Devon Bird Sightings from 15th–21st September 2014

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Sunday 21st September 2014

Around the EXE

A full days Birding around the exe from 07:20 till 18:15

Mill on the Exe to start with produced 1 Dipper, 1 kingfisher , 2 Grey wagtail , peregrine and 4 Chiffchaffs.

Bowling green marsh 08:00 till 09:45, from the viewing platform, 7+ curlew sandpipers, among 300+ dunlin, 15+ ringed plover, 30+ knot, & Avocet, 13 juvenile Common Tern and a few Sandwich terns, kingfisher, 1 spotted redshank and 6+ chiffchaffs, 1 Blackcap, 2 jays, 2 Water Rail.

Next stop Exmouth and Orcombe Point 11:00 till 13:45

The Red Breasted Flycatcher showed well at times by the entrance to the Bristol School camp along with 4+ chiffchaffs, lots of meadow pipits and severall Wheatear in fields by the footpath back to the coastal path. After nearly an hours wait got a flight view of the Wryneck on the coatal path up from the Geo needle at Orcombe Point after it was flushed by a pair of Magpies also a Whitethroat and sevearll chiffchaffs.

Next stop Bowling Green Marsh from the Hide 15:30 till 17:50

7+ curlew Sandpipers all Juv's among 96+ dunlin, 28+ knot, 5 ringed plover, 1 fly over Grey plover, 7 Avocet, 9+ bar tailed godwits, 3 juv Ruff, 1 Whimbrel, 450+ redshank, 3 spotted redshanks, 700+ black tailed godwits and 450+ curlew, 22+ greenshanks, 25+ little egrets, 1 peregrine , 1 very agressive Lesser Black backed gull, 1 Wheatear, 250+ teal, 10+ wigeon, 15+ shoveler, 6+ snipe.

From the viewing platform 17:55 till 18:15

60+ common tern mostley juv's , 12+ sandwich terns, 1 guillemot, the sky was alive with Swallows, House Martins and Sand Martins easily 500+ but this a very conservative estimate

A Great way to end a very good days Birding with 87 species for the day

 

Posted September 21st, 2014 at 9:48 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Lundy

Along with a fall of 65 Chiffchaffs was the island's first Yellow-browed Warbler of the autumn, found by Andy Jayne. Additional info here.

Posted September 21st, 2014 at 9:39 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Exmoor – Devon/Somerset border

Spent nine hours meandering over the moor in superb light. Large numbers of migrating Meadow Pipits and Skylarks, as well as flocks of Goldfinches and Linnets and a light but steady passage of Swallows. Highlights included three Hobbies (one of which was in Somerset), a Whinchat (in Somerset), a juvenile Cuckoo (I think my latest ever), which was also about a hundred metres into Somerset. What was most definitely in Devon, however, was a very surprising Wryneck, at Shallowford, a few km inland from Lynton.

Wryneck, Shallowford, Exmoor, 21 Sep 2014
Wryneck, Shallowford, Exmoor, 21 Sep 2014

Posted September 21st, 2014 at 9:32 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Berry Hd

Covering the headland this morning proved tricky with a stiff NE breeze but the inland scrub and woodland provided some shelter and birds! The highlight was between 9-10 Firecrests and just 5-6 Goldcrests, 17 Chiffchaffs, 8 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Wheatear 1 Yellow Wagtail - probably the same bird most of this week with the cattle on the meadow or along the entrance road field. 2 Grey Wagtail, 5 'alba' Wagtails and 20+ Meadow Pipits over (and in the meadow).

Later in the day at least a couple of Firecrests still 5+ Goldcrests and the Yellow Wagtail still in the meadow. 60+ House Martin > E and about the same number of Swalllows.

Posted September 21st, 2014 at 9:12 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Prawle

Arrived at the NT car park at 7.10am . Dull, overcast and breezy on arrival but bright by 9.45, though still breezy . Lots of birds along the coast and inland ( though had to leave at 1.45pm and hadn’t searched Pig’s Nose, Sewage Works nor the Loop !  ) . No sign of any rare Shrikes.

Highlight ,that might have been, was the ringtail Harrier sp. that flew east over the car park at 12.35 while I watched briefly at the top of the lane : slim winged, narrow hand and small white rump !

Also 3 Redstarts (One 1st year male and 2 fems along same hedge as 2 Robins ); 1 Spotted Flycatcher; 3 Whinchats ; 5 Wheatears ; 10 Yellow Wagtails and 15 Alba Wags; c 40 Chiffchaffs ; c20 Blackcaps ; 4 Whitethroats ; 25+ Robins; c 250 Meadow Pipits and c 60 Linnets .  And a steady trickle of hirundines which I estimated numbered at least 200 ,mainly Swallows , then House Martins and a few Sand Martins. Crests heard but Pat’s Firecrest and Goldcrest not seen by me.

