Devon Bird Sightings from 22nd–31st March 2013

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Sunday 31st March 2013

Exeter, River Exe

A Little Ringed Plover seen flying over the Trews Weir Suspension Bridge calling at around 7.15pm

Posted March 31st, 2013 at 10:38 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding

Plym estuary

More rivetting news from the Plym. I sometimes think self-flagellation would be less painful. Not that bad really. The Greenshank count has reached seven. The six RBMs are still here, as is the drake Pintail. I finally nailed Marsh Tit for the patch and four flyover Redpolls were only my second sighting both here and for Plymouth. Eighteen LBBs were a good count so not bad and I had a Treecreeper near the sewage works. Hey what am I moaning about? An excellent mornings work!!

P.S. Also had the briefest view of Firecrest at Ernesettle Marsh.

Posted March 31st, 2013 at 9:57 pm by Roy McCarthy in General Birding

Stover Park and Ventiford Sunday 5.00pm

Approximately ten sand martins feeding over lake.  Numerous chifchaffs busy feeding in the lanes alongside ditches out to Ventiford.

Posted March 31st, 2013 at 8:31 pm by Patrick Case in General Birding

Exe North of Stoke Canon

Green Sandpiper 1, Lapwing 2, Wheatear 5 males, Dipper 1, Willow Warbler 1, Chiffchaff 3, Reed Bunting 1

Posted March 31st, 2013 at 7:43 pm by Simon Smith in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

On South Hish Marsh the 2ad Spoonbill were joined by a 1st winter- this is a site record, other visitors already  reported, there were 5 LRP at the back of the marsh also 1 Redshank, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Grey Plover and a Black T Godwit.

At 15.00 Nick T picked up a Red Kite flying over South Milton Ley , earlier Bob B had 50 Chiffchaff ( one caught was a British control ), 3 Water Rail and 15 Fieldfare.

First brood of Mallard on the back pool at T'stone Marsh - 10 ducklings

 

Posted March 31st, 2013 at 5:51 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Spoonbills at South Huish

Very cold easterly wind but well worth the visit this morning.  3 Spoonbills, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Shelduck, 20 Mallard, 20 Teal, 12 Canada Geese, 1 Red Shank, 2 Ringed Plover, 7 Shoveler and a possible Grey Plover

Posted March 31st, 2013 at 3:29 pm by Frank Prowse in General Birding

South Huish marsh

3 spoonbill on the marsh which then flew off into a strong easterly at c1pm. 1 spotted redshank feeding on the marsh which then also flew off.

On the outward car journey from home at c11am, a Cuckoo flew over the road near California Cross.

Posted March 31st, 2013 at 3:01 pm by Tim & Aishlyn Youngs in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 09:30 till 13:00

the female hen harrier flew over the marsh at 10:15 before going down to the River clyst, a Little ringed plover showed very well to the left of the hide and the curlew sandpiper was elusive in with 400+ dunlin, 32 avocet, 100+ bar tailed godwits, similar numbers of redshank and black tailed godwits, 1 greenshank, 3 pintail, 95+ wigeon, 2+ reed bunting, buzzard, 1 sandwich tern dropped in briefley, 20+ chiffchaffs, 4 little grebes, 1 snipe, 2 little egrets.

From the viewing platform a near full summer plumage slavonian grebe was in close with 4+ red breasted mergansers, 2 greenshanks and 33+ grey plover. 

Posted March 31st, 2013 at 2:58 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Waxwings

Two waxwings opposite the Methodist church on le molay littry way Bovey Tracey @ 1pm

Posted March 31st, 2013 at 2:56 pm by Graeme Davey in General Birding

Exeter (Redhayes) and Cranbrook

Thought I would explore the bushes at Redhayes, Exeter which are on the east side of the M5 at the 'Blue Bridge' and found a Firecrest, several Chiffchaff and a Blackcap.  (Redhayes was a mansion long since demolished but the overgrown gardens remain.  The area is owned by DCC but accessible 'at your own risk' and it is now possible to park locally on the old A30 and walk in, although the footpath is partially blocked off by fencing). 

Carried on to new town of Cranbrook where I parked outside the Younghayes Centre and immediately found a female type Black Redstart on its roof where it stayed briefly before flying off beyond the new school of St Mary's.  A Raven present in the tall pine tree of the school and two Redwing near the railway line.

 

Posted March 31st, 2013 at 2:17 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Brixham

Lovely male Black Redstart on grass next to road between Churston Go Carts and Farm Shop. Flying frequently to and fro from hedge to grass verge and was still there on our return from visit to Berry Head. Nice start to the day!

Posted March 31st, 2013 at 1:04 pm by Steph Murphy in General Birding

Starcross

Lovely male Black Redstart on the sheds on the allotments this morning, good start to the day .

Posted March 31st, 2013 at 11:49 am by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Skern. 07:50 - 09:15

South End.

12 Dunlin; 11 Ringed Plover; 31 Shelduck; 2 Dark-bellied Brent; 4 Redshank; 1 Grey Plover and 16 Wigeon.

North End.

42 Knot; 47 Dunlin; 37 Dark-bellied Brent; c50 Wigeon; 8 Grey Plover; 16 Ringed Plover; 14 Shelduck and 12 Wheatear.

A quick look into Southcott Valley at 09:30 on the way home produced just 14 Shelduck; 3 Common Gull; 3 Lapwing and 2 Buzzard plus a number of herring and Black-headed Gulls.

Posted March 31st, 2013 at 10:41 am by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Prawle yesterday (30/03)

Seawatching produced 1 each of Great Northern, Black- and Red-throated Divers, 37 Common Scoters, Shelduck, 54 Sandwich terns, and continued passage of Shags, with 119 logged. Also 22 Cormorants passed - a good number for the site.

A female Ring Ouzel was on the point, along with 3 Wheatears, and while searching for other grounded migrants I came across a fine male White-spotted Bluethroat skulking under the gorse. It soon followed some Stonechats into the small set-aside patch behind the wall, where I managed to get occasional good views in very windy conditions. At 11.30, the Ring Ouzel flew off north, continually calling, and soon after, the Wheatears started making their way up over the hump. With this, the Bluethroat also left it's bit of cover and flew towards the west cliffs. I managed to follow it for a while, but lost it as it went over the hump and was unable to re-locate it.

Other day totals were 43 Golden Plovers, 25 Meadow Pipits, 4 Black Redstarts (all female), 14 Wheatears, 4 Blackcaps, 48 Chiffchaffs (minimum) and 2 Goldcrests.

White-spotted Bluethroat Pat Mayer, Prawle 30.3.2013

White-Spotted Bluethroat Pat Mayer Prawle 30.3.2013

Posted March 31st, 2013 at 10:14 am by Pat Mayer in General Birding

Saturday 30th March 2013

Haytor Down - Black Hill

Three male and one female Ring Ouzel still present at c.11.00 showing well by the road on the west side of Yarner.

The male pictured could be first summer being somewhat brown tinged with odd white flecks on the head?

Posted March 30th, 2013 at 6:44 pm by Steve Young in General Birding

Black Hole Marsh-Axe Estuary

Only two Little Ringed Plovers now at black hole marsh.

A few black tailed godwits on the estuary.

Posted March 30th, 2013 at 5:47 pm by Tom Michie in General Birding

Start Point & Slapton

12 black redstart ( inc.2m ) in gulley below Starts Farm. Also 2 white wagtail & 3 wheatear.

At Slapton mf ring-necked duck at north end of main ley, firecrest & blackcap around the quarry. 40 common scoter offshore.

Posted March 30th, 2013 at 5:38 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Ford Park Cemetry, Plymouth

While walking around looking for the reported male Ring Ouzel saw a single Wheatear, male Kestrel hovering overhead in clear view, two Raven being mobbed by numerous Carrion Crows, hign number of Magpies and Woodpigeonpresent. In the heavy cover alongside the boundary wall with Trelawney Road large numbers of Chiffchaffs feeding, other individuals dotted around the cover areas.

Several small groups of Goldfinch constantly on the move around the cemetry.

The Ring Ouzel eventaully flew in from the Hyde Park direction and took station in the top of one of two Yew trees, sat in clear view for some time before flying up to the top corner of the cemetry Trelawney Rd / Glendower Rd corner where local birders reported usually seeing it.

Posted March 30th, 2013 at 5:23 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Dulford, (Nr. Cullompton)

Further to my post yesterday concerning the Black Redstart reported by member of staff (Martin) at the Dulford Hunt Kennels, Nr Cullompton I decided to take a look myself and a very friendly Martin immediately located the said bird in the barn area, confirming the ID. The bird has been about for a week or so. (The bird is on private land and can only be seen with consent of the kennel staff). 

Just as I was leaving I noticed a distant raptor and behold a Red Kite came into view drifting SE at  10.15

 

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Posted March 30th, 2013 at 3:45 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Exminster marsh & powderham marsh

Exminster marsh 08:30 till 11:15

3 spoonbill on scrape by fishermans car park also 61+ shelduck , a nice male Merlin and peregrine 50+ chiffchaffs along station road, at 11:00 the female hen harrier was hunting by the rspb car park and flew towards powderham marsh .

powderham marsh 11:30 till 13:00

11 little ringed plover, kestrel, buzzard, 2 reed buntings and 30+ chiffchaffs 

Posted March 30th, 2013 at 3:13 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Canal Hill, Tiverton

Lesser Redpoll feeding on niger seeds in back garden - a site first - for at least 50 mins around noon today (see record shots with goldfinch / siskin). 



Posted March 30th, 2013 at 12:58 pm by James Morrison in General Birding

Newton Abbot - Kingsteignton

The female Ring Ouzel eventually reappeared and showed well in the same area on the racecourse late morning. Will presumably make itself scarce this afternoon when the racing gets going. Also 9 Wheatears, and a Sand Martin flew north. Later on, whilst watching the Firecrest at Hackney Marshes, I heard an unfamiliar rising call from the adjacent ditch behind Winners gym, and out swam the drake Wood Duck! After a short while it took off and flew towards the estuary.

A passing cyclist reported a Marsh Harrier at Hackney Marshes yesterday evening.

Ring Ouzel, Newton Abbot racecourse, 30/03/12

Posted March 30th, 2013 at 12:49 pm by Will Salmon in General Birding

Wrafton, Sherpa, Velator

On Wrafton pond late morning a couple each of Gadwall and Shoveler, with at least 2 Little Grebes. Out on the flooded field one Spoonbill (see below I suspect) with 20+ Teal (no Garganey, yet) 18 Canada Geese, 2 drake Gadwall, and a pair of Shoveler. In the grass a large - 40+ flock of very mobile Meadow Pipits. Walked around Sherpa Marsh, very quiet: a pair of Wheatear, 2 calling Cetti's, 3 Chiffchaffs in the reeds. In the reserve 3 more Chiffchaffs, and several predated ducks eggs - probably badger the culprit.

Posted March 30th, 2013 at 12:31 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Ford Park Cemetry. Plymouth

The Ring Ousel still showing well feeding in the sunshine this morning.

Posted March 30th, 2013 at 11:02 am by Charlie Imms in General Birding

Kingsbridge Estuary

Charleton Marsh / Bay, 09:00-10:20, high tide.

Much as yesterday with the addition of Lapwing, 3 Snipe and 3 Wheatear on the marsh. Chiffchaffs up to 11 in the sewage works.

Posted March 30th, 2013 at 10:56 am by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Taw Estuary

Early this morning one Spoonbill resting peacefully, occasionally

waking up to yawn, stretch & preen.




Posted March 30th, 2013 at 9:48 am by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

American Wigeon Darts Farm

The American Wigeon is back on site. Best viewed from the hide. 

Posted March 30th, 2013 at 9:20 am by Gareth Williams in General Birding

skern

12 wheatear on shoreline 6 ringed plover,10 dunlin.08:00-08:30.1 Little Ringed Plover still at southcott marsh bideford.Also 2 Blackcaps in my garden this morning,m&f..Male coming to birdtable several times and loking rather tired.Glad their was food out for it.Blue tit nesting in a roadside lampost opposite the house.

Posted March 30th, 2013 at 9:19 am by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Friday 29th March 2013

Around the Axe

There are still quite a few Plover about; both Ringed and Little Ringed. Some of them were on Black Hole Marsh this afternoon but I couldn't take an accurate count because they were pretty scattered. They were eventually flushed by a Peregrine and didn't return to BHM. LOTS of Chiffchaffs too, some of which are quite obliging.

Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff

Little Ringed Plover
Little Ringed Plover

Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover

Posted March 29th, 2013 at 11:47 pm by Tim White in General Birding

West Putford

Male Cuckoo seen twice within an hour mid morning.

Posted March 29th, 2013 at 11:17 pm by Bob Cudmore in General Birding

Ring Ouzel at DWT Bystock

An unringed ring ouzel and three wheatears were seen up at Devon Wildlife Trust's Bystock reserve this afternoon.

Posted March 29th, 2013 at 10:13 pm by Sarah Butcher in General Birding

Late afternoon Powderham Marsh

10 Little Ringed Plover

3 Spoonbill

1 ad male Merlin

Posted March 29th, 2013 at 9:49 pm by Simon Smith in General Birding

River teignmouth

Male marsh harrier over land behind coombe cellers, 2 green shank and 3 dab chick on the river teign

Posted March 29th, 2013 at 9:40 pm by Adam davison in General Birding

Bear Street Cemetery

George Mudford sent me these 3 photos which were taken on 28/03/2013 in Bear St Cemetery in Barnstaple.

1 Willow Warbler & 2 Chiffchaffs




Posted March 29th, 2013 at 9:39 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

skern

5 sandwich tern this evening.

Posted March 29th, 2013 at 7:33 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Red kite spotted in Plymouth

Red Kite Brixton Tor 1 55pm my first for devon

Posted March 29th, 2013 at 6:13 pm by Peter in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

Joining the 2 Spoonbill on South Huish  Marsh this morning were - 2 LRP's , 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Black T Godwit,  2 Redshank, 40 Teal, 3 Wigeon, . Visiting birders reported 4 Pintail and a male Black Redstart.

Offshore- 4 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern, 1 Great N Diver , 28 Common Scoter.

Late am Bob B had the first Bar T Godwits - a flock of 18 flew in off the sea and went straight up the valley

Posted March 29th, 2013 at 6:04 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Brixham, Sharkham Village

2 female Black Redstarts around the complex this afternoon 

Posted March 29th, 2013 at 4:37 pm by Josh Marshall in General Birding

skern

10 wheatear on shoreline,96 widgeon.6:45-7.15.3 Lrp still at southcott marsh bideford.66 common gull instow,2 great crested grebe also.Male shoveler kenwith nr top pond.14 chiffchaff blagdon valley hartland point,plus 5 wheatear.

Posted March 29th, 2013 at 4:02 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Soar

A visiting birding friend, Richard Thomas, found a Stone Curlew at East Soar this morning at 0630 hrs watching the bird at rest for c.30 mins. The bird was then re-located by Eric on the track to East Soar farm in mid-morning before disappearing from view. RM then briefly re-located the bird close to the car park at 12:28 hrs before it flew further down into the surrounding arable fields.

 A cracking male Black Redstart was at the wetland below East Soar Farm.

Posted March 29th, 2013 at 3:48 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Preston - Torbay

1 Sandwich Tern offshore this afternoon

Posted March 29th, 2013 at 3:33 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Aller-Hackney-Passage

The female Ring Ouzel was still on Newton Abbot Racecourse this morning and showing well, but was seen flying off over the railway sometime around 10:45am. Coincidently five minutes after a photographer who, on an otherwise completely empty racecourse, parked his car within 30m of it and snapped away next to his car. There was 1+ Wheatear as well.

A Little Ringed Plover was at Passage House and the drake Wood Duck was with a group of Mallard near Aller Brook.

Posted March 29th, 2013 at 2:42 pm by Dale Cooper in General Birding

Kingsbridge Estuary

Charleton Marsh / Bay, 07:40-08, high tide.

54 Brent Geese ( inc one on marsh ), 74 Shelduck, 22 Teal, 24 Wigeon, 16 Red-breasted Mergansers, 4 Great Crested Grebes, Ringed Plover and 6 Chiffchaffs in the sewage works. Despite the marsh looking brilliant no Little Ringed Plovers.

Posted March 29th, 2013 at 2:40 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Dulford, Nr Cullompton.

Had a phone call from a member of the public, Martin, who reported a Black Redstart present at the kennels in Dulford.  Seen around the dung heaps and fencing. Inland sightings much less frequent than coastal areas so if anyone living near Dulford is able to confirm this identification, Devon Birds would like know please.

Posted March 29th, 2013 at 1:51 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Bowling green marsh & exminster marsh

Bowling green marsh from hide 07:30 till 10:30

2 little ringed plover, 24 avocet, 500+ dunlin, 120+ bar tailed godwits , 300+ black tailed godwits, 4 wheatear, 6+ snipe, 4 little grebes, 2 pintail, 2 tufted duck, buzzard, 2 common gull, 2 sandwich terns.

exminster marsh 11:15 till 12:50

2 little ringed plover with 10 ringed plover just before fishermans car park , numerous chiffchaff, 1 willow warbler along station road. 

 

Posted March 29th, 2013 at 1:27 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Around the Axe (yesterday)

Male Marsh Harrier and Osprey on the Axe Estuary between 14:30 - 16:00 yesterday. Also last night, 23 Little Ringed Plovers and three Ringed Plovers on Colyford Marsh (thanks JMc and IW).

Posted March 29th, 2013 at 1:11 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Plymouth Area

Plymouth Sound/Drakes Island (sightings for yesterday 28th)
Min 6+ Sandwich terns
1 male Scoter
1 female Red-breasted merganser
13 Canada Geese on or around Drakes Island virtually all in pairs
 
Upper Plym estuary /Blaxton Meadow (28th March)
1 Common Sandpiper
1 Snipe
2 Greenshank
12+ Redshank
2 Little Grebe
20 Shelduck
2 Chiffchaff feeding on the ground
4 Jay

(Robert Hurrell)

Posted March 29th, 2013 at 1:06 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Stover C.P.

Two Barn Swallows at c.11.00 feeding over the sheltered east side of the lake.

Posted March 29th, 2013 at 12:14 pm by Steve Young in General Birding

Baggy Point

An early morning walk around Baggy in bright sun accompanied by blustery wind but we managed to yield a single Sand Martin on the ground at the NT Car Park. Around the point we saw at least 11 Wheateaand and exceedingly close views of a Black RedstartChiffchaff were abundant and Goldcrest also. On the sea we had sight of 4 Common Scoter and the pair of Eider.

 

Posted March 29th, 2013 at 11:53 am by Neal Moss in General Birding

Darts Farm

A little quieter than I had hoped with a single Wheatear (f) 3 Fieldfare and a Redwing on the farm. The highlight was a pair of Lesser black backed gulls (unusual here) looking for food on the manure piles.

Lots of Chiffchaffs by the ponds, a Snipe was in the ditch by the hide. My first Swallow was feeding along the path to the top of the hill.

Posted March 29th, 2013 at 11:23 am by Gareth Williams in General Birding

Velator reserve

An early morning visit revealed a group of Finches (12 Green 2 Chaff, and 3 Gold, along with a couple of Blue Tits) mobbing something at the top of a tree, which on closer inspection turned out to be a Wheatear! Never seen such behaviour before, but it's an interesting addition to the reserve list. Nothing much else of note in cold conditions.

Posted March 29th, 2013 at 11:18 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

Thursday 28th March 2013

Exmouth

Mudbank/West Lodge - 0545 - an early morning dog walk along the cycle track was unusually productive with 10+ chiffchaff, 20+ redwing, 4+ meadow pipit, 1 goldcrest, 2 siskin, 1 snipe, 1 jack snipe and 1 little ringed plover. Late this afternoon, off Mudbank, were 2 slavonian grebe, 12 ringed plover and 23+ common gull.

Yesterday there were 2 drake common scoter (unusual this far upriver), 6+ great crested grebe, 2+ slavonian grebe, 3 goldeneye, 33+ common gull and 10 ringed plover. A black redstart was in the dung field at the top of Gore Lane.

Posted March 28th, 2013 at 7:32 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Plymouth - Ford Park Cemetery

Ring Ouzel still present this afternoon.


Posted March 28th, 2013 at 7:32 pm by Jason Smart in General Birding

River Exe at Bickleigh

4 Goosander (2 pairs) on Exe, a mile northeast of Bickleigh at around 6 pm - flew off up river towards Tiverton. 

Posted March 28th, 2013 at 7:19 pm by James Morrison in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe - part 2

A second visit this afternoon found the 8 Wheatears still present (6m, 2f). Golden Plovers had increased to an impressive 240 and new in was a flock of 40 Meadow Pipits. Winter thrushes still present with 60 Fieldfare and 4 Redwing. Also 2000 Starling and 6 Stock Doves.

Posted March 28th, 2013 at 7:02 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Southcott Marsh east water biodeford.

3 LRP on the marsh plus green sandpiper at 16:45.

Posted March 28th, 2013 at 6:37 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Newton Abbot Racecourse

The female Ring Ouzel still at 5pm and showing very well on and off on Newton Abbot Racecourse, accessed from the new footbridge end off Brunel Road and feeding on the side of the tarmac path next to the racecouse between the 2nd and 3rd horse jumps. Also several Wheatears and Stonechats in the same area.

The Firecrest was still on Hackney Marsh down from the car park

No sign of the drake Wood Duck this evening by the new footbridge.

Posted March 28th, 2013 at 6:17 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Mount Batten, Plymouth

Despite the good sunny weather and calm sea state very little to be seen in the Mount Batten area, one Little Egret, high lights were a very bold Rock Pippet (one of two seen) and three sightings of passing Sandwich Terns.

Posted March 28th, 2013 at 6:14 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

Spoonbill's had split up this morning - ringed bird on T'stone Marsh ( not present at 13.00) and the other on South Huish Marsh until 11.30.

Main interest today was the fall of Chichaff - site spring record- 16 arounnd the marshes , however sunshine hatched some insects which resulted in a feeding frenzy at South Milton Ley- Bob B ringed 80 out of a total of 150+ on site, also a Willow Warbler and a male Blackcap .

At T'stone Marsh - 1 Black Redstart, 1 Water Pipit ( signs of s/p ) 1 Dunlin, 42 Teal, 1 Little Grebe.

On South Huish Marsh  this am - 5 LRP's , 2 Redshank, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Black T Godwit,  72 Teal, 3 Wigeon, 1 Brent Goose, my Wheatear total was 30 , 5 Curlew.

Offshore - 2 Great C Grebe, 1 Great N Diver, 24 Sandwich Tern ( 09.30 )

Posted March 28th, 2013 at 6:08 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Newton Abbot Racecourse

Yet another Ring Ouzel! A female. I first saw it at 9am but saw it again late this afternoon. It was seen from the new footpath on the south side of the racecourse.

Posted March 28th, 2013 at 6:06 pm by Laurie Allnatt in General Birding

Black Hill (above Yarner)

6 migrant Ring Ouzels (4 males, 2 female) feeding by the road (no colour rings).

 

Please be DO NOT post Ring Ouzels at breeding sites further into Dartmoor, but PLEASE do send such sightings to the recorder.

Posted March 28th, 2013 at 5:50 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Thurlestone/South Milton

Afternoon visit turned up 40 wheatears, white wagtail, 50+ chiffchaffs, 2 little ringed plovers, brent goose, 7 shoveler, 4 snipe, grey plover & dunlin while out in the bay 16 Sandwich terns & 2 great crested grebes.

Posted March 28th, 2013 at 5:26 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Soar

08:15-15:00, ( Soar Mill Cove-Warren-East Soar-Hgr. Soar )

Clear night ( full moon ) followed by a bright, sunny day with a chilly moderate NE wind .

2 Sandwich Terns, 57 Wheatears, 2 Blackcaps, 23 Chiffchaffs and 2 Goldcrest. Most Chiffchaffs feeding on the ground. Unfortunatly few insects seen flying today, even in sheltered spots, despite brighter conditions.

Posted March 28th, 2013 at 4:47 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Wheatears at Thurlestone

About 10 Wheatears (mixed M and F) on the small beach below the golf course at lunchtime today.  All looked happy and sleek!

Posted March 28th, 2013 at 4:21 pm by Philip and Hazel Strange in General Birding

Exeter - Stoke Woods

Ring Ouzel (3 males) at Stoke Woods, Exeter, just before 2 pm today.
 
From large car park off Pennsylvania Road, looking east. Birds in the hilly field opposite the car park.
(David Gray)
 
Can folk please look out for Ring Ouzels with colour rings - and send their sightings in straight away please
 
Many thanks

Posted March 28th, 2013 at 4:06 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Exminster marsh

Watched from 07:30 till 11:20

4 little ringed plover on scrape by middle car park at 07:45 also 10+ golden plover, female Merlin and great views of the male Merlin by the lagoon which caught a vole/ mouse, 6 wheatear, 100+ chiffchaffs around the marsh, great crested grebe on lagoon with 6 pochard and 10 tufted duck. 

Powderham marsh 11:30 till 12:30

12 little ringed plover from viewing platform, 1 dunlin, the 2 spoonbill were on exminster marsh between the lagoon and turf, also peregrine, kestrel and buzzard lots of chiffchaffs. 

Quick look at matford produced 4 wheatear still on field behind makro with 4 fieldfare and 27 redwing 

Posted March 28th, 2013 at 3:03 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Female hen harrier crossed the road to the canal at 12.15. and contined across main reserve, putting up ducks and waders. Practically every bush and tree along the canal road contained a frantically feeding chiffchaff.

