Devon Bird Sightings from 22nd–31st August 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

Wednesday 31st August 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed 1530-2015 hrs over the high-tide.

From the goatwalk 53-Ringed Plover with several hundred Dunlin and spotted Redshank before the Osprey took at 16:15hrs off flying low up the goatwalk and clearing all the waders from the mud and circling to gain height before disappearing eastwards out of view over Exton. Look at the viewing platform 3-Knot, Common Sandpiper, 6-Greenshank. From the hide 3-Curlew Sandpipers, Wood Sandpiper, 2-Spotted Redshank, c150-Dunlin, Knot, 27-Greenshank with usual good numbers of other waders. Another look from the viewing platform showed 3-Wheatear on top of riversmeet seawall and Common Sandpiper flying up river..

Wheatear   Spotted Redshank
Wheatear                                                   Spotted Redshank

Posted August 31st, 2016 at 9:20 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Topsham - Osprey

Lunchtime visit to Bowling Green Marsh - Spoonbill was fast asleep as usual!

On arrival at the platform I was told an Osprey had been seen heading that way. No sign from the platform so I headed round to the Goatwalk and found the Osprey sat on a post. It flew around briefly in a half hearted fishing attempt before returning to rest on the mud. Still there when I left at around 1.30.

A Spotted Redshank was seen distantly from the platform.

Posted August 31st, 2016 at 2:06 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Wryneck at Wembury (pics attached now sorry Eds)

Here's the pics of the Wryneck, possible Razorbill and one of the Wheatears from my walk at Wembury 30/8/2016.

Wryneck  Razorbill? Please confirm ID
Wryneck                                                       Razorbill? Please confirm ID Eds - Yes

Wheatear
Wheatear

Posted August 31st, 2016 at 11:26 am by Andy Brown in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 30th August 2016

Return crossing from Lundy aboard The Oldenburg

Brief view of a Minke Whale, good numbers of Common Dolphins & Porpoise. Plenty of Manx Shearwaters, a few Terns  & I'm sure a large Shearwater that was flying off the Port side was a Cory's Sheatwater.

Posted August 30th, 2016 at 10:02 pm by Martin Thorne in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Great session on the evening high tide with plenty of waders, best being 3 Curlew Sandpipers and a Little Stint.

Little Stint Sanderling
Little Stint                                             Sanderling

Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper

Posted August 30th, 2016 at 8:44 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

Preston Down, Paignton

A visit to Preston Down this afternoon was rewarded with an egglaying female brown hairstreak shown to us immediately we arrived on site. Normally this species is much more elusive! Other butterflies included holly blue, common blue (both in good numbers), speckled wood, gatekeeper, meadow brown and large white; also southern hawker and common darter dragonflies. Bird interest was limited in the mid afternoon heat, the best being a hunting sparrowhawk.

Brown hairstreak, female
Brown hairstreak, female

Posted August 30th, 2016 at 7:14 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

Swallows

Spent an interesting 45 minutes watching a juvenile swallow and an adult at White Bridge on River Otter.  Every time the juvenile moved nearer to the adult it pushed it away and moved a foot away. Probably suggesting that, "you get your own food"  Further up I was told large numbers are gathering.

Swallows gather

Posted August 30th, 2016 at 5:10 pm by Rob Jerrard in General Birding

Wryneck at Wembury

A Wryneck spotted and photographed (pics to follow) today on the cliff path to the Yealm estuary at Wembury sitting on a gate. Also 10+ Wheatears, 6+ Stonechats, 2 Kestrels and what I think was a Razorbill in winter plumage on the sea (pic to follow for ID confirmation)

Posted August 30th, 2016 at 5:07 pm by Andy Brown in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

south efford marsh

A lovely afternoon, though had to leave before high tide, excellent views of the spotted sandpiper feeding with 10+ ringed plover and 3 curlew sand piper. 10+ dunlin also on the marsh, before you reach the hide. Also a wheatear and kingfisher showed well.  lesley

 

Eds - this is the first report of the Spotted Sandpiper for 2 weeks.

Posted August 30th, 2016 at 4:38 pm by lesley goonesekera in General Birding

FIN Whale

Marine enthusiasts among you may be interested to know that the whale I saw from my kayak last on 26 Aug near Eddystone has now be identified as a FIN WHALE. (I thought it was a tad big!)


Posted August 30th, 2016 at 4:30 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Other Wildlife

Bowling Green Marsh

This lunchtime, the Spoonbill was showing well, feeding in the main water. 1 Ruff in with a small group of Redshank.

From the platform, 1 Spotted Redshank was in the bay just to the right and 1 Kingfisher flew past.

