Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 1st–7th September 2013

2020 Records request

If you saw any of the records below please submit a description to the County Recorder to ensure they make the official record. Many thanks.

·         Bee-eater 03-Aug Wistlandpound Res

·         Caspian Gull 15-Apr Fremington Pill

·         Caspian Gull 14- Sep Powderham

·         Crane [3] 22-Mar Milton Abbot

·         Crane [2] 24-Jun nr Ottery

·         Glossy Ibis 20-Jun South Efford Marsh

·         Glossy Ibis  02-Nov Seaton Marshes

·         Golden Oriole 07-Apr Fremington Pill

·         Golden Oriole 28-May Weston Mill

·         Golden Oriole [2] 23-Jun Bolt Head

·         Greenland WF Goose 20-Dec Roadford




·         Green-winged Teal Nov/Dec Exe Estuary

·         Grey Partridge 13-May Bishops Tawton

·         Grey Partridge 12-Nov Exminster Marshes

·         Leach's Petrel 30- Sep Labrador Bay

·          Leach's Petrel 31-Oct Sidmouth

·        Long-tailed Skua 04-Jul Dawlish Warren

·         Montagu's Harrier 17-May West Dart River

·         Ring-necked Duck Jan/Feb Meeth

·         Spotted Crake 09-Apr East Down

·        Stone-curlew [2] 22-Sep South Huish



Posted June 18th at 11:40 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News


In the light of the continuing Covid19 restrictions on the number of people gathering together, and the need for social distancing, it has been agreed that there will be no Devon Birds meetings or events organised until 19th July 2021, when Government restrictions are planned to be lifted. If there is any Government announcement that necessitates a change to this date an update will be posted.

Posted April 16th at 11:17 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News

Think before you post...!


Please think very carefully before posting any information on scarce or rare breeding species both here and elsewhere online.

A list of ‘at risk’ species in the county can be found here. Please note that Wood Warbler should now also be treated as on the list. All species included need to be protected - many receive full legal protection under Schedule 1 and/or are rare in the county and may be vulnerable to persecution/disturbance. It is an offence to intentionally disturb any of the Schedule 1 species during the breeding season without a valid licence. This also applies to anyone taking photographs of these species at or near the nest or whilst feeding dependant young.

Some species may be found breeding at numerous locations however please keep information on these species limited to well-known sites (e.g. Labrador Bay for Cirl Bunting, Aylesbeare Common for Dartford Warbler). Others may be found as obvious migrants and as such can also be posted eg coastal Ring Ouzel and passage waders, or raptors eg Little Ringed PloverRed Kite or Marsh Harrier.

If you have any doubts and think there is a chance there may be breeding, either because of the habitat or behaviour of the bird(s) then do not post, but please submit your records to the County Recorder and the RSPB.

Please be aware that egg collecting and other forms of persecution remain very real hazards for some of Devon’s birds.

Posts which breach these guidelines are likely to be not admitted / removed althogether, rather than edited.  


Posted March 15th at 11:56 am by Mike Langman in Bird News


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Saturday 7th September 2013

Teign Estuary

Bundle Head (07.00-09.00): 30+ Chiffchaff, 20+ Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 12 Meadow Pipit, 4 Grey Wagtail and 1 Whinchat.

Flow Point (10:00-11:15): 30 Dunlin, 18 Ringed Plover, 3 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel and 1 Wheatear.

Posted September 7th, 2013 at 9:03 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News


This afternoon my carer (thanks Sue!), kindly took me to Powderham to let me look for Ospreys. No luck with them (but as it was raining most of the time I didn't blame them), but 1 nice juv Black tern, a juv Common Tern, 2 Green Sandpipers (flew out from the park and back again), and a limpy Spotted Redshank.

Posted September 7th, 2013 at 8:34 pm by Pat Mayer in Bird News


Orcombe Point - 2 visits today, the first with Derek Carter - 6+ phyllosc sp, 28+ meadow pipit, 5+ yellow wagtail, 1 curlew, 6+ chiffchaff, 5 grey wagtail, c20+ swallow, 2+ sand martin, 3+ whitethroat, 2+ tree pipit, 4+ wheatear, 1 willow warbler, 2 whinchat, 3+ blackcap, 1 juv/fw yellow-legged gull and 1 sparrowhawk.

