Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 15th–21st February 2016

2020 Records request

If you saw any of the records below please submit a description to the County Recorder to ensure they make the official record. Many thanks.

·        Bee-eater 03-Aug Wistlandpound Res

·        Caspian Gull 15-Apr Fremington Pill

·        Crane [3] 22-Mar Milton Abbot

·         Glossy Ibis 20-Jun South Efford Marsh

·         Glossy Ibis  02-Nov Seaton Marshes

·         Golden Oriole 07-Apr Fremington Pill

·         Golden Oriole 28-May Weston Mill

·         Golden Oriole [2] 23-Jun Bolt Head

          Grey Partridge 12-Nov Exminster Marshes

·         Leach's Petrel 30- Sep Labrador Bay

·         Leach's Petrel 31-Oct Sidmouth

·         Long-tailed Skua 04-Jul Dawlish Warren

·         Montagu's Harrier 17-May West Dart River

·         Ring-necked Duck Jan/Feb Meeth

·         Spotted Crake 09-Apr East Down

·        Stone-curlew [2] 22-Sep South Huish

Posted June 18th at 11:40 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News


At a recent Council Meeting it was agreed that Field Trips (Guided Walks) and Indoor Meetings could restart as soon as Branches were happy to proceed, with all necessary Covid safe precautions in place. 

Full details are now on the website.

Taw & Torridge Branch will not be re-starting Indoor or Outdoor Meetings before January 2022.

Posted April 16th at 11:17 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News


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

Sunday 21st February 2016

Yellow-Browed Warbler

Seen this morning in St James School Grounds , Exeter

Posted February 21st, 2016 at 9:08 pm by Dave Stone in Bird News

Haldon Forest Park


4 Bramblings showing well under feeders close to the Rangers' Office at the Main Car Park.  Large numbers of Chaffinches and Siskins also present together with several Coal Tits and a Greenfinch.  A Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Song Thrush also in the vicinity.   

Posted February 21st, 2016 at 8:38 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Torbay Boat Trip.

Dull day and windy so we kept to the south side of Torbay ( Brixham Paignton area )  Birds seen this morning. 2 Slavonian Grebe, 3 Black-necked Grebe, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Great Northern Diver, 8 Purple Sandpiper. The Bay was quiet and only 2 Kittiwake and 1 Razorbill, a few Grey Heron in the 7 Quarries area and the usual Cormorants, at this time of year looking great.

In Brixham Harbour area 6 Grey Seals and off Berry Head 3 possible 4 Harbour Porpoise. Approx 500+ Guillemots on the colony seacliff and some flying in and out from the cliffs. Few Gannets off the headland and every so often plunging for food. Generaly a good trip. Guess what after we finished trip the weather impoved and the sun shone!!!!! 

Posted February 21st, 2016 at 7:25 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

River Plym

River Plym upriver from Plympton Road Bridge :- 2 male and a female goosander showing very well before flying upriver, a grey wagtail and a dipper along the river bank, a jay and around 20 siskins in nearby trees.

River Plym from Marsh Mills to Laira Bridge through Saltram Park :- 5 little grebes at Marsh Mills, a female wigeon on the mudflats with mallards, common gulls and lesser black backed gulls roosting amongst the usual gulls on the mudflats, 2 skylarks singing over Chelson Meadow, a pair of red breasted merganser flying upriver on the incoming tide and a common sandpiper from Laira Bridge.

Female Goosander
Female Goosander

Male Goosander
Male Goosander

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Posted February 21st, 2016 at 6:41 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Tamar Lakes

A very misty windy morning at the Lakes saw on the Upper Lake, 1 Barnacle Goose, 53 Canada, 7 Snipe,10 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Goosander, 9 Fieldfare.

On the Lower Lake, 2m Reed Bunting, 20 Goosander, 3 Nuthatch, 3 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 12 Tutfted Duck.

Posted February 21st, 2016 at 3:19 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Herring Gull with metal ring

Yesterday around Ilfracombe harbour & rocks several LBB Gulls. On 16th feb I photo'd a Herring gull with metal ring. On my camera trimmed to the Max I can possibly faintly make out part numbers  J2 over 39pt  WB68. I hope this could be of interest to somone in the know. 

