Devon Bird Sightings from 1st–7th May 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

Saturday 7th May 2016

Bowling green marsh

A second visit for the evening high tide from 17:15 till 19:35

Now 6 ruff this evening with a new female ( 3m , 3f ) , 3 ringed plover, 100+ dunlin, 3 bar tailed godwits, 120+ black tailed godwit, 3 redshanks, 2 greenshanks, 2 oystercatchers, 25+ whimbrel, 12+ curlew, 100+ shelducks, 2 wigeon.

Posted May 7th, 2016 at 9:51 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Taw Estuary

On my WeBS sector around high tide this morning: 1 Little Tern (flying upstream off Chivenor), 3 Grey Plover (one in full breeding plumage), 110 Dunlin (all in breeding plumage), 30 Ringed Plover, 1 Turnstone (in breeding plumage), 16 Whimbrel, reeling Grasshopper Warbler, a couple of Swifts, and a mix of territorial and migrant Reed & Sedge Warblers and Common Whitethroats.

Posted May 7th, 2016 at 9:38 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Plenty of singing Warblers, lost count of Sedge Warblers, 3 Reed Warblers and 2 Cettis, one next to the fisherman's carpark by the bridge showing well.



Posted May 7th, 2016 at 8:24 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

Hartland

Red Kite flying over fields 

Posted May 7th, 2016 at 8:21 pm by Charlie and Amanda Braddick in General Birding

venn reservoir

walking across the road bridge heard a cuckoo at the far end of the reservoir, going across the moor to the woods, skylark,stone chats, house martins, raven, in the woods there were pied flys, redstarts ,wood warblers, chiffchaff and willow warblers , plus all the local woodland birds 24 birds seen during the walk.

Posted May 7th, 2016 at 7:20 pm by roger jewell in General Birding

Crow point

Excellent view of 2 Sum plum Bar-tailed Godwit with a Whimbrel on high tide line. Fed up camera battery had just run out!!

Posted May 7th, 2016 at 7:14 pm by Kelvin Irwin in General Birding

Soar and Slapton Ley

Generally quiet but a Spotted Flycatcher, Sedge Warbler, Swift and 9 Whitethroats at Soar and a Yellow Wagtail along with plenty of Reed Warblers at Slapton.

Posted May 7th, 2016 at 7:05 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Wrafton and Tarka trail

A Little-ringed Plover and a Little Egret on the scrape at Wrafton at 12:30 and a certain aberrant Robin singing it's heart out on the Tarka trail.



Posted May 7th, 2016 at 6:13 pm by Martin Bond in General Birding

Spotted flyctcher

Chambercombe woods, Ilfracombe. Three spotted flycatcher.


Posted May 7th, 2016 at 5:35 pm by Richard Gowen in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 07:00 till 12:20

The 5 ruff (3m, 2f) flew in and showed well most of the morning from the hide, 200+ dunlin, 3 redshank, 3 bar tailed godwits, 80+ black tailed godwits, 30+ whimbrel, 15+ curlew, 1 greenshanks, 30+ reed warblers, 20+ sedge warblers around the marsh , 2 Whitethroat , 30+ blackcap continues thre excellent Spring on the marsh , 20+ chiffchaffs, 2 buzzards and hobby flew in and chased a dunlin which escaped , green woodpecker and great spotted woodpecker, 5 song thrush. 

From the goatwalk 1 common tern 

Posted May 7th, 2016 at 3:00 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Late Shrike News Wednesday & Thursday

Went down to Wembury Point around 7:30 pm on Thursday 5th to view the very handsome Woodchat Shrike, in the exact same spot one showed up at the same time of year eight years ago. We were approached by two non-birders who asked what it was and when given a look through the 'scope declared "that's what we saw yesterday at Wonwell Beach". They'd looked it up in a book when they got home, but still weren't sure.  Can't tell if it was the same bird or if we have two visitors in the South Hams at the moment.

Posted May 7th, 2016 at 2:32 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in General Birding

Chambercombe

4 Spotted Flycatchers at Chambercombe Manor this morning.


Posted May 7th, 2016 at 1:27 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Turf

Hobby chasing Martins yesterday evening. 

