Devon Bird Sightings from 8th–14th November 2014

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Friday 14th November 2014

Grey Phalarope

Weir Quay today found Grey Phalarope swimming around the sea weed west of the quay

Posted November 14th, 2014 at 10:13 pm by Jane Sleep in General Birding

Darts Farm & Bowling Green Marsh

Very little to be seen at Darts farm two good sized flocks of Linnets as we drove in, a pair of Stonechat showing well by the track on Sunflower stalks, but from the hide nothing to have made the trip worthwhile.

BMG saved the day, larger numbers of Wigeon all over the marsh and lots flighting in, good numbers of Dunlin, Godwits, Avocet, a few Lapwing, four Greenshank, large straggling flock of Canadian Geese flew including the white headed bird, Pintail and Shoveller ducks in good view, small numbers of T, on leaving a small number of Brent Geese flew over.

 

Posted November 14th, 2014 at 6:41 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Broadsands

The Yellow-browed Warbler reported by  others over past couple of days was showing and calling again mid morning by the stream at rear corner of the first car park, together with 3-4 Chiffchaffs and 3 Goldcrests. Discussed with ML the  extensive  cutting back of stream side bushes  which has taken place particularly on the south aspect. This is part of a  management plan by Countryside Trust designed to improve phragmites growth and stream side  habitat. 

Posted November 14th, 2014 at 4:02 pm in General Birding

Clennon Lakes

A Yellow-browed Warbler showed well at the western end of Clennon Lakes also 3 Chiffchaffs and 5 Goldcrests, 2 Little Egrets, 2 Water Rail,1 Teal, 16 Tufted Duck, 1 Shoveler. Yellow-browed Warbler Clennon Lakes 14 Nov 2014 MLPhoto above and video clip here... http://youtu.be/_iLzykKzdac

Posted November 14th, 2014 at 11:41 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Hawfinches

5 Hawfinches at Longdown 0800hrs this morning. Also 12 Bullfinch and 100 plus Redwing, 

Posted November 14th, 2014 at 11:16 am by Roy Adams in General Birding

Thursday 13th November 2014

Woodcock sighting

While out walking with the dogs we spotted two woodcock in burgh cleave woods Eggesford, and thought you would be interested.

Posted November 13th, 2014 at 9:18 pm by Marie Reynolds in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatch 07:30-15:30.  With a SSE building to F10+, today was perhaps too windy. ML checked Froward Point Coastwatch's live readout midday  when registering SSE windspeed 60-68mph, gusting 80mph, while the highest gust actually recorded at Berry Head was 93mph!!  After peaking wind gradually veered SSW 6, but failed to deliver the mass seabird exodus from Lyme Bay the few intrepid seawatchers who sat it out had hoped for! Totals: 11 Pomarine Skuas, Great Skua, Arctic Skua (2s), Manx Shearwater, Balearic Shearwater, 3 Great Northern Divers (one east, two on the sea), Black-throated Diver, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, Curlew, 243 Kittiwakes, light passage of Gannets and auks and around 15 lingering Fulmars. Also 2-3 Harbour Porpoise.

A quick tally up of Berry Head's Pomarine Skuas since September shows around 358 recorded, almost certainly making this a record autumn/winter and an unprecedented November and its not over yet!

Berry Hd wind speed km/h

http://www.weathercast.co.uk/world-weather/weather-stations/obsid/99001.html

Posted November 13th, 2014 at 8:29 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

R. Caen, Braunton

An early morning walk down the R. Caen flushed a Short-eared Owl.

Ebbing tide just after high produced a few Lapwing, Curlew, Redshank and Turnstone. A Sparrowhawk was hunting the bank moved a cross the field towards the pumping station.

All birds were flighty due to the wind.

Posted November 13th, 2014 at 8:05 pm by Chris Snook in General Birding

Wistlandpound Reservoir

Female Long-tailed Duck was still showing well  yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) feeding in the deep water part of the reservoir.  Also 4 Little Greebe, Mallards and Comorants.

