Devon Bird Sightings from 15th–21st August 2012

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Tuesday 21st August 2012

Bowling green marsh

In addition to Brian's post there were 3 wood sandpiperon from the hide on Monday night 19:30(thanks to Dave boult) this afternoon had a call from Gary Clayden that 3 had flown over at 17:30

I watched from viewing platform from 19:00 till 20:05 

3+ juv med gulls amongst the numerous black headed gulls (700+ estimate) 20+ greenshank and at 19:45 2 wood sandpipers flew over calling. Had a quick look from the hide 2 knot, 5 greenshank , 1 whimbrel, 400+ black tailed godwit and 10+ little grebe

Posted August 21st, 2012 at 10:38 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Powderham Marsh

      Four Wood Sandpipers on Powderham Marsh this evening, along with 2  Common Sandpipers and 2 Dunlin. There may be as many as 7 Wood Sands around the Exe at the moment, with 3 flying over Bowling Green Marsh earlier, and 2 flying over later.

Posted August 21st, 2012 at 9:44 pm by Brian Heasman in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Lunchtime visit very quiet - 1 green sandpiper and a flock of 60+ house sparrows, many of them juveniles.

This evening 3 whinchats, 1 wheatear, a juv ringed plover and the green sand still.

Posted August 21st, 2012 at 9:23 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Plym Estuary 18th & 19th Aug

Sorry for late posting - had some technical problems.

18th - Whimbrel 2, Curlew 30, Mandarin Duck 2, Little Egret 11, Greenshank 3, Redshank 92, Common Sandpiper 2 (others reported double figures), Turnstone 11, Ringed Plover 1, Kingfisher 1.

19th - generally lower numbers as visited on lower tide but exactly 100 Redshank, 2 Kingfisher, 5 Common Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin and 3 Greenshank. One of latter sported colour-rings and flag from Brittany (I'm awaiting futher details). 

Posted August 21st, 2012 at 7:50 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

West Charleton Marsh

Still 25 Black-tailed Godwits along with 10 Teal this afternoon.

Posted August 21st, 2012 at 7:41 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

2 Wigeon on T'stone Marsh at 07.15 were new arrivals , this afternoon a Dunlin over and at 17.00 a Greenshank fed for 6 mins before flying off up the valley.

Waders on the beach this am - 22 Sanderling, 6 Turnstone, 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin. A Sandwich Tern in the bay . Wheatear and Whitethroat on the coast path.

Bob B ringed 19 Sedge, 5 Reed, 3 Willow , 3 Chiffchaff and a Reed Bunting , also had 6 Tree Pipit over .

Late news from Mon 2 Swift over S Milton village.Last night the Swallow roost best so far over 4000birds

Posted August 21st, 2012 at 6:23 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Anchor Wood Bank

15:00 - 16:00 low water.
62 Blackwits, 2 Barwits and 3 Whimbrel

Posted August 21st, 2012 at 5:39 pm by Roy Churchill in General Birding

Soar

A few migrants around this morning included:

2 whinchat, grasshopper warbler, 4 whitethroat, 3 blackcap, 3 willow warbler, pied & spotted flycatcher.

Also 9 meadow pipit & 30 goldfinch. Green woodpecker, my first record here.

Posted August 21st, 2012 at 1:47 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Exe estuary near Turf

Yesterday evening just before high water (9.00 pm) over 300 curlew flew onto the marshes accompanied by a few bar-tailed godwits. 39 sandwich terns flew north up the estuary, calling loudly. Other birds displaced by the rising tide included 2 dunlin.

A 100 or so swallows were over the canal with c50 house martins and 2 swifts. Earlier in the evening I saw a juv sparrowhawk try to kill an adult magpie. Much noise. Eventually the birds fell out of the tree and landed near me. That was too much for the sparrowhawk. It gave up and flew away. The magpie moved into dense cover. A peregrine, sat on a pylon, watched the whole episode intently.

Posted August 21st, 2012 at 9:07 am by John Waldon in General Birding

Froward Point to Coleton Fishacre

A stroll along the coastal footpath yesterday evening produced: 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Wheatear, 2 Willow Warblers and 8 Whitethroat.

Posted August 21st, 2012 at 8:11 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Monday 20th August 2012

Beer Cemetery & Beer Head

Migrants around today, at the Beer Cemetery fields were 4 Spotted Flycatchers, 1 Redstart, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Tree Pipit, Garden Warbler & good numbers of Willow Warblers.