Posted September 21st, 2014 at 8:48 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

East Soar Turtle Dove..

11am. Sunday. Spotted large area of feathers on the hillside opposite the barn. On close inspection stripped carcase and head of Turtle dove was dicovered amongest its feathers.

Posted September 21st, 2014 at 7:58 pm by David Turrell in General Birding

upper tamar lake

super views of young osprey again this morning.Managed to get a few photos as it came overhead,11:00-13:30

Posted September 21st, 2014 at 7:49 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Little stints

7 Little stints at the skern late this afternoon


Posted September 21st, 2014 at 7:48 pm by steve Hatch in General Birding

Staddon Heights

A nice gathering of migrants on the west side consisted of 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Whinchats, 16 Wheatears and a handful of Chiffchaff, the latter totaling 18 at the whole site. Best bird however was a Short-eared Owl; also c60 House Martins, 3 Bullfinches, 2 Blackcaps and 3 Goldcrests, plus a couple of Clouded Yellows and a Stoat. 

Posted September 21st, 2014 at 6:51 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Orcombe Point. Exmouth

Wryneck at Orcombe point 100 metres up from the Geo-Needle feeding on the edge of the Cliff. A couple of shots taken before the bird disappeared.

Wryneck on the edge of the Cliff at Orcombe Point Exmouth
Wryneck on the edge of the Cliff at Orcombe Point Exmouth

Posted September 21st, 2014 at 5:54 pm by Derek Carter in General Birding

Trewsweir Exeter

Pair of Common Sandpipers currently feeding alongside the top of the flood overspill weir at Trewsweir.

Posted September 21st, 2014 at 5:42 pm by Mike Booth in General Birding

Pottington- Sherpa Marsh

Pottington:

10 Black-tailed Godwit. 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 50+ Dunlin, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Knot, 7 teal aslo loads of Curlew and Oystercatcher and Mallard. In the feilds Starling, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 15 Teal.

Wrafton Pond:

Loads of Mallards and Coots a few Moorhen and Little grebe. The 5 Cygnets are almost adult.

Sherpa Marsh:

2 Little Grebe, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 60+ Dunlin and 5 Curlew Sandpiper.

Posted September 21st, 2014 at 4:39 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in General Birding

Turtle Dove

I saw a Turtle Dove taken by a Sparrowhawk at 09.45 this morning by the pond at East Soar. also saw 1 Raven ,2 other sparrowhawks ,and a Kestrel

Posted September 21st, 2014 at 3:55 pm by Kevin Oram in General Birding

Gaia Trust SSSI, Taw Estuary

Still 'raining Chiffchaffs' this ringing session. 2 Cetti's Warbler caught including a retrap adult bird from breeding season. 2 Reed Warbler, both with very high fat reserves. A possible influx of Reed Buntings too. Also around the site, a squealing Water Rail, 1 Blackcap, Kestrel, 2 Mute Swan, lots of Robins. Smaller numbers of Swallows than recently, plus some flyover Meadow Pipit.

Posted September 21st, 2014 at 3:10 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - the wryneck again showing well on and off all morning on the coast path about 150yds east of geoneedle. The red-breasted flycatcher also showing again, in trees left of the main entrance to the Bristol Schools Camp, accessed by taking the track right off Gore Lane just before the sharp bend. Please park sensibly in Gore Lane or alternatively park in Foxholes and follow the coastal path. Also this morning at least 16 wheatear, 3+ grey wagtail, 5+ alba wagtail, 13+ yellow wagtail, c30+ chiffchaff, 1 hobby (flew south out to sea), 1+ tree pipit, 2 dark-bellied brent goose, c25+ swallow, c40+ house martin, 1+ jay, 1 curlew, c20+ skylark, c100+ meadow pipit, 1+ goldcrest and 1 blackcap. Also 2 couded yellow butterfly and 1 silver Y moth.

Posted September 21st, 2014 at 12:56 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Tarka trail between Bideford and Instow

At 0950 an Osprey with a fish sighted between the new Bideford bridge and the Instow roundabout heading towards the mouth of the estuary. Also 3 Whimbrel, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard.

Posted September 21st, 2014 at 12:19 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding

R.Caen & Horsey Island

A very quick look at the R.Caen & Horsey Island this morning.

