Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from September 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  

 

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Wednesday 30th September 2015

Ridgway's Cackling Goose at Exmouth Mudbank

On arrival the Ridgway's Cackling Goose was seen from a distance in the middle of the Exe estuary at 10:40 hrs near the water cafe with c350 mostly dark bellied Brent Geese before the sandbar re-appeared. On the outgoing high-tide it was seen several times flying around and landing before it eventually landed closer and feeding on the eelgrass behind the bus station for a brief period before moving off futher up the river again.

Link to video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWJLWysQib0

Ridgway's Cackling Goose  (near Exmouth bus station)
Ridgway's Cackling Goose (near Exmouth bus station)

Ridgway's Cackling Goose  (near Exmouth bus station)
Ridgway's Cackling Goose (near Exmouth bus station)

Posted September 30th, 2015 at 10:53 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Otter Estuary, Budleigh Salterton

A Turtle Dove early this morning on the main trail N from the Lime Kiln car park and a Barnacle Goose in with the Canada Geese on the estuary this evening.

Posted September 30th, 2015 at 10:01 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Lundy

The Rustic Bunting ringed on Sunday has reappeared today, Wednesday 30th September. For further details, including information about tomorrow's sailing to Lundy, see here.

Posted September 30th, 2015 at 6:23 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Rung ~ juvenile Great Black-Backed Gull at Broadsands

Following the sighting of a juvenile Great Black-backed Gull at Broadsands yesterday I recieved the following this morning:~
 
Many thanks for the record and photograph. I can confirm that D:BE is one of the Goldcliff Ringing Group's birds.
 
Ringed 8 June 2014 on Denny Island, Bristol Channel
 
Sighted 29 September at Broadsands, Paignton, Devon
 
Distance/duration: 135km, SSW, 1 year 113 days
 
Yours is the first sighting since the bird was ringed.
 
 
6AA8 has been sighted at Broadsands previously and was rung in on Guernsey earlier this year.
 
 

Posted September 30th, 2015 at 8:58 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Tuesday 29th September 2015

Monday Bowling Green Marsh

A late evening look on Monday for high tide. Highlights Spotted Redshank, 18 Greenshank, 5 Ruff, 44 Avocets. And a busy Peregrine. 

Posted September 29th, 2015 at 10:28 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

East Soar

Visited with Paul Kemp. 0850-1400. A busy start with lots of Meadow Pipits (120+), Skylarks (140+) & Swallows (250+) on the move. Flushed an early Short-eared Owl near Middle Soar. 4 Wheaters on the Warren.  Swallows and some House Martins (60+) moving all day across very broad front and up to several miles in land. Although each flock was small the overall movement must have been in 1000's of Swallows across area. Few Sand Martin's too. Land birds however missing. Whinchat, 3 Goldcrest, 4 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, Whitethroat was our lot. Coal Tit in Willows was more interesting as was 11 Kestrels in sky together over Starehole. 

Finally 27 Ringed Plover & 8 Dunlin in field by car park. 

Posted September 29th, 2015 at 10:25 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Torbay area

Stoke Gabriel area, good numbers of low flying Swallows battling the strong easterly winds, Jay, Little Egret, Heron.

Galmpton area, Kestrel mobbed by Crow and Magpies, Little Egret (3) Starlings.

Broadsands, Heron flying over and another seen on the shore line, Two rung juvenile Great Black -backed Gulls on the beach (ring numbers 6AA8 and DBE both rings yellow in colour) Oystercatchers, Pied Wagtails, two Rooks flew into the gathering of gulls and crows, no small birds of note to be seen around the car parks.

Clennon Valley, good numbers of both Coot and Moorhen (24), Little Grebe (3), Kingfisher, Tufted Duck (3), Sparrowhawk, Heron.

Jays and Magpies showing just about everywhere between South Brent and Torbay.

Posted September 29th, 2015 at 7:06 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Berry Head

Yellow-browed Warbler again but only heard today - conditions far from ideal for locating a small warbler in swaying branches. Firecrest in sheltered quarry bottom, 14 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 1 Treecreeper, 4 Coal Tit, 1 Stonechat. 

Posted September 29th, 2015 at 1:12 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 28th September 2015

Mudbank Lane, Exe Estuary

Distant views of the Canada Goose sp or sub sp ( presumed Cackling minima) from 4pm till 5pm in glorious sunshine. Would like better views so hope it hangs around.Given conditions credit to finder and to Dave Stone for images on Birdguides.

Posted September 28th, 2015 at 10:29 pm by Tony Marchese in Bird News

East Prawle, S Devon

Pigs Nose Valley and the coastal footpath east was the area explored by 9 members of DB (East Devon Branch).  The valley produced distant views of a Whitethroat and Cirl Buntings and then 3 Wheatear.  Small flocks of Linnet, Meadow Pipit and Goldfinch were ever present with Swallow and House Martin constantly overhead.  2 Kestrel put in an appearance over the valley and were later seen again along the coastal footpath.  Stonechats seemed present in numbers throughout the day and a Redstart was seen briefly on rocks above Macetey Cove.  A flock of c50 Linnet circled the fields and drank from a small stream.  A few Gannet were seen in the bay.

Lunch was enjoyed briefly below the car park and a Grey Heron made a fast flyby with the help of the stiff breeze and the remaining walk along the coast produced more Cirls, Wheatears and Stonechats but nothing of note.  A great walk.

Posted September 28th, 2015 at 7:21 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Shipley, South Brent and the Exe estuary yesterday

Shipley to the Avon Dam mid-afternoon gave 20 identified species and a couple of unidentified Warbler sp near the old pumping house area. Two Kestrels showing well, two Raven mobbing a Buzzard that then mobbed them, Green Woodpecker, Dipper showed really well on the way back, one female Blackcap, Meadow Pipit numbers increasing but a notable drop off in the Tit and Warbler numbers.
At the car park a flock of 100 plus House Martins feeding on something in the canopy of the Ash tree at the entrance.

Kestrel seen hovering alongside the road dropping down to Harbourne X.

Couple of locals stopped to chat on the way up and confirmed recent Ring Ouzel reports but they/it still evaded me.

A morning up on the Exe from Turf down to Starcross yesterday (27th Sept) no Ospreys to be seen, but sure signs of the autumn, large flocks of Greenfinch and Goldfinch, the Starling numbers continue to grow, very few small waders on the dropping tide (they were all at Starcross) 
Very surprised to see a Buzzard try to take a Little Egret.
Meadow Pipits, only the one Ringed Plover a couple of Wheatear sightings possibly the same bird

Star Cross gave good numbers of Redshank, Oyster catcher, one Greenshank, one Turnstone, one Rock Pipit and small numbers of Curlew.

Posted September 28th, 2015 at 6:42 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Berry Head

Highlights this morning were a Lesser Whitethroat in bushes by coastguard station and a Yellow-browed Warbler in the sycamore copse just north of the meadow cattle trough (in recent years the Lesser Whitethroat is the better bird at Berry Hd!). Also 8 Coal Tits around the headland and 13 Goldcrest.

Posted September 28th, 2015 at 11:57 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Instow/Isley Marsh

Isley Marsh has 3 Spoonbill now. Same ringed one as other day. Also 4 Grey Plover, Redshank, Dunlin.

Towards Instow from here, a Whitethroat, plus 2 Chiffchaff, ~50 Meadow Pipit, 20 Skylark, 10 Rock Pipit, 20 alba Wagtail, 100 Goldfinch, Swallow nest still active.

Posted September 28th, 2015 at 11:52 am by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Sunday 27th September 2015

Holdstone down exmoor

A mid morning walk around holdstone down this morning provided 2 female wheatears, 4 stonechat, 20+ meadow pipits,several small flocks of skylarks of about 40 birds in all, housemartins and swallows darting up the coast completely the opposite direction of 3 or so weeks ago.

Posted September 27th, 2015 at 8:51 pm by philip worth in Bird News

Lundy

A Rustic Bunting was ringed today; see here for more details.

Posted September 27th, 2015 at 6:04 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Northam Burrows

From my garden looking out over Northam Burrows small groups of House Martin flying S.E. 5 - 10 in a group.

Posted September 27th, 2015 at 3:54 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Saturday 26th September 2015

Melbury

Crossbill heard over at 15.45 { Dawn Barford present too]

Posted September 26th, 2015 at 10:26 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Prawle area

Birds of the day were the Common Quail (seen by John L and myself) and the Osprey ( seen by Pat M ) Yellow Wag , 3 Wheatears and 1 Spotted Flycatcher as well as a smattering of common migrants. Higher numbers of Meadow Pipits (350-400), Linnets (200-250) and Hirundines (  c 400 with Swallows/House Martins. In equal numbers plus a couple of Sand Martins) 

Posted September 26th, 2015 at 8:23 pm by Tony Marchese in Bird News

Ring Tailed Harrier

Adjacent to Kinsford Gate Exmoor Devon/Somerset Border about 11.30 this morning

Posted September 26th, 2015 at 6:38 pm by Jeremy Hickman in Bird News

Slapton Ley

The 2 Red-crested Pochards still at the Torcross end.

Migration - small flocks of Siskin, Greenfich, Linnet and Goldfinch over during the morning and a light passage of Swallows >S, a few Meadow Pipits going through. Plenty of Chiff-Chaffs around (50+), 3 Wheatear, 2 Blackcap and still some Sedge Warblers (3) and Reed Warblers (2) pesent.

Posted September 26th, 2015 at 3:37 pm by David Cope in Bird News

Isley Marsh

Two Spoonbill 11.30 asleep, out from the marsh on a sandbank. One ringed Green-yellow flag-green, Blue-metal-lime back again from Netherlands. 

Osprey out circling over the Taw 11.30. 

Also Turnstone, Little Egret, Grey Heron. 

Posted September 26th, 2015 at 12:38 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Berry Head

0700hrs-0930hrs Perhaps too clear today overhead migration was almost too high to see.Redpoll sp. 2, Meadow Pipit 24, Goldfinch 28, Linnet 7, Grey Wagtail 3, 'alba' Wagtail 9, Siskin 9, Starling 2, House Sparrow 4, Skylark 1.

Around the headland:Chiffchaff 12, Goldcrest 5, Coal Tit 3 (britannicus) , Blackcap 2.

Yesterday 0700-0930hrs, overhead: Meadow Pipit 16, Goldfinch 55, Linnet 13,Greenfinch 4, Grey Wagtail 2, 'alba' Wagtail 8, Rook 1.

Around Headland: Chiffchaff 18, Goldcrest 10, Willow Warbler 1, Blackcap 7, Whitethroat 1, Coal Tit 6 (one  - not bird in photograph below - looked particularly grey on upper parts in shade of quarry but on close inspection showed olive streaks on mantle).