Maria Fernandes 

Posted November 13th, 2014 at 3:10 pm by Maria Fernandes in General Birding

Shoalstone Brixham

Seawatching 0800-1345. A lot of sea!  although not that many seabirds. Wind force 9-10 Southeast, with big waves making observation difficult and few birds flying, suddenly turning to Southwest around midday.Along with a trickle of Gannets and Kittiwakes in clearer spells were 5 Pomarine Skuas and one Great. .A Red-breasted Merganser flew south and two Great Northern Divers on the sea close offshore.

MD and others were at Berry Head so they will have more to add later.

Posted November 13th, 2014 at 2:29 pm in General Birding

Fyldon Common, Exmoor

Unable to post this before but a remarkable 20 Buzzards ( could have been more ) flying and hovering in the wind, dropping down and feeding in the long grass of Fyldon Common on the bright sunny day of yesterday.  Seen from below these fields along the small road for about 500 yards. A couple of kestrel also present.

Posted November 13th, 2014 at 11:50 am by Margaret Phillips in General Birding

Wednesday 12th November 2014

Prawle Point Seawatch and Beesands Ley

Mixed expectations as John L. and I started to watch the sea from 7.30am in a force 4 going 5 , SW going SSW , wind with some mist and cloud/showers but also some sunshine.  Unfortunately  John had to leave at 12 as the highlight  was an adult Sabine’s Gull which drifted east , close , on slightly bowed wings arcing over the waves at 12.50pm ( having checked my notes apologies to Birdguides as previously reported as seen at c 1.50 )

Up till then 2 Pomarine Skuas, 2 Balearic and 2 Manx Shearwaters . Also  1 Black Throated Diver, 1 Red Breasted Merganser,  2 adult Med. Gulls , 2 Common Scoter and 2 Fulmars  mainly west. Backing up were : 120 auks w, 16 e; 115 Gannets w,26 e; 30 Kittiwakes w, 39 e.Also at least 3 Harbour Porpoises ( 2 adults and a young one ?)

At 2.30pm I left for Beesands Ley where the Long-Tailed Duck was found after a few minutes whilst a horde of duck went berserk for several minutes flying in formation and frenetically from one end of the ley to another for no apparent reason. No raptor,no predator visible. Fun ? As Perry had previously commented many more water birds than last year : 85 Coot ( no Americans detected !) ,46 Tufted Duck ,1 female Scaup (note at least 4 ‘scaup-faced’ Tufted ), 23 Gadwall, 2 Mallard, 2 Moorhen,2 Little Grebe, 3 Swan , 13 BH Gull and 23 Herring Gull and I Lesser BB Gull. Only 12 Canada Geese. Finally Cetti’s, Chiffchaff and Goldcrest calling  as the sun shone (giving fabulous double rainbow) 

Posted November 12th, 2014 at 8:49 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Around the Teign Estuary - early afternoon

Highlights included great northern diver, 50 plus redshank, mistle thrush, kingfisher, grey wagtail, sparrowhawk and 12 red breasted mergansers (1 male). They were swimming in a line, against the tide and diving almost synchronously - organised fishing?? Thirty six species in all.

Posted November 12th, 2014 at 5:58 pm by Simon Bates in General Birding

Broadsands

While dropping some seed for the Cirl Buntings today (6+ in recent days) I heard a Yellow-browed Warbler calling from the back of the marsh area - tricky to see but it did give some good views (see photos) high in the willows at the back (western end) of the first car park also there 1 Firecrest 5 plus chiffchaffs (including one brief view of a silent Siberian Chiffchaff candidate and another bird giving a loud see-ou call).

Yellow-browed Warbler Broadsands Torbay 12 Nov 2014 ML Yellow-browed Warbler Broadsands Torbay 12 Nov 2014 ML

Posted November 12th, 2014 at 3:53 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

R.Taw from Taw Bridge to Ashford Sewage Works. 11:45 - 13:15

On foreshore below the Taw Bridge:- 125 Redshank; 6 Little Egret and 143 Dunlin.