Posted August 30th, 2016 at 2:48 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Wrafton

On my way to the reserve this morning I took a look at the scrape, and found the Wood Sandpiper, but the Green Sandpiper seems to have morphed into a Greenshank! However after the Greenshank uttered a short alarm call, they flew and the culprit appeared - a fine dark female Marsh Harrier, which circled the reserve attracting the attentions of four of the local Jackdaws.

In the reserve, a Kingfisher, and from it - the Green Sandpiper out on the scrape.

Posted August 30th, 2016 at 1:35 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Saltram House

Mon 29 August at Saltram House, Plymouth large numbers of house martins , 75+,  flying around and setting on the house

House martins at Saltram
House martins at Saltram

Posted August 30th, 2016 at 9:22 am by Vince Bedford in General Birding

Dragonflies

A walk around Bicton Park on Bank Holiday.  Very sunny.  Not many birds to be seen except the usual at the bird hide, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Robin and Nuthatch, however below the lake on the canal were very many dragonflies including southern hawkers moving too fast and common darters which do rest to allow photos.  Very many damselflies as well.

Posted August 30th, 2016 at 7:43 am by Rob Jerrard in Other Wildlife

Monday 29th August 2016

South Huish

17:45-19:15

On the marsh Curlew, Ringed Plover, Dunlin, 6 Wheatears, 15 White Wagtails ( outnumbering Pieds ) and 20 Yellow Wagtails.

Posted August 29th, 2016 at 8:28 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Soar and Plym Estuary & Saltram

Highlight of a morning's walk around Soar was a Turtle Dove in East Soar willows. Also - Yellow Wagtail 37+, Ruff, Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler 2, Spotted Flycatcher 2, Tree Pipit 2, Sedge Warbler 8+, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Wheatear 15, Grey Wagtail, Willow Warbler 8, Chiffchaff 14, Blackcap 3, and Roe Deer (buck).

On this evening's high tide on the Plym Estuary & Saltram: Redshank 88, Greenshank, Little Egret 17+, Oystercatcher 4, and Ringed Plover 3. 

Posted August 29th, 2016 at 8:10 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling green marsh

An excellent afternoon around the marsh watched from 13:15 till 17:45

The juv osprey which has been around for a few days was first picked up of the viewing platform at 14:20 flying towards turf it then reappeared over the trees of rivers meet house then flew about 8ft above my head over the viewing platform then proceeded to fish the river clyst and exe estuary but was unsuccessfull it later flew over the marsh in front of the hide and headed up the river clyst, also an adult Mediterranean gull here.

Around the marsh mostly from the hide, the spoonbill showed well at times, 1 juv wood sandpiper, 1 juv male ruff , 2 spotted redshanks, 3 juv curlew sandpipers , 1 little stint, 2+ knot, 8+ ringed plovers, 1 common sandpiper, 13+ greenshanks , 300+ redshank, 4+ whimbrel, 200+ curlew, 6+ bar tailed godwits, 600+ black tailed godwits, 12+ lapwing, 70+ dunlin, 1 Pintail, 12+ wigeon, among teal, mallard and shoveler.

21+ little egrets, 3+ grey heron, 12+ moorhen, sparrowhawk, 2 buzzards, nuthatch, green woodpecker, great spotted woodpecker, good numbers of chiffchaffs, 3 blackcaps, 1 willow warbler, with all the other resident birds an excellent afternoon with 60+ species.

on the way home a nice kingfisher along the exe river near Exeter st Davids station. 

Posted August 29th, 2016 at 7:22 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Went looking for the Wryneck but missed out today, even though there were sightings. Other birds of interest to me were Sanderling, Little Stint, Ringed Plover, Wheatear and a juvenile Whinchat, all from, and around, the hide. Also had a nice catch-up with Lee.

Whinchat, next to hide

Very obliging!
Whinchat next to the Hide                                                                               Very obliging!

Posted August 29th, 2016 at 6:22 pm by stephanie murphy in General Birding

Soar Mill Valley

Highlight of the morning was a Wryneck below Hazel Tor on the seaward side just below the scrub line. Showed well for 20 mins while enjoying itself in an ants nest! Poor quality pic attached but you can see what it is.! Also: Sparrowhawk, 15 Whitethroat, 9 Blackcap, 5 Willow Warbler, Spotted Fly, 5 Wheatear around the cove and a Great Spotted Woodpecker through Southdown Farm - prob.migrant. 

Distant record shot of Wryneck Soar Mill Cove
Distant record shot of Wryneck Soar Mill Cove

Posted August 29th, 2016 at 4:36 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Brent - Spotted Flycatchers

Several Spotted Flycatchers observed during the past week on the edge of the moor at Dockwell, South Brent. This mornings walk gave 4, all feeding well.