At Beer Head were 2 Pied Flycatchers, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, Whinchat & another Redstart. ( Ian M, Phil A, Steve W, Kevin H)

Posted August 20th, 2012 at 9:23 pm by Kevin Hale in General Birding

Prawle Point

Late Swift near car park this afternoon.

Posted August 20th, 2012 at 6:34 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Skern

07:15 - 09:30

With Rob Marshall:-

Black-tailed Godwit 5; Knot 3; Mediterranean Gull 5 (3A,1 2nd S, 1 Juv); Common Tern c40-50 on foreshore and many more feeding off Crow Point; Turnstone 3; Ringed Plover 30; Dunlin 8; Black Tern 1; Sanderling 10 (3 on foreshore with 7 more overhead); Ruff 1; Wheatear 3 (2M,1F); Greenshank 4 and c40 Pied Wagtails. Large number of Oystercatcher on Crow Point foreshore, a few 100 of which came on to the Skern.

Rob also picked up 4 Little Terns.

Posted August 20th, 2012 at 11:18 am by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Kingsbridge Estuary

West Charleton marsh / Bay, 06:45-08:30, high tide.

10 Teal, 2 Little Grebe, 25 Black-tailed Godwit ( scrape on marsh-good count for here), Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, 70 Dunlin, Sanderling, 4 Turnstone, 5 Ringed plover, 160 Curlew, 5 Whimbrel, 4 Common Sandpiper, Mediterranean Gull and Sandwich Tern. Among a small number of Canada Geese were 4 hybrid young. Looked like Greylag X Canada but there were also a couple domestic geese present so who knows?

Posted August 20th, 2012 at 9:45 am by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Sunday - Barnacle Goose with Canadas - Derek Carter

Barnacle Goose with Canadas BGM 19.8.12 D Carter

Posted August 20th, 2012 at 12:10 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Sunday 19th August 2012

English Channel - 18/08/12

Yesterday fishing 11nm S of Start Point, very quiet birdwise considering the strong winds of the previous days. Attracted to the boat and chum were: Sooty Shearwater, 3 European Storm-petrels, 5 Fulmars, 6 Great Black-backed Gulls, juv Common Tern and juv Kittiwake (pretty dire for August). On the return journey to Dartmouth, another Sooty Shearwater, a few Manx Shearwaters, Ocean Sunfish and three large dolphins, did not get too much on them but dorsal fins looked more like White-beaked than Bottlenose!

Sooty Shearwater

Posted August 19th, 2012 at 10:13 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

The first returning Meadow Pipits (5) of the autumn brought with them a single Tree Pipit. Also 5 Wheatears, 1 Whinchat, 1 Whitethroat, 30+ Pied wagtails, 3 Stock Doves and 20 Swallows going steadily south.

Posted August 19th, 2012 at 8:42 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide from 09:15 till 11:00

The adult and juv spotted redshanks showed well at times, 15+ dunlin,12+ bar tailed godwits , 350+ black tailed godwits, 1 knot, 1 pochard, 2 wigeon, 1 green sandpiper, 7+ little grebe, 2 sedge warblers, 1 snipe

from the viewing platform as tide droped 10+ turnstone and 27+ greenshank

Posted August 19th, 2012 at 7:35 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

West Charleton Marsh

06:30-07:30, high tide.

Very foggy, managed to peer through it enough to make out 5 Black-tailed Godwits on the scrape. Poor, brief views of another wader which might have been a Ruff. Walking down the marsh a probable Turtle Dove flew out of a tree and away in the ether before i got a good enough look to be 100 %.

Posted August 19th, 2012 at 11:03 am by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Skern

  Only 122 common tern today!!!..Single ruff,6 whimbrel,40 curlew and a lovely flock of 43 black tailed godwits pitched in.Good record for the site.14 med gulls,10 adult,2ss,2 juv.08:00-09:30.

Posted August 19th, 2012 at 10:41 am by robert marshall in General Birding

Saturday 18th August 2012

Wembury

A slightly weird morning. First off, out of the corner of my eye I saw what appeared to be a Phyllosc or Wren dive into a bramble bush but on closer inspection it turned out to be a Convolvulous Hawk moth - first for Wembury? Then a Snipe dropped onto the rocks - really only a cold weather winter species here. Finally, later in the day, a Wheatear seemed to arrive in off from the south. Also 2/3 Common Sand and plenty of Whimbrel. 

Posted August 18th, 2012 at 7:28 pm by Richard Billington in General Birding

Skern

  300+ common tern.228 counted but toing and throwing meant difficult to gauge numbers only to say recent high totals down although tonights tide may change that.Also 6 little tern.25 blacktailed,1 bar tailed godwits,whimbrel,4 turnstone,40 curlew,2 adult,2s med gulls.06:15-09:30.