Godwits still searching for food on the exposed mud on the R.Caen + the 1 Curlew Sandpiper that John snapped yesterday. Also a Kingfisher on R.Caen & a Water Rail calling from the ditch by the Toll Road.

On the Salting 10 Meadow Pipits & 2 juv Wheatear. 16 Swallows on the telephone cable.

On Horsey 3 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 13 Teal, 1 Kingfisher,another Water Rail calling & a smattering of Greenshank & Redshank.


Posted September 21st, 2014 at 11:40 am by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Saturday 20th September 2014

bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 15:15 till 17:40

the 9 curlew sandpiper came in from the estuary along with 2 juv ruff, 2 spotted redshanks and another 1 flew over, 484+ curlew, 2 whimbrel, 5 ringed plovers, 100+ dunlin, 15+ greenshanks, 10+ bar tailed godwits, 700+ black tailed godwits, 12+ lapwing, 292+ teal, 30+ shoveler, 11+ wigeon, 25+ knot, 300+ redshanks, 3 buzzards.

Posted September 20th, 2014 at 10:09 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Curlew Sandpiper

Curlew Sandpiper

Posted September 20th, 2014 at 9:13 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

R.Taw (off Pottington Ind. Est.) 15:30 - 16:45

c160 Dunlin; 13 Black-tailed Godwit; 1 Bar-tailed Godwit; 6 Knot; 4 Ringed Plover; 7 Teal; 4 Greenshank; 1 Ruff; 1 Redshank; 2 Kingfisher; 1 Common Sandpiper and 7 Little Egret.

Posted September 20th, 2014 at 7:08 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - 0645 - 0900 and again - 1400 - 1630 - a fall of migrants, very good by Orcombe standards - c30/40+ chiffchaff (probably a conservative estimate), 1 lesser whitethroat, 4+ blackcap, 3+ grey wagtail, 3+ jay, 1 spotted flycatcher, 3 stonechat, 1 greenshank, 7+ yellow wagtail, 2+ alba wagtail, 1 goldcrest, c50/60+ meadow pipit, 1 great spotted woodpecker, 2 swallow, 1 wheatear and, best of all 1 red-breasted flycatcher, found near the entrance to the Bristol Schools Camp which is at the bottom of the track, right off Gore Lane before the sharp bend. The bird was found at 1435 and was still present @ 1715.

More details and field sketch on blog later - gobirdingexmouth.

red-breasted flycatcher
red-breasted flycatcher

Posted September 20th, 2014 at 5:51 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Berry Head

Early morning visit with Jake Wood in poor viz with thick low level mist. Significant fall of 75 + Chiffchaffs around the lighthouse/headland and quarry. One Willow Warbler, a tailless Grasshopper Warbler, Wheatear, 4 Goldcrest and a Coal Tit. Overhead 3 Skylark and a Grey Wagtail. 

Posted September 20th, 2014 at 4:59 pm by Bill Macdonald in General Birding

Froward Point

Froward Point (14:00-15:30) 7 wheatears, 1 pied wagtail and a dunlin in the plough fields.

40+ chiffchaff, 2 blackcap 4-5 goldcrest and at least 12 long-tailed tits in the valley east of Froward.

Dunlin feeding on small pool at Froward- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEpL_bvBJBE

Posted September 20th, 2014 at 4:38 pm by Jacob Wood in General Birding

Caen river and Sherpa Marsh

In the river, near high tide from the harbour to the runway:16 Black-tailed and one Bar-tailed Godwits, Kestrel, 31 Dunlin, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, one each of: Kingfisher, Little Grebe, Wheatear, Mediterranean Gull. Across at Isley, 3 Spoonbill. In the Marsh 35 Canada Geese, 1 Green Sandpiper 4 Wigeon, 1 or poss 2 Pintail. Some Swallows! A few Alba Wagtails.

Posted September 20th, 2014 at 4:09 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Soar and South Huish

Got to Soar with Roy & Paul just as the mist was lifting but no great numbers of migrants.

The Turtle Dove still present by the ponds, but not looking very well; also Chiifchaff (19), Whitethroat (4), Blackcap (6), Sparrowhawk (2), House Martin (50+), Wheatear (2), Stock Dove (7), Bullfinch (2), and a Golden Plover.

At South Huish 4 Little Stints amongst 28 Dunlins and also a Wheatear. 