Posted February 21st, 2016 at 1:44 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Bonaparte's Gull showing well from the hide at Dawlish Warren at 1450hrs then between fishing boats on the incoming tide. Also 11 Red-breasted Merganser.

Posted February 21st, 2016 at 5:04 am by Paul Freestone in Bird News

Saturday 20th February 2016

Black Hole Marsh & Seaton Marshes

The GW Teal was present on BHM all day; it showed well at first light this morning but stayed at the back of the reserve for most of the day. Glossy Ibis also still present North of the hide at Seaton Marshes.

If interested, there are plenty more pics on my blog

Posted February 20th, 2016 at 8:26 pm by Tim White in Bird News

Plym Estuary

An afternoon walk at high tide to wash away the post-Cuba blues. An good flock of 26+ Siskins and a drake Goosander on the narrow river. On the pool, 62 Curlews, 103 Redshanks, 6 Oystercatchers, 12 Dunlins, 53 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 3 Greenshanks, and 36 Shelducks. Also 3 Goldcrests and a Little Grebe. 

Posted February 20th, 2016 at 7:35 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


Afternoon inspection of the reserve in poor conditions this afternoon. No sign of the pair of Little Grebes I saw yesterday, but most of the action was in the field surrounding the reserve. A large flock of Gulls was mostly Black-headed, but several Herring, a single Great Black-back, and 20+ Common Gulls. 3 Canada Geese, including probably, the pair that has been prospecting in the reserve of late. The flood/scrape had 12 Pied Wagtails, a few Teal and Shoveler (12 yesterday) a Little Egret, and 3 Spoonbills, which I saw at 2.40, but they were gone a few minutes later.

The Finches are still draining the feeders of black sunflower seeds at an alarming rate!

Posted February 20th, 2016 at 5:45 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

River Exe

 Excellent trip on Stuart Line today. Wonderful views of all the waders and geese in large numbers. Five Goldeneye and five Spotted Redshank, four at Powderham and one at Topsham.

Posted February 20th, 2016 at 4:32 pm by Ian Waite in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Highlight was a 2nd calender year Yellow-legged Gull in roost overlooking the north ley with 22 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Also: Black-necked Grebe & 7 Goldeneye in Ireland Bay, 10 Great Crested Grebe and 3 Water Rail.

Posted February 20th, 2016 at 4:30 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Wrafton Pond - Ducks.

Nice to see, along with the usual Mallards, two Tufted Duck, a male Pochard and male Gadwall, this morning. 

Posted February 20th, 2016 at 4:08 pm by Kelvin Irwin in Bird News


On the sea: 3 Black-necked Grebes, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Great Northern Diver and 1 Common Scoter.

Around the car parks: 1 Firecrest, 1 Chiffchaff abd 4+ Siskin.

Posted February 20th, 2016 at 3:57 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News


Yellow-browed Warbler first heard then seen well in ornamental shrubs in the grounds of St James School early afternoon. The school grounds are fenced and the gates are likely to be shut for the rest of the weekend, but the bird is possibly audible/visible from Summer Lane on the eastern side.

Posted February 20th, 2016 at 2:33 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News


Male Blackcap at Orswell Barn Stoke Rivers on Thursday 18. This is on the edge of a small wooded valley with farm leading down to it. It was silent.

Posted February 20th, 2016 at 11:19 am by Karen Sims & John Towers in Bird News


We are getting large numbers of Siskin into our feeders each day. Counted 14 this morning in awful weather. They like sunflower hearts.

We will watch for breeding evidence later in the year if they continue to visit after the winter months.

Posted February 20th, 2016 at 11:17 am by Karen Sims & John Towers in Bird News

Friday 19th February 2016


The drake Green-winged Teal was still showing very well at Blackhole Marsh, Seaton this afternoon. It was to the left and slightly behind the Island Hide.

Also, at Seaton Marshes, the Glossy Ibis was still visible from the hide. It was just north of the Borrow Pit.

A Chiffchaff and a Treecreeper showed very well around the northern perimeter of the sewage works.

