Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 22nd–31st January 2013

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Posted August 25th at 9:58 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News

Changes to Devon Bird Sightings

This page was initially set up to give a concise news summary of birds of interest seen in Devon. Anyone noting interesting species, passage and counts could post the details to inform other birders what was going on around the county. Photos could also be added for interest and to enliven the posts. It was accepted that because other wildlife was of interest, this would also appear especially when included in a birding post.

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Devon Birds very much welcomes posts that already meet these criteria and those that will continue to do so. It would also be great to widen the input from keen birders who currently don’t contribute, including some old friends who have dropped out. Hopefully the changes will encourage wider participation, so if you look at the site but don’t post, please consider doing so.

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Posted August 21st at 3:53 pm in Bird News

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  

 

Posted May 2nd at 3:27 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in Bird News

Thursday 31st January 2013

Broadsands 30/01/13

Several cirl buntings c10 on seed 2nd carpark 2 melannistic pheasants in fields c20 common scoter off shore towards blue bouys great northern diver also, many thanks for the updates

Chris Trott

Posted January 31st, 2013 at 11:34 pm by Chris Trott , Ian Robinson in Bird News

Countess Wear

Apparently something of a scarcity around the Exe so far this year, 2 Green Sandpipers were showing well on the grass-edged pool (the northern pool)  at Double Locks Wetland early this afternoon. Also 5 Gadwall on the reed-fringed pool and reasonable numbers of Mallard, Teal, Wigeon and Shoveler on site.

Posted January 31st, 2013 at 9:55 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Dart Estuary

At Maypool at least two Grey Herons bringing sticks to tree nests. At Stoke Gabriel a Kingfisher on the Millpond bank, a Little Grebe , 2 Redshank and 2 Little Egrets on the  pool. 30 Curlew on the estuary mud and  about 50 Canada Geese on fields nearby .

Posted January 31st, 2013 at 7:18 pm in Bird News

Avon Estuary & Aveton Gifford

Highlight was 2 male Mandarin Duck at AG o/wise quiet with 40 Oystercatcher at Brantham, 2 Greenshank & 3 Common Sandpiper at AG, 31 Meadow Pipit on South Efford Marsh (no sign of any Water Pipits) & 20 Fieldfare over.

Posted January 31st, 2013 at 4:43 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Fremington Pill

11:00 - 12:30

The Spotted Redshank and 2 Greenshank were still on the Pill, with the Spotted Red favouring the upper reach of the Pill nearest the cottages and the main road.

Also 1 Little Grebe; 76 Redshank; 1 Grey Plover; 1 Little Egret; 39 Black-headed Gulls; 5 Oystercatcher; 2 Curlew and 5 Herring Gulls. 16 Snipe were huddled together on a small clump of weed on the south side.

Posted January 31st, 2013 at 2:48 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Torbay

1 Black-necked Grebe and Ad Mediterranean Gull (Preston), 61 Great Crested Grebes and 3 Common Scoter (Goodrington), 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebes and 7 Common Scoter ( Broadsands)

med Gull Preston 31 Jan 2013 ML    turnstones Preston 31 Jan 2013 ML

Posted January 31st, 2013 at 12:20 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Hopes nose yesterday

Aswell as the Gannets, Guillemot and Great Northern Divers feeding in the cove. A single Purple Sandpiper was seen on the point with a small group of Turnstone. 

Posted January 31st, 2013 at 11:40 am by Joe Martin in Bird News

Wednesday 30th January 2013

Hope's Nose

11.30am - 2.30pm. 3 great northern divers still in cove and off head, (2 adults and a 1st winter), at times coming very close in to rocks to feed. A few gannets feeding in cove, also 1 razorbill and many guillemots. Sewer flock now dominated by common and black headed gulls.

Posted January 30th, 2013 at 9:16 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Plymouth

Strong winds but welcome sunshine! At the Plym Estuary I watched the drake Pintail and 5 Wigeons (ad and 1st-w drakes and 3 fducks) on the pool. Also 63 Curlews and 43 Shelducks there before the tide fell. Five Greenshanks on the estuary and Marsh tit heard near the "hide".