Turtle Dove
Turtle Dove

Posted September 20th, 2014 at 3:57 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Viewing platform 14:00 till 15:15

9 curlew sandpiper among 136+ dunlin, 15+ ringed plover, 3 sandwich terns and juv common term? 1 whimbrel, 1 water rail , 200+ redshank, 1 whimbrel, 300+ black tailed godwits, 10+ bar tailed godwits, kingfisher, buzzard, 30+ knot

Posted September 20th, 2014 at 3:18 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Blagdon valley nr hartland point

Not bad mornings birding at a site i wish i could visit more.In the pt car park area 5 reed buntings,50+ chaffinch,28 goldfinch,2 willow warbler,c.chaff.then down the valley on track leading towards cliff a Nightjar flew from right to left as u look seawards.Also in surrounding area spotted flycatcher,10 blackcap,6m,4f,4 goldcrest,2 marsh tits.6 c.chaff,2 willow warbler,50 goldfinch,g.s.woodpecker,20+ chaffinch,2 grey wagtails,stonechat,f.Just offshore in the race 40 gannet single manxie.07:50-09:45.

Posted September 20th, 2014 at 2:14 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Topsham rec

Watched 12:00 12:20

1 juv ruff, 2 snipe , 2 water rail, 2 common gulls, kestrel over

Posted September 20th, 2014 at 12:21 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Friday 19th September 2014

Lundy

Among a good scattering of other migrants grounded by a change in the weather today was a Wryneck. See here for further info.

Posted September 19th, 2014 at 11:38 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

osprey

Best ever view of 1cy bird fishing at upper tamar lake this evening.After catching fish both times flew down to trees below farm near top end of lake to eat its catch.Fave perch?.(no pun intended)!!.No waders bar single common sand&snipe.4 willow tits&4 herons also.Barn&tawny owls on way home,17:30-19:15.

Posted September 19th, 2014 at 10:22 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Orcombe Point. Exmouth

Late evening on Orcombe no sign of the Wryneck but a nice flock of 30+ Yellow Wagtails were feeding in the top fields. Also 7 Wheatear feeding in the cut grass field. Plenty of chiffchaffs in most of the hedgerows. 

6 of the 30+ Yellow Wagtails on Orcombe point
6 of the 30+ Yellow Wagtails on Orcombe point

Nice adult bird amongst plenty of Juveniles
Nice adult bird amongst plenty of Juveniles

Posted September 19th, 2014 at 10:01 pm by Derek Carter in General Birding

Bowling Green and Orcombe Point

From the platform at BGM late afternoon was a Black Swan, 3 Avocet, 2 Curlew Sandpipers, 21 Little Egrets a calling Water Rail and the usual suspects.. No sign of the Black Tern. Just to add to Nick Potters post. The Guillemot was also on the Exe yesterday in the Exton area. I thought at the time that it was odd to see one so far up the estuary

Belated news (did put on birdguides) of a very obliging Wryneck at Orcombe Point yesterday. It afforded me some great views (at one point it was sat on the wire fence around 8ft away) in total it showed well for around an hour at mid morning. it was feeding on the main coastal path near where the footpath to Gore Lane starts. I then lost it as the path became very busy with walkers. Other birds of note where a nice group of Yellow Wagtails, Sparrowhawk, Whitethroat and a GS Woodpecker. 

Posted September 19th, 2014 at 7:12 pm by Spencer Dicks in General Birding

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - the wryneck still present late afternoon on the path that links the coast path to the top of Gore Lane. Viewed down to about 10ft. Also 9 yellow wagtail (inc smart grey variant), 1 sedge warbler, c10+ chiffchaff and 2 wheatear.

Yesterday - 1 crossbill early am, over Belle Vue Road.

patch tick - v happy!
patch tick - v happy!

grey variant yellow wag with yellow wags
grey variant yellow wag with yellow wags

presumed blue-headed wag or possibly channel wag - 16/9
presumed blue-headed wag or possibly channel wag - 16/9

Posted September 19th, 2014 at 7:06 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Berry Hd

1 Yellow-browed Warbler on middle track below Navigation/Radar station a very vocal bird but only showed briefly in the top of a sycamore Pete Vanstone turned up just in time to see it, my earliest autumn bird in Devon. Other birds of interest 2 Firecrest, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Willow Warbler 13 Chiffchaff and 8 Blackcap.

Click this link... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voIT0GZYGbM&feature=youtu.be   for video clip of clear call - sorry couldn't edit out the talking..

 

Posted September 19th, 2014 at 6:31 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Horsey Island

Photo of the Ruff on Horsey Island.


Posted September 19th, 2014 at 5:37 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

R.Caen & Horsey Island

Now 15 Black tailed Godwits + 1 Bar tailed Godwit on the R.Caen by the Toll House which was not in the flock of 13 Black tailed Godwits late yesterday aft.

