Devon Bird Sightings from 22nd–31st March 2014

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Monday 31st March 2014

Dartmoor

A quick walk out on north Dartmoor above Belstone this afternoon revealed 7 male Wheatears and 4 females which were all paired up with males. The unpaired males were calling and making display jumps like this one:


Posted March 31st, 2014 at 11:19 pm by Mike Jones in General Birding

Prawle Point Seawatch

7.30 to 10.30 in south going south easterly : 1 Arctic Skua dp, 5 Black Throated Divers , 9 Sandwich Terns, 75 Common Scoter, 9 Brent Geese db, 1 Med Gull (2nd summer) all east, and 1 Manxie west. Around the car park 5 singing Chiffchaffs and I singing Blackcap. 

Posted March 31st, 2014 at 8:15 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Clennon Valley

Willow Warbler singing at w end of westernmost pond this evening, also one very grey, worn and tatty Siberian Chiffchaff (I guess one of the two present all winter) in Willows down toward the YMCA. 5 singing Chiffchaff around the ponds and 1 Blackcap, 1 Shoveler, 4 Tufted Ducks. 

Posted March 31st, 2014 at 8:02 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

nr. Slapton Ley

Saw a female Marsh Harrier fly over France Farm ( less than 1 k from Slapton Ley ) this morning.

Posted March 31st, 2014 at 7:28 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

glaucous gull

glaucous gull still at exmouth docks,juvenile spoonbill still visible on mudbank at 2.30 pm

Posted March 31st, 2014 at 5:07 pm by gray clements in General Birding

Exmouth - Otter Estuary/Valley

From Exmouth harbour entrance the Glaucous Gull was quite noticeable on the Warren where it spent most of the morning on the beach opposite until I left at 1130 and a couple of Sandwich Tern flew out of the estuary.  

Moving on to the Otter Estuary a dozen Teal and similar number of Wigeon were still present on the scapes. A Chiffchaff (with a ring) was present on the west side of the valley above South Farm Cottages and best of all 5 very late Redwing, sculking in the trees. 2 male Blackcap present in the same bush where they nested last year. A coincidence or a civil partnership!

Commiserations to all Devon Bird members who turned up for the Society's AGM on Saturday only to find it had to be cancelled at the last momment due to the Kenn Centre's mistake in double booking us and thank you for being so understanding. 

Posted March 31st, 2014 at 4:36 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Chipley Cross. Newton Abbot

first Swallow this year. Chipley, South Knighton.

Posted March 31st, 2014 at 2:30 pm by Barbara Yeoman in General Birding

Topsham

The Slavonian grebe was on the estuary at Topsham recreational playing fields this morning

Posted March 31st, 2014 at 10:01 am by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Sunday 30th March 2014

Avocets at Thurlestone

5 Avocets flew towards Thurlestone Bay off the sea at 12pm today, circled high over South Milton Ley, then after briefly going out to sea again, they continued inland over the Ley. Apologies for cropped, distant shots!

Avocets at Thurlestone
Avocets at Thurlestone

Avocets at Thurlestone
Avocets at Thurlestone

Avocets at Thurlestone
Avocets at Thurlestone

Posted March 30th, 2014 at 11:23 pm by Nick D'Agorne in General Birding

Osprey Axe Estuary

Osprey fishing (unsuccesfully) over the upper Axe Estuary 16:30-16:40 today, before flying off NW.

Osprey
Osprey

Posted March 30th, 2014 at 8:10 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Great White Egret

Peter Goodfellow watched a Great White Egret feeding with a Little Egret in Blaxton Creek on the River Tavy (opposite Berre Ferris) today.

Posted March 30th, 2014 at 7:57 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Buckfastleigh

Osprey at a fair height following the river Dart north around midday.

Posted March 30th, 2014 at 7:21 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

lower tamar lake

single willow warbler singing,5 chiffchaff,willow tit calling.All along old canal walk 11:15-12:00.At bursdon moor female hen harrier being mobbed by male peregrine,15:30.

Posted March 30th, 2014 at 4:34 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Exmouth

Glaucous gull still at Exmouth. Sat on top a container.