Spotted Flycatcher - South Brent - 29/8/2016

Spotted Flycatcher - South Brent - 29/8/2016
Spotted Flycatcher - South Brent - 29/8/2016

Posted August 29th, 2016 at 4:23 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Wembury

3+ yellow wagtails feeding around cattle in field by coastal footpath but nervous and flighty. 1 noisy ad with 1 even noisier juv Sandwich tern along shoreline. 1 ringed plover heard calling. 1 male whitethroat at Wembury Point. Chiffchaffs calling in bushes. 1 large female sparrowhawk over stubble field spooking roosting herring gulls and 1 ad LBB gull.

Posted August 29th, 2016 at 3:53 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Sherpa scrape

The Wood & Green Sandpiper showing well again this morning. They seem to be the best of friends sometimes searching for food & resting together in close proximity to one another.

Posted August 29th, 2016 at 2:56 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Fremington Pill

Glossy Ibis halfway down the pill this morning still there at two,oclock middle of stream,great views.

Posted August 29th, 2016 at 2:33 pm by Geoff Taylor in General Birding

Sunday 28th August 2016

Bowling green marsh

Watched from  11:00 till 15:05

between the showers some good birding with the spoonbill showing well from the hide and the juv wood sandpiper, 2 juv curlew sandpipers were seen from the viewing platform then later over the high tide from the hide coming in with 250+ redshank, a small group of dunlin contained 3 ringed plover, and 3 juv knot flew in, 600+ black tailed godwits, 3 common sandpipers, at least 2 spotted redshanks , 3 grey plover were seen from the viewing platform, plenty of chiffchaffs , 1 willow warbler, 3 blackcaps, 2 nuthatch, 2 great spotted woodpeckers, 1 green woodpecker, 16+ little egrets, 12+ lapwing.

Posted August 28th, 2016 at 10:29 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

swallows

500+ swallows passed the house this evening heading sw after a brief feeding frenzy over maize fields opposite..20{00

Posted August 28th, 2016 at 9:14 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Fremington Pill Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis showing well again this evening at 19.00.

Posted August 28th, 2016 at 9:12 pm by David Paterson in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

On this afternoon's high tide: Wood Sandpiper (close to the hide), Spoonbill "sub-adult", Curlew Sandpiper juv, Spotted Redshank, Knot, Pintail, Dunlin 10+. Ringed Plover 2, Whimbrel 3, Common Sandpiper 3 and Wheatear,

Earlier 10 Sandwich Terns at Exmouth.

Posted August 28th, 2016 at 8:58 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Swallow's nest with a sea view, Brixham

A pair of swallows have nested a couple of metres above high water mark on Brixham harbour sea wall, behind a ladder on the north side of the fish market. They've already raised one brood and another looks about ready to go. Clearly a good, if unconventional spot!

Adult swallow & nest behind
Adult swallow & nest behind

Posted August 28th, 2016 at 8:55 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Lyme Bay boat trip

Inspection of photos has clarified a few of the ID issues discussed on board. The wader which zipped past us at speed was a knot. Of the terns, we certainly had 2 immature sandwich terns overhead early on. All others photographed by me today, including at least two of a group called as sandwich have turned out to be common. Photo below is one of the group, very heavily enlarged (hence awful quality) to show tail streamers and red bill with black tip, also dark primary wedge in hand of wing. Based on this I'd put the total as 2 sandwich tern, 5 common tern. Click on photos to zoom in. 

Knot   Common tern
Knot                                                         Common tern

Posted August 28th, 2016 at 8:38 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Lyme Bay boat trip

A few pics of the birds from today's trip.

Balearic shearwater Balearic shearwater, in very heavy wing moult
Balearic shearwater                                                 Balearic shearwater, in very heavy wing moult

Arctic skua, juvenile mobbing a herring gull.
Arctic skua, juvenile mobbing a herring gull.

Posted August 28th, 2016 at 8:30 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

South Brent ~ Swifts

Having been periodically watching handfuls of both Swallow and House Martins heading westerly over the house at South Brent today saw at 7.30pm a small flock of House Martins that had two Swifts accompanying them.

A short time later a flock of 22 Pied Wagtails flew down towards the village.

Posted August 28th, 2016 at 8:24 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lyme Bay Boat Trip

Here's a couple of pics from todays successful trip.

were did that Balearic go?     One of Three Balearics that came to the back of the boat
were did that Balearic go?                                        One of Three Balearics that came to the back of the boat

Posted August 28th, 2016 at 3:57 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

Plym estuary / Blaxton meadow

At high tide:

14 Little Egret, 117 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 30 Curlew, c650 Black Headed Gull, 1 adult 1 juvenile Sandwich Terns, and 1 Common Sandpiper.

Posted August 28th, 2016 at 3:53 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Lyme Bay Boat Trip

This mornings boat trip into Lyme Bay from Brixham was a bit lumpy!!!  Today for me was a first, watching Balearic Shearwater swimming under water and plunge diving beside the boat, 3 + birds seen. 6 Manx Shearwater, 4 + Arctic Skua, 2 + Bonxy, 6 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern, 20 + Kittiwake, Gannets, Fulmar, Guillemots, assortment of Gulls and 1 Wader SP. 25 + Common Dolphin. Hope somebody on trip puts a picture of the Balearic Shearwater on the blog.

