Devon Bird Sightings from 22nd–30th September 2012

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Sunday 30th September 2012

Soar Mill Cove

Wryneck today - photos by Baz Rankine




Posted September 30th, 2012 at 11:22 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

From the hide today 17:30 till 18:30

3 curlew sandpipers, 1 adult spotted redshank, 550+ black tailed godwits, 3+ snipe,20+ lapwing, 5 pintail, 130+ dunlin, 5 knot,17+ greenshank, 5+ bar tailed ggodwits 

On Saturday 29th over the 2 high tides 5 curlew sandpipers in the evening, the spotted redshank, 450+ wigeon and 300+ teal a water rail in the morning and kingfisher, 145+ dunlin , 6+ knot, 11+ greenshank, 13+ pintail 

overall a very good weekends birding 

Posted September 30th, 2012 at 11:08 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Skern

 

50 med gulls.18 ads,19 sw,13 fw,24 common tern,4 barwits,600 black headed gulls17:45-19:00

Posted September 30th, 2012 at 7:36 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

The Pectoral Sandpiper has spent most of the last 2 days on the back of Thurlestone Marsh- difficult to see from any of the public areas, also 18 Wigeon, 40 Teal and 11 Stock Dove .

At South Huish Marsh - 30 Teal, 4 Grey Wagtail, 1 Wheatear. A Yellow Wagtail on the golf course.

Posted September 30th, 2012 at 6:18 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

G Plover

Eight golden plover at Holming Beam, nr Princetown, Dartmoor on Friday 21 September

Posted September 30th, 2012 at 2:25 pm by pete stevens in General Birding

River Caen/River Taw

1030-1230hrs    The Osprey still showing well on the post with the red top,then fishing between the mouth of the caen and crow point.Not much else about,very windy.

Posted September 30th, 2012 at 1:14 pm by John hunt in General Birding

Skern and Southcott Valley.

07:20 Skern.


Apart from a few Black-headed and Herring Gulls; 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose; 1 Knot; 3 Wigeon;           5 Dunlin;  4 Bar-tailed Godwit; 1 Little Egret; 16 Great black-backed Gulls; c520 Oystercatcher;     c60 Curlew; 1 Common Gull and small flocks of Meadow Pipits and Linnets.

08:40 Southcott Valley.

1 Green Sandpiper and c20 Teal.

Where are all the small waders?


Posted September 30th, 2012 at 10:19 am by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Saturday 29th September 2012

South Huish and Soar

The Pec' Sand' was on the central spit of South Huish Marsh from dawn until sunrise when it was lost in the sun glare. A single Common Snipe was the only other wader present.

I joined Pete and Steve 30 minutes after their Barred Warbler and had failed to relocate it by 13.00. Five Golden Plover and two Lesser Redpoll were all I had to add to their tally.

No sign of Perry's Wryneck early afternoon and Pec' Sand gone when I returned at 16.30.

Posted September 29th, 2012 at 10:19 pm by Steve Young in General Birding

R.Taw off Anchorwood Bank and Pottington Ind.Est.

09:10 - 11:00

There seems very little about on the Taw near Barnstaple these days, although I`ve been told that one of the Ospreys (blue ring) has been up as far as Ashford Strand recently.

Bar-tailed Godwit 8; Kingfisher 1; Ringed Plover c20 in flight; Redshank 5; Little Egret 6;

Cormorant 16 and Dunlin 8.

Plenty of Black-headed Gulls, Curlew; Oystercatcher; Canada Geese and Mallard, although wildfowlers were shooting on Penhill Marsh. Apparently they`ve also been seen shooting from behind the broken down sea wall by Bradiford Reserve. That seems a bit too close to the Tarka Trail.

Posted September 29th, 2012 at 7:33 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Soar

A fine day, with Steve Cox, started with a Redstart at the Coastguard Cottages (@07:20) but the highlight proved to be a juv Barred Warbler by the "pond" at E.Soar (in Blackthorn by the fence just up from the biggest willow clump). Unfortunately we only had brief views at 09:20 and despite a good search, it didn't reappear.

Otherwise: Whinchat 5; Siskin 7; Reed Bunting 1; Great Spotted Woodpecker 2; Chiffchaff 30+; Blackcap 12; Grey Wagtail 3; Skylark 50+; Goldcrest 3. 

No sign of the Wryneck in Soar Mill valley mid afternoon (reported this morning).

