Devon Bird Sightings from 8th–14th December 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

Wednesday 14th December 2016

River Exe between Powderham and Cockwood

This afternoon, a flock of approx 150 Brent Geese plus 13 Oystercatcher in a field at Powderham, a pair of Red-breasted Merganser, 15 Redshank, 7 Oystercatcher, 1 Turnstone , 3 Curlew  where the Kenn joins the Exe, a male Red -breasted Merganser and a Little Grebe feeding by the ferry pontoon at Starcross and a pair of Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Slavonian Grebes off Cockwood

Posted December 14th, 2016 at 8:58 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Teigngrace

Between 10:50 and 11:30 - 6 Cattle Egret and 1 Little Egret in the usual field with the cattle.

Cattle Egret Little Egret and Cattle Egret Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret                                                   Little Egret and Cattle Egret                       Cattle Egret

Posted December 14th, 2016 at 8:03 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

American Wigeon - Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime at BGM far too many Wigeon to count, so it was not always easy to pick out the American Wigeon in their midst. Well done Helen for picking him out.

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

Wrafton

In amongst a gathering of Black-headed Gulls on the scrape this morning was one with a full black head. Bring on spring!

Posted December 14th, 2016 at 7:22 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

American wigeon on the marsh this afternoon amongst an ever-growing flock of wigeon. It showed well right in front of the hide at times :)

Posted December 14th, 2016 at 5:56 pm by Helen Whitall in General Birding

Newton Abbot

Around Town Quay Newton Abbot today. two distant Kingfisher sightings, Heron, two Grey Wagtails, juvenile Moorhen, fifty plus Black Headed Gull, Raven, three Cormorant.

 

Six Geese of various types two appeared to be Grey Lags (as image) one Canadian and three feral types two Chinese and one domestic type goose that also frequents decoy lake.

Around the feeders at home two male Siskin this morning, seven Long tailed Tits late afternoon and two possibly three Song Thrush on the back lawn of Willow House next door.

Posted December 14th, 2016 at 5:23 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Teigngrace

1330. Four Cattle Egret in Field at entrance to Blatchford Farm, before the other three flew in and then all seven flew to fields behind farm, where not visible from road. 

Posted December 14th, 2016 at 5:19 pm by Steve Cox in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East Soar-Soar Mill Valley-Southdown Farm

Not too exciting: Fulmar off Ham Stone, 4 Snipe, 13 Stock Dove, 380 Skylark, 6 Chiffchaff Collybita in Soar Mill Valley Willows & 5 Yellowhammer.

Posted December 14th, 2016 at 4:03 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Broadsands

3 Velvet Scoter and 3 Common Scoter could be seen over toward Goodrington this morning. Otherwise from the headland: 2 Black-necked Grebes, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Great Northern Divers and 2 Eider.

The Siberain Chiffchaff was again in the marsh at the back of both 1st and 2nd car park with at least 1 collybita Chiffchaff. On seed in the second car park were 6 Cirl Buntings and 1-2 Reed Buntings.

Posted December 14th, 2016 at 2:35 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Eider - Hopes Nose, Torquay

4 Eider ( 2 Male 2 Female ) on the sheltered side of Hopes Nose. 11.30 this morning.

Posted December 14th, 2016 at 1:03 pm by Cliff Parrott in General Birding

Tuesday 13th December 2016

Plymouth

One Yellow-browed Warbler in the centre of Beaumont Park first thing this morning with Long-tailed Tits and two Goldcrests.  

Posted December 13th, 2016 at 9:43 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Westward Ho!

4 Purple Sandpiper today on incoming tide on rocks around Nassau Court

Posted December 13th, 2016 at 9:31 pm by Roger Doble in General Birding

Torbay Coastal

A coast watch from Elberry Cove back to Goodrington beach this morning, Broadsands gave a Red Necked Grebe, two Fulmar, fourteen Greater Black Backed Gulls one of which had a metal tag ring on its right leg, three Gannet and a Heron.

Elberry Cove produced an Eider duck around the Mussel farm and a Great Northern Diver.

  

Around the Broadsands car parks, a flock of twenty four Green finch and several other individual birds, three Wren, three Goldcrest, five Cirl Bunting, four Bullfinch.

