Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 22nd–29th February 2016

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Black Kite


07 Jun



09 Oct

Caspian Gull


01 Dec



13 Oct


Noss Mayo

09 Feb

Little Bunting

Huxton Cross

18 Oct


Chudleigh Knighton

24 Sep

Long-tailed Skua


12 May

Common Rosefinch


10 Jun

Ortolan Bunting


17 Jun

Corn Bunting [2]


22 Jun

Pectoral Sandpiper

Bowling Green

27 Oct

Cory's Shearwater


07 Sep

Purple Heron

Slapton Ley

17 Apr

Glossy Ibis


21 Dec

RC Starling


01 Jul

Glossy Ibis

Otter Estuary

28 Dec

RC Starling

South Huish

09 Sep

Golden Oriole

Combe Valley

09 Jun

Ruddy Duck

Exe Estuary

04 Apr



26 May



21 Aug



30 May

Tree Sparrow


22 Jan

Hooded Crow


03 Jun

Tree Sparrow


14 Nov

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Monday 29th February 2016

Home Farm Marsh

Walking from Fremington Quay direction around the bank bordering the Taw & Salt Pill Pond saw a male Great Crested Grebe on the Taw as the tide ebbed & heard a Cettis Warbler calling from bushes on the edge of one of the scrapes. Flocks of <30 linnet were & Skylarks were singing overhead as well. Spring is nearly sprung! 

Posted February 29th, 2016 at 7:05 pm by Phil Naylor in Bird News

Possible Harrier species

Saw what I thought was a Harrier quartering the fields at Aller Cross on the S Molton side. Parked up best we could but couldn't find it again. Unless someone else spotted it then we will never know. We were on the road from SM coming up to the roundabout it was on the RH side.

Posted February 29th, 2016 at 6:49 pm by Karen Sims & John Towers in Bird News

Black Hole Marsh

Barn Owl over the marsh and adjoining fields this morning

Posted February 29th, 2016 at 6:18 pm by Colin Scott in Bird News


The adult Bonaparte's Gull was viewable from Cockwood Steps looking towards Dawlish Warren at low tide from 14.55-15.10pm this afternoon resting on a sandbar. It then flew around for a while before flying into Shutterton Creek.  

Nearby, the 2 Barnacle Geese were north of Lions rest late afternoon with the Canada Goose flock. 

Posted February 29th, 2016 at 6:16 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Aveton Gifford and Noss Mayo

Tidal road falling tide. 2 Common sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 3 Redshank, Curlew, Oyster Catcher.

Noss Mayo Greenshank, Redshank, Egret, 2 Raven, Marsh tit

Posted February 29th, 2016 at 3:22 pm by Jeremy Spooner in Bird News


On the sea: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 21 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Great Northern Divers and 1 Common Scoter.

Around the car parks: 2 Siskin, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest - no Chiffchaffs (for at least a week) here or at Clennon Lakes (for 3 weeks) so any birds will be early migrants, expecting them any day now..

Posted February 29th, 2016 at 3:16 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake - 29th Feb.

Lower Tamar Lake - 29th Feb.

Quiet, cool and dry - a very pleasant morning.

21 Goosanders, 4 Tufted Ducks, 11 Mallard, 2 Cormorants, 1 Grey Heron, 7 Blackbirds, 5 Robins, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Nuthatches, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Kingfisher, 10+ Chaffinches, 1 Jay, 2 Wrens, usual corvids, 30+ Starlings, 12 Canada Geese.

Harvey Kendall

Posted February 29th, 2016 at 1:19 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Northam Burrows

A still cold morning on the Burrows today, with a calm sea. A surprise at the mouth of the Taw/Torridge estuary half way between Northam and Braunton Burrows were two Scoter. The first a female Commom, and the other a female/first winter Velvet. Their close proximity to each other allowed good comparisons of size and structure.