Posted September 29th, 2012 at 6:05 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Wrafton

The Gadwall has been joined by a Shoveler and 3 Wigeon, but only 6 Black-tailed Godwits remain.

Posted September 29th, 2012 at 2:13 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Hartland pt.

 

         2 Arctic skuas,21 kittiwakes 2 adult 19 fw,2 common scoter,200 gannet,largest flock 87,300 auks,3 shag,ad+2 juvs,2 common tern,06:45-08:20.

Posted September 29th, 2012 at 10:44 am by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Friday 28th September 2012

Soar Mill Cove

Wryneck through the drizzle this morning. ( More of a challenge for me to upload a photo from my camera to this blog than it is for nasa to get photos back from Mars taken with a Meccano model )


Posted September 28th, 2012 at 9:09 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide from 16:15 till 18:30

A good afternoon with a big increase in wigeon numbers to 450+ and 300+ teal 17+ shoveler, 13+ pintail, spent most of the afternoon trying to confirm number of curlew sandpipers eventually had 5 in flight after a peregrine caused chaos, the adult spotted redshank, 1 ruff, 200+ dunlin, 17+ greenshanks, 24+ lapwings, 6 little grebes, 5 bar tailed godwits,  550+ black tailed godwits, 6+ knot, buzzard, kestrel, kingfisher. 

Had earlier been over exminster marsh and had 2 ruff and 2 wheatear on the scrape by the fishermans car park but no luck with the pectoral sandpipers 

Posted September 28th, 2012 at 8:48 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Ringmoor Down, Dartmoor

First report of Golden Plover on the moor this autumn with c75 at Ringmoor Down this afternoon - always a lovely sight!

(Jan Daniels)

Posted September 28th, 2012 at 8:40 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Wrafton

Gadwall still and 20 Black-tailed Godwits on the now full again puddle over the trail. A few Swallows still about the area.

Posted September 28th, 2012 at 7:47 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

The first Golden Plover of the autumn flew over this evening. 1 juv ringed plover still and just 2 wheatears.

Posted September 28th, 2012 at 6:25 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Soar

08:50-16:30. Overnight rain, 100% cloud cover at dawn, fresh northwest wind persisting all day. Some rain mid-morning but when the front passed, brighter after.

Snipe ( flushed from the long grass which presently covers the Warren ), Golden Plover, 14 Stock Doves, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Wryneck ( watched from 10:25-10:40, mainly on overgrown dry stone wall which connects the two footpaths in Soar Mill Cove about 150 metres up from the cove ), 230 Meadow Pipits ( inc 150 on The Warren ), Grey Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, 6 White Wagtails, 20Swallows ( poor hirundine day ), 4 Wheatears, Whinchat, 6 Blackcaps, 13 Chiffchaffs and 10 Goldcrests.

As an aside, had no transport today but managed to get to Malborough by bus at 08:10. Used the public  footpaths to get out to Soar and was amazed how many fantastic little birding spots are tucked away - brilliant for all sorts of things- sheltered too. I suppose the trouble ( with me at least ) is they only tend to get checked out when more favoured spots are quiet so we have no right to expect anything here then.

Posted September 28th, 2012 at 5:52 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

River Caen/River Taw

1345-1545hrs.   1 Black-tailed godwit,1 Greenshank,3 Redshank,40+Starling and a Kingfisher on the Caen. Islay marsh held 4 Spoonbill and good numbers of Curlew.The Taw was good for 80+ Wigeon and 30+Dunlin.The Osprey showed well fishing off Crow point, then took its catch to the post with the red top.

Posted September 28th, 2012 at 4:41 pm by John hunt in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Visit over lunch time. The lane is partially flooded. Lots of standing water with most surrounded by tall vegetation.

On the pools nearest to the canal-side car park 3 ruff, 5 black-tailed godwits and 2 snipe. At times the flock of teal was impressive, over 300 but they were constantly moving and only about 30 remained at the end of the visit. Some (c60) teal moved to the lagoon. 

On the fields one wheatear (looking very large), one whinchat and 2 stonechats. Small flock of meadow pipits (c15) and heard redpolls flying over. A flock of c30 house martins and a few swallows moved through.

 

Posted September 28th, 2012 at 2:51 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

Must be a Petoral Sandpiper festival at 10.30 picked up a wader flying into South Huish Marsh- a superb  bird which gave good views . Alan D should be posting a photo later today .