Posted August 28th, 2016 at 2:45 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Fremington Pill

Glossy Ibis showing well for a time on the Pill this morning. Also 3 Curlew Sandpiper. Attached a poor record shot (big crop and high ISO)

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Posted August 28th, 2016 at 11:13 am by Roy Churchill in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Fremington Pill

Glossy Ibis showing really well this morning , also 3 Curlew sandpipers & 1 Black-tailed Godwit. 

Posted August 28th, 2016 at 11:00 am by David Paterson in General Birding

Glossy ibis

Still showing well this morn but took off at 09:40 heading high down river.

Posted August 28th, 2016 at 10:23 am by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 27th August 2016

Borrow Pit Marsh

Just to Add to Dave Boults post.....

Green Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker

Posted August 27th, 2016 at 11:33 pm by Tony Dudley-Clarke in General Birding

Black Hole Marsh

Great day out on this magnificent  marsh with Tony. From the island hide close views of 2-Little Stints, Ruff, Snipe, Common Sandpiper, Little and Ringed Plovers, Redshank and Black-tailed Godwits. Cream tea at the nature centre went down very well and many thanks for that. Colyford Marsh Great-spotted Woodpecker top of tree near entrance gate, Kingfisher fishing along the water channel to the hide and 3-Ringed Plovers, Little Egrets seen from the hide with lots of Swallows over. From the tower hide Knot, Common Sandpiper, Oystercatchers, Curlew, Kestrel over the reedbeds and large assortment of gulls on the Axe estuary.

Pathway to Borrow Pit Marsh a Wheatear stood on the fence post and a Green Woodpecker showing close-by the pool from the hide with more Redshank, Curlew and Oystercatchers on the estuary.

Fish and chips in Seaton to finish a very nice day.

Little Stints video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWDY93grFAc

Ruff video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdhQsKjr9-w

Little Stint

Ruff
Little Stint                                                                                                 Ruff

Snipe
Snipe

Posted August 27th, 2016 at 9:07 pm by David Boult in General Birding

swift

1 briefly over the house.bideford at 19:40

Posted August 27th, 2016 at 8:30 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Viewed over the high tide.Curlew Sandpiper and Little Stint (thanks Lee and Ivan) along with Oyks, Sanderling, Turnstone, Dunlin, R Plover etc.

Briefest of views of the Wryneck (in flight) on the point.

Curlew Sandpiper vid

 https://youtu.be/CMbvlOWTOcE

Sanderling vid

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cW6YQBoCmP8

Spooonbill vid from last night 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DQVH-kbfw8

Curlew Sandpiper   Sanderling
Curlew Sandpiper                                                     Sanderling

Posted August 27th, 2016 at 7:08 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Soar and South Efford Marsh

Soar this morning: Hobby, Garden Warbler, Tree Pipit 4, Spotted Flycatcher 2, Whinchat 3, Yellow Wagtail 19+, Willow Warbler 2, Chiffchaff 16, Whitethroat 18, Bullfinch 2 juvs, Blackcap 3.  

South Efford Marsh this afternoon on the high tide: Curlew Sandpiper juv, Little Stint 3 juvs, Common Sandpiper, Snipe 5, Dunlin 2, White Wagtail, Wheatear.  

Posted August 27th, 2016 at 6:46 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Efford Marsh

Joined Eric W in the hide at around midday for the high tide. Earlier Eric reported Whinchats in brambles, as he crossed the road bridge. Wader numbers increased with the tide and amongst others birds we identified 3 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin, 5 Snipe and a lone Ringed Plover towards the N end of the Marsh , most had been seen previously by Eric who had been there since 9am. They were also seen by Pete Aley, as he joined us later. As they left I counted 11 more Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper and 1 Greenshank, opposite the hide and towards the sluice end. At 1555 hrs I was treated to the sight of an Osprey flying slowly down the estuary towards Bantham! Many Pied Wagtails, including a lot of juveniles were present and all 3 of us saw or heard a yellow wagtail. As I left at 1630 hrs I saw 2 Wheatear on the marsh, one a nicely marked male.

Posted August 27th, 2016 at 6:35 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Bowling Green marsh & the Exe

An afternoon visit to Bowling Green Marsh on a high tide gave a great afternoons birding, giving a couple of long awaited year ticks, the marsh is simply alive with an abundance of waders, highlights included the reported Wood Sandpiper that was clearly in view just in front of the hide in the first channel along with two bickering Common Sand Pipers.

 

The Spoonbill was on one leg fast asleep during the visit sat in front of a gathering of Little Egrets which did not always make it easy to pick out.

