Devon Bird Sightings from 15th–21st September 2013

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Saturday 21st September 2013

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 07:45 till 12:05

The lesser yellowlegs showed well at times from 10:50 till 11:54 before flying off towsrds darts farm, only 1 little stint and 3+ curlew sandpiper among 300+ dunlin, 12+ knot, 9+ ringed plover, 30+ greenshanks, 3 whimbrel, good numbers of black tailed godwits, curlew, bar tailed godwits, and redshanks, 18+ little egrets, 2 Cetti's warblers. 

We searched for the lesser yellowlegs and found it briefly on the river clyst between tremletts and the bridge pub with a common sandpiper and a greenshank. 

 

Posted September 21st, 2013 at 8:27 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

River Exe

Pleasant boat trip this afternoon, 4-5 Arctic Terns and several Common Terns mid-river off Powderham, several flocks of Wigeon totalling over 100 birds and a flock of 80+ Teal.

Easterly winds from tomorrow.............

Posted September 21st, 2013 at 6:49 pm by David Cope in General Birding

ring necked parakeet

a very noisy ring necked parakeet going from the trees to the houses opposite side of river ,going back and forth until it was mobbed by two magpies at wierfields exeter,lost sight of it as it flew off in the direction of double locks..

Posted September 21st, 2013 at 6:02 pm by gray clements in General Birding

Soar and South Huish

Spent from first thing until early afternoon (initially with Steve Young and his son James) hoping for the fog and intermitent rain to clear but it didn't. Managed to see 2 Whinchats, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 4 Grey Wagtails and a Tree Pipit.

Dropped down to South Huish where at least you could see something: Dunlin (2), Swallow (c60), Snipe, Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear, Sedge Warbler and a Peregrine buzzing the marsh. 

I've had better days!

Posted September 21st, 2013 at 5:25 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

River Caen/River Taw

1300-1545 15 Greenshank on horsey island. On the taw 1 Comic tern and 1 Black tern also 1 spoonbill. A Marsh harrier was watched for 20 mins by Chivenor( female) Also 2 Buzzard, 1Sparrowhawk 1 kestrel.

Posted September 21st, 2013 at 4:35 pm by John Hunt in General Birding

Teignmouth

The adult Bonaparte's Gull still early this morning 100 yards north of the pier, stood on a groyne just 20 yards offshore.

Posted September 21st, 2013 at 10:59 am by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Friday 20th September 2013

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 17:30 till 19:35

the Lesser Yellowlegs dropped in again at 19:00 and was still present when I left feeding in the left hand corner, also 2 little stint, and 7+ curlew sandpipers, 3 spotted redshanks(2juv, 1 adult), 41+ bar tailed godwits, 37+ greenshanks, 3 whimbrel, 14+ knot, 6+ ringed plover good numbers of black tailed godwits and curlew another good evening on the marsh.

Posted September 20th, 2013 at 9:13 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Grey Phalarope - Taw Estuary

After a phone call from Maurice I was on my bike down the Tarka trail like a Bolt on wheels!

The spring tide was coming in fast with no time to waste.

Fortunately the bird was still there - what a beauty.




Posted September 20th, 2013 at 8:30 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Maristow Quay, Tavy Estuary

An Osprey, probably a juvenile, flew up the estuary at 1220 today

20th Sept, and appeared to be coming down into trees north of Lopwell Da.

Posted September 20th, 2013 at 8:13 pm by roger smaldon in General Birding

Soar

Soar, 08:20-17:30 ( Malborough- Furzedown, Hgr. Soar, Warren, E. Soar etc. )

6 Ringed Plover ( ploughed field behind mid Soar House ), 25 Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Tree Pipit, 1000+ Meadow Pipit most headed west through day though some grounded, 4 Grey Wagtail, of 10 alba wagtails in the field opposite the cafe late afternoon 8 were White's, 10 Yellow Wagtails, couple hundred Swallows west through day, 4 Whinchat, 7 Wheatear, 5 Blackcap, 8 Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat ( Starehole Valley ), Sedge Warbler, 15 Chiifchaff, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 63 Starling ( single flock Hgr. Soar Farm ) and one Siskin.

