Devon Bird Sightings from 15th–21st November 2014

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Friday 21st November 2014

Broadsands

Two Yellow-browed Warblers.. While watching a Yellow-browed Warbler half way along the steam in the 1st carpark another started calling some 40m away in the upper marsh and continued to call for some time.

      

Video of bird along steam click picture to see movie   Video of calling bird click picture to see movie                

Posted November 21st, 2014 at 6:01 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Hembury Woods.

12 Mandarin Duck. 1 Woodcock. Large flocks of mixed Tits and Goldcrest plus 1Nuthatch.

Posted November 21st, 2014 at 2:04 pm by David Turrell in General Birding

Berry Head seawatch

Watching 0815-1215.Less birds than previous days, main species of interest;single Pomarine Skua juv, Great Northern Diver, Black-throated Diver, Red-breasted Merganser , 3 Scoter and 3 Mediterranean Gulls. 

Posted November 21st, 2014 at 1:52 pm in General Birding

Short Eared Owl - Exmouth

Short Eared Owl mobbed by corvids over Exmouth at 12:30. Heading north towards the Exe Estuary.

Posted November 21st, 2014 at 12:59 pm by Derek Carter in General Birding

Berry Head

Another movement of thrushes today with 1500+ Redwing and good numbers of Fieldfare (87 minimum) mixed with them also 2 Mistle Thrush and lots of Song Thrush in and around the bushes with one or two overhead. Also Brambling, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest and 1 Firecrest.

 Brambling Berry Hd 21 Nov 2014 ML   Firecrest Berry Hd 21 Nov 2014

Photos Brambling and Firecrest

Brixham - 3 Great Northern Divers (2 outside Breakwater and 1 inside)

Posted November 21st, 2014 at 10:37 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Thursday 20th November 2014

Stover Country park

A walk round the lake at Stover today turned up a female Manadarin duck feeding with the Mallards to the left of the hide, this was the first Mandarin that I have seen at Stover. Large numbers of Black Headed Gulls, one Lesser Black Back and one juvenile Herring gull on the lake, juvenile Great Crested Grebe. Marsh Tits showing well and calling at a couple of locations, a BTO rung Great Tit with an almost pure white tail was a bit of an oddity by the feeding station where there were a large numbers of both Great and Blue Tits, the odd Coal and Marsh Tit the feeder was empty and birds were coming onto the platform to take seed that had been put down by visitors. Buzzard, Jay and Nuthatch showed well.

On leaving small group of Goldcrest observed more could be heard calling.

Posted November 20th, 2014 at 8:35 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Plym Estuary 20/11/2014

Spotted Redshank on the marshes at Saltram. Others seen Curlews, Redshanks, Little Egrets, Cormorants and a large quantity of Mallards.

Posted November 20th, 2014 at 8:34 pm by Michael Spencer in General Birding

Brixham additions

A  Great Northern Diver was off Shoalstone car park at lunchtime, and a Firecrest was a few yards up the   Berry Head lane beyond the car parking area by the cottages. 

Posted November 20th, 2014 at 7:41 pm in General Birding

Baggy - N.Devon

14.00 - 16.00. One might be forgiven for thinking at  distance that the bird in the photo was a Ring Ouzel or perhaps even a Blackbird x RO! But on closer inspection it becomes clear that this is a Blackbird, well I hope it is so please correct me if you think I am wrong!

6+ Stonechat on the walk out to the point & a small flock of Starling otherwise very quiet until 15.10 when Paula spotted a small dark grey bird flying fast & low across the footpath.

We searched the area & a few minutes later were rewarded with a cracking male Black Redstart followed shortly afterwards by a sighting of a female Black Redstart.

Other birds of note inc 4 Rock Pipits, a smattering of Meadow Pipits & 1 pair of Ravens.


Posted November 20th, 2014 at 6:01 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatching 08:45-14:30, E F5. 5 Pomarine Skuas (all juvs), 19 Mediterranean Gulls (15 ad, 2 2w and 2 1w), 2 Little Gulls (ads), 3 Great Northern Divers, 2 diver sp., Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Common Scoter and strong passage of Common Gulls.

