Devon Bird Sightings from 1st–7th November 2016

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

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Posted June 30th, 2016 at 9:24 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Monday 7th November 2016

Goosemoor and Bowling Green Marsh

East Devon Branch had arranged a trip to Dart's Farm today, 7 November, but an absence of birds there meant that we immediately walked over to Goosemoor and Bowling Green Marsh.  About 24 people attended, of whom several were new members of DB’s.

About 50 species seen by most people, of which the highlights were 2 Water Rails together, 1 distant f. Goldeneye (on the Exe),1 Spotted Redshank on Goosemoor, 1 adult Mediterranean Gull on the Marsh, small numbers of Avocets on the Marsh, with many more on the Exe.  PIntail (3 m & 1 f), several Shoveler,  A few Bar-tailed Godwits amongst large numbers of Black-tailed, some Knot & Grey Plover from the viewing platform.  About 7 duck and 12 wader spp all told.  1 Buzzard the only raptor, but briefly mobbed by a Raven.  A good day for all, novices or more experienced.   

Posted November 7th, 2016 at 9:29 pm by Colin Randall in General Birding

Around the Axe

Three female/1w Black Redstarts along Seaton sea front today. PA also had an adult male at Seafield Gardens yesterday.

Also today a Red-throated Diver flew west over the sea, and on the Estuary a Little Stint, a Dark-bellied Brent Goose and three Grey Plovers.

Black Redstart Seaton
Black Redstart Seaton

Posted November 7th, 2016 at 8:55 pm by Steve Waite in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Goshawk

Probable female being mobbed by a merlin on dartmoor today at 15:30

Posted November 7th, 2016 at 8:45 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Dartmoor today

Had a small flock of Crossbills 30 plus not far from the Warren  House inn.

Crossbills
Crossbills

Posted November 7th, 2016 at 4:42 pm by Chris Buckland in General Birding

Around the Exe

RSPB Bowling Green Marsh just on the high tide in company with several hundred Black Headed Gull were Common Gull 4, Mediterranean Gull 1, large number of Godwits predominately Black Tailed, 71 + Redshank, Dunlin, Snipe, Curlew,  Pintail and Shoveller Duck.

One of the Black Tailed Godwits was subject of the following reply having been seen in Topsham about 8 weeks ago This bird was ringed in Iceland by Tómas Gunnarsson and co-workers. I sent them your sighting, you should receive the bird's life-story from Bodvar Thorisson. All sightings you get of Black-tailed Godwits with 2 colour rings in each tibia, being the lower right tibia position a Red flag are birds ringed in Iceland by Tómas. If you want, you can send him directly the data from future sights (icelandwader@gmail.com). 

From the viewing platform a count of 81 Avocet, large numbers of Waders on the opposite bank mostly Godwit, Curlew, Dunlin 156+, Grey Plover and Knot. Several birders present viewed a solitary duck on the water that took flight and landed after a short time in the air was declared a female Golden Eye, female Red Breasted Merganser.

Jays almost constantly overhead collecting food, a Water Rail called and soon after two showed in the ditch just below the platform much to the delight of the East Devon group of DBWPS who were just arriving.

Exminster Marsh, Chiffchaff on arrival at the car park and a female Reed Bunting on leaving. Birders leaving reported a Marsh Harrier that had been showing well. From the hide overlooking the lagoon Widgeon, Tufted Duck 2, Pintail 4 and growing numbers of Canadian Geese, 8 Golden Plover flew low over the hide.

Haldon Forest Park, not the expected build-up of birds but Siskin, Song Thrush, GSWP, Green Finch, Pied Wagtails and a Buzzard showing. On leaving three Fallow doe on the Chudleigh road.

Posted November 7th, 2016 at 3:57 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

East Soar

760 Woodpigeon moving east this morning.. Other migrants: 24 Blackbird in Starehole plus Coal Tit. Female Blackcap & 2 Chiffchaff in willows.