A Curlew Sandpiper and two Knot were another bonus, the Godwits and Curlew were beyond counting, a small number of Lapwing and one Avocet were joined by good numbers of Redshank.

Lots of Black Headed Gulls including an almost pure white individual and one lesser Black Backed Gull.

The Exe estuary below Powderham church gave five Common Gulls.

Posted August 27th, 2016 at 6:24 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Glossy Ibis, Fremington,North Devon.

Glossy Ibis feeding well on Fremington pill,also 3 Common sandpipers,100+ Redshank and 9 Med gulls roosting on Fremington quay.

Posted August 27th, 2016 at 6:13 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Meeth

2 Hobbies at the quarry reserve thhs morning,ad,juv 11:40.Also willow tit calling and southern,migrant hawker dragonflies.

Posted August 27th, 2016 at 5:20 pm by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Kingsbridge Estuary

On the high tide midday 14 Med Gulls amongst the Black-headeds in Charleton Bay. 7 Teal and a Green Sandpiper on the marsh.

Posted August 27th, 2016 at 5:18 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Osprey

At 10am this morning an Osprey was hunting in the shallow water at the mouth of the Taw. It was clearly visible from Appledore. It caught a fish and then flew up the Torridge and into the distance.

Posted August 27th, 2016 at 4:51 pm by Martin Unwin in General Birding

Soar

Visiting Cotswolds birder Andy Warren spent the last week in West Soar on holiday and amongst good numbers of common migrants reported: Icterine Warbler on 22nd, Wryneck on 25th and a Nightingale (calling) on 26th.

Today in the fresh NE wind migration slower but around East Soar: 30+ Yellow Wagtail,10+ White Wagtail, 15+Wheatear, 3 Whinchat, 4 Whitethroat, an autumn flock of c.15 Meadow Pipits ,a Golden Plover over but few phyloscs. Called into Slapton pm, quiet but 3 Clouded Yellow Butterflies on the higher ley path.

Posted August 27th, 2016 at 2:57 pm by David Cope in General Birding

Morte Point

Painted Lady Butterfly on Cuttlebone yesterday.

Posted August 27th, 2016 at 2:18 pm by Derek Stacey in Other Wildlife

R.Caen

Digiscoped photo of Little Stint & Dunlin for comparison.

Posted August 27th, 2016 at 9:03 am by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wrafton

Single Wood Sandpiper on the scrape again this morning. Swift over the reserve yesterday.

Posted August 27th, 2016 at 8:21 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

Friday 26th August 2016

BGM

Evening visit 6 - 7.30 pm Common, Wood and Green Sandpiper showing well as was the Spoonbill who came relatively close to the hide at one point 

https://youtu.be/7DQVH-kbfw8

Red Arrows were also fun.

No sign of the Yellow Wags.

Sparrowhawk attacked something small near Odhams Wharf, then sat up but flew off before I could get a shot of it!

Spoonbill
Spoonbill

Posted August 26th, 2016 at 10:18 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

R.Caen

A superb late aft / early evening in the field with outstanding light for photography - as good as it gets. Curlew Sandpipers finding food, still 7 on R.Caen + 1 Little Stint.

Posted August 26th, 2016 at 9:42 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Braunton Burrows

Dartford Warbler calling from brambles between Crow Point and the car park at the end of the toll road. Seen briefly moving between the thickets.

Posted August 26th, 2016 at 8:50 pm by Martin Unwin in General Birding

Eddystone

 An extraordinary day wildlife watching from kayak  to Eddystone from Plymouth sound. Nine hours on the water. 

4 Balearic Shearwater

4 Storm petrel

2 Sandwich terns

Also 3 schools of Harbour porpoises

5 schools of Common dolphins

1 adult Minke whale, watched for about an hour 8.5 miles offshore. Down to about 20 metres.

While waiting for it to surface (in trepidation, doing my best not to look or smell like a pilchard), 4 white-beaked dolphins came past close.

Quite a memorable image, white-beaked dolphins in the foreground, storm petrel zipping about behind, minke whale surfacing in background.

and 1 ocean sunfish

regards

Rupert

white-beaked dolphinMinke whale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White-beaked Dolphin                                                                                       Minke whale

common dolphins and eddystone lighthouse

common dolphins and eddystone lighthouse

Posted August 26th, 2016 at 8:08 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Other Wildlife

South Huish - Scrape Reinstatement Update

Reinstatement of the back scrape at South Huish was completed today and work will be completed on the front scrape tomorrow, Saturday. The back sluice was raised today and by Friday evening water was beginning to flow into the back scrape.  The front sluice will be raised on Saturday allowing both scrapes to fill, how quickly will depend on the rainfall.

There were reports of around 50 Yellow Wagtails around the scrapes today and a solitary Curlew.

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

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the high-tide.