Yesterday - 2 tree pipit, 3 whinchat, 4 wheatear and 1+ sedge warbler on Orcombe and off Mudbank @ 0715 - 1 little tern, 1 black tern and 2 mediterranean gull.


juv whinchat - 6/9
juv whinchat - 6/9

vestal  - an immigrant moth species
vestal - an immigrant moth species

Posted September 7th, 2013 at 7:59 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Wembury Woods and River Yealm Viewing point

Heard all about the Osprey sighted down at steer point so I went to try and find it .  When I arrived down at the rivers edge there were 10+ Little Egret , 5+ Mute Swan , 30+ Black Headed Gull , 4+ Curlew. Nothing else was seen for a while so i walked down a bit further with Steer point running parrallel to me on the other side of the river and was finally succesful with a brief view of an osprey flying up the mouth of the estuary. I reccomend a good pair of binoculars and possibly a scope if you want to see it.

Posted September 7th, 2013 at 6:17 pm by Matt Clark in Bird News

East Soar, Start Point & Beesands

Richard Thomas at East Soar early am: 70+ yellow wagtail, 30+ alba wagtail - mainly white, 4 tree pipit, 7 wheatear, 3 whinchat, 30 whitethroat, 10 blackcap, 4 willow warbler, 30 chiffchaff, 2 spotted flycatcher & a sedge warbler.

Later at Start with RM, wryneck showing well below Start Farm. Also 22 wheatear, 5 whinchat, 4 spotted flycatcher and a clouded yellow.

At Beesands 40 sand martin over the ley & 23 gadwall on the ley.

Posted September 7th, 2013 at 5:11 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

South Efford Marsh

3.30 pm  2 Egyptian Geese, 6 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Kingfisher.

Posted September 7th, 2013 at 4:57 pm by Roger White in Bird News


At about 1pm on the exposed mud just inside the Otter estuary;  very mobile and moving in and out of the channels,

1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Dunlin and 8 Ringed Plover

Posted September 7th, 2013 at 3:12 pm by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 07:00 till 11:20

a very good morning on the marsh 5 little stint, 7+ curlew sandpiper, an osprey on the usual post, 200+dunlin, 1 ruff first thing, 1 knot, 1adult spotted redshank 24+ greenshank, 13+ little egrets, 1 green sandpiper along with the usual redshank, curlew and black tailed godwits, 2 bar tailed godwits and 4+ whimbrel, 1 cetti's warbler 

great views of 2 ospreys from the viewing platform and a peregrine taking a dunlin, also 2 common sandpipers 

Posted September 7th, 2013 at 2:47 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Platform at Topsham

It was all happening at the platform as the tide was going out today at midday, plenty of waders, Spotted Redshank, Red and Greenshanks, Godwits, Curlews,Curlew Sandpipers, Little Stints,Dunlin and lots of Little Egrets, Kingfisher and Yellow Wag heard but not seen. To add to the excitement 2 Osprey and a Peregrine Falcon took out what we thought was a Dunlin.

Peregrine Falcon with prey, poss a Dunlin?
Peregrine Falcon with prey, poss a Dunlin?


Posted September 7th, 2013 at 2:23 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Osprey at Yealmpton

Osprey on passage on Yealm

I contacted Roy Dennis regarding information on this Osprey, He confirmed the following.

This bird was reported to Roy Dennis MBE from the Highland Foundation for Wildlife on 25th August.

It was ringed when young by Roger Broad in Argyllshire near Loch Awe on 27/06/2013.

Photographed by me on 01.09.13 Steer Point.Taken from a distance and cropped.


Copyright steve waterhouse .© .