Oyster Bends gave ten Brent Geese feeding in the right hand cove and a hunting female Sparrow hawk

Goodrington beach a female Eider duck preening alongside two Greater Black Backs and on the boating lake at Young’s park ten Tufted Duck.

On returning home went out to collect a sick female Kestrel that had been picked up at Ashburton.

Posted December 13th, 2016 at 4:40 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Wrafton

The male Marsh Harrier showed much closer from the south side of the reserve this morning. It seemed to have a very full crop, and landed in a tree in the marsh.

Posted December 13th, 2016 at 1:50 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Teigngrace cattle egrets

5 birds present this morning in Twelve Oaks solar panel field but as they regularly commute between Blatchford farm pasture the familiar 7 may well be around

Posted December 13th, 2016 at 12:39 pm by Ken Dainton in General Birding

Monday 12th December 2016

cattle egrets

6 Cattle Egrets at Blatchford farm, Teigngrace today at 1pm, on the field by the main gate. Flew of after 10 mins to the south.

Posted December 12th, 2016 at 11:12 pm by Kay and Gary Deare in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Brent

A home birding day at South Brent gave a male Siskin on the feeders, Wren, Raven and Buzzard seen from the house, a walk around the boundary hedges gave a very confiding Chiffchaff, seven Goldcrest sightings, a 50 plus flock of Redwings which on landing was seen to contain 3 Song Thrush.
 
Green Woodpecker calling and the first Woodcock that I have seen in some time was a bonus.
 
Long Tailed Tits and a female Bullfinch, numerous small flocks of Starling, Tawny owls calling again this evening.

Posted December 12th, 2016 at 9:09 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Cattle Egret-East Prawle

Cattle Egret still at Prawle for 2nd day. First for this site : long in coming ! (Found by Pat M.) Seen today briefly , though enough to identify , at 2pm associating with Black cattle near Walland Barns/Water Tower area looking north. Just as I was about to photograph the bird it disappeared down a ridge in the field and I could not relocate it ! Had been seen yesterday in field by entrance to Woodcombe Farm.Best tip, look for any cattle grazing.

 

Posted December 12th, 2016 at 7:06 pm by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Escot Park, East Devon

12 members of DB attended the morning walk and 20 later sat down to a Christmas lunch.  The parklands produced a count of 34 species (thanks to Sue Murphy for keeping the list).  The banks of the River Tale produced sightings of a Dipper and Chiffchaff.  Winter Thrushes (mainly Redwing with a few Fieldfare) were more difficult to locate as most were feeding on the ground and had vacated the usual hot spots in the Millennium Orchard.  A Mistle Thrush and singing Song Thrush completed the Thrush list with numbers of Blackbird ever present.

Next East Devon Branch fieldtrip will meet at Darts Farm on Jan 6.  (See details of Programme on DB website under 'News'). Happy Christmas to all members.

Posted December 12th, 2016 at 6:06 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Velator

During the morning visit I saw at least 4 Chiffchaffs, but very quick moving so unable to see if they were ringed. (one ringed yesterday). Also present 2 calling Cetti's Warblers, and 2 Water Rails - one heard, one seen.

Later this afternoon, I returned and had good if slightly distant views of a male Marsh Harrier quartering the reed-bed at Sherpa Marsh.

Surprised to see both the Redshank and the Black-tailed Godwit back on the scrape this morning. After all the shooting last Friday, I thought they'd never return.

Posted December 12th, 2016 at 4:23 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Around the Axe

The Cattle Egret left the roost in Axmouth at 07:41 this morning, and this afternoon I found it feeding with cattle and Little Egrets at Colcombe Farm, Colyton. Please only view from the Colyton to Shute road.

There's still a Yellow-browed Warbler and a female Tufted Duck at Lower Bruckland Ponds, a Grey Plover on the Axe and an impressive 45+ Chiffchaffs at Colyford WTW. That's a decent count for the site in any year, but all the more impressive because 7 days ago there wasn't a single Chiff there! 

Cattle Egret Colyton.
Cattle Egret Colyton.

Posted December 12th, 2016 at 3:55 pm by Steve Waite in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

North Devon - Arlington Court

14:20 Great White Egret on lower lake. No leg rings observed.