Pottington foreshore:- 46 Redshank; c150 Lapwing; 8 Little Egret and 1 Black-tailed Godwit.

Penhill Marsh and foreshore:- c450 Lapwing; 9 Little Egret; 57 Dark-bellied Brent but more could have been hidden in ditches; 7 Grey Heron and 43 Shelduck. A flock of c1800 Golden Plover settled on the sandbanks just off the marsh and steadily built up to c2500. Small flock of 37 Dunlin with the Golden Plover.

Ashford Sewage Works ditch;- 1 Green Sandpiper and 1 Little Egret.

Posted November 12th, 2014 at 2:22 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Female Black Redstart in the garden

We live near Blackawton, & have noticed this bird for a couple of days.  Would love to know more about them, how rare are they, do they stay for the winter etc.

There are lots of berries in the garden this year & we have a large variety of birds we feed.

Posted November 12th, 2014 at 12:03 pm by Angela Lonsdale in General Birding

North Torridge area

Manteo Way nature reserve had very high water level, making for interesting birding. 2 Kingfisher flew in a wide circle from the Torridge over the commuter traffic and back on my arrival. Flooded cowfield held some of the wintering Curlew, a Greenshank plus a patch tick of 2 drake Wigeon. The highly flooded stream held Little Grebe and Little Egret. Nothing at all at the main pool due to water level. Great light for viewing common passerines, only of note were considerably more Linnet than usual.

Posted November 12th, 2014 at 9:39 am by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Tuesday 11th November 2014

LOWER TAMAR LAKE

Lover Tamar Lake 10:30

3 Goosander, 4 Tufted Duck, 6 Redwings, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Grey Heron, 9 G.C.Grebe

Posted November 11th, 2014 at 7:18 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatch 08:00-14:30. SSE F6-7 overcast, but the heavy rain that was forecast did not arrive. Dave Smallshire present from 08:00 saw a Little Auk and Black-throated Diver, before Bill Macdonald and I arrived.  Other totals as follows: 2 Long-tailed Skuas (at 09:00 and 14:00, may have been the same dark type juv circulating), 42 Pomarine Skuas, 4 Arctic Skuas, 2 Pom/Arctics, 14 Bonxies, 6 Great Northern Divers, Manx Shearwater, Balearic Shearwater, 15 Fulmars, Grey Phalarope, 7 Common Scoter, Puffin, 11 Little Gulls (9 ads, 1w, 2w), steady passage of Kittiwakes, Auks (mostly Razorbills) and Gannets. Interesting to note greatly reduced diver totals compared to Hope's Nose, where did they go, into Torbay?

Stopped off at Shoalstone for an hour and saw another 3 Pomarine Skuas and 4 Common Scoter crossing outer Torbay; and a smaller shearing skua, too far out to be certain of species but had the jizz of Long-tailed!

Posted November 11th, 2014 at 5:19 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Northam Burrows Sightings

1 Eider and 1 Snow Bunting showing well at Northam Burrows this morning.

PS. I took some photos of the Snow Bunting but have no means of sending it until the weekend when I return home from my short Devon break. 

Posted November 11th, 2014 at 2:09 pm by Ken Cypher in General Birding

Hope's Nose

Seawatch 0725-1025hrs all birds moving South: 3 Grey Phalaropes one lingering, 2 Long-tailed Skuas juvs, 13 juv Pomarine Skuas, 2 Arctic Skuas, 2 Great Skuas, 2 Skua sp (Arctic/Pom), 31 Great Northern Divers, 1 Red-throated Diver, 5 Little Gulls (4 ads, 1 fw), 600+ Kittiwakes and 60+ Gannet in first 2hrs then passage slowed for most species. 80+ Auk Sp. 8 Dunlin, 1 Sanderling, 4 Grey Plover, 9 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar.  

