Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from October 2016

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

Changes to Devon Bird Sightings

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

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

2019 Descriptions - last call

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

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

 

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

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

Monday 31st October 2016

Roadford Lake

Juv Long Tailed Duck still  at Roadford Lake from the viaduct.

Juvenile Long Tailed Duck
Juvenile Long Tailed Duck

Juvenile Long Tailed Duck
Juvenile Long Tailed Duck

Posted October 31st, 2016 at 8:28 pm by Adrian Davey in Bird News

skern

Pale belly brent amongst 94 nominates+75 pintail my highest count here.Seem toget higher numbers than previous years,1000 golden plover,15 lapwing

Posted October 31st, 2016 at 7:34 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Soar

Did a vis mig watch from Sharp Tor 07:00-08:15 and headed on a mainly east bearing, as always into the wind were 2 alba Wagtails, 3 Skylarks, 23 Meadow Pipits, 35 Linnets, 102 Goldfinches, 183 Chaffinches, 1 Brambling and 14 Siskins. Also 1530 Woodpigeons with a few Stock Doves mixed in . One maverick Lesser Redpoll had to be different and fly west. Also 4 Goldcrests and 3 Coal Tits around the Tor ( the latter not seen well but likely to be fairly local instead of continental ). Had a look around East Soar and Starehole but quiet, 4 Snipe, Fieldfare, 2 Chiffchaffs, 4 Goldcrests and a Reed Bunting.

Posted October 31st, 2016 at 5:01 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

North Devon - Down End

Nine Common Eider. 4 adults 5 juvenille

Posted October 31st, 2016 at 4:57 pm by John Bronze in Bird News

Wistlandpound Reservoir

A wonderful sunlit reservoir this morning.  Peace and quiet until the Great White Egret was chased away by dogs off the lead.


Posted October 31st, 2016 at 4:09 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

A short walk around the southern half of the marshes in sunshine this morning revealed a good selection of birds. Lots of blackbirds, two song thrushes and a few redwing in Station road. On the lagoon the male American Wigeon was still present and associating with what looks like a female American Wigeon; grey head and neck but I was unable to see the under-wing. Elsewhere lapwing, Cettis at 4 locations, at least 4 squealing water-rail and skylarks overhead.

Posted October 31st, 2016 at 1:55 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Snow Buntings Northam Burrows

Two of the three present this morning just north of the visitor centre. Flushed by a Rook and flew towards Sandy Mere.

Posted October 31st, 2016 at 1:33 pm by jon turner in Bird News

Berry Head

Dusky Warbler calling and showing well regularly at bottom of the quarry. Spending alot of time up in the sycamores at the back of the quarry.

Video Clips here: https://youtu.be/aW7Kal7fQps     & in trees   https://youtu.be/YhrE7r2OLAU 

 

Dusky Warbler Berry Head Devon 31 Oct 2016 ML

Overhead(selected): 1 Brambling, 1 Siskin, 30+ Chaffinches, 8 Skylarks, 2 Great Northern Divers, 16 Redwing 3 Song Thrush

Posted October 31st, 2016 at 9:53 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Black Redstart

Male black redstart on rooftops, on the right hand side, half way down Jubilee Road, Newton Abbot

Posted October 31st, 2016 at 9:52 am by Kevin Johns in Bird News

Sunday 30th October 2016

Avon Dam

Message from Tom Hallam to say the Hen Harrier was showing well up at the Avon Dam today.

Posted October 30th, 2016 at 8:56 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Around the Axe

Three Yellow-browed Warblers on patch today, with new birds at Lower Bruckland Pond (top pond) and Axmouth (bottom of Stepps Lane ~ JMcC), and a bird present for its third day at Black Hole Marsh (on lane near the carpark). 

Plenty of Redwing, Song Thrush and Blackbird going over as I write this, but there's still not that many thrushes around here by day. Maybe tomorrow will be different?

Posted October 30th, 2016 at 7:31 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Plymouth area

Staddon Heights & Bovisand this morning - 14 Lapwings over, Mistle Thrush, 5 Goldcrests and a Chiffchaff.

This evening on the Plym Est' at high tide: Redshank 127, Greenshank 4, Little Egret 8, Curlew 49 and Mandarin Duck 2.

Posted October 30th, 2016 at 6:17 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Shaldon

One Yellow-browed Warbler heard close to the entrance to Shaldon Zoo at 2.40 this afternoon but not after.

Posted October 30th, 2016 at 5:47 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Shrike

The Shrike still at Soussons, viewable from the track. Can people please not chase the bird as was seen today.

Posted October 30th, 2016 at 5:40 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Huge Flock

Had the privilege of watching a huge mixed flock of Starling, Fieldfare and Redwing, must have been close to a 1000 birds clearing the berries of Rowen between West Shallowford and Yar Tor on Dartmoor. Sat in my car and watched and listen to the noise for half an hour, brilliant!

Starlings and Redwing Starling and Fieldfare
Starling and Fieldfare

Redwing and Fieldfare
Redwing and Fieldfare

Posted October 30th, 2016 at 5:37 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

N. Hallsands

Another Yellow Browed this morning.  Also there c 20 Chiffchaffs, but very little else.

Yellow Browed Warble
Yellow-browed Warbler

Posted October 30th, 2016 at 4:45 pm by Alan K Searle. in Bird News

Berry Head and Clennon Lakes

Tesco's Bags of Help

If you know anyone living in Torbay or Newton Abbot area please ask them to put the tokens after shopping at Tesco in the Clennon Lakes slot we are aiming for the top £12,000 to improve the site particularly the footpaths - voting takes place from 31 Oct- 13 Nov

Berry Head: very little on the move today Black Redstart was the highlight around the coastguard station.

Black Redstart Berry Hd 30 Oct 2016 ML

Clennon Lakes: 2 Yellow-browed Warblers (one very yellowy in the supercilium) in same willow tree down by the lower weir with just 1 Chiffchaff. Cettis Warbler still present, 1 Firecrest, 5 Goldcrest, 9 Gadwall, 2 teal, 3 Water Rail and 2 Kingfishers. 

Yellow-browed Warbler Clennon Lakes 30 Oct 2016 ML  Yellow-browed Warbler2 Clennon Lakes 30 Oct 2016 ML

2 Yellow-Brwd Warblers in same willow tree - one with yellowy supercilium the other white supercilium 

Posted October 30th, 2016 at 3:26 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Anchorwood bank Barnstaple 11:30 - 12:30

Could not see the Catle Egret but plenty of stuff in the estuary inc:-

Blackwits x 30, Cormorant x 42, several Pintail and Teal and a large flock of Golden plover roosting on the sandbank off of Penhill marsh (at least 200 but could have been many more).

Pintail female
Pintail female

Posted October 30th, 2016 at 2:14 pm by Roy Churchill in Bird News

Berry Head and Brixham Breakwater.

A good early morning walk on Berry Head and Brixham Harbour. 800+ Guillemots on the colony cliffs, 2 Ravens, could not find ML Black Redstart , nice Pied Wagtail at end of headland.

Brixham Breakwater. 6 Purple Sandpiper, a Great Black-backed gull enjoying a feast on a large fish head on slipway.

Torbay boat trips start next Sunday morning if interested call 07866202576

Posted October 30th, 2016 at 2:11 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Wistlandpound Reservoir

A quick early morning visit today.  4 little grebe, 3 cormorant, 1 grey heron. 1 little egret, 2 wigeon, 1 teal, 1 shoveler, 40 mallard, 6 moorhen and 1 Great White Egret.

On leaving I noticed some activity in the top of a spruce. Apart from some chaffinch I could see some Common Crossbills. It was too distant and too dark for my camera but when they took flight 18 crossbills flew over.


Posted October 30th, 2016 at 11:33 am by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Spoonbill at the marsh this morning, busy feeding, very entertaining :)

Approx 65 avocets amongst the usuals present over high tide.

:)

Posted October 30th, 2016 at 11:15 am by Helen Whitall in Bird News

Barnstaple Cattle Egret

As reported earlier , along the Tarka trail , in front of Anchor woods .

Posted October 30th, 2016 at 10:46 am by David Paterson in Bird News

Another South Brent Yellow Browed Warbler

Just after 10 am this morning another Yellow Browed Warbler at South Brent, initially heard calling then very brief glimpses before it showed fully for a few moments, the bird was in a stand of dense mature Willow on one of my boundary hedges.

 

The morning also gave two Herons together low over the field alongside the house (showed around the same time yesterday as well) Wren 4+ and Goldcrest 2+ and a juvenile Sparrow hawk seen twice around the feed station area.

Posted October 30th, 2016 at 10:28 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Holsworthy

Yellow-browed warbler in the garden this morning

Posted October 30th, 2016 at 9:53 am by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

plymouth parakeets

around 30 ringneck parakeets in central park at barn park entrance

Posted October 30th, 2016 at 9:40 am by barry in Bird News

Cattle Egret Barnstaple

Cattle egret along the Tarka trail in field in front of Anchor woods 09.20 this morning.

Posted October 30th, 2016 at 9:24 am by dave paterson in Bird News

Saturday 29th October 2016

Start Point - East Prawle Village

Coastal walk was quite producive: a total of 13 Chiffchaff, 15 Goldcrest,  3 Firecrest first at Lannacombe another on higher footpath from East Prawle to Woodcombe and another at Start Farm. Yellow-browed Warblers one SE of East Prawle village opposite Bona Ventura house in same place a Siberian Chiffchaff picked up on call to start with, but it did show quite well 3 Chiffchaff in same area of scrub and sycamore. The other Yellow-browed Warbler was at Start Farm mid afternoon seen by Perry earlier. 1 Merlin drifted W along coast from Woodcombe.

  siberian Chiffchaff East Prawle 29 Oct 2016 Ml  Yellow-browed Warbler East Prawle 29 Oct 2016 ML

Siberian Chiffchaff                                                       Yellow-browed Warbler

Posted October 29th, 2016 at 8:17 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Soussons - Saturday

After dipping out last weekend finally caught up with the Great Grey Shrike. Also 8 Crossbills, 2 Kestrel ( m & f),  2 Meadow pipits and a large flock of Fieldfare.

Great Grey Shrike      

Posted October 29th, 2016 at 7:46 pm by Paul Treen in Bird News

Prawle and Slapton

At Prawle in first hour after dawn a flurry of vis mig over the duckpond, all heading NE: 50+ Redwing, 40+ Blackbird, 1 Ring Ouzel, 3 Song Thrush, 150+ Chaffinch, 10+ Bullfinch, 3 Siskin, 2 Swallow, some finches and thrushes dropping into cover for a short time before heading off plus  several large Woodpigeon flocks (one 500+). Also around the ponds- 3 Blackcap, 12 Chiffchaff and an obliging vocal Yellow-browed Warbler . Also seen 10 Golden Plover, 3 Lapwing and 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (likely migrants), 6 Goldcrest, continental looking.

Called into Slapton pm and had very nice flight  views of a Bittern which dropped into the Higher Ley reeds near the bridge at 4pm.

Posted October 29th, 2016 at 6:23 pm by David Cope in Bird News

Soar

First light until late afternoon - East, and mid Soar and Soar Mill Cove. A bit of activity today in pleasant conditions.

"Vis mig" included c750 Wood Pigeons, 6 Stock Doves, 59 Fieldfares, 8 Redwings (+5 grounded), 3 Redpolls (presumed Lessers) and 35 Chaffinches., 

Yellow-browed Warbler in East Soar willows, 2 Firecrests and 2 Black Restarts were best birds of the day. Also: Song Thrush 10, Blackcap 2, Chiiffchaff 9, Goldcrest 18, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Robin c20, Bullfinch 2, Siskin and 3 Roe Deer. 

One of the Chiffchaffs had an elongated down-curved bill!

Posted October 29th, 2016 at 6:16 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Dartmoor

Huge numbers of Redwing and Fieldfare with Mistle Thrush and Starling mixed in at times from Venford out onto the moors where the berry bush crop was evident. In the Hexworthy area there were in clouds of them  and well beyond any realistic counting, a Tree creeper showed briefly.

Just above Powder Mill a female Cross Bill sat in plain sight until driven off by one of two greater Spotted Woodpeckers.

 

Kestrels seen at Soussons and from the A38 near Caton cross.

No less than 229 Golden Plover near Easton Lane Cross as you approach Widdicombe, Woodcock flushed near the same location.

Posted October 29th, 2016 at 5:08 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Soussons

The Great Grey Shrike was showing well at 11am-11.30am on the upper half of the felled plantation, favouring the largest bare trunk right at the back of the cleared area before dropping down onto a pile of dead branches.      Also seen there by 3 other birders much earlier.

Posted October 29th, 2016 at 5:05 pm by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

Arlington Court

A Great White Egret was feeding by the lower lake at Arlington Court this afternoon.


Posted October 29th, 2016 at 5:02 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Northam Burrows 2.30pm

Still 3 Snow Buntings at Northam Burrows. They were towards the far end of the fenced reserve.

Snow Bunting

Snow Bunting

Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting

Posted October 29th, 2016 at 4:35 pm by Richard yeats in Bird News

N. Hallsands

At the risk of seeming to be repetitive, 2 more Yellow Browed Warblers ringed his morning . These two could have been twins, so similar was there plumage coloration. Also on site 40+ Chiffchaffs ( 21 ringed ) and 10+ Goldcrests ( 5 ringed, all British ) . The Chiffchaff numbers are high for this late in the season and are a continuation of the fantastic autumn passage that this species has had.

1st Bird. 2nd Bird.
1st Bird.                                                                          2nd Bird.

Posted October 29th, 2016 at 3:17 pm by Alan K Searle in Bird News

Downend

 4 Eider + 1 female Common Scoter at Downend. Only 3 of the 4 Eider can be seen in the digiscoped photo!


Posted October 29th, 2016 at 2:12 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

29-10-16 Crossbills at Soussons

20 Crossbills sighted in Soussons Plantation.

Posted October 29th, 2016 at 2:04 pm by Robin Stanbridge in Bird News

Start Point

07:15-10:30. Cloudy day, still at dawn but a moderate easterly by mid-morning.

Handful of Redwings and Song Thrushes calling before dawn along with a Snipe. Some finch flocks going over but very high and in random directions. 3 Brambling and 2 Siskins heard. Yellow-browed Warbler ( or a new one ) still in the farm. Not calling but showing in the willow next to the transformer pole.

Posted October 29th, 2016 at 11:37 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Friday 28th October 2016

Venn Ottery

Had an hours walk around the reserve late afternoon and in the tussock field in the north west corner I was extremely surprised to flush a Quail at very close range (around 3ft away). Watched it fly off in an Aylesbeare village sort of direction.

Posted October 28th, 2016 at 7:42 pm by Spencer Dicks in Bird News

Fieldfares & Redwings - Fernworthy Reservoir - 28-10-16

Hundreds of Fieldfare & Redwings at Fernworthy Reservoir, a kingfisher also seen on the extremely low Reservoir

Posted October 28th, 2016 at 7:10 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

28-10-16 Great Grey Shrike & Buzzard

Around Soussons - Great Grey Shrike showing well by the clearing near Golden dagger mine, Crossbills at Soussons Plantation, near Soussons Farm, and a long distance shot of a Buzzard in the valley east of Vitifer Mine

Posted October 28th, 2016 at 6:56 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Budleigh and Exe Estuary

2 Firecrest along the coast path above the West Cliffs Budleigh Salterton this morning. The drake American Wigeon was present in the Eurasian Wigeon flock from around 10.15 - 11am before the flock was flushed and headed north up the estuary. More on this bird on http://creamteabirding.blogspot.co.uk

American Wigeon by Chris Townend

Posted October 28th, 2016 at 6:53 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

East. Prawle

Some better photos of a Continental Goldcrest caught at this mornings ringing session at  Moorwell Pond.  Note the extent that the pale grey sides to the crown extend beyond the nape onto the mantle. Also the cleaner white to the area around the eye and bridge at the base of the bill underparts are also much whiter with a slight pinkish hue to the buff breast band. Delightful little birds and so much brighter with more contrast,than our rather 'mucky' looking British Goldcrests. Also on site 20+ Chiffchaffs ( 11 caught and ringed ) 1 other Goldcrest (British ) and a stunning Lesser Whitethroat



Posted October 28th, 2016 at 6:30 pm by Alan K Searle in Bird News

Broadsands

Late afternoon 2 Eider, 3 Common Scoter, and 1 Red-throated Diver.

Posted October 28th, 2016 at 6:07 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Great White Egret Wrafton

First seen from the reserve on the scrape, then from the Tarka Trail from where these pics were taken. Too many children and dogs along the trail, so it moved off to Sherpa Marsh. A male Marsh Harrier was seen earlier over Sherpa Marsh.

Posted October 28th, 2016 at 5:09 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Start Point etc

Got to Start before first light and heard a Golden Plover and 2 Snipe before dawn. Negligable vis mig on a beautiful calm, cloudy day with perfect light. Things fairly quiet though, only saw 3 Swallows, 3 Fieldfares, 7 Redwings, 2 Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs ( 2 at the light the only migrants there ), 3 Goldcrests,, 4 Siskins and a Reed Bunting. Well offshore was a stretched out pod of around 20 Dolphin sp.

Went around to Beesands where the highlight was 10 late Swallows over the Ley. Did the Ireland Bay circuit at Slapton Ley, several hundred Coot present with good numbers of Gadwall and over 10 Wigeon. These birds distant feeding on surface weed in the far corner of Ireland Bay, I'll take a scope next time.

Posted October 28th, 2016 at 5:03 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Southdown Farm to Middle Soar

First large Woodpigeon movement with 1200 moving west soon after dawn plus 62 Stock Dove, some of which grounded. Another unusual movement of 11 Raven flying high to the west calling. Also: 14 Lapwing, 270 Skylark, Swallow, 50 Meadow Pipit, 4 Alba Wagtail, 43 Robin, 13 Blackbird, 9 Song Thrush, 190 Linnet and 19 Yellowhammer.

Posted October 28th, 2016 at 4:10 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Snow Buntings (3) Plectrophenax nivalis

Northam Burrows at 11.30 this morning, just N of visitors' centre

Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis)

Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis)

Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis)
Snow Bunting

Posted October 28th, 2016 at 2:41 pm by JOHN WARD in Bird News

Mis-ID

First glance thought I'd got a snow bunting feeding with the house sparrows in the garden- but saw thro the disguise.

Nearly snow bunting
Nearly snow bunting

Pretend snow bunting
Pretend snow bunting

Posted October 28th, 2016 at 2:26 pm by Andrew Lansdell in Bird News

Berry Head

Pretty quiet this morning - overhead: 1 Brambling, 1 Siskin, 1 Redpoll, 1 Swallow, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Redwing & 13 Song Thrush.

Posted October 28th, 2016 at 1:49 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Haytor

Another huge flock of 500 newly arrived Redwings and Fieldfares to the N E of Haytor early this morning.They have stripped virtually all the Rowan trees of berries.

Posted October 28th, 2016 at 10:48 am by Keith Benyon-Tinker in Bird News

Thursday 27th October 2016

Lannacombe Valley

Another Yellow Browed Warbler.  Also on site 3 Firecrests ( 2  ringed )' 20+ Goldcrests, 6 Chiffchaffs and 4 Blackcaps. Of 9 Goldcrests ringed 4 wereContinental (scandi/eastern ) birds. A  imm. m Black Redstart on Aine's roof and c 300 Woodpigeons overhead moving west.


Posted October 27th, 2016 at 6:20 pm by Alan K Searle in Bird News

Yellow Browed Warbler ~ South Brent

In the garden this morning at South Brent, initially heard calling, then seen to flash between lots of hedge / cover before turning up in a mature Hawthorne tree where it eventually showed for a very brief moment.

 

Posted October 27th, 2016 at 4:16 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Tottiford Reservoir

Great Egret and Goosander showing well this morning. 

Great Egret

Great Egret

Goosander
                                                                               Goosander

Posted October 27th, 2016 at 3:30 pm by Colin Scott in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

2 Willow Tit.

Note: The Mute Swan on the lake has fishing tackle hanging from the mouth, I have contacted the RSPCA who will take the required action.

Posted October 27th, 2016 at 3:07 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Around the Axe

Not so much to report today, except for a Short-eared Owl in off and then west at Beer Head just after 08:30.

Short-eared Owl Beer Head
Short-eared Owl Beer Head

Posted October 27th, 2016 at 2:34 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Sora 2nd for Devon

Recovered dead Sora on 17th October from RSPB Exminster Marsh. 

Found lying next to a ditch in a field near the canal whilst carrying out a high tide count.  It appeared to be underweight on a cold morning with no sign of predation.

First winter bird separated from spotted crake due to all yellow-green bill without any sign of red at the base plus the dark lore and face, lack of white spots on the breast and no barring on the tertials.

Sad end for special bird.  Only 20th record for the UK.



Posted October 27th, 2016 at 11:38 am by Peter Otley in Bird News

Clennon Valley

The Cetti's Warbler was again on site this morning - after looking back through my records the last record of Cetti's Warbler anywhere in Torbay was 10 years ago!  A count of 9 Gadwall was also a very good for Clennon they are not always annual here. Just one Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest  and 11 Goldcrest. 

Posted October 27th, 2016 at 11:08 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 26th October 2016

Plymouth

2 Black Redstarts on roof tops in Chaddlewood Avenue, St. Judes, Plymouth late afternoon today.

Posted October 26th, 2016 at 11:33 pm by Howard Ackford in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh - Bit of Excitement

Usual lunchtime visit to BGM didn't turn up anything too unusual, one of the two recent Ruff and an adult winter pl. Mediterranean Gull being the highlights.  There was however a bit of commotion with all the little birds rising at once, in the middle of the frenzy a Kestrel was mobbed by Meadow Pipits.  Only when the heat died down I realised that we'd just missed the local Buzzard taking a Black-tailed Godwit.  As it carried the carcass from the shallow scrape to the big oak it was followed by four Magpies all looking for a piece of the action. 

Posted October 26th, 2016 at 10:32 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Tottiford Reservoir

Great White Egret still showing well at 9.30 this morning.

Posted October 26th, 2016 at 8:38 pm by Richard Woodland in Bird News

Ringing Recovery

A 1st. Yr. Chiffchaff ringed at START POINT on 11/10/16  was re caught on the Longis nature reserve on ALDERNEY on 15/10/16 by the new Alderney Bird Observatory ringing team.  It is thought; and ringing recoveries support the theory,that many of the small passerine migrants moving south on the Western side of Britain turn ESE to take advantage of the shorter Channel crossing to the Channel Islands and Cotentin peninsula and then continue  south and south west.  In previous years I have had 1 other Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, and 2 Goldcrests controlled in the Channel Islands ( Jersey/Guernsey ),all in the same autumn that they were ringed. Although only operational since March 2016 ,early indications are that Alderney is an important stop over site .  Their website Daily Blog Alderney Bird Observatory And Field Centre' is well worth checking out.

Posted October 26th, 2016 at 8:29 pm by Alan K Searle in Bird News

Prawle area

30 + Blackbirds and 35+ Robins in the Prawle area in dull,overcast conditions, plus 2 Redwings, a few Chiffchaffs and Goldcrests  and a female Bullfinch would have been the sum total (having frustratingly heard ,at 8.30am, a snatch of Pallas's Warbler call in the reserve ) but a walk to the bottom of Pig's Nose valley produced my first Woodcock at this site-so every cloud etc! 

For information, I met Vic Tucker who was there to supervise improvement work to the DBWPS reserve. I also learnt (from one of the volunteer coastguards) that work to repair the approach road to the NT car park will take place between the 3rd and 8th November, effectively closing it during this time . I believe this road will open from 6pm each day to allow residents in the coastal cottages access. For anyone planning to visit during this period please check the Devon County Council website : https://devon.roadworks.org/ .

Posted October 26th, 2016 at 8:09 pm by Tony Marchese in Bird News

Warren House - Gt Grey Shrike

Great Grey Shrike showed well in clear fell area above Golden Dagger tin mine 14.20 -15.05 this afternoon in poor weather conditions - Dave Allen

Posted October 26th, 2016 at 4:21 pm in Bird News

Exmouth

Mudbank - drake American Wigeon (juv I think but haven't ruled out eclipse yet) off Mudbank with c2000 Wigeon. It flew off on its own at 1540 towards the Leisure Centre and wasn't relocated. Photos and details on www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk later.

Posted October 26th, 2016 at 4:07 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

East Soar

Bit of a struggle this morning just one Ring Ouzel, 4 Siskin, 27 Lapwing (scarce here), 36 Robin, 21 Blackbird, 5 Song Thrush, 7 Goldcrest & 40 Linnet. 250 Woodpigeon again circled Bolt Head but failed to make the crossing, heading back inland!

Posted October 26th, 2016 at 3:31 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Tottiford Res Gt White Egret

Photo of Great White Egret taken by Samuel Gray aged 11 at Tottiford on Sunday

Great White Egret, by Samuel Gray

Posted October 26th, 2016 at 12:32 pm in Bird News

Berry Head

Around the of the headland today: 2 Firecrest, 15 Goldcrest, 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap & 1 Black Redstart (actually on the first houses west of Berry Head in Brixham)

Overhead: fairly quiet - 2 Brambling, 3 Siskin, 1 Redpoll, 7 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Yellowhammer (my call skills are not good enough to turn into a Pine Bunting!) 2 Coal Tits.

Posted October 26th, 2016 at 11:53 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Black redstart

Female/juv type on roof of new houses in Longstem Drive, Dartington at 9.45 a.m. Trickle of Redwings and Skylarks overhead.

Posted October 26th, 2016 at 10:12 am in Bird News

Haytor

A large flock of 300+ Redwings and Fieldfares to the N E of Haytor early this morning,feeding voraciously on Rowan berries. Looked like migrants grounded by the mist,as they dispersed as it cleared.

Posted October 26th, 2016 at 9:36 am by Keith Benyon-Tinker in Bird News

Lundy, yesterday – 25 Oct

Further details of all yesterday's excitement are posted here.

Posted October 26th, 2016 at 8:33 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Tuesday 25th October 2016

Velator

A good day ringing in the Reserve today with no less than 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers caught, of which only one was a male - ringed recently. The other three were all juvenile females. 4 Chiffchaffs ringed, 7 Bullfinches, and also 7 Meadow Pipits - a species not ringed in the reserve previously. 10 Blackbirds ringed and 4 retraps. A good range of other species in a total of 48 birds ringed.

Posted October 25th, 2016 at 8:54 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Start Point

Pallas's Warbler in Tamarisks below lighthouse showing really well. Nice find Perry.

BEESANDS

Yellow Browed Warbler along the path to hide, also Lesser Whitethroat,2Cettis Warblers, 20 Swallows, 60 Gadwall, 3 Tufted duck and a scattering of Chiff Chaff.

Posted October 25th, 2016 at 8:48 pm by Terry Goddard in Bird News

Firecrest in Dawlish

Firecrest , late afternoon in our garden at Kingsdown Close

Posted October 25th, 2016 at 8:18 pm by Paul Barker in Bird News

Bovisand

Two Firecrests tonight; also single Chiffchaff and Blackcap and a pair of Stonechats. 

Posted October 25th, 2016 at 8:05 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Devon Ticks

On the garden feeders this morning my first ever garden Yellow Hammer with a female making two visits to the feed station, also two Nuthatch which have been very scarce around the garden this year.

Female Yellow Hammer 

Late afternoon gave a fly over by a Mistle Thrush and this evening a Tawny owl calling.

A late morning visit to the Tottiford Reservoir gave good views of the reported Great White Egret, also Pied and Grey Wagtails, Tufted and Mallard duck, Great Crested Grebe, flock of Redwing, Raven, Little Egret and Heron.

  

Posted October 25th, 2016 at 7:55 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Exton

A Short-eared Owl flew in from the general direction of the Exe estuary over the lane opposite the Marine camp entrance and gradually drifted off SE gaining height all the way, eventually disappearing into the low cloud at 1346hrs. A second-winter Mediterranean Gull was in fields with Black-headeds further along the lane towards the farm a little later. Also 2 Redwings here, my first in this area this autumn.

Posted October 25th, 2016 at 6:55 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Tottiford Reservoir

Great White Egret (Ardea alba) feeding with Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)




Posted October 25th, 2016 at 6:41 pm by Mark Dyer in Bird News

Horsey Island

Late aft - 1 Marsh Harrier over being mobbed by Crow.

Posted October 25th, 2016 at 6:00 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Soussons.

at the bottom of  Soussons 11 am  in the clearing, we saw the Great Grey Shrike and within 5 minutes there was a female Hen Harrier coming up the valley from Challacombe, and it returned again half hour later. no Crossbills but you can't have everything. good day!

Posted October 25th, 2016 at 5:22 pm by roger jewell in Bird News

Lundy

Just had a text from James McCarthy who's on Lundy for the day, he's currently enjoying "off the scale" views of a Pallas's Warbler (exact location unknown). 

He's also seen a Swift sp, a Yellow-browed Warbler, a Whinchat, a Merlin and two Black Redstarts.

Posted October 25th, 2016 at 2:28 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Sightings for today,

1m Goosander (first of the Autumn at the lake), 2 Marsh Tit, 10 Tufted Duck, 1 Wren, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 250+ Canada Geese, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Tree Creeper.

Posted October 25th, 2016 at 2:28 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Around the Axe

Slim pickings in this corner of Devon at the moment, although patch scarcities today included; Avocet on Black Hole Marsh, Barnacle Goose and 1st-winter Dark-bellied Brent Goose with the Canada flock on Colyford Marsh and a first-winter male Black Redstart at Axe Yacht Club.

Seems to be far more Goldcrest, but fewer Chiffchaffs around over the last few days. It was 'fun' watching (and going through!) 3000+ Starlings catching flying insects over the valley this morning.

Posted October 25th, 2016 at 2:26 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Red kite

Red kite seen around 12.45 flying over Fremington marsh heading towards Braunton being mobbed by large crow/rook.

Posted October 25th, 2016 at 1:35 pm by Robert Bourne in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Female Marsh Harrier still present this lunchtime perched near main lagoons. Also Barn Owl hunting along the back path.

Posted October 25th, 2016 at 12:53 pm by David Cope in Bird News

Berry Head

A great morning at the headland today: 1 Pallas's Warbler, 2 Yellow-brpwed Warblers, 1 Firecrest, 18 Goldcrest, 12 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 

Overhead (selected):  2 Brambling, 16 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Great Spotted Wooodpecker, 8 Siskin.

Pallas's Warbler Berry Head Devon UK 25 October 2016 Pallas's Warbler Berry Head Devon UK 25 October 2016

Pallas's Warbler a bit of patience paid off - it disappeared for 1hr then reappeared right beside the road

Youtube video link here:   https://youtu.be/VBmXHdekgjg 

Posted October 25th, 2016 at 12:29 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 24th October 2016

Soussons - Sunday

Early morning visit yesterday. No shrike, but good views of at least 13 Crossbills by entrance gate. Lots of Fieldfare with thrushes and at least 1 ring ouzel. On way back to Moretonhampstead,  just after cattlrgrid a Kestrel sat in tree being mobbed by blue & great Tits 

Common Crossbill

Common Crossbill
Common Crossbill

Posted October 24th, 2016 at 9:52 pm by Paul Treen in Bird News

Start Point

07:30-17:30. Heavy overnight rain and strong easterly wind continuing past dawn accompanied by thunder and lightning. From mid-morning rain and wind started to gradually die down and by mid-afternoon a calm, still day.

As conditions were appaling at first light made a brief sojourn to South Hallsands where 6 Med Gulls were present. Hard slog around Start in the morning but eventually a great day. Seen were Tufted Duck ( m, private pond ), Merlin ( m ), 19 Lapwings ( single flock going over ), 2 Swallows, 4 Black Redstarts ( 2 Lighthouse, 1 Car park, 1 BBC Station ), 52 Redwings, 14 Fieldfares, 5 Blackcaps, Lesser Whitethroat ( one on the south side of the spine at 14:00, presumed same in farm in top sycamores by road late afternoon. Possible eastern race halimodendri but differing lights constantly changed colours ), Reed Warbler ( in ivy by car park gate late afternoon, everytime it looked about to come out it was disturbed. Seen bit by bit but if there is a Blyth's Reed Warbler in the same place tomorrow I won't try and put the two bird theory forward ! ), 7 Chiffchaffs, Yellow-browed Warbler ( ranging around farm, fairly vocal but elusive ), Pallas's Warbler ( in the top  lighthouse tamarisks, very showy flycatching and even perching on roof of old pig house, found at 15:00, present until 17:15 at least, 8 Goldcrests and a Siskin.

Footage of Pallas's Warbler here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYWp0BSJnrA  ( if it does not work go on You Tube and type Pallas's Warbler, Start Point )

 

Posted October 24th, 2016 at 8:58 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Horsey Island

A late aft visit to Horsey Island produced the 6 Spoonbills which we have on the Taw Estuary at the moment.


Posted October 24th, 2016 at 7:31 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Exminster marshes

A marsh harrier was quartering the marshes near the Lion's Rest estate at 15.00. Yesterday I saw it at lunch time. Also a few redwing, a few more lapwing, including first year birds - local? Amongst the Canada geese was one barnacle goose.However the number of robins stole the show, well over 20 with most singing. 

Posted October 24th, 2016 at 6:00 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Velator

I always stop at the bridge before the field to the reserve to see if a Kingfisher might be on the river, and frequently, one will zoom up or downstream. This morning I was treated to a Dipper - singing! Then looking south I could see an adult female Marsh Harrier over the reed-bed just beyond the reserve. A good number of Meadow Pipits are also now present - 18 the highest count so far. When I got to the east (Chivenor) side of the reserve I was surprised to see 2 of the Spoonbills roosting on the scrape.

However, a sure sign of Spring (Shorely shome mishtake!) was a Primrose in flower!

Posted October 24th, 2016 at 2:09 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Sunday 23rd October 2016

Yellow-browed Warbler Seaton

Our third, but (amazingly!) my first Yellow-browed Warbler of this autumn, showing well and calling in the row of trees by the green opposite 38 Primrose Way at 09:20 today.  I will always get a buzz hearing that call, however common they become...

Posted October 23rd, 2016 at 8:35 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Soussons Shrike

A mid-morning visit to Soussons got off to an unpromising start after two disappointed birders gave us negative news.  We needn't have worried as on arrival the Great Grey Shrike was showing very well in the first big clear fell south of the Golden Dagger gate. We watched for 20 min or more as he flitted between the big snags.  On a couple of occasions he left his perch to hover (not nearly as well as the Kestrel in the valley) as if prey was spotted but no swoop followed.

In the NE corner of the wood were Crossbill and near the gate Reed Bunting.

All the way up the valley to Vitifers, several mixed flocks of up to 100 Redwing, Fieldfare and Mistle Thrush.

Over Birch Tor a flock of 50 Golden Plover.

The best surprise on the way home, in an area not known to me as a roosting site a ringtail Hen Harrier being half-heartedly chased by a Crow.

Posted October 23rd, 2016 at 8:33 pm by Chrs & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On the high tide early afternoon - 122 Redshanks, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, 3 Oystercatchers, 37 Curlews, 5 Little Egrets, and a Wigeon (female). Also Stonechat and Goldcrest.

Posted October 23rd, 2016 at 7:25 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Tottiford Reservoir

Great White Egret still on the reservoir with a Little Egret.

Posted October 23rd, 2016 at 4:45 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Bird News

Lannacombe Valley

A Siberian Chifchaff ringed with several nominate this morning.Poor light conditions, hence poor quality of photo.

Siberian Chiffchaff
Siberian Chiffchaff

Posted October 23rd, 2016 at 1:19 pm by Alan K Searle in Bird News

Dousland Nr Yelverton

A Yellow-browed Warbler in my garden in Dousland for two hours this morning. Calling & watched down to 15 feet. Also enjoyed by John & Jan Jones. A nice garden first!

Posted October 23rd, 2016 at 1:10 pm by Howard Ackford in Bird News

Velator

First Redwings of the autumn in the reserve this morning.

Posted October 23rd, 2016 at 12:18 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Found - Northam Burrows

A member found a quick release plate presumably from a tripod yesterday, if you lost one please contact

Mandy Mander

 

Posted October 23rd, 2016 at 10:39 am in Bird News

Berry Head

Slightly blown out today with strong E Wind! 2 Firecrest, 11 Goldcrest, 5 Chiffchaff. Overhead 1 Redwing & 2 SongThrush

Posted October 23rd, 2016 at 10:06 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Saturday 22nd October 2016

Paignton and Brixham area

A385 Dartington ~ Tawny owl sat on roadside telegraph pole.

Marine Parade Paignton ~ 22 Turnstones, 9 Oyster Catchers.

Broadsands beach ~ 10 Oyster Catchers, 3 Great Black Backed Gulls.

Brixham inner harbour area 4 Turnstone ~ Outer Harbour 1 Guillemot.

Berry Head from the hide the Guillemot colony was over flowing I suspect well in excess of 500 plus birds.  Around the quarry 2 Stonechat, 2 Wren, possible Yellow Browed Warbler and Tit flock, 2 Raven over head soaring with a Jackdaw flock.

Sparrow Hawk (mobbed by Jackdaws) and Buzzard soaring over the main quarry.

 

Posted October 22nd, 2016 at 9:50 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Long Tailed Duck

Juvenile Long Tailed Duck this evening 22nd Oct at Roadford resevoir from the viaduct..

Juvenile Long Tailed Duck at Roadford
Juvenile Long Tailed Duck at Roadford

Juvenile LOng Tailed Duck at Roadford.
Juvenile LOng Tailed Duck at Roadford.

Posted October 22nd, 2016 at 9:31 pm by Adrian Davey in Bird News

Prawle Point

Two Yellow-Browed Warblers seen together and calling loudly between 10.30 and 11 am in the reserve opposite the car park.

Vis mig between 8.15 and 10am. NE , overcast and breezy. At least 2200 Woodpigeon and minimum 15 plus Stock Doves  with 2 attendant Peregrines. 3 Siskin. 29 Alba Wags, 1 Grey Wagtail. 11 Swallows.12 Skylarks.Earlier PM saw 2 Redwing and later he saw 3 Crossbills and 2 Wheatears (thoroughly 'grilled') near the Hump. At Horsley Cove the returning (?) Water Pipit was mobile with 10 plus Rock Pipits.

Posted October 22nd, 2016 at 8:51 pm by Tony Marchese in Bird News

Soar

Dawn til mid-afternoon covering East & Mid Soar and Soar Mill Cove producued very little.

The only "vis mig" was an estimated 1,000+ Wood Pigeons (mainly east) with a handful of Stock Doves and 8 Golden Plovers. At one point a pair of Pergerines were buzzing the Pigeons.

Also - Goldcrest 7, Chiffchaff 10, Fieldfare 3, Song Thrush 3, Sparrowhawk 2, Siskin 4+, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Hare and 4 Roe Deer.

Yesterday a Yellow-browed Warbler calling by Ballard House (West Hoe) in Plymouth, but I didn't see it.

 

Posted October 22nd, 2016 at 7:28 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Dartmoor

The Great Grey Shrike still 1230-3pm at least at Soussons - in bottom of valley view hillside to left before gate to Soussons - favouring area by the two lone pine trees but always distant . 

Huge numbers of Thrushes present - 3 Ring Ouzels , c100 Fieldfares and c100 Redwings. 

In Soussons Plantation - 7 Crossbill showing well at edge of first cleared area. 

On way home stopped at Tottiford Resevoir at 4pm- on first scan of the southern section , picked up the Great White Egret flying down the Resevoir over the causeway and it landed high up in a tree on the east side of the southern section - some passing walkers told me it had been feeding with a Little Egret on the northern side earlier.

Posted October 22nd, 2016 at 5:38 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Good migration.

A reasonable early walk on Holdstone down this morning provided a migration spectacle. Birds coming in from ssw, and all moving  towards nne,  across the wind coming from sse. Flocks of 100+ of many species moved through for 3 hours that I ended up being there.redwing,  starling, fieldfare,chaffinch, goldfinch flying low tumbling over the heather. Pretty sure a flock of plovers.. 

Plenty of wrens,  meadow pipits, skylarks and stonchats  singular kestral and peregrine. 

Posted October 22nd, 2016 at 5:05 pm by Philip Worth in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

22 members joined the East Devon Branch field trip to Exminster marshes this morning.  The walk started with a sighting of a Peregrine perched on one of the electricty pylons. The marshes themselves were quite dry, with many scattered Lapwing, Curlew and Black-tailed Godwit. A lone Fieldfare on one of the fields was a first for this winter for many of us. By my reckoning, 51 species were seen altogether.

Posted October 22nd, 2016 at 4:50 pm by Richard Swinbank in Bird News

LOWER TAMAR LAKE

Sightings for today.

1 Willow and 2 Marsh Tit, 1 Water Rail, 3 Snipe, 3 Grey Heron, 11 Tufted Duck, 3 Teal, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Nuthatch, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Mute Swan, 200+ Canada Geese.

Posted October 22nd, 2016 at 4:44 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Start Point

07:30-11:30. Bright and sunny but still that fresh NE wind putting shelter at a premium. Great to see Matt Knott at Start this morning. We birded different areas and between us saw Merlin ( F ), 5 Swallows, 2 House Martins, 2 Fieldfares, 5 Redwings, Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Yellow-browed Warblers ( vocal but hard to see in Start Farm ), 5 Goldcrests, 2 Siskins and 2 Reed Buntings. Negligable overhead passage but up to 600 Woodpigeons flying around in a couple flocks not seeming to know where they're going.

Looks like stronger wind tomorrow but if as some forecasts are predicting it dies down early Monday morning and there is rain clearing by dawn that could be the perfect storm for some of the east coast rares to arrive down here ?

Posted October 22nd, 2016 at 1:38 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

N Hallsands

Another 2 Yellow Browed warblers ringed this morning. Incredible, the number oft these that must be out there. The first bird a very bright individual with a wing length of 53 mm. so a female. The second, a darker bird with a wing length of 59 mm.,so a male.

1st. bird.
1st. bird.

2nd. bird.
2nd. bird.

Posted October 22nd, 2016 at 12:47 pm by Alan K Searle in Bird News

Horsey Island

A few birders present this morning to see the Wryneck but the public footpath around Horsey Island between Crossbanks & the White House is closed in the interest of public safety.



Posted October 22nd, 2016 at 11:56 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

GREAT GREY SHRIKE Bennets Cross area - Friday

Great Grey Shrike at top end of valley near Bennets Cross on ridge, right hand side going down valley.
Three Ring Ouzel, large numbers of Redwing and ten to twenty Fieldfare. Six Bullfinches, two males and Reed Bunting.
All the action was at the top end of Valley.

Ring Ouzel

Posted October 22nd, 2016 at 12:04 am by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Friday 21st October 2016

Prawle Point, Beesands and Start Point -21 October 2016.

A first visit to Prawle Point gave me 2 singinging male Cirl Buntings (1 behind car park and 1 at far end of housing and Meadow Pipits lifting wherever I walked. Overhead were Sparrowhawk, Kestrel,  Buzzard and adult Peregrine.

Start Point gave Stonechat, Meadow Pipits, pied Wagtails, Kestrel and 4 Seals hauled out on the rocks.

Also a first visit to Beysands Ley - 1 male Cirl Bunting on the path to hide, 83 Gadwall, 37 Canada Geese, 15 Mute Swans, 1 male Tufted Duck and 1 Grey Heron.

Singing male Cirl Bunting at Prawle

Male Cirl Bunting at Prawle
Male Cirl Bunting at Prawle

Female Kestrel at Prawle
Female Kestrel at Prawle

Posted October 21st, 2016 at 10:26 pm by Bob Telford in Bird News

Bennett's Cross to Sousson

Great Grey Shrike this afternoon around the VItifer valley area and 1 male Ring Ouzel. 2 Crossbill at Soussons plantation.

Posted October 21st, 2016 at 9:40 pm by Spencer Dicks in Bird News

Fieldfare 21-10-16

Challacombe Valley many Fieldfare were seen along with Redwings about 14.30

Posted October 21st, 2016 at 8:55 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

East Soar & Bolberry

Soar: with Perry Sanders, probably in addition to Robs post 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still in sallows below the farm toward the pond. A flock of some 400+ Wood Ppigeon were watched over soar at about 12noon.

Bolbery: on the road up from Hope Cove a Yellow-browed Warbler in sycamores and then small willow hedge beside the large barn on the junction to Bolberry. Also a flock of 9 Redwing and 200+ Wood Pigeon.

Yellow-browed Warbler Bolberry junction 21 Oct 2016 ML

 The Bolberry Junction Yellow-browed Warbler

Posted October 21st, 2016 at 7:00 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

21-10-16 Golden Plovers

At Haytor was treated to the sight of 200+ Golden Plovers. 21-10-16 Approx 11am

 

Posted October 21st, 2016 at 6:44 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Soussons Wood

On a very sunny and mild morning walk around Soussons farm we spotted 2 crossbills and heard more calling, a large flock, maybe 20 or so of redwing and fieldfare. Also were two great spotted woodpeckers. On the way back to Postbridge we stopped by the road to watch another large flock of redwing and fieldfare feeding on an area of hawthorn berries. Something spooked them and they took to the air showing us there were about 60 birds in the flock. We had an upclose view of one fieldfare when a male blackbird gave chase to it. Also in and around the flock was a song thrush and a male bullfinch. No sign of the great grey shrike though. A very enjoyable day.

Posted October 21st, 2016 at 5:54 pm by Steph Murphy in Bird News

Caen River and Horsey Island

A walk along to the fishermans' huts gave Kingfisher, Curlew, Oystercatcher, Dunlin, Blackwits, Redshank, Greenshank, Cormorant, Heron, Egret, Green, Golden, Ringed and Grey Plover, Snipe overhead, Glossy Ibis overhead, 4 Spoonbills across the estuary near Isley Marsh, Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Wigeon, Teal, Mippets, Wags, lots of gulls hunting ants overhead and the Wryneck still present and showing well. Lots of other regulars too. The river bank path has just been shut however as the hole near the first stile sluice gate is now big enough to fit a small house into. The Environment Agency chap said it will break a huge hole in the bank in the next few days allowing the whole area to flood and revert back to natural habitat.

Wryneck
Wryneck

Posted October 21st, 2016 at 5:23 pm by Rob Barnes in Bird News

East Soar & Starehole Valley

Highlights were: Merlin over farm, Yellow-browed Warbler in plantation, Ring Ouzel in Starehole & 3 Firecrest. Also: 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 60 Skylark, Grey Wagtail, 18 Blackbird, 12 Song Thrush, 6 Goldcrest, 11 Blue Tit & 12 Cirl Bunting. 300 Woodpigeon marked the start of autumn passage but they circled Bolt Head before heading back inland with,bizarrely, a Green Sandpiper in a breakaway flock of 100!

Posted October 21st, 2016 at 2:22 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Start

Farm area.  1 YELLOW BROWED WARBLER. 12 Chiffchaffs,9 Goldcrests, 2 Blackcaps 10+ Robins.  Overhead some Redwings, Goldfinches, Chaffinches, and Linnets--but not counted. Of 6 Goldcrests ringed, 5 were "Continental (Scandi/Eastern) birds.See photos.

 

Posted October 21st, 2016 at 2:10 pm by Alan K Searle in Bird News

Tottiford Res, Dartmoor

Great White Egret still present this morning feeding close to Grey Heron and Little Egret on Tottiford reservoir which is currently at a very low level.

Fiona Freshney & Simon Lees

Posted October 21st, 2016 at 11:37 am in Bird News

Thursday 20th October 2016

Budleigh Salterton

A good day on the local patch with a Serin seen at around 09.40hrs as it headed east along the cliff top path east of the Otter Estuary, calling regularly and then veered back out to sea and was frustratingly lost in the sun! Despite a good search after the initial sighting and again this afternoon, no further sign.
Other highlights today included: 1 Brambling, 6+ Reed Bunting, 80+ Linnet, 50+ Skylark and a Merlin.

Posted October 20th, 2016 at 8:08 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Tottiford Res, Dartmoor

Great White Egret seen late afternoon just before dusk.

Fiona Freshney

Posted October 20th, 2016 at 7:58 pm in Bird News

Higher Brownstone farm cottages, Kingswear

Another Yellow-browed Warbler showed well along the road just before the NT Higher Brownstone Cottages.

Yellow-browed Warbler Higher Brownstone Kingswear 201 Oct 2016 ML

Posted October 20th, 2016 at 6:31 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Soussons

A first visit to Soussons plantation yielded 2 Green Woodpeckers, a small flock (20+) of Fieldfare and at least 1 Redwing, a solitary female Bullfinch and, a first for me, 8 Crossbills feeding at the top of trees on the western perimeter of the woods near a clearing. Both males and females present (see attached record shots)

Common Crossbill

Common Crossbill

Common Crossbill
Common Crossbill

Posted October 20th, 2016 at 5:16 pm by Andy Brown in Bird News

Berry Head

A few more warblers around today: 1 new Yellow-browed Warbler at top of Quarry track (combination of strong supercilium meeting above bill and two good wingbars rule out the two seen on 17th Oct). Also 9 Goldcrest, 17 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 4 Stonechat.

Overhead (selected): 1 Fieldfare, 7 Redwing, 5 Bullfinch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Siskin, 8 Skylark, 13 Chaffinch, 2 Song Thrush.

Yellow-browed Warbler Berry Head

                                                            Yellow-browed Warbler Berry Head

Posted October 20th, 2016 at 4:02 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 19th October 2016

Red-breasted Merganser

Seen and photographed at Braunton Marsh today 19/10/16 not by me, posted on Facebook

Posted October 19th, 2016 at 11:07 pm by Robert Cudmore in Bird News

White Fronted Goose

Had a look for the Turtle Dove at Bridge Marsh at Collyford today,but there was no sign,but in amongst the Canada Geese were a Eurasian White Fronted Goose and a Barnacle Goose,viewed from the gate birds were in the 2nd field across

Posted October 19th, 2016 at 9:20 pm by Andy Bond in Bird News

Dawlish Warren: 19 October 2016

Morning high tide at Dawlish Warren. On the walk to the hide a solitary Eider  offshore, 11 Turnstone on one of the breakwaters and a group of 8 Sanderling on the beach. The island was occupied by a single Little Egret and a number of Herring Gull and Crows, with a group of Wigeon and 13 Brent Geese in the shallows. A flock of Linnet and 3 Rock Pipits were feeding on the beach by the broken boat. Large numbers of Oystercatcher and Curlew on the opposite side of the bay. As I left there were no small waders in the bight in spite of the fact that the tide had receded substantially. 

Brent Goose

Rock Pipit
                              Brent Goose                                                                            Rock Pipit

Eider
Eider

Posted October 19th, 2016 at 8:49 pm by Bob Telford in Bird News

Fremington Pill

A walk along Fremington Pill down to Fremington Quay produced the Glossy Ibis, 60+ Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 1 Ruff feeding with the Redshank and 50+ Black Tailed Godwit flying out of the Pill at the end of the afternoon. They disappeared down the Taw before I could get a more accurate count!

Posted October 19th, 2016 at 7:35 pm by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

Best were 2 Ring Ouzel in scrub above the cove. Also 6 Buzzard, Golden Plover, 18 Stock Dove, 280 Skylark - most grounded some moving west, 22 Swallow, 50 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 18 Alba Wagtail moving west, 47 Robin, 26 Blackbird, 22 Song Thrush, Blackcap, 23 Magpie, 37 Jackdaw moving west, 112 Carrion Crow, 120 Linnet & 20 Yellowhammer.

Posted October 19th, 2016 at 3:35 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Ivybridge: 2 Moors Way Gate to Piles Copse

Walk following the field/moor boundary past Harford Moor Gate was rewarded with 3 Ring Ouzels just south of the Copse. Also there; Fieldfare, Redwing, Goldfinch, 1 Buzzard, 1 Yellowhammer, 2 Raven.

On the outward walk (not complete list), 2 Green Woodpecker, 4 Mistlethrush, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, Raven, Pied Wagtail, Mipits and small groups of Redwing.

Posted October 19th, 2016 at 2:23 pm by R Teague in Bird News

Berry Head

2 Yellow-browed Warblers feeding up in sycamore with tit flock by the entrance to the ex MOD land Grid ref: SX9487565 probably birds that arrived on the headland a few days ago. Also around the headland:1 Firecrest, 10 Goldcrest,8 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 2 Coal Tit (britannicus) on headland, 5 Stonechat.  A good sized, loose pod of 15-20 Harbour Porpoise off the end of the headland

Overhead (selected sp only): 1 Ring Ouzel, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 12 Swallow, 8 Alba Wagtails, 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Siskin, 9 Bullfinches, 5 House Sparrow, 3 Skylark, 1 Stock dove.

                                              Firecrest - Prettier than any Yellow-browed Warbler I've seen!  

Posted October 19th, 2016 at 12:11 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Haytor

Large flock of approximately 250 Golden Plover just north of Haytor early this morning,very restless and flying in groups and not appearing to settle.

Posted October 19th, 2016 at 11:16 am by Keith Benyon-Tinker in Bird News

Tuesday 18th October 2016

Black-Browed Albatross Lundy Island

Monday 17th  BLACK-BROWED ALBATROSS Off the Landing Bay among a mass of feeding Gannets.  Unfortunately no Photo.

Posted October 18th, 2016 at 9:20 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

North Devon

A run up to North Devon with Keith Male today, Fremington quay was well blessed with waders inc Greenshank, Redshank, Black Tailed Godwits and Common Sandpiper.

The old Fremington Camp turned up a large flock of 500 plus Starlings feeding on blackberries and a flock of 50 plus Goldfinch.

Instow held the largest concentration of Oyster Catcher that I have ever seen, simply hundreds of them, also a small number of Mediterranean and Common Gull, Curlew, Turnstone and Rock Pipit.

 

Out to Crow Point gave some close up views of two Little  Grebe, Heron and Curlew

On the way home on the M5 North of Junction 30 Keith  had a Red Kite !!!!

Posted October 18th, 2016 at 8:34 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Vitifer valley to Soussons

At least 3 Ring Ouzels in rowans/hawthorns on start of track that leads up from valley ruins to Bennets Cross. 100+ Redwings and about 30 Fieldfares  also around these trees. 2 Green Woodpeckers near ruins and Great Grey Shrike seen in clear felled area at Soussons viewed from Challacombe track.

Posted October 18th, 2016 at 4:45 pm by Rob Hubble and Stella Tracey in Bird News

Lannacombe Valley

Yet another Yellow Browed Warbler,this one a very dull bird. Note the grey wash to the underparts and the dark olive mottling on the cheeks. Photo of a previous one for comparison. Also on site 15+ Chiffchaffs 2 Blackcaps and 2 Goldcrests.  Also ringed this morning my 350th Chiffchaff of the autumn. Autumn passage for. these has been excellent.

Previous bird for comparison  Ringed 13/10/16
Previous bird for comparison Ringed 13/10/16

Today's bird.
Today's bird.

Posted October 18th, 2016 at 4:26 pm by Alan K Searle in Bird News

Shipley Bridge to Avon Dam

Further to Josh's post, Ian P and myself saw 7+ Ring Ouzels  ( 3 males) - 2 near the same location as Josh, at least 4 close to the dam in the small valley to the west of the dam and 1 by the water treatment works. 150+ Redwing over but just 1 Fieldfare seen. 6 Goosander (1m, 5 redheads) on the Dam. Small numbers of Goldcrests. 

Posted October 18th, 2016 at 3:36 pm in Bird News

Prawle Point

At 1.30 this afternoon large group of 30 swallows moving along coast at Prawle

Posted October 18th, 2016 at 2:40 pm by Graham Devine in Bird News

Avon Dam

4 Ring Ouzel present just after 1st bridge walking towards the dam on right hand side feeding in rowans with 5 Mistle Thrush. 40+Redwing overhead

Posted October 18th, 2016 at 2:14 pm by Josh Marshall in Bird News

Hartland Point Seawatch

0745-0930 Wind NW Fresh

6 Balearic Shearwater

3 Manx Shearwater

1 Arctic Skua (pale)

5 Common Scoter

145 Kittiwake

c600 Auks per hour

2 Fulmar

also 2 Harbour Porpoise

Posted October 18th, 2016 at 2:03 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Pallid Harrier

Re: poss Pallid Harrier at Start Pt.  Pallid Harrier seen at Greylake RSPB reserve [Somerset] on 17th Oct. Picture on Avon Birds website.

Posted October 18th, 2016 at 10:24 am by Mark Parsons in Bird News

Monday 17th October 2016

Around the Axe

A lovely juv/1w Little Gull and an adult Yellow-legged Gull (for third day) on the Axe this afternoon. The Little Gull was at first on Colyford Marsh scrape, before being relocated on a ploughed field just west of Colyford Road.

Also Turtle Dove still present this morning and this afternoon, showing very well around the cattle feeders on Bridge Marsh. View from gateway on south side of A3052 by 'Colyford' sign when approaching from the east.

Turtle Dove
Turtle Dove

Posted October 17th, 2016 at 8:50 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Shipley bridge to Avon Dam

Great walk today from Shipley Bridge to Avon Dam, By the car park 4 Goldcrests together in the trees by the river, further up, there was a Dipper feeding . There was a female Hen Harrier gliding further up, and by the bridge there were 5+ Ringed Ouzels and Redwing..Another single Ringed Ouzel closer to the dam.

Posted October 17th, 2016 at 7:31 pm by Kay Deare in Bird News

Yelland

Six Spoonbills, Glossy Ibis (in flight twice) and Marsh Harrier seen at various points today between Isley Marsh and Yelland Quay.

Posted October 17th, 2016 at 7:28 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

East Prawle

Another Yellow browed warbler, this one at Moorwell Pond.A dainty bird with a wing length of 52 mm. The lower limit for the species is 51 mm.,so this bird is at the bottom end of the scale and a female.At Prawle Point ( reserve and car park) an imm. f. Firecrest(caught and ringed) but very little else, just 4 Chiffchaffs and 1 Goldcrest.( still no significant passage for this species ) 4 Woodlarks overhead.

Yellow Browed Warbler.
Yellow Browed Warbler.

Posted October 17th, 2016 at 4:46 pm by Alan K Searle in Bird News

Soussons

Great Grey Shrike reported this morning at Soussons near the plantation.

Posted October 17th, 2016 at 3:54 pm in Bird News

Start Point etc

Some thick cloud, occasional heavy showers. Fresh WSW wind.

Got to Start Point for first light and did a vis mig watch from near the car park from 07:20-08:40. The following flew S-SW, 3 Swallows, 8 Skylarks, 80 Meadow Pipits, 23 'alba' Wagtails, 70 Chaffinches, 620 Linnets, 10 Siskins and 770 Goldfinches. At the start of the watch a Ring Ouzel came out of the bracken and perched on a fence near me but this promise did not lead to much, around the farm were single Wheatear, Redwing and 4 Chiffchaffs. Walked down the sheltered road to the light and nothing. Getting back near to the car park produced one of the most frustrating moments of my birding life. Picked up a bird of prey low down above the footpath north of the car park ( where i'd been vis migging earlier ) with two corvids in attendance. Instinctivly thought Harrier confirmed when I raised my bins. It was also either Montagu's or Pallid, with dark cheeks and a distinct collar around them quite likely the latter. Lost it behind the car park hedge and as it reappeared  still low at the top of Mattiscombe Valley thought better try my luck with the camera. Big ask of my basic bridge camera and I was unsuccessful. I could see by the corvids ( more now on its case ) it was heading towards the valley bottom and west towards Lannacombe. I hung around the car park for an hour then tried a couple high spots behind Prawle and Portlemouth predictably with no luck. Had I come up from the light 2 minutes earlier I would have probably took some video of it at close range, 30 seconds later and I would have been blissfully unaware. Would love someone else to pick it up elsewhere.

Went down and looked for migrants at South and North Hallsands but really quiet despite some good sheltered spots. WeBS count at Beesands produced 48 Gadwall and a Shoveler.

Posted October 17th, 2016 at 3:51 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Berry Head

2 Yellow-browed Warblers one at top pf quarry track them moved into woods toward Berry Head Hotel the other on the edge of the meadow near the drinking trough (neither the same bright legged + billed bird from Sunday near Wardens Bungalow) these birds varied in plumage note median covert (forward wing-bars).

YBW Berry Hd 17 Oct 2016 Quarry YBW Berry Hd 17 Oct ML meadow

Sheltering in my car from a very heavy shower John Lusher phoned to tell me about an Alpine Swift that he found flying past as he was sheltering in Sentry 'box' at the end of the head - a quick run out for me to find the bird still present quartering the headland. It kept on disappearing but returning again to same area - perhaps it will roost in the quarry tonight? 

AlpSwftBrryHd171016ML AlpSwftBrryHd171016ML2

Posted October 17th, 2016 at 1:00 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

East Soar

Long-staying Yellow-browed Warbler very vocal in willows below farm, Merlin hunting Linnets, Sparrowhawk hunting Starehole plus 2 Ring Ouzel, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, Firecrest, 22 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Snipe and 60 Starling SE.

Posted October 17th, 2016 at 12:37 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Hartland Point Seawatch

0745=1045 wind WSW Fresh

30 Balearic Shearwater

4 Manx Shearwater

2 Great Skua

1 Arctic Skua (imm)

68 Kittiwake

2000+ auks in first hour

2 Great Northern Divers

1 ? Black-throated Diver

5 Common Scoter

Posted October 17th, 2016 at 12:31 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Sunday 16th October 2016

Devon Weekend

A superb afternoon at Crow Point & Wrafton area before heading home to Rugby, highlights, 1 Wryneck, 2 Dipper, 1 Marsh Harrier,  3 Spoonbill, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Black Tailed Godwit, 100 + Redwing, Well cropped photo's of the Wryneck

Posted October 16th, 2016 at 10:59 pm by Steve McAusland in Bird News

Ring Ouzels - Starehole Valley

To add to George & Lesley's earlier post.  At least 6 Ouzels present, spread throughout the valley.  Didn't see the Garden Warbler but only one Chiffchaff and a female Blackcap. A noticeable change from last week when many more migrants were showing. It was quite breezy so they were maybe squirreled away deep in the hawthorns.

Posted October 16th, 2016 at 10:35 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Brixham Breakwater

Single Purple Sandpiper on the oil platform and 3 common scoters flew out of  Torbay. 2 Eider were a surprise between Shoalstone And the Breakwater

Posted October 16th, 2016 at 9:36 pm by David Leigh in Bird News

Avon Dam Valley Peregrine attacking a crow (long distance shot)

Over the hills at Avon Dam Valley today a Peregrine was attacking a crow, this shot was taken on chance and is long distance hence the quality

Posted October 16th, 2016 at 8:59 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

East Soar

3 Ring Ouzels and Garden Warbler seen in Starehole Valley. 

Posted October 16th, 2016 at 8:45 pm by George and Les Carr in Bird News

Ring Ouzel

At least 5 birds seen on Rowen Trees to the left of the Avon Dam, all very mobile, but 5 birds on one tree at one time.


Posted October 16th, 2016 at 8:38 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Horsey Mere Sunday 16th October

Great afternoon at Horsey Mere. At one point I had Red Shank, Green Shank,4 Spoonbills,little Egret and a Spotted Redshank in my scope at the same time! Also, Black tail Godwit, Grey Plover, Glossy Ibis, Kingfisher, Knot, Dunlin Mute Swans, various Gulls. This is fast becoming my favourite birding spot.

Posted October 16th, 2016 at 8:25 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Sunday Peregrine drama

Arrived at Horsey Island / River Caen at about 12 midday and bumped into Sue Bruce who had just left the Wryneck. So I found the Wryneck quickly at about 10 metres, with a few other birders and then we lost it in the undergrowth. Suddenly looking up from the Wryneck hunt to a sound of rushing flight, Teal/Wigeon panicking past us and a female Peregrine fast and low across the ground and then up and hitting one of the Teal/Wigeon all within about 20 metres. (impressive but a bit of a worry when directly over the Wryneck!). It then made off with the Duck and landed on a ruined Barn where a Buzzard, already on the barn, quickly flushed it, making it drop its duck. It flew up and joined another (male) Peregrine, they made a lot of noise and I think picked the duck up. Those who know these birds will appreciate how fast this all happened. 10mins later we were back on the Wryneck at about 20 metres. Action packed hour of 'dog walking'. Also be careful near the sluice gate as a large hole has opened up.

Posted October 16th, 2016 at 8:16 pm by Rob Barnes in Bird News

Wryneck

I am grateful to those who pointed me in the direction of the Wryneck this morning on Braunton Burrows. The bird showed well and was flustered by the sudden appearance of a Peregrine chasing and catching one of a small flock of Teal. Several pairs of eyes soon found the bird again and it returned to the same spot where it had been before. 

Wryneck 2

Wryneck 3
Wryneck

Posted October 16th, 2016 at 7:20 pm by John Wilkes in Bird News

Shaldon

At least 2 Firecrests and 3 Goldcrests at The Ness this afternoon.

Posted October 16th, 2016 at 6:56 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Bird News

Late news

Bursdon Moor, North Devon.

Short Eared Owl seen at the beginning of this week, but record suppressed by finders until today.

Harvey Kendall.

Posted October 16th, 2016 at 6:23 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Little stint at Axe Estuary

Lovely little stint showing well from Island Hide.

also curlew sandpiper alongside curlews from Tower Hide.

many thanks to the man with the scope for confirming the stint.

Posted October 16th, 2016 at 6:12 pm by Dave W in Bird News

Sharkham Point

Yellow-browed Warbler in woods along track from entrance road leading up into the caravan park - with 4-5 Chiffchaff and Goldcrests.

Yellow-browed Warbler Sharkham Pt 16 Oct 2016 ML

Posted October 16th, 2016 at 5:42 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Broadsands

Steve's post caused a bit of a local twitch  this afternoon- there was still one of the Eider present in amongst the blue mussel farm buoys.

Posted October 16th, 2016 at 5:01 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 09:00 till 12:00

A good morning around the marsh from the hide to start with , 5+ curlew sandpipers among 650+ dunlin, 22+ knot , 11 avocet, 53+ lapwing , 1 juv ruff, among good numbers of black tailed godwits, redshank, and curlew, 32+ bar tailed godwits.

from the viewing the platform area  , the highlight was my first woodlark flying over calling in a small group of skylark , 1 spotted redshank, 52+ grey plover, 6+ goldcrests, 3 coal tit, 2 nuthatch, 5 jay, 1 sparrowhawk over , 7+ chiffchaff, 2 blackcaps, 3 Litlle egrets, good numbers of robin and dunnock a around the marsh.

Posted October 16th, 2016 at 4:53 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Horsey Island near fisherman's huts - Wryneck

The wryneck present about 200 meteres north of the huts.

Wryneck

Wryneckma

Posted October 16th, 2016 at 3:30 pm by Richard yeats in Bird News

Eider duck to Ring Ouzel

Brixham break water ~ 4 Rock Pipits, 72+ Gannets

From the Shoalstone  ~ 1 Skua sp, 1 Oyster Catcher

Brixham harbour ~ 8+ Turnstone

Broadsands ~ 7 Eider duck

Eider duck Broadsands 16/10/2016

Eider Duck Broadsands 16th Oct 2016

Shipley bridge to Avon dam 9 Kestrel sightings (believed to relate to three birds seen together at one point) 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Grey Wagtail.

Posted October 16th, 2016 at 3:20 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

15 Oct Emsworthy - Dartmoor

On the north slopes of Emsworthy Mire yesterday I flushed two Woodcock  There was a large flock (~50) redwings passing through and a Sparrowhawk nearly caught a Redwing!

Also in the area was a very pale Buzzard.

Robin Morrison

Posted October 16th, 2016 at 2:08 pm in Bird News

Horsey Island, Wrafton.

Spoonbill on the flooded field opposite Wrafton Pond this morning at 9.30am  Wryneck showing well at Horsey Island this afternoon between 12-1pm. If any of the birders there today have a photo they could let me have a copy of l would really appreciate it. Just checked mine and memory card corrupted!!

Posted October 16th, 2016 at 1:37 pm by Kelvin Irwin in Bird News

Horsey Island

The Glossy Ibis was back on Horsey Island again early this morning while I was doing the count.

Posted October 16th, 2016 at 11:48 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Berry Head

Andy Plumb found a Yellow-browed Warbler by the Wardens Cottage this morning it was still present bmid morning but in the scrub on the other side of the road.

Overhead mid morning: 1 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 4 Skylark, 3 House Martin & 1 Siskin

Yellow-browed Warbler Berry Hd 16 Oct 2016 ML

                                                     Yellow-browed Warbler Berry Hd 16 Oct 2016 

Posted October 16th, 2016 at 11:23 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Saturday 15th October 2016

House Martin Chicks

Amazingly, for so late in the year, we have a pair of house martins with 2-3 week old chicks nesting on my Grandmother's house in South Zeal.

Have been very concerned about their welfare over the past few weeks but there seems to still be good numbers of insects around so fingers crossed they will fledge in the next week or so and then get on their way.

Posted October 15th, 2016 at 6:53 pm by Tom Michie in Bird News

Otter Estuary and Budleigh Salterton .West Cliffs

A new Yellow-browed Warbler today on the footpath on the east side of the Otter Estuary approximately 150M south of White Bridge in sycamores. Also 2 Wheatears on the top fields, 70+ Skylark and 80+ Linnet. Also 2 Firecrest along the coastal footpath above west cliffs.

Yellow-browed Warbler by Chris Townend

Posted October 15th, 2016 at 6:47 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 07:00 till  11:30

The marsh was covered in mist this morning so started by doing the hedges a few goldcrests , coal tits and chiffchaff , 20+ redwing in trees behind the hide , just after 08:05 was walking down from the hide towards the riversmeet house, a small group of dunnock were feeding on left side of the road a smaller bird feeding with them so got my bins on it a bunting and a possible Little bunting started to try and get all I'd features I could as a dog walker approached , looked like a female/ first winter bird , clear sign of a white/ whitish wing bar , red brown cheeks and median crown stripe the streaking on the flanks was very fine and stood out despite the poor light legs did appear pale but not seen well , everything looked good then the dog spooked the birds and they disappeared through the hedge no call heard would of liked longer views of the bird was 90-95% certain little bunting and was unable to relocate the bird. 

The rest of the morning produced plenty of Robins and 15+ chiffchaffs , 30+ long tailed tits, 4 blackcaps( 3 males, 1 female) 

from the viewing platform 882+ dunlin  included 4 juv curlew sandpipers, 10+ knot, 60+ grey plover, 35+ bar tailed godwits, 11 avocets, good numbers of curlew and black tailed godwits, 1 whimbrel, 4 ringed plover.

Posted October 15th, 2016 at 3:36 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

YBW - Colebrook

Being a 'fair weather' sort of person I wasn't too happy at being stuck indoors when the rain came today.  But sometimes staying in has its rewards.  This came in the form of my second only Yellow-browed Warbler for my own back garden.  It didn't hang around long in the hawthorn.  Also in the loose flock were two Goldcrest amongst the regular five tit species.

Posted October 15th, 2016 at 2:17 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Topsham

One Yellow-browed warbler calling between 10:45 & 11:00 in trees between Rec and M5. I couldn't see the bird unfortunately. Also one ad Med gull on the river and 4 Mistletoe thrush over.

Posted October 15th, 2016 at 2:14 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Horsey Island

Wryneck 100M south of metal stile. Seen for 30 seconds and then completely lost ie very elusive!

(Thanks to Rob Barnes for info on the bird who then missed it)

Posted October 15th, 2016 at 12:41 pm by John Bronz in Bird News

Start Point

Overnight showers, bright morning, Fresh SW wind.

Vis mig from the car park, 07:10-08:30, all birds flying south.

7 Swallows, 13 'alba' Wagtails, 70 Meadow Pipits, 280 Linnets, 5 Siskins 70 Chaffinches and 450 Goldfinches.

Posted October 15th, 2016 at 9:48 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Berry Head Friday 14th

A walk with the Friends of Brixham Library saw a good(ish) overhead movement of birds:1 Redpoll, 100+ Goldfinch, 7 Siskin, 8+ Redwing, 28 Song Thrush, 11 Skylark and one Great Northern Diver - over the top of Berry Head.

Fairly quiet around the top of the headland just 7 Goldcrest and 3 Chiffchaff.

Posted October 15th, 2016 at 8:02 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Friday 14th October 2016

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:05 till 17:40

Arrived just before the rain and watched from the hide.

218+ pintail was my second highest count for the marsh, 2 curlew sandpipers among 646+ dunlin( included some very large individuals probabley of the alpina sub species) , 3 knot, 1 ringed plover, 1 grey plover, 17+ avocet, 25+ lapwing, 36+ bar tailed godwits, 426+ curlew, 1 whimbrel, 600+ black tailed godwits, 300+ redshank, 420+ teal, 45+ shoveler, 80+ wigeon, 2 little egrets, 3 grey heron, 10+ greenshank, 18+ moorhen , mixed group of 30+ swallow and house Martin over heading east.

Posted October 14th, 2016 at 7:55 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

R.Caen > Crow Point

Late aft

1 late - ish  Curlew Sandpiper on the R.Caen + 2 Eider mid-channel Taw Estuary approaching Crow Point drifting SW towards Appledore.

   

Posted October 14th, 2016 at 6:33 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Possible Ringed Ouzel

Ring Ouzel today at Avon Dam area,

Eds: yes indeed it is a Ring Ouzel.

Posted October 14th, 2016 at 6:32 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Brixham

Just off the breakwater this morning five female scoters diving too far away to tell which ones.

Posted October 14th, 2016 at 6:00 pm by philip l. fairclough in Bird News

Soar

06:40-15:30. Cloudy start with a cold Fresh NNE wind decreasing and veering to a light SE by midday with brighter conditions. No rain.

Got out to Sharp Tor for first light but vis mig did not happen. Several Song Thrushes and Blackbirds calling on the way out and a single Redwing. The bottom of Starehole was fairly sheltered and held at least 6 Ring Ouzels though I think there may have been double that present. Also single Fieldfare. Elsewhere Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail, 2 Wheatears ( airfield ), Garden Warbler ( Starehole ), 10 Blackcaps, 13 Chiffchaffs, Yellow-browed Warbler ( long stayer  East Soar Willows, not seen but very vocal ), 9 Goldcrests, 2 Firecrests , ( Starehole and East Soar Ponds ) and 2 Siskins.

Walking up from the bottom of Starehole Valley a crake/rail flushed from the bracken and dived back in quickly. I reckon it was  probably a Corncrake but to brief to be 100%. Spent some time walking around where it landed but nothing doing. It was on the stream side of the path about 30 metres down from the large rock you can sit on and watch the ouzels from if anyone is there tomorrow and fancies checking it out.

Posted October 14th, 2016 at 5:03 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Horsey Island and Caen River

After a few days of looking I finally found a/the Wryneck in the grass and on the fence behind the fishermen's huts at 12.30 today. A very striking bird close up with almost reptilian posture and markings as it molded itself into a grass tussock. All the regulars present including a Glossy Ibis on the flood near the 'White House'. Apologies for image quality. Phone through scope.

Sparrowhawk  Wryneck
Sparrowhawk                                                                                                    

Wryneck
Wryneck

Posted October 14th, 2016 at 2:29 pm by Rob Barnes in Bird News

possible eiders off brixham?

Spotted five of these birds off the breakwater at Brixham. I took them to be eiders because of the shape of the bill but having downloaded them on the computer, and looked closer, now not so sure. Also they were diving but Hamlyn's doesn't say they are divers. Could they be scoters?

Philip .L. Fairclough

Posted October 14th, 2016 at 12:00 pm by philip l. fairclough in Bird News

Wistlandpound Reservoir

A little more activity at Wistlandpound Reservoir early this morning. 41 mallard, 3 moorhen, 3 cormorants, 4 little grebes, 3 teal, 2 wigeon, 1 little egret and the Great White Egret.   It has been seen here at different times for about two weeks and is possibly the same bird that frequents Arlington.

Posted October 14th, 2016 at 11:49 am by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

CHILLINGTON.

Black Redstart seen today at 8.30am on neighbour's roof. My first this year.

Posted October 14th, 2016 at 9:02 am by T.Goddard in Bird News

Thursday 13th October 2016

Knots (or not)

Knots (or not).  An hour at the Otter Creek and I spotted 8 of these little birds, are they Knots?  I have not seen these on the Otter before.

Rob Jerrard

    Knots (or not)
Knots (or not)

Eds: they are Dunlin the long, thin and  slightly down curved bill together with black legs rule out Knot.

Posted October 13th, 2016 at 8:33 pm by Rob Jerrard in Bird News

A day of misidentified birds!!

After failing to ID a Common Gull this morning I made another mistake this afternoon when a Merlin dropped out of no where while I was flying one of my falcons, it was a bit distant and flew past the sun which did make identification difficult, but the images I managed to take show that it was a Merlin and not a female Kestrel as I had first thought. (so no need for the Collins Bird Guide)

The day had started well with a high flying flock of 80 plus Wood pigeons headed west over South Brent and two Ravens.

A visit to the estuary below Kingsbridge quay, gave good views of good numbers of Redshank a single Greenshank, Oyster Catcher, Curlew, Jay and several Little Egrets.

  

Frogmore Creek gave another Greenshank and a couple of Little Egrets all of which were spooked along with lots of Gulls when a low flying Buzzard passed over the creek.

Three House Martins over home late in the afternoon just after the Merlin sighting and a large flock of Long Tailed Tits working the field hedgerows.

 

Posted October 13th, 2016 at 7:42 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:15 till 17:40

A good afternoon with a new juv / fem Garganey showing well , impressive number of waders included 796+ dunlin, 4 juv curlew sandpiper, 2 knot, 40+ bar tailed godwits, 50+ grey plover was reduced by 1 when the local lesser black backed gull killed one it was too big to eat and even a heron decided it couldn't eat it so the local buzzard flew in and took it Away this made other counts impossible , good numbers of curlew and black tailed godwits, 38+ lapwing, 14 avocet, 15+ greenshank, 45+ pintail good numbers of teal and a few wigeon, 2 little egrets, 4 grey heron, 2 Cetti's warblers, 1 white wagtail. 

Posted October 13th, 2016 at 7:09 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Unidentified Gull species Slapton

From the memorial car park at Slapton this morning I caught sight of a gull headed east up the coast just off of the beach, slightly smaller than a Herring Gull, seemingly shorter in the body with distinctly longer narrow wings, darker grey than a Herring Gull but lighter than a Lesser Black Back, the head was a pale buffish grey with a distinctly darker band at the nape/hind neck, the wings had a distinctive white trailing edge to the secondary flight feathers, the bill appears to be dark and more slender than the usual larger gulls.

There appeared to be a white pattern running back from the base of the bill to the eye, the eye being very dark

The bird was in view for several minutes as it battled against the strong on shore winds, I cannot find anything remotely like it in my birding books of UK and European birds.

 

Eds - this is a Common Gull

Posted October 13th, 2016 at 1:57 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Lannacombe Valley.

2 Yellow Browed Warblers caught and ringed at this mornings ringing session. Also on site 10 Chiffchaffs  8 Blackcaps  3 Goldcrests ( poor autumn passage to date for this species )' and 1 imm. m. Black Redstart. It is always good to see the first of these in October.

1st.bird.
1st.bird.

2nd.bird.
2nd.bird.

Posted October 13th, 2016 at 1:29 pm by Alan K Searle in Bird News

Bicton

Yesterday and the last two times I have been to Bicton over a period of 14 days there have been two diving ducks on the small lake (artificial Pond).  One is clearly a little grebe and the two keep near each other diving and feeding together.   From photos the larger one does not look like a little Grebe, but is it?  Can anyone clear this up for me?  I have never seen a Little Grebe on this smaller pond, they usually and very shy and when seen on the large lake disappear fast.

Rob Jerrard 

 

Eds: yes the left hand photo is of Little Grebe (moulting  juv) the right hand photo  is a  juv/1st winter Tufted Duck

Posted October 13th, 2016 at 8:48 am by Rob Jerrard in Bird News

Wednesday 12th October 2016

Dunstone nr. Chillington

Flock of 19 Redwings present here this morning

Posted October 12th, 2016 at 10:54 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Burrator

2 Ring Ouzel, 2 Fieldfare, 12 Redwing seen in Burrator area.

Posted October 12th, 2016 at 9:54 pm by George and Les Carr in Bird News

Postbridge

Sighted today Brambling (m), in with a mixed flock of Goldfinches & Chaffinches at car park for Higher Cherrybrook Bridge Postbridge area, also Redwings (10) & Treecreepers (2) at Postbridge area.

Posted October 12th, 2016 at 8:03 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in Bird News

Western sandpiper

Went looking afterwork this evening but no sign of bird reported on tip poolat skern.Does anyone know who reported it?.Nothing on birdguides or devon birds

Posted October 12th, 2016 at 7:23 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Around Yelland power station- High Tide

Good flocks of goldfinches. 3 spoonbills on Isley Marsh and a few redshank along the shore. [Fieldfare] in the field opposite powerstation.

Goldfinch Redshank
Goldfinch                                                                                        Redshank

Fieldfare
Fieldfare

Eds. The bird labelled as a Fieldfare is actually a Mistle Thrush!

Posted October 12th, 2016 at 6:22 pm by Richard Yeats in Bird News

Tuesday 11th October 2016

Avon Dam

A flock of 12 Ring Ouzels just below Avon Dam, flying low eastwards over the valley, late afternoon.  

Posted October 11th, 2016 at 10:04 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Berry Head & Brixham

Two Yellow-browed Warblers (together) were  in sycamores along the lower middle path just south of the main woodland above the Berry Head Hotel; also around the headland: 2 Blackcap, 13 Chiffchaff, 7 Goldcrest, 5 Stonechat.

Flying over: 3 Redwing, 5 Song Thrush,6 Alba Wagtails,31 Meadow Pipits,11 Skylark,14 Goldfinches, 3 Greenfinches.

 Yellow-browed Warbler Berry Hd 11 Oct 2016 ML  Yellow-browed Warbler Brixham 11 Oct 2016 ML

One of the two Y-bW at Berry Head                                            The Breakwater quarry Y-bW

This afternoon another Yellow-browed Warbler was in the breakwater quarry car park with a flock of Long-tailed Tits. 

Posted October 11th, 2016 at 6:19 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Topsham

Watched  from 14:40 till 16:40

from the viewing platform at bowling green marsh, 3 juv curlew sandpiper among 350+ dunlin, 6+ sanderling , 80+ grey plover, 6+ ringed plover ,  40+ bar tailed godwit, 1 kingfisher, 2 Cetti's warblers.

from the goatwalk looking over towards turf , another 40+ grey plover , 1 juv curlew sandpiper, 27 avocet plus good numbers of dunlin , black tailed godwits and curlew.

Posted October 11th, 2016 at 6:14 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh - viewing platform

Good numbers of waders from the platform this lunchtime. In amongst the Dunlin were 2+ Sanderling (there were 5 yesterday) and at least 1 Curlew Sandpiper.

Posted October 11th, 2016 at 3:37 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

East Soar - Yellow-browed Warblers

Pleased to catch up with the reported Yellow-browed Warblers (2) in the willows below East Soar Farm this morning. Patient observation required as they were not showing well. No tit flock observed to give a clue as to location and several chiffchaff present to confuse the observation. Photos of one bird only.

Yellow Browed Warbler - East Soar - 11/10/2016Yellow Browed Warbler - East Soar - 11/10/2016


Yellow-browed Warbler - East Soar - 11/10/2016

Posted October 11th, 2016 at 3:36 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Lost - Blue Parrot - Paignton

Blue Amazon Parrot has been lost in Paignton, answers to Anna can be hand fed.

any information please contact Nicki on 01803 400668

Posted October 11th, 2016 at 1:03 pm in Bird News

Avon Dam Ring Ouzels & Hen Harrier

An early visit to the quarry below the Avon Dam this morning, Blackbird, Redwing and Song Thrush all feeding in good numbers, the Ring Ouzels did not show until the sun was rising, with four birds flying high heading down the valley from the direction of the dam followed by another two.

  

Three over a period of time dropped into the quarry but were lost from view in the cover, they were sitting very tight and not showing, eventually and mature adult sat just inside the rowan cover feeding and giving good views.

Green Woodpecker, two Raven, Kestrel and Stonechats all showing.

 

The high light on leaving was a female Hen Harrier that drifted all along the ridge of Zeal Plains towards the dam.

On the river a Dipper showed well and on arriving home a count of twelve Redwing and four Robins chasing and squabbling from the kitchen window.

 

Posted October 11th, 2016 at 10:12 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Monday 10th October 2016

Osprey sighting

The River Teign Osprey is still around and flew over my car at 14:20 today 10th October as I drove from Newton Abbot on the Teignmouth Road

Posted October 10th, 2016 at 11:13 pm by Jeanne Silvestri in Bird News

South Hams

South Brent this morning 23 Redwing flying over the village and a little later some 50 plus Wood pigeons headed west possibly the first signs that I have seen of this year’s autumn pigeon migration getting under way.

From the tidal road at Aveton Gifford, Little Egret 8, Redshank 2, Greenshank 3, Common Sandpiper 2, other species included Oyster Catcher, Curlew and Grey Wagtail.

Soar ~ Yellow Hammer, Cirl Bunting, Blackcap, Wren, Yellow Browed Warbler, Chiffchaff, Dunnock, Song Thrush 2, Redwing 2, Swallow, Buzzard 4 and Pied Wagtail 4.

 

Around the old Bolt Head airfield flocks of Meadow Pipit, Linnet and Skylark 23, Stonechat, Wheatear 3, Kestrel 2, Goldfinch and Raven.

  

Posted October 10th, 2016 at 8:35 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - Tawny Pipit and Yellow-browed Warbler late this afternoon. Pipit is in flat grass field at top of Gore Lane (the one with a pile of dung in it). Please view only from the gate. The YBW is in the copse on the left at the start of the footpath to the Geoneedle from Foxholes (present for its third day). Photos and more details at www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk

Posted October 10th, 2016 at 7:01 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Trewsweir Exeter

Dipper feeding on the face of the weir at 17:30 today.

Posted October 10th, 2016 at 5:59 pm by Mike Booth in Bird News

Shiphay, Torquay

07.20

4 Redwings in flight over Cadewell Park, Torquay calling as they headed north.

Posted October 10th, 2016 at 4:52 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

East Soar-Soar Mill Valley-Southdown Farm

Highlight today was 5 Yellow-browed Warblers, 2 in East Soar willows, one in the plantation, one at Lower Soar & one in the willows in Soar Mill Valley. Other migrants: 13 Ring Ouzel, 23 Alba Wagtail, 205 Skylark, 320 Meadow Pipit, 61 Swallow, 50 House Martin, 2 Wheatear, Redwing, 29 Song Thrush, 34 Blackbird & 53 Robin (mix of migs & residents), 24 Blackcap, 56 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, Coal Tit (very unusual here), 14 Chaffinch & 200 Linnet.

Posted October 10th, 2016 at 4:37 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Sightings for today at Lower Tamar Lake.

1 Willow Tit, 1 Water Rail, 2 Snipe, 6 Tufted Duck, 1 Mute Swan, 3 Cormorants, 9 Coot, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Kingfisher, 3 (f) Wigeon, 2 Long-tail Tits, 8 Goldfinch.

Posted October 10th, 2016 at 4:17 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Soar etc

06:30-14:45. Bright day but chilly Mod-Fresh NE wind

Thought i'd try something different and walked out in the dark to Sharp Tor for dusk to do a vis mig watch. ( Sharp Tor is directly across the bottom of Starehole Valley from Bolt Head ) . On the way out heard a few Song Thrushes and a Redwing. Bit of passage from 07:10-09:00 namely 1 Snipe, 11 Skylarks, 140 Meadow Pipits, 1 Tree Pipit, 28 alba Wagtails, 300 House Martins ( almost all in one group ), 40 Swallows, 100 Chaffinches, 1 Brambling, 100 Goldfinches, 6 Greenfinches, 70 Linnets, 12 Siskins and 4 Crossbills ( together ). Elsewhere around East Soar / Starehole were Great Spotted Woodpecker, Whinchat, Redstart, 5 Ring Ouzels, 3 Wheatears, 8 Blackcaps, 8 Chiffchaffs, 2 Yellow-browed Warblers ( East Soar Willows ), 4 Goldcrests and 2 Lesser Redpolls overhead. Saw Vic Tucker and Mike Northey who said there were at least 2 more Yellow-broweds in Soar Mill Cove with 3 Ring Ouzels. Mike had also flushed a Quail by the track nr East Soar Farm but could not relocate it. Left them to it as I was pushed for time. Got a feeling something good is out there so hopefully they will find it.

On the way home decided to call into Hope Cove and have a quick walk around the woods behind the old Lifeboat House, took 20 minutes but two more Yellow-browed Warblers added to the count. Amazing how many of these are around, I was quite disguisted when there were none in the Tescos car park when I called in for milk on the way home !

 

Posted October 10th, 2016 at 3:43 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Shipley Bridge to Avon Dam

Walk up to the dam 10.00 am. Numerous thrushes including12 Ring Ouzel, Fieldfare and Mistle Thrush. Also Greater Spotted and Green woodpeckers, 2 Reed Bunting 2 Goldcrest, 2 Goldfinch, Bullfinch,Meadow pipits, Dipper, Great,Blue and Coal tits, 2 Buzzard, Kestrel. 

Posted October 10th, 2016 at 3:13 pm by Jeremy Spooner in Bird News

Thurlestone & South Huish

 ORTOLAN BUNTING flew over the Golf Course at 08.20 this morning calling before landing in a bush - reported by Mike Passman

 

Sat 8th    Peter Goodfellow and his son David had good views of two Cattle Egrets and a Little Stint about 1400 hrs for 10 mins. In field behind the cafe, with cattle. Close views.  With nearby Little Egret. Its black bill cf. their rather stubby yellow very noticeable. Stint with 3 Dunlin on Pond's near edge.

Posted October 10th, 2016 at 12:12 pm in Bird News

Isley Marsh Spoonbills

A check of the estuary on morning dog walk finally gave (3rd time lucky) opportunity to read the juvenile Spoonbill's rings for first time, partly visible in Richard Yeats' photographs from 3rd Oct (haven't seen this bird discussed anywhere, apologies if I've missed any previous posts). The ring combination is Black (flag) over Red over Pale-blue on right tibia; Metal over Black over Black on left tibia; black flag actually being the new flag colour for Netherlands-scheme spoonbills (like the other older spoonbill on the estuary with yellow flag), born from 2015 onwards. I've emailed to request the details on the bird.

Posted October 10th, 2016 at 11:00 am by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Sunday 9th October 2016

Rillage Point

07.00 to 10.00: Steady light passage of Swallows (51), Skylarks (4), Meadow Pipits (71), alba wagtails (15), Chaffinches (37), Linnets (73) and Siskins (4). Highlights were a Ring Ouzel on the sidelands and 44 Ravens flying very high to the WNW in two loose flocks of 28 and 16, within about 15 minutes of each other during the first hour of daylight. Would love to know where they were headed. 1 Snow Bunting yesterday (8th October).

This evening at dusk, 3 Eiders and a Common Scoter feeding close in to the rocky foreshore between Barricane Beach and Morte Point.

Posted October 9th, 2016 at 9:38 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Harford Moor

Whilst checking the cows, saw a small flock of 20 or so Golden Plover - they seem to like the short grass, also put up a couple of snipe from the wetter areas around Hangershell.

Posted October 9th, 2016 at 9:10 pm by Matthew Willcocks in Bird News

Prawle Area

Sunday 9th October. Good day to be out birding (7.30 till 1.30pm) .Highlights 2 x Yellow-Browed Warblers in Pig's Nose Valley (differing prominence of wing bars)-one near Stallion's Bite and a second near lower gate. Also 1 Firecrest , 15 Blackcaps, 34 Chiffchaffs, 1 Whinchat, 2 Wheatears, 2 Song Thrushes,15 Blackbirds, Jay, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Goldcrests seen (a few more heard) and on leaving the valley a Marsh Harrier (female/1st year type) flew east and then high NE over the airfields. Pat M. saw 2 Ring Ouzels (1 near overflow car park and another along the front), 15 Wheatear and saw both MIstle Thrush , Redwing and Snipe during a short vizmig.

Late postings : Friday 7th October seawatch ( in ESE Force 3 going 5, then 3) : 4 x Balearic Shearwaters east, 1 x Arctic Tern , 1 x Arctic Skua, 1 x Black-Throated Diver (s.p) and 1 x Red-Throated Diver (moulting from summer plumage) all east. 6 x Eider , 8 x Brent Geese west, 2 x Pintail, 40 x Wigeon, 2 x Teal, 2 x Shoveler,16 x Common Scoter, 9 x Dunlin all east.Also 5 x Mediterranean Gulls of all plumage types.

2nd October : Highlights : Lesser Whitethroat , Spotted Flycatcher, 2 x Reed Bunting.

We band of few (or two?) are still trying..and will try to get news out once the American has been located !

Posted October 9th, 2016 at 9:03 pm by Tony Marchese in Bird News

Leucistic Buzzard at Braunton

Whilst en route to Horsey Island today I spotted this buzzard sat on a fence in a field on the dual carriageway between Barnstaple and Braunton. We quickly did a U turn and I ran across the dual carriageway with my camera, flushing the bird as I ran. I managed to get a couple of shots anyway. It was almost pure white on the chest and head. An interesting leucistic colouring. Didn't get to see either the Caspian Tern or the Wryneck at Horsey Island but did spot the Dalmation Pelican in the distance. On the marsh by the white house I spotted the Glossy Ibis and a Spotted Redshank, hanging out with four Greenshank.

Posted October 9th, 2016 at 8:01 pm by Steph Murphy in Bird News

Kingswear yesterday.

Expected to see a bit of life on the bird front at Kingswear but only ended up with one GBBGull, 6 Black-headed Gulls and a single juv and single immature Herring Gulls and a Jackdaw. One solitary Buzzard over but very high.

Posted October 9th, 2016 at 5:13 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News

Roborough Down today. 09/10/2016

Very quiet on the Down today. Stonechats (m&f), Robins, Meadow Pipits, Kestrel, a couple of Crows and a few Magpie. Very little on the insect side either. Where is everything?. Not even any sheep, cows or ponies.

Posted October 9th, 2016 at 5:10 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News

Soar

07:40-16:30. Some cloud first thing but eventually a beautiful sunny day. Moderate-fresh NE wind easing through day.

Merlin, 3 Golden Plovers, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Grey Wagtail, 14 Wheatears, 14 Ring Ouzels, 21 Blackcaps, 66 Chiffchaffs, 7 Yellow-browed Warblers ( 2 Hgr Soar, 1 Hamstone Cottage, 2 East Soar Willows and 2 more seen by Alan Doidge in the plantation ) and 9 Goldcrests.

A few Red Admirals and 2 Clouded Yellows. Not sure if 7 YBW's is a mainland record for Devon ? Doubt it would last long if it was !

Posted October 9th, 2016 at 5:07 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Ring Ouzels - Shipley Bridge to Avon Dam, South Brent

Highlight of a morning walk from Shipley Bridge to Avon Dam was the sighting of at least 9 Ring Ouzels. I saw 5 fly off together down the river valley from the quarry with at least 4 still remaining feeding in the quarry itself. I hid up in the undergrowth to photograph these, which included the male in the photo below. I was joined at the location by Steve Hopper, who has reported other birds seen above. As we walked back we saw 4 ouzels flying in the area below the pumping station towards the mid point bridge, possibly 4 of the 5 I had seen earlier.


Posted October 9th, 2016 at 4:00 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Horsey Island

Glossy Ibis on Horsey Island for a while this morning before being spooked by Little Egret flying over. Flew back onto the Taw Estuary.



Posted October 9th, 2016 at 3:23 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Ring Ouzels ~ South Brent

An early afternoon walk up to the Avon Dam above South Brent gave Great Tit, Robin, Grey Wagtail, Buzzard, Raven, Jay 3, and several Stonechats.

On reaching the old quarry below the dam I got a wave from Dakes Pakes who was tucked away in the undergrowth watching Ring Ouzels feeding on Rowan berries. In total I had 7 sightings while Dave had 9. 

  

Also present in the area were Green and Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush, Blackbirds and three Redwings that flew out from the quarry.

On the way home a Kestrel hovering near Harbourne Cross.

Posted October 9th, 2016 at 3:15 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 08:00 till  13:00 

A look around the hedges to start with showed a big increase robins around the marsh and chiffchaffs every where with probabley double yesterday's total , 4 blackcaps, and 12+ goldcrests, 4 Cetti's warblers, plenty of skylarks over heading north.

1 spotted redshank from the hide, 1 juv female peregrine.

from the viewing platform 

with a low high tide most waders stayed on the mud on the far side totals from the morning were 85+ knot a good count for this end of the estuary , 8+ curlew sandpiper, 6 sanderling, 70+ grey plover, 20 avocet, 30+ bar tailed godwits, 2 golden plover, 2 ringed plover, 1 osprey again down of mudbank.

as usual these days plenty of disturbance over the morning from kayakers , speedboats, and dogs, made counts hard  and for a very frustrating morning around the marsh

Posted October 9th, 2016 at 3:04 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Broadsands

A first light visit to Broadsands a solitary wader on the beach that I believe was a Knot (but could be wrong) Oyster Catchers 4, the usual mix of gulls, Pied Wagtails and several Carrion Crow.

 

Eds: The wader at Broadsands is a Dunlin

 Around the car parks Bullfinch 2, small flocks of Goldfinch, Dunnock, Robin, Wren 3, Jay, Buzzard, Blue Tit, Chaffinch and a suspected Firecrest calling but not showing.

Over night at home at least two Tawny owls calling.

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

Saturday 8th October 2016

Budleigh Salterton

This morning a Ring Ouzel just below Budleigh Beacon. The Yellow-browed Warbler showed again this evening on the footpath just below the golf course parking area, but again pretty elusive and not very vocal and lots of cover! Also firecrest in the same area and a Whinchat on the top fields east of the Otter.

Yellow-browed Warbler by Chris Townend

Ring Ouzel by Chris Townend

Posted October 8th, 2016 at 7:52 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

River Taw

The Dalmatian Pelican seen this afternoon on a sandbank in the middle of the river between Horsey Island and Yelland Pier.

Dalmatian Pelican
Dalmatian Pelican

Posted October 8th, 2016 at 7:18 pm by Mike Jones in Bird News

Pizwell Farm

Two Crossbills (M + F) flew from moor into trees near farm late afternoon.

Posted October 8th, 2016 at 7:12 pm by Rob Hubble & Stella Tracey in Bird News

East and Middle Soar

am of note: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler (with Long-tailed Tit and Blue Tit flock in East Soar willows), 2 Firecrests, at least 6 Ring Ouzels, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 30 Wheatears, c35 Chiffchaffs and c15 Blackcaps. Met Vic Tucker late morning who had seen additionally 1 Whinchat and 1 Woodlark overhead. 

Posted October 8th, 2016 at 6:58 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Topsham

Watched from 07:30 till 13:45

Started by doing the hedges around bowling green and turned out not to bad with a garden warbler up near the viewing platform , 27+ chiffchaffs , 2 willow warblers, 2 blackcap, 21+ goldcrests, 3 song thrush plus the usual groups of long tailed tits, blue tits, great tits, 4+ coal tits, 3 nuthatch, 1 treecreeper, green woodpecker, 2 great spotted woodpeckers, 5+ jay, 2 Raven , 24+ skylarks over, 12+ meadow pipits.

from the hide on bowling green marsh , 5 juv curlew sandpipers came in from the river clyst( seen from viewing platform earlier) 1 spotted redshank, 21+ greenshank, 150+ redshank, 1 juv ringed plover, 2 water rail, 2 grey wagtail, 1 white wagtail, 6 pied wagtails, 550+ black tailed godwits, 1 whimbrel, 15+ bar tailed godwits, 30+ lapwing, 35+ pintail among good numbers of teal and wigeon , 5+ dunlin, 60+ curlew, 2 Mediterranean gulls( 1 adult, 1 1st winter)

from the viewing platform from 12:00 15+ avocet, 74+ grey plover, 30+ bar tailed godwits, 500+ dunlin, surprisingly another 3 juv curlew sands ( the waders on bowling green had not come out yet so now the day total was 8+ ) , 1 osprey was  fishing down of mudbank putting all the wigeon and Brent geese up a spectacular sight.

a quick look from the goatwalk produced another 4 curlew sandpipers and 12 golden plover among more curlew lapwing and another 40+ grey plover.

no rarities but a good morning around the marsh 

Posted October 8th, 2016 at 6:53 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

River Caen/Taw Estuary

16:30 to 17:45 at the mouth of the River Caen. Birds of interest, a confiding Wryneck, Dalmation Pelican over, Spoonbill over at Isley and Marsh Harrier overhead.

Lovely Wryneck   The Dalmation Pelican
Wryneck                                                                           Dalmation Pelican

Posted October 8th, 2016 at 6:48 pm by Martin Bond in Bird News

Berry Head

The Yellow-browed Warbler was still in the quarry today with 2 chiffchaffs and a Goldcrest. 

Flying over: 2 Redwing, 13 Song Thrush, 9 Siskin, good numbers of Goldfinch.  

Posted October 8th, 2016 at 6:36 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Scabbacombe Head

2 Red Kites seen by Andy Studd and family between Scabbacombe Head and Coleton Fishacre this afternoon.

Posted October 8th, 2016 at 5:51 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Soar to Southdown Farm am

7 Wheatears on airfield and one near the cove.  2 Ring Ouzels at top of Soar Valley,  House Martins + Swallows+ 18 Stonechat, 22 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap.

Posted October 8th, 2016 at 1:52 pm by Roger White in Bird News

DWT, Emsworthy, Dartmoor

At Emsworthy this morning 6 Ring Ouzels feeding on Hawthorn and Rowan berries. C30 Mistle Thrushes.

Ring Ouzel, Dartmoor.
Ring Ouzel, Dartmoor.

Posted October 8th, 2016 at 12:21 pm by david cawthraw in Bird News

Caspian Tern

9:20 flying past white house and on down estuary caught a fish and landed in a field hidden from view on the chivenor side of the river caen.  Field next to a long pontoon that spans out over the river

Posted October 8th, 2016 at 10:37 am by john overfield in Bird News

Ashridge, Sandford

Small mixed flock approx 20  Blackbird and Redwing passed through this morning 10.00. Also there are Goldcrest everywere.

Posted October 8th, 2016 at 10:14 am by Richard Burston in Bird News

Friday 7th October 2016

Tern

@Jon Turner - my wife tells me that my few minutes is in 'man time' and that actually it was about half an hour after you left. Just checked my pic data and it was at 15:39.
Pic attached of its flight path marked in red and our position in blue.

I had taken so many hopeful shots of  'gull sized white birds' that I had given up until my wife called the huge red beak.


Posted October 7th, 2016 at 10:26 pm by HPL in Bird News

Tern

Good to see you got the Tern HPL, it was me that found the Ruff for you! Was it really a few mins after I left? I looked over the embankment a couple of times on the way back along the Toll road!!

Posted October 7th, 2016 at 10:08 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Caspian tern

Just a few pics to confirm the Caspian Tern taken today at about half 3ish down the mere. Taken about ten minutes after a gentleman who was looking for it left (he found us a ruff). 

 

Eds. Great shots, but please can you use your full name (see guidelines), so we know who you are? Thanks.

Posted October 7th, 2016 at 9:34 pm by HPL in Bird News

Exmouth LNR

The eel grass beds off Exmouth's Imperial Rec. Ground to Mudbank and beyond are now providing their usual autumn spectacle.  

On today's ebbing tide there were 54 Swans, c950 Brent Geese and (on a rough and ready count) around 3,500 to 4,000 duck, mainly Wigeon with Pintail and Mallard.    150 Turnstones counted by Derek Carter a little later at Mudbank.

It's quite a sight.   Approx 1.5 to 2 hours after high tide is best when the Brents come close inshore (less if neap tides)

Posted October 7th, 2016 at 9:27 pm by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton

A Yellow-browed Warbler along Budleigh west cliffs footpath this afternoon below golf club car park, also firecrest and a few Chiffchaff. A single Wheatear on fields above the Otter on the east side.

Blyth's Reed Warbler at Berry Head yesterday - I have done a blog post for anyone interested in emarginations!
http://creamteabirding.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/blyths-reed-warbler-berry-head.html

 

Posted October 7th, 2016 at 7:30 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Update on the Caspian Tern

A couple of posts on Birdguides and Birdforum had me heading down to the fisherman's huts again at about 5.15. After a few scans of everything on the various sandbanks I found it perched with some Black-headed Gulls just off Isley Marsh. At 5.55p.m. it shook it's wings and took off heading west, and I quickly lost it to view.

Down on the flood were 3 of the Spoonbills, at least 22 Little Egrets, and 100 or so Black-tailed Godwits. Bonus birds were 7 Swallows flying along the embankment heading east.

Posted October 7th, 2016 at 7:13 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Sometimes you just get lucky!

Saw the post about the Caspian Tern this morning but couldn't get away. On driving down to Horsey Island this evening I did a quick stop to jump out and peer over the embankment to view the flood in case the pelican or other stuff was in there. I raised my glasses to check an odd looking gull and yes first bird I focus on the Caspian Tern. Had close views as it circled over the flood for a few minutes, a very impressive bird and easy to ID on size alone. Also 3 Spoonbills, two adults and one Juv. The adults were ringed with one red over light blue and the other seeming to have green with a yellow tag. Also Blackwits, Egrets, Herons, Redshank, Greenshank, Curlew, Teal, Kingfisher, Dabchick, 2 Snipe overhead and all the regulars. Pelican was report further up the estuary.

Posted October 7th, 2016 at 6:59 pm by Rob Barnes in Bird News

Berry Head

With the gloomy conditions and rain Berry Head was too tempting - a brief visit late pm produced a small fall of Chiffchaffs in the Quarry 6-7 compared to 2-3 this morning also extra Goldcrests, Blackcap and a Yellow-browed Warbler. After spending sometime down in the quarry this morning and not seeing a lot this had to be a new bird in and not the yellow-browed that was around yesterday afternoon.

Yellow-Browed Warbler Berry Hd 071016ML Yellow-Browed Warbler Berry Hd 071016ML

Yellow-browed Warbler

Posted October 7th, 2016 at 6:36 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Fremington Quay

While not seeing the Caspian Tern at the quay( Jon Turners post below explains why) I did manage to relocate the Glossy Ibis close to the road at the landward end of the river.

Posted October 7th, 2016 at 6:21 pm by John Bronze in Bird News

Prawle

Walked around the west side of Prawle out of the wind lots of birds the best of being: 2 Yellow-browed Warblers, 3 Wheatears, c50 Chiffchaff, c20 Blackcap, c10 Goldcrest, Ring Ouzel, c20 Song Thrush and good numbers of Skylarks moving. But raptors stole the show, a most approachable juvenile Hobby (see photos), flyby Short-eared Owl and a distant ringtail Hen Harrier.

Hen HarrierHobby juvHobby juvHobby juv

Posted October 7th, 2016 at 6:02 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Aveton Gifford

Two Cattle Egrets together feeding around sitting Cattle on the marsh.

Cattle Egret Aveton Gifford &.10.2016 Dave Allen     Cattle Egrets Aveton Gifford 7.10.2016 Dave Allen

Dave Allen

Posted October 7th, 2016 at 6:01 pm in Bird News

Start Point

06:30-14:45. Cloudy day, moderate east wind, occ. light shower.

Conditions looked great to find the big one but its on hold yet again for another day. Did see 2 Little Egrets ( north off point ), Grey Wagtail, Redstart, Wheatear, Redwing, 2 Ring Ouzels, 15 Song Thrushes, 14 Blackcaps, 41 Chiffchaffs, 15 Goldcrests and 3 Firecrests.

Posted October 7th, 2016 at 4:38 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Isley Marsh

Took the dog around south side of Taw after reports of Caspian Tern by mouth of Caen early morning. No sign of that or the pelican but of note at Isley Marsh:

5 Spoonbill, Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 10+ Grey Plover, Pochard, Kestrel, Reed Bunting, 3 Dunlin, 1 Barn Swallow, juv Common Gull, 15+ Greenshank, several Redshank.

Between here and power station, a Whinchat on the fence.

Posted October 7th, 2016 at 4:21 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Horsey Island

After a U-turn in Barnstaple when I discovered the Tern was seen at the Caen river mouth I picked up Sue Bruce and we headed to the fisherman's huts. Pelican viewable up-river opposite Fremington, then, as the tide fell, on the huge sandbank mid river. Along the Caen good numbers of Skylark and at least 2 Wheatears. Drifting downstream as the tide dropped, an Eider. Great Crested Grebe mid river. 5 Spoonbills over on Isley Marsh. We walked most of the way to the White House, but then decided perhaps the Tern would be at the Skern so retraced our steps.

Near the broken sluice we were joined by Mike from Tiverton, when an LBJ flew into the grass at the base of the embankment below us. Skylark I called, but it didn't look right. When it flew again Mike and I both called: WRYNECK! It flew the few yards across the flood and we had good views. However, we decided to head back to the fisherman's huts,  where we just kept scanning. Later we were joined by Stuart from Ashburton, and Andy Lansdell. Still no sign of the Tern. Although Mike picked out two Commic Terns across the Isley side.

Stuart left, and after a while lunch called and we followed him. What happened next was a birding tragedy- Stuart, who was by now heading down the toll road towards Crow Point came back to us to say he had seen the Tern flying up and down the Horsey mere, and had been frantically waving his arms at us to let us know. We didn't see him until too late and the bird had once again moved on..... this was at about 2p.m. So we decided to forgo lunch and head down to the Crow point area, where we scanned and scanned but in vain for a hint of the Tern. Alas it wasn't to be. A couple of Mediterranean Gulls was about the best.

Also seen on the flooded area were several Greenshank and Black-tailed Godwits, a Spotted Redshank, a Ruff, and 2/3 Kingfishers. Finally a Sparrowhawk perched on a roadside post as we drove back up the Toll road.

Posted October 7th, 2016 at 4:10 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Salcombe - Osprey

  Watched from a boat over the high tide. Osprey successfully fishing in Collapit Creek, disturbed flock of Pintail. Tony Tabb.

Posted October 7th, 2016 at 3:21 pm in Bird News

East Soar

A disappointing morning was brightened up by two Merlin, a male hunting over Starehole & a large female hunting over the airfield. Also: 66 Skylark, 24 Swallow, 24 House Martin, 11 Wheatear, 28 Robin, 7 Song Thrush, male Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaff, late Willow Warbler on the airfield edge, 5 Goldcrest, 100 Carrion Crow & 150 Linnet.

Posted October 7th, 2016 at 2:20 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

From the platform this lunchtime, 29 Avocet, 2 Great Crested Grebes and 3 Common Gulls along with the usual waders.

1 Avocet from the hide. 1 Ringed Plover made a brief visit to the marsh before heading off to the estuary.

At Goosemoor, 1 Water Rail calling. Overhead a steady movement of small groups of House Martins.

Posted October 7th, 2016 at 2:08 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Berry Head

No sign of the Blyth's Reed Warbler this morning. around the headland were 1 Ring Ouzel, 12 Goldcrest, 2 Firecrest , 9 Chiffchaff and 2 Blackcap.

Overhead of note: 7 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush 60+ Meadow Pipits, 1 Grey Wagtail, 6 Siskin.

Posted October 7th, 2016 at 12:40 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Great White Egret

Great White Egret seen in the stream close to the road bridge at Castle Hill Gardens Estate  Filleigh about 11.15am then spooked by a tractor and took off heading North. Lovely bird.

Posted October 7th, 2016 at 12:36 pm by John Clark in Bird News

Fremington

Report of Caspian Tern at Fremington this morning - I'm on my way!

Posted October 7th, 2016 at 9:15 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Thursday 6th October 2016

Photographing Dalmation Pelican

To clarify my post yesterday evening my comments were aimed mainly at people using only mobile phones to photograph the Pelican.

So far, all the photos I have taken of this bird have been through my telescope from a good distance away!

Apologies if any offence was taken by Devon Birds members.

Posted October 6th, 2016 at 10:10 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Dalmatian Pelican image

For anyone concerned about my recent image I'd like to reassure them that the apparent close proximity to the bird was achieved because it was taken from the cover of the grassy bank &  using a Nikon P900 which has the 35mm equivalent of a 2000mm telephoto lens (83x optical) & no disturbance took place.

Posted October 6th, 2016 at 7:37 pm by Philip Naylor in Bird News

South Efford Marsh

Cattle Egret in with 3 Little Egret in field by the path near entrance to reserve. 

Posted October 6th, 2016 at 7:25 pm by Roger Backway in Bird News

Exeter matford

A good morning at work at the Devon hotel from 07:00 till 09:30 it all  started as I was getting the first delivery in and heard  a few skylarks going over calling nothing unusual in that at this time of year but it soon became apparrant that there was lots moving over head in a ten minute count 350+ skylark and at least 3 woodlark picked up on call as well as good numbers of meadow pipits, and also a mixture of swallows and house martins all were heading east / south east.

Posted October 6th, 2016 at 6:15 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Berry Head

Vic Tucker informed me of a Yellow-browed Warbler at Berry Head in the quarry while the Blyth's Reed Warbler was giving him the run around this pm!

Posted October 6th, 2016 at 6:06 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Spoonbills

Thursday, 6 Oct at approx 11.00 am a pair of Spoonbill flew Eastwards over Slapton Ley. 

Posted October 6th, 2016 at 5:42 pm by John Lloyd in Bird News

Blyth's Reed Warbler

The Blyth's Reed Warbler showing during the early afternoon at the Berryhead quarry with a steady stream of birders looking for it, just to add to the difficulty in finding and viewing it in very dense cover was the presence of a Reed Warbler which on looking at my images is a darker bird with rather tatty plumage and was showing more frequently than the sought after Blyth’s, telling the two apart in the field is no easy matter as the below images show.

( Eds: Steve all these images are off the Blyth's Reed Warbler - hopefully the loose primary on right side was just that the wing was folded awkwardly! )

   

 

Also in the quarry were Wren, Robin, Blue & Great Tit, Stonechat with Pied and Grey Wagtail overhead.

On the way out a female Kestrel hunting over the main quarry, by the car park a 30 plus strong flock of Goldfinch and four Swallow seen over Brixham.

Back at home a Chiffchaff still showing around the garden, Raven and two Swallow.

Posted October 6th, 2016 at 4:13 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

West Hill - Braunton

14.37 - Good views of 1 Red Kite flying east between the properties & the Beacon.

Posted October 6th, 2016 at 2:52 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

7 Ring Ouzels in berry-laden hawthorns west of the Cove, Grasshopper Warbler skulking in the reedy area, juv.Hobby over the cove itself & 3 Wheatear on the higher fields.

Posted October 6th, 2016 at 1:52 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Re photographing Pelican

As Rob's post re photographing the Pelican was added shortly after my submission, I can assure him that good fortune rather than disturbance enabled the shots. However we should be aware that all birders may not possess, or can afford, the equipment they would like. Nice shot yesterday Rob.


Posted October 6th, 2016 at 1:43 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

Dalmatian Pelican

At Crow Point this morning (08.40) viewed from Braunton.

Posted October 6th, 2016 at 8:48 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wednesday 5th October 2016

Budleigh Salterton

Three Firecrest around Budleigh Salterton today - 1 above the West Cliffs and 2 off the Knowle Road.

Common Firecrest by Chris Townend

Posted October 5th, 2016 at 10:18 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Dalmation Pelican

Please could we ask anyone who is considering observing & photographing the Pelican to consider the welfare of this bird first.

 It is very sensitive to disturbance & can be easily spooked. Please keep a good distance away from it during observation, make sure you have the correct optical equipment & please do not attempt to photograph

it with a mobile phone unless you are photographing it through a telescope. Thank You.


Posted October 5th, 2016 at 9:55 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

River Plym, Plym Estuary and Saltram 05.10.2016

Went back to try and find the Spotted Redshanks from Monday but no joy however other sightings follow. Little Egret, Canada Geese and Redshanks on the Estuary, Grey Heron, Canada Geese and male Tufted Duck on the River between the bend at Saltram and the Railway Bridge along with four or five Common Sandpipers. From the bridge at Longbridge Road a Kingfisher showed very well and was quite photogenic.

Posted October 5th, 2016 at 8:06 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:15 till 17:40

1 juv / female garganey from the hide among good numbers of teal and wigeon, 11+ avocet.

2 Hobby flew over heading south as I walked down towards the viewing platform and a peregrine over the viewing platform, 20+ chiffchaffs around the marsh.

Posted October 5th, 2016 at 7:08 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Berry Head

Another shot of the Blyth's Reed Warbler on which the emarginations are visible on the primaries. The Eider flock held 22 birds, including several eclipse drakes, and a Pintail.

Blyth's Reed Warbler
Blyth's Reed Warbler

Eider flock with a Pintail
Eider flock with a Pintail

Great Skua passing close
Great Skua passing close

Posted October 5th, 2016 at 6:54 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

South Efford Marsh

An afternoon visit to South Efford Marsh was rewarded with the briefest view of the reported Woodchat Shrike.

Common Sandpiper 5, Little Egret 5+, Black Tailed Godwit 7, Canadian Geese 107+ not counting the domestic type goose with them, Little Grebe, Stonechat 4+.

 

Pied Wagtails and Little Egrets on the move over the marsh almost constantly with a Sparrow Hawk passing high overhead.

Other birders reported seeing the two Green Sandpipers subject to recent posts.

Posted October 5th, 2016 at 6:31 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

South Efford Marsh

Juv Woodchat Shrike still showing throughout the day infrequently at South Efford Marsh in the same location as previously. Very flighty and easily scared off by the presence of birders or the blackberry pickers in evidence this morning. I lost the Sigma lens hood for my camera this morning at this location. A second visit to try to locate it this afternoon, but it had gone. Would appreciate its return!

Posted October 5th, 2016 at 6:15 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatching very poor (as usual mostly cleared out as the 2nd day of East wind), but a few bits: 7 Shoveler, 3 Pintail, 3 Bonxies, 2 Arctic Skuas and 2 Sandwich Terns. Dave Smallshire saw a flock of c20 Eider with a Pintail, settled on the sea which moved off.

In the quarry not only the Blyth's Reed Warbler but also a Reed Warbler (see photo) which at times doing the same circuit as the Blyth's. Also Blackcap and Chiffchaff.

Reed Warbler

 

Posted October 5th, 2016 at 5:15 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Dalmatian Pelican

Take off from Horsey Island this morning.

Posted October 5th, 2016 at 4:43 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

Passage House Inn

Two Spoonbills feeding on the Teign Est this morning, still present at 1.00pm

Robin Shute

Posted October 5th, 2016 at 1:52 pm in Bird News

Teign Estuary

Spoonbills on estuary at Passage House per Robin Shute

Posted October 5th, 2016 at 12:08 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Berry Head

Some much better photos from BMc today looking rather paler in the dull light but still showing the rusty wing on the 2nd shot - you might even see the emargination on the primaries - if you are an anorak! Virtually no dark to tip of lower mandible as they should usually show and a very impressive supercilium for a BRW more so on right side of head.

Blyths Reed Warbler Berry Hd 05 Oct 2016 BMc Blyths Reed Warbler Berry Hd 05 Oct 2016 BMc

Posted October 5th, 2016 at 11:54 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Dalmatian Pelican

Still present on the Horsey Island flood this morning.

Posted October 5th, 2016 at 8:54 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Tuesday 4th October 2016

Taw Estuary – Dalmatian Pelican

The Dalmatian Pelican remained loafing and preening on sandbanks in the Taw Estuary between Isley Marsh to the south and Horsey Island to the north, taking a couple of short flights to settle on the last vestiges of sand before the rising tide finally forced it to swim! Shortly before dark, at 19.02 hrs, it flew low, in a broad sweep almost directly over our heads, to roost on the deepest water at the Horsey Pond end of Horsey Island.

Posted October 4th, 2016 at 10:09 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Woodchat Shrike - South Efford Marsh

Visited between 1200 and 1600 to try and catch a first Woodchat Shrike as reported yesterday by David Pakes. The bird put on several good shows usually on the windward side of several bare bushes/trees. Also saw 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 female Stonechat, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Little Egrets and 1 Common Sandpiper. 

Woodchat Shrike  Woodchat Shrike
Woodchat Shrike

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit

Posted October 4th, 2016 at 9:20 pm by Robert TELFORD in Bird News

Berry Head seawatch

Seawatch 0700-1030, 1250-1420. SE-ESE4-5. Mallard, 13 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 5 Common Scoter, Brent Goose, Black-necked Grebe, 3 Balearic Shearwaters, 3 Pomarine Skuas, 28 Arctic Skuas, 20 Bonxies, 8 Common Gulls, Mediterranean Gull, 2 Little Gull, 2130 Kittiwakes, 4 Sandwich Terns, 7 Common Terns, Arctic Tern, Puffin, 340 Auks (mostly Razorbills). Merlin in off the sea (ML,MD, Sam Forest).

Went to look at ML's Blyth's Reed Warbler (excellent find of a very difficult bird) hence a break in the seawatch. In the quarry also Black Redstart, Firecrest, 2+ Blackcaps and a Chiffchaff.

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A selection of the Arctic Skuas (plumage) moving though and below, ML's B R Warbler and Firecrest

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Posted October 4th, 2016 at 5:58 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

River Taw

Pelican on sandbank off of Chivenor in same spot for two hours directly opposite Isley march 14:30-16:30. Also 5 spoonbills on Isley side of the river. 

Posted October 4th, 2016 at 5:50 pm by Roy Churchill in Bird News

Berry Head

Blyth's Reed Warbler at Berry Head Quarry this morning then again this afternoon. Stronger than average supercilium and very pallid plumage made me consider one of the rare Hippolais warblers for a second or two but the rusty unmarked flight feathers ruled them out very quickly. Short primary projection, dark sides to crown. very whitish underparts only a bit washed out ochre around lower flanks, responded very well to Blyth's R W tape initially, ignoring Paddyfield Warbler, hopped around in 'banana' posture alot of the time.

video link: https://youtu.be/R3ZwpmaqseA 

  

 

Posted October 4th, 2016 at 4:22 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Rillage Point

1 Yellow-browed Warbler calling frequently for about 10 minutes; finally seen well, if briefly, at 08.15.

Sparse overhead passage of Meadow pipits (24), alba wagtails (4), Grey Wagtails (2), Chaffinches (5), Linnets (51), Goldfinches (10) and Siskins (3) – all heading SE into the wind. Goldcrest (1), Blackcap (1), Chiffchaffs (3) and Song Thrush (1) in the scrub. Small flock of Common Scoters (8) heading W offshore.

Posted October 4th, 2016 at 9:35 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Redwings ~ South Brent

At 8.30am this morning I saw what I thought was a single Redwing from my bedroom window on going outside with my binoculars had a flock of eight Redwings circle low over me before turning back over Hillside.

A drive out over Dartmoor yesterday to the Warren House Inn area and back via Ashburton gave Raven 4, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Jay, Green Woodpecker, Kestrels at Venford and Warren House Inn,  Buzzard 8, a mixed flock of Tits and Warblers the most numerous bird on the higher moors being m#Meadow Pipits.

Posted October 4th, 2016 at 8:45 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Monday 3rd October 2016

Saltram & Plym Estuary today

Amongst the redshanks on the estuary today was a Spotted Redshank. Also saw Cormorants, Egrets, Swans, BHGulls, GBBgulls & Herring Gulls. Small birds restricted to Robin and Blackbird. Kingfisher on the River Plym near the Flyover and also on the Plym near the Weighbridge Cottage. Common Sandpiper also spotted.

Posted October 3rd, 2016 at 8:52 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News

Pelican

The Pelican came in to roost on the flood near the white house tonight at 6.50pm so for those who missed it, it should be there at dawn. Amazing bird, came in low and banked over the marsh like a WW2 bomber before landing gracefully. Its flight is effortless for such a huge bird. Lucky for me the marsh warden was late shutting the gate at 7pm!

Posted October 3rd, 2016 at 7:57 pm by Rob Barnes in Bird News

Woodchat Shrike - South Efford Marsh

Had the Marsh to myself from 11.45 - 3.15pm! Shortly after entering spotted a shrike atop a small tree to the right of the path about 400m in. A quick look through the scope and a couple of record shots, once I had hastily got the equipment ready, before it flew off! Appears to be a Woodchat Shrike from examination of the photos, possibly the same bird seen by Eric Wotton at this location on 24/9. Not been seen since then. I could not locate it for some time after it flew off. From the hide, highlights, 5 Black-tailed Godwits with a lone Ruff, 2 Greenshank and 3 Common Sandpiper on the estuary. From the hide I eventually saw through the scope the Shrike return to its previous perch at about 3pm. I made my way back up the path taking a couple more record shots as I got closer. Unfortunately the bird was then disturbed by two other birders marching to the hide, who sadly had not seen it! It was not located again! 

Woodchat Shrike - South Efford Marsh - 3.10.2016 Woodchat Shrike - South Efford Marsh - 3.10.2016
Woodchat Shrike - South Efford Marsh - 3.10.2016

Posted October 3rd, 2016 at 7:32 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Yelland/Isley Marsh

Four spoonbills seen at Isley Marsh and the Pelican on a sandbanh in the middle opposite the huts. 2.30-5-30.

Dalmatian pelican
Dalmatian pelican

Spoonbill
Spoonbill

Posted October 3rd, 2016 at 7:22 pm by richrad yeats in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the high-tide.

From the hide 3-Curlew Sandpipers, Knot, 11-Avocets, 23-Greenshank, 14-Lapwing, 27-Bar-tailed Godwits, 2-Whimbrel, c200-Redshank, c700-Black-tailed Godwits, c450-Culew, c250-Dunlin, ad/w Mediterranean Gull, c300-Black-headed Gulls, Grey Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Buzzard, 4-Pintail, c150-Wigeon and c200-Teal.

From the viewing platform Osprey caught large fish middle of estuary at 12:00hrs on dropping tide before heading towards Powderham, 3-Curlew Sandpipers, 8-Avocets seen earlier, 29-Grey Plover and c60-Oystercatchers.

Grey WagtailMeadow Pipit

 


AvocetAvocet

Posted October 3rd, 2016 at 4:44 pm by David Boult in Bird News

East to Middle Soar

Quieter than Sunday with a brisk SE wind blowing out Starehole; Tally: 12 LBB Gull, 470 Herring Gull, 10 Stock Dove, 60 Skylark - most SE, 60 Swallow & 7 House Martin SE, 210 Meadow Pipit, 24 Alba Wagtail, 3 Wheatear, 2 Song Thrush, 7 Chiffchaff, 110 Carrion Crow, 235 Golfinch & one flock of 500 Linnet.

Butterflies: Clouded Yellow, 4 Small White, 65 Red Admiral.

Posted October 3rd, 2016 at 3:47 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

SHIPLEY BRIDGE - EAST DEVON BRANCH FIELD TRIP

Sixteen members had a delightful walk up the valley to Avon Dam in sunny weather.  Sighted Sparrowhawk from car park.  Dipper showed well on the river.  Plenty of Tits and Robins in the trees and bushes including one Treecreeper.  Some of the group had a view of a male Ring Ouzel, otherwise several Blackbirds and Mistle Thrush showing well.  One Whinchat seen and a Green Woodpecker.   Constant flow of Swallows down the valley from the dam plus a few House Martins.  Kestrel, Buzzards and Raven sighted plus possible White Wagtail at the dam with several  Goldcrest,       Chiffchaff  and Jays.  Thirty species in total.  Thanks to Jonathan for leading.  

Posted October 3rd, 2016 at 3:41 pm by Geoffrey Green in Bird News

Bursdon Moor, North Devon

6  Whinchats this morning from the lower parking pull-in.

Harvey Kendall & Barry Bryne.

Posted October 3rd, 2016 at 2:51 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Velator

Female marsh Harrier hunting the reed-bed at Sherpa just south of the reserve at 10 this morning.

Also the Pelican is still present (12.40) - I can see it (through the scope obviously!) from my house in Braunton.

Posted October 3rd, 2016 at 12:37 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Dalmatian Pelican

Present again this morning on the flooded field on Horsey Island, near the White House at the end of the Toll Road.

Posted October 3rd, 2016 at 8:58 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Sunday 2nd October 2016

Soar

East and Middle Soar 7.30 am to 12 noon. Some impressive visible migration: estimated1000+ Meadow Pipits on the ground and passing overhead during the course of the morning and at 11.30 am a kettle of 29(!) Common Buzzards which, in the then southerly breeze, drifted NE. Also overhead: c10 Siskin, 1 Redpoll, 4 Bullfinches, 1 Tree Pipit and 100+ each of Swallows and House Martins. On the ground: 2 Ring Ouzels, 5 Song Thrushes, c20 Blackcaps, c35 Chiffchaffs, 1 Whitethroat, 18 Wheatears, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, c100 Skylarks and over 700 Linnets (including one flock of c500).  

Posted October 2nd, 2016 at 10:05 pm by Andy Smith and Francis Steuk in Bird News

Taw Estuary - North side

This Dalmation Pelican is an absolute sensation! It brings joy & happiness to the whole of the nation & the world. What an amazing bird.

Posted October 2nd, 2016 at 9:52 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Northam Burrows pm

Good flocks of linnet and goldfinch. Plenty of wheatears and stonechats.

A great crested grebe fishing in the bay. Just as I was leaving spotted a grey phalarope, it swam across the scrape and sat quietly on the other side. 

Grey Phalarope  Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope

Stonechat
Stonechat

Posted October 2nd, 2016 at 7:21 pm by Richard Yeats in Bird News

Ring Ouzel, Dartmoor

Bennett's Cross Dartmoor
Female Ring Ouzel at top of valley in first gully with Rowan Trees coming down from Bennett's Cross. Unable to see if it was ringed, Whinchat and Stonechat further down valley

Posted October 2nd, 2016 at 7:21 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Dalmation Pelican

Dalmation Pelican feeding on mullet off Yelland Pier @ 5.45pm

Posted October 2nd, 2016 at 5:46 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Pelican again

Is on the flood at the White House at the end of the Toll Road south of Braunton. 3.50p.m.

Posted October 2nd, 2016 at 3:50 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Pelican

So, after taking 5 trips to Cornwall before I finally saw it, it turns up on my doorstep! Good views of it from the Fisherman's huts firstly on the Chivenor bank and then on the mid-river sandbank. I later met Tim and Tim on the Toll road, who were watching it circle high over Braunton, at one point interacting with the local Buzzards. It was then lost to view heading North East.

Posted October 2nd, 2016 at 1:27 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

Kayaking in Frogmore Creek turned up Osprey plus Sparrowhawk, 11 Greenshank & 50+ Redshank.

Posted October 2nd, 2016 at 1:21 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Wryneck Wembury-Heybrook Bay

Wryneck just below Marine Drive (tarmac track) at 50.3171  -4.1107, where there is a single conifer above the track and steps up towards the radar station. Viewed from the track at 10am.

Posted October 2nd, 2016 at 11:45 am by John Bishop in Bird News

Start Point

06:30-09:15. Clear night, sunny morning. Moderate westerly weakening all the time.

No vis mig in the sunny conditions. Around the farm and car park were Snipe, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Wheatears, Grey Wagtail, 6 Blackcaps, 12 Chiffchaffs and 3 Goldcrest. Very light southerly movement of Swallows and 3 Siskins through. Good early flock of 25 Golden Plover high up heading southwest. Rise in Stonechat numbers around the top fields.

 

Posted October 2nd, 2016 at 10:22 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Saturday 1st October 2016

Ringed peregrine

Yes definitely a colour ring of the sort commonly used for science as opposed to hoop-like falconers' rings. Peregrine projects using a blue ring with white letters include projects in England, Ireland and Spain. The original uncompressed photo will almost definitely show the code up clearly, and could be reported to the matching project out of these five candidates (blue ring, left leg, white code):

http://www.cr-birding.org/node/3071 (England)

http://www.cr-birding.org/node/3684 (Ireland)

http://www.cr-birding.org/node/3713 (Spain)

http://www.cr-birding.org/node/3712 (Spain)

http://www.cr-birding.org/node/3739 (Poland)

Eds: this is a black on blue ring, part of Ed Drewitt's scheme (node 3071 as above), used in a variety of places in SW & W of England.

Posted October 1st, 2016 at 10:48 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Maristow Quay 30/09/16

Greg - Looking at photo 1 of your juv Peregrine posted yesterday, this bird has a blue colour ring on the left leg?

Posted October 1st, 2016 at 9:53 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Powderham Estate

A short view of an Osprey near Turf but heading down river at 1330. Not able to establish if Juv or Adult. Otherwise 130 Teal on tidal strip in Powderham grounds best of rest. 

Posted October 1st, 2016 at 6:40 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Fremington Quay

THe Dalmatian Pelican was on the sand bank about 500 yards to the left of the quay. Demonstrating all modes of transport.

Dalmatian Pelican

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Dalmatian Pelican

Posted October 1st, 2016 at 6:07 pm by Richard Yeats in Bird News

Dartmoor - Hen Harrier & Mistle Thrush

At about 12.45 a Hen Harrier observed quartering at low level the Wallabrook between Runnage and Pizwell, flew off in the Bellever direction. A little later counted a flock of 32 Mistle Thrush in one field by Bellever Plantation. Then in a field by Pizwell Bridge two Kestrels repeatedly grounding, presumably on a kill or carrion, being mobbed by crows. Plenty of stonechats around at all the above locations. 

Posted October 1st, 2016 at 5:37 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Osprey

Osprey fishing at Galmpton creek at about midday today

Posted October 1st, 2016 at 4:17 pm by Becky Lock in Bird News

Taw estuary

Around Yelland Power Station: Grey Plover (10), Bar-T Godwit (50), Common Sandpiper, Knot (10), Dunlin (20), Little Egret (4), Little Grebe, Raven (2), Oystercatcher, Curlew, Buzzard, Grey Heron

Isley Marsh RSPB: Common Scoter (2), Great Crested Grebe (2), Brent Goose (2), Ringed Plover (6), Kingfisher, Common Snipe, Redshank,  Greenshank, Teal, Wigeon, Sparrowhawk, Reed Bunting, Skylark, Little Egret (20), Curlew, Mallard, Grey Heron, NO SIGNS OF SPOONBILL since single bird on 19th Sep.

nr Fremington Quay on Taw: Kingfisher

Dalmatian Pelican at Crow Point briefly after 9am (thanks Mark B).

Posted October 1st, 2016 at 3:08 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Kingsbridge & Slapton Ley

Kingsbridge estuary this morning on a falling tide 50 plus Dunlin feeding with a similar number of Redshank, Curlew, Oyster Catcher, Cormorant, Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Little Egret 5, Mallard 34.

Slapton Ley ~ Surprised to see two Sand Martin in with a flock of House Martin and Swallows that were moving and feeding over the ley, a single drake Gadwall, Pochard 2, Tufted duck 3, Greater Black Backed Gull 9, Lesser Black Back 1, Coot 7, Moorhen 2, Great Crested Grebe 2.

Back home at South Brent, two Sparrow Hawks soaring and diving together and a Chiffchaff still around the garden.

Posted October 1st, 2016 at 2:49 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Hobby's @ Maristow Quay 30-09-16

Two hobby's present at Maristow Quay on 30-09-16, showed well for a couple of minutes then flew off over the high woods near Lopwell Dam

   

Eds: this is a juv Peregrine Falcon. Briefly,  the broad wings relatively short broad tail and Moustache shape rule out Hobby. Also notice the bird is colour ringed, black on blue, part of Ed Drewitt's scheme, used in a variety of places in SW & W of England (but likely from S Devon coast). If you have a higher res photo where the ring letters can be seen please read and submit to Ed,  contact details can be found here http://www.cr-birding.org/node/3071

 

Posted October 1st, 2016 at 1:24 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Dalmatian Pelican - Taw Estuary

Still present on the flood on Horsey Island till 8.55am then flew to the Taw Estuary where it stood on the first visible sandbar just east of Crow Point. 

 

Nearby the Glossy Ibis was still showing well in Fremington but no sign of the Lesser Yellowlegs ( low tide)- 2 Greenshank and 2 Common Sand also. 

Posted October 1st, 2016 at 12:53 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 07:00 till 10:00

A quiet morning but still 4 juv curlew sandpiper from the hide

Posted October 1st, 2016 at 11:09 am by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Start Point

Pre-dawn rain and thunder, fresh westerly. Arrived at 06:30 and walked down to the light, out of the wind but no migrants moving up the Point and nothing in the lighthouse tamarisk. Spectacular view across Lyme Bay with thick black armageddon clouds and occasional distant lightning.

Got back to the car park and the rain stopped and some birds were starting to go through. Did a vis mig watch for an hour from 07:20 before things quietened down. All birds going between S-SW.

3 Golden Plover, 750 Meadow pipits, 7 alba Wagtails, 400 Swallows, 30 House Martins, 5 Greenfinches, 140 Goldfinches, 140 Linnets, 13 Siskins and a Reed Bunting. Just a handfdul of Chiffchaffs in the blown out farm.

Lots missed as birds going through on a broader front than usual, could see many flocks nearer the mast. Hirundines certainly under-recorded with more taking the easier route well below cliff top height.

Posted October 1st, 2016 at 10:49 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Isley Marsh

2 Common Scoter roosting and feeding while I searched for the pelican.

2 Common Scoters, poor record shots!
2 Common Scoters, poor record shots!

Posted October 1st, 2016 at 10:41 am by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Binoculars found

I found a pair of binoculars on the Warren at Middle Soar yesterday.

If yours contact me on rob@robmacklin.co.uk

Posted October 1st, 2016 at 9:19 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News

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