Devon Bird Sightings from 22nd–31st March 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

Thursday 31st March 2016

Chagford, Dartmoor

Saw a flock of 10 Jays (I did count them several times) in a tree above where I work. I have never seen this amount of Jays together before.

Posted March 31st, 2016 at 10:34 pm by Maurice Rapley in General Birding

Slapton

A visit to Slapton today did not produce a great deal, virtually nothing on or over the sea, only real species of note on the Ley were two pairs of Gadwall, several Great Crested Grebe and a large number of Mute Swan.

The smaller birds made the day with 5 + Chiffchaff, several pairs of Stonechat and Reed Bunting, a Sky Lark seen low over the Field centre end and several more heard singing, very brief view of a Cetti's Warbler and numerous calls often close at hand but unable to see the calling bird.

Back home in South Brent male and female Reed Bunting on the garden feeders.

 

Posted March 31st, 2016 at 9:47 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Rillage Point to Watermouth

06.45 to 08.15; another very cold and clear start, then sunny; calm. 5 Chiffchaffs in the scrub, plus a steady trickle of Sand Martins, Swallows and Meadow Pipits flying NNW, but these were high up and others may well have been passing over out of range given the near-perfect conditions. One Wheatear at the head of the Sterridge Valley last night (30th).

Posted March 31st, 2016 at 9:10 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Warren Nature Reserve

Watched over the mid-day high-tide great views of 4 Wheatears near the hide 10 Sandwich Terns (2 diving), 12 Red-breasted Mergansers and numerous Shag in the estuary,  7 Skylarks, 2 Stonechats, c30 Brent Geese, c80 Curlew (railway seawall), 9 Great Creasted Grebes offshore from John's watch.

Wheatear video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MB5ZTm4H_M

2 Slavonian Grebes seen from Cockwood steps.

Stopped off north of Powderham church to look for the reported Cattle Egret in stubble field with other Egrets and after scoping the bird appeared to be Little Egret with longer pointed orange coloured bill which looked to be dirty from feeding and 2 plumes showing from the nape.

Still no sign of the Cackling Goose at Matford marsh late afternoon.

Wheatear
Wheatear

Wheatear
Wheatear

Wheatear
Wheatear

Posted March 31st, 2016 at 8:41 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Shaugh Prior and Plym Estuary

A walk in beautiful conditions, from the Dewerstone Car Park near Shaugh Prior, to Cadover Bridge and back produced 3 Marsh Tits, 2 Sparrowhawks, and a Fallow Deer. Nearby, a Swallow.

Later the Plym Estuary & Saltram, on the low tide - Swallow, Peregrine and 2 Mistle Thrushes.

Posted March 31st, 2016 at 7:48 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Morte Point

This morning (31 March) - 1 singing Willow Warbler, I House Martin, 8 Sand Martins, 1 Chiffchaff, 50+ Swallows, 4 Wheatears. Several Meadow Pipits & pair Rock Pipits both displaying plus 24 other species.




Posted March 31st, 2016 at 5:25 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

birds at broadsands and clennon 31.3.16

Broadsands between 7am and 9. Just one lone brent goose on the sea, photo enclosed and an egret. Also what I took from its song to be a yellowhammer but when I photo'd and filmed it, found it was a cirl. Very odd yet, to me, a very similar song. Also a song thrush singing its heart out and another in the car park. At Clennon just a pair of shovellers resting on the middle pond.

P. L. Fairclough

Song thrush at Broadsands but poisted in error, oops
Song thrush at Broadsands but poisted in error, oops

Lone Brent at Broadsands 31.3.16
Lone Brent at Broadsands 31.3.16

Posted March 31st, 2016 at 1:50 pm by philip fairclough in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

 2 Willow Tit, 2 Goosander (1m 1f), 3 Nuthatch, 19 Tufted Duck, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Great Black-backed Gull and c15 Sand Martin.

