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Dawlish Warren

Please take extra care when visiting Dawlish Warren. We have been informed that due to the recent bad weather there has been significant erosion from Groyne 10 eastwards. This means that access along the site, to and from Warren Point (and the bird hide) will be via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! Signs have been put up to alert people to the hazards, but people need to be aware that access routes that they have become used to may not be available and they need to exercise extreme caution,  with the possibility of being cut off by the tide, and people are strongly urged not to try climbing the sand cliffs. Further information is available on the Teignbridge District Council website.

Posted November 9th, 2018 at 11:08 am by Mike Daniels in General Birding

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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 14th November 2016

Fremington

Walking from Fremington to Home Marsh Farm.  

Cranes seen in the distance flying from Horsey Island area to Isley Marsh around 11am. Redwings feeding on berries--Home Marsh Farm, Sanderling feeding on sandbank off Fremington.

Posted November 14th, 2016 at 7:27 pm by Chris. Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Desert Wheatear,Thurlestone and Prawle

Having recovered from a leg injury I decided that a speculative drive to Mike Passman's gaff might be worth it. On arrival (well,postcode did appear on Birdguides) it seemed too intrusive to wander around the private road so Jane and I set off for the coastal path . Returning from South Huish Ley we continued onto Thurlestone Sands where I commented  "this is where a Desert Wheatear should be ". Well, blow me, there it was, on the beach.We watched it from 11.45 till 12.20.

Link to YouTube : brief ,jerky video but you can see what it is, feeding voraciously. (Best to turn down the volume as quite windy) : https://youtu.be/YQ3-2CkCCyU though better to search for Desert Wheatear Thurlestone.

Later brief visit to Prawle where I saw a Woodcock , a Great Spotted Woodpecker and 4 Golden Plover.

Finally a very big thanks to (Devon Highways ?) who have filled in potholes on the approach road to the NT car park.

Desert Wheatear Thurlestone Nov 2016 Desert Wheatear Thurlestone Nov 2016 AD

Photos from Alan Doidge:

Posted November 14th, 2016 at 5:33 pm by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East. Prawle.

A SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF  ringed this morning at Moorwell Pond. This individual had all the plumage characteristics of classic Eastern ' tristis '. No olive tones at all to the mantle, upper or lower back. A slight olive hue to the rump and upper tail coverts  Strong buff tones to the undertail coverts, flanks, breast, cheeks and supercillum  Dull olive fringes to the flight and tail feathers. A delightful bird.  Also on site 2 nominate Chiffchaffs and 1 m. Blackcap.

   

 

Posted November 14th, 2016 at 4:31 pm by Alan K Searle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Common Cranes

While searching for the Cranes for an hour or so this morning around Braunton Marshes I met Tracey Bore again who as far as I know was the first person to see & photograph the 4 Common Cranes on Braunton Great Field last Friday aft. This time I remembered to ask her name!

Well done Tracey.

Posted November 14th, 2016 at 4:00 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Desert Wheatear

No sign of the bird around my house this morning. Drove over to South Huish Marsh at 09.30 , there it was sat on one of the fence posts at the far end of the car park . on view down to 25 feet then flew onto the marsh.Last seen 09.50 .If trying to relocate it the rocks around the  flats would be my first search areas

Posted November 14th, 2016 at 10:44 am by Mike Passman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton

Sunday 13th: 1 drake Scaup in Ireland Bay with Tufted Ducks, 2 Firecrest on muddy path up toward Deer Bridge, 5-6 Chiffchaff around trails and a Great Norther Diver off-shore from Strete Gate car park.

Scaup drake Slapton Ley 13 Nov 2016 ML

Scaup left & Tufted Duck

Posted November 14th, 2016 at 10:05 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 13th November 2016

South Efford Marsh

At least 4 Water Pipits late am. Characteristically flighty and hard to approach.

Posted November 13th, 2016 at 9:13 pm by Andy Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands

On a largely empty Broadsands Bay a single Red-necked Grebe stood out. The supporting cast included one, possibly two, female Eider and a fly in of seven Common Scoter.

Posted November 13th, 2016 at 5:56 pm by Chris Marcol in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Braunton Great Field

I was cycling along the Tarka trail this morning & was asked by a young lady if I could identify some photos taken on her mobile phone of 4 large grey birds with long necks on Braunton Great Field on Friday 11/11/2016 at 14.30. She said there was something unusual about them, not something she had seen before.

