Devon Bird Sightings from February 2014

Missing Devon rarity records 2018

Unfortunately no descriptions have been submitted for the following records of ‘A’ species reported in 2018. This means, as things stand, they will not make the official record as part of the 2018 Devon Bird Report. It would be a great shame to lose these records.

If anyone saw these birds (you don’t have to be the finder) please can you submit a description and/or photos asap to Kev Rylands: Recorder@devonbirds.org Thank you.

Chough Northam 17-18 July  

Corn Bunting Beer Head 25 August

Cory’s Shearwater (2) Ilfracombe 28 July

Cory’s Shearwater Thurlestone 26 August

Glossy Ibis Exe Estuary 21-27 October

Golden Oriole Blaxton Meadow 18 April

Great Shearwater (2) Berry Head 20 September

Great White Egret (2) Bridge Marsh, Axe Estuary 13 January

Great White Egret Black Hole Marsh, Axe Estuary 22 August

Great White Egret Exminster Marshes 30 March

Great White Egret Exmouth 06 May

Great White Egret Stover 01 October

Honey-buzzard Dartmoor 21-22 May

Little Bunting Slapton 21 October

Montagu’s Harrier Dartmoor 19 Aug

Pectoral Sandpiper Upper Tamar Lake 13 August

Ring-necked Duck Lee Moor 14 October

Rose-coloured Starling Beesands 27-28 August

Serin South Hallsands 24 April

Tree Sparrow Haldon 20 May

Posted September 24th at 8:44 am by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Please take extra care when visiting Dawlish Warren. We have been informed that due to the recent bad weather there has been significant erosion from Groyne 10 eastwards. This means that access along the site, to and from Warren Point (and the bird hide) will be via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! Signs have been put up to alert people to the hazards, but people need to be aware that access routes that they have become used to may not be available and they need to exercise extreme caution,  with the possibility of being cut off by the tide, and people are strongly urged not to try climbing the sand cliffs. Further information is available on the Teignbridge District Council website.

Posted November 9th, 2018 at 11:08 am by Mike Daniels in General Birding

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Sightings Page Changes

Acting on comments to Devon Birds some changes have been made to this page. To the right of this header post you'll see there are now several subjects for you to choose to read and post on. Just click your chosen subject and use as previously.

Please be careful not to post under the wrong subject. If you do, you can still easily go back to edit and change the subject yourself so it appears on the right page.

Please try and keep posts short, particularly in the Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts page. Photographs are still very welcome.  

For help with ID email photos to id@devonbirds.org.

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

Friday 28th February 2014

Brixham

Yesterday still three Black-throated Divers in the harbour, one of them this  pale individual presumed first winter, which has been around for several weeks. Usually it is  accompanying an adult. I have heard visitors mention seeing a Red-throated Diver in the harbour during that period and wonder if any of the sightings involve confusion with this bird.Structure, neck thickness, bill shape would of course separate them.Also still six Great Northern Divers in the area,

Today the harbour was rougher in a strong NW wind and I was unable to find divers inside it. An exhausted Razorbill came ashore by the yacht club and sat in the middle of the footpath. I phoned RSPCA Wildlife Rescue to ask for help but unfortunately the lady handling the call did not want to send anyone. I had to spend time explaining what a Razorbill was and why they are coming ashore, but she stated forcibly I should leave the bird alone and it would recover unaided and return to sea. It appears some briefing of their telephone staff is urgently needed.

Posted February 28th, 2014 at 8:55 pm in General Birding

Sand Martin

Sand Martin at Bowling Green Marsh 5.00 to 5.30 pm

Posted February 28th, 2014 at 7:23 pm by Lyndon Hughes in General Birding

Plymouth

A few sightings from the last week.

24th: adult Glaucous Gull, Fish Quay 0845, adult Kittiwake and Razorbill nearby.

25th: adult Glaucous Gull, Fish Quay 0850, 3 Guillemots and Great Northern Diver in the Sound.

26th: adult Glaucous Gull, Fish Quay 0850, 3 Guillemots and Mediterranean Gull (ad-s) in the Sound, Peregrine on the Guildhall.

27th: ad Kittiwake in the Barbican and a Great Northern Diver on the Plym Estuary.

Posted February 28th, 2014 at 7:17 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Broadsands

18 Cirl Bunting on seed today (peak count this week) with 5 Reed Bunting and 2 Chaffinch. No sign of the 'Sibe' Chiffchaff in a stiff North Westerly. 

Posted February 28th, 2014 at 5:00 pm by Bill Macdonald in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

The adult and 1st year Little Gulls were still present this lunchtime but not showing as well in a strong wind. Also 2 pairs of Gadwall on the lagoon.

Posted February 28th, 2014 at 1:30 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Torquay Marina

Black-necked Grebe at 1100am in the marina, next to inner harbour.

Posted February 28th, 2014 at 1:07 pm by david cawthraw in General Birding

Plymouth Barbican

Glaucous gull on the fish quay roof again this morning, preening and looking relaxed. Juvenile Kittiwake flying round Sutton Harbour together with Shags and Cormorants doing a spot of fishing.

Posted February 28th, 2014 at 12:39 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Thursday 27th February 2014

River Otter

A pair of Goosanders seen yesterday and today on the River Otter near Cadhay Bridge.

Posted February 27th, 2014 at 11:22 pm by roger le voir in General Birding

Exe Estuary

A short boat trip from Topsham to near Lympstone and back this morning between 10.30 and 12.30. A second winter Med gull was with a few black-headed gulls near Topsham. Further down the estuary near Turf was a bright white gull that turned out to be an albino black-headed gull. The plumage was entirely white/pale cream with a pale brown hood. The bill resembled that of the black-headed gull in shape and colour and the legs were bright red. An interesting bird that caused a flew minutes of excitement.

Additional excitement included a peregrine launching an attack on dunlin within a flock of Brent geese, the largest flock (200+) of bar-tailed godwits I have seen in the upper estuary and a few avocets.

 

 

Posted February 27th, 2014 at 2:20 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Same Little Gulls as yesterday. Adult and 1st year bird. Both were on the water near to the middle car park when I left at about 1.15. The 1st year bird tends to frequent the pool nearer to the fishermen's car park though.

Posted February 27th, 2014 at 1:33 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Wednesday 26th February 2014

Exminster Marsh Little Gull

There was no sign of yesterday's Little Gulls on Exminster Marsh this morning at around 11 until noon. Back in doors, Dave Stone rang me to tell me that an adult  was now on the pool by the middle carpark and the "bridges path". I went back and eventually took some more nice pics. It seems that this is perhaps one from Topsham seen earlier in the morning by Tim.  I could actually see this bird picking  flies off  the surface water and even catching them in flight. When I looked later at my hundreds of shots I could discern the very faintest hint of pink suffision on the breast

This time there are loads more "in flight "shots on my Web Site if you want to look. Paste the link in to your browser, thanks.

http://parrotletsuk.typepad.com/wldlife_in_a_suburban_gar/

Just the vaguest hint of pink on the breast.
Just the vaguest hint of pink on the breast.

Posted February 26th, 2014 at 7:53 pm by Charlie Fleming in General Birding

Teignmouth seafront. Weds 26th

Two black Throated Divers 75 metres off Teignmouth Seafront.

at 3.00 pm.

Posted February 26th, 2014 at 5:07 pm by Patrick Case in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Two Little Gulls present this lunchtime until about 1.50. An adult and 1st winter bird so possibly the ones that Tim had at Topsham Rec earlier. They were showing well on the pools to the left of the lane between the middle and fishermen's car parks. I had a quick look at the lagoon and although I didn't see the Black-necked Grebe, it had apparently been seen earlier today.

Posted February 26th, 2014 at 2:10 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Topsham Recreation Ground

Delighted to see two Little Gulls dropping in this morning, albeit briefly - after a quick look round both left in a northerly direction. Maybe not quite the white-winger I've hoping for but always a pleasure to see. Also the Water Pipit is still present.

1st winter Little Gull - Topsham Rec 26/2/2014
1st winter Little Gull - Topsham Rec 26/2/2014

Adult Little Gull - Topsham Rec 26/2/2014
Adult Little Gull - Topsham Rec 26/2/2014

Posted February 26th, 2014 at 11:45 am by Tim Worfolk in General Birding

Tuesday 25th February 2014

Bowling Green Marsh

A few hours this afternoon revealed the usual fare of ducks and waders, but the highlights were a pair of Peregrines which landed not too far from the hide.

Peregrines
 

Posted February 25th, 2014 at 9:48 pm by Mike Jones in General Birding

Yarner Woods and Stover CP

Yarner Woods: 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker,Nuthatch,  Blue, Great, Long tailed, Coal and Marsh Tits,Mandarin Ducks. 2 Grey Wagtail.

Stover CP

3 Redhead Goosander, 3 Tufted Duck (2m), Mallard,Pochard. 2 Lesser Black Backed Gulls, Black Headed and Herring Gulls, 3 Cormorant, 2 Mute Swan, Pair of Displaying Great Crested Grebes, Pair of Mating Coots, 7 Siskin, pair of Bullfinch, Treecreeper, Chaffinch, Nuthatch, Goldfinch, Moorhen and Fab long views of 2 Water Rails.

Posted February 25th, 2014 at 9:00 pm by Charlie Imms and Russ Eynon in General Birding

Marsh harrier, velator.

Marsh harrier patrolling the reeds above velator this evening and spooking the sheep. I haven,t seen it for quite a while. Nice to see it is still around.

Posted February 25th, 2014 at 7:45 pm by Andy Leat in General Birding

Coleton Fishacre

A quick walk to the front and back via Coleton Farm this afternoon really illustrated the problems for seabirds.  The water is still extremely dirty so vision feeders such as auks and cormorants were conspicuous in their absence. As a fisherman I cannot remember the water staying so dirty for so long. The cliffs were blown out with only a pair of Stonechat above Kelly Cove. The only blessing on the day was a flock of 14 Yellowhammer roosting at the sheds in the farm.