Posted March 28th, 2013 at 2:44 pm by Jim Tirrell in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

The male Merlin showed well, if distantly, this morning. The usual poor photo, I know, but it does give me an excuse to post some news of the recent wing-tagged Marsh Harrier. I've just heard from Phil Littler of the North West Norfolk Ringing Group that this bird - AC - was ringed and tagged as a pullus at Sculthorpe Moor, Norfolk, 10th June 2011; it was sexed as a male on leg measurements. This was the first subsequent sighting.

Posted March 28th, 2013 at 12:44 pm by Tim Worfolk in General Birding

Penhill Marsh and Fremington.

09:00 - 11:30

Penhill.

54(fifty-four) Wheatear (95% were males): c120 Dark-bellied Brent Geese; 3 Meadow Pipits; 39 Shelduck; 1 Buzzard and 1 Kestrel.

Fremington Quay.

1 Great Crested Grebe and 4 Wigeon.

Fremington Pill.

1 Spotted Redshank still. Plumage beginning to change. c40 Redshank; 6 Shelduck; 2 Little Egret and 2 Buzzard.

Posted March 28th, 2013 at 12:29 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Otter Estuary

3 Little Ringed Plovers on the main scrapes / wet area on cricket pitch this morning. Also 1 BT Godwit.
A walk on along the coast path produced many Chiffchaffs and 4 Wheatear.

Posted March 28th, 2013 at 12:29 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding

Baggy

-2.6C this morning.

 7 Wheatear, 1 Black Redstart, 4 Common Scoters, 2 Eider

(these were disturbed by 2 boats heading north), 2 Sandwich

Terns & 3 Chiffchaff.

Several of these birds looking cold & hungry & desperately

searching for food in the early morning sunshine.

No insects on the wing while I was out & about.




Posted March 28th, 2013 at 12:05 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Upottery Airfiled, Smeatharpe

Although still very cold, the bright sunshine made birding bearable this morning and was quickly melting the overnight snow. 8 Wheatears (6m, 2f) (mainly on the weedy runway) and 49 Golden Plover (some in summer plumage) plus a hunting Kestrel were the highlights. The sun encouraged a number of skylarks to sing and at least 6 Stock Doves present.

Posted March 28th, 2013 at 11:28 am by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Brixham Wheatears

Maximum of 3 wheatears in the BCC playing field at 2.15 yesterday (Wednesday). This morning, 5 birds at 9.30, still at the south end.

Posted March 28th, 2013 at 10:16 am by Trevor Leaman in General Birding

Clennon Valley

While sat in the front garden taking some photos of the well trained Black Redstart still in my Garden the gulls lower down the valley suddenly got very agitated all circling above the eastern most pond; below them was a hovering Osprey I turned the camera toward the bird but it dived into the ponds, eventually circling up high enough to see it had caught a good sized fish (Roach?) after some soaring it flew off west toward the Zoo. A couple of distant record shots...

Osprey Clennon Valley 28 March 2013 Osprey Clennon Valley 28 March 2013 ML2

and the Black Redstart:

Black Redstart Clennon Valley 28 March 2013 ML Black Redstart Clennon Valley 28 March 2013 ML2

Posted March 28th, 2013 at 10:04 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Wednesday 27th March 2013

skern,

3 sandwich tern,12 knot,18 grey plover,3 wheatear on burrows 16:45-17:30

Posted March 27th, 2013 at 10:38 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Exminster LRP's and Garganey

1 Little Ringed Plover was with a flock of 17 Ringed Plovers till late morning on the grass by the road just before the fisherman's car park before that flock flew off. At midday a flock of 7 LRP's flew in and showed really well until they all flew off at 12.30pm.

The drake Garganey was viewable from the canal path at midday about 100-200 yards down from the fisherman's car park, on the edge of about the 3rd pool back, loosely associating with Teal and Shoveler.

Posted March 27th, 2013 at 9:06 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Seaton

A staggering 20 Little Ringed Plovers on the Colyford Marsh scrape this afternoon, with 4 Ringed Plovers. Also in the area: 38 Wheatears, 1 White Wagtail, c.40 Chiffs, 3 Sand Martins and a pair of Pintail.

Posted March 27th, 2013 at 8:56 pm by Gavin Haig in General Birding

N Devon - Yelland Quay

An Osprey flew in high off the sea along the estuary heading inland NE at 11.24 this morning.

(Colin Humphrey)

Posted March 27th, 2013 at 6:22 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Birds are already nesting - Devon Atlas

Jon Avon has been out and about and reports as follows:

Two Blackbirds nests with 3 eggs each and a Stock Dove with two eggs!  A second Stock Dove was noted leaving a nest box at Broadhempston at lunchtime. Despite the cold weather some species are carrying on regardless.

Other recent breeding records including Siskins with nesting material on Friday 8th March at Stover, a Blackbird egg found in Cricketfield car park, Newton Abbot on 14th March. In Kingsteignton, Greenfinches nest building on 20th, and Collared Dove and Carrion Crow nestbuilding on 23rd.

In Yelverton we have two Jackdaws carrying nesting material and one pair of our House Sparrows have started to lay.

All useful records for the atlas database. Don't forget to send in any breeding records please - you can email them through to Julia Harris

Many thanks

Posted March 27th, 2013 at 6:07 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Kingsteignton

(Only) one Little Ringed Plover off Passage House on the rising tide late afternoon. Also 2 Common Sandpipers and 10 Red-breasted Mergansers there. Nearby 5 Wheatears and 4 Stonechats on the racecourse, and the Firecrest remains at Hackney Marshes.

Posted March 27th, 2013 at 6:01 pm by Will Salmon in General Birding

River Exe and Canal at Countess Weir

 A qiuck walk along the toepath towards the DWT Sludge Beds reserve lunch time produced large numbers of Chiffchaffs right along the banks of both river and canal searching for insects. A couple of Sand Martins struggling to find any fly life along the canal. The one in the photo landed on a branch quite close to me it looked very weak, cold, wet, and hungry. Earlier an Angler had netted out a Sandmartin which had landed in the canal. The bird later died. Needs to warm up soon!! Insect feeders are struggling.



Posted March 27th, 2013 at 5:11 pm by Derek Carter in General Birding

Starcross

Red Kite drifting around at 3pm.

Posted March 27th, 2013 at 4:09 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Sharkham Village, Brixham

3 Black Redstarts 1m, 2f. Also large number of Chiffchaffs feeding in the gardens and around the eaves of houses

Posted March 27th, 2013 at 2:51 pm by Josh Marshall in General Birding

Exminster marsh

A look around the marsh from 08:00 till 11:50

A female hen harrier at 08:20 low over towards powderham marsh , along station road 120+ golden plover in 2 groups and 3 little ringed plover and 45+ lapwing , 3 wheatear, from the canal bank by fishermans car park  the drake garganey showed well at times, 15+ pintail, 17 ringed plover and 1 little ringed plover, 2 red breasted mergansers on canal and still plenty of chiffchaffs around, between station road and the motorway   Bridge 1 male Merlin and 2 wheatear.

a quick look along the cycle path behind matford marsh on way home produced 8 wheatear, 7+ fieldfare, 42+ redwing and 30+ meadow pipit on the field behind makro 

Posted March 27th, 2013 at 2:37 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Exminster Marshes from 1.15 to 1.45 today - the 2 Spoonbills were showing well on the water closest to the Fisherman's Car Park.

Posted March 27th, 2013 at 2:12 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Aveton Gifford and South Milton Ley

The 6 LRPs remain ( 9.30 am) at the beginning of the tidal road on mud by the posts . Wary of walkers but not of cars and feeding well despite the very cold weather. I cannot recall seeing this many together in this country before . Also 1 Green Sandpiper.

At South Milton Ley the 2 Spoonbills present ( though roosting whilst I was there ) plus 2 LRPs ( others saw 3), 2 Redshank in sp , 1 Dunlin ,  I Ringed Plover and 1 Snipe. Also several Wheatears , Shoveler, Wigeon and Teal and 1 Brent Goose. In the bay at least 5 Sandwich Terns. And on leaving at 11.30am 1 saw a Blackcap pop up along the hedge.

Posted March 27th, 2013 at 2:01 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Brixham Wheatear

Just a single Wheatear noted today in the college playing field. South end, from 7 AM...still there as of 1.30 PM.

Posted March 27th, 2013 at 1:33 pm by Trevor Leaman in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Just had a call from Doug Cullen. Drake Garganey and 7 Little Ringed Plovers from the end car park.

Posted March 27th, 2013 at 12:19 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Staddon Heights Plymouth

 2+ Ring Ouzels with several Song Thrushes in the copses besides the road.  Wild and wary as usual.  On the beach at Bovisand still 4 female Black Redstarts and a Wheatear.

Posted March 27th, 2013 at 11:47 am by Graham Watson in General Birding

Beer Head

Lovely male Ring Ouzel on Beer Head this morning, just west of the look out. Also 46 Golden Plovers.

Earlier, a Little Ringed Plover came up from Seaton Beach and flew west, with two Sandwich Terns and two Red-throated Divers west.

Ring Ouzel
Ring Ouzel

Posted March 27th, 2013 at 11:00 am by Steve Waite in General Birding

Ring Ouzel

Just seen the male Ring Ouzel in Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth - showing very well. Also one Wheatear. Both feeding on the ground where workmen have recently cut the grass at the north end.

Posted March 27th, 2013 at 10:51 am by Chris Ellis in General Birding

Southcott Valley, Bideford

08:30 - 09:30

2 Little Ringed Plover; 32 Common Gulls( initially there were 7 but then a single flock of 25 arrived); 1 Lapwing; 1 Little Egret; 2 Mallard; 4 Shelduck; 2 Cock Pheasants; 9 Curlew; 4 Pied Wagtails and several Herring and Black-headed Gulls.

1 Greenshank and 3 Redshank in the creek behind Cornwall Farmers.

 

Posted March 27th, 2013 at 10:48 am by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Goodrington

Drew back my curtains this morning to see a beautiful male Redstart on the roof opposite my flat in Goodrington.

It only stayed a moment before flying off towards Clennon Valley.

A great start to the day!

Posted March 27th, 2013 at 8:15 am by George Wall in General Birding

Tuesday 26th March 2013

Plymouth.

A post work visit to Ford Park cemetery in pursuit of a Ring Ouzel turned up trumps. A nice male showing well, though it can be flighty. This is it's second day here.

Also here was a male Wheatear and a female Brambling; when seasons collide!!!! Apparently there have been two Wheatears in the area.

The Plym continues to host the three LRPs on Blaxton. Looking through todays posts that makes twenty seven birds in the county (not inculding any at Seaton) is that a record??

The Plym also held five Greenshank, the drake Pintail and a Ringed Plover.

Posted March 26th, 2013 at 8:07 pm by Roy McCarthy in General Birding

Wintering Bramblings

Liz and Chris Foster have had 12 bramblings wintering in thier garden, in Exwick, Exeter since mid December. They are all still present and this male is starting to acquire summmer plumage. They are not associating with any other finches, except when feeding at the bird feeders. The Bullfinches have also spent all winter in the garden as well.

Bramblings, Exwick, Exeter.
Bramblings, Exwick, Exeter.

Posted March 26th, 2013 at 7:40 pm by Liz and Chris Foster in General Birding

Exminster marsh

2 visits today the first between 07:30 and 10:00 along station road , a female Merlin, 12+ wheatear, 1 female Black redstart just after the railway bridge, 316+ curlew, 3 grey plover, 45+ shoveler, 40+ chiffchaffs.

popped into buddle lane in exeter on way home and had 51 waxwing 

Powderham marsh 14:00 till 15:20, 6 little ringed plover ( Andy bond had 4 on exmister marsh at same time so at least 10 in area)   5 wheatear, 15+ chiffchaffs

exmister marsh 15:30 till 17:30, 2 spoonbills by middle car park and the female black redstart still, just before fishermans car park found 7 Little ringed plover showing very well, 34+ grey plover, 12 ringed plover flew in, then 400+ dunlin arrived and the curlew sandpiper was in with them. on the walk back down station road a male Merlin sat on post towards the motorway bridge a good end to the day. 

 

 

 

Posted March 26th, 2013 at 7:29 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Southcombe, Widecombe, Dartmooor

A brave pristine male Northern Wheatear on the down south of Hameldown early afternoon, wondering why it was snowing.

Posted March 26th, 2013 at 7:09 pm by Steve Young in General Birding

Newton Abbot

A female Black Redstart in the garden at work at approx. 3.30pm.

Flew off after a few minutes towards St Paul's Church (Devon Square).

Posted March 26th, 2013 at 6:52 pm by Ian Barnard in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

Very good views of the 2 ad Spoonbill ar 13.00 as they fed just outside my garden - on closer inspection one had a blue ring on right leg and a white ring on left leg- showing V 4. Will try to find out more info

On South Huish Marsh 4 Little Ringed Plover increased to 8 with new arrivals at 12.15, also - 6 Ringed Plover, 4 Black Tailed Godwit, 2 Dunlin, 2 Lapwing , 2 Snipe 1 Grey Plover, 1 Redshank, 50 Teal, 8 Shoveler, 9 Wigeon, 20 Wheatear, 1 db Brent Goose, 1 Swallow

Offshore - 2 Common Scoter, 2 Great C Grebe, 2 Great N Diver, 2 Razorbill, 17 Sandwich Tern

Bob B reported at South Nilton Ley  50+ Chiffchaff and a Willow Warbler

Posted March 26th, 2013 at 6:17 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Thurlestone Spoonbills

Both Spoonbills took off at 13:30 giving excellent views and disappeared Eastwards.

Posted March 26th, 2013 at 5:17 pm by tim clyburn in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Lunchtime visit today from 1.15 to 1.45. There were 4 Little Ringed Plovers best viewed from the passing place just before the fisherman's car park. 2 male and 1 female Wheatear close to the middle car park. Several Chiff-chaffs along Station Road.

Posted March 26th, 2013 at 4:51 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Wembury Beach

We parked at the National Trust Car Park and put on umpteen layers to keep out the cold wind and set off west toward Wembury Point at 10:00. Flat calm sea and low tide so we dropped down to the beach from the coast path. We saw 30+ Wheatears, 8 Pied Wagtails, 2 Razorbills, 2 Grey Plovers, 2 Ringed Plovers, 2 Dunlin and 1 Heron. Many of the usual Rock Pipits were also on the beach, we walked back along the path and finshed our visit at 13:30.

Posted March 26th, 2013 at 4:48 pm by Colin & Glenys Smith in General Birding

Brixham Wheatears update

Now 3 x Wheatears in Community College playing field, as of 3 PM.

Posted March 26th, 2013 at 3:05 pm by Trevor leaman in General Birding

Exminster Marsh

A two hour walk between 10.00 and 12.00 turned up some good birds on the marsh, 1 stunning male Redstart on the canal path by the cattle gates just past the veiwing platform, in the hedgerow, 2 Little Ringed PLover on the flooded fields opposite the Turf Lock Pub, 3 Red-breasted Merganser in the canal by the pub, 1 Merlin doing the rounds on the marsh, 2 Spoonbill Powderham Marsh, and also 8 Little Ringed Plover from the Powderham Marsh viewing platform with 7 Wheatear. Also 100+ Chiffchaffs all over.

Posted March 26th, 2013 at 2:21 pm by Kevin Bainbridge in General Birding

Powderham marsh

[Only ! ] 8 Little Ringed Plovers on Powderham marsh this morning, along with a couple of Wheatears and lots of Chiffchaffs.

Posted March 26th, 2013 at 2:18 pm by Brian Heasman in General Birding

Aveton Gifford & Kingsbridge Estuary

Still 6 Little Ringed Plovers on tidal river at Aveton Gifford, same spot as yesterday.

On Kingsbridge Estuary 55 Brent Geese, 55 Teal, 5 Red-brested Merganser, 160 Dunlin & 20 Common Gull.

Between West Charleton treatment works & Wareham Point 56 Chiffchaff: 14 feeding on treatment works, 13 feeding in grassland on east edge of West Charleton Marsh and 29 along the high tide line presumably feeding on the hosts of inverts in the seaweed!

Posted March 26th, 2013 at 2:10 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Brixham Wheatears

2 x Wheatears in  Brixham Community College playing field, south end, at 11.15 today...still there as I write this.

Posted March 26th, 2013 at 11:31 am by Trevor Leaman in General Birding

Monday 25th March 2013

Seaton

This afternoon there were 12 Little Ringed Plovers at Black Hole Marsh, plus 2 Ringed Plovers. As far as I can tell, this is a record count for Devon. They were still all present at 18:00 and appeared to be settling down to roost on one of the grassy islands.

Other stuff of note: female Red-breasted Merganser still on the river, 56 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 1 Sandwich Tern, at least 5 intermedius LBB Gulls. Also, 2 White Wagtails at Axmouth Harbour.

LRPs at BHM

Nine birds in this picture, but I think one is a Ringed Plover if I recall correctly!

