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

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Posted August 25th at 9:58 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News

Changes to Devon Bird Sightings

This page was initially set up to give a concise news summary of birds of interest seen in Devon. Anyone noting interesting species, passage and counts could post the details to inform other birders what was going on around the county. Photos could also be added for interest and to enliven the posts. It was accepted that because other wildlife was of interest, this would also appear especially when included in a birding post.

However, in the last year, more posts have been appearing purely on subjects other than birds. Whilst of interest to some observers, this is detracting from the aim of the pages, i.e. principally bird sightings.

Devon Birds has therefore taken the decision to require contributors of other wildlife to post this in the Other Wildlife subject. However it’s accepted that occasional, exceptional, other wildlife seen during a birding outing justifies inclusion in the bird sightings post. This should, however, be a minor part of the post.

Photos are often appearing as a gallery, or even acting as a personal photo blog, rather than of county-wide sightings of interest. Devon Birds has a Gallery which members and other birders are welcome to submit their often stunning photos to, for others to see. Many of these photos need not then appear on this page. From now on, only two photos per post will be accepted to help keep posts more concise.

Devon Birds very much welcomes posts that already meet these criteria and those that will continue to do so. It would also be great to widen the input from keen birders who currently don’t contribute, including some old friends who have dropped out. Hopefully the changes will encourage wider participation, so if you look at the site but don’t post, please consider doing so.

Our aim is to provide a concise daily news summary of bird sightings around Devon, and these changes should fulfil this goal.

Below is a summary of the changes:

  • Bird News (bird sightings of interest, with added occasional other wildlife) will be the default subject when visitors arrive at this page.
  • Other Wildlife posts therefore won’t initially be shown unless visitors click Other Wildlife under Subjects on the right-hand side.
  • Only two photos can now be submitted per post.
  • General bird photos should be posted in our Gallery please.
  • Co-authors should now only use the Submit a Blog Post form, to ensure a more consistent format for posts.

Posted August 21st at 3:53 pm in Bird News

2019 Descriptions - last call

The deadline for the 2019 Bird Report is rapidly approaching. If you found (or saw) any of these birds please could you submit a description to recorder@devonbirds.org to ensure your records are published. Many thanks. 

Alpine Swift, Dawlish 11 Jun  Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug Purple Heron, Slapton Ley 07 May
Caspian Gull, Thurlestone, 08 Feb Sabine's Gull, Thurlestone 14 Aug
Caspian Gull, Topsham 02 Aug Serin (2), Harrowbeer 19 Apr
Cory's Shearwater, Berry Head 19 Jul Tree Sparrow (2), Berry Head 20 Mar
Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May  

 

Posted May 2nd at 3:27 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News

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

Monday 21st March 2016

Prawle and South Huish

26 Wheatears seen today between the point and Horsley Cove from 8.30 till 11.30am.with just 2 Chiffchaffs.1 Red-Throated Diver east and 3 Common Scoter west in a brief seawatch. Also 2 Peacock Butterflies. Learnt from another birder ( thanks ) of a Little Ringed Plover at South Huish (at the back of the marsh) where I also saw a White Wagtail,Water Pipit and adult Med Gull moulting into summer plumage. 

Posted March 21st, 2016 at 9:49 pm by Tony Marchese in Bird News

Matford Marsh

The Ridgway's cackling goose showed well mid afternoon in the main pond, feeding with mallards and teal. Also several stock dove in the big oak trees around the pool.

Ridgway's cackling goose
Ridgway's cackling goose

Stock doves
Stock doves

Stock dove
Stock dove

Posted March 21st, 2016 at 8:33 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Berrynarbor

 Redpoll on one of the garden feeders today.


Posted March 21st, 2016 at 8:20 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Prawle and South Huish

At Prawle 26 Wheatears today (including 2 females) from Point to Horsley Cove. Only 2 Chiffchaffs.1 Red-Throated Diver east, 3 Common Scoter west. 2 Peacock butterflies. Tipped off about a Little Ringed Plover at South Huish where also  White Wagtail,Water Pipit and a very grey and white chiffchaff plus adult Med Gull moulting into summer plumage.Apols but unable to access co-author login.

Posted March 21st, 2016 at 8:13 pm by Tony Marchese in Bird News

Wheatear at Orcombe, Budleigh & Bowling Green Marsh

Seams the change in wind direction has helped the Wheatear invasion. First two for me at Orcombe Point Exmouth, Dave Boult had two on Bowling Green last night and Rupert had three on the Cricket Field at Budleigh Salterton. Nice birds to see in the morning sunshine

Orcombe point Exmouth
Orcombe point Exmouth

Wheatear
Wheatear

one of two on Orcombe Point Exmouth
one of two on Orcombe Point Exmouth

Posted March 21st, 2016 at 7:53 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Baggy Point

3 Wheatear (2m + 1 f)

Posted March 21st, 2016 at 7:09 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Exminster marshes

Late afternoon one little ringed plover and 5 sand martins near Station Road. Elsewhere a couple of chiffchaff and c250 curlew with one bar-tailed godwit. Cold wind.

