Devon Bird Sightings from 1st–7th October 2014

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Tuesday 7th October 2014

Cattle Egret

Still present this afternoon in field with Welsh Black Cattle 100 metres or so past the round linhay.

Posted October 7th, 2014 at 5:10 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Livermead Torquay

Two Firecrest feeding together in Holy Tree in our garden at 08.15 this morning.

Posted October 7th, 2014 at 2:56 pm by Clive Mason in General Birding

Cattle Egret

Braunton Burrows this morning approx 10.30 .1/4 mile past the toll road entrance heading towards Saunton , in the fields opposite the main gateway for the great field.

Cattle Egret

 

Posted October 7th, 2014 at 2:10 pm by David Paterson in General Birding

Red darvics on Med Gulls

PS - according to cr-birding.org, projects using red colour-rings to tag Med Gulls are, without exception, based in Eastern Europe (Czech Republic, Serbia & Montenegro, Lithuania, Poland, Hungary), so on balance this morning's Med Gull is likely to be from this region. Quite a common wintering strategy in easterngull populations.

Posted October 7th, 2014 at 11:05 am by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Tarka Trail nr. Yelland

Definite increase in Chaffinch recently but otherwise not many developments to report. Linnet flocks still small. Very good conditions for migration at height, only brief Skylark vis-mig of note. Plenty of Woodpigeon (first decent autumn flock of ~60 birds) and Stock Dove about. 1 Jay. Also medium gull spp. mobile around the ploughed fields. When checked again from the road, one was wearing a red darvic on right leg (as usual of late not readable with my scope at this distance) and of course it had to be a Mediterranean Gull. The rest appeared to be BHGull.

Posted October 7th, 2014 at 10:55 am by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Interesting Pomarine Skua

Yesterday afternoon this interesting juvenile Pomarine Skua came through (one of 28 seen, 20 were juvs).

A smaller Pom (see compared to Kittiwake, normally they're bigger than this one). Also I’ve never seen a Pom with such large pale bases to the upper primaries, tends to be a feature seen on some juv Arctics (and Bonxies). However, the pro-Pom features far out-way Arctic features on this bird, namely: broad-based wings, short looking rearend, quite blunt tail projections (and barely noticeable, but this is very variable feature), standout pale base of heavy two tone bill, standout pale barred uppertail-coverts / rump (forming pale patch which is very extensive in this bird), shape of head with typical dark eye mask and the birds overall colder colour despite being well lit. Also if it was an Arctic nape would be paler than rump.Pomarine Skua juvPomarine Skua juv
 Apologies for quality of heavily cropped image. For a good variety of juv Poms from 2011, see http://devonbirdnews.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/pom-fest-berry-hd-231011.html

Posted October 7th, 2014 at 9:32 am by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Monday 6th October 2014

Redwings ~ South Brent

Early this morning I saw three Redwings making an aerial circuit of one of my fields and later in the day saw another two flying over.

On saturday 4th had a solitary Swallow and House Martin pass over

Posted October 6th, 2014 at 7:42 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

R.Caen > Horsey Island

Late aft visit during high tide with brilliant autumn light.

On R.Caen - 33 Black headed Gulls, 2 Common Gulls, only 1 Med Gull & 2 Herring Gulls. 1 Kingfisher & 1 Common Sandpiper & a smattering of Pied Wagtails.

On Horsey Island - 25 Greenshank,12 Redshank, 8 Dunlin,1 Lapwing, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Little Egrets. No sign of the 5 Winchats but still 3 Stonechats.

At the White House another Kingfisher perched on the boulders at high tide which after doing some fishing flew towards Crow Point.




Posted October 6th, 2014 at 7:23 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Budleigh Salterton

A wild and at times difficult seawatch from 8.00 to 11.15 a.m. With the exception of Shags and Cormorants (see below), very little moving as witnessed by not seeing the first Gannet until 9.15! However lack of quantity made up by quality - Leach's Petrel west at 8.35, adult Little Gull east at 8.05, 2 juv Pomarine Skuas at 9.20 and 9.42 and an Arctic Skua along the beach at 10.40.

Supporting cast of 8 Brent Geese west, 24 Common Scoter (one group of 10 had 4 small paler ducks with them, assumed to be Teal), Kittiwake 5 (all juvs).

Shags and Cormorants were continually heading west throughout the morning with estimates of over 100 of the former and 40 of the latter. 

Posted October 6th, 2014 at 1:53 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Start Bay

Seawatch from Torcross, 08:15-10:50, all birds south.

