Devon Bird Sightings from 15th–21st February 2013

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Thursday 21st February 2013

Bowling Green Marsh

The drake American Wigeon was with the Wigeon flock to the right of the hide, best viewed from the road at around 1.30 today.

Posted February 21st, 2013 at 8:37 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Ringed Black-headed Gull

For Matt... please submit to the BTO via www.ring.ac in any case, but yes, it's a Latvian bird & has been at Exeter Quay every winter since Feb 2009 (I've seen it on at least 8 occasions in the intervening years).Ringed in 2008 as a juvenile.

Jeremy

Posted February 21st, 2013 at 8:33 pm by Jeremy Barker in General Birding

Colour ringed Sanderlings.

For those of you interested in reporting colour ringed Sanderlings, here is a link that you might find interesting:-

http://www.waderstudygroup.org/res/project/sand-colrings-en.php

 

Posted February 21st, 2013 at 8:07 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Exeter Quay

Could anyone help with the origins of this black-headed gull? I'm assuming it's Latvian. The two swan geese are not the birds seen on the Teign as suggested in the 2011 Devon Bird Report. The birds on the Teign are presumed to be swan geese x greylag hybrids. You can tell I haven't seen much this week!

escaped swan geese
escaped swan geese

metal-ringed black-headed gull
metal-ringed black-headed gull


Posted February 21st, 2013 at 7:34 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

Looked in at the Pond on my way down the Tarka trail.

6 Little Grebe, 7 Gadwall (6 male & 1 female) & 7 Shoveler

(4 male & 3 female).

The pair of Mute Swans were on the pond with 4 Mallard

resting on top of last year's nest. When I passed by the other

day one of the pair was re-inforcing the nest but now the weather has turned much colder they may well be having second thoughts.

Posted February 21st, 2013 at 6:09 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Baggy Point

Male and Female Eider, Four Common Scoter and Red-throated Diver all present this morning.

In addition there was a nice male Black Redstart at the point.

Well worth the trip from Somerset.

Posted February 21st, 2013 at 5:27 pm by ian hayes in General Birding

Around the Axe

All quiet in this corner of Devon. 160 Golden Plover in the valley today were evidence of some cold weather movement - didn't see anything notable though.

Am pleased to report an increase in big gull numbers on the Estuary in recent days (nothing different yet!), although small gull numbers still really low. 

Posted February 21st, 2013 at 1:51 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Wednesday 20th February 2013

Baggy Pt

This is a better quality photo of the pair of Eiders at Baggy this morning which I digiscoped.


Posted February 20th, 2013 at 1:21 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Baggy Pt

A crisp frosty start to the morning but soon burning off.

The female Eider has attracted a handsome male who was swimming alongside her. Spring is in the air although it is forecast to get colder.

4 Common Scoters & one Red Throated Diver.




Posted February 20th, 2013 at 1:09 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Sth Huish Marsh

 Spoonbill. Found this morning on Sth Huish by Nik Townsend looked to have moved to Thurlestone Marsh at 11.44hrs?


Posted February 20th, 2013 at 1:02 pm by Alan Doidge in General Birding

Sharkham Village, Brixham

Brambling feeding with an increasing flock of 40+ Chaffinch in my garden.

Brambling, J Marshall
Brambling, J Marshall

Brambling, J Marshall
Brambling, J Marshall

Posted February 20th, 2013 at 12:10 pm by Josh Marshall in General Birding

Tuesday 19th February 2013

South Brent

The Starling roost at Gribblesdown, South Brent is becoming a magnet for raptors, evenings this last week have seen an estimated 3500 Starlings coming into roost, the last few calm clear evenings have seen the birds displaying and circling the roost for up to an hour before dropping into the bamboos to roost. This evening between 5pm and 5.52pm I had nine sightings of Sparrowhawks menacing the Starling flock, on two occassions two hawks attacked the flock at the same time, the intensity of the hawks presence certainly spooked and alarmed the Starlings. The last few days have also resulted in a number of Peregrine sightings and a possibly Merlin in attendance, but the poor light at the end of the day when the Starlings gather and the distance between yourself and the raptor in question sometimes make positive ID difficult.

Posted February 19th, 2013 at 11:35 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Roadford reservoir

The two drake smew were to the left of the DBWPS hide late morning, displaying to 3 brownhead goldeneye. They flew across to the northern shore west of the viaduct shortly after midday. 3 drake goldeneye with several brownheads were north of the viaduct.

