Devon Bird Sightings from 22nd–31st October 2012

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Wednesday 31st October 2012

Exminster Marshes

The pair of Red-crested Pochards were still present on the large lagoon at lunchtime today, viewable from the canal path.

Posted October 31st, 2012 at 10:19 pm by Terry Smith in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Very very quiet at the moment although disturbance on the airfield is not helping. 34 Golden Plover were trying to get onto the barley field this evening to roost. Yesterday 40 Fieldfares were the first of the autumn  along with a single Stonechat - even the numbers of Skylark and Meadow Pipit are way down compared to last year.

Posted October 31st, 2012 at 8:32 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

Bay watched for 2 hrs from 09.25 before the heavy rain set in , sea rough with a F6/7 SW wind.

Notable for passage of Gannet -370 , Kittiwake -90. Also flying east - a SOOTY SHEARWATER at 09.25, 6 COMMON SCOTER, 3 Auk's .  2 Great Northern Diver - 1 on sea at 09.45 and 1 east far out at 10.00

Waders in the Bay 2 Turnstone and a Curlew .

Only a db Brent Goose on the marsh this morning- looks as though the White- fronted Geese have moved

on. This afternoon at a local farm an ad m Black Redstart

Posted October 31st, 2012 at 6:09 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Exmouth

Leisure Centre - fw drake scaup still present.

29 & 30/10 - Orcombe Point - best birds over the past couple of days - 3 snipe, 1 black redstart, 1 mistle thrush, ad mediterranean gull, 1 fieldfare, 2 reed bunting, 3 brambling and 1 redpoll sp plus small numbers of other common migrants.

Mudbank - 29 & 30/10 - 11 pale-bellied brent goose, 8 great crested grebe, 2 knot, 1 ad mediterranean gull, 2 goldeneye, 4 red-breasted merganser, 150+ pintail, 1 scaup and c60+ turnstone.

scaup - present since 7/10 at least - usually of Mudbank
scaup - present since 7/10 at least - usually of Mudbank

black redstart - Orcombe Point - 29/10
black redstart - Orcombe Point - 29/10

magpie feeding from cattle - Orcombe Point
magpie feeding from cattle - Orcombe Point

Posted October 31st, 2012 at 9:10 am by Matt Knott in General Birding

Tuesday 30th October 2012

Cattle Egret - Colyford/Bridge Marsh

The Cattle Egret was still present this afternoon. It's been staying in the Colyford Marsh/Bridge Marsh area, although it did fly a fair way upstream and out of sight when disturbed by a passing helicopter.



Posted October 30th, 2012 at 10:55 pm by Tim White in General Birding

Velator reserve

The autumn influx of Finches has begun, and today, aided and abetted by lots of black sunflower seeds in the feeders, we ringed 52! Other birds ringed of note were Great-spotted Woodpecker, Kingfisher and Sparrowhawk (all females).

As we left the reserve, in the juncus were about 40 Meadow Pipits. If only the cattle were to stay in the field, perhaps they'd stay, but once the cows go, the dogs will arrive and soon flush all the local birds....

Posted October 30th, 2012 at 8:12 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

Yesterday I omitted to confirm the White-fronted Goose were Greenland- today they were on the Marsh at 11.30 and later moved to a nearby stubble field. Also on the Marsh - 6 Snipe, 40 Teal, 4 Wigeon., 1 Merlin and 20 Lapwing over.

A Black Redstart on the roof of the flats by the car park.

Thurlestone Marsh - 10 Lapwing, 2 Wigeon, 30 Teal  6 Shoveler, Little Grebe , Snipe.

Bob B ringed 3 Reed Bunting, 1 Cettis and a late Reed Warbler with a Redpoll over.

Tonight the Starling roost was the largest so far at 250,000 +

Posted October 30th, 2012 at 6:27 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Downend

15.10 - 16.15  Female Surf Scoter still present with 29 Common Scoter, also 2 Great Northern Divers still in summer plumage. 

Posted October 30th, 2012 at 5:49 pm by Maria Fernandes in General Birding

Slapton

Three Great Northern Divers in remnants of summer plumage close in offshore. Also 3 Common Scoters. Goldeneye female on the ley.

At nearby Prawle a late Wheatear.

Posted October 30th, 2012 at 5:26 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Start Point

Alan Searle caught and rang a Yellow-browed Warbler at the farm this morning. Firecrest also present.

Posted October 30th, 2012 at 4:57 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

River Caen/ River Taw

1330-1600hrs. 1 Rock Pipit, 30+ Meadow Pipit, 4 Little Grebe, 4 Greenshank, 50+ Redshank, good numbers of Starling, Curlew and Wigeon, 50+ Lapwing, 30+ Oystercatcher, 3 Shelduck and a Kestrel.

Posted October 30th, 2012 at 4:51 pm by John hunt in General Birding

Lundy 20–29 October

Richard Campey, James Diamond, Tim Davis and myself are just back from Lundy, where our arrival on 20th coincided with the change of weather from fast-moving Atlantic lows to a mainly dry easterly flow. We enjoyed some excellent visible migration, with major movements of thrushes in particular. On 25th, for example, 900 Chaffinches, 900 Redwings, 525 Starlings, 60 Meadow Pipits, 39 Blackbirds, 35 Siskin, 27 Song Thrushes and 9 Bramblings flew over Castle Hill between 07.30 & 09.30. The island was almost literally covered with thrushes on 24th & 25th, with over 2,500 Redwings, up to 80 Song Thrushes and more than 150 Blackbirds, in just the relatively limited areas thoroughly counted.

Highest day-counts of scarcer migrants included 2 Jack Snipe, 3 Firecrests, 12 Black Redstarts, 5 Ring Ouzels, 8 Woodcocks, 3 Snow Buntings, and 4 Crossbills. At least two Coal Tits and a rather forlorn Long-tailed Tit also count as scarce migrants by Lundy standards.

There was a slow trickle of Swallows (though no House Martins), with a light smattering of Wheatears, Whinchats, and Common Redstarts still going through, but apart from the expected Chiffs and Blackcaps, no lingering warblers other than a single Garden Warbler on 20th. A probable tristis Chiffchaff was trapped and ringed by Tony Taylor et al. on 23rd.

Strong winds from between NE and NW at the end of last week and on Saturday brought an unusual variety of wildfowl to the island, including a female Tufted Duck, 3 ad Brent Geese, up to 13 Wigeon and a 1-w Whooper Swan that turned up yesterday (29th). Also up to 26 Common Scoter, 14 Bar-tailed Godwits, a Pomarine Skua and a Bonxie offshore.

The only real rarity of the week was an elusive Little Bunting found by James and seen at three different locations between Pondsbury and the Church on 24th (only). Richard managed to photograph it sitting on the rope around the helipad (the bunting, not Richard) in the afternoon.

Posted October 30th, 2012 at 4:17 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

A very brief visit late morning with the grandchildren. The pair of red-crested pochard were on the lagoon with c6 tufted duck.

On the canal bank c6 blackbirds, 4 redwing, 2 song thrushes and 2 stonechats. A single house martin flew over. Heard 2 Cettis and 3 water rails.

At Turf about 20 avocets with more towards Topsham, a few curlew and 3 black-tailed godwits.

Posted October 30th, 2012 at 3:26 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Broadsands

From Elberry Headland: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 6 Brent Geese, 31 Common Scoter.

