Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 22nd–31st October 2014

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Tuesday 28th October 2014

Lundy update

Further to the earlier post for today, there were three Yellow-browed Warblers in Millcombe this afternoon (thanks to Rob Duncan for this update from the island).

Posted October 28th, 2014 at 10:39 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Berry Head seawatch

09:40-13:30, SSW4 clear gradually becoming more murky. At first large but distant feeding frenzy out in Lyme Bay, with many skua sp. attending, it gradually got closer to BHd and skuas started drifting off heading south, some coming closer 11:00 onwards. Those identified: 23 Poms, 18 Arctic and 4 Bonxie. Also Balearic Shearwater, 4  Mediterranean Gulls (2 ad, 2w, 1w) and Great Northern Diver.

While walking out, checked the bottom of the quarry and glimpsed what I thought was a Yellow-browed Warbler in with tit flock, on the way back it was calling strongly.

Posted October 28th, 2014 at 5:25 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Berry Head - Froward Pt

am. Black redstart on look-out roof. Froward point,  pm. 2 Merlin, 1 flew past daymark and another down near the pines.

Posted October 28th, 2014 at 4:39 pm by John Lusher in Bird News

Aylesbeare Common

Talking of pigeons...'Dove of Peace' sighted over Aylesbeare Common?  Sorry I know this is a serious website but I couldn't resist showing you this cloud formation!  Well I thought it was worth sharing. Happy birding!

Posted October 28th, 2014 at 4:33 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Lundy

Two Yellow-browed Warblers and a Red-breasted Flycatcher on Lundy this morning, and 7 Balearic Shearwaters off the East Side. Visible migration of finches in good numbers for the first time this autumn after an exceptionally quiet season so far for both finches and thrushes.

Posted October 28th, 2014 at 4:06 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

grey phalarope Budleigh Salterton

Grey Phalarope still at Otter Estuary viewed from shingle bank lunchtime today

Posted October 28th, 2014 at 3:19 pm by Tony Pollard in Bird News

Woodpigeon movements

To Jonathan Riscoe re birds heading out to see, take a look at my post for last Weds 22nd. A few thousand heading straight out to sea over Bolt Head and many also west.

Posted October 28th, 2014 at 2:45 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

South Brent ~ Ring Ouzel's

A good morning watching the Ring Ouzel's near the Avon dam, nine showing until the general public arrived with kids, dogs, bikes and noise, for the first time in years I can claim a Dipper on that stretch of the Rv Avon, in fact two seen, one unrung and the other with orange and green and a white and BTO ring on the other leg.
Grey Wagtails, two Kestrels, very close up views of a Green Woodpecker that spent the morning in the same area, male Yellow Hammer, Goldcrest, Raven, singles of both Redwing and Song Thrush. Blue, Great & Coal Tit's, numerous Robins, really good numbers of Blackbirds. Several flocks of small passage birds and the continuation of the Wood pigeon movement I suspect close to 700 birds seen this morning all still headed west.

Posted October 28th, 2014 at 1:57 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

South Brent ~ Ring Ouzel's

A good morning watching the Ring Ouzel's near the Avon dam, nine showing until the general public arrived with kids, dogs, bikes and noise, for the first time in years I can claim a Dipper on that stretch of the Rv Avon, in fact two seen, one unrung and the other with orange and green and a white and BTO ring on the other leg.
Grey Wagtails, two Kestrels, very close up views of a Green Woodpecker that spent the morning in the same area, male Yellow Hammer, Goldcrest, Raven, singles of both Redwing and Song Thrush. Blue, Great & Coal Tit's, numerous Robins, really good numbers of Blackbirds. Several flocks of small passage birds and the continuation of the Wood pigeon movement I suspect close to 700 birds seen this morning all still headed west.

Posted October 28th, 2014 at 1:57 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Aylesbeare Common E. Devon

Clear movemnt of Wood Pigeons west over the East Devon Pebblebed ridge at 10.30 onwards when I watched.  The flocks averaged 100 birds and came in every 15mins from the Sidmouth Gap area before passing over the Otter valley and climbing over the ridge between Venn Ottery Common and Aylesbeare Common.  

There has been discussion over the years as to where the flocks go and where they come from with various theories put forward.  Clearly this is an annual event with flocks passing down through Devon but no clear evidence of them heading out to sea.  If they are seen heading out to sea from the south Devon coast please could we know.

Posted October 28th, 2014 at 1:41 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Wood pigeons over Haytor

Over Haytor at about  9:00 am this morning there was a large movement of Wood Pigeons all heading south,in ten minutes or so I counted between 600 to 700 in quite large flocks, and I am sure that there were many more.

Posted October 28th, 2014 at 10:15 am by Keith Benyon- Tinker in Bird News

Downend

06.50 - 08.40.

Vis mig with moderate ESE turning Southerly after 09.00.

Movement of migrants fizzled out after 08.40.

2165 Chaffinch, 3 Bullfinch,12 Siskin,16 Meadow Pipit, 20 Starling, 14 Woodpigeon, 2 Pied Wagtails.

Posted October 28th, 2014 at 9:39 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Monday 27th October 2014

Heading home to Rugby & stopping at Bowling Green Marsh - Sunday 27.10.2014

Peregrine Falcon trying to see off a Carrion Crow following a duck kill!


Posted October 27th, 2014 at 9:33 pm by Steve McAusland in Bird News

Pied wagtails roost in paris st Exeter

 100+ ?Pied wagtails roost in  tree at top of Paris St Exeter 


Posted October 27th, 2014 at 9:30 pm by Jon Tagg in Bird News

Seaton Hole

Mid afternoon today two Firecrest at Seaton Hole with 6+ Goldcrest, a Chiffchaff and a selection of Tits. 

Firecrest
Firecrest

Posted October 27th, 2014 at 7:05 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Early morning at the bridge - some overhead migration, all going south : lots of finches mainly Greenfinch (200+) and Goldfinch (250+) also 10 House Martin, 1 Swallow and small groups of Skylark, Meadow Pipits and Wood Pigeons. A Yellow-browed Warbler in the willows below the bridge with a tit flock showed itself well and called a few times, what a good autumn for this species! A Firecrest in the hedge nearby. Also 2 Blackcap, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Chiff-Chaff, 4 Goldcrest and a 1W Med Gull at Torcross. Lots of unidentified skuas on the horizon heading towards Start Point!

Posted October 27th, 2014 at 4:20 pm by David Cope in Bird News

Start Point

100% cloud cover over land, clear c20kms out at sea. Fresh southerly decreasing through morning.

Vis mig ( from North of car park, 06:50-08:10, all birds heading south )

21 Meadow Pipit, 120 alba Wagtails, 21 Swallows, 340 Goldfinch, 30 Chaffinch, 110 Linnet, 40 Greenfinch, 1 Starling, 1Reed Bunting. Female Merlin seen twice, once caught an unidentified finch.Decided to head down to the lighthouse ( flock of 9 Swallows on the way ), where Bob Burridge, Mike Passman and Eric Wotton were already seawatching. Turned into a nice skua fest, totals between when Bob started at around 07:50 and i left at 12:30 were ( all headed south ) 4 Great Skua, 20 Pomarine Skuas ( 2 adult rest juvs ), 12 Arctic Skuas and 2 juv Long-tailed Skuas. The skuas passed fairly close affording some great views. On  one memorable occasion had 2 Great Skuas and single Arctic, Pom and Long-tailed in the same field of view going for some unfortunate kittiwakes. The vast majority had gone through by 10:00. Also seen up to 1000 Kittiwakes including a large feeding flock southeast of the point tempting several of the skuas to hang around. Other birds going south included Red-throated Diver, 3 Balearic Shearwaters, Sooty Shearwater ( hung around with the Kittiwakes for a while giving great views ), 2 Brent Geese, 5 Common Scoter ( also apparently flightless bird in bay below light ) and 3 Mediterranean Gulls. Just to round it off, nice Black Redstart in the lighthouse compound.

Posted October 27th, 2014 at 3:25 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Otter Estuary, Sunday

Phalarope was still in the Otter Estuary mouth on Sunday afternoon :)

Posted October 27th, 2014 at 2:27 pm by Helen Whitall in Bird News

East Soar

Firecrest on lower slopes of Fir Wood. Also just 5 goldcrest & blackcap

Posted October 27th, 2014 at 2:03 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

East from Instow

Lotti flock with single Chiffchaff. Fair few Blackbird and Meadow Pipit about. Dunlin x 5, Ringed Plover x 20, Turnstone x 12, Redshank x 20 plus usual Oycs/Little Egret/Curlew while tide only just starting to drop. One flock of 10 Skylark. Couple of Med Gull over heading to inland fields c.f. the rock roost.