Posted February 19th, 2016 at 10:24 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Prawle Point

79 Cirl Buntings in three flocks on the lower stubble fields, followed by a fine lunch in the Pig's Nose.

Posted February 19th, 2016 at 6:06 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Noss Mayo

In garden Blackcap. f., feeding on crab apples also Marsh tit visiting feeders.

Posted February 19th, 2016 at 3:10 pm by Jeremy Spooner in Bird News

Snipe Powderham Thursday 18th 12.00 noon.

Eight snipe in field NW of cycle bridge.  Very close to cycle path and excellent view from embankment path.

Very large flock of brent geese with some curlew in field on W of railway line. Amazing sight when spooked and airborne.

Back in Kingsteignton have had a male blackcap visiting feeders regularly since November.

Posted February 19th, 2016 at 2:15 pm by Patrick Case in Bird News


Please note September's field meeting of Plymouth group  will now take place a week earlier, on 4th September Thanks

Please could this also be put in the next Harrier Thanks

Posted February 19th, 2016 at 1:49 pm by lesley goonesekera in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth

Black Redstart the only bird of note this morning 

Posted February 19th, 2016 at 11:58 am by Tor Elm in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton

3 Purple Sandpipers feeding on the rocks off Otter Head this morning and a Short-eared Owl (CT and DW) briefly just N of the Cricket Pitch before being harrassed by Crows and then it flew high NE.
Also a ringtail Hen Harrier at Otterton STW this pm briefly per Pete Adey.

Posted February 19th, 2016 at 12:09 am by Chris Townend in Bird News

Thursday 18th February 2016

central park parakeets

7 ringneck parakeets central park

Posted February 18th, 2016 at 9:08 pm by barry in Bird News

Starcross and Cockwood

  Spotted redshank and 3 greenshank at Starcross. Two slavonian grebes off Cockwood.

Posted February 18th, 2016 at 8:29 pm by Andy Lansdell in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

Tufted Duck on pond late aft.

Posted February 18th, 2016 at 7:35 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Spotted Redshank

The Spotted Redshank still showing well from the platform at Topsham.

Posted February 18th, 2016 at 6:52 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Exminster marshes SEO

Short eared owl again seen quartering over the Exminster marshes just after 4pm, same place as before, looking north from the high point on the canal path where the Topsham ferry stops, so on the meadows north of the reserve itself. Beautiful with the sun shining through its feathers :)

Posted February 18th, 2016 at 6:10 pm by Helen Whitall in Bird News


1 black necked grebe, 1 great northern diver and 3 great crested grebes on the sea

Posted February 18th, 2016 at 4:47 pm by Jeff Hacon in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake - 18th Fe.

Sunny, bright and quiet.   Quite warm and the water very still.

23 Goosander, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Little Grebe, 6 Tufted Duck, 3 Moorhens, 1 Coot, several Mallards, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock, good numbers of Blackbirds, Blue and Great Tits and Robins.  3 Cormorants.

Harvey Kendall

Posted February 18th, 2016 at 2:33 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Anchor wood bank nature reserve

Its nice to see the newly created ponds and scrapes starting to get utilised. Only Shelduck, Mallard and a Teal there this morning but a good start.

Anchow wood bank, Barnstaple
Anchow wood bank, Barnstaple

Posted February 18th, 2016 at 1:28 pm by Roy Churchill in Bird News

South Efford marsh

Rising tide, on marsh 47 Wigeon, 17 Curlew, 3 Egret, Goldcrest and on river 2 Greenhank, 3 Redshank also 4 Raven

Posted February 18th, 2016 at 1:17 pm by Jeremy Spooner in Bird News


Spotted Redshank & 4 Greenshank on a pool north of Starcross yesterday lunchtime.

Posted February 18th, 2016 at 11:13 am by Steve Cox in Bird News

Wednesday 17th February 2016

nr Aveton Gifford

Barn Owl flying around below Wakehams Farm at 16:00 .

Posted February 17th, 2016 at 7:50 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Black Hole Marsh & Seaton Marsh (16-2-2016)

A late post post from yesterday on a good day at the marshes.