Posted October 30th, 2012 at 3:14 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Berry Hd

Relatively quiet overhead today: 4 Brambling (two came dropped into tree see below),  2 Crossbill, 9 alba Wagtails, 6 Skylark, 2 Yellowhammer, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Bullfinch, 12 Redwing, 17 Song Thrush, 12 Goldfinch, 4 Siskin, 2 Greenfinch.

Brambling Berry Hd 301012 SEO BH 301210

Around Headland (REB counts later in morning included), 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Ring Ouzel, 1 Black Redstart, 4 Stonechat, 1 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff and 16 Goldcrest

SEOBH301012ML

Posted October 30th, 2012 at 3:12 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Surf Scoter - Downend

Surf Scoter still present at Downend with flock of Common Scoters.

Also 1 Merlin flew north & 1 Great Northern Diver still in summer plumage.


Posted October 30th, 2012 at 2:32 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

R.Taw, Pottington to Ashford sewage works.

09:15 - 10:45

Black-tailed Godwit 1; Lapwing c250; Redshank c50; Dunlin 8; Grey Plover 1; Little Egret 6 and Kingfisher 1.

At 10:05 c3000 Golden Plover made an appearance and began to land on their usual sandbanks just off Penhill Marsh but were very skittish and after about 15 minutes decided to fly off down river towards Chivenor.

19 Redwing were feeding on the berry bushes in the scrub area between the Green Sandpiper ditch and the sewage works plus 4 Song Thrush and numerous Blackbirds. A flock of c30 Meadow Pipits were flipping about the sandpiper ditch and Crows were mobbing a Buzzard in the same area, putting up just 1 Snipe with all the racket. A small flock of 7 Long-tailed Tits were in the bushes alongside the Tarka Trail.

C40 Teal and c20 Mallard were in Bradiford Reserve.

Posted October 30th, 2012 at 11:34 am by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Bursdon Moor, North Devon

Monday 29th October.

1 male HenHarrier and 1 Merlin present at dusk.   Male Hen Harrier also noted on Saturday 27th

Per Barry Bryne

Posted October 30th, 2012 at 10:34 am by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Monday 29th October 2012

Exminster Marshes

The pair of Red-crested Pochards were on the main lagoon with a small group of Gadwall at 12.30 today.

Posted October 29th, 2012 at 9:23 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Mid-Soar

 Short-eared Owl over ploughed field next to field with the Sib. Stonechat-a real beauty that finally showed well when rain stopped around noon.

Posted October 29th, 2012 at 6:17 pm by Sam Forest in General Birding

BERRY HEAD

Popped out between showers this morning for a quick scout around Berry Head and managed to see ;

2 x Ring Ouzel

4 x Stonechat

6 x Meadow Pipit

Posted October 29th, 2012 at 5:15 pm by Terry Edworthy in General Birding

Soar

Had a walk around in very blustery conditions this afternoon. 1 Ring Ouzel amongst a dozen or so Blackbirds in the relativly sheltered Starehole Valley, also a couple chiffchaffs. At mid-Soar the Siberian Stonechat showing well in its favoured field cavorting with a couple of its commoner cousins.

Posted October 29th, 2012 at 4:58 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

Close inshore this morning a Great Northern Diver ( first of the winter ) At 09.30  flew east. Whilst watching the diver a Black Redstart flew onto the car park fence. A few Gannet and 14 Kittiwake flew east.

On South Huish Marsh  -1 db Brent Goose, 2 Wigeon, 2 Snipe 1 Dunlin 40 Teal, 1ad Yellow-legged Gull.

At 12.30 rec'd a call from Mike Miller to say he had seen 4 Grey Geese fly onto the back of the Marsh. Drove straight over to find 4 Greenland White-fronted Goose feeding - flew inland at 13.35 when they were found in a field on the road leading to the sewage works at S M Ley. Later reported back on the Marsh . First record for some years and a first for the month of October

Posted October 29th, 2012 at 4:44 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Soar Valley

2 Ring Ouzels this morning.

Posted October 29th, 2012 at 2:09 pm by Roger White in General Birding

Surf Scoter - Downend

Digiscoping this bird has been challenging to say the least!

Posted October 29th, 2012 at 12:59 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Surf Scoter

Still present with the Scoter flock late morning off the point at Down End.

Posted October 29th, 2012 at 12:16 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Sunday 28th October 2012

Staddon Heights

3 Ring Ouzel and 1 Firecrest this afternoon.

Posted October 28th, 2012 at 10:14 pm by Steve Votier in General Birding

Torbay

Left Paignton harbour 8.30am prompt as tide was falling fast. Sea calm with a South West breeze and definite requirement for winter coat and a woolly hat!


BROADSANDS: Black-Necked Grebe, 6 Brent Geese, 3 Shelduck (overhead).

ELBURY COVE - THREE QUARRIES - BRIXHAM HARBOUR: 14 Grey Heron, Kingfisher, 3 Purple Sandpiper, 20 Turnstone, 4 Rock Pipit, 2 Little Egret, Grey Seal.

BERRY HEAD CLIFFS: 28 Common Scoter, 500 Guillemot, 12 Brent Geese, 4 Razorbills, Porpoise.

MID CHANNEL TOWARDS HOPES NOSE: 50 Gannet, 6 Kittiwake.


A good selection of birds and wildlife and a pleasure to be 100 metres from the shore at a leisurely pace for most of the way. 

Terry Lakeman

Posted October 28th, 2012 at 7:03 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Wembury and other

0630-0900 Quiet for Vis Mig this morning. 2+ Firecrests still present and 2 Brambling over. A few bits and bobs as well, the best of which were random - 3 Teal, 12 Wigeon and 3 Mute Swans. One Stock Dove in with 500+ Woodpigeon.

My wife then wanted a drive somewhere so I suggested Thurlestone and surrounding area as I had never been there and wanted to know why it gets many more birds than Wembury.... One Sanderling on the beach at Thurlestone and then on to Soar for the Sibe Stonechat - a stunner. Also had one Jay at Soar.

Thanks to the helpful birders and car park warden at Thurlestone who gave me directions to Soar.

Posted October 28th, 2012 at 6:13 pm by Richard Billington in General Birding

Seaton Area

Cattle Egret still present late this afternoon, on Colyford Marsh and Bridge Marsh (the latter is adjacent to A3052). Of local interest, a drake Mandarin on Lower Bruckland Ponds.


Posted October 28th, 2012 at 4:42 pm by Gavin Haig in General Birding

Exmouth and Soar

Orcombe - 0645 - 3+ reed bunting, 1+ fieldfare, c40+ linnet, 2+ brambling, c25+ starling, 20+ meadow pipit, 3 lapwing, 8+ song thrush, 14+ pied wagtail, 1 snipe, 25+ chaffinch, 20+ goldfinch, c2000+ woodpigeon (all west), 10+ siskin, 1+ redpoll sp, 15+ blackbird, 12+ robin, 1 stonechat, 40+ jackdaw, 2 curlew, 2 jay, 8+ goldcrest, 4 bullfinch, 1 coal tit, 3 chiffchaff, 2 rook, 1 turnstone, 1 great spotted woodpecker and 1 grey wagtail.  