Osprey on passage.01
Osprey on passage.01

Osprey on passage.02
Osprey on passage.02

Osprey on passage.03
Osprey on passage.03

Posted September 7th, 2013 at 8:51 am by Steve Waterhouse in Bird News

Friday 6th September 2013

Exe Est., near Powderham

Two different Ospreys (one flew into Powderham and the other fishing @13:00) and 2 Black Terns (ad & juv) on estuary.

Posted September 6th, 2013 at 8:23 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

R.Taw off Pottington Ind.Est.


15 Black-tailed Godwits, 2Bar-tailed Godwits, 10 Knot, 37 Dunlin, 2 Curlew Sandpipers and 1 Little Stint.

Bradiford Reserve:- 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 8 Teal, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Moorhen and 3 Mallard. 

Posted September 6th, 2013 at 3:57 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime today until about 1.55pm. On arrival an Osprey was sat on the usual post, but flew off moments later only to arrive back on the post after about 10 minutes tucking into a fish. 3 Little Stints showing well. On the way back to my car towards to the top of the lane was a Treecreeper in amongst a mixed tit flock.

Posted September 6th, 2013 at 2:19 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Otter Valley, Budleigh Salterton, East Devon

Wryneck briefly seen for all of 3 seconds as it sat on branch of dead tree at 10.05am.  I waited around for hour but no further sightings.  Bird seen 300 yards south of electric fence and large fallen tree trunk on path running north from South Farm Road on west side of valley.  Other birds present: Spotted Flycatcher, several Whitethroats, Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, Cettis Warbler and House Martins.

Posted September 6th, 2013 at 12:44 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Beer Head

Beer Head this morning; 20 Yellow Wag (1 cracking ad male), 18 Chiffchaff, 12 Blackcap, 10 Wheatear, 10 Meadow Pipit, 5 Whitethroat, 4 Spot Fly, 2 Redstart (male and fem together), 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler and 1 Whinchat.

It's looking good for the East Devon Branch walk/bird watch up here a week on Monday. If you've never been to Beer Head why don't you come along and I can show you where the hot spots are. Details HERE.

Earlier at Black Hole Marsh 4 Curlew Sand, 2 LRP and the Little Stint.

Posted September 6th, 2013 at 11:31 am by Steve Waite in Bird News

Plym Estuary

In Pete's absence I took a stroll around the top of the Plym at high tide yesterday. Grey Heron 17, Little Egret 12, Curlew 39, Redshank 94, Greenshank 2, Dunlin 1 & C Sand 1. 

Posted September 6th, 2013 at 9:05 am by Steve Cox in Bird News

Thursday 5th September 2013

East Prawle

Another gloriously sunny day ,after the misty start, produced 1 Garden Warbler, 6 Spotted Flycatchers,16 Whitethroats, 12 Blackcaps (evenly split males and females) , 11 Willow Warblers and 2 Chiffchaffs and at least 25 Yellow Wagtails ,and 1 Wheatear. A steady passage of hirundines and to sea at least 6 Harbour Porpoises feeding until the speedboat passed by.

Posted September 5th, 2013 at 8:58 pm in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

Charleton Marsh / Bay ( 17:30-19:00, high tide ).

On the marsh 10+ Teal and 7 Black-tailed Godwits. Out on the estuary Curlew Sandpiper, 5 Dunlin and 15 Ringed Plover. 3 or 4 adult Med Gulls amongst the Black-headed. Walking back up the marsh and a adult female Marsh Harrier put in a show.                                                                                                    Back home in West Charleton just been outside to empty the trash and a Sandwich Tern calling as it passed over in the dark, unusual this far back from the estuary.



Posted September 5th, 2013 at 8:55 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

East Soar - Dotterel

Just thought would let you know details of Dotterel found today at east Soar. Had bird flying west calling at 0830 over area of middle hedge/barns by small reedbed. Then circled around middle soar and dropped in area of airfield/car park at entrance to soar farm. Had a search of suitable fields but couldn't relocate. 
Also had upto 40 yellow wag in cattle fields,3 gr wag around reedbed pool. 20 pied wag,15 meadow pipit,4 tree pipit.
2 spot fly,20 whitethroat,10 blackcap,2 sedge warbler,1 reed warbler,25 chiffchaff,10 willow warbler.