Posted February 25th, 2014 at 6:52 pm by Tim Clyburn in General Birding

Avon Valley inc.South Efford Marsh

Highlights were adult Mediterranean gull on the estuary & 2 water pipits on SE marsh. Also: 64 mute swan, 46 shelduck, 4 redshank, 2 greenshank, 3 common sandpiper, 11 lesser black-backed gull, grey wagtail & 47 pied wagtail,

Posted February 25th, 2014 at 5:24 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

plymouth barbican

Lovely adult Kittiwake flying around sutton harbour at 3:00pm amongst other gulls, no sign of the glaucous gull. one winter plumage guillemot close to the harbour wall and two others in breeding plumage further out in the sound. 20 Turnstones flew out of the harbour gates and there were a few shags in iridescent breeding plumage hanging around.

Posted February 25th, 2014 at 4:16 pm by Elliot Dowding in General Birding

Little Gull

The 3 Little Gulls, 1 juvenile (pictured) and 2 juveniles  were showing wonderfully this lunchtime on Exminster Marsh, just before the Fishermans Car Park. I have lots more photographs on my Web Site, have a look here. Please opy and paste the link in to your browser.

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Posted February 25th, 2014 at 3:31 pm by Charlie Fleming in General Birding

Seabird Wreck Update

As many of you will be aware from the news and from sightings posted here the winter storms have taken their toll on many wintering seabirds, especially auks. The RSPB have received reports of a minimum of 174 casualties in Devon including 98 Guillemot, 48 Razorbill, 4 Puffin and singles of Kittiwake, Shag, Great Skua and Manx Shearwater.

 

Birds have been reported from both coasts with the largest numbers from Saunton Sands, Wembury and Seaton. The Puffins were from Sidmouth, Seaton, Wembury and South Milton.

 

Around the SW over 800 birds have been reported wrecked, of these around 15% have been oiled, the majority of birds have simply been exhausted trying to ride out the storms.This is a conservative estimate.  No doubt there will have been many more but not found or reported. 

 

Away from the SW numbers have been much higher with 2-300+ auks reported from individual beaches in south Wales and over the Channel 15,000 dead on French beaches, 11,000 of which are Puffin.

 

It is thought Puffin have been particularly affected because they dive mostly in the upper 30m of the sea so the extreme turbulence/turbidity due to the storms will have serious hampered their ability to feed. Another possible factor is the later moult of Puffin compared to other auks, many may well have dropped all their primaries and been flightless as the storms rolled in.

 

To help investigate this if you do come across a dead Puffin if you could to take photos of the head and, if practicable, the wings of beached birds to see if their primaries are still growing that would useful data.

 

If anyone has been out to Berry Head or other seabird colonies it would be interesting to know if the numbers on the cliffs have been affected yet. Counts this summer may also shed some light on any longer term impacts.

 

For advice on what to do if you find a seabird washed up in Devon please see here  

Posted February 25th, 2014 at 2:19 pm by Kevin Rylands in General Birding

Lydford Forest

Great Grey Shrike seen yesterday by Peter Chapman in Lydford Forest at SX491845.

Posted February 25th, 2014 at 10:35 am by Steve Waite in General Birding

Monday 24th February 2014

Brixham Breakwater

7 Great Northern Divers showing very well catching crabs just offshore at Shoalstone this afternoon.


Posted February 24th, 2014 at 8:49 pm by John Walters in General Birding

around plymouth

In addition to earlier posts Glaucous Gull viewed on fish quay roof and later on bows of boat called Size Matters. 1 adult Kittiwake,17 mute Swans, 1 Shag,10 Turnstone,

Plymouth Sound

Great Northern Diver, Breeding Plumage Guillemot and unfortunateley 1 dead.

on to Saltram and then C40 Curlew on the pool with  an additional 21 in top field, 7 oystercatcher,13 lesser black back,  4 Great Black, 10 common Gulls, Black headed Gulls, Herring Gulls,Little Egret, Shellduck

Efford Marsh

C 5 Goldcrest, 2 pair mallard, Grey Heron,,Moorhen,Blue,Great and Long tailed Tit and a Buzzard. Grey Wagtail.

Posted February 24th, 2014 at 8:45 pm by Charlie Imms and Russ Eynon in General Birding

More Plymouth

Great views of the Adult Glaucous Gull at last, as described by Steve below. Also three Guillemots off East Hoe.

In addition male Kestrel in Ford Park Cemetery, a species I rarely see in Central Park, so fingers crossed maybe leaving the grass long is helping.

Posted February 24th, 2014 at 5:45 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Plymouth

By the aquarium one very sick looking Razorbill on the water, two dead birds belly up in the same area.

Good views of the Glaucous Gull, initially sleeping on the fish quay roof away from the other gathered gulls, Peregrine falcon came over and swept back across the city side of the Barbican scattering gulls all over the place. Shorlty afterwards the Glaucous took off and made several circuits of Sutton Harbour before landing on one of the moored fishing boats. Large Seal inside Sutton Harbour showing well.

Devils Point a Cetti's Warbler singing strongly, a Great Northern Diver on the water closer to Cornwall than Devon.

Victoria park good views of botht eh harris hawk and the Buzzard that it is paired up with, the Buzzard seen first landing at the nest site, a short while later she joined the Harris hawk in a tree on the opposite side of the park, both then took off and went their seperate ways.

Kestrel seen hovering  over the A38 just the Exeter side of Saltram.

Posted February 24th, 2014 at 4:17 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

A good lunch hour's birding today. Three Little Gulls (2 adults and 1 first year) showing well feeding above the pools to the left of the lane between the middle car park and the fishermen's car park. Also a Black-necked Grebe on the lagoon. Chiff-chaff singing by the middle car park too.

Posted February 24th, 2014 at 2:05 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

birding

Sorry to post this here and feel free to move it or delete it. I met Mike Langman yesterday and we went out and saw some Little Blue Penguins. This morning, we went on the Albatross cruise. Saw 5 Species. I'll post a trip report on the forum when we return. 

PS we were in Kaikoura New Zealand, he's gone South, we've gone North. Back in April. I knew he was over here, but never expected to meet!

 

Posted February 24th, 2014 at 5:47 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

Sunday 23rd February 2014

Noss Mayo

A Guillemot was blown on to a local field Noss Green in poor condition but still plenty of fight! Went off and bought a fresh mackerel which I cut into strips. After a bit of force feeding the bird took strips of fish when offered. Bird since collected and at a rescue centre. Bird walked into the kitchen for breakfast.

Posted February 23rd, 2014 at 9:10 pm by J J Spooner in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

During an hour's seawatch from 13:45, a distant Skua, presumed to be Pomarine on size and time of year, chased a Kittiwake before landing on the sea. Also c10 Fulmars, c20 Gannets, 110 Kittiwakes and c50 auks, mostly Guillemots, moving south. A Razorbill rescued from the surf died later.

On the sea, at least 5 each of Great Northern and Red-throated Diver, Slavonian Grebe, 80 Common and 3/4 Velvet Scoters and Long-tailed Duck.

Water Pipit in front of the hide.

Posted February 23rd, 2014 at 8:39 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Plymouth

The adult Glaucous Gull in its usual spot on the Fish Quay roof just after midday and still there mid afternoon. Also an adult Kittiwake in the Barbican and 2 Great Northern Divers in the Sound. 

Posted February 23rd, 2014 at 7:46 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Plymouth

Marsh Mills and Blaxton Meadow, River Plym :- 4 goosanders(2 male, 2 female), 1 common sandpiper, 1 grey wagtail, 1 raven eating a dead guillemot on the shoreline, 2 stock doves, 1 little grebe, 1 female bullfinch, 5 redwing over, 2 snipe (no Jack snipe though), 1 little egret, 8 ad common gull. Also 2 roe deer.

Main River :- 4 red breasted merganser (1 male, 3 female).

The Barbican, Plymouth :- 1 ad glaucous gull on the fish market roof at 16:00hrs, 1 ad kittiwake amongst gulls feeding around fish quay, 1 little grebe on Sutton Harbour in summer plumage, 1 grey seal around lock gates

Plymouth Hoe : - 2 great northern diver, 4 guillemots

Posted February 23rd, 2014 at 7:29 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Plym Estuary

This afternoon on a falling tide were 21 lesser black back, 4 Greater black back gulls, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Greenshank, 4 Red Breasted Merganser (1 male 3 females) on the river, 24 Shelduck on Blaxton meadow, and 1 singing Skylark over the recycling centre.

Posted February 23rd, 2014 at 7:27 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

South Huish

Glaucous gull and 12+ kittiwake amongst the gull roosts on the South Huish reserve.

Posted February 23rd, 2014 at 6:51 pm by Richard Jenkins in General Birding

Topsham

Single Spotted redshank at Bowling Green Marsh this morning on the high tide.

Posted February 23rd, 2014 at 1:47 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Saturday 22nd February 2014

Broadsands

From the headland just 4 distant Great Northern Diver, 9 Great Crested Grebes and 2 Razorbill. On seed in the car park 10 Cirl Bunting, 8 Reed Bunting, 3 Chaffinch (numbers remaining consistant this week). Also Siberian Chiffchaff still present in the flooded ditch between the two car parks at the lower end towards the beach huts.

Signs of spring with displaying Rock Pipit, singing Skylark in the fields behind the car park and nearby a pair of nest building Blackbirds.

Great to see so many photographers enjoying the Cirl Buntings, dog walkers allowing, the feeding station is against the hedge line in the far car park between the two sets of stored beach huts.

Posted February 22nd, 2014 at 10:29 pm by Bill Macdonald in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

The adult Glaucous Gull had found its way to the top of the estuary on the falling tide, early afternoon. Also a lone Guillemot still present, 57 Curlews, 39 Shelducks, single Greenshank and Little Grebe, 7 Snipes, 2 Jack Snipes and a vocal Green Woodpecker.

Posted February 22nd, 2014 at 8:31 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

A good days birding in decent weather not too cold & little wind but dry. We saw some nice birds including Greenshank, good numbers of Curlews. Also a handful of B H Gulls coming into summer plumage, Commom Gulls 2-3 always good to see.

From the hide a nice looking Merlin over the reeds.

Posted February 22nd, 2014 at 8:30 pm by Stephen J Turner in General Birding

Topsham

Couldn't find the Yellow-browed warbler at Topsham rec despite looking for around an hour. Having finished looking around Topsham (Bowling Green, Goatwalk and Highfield Farm) I returned home to find the warbler in the trees next to the gate between Riverside Road and The Retreat Drive. Briefest of views before it flew towards Wessex Close, eluding the garden list.