Posted March 30th, 2014 at 3:31 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

R.Taw. Pottington to Ashford Strand. 09:30 - 10:45

Foreshore off Pottington;- 7 Bar-tailed Godwits; 27 Shelducks; 21 Lesser black-backed Gull and just 2 Redshank.

Penhill Marsh and foreshore:- 43 Shelducks; 3 Goosander (all red heads and roosting on the marsh; 2 Bar-tailed Godwits; 1 Little Egret and just 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose. 13 Cormorants on sandbar.

Posted March 30th, 2014 at 12:51 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Otter Reserve

Juvenile Spoonbill dropped in for a few minutes and then,disturbed by noisy machinery from the Cricket Club in the next field,flew off East

23 Little Egrets along the Otter this morning.

Posted March 30th, 2014 at 11:40 am by Doug Cullen in General Birding

Mansands to Sharkham pt

Large arrival of Chiffchaff since last weekend with at least 20 singing birds. 5 singing Blackcap including 2 in a single bush by the hide at Mansands. 3 Gadwall still remain but Teal all now departed. A single SWALLOW feeding over the water. 3 Common Scoter on the sea between Mansands and Sharkham.

Posted March 30th, 2014 at 10:56 am by Andy Plumb in General Birding

Berry Hd

7 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap. Overhead 28 Wood Pigeon, 2 Rook, 8 Chaffinch and 7 Meadow Pipits all >E/NE. 1 Harbour Porpoise off the headland and 3 Great Northern Divers on sea looking back toward Brixham.

Posted March 30th, 2014 at 9:46 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Saturday 29th March 2014

Soar & South Efford

With Pete & Paul Kemp

Soar - Wheatear 8 in total and Sand Martin 4 in total to add to Pete's figures.

 

Posted March 29th, 2014 at 9:40 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Exmouth Quay and Mudbanks

09:00 Mudbank produced 3 pairs of Red Breasted Magansers, 20+ Brents, and a Juv. Spoonbill.


Exmouth Quay Glaucous Gull still present, chilled in the early morning sun!

Glaucous Gull Chilled at Exmouth Quay
Glaucous Gull Chilled at Exmouth Quay

Juv. Spoonbill at Mudbanks Exmouth 09:00
Juv. Spoonbill at Mudbanks Exmouth 09:00

Posted March 29th, 2014 at 9:19 pm by Derek Carter in General Birding

Exminster marsh

Fairly quiet morning at Exminster today, several singing Chiffchaffs, a fly over Peregrine and a Water Rail with a limp, showing well by the caravan conversions building.

at Powderham marsh were more Chiffchaffs, male and female Stonechat, 2 singing Skylark, 2 Wheatear, 4 Lapwing, and 19 Golden Plover in the ploughed field. Cetti's warbler heard but not seen.

Posted March 29th, 2014 at 7:47 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Soar and South Efford Marsh

Quite a bit of overlap with other posts today, but for the record...

At Soar: a Willow Warbler, 3 Wheatears (Steve Cox had more), 9 Chiffchaffs, 2 Sand Martins and a Snipe.

South Efford Marsh produced 3 White Wagtails, 10 Sand Martins, 2 Common Sandpipers. 



Posted March 29th, 2014 at 7:06 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Bolt Head, South Efford Marsh and Salcombe

Walk around Bolt Head this morning produced a female Black Redstart on the east side of the head and 3+ Wheatear in the area. 

At South Efford Marsh there were 5 Water Pipits and 3 White Wagtails. On the river 3 Greenshank and 2 Common Sanpipers. 

In the Salcombe Estuary 3 Sandwich Terns late morning. 

Posted March 29th, 2014 at 5:57 pm by Paul Marshall in General Birding

South Efford Marsh

Saw 3 Water Pipits, 2 at a distance and 1 frustratingly so close infront of the hide it was hid for most of the time in front of the fence. 2 Stock Doves made several apperances as well as a Peregrine which put most of the ducks and gulls up as it went down the river. Lots of Wagtails in front of the hide.

Posted March 29th, 2014 at 4:27 pm by Simon Thurgood in General Birding

Topsham Recreation Ground

Mid-morning, low tide, the Slavonian Grebe still present, also a 1st Winter Yellow-legged Gull - not sure yet but looks a different bird to last week's.

