Devon Bird Sightings from 22nd–30th November 2013

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Saturday 30th November 2013

Scadson Woods Torquay

Yellow browed Warbler doing what Yellow browed do, being very active feeding high up in sycamores on the south end of Scadson Woods Nr Preston Torquay most of this afternoon. Only moved in to this area four weeks ago so not a bad start for me !

Posted November 30th, 2013 at 10:23 pm by Clive Mason in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 14:00 till 16:00

A good afternoon on the marsh the long tailed duck showed well at times among 480+ wigeon, 4 pintail, 1 female pochard, 1 gadwall, 80+ teal, 8+ shoveler, 900+ dunlin was a very good count, 350+ avocet, 3 spotted redshanks, 147+ lapwing, 120+ bar tailed godwits among 400+ black tailed godwits, 100+ redshanks, 4+ jays, 12+ snipe, 2 Cetti's warblers, 1 water rail , 350+ brent geese over , lots of disturbance by a peregrine made accurate counts hard also 2 sparrowhawks. 

Posted November 30th, 2013 at 8:12 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Sherpa Marsh & Taw Estuary

2 Marsh Harriers, both hunting over Sherpa Marsh nearing dusk. Good numbers of Lapwing (several hundred) on the field adjoining Chivenor. 15 Snipe, 10 Teal, 4 Wigeon and 50+ Redshank on the estuary fringes. Best bird, however, was a Short-eared Owl seen taking flight from the high tide mark opposite Chivenor firing range. Circled over the field putting up the majority of the Lapwing before flying over the Caen towards Braunton Burrows.

Posted November 30th, 2013 at 6:54 pm by Eden Davies in General Birding

Dartmoor

Went for a nice long walk on Dartmoor, but as I was nearby  couldn't resist a look into Soussans vallly. There I found a Great Grey Shrike, posing on the Rowans and making forays at flying insects. [ SX684806] In case it's there tomorrow, take the the path S. from Bennets cross and walk along the vally bottom, it was about 200 yards N. of the forestry gate. Back up on Hamel Down a Red Grouse was flushed by a dog, first Ive seen for 7 years, and I'm a regular! Elsewhere 2 Snipe 50+ Redwing and an oddity, a bat flying around in brilliant sunshine over Challacombe at 1330!

Posted November 30th, 2013 at 6:28 pm by John Lusher in General Birding

Clennon valley

The yellow browed warbler showed well this morning at the usual spot 200m up from the YMCA. 5 snipe and 2 drake shoveler on the bottom pond, a dabchick and a kingfisher on the middle pond and a little egret on the 3rd pond.

Yellow browed warbler
Yellow browed warbler

Kingfisher, middle pond
Kingfisher, middle pond

Posted November 30th, 2013 at 5:22 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

higher godsworthy

Ring Ouzel still near barn and showing well till disturbed by a Sparrowhawk  

Posted November 30th, 2013 at 1:47 pm by Graham Hill in General Birding

Friday 29th November 2013

Yellow-browed Warbler Clennon Valley

Another photo of this popular bird. Appeared mostly opposite the metal railing but also at times up to 200m west along the streamside bushes.

Posted November 29th, 2013 at 8:22 pm in General Birding

Clennon Valley, afternoon

The yellow browed warbler was in the usual place 200m west of the YMCA, though keeping to cover. 3 snipe and 2 dabchick on the lower pond, 4 shoveler (3m, 1f) and a drake mandarin on the middle pond and 2 little egret and a pair of teal on the top pond.

Posted November 29th, 2013 at 8:08 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Topsham Recreation Ground

Brief views only of the Water Pipit this morning. Also a 1st winter Yellow-legged Gull (a bit thin on the ground this year?), an adult Mediterranean Gull and a photographable Water Rail.

Yellow-legged Gull - Topsham 29/11/2013
Yellow-legged Gull - Topsham 29/11/2013

Water Rail - Topsham 29/11/2013
Water Rail - Topsham 29/11/2013

Posted November 29th, 2013 at 4:09 pm by Tim Worfolk in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

Several each of Shoveler, Wigeon and Gadwall along with one Tufted Duck this afternoon. At least a dozen Collared Doves flying into the reserve to roost.