Posted February 22nd, 2014 at 4:58 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

R.Taw. Taw Bridge to Ashford Strand. 14:45 - 16:30

12 Goosanders ( a pair below Taw Bridge; 5 Redheads on Penhill Marsh shoreline; 3M and 2F at Ashford Strand.)  Also 1 female R.B.Merganser at Ashford.

313 Dark-bellied Brent off Penhill Marsh. 3 Little Grebe; 2 Little Egret in the ditch next to Ashford Sewage Works; 43 Wigeon at Ashford Strand and c2000 - 2500 Golden Plover in flight above Chivenor airfield.

At 16:05 2 unringed Spoonbill on shoreline at rear of RGB.

 

Posted February 22nd, 2014 at 4:37 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Darts Farm, Topsham.

Thought I had found the 'never to be seen again' Chough but not so! Unusual Crow with long curved, dark bill seen initially in tree with three other Crows before in landed briefly to allow quick photo and then flew off towards the inductrial estate.  I presume the bill was deformity.    (East Devon Branch are holding their next meeting here on Wed 26 Feb at 09.30.meeting).   

Posted February 22nd, 2014 at 12:47 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Beesands, Slapton, Start Bay.

Did the WeBS count at Beesands this morning, still dire there, the only duck was a Mallard. A quick look at Slapton Ley from Torcross showed good nos of wildfowl still present. The male and female Scaup together off the tank with 4 Black-necked Grebes. The Red-crested Pochard X Tufted Duck also nearby. A look at Start Bay from the central car park produced single Red-throated and Great Northern Diver.

Posted February 22nd, 2014 at 10:18 am by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Friday 21st February 2014

Stover & South Brent

A midday vist to Stover (which was full of mum's with kids and dogs) on the lake one female Goosander staying well out from the lakesides, spent most of the time preening before starting to feed, Two rather territorial Great Crested Grebes in full plumage, A pair of lesser Blacked backed Gulls that took exception to a third one that flew in and was driven off with little ceremony the aggression was also directed at both Herring gulls and to a lesser extent Black Headed Gulls that got into range. Numerous Robins seen and singing, Marsh and Great Tit's in evidence but shyer than usual. Ducks included Mallard, Tufted and Pochard Buzzard soaring high over the park. Pair of Nuthatch seen on leaving.

Back home at South Brent, Green Woodpecker still calling but over the last three weeks only seen once, Pair of Raven over head displaying, early this morning the resident pair of Buzzards ganged up on a Carrion Crow and after several determined chases it took shelter in a tree where the male continued to harass it, this behavious was evident last year prior to nesting.

Posted February 21st, 2014 at 9:40 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Bere Ferrers

This evening at 1645 a 1W  Little Gull  by the outlet from the marsh.  Then flew up river towards Lopwell,  although still visible. Terrific end to the day.

Posted February 21st, 2014 at 6:06 pm by Neil Moore in General Birding

Topsham Recreation Ground

The Yellow-browed Warbler was still present this pm, calling in the gardens alongside the path. The Black Redstart was also back in it's usual spot near the slipways.

Posted February 21st, 2014 at 4:56 pm by Tim Worfolk in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh & Goosemoor

2 Spotted Redshanks and 97 Avocets at BGM this morning, plus 5 more Avocets and 5 Greenshanks at Goosemoor.

Greenshank at Goosemoor
Greenshank at Goosemoor

Posted February 21st, 2014 at 3:55 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Plymouth

Glaucous Gull still at Sutton Harbour. Also a Kittiwake and Guillemot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted February 21st, 2014 at 1:51 pm by Laurie Allnatt in General Birding

River Teign @ Lower Netherton

On the cow field next to river: 12 Fieldfares, 7 Curlews, 1 Pheasant and 1 Little Egret.

On the high tide roost opposite the Passage House Inn: 6 Greenshank, 2 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Canada Geese, 4 Common Gulls, 4 Lesser Black-Backed and 2 Great Black-Backed Gulls, 7 Cormornats. Good numbers of Herring and Black-Headed Gulls. On the river 2 Red-Breasted Mergansers and 4 Dabchicks. Grey Wagtail on shoreline.

Posted February 21st, 2014 at 12:32 pm by david cawthraw in General Birding

Ravens

Just to add to Rob's post about early spring and nest building Ravens

http://forum.devonbirds.org/viewtopic.php?f=37&t=258&p=1115#p1115

Posted February 21st, 2014 at 10:11 am by Josh Marshall in General Birding

Thursday 20th February 2014

Plymouth

In addition to Elliot's post, the Glaucous Gull had been present since early afternoon. Also this evening, 4 Red-breated Mergansers (1 drake) flew over the Cattewater.

Posted February 20th, 2014 at 9:42 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

nr Totnes

Singing Cirl Bunting on private land near Littlehempston this morning. Don't see or hear many this far away from the main coastal strips or estuary fringes ?

Posted February 20th, 2014 at 8:40 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Brixham Harbour

Late afternoon visit produced 12+ GN Divers, c25 Common Scotor, 10 Purple Sandpipers and 47 Turnstone. All viewed from outer wall.

Posted February 20th, 2014 at 6:34 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Bolberry/Southdown Farm & South Huish Marsh

Skylarks & cirl buntings in song & ravens nest building - spring comes early! Also 75 meadow pipits & 40 linnets. Plus 4 roe deer!

2nd winter Glaucous gull at South Huish Marsh with big gull roost.

Beware:  No vehicular access to South Huish cat park from Hope Cove - beach repairs underway!!

Posted February 20th, 2014 at 5:20 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Double Locks, Exeter

2 Green Sandpipers on the first two scrapes south of the Double Locks, plus a Stonechat and c10 Redwings in the general area.

Posted February 20th, 2014 at 4:14 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

plymouth barbican

Adult Glaucous gull on the fish quay roof at 3:30pm this afternoon amongst other gulls, also two great northern divers just off of the Hoe, two oystercatchers and many shags as well.

Posted February 20th, 2014 at 3:53 pm by Elliot Dowding in General Birding

Islay Marsh

6 Spoonbills, 2 ringed, Mediterranean Gull adult in summer plumage and 500 plus Golden plover at Islay Marsh 1130 hours this morning.

Posted February 20th, 2014 at 2:57 pm by Mike Gibson in General Birding

Wednesday 19th February 2014

Plymouth

The adult Glaucous Gull at the Fish Quay this morning. Also one Great Northern Diver in the Cattewater.  

Glaucous Gull, adult, Plymouth.
Glaucous Gull, adult, Plymouth.

Glaucous Gull, adult, Plymouth.
Glaucous Gull, adult, Plymouth.

Posted February 19th, 2014 at 9:14 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Isley Marsh, Barnstaple

5x Spoonbills   

10-20x Canda Geese

Water Pipits

Chaffinches

Loads of Redshanks

7x Shelduck

Teals

Wigeons

Oystercatchers

3x Little Egret

2x Greenshank

Reed Buntings

Skylarks

Herring Gulls

Posted February 19th, 2014 at 6:47 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in General Birding

Off Otterton Sewage Works-Sea Watch

18 Red Throated Divers(5 badly oiled

11 Great Crested Grebes

circa 30 Razorbills and Guillemots(3 oiled Guillemots)

16 Dark Bellied Brent Geese out on the Rocks at low tide

Nearby Field 5 Grey Partridge flushed by dog walkers

on closed footpath.

Posted February 19th, 2014 at 4:33 pm by Doug Cullen in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

The Bonaparte's Gull was sat on a groyne late morning. Also 5 Red-throated and maybe 10 Great Northern Divers, including one of the latter in the estuary, Red-necked Grebe, 15+ Great Crested Grebes, Long-tailed Duck, 32+ Common and 3 Velvet Scoters and 2 Eiders. The Slavonian Grebe was seen from the hide, plus 3 Greenshank and approx 200 Black-tailed Godwits distantly. Also 7 Little Grebes on the main pond.

Posted February 19th, 2014 at 4:07 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Sparrowhawk at Walnut Close, Plympton

Sparrowhawk spotted on a neighbours roof in our cul-de-sac at 08:30 this morning. Rested for about 10 minutes then flew. Plenty of Sparrows in our area!

Sparrowhawk
Sparrowhawk

Posted February 19th, 2014 at 9:20 am by Colin & Glenys Smith in General Birding

Tuesday 18th February 2014

Drakes Island

Many Cormorant, incl 14 active nests with nest building & courtship, poss 1 sitting - remarkable any nest sites survived the recent storms. 6 Shag. 3 Grey Heron on SW side.  1 Guillemot & 1 Razorbill just off Drakes Island but neither looked v well. 1 Fulmar flying about slowly near cliffs at south end of Casemates. At dusk easily 500+ gulls roosting all over the visible north side of Drake's island.
Devils Point :1 male Sparrowhawk crossed over to Mount Edgcumbe.
 
Robert Hurrell 

Posted February 18th, 2014 at 9:31 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Plymouth Hoe

A late look at Plymouth Hoe & Devil's Point. 3+ Great Northern Divers, from Jennycliff to Devils Point. 4 Guillemot and 4 Red-breasted Mergansers (Male and 3 female types) flew past.

Posted February 18th, 2014 at 8:42 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Budleigh and the Otter Estuary

Still no sign of the Chough today, despite plenty of local birders out looking - surely it must still be on the coast somewhere nearby?

Great Skua - Flushed from fields on coast path and flew out to sea (DC and RH)
Little Gull - 1 adult first seen on flooded fields along main path north from Lime Kiln Car Park (PB) and then later in flooded fields north of White Bridge......

Posted February 18th, 2014 at 5:28 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding

Double Locks

After Nick had left, another Green Sandpiper appeared to join the one already present, on the nearest pool to Double Locks.

Posted February 18th, 2014 at 4:30 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Topsham Recreation Ground - Yellow-browed Warbler

The mysterious disappearing Yellow-browed Warbler was back this afternoon, showing twice between 2 and 3pm. Look for it in the gardens at the north end of The Rec (near where the Black Redstart was - not present, the garden with the flagpole and next door with the magnolia tree.

Yellow-browed Warbler - Topsham Rec 18/2/2014
Yellow-browed Warbler - Topsham Rec 18/2/2014

Yellow-browed Warbler - Topsham Rec 18/2/2014
Yellow-browed Warbler - Topsham Rec 18/2/2014

Posted February 18th, 2014 at 3:48 pm by Tim Worfolk in General Birding

Plymouth central park

Two Ravens, two buzzards and a male kestrel flying around the park and cemetery, also plenty of robins and wrens singing and a comma butterfly - first of the year!