Posted March 25th, 2013 at 8:56 pm by Gavin Haig in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay - Spoonbills

Having looked at old posts the Exminster birds appaer to show FJ9 ring and a yellow flag . These obviously are different to the birds seen today

Posted March 25th, 2013 at 8:35 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Exmouth 16:00 to 17:15

Orcombe Point a quick walk in a bitterly cold easterly wind produced 12 Wheatear (m & f) feeding in the Orchid field. Also 6+Chiffchaff, 4+ Robins, and a pair of Bullfinches. Two Shag fishing close in off the point. No sign of a reported male Ring Ousel seen earlier in the day.


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

Isley Marsh

While doing a RSPB count at Isley Marsh this afternoon in

bitterly cold easterly winds, I was rewarded with good views

of 4 Red-breasted Mergansers diving for food (1 male + 3 female).

Also a Wheatear on the high tide roost between the 2 jetties.

Posted March 25th, 2013 at 6:59 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Bovisand Bay

  Late afternoon on a somewhat crowded beach there were 4 Black Redstarts trying to feed along with several Chiffchaffs and a Wheatear.  A Sandwich Tern made a few passes.  Really nice when everyone had gone!



Posted March 25th, 2013 at 6:37 pm by Graham Watson in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

With ENE winds the passage just continues.

On Thurlestone Marsh at 16.15 2 ad Spoonbill flew in ( still present at 17.45 )- both with crests and breast breeding patch and unringed . Can anyone confirm if the Exminster marsh birds seen today , if not were they full adult and unringed ? At 17.30 a Common Tern seen over the marsh , earlier a Marsh Harrier reported. 4 Sand Martin, 2 Black Redstart, 2m Blackcap.

At South Huish Marsh - 7 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 4 Black Tailed Godwit , 3 Snipe, 2 Grey Plover, 2 Redshank ( patch year tick ), 40 Teal, 9 Wigeon.3 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow, 1db Brent Goose, 17 Wheatear.

Offshore - 7 Sandwich Tern, 17 Common Scoter,  5 Pintail ( 2m 3f )- flew in and went straight up the valley.

Posted March 25th, 2013 at 6:22 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Decoy Lake

A drake Scaup showing very well early evening with about 12 Tufted Duck (found earlier by MW). Also 12 Sand Martin low over the water. A Swallow was also seen by MW earlier.

Posted March 25th, 2013 at 6:06 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Bolt Head

Just off the old WW2 airfields saw a flock of approx 100 small birds on one of the fallow fields, very mobile and difficult to approach in the flat terrain but transpirred to be a mixed flock of Yellow Hammer, Cirl Bunting and Sky Lark, unalb eto ID any other species in the flock.

Sky Larks could be heard singing almost constantly but very difficult to see any in the air.

Also in the area a large flock of mostly juvenile Herring Gulls with one or two Greater Black Backed and Lesser Blacked Backed mixed in as well.

Posted March 25th, 2013 at 5:30 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Knapp Mill, Aveton Gifford

In a stubble field near Knap Mill, Aveton Gifford tried to count a flock of feeding Chiffchafs at least 12 and possibly as many at 20, but they blended into the background so well to be almost invisible at times.

Posted March 25th, 2013 at 5:25 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Otter Estuary

2 Spoonbills on flyover heading toward Otter Estuary Reserve 2.15 pm today.

Posted March 25th, 2013 at 5:23 pm by David Jannaway in General Birding

Exmister marsh

Watched from 07:30 till 09:40

a good morning on the marsh 2 little ringed plover ( found earlier by james diamond ) between station road and the lagoon , a male Merlin was very active around the marsh, a brief view of a marsh harrier over the lagoon heading towards powderham marsh, 18+ wheatear and still lots of chiffchaff , 1 female black redstart to the left of the railway bridge, 3 stonechat , 2 water rail, 60+ meadow pipit, 1 Cetti's warbler. 

On the path to powderham marsh male black redstart and male stonechat 

Posted March 25th, 2013 at 5:00 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Hope Cove & Bolberry Down ~ Wheatears

Two Wheatears seen on the cliff top at Bolberry Down this morning, bitterly cold in the wind and nothing staying in view for very long.

On the outskirts of Hope Cove in a field of sheep the boundary of which reached the garen of the first house of the village counted 20 Wheatears feeding, one looking to be in very poor condition.

Posted March 25th, 2013 at 4:48 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Brixham Breakwater & Aveton Gifford

3 Great Northern Divers close inshore at the breakwater plus 2 Common Terns.

At Aveton Gifford, no sign of the LRPs but 2 Greenshank, 4 Common Sandpiper & 23 Chiffchaff feeding on grassland areas.

Posted March 25th, 2013 at 4:44 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

AVETON GIFFORD tidal road

Six Little Ringed Plover feeding on the mud bank just above the tide line at Aveton Gifford late this morning, in clear view from the tidal road approx 100 yards onto the road.

Posted March 25th, 2013 at 4:15 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Darts Farm and Recreation Ground Topsham

Didn't stop long at either place as wind was bitterly cold.  Darts Farm quiet with 2 Redwing and a half dozen Chiffchaff present in bushes at the pond car park.  Topsham presented c600 Black tailed Godwit and 4 Red- breasted Merganser.

Posted March 25th, 2013 at 4:03 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Waxwings - Buddle Lane, Exeter

51 Waxwings in Buddle Lane early afternoon,opposite the Woodah Road entrance in single tree.Also female Merlin and a single Sand Martin at Exminster Marsh.

Posted March 25th, 2013 at 3:39 pm by Andy Bond in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh and Matford Pool

Fairly quiet at Bowling Green Marsh other than one Sand Martin moving quickly through at about 1.15.

A quick visit on the way back to work to Matford Pool produced a few more Sand Martins feeding low over the water.

Posted March 25th, 2013 at 2:16 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Wembury Point

  At least 6 Wheatears this morning - 2 female -  and 12+ Chiffchaffs along with 3 Ringed Plover and a Dunlin.  No other migrants and no sign of the LRPs at Saltram.

Wheatear
Wheatear

Wheatear
Wheatear

Posted March 25th, 2013 at 12:32 pm by Graham Watson in General Birding

Broadsands

8-9 Chiffchaffs around muddy track from back of 2nd car park back up toward Broadsands Road all looking sorry for themselves feeding very low and in the stubble field also two female Black Redstarts on the muddy 'clumps' in the stubble field.

Black Redstarts Broadsands 25 March 2013 ML

 black Redstart Clennon Valley 25 March 2013 ML

Arriving back home - two chiffchaffs feeding on my lawn and the usual female Black Redsart it dropped straight down onto some meal worms I threw out for it.

Posted March 25th, 2013 at 11:48 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

A superb male wheatear this morning on the weedy runway braving the biting north easterly wind - my earliest date up here. 65 fieldfare 2 mistle thrush and 6 blackbirds. An adult great black backed gull going north into the wind was presumably a migrant as they are scarce here plus around 10 skylarks and 6 meadow pipits.

Posted March 25th, 2013 at 10:02 am by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Seaton

9 Little Ringed Plovers on the Colyford Marsh scrape this morning. Other bits and bobs around the valley included lots of Chiffchaffs, 2 Sand Martins, a Swallow, 15 Wheatears and 3 Ringed Plovers.

Posted March 25th, 2013 at 10:01 am by Gavin Haig in General Birding

Sunday 24th March 2013

bideford

unusual sighting this morning from my bedroom window of a heron in a tree on clovelly rd being mobbed by herring gulls!.

Posted March 24th, 2013 at 10:02 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Clovelly

An unexpected surprise on a cold day inside the harbour at Clovelly, today just before 3pm was a Glaucous Gull. A 2nd winter I believe. [Or is it, see http://forum.devonbirds.org/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=166]

Glaucous Gull
Glaucous Gull

Glaucous Gull
Glaucous Gull

Posted March 24th, 2013 at 8:13 pm by Neil Moore in General Birding

Exton

c100 snipe in two wisps wheeling overhead whilst on the ground between Lympstone and Topsham along the cycle path c20 chiffchaff and 3 sand martins through.

Posted March 24th, 2013 at 7:23 pm by Simon M Bates in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

Seems to have been Devon 's record LRP day - On South Huish Marsh  at 13.30  4 (site record ) also -2 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Black Tailed Godwit , 25 Wheatear, 40+ Chiffchaff, 200+ Mipit - N ,13 Sand Martin, 45 Teal, 6 Shoveler, 

In the Bay our first Red Breasted Merganser of the year-a female .,15 Sandwich Tern, On the rocks 3 Grey Plover, 2 Turnstone.