Posted August 18th, 2012 at 10:45 am by robert marshall in General Birding

Froward Point yesterday, 17/08/12

Seawatch 07:45-11:20; 1099 Manx, 4 Balearic Shearwater, 62 Fulmar, 142 Kittiwake (18 juvs), 3 Bonxie, 1 Arctic Skua, 14 Common Tern, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Ocean Sunfish. Also 2 Painted Lady on Buddleia on the way back.

Posted August 18th, 2012 at 10:27 am by Matt Twiggs in General Birding

Terns

Got to the Skern about 6.30.

400+Oystercatchers, 100+ Curlew, singles of Knot, Whimbrel, Redshank, Bar-Tailed Godwit and Little Egret. 23 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Dunlin 3 Turnstone. 100+Common Tern settled but were almost immediately flushed by a Peregrine! 6 Little Terns flew about. 3 Teal.

Posted August 18th, 2012 at 10:03 am by jon turner in General Birding

Friday 17th August 2012

Tern fest continues.

The spectacle of large numbers of Common Tern on the falling tide at the Skern, Northam Burrows continues.Just after high tide they come into the estuary, and preen on the saltings.

This evening there were around 600 Common Tern, and among them 3 Little Tern (inc 1 Juv), 2 Arctic Tern, and 18 Black Tern, of which 2 were still in summer plumage.

Wader numbers remain small with 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Turnstone, 1 Knot and 2 Whimbrel.

Posted August 17th, 2012 at 8:19 pm by Roger Doble in General Birding

Skern

Late afternoon on a rising tide.

Approx 400 common terns on the sands. 5 black terns, 2 little terns, and 6+ sandwich terns. Small numbers of wheatears on the shore.

Posted August 17th, 2012 at 8:05 pm by Lyndon Savage in General Birding

Berry Head

Berry Head 13.00 >16.00

Adding to Pauls morning sightings- 1417 Manx shearwater, 2 Balearic shearwater, 4 Arctic Skua, 20 Common tern and 2 Whimbrel

Posted August 17th, 2012 at 7:52 pm by Stan Stanbury in General Birding

wrafton

2 juv Pochard and the lone Wigeon still.

Posted August 17th, 2012 at 5:29 pm by jon turner in General Birding

Start Point

Seawatch 07:30-13:30. Very similar species to Berry Head give or take a couple. 2 Sooty Shearwaters (09:53&10:58, did not get a time off the Berry Head boys for the first one, but the second took 38 minutes - that's an av. speed of 22mph), 8 Balearic Shearwaters, 1421 Manx Shearwaters, 4 Bonxies, 1 Arctic Skua, 5 Common Scoter, 1 Puffin, 2 Guillemots, 175 Common Terns (most early), 2 Arctic Terns, 4 Whimbrel and Ocean Sunfish.

This mornings conditions looked spot on for a large shearwater, with wind SSW force 6 and rain and reduced vis, yet none. While yesterday pm at Berry Hd the wind was light and vis good and we get a close one - who can ever predict seawatching!

Posted August 17th, 2012 at 5:15 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Berry Head

07:00-13:00 A bit slower today, but still some good stuff moving south past the Head. 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 8 Balearic Shearwaters, 1102 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Black Tern, 29 Common Terns, 4 Arctic Skuas, 3 Great Skuas, 1 Puffin, 5 Common Scoters, 93 Gannets, 116 Kittiwakes (+4 juvs) and 1 Whimbrel.

Posted August 17th, 2012 at 2:53 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in General Birding

Budleigh Salterton Seawatching

Watched from 7.00 to 10.30 and joined by Jim at 8.45. Worse than Beer i think. No shearwaters, no skuas. 28 Scoter, 120+ Gannet, 40 Sandwich tern, 40 Common tern, 9 Kittiwake, 7 Fulmar, 3 Shelduck, 1 Turnstone and 1 Whimbrel

Eider close to the estuary mouth

Posted August 17th, 2012 at 2:37 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Black Hole Marsh

Spent three hours in the island hide this morning (it's the Wet and Wild Weekend).  Water levels still fairly high so only noted; 23 Black-tailed Godwit, 18 Teal, 12 Common Sands, 4 Dunlin (20 less than a couple of days ago!), 2 Lapwing, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Green Sands (had 14 here on Monday morning), 2 Gadwall and 1 Med Gull (adult - my first on the Axe for several weeks).

Posted August 17th, 2012 at 2:04 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

       The first juvenile Spotted Redshank here this morning, also one Green Sand, one Common Sand, half a dozen Snipe, and a juv. Med Gull.  Unable to go seawatching today which was a shame!