From the hide Spoonbill (ad), Wood Sandpiper, 2-Comon Sandpipers, Curlew Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 2-Spotted Redshanks, 11-Greenshank, Mediterranean Gull (ad), 5-Yellow Wagtails, Swift, Sparrowhawk  2-Buzzards, 25-Little Egrets with large numbers of Black-tailed Godwits, Redshank, Dunlin and Swallows.

From the viewing platform c250-Oystercatchers, c400-Curlew, c15-Whimbrel, 4-Bar-tailed Godwits and Yellow Wagtails moving around with the cattle in field alongside footpath.

From Goosemoor 15-Greenshank and 2-Common Sandpipers.

Spoonbill

Wood Sandpiper & Yellow Wagtail
                Spoonbill                                                                 Wood Sandpiper & Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Posted August 26th, 2016 at 5:14 pm by David Boult in General Birding

BGM Veiwing Platform 15.00hrs

juvenile Osprey, with fish being harried by H Gull, Caught fish on Lympstone side of Exe and headed of towards Powderham.

Posted August 26th, 2016 at 5:06 pm by M C Webb in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Excellent visit to the hide this lunchtime. 1 Curlew Sandpiper eventually showed itself amongst the Dunlin and Redshank. Also 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Spotted Redshank. The Spoonbill woke up and showed well. Just before I left at about 2.10pm, 5+ Yellow Wagtails dropped in by the channel in front of the hide and a Swift flew through.

Posted August 26th, 2016 at 2:31 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Taw Estuary - R.Caen

11.50 - Good views of an Osprey this morning in flight above the Taw Estuary heading east past the mouth of R.Caen towards Barnstaple.

Posted August 26th, 2016 at 12:44 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Fremington creek/ Wrafton Scrape/ Tarka trail

Curlew Sandpiper on Fremington creek early morning, Common,Green and Wood Sandpipers on Wrafton scrape and the "White breasted" Robin showed on the Tarka trail near Chivenor mid morning.

Posted August 26th, 2016 at 11:34 am by Martin Bond in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Possible sighting of Osprey yesterday by Jo and Rosa Thorp on the Exe - bird of prey seen swooping over the water dragging it's talons through the water and diving down into the water - keep a look out everyone.

Posted August 26th, 2016 at 10:59 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Thursday 25th August 2016

Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis sighted at about 1.00pm Thursday 25.08.2016 at Fremington Quay, North Devon

Posted August 25th, 2016 at 10:14 pm by Bob Cowlard in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wrafton and around Horsey Island

One of wood,green,common sandpiper.two dippers.three kingfisher.seventeen greenshank.two curlew sandpiper.forty eight dunlin.three wheatear.

Posted August 25th, 2016 at 7:44 pm by Geoff Taylor in General Birding

Kingsbridge Estuary

28 Mediterranean Gulls late PM around Lincombe Bay, also 4 Sandwich Terns there. Common Sandpiper in the bay, Kingfisher and Green Sandpiper over the marsh. Late Swift over Charleton village.

Posted August 25th, 2016 at 7:09 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the morning high-tide.

From the hide Spoonbill trying to swallow large fish, Wood Sandpiper, 2-Spotted Redshanks, 2-Common Sandpipers, Curlew Sandpiper, 20-Greenshank, 12-Whimbrel, 4-Bar-tailed Godwits, adult Mediterranean Gull, Common Tern with good numbers of Black-tailed Godwits, Redshank, Curlew, Dunlin and Black-headed Gulls.

From the viewing platform 2-Curlew Sandpipers, Common Tern on buoy near Exton and large number of Oystercatchers.

From Goosemoor Kingfisher was seen fishing from post near sluice gate inlet and Common Sandpiper.

Spoonbill trying to swallow fish. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=It_hUm4C6MI

Close-up Wood Sandpiper. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPacOjtwxqE

Spoonbill & Grey Heron

Wood Sandpiper

Spoonbill & Grey Heron                                                         Wood Sandpiper

Kingfisher in RSPB-Goosemoor
Kingfisher in RSPB-Goosemoor

Posted August 25th, 2016 at 7:05 pm by David Boult in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Horsey Island

A distant shot of a Little Stint taken through the telescope (bird is in the middle of the photo)


Posted August 25th, 2016 at 5:53 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Powderham Marsh

Green sandpiper, hobby, wheatear and 4 yellow wagtails seen today whilst working on the reserve :)

Posted August 25th, 2016 at 5:19 pm by Helen Whitall in General Birding

Hopes Nose

An hour at lunch time produced 4 Wheatears, 9 Whitethroats 

Posted August 25th, 2016 at 4:59 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Start Point

10:00-13:00

3 Tree Pipits, 10 Yellow Wagtails, 14 Wheatears, 4 Whitethroats, 9 Willow Warbler ( one sang briefly ), 3 Chiffchaff ( one singing ) and 8 Spotted Flycatchers. 2 Harbour Porpoises went around the point.