At Ernesttle Creek, I couldn't find the Lesser Yellowlegs (although it was reported) but c50 Teals, 3 greenshanks and 7 Black-tailed Godwits showed.

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Posted January 30th, 2013 at 6:57 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Broadsands

8 Cirl buntings late this afternoon on seed with 2 Reed Buntings. In the marsh 2 Water Rail, 3 collybita Chiffchaffs 1 Goldcrest and 2 Firecrest in back corner of 2nd car park.

The see was quite choppy to check thoroughly but at least 60+ Great Crested Grebes, 1 Great Northern Diver and several Razorbills very close to the beach.

Posted January 30th, 2013 at 6:39 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Stover

3+ Brambling in a flock of c100 Chaffinch in stubble field opposite the 'back entrance' to Stover lake on the Teigngrace road. Also 25+Stock Dove

Posted January 30th, 2013 at 6:19 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

7 male and 2 female Goosdander, 11 Canada Geese, 45+ Mallard, 7 Wigeon, 10+ Teal, 7 Tufted Duck (5 males), 2 Mute Swans, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nutharches, Blue, Great and Marsh Tits on the feeders, 1 Jay, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Coot.

Harvey Kendall

Posted January 30th, 2013 at 3:24 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary inc. Salcombe & West Charleton

Highlight of the morning was 100 Gannet plunge-diving at the estuary mouth - superb sight. Plus Great Northern Diver off Gerston Point.

Selected peak counts:  Brent Goose 111, Shelduck 133, Wigeon 450 (40% on WC Marsh), Teal 130, Pintail 11, Shoveler 6, Red-breasted Merganser 12, Grey Plover 7, Dunlin 150, Bar-tailed Godwit 14, Redshank 66, Greenshank 2, Lesser Black-backed Gull 5.

Posted January 30th, 2013 at 3:19 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Fremington Pill

A look in this morning and the first two birds I saw were Spotted Redshank and Greenshank! About 50 Redshank present along with another Greenshank and a Common Sandpiper.Large flock of Golden Plover visible across the estuary flying downstream - perhaps a thousand birds in all.

Posted January 30th, 2013 at 12:41 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Tuesday 29th January 2013

River Plym

A wet and windy walk along the River Plym from Laira Bridge to Marsh Mills through Saltram Park was also very muddy.

I had a search for the recently reported snipe (common and Jack) but with no luck, searching Blaxton Meadow, the vegetation by the river side at Marsh Mills and the flooded wooded area in Saltram Park.

Blaxton Meadow was flooded too and I had excellent views of the male pintail and a male and 2 female wigeon along with a good count of 41 shelduck. On the river I found a little grebe and a male and 2 female red bresated mergansers.

In Saltram Park 10 redwing were feeding in the fields with 2 mistle thrush. I also saw a grey wagtail, a treecreeper, male kestrel, 2 jay and quite a few goldcrests.......but no snipe!

Posted January 29th, 2013 at 8:06 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Hope's Nose

Short afternoon watch in drizzle. 3 great northern divers in cove on north side, about 10 gannets circling and feeding, 10 guillemots, 1 razorbill, and 24 kittiwakes at the sewer.

Posted January 29th, 2013 at 6:25 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

Duck numbers reduced due to the weather conditions. This afternoon relocated the Ruff on South Huish Marsh ( last seen on Sat )

On the rocks 8 Turnstone, 3 Sanderling also the imm male Black Redstart.

All our Teal still have the normal stripe !

Posted January 29th, 2013 at 5:36 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Exmouth

off Shelly Beach - 1630 - 1700 - first winter glaucous gull tonight - roosting on mussel beds viewable from the Imperial recreation ground slipway. Also 1 slavonian grebe and c10+ red-breasted merganser.