Soar - c1100 - 1 woodlark north, 2+ cirl bunting, 7+ goldcrest, 1 chiffchaff 1 large pipit sp (almost certainly richard's) south @ 1115, 6 stonechat, 1 treecreeper, 2+ coal tit and of course, the reason for the twitch, the stunning siberian stonechat - many thanks Al, a bird I've been longing to see!

chiffchaff - Orcombe Point
chiffchaff - Orcombe Point

grey wagtail - Orcombe Point
grey wagtail - Orcombe Point

siberian stonechat - Soar
siberian stonechat - Soar

Posted October 28th, 2012 at 3:43 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Middle Soar

Siberian Stonechat still present at 2.0 pm, together with male Stonechat. 200 yards east of the 'farm.'  Also, 22 Golden Plover flew over west.

Roger White

Posted October 28th, 2012 at 3:39 pm by Roger White in General Birding

Female Goldeneye - Downend

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Posted October 28th, 2012 at 2:50 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Goldeneye - Downend

One female Goldeneye with Common Scoters at Downend yesterday morning. I had a problem with my PC yesterday

 so late posting.

Posted October 28th, 2012 at 2:46 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Scoters - Downend

Steve - just seen your entry on the blog.

No, I did not see any white on the wing on this individual while I was digiscoping the Scoters at Downend this morning.

While I remember I will later post the pic of the female Goldeneye that I spotted yesterday.

Posted October 28th, 2012 at 2:26 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Scoter

Just been out to look at the Scoters. Didn't have enough time (arghhh!) but the one that was different didn't seem to have any white on the wing, so I agree with Surf Scoter. I'll try to get back out later (no car now!) and should be able to get closer. If you park in teh last layby you can walk down almost to the point - they are just offshore there.

 

ps thanks fo the text, Steve!

Posted October 28th, 2012 at 1:00 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Scoters Downend

Steve's right - I would put money on it being a Surf Scoter on head/ body shape and size.

Posted October 28th, 2012 at 12:34 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

North Hallsands

Yellow- browed Warbler still present this morning ( Alan Searle ).

Posted October 28th, 2012 at 12:32 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Start Point

06:10-09:45. Clear most of the night , 30 % cloud cover by daybreak, cloud increasing swiftly through morning. Mod SW wind.

Saw the following watching the vis mig from the car park between 06:30-08:45 ( all birds headed between south and southeast ). 3 Skylark, 2 alba wagtails, 40 Meadow Pipits, 4 Swallows, 420 Chaffinch, 300 Goldfinch, 130 Linnet, 39 Greenfinch, 26 Siskin, 17 Brambling, 7 Bullfinch and 2 Reed Buntings. As often the case Woodpigeon movemnt erratic and hard to fathom. Conservative count of 3000 ( mussed have missed loads ) flying southwest inland on a rough heading between Slapton and Lannacombe / Prawle. Very likely many of these birds later seen flying north offshore form the point towards Slapton and others flying north up Mattiscombe Valley. Away from the vis mig a Short-eared Owl flew south over the ridge, a ring ouzel called from gorse below the car park, a Lesser Redpoll flew overhead near the light and a Great Spotted Woodpecker passed by. Nothing down at the light and in the farm just a Chiffchaff and a couple Jays.

Posted October 28th, 2012 at 12:27 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Downend Scoter

Rob - did you see the white wings of the Velvet?  Because in your photo it looks more like a female/immature Surf Scoter on size, structure and build.

Posted October 28th, 2012 at 12:23 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Common Scoter & Velvet Scoter - Downend

Now 6 male + 17 female Common Scoters + 1 female Velvet Scoter


Posted October 28th, 2012 at 11:28 am by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

An exciting influx of 4 Wigeon this morning with a female Shoveler.

Posted October 28th, 2012 at 10:51 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

Berry Hd

Good mixture of overhead movement today if not in big numbers: 60 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 152 Chaffinch,  6 Brambling, 11 Lesser Redpoll, 7 Siskin, 5 House Sparrows, 36 Bullfinch, 14 Skylark, 7 alba Wagtails, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 (late) Yellow Waghtail, 5 Swallows, 19 Starling, 21 Song Thrush, 30 Wood Pigeon, 1 Stock Dove, 50+ Jackdaws and 1 Rook.

Around the headland: 2 Ring Ouzel, 1 Yellowhammer, 3 Chiffchaff, 8 Goldcrest, 2 Blackcap, 3 Black Redstarts, 1 Stonechat.

Blk Rdst BH 281012 ring Ouzel BH 281012

A lesser? Redpoll looked small but paler cheeked and chested than many lessers and well streaked with black white(ish)mid/upper rump, much whiter greater covert bars than two others seen well during the morning.

Redpoll BH 281012 redpoll BH 281012

 And 1 Red-breasted Merganser flew S. 

ML & BMc

Posted October 28th, 2012 at 10:42 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Rare Egrets

Yesterday a Cattle Egret was on the Axe.  First found by Phil Abbott at Seaton Marshes mid morning, then seen late afternoon on Colyford Marsh and Bridge Marsh (field just south of A3052 just east of Colyford).

In north Devon, a Great White Egret was photographed by Paul Tuson next to the Mill House at Weare Giffard.

Posted October 28th, 2012 at 8:29 am by Steve Waite in General Birding

Mid Soar

Sberian Stonechat Mid Soar Farm today:

If still present today (Sunday) please be aware that the Farm house is occupied!!




Posted October 28th, 2012 at 12:37 am by Alan Doidge in General Birding

Saturday 27th October 2012

Blagdon Valley, Hartland Point.

20 blackbirds, field fare, 10 redwing, 2f blackcap,8 goldcrest, 6 song thrush, 3 c.chaff, yellowhammer, f.bullfinch, 4 wren, 2 coal tit.

Up to 5,000 starlings in fields near Point.

At Gawlish Farm near Hartland Point huge flock of starlings, difficult to determine numbers but conservative est 50,000!!

Posted October 27th, 2012 at 9:54 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Middle Soar

The charming Sibe' Stoenchat showing well with 3-4 Common Stonechats early afternoon. Nice one Alan - fully justifies all those scones!Siberian Stonechat

Posted October 27th, 2012 at 9:20 pm by Steve Young in General Birding

Start Point

After the viz mig with Perry and Paul I went south then west. After flushing a Woodcock from gorse by the path down Mattiscombe valley I noted a ringtail Hen Harrier going E. over the next valley and 1-2 Firecrests here.

Posted October 27th, 2012 at 9:09 pm by Steve Young in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 13:15 till 18:00

had a call from mark baker about 2 red crested pochard on the marsh and on arrival the male and female were viewable in the channel to the left of the hide and remained in view all afternoon, good numbers of duck had arrived over night with a cracking male goldeneye showing well, 4+ gadwall, 8+ pochard, 4+ tufted duck, 146+ wigeon, 6+ shoveler, the juv ruff was viewable early afternoon but not seen after a peregrine caused havoc, also 1 sparrowhawk, 2 kestrel, 5+ buzzard, 140+ dunlin, 29+ Bar tailed godwits still very good numbers of black tailed godwits, 3 greenshank, 230+ redshank, 5+ snipe, 5+ little grebe, 2 Cetti's warblers, 12 Brent geese including 1 juv, 10+ knot, 1 grey plover, 500+ starling went to roost in the reeds on far side from the hide.

A quick look around the viewing platform before leaving was rewarded with a close encounter with a female merlin flying right over my head a great way to end the day. 