Posted February 29th, 2016 at 10:26 am by Roger Doble in Bird News

Sunday 28th February 2016

Different meeting place

Because the tank carpark is closed, please can we meet by the phone box 100meters before Torcross next saturday's field visit  (plymouth group) ? Thanks 

Posted February 28th, 2016 at 7:27 pm by lesley goonesekera in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Three Jack Snipe, 7 Snipe, 2 Little Grebes, 4+ Mistle Thrushes (one singing), Stonechat, 33+ Redwings, 2 Goldcrests and singing Skylarks.

Later between Coypool and Plym Bridge, a Marsh Tit (good to see as they have been very scarce in Saltram this winter), 4 Siskins, Goldcrest and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Cold but nice to see the sunshine!

Posted February 28th, 2016 at 6:42 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

South Brent ~ Kingfisher

Another good days birding around South Brent, the garden has given 28 species which include, a male Reed Bunting (forth day in a row) Sparrow Hawk, Buzzard, Long Tailed Tit, Raven, Jay, Starling,  Siskin, Pied Wagtail, Rook, Green and Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush and a female Kestrel that flew over from the direction of the village and out below Yonder Cross.

The village marsh and treatment works area gave Goldcrest, Wren, courting / displaying Dunnock’s, Rooks and a Lesser Black Back Gull overhead.

A friends garden at Aish gave reasonable numbers of Yellow Hammer and a private lake near Glazebrook gave two Goldcrest, 12 Mallard, 7 or 8 Moorhen and the first Kingfisher that I have seen around the village for many years and two very vocal Buzzards..

Posted February 28th, 2016 at 5:46 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

ringneck parakeets

central park 9 ringneck parakeets

Posted February 28th, 2016 at 5:38 pm by barry in Bird News

Eagle owl roosting in Bishops grounds at exeter cathederal

Follow on from previous posts , the eagle owl has been calling since approximately christmas,  he has been spotted roosting in the trees and also flying across the garden by myself and others. I'm still trying to catch him with the camera.

Posted February 28th, 2016 at 5:30 pm by Joelle jeng in Bird News

River Plym / Blaxton meadow

0820 - 1025. High tide roost:  

34 Shelduck, 54 Curlew, 5 Little egret. Over by embankment road: 132 Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 3 Little egret, 2 Cormorant, 2 Grey heron, 1 Common sandpiper. 3 Mistle thrush and a flock of Redwing round Saltram estate.

Plymbridge woods in the afternoon:  1 male Goosander, 3 Grey wagtail coming into breeding plumage, Kingfisher and Dipper flew up river.

Posted February 28th, 2016 at 4:47 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Noss Mayo

Probably the last bird I expected in fields just south of the Warren CP was a Dark-bellied Brent Goose. At 110m ASL, probably my highest altitude non-flying Brent Goose in the UK!

Posted February 28th, 2016 at 4:19 pm in Bird News

Ring-necked Parakeet

Spent Sunday morning looking for the Parakeets in Central Park. Eventually found 2 in the laurels and firs around Pounds House, calling to each other. Spent a good 15 minutes photographing and video recording them before they flew out of sight. A good day out.


Look what I can do!

Posted February 28th, 2016 at 4:09 pm by stephanie murphy in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth

At least 2 Black Redstarts ( f ) this afternoon.

Posted February 28th, 2016 at 2:27 pm by Tor Elm in Bird News

Morning visits to Lee Bay Woods. Nr Ilfracombe

Myself and the the dog have been 'casing' these old woods as a potential for Crossbill, it is a mix of broad leaf with stands of mature conifers, relatively unmanaged. Two morning walks came up with lots of Blue, Great, Long Tailed and Coal Tits, lots of Goldcrest in the conifers, a small flock of what seemed to be meadow pipit in the tree tops, Gold, Chaff and Green Finches. Buzzards and , GSWP, Green heard, Nuthatch, lots of Blackbird and Robins, Wrens etc. A lovely quiet place but nothing unususal apart form a few unidentified calls.

Posted February 28th, 2016 at 12:58 pm by Rob Barnes in Bird News

Seaton Marsh

An early start on a cold but beautiful morning was rewarded by fantastic views of both the male Green-winged Teal and the Glossy Ibis on the pool on the north side of the hide. Having dipped both at roughly the same time last week, despite extensive searching, this proves that God loves a trier. Of course I had forgotten my camera......

Posted February 28th, 2016 at 10:54 am by Simon Tonge in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Late post from Yesterday: 1 Black-necked Grebe and 1 Firecrest, Ireland Bay, Slapton Ley, late am.

Posted February 28th, 2016 at 9:12 am by Andy Smith in Bird News

Saturday 27th February 2016

Plym Estuary

Eight Red-breasted Mergansers (5 drakes), 2 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Little Grebes and 2 Greenshanks this morning.

Posted February 27th, 2016 at 10:12 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Central Park / Ford Park Cemetery/Plym Estuary

After an hour walking around Central Park I finally found the Ring Neck to my car....on bird feeders in the North East allotments, by the road. 

Two  lovely Goldcrests at Ford Park Cemetery near the chapel. But no Redstarts sadly.

Five Red Breasted Merganser on the Plym again near to The Ride car park, by the tip entrance. This time I had my telescope so very pleased.

Posted February 27th, 2016 at 9:50 pm by Paul Cowie in Bird News

South Brent & Aveton Gifford

A South Brent home garden watch gave a total of 31 species throughout the day which included Jay 2, a pair of Bullfinch, Siskin, GSWP, Long Tailed Tit, Pied Wagtail, Rook, House Sparrow 25+, Goldfinch 27+, male Reed Bunting, Redwing 35+, Sparrow hawk, Buzzard and a Green Woodpecker in the field.

Overhead and passing three black backed gulls but given the distance and brief views could only ID one as a Lesser Black Back, Raven 3 and Stock Dove 2.

Wrangaton to Kittaford Cross, pair of soaring Buzzards, Heron , Greater Black Back Gull and a flock of 40+ Redwing.

A late afternoon visit to Aveton Gifford (tidal road) Common Sandpiper at least six, constant movement and calling as they flew up and down the river, Greenshank 2, Redshank 2, Canadian Geese 24 flying in. Curlew calling from the marsh, Mistle Thrush 2, Buzzard, several Little Egret and a very elusive Little Grebe.

From the A379 road bridge a Kestrel.

Several birders looking for the reported Barn owl but I am not aware of it showing this afternoon.

Posted February 27th, 2016 at 6:44 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

spring parakeets

saw 2 ringneck parakeets going in and out of nest hole in tree in central park

Posted February 27th, 2016 at 6:22 pm by barry in Bird News


 In calm offshore conditons 3 small flocks of Common scoters, about 20 birds in total. 

Posted February 27th, 2016 at 6:22 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Brixham Harbour.

2 Great Northern Divers this morning sheltering in the inner harbour, Brixham. Can be seen very close by the old Coast Guard Station and also from opposite Rock fish restaurant, very photogenic but guess what did not take my camera!!!. At least 10 Rock Pipits , 30 + Turnstone in around harbour as waves coming over Brixham Breakwater so most retreated to inner harbour area.

Posted February 27th, 2016 at 11:01 am by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Friday 26th February 2016

Eagle Owl - Exeter

To add to the previous post - I have heard an Eagle Owl calling from Exeter Cathedral on a number of evenings over the last few weeks.I had assumed that this was just a recording being used to deter pigeons from roosting on the building, but it seems I should've actually gone and tracked down the source!

Posted February 26th, 2016 at 7:16 pm by G Freeman in Bird News

Aveton Gifford

Driving over Aveton Gifford bridge at 07:45  this morning and saw a Barn Owl perched on a post overlooking the river on the east side.

Posted February 26th, 2016 at 6:07 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

fieldfare/Redwing columbjohn

noticed about 150 fieldfare/Redwing in 3 adjoining fields.not to bothered by buzzard?

Posted February 26th, 2016 at 5:39 pm by Jon Tagg in Bird News

Eagle Owl - Exeter

Possible Eurasion Eagle owl seen on Exeter cathedral’s scaffolding. Maybe escapee from Plymouth?

Posted February 26th, 2016 at 4:36 pm by C Boyles in Bird News

Braunton Marsh

Thursday 25th Jan.

Skylarks in song in lovely sunshine over Braunton Marsh.  Spring not far away !

Also male Roe deer in scrub adjacent Great Field.

Posted February 26th, 2016 at 2:57 pm by Patrick Case in Bird News

Thursday 25th February 2016

Turf Locks & Exminster Marsh

At Turf Locks the Black Brant was showing well late morning in field along cycle track near Turf locks with large group c1000 Dark-bellied Brent Geese and later flew out before dropping onto the Exe. Large numbers of Avocet, Black-tailed Godwits, Dunlin with the Knot feeding in with about c80 Grey Plover and Great Crested Grebe, Red-breasted Mergansers near the canal entrance.

Exminster Marsh showed c250 Golden Plover, large numbers of Lapwing and Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 2 Tufted Ducks and a Sparrowhawk.

Black Brant:

Black Brant
Black Brant

Black Brant
Black Brant

Posted February 25th, 2016 at 10:56 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Chivenor and Ashford

Well I'm amazed! There are now two Robins with what appears to be the same rare pigment mutations on the Tarka trail in North Devon! They are just over a mile apart. The cock tailed bird is at Chivenor and the one on the fence lives at Ashford.

Also a dozen Sanderling from the trail at Ashford.

Chivenor Robin
Chivenor Robin

Ashford Robin
Ashford Robin


Posted February 25th, 2016 at 8:51 pm by Martin James Bond in Bird News

Reed Buntings ~ South Brent

A very good days birding in the garden at South Brent a total of 32 species by the end of the day either in or over the garden.

The high light being not one but two male Reed Buntings the first ones that I have ever recorded here in the garden, last visit was around 4.20pm.

Other species included Buzzard, Sparrow Hawk, Heron, Redwing, Song Thrush, Starling 3, Jay, GSWP, Stock Dove 4, Siskin, Pied Wagtails, Rook, Raven 3, Wren and a Tawny owl calling during the night.

At Forder a Treecreeper this morning, also Mistle Thrush, Redwing, Song Thrush, Sparrow Hawk, Buzzard, Wren and 5 Stock Dove.

Posted February 25th, 2016 at 6:37 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Leucistic Robin - Chivenor

I finally managed to catch up with the leucistic Robin in decent weather this afternoon. 

Posted February 25th, 2016 at 6:15 pm by Kelvin Irwin in Bird News

Exminster marshes SEO

Still there! 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. This time it caught some prey in the grass.


Posted February 25th, 2016 at 5:42 pm by Helen Whitall in Bird News

Venford - Great Grey Shrike

Great Grey Shrike at 13:20hrs today at Venford, Dartmoor SX685715 in a hawthorn just below Holne Moor leat at Venford still there at 3.00pm.  (Rob & Maureen Harrison)

Posted February 25th, 2016 at 5:33 pm in Bird News

Stokenham hide and Slapton

Plenty of great crested grebes, some displaying, 3 little grebe, 2 blacknecked grebe were seen from the hide.  4 pochard, 3 wigeon and a pair of golden eye among the usual tufted duck and coot.  2 chiffchaff and a goldcrest and a female blackcap were seen by the bridge and a water rail and at least 3 cetti's heard.

Posted February 25th, 2016 at 3:59 pm by lesley goonesekera in Bird News

Wednesday 24th February 2016


From Bowling Green viewing platform late morning on the dropping tide the Spotted Redshank continues to show around the mud close-by near riversmeet house with 21-Grey Plover amongst the usual large numbers of waders and 6-Red-breasted Mergansers . From the goatwalk 44-Knot were feeding with large numbers of Black-tailed Godwits, Dunlin and Avocets scattered all over the mud. c600-Brent Geese were flying from Exminster marsh over Turf Locks and dropping onto water along the seawall. Topsham quay showed 9-Red Breasted Mergansers and 3-Goldeneye seen early afternoon from the recreation ground.


Spotted (left) and Common Redshank
Spotted (left) and Common Redshank

Posted February 24th, 2016 at 5:22 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Bradiford Reserve

As I was passing by I thought I would take a look from the five-bar gate and as I was getting out of the car a Barn Owl was hunting over the reserve. A Buzzard took exception to it, but fortunately no contact. Only two Teal on the scrape. Beautiful, if cold day.

Posted February 24th, 2016 at 4:45 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Millbay today

Two Black Redstarts seen today at Millbay docks.

Female Black Redstars.
Female Black Redstarts.

Posted February 24th, 2016 at 4:27 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Fremington Pill - Anchorwood bank

A nice walk via the Tarka trail 12:00 - 14:30
Fremington Pill:apart from the Redshanks there were 2 Greenshank
Penhill Marsh: A fair sprinkling of Shelduck
Anchorwood bank: 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Spoonbill and the usual Curlew, Redshank, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Little Egret.


Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit


Posted February 24th, 2016 at 4:17 pm by Roy Churchill in Bird News


Another photo of the robin taken by Alan Denzey with the Mallard of yesterday.

Posted February 24th, 2016 at 4:07 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News


I was delighted to see a Hummingbird Hawkmoth in a garden in Croyde this morning taking nectar from blue hyacinths and daffodil flowers.

I have also included a photo taken by Alan Denzey of the Chivenor leucistic Robin yesterday.

Chivenor Robin
Chivenor Robin

Chivenor Robin

Posted February 24th, 2016 at 3:52 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Noss Mayo

On Newton creek Greenshank, 2 Redshank, Curlew.

4 Raven and Marsh tit on feeders

Posted February 24th, 2016 at 2:44 pm by Jeremy Spooner in Bird News

Re Wrafton Pond/Flooded Field (23 Feb)

In addition to Kelvin's report at 0830 on Tuesday, there was also a pair of Little Grebes, 1 Gadwall and 4 Shoveler on the Pond, a singing Chiffchaff and a ringed Robin in the bushes plus a pair of Teal and 6 Canada Geese in the field on the opposite side of the path. I also saw 10 Lapwing in the field on 14th Feb.

Posted February 24th, 2016 at 11:06 am by Derek Stacey in Bird News

Tuesday 23rd February 2016


Monday 22nd.Feb. Three ring-necked parakeets seen late afternoon in Central Park in the allotments at the north-eastern edge of the park.

Posted February 23rd, 2016 at 10:38 pm by Chris Curry in Bird News

South Efford Marsh

South Efford Marsh, late afternoon: excellent views of a Barn Owl hunting over the marsh plus 1 Water Rail, 4 Little Egrets, 4 Common Sandpipers, 1 Kingfisher etc.  

Posted February 23rd, 2016 at 9:39 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Noss Mayo

4 Raven over the area most of the day. Marsh tit on feeders also on the 22nd 2 male Siskin. In Brookings Down Wood Green Woodpecker and Woodcock.

Posted February 23rd, 2016 at 7:56 pm by Jeremy Spooner in Bird News

Black Hole Marsh and Seaton Marsh

A first time visit to Black Hole Marsh and Seaton Marsh with Keith Male today, long awaited glorious weather, the area is well laid out with high quality hides giving excellent views.

The hoped for Green Winged Teal failed to show but a sizable flock of Lapwing were frequently on the wing before dropping back onto the marsh, Black tailed Godwit, Teal, Shoveller, Shellduck, Mallard, Coot, Moorhen, Little Grebe, Redshank in good numbers, Curlew, a flight of four Wigeon down the river, Little Egret and Oyster Catcher.

Species of small bird were plentiful and included Cettis Warbler, at least six Chiffchaff, male Reed Bunting, a profusion of Wrens, two Goldcrest, Long Tail, Great and Blue Tits, Pied Wagtail, Greater Spotted Woodpecker drumming at various times.

Three soaring Buzzards and a female Kestrel on a barn roof  behind the viewing station.

