Devon Bird Sightings from 8th–14th May 2014

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Wednesday 14th May 2014

Princetown, Dartmoor

Red Kite over this morning at 10:50 being mobbed by a gull - kite went higher and higher and gradually drifted off SW.  Record shot below Jan Daniels


Posted May 14th, 2014 at 10:12 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Vellator / Braunton Burrows

Crane spotted in a field from the toll road down to Crow Point. I watched it for about an hour and took photos, as I tried to get a little closer it flew off towards the Burrows. The photo files are took large to attach I will try and add them to the gallery. 

Posted May 14th, 2014 at 10:11 pm by Simon Prideaux in General Birding

Around topsham

what proved to be a very good afternoon from 15:45 till 19:45 started slowly checking bowling green marsh with 4 reed warblers and 2 pairs of reed buntings a recently fledged group of long tailed tits by the hide i got a txt from Will about the red kites ( thanks Will)  so made way down to the goat walk and looking over towards powderham and scanning around soon found another red kite drifting over powderham church heading west ( also had a report of another red kite in area so possibly 9 birds this afternoon. 

Back at the hide 52+ whimbrel, 15+ bar tailed godwits, 120+ black tailed godwits , 1 redshank, 5 wigeon, 1 peregrine, then just after 18:50 Martin Elcoate picked up a gull quick look through the scope and a beautiful adult Bonaparts gull ( great spot Martin ) it stayed around for about 15 or 20 minutes before the black headed gulls it was with  flew out towards the estuary it hadnt come back in by the time I left at 19:45 also among the gulls was  1st summer Mediterranean gull , 1 common gull, still a steady passage of swifts, house martins and swallows. 

 

Posted May 14th, 2014 at 9:26 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Topsham

An adult Bonaparte's gull dropped into Bowling Green Marsh for 15 minutes this evening, departing at 19:10.

Posted May 14th, 2014 at 9:20 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Burrator Area

1 Cuckoo and several more heard distantly, 2 singing male Redstarts, pair of Yellowhammers with male singing, Green Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrush, Jay, Buzzard, Pied Wagtail.

Chiffchaff and Blackcap heard. No Wheatears yet.

Posted May 14th, 2014 at 7:38 pm by Charlie imms in General Birding

Dartmoor fringes

At Yarner this afternoon there were lots of Pied Flycatchers, a few Wood Warblers, Garden Warbler, Tree Pipit, Redpoll, 3 Mandarins (2 males) and 4 Pearl-bordered Fritillaries. There were also single Tree Pipit, Garden Warbler and Pearl-bordered Fritillary nearby at Trendlebere. At Hennock Reservoirs there was a drake Goosander on the bank at Trenchford.

Mandarin drake, Yarner
Mandarin drake, Yarner

Mandarins, Yarner
Mandarins, Yarner

Tree Pipit, Yarner
Tree Pipit, Yarner

Posted May 14th, 2014 at 7:31 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Kingsbridge

Friend of mine heard a Cuckoo on the outskirts of Kingsbridge this morning.

Posted May 14th, 2014 at 7:31 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Turf, Exe Estuary

Seven Red Kites flew west across the Exe near Turf Locks late afternoon - a high-flying group of 5 at 16:52 followed by two more at lower altitude by 17:05. Also a Hobby, a Lesser Whitethroat and a Barnacle Goose at the southern end of Exminster Marshes.

Posted May 14th, 2014 at 7:26 pm by Will Salmon in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

13 members of DB attended the East Devon Branch fieldtrip and completed the circular walk along the western footpath to Turf and then back along the canal bank - fishermans car park etc .  Several Lesser and Common Whitethroat present in railway hedgerow.  Two male Hobby out on the marshes and 5 Dunlin on the scrapes enclosed by electric fence.  Evidence of successful breeding with young seen of Meadow Pipit, Coot and Canada Goose3 Whimbrel out on the mudflats viewed from Turf. Thanks to Dave Murray for leading us.

Posted May 14th, 2014 at 7:02 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Bovey Tracey

Came home at lunchtime to find this rather unexpected Nightjar roosting at the bottom of the garden. Local Woodpigeons were rather unsure what to make of it: sleeping on their favourite perch, but none of them had the courage to disturb him.

