Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 8th–14th December 2015

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Posted August 25th at 9:58 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News

Changes to Devon Bird Sightings

This page was initially set up to give a concise news summary of birds of interest seen in Devon. Anyone noting interesting species, passage and counts could post the details to inform other birders what was going on around the county. Photos could also be added for interest and to enliven the posts. It was accepted that because other wildlife was of interest, this would also appear especially when included in a birding post.

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Devon Birds very much welcomes posts that already meet these criteria and those that will continue to do so. It would also be great to widen the input from keen birders who currently don’t contribute, including some old friends who have dropped out. Hopefully the changes will encourage wider participation, so if you look at the site but don’t post, please consider doing so.

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Posted August 21st at 3:53 pm in Bird News

2019 Descriptions - last call

The deadline for the 2019 Bird Report is rapidly approaching. If you found (or saw) any of these birds please could you submit a description to recorder@devonbirds.org to ensure your records are published. Many thanks. 

Alpine Swift, Dawlish 11 Jun  Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug Purple Heron, Slapton Ley 07 May
Caspian Gull, Thurlestone, 08 Feb Sabine's Gull, Thurlestone 14 Aug
Caspian Gull, Topsham 02 Aug Serin (2), Harrowbeer 19 Apr
Cory's Shearwater, Berry Head 19 Jul Tree Sparrow (2), Berry Head 20 Mar
Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May  

 

Posted May 2nd at 3:27 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in Bird News

Monday 14th December 2015

Starling Roost.

Woolley Wood, nr. Hartland

During the past few evenings several tens of thousands of Starlings have been going to roost at Woolley Wood just off the A39 during late afternoon and dusk, accompanied by up to 3 Buzzards and 3 or 4 Sparrowhawks.

Any onset of cold weather should see a spectactuar increase in the number of birds using the roost

Posted December 14th, 2015 at 2:55 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Central Park

 
Ringneck Parakeet visited garden and sat eating his Monkey nut. Squawking away as he sat, this was at 1400 hrs. and he was still there when I left at 1500 hrs.
He was in the trees adjoining Inverdene Road
Regards Barry Rankine




Posted December 14th, 2015 at 1:46 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Wrafton

Three Spoonbills by the Tarka Trail this morning at 09.15, gone by 10. 2 Egyptian Geese also present.

Posted December 14th, 2015 at 11:34 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Sunday 13th December 2015

Sherpa Marsh

Dispite the low quality light and distance of these Egyptian Geese, I managed a few decent images.

Egyptian Geese.
Egyptian Geese.

Egyptian Geese.
Egyptian Geese.

Little Grebe. Wrafton Pond
Little Grebe. Wrafton Pond

Posted December 13th, 2015 at 9:35 pm by George Mudford. in Bird News

Walk to Crows Point via Caen and Taw Estuary

Plenty of birds on view this afternoon, 500+ Golden Plover, 150+ Lapwing, 3 Kingfishers, 3 Common Sandpiper, Plenty of Redshank, Greenshank, several Grey Plover, Dunlin, 30+ Curlew, 3 pairs of Stonechat, Grey and Pied Wagtail, Large flock of Goldfinch, with many Meadow Pipits feeding on the marshes. 50+ Oystercatcher, mix flock of Tits and Goldcrest along the floodbbank towards Crowspoint. 2 Buzzards, and the bird of the day, good views of a Marsh Harrier heading towards the Braunton Burrows harrassed by the local Corvids. 

Posted December 13th, 2015 at 8:32 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

short eared owl

short eared owl hunting on open moor at 14.30  200yds west of princetown

Posted December 13th, 2015 at 8:22 pm by patrick hawkins in Bird News

Saltram Marsh 13-12-15

A few photo's from Saltram Marsh today, a seasonal Robin and the Kingfishers were showing very well, and what I thought is a Meadow Pipit but not to sure, about the size of a Robin, I'm sure someone in our group will verify of otherwise (Eds - yes it is Meadow Pipit)

Kingfisher
Kingfisher

Robin
Robin

Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit

Posted December 13th, 2015 at 8:15 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Rare and Scarce Bird photos 2014

If anyone has any photographs they would like to submit for the 2014 Devon Bird Report please send them to me as soon as possible.