Posted March 21st, 2016 at 7:00 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Rillage Point

Gorgeous v-formation of 40+ Gannets heading west at approx 2pm

Posted March 21st, 2016 at 3:19 pm by Alan Denzey in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake.

Beautiful early spring morning - warm sun and hardly any wind.

! Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Buzzards, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Marsh Tit, Blue and Great Tits, 1 Jay, 1 Raven over, Carrion Crows and the Rooks are back at their rookeries, about six at each site repairing their nests. 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron , 1 Little Grebe, 2 Canada Geese, 2 Moorhens and 2 Coots, Chaffinches.,Dunnocks and Robins. Mallards and 6 Tufted Ducks

No migrants though- and the Goosanders seem to have departed.

Harvey Kendall

Posted March 21st, 2016 at 2:59 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

Wrafton pond this morning whilst waiting for the 'Jungles' Sea-King flight to arrive. Gadwall, Teal, Snipe, Pochard & Sand Martins.

Gadwall
Gadwall

Teal
Teal

Snipe
Snipe

Posted March 21st, 2016 at 2:21 pm by C Boyles in Bird News

Bolt Head,Salcombe

13 Wheatears this morning - 12m 2f.

Posted March 21st, 2016 at 2:05 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Morte Point

06:40 - 08:10. No discernible visible migration, but plenty of Meadow Pipits holding territory despite the heavy frost. Rock Pipit displaying at the point. Merlin disturbed from upper slopes hacked out across the bay towards Baggy Point.

Posted March 21st, 2016 at 1:02 pm by Chris Dee in Bird News

Firecrest- Dousland

A male in my garden at Dousland, Yelverton. Seen daily since Wed March 16th.

Posted March 21st, 2016 at 1:01 pm by Howard Ackford in Bird News

Skern

Saw my first Wheatear of the season at Skern this morning (single Male). always nice to see.

Posted March 21st, 2016 at 12:13 pm by Roy Churchill in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

06.00 to 07.55, clear/sunny, almost calm, but very cold, with frost right up to cliff edge! Few migrants in evidence. Light overhead passage of Meadow Pipit (36), alba wagtail (11), Goldfinch (20) and Siskin (3) about the height of it.

Posted March 21st, 2016 at 9:30 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Sunday 20th March 2016

Plym Estuary & Saltram

The Glaucous Gull (2nd c/y) was on the top of the estuary at high tide before flying towards the water treatment works; also my first Wheatear of the year (male).

In addition - 24 Curlews, Dunlin, 83 Redshanks, 4+ Little Grebes, 4 Oystercatchers, 8 Little Egrets and a Snipe.

Posted March 20th, 2016 at 9:10 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Tamar Lakes

A cold morning at the Lower Lake not much moving about, but a Willow Tit at the car park feeders, around the rest of the lake 2 Nuthatch, 1 Tree Creeper, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1m Reed Bunting, 11 Tufted Duck, 4 Buzzard, 2 Jay.

Posted March 20th, 2016 at 8:01 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Stover Country Park

Two Sand Martins over the lake this morning and first Mallard ducklings there too! (Charles Tyler)

Posted March 20th, 2016 at 7:56 pm in Bird News

Saturday 19th March 2016

house martins

 Was fishing a lake near south molten this morning  , & saw a total of 14 house martins come through feed & leave again in the first few hours of daylight 

Posted March 19th, 2016 at 8:10 pm by martin cox in Bird News

Axe Estuary

Further to the earlier posts, a Yellow-legged Gull and 3 Goldeneye including a very smart drake were on the estuary from Tower Hide late afternoon.

Posted March 19th, 2016 at 7:06 pm by Tim White in Bird News

park parakeets

just 5 ringneck parakeets in park t day.

Posted March 19th, 2016 at 7:06 pm by barry in Bird News

Stover Country Park

Sand Martin hawking insects over the lake this afternoon at 4.15pm  (Charles Tyler).

Posted March 19th, 2016 at 6:44 pm in Bird News

Wrafton

Now 4 Sand Martins over the scrape, the trail & Wrafton Pond.

Posted March 19th, 2016 at 6:37 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Wrafton

2 Sand martin over the flooded field this morning. Banking over the trail, so good views. 

3 there this evening. A pair of Shelduck along with the Teal and Shovelers. 

Tufted Duck and Pochard on Wrafton pond. 

Posted March 19th, 2016 at 6:36 pm by Kelvin Irwin in Bird News

Plympton treatment works

Glaucous Gull 1st Winter at 0830hrs Sat 19th, sat alone untill joined by Herring Gulls. Third time lucky.




