Devon Bird Sightings from 8th–14th September 2015

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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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

Velator

2 Wheatears and a Yellow Wagtail this afternoon at Velator.

Posted September 12th, 2015 at 10:51 pm by Andy Leat in General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

Sherford Cross, near Chillington

Hobby over cereal fields.

Posted September 10th, 2015 at 12:46 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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