Posted February 18th, 2014 at 3:17 pm by Elliot Dowding in General Birding

Torre Abbey Sands

1st wint Iceland Gull sat on rocks at southern end between 13.00 and 13.30 when scared off by children on rocks so lost it. Quite a pale bill though even coloured without a clear black tip so unlikley to be Brixham bird in January. Also Kittiwake Ad and GNDiver by harbour. 

Posted February 18th, 2014 at 1:48 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Double Locks Wetland, Exeter

Following Keith's post at the weekend I walked along the Exe from Countess Wear to Double Locks and was rewarded with a Green Sandpiper on the pool nearest to Double Locks. Also 1 Snipe and 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull. Plenty of birdsong in the sunshine including Song Thrush, Goldcrest, Great Tit, Goldfinch and Dunnock.

Posted February 18th, 2014 at 1:36 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Arlington Jays

On sunday the 16th I saw 3 jays down in arlington, loxhore. You can see them at the bird hide near the ponds. Should stay around for a while.

Posted February 18th, 2014 at 8:13 am by Benjamin Rousseau in General Birding

Monday 17th February 2014

Drake's Island/Plymouth Sound

Little Drake's Island: 
1 imm Iceland gull sitting down till 8.10am (looked a bit smaller than an ad Herring gull when resting). Took off and after flighting about on windward side of the island it headed westwards. I don't know Kumlien's Gull but I wasn't aware of any darker looking primaries at the 800m+ I was watching from.
3 unringed Spoonbills till at least 9am. One has a head crest forming,
Western Kings:
1 Razorbill flew past struggling into the wind.
4 Gannets diving out by the Dragons Teeth - remarkable that they could see anything to dive after in this mornings wild sea.
(Robert Hurrell)

Posted February 17th, 2014 at 11:37 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Plymouth Hoe

The adult Glaucous Gull resting on the fish quay roof in the Barbican until at least 1.30pm; also 3 Spoonbills roosting on Drake's Island, and 5 Guillemots and 2 Razorbills in the Sound.

Posted February 17th, 2014 at 8:33 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

No further sign of Budleigh Chough

Despite two visits to the area this morning and this afternoon......

Posted February 17th, 2014 at 4:03 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding

Around the Teign

2 Great Northern Divers, 2 Guillemots and 2 Common Gulls off Teignmouth seafront yesterday afternoon.

Saturday - Male Scaup, male Gadwall, Great Crested Grebe and 20+ Tufted Ducks at Decoy Lake. The Black Redstart was briefly along Tarrs Lane, Kingsteignton mid-afternoon along with a singing Blackcap and 3 Siskins.

Posted February 17th, 2014 at 10:57 am by Will Salmon in General Birding

Budleigh Chough

A lone unringed Chough was photographed yesterday at 12:05pm, feeding in the fields behind the cliffs to the east of the Otter Estuary, Budleigh.

No sign late yesterday afternoon but Chris is on the case again today.

Posted February 17th, 2014 at 8:21 am by Steve Waite in General Birding

Sunday 16th February 2014

Mergansers in the Exe estuary cruise.

Highlights of this afternoon´s cruise were 2 male goldeneyes, about 15-20 Greenshanks and a peregrine falcon. However the best birds of the day were the red-breasted Mergansers.

Red-breasted Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser

Posted February 16th, 2014 at 8:03 pm by Martin Rey in General Birding

around Brixham

Pleasant walk in the sunshine.  Several Great Northern Divers on both sides of the breakwater, one Red Throated Diver in the harbour, two Shags just off lighthouse with crests showing well, one Razorbill in harbour, Purple Sandpiper on breakwater wall.  Also two seals showing briefly, one in harbour, one at Fishcombe

Posted February 16th, 2014 at 7:54 pm by Philip Strange in General Birding

Yarner Wood and Stover Lake

12.00 Yarner Wood

8 Mandarins in front of Pond Hide (5 Males).  Also large mixed Tit flock and 2 Grey Wagtails.

13.30 Stover Lake

4 Goosanders (1 Male and 3 Females).

Posted February 16th, 2014 at 7:44 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

River Tamar cruise

A Bruce Taggart cruise up the Tamar to Weir quay in good weather revealed 62 Avocet, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 45 Oystercatcher, 3 Buzzard, 75 Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper, and good numbers of Shelduck, Curlew, Cormorant, Gulls and Godwits.

On the return journey just past the Tamar bridge was a flyover Peregrine, and 3 Spoonbill flew up the river Lynher.

Posted February 16th, 2014 at 7:35 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Plym Estuary

Many thanks to Pete for pointing me to the Glaucous Gull. Not much to add, but there was still one Little Gull flying around south of the wreck and I counted 41 Shelduck.

Posted February 16th, 2014 at 7:31 pm by Jason Smart in General Birding

River Plym & Estuary

More dogs than birds during a walk north of Plym Bridge this morning, but managed a single redhead Goosander; also Marsh Tit and Grey Wagtail.

Better luck on the estuary this afternoon with adult Glaucous Gull putting in a brief appearance around 3pm before flying off down river. Also a party of 4 Goosanders (2 pairs) showing well on the river near Sainsburys, 3 drake Wigeons, 2 Little Grebes and 2 Greenshanks. 

Posted February 16th, 2014 at 6:46 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Exe Estuary cruise

An adult Little Gull was feeding between Turf and Topsham this afternoon. Other notables: Spotted Redshank with 4 Greenshank at Powderham, Slav. Grebe between Lympstone and Exmouth, Guillemot near Warren Point. Also 5 Goldeneye (2 drakes), only c40 Mergansers (rather few this winter), an estimated c1000 Black-tailed and 200 Bar-tailed Godwits, <100 Avocets, 1-2000 Dunlin.

Posted February 16th, 2014 at 6:41 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Bowling green marsh and river exe

Bowling green marsh from the hide 09:10 till 10:30

the water levels are very high with 2 islands now, only 79+ avocet, but good number of godwits with 203+ bar tailed godwits, 950+ black tailed godwits, 480+ dunlin, 9+ snipe, 7+ snipe, 8+ lapwing , 1 water rail, 9+ pintail, 6 Pochards, a peregrine nearly took a redshank, 1 buzzard. 

Along the exe from countess wear to the quay 

the male goosander is still on river by double locks pub, 3 green sandpipers, 2 chiffchaffs, 3 redpoll with a mixed group of greenfinches, goldfinch and long tailed tits , 6 snipe, 7 bullfinch, 2 kingfishers, 2 Treecreepers, 2 sparrowhawk, 1 peregrine , a female stonechat, 2 reed buntings, 1 raven, 2 buzzards.

Posted February 16th, 2014 at 6:34 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake 10:30

 

41 Goosander 14m 27f, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 4  Tufted Duck 2m 2f, 1 Cormorant.

Posted February 16th, 2014 at 6:05 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Plymouth Hoe

A walk along the front of the hoe at 4:00pm produced a single Great Northern Diver just off of the breakwater, 2 guillemots, some cormorants and shags, a single rock pipit on the lower cliff below the promenade and a first winter Little Gull west of the lido swimming very close to the shore.

Posted February 16th, 2014 at 5:57 pm by Elliot Dowding in General Birding

R.Taw - Taw Bridge to Ashford Sweage Works.

11:45

 In spite of all the bad weather, not a lot has changed on this part of the Taw

233 Dark-bellied Brent just off Penhill Marsh; 4 Little Egret; 1 female Goldeneye still offshore at rear of RGB; 1 male and 1 female Goosander; 56 Shelduck; 2 Little Grebe and 2 Grey Plover with good numbers of Dunlin, Redshank, Lapwing and Curlew. Just 1 Magpie observable in Bradiford Reserve.

Posted February 16th, 2014 at 1:39 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Exmouth

Seafront - juv glaucous gull present on the very tip of Warren Point this morning @ 0745. It was viewed from the seafront outside the Grove Pub but lost when it flew out to see in harsh sunlight. A relatively small and coarsely marked bird. Also a slavonian grebe off the rugby club.

This afternoon the black redstart was again at the bottom of the ramp at Sandy Bay caravan park.

 

Posted February 16th, 2014 at 9:39 am by Matt Knott in General Birding

Saturday 15th February 2014

goosanders in Stover Country Park

I put some pictures of goosanders taken this morning in the Stover Lake. There were 20, (8 males).

Goosander
Goosander

Goosander
Goosander

Goosander
Goosander

Posted February 15th, 2014 at 9:50 pm by Martin Rey in General Birding

skern

adult kittiwake 16:45-17:20.Storm driven individual no doubt as scarce here generally.

Posted February 15th, 2014 at 9:14 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Exe Estuary cruise

Highlights of this afternoon's cruise were 2 separate adult Little Gulls between Exmouth and Lympstone, Med Gull, c10 Greenshanks and an oiled Guillemot (beached at Exmouth).

Posted February 15th, 2014 at 8:38 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Devil's Point, Plymouth

A good selection this evening with 4 Great Northern Divers (2 swimming out of Millbay Docks and 2 in the Tamar mouth; presumably some overlap with elliot's sighting), 3 Guillemots, 3 Mediterranean Gulls (1ad-w, 2 ad-s) and 2 Kittiwakes. 

Posted February 15th, 2014 at 6:31 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Tamar estuary mouth

3 Great Northern Divers feeding inbetween Devil's point and mount edgcumbe, very good views. Also a Guillemot.

Posted February 15th, 2014 at 6:21 pm by Elliot Dowding in General Birding

Plym Estuary

Four adult Little Gulls frequenting the river just downstream from the pool (3 were over the pool earlier). Also a rather ill-looking adult Kittiwake, a Greenshank and 2 Little Grebes.  

Little Gull, ad, Plym Estuary
Little Gull, ad, Plym Estuary

Little Gull, ad, Plym Estuary
Little Gull, ad, Plym Estuary

Little Gull, ad, Plym Estuary
Little Gull, ad, Plym Estuary

Posted February 15th, 2014 at 3:58 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Exmouth

Leisure Centre/Coach Park - 2 adult little gulls this morning. One showing down to 10ft from the Coach Park. Also adult kittiwake and 4 goldeneye. Dave stone had a close-in razorbill off there too. Masses of auks moving off Orcombe Point early morning plus 1 great northern diver on a quick visit. At lunchtime the adult bonaparte's gull was off the Imperial rugby ground.