 Coal Ti britannicus Berry Hd 25 Sep 2015 ML

Posted September 26th, 2015 at 11:48 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Friday 25th September 2015

instow

while having an early evening pt in the quay 22 adult med gulls flew past at 18:00

Posted September 25th, 2015 at 9:01 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Our Housemartin chicks today 25th September

Will 'our' housemartin chicks still be in their nest in October?

Posted September 25th, 2015 at 8:13 pm by Andrew P Gooch in Bird News

Powderham/Turf

A lovely sunny day to walk along the river. A Kingfisher on the wall and later obligingly perched on the Turf lockgates.

Good numbers of Wheatear and Pied Wagtails along the path. In the river counted 6 Curlew and 6 Little Egret  on the incoming tide.

Posted September 25th, 2015 at 4:50 pm by alan clements in Bird News

East Soar

Looks like I dipped out on a Red-breasted Flycatcher - hopefully will be refound tomorrow. Otherwise first major Meadow Pipit movement with 360 generally moving west, 180 Swallow, Yellow Wagtail, Robin 34, Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 2 Blackcap and just a single Goldcrest.

Posted September 25th, 2015 at 3:46 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Ospreys at Portworthy Mica Dam

14.30-ish on Wednesday 23 September watched from a distance 2 Ospreys circling low over the water of the mica dam for approx 20mins.  c. 40 Mallard seemed unconcerned.  They then perched on adjacent conifers before getting mobbed by Crows, then disappearing.  Unable to tell age of birds as no binocs to hand. 

Posted September 25th, 2015 at 9:55 am by Michel Ragody Hughes in Bird News

Thursday 24th September 2015

Harford Moor birds

Still at least three wheatear on the moor - two on the side of Three Barrows and one past Lefltlake.  Also saw 3 kestrels, several ravens and plenty of meadow pippits.  Also small flock of linnets nearer Cantrell gate.

Posted September 24th, 2015 at 6:56 pm by Ann Willcocks in Bird News

Hartland Point

0730-0900

2 Sooty Shearwater, 1 balearic shearwater, 3 manx, 4 common scoter, 3 kittiwake, 5 distant terns

Posted September 24th, 2015 at 10:51 am by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Wednesday 23rd September 2015

Bowling green marsh

watched from 14:45 till 17:00

from the hide 1 spoonbill, 1 spotted redshank , 1 knot, 550+ black tailed godwits , 12+ Dublin, 150+ redshank, 12+ lapwing, 220+ wigeon, 200+ teal, 20+ pintail, 20+ shoveler 1 kestrel, 2 buzzard.

best bird was a female Merlin which flew through nearly catching a sand Martin 

from the viewing platform among 1000+ black headed gulls were 18+ avocet and 3 Mediterranean gulls( 2 adults and a 1st winter) 

Posted September 23rd, 2015 at 10:03 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Prawle area

Prompted by Jonathon's report as hadn't planned a vis mig but about 10 in a WSW 3-4 noted 35 Siskins,111 Meadow Pipits, 60 Goldfinches,82 Linnets and c. 20 Chaffinches all west. Also 8 Yellow a Wagtails , 2 White Wagtails and 160 + hirundines, mainly Swallows. However prior to this,from 7.30am a mini fall of 46 Phylloscs,mainly Chiffchaffs, and 35 Blackcaps in the car park area. Autumnal feeling enhanced by addition of 2 Song Thrushes at Bunkers and, in Pig's Nose valley a Firecrest. No flycatcher species though.

Posted September 23rd, 2015 at 9:50 pm by Tony Marchese in Bird News

Braunton

Spotted Flycatcher in our garden in the centre of Braunton late afternoon. 

Posted September 23rd, 2015 at 7:36 pm by Kelvin Irwin in Bird News

Plym Est - OSPREY

OSPREY Report from Philip Martin Phillips:

At 14:15hrs a single bird was seen to fly down the estuary towards Laira bridge

Posted September 23rd, 2015 at 5:48 pm in Bird News

Weston Cliffs- Salcombe Hill Cliff (East Devon)

Vis. Mig. at 10.00hrs with flocks of Goldfinch, Linnet and M.Pipits moving through continually over fields at Weston Cliffs.  Sparrow Hawk overhead chased off by Crow.  Ravens in valley heard.  I later moved west to Salcombe Hill (Sidmouth) but nothing passing through at 12.00.  The walks did me good!

Posted September 23rd, 2015 at 4:43 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Tuesday 22nd September 2015

Bowling green marsh

A quick look around this afternoon after a txt about a Firecrest on the marsh watched from 14:40 till 16:50

On the walk down to the hide the mixed tit flock started moving through by the bridge over the railway line lots of long tailed tits with great tit, blue tit and 2 coal tits and towards the back of the group was the firecrest quickly moving through not on bowling green marsh but still a good bird.

the spoonbill was still viewable from the hide most waders were moving out  so had a look from the viewing platform between showers 

60+ dunlin various groups , 5 grey plover, 1 common sandpiprer, 1 adult winter mediterranean gull lots of redshank and 10+ greenshanks, 1 peregrine.

 

 

Posted September 22nd, 2015 at 9:32 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Osprey ring

A check of CR-birding.org suggests blue rings on Osprey are part of the Scottish ringing efforts. Each ring is engraved with 2 or 3 letters or digits (in white), if anyone can get this from a photo then the individual will be confirmed.

If so, email address on this page http://cr-birding.org/node/894

Posted September 22nd, 2015 at 1:45 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Blackstone Rock - Taw Estuary

The Osprey was successful this morning catching a Grey Mullet. Noticed a Bue ring on the left leg.



Posted September 22nd, 2015 at 1:29 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Monday 21st September 2015

Horsey Island

 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 3 Black tailed Godwit, 3 Redshank, Greenshank, Grey Wagtail, Wheatear, kingfisher, 2 spoonbill visible on Isley feeding.

Posted September 21st, 2015 at 7:39 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Ospreys - Taw Estuary

Interesting to compare the obvious differences in the plumage of the 2 Ospreys.

Both digiscoped from the Fisherman's huts with the one on the short wooden post taken on 17/09/2015 approx 1/2 mile + away on full digital zoom!

The photo of the first arrival digiscoped on 30/08/2015 on the metal post which is approx 1/4 mile + away with 3x optical zoom. 



Posted September 21st, 2015 at 6:48 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Torcross and Slapton

Once the rain had cleared, a lovely walk along the line from Torcross.  Plenty of great crested grebe and the usual gulls plus a black tern seen over far reed bed at Torcross.  17 ringed plover seen midway along the line, 5+swallow, 3+house martin and 2 wheatear  soon added to the list ..3 cetti heard .  Lesley

Posted September 21st, 2015 at 4:53 pm by Lesley Goonesekera in Bird News

Exmoor on Saturday

Late post after a lovely walk on Saturday near Swallowford. There was a large flock of Mistle Thrushes, over 30, is this unusual? Also one possible two Wheatear.

Posted September 21st, 2015 at 4:28 pm by Karen Sims & John Towers in Bird News

Instow - West Yelland

Cricket Club - alba Wagtails, Common Gull, BH Gull

Gull roost - mostly Med Gulls, with Common and BHGull. 280 Oystercatcher.

Beach - 11 Brent Goose, Kestrel over. Swallow nest still active with 4 big young.

Oil Jetty-Power Station - Kingfisher, 1 Wheatear, 90 Curlew, 100 Starling, 8 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 1 Stock Dove.

Posted September 21st, 2015 at 2:48 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Isley Marsh

Spoonbill. One had rings, some readable with bins as 'green yellow green' so likely this is gyfg-bml back again for another winter.

Distantly, 'the' Osprey could be seen at mouth of the Caen on the log next to usual post.

Posted September 21st, 2015 at 2:16 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

The Spoonbill still (still asleep!) from the hide today until 1.45 at least. Also 1 Spotted Redshank in amongst good numbers of the usual waders. 1 Yellow Wagtail.

Posted September 21st, 2015 at 2:08 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Sunday 20th September 2015

Teign Estuary

Juvenile Arctic Tern at Flow Point this morning. Nearby a Bar-tailed Godwit amongst the Curlew at Passage House and a Whinchat, three Wheatears and 175+ Linnets on Newton Abbot Racecourse.

Posted September 20th, 2015 at 9:37 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Topsham

To addition Keith's post, a single Black and Common tern from the viewing platform today.

Posted September 20th, 2015 at 9:27 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Soar area

In addition to the birds seen by Pete Aley, a walk from Bolberry to East Soar gave 2 Whinchat and 9 Ringed Plover, plus usual resident birds.  Only 20 Swallows  and 10 House Martins. A quiet day compared to the numbers of birds seen in the same area yesterday.  

Posted September 20th, 2015 at 9:22 pm by George and Les Varr in Bird News

Soar

A rather quiet wander around west Soar over the lunchtime period.

Goldcrest (5), Blackcap (9), Siskin (5 over), Chiffchaff (2), Willow Warbler, and Whitethroat (2).

Posted September 20th, 2015 at 8:43 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 08:00 till 13:00

A very foggy morning but eventually everything showed well

from the hide the spoonbill was asleep most of the morning, a good increase in wildfowl numbers with 286+ wigeon , 40+ pintail, 2 tufted duck, 25+ shoveler, 140+ teal, 685+ black tailed godwits, 3 spotted redshanks, 309+ redshank, 2 juv ruff, 150+ Dunlin, 1 avocet, 4 whimbrel,4 bar tailed godwits, 8+ greenshanks, 356+ curlew, 23+ little egrets, 1 kingfisher.

from the viewing platform 

1 osprey flew across the river from exton towards turf at 12:50

 

Posted September 20th, 2015 at 7:31 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

This afternoon 15:30 to 16:50: 2 Whinchat, 7 Wheatear, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 10+ Pied Wagtail, 2 Stonechat, 30+ Mipits & 6 Siskin.

Posted September 20th, 2015 at 7:13 pm by Dave Helliar in Bird News

Exmouth

The Maer - a Turtle Dove briefly @ 2pm. Also a White Wagtail and a Wheatear. On Orcombe Point this morning a notable increase in Chiffchaff and Robin with c25+ and 30+ respectively. Off Mudbank 5 Pale-bellied Brent Goose and 3 Common tern.

Posted September 20th, 2015 at 5:50 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Exe Estuary Turf

The fog was very thick and did not lift until after the WeBS count, at about 10.30. I heard a few waders but saw almost none apart from 2 dunlin and 5 ringed plover at Turf. A common sandpiper (did not call and appeared to have rounded wings) flew past and landed to the north of the canal entrance.

On the sea-wall were 3 wheatears, one chiffchaff, robin and about 6 meadow pipits. A flock of about 80 house martins and 20 swallows appeared immediately the fog cleared. There were two kingfishers around the Turf. On the canal bank I saw one blackcap (male), two (late) reed warblers, at least 6 chiffchaffs and a flock of c200 starlings.