Nightjar
Nightjar

Posted May 14th, 2014 at 6:52 pm by Jeremy Barker in General Birding

Kite

Presumed red of course, one circling as I was heading to Honiton just past the Upottery x roads. Only the silhouette & no time to stop, as usual. Buzzards in close proximity, once again no time to determine whether they were mobbing it or just hanging around the recently ploughed field.

Posted May 14th, 2014 at 6:02 pm by Ian Seward in General Birding

plym woods

Buzzards, Mistle thrush, chiffchaffs, blackcaps, Grey wagtail, coal tits, Nuthatches and a lovely breeding plumaged Siskin singing in some conifers. On the estuary were a pair of Shelduck, little egrets, cormorant and swallows and house martins overhead.

Posted May 14th, 2014 at 4:40 pm by Elliot Dowding in General Birding

Belstone - Dartmoor

Early walk 07:00 and at times was difficult not to be in the company of a cuckoo. 3 spotted at one point. I am not sure how many were around in total. Causing havoc with the nesting meadow pipits.

Also male and female wheatears and likewise Stonechats. And one Skylark.

Posted May 14th, 2014 at 2:45 pm by Tim Williams in General Birding

Beer Head

Had my mist nets with me today, which was good news as there had clearly been another arrival of migrants despite the cloud-less sky.

Surprised to catch 18 'fresh' Willow Warblers - proving that there's still plenty arriving.  Caught a few nice treats too (see pics below).

There were at least five Spot Flies about, the Garden Warbler remained in the area all morning singing, and overhead three single Yellow Wags and a Whimbrel flew west.

Garden Warbler
Garden Warbler

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Redstart
Redstart

Posted May 14th, 2014 at 1:12 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

6 Wheatears (3m,3f) and a Yellow Wagtail over were evidence of passage continuing as was a Hobby through. 2 Whitethroats on territory. On a nearby private site, 3 Willow warblers, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcaps (singing males), first Spot Fly of the year and, surprisingly, a singing Sedge Warbler

Posted May 14th, 2014 at 12:35 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Berry Head Migrants

Four Manx Shearwater passing south off Berry Head this morning (0540h); several Swallows in off the sea; small fall? of (at least 12) Wheatear perching up on the buildings and stone walls.

Posted May 14th, 2014 at 11:41 am by Chris Weedon in General Birding

Swallows at last

Two Swallows arrived this morning and went straight to the nest site in the carports. We as so thankful as we thought we had lost them this year. We live in Churston Ferrers near Brixham.

Posted May 14th, 2014 at 10:10 am by Dee Jardine in General Birding

Tuesday 13th May 2014

Scobbiscombe Farm and Erme

No birds of note, though a juv Stonechat was first of year. 

However 27 Wall Browns, 6 Peacocks, Red Admiral and first Small Copper were good, mostly on walk from coast up to Farm. 

Posted May 13th, 2014 at 10:04 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Around topsham

Watched from 16:00 till 18:45

From the goat walk at least 40+ whimbrel, moved round to rivers meet house a good group of waders flying around a group of 40+ dunlin separated and flew of over exminster marsh the remaing group included 150+ dunlin and after they settled also 32+ sanderling my best count at this end of the estuary and even better a curlew sandpiper also another 40+ whimbrel towards exton station and 2 sandwich terns flew up the estuary. 

On to bowling green marsh for the high tide a female ruff was the first of the spring, 25+ whimbrel only 4 dunlin came in 12+ bar tailed godwits, 120+ black tailed godwits, 8+ little egrets, 5 wigeon a few swifts , swallows and house martins, on leaving the hide a group of 30+ whimbrel flew over high towards exminster marsh 

earlier at work at the devon hotel a red legged partridge in the car park at the back of the hotel was an unexpected find also 3 blackcaps and 2 whitethroat and are swallows are back and 7 buzzards over 

 

Posted May 13th, 2014 at 9:02 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Purple Heron (imm)

While visiting Bowling green marsh I noticed a heron flying in and reconised it to be a immmature Purple Heron. It was very brown with black wing tips, dark underwings and a heavy neck. 2/3other birders saw it as it passed through towards Goosemoor at about 11'00 am. This is a possitive sighting as I have seen them before

Posted May 13th, 2014 at 8:36 pm by Chris Slade in General Birding

Pied Flycatchers, Nr Skaigh, Sticklepath

Popped up to the old bluebell wood near Skaigh to re-check on a Pied flycatcher. Found a pair collecting nesting material, male a very handsome bird and pirched on the branch above our heads! Great to have a local pair so near! 