Posted January 29th, 2013 at 5:16 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Axe Estuary

Drake Green-winged Teal (first for patch) on Colyford Marsh late morning.  First on main Colyford Marsh scrape, then flew with small flock of Teal and landed in pools and flood water just NE of main scrape. Also second winter Med Gull.

Earlier, an hours seawatch from Beer produced; 1 Great Northern Diver, 7 Red-throated Diver, 6 Dunlin, 14 Gannet and 24 Kittiwake.

Posted January 29th, 2013 at 1:42 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Berry Head and Brixham

 A short seawatch off the Head from 0915-1015 produced relatively little general passage, however 1 Great Skua, 2  Red-throated Divers and 9 Common Scoters flew south. Also 1 Red-throated Diver on the sea, plus a number of auks again mostly Guillemots.Six Guillemots on the rocks at base of Head looked unwell, probably oiled.

Two Great Northern Divers off Shoalstone may be those previously feeding off the Head, also one Great Northern off Breakwater .

Posted January 29th, 2013 at 12:47 pm in Bird News

Bramblings in Tiverton

Today at 12.15 pm in my back garden on edge of Tiverton, a mixed flock of 25+ chaffinches and 21 BRAMBLING ground feeding on niger seeds - beating last week's brambling max of 12 on Thursday 24 Jan (as in photos that have hopefully been received!).

Brambling/Chaffinch flock Tiverton 24.01.2013
Brambling/Chaffinch flock Tiverton 24.01.2013

Brambling/Chaffinch flock Tiverton 24.01.2013
Brambling/Chaffinch flock Tiverton 24.01.2013

Posted January 29th, 2013 at 12:42 pm by James Morrison in Bird News

Monday 28th January 2013

Broadsands & Brixham

17 Cirl Buntings on seed with 3 Reed Bunting in 2nd car park. 1 collybita Chiffchaff in marsh with 1 Goldcrest, the Firecrest showed well along the hedge between the first ca rpark and road.

On the sea just 6 Common Scoter and 8 Great Crested Grebes. 

Brixham Breakwater and Shoalstone 1 Purple Sandpiper just 10m along seward side of Breakwater from beach it was toowet and rough to walk any further! 1 Great Norther n Diver off shoalstone and good numbers of Razorbill and Guillemots.

 

Posted January 28th, 2013 at 6:24 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Berry Head

Before the heavy rain a quick seawatch although pretty quiet for seabird passage. Of note 8+ Harbour Porpoises, 2 Great Northern Divers (in close to the headland), c200 Guillemots sat on sea (presumed local) and a few Razorbills.

Posted January 28th, 2013 at 3:01 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Bradiford/Wrafton

Working in the reserve at Bradiford this morning, before the rain! 2 pairs of cronking Ravens flew south later followed by a group of 8 Grey Herons. High tide so plenty of water in the river, and only a few Teal to speak of. Little Egret as I left.

Wrafton had only 5 Gadwall. All the Redwings seem to have moved off too.

Posted January 28th, 2013 at 2:02 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Skern

Great Northern Diver this morning in the viscinity of the lifeboat berth. Otherwise good numbers of the usual waders:- Oystercatcher, Grey Plover, Dunlin, Bar-tailed Godwit and Redshank. The tide was on the retreat and no Brent Geese were on view.

Posted January 28th, 2013 at 10:01 am by Roger Doble in Bird News

Dartmeet - Yellowhammers

6 x Male Yellowhammers feeding under bird tables at Dartmeet on Sunday afternoon. Lots of other small birds feeding on the tables, chaffinches, nuthatches, coal, marsh, blue and great tits, robins.

Posted January 28th, 2013 at 6:48 am by Trevor Leaman in Bird News

Sunday 27th January 2013

Red Kite - South Brent

Red Kite today 12.30hrs flying roughly N.E. to S.W. over Brent village centre, being mobbed by about 12 jackdaws! Never seen one around here before.

John Cranch

Posted January 27th, 2013 at 10:18 pm in Bird News

Torbay boat trip mammals.