Posted March 19th, 2016 at 4:40 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Black Hole Marsh / Seaton Marshes

More evidence of migration around the Axe Estuary area today. Best (new) birds of the day were 3 Ruff which dropped onto Black Hole Marsh at around 10am. They stayed for 5 mins ish before taking a disliking to a tram and flying off high & North. Shortly after, a lone Little Ringed Plover flew over BHM, but views were distant so ID had to come from pics later. Phil Abbott later relocated it on Bridge Marsh (or perhaps a second bird). Whilst watching the Glossy Ibis from the Borrow Pit (Seaton Marshes) I also picked up the patch's first Sand Martin of the year - about time really as there've been sightings either side of us here! It stayed feeding for at least half an hour. Only other bird of note was the long-staying Green Winged Teal which was showing well on the estuary from the hide at Seaton Marshes.

Not a bad day!

1 of 3 Ruff. Good bird for the Spring here.
1 of 3 Ruff. Good bird for the Spring here.

Posted March 19th, 2016 at 4:04 pm by Tim White in Bird News

Seaton Wetlands

Morning 19th March, Little Ringed Plover, Three Ruff and a few Sand Martins.

On Lagoon adjacent to Hide at Seaton Reserve (by Sewage Works), Glossy Ibis and Green-winged Teal.

Posted March 19th, 2016 at 1:30 pm by Ian Waite in Bird News

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - fw Iceland Gull off Maer Rocks @ 0620 before moving to Pole Sands off the Warren (photos on www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk later). Also 69 Dark-bellied Brents, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 9 Turnstone, and 10+ Great Crested Grebe. On the point - 1 Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Stonechat and 14+ Meadow Pipit.

Posted March 19th, 2016 at 9:43 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Robin - Ashford (18.3.16)

In accordance with Rob's wishes the Ashford robin (?female , much less showy and quieter than the Chivenor ?male bird). Also a confusing bunting, female reed with a very dark mask - unusual here.



Posted March 19th, 2016 at 9:18 am by Andrew Lansdell in Bird News

Friday 18th March 2016

Robin - Chivenor

The delightful Robin at Chivenor is still present & enjoying picking insects from the pussy willows.

I am hoping Andy Landsell will post one of his photos of the other Robin at Ashford which he took this morning.


Posted March 18th, 2016 at 7:22 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Black Hole Marsh

Excellent views of barn owl quartering meadows 10.45 hrs today.

Posted March 18th, 2016 at 3:41 pm by Patrick Case in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

The Black Brant dropped in to the field next to the viewing platform with a couple of hundred Brent Geese. Still there until I left at about 1.50. The Spotted Redshank in its usual spot just to the right of the platform.

Posted March 18th, 2016 at 2:18 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

06.25 to 08.15, E2, clear & frosty then sunny; migrants included: Lesser Black-backed Gull (5), Woodpigeon (32 – flocks of 17 & 15 heading E along the coast), Stock Dove (3), Grey Wagtail (2), alba wagtail (5), Meadow Pipit (67), Brambling (2), Chaffinch (12), Linnet (58), Goldfinch (21) and Siskin (4).

Posted March 18th, 2016 at 9:08 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Thursday 17th March 2016

Sherpa scrape

18.00 - Hybrid Goose.


Posted March 17th, 2016 at 7:28 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

River Plym/Saltram, Plymouth

On a Sunny but cold and windy day. In varying numbers. Pheasant, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Blackbird, Robin, Oystercatcher, Common Redshank, Herring Gull, BH Gull, Goosander, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Dunnock, Wren, Nuthatch, Magpie, Chaffinch, Mallard, Cormorant, Carrion Crow, Curlew, Greenshank, Coal Tit, Jackdaw, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Dunlin, GBB Gull, LBB Gull, Buzzard, Shelduck, Pied Wagtail, Little Grebe, Common Sandpiper, Woodpigeon, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Mistle Thrush, Moorhen, Mandarin, GS Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Jay, Skylark, Starling and Glaucous Gull (Finally!) 

Posted March 17th, 2016 at 4:12 pm by Tor Elm in Bird News

Sterridge Valley

Red Kite circled upwards, interacted briefly with a Buzzard, and drifted off high to the NE at 12.05.

Posted March 17th, 2016 at 12:16 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Hillsborough (Ilfracombe) to Watermouth

06.25 to 08.15, ENE3-4: Meadow Pipit migration really getting going with a minimum of 269 heading along the coast into the wind in small flocks. As other recent mornings alba wagtails (15) and small numbers of finches, including Siskins, amongst the pipits. Probably not surprising that there has been no sign yet of any Wheatears, hirundines or even Chiffchaffs along this section of coast which is so exposed to the chilling north-easterly wind, offering very few sheltered spots that might allow insectivores to feed. It was nice to enjoy the (relatively) balmy warmth of Wrafton yesterday evening, watching Chiffchaffs flipping about in the sun and snapping at insects – see Rob's photo below.