Slavonian Grebe - 29/3/2014 Topsham Rec
Slavonian Grebe - 29/3/2014 Topsham Rec

Yellow-legged Gull - 29/3/2014 Topsham Rec
Yellow-legged Gull - 29/3/2014 Topsham Rec

Posted March 29th, 2014 at 12:43 pm by Tim Worfolk in General Birding

Topsham

Wheatear Bowling Green Marsh; Spotted redshank & Water pipit at recreational playing fields; Willow warbler nr my house; 12 Chiffchaffs singing around the town.

Posted March 29th, 2014 at 12:06 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

East the Water, Bideford

A traipse around the woody quarries of East the Water this morning (7.00-8.45) was lively for birds despite the rain. Singing Wren and Chiffchaff in inordinate numbers, plus single singing Blackcap, Goldcrest and Nuthatch and a drumming GSWoodpecker. Two Jays driving a Song Thrush pair mad, presumably as they have eggs nearby. Crow, Jackdaw, Robin, Bullfinch and Buzzard in nesting territory. At the same time small winter-style flocks of finches (Goldfinch/Chaffinch) and larger ones of thrushes (mostly Song Thrush).

Posted March 29th, 2014 at 11:25 am by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Friday 28th March 2014

Slapton Ley

Driving along Torcross line this morning and saw a female Marsh Harrier flying over the Higher Ley ( 07:30 ). Also a Sandwich Tern offshore.

Posted March 28th, 2014 at 10:15 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Exmouth

The glaucous gull still showing brilliantly this afternoon on Exmouth Quay. Also an osprey off Mudbank just before 6pm having been reported earlier off the Warren. Also this evening 1 sandwich tern on the river and 28 dark-bellied brent geese still. I last saw the siberian chiffchaff in scrub around Warren view football pitch on 26/3.


Posted March 28th, 2014 at 7:11 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A couple of hours on the high tide cut short by heavy hail showers.

Highlight was an Avocet flying over NE, but it didn't stop. On the pool just 17 Curlews, 37 Shelducks and 3 Mandarin Ducks (2 drakes and a duck). Single Little Grebe and Common Sandpiper on the narrow river and a Great Spotted Woodpecker nearby.

Posted March 28th, 2014 at 7:02 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Teignmouth

Five Chiffchaffs and two Blackcaps in Eastcliff Park, and a Wheatear in the fields above the park. Offshore, six Red-throated Divers, two Great Northern Divers, a Sandwich Tern, and two or three Harbour Porpoise.

Posted March 28th, 2014 at 6:34 pm by Laurie Allnatt in General Birding

Aveton Gifford

Signs of spring on South Efford marsh highlighted by 6 water pipits "in the pink", 6 white wagtails, 12 sand martins, swallow plus 3 greenshanks & 2 common sandpipers.

Posted March 28th, 2014 at 4:08 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

R.Taw off Pottington Ind. Est, Barnstaple.

14:30

2 female Goosanders; 1 Dunlin in NBP; 1 Little Egret; 11 Bar-tailed Godwits and 2 Spoonbills (incl the new ringed bird ( LA,Y,R,M  RA,R,YF,G ). We are still awaiting details of this bird.

Posted March 28th, 2014 at 4:05 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Croyde

Red Kite flying over Croyde just after 2pm today .  Observed by Mr Andrew Cotton.

Posted March 28th, 2014 at 2:42 pm by Margaret Phillips in General Birding

Thursday 27th March 2014

Soar, Aveton, Noss

 Soar a complete blank except for a Willow Warbler.  At South Efford Marsh 5+ White Wagtails in a mix of 25+ and an Egyptian Goose plus 2 Common Sandpipers.  At Noss a distant Osprey being seen off by a horde of gulls.

Egyptian Goose
Egyptian Goose

Posted March 27th, 2014 at 8:08 pm by Graham Watson in General Birding

Prawle Sightings

Silly seawatch, given the conditions, resulted in 1 Balearic ( at 12.15 ) and 1 Manx Shearwater west, 2 Black Throated Divers (wp) west and a summer plumaged Red Throated Diver on the sea off the point.Also at least 3 Harbour Porpoises. At the point a Black Redstart and between Langerstone Point and Horsley Cove my first Wheatears : 9 males and 3 females..

