Devon Bird Sightings from 15th–21st October 2014

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Posted June 30th, 2016 at 9:24 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Tuesday 21st October 2014

Grey Phalarope at Budleigh Salterton

A very confiding bird!

Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope

Posted October 21st, 2014 at 9:17 pm by Dave Helliar in General Birding

Plym Estuary

The wader on the Plym has been reidentified as a Little Stint on the basis of some excellent photos which Alan Doidge has just sent me and which include clear shots of the feet (see my post of Monday expressing doubts about the ID).

Many thanks to Alan for these pics without which the ID would not be nailed. If nothing else a very instructive (and tricky) bird.

Posted October 21st, 2014 at 8:52 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Exe

On the Exe with a group of students today from Exmouth to Topsham (tide still flowing out strongly 45 mins after low tide due to the weather!). 1+ Spotshank (Topsham), 3 Golden Plover, 20+ Common Gull, 500+ Brent Goose, 500+ Blackwit. Notable absence of Shelduck with only three seen. Also a duck that I was aleterted to flying away with a pale head, Muscovy came to mind on poor views - are there any around?

Posted October 21st, 2014 at 7:58 pm by Richard Billington in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:30 till 17:40

6 ruff, 2+ spotted redshank , 4+ knot, 20+ dunlin, 350+ redshank, 17+ bar tailed godwits, 15+ greenshanks, 120+ wigeon, 70+ teal, good numbers of curlew and black tailed godwits, 1 buzzard, 1 common gull, 5+ jay, 40+ pied wagtails.

Posted October 21st, 2014 at 7:10 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Grey Phalarope - Otter Estuary

Grey Phalarope still on the Otter Estuary feeding and showing extremely well on the mud flat off the lower path towards the river mouth by Lime Kilns Carpark.


Posted October 21st, 2014 at 3:14 pm by Derek Carter in General Birding

Bassett's Ridge - Taw Estuary

19 Pintail feeding on the Ridge this morning.

7 Black tailed Godwits feeding at Pottington.


Posted October 21st, 2014 at 2:55 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

North Torridge/Instow

Everything a bit all over the place thanks to the high winds. At Instow several Curlew on cricket field, not a common behaviour. Also 2 adult and 2 juv Mediterranean Gull, plus several Common Gull and Blackheaded Gull. Meadow Pipits flattened to the ground anywhere they could find - the public car park, the footpaths etc. Egrets and herons in the farmers fields, some close views of flushed Stonechat (~5 on one hedge) and Skylark, and a Stock Dove I felt rather sorry to flush from a cowshed. 

At Manteo Way nature reserve most action was taking place in a very small cluttered drainage ditch seldom used by birds, with 4 Little Egret, a Green Sandpiper and a Kingfisher.

Posted October 21st, 2014 at 2:06 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

A week in Devon

Drove down 5 mile lane at back of Slapton on Sunday afternoon 5th October around 3pm had 60 + Swallows.Monday 6th quite rainy and blowy but 70 Swallows left roost at Torcoss end of Slapton Ley also a Bittern left at 7.45am high to west, same afternoon 2 Pale -bellied Brent Geese circling bay at South Milton.

Tuesday 7th 120 Swallows Slapton Ley and single Bonxie and Arctic Skua south.

Wednesday 8th Merlin at end of Prawle Point 19 Clouded Yellows in field below NT car park, 100 Swallows south, too windy for much else!

Thursday 9th 200 Swallows south Torcross.

Friday 10th 9 Clouded Yellows Slapton Sands, + 12Stonechat and same number of Cettis Warbler. Afternoon 1 Clouded Yellow Start Point car park, 600 Swallows south, as soon as some rain showers came up the Channell the Swallows stopped leaving and started feeding!

Saturday 11th 200 Swallows to roost Slapton Ley.

Sunday morning 5 mile lane Slapton saw last Swallows (20) on start of 300 mile drive north, seen none since.

Happy Days!!! 

Thursday

Posted October 21st, 2014 at 12:48 pm by Steve Wadsworth in General Birding

Monday 20th October 2014

Plym Estuary - Semipalmated

Although the bulk of the features support Semipalmated, there are just a couple of features which are still niggling me - nb bill shape (I couldn,t see a blob at tip in field nor in my pics) and lower scaps pattern is not typical anchors and rather diffuse.

