Devon Bird Sightings from 15th–21st October 2015

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Wednesday 21st October 2015

Fieldfares on west Dartmoor

While walking 2 kilometres east of Peter Tavy onto the Moor,  about 30 fieldfares were identified in trees despite the misty conditions.

Posted October 21st, 2015 at 10:22 pm by Liz Harris in General Birding

around topsham

Watched from 09:30 till 14:00

from the hide at bowling green marsh , 12+ greenshanks, 200+ redshanks, 600+ black tailed godwits, 1 sparrowhawk, 5 dunlin, 1 spotted redshank (heard only),  20+ lapwing, 8+ goldcrests , 1 kestrel, 2 buzzards, 75+ redwing, 20+ skylark, 300+ teal, 80+ wigeon, 30+ shoveler, 4 chiffchaffs, 1 stonechat.

from the viewing platform , 12+ bar tailed godwits, 30+ lapwing

from the goatwalk , 59 avocet, 10+ bar tailed godwits, 20+ grey plover, 3 golden plover, 200+ black tailed godwits, 300+ dunlin.

 

Posted October 21st, 2015 at 9:17 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Tuesday 20th October 2015

Exmouth

Mudbank mid-day on the outgoing tide the Black Brant was showing nearby from Imperial Recreation Ground with c1000-Brent Geese, c1500-Wigeon, c120-Pintail, 10-Red Breasted Mergansers, 2-Great Crested Grebes, c500-Ostercatchers. From the Docks 8-Ringed Plover on bull hill sandbar, c1000-Oystercatchers, c40-Turnstones, c800-Wigeon. From the seafront c80-Common Scoter in 2 groups sat on top the water offshore.

Link to video of Brent Geese with Black Brant.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoH_JjeSglk

Posted October 20th, 2015 at 8:43 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

watched from 08:15 till 12:30

The highlight was a Great Northern Diver from the hide which I picked up flying up river over the viewing platform then it headed of north east at 11:50, this appears to be the first for the marsh.

other counts were 31 avocet, 1 turnstone, 1 spotted redshank, 250+ dunlin, 300+ redshank, 800+ black tailed godwits, 20+ curlew, 55 pintail, 200+ wigeon, 300+ teal, 30+ shoveler, 20+ mallard, 2 stonechat, 5 greenshanks, 44+ lapwing, 1 kestrel, 2 sparrowhawk, 3 buzzards, 5 jay, steady passage of starlings, jackdaw, skylarks, redwings, meadow pipits , and the first 3 fieldfare over, 15+ goldcrests, 2 chiffchaffs, 6 coal tits.

from the viewing platform, 2 kingfishers.

 

Posted October 20th, 2015 at 7:57 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Horsey Island > Sherpa Marshes > Taw Estuary

A report of a sighting of 1 Short - eared Owl flying over Horsey Island being mobbed by corvids late aft after shooters had gone. Observer noted direction of flight over R.Caen & Sherpa Marshes heading out over Taw Estuary.

Posted October 20th, 2015 at 7:02 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Downend, Baggy, Sherpa Marshes, Horsey Island

'A grain of Sanderlings' enjoying a well deserved rest this morning at Downend.

A few Wheatear (3 at Baggy) still passing through on migration.

The shooters were out again today, this morning at Sherpa Marshes & this aft at Horsey Island.

This has become a very unpopular activity with residents & visitors alike in this area who go out for a walk to enjoy the wildlife, fresh air & peace & quiet only to be interrupted by shotguns blasting away & birds falling from the sky. It is also bad for tourism & puts people off visiting the Marshes & the Estuary.


Posted October 20th, 2015 at 6:39 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Budleigh West Cliffs

Lots of Goldcrests and Chiffchaffs on a morning walk along the coast path beside the golf course, the most notable birds being at least 1 Firecrest and a Dartford Warbler (the first I have seen in Budleigh).

Posted October 20th, 2015 at 5:38 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding

Berry Head

A few birds grounded on the headland today: 8 Chiffchaffs, 11 Goldcrest, 4 Coal Tit,6 Stonechat & 6 Blackcap.

Overhead migration fairly good,  pick of birds being : 1 Short-eared Owl, 127 Skylark, 16 Meadow Pipit, 1 'Tree' Pipit (getting very late and Olive -backed sound the same!),  10 'alba' Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 6 Siskin, 5 Redpoll, 96 Chaffinch, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Yellowhammer, 7 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 9 Swallow, 1 House Martin.  