Posted December 12th, 2016 at 3:32 pm by john bronze in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

YBW Plymouth

Fourth time lucky, I actually managed to see one of the YBWs in Beaumont Park on the way to work this morning having heard them only previously. 

Posted December 12th, 2016 at 10:58 am by Richard Billington in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 11th December 2016

Mansands and Teigngrace

Mansands at sunrise gave initially a flock of 77 Scoters on the sea, another flock flew in from the Torquay direction and gave a total count of 140 birds, the birds were well out on the sea and could only be observed with a spotting scope type set up.

In the lane back to the car park 2 Raven, 2 male Cirl Bunting and further up a single Lapwing in the air headed west.

The Teigngrace Cattle Egrets were again difficult to pin down this morning, proving to be very mobile but sightings of possibly up to five birds around the Blatchford farm area along with Little Egrets, also seen were Grey Wagtail and 14 Redwing.

 

Back home at South Brent the afternoon gave 7 Long Tailed Tits, a female Bullfinch, 35 plus Starlings and 13 Redwings, up to three Tawny owls calling this evening.

Posted December 11th, 2016 at 7:06 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Cirl Buntings

Had a great session with the Cirl Buntings at Labrador Bay today, I counted 32 but there was more, they were flying to and fro from the farmers field on the other side of the road to the hedges on the reserve, couple of males in full song on top of the trees, such a great bird!



Posted December 11th, 2016 at 6:45 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

This afternoon's WeBS count included a Jack Snipe in the saltmarsh, 2 Slavonian Grebes and 5 Greenshanks, plus 5 Cirl Buntings. Offshore, 1 Red-throated Diver, 18 G C Grebes, 2 Velvet Scoters and 60+ Common Scoters.

At dusk, 3 Woodcock leaving Haldon at Beggar's Bush, heading towards Chudleigh - a regular occurrence in winter around 4:50-5pm.

Posted December 11th, 2016 at 5:56 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

YBW's in Beaumont Park Plymouth

Saw one of the  yellow- browed warblers today at 15.25 at northern end of the Park. It was feeding high up in large tree near the park wall. Earlier Charlie Imms saw both birds in the centre of the park at 13.00 pm.

They have been associating with mixed tit  flock over the last couple of days! 

Posted December 11th, 2016 at 5:37 pm by Russ Eynon in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Otterton STW / Chiselbury Bay

The Common Scoter flock still present, but no sign of the Velvet Scoter in recent days.
Also 2 RT Diver and 1 GN Diver plus 6+ Guillemot.

Posted December 11th, 2016 at 5:21 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding

Mansands

The Surf Scoter showed again in the flock of over 200 Common Scoter and now 3 Velvet Scoter too. The flock was disturbed several times by small boats but did regularly come back to feed either just east of Crabrock Point or more regularly just south of the point so not viewable at all from Mansands beach.

Its a bit of a slog climbing the hill between Mansands and Scabbacombe beach to get the best views of the scoter flock.

Posted December 11th, 2016 at 3:38 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Clennon Lakes

A Siberian Chiffchaff was present on the willow Island in the middle lake this morning then 10 mins later one of the Yellow-browed Warblers was in the same place. Also around the site 3 collybita Chiffchaffs 7 Goldcrest, 3 Water Rail, 2 Snipe, 12 Teal, 3 Gadwall and 11 Tufted Duck.

Siberian Chiffchaff Clennon Lakes 11 Dec 2016 ML

Siberian Chiffchaff 11 Dec 2016 Clennon Lakes video link here: https://youtu.be/D5NWB91XrEg 

Posted December 11th, 2016 at 3:30 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands: 08:30 - 12:15, 11.12.16

From Churston Pt, c. 08:45 - 09:30: 1 Eider (mussel beds); 3 Black-necked Grebes; 1 Slav Grebe (off the Point); 8 Velvet Scoter + 11 Brent Geese (all together off Saltern Cove); 1 more Brent Goose (in Broadsands Bay).

