Devon Bird Sightings from 22nd–30th April 2016

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Posted April 1st at 3:13 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

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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

Saturday 30th April 2016

Southcott marsh

Late post for Friday 29th due to no internet,2 Yellow wagtails m&f,15 alba&35yarrelli wagtails,50+ swallows,15sand martins,1common sandpiper 16:00-16:45.

Posted April 30th, 2016 at 11:36 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Short Eared Owl Orcombe Point Exmouth

Caught up with the SEO this evening and well worth the wait. Whitethroat displaying to.

Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl

Whitethroat
Whitethroat

Posted April 30th, 2016 at 9:50 pm by Derek Carter in General Birding

Velator

Took a wander around the reserve late morning, and thought I had disturbed some Blackbirds which started alarming as I approached, but the real offender then appeared on the path on front of me: a Weasel! Or could it have been a Stoat? I didn't see the tip of the tail, but it did look a bit bigger than Weasels I have seen previously.... Whichever - I could do with something to deal with the Rabbits!

Still seven cygnets nearby on Wrafton Pond.

Posted April 30th, 2016 at 7:49 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Morte Point

4 Whimbrel and a steady passage of Swallows and House Martins throughout the morning flying NW with 3 Swifts putting in a brief appearance.


Posted April 30th, 2016 at 5:46 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Hoopoe - Seaton area

Great views of the Hoopoe this morning at Lower Bruckland. Thanks Rob & Steph for suggesting going and for driving! Also thanks for the response to the Wood Warbler rings - much appreciated and will keep my eyes peeled for any more.




Posted April 30th, 2016 at 3:43 pm by Paul Treen in General Birding

Trendlebere Down

Red Kite flying over quite low at about 2:30 this afternoon.

Posted April 30th, 2016 at 3:18 pm by Keith Benyon-Tinker in General Birding

Chapel Wood

Morning walk in the sunshine through the wood gave, Blue, Great and Long Tailed Tit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Song Thrush and all the regulars plus a pair of Redstart and a herd of 42 Red Deer across the valley.

Posted April 30th, 2016 at 3:15 pm by Rob Barnes in General Birding

Bursdon Moor, nr. Hartland.

Two Cuckoos on Bursdon Moor early this morning calling and flying about, heavily harassed by c.10 Meadow Pipits.   They perched often on posts and the fences..

Also a light passage of Swallows over the moor and 1 Buzzard.   Several Skylarks present.

Harvey Kendall and Mark ?

Posted April 30th, 2016 at 2:44 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

West Charleton Marsh

Cuckoo present this morning.

Posted April 30th, 2016 at 1:38 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Slapton Bridge

Lesser Whitethroat in song, Cirl Bunting, 30 Swifts, 2 Reed Warblers, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Grey Herons, Blackcaps a plenty - not bad for a 30 min stop!

Posted April 30th, 2016 at 11:24 am by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Nightjars Return

On a late evening walk at Cann Wood, Plympton, we heard but didn't see, our first Nightjar of the season churring briefly in one of the recently re-planted areas.  No sign however of the Cuckoo that was calling on Wednesday night.

Posted April 30th, 2016 at 10:41 am by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Friday 29th April 2016

New Bridge to Venford Reservoir

A walk along the Dart showed several grey wagtails, 3 wood warblers, female pied flycatcher .Near Venford cuckoo calling from opposite bank of Dart plus 2 mistle thrush chasing kestrel. Green woodpeckers calling.

Great walk!

Posted April 29th, 2016 at 10:13 pm by John Phillips in General Birding

whimbrels at broadsands

5 whimbrels at Elberry cove, on the rocks by the golf course.

Posted April 29th, 2016 at 9:37 pm by Kay Deare in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

An evening visit revealed that there are now seven Cygnets with the adults. Quite early?

Posted April 29th, 2016 at 9:34 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Dunsford Woods

10.45-14.45

4 Grey Wagtail, 6 Pied Flycatcher, male and female Goosander, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Song Thrush, 6 House Martins, 2 Jays, Dipper, Nuthatch, Marsh Tit, 3 Goldcrest , Mistle Thrush, Treecreeper, Siskin, GSW and Wood Warbler all calling.     

Posted April 29th, 2016 at 6:59 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

No sightings of the Purple Heron this morning .

22 Whimbrel, 75 Manx Shearwater, 1 Sandwich Tern, 2 Turnstone ( 1in sp )

At nearby Aveton Gifford - 8 Swift, 22 Whimbrel

Posted April 29th, 2016 at 6:17 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Plenty of Martins, Swallows and Swifts this morning over the marsh. Several Whimbrel good numbers of Black tail and Bar tail Godwits and a couple of Knott joined them over high tide. Common Sandpiper was an early morning visitor to Goosemoor. Around the Hedgerows and near the viewing platform Cetti's and Reed Warblers could be heard with plenty of Blackcaps very vocal throughout the Marsh and in the lane hedgerows.Still plenty to see here with a few rarities to keep birders interested.   

