Devon Bird Sightings from 8th–14th May 2013


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Tuesday 14th May 2013


Quick walk around Sharkham this morning first thing turned up 3 Spotted Flycatchers and a Reed Warbler.

Evening walk around Scabbacombe head toward Ivy Cove the night before turned up a single Spotted Flycatcher with a great selection of the regulars too

Posted May 14th, 2013 at 10:58 pm by Josh Marshall in Bird News


Between Lifeboat Station and Orcombe Point - 1630 - 1930 - 9+ fulmar, c120+ manx shearwater, 2 storm petrel, 6+ arctic skua, 2 skua sp, c30+ 'commic' tern, 6+ sandwich tern, 8+ roseate tern, 1 little tern, 1+ great northern diver, c40+ common scoter, c 50+ kittiwake, 5+ auk sp, c15+ dunlin, 3 whimbrel, 4 turnstone, c20+ wader sp, and 87 swift 'in off' (largest flock 30).

Posted May 14th, 2013 at 8:50 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News


Seawatch from beside the NCI station 16:55 - 18:40: 1 dark-phase Arctic Skua, 78 Manx Shearwaters, 25+ Common Terns, 29 "commic" terns, 40+ Kittiwakes, 1 Whimbrel, 15+ auks all heading south. In addition at least 20 Sandwich Terns, 15 Gannets and 3-4 Fulmars moving up and down the coastline.

Posted May 14th, 2013 at 8:43 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton

In keeping with the general theme of sea watching today;

Exmouth Front

An hours visit to Exmouth front at lunchtime revealed 2 Little Terns, 1 Roseate Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, c6 Common Terns and 1 pale phase Arctic Skua. Also 2 swifts in-off.

Budleigh Salterton

A four hour seawatch resulted in 2 Great Northern Divers, 1 Red Throated Diver, 6 Whimbrel, 28 Kittiwake, 3 Storm Petrels, 2 Common Terns, 2 Arctic Skuas (1 pf, 1 df), 18 Common Scoter c12 Sandwich Terns and 18 Swifts together in-off.



Posted May 14th, 2013 at 7:52 pm in Bird News

Additions to Lundy

2 Dotterel were present throughout the day but seen clearly as the clouds lifted at about 13.30. Up to 12 Puffin were visable, as the clouds lifted, on the cliffs.

A single Great Skua seen on outward leg.

Posted May 14th, 2013 at 7:42 pm by Mark Humfrey in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

2 seawatching visits with totally different results  - 07.30- 9.00  7 Gannet, 6 Guillemot and 1 Whimbrel . Tonight 17.00-18.30 just as the front moved through - 410 Gannet, 440 Manx Shearwater, 21 Kittiwake, 26 Common Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 11 Fulmar, 1 Great Skua. , 1 Arctic Skua, 4 Common Scoter, 7 Whimbrel 10 Auks, 9 Swift - all flying east

Posted May 14th, 2013 at 7:28 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Exmouth Sea Front

Sea watch from the lifeboat station from 17:15 - 18:15 in what were, it has to be said, pretty challenging conditions! Following birds all heading east-ish.

2 Arctic Skua (1 l.p., 1 d.p.), 4+ Roseate Terns, 2 Arctic Terns, 15+ 'commic' terns, 12+ Manx Shearwater, 1 Swift in-bound

Supplemented by Gannets, Kittiwakes, Sandwich Terns and a lone Fulmar (first I've seen off here for a while).

I could also see distant Manxies heading - at blistering speed - back in a S-SW direction, so I suspect some circular movement was going on.


Posted May 14th, 2013 at 7:14 pm by Phil Bentley in Bird News

Berry Head later afternoon

Continued to 1630 after Mike left at 1500. An additional 4 Storm Petrels , 1 Puffin and 245 Manx Shearwater flew south. Heavy rain when I left and few birds moving-Mike is going back for another check when the front clears.