Sure enough they were the same 4 Common Cranes that flew in to roost at Horsey Island at dusk last night which Rob Barnes spotted & photographed!

Posted November 13th, 2016 at 5:40 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

DESERT WHEATEAR Returns

At 15.40 the male Desert Wheatear was found again in my courtyard. Showed very well down to 25 feet . Plenty of photos taken  by Alan Doidge although light was fading.

Full report on thurlestonebybirds.co.uk later

Posted November 13th, 2016 at 5:05 pm by Mike Passman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Braunton Marshes

Four Common Cranes seen from the diverted coast path between Velator and the White House.  First seen flying from the direction of the toll house towards Crow Point, then turned west towards the dunes and eventually north towards the Sandy Lane carpark, landed in field with cattle to the south of the car park to the east of the Tarka trail.

Cettis Warbler heard and clearly seen adjacent to the road, our first sighting this year.

Posted November 13th, 2016 at 1:45 pm by Kim Beaver and Rosie Arnold in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wistlandpound Reservoir

57 Mallard, 1 Shoveler, 7 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 7 Little Grebes, 1 Tufted, 1 Cormorant, 5 Moorhen, 1 Little Egret, and 1 Grey Heron all seen during an early morning walk today. The Great White Egret was also still there.

Posted November 13th, 2016 at 11:12 am by Margaret Phillips in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Roadford Lake

Long-tailed duck

Posted November 13th, 2016 at 9:35 am by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 12th November 2016

skern

juv pale belly brent amongst 148 brents+impressive 118 black tailed godwits(my highest count),12 barwits,48 pintail,8 med gulls,6 ads,2sw,150 widgeon,750 bhg,25 redshank,Yeserday evening pr barn owls over road nr beaford.

Posted November 12th, 2016 at 5:42 pm by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Clennon and Horsey Island

Drove down to Clennon lakes today and eventually got a good view of a Yellow Browed Warbler after tracing its call for a while. Back to Horsey Island to walk the dog and plenty of Dunlin, Lapwing with Redshank, Greenshank, Curlew,, Blackwits, Snipe, Curlew and all the regulars. Just about to pack up at dusk, did a final scan and found four 'not so' Common Cranes. What next from Horsey island. Apologies for image quality - I need a camera!

Common Cranes at Horsey Island near the White House
Common Cranes at Horsey Island near the White House

Posted November 12th, 2016 at 5:24 pm by Rob Barnes in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Woodbury Common - Great Grey Shrike

A Great Grey Shrike in the boggy valley below Woodbury Fort at about 4pm this afternoon. Full details on www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk later. Also 2 Redpoll. Firecrest on Withycombe Raleigh Common earlier.

Posted November 12th, 2016 at 4:49 pm by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 11th November 2016

Plymouth

A Lesser Whitethroat on the Hoe this morning. Judging by the call it's a good candidate for an eastern race. I got some plumage details but wasn't able to spend as long as I would have liked on it and was wary of tones in strong sunlight, but some potentially promising features (perhaps more in favour of blythi).
It was frequenting trees and bushes on the south side of the road below the marine laboratory building where the "Welcome to Plymouth" sign is carved in the bank.

I left it at c9am; as far as I know all searches, since have failed to find it. It would be good if others could see it and I'd welcome views.

Also Blackcap and Chiffchaff in the area.

Posted November 11th, 2016 at 5:22 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Teignmouth

Two fly past Long-tailed ducks seen half a mile offshore, from kayak

Long-tailed ducks
Long-tailed ducks

Posted November 11th, 2016 at 3:57 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Clennon Lakes

1 Yellow-browed Warbler still present in copse opposite the green storage container 6-8 Chiffchaffs, 5 Goldcrest, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Water Rail, Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 2 Kingfisher.

Support Clennon Lakes at a coffee morning tomorrow, a group of teenage volunteers are running this.

Home made cakes and tea and hot chocolate..