At 16.15 Bob B at South Milton Ley an ad male and a young female Marsh Harrier also 40 + Chiffchaff . The female Harrier is not the Slapton bird

On T'stone marsh 10 Sand Martin, 25 Teal and at 16.30 the female Marsh Harrier .

Posted March 24th, 2013 at 6:08 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Exmouth Stone Curlew

A distant pic of Matt's Stone Curlew has just been sent to me from John Deakins. Thanks John and well done Matt.


Posted March 24th, 2013 at 6:04 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Around the Axe

Nine Little Ringed Plovers on Black Hole Marsh this evening with three Ringed Plovers (sadly no Kentish!). Earlier today, many watched an Osprey on the Estuary 10:05 - 10:45. It eventually flew off north.

Posted March 24th, 2013 at 5:49 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - 1600 - quick trip back out this afternoon and the stone curlew still present in the same spot as this morning (til 1700  at least). Also 6 wheatear, c10+ chiffchaff and presumably yesterday's ring ouzel showing well beside the track leading from Gore Lane down to the Bristol Schools Camp.

this bird was feeding with three others on mud in the dung field
this bird was feeding with three others on mud in the dung field

male ring ouzel
male ring ouzel

Posted March 24th, 2013 at 5:40 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Dartmoor

Mike Daniels found five Wheatear (3mm 2ff) below Cox Tor area this morning.  - First Report of Wheatear on the moor this year.

Posted March 24th, 2013 at 5:11 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

northam burrows

2 wheatear m&f skern area 15:00

Posted March 24th, 2013 at 4:36 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Plym estuary

 Three Little Ringed Plovers here today on The Pool of Dreams (aka Blaxton Meadow). Found by Russel Eynon, these are my first for Plymouth so a liitle celebration later!

Also here were singles of Snipe, Common Sandpiper, Wheatear and Pintail plus six Sand Martins and three Swallows. Under the flyover were seven Chiffchaffs feeding on the ground, while at home at least a dozen were in and around the house, again feeding on the ground.

Posted March 24th, 2013 at 4:33 pm by Roy McCarthy in General Birding

Around the exe

First stop orcombe point and good views of the stone curlew in top field also 5+ wheatear, 10+ chiffchaff good numbers of meadow pipit and pied wagtails 

Exmister stopped in to milbury lane the rose coloured starling still showing well, from the railway bridge at bottom of lane , 8+ swallow, 20+ sand Martin, 400+ black tailed godwits. 

On to station road and another 50+ sand Martin ,1 swallow ,  70+ chiffchaffs, 10+ wheatear, water rail, a nice male Merlin and also the wing tagged marsh harrier showed well around 12:15.

on the path to powderham marsh a nice male black redstart to finish the day 

Posted March 24th, 2013 at 2:32 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Cold East Cross Area

Sunday 24th.  A female Hen Harrier out hawking across the moor in the mist and haw frost. Also two Wheatear

Posted March 24th, 2013 at 12:54 pm by David Turrell in General Birding

Shaldon

Adult Little Gull headed from offshore up the river this morning. 

Posted March 24th, 2013 at 12:17 pm by Dale Cooper in General Birding

Clennon Valley

2 adult Mediterranean Gull in summer plumage on the playing fields.

Also, a flock of around 40 Meadow Pipits. 

Posted March 24th, 2013 at 12:08 pm by George Wall in General Birding

Berry Head

6 Wheatear, 6-7 Chiffchaffs most feeding low in the grassy verges, 1 female Black Redstart, and a lone Skylark at the end of the Head small numbers of Meadow Pipits over-head. REB also had a couple of Sand Martins.

Posted March 24th, 2013 at 11:51 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Marsh Harrier - Topsham Recreation Ground

To continue my series of 'quality' harrier photos, here's another Marsh Harrier from Topsham Rec 10am today. This time a wing-tagged male (green tag - a Norfolk bird?). Also 33 Sand Martins between 9.30 - 10.30; Long-tailed Duck and Brambling still present.


Posted March 24th, 2013 at 11:35 am by Tim Worfolk in General Birding

Littlehempston

150 Redwings this morning at Hampstead Manor, Littlehempston ( nr. Totnes ).

Posted March 24th, 2013 at 11:15 am by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - 0615 - a memorable morning birding with Derek Carter this morning. Very cold on arrival with few birds but migrants streaming in by the time we left at around 0945. Undoubted highlight was the stone curlew found in the 'top fields' along Gore Lane (still present 10am at least). The bird is in the large flat stubble field on the right hand side, viewable from the gateway (please do not enter field). Also this morning 9+ robin, 1 blackcap, 22+ chiffchaff (new birds arriving all the time), c30+ meadow pipit, 2+ song thrush, 2 alba wagtail, 1 swallow, 10+ wheatear (with several more reported in top fields after we'd gone), 22+ sand martin east, 5+ goldcrest, 10+ greenfinch, 2 black redstart, 1 siskin, and 21+ chaffinch.


Posted March 24th, 2013 at 10:47 am by Matt Knott in General Birding

South Hallsands to Start Point 0700-0930

Nice fall of migrants this morning, 35+ Wheatears and 40+ Chiffchaffs, mostly on the south side of Start Pt.

2 Firecrests, 2 Goldcrests, 3 Black Redstarts (2m, 1f), and at least 1 Willow Warbler.

Posted March 24th, 2013 at 9:46 am by Richard Berridge in General Birding

Saturday 23rd March 2013

Eggbuckland Plymouth

Single Swallow over my house today at 1710 heading north towards Dartmoor

Posted March 23rd, 2013 at 8:03 pm by Charlie Imms in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Plymouth Branch field meeting at a flooded Lower Ley found 3 black necked grebe in summer plummage, 3 goldeneye 1 M.,6 gadwall and 7 little grebes among a large numbers of tufted duck. 3 wheatear and numerous chiff chaff fed all around the watersedge. Snipe and reed bunting also seen.

A couple of cettis warbler were calling at Slapton Bridge.

40 sand martins and 3 swallows battled into an easterly strong wind flying from Ireland Bay towards the bridge. Higher path is accessible but wet from bridge toward Ireland Bay.

Posted March 23rd, 2013 at 7:56 pm by Liz Harris in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

To add a little to John's and Keith's posts: around 3-4pm, a female-type Marsh Harrier sitting on grassy bank N of Lion's Rest (found by James Diamond); on floods N & S of Lion's Rest 9 Gadwall, 7 Tufted 2 Pintail, lots of Shoveler, 5 Ringed Plover , 2 Grey Plover, 600 Dunlin, 900 Black-tailed Gowits and 60+ Redshank. (James also saw a Ring Ouzel from the canal early this morning.)

Posted March 23rd, 2013 at 7:41 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Seaton

A few bits and bobs around the Seaton Marshes/Axmouth Harbour area during a couple of brief outings today...

At least 50 Chiffs, 15 Wheatears, female Black Redstart, 2 White Wagtails and a Swallow. No Sand Martins for me, and I failed dismally when it came to finding Ring Ouzels.

Posted March 23rd, 2013 at 7:35 pm by Gavin Haig in General Birding

Wistlandpound reservoir

Approx. 30 sand martins over the reservoir between 17.00 to 18.00. Also 3 chiffchaffs, sparrowhawk hunting along the margins and female tufted duck.

Posted March 23rd, 2013 at 6:51 pm by Edd Davies in General Birding

Velator Reserve Pond & Wrafton pond

17.50 - 3 Sand Martins flying over Velator Reserve Pond just above the trees then onto Wrafton Pond but only for a very short time.

Wrafton Pond too exposed to the cold easterly winds so I can understand why they moved on.

Posted March 23rd, 2013 at 6:26 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

Joint report from Bob B , AJL and myself .First big fall of the year  produced 3 patch year ticks

On T'stone Marsh - 35 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 50+ Sand Martin, 6 Swallow, 1m Wheatear, 1m Black Redstart.

At South Huish Marsh - 7 Wheatear, 2 Swallow, 60+ Sand Martin, 1 House Martin ( 14.30 )1 Black Redstart, 2 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Ringed Plover

In the Bay - 3 Great N Diver, 18 db Brent Goose , 3 Sandwich Tern, 1 Grey Plover, 250+ Mipit

Around the patch at least 50 Chiffchaff  and  1 Willow Warbler - many feeding in grass

Posted March 23rd, 2013 at 6:16 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Kingsbridge Estuary

Charleton Marsh / Bay, 09:15-11:00, low tide.

On the very flooded marsh were 48 Teal, 22 Wigeon, 12 Pintail, 2 Water Rail, Snipe and a Black-tailed Godwit. Out in the bay were 2 Brent Geese, a second calander year Spoonbill in the middle of the bay which then obligingly flew down to and in front of the hide ( presumed same bird as reported on 17/3 ) and 5 Bar-tailed Godwits. 5 migrant Chiffchaffs around the marsh.

