Devon Bird Sightings from 8th–14th January 2013


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Monday 14th January 2013

Ashburton - a Dentist's Perspective

Incidental birdwatching. Whilst in the waiting room: two twirling Ravens and two Buzzards! Cracking!

Posted January 14th, 2013 at 11:14 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News


The Spotted Redshank was still on the side of the Exe estuary either side of the R. Kenn outlet by Powderham Park early this afternoon, associating with Greenshanks. If watching this bird, please be very careful if you feel you have to cross the railway here. Trains approach very very swiftly!

Posted January 14th, 2013 at 10:26 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Had a very enjoyable day giving the Lower Ley a good look around. Lots of birds there more like the good old days ( starting to sound old, doh, i am getting old ! ) Highlights were the long stayers i.e. the 2 Black-necked Grebes, fem Ring-necked Duck ( all at Torcross ), fem Scaup Torcross and the first winter male in Ireland Bay and the usual female Marsh Harrier. Also 28 Mute Swans, 58 Canada Geese, 3 Little Grebes, just 3 Great Crested Grebes ( very low total, first time ever for me in 30+ years of watching here that GC Grebes have been outnumbered by other grebes - doubt its happened since before they started flooding gravel pits furthur east ? ), 108 Gadwall, 28 Mallard, 13 Wigeon, 258 Tufted Duck, 37 Pochard, 12 Goldeneye ( 4 males, high ratio) and 173 Coot. The sea was fairly quiet but nice to see a flock of 57 Common Scoter ( north of monument ). Also 3 Shelduck, single Great Northern and Red-throated Diver, Slavonian Grebe ( off central car park ) and maybe 50 Razorbills visible in scattered areas.


Posted January 14th, 2013 at 9:13 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Torre Abbey, Torquay

Three Black-necked Grebes in bay at lunch time.

Posted January 14th, 2013 at 8:46 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Darts Farm, Topsham

A good number of Linnets feeding on the sunflowers on the field edge above the fishing pond car park, Siskins, Gold Finch, Reed Bunting (one well coloured male) and Brambling around the feeding station by the hide.

Male Sparrow Hawk seen twice in hunting mode making the smaller birds rather nervous

Large flock of Brent Geese including the white headed bird, reasonable number of Bar Tailed Godwits, Curlew and Lapwing on the fields in front of the hide

Posted January 14th, 2013 at 6:05 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News


Sth Efford Marsh

Water Pipit 3, Merlin fem, Blk T Godwit the best of.  Please use footpath to right of entrance.


Posted January 14th, 2013 at 3:44 pm by Alan Doidge in Bird News

Sunday 13th January 2013


Walk around Fremington Quay and Pill this afternoon.

One Spoonbill just below the water inlet about half way down, first time I have seen them on the Pill

Posted January 13th, 2013 at 11:43 pm by Bob Cudmore in Bird News

bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 08:15 till 10:30

450+ avocet, 255+ bar tailed godwits , 900+ black tailed godwits, 1 spotted redshank , 1 golden plover , 1 grey plover , 400+ dunlin, 250+ redshank, 2 greenshank, 70+ lapwing , 2 cetti's warbler, 5 pintail(4m,1f),4+ tufted duck,2 little grebes, 400+ wigeon, 30+ shoveler, 5+ snipe

Goat walk, a nice group of 11+ turnstone 

11:30ish the female long tailed duck was showing well on the river north of topsham quay 

Posted January 13th, 2013 at 8:54 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Dartington and Totnes

Walked the riverbank from Dartington Estate  to Vire Island Totnes this pm. 5 Goosander (3 redheads,  2 drakes),8 Teal, 154 Canada Geese accompanied by 1 Barnacle Gooose, and  5 Little Grebe. At Totnes 2 Kingfishers on the small creek at north side of town bridge, by Bridge Terrace. 14 Stock Doves together in stubble on the estate near Park School.

Posted January 13th, 2013 at 8:18 pm in Bird News

Portworthy dam

 Nothing on the lake but a very nice male Merlin that had the decency to perch up in front of me for ten minutes.

Posted January 13th, 2013 at 7:43 pm in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Report of an adult male Ring-necked Duck at the north end at the Lower Ley, with Tufted Ducks. But seen only in fading light.  The female Ring-necked Duck was seen earlier by same observer.  Also one male Scaup.