Pete Sofley

Posted September 5th, 2013 at 8:52 pm by Josh Marshall in Bird News

Puslinch, Yealmpton

 This and this with 400+ Canada Geese this morning.  The Barnacle looked real!  Also 10 Greenshanks, 25+ Little Egrets and a Kingfisher. 

It's white!
It's white!

Barnacle Goose
Barnacle Goose

Posted September 5th, 2013 at 8:09 pm in Bird News


Osprey, three Hobbies and a Silverwashed Fritillary before morning tea break today !!

Posted September 5th, 2013 at 8:01 pm by Gerry H. in Bird News

East Soar

An unsuccesful search for the reported Dotterel on Bird Guides but we did turn up a few migrants in the shape of 28 yellow wagtails, 9 whinchats, 6 wheatears, 5 whitethroats & 4 willow warblers. One painted lady.

In the harbour at least 21 Med Gulls but very hard to get a conclusive count amongst the many black-headed gulls & kittiwakes all feeding hard.

Posted September 5th, 2013 at 7:26 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

  At 08.35 this morning Bob B found an AQUATIC WARBLER in the sedge/reeds by the footbridge at the coastal end of South Milton Ley. Also in the reeds at least 3 Sedge and 1 Reed Warblers. As usual the bird was very elusive and only gave brief views over the next 3.5 hours. It was so elusive even Alan Doidge could not get a record shot !

 This continues the remarkable series of records ,  of this now very scarce bird , in recent years at this site.

Posted September 5th, 2013 at 6:35 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime today until 2 o'clock - the Little Stint was creeping about in the reeds at the back. Just one Ruff today.

Posted September 5th, 2013 at 2:26 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

OSPREY Yealm Estuary 04/09

It was showing well at 15.25 and then again seen hunting at 16.40 at steer point. My first ever sighting of one and i got a few nice photo's. :-)

Posted September 5th, 2013 at 12:09 am by Rich Edmondson in Bird News

Wednesday 4th September 2013

Teign Estuary

The juvenile Little Stint was again at Flow Point early evening along with 23 Dunlin and 20 Ringed Plover.

Posted September 4th, 2013 at 10:15 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:25 till 19:30

at least 11+ curlew sandpipers in with 300+ dunlin, the spoonbill again, 56+ little egrets, a juv little stint, 2 ruff, 2 spotted redshank ( adult & juv), 1green sandpiper, 6+ knot, 19 ringed plover, 3 med gulls among 400+ black headed gulls, 5 whimbrel, 5 shoveler, 2 bar tailed godwits, 340+ black tailed godwits, 32+ greenshanks, 260+ redshanks, 2 snipe, a sparrowhawk made 3 attacks causing lots of panic among wade roosting birds. 

Posted September 4th, 2013 at 10:13 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Sth Milton. S Devon

early evening Honey Buzzard, East at 1845hrs this evening was a total suprise!  camera in bag, hands full of washing event...

Posted September 4th, 2013 at 9:13 pm by Alan Doidge in Bird News

Black Hole

Plenty of waders about at mid-day, saw 15 Curlew sands (and there could have been more) 1 Little Stint, 2 LRP 1 Turnstone, 1 Godwit, 2 Greensands, and plenty of Common Sands, Ringed Plovers and Dunlin.

Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper

Little Stint
Little Stint

Posted September 4th, 2013 at 6:41 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Plym Estuary

Little gull juv/1st winter 1440  this afternoon with Russ Eynon.

Posted September 4th, 2013 at 5:46 pm by Charlie Imms in Bird News

R.Taw - Taw Bridge to Ashford sewage works.

14:15 Taw Bridge - 3 Little Egrets; 5 Bar-tailed Godwits; 19 young Shelducks & 1 Peregrine that saw them all off. Peregrine flew off up river under the bridge.

Brdiford Reserve 14:30 -  2 Lapwing; 10 Teal; 2 Green Sandpiper; 1 male Kingfisher fishing from the cattle fence. Bird carried a metal I/d ring on right leg. One of Jon's maybe? 1 Buzzard on fence up by main road; 3 Mallard & 3 Moorhen. All viewed from the Tarka Trail.

15:30 Mid-river just off Ashford sewage works was our old Spanish Spoonbill friend "FJ9" plus 1 more Bar-tailed Godwit.

Posted September 4th, 2013 at 4:42 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News


Juv Osprey prospecting over the river at midday, last seen appearing to head away high and west.

Posted September 4th, 2013 at 4:21 pm in Bird News

Berry Hd

Seawatching 0700-1000hrs: Balearic Shearwater 8 >N & 44 >S, Manx Shearwater 136 >N & 394 >S, Great Skua 1 >N & 3 >S Arctic Skua 4 >S, Common Scoter 16 >N & 5 >S, Kittiwake 9, Fulmar 6, Gannet 80+ mainly >S, Razorbill 3 rarest of all Tufted Duck 1 >S! Also a minimum of 14 Harbour Porpoise offshore (the most I have ever seen at BH).

Around the headland: 16 Chiffchaff, 7 Willow Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 4 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Tree Pipit, 3 Blackcap, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 'Alba' Wagtails and 1 Hummingbird Hawkmoth. 

Posted September 4th, 2013 at 3:07 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Around the Exe

Powderham: 3 Black terns (and Ian P) where the Kenn meets the Exe between 9 and 9.30 a.m.

Cockwood: Slav grebe as usual.

Dawlish warren: Generally quiet - usual waders plus Garden warbler, 5 Whitethroat, Blackcap and Yellow Wag (heard only). Around 10 Sandwich Terns offshore.

Bowling Green Marsh: Despite being low tide, from the viewing platform 3 Curlew Sands, 3 Spotted Redshanks and 2 Greenshanks. From the hide the Little Stint still.



Posted September 4th, 2013 at 2:51 pm in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

2 Ruff from the hide still this lunchtime (until 1.45). On a quick visit to the platform I picked out 1 Curlew Sandpiper amongst the Dunlin and Redshanks.

Posted September 4th, 2013 at 2:28 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Dotterel on Dartmoor

Rob Lennox found this Dotterel yesterday on the south side of Three Barrows at Ugborough Moor, Dartmoor. Grid ref: SX654624.

Thanks to Doug Stannard for getting this record to me.


Posted September 4th, 2013 at 1:07 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Soar Mill - late news

The below is courtesy of Darran Rickards:

Soar Mill Cove Sunday 1st September 06.30-08.45


Plenty of common migrants the best of which were a Sedge Warbler and Spotted Flycatcher


Gannet - 250+, Balearic Shearwater- 23, Manxie - 1, Arctic Skua – 2, Bonxie – 4, Sandwich Tern – 1, Fulmar – 6, Harbour Porpoise - c10 in 1 feeding group, Basking Shark – 2, Minke Whale- 1 (E) 07:17.

Salcombe Estuary mouth 1st September 3pm

Med Gull – c60 mainly adults, a few 2nd w and 1 1st w

Posted September 4th, 2013 at 12:57 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Around the Axe

Much the same at Black Hole Marsh first thing this morning, with 11 Curlew Sands, 1 Little Stint, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Turnstone.

At Beer Head mostly quiet except for one patch of bushes which held 3 Spot Flies, 3 Garden Warbler, 3 Whitethroat and 8+ Blackcap. Overheard singles of Greenshank and Grey Wagtail.

Posted September 4th, 2013 at 12:01 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Tuesday 3rd September 2013

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 17:00 till 19:10

a juv little stint again showed well, the spoonbill dropped in again, an increase in dunlin(250+) included 8+ curlew sandpipers, 2 ruff, 2 spotted redshanks(1adult, 1 juv), 14+ ringed plover, 11+ knot, 24+ greenshanks, 4+ whimbrel, 63+ little egrets, 2 bar tailed godwits good numbers of curlew, black tailed godwits, redshanks, 23+ lapwing, 1 green sandpiper, 1 kingfisher heard not seen,96+ wigeon, 3 tufted duck, 4 shoveler.

