Devon Bird Sightings from 22nd–31st December 2013

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Saturday 28th December 2013

Modbury

Driving along the road at around 2pm toward Modbury from Yealmpton,noticing a group of around 10 Pheasants one in particular was a male of the green (P. versicolor) subspecies.

Posted December 28th, 2013 at 9:50 pm by Matt Clark in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 10:30 till 15:00

the 1st winter male long tailed duck showed well from the hide along with 2 red breasted mergansers (1m,1f), 300+ avocet, 6+ lapwing, 11+ snipe, 5 pintail(3m,2f), 1m tufted duck, 9+ shoveler, 200+ wigeon, 100+ teal, 5+ water rail( 3 from hide, 2 by the viewing platform), 1 peregrine, 1 buzzard, 5+ redwing, 8 greylag geese, 800+ Brent geese flew over from darts farm, 1 kingfisher, 1 green woodpecker. 

Posted December 28th, 2013 at 9:31 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

White-billed Diver, Brixham

Today, in the morning the White billed Diver was in the harbour and there were 3 black-throated divers, 4+ great-northern divers, a black guillemot, a common guillemot, 3 purple sandpiper and at least 9-10 seals.

White-billed Diver
White-billed Diver

White-billed Diver
White-billed Diver

Posted December 28th, 2013 at 9:24 pm by Martín Rey in Bird News

Slapton Ley

12:00-15:00 Hrs. 3 Black-necked Grebes ( 1 Ireland Bay, 2 from Stokeley hide ), 18 Little Grebes, 15 Shoveler, 168 Gadwall ( all these counted from Stokeley hide only, probably over 200 present on site ), 135 Wigeon ( Ireland Bay ), 47 Pochard, 240 Tufted Duck, 3 Scaup ( 1m 2f from Stokeley Hide ), 5 Goldeneye and c 500 Coot. Quiet on the sea apart from 60 Common Scoter.

 

Posted December 28th, 2013 at 6:03 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Isley Marsh

8 Spoonbill, 2 Water Pipit and a Whooper Swan at Isley this afternoon but unable to find the green-winged Teal among a few hundred Teal.

Posted December 28th, 2013 at 5:40 pm by Roger Doble in Bird News

Baggy Point - R.Caen - Sharpa Marshes

No Scoters at Downend this morning but 7 female Common Scoters at Baggy Pt + 1 Eider.

This afternoon on the R.Caen, 1 Common Sandpiper, I Grey Wagtail, 1 Kingfisher & 6 Little Grebes + excellent views of the 2 Marsh Harriers flying over Sharpa Marshes all seen from Velator Quay.


Posted December 28th, 2013 at 5:22 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Brixham

Got back to Devon today to see the White-billed Diver. What a great bird. 

Other sightings. 16 Great N Divers, 4 Black T Divers, Long-tailed Duck and 14 Purple Sandpipers. 

Posted December 28th, 2013 at 5:03 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Hope's Nose

Short visit around midday. 3 great northern divers still present, an adult mediterranean gull at the sewer and a porpoise briefly seen just off the rocks.

Posted December 28th, 2013 at 5:03 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

After the excitement of harbour-dwelling rares yesterday, back to my local patch, dodging the rain! 

Only 37 Curlews on the pool but 7 Oystercatchers and 14 Redshanks feeding there. Also - Ringed Plover 1, Little Egret 11, Common Sandpiper 1, Little Grebe 4, Snipe 14+, Jack Snipe 1, Shelduck 43, Shag 2 (including a juv unusually, right up the river near Sainsburys), and a Roe Deer doe.  

Posted December 28th, 2013 at 3:53 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Sherpa

Whilst ringing in the reserve today I saw a MARSH HARRIER over the Sherpa reed-bed first hunting then perched on a post/tree. (about 1p.m.) Ringing details on the forum.

Posted December 28th, 2013 at 2:53 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Broadhempston

Glossy Ibis still present at 12.00 today. Viewable from lane at sx799658

Posted December 28th, 2013 at 12:41 pm by Andy Cose in Bird News

Brixham

The White-billed Diver was showing exceptionally well in the inner harbour at around 9am. Also 2 Black-throated Divers and a Black Guillemot from the breakwater.

Posted December 28th, 2013 at 11:32 am by Will Salmon in Bird News

Clennon Valley

2 Siberian Chiffchaffs 200m w of YMCA over stream, 1 collybita Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Water Rail, 1 Kingfisher, 20 Tufted Ducks, 3 Shoveler, 1 Mandarin Duck, 6 Snipe, 2 Grey Wagtail. No sign of Yellow-browed Warbler for two days now.

Posted December 28th, 2013 at 9:58 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Friday 27th December 2013

Black-necked grebe, Turnchapel

Yesterday about 3pm a wp bng just off the marina behind Mount Batten quay, diving frequently.

Posted December 27th, 2013 at 9:06 pm by Richard Archer in Bird News

Dawlish

At 2.30 pm the Bonaparte's gull was feeding amongst the surf just to the west of Langstone Rock. Also there c12 turnstone. Further out 2 divers, possibly black-throated but very distant. 

Posted December 27th, 2013 at 5:24 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Clennon Valley

After not seeing the Cattle Egret since the evening of 25th Dec I checked the roosting tree on the eastern pond - both Grey Heron and Little Egret still in tree but no Cattle Egret. I then found scattered pure white feathers (some of the larger feathers collected and photographed here) on the playing field close to where the Cattle Egret regulary fed, they would appear to fit Cattle Egret very well - presumably killed by something or at least scared enough push the egret off!

Cattle Egret Feathers? Clennon Valley 27 Dec 2013 ML

A good corvid roost and gathering near the top pond - 150+ Carrion Crows, 300+ Jackdaws, 80+ Rooks, 2 Ravens and 172 Magpies counted but there could have been another 40-50 already hidden in the trees. 

Posted December 27th, 2013 at 5:13 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Velator/Sherpa

Just leaving the reserve this afternoon (about 3.30) and looked back south and saw 2 MARSH HARRIERS quartering the reed-bed.

Posted December 27th, 2013 at 3:54 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Brixham

White-billed Diver very mobile today ranging from outside Astra Zenica to the inner harbour around the Golden Hind replica! Also 4 Black-throated Divers, 8-10 Great Northern Divers, 4 Purple Sandpipers on  the Breakwater only a 200m out from Breakwater beach.

Posted December 27th, 2013 at 3:07 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Broadsands

On sea -  1 Red-necked Grebe, 3 Black-necked Grebes, 1 Black-throated Diver, 8 Great Northen Divers, 

Around marsh, 4 Siberian Chiffchaffs, 1 collybita Chiffchaff, 1 Water Rail.

12 Cirl Buntings and 2 Reed Buntings on seed in 2nd car park. 

Posted December 27th, 2013 at 3:03 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Brixham

1145 to 1230  Black guillemot flying around, first outside and then inside breakwater. 2 GN divers and one Black necked close in off the end. White billed was reported seen in same area 10 minutes before I arrived.

Posted December 27th, 2013 at 1:00 pm by John Lusher in Bird News

Thursday 26th December 2013

Not the White-billed

The observant will have realised that the bird below that I posted at 2/ish is in fact a Great Northern Diver, sorry.... so many divers, I got excited and posted the wrong image!  Really sorry!

Happy New Year to anyone who knows me.

Posted December 26th, 2013 at 8:28 pm by Charlie Fleming in Bird News

Brixham harbour

Some more photos from a fantastic day of divers.

White billed diver
White billed diver

Great northern diver
Great northern diver

Black throated diver
Black throated diver

Posted December 26th, 2013 at 7:40 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Bittern at Beesands Ley. 26-12-13

Photo taken at about 12.50hrs as it flew across the Ley, other  than that fairly quiet there

Bittern on the wing over the Ley
Bittern on the wing over the Ley

Posted December 26th, 2013 at 6:42 pm by Bruce Church in Bird News

Hartland Point

Red throated Divers very restless this morning with several taking off & landing & others constantly diving so numbers impossible to determine accurately.

Sea state rougher than expected but a fine morning with plenty of sunshine, light winds & a hint of a rainbow.



Posted December 26th, 2013 at 6:06 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

elbury cove

Good numbers of grebes and divers between shore and Brixham with Great Northern Diver and Long Tailed Duck close in.

Posted December 26th, 2013 at 5:01 pm by john phillips in Bird News

Islay marsh

6 Spoonbills at Isley Marsh and 1 male Green- winged Teal in the small pond just before the bank that surrounds Home Farm Marsh on the left of the Tarka Trail  between the Isley Marsh entrance and the Home Marsh entrance . Observed by Norman Briden at 13.00hrs today.

Posted December 26th, 2013 at 4:56 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Brixham

White-billed Diver, Black Guillemot. 2 Black-throated Divers still of breakwater late pm. Also 8 purple sandpipers 

Posted December 26th, 2013 at 4:44 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

White-billed Diver

Brixham Harbour.


Posted December 26th, 2013 at 4:18 pm by Charlie Fleming in Bird News

white-billed Diver

2pm diver on Zeneca side between carpark and fish quay by slipway showing well.

Anybody on the breakwater who could see someone waying and jumping up and down every so often, it was me trying to tell you the bird was over with me;o)


Posted December 26th, 2013 at 3:44 pm by Simon Thurgood in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake - 26th Decemver 2013

Lower Tamar Lake.

Sunny, bright conditions but very muddy underfoot;  wellingtons necessary.

27 Goosander (12 males), 15 Tufted Duck, 40+ Mallard, 28 Teal, 1 Gadwall, 12 Wigeon, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Kingfishers, 6 Snipe.   Mixed flock of gulls - Mainly Black headed (25), Herring (11), Great Black Backed (2).

On the feeders:- 1 Marsh Tit, 4 Great Tits, 9 Blue Tits, 1 Coal Tit, 2 House Sparrows and 1 Jay.

Harvey Kendall.

Posted December 26th, 2013 at 3:35 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

11:00 Clear and sunny morning.

30 Goosander 13m 17f, 4 G.C. Grebe, 14 Tufted Duck, 6 Wigeon 3m 3f, 7 Teal, 1 G.S. Woodpecker.

Posted December 26th, 2013 at 2:59 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Great Northern Diver

Managed to blag a lift in a fisherman's small boat, a great Christmas treat.

Posted December 26th, 2013 at 2:54 pm by Charlie Fleming in Bird News

Brixham

Just been informed; now a Black Guillemot off the breakwater too!

Posted December 26th, 2013 at 2:45 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Clennon Valley

Yellow-browed Warbler 400m West of YMCA still beside stream but further west than before, 2 siberian Chiffchaffs and 5 Goldcrest.

Posted December 26th, 2013 at 1:39 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

White-billed Diver Brixham

The White-billed Diver came very close to the seawall behind the fish quay on Zeneca side about 0845 before moving across to the Breakwater/lifeboat station area

Posted December 26th, 2013 at 11:59 am in Bird News

Exmouth

A nice pair of Mistle Thrush in the sheep field when I fed the farm animals at Bystock Court this morning, also several Nuthatch calling obviously enjoying the sunshine.

Posted December 26th, 2013 at 11:51 am by Dave Britton in Bird News

Brixham

White-Billed Diver showing fantastically (there will be some great photos later from other observer's) plus 10+ Great Northern Divers, 4 Black-throated Divers and 1 Red-throated Diver.

Broadsands - 14 Great Northern Divers 1 Black-throated Diver, 4 Red-throated Divers, 33 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Black-necked Grebes, 6 Wigeon, 24 Conmmon Scoter.

1 Siberian Chiffchaff in marsh and 11 Cirl Buntings in 2nd car park by rusty skip. 

Posted December 26th, 2013 at 11:38 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Clennon Valley & Broadsands

Early start at Clennon Valley before the sun rose and still failed to find the Cattle Egret !! Count of 12 Snipe on a rush bed but looking at the images I suspect there were more as I can see 9 in the one image that I took and I didn't see half of them when I took the picture, Count of 5 Chiff Chaff, one drake Manderin duck, Two male Shovelers, one Little Egret.

Broadsands one very confiding Rock Pipit, one juvenile Great Northern Diver initially guite close to the sea wall but made its way out across the bay

Dartington on the way home close to Cornwall farmers on the A385 female Kestrel seen landing in a roadisde tree

Posted December 26th, 2013 at 11:31 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Redwings in Gara Valley

26 december 10.45 a.m.  watching 3 Redwings in holly tree. Beautiful to see them.

Posted December 26th, 2013 at 10:51 am by Jane in Bird News

Wednesday 25th December 2013

Black guillemot, Hope's Nose

Photo of this morning's black guillemot just off the quarry.

Black guillemot, Hope's Nose
Black guillemot, Hope's Nose

Posted December 25th, 2013 at 11:48 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

White-billed Diver - Brixham

Decided to walk off turkey and all the trimmings with a stroll along Brixham breakwater late afternoon. I was already aware of the growing number of Diver species in Torbay and checking a large diver within the outer harbour I was immediately stunned by the ivory coloured large bill! Finding it difficult to speak Sue my partner agreed to return to the car to get the camera! (THANK YOU).  I watched the bird from about halfway along the breakwater, looking west back across the outer harbour towards Astra Zeneca, feeding 50m from the breakwater. In fading light I managed to grab some record shots, but remained cautious about phoning out the news until I had double checked the ID and what a Christmas present! It was already dark and just hope the bird sticks, gutted I couldn't get anyone else to share the experience.

Posted December 25th, 2013 at 6:32 pm by Bill Macdonald in Bird News

Clennon Valley

Cattle Egret back on playing fields before dusk and going to roost on 1st pond.

Posted December 25th, 2013 at 6:17 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Hope's Nose this morning

The black guillemot was back close off the rocks at the quarry till 10am, after which it disappeared. Also in the cove on the north side, 6 great northern divers and a red throated diver (a 1st winter with grey neck: a different bird from yesterday's). A gull flock was still at the sewer, but nothing notable. I'll try & post photos later.

Posted December 25th, 2013 at 6:00 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Capstone Point - Ilfracombe

4 Purple Sandpipers present on Christmas Day.


Posted December 25th, 2013 at 5:01 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Cattle Egret, Yalberton. Again

The Cattle Egret was present again late morning and early afternoon at least. Still in cattle fields on the Stoke Gabriel road. Spending time between Clennon Valley and Yalberton.

Grid reference SX 86114 59057. In case anyone is interested to see it feeding around cattle.

Merry Christmas

Posted December 25th, 2013 at 1:41 pm by Jacob Wood in Bird News

Brixham Garden

Having moved to Brixham from Bedfordshire over the weekend, birding has been confined to the garden so far.... On Monday morning a Blackcap was calling from the ivy in the back garden but at about midday today a Firecrest moved, rather rapidly, through our front garden! Not a bad start to the garden list!

Posted December 25th, 2013 at 12:23 pm by Andy Plumb in Bird News

Clennon Valley

Merry Christmas - the Cattle Egret was again on the playing fields 8.30 am this morning.

Posted December 25th, 2013 at 9:06 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Tuesday 24th December 2013

Hope's Nose black guillemot

This pic should have been posted with the report - apologies.

1st winter Black guillemot
1st winter Black guillemot

Posted December 24th, 2013 at 5:20 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Hope's Nose this afternoon

A 1st winter black guillemot was in the cove on the north side. This disappeared moments after it was pointed out to us (at 13.23pm) and could not be relocated. The record photos attached show an unusual heavy dark bar on the wing coverts - would be worth close scrutiny if it can be refound.

Also present: 7 great northern, 1 black throated and 1 red throated diver in the cove, and an adult mediterranean gull was at the sewer with commoner species.

Black guillemot - poor record shot from cliff top
Black guillemot - poor record shot from cliff top

Black guillemot
Black guillemot

Posted December 24th, 2013 at 5:16 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Torbay

A very good selection and numbers around today: 40 Great Northern divers - 24 Broadsands/Goodrington, 8 Brixham c/o DMN, 8 Paignton/Preston, 5 Black-troated Divers - 4 Broafdsands, 1 Brixham (c/o DMN), 3 Red-throated Divers (all Broadsands), 1 Red-necked Grebe (Broadsands) 6 Black-necked Grebes - 5 Broadsands, 1 Paignton, 16 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 23 Common Scoter (Preston).

At Broadsands 1 Siberian Chiffchaff and 1 collybita Chiffchaff and 8 Cirl Buntings on seed in 2nd car park.

SS, ML 

Cattle Egret back on the playing fields at Clennon Valley at 4.15pm ready to go to roost.

Posted December 24th, 2013 at 4:02 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Cattle Egret, Yalberton

The Cattle Egret from Clennon Valley was present again at Yalberton this afternoon(14:00-15:15) in the fields behind my house! Feeding on worms around the cow trough.

 


Posted December 24th, 2013 at 4:01 pm by Jacob Wood in Bird News

Broadhempston

Glossy Ibis still present this morning in flooded fields. Viewable from lane. SX 799 655

Posted December 24th, 2013 at 10:52 am by Andy Cose in Bird News

Clennon Valley

Cattle Egret present on playing fields again this morning. 

Posted December 24th, 2013 at 8:26 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 23rd December 2013

Broadsands

Broadsands 14:30-15:00

Very strong wind and rain!

2 Great-northern divers, 1 Red-throated Diver, 3 (possibly 4)Black-throated Divers, 3 Black-necked Grebes and 4 Great-crested grebes.

Posted December 23rd, 2013 at 3:41 pm by Jacob Wood in Bird News

Brixham

Still two Black-throated Divers from Zeneca carpark mid afternoon today , the above shows a Black-throated together with two Great Northern off Shoalstone during Saturday's blow. This afternoon the Eider was off Shoalstone shelter.

Posted December 23rd, 2013 at 3:31 pm in Bird News

Berry Head & Brixham harbour

Berry Head, perhaps too windy as another broken brolly will testify! Seawatch 0830-1030: Balearic Shearwater (very slowly through) and only seabird of note, 5+ Harbour Porpoise, Fulmars starting gather (but no dark phase yet).

Brixham outer harbour from Zeneca: 2 Black-throated Divers and 2 Great Northern Divers

Posted December 23rd, 2013 at 1:20 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Shoalstone

A 45 min seawatch this morning from the shelter in the carpark produced relatively few birds the highlights being 1 Balearic Shearwater and 1 Great Northern Diver. 2 Harbour Porpoise feeding close inshore looking toward Berry Head.

Posted December 23rd, 2013 at 11:22 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Clennon Valley

Cattle Egret on the playing fields again this morning first thing - for anyone brave enough to go outside!

Posted December 23rd, 2013 at 8:17 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sunday 22nd December 2013

Clennon Valley

The cattle egret was present from about 1.30 to 2pm, first perched on a tree by the bottom pond, then feeding on the playing fields before inevitably getting flushed by dogs. Also present: 4 dabchick, 7 snipe, 1 pair shoveler.

Cattle egret in tree, bottom pond
Cattle egret in tree, bottom pond

....and after getting flushed from fields
....and after getting flushed from fields

Posted December 22nd, 2013 at 8:45 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

White fronted Goose ?

During a quick visit to Exeter marshes on Sunday morning I think I found a single White fronted Goose amongst the Brents and Canada's (orange legs, pink bill and a white patch above)??? I did get a couple of photo's via digi scoping though not the best due to the distance and no thanks to the couple who walked straight through the middle of the marsh, sending 1000s of birds skyward and wondering why they couldnt see anything through their bino's...

Can any one confirm my picture and its presence???

Eds: Mark there was not a picture attached??

Posted December 22nd, 2013 at 7:52 pm by Mark Leitch in Bird News

Shoalstone Eider

A bit of shower dodging this morning and the female Eider was located on the rocks under the Berry Head Hotel . Couple of Razorbill off the Breakwater . No sign of GND's but I guess there a good chance they'll be back tomorrow afternoon looking at the weather coming

Posted December 22nd, 2013 at 6:08 pm by Tim Clyburn in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton-22nd December

Two Siberian Chiffchaffs and two / possibly three 'collybita' performing well on the bluffs below the old railway line, and also in the ditches beside the path. Walk up the muddy path on the west side of the valley to grid ref SY 073837. Also adult and second winter Med Gulls on the flooded fields.

Posted December 22nd, 2013 at 5:32 pm by Peter Hopkin in Bird News

Broadsands

On the sea: a minimum of 13 Great Northern Divers, 3 Black-throated and 3 Red-throated Divers, 5 Black-necked Grebes 12+ Great Crested Grebes, 3 Razorbills and 2 Guillemots.

1 Siberian Chiffchaff in Marsh. 

Posted December 22nd, 2013 at 5:02 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

lesser whitethroat

There has been a singleton in our St Budeaux, Plymouth garden for about a week feeding on fatballs & breadcrumbs.

lesser whitethroat 22 Dec 13, Plymouth (1)
lesser whitethroat 22 Dec 13, Plymouth (1)

lesser whitethroat 22 Dec 13, Plymouth (2)
lesser whitethroat 22 Dec 13, Plymouth (2)

Discussion at: http://forum.devonbirds.org/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=244

Posted December 22nd, 2013 at 4:07 pm by derek courtnell in Bird News

Clennon Valley, Paignton

A mid morning walk round Clennon Valley, Paignton failed to spot the Cattle Egret, but a good variety of duck species on the ponds inc a drake Shoveller, good numbers of Mallard and Tufted, good numbers of Little Grebe dotted about and a count of 7 Snipe against one of the bankside reed beds, on the playing fields a Common gull amoungst the Black Headed Gulls

Posted December 22nd, 2013 at 3:05 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Velator Reserve

Very wet. Lots of Finches today - probably more than 100 Greenfinch! The Little Grebe is still present, hiding under the duckweed mainly! Also 2 Chiffchaffs, one of which looked like a good Tristis-type and I was just trying to get better sustained views when it flew off and I couldn't relocate it. Grrrr. Had a look at the other one which was a much more typical Collybita-type, greeny/yellowy wash. Will keep looking over the Christmas period to see if I can get better views. No sign of the Whooper Swans over on the great field, or of any Marsh Harriers over the reed-bed.

Posted December 22nd, 2013 at 3:01 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Tavistock

Found this very close drake Goosander on the river whilst returning to the car following an afternoons Christmas shopping in Tavistock..naturally the camera was with me.

www.adriandaveybirdphotography.co.uk

Goosander
Goosander

Posted December 22nd, 2013 at 12:39 am by Adrian Davey in Bird News

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