Posted March 27th, 2014 at 6:34 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Exminster marshes

Early afternoon visit coincided with high water but few waders came onto the marsh, only about 20 curlew. The shelduck flock is increasing with 47 roosting and others still on the estuary. Few other ducks apart from 5 tufted duck on the lagoon.

There was a steady passage of sand martins north and one chiffchaff singing. Three wheatears (all males) were actively feeding near Station Road. About 6 little egrets were being very aggressive to each other.

Posted March 27th, 2014 at 4:40 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Dartmoor

I saw my first female Wheatear on north Dartmoor above Belstone today, as well as 7 males. It was with the first male I saw on 10th March in the territory where he has been singing virtually every day since. With daily sightings of up to 12 male birds until now, hopefully more females will arrive soon.


Posted March 27th, 2014 at 4:35 pm by Mike Jones in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

The highlight this lunchtime was a Swallow amongst a group of high flying Sand Martins moving through. Also 2 Knot and a pair of Pintail.

Posted March 27th, 2014 at 2:09 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Wednesday 26th March 2014

Around Exmouth

Topsham recreation ground: Sightings were a pair of pintail, and a pair of gadwall, both new arrivals, a female red-breasted merganser and a fox in the late afternoon. Also good numbers of teals, wigeon, shoveler, shelduck, canada geese, few tufted ducks, mallards and curlews, 8 knot, 135+ black tailed godwits and about 10 little grebe.

Exmouth: At 11:00 the 2 female eider, a red-necked grebe, 4 mergansers and about 10 great crested grebe were very close to shore until some people with dogs appeared. The first winter glaucous gull, remains in the quay, which has more parasits around the eye than last time.

Orcombe point: 1 great northern diver, 11 brent geese heading east, a raven and a buzzard.

Sandy bay: There was a flock of 15+ common scoter in the middle of the bay and the cliffs are already full of nesting kittiwakes.

Posted March 26th, 2014 at 9:41 pm by Martin Rey in General Birding

Brixham harbour

First time out for a fortnight after a foot fracture, Karen wheelchaired me to end of breakwater at midday. Not expecting much in bright sunny conditions but 4 Great Northern Divers still by the end, also a Black-throated (possibly a second) in distance between AstraZeneca and Fishcombe. 

Posted March 26th, 2014 at 8:11 pm in General Birding

Beer Head

A quick look around Beer Head 14.45 - 15.30 turned up 4 Wheatears (all M), 5 Yellowhammers, 1 Red Legged Partridge & plenty of corvids. 

Posted March 26th, 2014 at 7:37 pm by Kevin Hale in General Birding

Tarka Trail - Braunton to Isley Marsh

Cycled to Isley Marsh this morning & counted 35 calling Chiffchaffs between Braunton & Isley Marsh but only 4 Blackcaps.

Very few birds at Isley Marsh at high tide but still plenty of Little Egrets.

No Lapwing or Golden Plover seen from the trail.

Still 45 Redshank in Fremington Pill.


Posted March 26th, 2014 at 6:29 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Around the exe

Started early with a walk around powderham marsh 07:15 till 10:00

400+ sand martins, 2 stonechats, 4 chiffchaffs good numbers of linnets and skylarks, 5 reed buntings and a sparrowhawk. 

Moved onto topsham and bowling green marsh watched from 12:00 till 14:00

2 pintail and 2 gadwall were new in among 43+ shoveler, 55+ wigeon, 51+ teal, 5 little egrets, 5 knot, 20+ dunlin , 150+ black tailed godwits, 4 chiffchaffs, 5 little grebes.

the Slavonian grebe was between topsham quay and topsham rec 

Posted March 26th, 2014 at 5:28 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Roadford Reservoir

8 Goldeneye (4 male) in the north-eastern corner early afternoon, viewable from the bridge south of Germansweek.

Posted March 26th, 2014 at 5:16 pm by Will Salmon in General Birding

Stover C P

A walk around the lake this morning produced:

2 Willow Warblers singing, 4 Chiffchaff, 5 Goosander (2 males),3 Tufted Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe (sitting) 4 Coot (one sitting), Snipe,  12+ Blackbirds singing, 1 Mistle Thrush singing, 2 Buzzards, Siskins, 2 Bullfinch, Lon- tailed Tit, Treecreeper, 6 pairs of Nuthatch, Great Spotted and Green Woodpecker, Mute Swan on new nest in front of the hide.

Jon Avon

Posted March 26th, 2014 at 4:52 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Slapton

4 Scaup (2m.,2f.) 1 Marsh Harrier (f) near Ireland bay, 1Cirl Bunting (m) - Numrous Chiffchaffs (one with BTO ring) and Cetti's Warblers. I Great Northern diver on sea near monument.

Posted March 26th, 2014 at 3:37 pm by Rob Hubble in General Birding

Slapton Ley

2f 1m scaup at Torcross, 4 wheatears in field behind ringing hut & 7 chiffchaffs.

Posted March 26th, 2014 at 2:54 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Topsham Recreation Ground

Spent a couple of hours at The Rec at low tide this am. The Slavonian Grebe eventually appeared from down river, also present this 2cy Yellow-legged Gull - haven't seen enough of these recently.

Yellow-legged Gull 2cy - Topsham 26/3/2014
Yellow-legged Gull 2cy - Topsham 26/3/2014

Posted March 26th, 2014 at 1:06 pm by Tim Worfolk in General Birding

Wembury

A single Willow Warbler at West Hill this morning singing and flycatching was the best of it

Posted March 26th, 2014 at 10:28 am by Richard Billington in General Birding

Tuesday 25th March 2014

Dawlish Warren

Off the Warren this evening were Red-throated Diver, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 14 Red-breasted mergansers, 19 Common Scotor, 2 Velvet Scotor, 2 Long-tailed Ducks and Imm (prob 2nd wint bird) Glaucous Gull off Exmouth.

Posted March 25th, 2014 at 8:47 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Wrafton Pond & Sharpa Marshes

At least 6 calling Chiffchaff around the fringes of the pond late aft /early evening.

54 Sand Martins, 2 Shelduck, 4 Teal & 1 Little Egret on & above the scrape.

Posted March 25th, 2014 at 7:21 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Dartmoor

On Dartmoor above Belstone there was an influx of Wheatears at the weekend taking my daily sightings from 3 per day up to Friday to 12+ on Sunday. Today I found 10, all photographed and identified as male birds, so still no females seen.

Posted March 25th, 2014 at 6:12 pm by Mike Jones in General Birding

Red Kite - Hillhead

Red Kite by Hillhead farm at 2.30 PM,,,,vaguley drifting NE.

Posted March 25th, 2014 at 3:58 pm by Trevor leaman in General Birding

R.Taw. Pottington to Ashford Strand. 11:30 - 13:30.

7 Bar-tailed Godwits; 2 Little Egrets & 47 Shelducks. 3 Spoonbills roosting on Penhill Marsh. Just 3 Teal and 1 Little Egret in Bradiford Reserve.

Posted March 25th, 2014 at 2:42 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Soar

Hoping for a passing chough but had to content with 3 wheatears, 3 chiffchaffs & a male sparrowhawk.

Posted March 25th, 2014 at 2:02 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Topsham Recreation Ground

Inspired by Tim's photo earlier, I went to Topsham Rec this lunchtime and the Slavonian Grebe was showing really well close in off the play park end of the Rec. Still showing well when I left at around 1.45.

Posted March 25th, 2014 at 2:02 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Broadsands

From the headland 2 Black-throated Diver, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, Yellowhammer and a Grey Seal.

Posted March 25th, 2014 at 12:50 pm by Bill Macdonald in General Birding

Torbay

Broadsands/Goodrington: 2 Black-throated Divers, 3 Red-throated Divers, 7 Great Northern Divers, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Shelduck.

Paignton/Preston: 3 Common Scoter, 2 Great Northern Divers. 

Posted March 25th, 2014 at 10:52 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Topsham Recreation Ground

A quiet morning with 5 Greenshanks, a couple of Continental Cormorants and the smart Slavonian Grebe somewhat distant at the southern end.

Slavonian Grebe - Topsham Rec 25/3/2014
Slavonian Grebe - Topsham Rec 25/3/2014

Posted March 25th, 2014 at 10:10 am by Tim Worfolk in General Birding

Yealm estuary

First osprey of the year with its catch . No rings evident in pics sorry about quality but wrong lense on at the time !