Around Broadsands Car Park c. 09:45 - 12:00: the Siberian Chiffchaff was in the marshy area adjacent to car park c. 10:00 - 10:30. At c.11:00 it came in over my head and landed in front of me, in the hedge, behind the beach huts, back of the 2nd car park, where the Cirl Buntings usually are. There it remaIned, calling and feeding until I left it at c.12:00.

At least 4 Cirls (2m, 2f) and 1 Reed Bunting, same spot.

Posted December 11th, 2016 at 3:10 pm by David Holloway in General Birding

Kingsbridge Estuary

Geese Quarries- Charleton Marsh, 10:15-13:45, rising tide ). Stunning winters day to be out.

15 Brent Geese, 55 Pintail, 16 Red-breasted Merganser, Long-tailed Duck ( prob 1cy m off Charleton Pt., ), 12 Great Crested Grebes, 7 Little Grebes, Slavonian Grebe ( off Charleton Pt. ), 2 Water Rails ( marsh ) and a Green Sandpiper ( Charleton Marsh, can't remember seeing one here in the winter before ).

 

Posted December 11th, 2016 at 2:23 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Teigngrace

Seven Cattle Egrets still present although very mobile and wary.

Posted December 11th, 2016 at 12:55 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Melbury

Two willow tits coming to feeders at my feeding station melbury forest..All six species of tit now visited.Just waiting for an Azure to turn up now!!!!!.Also pair of mistle thruses near by,f g s woodpecker and possible 2 continental blackbirds,adult males with all black bills and orbital rings.

Posted December 11th, 2016 at 11:49 am by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Saturday 10th December 2016

West Charleton Marsh and Wareham Point

Early pm, high tide, of note: 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Slavonian Grebes, 6 Great-crested Grebes, 6 Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 Whimbrel, 20 Snipe, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits and c500 Dunlin. Plus at least 2 Chiffchaffs at the Sewage works.

Posted December 10th, 2016 at 6:39 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Slapton

am of note: 3 Velvet Scoter, 12 Common Scoter and 1 Red-throated Diver offshore at Strete Gate; 1m Greater Scaup and 1 imm/f Long-tailed Duck on the ley; 1 Firecrest and a Chiffchaff in the woods along the Ireland Bay trail. 

Posted December 10th, 2016 at 6:35 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Bowling Green

Bowling Green Marsh, Topsham around 10.30 I saw what I am convinced was a bittern fly out of the reed beds at far end. Didn't reappear. Really hoping someone else can confirm I'm not going mad...

Posted December 10th, 2016 at 5:53 pm by Dave Walters in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Velator

Wet, today! But still a Spoonbill roosting by the Tarka Trail when I arrived. It flew off at about 10.30. There have been a couple of Gadwall in the reserve these last few mornings. They were joined by a Wigeon yesterday.

Posted December 10th, 2016 at 5:25 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Teigngrace ~ Cattle Egrets

The Teigngrace Cattle Egrets proved difficult to find late this morning, eventually four birds found at Blatchford farm feeding with two Little Egret.

 

At least 140 Canadian Geese in a field alongside the main road, four Pied Wagtails, one Grey Wagtail, several Stock Dove feeding with Wood Pigeon, Magpie and Pheasants.

Posted December 10th, 2016 at 2:43 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Torbay

Goodrington: 8 Velvet Scoter, 4 Common Scoter, 15 Great Crested Grebes, 11 Guillemot & 6 Razorbill

Broadsands: 7 Red-throated Divers, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Eider 3 Guillemot & 1 Razorbill

Preston: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Red-throated Diver, 3 Great Crested Grebes and 7 Guillemot

Posted December 10th, 2016 at 12:33 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Yellow Browed Warblers, Beaumont Park, Plymouth

Now 2 yellow browed warblers in Beaumont Park, Plymouth. Very active and mobile around park, associating with a flock of long tailed tits - very vocal at one point when close together but mostly keeping apart.

Also a chiffchaff, a nuthatch, a goldcrest and coal tit.

Posted December 10th, 2016 at 12:16 pm by Stuart Green in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Hembury Woods

Late post for Friday 9th: 3 Woodcock and a Tawny Owl, late pm/dusk.