Posted March 17th, 2016 at 10:02 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Wednesday 16th March 2016

Tarka trail - Wrafton

Photo of 1 of 3 Chiffchaff in the Willows by the side of the trail late aft.


Posted March 16th, 2016 at 10:11 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery today

Two goldcrest one Medowpipit,four Black redstarts,chaffinches,robins,Goldfinches a raven fover with four buzzards.




Posted March 16th, 2016 at 4:56 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

My first Sand Martin of the year this lunchtime, flying around above the marsh.

Posted March 16th, 2016 at 2:12 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Sherpa scrape & Wrafton Pond

1 Sand Martin present this morning flying over the scrape,the Tarka trail & Wrafton pond.

Posted March 16th, 2016 at 11:31 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Plym Estuary

Seen this morning. 18 Curlew, 2 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank, 78 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 26 Turnstone, 4 Oystercatcher and also seen at the water treament works was imm Glaucous Gull.

Posted March 16th, 2016 at 10:07 am by Philip M Phillips in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

06.45 to 08.00: ENE F2-3. Strong movement of 66 Lesser Black-backed Gulls flying up channel, hugging the coastline, in small groups of up to 8 birds, almost entirely adults. Visible passerine migration: Grey Wagtail (1), alba wagtail (12), Meadow Pipit (87), Chaffinch (10), Linnet (29), Goldfinch (6), Siskin (9).

Posted March 16th, 2016 at 8:47 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Tuesday 15th March 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

46 species of birds today at Bowling Green Marsh..should have gone there years ago! A great high tide time with sunny weather. Highlights for me - Avocet, Godwits Bar & Black Tailed, Snipe, Teal, Kingfisher, Shoveler, Pintail, Knott, Dunlin, Tufted Duck.

I really want to see that Glaucous Gull on the Plym next... 

Posted March 15th, 2016 at 9:14 pm by Paul Cowie in Bird News

Stoke Point

A lovely walk along the coastpath today in the cool sunshine and there were plenty of stonechats on view including quite a few singing males. 8 red legged partridge and a flyover raven also seen but best of all, a very smart male wheatear.

Heading home and at 16:45hrs a barn owl hunting along the hedgerow by the road at Collaton Cross just outside Noss Mayo - my first in Devon in the 30 years I have lived here!

Male Wheatear
Male Wheatear

Posted March 15th, 2016 at 6:44 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth

At least 6 Black Redstarts and a Wheatear today

Posted March 15th, 2016 at 6:34 pm by Tor Elm in Bird News

GLAUCOUS GULL

Vidio grab of gull in sewer works this morning.



Posted March 15th, 2016 at 6:13 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Prawle Point

Seawatch from 8.25 till 11am in (cold)  ENE wind 3-4 . 1st Manx Shearwater of the year (wintering bird or migrant ?) Also 3 Red-Throated divers and 19 Common Scoter east. Highlight for me were the 3 Great Crested Grebes flying east at 9.30 .Evidence of Spring migration provided by the 54 Meadow Pipits and 2 Alba Wagtails flying in off the sea.No Wheatear at the point. 

Posted March 15th, 2016 at 5:41 pm by Tony Marchese in Bird News

RED KITE- Sidford

Red Kite circling with 3 female Buzzards over Sidford at 1400. All 4 drifted off in a south-westerly direction.

Posted March 15th, 2016 at 5:39 pm by Ray Jones in Bird News

Red Kite

Red Kite hunting low over the gardens on Raymonds Hill, Axminster this afternoon.

Posted March 15th, 2016 at 4:35 pm by James Tirrell in Bird News

GLAUCOUS GULL

Glaucous gull seen this morning at sewer works and on the river.

Posted March 15th, 2016 at 3:49 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Nr. Froward point

Always nice to get your first Wheatear of the season. Found this one on the coast path just north of Puddcombe cove.


Posted March 15th, 2016 at 12:14 pm by John Lusher in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

07.00 to 08.15 today: 1 Firecrest in scrub at Watermouth; continuing light overhead passage of Meadow Pipits (20), alba wagtails (6), Chaffinches, Linnets, Goldfinches and Siskins. Other migrants included Cormorants (5) and adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls (6).

On Sunday (13th) during WeBS count on the Taw Estuary: sub-singing Blackcap along Tarka Trail near Chivenor Business Park and singing Chiffchaff at Wrafton Pond. Tim D counted 289 Dark-bellied Brent Geese just off Penhill Marsh at high tide (see photo below).

Brent Geese off Penhill Marsh, Taw Estuary ©Tim Davis

Posted March 15th, 2016 at 9:01 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

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