+Medow pipit. Isley marsh held 6 Spoonbill, 11 Little egret 6 Heron and good numbers of Curlew and Wigeon.

Posted October 21st, 2012 at 2:17 pm by John hunt in General Birding

Berry Head

08.30 - 10.30 (Before the Police helicopter arrived and hovered over the headland for nearly an hour!)

45 Redwing, Song Thrush, 100+ Skylark in one flock, single Brambling, 6 Bullfinch, 7 Goldfinch, 9 Chaffinch, 20+ Meadow Pipit, 6 alba Wagtail, 10 LT Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Chiffchaff, 15 Goldcrest and a fly by GN Diver from the Lighthouse.

Posted October 21st, 2012 at 2:04 pm by Bill Macdonald in General Birding

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - 0730 - 1130 - 1 lapwing, 3 brambling, 2+ chiffchaff, 3+ siskin, c200+ woodpigeon, 22+ chaffinch, c20+ alba wagatail, c100+ meadow pipit, 1 song thrush, 1 collared dove, 14+ goldcrest, 22 starling, 25+ goldfinch, c200+ jackdaw, 1 prob snow bunting @ 0842, 1+ swallow, 1+ coal tit, 2 great spotted woodpecker, 1 serin, 1 stonechat and c30+ skylark.

Another good morning with counts fairly rough and conservative as I covered a lot of ground this morning. The undoubted highlight was a serin that I picked up as it flew fairly low west across a nice little area of wasteground behind Sandy Bay caravan park. It may actually have come up out of this field. A repeated 'tu' was either snow or lap bunt. It was coupled with a more nasal call that I failed to transcribe but certainly wasn't like any lap I've heard before. 

jackdaw flock
jackdaw flock

serin - field notes
serin - field notes

Posted October 21st, 2012 at 12:55 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

vis. mig. in Dousland

c300 Redwings over this am towards Princetown. Many small flocks of 20-50. 5 in garden briefly, then 20 in rowan next door. They moved quickly on as rowan has been bare for a couple of weeks, the blackbirds have seen to that!

(Rob & Maureen Harrison)

Posted October 21st, 2012 at 11:43 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

North Devon - Bursdon Moor

Saturday 20th October

Clear cold conditions with excellent visibility.

Evening to dusk - 1 Short eared Owl;  3 Merlins and 1 Barn Owl.

Observer - Barry Bryne.

Posted October 21st, 2012 at 8:34 am by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Saturday 20th October 2012

Aveton Gifford

A Barn Owl crossed the road south of Aveton Gifford at dawn. Thereafter an enjoyable day with Pete birding East, Middle and West Soar; see Pete's post. Apologies for disrupting Pete's run of class finds.

Posted October 20th, 2012 at 9:01 pm by Steve Young in General Birding

Soar & Plymouth

Steve Young & I started the day with a Green Sandpiper (presumably the one first reported by Perry) calling near the car park at dawn. A modest movement early on included 420 Wood Pigeons (conservative estimate), 200+ Starlings, and 42 Alba Wagtails (plus 30 grounded).

Otherwise: 1 or 2 Firecrests (E.Soar willows); 1 male Ring Ouzel (near the copse); 1 Merlin; 2 Siskins; 2 Whinchats; 250+ Jackdaws; 37 Goldcrests; 7 Chiffchaffs; ; c100 Skylarks; 8+ Jays; 4 Song Thrushes; 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers; 60 Swallows; 2 House Martins; 17 Stock Doves.

On the way home saw the Lesser Yellowlegs in Ernesettle Creek, Plymouth 5.20pm to 6.05pm. Viewed from the Plymouth side frequenting both sides of the river about 800m up stream from the bridge.

Posted October 20th, 2012 at 8:39 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide from 09:00 till 11:30

the juv curlew sandpiper again showed well amongst 114+ dunlin, 26+ bar tailed godwit, 5+ greenshanks, 59+ avocet, 600+ black tailed godwits, 3 pochard(2m,1f) , 4 tufted duck , 2 shoveler, 2 Cetti's warbler, 11+ snipe, 7 jay and a good passage of jackdaw with 620+ moving north west, 4+ redpoll, 7+ Siskin, 100+ redshank.

but best bird had to be a very showy treecreeper in the tree to left of the hide the first I have seen in the 3 years watching the site. 