Posted May 7th, 2016 at 12:13 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Late Post - Wood Sandpiper - Wrafton

A Wood Sandpiper on the scrape yesterday evening but checked again early this morning & it had gone. By the time I got home & processed the  photos it was already dark!  Anyway, enjoy the photo.


Posted May 7th, 2016 at 11:40 am by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Beesands Ley (yesterday late news)

Red Kite over Ley being mobed by crow

Posted May 7th, 2016 at 7:54 am by Terry Goddard in General Birding

Friday 6th May 2016

Ruff at Bowling Green Marsh

Just to add to Keith's post some 4K video footage of 2 males preening in front the hide.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECXQYhlwXfk

Ruff

Ruff
Ruff

Ruff
Ruff

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 11:25 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 16:00 till 19:45

The 5 Ruff ( 3 males and 2 females ) showed very well in front of the hide, 269+ dunlin, 3 bar tailed godwit, 2 redshank, 5+ greenshanks, 100+ black tailed godwits, 30+ whimbrel, 12+ curlew, 2 oystercatchers, 58+ shelduck, 1 tufted duck, 2 wigeon, a big arrival of reed warblers and sedge warblers around the marsh and an increase in blackcaps, 2 sparrowhawks, 4 buzzards.

from the goatwalk 2 common terns 

topsham quay while waiting for the bus 11 sandwich terns flew north up river

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 10:38 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Braunton Burrows

Sparrow Hawk, Linets, Wheaters, Whimberels, Oyster Catchers

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 10:22 pm by Adam in General Birding

South Brent - Cuckoos et al

Walking on the Moor behind South Brent today produced sightings of 3 calling male cuckoos, a farmer friend reports another lower down on his farm near Brent Hill. 4 buzzard in the air together and 2 kestrel. Also seen several whitethroat, linnets, meadow pipits and a few skylarks, sadly only 2 stonechat today. 2 male reed bunting at Dockwell Hole.

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 9:35 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Venford Reservoir

2 very vocal and visible male Cuckoos around Venford Reservoir late this afternoon.

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 8:38 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Bird Sightings, Roborough Down & Shaugh Prior

Roborough Down: Chaffinches, Meadow Pipits, Pied Wagtail, Robins, Blackbirds, Magpies, Carrion Crows, Jackdaw, Skylark, Stonechat & Yellowhammer.

Shaugh Prior: 2 Grey Wagtail (1F & 1M in breeding colours), Robin, Crows & Wood Pigeon.

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 8:25 pm by Michael Spencer in General Birding

Hobby

Hobby low over the house on clovelly rd at 14:25 caught something then drifted east.20+ swifts on Wednesday eve over Dartmouth.

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 8:14 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

A385 Collaton St Mary to Totnes

Two Hobbies seen late morning also Swifts have returned to Totnes

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 7:23 pm by David Leigh in General Birding

Axmouth to Rousden

Stepps Road between Axmouth & Rousden produced 23 species including a Whinchat (female),  Yellowhammer, Red-legged Partridge, Skylark, Whitethroat, Blackcap & an extremely pale Buzzard.

The Glossy Ibis is still present at Seaton Marsh.

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 6:12 pm by Susan Murphy in General Birding

Wolborough Hill - Swifts

First sighting this Spring of swifts (about 10) over Wolborough Hill, Newton Abbot at 5.50pm Thursday 5th May.

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 5:16 pm by Stuart Waterhouse in General Birding

Soar Valley to Southdown farm

am. Generally quiet. Fresh east wind.. 8 singing Chiffchaff, 6 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap.

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 4:51 pm by Roger White in General Birding

South Huish

4.0 pm. 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Whimbrel, 2 Grey Plover, i Common Sandpiper, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail.

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 4:46 pm by Roger White in General Birding

Offwell Woods, Nr Honiton

13 DB members attended this fieldtrip (organised by East Devon Branch) and enjoyed a fine morning around the lakes and woodlands.  30 species listed although nothing really exciting was found other than a Marsh Tit on the log cabin feeders.  House Martins were present around the village having arrived in the last week.  Goldcrest and Chiffchaffs were found in the lane by the church and a fine Mistle Thrush was present in the meadows.  Bird song was provided by Chiffchaff, Song Thrush, Blackcap and Wren of which there were plenty.  The ponds produced only a single Mallard. A Buzzard circled above the woods. 