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Whimbrel
Whimbrel

Black Tail Godwit
Black Tail Godwit

Posted April 29th, 2016 at 5:17 pm by Derek Carter in General Birding

Topsham

BGM had, among the usual birds, Common Sandpiper, lots of Hirundines (Swallows, Sand and House Martins), Whimbrel and over the far side The Arctic and later Little Tern. 

I found the Little Tern on Goosemoor alternately fishing or preening, at about 12.30 and watched it until one. I then went to the viewing platform where there were excellent vies of the Arctic Tern fishing against the strong breeze eventually joined by the Arctic. Aslo in Goosemoor were many Greenshank and Little Egrets and a couple of sp Dunlin.

Little tern Goosemoor
Little tern Goosemoor

Posted April 29th, 2016 at 4:54 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Home FarmMarsh

From main hide one common sandpiper,pr gadwall,nine shellduck with a Brent goose,pr wigeon,one teal,four mallard,six whimbrel .Around the farm one whinchat,two male reed buntings,plus at least twenty skylarks 

Posted April 29th, 2016 at 4:21 pm by Geoff Taylor in General Birding

Yarner wood Cuckoo

Spent a couple of hours at Yarner wood today. When the rain cleared made my way up to the top track that runs along the common. Single Cuckoo ,Male and very vocal. Other birds include Pied fly catcher, Wood Warbler, Red start , Garden Warbler and a single Lesser Spotted Woodpecker.

Posted April 29th, 2016 at 3:23 pm by Brian Davies in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh platform - Terns

Arrived at the platform this lunchtime to see an Arctic Tern feeding fairly close in, that had been around for a while apparently. I was also told that a Little Tern was at Goosemoor so I hurried across there only to have missed it by a couple of minutes! But, after a quick dash back to the platform, the Little Tern was there, with the Arctic Tern. Both still there when I left at about 2 o'clock and were feeding to the left of the platform looking towards the railway line.

Posted April 29th, 2016 at 2:26 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Harleston near Slapton

Grasshopper Warbler reeling in the hedgerow.

Posted April 29th, 2016 at 2:15 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Clennon Lakes

A singing Wood Warbler around the very top feeder pool and stream was a highlight , my very first in Torbay! also a Siberian Chiffchaff still around - toward the top lake, other warblers included 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler  and 6 Blackcap.

WoodWarblerClennonValley290416ML  WoodWarblerClennonValley290416ML

Posted April 29th, 2016 at 12:36 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Exmouth

A Short-eared Owl hunting fields along the coast path between the Orcombe Point Geoneedle and Sandy Bay @ 0630 this morning. Otherwise just 1 Wheatear, 1 Willow Warbler and 17 Whimbrel. Off Maer Rocks @ 0650 - 2 Roseate Tern, 2 Common Tern and 1 Great Northern Diver.

Posted April 29th, 2016 at 7:18 am by Matt Knott in General Birding

Thursday 28th April 2016

Wrafton Pond

Checking the coast is clear before taking a walk along the board walk, followed by an early evening dip in the pond. Sorry, missed that shot!




Posted April 28th, 2016 at 7:31 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Morte Point

Cuckoo.  First sighting at 0745 last at 1140. Calling well at 1130. A buck Roe Deer showed briefly on the ridge.



Posted April 28th, 2016 at 4:03 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Broadsands - Elberry cove

3 whimbrel on rocks between. 1 (4th?) feeding alone on grass 15 minutes earlier.

fyi 4 common sandpiper along same rocks last week

Posted April 28th, 2016 at 12:26 pm by graham folkerd in General Birding

R.Taw off Pottington Ind.Est. 10:15

34 Whimbrel; 4 Bar-tailed Godwit and 2 Black-tailed Godwit pushed up on to the concrete bank by the high tide, plus 9 Shelduck, with 1 male Kestrel hovering overhead the Tarka Trail.

Posted April 28th, 2016 at 11:55 am by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Berry Head

0600-0900hrs: 12 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, 5 Wheatear

Overhead: 1 Tree Pipit, 1 alba Wagtail, 1 Yellowhammer & 3 Swallows.

Posted April 28th, 2016 at 9:44 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Grasshopper Warbler

Hubby Kevin heard and saw grasshopper warbler on Saunton Golf Course yesterday.