Posted October 20th, 2012 at 5:57 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Glossy Ibis Aveton Gifford

One immature feeding in the salt marsh and on Avon Estuary yesterday at Bridge End [Neil Cooper]

Posted October 20th, 2012 at 5:38 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

North Hallsands / Start Point

Had a call from Alan Searle to say he caught and ringed a Yellow-browed Warbler and Firecrest at North Hallsands this morning. Snow Bunting still at Start Point ( in the car park ) late morning ( Alan Doidge ).

Posted October 20th, 2012 at 2:09 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Berry Head

 07.45 - 10.30.

 Had a walk to Berry Head. 1 Ring Ouzel just before Landscove holiday camp by road side also 3 roe deer in field. On BH 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker on steel mast at coastguard station, 3 Harbour Porpoise and 800+ guillemots on seabird colony cliffs, no telescope to do proper count!! Could only find 3 Cirl Buntings, 2 male and 1 young bird. 

Posted October 20th, 2012 at 11:59 am by nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Start Point

07:00-09:00.

70% cloud cover, mod S wind. Had a couple spare hours first thing so went to Start to try a bit of vis mig. On arrival a Snipe called and a Tawny Owl could be heard in the farm. Vis. mig started at 07:25 and the following flew south up to 08:30:

Sparrowhawk, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 170 Meadow Pipits, 90 'alba ' Wagtails, 19 Swallows, 410 Goldfinch, 330 Chaffinch, 100 Linnet, 9 Brambling, 9 Siskin, 11 Greenfinch, 13 Bullfinch ( largest flock 7 ) and 2 Crossbill. 380 Woodpigeon flew south west furthur inland in 3 flocks ( others likely to have been missed ). Movement petered out by 08:30 but a few things seemed to be passing again when i had to leave at 09:00.

A nice surprise when leaving was finding a nice Snow Bunting tucked in by the side of the road just uo from the car park, typically tame.

Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting

Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting

Posted October 20th, 2012 at 10:43 am by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Friday 19th October 2012

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 09:00 till 13:45

impressive numbers of black tailed godwits with 750+ , 21+ bar tailed godwits, 60+ avocet, still 1 juv curlew sandpiper showed well at times, a juv ruff dropped in along with 100+ dunlin, 7 greenshanks, 3 pochard, 3 tufted duck, at least 26+ jay moving north, 2 sparrowhawks, kestrel, 3+ buzzard, 2 nuthatch, 1 coal tit, 1 great spotted woodpecker, a few meadow pipits and alba wagtails over, 5+ goldcrests

from the viewing platform 8 grey plover, the kingfisher was seen by a couple of visiting birders, 9 long tailed tits, 4 chiffchaffs

Posted October 19th, 2012 at 8:09 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Soar

08:40-16:30. Furzedown / SM Cove / Warren / Starehole / E Soar.

Lovely still autumn day.

Golden Plover, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Collared Dove ( Higher Soar ), 40 Blackbirds, 30 Song Thrush, Ring Ouzel ( hedgerow opp cafe ), 14 Chiffchaff, 52 Goldcrest, Firecrest ( SM Cove wilows ), Coal Tit, c250 Jackdaw ( mid and east Soar ), 16 Jays ( largest flock 9 SE over SM Cove ), 18 Siskin, 6 Crossbill ( 5 SE over SM Cove, 1 SE over Starehole Valley ) and 3 Reed Buntings.

Posted October 19th, 2012 at 6:12 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Attempted to walk to Turf via the western path from the RSPB car park but was beaten by waterlogged fields near to Turf...(too deep even for welly boots) although water levels said to be dropping!  The road to the canal continues to be submerged at 'the bends' to depth of approx 12 inches.   Good numbers of Wigeon, Teal, and Lapwing present and also an estimated 8 Water Rail on the marsh.    Whooper Swan present at northern end. Total of 37 species seen.

DBWPS Members intending to attend fieldtrip to Exminster on Monday 22 Oct please note that  welly boots will be essential. Unless water levels drop in interval a limited walk is planned.

Posted October 19th, 2012 at 4:08 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Froward Point

07.55-12.20. Ring Ouzel (Old Mill Bay) and Firecrest (Froward Point). Also Golden Plover south, 2 Reed Bunting west and 4 Jay east over FP this morning.

Posted October 19th, 2012 at 3:11 pm by Matt Twiggs in General Birding

Sharkham Point

Ring Ouzel in 'combe lake valley'. Got some record shots but there really not worth posting!

Posted October 19th, 2012 at 1:19 pm by Josh Marshall in General Birding

Dartmoor

Report of 12 Fieldfare at Sherberton Common on Wednesday (Bill & Grace McOwan).

Yesterday, 18th A Merlin, Stonechats and a male Wheatear near Headland Warren Farm and plenty of Redwings and Mistle Thrushes at Shallowford (Rob & Maureen Harrison).

Posted October 19th, 2012 at 12:54 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Axe Cliff

Despite promising looking conditions at dawn, 'vis mig' never really got going at Axe Cliff this morning. Now I've got home it seems to have picked up though - probably because the weather has cleared a bit.

Totals; 22 Wood Pigeon, 40 Skylark (plus c200 on deck), 30 Mipits, 19 alba Wagtail, 21 Jackdaw, 3 Jay (flew n), 28 Starling, 55 Chaffinch, 22 Linnet (plus 60 grounded), 12 Goldfinch, 11 Siskin, 1 Redpoll sp. and 2 Reed Bunting.

In the Undercliff below, Ring Ouzel again (looked like the same bird as Monday although in a different place) and 15+ Goldcrest.

Posted October 19th, 2012 at 11:13 am by Steve Waite in General Birding

Berry Head

Bright clear morning with light winds from around N. At 945 4 Jays circling high over the Coastguard, eventually flew off southwest. Light passage of Meadow Pipits, Skylarks and alba wagtails coasting northward. Also a Great Spotted Woodpecker  unusually in a small bush on the clifftop ,near the Coastguard.

Met an observer who reported seeing a Hen Harrier  over rear of the headland yesterday.

Posted October 19th, 2012 at 11:10 am in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

First Lapwings of the autumn (10 birds). 4 Wheatear, 4 Ravens. A small movement of Woodpigeons (around 30 birds in total). Skylarks up to around 100 birds, Meadow Pipits dificult to judge as wide but thinly spread across the site - probably about 40 in all.

Posted October 19th, 2012 at 10:47 am by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Thursday 18th October 2012

Hope's Nose

07:30-14:15  SSW5 Good visibility, patchy cloud, dry but showers as I left at c.14.30

All south: Sooty 4; Manx 1; Balearic 11; Bonxie 10; Arctic skua 7; Arctic tern 1; Sandwich 8; GND 1 sp; Fulmar 1; Med gull 2w; Little gull 1w; Barwit 1; Scaup 2ff; Common scoter 13; Kittiwake 358 (count on clicker); Gannet c.200; Razorbill c.150; Guillemot c.30; Common gull 5; Black-headed gull 98 (not sure if this was a local movement but all during first few hours). 

 

Posted October 18th, 2012 at 10:32 pm by Simon Geary in General Birding

Around the exe

Bowling green marsh 08:45 till 09:45

1 curlew sandpiper  30+ dunlin, 21+ bar tailed godwits, 11 greenshanks, 3 Pochards,2 tufted duck, 10+ snipe, good numbers of black tailed godwits too much movement to get a good count 

powderham marsh 10:00 till 11:00

very quiet just 1 kingfisher and stonechat of note

Matford marsh 11:30 till 12:15

2 green sandpipers, 1 little grebe, 3 little egrets, 9+ shoveler, 50+ wigeon & teal 

 

Posted October 18th, 2012 at 10:10 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Cowley - Exeter

Barnacle goose seen twice today with three Canada and one Greylag goose on the field south of Cowley bridge, on Cowley side. First seen at 8:45am and still present at 1:30pm 

Posted October 18th, 2012 at 9:20 pm by Joe Martin in General Birding

Berry Head

F6-7 SSW, mostly dry; occ shws p.m. MD & IL. Seawatch 07:15 - 15:30. Passage mostly S

1 diver sp, 1 Fulmar, 565 Gannet, 16 C Scoter, 2 Scaup, 12 Sooty, 25 Balearic & 3 Manx Shearwater, 18 Bonxie, 8 Arctic Skua, 492 Kittiwake, 36 B-h Gull, 1 C Gull, 1 Little Gull, 8 S Tern, 6 Turnstone, 1 Dunlin & 1 Bar-wit, 205 'razormots', 1 Puffin.