Posted November 7th, 2016 at 3:49 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning, 7 Gooander 3m 4f, 7 Tufted  Duck,2 Wigeon, 1 Water Rail, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Wagtail.

Posted November 7th, 2016 at 2:41 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Young's Park Goodrington

The Yellow-browed Warbler present again this morning and 1 Chiffchaff

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Posted November 7th, 2016 at 8:54 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 6th November 2016

Braunton Blackcaps

These two were feeding on the Cordilline in my garden this lunchtime.


Posted November 6th, 2016 at 9:44 pm by jon turner in General Birding

Hen Harrier Dartmoor

Took a phone call from Dave Hopkins this afternoon, he saw an adult male Hen Harrier at Haytor Vale late this morning.

Posted November 6th, 2016 at 9:23 pm by Steve Waite in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East Soar

1 Firecrest in the East Soar willows with c5 Goldcrests and a couple of Chiffchaffs. 100's of Wood Pigeon moving in all sorts of directions all morning. Also 18 Stock Doves and 4 Golden Plover (with a further 5 of the latter over Malborough village).

Posted November 6th, 2016 at 8:06 pm by Andy Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A reasonably productive visit on this morning's high tide.

Best birds were 3 Kingfishers, 2 Jack Snipes and a redhead Goosander. Also - Curlew 34, Redshank 64, Dunlin, Greenshank, Little Egret 4, Grey Heron 13, Snipe, Goldcrest 2, Grey Wagtail and Mistle Thrush. 

Posted November 6th, 2016 at 5:31 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Holdstone down

An early morning walk this morning sadly didn't repeat the abundance of birds of 3 or so weeks ago,pair of dunnock 3 wrens green woodpecker, robin,high flying peregrine and a large bird of prey,  which definitely wasn't a kite but seemed too big for a buzzard and too dark a brown, but seemed to have very distinct  forward facing wingtip finger feathers. ( but probably just a buzzard). Although couldn't positive Id in books I have.

Posted November 6th, 2016 at 4:59 pm by Philip Worth in General Birding

Torbay boat trip

From photos the Eider seen at the S. end of Goodrington Sands can be identified as an immature male. Both photos show the same individual.

Eider, immature male Eider, immature male - note pale breast
Eider, immature male                                                       Eider, immature male - note pale breast

Little Egret at Oystercatcher roost, Hollicombe
Little Egret at Oystercatcher roost, Hollicombe

Posted November 6th, 2016 at 4:32 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Dipper, Exeter Quayside

Thursday 3rd November, between 1 & 2pm, Dipper seen feeding, turning over stones on the fast running water of Trews Weir, Exeter Quayside, close to the footpath.

Dipper, Trews Weir, Exeter 1

Dipper, Trews Weir, Exeter 2

Dipper, Trews Weir, Exeter

Posted November 6th, 2016 at 4:20 pm by Stephen Curry in General Birding

Torbay Boat Trip

Had a very enjoyable trip around Torbay on the boat with Nigel, saw some quality birds with a great bunch of people.

Turnstone Purple Sandpiper
Turnstone                                                                     Purple Sandpiper

Eider
Eider

Posted November 6th, 2016 at 2:20 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

Torbay

The Dusky Warbler was rediscovered by Jake Wood in the back of the 1st car park at Broadsands, however it was proving very elusive and hardly calling around 1pm.

2 YbW at Clennon Lakes still one outside of the green container the other around the 2nd weir.

1 YbW found at the back of the marsh at Young's Park Goodrington calling fairly regularly.

Posted November 6th, 2016 at 2:19 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Boat Trip in Torbay.