Posted October 27th, 2014 at 11:16 am by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Eastern visitors on the yealm

Quick ringing session yesterday afternoon came up trumps when a visit to the net had a tristis type chiff & yellow browed warbler in the net side by side ! There was also another yellow brow calling in the trees. Big passage of redwings through also .

Yellow browed warbler
Yellow browed warbler

tristis chiff
tristis chiff

tristis chiff head
tristis chiff head

Posted October 27th, 2014 at 8:00 am by David Scott in Bird News

Sunday 26th October 2014

Topsham

Female Merlin flew across Exe reedbeds & onto Exminster Marshes early morning, Jays a constant presence around Bowling Green Marsh (over 10). Otherwise not a lot of note: 1 Ruff, 1 Spotted redshank, 17 Greenshank and plenty of meadow pipits.

Posted October 26th, 2014 at 8:10 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

BGM & Topsham Recreation Ground

Viewed over the morning tide with Keith.

2+ Spotted Redshank + Ruff + c20 Jays flying to&fro stashing nuts + good numbers of other usual waders and Meadow Pipits

From Viewing Platform

Large group of Gannets could be seen fishing from the Warren bay and over towards Starcross + c3 Great Crested Grebes + c60 Brent Geese + c100 Wigeon + 5 Ravens moving west fying over

Mid-day at Topsham Recreation Ground on my own

Water Pipit landed in from of me in the first clearing from the rowing boat mooring jetty another couple were also looking for it but by the time i turned around they had already left + 6 Common Sandpipers + 7 Greenshank + Peregrine + 2 Kingfishers under M5 bridge near Retreat boatyard.

Walked back to Bowling Green Marsh again mid-afternoon

Awesom display from a Peregrine which had taken out a Wigeon in mid-air just over the right hand pond before seeing off a Buzzard, Raven and a Crow with some acrobatic maneuvers and very loud calling and was really not happy before returning for lunch.

Peregrine
Peregrine

Peregrine
Peregrine

Kingfisher
Kingfisher

Posted October 26th, 2014 at 6:30 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Northam Burrows

One Whimbrel and one Purple Sandpiper at Northam Burrows today, 26/10/14, at 11.30am. Whimbrel at end of tip road, Purple sandpiper on rocks by 8th tee.

Posted October 26th, 2014 at 3:30 pm by Keith Prangnell in Bird News

South Efford Marsh -Aveton Gifford

11.30 - 1300hrs . A Hobby flying east on the South Brent - Loddiswell Rd. Met Eric, the warden, coming away from the hide. He described things as quiet, but not how you would describe the noise from the many Canada's present! 11 Curlews, 20+ Teal, one Shelduck, 1 Stonechat, 2 Meadow Pipits. Surprised to see 2 clouded yellows, 2 peacock and a lone speckled wood still flying in the fairly strong cold breeze.

Posted October 26th, 2014 at 3:11 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Cranbrook (New Town), Exeter

An early morning visit to the scrape produced a 'female type' Black Redstart and a female Stonechat sitting on the barbed wire fence together with 3 Meadow Pipits and a Gt Spotted Woodpecker over.  Nothing on the scrape itself which is now full of water and greening up.

The approach road to the scrape and reserve now has a name... Burrough Fields and a grit path is being constructed for access.

Posted October 26th, 2014 at 11:02 am by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Berry Head

First visit to the Head after 10 days away: 1 juv Long-tailed Skua, 10 Juv Pomarine Skuas, 8 Arctic Skuas, 1 Great Skua, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Common Scoter, many Auk Sp all >S (thanks Lee Collins for early call), 

Around Head and overhead of note: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler (photo Below), 2 Firecrest, 15 Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Brambling, 1 Yellowhammer

Yellow-browed Warbler Berry Hd 26 Oct 2014 ML Yellow-browed Warbler Berry Hd 26 Oct 2014 ML

Posted October 26th, 2014 at 10:42 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Ring Ouzel's ~ South Brent

A first light visit to the Avon dam resulted in a count of 14 Ring Ouzel's, at one point 11 broke cover and flew out to the moors quickly followed by another 3.

7 Fieldfare joined them at one point, a single Song Thrush, numerous Blackbirds.

A flight of 6 Goosanders flew down the river as I had walked up, other species included Kestrel, Grey Wagtail, Buzzard, 2 Ravens, Stonechat

Flock of some 100 plus Woodpigeons, small flock of passage Redwings

Posted October 26th, 2014 at 10:03 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Start Point

100% cloud cover, mod-fresh W wind.

