Devon Bird Sightings from 8th–14th October 2014

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Tuesday 14th October 2014

Devon Weekend of Birding

Highlights of this weekend's trip to North Devon

Saturday the 11th Of October, Lundy Island, 1 Grey Pharalope.

Sunday the 12th of October, Yelland, 3 Spoonbill, Braunton area, 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail) 1 Marsh Harrier.

Monday the 13th of October, Bowling Green Marsh, 1 Bittern, 1 Spotted Redshank.

Posted October 14th, 2014 at 8:03 pm by Steve McAusland in General Birding

Velator

A long ringing session was rewarded with the first WATER RAIL for the site today. Further details on the Forum. We also saw Sparrowhawk, Peregrine and Marsh Harrier over the reserve. Lots of Black-headed Gulls feeding on insects over the reserve.

Posted October 14th, 2014 at 7:39 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Bideford & Barnstaple Bay

Mirror calm in the Bay this aft & very warm temperatures when the sun was out.

1 Great Northern Diver in the Bay.Timed several of the dives, one was for 3mins 45 secs & I bet it can stay under for longer than that.

While looking at the GNDiver from Saunton Down through the scope I spotted an unidentified marine animal which I have never seen the likes of before approx 2 miles distant. Surfacing twice vertically in quick succession with what appeared to be a neck approx 6 foot high & one foot wide  A minute passed by & the action was repeated a second time, both times close to the shore just beyond the surf  It looked like the neck & head of a juvenile Loch Ness Monster or ET! It came down with a splash each time.

You will no doubt already be thinking I have been drinking at lunchtime or Rob has finally taken leave of his senses! Not so.

Any suggestions?

A few Porpoise gently surfacing in the Bay as well

Posted October 14th, 2014 at 5:37 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

River Caen/ River taw

1000-1400.  The Cattle egret is still around but not seen by this birder today.

Stonechat 2, Cetties seen by the toll house. 1 Common sand, 16 Greenshank, 7 Redshank, 26 Dunlin, 20+ Lapwing, 2 Grey wag, 5 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel and a female Merlin chasing a pipit.

Posted October 14th, 2014 at 4:45 pm by John Hunt in General Birding

East Soar to Soar Mill Cove

Six hours from 0750 high on quantity but a little lacking in quality: highlights were female merlin & 3 ring ouzel in Starehole. Also: great-spotted woodpecker 2f, skylark 280 (some grounded  but most moving east), swallow 2, meadow pipit 127, alba wagtail 16, robin 86, stonechat 37 (indicates very good breeding season), wheatear 9, song thrush 6, chiffchaff 22, goldcrest 4, jay 5 moving west, magpie 27, carrion crow 150, goldfinch 38, linnet 60, yellowhammer 14 & cirl bunting 6.

Posted October 14th, 2014 at 2:48 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust Cuts

Apologies if already aware but I have just recieved this which may be of interest and concern to our members 

Torbay Council are proposing to cut funding to Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust who manage much of our local woodland and coastline including Berryhead, The Grove, Occombe Farm, Cockington, The Seashore Centre, Brunel Woods, Daddyhole, Hope's Nose, Wall's Hill, parts of Maidencombe and The John Musgrave Trail. Without this funding they will have to turn much of their duties back over to the council - the council can in no way afford to maintain these sites to the standard we have become accustomed for the same money that they give to TCCT. The reason TCCT can function at such low income from the council is due to their army of volunteers. So if the council cut funding and TCCT hand the land back we can expect a enormous drop in the quality of our outdoor spaces in Torbay. If you are a member of TCCT,  you may have already written to the council about this or signed the e petition. If not, please do and you need to do it by tomorrow: 

This is the link to the e petition 

You do have to first register on the council web site before you can sign it (a brief form - an annoyance I know but it is brief). There are also paper versions at Occombe Farm & Cafe, Berryhead Visitor Centre and Cafe and at Cockington.