This mornings boat trip in Torbay was interesting with the following sighted. 8 Purple Sandpiper, 50+ Turnstone, 28+ Heron, male Teal sitting on a rock, 50 Oystercatcher, Female Eider off Goodrington Sands, Little Egret and 2 Raven. The usual gulls. We have only 3 places left on the 20th Nov trip. Give us a call if interested on 07866202576.

turnstone & Purple sandpiper

Purple Sandpiper and Turnstone

Posted November 6th, 2016 at 2:07 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Fieldfare 06-11-16

Plenty of Fieldfares near Soussons Plantation


Posted November 6th, 2016 at 1:56 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Velator reserve

Lurking on the other side of the pond was this usually secretive Water Rail, mostly heard but not seen. Lots of autumn leaf fall in these northerly winds. also present, at least 3 Chiffchaffs - one of which was a good candidate for Tristis. Good numbers of Goldfinch and Redwing too.


Posted November 6th, 2016 at 12:12 pm by jon turner in General Birding

Saturday 5th November 2016

Warren House Inn/Headland Warren

1f Merlin mid-pm, chasing first a Redwing and then a Meadow Pipit.

Posted November 5th, 2016 at 8:59 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Single Scoter at Preston

1 Common Scoter close inshore at Eastern end of Preston 1030hrs with c 20 Turnstone on the esplanade, and a single Brent Goose at the tideline at Paignton.

Posted November 5th, 2016 at 8:58 pm by Cliff Parrott in General Birding

Soussons - 5 November 2016

No sign of Great Grey Shrike. 1 male and 3 female Common Crossbills (I'm sure there ere a couple more but 4 in sight at one time), 4 Meadow Pipits, 1 female Kestrel, 1 Raven, 1 Green Woodpecker and large mixed flocks of Fieldfare and Redwing.

Male Common Crossbill

Male Common Crossbill

Fieldfare
Fieldfare

Posted November 5th, 2016 at 8:47 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Soar

c4,900 Wood Pigeons going east between dawn and 9am. Also: Stock Dove 6, Chiffchaff 6, Goldcrest 9, Peregrine, Bullfinch 4, Chaffinch 27, Redpoll (presumed Lesser), Golden Plover, Fieldfare, Redwing 6, Reed Bunting 2, Great Spotted Woodpecker,Water Rail, and Grey Wagtail 2.

Posted November 5th, 2016 at 8:42 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Marsh Harrier

To my surprise found the Marsh Harrier at Exminster Marshes sat with the Canada Geese and neither birds seemed bothered by each other. When it did fly it disappeared north towards the M5 bridge.

Posted November 5th, 2016 at 7:48 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

Roadford Lake

Juvenile Long Tailed Duck still. Showing well from the viaduct this morning.

Posted November 5th, 2016 at 7:42 pm by Trevor Nobbs in General Birding

Clennon Lakes

One or two Yellow-browed Warblers still around the lakes one seemingly regular around the 2nd weir willows. The Cettis Warbler still around the 2nd lake, 3 Chiffchaff, 5 Teal, 1 Gadwall, 2 Little Egret, 2 Kingfishers and 3 Water Rail. 

Posted November 5th, 2016 at 4:03 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands

1 Red-throated Diver off shore and a Firecrest at n end of beach in scrub up toward the Viaduct.

Posted November 5th, 2016 at 3:59 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

YbW - Colebrook Again!

Just in case there's anyone not aware - there's been a massive influx of Yellow-Browed Warblers this autumn!  This morning I've had two short visits to the back garden from my second bird in only three weeks, together with 2 Goldcrest in the tit & Goldfinch flock. I'm still hoping for a Firecrest though.

Posted November 5th, 2016 at 3:41 pm by Chris Marcol in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Mansands

 Suprised to find Paul's Marsh Harrier still around. At 8am it was fllying about the marsh then after 5 mins was harassed by a crow and flew up the vally behind the hide. Half an hour later it made a brief return and was then lost. Supporting cast included Cetti's warbler, Little Grebe, 6 Snipe, grey wagtail, 9 Teal, 2 Song Thrush and Heron over.  

Posted November 5th, 2016 at 12:44 pm by John Lusher in General Birding

East Soar

Quiet morning highlighted by Firecrest in East Soar willows plus 3 Chiffchaff. 900 Woodpigeons on the move included 280 flying high out to sea off Bolt Head.