The days high light being the reported Glossy Ibis

Posted February 23rd, 2016 at 7:37 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Marsh Harrier - West Charleton Marsh

Marsh Harrier quartering the top (STW) end of West Charleton Marsh today, between 1330 hrs and 1345hrs. Flew off over the estuary in the Thurlestone/South Huish direction. Returned briefly at 1500hrs and flew off towards Frogmore Creek. Several poor quality distant photos taken for record purposes. 3 cirl bunting and a group of 5 bullfinch also seen amongst a good variety of birds

Marsh Harrier at West Charleton Marsh
Marsh Harrier at West Charleton Marsh

Posted February 23rd, 2016 at 6:54 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Wrafton Pond/flooded field.

The three (2M/1F) Tufted Duck are still present on the pond and the Male Pochard has been joined by a second. Ten Long-tailed tit in the Willows.

3 Lapwing on the flooded field. I can't recall the last time I saw any of these here.

There was also a bat flying around in the afternoon sunshine above the path (lots of midges over the water) and a Male Tawny Owl calling from the reserve!

Posted February 23rd, 2016 at 6:12 pm by Kelvin Irwin in Bird News

Decoy lake

A pleasant morning spent walking around lake.  Plenty of blackheaded and herring gull on the water but only 3 tufted duck, 1 gadwall 1grat crested grebe and severa;l mallard.    Woodpecker were drumming in the woods and plenty of tits including 1 marsh tit.were seen  . Good viuews of treecreeper and nuthatch and patience was rewarded with views of a firecrest.

Posted February 23rd, 2016 at 5:54 pm by lesley goonesekera in Bird News

Saltram Plymouth

.Walked the river top end had a Dipper,male Kingfisher,downstrem three Little Egrets, two Mergansers,two Great crested Grebes,six Little grebes.In the park Nuthatches,Grt Tits,Blue Tits,Robins,Dunnark,40 Canada geese,one Kingfisher on pond. 

Posted February 23rd, 2016 at 5:53 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Chivenor leucistic Robin

Midday today, this is the Chivenor Robin, not the Ashford one !

Posted February 23rd, 2016 at 5:39 pm by Alan Denzey in Bird News


Saw & heard a tristis Chiffchaff moving along Retreat Drive late afternoon. It quickly moved on to Riverside Road. A real surprise and a new one for the garden list.

Posted February 23rd, 2016 at 5:27 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Teignmouth Sea Front, Point Car Park

Again, a Great Northern Diver in calm waters in the evening sun. Reasonably close in.

Posted February 23rd, 2016 at 5:11 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Red Kites

Two Red kite were seen riding a thurmal at Plympton Langage Business Park at around mid-day 23-02-16, after getting the height they needed headed towards plym-woods area

Posted February 23rd, 2016 at 4:44 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

East Soar

2 White Wagtails at the farm, Grey Wagtail at the ponds and 3 Siskins in Fir Wood.

Posted February 23rd, 2016 at 4:12 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Leucistic Robin - Ashford

Still present this morning but elusive & difficult to pin down to obtain a good photo.

A big thank you to Matthew who has been feeding the Robin during the winter.

Posted February 23rd, 2016 at 2:29 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth

At least 2 Black Redstarts this morning (m & f)

Posted February 23rd, 2016 at 11:34 am by Tor Elm in Bird News

Monday 22nd February 2016

Barn Owl, Crediton

Bumped into this little beauty yesterday (sunday) morning whilst on a walk near Crediton. Looks like it's been ringed to me but can't zoom in any further for detail...

Posted February 22nd, 2016 at 8:18 pm by Jim Southall in Bird News

Tarka trail - Ashford

Not one but two Leucistic Robins. Yes, it is true.

The one that has been seen & reported at Ashford is not the same Robin as the Chivenor one. My first sighting of this bird earlier this morning on my way into Barnstaple on the bicycle.

Posted February 22nd, 2016 at 6:45 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Plym Merganser / Goosander....

Five Red-Breasted Merganser on the Plym today - down near the Rowing Club. 3 female, 2 male.

It was somewhat at the limit of my bins but the female necks had a diffuse neck border rather than a distinct sharp border. Males had a full crest.

Would appreciate knowing if they were Merganser rather than Goosander though please? Are groups ever mixed?

Posted February 22nd, 2016 at 2:25 pm by Paul Cowie in Bird News

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