Some video clips below of passage seabirds - click on pictures to see videos:

                       

      Pomarine Skua                              Grey Phalarope                           Great Northern Divers

Posted November 11th, 2014 at 1:15 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Monday 10th November 2014

Fremington

3 Goosander off Fremington at 4.15pm today.

Posted November 10th, 2014 at 5:54 pm by Ken Cypher in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatch 09:45-15:30, southerly wind building before the next front. Large but distant feeding frenzy out in Lyme Bay, gradually getting closer as the day wore on and then dispersing with the following mostly moving south: 20 Pomarine Skuas (juvs bar one full-spooned ad), 2 Arctic Skuas (pale phase 3rd sum types), 8 Great Skuas, 8 skua sp. (distant prob poms), 2 Balearic Sheawaters, 8 Sooty Shearwaters, Little AukPuffin, Mediterranean Gull, Little Gull (1w), 1 petrel sp. heading north. A few Harbour Porpoise and Common Dolphin seen earlier.

Posted November 10th, 2014 at 5:46 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Bovisand Bay

Before the rain at least 2 Black Redstarts and a Chiffchaff.

Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Posted November 10th, 2014 at 5:25 pm by Graham Watson in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

The Jack Snipe flushed from the runway again this morning. Fieldfares in quite good numbers, around 200. 30 Chaffinch, 43 Lapwing and a Snipe. 

Posted November 10th, 2014 at 4:20 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Purple Sandpipers - Ilfracombe - 10th November

Two, possibly three, Purple Sandpipers returned to the rocks off the Capstone at Ilfracombe - not sure how long they have been back, I spotted them for the first time about mid-day today at low tide - no camera with me sadly.

Posted November 10th, 2014 at 3:55 pm by Chris Bollen in General Birding

Torcross / Beesands / Hallsands

Had a look around this morning for the late autumn Mega but would you believe did not find it . Long-tailed Duck and Scaup still at Beesands Ley, also 2 Teal i did not see there yesterday. Spent over an hour at North Hallsands looking for the Red-breasted Flycatcher without success.  Cracking spot though with 6 Chiffchaffs, 6 Goldcrest, Blackcap and calling Water Rail and Cetti's Warbler. Black Redstart on the rooftops at Torcross.

As an aside i beleive the Olive-backed Pipit was well looked for this morning but no sign.


Long-tailed Duck, Beesands Ley
Long-tailed Duck, Beesands Ley

Posted November 10th, 2014 at 3:51 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Southdown Farm/Soar Mill Cove

Late wheatear on Hazel Tor, grey wagtail & 15 rock pipits in the cove, 65 woodpigeons flying west & 3 roe deer.

Posted November 10th, 2014 at 3:46 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Woodbury castle

Female Brambling with chaffinch flock @ 13.55 Woodbury castle

Posted November 10th, 2014 at 3:12 pm by Tom Jurd in General Birding

Bursdon Moor - 9th November

Bursdon Moor- Sunday, 9th Nov.

1 Short eared Owl hunting over the moor late afternoon.

Also a pair of Stonechats, 1 Reed Bunting, several quite small flocks of Starlings heading for roost, probably 400 in total.

Harvey Kendall & Barry Bryne

Posted November 10th, 2014 at 11:29 am by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Fernworthy - Wood Pigeon movement

7.30 this morning at Fernworthy Mike Daniels reported c5000 Wood Pigeon flying over in 25 minutes, flying west in flocks of 200-300.

Posted November 10th, 2014 at 9:50 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Sunday 9th November 2014

North Devon

Sunday: 800 Golden Plover and 140 Lapwing on the Taw sandbank next to Chivenor at low water. Out for the Starling roost at Bideford Long Bridge, a Buzzard crossed the Torridge both Sunday and Saturday at dusk from the derelict quay buildings into gardens on Bideford side (quite weird) and Sunday a female Sparrowhawk flew into the roost to try for a catch but failed, flew off just feet above the road on the bridge itself.

