Devon Bird Sightings from 8th–14th January 2016


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

Thursday 14th January 2016

Darts Farm, Topsham

The Little Bunting was still present today but mobile and elusive in with the finch flocks. I had it a couple of times very early afternoon. It's best to wait by the path leading up the eastern edge of the cropfield above the ponds and let the bird come in and out with the roving finch flocks. Also there 3 Brambling including a very smart male and the 2 Egyptian Geese were in the next field north.

Posted January 14th, 2016 at 10:36 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News


Exmouth Seafront - the first-winter Glaucous Gull was roosting on a sandbar late this afternoon. Viewed from the clock tower and would have been visible from Warren Point too.

Posted January 14th, 2016 at 6:43 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Stover Park and Haldon Forest

5 Goosander on Stover lake (4 m, 1 f) and 3 G C Grebe were the highlights amongst the usual others, feeders very busy Marsh Tit, Nuthatch, Bullfinch, lots of Coal Tits etc.

Video of Goosanders -

Haldon Forest (very cold wind) Siskin on feeders and brief male Brambling among the Chaffinches.

Goosander Female
Goosander Female

Goosander Male
Goosander Male


Posted January 14th, 2016 at 6:34 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

South Huish Marsh ~ Glossy Ibis

While debating the identity of some Pipits on South Huish Marsh early this afternoon one of the birders present picked out a Glossy Ibis feeding with a mixed flock of Oystercatchers, Starling, Jackdaws and Black-headed Gull.

The Glossy Ibis was showing very well if a bit distant but was very flighty and frequently taking to the air and giving good views of it in full flight before returning to the same area.

The Pipits present certainly included Rock and Meadow and the bird subject to debate possibly being identified as a Water Pipit certainly very light compared to the other species pale buffy grey brown top and white undersides.

The regular Ruddy Shelduck was with a flock of Canadian Geese; also present were Teal, Mallard, Heron, Lapwing, Song Thrush, Stonechat and Pied Wagtails.

Posted January 14th, 2016 at 6:23 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Wembury and River Plym

Sunny and muddy and a bracing wind this morning at Wembury but nice views of a water pipit, female type black redstart and common sandpiper on the beach near the sewage pipe at Wembury Point - water pipit constantly chasing off any rock pipits that dared to venture onto a small mass of seaweed where it was feeding.

Also seen - a good count of 74 oystercaatcher, 3 curlew and 8 little egrets along the beach, a flyover grey wagtail, a pair of bullfinch, 3 singing song thrush and a kestrel.

Offshore a few gannet and around The Mewstone a few fulmar.

From Laira Bridge over the River Plym a black necked grebe showing very well with 3 little grebe. A great northern diver also showing well as it headed down river, spooking the grebes as it dived beneath them. A kingfisher, 2 greenshank, 4 little egrets, a great crested grebe and a grey wagtail also seen.

Posted January 14th, 2016 at 5:20 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

East Dartmoor

Soussons: Superb adult male Hen Harrier hunting valley by Golden Dagger mine. Also: Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker & nearby 70 Fieldfare.

Bellever: 3 Siskin, Dipper.

Yarner Wood:  2m1f Mandarin Duck, 3 Marsh Tit, 2 Nuthatch.

Posted January 14th, 2016 at 4:44 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News


 A Firecrest was present in the garden again today.

Posted January 14th, 2016 at 2:26 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Wednesday 13th January 2016

Brixham Harbour

3 GN Divers showing well in the inner harbour this morning; unfortunately, one has some oil on its underside.  In addition, 3 more GN Divers close in on the seaward side of the Breakwater. 

Posted January 13th, 2016 at 10:50 pm by George and Les Carr in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

I had  two visits to the Lower Lake today, there were 27 Goosander 18m 9f, 2 Cormorants, 2 G.C.Grebe, 18 Tufted Duck, c90 Black-headed Gull, 6 Teal,1 Grey Heron, 3 Coot, 1 Wren, 1 Nuthatch, Marsh,Willow,Blue,Great Tit seen.

Posted January 13th, 2016 at 6:31 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News


Shelly Beach - late pm - adult Bonaparte's Gull showing down to a few feet off Shelly Beach. Also a first or second-winter Glaucous Gull off there - roosting on Bull Hill. Nearby both Little and Great Crested Grebe in the Marina and the Black Redstart by the entrance to Warren View playing fields. Photos and more info on

Posted January 13th, 2016 at 5:46 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Exe Estuary et al

Bowling Green Marsh: Amongst the throng: American Wigeon showing well, 8 Pintail, 2 Pochard, 143 Shoveler, c.700 Black-tailed Godwit plus Spotted Redshank & 15 Grey Plover from viewpoint.

Darts Farm: Male Brambling, c.200 Chaffinch, 6 Reed Bunting, 2 Egyptian Geese. Little Bunting reported but extremely elusive!

Powderham Marshes & Estuary: Brent Goose 900, Black Brant, Avocet 50, Shelduck 100, Ringed Plover 12, Red-breasted Merganser 5, Golden Plover 80 over, Little Egret 11 some with single Cattle Egret.

Stover Country Park: Goosander & 3 Great Crested Grebe.

Posted January 13th, 2016 at 5:26 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News


Had a walk through the woods plenty of bird life had 10 pluss goldcrest in with the tit flocks,three male bullfinches and one female two siskins,two redwings.

Posted January 13th, 2016 at 4:43 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Glossy Ibis Seaton

Glossy Ibis seen to day, pm, from bird hide at Seaton Marshes.  I am not sure what the hid is called, it is the one out beside the tram line

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Posted January 13th, 2016 at 4:41 pm by Rob Jerrard in Bird News


1130 this morning 10 male goosander and 3 female resting on lake.

Posted January 13th, 2016 at 3:53 pm by Tony Brooking in Bird News

Great Skua off Ilfracombe.

  Just 200 metres offshore ,a Great Skua flew west off Capstone ,Ilfracombe  On a calm sea.   Rather surprising having spent two hours at Hartland point yesterday in a north westerly gale hoping for a Skua.   Did see plenty of Fulmars and Kittiwakes,6 Gannets and a party of 8 Common Scoter plus a few Auks.Still at least 4 Siskin at Braunton feeding in Alders with Goldfinch.

Posted January 13th, 2016 at 3:45 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Little Bunting

A quick visit to Darts Farm 07:30 - 08:45 this morning to look for Brambling was rewarded with a Little Bunting. It showed rather well for a few minutes in the trees that run along the top of the corn field. Also female Brambling. 

Posted January 13th, 2016 at 3:09 pm in Bird News


The three Spoonbills by the Tarka Trail this morning at about 09.30 - 10.00. In the reserve 2 Chiffchaffs taking advantage of the sunshine to find a few insects.

Posted January 13th, 2016 at 2:51 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Berry Head

Black Guillemot again. This time seen fairly close in from halfway down the quarry path. Scambled down to get a couple of iffy record shots! Still there 1115.

Posted January 13th, 2016 at 12:22 pm by John Lusher in Bird News

Tuesday 12th January 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

A look over the marsh mid-morning the American Wigeon eventually woke up and was showing well in the left water channel and later in the field along the road also the Spotted Redshank, Pochard, Tufted Duck and the usual assortment of ducks and waders. Mid-day 13 Red Breasted Mergansers around Topsham quay.

Link to American Wigeon.

American Wigeon
American Wigeon

Posted January 12th, 2016 at 7:23 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Taw Estuary

A good sized flock of Goldies on Bassett's Ridge but not the total number for the estuary.

3 Spoonbills resting on the east bank of Chivenor Ridge waiting for the water level to be shallow enough to start searching for food in the North Gut. Gale force 8 NW.

Posted January 12th, 2016 at 6:49 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Haldon Forest

The male Brambling still showing well by the visitors centre mixing with the Chaffinch flock. Plenty of Siskins on the feeders.


Posted January 12th, 2016 at 6:45 pm by david cawthraw in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh

Male Marsh Harrier again this morning from the reserve in extremely windy conditions.

Posted January 12th, 2016 at 3:29 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Whitleigh Garden

 Gold finches 12 in number on feeder in garden the most i have seen so far.

Posted January 12th, 2016 at 3:15 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Monday 11th January 2016


A glorious sunny day down around Plymouth today.

Steer Point, Brixton ~ Curlew, Redshank, Oystercatcher and Green Woodpecker calling from across the river.

Turnchapel ~ Little Grebe (4) Kingfisher, Shelduck, Redshank, Little Egret, Grey Heron and Cormorant. (Local resident reported seeing a Barn owl at Staddiscombe in the last day or so)

Mount Batten ~ Rock Pipit, large numbers of Goldfinch one counted flock of 32 birds, hen Stonechat, several Goldcrest, Shag, Cormorant, Oystercatcher, Curlew, Great Black Backed Gull all viewed from the car park overlooking the break water.

From the slip way in front of the boat yards a very obliging Mediterranean Gull and Little Egret.

On the River Plym from the Embankment 6 Red-breasted Merganser (4 M – 2F) Redshank, Kingfisher, Curlew, Little Egret, at least 4 Little Grebe, Shelduck and the expected gull species.

Posted January 11th, 2016 at 8:16 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Axe Marshes

Glossy ibis seen briefly from the hide at Seaton Marshes, otherwise birds as reported from the field trip group.


Posted January 11th, 2016 at 8:15 pm by Helen Whitall in Bird News

Baggy Point & Downend

4 Red throated Divers several hundred metres north of the point.

0 Common Scoters at Baggy & Downend.

Posted January 11th, 2016 at 6:17 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Black Hole Marsh - Colyford Common

24 members attended the first fieldtrip of the year with EAST Devon Branch and led by Bob Olliver.  Black Hole Marsh contained too much water for waders and the fields and Common were water logged but accessible via the new cyle way and boardwalks. The group split up as the morning progressed to allow for our numbers!  

Main interest were from 4 Chiffchaff (one near Field Study Centre and 3 in reeds at top end of Common).  Gulls present on scrape on Colyford Common produced a few Common Gulls and 3 Mediterranean (with a forth viewed on estuary from Tower Hide).   Large flock of Lapwing (c300) present on Common at a distance.  A single Gadwall on BHM viewed from TH.  Kingfisher, Stonechats, Kestrel, 2 Little Grebe, small number of Bl-tailed Godwits also present plus Sparrow Hawk and five Buzzard scoped over HIlls to east, plus Barn Owl. A good start to 2016.


Posted January 11th, 2016 at 6:13 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Fernworthy Reservoir

My first visit to Fernworthy Reservoir, an enjoyable circumnavigation finishing at the hides.

Species of note were a Kestrel (see photo) perched at the top of a large conifer on the northern side of the reservoir in perfect light. At the higher of the two hides, solitary Mallard (m), Great Crested and Little Grebes the GCG seen (and photographed at distance) catching a large fish. 

From the lower hide a small group of 5 Tufted Ducks (no photos my battery ran out). 

On the walk back to the car park a pair of Goldfinches.

This is a lovely site and the lower hide is in a great location so will definitely be visiting again soon.


Great Crested Grebe
Great Crested Grebe

Posted January 11th, 2016 at 5:17 pm by Andy Brown in Bird News

Slapton Ley

From the Slapton end of the Ley: 6 Goldeye, Tufted Ducks, Gadwalls, uncountable numbers of Coots and 2 Great Crested Grebes. Along the footpath: 1 Firecrest and several Redwings. Walked over to Torcross and half way along the path (road side) a Marsh Harrier giving good views flying over the reed beds. From the Torcross hide: 3 Black-necked Grebes. On my return leg a Water Rail by the bridge near the Slapton end entrance. Cettis Warblers calling all around. Chiffchaff and Reed buntings the other birds of note.

Posted January 11th, 2016 at 5:04 pm by david cawthraw in Bird News


Both bird species showing well



Posted January 11th, 2016 at 4:52 pm by Colin Scott in Bird News

South Huish Marsh, Bolberry Down & Slapton Ley

South Huish Marsh: Ruddy Shelduck, 4 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, Water Pipit, 4 Stonechat.

Bolberry Down:  Dartford Warbler in gorse scrub. Kestrel.

Slapton Ley: 3 Black-necked Grebes at Torcross; 3 Great Crested Grebe, Goldeneye, Water Rail, 2 Cetti's Warblers.

Posted January 11th, 2016 at 4:36 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Mergansers on the Exe

Just spotted a pair of Red-breasted Mergansers on the River Exe from the bridge at Duckes Marsh, Exeter.  They were heading upstream.

Posted January 11th, 2016 at 3:45 pm by Sam Stripp in Bird News


 The Siberian Chiffchaff was again in the reedy ditch near to the sea wall this morning with 3 Firecrest and 3-4 Goldcrest, 2 Siskin in the taller alders also.

 Siberian Chiffchaff Broadsands 11 Jan 2016 ML  Firecrest Broadsands 11 Jan 2016 ML

Video - Siberian Chiffchaff:

Video - Siberian Chiffchaff magically turning into a Goldcrest!:


Posted January 11th, 2016 at 2:41 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News


Black guillemot c. 300 metres off shoalstone pool 1130 this morning. Watched for about 20 mins. Wing panels looked pure white so probably adult. Took a couple of long range record shots but not very good!

Posted January 11th, 2016 at 1:46 pm by John Lusher in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh

The male Marsh Harrier was again present in a tree in the reed-bed near Chivenor this morning. Viewed from in the reserve.

Posted January 11th, 2016 at 12:32 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


news from sunday

cattle egret with 9 little egrets south of turf in field with cattle feeder west of railway line 3 pm onwards. flew to roost to powderham at 4.30 pm

also black brant in fields between turf and powderham corner.

Posted January 11th, 2016 at 11:18 am by Leigh lock in Bird News

Sunday 10th January 2016

Leuchistic Oystercatcher @ Brixham Pier

10-01-16 a Leuchistic Oystercatcher @ Brixham Pier seen this afternoon it took me a little while to see this as I though it was first year colours

Leuchistic Oystercatcher @ Brixham Pier
Leuchistic Oystercatcher @ Brixham Pier

Posted January 10th, 2016 at 9:26 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

South Efford Marsh

South Efford, late am/early pm, of note: 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Kingfishers, 1 Firecrest, 8 Bullfinches (flock).

Posted January 10th, 2016 at 9:19 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

South Huish Marsh

Ruddy Shelduck still present and 1 Peregrine, South Huish Marsh, early am.

Posted January 10th, 2016 at 9:17 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Torbay boat trip

Fine weather for this mornings boat trip around Torbay. All as per Nigels previous post, but whilst he was making the tea I had 2 small flocks of Razorbills, each of around 10 -12 individuals - so Razorbill count up to around 25. Also 2-3 Ravens & a Little Egret. The unknown grebe turns out to be partial summer plumage GC Grebe amongst the winter plumage birds. 




Posted January 10th, 2016 at 9:01 pm by Paul Treen in Bird News

Isley Marsh. Could these be Great Egrets?

As a very inexperienced birder I'd appreciate some help here. 4 Spoonbills fairly close, who then flew off some distance to stand beside what looked through bins to be 2 egrets, but the same size as the spoonbills! ie huge for Little Egrets. However they definitely had nape feathers.

So too big for Little Egret but Greats dont have nape feathers and shouldnt really be here. However I note that the 'Where to watch Birds in Devon and Cornwall' mentions a sighting of 1 Great Egret at Braunton Marsh which is just opposite.

Could it be??

Posted January 10th, 2016 at 8:24 pm by Jonathan Hughes-Jones in Bird News

Avocet Cruise out of Topsham

Good numbers of Godwits as you'd expect with plenty of Dunlin and Grey Plover showing well. With plenty of Floodwater around Topsham and the Clyst confluence the Avocet numbers were diluted with birds seen off Lympstone and further downstream. Nice to see good numbers of Sanderling and Ringed Plover just downstream of Turf locks. 15+ Red Breasted Mergansers seen and great views of a pair of Goldeneye near Topsham. We had an amazing flyby from 300+ Brent Geese heading towards Exminster Marshes.

A quick look at Bowling Green Marsh where the Marsh had been taken over by 2000+ Widgeon and other wildfowl but no American. Just before I left the whole flock was spooked and then the Marsh was birdless. Quite a sight.

Good day around Topsham.  

Godwits off Topsham
Godwits off Topsham

Goldeneye near Turf Lock
Goldeneye near Turf Lock

Red Breasted Mergansers
Red Breasted Mergansers

Posted January 10th, 2016 at 7:33 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Brixham Harbour 10-01-16

10-01-16 Brixham Harbour & Pier.
3 Great Northern Divers in the inner harbour, did'nt seem to bother too much about me taking photo's, several Sahgs and cormorants along with plenty of Turnstones. On The Harbour Pier, Turnstones, about a dozen Purple Sandpipers and a Oystercatcher

Great Norther Divers
Great Norther Divers

Purple Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper


Posted January 10th, 2016 at 7:24 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Birding around Topsham

Had such a good day around Topsham and Darts Farm, found 49 species but sure I missed a few, A Spotted Redshank showing well on the platform.

Posted January 10th, 2016 at 7:04 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Topsham - Dart's Farm

One female Brambling in the mixed finch flock feeding in the maze this morning,

Posted January 10th, 2016 at 6:51 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 12:00 till 14:00 from the hide

With water levels still high wildfowl numbers are very good with 2500+ wigeon a very impressive sight, 200+ teal, 30+ gadwall , 120+ shoveler, 2 pochard, 5+ tufted duck, , 2 sparrowhawk, 1 peregrine, 2 buzzard, 2 nuthatch, 4+ song thrush, 80+ chaffinch, 400+ black tailed godwits, 1 water rail, 2 Cetti's warbler, 12+ goldcrests, 2 coal tits, 1 great spotted woodpecker.

Posted January 10th, 2016 at 6:46 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Stover CP

Male Goosander showing well on the lake this afternoon.

Posted January 10th, 2016 at 5:43 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

South Hams

A late morning start for a drive round some of the South Hams birding spots

The tidal road at Averton Gifford, gave Little Egret, Redshank, Greenshank and Oyster Catcher.

Kingsbridge Quay almost devoid of bird life a few Herring Gulls and a couple of Redshank.

Bowcombe Creek near Kingsbridge had a good number of Shell duck up river from the A379 road bridge, Curlew and Redshank.

Slapton Ley very busy with a fishing festival the entire length of the beach and a prolonged down pour put paid to any birding as such, most of the water birds on the ley were gathered on the Higher Ley, Slapton Field centre end)

Blackdown Rings,  Nr Loddiswell (very wet as are most places) but Yellow Hammer a large moving flock of Redwing, Wren and a few Pheasant.

Back home in South Brent a garden watch gave Wren, Song and Mistle Thrush, Redwing, a male Bullfinch, Stock Dove, GSWP, Long Tailed Tit, hen Siskin and a Goldcrest.

Posted January 10th, 2016 at 4:18 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Teignmouth Sunday 2.00 pm

Great Northen Diver.  Four, possibly five off Sprey Point. At times very close to shore.

Fulmars back on nesting sites off Holcombe.

Smaller unidentified diver further out to sea off Holcombe.

Posted January 10th, 2016 at 4:14 pm by Patrick Case in Bird News

Tamar estuary / Ernesettle

1200 - 1510 

On a falling tide:  32 Avocet, 57 Teal, 5 Great crested Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 4 Greenshank, 2 Shelduck, 1 Common gull, 1 Kingfisher, and 4 Buzzard circling high overhead.

Posted January 10th, 2016 at 4:06 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News


The Siberian Chiffchaff was present in the small pool between the carparks mid morning and two Firecrest in the reedy ditch near to the sea wall, also 2 Siskin in the alders between the car parks. At least 10 Cirl Buntings and 1 Reed Bunting on seed in the 2nd car park.

On the sea: 33 Great Crested Grebes, 12 Great Northern Divers on the sea one flew off high inland toward the the River Dart.

Posted January 10th, 2016 at 3:59 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Boat trip Torbay

Sunshine for this mornings boat trip on the Dart Princess in Torbay gave us a mixture of birds including 35+ Great Northern Diver, 30+ Great Crested Grebe, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Grebe which needs closer look at Paul Treen's picture, 40+ Cormorant, 5 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Razorbill ( entrance to Paignton Harbour ), no Guillemots on colony but many on the water from Brixham to Hopes Nose. On Ore Stone and Thatcher Rock at least 40+ Great Black-backed Gull, the most i have seen in an area in the Bay. In Brixham Harbour 2 Grey Seals hauled out on marina wave break, one appered to  have an old wound on back. A good trip in lovely sunshine, next Sunday trip full. 


Posted January 10th, 2016 at 3:40 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Stover Lake, Newton Abbot

 A drier day today with the following wildfowl on the lake: 4 Goosander, 7 Tufted Duck,3 Pochard, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Great crested Grebe, 7 Coot, 1  adult Grey Heron, 5 Cormorant, Snipe & Water Rail in the marsh. Plenty of woodland species around the aerial walkway feeder including Marsh Tit. A few more Siskin calling than previous weeks.

Posted January 10th, 2016 at 2:36 pm by JDA in Bird News

Saturday 9th January 2016

Clennon Lakes

Despite the rain and even lightning, a brave birding group turned up for a walk around the lakes the highlight was a brief view of the Siberian Chiffchaff in the ditch near to the water pumping station close to the Torbay Leisure centre, lots of Goldcrest but no Firecrest today.

Posted January 9th, 2016 at 8:30 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News


The American wigeon was on Bowling Green Marsh this morning with thousands of Wigeon. 25 Gadwall was a high number for the marsh. The marsh was looking and sounding fantastic.

Posted January 9th, 2016 at 6:55 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Decoy to BGM

Decoy lake, Newton Abbot ~ The recently reportedScaup and a single Gadwall both showing at very close quarters by the slip way as you walk out to the lake from the car park and buildings, 18 Coot counted, Moorhen, Mute Swan and Back Headed Gulls.

Darts Farm simply weathered off due to a prolonged period of torrential rain, Carrion Crows and Wood Pigeons landing on the arable field but very little else, welly boots now needed on the path way.

Bowling Green Marsh was simply incredible, a huge number of ducks, predominantly Wigeon, one birder had made a count of an estimated 2000 (the American Wigeon had reportedly been present earlier in the day)

A large raft of Shovellers, a single Gadwall, Pintails, two drake Tufted, three Grey Lag Geese with the large numbers of Canadian Geese.

Waders well represented with large numbers of Godwits, Redshank, a small number of Avocet flew in, Lapwings, Grey Plover, Snipe and in clear open view in front of the hide two Greenshank and a single Spotted Redshank giving the best views that I have had to date of this species.

Exminster Marshes is still very badly flooded and very little to be seen other than Canadian Geese and Lapwings.

Plenty of Little Egret around the Powderham area but no sign of the Cattle Egret from today’s wanderings.

On the approach to Star Cross a Bar Headed Goose in with a flock of Canadian Geese, Wigeon, Curlew and Oyster Catchers.

The River Teign by Shaldon Bridge gave a male Red Breasted Merganser, then the heavens opened again the day came to an unbelievably wet end.

Posted January 9th, 2016 at 6:15 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Gannets in the Sounds

Almost a dozen adult Gannets fishing in Plymouth Sound In all that

wind & rain!

Posted January 9th, 2016 at 6:12 pm by Stephen J Turner in Bird News

Glossy Ibis - South Efford Marsh

Went to South Huish Marsh late this morning, but no sign of the reported glossy ibis. Later 2.30 - 1600 went to a very wet South Efford Marsh, Aveton Gifford. A glossy ibis, present amongst approx 20 curlew and reasonable numbers, 50 or so of each species, mallard, teal and wigeon. 2 greenshank and 1 redshank showed well in the pool in front of the hide. A distant record shot of the ibis as I left.

Glossy Ibis - South Efford Marsh - 9.1.16
Glossy Ibis - South Efford Marsh - 9.1.16

Posted January 9th, 2016 at 5:42 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Egrets at Darts Farm

Further to Simon Tonge's post yesterday, here's a phot of Cattle and Little Egrets for size comparison. Quyality poor because they were quite distant.

Cattle Egret  and Little Egret
Cattle Egret and Little Egret

Posted January 9th, 2016 at 5:16 pm by Margaret Mackintosh in Bird News


Met Rob J on the Tarka Trail near Tesco this morning, (female Great Spotted Woodpecker gave great views) and we tracked down the Siskin flock in the Alders on the south side of the Tesco bridge. There were 25+ feeding well, but were then put up by something, again no Redpolls apparent.

I went over to the reserve and found at least a dozen (more?) Siskin there. A Redshank was again on the flood, and the Gull flock included a couple of Common Gulls. Went on down to the estuary - in the Caen quite a few Redshank, one Little Grebe and a Common Sandpiper.

Looking across at Isley, I could make out one Spoonbill, and at least 10 Little Egrets in the area. 

On my way home I got to the Tarka Trail and once again the Siskins were in the Alders (by the trail this time) and it seemed as if there were more. The heavens opened, it got darker and it was clearly time for lunch.....

Posted January 9th, 2016 at 2:01 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Evening and morning at Sherpah marsh

Great views of a hunting Barn Owl with Kestrel, a large flock of Pied Wagtails 30+ and two Cetti's calling from the marsh Friday evening. This morning 3 Spoonbills on the flood near the tarka trail.

Posted January 9th, 2016 at 12:30 pm by Rob Barnes in Bird News

Friday 8th January 2016

Westward Ho! Purple Sandpipers.

  Five Purple Sandpipers on rocks at high tide,just west of 

Nassau Court.

Posted January 8th, 2016 at 7:27 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Greater Scaup Decoy Lake Newton Abbot

Greater Scaup
Greater Scaup

Posted January 8th, 2016 at 6:44 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Darts Farm, Topsham

A cattle egret was with three little egrets in front of the hide at midday, and a brambling was among the chaffinches and goldfinches at the top of the little hill that overlooks the whole site.

Posted January 8th, 2016 at 6:27 pm by Simon Tonge in Bird News

Cackling Goose

I haven't heard of the Cackling Goose mentioned in recent dispatches, but can confirm it was still present at Matford Pools, Exeter, this lunchtime.  It was in its usual haunt at the end nearest the thatched cottage and skulking amongst the sedge grasses.  Also there with the usual ducks were two pairs of Gadwall.

Posted January 8th, 2016 at 5:09 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

South Huish Marsh & South Efford Marsh

South Huish: Glossy Ibis showing well. Also: Kingfisher, Ringed Plover, 56 Wigeon, 54 Teal.

West Buckland: 2 Chiffchaff.

South Efford: 170 Wigeon, 30 Teal, Kingfisher, 3 Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, 2 Redshank. No sign of water pipit!

Posted January 8th, 2016 at 4:22 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News


Sue Bruce told me of a flock of Goldfinch, Siskins and a few  Redpoll along the Tarka Trail near the Tesco bridge, so I returned this afternoon and did indeed find Goldfinches and Siskins, but sadly no Redpoll. Worth another look I think...

Posted January 8th, 2016 at 4:18 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Slapton Ley

08:20-13:00. Moderate SSW veering SW, bright spells, heavy shower midday.

On arrival at Slapton Bridge nice looking dark Marsh Harrier quartering the Higher Ley. Little Grebe on the Graveyard Pool. Walked around to Southgrounds, 7 more Little Grebes ( can't recall seeing a Great Crested Grebe which is unusual ), 108 Tufted Ducks ( no Pochards ), 10 Goldeneyes ( 5 males ), 2 Mistle Thrushes, 4 Redwings, male Blackcap and 2 Firecrests. Did the Johnny Cash bit and walked the line  ( to Torcross ) but the sea was very quiet, just a distant unidentified diver heading south. At Torcross the 2 Black-necked Grebes together viewable from the tank.

Lots of birdsong, Goldeneye displaying, a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming and even a frog croaking briefly in Ireland Bay, someone better tell them about next week !


Posted January 8th, 2016 at 4:02 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News


The Siberian Chiffchaff has been showing well again - now that the little bully of a Yellow-browed Warbler has moved on. Also a single collybita type Chiffchaff present. Nice comparison shots today below:

Siberian Chiffchaff Broadsands 8th Jan 2016 ML  Chiffchaff 'collybita' Broadsands 8th Jan 2016

On the Sea: 5 Great Northern Divers & 21 Great Crested Grebes

Posted January 8th, 2016 at 3:58 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

The American Wigeon was showing to the left of the hide amongst huge numbers of Wigeon this lunchtime.

In the field by the platform a large flock of Brent Geese.

From the platform, a Spotted Redshank showing well.

Posted January 8th, 2016 at 2:53 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Tarka trail - Chivenor

I am delighted to report that the wonderful ghost of all Robins is still with us having made it through a challenging couple of months weather wise.

Posted January 8th, 2016 at 1:39 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

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