Posted May 14th, 2013 at 6:56 pm in Bird News

Lundy trip 2013

The 2013 Lundy trip was very enjoyable despite the awful weather, rough seas to and from the island made it an interesting journey both ways,given that the cloud base was sat like a cover over the island then add fog/mist and rain you could not see more than 20 yards, but the following birds speciesnwere identified (P = photo’s taken)
Razorbill ( P )
Guillemot ( P )
Skua (single bird just off of the island as we were leaving)
Gannets ( P )
Oystercatcher ( P )
Great and Lesser ( P ) Black Backed Gulls
White ( P ) & Pied Wagtail
Carrion crow (Nesting)
White Throat ( P )
Wheatear (dark race sp)
Storm Petrol
Warbler sp ( green / grey upper body very yellow below
Spotted Flycatcher (female) ( P )
Sedge Warbler ( P )
Chiffchaff (tristis) ( P )
Gold Crest
Redstart (female)
A few seals seen around the island and two high speed  dolphins brightened the journy back

Posted May 14th, 2013 at 6:05 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Kite sp. near Hemyock, EX15 3QX

A kite was floating SW into the wind over Lower Mackham Farm near Hemyock. Unmistakeable with long forked tail, this individual was missing a block of feathers from each wing but flying with no apparent difficulty. I could not see the colour of the tail. 

Posted May 14th, 2013 at 3:51 pm by Richard Whiteside in Bird News

Berry Hd

Seawatch 13.30-15.00hrs all birds moving south, 3 Pomarine Skuas, 2 Great Skuas, 6 Storm Petrels, 6 Puffin, 34 Kittiwake, 93 Manx Shearwater, 17 Razorbill among the many passing (local?) Guillemots, 52 Gannets. Dave Norman was staying on a while longer... 

Posted May 14th, 2013 at 3:50 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

An uneventful dawn fishing session near the Geese quarries was brightened up by a hobby flying downstream.

Posted May 14th, 2013 at 2:49 pm by Tim Clyburn in Bird News

Seaton Seawatching

The following prior to 09:10: 3 Poms (including 2 very close west), 1 Storm Petrel, 3 Great Northern Divers, 53 auks, 11 Gannets, 10 Manxies, 24 Kittiwakes, 2 Turnstones, 2 Oystercatchers, 36 Whimbrel, 1 Barwit, 5 Ringed Plover, 8 Dunlin, 4 Sanderling, 26 assorted small wader sp., 1 diver sp., 2 very distant skua sp. (probably Arctics), 13 Sandwich Terns and a Common Gull. Also a few Swifts and hirundines in-off.

Another look from 12:00-12:55 produced a really close (for Seaton) Stormie, 3 Sandwich Terns, 8 Gannets and a Kittiwake. Much, much quieter.

Almost everything flew west. Steve can add at least another Stormie and a Bonxie.

Edit. Forgot to mention 18 Common Scoter this morning, and the drake Velvet still close inshore off the Yacht Club for its 18th day.

Posted May 14th, 2013 at 1:53 pm in Bird News


Mudbank - 5 scaup again this morning but only 3 of the original 5 - now 2 drakes and 3 females.

Posted May 14th, 2013 at 7:32 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Monday 13th May 2013

Bonaparte's Gull

After visiting a few sites (always at the wrong time) I finally caught up with the Bonaparte's Gull. I opted on a quick visit to Topsham recreation ground after work just before 17:00 and it was showing very well. Lovely bird and really nice to finally get sight of It.

Posted May 13th, 2013 at 9:37 pm in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

After a very quiet day yesterday a 3 hr seawatch from Warren Pt produced some good sightings

65 Gannet, 33 Kittiwake, 1 1st s Little Gull ( feeding off the point ) 2 Common Tern, 1 dp Arctic Skua ( sat on the sea for 15mins before flying off west )13 Manx Shearwater, at 10.28 the first Balearic Shearwater  of the year flew west. 33 Guillemot and 2 Razorbill on the sea .

On the beach 8 Whimbrel, 3 Turnstone

Posted May 13th, 2013 at 6:27 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Quick visit to the hide at lunch time - the female Ruff was at the back of the main water.

Posted May 13th, 2013 at 3:19 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Sunday 12th May 2013

Roadford Reservoir

Whilst carrying out the WeBS monthly count at Roadford Reservoir today the counters couldn't believe their eyes when an adult Gannet appeared out of the mist and flew around giving the counters good views before disappearing.  A most unusual inland record!