Also 2 H Martin, a few Swallow, Goldfinch and Linnet 'in off'.

Bushes: 13 Chiffchaff, 12 Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit

Posted October 18th, 2012 at 9:09 pm by Ivan Lakin in General Birding

Hope's Nose - 15th Oct

A friend of mine visiting the Nose on Monday 15th saw a Yellow-browed Warber with Long-tailed Tit flock. A new bird or the one we saw back on 8th still there?

Posted October 18th, 2012 at 7:57 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

East Soar

0930-1400.  3 Ring Ouzel 1F 2M, 1 Cirl Bunting, 1 Yellowhammer, 2 Kestrel, 1 Willow Warbler, Swallows still,  2 Whinchat, 2Stonechat.

Ring Ouzel at East Soar

Posted October 18th, 2012 at 7:31 pm in General Birding

River Caen/River Taw

1330-1630hrs   1 Greenshank,17+Redshank,3 Little grebe,3 Teal,20+Dunlin,200+Wigeon,100+Curlew,100+Starling,Kestrel and a Buzzard.

Posted October 18th, 2012 at 6:34 pm by John hunt in General Birding

East Soar

Ring ouzel in hedge on north side of farm.

Little else!

Posted October 18th, 2012 at 12:20 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Wednesday 17th October 2012

Dawlish warren

Watched from 07:10 till 13:35

1 black throated diver, 2 great skua, 70+ dunlin, 5 sanderling, 1 knot, 7 grey plover, 3 wheatear,  3 sandwich terns, a surprise find was a little tern in the bight, 2 jay, 5+ chiffchaffs, 1 great spotted woodpecker, 2 stonechats, 2 goldcrests. 

Posted October 17th, 2012 at 8:34 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Berry Head

07:00-18:00 (11 hrs).  F6-7 SSW, dry, good vis. MD, BHe, IL, DN, DS and occ other obs in attendence.  Passage mostly south, with some returns or looping north. All obs totals:

1 assumed Yelkouan-type at 12:15-12:19 & again 14:26-14:32 (when better views). 8 Sooty, 19 Balearic & 9 Manx Shearwaters. 4 Fulmar; 28 Bonxie, 9 Arctic & 1 Pomarine Skua. 2 G N Diver (north), 1 G C Grebe, 10 C Scoter, 2 S Tern.

No overall counts for Gannets, though accelerated from just 1 in first half hr to 260 during an evening half hr.  Hundreds Kitiwakes through all day; no Sabs. 

Oddities: 1 Coal Tit briefly on cliff-side at end point. 1 Turnstone, 1 Oyc. V little overhead passerine movement today.

Posted October 17th, 2012 at 7:56 pm by Ivan Lakin in General Birding

Hartland Point/Shipload Bay - Wednesday 17th

A walk around the area in very windy but mainly sunny conditions.

2 Lapland Buntings in flight over stubble, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Ravens, 30+ Linnets, 1 Chiffchaff.   105 Herring Gull and 3 Great Black-backed Gulls on Shipload Bay Beach, 2 Bullfinches, 8+ Chaffinches and a steady westward passage of Gannets  - 40+ in two hours.

Harvey Kendall

Posted October 17th, 2012 at 3:19 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Tuesday 16th October 2012

Around the exe

Dawlish warren 07:10 till 10:45

70+ dunlin, 5 sanderling( 2 finger point 3 on beach) 4+ grey plover, 3+ bar tailed godwits, 5 Siskin over, 2 blackcaps, 3+ stonechats, 2 wheatears( on golf course) , 2 coal tits, 3+ goldcrests. 1 jay, kestrel, 3 redwing over, 1 snipe over warren point 

exminster marsh 11:30 till 12:30

the whooper swan was still viewable from station road towards the motorway bridge, unable to reach the canal path with station road flooded, 6 redwing along station road, 1 blackcap, 1 stonechat 

Posted October 16th, 2012 at 10:16 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Hillhead, Brixham

12.30-15.30; presumed male Ring Ouzel in the hedge at the bottom of the garden this lunchtime, gorging on Haws and showing well, also half a dozen Chiffchaff and a couple of Blackcap. Firecrest roughly in the same place on the 14th. SX907538

Posted October 16th, 2012 at 4:18 pm by Matt Twiggs in General Birding

Black Redstart Budliegh Salterton

One Black Redstart seen in and around the childrens play area at the beach carpark at 10.45 onwards, female.