Only other option appears to be a very grey Little Stint and heavily worn, but even then scaps and terts patterns don't seem to fit.  

No other observer (to my knowledge) has expressed any doubts. I may be being over cautious, but.....

Views and better pics welcome!   

Posted October 20th, 2014 at 10:24 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

watched from 15:30 till 17:40

2 spotted redshanks, 3 ruff, 779+ black tailed godwits, 17+ bar tailed godwits, 30+ dunlin, 393+ curlew, 250+ redshanks, 6 avocet, 14+ greenshanks, 7+ jay, 150+ pied wagtails with at least 3 white wagtails in with them, 40+ meadow pipits, 1 buzzard

Posted October 20th, 2014 at 10:03 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Axe Estuary

This lovely first-winter Caspian Gull was down by the tram sheds (bottom end of the Estuary) 15:25-15:50 today.  Classic in all respects but for a touch more mottling on flanks, but I guess that's down to the date and the fact it is not long out of juvenile plumage.

Earlier today not bad vis mig over Beer Head, mostly Linnet, Goldfinch, Skylark, alba Wagtails and Meadow Pipits, but also 3 Reed Buntings, 2 Mistle Thrush and a Siskin. Ian M also had 2 Ring Ouzel and a Firecrest here.

It was a chunky bird, far heftier than surronding Herring Gulls
It was a chunky bird, far heftier than surrounding Herring Gulls

Sorry for the poor quality!
Sorry for the poor quality!

Posted October 20th, 2014 at 7:15 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

East Soar

A  mid-morning visit turned up a late whinchat, 2 wheatear, swallow, grey wagtail & 33 alba wagtail.

Posted October 20th, 2014 at 6:50 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Otter Estuary

 Phalarope. Feeding on the mud inside the pebble ridge at low tide.

Posted October 20th, 2014 at 5:48 pm by David Turrell in General Birding

Otter Estuary

While we were out with the RSPB Exeter local group this morning, we were surprised to see this Grey Phalarope in the mud just behind the pebbles ridge at the bottom end of the estuary.

Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope

Posted October 20th, 2014 at 5:38 pm by Richard Swinbank in General Birding

Sunday 19th October 2014

Semi P location

Hi Tony. Location is Blagdon Marsh car park off Embankment Rd. Not Richmond Walk. Birdguides removed those details since. Walk along footpath by road South and as go under rail bridge bear left along cycle path until over looking estuary with obvious spit of rubble/land. Sitting on that with two Ringed Plover up to dark. 

Posted October 19th, 2014 at 10:27 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Prawle and elsewhere

As neither John L. and I were able to go to Prawle yesterday (missing out on good conditions again this autumn !) we were only expecting the ‘leftovers’ on our seawatch in SW force 5 going west from 7.30 till 11am, when sunshine on the water stopped play.

Key birds seen : 30 Balearic Shearwaters  ; 3 dark phase Arctic Skuas, 1 Bonxie , 1 imm Pomarine Skua and highlight being a fully spooned adult pale phase Pomarine Skua-all west . Also 149 Auks, 3 Common Scoter and 1 Redshank (not often seen on a seawatch at Prawle ) Elsewhere 1 Wheatear and 6/7 Chiffchaffs.  We then left to see the 5 Whooper Swans nr Kingsbridge , and I went home but via Mount Batten to see the Grey Phalarope frolicking in the swell and surf. Unable to go to see the Semi-P. this afternoon  ( an excellent find by Pete Aley ) I am confused as to its location : Blagdon Boatyard on Richmond Walk is not off the Embankment ! Blagdon Meadow is .Can anyone clarify in case ( unlikely) that the bird lingers tomorrow  ? (cheers)

Posted October 19th, 2014 at 10:12 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

South Huish Marsh - Crane

Common Crane reported late afternoon still there at 5.45pm on South Huish Marsh by Robin Shute .  Viewable from NT Car Park in company with Canada Goose flock.

Also five Whooper Swams present in area (2 adults and three juveniles)

Posted October 19th, 2014 at 8:06 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Phalarope at Budleigh Salterton

I saw what I think was a Phalarope on the Otter Estuary by the Limekiln car park at Budleigh this afternoon.