Also on the marsh - 47 Teal, 3 Snipe, 1 Yellow Wagtail.

4 Common Scoter flew east

Posted September 28th, 2012 at 12:53 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Three Pectoral Sandpipers late morning from end of Milbury Lane, also Yellow Wagtail and Hobby. [James Diamond]

Posted September 28th, 2012 at 12:47 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Clennon Valley

Cetti's Warbler around the middle pond, singing occasionally (first at site for 6 years). Best of the rest; 1 Redpoll >NW, 2 Little Egrets, and 5 Shoveler. 

Posted September 28th, 2012 at 11:23 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Thursday 27th September 2012

Bowling green marsh

From the hide 15:30  till 17:20

4 juv curlew sandpipers, 1 adult spotted redshank, 6+ knot, 5+ bar tailed godwits, 250+ wigeon, 8+ pintail, 1 turnstone, 5+ snipe, 1 tufted duck, 20+ little egrets, buzzard, 200+ dunlin, 8 greenshank, good numbers of curlew and black tailed godwits.

Posted September 27th, 2012 at 8:19 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Coleton fishacre/ Froward Point, Kingswear

A Short-eared Owl crossed the road as I drove toward Froward Point this evening, stopping the car and grabbing the camera the bird returned cruising just over the road in fantastic light - perfect timing! 1 Ringed Plover and a wheatear in a field being ploughed near to the daymark. 

Short-eared Owl Coleton Fishacre 27 Sept 2012 ML

Posted September 27th, 2012 at 7:14 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

 An Osprey picked up flying accross the Bay - came in over Warren Pt at 11.50 and then flew over the golf course towards the Avon Est- could be the Sharkham Pt bird.

Viz mig well to the fore -between 09.00-13.30 - totals - 500+ Meadow Pipit ( flocks of 100 & 150 )  300 Swallow, 200 House Martin, 1 Sand Martin,  85 Goldfinch, 15 Linnet, 9 Skylark, 4 Siskin, 1 Yellowhammer,   7 Wheatear, 3 Whinchat 2 Grey Wagtail

Waders - 2 Ringed Plover, 1  Snipe

At 16.40 13 Wigeon flew over T'stone Marsh

Posted September 27th, 2012 at 6:16 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

River Caen/River Taw

1330-1600hrs     Ringed plover,5 greenshank,6 redshank,4 Little grebe,2Blacktailed godwit,1 Wheatear and a Kestrel.Islay marsh held 4Spoonbill,50+Wigeon and 100+Curlew. The Osprey was firstly on the short post (rear of chivnor) then fishing by horsey island and crow point,great veiws great bird.

Posted September 27th, 2012 at 4:50 pm by John hunt in General Birding

Another Wryneck

Wryneck seen yesterday by car park west of Trentishoe(Holdstone Down). [Margaret Dobie]

Posted September 27th, 2012 at 3:48 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Sharkham Point

Osprey circling over headland at 1000hrs. Some video footage and a photo below.

Also Wryneck still present at same location. Not much else around bushes, but 2 Wheatears were on the top field. 

The bird comes into focus after a couple of seconds 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZ2SxpoGOhQ&sns=em

And here's a pic:

Osprey Sharkham Point

Posted September 27th, 2012 at 1:12 pm by Josh Marshall in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

3 Whinchats along the weedy runway at 9.45 a.m. Also 5 wheatears present, 4 ringed plovers (3 juvs and 1 adult), 12 swallows through. Skylarks up to around 30 with small numbers seeming to arrive from the north east as i watched. A male sparrowhawk caused panic amongst the meadow pipits before being chased off by crows.

Posted September 27th, 2012 at 10:54 am by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Wednesday 26th September 2012

Budleigh Coast Path and Otter Scrapes

Highlight today was a Firecrest above the west cliffs on coast path.
Lesser Black-backed Gulls on the Otter scrapes have been high for the site with 60+ yesterday evening. Only 20+ this afternoon, but at least 2 colour-ringed birds (black ring with white numbers/letters).
Provisional checks show one bird at least was ringed in Guernsey.

Posted September 26th, 2012 at 8:52 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Saw this bird from the Dawlish Warren hide, lunchtime today with the Oystercatcher roost. Looks like a leucistic bird. Not seen one like it before, so thought it might be worth reporting. 

Apologies for the bad picture quality. 