Posted November 29th, 2013 at 3:59 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Brixham Breakwater.

Quick strool along Breakwater, 1 Great Northern Diver off BW beach, Gannets in mid bay diving for spratts, 7 Turnstones and on the lower legs of the old fuel jetty 4 Purple Sandpipers. Dull and starting to rain so going home but will be going out on boat trip Sunday morning @ 9 from Paignton Harbour checking out all the birds in the Bay, call if interested on 07866202576

Posted November 29th, 2013 at 3:14 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Stover

Today around the Country Park:

12 pochard, 2 tufted duck, 1 little grebe, 2 kingfisher, 2+ water rail,  snipe, Siskin. 2 redpoll, 20 crossbill, 1 green woodpecker, great spotted  woodpecker, 2 marsh tit

Yesterday:    85+ common snipe. 1 jack snipe plus roosts of increasing numbers of chaffinch and redwing.

Jon Avon

Posted November 29th, 2013 at 2:35 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Seaton Bay

Only two birds on the sea between Axmouth Harbour and Beer this morning, the two Long-tailed Ducks. Absolutely nothing else, not even a Cormorant! 

Posted November 29th, 2013 at 12:07 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Torbay

On Sea..

Paignton/Preston: 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 16 Common Scoter.

Goodrington: 4 Black-necked Grebes, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Common Scoter.

Broadsands: 2 Black-necked Grebes, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Great Northern Divers, 5 Brent Geese. The first returning Fulmars are back on the cliffs this morning. 

5 Cirl Buntings on seed in 2nd car park - by blue rusting skip. 1 Water Rail, 3 Goldcrests,2 collybita Chiffchaffs in Marsh

Clennon Valley: Yellow-browed Warbler same place as usual, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff by 1st (Eastern most) Pond, 3 collybita Chiffchaffs, 1 Water Rail, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Little Egret 

 

Posted November 29th, 2013 at 11:57 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Thursday 28th November 2013

Preston, Torbay

Two Black-necked Grebes off shore at lunch time.

Posted November 28th, 2013 at 9:19 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Black Redstart

Albion Hill Exmouth A surprise visitor to my garden this morning, a Black Redstart made an appearance then flew up onto the neighbours roof flicked it's red tail then disappeared. First for my garden. Nice bird!

Sorry no photo this time.

Posted November 28th, 2013 at 8:55 pm by Derek Carter in General Birding

Plymouth

A drake Goosander flew up the Cattewater first thing this morning.

Posted November 28th, 2013 at 8:24 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Sharkham Village

For a better comparison of the earlier posted Greenfinch and to see how much it stood out. Both taken at the same time with same light etc

Greenfinch
Greenfinch

Greenfinch (xanthochroism)
Greenfinch (xanthochroism)

Posted November 28th, 2013 at 7:45 pm by Josh Marshall in General Birding

Clennon valley , afternoon

Our record of failing to connect with yellow browed warbler remains unblemished, but 2 drake shoveler and a snipe were on the bottom pond, and a little egret went in to roost at the top pond.

Posted November 28th, 2013 at 6:05 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Late afternoon walk down Station Road to canal and back. In the lane near the railway bridge was a loose collection of small birds comprising 2 goldcrests, c4 chiffchaffs and a few blue tits. Further on, on the fields to the south, was a flock of about 100 black-tailed godwits. Amongst this flock were 3 colour rung birds. I had assumed it was the same flock as yesterday but none of the rung birds today were the same as the 3 colour rung birds seen yesterday. So there are at least 6 colour rung godwits on the marsh. Unfortunately poor light prevented a definitive record of colour combinations today.

Nearer to the canal a male merlin was perched on one of the foot-bridges across the firelds to Topsham Cottage. Elsewhere I counted c200 lapwing, a further 200 black-tails and the usual barnacle goose amongst the Canada geese. Also lots of wigeon, teal and shoveller. Yesterday there were 20 gadwall on the lagoon and a green sandpiper flying over.