Posted May 13th, 2014 at 7:16 pm by Tom Michie in General Birding

Shirwell, Barnstaple EX31 4JU

2 swifts have recently come around the area feeding happily look in good condition.

Posted May 13th, 2014 at 6:46 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in General Birding

Meeth Quarry near Hatherliegh

a new reserve about a year old, was onced a  clay works, with two large ponds. the smaller pond was quiet but the larger pond had great blackback gulls, lesser blackback gulls, mallard, canada geese, little grebe and moorhen, also there was swifts flying over the pond with a hobby chasing them. as well as three buzzards in the air at the same time, back on the ground we saw a good mix of birds ,whitethroats, garden warblers, blackcaps singing ,green woodpecker calling,and a good mix of the usual birds , when we finished at 3pm we had seen 28 differnt birds. as this is a new reserve i think it will come good in the future.

Posted May 13th, 2014 at 6:37 pm by Roger Jewell in General Birding

Red Kite

Red kite. Seen low over A30/A38 junction near to Exeter 1620hrs

Posted May 13th, 2014 at 6:00 pm by Josh Marshall in General Birding

Beer Head

A wander around Beer Head this morning showed at least 6 Spot Flies, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Whitethroat and a fly over Yellow Wag.

Posted May 13th, 2014 at 10:43 am by Steve Waite in General Birding

Monday 12th May 2014

Thurlestone Bay / South Huish

19:15-20:15.

Teal, Whimbrel, Dunlin, 3 Black-tailed Godwits on the marsh and second calender year Glaucous Gull in the field on the east side of marsh.

Posted May 12th, 2014 at 9:01 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Prawle Point

Watched the sea from 6.50 till 11.20 in a rough westerly 4 going 5/6 (ie again stronger than forecast) Highlights were : 1 second year Pomarine Skua  which flew west at 8.40; 4 Great Northern Divers , 3 of which were in full summer plumage ; 5 Turnstones , 3 Sandwich Terns and a Whimbrel all west.

A group of 70 plus Gannets heralded a pod of at least 20 Common Dolphins west. And just after 10am 2 large Basking Sharks appeared from the west and fed happily for the duration of my watch.

The usual resident birds now include 3 House Martins and 1 Swift . 

Posted May 12th, 2014 at 8:23 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Buckfast

Around 7pm a female mandarin duck landed in garden, ate some seed and then did the same in garden next door.  Not sure where this has come from but not a regular visitor to our garden.


Posted May 12th, 2014 at 8:22 pm by Noah Salt in General Birding

Plymouth

Flying over the town center today were four swifts

Posted May 12th, 2014 at 2:57 pm by Elliot Dowding in General Birding

Yarner Wood Siskin - Sunday

Whilst I walked around Yarner, and the Downs above (single Tree pipit, 2 x Wiilow Warblers, 2 x Pied Fly's, several calling Wood Warblers) wifey sat at the hide, still nursing her injured wing, got stunning views of G.S. Woodpecker on the feeders, plus a male Siskin

Posted May 12th, 2014 at 11:11 am by Trevor Leaman in General Birding

Sunday 11th May 2014

Bowling green marsh

A quick look from the goat walk at topsham on way to the hide produced 2 sanderling, 3 ringed plover and 7+ dunlin, 30+ whimbrel, hundreds of swifts viewable over exminster marsh 

from the hide 15:00 till 18:10

costant passage of swifts and house martins with several hundred of each smaller numbers of swallows and sand martins, 1 common tern dropped in briefly, at least 60+ whimbrel with more groups flying around( a visiting birder had a count of 160+ on the estuary) 1 hobby flew through heading north east, 80+ black tailed godwits, 11 bar tailed godwits still 4 wigeon, 12+ little egrets, 40+ shelducks, 1 sparrowhawk, 3 blackcaps. 