A few mammal pictures from this morning's boat trip. The porpoises put on a superb show, coming within 15-20m of the boat and showing none of their typical shyness.

Grey seal, Fishcombe Cove.
Grey seal, Fishcombe Cove.

Porpoise, Berry Head. (Durl Head in background).
Porpoise, Berry Head. (Durl Head in background).

Porpoise, Berry Head.
Porpoise, Berry Head.

Posted January 27th, 2013 at 6:17 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Torbay boat trip 8.30-11 am

Sunny with strong westerly wind. 5 great northern divers (scattered across bay), 1 black throated diver (7 quarries), 1 black necked grebe (Paignton), 20 great crested grebe, 1 adult sinensis cormorant (7 quarries), 11+ common scoter, 16 purple sandpiper (Brixham Harbour), 5 turnsrtone, 3 oystercatcher, 3 razorbill, many gannets, guillemots, scattered fulmars and kittiwake, 1 raven. Mammals included 2 grey seals, and 5 porpoises off Berry Head.

Great northern diver
Great northern diver

Gannet, winter plumage adult
Gannet, winter plumage adult

Black necked grebe
Black necked grebe

Posted January 27th, 2013 at 6:12 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Stover

Eight Waxwings as per postings below and in the country park plenty of activity around the feeders including 2 Siskins, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Marsh Tit, 2 Nuthatches and 4 Bullfinches.  

Waxwing, A38 near Heathfield
Waxwing, A38 near Heathfield

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Stover
Great Spotted Woodpecker, Stover

Posted January 27th, 2013 at 5:09 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

A38-Heathfield/Stover

8 Waxwing still this afternoon, on both sides of A38 near Candy Tiles.

Posted January 27th, 2013 at 3:34 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

A38 Heathfield & Stover

The pair of Goosanders were present on Stover lake until 9.20am when they flew off having been constantly disturbed by an uncontrolled dog !! Small pockets of Snipe in the reed margins but the same dog flushed them as well !! Pair of Great Crested Grebe showing interest in each other, other than that usual lake residents in view.

Greenwoodpecker could be heard calling but not seen.

On the A38 opposite Candy Tiles initially 8 Waxwings feeding on the berry bushes in the central reservation of the A38, they in turn were joined by another 4 then another 2, but as the wind picked up they seem loath to remain exposed and dropped away on the Heathfield side of the A38

Female Peregrine drifted over when I first arrived at location

Posted January 27th, 2013 at 12:48 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Exminster

 A Red Kite flew from the marshes, over my garden and on towards the village at 10.18. Upset the local gulls.Also one brambling during the Big Garden Birdwatch today.

Posted January 27th, 2013 at 10:26 am by John Waldon in Bird News

Exe Boat Trip

Was official spotter for my old man on the Stuart Line boat trip on the Exe yesterday afternoon.

It was great, with the highlights being; 14 Goldeneye (decent count), 3 Gadwall (apparently unusual on this trip), 2 Slavonian Grebes, Long-tailed Duck and Spotted Redshank.

Very few Brents on the river, but huge flock (300+) seen briefly in flight over Exminster Marshes, also few Golden Plover with Lapwing over here too.

Long-tailed Duck
Long-tailed Duck

Shag
Shag

Common Seal
Common Seal

Posted January 27th, 2013 at 8:00 am by Steve Waite in Bird News

Saturday 26th January 2013

Plym Estuary & Saltram

watched on the falling tide. A drake Pintail seen on the estuary (opposite the railway sidings) though I couldn't find it later from the road side. Still one Jack Snipe and 10 Snipe present; also Green Woodpecker, Marsh Tit (2), Little Grebe (2), Common Sandpiper and Greenshank (4).  

Posted January 26th, 2013 at 9:15 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Ernesettle Marsh/ Tamar est.

Thrashed around the marsh this morning whilst battling the onslaught of Manflu. Pleased to see that the two female Reed Buntings have been joined by a male.

Not a lot else around though  a Firecrest brightened the morning.