Posted October 27th, 2012 at 8:46 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Siberian Stonechat directions

Fantastic bird showing well this afternoon. Well done and thanks Al. In case anyone is trying for it in the morning but is not that familiar with the area i have attached a crude map of where it is with directions


Posted October 27th, 2012 at 8:35 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Stoke Point

Plenty of common migrants in the area including a northern wheatear that led me round the houses, also brambling.

Posted October 27th, 2012 at 8:06 pm by Steve Votier in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

 Sunshine at alst but a cold N wind

At 08.15 the Starling dispersal was at least 125,000, also on the Marsh 6 Shoveler, 1 db Brent Goose, 31 Teal, 1 Little Grebe. at 16.45 an ad m and a f Black Redstart were in my garden, then at 17.30 12 Brent Goose flew over.

 

Went to Huxton Cross for the viz mig at 09.20 had  2150 Wood Pigeon, 135 Skylark, 2 Woodlark ( flew N at 09.45 )17 Lapwing , 20 Linnet, 1 Merlin

On South Huish Marsh / in the Bay - 30 Teal, 12 Dunlin, 2 Black Redstart ( makes 4 for the patch today )2 Med Gull, Bob B had a ringtail Hen Harrier in off the sea

Posted October 27th, 2012 at 7:46 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

SOAR

No posting so far of the fantastic SIBERIAN STONECHAT found by Alan Doidge at Mid Soar Farm this morning, only the 3rd record for devon , hopefully some photo's will be posted soon . Whilst in the field 14 Golden Plover  flew over

 

This morning Bob B had 12,000 Wood Pigeon flying thru - the first big movement of the autumn

Posted October 27th, 2012 at 7:37 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Bursdon

Drove up from Cornwall this afternoon, and was passing Bursdon at about 6p.m. when a vast flock of Starlings flew SW. Estimate 50,000. Probably heading for roost somewhere in Hartland Forest.

Sadly too early to look for birds of prey going to roost.

Posted October 27th, 2012 at 7:30 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

River Caen/ River taw

1330-1600hrs.   25 Redshank,6 Little grebe,100+Starling,3Teal,Kestrel,10+Dunlin and a Little owl.Isley marsh held 17Shell duck and good numbers of Curlew and Wigeon.Over on Chivenor a Buzzard put up 300+Golden plover and 150+ Lapwing.

Posted October 27th, 2012 at 4:48 pm by John hunt in General Birding

Eagle owl

Malcolm Shakespeare had a call from a friend in Northam to say the eagle owl that was in the papers last year was still about and managed to get a few photos (23/10/12)

Posted October 27th, 2012 at 3:59 pm by David & Gillian Churchill in General Birding

Wembury again

Quick whip around the beach car park resolved my embarrassing 4 year long state of Ouzellessness with one between Churchwood Valley and the stables but only seen twice in flight and perched very briefly. Quite a few Chiffs and GC in the sun too.

Posted October 27th, 2012 at 3:50 pm by Richard Billington in General Birding

North Hallsands

Got a call from Alan Searle who caught and rung another Yellow-browed Warbler here this morning, deja- vu from last Saturday morning. Also 2 Firecrest.

Posted October 27th, 2012 at 2:37 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Start Point

Beautiful, clear day but a bitterly cold F-S N wind.

Vis mig 07:45-09:45 ( with Paul Heaton and Steve Young, just south of the car park, all birds headed between north and northwest.

40 Skylarks, 50 Meadow Pipits, 20 alba Wagtails, Grey Wagtail, Redwing, 180 Chaffinch, 130 Goldfinch, 11 Greenfinch, Lesser Redpoll, 13 Siskin, 10 Bullfinch, 6 Brambling and 2 Reed Buntings.

c500 Woodpigeon seemed to be doing a loop around the point, we were ou of site of any probable main flight line. Against the grain 4 dark-bellied Brent Geese  south down Mattiscombe Valley.

Qiuck look around the farm produced 2 Mistle Thrushes, 2 Chiffcaffs, 6 Goldcrest and a Firecrest.

Posted October 27th, 2012 at 2:33 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Kingsbridge Estuary - North

At low tide: 15 brent geese, 8 pintail, 66 teal, scaup, red-breasted merganser, three grey plover, three barwits, greenshank, 28 redshank.

Posted October 27th, 2012 at 1:46 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Wembury

Quick walk with the family this morning yielded Steve's three Firecrests and there may have been a fourth as well, 1 Blackcap, several Chiff, 6 Wigeon, 3 Siskin, 1000+ Woodpigeon and plenty of Skylarks on the move

Posted October 27th, 2012 at 1:20 pm by Richard Billington in General Birding

Common Scoters & Goldeneye - Downend

Now 15 Common Scoters (4 male + 11 female) + 1 early

female Goldeneye, Brisk cold northerly wind early this morning. 

Posted October 27th, 2012 at 12:36 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Friday 26th October 2012

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:30 till 17:30

a very good couple of hours with the juv curlew sandpiper in with 252+ dunlin, 95 avocet, 45+ bar tailed godwits, 10+ knot, 11+ greenshanks, 230+ redshank, 3+ snipe, the juv ruff was with 900-1000 black tailed godwits an impressive sight when flushed several times and best count so far this autumn, 3 fieldfares, 5 pochard, 70+ wigeon, 200+ starlings , 3 kay, 6+ buzzards, kestrel, sparrowhawk, 45+ lapwing, 

Posted October 26th, 2012 at 8:36 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - late pm - I literally jogged around parts of Orcombe tonight with limited time to spare. Best birds were a short-eared owl flushed from private land (my sixth record for the point) and 3 dunlin with 6 sanderling on a limited stretch of sand just east of the point. Also c30+ skylark with 40+ meadow pipits in stubble and just 1 chiffchaff and 2 goldcrests.

yesterdays ring ouzel - appalling shot but it was almost dark!
yesterdays ring ouzel - appalling shot but it was almost dark!

redwing from Tuesday - another appalling shot - this time early morning!
redwing from Tuesday - another appalling shot - this time early morning!

Posted October 26th, 2012 at 8:10 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Roadford Lake (Reservoir) - Southweek - Tuft areas

Visited the area with Wally James in advance of fieldtrip to same area on Tues 6 Nov (see East Devon Branch Programme).  The water levels were very high with lakeside margins all submerged.  Concentrated on Southweek viaduct area where a few birds were present on the lake including Gt Crested and Little Grebes, Tufted Duck, Gadwall (4) and Coot.  Overhead a few Redwing flew over.

  Moving on to Tuft area a Raven and a Sparrow Hawk were overhead before we found a mixed Tit flock which included Treecreeper.  A pair of Marsh/Willow Tit passed through leaving us unsure as to ID. Returning south we visited the Westmoor/ North Wortha peninsular taking the path from the Southweek hide where Lg T Tits and Goldcrest were present and then the surprise birds of the afternoon 2 late Hobby.  A couple of Wigeon were present on the lake.   

Posted October 26th, 2012 at 6:28 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Late swallow

Seaton Friday

A swallow was flying around the east end of the promenade at 15.30

Posted October 26th, 2012 at 6:28 pm by M&S Mccarthy in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Slighty better conditions today (although 5C, rain and a biting NE wind hardly constitute an improvement but at least the visibility was good). Birds pretty much the same - the Wheatear still present sheltering behind some concrete posts out of the wind, just 4 Golden Plover, similar numbers of Skylark and Meadow Pipits as yesterday and a single Snipe. Still a distinct lack of thrushes.