Posted March 31st, 2016 at 1:27 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding

Yellow browed warbler

Yellow-browed warbler showing well feeding in a small area of willow scrub Wednesday morning and again this morning (31st) at West Sandford (Crediton)

Posted March 31st, 2016 at 9:54 am by Steve Colombe in General Birding

Wednesday 30th March 2016

Swallows at last

While walking along the South Coast Path,  from Wonwell to Challecombe south of Kingston, 2 swallows flew in  from the sea about mid day.  Has summer come? 

Posted March 30th, 2016 at 11:30 pm by Liz Harris in General Birding

mortehoe n.devon

while having a lunchtime coffee in villlage 5 swallow and 5 sand martin appeared + pr of buzzards sky dancing locking talons above hillside,13:10_13:40.At wrafton this evening upto 100 sand martins,6 swallow,1 willow warbler i3 shoveller,2m,f,17:15-17:50.

Posted March 30th, 2016 at 11:10 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Haldon Forest

At the bird feeder in Haldon there are still large numbers of Siskin and Chaffinch with 3 Bramblings among them.

Posted March 30th, 2016 at 9:29 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in General Birding

Torbay

2 Sandwich Terns off Fairy Cove, Paignton again this morning.

A Firecrest near the top pond at Clennon Valley.

1 Swallow over Roundham Head mid-afternoon.

Yesterday, 2 Wheatears on Berry Head and 2 Swallows over Sharkham Point.

Posted March 30th, 2016 at 8:57 pm by George Wall in General Birding

Sherpa scrape & Wrafton Pond

The LRP has not been seen on the scrape today so looks like it has moved on. 50 Sand Martins over the scrape & 1 Swallow over the pond.

1 bold Brown Rat (see photo) at Wrafton Pond which can swim & is  capable of predating eggs & young in nests. 8 Swallows seen between the Toll House & Horsey Island + 2 Wheatear in a field on Horsey.


Posted March 30th, 2016 at 8:53 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Swallow Sightings

Saw a pair of Swallows near Ashreigney, early evening about 6.30pm.

Posted March 30th, 2016 at 8:42 pm by Maurice Rapley in General Birding

Sherpa Marsh

GREEN SANDPIPER on Sherpa marsh pond, where Sand Martin numbers have risen considerably.

Also, at SKERN scrape one female WHEATEAR.

Posted March 30th, 2016 at 6:00 pm by John Bronze in General Birding

Wrafton Pond & Scrape

7.00 - 8.30 - 30 March. Wrafton Pond - Little Grebe 2, Pochard 2, Tufted Duck 2, Mute Swan 2, Several Mallard, Coot & Moorhen,  Sand Martin 30+, Swallow 1, Kingfisher overflew & 2 Chiffchaff sang in bushes. Scrape - Canada Geese 5, Shelduck 2, Little Egret 1, LBB Gull 1, Sparrowhawk 1, a few Teal, Shoveller and P Wagtails. No sign of the Little Ringed Plover




Posted March 30th, 2016 at 3:18 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Tuesday 29th March 2016

Wrafton

Digiscoped photo of LRP on passage taken yesterday am. Does not breed at this location.


Posted March 29th, 2016 at 7:25 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Wrafton Pond & Sherpa scrape

1 House Martin with the Sand Martins flying over the Pond & the scrape pm.

Posted March 29th, 2016 at 7:12 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Wrafton

Little Ringed Plover again at about 09.30 this morning. A singing Chiffchaff in the reserve. 

Posted March 29th, 2016 at 5:35 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Tiverton 29th March

Marsh Tit M Webb

1 Male Redpoll visited the niger seed late morning.Along with 6 siskin, 8 Goldfinch, 5 Chaffinch, 1 pair Greendfinch, 1 Pr Bulfinch, 1 Coal tit, 3 Great tit (one with a white tail), 6 Blue tit, 1 pair Longtailed tit, 1 Robin, 1 pair Blackbirds, 1 Woodpigeon, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Dunnock. Also had a Marsh Tit in last Friday, a brief visit from a Brambling. A Sparrowhawk dropped in mid week.