Smew with goldeneye
Smew with goldeneye

Posted February 19th, 2013 at 9:31 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

A38-Candy Tiles

At least 14 Waxwings seen in flight from car mid morning over central reservation.

Posted February 19th, 2013 at 8:58 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Prawle Point

Glaucous Gull still present this afternoon on rocks below lower car park.

Posted February 19th, 2013 at 8:45 pm by John Walters in General Birding

Monday 18th February 2013

Roadford

Drake Smew again at Roadford late afternoon , to the left of the hide,then joined by the second bird at 1700. Also Bittern on waters edge on far bank oppisite hide.

Posted February 18th, 2013 at 8:16 pm by Adrian Davey in General Birding

Waxwings and Woodcock

There were 4 Waxwings at Heathfield (Battle Road/Cannon Road junction) coming down to a few scrawny hips at 4pm. A few Bramblings coming into roost at Stover with Chaffinches later on. Finally, 3 Woodcock leaving Haldon (Beggar's Bush) in the direction of Chudleigh at 6:05-6:15pm.

Waxwing at Heathfield
Waxwing at Heathfield

Posted February 18th, 2013 at 6:53 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

TESCO,RYDON LANE,EXETER

A calling flock of 33 waxwings flew to a single alder tree in carpark at 16:55, after a few minutes flew towards a belt of conifers at rear of store, possibly to roost.

Posted February 18th, 2013 at 5:55 pm by Alan Keatley in General Birding

Fremington Quay

The Greenshank & Spotted Redshank were both still in upper pill at Fremington Quay on Saturday - sorry about the late post.



Posted February 18th, 2013 at 5:23 pm by Chris Bollen in General Birding

R,taw - Taw bridge and Anchorwood bank.

14:30

2 Goosander(1M,1F) right under the bridge. 15 Common Gull; 7 Lesser black-backed Gull and             8 Bullfinch( in the bushes where the path from under the bridge meets the Tarka Trail.)

Posted February 18th, 2013 at 4:41 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Wrafton

A Waxwing in Wrafton again - at exactly the same place as the three in December! 15 Orchard Road.

James L reports that the Swan on Wrafton pond is sitting! Bit early?

Posted February 18th, 2013 at 3:20 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Darts Farm, Topsham

The American Widgeon showing well on the field in front of the hide and again on the water (my thanks to the birders who pointed it out as people were arriving) Good numbers of Godwit and Widgeon.

On the drive in alongside the farrow / stubble field numerous "small brown birds" feeding including Linnet, Sky Lark, Brambling, Meadow Pippit, a handful of Fieldfares one showing at close range.

One of the best visits so fat to this location due to the diversity of species present.

Green Woodpecker seen on a tree top on the main Exmouth Road on the way in.

Posted February 18th, 2013 at 3:07 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Heathfield ~ Waxwings

The Heathfield Waxwings showing well this morning on the trees above the caravan site alongside the A38 initially a flock of just under 20 birds which were then joined by a larger number, max count 44.

In the bright sunny conditions managed to obtan some nice images.

Posted February 18th, 2013 at 3:03 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Darts Farm

The drake American Wigeon was showing well from the hide at Darts Farm this lunchtime until I left at around 1.30. Also 2 Stock Doves by the track on the way in and a male Reed Bunting by the feeder.

Posted February 18th, 2013 at 2:07 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Exmouth

Mudbank - sandwich tern fishing shoreline between Mudbank and West Lodge - a month too early and presumably an over-wintering bird rather than an early migrant.

sandwich tern
sandwich tern

Posted February 18th, 2013 at 12:52 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Stover Country Park

Jon Avon passed on a message that a female Ring-necked duck was present on the main Lake today - presumably the Kennick Reservoir bird? Also plenty of Siskin and several Brambling on site.

Posted February 18th, 2013 at 11:24 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Roadford Reservoir - Sunday 17th Feb.

Two male Smew showing very well to the left of the DBW hide at the viaduct end, loosely associating with Tufted Duck.

Above the viaduct - at least 10 Goldeneye and 10 Shoveler and 2 Little Grebes

Harvey Kendall

Posted February 18th, 2013 at 11:19 am by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

A38 Waxwings

Saw a flock of 40+ Waxwings flying up the A38 yesterday morning just north of Chudleigh Knighton, and today Dad's got 40+ in the usual spot at Candy Tiles.