Posted October 26th, 2012 at 6:03 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

 Another gloomy day wind F5/6 E/ NE drizzle and poor viz until 13.00- another of those superb days of migration this time particularly waders , duck and geese.

Bay watched from 09.20 until 16.30 obs Bob B MBP all day AJL and Nick T am.

Total of 13 species of waders almost all flew in off the sea and straight up the valley - Lapwing 27, Snipe 12, Redshank 3, Bar T Godwit 3 , Knot 13., Sanderling 2, Curlew 1 ,  Dunlin 141 ( largest flock 16 ) Grey Plover 7, Golden Plover 13, Ringed Plover 5 and on the rocks 14 Oystercatcher and 1 Turnstone.

A new day record count  for Brent Goose  of 48 ( largest flock 17 )  Passage of Duck -  Pintail 5 , Teal 20, Wigeon 42, Shoveler 4, Common Scoter 46, Red B Merganser 1m

An Arctic Skua flew east and a further 3 Skua species,. 150 + Gannet , 5 Med Gull

23 House Martin, 5 Swallow, 4 Skylark, 50 + Mipit, 10 Chaffinch, 2 Black Redstart, 2 Wheatear and finally 150+ Starling ( in off the sea )

Posted October 26th, 2012 at 5:39 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Kingsbridge Estuary

West Charleton Marsh / Bay, 13:15-15:40, high tide.

16 Teal, 8 Pintail, Scaup ( juv/fw on flooded scrape on marsh with Pintail and Teal before they all flew out into the bay, aythya ducks are rarely seen actually on the marsh ) 7 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 14 Bar-tailed Godwits ( roosting with Curlew towards Wareham Point ), 37 Lapwings ( flying north ) and a Kingfisher.

As an aside, for an interesting twist regarding a Green Sandpiper at East Soar, take a look at the Forum section and click on General Discussions.

Posted October 26th, 2012 at 5:30 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Knap Mill by Aveton Gifford

Afternoon BTO winter thrush survey turned up merlin, 15 swallows and 80 linnets.

Posted October 26th, 2012 at 4:00 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

East Soar

A quick two hours in constant drizzle and NW winds turned up 2 ring ouzels in Starehole plus 23 lapwings, grey wagtail, 41 blackbirds, 26 song thrushes, a few goldcrests & chiffchaffs plus 340 starlings.

Posted October 26th, 2012 at 2:15 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Torbay

Just to let you know, if interested, we are running a boat trip at 08.30 on Sunday 28th October from Paignton Harbour to see what birds are using the Bay and headlands. Trip will last for approx 2 hours but does depend on weather or if we find anything of interest!!!

Boat leaves at 08.30 and will cost £12, loos and hot drinks available on board, boat can take 100 passengers so do not be late!!! This is the first time we have tried this and will be running some more through the winter. 

Look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

Posted October 26th, 2012 at 2:06 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Sharkham Village

Black redstart on my fence and feeding around parking area.

Posted October 26th, 2012 at 11:43 am by Josh Marshall in General Birding

Rousdon - yesterday 25/10

On rooftops in the Allhallows estate yesterday afternoon: at least 2 Black Redstarts (including a male)

Posted October 26th, 2012 at 11:27 am by Gavin Haig in General Birding

Thursday 25th October 2012

Skern

12 pale bellied geese, 2 bar wits, @ 16.45 

Posted October 25th, 2012 at 11:56 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Wembury Point

Early morning walk produced 3 Firecrest together below the new car park. Among good numbers of common migrants 3 Brambling over.

Posted October 25th, 2012 at 11:08 pm by Steve Votier in General Birding

Sidmouth

Took a walk/push with my 2 yr old grandson from Jacobs Ladder to Sidmouth seafront, hence no bins but was fairly sure that the small and distant bird on and around 'The Beacon' (large thatched roofed house) was a Black Redstart.  On the beach were a couple of Rock Pipit and a late Wheatear (Devon Bird Report 2010, records latest for 2010 as being Nov 13 at Turf so there are still a few more weeks left to pick up the odd bird).

Posted October 25th, 2012 at 8:16 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - 1700 - a half hour sprint around the top fields before dark was worth the effort with a male ring ouzel in the dung field plus at least one redwing and a couple song thrushes. This is only my fourth autumn record for Orcombe and I've had just 3 spring birds.

Yesterday - Mudbank - late pm - high count of 117+ turnstone with 38 redshank and 2 greenshank.

Orcombe - 23/10 - 14+ redwing, 11+ song thrush, 1 golden plover, 2w mediterranean gull, 1 mistle thrush, 1+ fieldfare, 1 black redstart, c20+ blackbird, c30+ robin and 1 brambling on a quick pre-work visit. Also c500/1000+ (I'm really bad estimating flock sizes) starling in 1 flock heading north.

Posted October 25th, 2012 at 7:54 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

The fog and drizzle that has been here all week persisted today making visibilty very difficult. However in slightly just less than appalling conditions this afternoon 14 Golden Plover were present on the barley field and a lone Wheatear around the dung heap. Skylarks numbered around 60 and i flushed Meadow Pipits nearly all the time so numbers probably around 50. The Blackdowns haven't seen the passage notable on the coast ( I had a superb day at Portland on Tuesday) and even when the visibilty has improved slightly, only small numbers of redwings have been present.

Similarly I visited an old haunt yesterday, Shipley Bridge and apart from 4 blackbirds and a mistle thrush, thrushes were totally absent. The lack of rowan berries may be an explanation as good fruiting years have attracted hundreds of both redwing and fieldfare in the past. The hawthorn berries are also very patchy with some trees totally devoid of berries - it suggests that the thrushes are going to have a tough winter.

Superb views of a dipper just north of Shipley Bridge provided some compensation.

Posted October 25th, 2012 at 7:25 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:30 till17:00

the juv curlew sandpiper was in with 116+ dunlin, 231+ redshank, 61 avocet, 1 juv ruff, 30+ bar tailed godwit, 800+ black tailed godwits, 40+ lapwing, 30+ snipe, 1 kingfisher, a mistle thrush was a good bird for the marsh, 5 pochard(2m,3f) 7+ greenshanks, sparrowhawk, buzzard, Cetti's warbler, water rail.

Posted October 25th, 2012 at 7:05 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Soar

08:10-17:15 ; Malborough- Furzedown / East Soar / Starehole / Warren / Higher Soar - Malborough.

Some clear breaks in the night. Grey, murky day. Fresh east wind becoming fresh-strong ENE by mid-afternoon.

11 Golden Plover, 35 Lapwing ( ploughed field behind mid-Soar House ), Green Sandpiper ( calling near car park, first heard on 5th Oct. but to my knowledge nobody has actually seen it yet ), Black Redstart ( Coastguard Cottages ), 41 Song Thrush, 71 Blackbird, 8 Ring Ouzel ( 7 Starehole in the steep north-east most sheltered part of the valley and 1 Higher Soar ), 12 Redwing, Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 15 Goldcrest and around 800 scattered grounded Starlings.

Had to be a good bird somewhere but the whole area was pretty much blown out.

Posted October 25th, 2012 at 7:05 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Spoonbills - Isley Marsh

5 Spoonbills at Isley Marsh late afternoon with one large Little

Egret with the flock which would be easy to misidentify from a distance as a sixth Spoonbill.