Osprey with catch
Osprey with catch

Osprey on passage
Osprey on passage

Posted March 25th, 2014 at 9:09 am by David Scott in General Birding

Around the Teign 24/3

Counts from the estuary yesterday morning included 10 Greenshank, 8 Turnstone, 2 Common Sandpiper, 39 Curlew, 21 Red-breasted Merganser, 8 Teal and 26 Little Egret. At Decoy Lake, 5 Great Crested Grebe and 7 Tufted Duck. Half a dozen Sand Martins were over Rackerhayes visible from the gate behind Tesco at 15:00, and seawatching from Teignmouth 15:30-16:10 produced 5 Sandwich Terns and a Red-throated Diver south.

Posted March 25th, 2014 at 7:10 am by Will Salmon in General Birding

Monday 24th March 2014

Slapton Ley

27 Sand Martins and 3 Scaup (1 male & 2 female) from the Torcross car park hide, early afternoon.

Posted March 24th, 2014 at 4:04 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Around the Axe

My first two Swallows of the 'spring' over Lower Bruckland Ponds this afternoon with ten Sand Martins. 45 Fieldfare over were more in keeping with the weather conditions though!

Posted March 24th, 2014 at 3:53 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Berry Head

A quick seawatch (12:30-13:30) as the rain arrived saw: 5 Manx Shearwaters, bp Red-throated Diver, a steady trickle of Kittiwakes (incl .many 1w), several Common Gulls,  c400 Guillemots on the sea (presumed local birds) and a few passing Razorbills. Also 2 Harbour Porpoise and Grey Seal.

Posted March 24th, 2014 at 3:40 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Roadford Reservoir 24/03/2014

 At least 200 Sand Martins and 1 Swallow feeding low over rough water. Also 9 Goldeneye.

Posted March 24th, 2014 at 2:42 pm by Brian Craven in General Birding

Goosemoor and Bowling Green Marsh

The Spotted Redshank was showing well from Goosemoor amongst a group of Greenshanks and Redshanks until about 1.30.

From the hide, 100+ Sand Martins.

Posted March 24th, 2014 at 2:11 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh RSPB

Morning visit until high tide:

c100 Sand Martins, 12 Barwits, c130 Blackwits, 30 Redshanks with 1 Spotted Redshank and c30 Dunlins. 7 Greenshanks at Goosemoor with a further 10 Redshanks.

Posted March 24th, 2014 at 1:40 pm by david cawthraw in General Birding

Berry Hd

Just 1 Wheatear on the cold blown out headland. around the meadow and woods 5 chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap.

Posted March 24th, 2014 at 8:41 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Sunday 23rd March 2014

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 08:30 till 11:00

a quiet morning but a constant passage of sand Martin largest group 100+ an active peregrine made 3 attacks none successfull, 20+ bar tailed godwits, 400+ black tailed godwits, 1 knot, 150+ redshanks, 50+ dunlin, 3 tufted duck, 39+ shovelers, 1 pochard, 5 little grebes , 2 blackcaps, 7+ chiffchaffs, 7 little egrets. 

Goosemoor held 10 greenshanks and the spotted redshank showing very well, 1 sparrowhawk, 21+ curlew, 2 little egrets, 2 chiffchaffs. 

Posted March 23rd, 2014 at 10:19 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Slapton Ley

At Torcross, 4 Black-necked Grebes including 3 in striking summer plumage and 4 Scaup (2 drakes, 2 females). Also c60 Sand Martins over the Ley, a couple of Cetti's Warblers and Great Northern & Red-throated Divers on the sea.  

Posted March 23rd, 2014 at 8:13 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Hobby at Bowling Green Marsh

Hobby seen from hide at BGM at 12.45; seemed to be following the Sand Martins.  Didn't stop just did a quick circuit then headed north.  c200 Sand Martins through 12.30 - 13.30. 

Posted March 23rd, 2014 at 6:26 pm by George and Les Carr in General Birding

Goosemoor

Excellent views this morning of a Spotted Redshank with 10 Greenshank and several Redshanks, plus small numbers of Curlew, Shelduck, Teal and Wigeon. Dozens (50+) of Sand Martins flying between here and Bowling Green Marsh (earlier c40 at Matford Pools).