Posted November 11th, 2016 at 3:35 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands

On a glassy calm sea the following were picked out this morning: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Eider, 6 Teal

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

Southdown Farm to Middle Soar

Highlight was a Black Redstart in Soar Mill Cove but also 3 Golden Plover, 67 Stock Dove, 160 Woodpigeon, 260 Skylark, 23 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Robin 42, Blackbird 29, Song Thrush 5, Goldcrest 8, Blue Tit 16, Starling 150, House Sparrow 70, Linnet 160 & Yellowhammer 22.Also: Young male Sika Deer & 2 Red Admiral.

Posted November 11th, 2016 at 2:56 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 10th November 2016

Dawlish Warren

Yellow- browed warbler in entrance bushes near first pond,also Blackcap and 11+ chiffchaff around site

Posted November 10th, 2016 at 3:35 pm by Paul Barker in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Torbay

Goodrington still 2 Yellow-browed Warblers present in Youngs Park. 

Clennon Lakes 2 Yellow-browed Warblers still around the lakes, I eventually counted 5 Chiffchaff there too, also 4 Goldcrest, Cetti's Warbler, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Water Rail, 1 Little Egret, 3 Gadwall & 5 Tufted Duck.

 

Posted November 10th, 2016 at 1:56 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Around the Axe

The late Little Stint is still on the Estuary with 7 Dunlin, but no sign of any Spoonbills. Black Redstart again at Axe Yacht Club this morning. 

Little Stint Axe Estuary
Little Stint Axe Estuary

Black Redstart Axe Yacht Club
Black Redstart Axe Yacht Club

Posted November 10th, 2016 at 10:45 am by Steve Waite in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Another Yellow-browed Warbler (really striking wingbars on this bird) this morning on road up from Berry Head Hotel toward the wardens bungalow) with a flock of Long-tailed Tits, 1 Chiffchaff and a Coal Tit.

Yellow-browed Warbler Berry Head 10 Nov 2016 ML Yellow-browed Warbler Berry Head 10 Nov 2016 ML2

Posted November 10th, 2016 at 9:38 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 9th November 2016

Hartland Point Seawatch

0730-1030 Wind NW strong-gale

1 Sooty Shearwater

6 Manx Shearwater

1 Pomarine skua ( prob juv, looked all brown)

15 Common Scoter

520 Kittiwake total

700 Auks in first hour

Posted November 9th, 2016 at 12:15 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 8th November 2016

Spoonbill on the Axe

Ian Mc had a Spoonbill on the Axe estuary from Tower Hide at 10am ish and it lingered all day. It was rather mobile being seen on Colyford Common, Black Hole Marsh, the estuary and also Seaton Marshes at various points in the day. It was still out on the estuary at dusk.

  

Posted November 8th, 2016 at 11:56 pm by Tim White in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Velator

5 Chiffchaffs in the reserve today: 3 were ringed, one was retrapped and another unringed bird seen later. One of those we ringed was a Siberian Chiffchaff, probably the bird I saw a couple of days ago. That makes 92 Chiffchaffs ringed in the reserve this year.

3 more Redwings ringed.

Also saw the first Fieldfares of the autumn, when two flew over and two Redshank were heard and seen a few times.

Posted November 8th, 2016 at 7:17 pm by Jon Turner in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

DESERT WHEATEAR

Found at 14.00 on the roof of my house, last seen 14.45 , despite a seach of the area could not be relocated.

Full deatils on thurlestonebaybirds.co.uk later with recod shots

Posted November 8th, 2016 at 4:36 pm by Mike & Anne Passman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

N Hallsands

YELLOW BROWED WARBLER ringed this morning. Also on site a SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF and 15+ nominate ( 9 ringed ).

Yellow Browed Warbler
Yellow Browed Warbler

Posted November 8th, 2016 at 2:53 pm by Alan K Searle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Torbay

Broadsands: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Eider, 5 Brent Geese (possibly a family 2 ads and 3 juvs) 12 Common Scoter, 2 Shelduck & 1 Ad Mediterranean Gull on sea. Around the marsh 1 Firecrest, 3 Chiffchaff.

  Yellow-browed Warbler Youngs Park 08 Nov 2016 ML     Brent Goose family Broadsands 08 Nov 2016 ML

Young's Park Goodrington: now 2 Yellow-browed Warblers  seen chasing each other around the marshy bit behind the two ponds & 1 Chiffchaff

Short Video of YBW here:  https://youtu.be/NnWZFRAM1rw 

Posted November 8th, 2016 at 10:22 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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