Posted September 20th, 2013 at 7:38 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Plym Estuary

Two adult Arctic Terns lingering on the estuary just above Laira Bridge, this evening, occasionally sitting on the buoys (first seen from my house). Also in the vicinity,3 Common Sandpipers, a Kingfisher, a Raven and a juv Ringed Plover.  

Posted September 20th, 2013 at 7:17 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

R.Taw from Taw Bridge to Bradiford Reserve.

13:50. Peregrine just below Taw Bridge. Flew off, up over Sticklepath Hill.

14:05. 23 Bar-tailed Godwits just off Pottington Ind.Est.

15:00. Grey Phalarope appeared just off Bradiford Reserve. Observed feeding in the shallow water at low tide approx 30 yards off the Tarka Trail. Was still there when I left at 15:30.

 

Posted September 20th, 2013 at 4:23 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

BGM

Good numbers of curlew, redshank, greenshanks, blackwits and barwits. Highlights included 5 curlew sandpiper, 2 spotted redshank, a little stint and good views of the lesser yellowlegs before it flew towards Dart's farm at 10:10.

Posted September 20th, 2013 at 3:20 pm by Simon Bates in General Birding

OTTER KINGFISHER

Whilst walking on side of River Otter, just south of the town bridge, twice had clear sight of kingfisher.  Good to see they are still around the area.

Posted September 20th, 2013 at 1:44 pm by Geoff Green in General Birding

Merlin - NT Baggy Point

1 Merlin showing an interest in a small flock of Meadow Pipits early this morning - close views but in flight only.

Also 3 Wheatear & the Stonechat numbers have increased after a good breeding season.

Posted September 20th, 2013 at 11:59 am by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Thursday 19th September 2013

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 17:30 till 19:30

the highlight was the appearance of the lesser yellowlegs around 18:46 it showed well for 10 minutes and then vanished again this is a first for bowling green marsh( was reported on RBA this morning anyone with any info on this mornings sighting I would be interested for the sites records) 

the evening had already been good with a juv Garganey showing well at times, 1 juv little stint, 5+ curlew sandpiper and 3 spotted redshanks ( 2 juv , 1 adult), 5 ringed plover, 12+knot, 32+ bar tailed godwit, good numbers of curlew, black tailed godwits, 26+ greenshanks, 3 whimbrel

 

Posted September 19th, 2013 at 9:13 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Prawle Point

A long 8.5 hour seawatch , with Frank S. and John L., from 7am , in WSW 3 ,going up to 5 moving to SW and then NW , with mizzle and rain , produced  :

8 Sooty Shearwaters, 96 Balearic Shearwaters, 39 Manxies,53 Razorbills , 3 Common Scoter and 1 Puffin  , with just the one dark phase Arctic Skua ,all west.

Posted September 19th, 2013 at 8:22 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

  A day of 2 birds and very little else .

At 10.35 picked up an Auk flying east about 200 yds off the flats at T'stone beach- soon became evident this was  a 1st winter Black Guillemot , a patch life tick for me .

Late afternoon - 17. 15 a Little Tern flew into the Bay and spent 30 mins feeding close inshore , also sat on the beach until disturbed .

Posted September 19th, 2013 at 7:33 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatching 11.00am - 2.30pm with PA.

Gannets, Kittiwakes & Terns feeding off the headland attracted a number skuas including at least 9 Arctic and 8 Great Skua, also a single Sooty Shearwater, 18 Balearic & 7 Manx Shearwater. 30+ Common Tern, 4 Arctic Tern, 1 Black Tern and one Tern sp. 

Posted September 19th, 2013 at 7:18 pm by Bill Macdonald in General Birding

Sparrowhawk - Fishermens Huts

This time not a Peregrine making a kill on a small high tide roost but a small wader was killed.

When the Sparrowhawk flew away with the prey item it was a very small wader indeed & could possibly have been a Little Stint but I do hope it was a Dunlin!




Posted September 19th, 2013 at 2:51 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Spoonbills - RSPB Isley Marsh Reserve

2 Ringed Spoonbills at Isley Marsh.

FJ9 the Spanish Bird ringed as a nestling 09/04/2007 &

the other ringed in the Netherlands 10/06/2007.