(Tony John)

Posted May 12th, 2013 at 11:22 pm in Bird News


Orcombe Point - 5 great northern diver, 2 common scoter, 9+ roseate tern (close off the point 1515 at least), 13+ sandwich tern, 14+ whitethroat, 8 swift, 11 swallow, 11 whimbrel.

Mudbank - 3 scaup (drake + 2 fem) all day and this evening 12 little tern, 25+ sandwich tern and 8+ 'commic' tern.

Posted May 12th, 2013 at 7:38 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Slapton Ley ( mid-morning )

A strange sighting was a Great Northern Diver flying overhead between Frogmore and Chillington on the drive out. About 400 House Martins flying around the ley with at least a couple hundred Swifts. About 50 of these playing chicken with the traffic over the road by the Torcross car park. Wonderful to stand on the raised bank of the car park as they flew right by me at head height. If i live to be 200 i'll never grow tired of watching these amazing birds. Little on the sea, just 7 Sandwich terns through in 30 minutes and a couple distant unidentified Divers flying south ( probably Great Northern by default ).

Posted May 12th, 2013 at 5:25 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Exmouth seafront addition

Around 1145 together with John Gale, saw  at least 6 Roseate Terns in the feeding group  offshore, joined at times by 3- 4 Little Tern.

Bonaparte's Gull was present at Topsham recreation ground early afternoon .

Posted May 12th, 2013 at 5:09 pm in Bird News

Bowling green marsh & exmouth

Bowling green marsh from the hide 09:10 till 10:20

the adult Bonaparts gull showed well in with 80+ black headed gulls 2 1st summer little gull put in a brief appearance but all the gulls flew out to the estuary after a Hobby flew over the hide, the female ruff still around with 92+ dunlin, 1 sp knot, 15+ whimbrel, 13+ bar tailed godwits, 170+ black tailed ggodwits.

Exmouth seafront 10:35 till 11:10 

a quick look of the seafront produced 4+ roseate terns, 2 little terns, 2 arctic terns with common terns and a few sandwich terns.

a quick look at topsham rec after produced 1 of the 1st summer little gulls to end a very good morning around the exe 


Posted May 12th, 2013 at 3:56 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Coleton (Fishacre) Camp

Tree Sparrow at about 11.15am from path from Coleton Camp (between Kingswear and Brixham) car park down toward top of Scabbacombe initially in hedge calling then flew off still calling with a couple of Yellowhammer, flying up toward car park - no sign of it when I arrived back in the car park early afternoon - but didn't check thoroughly. Between Coleton and Froward Point 40 + Swallow hawking cliffs and plenty of Whitethroat - at last.

Posted May 12th, 2013 at 3:44 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

12th May - Ilfracombe

Suprised to see a single Purple Sandpiper still hanging around the rocks off the Capstone

Posted May 12th, 2013 at 3:33 pm by Chris Bollen in Bird News

Prawle this weekend

Today, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, just about the only passerine worth mentioning all weekend.

Yesterday (11/5), 7 hour seawatch turned up 20 Great Northern Divers, (all s/p, flying west), 2 Red-throated Divers (1 west, 1 on sea), 540 Manx Shearwaters, 42 Fulmars, 190 Gannets, 4 Storm Petrels, 3 Pomarine Skuas, 10 Sandwich terns, 12 'commic' Terns, 130 Kittiwakes, 980 Auks (most Razorbills), 4 Puffins, 11 Whimbrel and a Dunlin. (Nearly everything west). Also a couple of Swifts in off.

Friday (10/5), just to add to Tony's seawatch, 1 Storm Petrel and 4 Puffins in the evening.

Posted May 12th, 2013 at 3:26 pm by Pat Mayer in Bird News

Colony BH

963 Guillemots on cliffs, 102 on water and 12 on island. Best of all a pair of Razorbills with the Guillemots looking very happy, so may breed, first time for about 18 years.

Good show of early purple orchids and 15 green-winged orchids if anyone interested!

Posted May 12th, 2013 at 2:24 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Exmouth (off sea front)

Brief sea watch this morning (06.15 - 07.45) from the lifeboat station.

A fairly mobile flock of 30+ 'commic' terns feeding between Exmouth and Dawlish Warren included at least 4, but probably several Roseate Terns. Difficult to establish a firm total as they were constantly on the move, and at times distant.