Posted February 18th, 2013 at 10:28 am by Steve Waite in General Birding

Prawle Glaucous Gull

Tom Wallis took these photos of the Glaucous Gull at Prawle Point on Saturday.

Glaucous Gull
Glaucous Gull

Glaucous Gull
Glaucous Gull

Posted February 18th, 2013 at 10:26 am by Steve Waite in General Birding

Sunday 17th February 2013

Bowling green marsh & exminster

Bowling green marsh watched from the hide from 08:40 till 10:45 

the curlew sandpiper was very active showing well at times, 200+ bar tailed godwits 300+ dunlin, good numbers of avocet and black tailed godwit and wigeon, only 7 pochard, 3 tufted duck, 3 little grebe, a brambling was reported in the area to the left of the hide, 2 Cetti's warblers 

exminster marsh 11:30 till 12:55

24 grey plover near the fishermans car park good numbers  wigeon, lapwing and dunlin and a peregrine 

exminster milbury lane 13:05 till 14:15

the rose coloured starling showed well but the waxwing didn't show until 14:05 when 22 flew in but only stayed for a minute before flying down the lane to the left. 

Posted February 17th, 2013 at 8:27 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Topsham

Long-tailed Duck still feeding off the recreation ground. 

Posted February 17th, 2013 at 7:46 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Hennock Reservoirs

 

The female Ring-necked Duck was halfway up Kennick Reservoir mid afternoon. Also a flock of 15-20 Crossbills was feeding in high treetops on the east bank.

Posted February 17th, 2013 at 7:29 pm in General Birding

Prawle and Slapton

A little more happening on the sea today, in 3 hours from 07.00;  7 Red-throated Divers, 165 Gannets, 14 Fulmars, Balearic Shearwater, 3 Brent Geese (2 Dark, 1 Pale-bellied), 2 Common Scoter and 1230+ Auks.

A very quick look at Slapton got the female Ring-necked Duck in the corner at Torcross, (10.45).

Posted February 17th, 2013 at 7:01 pm by Pat Mayer in General Birding

Red-necked Grebes!

After reading the Torbay boat trip blog and talking to Nigel Smallbones we have worked out there are 2 Red-necked Grebes in Torbay. Some Welsh Birders had seen the usual bird toward the mussel farm but then lost it about 15mins before Nigel's boat trip reached the farms buoys. I then picked out what I assumed was the same bird which had moved 3/4 mile north into Torbay and continued watching it with the Welsh Birders while Chris Proctor on the boat was photographing the original bird!

Posted February 17th, 2013 at 6:30 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Darts farm wetlands

The drake American wigeon was on darts wetlands @ 08:15 this morning With over 200 black wits 

Posted February 17th, 2013 at 6:03 pm by Aj Bellamy in General Birding

Dartmoor Reservoirs

Trenchford reservoir: 11 goosander (8m, 3f)

Tottiford Reservoir: 10 tufted duck (all male) & 1 male goldeneye

Kennick reservoir: great crested grebe

Posted February 17th, 2013 at 4:04 pm by Alfie Pugh in General Birding

Torbay boat trip

This morning's trip was notable for grebes with 5 black necked grebes, 3 great crested grebes and good views of the red-necked grebe at the mussel farm. Also 1 great northern diver, 16 common scoter, 17 purple sandpiper at Brixham Breakwater and the sanderling still with turnstones in Paignton harbour. Out in the bay there was a thin scattering of auks and kittiwakes but only 2 gannets seen, well down on last two trips. 1 grey seal was present at Brixham Breakwater.

Red-necked grebe
Red-necked grebe

Posted February 17th, 2013 at 3:57 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Waxwings-Heathfield

11+ waxwing still opposite candy tiles on A38, flying from trees to feed on rose hips in central reservation.

Posted February 17th, 2013 at 3:13 pm by Tom Michie in General Birding

Purple Sandpiper - Ilfracombe

A perfect morning to visit Ilfracombe bathed in warm sunshine

& Damien Hirst's Verity dominating the harbour entrance.

The Purple Sandpiper which was digiscoped was in the shade

& there were at least 4 Rock Pipits enjoying the fine weather.


Posted February 17th, 2013 at 2:27 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Went down to BGM at about 11:00, the American Wigeon showed breifly grazing on the marshes, seen from the road before the hide. Other birds included; 100+ Avocets, 20+ Dunlin, 150+ Wigeon, 200+ Black-tailed Godwits, 3 pochard, a female tufted duck, a little egret, a small group of redshank, a few lapwing and a low flying kestrel. 