Thrush sp 1 Thrush 2

On missing photographing a party of Redwing I focused up and fired of a couple of shots of lone thrush  (I thought was another Redwing which doesn't look like and neither does it look like a Song Thrush despite the underwing being the same colour). Make your own mind up..

Posted October 20th, 2015 at 3:41 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Good numbers of the usual waders and ducks this lunchtime. They were disturbed by a few unsuccessful passes by a Peregrine.

The highlight for me though was a single Turnstone that flew off at about 1.40 with a small group of Redshanks - the first for the marsh for me!

Posted October 20th, 2015 at 2:11 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Osprey ~ South Brent

08.12hrs thismorning high flying Osprey seen passing between Soth Brent and Marley Head towards the coast.

Earlier the moring gave 10 Redwings perching in canopies of the taller trees and the seasons first Fieldfares for me with five flying over towards Brent hill just after first light.

 

Posted October 20th, 2015 at 8:23 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Monday 19th October 2015

East Soar

Visited dawn to 1145.

Vis Mig - 6 House Martin, 45 Meadow Pipit, 14 Alba Wag, 10 Greenfinch & 30 Linnet. 

Otherwise 15 Chiffchaff, 20 Goldcrest, 2 Blackcap, 12 Song Thrush, 5 Redwing, Fieldfare. 100 Meadow Pipit, 45 Skylark, 30 Golden Plover, 25+ Chaffinch, 11 Starling, 22+ Yellowhammer is a good count. 5/6 Cirls of which two males singing, Spartowhawk & 3 Kestrels. 

Posted October 19th, 2015 at 10:43 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

watched from 08:15 till 12:00

Good numbers of waders with 301+ dunlin, 56 avocet , 3 golden plover, 900+ black tailed godwits, 33 pintail, 450+ teal, 300+ wigeon, 300+ redshank, 1 spotted redshank, 8 greenshanks, 8 bar tailed godwits, 1 whimbrel, 300+ curlew,  70+ lapwing, 35+ shoveler, kestrel , sparrowhawk, peregrine, 2 buzzards, 30+ skylark over with steady passage of meadow pipits starlings and chaffinch, 25+ robin, 12+ goldcrests, 2 chiffchaff, 3 cetti's warblers, 2 Mediterranean gulls( 1 adult, 1 1st winter ) 

from the viewing platform, 2 kingfisher , 2 grey wagtail, 1 red breasted merganser, 8 little egrets. 

Posted October 19th, 2015 at 7:24 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

High Dartmoor

5 Red Grouse all flushed at the same time. The most I've seen together on the moor.

Posted October 19th, 2015 at 5:34 pm by John Lusher in General Birding

East Soar

Firecrest in scrub by the ponds and small influx of 15 Blackbird & 7 Song Thrush, other migrants being Snipe, 120 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail flying west up Starehole Valley, Fieldfare, 5 Chiffchaff & mf Bullfinch. Also: Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel, 110 Skylark, 23 Starling west & 9 Yellowhammer.

Posted October 19th, 2015 at 4:26 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

South Huish Isabelline Shrike

The South Huish Isabelline Shrike was showing well this morning, feeding readily hawking large insects and actively chasing them along the hedgerow also very vocal at times.

Sharing the hedge with Stonechats, Long Tailed Tits and House Sparrows.

Male Pintail seen at the back of the marsh below the White House.

Meadow Pipits and five Black Tailed Godwits around the marsh.

Back home at South Brent a flock of some 50/60 Starlings in Totnes Road, smaller movement of Redwings earlier this morning around 30 birds and another 10 plus flock seen later in the day.

Home surprise bird was a White Egret that was seen from the kitchen flying across the fields above the house.

 

Posted October 19th, 2015 at 2:42 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Berry Head

1 Firecrest, and an exhausted but surprisingly skulking Brambling (in bushes beside N of cafe) only birds of note on headland.

Overhead movement better with: 4 Crossbill,1 Redpoll, 12 Siskin, 78 Goldfinch, 3 Bullfinch, 45 Chaffinch, 4 Greenfinch, 5 Linnet, 2 Song Thrush, 32 Redwing, 2 Skylark,31 Meadow Pipit, 2 Starling and 15 Swallow.