 

 

Posted March 29th, 2016 at 5:20 pm by M C Webb in General Birding

Wrafton

Little ringed plover on scrape. Also unusual looking black and white Jackdaw.

Posted March 29th, 2016 at 2:04 pm by John Bronze in General Birding

Powderham

The Cattle Egret this morning was in a grass field on the opposite side of the road to the stubble field and behind a row of cottages;  fraternising with a small group of cattle.  

There were 14 Little Egrets in with the flock of sheep in the stubble field.

Posted March 29th, 2016 at 12:49 pm by Rupert Ormerod in General Birding

Broadsands

On the sea: 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Common Scoter, 3 Great Northern Divers & 3 Great Crested Grebes

Posted March 29th, 2016 at 10:09 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Monday 28th March 2016

Bowling Green Marsh & Exmouth

From the hide over the morning high-tide the 2 Spotted Redshanks eventually showed with 4 Avocets and the usual waders and ducks. From the platform a Perigrine was soariing high over towards Darts Farm with c15 Red-breasted Mergansers around the estuary and 2 possibly 3 Sandwich Terns on bouys near the Warren.

From Exmouth Docks on the dropping tide 5 Sandwich Terns were seen on the mud south of Cockwood steps with another 2 flying out from the estuary and along the Warren beach front and 11 Red-breasted Mergansers.

Another look at Bowling Green Marsh late afternoon showed Spotted Redshank and Greenshank around the platform and from the hide when the heavy rain returned c45 Sand Martins and 2 Swallows dropped down onto the marsh.

Posted March 28th, 2016 at 8:28 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Southleigh garden

Redpoll visiting feeders everyday with other finches- a first in 4 years

Posted March 28th, 2016 at 8:11 pm by Tamara Garner in General Birding

Ugborough Beacon

A lone swallow near Owley Moor Gate. 100+ Golden Plover between Ugborough Beacon and Spurrell's Cross.

Posted March 28th, 2016 at 8:03 pm by Richard Woodland in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

The (2nd cal year) Glaucous Gull present again at the top of the estuary at high tide, Also - 17 Turnstones, Shag, Dunlin, 42 Redshanks, 2 Greenshanks, 9 Curlews, 4 Little Egrets, 2 Common Sandpipers, 28 Shelducks, 4 Goldcrests, Snipe and 2 Nuthatches. 

Posted March 28th, 2016 at 6:54 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Possible Little Bunting?

At Darts Farm, around 13.00. Left hand side of pond by hide. Came across while tracking chiffchaffs in trees.

Posted March 28th, 2016 at 6:08 pm by David Walters in General Birding

White Goose

Has anyone seen the white goose at Wrafton field? Would be grateful for some id confirmation.

Posted March 28th, 2016 at 5:32 pm by Andy Leat in General Birding

Wrafton

Quick walk around the reserve this afternoon: 1 Chiffchaff, several Goldfinch still, a couple of Sand Martins over, and a stunning Barn Owl!

Out on the scrape, the Little Ringed Plover still.

Posted March 28th, 2016 at 4:48 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Dunsdon NR and Lower Tamar Lake

28th March.   Dunsdon NR.

3 Chiffchaffs calling and 1 seen. 1 Blackcap calling. 1 Stock Dove.   No sign of any activity at the heronry.

Lower Tamar Lake.

30+ Sand Martins and at least 3 Swallows, 10 Tufted Ducks, several Mallard, 1 male Reed Bunting, 1 Jay, 1 Buzzard, 1 Moorhens and 1 Coot, 2 Greenfinches, several Chaffinches, Dunnocks, Robins and Blackbirds. 1 Nuthatch,  Carrion Crows and Rooks,

Harvey Kendall and Barry Bryne.

Posted March 28th, 2016 at 2:37 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

From yesterday around the Exe

Stover Country Park ~ at first light, a Water rail flew up from in front of the hide straight into cover, five female Goosander flew in, pair of courting Great Crest Grebe, several Cormorant a mixed handful of Swallow and Sand Martins, Green Woodpecker calling almost constantly.