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 4:26 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Plymouth Thornbury

Red Kite sighted over Thornbury, Plymouth, Near the 'Airport', around 13:20.

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 3:44 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh - Ruffs

The Ruffs had flown off when I arrived at the hide and there was no sign of them from the platform. Luckily, they had dropped back in as I got back to the hide. 3 smart males and 2 females, as yesterday. Still there when I left at 2.15pm.

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 2:35 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Start Point, Beesands and Slapton

Went to Start Point first thing but it was dead. Nothing moving off the point, no migrants at the light or in the farm. Driving on the back road to Beesands and a Turtle Dove flew in front of the car and up into some trees at Huccombe, just up the road from the old school. Got in the hide at Beesands at 08:00 and Dave's Purple Heron was showing well at the waters edge on the opposite side of the ley. At 08:20 it took off and flew towards Beesands Village only to double back and fly away over the Cellers Quarry towards Slapton Ley. 5 Sandwich offshore here, little else. Went around to Torcross and scanned Stokeley Bay but no sign of the heron. Parked at Slapton Bridge and walked around to Ireland Bay. Looking out from the hide/shelter on the corner above the Quarry saw presumably the Purple Heron from Beesands fly down into the reeds on the seaward side of the Ireland Bay Causeway at 11:25.

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 2:01 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Teignmouth Swifts

Swifts 17+ screaming and flying over Teignmouth town centre this morning.

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 12:10 pm by Simon Bates in General Birding

Yennadon, Dousland.

Cuckoo heard strongly Thursday 5th

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 10:39 am by Sue Clark in General Birding

Red Kite Week

Looks like the spring week with lots of Red Kite movement might be upon us. One south over central Plymouth at 9.50 being mobbed by Herring Gulls followed a couple of minutes later by a second.

Edit: A third went SE over the uni at 13.20

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 10:03 am by Richard Billington in General Birding

Black Swans

Yesterday's Black Swans at Slapton were at Dawlish on Wednesday. They are not part of Dawlish's wildfowl collection.

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1000201533420482&id=365561793551129

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 9:45 am by Alan Ford in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh (Thursday 5 May)

Some video footage of the 5 Ruff including 3 very smart males in breeding plumage seen over yesterdays evening high-tide.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Wkek5hU8lo

Ruff  (3-males in breeding plumage)
Ruff (3-males in breeding plumage)

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 7:41 am by David Boult in General Birding

Thursday 5th May 2016

Lower Tamar Lake

Further to Harvey's report 1 Willow Tit in the car park.

Posted May 5th, 2016 at 11:33 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding

Grey Plover

One adult Grey Plover in summer plumage, plus one juvenile, showing well on beach near Gorah Rocks, below East Prawle, this afternoon about 3pm.

Posted May 5th, 2016 at 10:31 pm by Chris Tickle in General Birding

Slapton - 5 Black swan

Odd birds in with the more normal residents and migrants at Slapton lunchtime today included 5 Black Swans on the South Side of Ireland Bay and a red crested pochard swimming alone and diving in the middle of the Ley

Posted May 5th, 2016 at 10:25 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Hembury Woods

2 singing Garden Warblers, top of Hembury Woods, early am.

Posted May 5th, 2016 at 9:34 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Velator

Ringing in the reserve this morning finally produced a small arrival of Reed Warblers - most of which were retraps! The oldest dates back to 2011 - that's a good few trips to Africa. Also ringed 11 Sedge Warblers - some very fat birds clearly continuing their migration, 5 Blackcaps, and the first Garden Warbler for a few years.

Two Swifts over early, but later on 4 were screaming around my house - I hope they are those that nest under the eaves.

Posted May 5th, 2016 at 9:09 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Chelston, Torquay

About 10 swifts were hawking and screaming over our house late afternoon.

Posted May 5th, 2016 at 7:19 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 16:20 till 18:30

final totals were 5 ruff( 3 males and 2 females) 2 ringed plover ( 1 colour ringed details to be sent but we thinks it was ringed in Norway ) 200+ dunlin( finally got a full read on colour rings from bird seen a couple of days ago will send details but looks like ringed in Spain ) 30+ whimbrel,120+ black tailed godwits , 2 bar tailed godwits, 8+ greenshanks.also a ringed curlew and herring Gull details to be sent .