Elsewhere just a handful of Snipe and three Redwing.

On the estuary highlights were one hundred and twenty Avocet and thirty Black tailed Godwits.

Posted January 26th, 2013 at 8:22 pm by Roy McCarthy in Bird News

Sightings at Prawle Saturday 26 January 2013

Seawatching in far from ideal conditions (sunny and slight WNW breeze) from 8.30 to 10am immediately produced a spectacle of 100's of Gannets diving off the point in feeding frenzy with at least 16 Bottle-Nosed Dolphins in feeding formation and acrocbatics.Lovely . Min 1000 auks west plus 2 x Balearic Shearwaters , I x wp Black Throated Diver close west and I x Med Gull adult wp. 

At Langerstone 2 Purple Sandpipers ( advice-wear wellies along front ) At Horsley Cove the 2 x Water Pipits showed well plus possible Littoralis sp  with Rock and Meadow pipits, grey wags and 3 Chiffchaffs ( 1 x possible Siberian). A good start to the year.

Posted January 26th, 2013 at 7:41 pm by Tony Marchese in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 08:15 till 10:00

the curlew sandpiper was very elusive but showed briefly before leaving with a group dunlin, a good count of 276+ lapwing, 2 water rail, 1 grey plover, 12+ snipe, 2 Cetti's warblers, 300+ avocet, 250+ bar tailed godwit, 450+ black tailed godwit, 500+ wigeon, 10 pintail(8m,2f), 3 pochard(2m,1f), 2 tufted duck(1m,1f),46+ shoveler, 150+ teal, 150+ redshank, 20+ moorhen, 30+ redwing, 2 song thrush, mistle thrush, 100+ dunlin. On walk down to the hide 2 nuthatch and a treecreeper.

4 turnstone showed very well along the goatwalk but were constantly disturbed by dogs charging around on the mud 

Posted January 26th, 2013 at 6:44 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Teigngrace

A Barnacle Goose was feeding with Canada Geese in flooded fields c.1km SE of Teigngrace this afternoon until 15:55 when all the geese flew towards Newton Abbot

Posted January 26th, 2013 at 4:44 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

A38 - Stover

8+ Waxwing still early afternoon, on the southbound side of the A38, about 400 yards before the Teigngrace turn-off, and making daring visits to the berries on the central reservation. Others on site report that the flock has been present all week, despite no reports to any of the bird news services? with a maximum of 14 present at some point this week.

Posted January 26th, 2013 at 4:23 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

RSPB Isley Marsh/Instow

Early morning visit, 5 Spoonbill in estuary, Teal 120, Curlew 100, low numbers of Grey Plover. Good views of single Kingfisher. 

At Instow, male and female Blackcap in shrubs near Cricket Club, and single Little Owl.

Posted January 26th, 2013 at 4:19 pm in Bird News

Plym Estuary, Saltram

Morning vist to the Plym Estuary at Saltram on a low tide, Little Grebe feeding in the faster flowing water, plenty of Redshank, Pair of Red Breasted Merganser, good numbers of Black Headed and Greater Black Backed Gulls, reasonable numbers of Curlew, Oyster Catcher & Little Egrets, several individual Greenshanks, 1 Heron, Shell ducks being the most prominant duck seen, one birder reported seeing a male Pintail but I failed to locate it.

Posted January 26th, 2013 at 4:04 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

Charleton Marsh / Bay , 10:15-12:30, low tide.

Marsh looking good after the overnight rain, lots of wildfowl present namely Shelduck, 164 Teal, 194 Wigeon, 11 Pintail & 5 Shoveler. Water Rails calling from 3 different areas and 1 showing well below the hide. Out in the bay 66 Brent Geese and good numbers of Grey Plover and Dunlin. At least 3 Chiffchaffs in the sewage works.

Posted January 26th, 2013 at 2:18 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Juvenile Blackcap in garden in Braunton

Juvenile blackcap feeding on sunflower hearts in the garden today and brambling back for another visit.