It was swmming and wading in the shallow water of a creek at high-tide. It flew with a swooping flight.

Posted October 19th, 2014 at 7:56 pm by Phil Smith in General Birding

SEE CORRECTION ABOVE Semipalmated Sandpiper

A couple of pics - with apologies for quality!

Posted October 19th, 2014 at 7:47 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Plym Estuary

SEE CORRECTION ABOVE.  A juv Semipalmated Sandpiper roosting at high tide just south of Blagdon's Boat Yard, viewed from the cycle track. The first spot I looked at on this afternoon's visit to the Plym - I didn't get any further!

All observers happy with the ID after a thorough discussion and initial news put out as "probable" so as not to delay things.

Also 2 juv Ringed Plovers and 18 Turnstones there. 

Posted October 19th, 2014 at 7:26 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Islay Marsh

Unfourtuantly it was high tide, but good show. There was 19 Lapwing, a large fock of Dunlin, 3 Greenshank, 3 Golden Plover, 14 Grey Plover, Oystercatcher, Curlew and pair of Brent geese followed by a flock of ten.

Posted October 19th, 2014 at 5:39 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in General Birding

Exe Estuary - Turf to Powderham

A WeBS count mid afternoon on such a sunny Sunday was almost certainly going to be compromised by lots of people and activities. That was certainly the case today, and a jet ski roaring around near the Turf disturbed most of the waterfowl. However a first for me was that it was being ridden by a young man and a large dog.

However there were a few birds about; c35 brent geese, a dozen or so black-tailed godwits and a few bar-tails. On the sea wall there were a few meadow pipits and one wheatear. Near the Turf a single adult Med gull was hawking for insects with a few black-headed gulls. The black swan had drifted down from Topsham.

On the walk home across the marshes I saw c30 lapwings, 17 little egrets in two groups, one peregrine and two chiffchaffs.

The new foot/bike bridge over the railway north of Powderham Church is in place but not yet open as the track from Turf is still very much under construction.

Posted October 19th, 2014 at 5:35 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Coleton Camp to Froward Point

11.00 - 1400hrs

Skylark 17, Ring Ouzel 3 (2 at Scabbacombe and one above Ivy Cove), Goldcrest 5, Chiffchaff 3, Wheatear, Stonechat 8, Swallow, House Martin 2, Cirl Bunting 4, Raven 2, Yellowhammer, Chaffinch, Goldfinch 5 & Meadow Pips 30+. Also Clouded Yellow & Painted Lady.

Posted October 19th, 2014 at 5:04 pm by Bill Macdonald in General Birding

Mountbatten, Plymouth

Grey Phalarope still off south side of Mountbatten Pier between 1100-1130, two adult Sandwich Terns and two adult Mediterrenean Gulls as well.

Posted October 19th, 2014 at 12:34 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Start Point

Cloudy, grey morning. Fresh-strong SW wind veering more westerly after a while.

07:40-09:40 ( Vis mig watch.)

Found a spot below the car park out of the wind and was surprised how much passed through, all heading south - southwest. Passage starting dying down after 90 minutes.

120 Meadow Pipit, 60 alba Wagtails, 13 Swallows, House Martin, 3 Starlings,  560 Linnets, 1180 Goldfinch, 240 Chaffinches, 50 Greenfinches, 3 Bullfinches and 2 Reed Buntings. A male Merlin shot across the car park as i was leaving. No Brambling or Siskin.

Posted October 19th, 2014 at 10:57 am by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Saturday 18th October 2014

exminster marshes

common crane at Turf  Hotel end at 15:30

Posted October 18th, 2014 at 6:44 pm by steve clarke in General Birding

nr Malborough

Bob Burridge rang and asked me to post there are 5 Whooper Swans ( 2 adult and 3 Juvs ) in a stubble field by Alston Farm Caravan Park  ( NE of Malborough approx Grid Ref SX722408 ).

Posted October 18th, 2014 at 5:21 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Taw Bridge - Bruanton

Along the Taw River there were plenty of Oystercatcher, Curlew, Dunlin and Redshank but no Godwits. Near Pottington there were a few Teal and before Chivoner a massive flock of 300-400 Canda Geese which included the possible Ross's x Barnacle Goose. Wrafton pond had 2 female Shoveler, a Tufted Duck and a Pochard. Out on Sherpa I saw for the fist time the 2 Marsh Harriers, no sign of cattle egret.

Posted October 18th, 2014 at 4:50 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in General Birding

Hartland Point

Whilst waiting for the helicopter to Lundy (which never arrived due to fog at Castle Air's Liskeard base...) we had good flight views and brief on-the-ground views of a Richard's Pipit. The bird flew off towards the SW at about 10.00 (Tom Bedford, Richard Campey, Tim Davis, James Diamond, Tim Jones).

Posted October 18th, 2014 at 4:35 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Grey Phalarope

A couple of pics in the swell off Mount Batten Pier this morning.  Still there at 13:00.

Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope

Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope

Posted October 18th, 2014 at 3:39 pm by Graham Watson in General Birding

Downend

07.30 - 08.50

Another migration check early this morning with a moderate wind from the South. No movement of migrants at all. Not 1 Chaffinch or Meadow Pipit! Yesterday morning at the same time the wind was from the ESE direction.Just shows the importance of wind direction for migration.

31 Cormorants > SE from roost.

Correction yesterday mormings post - The Auks (mainly Razorbills) were flying South not E (typo).

Posted October 18th, 2014 at 1:48 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Berry Head a.m.

Seawatching between  0730-1230 after a night of heavy downpours and gusts, wind slowly veering to SW and cloud lifting. A good morning for skuas with at least 53 Arctics ,most I have  seen here recently. Also 9 Great, 7 Pomarine, Skuas, 3 Sooty and 17 BalearIc Shearwaters, 16 Common Scoter, 1 Arctic Tern.

DMN, Andy Plumb, Clive Harris, REB.

Posted October 18th, 2014 at 1:43 pm in General Birding

Mount Batten

  Grey Phalarope 10:30 am found by Vic Tucker.

Posted October 18th, 2014 at 10:30 am by Graham Watson in General Birding

Friday 17th October 2014

Bowling green marsh

Started the day with severall groups of Redwings moving south west over the house in exeter this morning 07:30 till 08:00 with 300+ which also included my first fieldfares of the autumn with 4+ in one group

the goatwalk at topsham 10:00 till 10:30 held plenty of black tailed godwits which were disturbed by my first Merlin of the autumn as it crossed the estuary towards exminster marsh 

The viewing platform at bowling green marsh was next with 12+ grey plover, 1 water rail behind in the reeds calling, 4+ jays , 2 chiffchaffs.

from the hide 3 avocet, 3 spotted redshanks, 2 ruff, 40+ dunlin, among good numbers of redshank, black tailed godwits, curlew , 8+ bar tailed godwits, 10+ greenshanks, 40+ skylark over and steady passage of meadow pipits, the pair of stonechats still showing well, 3 reed buntings, 2 Cetti's warblers, 5+ jay.

A quick look in goosemoor produced a kestrel, 1 kingfisher and a common sandpiper on the clyst,  a group of 38 meadow pipit were put up by the kestrel, 10+ skylarks over, 2 raven.

Posted October 17th, 2014 at 11:00 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Soar

08:30-16:15. Grey morning with a fresh W-SW, cleared a little until midday when the wind started strengthening a little and backing southerly.

Nice to meet a few birders in Starehole looking for the ouzels. Between us we recorded Merlin, Grey Wagtail, 2 Wheatear, 9 Ring Ouzels ( 4 in the valley, Fay and her Mum had 4 the same time by the ponds, one on Sharp Tor by the sun dial ), 3 Yellow-browed Warblers ( Simon heard one East Soar willows, Francis and i heard one halfway down Starehole and Eric W saw one in sycamores on the east side of Starehole, timings all coincided so no duplication ), 6 Chiffchaffs and 8 Goldcrests. Strange to get 3 Yellow-broweds when such a relativly low count of chiffs and crests. Great to meet Mr. Lawrence enjoying the ouzels at the bottom of the valley, always nice to know you can rely on a 90 year old gentlemen to take a scope and tripod down the hill for you to take a look through, thanks Henry !!