Posted May 5th, 2016 at 7:19 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Rillage Point

06.10 to 07.45, clear and cool (7C first thing), ESE3: an obvious small fall of migrants in the coastal scrub in spite of the clear conditions: 7 Common Whitethroats, 3 Lesser Whitethroats (my highest-ever count here!), 4 Blackcaps, 6 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, 2 Wheatears. Almost nil visible/audible migration; just 9 Swallows, 1 Tree Pipit and 2 Siskins.

Posted May 5th, 2016 at 4:55 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

4 ruff, 3 smart males in summer plumage showing well from hide now 

Posted May 5th, 2016 at 4:41 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Beesands Ley and Prawle

From Beesands hide at 11.45 a nice surprise was an adult Purple Heron feeding in the open along the bank directly opposite the hide, looked settled and seen again later by others.

Earlier at Prawle a scattering of migrants including 2 Whimbrel, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, Whinchat and a small influx of Blackcaps and phylloscs.

Posted May 5th, 2016 at 3:17 pm by David Cope in General Birding

Late report for 4th May

Near Welcombe, North Devon.

1 Lesser Whitethroat calling and making itself more visible than the species usually does.

Harvey Kendall.

Posted May 5th, 2016 at 2:21 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Lower Ta,mar Lake - 5th May.

Warm sun and just a hint of a SE breeze.   A lovely morning at the lake today.

2 Goldfinches, several Chaffinches, 3 Greenfinches, 2 Nuthatches, 1 Treecreeper, 4 Willow Warblers, 3 Chiffchaffs, 6 Blackcaps, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Wrens, 2 Goldcrests, 4 Blackbirds, 1 Song Thrush, Wood Pigeons, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Moorhen, 1 Swallow, 2 Great Crested Grebes, pair of Mallard with 5 well-grown young, 2 Cormorants, Blue and Great Tits, 4 Canada Geese, Rooks and Carrion Crows.

Rod M. saw a Common Sandpiper before I arrived.

Butterflies: Brimstone, Small White and Orange Tip.

Harvey Kendall

Posted May 5th, 2016 at 2:04 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth

Turtle Dove flushed in cemetery this morning before quickly disappearing. Finally re-located briefly with the help of Ian Teague and Delboy. The bird was last seen flying towards the Barn Park entrance of Central Park.

Posted May 5th, 2016 at 11:29 am by Tor Elm in General Birding

Dawlish Warren yesterday

Birds seen: Robin, Dunnock, Blackbird, Starlings, Whimbrel, Sanderlings, Stonechat, Wheatear, Crow, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Whitethroats, House Sparrows, Herring Gulls. Other items. The Green Sand Lizards were showing well on the Dune path. Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Small Copper Butterflies.

Posted May 5th, 2016 at 9:47 am by Michael Spencer in General Birding

Woodchat Shrike Wembury

Found at 7.10am this morning at Wembury Point by John Bishop.

It was in the rough field just inland from the outfall pipe. 

Posted May 5th, 2016 at 8:55 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Bideford

8 Swifts flying around this morning

Posted May 5th, 2016 at 8:28 am by Amanda Braddick in General Birding

Wednesday 4th May 2016

Topsham

To add to Keith's post, Wheatear numbers doubled after he left (to two!) as did Sanderling on the dropping tide (to four). Highlight was group of 38 Pale bellied Brent geese that flew up river. Also 14 Sandwich terns circuiting the Exe.  Later that evening at around 9:30 a large group of Sandwich terns (c 50) flew high up river over the M5.

Posted May 4th, 2016 at 10:44 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Buckfastleigh

10+ Swifts screaming around the rooftops of Buckfastleigh this afternoon.

3 Whinchats (2m/1f) near Avon Dam yesterday.

Posted May 4th, 2016 at 9:42 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:20 till 18:15

2 sanderling was a good find among 175+ dunlin, 2 ringed plover, an increase in whimbrel with 90+ , 2 bar tailed godwits , 90+ black tailed godwits, 12+ greenshanks, 2 redshanks, 15+ curlew, 3 tufted duck, 1 wheatear.