5 Balearic Shearwater, Brent Goose, 5 Arctic Skua, Pomarine Skua ( adult ), 5 Great Skua, Arctic Tern,  4 Common Tern and 5 Sandwich Tern

Posted October 6th, 2014 at 1:28 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Berry Hd

The best seawatch (07:15-16:00) of the autumn so far for variety, scarcity and counts of birds >S.. Long-tailed Skua 1 juv, 28 Pomarine Skuas (8 ad or near ads and 20 Juvs), Arctic Skua 54, Bonxie 27, Sooty Shearwater 7, Balearic Shearwater 33, Manx Shearwater 1, Arctic Tern 2, Common Tern 7, Sandwich Tern 3, Kittiwake c750, Common Scoter 23 and just 6 Fulmar plus steady movement of Auks (mainly Razorbills) and Gannets. Also 3 Harbour Porpoise.

BMc, MD, ML and REB.

Posted October 6th, 2014 at 12:28 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Sunday 5th October 2014

Lundy

Some rather staggering news hot in from Tony Taylor on the island... A first for Lundy and I believe for Devon  – but twitchers can rest easy – namely proof at last of successful breeding by Storm Petrels, when a chick was found on the West Side tonight! Further details here.

In addition, the island's third Yellow-browed Warbler of the autumn was found during the day on Sunday.

Posted October 5th, 2014 at 11:02 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Prawle

Seawatch with JL from 7.30 to 10.30am in advance of the storms . The sea was calm force 2 varable going SW.

9 Balearic Shearwaters west and 3 east; 5 Manx Shearwaters west. 4 Dark-Bellied Brent Geese west ( our first of the autumn ) ;  1 Common Scoter west then east ;127 Auks (mainly Razorbills) west with  a steady passage of Gannets passing both east and west. Also 1 Fulmar and 1 adult Med Gull. Joining us on our seawatch was a steady trickle of passerines either coming in off the sea or flying west : 100+ Meadow Pipits; 17 Alba Wagtails; 14 Skylarks ; 10 Swallows and others unidentifiable. Next, a wheatear near the Hump and a possible Black Redstart on the roof of one of the coastguard cottages , but  more of this at a later date.

Around the car park and reserve 7 Long Tailed Tits, 3 Goldcrests, 5 Chiffchaffs, 8 Blackcaps and a female Bullfinch calling with a less ‘piu’ call but rather a trumpet-like ‘honk’ sound !  A steady trickle of Swallows with at least 60 flying over the reserve. Below the car park at least 28 Clouded Yellows and 1 definite Helice type and also a paler upper-winged CY ( Pat saw at least 50 Clouded Yellows yesterday with many coming in off the sea). Having a cup of coffee in the car park at 2pm I saw both a young Sparrowhawk and a Hobby fly over. A later walk around the Loop produced nothing of note.

Posted October 5th, 2014 at 9:18 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Berry Head & Froward Pt

Berry Head first thing: 8 Goldcrest,14 Chiffchaff, 16 Blackcap, 9 Stonechat,1 Wheatear. 3 Sandwich Tern, 2 Balearic Shearwaters. 40-50 Common Dolphin feeding in Torbay but quickly moved out into Lyme Bay Video links here.. http://youtu.be/wvHjg5k-1bg & http://youtu.be/DT_JBKsE36M  .

Overhead small numbers of Chaffinch, Skylark best birds; Great Spotted Woodpecker and Reed Bunting.

Brownstone - Froward Point - Coletonfishacre afternoon walk: 2 Firecrest, 15 Goldcrest, 9 Chiffchaff, 21 Blackcap

Posted October 5th, 2014 at 8:47 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Sherpa Marsh

One Dunlin in the Pill and a Mediterranean Gull on the saltings with a few Black-headed Gulls south of the Toll House. Two Black-tailed Godwits in the marsh. As I suspected, far fewer birds after last week's shooters. 2 Little Egrets, and calling Water Rails and Cetti's Warblers. Two Buzzards, a Kestrel and 2 Marsh Harriers (along the Chivenor boundary and lost to site behind the hedge). Both juveniles.

Posted October 5th, 2014 at 6:08 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Taw Estuary

Saturday (dusk): 3 Spoonbill at Isley Marsh RSPB including the long-returning individual ringed "Green-Yellowflag-Green, Blue-Metal-Lime". 