Posted October 25th, 2012 at 6:51 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

 This am  AJL had 6 Brent Goose -pale bellied fly across the Bay - at 16.45 Bob B and I had 7 Dark bellied fly in off the sea and eventually up the valley. ( whist at Slapton at 12.00 I had 7 Dark bellied in off the sea flew around and then back out - almost certainly the same group)

Amongst a flock of 300 + Black H Gull on South Huish Marsh were 8 Med Gull ( 4ad, 2 sub ad & 2 1st w )

also an ad & 1stw Common Gull .On the marsh 3 Dunlin 2 Snipe 35 Teal.and a Wheatear.

On T'stone Marsh- 3 Shoveler ( 2f & 1 m )  2 Wigeon  3 Teal. The sight of the day was the first big murmation of Starling - they started to fly into the stubble field at 17.15- by the time they went to roost in the reeds at 17.45  there was a min of 100,000- what a sight 

Posted October 25th, 2012 at 6:36 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

A visit from North Devon, initially to try to see the Banaparte's Gull which luckilly flew by shortly after arriving. After a brief stop overlooking the estuary between Dawlish Warren and Cockwood we decided to go to Exminster Marshes. Fairly quiet apart from the Whooper Swan, but looking towards Red Lion Yard from the towpath it was a surprise to see a Great White Egret. It relocated back further towards the railway line, but despite breeding this year in our neighbouring county it is still a very scarce bird for Devon.

Posted October 25th, 2012 at 5:44 pm by Roger Doble in General Birding

Wembury and Ernesettle Creek

At Wembury this morning 5 brent geese were on the sea near the sewage pipe before disturbed by dog walkers and flying off East. Also 2 juvenile wheatears and a second winter Mediterranean gull seen and a high count of 46 Canada Geese feeding in the stubble field, the highest count I have had at Wembury. (On leaving home this morning 12 Canada geese flew over my house in the centre of Plymouth)

After dipping the lesser yellowlegs at Ernesettle Creek on Monday I found it this afternoon on the incoming tide (about 13:30) feeding with redshanks, viewed from the slipway upriver from the wrecked boat - showed very well for around 5 minutes before flying off downriver

Posted October 25th, 2012 at 5:21 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Aveton Gifford

On estuary 3 greenshank, 4 common sandpiper, 2 Egyptian geese & 40 wigeon. No dign of the glossy ibis!

Posted October 25th, 2012 at 3:13 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Berry Hd

Less overhead movement than yesterday and as Steve noted birds moving in lots of different directions in two hrs first thing: 301 Chaffinch, 3 Brambling, 50+ Goldfinch, 6 Siskin, 35 Starling, 96 Redwing, 8 Song Thrush, 23 Swallows, 12 alba Wagtails, 2 Grey Wagtail, 6 Skylark and 40+ Meadow Pipits.

Around the headland good numbers of Goldcrest 39 (after 2 very poor years!), 2 Firecrest, 7 Chiffchaff, 1 Black Redstart, and over 30 Robins counted - there were probably many more.

Firecrest Berry Hd 25 Oct 2012

Posted October 25th, 2012 at 1:40 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Sharkham

At least 8 Goldcrests in the wood by the cutthrough and a very vocal Hobby flew out accross the bay to Berrry Head.Everything else seemed to have hankered down out the wind

Not birding I know but the highlight was a Stoat taking a rabbit not 6 feet away from me,amazing to watch if a little uncomfortable.

Posted October 25th, 2012 at 1:37 pm by Tim Clyburn in General Birding

Axe Cliff

Best bird was a Short-eared Owl flushed from rough grass above start of Undercliff.  There were lots of birds going over (mostly Starlings, Wood Pigeons and Chaffinches) but in all directions so I didn't attempt to count.  Also Snipe, 5 Mistle Thrush, 1 Redpoll, 2 Brambling, 3 Reed Bunting and several Siskins.

It's a hard life living in the shadow of Portland!!

Posted October 25th, 2012 at 11:55 am by Steve Waite in General Birding

Wednesday 24th October 2012

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:00 till 18:00

1 juv curlew sandpiper still in with 60+ dunlin, 1 juv ruff, 60+ snipe, 32+ bar tailed godwits, still very good numbers of black tailed godwits, 3 pochard, 9+ greenshanks, 2 Cetti's warbler, 40+ lapwing 

from viewing platform, 1 adult med gull, 11+ common gulls, 2 jay, goldcrest, kestrel, water Rail 

From goat walk topsham 3500+ starlings going to roost on exminster marsh 

Posted October 24th, 2012 at 6:42 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Froward Point

08.15-12.45. 1 Merlin, 75+ Redwing, 100+ Blackbird, 25+ Song Thrush, 5 Fieldfare, Mistle Thrush and Ring Ouzel heard only at Froward Cove, 3-4 Black Redstart (1 on the buildings at the point, 2-3 at Coleton Farm), 1 Wheatear, 2 Firecrest, 2 Brambling over south plus small numbers of Chaffinches and Goldfinches.

Posted October 24th, 2012 at 6:17 pm by Matt Twiggs in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Visited between 1pm to 4pm with the hopes of seeing the Bonaparte's gull. No luck, but did manage to spot a roosting Short-eared owl near the wooded area close to the golf course. 

Also a late Swallow flying over the dune ridge, plus a Green woodpecker near the main carpark. 

Posted October 24th, 2012 at 5:38 pm by Joe Martin in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

 Back on the patch this morning -

The Starling dispersal at 08.15 was 5000+, on the marsh - 2 Shoveler, 2 Wigeon  350 + Black Headed Gull-could only locate 1 1st w Med Gull, 11 Teal .

In the Bay  ( on the sea ) 6 Mute Swan , 3 Gadwall and a 1st w male Pochard, another 100 + Black Headed Gull. On one of the cottages a f Black Redstart, 1 Wheatear.,.amongst the gulls a m & 1stw Med gull

On South Huish Marsh - 50 Teal, 1 Water Rail, 3 Snipe and a Merlin

Posted October 24th, 2012 at 5:15 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Start Point

Bob Burridge called in this afternoon and asked me to post his sightings from this morning - As dave Norman has also posted the additions are -

 1 1st w Redstart., 50 + Goldcrest, 100 + Siskin and 100+ Chaffinch  over. 200+ Starling on the lighthouse tower at first light .

Posted October 24th, 2012 at 5:07 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Prawle 2

We were also wandering around Prawle from early morning onwards and saw a couple of extra birds to Dave. (Weather dry murky am before drizzle set in). Yellow-browed Warbler and ?? (Ashpark lane - one a more standard bright looking bird, while the bird photographed looked paler and showed a rather reduced 2nd covert bar! - see photo, neither bird called), Firecrest (reserve), 30+ Goldcrests, 2 Black Redstarts, 2 Merlin, 6 House Martins, 4 Swallows and a constant overhead passage of Chaffinchs (100's) with 2 Brambling, 15+ Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps, 4 Ring Ouzels, 100+ Redwings and probably as many Blackbirds and Song Thrushes.

Yellow-browed or Hume's WarblerMerlin

(For interest this YB/Hume's Warbler was taken at ISO3200 in murky drizzle! Amazing these modern digital cameras!)

Ed. I suppose I have to call this bird an inconclusive Yellow-browed/Hume's, certainly a recent Hume's on Scilly does not look too dissimilar if not a bit brighter! You live and learn - if only it had called!