Posted November 5th, 2016 at 12:37 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Brixham Breakwater

Walk along the Brixham Breakwater this sunny morning had 8 Purple sandpiper, Are they the same 8 as in Torquay?? These birds are at the far end on the old fuel jetty sitting on some rusty pipes. Hope still around tomorrow morning as I'm running a Torbay boat trip, still have places if interested. call 07866202576.

Posted November 5th, 2016 at 10:34 am by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Friday 4th November 2016

Purple Sandpipers - Torquay Breakwater

At least 8 Purple Sandpipers towards the end of Eastern Arm at low tide today ( 1300hrs )

Posted November 4th, 2016 at 5:30 pm by Cliff Parrott in General Birding

Kingsbridge Estuary

13:00-15:00, Curlew Drive -  Charleton Marsh, low tide.

5 Brent Geese, 5 Pintail, 3 Red- breasted Mergansers, 382 Golden Plovers and 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls. On the marsh 4 Snipe, Water Rail and a Blackcap in sub-song by the hide. 12 Collared Doves in the sewage works is the largest flock I've seen in Charleton for a while.

Posted November 4th, 2016 at 4:13 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Start Point - Beesands

Got to Start Point first thing. Looked good but the showers came to late just before daybreak. Only saw Mistle Thrush, 2 Fieldfares, 2 Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff. Dropped down to North Hallsands where it was slightly better with Blackcap, 3 Chifffchaffs, Goldcrest and a Reed Bunting. Star bird on Beesands Ley was a male Goldeneye (rare here ). also Wigeon, 46 Gadwall and a Water Rail.

Posted November 4th, 2016 at 4:07 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Watched this morning from 8.30am till 10.30am. All the usual waders and wildfowl in good numbers along with 1 med gull and 1 golden plover. Happy to see the plover. A peregrine passed over and put everything up. Also in the hawthorn at the back of the lagoon a male and female bullfinch. Thanks to the RSPB volunteers in the hide for the coffee.

Posted November 4th, 2016 at 4:01 pm by Steph Murphy in General Birding

Mansands

Misty and raining this morning, saw a Little Egret first by the main marsh, it then flew off up the valley. After scanning the marsh, spotted a female/juv Marsh Harrier sitting out the rain in the middle of the marsh for about an hour. It then flew around the Southdown field before flying off towards Sharkham and Berry Head direction. Also Cetti's Warbler singing in the reeds and two Fieldfares by the top barns.


Posted November 4th, 2016 at 2:18 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Dunsdon DWT

On the car park feeder this morning, 1 Willow and 2 Marsh Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Great Tit, 3 Coal Tit, 4 Blue Tit.

Posted November 4th, 2016 at 2:17 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Broadsands

A Dusky Warbler was found by a visiting Birder in the back of the 2nd car park - I could not locate it later in the morning. The hybrid Mediterranean x Black-headed Gull that was around last early - mid Nov has returned to the beach with a small flock of Black-headed Gulls. Judging from previous experience with another hybrid at Preston for 4 consecutive years this bird will be in its 3rd calendar year (so 3rd winter). 

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Mediterranean x Black-headed Gull Broadsands 

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compare this years wing tips (left)  with last years (right)

Posted November 4th, 2016 at 11:53 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 3rd November 2016

Goosemoor/Bowling Green Marsh

At Goosemoor from the cycle path, looking for yesterday's Snipe, only to find a Jack Snipe in its place (very briefly) on the reed edge.  Unfortunately no other witnesses but short bill & 'sewing machine' action were diagnostic. Also there again a Water Rail.

Posted November 3rd, 2016 at 11:27 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Home Farm Marsh

Main pond this morning 108Teal 76 Wigeon 6 Pintail 5 Shoveller.Small pond 43Wigeon.On the estuary 700Golden Plover with 200 Lapwing all put up by a Perigrine Falcon.