Posted January 26th, 2013 at 1:38 pm by Tim Kevan in Bird News

Friday 25th January 2013

Thurlestone Bay

2hr sea watch this morning before the rain set in (again )- 75 Gannet, 21 Kittiwake, 5 Fulmar, 4 Guillemot

21 Razorbill, 15 Auksp, 2 Red T Diver, 1 Great N Diver.

On the rocks - the imm male Black REdstart, 4 Sanderling, 10 Turnstone, 2 Ringed Plover.

Quick look at South Huish Marsh at 12.15- 1 Grey Plover and a Ruff - first winter record for a few years.

Posted January 25th, 2013 at 5:52 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Waxwings - Stover

The Waxwings were still present on the A38 near Teigngrace turn off this afternoon.
Also on Stover Lake: 2 pairs of goosander, 100+ snipe, 40 crossbill, siskin, 3 marsh tit, 1 kingfisher, 2 Great crested grebe, 10 pochard 6 tufted, 1brambling 2 Buzzard, 2 water rail.

(Jon Avon)

Posted January 25th, 2013 at 5:17 pm in Bird News

Exmouth

Mudbank - long-tailed duck (presumably the Topsham female) with a small group of pintail late this afternoon. Also ad mediterranean gull in fields near West Lodge.

Posted January 25th, 2013 at 4:32 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Brambling in Braunton

This lovely Brambling visited our garden in Braunton this afternoon

Brambling

Posted January 25th, 2013 at 4:31 pm by Tim Kevan in Bird News

Brixham Breakwater.

Early morning stroll before rain!

9 Purple Sandpiper by old fuel bunkering jetty, 1 Great Northern Diver straight out from lighthouse at end of Breakwater, light bad but 20+ scoter of mussel farm and other birds amongst blue bouys.

Going out on wildlife trip in bay sunday and some places available!!!

Posted January 25th, 2013 at 9:29 am by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Thursday 24th January 2013

Pied Wagtail Roost - Torquay Hospital

Following on from reports of Wagtail roosts at Newton Abbott and Teignmouth would just like to add a flock of just over 200 wagtails were watched descending onto the roof of Torquay Hospital at 17.00 hours tonight. 

Posted January 24th, 2013 at 9:06 pm by Clive Mason in Bird News

Black Redstart still at NDDH

The Black Redstart that was present at the North Devon Hospital is still active.

Posted January 24th, 2013 at 8:56 pm by Andrew Lansdell in Bird News

Tavistock

Had to visit Tavistock today, so had a few looks at the River Tavy in town. A female Goosander was still present on the river behind the Pannier Market, showing extremely well. (Oh for a camera.........). A Grey Wagtail was also present here. Below the road bridge near the town centre were a pair of Dippers alongside the path leading to the park.

Posted January 24th, 2013 at 8:20 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Axe Estuary

21 persons attended the East Devon Branch (Devon Birds) fieldtrip to the Axe Estuary, (leader Bob Olliver). With the help of Ian Mc.Lean a Black Redstart was quickly found on Seaton seafront with Red Throated Diver and 70+ Wigeon off shore.  A Kingfisher flew under the road bridge as we made our way back up the estuary where a single Bar Tailed Godwit was present before we reached Coronation Corner (admiring the new interpretation board and art of Mike Langman at the viewing platform).  c23 Dunlin aand 29 Bl. Tailed Godwit were seen together with a single Ringed Plover.  On the return walk a pair of Tree Creeper were present in a garden, plus 3 Song Thrush in fields. 

 After lunch at Black Hole Marsh car park we moved off to view the estuary from the tower hide where a Med. Gull, 5 Little Grebe and approx 7 Common Gull were present.  The group continued on to Colyford Marsh via the Field Studies Centre, to view the impressive Sand Martin 'wall' being constructed by East Devon DC together with other improvements to the reserve.  Good numbers of Redwing and a few Fieldfare were seen in distant fields together with large numbers of Lapwing and Golden Plover. A single Green Sandpiper was found in the corner of Black Hole Marsh on the return.  Arriving back at the car park a large flock of Golden Plover was seen over the marsh at a distance and from a photo taken it was estimated that these numbered 1000.  In spite of cold conditions this was another great day out.