Posted February 15th, 2014 at 9:53 am by Matt Knott in General Birding

Friday 14th February 2014

Shoalstone and Brixham update

Nine Great Northern Divers around the harbour today, with limited visibility unable to find anything else. After a call from MD, I visited Shoalstone late pm. At 1730 the Pomarine Skua was chasing gulls offshore, then appeared to be departing southward past Berry Head. 

Posted February 14th, 2014 at 10:09 pm in General Birding

Shoalstone, Brixham

Seawatch from Shoalstone shelter late afternoon, extremely windy - southerly storm force 10 gusting more!. A few Great Northern Divers sheltering, out to sea a steady passage of Fulmars, with at least one 'dark' phase, many Kittiwakes getting forced further into Torbay with Gannets. At 16:35 an adult (winter) Pomarine Skua sheared into view and sat off Shoalstone, it then headed towards the breakwater and harried Kittiwakes, at times over the outer harbour, close enough for photos, but no camera! Last seen heading further into Torbay towards Elberry / Broadsands.

Posted February 14th, 2014 at 8:54 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Exmouth

Continuing a nice run of gulls in Exmouth this week, that includes two kumlien's and a glaucous gull, this little gull was feeding close-in off the coach park this evening. Yesterday there was an 'intermedius' type lesser black-backed gull with 5 'graellsi' types in the estuary.




Posted February 14th, 2014 at 7:37 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Stover Country Park

Stover Lake level is at its maximum but a great opportunity to see snipe and water rail.

80+ snipe swimming and clinging to any tall vegetation in the flooded northern marsh, 4+ Water rail, 16 goosander (6 males),

6 tufted duck, 3 pochard, 3 great crested grebes,  7 cormorant , 2 kingfisher,  <10 black headed gull, marsh tit singing,  15 siskin,  1 female buzzard.

(Visitors advised to be aware of current dredging works around the inlet channel, cycle route behind the pinetum and other islands. )

Jon Avon

Posted February 14th, 2014 at 3:06 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

13th Feb - Fremington Quay

Single Greenshank amongst well over 100 Redshank. 15 Little Egret at the roost at the top of the Quay near the road - most I've seen there.

Greenshank
Greenshank

Posted February 14th, 2014 at 1:01 pm by Chris Bollen in General Birding

Exe Estuary cruise

Yesterday afternoon's Stuart Lines Cruise was very interesting. It was a relief to have a mainly afternoon between stormy days! Both the dunes at Dawlish Warren and the fine sediments in the upper estuary have been badly eroded (the dunes were breached last week though what effect this will have remains to be seen).

We saw 2 Little Grebes, no Great Crested, but the usual Slavonian at Cockwood and the Black-necked by Turf Lock gates. Also 8 Goldeneye (one drake at Topsham), single Guillemot and Spotted Redshank (Powderham), c1000 Black-tailed and over 100 Bar-tailed Godwits, a total of about 15 Sanderlings (most seen so far this winter), but less than 100 Avocets, including 13 near Dawlish Warren - where were the rest?

The resident Harbour seal was on its favoured haul-out site, Bull Hill sandbank, but the big surprise of the day was literally the last bird seen before we docked: the Bonaparte’s Gull. It was feeding just off Warren Point and we were privileged to get excellent views of it.

Posted February 14th, 2014 at 11:46 am by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Thursday 13th February 2014

Axe Estuary

A 1st winter Glaucous Gull 200m upstream from the tram sheds at 13.00hrs. No sign of Kumlien's Gull.

Posted February 13th, 2014 at 9:04 pm by Stan Stanbury in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Three hours watching off the sea wall & dunes produced one Slavonian Grebe, 7 Great Crested Grebes,2 Great Northern Divers, one Red-throated Diver N, 159 Brent Geese, 24 Common Scoters, 5 Velvet Scoters & 2 Eiders. A Long-tailed Duck also reported.

Posted February 13th, 2014 at 4:28 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

River Plym, Saltram, Plymouth

Pair of Common Sandpipers and a pair of Goosanders seen at 12.15 in the sheltered part of the Plym at Marsh Mills. Weather sunny but strong wind.

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Goosander
Goosander

Posted February 13th, 2014 at 3:56 pm by Colin & Glenys Smith in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Fairly quiet at the marsh this lunchtime. The highlight was good views of a Water Rail by the railway line just past the small pond in the corner.

Posted February 13th, 2014 at 2:11 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Exminster marshes

Access to the marshes is very limited with flood water in Station Road about 2 feet deep. I walked from Starcross and at the Turf was rewarded by wonderful views of a black-necked grebe and kingfisher in the entrance to the canal. In the estuary avocets were feeding all along the shore with redshank, dunlin and one greenshank. Further north along the canal I heard several chiffchaffs singing and saw 2. Two ravens flew overhead. Amongst the other birds seen were 2 jays, c100 brent geese and c500 wigeon.

Black-necked Grebe

Posted February 13th, 2014 at 1:53 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Broadsands

08.30 - 10.30 with strong W - NW wind, blue sky and some sunshine! 

5 Great Northern Diver, 16 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Razorbill, 2 Common Scoter and Grey Seal from the beach & headland.

10 Cirl Bunting, 7 Reed Bunting and 2 Chaffinch on seed in the far carpark, with 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, at least 2 collybita Chiffchaff and a Water Rail on the marsh.

Posted February 13th, 2014 at 11:10 am by Bill Macdonald in General Birding

Wednesday 12th February 2014

Hope's Nose this afternoon

Check of the gull flock at the sewer in battering winds. Just commoner species with good numbers of black headed, common, herring and kittiwake. 5 great northern divers were in the cove and around the point, and many guillemots and 1 or 2 razorbills scattered over the sea.

Posted February 12th, 2014 at 8:35 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Axe Estuary late afternoon

No sign of the adult Kumlien's Gull on the Axe this afternoon or adjacent flooded fields. Watched from around 2.30pm - 5pm. Spent a couple of hours checking small groups of large gulls that were visiting the estuary. There were also a fair number of large gulls loafing on fields just to the north of Tescos car park which can be viewed from the cycle path just north of children's play area adjacent to car park.
Adult Kittiwake and adult Med Gull on Axe.

Posted February 12th, 2014 at 6:21 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding

Axe Estuary

Adult Kumlien's Gull showing well in the rain by the tram sheds at the lower end of the Axe Estuary 08:40-10:00 at least.

Kumlien's Gull
Kumlien's Gull

Posted February 12th, 2014 at 10:33 am by Steve Waite in General Birding

Tuesday 11th February 2014

Velator

I watched the 2 Marsh Harriers hunting around the Velator area today which later came to rest in a one of the fields.

Great views of a couple of Kingfishers sticking to the drainage dykes to fish... presumably the main bodies of water are too muddy with the rain we've had.

Marsh Harriers
Marsh Harriers

Posted February 11th, 2014 at 9:59 pm by Chris Triggs in General Birding

River Plym & Sound

Walked between Plym Bridge and Laira Bridge. 4+ Siskins by the caravan park and 3 Manadrin Ducks (1 drake) up stream from there). A pair of Goosanders near Sainsbury's, and on the estuary - 3 Little Grebes, 3 Greenshanks, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 drake Wigeons, 2 redhead Red-breasted Mergansers and an adult Mediterranean Gull. 

Later at Devil's Point, a Great Northern Diver and a Red-breasted Merganser (redhead).

Posted February 11th, 2014 at 8:51 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Plymouth sound

A walk along the Hoe produced 3 Guillemots and a Razorbill, a 1st winter Mediterranean gull, 2 Great Northern Divers quite close to shore, as well as shags and cormorants and some Turnstones on the rocks. Also a large grey seal swimming close to the harbour walls.

Posted February 11th, 2014 at 5:16 pm by Elliot Dowding in General Birding

River Teign @ Lower Netherton

Quick look on the Teign at high tide: 11 Avocets which is a good count for the river. 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshanks, 6 Redshanks, 13 Curlews and 4 Common Gulls amongst the Black headed and Herring gulls.

Posted February 11th, 2014 at 5:05 pm by david cawthraw in General Birding

Plym Estuary 11am

 2 male Bullfinches feeding on buddlia bushes across the river, not far from the Gooseanders 

Posted February 11th, 2014 at 3:54 pm by Chris theisinger in General Birding

Brixham Harbour

A quick look at lunch time produced Black Guillemot in outer harbour and 17 Great N Divers between outer harbour and Shoalstone. 

Posted February 11th, 2014 at 3:04 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Axe Estuary

A truly stunning adult Kumlien's Gull on the Axe Estuary, north of Coronation Corner, 11:55-12:00 today. When it flew off it headed down river and seemed to veer east as it flew towards the sea. Really hope it comes back!

Kumlien's Gull
Kumlien's Gull

Kumlien's Gull
Kumlien's Gull

Posted February 11th, 2014 at 12:37 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Mansands correction

Sorry all dont know what made me type Garganey when I meant Gadwall. Senility has come early.

Posted February 11th, 2014 at 9:39 am by Tim Clyburn in General Birding

Monday 10th February 2014

Mansands

A quick walk with the dog this morning to view the effects of the gales and rain. Result is that the lakes are bigger but little damage to the beach outlet itself. Similar to Perrys notes on Slapton  a noticable lack of any gulls whatsoever on the outlet and only 1 Cormorant in the bay. There are 3 Gadwall amongst the Teal, Coot and Moorhen but no sign of any Snipe. Also the marsh Stonechats seemed to have disappeared  but 2 Goldcrest showed well at the hide.

Posted February 10th, 2014 at 9:25 pm by Tim Clyburn in General Birding

River Plym and Mount Batten

  To add to the Plym birds there were also 4 Goosanders [2m/2f] and a Red-breasted Merganser plus Turnstones, Common and Lesser Back-backed Gulls in the morning.  From the pier late afternoon in squally weather an adult Med Gull, several Guillemots and a Little Gull fluttering delicately over the waves.

Hen-pecked Goosander!
Hen-pecked Goosander!

Posted February 10th, 2014 at 7:33 pm by Graham Watson in General Birding

Plym Estuary

A lunch time visit as I was in the area, produced 60 Shelduck, 61 Curlew, c75 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper and 3 Little Grebe.

Posted February 10th, 2014 at 6:00 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Slapton Ley

08:15-14:00

Calmer day, though standing on the shingle ridge, still a moderate to fresh wind coming anywhere from SW-NW.

7 Black-necked Grebe, 22 Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, 132 Gadwall, Shoveler, 54 Wigeon, 2 Scaup ( m,f ), 366 Tufted Duck, 32 Pochard, Red-crested Pochard x Tufted Duck hybrid, 9 Goldeneye and 353 Coot. Out in Start Bay were 3 Great Northern Divers, Slavonian Grebe, 2 Common Scoter and a few Razorbills. Surprisingly few gulls around ( winds with an easterly component best to bring them in here...when it was rough saturday morning i had to do a non-birding drive along the line and there were none around then so low numbers not due to calmer conditions ).

 

Posted February 10th, 2014 at 5:30 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Around the Otter Valley/Estuary

An enjoyable morning for 17 members of the East Devon Branch with ChrisTownend leading. (Thanks Chris). The road to Whitebridge had been opened overnight having previously been flooded.  A Reed Bunting was singing and a Med. Gull quickly found on flooded fields.  Kingfisher, 2 Cettis Warbler,  6 Shelduck, 14 Little Egret, 17 Curlew and others were present above the bridge.  At sea a single Gt Northern Diver close to the shore, plus 3 Red Throated Divers, a few Guillemots (1 oiled) and Shags were present.  2 Ringed Plover were in a creek while a couple of Turnestone were out on the rocks. 

After lunch those of the group remaining, drove on to Otterton Sewage works to view the sea (Crab Ledge).    14 R-throated Divers, singles of C.Scoter, Fulmar, Gt Crested Grebe and Kestrel added to the list.    Note: the coastal path to Ladram Bay is closed beyond this point.

Posted February 10th, 2014 at 5:00 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Around the Axe

A sea watch this morning from Seaton 08:00-09:25 (with a ten minutes shopping break during a heavy rain shower!) showed:

23 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 4 Brent Geese, 50+ Kittiwake and 40+ Guillemots/Razorbills. Except for a few unwell looking auks close in, everything flew west.

This afternoon, no sign of yesterday's adult Glaucous Gull on the Estuary, but Avocet still and yet another hybrid Gull (an adult, presumably a HerringxLesser Black-backed)...

Mantle colour ok for YLG - but nothing else was!
Mantle colour ok for YLG - but nothing else was!

Posted February 10th, 2014 at 4:17 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake

Some sun for a change, but very windy.

14 Goosanders (6 male), 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 pairs of Tufted Duck, 10+ Mallard, Blue, Great, Coal and Marsh Tits on the feeders plus 1 Willow Tit and 2 Nuthatches.

3 Mistle Thrushes, 3 Robins, 9 Lapwing over, 1 Pheasant and 17 Black headed Gulls.   18 Rooks, 5 Carrion Crows and 1 Magpie.

Posted February 10th, 2014 at 2:38 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Around the Teign

At Decoy Lake, Newton Abbot the overwintering male Scaup remains. Yesterday a female type Black Redstart was again around my house in Kingsteignton, having been in the area for a month now, and Kevin Rylands found an adult Glaucous Gull on The Salty between Teignmouth and Shaldon.

Posted February 10th, 2014 at 7:48 am by Will Salmon in General Birding

Exmouth Kumlien's Gull

First-winter kumlien's gull - Exmouth Beach 9/2

 

Posted February 10th, 2014 at 7:38 am by Matt Knott in General Birding

Sunday 9th February 2014

Hopes Nose

Early afternoon at Hopes Nose. Kittawakes/ BH / Common Gulls near outlet. Most unexpected bird - a Redshank keeping a Guillemot company on the rocks. Whilst sheltering from heavy hail storm noticed a female Eider sat on the rocks that later swam past. Approx 10 GND & 1BTD.

Female Eider
Female Eider

Med gull (?????)
 Common Gull

Posted February 9th, 2014 at 9:58 pm by Paul Treen in General Birding

Brixham

A few photos from this week and an update from Saturday and Sunday afternoons. There were still  20 or more  Great Northern Divers between AstraZeneca and Shoalstone this weekend.  A Black-throated Diver was off the yacht club slipway this afternoon. The Slavonian Grebe was sheltering from a hailstorm by the yacht club slipway yesterday and today off AstraZeneca. Strangest sight today was a Moorhen on the wooden pontoon off the slipway- unexpected in a marine habitat, probably my first ever here.

The two diver photos relate to Tuesday am before the big blow arrived. One shows the White- billed Diver swimming out from the harbour together with  part of a line of eight Great Northerns-a little distant but nice to frame both together for  comparison. As some may have heard ,a White-billed Diver flew away east past Ferrybridge (Dorset) on Thursday, probably the Brixham bird departing? as not seen here afterwards.The other shows a different view of a Great Northern, flying in over the breakwater to shelter as conditions roughened.

 

Posted February 9th, 2014 at 9:10 pm in General Birding

Hope's Nose

An afternoon walk down to the sewer produced no little gulls today, with the flock consisting of black headed, common and kittiwake. Around the point and in the cove were 10 great northern divers and a female eider, both species close off the rocks. Just before sunset 9 of the divers went into the cove to roost in a tight flock - a great sight.

Posted February 9th, 2014 at 7:03 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Turf Locks

Black necked Grebe in th Turf Basin today. Little else of note but good numbers of them nonetheless.

Posted February 9th, 2014 at 6:14 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Guillemot on the Plym

Stotted this Guillemot on the Plym Estuary today at 2pm. I also noticed its left eye was completley closed over.

Guillemot
Guillemot

Posted February 9th, 2014 at 6:04 pm by Rich Edmondson in General Birding

Exmouth

First-winter iceland gull in the estuary off Mudbank @1430 and later relocating to the beach off the Lifeboat Station where this photo was taken. Still present with large number of herring gulls 1630 at least.

dark-billed individual
dark-billed individual

Posted February 9th, 2014 at 5:10 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Bowling green marsh & topsham

Started at topsham quay at 11:00 between the quay and topsham museum came across a group of 37+ turnstone feeding very close giving great views and 2 grey wagtails. Walked to the goatwalk first time this week and the damage from the storms was extensive large slabs of concrete ripped up and will take some time to be repaired. The path to the viewing platform at bowling green marsh is also closed but looking from the road found a group of 50+ meadow pipits spread over the field and included 1 water pipit. 

From the hide 21+ pintail, 9+ pochard, 4+ tufted duck, 64+ shoveler, 2 snipe, 200+ wigeon, 90+ teal, 6 greylag Geese, 24 shelduck, 32+ lapwing, 15 avocet, 80+ redshank, 1 black tailed godwit, 2 buzzard. 

 

Posted February 9th, 2014 at 5:09 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Hooe lake/Radford lake

0900-1100

In strong winds this morning were 2 Cormorant, 3 Little Grebe, plenty of Herring and Black Headed gulls, 1 Little Gull picking bits and pieces from the water surface, 1 Greenshank, and 1 sick Guillemot with a damaged looking wing, behind Hooe lake wall.

Posted February 9th, 2014 at 3:34 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Saturday 8th February 2014

Exmouth

Maer Rocks - combined totals for three visits. c2000+ herring gulls feeding off the beach but nothing of interest among them....yet. 2 eider, 1 great northern diver, 1 diver sp, c100+ kittiwake, 1 male long-tailed duck, 3 guillemot, c50+ auk sp, 2 dark-bellied brent goose, 35+ fulmar (all pale and all south), 1 manx shearwater south @ 1530, 4 common scoter and 2 scaup heading towards the river late pm. Also 20 turnstone on Maer Rocks with 10+ purple sandpiper yesterday afternoon - a personal 'highest count' for me. More details plus photos on my blog.

Posted February 8th, 2014 at 7:27 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Plym and blaxton meadow

10:45 this morning the tide was in and there were very strong gales, 6 brave red-breasted mergansers were on the water as well as a Great black-backed gull feeding on a dead duck that was floating in the water. On the meadow 63 curlews, 3 greenshank, 8 oystercatchers and lots of shelduck, also lesser black-backed gulls, common gulls, black-headed gulls (and among them a single nearly pure white leucistic gull). In saltram woods were a few nuthatches, coal tits, great tits, blue tits and long-tailed tits. And on the way back I spotted an adult Guillemot on the estuary who must have been blown in by the gale.

Posted February 8th, 2014 at 2:49 pm by Elliot Dowding in General Birding

Little Gull

Little gull giving great views at Hopes Nose, also med gull Black headed and Kittiwakes feeding at the outfall.



Posted February 8th, 2014 at 2:41 pm by Simon Thurgood in General Birding

Hopes Nose

No little Gulls present in the outfall first thing this morning but at 9.00am whilst sea watching at the point an Adult Little Gull flew in distantly from the north and came straight into the outfall where it showed very well till at least 9.40am( often the closest bird in to the rocks). Also 2 Great Northern Divers and 2 Great Crested Grebes on the sea. Plenty of Auks sat around close in and c15 Fulmar south.

Posted February 8th, 2014 at 11:07 am by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Friday 7th February 2014

Paignton (sea front)

Between 1620 and 1645 I saw 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 1 Great Northern Diver off the southern (harbour) end of the sea front. The Black -necked Grebe was within yards of the beach when I left.

Posted February 7th, 2014 at 10:13 pm by Perry J Smale in General Birding

Hope's Nose

Down at the sewer 3 - 4.30pm, a good sized flock of herring, black headed and common gulls, with 3 adult little gulls feeding extremely close to the rocks at the outfall, and a few kittiwakes passing through. Some guillemots scattered on the water (a couple badly oiled); and 3 great northern divers and a great crested grebe in the cove on the north side.

Posted February 7th, 2014 at 9:09 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Around Plymouth

Ernesettele creek

Redshank, Canada Geese, Teal, Curlew, 3 Greenshank, Kingfisher fishing, Distant Avocet roosting at Kingsmill  Lake, 2 Great Crested Grebe and 2 Buzzard.

Leigham Manor Drive River Plym

Pair of Goosander

Saltram and Plym Estuary

with Russ Eynon

2 Chiffchaff (Collybita) Goldcrest, Robin, Blue tit, Great tit, Coal tit, Long Tailed tit, Wren ,Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Curlew, Shellduck, Wigeon (Drake 1), Great Black Back Gull, Oystercatcher, Grey Heron, Moorhen, 7 Common Gulls, Black Headed Gulls, Meadow Pipit, Nuthatch, 5 Skylark, Vocal Nuthatches but only 1 seen, 6 Snipe, 3 Jack Snipe, 2 Little Grebe, 6 Red Breasted Merganser. 

Posted February 7th, 2014 at 7:51 pm by charlie imms in General Birding

Avon Valley & Soar

Most of South Efford Marsh underwater this pm & no sign of water pipits. Tally included: 72 mute swan, 37 shelduck, 57 wigeon, 18 curlew, 2 greenshank, 2 redshank, grey wagtail & 3 chiffchaff.

Earlier a fine walk over East Soar, very quiet but 9 cirl buntings included 2 singing males. Major storm damage to field gates!

Posted February 7th, 2014 at 4:44 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Thursday 6th February 2014

Hope's Nose this afternoon

A sizeable gull flock at the sewer with many herring, black headed, common, and kittiwake plus 2 adult little gulls and an adult mediterranean gull. Also present: great northern diver and 13 great crested grebes.

Little gull
Little gull

Mediterranean gull
Mediterranean gull

Posted February 6th, 2014 at 7:57 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Hope's Nose

Seawatch 08:00 - 11:15. Weather pretty much as at Berry Head. Heading S were c.400+ kittiwake of which c.30 1st yrs, ad little gull, 15 red-throated and 9 great northern divers, 22 gannet. Around sewer outlet were up to 100 common gull, lots of kittiwakes, 1 ad lesser back, herring gulls and black-heads. Feeding off the headland were c.10 great crests, 6 great northerns, ad female eider, 20+ shag and small numbers of auks. At least one purple sand on rocks and an oiled guillemot which later swam out to sea. A greater back killed and ate a dog fish.

Posted February 6th, 2014 at 6:32 pm by Simon Geary in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatch 1030-1300, wind building SE7 around midday and very wet! Heading S, adult Little Gull, c800 Kittiwakes, 6 Red-throated Divers, Black-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Divers, reasonable passage of auks included a Puffin; and a Slavonian Grebe headed E towards Shoalstone. Just a single Harbour Porpoise. Several GNDs on the sea between Berry Head and Shoalstone, but numbers seem to have dropped off.

Posted February 6th, 2014 at 4:03 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Torquay inner harbour/marina

This morning there were 2 Great Northern Divers and a guillimot in the Torquay inner harbour/marina area

Posted February 6th, 2014 at 3:41 pm by Adam Davison in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Pretty much the same as yesterday although the water levels have dropped ever so slightly. Plenty of Snipe showing well and more Dunlin than yesterday. A nice group of 13 Pintail (10 males). Additions from yesterday were 2 Coot and a pair of Tufted Ducks.

Posted February 6th, 2014 at 2:09 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Wednesday 5th February 2014

river plym leigham manor drive

c200 jackdaws into roost at 1645 and a grey wagtail.

Posted February 5th, 2014 at 10:28 pm by charlie imms in General Birding

Axe Estuary

At Coronation Corner I stopped just after 1300 for a coffee break and picked up the reported Little Gull and watched this appear intermittently over towards the Tower Hide opposite. However, at 1320 there were 2 adults together feeding petrel-like just over the choppy water in front of the Tower Hide. Unfortunately they both disappeared then and I did not see either again. There were also 3 Med Gulls (2 ads and 1 2nd winter).

Posted February 5th, 2014 at 9:52 pm by Perry J Smale in General Birding

Brixham

No sign of the White-billed Diver this morning despite the rough weather (gust of 91mph at Berry Hd!) there were: 28 Great Northern Divers, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Black Guillemot (in the inner harbour at one point), 6 Purple Sandpipers almost on the beach.

Black Guillemot Brixham 5th Feb14 ML    Black-throated Diver Brixham 5th Feb14 ML

Above: 1 w Black Guillemot and  ad Black-throated Diver       Below: Great Northern Divers

Great northern Divers Brixham 5th Feb14 ML

Posted February 5th, 2014 at 8:06 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Axe Estuary

Serious flooding in town today, like many other coastal locations.  Only notable birds were in the Estuary, with two adult Kittiwake early morning and a cracking adult Little Gull for much of the day.  I first saw the Little Gull from the bedroom when I was trying to get Kittiwake on the house list!

Little Gull feeding like a Stormie
Little Gull feeding like a Stormie

Little Gull again
Little Gull

Posted February 5th, 2014 at 4:00 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Devil's Point Plymouth

3 Little Gulls together feeding at 1.30pm 5 February

Posted February 5th, 2014 at 2:46 pm by Rob Hubble in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

An incredible amount of water has arrived on the marsh in the last 24 hours. The water depth marker was just sticking out of the water. This meant that a lot of the waders were very close in including a good number of Avocets. Several Snipe were showing well along with a few Grey Plover in amongst the Godwits, Redshank and Dunlin. Not that many ducks but I suppose they have plenty of other places to visit at the moment! A quick look at Goosemoor revealed a lone Greenshank and a Sparrowhawk that made an unsuccesful attempt to grap a Snipe.

Posted February 5th, 2014 at 2:14 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Tuesday 4th February 2014

Bickington / Barnstaple

Isn't it amazing how a cold and sunny spell brings the birds to the feeders?  This morning we had apart from our usual feathered friends 4 Longtail Tits, 2 Goldfinches, 1 male Blackcap and 1 Spotted Woodpecker.  And 2 active frogs in the pond.

Maren Gracie

Posted February 4th, 2014 at 7:57 pm by Maren Gracie in General Birding

Ring-Necked Parakeet

Saw this Ring-Necked Parakeet in the middle of Exeter today, by the Blackboy Road roundabout. It was alone and according to a lady in a shop opposite, it has been around for a couple of weeks. I would be interested to know if this may be a feral one (blown west from the east)... or just a lone escapee. The photographs were taken by my husband who was with me.

Ring-necked Parakeet

 

Posted February 4th, 2014 at 7:32 pm by Helen Perriman in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake 11:20

40 Goosander 11m, 10 Tufted Duck 3m 7f, 3 G.S. Woodpecker 1m 2f, 1 Nuthatch, 1 G.C. Grebe, 2 Buzzards soaring.

 

Posted February 4th, 2014 at 7:13 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Brixham-Berry Head

The White-billed Diver mysteriously disappeared at 10:30, after moving up and back along the breakwater (Lifeboat to the fuel Jetty) a few times - at one point it was sat in the middle of the group of Great Northern Divers (hopefully DMN has a photo!). After it had not reappeared for 1.5hr, I wandered out to Berry Head, where yet more Great Northern Divers were sheltering, giving a total of 38 for Brixham-Berry Head (ML saw more off Broadsands bringing the Torbay total to c50), but still no sign of WBD by 16:00. A further 2 Black-throated Divers off Shoalstone bringing the total to 4. Of note while walking back from Berry Head with ML an unseasonal Manx Shearwater came out of Torbay!

Great Northern DiverWhite-billed Diver

Posted February 4th, 2014 at 5:36 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

An off patch trip to catch up on sea ducks but too stormy for much activity, no eiders, scoters or bonny gull. However the day's tally included fulmar, great northern diver, 560 brent goose ( most on nearby pasture ), 12 wigeon, female long-tailed duck, 9 red-breasted merganser, overflying peregrine, c.480 oystercatcher, c.300 grey plover ( a few knots & ringed plovers mixed in ), c.400 dunlin, 50 turnstone, adult Med gull & 13 linnet.

Posted February 4th, 2014 at 5:14 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

River Plym

1 male and 2 redhead goosander, 7 male and 5 female Mandarin duck, 1 kingfisher and a grey wagtail along the River Plym between Marsh Mills and Plymbridge.

From the Cann Quarry viaduct a marsh tit, a kingfisher at the Quarry pond and the same or another flying along the River.

Blaxton Meadow had 4 male and a female wigeon with shelducks and along the River a greenshank, 7 oystercatcher and 2 female red breasted merganser.

Finally found a treecreeper in Saltram Woods!

But best of all at 15:00hrs a very smart 1st Winter Iceland Gull bathing in the River downriver from the Rowing Club before being disturbed by a fisherman in a canoe, flying off over Laira Bridge and out of sight (presumably the bird seen this morning on Drakes Island).

Glaucous Gull
Iceland Gull

Glaucous Gull
Iceland Gull

Mandarin Ducks
Mandarin Ducks

Posted February 4th, 2014 at 5:07 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Ernesettle Creek and Wembury Point

 On a falling tide there were 4 Greenshanks, a Spotted Redshank amongst the 25 or so Redshanks, 28 Teal and a Kingfisher. 

At the Point very few birds save for a very nice adult Yellow-legged Gull roosting on the rocks with the Herring and Great-black Backs.

Posted February 4th, 2014 at 4:42 pm by Graham Watson in General Birding

Velator reserve

Re-flooded with the high tide yesterday! Heard Cetti's Warbler and Water Rail, and a fine flyover Mediterranean Gull were the highlights this morning.

Posted February 4th, 2014 at 2:27 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

The Long-tailed Duck made a return this lunchtime (until about 1.45pm) - I hadn't seen it since 16th Jan, but maybe it has been around since then? Good numbers of waders today, particularly Bar-tailed and Black-tailed Godwits, Redshank and Avocet. Also a few Dunlin and Lapwing, 1 Greenshank and 1 Snipe. 2 male and 1 female Pintail. A female Sparrowhawk flew past the feeders as I left the hide.

Posted February 4th, 2014 at 2:10 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Brixham

0800 - 0930 Walk along the breakwater, 21 Great Northern Diver including a tight raft of ten birds in the outer harbour, 2 Black-throated Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 5 Razorbill and the White-billed Diver back in the harbour again showing well just outside the entrance to the marina. Black Guillemot near the Lifeboat jetty. Nearby female Common Eider Duck off Shoalstone with a further 5 GN Diver. Obviously they have all seen the weather forecast!

Posted February 4th, 2014 at 10:07 am by Bill Macdonald in General Birding

Drake's Island, Plymouth

Three Spoonbills sat on western ledge this morning as light came up. Still there at 8am when I left. Also 1st wint Glaucous Gull flew from island across in front of Devil's Point before flying up the Tamar at about 8.15am. Two Gannets, 80+ Cormorants (Drake's Island), 30 Oystercatchers (Devil's Pt) and 23 Little Egret's (Mt Edgcumbe).