Posted October 24th, 2012 at 4:56 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Female Ring-necked Duck still present in the same spot, 2 Firecrests (one at Torcross in with the LTT flock, one in Slapton Village near the phone box), 20+ Goldcrests, Wheatear on the beach, 12+ Chiff-Chaffs. Viewing trick in brisk NE wind.

Posted October 24th, 2012 at 4:19 pm by David Cope in General Birding

Start and Prawle

Started off 0815 at Start, where Bob Burridge had been collecting Redwing corpses (plus a Dunlin) from near the lighthouse after another foggy night. Few birds around the Point track in a rising E wind but the back valley and cliffside scrub on the south side were more productive with 6+ Ring Ouzels, 50+ Blackbirds and 200+ Redwings plus a few Song Thrushes and Fieldfares. A Merlin hunting the area and a ringtail Hen Harrier near the radio masts. Two distant  geese flying over near the masts may have been Barnacle.

 Did not reach Prawle until lat am  by which time birds seemed more dispersed there, saw Ring Ouzel by carpark and 10+ Goldcrest in Reserve but no sign of today's Firecrest seen by another observer or of yesterday's Yellow-browed Warbler. At Pigs Nose valley another 3-4 Ring Ouzels and some movement eastward of thrushes up the valley including dozens of Blackbirds. Two Egyptian Geese in flight over Airfield.

Posted October 24th, 2012 at 4:11 pm in General Birding

Torbay on the water!

Torbay 11.00 - 13.10hrs

Not a good day to be out on the water in the bay, big swell and building. In the 7 Quarries area had 17 Grey Herons on the cliffs with a mixed group of Shag and Cormorants, and a Raven enjoying the stiff NE wind.

6 Common Scoter in mid bay flying north and also a Great Northen Diver flying S to N across bay. Off Berry Head 20+ Gannets and 600+ Guillemots on cliffs, swell getting bad, turned and went back into brixham. going again sunday morning doing wildlife/bird trip!!!  

nigel Smallbones

Posted October 24th, 2012 at 4:06 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Berry Hd

Good overhead migration during 2hrs this morning mostly heading NE: 639 Chaffinches, 5 Brambling, 7 Siskin, 5 Greenfinch, 200+ Goldfinch,17 Linnet, 23 Skylark, 75 Starling, 235+ Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 23 Song Thrush, 80 Jackdaw, 112 Meadow Pipits, 31 alba Wagtails & 2 Grey Wagtail.

Around the headland lots of Blackbirds, 12 Goldcrests, 4 Chiffchaff (including one very buffy/grey tristis like bird in quarry sadly non calling), 1 Firecrest and 2-3 Black Redstarts in quarry.

Posted October 24th, 2012 at 3:18 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Wrafton

Couldn't see the female Shoveler that was here a couple of days ago, but a female Pintail has joined the male Gadwall. Calling Cetti's and Water Rail.

Posted October 24th, 2012 at 12:38 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Common Scoter - Downend

Very low light levels early yesterday morning & this morning

for digiscoping so this pic is the best I could manage of the

Common Scoters at Downend


Posted October 24th, 2012 at 11:57 am by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Tuesday 23rd October 2012

Berry Head

Dense fog, ENE f. 2  0815 1000

Despite all the Black redstarts elsewhere, only one found it's way to the 'Head', and was found by the coastguard station. Singles of Curlew, Lapwing and Redpoll heard going over while down in the quarry was a Firecrest. Plenty of Redwing here also but the fog made any sort of count difficult, perhaps 150+, numbers even exceeding the amount of dogs. 

 

Posted October 23rd, 2012 at 11:39 pm by John Lusher in General Birding

English Channel 30nm SE of Berry Head

From an angling boat 30nm out where clear, although from Dartmouth to 25nm out was foggy. Attending boat were: c150 large gulls (mainly Lesser and Great Black-backs), Common Gull, 2 Black-headed Gulls (long way out for them!), 8 Kittiwakes, 2 Fulmars, 12 Bonxies. There was constant passage of common migrants which included: Blackbirds, Starlings, Robin, Chaffinchs, Chiffchaff and Goldcrests (two of which landed on the boat, one even coming into the cabin). The perils of making this crossing in daylight were highlighted, as both gulls and Bonxies were seen chasing and catching (and gobbling down) some weak unid'd passerines which were flying close to the sea!

Highlight for me today was four Risso's Dolphins feeding in the same area, although wary of the boat so keeping a distance and occasionally spectaculary breaching.

BonxieBonxie

Risso's Dolphin

Posted October 23rd, 2012 at 10:12 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Belated sightings from Aveton Gifford

Friday 19th October 

A single Glossy Ibis flew north over the tidal road at around 14:00. Also 2 Green Sand and 4 Common Sand in the area

Posted October 23rd, 2012 at 9:58 pm by Steve Votier in General Birding

Ring Necked Duck- Slapton

The female Ring Necked Duck still present late afternoon, in the most inconvenient place for viewing possible! After a long time searching, it suddenly appeared at the top of the lower ley and just outside the channel, viewable from the viewing platform by the bridge, and slightly away from the Tufted Duck flock. It could then be seen at closer range looking through/over the reeds, 100 yards down the path alongside the lower ley before once again dissapearing, presumably back into the reeds. Also a Kingfisher present.

Posted October 23rd, 2012 at 7:07 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:00 till 17:00

on walk down to the hide a brambling over the lane heading towards darts farm also 2 groups of redwing 90-100+ in each group, 7+ Fieldfares, from the hide 1 curlew sandpiper, 2 golden plover, 2 juv ruff,  800+ black tailed godwits, 14+ bar tailed godwits, 60+ dunlin, 6+ greenshanks, good numbers of snipe 62+ showing before I arrived  ( thanks to Gary Clayden) , popped to the viewing platform another group of 80+ redwing over 2 jay 

Another  look from hide produced 40+ lapwing , 70+ wigeon, 3 pochard and still 40+ snipe showing on far side from the hide 2 more jay, by the feeders 2 nuthatch showed well with a treecreeper and coal tit 

Posted October 23rd, 2012 at 7:07 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Dawlish Warren & Exe Estuary

Arriving at Dawlish Warren this afternoon too late for the Bonaparte's Gull on the beach (it has moved off north and couldn't be relocated), I had to be content with 3 Eiders (2 ad drakes) and c70 Common Scoters offshore.

Inside the estuary, off Cockwood and Powderham, late afternoon: Slavonian Grebe, 3 Little Grebes, 12 Mergansers, 2 ad Med Gulls, 2 Sandwich Terns, 6 Greenshank and Spotted Reshank. The last was just north of the Kenn outlet and is presumably last winter's bird that frequented the same area.

Posted October 23rd, 2012 at 6:21 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Westleigh/southcottmarsh

 

16 med gulls following plough in stubble at westleigh,n.devon.12 adult,3 sw,fw along with 1000+ black headed,13:00-13:45.Green sandpiper,5 med gulls 3ad,1sw,fw at southcott marsh,bideford,15:00.