Posted October 14th, 2014 at 2:22 pm by Tim Clyburn in General Birding

Berry Hd

Respectable visible migration today 07.30 0950hrs: 39 Skylark, 53 Chaffinch, 108 Meadow Pipits, 13 'alba' Wagtails, 4 Siskin, 36 Goldfinch, 12  Greenfinch, 7 Bullfinch, 3 Song Thrush and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Around the Headland: 1 Wheatear, 1 Firecrest, 9 Goldcrest, 10 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap. 200+ Guillemots on Cliffs today.

6 Harbour Porpoise just off head this morning - click this link for video. http://youtu.be/34hH6oIQGPw

 

Torbay: 16 Common Scoter off Roundham Headland.

Clennon Valley 13 October: 1 Firecrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest, 3 Little Egrets still at least 5 Gadwall on lower lake. 

Posted October 14th, 2014 at 2:12 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Exminster Marsh

A nice surprise this morning at 10.09 there was a male RING OUZEL, just up from the RSPB car park 100yds along the back track to Turf, In the field on the left hand side under the pylon, I watched It for 5 minutes or so before It disappeared off behind the row of brambles. Also one Wheatear. 

Posted October 14th, 2014 at 1:37 pm by Kevin Bainbridge in General Birding

Higher Brownstone, Froward Point and Old Mill Bay

08:00 - 12:15. All East; 1 Woodlark over FP at 08:25, 15 Skylarks, 9 Jay (2, 5, 2) over OMB (+ 2 more in trees at the Coastwatch building), 1 female Merlin, 1 Grey Wagtail, 5 Meadow Pipit, 13 Greenfinch, 5 Goldfinch and 20+ Swallow. Also 15 Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaff, 15 Goldcrest, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler (1 in Sycamores in OMB at 10:37, SX90696 50051, another duller bird in the hedge between the gate to the point and Froward Cove at 11:32, SX90433 49780), 1 Ring Ouzel (FC), 1 Wheatear (FC).

Posted October 14th, 2014 at 12:46 pm by Matt Twiggs in General Birding

Kingfisher in Barnstaple

Seen a Kingfisher twice now along the River Taw in Barnstaple, between the Old Bridge and the New Bridge. Second sighting was today, out the back of Tea on the Taw.

Posted October 14th, 2014 at 10:53 am by Emma in General Birding

Monday 13th October 2014

Ring Ouzels at Starehole

Just attaching a photo of one of the RO's at Starehole. I was there last friday at the same time as Steve Cox. 

Ring Ouzel at Starehole
Ring Ouzel at Starehole

Posted October 13th, 2014 at 10:22 pm by Rod Worrall in General Birding

Soar

Rain through night and morning, easing mid-afternoon. Moderate north wind.

08:30-17:00. Hard going today and not much to add to Rob's post. Snipe ( flushed from stubble, Southdown ), 300 Skylark ( grounded in area ), Grey Wagtail, 5 Wheatear, 6 Ring Ouzel ( as per Rob all in Starehole but i bet there were several more sheltering ), 30 Blackbird, 30 Song Thrush, 12 Blackcap, 25 Chiffchaff, 8 Goldcrest, 2 Firecrest and 2 Reed Bunting.

Envy anyone out tomorrow morning watching the vis mig, could be a lot going over first thing.

 

 

Posted October 13th, 2014 at 9:22 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

East Soar & Starehole Valley

The rain abated enough by mid-afternoon for a two hour visit. Highlights were 6 ring ouzel in Starehole, firecrest in willows below the farm and yellow-browed heard here but could not be located! Also 3 wheatear, garden warbler, 9 blackcap, 13 chiffchaff, 6 song thrush, jay and 60 meadow pipit. 

Posted October 13th, 2014 at 6:06 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Braunton Marsh

No sign of the Cattle Egret this afternoon, but brief reports earlier of a bird 'over in the next fields'.... The black cattle have been moved to the next field along. Marsh Harrier (adult female) over at 15.47.

Single Shoveler on Wrafton Pond.

Posted October 13th, 2014 at 5:15 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Sometimes going out in absolutely atrocious weather has its rewards and today was one of those days. In the heavy and persistent rain that has been going on all day, finding a flock of 36 Mistle Thrushes would have been worth noting but to find a patch tick in terms of single Grey Plover sitting on one of the runways was beyond expectations. Plenty of Meadow Pipits, Skylarks and Pied wags around the sileage heaps but didn't feel inclined to count them!