Thank you George for the photos which he took yesterday.



Posted September 19th, 2013 at 12:51 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Bonapartes Gull Teignmouth

Still showing well this morning at the north end of the beach off the Lido

Posted September 19th, 2013 at 10:49 am by David Cope in General Birding

Wednesday 18th September 2013

Stafford Marsh (Axe Estuary)

A couple of pics of the Spotted Crake which was showing intermittently from the Field Studies Base hide. It would typically show for about 30 secs before disappearing again for an hour or so, but when it did show it was rather close:



Posted September 18th, 2013 at 11:06 pm by Tim White in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 16:30 till 18:30

1 juv little stint, 8+ curlew sandpiper in with 325+ dunlin, 18+ knot, 532+ curlew, 3 whimbrel, 31+ bar tailed godwit, 560+ black tailed godwit, 20+ ringed plover, 32+ greenshanks, 270+ redshank, 3 spotted redshanks ( 1 adult , 2 juv), 62+ wigeon, 80+ teal, 7+ shoveler. 

Posted September 18th, 2013 at 10:13 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Lesser Yellowlegs at Topsham

I finally tracked down the Lesser Yellowlegs at 4.15 this afternoon; it was on the river bank a couple of hundred yards north of the motorway bridge and, quite fortuitously, showing well at the only gap in the reeds that I came across. Being unfamiliar with the area I was unsure where to park and how to reach the correct stretch of the river. In the event, I walked from Countess Wear Bridge but it seems that I could perhaps have got closer. It would have been helpful if directions had been given on earlier postings so that visitors could find the bird easily.  Great views when I found it, though!

Posted September 18th, 2013 at 7:44 pm by John Thorogood in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Rose-coloured starling (juv) in bushes by the entrance to the golf course this morning at 08.50-09.20

Posted September 18th, 2013 at 6:58 pm by Simon Geary in General Birding

Darts Farm

I couldn't park at Bowling Green Marsh today as the road was blocked due to access being required for the construction work there. Instead a went to Darts Farm and was rewarded with a Mediterranean Gull in with around 30 Black-headed Gulls. Also good views of a Kingfisher flying over the fishing ponds. Otherwise fairly quiet although there were plenty of Pied Wagtails feeding amongst the cattle with a couple of Meadow Pipits.

Posted September 18th, 2013 at 2:30 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Axe Estuary

Two great birds in two days!  Yesterday a 2cy Caspian Gull on the Estuary 13:15-14:30 during a spell of heavy rain (excuse the photo quality!)

And today a lovely Spotted Crake on Colyford Common found by Ian Hunt. The bird is showing from the Field Studies Base (FSB) at Stafford Marsh on the large pool in front of the hide part of the FSB.  It's along the near edge of the pool and shows when it emerges from the juncus.

Park in Black Hole Marsh car park, walk past the Island Hide and round the corner past the new Sand Martin bank. The FSB is the large building to the right, go up the ramp and the hide is to your right.

Caspian Gull - bird in front of flapping GBBG
Caspian Gull - bird in front of flapping GBBG

Spotted Crake
Spotted Crake

Spotted Crake
Spotted Crake

Posted September 18th, 2013 at 2:18 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Topsham Recreation Ground - Lesser Yellowlegs

At low tide late morning the Lesser Yellowlegs was again feeding on the shingle/mud under the M5 bridge, distant but viewable from the path north from the Retreat Boatyard.

Also present, the usual suspects: 2 adult Med Gulls, at least 2 Greenshanks and at least 8 Common Sandpipers. And last but not least, that great Devon A Rarity, two sinensis Cormorants; photo of one attached because I couldn't get a decent shot of the 'legs.

Continental Cormorant - Topsham, 18/9/2013
Continental Cormorant - Topsham, 18/9/2013

Posted September 18th, 2013 at 1:55 pm by Tim Worfolk in General Birding

Tuesday 17th September 2013

Thurlestone Bay

Off the Golf Club House beach (Lea's Foot) this evening 1700-1830+ 1W Grey Phalarope, poss the Prawle Bird? also imm Arctic Tern. 