Posted October 19th, 2015 at 10:30 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth

At least 2 x Firecrest in cemetery today

Posted October 19th, 2015 at 9:44 am by Tor Elm in General Birding

Sunday 18th October 2015

Dousland

Small flocks of Swallows passing through this afternoon.

Posted October 18th, 2015 at 9:21 pm by Mavis Goddard in General Birding

Plymouth

Plym Estuary & Saltram at high tide - 68 Redshanks, 3 Common Sandpipers, 42 Curlews, Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Little Egrets, and 4 Greenshanks, all on the pool. Also - 2 Stonechats, 2 Green Woodpeckers, Chiffchaff and 13 Turnstones.

This afternoon in Lipson, 2 Firecrests, 2+ Goldcrests, Chiffchaff and 2 Grey Wagtails.  

Posted October 18th, 2015 at 8:04 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

The only notable things during an early morning WeBS count were the resident Slavonian Grebe, 535 Teal and a Kingfisher in the estuary, although I heard fly-over Crossbill, Redpoll and Siskins while counting. On the golf course there were 25 Pied Wagtails and 27 Meadow Pipits, plus at least 4 Rock Pipits in the saltmarsh.

A walk to the hide later produced the adult Bonaparte's Gull preening on one of the groynes, 62 Shags offshore, a distant group of Common Scoter (30-ish), 3 Water Rails calling around the main pond and another Redpoll over. The bushes produced only a few Goldcrests, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and 3 Bullfinches. Oh, and a distant falcon in a shallow stoop in pursuit of small birds looked surprisingly like an Eleonora's Falcon ... but it flew off and I'm saying no more!

Posted October 18th, 2015 at 5:37 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Berry head (0700-1000)

Little activity in the bushes this morning.... 4 Stonechat, imm/fem Ring Ouzel, single Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff and 4 Goldcrest were about it!

 Overhead though 503 Goldfinch, 44 Greenfinch, 33 Chaffinch, 18 Siskin, 18 Swallow, 11 Crossbill, 9 Fieldfare and 134 Redwing (mainly heading NE out to sea) Highlight though was a propable imm Spoonbill heading west along northern side of headland toward Brixham. Had no scope with me and bird quickly lost behind trees... Frustrating end to the morning!

Posted October 18th, 2015 at 11:08 am by Andrew Plumb in General Birding

Saturday 17th October 2015

Start Point

Cloudy morning with a fresh NNE wind. In the relative shelter of Mattiscombe Valley tried a vis mig watch from 07:45-08:30. Not great, seen heading north were 24 Meadow Pipits,  Grey Wagtail, 11 alba sp Wagtails, 8 Swallows, 90 Goldfinch, 20 Chaffinch, 40 Linnet and 11 Siskins. Nice fem. Merlin perched on a post for a while.

For anyone interested in the South Huish Isabelline Shrike brilliant informative piece about it here http://2birdtheory.blogspot.co.uk/ written by Tim Worfolk

Posted October 17th, 2015 at 7:29 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Soar

The highlight was prolonged views of a Short-eared Owl quartering the rough field at mid-Soar at dawn, Also: Merlin, Ring Ouzel, Firecrest, Golden Plover (30), Chiffchaff (8), Bullfinch (4+), Redpoll sp (presumed Lesser), Meadow Pipit (50+ including one with a partially albino head), Skylark (just c40), Redwing (6+), Song Thrush (3+), Siskin (3+), Wheatear (2), Blackcap (3), Goldcrest (11), Grey Wagtail, and Coal Tit.

At South Huish, later, the Isabelline Shrike showing only on the field side of the hedge opposite the White House; the "flat" light re-inforcing my feeling from earlier in the week, that it's a Daurian (although not every feature perfect).  

Posted October 17th, 2015 at 6:40 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

watched from 07:30 till 11:30

A group of 9 coal tit on the walk down to the hide was a good count and at least 10+ goldcrests, from the hide lots of disturbance again by a paraglider making counts impossible but estimates of 900+ black tailed godwits, 200+ dunlin, 300+ redshank, 200+ curlew, 400+ wigeon 200+ teal, other counts were 44 avocet, 1 juv male ruff, 1 spotted redshank, 23 greenshank, 2 bar tailed godwits, 50+ pintail, 2 blackcaps, 4 jay, 1 1st winter Mediterranean gull, 1 common gull. 

movement overhead included 20+ skylark and lots of meadow pipits, along the lane more goldcrests and at least 15+ goldcrests by riversmeet house and 1 male blackcap.

Posted October 17th, 2015 at 6:38 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Slapton Ley

A good morning. Early arrival rewarded with nice flight views of a Bittern which dropped into the reeds near the bridge at 07.50. On the Ley the 2 Red-crested Pochards still (drakes, now moulted at Torcross end), also a 1W Yellow-legged Gull (north end).

Some overhead migration: 200+ Meadow Pipits, 30 Siskin, small flocks of Goldfinch and Greenfinch going over, 2 Redwings, 3 Mistle Thrushes and  8 Swallows. 20+ Chiff-Chaffs, Blackcap, 15 Goldcrests,  3 Firecrests and a Dartford Warbler.

Posted October 17th, 2015 at 6:05 pm by David Cope in General Birding

East Soar

A relatively brief morning visit turned up Ring Ouzel in Starehole with 23 Song Thrushes moving through. Firecrest in willows below farm & just single Blackcap.

Posted October 17th, 2015 at 6:00 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Shipley Bridge to the Avon Dam this afternoon

Shipley Bridge to the Avon Dam this afternoon, initially more birders than birds to be seen, reports of Green Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Long Tailed Tits, Kestrel and a Hobby but initially very little else.

By the old pump house three Goldcrest showed well and good numbers with Blue and Coal Tits below the quarry below the dam, very few Stonechat given the numbers in recent weeks.

Two Kestrels were showing almost constantly towards the Dam, one sighting of a small dark falcon was possibly a Merlin but was gone low over the moors as soon as it was seen, shortly afterwards two Cormorants flew over from the direction of the dam while watching them in the binoculars an unidentified species of Harrier flew into view but was lost very quickly without being able to be any more specific.

The two Kestrels began to climb strongly above the dam and three Hobby’s came into view above them too high to be seen with the naked eye.

Coming back to Shipley across the moor in an effort to relocate the Harrier gave views of a Peregrine being mobbed by a Kestrel and shortly after that a Raven pursuing a Carrion Crow.

Just before reaching the treatment works a distant Buzzard rounded off the visit.

Posted October 17th, 2015 at 5:00 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Isabelline Shrike

The Shrike showing well and not to bothered by us humans! Seems to be doing well on the wasps;o) 



Posted October 17th, 2015 at 4:56 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

16th - Braunton Marsh

12.00 - 16.00hrs walk around the coastal path & toll road - 40+ species; included Grey Plover (3), Ringed Plover (25+), Lapwing (250+), Dunlin (25+), Greenshank (6), Peregrine, Buzzard, Kestrel & Marsh Harrier. Also large numbers of Starlings (2000+) chilling out on the telephone lines. Late Wheatear hanging around the boats alongside the R. Caen




Posted October 17th, 2015 at 3:44 pm by Chris Bollen in General Birding

Prawle Point

Yellow-Browed Warbler showed well if briefly in DBWPS reserve from road at 10am and then again fleetingly at c1pm. Also Firecrest seen well by Vic and Sylvie Tucker. Elsewhere 20+ Blackcaps, 3/4 Redwing, 15 Song Thrushes, 15 Blackbirds, 7/8 Chiffchaffs and 4/5 Goldcrests.20+Swallows, 1/2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers,2 Wheatears and 2 Little Egrets.I had to leave at 1.30pm so hopefully other birders still searching will pick up something else !

Posted October 17th, 2015 at 3:20 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Berry Head

Managed to Miss Steph's Ring Ouzel!

Little of note:16 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 3 Coal Tit.

Overhead: 16 Crossbill, 1 Redpoll, 4 Siskin, 80+ Goldfinch, 5 Linnet, 2 Greenfinch, 6 Chaffinch, 4 Bullfinch, 5 Swallows, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 'alba' Wagtails, 22 Redwing, 4 Songthrush.  

Posted October 17th, 2015 at 2:53 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Berry Head

Single Ring Ouzel in scrub below Guardhouse Cafe this morning at 8.45am. Also 1 Wheatear, Sparrowhawk being pursued by crows, Goldcrest and Redwing.

Posted October 17th, 2015 at 12:40 pm by Steph Murphy in General Birding

Avon Dam

Late post for Friday 16th: 1 Short-eared Owl quatering grassy slopes a little below Avon Dam, late afternoon.

Posted October 17th, 2015 at 7:37 am by Andy Smith in General Birding

Friday 16th October 2015

South Huish Marsh

Daurian Shrike (Lanius isabellinus) showing and feeding well by White House.  Please keep to the lane to view.  We saw some birders climbing the hedges to see the bird late this afternoon as they said it hadn't shown on the telegraph wires for 1 hour.  This a) was breaking down the hedge and b) was disturbing the cattle in the field.    Short-eared Owl flew over the field holding the Shrike at approx 10.45.  On the marsh, in addition to the Teal and Mallard, 42 Widgeon flew in from the sea, Pied Wagtail, 1 Wheatear, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Little Egret, Moorhen and usual gulls and corvids. Buzzard, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel hunting in area. 

Daurian Shrike
Daurian Shrike



Posted October 16th, 2015 at 10:05 pm by George and Les Carr in General Birding

Thurlestone

Nobody else has reported it but Isabelline Shrike showing very well by White House this afternoon.

Also 17+ Snipe, 52 Teal, Sparrowhawk, 8 Wigeon, and a Blackwit 

Posted October 16th, 2015 at 8:14 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Ring Necked Duck Wednesday

Thanks to Mark for ID

Video now on youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltE7aoveQh4

Looked today and had possible sightings around 3pm - 3.30 but only 40% that it may have been the bird (around the bensd in the river nearest the Double Locks).

Posted October 16th, 2015 at 6:05 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Ring Necked Duck- Exeter

Martin Rooney had a juv Ring Necled Duck at Countess Weir on Wednesday on the river viewed from the junction of Mill Road and Countess Weir Road. Unfortunately, no sign this morning, but a Green Sandpiper flew around and headed back to the Riverside Park pools and a Little Grebe was on the river. 

Posted October 16th, 2015 at 3:07 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Saunton Sands & Bideford & Barnstaple Bay

First female Common Scoter of the autumn this morning in Bideford & Barnstaple Bay. Apologies for the poor quality photo!


Posted October 16th, 2015 at 2:19 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Berry Head

Around the headland today: 5 Coal Tit, 2 Firecrest, 8 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 5 Stonechat.

Overhead movement: 1 Fieldfare, 11 Redwing, 6 Song Thrush, 2 Blackbirds, 6 Siskin, 2 Redpoll, 6 Chaffinch, 85 Goldfinch, 4 Greenfinch, 6 Bullfinch, 1 Starling, 8 Swallows, 12 Skylark, 40+ Meadow Pipit, 7 'alba' Wagtails, 1 Grey Wagtail 

Coal Tit britanicus Berry Hd 16 Oct 2015 ML Firecrest Berry Hd 16th Oct 2015 ML

Photos: Coal Tit left and Firecrest right.

Althought this Coal Tit looks very grey on mantle and scapulars it did show olive streaks combined with small black bib, lack of blackish chest side markings, rather rich ochre flanks and lack of crest when aggitated ruled out the possibility of 'continental - ater' Coal Tit.

Posted October 16th, 2015 at 11:02 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Thursday 15th October 2015

Buckfastleigh

Late post from Weds 15th: 1 Firecrest, Bossell Park, Buckfastleigh.

Posted October 15th, 2015 at 10:15 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Soar

08:40-17:00. Beautiful sunny day after a clear night. Moderate NNE wind backing easterly at times.

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Short-eared Owl ( flushed from path nr. East Soar Willows and flew northwest along Warren ), 3 Grey Wagtail, 50 Redwing ( prob on site too late for early morning movement ), Fieldfare ( over car park late PM ), 16 Song Thrush, 4 Wheatears, 5 Blackcap, 11 Chiffchaff, 14 Goldcrest, Firecrest ( Soar Mill Cove willows ) and 16 Siskins.

Posted October 15th, 2015 at 8:48 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

South Brent ~ Paignton

Large movement of  Redwings over South Brent this morning from just after 7.30 until just after 8.15 all headed easterly, counts of 32, 10,11, 22, 71, 25, 22, 10, 12, 19, then a flock far too many to count given distance etc but over 100 estimated, 13 and finally 3 giving in excess of 300 birds.

At Marine Parade the Turnstones were showing in good numbers 27 counted including the rung bird and from images taken today and over the last few weeks I can now read a ring number of Arnhem VT ~ Holland ~ Z010032 confirming that this is the same bird that over wintered at this location as last year.

22 Oyster Catcher, good numbers of both Black Head and Herring Gulls with only the one Greater Black Back, one Rock Pipit.

A visit to Paignton zoo gave a Grey Wagtail, Buzzard, Long Tailed Tits and Jay.

Posted October 15th, 2015 at 7:02 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

South Huish

Another image of the Isabelline (Daurian) Shrike showing colour and patterning on upperparts. Also in the area 4 Black-tailed Godwits, a few Snipe and Fieldfare


Posted October 15th, 2015 at 6:45 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Exmouth Mudbank & Bowling Green Marsh

Today (15-10-2015) the Black Brant was showing really well late morning from the Exmouth Mudbank Imperial Recreation Ground amongst c1000 Dark-bellied Brent Geese on the outgoing tide with the Ridway's Cackling Goose further out in middle of the estuary on the sandbar. Link to video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9o3diUaEAjA

Yesterday (Wed 14-10-2015) Bowling Green Marsh over morning high-tide. 47-Avocet, 1-Ruff, 1-Knot, 1-Spotted Reshank amongst the usual high numbers of other waders and 1-White Wagtail seen from the hide around left water channel. A brief glimpse of the Yellow Browed Warbler amongst a mobile group of c10 Long-tailed Tits near the viewing platform late morning.  Link to videos.

Avocets. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HqfWtmbCRw

Wagtail. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkxGNidyvjU

Black Brant  Exmouth  15-10-2015
Black Brant Exmouth 15-10-2015

Avocet   BGM  14-10-2015
Avocet BGM 14-10-2015

White Wagtail   BGM  14-10-2015
White Wagtail BGM 14-10-2015

Posted October 15th, 2015 at 6:22 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Fremington

Seen my first fieldfare of the season on the nature reserve at Fremington 50+ feeding in the fields.Also a kingfisher flying along the shore line.100+redshank in the pill feeding just as the tide was dropping.50+ lapwing on the estuary,200+ canada geese. and 5 stonechats and a kestrel seen on the way back to Fremington.

Posted October 15th, 2015 at 6:04 pm by Chris. Marshall in General Birding

Daurian Shrike (Lanius isabellinus) South Huish yesterday

Posted October 15th, 2015 at 4:08 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

White Tor near Cox Tor

Golden Plover 100+, south of White Tor. Lots of Buzzards, one very white, pleanty of Meadow Pipits.

Posted October 15th, 2015 at 3:49 pm by Mavis Goddard in General Birding

Harford Moor

Still have one wheatear who thinks Harford is still good enough.  As with others, plenty of Redwing this morning.  Also had reports of a flock of Golden Plover on Sheepstor common.

Posted October 15th, 2015 at 3:01 pm by Ann Willcocks in General Birding

Clennon Valley

170+ Redwing and my first Fieldfare of the autumn over the valley this morning . Also 2 Redpoll, Siskins and 20+ Chaffinches. Around the lakes 2 Kingfisher 5 Water Rail, 3 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 1 Little Grebe.

Posted October 15th, 2015 at 2:08 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Velator

Pottering about the reserve this morning I was drawn to a small Tit flock, with a Goldcrest and a few other species. Closer inspection of another tiny bird was rewarded with the first views in the reserve of a Firecrest.

Posted October 15th, 2015 at 1:08 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Redwings over Haytor

Huge movement of Redwings over the Haytor area this morning,at about 8:00 am I counted at least 1000 flying over me in about 10 minutes,mostly in groups of 25-50 all heading north. Flocks were still flying over in lesser numbers an hour later,the total numbers of birds flying over must have been huge as I could see further flocks in the valleys below.

The Golden Plover flock continues to grow,today it was about 150, also quite a few Mistle Thrushes about.

Posted October 15th, 2015 at 12:32 pm by Keith Benyon-Tinker in General Birding

Exeter

06:30 till 10:15

vis migration over Devon hotel this morning with 32+ redwing , skylarks, 7 Siskin , 4 crossbill , meadow pipits.

Posted October 15th, 2015 at 10:24 am by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Kingsteignton

 First redwings and fieldfares in the gardens this morning

Posted October 15th, 2015 at 8:40 am by JDA in General Birding

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