Posted December 10th, 2016 at 8:01 am by Andy Smith in General Birding

Friday 9th December 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Estimated 450 - 500 Avocets on the lunchtime high tide at BGM, disturbed by the local Buzzard. Probably more than twice that many Godwits with about 30 Bar-tailed.  4 of the 5 recent Snipe were playing hard to get in the farthest channel from the hide. 


Posted December 9th, 2016 at 10:23 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Slapton

Good to bump into Perry at Slapton today. In addition to his sightings, a Red necked Grebe showed briefly off the Memorial car park around 11 a.m. 

A Black Redstart (f) at Hallsands and 42 Common Scoter offshore.

Mid afternoon the Red throated Diver had drifted north to be off Strete gate and at the far end of Strete gate beach were 2 Velvet Scoter.

In addition to those settled on the sea, Guillemots (with a few Razorbills) were moving through the bay all day and must have numbered a few hundred.

 

Posted December 9th, 2016 at 6:31 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Torbay Coastal

Marine Parade, Paignton ~ 25 Oyster Catcher, 43 Black Headed Gull, 26 Turnstone, out on the sea one Guillemot in flight and a Red Necked Grebe.

Oyster Bends, Paignton ~ 22 Scoter of which seven were Velvets, 3 Gannet, a speed boat went through the area that the flock was in and all flew off towards Goodrington.

Broadsands ~ 26 Brent Geese, 3 Fulmar, 2 Gannet, Black Necked Grebe, Heron, 8 Greater Black Backed Gull, 2 Pied Wagtails on the sea wall, a female Eider picked up in flight well out in the bay she flew directly into Broadsands landing by the outflow pipe to drink and bath.

 

                                      

On leaving a Grey Wagtail and over Paignton a female Sparrow Hawk being mobbed by Herring Gull.

Back home at South Brent 29 Pied Wagtails, 2 Bullfinch, 3 Long Tailed Tit and 90 plus Redwing.

Posted December 9th, 2016 at 5:06 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tottiford Reservoir

23 Goosander ( 6M) and 8 Tufted Duck ( 3M) the highlights of a walk round the reservoir

Some of the Goosander - Tottiford - 9/12/2016
Some of the Goosander - Tottiford - 9/12/2016

Posted December 9th, 2016 at 5:02 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Yellow-browed Warbler Plymouth

A very vocal bird in Beaumont Park at lunchtime today. 

Posted December 9th, 2016 at 3:57 pm by Richard Billington in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Home Farm Marsh

Main pond 146 Canada geese plus a few wigeon,teal,shellduck,shoveler,pintail,little egret and 110 lapwing.On Fremington Pill47 blackwits and the Glossy Ibis has returned.

Posted December 9th, 2016 at 3:54 pm by Geoff Taylor in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Cattle Egrets Teigngrace

After a text from Paul Treen, we dashed off to Teigngrace in search of Cattle Egrets. We found 3 in a field leading to Berry Knowles Farm initially. Those three then flew off towards Twelve Oaks Holiday Cottage, where we relocated all 7 of them, 4 in with the cattle and three in the field opposite. 

At Berry Knowles Farm    You can see his orangey cap  Enjoying the insect lunch at Twelve Oaks
At Berry Knowles Farm                You can see his orangey cap            Enjoying the insect lunch at Twelve Oaks

Posted December 9th, 2016 at 3:42 pm by Steph Murphy in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Mansands

A failed attempt to see the Crabrock point Surf Scoter: The approx 200 Common Scoter flock had broken into two groups, the largest loafing group further out and south and a smaller group of about 70 actively feeding off the point. Conditions were difficult quite windy up on the ridge and choppy sea. On leaving I looked out from the beach by the Lime Kiln at Mansands Beach, the flock had now increased over 100 birds but I was too low to be able to go through them in the choppy sea.

Bumped into Mark D and Del on way back up who picked out the Surf Scoter a bit later and saw the Black Redstart on the cottages.. One of those days I should stayed at home!  

For anyone wanting to make the trek down, Sunday is looking like good viewing conditions with a light NW offshore wind - afternoon light is better too. Scope absolutely essential!