Posted October 13th, 2014 at 4:50 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 08:30 till 11:45

a good increase in wigeon to 500+ and still 300+ teal, 1 new in curlew sandpiper in with 150+ dunlin, 4 ruff, 3 spotted redshanks, 12 greenshanks, 11 avocet, 2 grey plover, 1 golden plover over good numbers of curlew, redshanks, black tailed godwits, 1 jay, 1 Cetti's warbler, 22+ bar tailed godwits, lots of meadow pipits and 6 Brent geese(2 adult, 4 juv).

Update15:20 thank to Martin Wolinski for call a  bittern showing from hide on left hand side in reeds in front of gate

Posted October 13th, 2014 at 2:42 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Golden Plovers on Haytor

On my morning dog walk around Haytor I have seen a flock of Golden Plover flying around the Haytor area,on Friday 10th 100+, Saturday 11th 200+,and Sunday 12th 100+.Seen between 8 & 9 am,very restless and reluctant to land.

Posted October 13th, 2014 at 7:31 am by Keith Benyon-Tinker in General Birding

Sunday 12th October 2014

Topsham

3 Med gulls at Tosham rec late pm.

Posted October 12th, 2014 at 10:23 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Bowling green marsh and the exe river

watched from the hide 08:50 till 11:30

2 spotted redshanks, 3 ruff, 55+ dunlin, 12 new in avocets, good numbers of black tailed godwits, curlew and redshanks, 25+ bar tailed godwits,  12+ greenshanks, 20+ lapwing, 1 water rail, 150+ wigeon, 330+ teal, 1 juv common tern, 25+ jay, 3 stonechat, 1 Cetti's warblrr, 1 chiffchaff, 150+ meadow pipit ( most overhead) , 100+ skylark over, 5 grey heron, 3 little egret, 7 Brent geese over and 1 golden plover only the second record of the autumn, 1 green woodpecker, 1 great spotted woodpecker. 

viewing platform area 11:35 till 12:00

1 kingfisher and the juv common term, more skylark and meadow pipit over, 1 grey wagtail.

13:15 till 15:30 a walk around the exe from salmon pool to double locks produced , 2 little grebe , 2 kingfishers, 6+ jay, 2 great spotted woodpeckers, 2 grey heron , 2 chiffchaff , 4+ goldcrests. 

Posted October 12th, 2014 at 9:29 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Braunton Marsh

The Cattle Egret is proving quite a draw - two people I spoke to this afternooon had come from the Midlands! (via some survey work on Lundy admittedly) Whilst there three Swallows flew over.

Posted October 12th, 2014 at 9:23 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

East Soar & Starehole

Early afternoon in quite breezy conditions found one Yellow-browed Warbler and a Goldcrest in the willows below the farm. In the valley, 2 possibly 3 Ring Ouzel (1 male & 1 1st winter), 4 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff + 1 very probable Garden Warbler.  Worryingly a Sparrowhawk was hunting around the hawthorns where the Ouzels were feeding.  100's Pipits with a few Skylarks and Wagtails, but no Swallows, near the airfield

Posted October 12th, 2014 at 8:14 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Remaining pretty quiet - only surprise was accidentally flushing a Tawny Owl. Wheatears still moving through with 7 today (last weeks maxima was 8). Stonechats up to 3, Snipe also 3 and single Green Woodpecker again. Meadow pipits increasing - around 50 today and 30+ Skylarks. Alas no sign of any Golden Plovers to report. 

Posted October 12th, 2014 at 8:08 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Bolberry and Soar Mill Cove

Visited 0730-1100. One Ring Ouzel and first Merlin of the autumn. Huge numbers of Meadow Pipits, at least 750, 40 Skylark, 20 Alba Wagtail. Otherwise 16 Chiffchaff, 11 Blackcap, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Wheatear, 4 Swallow, 15 Blackbird, 6 Song Thrush, 2 Reed Bunting and 100+ Linnet. 

