Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 8th–14th December 2012

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2019 Descriptions - last call

The deadline for the 2019 Bird Report is rapidly approaching. If you found (or saw) any of these birds please could you submit a description to recorder@devonbirds.org to ensure your records are published. Many thanks. 

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

 

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Friday 14th December 2012

Bowling Green Marsh 10:15 to 11:45

Notable numbers were: Wigeon, Teal, Redshank, Avocet and Black Tailed Godwit. Highlights included 122 Bar Tailed Godwit, 3 Grey Plover, 2 Raven, a Knot, the Long Tailed Duck, three flocks of Snipe flying around - amounting to 90+ (we had estimated 30+ on the ground!!) and three Cormorants seemingly herding fish to great effect.

Posted December 14th, 2012 at 11:27 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Broadsands

On sea: 3 Great Northern Divers, 1 Red-throated Diver, 15 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Black-necked Grebe.

In marsh between 1st and 2nd car parks 4   chiffchaffs (collybita), 1 one pale abietinus type and this new bird (possible tristis). Not as warm toned as many tristis and a hint of yellow in the supercilium, unfortunately without a call not much can be done with it.

Chiffchaff tristis? Broadsands 14 Dec 12 ML

 

Posted December 14th, 2012 at 8:05 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wrafton

The ice has all gone and most of the ducks too! Only counted 2 Wigeon and 7 Gadwall!

Nearby in the reserve the only birds of note were about 30 Collared Doves.

 

Posted December 14th, 2012 at 4:27 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

caspian gull

Warren View football pitch, Exmouth - 1 first winter caspian gull @ 1230 before flying towards Mudbank. I nipped home from work for a bite of lunch and had a quick look at a small gathering of gulls from my son's bedroom window. The photos don't do justice to what is a really stunning gull. Hopefully it will return.

fw caspian gull with herring gull
fw caspian gull with herring gull

caspian gull - apologies for yet more awful quality pics
caspian gull - apologies for yet more awful quality pics

Posted December 14th, 2012 at 1:01 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatching 0800-1030hrs: 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Mediterranean Gull (ad w). 5 Great Northern Divers. 44 Kittiwake, 29 Fulmar (mostly lingering), 203 Gannets feeding off headland, 55 Auks. Up to 5 Harbour Porpoises feeding off headland.

Posted December 14th, 2012 at 11:44 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thursday 13th December 2012

Whooper swans at Weare Giffard

Pair whooper swans seen by my wife on 4.12.12, and photographed by myself on 6.12.12 at GR 463231  Mute swans also present, one showing aggressive behaviour towards whooper.

Pair of whoopers
Pair of whoopers

Whooper swan and mute swan
Whooper swan and mute swan

Posted December 13th, 2012 at 6:54 pm by John Ward in Bird News

Clored tagged Godwits Bowling Marsh Green

On Monday 10th December I photograhed several large flocks of Black Tailed Godwits on Bowling Marsh Green, Topsham, on checking the images I found that two of the birds phographed had coloured plastic leg tag rings on both legs, which I recorded as orange/red/orange.

I was given an email address for a Peter Potts and sent the images and informtion to Peter his reply is as below.

Many thanks for the godwit photos and sighting. The bird you saw was ringed on the Axe at Seaton, East Devon. The godwits ringed there have YRY on the right upper leg and 3 colour-rings opposite on the left leg. There is a bird that has lost a ring previously seen and photographed at Bowling Green Marsh which is the bird you saw RO+YRY.

I have interpreted ORO as YRY as I am sure it is this bird and we don’t have a scheme with ORO on right – and yellow and orange can get confused as can red and orange!

I can see two ringed godwits in our photo probably both from Seaton.

Hope to hear from you again with more sightings. Best wishes Pete


Posted December 13th, 2012 at 6:05 pm by Steve HOPPER in Bird News

Black Redstart - Ilfracombe

Showing well on the rock face at the side of the Capstone at lunch time today.

Black Redstart

Black Redstart

Black Redstart

Posted December 13th, 2012 at 3:37 pm by Chris Bollen in Bird News

BRIXHAM 5

THE 5 BRIXHAM WAXWINGS WERE JOINED BY ANOTHER 7 AT APPROX 12.45PM BEFORE FLYING OFF SHORTLY AFTER.

Posted December 13th, 2012 at 1:51 pm by KEN FLAXMAN in Bird News

Black Redstart in Teignmouth

Nine O'clock in Pellew Arcade again, on the roofs and palms. Also on the palms in Stanley Street later. Fairly mobile!