Posted October 17th, 2014 at 6:55 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Berry Head

Today at Berry Head, seawatch 12:00-16:30 building southerly ahead of the next front. Large feeding frenzy of mixed gulls and Gannets building in Lyme Bay, attracting skuas and shearwaters some then heading south included: 15 Arctic Skuas, 9 Pomarine Skuas, 10 Bonxies, 14 Sooty Shearwaters, 5 Balearic Shearwaters and a Manx Shearwater.  Also 2 Greylag Geese earlier and a Wheatear.  MD,AR,ST.

Posted October 17th, 2014 at 6:02 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Berry Head Hobby

A few  belated shots (I have been away since) of the very obliging young Hobby which frequented  the back of Berry Head on 30 Sept-1 Oct, hunting Craneflies over the copse and aircraft beacon.   The first shot shows a Cranefly about to be taken.

Posted October 17th, 2014 at 5:00 pm in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smetharpe

Some visible migration this morning, principally Starlings with a count of 980 in just under an hour. The first Fieldfare of the autumn with 36 west and 20 Redwings also west. Single Wheatear and 3 Stonechats on the airfield with increasing numbers of Meadow Pipit with around 70 this morning. Skylarks remain in low numbers without any arable field at around 30-40 although they did appear to be arriving this morning.

Posted October 17th, 2014 at 11:17 am by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Downend & 'Nessie'

07.30 - 09.20 - Steady flow of migrants for the first 1hr. 30 min of daylight this morning mainly Chaffinches.

546 Chaffinch > east, 18 Meadow Pipits > E, 95 Auks >E,

4 Pied Wagtail, 21 Cormorant flying from roost >SE, 10 Gannet, 4 Manx Shearwaters > S.

Juvenile Thresher Sharks prefer shallow sheltered Bays & the tail can be as long as the total length of the body.After consulting my Marine Expert prey items iinclude Herring as well as several other species & the timing is right for Herring.

Posted October 17th, 2014 at 11:04 am by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Ravens in Budleigh

3 Ravens circling above Fore Street Budleigh this mroning at about 8.30 

Posted October 17th, 2014 at 11:03 am by Richard Allen in General Birding

Thursday 16th October 2014

Torquay harbour

Not a place that I would consider for bird watching but during a visit with my grand daughter recorded the following species, Rock Pipit, Pied wagtail (several) Cormorant,Shag, feral Pigeons, Gulls ~ Herring / Black Head / Greater Black Back, single Raven overhead, Carrion Crow, Buzzard, Heron on the rocks off the coast in front  of the Living Coast centre, the Heron was roosting with numerous Cormorants, I took a distant photo and on looking at it there is a large brown bird with a distinctive white throat and I have no idea as to its identity.

Posted October 16th, 2014 at 8:15 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

South Knighton

10 Stock Doves feeding on fresh cut Maize field

Posted October 16th, 2014 at 6:17 pm by Roger Yeoman in General Birding

plymouth group field visit

Inspite of the wind and low cloud saw plenty of birds including excellent views of 5+ ring ouzel in soar valley going down to starehole bottom.  Also saw twice a merlin.  Lesley 

Posted October 16th, 2014 at 5:20 pm by lesley goonesekera in General Birding

Bideford & Barnstaple Bay Loch Ness Monster!

 I have spoken to a Marine Life expert this morning & although it is rare, there is a possibility it was a Thresher Shark which is listed as vulnerable - IUCM Red List of threatened species.

I have examined video footage on google & I am now almost certain that it was a Thresher Shark. The length of the tail equals approx half the length of the total body.Thresher Sharks stun their prey with tail slaps. They prefer cool pelagic waters but will wander into coastal areas in pursuit of fish.They are very strong swimmers & can leap out of the water.What I think I have seen is the very long tail of a Thresher Shark in shallow water slapping it's tail. I have never seen one before.

I am familiar with the behaviour of Harbour Porpoise, Bottle nose Dolphin & Common Dolphin & have done a Cetacean watch from a coastal headland for several years & I am certain it was none of these species.

Unfortunately, was not able to obtain a photo through the scope.

Posted October 16th, 2014 at 3:19 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Livermead Torquay

Two Firecrests (1 male and 1 female) again in Holly tree in garden on edge of Scadson Woods at 08.15 today. 