An atmospheric count if not very productive.

Posted September 20th, 2015 at 2:28 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Wembury

0750 - 1110

An overcast morning: 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Kingfisher, 183 Herring gull, 36 Oystercatcher, 2 Little egret, 2 Cirl bunting, 4 Linnet, 2 Wheatear, 12 Alba wagtails in the horse fields. 2 Ringed plover and 8 Rock pipit on the seaweed.

Posted September 20th, 2015 at 1:17 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

19-09-15 Crazywell Pool Dartmoor

A good 2 dozen Whinchat, Wheatear, Linnet several Stonechats. All  spotted and photographed at Crazywell pool, near Burrator, Dartmoor.

Twite, Crazywell pool, Dartmoor
Linnet, Crazywell pool, Dartmoor 

Wheatear, Crazywell pool, Dartmoor
Whinchat Crazywell pool, Dartmoor

Posted September 20th, 2015 at 10:02 am by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Saturday 19th September 2015

Velator

Had a day ringing in the reserve today and we were entertained by lots of Black-headed Gulls feeding on ants (?) above us. In amongst them were several Mediterranean Gulls.

 

Posted September 19th, 2015 at 11:47 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Soar

Another productive day here.

A juv Dotterel found first thing next to East Soar car park. After watching it a while it suddenly flew high calling and there in the air - two! They disappeared north but to my surprise a single bird reappeared in the field some 15 mins later without being seen flying in. So two or three birds?. It was still there mid pm.

Nearby a striking leucistic Swallow amongst c100 others. Also: 1or 2 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Whinchats, 5 Wheatears, 2 Willow Warblers, 13 each of Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps, 2 Whitethroats, 10 Siskins over, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Firecrests, 15 Ringed Plovers, Dunlin,and 150+ Goldfinches. 

Posted September 19th, 2015 at 6:17 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Osprey on the Exe

A glorious afternoon’s weather while walking the Exe estuary from Powderham to Turf.

Three Osprey sightings of birds in full flight over the river and mud flats, the third bird came upriver carrying a fish and then turned inland on reaching Turf and flew towards Haldon.

A count of 37 Starling’s and a notable increase in the numbers of Ringed Plover, four Wheatear sightings, two Kestrel, plenty of Goldfinch feeding on thistle heads.

A total of 32 species identified and one un identified Warbler.

Posted September 19th, 2015 at 4:45 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 06:30 till 14:00

a very misty morning but eventually clearing, started by looking along the lane at least 12+ blackcaps mostly males feeding on berries included 1 garden warbler a few chiffchaffs and a 20+ group of long tailed tits, 3 nuthatch 

The spoonbill was again viewable from the hide, 2 spotted redshanks, 2 avocet, 180+ redshanks, 2 whimbrel, 1 bar tailed godwit, 80+ Dunlin , 520+ black tailed godwits, 2 greenshank, 150+ curlew, 1 pintail, 25+ shoveler, 130+ wigeon , 150+ teal, 12+ lapwing, 1 kingfisher , 3 jay, 1 sparrowhawk, 3 buzzards, 4 yellow wagtails over.

then on to the viewing platform 2 juv ruff , 300+ Dunlin, 1 knot , a Black tern was picked up of powderham corner then proceeded to move around the estuary eventually giving some good views , 6+ common tern and about 20+ sandwich terns , an Osprey caught a fish then headed towards turf at 13:20 , 1 kingfisher, 2 common sandpipers, 1 water rail, 10+ buzzards, 1 grey wagtail over, 2 nuthatch.

overall a good morning 

 

 

Posted September 19th, 2015 at 4:44 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Plym estuary / Saltram

1100 - 1300 High tide roost:

14 Cormorant, 18 Grey Heron, 151 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Black Tailed Godwit, and 1 Dunlin on the mud.

15 Little Egret, 39 Curlew, 2 Kingfisher on Blaxton meadow. 1 Chiffchaff around Saltram estate.

Posted September 19th, 2015 at 2:56 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Friday 18th September 2015

Start Point

06:45-13:30. Overnight rain, sunny spells through morning but a heavy shower early afternoon. Light SW wind veered W.

Had a good look around, evidence of a fall, most birds around the farm. Mainly Chiffchaffs which numbered 57 but also Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Grey Wagtail, Tree Pipit,  15 Blackcaps, 6 Whitethroats, 6 Willow Warblers,6 Goldcrest and 2 Spotted Flycatchers.                                                   On a still day surprisingly few Meadow Pipits and only 15 Siskins. As Douglas hinted plenty of hirundines around, I only counted 100 Swallows and 40 House Martin but no doubt shedloads more going through ,only saw 1 Sand Martin.                                                                                                       Most unexpected find were a pair of Little Grebes and at least one young on an old irrigation pond.         Few migrant butterflies seen , single Clouded Yellow and painted lady with a handful of Red Admirals. Elsewhere Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps around the coastal path to North Hallsands where i was surprised to see a couple of young House Martins still in the nest.   

 

 

 

Posted September 18th, 2015 at 10:54 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Around Slapton

A continual movement of hirundines all day, mainly Swallows but a few House and Sand Martins mixed in, moving south. Mainly in 2 -3's but some notable larger flocks of 40 to 60. Some birds came down the coast, others were well out to sea and appeared to be cutting across the bay to Start Point whilst many more came in from the sea and on to the lower ley. In all well over 300 Swallows.

At Strete gate, 10 Chiffchaffs, Whitethroat and Blackcap. 6 Clouded Yellows, 2-3 Painted Ladies and 12 Red Admirals ( for any keen botanists there is an excellent show of sea campion below the cliffs here at the moment plus some very showy yellow horned poppies).

From the footpath at the north end of the lower ley, 30+ Chiffchaffs, 2 Goldcrest, Spotted Flycatcher, Sedge warbler and Reed Warbler.

The 2 Red Crested Pochards at Torcross and a Balearic Shearwater flew through the bay at around 1.30 p.m seen from the Monument car park. 4 Sandwich Terns fishing up and down the beach.

Posted September 18th, 2015 at 7:02 pm in Bird News

Slapton

Walk from Torcross to Monument between 13:00 - 15:00 produced the following: 2 Red Crested Pochard amonst the large flock of Coot/Tufted Duck/GC Grebe mid way along the lower ley plus 1 Pochard..  50 Swallows, 30 House Martin, 4 Sand Martin.  14 Ringed Plover on the beach (grounded by the heavy showers).  4 Sandwich Tern, 7 Rock Pipits, 6 Pied Wagtail, 3 White Wagtail, 4 Wheatear (one male), 3rd year Med Gull in the gull flock but best of all our first GN Diver of the autumn.  Originally seen well out in the bay it came much closer to shore by 15:00 allowing good views from the beach. 

Posted September 18th, 2015 at 6:08 pm by George and Les Carr in Bird News

East Soar

Strangely quiet here with morning's tally inc. 32 Swallow, 9 Meadow Pipit, 14 Alba Wagtail, 30 Robin, Whinchat, 10 Wheatear, 3 Blackcap. 15 Chiffchaff & 90 Goldfinch.

Posted September 18th, 2015 at 3:58 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

South Milton 10 Sept

Late news: only just received of a sighting of a Great White Egret at c1.00pm on Thurs 10 September as sadly Peter's computer had a glitch and didn't send the message.

"Half way along the DBWPS path by the reed bed I saw an egret labouring upstream against the fresh east wind. It passed me slowly at a 100 yards or so only just above the reed tops. I said out loud "It's got a yellow bill!" It was in binocular view about a minute before it passed out of sight. The bill was clearly long and dagger-like. The other noticeable thing was its noticeably long trailing legs and feet, all black".

Peter Goodfellow.

Posted September 18th, 2015 at 3:52 pm in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

The Spoonbill still asleep from the hide this lunchtime until 1.55 at least.

At the platform, Dave Boult told me he had seen an Arctic Tern earlier and we soon relocated it perched on a buoy. Also 4 Common Terns feeding on the river. 2 Ruff and 1 Kingfisher.

Posted September 18th, 2015 at 2:20 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Thursday 17th September 2015

Velator to Horsey Island

Two white wagtails amongst the numerous pied wagtails plus a Kingfisher on the Caen.  Spoonbill seen on the Yelland side of the estuary from the fishermens huts at 16:30, still present at 17:15.  Three Common Sandpipers on the Caen on the way back to the car.


Posted September 17th, 2015 at 10:04 pm by Kim Beaver in Bird News

Paignton

Marine Parade, Preston this morning a count of 26 Turnstone, one tag rung bird with the ring ending in the figures 32, two Oyster Catcher, reasonable numbers of both Herring and Black Headed Gulls.

During a visit to the zoo heard alarms calls from both Jay and Magpies on looking saw that a juvenile female Sparrow Hawk had taken a Jay in the middle of the main path way, the Magpies were mobbing and scolding and the approach of people resulted in the Jay making good its escape.

Also in the zoo a Grey Wagtail

Back home in South Brent gave me four visits from the Hobby

Posted September 17th, 2015 at 7:52 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Slapton ley

Whilst out and about today , popped into Slapton. The 2 eclipse male Red Crested Pochard still present at 4pm north of the Torcross hide, on the west side of the ley. Also 2 Gadwall, 1 Pochard, c30 Tufted Ducks and c25 Great Crested Grebes.  Also 4 Sandwich Tern offshore. 

Posted September 17th, 2015 at 6:22 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Wednesday 16th September 2015

Velator-Horsey Island

Barn Owl, Kingfisher, Common Sandpiper, Little Egret, Greenshank and Great Crested Grebe this evening. Too late for passerines but Starling and Swallow roosts evident.

Posted September 16th, 2015 at 9:05 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Thurlestone

No sign of the Grey Phalarope today but Sooty Shearwater and at least 3 Balaeric Shearwaters flew across the bay. See Mike Passman's site, thurlestonebaybirds.co.uk this evening for full update.

Posted September 16th, 2015 at 4:55 pm in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

The sleepy Spoonbill was still from the hide this lunchtime (until 1.45 at least) along with 2 Ruff.

From the Goatwalk an Osprey was perched on a post looking towards Turf, tucking into a fish.

Kingfisher from the platform.

Posted September 16th, 2015 at 2:04 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Around the Exe (15th september)

A brilliant days birding starting with a visit to Bowling Green Marsh, the Spoonbill was closer than on Sunday visit and showed well, Curlew and Black Tailed Godwit in good numbers,the Spotted Redshank showed periodically but very fleetingly, Dunlin, Redshank, Whimbrel, Ruff, Lapwing and a solitary Avocet regular movement of both Sand Martins and House Martins over the marsh. A Peregrine Falcon made a low level pass across the marsh and a Buzzard showed well from the hide circling to one side of the marsh.

An Osprey was sat on the same post out over the water towards Powderham as it had been on Sunday as viewed from the Goat Walk..

At Exminster marsh as reported near the Lions Rest the reported Grey Phalarope was showing well if screened at times by reed growth, just beyond the pond feeding around the cattle were at least five Yellow Wagtail which were proving difficult to watch due to the distance.

Stopping to speak to another birder on the way out we saw a flock of no less than 15 Yellow Wagtails take flight that had been feeding round a herd of cattle. Just on the exit to the main road another herd of cattle gave close up views of both Pied and Yellow Wagtails the area was alive with them. 

Going across the Powderham side of the Exe the Osprey was still sat on the same marker post, Ring Plover, Oyster Catcher, Common a single female Wheatear in the fieldsalongside the path.

At home in South Brent the visiting Hobby was with me from early morning and again at 2.55pm when it took to the offered food and circled the area eating the food on the wing this being the first time I have seen that behaviour with provided food, the Hillside Willow Tit came onto the feeders late in the day around 6.30pm and the resident Tawny owl showed well in the evening to finish the day off with 64 birds identified for the day.

Posted September 16th, 2015 at 9:52 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Tuesday 15th September 2015

Slapton

Visit to Slapton between 13.00 and 16.00 resulted in views of adult Hobby over reeds at west end of the lower ley.  2 Red-crested Pochards showing well from the car park hide and 4 Black Swans.  100+ mixed flock of House Martins/Sand Martins/Swallows over lower ley.   On the seaward side: flock of 18 Sandwich Terns flying West close to shore and feeding well.  3 Wheatears (one of which was the Greenland Race (leucorhoa)). 4 Rock Pipits and 16 Pied Wagtails and 3 White alba Wagtails.

Posted September 15th, 2015 at 10:41 pm by George and Les Carr in Bird News

Horsey Island

A late aft / early evening checkover produced 1 Short - eared Owl searching for prey over Horsey then flying towards the south end of Braunton Burrows.

Also 2 Green Sandpipers.


Posted September 15th, 2015 at 7:11 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Exminster marshes

Having just returned from France I was pleased to see that the grey phalarope was still present this afternoon. On the way down the lane there was one flock of 10 pied wagtails and another of about 30 yellow wagtails, both flocks were associating with cattle. A second winter Med gull flew over as I watched the phalarope. Elsewhere at least 9 chiffchaffs on the canal bank, a kingfisher on the canal and streams of swallows and house martins passing over.

The crossing from Brittany was rough at times and birds were hard to see; 4 great skuas, 1 phalarope sp. and 1 Balearic shearwater were the highlights in British waters within two hours of Plymouth.

 

Posted September 15th, 2015 at 6:45 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Seeing as no one else has mentioned the Grey Phalarope here... yes it was showing on the pond today.  A bit too distant for pics however.  4 Wheatear also present and Yellow Wagtails reported with cattle.

Posted September 15th, 2015 at 5:32 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

South Milton Ley

Grey Phalarope  on South Milton Ley by the footbridge, feeding ,showing very well down to 20 feet at lunchtime. Found at 09.20 and still there at 12.10

per Mike Passman

Posted September 15th, 2015 at 5:17 pm in Bird News

East Soar

First Firecrests of the autumn, two together in sycamores in Starehole where I flushed a Tawny Owl. Also 4 Blackcap, Whitethroat, 7 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, Whinchat, 2 Yellow Wagtail and a Lesser Black-backed Gull race intermedius.

Posted September 15th, 2015 at 2:13 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Horsey Island

1 juv Spotted Redshank on Horsey Island.

Also 3 Redshank & 21 Greenshank.


Posted September 15th, 2015 at 1:19 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Instow -West Yelland

Cricket field: 2 Wheatear, 6 Common  gull, 2Bhgull, 8 alba Wagtail, 20 Goldfinch, Sparrowhawk, 3 Oystercatcher, 

 Sand dunes path: 12 House Martin, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Linnet

Gull roost: 5+ Med Gull. 2+ Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern

Gas/Oil jetty: 200 Starling, 1 Sandwich Tern over

pathway to power station site; 8 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Wheatear. 1 Brent Goose on the beach. Ringed Plovers plus few Dunlin.

Power Station: 1 Blackcap, Raven pair, 50 Goldfinch . Common Sandpiper under coal jetty.

Posted September 15th, 2015 at 12:00 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Ringed curlew

last week on the 10th during the count of curlew on Bowling Green Marsh I had a ringed individual with the following combination 

Left leg white ring with BH on over yellow ring 

Right leg was green ring and a metal ring 

Just received news that it was ringed on 4/6/2015 as a chick in Glenbuchat Aberdeenshire and is the first sighting since leaving the area. Good to find out where it had come from and to find out about the work being done in Scotland.

 

Posted September 15th, 2015 at 10:44 am by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Monday 14th September 2015

Exminster Marsh

Spent an hour on the marsh from 1700. Grey Phalarope still present until 1740. Also 60 House Martins, 65 Swallow, 2 Sand Martins, a Swift & 5 Yellow Wagtail. 

Posted September 14th, 2015 at 9:29 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Dawlish warren

watched from 15:20 till 19:30

started with seawatch 15:20 till 17:00 from the lifeguard hut , most stuff to far for positive Id but closer bits included 1 Arctic Skua , 1 little tern in with a feeding group of sandwich terns , 1 adult Mediterranean gull flew to langstone Rock , some distant Manx shearwater ( 10+) and steady passage of gannets , 1 common scoter close in .

Then watched the bight area from 17:15 till 19:30

1 juv little stint, 2 curlew sandpiper, 39 sanderling on the beach, 400+ dunlin, 200+ ringed plover, 12+ turnstone, 29+ knot, 4 common sandpiper, 1 juv bar tailed godwit, 1 grey plover, large number of wigeon in shutterton creek area , another Arctic skua off shore.

The PECTORAL  SANDPIPER was relocated in an area with no general access along with 3 more common sandpiper and a kingfisher 

A good evenings birding around the warren 

 

Posted September 14th, 2015 at 9:20 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

skern

Bit of variety tonight.Two juv little stints,36 common tern,13 sandwich,36 knot,ruff,7 barwits,3 turnstone,200 dunlin,300 oysters,poor little exhausted looking sand martin landing on beach&sheltering in defence boulders.

Posted September 14th, 2015 at 8:03 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Grey Phalarope -Exminster Marsh

As reported by others, I went to Exminster Marsh at 1430hrs, after viewing the spoonbill at Bowling Green. A bit windy and wet not ideal for photographs, but did get some photos of the grey phalarope still showing well in the reported location. I did no damage to the roadside reed screen!


Posted September 14th, 2015 at 5:41 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Visited between 0800-0915. Spoonbill Imm, Blackwit 640, Curlew 360, Whimbrel 9, Barwit 2, Spotted Redshank 3 Ad, Ruff 3 Juv, Dunlin 25, Pintail 23, Teal 160, Wigeon 24, Shoveler 6 & Osprey Ad saton post towards Powderham. 

Posted September 14th, 2015 at 2:07 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Spoonbill & Grey Phalarope

Quick visit to Bowling Green Marsh this lunchtime and the Spoonbill was still viewable from the hide.

Then made a trip round to Exminster Marshes and the Grey Phalarope was still showing well on the pool near the end car park, feeding close to the reeds to stay sheltered from the wind and rain. Still there when I left at 1.45.

Posted September 14th, 2015 at 2:00 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Tiverton Canal

Juvenile duck, to be honest not sure if Tufted or Scaup, outside of Tiverton on canal. Would be interested to know. (Eds its a juv Tufted Duck)

Posted September 14th, 2015 at 1:39 pm by C Boyles in Bird News

Velator

In the area:

Wrafton Pond is turning autumnal with a Tufted Duck and 5 Wigeon.

River Caen showed a Redshank and 2 Common Sandpipers and a few Meadow Pipits.

On Sherpa Marsh were 10 Swans, (no cygnets) 7 Dunlin, 2 Green Sandpipers, a sprinkling of Swallows, 2 Little Egrets, 1 Curlew and one juv Grey Heron.

The small wet area by the barn had lots of Pied Wagtails a Green Sandpiper, and a Wood Sandpiper.

Posted September 14th, 2015 at 12:55 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Sunday 13th September 2015

Out and about

A rare opportunity for a days birding so started at Berry Head at 06.30. Bushes still quiet but Firecrest was new in, also 7 Goldcrest, 8 Chiffchaff, 27 Siskin and a Blackcap. 4 Grey Wagtails over. Sea watch from 08.00 produced 90 Balearic Shearwater (a further 23 seen prior to my arrival) 2 Arctic Skua, 1 poss 2 Great Skua, 2 Common Scoter and 3 Common Tern.

Grey Phalarope still showing well at Exminster at 15.45

Osprey sat on mud with a fish from Goat Walk, Topsham 16.45

Spoonbill from viewing platform at Bowling Green Marsh 17.15

finished the evening at The Passage House Inn where a Kingfisher showed well and 15 Little Egret roasted over the high tide.

Posted September 13th, 2015 at 9:22 pm by Andrew Plumb in Bird News

Slapton

Good views of a juvenile and adult Hobby hawking for insects over middle part of Lower Ley - on occasions they were both in the same binocular field of view.  2 Wheatear, 1 Reed Warbler seen. Mixed flock of 250+ Swallow/Sand Martin/House Martin in equal proportions flying low over Ireland Bay.  Water Rail and 4 Cetti Warblers heard. 

Posted September 13th, 2015 at 7:38 pm by George and Les Carr in Bird News

Scadson Woods - Paignton

Female Merlin seen twice today chasing small birds over Scadson Woods. Fascinating to watch aerial battle on the first occasion with the hunter being hunted by one of the local Sparrow Hawks !

Posted September 13th, 2015 at 6:50 pm by Clive Mason in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Low tide so no decent counts of waders but Whinchats now up to 12, also 2 Wheatears and a Siskin (heard).

Posted September 13th, 2015 at 6:40 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Lowell dam / River Tavy

1340-1615

Sunny spells this afternoon on the Tavy: 5 Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Wagtail (m), 1 Kingfisher, 1 Chiffchaff, 40+ House Martin, several Swallows and 2 Buzzard overhead, before the rain started.

Posted September 13th, 2015 at 6:26 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Around the exe

Started at Bowling green marsh 08:45 till 10:15

The 3rd calendar Spoonbill was again showing well at times this morning from the hide, also 3 adult spotted redshanks , 4 juv ruff, 6+ dunlin and 1 possible juv curlew sandpiper hidden mostley ( later seen off the viewing platform), 3 juv knot 6+ greenshanks, 200+ redshank 5 whimbrel, 1 juv bar tailed godwit , 1 yellow wagtail over 400+ black tailed godwits.

Just as i got to the viewing platform news broke of the Grey Phalarope on exminster marsh so a quick dash over with Dave Hopkins (Thanks dave) and soon had the bird in view also on the marsh a juv Graganey been around a few days and along station road 2 whinchat, 3 wheatear 

Another good day on the marshes

Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope

Posted September 13th, 2015 at 6:10 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

There has been a Grey Phalarope for most of the day today at Exminster Marsh, on the only pool on the right of the entrance track before the end car park . It did apparently fly off at least twice late morning/ early afternoon but returned fairly quickly. Still there showing well tiill at least 4.10pm

Posted September 13th, 2015 at 5:40 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Start Point

Cloudy start soon brightening, moderate SSE wind backing ESE by late morning. Enjoyable seawatch with Mark and Adell saw the following all headed south between 08:00 and 12 :50, 168 Balearic Shearwaters, 8 Manx Shearwaters, 12 Kittiwakes, 2 Common Tern, 3 Sandwich Tern and a Great Skua. Also a tight pod of around 20 feeding Common Dolphins. Elsewhere 4 Wheatears in the mast field and best of the vis mig from the lighthouse were 10 Grey Wagtails and 105 Siskins.

Posted September 13th, 2015 at 3:10 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh and Exe Estuary

Early morning visit to Bowling Green Marsh, the Spoonbill towards the far side of the marsh directly in front of the hide and clearly in view remaining there for the period of my visit, large numbers of both Curlew and Black tailed Godwit, the Spotted Redshank was pointed out to me, Dunlin, Redshank, Greenshank (4) Little Grebe, Whimbrel, Ruff (3) Sedge Warbler, periodic movement of House Martins over the marsh

One Osprey sighting with the bird in flight from the BGM viewing platform, a long distant view down towards the coast, headed up towards Powderham and a short while later an Osprey  perched eating a fish on a mid marker post on the Exe it remained in situe for most of the morning.

Not a great deal at Darts Farm a few Black Tailed Godwit, of note feeding on the ripe sunflowers were a large number of Greenfinch difficult to see clearly when feeding but they were constantly disturbed and well over 40 birds present as the flock circled and came back into feed.

Going across the Powderham side of the Exe did not get me any closer to the Osprey which was still sat on the marker post, it even ignored a small boat that made a circuit around it, on the dropping tide Dunlin, Ring Plover, Oyster Catcher, Common Tern and two small white bodied grey topped waders which I suspect were Sanderling (feeding with the Dunlin)

On the estuary wall a single Wheatear, in the fields Meadow Pipit, Kestrel

At home in South Brent this morning gave a good view of a hunting male Sparrow Hawk, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, the visiting Hobby was present just after 6.30am, a circling Buzzard and several seen from the A38 gave me a total of five Birds of Prey for the day out of a total 54 species for the day.

Posted September 13th, 2015 at 1:44 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Osprey

09.15 Sunday 13th Sept. Osprey feeding on top of a post in the middle of the Exe estuary out from Turf. Could be seen from the Goat Walk in Topsham. Spoonbill also present in the BGM.

Pat Gubb

Posted September 13th, 2015 at 11:39 am by Pat Gubb in Bird News

Exminster

Meadows between Lions Rest & Motorway Bridge 8.00 am to 9.00 am.

4 x family groups of Stonechats, 12 birds in total.  1 Snipe flying over the canal to Topsham Rec. 2 x Linnet, 10 x Little Egret, 4 G Heron, 1 x Skylark

Posted September 13th, 2015 at 10:07 am by Tony D-C in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh (Late post for yesterday 12-9-2015)

At BGM the Spoonbill was showing really well mid-afternoon after it woke up and moved to the bay area of the main pool where it had a bath and spent some time preening with it's wings outstretched before flying out to the estuary.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ap6hdNB9ViU

From the viewing platform the Curlew Sandpiper eventually came much closer also showing really well mid-afternoon on the low tide with a Dunlin and some Redshank.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a93IE3RlN2A

A Kingfisher was around riversmeet house several times in the morning on the out-going tide and finally sat on the top of the new seawall as the Ospreys were fishing down botton end of the estuary.

Kingfisher: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2AIESr4MTk

Osprey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhE6_2o9zQw

Spoonbill   BGM  12-9-2015
Spoonbill BGM 12-9-2015

Spoonbill   BGM  12-9-2015
Spoonbill BGM 12-9-2015

Kingfisher  Viewing Platform  12-9-2015
Kingfisher Viewing Platform 12-9-2015

Posted September 13th, 2015 at 8:01 am by David Boult in Bird News

Saturday 12th September 2015

Horsey Island/River Caen pm

Decent list to be had this evening on high tide:

Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Kingfisher, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Dunlin, Curlew, Whimbrel, Greenshank, Little Grebe, Mallard, Teal, Mute Swan, Coot, Moorhen, Med Gull, BH Gull, Herring Gull, Cetti's Warbler, Swallow, Wheatear, alba Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail.

Posted September 12th, 2015 at 11:10 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Velator

2 Wheatears and a Yellow Wagtail this afternoon at Velator.

Posted September 12th, 2015 at 10:51 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

High ride this evening, a little less than morning. 600+ Blkwits, 340+ Curlew, 9 Whimbrel, 2 Barwits, 4 Greenshank, 3 Spotted Redshank, a Ruff, 5 Dunlin, Juv Curlew Sand, 29 Pintail, 90 Wigeon, 200+ Teal, 60 House Martin, 1 Sand Martin, a 'full' Ad Peregrine & 8 Yellow Wagtails. 

Posted September 12th, 2015 at 8:52 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Thankyou

nothing new to claim, unless you count Egyptian geese at

Darts Farm, but I wanted just to say thank you to several friendly helpful faces at BGM today. Curlew sandpiper and a glorious spoonbill were a huge privilege and the assistance spotting and

identifying are hugely appreciated.

Posted September 12th, 2015 at 8:44 pm by David Walters in Bird News

Exminster

 Meadows between Lions Rest to Motorway Bridge  6.15pm to 7.00pm

Evening stroll over the meadows, 2 hunting Kestrel, 6 Stonechat, 1 Snipe, 2 Skylark and 50+ Linnet

Late post for same area on Friday 7.00 am- 2 Whinchat 

Posted September 12th, 2015 at 7:42 pm by Tony D-C in Bird News

South Brent

A late afternoon walk from Shipley Bridge to the Avon Dam, near South Brent gave a total of 25 species identified and a number of unidentified Warbler species which could have been Willow Warbler or Chiffchaff

Steady passage of small numbers of both Swallow and House Martin

Regular views of two Kestrels hunting along the northern ridge of the valley from the first gate up to the dam, Dipper, Grey Wagtail, a Green Woodpecker showing well in the valley beneath the dam, a flock of 23 Linnet and 40+ Goldfinch a smaller number of Meadow Pipits, a Cormorant on the reservoir, female Blackcap, reasonable numbers of Stonechat but not in the numbers seen recently and no sign of any of the Whinchat which have been showing well.

At home in South Brent this morning gave good views of two Sparrow hawks, Raven, Green Woodpecker calling, Nuthatch overhead, the visiting Hobby has been in on three occasions during the day and one sighting of an adult bird hunting over the Forder valley.

(Hobby photographed at 2.48pm & 6.10pm ~ the bird was in this morning from just after 7pm.)

Posted September 12th, 2015 at 7:40 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

R.Caen

15.50 > 18.00

Plenty of interest on R.Caen until the dogs arrived & then nothing of interest at all!

66 Dunlin but not one Curlew Sandpiper amongst them.

2 Ringed Plover, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Linnets, 23 Pied Wagtails,2 Wheatear, 204 Black headed Gulls, 7 Med Gulls + 1 juvenile, 6 Common Gulls, 1 Little Egret & a Kestrel flying over towards Braunton Marshes.


Posted September 12th, 2015 at 7:34 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Soar

Best birds of the day were a Yellow-browed Warbler which showed for a short time in East Soar williows at 09.40 (but we couldn't find it again) and a Turtle Dove nearby. Also: 4 Yellow Wagtails, 3 Wheatears, Spotted Flycatcher, Redstart, 5 Whitethroats, 14 Chiffchaffs, Willow Warbler, c20 Swallows, 8 Siskins (over), Snipe and a Roe Deer.  

Posted September 12th, 2015 at 6:21 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Berry Head

Sea watch between 06.50 and 11.10 hours produced good numbers of feeding Shearwaters largest raft held 60+. Difficult to assess total numbers due to circular movement but would estimate 200+ Manx and 20 Balearic. Also 16 Arctic and 2 Great Skuas, 6 alba and 2 Grey Wagtails east 32 swallows west and Hobby in/off and then east.    

Posted September 12th, 2015 at 2:03 pm by Clive Mason in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 07:30 till 11:45

The highlight of the morning was not one, not two , but 3 Ospreys all catching fish in a magical 20 mins after 10:05 from the viewing platform, all flew towards turf/ exminster.

the spoonbill again showed well from the hide with supporting cast of 4 adult spotted redshanks. 3 ruff, 1 juv curlew sandpiper ( later from the viewing platform as well ) 40+ dunlin, 1 avocet, 1 juv water rail, 4 snipe, 8 whimbrel, 300+ curlew, 700+ black tailed godwits, 2 bar tailed godwits, 1 kingfisher , 2 green sandpipers, 1 peregrine, 1 sparrowhawk , 2 buzzard, 12+ chiffchaff , 5 blackcaps , 2 knot, 10+ greenshank, 280+ redshank.

also from the viewing platform, 1 common tern, 3 knot, 1 nuthatch.

another great morning on the marsh.

Posted September 12th, 2015 at 1:04 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Friday 11th September 2015

Lundy

Several updates posted on the Lundybirds blog, including news of 3 Ortolan Buntings found earlier today, 11th Sep: http://www.lundybirds.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/stop-press-3-ortolan-buntings.html

Posted September 11th, 2015 at 11:17 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Two male red-crested pochards observed on Slapton Ley at approximately 14:00 on 11/09/15. Both show eclipse plumage.


Posted September 11th, 2015 at 10:55 pm by Bill Jeffery in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from the hide 15:30 till 19:00

Another good high tide with the spoonbill droping in then going to sleep , a big increase in most waders and wildfowl with 223+ wigeon and 36+ pintail of particular note, 5 adult spotted redshanks being a nice surprise, 755+ black tailed godwits included lots  of juv's, 8 avocet highest count this autumn , 3 juv ruff, 4  knot , 30 dunlin , 370+ redshank, 4+ bar tailed godwits, 404+ curlew, 12+ greenshank, 165+ teal, 12+ whimbrel, 5+ yellow wagtail, constant stream of swallow , house Martin and sand martins South , peregrine, sparrowhawk and 3 buzzards, 8+ little egrets, 1 juv water rail and 4+ snipe.

Posted September 11th, 2015 at 9:06 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

croyde

working in Croye this week allowed a bit of watching.On the beach maximum med count 6 on wednesday 2 ad,2sw,2fw.2 tree pipit possibly individuals as 2 days apart,100+ house martins on west side of Baggy then over Down End area most days, Yellow Wagtail this morning 11 Sept,several willow warblers in hedges next to house above beach car park from where all sightings came from.

Posted September 11th, 2015 at 8:55 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Soar Mill Cove area

Good raptor day with juvenile Hobby, 2 Buzzards, Peregrine Falcon, Kestrel and a Sparrowhawk seen.  In addition, 6 Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warblers, 1 Chiffchaff, 7 Wheatears, 10 Yellowhammers, 2 Cirl Bunting.   Stonechats everywhere in good numbers.  Flock of 45+ Linnets.  50+ Swallows and 1 Sand Martin.  4 Ravens. 

Posted September 11th, 2015 at 7:57 pm by George and Les Carr in Bird News

Instow

Juv Mediterranean Gull and Grey Plover pick of the evening's birds north/east of the cricket club at Instow.

Posted September 11th, 2015 at 7:45 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

East Soar

Still quiet here with highlights of Redstart, 2 Wheatears, 15 Alba Wagtails ( sev.Whites ), 6 Chiffchaffs, Blackcap, 28 Siskins flying west through Starehole, 12 Yellowhammers & 110 Carrion Crows.

Posted September 11th, 2015 at 3:47 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the morning outgoing tide 0915-1200Hrs.

Left of the viewing platform Curlew Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, Water Rail amongst the large flock of waders mostly Redshank to the right of platform 8-Avocet, 3-Sandwich Terns and the Spoonbill dropped in and was feeding in the water channel near riversmeet house before flying up river and out of site and no sign from the goatwalk.

Video link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvCzX63QxHo

Yesterday at Cockwood railway steps on the incoming tide the Slavonian Grebe was nearby and Sandwich Terns diving in front the Warren bight area. From top of Dawlish earlier a few Gannets fishing around the bay.

Slavonian Grebe. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOupEugjbj0

Sandwich Tern. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWIqiHqA-2M

Gannet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAzBlGfKNEo

Spoonbill  BGM  10-9-2015
Spoonbill BGM 10-9-2015

Avocet  BGM Viewing Platform  11-9-2015
Avocet BGM Viewing Platform 11-9-2015

Slavonian Grebe  Cockwood  10-9-2015
Slavonian Grebe Cockwood 10-9-2015

Posted September 11th, 2015 at 1:31 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Berry Head

Covered top of head early: 6 Goldcrest, 2 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff.

Overhead: 2 Tree Pipit, 5 Meadow Pipit, 4 Grey Wagtail, 8 'alba' wagtails just 3 Siskin (heard only) we seem to missing out them here at BH! 

Then seawatch 0730-0900: 10 Arctic Skua >S, 5 Balearic and 1 Manx Shearwater >N, 8 Mediterranean Gulls> S. Also a pod of 30+ Common Dolphin and 5+ Harbour Porpoise just off head.

Posted September 11th, 2015 at 11:45 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Exmouth - Shelley & Mudbank

Off Shelley Beach at 0800, 14 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 40 Dark-bellied Brents.

Mudbank: 4 Pintail amongst large flock of Wigeon and Mallard

Posted September 11th, 2015 at 10:49 am by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

Thursday 10th September 2015

Staddon Heights

A single Yellow Wagtail tonight and also a Peregrine over Oreston.

Posted September 10th, 2015 at 10:06 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

South Brent ~Hobby and others

The day started well with a Green Woodpecker being watched on a field post from the kitchen window.

The Hobby subject of previous posts has been in on three occasions that I know of, my wife tells me that she met three birders this afternoon who were looking for it, if they didn't catch up with it they can seek consolation from todays images.

On one visit it landed in a mature Ash tree very quickly being joined by a male Sparrow Hawk that lofted up into the canopy, female Sparrow Hawk gave a fly over in the morning, good number of  Buzzards overhead during the afternoon including one very light individual that I did not recognise as a local bird.

Steady passage of small numbers of both Swallow and House Martin

Green Woodpeckers have been calling for most of the late afternoon.

Last night the resident Tawny owl showed very well on several occasions.

Posted September 10th, 2015 at 7:58 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 15:30 till 18:00 from the hide 

on arrival a spoonbill was showing well on the far side another good bird this week , 4 juv ruff, 3 spotted redshanks, 419+ curlew, 9+ bar tailed godwits, 550+ black tailed godwits, 12+ whimbrel, 76+ wigeon, 23+ pintail, 35+ dunlin, 5+ greenshank, 3 snipe, 1 sedge warbler, 3+ reed warblers, 12+ little egrets, 2 grey heron, 3 buzzards, 1 little grebe.

A quick look in goosemoor produced 25+ greenshanks.

 

Posted September 10th, 2015 at 7:01 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Exton

Osprey off Exton Station at 1310hrs. It caught a small fish in a channel between the mudbanks and flew off towards Powderham Marshes. 

Posted September 10th, 2015 at 1:59 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Sherford Cross, near Chillington

Hobby over cereal fields.

Posted September 10th, 2015 at 12:46 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Wednesday 9th September 2015

Bowling green marsh

watched from the hide 15:30 till 19:15

The highlight was a juv Merlin flying low over the marsh , 1 juv Curlew sandpiper eventually showed among 40+ dunlin, 2 adult spotted redshanks , 6+ Ruff ( included 3 new paler winter plumage birds continuing the good autumn passage ), 6+ snipe, 500+ black tailed godwits , 1 juv bar tailed godwits, 350+ curlew, 12+ whimbrel, 40+ wigeon, 24+ little egrets, 2 buzzards, 1 jay, 4 reed warblers , 1 sedge warbler , 20+ lapwing, 250+ redshank, 12+ greenshank, good numbers of teal.

a quick look from the viewing platform, gave good views of the juv curlew sandpiper after it flew out of bowling green marsh to the river clyst, 2 knot , 100+ oystercatchers, 6+ reed warblers.

Posted September 9th, 2015 at 9:41 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Kingfisher @ Saltram Marsh 09-09-15

A better day for the kingfisher, better light and showed itself more

Kingfisher River Plym
Kingfisher River Plym

Kingfisher with its meal
Kingfisher with its meal

Posted September 9th, 2015 at 9:17 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Mountbatten, Plymouth

A sunny but breezey walk around Jennycliff and Mountbatten at Plymouth today and the highlights were:- a white wagtail feeding along the beach at Jennycliff with pied wagtails; 2 kingfishers flying along the shoreline towards Bovisand; 2 gannets circling around Plymouth Sound; 4 Sandwich terns noisely flying around The Cattewater; and a juvenile sparrowhawk flew past at Mountbatten Castle within a few feet of me much to the consternation of a swallow which noisely mobbed it as it went by. 

Posted September 9th, 2015 at 7:09 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

South Efford Marsh, Aveton Gifford

South Efford Marsh, Aveton Gifford with Keith Male this afternoon gave us 28 species on or around the marsh and River Avon including Common Sandpiper (7) several small unidentified Warbler species and one confirmed but sickly looking Chiffchaff.

Kingfisher sightings and calls almost from the word go with 8 or 9 good but distant views and one close fly past as one streaked up the drainage ditch alongside us within feet of where we were standing.

Teal, Curlew, Black Tailed Godwit, Herons, Egrets, female Sparrow hawk and Stock Dove to name a few.

After some time in the hide a slight movement on the marsh to the front and left of the hide eventually revealed a count of 12 Ringed Plover and Dunlin which from the plumage I am guessing were all juvenile birds.

On leaving three White Wagtails flew in and pitched below and to the left of the hide.

Back home at South Brent (9) Stock Doves and 2 Raven passing overhead and a further visit from the Hobby subject to my post of a day or so ago.

Posted September 9th, 2015 at 6:59 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Sherpa 08:30-11:00

Corvids where attacking the Marsh Harrier when I arrived and she flew off disturbing 2 Greenshanks, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, a single green sandpiper and several teal. On the river 2 common sandpipers flew downstream. On reaching the pond area a kingfisher flew over and a Cetti's was calling but no sign of the T Stint. As I searched a Woodsandpiper arrived and the cows disturbed pied wagtails and the Temminck's. This was very flighty and flew off chased by a pied wagtail, so no photo. On the way back a dipper and grey wagtail in the stream.


Posted September 9th, 2015 at 1:10 pm by Andrew Lansdell in Bird News

Berry Head

Headland blown out so tried seawatching: 1 ad Sabine's Gull south with a group of Kittiwakes at 0830hrs, 46 Balearic Shearwaters, 1 Manx, 7 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 7 Common Tern, 11 Sandwich Tern, 1 Wigeon, 1 Common Scoter. Also 3+ Harbour Porpoise.

Posted September 9th, 2015 at 11:46 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Tuesday 8th September 2015

Kingfisher @ Saltram Marsh

Light not good as it was 19:15 but managed to get a few shots, the Kingfisher was not too worried I was there.


Posted September 8th, 2015 at 10:32 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh

Productive walk to the Marsh this evening. Now 6 Dunlin, single Black-tailed Godwit still, 2 Green Sandpipers 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Greenshank, 2 Little Egrets, but the pick was a tiny TEMMINCK'S STINT!

Posted September 8th, 2015 at 8:43 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Around topsham

watched from 14:50 till 19:20

Started at bowling green marsh from the hide , the highlight was 2 little stints which finally showed well as they flew out with 20+ dunlin after an hour of brief views, there were at least 70+ dunlin an increase to 5+ juv ruff, 3 spotted redshanks , 3 knot, 5 greenshanks, 4+ yellow wagtail over, good numbers of redshank and black tailed godwits, 1 water rail, 1 kingfisher, 15+ little egrets.

from the viewing platform 6 avocet , 2 common sandpipers , 5 reed warbler, large number of black headed gulls, 2 water rail, 1 kingfisher, 10+ little egret.

finished at the goatwalk, was surprised to find 26 pale bellied Brent geese, they then moved to powderham corner winter not far now, at least 100+ dunlin, a noticeable feeding frenzy of severall thousand gulls of Lympstone was still growing as I left and included at least 40+ sandwich terns , 1+ black tern and severall 'commic' terns.

A very good few hours around patch 

Posted September 8th, 2015 at 8:40 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Exmouth - Caspian Gull

Mudbank - first-winter Caspian Gull until 1700 at least. More photos on gobirdingexmouth later.