Posted September 26th, 2012 at 8:22 pm by Joe Martin in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

Off Beacon Pt this morning - 2 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Bonxie, 1ad Med Gull, 2 Razorbill.

South Huish Marsh - looking very good - 45 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 35 Alba Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail ( all the Wags coming in tom roost), 1 Dunlin

 

Bob B had a Nutchatch at South Milton Ley

Message for Pat Mayer - Can you let me have your e-mail address please

Posted September 26th, 2012 at 7:35 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Soar

Birding with Steve Cox from 07.15 until early pm when the rain became a pain.

Best bird was a showy Grasshopper Warbler in Starehole; also 11 Yellow Wagtails in field opposite cafe, a nice total of c25 Yellowhammers, 12+ Cirl Buntings, a steady passge of Swallows amounting to c200, 16 Blackcaps, 12+ Chiffchaffs, and single Peregerine and Siskin. 

Posted September 26th, 2012 at 7:28 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Devils Point, Plymouth

Another post-work visit. Much quieter this evening with just three adult med Gulls in The Sound. However a flock of seven Meds, presumed all adults, made their way from the breakwater up the Tamar, though to be honest these may have been beyond the midway point of the river and therefore into Bandit Country. Nice to see them though.

Posted September 26th, 2012 at 7:05 pm by Roy McCarthy in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 14:55 till 18:15

4 juv ruffs(2m,2f) dropped in for a few minutes before flying off towards goosemoor, 4 curlew sandpipers showed well at times amongst 180+ dunlin , 1 avocet, 10+ knot, 15+ snipe 4+ bar tailed godwits , 2+ whimbrel, good numbers of black tailed godwits, curlew and redshanks. 1 adult spotted redshank gave good views, 2 tufted ducks, 20+ lapwing.

A very good afternoon despite the heavy rain 

Posted September 26th, 2012 at 7:00 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Westleigh stubble fields

 

    93 med gulls feeding with 250 blackheaded in stubble between westleigh and bideford new bridge.

           53 adults,25 2w,15 fw.Pretty sure their would have been over a 100 as more birds coming in and after making the count birds were dispersing into several fields making another count difficult,Guess i should have counted theeir numbers in hindsight as opposed to age groups then maybe broke the ton.Never mind.17:20-17:45.

Posted September 26th, 2012 at 6:55 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Sharkham Point

Wryneck (see record shots) located just north of point next to old mine workings at 0850hrs. Showed well again at 1500hrs.

Also noted throughout the day were at least 40+ Chiffchaffs on first circuit (stopped counting after this) in with the increasing Long-tailed Tit flocks. No YBW though!

12 Stonechats in one field, 2 Whitethroats, steady passage of hirundines all day mostly Housemartin, flocks of Goldfinches and Linnets were also building around the headland. Lots of other common species seen too.

Some common Butterflies seen included Large White, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admirals (lots), Painted lady.

Wryneck Sharkham Point
Wryneck Sharkham Point

WryneckSharkham Point
WryneckSharkham Point

Small Tortoiseshell
Small Tortoiseshell

Posted September 26th, 2012 at 6:33 pm by Josh Marshall in General Birding

Skern

A good variety of birds over high tide this afternoon. Among the more usual species were 7 dark-bellied Brents, 7 Pale-bellied Brents, 4 Wigeon, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Knot, 3 Grey Plover and 1 each of Ruff, Curlew Sandpiper and Little Stint

Posted September 26th, 2012 at 4:58 pm by Roger Doble in General Birding

Soar

A three hour walk produced westward movements of 70 swallow, 71 house martin & 303 meadow pipit plus grounded 28 skylark, 2 yellow wagtail, wheatear, 2 blackcap, 8 chiffchaff, 4 goldcrest & 43 goldfinch.

Posted September 26th, 2012 at 2:17 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Great Black backed Gull

Adult Great Black backed Gull takes advantage of a freshly killed Bar-tailed Godwit. But a tug of war follows.

 

Posted September 26th, 2012 at 12:14 pm by Robert Jutsum in General Birding

Axe Update

Much the same, with the two Wood Sands and two Ruff still opposite Axmouth FC.  There's also singles of Greenshank and Bar-tailed Godwit on the Estuary still.  There's been a light passage of Meadow Pipits over head this morning, with a small flock of Linnet and a single Siskin also noted.