Posted October 16th, 2014 at 10:24 am by Clive Mason in General Birding

Wednesday 15th October 2014

late post for 11 Oct Soar Farm

Yellow-Browed Warbler in Copse down from Soar Farm.

Barry Rankine

Yellow-browed Warbler, Barry Rankine Soar Farm

Posted October 15th, 2014 at 11:37 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Barnstaple's Loch Ness Monster - suggestion?!

Thanks for the post about the 'nessie', gave us a good giggle and then a fun discussion about what it could actually have been!

Given it was flat calm and warm, and the creature was quite distant, we reckon perhaps a dolphin or similar that was highly distorted via a mirage effect?? Objects near the horizon over the sea sometimes appear stretched due to the temperature contrast with the air, they often don't look wobbly like heat hazes do. Our guess anyway :)

Posted October 15th, 2014 at 10:26 pm by Helen Whitall in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Watched from the hide 09:00 till 12:00

4 spotted redshanks, and still 3 ruff, 70+ dunlin , 1 knot, 42+ greenshanks, 5 avocet with good numbers of redshanks , black tailed godwits, curlew, 15+ bar tailed godwits, 1 kingfisher, 1 peregrine, 1 sparrowhawk, 2 buzzards, 1 kestrel they have been scarce here over last year so a good record, 1 reed bunting and 1 stonechat male, still good numbers of teal with 300+, 170+ wigeon, 6+ jay, 1 stock dove, 10+ swallow, 2 house martins in with a large group of skylarks.

 

Posted October 15th, 2014 at 10:07 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Braunton Marshes

Cycled down to the Marshes around 17.00 & at first no sign of the Cattle Egret.

Looked through a small flock of Gulls with the scope feeding in the field with the Black Welsh cattle - 56 BH Gulls & 1 Med Gull. The Cattle Egret then flew in & landed on a post by the galvanised gate adjacent to the private road.

I digiscoped the bird from a gate entrance to the Great Field on the other side of the main Marsh road not the private road.The bird was over 100 metres away & it remained on the post preening until a flock of Crows swooped in & spooked it.



Posted October 15th, 2014 at 7:05 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Berry Head seawatch

Seawatch 09:00-15:00. Wind SE moving around to SSW, wet then a clearance. All south: Little Gull (ad), 11 Mediterranean Gulls (3 ad, 4 2w, 4 1w), 38 Common Gull, 4 Arctic Skuas (2 ads, juv & 1s), 3 Pomarine Skuas (1 ad, 2 juvs), Great Skua, 2 Balearic Shearwaters, 5 Sandwich Terns, 13 Common Scoter, 345 Kittiwakes, Red-throated Diver and several Harbour Porpoise.

Best bird was a Merlin than came in off the sea and made two passes over my head (also saw one yesterday near Buckfastleigh), these small falcons amaze me as they often are flying in awful conditions. A Ring Ouzel was calling in one of the bushes while walking back.

 

Posted October 15th, 2014 at 6:27 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Torr Quarry ( nr. Kingsbridge )

First Redwing of the autumn for me flying over here this morning.

Posted October 15th, 2014 at 5:15 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Brixham

08.15

8+ Redwing in flight briefly, heading south east over Brixham College rear car park. 

Posted October 15th, 2014 at 1:46 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Berry Hd

Out before the rain, vismig included: my first (approx) 76 Redwing on site this Autumn in several flocks >W, also first Brambling and Redpoll sp. of autumn. Other birds all >E, 220 Swallows, 26 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin, 3 'alba' Wagtails, 60+ Meadow Pipits, 2 Song Thrush, 33 Goldfinch, 6 Chaffinch, 4 Greenfinch, 3 Siskin, 4 Linnet, 1 Skylark.

Around Headland: of note just 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 5 Stonechat and 7 Goldcrest. 

Posted October 15th, 2014 at 1:06 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

East from Instow

11 Brent Geese, a Wheatear, lots of Meadow Pipit and Linnet, 2 Bullfinch over and a Bar-tailed Godwit were highlights along from Instow towards the power station this morning.

Posted October 15th, 2014 at 11:23 am by Lowell Mills in General Birding

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