Devon Bird Sightings from 22nd–31st December 2015

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Thursday 31st December 2015

Still There

A pair of Great Northern Divers still off Mount Batten. Have seen them there on three consecutive days.

Posted December 31st, 2015 at 10:24 pm by Bob Dennis in General Birding

little gull

Blackpool sands 2.30 today. Excellent views  of Little Gull flying close to the shoreline. Distinctive  very dark underwing and partial hood. We have photos but don't have facilities to down load today.

Posted December 31st, 2015 at 7:15 pm by Mark Porter in General Birding

Plym Estuary

In addition to Greg's post below: the Siberian Chiffchaff still present, with a single Goldcrest; and on the pool - a leucistic Black-headed Gull, an ad-w Mediterranean Gull, 60 Curlews, 5 Greenshanks, 93 Redshanks, a pair of Wigeons and just 9 Shelducks. All on high / falling tide.

Later from the Hoe, a Great Northern Diver.

Posted December 31st, 2015 at 6:51 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Tor Bay, Otterton and East Devon Heaths

Today a whistle stop tour of a Tor Bay showed 7 GN Divers close inshore without really trying too hard:
3 off Meadfoot Beach and 4 off Hope's Nose. A single RT Diver off Otterton STW and Brambling also.
Ringtail Hen Harrier roaming around the East Devon Heaths in recent days.

Posted December 31st, 2015 at 6:15 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding

South Efford Marsh

South Efford Marsh, am. Of note: 2 Water Pipits, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpipers, plus 10 Little Egrets in water meadows just upstream of Aveton Gifford bridge.

Posted December 31st, 2015 at 3:36 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Two Black-necked Grebes on ley at Torcross, early pm.

Posted December 31st, 2015 at 2:57 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Plym River today 31-12-15 Shag, Little Grebe and a lone Guillemot

31-12-15 Ply River Estuary. One the Plym River just down from the railway bridge, a lone adult Guillemot in Winter colours was quite oblivious to me pointing my camera at it, later the Guillemot moved to the dam at Saltram where I managed to take numerous photo's at about 20 meters away. Also on this part of the river was a Shag fishing and about 4 little Grebe's, one photo'ed  with a fish in it's mouth.

Guillemot
Guillemot

Shag
Shag

Little Grebe
Little Grebe

Posted December 31st, 2015 at 2:39 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Bramblings at Otterton

At least 6+ Brambling in with a mixed flock of other finches this morning.4+ Reed Buntings also present, Male Kestrel and Female Sparrowhawk showed an interest in the Otterton area.

30+ Brent Geese and 20+ Widgeon on the flooded Budleigh Salterton Cricket ground this lunchtime.!  

Brambling
Brambling

Brambling
Brambling

Reed Bunting
Reed Bunting

Posted December 31st, 2015 at 2:35 pm by Derek Carter in General Birding

Torbay

Simultanous Counts from Broadsands (ML) and Brixham (Nigel Smallbones) gave a combined toatal for Great Northern Divers of 62!

Broadsands counts: 35 Great Northern Divers, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 19 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Black-necked Grebes, 2 Slavonian Grebes  & 7 Common Scoter. The Yellow-browed Warbler was still present and 1 Firecrest at least 5 Cirl Buntings dropped onto seed first thing in the morning.

Nigel reported 5 Purple Sandpipers on the Brixham Breakwater this morning.

Video link to:  Slavonain Grebes & photo bombing Great Northern Diver: https://youtu.be/ON0ZgsglEYo

Yellow-browed Warbler: https://youtu.be/yBQZIHTg6Mk

Posted December 31st, 2015 at 2:10 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Wednesday 30th December 2015

Torbay

Combined Total from Broadsands and Brixham: 55 Great Northern Divers, 1 Black-throated Diver , 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Red-necked Grebe (Broadsands), 3 Black-necked Grebes, 3 Slavonian Grebes, 11 Great Crested Grebes, 6 Common Scoter, 8 Guillemots, 5 Razorbills.

Video of one of the Great Northern Diver groups: https://youtu.be/HtPLLMYO_Vk

The Yellow-browed Warbler was still showing well at Broadsands despite the weather.  

Posted December 30th, 2015 at 4:19 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Exmouth

Seafront - Leach's Petrel lingering off Warren Point @1230. Viewed from the shelter opposite warren Point, near the Grove Pub. Waterproofs advised!

Posted December 30th, 2015 at 12:48 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Tuesday 29th December 2015

Bowling Green Marsh

American Wigeon showing well (when not asleep) amongst the other expected species on this morning's high tide.

Posted December 29th, 2015 at 11:01 pm by Richard Woodland in General Birding

Teignmouth Black Redstarts

What are you going to do over the Hoopoe report on Christmas Eve. Just intrigued.

Posted December 29th, 2015 at 10:27 pm by Simon Bates in General Birding

Exminster - Dawlish Warren

Lovely dawn this morning arrived at Exminster Marsh at 07.55 almost immediately saw the Cattle Egret in with about 5 Little Egrets constantly disturbed by shotgun fire from further up the estuary. See link

https://youtu.be/BgOkKUYvqtk

Thousands of birds on the marsh a fantastic sight, Brent and Canada’s, Wigeon, Teal, Lapwing, Song Thrush and lots of Tits, Redshank and a small flock of Dunlin. Along the Exe via Turf, Stonechat, Oystercatcher, Kingfisher, Meadow Pipit and 6 RB Merganser off Cockwood. Not at lot different at Dawlish Warren (arr about 11am as tide was dropping) 1 Guillemot off shore and a few Sky Larks the highlights

Cattle Egret and Little Egret
Cattle Egret and Little Egret

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

Posted December 29th, 2015 at 5:16 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Black Redstart - Heathfield

Unexpected visitor to the garden this morning was a female Black Redstart. Gave good views until the resident Chaffinch saw me open the window to get some better photos & sounded the alarm. Another first for the garden

Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Posted December 29th, 2015 at 5:12 pm by Paul Treen in General Birding

Exmouth

Bonaparte's Gull, 2 Black redstarts and a Siberian Chiffchaff in Exmouth today. See www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk for more details.

Posted December 29th, 2015 at 4:57 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Darting ~ Stover ~ South Brent

The Dartington Drive flood meadow contained a large flock of Canadian Geese including two hybrid birds, several flights of birds were lifting off as I arrived but a count of 152 of birds still on the meadow, most had lifted off and flown down towards the Rv Dart by 8.15, one drake Teal, several Mallard, Grey Wagtail and one Mute Swan.

Goldcrest, Blue and Coal Tits in the nearby trees.

Stover late morning gave views of Jay, Pochard (3), Tufted Duck (3) Great Crested Grebe (4), Lesser Black Back Gull (2) Marsh Tit, a male Goosander on the lake and a fly over by a second male.

Back home at South Brent the garden feeders were again busy, mid-afternoon gave Siskin, two sightings of a female Sparrow Hawk, Buzzard, Wren, Redwing, initially a flight of six Starling but a flock of 39 came across the field just before 4pm, Pied Wagtails, a male Greater Spotted Woodpecker, the highlight being the months second sighting in the garden of a Treecreeper.

Posted December 29th, 2015 at 4:50 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Wrafton

A late afternoon visit to the reserve - out on the flood by the Tarka Trail, a Common Sandpiper.

Posted December 29th, 2015 at 4:38 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Wembury Bay

Two Water Pipits on the beach with c25 Rocks and a Black Redstart.

From Mount Batten later, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (ad-w and 2nd-w) and a Razorbill; also 2 each of Goldcrests and Little Grebes in Radford Park. 

Posted December 29th, 2015 at 3:43 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Decoy CP, Newton Abbot.

The male Scaup is still present on the lake along with 10 Tufted Ducks. In the adjacent DWT's Wolborough Fen a Firecrest, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were noteworthy

Scaup
Scaup

Posted December 29th, 2015 at 12:50 pm by david cawthraw in General Birding

Broadsands

The Yellow-browed Warbler still present this morning with at least 2 Firecrest, 2 Chiffchaffs, 1 Blackcap, 2 Siskin and 9 Goldcrest. 7 Cirls and 1 Reed bunting on seed in 2nd carpark.

On the sea: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 4 Black-necked Grebes, 2 Slavonian Grebes, 11 Great Crested Grebes, 25 Great Northern Divers (also another 3 off Paignton), 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Shelduck, 3 Brent Geese

Posted December 29th, 2015 at 10:59 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Scandis in force

For the last couple of weeks, our friends from the North have been plucking up worms from the rain-sodden football field at Holsworthy.  Every morning about 9 o'clock, the grass is full of fieldfares - 40 at the latest count on Sunday, December 27, along with a lone redwing.  Very flighty, nervy birds, I haven't yet got a decent pic, but it's a delight to watch these handsome Scandinavian creatures building up their fat reserves from Devon worms. There's been the odd song thrush and m/f blackbirds in with the flock too.  Just beautiful. Starlings too are enjoying my fat-filled bird-feeders, along with robins and blue tits.  No takers for the nyger seeds from the resident goldfinches yet. They're already sprouting thanks to the rain, so I'll maybe make a salad...

Posted December 29th, 2015 at 2:41 am by Hilary Vivian in General Birding

Monday 28th December 2015

Topsham

American wigeon was still on Bowling a Green Marsh at 4pm. While I watched the duck from near the railway bridge, a Firecrest called and flew into the trees on the railway embankment.

Posted December 28th, 2015 at 10:25 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Plymouth

The Plym Estuary & Saltram on the falling tide, produced: Chiffchaff 1 or 2, Goldcrest 13, Little Grebe, Greenshank 3, Redshank 115, Dunlin, Curlew 53, Grey Heron 9, Jack Snipe, Snipe 2, Kingfisher and a flock of 15 Siskins.

Later, at Mount Batten a Great Northern Diver, a Razorbill and an adult Pergerine,

Posted December 28th, 2015 at 9:53 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Downend

The 1 female Common Scoter is still present at Downend which is remarkable considering the weather we have been having since it's arrival.


Posted December 28th, 2015 at 6:50 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Great birding on the marshes today, with good numbers of the usual waders and wildfowl around. As mentioned in an earlier post, there was a Cattle Egret present with Little Egrets in the field between the railway bridge and the Lion's Rest estate. Also nice to see a Red-breasted Merganser at close range on the canal, just north of Turf hotel.

Cattle Egret with Little Egrets
Cattle Egret with Little Egrets

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

Red-breasted Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser

Posted December 28th, 2015 at 5:48 pm by Mike Symes in General Birding

Plymouth Barbican

Another quick walk around The Barbican today and on Sutton Harbour some excellent views of a razorbill as it dived for fish in the shallow water -  amazing to watch it pass by underwater. Also a little grebe. Off the Lock Gates a guillemot sheltering from the rough seas but no sign of the kingfisher today.

Posted December 28th, 2015 at 5:20 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

South Brent ~ Stover and Occombe Farm.

A visit to the hide at Stover just after first light this morning could be described as very peaceful, 19 species seen from the hide including Jay, Pochard (3), Great Crested Grebe (2), Little Grebe, Heron, Lesser Black Back Gull and Goldcrest (2)

Occombe Farm, Paignton before it got busy was well worth a visit, Green Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Bullfinch, Blackcap, Raven (3) large flocks of both Redwing and Goldfinch.

Back at home in South Brent the day had started with a Tawny owl calling just after 7am. In the early afternoon a huntingfirst year male Sparrow hawk showed and came in on two occasions making a visit to the feeders a hazardous prospect, making a kill in incredible fashion on the second visit, seemingly too fast to be possible.

Three Buzzards circling, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Redwings, Siskin, a high flying Canadian Goose, first Starlings of the Christmas season and a BTO ringed Blue Tit.

Posted December 28th, 2015 at 4:40 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Wrafton

3 Spoonbills again early this morning, by the Tarka trail.

Posted December 28th, 2015 at 4:07 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Please send in your records for 2015

As the year end approaches if you have not yet sent your records in please start to write them up and send them in to Data Manager if you have any queries please drop me an email or tel 01822 853785.

If you found a rarity during the year please don't forget to complete a rarity form and send that in too.  Many thanks.  Julia

Posted December 28th, 2015 at 3:01 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Cattle egret at Exminster Marshes

A Cattle egret was seen at Exminster Marshes at about 13.30/14.00 today 28.12.15.  It was just across the road from the RSPB car park with about 6 Little egret.  The yellow stubby bill and small stockier appearance was clearly seen especially in such close proximity to the Little egret.  The bird was quite flighty and at one stage headed off further towards Lion's Rest.

Posted December 28th, 2015 at 2:44 pm by Judith Read in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

watched from 08:45 till 10:30

High water levels and a persistent peregrine made counts hard but the 1st winter drake American Wigeon did drop in and was viewable from the hide over towards the railway line around 700+ wigeon spread over the marsh , 30+ Pintail, 2 pochards. 2 tufted duck, 1 gadwall, 60+ shoveler. 200+ teal, 2 spotted redshanks among 200+ redshank, 550+ avocet, 80+ dunlin, 30+ lapwing, 1000+ black tailed godwits, 100+ bar tailed godwits, 5+ common gulls over, 3 snipe, 2 Cetti's warblers, 1 water rail, 35+ chaffinch, 3 mistle thrush, 2 song thrush, 20+ redwing, 5 goldcrests, 2 nuthatch, 200+ Brent geese over , 10+ Brent greese in field by the viewing platform. 

Posted December 28th, 2015 at 12:37 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Sunday 27th December 2015

Plymouth Hoe

A kingfisher on the rocks near the the lock gates at Sutton Harbour, a guillemot off The Elphinstone before flying off into The Sound, an adult Mediterranean gull flying across to Mountbatten Pier and 3 ravens overhead on a quick walk with mum and sister today.

Posted December 27th, 2015 at 10:41 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Mountbatten, Plymouth

2 Great Northern Divers seen from Mountbatten slipway.  Wintering adult Med Gull and 2nd year Med Gulls in same area - these two indivuduals seen everytime we have been down there in last few months.

Great Northern Diver from Mountbatten Slipway
Great Northern Diver from Mountbatten Slipway

2nd yr Med Gull seen from Mountbatten Pier
2nd yr Med Gull seen from Mountbatten Pier

Posted December 27th, 2015 at 10:30 pm by George and Les Carr in General Birding

Plymouth

This morning - a Firecrest, a Goldcrest, a Blackcap and a Peregrine in Lipson.

This afternoon at the Plym Estuary (low tide) a Siberian Chiffchaff and 2 collybitas, single Little Grebe and Red-breasted Merganser (drake), 40+ Pied Wagtails and 2 Mistle Thrushes.

Yesterday at Efford Marsh, 15 Goldcrests, a Chiffchaff (collybita), and a Kingfisher.

Posted December 27th, 2015 at 8:10 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Around the Exe

Starting at Matford, the Cackling Goose was still with Mallard and a Gadwall was with a good number of Wigeon and Teal. A couple of Chiffchaffs were followed by another singing.

Bowling Green Marsh seemed full to the brim with ducks and waders, before many of the latter left as the tide receded. Highlights were a couple of Spotted Redshanks, one of which was close to the road. Also notable was the arrival of large flocks of Wigeon to supplement those already there, a few Pintail and Greylags, a huge flock of Black-tailed Godwits, mostly feeding, a couple of Sparrowhawk sightings and a pair of Bullfinches.

About 150 Golden Plover were visible across the estuary from the Goat Walk. Over at Exminster Marshes, there were three more Bullfinches and a Lesser Redpoll. Scanning from the Kenn outlet at Powderham produced 8 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Guillemots (the most I've ever seen together in the Estuary), 12 Greenshanks and a Spotted Redshank (presumably one of those seen earlier).

There were 3 Red-legged Partridges in a field at Starcross, while the Slavonian Grebe was off Cockwood, as usual. Off Langstone Rock, there was a Great Northern Diver, but little else of note, then we set off to catch a few Woodcock leaving Haldon at dusk. However, we were delayed by a splendid Barn Owl hunting near the Mamhead road out of Starcross, but did finally see a couple of Woodcock around 5.00pm at Beggar's Bush, making a total of 83 species for the day.

Spotted Redshank at Bowling Green
Spotted Redshank at Bowling Green

Red-legged Partridges at Starcross
Red-legged Partridges at Starcross

Posted December 27th, 2015 at 6:53 pm by Dave & Penny Smallshire in General Birding

Torbay boat trip pt 2

In addition to species mentioned by Nigel we also had a first for the boat Trip ( I think) with a flyover Curlew. Kittiwake, Fulmar, Guillemot, Razorbill & Common Gull + a few Rock Pipit & a partial leucistic Oystercatcher on Brixham breakwater. And for Nigel - the best (cropped) photo of the juvenile Gannet I got.

Juvenile Gannet
Juvenile Gannet

Curlew
Curlew

Oystercarcher
Oystercarcher

Posted December 27th, 2015 at 6:42 pm by Paul Treen in General Birding

Clennon Lakes

1 Siberian Chiffchaff (top lake), 5 Chiffchaffs, 11 Goldcrest, 5 Firecrest (3 together beside lower Lake), 2 Water Rail, 1 Little Grebe.  

Posted December 27th, 2015 at 3:12 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Torbay Boat Trip

A wet dull morning but a good trip with some good numbers of certain birds. 30+ Great Northern Divers, 2 Slavonian Grebe, 3 Black-necked Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, 7 Common Scoter, 3 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Little Egret and Raven. Some Guillemot and 2 Razorbill with numbers of Gannets and a first for me in the bay a first year Gannet. did not venture out from Berry head but did have 2 seals as well. My colleagues may up date my post, weather did clear as we got off the boat at Paignton Harbour. Next trip 10th Jan . 

Posted December 27th, 2015 at 2:06 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Wrafton

With the high tides - the 3 Spoonbills again by the Tarka Trail this morning. In the reserve, a Cetti's Warbler calling, and at least two Goldcrests.

Posted December 27th, 2015 at 11:57 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

Saturday 26th December 2015

Hoopoe

In answer to the earlier post, a Hoopoe once spent a long period in Barnstaple through the winter - must have been 15 years ago at least! I don't have the year or dates to hand but I'm sure they are in a Devon Bird report. Also a Hoopoe has been present in Staffordshire for the last few weeks, so this record is certainly on the cards. Might find time to look for it myself before the New Year!

Posted December 26th, 2015 at 9:23 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

A quick look at the lake gave, 12 Chaffinch, 26 Goosander 15m 11f, 21 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 37 Mallard, 3 Coot, 2 Snipe, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Marsh Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Merlin, 2 Great Tit, 1 Dunnock.

Posted December 26th, 2015 at 4:37 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding

Hoopoe in December?

I have often seen hoopoes in the Middle East and in Malta, and know that the species' status in England is that of an occassional summer visitor.

Yesterday my wife and I gave our daughter-in-law a 2016 calendar featuring birds and were amazed when she and one of her sons pointed to a bird on the calendar's cover and remarked "That's the bird that we saw at Stroxworthy Cross (1 mile south of Woolfardisworthy on the road towards Bradworthy) on Christmas Eve afternoon. It is so distinctive."

My initial reaction was that they were wrong - but they are both adament on the sighting - or an escapee. Thus, I am sending this report to you in good faith and to see if their observation ties in with any other reports that you might have seen.

Posted December 26th, 2015 at 2:27 pm by Colin Pomeroy in General Birding

Wrafton

Three Spoonbills on the flood again this morning. Gone by 10 a.m.

Posted December 26th, 2015 at 1:56 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Broadsands

The Yellow-browed Warbler was showing fantastically this morning, also the Siberian Chiffchaff until it was chased off byt the smaller Y-bW! 2 Chiffchaffs, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Firecrests and just 4 Cirl Buntings on the seed I dropped this morning.

On the sea: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Black-necked Grebes, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 12 Great Northern Divers, 1 Red-throated Diver and still 7 Common Scoter.

Posted December 26th, 2015 at 11:17 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Thursday 24th December 2015

Black Redstart

Surprised to see a Black Redstart in Mincinglake Road today.

Posted December 24th, 2015 at 9:37 pm by Jason smith in General Birding

Fairy Cross

One male Hen Harrier.

Posted December 24th, 2015 at 9:26 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding

South Brent

A visit to a private lake on the outskirts of South Brent provided sightings of two Little Grebe, a flock of about 50 Wigeon, four MoorhenCoot, Green Woodpecker, three Goldcrest, a large flock of Redwing feeding in a field alongside a stand of mature Beech trees, Heron, Buzzard and one Mute Swan.

Posted December 24th, 2015 at 7:04 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Broadsands

Yellow-browed Warbler showed exceptionally well this afternoon also 2+ Firecrests 4 Goldcrest and 3 Chiffchaffs.

On the sea: 15 Great Northern Divers, 2 Slavonian Grebes, 3 Black-necked Grebes and 7 Common Scoter

Yellow-browed WarblerBroadsands 24 Dec 2015 ML   Yellow-browed WarblerBroadsands 24 Dec 2015 ML2

Posted December 24th, 2015 at 4:16 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Tamar estuary / Ernesettle

1110 - 1330

On a rising tide: 3 Greenshank, 24 Shelduck, 18 Snipe, 71 Teal, 6 Black tailed Godwit, 16 Wigeon, 3 Great crested grebe, 1 Kingfisher, and a flock of Avocet over at Kingsmill lake.

Posted December 24th, 2015 at 3:29 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

hen harrier over Colaton Raleigh

yesterday 23rd december female hen harrier spotted beign mobbed by a raven over Dotton

Posted December 24th, 2015 at 1:09 pm by THE DAIRY LOFT WOODBURY COMMON in General Birding

Exmouth

A Great Northern Diver was close in to Shelly Beach late this morning. Also 2 Black Redstarts were mobile around the apartment blocks and the beach. The Black Brant was on the other side of the estuary with the large Brent flock between Starcross and Cockwood harbour.

Posted December 24th, 2015 at 1:08 pm by Terry Smith in General Birding

Wrafton

The Redshank that was there yesterday evening had gone, but this morning there were the 3 Spoonbills on the flood by the Tarka Trail, with hundreds of Black-headed Gulls.

In the reserve - the first Primroses were out!!

Posted December 24th, 2015 at 10:32 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

Stover Park yesterday

Sorry delays in posting. Paid avisit from about 1030hrs to 1500hrs. Weather passable except for a sharp downpour about lunchtime. Light not good but passable sunny periods. Species noted: Cormorants, Chaffinch, Robin, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Marsh Tit, Great Tit, Blackbird, Jay, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Mallards including Mankies, Tufted Ducks, Mute Swans, Black-headed Gulls, Grey Heron, Lesser Blackbacked Gulls, Water Rail and Kingfisher. Plenty of Squirrels and a late Red Admiral on the wing.

Posted December 24th, 2015 at 7:50 am by Michael Spencer in General Birding

Wednesday 23rd December 2015

Ilfracombe

Birds around the town today included a Black Redstart (Granville Road), a Chiffchaff (near Larkstone Café) and 5 Purple Sandpipers (at low-tide roost on rocks adjoining the quay, just below St Nicholas's Chapel). 40 Fulmars at Torrs colony and a few passing Kittiwakes offshore.

Posted December 23rd, 2015 at 11:37 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Clennon Lakes

1 Siberain Chiffchaff between lower and middle Pond today also 3 collybita type Chiffchaffs 4 Firecrests, 8 Goldcrests, 2 Snipe, 1 Teal, 2 Water Rail, 1 Little Egret.

Posted December 23rd, 2015 at 8:12 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Soussons/Warren House

A nice walk late morning found an active Great grey shrike on the slopes between the Warren House Inn and Soussons. In the plantation itself we encountered a group of c30 crossbills. We then took a walk up onto the hill top towards Birch Tor and to our surprise flushed a Woodcock which we had hoped for lower down in the valley but hadn't expected so high up into the moorland

Posted December 23rd, 2015 at 6:21 pm by Paul Buckley in General Birding

BGM and Goosemoore

Birded from 1pm - 4pm.

2 male Tufted Duck, 6 Pintail, Jay,Redwing, Buzzard, about 120 Avocet Redshank, Lapwing, Greylag and Canada Geese, 1 male gadwall, a few Dunluin, 2 Grey Plover, 1 Snipe, 

Goosemoor at 4pm had about 30 Redshank and two Greenshank. A coouple of Goldcrest flitting about on railway enbankment.

Posted December 23rd, 2015 at 5:08 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Devils point, Plymouth.

1015-1210

Around Devils point this morning: 2 Rock pipit, 1 Great Northen diver in the bay, 1 Sandwich tern fishing near the shore, 30+ Cormorants on Drake's island, several already with the breeding patch.

Posted December 23rd, 2015 at 4:17 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Wembury

A water pipit feeding on the seaweed mass near the sewage pipe this morning with rock- and meadow pipits, allowing good comparisons. Very aggressive towards nearby rock pipits but mostly tolerated nearby meadow pipits.

Otherwise quiet with a single gannet offshore, a kestrel and a buzzard overhead, a goldcrest in a hedgerow and a grey heron along the beach with a curlew, oystercatchers and mallards.

Nice to see a bit of blue sky and sunshine though despite the blustery wind.

Posted December 23rd, 2015 at 2:18 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

23rd Dec.  Lower Tamar Lake.

At last, some sun and dry weather!

1 female Bullfinch, 56 Mallard, 19 Goosander, 5 Tufted Ducks, 2 Nuthatches, 1 Marsh Tit,  plus Blue, Great and Marsh Tits, 60+ Fieldfares, 46 Redwings, 3 Coot.

Harvey Kendall

Posted December 23rd, 2015 at 1:57 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Plymouth City Centre

An obliging Black Redstart was mingling with Christmas shoppers outside the Costa coffee shop at the junction of Old Town Street and New george Street this lunchtime

Posted December 23rd, 2015 at 1:01 pm by Darrell Clegg in General Birding

Tuesday 22nd December 2015

Broadsands and Bowling Green

A very good day today - down from north devon to broadsands waiting for dawn. On a mission to find Firecrest and Grebes.Within 10mins had the Firecrest briefly but pretty close in the carpark and then bumped into Mike Langman (always a good thing when you are looking for birds). Within 30mins had all three Red Necked, Black Necked and Slavonian so 4 new birds inside an hour. Great Northern Divers and all the regulars present. Spent some time looking for a possible Yellow Browed Warbler but no luck. On to Bowling green for high numbers of Wigeon with Avocet,Greylag, Redshank, Pintail, Shoveler,Teal, Gadwall and more. Might try Hartland Point early tomorrow as would really like a Great Skua and more divers.

Posted December 22nd, 2015 at 7:58 pm by Rob Barnes in General Birding

Upper Tamar Lake

A very wet and windy Upper Lake today, I saw 11 Blackbird 5m 6f, 3 Cormorants, 2 Great Black-back Gulls, 28 Mallard, 7m Goosander at the top end, 5 Coot, 5 Fieldfare, 3 Gadwall, 2 Robin, 5 Tufted Duck, 3 Wigeon, 1 Song Thrush

On the Lower Lake. 3 Cormorants, 6 Long Tail Tits, 11 Goosander 5m 6f, 16 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Snipe, 21 Mallard. At the hide 1 Nuthatch,Marsh/Willow/Great/Blue Tits, 1 Bullfinch. The car park feeders also had 1 G.S. Woodpecker, 1m Reed Bunting, 1Nuthatch plus the usual Willlow/Marsh/Blue/Coal/Great Tits.

That gives 18 Goosander on both Lakes.

Posted December 22nd, 2015 at 7:06 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding

Roadford Res, upstream of viaduct only

4 Goldeneye incl 3 males above the viaduct. Very rough conditions     on main reservoir.

Posted December 22nd, 2015 at 6:35 pm by Brian Craven in General Birding

Broadsands Grebes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lr0DLwjkWGU

Some shaky footage of some divers at Broadsands. I think mostly Slavonian Grebes any other ID would be welcomed.

Eds - you are spot on - all of Slavonian Grebes.

Posted December 22nd, 2015 at 5:47 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Yarner Wood

A late morning visit to Yarner Wood with Keith Male to take advantage of the shelter offered by the hides in this awful weather.On arrival three Mandarin Duck on the pond, from the Pond Hide predominantly Coal Tits on the feeders with up to three Marsh Tit one of which was BTO rung, Great Tit and Blue Tit a few Chaffinch but not a great deal else and not overly busy, only high light were 6 Long Tailed Tits three of which were BTO ringed (of the ring details visible from the images taken one ring ended in a “5” and another “AV”)

The top hide was a different story it was simply impossible to keep up with the numbers of birds coming into the feeders, predominantly Tit species and a high number of them BTO ringed, lots of Marsh, Great, Coal and Blue Tits showing constantly, Dunnock, 2 Robins, male Bullfinch, Nuthatch, female Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Blackbird and Goldcrest.

Great Tit ring details, one ring containing 439 on lower line.

Marsh Tit ring details, one bird middle row starts with an “S” lower line containing “37”, another bird that showed well ring number starts “V1”.

Posted December 22nd, 2015 at 4:17 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Dartington

27 Wigeon and 250+ Mallard on floods at Queens Marsh, Dartington. Easily viewed from the footpath/cycle path between Shiners Bridge and Totnes. 

Posted December 22nd, 2015 at 4:11 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Firecrest in Plymstock garden - 21st Dec

Firecrest seen in Plymstock garden giving good views for approx 1 hour between 14.30 and 15.30.  A nice little treat on the shortest day.

Posted December 22nd, 2015 at 3:59 pm by George and Les Carr in General Birding

Broadsands

On the Sea 1 Red-necked Grebe (quite close in toward Elberry Cove) 1 Slavonian & 2 Black-necked Grebes, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Great Northern Divers.

Red-necked Grebe Broadsands 22 Dec 2015 ML  

 Red-necked Grebe click on photo above for    video  link

Posted December 22nd, 2015 at 11:04 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Berrynarbor

Good views again of a Firecrest here in the garden this very wet and windy morning. It brightens the day.

Posted December 22nd, 2015 at 11:02 am by Margaret Phillips in General Birding

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