Posted September 17th, 2013 at 10:19 pm by Alan Doidge in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 15:25 till 17:25

1 juv little stint still, 5+ curlew sandpiper, 400+ dunlin, 12+ knot, 28+ ringed plover, 32+ bar tailed godwit, 420+ black tailed godwits, 2 whimbrel, 24+ lapwing, 2 juv spotted redshank, 18+ greenshanks, 260+ redshanks,  

Posted September 17th, 2013 at 7:32 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

The Hoe

Off The Hoe in Plymouth at mid-day today an adult and a juvenile Arctic Terns. Both were seen feeding close inshore.

Posted September 17th, 2013 at 6:45 pm by Alan Payne in General Birding

Barnstaple Cemetery & Taw Estuary

George Mudford sent me these photos to post on the

blog while I was away but better late than never!




Posted September 17th, 2013 at 5:08 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Prawle Point

Seawatch from 7.25am in WSW force 2-3 with mist for an hour produced only Gannets ( and 1 imm Lesser BB Gull !) but joined by Pat ( on the mend) things picked up. Highlights being a Grey Phalarope close west (10.15am)-only my second ever at Prawle ; summer plumaged Red Throated Diver (11.15) and at 12.35 a Black Throated Diver , again in summer plumage.Also close an imm Arctic Skua and a Bonxie, plus 53 Balearic Shearwaters, 83 Manxies, 19 Fulmars, 19 Razorbills,3 Guillemots,2 Dunlin and 1 Sandwich Tern all west. Gannets 151 west and 42 east by time I left at 1.25pm, when wind strengthening and heavier rain. Where did all the skuas go ?

Posted September 17th, 2013 at 4:33 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatching from 0830-1300, when heavy rain began. Fairly slow morning with little wind or waves  until midday. Counts were complicated as shearwaters and Arctic Skuas were feeding up and down the coast causing duplication. Final totals 47 Manx Shearwater, 27 Balearic Shearwater,10 Great Skua, 25 plus Arctic Skua, 8 Common Tern, 4 Sandwich Tern, 2 Black Tern, 1 Red-throated Diver (summer plumage, flew north into Torbay).

 

Posted September 17th, 2013 at 2:52 pm in General Birding

Monday 16th September 2013

Devils Point, Plymouth.

An afternoon visit in constantly changing weather. Not a lot here but six adult Med.Gulls were on the rocks.Two were sporting metal rings but no Darvic. Unusual(?).

Twelve Sandwich Terns were on the mooring buoys and one commic and a Kingfisher were seen in flight.

Earlier this morning an Osprey flew upriver over Ernesettle Marsh. I'm guessing it was the Warleigh bird.

Posted September 16th, 2013 at 9:02 pm by Roy McCarthy in General Birding

6pm Teignmouth Bonapart's gull

Easily located by call off Teigmouth Lido

Posted September 16th, 2013 at 8:46 pm by Adam Davison in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 14:25 till 17:20

only 1 little stint was very mobile constantly flying around the marsh, 5 curlew sandpiper among 320+ dunlin, 2 juv spotted redshanks, 28+ bar tailed godwits, 300+ black tailed godwits 3 whimbrel, 10+ ringed plover, 8+ knot, 1 green sandpiper, 1 snipe, 80+ teal, 12+ greenshanks, 1 peregrine, 2 sparrowhawk

 

Posted September 16th, 2013 at 7:38 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Osprey - Taw Estuary

It was back on the post at 16.00 today & I agree with Andy there is no excuse for disturbing this bird when it can be seen easily through a bird spotting telescope.I was at the Fishermans Huts & the bird was approx 3/4 mile away.

Apologies for the quality of the photos this time but I had the small 60mm scope with the lightweight tripod in a howling westerly.



Posted September 16th, 2013 at 5:57 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Teignmouth Bonaparte's Gull

As promised, here is the write-up.

I was first alerted to its presence by a high pitched tern like call. The bird landed on a pipe and I could see it was a Bonaparte's Gull! Probably the same bird that was here last year. I should think it must have arrived yesterday evening or very early this morning.

Bonaparte's Gull

Also offshore were c80+ Balearic Shearwaters (including a massive flock of 40 - did anyone else see this?), a Red-throated Diver and a distant small Skua sp.

On the estuary were 36 Dunlin, 7 Ringed Plover and a Wheatear at Flow Point, and 99 Curlew, a Barwit, 64 Little Egret and 2 Little Grebe at Passage House.

Posted September 16th, 2013 at 5:02 pm by Laurie Allnatt in General Birding

Aveton Gifford & South Efford Marsh

A morning visit turned up 22 little egrets, 2 Egyptian geese, 13 teal, 6 dunlin, 28 curlews, 3 greenshanks, 2 green sandpipers, 4 common sandpipers & 2 kingfishers.

Posted September 16th, 2013 at 3:24 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Taw Estuary Osprey

Watched the Osprey off Chivenor today for around an hour at midday until it was disturbed by someone who was possibly trying to approach it. The bird can be easily observed ( via a 'scope ) without risk of disturbance from Home Farm Marsh ( Gaia Trust ) across the river from Chivenor.

Posted September 16th, 2013 at 2:20 pm by Alan Craddock in General Birding

Lesser Yellowlegs movements

Regarding  Tim's post, Vic Tucker and I arrived mid morning Sunday at Trews Weir and finding the bird gone, we decided to try Double Locks pools . As we approached  the pools along the canalside path  about 1130 it flew up overhead, apparently having  taken off from one of the scrapes.  We then saw it  leave northward towards Trews Weir, where we found a few minutes later it had dropped in on the usual channel.

Posted September 16th, 2013 at 1:37 pm in General Birding

Exeter - Lesser Yellowlegs

At 10.30 the Lesser Yellowlegs was on the Exe by Newcourt Park - just N of M5 Bridge, along path from Retreat Boatyard. It would be interesting to know where it's going at high tide.

Posted September 16th, 2013 at 11:40 am by Tim Worfolk in General Birding

Teignmouth

A moulting adult Bonaparte's Gull, found by Laurie Allnatt, was showing well early this morning along Teignmouth seafront on the groynes north of the pier. Laurie will do a full write-up with photos later.

Posted September 16th, 2013 at 10:41 am by Will Salmon in General Birding

Shoalstone, Brixham

A pleasant 2 hours from 1.15pm in the dry spent in the shelter at Shoalstone yesterday.

6 Balearic Shearwaters,1 Manx,1 Bonxie,9 Arctic Skuas,6 Common Scoter & a possible Great Northern Diver. Terns driven into the Bay included Sandwich,Common & Arctic - being mobbed by Arctic Skuas.

Posted September 16th, 2013 at 10:08 am by David Leigh in General Birding

Sunday 15th September 2013

Hopes Nose.

Sea watching between 08.00 and 14.30.

Painfully slow for the first couple of hours with ten Balearics heading south and twenty or so Manxies feed among the distant Gannets.

Things perked up at arouund 11.00 when a dark phase Pomarine Skua flapped its leisurely way over the Ore Stone. A probable second bird appeared a couple of hours later.

A suspected Sabines Gull showed distantly on and off for an hour or so before finally giving itself up for scrutiny at a reasonable range and showed itself indeed to be a moulting adult Sabines Gull.

Finally an adult Long tailed Skua lazily dropped in between me and The Lead Stone. It landed on the water never to be seen again.

So a nice clutch of birds but every silver lining has a cloud and a lot of time was spent gazing at a cold and lonely sea.

Final totals were; Twelve Balearic Shearwaters, forty Manx Shearwaters, twenty three Common Scoter, one or two Poms, one Long tailed Skua, one adult Sabines Gull. One Bonxie, three Sandwich Terns, five Tunstone, two Wheatear and aHouse Martin.

Posted September 15th, 2013 at 7:49 pm by Roy McCarthy in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 12:45 till 16:10

3 little stint and 8+ curlew sandpiper in with 350+ dunlin, 26+ bar tailed godwits in with good numbers of black tailed godwits , 2 juv spotted redshanks, 270+ redshank, 2 med gulls( 1 adult, 1 2nd summer) 1 whimbrel, 3 ringed plover, 10+ knot, 17+ greenshanks, best bird was an osprey which flew in from over darts farm area over the marsh then down river just after 16:00. 