[Jason Smart]

Posted January 13th, 2013 at 7:43 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

The Little Owl showing well in its usual location this morning. 40 Lapwing, 30+ Skylark, Stonechat, 20 Chaffinch and a single Golden Plover flew north east.

Posted January 13th, 2013 at 6:58 pm in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

A drake Goldeneye was on the sea close inshore briefly at 10.00 before flying east .Later 2 Brent Goose -db  flew onto the sea before joining a 3rd on South Huish Marsh .Also on the sea- 4 Razorbill

Waders on the beaches/ rocks - 8 Turnstone, 6 Ringed Plover, 2 Sanderling .

On South h Marsh - 85 Teal, 60 Wigeon 6 Shoveler, 1 Shoveler, 1 female Goldeneye, 60 Lapwing, 25 Snipe.

On one of the houses a female Black Redstart

Posted January 13th, 2013 at 6:17 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Dartmoor Golden Plover

Group of around 30 very mobile Golden Plover near Princetown. Moving around the areas of short grass either side of the road from Peakhill to Princetown.  

Posted January 13th, 2013 at 6:07 pm by Fraser Carter in Bird News

Downend & Baggy

A full days birding today starting with the WeBS count this morning & a bird check at Downend & Baggy this afternoon.

At Downend 1 Red throated Diver & the Scoters that Maurice

counted this morning had moved on but one of the 3 Red throated divers had come back again!

At Baggy Point 34 Common Scoters & 2 Red throated Divers.

A perfect winter's day.

Posted January 13th, 2013 at 5:45 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

Had a gentle stroll down to Charleton Marsh midday, not much about. Around 70 Teal and 7 Pintail on the marsh with 9 Little Grebes on the estuary around the saltstone. At least 4 Chiffchaffs in the sewage works.


Posted January 13th, 2013 at 4:55 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Yarner wood

My wife spotted a Ringtail Harrier flying over Yarner wood this afternoon. 

I would of missed it........too busy looking at the wood ants enjoying the sunshine.

Mandarin ducks there also.

Posted January 13th, 2013 at 4:54 pm by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

Sunday - S, Devon - various

Staverton Weir - Dipper and Kingfisher. 6 x Goosander (3M, 3F) towards bridge. 2 x Treecreepers close by.

Parke - large mixed flocks of Redwing and Fieldfare.

Yarner Wood - main pond - 4 Mandarin (3M, 1F), also 2 x Siskin on feeders at old hide.  1 Raven flying (and calling) over.

Posted January 13th, 2013 at 4:50 pm by Trevor Leaman in Bird News


94 snipe on flooded area between road and river just before speed sign at landcross

Posted January 13th, 2013 at 3:04 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Downend, Saunton Down.

09:45 - 10:45

Just 11 Common Scoter ( 2M,9F) and 1 Red-throated Diver, which was way out beyond the Scoter.

The Diver flew off towards Baggy and picked up 2 more on the way.

Drove down Sandy Lane on way home and flocks up to c300 Chaffinches were on the stubble fields around Avery`s farm and c150 Jackdaws in the sheep fields.

Posted January 13th, 2013 at 11:40 am by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Saturday 12th January 2013

Teignmouth to Dawlish Warren 10:00 to 13:00

Two Ravens over Holcombe. Seawatching at Dawlish Warren produced little - Gannets far out and a Great Crested Grebe. Stonechat and many Meadow Pipits on the reserve. At the hide a Slavonian Grebe, 5 Goldeneye (1 male) and six Red-breasted Mergansers, Grey Plover, Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Wigeon and Brent Geese on the golf course. Tried for four out of five Grebes, but the Black Necked Grebe was not showing on the main pond.

Posted January 12th, 2013 at 8:39 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Exminster and Otter Estuary

Rose-coloured starling present at 09.15 hrs perching in small trees in garden above Milbury Lane, Exminster, in between flying to neighbouring gardens.

Med Gull (ad) loafing with gull flock in meadow on west side of Otter at 12.00 hrs.