Yesterday: A few hundred Golden Plover on the Skern, a redhead Red-breasted Merganser joined the Brent Geese at the north end of Northam's pebble-ridge and a flyover Merlin from the main road into Yelland from Instow.

Posted November 9th, 2014 at 10:57 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

re Olive-backed Pipit

For anyone not sure where East Buckland is, its not too far from Thurlestone but a bit furthur away than you would think  by road. An approximate grid ref to the phone box would be SX678438. I've been around there a few times and there are plenty of suitable gardens with nice trees etc. As the e-mail said not much  ( if any ) parking where you would not be invading someones space. There would be plenty down the road at Bantham however which would just mean a walk back on a quiet road of less than a kilometre. Well done to the finders and good luck to anyone who might try for it.

Posted November 9th, 2014 at 10:37 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

watched from 08:45 till 11:15

Very good numbers of waders this morning with 87+ avocet among 650+ dunlin, 2 sanderling, 3 knot, 40+ bar tailed godwits, 30+ lapwing,600+ black tailed godwits, good numbers of redshank, 700+ wigeon, 1 sparrowhawk, 500+ wood pigeon heading west.

 

Posted November 9th, 2014 at 10:02 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Olive-backed Pipit!

Just had an email from a Helena Davison who, alongside Adam Davison, saw an Olive-backed Pipit this afternoon near Bantham. Here's the email:

"Sunday 9th 2:15pm and re-visited the site at 3:45pm but could not relocate it.

From the Public footpath 100 yards NE of public phone box at East Buckland near Bantham. It was creeping under 3 large conifers, on a wood pile and in a small bare tree before flying in a private garden.

Bird showed typical distinctive tear drop in ear coverts, strong supercilium, olive brown weakly streaked upper parts, wing bars, pale legs and constantly pumping its tail when perched.  I've seen lots abroad and a few in the UK before.

No easy parking nearby"

Posted November 9th, 2014 at 9:00 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Northam Burrows.

Female merlin today (Sunday 9th) at 2pm sitting on washed up branch, viewed from tip road.

Posted November 9th, 2014 at 8:35 pm by Keith Prangnell in General Birding

Black Redstart

We had two male Balck Redstarts in our front garden are this afternoon in Bideford.

Posted November 9th, 2014 at 7:58 pm by Karen SIms in General Birding

Prawle in the car park /

Yellow-Browed Warbler (unringed) still in reserve all morning.Reported yesterday pm. Called several times first thing from 8.30 But elusive thereafter seemingly doing a circuit lasting c 50 mins. Last seen at c 1.30 pm. Tried to photograph but failed miserably. Also, for this autumn, a veritable thrush-fest with about 13 Blackbirds and 5 Song Thrushes in the car park/reserve/bunkers area. At least 400 Woodpigeons overhead. Also 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Goldcrests, 1 female Blackcap and 1 Grey Wagtail.

Posted November 9th, 2014 at 6:58 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Great Grey Shrike Colaton Raleigh Common, Exmouth

Great Grey Shrike still on Colaton Raleigh Common spotted 16:15 this afternoon. Very flighty but magaged to get a record shot. Spent several hours last year to see one without success. Went for a quite stroll with Julie and thought i'd take the camera along just in case! Right place right time!

Seen east of the live firing range then the bird headed south of the range but not really going to far so should be about tomorrow.

Great Grey Shrike at Colaton Raleigh Common
Great Grey Shrike at Colaton Raleigh Common

Posted November 9th, 2014 at 6:12 pm by Derek Carter in General Birding

Beneath Avon Dam. Sunday 9th

One female ring ouzel and one redwing on berries.

Also one peregrine, one kestrel and two buzzards, stonechat and pied wagtail.

Posted November 9th, 2014 at 5:42 pm by Patrick Case in General Birding

Plymouth area

Little at Staddon Heights this morning beyond c150 Wood Pigeons moving west and single Mistle Thrush and Great Spotted Woodecker. The Plym Estuary & Saltram produced a Green Woodpecker, 3 Jack Snipe and 4 Goldcrests.

Posted November 9th, 2014 at 4:21 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Hawfinch Longdown

A visit to the traditional  winter roost site at Longdown  just west of Exeter found at least 1 Hawfinch flying away at 0740hrs this morning.Also 5 Bullfinch and 3 Stock Dove. 

Posted November 9th, 2014 at 3:59 pm by Roy Adams in General Birding

plymouth field meeting

Please note, this is on Thursday 13th, looking forward to seeing you Thanks

Posted November 9th, 2014 at 3:58 pm by lesley goonesekera in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Lots of water and birds, over 100 lapwing moving between pools disturbed (I think) by a raptor high overhead that just might have been a goshawk. One golden plover seen briefly, 80+ wigeon and 50+ teal on the pool closest to the canal to the south of the lane. On the opposite side of the lane the only bird on the small pool was a grey phalarope. It was still present at 2.30pm.

The new cycle path is open between Powderdham and Turf and so I enjoyed a walk along the path on top of the sea wall. Its the first time in years I have not had to contend with masses of cyclists. Also the view from the bridge is pretty good. Only bird of note was a little grebe at Turf. Distant views of black-tailed godwit (100) and avocet (40).

Posted November 9th, 2014 at 3:36 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Torbay Sunday morning boat trip

A couple of picture's from this morning's trip (see Nigel's post for species list). The undoubted highlight was the great northern diver calling many times off Shoalstone Beach.

Great Northern Diver, calling, Shoalstone Beach.
Great Northern Diver, calling, Shoalstone Beach.

Red Throated Diver, 1st winter, Brixham Harbour entrance.
Red Throated Diver, 1st winter, Brixham Harbour entrance.

Posted November 9th, 2014 at 3:04 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

North Hallsands

Had a call from Alan Searle who found a Red-breasted Flycatcher this morning in the willows by the layby with a muddy puddle in it ( ie layby nearest the turning to Fordsworth Cottages ). Still present at 14:15. ( approx grid ref SX 816389 ).

Posted November 9th, 2014 at 2:36 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Beesands Ley

Last winter Beesands Ley held hardly any wildfowl, presumably no food present for whatever reason. This winter looks set to be a great improvment. Today i saw Little Grebe, 4 Mute Swan, 53 Canada Geese ( guess i would not call that an improvement ), 51 Gadwall, 2 Pochard 54 Tufted Duck, Scaup ( fem ) , 55 Coot and best of all a Long-tailed Duck ( first calender year bird ).

Posted November 9th, 2014 at 2:32 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Torbay Boat trip.

Just got in from our trip around Torbay. Brixham side of Bay we had 2 Great Northern Divers, 1 calling, what a great sound to hear in Torbay, 1 Red-throated Diver(off Brixham Breakwater), 2 Purple Sanpiper, 4 Common Scoter, over 600+ Gullemot on the colony (nice to see from the boat) and 7+ Harbour Porpoise. Also many of the regular sea birds.

Sailing again next Sunday morning, email wildbones@btinternet.com if interested. 

Posted November 9th, 2014 at 12:35 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Soar Mil Cove

A short stroll turned up 3 swallows, grey wagtail, white wagtail with a few pieds plus 80 woodpigeons south & 8 stock doves south/west.

Posted November 9th, 2014 at 12:17 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

R.Taw. Pottington to Ashford Sewage Works. 09:45 - 10:50

After nearly 2 weeks of constant disturbance (fishermen and repairs to concrete banking), I decided to give my patch a quick visit this morning.

c60 Dark-bellied Brent on Penhill Marsh; 244 Lapwing; 28 Shelduck; 74 Redshank and c37 Dunlin.

Bradiford Reserve (really flooded due to very high tide):- c200 Canada Geese; 1 Buzzard; 1 Sparrowhawk; c45 Teal and 1 Green Sandpiper perched on a post.

