Devon Bird Sightings from 8th–14th April 2014

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Monday 14th April 2014

Bowling green marsh

16:15 till 18:35 watched from the hide

2 near summer plumage spotted redshanks, 8+ whimbrel, 18+ greenshanks, 200+ redshanks, 12+ dunlin, 8 little egrets, 21+ bar tailed godwits, 210+ black tailed godwits, 130+ curlew, 1 ringed plover, 2 oystercatchers, 1 reed warbler, 2 gadwall, 6 tufted duck, 1 stock dove a few swallows and sand martins, 1 reed bunting, several blackcaps and chiffchaffs. 

Posted April 14th, 2014 at 10:24 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Bar-headed Goose

There was a Bar-headed Goose with Canada's on the main pond at Home Farm Marsh North Devon. Check fir rings but non visible but most likely to be an escapee. Looks in good condition and was happily feeding. The Canada's chives itaway a few times but only moved a foot or so away, never in flight.

Posted April 14th, 2014 at 10:05 pm by Karen Sims in General Birding

Red Kite

While walking in the DWT reserve of Halsdon Woods near Dolton, a raven flew over us cronking, it was chasing a red kite, the first my wife and I have seen in Devon since moving here in 2009.

Posted April 14th, 2014 at 10:01 pm by Andrew in General Birding

Horsey Island, Braunton

Unusual sighting of a Bar-Headed Goose on Horsey Island this evening with a flock of 8 Canada Geese.  Ironically, it was in exactly the same place as the probable Snow Goose escapee / hybrid, as posted by Robert Marshall on the 13th, which I also saw over the weekend (12th) with 2 Canada Geese.

Posted April 14th, 2014 at 9:42 pm by Eden Davies in General Birding

Axe Estuary & Black Hole Marsh

Just a quick recap from yesterday (13th) Osprey on the Estuary at 16.30, also 9 Whimbrel & a few Swallows & a singing Sedge Warbler on BHM.

Posted April 14th, 2014 at 9:17 pm by Kevin Hale in General Birding

Northam Burrows

Not much out to sea but inland there are 2 Wheatears, Stonechats, Pied Wagtails, Common Whitethroats, Skylarks and Swallows.

Posted April 14th, 2014 at 5:50 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in General Birding

Exminster Marsh

One Hobby over the marsh at 10.30, 3 Wheatear and a Yellow Wagtail in front of the lagoon.

Posted April 14th, 2014 at 5:16 pm by Kevin Bainbridge in General Birding

Bovey Heathfield / Yarner Sunday 13th April

Early morning stroll around Bovey Heathfield produced 4 stonechats, 5+ yellowhammers, a Siskin & 2 linnets. 

On to Yarner & much as other posts - a single male pied flycatcher proved too quick for my camers. Strangest site was the mandarin duck climbing through the trees above the pond & out onto the end of a branch. Still seems odd.

Linnet Bovey Heathfield
Linnet Bovey Heathfield

Mandarin Duck Yarner
Mandarin Duck Yarner

Mandarin Duck Yarner
Mandarin Duck Yarner

Posted April 14th, 2014 at 4:01 pm by Paul treen in General Birding

Beer Head

Despite the conditions, an excellent fall of migrants on Beer Head this morning. Very little around at dawn but things soon got going.  I was busy ringing, but Ian Pearson and my Dad (leading a group) were up there walking about. Totals between the three of us include:

5 Redstarts (all males), 2 Whitethroats, c80 Willow Warbler and 1 Wheatear.

Bun had a look at Beer Cemetery Fields and came up with another male Redstart, a reeling Grasshopper Warbler and 8+ more WIllow Warblers.

First-summer male Redstart
First-summer male Redstart

Posted April 14th, 2014 at 2:33 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Berry Hd

Mmmm, after a good look with JWood and BMc around failed to find the reported 3 Hoopoes! They were reported to - not seen by the warden. Other birders are still looking..

Posted April 14th, 2014 at 1:02 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Topsham

Not a lot to report from a pre-work look at Bowling Green Marsh and Goosemoor today. 14 Greenshank on Goosemoor; 4 Tufted duck, 2 Gadwall and small numbers of other duck on Bowling Green with the high tide wader roost obscured by the morning sun.

Posted April 14th, 2014 at 12:32 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Morning visit between 9.00 and 10.30 around the southern part of the marsh. Lots of bird song including lesser whitethroat (1), blackcap (4+), willow warbler (2), reed warbler (2), sedge warbler (3+), chiffchaff (2) and Cettis. One chiffchaff was carrying nest material.

 On a wet flash in the middle of the marsh viewing from the railway path was a flock of 11 ringed plovers, including one that looked smaller but the distance prevented confirming the id. Elsewhere one greenshank. Duck numbers low, 6 tufted duck and 4 teal, apart from c30 shelduck. 

Posted April 14th, 2014 at 12:00 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Berry Head

HOOPOE 3 at Berry Head, Devon. In trees on Berry Head Road. Moving up through woods towards the cowfield. via @BerryHeadRanger @DevonBirds 

 

Posted April 14th, 2014 at 11:09 am by Andy Plumb in General Birding

Sunday 13th April 2014

Brixham this evening

As I returned home from Mansands this evening I heard a Parakeet, I had heard it earlier in the day too but hadn't been able to locate it. Eventually I found it feeding on buds in the top of a tree on Summer lane opposite Laywell close. It was indeed a Ring-necked and looked in reasonable condition but on closer scrutiny a metal ring was visible on it's left leg. 

Posted April 13th, 2014 at 8:55 pm by Andy Plumb in General Birding

skern

58 ringed plover,17 golden,3 grey,33 dunlin,3 wheatear16:30-17;00

Posted April 13th, 2014 at 8:32 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Brixham breakwater

A short wheelchair visit in late pm on a rising tide. Still eight Purple Sandpipers and three Turnstones, most on base of the old oil jetty. Three Sandwich Terns and a Curlew flew past.

Posted April 13th, 2014 at 7:41 pm in General Birding

Yarner Pt 2

Did the circuit around the top of Yarner today. 1 Pied Fly just up from the field museum and as previous lots of Willow warblers and Blackcaps singing. Several Song thrush in full voice and 1 GSW. On the heath Tree Pipit by middle carpark

Posted April 13th, 2014 at 7:37 pm by Tim Clyburn in General Birding

Broadsands

Migrants were thin on the ground at Berry Head early this morning and later at Prawle, just a couple of Wheatear, a handfull of Willow Warbler and a trickle of Swallows. I was therefore suprised to find my first Common Whitethroat of the spring in a hawthorn bush at the back of the toilets at Broadsands beach during a 'visit' late afternoon.

Posted April 13th, 2014 at 6:53 pm by Bill Macdonald in General Birding

East Soar & South Huish

An early walk at Soar was quietish, but had a few nice brids. 2 female Ring Ousel's in the under cliffs, one below Bolt Head and one by Goat Rock. 5 Wheatears, 11 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcaps, 1 Willow Warbler and a steady trickle of Swallows, 54 by the time I left at 1220.

A look at South Huish included good views of the adult Pectoral Sandpiper and a 1st Summer Glaucous Gull.

Also a good number of Peacocks and Small Tortoiseshell's.

Posted April 13th, 2014 at 4:31 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Yarner Woods

Lovely day at Yarner walking the trail today. Five male Mandarins and one female. Good numbers of Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers calling constantly along with several Blackcaps singing. A grey Wagtail by the Pond Hide and a Linnet on the heath were other notables.

Mandarin Drake & Duck (By Kate Beard)
Mandarin Drake & Duck (By Kate Beard)

Posted April 13th, 2014 at 2:27 pm by Paul Beard in General Birding

Starcross Osprey

At just after noon, I looked up from my desk to see an Osprey flying over my house just behind Painters Wood on the outskirts of Starcross. Grabbing binoculars I rushed into the garden and watched it flap steadily at an altitude of about 100 m, and then higher, initially in a southwesterly direction, then veering slightly more westward and soaring higher and higher until lost from view. Initially, it appeared to have an object (a fish?) in its talons, but then it didn't so it may have been its bunched feet hanging down briefly. 

Posted April 13th, 2014 at 1:06 pm by Jonathan Elphick in General Birding

Turf Locks

Osprey again, flying towards Haldon with fish 8:00.

Posted April 13th, 2014 at 10:33 am by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

skern

10 sandwhich tern,5 whimbrel,18 golden plover,42 ringed plover,10 dunlin,barwit,possible adult snow goose heading out of estuary with two canada but know likely escape/hybrid?.

Posted April 13th, 2014 at 12:18 am by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Saturday 12th April 2014

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 15:35 till 18:10

the summer plumage spotted redshank came in with 90+ redshank, 4 whimbrel in with 200+ curlew a further group of 8 whimbrel circled the marsh and flew off over the hide, 20+ dunlin, 25+ bar tailed godwits, 17 greenshanks, 4 little grebe, the great crested grebe is still showing well, 200+ black tailed godwits, 2 oystercatchers, a very good passage of swallow and sand martins and at least 20 house martins, 6 buzzards, 2 sparrowhawks, 3 blackcaps, 1 reed bunting, 6 tufted duck, 25+ shoveler, 20+ wigeon, 7 chiffchaffs, 

Posted April 12th, 2014 at 9:03 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

South Brent Swallows

Yesterdays count was 11 Swallows seen passing my house at South Brent todays count was 33 with a further 4 being seen while driving through Totnes.

Hen Sparrow hawk high up on the soar over the lower part of Bridgetown.

Posted April 12th, 2014 at 7:19 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

NE Dartmoor

Swallows back at West Wyke and a Red Kite drifting west around the north slopes of Cosdon Hill. Two good things in an ordinary day.

Posted April 12th, 2014 at 6:04 pm by Nick Atkinson in General Birding

Berry Hd

Pretty quiet this morning: 5 Wheatear, 4 Willow Warbler,7 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 2 Swallow, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Stonechat & 5 Meadow Pipit.

Posted April 12th, 2014 at 5:56 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Tamar Lakes.

Upper and Lower Tamar Lakes.

On a visit to Tamar Lakes this morning:-

220+ Sand Martins, 40+ Swallows, 15 House Martins, a probable Hoopoe (call only), spent ages search the fields adjacent to Lower Tamar for it, but despite frequent calling, couldn't locate the bird.  I'm familiar with the call from hearing many in Spain.     Female Mallard with 10 very small ducklings, 3 Tufted Ducks, 3 Cormorants, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 14 Willow Warblers, 6 Chiffchaffs, 4+ Blackcaps, 2 Garden Warblers, Blue and Great Tits, Wren, 3 Greenfinches, many Chaffinches, 1 Song Thrush, Blackbirds, 2 Collared Doves, 1 Magpie and a small rookery with (so far) 8 nests.

Harvey Kendall

Posted April 12th, 2014 at 1:40 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Exminster marsh and powderham marsh

Exminster marsh 07:15 till 08:30

1st lesser whitethroat of the spring  along path by railway line from rspb car park and a possible second bird but not seen together also a fall of sedge and reed warblers, willow warblers along with several blackcaps and chiffchaffs.

powderham marsh 08:45 till 10:15

1 whimbrel, steady passage of swallows , 5 little ringed plover , 3 took off and flew northN several blackcaps and chiffchaffs 

Posted April 12th, 2014 at 1:27 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Turf Locks

Osprey with fish flew high towards Haldon 8 am.

Also a Common sandpiper on river.

Posted April 12th, 2014 at 12:03 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Dartmoor

On his visit to several Dartmoor woods on Wednesday and Thursday Malcolm Burgess reported that he found a Redstart and  male Pied Flycatchers in Bovey Valley Woodlands and a further four male Pied Flys in Yarner.

The Yarner Wood team also reported a Blue Tit nest with two eggs laid, the first on 7th April.  This is the joint second earliest ever egg recorded at Yarner since 1955!

Malcolm’s team of Pied Fly Nesters will also be recording the first arrivals and passing the info on to him.   If you see a Pied Flycatcher in the next couple of weeks at other locations – please send your record to me and I will make sure the information is passed on to Malcolm.

Julia 

Posted April 12th, 2014 at 10:11 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Friday 11th April 2014

Prawle and South Huish

A lovely morning at Prawle though more of the same in receent days  : a few Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps and Willow Warblers singing. 7 male Wheatears at Langerstone. Met up with Vic and Sylvia Tucker who had seen 30+ Swallows from 11.30 plus 10+ more which I then saw coming in off the sea. Butterfly-wise several Green Veined Whites and Peacocks and one intriguing dark blue and rusty speckled underwing buitterfly that I thought had to be a Common Blue (not the powdery blue.of Holly ) seen at head height as it flew past me. Weird.

Later I went to S.Huish ( or is it S Milton Ley ?) having checked Birdguides and seen the report of Pectoral Sandpiper at c 7pm last night and I wasn't to be disappointed : it showed very well from 2pm albeit afar and into shimmery light  from 2pm. . Also at 3pm very briefly a summer plumaged Water Pipit showed well plus 2 Swallows and 1 Sand Martin.

 

Posted April 11th, 2014 at 11:31 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

skern

4 wheatear 3adults,fs male,.Within the hour there 100+ swallows&3 sand martins came through also 20 ringed plover.16:30-17:30.8 swallow on way home from work at hallwill junction to bideford.Bet thursdays kites flew right over the building site at hallwill,!!!!!!.Sure the rookery there would have announced their presence.

Posted April 11th, 2014 at 10:49 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

American Road - Braunton Burrows

A walk from the south end of the American Road to Sandy Lane car park produced 16 Willow Warbler,18 Chiffchaff & 8 Blackcap in full song this morning.

3 Sandwich Terns & 1 Common Tern at Morte Point.

Posted April 11th, 2014 at 9:54 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Yarner Wood

Had a walk around Yarner Wood with my 5 year old this morning. 3 Drake and 1 female Mandarin on the pond. 1 Tree Pipit on the heath above the car park and 2 or 3 male Pied Flycatchers seen on our walk.

Posted April 11th, 2014 at 9:35 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

 

Watched from the hide 15:30 till 17:45

still 1 spotted redshank now nearly in full summer plumage, a good find was a great crested grebe my first on the marsh, the first 2 whimbrel of the year, 250+ black tailed godwits, 40+ redshank, 20+ dunlin, 8+ greenshanks, 5 little grebes , 6 tufted duck, 25+ wigeon, 1 reed bunting, 4 little egrets a few sand Martin and swallows, 4 blackcaps, 5+ chiffchaffs, 1 willow warbler, 1 buzzard, 25+ shoveler. 

Posted April 11th, 2014 at 9:25 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

South Huish Marsh

The Pec Sand still this evening on South Huish Marsh but elusive. It flew across the pool onto the left hand side of the island at 7.25pm and then reappeared at the right hand side of the island at 7.35pm, feeding along the back edge. Also present Reed Warbler, 3 White Wagtails, c6 Swallows, 1-2 Sand Martins, 3 Common Snipe and a Stonechat. 

Posted April 11th, 2014 at 9:18 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Torbay

Looking from Three Beaches Headland this evening: 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver and 5 Sandwich Tern. 

Posted April 11th, 2014 at 8:18 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Budleigh Beach

5 Sandwich terns fishing just off the beach at Budleigh, a new garden tick for me! 

Posted April 11th, 2014 at 4:58 pm by richard allen in General Birding

Colyford Common - Cattle Egret

Yesterday's Cattle Egret on Colyford Common, making friends with the locals.

Cattle Egret on Colyford Common
Cattle Egret on Colyford Common

Posted April 11th, 2014 at 4:25 pm by John Stagg in General Birding

Middle to West Soar

Highlights were 11 wheatears & a singing willow warbler plus 100+ carrion crows.

1st Painted Lady of the year, in my garden at Aveton Gifford.

Posted April 11th, 2014 at 3:56 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Hope's Nose, Torquay

11.10-12.15

3 Blackcaps,  4 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler, Bullfinch, 2 Pheasants, Fulmar, 2 Wheatear, 2 Rock Pipits, 4 Sandwich Terns, 20+ Guillemots on ledges of the Orestone.  

Posted April 11th, 2014 at 2:16 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Marine sediments and feeding seabirds

I was struck recently when scanning from south coastal headlands how murky and brown the coastal water still  seemed to be, at least in patches. During the peak of the winter storms, the combination of exceptional wave action and land runoff after downpours seemed to turn the whole of Torbay and surrounding seas to a kind of brown soup for a mile or more from shore. Those of us watching the divers , auks, Shags and other marine species feeding in the area started to wonder how they managed to detect, follow and catch underwater prey in such turbid conditions. Much of the Great Northern Diver  prey seemed to be crabs which presumably are less mobile, but other species may well have had more trouble catching moving fish . I saw on BBC SW news on Weds night that Plymouth Marine Biological Lab are doing a study of the persistence of suspended sediment in the seas off the region; it will be interesting to see how this affects marine life and continued ability of seabirds to feed in affected areas.  

 

 

Posted April 11th, 2014 at 11:29 am in General Birding

Thursday 10th April 2014

nr Roadford

Two Red Kites passed through the area near Roadford today  (Adrian Davey)

Red Kite by Adrian Davey nr Roadford 10.4.2014

 

 

Posted April 10th, 2014 at 11:48 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Plympton

So pleased to see Liz's post as whilst removing garage guttering I,too, saw 2 Swallows flying west past Woodford at c 1.30pm. Apparently earliest reference  to this saying is attributed to Aristotle  (in 4th century before the common era ) :"One swallow does not a summer make, nor one fine day; similarly one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely " according to wikipedia.

Posted April 10th, 2014 at 11:05 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Swallows over Plymouth

2 swallows twittering to each other flying north west over the Citadel on the Hoe.  Does this make a summer?

Posted April 10th, 2014 at 10:11 pm by Liz Harris in General Birding

Powderham marsh and exminster marsh

Watched from 14:30 till 17:15

A quick look over powderham marsh first produced 2 little ringed plover , 2 green sandpiper, a few swallow and sand martins , 5+ blackcaps, 6+ chiffchaffs, kestrel, buzzard, 4 little egrets. 

Along station road 1 willow warbler, 5+ chiffchaffs, 2 blackcaps and steady passage of swallows and sand martins and 6+ house martins. 

Posted April 10th, 2014 at 9:50 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Beer Head, Cemetery fields & Colyford Common.

Combined a walk with Beer Head & the Cemetery fields this morning turning up 5 Wheatear, 15 Willow Warblers, 8 Chiffchaff & 12 Blackcap.

Then this afternoon had great views of the Cattle Egret on Colyford Common, also spoke to some visiting birds who had 3 Cranes circling the reserves at 12.30 but they did not land flying high west, also a Osprey was seen by another observer flying up the Estuary.

Posted April 10th, 2014 at 8:55 pm by Kevin Hale in General Birding

Berry Head (Iceland type Gull)

Couple more photo's of this mornings white winged gull. From my perspective it was heavy chested and showed a clear pale tail band consistant with the bird desribed by MK, see his blog for a cracking field sketch for a comparison.

Posted April 10th, 2014 at 7:48 pm by Bill Macdonald in General Birding

South Huish

I had a message from Sylvia Tucker late morning to say a Pectoral Sandpiper was present.

Posted April 10th, 2014 at 2:24 pm in General Birding

Soar Mill Cove area

Just 2 wheatears, 4 blackcaps, singing willow warbler, 21 chiffchaffs & 7 buzzards soaring together over Hazel Tor.

1st green-veined whites!

Posted April 10th, 2014 at 1:52 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

At long last a few migrants. 2 Wheatears (1m,1f), 3 Willow warblers, 2 Blackcaps (both males), 3 Chiffchaff and a single Swallow. Oddities were 2 Canada Geese and a Great Black backed Gull flying north. Around 10 skylarks singing plus 12+ Stock Doves, 20 Linnets, 2 Meadow Pipits and 30 Ravens.

Posted April 10th, 2014 at 11:25 am by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Berry Hd

Small fall of migrants: 5-6 Wheatears, 2 Willow Warblers, 4 Blackcap, 9 Chiffchaff, 1 Swallow and a fly-through Ring-necked Parakeet! At sea 2 Sandwich Tern,1 Manx Shearwater but the highlight was what we took to be an Iceland Gull but despite rather distant views consider it might be the 1st w Exe Kumlien's gull, however it does appear to have a more extensive pale bill base than the photos I've seen. BMc ML

     

Above: Possible Kumlien's Gull (hopefully some more photos from Bill later) - Wheatears below:

Posted April 10th, 2014 at 11:15 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Beesands Hoopoe

A Hoopoe was seen in a private garden at Beesands for its second day yesterday.

The way this bird was found was quite extraordinary. Mr Mead thought he could hear a tapping noise on one of the windows of his house...

Hoopoe (c) Tony Mead
Hoopoe (c) Tony Mead

Posted April 10th, 2014 at 9:50 am by Steve Waite in General Birding

Hartland Point

Loads of Swallows and House martins also 3 Stonechats and 1 Yellowhammer and the usual Rock Pipits, Chiffchaffs and Cetti's Warbler. Not much out to sea just Black-backed Gulls, Herring Gulls and 2 Cormorants.

Posted April 10th, 2014 at 9:32 am by Benjamin Rousseau in General Birding

Wednesday 9th April 2014

Plymouth

Several waves of swallow over the tamar (saltash side) At 10:30 am. Approx 40+ in total.

Posted April 9th, 2014 at 10:01 pm by Trystan Bryant in General Birding

Prawle Point

136 Manx Shearwater , I Red-Throated Diver and 2 x 1st ( or is it 2nd ?) year Common Gulls west between 7.55 and 8.55;  2 Wheatears and 4 Swallows ( my first at Prawle this year) over the Hump. . Around the car park there were 6 singing Blackcaps ,and 1 female; 4 singing Chiffchaffs and 3 singing Willow Warblers, which , under blue skies was lovely . But probably ( despite loads of Wrens and Dunnocks trying their best ) the day was won for the butterflies ( yeah !) : 1 x Brimstone ; 6+ Speckled Woods, 2 x Holly Blues; several Peacocks and small Tortoiseshells, and ,in Pig's Nose Valley, more of the same plus a couple of female Orange Tips.

Posted April 9th, 2014 at 9:26 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Hele bay N/devon

1815-1915 Huge numbers of Swallows at last. A 15 min count gave  110 swallow and at least 40 house martin all going west. On the sea 2 Guillemot.

Posted April 9th, 2014 at 8:48 pm by John Hunt in General Birding

Torbay

Looking from Three Beaches headland: 3 Great Northern Divers, 1 Great Crested Grebe 1 Shelduck also two Swallows in offf sea..

Posted April 9th, 2014 at 8:38 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Powderham marsh

Watched from 14:30 till 17:00

An elusive Little ringed plover finally showed well, 8+ golden plover dropped in severall in full summer plumage, still 2 green sandpiper, steady passage of swallows a few sand martins and my first house Martin of the year, 2 stonechat , on the walk out to the viewing platform found 1 red legged partridge, kestrel, the usual barnacle goose was in front of the viewing platform and another was on exminster marsh , several blackcaps and chiffchaffs, 47+ linnets. 

Posted April 9th, 2014 at 7:39 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Lundy

Three Puffins which were rescued from the winter storms recently and nursed back to health at the RSPCA West Hatch centre near Taunton were released at Gannet's Bay a few days ago.

 

Posted April 9th, 2014 at 6:53 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Ideford Common (Teignmouth)

Took a morning walk to reconoitre tomorrow's fieldtrip (East Devon Branch) around the common.  Contrary to rumour the car park is open although the Forestry Commission has been working there felling some trees.  Plenty of Pipits, Yellowhammer,Stonechat, 4 Siskin, and pairs of Green Woodpecker, Goldcrest and Raven to mention a few species.  Also Roe deer.

Thanks to all who attended last evening's Branch AGM at Sidford and to guest speaker Dr Humphrey Sitters

Something I learnt from Julia Harris is that the Society's Home page has now been updated... and if your computer is showing the old logo and 'DBWPS etc' you need to 'refresh it'.  When looking at the home page... right click the mouse and find 'refresh'.  This should give you the new look home page which you can then save on your 'favourites'. 

Posted April 9th, 2014 at 3:47 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - a white-winged gull, almost certainly the fw kumlien's gull circling high over the top fields this afternoon. Also the 2w glaucous gull still present today.

Posted April 9th, 2014 at 3:46 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Soar

Willow warbler was the bird highlight but also two green hairstreaks ( very early) and an adder at Bolt Head.

Posted April 9th, 2014 at 2:07 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Tuesday 8th April 2014

Slapton

3 GND's off the memorial today and gannets feeding really close in. As we were watching a group of about 15 Sandwich terns flew in off the sea and started to feed well. They then broke into 2 groups 1 south and 1 north along the beach.

Posted April 8th, 2014 at 6:28 pm by Tim Clyburn in General Birding

Exeter and Powderham marsh

Just as I was leaving work just after 14:00 there was alot of noise with all the local crows in the air and among them was an Osprey heading north over the Devon hotel matford

Then moved onto Powderham marsh still 1 male yellow wagtail, 8+ ringed plover, 2 green sandpipers, 2 stonechat severall swallows, 2 little egret, kestrel, 3+ white wagtail, 1 willow warbler, 1 blackcap and several  Chiffchaffs. 

From the viewing platform we could see 4 Egyptian geese on exminster marsh they were close to the path by the railway line. 

Posted April 8th, 2014 at 5:59 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Emsworthy Mire Nature Reserve

Good views of singing male Redstart today in wooded area of reserve. Several Swallows also seen. 

Posted April 8th, 2014 at 5:42 pm by Richard Jenkins in General Birding

Corbyn Head and Torre Abbey Sands, Torquay

12.00-14.00

3 Sandwich Terns fishing close in just off promenade. 4 Lesser-Black Backed Gulls on small patch of sand near footbridge over Torbay Road. 

Yesterday at 16.00, after the rain had finally stopped, small but visible passage of Swallows overhead at Shiphay, Torquay.

Posted April 8th, 2014 at 5:17 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Clennon Valley

Two quite tatty looking Siberian Chiffchaffs together in willows by stream nr YMCA among the 9 or more neat singing Chiffchaffs, also 1 Willow Warbler, and my first Orange-tip Buttterfly of the year.

Photos: Siberian Chiffchaff and Orange Tip

 Siberian Chiffchaff Clennon Valley 8Apr 2014ML          Orange Tip Butterfly 8 Apr 2014 ML

Posted April 8th, 2014 at 3:59 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Aveton Gifford/South Efford Marsh

Pintail pair been on marsh since Saturday (scarce here) plus 2 greenshank, 12 sand martin & 9 chiffchaff.

Posted April 8th, 2014 at 2:17 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

R.Taw - 0ff Pottington Ind Est and Ashford Sewage Works.

11:15 - 12:30

47 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. 123 Shelduck on Penhill Marsh and forshore.

12:05 3 Little Gulls together, beating their way down river just off Ashford Sewage Works in the strong westerly wind and jinking their way down towards Chivenor. At 12:15 a single bird was seen slowly flying the same way and occasionally landing briefly on foreshore to pick up titbits. Classic dark-grey underwings and rounded white tips. None of the birds had fully developed full black heads. Constantly in view until 12:30.

Posted April 8th, 2014 at 12:57 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

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