Posted December 9th, 2016 at 3:38 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton and Beesands

Reasonable numbers of Waterfowl on the ley, vast majority in Ireland Bay. Selected counts included 9 Little Grebes, 3 Teals, 113 Gadwalls, 8 Shovelers, 26 Wigeons, 89 Tufted Ducks and 415 Coots. Also large nos. of Gulls but the best I could find was just an adult Med Gull. 2 Chiffchaffs seen were both collybita, one ringed. In Start Bay Black-necked Grebe just offshore from the central car park, also Red-throated Diver. Way out 50 Common Scoters flew north and good numbers of Guillemots present ( and a few Razorbills ).

Beesands ley extremely quiet just 40 Mute Swans, 5 Canada Geese and 3 Mallard. Well offshore a feeding congregation of at least 500 Gannets.

Where are the Pochard this winter ? none seen today.

Posted December 9th, 2016 at 3:12 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Hartland Point & Shipload Bay.

3 - 4 Red-throated  Divers, 5+ Kittiwakes, 7 Fulmars, 30+ Gannets, Black headed and Herring Gulls, 2 Great Black Backed Gulls, 1 ring tail Hen Harrier quartering the fields and hedges at Shipload Bay putting up large numbers of Meadow Pipits.

Harvey Kendall & Barry Bryne.

Posted December 9th, 2016 at 3:11 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Northam Burrows

Two Snow Buntings still present early pm, feeding unobtrusively some 100m west of the 8th green. In the estuary 19 Eider, and off Greysands Point a Red-throated Diver.

Good numbers of Geese, ducks and waders off the Skern, but as far as I could see, nothing unexpected.

Posted December 9th, 2016 at 3:04 pm by Roger Doble in General Birding

Cattle Egrets- Teigngrace

Flock of 7 Cattle Egrets still 1.35pm in grass field opposite entrance to Twelve Oaks Farm

Posted December 9th, 2016 at 2:06 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Cattle Egrets, teigngrace

12.00 noon. 7 cattle egrets in cow field opp Twelve Oaks Herd farm

Posted December 9th, 2016 at 12:00 pm by Steph murphy in General Birding

Teigngrace, Kingsteignton

Saw a report of a Cattle Egret at Teigngrace  so thought I'd take a look. Was more than a little surprised when I found it along with 5 friends. What with last year as well, maybe Kingsteignton has become the hotbed for Devon Cattle Egrets.

Cattle Egret 1

Cattle Egret 2,3 & 4  Cattle Egret 4 & 5 + little egrets

Cattle Egret 1                                   Cattle Egret 2,3 & 4                            Cattle Egret 4 & 5 + little egrets

Posted December 9th, 2016 at 11:12 am by Paul Treen in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Cattle egrets Teigngrace

4 birds present @ 11am in field with charolais cattle at Twelve Oaks farm to north of Teigngrace road. View over hedge from road.

Posted December 9th, 2016 at 11:09 am by Kenvin Dainton in General Birding

Thursday 8th December 2016

Bowling Green/Goosemoor Topsham

200 Avocets at BGM on the high tide roost at lunch time with at least twice as many Black-tailed Godwits. Including this colour-ringed bird.

At Goosemoor a Spotted Redshank, Water Rail and a colour-ringed Curlew (no pic) were the highlights..


Posted December 8th, 2016 at 10:42 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Broadhempston

At least 100 Fieldfares flying around village this morning.

Posted December 8th, 2016 at 4:53 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

A short visit mid afternoon proved quite exciting; at one point the imm marsh harrier, a peregrine and raven were inter-acting over something that I could not see. A flock of 14 barnacle geese near Station Road probably included one or two of the locally resident birds. Two flocks of brent geese were nearer the Turf and totalled about 800 birds. There is still an impressive number of wigeon (over 2,000) but relatively few teal, shoveller and mallard. Apart from the hundreds of Canada geese the only other bird in large numbers was the 200+ flock of lapwing. I saw two chiffchaff in the lane and heard two more on the canal bank.

Posted December 8th, 2016 at 4:21 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Clennon Lakes

Now two Yellow-browed Warblers at at Clennon, the original moving between the lowest and middle weir and a new bird behind the driving range near to the YMCA in willows by the stream. (the original bird was seen before and again after seeing the 2nd bird, about 400m apart ). 3 Chiffchaff and a Water Rial also seen.

Posted December 8th, 2016 at 1:25 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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