Posted February 17th, 2013 at 1:28 pm by Tim Stripp in General Birding

R.Taw. Pottington to Ashford Strand.

08:15

11 Goosanders (8M,3Redheads)

Posted February 17th, 2013 at 12:04 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Broadsands

On the sea: 1 Red-necked Grebe (initially near mussel farm then moved looking toward Thatchers Rock), 6-7 Black-necked Grebes (in Broadsands bay), 14 Great Crested Grebes and 8 Common Scoter.

Posted February 17th, 2013 at 10:01 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Beesands and Slapton Leys

Being the WeBS counter at Beesands this year is a bit like following Plymouth Argyle, nice ground and thats about it. Present this morning were 3 Mute Swans, 20 Canada Geese, 2 Coot and single Cormorant, Moorhen and Mallard.

Very quick look at Slapton on the way back, the male Ring-necked Duck in Ireland Bay viewable from the bridge ( also 2 Little Grebes in the channel below )  and at Torcross 12 Goldeneye ( inc. 3 males )  and a Black-necked Grebe in front of the car park.

Posted February 17th, 2013 at 9:33 am by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Saturday 16th February 2013

Wembury Point

A lovely family walk in the sunshine from Heybrook Bay to Wembruy Point at 1pm produced two Slavonian Grebes showing signs of seasonal mutual interest. Also a couple of Ravens carrying nest material. Afterwards great plates of fish and chips at the Eddystone Inn. Must visit again soon.

Posted February 16th, 2013 at 10:04 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Exminster

Martin Cox reports the Rose-coloured Starling still present this morning, and a surprise flock of 40+ Waxwings briefly before flying off in the direction of Exeter.

Rose-coloured Starling
Rose-coloured Starling

Waxwings
Waxwings

Posted February 16th, 2013 at 8:58 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

A very good day on the marsh this morning watched from the hide 08:00 till 14:30

a very foggy morning limited what could be seen but the curlew sandpiper was very active in front of the hide with 300+ dunlin for most of the morning and 350+ avocet and 250+ bar tailed godwit, 1 grey plover and 40+ snipe, 10 pochard(6m,4f) 2 tufted duck, 2 Cetti's warblers, male reed bunting 

as the fog lifted and the sun came out could see the wigeon on the far side of the marsh as I was checking through them at 11:30ish came across a male American wigeon a second for the marsh after last years bird it showed well as it crossed the main scrape before becoming elusive on the far right from the hide it did eventually make its way in front of the hide giving fantastic views to all in the hide.  

also this morning 500+ brent geese over from darts farm area, and a peregrine flew low in front of the hide and caused havoc with the waders at times and later attacked a group of 20+ snipe.

the female long tailed duck was showing by topsham rec viewed from the exminster side of the river at 15:15

on exminster marsh the male Merlin was between station road and the motorway bridge at 16:10

stopped of on local patch around mill on the exe pub had good views of a dipper, 2 grey wagtail and a nice treecreeper to end a great days birding  

Posted February 16th, 2013 at 8:46 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Dart's Farm

This excellent photo of a Firecrest was taken at Dart's Farm today by Gray Clements.

Firecrest
Firecrest

Posted February 16th, 2013 at 8:40 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Prawle and Slapton

Short seawatch produced single Red-throated Diver and Balearic Shearwater, as well as 600+ auks west. Coming down off the Point, was lucky enough to see a 1st winter Glaucous Gull pass west - a big brute of a thing!  Very quiet elsewhere, although a Kingfisher along the front was nice. Both Water Pipits still in Horseley Cove, and the total of 7 Goldcrests was a good winter count for here.

Popped into Slapton late afternoon, both the drakes Ring-necked Duck and Scaup still on the lower ley from the bridge. 

Posted February 16th, 2013 at 8:13 pm by Pat Mayer in General Birding

Smew at Roadford

Went to the hide at the viaduct end of Roadford today at 3pm and was surprised to spot an adult male smew as we had been told that it had not been seen for several days. It was with tufted duck left of the hide. Also beyond the viaduct past the farm in a weedy field left of the road a large flock of finches amongst which were at least 6 + Brambling. 

Posted February 16th, 2013 at 5:33 pm by Norma Cabble in General Birding

Bowling Green and Countess Weir

The American Wigeon still mid afternoon, showing well on the pond and grass right of the hide.