Posted May 4th, 2016 at 7:44 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Sightings around my work area

4 Swifts chasing around at Higher Road, Fremington and Swallows in and out of the old barns at Great Fisherton, Bishops Tawton. At my field at Greysholt  Cross, Landkey lots of singing Willow Warblers, Swallows overhead and disturbed a Garden warbler amongst the trees. Fabulous weather.

Posted May 4th, 2016 at 7:39 pm by Robert Morgan in General Birding

South Huish

14:20-17:40

Hoped there would be some waders and terns coming into the bay but nothing doing. The marsh was better with 7 Whimbrel, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 2 Grey Plover and a smart Blue-headed Wagtail

Posted May 4th, 2016 at 6:54 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Powderham Marsh, Exminster

Took the long walk out to the viewing seat overlooking the marsh, an area not often reported on. For those unfamiliar with this area it is reached from the path behind the Swans Nest Inn. Needed  a scope for distant birds but found 5 Wheatear (4f, 1m), and three Whimbrel on the bare earth fields.  Whitethroat(s) and Sedge Warbler in the hedgerows and ditches and at a  distance 4 Wigeon and a Barnacle Goose (accompanying a Canada Goose).   (I believe that the Barnacle has been around for some time... years?).  Good numbers of Lapwing.  The scrapes are just inviting some good birds to drop in. 

Posted May 4th, 2016 at 6:36 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Swifts back at Cornwood

Good to see 4 swifts back at Cornwood School today.

Posted May 4th, 2016 at 5:25 pm by Ann Willcocks in General Birding

Dartmoor

Lovely day at Hound Tor, Dartmoor

Yellowhammer
Yellowhammer

Skylark
Skylark

Posted May 4th, 2016 at 2:26 pm by Colin Scott in General Birding

Tuesday 3rd May 2016

Bowling green marsh

A quick look around the marsh from 16:50 till 18:40

350+ dunlin were active on the far side of the marsh, 30+ whimbrel, 3 greenshanks, 102 black tailed godwits, 2 wigeon, 4 lesser black backed gulls.

from the viewing platform 

2 bar tailed godwits, 56+ whimbrel, 7 great crested grebes

from the goatwalk , 2 sandwich terns .

 

Posted May 3rd, 2016 at 8:44 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Start Point

Beautiful sunny morning. Walked down to the lighthouse this morning, quiet apart from around 25 Wheatears working their way up the ridge and a reeling Grasshopper Warbler. Short video of a few of yesterdays Blackcaps here https://youtu.be/ffFA_NtQxN4

Posted May 3rd, 2016 at 7:21 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Various

Sunday, regular Mandarin at Totnes Weir. Monday 2 x RL Partridges at Waddeton, ....at Staverton 6 x Mandarin, 4 x Dippers, 3 x Goosanders, 1 x GSW, and my first ever European Hornet.

Posted May 3rd, 2016 at 11:57 am by Trevor Leaman in General Birding

Monday 2nd May 2016

Bowling green marsh

Watched from  10:30 till 18:00

On arrival its was evident there had been a fall of blackcaps and after doing all around the marsh 32+ were counted with 20 males and 12 females, at least 20+ chiffchaffs , 3 sedge warblers and 10+ reed warblers, from the hide over the high tide was very quiet with 12+ whimbrel 3 greenshanks, 2 oystercatchers, 2 buzzards, passage of house martins picked up again today out numbering sand martins and swallows most of the day. swifts starting to increase with at least 20+, 3 Cetti's warblers , 1 nuthatch, 1 green woodpecker. 

After the rain cleared moved to the viewing platform along the path to the viewing platform there were at  least 6+ chiffchaffs an increase from the morning and then a lesser Whitethroat put in a brief appearance before being lost to view, from the viewing platform good numbers of dunlin with 350+ which included 1 colour ringed individual  

green right tibia   yellow over red right tarsus

will try and find out any details 

also 30+ whimbrel, 10 bar tailed godwits 90+ black tailed godwits, 12+ sanderling, 2 common sandpiper, 12+ little egrets

 

Posted May 2nd, 2016 at 10:40 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Yarner Wood

From Trendlebeare lower car park; 2 Tree Pipit, 1 Swift and 2 House Martin over. Linnet, Yellowhammer and Stonechat present. At Yarner Wood car park pond 7 male Mandarin, 1 Grey Wagtail. Through wood, 3 Wood Warbler, one showed very well. 6+ Pied Flycatcher, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, 3 GSW, Bullfinch and Marsh Tit. Many Blackcaps, 3 Song Thrush. Redstart heard but not seen.