Posted December 13th, 2012 at 9:41 am by Simon Bates in Bird News

4 Brixham Waxwings today

4 Waxwings at Smardon Avenue,  Brixham this morning, up the road and same side as Post Office....9.30 AM

Posted December 13th, 2012 at 9:38 am by Trevor Leaman in Bird News

Wednesday 12th December 2012

Scandinavian Blackbird, 1st winter male.

It's my understanding that our UK Blackbirds develop their yellow beaks in the first winter whereas winter visiting Blackbirds from the continent retain their dark beaks until the following spring.  This last few days there has been quite a noticeable influx of Blackbirds in front of my private hide on the outskirts of Exeter. Several of these birds have dark beaks and are noticeably different somehow.  Can anyone confirm this to me or  have I been misled?

Today's other visitors at the feeding station included Buzzard, Brambling, Redwing, GS Woodpecker as well as a gorgeous Pigmy Shrew seen often throughout the session in the leaf litter beneath the feed.  My own blog has lots of pictures from the hide from the last 6 months.

http://parrotletsuk.typepad.com/wldlife_in_a_suburban_gar/

Dark Beaked 1st winter Scandinavian Blackbird - Turdus merula
Dark Beaked 1st winter Scandinavian Blackbird - Turdus merula

Buzzard (believed 1st winter male)

Buzzard (believed 1st winter male?)

Ed: Charlie it might be better posting the questions on the forum which is more interactive than bird news section - but interesting!

Posted December 12th, 2012 at 9:18 pm by Charlie Fleming in Bird News

Exeter Waxwings

Further to Jonathan's post below, I was in Exeter at lunchtime, so came back via Wonford to look for the Waxwings. I found 11 feeding on rosehips in Bovemoor Lane, largely ignoring people walking past and traffic. They did move about the area a bit, and I left them at the junction of Wonford Street and Dryden Lane at 1330hrs. Also present roadside in Bovemoor Lane was a very noisy bold Jay!

Posted December 12th, 2012 at 8:52 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Landkey Blackbirds

From yesterday numbers more than doubled peaking at an impressive 78,Only 3 fieldfare and 3 redwing as well.

Posted December 12th, 2012 at 7:53 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Firecrests, Broadsands

A female firecrest was in the bramble thicket at the top of the marsh this afternoon, seen from the road. A male was in the same spot late yesterday afternoon.

Firecrest, male
Firecrest, male

Posted December 12th, 2012 at 7:45 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

Still a Waxwing free zone ( ouch ). Starling dispersal this morning at 07.45 totalled 175.000 +

 On South Huish marsh Teal up to 175 , 15 Wigeon, 5 Lapwing, 50+ Snipe .

A Great N Diver flew east

A walk around South Milton Ley produced 25 + Chiffchaff ( inc 1 that was a good candidate for Sib.on call and siight) also flushed a Woodcock

Posted December 12th, 2012 at 6:57 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

More Brixham Waxwings

Spent some time early this afternoon with the Waxwings, when I left there were 6 but when I returned there were 5 , A sparrowhawk had taken out 1 right in full view apparently.

In between, a stroll around Broadsands and Elbury threw up 2 Black-necked Grebes, half a dozen great crested Grebes and in the scrub around the carparks at least 3 Goldcrest,  3 Bullfinch, 1 Water Rail as well as the usual suspects on the seed.

Typical of the behaviour all day
Typical of the behaviour all day

Stunning birds whichever way you look at them
Stunning birds whichever way you look at them

Posted December 12th, 2012 at 6:32 pm by Tim Clyburn in Bird News

Rose-coloured Starling

Just had a tweet from James Diamond.  There was a first-winter Rose-coloured Starling at Exminster this afternoon, in the churchyard and surrounding gardens.

Posted December 12th, 2012 at 4:31 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

GN Diver juv, Pintail 5, Med Gull adW, Goosander male (sth tw'd Salcombe 1300hrs) the best of this lunch break on a rising tide.

Posted December 12th, 2012 at 3:13 pm by Alan Doidge in Bird News

Exeter

Can't get enough of the pics of Waxwing but you need decent light to show them off to the full.  Mine was in trees by Rifford Road Surgery this morning around 10.30am.  Plenty of berries to keep it around for a while yet

Posted December 12th, 2012 at 2:11 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Brixham Waxwings

Some further shots from today

Waxwing J.Marshall
Waxwing J.Marshall

Waxwings feeding on berries, J.Marshall
Waxwings feeding on berries, J.Marshall

All 5 Waxwings, J.Marshall
All 5 Waxwings, J.Marshall

Posted December 12th, 2012 at 2:06 pm by Josh Marshall in Bird News

Bradiford and Wrafton

Dropped by Bradiford briefly for fence repairs this morning. Buzzard, 4 Song Thrush and a few Teal. Spoke with one of the nearby workforce who said that the shooters had again been present earlier. One or two of them may even have been IN the reserve. The police did attend but I'm not sure what the result was.

At a half-frozen Wrafton pond at least 25 Wigeon now and 8/10 Gadwall with several Shoveler including the first drakes of the winter, difficult to get an accurate count as half the ducks were sleeping in the reedbed across the pond.

In the reserve a Cetti's Warbler called, but no sign of Chiffs (one ringed yesterday).

Posted December 12th, 2012 at 1:31 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Brixham

5 Waxwings present around the Smardon Avenue area, although my best sightings were in Gollands Close, nearby. The area has a lot of berry bushes so they move around.

Waxwing, J.Marshall
Waxwing, J.Marshall

Waxwing, J.Marshall
Waxwing, J.Marshall

Waxwing, J.Marshall
Waxwing, J.Marshall

Posted December 12th, 2012 at 12:48 pm by Josh Marshall in Bird News

Waxwing in Drewsteignton churchyard

One waxwing perched at the top of an Ash tree in the churchyard calling, before flying off towards gardens to the east. 10.35am on weds 12th Dec.

Posted December 12th, 2012 at 12:03 pm by Nick Dixon in Bird News

Brixham Waxwings

Following a tipoff through ML I visited Smardon Avenue, off North Boundary Lane Brixham, this morning. Five Waxwings feeding on garden  hedges by the street and flying up onto telephone wires, residents told me they had been present about a week.  Quite a narrow residential street  ,so if visiting ,please take care parking and avoid causing any disruption to residents ,although those I spoke to were pleased to see the birds. . 

Posted December 12th, 2012 at 11:13 am in Bird News

Waxwing

2 Waxwing visited my garden yesterday.  Newton Poppleford.

Posted December 12th, 2012 at 9:44 am by David Jannaway in Bird News

Exe Boat Trip

The Stuart Line Cruise on the Exe Estuary yesterday (lead by Ian Waite) showed; 2 Slavonian Grebe, 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 5 Goldeneye and 1 Long-tailed Duck along with the expected waders and wildfowl.

Posted December 12th, 2012 at 8:34 am by Steve Waite in Bird News

Tuesday 11th December 2012

Thurlestone Bay

The spell of cold weather has brought some new arrivals- On T'stone Marsh this morning the Starling dispersal was in excess of 100,000. also , 60 Teal, 18 Wigeon, 8 Shoveler, 13 Gadwall, 60+ Snipe, 1 Lapwing, 1 Water Rail.

Over at South Huish Marsh - 135 Teal, 10 Wigeon, 1 Brent Goose, 90+ Snipe, 1 Lapwing , 1 Dunlin.

Offshore a Wigeon and a f Pintail flew west .

On the rocks a Ringed Plover.

Bob B still has 30+ Chiffchaff at the sewage works ( inc 2 Tristis types )

 

Posted December 11th, 2012 at 6:18 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Exminster marsh & bowling green marsh

Exminster marsh 14:15 till 15:00

along station road 100+ golden plover in fields by the lions rest industrial estate also 200+ snipe , 1 grey plover good numbers of wigeon and teal also 1 kingfisher, 1 water rail, 2 weasel showed well one had caught a field mouse 

bowling green marsh 15:15 till 16:00

150+ snipe was a good count, 2 Water rail, 300+ avocet, 100+ bar tailed godwit, 10+ grey plover, 50+ dunlin, 400+ wigeon, 1 pochard, 1 male pintail, 600+ black tailed godwits. 

a good couple of hours around the marshes 

Posted December 11th, 2012 at 5:45 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Ring-necked Parakeet Exeter

Emma Wood reports the Exeter Ring-necked Parakeet still present, it was seen up until 10am this morning near Prince of Wales Road when it flew east.

Posted December 11th, 2012 at 2:55 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Shelly Beach, Exmouth

Male Black Redstart still present on appartment roofs adjacent to Shelly Beach early afternoon. Also a Common Chiffchaff around the upturned boats on the edge of the beach, by the sailing club and 4 Goldeneye just offshore.

Posted December 11th, 2012 at 2:26 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Monday 10th December 2012

Landkey

37 Blackbirds feeding on fallen apples on farm in village throughout the day.Female brambling yesterday in my garden,bideford.

Posted December 10th, 2012 at 10:13 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Teignmouth

The Bonaparte's Gull was seen flying and perching on groyne posts just east of Teignmouth Pier from 14-40 - 15-30hrs.  The bird was still there when we left.  Will try and get some photos tomorrow morning.

Bob and Alicia Normand

Posted December 10th, 2012 at 6:03 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Broadsands Chiffchaffs

Greyish Chiffchaff Broadsands 10 Dec

Had Had a look at the bushes by the car park near midday , choppy sea so not much to see offshore. The bushes were a bit more productive with 4 Siskin, Blackcap, Firecrest, 4-5 Goldcrests and 4+ Chiffchaffs feeding just above stream level. One of the Chiffs was distinctly grey, with lack of yellow and quite white underparts. Unfortunately not heard to call.

Posted December 10th, 2012 at 5:46 pm in Bird News

waxwing honiton

from 10/12/12


Posted December 10th, 2012 at 5:34 pm by waxwing honiton in Bird News

Dawlish Warren ... Black-necked Grebe

Posted December 10th, 2012 at 4:33 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

A cracking Black-necked Grebe showing well on the pond and has been present for several days.  Some excellent pics on the Dawlish Warren web-site (click on link to the right). A pair of Gadwall came out of the reed after everyone had left but no signs of the Bearded Tit said to be here also.

Posted December 10th, 2012 at 4:04 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Female Ring-necked Duck still present on the ley with Tufted Ducks opposite the toilet block. Also of note at least 13 Little Grebes and a good tristis Chiffchaff candidate (which called) as well as several standard collybita.

Heading home from Slapton flocks of both Lapwing and Golden Plover on the move and a large flock of Woodpigeons.

Posted December 10th, 2012 at 3:42 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

A glorious, sunny, windless morning on a rising tide which produced:

25 Shag, 32 Brent Geese, 164 Shelduck, 430 Wigeon, 76 Teal,      2 Shoveler, 11 Red-breasted Merganser, 200 Dunlin, 3 Greenshank & 23 Great Black-backed Gulls.

Posted December 10th, 2012 at 3:38 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

R.Taw, Anchorwood Bank - Penhill Marsh

12:40 - 14:00

4 ChiffChaffs in trees by the bat tunnel,Sticklepath Rndbt.

1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Sanderling and 5 Common Gulls at Anchorwood Bank.

4 Goosander (3 males & 1 Red-head) mid-river. Up until now they`ve all been red-heads. 38 sanderling flew from sandbars to Anchorwood on rising tide.

c300 Dunlin on Pottington side plus 6 Grey Plover.

Nice dark Buzzard on elec pole by Moanhenge.

 

 

Posted December 10th, 2012 at 3:13 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Westward Ho!

My first local Purple Sandpiper of the winter was at Westward Ho! at high tide, with 9 Turnstones. As usual it was on rocks just to the east of Nassau Court.

Posted December 10th, 2012 at 3:03 pm by Roger Doble in Bird News

Waxwings in honiton 10/12/12

Thanks to a neighbour letting me know he spotted these, and how greatfull am i.

chers tony.

Posted December 10th, 2012 at 1:49 pm by scott benson in Bird News

Wrafton

Sadly no sign of the Waxwings this morning, but on the pond 23 Wigeon and possibly as many as 8 Gadwall.

Posted December 10th, 2012 at 1:00 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Torbay

Covering the 3 main beaches this morning produced: 12 Common Scoter, 5 Black-necked Grebes, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Great Northern Diver. Most of the birds were, as usual, toward Broadsands.

Broadsands: 9 Cirl Buntings and 2 Reed Bunting on seed at back of 2nd car park, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrests  and 1 Firecrest back end of 2nd car park in and near marsh.

Posted December 10th, 2012 at 11:43 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Waxwings in Ilfracombe

A pair of Waxwings in Torrs Walk Avenue this morning, on the telegraph post outside the Avon Court Hotel.

Posted December 10th, 2012 at 11:13 am by Dave Tooke in Bird News

Sunday 9th December 2012

Beesands - Bittern

On a field trip of the Plymouth Branch today, a bittern was seen by Doug Herdson to the left of the hide 10 meters away at 12.30 and remained for 5 minutes. 

Bittern
Bittern

Posted December 9th, 2012 at 9:39 pm by Liz Harris in Bird News

Around topsham

Topsham rec 10:00 till 10:30 

22 snipe, 200+ black tailed godwit, kingfisher, 2 red breasted mergansers, 8+ common gull

Topsham quay 10:45 till 11:15

the female long tailed duck showed very well down to about 15 feet at times also 4+ red breasted mergansers.

bowling green marsh 12:00 till 14:50

2 water rail, 70+ snipe, 16 grey plover my highest count on the marsh, 200+ bar tailed godwits, 800+ black tailed godwits,  114+ dunlin, 4 knot, 106+ lapwing, 1 pochard, 1 male pintail, 300+ wigeon , 12+ shoveler, 4 gadwall, 100+ teal, Cetti's warbler, chiffchaffs, 4 goldcrests, 2 bullfinch, kestrel , sparrowhawk, peregrine, 19+ redwing, 2 tufted duck 

A very enjoyable day around topsham 

Posted December 9th, 2012 at 5:33 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Stover

Lovely female goosander on lake along with 2 pochard and 1 female tufted duck. A few great crested grebes bobbing about too. 3 male and 2 female crossbill in conifers to the left of the bird hide, plus siskin. Some marsh tits calling and feeding on some seed put out. Great sotted woodpercker, goldcrest, treecreeper, kingfisher, male bullfinch of interest too.

Posted December 9th, 2012 at 5:30 pm by Steph Murphy in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

 Brisk 5/6 NW wind this morning - on T'stone Marsh - 40 Teal, 7 Shoveler, 1m Wigeon , 30 Snipe

On South Huish Marsh - 120 Wigeon, 135 Teal, 45 Lapwing, 50+ Snipe 1 Brent Goose, 2 Dunlin,  1 ad Med Gull .

Graham Daw and I watched a most unusual fight take place between 2 Buzzard, the aggressor seemed to have its talons in the breast of the other and was pecking its head. It really was just like watching a  ". cockfight" Has anyone else witnessed this type of behavior with Buzzards ?

Bob B had 25+ Chiffchaff, 2 Siskin, 20 Stock Dove and 30 Fieldfare.

Late afternoon the Starling roost at T'stone marsh was 40,000+

Posted December 9th, 2012 at 5:25 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Brixham Breakwater

A late afternoon walk on the breakwater (very poor light)... No trawlers inbound, so not much in the way of gulls to look at.

18 Purple Sandpipers

5 Common Scoter

Numerous Rock Pipit and Turnstones also present.

Purple Sandpiper, J. Marshall
Purple Sandpiper, J. Marshall

Turnstone, J.Marshall
Turnstone, J.Marshall

Posted December 9th, 2012 at 5:03 pm by Josh Marshall in Bird News

Waxwings Torquay

BBC Radio Devon, early pm ,carried an item about a listener who had been watching 10-15 Waxwings in gardens near  Torquay United football ground at Plainmoor. Had a look in the general area around  3pm but couldn't locate them.

Posted December 9th, 2012 at 4:37 pm in Bird News

Blackhill Quarry

A drake mandarin with c20+ mallard and 2 tufted duck this afternoon. Possibly the bird that was present at the beginning of November but now in full 'adult' plumage. No sign of the scaup today but only one of the 4 pools checked.

Exeter City Centre - a female-type black redstart around the 'Mary Arches' car park made the Christmas shopping a little more pleasant.

Posted December 9th, 2012 at 4:17 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Broadsands

3 Black-necked Grebes, 3 Great Crested Grebes and 1 Great Northern Diver this morning  from sea wall.

17 Cirl Buntings on seed in back of 2nd car park, 7 Chiffchaff including 1 buffy abietinus/tristis non calling, 1 Firecrest, 4 Goldcrests.

Posted December 9th, 2012 at 1:51 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Waxwings in Wrafton

Three WAXWINGS still present in Orchard Road this morning on a Cotoneaster hedge at No 15 (or maybe 13!)

Nearby on Wrafton Pond 17 Wigeon, 3 Shoveler and 6 Gadwall. Not a lot in the reserve - probably 15+ Redwings.

Posted December 9th, 2012 at 11:15 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Saturday 8th December 2012

Dawlish Warren this morning.

Fairly quiet in lovely light. The Black Necked Grebe showing well on the main pond.

Posted December 8th, 2012 at 9:30 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Waxwings Paignton

3 birds in a private garden at Horseshoe Bend, Goodrington late this afternoon. 

Posted December 8th, 2012 at 8:27 pm by Bill Macdonald in Bird News

Plym Estuary

A lovely walk at high tide in mild, sunny conditions.

Highlight was a Firecrest (in bushes near the southern end of the estuary wall path beside Blaxton Meadow). Also: 115 Redshanks, 6 Little Egrets, 12 Turnstones, 4 Dunlins, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Grebes, 31 Curlews, 20 shelducks, and 4 Greenshanks.

Had a look along the road near Drake's Lodge / Golf range but no sign of any Waxwings.

Posted December 8th, 2012 at 6:54 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Braunton

Waxwings in Braunton at last!! Although I haven't seen them yet. A report of one in Moor Lea this morning, and later there were 3 in Wrafton. I'll try and track them down tomorrow.

Posted December 8th, 2012 at 5:35 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 10:10 till 13:40

the female Long tailed duck showed from 13:10 very well at times, 3 water rail were viewable with 2 spending most of the morning out in full view, 52+ snipe, 1 pochard and male pintail, 800+ black tailed godwits, only 1 Bar tailed godwit, 64+ lapwing, 2 Cetti's warblers, 1 grey plover, good numbers of wigeon and teal, 10+ shoveler,  2 little egrets, 3 little grebes, 3 buzzards, kestrel and sparrowhawk, 3 goldcrests and chiffchaff along the lane, on walk down to the hide 1 treecreeper and a coal tit. 

from viewing platform only 2 avocet, 100+ Bar tailed godwits, 50+ grey plover, 8+ snipe, 1000+ dunlin

from goat walk 3 turnstone 

Posted December 8th, 2012 at 5:25 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

River Caen/River Taw

1330-1600 hrs.  4000+Golden plover,2000+Lapwing on Braunton marsh. On the river 30+Redshank 2 Grey plover 50+Dunlin and a Kingfisher. Isley marsh held good numbers of Curlew shellduck andWigeon plus 6 Spoonbill.

Posted December 8th, 2012 at 4:41 pm in Bird News

Barn Swallow, Stoke Gabriel.

A swallow was feeding around the scout area and the old hotel in  Stoke Gabriel between 14:30-16:00 at least. I didn't have my binoculars but the bird was showing fairly close and I'm almost sure that it was a barn swallow. 

I'm not sure how unusual a winter swallow is but I haven't seen one before.

Posted December 8th, 2012 at 4:36 pm by Jacob Wood in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Female Long-tailed Duck srtill present this afternoon until 1545hrs at least on the main pool. Also on the marsh: drake Pintail and 2 Pochard. A Chiffchaff seen by the path to the viewing platform and looking out from the latter only produced 2 Avocet, one Greenshank and 2 Knot amongst the hundreds of wader present. 

Posted December 8th, 2012 at 4:36 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Waxwings.

Two Waxwings still at Baron Road, Dousland and showing well this morning.

At Portworthy this afternoon around eighty Teal but no sign of thier American cousin.

A good fifty Redwing were in the area and eleven Ravens were thermalling high overhead.

Posted December 8th, 2012 at 4:34 pm by Roy McCarthy in Bird News

Great White Egret - R.Torridge

First spotted early in yesterday afternoon(07/12/12), standing on water's edge of the Torridge between Landkey and Bideford, but no chance to examine because we were in a hurry to  be somewhere!  On return journey a couple of hours later the bird was still in the same area and standing conveniently near three Little Egrets and  a group of seven Black-headed Gulls.  We have previously had fleeting views on the lower part of the estuary, but never been able to confirm the identification because of distance/poor light and/or lack of binoculars.  .

Posted December 8th, 2012 at 4:28 pm by Tony Mercer in Bird News

Exmouth

Blackhill Quarry - fem-type scaup this afternoon with 6+ tufted duck and 1 teal.

scaup with 2 tufted duck
scaup with 2 tufted duck

Posted December 8th, 2012 at 3:22 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Colyton

2 Waxwings briefly in roadside trees opposite 'The Tool Box' at 12:10, adjacent to bridge over River Coly.

Posted December 8th, 2012 at 12:57 pm in Bird News

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