The Green-winged Teal was showing well from the island hide and the footpath late morning looking south into the sun facing a strong fresh wind from the sea. Great to see lots of families out enjoying pond dipping activities etc.

The Glossy Ibis was also showing well on Seaton Marsh late afternoon from the hide near Borrow Pit sewage treatment works feeding in the water pool nearby.

Green-winged Teal   (Black Hole Marsh 16-2-2016)
Green-winged Teal (Black Hole Marsh 16-2-2016)

Glossy Ibis   (Seaton Marsh 16-2-2016)
Glossy Ibis (Seaton Marsh 16-2-2016)

Posted February 17th, 2016 at 9:37 am by David Boult in Bird News

Tuesday 16th February 2016

Bowling green marsh

After a couple of weeks away from my local patch, it was good to get a couple of hours in this morning around the marsh.

watched from 10:30 till 12:45

from the hide good numbers of wigeon , 40+ Pintail, 6+ pochard, 3 gadwall, 50+ shoveler, 8+ tufted duck, 1 kingfisher, 2 grey wagtail, 1 peregrine, 1 stonechat, 200+ black tailed godwits, 35+ lapwing,12+ snipe, 2 water rail.

From the viewing platform good numbers of avocet, black tailed godwits, bar tailed godwits and dunlin, 40+ grey plover, also 3 goldeneye ( 2m, 1f), 6 red breasted mergansers, 2 stonechats

Posted February 16th, 2016 at 9:24 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News


Clear close views from Island Hide of Green winged Teal feeding with other Teal.  Chiffchaff feeding frantically on edge of Borrow Pit pool. Good views of Glossy Ibis seen from Seaton Marshes Hide on edge of lagoon feeding for considerable time with large group of Pheasants.  

Posted February 16th, 2016 at 9:23 pm by Geoff Green in Bird News


17 Cirl Buntings on seed in 2nd car park this morning with 3 Reed Buntings, 1 Slavonian Grebe and 18 Great Crested Grebes on the sea and 1 Great Northern Diver

Posted February 16th, 2016 at 9:07 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

missing European eagle owl in plymouth

Hi my owl brian has been missing since Monday 8th Feb after storm imagen damaged his enclosure there have been many sightings and yesterday 15th he was in a tree at beacon park after 4 hours of trying to get him down he flew off in the direction of central park. Please please if you see brian please call me ASAP 07963435241. Many thanks.

Posted February 16th, 2016 at 8:08 pm by rachel in Bird News

Isley Marsh & Fremington Quay - 16th Feb

A.M. Isley Marsh at high tide - 6 Spoonbills roosting with numerous Curlew (100+), Wigeon (50+), Teal (75+), Shelduck (16), Dunlin (250+) & Grey Plover (14).

P.M. Fremington Quay - 4 Common Snipe, Redshank (150+), Greenshank (3) & male Sparrowhawk


Grey Plovers
Grey Plovers

Common Snipe
Common Snipe

Posted February 16th, 2016 at 8:03 pm by Chris Bollen in Bird News

Anchor wood bank

Lots of Waders on the edge of the water as the tide dropped back including Grey Plover, Redshank, Curlew, Common Sandpiper, Dunlin and Lapwing.

Grey Plover
Grey Plover


Posted February 16th, 2016 at 8:02 pm by Roy Churchill in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

 A very cold and crisp morning on the lake saw, 23 Goosander difficult to count as they were spread across the lake and diving, 4 Cormorant, 3 G.C.Grebe, 12 Tufted Duck, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Song Thrush with 5 Redwing, 1 Kingfisher, 1m Reed Bunting, 1 Willow and 3 Marsh Tit, 1 Snipe, 3 Nuthatch, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Great Black-backed Gulls, 2 Long-tailed Tits, 4 Coal Tits.

Posted February 16th, 2016 at 7:33 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

River Plym

Coypool to Plym Bridge this afternoon: 4 Goosanders (3m, 1f) and 8 Mandarins.

Posted February 16th, 2016 at 6:36 pm by Jason Smart in Bird News

Tarka trail - Chivenor

The Robin is still present & singing away as if spring is just around the corner after the coldest night so far this winter!