Posted May 2nd, 2016 at 10:32 pm by R Teague in General Birding

Turf

Five Wheatear on the river wall +good number of swift. 

Posted May 2nd, 2016 at 10:31 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Late afternoon in the garden

After a lousy morning, a late afternoon in the garden saw chaffinches, house sparrows in their resident nest box ( very productive over the last 4 years) dunnock, blackbirds, pair of wood pigeon, a rook, several gold finch, an almighty conflagration of smaller birds followed by a sparrow hawk and to top it all a chiff chaff. Hopefully in the picture posted.

Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff

Posted May 2nd, 2016 at 8:54 pm by philip worth in General Birding

Shipley Bridge to Avon Dam

16.00 to 18.30 - Highlights - a male Whinchat and a Hobby. Supporting cast of 12 Willow warblers, 4 Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, 2 Great Black backed Gulls. 

Posted May 2nd, 2016 at 8:45 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

South Efford Marsh and South Brent.

South Efford Marsh,  Aveton Gifford, first visit for some time and rather disappointing results, the marsh is dry and looks as if it has been for some time resulting in virtually no bird life other than a couple of Shell duck and three Pied Wagtails, on the hedge margins Linnet, Chiffchaff, Great Tit and Wren.

On the river mud flats two Common Sandpiper, reasonable numbers of Little Egret, two greater Black Backed Gulls, almost constant movement of Swallows and House Martins with a count of 15 Swifts.

South Brent SWWA treatment works area gave good views of four male Blackcaps singing and two hens. Two Wren, Chiffchaff seen and heard calling, one Willow Warbler, Dunnock, Long Tailed Tits, and two House Martins.

Posted May 2nd, 2016 at 7:44 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

First good Skua passage this morning , in just over 3hrs from 09.15 -

5 Great Skua ( +2 from Hope Cove much later than mine ), 3 Arctic Skua and 5 Pomarine Skua ( 2 with spoons ) also 1 Balearic and 7 Manx Shearwater., 12 Sandwich and 1 Common Tern, 4 Common Scoter.

On the beach 7 Sanderling and 7 Whimbrel

Posted May 2nd, 2016 at 6:35 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Berry Head

A 2hr visit to the headland (after a call from Mark Darlaston at Start Point where there had been a big fall of warblers) found the following mirgants on the end of the headland and quarry: 16 Blackcap, 7 Whitethroat, 6 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Cuckoo 

Overhead: 1 Whimbrel, 2 Swifts, 6 House Martin & 13 Swallows.

Other Wildlife: 2 Harbour Porpoise and 1 Adder

Cuckoo Berry Hd 2 May 2016 ML Adder Berry Hd 2 May 2016 ML

Posted May 2nd, 2016 at 2:58 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Start Point

Got a call from Mark Darlaston this morning to say he and Dell were at Start Point and there was a bit of a fall there. Managed to get to the light by 11:30 and was able to stay until 13:00 by which time it started to rain. Present around the lighthouse tamarisks were Grasshopper Warbler, Reed Warbler, 15 Sedge Warbler, 100 Blackcaps, 10 Whitethroats, 12 Garden Warblers, 30 Willow Warblers ( inc some bright acredula types ) 4 Chiffchaffs, 3 Spotted Flycatchers and a Reed Bunting. 2 Common Sandpipers were on the rocks. Mark and Dell heard brief snatches of song from a probable Nightingale earlier and also had 8 Wheatears, Whimbrel and reckon there were nearer 150 Blackcaps earlier. Seawatching they had c250 Manx Shearwaters and 8 Puffins. I had a grounded Tree Pipit on the way down to the light.

Posted May 2nd, 2016 at 2:51 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Sunday 1st May 2016

Short-eared Owl Orcombe Point Exmouth

The short-eared Owl showing again during the late evening after 20:15hrs quartering around the 2 lower fields near the geoneedle in the failing light.