Posted October 12th, 2014 at 4:54 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Old Bridge Barnstaple

At the Old Bridge there was a flock of 120+ Canada Goose, in with them was what looked like a domestic goose completely white but was smaller than the rest and stockier but not particulary fat, also it had a small grey beak that was quite small and blun. Also had a bit of mottled black on the tail/back that made it look like it was molting.

Any Ideas?

{ Eds see:  https://www.devonbirds.org/news/bird_news/devon_bird_sightings?blogMonth=9&blogYear=2013&blogEntry=3685  }

Posted October 12th, 2014 at 4:14 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in General Birding

FAO: John Hunt // Golden Plover

Just a shoutout on seeing this post, to ask if anyone has seen Golden Plover over the weekend, can they please submit their sightings via the BTO's Birdtrack database? There is a co-ordinated survey of Golden Plover across the whole of Europe this weekend so all sightings will help.

Posted October 12th, 2014 at 4:08 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Berry Head

0720-0950hrs: 2 Firecrests (one quarry the other near to upper stile into Heath), 1 Ring Ouzel below Guardhouse Cafe, 8 Chiffchaff, 14 Goldcrest, 5 Blackcap, 7 Stonechat. 200 Guillemots on Cliffs (first noted back on cliffs on 10th Oct).

Overhead: 34 'alba' Wagtails, 30 Meadow Pipits, 10 Chaffinch, 7 Siskin, 2 Bullfinches, 1 Reed Bunting, 11 Swallows, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

I returned early afternoon to cover the woods again: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler (same area as this morning's Firecrest near heaths upper stile) showed well for a minute or so but only called a couple of times then silent - with a tit flock including 2 Firecrest, 8 Goldcrests and a Coal Tit.  

Posted October 12th, 2014 at 3:46 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

River Plym / Saltram / Lopwell dam

0930-1100 Blaxton pool at high tide:

43 Curlew, 7 Redshank, 6 Greenshank, 14 Little Egret roosting, 2 juvenile Shelduck, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant. 90+ Wood Pigeon in the fields.

1130-1400 Lopwell dam / river Tavy.

Fairly quiet. 3 Little Egret, 3 Common Sandpiper, 10 Little Grebe, 2 Muscovy duck, 4 Raven overhead, 1 Kingfisher. A flock of 17 Mistle Thrush in the trees of Maristow estate.

Posted October 12th, 2014 at 3:38 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

River caen/Braunton marsh

0900-1230. 25+ Longtail tit by vellator car park, on the marsh the Cattle egret showed well among the cattle and on a barn roof, Also seen 40+ Stock dove, 6 Stonechat and 2 Raven. Small numbers of swallows were still passing through. High over the river taw were 100+ Golden plover

Sherpa marsh held a female Marsh harrier 2 Buzzard and a few snipe.

Posted October 12th, 2014 at 2:36 pm by John Hunt in General Birding

Firecrests on the Yealm Estuary

Must be good numbers of these little chaps floating about at the moment had 3 in the net this morning in couple hours along with 6 goldcrests also. They were 2 males & a female With female 4.8 g & males 5.1 & 5.5g respectively. How do they manage to cross seas ?? Beautiful little birds .

Female firecrest
Female firecrest

Male firecrest
Male firecrest

Posted October 12th, 2014 at 2:09 pm by David Scott in General Birding

Mt Batten, Plymouth

10 Med gulls on the rocks, mostly wp ads.

Posted October 12th, 2014 at 2:08 pm by Richard Archer in General Birding

R.Caen > Horsey Island

Another interesting WeBS Count this morning on this sector in absolutely perfect weather conditions which is not always the case!  Even the Skylark were up singing this morning.

Highlights of the early morning visit included a Whooper Swan in flight calling at the same time, a male Merlin on a post on Horsey Island, 1 Marsh Harrier & 5 Kingfishers.

Posted October 12th, 2014 at 2:07 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Taw Estuary (11th Oct)

(Gaia Trust SSSI site inside sea wall) Continuous Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Blackbird and Song Thrush passage. Thrushes trapped during the ringing session had low to medium fat reserves and some were still in moult. Still plenty of Robin around. 2 Kingfisher were also ringed. 

Posted October 12th, 2014 at 10:43 am by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Saturday 11th October 2014

Lundy

A Grey Phalarope was seen off the West Side this afternoon during the round-island boat trip. A photo by Steve McAusland of MARINElife is here.

Posted October 11th, 2014 at 11:19 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

bowling green marsh

many Ducks coming out of eclipse plumage,teal,Widgeon ect

four ruff in different plumage,a dodget gull too big for a lesser back

it was too big!

two swallows thru'going west.

Posted October 11th, 2014 at 8:54 pm by Stephen j Turner in General Birding

Berry Head this morning

Just to add to Mike's post we had 6 Bottled nosed dolphin move quickly past the sea watch point shortly after first light, they were heading north before diverting and heading due east. Later, around 09.30, we saw the Ring Ouzel. We were viewing from the northern fort looking west. The bird was around a small shack in some sycamores before calling twice and flying into the quarry.

AJP and CH

Posted October 11th, 2014 at 7:33 pm by Andy Plumb in General Birding

Cattle Egret- Braunton Marsh (08:45h)

Still present near the Private Road this morning, standing on small tree. Unfortunately flew off when camera pointed at it! Yesterday very elusive, a Barn Owl was a bonus.

Posted October 11th, 2014 at 2:08 pm by Andrew Lansdell in General Birding

Berry Hd

Fairly good passage overhead for a clear sunny morning: 62 Meadow Pipits, 41 'alba' Wagtails, 40 Goldfinch, 6 Chaffinch 3 Bullfinch, 18 Greenfinch, 4 Linnet, 7 House Sparrows, 1 Starling, 1 Collared Dove, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 9 Skylark, 18 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 1 Jay.

Around the headland: 11 Goldcrest, 13 Chiffchaff, 4 Stonechat, 5 Blackcap, 1 Wheatear, 2 Song Thrush. 

John Lusher watched a male Ring Ouzel fly in past the southern slopes of the Northern Fort over toward the meadow.

Posted October 11th, 2014 at 11:22 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Start Point

07:25-09:25. Some heavy overnight showers, otherwise clear night. Bright, sunny start to morning, light SW wind.

Strong visible migration in place on my arrival in the car park. In an hour the following passed through ( all heading south ), 9 Skylark, 780 Meadow Pipit, 40 alba Wagtails, 4 House Martin, 100 Swallows, 370 Goldfinches, 250 Linnets, 30 Chaffinches, 40 Greenfinches and 2 Reed Buntings. I would say 80% of this passage went through by 08:00, obviously hard to keep tabs on the birds, lots would have been missed. Had a look around the farm  and top fields, only migrants were single Chiffchaff and Wheatear. Getting back to the car park and there were lots of hirundines feeding below cliff hieght, around 50 each of Swallow and House Martin. 4 Jays then flew south and 3 Siskins ( first i've had this autumn ) went through. Light passage of birds still taking place when a big shower arrived at 09:30.

 

Posted October 11th, 2014 at 10:58 am by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Friday 10th October 2014

Fremington Quay - 10th Oct

Usual large numbers of Redshank with a couple of Greenshank, Common Sandpipers, 25+ Black-tailed Godwits & a smart Ruff on the ebbing tide - all spotted from the road down to the cafe. Later lots of Wigeon with a few Teal from the hide at Home Farm Marsh 

Ruff
Ruff

Greenshank
Greenshank

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Posted October 10th, 2014 at 11:05 pm by Chris Bollen in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

watched from 07:30 till 12:30

A small fall this morning was evident on the walk down to the hide with a group of 10+ goldcrests in with a group of 25+ long tailed tits and a couple of chiffchaffs, with skylarks and meadow pipits moving overhead, the pair of stonechats showed well.

the hide from 07:40 till 09:00 

3+ ruff, 12+ dunlin, 2 spotted redshank, 15+ knot, 30+ bar tailed godwits, in with good numbers of black tailed godwits, curlew and redshanks, 23+ greenshanks, noticeable increase in robins and 8+ jay, 2 Cetti's warblers, 1 green woodpecker, 1 sparrowhawk, 7+ little egrets, 3 grey heron, 40+ wigeon and still good numbers of teal, 20+ meadow pipits.

a walk along the lane and viewing platform 09:00 till 10:15 produced 5+ chiffchaff's, constant movement of jays around rivers meet house, 2 great spotted woodpeckers, continued movement of skylarks and meadow pipits overhead, 2 water rail ( calling) and Cetti's warbler. 

a quick look back at the hide before the waders left showed ruff had increased to 5+ and also reported were 2 curlew sandpiper and a little stint which had dropped in briefly but had gone by time I had got back from viewing platform. 

 

Posted October 10th, 2014 at 6:30 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Braunton

Kingfisher and 3 Dippers along with a Clouded Yellow by the bridge to the reserve, along with a small Tit flock with at least one Chiffchaff. Calling Cetti's in the reserve. Very Little of note at Sherpa. No sign of the Cattle Egret at 5.45p.m. When I returned home, a garden tick! Can't count it though: Guineafowl, quite where it came from is a mystery... It's not the first exotic, I had a Peahen fly over once!

Posted October 10th, 2014 at 6:22 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

East Soar

The highlight on a generally quiet day was 11 Ring Ouzel in Starehole valley, along with 10 Blackbirds (contiental) and 2 Song Thursh. Also 2 Firecrest there. In addition over the rest of the area was 14 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 2 Wheatear, 4 Goldcrest, 50+ Swallow, 6 House Martin, 110 Meadow Pipit & 60 Skylark.

Butterflies, included 10 Clouded yellow, 2 Comma, 2 Peacock, 4 Wall Brown, 3 Small Copper and 15+ Red Admirals.

Posted October 10th, 2014 at 5:47 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Start

With the sun out many butterflies about, the highlight being a Monarch that flew over our heads heading NE along the coast, also Red Admirals, Peacocks and few Clouded Yellows. c300 Swallows heading out.

Posted October 10th, 2014 at 5:21 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

At lunchtime low tide today there was very little wader interest other than the two Ruff that are still hanging about.  What was interesting though was the number of woodland species on the marsh.  This included 4 Jays in the little willow in the ditch together with a Stonechat and a LBJ (Chiffchaff) and two fly over Green Woodpeckers, none of which are very common here.

Posted October 10th, 2014 at 5:02 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

South Molton

3 swallows at 0845 and one clouded yellow ayt about 1100

Posted October 10th, 2014 at 3:51 pm by Arthur Symons in General Birding

Burrator Reservoir

A quick walk around the reservoir in the sunshine today provided some good sightings, most notably a pair of mandarin duck, 8 redhead goosander and a kingfisher which looked resplendent in the bright light as it flew over the water.

Also seen were 2 grey wagtail, around 4 little grebes, around 8 cormorant, a muscovy duck, 2 white feral geese and a late juvenile swallow. A few red admiral and speckled wood were also flitting about along with a common darter.

The water level is surprisigly low and gives a totally different perspective to the area. Also lots of tree felling going on changing the scenery drastically too. Interesting visitor centre was open too.

Posted October 10th, 2014 at 3:26 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Thursday 9th October 2014

Prawle Point

From 7.20am PM, JL and myself watched in WSW force 7 going SW 4-5. Fewer rain showers than predicted . I left at 3.10pm (for the movies-Pride, excellent film ) and Pat stayed till 6.45pm.

Steady passage of Gannets , at first east and then west (mainly) . Highlights :

1 Sooty at 2.50pm west ; 206 Balearic Shearwaters ( I saw 140 ) west –a site record : plumage ranged from dark to very pale types ; 7 Manxies . 3 Pomarine and 3 Arctic Skuas (all west adult pale phase) . 169 auks west (till 3.10 pm)

Also 2 Fulmars, 4 Kittiwakes and 1 adult Med Gull west. Oddity value was the Common Snipe which flew in off sea .

Also at least 1 Harbour Porpoise and at least 3 other cetaceans with tall dorsal fins lost to the waves and swell

Posted October 9th, 2014 at 10:22 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Axe Estuary

An hour at Island Hide and an hour at the lower hide produced 20+ Lapwing, 5+ Teal, 1 Greenshank, 2+ Little Grebe, 25+ Redshank, 20+ Blacktailed Godwit, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 20+ Curlew, 5+ Shelduck, and atleast 1 Ruff still in the area. Very difficult conditions for birds and humans with galeforce winds and heavy blustery showers most of both were keeping their heads down!! Worth the effort tho'.

Little grebe Island Hide
Little grebe Island Hide

Ruff and BTG on the Estuary
Ruff and BTG on the Estuary

Posted October 9th, 2014 at 9:23 pm by Derek Carter in General Birding

Start Pt

Seawatch 09:30-15:30, very strong SW wind, birds heading SW: 136 Balearic Shearwaters (a good variety of plumages with many shearing high on the strong wind), 2 Manx Shearwaters,  2 Pomarine Skuas, 6 Arctic Skuas, 90 Auks (mostly Razorbills), 6 Common Dolphin.

Posted October 9th, 2014 at 8:23 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

R.Caen

Late aft / early evening visit.

Raindrops keep falling on my head when digiscoping!

As you can see from the photo there was a shower while I was taking the pics.

Only one Curlew Sandpiper left on the R.Caen & this may well be the last time I see one until Sept next year.

Wishing it a safe journey to it's wintering grounds in Africa.



Posted October 9th, 2014 at 6:59 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Braunton Marsh

Cattle Egret still this afternoon, and a Marsh Harrier flew over towards the toll road.

Posted October 9th, 2014 at 5:27 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

East Soar

2 Firecrests on the lower, sheltered slopes of Fir Wood. Everything else blown out!

Posted October 9th, 2014 at 4:23 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Cattle Egret - Braunton Marsh.

The Cattle Egret was still present this morning at 08:30. It was still in the Round Linhay field and right up close to Gallowell (private marsh) Road, with the Mute Swans and cattle.

Posted October 9th, 2014 at 9:32 am by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Wednesday 8th October 2014

Lundy

Lapland Bunting seen by Tony John today.

Posted October 8th, 2014 at 11:01 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 08:00 till 09:35

3 spotted redshanks, 5 ruff, 6 knot, 1068 black tailed godwit best count this autumn, 30+ Bar tailed godwits, 32+ greenshanks, 12+ lapwings, 2 dunlin, 460+ curlew, 420+ redshanks, 12+ little egrets, 330+ teal,40+ wigeon, 3 grey herons, steady passage of meadow pipits over, 4 jays, 2 water rail, 1 Cetti's warbler.

 

Posted October 8th, 2014 at 8:20 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Berry Hd pics

A few photos from Berry Head seawatching today: Balearic Shearwater, Pomarine Skua (juv in silhouette), Harbour Porpoise and Gannet.

Balearic ShearwaterPomarine SkuaHarbour PorpoiseGannet

Posted October 8th, 2014 at 7:55 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Cattle Egret - Braunton Marshes

Late aft early evening visit.

Good views of the bird from the Braunton Marsh Road by the gate to the private road.

Photos taken in low light before a thunder & lightning shower!




Posted October 8th, 2014 at 7:04 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Cattle egret - Velator

The cattle egret  is present now (15:00) in the field with the black cows down velator. A new tick for me!

Posted October 8th, 2014 at 3:00 pm by Chris Triggs in General Birding

Berry Hd

Seawatch from 0715-1545 birds moving south: 7 Pomarine Skuas (all juvs), 16 Arctic Skuas, 2 distant Long-tailed Skuas, 5 Great Skuas, 4 Sooty Shearwaters, 27 Balearic Shearwaters (2 >N), 2 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Wigeon several Swallows over sea, Grey Seal and several Harbour Porpoise.

DS,MD,BMc ML,DL,REB,CM

Posted October 8th, 2014 at 10:49 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Bideford

5 swallows heading south over East the Water yesterday am.

Posted October 8th, 2014 at 9:48 am by Les Wray in General Birding

Cattle Egret

Flew in to field with black cows again at 7.24 this morning

Posted October 8th, 2014 at 7:41 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

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