Sunday: At Salt Pill Duck Pond (Gaia Trust)/the sea wall west of Fremington Quay, migrants included a few flocks of ~20 Skylark (spaced out over the morning), 5 Song Thrush, 8 Blackbird, 3 Stonechat, 2 Common Snipe and 3 Swallow. Also present here a singing Cetti's Warbler and 2 Water Rail. Very few finches today and zero Chiffchaff (or other warblers) caught in the ringing session. A Bar-tailed Godwit was feeding on the flats beside Fremington Quay Cafe. 35 Wigeon on the beach east of here plus a Jay overhead.

Posted October 5th, 2014 at 3:49 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Soar Mill Cove

Just time for a brief visit with birding friends from Cambridge: no surprises but a sizeable roaming flock included 40 chiffchaff, willow warbler, whitethroat, 30 blackcap & 2 garden warbler. Also 32 robin.

Posted October 5th, 2014 at 12:25 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Saturday 4th October 2014

Cullumpton

Possible glossy ibis circled fields beside the river Culm and may have landed (view obscured by trees and railway line) late morning. Viewed from Speed Meadow football pitch by myself and Paul Gosling. Unfortunately neither of us had optics - we were both watching our sons play football.

Posted October 4th, 2014 at 5:13 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

LOWER TAMAR LAKE

10:25  an Osprey being driven off by crow towards the Upper Lake, also 3 Male Tufted duck, 6 G.C, Grebe.

Posted October 4th, 2014 at 12:10 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding

Bursdon Moor

Ringtail Hen Harrier and Merlin yesterday evening (Friday)

Posted October 4th, 2014 at 9:36 am by Barry Bryne in General Birding

Friday 3rd October 2014

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:00 till 16:30

a walk along the lane produced 1 curlew sandpiper, 2 ruff, 2 spotted redshank, among a few redshank and black tailed godwits, 12+ little egrets a pair of stonechats to the left of the hide.

from the viewing platform 3 common tern( 2 juv, 1 adult, 1 water rail and another juv ruff with 20+ meadow pipit over and 3 jays.

Posted October 3rd, 2014 at 10:37 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

River Plym / Saltram.

1700-1850.

A quick look after work: 124 Canada Geese, 14 Little Egret, 19 Curlew, 18 Redshank, 1 Whimbrel, 2 juvenile Shelduck but no sign of the Ruddy Shelduck. 

Posted October 3rd, 2014 at 7:42 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Back on site this week (on and off) after a week in Cornwall. Mostly very quiet with 1 or 2 Wheatear plus  the first Golden Plover of the autumn, heard only in thick fog on Monday 29th.

However, a small improvement this morning in terms of variety - 1 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat (m), 1 Wheatear, 2 Snipe, 2 Green Woodpeckers (still scarce here), 6 Lapwings and a single Swallow. The female Kestrel remains in the area.

 

 

Posted October 3rd, 2014 at 7:13 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Here and there

Heddon's Mouth: Kestrel and a couple of Ravens. Watersmeet, heaving with Chaffinches. Velator - finally a few Starlings at a pre-roost, about 450 on wires by the bridge to the reserve. No Rosy's amongst them.... In the reserve, Cetti's still calling, and 11 Mallards, keep at it, between us we'll get rid of that duckweed!

Posted October 3rd, 2014 at 6:27 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Mansands

A nice female/juv Garganey was swimming and feeding around the main marsh behind the beach with Mallards this morning. Also two Cetti’s Warblers in the reeds by the beach.


Posted October 3rd, 2014 at 6:22 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in General Birding

Lannacombe

While at Lannacombe beach (around 11:00-12:30) quite surprised to see a movement of Balearic Shearwaters with 48 heading east (largest group 13) and 7 west. Interesting to know if there was a big movement today off S Devon headlands.

Posted October 3rd, 2014 at 6:00 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

blagdon valley hartland point.

fairly quiet today.Was hoping for a goodie ahead of the rain bout nowt.70 meadow pipits,6 chiffchaff,10 yellowhammer,10 bullfinch,m&f blackcap,2 buzzard,2 raven,70 gannet in the race.First yr osprey still at upper tamar lake.Only waders being 1 common sand&6 dunlin.Osprey at 11:50.

Posted October 3rd, 2014 at 5:09 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

North Torridge area

Manteo Way nature reserve had 1 Greenshank, first Jay in 14 months of surveying (a migrant??) and 1 Grey Wagtail (only seen here on passage). First Curlew of the grazing-field wintering flock present. Tons of Robin.