Posted January 12th, 2013 at 6:34 pm in Bird News

Exe Estuary cruises

Stuart Lines cruises yesterday and today produced: Slavonian, Little (2) and Great Crested Grebes, c70 Shags (with stronger wind today), 13 Goldeneye (2 drakes) off Cockwood, Long-tailed Duck (Topsham-Turf), 50+ Mergansers, c500+ Avocets, c50 Golden Plover, 6 Sanderlings, Spotted Redshank, 9 Greenshank (both at Powderham), possibly 1000 Black-tailed Godwits, many fewer Bar-tailed, 300+ Common, 6 Lesser Black-backed and 100+ Great Black-backed Gulls. Also Grey Seal near Turf yesterday.

Token shot of the Long-tailed Duck in poor light
Token shot of the Long-tailed Duck in poor light

Posted January 12th, 2013 at 5:37 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Arlington lake and bird hide

Between 10am and 2pm

10 Teal on lake with some mallards (water level in lake looks very low compared to normal levels)

Usual tits on the feeders at the hide with at least 4 different Nuthatches taking nuts to stash as were a couple of Jays.

2 moorhens and a very brief glimpse of a Water rail in the reeds opposite the hide.

2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers in trees nearby but no visits to the feeders.

A male Sparrowhawk turned up and sat on a post for a few seconds.... not long enough to get the camera on him!

Posted January 12th, 2013 at 5:22 pm by Chris Triggs in Bird News


 From Zeneca car park  early afternoon, telescope views of a Great Northern Diver and 3 Red-throated Divers. Also another Great Northern off Shoalstone beach later.

Posted January 12th, 2013 at 3:47 pm in Bird News


Broadsands 13:15-15:00

On the marsh the 2 'tristis' type Chiffchaff were showing very well on the pool and between the car parks. Also 2 chiffchaff and 3-4 goldcrests. There were good numbers of cirl buntings on the feed with chaffinches and 2 reed buntings.

On the sea there were 4 GNDivers which flew off east when the rain stopped, 1 Black necked grebe, 1 great crested grebe, 10+ razorbill, and 20+ common scoter.

Posted January 12th, 2013 at 3:39 pm by Jacob Wood in Bird News


The male Black Redstart still this morning on the rooftops of numbers 29, 31 and 33 Roundham Road by Paignton Harbour, opposite Cliff Road. (It was also seen on these rooftops last week).

Nearby, a Little Egret on the rocks at Preston

Also,2 Egyptian Geese in a marshy field at Waddeton just outside the hamlet on the Galmpton Road.

Posted January 12th, 2013 at 2:11 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News


18 Shoveler, 8 WIgeon and 4 Gadwall on the pond this morning. Nearby in the reserve, more signs of spring with more Primroses out and a Coot - the first since last summer.

Posted January 12th, 2013 at 2:00 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


Late post from yesterday.  Short-eared owl from Burrows headed towards hinks old shipyard, lost it to view.16:45.   Female brambling in my garden again today.

Posted January 12th, 2013 at 9:21 am by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Friday 11th January 2013


All four Waxwings in situe and feeding well, being observed by 3 other birders when I arrived, while watching these birds they were joined by eight Siskins which added to the spectacle, on leaving saw a Goldcrest in cover alongside the path by the shops

Posted January 11th, 2013 at 10:06 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Collaton St Mary, Paignton

Single Little Grebe on a small fresh water lake, location checked following report by owner of a small Grebe on his lake also handful of Moorhen some of which were displaying and rather territorial, one Coot and a Heron in one of the nearby fields

Posted January 11th, 2013 at 10:04 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

 A visit in the early part of the afternoon produced a female Merlin up towards the motorway flyover. The Ruff was again present with the Lapwing flocks, approximately in the area bounded by the railway path, Lions Rest Estate and the large lagoon. A drake Pintail, a Water Rail, 4 Stonechats and 2 Ravens completed the scene.  

Posted January 11th, 2013 at 9:54 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

River Teign

Common Sand at low tide up river from Passage House Inn.

Posted January 11th, 2013 at 8:43 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News


Late afternoon, the Firecrest was still present along the road west of the main car park entrance. Both tristis Chiffchaffs were again in the marsh. 12 Cirl Buntings on seed in 2nd car park.


1 ad w Mediterranean Gull in the rooost this evening

Like Josh, the bay was relatively quiet, the only Black-necked Grebe I could find was over at Preston and no divers at all!