Posted February 4th, 2014 at 8:29 am by Steve Cox in General Birding

Monday 3rd February 2014

Golden Pheasant

Superb male Golden Pheasant, Huntshaw, nr Torrington, 3pm. I asked a local if it could be someone's 'pet', but he said they just appeared last year. Obviously I should've asked how many he meant by 'they' !

Posted February 3rd, 2014 at 9:14 pm by Alan Ford in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Still loads of wildfowl at Torcross but conditions difficult this morning, loads of sea spray making poor visibility. Saw 3 Black-necked Grebes without to much effort. Also 12 Goldeneye and the leucistic Shoveler. Sea watch from Torcross poor, low numbers of gulls around. Fly by Peregrine only highlight.

Click on the link for short clip of the big sea and high tide this morning - good job for the residents it was not a north-east blow.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6fx6--gD1k

Posted February 3rd, 2014 at 3:04 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Torbay boat trip

Another great boat trip around Torbay yesterday morning. In addition to a Black Guillemot & numerous grebes we had the full set of divers  - White-billed / GN / BT & a first for me Red-throated. Thanks again Nigel.

Posted February 3rd, 2014 at 1:56 pm by Paul Treen in General Birding

Brixham

Huge tide early morning,overtopping harbour front in places. At around 850 Mike Langman, John Lusher and I saw the White-billed Diver, looking from AstraZeneca it was near the old oil jetty at end of breakwater. We then struggled out to end of breakwater, seeing a Black Guillemot close in on the inner side and lots of Great Northerns but no sign of the White-billed. At 1030 the White-billed was off Shoalstone, at 1100 it was off Breakwater Beach but drifting back out towards the end. I don't think it will go far given this week's rough weather forecasts.Totals 12+ Great Northern and 4 Black-throated Diver from various points. 

Posted February 3rd, 2014 at 1:03 pm in General Birding

Spoonbills - Plymouth Sound


1/02/2014:  3 Spoonbills at dawn on Little Drakes Island.
2/02/2014:  3 Spoonbills (unringed) on Little Drakes Island. 34 Little Egrets leaving the roost areas.
(Robert Hurrell)

Posted February 3rd, 2014 at 11:10 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Sunday 2nd February 2014

Roadford resevoir

2 Great Northern DIvers still at Roadford, showing well off the cafe and sundial


Posted February 2nd, 2014 at 9:59 pm by Adrian Davey in General Birding

Bowling Green

A lone greenshank here was great to see along with 5 pintail, black tailed godwit, bar tailed godwit, 4 pochard and numerous lapwing amongst a handful of greylag geese.

Posted February 2nd, 2014 at 9:34 pm by Paul Beard in General Birding

Darts Farm

From viewing area in reserve: good numbers of curlew, nice flock of fieldfare, beautiful kingfisher showing very well near small pools, a lone greenshank, a female brambling and a female reed bunting.

Posted February 2nd, 2014 at 9:29 pm by Paul Beard in General Birding

Slapton

Today in Slapton ley there were 14 goldeneyes, at least 4 scaups ( 1 drake, 2 females and 1 first winter male ), 8 black-necked grebes, 3 Great-crested grebes, around 40 little grebes, 2 grey heron, kestrel and good numbers of  shovelers, wigeons, gadwalls, mallards, tufted ducks, common pochards, canada gueese, mute swans, cormorants, coots, moorhens and common gulls. In the west part of Slapton there was a special shoveler, a leucistic shoveler.

Off  shore, a flock of about 50 common scoters flew west with 3 great- crested grebe and some gannets.

leucistic shoveler
leucistic shoveler

Posted February 2nd, 2014 at 9:19 pm by Martin Rey in General Birding

Brixham harbour pm

Had a look off AstraZeneca and the Breakwater from about 1430 onward, in case the White-billed Diver was visible.At least 6 Great Northern visible , also a single Black-throated and off AstraZeneca the two Black Guillemots were together.

Posted February 2nd, 2014 at 7:51 pm in General Birding

Topsham rec

topsham recreation ground today  from 14:00 till 18:00 took part in a gull count , an adult Mediterranean gull with leg rings was a good find also a common sandpiper , 1 sparrowhawk and a peregrine twice second time it had caught a gull. 

Yesterday 1st feb bowling green marsh from the hide in the morning 1000+ black tailed godwits, 217+ bar tailed godwits, 600+ dunlin, 230+ redshank, 2 greenshanks, 9 pochard, 4 tufted duck, 13+ pintail, 200+ avocet. A quick look at topsham rec between showers produced 2 1st winter Mediterranean gulls 

Posted February 2nd, 2014 at 7:31 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

lower tamar lake

 40 gooseander,500+ lesser black back gulls.No sign of reported tree sparrow,13:00.

Posted February 2nd, 2014 at 6:57 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Plym

A cycle up the estuary  produced little of note and sill only found one Little Grebe. Venturing further up the river, however, proved more interesting with 7 Goosanders (3 drakes and 4 redheads) between Riverside caravan park and Plym Bridge. This included a very confiding pair which I must have watched for an hour - brilliant to be able to see the drake fishing underwater in the clear river.

Also 2 marsh Tits, 2 Nuthatches and 6 Mandarin Ducks (4 drakes and 2 ducks).   

Posted February 2nd, 2014 at 6:51 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Torbay boat trip

A few photos from the morning's boat trip. Good views of all 4 divers in 2 hours was spectacular. The next trip is Sunday 9th February 9am - phone Nigel on 07866 202576 to book.

White billed diver, entrance of Brixham Harbour, 10.20am
White billed diver, entrance of Brixham Harbour, 10.20am

Red throated diver, Churston mussel farm
Red throated diver, Churston mussel farm

Black throated diver, 1 of 3 at 7 quarries
Black throated diver, 1 of 3 at 7 quarries

Posted February 2nd, 2014 at 6:43 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Halspill, Weare Giffard near Bideford

Two Whooper Swans with a pair of Mute Swan on the flooded fields - nearer Halspill than Weare Giffard this afternoon.

(Karen Sims)

Posted February 2nd, 2014 at 5:32 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Erme Estuary

420+ Golden Plover over Kingston village this morning.

Posted February 2nd, 2014 at 5:26 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Topsham

The Water pipit and Black redstart still present at northern end of the recreational playing field this morning.

Posted February 2nd, 2014 at 5:03 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Plymouth Hoe

A walk along the front of the Hoe today produced a passing Oystercatcher, several Shags and a few cormorants, an adult winter-plumage Guillemot as well as herring gulls, black-headed gulls and Great black-backed gulls.

Posted February 2nd, 2014 at 4:46 pm by Elliot Dowding in General Birding

Found

Found at Lower Tamar Lake this morning -

A pair of binoculars in a case.

A description will trigger their return.

Phone:  01288 353818

Posted February 2nd, 2014 at 2:53 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Stover Lake

On a visit to Stover today, there were 9 Goosanders (3 males) on the lake.

Posted February 2nd, 2014 at 1:56 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Torbay boat trip

Trip from Paignton harbour across bay to Berry Head then back via Brixham Harbour and along the coast. The white billed diver was back at Brixham in the harbour entrance near the big green buoy with 3 great northern divers; found by Janet & me - Nigel downstairs making tea!. A total of 18 great northern divers (scattered), 4 black throated divers (1 Brixham harbour, 3 at 7 quarries), 1 red throated diver (7 quarries), 3 black necked grebe (2 Elberry Cove, 1 at 3 beaches). 28 great crested grebes, with a number flying in to join the flock in the Broadsands - 3 beaches area  from  the north. 4 common scoter (off Preston), 4 purple sandpiper (Brixham breakwater), 1 black guillemot (Brixham breakwater), also good numbers of commoner auks, gannets, fulmars. Mammals represented by 3 porpoises at Berry Head and a grey seal just outside Paignton Harbour. Photos to follow.

Posted February 2nd, 2014 at 12:27 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Broadsands

3 Black-throated Divers, 1 Red-throated Diver, 18 Great Northern Divers,1 Red-necked Grebe, 3 Black-necked Grebes, 74 Great Crested Grebes.

14 Cirl Buntings, 5 Reed Bunting, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 3 collybita Chiffchaffs.

## Just had a call from Nigel Smallbones on the Sunday morning birding boat trip - he has relocated the White-billed Diver is just out from the entrance of the Breakwater near the green buoy.##

Posted February 2nd, 2014 at 10:45 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Saturday 1st February 2014

Brixham

Midday, 4 Great Northern Divers and Black Guillemot outside the outer harbour from Zeneca carpark and another GND off Shoalstone.

Posted February 1st, 2014 at 11:03 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Hope's Nose this afternoon

The gull flock at the sewer included a mix of black headed gulls and smaller numbers of common gulls and kittiwakes. Unfortunately, it no longer seems to pull in the herring gulls so probably won't be much good for looking for white wingers either. Fair numbers of auks scattered on the water and two great northern divers were in the cove on the north side (1 ad, 1 1st w).

Posted February 1st, 2014 at 6:57 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Torbay

Broadsands: 11 Cirl Buntings & 3 Reedbunting on seed in 2nd car park. 1 Siberian Chiffchaff and 2 collybita Chiffchaffs in marsh

Clennon Valley: 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs, 1 collybita Chiffchaff, 13 Tufted Ducks, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Water Rail 1 Little Grebe. 

Stoke Gabriel: 1 Continental Cormorant (usual adult) 4 carbo Cormorants, 1 Little Egret.

Posted February 1st, 2014 at 4:06 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Plymouth

From the Hoe first thing, a Great Northern Diver off Drake's Island and a 1st-w Mediterranean Gull at Mount Batten. Later a walk round Saltram and the Plym Estuary produced: Snipe (25), Jack Snipe (2 or 3), Wigeon (2 drakes), Little Grebe, Shelduck (55), and Curlew (46). 

Posted February 1st, 2014 at 1:17 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Goosemoor Reserve, Topsham

Avocet with orange, white and green/blue leg rings seen on the River Clyst mud flats (N/G Ref: SX973878) at 15.00 on Thursday 30 Jan 2014 (see photo)

Avocet (Leg Rings)
Avocet (Leg Rings)

Posted February 1st, 2014 at 10:13 am by Colin & Glenys Smith in General Birding

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