Horsey Island now 5 Curlew Sandpiper (only 2 of the 5 in photo), 20 Dunlin & still 1 Ruff.

Apologies for the poor quality photos!



Posted September 19th, 2014 at 5:31 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Around the Axe

Black Hole Marsh looking really good at the moment with an impressive 8 Ruff feeding on it this afternoon, along with 2 Little Stint, 2 Green Sands, 3 Greenshank and double figure counts of Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Lapwing and Black-tailed Godwit. All we need now are some westerly winds to bring in the American waders...

Earlier in the day a Bar-tailed Godwit was on the Estuary.

Posted September 19th, 2014 at 2:24 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh - Viewing Platform

Lunchtime visit to about 1.55. Looking from the viewing platform over the river, I was amazed to see a Guillemot in amongst the Black-headed Gulls. Presumably it had been driven up the river in the overnight storms. Not a bird I expected to see in my lunch break!

Also 3+ Curlew Sandpipers, 1 Ruff and 4 Avocet. 1 Black Swan as well.

Posted September 19th, 2014 at 2:18 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Thursday 18th September 2014

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:00 till 18:00

From the viewing platform 1 juv osprey at 16:30 caught a large mullet and flew towards turf, 7 juv curlew sandpiper, 36+ knot, 13+ bar tailed godwits, 10 avocets, 2 spotted redshanks, 2 juv ruff, a black tern between exton and Lympstone 18+ common tern and 40+ sandwich terns, 1 summer plumage grey plover, 300+ redshanks, 200+ black tailed godwits, 2 water rail, 1 kingfisher.

 

Posted September 18th, 2014 at 11:42 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Wrafton etc..

On the pond, still 4 Wigeon, with a Tufted Duck this evening, 6 Little Grebes and what appears to be an influx of Coot - 16 at least. One Swallow swooped in for a drink. In addition to Rob's 13 Godwit, a Greenshank and an Oystercatcher, along with 3 more Little Grebes. Around Sherpa Marsh Green Sandpiper still, 70+ Canada Geese, 2 Little Egrets, 3 Grey Herons, and maybe 150 Swallows dipping and hawking. 4 more Little Grebes. Pick of the bunch was a Pintail!

Forgot to mention that in the reserve this morning at least 3 Chiffchaff singing and also a very unseasonal singing Blackcap!

Posted September 18th, 2014 at 6:51 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Downend & R.Caen

Sanderling resting peacefully away from the dogs & the joggers on the beach this morning.

13 Black tailed Godwits searching for food by the Toll House late aft.



Posted September 18th, 2014 at 6:36 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

field visit to Bowling green marsh

Over 40 different species seen including ruff, curlew sandpiper avocets knot and spotted redshank

Posted September 18th, 2014 at 6:33 pm by lesley g in General Birding

Berry Head

Searching the woodlands on top of the headland produced: 3-4 Firecrest, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Spotted Flycatchers, 13 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 7 Blackcap. Plus overhead: 1 Yellow wagtail, Grey Wagtail 200+ Swallows, 20+ House Martins. 

Posted September 18th, 2014 at 5:50 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Re: Ringed and Flagged Curlew Sandpiper today at Pottington, R.Taw

It would appear that this Curlew Sandpiper (ECH) was one of a batch ringed and flagged in Norway on the 2nd September 2014. Two others, namely ECC and ECG have been reported earlier this month in Lancashire. Keep your bins focused.

Posted September 18th, 2014 at 5:03 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Baggy Point

Nice young Hobby, very obliging at the tip of Baggy Point, hawking insects at eye level down to 10m this morning. Also 5 Wheatear and a number of Chiffs + the usual residents.

Whinchat in the Barred Warbler scrub last night on Morte, but nothing else despite a couple of hours search

Posted September 18th, 2014 at 4:13 pm by Stuart Darbyshire in General Birding

R.Taw off Pottington Ind. Est. 14:15 - 15:30

5 Black-tailed Godwit; c130 Dunlin (mostly juveniles); 2 Ringed Plover (Juveniles); 6 Knot; 4 Greenshank and 1 flagged Curlew Sandpiper ( Red ring left tibia, metal i/d ring left tarsus and yellow flag on right tibia with black letters "ECH")

Posted September 18th, 2014 at 3:57 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Skern

A very low high tide at the Skern early afternoon. Small waders are certainly at a premium here this Autumn, and no Dunlin or Ringed Plover were found. However 2 Little Stint were feeding around the perimeter of Greysands Lake. Back on the mudflats were 2 Golden Plover, 1 Knot, 2 DB Brent Geese and a lazing Peregrine.

Posted September 18th, 2014 at 3:21 pm by Roger Doble in General Birding

Velator reserve

Whilst ringing this morning in the reserve, I saw a Pied Flycatcher - first I've seen here. RInging details on the forum.

Posted September 18th, 2014 at 2:45 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

A combination of clear nights, strong easterly winds and disturbance from farm working has made for hard going the last few days. However a few migrants still to be found;

this morning 3 Wheatears, 2 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat (m,f), Whitethroat and Chiffchaff. 3 Lapwing settled on rough pasture after the first 2 of the autumn yesterday.

Linnets (26), Meadow Pipits (c50 but probably an underestimate) and Skylarks (20) steadily increasing but without the arable field on the airfield it is difficult to see how the big numbers seen in the past will attracted here this autumn.

Posted September 18th, 2014 at 10:25 am by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Lundy

In addition to the Hen Harrier mentioned below by Stuart Darbyshire, recent Lundy sightings have included juv Common Rosefinch (ringed on 10th), juv Dotterel (near the Rocket Pole on 16th) and 6 Balearic Shearwaters off the South End late yesterday afternoon (17th). The Tree Sparrow flock that appeared in August was last seen on 30th.

Posted September 18th, 2014 at 8:49 am by Tim Jones in General Birding

Wednesday 17th September 2014

South Huish - yesterday

Photo of the Purple Heron taken yesterday morning by my son Rory, a non-birder, whilist doing groundworks in the reserve


Posted September 17th, 2014 at 9:37 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:00 till 17:00

from the hide 1 curlew sandpiper, 3 juv ruff, 12+ knot among redshank and a few black tailed godwits, 5 little egrets, 4 greenshanks.

from the viewing platform a further 6 curlew sandpiper with 8+ dunlin among 150+ redshanks, 11+ knot, 3 water rail, 1 kingfisher, but best bird was a juv Black tern among 20+ common tern and 30+ sandwhich terns feeding between exton station and Lympstone and over to powderham corner along with severall hundred black headed gulls. 

Posted September 17th, 2014 at 8:11 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Downend

The Sanderling were on the rocks instead of the beach this morning.

Probably had too much disturbance on the beach from mad dogs & joggers & desperately needed somewhere to rest in peace for a while!


Posted September 17th, 2014 at 6:22 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

River Caen

1100-1400   On the river 4 Little grebe, 9 Black tailed godwit and 2 Kingfisher. On the marsh 5+ Buzzard and 2 Kestrel. On the high tide roost at horsey island 15 Green shank, 5 Red shank, 2 Black tailed godwit and 1 ruff.

Posted September 17th, 2014 at 6:19 pm by John Hunt in General Birding

River Teign

This afternoon: 13 Dunlin, 12 Ringed Plovers and 1 Curlew Sandpiper. 12 Sandwich Terns in the river at high tide along with a couple of Cormorants and a Shag.



Posted September 17th, 2014 at 6:07 pm by david cawthraw in General Birding

Topsham Recreation Ground 8 - 9 a.m.

Early morning gull watching produced a presumed hybrid Herring x Lesser BB and a colour-ringed juv. Great BB - from S Wales I believe. The usual adult Med Gull and at least three Common Sands also present. As if that wasn't excitement enough a Peregrine took a Kingfisher - didn't see the strike but saw the result. With all the usual apologies for photo quality.

Hybrid Gull - 17/9/2014 Topsham Recreation Ground
Hybrid Gull - 17/9/2014 Topsham Recreation Ground

Great Black-backed Gull juv. - 17/9/2014 Topsham Recreation Ground
Great Black-backed Gull juv. - 17/9/2014 Topsham Recreation Ground

Peregrine predating Kingfisher - 17/9/2014 Topsham Recreation Ground
Peregrine predating Kingfisher - 17/9/2014 Topsham Recreation Ground

Posted September 17th, 2014 at 4:00 pm by Tim Worfolk in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime visit to about 1.55. The waders have been tightly packed this week so it has been hard to pick anything out at times. Hiding in the flock today were at least 2 Curlew Sandpipers and 3 Ruff. Also good numbers of Knot.

Posted September 17th, 2014 at 2:12 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Tuesday 16th September 2014

Fishermans Huts - R.Caen

The Peregrine on the high tide roost taking a rest after terrorizing an Oystercatcher which narrowly escaped with it's life.

Also 5 Wigeon & 2 Common Terns at the mouth of R.Caen.