Posted February 16th, 2016 at 6:20 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News


Male Blackcap showing very well at the top of my Tamarisk tree in my back garden adjacent to Northam Burrows this morning. Goldcrest heard close by but not seen in dense conifer. Wren very busy non-stop in and out of ivy clad tree trunk with beaks full of nesting vegetation - hope female Wren will choose this nest - but it's a bit early yet!

Posted February 16th, 2016 at 5:44 pm by Ruth Wiseman in Bird News

Black Hole Marsh Green-Winged Teal

The GW Teal was showing well on Black Hole Marsh late afternoon, just South of Island Hide.

Posted February 16th, 2016 at 5:36 pm by Tim White in Bird News

First For Godborough

Whilst I was discussing gorse clearance Gill saw a kingfisher on the oak tree by the middle pond and I missed it!!

Posted February 16th, 2016 at 5:16 pm by Philip Marlow in Bird News

Southdown Farm to Middle Soar

34 Cirl Bunting in two flocks is the highest count this winter for this area. Also: 3 Golden Plover, 2 Snipe, 32 Stock Dove, Skylark 106 & Linnet 150.

Posted February 16th, 2016 at 4:39 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Shiphay, Torquay


Blackcap providing prolonged passages of subsong from the depths of a laurel hedgerow in my back garden. 

Posted February 16th, 2016 at 3:35 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Cox Tor, Dartmoor

Brian Heasman had a Red Kite over Cox Tor, Dartmoor at 3pm

Posted February 16th, 2016 at 3:13 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Noss Creek , Noss Mayo

2 Redshank, in garden Marsh tit on feeders.

Posted February 16th, 2016 at 2:35 pm by Jeremy Spooner in Bird News

Stover Lake

 A quarter of the lake was frozen first thing with about 70 Black headed Gulls standing on the ice - No ringed or colour ringed birds seen. 1 Kingfisher, 3 Great crested Grebes, a pair of Mandarin, three Tufted Duck, a Heron and 6 Cormorants. 3 pairs of Great Spotted Woodpecker active with drumming noted. A pair of raven and buzzard calling along with singing Mistle Thrush and Chaffinches. Several male siskins singing. No Common Snipe seen but last fridays count was c216.

Posted February 16th, 2016 at 12:30 pm by JDA in Bird News

Monday 15th February 2016

Green Haven Nature Reserve, Ilsington.

Watched a pair of Firecrests for about 20 mins. feeding among brambles at edge of woods.

Posted February 15th, 2016 at 11:03 pm by Helen Heathman in Bird News


Early afternoon the 4 Goldeneye with 2 Red Breasted Mergansers were on the Exe diving around the buoys between goatwalk and the quay but the sun hampered getting photos.

The viewing platform showed large numbers of Grey Plover and Dunlin as with 9-Red Breasted Mergansers and lots of the usual waders on the dropping tide.

As Steve mentioned Bowling Green Marsh was standing room only over the morning high-tide. The usual high numbers of ducks and waders quite flighty at times to include c500-Avocets, 4-Snipe, Spotted Redshank, 8-Pochard, 5-Tufted Duck, 4-Pintail, 2-Gadwall. Always nice to see Avocets in flight.



Posted February 15th, 2016 at 9:15 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery

One female Black Redstart.

Posted February 15th, 2016 at 9:02 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Torre Abbey & Torquay Harbour

Great Northern Diver 2 & Great-crested Grebe 5 in Torre Abbey bay at lunch time. 

Posted February 15th, 2016 at 8:04 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

R.Yealm Puslinch to Warren pool.

10 Redwing feeding on ivy berrises. High Tide 36 Wigeon 32 Curlew, 3 Oyster catcher, 2 Greenshank 4 Raven, 4 Little grebe, 6 Shelduck, 3 Egret

Posted February 15th, 2016 at 7:39 pm by Jeremy Spooner in Bird News

South Brent to BGM and back via the Teign

Started the day off with a Barn owl and 16 Wigeon on the outskirts of South Brent.