Other birders were about, so hopefully they'll post more accurate species counts later.

Also 5 Whimbrel, 7 Common Scoter and a few in-bound Swallows.

Posted May 12th, 2013 at 1:16 pm by Phil Bentley in Bird News

Topsham reed beds

Pre breakfast kayak around the reedbeds off recreational playing fields. 8 Reed warblers & 3 Reed buntings singing, 13 Swifts, not a lot else.

Posted May 12th, 2013 at 10:30 am by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Berry Hd

Good passage of 8 sum plum Great Northern Divers flying south every one over the top of the headland this morning including two over Landscove Holiday Park! 1 Whimbrel, 3 Swift, 18 Swallow, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Willow Warblers, 13 Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap and 12 chiffchaff (all on territories - including odd singing bird again).

6 Harbour Porpoise very close off the end of the headland on the high tide. 

Posted May 12th, 2013 at 9:55 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Saturday 11th May 2013

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Really very quiet. One Whimbrel on the estuary, just two Liitle Egrets on the pool and single Blackcap and Willow Warbler singing; also 12 Swallows.

Oh for a change in the weather! 

Posted May 11th, 2013 at 7:50 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Plymouth branch field meeting

4 members (all  female) braved the elements  on dartmoor at Challacombe and were rewarded with lovely views of both male and female redstart, a male cuckoo ,4 wheatear, and a grasshopper warbler was heard.  There were plenty of willow warblers around and 2 chiff chaff.  A dipper and treecreeper and 2 raven were also seen.  In total 30 different species were seen, and more importantly, we alll thoroughly enjoyed the day.   

Posted May 11th, 2013 at 7:33 pm by lesley Goonesekera in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

Single male Pochard again on Wrafton Pond this evening.

One Mute cygnet and two little Grebe chicks doing well.

Posted May 11th, 2013 at 7:23 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Topsham Recreation Ground

My reward for Exeter Saturday shopping was the adult Bonaparte's showing well and the first summer Little Gull flew in to join it.

Posted May 11th, 2013 at 7:17 pm by Steve Young in Bird News


Along beach and Ley from Memorial car park to Torcross: over the Ley 500+ Swift, 250+ House Martin 200+ Swallow 10 Sand Martin, on beach 2 Wheatear, 1 White Wagtail, 22 Sanderling 2 Dunlin.

Posted May 11th, 2013 at 6:39 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

Back on the patch this morning , just in time to witness the first Skua passage - a total of 4 Arctic's and 5 Pomarine . Also 60 Gannet, 1 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Scoter .

A total of 77 Whimbrel ( 27 flew east, 50 on the marsh/ rocks .

On South Huish marsh  2 Teal, , 1 Curlew, 1 Dunlin

Posted May 11th, 2013 at 6:07 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News


Bonaparte's and Little gull off recreational playing fields on falling tide.

Posted May 11th, 2013 at 12:20 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Berry Head.

957 Guillemots on cliffs, so not too bad numbers but more counts needed.

15 gannets, 8 swallows and my first swifts, 2. Also 5 Harbour Porpoise showing realy well, again no camera!!!!. Then a heavy shower so retired to take wife shopping!!!!! 

Posted May 11th, 2013 at 11:17 am by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News


Orcombe Point - 1 roseate tern close offshore, 6+ great northern diver, 1+ manx shearwater and 17+ dunlin plus 1 prob spot fly and a prob storm petrel both seen too briefly to be sure.

Exmouth seafront - 8+ roseate tern (Lee Collins had at least 10 from the Warren).

Mudbank - 5 scaup (drake and 4 fem) - still present at time of writing and viewable from my son's bedroom window). They were apparantly seen on the Clyst yesterday evening.

Posted May 11th, 2013 at 9:50 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Lundy Trip 2013

Well all packed (well almost) for the Lundy Trip,  wet weather gear added just in case. Planning to drive up today and use an overnight B&B and make a weekend of it.

But the weekend has started well before even leaving home have by 9am identified 16 different species around the house which included a very splendid male Bullfinch, a fly over by four Mallard and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

So that's a good omen!

