Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 1st–7th February 2015

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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

Saturday 7th February 2015

Topsham

watched from topsham rec 13:30 till 17:45

after 2 weeks with no birding ( sorting out our wedding for July) it was great to get back out this afternoon to do the annual gull count on the exe. 

At least 4 Mediterranean gulls( 3 adult, 1 2nd winter) , one group of 124+ common gulls and a steady stream of smaller groups during the afternoon, among the usual large numbers of black headed gulls and herring gulls.

an active peregrine over exminster marsh moved a group of 500+ Brent geese on to the river in front of us , 3 red breasted mergansers , 3 goldeneye flew past ( 1 male , 2 female), 25+ snipe, 1 grey plover, 1 buzzard.

overall a good afternoon

 

 

Posted February 7th, 2015 at 8:19 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

River Tamar

Five Spoonbills this afternoon on the east side of the estuary below Warleigh Wood (viewed from the China Fleet Country Club, Saltash). No doubt the same birds that were reported this morning on the Cornish side at Kingsmill Lake.

Posted February 7th, 2015 at 6:07 pm by Jason Smart in Bird News

Postbridge

At Postbridge no signe of Brambling but I was rewarded with a nice Treecreeper                                                                       In the Beech plantation 2k east of Bellever bridge was a huge flock of Chaffinch. A picture taken in the tree tops showed around ten Brambling amongst the Chaffinch in just one tree.      Along the bottom edge of Soussons were good numbers of Siskin, 1 Snipe, flocks of mixed Tits with plenty of Goldcrest.

                                                                                    

Posted February 7th, 2015 at 3:02 pm by David Turrell in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake - 7th Feb

Almost spring-like although a chilly brisk easterly wind at times.   The ranger and his 'team' have rebuilt the wattle screen near the hide after the original one blew down in the recent gales.

33 Goosander, 9 Tufted Duck, 15+ Mallard, 2 Teal, 1 Coot, 1 Grey Heron, Black headed and Herring Gulls coming and going,.Blue, Great and Coal Tits on the feeders plus 1 Jay and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.   A male Reed Bunting also using the seed feeders.   6 Blackbirds, 9 Chaffinches, 4 Robins and 6 Meadow Pipits.

Harvey Kendall.

Posted February 7th, 2015 at 2:30 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Longwood

A nice stroll aroung the woods this morning, cold but sunny. Two Firecrests were seen at different ends of the woods. Loads of Blue Tits and Woodpigeons around the woods and a Grey Waghtail feeding by the ford. Lots of Redwings and Blackbirds feeding on the Ivy berries and also two Mistle Thrushes. A Redshank was seen in the creek, but the highlight was seeing in the open a Woodcock flying along the tree line up the creek.

Posted February 7th, 2015 at 12:52 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Bird News

Powderham wall

Snow Bunting still around wall, between footbridge and yellow gas pipe sign this morning.

Posted February 7th, 2015 at 11:50 am by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

Friday 6th February 2015

Tamar estuary / Ernesettle

Cold but bright on the Tamar This afternoon. On a rising tide:

48 Teal, 40+ Oystercatcher, 17 Shelduck, good numbers of gulls, but the highlight was 5 Spoonbill, 'spooning' their way up and down the shallows, including one with coloured leg rings, they eventually flew over to Kingsmill lake at 1550.

Ernesettle creek: plenty of Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 14 Snipe, 2 Common gull and 1 Kingfisher on his regular perch.

Posted February 6th, 2015 at 5:30 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Scaup Decoy Lake Newton Abbot

Scaup (Greater?) still showing well at Decoy Lake. Also G. C. Grebe and Tufties.


Posted February 6th, 2015 at 4:59 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Red Kite at Exeter

I saw a Red Kite over Exeter Science Park at 3pm today. Only the second one I've spotted in Devon

Posted February 6th, 2015 at 4:50 pm by Matt Parkins in Bird News

Decoy Lake, Newton Abbot

My first visit to Decoy Lake, Newton Abbot for many years, gave views of the male Scaup,

 a little bit distant and initially sound asleep with its head tucked under its wing in very chilly conditions, before preening and then beginning to dive, good numbers of Tufted duck on the lake with a single

 Gadwall, a Great Crested Grebe, close up of a calling Kingfisher that flew by at close range. Good numbers of Coot, Moorhen & Black Headed Gull some of which are beginning to get their dark head plumage, a handful of Mute Swans, Mallard and some feral domestic duck type species and one farm yard Goose.