on walk back to topsham another hobby over the goat walk heading north 

Posted May 11th, 2014 at 11:18 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Bovey Valley Woods

First time visit - slightly bad timing with a mountain bike race through the woods. Chiffchaff, robin, blackbird, song thrush and blue, great & long-tailed tit. Didn't expect much considering, but visit brightened up by a Garden Warbler in full voice from holly tree. Managed a few shots through the branches before the bikes finally scared it off. 

Garden Warbler
Garden Warbler

Garden Warbler
Garden Warbler

Posted May 11th, 2014 at 9:21 pm by Paul Treen in General Birding

Ten Tors Finish - Okehampton Camp

Male cuckoo flew at eye level between finishing groups at 3.30pm

Posted May 11th, 2014 at 7:16 pm by Simon Weale in General Birding

Yarner Wood

The Pied Flycatchers (3 males and 2 females) were particularly showy today, and also 3 or 4 vocal Wood Warblers,

Around the excellent pond hide, 4 drake Mandarin Ducks, a family of Grey Wagtails and - on the feeders - a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Marsh Tit.  

Pied Flycatcher, Yarner Wood
Pied Flycatcher, Yarner Wood

Mandarin Duck, Yarner wood
Mandarin Duck, Yarner wood

Posted May 11th, 2014 at 6:28 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Mansands, Scabbacombe Beach and Woodhuish

11.00-14.30

Lesser Whitethroat very vocal and showing well at beach end of Southdown Lane, Mansands. Also 3 Tufted Duck.  Mixed flock of Swallows, Sand Martins and House Martins over Ley.  Quiet in stiff breeze but 3 Chiffchaffs, Yellowhammer, 4 Linnets, 6+ Whitethroats along SW Coast Path, 3 Skylarks, Kestrel, 4 Stonechats and a Pheasant.  2 Gannets offshore and 4 Shags on rocks at Scabbacombe Beach plus a Rock Pipit.  3 Stock Doves and a Swift at Woodhuish. Also came across three separate family groups of Robins in the hedgerows and sunken lanes. 

Posted May 11th, 2014 at 4:15 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

South Brent area

Visiting three locations around South Brent today produced my first House Martins of the year, initially a flock of between 25 & 30 and later at another location a smaller number mixed in with some Swallows.

Little Grebe on its nest very shy and secretive, Mallard, Canadian Geese and Mute Swan, Moorhen, Jay, Buzzard and Green Woodpecker calling

Goldcrest, Coal Tit and Jay at Ladies Wood

Aish produced a small flock of 6 Yellow Hammers.

Posted May 11th, 2014 at 3:27 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Berry Hd

A noticeable influx of Whitethroat this morning (I struggled on Friday to find one) 14 between Southern fort and the headland past the N fort. 3 Great Northern Divers over the top of the headland > S, a Spotted Flycatcher by the meadow, in the Quarry 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler. As I was checking this very dark backed (almost black) with intense rusty somewhat restricted to upper chest and white rump with a few (difficult to see) streaks, not dissimilar to the Portland bird that Perry linked to (note ring on right leg)..

    Stonechat Continental? Berry Hd 11 May 2014 ML2          Stonechat Continental? Berry Hd 11 May 2014 ML

As the Stonechat flew off toward the Cafe a call caught my attention - a stunning Red-throated Pipit flew past all too quickly - very nearly at eye level heading toward the meadow. I could not relocate the bird so assumed just fly-through.

Sum plum Red-throated Pipit Berry Hd 11 May 2014 ML

As for the Stonechat it'll have to wait for another day - continental or just a local bird in worn plumage. Many SW birds show features of continental Stonechat, perhaps there's a gene on the loose. 

Posted May 11th, 2014 at 1:31 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Good nos. of Swifts at Torcross first thing this morning, c500. Hours seawatch quiet apart from 7 Great Northern Divers south.

Reading the post re Challacombe Farm below, some good photos on the Portland Bird Obs site a few days ago. Click the link http://portlandbirdobs.blogspot.co.uk/search and scroll down to May 6th.

Posted May 11th, 2014 at 10:13 am by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Red Throated Pipit, Berry Head

Berry Head: Mike Langman Just had a r-t pipit fly past him at eye level > w - He's going to the meadow in case it dropped down.

Posted May 11th, 2014 at 9:17 am by Andy Plumb in General Birding

Saturday 10th May 2014

Suspected Siberian Stonechat

A very distinct male stonechat seen from the path from Challacombe Farm to Headland Warren showed a very dark head, bold white extended collar to the nape, only small area of orange on the top of the breast giving a very white belly and very dark wings. Ref SX694805. First thought to be a reed bunting. Male stonechat seen shortly after with more orange on breast and lighter wings and white on neck less prominent.

Male and female whinchat, 3 male wheatear and one female also seen plus male and female redstart by Challacombe Farm amid the intermittent showers.

Posted May 10th, 2014 at 9:15 pm by Liz Harris in General Birding

Challacombe farm

Field visit by Plymouth group, saw 3 wheatear, 2 redstart, reed bunting, willow warbler, nuthatch, 3 stock dove, 2 whinchat and stonchat of which one was probably of the siberian-eastern race

Posted May 10th, 2014 at 8:11 pm by lesley goonesekera in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 13:15 till 16:30

a quiet afternoon but good passage of swifts and house martins with 100+ of each with good numbers of swallows and a few sand martins best bird was a spotted flycatcher very active just to the right of the hide, few waders due to the low high tide but still 7+ whimbrel, 62+ black tailed godwits, 2 oystercatchers, also 40+ shelducks, 5+ blackcaps, 3 chiffchaffs. 

On the walk back from the hide up the lane came across a nice treecreeper and another spotted flycatcher

 

Posted May 10th, 2014 at 6:13 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Hackney Marshes, Kingsteignton

12.00-13.30

Despite windy conditions, 2 Spotted Flycatchers together and showing well, favouring young oak trees close to the small bridge linking the north and south meadows. Later more mobile moving across to the fringes of the racecourse.  Also Sedge Warbler, 4+ Blackcaps, 6 Chiffchaffs, 4 Swallows, 30+ Swifts overhead, Skylark, Little Egret low overhead and male Reed Bunting. 10+ House Sparrows in the hedgerows. Cetti's and Reed Warblers plus Song Thrush calling.

Posted May 10th, 2014 at 5:05 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

swifts

three Hobbies chasing around c 45+ Swifts (my estimate) c 60 + another fellow's estimate,over Exeter canal,just up from the fishermans car park Exminster at 2,30pm, I've never seen this many Swifts together before, great to watch although the light wasn't very good.

just a record shot of one of the three active Hobbies.

Posted May 10th, 2014 at 4:59 pm by gray clements in General Birding

Berry Head

Berry Head 13:00-14:45

Singles of Spotted Flycatcher and Sedge Warbler in the bushes near the seawatching point. Another 2 (possibly 3) Spotted Flycatcher and a Willow Warbler in the quarry.

Short seawatch produced just over 60 Manx Shearwater and 5 Sandwich Terns.

Posted May 10th, 2014 at 3:21 pm by Jacob Wood in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

Very windy conditions in N.Devon today. Gale Force WSW.

This morning the hirundines were feeding on insects above the pond, the Willows & scrub surrounding the pond providing some shelter.

Approx 45 consisting of 4 species inc at least 6 Swift & the rest a mix of Swallow, House Martin & Sand Martin.

Great to watch the high speed aerial manoeuvres.

Posted May 10th, 2014 at 2:18 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Late entry - 9th May

Tamar Lakes.- 9th May

Large number of Swallows feeding over both lakes totaling at least 550+, with c30 House Martins and a few Sand Martins

Harvey Kendall

Posted May 10th, 2014 at 1:58 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Teignmouth

Seawatching this morning 05:40-07:10 produced 10 Great Northern Divers (including 3 that flew high up the estuary), 24 Dunlin, 5 Whimbrel, 31 Kittiwakes, 7 Sandwich Terns, 11 Shelducks, 9 auk sp and singles of Great Crested Grebe, Guillemot and Black-headed Gull. Also a Wheatear in off the sea.

Posted May 10th, 2014 at 12:16 pm by Will Salmon in General Birding

Friday 9th May 2014

South Dartmoor

A breezey but sunny walk on South Dartmoor today and the highlight was a female goosander with 11 ducklings.

Also seen were 2 common sandpipers, 2 dippers, 2 grey wagtails,3 yellowhammers, singing willow warblers, sand martins and swallows, a raven, a buzzard, a jay, plenty of wheatears, 8 Canada geese and stonechats. Also heard my first cuckoo of the year but couldn't locate it.

Goosander with ducklings
Goosander with ducklings

Posted May 9th, 2014 at 7:20 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

South Brent (Inc Rv Avon)

On the Rv Avon near South Brent this morning, Dipper, female Goosander, drake Mallard, Coal Tit & Jay.

Around home high lights were a late afternoon female Blackcap a male Bullfinch and two Chiffchaff, lunch time counts included 53 Jackdaw, 9 Swallow, 17 Swift (The swifts are showing in really good numbers over South Brent this year) Pair Mistle Thrush, 3 Wood Pigeon, 8 Blackbirds, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Carrion Crow, 2 Rooks, 14 Goldfinch, 4 Buzzard, 4 House Sparrows, 4 Herring Gull, 1 Sparrow Hawk, 1 Collard Dove.

Posted May 9th, 2014 at 6:16 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - 0545 - 0645 - 1 shelduck, 1 black-headed gull, 8 great  northern diver, 1 pomarine skua lingering until 0630 when it flew West purposefully, 7 manx shearwater, 4 roseate tern, c10+ sandwich tern, 1 little tern, 2 fulmar, 2 sanderling, c50/100+ gannet, c10+ kittiwake, 2 swallow and 2 swift.

Posted May 9th, 2014 at 7:34 am by Matt Knott in General Birding

Thursday 8th May 2014

Prawle, Slapton and South Huish

In a south westerly wind forecast I had hoped to pick up a stray skua or two as I had missed Monday’s big push.  Sadly it wasn’t to be. In a force 5-6 gusting 7 the main passage was of Manx Shearwaters ; 1041 west from 7.10 till 12.10. Also a summer plumaged Black Throated Diver sat off the point briefly and a Red throated Diver flew east . However a few ‘first for Prawle for me’  birds : 2 Arctic Terns close west ; 2 Puffins west;  3 summer plumaged Dunlin flew west ( see later) ; and at last a Swift flew in off the sea. And 145 auks west.

Then to Slapton where at 1pm I was delighted to see, at last, 100+Swifts, c 80 House Martins, c 20 Swallows and 8 Sand Martins at the Torcross end.

At South Huish the second year Glaucous Gull showed well on the marsh and in the adjacent field to the east; on the marsh 3 Dunlin in summer plumage as well as a Black-Tailed Godwit and a Redshank.

Yesterday at Yarner , despite the odd shower, there was a good number of Wood Warblers (6 seen and more heard) , Pied Flycatchers  ( 4 males and 2 females but more flashing across the paths), and 3 Redstarts , 2 males and 1 female. On the pool a pair of Mandarins and a nice selection of woodland birds on the feeders. On Trendlebere Down at least 4 Tree Pipits. 

Posted May 8th, 2014 at 9:20 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

South Brent

On a wet and miserable afternoon at South Brent I did a bird count from the back garden with the following results (for the larger species) between 4 & 5pm after I had noted several Herring Gulls flying over, the count results for the larger birds are as follows : ~

Herring Gull 88, Carrion Crow 14, Rook 1, Jackdaw 90, Magpie 4, Wood Pigeon 13, Stock Dove 1, Collard Dove 6, Black Bird 16, Mistle Thrush 2 (Nesting pair), Starling 1, Buzzard 5, Swift and Swallow 18 of each, max number of Swift at any one time 3.

The morning saw female Greater Spotted Woodpecker and a brief visit from a Chiffchaff.

Posted May 8th, 2014 at 5:40 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

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