Posted August 17th, 2012 at 1:14 pm by Brian Heasman in General Birding

Beer Seawatching

06:05 - 07:45 Visibility often poor, but even so it was obvious that things were going to be very slow...

11 Manxies, 9 Common Scoters, 6 'commic' Terns, 1 Sandwich Tern, a sprinkling of Fulmars and Gannets. By far the highlight were 2 rather distant juv Little Gulls. Almost everything heading W.

Ian M stayed on, and at 08:12 texted that 6 Little Gulls had gone through (I assume that means an additional four)

Posted August 17th, 2012 at 10:37 am by Gavin Haig in General Birding

Skern 06:00 - 08:30

Before Rob arrived:- 10 Black-tailed Godwits; 2 Whimbrel; 4 Knot; Shelduck 9 juveniles; 3 Bar-tailed Godwit; 1 Wheatear and 4 Turnstone.

At approx 07:15 the Terns started to arrive on the falling tide. A spectacular sight.

Posted August 17th, 2012 at 9:56 am by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Skern

800 common tern,7 black,3 little,7 sandwich.adult med gull,7 black tailed godwits,1 knot,07:00-09:00.With maurice clements

Posted August 17th, 2012 at 9:32 am by robert marshall in General Birding

Thursday 16th August 2012

Skern

This morning 67 common,1 arctic,9 little,4 sandwich terns.5 adult knot,37 bartailed godwits,2ad meds.08:00--09::45. On  this evnings tide fairly quiiet from 17:00-18:30 with ruff, 4 juv knot,5 black tailed godwit.Then from latter time after a squall wave after wave of terns entered the estuary coming onto the skern and instow.Unless these were yesterday's birds feeding further out then they could possibly be new arrivals.Totals being up to 1500 common,10 black,1 little,1 adult arctic, 9 sandwich. Also 150 black headed gulls came in along with 8 med gulls, 3 adult and 5 juvs.If only a skua or two would follow them in!!!.

Posted August 16th, 2012 at 9:20 pm by robert marshall in General Birding

Berry Head

05:50-17:30. A good sea-watching day with MD&BH. 1 GREAT SHEARWATER (at 13:30), 8 Sooty Shearwaters, 53 Balearic Shearwaters, 3470 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Pomarine Skuas, 19 Great Skuas, 12 Arctic Skuas, 2 Arctic Terns, 31 Common Terns, 1 Storm Petrel, 1 Puffin, 1 Yellow-legged Gull (juv), 3 Common Scoters, 454 Gannets,257 Kittiwakes + 7 juvs and 20+ Fulmars.

Posted August 16th, 2012 at 6:54 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

Waders on the beach this am- 10 Ringed Plover, 5 Sanderling, 1 Dunlin..

Seawatch not as productive - 8 Manx S'water, 5 Sandwich Tern, 4 Common Tern, 6 Fulmar, 75 Gannet, 2 Razorbill

Posted August 16th, 2012 at 2:21 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Rillage Point to Widmouth Head

Not as exciting as seawatching on the south coast – or tern watching at the Skern for that matter – but a short visit this morning saw seabirds passing W having probably been driven up the Bristol Channel by yesterday's stormy weather. 74 Gannets, 109 Manx Shearwaters, 12 Common Terns, and 3 Common Scoters (with two more feeding quite close to shore in Hele Bay).

Posted August 16th, 2012 at 2:02 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Wednesday 15th August 2012

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide from 15:30 till 18:30

350+ black tailed godwits including 12+ juv, 20+ bar tailed godwits 15+ whimbrel, 400+ curlew, 10+ Dunlin , 60+ redshank, 31+  greenshank, 3 snipe, 2 pochard, 1 tufted duck, 8+ little grebe (5ad, 3 juv), 2 buzzard, 1 hobby 

Posted August 15th, 2012 at 8:36 pm by Keith birchall in General Birding

Skern

 Loaded with terns tonight.Managed to count around the 1000 mark of resting commons with at least half this number again feeding.Terns outnumbered gulls 3-1.Unprecidented numbers for the estuary.Managed to find 3 arctic,1 little and 4 sandwich amongst them.Also present 3 adult curlew sands,4 knot,5 bar tailed and 1 black tailed godwits,sanderling,turnstone,17 redshank.6 med gulls,3 adult,3 juv.500 black headed.Gulls a little down on numbers but made up with terns.