Some video footage. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoFeAsgbjp4

Posted May 1st, 2016 at 11:41 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Holdstone down exmoor

A strong south easterly wind deterred most wildlife this morning but I did manage to see a wheatear, several chaffinch, wrens, meadow pipits and about 60+ swallows who were battling the wind. 

Posted May 1st, 2016 at 8:24 pm by Philip worth in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Lots of Swifts and Hirundines late afternoon / early evening, mostly at the Torcross end where there has been a massive emergence of insects to help them out. 500 Swifts probably a conservative count, similar number of House Martins and perhaps up to 1000 Swallows. Small number of Sand Martins mixed in.

Posted May 1st, 2016 at 7:23 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Southcott marsh bideford

2swifts,30+ sand martins,12:55-13:20

Posted May 1st, 2016 at 5:27 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Topsham & Exeter

Started at bowling green marsh watched from 10:30 till 15:00

A nice morning in the hide with constant movement of house martins , sand martins and swallows and a few swift a brief Hobby flew through ,  1 kestrel and a buzzard chasing a wigeon the wigeon escaped , 1 tufted duck , 30+ whimbrel with several small groups seeming to head straight through heading north, 2 oystercatchers, 10+ blackcaps , 12+ chiffchaffs, 1 nuthatch , 3 reed warblers, 1 sedge warbler, 4+ reed buntings, 2 stock doves, 8 greenshanks, 1 nice male white wagtail, 3 Cetti's warbler.

from the path leading to the viewing platform a nice male wheatear , 4 whimbrel , 2 blackcaps, more house Martin  sand martins and swallows.

from the viewing platform, 80+ black tailed godwits, 8 bar tailed godwits, 142+ dunlin, 1 sanderling, 1 knot, 8 whimbrel, 1 Cetti's warbler.

from the goatwalk 2 sandwich terns , another 40+ dunlin, 10+ whimbrel.

A quick look around the mill on the exe on the way home produced 2 common sandpipers, 8 lesser black backed gulls.

Posted May 1st, 2016 at 5:11 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Soar

This morning on the Plym Estuary - 2 Whimbrels, 3 Sand Martins, 21+ Swallows and 2 Nuthatches.

Yesterday, Soar was very quiet with less than double figures of Whitethroats, Willow Warblers, Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs and just 3 Wheatears. 

Posted May 1st, 2016 at 4:27 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Natsworthy Gate - 3pm Saturday 30

Female cuckoo moving between fence and trees in the cleared forest area near path that leads to Heathercombe.

Posted May 1st, 2016 at 2:09 pm by Richard Woodland in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh area 30th April

30th April ~ Exe ~ Bowling Green Marsh area, very little of note on the marsh itself on a low tide, from the railway bridge to the Goat Walk 23 Dunnock, Song Thrush, Long tailed Tit, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Starling, Chiffchaff seen and heard singing, and 3 Wren.

From the viewing platform, Black tailed Godwit, Greenshank, Dunlin, Heron, Little Egret, Buzzard.  Canadian Geese and Whimbrel flying into the marsh.

From the Goat walk, Swifts calling and then two overhead, two Sandwich Terns perched on buoys, 4 Ringed Plover, 9 Dunlin, Little Egrets, Godwits, Black Headed Gull.

Back home at South Brent Siskin and Reed Buntings on the garden feeders, Mistle Thrush look to be setting up to nest, first Blackbird chick of the season showing well.

Posted May 1st, 2016 at 12:44 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

East Soar

Late post for Saturday 30th April; 1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling, East Soar airfield, mid-am.

Posted May 1st, 2016 at 11:56 am by Andy Smith in General Birding

Yarner Wood

Had a lovely day at Yarner Wood yesterday with good results. On the pond there were 4 male Mandarins and there had apparently been a female earlier. On the right hand-side of the woods from the car park we saw at least 4 Pied Flycatchers, 2 Redstarts and plenty of Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers, however there were no signs of the Wood warblers. We decided to head up onto black hill above Yarner Wood to be treated with a gorgeous male cuckoo.

Posted May 1st, 2016 at 9:15 am by Benjamin Rousseau in General Birding

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