Devon Bird Sightings from 22nd–30th April 2014

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Wednesday 30th April 2014

Northam Burrows

Collared Pratincole still present (thanks to Maurice for pointing us in the right direction!) and apparently very settled at 09.30, running about and feeding well on the short turf, eating grubs or caterpillars and a huge earthworm, also stretching up to snap at flying insects, but didn't take to the wing while we were there. Lots of other things to see, including a 1st-summer Iceland Gull and at least 12 White Wagtails.

Posted April 30th, 2014 at 12:52 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Sherpa/Velator/Wrafton Pond

Started at Wrafton Pond with camera, but no sign of the Garganey. Noticed that the female Swan was off her nest with the male. On closer inspection she was trailing 6 cygnets!! This seems extremely early to me?

Sherpa was busier with Reed and Sedge Warblers, and Swallow, House Martin and Sand Martin all present along with 3 Swifts. Also drake Garganey which promptly flew back to Wrafton Pond. So did I and have a better picture, which I'll have a fight with later.

Not much in the reserve - very juvenile Blackbird.

 

Posted April 30th, 2014 at 11:31 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

Northam Burrows. 07:00 - 09:00.

08:05 - 08:25.

Pratincole relocated on Fairway no.9, approx 100yrds south of the wooden shed..It was taking very little notice of dog walkers or their dogs.

 Also 18 Wheatear; 6 White Wagtail; 4 Stonechat; 4 Sedge Warbler; 1 Grasshopper Warbler and numerous Swallows, Sand Martins and House Martins feeding over the Tip Pond.

10 Shelduck; 5 Whimbrel and 9 Dunlin on the Skern.

Posted April 30th, 2014 at 9:37 am by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Lundy 29th April plus other recent news

The latest news from Richard Campey is that an overcast and windless morning on 29th brought with it a fresh arrival of migrants, including a Black Redstart, a Yellow Wagtail, at least two Tree Pipits, a male Reed Bunting at Brambles, and a reeling Grasshopper Warbler and about 30 Willow Warblers and 10 Chiffchaffs in Millcombe, which was "alive with singing Sedge Warblers" – at least 13 counted in the space of a few minutes! Also present were 3 Whimbrels and two Curlews in the Tillage Field.

Recent highlights from the logbook include:

 14th April 2nd-summer Hen Harrier and two Merlins

16th April female Bullfinch trapped St John's Valley (a rare bird for the island)

17th April Reed Warbler trapped St John's Valley (a very early date for Lundy)

18th April Turtle Dove campsite, two Storm Petrels off North Light, and Coal Tit in Millcombe

21st April Cuckoo – calling at the Cheeses on the West Side (Neil Trout)

23rd April 2 Shelducks at the Rocket Pole (Neil Trout)

Posted April 30th, 2014 at 12:12 am by Tim Jones in General Birding

Tuesday 29th April 2014

Pratincole

Finally managed a few better shots tonight

Collared Pratincole
Collared Pratincole

Posted April 29th, 2014 at 9:02 pm by Steve Hatch in General Birding

Beaver in the River Otter

Thanks to Chris Weston for his post last evening and for Dave from East Budleigh for tonight's information, great views of the Beaver on the River Otter at 7.45pm


Posted April 29th, 2014 at 8:50 pm by richard allen in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

A walk around the southern part this evening coincided with high water. Over 80 shelduck roosting with 4 gadwall, 2 tufted duck and numerous mallard with at least 6 broods of ducklings. No sign of the pair of garganey present this morning at 8.30. A small flock of noisy whimbrel (21) flew onto the estuary and then returned to settle in the centre of the marsh. Elsewhere there were one wheatear, a single swift and a hobby all to the north of Station Road.

Posted April 29th, 2014 at 8:37 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Wrafton pond

Is where the Garganey has moved to this evening. CLose up and no camera......

Only a few Swallows and Sand Martins over Sherpa Marsh.

Posted April 29th, 2014 at 7:59 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

chicks hatched

I have set up a nest box with camera at the school I work at and this year as last, Great Tits have nested but this year they are a full week ahead of last year with 4 out of the 9 eggs hatching today. In fact this has been the earlest nest in this box for the past 5years with Blue Tits in before.

Is this unusual or normal for this year?

Posted April 29th, 2014 at 7:04 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

Velator

A Swift over the reserve this morning, and a Wheatear on the mud by the puddle near the tarka trail.

A couple of days ago I went out for an early walk and the large bird wandering around on the mud was a Buzzard!

Posted April 29th, 2014 at 5:23 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

English Channel off S Devon

Sightings from angling boat Dartangler 33nm SSE of Start Point, yesterday (28th April). 3 European Storm-petrels, 20 'commic' Terns (one flock heading up channel), around 15 Great Skuas heading up channel and stopping off to chase gulls attending the boat, which were mostly Lesser Black-backed (60) with a few Great Black-backs (8), Herring (6) and Kittiwakes (4). Around 40 Fulmars included one smart dark phase, also 10+ Gannets one of which gave very close views! One bull Grey Seal was also out in the middle of the channel!

Fulmar (dark phase)Fulmar (dark phase)Fulmar (light phase)Great SkuaGannetKittiwake

Posted April 29th, 2014 at 10:57 am by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Berry Hd

A small fall of birds this morning: 1 Redstart, 3 Wheatear, 7 Willow Warblers, 4 Whitethroat. Moving over >N/NE 6 Yellow Wagtails (including one with a very buzzy call but too high to see properly), 17 Swallow, 2 Meadow Pipits, 3 Little Egret and 1 Rook. at Sea > S 6 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Red-throated Diver. Also 3 Great Northern Divers on sea calling to each other and 3-4 Harbour Porpoise. 

Fulmars Berry Hd 29 April 2014 ML

Fulmars sat calling just below seawatching point.

Posted April 29th, 2014 at 10:44 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Monday 28th April 2014

Collared Pratincole

The Collared Pratincole returned to Northam Burrows for a while this afternoon before once again heading back towards Braunton Burrows later on! It showed well albeit at quite a distance but a nice bird to add to my Devon Species list! 


Posted April 28th, 2014 at 10:04 pm by Rob Cross in General Birding

Lundy 26–28 April

Migrants over the last couple of days have included Great Northern Diver (in the Landing Bay), Merlin, Dunlin, Golden Plover, Whimbrel, White Wagtail, Common Whitethroat, 30 Willow Warblers and – unusually for Lundy – a Jackdaw. Reported by Richard Campey.

Posted April 28th, 2014 at 9:43 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

River Otter and South Farm

A wander around the clifftop fields above South Farm this afternoon produced at least 7 Wheatears and a Whinchat. On the Scrape this evening was a late drake Wigeon - Yesterday evening there were 4 Whimbrel and a Dunlin.

However, best of all today was a Beaver on the River Otter late this evening just north of White Bridge!

Beaver on River Otter by Chris Townend

Posted April 28th, 2014 at 9:08 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding

Skern

A visit Skern/Northam burrows produced 2 yellow wags 10 whimbrel loads of wheatears linnets and skylarks.

No sign of the Collared pratincole it had flown minutes before I arrived

One of ten Whimbrel
One of ten Whimbrel

Posted April 28th, 2014 at 8:57 pm by Steve Hatch in General Birding

Torbay

Looking from Roundham Head, Paignton there were 7 Great Northern Divers - 1 full summer plumaged bird (probably straight out from Paignton pier) , 2 moulting into summer plumage and 4 presumed 1st summer plumage as no sign of any breeding moult (but could have been late winter plumage) Also 2 Common Scoter. 

Posted April 28th, 2014 at 7:58 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

28th April - Whimbrels at Ilfracombe

Surprised to see a couple of Whimbrels with the Oystercatchers & gulls on the rocks off The Capstone at Ilfracombe this afternoon. They flew off before I could get a photo of them both.


Posted April 28th, 2014 at 7:55 pm by Chris Bollen in General Birding

Exminster Marsh

A nice surprise after walking around the marsh and bumping into Dave Stone who put me onto a distant HONEY BUZZARD viewed heading off east over Topsham, top man, only takes one bird to brighten up your day!