Ashford Sewage Works ditch :- 1 Water Rail in view for a long time.

Posted November 9th, 2014 at 12:04 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Wistlandpound Reservoir

The female Long-tailed Duck is still present along with 6 Cormorants, 17 Mallard, 5 Little Grebes, 1 Heron early this morning. 2 female Goosander circled and eventually landed  beside the reservoir but I don't think they will stay as there is a lot of disturbance with fishermen, dogs and boats today.

300 Woodpigeon in 3 flocks flew over.

Posted November 9th, 2014 at 11:35 am by Margaret Phillips in General Birding

Start Point

06:30-09:30. Showers at first , clearing and becoming bright. Mod-fresh WSW wind.

Vis mig, 07:00- 09:00, from car park, all south-southwest unless stated.

23 Stock Dove ( inc tight flock of 18 heading north ), 700 Woodpigeon ( 2 flocks, 200 and 500, cutting a line inland from Torcross - Lannacombe / Prawle as they are normally apt to do here ), 23 Meadow Pipit, 12 alba Wagtails, 3 House Sparrow, 430 Goldfinch, 240 Chaffinch, 70 Linnet, 3 Bullfinch, 1 Brambling, 2 Siskin and 6 Reed Buntings.

Also a Great Northern Diver high over the car park heading southwest. GN Divers cutting across the headland is more a spring phenomenom . I wonder if its older birds that have made the trip before as they rise up from sea level and over seemingly without having checked out the route ie they knowingly save time and energy on a migration journey taking a short cut through memory.

Posted November 9th, 2014 at 10:59 am by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - Nick Pratt and I had a snow bunting flying low west along the cliff top @ 0730. Details and further sightings on 'gobirdingexmouth' later.

Posted November 9th, 2014 at 10:21 am by Matt Knott in General Birding

Saturday 8th November 2014

Berry Head

Seawatching totals (07:30-14:00), another amazing November seawatch with the majority of birds moving south out of Lyme Bay from 10:00 when I arrived and heavy rain started to clear. 2 Long-taileSkuas (both juvs 10:50 & 11:14), 67 Pomarine Skuas (mostly juvs), 6 Arctic Skuas, 4 Bonxies, 2 Puffins, Little Auk (11:45), 2 Little Gulls (ad & 1w), 3 Balearic Shearwaters, 4 Manx Shearwaters, 3 Great Northern Divers, numerous but no count on auks (mostly Razorbills), Gannets and Kittiwakes. Perhaps the best bird was a Short-eared Owl at 13:23 heading south then circled up high on approaching the headland.

(MD, Jacob Wood, Dave Dawe, Clive Harris)

Posted November 8th, 2014 at 4:44 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Teignmouth

A very good seawatch by Teignmouth standards from 08:10 - 09:50 this morning: 19 Pomarine Skuas (including a superb light adult close in at 09:25 and a group of 6 dark birds at 09:33), 2 Great Skuas, 5 skua sp, 2 Little Gulls, 430+ Kittiwakes, 4 Great Northern Divers and 11 Common Scoters all heading south.

Edit: Robin Shute watched from when I left until 11:45 and had a further 18 Pomarine Skuas, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Great Skuas, 3 Great Northern Divers and 2 Common Scoters.

Posted November 8th, 2014 at 3:49 pm by Will Salmon in General Birding

Saunton Sands

Wonderful surprise this morning while walking along Saunton Sands from the north end to the south end & a first for me in all the years I have been birdwatching there.

1 Short eared Owl flying south along the shoreline then east across the beach into Braunton Burrows - close views.This bird was moving from north to south so may not be the same individual as seen at  Isley Marsh yesterday by Rob Morgan.

Posted November 8th, 2014 at 2:43 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Grey phalarope dropped in just before 10:00 this morning flew out briefley but returned and still showing well when I left at 11:00

Posted November 8th, 2014 at 11:25 am by Keith Birchall in General Birding

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