Posted August 15th, 2012 at 7:41 pm by robert marshall in General Birding

Skern

A fishing frenzy in the Taw/Torridge estuary late afternoon with a huge flock of Common Tern. Dave Paull lost count at 1000. Just a handful of Sandwich Tern.

There were 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, but small waders were still in short supply. However 3 moulting adult Curlew Sandpiper were my first for the year, and also present 3 Knot, 1 Sanderling and 1 Dunlin

Posted August 15th, 2012 at 7:37 pm by Roger & Lynne Doble in General Birding

Kingsbridge Estuary

1310-1430hrs

Osprey-still 1320hrs Frogmore Cr, Ringed Plover 150+, Knot 6,  Dunlin 110, Med Gull 6 (adW,2cy)  Sandwich Tern 9, Common Tern 3 (2ad,juv) Marsh harrier fem 1430hrs W. 

Posted August 15th, 2012 at 6:22 pm by Alan Doidge in General Birding

Berry Head 0600-1500

Totals for 0600-1500

26 Balearic Shearwaters, 445 Manx Shearwaters, 26 Great Skuas, 5 Pomarine Skuas, 20 Arctic Skuas, 64 Common Terns, 10+ 'commic' Terns, 7 Black Terns, 7 Common Scoter, juv Yellow-legged Gull, c180 Kittiwakes, c500 Gannets, Puffin (juv), Guillemot, Razorbill, 8 Whimbrel, 12 Redshank, 11 Swifts, Harbour Porpoise, Basking Shark. MD,ML,BBH.DMN,IL,SS

Posted August 15th, 2012 at 5:07 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

A very contasting day - stairrod rain up to 11.00 gradually clearing to sun & blue sky .Wind S/SSE increasing from 6 to gale 8, sea rough to very rough.

Seawatching from the car park from 08.30-14.00. Very little movement until the rain easde off then very good- all passage east , totals ,

23 Common Tern, 6 Sandwich Tern, 1 Black Tern (13.15 ) 26 Fulmar, 730 Gannet, 3 Balearic and 2 Manx Shearwater, 4 Kittiwake, 1 Little Gull, 1 Razorbill , 2 Common Scoter,1 Bonxie , 24 Swift ( one flock of 15 ) 1 Grey Wagtail

Waders all flying through - 10 Ringed Plover, 3 Turnstone, 1 Curlew

Posted August 15th, 2012 at 3:56 pm by mike passman in General Birding

Budleigh Salterton seawatching

Just to complete the picture....  surprisingly only Gannets and a few Terns present between 0930 - 1030. (a Common Sandpiper on the estuary from the hide). Exmouth seafront was even worse mid morning!

Posted August 15th, 2012 at 2:57 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Skern and Appledore

06:15

Only c50-60 Common Tern on this morning`s tide. Mostly feeding in mid-estuary but a few on forshore at Skern and near old Hinks` boatyard.

Also 4 Knot and 1 Ringed Plover.

Posted August 15th, 2012 at 12:45 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Sea watch of Brandy Point yesterday 14-08 12

29 Common Scoters mid afternoon.  

Along the cliff path Butterflies were on the wing at last 

Holly Blues, Painted Ladies, Wall, Small Tortoiseshell,

Red Admiral. Skipper, and Peacock

Pete Adey

Posted August 15th, 2012 at 11:32 am by Pete Adey in General Birding

Sidmouth seawatching

seawatching from Sidmouth 08:30-09:20 in deteriorating visability. c.25 gannets, 1 sandwich tern, no shearwaters.

Posted August 15th, 2012 at 10:59 am by Michael Pocock in General Birding

Seaton seawatching

Roger Harris sea watched off Seaton 06:45-07:45 and saw: 250+ Gannet, 47 Manxies and a Common Tern.  I watched 07:50 - 08:20 (when it started to hammer down!) and noted: 60+ Gannet, 24 Manxies and a Balearic Shearwater.

Edit [GMH] Another go from 08:40-09:30 produced 2 Balearics @ 08:48 and a Manx, but visibility deteriorated to 'pathetic'.

Posted August 15th, 2012 at 9:49 am by Steve Waite in General Birding

Berry Hd

Seawatching: Could only do a couple of hours this morning but a few others staying on for whole morning.

0600hrs-0800hrs: 13 Great Skua, 8 Arctic Skuas, 12 Common Tern, 6 Balearic Shearwaters, 82 Manx Shearwaters, 7 Common Scoter, 1 Puffin (juv), 1 Razorbill, 94 Kittiwake, 1 Whimbrel, 12 Redshank, 1 Swift and a Basking Shark >S at 0643hrs.  

Posted August 15th, 2012 at 9:22 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

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