Posted October 16th, 2012 at 3:50 pm by Kevin Bainbridge in General Birding

Hartland point

Hartland Point Tuesday 0740-1000: 9 Manx Shearwater,19 Balearic Shearwater,1 Sooty Shearwater,100 Gannet,1 Cormorant,2 Arctic Skua,168 Kittiwake,850 auk sp. Reported by Dave Churchill for Malcombe Shakespeare.

Posted October 16th, 2012 at 2:36 pm by David & Gillian Churchill in General Birding

Aveton Gifford

A quick look at the higher reeaches of the Avon estuary turned up 4 greenshank,3 common sandpiper & kingfisher.

5 jays flew south in 20 minutes.

Posted October 16th, 2012 at 2:07 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Monday 15th October 2012

Around the exe

Dawlish warren 07:10 till 10:35

a quiet morning 32+ dunlin, 21+ bar tailed godwits, 2 black tailed godwit, 2 sanderling, 1 knot, 40+ turnstone, 10+ grey plover good numbers of wigeon and Brent geese, 3 redpoll, 12+ Siskin, 2 coal tits, 11+ long tailed tits, 1 great spotted woodpecker, 1 sandwich tern, 3 goldcrests, 2 wheatear

Goat walk topsham & viewing platform bowling green marsh 16:15 till 17:50

70+ avocet, 800+ black tailed godwits, 200+ dunlin, 3 greenshanks

Posted October 15th, 2012 at 8:32 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Soar

08:10-17:15. Malborough-Furzedown-East Soar and back.

Overnight rain, dry by morning with M-F W wind, increasing F-S and backing WSW mid afternoon.

Very quiet day. Little to add to Robs post but the sun briefly came out when i was in Starehole and 3 Ring Ouzels briefly appeared, 2 looked like males, one definate 1st winter fem. Did not notice any colour rings. Have attached a photo of the back of a what looked like a male ( flew right over me and landed as you see it ) It has some white markings on the nape. If anyone goes down to Starehole looking for ouzels in the coming days it will be interesting to see if or how long this distinctive bird stays  as it is never easy to tell how much of a chngeover there is in individuals over time here, especially in a big Ouzel year  ( plenty of berries in the valley at present so things maybe looking good.) Elsewhere just 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaffs, 12 Goldcrest and a Siskin. A Crossbill flew west over Portlemore Barton on the walk out.

Ouzel with white marks on nape.
Ouzel with white marks on nape.

Posted October 15th, 2012 at 7:34 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

East Soar

Quiet after the weekend's fireworks and the highlight my first autumnal ring ouzel this morning, in Starehole.

Not much else apart from 760 woodpigeons over west, 2 swallow, whinchat and 7 jays moving through.

Bumped into Perry, probably update later.

Posted October 15th, 2012 at 2:06 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Dartmoor

c50 Redwing over West Shallowford and one Ring Ouzel seen.

Also Ring Ouzel near White Works and first Brambling returned to Princetown garden..

 

NB Will members please try to look out for colour rings on migrating Ring Ouzel and report their findings as mentioned on the website - many thanks.

Posted October 15th, 2012 at 12:53 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Kingskerswell & East Soar

Four Redwings over Kingskerswell this morning, my first of the autumn.

Yesterday at East Soar the Wryneck eventually reappeared and showed well at 16.10 in the same place as previously described.

Posted October 15th, 2012 at 12:16 pm by Will Salmon in General Birding

Exminster marshes

The flood water has dropped and I was able to reach the canal bank on foot, although the water reached dangerously close to the top of my wellies. Viewing from the canal bank there were far fewer waders (it was low tide) and the waterfowl were well spread out. I did see 9 redshank, c30 black-tailed godwits (lots more on the northern part of the marsh), one greenshank, one ruff and 21 lapwing. Like Dave Smallshire (on Sunday) I saw a possible pec sandpiper on Saturday but today the small ruff was in the same place so possibly that is what I saw. The pintail flock was at least 38 and over 100 wigeon. Otherwise one grey wagtail and female type stonechat, both in the lane.

The whooper swan was reported to be north of the lane.

Posted October 15th, 2012 at 12:03 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

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