 Many thanks

Mike 

Posted December 13th, 2015 at 7:25 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Low tide, so no proper counts of waders. Highlights were a Woodcock flushed, and a Firecrest on the "lane" to Saltram at the Point Cottage end. Also 18 Goldcrests, Common Sandpiper, 3 Dunlins, 2 Little Grebes, Snipe, 5 Little Egrets, 3 Nuthatches, Sparrowhawk, and Kestrel.

Posted December 13th, 2015 at 6:06 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Plymouth Parakeets

A cycle around Ford Park Cemetary and Inverdene didn't turn up any parakeets, but on passing through Victoria Park I heard that unmistakable squawk behind the bowling green.  Closer inspection found an aviary with a mixture of parakeets and cockatiels inside.  But sitting on top of the cage was one free-flying Ring-necked Parakeet.

In the cemetery a female Black Redstart was on the chapel roof, in the bushes a male Blackcap and good numbers of Redwing.

At home in Colebrook a Firecrest and Chiffchaff were in our hawthorn.

Posted December 13th, 2015 at 6:02 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Stoke Gabriel

On the Mill Pond 2 Continental Cormorants (sinensis) usual returning ad and an imm, with 3 carbo Cormorants. Also 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher.

Continental Cormorant imm Stoke Gabriel 13 Dec 2015 ML

Photo: immature Continental Cormorant the angle of the gular patch to the feathering on the lower face/throat is the most important feature.

Posted December 13th, 2015 at 5:06 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Matford Marshes

1 Siberian Chiffchaff late afternoon. Couldn't see the Ridgway's Cackling Goose. Also 2 Chiffchaff.

Late news for Friday - the adult Black Brant again off Mudbank, Exmouth.

Posted December 13th, 2015 at 4:59 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Exminster marsh

A good afternoon on the marsh in addition to Dave smallshires post 

At least 3 short eared owls, 1 female Merlin , 4+ chiffchaffs, lots of goldcrests and long tailed tits.

Posted December 13th, 2015 at 4:58 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Taw Estuary and Horsey Island/River Caen

A good walk from Barnstaple to Ashford this morning, nice to meet others from the Taw/Torridge Devon Birds membership. All the usual species on the higher estuary. Evening walk with the dog 3.30 - 4.30pm along the Caen river bank and Horsey Island gave close views of a Kingfisher. a hunting Short Eared Owl and a hunting Barn Owl in the same place over the Braunton end of the Chivenor air field. Interesting to see how similar their flight pattern and hunting technique is. Then a second Barn Owl over Horsey Island. Large numbers of Lapwing and Golden Plover in the air over the estuary in the evening sun. All the usuals also present.

Posted December 13th, 2015 at 4:45 pm by Rob Barnes in Bird News

Velator/Wrafton

Arrived at about 9 this morning for a ringing session. Two (or possibly 3) Spoonbills on the flood. When I left at about 3, the two Egyptian Geese were back, but keeping a distance from all the Canadas.

Ringed a juv male Reed Bunting - first I've ringed since April! Also saw, but didn't catch 7 Fieldfares feeding on Buckthorn berries.

Posted December 13th, 2015 at 3:25 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

A Short-eared Owl rose up high, mobbed by corvids, then drifted over to the south. The marshes were nicely wet and full of Canada Geese! Also c100 Brents, 1 Shelduck, lots of Wigeon and Teal, 3 Pintail, c20 Shoveler, Peregrine, a few hundred Lapwings and Curlews, several Water Rails and Cetti's Warblers heard, Chiffchaff, 24 Fieldfare, c10 Redwings, 6 Stonechats, 2 Bullfinches and a Reed Bunting.

Posted December 13th, 2015 at 3:03 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Matford Pools

The Ridgeway's Cackling Goose was grazing with ducks near the southern-most pool, almost hidden by rushes and tall herbage. Also on the ponds: 2 Gadwall, Little Grebe and a few Shoveler, in addition to the usual Wigeon and Teal. Plenty of Goldcrests around and one Chiffchaff.


Posted December 13th, 2015 at 2:54 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Torbay Boat Trip

This mornings boat trip in Torbay, dull conditions but a very rewarding 3 hour trip.

Birds seen:- 5 Great Northern Diver, 6 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 3 small Grebe (not able to confirm ID), 1 Black-throated Diver, 11 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Common Scoter, 4 Puple Sandpiper, 3 Razorbill, many Guillemot ( 700+ on colony)  these are just a few of the species seen this morning. 1 seal and 2 Harbour Porpoise.