Posted November 28th, 2013 at 5:13 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Sharkham Village - Brixham

Greenfinch showing xanthochroism tones. This bird was present on my feeders today. All pictues were taken through glass window

Also Lesser Redpoll . 50+Goldfinch, 40+ Chaffinch 12 Greenfinch, GSW all coming to feeders in my front garden, 2 Black Redstarts also present male and female. All visible from the footpaths on the development.

Greenfinch J.Marshall
Greenfinch J.Marshall

Greenfinch J.Marshall
Greenfinch J.Marshall

Lesser Redpoll J.Marshall
Lesser Redpoll J.Marshall

Posted November 28th, 2013 at 5:01 pm by Josh Marshall in General Birding

Seaton Bay

Two Long-tailed Ducks still in the bay this morning, along with a Red-throated Diver.

Off Branscombe, two Great Northern and another Red-throated Diver.

Posted November 28th, 2013 at 2:32 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Broadsands & Clennon Valley

On the sea: 2 Black-necked Grebes, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Great Northern and 1 Red-throated Diver, 8 Common Scoter.

In and around the marsh: 3 collybita Chiffchaffs, 2 Goldcrests, 1 Water Rail. 7 Cirl Buntings on seed in 2nd car park.

Clennon Valley: Yellow-browed Warbler still in sallows 200m W of YMCA, 1 collybita Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrests, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Teal.

Posted November 28th, 2013 at 12:30 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Braunton Marsh. Isley Marsh

Tuesday 26th Nov.

Good views of Marsh Harrier hunting over Horsey Island viewed from Toll Road embankment.

Weds 27th Nov. Isley Marsh.

Three whooper swans over.  Two spoonbills.

Posted November 28th, 2013 at 8:36 am by Patrick Case in General Birding

Wednesday 27th November 2013

Cox Tor, Dartmoor 27th Nov 2013

  RING OUZEL still present in fields to west of tor, in loose         

  association with flock of c.100 Redwings, 20 Fieldfare and

  c. 150 Starlings.

  Presumably the bird from 22nd and 24th Nov,  but very dark

  with extensive white gorget, so more likely to be a female or

  even male, than a juvenile.

  

Posted November 27th, 2013 at 8:59 pm by roger smaldon in General Birding

Topsham Recreation Ground

The Water Pipit is still present, occasionally showing well enough to photograph - though I wish the light was better. Also a group of 5 Little Grebe on the river this morning.

Water Pipit - Topsham 27/11/2013
Water Pipit - Topsham 27/11/2013

Posted November 27th, 2013 at 4:46 pm by Tim Worfolk in General Birding

Sherpa Marsh

Female Marsh Harrier again this afternoon disturbing the Little Egrets.

Posted November 27th, 2013 at 4:16 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

The Long-tailed Duck still present from the hide this lunchtime until about 1.30. Also a nice group of 14 Gadwalls and 1 male Pintail. From the viewing platform, 1 Spotted Redshank and 3 Red-breasted Mergansers.

Posted November 27th, 2013 at 2:15 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Braunton

Yippee a Firecrest in my garden this morning! First for 15? years.

Posted November 27th, 2013 at 2:14 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Clennon Valley

The Yellow-browed Warbler was still present this morning and now 3 eastern/Siberian 'tristis(?)' type Chiffchaffs. My question mark is due to the odd almost collybita/abietinus calls 2 of the very pale and washed out (not the normal buffy brown of tristis) chiffchaffs were giving - see video clip - didn't manage to film the bird unfortunately in this clip:

 http://youtu.be/gkVf4M4Vz9Y  (I switch on a recoding of tristis song after 30 secs of the video)

These calls were identical to the pale eastern chiffchaff at Broadsands see posting and video clip for 22 Nov https://www.devonbirds.org/news/bird_news/devon_bird_news?blogMonth=11&blogYear=2013&blogEntry=4156 .

Here are some pictures of at least one of the two pale washed out eastern chiffchaffs, they both responded well to a recording of tristis song with wing quivering suggesting they are tristis or know tristis song very well! None responded to collybita song recordings. Another much warmer browner bird - a classic tristis also present occasionally gave the standard flat tristis 'iip' call.

 eastern Chiffchaff Clennon Valley 27 Nov 2013 ML   eastern Chiffchaff Clennon Valley 27 Nov 2013 ML2

eastern Chiffchaff Clennon Valley 27 Nov 2013 ML3

 Alan Dean started this discussion on calls and grey chiffchaffs:

http://www.surfbirds.com/forum/showthread.php?12555-Grey-Chiffchaff-using-abietinus-collybita-call&highlight=siberian+Tristis+call

Posted November 27th, 2013 at 12:35 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Around the Axe

Two Long-tailed Ducks feeding off Seaton seafront this morning, first one's I've seen here for six years.  Also singles of Great Northern Diver, Great Crested Grebe (very poor showing of this species here so far this winter) and Red-breasted Merganser (a drake which was flying around all over the place!).

Yesterday, my first four Woodcock of the winter in woodland near Colyton, also 2+ Crossbill.

Posted November 27th, 2013 at 11:58 am by Steve Waite in General Birding

Tuesday 26th November 2013

River Dart - Totnes to Staverton

Highlights a male Goosander on the river (photo), 2 Kingfisher, 3 Siskin and a mix of Redwing & Fieldfare.

Posted November 26th, 2013 at 5:49 pm by Bill Macdonald in General Birding

Broadsands

On the sea: 2 Black-necked Grebes (photo), 2 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Great Northern & 2 Red-throated Divers.

In the marsh: 1 collybita Chiffchaff and 1 tristis Chiffchaff.

Black-necked Grebes Broadsands 26 Nov 13 ML  Yellow-browed Warbler Clennon Vly 26 Nov 13 ML

At ClennonValley: Yellow-browed Warbler (photo) still just west of the YMCA in sallows above stream, visitors please don't use the YMCA car park during the week - use the nearby Torbay Leisure Centre car park. 1 tristis and 2 collybita Chiffchaffs, 2 Water Rail, 12 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Little Grebes. 

Posted November 26th, 2013 at 5:11 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Thurlestone Area

Phone call this afternoon from Arthur Livett:

Great Northern Diver

2 Red-throated Diver

Kingfisher on the rocks on the beach

4 Water Pipit

3 Bearded Tit

Two Swallows over yesterday and presumably a different two over this morning

 

Posted November 26th, 2013 at 2:51 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Baggy Pt & Downend

1 Red throated Diver at Baggy Pt + 4 female Common Scoters. After diving for food several times RtDiver flew off towards Morte Point.

1 Red throated Diver (not the same individual as Baggy bird) at Downend but no Scoters.



Posted November 26th, 2013 at 2:24 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Topsham Recreation Ground

Went to Topsham Rec this lunchtime for a change and eventually found the Water Pipit which showed well for a short time on the far bank of the river. Also a Water Rail, Kingfisher and 6 Snipe.

Posted November 26th, 2013 at 2:09 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Horsey Island and Braunton Marshes

11:00 - 12:15

Marsh Harrier 1; Buzzard 2; Kestrel 1; Sparrowhawk 1; Golden Plover c40; Little Grebe 5; Redshank 6; Greenshank 1; Grey Heron 2; Little Egret 2; Teal c20; Snipe 2; Curlew 25 and several 100 Lapwing scattered over the marshes. All seen from one observation point on top of the toll road embankment, at the White House end.

Posted November 26th, 2013 at 2:02 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Monday 25th November 2013

Yelland

Good to have the winter waders and wildfowl back. Haven't had time to get out for a little while now but this evening with a beaut of a sunset flocks of 2-300 dunlin, 20 lapwing, few teal and wigeon amongst the usual suspects; oystercatcher, curlew, redshank.

Roosting starling in the reeds around the small pond with little grebe ducking for cover on the perimeter of the powerstation fence.

Posted November 25th, 2013 at 11:15 pm by Tom Williams in General Birding

Great Western Canal

A pair of Kingfishers working along the Canal. A pair of Bullfinches, several Fieldfare, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, feeding on berries along the hedge rows with plenty of Green, Gold and chaffinches feeding amongst the Beech and Oak but no Brambling seen. Autumn colours in abundance. A very pleasent walk.

Kingfisher
Kingfisher

Kingfisher fishing on the canal

Posted November 25th, 2013 at 10:14 pm by Derek Carter in General Birding

Sunday 24th Tiverton area

Red Kite (Mivus milvus) two, drifting west low over Tiverton 11:55,  Sunday 24 November being mobbed by corvids.

Roger Whittlesey

Posted November 25th, 2013 at 9:00 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

River Caen/ River Taw.

1100-1400hrs  1 Female marsh harrier put up 2000+Golden plover 1000+Lapwing a Sparrow hawk was also hunting. Horsey island held 4 Buzzard and a female Merlin.On the Caen 1 Greenshank and 1 Grey plover.

Posted November 25th, 2013 at 7:52 pm by John Hunt in General Birding

Slapton

Following on from Perry's postings on Slapton, there was again today a very impressive number of wildfowl, of specific interest:

1 1st winter(female type) Scaup with Tufted Ducks (approx 200) and Pochard (approx 70) at Torcross, also 2 Goldeneyes and an ad Mediterranean Gull there. In Ireland Bay 1 Black-necked Grebe, 12 Little Grebes and 250+ Wigeon. 

Posted November 25th, 2013 at 2:29 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

The Long-tailed Duck still present today until about 13.05 today. Amongst good numbers of Wigeon was a male bird with quite a bit of green in its head markings and its forehead / crown stripe seemed a little paler and larger than the others. Maybe a sign of some mixed parentage perhaps?

Posted November 25th, 2013 at 1:42 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Sherpa Marsh

Saw a female type Marsh Harrier again today at about midday hunting over the reed-bed before circling high. Buzzard, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel also present.

Posted November 25th, 2013 at 12:53 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Sunday 24th November 2013

Topsham Recreation Ground

Dropped by twice today to check for Bearded Tits but no sign - there's a lot of reeds out there though. The Water Pipit still present, giving half decent views for a change. Also an adult Med Gull with a white plastic ring, unreadable but I believe likely from Netherlands/Belgium or possibly Poland. Gulls pointlessly and deliberately disturbed by canoeist taking 'short cut'.

Water Pipit - Topsham 24/11/2013
Water Pipit - Topsham 24/11/2013

Water Pipit - Topsham 24/11/2013
Water Pipit - Topsham 24/11/2013

Posted November 24th, 2013 at 9:54 pm by Tim Worfolk in General Birding

Brixham breakwater

22 Purple Sandpiper at the end of the breakwater early a.m and a single Guillemot.

Posted November 24th, 2013 at 9:39 pm by Andy Plumb in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake 11:15

12 Tufted Duck 3m 9 f, 1 Cormorant, 2 G.C. Grebe, 9 Goosander 3m 6f, 2 Treecreeper (behind the bird hide), 4 Little Grebe,1 Wren.

On the feeders in the car park, Chaffinch, Blue, Great, Coal, Marsh Tit, Green Finch, Nuthatch.

Posted November 24th, 2013 at 7:42 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Crossbill footage - Devon

A number of Crossbill feeding today, link below

http://youtu.be/iWVVGQZBKeo

Posted November 24th, 2013 at 7:25 pm by Josh Marshall in General Birding

Great Field Braunton North Devon

Golden Plover 500 to 1000+ feeding on the Great Field and spooked by the local Buzzards and a Marsh Harrier.

100+ Lapwing in the fields and passing over with two Water Rail showing on the edge of the reeds.

Redshank and Greenshank in the Caen Estuary.

Meadow Pippits and a pair of Stonechat also seen from the main road out to Crow Point this afternoon. 

Golden Plover Great Field Braunton
Golden Plover Great Field Braunton

Golden Plover
Golden Plover

500 to 1000+ Golden Plover over the Great Field Braunton
500 to 1000+ Golden Plover over the Great Field Braunton

Posted November 24th, 2013 at 7:25 pm by Derek Carter in General Birding

Buckfastleigh - Chiffchaff

A very pale looking Chiffchaff (non-calling) of north-eastern origin in my garden today. Some green tones in the uppers away from the head, blackish legs and bill. Possible tristis, or is there too much green there, any thoughts? By chance even got a unique head on in flight shot.ChiffchaffChiffchaffChiffchaff

Posted November 24th, 2013 at 6:49 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Long-tailed Duck at Dawlish

Photographers getting what must have been superb views this morning, 10:45, off the Boat Cove jetty.  Has anyone aged/sexed this bird ? (looks like an adult female to me but I am not familiar with this species).

Posted November 24th, 2013 at 3:38 pm by Dave Cox in General Birding

Female Long - tailed Duck, Dawlish

This female  bird, so obviously different to the male on Bowling Green this week, was feeding really successfully on shrimps and prawns,  just a few feet off the breakwater this morning,  west on Dawlish seafront.




Posted November 24th, 2013 at 3:09 pm by Charlie Fleming in General Birding

Dartmoor

Juv Ring Ouzel still below Cox Tor today

Maureen & Rob Harrison

Gary & Anna Easton

Posted November 24th, 2013 at 2:59 pm by Rob Harrison in General Birding

Downend & Baggy Point

No Scoters at Downend but 10 new arrivals (Common Scoter)at Baggy.

These were happy resting, preening & diving for food until 2 rod & line recreational fishermen in a rubber dinghy with an outboard motor tear through Croyde Bay at speed to anchor & fish off Baggy point disturbing the flock in the process.

Flock of approx 150 Linnets enjoying the early morning sunshine.



Posted November 24th, 2013 at 2:23 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Black Brant and the  juv. White Fronted Goose in with the Brent Geese on the Golf course. The Bonapartes Gull did a fly past on the beach as well. ;o)



Posted November 24th, 2013 at 2:18 pm by Simon Thurgood in General Birding

Torbay

Clennon Valley: Yellow-browed Warbler showed well during a brief visit this morning.

Broadsands: 1 tristis Chiffchaff and 2 collybita Chiffchaffs, 1 Water Rail and 6+ Cirl Buntings on seed I dropped at the feeding station in the 2nd car park.

Paignton: 1 Great Northern Diver just of shore but bay still quite choppy to check thoroughly.

Posted November 24th, 2013 at 12:28 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Haldon Crossbills

I checked the Mamhead area - only a mile or so away from the Ideford site. No sign of the Two-barred Crossbill but did get some great views of 40-50 Common Crossbills mostly feeding beside a footpath with other birds moving around the area. Directions.. 200m W of the main Mamhead car park and SW down a track with a grassy bank built infront of it. Walk 400-500m and the birds were feeding in smallish pines (with long grass growing under them), either side of the track.

 CrossblMamHd241113ML2   CrossblMamHd241113ML

Just out of interest I picked up this chunky looking Crossbill that chased off a Common Crosbill it did look big billed with a swollen lower mandible. I watched it briefly in the tree just afterward went for the camera but it flew off - no call.

 big billed crossbill

Posted November 24th, 2013 at 12:24 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Isley Marsh and Yelland Jetty Roost.

07:40 - 10:00.

Bar-tailed Godwit 9; Wigeon 82; Teal 240; Redshank 55; Dunlin 500; Grey Plover 51; Turnstone 31; Lapwing 86; Knot 18; Lapwing 86; Mallard 86; Grey Heron 3; Little Egret 13; Shelduck 4; Fieldfare 1; Raven 2; Rock Pipit 5 and 5 Spoonbill (inc FJ9).

N.Devon birders who frequent this area may be dismayed at the destruction of winter-cover bramble hedges cut down to the ground, small trees smashed by indescriminate flailing and the reed-bed just inside the gate, cut down by tractor mower and reduced to a very muddy swamp. The ashbeds have been mowed to resemble a rough-cut lawn. And once this was a good area for Little Ringed Plover!

 

Posted November 24th, 2013 at 11:44 am by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Velator

In the reserve this morning at least 2 of yesterday's Chiffs and a Water Rail. Looking south from the reserve over Sherpa Marsh, a Marsh Harrier hunting.

Posted November 24th, 2013 at 11:28 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

Saturday 23rd November 2013

Slapton Ley

Still good nos of Coot, Tufted Duck, Wigeon etc as the last time i visited on 15/11. Also a couple Goldeneye. On the sea 2 Red-throated Divers and 6 Common Scoter off the central car park.

Posted November 23rd, 2013 at 7:37 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Brixham breakwater

15 Purple Sandpipers and 12 Turnstones on the breakwater.Purple Sandpiper

A look at Clennon Valley with ML early pm, the Yellow-browed Warbler showed very nicely, but then hid itself - camera shy or pehaps due to this nice Sparrowhawk hunting the area!Sparrowhawk

 

Posted November 23rd, 2013 at 5:38 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Velator

Good day's ringing with Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Chiffchaffs, a Song Thrush  and a Siskin the highlights, more on the Forum later! 2 Dippers in the stream leading to the reserve, and best of all a very late SWALLOW flew over!

Posted November 23rd, 2013 at 5:37 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Topsham

Pair of Bearded tits in reed-bed between playing field & M5. Flew into reeds alongside footpath where seen well & at close quarters before moving back into the central reedbed.

Posted November 23rd, 2013 at 3:12 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake - Saturday 23rd.

Lower Tamar Lake.

8 Goosander (3 males), 2 Gadwall, 15+ Mallard, 11 Teal, 2 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 25+ Black headed Gulls,

On the feeders,now in use again, near the hide:- 3 Nuthatches, Blue, Great and Coal Tits, 1 Jay,

Also 6 Robins 8 Blackbirds.

Harvey Kendall

Posted November 23rd, 2013 at 3:09 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Long-tailed Duck Coryton Cove Dawlish

Great views of Long-tailed Duck next to cafe in rock pools on a falling tide. Dont think you could get closer views without picking it up! Didnt seem to mind the public all around, no bins required ;o)



Posted November 23rd, 2013 at 3:08 pm by Simon Thurgood in General Birding

Clennon Valley/Broadsands

The Yellow-Browed Warbler still showing well and regularly this morning from the path behind the YMCA at Clennon Valley. Also a Siberian Chiffchaff, Chiffchaff and a Goldcrest there.   Nearby at Broadsands, 1+ Siberian Chiffchaff and a Chiffchaff in the marsh between the car parks, a Water Rail calling and a Goldcrest.

Posted November 23rd, 2013 at 12:05 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Friday 22nd November 2013

Cox Tor, Dartmoor

Late fem/juv Ring Ouzel by barn tonight (Graham Hill)

Posted November 22nd, 2013 at 6:49 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Long-tailed Duck - Dawlish

Long-tailed Duck among rock pools off Rock Pool Cafe, Dawlish at 13-20  today.

In Dawlish Bay - 18 Common Scoter with 1 Velvet Scoter. Also 15 Great Crested Grebe.

Posted November 22nd, 2013 at 4:28 pm by Ray Jones in General Birding

Sidmouth

My first Purple Sandpiper of the autumn at Sidmouth.

Feeding alongside turnstone & oystercatcher at 12.15 on a falling tide

Posted November 22nd, 2013 at 2:03 pm by Ian Pearson in General Birding

Broadsands

2 Siberian ( tristis) Chiffchaffs again at Broadsands and this odd calling grey chiffchaff see YouTube video http://youtu.be/CuNRRNoG-oE  and http://youtu.be/OHSw5EkOw8M call closer to abietinus/collybita (per discussion with Alan Dean) not as flat as normal tristis Chiffchaff. Also1 collybita Chiffchaff present. One on the two  tristis also at Broadsands video here http://youtu.be/vF4KB8UWa3Q

 

Posted November 22nd, 2013 at 10:55 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

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