Vis mig 06:55-08:00 ( from car park, all birds south-southwest )

7 Woodpigeon ( its a start ! ), 16 Meadow Pipit, 20 alba Wagtials, 25 Swallow, 110 Linnet, 10 Bullfinch, 21 Greenfinch, 310 Goldfinch, 15 Chaffinch ( gone AWOL this morning ) and 5 Reed Bunting.

Heard about a good skua passage at Dawlish / Berry Head. Just had time to set my scope up in the car park and point it seaward for 15 minutes before i had to leave. Frustratingly 7 Pom / Arctics seen flying south in about 15 minutes. Bob B was down at the light so hopefully he will have some numbers later on.

Posted October 26th, 2014 at 10:00 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Saturday 25th October 2014

Shaldon

A (locally) very good passage of Arctic Skuas offshore this afternoon with 26 seen from the top of The Ness between 15:15-16:15, the majority heading south including a party of 5, and at least a further dozen viewed from Teignmouth before and afterwards. Also a Firecrest in The Ness.

Posted October 25th, 2014 at 10:46 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Prawle

As autumn draws to a close ( arrgh! I hear you cry) the 3 amigos ( PM, JL and TM) set forth to discover late migrants :

Highlights today being 2 Yellow-Browed Warblers –both found by PM ( one in the reserve which we all saw at c 11.15am and another in Merrymore Lane towards Pig’s Nose Valley which JL and myself did not ); then 2 Merlins (JL and I saw one at Langerstone Point on rocks; I saw another on the edge of the recording area on top of a telegraph pole on leaving Prawle ) and 6 Egyptian Geese in field nr Merrimore Lane.

A brief seawatch by JL later joined by PM c 10am from Bunkers produced 6 skuas : 3 Bonxies ; 1 Arctic, I imm Pom and 1 unidentified skua all west ; also a Great Northern Diver and  2 Balearic Shearwaters, 5 Common Scoter east and 2 Common Dolphins.

Vis mig results (8.15 to 9.30) : 3 Siskin, 1 Reed Bunting, 790 Goldfinches, 258 Linnets , 195 Chaffinches, c 100 Meadow Pipits, 220  Woodpigeons (the start of things to come ?) , 11 Stock Doves, 8 Greenfinches , 13 Swallows. PM also saw a late Whitethroat nr the Hump.

Elsewhere 12 Long-Tailed Tits, only 3 Goldcrests ,  2 Chiffchaff and 1 Clouded Yellow. Well noted was the lack of thrushes. JL and myself left at 4.30pm.

Posted October 25th, 2014 at 9:00 pm in Bird News

Axmouth

Finally a Yellow-browed Warbler on patch this autumn!

It was up Chapel Street, Axmouth, shortly after 1pm. Showed well in a front garden and along road side, but overall elusive so a good job it's a vocal one (isn't it funny how some remain stubbornly silent whereas others don't stop calling!).  Spent most of its time alone, but shared a bush with two Goldcrest briefly.

It was beyond entrance to Stepps Lane, where road bends left with a public footpath and stile on the right.

Posted October 25th, 2014 at 8:55 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Budleigh / Otter Estuary

The Grey Phalarope continues to stay faithful to its favoured feeding area at the mouth of the Otter. Also today an adult Spoonbill and Little Gull briefly (Alan and Dave).

Over the last few days a Merlin and 100+ Skylark in fields east of the Otter and at least 1 Firecrest on the coastal path above West Cliffs.

Posted October 25th, 2014 at 7:34 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Soar

A very quiet start (I didn't see a single bird between the car park and Mid soar at dawn!) and nowhere near the vis mig Perry has reported at Start. However things picked up a bit later with c800 Wood Pigeons and c15 Stock Doves west and another c100 Wood Pigeons and c15 Stock Doves south-east. 

c25 Goldfinches and c15 alba Wagtails overhead but they didn't seem to be going in any firm direction.

A Yellow-browed Warbler in the clump of sallows beside the main path in Starehole. Also a Merlin, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, just single Blackcap and Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Wagtails, 4 Song Thrushes, and 2 Goldcrests.

At the top of Starehole, a bright ginger Dunnock, the likes of which I've never seen before!

Nothing of note at South Huish on the way home.

Posted October 25th, 2014 at 6:37 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Shipley-Avon Dam, South Brent

After a slow start eventually located 6 ring ouzels below the Dam, with one fieldfare flying in with them off the open moor. 2 kestrels also sighted. Photos on South Brent Birders F/Book page.

Posted October 25th, 2014 at 3:13 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

GREY PHALAROPE

The grey Phalarope  showed well once the tide went out enough for it to get on the mud at the back of the shingle bank  

Posted October 25th, 2014 at 2:07 pm by martin cox in Bird News

Start Point

100% cloud cover, moderate WSW wind.

Vis mig 07:40 - 09:45 ( from car park, all flying south - southwest )

80 Meadow Pipit, 14 alba Wagtails, 3 Swallows, 80 Linnet, 640 Goldfinch, 170 Chaffinch, 8 Bullfinch, 9 Siskin, 7 Greenfinch and 6 Reed Buntings. Also seen single Fieldfare in the farm and strangest sight of the all a Black-throated Diver flying over the point from the west ( ie inland ).

Posted October 25th, 2014 at 10:57 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Friday 24th October 2014

Ring Ouzels ~ South Brent

Another visit to the Avon Dam this afternoon, enroute met several birders coming back down the road who had visited the area without seeing anything of note, certainly no Ring Ouzels. However within a few minutes of reaching the area in which the nine were seen yesterday a female showed well, all be it very jumpy, two other birders observed two others, I can only claim the hen which was moving between two berry-laden trees.

Kestel seen and good numbers of Goldcrests, lots of Blackbirds feeding on the berry trees, again very poor lighting and visibility.

Another birder reported seeing three Ring Ouzels just above the car park, again feeding on berries.

Posted October 24th, 2014 at 10:36 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Start Point - Torcross

Rain forecast for the morning never materialised, but some showers in the night. Got a lift  to Start Point car park on site at 07:45 where there was a moderate sw wind and local hill fog. Spent an hour around the car park but saw little, best being 12 Swallows heading south  ( also about 20 alba Wagtails, 60 Goldfiches, 60 Meadow Pipits and a few Chaffinches ). Walked down to the lighthouse where there was a Black Redstart. Offshore surprised to see some Kittiwakes headed south with an Arctic Skua despite the apparent benign conditions. At least 500 Kittiwakes were feeding southeast of the Point. Bob Burridge then turned up and from 09:30 - 12:30 between us we saw heading south 2 Manx Shearwaters, a Balearic Shearwater which hung around, 4 Shelduck, 4 Common Scoter, 3 Great Skuas and 10 Arctic Skuas, some stopping to hassle the Kittiwakes. Also 2 unidentified Skuas ( 1 Pom/Arctic, 1 Long-tailed/Arctic ). A good late flock of 30 Swallows and 3 House Martins briefly flew around the point. Little else seen, no other migrants at the light or farm.

Walking down to South Hallsands little seen apart from a Clouded Yellow. Things improved at North Hallsands, the bushy/reedy area behind the beach had a Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackcap and best of all a Yellow-browed Warbler. It showed well for a couple minutes then dissapeared into cover but was then calling. A Wheatear was on the beach. Bumped into Bob again at Beesands where an excellent number of 50 Swallows present, Bob also had 6 House Martins. On the ley 51 Gadwall, 62 Coot and 11 Tufted Duck, things improved here since last winter. Nothing around Cellers Quarry and got to Torcross just in time to catch the bus home.

 

Posted October 24th, 2014 at 5:30 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Berry Head pm

A mid afternoon wander around was interrupted by seeing 20+ skuas joining in with a large assembly of Kittiwakes (600+), gulls and Gannets off shore. Without scope I was unable to identify all, most quite distant, but was  able to pick out 2 adult pale Arctic Skuas, several juveniles, and 2-3 juvenile Pomarines of which one flew past close into the bay.

 

Posted October 24th, 2014 at 4:38 pm in Bird News

Thursday 23rd October 2014

Prawle Seawatch

7.40 to 12.30 am seawatch in SW/SSW force 4 going 5/6 with Frank L. and John L. Misty at times and a few passing showers ie pretty good conditions (tho not North Cornwall in  NWesterlies !)

1 Black-Throated Diver (moulting to wp); 1 imm Pom; 2 Arctic skuas; 13 Balearic and 2 Manx Shearwaters ;  604 auks, 163 Kittiwakes all west . Also 1 Med Gull adult wp and  3 Common Scoter.