Posted January 24th, 2013 at 7:21 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Baggy Point

Numbers of Common Scoter now down to 14 individuals.

Female Eider & 3 Red throated Divers still present but no

sign of the Black Redstart this afternoon.



Posted January 24th, 2013 at 6:19 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

First day for ages without any rain produced a very good mornings birding.

On T'stone Marsh -40 Wigeon, 50 Teal, 16 Gadwall, 8 Shoveler.

South Huish Marsh held - 85 Teal, 25 Wigeon, 3 Shoveler, 125 + Lapwing, 25 Snipe, 2 Grey Plover, 2 Dunlin, Peregrine over.

On the rocks an imm male Black Redsart ( viewed down to 10 feet ), also 4 Sanderling, 5 Turnstone, 3 Ringed Plover.

In fields between Upton X and Huxton X  largest flocks this winter of - 300+ Golden Plover and 175 + Lapwing, also 20 Redwing and 15 Skylark.

Stopped off at the bridge in West Buckland to find 6 Siskin, 1 Nuthatch and 3 Goldcrest

Posted January 24th, 2013 at 6:02 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Capton

30 Golden Plover flew over Capton ( couple miles northwest of Dartmouth ) this morning.

Posted January 24th, 2013 at 5:36 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Braunton

Wrafton Pond had 12 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler and 4 Gadwall + a Common Gull this morning, and in the reserve a couple of Goldcrests and a Cetti's Warbler.

Later across the great field fabulous close views of a Barn Owl perched by the road and then hunting round the fields.

Posted January 24th, 2013 at 4:39 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Torre Abbey, Torquay

Imm Great Northern Diver at entrance to outer harbour and 1 Black-necked Grebe in bay at lunchtime.

Posted January 24th, 2013 at 1:40 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Wednesday 23rd January 2013

Thurlestone Bay

Bitterly cold day , frequent rain showers , little wind, poor viz but at least still a snow and ice free zone.

On South Huish Marsh 125 Teal, 25 Wigeon, 12 Shoveler, 10 Lapwing, 2 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover and now 3 Grey Plover.

On the rocks 17 Turnstone ( highest count this winter ).

On the sea 2 Black T Diver and 1 Red T Diver, male Common Scoter with 15 east, a few Auks flying east.

In the copse area 6 Redwing, 6 Song Thrush, 20 Mipit

Posted January 23rd, 2013 at 6:21 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Isley

Quick visit in poor conditions this morning produced one Spoonbill and lots of Teal. A few Wigeon and several Snipe.

 

Sadly no sign of the Smew so far but thought I'd post the pics for all to see.

Male Smew Taw Est 21.1.13 Jon Turner

Male Smew Taw Est 21.1.12 Jon Turner

Posted January 23rd, 2013 at 11:47 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Tuesday 22nd January 2013

Bird Picture Challenge

Come on everyone have a go.  Rob Jutsum's Bird Picture Challenge has been moved to the Forum http://forum.devonbirds.org/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=137  Don't forget you need to Log-in, and if you are not registered you need to register using your real name.  Look under Bird ID / Picture Challenge

Also a tricky skua to try http://forum.devonbirds.org/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=136

 

Posted January 22nd, 2013 at 8:49 pm in Bird News

Braunton Marsh

After a fruitless look at Down End late this afternoon I came home across the Marsh/Great Field and saw  a HUGE flock of Starlings heading south west (towards Rob's roost?) I estimated several 10's of 1,000s.

Posted January 22nd, 2013 at 6:37 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Great Moor House, Exeter

Flock of Siskins in trees around car park for Devon Records Office, can be heard more easily than seen

Posted January 22nd, 2013 at 11:57 am by Sandy Moreton in Bird News

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