Posted September 8th, 2015 at 5:32 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Berry Head

Despite what looked like promising conditions - light easterly and some cloud cover it was rather quiet: first movement of crests that I've noticed this autumn; 5 Goldcrest, 1 Redstart, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 7 Blackcap, 1 Redstart. Overhead: 3 Grey Wagtail, 1 Tree Pipit, 4 Siskin, 11 Swallows 13 House Martin.  A brief look at the sea produced a pod of 15-20 Common Dolphins.

Goldcrest Berry Hd 08 Sep 2015 ML

Goldcrest 

Posted September 8th, 2015 at 1:41 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

East Soar

When you walk from the car park to the farm without encountering a single passerine, you know its not going to be a good day! Highlights just 12 Yellow Wagtails, Sand Martin, Spotted Flycatcher, Willow Warbler and a steady trickle of Swallows east!

Posted September 8th, 2015 at 1:01 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Rillage Point

06.50-08.20 First Firecrest of the autumn along with Whitethroats, Chiffs and Blackcaps. Overhead, more Grey Wagtails (6) and Siskins (mostly too high to count accurately today in virtually cloudless skies and a moderate ESE breeze).

Posted September 8th, 2015 at 8:55 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Monday 7th September 2015

River Taw off Ashford

Firstly sorry about the late post.

09:15 hrs River Taw from near Ashford, of the approx.400 Gulls mid channel, approx 5% were Mediterranean Gulls i.e. count 20.

 Also 2 Whimbrel

Posted September 7th, 2015 at 11:52 pm by Martin James Bond in Bird News

Ring Ouzel, Shipley Bridge

1 first-winter Ring Ouzel and 4 Whinchats halfway between Shipley Bridge and Avon Dam, evening, 7/9.

Posted September 7th, 2015 at 10:08 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

South Brent ~ Hobby and Redstarts

At home in South Brent a Hobby sat on one of my field posts at 7am, I saw it yesterday evening and suspect it is the young bird I reared and released last year, it came in and took food offered to it after circling round above me.

Brent Hill, South Brent this afternoon gave me two Redstarts and one Whinchat, they are two species that have been eluding me for some time, good numbers of both Stonechat and Meadow Pipits, reasonable numbers of Goldfinch feeding on thistle heads, four Wrens seen and that many again heard.

Four Buzzard including a very loudly calling juvenile, Dunnocks, one unidentified small Warbler sp, four Raven overhead and a very confiding Grey Wagtail was the last of 23 species seen.

Posted September 7th, 2015 at 9:14 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh

Late evening visit showed two Dunlin, 2 Green Sandpipers, one Black-tailed Godwit and one Marsh Harrier. Only about 8 Swallows.

Posted September 7th, 2015 at 8:56 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Just to add to Keith's post. Viewed over the early afternoon high-tide. The Little Stint was seen left of the viewing platform with a Ruff and 3-Knot at mid-day. From the hide at high-tide 3-Spotted Redshank and a Green Sandpiper dropped into left water channel briefly before disappearing and the usual high numbers of other waders. The Curlew Sandpiper was seen in Goosemoor just after the high-tide with other Dunlin and the Ruff.

Curlew Sandpiper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnT-A37y974

Green Sandpiper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVVzEuG95Yg

Posted September 7th, 2015 at 8:41 pm by David Boult in Bird News

River Caen

1330-1630            Sherpa marsh held 4 Common sandpiper and a juv Marsh harrier. The mouth of the caen held 4 Curlew sandpiper, 20+ Ring plover and 30+ Dunlin. On horsey high tide roost 2 Greenshank and a juv Ruff.

Posted September 7th, 2015 at 8:33 pm in Bird News

Beer Head and Colyford Reserve.

15 members of DB (East Devon Branch) enjoyed a morning around the headland.  Yellow Wagtails (10+) were found with cattle early in the walk with a few Wheatear, Whitethroats and an elusive Redstart, plus 3 Bullfinch, a Peregrine and others.  Thanks to Ian Waite for leading us.

The remaining party moved on to Black Hole Marsh and then Colyford Common where a Bittern was seen in the early afternoon in the reedbed in front of the hide.

Posted September 7th, 2015 at 6:43 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Topsham

A quick look around local patch after work from 15:00 16:30

A black tern from the viewing platform on bowling green marsh at 15:50 before flying towards powderham corner

1 juv curlew sandpiper was on goosemoor at 16:15 , with 1 juv ruff, 20+ greenshanks, 25+ redshanks , 14+ black tailed godwits, 4+ dunlin, 8 little egrets

from the hide on bowling green marsh 2 adult spotted redshanks , 1 avocet, 1 knot, 20+ dunlin, in with the usual redshanks and black tailed godwits, 3 pintail, 15+ wigeon, 20+ little egrets.

from the goatwalk , 7+ sandwich terns.

Posted September 7th, 2015 at 6:06 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Great White Egret

Seen 10.15 today 50 yards from the railway steps just south of the river Kenn outlet near Powderham Estate. Slav Grebe also close in off Cockwood (11.15). Bright sunshine meant I couldn't see me camera screen properly hence poor quality.

Eds: this is actually a Little Egret (rather large body and small head on a short neck and thin rather pointed bill - see bottom picture, legs also too short)

Posted September 7th, 2015 at 5:47 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Cormorants

Cormorants flying south over Morte Point yesterday


Posted September 7th, 2015 at 12:32 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

Rillage Point

 06.30 to 09.00 Almost still before sunrise. Visible/audible migration included 10 Grey Wagtails, the first few Chaffinches of the autumn, 40 Swallows, a dozen House Martins and a minimum of 118 Siskins all heading E in small flocks – very early in the season for such a high count here (though I see 180 were reported at Portland yesterday). Grounded night migrants in the scrub included 9 Whitethroats, 6 Blackcaps, 9 Chiffchaffs and a Willow Warbler. Two Coal Tits on the cliffs.

Posted September 7th, 2015 at 9:56 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Bowling Green Viewing Platform (Yesterday 6-9-2015)

A late post from yesterday to follow up from Gerry's earlier post. The Little Tern was on post in middle of estuary next to Sandwich Tern which was on the white buoy then a lttle later the Black Tern was on another post further towards Lymstone on the outgoing high-tide early afternoon seen from the platform.

Posted September 7th, 2015 at 9:36 am by David Boult in Bird News

Great White Egret

While mooring up at Starcross just after sunset on Sunday 6th September, we watched a single Great White Egret fly northwards towards Powderham or Exminster.

Posted September 7th, 2015 at 7:49 am by Chris Sumner in Bird News

Sunday 6th September 2015

Salmons pool to trews weir

15:35 till 16:30

on the way home a quick walk along the new flood relief channel produced 2 kingfishers , 3 yellow wagtails, and 1 black tailed godwit , 2 raven and a sparrowhawk.

Posted September 6th, 2015 at 8:34 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Topsham

watched from 09:30 till 15:00

A good morning with 2 different Ospreys the first an Adult fishing of the Goat walk just after 10:15 before flying down estuary towards Lympstone chased by 2 carrion crows it gave great views and severall locals managed to get good views of their first osprey

The second Osprey was a smart juv over Bowling green marsh at around 11:50 it showed well before rising on a thermal and eventually drifted of North up the river clyst

other highlights were watching a stunning male kingfisher just down from the quay in topsham flying only a couple of feet from me sat on the benches no bins needed 2 juv sandwich terns were flying around.

A nuthatch and great spotted woodpecker were In trees in Rivers meet house 

From the hide at bowling green marsh 1 juv ruff, 2 adult spotted redshanks, 300+ redshanks , 30+ dunlin, 2 knot, 400+ black tailed godwits, 1 hobby, 4 greenshanks, 14+ little egrets, 15+ lapwing, 2 yellow wagtails , over calling, 1 avocet.

from goosemoor , another juv ruff, 6+ dunlin, 14+ greenshank.

Posted September 6th, 2015 at 8:28 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

2 Tree Pipits, 5 or 6 Whinchats, Pergerine, 4 Bullfinches, Nuthatch, 110 Redshanks, 36 Curlews, 4 Dunlins, 2 Greenshanks, 3 Common Sandpipers, 15 Little Egrets, and 18 Grey Herons.

Posted September 6th, 2015 at 8:22 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Passage House

I watched for about an hour on the incoming tide at Passage House this morning,a Little Ring Plover was feeding on the mudbank,and a GreenSandpiper appeared briefly.There were also at least three Common Sandpipers and 18 Little Egrets roosting on the marsh.The best bird of the morning was a cracking Lesser Whitethroat in the apple tree in the car park!

Posted September 6th, 2015 at 5:08 pm by Keith Benyon-Tinker in Bird News

East Soar/Starehole

East Soar/Starehole, am, Sunday 6th September.

2 Spotted Flycatchers, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Tree Pipits (over), 1 Yellow Wagtail (over), 6+ Wheatears, 1 White Wagtail etc.

Posted September 6th, 2015 at 5:08 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

East Soar

A family jaunt over Bolt Head turned up the 2nd Lesser Whitethroat of the autumn, 23 Wheatear, 4 Whitethroat, Tree Pipit, 16 Chiffchaff, 7 Willow Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Sparrowhawk & 5 Whinchat. Also several Painted Ladies.

Posted September 6th, 2015 at 4:51 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Teign Estuary

A juvenile Little Ringed Plover was at Passage House. Also 100 Curlew (incl. a ringed bird returning for the third year), 3 Dunlin, 40 Little Egret, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Wheatear and 1 Water Rail. A ringed Black-headed Gull was also present returning for it's second summer/autumn.

Posted September 6th, 2015 at 4:18 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Bird News

River Caen

0945-1300           4 Common sandpiper,3 Curlew sandpiper,2 Ruff,1 Blackwit,12 Dunlin,5 Buzzard and a juv Marsh harrier. Horsey held 3 Wheatear,1 King fisher and plenty of Greenshank on the high tide roost. At the mouth of the caen 28+ Ring plover.                 No Osprey.

Posted September 6th, 2015 at 2:26 pm in Bird News

Turf lock

Black tern and Little tern on the river this morning 

Posted September 6th, 2015 at 10:17 am by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

R.Taw. Pottington to Ashford Sewage Works. 07:55 to 09:30.

11 Bar-tailed Godwit; 24 Black-tailed Godwit; 1 Curlew Sandpiper; 1 juv Dunlin; 5 Teal; 9 Grey Heron; 13 Little Egret, 3 Chiff Chaff and 2 male Ruff.