Posted October 3rd, 2014 at 10:28 am by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Thursday 2nd October 2014

Horns cross nr bideford

small flock of gulls chasing insects of some kind over fields included 5 med gulls 4ad,fw 20 meadow pipits over 13:00

Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 10:14 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

I returned to Bowling Green after work at 17:30 in the hope of relocating the Bittern seen at lunchtime, but no show.  A nice surprise however was a single Wheatear in the middle of the meadow.

Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 8:28 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Plymouth

 The Ruddy Shelduck was sleeping [!] mostly, with the 180 Canada Geese on the Plym. Also 8 Grey Herons, 19 Little Egrets, 40+ Curlews, 100+ Redshanks, 2 Grey Wagtails and 2 Common Sandpipers.

Ruddy Shelduck
Ruddy Shelduck

Ruddy Shelduck
Ruddy Shelduck

Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 8:22 pm by Graham Watson in General Birding

bittern

  a distant bittern over powderham flying towards turf at 5.15pm wednesday ,came out of the powderham estate


Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 8:17 pm by gray clements in General Birding

Exeter/Bowling Green

2 kingfishers and 2 grey wagtails by the canal, near the sewage works, this morning.

A bittern showed off in front of the hide at Bowling Green quite a bit today, climbing about in the reeds! Hope it stays for the opening tomorrow!

Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 7:15 pm by Helen Whitall in General Birding

Sightings 2nd Oct

Pigs Nose Valley,

0900hrs Cirl Bunting, 3 Yellow Hammer’s, Hundreds of Swallows and lots of House Martins along with large flocks of Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, Linnet, Goldfinches. Keeping the flocks flying Kestrel and Buzzards.

Higher Ley at Slapton,

1400hrs Bittern twice saw flying short flights, right-hand side looking from bridge. Male Kingfisher along the main channel, Reed Bunting, Cetti’s and Willow Warblers.

Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 7:06 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 15:00 till 17:10

The bittern eventually showed in the reeds on the far right hand side from the hide at 16:20 till 16:30, and is only the 3rd record for the marsh assuming it is the same bird as the one on Monday. 

also this afternoon , 1 juv curlew sandper, 1 spotted redshank, 2 juv ruff, 2 knot, 16 greenshanks, 1 yellow wagtail over, 2 Cetti's warbler, 1 buzzard, 14+ little egrets, 3 snipe, 15+ shoveler.

Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 6:57 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Arrived at dawn in anticipation of visible migration which didn't measure up to much: 8 Mistle Thrush, small groups of Meadow Pipits, Skylarks and Swallows south. At least 250 alba wagtails departed from the higher ley roost. Otherwise:  plenty of Chiff-Chaff (40+) and Blackcaps (30+) including a roving flock of 18 birds, 2 Sedge Warblers, 2 Goldcrests, 1 Firecrest by the bridge nice to see. 

Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 5:35 pm by David Cope in General Birding

Lundy

A Barred Warbler was seen briefly this morning by Richard Campey. News also of a Red-throated Pipit calling in flight around the same time.  Further information, as it becomes available, on the Lundy Birds blogspot.

Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 4:56 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Bittern showing well from the hide at 1pm

Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 3:28 pm by richard allen in General Birding

Bowling Green - Bittern

The Bittern that was reported on Monday, but was dismissed by those in the know as mistaken identity, was showing very well from at least 12:30 to 14:00 this lunchtime.  It was sunnining itself part way up the reeds in the soutwest corner of the marsh.

Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 2:14 pm by Christopher Marcol in General Birding

R.Taw. Pottington to Ashford Sewage Works. 11:25 - 13:00

Off Pottington saltmarsh:- Greenshank 10; Little Egret 11; Black-tailed Godwit 30; Dunlin c50; Redshank 3; Common Sandpiper 1; Kingfisher 2.

Ditch alonside Ashford Sewage Works;- Green Sandpiper 1 and Water Rail 1.

Off Ashford Sewage Works:- Lapwing 3; Little Egret 1 and Buzzard 1.

Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 2:00 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

East Soar & Starehole Valley

Lots of activity across the area: grey heron (1st for site), skylark 63, swallow 11, meadow pipit 140, alba wagtail 102, robin 46, wheatear 3, garden warbler 2, blackcap 37, chiffchaff 22, goldcrest 4, jay 5 (migrants), raven 3, house sparrow 60, goldfinch 27, linnet 180, yellowhammer 4 & cirl bunting 14.

Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 1:57 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Berry Hd

Not very much in the way of new grounded migrants but a few 'bits and pieces' of note overhead: 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Siskin (first of autumn at head) 2 Reed Bunting, 20 + 'alba Wagtails, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Around Headland: a minimum of 3 Firecrests plus double figure counts of Chiffchaff, Goldcrest and 5 Blackcap. 