Posted October 23rd, 2014 at 9:43 pm in Bird News

Ring Ouzels - South Brent

Further to post by Steve Hopper, a fair sized group of Ring Ouzels was first observed below the Avon Dam by a group of 9 South Brent Birders on an organised walk at 1130 hrs Wed 22.10.14. I returned alone with a camera at 1500 hrs . The largest confirmed group seen together comprised 10 Ring Ouzels, although others may have been present nearby. The group included both males, and females with juveniles being a possibility.

Ring Ouzel at South Brent on 22.10.14
Ring Ouzel at South Brent on 22.10.14

Posted October 23rd, 2014 at 8:27 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Ring Ouzels ~ South Brent

Despite the awful weather this afternoon I made the walk out to the Avon Dam to find the Ring Ouzels reported by members of the local birding group yesterday. Once found the light was so poor that it was not possible to even make out the markings on the birds, but evenually two of them came close enough in flight for a posiitve ID, shortly afterwards nine broke cover and circled overhead before beinbg lost in the fog and mist.

Other birds inc Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, numerous Long-tailed Tits, Meadow Pipits and Skylarks.

On the way back at another stand of berry trees numerous "Blackbird / Thrush type species" observed three of which ID'd as Ring Ouzel.

Posted October 23rd, 2014 at 5:27 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Otter Estuary

The Grey Phalarope still this afternoon showing ridiculously well behind the shingle ridge, 

Posted October 23rd, 2014 at 4:18 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Venn, Aveton Gifford

14 Swallows over the garden late morning.

Posted October 23rd, 2014 at 4:16 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Lost falcon

Lost from the South Brent area on the 21st October a hybrid Gyr falcon, looks much like an Arctic Gyr as per images attached, any sightings or information please contact Steve Hopper on mobile 07816 958063 or by email at southhamshawks@owls.entadsl.com 

Given the recent weather the bird could now be some distance from South Brent.




Posted October 23rd, 2014 at 7:41 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Wednesday 22nd October 2014

grey phalarope

 grey phalarope still showing well at budleigh this afternoon


Posted October 22nd, 2014 at 10:36 pm by gray clements in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:30 till 17:50

A female merlin flew through by the the viewing platform and a kingfisher showed well , 2 stonechat to the left of the path. 1900+ wigeon were between exton station and powderham corner on the estuary, 5+ jays.

from the hide 3 spotted redshanks among 300+ redshanks, 18 avocet, 40+ bar tailed godwits among 850+ black tailed godwits, 200+ curlew, 20+ dunlin, 6+ greenshanks, 250+ pied wagtails , 6+ jays.

Posted October 22nd, 2014 at 10:08 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Snow Bunting. Northam burrows.

Snow Bunting flew along pebble ridge from Westward Ho!, dir.

landed briefly,then continued towards Sandymere.

Posted October 22nd, 2014 at 4:45 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Topsham Recreation Ground

The traditional Water Pipit back on territory at the Rec this morning. On the shingle island or along the shore by the path up river to The Retreat.

Water Pipit - Topsham Rec - 22/10/2014
Water Pipit - Topsham Rec - 22/10/2014

Posted October 22nd, 2014 at 2:48 pm by Tim Worfolk in Bird News

East to Middle Soar

A great day for vis mig: Woodpigeon 6530 moving west and south, many straight out to sea with 105 Stock Dove. Also generally moving west 300 Skylark (some grounded), 143 Meadow Pipit (some grounded), 2 Grey Wagtail, 55 Chaffinch, 37 Goldfinch, 5 Siskin & a Reed Bunting.

Other migrants were a Wheatear on Bolt Head, Ring Ouzel & 4 Goldcrest in Starehole, 5 Jay and of course my first Ortolan Bunting for the site. Best day of the autumn!

Posted October 22nd, 2014 at 2:05 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Middle Soar

Ortolan bunting with goldfinches on stubbles by old Admiralty Station aka the Pepperpot, at 1150. Freaked by passing peregrine.

Full morning deatails later.

Posted October 22nd, 2014 at 12:47 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Haytor

A flock of 250 to 300 Golden Plover flying around to the North of Haytor at 9:00 am this morning.

Posted October 22nd, 2014 at 11:18 am by Keith Benyon-Tinker in Bird News

Instow

8 Turnstone, 5 Grey Plover, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 25 Brent Goose, 20 Wigeon were highlights this morning.

Posted October 22nd, 2014 at 11:16 am by Lowell Mills in Bird News

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