2 ospreys were reported of the viewing platform earlier. 

Posted September 15th, 2013 at 6:27 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Turf, Exe estuary

My WeBS count was disturbed twice by an osprey flying over and putting up all the birds, it finally at about 14.40 flew west towards Halden Hill. I saw another osprey further down the estuary. 

Possibly because of the osprey wader numbers were low with a count of 498 curlew, 160 black-tailed godwits and a small flock of ringed plovers (c15). One of the black-tails was colour ringed. I will investigate.

Elsewhere one wheatear on the sea wall and hundreds of swallows and house martins flying south between the squalls.

 

 

Posted September 15th, 2013 at 6:23 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Shiphay, Torquay

5.40pm. Female Wheatear on neighbour's roof atop a TV aerial for 25 minutes in rainy conditions.  Earlier, small overhead passage of Meadow Pipits and a Chiffchaff moving through nearby gardens.

Posted September 15th, 2013 at 6:19 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - early am and late pm visit -  400+ meadow pipit in the first half hour of daylight (thats 800 per hour but, although still going, the passage had lessened by the time I left at around 0900). Also 8+ yellow wagtail, 5 grey wagtail, 3 tree pipit, 1 alba wagtail, 10+ phyllosc sp (prob all chiffies), 2+ chiffchaff, 38+ goldfinch, 20+ swallow, c20+ hirundine sp, c30+ starling, 2+ wheatear, 1 skylark (the first of the autumn), 2 siskin, 1 whitethroat, 1+ blackcap, 1+ ringed plover, 1 snipe, 3 turnstone, 1 knot, 1 arctic skua, 12+ common scoter, 3 balearic shearwater, 6 teal, 1 juv/fw yellow-legged gull and best of all, this afternoon a juvenile turtle dove, mobile around Gore Lane in stubble fields with wood and feral pigeon flocks.

Mudbank - 1+ osprey, 1 mediterranean gull, 35+ pintail, 3+ bar-tailed godwit, 1 greenshank, 5 great crested grebe, 20 black-tailed godwit, 4 yellow wagtail, 480+ wigeon, 43 teal, 1 grey wagtail, 3 turnstone, 2 redshank and 1 ad arctic tern with c40+ sandwich tern.

gulls heading inland to feed at dawn
gulls heading inland to feed at dawn

wheatear
wheatear

Posted September 15th, 2013 at 5:59 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Teignmouth

A decent couple of hours' seawatching from 14:30 - 16:45, with the rain largely holding off and visibility remaining good. Totals were c.60 Balearic Shearwaters (almost certainly an overestimate since some birds were moving back and forth, but did include a group of 15 loafing on the sea together), 7 Manx Shearwaters, 8 distant unidentified shearwater sp., 4 Black Terns, 1 Arctic Tern, 12 commic terns, 6 Arctic Skuas, 1 Great Skua and 6 Common Scoters. Also a steady trickle of Sandwich Terns and Gannets and a handful of Kittiwakes. Apart from the circulating shearwaters, everything was heading south.

Posted September 15th, 2013 at 5:29 pm by Will Salmon in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A party of 14 Bar-tailed Godwits was a good count for the Plym (only 2 moved on to the pool at high tide). Also a Mediterranean Gull (ad-w), a Whinchat, 2 Dunlins, 4 Oystercatchers, 2+ Common Sandpipers, 3 Greenshanks and Curlews stuck at 39. 

Posted September 15th, 2013 at 5:12 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Lesser Yellowlegs, Exeter

The Lesser Yellowlegs was again showing well in the flood defence at trews weir and was feeding the whole time I was there, all of 5 minutes! Also 1 pied wagtail.

Posted September 15th, 2013 at 4:14 pm by Tom Michie in General Birding

Taw Estuary

Osprey, first seen yesterday evening fishing at low tide, still present this morning on wooden post adjacent to Chivenor eating a recent catch.

Posted September 15th, 2013 at 9:42 am by Eden Davies in General Birding

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