Early afternoon update:  A look along the Estuary late morning turned up this (near?) adult Yellow-legged Gull, amongst a good number (92+) Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

Yellow-legged Gull Axe EstuaryYellow-legged Gull Axe Estuary

Posted September 26th, 2012 at 10:11 am by Steve Waite in General Birding

Tuesday 25th September 2012

Bowling green marsh

3 juv curlew sandpipers showed well from the hide this afternoon 

Posted September 25th, 2012 at 9:33 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Devils Point, Plymouth

A quick visit after work turned up a juvenile Black Tern which made its way across the Sound and into the mouth of the Tamar. My third for D.P.

Also here were at least five adult Med Gulls, though I suspect that there were more than that, and four Sandwich Terns.

Posted September 25th, 2012 at 7:25 pm by Roy McCarthy in General Birding

Axe

Two Ruff and two Wood Sandpipers on (a decreasing amount of) flood water opposite Axmouth FC.

Posted September 25th, 2012 at 3:53 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatching from 0800-1000

6 Balearic Shearwater,1 Kestrel, 50+ Gannets, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Wheatear, 20+ Goldfinches, 30+ House Martins

 

Posted September 25th, 2012 at 1:13 pm in General Birding

Monday 24th September 2012

Burrator, Dartmoor

Firecrest (probably male), at 10:30 this morning, near Norsworthy Bridge, Burrator.
It was in a small mixed flock with Treecreeper, Long-tailed Tits and others.

(Paul Stubbs)

Posted September 24th, 2012 at 10:08 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

A ruff was a new bird for the site, feeding on the now finely tilled barley field in company with 5 juvenile ringed plovers. 13 wheatears and a steady passage of house martins reflecting movements elsewhere. Skylark numbers beginning to increase.

record shot of ruff
record shot of ruff

Posted September 24th, 2012 at 9:27 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

A quick look after work from the hide 15:10 till 16:00 

2 juv curlew sandpiper showed very well with 100+ Dunlin, 3 spotted redshank, 5 greenshanks.

then from the viewing platform 16:10 till 16:50 there were 5 curlew sandpipers also 9 avocets 

Posted September 24th, 2012 at 7:06 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Slapton Ley

08:15-17:50. Extremely heavy overnight rain stopped around 07:00. Strong WNW wind backed to SW by mid morning and weakened after midday. Also then some bright periods.

173 Canada Geese, 55 Tufted Duck, 8 Pochard, 5 Common Scoter ( south ), Marsh Harrier ( female south over Lower Ley 12:00, very tatty looking- needs a makeover like me ), Hobby, 230 Coot, 8 Dunlin, Sanderling, Mediterreanean Gull ( 2nd winter ), 4 Sandwich Tern and 2 Wheatears.

Steady passage of Swallows south for a couple hours early afternoon, c 700 per hour. Also early afternoon a large number, up to 1000, of House Martins watched at the north end of the Higher Ley spreading back up the Gara Valley. Dissapeared as quickly as they appeared. Amongst the hirundines were at least 50 Sand Martins today - good late September number ?

Posted September 24th, 2012 at 6:51 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Around the Axe (afternoone update!)

Another look about mid afternoon showed a juv Marsh Harrier hunting over Colyford Marsh. 

Other additions to this morning's totals during this afternoon trip out included a Bar-tailed Godwit and Gadwall opposite Axmouth FC, a second Ruff on Bridge Marsh with a Wood Sandpiper (the first Ruff was still opposite Axmouth FC) and a Little Stint on Black Hole Marsh.

That makes 16 different species of wader for me today on the Axe - not a regular occurrence!

Marsh Harrier Colyford Marsh
Marsh Harrier Colyford Marsh

Marsh Harrier Colyford Marsh
Marsh Harrier Colyford Marsh

Posted September 24th, 2012 at 4:15 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Soar

Very breezy this morning but still16 yellow wagtail, 7 wheatear, 10 chiffchaff, 2 blackcap and a single snipe. 

Posted September 24th, 2012 at 2:21 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Berry Hd

Very windy (NW) on the headland this morning; 1 Wheatear, 1 Whitethroat, 7 Chiffchaffs, 6 Goldcrests, 1 Blackcap, 4 Grey Wagtails >NW, 60+ house Martins, 9 Swallows.  

Posted September 24th, 2012 at 11:10 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Around the Axe

Lots of flood wader about this morning to check - but tried to cover most of it.  The Police have closed the A3052 too which made it a lot more of an effort than it usually is!