Posted October 23rd, 2012 at 4:07 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Start Point

Mist/Fog, Wind E/NE 2-3   07.00 - 14.30  Mist lifted 13.00

 A good fall this morning, met Bob Burridge who arrived at 07.00 found hundreds of thrushes around the lighthouse, flocks of Redwings moving up the headland. I arrived at 09.00, birds everywhere, Song Thrushes and Redwings mainly. Thrushes moved through by 11.30. Highlight was the minimum 21 Black Redstarts (9 around the lighthouse, 2 at the farm, 3 on the telegraph buildings and 7 around the cliffs), also a Woodcock flew out of the bracken near the lighthouse and a late Hobby. A classic late October fall, really enjoyable birding.

Totals: Redwing 600+, Song Thrush 400+, Blackbird 150+, Robin 60+, Back Redstart 21+, Blackcap 15+, Chiff-Chaff 12+, Starling 100 around the light, Hobby, Woodcock, Goldcrest 15+, Swallow 10+, Chaffinch 60+, Fieldfare , Mistle Thrush,  Ring Ouzel, Whinchat, Wheatear, Redstart, Yellow Wagtail, Brambling, several dead thrushes sadly around the lighthouse. 

Posted October 23rd, 2012 at 4:04 pm by David Cope in General Birding

Froward Point

08.00-15.00. Foggy with a light easterly first thing, slowly clearing. 4 Little Egret E., 1 Mute Swan E., 1 Merlin, 100+ Woodpigeon, 20+ Swallow E., 50+ Robin, 7 Black Redstart (3 around the buildings above the point, 1 at the point, 3 incl. 1 male above Froward Cove), 1 Common Redstart (Froward Cove), 1 Whinchat (Daymark), 2 Stonechat (Old Mill Bay), 50+ Song Thrush, 300+ Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Fieldfare, 100+ Blackbird, 2 Ring Ouzel (incl. 1 male, Froward Cove), 20+ Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (in Sycamores east of the buildings above the point), 20+ Chiffchaff, 50+ Goldcrest, 3 Coal Tit, 10+ Great Tit, 50+ Chaffinch W., 30+ Siskin E. Thrush counts conservative as lots of movement.

Posted October 23rd, 2012 at 3:50 pm by Matt Twiggs in General Birding

River Caen/River Taw

1200-1500hrs. 1 Merlin, 2 Fieldfare, Buzzard, 50+ Medow Pipit, 1 Skylark, 100+ Starling, 41 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 14 Stock Dove, 25+ Lapwing,10 Linnet and 6 Little grebe. Isley Marsh held good numbers of Curlew and Wigeon, 3 Spoonbill and 2 Shelduck.

Posted October 23rd, 2012 at 3:42 pm by John hunt in General Birding

Bonaparte's Gull.

BONAPARTES GULL, refound today at 1214, mainly ranging between groyne 14 and the RNLI lookout. Top Bird!

Cheers and good birding.

Posted October 23rd, 2012 at 2:23 pm by Kevin Bainbridge in General Birding

Exmouth

2 Scaup present at Mudbank Lane close to railway line looking towards town.

Posted October 23rd, 2012 at 2:14 pm by Terry Smith in General Birding

Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth

I found two Black Redstarts, a male and a female in the cemetery this morning in the field behind the visitor centre. Could these be the same birds as last year?

Posted October 23rd, 2012 at 10:42 am by Laurie Allnatt in General Birding

Common Scoter - Downend

8 Common Scoters (2 males + 6 females) at Downend early this morning diving for molluscs

Posted October 23rd, 2012 at 10:17 am by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Beer

No sign of Long-eared Owl this morning in a quick walk around the Beer Cemetery Fields, but lots of birds about with 40 Blackbird, 25+ Redwing, 10 Song Thrush, 1 Fieldfare and 1 Brambling.

Posted October 23rd, 2012 at 10:08 am by Steve Waite in General Birding

Monday 22nd October 2012

Salcombe

Four Fieldfare eating yew berries in the Shadycombe Cemetery this morning.

(Charles Rowse)

Posted October 22nd, 2012 at 10:14 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Soar

08:10-17:30. Malborough - Furzedown / East Soar / Starehole and back.

Cloudy, grey day. L NE wind and very light drizzle early morning both decreasing through day.

Adding to Rob's post, heard the Green Sandpiper near the car park, Golden Plover, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 130 Redwings ( mostly around top of Starehole sheep track ), 40 Song Thrush,( also 30 Malborough to Furzedown ) 2 Ring Ouzels ( Starehole - different  to Robs ), 8 Chiffchaffs, only 1 Jay, 2 Siskins and a Reed Bunting.

Highlight was 2 Hawfinches gorging on Haws in the East Soar Willows from around 15:00-15:30. Thought only one bird present but when it flew out it was joined by a second bird and they flew off high east over the farm.Additionally Eric Wotton saw presumably yesterdays Yellow-browed Warbler in the willows.

Hawfinch, one of two, East Soar Willows
Hawfinch, one of two, East Soar Willows

Bird impression of Homer Simpson at an all you can eat buffet.
Bird impression of Homer Simpson at an all you can eat buffet.

Posted October 22nd, 2012 at 7:31 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Forsters tern - Isley Marsh.

Ian Taylor reported to both myself today and John Wicks on saturday that he had a possible Forsters Tern at Isley Marsh on Saturday 20th. I know no more details than that. He was asking for others to confirm or otherwise. I believe he reported the same to other N.Devon birders.

Posted October 22nd, 2012 at 7:06 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

RN Duck

Thanks to Alan for posting the photos. Looking at these and my notes would suggest this bird is an adult  female, not a juv, as it shows a distinct pale band on the bill and a pale breast spur (which juveniles lack).

Posted October 22nd, 2012 at 6:58 pm by David Cope in General Birding

Froward Point

09.10-14.30. 1 Ring Ouzel by the last gate to the point, 1 Whinchat in Froward Cove, 1 Brambling over west (heard only), 10 Crossbill low east (4 males) over Froward Cove, then five back west later.1 Wheatear at Higher Brownstone.

Posted October 22nd, 2012 at 6:55 pm by Matt Twiggs in General Birding

Slapton Ley

a record of DC's R-N Duck at Slapton this afternoon.




Posted October 22nd, 2012 at 6:12 pm by Alan Doidge in General Birding

Sharkham Point

A late afternoon walk was pretty birdless except for a Firecrest near to the zig zag path 

Posted October 22nd, 2012 at 6:11 pm by Josh Marshall in General Birding

East Soar to Soar Mill Cove

Seven hours in the field highlighted by 3 ring ouzels, 2 firecrests in East Soar willows & female merlin.

Movements included 650 woodpigeons mainly west & 175 starlings heading east. Three Egyptian geese appeared to come in off the sea!! Water rail below East Soar.

Big thrush influx: 108 blackbirds, 29 song thrushes & 24 redwings.

Also: 110 skylarks, 45 meadow pipits, 57 robins, blackcap, 5 chiffchaffs, 9 goldcrests, 110 carrion crows, 85 chaffinches (sev. bramblings also), 100 goldfinches, 310 linnets in three flocks, 3 bullfinches & 7 cirl buntings.

Posted October 22nd, 2012 at 6:00 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Slapton Ley

I don't really do ducks but found a juvenile Ring-necked Duck late morning, right at the north end of the lower Ley not far from the bridge, in with a small group of female/juv Tufteds, seemed quite settled, there later in the afternoon also, sometimes goes into the reeds. Alan took some shots of it so hopefully upload one later. Otherwise fairly quiet, several flocks of Siskins going north and a Firecrest at Street Gate.

Posted October 22nd, 2012 at 5:37 pm by David Cope in General Birding

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