Posted March 23rd, 2013 at 6:15 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Riverside Valley Park, Exeter

Brief walk 1600 until 1640 turned up 9 wheatear (all males), 21 sand martins, 3 chiffchaff, 5 teal, 2 little egret, 3 meadow pipits, 6 redwing, female bullfinch, singing greenfinch.

Posted March 23rd, 2013 at 5:50 pm by Simon M Bates in General Birding

Exminster marsh & bowling green marsh

Tried station Road first from 09;00 till 10:20

1 ruff by lions rest industrial estate also 20+ sand martins , 1 swallow several chiffchaffs 1 Cetti's warbler 

then made way to topsham and got the ferry back to exminster marsh at 11:50 , 2 grey wagtail by ferry landing, from the canal bank by the fishermans car park a jack snipe flushed as peregrine put everything up on the marsh, sand martins had increased to 65+ and 2 more swallows, 3 brambling, 12+ chiffchaffs, 25+ tufted duck, 3 gadwall, 5+ pintail, 5 pochard on the lagoon with a great crested grebe, 3 male wheatear,2 stonechat, 2 Cetti's warblers , little grebes and 5 red breasted mergansers on the canal .

bowling green marsh 13:45 till 16:00

1 water rail, 6 male wheatear, 80+ chiffchaffs, 100+ meadow pipits, buzzard, 2 greenshanks, 70+ redshank, 2 tufted duck, 100+ wigeon , 2 Cetti's warblers 

 

Posted March 23rd, 2013 at 5:42 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Exeter Swallows

c50 swallows flying over makro exeter in marsh barton close to matford marsh at 5pm

Posted March 23rd, 2013 at 5:25 pm by Pam & Steve Summerscales in General Birding

Turf

Water pipit on sea wall between Powderham and Turf this afternoon. Also several chiffchaffs and meadow pipits in the area.

Posted March 23rd, 2013 at 5:04 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Exeter Waxwings

40+ Waxwings in small tree on inner bypass at Exebridge.. waited to see them feed on nearby cotoneaster but an angry Magpie was not happy to share it's tree with them.. flock disappeared towards the quay. More exciting than the shopping trip by far!

Posted March 23rd, 2013 at 4:26 pm by Gary and Karen Reeves in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Extensive flooding so I only managed to walk down Station Lane to just past the Lion's Rest industrial estate. Most birds were seen from the railway bridge between 2.00 and 3.00 pm. North of the bridge were 9 male wheatears plus others including one female (total probably c14). With them was a black redstart, c12 pied wagtails. and about 30 meadow pipits. Further away to the north - 1 green sandpiper, several swallows and a distant group of black-tailed godwits

Down the lane were lots of chiffchaffs, I estimate 30+ feeding in the hedges and out on the flooded fields.Over the flooding 28 sand martins but this was the minimum count. Several groups of waders including 8 snipe, 28 redshank, c150 dunlin together with curlew (not counted). A female peregrine was eating a kill when I arrived and eventually flew up on to a pylon. The spoonbill could be seen in the distance in  Powderham Marshes.

Posted March 23rd, 2013 at 3:46 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Bundle Head near Shaldon

Evidence of a fall at Bundle Head as well today, with 7+ Wheatear, c100 Meadow Pipits, and a Ring Ouzel with some Blackbirds along the hedges.

Posted March 23rd, 2013 at 3:37 pm by Laurie A in General Birding

Sidmouth sea front

5 Northern Wheatears and single Black Redstart on the pebble beach.

3 Purple Sandpipers and 12+ Turnstone on easternmost groyne

5+ Common Scoter  on the sea 

Posted March 23rd, 2013 at 2:17 pm by ian pearson in General Birding

Woolston by Marlborough

Swallow low over fields in cold grey conditions.

Posted March 23rd, 2013 at 1:29 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

southcott marsh,bideford

Little ringed plover on the marsh,11:55-12.20.Present on leaving.3 sand martins kenwith nr straight through at 12:45.

Posted March 23rd, 2013 at 1:17 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Baggy

2 Chiffchaff in the trees by the pond + 6 Goldfinch.

2 male + 1 female Wheatear at Baggy Pt.

The pair of Eider still present + 1 male Common Scoter.

A flock of 40 Linnets flying over the gorse.

Cool easterly offshore wind with clean 4 ft swell.

Posted March 23rd, 2013 at 12:50 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Darts Farm

A quick walk to the hide and ponds this morning produced my first singing Chiffchaff of the year. 5 were busy feeding on the island in the largest pond. A male Reed Bunting was also proclaiming his territory

Out on the wetlands 9 Shoveler (a site record) were spread around the pools and ditches. A handful of Teal and Wigeon, 2 Grey Herons, 2 Little Egrets a single Snipe just in front of the hide.

A Kingfisher was calling nearby as was a Greenwood Pecker in the distance.  

Posted March 23rd, 2013 at 11:51 am by Gareth Williams in General Birding

Hopes Nose

The highlight was a Ring Ouzel around the bushes above the quarry before flying up the slope calling. Also 14+Wheatear (9m,5f) arriving and leaving all the time (3 on the rocks on the point flew north out to sea until lost to view and another on the top slope flew up and lost to view behind the houses by the road). Also 6+ Chiffchaff and 20+Meadow Pipit mostly around Sandy Point.

Posted March 23rd, 2013 at 11:31 am by Mark Bailey in General Birding

St. Thomas, Exeter

7+ chiffchaff hopping around in our garden this morning. Usually only get 1 a year.

Posted March 23rd, 2013 at 11:03 am by Alfie Pugh in General Birding

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - 0620 - a nice little fall of migrants concentrated mainly around the Geoneedle and the coastpath/fields just east of the point - 5+ goldcrest, c30+ chiffchaff, 9+ wheatear, c50+ meadow pipit, 2 song thrush, 1 fieldfare, 1+ redwing, 1 reed bunting, 3+ alba wagtail, 4 goldfinch and best of all a lovely male ring ouzel feeding in the field above the orchid field. Also 14 dark-bellied brent goose.

Posted March 23rd, 2013 at 8:44 am by Matt Knott in General Birding

Friday 22nd March 2013

Thurlestone Bay

Another very wet day , both marshes now flooded.

In a 3hr seawatch this morning - 24 Sandwich Tern, 21 Common Scoter, 2 Teal, 45 Gannet, all flying east. In the first 2 hrs a total of 252 Meadow Pipit moving NE . Passage in off the sea and up the valley - 46 Lesser B B Gull  2 ad Med Gull, 1 Little Ringed Plover.

On the sea 2 Great Crested Grebe and a Red Throated Diver

On South Huish Marsh - 7 Teal, 1 Snipe, 60+ Meadow Pipit, 60 Lesser B B Gull, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 male Wheatear, 1 Sand Martin

On T'stone Marsh - 10 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 1 Water Pipit, 4 Sand Martin

Posted March 22nd, 2013 at 6:09 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Exmouth

Leisure Centre - 1630 - common tern with 32+ sandwich tern. Also 2 sand martin north there, 4+ great crested grebe and ad sum plum mediterranean gull.

Warren View - 78+ meadow pipit and 16 redshank on flooded football pitch behind house.

an early common tern with sandwich terns
an early common tern with sandwich terns

Posted March 22nd, 2013 at 6:04 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 11:25 till 14:50

the drake American wigeon showed well at times with 180+ wigeon , the female long tailed dropped in at 13:35, 100+ dunlin, 90+ bar tailed godwits, 300+ black tailed godwits, 7 grey plover, 80+ redshank, 7 shoveler, 1 water rail, 2 Cetti's warblers, 2 little grebes, 2 little egrets. 

Posted March 22nd, 2013 at 5:53 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Terrible conditions out there, but the drake American Wigeon was showing well as was the female Long-tailed Duck. Both from the hide luckily!

Posted March 22nd, 2013 at 2:09 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Around the Axe

Sea watching this morning showed 22 Sandwich Terns blogging, with a Red-breasted Merganser and two Common Scoter east. Several Meadow Pipits were flying in-off.

Just been out again for an hour or so, and there's now at least 35 Sandwich Terns in the valley/over the sea. Very odd to see 24 settled on Bridge Marsh - never seen so many this far up the valley before.  Also had two cracking adult summer Med Gulls fly east then come in.

Posted March 22nd, 2013 at 1:51 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Venn, Aveton Gifford

Black redstart briefly on my house roof at 0900 hrs!!

Posted March 22nd, 2013 at 9:31 am by Rob Macklin in General Birding

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