Posted September 3rd, 2013 at 9:49 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

R.Taw off Pottington Ind.Est.


4 Bar-tailed Godwits; 3 Redshank; 1 Common Sandpiper; 1 adult Mediterranean Gull; 17 Little Egrets & 9 Grey Herons.

Bradiford Reserve:- 1 Green Sandpiper & 6 Teal. 1 Buzzard harassed by Crow. C150 Swallows over the reed bed & on the wire fences.

Posted September 3rd, 2013 at 4:27 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Axe Estuary

Still several Curlew Sandpipers on Black Hole Marsh, which were yesterday joined by a juv Little Stint and two juv Spotted Redshank

Today, three Knot on the Estuary are new in.

Posted September 3rd, 2013 at 11:54 am by Steve Waite in Bird News

Berry Head

Cool grey overcast morning with light wind. Seawatching 0750-0920 produced less Manx Shearwater feeding numbers than yesterday (total 5-600) but some south-moving groups came closer, accompanied by at least 30 Balearic Shearwaters . 6 Great Skuas also flew south.

Posted September 3rd, 2013 at 10:30 am in Bird News

Monday 2nd September 2013


36 Mediterranean gulls, 30 adult, 5ss, Fs, @13.45-16.20hrs

Skern-juv Little stint, @ 17.00hrs

Posted September 2nd, 2013 at 10:11 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News



35 Mediterranean gulls, 4 with green rings on, got 3 of them.

Posted September 2nd, 2013 at 10:06 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 15:15 till 18:40

the spoonbill dropped in again and quickly Went to sleep, a different juv little stint from yesterday  showed well, 3 curlew sandpiper 2 adults and a juv, 2 ruff ( 1f, 1 juv), 1 adult spotted redshank, 240+ dunlin, 30+ greenshanks, 250+ redshanks, 44+ little egrets, 9+ ringed plover, 110+ wigeon, 2 bar tailed godwit, 300+ black tailed godwits, 4 whimbrel, 200+ curlew, 2 shoveler. 

Posted September 2nd, 2013 at 8:24 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Dartmoor Cuckoo TV prog tonight

See Society News page or Tweets for full details

Posted September 2nd, 2013 at 3:39 pm in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Wheatear numbers still low with just 5 trhis morning but 5 Whinchats with them was the best for 2 years. Also Whitethroat and 18 Stock Doves

Posted September 2nd, 2013 at 3:21 pm in Bird News

East Soar to Soar Mill Cove

Glorious morning but fairly quiet with 2 green woopeckers, 20 yellow wagtails, 6 wheatears on the Warren, 20 whitethroats, 16 chiffchaffs & 4 willow warblers.

Posted September 2nd, 2013 at 2:59 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Berry Head am

A bright clear morning with light NW wind. Sea calm, with a lot of glare. A seawatch 0830-0930 produced some big feeding flocks of shearwaters in the distance ,up to probably 1000 Manx, with one or two Balearic among them. One Arctic Skua south was the only other seabird of note. Overhead ,Tree Pipit, Yellow Wagtail and a few Swallows moving. A variety of butterflies included 2 Painted Lady.  

Posted September 2nd, 2013 at 12:57 pm in Bird News

Sunday 1st September 2013

Plym estuary

Not much to add to Mr. Aleys' post, but a Garden Warbler behind the sewage works was a very welcome addition to the patch list.

Posted September 1st, 2013 at 10:37 pm by Roy McCarthy in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 16:45 till 18:10 from the hide 

after a great week in Rome it was good  to get back to local patch be it brief, the spoonbill spent most of its time a sleep, whilst a juv little stint was very active showing well, 2 curlew sandpiper( 1 adult, 1 juv) were in with 120+ dunlin, 2 spotted redshanks( 1 adult, 1 juv ), 1 ruff, 60+ wigeon, 30+ greenshanks, 4 ringed plover(2 adult, 2 juv), 40+ little egrets, good numbers of redshank and black tailed godwits, 1 sedge warbler. 


Posted September 1st, 2013 at 9:22 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Black Hole Marsh

Good numbers of juvenile Curlew Sandpipers (at least 10) and one juvenile Turnstone present today.

Posted September 1st, 2013 at 7:24 pm by Alick Simmons in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A visit on this afternoon's rising tide produced a few odds 'n' ends.

Three Whichats and a Dipper topped the billing; also - Common Sandpiper (2), Grey Heron (12), Curlew (still @39), Redshank (up to 82), Greenshank (2), and Clouded Yellow (3).

Posted September 1st, 2013 at 6:12 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh and Platform

A good day today with a Little Stint showing well from the hide. Also Common Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, Peregrine. From the platform we saw an Osprey being mobbed by a gull, approx 150 Redshank mixed with Dunlin and a Greenshank. Was hoping to get a better look at the Osprey to see if it was ringed but it was too far and too brief. If anyone else sees it can they post its leg ring colour.

Posted September 1st, 2013 at 3:55 pm by Steph Murphy in Bird News

Brixham pelagic 31st August

A few more pictures from last nights short pelagic.

Manx shearwater flock
Manx shearwater flock

Arctic skua chasing imm. kittiwake
Arctic skua chasing imm. kittiwake

Arctic skua
Arctic skua

Posted September 1st, 2013 at 1:05 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News


Orcombe Point - 0645 - 0930 and 1545 - 5 mediterranean gull, 1 lesser black-backed gull, 7+ phyllosc sp, 3+ willow warbler, 5+ chiffchaff, 1 grey heron, c10/20+ swallow, 2+ house martin and 1+ late swift. Also 18 yellow wagtail, 2 meadow pipit, 2 spotted flycatcher, 4 tree pipit, 2 wheatear, 2 starling, 6 grey wagtail, 1+ alba wagtail, 2 whitethroat, 1 sedge warbler, 2+ blackcap, 1 whinchat and best of all a marsh harrier which headed northeast. A big thank you to Lee Collins who phoned from the Warren to tell me about the harrier. It was directly overhead when he phoned and I reckon I'd have missed it otherwise! My only other record on Orcombe was of a female or juv that headed out to sea early on the morning of October 2nd 2011.

Belle Vue Rd - 1115 - the osprey again, distantly off Powderham corner.

Mudbank - oddly good for waders this afternoon. I can only assume there is disturbance on other parts of the estuary - 4 redshank, 1 black-tailed godwit, 1 snipe, 26+ dunlin, 1 juv curlew sandpiper, 60+ ringed plover (including a flock of 45 high north), 1 turnstone, 68+ wigeon, 3 pintail, 4 mediterranean gull, 4 common gull, 1 grey wagtail, 1 yellow wagtail, 1 wheatear and a clouded yellow butterfly.

marsh harrier (presumed juv) - only my second on Orcombe
marsh harrier (presumed juv) - only my second on Orcombe

spotted flycatcher - scarce on Orcombe
spotted flycatcher - scarce on Orcombe

Posted September 1st, 2013 at 10:27 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Dartmouth Ospreys.

My daughter, Martha, reported two Osprey over Dartmouth during the Regatta on Friday 30th just before the Red Arrows put on their display! The Osprey were being mobbed by several very vocal Herring Gulls.

Posted September 1st, 2013 at 8:50 am by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Lyme bay Pelagic

A good range of species on last night's trip: 10+ Great Skuas, 8+ Arctic Skuas, 100+ Balearic Shearwaters, hundreds of feeding Manx Shearwaters, 2 Fulmar, 12 Guillemots, 15+ Kittiwake, 1 Common Tern. Being able to motor right into the feeding areas was a fantastic experience, unfortunately the natural food sources (and plenty of it by the numbers of birds out there) meant the chumming only really attracted hundreds of mostly Herring Gulls with a couple of Balearics investigating.

Next week's trip if fully booked but there are still places left on the 14th Sept - potentially the best period for seabirds! See link below for booking details..


Posted September 1st, 2013 at 7:58 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

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