Common Gull (adult)Mediterranean Gull (adult)Great Northern Diver (note collar and no white flank)Common Scoter

Posted November 20th, 2014 at 5:42 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

East to West Soar

Always interesting to see what's around outside of main migration season: highlights were 10 lapwing (very scarce here), grey wagtail, 120 skylark, 24 meadow pipit, a small incursion of 24 blackbird and soaring  3 buzzard, 2 kestrel & sparrowhawk

Posted November 20th, 2014 at 4:24 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Clennon Valley

11 Chiffchaffs (a good count but all collybita), 4 Goldcrests, 2 Snipe, 2 Little Grebes. No sign again of Yellow-browed Warbler I believe this bird was last seen on Saturday.

Posted November 20th, 2014 at 3:27 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake - 20th Nov.

4 Goosander and 3 Tufted Ducks.

Harvey Kendall

Posted November 20th, 2014 at 3:23 pm by Harvey Kandall in General Birding

Around the Axe

A couple of welcome scarcities today, with an immature Spoonbill north of Coronation Corner at 08:30 and a mighty fine adult Yellow-legged Gull lower down the Estuary at 13:00.

Yellow-legged Gull
Yellow-legged Gull

Spoonbill - just!
Spoonbill

Posted November 20th, 2014 at 1:40 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Wednesday 19th November 2014

Prawle Point

Late start at 7.50am when SE 4 , cloud cover but clear to the horizon following a bright red sunrise but I left at 2.50pm escaping SSE 5-6 mist, rain and general yuk.

Lots of birds either moving west, east or circulating for most of the watch-mainly Gannets, Kittiwakes and auks ( mainly Razorbills but seemed to be more Guillemots than recently). Counted for first 2 hours resulting in :  Gannets c 350 w and c 50 e ; Auks 276 e, 40 w ; Kittiwakes 221 e .

Alas no ‘little’ species of any type but 3 Pomarine  ( 1 pale phase and 2 dark phase immatures ) and 2 Great Skuas west ; 1 Manx Shearwater (10.25am) west . 1 Black Throated Diver west and 3 unidentified Diver sp. East which I just  saw before flying out of sight.  7 Common Scoter east. 1 Red Breasted Merganser west. A group of about 30 small waders flew east at 1.35pm included Dunlin, Turnstones and Ringed Plover. 5 adult wp Med Gulls west and one 1st year Med Gull east and a group of 4 Med Gulls which loafed below the point. A  Harbour Porpoise and at least one Common Dolphin surfaced plus a Grey Seal.

Posted November 19th, 2014 at 10:40 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Berry Head (Seawatch)

07:20-14:20 : Little Auk 3, Med Gull 31 (23 Ad, 7 1st W & 1 2nd W ), R.B Merganser 3, Brent Geese 21, R.T Diver 2, G.N Diver 1, B.T Diver 1, Diver sp. 2, Little Gull 4 ( 3 Ad & 1st W), Pomarine Skua 4 (all juvs), Common Scoter and Fulmars 40+, 540 Auks (mostly Razorbills) and 3+ Harbour Porpoise.

BMc, MD, DN, REB, ML

Posted November 19th, 2014 at 12:45 pm by Bill Macdonald in General Birding

Velator

A walk around the reserve this morning showed good numbers of Redwings and Blackbirds and I also saw 2 Water Rails and a Chiffchaff.

Posted November 19th, 2014 at 12:29 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

LOWER TAMAR LAKE

10:30 Today, the 3 Gossander are back on the lake 1m 2f.

Posted November 19th, 2014 at 12:06 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding

Berry Head

The autumn still rumbles on with estimated 7000+ Redwings and smaller numbers of Fieldfare and Song Thrush passing over the headland in huge flocks for the first 2 hours. Also 1 Brambling feeding in sycamores, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest and 9 Goldcrest. Seawatching up until 0830hrs: 3 Little Auks (thanks BMc).  

click this video clip of some of the Redwing - listen out for the Fieldfare too.http://youtu.be/bWEZ8Jjlw_c

 

Posted November 19th, 2014 at 11:15 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Redwings ~ South Brent

Between 8am and 9am this morning I observed 16 flocks of Redwings all headed easterly at South Brent total count being 783 birds average flock size being around 40/50 birds but two flocks seen in excess of 100/150 birds.

One flock of 53 Starling

15 Greenfinch, 1 Bullfinch and 3 Goldcrest also seen.

Posted November 19th, 2014 at 9:17 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Tuesday 18th November 2014

Exmister marsh

watched along station road from 14:30 till 16:40

The water levels are high on the marsh with flooding at the s-bends by the middle car park and the marsh was alive with waders and ducks.

300+ golden plover were in several groups between the lions rest industrial estate and the lagoon, 800+ lapwing , 200+ avocet and 1500+ dunlin were more towards the fishermans car park and the canal along with 20+ knot, good numbers of black tailed godwits and curlew were spread all over the marsh as were good numbers of wigeon and teal, 30+ bar tailed godwits and good numbers of redshank, 1 green sandpiper, 40+ snipe flushed by a peregrine, 1 buzzard, 1 kestrel, 4+ water rail, 6+ chiffchaffs, 2 Cetti's Warblers, severall groups of redwing and fieldfares, 4+ stonechat, 2 kingfisher, 12+ little egrets.

Excellent numbers of starlings going to roost with one group of 7000+ and another of 3000+ seen in the fading light and a female merlin was active on the north end of the marsh.

 

 

Posted November 18th, 2014 at 8:27 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

R.Taw. Pottington to Ashford Strand. 14:04 - 15:30

On a rising tide (H.W.15:12) Goosander 7( 6 red-heads & 1 male); Lapwing c250; Redshank 61; Little Grebe 1; Grey Plover 38; Dunlin c250; Oystercatcher 163; Little Egret 4.

Bradiford Reserve:- Teal 57; Little Egret 1 and 1 male Stonechat.

Posted November 18th, 2014 at 7:34 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

South Hams Coastal

A run round the South Hams this morning found South Efford Marsh a little over subscribed by birders so visited Bantham and South Huish Marsh instead after checking the tidal road at Aveton Gifford, which produced Redshank, Greenshank, Oyster Catcher, Common Sandpiper and a counted 103 Mute swans.


Bantham started off well with a Peregrine passing low overhead, good numbers of Robin, Dunnock and eventually Stonechats, on the river Heron and White Egret, 9 Oyster Catchers, Black Headed, Lesser Black Backed and Herring Gull.


Arrived at South Huish Marsh just as the weather broke nine Brent Geese were in a field along with lots of Canadians and one White domestic type goose, Teal, Shoveller and Mallard duck all present, high numbers of Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, good numbers of Stonechat, Greenfinch and Goldfinch, one fly by Lapwing.

A huge number of Starlings seen feeding in and around a cattle barn at Stockadon farm near Aveton Gifford.

Posted November 18th, 2014 at 6:46 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Thurlestone Marsh/South Huish

11am - Ruddy Shelduck in with the Canada Geese at Thurlestone Marsh .Later 9 Brent Geese in with the many Canadas at South Huish Marsh.

Posted November 18th, 2014 at 6:11 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Soar

Merlin at Soar this afternoon

Posted November 18th, 2014 at 4:38 pm by Roger White in General Birding

River Caen/River Taw

0930-1245. Despite the shooters it was a day of quality birding. Sherpa marsh held 8 Teal,3 Common sandpiper and 4 Little grebe. Also around 4 Stonechat,2 Buzzard,2 Kestrel. Braunton marsh held 1000+ Starling, 18 Stockdove and feeding on berrys were 40+ Fieldfare and a RING OUZEL ( my first in n-devon ). On the taw 2 to 3000 Golden plover, 2000 Lapwing, 25 Redshank,5 Greenshank,33 Shellduck,150+ Canada goose, 15 Brent goose, 25 Dunlin and a female MERLIN. While watching the merlin at the mouth of the caen i found my spot of the day an OTTER  which i watched for 30 mins

Posted November 18th, 2014 at 2:04 pm by John Hunt in General Birding

Broadsands

Spent about two hours this morning in rather windy conditions checking the rear corner of car park, joined by REB.The Yellow-browed Warbler was  still present , seen several times for short periods moving through canopy. Loosely associating with tit flock. Also 3 collybita type Chiffchaffs and 2 Goldcrests.

Posted November 18th, 2014 at 12:52 pm in General Birding

Monday 17th November 2014

Bursdon Moor Hartland

3.45pm-4.30 pm single Short Eared Owl quartering moor in valley also two male Merlin also Raven

Posted November 17th, 2014 at 8:14 pm by Bob Cleversley in General Birding

Beesands Ley

15 November - 11.00 am
The juvenile Long-tailed Duck still present with numbers of Coot and Tufted Duck.

A bittern flew in from the shore-line and crossed the Ley before settling into the reeds and scrub in the left hand corner (looking from the hide). A fine sight in the sunshine.

Behind the hide, moving between a hedge row and a beet field being turned over by grazing cattle, good numbers of small passerines feeding on the insects being disturbed - Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Goldfinch, Stonechat, Blue Tit, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Robin - delightful. Cetti's calling too.

Posted November 17th, 2014 at 6:17 pm by Peter Shaw in General Birding

Slapton Ley

22nd October - A lone Whooper Swan called into Slapton Ley about 4.00 pm  

Posted November 17th, 2014 at 6:06 pm by Peter Shaw in General Birding

South Efford Marsh, Aveton Gifford

A late morning / early afternoon visit to the hide at South Efford Marsh, Aveton Gifford produced a bumper number number of species from what I have previously recorded there and a few new species for this location for me, including Water Pipit (2) Bar Tailed Godwits (14 counted initially and another hand full flew in) Widgeon (pair) Around the hide gave very close views of a pair of Wren, Robin and Grey Wagtails, Kingfisher and Little Grebe on the Rv Avon behind the hide. Single Reed Bunting, Stonechat (2) Dunnock, Redshank & Curlew, more Little Egret than I have previously seen, the numbers of Wren and Robin were out of proportion to any previous sightings, Common Sandpiper (2) Redshank (3) Good numbers of both Pied Wagtail and Meadow Pipit, on leaving a Tawny owl was calling from the woods across the river. In total 37 species recorded during this visit, best birding day I have had in a long time.

At home just before 4pm a flock of about 200 Starlings passed over head.

Posted November 17th, 2014 at 4:49 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

RSPB Bowling Green Marsh

Bowling Green Marsh 10:30 - 14:00

Plenty on view overhead and on the marsh today with plenty of thrushes on show 5+ Song Thrush in the lane 100+ Redwing over head and feeding on Hawthorn around the perimeter with 60+ Fieldfare in small groups flying over throughout my stay.

Plenty of ducks on show with 300+ Widgeon 200+ Teal, good numbers of Shoverler, Mallard, a few Pintail, a couple of Gadwall and a Pochard. 5 Greylag Geese, with 20+ Redshank flew in and 20+ Snipe flew over with atleast 10 also on the Marsh. Atleast 30+ Bar Tailed Godwits flew low around the marsh decided not to land and went back to the Estuary.  110+ Avocets came in just before high tide. Always great to see.

100+ Starling feeding, with 20+ Pied Wags and Meadow Pipits and 50+ Lapwing dotted around Fields. Great views of a Water Rail feeding under the railway embankment pleased a lot of visitors to the hide this afternoon. Also on view in that areas were the resident pair of Foxes, three Jay busy collecting Acorns along the railway bank, with several Woodpigeon doing the same.

200+Brent Geese flew over the marsh from the Darts Farm direction producing another great Autumn sight.

To awaken the flock and a few birders! 2 Buzzards flew over and a Sparrowhawk flew low across the ponds scaring all but a few!.

Posted November 17th, 2014 at 4:23 pm by Derek Carter in General Birding

Bideford

We still have two Black Redstart around and there was a female Blackcap in the garden this morning on the grapes.

Posted November 17th, 2014 at 1:28 pm by Karen Sims in General Birding

South Brent to Broadsands 16th November

Enroute to Broadsands early morning on Sunday 16th from South Brent, good numbers of Feildfare seen landing in roadside hedges on the outskirts of Avonwick.

At Broadsands visited the spot where ML puts down seed and despite adding to the obvious amount already placed not a single contender coming to feed, a walk round the first car park where the hedging has been cut out gave sightings of at least four Goldcrest, a continuous strident call then announced the approach of a Kingfisher which landed virtualy in front of me and made the day...... Heron overhead, given the high tide only Carrion Crow and Herring Gull on the shore line, a few choppy sea mader any sea watch difficult and nothing of note observed, a few Goldfinch overhead and that was all for Broadsands.

On the Torbay ring road a huge flock of Redwing several hundred plus bird streaming towards Torquay at Marldon, the flock was wider than the dual carriageway and stretched over several hundred yards.

Posted November 17th, 2014 at 10:24 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Sunday 16th November 2014

bideford

m&f blackcaps today in my garden feeding on berry laden tree.So different to last year when after savage cold spring virtually no berries,come on WAXWINGS!!!.30 redwing over as well

Posted November 16th, 2014 at 11:04 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Budleigh and East Devon Commons

A female Red-crested Pochard was present on the scrapes beside the cricket pitch early afternoon (Peter B and Doug C) but not present late afternoon. On Woodbury Common this afternoon a male Hen Harrier and Merlin hunting the area.

Posted November 16th, 2014 at 8:15 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding

Bursdon Moor, Hartland

After several showers at dusk a single Short eared Owl quartering on ridge.

Also noted pair of Stonechat and single Snipe

Posted November 16th, 2014 at 6:46 pm by Neal Moss in General Birding

Great Northern Diver

This is I believe a first winter bird? Seen today on the boat trip around Torbay, this taken in the calmer waters of Brixham Harbour.


Posted November 16th, 2014 at 4:39 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

Shirwell, N. Devon

Walking in Wooley Woods near Shirwell this afternoon saw my first woodcock in over 50 years ( yes I know! ). Also flushed good numbers of wood pigeon high in the beech trees and saw maybe a dozen red deer.

Posted November 16th, 2014 at 4:38 pm by alan craddock in General Birding

Berry Head

Two hour sea watch from midday only produced one Arctic Skua and two Pomarine (one very light juv). No sign of Hume's Leaf Warbler but five Chifchaffs one Firecrest and one Great Northern Diver taking a short cut over the navigation aid !

Posted November 16th, 2014 at 4:12 pm by Clive Mason in General Birding

Torquay Harbour 9am

Further to Nigel's post about this morning's boat trip, as we were waiting to go out at 9am we saw 2 black redstarts together on top of the Haldon Pier sea wall beside Living Coasts.

Posted November 16th, 2014 at 3:05 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Torbay Boat Trip

Weather conditions not very good, sea was rough!! A few Guillemots on the Ore stone,

 Did a run across to Berry Head fom Ore stone, seabirds very scarce and at the fuel bunkering jetty by Brixham Breakwater 10 Purple Sandpiper. Also seen 3 Great Northern Divers, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 10 Herons at 7 Quarries and 10 Brent Geese in total from Paignton harbour to Torquay harbour.

Lets hope next Sundays sea state is much flatter!!!

Posted November 16th, 2014 at 2:18 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Exe Turf to Powderham

During the WeBS count this morning the tide was high and the only group of waders were 8 grey plover, 12 dunlin and 7 redshank roosting near the near bridge. This maybe a sign of things to come as that stretch of path becomes quieter enabling birds to roost.

Further towards the Turf the new cycle path was under water! Clearly the path is even below the fields so once again cyclists return to the footpath on the seawall.

James Diamond alerted me to a Black Brant amongst c500 brents just north of the Turf on the Exminster Marshes. A very striking individual. also of note were the large number of juvenille/first winter brents - obviously its been a good breeding season.

Overhead an almost continual movement of fieldfares (300+) and redwings (500+) all moving NE in small flocks of c60 birds.

On the fields to the south of Turf 4 stonechat, c6 meadow pipit and one rock pipit. One kingfisher on the seawall.

 

Posted November 16th, 2014 at 1:16 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Exmouth

Imperial - 4 spoonbill (adult and 3juv) off the Imperial Rugby Ground from 1020 - 1100 at least, but very little mud left when I left. Also a slavonian grebe off there.


Posted November 16th, 2014 at 11:20 am by Matt Knott in General Birding

Sightings

Late post for Saturday 15th Nov.

Bursdon Moor, at dusk.

1 Merlin, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Short eared Owl and 1 Kestrel.   Only one quite small Starling flock of c.200.

Lower Tamar Lake during morning.

1 Willow Tit, 9 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Little Grebe, 5 Blckbirds, 2 Goldcrests, 3 Tufted Ducks.   18 Redwings reported from Virworthy nearby.

Harvey Kendall

Posted November 16th, 2014 at 10:46 am by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Berry Head

No sign of the Hume's Leaf Warbler this morning but not many people looking - together with BMc and DMN we searched but only found 1 Firecrest, 2 Chiffchaffs and 8+ Goldcrests in the scrub and woodland areas. overhead: 300+ Redwing, 3 Fieldfare,1 Mistle Thrush, 250+ Wood pigeon, 1 Stock Dove, 2 Reed Bunting plus small numbers of finches. best of all a redhead Goosander flying high N over the back of the headland close to Brixham.

Posted November 16th, 2014 at 10:39 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Snow Bunting

11th November sighting on Northam Burrows



Posted November 16th, 2014 at 8:27 am by Ken Cypher in General Birding

Saturday 15th November 2014

Bowling Green Marsh

Watched from 09:45 till 13:30

Managed to just get to the hide before the heavens opened and considering it was a low high tide the marsh was very busy. Watere levels continue to rise with wigeon numbers at 600+ and included a possible Hybrid wigeon x american wigeon see photo.

3 pintail, 65+ shoveler and good numbers of teal, excellent numbers of dunlin with 500+, the highest count of Bar tailed godwits of the autumn with 83+, 134+ avocets good number of redshank and 3 greenshanks, 40+ lapwing, 2 stonechats, 3 reed buntings , 3 chiffchaffs, 2 cetti's warblers , 2 snipe , 90+ redwing over.

A look around the viewing platform produced 3 water rail, 30+ redwing, 8+ fieldfare, 1 blackcap, 4 jay, 1 great spotted woodpecker, 1 kingfisher.

On the walk to Topsham quay another kingfisher 

Bar Tailed Godwits
Bar Tailed Godwits

Possible Hybrid Wigeon x American wigeon
Possible Hybrid Wigeon x American wigeon

Fieldfare
Fieldfare

Posted November 15th, 2014 at 9:57 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Beesands Ley

Long-tailed Duck (f/juv), Tufted ducks, Gadwalls, Little Grebe, Mute Swans.

Bittern flew length of reed-beds at 1156hrs

Posted November 15th, 2014 at 8:48 pm by Andy Taylor in General Birding

Exmouth

Adult Black Brant off the Imperial Rugby Ground at 1530 this afternoon.


Posted November 15th, 2014 at 4:11 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

South Brent - Yalland

1100 hrs. Good numbers of Fieldfare (250+ birds) feeding on hawthorns on Dartmoor at Yalland Marsh ,South Brent. Smaller number of Redwings in same area. 1 G/s Woodpecker and I Kestrel amongst the other birds.

Posted November 15th, 2014 at 3:11 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Broadsands

The Yellow-Browed Warbler still showing well at the back of the first car park in the far corner over the stream 

Posted November 15th, 2014 at 2:08 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Soar Mill Cove Area

Good numbers of birds in the stubble fields inc.an excellent 25 cirl buntings, 21 yellowhammers, 100 chaffinches & 48 skylarks. Also: 28 brent geese west, 2 snipe, 42 house sparrow and a small thrush incursion of 13 blackbirds & 8 song thrushes.

Posted November 15th, 2014 at 1:51 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Berry Hd, Hume's Leaf Warbler

Video clip of calling Hume's Leaf Warbler ..

http://youtu.be/R1HHUc853DE

Compare that to the Yellow-browed Warbler at Berry Head on 18th Sept..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voIT0GZYGbM&feature=youtu.be 

Not sure what happened to my last entry it went down under someone elses name!!

Posted November 15th, 2014 at 1:30 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Skern. 0920 - 11;15

Dark-bellied Brent 243 (unable to pick out any Pale- bellies owing to distance and being on water); Wigeon 145; Eider 1 still offshore; Golden Plover c100; Grey Plover 14; Shelduck 58; Dunlin c250; Curlew 47; Oystercatcher 237; Knot 2; Common Gull 6; Redshank 16; Grey Heron 1; Pintail 1 and Little Egret 2.

Posted November 15th, 2014 at 12:39 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Berry Head

Hume's Leaf Warbler in quarry watched from a distance intially and only heard calling 'zveest' then lost for nearly 1 hour but relocated on arrival of Andy Plumb and Clive when it called loudly 'chi-wee, chi-wee' and showed well - despite being seemingly dull olive upper parts and not as grey as I have seen Hume's Leaf Warbler previously, my concerns waned as the rest of the plumage features and call are all good for Hume's Leaf Warbler.

Hume's Leaf Warbler Berry Hd 15 Nov 14 ML1  Hume's Leaf Warbler Berry Hd 15 Nov 14 ML2  Hume's Leaf Warbler Berry Hd 15 Nov 14 ML3

Photos above and Video clip of the call to follow...

Also on site 2+ Firecrest, 2 Brambling, 1 Ring Ouzel, 2 Chiffchaff, 8+ Goldcrest, 90+ Redwing over, 28 Brent Geese > E

Posted November 15th, 2014 at 11:36 am by Allan Baxter in General Birding

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