RSPB Bowling Green Marsh on a high tide was standing room only in the very busy hide, at least 24 species including Barred Tail and Black Tailed Godwits, Grey Plover, Spotted Redshank, Redshank, Lapwing, Dunlin, Avocet, a good range of at least six duck species, Greylag Geese, Little Egret, Curlew, small bird species included a Chiffchaff seen alongside the lane to the viewing platform, Nuthatch, Song Thrush and Goldcrest. The Avocet and Godwits taking to the air periodically giving some stunning views.

Darts Farm a Kingfisher showing very well, Raven mobbing a Buzzard, a female Sparrow Hawk put up flocks of Godwit and Curlew, two Stock Dove, two Heron, female Stonechat and a couple of Wren.

Passage House Inn, Kingsteignton a Mediterranean Gull coming into summer plumage in with the mixed gull flock, three Little Grebe, Curlew and Little Egret.

Hackney Marshes far too busy with dog walkers and still very muddy underfoot, so left that for another day but in the short time we were there Goldcrest, Long Tailed Tit and Song Thrush.

Teigngrace railway sidings a small very yellow bellied Warbler species seen very briefly before being lost in the cover, Green Woodpecker calling several Wren on the path to Stover.

Kestrel sightings on the A38 at Marley Head and Buckfastleigh and two where the A38 and M5 merge.

Posted February 15th, 2016 at 7:34 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton

A ringtail Hen Harrier heading N up the Otter Valley just N of White Bridge at around 11.50am today and a very nice addition to my local patch list!

Posted February 15th, 2016 at 7:13 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News


Velvet Scoter (male) off Teignmouth seafront late afternoon.

Posted February 15th, 2016 at 6:36 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Powderham Church - Turf Locks, Exminster Marshes

13 members of DB attended the morning walk organised by East Devon Branch.  The churchyard produced several Goldcrest and a Nuthatch with Grey Heron in adjoining fields.  From the cyle bridge 34 Redshank and 70 Avocet where present on the estuary feeding on a rising tide and a small flock of Dunlin passed up river.  (A solitary Dunlin was found feeding on a field close to the footpath and appeared to have a damaged leg).  A couple of Mergansers and a Goldeneye were scopped at a distance towards Topsham. 2 Grey Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Rock Pipit, Stonechat, Linnet and others were seen along the footpath with Kingfisher on the estuary side of the Double Locks (which opened at weekend). 50+ species were listed during the morning and highlights were good views of 6 Snipe in the waterlogged fields and the large flocks of Brent Geese (c1000),  Golden Plover (c300), Curlew and Lapwing that were ever present on this part of the marshes to the west of Turf.  Thanks to Geoff Green for leading us.

Reminder- East Devon Branch are holding their AGM next Tuesday at The Blue Ball Inn Sidford.  Guest speaker Cath Jeffs from RSPB.  Details in Programme.

Posted February 15th, 2016 at 6:20 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Taw Estuary - Ashford Strand

Jon - Sue Bruce told me earlier this morning that the Glossy Ibis has not been seen since yesterday (Sunday) lunchtime.

1 Great Crested Grebe (oops, missed the first few!) diving on the Taw Estuary this morning in the Ashford Strand area.

Posted February 15th, 2016 at 6:03 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News


Visited the reserve this afternoon. Sadly, no sign of the Glossy Ibis. Not sure if it had been seen earlier today. In the reserve, the Canada Geese have returned, and a pair of Goldcrests were displaying. Unusual were two male Reed Buntings.

Posted February 15th, 2016 at 5:21 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


A delightful walk from Powderham Church to the Turf in bright sunshine (and a cold wind) by 13 members.  Good views of Avocet on a rising tide and huge flocks of Brent Geese flying between meadows and river.  Large flock of Golden Plover flying over and many Curlew feeding.  Six Snipe found giving detailed view.  Total of 52 species.  

Posted February 15th, 2016 at 5:18 pm by Geoffrey Green in Bird News

Re-id Long-eared Owl Plymouth

Is an Eagle Owl!

Posted February 15th, 2016 at 1:18 pm by Darrell Clegg in Bird News

Long-eared Owl inPlymouth

A Long-eared Owl being mobbed by Jackdaws perched briefly on a rooftop on a building site in North Prospect this morning.

Posted February 15th, 2016 at 10:10 am by Darrell Clegg in Bird News

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