Posted August 25th, 2016 at 2:58 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East Soar

2 Fulmars & at least 8 Med Gulls off Sharp Tor. Migrants inc.42 Yellow Wagtails, 8 Wheatears, 2 Redstarts, 3 Whitethroats, 13 Willow Warblers, 9 Spotted Flycatchers & one Pied Flycatcher. On stubbles 280 Herring Gulls, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls & 300 Linnets.

Also: 1st Clouded Yellow of the autumn.

Note: I'm in the market for a reasonably priced 2ndhand scope if there is one out there. Email: rob@robmacklin.co.uk

Posted August 25th, 2016 at 2:01 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Shark's fin & BTGodwits - Horsey Island

After close inspection we now think the shark's fin was a swallow flying past exactly the moment the photo was taken!


Posted August 25th, 2016 at 10:47 am by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Wednesday 24th August 2016

Ashford Sewage treatment Works to Pottington

Counted 51 Black tailed Godwits from the trail this aft on the Taw Estuary


Posted August 24th, 2016 at 9:26 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Clennon Lakes

Unusual looking blonde Mandarin Duck at lakes this evening.

Blonde Mandarin Clennon Lakes 24 Aug 2016 ML

Posted August 24th, 2016 at 8:54 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Mistle Thrush movement

Around 6pm this evening saw a total of 15 Mistle Thrush flying into the Forder Valley, South Brent from the direction of Brent Hill.

Posted August 24th, 2016 at 7:34 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Bowling Green & Matford Pond

A lunch time visit to BGM produced 490 Blackwits, 3 Barwits, 355 Curlew, 7 Whimbrel, 9 Lapwing, 2 Spotted Redshank, 20 Greenshank, 6 Juv Dunlin, 1 Avocet, 1 Wood Sandpiper & a Common Sandpiper. Also 20 Little Egrets. No Redshank count made. 

Matford Pond late afternoon there were 2 Green Sandpipers, 60+ Swallows & 4 Sand Martin's.

Posted August 24th, 2016 at 6:55 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Torridge Egrets and Osprey

On the high tide roost this morning there were 28 Little Egret, 5 Grey Heron and 70 Curlew.

At 3.30 this afternoon the balloon went up as an Osprey flew up the Torridge towards Torridge Bridge and then turned back down river towards Appledore.

Posted August 24th, 2016 at 6:12 pm by Martin Unwin in General Birding

Soar

Warren / Eat Soar (11:15-15:30 ).

80 Swallows, 20 House Martins, 58 Yellow Wagtails, 2 White Wagtails, Whinchat, 3 Redstarts, 32 Wheatears, 2 Blackcaps, 5 Whitethroats, 14 Willow Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Pied Flycatchers, 2 Spotted Flycatchers and around 800 Linnets in area ( c 500 around airfield ). All the Redstarts and Flycatchers were around the yurt field or Donkey paddock adjacent to the track just up from the cafe.

I have been reading The Life Of Buzzards by Peter Dare ( brilliant book, a lot based on research around Postbridge ). It has shown me how little I knew about them including their wide variety of prey. Coincidentally today I saw a Buzzard in the pepperpot field along with around 30 Herring Gulls. Looking the other way I heard a commotion and on looking back was amazed that a Buzzard had just wiped out an adult Herring Gull. It was not the one i'd just seen so i'm guessing this one had flown in low, put the gulls up and Goodnight Vienna for Jonathon Livingston. The buzzard went to ground over a ridge but in the next 15 minutes several corvids arrived and a Peregrine paid some interest but I saw the Buzzard still with prey a couple times. In Peters book there is a reference to a Buzzard opportunistically taking a Herring Gull

                                                                                         

Posted August 24th, 2016 at 6:02 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Carrion Crow takes out Knot

While at Dawlish Warren a Carrion Crow catches a Knott, kills and eats it in front of the hide. Two pecks to the head and its all over, impressed on how fast the Crow was.


Posted August 24th, 2016 at 5:19 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

Pomarine Skua Photographs

Three more images of the Pomarine Skua at Northam Burrows.




Posted August 24th, 2016 at 3:32 pm by Steve Nikols in General Birding

Tamar Lakes

Distinctly autumnal -with cloud and a fairly chilly wind this morning.

I Nuthatch, Blue, Great and Coal Tits, pair of Great Crested Grebes with one well-grown young plus 4 other GC Grebes. 1 Cormorant, 3 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 30+ Black headed Gulls.

A Grey Heron flew in and immediately alighted on the water(Upper Lake) in the manner of a gull, remained for about 90 seconds then flew off - I can't recall seeing this behavior previously.

. Only one Swallow despite much searching.

