Devon Bird Sightings from 8th–14th October 2016


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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am 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


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


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


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


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.



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


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

First comma of the year

My first comma of the year, in the garden on Monday feeding on Verbena bonariensis.

Posted October 12th, 2016 at 9:54 pm by arthur symons in Other Wildlife


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


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


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


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


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

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


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 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


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


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


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

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