Posted February 6th, 2015 at 4:25 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Topsham - Red Kite

Another typically quiet afternoon at Topsham Recreation Ground was enlivened by this Red Kite; flying up river and drifting off NE over Countess Wear. Photographic incompetence plus sun in the wrong place led to only 'record shots' being taken. Nevertheless, patch tick for me, I believe.

Red Kite (adult) 6/2/2015 Topsham
Red Kite (adult) 6/2/2015 Topsham

Posted February 6th, 2015 at 3:52 pm by Tim Worfolk in Bird News

Exmouth

LIved in this house in central Exmouth for 27 years and have just seen first Grey Wagtain in my tiny back yard.

Posted February 6th, 2015 at 2:10 pm by Margaret Mackintosh in Bird News

Thursday 5th February 2015

Lopwell / Maristow, nr. Plymouth

A little walk through Blaxton Wood where I viewed Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, a few Goldcrests and plenty of tits.  On the river a few little Grebes and a male and female Red Breasted Merganser.  On the rocky shore and mudflats there were Redshanks, Shelducks, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper and a Grey wagtail.  Above Lopwell Dam there were plenty Canada Geese, a Little Egret perching with a Cormorant, a Kingfisher took flight from a branch and a male BlackCap.     

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Greenshank
Greenshank

Posted February 5th, 2015 at 11:57 pm by Shane Willson in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

Charleton Marsh / Bay, 14:15-15:45, low tide

Slavonian Grebe, 90 Brent Geese, c500 Golden Plover and Black-tailed Godwit on the estuary. Couple of Snipe on the marsh with a female Blackcap on the feeders and 6 Chiffchaffs in the sewage works.

Posted February 5th, 2015 at 7:14 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Wembury, 5th Feb

A walk from the main beach at Wembury to Wembury Point and back along an extremely muddy footpath was worth it with sightings of :- 1 grey wagtail along the stream flowing across the main beach, 2 beautiful adult Mediterranean gulls flying up and down the shoreline and dipping in to the water for food, 1 common sandpiper along a sandy stretch of beach near the sewage pipe, a smart adult lesser black backed gull on the rocks amongst the roosting gulls and a female type black redstart (possibly an immature male) feeding on the seaweed mass near the sewage pipe along with a very nice water pipit feeding with meadow and rock pipits allowing for a good comparison - interestingly it was quite aggressive towards any nearby rock pipits but seemed to tolerate the nearby meadow pipits. 

Posted February 5th, 2015 at 6:51 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

North Devon

Tuesday 3rd.  Numerous sanderling on Saunton Beach.  Too many to count feeding all along the incoming tide line.

Wednesday 4th.   Skylarks singing over Braunton Marsh in bright sunlight. Hundreds of Lapwing in fields to N of toll road.

Thursday 5th.  Three Spoonbill on Isley Marsh.. 

Posted February 5th, 2015 at 6:03 pm by Patrick Case in Bird News

Ludwell Valley - Exeter Canal - Harper's Lakes - Matford Marshes

Good numbers of tits and finches on the Northbrook (Ludwell Valley), Dipper seen but elusive, good to see a Greater Spotted Woodpecker in the trees, as did not see one there at all last year. Also a Little Egret well up into the city. Nothing much in the ponds on the eastern side of the canal (partially frozen) a few Teal and Wigeon only. Harper's Lakes had a paiir of Stonechat but little else. Matford Marshes was best populated with good numbers of Teal and Wigeon and three Tufted Duck (1 male, 2 female). Grey wagtail on the Exe near The Double Locks.

Stonechat female Harper's Lakes
Stonechat female Harper's Lakes

Tufted Duck Male Matford Marshes
Tufted Duck Male Matford Marshes

Posted February 5th, 2015 at 5:57 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Siberian Chiffchaff ~ Paignton Zoo

Siberian Chiffchaff ~ Paignton zoo and not as an exhibit, I got my first Siberian Chiffchaff today at of all places Paignton Zoo. While watching a normal Chiffchaff working around the pond margins and cover in one of the primate pens saw a second bird, the colouration difference was remarkable the second bird being a buff light brown on top and very pale off white cream below, the first bird being the usual buffy green topside and creamy yellow below both birds showing well for some time.