Posted April 28th, 2016 at 6:52 am by Zena Lymer in General Birding

Wednesday 27th April 2016

Topsham

6 Sandwich Terns from the Goatwalk this lunchtime.

Posted April 27th, 2016 at 10:14 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Carrion Crow nest robbing

Today I witnessed a Carrion Crow not just robbing but taking away and eating the contents of a Blackbird's nest. I was working in a garden at Rumsam Road in Barnstaple when this pair of Blackbird's started creating a lot of fuss. Expecting to see a Cat or a Magpie as the cause of their concern I was quite surprised to see a Crow emerge from the bushes carrying their nest in it's beak. It then flew to the roof of a nearby house and shook out the contents which I think was a young bird and not an egg which it then proceeded to eat. Having done that it flew off returning to the site about 15 minutes later to see if it had missed anything, then flew off leaving a pair of distraught Blackbirds. Quite bizarre but I guess not unusual.

Posted April 27th, 2016 at 7:45 pm by Robert Morgan in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

With the snow and hail around Kilkhampton this morning not many birds showing but we had. 1 Willow and 1 Marsh Tit, 4 Greenfinch,4 Common Sandpiper, 3 Tufted Duck, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Chaffinch.

Posted April 27th, 2016 at 7:24 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding

South Huish Marsh

The 2 PURPLE HRON showed well for 10mins this morning at 10.05 . They can be very elusive. Also on site 20 Whimbrel. This afternoon a m Yellow Wagtail and a m Blue Headed wagtail

Purple Heron - Alan Doidge 26.04.16
Purple Heron - Alan Doidge 26.04.16

Purple Heron - Alan Doidge 26.04.16
Purple Heron - Alan Doidge 26.04.16

Posted April 27th, 2016 at 6:12 pm by Mike & Anne Passman in General Birding

Tarka trail - Braunton to Barnstaple

A total of 8 Common Sandpipers on the Taw Estuary seen from the Tarka trail between Chivenor & Barnstaple this aft.


Posted April 27th, 2016 at 6:10 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the morning high-tide.

From the hide 3-Knot, 18-Dunlin, c40-Reshank, 14-Whimbrel, 15-Curlew, 7-Bar-tailed Godwits, c80-Black-tailed Godwits, 1-Common Gull, 12-Black-headed Gulls, 1-Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1-Great Black-backed Gull, c25-Herring Gulls, c30-Sand Martins, c10-Swallows and small numbers of Teal, Shoveler and Shelduck.

From Goosemoor 26-Greenshank, 9-Little Egrets and 3-Curlew.

Whimbrel
Whimbrel

2 Curlew flying out to the estuary
2 Curlew flying out to the estuary

3 Bar-tailed Godwits with 1 wings outstretched
3 Bar-tailed Godwits with 1 wings outstretched

Posted April 27th, 2016 at 4:54 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Tarka Trail

Short walk along the Tarka Trail near the Braunton Inn failed to provide the hoped for lesser whitethroat but did allow views of willow warbler, chiffchaff, bullfinch,greenfinch, goldfinch and a large number of blackcaps (m+f). On the estuary a lone whimbrel and a successfully feeding grey heron.

Posted April 27th, 2016 at 3:06 pm by John Bronze in General Birding

Slapton last week

Out with a group of students all week around Slapton. Avian highlights few and far between but included a Whinchat (21/4), 12 Sandwich Tern (23/4), Gropper (19 and 20/4), 8 Whimbrel (23/4), Greenshank (24/4) Whitethroats (23/4) as well as large numbers of Blackcap and Willow Warbler (20/4). The non avian highlights included this jammy video from a camera trap: https://youtu.be/gz7LtZPP7Tg

Posted April 27th, 2016 at 10:37 am by Richard Billington in General Birding

Fly over Osprey

Osprey flying very low, North over Winkleigh airfield, mobbed by Carrion Crow.At about 09:30, 26/04. Makes for a good work day! 

Posted April 27th, 2016 at 6:25 am by Bill Hibbs in General Birding

Tuesday 26th April 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Not much to report at Bowling Green Marsh this lunchtime. 1 Whimbrel from the viewing platform.

For information - there was a sign on the hide to say that both parts of the hide will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.

Posted April 26th, 2016 at 9:17 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

South Huish - Purple Herons

A short visit to South Huish this evening was rewarded with excellent views of both Purple Herons in flight.  The landed near the usual place along the main ditch at 6:45pm.

Posted April 26th, 2016 at 7:18 pm by Nick Townsend in General Birding

Tarka trail - Braunton to Barnstaple

One of the Lesser Whitethroats warbling away despite the bitterly cold NNW wind.


Posted April 26th, 2016 at 4:19 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Tarka Trail

Good to see my old friend again the aberrant Robin on the Tarka Trail and a close Whimbrel off Ashford plus two others.

