Devon Bird Sightings from 8th–14th November 2013

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Thursday 14th November 2013

Thurlestone Bay

Apologies for yesterdays omission - I needed to add - Wood Pigeon . ( thanks Pete ).

An unexpected good day on the patch- there was no vis mig this morning , a 2hr seawatch from the car park produced 215 Gannet, 140 Kittiwake ( this included a flock of 65 on the sea )- these attracted the attention of at least 3 Great Skua ( 4 birds seen in total I lost 1 when it sat on the sea ) a Teal , 4 Common Scoter and 3 Auks all flew east.

On South Huish Marsh - 35 Teal, 25 Wigeon, 1 f Shoveler , and an imm Tufted Duck ( only our 3rd record of the year )  AJL had a male Merlin, there was also Kestrel, Buzzard and Sparrowhawk on the patch

Nick T took the Nat Trust team round South Milton Ley and found a Kingfisher and an imm Marsh Harrier - both scarce here

Not often we have 5 species of raptor in a day

Posted November 14th, 2013 at 6:17 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Dartmoor

18 Lapwing in Prison Fields, Princetown, on ground with c400 Starling at 1515hrs today.

Maureen & Rob Harrison

Posted November 14th, 2013 at 3:55 pm by Rob Harrison in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime in the hide until 1.45. The female Long-tailed Duck still present along with 1 male Pintail. Other than the usual suspects, new birds today were 1 female Pochard, 1 male Tufted Duck and 1 Little Grebe.

Posted November 14th, 2013 at 2:11 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Clennon Valley

A tristis Chiffchaff again present in the stream side sallows just NW of the YMCA with 3 Chiffchaff.

tristis Chiffchaff Clennon Valley 14 Nov 13 ML tristis Chiffchaff Clennon Valley 14 Nov 13 ML2

This is a different and better looking tristis bird than Tuesday despite having paler legs. It is whiter bellied and flanks, buffier upper chest,throat and face and lacking the lemon undertail coverts and yellow in supercilium. It also called with a flat pii typical of tristis.

There was no sign of Tuesdays presumed tristis.

Posted November 14th, 2013 at 10:50 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Dartmoor

Single Whooper found by Rob Lillicrap whilst doing WeBS count - still present this morning but on private land.

 

Whooper Dartmoor Rob Lillicrap 14.11.13

Posted November 14th, 2013 at 10:44 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

North Lobb Bustard

Just a follow up on this sighting.

Whilst it is most likely a bird from Salisbury Plain, as opposed to a vagrant, there are no birds recently missing from Wiltshire.

Therefore any further sightings would be greatly appreciated. If you are lucky enough to see the bird key things to note are the age and sex of the bird and of course, assuming it has one, the details on the wingtag.

For more information on the species visit www.greatbustard.org

Posted November 14th, 2013 at 10:30 am by Kevin Rylands in General Birding

Wednesday 13th November 2013

English Channel

Out on Dartangler fishing 25-30nm S of Start Point. 25+Bonxies, 40+Kittiwakes, 5 Fulmars and a few Gannets and Great Black-back Gulls attracted to boat. Also a few scattered groups of Common Dolphins. A few shots, mostly of a range of Bonxie plumages (and light effect), all zoomable if you click them.

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Posted November 13th, 2013 at 10:01 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Colaton Raleigh Common

The great grey shrike was again showing well but mobile, in the same general area as yesterday, on the north edge of the firing range between SY 050 879 and SY 044 882, last seen about 1pm at SY 047 880. According to others it ranges considerably wider than this, over most of the common.




Posted November 13th, 2013 at 7:48 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Soar and Slapton Ley

Started at 0725 in superb conditions. Wood Pigeon passage chiefly 0745 - 0830 (going south-east) and vitually over by 0915. I counted c28,500 birds including some flocks of c3,000. I could well have missed some of the more inland flocks, as I headed out over the Warren and Bolt Head. So not too different to Mike's and Bob's sightings (assuming they are talking about Wood Pigeons!). In one of the closer flocks I counted 4 Stock Doves but most flocks too distant to pick out any doves, so who knows how many slipped through.

Very little other "vis mig" (this is my worst recent autumn for this at Soar - very little moving even on same days / times as other nearby sites have witnessed movements). However - single Fieldfare, Siskin and Redpoll (presumed Lesser) and 12 Lapwings over. Also - Chiffchaff 1, Goldcrest 4, Snipe 2 and a Cetti's Warbler at the "pond". (The latter was there on Sunday but we failed to clinch it).

At Slapton later - in the distance over the sea - Bonxie and Skua sp (Arctic or Pom). On the Ley good numbers of ducks including - c70 Gadwalls, c170 Tufted Ducks, c40 Pochards, and c100 Wigeons. Also - Firecrest 2 (bridge and Ireland Bay), Chiffchaff 1, and Merlin 1.  

Posted November 13th, 2013 at 6:20 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Southdown Brixham

A Firecrest calling in my rear ivy hedge this morning, also a Siskin and Brambling flew overhead high. 

Posted November 13th, 2013 at 6:11 pm in General Birding

great grey shrike

The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Colaton, Raleigh common  was still showing well but very mobile  when i left at 1pm

Posted November 13th, 2013 at 6:10 pm by MARTIN COX in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

  First morning with a frost at dawn, also clear skies so another vis mig watch from 08.00, I was in Thurlestone with Bob B at Huxton Cross ( about 2miles inland )

Over my house first flock picked up at 08.10 and  passage lasted to around 08.35 My total logged was just over 10,000 all flying towards Soar. Bob's passage was more dense and lasted longer - he recorded over 30,000. We both agree the total count of 40,000 was conservative. Other species recorded were - By me - 16 Goldfinch, 8 Chaffinch , 4 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 6 Skylark, 14 Mipit, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Grey Wagtail, 7 Lapwing

Bob _- 1 Siskin, 1 Brambling, 3 Fieldfare . He alo flushed 50 Snipe and a Cettis Warbler on T'stone Marsh.

Offshore 7 Common Scoter flew east

 

 

Posted November 13th, 2013 at 5:43 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

North Lobb

Rumours at the Devon Birds indoor meeting last night in Barnstaple of a very unusual sighting of a Great Bustard seen at North Lobb last Sunday.

Decided to check it out & by chance met the person who had seen it who lives at Lobb & who has just returned from a birding trip in Hungary.

When he spotted it on Sunday he could not believe it either!

Unfortunately, it did not materialise for me but then again 3 days have elapsed since it was last seen & have not recently returned from Hungary!

Bret informed me that several Great Bustards have recently dispersed from Salisbury Plain where they were introduced & he is very familiar with the species.

Posted November 13th, 2013 at 5:31 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Slapton

Some photos of a Siberian (tristis) Chiffchaff caught and ringed at Slapton on 10th Nov by Nik Ward.

Tristis Chiffchaff Slapton 10 Nov 2013 NW  Tristis Chiffchaff Slapton 10 Nov 2013 NW 2

The photo to the right shows a nice comparison with a 'western' Chiffchaff (collybita) showing the 'desaturated' buffy/grey and white plumage compared to the bright olive and yellow collybita. Again, like the Clennon bird yesterday, this tristis in bright sunlight shows of olive in the scapulars, mantle and even crown - features that in the past may have resigned it to the abietinus/tristis category, but it lacks the yellow in the body plumage (an underwing shot of the bird showed the yellowy underwing coverts typical of tristis). Tristis usually shows a very dark bill and very black legs with yellow soles to the feet are - shown in this comparison. The supecilium is a dirty buff lacking yellow and the cheeks are slightly warmer buff. 

As with any tristis record it is always good to get call - but many remain stubbornly silent!

Posted November 13th, 2013 at 4:11 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Torbay

A single Velvet Scoter was off Roundham Headland today with 18 Common Scoter unfortunately the flock was disturbed several times by jet skiers. Also 3 Great Crested Grebes, 6 Great Northern Divers and 5-6 Bottle-nosed Dolphins. 

Posted November 13th, 2013 at 3:01 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Exmouth

A Black Redstart present on the roof of Windward Court, Shelly Beach early afternoon, but not the usual overwintering male. Also, two Pale-bellied Brent Geese in the estuary. 

Posted November 13th, 2013 at 2:31 pm by Terry Smith in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

The female Long-tailed Duck still showing from the hide this lunchtime (until about 1.40 today) along with a drake Pintail. 2 flocks of around 20 Brent Geese flew towards Darts Farm. Nice mixed tit flock on the walk back to the car including 2 Goldcrests.

Posted November 13th, 2013 at 2:11 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Braunton Marshes & Braunton Great Field

No sign of the 6 Whooper Swans on Braunton Marshes early this morning.

Chaffinch numbers on the Great Field have increased & small flocks of up to 200 murmurating Starlings can be seen.

Posted November 13th, 2013 at 1:06 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Abbotskerswell

c.8000 woodpigeon south over Wolborough Down this morning 07.30 - 09.00 hrs. Also a snow bunting over south.

Posted November 13th, 2013 at 12:51 pm by Simon Geary in General Birding

Wood Pigeon migration

The Wood pigeon migration across the South Hams continued this morning, first large flocks seen at 0750hrs, dropped off towards 09.00hrs but two flocks of approx 100 and 200 birds respectively seen at 5 past and 10 past nine.

It was noticable that the birds were generally flying far higher than previously seen and with a direction change, on all previous days over the lasty week the flocks were headed west down the A38 valley towards Plymouth / Cornwall, today the birds are crossing at an angle from the Buckfastleigh towards Dartmouth / Slapton area, several flocks were seen in the distance at at least a mile away passing the exeter side of Marley Head but the size of the flocks makes them very visible.

Most flocks were in the region of 100 to 200 birds but one of the earlier flocks was in excess of 1000 birds.



Cropped image showing three flocks passing by in the distance.
Cropped image showing three flocks passing by in the distance.

Posted November 13th, 2013 at 9:26 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Teignmouth Today

Photo of juvenile Great Northern Diver with upturned beak.


Posted November 13th, 2013 at 12:43 am by Simon Bates in General Birding

Tuesday 12th November 2013

Teignmouth Today

Bonaparte's Gull at 09:45 just north of the pier. Then juvenile Great Northern Diver very close to the New Quay @ 14:30. Odd upturned beak though, but still very grey!

Posted November 12th, 2013 at 11:44 pm by Simon Bates in General Birding

South Brent & Berry Head 12/11/2013

The Wood pigeon migration was underway again between 8am and 9am this morning over South Brent one huge flock of approx 1000 birds headed west, several 100 / 200 strong sized flocks, much higher than recent days, in some of the flocks the individual birds were just dots in the sky, some of the smaller flocks came lower and were seen to drop into the oaks on Brent Hill, dropping into areas of oak trees seem to be a regular theme with these passage birds.

Berry Head ~ mid morning ~ Flock of 30 plus Gold Finches by the car park with a couple of Linnets, Stone Chats in the quarry.

Good number of Gannets flying and diving and reasonable number of porpoise some distance out while watching them saw two birds flying into the bay just above the waves, one dropped onto the sea and simply could not be seen again the other flew on am convinced they were Puffins but cannot tbe 100%

Posted November 12th, 2013 at 10:48 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Dartmoor

Four Golden Plover on Yennadon this morning, not often seen here due to use by walkers.

C400 Redwing flew over Meavy in one large flock at 0830hrs today, heading in the direction of Burrator.

Maureen & Rob Harrison

Posted November 12th, 2013 at 10:47 pm by Rob Harrison in General Birding

Bovey Heath

A flock of 24 Crossbills down to drink at a puddle on the heath this afternoon.  Also female Vagrant Emperor over the main pond briefly at 1.15pm

Posted November 12th, 2013 at 8:35 pm by John Walters in General Birding

Northam Snow Buntings

A minimum of 8 Snow Buntings around midday today on the Sandymere side of the pebble ridge, almost certainly more as they were appearing and disappearing behind the ridge.

this one appears to have been ringed
this one appears to have been ringed

Posted November 12th, 2013 at 8:31 pm by alan craddock in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

Vis mig over T'stone  08.15- 09.00 Wood Pigeon 7,500 SW ( largest flock 1600 ) 16 Chaffinch, 14 Goldfinch, 1 Jay, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Brambling, 20 Skylark, .On the Marsh - 1m 3f Shoveler, 4 Wigeon, 17 Teal, 1 Little Grebe

On roof of flats at the car park a 1stw m Black Redstart, Offshore - 90 Gannet, 36 Kittiwake, 7 Common Scoter, 2 f Eider  (all west ), on the sea a Great N Diver. 3 Turnstone on the rocks

On South H Marsh -40 Teal, 10 Wigeon, 20 Lapwing, 2m 2f Shoveler.

This am Bob B had 2,500 Wood Pigeon at Huxton Cross, whilst at South M Ley - 1 Crossbill, 9 Yellowhammer, 7 Chiffchaff, 3 Grey Wagtail

 

Posted November 12th, 2013 at 7:01 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Budleigh Salterton

3 Grey Partridge again on South Farm yesterday and 1 Purple Sandpiper on the rocks off Otter Ledge today. The first time I have seen Purple Sandpiper here and a good record for Budleigh at least.

Posted November 12th, 2013 at 6:27 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding

Honiton

Grey Partridge feeding on the green outside my urban home for 20 minutes from 7.00  this morning

Posted November 12th, 2013 at 5:46 pm by Ian Pearson in General Birding

Berry Head

Dusky Warbler brief visit mid afternoon today.

 

Posted November 12th, 2013 at 5:38 pm by Alan Doidge in General Birding

Colaton Raleigh Common

The great grey shrike showed well but briefly at SY 880 050 this afternoon. Quite mobile and soon flew, after which we could not relocate it.

Posted November 12th, 2013 at 5:00 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Woolfardisworthy

Black redstart feeding among outbuildings in gardens. 

 

Posted November 12th, 2013 at 4:17 pm by John Heath in General Birding

whooper swans

6 Whooper swans flying  from the pill to islay marsh this morning.

Posted November 12th, 2013 at 3:30 pm by k dawe in General Birding

Clennon Valley

Things have started to pick up today around the ponds from 1 Chiffchaff, now to 5 (4 collybita and 1 non calling presumed tristis). The presumed tristis responded well to tristis song playback - with wing quivering and being inquisitive the other collybita chiffchaffs ignored this recording. It was incredible how the presumed tristis morphed from a very buffy-grey bird in the shadows to subdued olive in the sunlight. It also showed yellow in the supercilium. Prior to the Dutch Birding article I would probably have put this bird down as an abietinus/tristis!  

Photos: presumed tristis top two and bottom left and collybita Chiffchaff bottom right;

tristis? Clennon Valley 12 Nov 2013 ML    tristis? Clennon Valley 12 Nov 2013 ML2

tristis? Clennon Valley 12 Nov 2013 ML3   collibita Chiffchaff Clennon Valley 12 Nov 2013 ML

Posted November 12th, 2013 at 3:07 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime in the hide today until about 1.45. Good numbers of waders over a high tide including around 200 Avocets again and 1 Greenshank. The female Long-tailed Duck still present. Also 1 male Pintail. Small flock of Brent Geese over. 7 Greylags and 2 Bar-headed Geese in with the Canada Geese.

Posted November 12th, 2013 at 2:19 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Berry Head

0830 - 1145hrs with DN. Large gathering of seabirds feeding at distance mainly Gannets & Kittiwakes the latter numbering at least 300 birds with a tight flock of 50+ birds just off the headland. Also singles of pale phase Pomarine Skua, Arctic Skua and Bonxie. No sign of Little Gull.

Dusky Warbler showing well, remaining loyal to the bracken and hedge line near the cattle trough in the far corner of the meadow, bird calling regularly. Nearby 6 Goldcrest, Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Bullfinch, 6 Goldfinch & 10+ LT Tits. No overhead migration visible.

Posted November 12th, 2013 at 1:55 pm by Bill Macdonald in General Birding

Village Weaver

 I wasn't expecting to see one of these feeding with the sparrows in my Plymstock garden this morning!

Black-headed Weaver
 Village Weaver

Posted November 12th, 2013 at 1:11 pm by Graham Watson in General Birding

Monday 11th November 2013

Berry Head

Seawatch 11:40-14:00. Not expecting a good watch as conditions were rather clear, but.... we connected with an impressive movement of 153 Little Gulls, largest flocks 31 & 29 (mostly ads, with some 1w and at least one 2w) - not sure what the Devon record* is but certainly the most I've seen. Also 8 Balearic Shearwaters, 3 Bonxies, Pomarine Skua, unid skua (distant prob Arctic), Ad Med Gull, 86 Common Scoter one flock containing a drake Scaup, 26 Pintail (25 incl. at least 2 drakes and later another single drake on its own). Still 20+ Harbour Porpoise feeding off the headland and in the distance were thousands of gulls and Gannets feeding - so plenty of food at present, though this had dispersed by the time we left. Passing waders included a Snipe and Dunlin and on the quarry face a Black Redstart.

*Ed. This appears to be a new Devon (day) Little Gull passage record. Although, to put it in context on the otherside of Lyme Bay, Portland saw 1523 (1138 from the Bill and 268 from Ferrybridge), a staggering 10x our total! How many would we have seen if we'd started earlier?

Posted November 11th, 2013 at 4:59 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Broadsands

11 Great Northern Divers off Elberry Headland today.

Posted November 11th, 2013 at 3:40 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Dartmoor

Dartmoor

A brownhead Goosander flew across the B3212 and landed on the Blackbrook at Oakery Bridge.

Maureen & Rob Harrison

Posted November 11th, 2013 at 2:23 pm by Rob Harrison in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime from hide today until around 1.40. The female Long-tailed Duck was still present along with an impressive flock of 200+ Avocets.

Posted November 11th, 2013 at 2:16 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Colaton Raleigh Common

The Great Grey Shrike was performing well until at least 11:00 when I left. In the vicinity of the Firing/Grenade Range SY049876, about half mile SE of car park. It's not particularly shy but moves about a bit within the area, chasing pipits and occasionally flycatching.

Great Grey Shrike - Colaton Raleigh Common 11/11/2013
Great Grey Shrike - Colaton Raleigh Common 11/11/2013

Great Grey Shrike - Colaton Raleigh Common 11/11/2013
Great Grey Shrike - Colaton Raleigh Common 11/11/2013

Posted November 11th, 2013 at 1:55 pm by Tim Worfolk in General Birding

Berry Hd

A slow start despite promising condition, but soon started to log thousands of redwing flying over most heading N and NE, then the highlight - a very vocal, showy Dusky Warbler along the northern edge of the meadow.

Dusky Warbler BH 11 Nov 2013 ML sketch      Dusky Warbler BH 11 Nov 2013 BMc

Dusky Warbler Sketches Mike Langman - photo Bill Macdonald.

Totals: 9,800 Redwing (and I stopped counting when the Dusky Warbler appeared but reliably informed several more thousand went over!) 16 Fieldfare, 22 Song Thrush, 2 Siskin, 1 Firecrest , 9 Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff - and a very odd buffy (leucistic) Meadow Pipit.

Redwings Berry Hd 11 Nov 13 ML

Redwings - one of the 'smaller' flocks! 

ML, BMc, DMN, MD, AR.

Ed. After locating the Dusky Warbler, Redwing counts stopped however MD was counting at the time when the bird was found and after I left the site. MD suggested at least another 5,000 passed through so the overall total was somewhere in the region of a staggering 15,000 Redwings so perhaps another county site passage count record broken! There were also more Fieldfare but surprisingly few considering the numbers of Redwing. 

Posted November 11th, 2013 at 1:50 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Velvet Scoter

Just seen 4 Velvet Scoter in front of Dawlish railway station.

Posted November 11th, 2013 at 1:21 pm by Nick Workman in General Birding

Brents at Starcross yesterday

The highlight of yesterday mornings WeBS count between Stacross and Dawlish Warren golf course was the Black Brant with 452 Brents on Starcross gold course. The Brents have had a successful breeding season this year: 51 out of 366 (14%) were juveniles. A Bar-headed Goose was also there, and 'my' estuary section held 2 Little Grebes, 1 Great Crested and 'the' Slavonian, 19 Shags, 10 Little Egrets, only 403 Wigeon, 58 Teal and 2 Merganser, a Water Rail, 21 Ringed Plover (roosting on the railway embankment outside Cockwood Harbour), 6 Greenshank and 6 Rock Pipits.

Posted November 11th, 2013 at 12:26 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Sharkham Village. Brixham

Over the house conservative count of 2,000 Redwing between 0800-0930hrs. Also 6 Feildfare. Similar things happening at Berry Head by all accounts. Although nil Dusky Warblers here.

Posted November 11th, 2013 at 10:46 am by Josh Marshall in General Birding

Snow Buntings on Northam Burrows

There are now 6 Snow Buntings on Northam Burrows. This morning they were feeding on the strand line of Sandymere Pool by the entrance path to the Information Centre. They were typically confiding, and I was watching from a distance of about 10yds until a dog walker who could not have failed to see I was watching something walked between me and the birds. They flew across the pool towards the pebble ridge.

Posted November 11th, 2013 at 9:50 am by Roger Doble in General Birding

Brixham Breakwater

A visit to Brixham Breakwater had some good results with 22 Purple Sandpipers on the old bunkering jetty.Nice to see such big numbers and also very photogenic!!

Posted November 11th, 2013 at 8:05 am by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Sunday 10th November 2013

Bolberry

Nik T's Snow Bunting (looking like a 1W male) still present 1430hrs today around the 1st gate on footpath from Car Park to Soar Mill Cove.  A different bird to Steve Y's at Mid Soar earlier in the month.


Posted November 10th, 2013 at 9:37 pm by Alan Doidge in General Birding

Short eared owl - Cussacombe Common, Exmoor

I was reliably informed today that there was a single Short eared owl hunting over Cussacombe Common near to Molland Common by the Devon/Somerset boarder. I frequent this area a lot and have not seen a single SEO on Exmoor since November 2012. I made my way to the area but was unable to locate it myself.

Posted November 10th, 2013 at 9:14 pm by Chris Triggs in General Birding

East Portlemouth- Gara Rock

3 Mediterranean Gulls (all ad), 2 Great Northern Divers in Estuary, 2 Firecrest Mill Bay, 6 Goldcrest and 2500+ Woodpigeon over East Portlemouth most moving North up Kingsbridge Estuary (one extended flock of more than 1500 at 9.20am)

Posted November 10th, 2013 at 8:33 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

 A 2hr vis mig watch from my house at 07.20 was superb , With clear skies and little wind the Wood Pigeon were the star attraction - in the first hour 5200 and then they really got moving another 22,000 in the second hour , not quite up to the totals in Newport Wales but a good patch count , other species recorded were -

85 Chaffinch, 14 Goldfinch, 9 Siskin, 70 Skylark, 11 Mipit, 4 Reed Bunting, 275 Starling, 8 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 25 Fieldfare, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush, 5 Jay. 1 Green Woodpecker , 2 flocks of Wigeon 25 & 14 flew west as well as a M Pintail.

On the marsh 17 Teal, 2 Wigeon and a Water Rail.

Bob B had 7 Reed Bunting, 4 Chiffchaff at S M Ley and a Dunlin on the beach, he also had 8000+ Wood Pigeon at Huxton Cross some of which were probably in my totals . Finally a very nice F Black Redstart in my garden

Posted November 10th, 2013 at 8:28 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Prawle

Overhead, first 2 hours of light, (most north); Great Northern Diver (west), Red-throated Diver (east), 2 Snipe, 2000+ Woodpigeon (all directions!), 40+ Stock Dove, 60 Skylark, 33 Meadow Pipit, 265 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 85 Goldfinch, 50 Linnet, Redpoll, 3 Siskin, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting.

Elsewhere, 6 Egyptian Geese (west over village), 3 Purple Sandpipers, Swallow, Water Pipit (Horseley Cove), a further 4 Reed Buntings, 3 Chiffchaff (1 likely Siberian), 10 Goldcrests. (Also 10+ Red Admirals, 2 Clouded Yellows, Painted Lady).

(PM & TM)

Posted November 10th, 2013 at 8:04 pm by Pat Mayer in General Birding

Velator ringing

Managed to return to the reserve this morning, with Patrick and Eden and by late afternoon we had ringed 74 and retrapped a further 27, so over 100 birds handled. Details on the ringing forum. 

Posted November 10th, 2013 at 7:53 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Teign Estuary

WeBS counts from today:

334 Oystercatcher, 112 Curlew, 74 Redshank, 12 Greenshank, 25 Snipe, 8 Ringed Plover, 4 Turnstone, 9 Lapwing, 5 Common Sandpiper, 25 Little Egret, 6 Red-breasted Merganser, 8 Little Grebe, 6 Teal, 6 Shelduck, 15 Mute Swan and 1 Kingfisher.

The drake Scaup was still at Decoy Lake with a Gadwall and c25 Tufted Duck.

Posted November 10th, 2013 at 7:07 pm by Laurie Allnatt in General Birding

Soar

A very pleasant walk with Paul Kemp in lovely sunshine and next to no wind. 

Best bird was a Woodcock which gave good flight views in excellent light next to the track to East Soar Farm. Otherwise: c600 Wood Pigeons including c200 south and c300 west; 5 Goldcrests; and single Snipe, Chiffchaff and Reed Bunting.

Later at South Efford Marsh, an obliging Kingfisher fishing from posts, 3+ Common Sandpipers, 18 Curlews, and 42 Teal.

Posted November 10th, 2013 at 7:00 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Roadford

Grey Phalarope west side 9am.

approx 2500 woodpigeons over just before sunrise.

regards

Rupert


Posted November 10th, 2013 at 6:35 pm by Rupert kirkwood in General Birding

Bolberry Down - Snow Bunting

Male Snow Bunting on the SW Coast Path about 150m East of the Bolberry Down NT car park, just beyond the gate leading to Soar Mill Cove.  Seen between 11:30 and noon but was no longer visible at 1pm, no doubt disturbed by numerous walkers and dogs.

Posted November 10th, 2013 at 5:11 pm by Nick & Gill Townsend in General Birding

Slapton

Nothing of particular note, other than 8 Swallow, a singing Chiffchaff, and a small passage of Wood Pigeon heading SW, seen by 12 members of the East Devon Branch fieldtrip this morning.  In the afternoon the remaining members viewed the sea when a raft of 100+ Common Scoter containing at least 3 Velvet Scoter was seen a mile out in a heavy swell.   

Posted November 10th, 2013 at 5:03 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Bowling green marsh & goatwalk

The female long tailed duck showed well from the hide all morning, and the avocets had increased to 175+, 2 stonechats, 2 sparrowhawks, 4+ buzzards, 750+ wood pigeon going north , 200+ black tailed godwits, 6+ bar tailed godwits, 110+ dunlin a few redshank and lapwing, good numbers of wigeon and teal, 2+ Cetti's warblers, 1 kingfisher, 90+ redwing over northwest, on way to viewing platform 1 water rail and 1 kingfisher showing well from viewing platform. 

From the goatwalk a female/ 1st winter scaup was over towards turf and at least 3 red breasted mergansers, a female long tailed duck flew past heading up river towards topsham quay

Posted November 10th, 2013 at 3:38 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Colaton Raleigh Common

The Great Grey Shrike still early afternoon at the north end of the firing range viewed from the main path and showing well. From the main car park, take the left hand path by the entrance to the car park down into valley for 200 yards, then take the steep right hand grassy track back upto the main track on top of the hill to then view across the heath with the white poles of the firing range beyond.

Posted November 10th, 2013 at 3:03 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Northam Burrows

4 Snow buntings showing well.

Snow Buntings
Snow Buntings

Posted November 10th, 2013 at 2:44 pm by martha mills in General Birding

Exmouth - pm edit

Orcombe Point - 0700 - c50+ chaffinch, 2+ brambling, c20+ goldfinch, 5+ siskin, 1+ redpoll, 1 greenfinch, 1 bullfinch, 1 prob snow bunting (flight call once only but sounded fine), 3 reed bunting, 1+ grey wagtail, 1 raven, 1 sparrowhawk, 1 fieldfare, 1 hirundine sp (prob swallow), 2 goldcrest, 1 chiffchaff, 1 siberian chiffchaff, 3+ pied wagtail, 10 starling, 1 very late wheatear, 1 little egret, 5 song thrush, c40+ skylark, c20+ meadow pipit, 2 coal tit, 2 snipe and, of course, the juv white-fronted goose. Also 900+ woodpigeon moving north. All were moving over Exmouth, largely behind me, so I probably missed lots as I concentrated on other stuff. Best bird without doubt was my first Orcombe siberian chiffchaff which moved rapidly through the long hedge bordering the 'goose' field, continually calling a flat, dunnock-like 'fee' (which I actually managed to sound-record) - a really smart bird. On Maer rocks late pm 6+ turnstone and now 3 purple sandpiper. Also great crested grebe offshore.

siberian chiffchaff - showing the typical plumage tones
siberian chiffchaff - showing the typical plumage tones

last seen in a single sallow in the corner of the field
last seen in a single sallow in the corner of the field

little egret
little egret

Posted November 10th, 2013 at 12:45 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Braunton Marshes

08:10

6 Whooper Swans this morning plus14 Mute Swans (8 adults & 6 juveniles) also Sparrow Hawk being hassled by crows.

08:44 female Marsh Harrier arrived in same area as the Whoopers, being mobbed by about 8 corvids.

Posted November 10th, 2013 at 9:36 am by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Saturday 9th November 2013

white fronted goose

White- fronted Goose from Orcombe point today , thank you Matt , for showing me where it was

Posted November 9th, 2013 at 9:00 pm by MARTIN COX in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A search over the high tide period produced 121 Redshanks, 5 Greenshanks, 18 Turnstones and 61 Curlwes roosting. Grey Herons (9) and Little Egrets (10) in almost equal proportions. Only 10 Shelducks and 3 Oystercatchers; but 2 Jack Snipes and 3+ Snipes. Also a Green Woodpecker and a solitary Ringed Plover.

Later, from my window, an adult winter Mediterranean Gull amongst a flock of Black-headed Gulls on Blagdon's Meadow.

There have been a few recent changes in birds' behavouir on the Plym, reflecting human activity. Grey Heron numbers have increased dramatically - now occasionally out-numbering Little Egrets - probably due to disturbance caused by house building in their previously favoured nearby quarry. Due to the removal of a former wader roosting spot - a pontoon near the mouth of the estuary - the Ringed Plover(s) now roost on the adjacent rubble beside Blagdon's Boatyard and Turnstones appear to have relocated much further away on the estuary wall at the top end.

   

Posted November 9th, 2013 at 5:17 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Exmouth

Mudbank - 0700 - 21+ dunlin, 8+ redshank, 27+ little egret, 48+ turnstone, 6+ teal, 6+ great crested grebe, 1 scaup @ 0735 (probably a fw male but distant towards Starcross), the black brant, 1 goldcrest, 1 reed bunting, 1 kingfisher and 6+ meadow pipit as well as good numbers of wigeon, brent goose, shelduck etc.

Orcombe Point - juv white-fronted goose in usual field and 2 purple sandpiper again on Maer Rocks late this afternoon with 11+ turnstone and two brent goose. No sign of yesterday's snow bunting around the top fields today.

Posted November 9th, 2013 at 5:09 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Berry Head

A very quick walk around the site this morning produced 2 Fire crest nr. pond, and 2 Black Redstart in the southern fort. c. 40 Gannets feeding and a single H. porpoise. Skies were quiet with just 2 alba wagtail and a solitary Redwing which landed at my feet on the end of the head!

Posted November 9th, 2013 at 10:28 am by John Lusher in General Birding

South Brent migration...........

The Wood Pigeon numbers have dropped off markedly from the numbers seen earlier in the week, but several flocks seen between 8am and 9am this morning numbering around 40 to 50 birds, lower than the previous birds seen and some seen to drop down to feed in Oaks presumably picking up the acorns.

Two flocks of Redwings and the first that I have seen this season of Fieldfares 20 plus birds, everything seen headed west ........

Posted November 9th, 2013 at 9:59 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Friday 8th November 2013

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - 1535 - 1 snow bunting this afternoon, also 2 starling, 1 sparrowhawk, c50+ linnet, c10+ meadow pipit, 4 snipe and the long-staying juvenile white-fronted goose. On Maer Rocks 2 purple sandpiper and 3+ turnstone with 6 brent goose 'in off'.

still apparently happy in this one field!
still apparently happy in this one field!

Posted November 8th, 2013 at 6:17 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

One hour at Exminster early pm; marshes are now well flooded: Good numbers of black tailed godwits c350, wigeon c300, c400 Canada geese, a few curlews and 1 juv ruff seen from the road near the middle car park.

Posted November 8th, 2013 at 5:45 pm by david cawthraw in General Birding

Colaton Raleigh Common

No sign of the Great Grey Shrike today, although many looking. My afternoon at least was saved by a Richard's Pipit, flushed calling from long grass at roughly SY047880 - about 400m N of Firing Range. Found at 15:40ish, looked for it but no further sighting.

Posted November 8th, 2013 at 5:17 pm by Tim Worfolk in General Birding

Broadsands

Broadsands Bay: 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Great Crested Grebes. 1 Chiffchaff and 4 Goldcrest in marsh between car parks.

Posted November 8th, 2013 at 5:11 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Berry Hd

Yellow-browed Warbler (same as last Fridays?) very vocal bird in sycamores just North West (50m) of wardens bungalow on corner as road drops away toward the Berry Head Hotel.

The Harbour Porpoises were very active this afternoon off the headland with 15-20 present in dispersed group some very close in several leaping clear of the water - not witnessed this very often. 

Posted November 8th, 2013 at 5:08 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

The female Long-tailed Duck still showing well at times from the hide this lunchtime until around 1.45. Otherwise very quiet as most of the duck had been spooked by something - a large flock tried to land on the water at one point but were very nervous and soon disappeared.

Posted November 8th, 2013 at 2:11 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Broadsands

Four Great Northern Divers between the cove and Elbury today late morning, also two Great Crested Grebes.

Posted November 8th, 2013 at 1:21 pm in General Birding

Newton Abbot

Drake Scaup on Decoy Lake this morning, also drake Gadwall and 25 Tufted Ducks.

Posted November 8th, 2013 at 12:29 pm by Will Salmon in General Birding

Swans

I was driven over to Braunton Marsh this morning and there are still 4 Whoopers with the Mute Swan herd.

Posted November 8th, 2013 at 12:28 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Berry Head

Quick visit earlier this morning between rain showers, on the headland 2 Goldcrest, 3 Redwing and a Black Redstart, no sign of the Dartford Warbler seen yesterday. Overhead very quiet, flock of 28 Goldfinch, 3 Siskin & 6 Meadow Pipit.

Posted November 8th, 2013 at 11:19 am by Bill Macdonald in General Birding

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