Also on the marsh 2 Hobby, 2 Whimbrel, lots of Hirundines moving through.

Posted April 28th, 2014 at 4:11 pm by Kevin Bainbridge in General Birding

Beer Head

Fairly quiet up Beer Head this morning, with singles of Tree Pipit and Yellow Wagtail over. On the land a trickle of Willow Warblers and a Wheatear.

Posted April 28th, 2014 at 3:49 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Honey Buzzard

Thanks to a phonecall from Dave Hopkins, and text from Dave Stone for the following news:

Honey Buzzard over Exminster Marshes just proir to 13:30. Last seen flying east towards Topsham.

Posted April 28th, 2014 at 3:40 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

meldon okehampton

walked around meldon woods this morning and counted 8 pied flycatchers, three females and 5 males.  the first two males were seen on good friday, this is the most i've seen in the woods. also a treecreeper nest building.

Posted April 28th, 2014 at 2:19 pm by Roger Jewell in General Birding

COLLARED PRATINCOLE

1115hrs The Collard pratincole flew in to Northam burrows from Braunton burrows area and showed well for about 20 mins. The bird was put up by birders and people taking photos who got to close, It was watched flying back toBraunton. Also on the menu 2 Yellow wags 4 White wags lots of wheatear a Sparrowhawk and at least 7 Whimbrel on the Skern.

Posted April 28th, 2014 at 1:56 pm by John Hunt in General Birding

Yarner 27th April

Some nice birds in between the heavy showers! Best 3 camera shy Redstarts (2M 1F), a Pied Flycatcher & a more obliging Wood Warbler. On the heath section - Yellowhammer, Linnet, Stonechat & a single Meadow Pipit.

Wood Warbler
Wood Warbler

Posted April 28th, 2014 at 12:01 am by Paul Treen in General Birding

Sunday 27th April 2014

Bovey Heathfield 26-27th April

Main area - Stonechat, Yellowhammer, Siskin & Linnet 

Area behind King Charles Business Pk - Whitethroat, Blackcap, Jay, Willow Warbler, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Green & GS Woodpecker and both species of Thrush 

Whitethroat
Whitethroat

Yellowhammer
Yellowhammer

Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler

Posted April 27th, 2014 at 11:53 pm by Paul Treen in General Birding

Northam Burrows

Click on photo for link through to video of Collared Pratincole: 

Posted April 27th, 2014 at 8:49 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

12.00-14.10

Lesser Whitethroat very vocal and showed well despite being mobile along the hedgerow next to the railway line leading away from the RSPB car park.  Reed, Sedge and Cetti's Warblers also present. Lots of Swallows over the central marsh together with a handful of Sand Martins and House Martins. 4 Swifts also generally moving west.  Good views of a Hobby overhead and later, a Stock Dove flying north. 20+ Shelducks.

Posted April 27th, 2014 at 8:38 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Northam burows

A lot of Wheatears and the Collared Pratincole today. The Pratincole was last seen flying over the river at about 6pm heading towards Braunton burrows

A bit distant still but great too see
A bit distant still but great too see

Wheatears showing well
Wheatears showing well

Posted April 27th, 2014 at 7:05 pm by steve Hatch in General Birding

Velator

Late Afternoon drake Garganey still present came about 15-18m away from the board walk. Loads of Sand martins and Swallows, outside of the boardwalk I saw 1 blackcap.

Posted April 27th, 2014 at 4:58 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in General Birding

Wembury Point and Langdon Beach

Walked to the point at around 1pm, the first Whitethroats have arrived performing territorial displays near footpath,20+Linnet and 5+ Willow Warbler in the same area.On beach 100+Swallow and on the rocks the first Whimbrels have arrived. Heard before seen and flying around in groups of 3,in total 10-15 seen. Out to sea at least 5 Sandwich Tern.


Posted April 27th, 2014 at 3:44 pm by Matt Clark in General Birding

Collared Pratincole

Great morning at Northam Burrows, Iceland gull on the Mud at 8.00am, 4 Yellow wagtails, 2 Swifts, 20+ Wheatears, Sedge warbler and the beautiful Collared Pratincole.

Photo by Tom Gale
Photo by Tom Gale

Posted April 27th, 2014 at 2:22 pm by John and Tom Gale in General Birding

Northam Burrows, late morning

Collared Pratincole still present when i left it around 11:00, with a load of nice Wheatears, i'm guessing at the same place Maurice saw it between greens 9 and 10. Cracking bird, thanks to the finders. Also a steady passage of Swallows and saw my first Swift of the year.

Posted April 27th, 2014 at 2:10 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Northam Burrows. 06:30 - 08:30

Around the tip pond - 2 Yellow Wagtail; 1 Common Sandpiper; 11 White Wagtail and 8 Shelduck.

A search around the area of Green No.9 revealed 24 Wheatear; 3 Whimbrel overhead; 3 Sedge Warbler; 4 Stonechat (2 pair) and 2 Common Whitethroat. Also spotted while searching with a scope, was a Gannet offshore.

No sign of the Collared Pratincole until 07:23 when a dog walker put it up from somewhere between Greens 9 and 10. It flew quite low towards the tip pond but by 08:30 it was not relocated. Quite a few other birders arrived and resumed the search as I left.

Posted April 27th, 2014 at 9:19 am by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Sherpa Marsh

An early walk around the ponds was rewarded with great views of the drake Garganey. More Swallows and Sand Martins around too.

Posted April 27th, 2014 at 7:56 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

Saturday 26th April 2014

Malta..........massacre on migration

Apologies for this not being a post on sightings but i feel as many people as possible should be aware of the great effort TV presenter Chris Packham is making, off his own back and i beleive at his own expense ( and no little risk ) to highlight the problems in Malta with the utterly pointless, unnessecary and illegal shooting of migrant and resident birds on Malta.  If any of you are not aware of Chris's efforts over the past few days please take a few minutes to check the link below

http://chrispackham.co.uk

Posted April 26th, 2014 at 9:13 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Plymouth

Seawatching this morning just on the Cornish side of the county border but 7 Sandwich Terns in the Sound (from Mount Batten) later this afternoon.

Posted April 26th, 2014 at 8:37 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Skern

COLLARED PRATINCOLE still 7.45pm NE of Westward Ho! at Northam Burrows Ctry Park at The Skern on golf course near 9th hole, with 20+ Wheatear

Posted April 26th, 2014 at 8:34 pm by Neal Moss in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 15:25 till 18:00

a very wet and windy afternoon, an arctic tern came in just after I got to the hide but only stayed briefley before going back to the estuary, a 1st summer Mediterranean gull , 42+ common gulls, 35+ whimbrel, 18+ bar tailed godwits with 2 in full summer plumage, 195+ black tailed godwits, 1 dunlin, 21+ greenshanks, 2 oystercatchers, a fly through hobby, several small groups of swallows and sand martins, 2 reed warblers, 1 reed bunting, 2 tufted duck and still 7+ wigeon. On the walk up the lane a male sparrowhawk. 

Posted April 26th, 2014 at 8:32 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

skern

2 yellow wagtails,5 white around tip pool,16:40-17:00.7 whimbrel on skern.

Posted April 26th, 2014 at 7:29 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Hopes Nose

A fantastic seawatch this afternoon from 3.30pm-5pm. 795 Manx Shearwaters south in flocks of up to 70 and constantly in view for the entire seawatch. Also 2 Bonxies south at 3.45pm and 4.05pm, 1 Arctic Tern at 4.35pm, 1 Common Tern lingering off point for 20 minutes, 3 Sandwich Terns and 9 Whimbrel close in over rocks.

Posted April 26th, 2014 at 7:17 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Teignmouth

Seawatching 10:00 - 15:15. Everything south.

202+ Manx Shearwaters, 2 Great Skuas, 1 skua sp., 7 Arctic Terns, 1 Common Tern, 8 'commic' terns, 1 Great Northern Diver, 36 Fulmar, 57 auk sp., c43 Sandwich Terns, c94 Whimbrel, 38 Kittiwakes, 1 Great Crested Grebe.

Posted April 26th, 2014 at 5:18 pm by Laurie Allnatt in General Birding

Berry Hd

Seawatching this morning produced the following >S: 3 Puffins, 100+ Manx Shearwaters, 25 Sandwich Terns, still good numbers of Razorbills (98 >S) among the local Guillemots and 7-8 Harbour Porpoise offshore with 1 Grey Seal there too.

Posted April 26th, 2014 at 3:44 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Bishopsteignton

10-00am 25th ring-necked parakeet on west of village

Posted April 26th, 2014 at 9:19 am by Keith McGinn in General Birding

Lundy – update for Friday 25th

In addition to the Marsh Harrier mentioned in a previous post, Richard Campey also had a male Hen Harrier drifting NW, late afternoon, during an excellent day for migrants, which included:

Northern Wheatear 60, Common Redstart 2 (m & f), Yellow Wagtail 2, Grasshopper Warbler 1, Common Whitethroat 11, Sedge Warbler 5, Wood Warbler 1. Also lots of Willow Warblers & Chiffchaffs about (combined total of c. 200) and 500+ Swallows. The ringers caught a Sedge Warbler that had been ringed in France.

Posted April 26th, 2014 at 9:14 am by Tim Jones in General Birding

Friday 25th April 2014

Tip pool northam burrows

10 white wagtails,5 pied,9 wheatear,single whitethroat naerby in scrub.Yellow wag heard but not located.Pretty poor for time of year.Perhaps there all being shot in malta!!!!!.

Posted April 25th, 2014 at 10:03 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Soar

Did the Warren- East Soar cicuit in glorious weather today. Predictably quiet birdwise. Just a single Whinchat on the warren. Unusually a Mistle Thrush up on Bolt Head collecting a beak full of worms, later seen flying off in direction of Tor Wood.

Posted April 25th, 2014 at 8:31 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Exminster and Passage House Inn

Visited Exminster with Bill Macdonald, the Hobby was in view  several times early afternoon and during drizzle a Swift flew through with several dozen mixed hirundines. A Wheatear was feeding in the middle of the marsh. After a relatively uneventful visit to Bowling Green we checked the Teign at Passage House , where a Little Ringed Plover and 2 Common Sandpipers were feeding on the central mudbank about 6pm.  

Posted April 25th, 2014 at 7:42 pm in General Birding

Fingle Woods,Dartmoor

Wood Warbler, Garden Warbler, Cuckoo & Tree Pipit all in song. Grey Wagtails feeding young!

Posted April 25th, 2014 at 4:05 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Shipley Bridge - Avon Dam (South Dartmoor)

12 members of DB (East Devon Branch) explored this beautiful valley before hail and rain stopped play around mid-day.  Total of 27 species found including 4+ Tree Pipit, Mistle Thrush, Grey Wagtail, Yellow Hammer, Dipper, Raven, Buzzard, 2 Gt Black Backed Gulls and a male Whinchat.

Posted April 25th, 2014 at 3:48 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Hartland Point and Shipload Bay

Warm, bright sunny conditions - a joyous place to be.

2 Buzzards, 70+ Swallows, 2 Whitethroats, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (near the Point), 1 Garden Warbler, 5 Chiffchaffs, 9 Willow Warblers, 10+ Blackcaps, 2 Ravens, Dunnocks, Robins etc..

Harvey Kendall

Posted April 25th, 2014 at 3:18 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Lesser Whitethroat (or maybe 2?) singing and showing well along the railway line this lunchtime. Also a Whitethroat nearby and a Hobby hunting insects over the marshes.

Posted April 25th, 2014 at 2:12 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Berry Hd & Clennon Valley

Just about no migrants at Berry Head this morning; except for 7 Swallows and 1 Yellow Wagtail >N. 2 Whitethroat, as well as several Chiffchaff and Blackcaps on territory.

Clennon Valley: the Ring-necked Parakeet was still present but I only heard it - in trees next to astro turf pitch. Also 2 Little Egrets, 1 Reed Warbler (first of year on site) and 3 House Martins.

Posted April 25th, 2014 at 1:30 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Lundy

Richard Campey reports a male Marsh Harrier drifting north over the Rocket Pole this morning. Yesterday's birds included Grasshopper Warbler, four Golden Plovers and a Sparrowhawk.

Posted April 25th, 2014 at 11:35 am by Tim Jones in General Birding

Culm Davy

Cuckoo heard in the woods again this year, so hopefully hanging on.

Posted April 25th, 2014 at 10:42 am by Ian Seward in General Birding

Thursday 24th April 2014

Exminster marsh

Lesser Whitethroat still present along from rspb car park, also came across a stunning male grass snake beside the viewing platform.




Posted April 24th, 2014 at 10:45 pm by Mark Dyer in General Birding

Ring-necked Parakeet- Clennon Valley

The Ring-necked Parakeet still this evening in trees between the back of the leisure centre and the Astro Turf football pitch at 7pm. Picked up calling loudly at the top of a tree and watched for 10 minutes before being mobbed by a Crow, it flew around the leisure centre but couldn't be relocated up until 8pm.

Posted April 24th, 2014 at 10:10 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Clennon Valley

A resident of Brantwood Drive gave me a ring to tell me a parrot was in the garden  - a quick dash down the road saw me looking at a male Ring-necked Parakeet  -presumably the same bird I had seen at Berry Hd over a week ago?!

Posted April 24th, 2014 at 9:18 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Prawle, Torcross, Strete, Dawlish Warren

Prawle 06.30 1 whitethroat, 1 willow warbler, 4 chiffchaffs, 3 blackcaps.

Torcross 09.00 3 wheatear on beach, 1 sedge warbler singing by tank, 1 great northern diver on sea. 3 swallows.

Strete woodland walk 10.00 1 blackcap, 1 garden warbler, 1 nuthatch, 1 swallow

Dawlish Warren 14.00 - 16.00 23 whimbrel, 1 grey plover, 1 sanderling, 7 ringed plover, 4 dunlin 1 wheatear, 2 db Brent geese, 2 swallow, all from hide; 1 whitethroat, 1 backcap.

Sad to see strange behaviour of black swan in the middle of Dawlish town, sitting on a nest. She got up at one point and began turning the "eggs" she was sitting on, but they were all just big flat pebbles. How disturbed is that?

Jeff Butcher  

Posted April 24th, 2014 at 9:17 pm by Jeff Butcher in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

A recently ploughed and tilled meadow is proving attractive for Wheatears - a total of 14 (8m, 6f) this afternoon with at least 2 birds arriving from the south whilst i watched. A male Whitethroat on territory, a male Yellowhammer and a double figure total Pied Wagtails were, with just one exception, spendid males.

Posted April 24th, 2014 at 8:46 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

A short visit from 15:00 till 16:20 watched from the hide.

21 whimbrel with a further 15+ flew north, 4 dunlin, 100+ black tailed godwits, 1 pochard , 3 gadwall( 2m, 1f) , 27+ common gull, 2 willow warblers, 1 reed bunting, 3 reed warblers, 12+ little egrets. 

on walk around to the goat walk had a group of 70+ whimbrel fly over heading towards exminster marsh 

Posted April 24th, 2014 at 8:03 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

Murky start giving way to a pleasant sunny day with a light S-SE breeze. Watched the bay from 09:30-15:40. All birds flying E-SE unless stated.

75 Manx Shearwater, 15 Common Scoter, prob 2nd calender year Glaucous Gull flew east at 10:10 and joined other gulls following the plough adjacent to South Huish marsh, 3 Sandwich Terns, Arctic Skua ( pale phase ), 51 Whimbrel ( all in off sea, some headed for Yarner beach ) and a Sanderling on the beach.

 

Posted April 24th, 2014 at 7:24 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Cuckoo at Burrator

A cuckoo was calling at Down, Burrator Reservoir, Dartmoor today.

Posted April 24th, 2014 at 5:17 pm by Paul Rendell in General Birding

Berry Head Quarry

Fished this morning and on the way down 1 wheatear on the gravel park. By the time I finished 12:45 there were 5 all in prime condition. The copse at the back was very ,very quiet

Posted April 24th, 2014 at 4:39 pm by Tim Clyburn in General Birding

A mornings walk through MEETH

1 Tawny owlet, 3 Robins, 1 Backcap, 2 Buzzards, 1 Grey Wagtail, 6 male Blackbirds, 1 Whitethroat, 5 Canada, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 1 Pied Wagtail.

Posted April 24th, 2014 at 2:49 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding

Mansands

This morning a Wood Warbler was singing in the pines just down the lane from the carpark, the Lesser Whitethroat was still singing by the marsh. Plenty of Whitethroats around and afew Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs. Both pairs of Coots have chicks now and a pair of Tufted Ducks weren't having much fun with the Coots chasing them off everywhere, also a pair of Gadwalls were on the pool below the hide.

Posted April 24th, 2014 at 2:36 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in General Birding

Sherpa/Velator

Whilst ringing in the reserve this  morning, I saw a succession of birders heading down to Sherpa Marsh, so when I packed up I wandered down to see what they were all looking at/for. Sue Bruce was looking for Reed Warblers, but the other three were lying down waiting for the Garganey to show. I'd just walked past it! They went back to see it, while I went further on and put up a Little Ringed Plover!

Went back to them and they then returned to see that too!

Earlier I had seen a single Swift over the fields south of the reserve.

Posted April 24th, 2014 at 1:00 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Beer Head

Quiet up Beer Head this morning, with singles of Redstart, Yellow Wagtail and Wheatear, and a handful of Willow Warblers seen whilst I was ringing.

Posted April 24th, 2014 at 11:40 am by Steve Waite in General Birding

Sherpa Marsh pond.

08:05

Drake Garganey still present.

Posted April 24th, 2014 at 11:19 am by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Berry Head

Early morning on the headland: 2 Wheatear, calling Lesser Whitethroat (in main scrub near the trig point), Willow Warbler and 2 Common Whitethroat.

Posted April 24th, 2014 at 8:10 am by Bill Macdonald in General Birding

Wednesday 23rd April 2014

ex51ql

I have had a parakeet coming to my garden every day for several weeks, it is very tame, it comes onto my bird feeders somtimes twice a day i have taken down my bird feeders now ,as i am sure that it is frightening the small birds away from my garden wit its screeching,  i had one in my garden last year as well, I live on the cat and fiddle park at clyst st mary,

Posted April 23rd, 2014 at 10:53 pm by walter smith in General Birding

sherpa marsh

Drake Garganey and Gadwall still present late this evening.

Posted April 23rd, 2014 at 9:26 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Still hard going - just 5 Wheatears (2m, 3f) and a brief glimpse of a warbler disappearing into scrub was just possibly a returning Whitethroat. 21 Stock Doves was a good count but nothing else to report.

Posted April 23rd, 2014 at 7:33 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Sherpa Marsh - rain almost stopped play

With no news of the pratincole decided as it was sunny a quick visit after work to Sherpa to see if the garganey was still present was needed. On arrival the clouds were heavy and rain was starting so leaving the camera alone walked quickly to the shelter of the barn. When the rain eased I walked on to the main pond to hear and see the many reed warblers, sand martins with a few swallows but no house martins. Two male "flavissima" wagtails were present and all the ducks seemed to be mallards. A walk to the far side and the rain bucketing down gave me views of a drake garganey. Glad I went now.

P.S. Meant to post tree pipit displaying at entrance to Yarner Woods on Friday (see JC's photo on gallery).

Posted April 23rd, 2014 at 7:21 pm by Andrew Lansdell in General Birding

Berry Hd

Seawatch 0615-0745hrs: 1 Great Skua, 2 Puffin, 53 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Sandwich Tern, 61 Kittiwake, 400+ Guillemots (heading toward colony) but also good number of Razorbills 47, 1 Yellow Wagtail & 3 Swallows. 

Lesser Whitethroat warbling song at Mansands click on picture to link to video:

Posted April 23rd, 2014 at 6:16 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Dartmoor Cuckoo

I heard two, possibly three cuckoos on north Dartmoor above Belstone this afternoon. I tracked this one down to a lone thorn tree on the open moor (I have logged it on the cuckoo interactive map).


Posted April 23rd, 2014 at 4:35 pm by Mike Jones in General Birding

Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Northam Burrows

2 visits today ! 5.50am-9.50am and 1.25pm-2.45pm

At first light, there was a Common Sandpiper and 4 Dunlin on the pool at the Skern and during the morning there were 2-3 Grasshopper Warblers reeling to the south of the pool, 3 Sedge Warblers, 3 Whitethroats, a steady passage of Swallows and c6 Wheatear but no sign of the Collared Pratincole.

As detailed below, the Collared Pratincole re-appeared for about 20 minutes around midday and then luckily re-appeared again on the golf course, on the far side of the pool from c1.55pm until it flew up high at 2.20pm calling as it went overhead, and flew high upriver towards Instow where it was lost to view.. Also this afternoon, a Whimbrel, Bar-Tailed Godwit, Ringed Plover and 2 Dunlin on the pool, c6 Wheatear still and a Grasshopper Warbler still reeling and showing on and off.

Posted April 22nd, 2014 at 8:28 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Lesser Whitethroat showing and singing well by railway path this morning.


Posted April 22nd, 2014 at 7:03 pm by Mark Dyer in General Birding

Pratincole

I have consulted the pictures with my book and I think that it is a Collared Pratincole because instead of its upperparts being one solid colour like the Black-winged, it had a darker tail than the rest of its body and also it had more orange at the start of the beak than a Black-winged.

Posted April 22nd, 2014 at 5:28 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in General Birding

Beer Head

Another great morning up Beer Head today. Bushes seemed quiet, but my mist nets proved otherwise with 35 Willow Warblers, 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps and 2 Redstarts (fems) trapped and ringed.

A third fem Redstart was seen by my Dad, and I heard singles of Grasshopper Warbler, Ringed Plover and Dunlin (the later two fly overs) whilst ringing. Also a pretty heavy passage of (mostly) Swallows got going from mid morning.  

Like other migration sites in the UK, many of the Willow Warblers passing through now are cold-toned more northerly breeding birds...

Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler

Posted April 22nd, 2014 at 4:31 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Yarner Wood

Mid morning visit to Yarner, started with a pair of Grey Wagtails showing well in front of the cottages as you arrive at Yarner. Hen Sparrow Hawk soaring high above the car park, drake Mandarin on the pond, Nuthatch using the lower pond feeders, a walk round the woodland above the car park revealed Blue and Great Tits in large numbers, one Coal Tit, Long tailed Tit, Wren, pair of Bullfinch. Raven calling.

Greater Spotted Woodpecker(s) heard drumming and calling.

Highlight thanks to a visiting birder who sent us in the right direction was a male Pied Flycatcher that was showing well and singing in a very defined area to which it kept returning, second bird could be heard calling but only one bird on view at any one time.

Feeders have been taken down from the top hide but are still in use at the pond hide.

Posted April 22nd, 2014 at 3:49 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Pratincole sp - Northam Burrows

Apologies for the poor quality photos but dense grey thundery cloud cover with low light levels & raindrops (but not heavy rain) while digiscoping.

The bird did not show from 06.00 to 11.15. But later it flew in & we were able to observe it on the ground & in flight for approx 30 mins. It spent most of the time hawking insects over the seasonal Mere.

The light was very difficult while under observation & we had great difficulty seeing any white trailing edge to the wing & I cannot see the tail extending beyond the primary tips in any of my photographs so undecided whether Collared or Black winged.



Posted April 22nd, 2014 at 3:22 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime in the hide until about 1.50 today. 7+ Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Oystercatchers and 2 Bar-tailed Godwit in amongst the Black-taileds. 3+ House Martins and a 1st year Mediterranean Gull along with a few Common Gulls.

Posted April 22nd, 2014 at 2:12 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Berry Head

Early morning, Yellowhammer far end of the headland and Yellow Wagtail which landed briefly. 11 Swallow, 3 House Martin, Tree Pipit again briefly in trees north of the cattle trough. 3 Willow Warbler, 2 assumed migrant Chiffchaff and 4 Whitethroat. Singing Sedge Warbler in scrub in the centre of the southern fort showing on and off.

Posted April 22nd, 2014 at 8:57 am by Bill Macdonald in General Birding

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