Posted September 6th, 2015 at 10:07 am by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Saturday 5th September 2015

Yellow Wagtails and Kingfisher Exminster Marshes

At least a dozen Yellow Wagtails skitting around the feet of the cattle on Exminster Marshes today.  Seen in two seperate places around cattle 10 minutes apart, not sure if same group or if there were two diffrent groups.  Also 15 Linnets resting in a tree. 2 Kingfishers by the Canal near Turf Cottage. Several Juvenile Sky Larks and Reed Buntings seen Thursday and today.

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Kingfisher
Kingfisher

Juvenile Sky Lark
Juvenile Sky Lark

Posted September 5th, 2015 at 11:33 pm by Jo King in Bird News

Soar

A sprinkling of migrants this morning and into early afternoon...

28 Siskins (over), 19 Wheatears, 2 Whinchats, Spotted Flycatcher, 16 Whitethroats, 20 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, 4 Yellow Wagtails, 30+ Alba Wagtails, Song Thrush, Grey Wagtail, Sparrowhawk, Goldcrest, c150 Swallows, and c50 House Martins.

Posted September 5th, 2015 at 9:30 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 08:00 till 13:30

A quick look around the bushes first thing only produced 2 male blackcaps, from the viewing platform a couple of yellow wagtails over and a probable tree pipit over (only on call), 30+ knot, 1 spotted redshank, 20+ dunlin good numbers of redshank 

from the hide , 2 Hobby flew through , 1 peregrine, 5+ buzzards, 2 spotted redshanks , 8+ yellow wagtails continued the good run this autumn, 1 ruff, 26+ dunlin, 3 bar tailed godwits, 10+ whimbrel, 630+ black tailed godwits, 200+ curlew, good numbers of redshanks , 20+ greenshanks, 4 pintail, 2 wigeon good numbers of teal and mallards, 1 tufted duck , steady passage of swallows( one wave came through with 620+ with others moving through most of the morning) also good numbers of sand martins and house martins, 60+ goldfinch. 

A quick look back around the viewing platform produced a nuthatch and a probable Garden warbler again only on call. 

Posted September 5th, 2015 at 8:03 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

A few raptors about at Exminster Marshes this afternoon with Peregrine, pair of Sparrowhawk, Buzzard and a Hobby, all seen on the back path to Turf. The Hobby chasing the Swallows about and the Sparrowhawks successfully took a Blackbird in the "Discovery" area. One of them could have been a Juvenile?

The Peregrine on the Pylon looking half asleep with the Buzzard loafing about over head and not much else about.

Posted September 5th, 2015 at 7:21 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Exmouth

A look around Exmouth over the mid-day high-tide with Sara and Tony. Starting from the entrance to the docks where we could see several Sandwich Terns with a few Turnstones sat on the boats aound the estuary and a female Wheatear on the Warren point and large number of Oystercatchers in the bight area roosting. Moving up to the seafront near the clock tower several Terns and Gannets seen fishing around the bay and off Langstone rock with Ringed Plover, Sanderling and Dunlin on the beach side of Warren point. Later on the outgoing tide a look around Mudbank on my own showed good numbers of Terns on the exposed sandbar with 2 Little Terns and large number of Terns in feeding frenzy along the railway seawall in front Powderhan Castle with good numbers of both Wigeon and Mallard ducks flying from golf course side over to to top end of Mudbank. 

Link to video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9ISWZovgR8

Yesterday 4-9-2015 at Goosemoor over the morning high-tide showed the Spotted Redshank with 3-Ruff and Greenshank roosting on the far side.

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

Posted September 5th, 2015 at 7:13 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Torcross/Slapton

A solitary wheatear on the beach amongst pied wagtails.

Posted September 5th, 2015 at 6:42 pm by Richard Woodland in Bird News

Lyme bay boat trip. Friday evening

Highlight of trip a pale phase adult Arctic Skua (thanks Mike for confirmation) that appeared out of nowhere to harass the gulls feeding on the chum. A number of Manx shearwaters and 1 poss balearic. Guillemots, gannets, a couple of terns and a lot more kittiwakes than last trip. At least 3 dolphins off dartmouth and porpoise off Berry Head.

Arctic Skua with juvenile Herring Gull  Arctic Skua
    Arctic Skua with juvenile Herring Gull                                               Arctic Skua

 

Posted September 5th, 2015 at 10:33 am by Paul Treen in Bird News

Friday 4th September 2015

Holne Moor

The first Ring Ousel of autumn, flushing between Rowan trees. Also Snipe, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Stonechat, Redpoll, Siskin, Swallow, House Martin, but no Wheatear seen, unlike last week. 

Posted September 4th, 2015 at 5:41 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Osprey at river Caen/Taw

Osprey succesfully catching fish at 1100 today Friday and taking prey back to metal post to eat. Great seeing this magnificent bird.

Posted September 4th, 2015 at 5:30 pm by Phil Plant in Bird News

Yellow Wagtails Topsham

Approx 8 yellow wags in front of BGM hide amongst the cattle 10.30.

Yellow Wagtail record shots

Posted September 4th, 2015 at 2:13 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

River Taw

 2 Ospreys present this morning , one on the usual roost at the mouth of the Caen & 1 in flight.

Posted September 4th, 2015 at 11:43 am by David Paterson in Bird News

Berry Hd

Quiet on headland this morning - best of migrants: 1 Garden Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtails, 1 Willow Warbler, 9 Chiffchaffs

willow Warbler Berry Hd 4 Sep 2015 ML Garden Warbler Berry Hd 4 Sep 2015 ML.

Photos:       Willow Warbler                                               Garden Warbler

Posted September 4th, 2015 at 9:51 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thursday 3rd September 2015

River Caen and Taw estuary

A walk down the river bank to check the Osprey. Success - there it was on its perch with a fish. It was disturbed by a few fisherment and flew accross the estuary to Isley Marsh. It suddenly turned and settled on the sand bank....very close to another Osprey! So two are present. Also Kingfishers, Greenshank, Redshanks, Common Sands, Buzzards, Kestrel and all of the regulars.

Posted September 3rd, 2015 at 9:16 pm by Rob Barnes in Bird News

Osprey near Exebridge

An Osprey was sat in a tree by the River Exe at Oakfordbridge just south of Exebridge at 1340. I saw it while driving from the Black Cat junction towards Exebridge on the A396. One of the Isley Marsh or Appledore birds perhaps

Posted September 3rd, 2015 at 7:53 pm by Perry Jonathan Smale in Bird News

River Taw , River Caen

Peregrine , Marsh Harrier & 2 Ospreys over the rivers & Chivenor this morning.

Posted September 3rd, 2015 at 7:46 pm by David Paterson in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the morning high-tide.

With usual large numbers of waders and ducks seen from the hide moving out to the estuary, a Little Stint was seen left of the viewing platform amongst the Redshank on the outgoing tide at 1420hrs. Greenshank, Ruff and Spotted Redshank was seen in Goosemoor roosting on the high-tide.

Yesterday afternoon at Black Hole Marsh 2-9-2015 best birds on show was 6-Ruff, 3-Common Sandpipers, 1-Green Sandpiper, Ringed Plover and Kestrel.

Link to video.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UefwUSqoZZQ

Posted September 3rd, 2015 at 7:13 pm by David Boult in Bird News

River Taw / River Caen

2 Ospreys , 1 Marsh Harrier & 1 Peregrine over Chivenor this morning.

Posted September 3rd, 2015 at 11:47 am by David Paterson in Bird News

R.Taw. Pottington to Ashford Sewage Works 08:30-09:45.

1 Greenshank; 12 Redshank; 1 female Goosander; 7 Little Egret; 2 Bar-tailed Godwit; 4 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 juvenile Curlew Sandpiper.

On Penhill Marsh were a further 10 Little Egret and in the field next to Bradiford Reserve were 20 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 adult Med Gull. In the ditch next to Ashford Sewage Works was 1 Kingfisher.

Yesterday btwn 14:05 and 15:30 there were 9 Black-tailed Godwit; 11 Little Egret; 3 Bar-tailed Godwit; 1 Redshank off Pottington and 13 Sanderling (in B.P) on sandbar in middle of the river. A further 4 Black-tailed Godwit in field next to B.Reserve with 1 Bar-tailed Godwit off Ashford Sewage Works and the Green Sandpiper in the adjacent ditch. 

Posted September 3rd, 2015 at 10:46 am by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Wednesday 2nd September 2015

East Soar & Starehole Valley

A good smattering of migrants included 210 Swallow, Yellow Wagtail, 13 Pied Wagtail, Redstart, 28 Wheatear, 7 Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 18 Chiffchaff, 10 Willow Warbler and 5 Spotted Flycatcher. Also: Grey Heron flying west, Greenshank over & a Bullfinch. Rode Deer dam with calf & 1st autumn Clouded Yellow!

Posted September 2nd, 2015 at 4:39 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

River Caen.

0930-1300  The OSPREY was on the Taw behind Rmb Chivenor all morning ( metal post and small wooden post ) Male MARSH HARRIER over Horsey island also on horsey 20 Greenshank 8 Redshank and a CURLEW SANDPIPER.

Posted September 2nd, 2015 at 2:57 pm in Bird News

Efford Marsh

Seen recently at Efford Marsh on 23 & 24 Aug: 2 Little Stint, 3 Dunlin and Greenshank Efford Marsh - M Woodman-Smith

Little Stints with 3 dunlin and Greenshank Efford Marsh 2 Sep 2015

 

Posted September 2nd, 2015 at 2:46 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Osprey & Marsh Harrier North Devon.

Osprey on the River Taw at the mouth of the Caen & a Marsh Harrier on the Chivenor side of the Caen this morning.

Posted September 2nd, 2015 at 12:29 pm by David Paterson in Bird News

Avon Dam - South Brent

Five Whinchat sitting on ferns at top of path near Dam from Shipley Bridge plus one very handsome Wheatear  on grass nearby. Mixed flock of tits with Goldcrests nearer to car park. Raven cronking over.

Posted September 2nd, 2015 at 9:59 am by Michael Nott in Bird News

Tuesday 1st September 2015

Bowling green marsh

A quick look after work 15:30 till 17:30

The imm/fem Garganey was showing well from the hide good numbers of teal , mallards   2 pintail, 30+ wigeon, 2 snipe

from the viewing platform 1 juv ruff

Posted September 1st, 2015 at 10:50 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Torr Quarry

70 + Ravens circling above Torr Quarry near Kingsbridge this morning.

Posted September 1st, 2015 at 5:24 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Chivenor

The Osprey still on it's favourite post by Chivenor this morning. Two Wheatears nearby, and a few Mediterranean Gulls on the grass by the Caen 

Posted September 1st, 2015 at 1:04 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

South Huish Sunday eve

Black-tailed godwit (10 juvs, 3 ads), dunlin (9 juvs, 2 ads), ruff (1 juv), ringed plover (4), little egret (1).

Posted September 1st, 2015 at 8:44 am by Richard Archer in Bird News

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