Black Hole Marsh: Not a single wader on the marsh, but a Green Sand flew over.

Colyford Marsh: Two Wood Sandpipers still present, along with a Greenshank.

Flood opposite Axmouth FC: Singles of Ruff, Curlew Sandpiper (new in) and Yellow Wagtail, with 21 Wigeon.

River Axe: 51 Black-tailed Godwits and a Knot.

Seaton Beach: A single Ringed Plover.

Posted September 24th, 2012 at 10:19 am by Steve Waite in General Birding

Sunday 23rd September 2012

Godwit

One of the Black-tailed Godwits at Wrafton recently was colour-ringed, I suspected it had an Icelandic origin, and it does. Now awaiting full details from the ringer in iceland.

Posted September 23rd, 2012 at 11:45 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide from 10:20 till 12:40

A good morning with a small movement of waders, 2 ruff, 2 juv curlew sandpipers, 2 ringed plover and the 2   long staying spotted redshanks, 9 knot, 10+ snipe, 1 grey plover, 9 avocets, good numbers of black tailed godwits, 6+ bar tailed godwits, 1 whimbrel amongst the curlew, 3 pochard, 2 tufted duck, good numbers of wigeon and teal 

Posted September 23rd, 2012 at 7:51 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatch 08:50-17:30: Leach's Storm-petrel (came out of Torbay with 4 Balearics 15:17 and lingered brielfy off the headland), 74 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Sooty Sheawaters,  Long-tailed Skua  (prob juv at 16:55), 5 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Pomarine Skuas, 38 Arctic Skuas, 46 Bonxies, 6 Common Terns, 5 Black Terns, Sandwich Tern, 8 Common Scoter. At least 650 Gannets (with very high proportion of juvs >50%).

MD,TB,JW

Posted September 23rd, 2012 at 7:23 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

Poor viz driving rain and a F6/7 E wind produced one of the best Sept wader passages for a few years - not in total numbers but 15 species in one day could well be a site record .

Bay watched from 09.00- 15.30  by BOB B , Alan D  Eric W  and myself

 First good wader was a flyover Grey Plover , then a small group landed on the beach and included 2 Little Stint and a Curlew Sandpiper. 17 Golden Plover ( a flock of 15 ). A total of 10 Snipe flew in off the sea and 1 was accompanied by a Jack Snipe ( viewed from 30 feet ) 2 Knott, a single Bar T Godwit, 1 Greenshank. On the beaches were 26 Dunlin, 9 Sanderling, 3 Ringed Plover, last the resident Oystercatchers.

At 12.00 Bob had 4 db Brent Goose fly through, earlier 7 Common Scoter flew east. 15 Wigeon

In the Bay 3 groups of Tern - 3 Arctic ,2 Common and 3 Sandwich, 1 ad Med Gull and 1 ad Common Gull

The few migrants included a Wheatear, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 20 Meadow Pipit

Posted September 23rd, 2012 at 7:15 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Froward Point and Higher Brownstone

14.30-16.15. Precious little at FP. Whinchat and Pied Flycatcher on the fence along the path from the main track to the National Trust offices at Higher Brownstone.

Posted September 23rd, 2012 at 6:15 pm by Matt Twiggs in General Birding

Pectoral Sandpiper

Picture of Pectoral Sandpiper.

Home Farm Marsh.  Thursday 20th September


Posted September 23rd, 2012 at 4:12 pm by Patrick Case in General Birding

Shoalstone, Brixham

Short seawatch from the dry of the shelter 13.30 - 15.00: 2 Arctic Skua, Little Gull, 3 Black Tern, Common Tern, 2 Sandwich Tern, & 10 Kittiwake.

Posted September 23rd, 2012 at 3:56 pm by Bill Macdonald in General Birding

Exe, Turf to Powderham

Rained throughout WeBS count (10.40 to 11.40) with poor visibility at times. Waders roosting close to the sea wall included 28 turnstones, 2 common sandpipers and 2 knot. A few <10 ringed plovers and dunlin moved through. 

About 20 swallows hawking over the fields and c10 meadow pipits. Yesterday an osprey flew from the River Clyst towards Exton at 11.30 am. 