Posted January 11th, 2013 at 8:40 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Bridge Inn and BGM, Topsham 12:00 to 15:20

48 species, mostly the usual suspects. Really good views of Kingfisher, Pintail (1male, 1 female), 15+ Snipe (no Jacks!) and a beautiful male Sparrowhawk on the lone fence at the back. Also noticed two Jackdaws food swapping at the back - spring is not far round the corner!

Posted January 11th, 2013 at 6:54 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News


Looking out over the bay was pretty uneventuful. 38 Common Scoter, 27 Great Crested Grebe.

8 Chiffchaff, with one tristis type. 3 Reed Bunting, 6 Cirl Bunting, 5 Goldcrest

Chiffchaff feeding, J.Marshall
Chiffchaff feeding, J.Marshall

Posted January 11th, 2013 at 5:55 pm by Josh Marshall in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

All day out on the estuary at low tide turned up these selected peak counts:

Little Grebe 10, Little Egret 32, Brent Goose 84, Wigeon 540, Teal 138, Pintail 9, Goldeneye - cracking male, Red-breasted Merganser 18, Oystercatcher 94, Grey Plover 11, Dunlin 230, Bar-tailed Godwit 10, Curlew 160, Redshank 63, Greenshank 4 & Razorbill 2.

Maybe the predicted cold snap will bring in more birds!!

Posted January 11th, 2013 at 5:33 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News


On the sea were: c60 Common Scoter, Slavonian Grebe, 2 Red-throated Divers, 2 Great Northern Divers. Along the line was a female Marsh Harrier.

Posted January 11th, 2013 at 4:35 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

WeBS - Grand Western Canal

Highlight of my Grand Western Canal WeBS survey between Halberton and Burlescombe was a female Merlin perched on the crossbar of an electricity pylon at Batten's Bridge.

Other sightings included 3 Kingfisher, 2 Little Grebe, and a Water Rail.

Posted January 11th, 2013 at 4:22 pm by Ray Jones in Bird News


Flock of c60 Fieldfare. Starling numbers still around c600. 2 Mistle Thrush having a noisy and violent coming together. Lots of singing Robins.

Posted January 11th, 2013 at 3:53 pm by David Boddy in Bird News

Darts Farm wetlands

3 Brambling, 3 Reed bunting, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Blue/Great tit, Greenfinch and Great spotted woodpecker all feeding on and around the bird table.

Out on the wetlands, 10+ Teal and Wigeon. A small group of Black-tailed godwit with a few Curlew. A large flock of Brent geese here for most of the day but mobile.

On the stubble field 12 Skylarks with 30+ Linnets

Posted January 11th, 2013 at 1:49 pm by Gareth Williams in Bird News


In the river only a pair of Goosander this morning along with about 60 Dunlin and single Turnstone and Ringed Plover. A flock of Brent Geese over on the Penhill Saltmarsh.

In the reserve a few Teal and a couple of Wigeon, and a flock of 60 or so Linnets feeding on the flotsam from the recent flooding.

Posted January 11th, 2013 at 11:13 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Thursday 10th January 2013


9 Cirls Buntings on seed in 2nd car park with 1 Reed Bunting. Around Marsh;1 Firecrest, 1 collybita Chiffchaff, 1 tristis Chiffchaff.

I couldn't even see the sea from the sea from the wall due the fog and low tide - never mind any divers or grebes!

Posted January 10th, 2013 at 10:03 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Exe Estuary cruise

The first Stuart Line birdwatching cruise of the year was greeted by fog, although it did clear as rain moved in. That said, some good birds were seen, with 13+ G C Grebes, Slavonian Grebe (Cockwood), c25 Shags, female-type Long-tailed Duck (Topsham-Turf), 4 Greenshank, very good numbers of Avocets and Black-tailed Godwits (approx 500 and 1000, respectively), c50 Golden Plover, adult Med Gull (Pole Sands) and a Guillemot (swimming along Exmouth beach).

Posted January 10th, 2013 at 6:07 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

After 10 years since retiring and covering the patch I finally nailed my bogy bird- standing in the rain at West Buckland I found my first patch Tree Creeper. Never has such a small bird on a gloomy day produced such a smile on my face.

On T'stone Marsh - 50 Teal, 27 Wigeon, 14 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, 40 Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe 1 Grey Wagtail, 30 Pied Wagtail ( to roost ) 1m Black Redstart. 14 Reed Bunting on my feeders

On South Huish Marsh - 65 Teal, 35 Wigeon, 4 Shoveler, 2 Pintail, 1 Little Grebe

Posted January 10th, 2013 at 6:04 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Ernesettle Creek, Plymouth

My first visit to Ernesettle Creek, Plymouth (and my last until the ground conditions improve, very wet and slippery, serious risk of taking a bad tumble) That said was pleased to six Red-breasted Merganser fly past in a line towards the Tamar Bridge, appeared to be one male, two female and three juveniles, a solitary Redshank, three Heron, small number of Wigeon (mostly males) and a couple of Curlew. Bullfinch alongside the treatment works.

Posted January 10th, 2013 at 2:33 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Wednesday 9th January 2013

Isley Marsh

Lots of birds on the high tide roost this afternoon in lovely light. All the usual stuff including 6 Spoonbill, more than 200 Teal, 100+ Widgeon, 1 Ruff  and lots of Snipe (more than I have ever seen at this site). Perahaps the biggest suprise was a Fox right in the middle of the marsh (see pic 4).
Attached a few Astroscoped snaps taken at 1920mm from 300-600 feet.





Posted January 9th, 2013 at 8:22 pm in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Birding remains pretty much the same - 40 Fieldfare, 40 Skylark, 20 Meadow Pipits, 4 Buzzards, 13 Stock Doves, 400 Starling  and a Stonechat this morning.

At lunchtime, a walk around Knackers Hole lane, Churchinford found amongst commoner species a Marsh Tit which, by my reckoning, was about 3 foot over the border into Devon!

Posted January 9th, 2013 at 7:57 pm in Bird News

Exminster marsh

Watched from 14:10 till 16:40

A very good afternoon around the marsh, walked along station road and soon found the female merlin hunting between the railway bridge and the motorway, 2 water rail were in the pool beside the bridge and a kingfisher, scanning through severall hundred lapwing proved rewarding with female ruff in fields between station road and the lagoon, another 2 water rail and a group of 6 chiffchaffs by lions rest industrial estate and the middle car park, 3 Cetti's warblers and 4 stonechat, a look from the canal bank produced 61+ golden plover, 15+ bar tailed godwits, 400+ dunlin , 50+ shoveler and 2 pintail, then around 15:45 a female hen harrier flew towards me from the motorway bridge it hunted between the middle car park and the canal bank for 10 mins before dropping down out of sight, on the walk back to exminster found a male merlin hunting between the lions rest industrial estate and the motorway to finish a very good couple of hours . 

Posted January 9th, 2013 at 6:55 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News


3 Waxwings (adult and 2 first winters) still early afternoon in estate, feeding on berries by footpath behind houses off Lower Cannon Road opposite Prince Rupert Way.

Posted January 9th, 2013 at 6:09 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

South Dartmoor

A soggy tramp around the Ryder's Hill/Huntingdon Warren area of the moor this afternoon produced a ringtail Hen Harrier, 57 Golden Plovers and 19 Fieldfares.

Posted January 9th, 2013 at 6:01 pm by Pat Mayer in Bird News

Braunton Great Field

A calm and dry evening so a quick Owl trip: 2 Little Owls and a Barn Owl at dusk.

Posted January 9th, 2013 at 5:57 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Slapton Ley and Beesands

  The Ring-necked Duck still, a Scaup in Ireland Bay, the Marsh Harrier out hunting, Cettis singing and Water Rail squealing.  Off the Monument 40+ Scoter.  Missed  a Firecrest by minutes!  At Beesands [mid afternoon] a feeding frenzy was taking place with 150+ Gannets, 150+ Razorbills, 80+ Guillemots and many Kittiwakes covering a small area. A very conservative count as so many were under water at any one time!  Many of the auks were just offshore in the end.  Quite a spectacle.

Posted January 9th, 2013 at 5:06 pm in Bird News


A full day looking for winter flocks turned up 260 skylark, 100 chaffinch, 40 linnet, 20 yellowhammer & a single reed bunting.

Also 4 snipe on the wetter areas and offshore 20 gannet & 72 shag.

Posted January 9th, 2013 at 4:56 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Wrafton / Velator

A few more ducks, 3 Gadwall, 5 Wigeon and about 10 Shoveler on the pond this afternoon.

Chiffchaff and 3 Goldcrests in the reserve. 

George Mudford saw 5 Purple Sandpipers at Capstone earlier, along with the 2 Black Redstarts.

Posted January 9th, 2013 at 4:01 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime visit today - the female Long-tailed Duck was off the goatwalk. Other highlights were a Water Rail and 5 Pintail.

Posted January 9th, 2013 at 3:06 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Baggy Pt

Common Scoters & female Eider still present at Baggy Pt but numbers falling off now after peaking in Dec 2012, 64 counted this morning.

 6 Rock Pipits & several Stonechats enjoying the sunshine.

Posted January 9th, 2013 at 1:13 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Capstone/ Ilfracombe


2 Black redstarts on the cliff face west side of capstone.

Posted January 9th, 2013 at 12:59 pm in Bird News

Tavistock Goosanders

Goosanders still on River Tavy behind the Pannier Market yesterday.

Posted January 9th, 2013 at 10:57 am by David Boddy in Bird News

Tuesday 8th January 2013

Thurlestone Bay

Duck numbers on both Marshes  unchanged . Of interest today - T'stone Marsh - Cettis Warbler, Male Black Redstart in the Close with a Green Woodpecker over.

Offshore a Red T Diver with a male Shoveler east, 2 Sanderling on the beach

On South Huish marsh - 80+ Lapwing, a 2w Med Gull, and a 1w Yellow legged Gull

Posted January 8th, 2013 at 5:49 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Great White Egret on the Taw/Torridge

A friend (Peter Jeffery) reported he saw a Great white egret flying low over the Torridge between the two Bideford bridges on Sunday afternoon. A different friend (Dave King) has just reported that he saw it at the waters edge off of Crow today.

Posted January 8th, 2013 at 5:20 pm in Bird News

Prawle and Beesands

Seawatching at Prawle ,0845-1045 produced westward passage of 630 auks nearly all Razorbill, 206 Gannets, 56 Kittiwakes and 4 Red-throated Divers. Late morning , Water Pipit feeding with Rock Pipits and 3 Chiffchaffs at west end of Horseley Cove, also 4 Turnstone, 2 Curlew and 21 Oystercatcher on the rocks. Fog and drizzle stopped observation by lunchtime.

I called in at Beesands afterwards and was surprised to see virtually no wildfowl on the lake-they must all be at Slapton.

Posted January 8th, 2013 at 4:28 pm in Bird News


Despite the clagged in dull weather,  found the four Waxwings at Heathfied around 9.30am, all four sat up in an Alder tree (on the footpath that runs up beside the shops near to Drum Way) Were happy just to preen and slow to feed, two flew down to the gutter of nearest house presumably to drink. Once feeding a cat came in under the berry trees and the Waxwings beat a hasty retreat.

Late morning visited Exeter services, three other birders present looking for the Waxwings. Found initially two sat in the Poplars just beyond the staff car park towards the exit lane, again very slow to feed, despite it being very quiet. Initially dropped down into the bushes on the bank above Costa before all four appeared and began to feed for a brief spell on the trees directly behind Costa.

The birds took on an alert posture and I thought I could hear other Waxwings calling, but only saw the four in sight, all four remained in the alert posture and soon moved off flying out towards the motorway.

Posted January 8th, 2013 at 3:26 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News


The Rose-coloured Starling showed well briefly at around 2o'clock in the gardens of the houses on the left of Milbury Lane after a lunchtime search. Also a male Brambling in the churchyard with a small flock of Greenfinches

Posted January 8th, 2013 at 2:19 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Around the Exe

A few highlights from yesterday:

Dawlish Warren -  Black-necked Grebe still on Main Pond, Water Pipit & Rock Pipit in front of hide, a few auks & 12+ Great Crested Grebes offshore

Cockwood - 10 Goldeneye, Slavonian Grebe

Exminster Marshes - female Merlin north of middle car park at dusk (& possible 2nd bird present)

Posted January 8th, 2013 at 6:48 am by Will Salmon in Bird News

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