Posted November 3rd, 2016 at 8:30 pm by Geoff Taylor in General Birding

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

Highlight was a Red Kite moving east mobbed by CarrionCrow & Magpie. Also on the move 800 Woodpigeon & 40 Stock Dove generally moving east plus 25 Jackdaw north. Otherwise 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull inc.one intermedius, 480 Herring Gull, 330 Skylark, female Great Spotted Woodpecker at Higher Soar, 31 Robin, 34 Blackbird, 3 Redwing, 3 Goldcrest, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 100 Linnet & 4 Bullfinch. Still 5 Red Admirals on the wing. 

Posted November 3rd, 2016 at 4:31 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wistlandpound Reservoir

 41 Mallard, 32 Canada Geese, 5 Little Grebe, 2 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 7 Moorhen, 1 Cormorant ( 7 more flew over several times but didn't land) and 1 Great White Egret all present at 8 o'clock this morning.

1 Blackcap feeding on the Leycesteria berries at home in the garden.

Posted November 3rd, 2016 at 4:25 pm by Margaret Phillips in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Good overhead movement today (selected): 550 Redwing, 18 Fieldfare, 5 Mistle Thrush, 21 Song Thrush, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Reed Bunting, 85 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling and 260 Wood pigeons over the headland, looking further inland there were many more Woodpigeons moving S a short count came up with 4700 in several large flocks.

Around the headland: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler beside the meadow near the cattle drinking trough, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 1 Firecrest and 7 Goldcrest

Posted November 3rd, 2016 at 11:37 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands

1 Red-necked Grebe a long way out from the headland this morning plus 2 Common Scoter, 2 Eider, 1 Brent Goose and 1 2nd W Mediterranean Gull.

Posted November 3rd, 2016 at 11:29 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Orcombe Point Exmouth

C.2500 woodpigeons going W over Orcombe Point between 8.15 and 9 this morning turning N to head up Exe valley. Also Yellow-browed Warbler moving up through hedge around paddock on permissive path to Gore Lane.

Posted November 3rd, 2016 at 9:59 am by Nick Pratt in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wood pigeon migration

08.15hrs this morning a flock of 400 plus Wood Pigeons headed west over South Brent.

Also a flock of 24 Redwing and 2 Mistle Thrush

Posted November 3rd, 2016 at 8:47 am by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 2nd November 2016

Wistlandpound Reservoir

Great White Egret showing really well in the sunshine today at far end of reservoir standing next to Little Egret and Mallards ,great bird in more than one sense.

Posted November 2nd, 2016 at 9:58 pm by Geoff Taylor in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Soussons

Morning at Soussons. At approx 08:45 large numbers of Fieldfare and Redwing feeding in the berry trees at the bottom of the track from the car park near Warren Inn, just as you turn to head down the valley - they had dispersed when i returned at lunchtime. At about 09:45 located the Great Grey Shrike in the tall conifers about 100 yards before the clear fell - watched it unsuccessfully chase a small tit after which it disappeared. Found it again for a short while at the very top of the clear fell. Also saw 1 raven, 2 Buzzards, 1 male Kestrel and 1 Green Woodpecker male Kestrel

Posted November 2nd, 2016 at 8:44 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Harleston near Slapton

As with Doug's Post male Blackcap in garden, first since Sep so probably a migrant from Central Europe!

Posted November 2nd, 2016 at 3:58 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Exminster Marshes - American Wigeon

The American Wigeon was in with a small group of Wigeon at the back of the lagoon this lunchtime. Still there at about 1.30 when I left.

Posted November 2nd, 2016 at 2:06 pm by Nick Potter in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Torridge

On Tarka Trail on well-wooded section between Manteo Way and Torridge Bridge (east side of river), a Marsh Tit in with a small flock of commoner species. In the narrow ditches in marsh under Torridge Bridge, a Common Sandpiper.