Posted September 23rd, 2012 at 1:06 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Hope's Nose

Seawatch 0700-0940hrs - strong E Wind with rain:1 juv Sabine's Gull >S at 0734 with a Black Tern, 2 1w Little Gulls, 1 juv Long-tailed Skua (0900hrs), 1 Sooty Shearwater (0730hrs) 39 Balearic Shearwaters (including one flock of 11), 3 Manx Shearwaters, 1 juv Puffin, 20+ Auks, 52 Sandwich Tern, 9 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 5 'Commic' Tern, 7 Arctic Skua, 3 Great Skua, 2 unidentified small skuas, 20 Wigeon, 44 Common Scoter, 92 Kittiwake, 13 Fulmar, 50+ Gannets 28 Dunlin.   

Posted September 23rd, 2012 at 10:47 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Saturday 22nd September 2012

Dawlish warren and bowling green marsh

Dawlish warren from 07:10 till 09:45

A quick look this morning produced 2 tree pipits over with 18+ meadow pipit, 2 jays, 4 blackcaps, 12+ Chiffchaffs, 17+ sanderling, 10+ Brent geese, 13+ bar tailed godwits, kestrel, buzzard, 2 stonechats, 4 sandwich terns.

Bowling green marsh 11:15 till 15:00

the 2 spotted redshanks showed at times but elusive, manged to confirm 1 juv curlew sandpiper in with 100+ dunlin, with 2 possibles, from the viewing platform later saw 3+ juv curlew sandpipers, also on the marsh were 1 peregrine, 2 kestrels, 1 pochard, 2 tufted ducks, 2 snipe, 1 bar tailed godwit, 35+ little egrets, good numbers of wigeon & teal, and black tailed godwits and curlew , 1 knot, 5+ greenshanks, 

Posted September 22nd, 2012 at 10:27 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Cancellation of DBWPS Field trip to Velator Sunday 23rd

Notice to DBWPS members planning to attend the field trip to Velator/Horsey Island  on Sunday 23rd .... this meeting has beencancelled due to a bad weather warning.

See you at Tamar Lakes 14th October

Jackie

Posted September 22nd, 2012 at 9:07 pm by Jackie Bosley in General Birding

Nuthatches

Thanks for Tom's note on the 20th Sept about two Nuthatches at Berry Head - they are being noted on headlands elsewhere; see Portland BO Website http://www.portlandbirdobs.org.uk/aa_latestnews.htm only the 10th record there! Interesting to note the 'flock' of Great Spotted Woodpeckers at Soar - for some reason woodland birds are dispersing far and wide at the moment. 

Posted September 22nd, 2012 at 6:08 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatch 12:30-15:30 Strong easterly building. Mainly gulls moving, many homing in on a feeding frenzy off the headland over Harbour Porpoises, with an Arctic Skua and 4 Balearic Shearwaters. 2 Wheatears in the quarry.

Posted September 22nd, 2012 at 5:21 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

DBWPS Members - CANCELLATION of FIELDTRIP Sunday 23 Sept

Important notice...... would DBWPS members please be aware that the (EAST Devon Branch) fieldtrip meeting to Soar and Bolberry Down intended for tomorrow, SUNDAY 23 Sept, has been CANCELLED due to bad weather forecasted.

Many thanks

Jonathan and David

Posted September 22nd, 2012 at 3:46 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Soar

Birding from dawn with Steve Cox.

"Vis mig" 0700-0800 from Bolt head (all going east):-

House Martins 390, Goldfinches 75, Swallows 42, Meadow Pipits 85, Alba wagtails 2, Siskins 5, Grey wagtail 1, Dunlins 2.

Elswhere: 250+ House Martins around East Soar (until about 9.30am), plus a few Swallows; 16 Yellow Wagtails, mainly with the cows at the top of Starehole, c15 Wheaters, 1 Sedge Warbler, 4 Grey Wagtails, 8 Blackcaps, 15 Chiffchaffs, c200 Meadow Pipits (grounded), 3 Goldcrests, c80 Goldfinches (grounded) and a lone Sand Martin.

Please note there is now a log book for your sightings (in addition to the chalk board)  at the cafe in East Soar farm. 

Posted September 22nd, 2012 at 1:51 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Cancellation of DBWPS Fieldtrip - SUNDAY

Notice to DBWPS members planning to attend the fieldtrip to Soar and Bolberry Down on Sunday  23 Sept....this meeting has been CANCELLED  due to predicted bad weather. We hope to meet again on the 3rd October. Thanks

Jonathan and David

Posted September 22nd, 2012 at 8:49 am by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

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