 

Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 12:20 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Wednesday 1st October 2014

Prawle

The 1st day of October always sets the pulse racing ,a bit ,and as I approached East Prawle at 6.40am and almost ran over my second only Water Rail here ( as it kept dithering whether to cross the road towards the Village Pond or not ) my hopes were raised - only soon to be reduced to normal .  So from 7am till 1pm , together with Sam Forest , we explored the car park, front, reserve and up the lane. Goldcrest and Firecrest called but not seen. Best bird an adult calling Great Spotted Woodpecker and there did not appear to be any obvious visible migration despite parties of Meadow Pipits and Linnets in fields and on wires. In the area a sprinkling of Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps and Robins and no hirundines.

Over to Merrimore Lane and Pig’s Nose valley where by the gate a small area of gorse and brambles appeared to be alive with birds though mainly Chaffinches , Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs. Later, after we had met Mark Darlaston and Adele, whom we left contemplating the last time we’d seen a Melodious Warbler in the valley, Sam and I ventured further down the valley only to fail to clinch a highly probable Wryneck which , unbeknown to us ,had decided to fly up onto a fence post just as we arrived and quickly and wryly went to ground.  A couple of Wall Browns and Clouded Yellows emerged as the sun started to shine long after the forecasted time.Hey ho.

Posted October 1st, 2014 at 9:08 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Soar mill Leucistic Blackcap

Early ringing session this morning . Large numbers of both Skylarks & meadow pipits passing over along with at least 30 + Jays during couple hours i was there. Blackcaps & chiffs in abundance in the bushes but thats been nothing out of the ordinary this autumn ! No nice surprises in the nets apart from this nice leucistic blackcap which i initially thought was a Garden warler in the net on approach . Nice neat bird & biometrics all as you would expect from a blackcap . Tally was 15 blackcaps ringed along with 4 chiffs ,all birds glad to say say with good fat covering !

leucistic blackcap
leucistic blackcap

wing detail
wing detail

back detail
back detail

Posted October 1st, 2014 at 6:58 pm by David Scott in General Birding

Berry Head

Watched from the end for an hour, just c. 30 M. pipits, 2 chaffinch over and the resident goldfinch flock. Chiff chaff numbers lower with around 20. 2 Wheatear down in the quarry but little else while I was there. More luck up the top with 3 possibly 4 Firecrests on the back path, and in the meadow an obliging Hobby, possibly Bill's again, spent 45 minutes hunting insects. It was briefly joined by a Sparrowhawk. Clouded yellow in southern fort.


Posted October 1st, 2014 at 12:17 pm by John Lusher in General Birding

East from Instow

Similar flock of finches, wagtails and pipits on cricket field as last week. Amongst the Oy'c's and Curlew, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Turnstone, 2 Dunlin and about 15 Ringed Plover. In the scrub behind the next beach, even more Song Thrush than last visit, plus some Blackbirds and a female Blackcap behaving as migrants might (I see Redwing are reported from N Devon this morning!). Good numbers of showy Stonechat and Robin. 7 Meadow Pipits around the 'gas jetty', plus 2 Wheatear and 2 Rock Pipit. Kestrel feeding on a kill on gatepost was another real treat.

Posted October 1st, 2014 at 11:30 am by Lowell Mills in General Birding

South Hams coastal area 30th September

Aveton Gifford large flocks of Canadian Geese and Herring Gulls, good numbers of Little Egret, 2 Heron, Common Sandpiper, 4 Greenshank.

South Huish Marsh single Ringed Plover, 4 Godwits, small number of Dunlin, Little Egrets, plenty of Meadow Pipits and Pied Wagtails, Robins singing at almost everywhere, good numbers of Stonechat, several flocks of Goldfinch, Sparrow hawk hunting over some scrub showing well, Teal showing well on the marsh. Heron seen flying over and another on the beach.

Soar Mill Cove, good numbers of both Linnet and Cirl Bunting, Pair of Raven over head and Buzzard soaring one of several seen during the day, hen Kestrel hovering just outside of the village. Chiffchaff.

Several other birders met all saying that "things were slow" but something worthwhile seen at each location visited.

Posted October 1st, 2014 at 9:25 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Sunnybank Allotments - Barnstaple

10x Redwings briefly in flight around the allotments perching momentarily in tall Scots Pine before flying north at 8 a.m. Around 30+ goldfinches and 10+ long tailed tits also.

Posted October 1st, 2014 at 8:36 am by Chris Tyzack in General Birding

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