Posted May 11th, 2013 at 9:20 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Friday 10th May 2013

Dartmoor: Warren Inn, Bellever, East Dartmoor

2 Wheatears,  2 Linnets, 4 Whinchats, 6 stonechats, 6 meadow pipits, 2 skylarks, Gs woodpecker, Kestrel, 3 Redstarts, 4 Willow warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs, Raven, Whitethroat ( heard) 

Posted May 10th, 2013 at 7:43 pm by Graeme Davey in Bird News


4 late pale belly brents,2bp knot this morning.Was hoping bad weather might have brought something but unusally quiet.07:15-07:30.

Posted May 10th, 2013 at 7:38 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Sightings from Prawle

4.5 seawatch in 4-5 wind just north of west produced my first 2 Storm Petrels this spring. Also singles of Bonxie, Pom and Arctic Skuas east. 6 summer-plumaged Great Northern Divers close west , 1 Diver sp east (presumably heading in the correct direction) and 2 Sandwich Terns. On the grassy slope east of the point 22 Whimbrel and 1 Bar-Tailed Godwit. At c 12.30 from the car park a small pod of 6 plus Bottle-Nosed Dolphins swam east close.

Posted May 10th, 2013 at 6:02 pm in Bird News


Bonaparte's Gull showed well off recreation ground between 1045 and 1215. 30+ Swifts over Exminster could be seen. After that a quick look at Bowling Green. Ruff, 195 Black-tailed Godwits, 6 Swift & 30+ House Martins. Also a steady passage of Swallows in small numbers. 

And 3 Cetti's Warblers which amazingly I saw two of them!! 

Posted May 10th, 2013 at 4:40 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News


Not exactly brilliant but I wasn't expecting much as too much west in the wind.

05:25-07:00; 11 Great Northern Divers (most in summer plumage), 3 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Ringed Plover, 5 Sanderling, 2 Dunlin, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Arctic Skua (dark phased chasing Kittiwakes then flew east) and 14 Kittiwake.

On the sea the drake Velvet Scoter still with two drake Common Scoters.

Posted May 10th, 2013 at 1:27 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

In less than ideal conditions this morning (strong north westerly wind making it feel more like March than May), evidence of some passage as around 20 swallows battled north along with a single swift. A single wheatear on the dung heap, 1 whitethroat singing from scrub and a green sand flushed from rough pasture. 9 skylarks singing and around 10 linnets.

Posted May 10th, 2013 at 12:05 pm in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Visited between 8.30 and 9.30. Wind still gusty and at times strong. Between the gusts a few birds sang including Cettis, willow warbler, reed warbler, sedge warbler and blackcap. On the canal were two summer plumaged great-crested grebes and a lesser black-backed gull. The gull was eating a large dead fish (carp?).

Overhead a steady passage of swifts (estimated 100+), one house martin and one swallow. Six whimbrel flew north over the estuary. Few birds on the exposed pools - one male wigeon, c50 shelduck and a brood (4) of mallard. The familiar exotics (3 bar-headed geese, 5 greylags) were joined by a single barnacle goose. A peregrine flew over. The other bird of note was a song thrush carrying food; this used to be a very common bird on the marsh but today is note worthy.

Posted May 10th, 2013 at 10:21 am by John Waldon in Bird News

Thursday 9th May 2013

Reduce speed - egg on left hand side of road!

By the side of a road in Cornwall last week.

Posted May 9th, 2013 at 9:51 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh pt.2

Stayed until 19:45 - a few minutes after Keith left the 1st-summer Little Gull appeared, followed by the adult Bonaparte's Gull in with the Black-headed Gulls.

Posted May 9th, 2013 at 9:29 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

3 more photos from N.Devon

George Mudford took these pics during the first week of May.

The Turnstone & Whimbrel at Isley Marsh & a long distance shot of a Winchat on passage.

Posted May 9th, 2013 at 9:17 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Berry Hd

Seawatching 16.20-19.20hrs 2 Roseate Terns, 2 Arctic Terns, 4 Common Terns, 4 Sandwhich Terns,131 Manx Shearwaters, 30 + Gannets 17 Kittiwake, 9 Razorbills, 2 Swift, 4-5 Harbour Porpoise really close to watch point see photos below.