1 Green Sand still on the last pool at Countess Weir,100 yards beyond the last viewing screen from the canal side mid afternoon.

Posted February 16th, 2013 at 4:52 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Broadsands

When I visited for the second time today at around 14.30 the fog was only just beginning to clear, but it then did so rapidly and with the sun directly behind me, viewing conditions were excellent. A Black-throated Diver showed well mid-distance, most often in line with Hope's Nose/Ore Stone, and the Red-necked Grebe was in the vicinity of the mussel farm. Other than that just a handful of Great Crested Grebes and Common Scoters.

Posted February 16th, 2013 at 4:41 pm by Will Salmon in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh American Wigeon

   The drake American Wigeon eventually showed extremely well in front of the hide early afternoon.



Posted February 16th, 2013 at 3:38 pm by Brian Heasman in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

A quick post more detail photos later at 11:30ish found a drake American wigeon in with about 200 wigeon still present at 14:30 showing well from the hide the curlew sandpiper was still showing over the high tide 

Posted February 16th, 2013 at 2:45 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Fremington Pill Friday 15th Feb

No sign of the spotted redshank but did see a seal lapping up the sunshine !

Posted February 16th, 2013 at 11:40 am by Patrick Case in General Birding

Ilsington and Heathfield

The first Brambling of the winter popped into my garden in Trumpeter for three minutes on Friday (15th) morning then vanished again.

On Saturday (16th) morning 14 Waxwings were resting by the A38 at Candy Tiles and fluttering down to feed on the rosehips.

Heathfield Waxwing

 

 

Posted February 16th, 2013 at 11:17 am by Steve Young in General Birding

Friday 15th February 2013

Waxwings - Chudleigh Knighton

About 50 Waxwings returned to Chudleigh Knighton Primary School at 1655hrs today.  They sat in a tree behind the church and on the wires opposite the school.  After feeding on berries by the school fence they disappeared about 1710hrs.

Posted February 15th, 2013 at 8:51 pm by Chris Tickle in General Birding

Hennock Reservoirs and more Waxwings

The female Ring-Necked Duck still at the northern end of Kennick Reservoir this afternoon. Other than Mallard and Coot, the only duck present.

Nearby at Tottiford Reservoir a male Goldeneye and male Tufted Duck and on Trenchford Reservoir, 4 Goosander (3 drakes).

On the A38 near Candy Tiles, exactly 50 Waxwing mid afternoon in trees on the southern carriageway and feeding in the central reservation, before breaking up into 2 groups.

Posted February 15th, 2013 at 4:50 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Braunton Marsh Thursday 14th Feb

Several skylarks in song - must be Spring !

Friday 15th Feb.  Isley Marsh. Six spoonbills and very large flock of lapwings 1000 plus.

Posted February 15th, 2013 at 4:44 pm by Patrick Case in General Birding

Purple Sandpiper - Ilfracombe

I was pleased to see that the Purple Sandpipers are still about on the rocks off The Capstone at Ilfracombe this morning - the tide was in & they were having a sleep.

 

Posted February 15th, 2013 at 2:37 pm by Chris Bollen in General Birding

Matford Marsh

The Firecrest showed well briefly by the bridge over the stream at about 1.30 today

Posted February 15th, 2013 at 1:57 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Wrafton / Baggy point

8 Gadwall (6 drakes) on the pond this morning. Nearby singing Coal Tit and Reed Bunting in the reserve.

At Baggy the Common Scoters are down to 4 but the female Eider persists. 3 pairs of Stonechat on the way to the point and a displaying Rock Pipit.

Posted February 15th, 2013 at 12:29 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Broadsands

On the Sea: 1 Red-necked Grebe (toward mussel farm), 2 Slavonian Grebes, 3 Black-necked Grebes (Goodrington), 14 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Black-throated Diver, 4 Red-throated Divers (one showing prominent white flank patch), 1 Great Northern Diver, 32 Common Scoter.

16 Cirl Buntings on seed in 2nd car park with 2 Reed Buntings.

Posted February 15th, 2013 at 10:59 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Sharkham Village, Brixham

At least 1 Brambling  feeding with 25 + Chaffinch first thing 

Posted February 15th, 2013 at 8:52 am by Josh Marshall in General Birding

Chudleigh Knighton School

51 Waxwings on wires by school between 7.35 and 8.05 this morning. 

Posted February 15th, 2013 at 8:15 am by Steve Cox in General Birding

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