Posted September 16th, 2014 at 10:04 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Rillage Point, nr Ilfracombe, 08.15 to 10.00

Groups of Swallows totalling about 120 flying in off the sea into SE headwind. Small numbers of Sand Martins and House Martins with them. Watched a Ruff (rare in these parts) low over the sea, followed shortly after by a Ringed Plover. Also 30 Meadow Pipits, 43 Goldfinches, 4 Stonechats and 3 passage Collared Doves.

Posted September 16th, 2014 at 9:58 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Whinchat - alongside R. Caen

Walked the bank along the Caen from Velator to Blackstone Rock & back, (12.30 - 15.00), hoping to spot the Osprey but no sign of it. The Whinchat was showing well on the fence posts neat the metal walkway. Also a couple of Dunlin & 3 Ringed Plovers with the dozen Black-tailed Godwits on the mud-flats


Posted September 16th, 2014 at 9:28 pm by Chris & Sally Bollen in General Birding

Lundy

Adult female Hen Harrier (bit of a surprise), a couple of Spotted Flycatcher and a Balearic Shear on the return boat the only real highlights of a pretty quiet day on Lundy

Posted September 16th, 2014 at 7:59 pm by Stuart Darbyshire in General Birding

Caen/Sherpa

Started with a quick look in at Wrafton Pond: 3 Wigeon still. The Godwits were in the Marsh as I walked past, but in the river nearly everything was a Black-headed Gull. No Osprey, but I think 3 Spoonbills roosting over the other side at Isley. A Peregrine flew over manacing everything. The only waders on the pill were 2 Curlew and 1 Redshank, until I got back to the Toll House when I saw 12 Godwits, all Black-tailed except one Bar-tailed. + 1 Greenshank. Around the marsh 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Swallows. Kingfisher, Snipe.

Posted September 16th, 2014 at 7:29 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Berry Hd

A visit this evening included a short seawatch: 3 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Great Skuas, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Knot & one Harbour Porpoise.

Around the headland: 1 Wheatear, 12 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap,  1 Goldcrest and while trying to photograph the chiffchaffs beside the pond on the 'heath' 2 Firecrests appeared..

 Firecest Berry Hd 16 Sept 14 ML2    Fircest Berry Hd 16 Sept 14 ML

Posted September 16th, 2014 at 7:12 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

South Huish Marsh

Purple Heron flew from the south end of the marsh at 16.30, circled the toilet block and lost from view over the hill towards South Milton Ley having been flushed by a birder on the marsh. 

Posted September 16th, 2014 at 6:08 pm by Bill Macdonald in General Birding

Lopwell Dam, River Tavy

Juvenile OSPREY flew downstream over Lopwell Dam at about 1445 today 16th Sept, and returned with small fish at 1500.

It then flew upstream towards Denham Bridge.  At one stage calling nervously as it was chased by Ravens.

Posted September 16th, 2014 at 4:20 pm by roger smaldon in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

The Whinchats just keep coming with 5 this morning. 8 Wheatears (including one Greenland race), Stonechat, Chiffchaff. Meadow Pipits increasing all the time with 50+ this morning along with 20+ Linnets and 10 Skylarks. 

Posted September 16th, 2014 at 2:58 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Instow

9.00-10.20 on rising tide. Highlights 1 Wheatear, 1 Sedge Warbler hawking insects from the metal framework by the wreck, 1 Knot and a Peregrine. The falcon sat on the rocks surrounded by corvids with Oystercatcher roost nearby, and at 10.20 took off and showed well overhead for several minutes. Also a few Ringed Plover, Rock Pipit, Stonechat, Chiffchaff and M. a. alba wagtails. Masses of Starling, Swallow and House Martin around the cottages.

Posted September 16th, 2014 at 12:51 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

R.Taw. Pottington to Ashford Sewage Works inc Penhill. 07:30 - 09:00

Common Sandpiper 2; Curlew Sandpiper  2; Redshank 1; Dunlin c200; Little Egret 16; Sanderling 8; Bar-tailed Godwit 2; Black-tailed Godwit 6 and Shelduck 8.

Off Penhill Marsh - Little Egret 18; Grey Heron 7 and 1 Peregrine perched on branch on sandbar.

Bradiford Reserve - Wigeon 11; Teal 15; Buzzard 1 and Kingfisher 2.

Posted September 16th, 2014 at 10:01 am by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Monday 15th September 2014

Prawle

Early morning visit with Dave Norman in difficult conditions with a blustery E-NE wind.

3+ Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Wheatear, 4+ Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Wagtail, 60+ House Martin, 2 Whinchat, a Treepipit and an early Black Redstart.