Porpoises Berry Hd10 May 2013 ML1 Porpoises Berry Hd10 May 2013 ML

Posted May 9th, 2013 at 9:00 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

From the hide 17:30 till 19:10

the female ruff again, with 1 summer plumage knot, 52+ dunlin, 250+ black tailed godwits, 17 bar tailed godwits, 1 hobby over, 1 1st summer med gull, 1 female yellow wagtail, 2 oystercatchers, 55+ whimbrel, good numbers of swallows and house martins with a few swift and sand martins.

Posted May 9th, 2013 at 8:20 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Yarner wood

An early start 5:30 - 11:00 but well worth it. Plenty of Pied Flycatchers 8+ birds. Some real smart looking individuals, both the male & female. Singing Wood Warblers 7+ all over the reserve. Finally caught up with my bogey bird, spotting a pair of Common Redstarts high in the tree tops before loosing sight.

One male Mandarin duck on the pond with a Grey Wagtail along the waters edge.  

Posted May 9th, 2013 at 1:39 pm by Gareth Williams in Bird News

Berry Head

Only 326 Guillemots on cliffs at Berry Head and the bird with a egg from last count has  lost it, does not look good for the Guillemots of BH. At this time of year should be many eggs.

20 Gannets diving off the end of headland and 4 Harbour Porpoise feeding.

Posted May 9th, 2013 at 10:30 am by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Wednesday 8th May 2013

Slapton Ley

Big numbers of Swallows spread out over the ley this evening, rough estimate around 3000. Also 3-400 House Martins and 100+ Swifts.

Posted May 8th, 2013 at 9:07 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Bonaparte's Gull - Topsham Rec Ground

The adult summer Bonaparte's Gull still showing fantastically well around midday on the river just off the playing field and seen displaying and calling loudly to the nearby BH Gulls.

Posted May 8th, 2013 at 8:17 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 16:30 till 18:40

A female ruff was a new bird in showing well on the far side from the hide, the 1st summer little gull came in with 90+ black headed gulls and 1 1st summer med gull, 250+ black tailed godwits, 10+ bar tailed godwits including 2 in summer plumage, 3 common tern came in, 8+ whimbrel, 7 wigeon, 2 little grebes and 1 willow warbler 

Posted May 8th, 2013 at 7:30 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Sharkham Point

Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler x 2, and a Grasshopper Warbler present today

Posted May 8th, 2013 at 3:36 pm by Josh Marshall in Bird News

Drewsteignton - Red Kite

Nick Dixon phoned to say he'd seen a Red Kite NE of the village around 09:00 this morning which drifted around for a while and then quartered low over an oil seed rape field before gradually moving off South.

Posted May 8th, 2013 at 2:08 pm in Bird News

Black Stork 6th May

I also saw a Black Stork on the 6th May near Marshwood, Dorset.  Seen from bedroom window at eye height the bird was drifting down looking like it would land, passed the house and turned and landed in the field opposite. Went out to locate it, only to find the horses were being called in and it had been disturbed, but I spotted flying from the coppice along the stream and over county border in to Devon, last seen heading over Hawkchurch 6.45 pm.

Posted May 8th, 2013 at 10:45 am by neil croton in Bird News

Around the Axe

Nice Wood Sandpiper on Black Hole Marsh this morning alongside 3 Greenshank. After a few mins the Wood Sand flew south, but about 15 mins later I could hear it calling again.

Earlier, an hour's seawatch from 05:30 was disappointing with 6 Gannet, 10 Whimbrel, 10 Dunlin, 12 auk sp., 9 Kittiwake, 3 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern and 1 Med Gull (1st summer) over it, with the drake Velvet Scoter and 3 Common Scoters on it. 

To top the morning off, just had a single Sanderling on the beach.

Posted May 8th, 2013 at 10:06 am by Steve Waite in Bird News

Orcombe Point/Exmouth Seafront - 7th May

About 10 Common Terns, 2 Sandwich terns, 1 Arctic tern and 1 Roseate tern (presumably the bird from earlier in the day) feeding at the far end of Exmouth seafront up to Orcombe Point over the evening high tide. Other than 3 Kittiwakes through, nothing moving up channel.

At the end of Dawlish Warren, 13 Whimbrel, c10 Sanderling and c120 Dunlin.

Posted May 8th, 2013 at 8:18 am in Bird News

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