Posted November 2nd, 2016 at 1:32 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Clennon lakes

Warbler numbers picking up on site with 3 Yellow-browed Warblers (first in willows and Sycamore on hill side leading up to Roselands School, the 2nd by 2nd weir and the thrid on the streamside path toward the YMCA) - at least 2 of those new as none had the very striking yellow lores of one of the birds on Sunday. Also the Cetti's Warbler still present, now 4 Chiffchaff, 8 Goldcrest and 2 Blackcap. 2 Water Rail calling from reedbed, 1 Kingfisher 3 Gadwall, 1 Little Grebe and 3 Little Egrets. 

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two of today'sYellow-browed Warblers

Most exciting record was my first Cirl Bunting on site - a male singing for a short period down near to the YMCA!

 

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Posted November 2nd, 2016 at 1:19 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Dartington

Some visible migration for once over Dartington this morning - 360 Fieldfare, 80 Redwing and 10 Blackbirds, all going North East. A male Blackcap in the garden was the first since September so suspect new arrival.

Posted November 2nd, 2016 at 10:45 am by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Trewsweir Exeter Little Grebe

Little Grebe feeding on weed area adjacent to the new string of black buoys, on upstream side of Trewsweir at 09:00 this morning. also Tufted Duck.

Posted November 2nd, 2016 at 9:14 am by Mike Booth in General Birding

Tuesday 1st November 2016

Shipley Bridge/Avon Dam

Late afternoon: c350 Fieldfares, c150 Redwings and 1 Ring Ouzel. Lovely to see big numbers of the winter Thrushes!

Posted November 1st, 2016 at 10:27 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Torquay Inner Harbour

Kingfisher moving around the harbour  c 1600hrs this afternoon.

Posted November 1st, 2016 at 8:58 pm by Cliff Parrott in General Birding

Lannacombe Valley

Yellow Browed Warbler ringed at  this mornings ringing session. Looking slightly odd in the photo because it had either been bathing or foraging in very wet foliage; hence the spiky look about the head. Also on site 10+ Goldcrest, 1 imm.f. Firecrest (ringed) 6 Chiffchaffs and 2 Blackcaps. Masses of Woodpigeons milling around overhead,but not counted.

Posted November 1st, 2016 at 4:47 pm by Alan K Searle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Dormouse ~ Buckfastleigh

Yesterday a vet referred an injured Dormouse to me (I undertake Bird of prey Rescue!!) it had been unearthed by a dog and the dogs owner was able to recover it. 

Does any one in DBWPS know of any one who is licensed to rehabilitate such creatures? After a day of numerous phone calls to every wild animal charity and organisation I can find I am still being kept company by a Dormouse..

I can be contacted on 01364 72152 or via email at southhamshawks@owls.entadsl.com 

Posted November 1st, 2016 at 4:23 pm by Steve Hopper in Other Wildlife

East Devon NNR

This afternoon at the northern end of the reserve I saw the largest flock of Redwings and Fieldfares that I have ever seen. Every bush and tree was covered in birds feeding furiously, impossible to count accurately but there were easily over 1000 birds with more flying in all the time. If the numbers of birds that I have seen in a relatively small area of Dartmoor are reflected throughout the Moor the number of winter thrushes must be in the region of tens of thousands!

Posted November 1st, 2016 at 4:02 pm by Keith Benyon-Tinker in General Birding

Dunsdon DWT

I have  three feeders at Dunsdon, this is the first viewing, 2 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 3 Blue/ 2 Great/ 3 Coal Tit, 1 Robin, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Nuthatch, 3 Chaffinch.

Posted November 1st, 2016 at 2:39 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Downend

1 Great Northern Diver + 5 female Common Scoters early this morning. No sign of the 4 Eiders which were present yesterday.

Posted November 1st, 2016 at 11:09 am by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

No sign of the Dusky Warbler in the quarry this morning. 1 Yellow-browed Warbler in Woods just south of Berry Head Hotel.

Posted November 1st, 2016 at 10:09 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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