At Pig Nose Valley: 8+ Chiffchaff, 10+ Blackcap, 2 Whinchat, 5 Wheatear & lots of Meadow Pipits (No sign of the Wryneck reported yesterday).

Stopped off at South Huish Marsh on the way back but failed with the heron. Little Stint, 6 Dunlin, a Snipe, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2+ Sand Martin and a fly over Hobby.

Posted September 15th, 2014 at 8:18 pm by Bill Macdonald in General Birding

LOWER TAMAR LAKE

Lower Tamar Lake 10:00

10 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Coot, 3 Tufted Duck 1m 2f, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Bullfinch, c25 Goldfinch

Posted September 15th, 2014 at 7:27 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding

R.Taw off Pottington Ind Est. 14:40 - 16:00

18 Little Egret; 2 Greenshank; 1 juvenile Little Stint; 2 Curlew sandpiper and just 16 Dunlin.

Bradiford Reserve - 9 Teal; 4 moorhen and 1 Kingfisher.

Posted September 15th, 2014 at 7:09 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Sherpa

 Late afternoon: Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank and now 12 Black-tailed Godwits on the Caen near the toll house. Not much around the marsh: Green Sandpiper, 200+ Canada Geese... and great views of an adult female Marsh Harrier by Chivenor. Still very few Swallows.

Posted September 15th, 2014 at 6:38 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Here and there

A short visit to an old haunt this morning - Shipley Bridge. Highlight was a Hobby south, Dipper and a mixed flock of Chiffchaff (4-5 birds), Goldcrest (6-8 birds) and Long tailed Tits. Two Blackcaps and a Green Woodpecker also present. The clearance of Rhododendron along by the river has got to be commended and gives a much better open aspect to the river allowing for better viewing.

This afternoon at Upottery Airfield, 8 Wheatear and 3 Whinchat despite disturbance from sileage operations. 

Posted September 15th, 2014 at 6:29 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Turf Hotel, River Exe

A Green Sandpiper and a Kingfisher near the lock gate about 2.30pm.

Posted September 15th, 2014 at 4:52 pm by Rob Hubble in General Birding

Soar Mill Cove to East Soar

A five and a half oiuting was high on quantity but a little low on quality: Tally highlights inc.Gannet 46, Sparrowhawk 1, Buzzard 3, Kestrel 5, Ringed Plover 5 & Dunlin 4 - both flying east, Lesser Black-backed Gull 21, Herring Gull 300, Great Black-backed Gull 60 - good count for this site, Sand Martin 4, Swallow 107, House Martin 21, Meadow Pipit 300, Robin 42, Stonechat 23, Wheatear 8, Whitethroat 14, Blackcap 4, Chiffchaff 22, Willow Warbler 4, Carrion Crow 80, Linnet 145, Bullfinch 2, Yellowhammer 7 & Cirl Bunting 13. No sign of the Wryneck in the Cove!

Eight species of butterfly inc.a clouded yellow.

Posted September 15th, 2014 at 4:49 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

R Caen and Horsey Island

7.30 - 9.30am on the loop of Horsey, 16sp wader inc. 3 Curlew Sand, single Grey Plover & Turnstone, both Godwits, Ruff and Common Sand. Osprey still, Marsh Harrier & Peregrine all gave good views. Also Whinchat and 40+ Meds in the BH Gulls on the main river.

Posted September 15th, 2014 at 4:18 pm by Stuart Darbyshire in General Birding

South Milton Ley/South Huish

 2 Little Stints at SML and 1 at Huish with 4 Dunlins and flyover Knot and Ringed Plover. 200+ House Martins, 2 Wheatears and good flocks of Linnets, Goldfinches, Meadow Pipits and Pied Wagtails. No sign of the Purple Heron between 7:30 am and 12 noon.

Little Stint
Little Stint

Posted September 15th, 2014 at 3:42 pm by Graham Watson in General Birding

Morte Point

Further to an early call from Julia, arrived on site at about 9.30. Found the ropey trees, but not the bird (well something pale disappeared after a split second...). Went for coffee and then returned and found Derek, we went back to the site he had seen the bird, but sadly only Whitethroat seen.

Posted September 15th, 2014 at 1:06 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Morte Point

Phone call from Derek Stacey this morning to say believes Barred Warbler relocated still in same area. 

Enter from gate near cemetery, walk c100m towards the "art/sculture display" - four sticks with coloured rope bound round them and collection of rocks in grass with compass, stones in a glass bottle on a plinth etc.

Bird in bushes nearby elusive, calling with brief views 8.00am.

Mobile signal failed before more info!

 

Posted September 15th, 2014 at 9:17 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

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