RSPB Matford ~ Teal, Wigeon, Tufted Duck, Shoveller, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, one Chiffchaff in full song from the top of a Willow, Coot, Moorhen, Buzzard and a good number of Sand Martins low over the water, marsh and pasture.

Spotted Redshank BGM 27032016

Bowling Green Marsh ~ Large number of Black Tailed Godwits many turning to summer plumage, Pied Wagtails, Starling, at least two Spotted Redshank, Redshank, Knot, five Avocet, Oyster Catcher, Curlew, Moorhen, Shoveller, eighteen Pintail, Shellduck, Wigeon, Teal and Heron.

Black Tailed Godwit BGM 27032016

One Black Godwit with coloured tagged legs, Left orange over yellow ~ Right green over orange.

Exminster on the approach to Lions Rest a Kestrel being mobbed by a Carrion Crow.

In the stubble field on the corner before turning down to Powderham Church a Cattle Egret feeding with eleven Little Egret. (Could be seen clearly from alongside a cottage named “Verbena”)

Cattle Egret Powderham 26032016

River Exe at Countess Wear more Sand Martins than could be counted low over the river.

Hackney Marsh / Passage House Inn a good number of Gulls, both Greater and Lesser Black Backs, Little Egret, Heron and Shellduck.

Teigngrace ~ Fifteen Little Egret, eight Mute Swan, around a dozen Canadian Geese, Stock Dove, good number of Wood Pigeons feeding on a fodder crop, Greenfinch, Bullfinch almost constant movement of Sand Martins.

Dart Bridge, Buckfastleigh a single very vocal Grey Wagtail.

Posted March 28th, 2016 at 9:21 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Budleigh Salterton

5.15pm Sun 27 March, Moor Lane Cemetery, pair of green woodpeckers on the grass amongst the headstones.

Posted March 28th, 2016 at 8:57 am by Vince Bedford in General Birding

Exe Sunday

Powderham Marsh - water pipit, singing willow warbler, 10 swallows, green sand

Matford - 2 green sands. No sign of cackling goose - not seen on Saturday either, last seen Friday 25 March.

Posted March 28th, 2016 at 8:47 am by Leigh lock in General Birding

Sunday 27th March 2016

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 10:00 till 12:40

from the hide 1 spotted redshank, 12+ knot, 5 avocet, 17+ Pintail, 150+ black tailed godwits, 6+ snipe, 15+ bar tailed godwits, 20+ curlew, 30+ dunlin, 1 nuthatch, 2 Cetti's warblers, 1 sparrowhawk, 1 buzzard.

from the viewing platform , 6+ sand Martin , 3 red beasted mergansers.

Posted March 27th, 2016 at 10:59 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Wrafton

Along with a scattering of Sand Martins and a couple of Swallows, a Little Ringed Plover was on the scrape by the Tarka Trail late this afternoon.

Posted March 27th, 2016 at 10:36 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Slapton Ley

3pm 6 Swallows and several Sand Martins, at least 2 House Martins around the Ley for a short period after a break in the rain and disappeared as quick as they came, Plenty of Tufted Duck, 15+ Gadwall and 1 smart Male Pochard. Probably more but lots of birds lost in the waves!



Posted March 27th, 2016 at 9:19 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

Saltram Estuary 27-03-16

A windy day at the estuary, a couple of shots of a Little Egret battling  the wind 

Posted March 27th, 2016 at 9:03 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Broadsands

Very quiet this morning out to sea but at least 4 Sandwich terms offshore this evening running before the storm I guess

Posted March 27th, 2016 at 7:27 pm by Timothy Clyburn in General Birding

Morte Point

Morte Point this afternoon a few Manx Shearwaters headed west. A Cormorant with a white head/neck, race Sinensis, headed up channel, 6 Lbbgu on the sea. 2 pairs of Wheatears.

Eds; Cormorants of race 'sinensis' are only reliably identified on the angle of the gular skin in relation to the gape.

Posted March 27th, 2016 at 6:31 pm by Martin Thorne in General Birding

Teignmouth

Sandwich Tern over river

Posted March 27th, 2016 at 3:56 pm by Kieron Palmer in General Birding

Maidencombe

Singing Chiffchaff, single Swallow over ,Fulmar, Gannet and Shag on water.

Posted March 27th, 2016 at 3:54 pm by Kieron Palmer in General Birding

Torbay

1 Sandwich Tern in Torbay 3.30pm close inshore off Livermead Cliff Hotel then flew towards Preston Seafront 

Posted March 27th, 2016 at 3:46 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Rillage Point to Watermouth

07.35 to 10.00, SW4-5, scattered heavy showers with hail. Chiffchaff 4, Wheatear 1 male, Willow Warbler 1 sub-singing in scrub at Watermouth. Also continuing passage of Meadow Pipits (45) and alba wagtails (6) in spite of the blustery conditions. No hirundines though.

Posted March 27th, 2016 at 10:35 am by Tim Jones in General Birding

Saturday 26th March 2016

Sand Martin and swallow over Tottiford reservoir

late afternoon today saw 25 or so sand martin with maybe 3 or 4 swallow feeding above the reservoir during a break in the wet, windy weather. 

Posted March 26th, 2016 at 7:19 pm by Fiona Freshney and Simon Lee in General Birding

Sherpa Marsh

Late afternoon walk around after seeing a dozen or more Sand Martins at Wrafton Pond. There were 20+ more over the ponds at Sherpa, and a delightful male Wheatear on the grass too.

Posted March 26th, 2016 at 6:20 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

At least 12 Sand Martins over the pond late aft offering some shelter from a brisk cold wind.

Posted March 26th, 2016 at 6:19 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Plym Estuary

The Glaucous Gull (2nd c.y) again at the top of the estuary late morning with 55 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and a second summer (3rd c.y) Mediterranean Gull sporting a virtually full hood. Two Black-tailed Godwits (one sum plum) flew down river. Also: 3 Common Sandpipers, 30 Shelducks, 2 Little Grebes, 2 Goldcrests, a pair of Mandarin Ducks and 3 Chiffchaffs (one of which appeared to have a "pollen horn"). 

Posted March 26th, 2016 at 2:59 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Starcross

Willow warbler singing in my garden 

Posted March 26th, 2016 at 2:27 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Lee Bay - N.Devon

The Wren has flown out of the tangled cover on the cliff & is seen here searching for insects amongst the rock crevices & algae on the upper shore.


Posted March 26th, 2016 at 11:48 am by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Exminster - yesterday

In spring like weather a fieldfare was behaving oddly in a field at the top of Exminster Hill. Flicking its tail and running around in the ploughed field. It also looked small.

Otherwise little to report apart from singing skylarks and a couple of singing blackcaps.

Posted March 26th, 2016 at 10:43 am by John Waldon in General Birding

Hopes Nose

7.30-9.30am-12 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Sandwich Tern, 10 Common Scoter, 75 Fulmar, 65 Kittiwakes, 45 Gannet, GCGrebe, Sand Martin 

Posted March 26th, 2016 at 10:14 am by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Morte Point

Two Sand Martins and three Wheatears at the point this morning and a Siskin over Morthoe village.

Posted March 26th, 2016 at 8:49 am by Chris Dee in General Birding

Friday 25th March 2016

Soar

Barely anything to report today but 2 Siskins and a Chiffchaff just warrant a mention.

Two Chichaffs, a Greenshank and 2 Common Sandpipers at South Efford Marsh later.

Posted March 25th, 2016 at 10:25 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Mediterranean Gull (adult summer) RSPB-BGM

Very smart adult summer Mediterranean Gull dropped onto the marsh after the morning 4.1 mtr high-tide at 10:07 and stayed for 20 minutes amongst the usual waders and ducks including the Spotted Redshank. Most of the Avocets appear to have now gone with numbers down to only 23.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=767KlhIT11E

Mediterranean Gull
Mediterranean Gull

Posted March 25th, 2016 at 9:25 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Haldon Forest Park & Bowling Green Marsh

Bramblings - Pintails & Shoveler

Brambling - Halden Forest Park
Brambling - Halden Forest Park

Posted March 25th, 2016 at 8:28 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Baggy Point and Turnpike Cross

My post from this morning on my local patch (Rillage Point) mentioned the passage of Swallows, but the absence of Sand Martins. This afternoon we discovered where all the Sand Martins were! After 11 heading out to sea from Baggy Point, we encountered a feeding flock of c.120 over grassland near Turnpike Cross, between Woolacombe and Georgeham. An amazingly large gathering given that it's still only just the last week of March... Two Swallows with the martins. Also at Baggy, a male Wheatear, 18 Pied Wagtails, 2 White Wagtails, and a Red Kite, which drifted off SE over Croyde.

Posted March 25th, 2016 at 8:11 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Dartmeet

At Dartmeet and the surrounding area there were 3 Yellowhammers and loads of Stonechats, Mipits and Skylark. also on my way back from Dartmoor just before Torrington a large flock of about 200-300 Golden Plover flew Over.

Posted March 25th, 2016 at 8:04 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in General Birding

Turf

Osprey!! 

Posted March 25th, 2016 at 6:35 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Braunton Burrows

My first Sand Martins of the year with 8 over the Burrows this afternoon. 20+ Meadow Pipits 6+ Skylarks a pair of Stonechat and a male Kestrel around the great dune area. 

Posted March 25th, 2016 at 5:50 pm by Derek Carter in General Birding

Wheatear

1 Male Wheatear just past the bridge on the way to Turf first seen at 10.30am and was still there on my way back at 3pm but had been joined by 24 Meadow Pipits!


Posted March 25th, 2016 at 5:05 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

Sherpa Marsh

40-50 Sand Martins hawking insects in the late afternoon sunshine.

Posted March 25th, 2016 at 4:53 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

East Prawle

Lovely sunny walk along the coast produced a male and female wheatear, a few pairs of stonechats, a sparrowhawk, buzzard and a hungry stoat mooching around the rockpools, which was a lovely treat to see.

Posted March 25th, 2016 at 4:45 pm by Steph Murphy in General Birding

Braunton Burrows

My first Sand Martins of the year with 8 over the Burrows this afternoon. 20+ Meadow Pipits 6+ Skylarks a pair of Stonechat and a male Kestrel around the great dune area. 

Posted March 25th, 2016 at 4:42 pm by Derek Carter in General Birding

Berryhead

Early morning look around produced a Male Black Redstart on the grass bank between the two forts, Also male Wheatear,Two male Bullfinch, 6 Cirl Buntings and a Redwing.

Posted March 25th, 2016 at 4:39 pm by Rob Murphy in General Birding

Matford and Exminster

At Matford Pool, the Ridgeway's Cackling Goose was still accompanying a pair of Mallard (rather than the two pairs of Canada Geese on the other side of the pool!). Also 2 Shoveler, 6 Tufted and a couple of Stock Doves in the dead trees. Seemed like more people than birds around Exminster Marshes, but did manage to see a Water Rail near the railway car park.

Ridgeway's Cackling Goose
Ridgeway's Cackling Goose

Ridgeway's Cackling Goose: not much bigger than a Mallard!
Ridgeway's Cackling Goose: not much bigger than a Mallard!

Water Rail, Exminster Marshes
Water Rail, Exminster Marshes

Posted March 25th, 2016 at 4:16 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Prawle Point

Glorious morning but just 5 Wheatears on the lower fields. Another birder reported Hobby and Swallow.

Posted March 25th, 2016 at 2:22 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Wrafton

Chiffchaff and Cetti's Warbler singing around the pool. 

Handsome Cob!
Handsome Cob!

Posted March 25th, 2016 at 1:29 pm by Martin Bond in General Birding

Soar Mill Cove

Black Redstart near the cove this morning, also 2 or 3 Chiffchaffs.

Posted March 25th, 2016 at 12:56 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Rillage Point to Watermouth

06.20 to 09.00; clear, sunny, NW3: 18 Swallows (first of year here) heading NW in small groups of up to 6 but not a sniff of a Sand Martin. Calls gave away a strong overhead passage of Meadow Pipits, but with light winds and clear skies most were flying too high to see and my count of 41 is inevitably a huge underestimate. Also 11 alba wagtails and small numbers of Linnets, Goldfinches and Siskins.

Posted March 25th, 2016 at 10:50 am by Tim Jones in General Birding

Thursday 24th March 2016

Torridge Valley

Swallow near Weare Giffard at 8.15 today

Posted March 24th, 2016 at 10:13 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Prawle and Slapton

Seawatch at Prawle Point in South-Westerly 4 going 5 from 8am till 1 pm. 55 Manx Shearwaters west ( interestingly 3 groups of 5)  plus 6 Divers east : 3 Black-Throated and 2 Red- Throated plus 1 unidentified .

At 2pm from Torcross end of Slapton Ley I saw 4 Sand Martins - my first this year- in breezy drizzly conditions.

Excellent talk by Mark Avery last night at the Devon Birds AGM : learnt lots about why birders should be opposed to ground- driven grouse shooting on moors. Must sign the e-government  petition.

Posted March 24th, 2016 at 9:41 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Slapton Ley

6+ sand martins ranging over The Ley this morning. 3 male and 2 female goldeneye, 3 male and a female pochard and 2 male and a female wigeon with gadwall and tufted duck on the water. Large number of mute swans, 64+ mobile birds, both adults and immatures, with 2 on reedbed nests.

A chiffchaff singing and 2 water rails squealing at The Bridge. Cettis warblers heard and 3 seen. A large immature female peregrine with very pale grey/brown upperparts overhead spooked all the ducks and gulls.

A great northern diver on the sea with an adult gannet flying west before rain stopped play at 11:30.

Posted March 24th, 2016 at 6:46 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Paignton Harbour

2 Sandwich Terns plunging off Fairy Cove this afternoon.

Also, a Kingfisher on the rocks.

Posted March 24th, 2016 at 5:51 pm by George Wall in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

A quick look around the Marsh just after high tide this morning produced the normal inhabitants with 18 Pintail, 8 Avocets, Still good numbers of Blacktail Godwits with many turning to their summer plumage, Widgeon and Teal in depleted numbers and a Ruff showing well to the left of the hide and 3 Snipe to the right of the hide. Martock birder reported several Sand Martins came over the Marsh around 09:00.

Snipe to the right
Snipe to the right

Ruff to the left
Ruff to the left

Posted March 24th, 2016 at 2:56 pm by Derek Carter in General Birding

Warren House Dardmoor

first Wheatear,s for this year seen flying around Warren House area.

Posted March 24th, 2016 at 2:38 pm by Mavis Goddard in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

This lunchtime at Bowling Green Marsh until about 1.35, 1 Swallow and 1 Sand Martin moved through heading towards the river. A cracking male Wheatear was to the left of the hide looking towards the railway line.

Posted March 24th, 2016 at 1:53 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Wrafton

Looked in at the pond this morning to find several Sand Martins hawking over the water and trees. They were also out over the scrape, and using the shelter of the reserve. Probably more than a dozen. One Swallow.

Sadly the two Swans that were in the reserve for the last two days have upped and left.

Posted March 24th, 2016 at 12:33 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Wednesday 23rd March 2016

Wembury

Quiet walk along the coastal footpath today, a singing chiffchaff busily catching flies the only summer migrant. A pair of shelduck, 2 pairs of Canada geese, 3 little egrets, a grey heron and a male yellowhammer the other highlights.

A quick look at the River Plym from Laira Bridge on the return home and a female goosander, 8 little egrets, a curlew, a singing chiffchaff and 8 Canada geese seen.

Posted March 23rd, 2016 at 8:44 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

A visit this evening produced: 7+ Sand Martins,  Spotted Redshank, Ruff, 22 Pintails, c270 Black-tailed Godwits, c60 Dunlins, 2 Greenshanks and a Cetti's Warbler heard. 

Posted March 23rd, 2016 at 7:42 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

1 Swallow present just for a minute or two.

Posted March 23rd, 2016 at 7:22 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Ashford Strand & Wrafton Pond

1 pair of Goosanders enjoying the calm estuarine water.

Photo 2 :- Darling, can you remind me to bring my hair net before we venture out next time!



Posted March 23rd, 2016 at 7:18 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Ilfracombe Pier

One of the Herring Gulls iv'e photo'd from Ilfracombe pier with a Metal leg ring. I thought it may have come from further a field but It turns out it was ringed @ 4yr old in Ilfracombe on 9th July 2009.


Posted March 23rd, 2016 at 7:17 pm by Martin Thorne in General Birding

Hopes Nose

2 male Wheatears at Hopes Nose late pm on rocks at southern end at Sandy Point.

Posted March 23rd, 2016 at 5:07 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Exminster Marsh/Bowling Green

2 Swallows, 4 Sand Martins and 2 Cetti's Warblers the highlights of a quick visit this afternoon


Posted March 23rd, 2016 at 4:51 pm by Tor Elm in General Birding

Starcross

One swallow today. 

Posted March 23rd, 2016 at 3:23 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Soar Mill Cove/Valley & Harleston by Slapton

Three Wheatears above Soar Mill Cove and first singing Chiffchaff in the willows.

At Harleston singing Chiffchaff and Swallow over garden.

Posted March 23rd, 2016 at 2:42 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Baggy Point morning 23rd March

First surprise of the walk was a Brown Hare jogging along the path away from us near Baggy House! Overhead the Point were about 12 - 15 Sand Martins. An obliging female Kestrel posed on a post :)

Female Kestrel
Female Kestrel

Posted March 23rd, 2016 at 1:39 pm by Phil & Sue Naylor in General Birding

Morte Point

2 Wheatears (m), 7 Swallows & 5 Sand Martins at Morte Point this morning.

Posted March 23rd, 2016 at 1:11 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

First Wheatear on Haytor

I saw a cracking male Wheatear on Smallcombe Rocks just to the North of Haytor this morning,my first of the year on Dartmoor.

Posted March 23rd, 2016 at 10:04 am by Keith Benyon-Tinker in General Birding

Redpoll feeding on sunflower seed hearts

Sidford - East Devon

Thought at first they were siskins but have a very red headcrown/breast. Looked for pictures on the internet & in bird books & then thought they may be  linnets but now believe they are more likely to be redpolls.  Will try to get photos if the gulls stop scaring them away! 

Posted March 23rd, 2016 at 9:45 am by D. Williams in General Birding

Tuesday 22nd March 2016

Sherpa Marsh - N Devon

Sherpa Marsh had a single Sand Martin and a Swallow this afternoon. Back at Wrafton pond Sue Bruce had seen five Sand Martins, but as I arrived only one and a Swallow.  Jon Turner 

Posted March 22nd, 2016 at 8:00 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Red Kite

Single red kite seen over the woods between Swimbridge and Filleigh at 15.00hrs on Monday 21st.

Posted March 22nd, 2016 at 6:49 pm by richard yeats in General Birding

Powderham and Exminster Marsh

A Ruff still on Powderham Marsh this pm - Also a Swallow with 6 Sand Martins over the marsh. A Green Sand, 2 Barnacle Geese and still 75 Wigeon. A Chiffchaff singing by path.  Also 2 Little Ringed Plover on Exminster Marsh. 

Posted March 22nd, 2016 at 5:42 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

South Huish

Early morning four Garganey including three smart males, Wheatear and imm Black Redstart

Yesterday's tally included a couple of Wheatear, Little Ringed Plover, smart White Wagtail and Merlin hunting over the area. (Arthur Livett)

Posted March 22nd, 2016 at 1:56 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

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