Posted February 5th, 2015 at 4:56 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

From the Goatwalk this lunchtime (until about 12.40), a male Goldeneye.

The Spotted Redshank was close in to the viewing platform along with a Kingfisher.

Heading back to my car, both Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker in the same tree near the railway line.

Posted February 5th, 2015 at 2:23 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Late Post - Wrafton Pond

Photo of the hybrid Goose with the Canada Geese taken yesterday morning at Wrafton Pond.


Posted February 5th, 2015 at 12:30 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Wednesday 4th February 2015

Sidmouth

2 Purple Sandpipers at Sidmouth this afternoon from Terry Honeywill.

Purple Sandpipers 04 Feb Sidmouth Terry Honeywill

Posted February 4th, 2015 at 8:25 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Powderham - Turf- Exminster

1100-1500. Walk Powderham -Turf- Exminster (Station Road Car Park). As reported earlier the snow bunting is still giving good photo opportunities on the sea wall at Powderham. In field adjacent to Lions Rest presence of at least 6 snipe revealed as they were disturbed by movement of a magpie. Then immediately in field opposite Lions Rest,  5 more snipe jumped back into a drainage channel as disturbed by me. I returned later and photographed one.  

Snow Bunting - Powderham - 4.2.15
Snow Bunting - Powderham - 4.2.15

Jack Snipe -Exminster Marsh - 4.2.15
 Common Snipe -Exminster Marsh - 4.2.15

Posted February 4th, 2015 at 8:16 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Decoy Lake, Newton Abbot

The drake scaup was still present this afternoon - a surprisingly confiding bird. Also present, numerous tufted duck and a great crested grebe.


Posted February 4th, 2015 at 6:05 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Topsham

Viewed 1030-1400Hrs

3 Penduline Tits showing on arrival in front of the hide at Darts Farm at the back of the reed-beds near the fence later flying off right across the hide at 1050hrs someone mentioned they been on site about an hour.

From an iced-over Bowling Green Marsh 6 Tufted Ducks + 4 Pochard + 6 Greylag Geese + 2 Ravens and numerous Wigeon, Shoveler and Teal.

From the Viewing Platform 3 Water Rail along the hedgerow inside the entrance gates + Spotted Redshank + Greeshank  + 3 Goldeneye and large groups of Brent Geese flying over and ususal waders from the platform.

Goatwalk c600 Avocets + 2 Red Breasted Mergansers + Common Gull and large numbers of other waders.

Topsham Quay showed 6 Red Breasted Mergansers in the estuary.

Links to videos Penduline & Greenshank.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICSirzSvG4Q

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

Posted February 4th, 2015 at 5:32 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Topsham

Afternoon walk from the Goat Walk to Bowling Green Marsh hide. Avocets and Curlew clearly visible on the estuary flats. Spotted a Water Rail and Snipe in the marshes before reaching the hide (pictured below).



Posted February 4th, 2015 at 4:59 pm by Richard F in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery

Cold day but reasonaably good light. Crows (many), Magpie (many), Robins, House Sparrows, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Blackbirds and the highlight was 2 or 3 Black Redstarts.

Posted February 4th, 2015 at 4:41 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News

Higher Soar to Southdown Farm

Winter peak of 45 Cirl Buntings on weedy stubbles, in two feeding groups of 17 & 28. Stubbles also held 410 Skylarks and a Snipe. 25 Lapwings flew east (scarce here) and 57 House Sparrows at two locations.

Posted February 4th, 2015 at 3:44 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

Canada Goose numbers building up - 69 now with the hybrid white Goose. 3 Shoveler and only 2 of last year's cygnets remain and they are being harassed by the male.

Posted February 4th, 2015 at 2:36 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Powderham - Snow Bunting

The Snow Bunting continues to show well just past the new cycle bridge. Still there when I left at about 1.40.

Posted February 4th, 2015 at 2:35 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Cattle Egrets

Two Cattle Egrets flying north over Underdown, Haldon Forrest at midday.

Posted February 4th, 2015 at 12:43 pm by John Gale in Bird News

Tuesday 3rd February 2015

Clennon Lakes

2 Siberian Chiffchaffs one breaking into song briefly, 3 collybita chiffchaffs around 1st and 2nd lakes. Also present 5 Snipe, 7 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 2 Little Grebes, 1 Little Egret and 3 calling)Water Rail. 

Posted February 3rd, 2015 at 9:08 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Viewed 1100-1500hrs.

Walked up the beach side against a cold biting wind and bumped into Dave Stone on the point where we continued the walk around together. No sign of the Long Tailed Duck but c20 Skylarks + 6 Red Breasted Mergansers + c10 Linnet + 2 Shag fishing around the moored boats in the estuary. In and around the hide the Water Pipit was very mobile around the bight area + Greenshank + 4 Redshank and numerous Oystercatchers + c20 Brent Geese on the golf course. Along the hedgerow behind greenland lake a very smart male Bullfinch landed close-by but soon disappeared low down out of sight.

Link to Water Pipit video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgYOUJ8_2pg

Posted February 3rd, 2015 at 5:57 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Afternoon visit. Several large groups grounded Brent and Canada Geese and one large flying flock of Brent Geese (c500).

Water Rail near the car park, foraging along a hedge in one of the fields. Lots of wrens (see photo).


Posted February 3rd, 2015 at 5:56 pm by Richard F in Bird News

Exe estuary

A short private boat trip from Topsham to the mouth of the River Clyst at mid-day today coincided with low water and lots of sunshine. The exact number of red-breasted mergansers was hard to count as they continually moved around in small groups but I estimated c35 plus 4 goldeneye of which two were males. Few other duck but an impressive flock of c600 avocets, c100 bar-tailed godwits and c50 knot. Dunlin were well spread out over most of the mud as were redshank, curlew and grey plover.

Posted February 3rd, 2015 at 4:43 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

R.Taw - Pottington to Heanton Court 10:30 - 13:00

Off Anchorwood Bank - 4 Goosander(2M,2F).

Off Pottington Ind.Est - 1 Sanderling; 3 Grey Plover; c500 Dunlin; 1 Little Grebe; c2000 Lapwing.

Bradiford Reserve - 42 Teal; 2 Snipe; a pair of Stonechat; 1 Buzzard and 7 Magpies together.

Off Penhill Marsh - 317 Dark-bellied Brent; 1 Little Egret; 2 Shelduck and c2000 Golden Plover.

Ashford Strand - 11 Turnstone; 4 Wigeon and 1 Bullfinch(F).

Off Penhill Point - 29 Pintail; 19 Grey Plover; 23 Wigeon; 15 Sanderling; 17 Shelduck; c1500 Lapwing; 28 Common Gull and another flock of c1000 Golden Plover on Bassett`s Ridge at Heanton Court.

On return journey another small flock of c300 Golden Plover in the field next to Bradiford Reserve.

Posted February 3rd, 2015 at 2:08 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Monday 2nd February 2015

Topsham

Viewed 1100-1415 Hrs

2 Water Rails was on show just inside the entrance gates at Bowling Green Viewing Platform with one much lighter plumage first part of video while the other calling (sqealing) in the background later part of video of the link at bottom of page. From the viewing platform Spotted Redshank close-in + 2 Grey Plover + 3 Red Breasted Mergansers and good numbers of other waders around on the mud. From the goatwalk 2 Goldeneye (pair) diving in the channel with large numbers of Avocets and other waders scattered around. Darts Farm early afternoon showed the Black Brant with c400 Brent Geese and 2 Egyptian Geese on the river Clyst bank.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kn3qKPyG6uM&feature=youtu.be

Posted February 2nd, 2015 at 9:29 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Darts Farm

This lunchtime at Darts Farm (until about 1.50) the Black Brant was in amongst a large feeding flock of Dark-belled Brent Geese. The 2 Egyptian Geese also present.

Posted February 2nd, 2015 at 9:28 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Heanton Court

Pair of Goosander this morning. Chiffchaff in the Holm Oaks at Ashford.

Posted February 2nd, 2015 at 8:39 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

10:40 This morning, very cold with snow.

Goosander 17m 16f, Tufted Duck 20, 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 6 G.C.Grebe, 1 Snipe, 2 Jay, 1 Willow Tit, both sets of feeders at the hide and car park working well.

Posted February 2nd, 2015 at 7:30 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Ashburton

Black Grouse(m)  seen for 5 minutes crossing field outside Ashburton. No photo or corroboration, will search area tomorrow. Escapee?  Are these birds kept?

Black Pheasants, particularly the black females can look very Black Grouse like. Given the location and habitat this is more likely - unless of course the curled tail feathers and white undertail coverts were noted! Eds

See: http://devonbirdnews.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/berry-head_28.html

Posted February 2nd, 2015 at 7:26 pm by Sam Forest in Bird News

River Caen/ River Taw

1400-1615        On the caen 1 over wintering Common sandpiper, 6 Greenshank, 42 Redshank, 2 Grey plover and 2 Stonechat. The high tide pushed 3000+ Lapwing, 2000+ Goldenplover and 1000+ Starling on to chivenor. On the Taw 250+ Dunlin, 38 Shellduck and good numbers of Widgeon, Teal and Curlew. 3 Buzzard were over the marsh. On the way back to the car i found in a bramble a Chiffchaff which looked like a willow warbler ( making a single note call !! )

Posted February 2nd, 2015 at 7:03 pm in Bird News

Blackdown Rings, Loddiswell - 02.02.15

1430 - 1530hrs. A flock of 25+ Yellowhammer, 1 hunting Sparrow Hawk, 2 Chiffchaffs amongst others

Yellowhammer -Blackdown Rings- 02.02.15
Yellowhammer -Blackdown Rings- 02.02.15

Posted February 2nd, 2015 at 5:10 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Dartmoor

Another run over Dartmoor today, River Dart by Holne Bridge gave a male Goosander on the river and a Stock Dove overhead. Venford reservoir was almost devoid of any bird life, Carrions Crows and Robins and a pair of Stonechat on leaving.

The huge Chaffinch flocks that had been in the Postbridge & Soussons area last week were absent, Soussons Plantation was good for Siskin and large numbers of Goldcrest and a surprise Chiffchaff showed well hawking insects from the tree tops, reasonably numbers of both Fieldfare, Redwing & Starlings but again not the numbers seen prior to the weekends snow fall.

A stand of Beech between Cator Court & Cater Green Cross gave a decent sized flock of Chaffinch and after some time a count of 12 Bramblings most of which were females the birds were feeding over a wide area and not overly settled. Some of the male Chaffinch were highly coloured more so than the ones I see in my garden and locally.

Good numbers of Buzzards some at very close quarters on the roadside hedges, a male Kestrel showed very well near Ashburton.

 

At Dean Prior a huge flock of Starlings filled the A38 valley as they flew over and were later seen feeding in the area of the dairy farm opposite Dean Church.

Posted February 2nd, 2015 at 4:36 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Exe Marshes

We sadly didn't see the Snow Bunting yesterday afternoon (too windy?) but did see a male Red Breasted Merganser on the sea near the Turf Hotel and then a pair of Goosanders a few hundred yards down the ship canal for comparison. 

Lots of Brent Geese, Wigeons, Teal, some Shovellers plus lots of Black Tailed Godwit, Curlew, some Redshank and a female kingfisher kindly perching on the lock wall ladder at the Turf.

Posted February 2nd, 2015 at 11:24 am by Martin Lavelle in Bird News

Torbay

A quick sweep of the calm sea from Torbay's beaches today produced: 8 Black-necked Grebes, 2 Slavonian Grebes, 2 Common Scoter, 14 Great Crested Grebes. 

Posted February 2nd, 2015 at 9:17 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sunday 1st February 2015

Plym Estuary

High tide on the Plym this afternoon so not that many birds seen. The pick of the bunch were three Goosanders (one male) on River Plym between Plymouth Road  bridge and A38 flyover, a Kingfisher at the head of the estuary, 14 Grey Herons roosting on the Embankment wall near the wreck, 2 Little Egrets with them and one more further north.


Posted February 1st, 2015 at 9:28 pm by Jason Smart in Bird News

South Efford Marsh - 01.02.15

1200 - 1500hrs. Fairly quiet. Highlights 2 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper on river. 11 Curlew, 6 Shelduck , 2 Kingfisher, 1 Goldcrest and 1 Egyptian Goose on marsh.

Egyptian Goose -South Efford Marsh -01.02.15
Egyptian Goose -South Efford Marsh -01.02.15

Posted February 1st, 2015 at 5:58 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Stover

Always amazes me that dispite all the free running dogs and screaming kids that there are so many birds at Stover! 3 Goosanders and a pair of Mandarin to add to all the woodland birds around the feeders, a real joy to visit today!


Posted February 1st, 2015 at 5:44 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Broadsands

Searched for this mornings reported Long-tailed Duck and Red-necked Grebe at Broadsands to no avail but did locate 2 Slavonian Gerbes (including the dull fw bird) and 2 Black-necked Grebes. Still 10 Brent Geese present, close to the rocky foreshore. 

Posted February 1st, 2015 at 5:37 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Brixham Harbour

The Glaucous gull was loafing on the roof of the fish market from 2pm till at least 3.15pm when we left. Best views were from Overgang Road just below the old mission.



Posted February 1st, 2015 at 5:08 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Wrafton Pond & Velator marsh

Hi, on / by the pond

1 x male bullfinch, 3 x Greenfinch, 80 x canada geese, 3 x little grebe, 3 x chaffinch - 1 male, 2 female, 4 x moorhen. In the field opposite the pond, a pair of Merlins sat on posts, M & F and 1 x Short eared owl.

Round the marsh, 4 x Kingfishers, 1 x male kestrel, 1 x little egret

Posted February 1st, 2015 at 4:22 pm by Mark Webber in Bird News

Sea Watching off Otterton Sewage Works

21 Red Throated Divers, 1 Black THroated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebes good numbers of Guillemots and Razorbills

Highlight  I Harbour Porpoise (Puffing Pig)

Good to see Fulmars setting up on the Cliff edges 

Posted February 1st, 2015 at 4:10 pm by Doug Cullen in Bird News

River Avon, South Brent

River Avon, South Brent this morning gave a surprise of 94 Wigeon on a private lake, the first I have ever seen in the parish.

26 species recorded in total including Great Spotted Woodpecker (2), Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch (2) Wren (2) Goldcrest, good numbers of Redwing one flock of 30 plus, smaller numbers of Mistle Thrush and Fieldfare, male Sparrowhawk carrying prey being pursued by a Magpie, Buzzards (4) Mute Swan, hen Bullfinch, checking the areas of mature Beech, plenty of Beech mast on the ground but only a handful of Chaffinch showing.

Posted February 1st, 2015 at 3:53 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Blogging

Couldn't agree more with Perry Sanders comments about some prose being a very pleasant part of some people's blogs.   Austere and clinical lists are all very well, but to bring in the enjoyment and enthusiasm of birding add much interest and are often entertaining.

Harvey Kendall

The forum pages http://forum.devonbirds.org/  would be a good place for discussion - a great addition to the Devon Birds web pages but sadly underused.

Posted February 1st, 2015 at 1:17 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

R.Taw off Pottington Industrial Estate. 09:45 - 11:00

Sanderling 14; Dark-bellied Brent 89; Grey Plover 9; Rock Pipit 1; Dunlin c400; Ringed Plover 3; Little Grebe 4; Black-tailed Godwit 2 and Green Sandpiper 1 (in ditch alongside Ashford Sewage Works. Plenty of Redshank and c1000 Lapwing scattered around.

Posted February 1st, 2015 at 12:04 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Beesands

Beesands Ley, 07:45-10:00. Bright morning, chilly moderate NW wind.

Present this morning, 3 Little Grebes, 3 Cormorant inc. at least one sinensis, 18 Gadwall, 50 Tufted Duck, Red-crested Pochard x Tufted Duck ( presumably our old friend, the hybrid male ), 70 Coot and 2 or 3 calling Water Rails. Single Otter showed on and off for 15 minutes from 08:35. Little on the sea except for some Razorbills and 4 Great Crested Grebes. 10 Common Scoter distant off Torcross.

Without wishing to be argumentative re Mikes comments on keeping post brief , personally i quite like a bit of prose and think it enhances a lot of post ( i managed to put a lid on wandering as lonely as a  cloud around Beesands this morning ). If a post highlights an authors enjoyment and enthusiasm with a few extra lines it adds a descriptive element thats cool by me. Could not agree more with what Mike highlighted re breeding birds however.

Posted February 1st, 2015 at 12:00 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Snow Bunting

'My' Snow bunting s still present along powderhan sea wall.

Posted February 1st, 2015 at 10:32 am by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

Torbay

Nigel Smallbones just informed me that the Glaucous Gull was again present on the Brixham fish quay roof tops this morning.

Broadsands: 38 Cirl Buntings 8 Reed Bunting on seed in 2nd car park and 1 Black-necked Grebe on the very choppy sea.

Posted February 1st, 2015 at 10:00 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

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