Greenshank at Goosemoor
Greenshank at Goosemoor

Posted March 23rd, 2014 at 4:09 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Exmouth Chough

I've just got back from walking along Exmouth beach with the family + dog. On arrival, just below Orcombe Point I was stunned to hear a chough, though it took a second for the penny to drop above the noise of the wind. I pointed the camera at it and managed just 3 shots before it curled its wings and plunged in a straight line along Exmouth beach towards the river mouth.

Posted March 23rd, 2014 at 2:39 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Exmouth Glaucous Gull

After disappearing for a couplo of hours, the Glaucous Gull reappeared at around 1050. Showing paler iris on some shots - and I agree with Matt - looks like a 2nd Winter. Also 4 Sandwich Terns and a flyover !st W Little Gull.

Glaucous Gull - Exmouth 23/3/2014
Glaucous Gull - Exmouth 23/3/2014

Glaucous Gull - Exmouth 23/3/2014
Glaucous Gull - Exmouth 23/3/2014

Posted March 23rd, 2014 at 12:29 pm by Tim Worfolk in General Birding

Exmouth Glaucous Gull

Showing down to 10ft this morning in the Quay carpark. Note the bill damage and how the iris colour changes according to light. Still a bit confused about the age of this bird but there is surely an argument for it being a worn and faded second winter bird.

Posted March 23rd, 2014 at 8:35 am by Matt Knott in General Birding

Saturday 22nd March 2014

Exmouth

Warren View - siberian chiffchaff at the back of our garden. Also singing blackcap. Mudbank - 3 pale-bellied brent goose, 2+ 'intermedius' lesser black-backed gull and poss fw caspian gull. Late this afternoon the fw glaucous gull in the Exmouth Quay carpark.

siberian chiffchaff
siberian chiffchaff

glaucous gull
glaucous gull


Posted March 22nd, 2014 at 7:18 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Red Kite

Had a Red Kite this afternoon at about 13.30 drift east over the road between Musbury & Axminster.

Posted March 22nd, 2014 at 6:48 pm by Kevin Hale in General Birding

Mill On The Exe

On Friday 21st I saw a pair of Great Crested Grebes on the river just off the Mill On The Exe pub between 0750 and 0755, so presumably the same pair seen by Mike and Sue Booth earlier heading upstream.

Posted March 22nd, 2014 at 5:56 pm by Perry J Smale in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Best bird was a summer-plumaged Black-tailed Godwit (icelandica) on the pool. Also - 18 Curlews, 34 Redshanks, 6 Oystercatchers, Nuthatch, c12 Skylarks 5 singing Chiffchaffs and 5+ Little Egrets.

Posted March 22nd, 2014 at 5:22 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 07:30 till 09:45

the spotted redshank showed well when it came in but became elusive, sand Martin passage was good with 200+,  11+ knot, 140+ dunlin, 120+ bar tailed godwits, still good numbers of black tailed godwit and 100+ curlew, 115+ redshank , 5 little grebes, 3 tufted duck, 2 little egrets, 40+ wigeon, 3 chiffchaffs. 

a quick look in goosemoor after produced 9+ greenshanks, a few redshank and black tailed godwits another 30+ sand martins, 1 stock dove, 2 chiffchaffs

Posted March 22nd, 2014 at 1:43 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

My first 3 Swallows of the spring this morning above the pond.

Also 1 Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff & 1 Willow Warbler.

Posted March 22nd, 2014 at 1:02 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Broadsands

At sea, 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Great Northern Diver and 2 Great Crested Grebes. 3 singing Chiffchaff around the marsh 1 Blackcap and a Water Rail.

Posted March 22nd, 2014 at 12:59 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Hopes Nose

3 male Wheatears at Hopes Nose mid morning along the front slopes and Sandy Point. Also 1-2 Chiffchaff singing near the top gate and 2 Great Northern Divers sat on the sea, close in off the point.

Posted March 22nd, 2014 at 11:23 am by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Topsham

Slavonian grebe coming into summer plumage at recreational playing fields.

Posted March 22nd, 2014 at 8:46 am by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

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