Black-necked & Slavonian Grebes Torbay Photo: 2 Black-necked Grebes left and 2 Slavonian Grebes right

Running trips all Sundays over Christmas period if interested call 07866202576.

Posted December 13th, 2015 at 2:20 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

RSPB Labrador Bay

Spent few hours on the reserve this morning with good numbers of Cirl Buntings (c30) and Linnets (c40) around the fields. One Goldcrest and one Firecrest on the lower footpath and a further Firecrest by the cattle water troughs. Also a Sparrowhawk and Buzzard.

Posted December 13th, 2015 at 1:12 pm by david cawthraw in Bird News

Clennon Lakes

m Siberian Chiffchaff (same bird as mid November) now calling, 9 Chiffchaffs, 1 Firecrest, 10 Goldcrest, 1 Little Egret, 2 Shoveler, 4 Snipe.

Siberian Chiffchaff Clennon Valley 13 Dec 2015 ML Siberian Chiffchaff Clennon Valley 13 Dec 2015 ML

Photos: Siberian Chiffchaff

Posted December 13th, 2015 at 11:30 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

RNPs Plymouth

By chance I was at lunch with a friend yesterday who lives on Durban Road and saw the Parakeets. He said that they have been coming to his feeders for a couple of weeks.

Posted December 13th, 2015 at 11:15 am in Bird News

Saturday 12th December 2015

Topsham

Spent some time around Topsham and plenty on view with 51 species seen, the American Wigeon and Spotted Redshank showing well. 


Posted December 12th, 2015 at 9:23 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Red Kite

Heard, then spotted beautiful, healthy looking single Red Kite flying over Decoy Road, Newton Abbot at 10:45 this morning heading North East. Sadly no time to fetch camera.

Posted December 12th, 2015 at 5:40 pm by Tom Morris in Bird News

Plymouth - 'scope cover found

Found a 'scope eye piece cover on Inverdene, Peverell, Plymouth today.

Email me if it's yours: peteraley@msn.com

Posted December 12th, 2015 at 5:32 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Turf Locks

Late morning in blustery conditions 285-Golden Plover + 20-Grey Plover + 1-Ringed Plover + 36-Knot + c600-Lapwing + c2500-Dunlin + 44-Redshank + 1-Bar-tailed Godwit + c1000-Black-tailed Godwits + 53-Curlew + c500-Avocets + 5-Red Breasted Megansers + c300-Brent Geese + c800-Wigeon.  

Posted December 12th, 2015 at 4:41 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Wrafton

The two Egyptian Geese flew in to the flooded area by the Tarka Trail at 3.10 p.m.

Posted December 12th, 2015 at 3:55 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plymouth

Two Ring-necked Parakeets late morning in Inverdene, Peverell, Plymouth - in trees beside the road and on feeders in front garden.


Posted December 12th, 2015 at 3:37 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Downend + Bideford & Barnstaple Bay

1 fem Common Scoter at Downend + 1 fem Common Scoter in Bideford & Barnstaple Bay in a Force 7 to 8 Gale!

Posted December 12th, 2015 at 1:03 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

South Brent ~ Woodcock

On a walk round home this morning gave 29 species including 2 Woodcock, Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, 2 Wren, Long Tailed Tit, 25 Herring Gull, Fieldfare, Raven, 2 Rabbits and a Grey Squirrel.

Tawny owl over night.

Posted December 12th, 2015 at 11:35 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Broadsands

The Yellow-browed Warbler showed well agin in 1st car park also up to 3 Firecrests, 4 Goldcrests and 5 Chiffchaffs including the same paler bird (photos below) details as previous posting, (still calling like collybita) and non-responsive to tristis tape. 

chiffchaff sp. Broadsands Dec 2015 ML  chiffchaff sp. Broadsands Dec 2015 ML

chiffchaff sp. Broadsands Dec 2015 ML  chiffchaff sp. Broadsands Dec 2015 ML

3 Black-necked Grebes, 3 Great Northern Divers off Elberry Headland and the drake Velvet Scoter again over off Goodrington Beach. 

Posted December 12th, 2015 at 11:30 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Friday 11th December 2015

American Wigeon -- Bowling Green Marsh

The highlight was a sub-adult male American Wigeon seen in field alongside footpath to viewing platform at 1150hrs and still there when we left mid- afternoon amongst c70-Wigeon and c40-Black-tailed Godwits + 7-Brent Geese + Water Rail along the hedgerow + 1-Snipe around the pool + 20-Grey Plover + 1-Sparrowhawk from the platform. From the hide 2-Egyptian Geese + 12-Greylag Geese + 2-Pintail + c200-Wigeon + c40-Lapwing + c70-Teal + c65-Shoveler. From the goatwalk c500-Avocet  + c400-Lapwing + c1000+ Black-tailed Godwits + c70-Redshank +  c100-Golden Plover + 3-Red Breasted Mergansers + 3-Great-crested Grebes.  A few Goldcrest amongst the Long-tailed Tit flocks moving around the hedgerows up and down the road.  Link to video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ommv5_1ONU

American Wigeon
American Wigeon

American Wigeon
American Wigeon

American Wigeon
American Wigeon

Posted December 11th, 2015 at 9:17 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

A late lunchtime visit to Bowling Green, turned up a drake American Wigeon with the Wigeon flock in the field next to the path to the viewing platform.

Posted December 11th, 2015 at 7:31 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Sherpa Marshes

2 Egyptian Geese (introduced species) feeding in the field around the freshwater scrape area between the Tarka trail & DBWPS Velator Reserve.


Posted December 11th, 2015 at 6:05 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

South Brent

Another overcast and murky day at South Brent but it was worth making the effort to get out and about, initially at home a female Sparrow Hawk, Jay, Long Tailed Tits 5, Great Tits 5, Coal Tit 2, Goldcrest 5, Wren, Siskin, Pied Wagtails, 16 Redwing, small passing flock of Fieldfare, a counted 36 Herring Gulls passing over, the day ended with a trio of Greater Spotted Woodpeckers in the garden.

On the River Avon at Brent Mill a male Goosander and a Pied Wagtail on Avondale House.

Around a private lake just outside the village gave Buzzard, 20 Redwing, a flock of 30 plus Goldfinch with them were 5 Siskin and 1 Blue Tit, Coal Tit,  2 Mallard, a counted 34 Wigeon on the lake but when they lifted a count of approximately 75 birds, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Moorhen, 1 Coot (the first I can recall seeing in the parish in the 30 years that I have lived here) Carrion Crow, Jay, 8 Goldcrest, Blackbird, Wren, Robin Green Woodpecker heard calling.

Ladies Wood, initially very quiet but eventually 2 Nuthatch, Robin, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, a single Chiffchaff and 10 plus Goldcrest, Herring Gulls and Carrion Crows overhead.

Posted December 11th, 2015 at 5:13 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth

Visited this afternoon for an hour or so. Species noted were; Song Thrush, Redwings, Mistke Thrush, Jay, Goldfinches, Greenfinches, Crows, Magpies, Pigeons, Wood Pigeons, Coal Tits and a Sparrow Hawk. Animal sightings were Squirrel, Rabbit and two Cats. Weather overcast and dry though wet underfoot. Not many sunny spells.

Posted December 11th, 2015 at 4:16 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News

River Otter

Whilst walking by R Otter 1 mile S of Otterton this morning had close views of 2 female Goosander plus Goldcrest.  

Posted December 11th, 2015 at 1:23 pm by Geoff Green in Bird News

Torbay

A calm Torbay enabled a good look at the sea starting at Preston and finishing at Broadsands the bay totals were: 21 Great Northern Divers, 1 drake Velvet Scoter Goodrington), 6 Common Scoter, 5 Black-necked Grebes (Broadsands), 1 Red-breasted Merganser (once regular in numbers in Torbay now occasional visitor this bird at Broadsands) 16 Great Crested Grebes.

At Broadsands the Yellow-browed Warbler was still present, also 2 Firecrests, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 5 Cirl Bunting and 1 Reed Bunting.  

Posted December 11th, 2015 at 10:06 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thursday 10th December 2015

Broadsands

Lunch time visit.

Yellow-browed Warbler showed well with 1 Firecrest, 4 Goldcrest & 3 Chiffchaff.

On the sea were 6 Black-necked Grebes, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 4 Grest Crested Grebes and 2 Great Northern Divers

Posted December 10th, 2015 at 8:37 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Exe Estuary cruise

Today's Stuart Lines Cruise was brilliant! Star bird I suppose has to be the Sandwich Tern off Powderham - my latest in Britain. Also off Powderham was (dare I say the regular?) Spotted Redshank with a couple of Greenshanks. Waders were spectacular in the upper part of the estuary, with 500+ Avocets, 100 Golden Plover, 300+ Lapwings, 20+ Sanderlings, 100+ Bar-tailed and probably c1000 Black-tailed Godwits, together with good numbers of Dunlin, Redshank, Curlew, Grey Plover. 3 Snipe even got up from the saltmarsh at Topsham.

110+ Pintail were loafing around the mouth of the Clyst. The Slavonian Grebe was off Cockwood, while in the outer part of the estuary there were 5 Great Crested Grebes, perhaps 100 Shags, 2 Goldeneye, 50+ G B-b Gulls, a few Lesser Black-backs and maybe 50 Common Gulls in total. Mergansers probably totalled over 30.

Posted December 10th, 2015 at 5:19 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Avocets in flight on the River Tamar

Had the great pleasure of seeing around 100+ Avocets flying on the River Tamar on the 9th Dec 2015, and a magnificent sight all together

 

Avocets flying on the River Tamar
Avocets flying on the River Tamar

Posted December 10th, 2015 at 4:04 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Broadsands

Yellow-browed Warbler showing very well today (see photo below), at least 3 Firecrests, 5 chiffchaffs including one pale bird thought by some to be a tristis (which it might be) but on close views showing olive streaks in places tristis shouldn't show, very strong yellow lores, calling like a collybita Chiffchaff.

Yellow-browed WarblerBroadsands 10 Dec 2015 ML

Posted December 10th, 2015 at 12:11 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Torbay.

A look around the Bay this morning before boat trip Sunday morning, 1 Merganser off Hollicomb Head about half a mile out, 2 Ravens flying about Livermead Headland and a small dark seaduck off Livermead Headland, to far away to ID properly. 1 Kingfisher Paignton Harbour. Met Bob Bayley Broadsands car park, he had Great Northern Divers and Grebes off that headland so Sundays Trip looks very promising. If interested call 07866202576.   

Posted December 10th, 2015 at 12:10 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Wednesday 9th December 2015

St Anns Chapel ( nr. Bigbury )

30 Golden Plover and 40 Redwing this morning

Posted December 9th, 2015 at 10:32 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Shipley Bridge/Avon Dam

A male Merlin just south of the dam this morning. 14 Fieldfares, 2 Stonechats and 5+ Goldcrests the only other birds of note.

Posted December 9th, 2015 at 9:47 pm in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

A much quieter morning weather wise, there were 10 Tufted Duck, 18 Goosander 10m 8f, 2 Snipe, 3 Great Black-back Gulls, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 8 Fieldfare and 1 Redwing in with c30 Starling, 1 Grey Heron, on the feeders and around the hide were, Coal/Willow/Marsh/Blue/Great Tits, Chaffinch/Greenfinch, 1 Nuthatch, 2 G.C.Grebe and a Robin.

Posted December 9th, 2015 at 7:23 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Tarka trail - Chivenor

Managed to find just enough time to cycle along the Tarka trail & see the delightful Robin again, happily singing away & showing well this aft.


Posted December 9th, 2015 at 5:40 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Velator

At last a day calm enough to open some nets in the reserve: amongst  54 birds ringed were 20 Greenfinch (about time they turned up) 9 Goldfinch, a bunch of Tits (mostly Long-tailed) the first Chiffchaff I have seen in the reserve since mid October, and an immaculate adult female Sparrowhawk, the fifth I have ringed in the reserve this autumn/winter.

Also 2 Red Admirals on the wing!

Posted December 9th, 2015 at 5:39 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

River Tamar

Made a visit today to the River Tamar, admittedly we were on the Cornish side near Kingsmill Lake, but the species seen could well and probably do appear on the Devon side as well:

Avocets (about 150), Canada Geese (about 60), Curlews, Great Crested Grebe, Black-tailed Godwits (about 40), Herring |Gulls, Black-headed Gulls, Lapwings (about 40), Log-tailed Tits (about 10), Goldfinches (about 10), Robin, Wren, Blackbirds, Song Thrush, Mallards, Redshanks, Shelduck, Teal and Widgeon.

Weather was kind but sunny spells were in short supply and the wind was chilly.

Posted December 9th, 2015 at 5:28 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News

Firecrest, Cirls & Yellow Browed Warbler

Broadsands midmorning gave a good number of gathering birders thanks to some decent sunny weather.

At least two Firecrest showing in the corner of the left hand closed off car park and one in the cover where the Cirl Buntings are fed.

Unable to keep up with a count on the Goldcrest numbers, I have rarely ever seen so many in one place.

The reported Yellow Browed Warbler came in with a large flock of Long Tailed Tits, Chiffchaff showing in several locations around the car parks, male Bullfinch, Goldfinch flock feeding on the Alders.

Three Cirl Buntings, five Dunnock’s where the seed is scattered, several Chaffinch and a very aggressive Robin chasing off anything that landed near the feed.

On the way home a very acrobatic Raven, rolling and diving and two 50 plus sized flocks of Wood Pigeon just outside of Dartington.

At South Brent a count of 36 Redwings late afternoon.

Posted December 9th, 2015 at 4:35 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Ludwell Valley - Exeter Canal Ponds - Extra

Also - Kingfisher near Double Locks and small flock of Redwing in Double Locks "Garden"

Posted December 9th, 2015 at 4:19 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Ludwell Valley - Exeter Canal Ponds

Notable sightings - Ludwell Valley - L Egret, Chiffchaff, Siskin (M) and 3 Dipper - Countess Wear Village - R B Merganser.

Nothing much on any of the ponds - usual Wigeon/Teal etc L Grebe. No sign of Cackling Goose.

Posted December 9th, 2015 at 4:07 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Stony Cross nr Bideford.

Many more Redwing & Fieldfare seen in this area in the last few weeks, than for many a year.

Posted December 9th, 2015 at 2:36 pm by Chris Marshall in Bird News

The Robin at Chivenor

The 'ghostly' looking Aberrant Robin still on the Tarka Trail early pm showing very well and singing/calling constantly either side of the path 150 yards east of the Chivenor roundabout.

Posted December 9th, 2015 at 2:00 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Dipper on the River Otter, nr Budleigh

Lovely walk along the river Otter to Otterton from Budleigh, 2 kingfishers, 3 bullfinches (2m and 1f), male kestrel and the highlight was a dipper near the aqueduct outfall. 


Posted December 9th, 2015 at 9:26 am by Richard Allen in Bird News

Wood Pigeon migration

The Woodpigeon migration west over South Brent picked up again today with 722 birds counted in a 25 minute period up to 9am this morning, largest flock an estimated 200 plus birds the smallest of 21.

Also observed were two Cormorant flying over the village, I counted 32 Herring Gulls and one Great Black-backed Gull.

Posted December 9th, 2015 at 9:10 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Tuesday 8th December 2015

Spoonbills on Isley marsh.

Three  adult  Spoonbills  on Isley marsh high tide roost this P.M.

Posted December 8th, 2015 at 6:56 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Broadsands

The Yellow-browed Warbler still showing well today in top corner of 1st car park also at least 3 Firecrests around the site, 4 Chiffchaff and 4+ Goldcrest. A minimum of 7 Cirl buntings on seed in the 2nd car park.Yellow-browed WarblerBroadsands 8 Dec 2015 ML

On the sea: 1 Red-necked Grebe looking from Elberry Headland look between the mussel farm bouys and the Oar Stone rock some 500m off shore, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Slavonian Grebes, 2 Black-necked Grebes, 6 Great Crested Grebes & 7 Common Scoter.

Posted December 8th, 2015 at 3:08 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

South Brent

A mornings birding at home with Keith Male gave us a total so far of 28 species the highlights being a Treecreeper and a count of 10 Goldcrest.

A flock of 50 plus very low flying Woodpigeons passed over the house headed west and although it may be a bit late in the season they struck me as migrating birds.

A Song Thrush showed for the first time this month small number of Redwing and Fieldfare in the field hedges.

A pair of Siskin (and possibly a second male) came in midmorning the first ones to come onto the garden feeders in some time.

Other species included Starling, Blackbirds,Dunnock, Wren, Long Tailed, Great, Blue and Coal Tits, Goldfinch, Greenfinch and Chaffinch. Overhead Raven and Herring Gulls.

Posted December 8th, 2015 at 2:33 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Paignton Harbour

The male black redstart was showing well in the Burma Star gardens around midday.

Posted December 8th, 2015 at 1:43 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Teigngrace Cattle Egrets return

2 birds present at noon in same solar panel field as before following the Twelve Oaks herd

Posted December 8th, 2015 at 12:45 pm by ken dainton in Bird News

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