Harvey Kendall

Posted August 24th, 2016 at 3:07 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Velator

Ringing in the reserve today was productive with 39 birds ringed, including 13 Swallows, 8 Goldfinch, and a Garden Warbler. Both Little Egret and Kingfisher evaded the nets!

A Swift was seen over the reserve, and outside on the Scrape one each of Common, Green and Wood Sandpiper.

Posted August 24th, 2016 at 2:45 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Instow Harbour

51 Mediterranean Gull and 91 Black-headed Gull in Instow Harbour 09:30.

Posted August 24th, 2016 at 9:30 am by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Tuesday 23rd August 2016

Dawlish Warren

Curlew Sandpiper and Little Stint still in the Bight late afternoon on Tuesday with Ringed Plovers, Dunlins and two Sanderlings. Kestrel hovering over Warren Point. Couldn't find the Wryneck.

Eds; Photographers please label the photos - the top image is Sanderling the lower two Curlew Sandpiper

Posted August 23rd, 2016 at 11:46 pm by Jason Smart in General Birding

Fremington Quay

Osprey flying on the edge of chivenor across the river and headed towards Barnstaple this evening at 6.00

Posted August 23rd, 2016 at 9:10 pm by Charles & Amanda Braddick in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Avon estuary below South Efford Marsh, Aveton Gifford,

A very productive evening on the low tide on the Avon estuary just below South Efford Marsh, Aveton Gifford, the reported Curlew Sandpipers and Little Stints were showing well once found, they were part of a flock of 32 Waders predominantly made up of Ringed Plover and Dunlin.
 
 
Also present were 22 Curlew, one Greenshank and one Lesser Black Backed Gull, two Common Sandpiper, several Little Egrets large numbers of Black Headed Gull, Herring Gull, Mute Swan, Mallard, House Martin and Swallows.
 

Posted August 23rd, 2016 at 8:04 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Roborough Down 23/8/2016

Gatekeepers, Small Tortoiseshells and Whites on the Butterfly side, plenty of bees and hoverflies. One nice Robber Fly, 3 Common Darter (m), Couple of unidentified Hawkers and a Rabbit.

Posted August 23rd, 2016 at 7:34 pm by Michael Spencer in Other Wildlife

Roborough Down 23/8/2016

The Wheatears are still there although I could only find 2 this time. Plenty of Stonechats, Crows and Magpies around but not overrun with them and a Kestrel being seen off by a Magpie.

Posted August 23rd, 2016 at 7:31 pm by Michael Spencer in General Birding

R.Caen & Horsey Island

18.00 > 19.00

Now 7 Curlew Sandpipers on R.Caen & 2 Green Sandpipers again

on Horsey Island. 1 Wood Sandpiper still on the scrape at Wrafton.

Posted August 23rd, 2016 at 7:21 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Pomarine Skua Photographs

More images of the Pale Morph Pomarine Skua at Northam Burrows on the evening of Saturday, August 20.

Posted August 23rd, 2016 at 7:12 pm by Steve Nikols in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Pomarine Skua Photographs

Photographs of the Pale Morph Pomarine Skua at Northam Burrows on the evening of Saturday, August 20.

Posted August 23rd, 2016 at 7:09 pm by Steve Nikols in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Morning visit to Skern

Popped over to Skern on the off chance that the Pomarine Skua might still be around. Lots of BH Gulls with a few Meds, some Knot, Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Curlew and then a silhouette and flight pattern I knew I had never seen before....excitement rising as I raise the glasses quickly to try and see what it is.. and yes it is a completely new bird - an African Grey Parrot!! Flying strongly over the dunes in the wind and then out over the water and across the bay. Not every day you see a parrot flying over a British Estuary, hope it finds its way home. Also seen by Matt Thomas.

Posted August 23rd, 2016 at 6:31 pm by Rob Barnes in General Birding

Avon Estuary - 23.8.16

A shorter visit to the Avon Estuary, below South Efford Marsh, this afternoon. Quieter than yesterday, but to be expected in calmer, very sunny conditions. A count of 17 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper and 10 Dunlin. I left before actual low water, so numbers may have improved as the tide fell lower.

Posted August 23rd, 2016 at 6:21 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Horsey Island 09:30 - 12:00

Almost the first bird I saw at Horsey Island this morning was an Osprey which managed to make a catch just as I was looking the other way! This was followed by 2 Ruff, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Stint plus Redshanks, Greenshanks, B T Godwits, Dunlin and a Kingfisher.

Posted August 23rd, 2016 at 1:44 pm by alan craddock in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Horsey Island

The 3 Ruff were on Horsey Island again this morning, 2 seen together & a single.  Still a good selection of waders including up to 6 Curlew Sandpipers feeding in with a flock of 90 Dunlin.

The Black tailed Godwits appear to be risking their lives in shark infested waters!!


Posted August 23rd, 2016 at 12:27 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

River Taw / