Devon Bird Sightings from 15th–21st February 2014

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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

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