Whimbrel, nice and close.
Whimbrel, nice and close.

Robin, beautiful.
Robin, beautiful.

Posted April 26th, 2016 at 3:33 pm by Martin Bond in General Birding

River Clyst nr Tremletts Boatyard

1 Whimbrel feeding next to the River Clyst. 

Posted April 26th, 2016 at 2:03 pm by Paul Thearle in General Birding

Monday 25th April 2016

Woodbury

Sunday 24 April Male Pied Fly Catcher in small wood near Woodbury Common . Showing interest in nest box, but no female seen  

Posted April 25th, 2016 at 10:13 pm by Roger Brooks in General Birding

South Huish & South Hams

On the way down to South Huish Marsh this morning male Reed Bunting, Mistle Thrush, Pied Wagtails, a Lesser White Throat (Nr Elston) Skylarks, Linnets and Chiffchaff.

On arriving at the marsh a small group of very excited birders watching at a bit of a distance a Purple Heron.

With the weather threatening a detour to Bolberry Downs gave very little four Gannets, female Kestrel, a very pale Buzzard a small number of calling birds coming in off of the sea which I suspect were Linnets, several singing Skylarks.

Back to South Huish just in time to spot a Purple Heron flying in but lost in reed cover once it had landed, at times almost continuous movement of Swallows, House and Sands Martins over the marsh, Heron, Little Egret, one Common Sandpiper, one Ringed Plover, three Whimbrel flew into the marsh but did not stay for long.

Back home in South Brent male Blackcap, Reed Buntings and Siskins on the garden feeders.

Posted April 25th, 2016 at 9:21 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Migrant hunt

A visit to Dartmoor today from N Devon did not start promisingly, with rain and a very cold wind. The rain had stopped by the time we reached Yarner, and a male Pied Flycatcher was seen from the car park. A circuit to the moor and back around the paths to the hide saw male Redstart and Tree Pipit, and although 3 Wood Warblers were heard none were seen. THe Pied Flycatchers appeared to be more plentiful than I have known for some years.

Early afternoon in the Warren House and Soussons area was particularly cold, but rather surprisingly a Cuckoo was present as were 2 male Whinchat. THe most unexpected sighting of the day was in the boggy area immediately by the Soussons gate, where a Jack Snipe was flushed from under our feet and flew silently around the back of nearby vegetation.

Posted April 25th, 2016 at 7:33 pm by Roger Doble in General Birding

Exminster Marsh - railway path

A female Redstart this afternoon - showing well on and off near the newly cut hedge by the path- also a Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler and female Blackcap all showing well in the same area . At least 5 Swifts over the marsh by the lagoon. 

Posted April 25th, 2016 at 6:26 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Taw river

Cycled along the trail from Braunton to Barnstaple this afternoon. No sign of Lesser Whitethroats, or of the Spotted Redshank. Eight Whimbrel (3,3 and 2) between the downstream Bridge and Ashford. One Common Sandpiper.

Posted April 25th, 2016 at 5:02 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

A very cold and windy lake this morning, in the car park were 1m 1f Yellowhammer, 2 Willow Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 3 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch, around the lake 3 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Tufted Duck, 2 Wren, 1 Grey Heron plus plenty of Sand/House Martin and Swallows.

Posted April 25th, 2016 at 3:52 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding

Dartmoor Wood warblers

Thanks Paul Treen for posting the images of a colour ringed wood warbler at Yarner Wood. The combination of this individual (a male) is actually a metal ID ring over a pink/white striped ring on the left leg and red over orange on the right leg! Its not easy, especially the striped rings. This male was captured and ringed at Yarner Wood in 2015 as part of the conservation science work undertaken by Devon Birds/RSPB.

Already this season we have several returning colour ringed Wood warblers in our Dartmoor woodlands and we expect to find many more. A dedicated research assistant (Joan Castello) is employed on this project to undertake the resighting and related work. This is a long running project that works across nearly 30 Dartmoor woodlands investigating declines in the UK breeding population. A part of this work colour marks adults and young to uniquely identify these birds without the need to recapture them again - this is enabling us to look at survival rates between years which we can relate to various factors as well as getting a more accurate picture of population size.

Please report colour ringed wood warblers, ideally to me or Joan. They are very challenging to read correctly but even if you just get a partial or uncertain look, if you can give us a rough location we can follow this up and find it and check ourselves. We will be able to give you the full history of the bird. We know from this work that they are not usually very faithful to a wood and move around a lot, even within the breeding season (although not this particular Yarner bird!).

Also remember colour ringed birds can be reported just like found bird rings to the BTO (best done through www.ring.ac.uk).

If anyone is interested in finding out more about the Wood warbler project please get in touch.

Malcolm Burgess (RSPB Conservation Scientist)

Malcolm.burgess@rspb.org.uk

Joan.castello@rspb.org.uk

Posted April 25th, 2016 at 3:49 pm by Malcolm Burgess in General Birding

South Huish Marsh

Arrived at 0720 but no sign of Purple Herons until c.1020 when one took flight at the back of the marsh then probably another in brief flight. Also whimbrel, common sandpiper & sparrowhawk.

Posted April 25th, 2016 at 12:01 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Sunday 24th April 2016

They're Back!

A circular walk around Challacombe Down proved quiet at first, but eventually the birds started to appear, with 5 singing male Whinchats and 2 females seen on the walk. A Redstart was the bonus at the end., but no Cuckoos unfortunately. We decided to stop off on the way back at Yarner Wood, which was at its best today, with all 3 speciality species present, Wood Warbler, Pied Flycatcher and Redstart and the usual Mandarin Ducks on the small lake.

Whinchat
Whinchat

Pied Flycatcher
Pied Flycatcher

Redstart
Redstart

Posted April 24th, 2016 at 10:44 pm by Nick D'Agorne in General Birding

Yarner +

In answer (partly) to Paul's post re Wood Warbler at Yarner - I've seen a red-ringed WW there too in 2014, apparently it is part of a long-term study of Wood Warblers at this site.

Velator today: I took a small group around the reserve this morning, they had originally asked about ringing, and I was able to open just one net (too windy for much else) and trapped a few birds to show them the process. I'm glad I did, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Willow Warblers, the first Reed Warbler of the year, and 3 Sedge Warblers, one of which had a French ring on - this is the third French-ringed bird I've trapped in the last week or so.

Common Sandpiper on the scrape just outside the reserve, this morning and this evening where there were also 12 Pied and 2 White Wagtails there.

Posted April 24th, 2016 at 10:16 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

red kite near ashburton

Red Kite seen drifting north over fields just south of Ashburton at 10am this morning

Posted April 24th, 2016 at 10:12 pm by Stuart Logan in General Birding

Exminister Marshes

Lots of birders, but no posts on here. So for the record a quick look at Middle car park for 40 minutes at lunch time. 6+ Yellow Wagtails (4 Males) & possibly up to ten birds. A Swift, 100+ Sand Martin's & singing Reed Warbler. 

Posted April 24th, 2016 at 9:33 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Yarner Wood

12.00-14.30

On the heath: 

3 Tree Pipits, 3 Willow Warblers, Chiffchaff, Stonechat, Linnet Calling.

On the edges of and in the wood:

Mistle Thrush, male Redstart, 3 Ravens, 2 Siskins, 1 female and 4 male Mandarins, Nuthatch, Goldcrest, Wood Warbler, 2 Pied Flycatchers. GSWP, Green Woodpecker and Blackcap all calling. 

Posted April 24th, 2016 at 9:12 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Hoopoe at Dawlish update

I have now added an image taken this morning of the Hoopoe at Dawlish Warren. Whilst on site I also saw Linnets, Whitethroats, Greenfinches, Whimbrels, Possible Sparrow hawk, along with the usual more common birds.


Posted April 24th, 2016 at 7:49 pm by John Wilkes in General Birding

Chapel Wood

A pair of Redstarts reported by another birder this morning and while looking for them found two Wood Warblers on the lower path (Manor side) in the canopy - first I have seen at Chapel Wood. Others had reported a singing Wood Warbler earlier this morning. Also Nuthatch, GSWP, Green WP and all the regulars.

Posted April 24th, 2016 at 7:41 pm by Rob Barnes in General Birding

M 5 Devon

Driving down the M5 at approx. 4.30 pm having just entered Devon a racing pigeon seemed frightened by the traffic and was flying very low parallel to the traffic and clocked at 55-60mph for several hundred yards before veering off! Is this a record? 

Posted April 24th, 2016 at 7:37 pm by Vince Bedford in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

During our visit to the reserve today we encountered: 4 Whitethroat, a Reed Bunting, 2 Bull Finches, a multitude of Linnets, 7 Wheatear, however the highlight of the day was the discovery of the Hoopoe (which you can see in the photos below)

Hoopoe
Hoopoe

Hoopoe
Hoopoe

Wheatear
Wheatear

Posted April 24th, 2016 at 7:27 pm by Jason Smith in General Birding

Yarner Wood

A quick visit to Yarner this afternoon proved very worthwhile with both male Redstart & Pied Flycatcher. Best of all first Wood Warbler of the year. After looking at photos, it has rings on both legs - red on one and 2 on other, 1 metal, one coloured red/white Any thoughts?



Posted April 24th, 2016 at 6:26 pm by Paul Treen in General Birding

Hoopoe at Dawlish Warren

A wander around the Warren this morning bought a surprise in the form of a Hoopoe showing well at the fence line of the golf course. many other small species including Linnet, White throat, Whimbrel, SparrowHawk, lots of Green finches in the mix too

Posted April 24th, 2016 at 5:44 pm by John Wilkes in General Birding

Thurlestone

What a day! Started off with not one, but maybe two Purple Herons, followed by two Swifts, a Little Ringed Plover, three Whimbrel, three Wheatears. Lots of swallows and martins buzzing about. Most of it too far for my lens but did manage to get a couple of good shots of a Whitethroat. Lovely area, lovely local birders.

Whitethroat
Whitethroat

Dunnock
Dunnock

Jackdaws enjoying some free carpeting
Jackdaws enjoying some free carpeting

Posted April 24th, 2016 at 3:30 pm by Steph Murphy in General Birding

Tarka Trail

Must have missed  you by minutes Rob.  Also on Sherpa Marsh managed to see 6 yellow wagtails (4 male flavissima, I female and 1 blue-headed (?flava or flava x flavissima)) which were spooked by a crow as I was preparing my camera and disappeared.


Posted April 24th, 2016 at 3:03 pm by Andrew Lansdell in General Birding

Around topsham

Watched from 07:50 till 12:30

Around bowling green marsh , among lots of blackcaps at least 2 Whitethroat along the lane and best bird a Garden warbler near the hide , 3 willow warblers and good numbers of chiffchaffs at least 6 Cetti's warblers, 200+ dunlin was a good increase , 4 knot, 14+ bar tailed godwits, 22+ whimbrel, 1 hobby over following a group of sand martins and swallows a few house martins over, 5 buzzards, 1 sparrowhawk, 40+ redshank, 100+ black tailed godwits.

from the viewing platform 12+ sandwich terns, 6 great crested grebes , 1 wigeon, 65+ whimbrel(  one group of 50+ flew onto the shore at lympstone commando ) 

from the goatwalk 8+ sandwich terns  and a common tern over exminster marsh large numbers of sand Martin, swallow and house martins moving through , 2 hobby, and my first swifts with at least 9.

Posted April 24th, 2016 at 2:44 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Northam Burrows

Usual stuff on the burrows this morning but inc 5 Whimbrel on the mud flats and several Wheatear (very flighty). Attached pic is a very large crop taken at distance.


Posted April 24th, 2016 at 2:24 pm by Roy Churchill in General Birding

Exmouth - Maer Valley

A Spotted Flycatcher in the centre of the valley this morning by bridge over stream.   4 Blackcaps.

Posted April 24th, 2016 at 2:21 pm by Rupert Ormerod in General Birding

Tarka trail - Braunton to Barnstaple

Photo taken this morning of one of the  3 Lesser Whitethroats heard & seen yesterday. 3 Common Sandpipers on the R.Taw in the same area.


Posted April 24th, 2016 at 2:20 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

This morning - 3 Whimbrels, 3 Wheatears, 13 Swallows, 8 Turnstones, 7 Blackcaps and a Mandarin Duck.

Posted April 24th, 2016 at 2:12 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Soar and South Huish

Had a look around The Warren, East Soar and Starehole Valley this morning but nothing too tearing. Saw Golden Plover, Whinchat, 10 Wheatear, Sedge Warbler, 5 Blackcaps, 3 Willow Warblers and 21 Chiffchaffs.

Called into South Huish on the way home, amazingly now 2 Purple Herons. Looking from the car park they were in the far end of the very left hand ditch. Must be a reserve tribute to Prince ( Purple Heron, Purple Heron )

Posted April 24th, 2016 at 1:15 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Harleston

Pic of yesterday's hoopoe

Posted April 24th, 2016 at 8:32 am by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Bolberry Down

Female Cuckoo 




Posted April 24th, 2016 at 12:30 am by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Saturday 23rd April 2016

Kingsteignton

Red Kite over at 7pm

Posted April 23rd, 2016 at 11:26 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 08:00 10:00

110+ dunlin, 14+ bar tailed godwits, 10 greenshanks, 120+ black tailed godwits, 20+ whimbrel , 30+ curlew, 2 knot, 80+ redshanks, 8+ reed warblers, 2 sedge warblers, 5 Cetti's warblers, 12+ blackcaps, 20+ chiffchaffs, 3 willow warblers, 1 Whitethroat,  3 buzzards, 2 sparrowhawks, 1 kestrel, 2 reed buntings, small groups of sand Martin , swallows and house martins, 1 nuthatch, 4 song thrush, 2 tufted duck, 6+ wigeon, 25+ shoveler, 3 little egrets.

Posted April 23rd, 2016 at 10:43 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed 1800-1930Hrs on lead-up to high-tide with T.Smith.

c900-Sand Martins (most seen to date), 2-Swallows, 24-Greenshank, 44-Whimbrel, c45-Curlew, 130-Dunlin, c50-Redshank, c130 Black-tailed Godwits, 15-Bar-tailed Godwits (3 breeding plumage), 1-Common Sandpiper.

Whimbrel
Whimbrel

Bar-tailed Godwit (middle in breeding plumage)
Bar-tailed Godwit (middle in breeding plumage)

Posted April 23rd, 2016 at 10:34 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Whinchat on Darmoor

Nice to see my first Whinchat on the moor this afternoon. Meadow Pipits everywhere and 3 Ring Ouzels at a distance. great to see. 

Whinchat
Whinchat

Whinchat
Whinchat

Posted April 23rd, 2016 at 9:19 pm by Derek Carter in General Birding

Bolberry Down

Female Cuckoo feeding on a lot of large caterpillars. Never made a sound all morning, just flitting in the gorse feeding.

Posted April 23rd, 2016 at 9:05 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

A lovely sunny walk around the lake produced numerous Willow Warblers, a group of Tufted Ducks, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Reed Buntings, 1 Heron, a pair of courting buzzards one of which was a very pale bird, a female Orange Tip Butterfly, a Tawny Owl calling in the car park. Also of note around the feeders in the car park were 1 Redpoll, 1 Yellowhammer and 2 Willow Tits (?). We noted them calling so assumed not Marsh Tit.




Posted April 23rd, 2016 at 8:57 pm by steph Murphy in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Several Yellow Wagtails seen at Exminster Marshes today


Posted April 23rd, 2016 at 8:55 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

Sherpa Marsh Braunton

Two visits to the marsh today. This morning Little Ringed Plover, 4 Yellow Wags inc one female, Whitethroat, Wheatear, Linnets,  Plus all the regulars. This evening Plover still present but closer and 10 Yellow Wagtails inc one female and an immaculate BLUE HEADED WAGTAIL, close views through the scope, Large numbers of Sand Martin and Swallows all day, Cettis calling, Sedge Warblers, Male Reed Bunting, Common Sandpipers, Buzzards and a Marsh Harrier reported. Canada Geese and the hybrid goose, Egrets, Swans, Herons, Pied and Alba Wags, Meadow Pipits, Skylarks. Jon Turner says the Blue Headed is not tick as it is a sub species! Well I have never seen one so its a tick on my unofficial list! See you all on the Lundy Boat! :-)

Posted April 23rd, 2016 at 8:17 pm by Rob Barnes in General Birding

Soar and South Huish

Soar this morning produced a female Ring Ouzel, a fine male Black Redstart, a male Pied Flycatcher, 10 Wheatears, a Reed Warbler, c15 Chiffchaffs, 3 Willow Warblers, 4+ Whitethroats a few Swallows and a Peregrine.

This afternoon the adult Purple Heron showed briefly several times at South Huish (thanks Mike) together with: Wood Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, 2 each of Yellow Wagtail and Redstart, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, 11 Whimbrels, 5 Dunlins 2 Sand Martins, 6 House Martins, 2+ Wheatears and a White Wagtail.

After a cold, rather birdless start, a great day in the South Hams.

Posted April 23rd, 2016 at 6:27 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Tarka trail - Braunton to Barnstaple

The Spotted Redshank showing well this aft on the Taw Estuary but you need a telescope or a very long telephoto lens to photograph it!


Posted April 23rd, 2016 at 5:21 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

West Charleton Marsh

Reeling Grasshopper Warbler at top end of marsh near the old Trout Pond this afternoon.

Posted April 23rd, 2016 at 5:15 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Saltram, Plymouth

Highlights of a quiet but sunny day were 1 Whimbrel, 1 Yellow Wagtail (briefly amongst cows) and 1 Spotted Flycatcher 

Record shot
Record shot

Posted April 23rd, 2016 at 4:13 pm by Tor Elm in General Birding

Morte Point

Short Eared Owl flew over the Point 10:00 this morning. Also 1 Swift, I Whimbrel and 3 Whitethroat present - my first sightings of these at this location this year.



Posted April 23rd, 2016 at 3:39 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Tarka trail - Braunton to Barnstaple

Cycled down the trail from Braunton to Barnstaple & back this morning which is much faster than walking!

3 Lesser Whitethroat all a good distance apart from each other.

Also 1 Spotted Redshank searching for food along the foreshore.


Posted April 23rd, 2016 at 2:28 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Harleston

As I was perusing Devon Bird Sightings online at 0755 this morning my wife called out that she could hear a Hoopoe calling in the garden. Sure enough it flew into next door's garden and proceeded to forage hungrily for worms with 2 Song Thrushes giving excellent views. My neighbour was pretty impressed as well. After about an hour it got spooked and flew off towards Slapton. Now that's what I call a garden tick!!

Posted April 23rd, 2016 at 1:45 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Exminster to Turf

6.45 - 10.00

100+ Sand Martins rising from roost on the scrapes between the cps.

2 Lesser Whitethroat (not singing - towpath between cp and Turf)

1 Whitethroat (Powderham Marsh)

dozens of Reed & Sedge Warblers

6 Blackcap

3 Willow Warbler

3 Cetti's

4 Chiffchaff

1 Swift

5 Common Sandpiper/ 2 Whimbrel (Turf)

Posted April 23rd, 2016 at 11:59 am by Simon Smith in General Birding

Rillage Point

07.00-09.00, clear & sunny but cold, ENE3-4: in the scrub 2 Willow Warblers, 3 Chiffchaffs, 4 Whitethroats and a Lesser Whitethroat. Visible migration comprised 13 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, just 6 Swallows (all whipping through singly), 3 alba wagtails, 3 Meadow Pipits, at least 80 Goldfinches and 7 Siskins.

Posted April 23rd, 2016 at 9:52 am by Tim Jones in General Birding

Friday 22nd April 2016

Ivybridge

Two Swifts low over slip road onto A38 westbound this evening

Posted April 22nd, 2016 at 10:35 pm by Graham Devine in General Birding

Tiverton

Heard, but not seen, In the woodlands of Knighthayes Estate, a cuckoo. Not heard in this area for about three years.

Posted April 22nd, 2016 at 9:22 pm by Rosie Brooking in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

High tide this morning. 137 Blackwits, 14 Barwits (2 in Br plumage), 55 Curlew, 20 Wimbrel, 53 Redshank, 20 Greenshank (Goosemoor), 3 Common Sand. 9 Shoveler, 14 Teal, 5 Tufted. 12 Little Egret (Goosemoor). 40+ Sand Martin, 30 Swallow, 6 House Martin. 

Posted April 22nd, 2016 at 7:09 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Wembury

A cold, wet and muddy walk this morning at Wembury was worth the effort with nice views of 9+ vocal and flighty whimbrel on the rocks along with a common sandpiper, 3 bar tailed godwit (2 in SP), 2 grey plover (1 in partial SP), 3 little egret and 2 male mallard. 1 of the whimbrel had a green plastic ring on its left thigh and a buffy coloured one on its right thigh.

A willow warbler was singing in the bushes around the church and 2 swallows were flitting around the horse stables. Chiffchaffs were very vocal along with 4 whitethroat.

Offshore a few gannets and fulmars with 3 Sandwich terns flying west.

Heading home and a swift flew over the village.

Posted April 22nd, 2016 at 4:26 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Home FarmMarsh

On and around main pond today 8am till11am pair tufted duck,two pair wigeon,one teal ,six shellduck,two grey heron,one dunlin,one green shank,two male wheatears ,two Canada geese ,plus five mallard.Along the track were a whitethoat ,two reed buntings and a singing willow warbler,around the fields and ponds were at least one hundred swallows ,forty house martins,and three sand martins,plus usual linnets,finches,and stonechats,a female sparrowhawk arrived just as I was leaving,a good day apart from the rain.

Posted April 22nd, 2016 at 2:53 pm by Geoff Taylor in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Plenty of Swallows and Sand Martins with smaller numbers of House Martins low over the marsh in the cold damp conditions this lunchtime. The highlight for me was 2 Common Sandpipers at the back of the marsh. Also 1 Reed Warbler singing.

Posted April 22nd, 2016 at 2:06 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Cuckoo Berrynarbor

This morning I saw a Cuckoo in trees by Castle Hill Farm Berrynarbor.

Posted April 22nd, 2016 at 1:24 pm by Martin Thorne in General Birding

Rillage Point

06.55–08.30, ENE4-5, overcast & cold with patchy light-moderate rain: 8 Sandwich Terns and 19 Common Terns moving up the Channel, plus 2 Gannets, 10 Dunlins, 4 Whimbrels, 1 Common Sandpiper, a few auks, 1 Kittiwake, 1 Common Gull, 15 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 6 Sand Martins & 9 Swallows. Everything flying into the wind. A (the?) Lesser Whitethroat the only migrant revealing itself on the ground in thoroughly miserable condtions.

Posted April 22nd, 2016 at 10:42 am by Tim Jones in General Birding

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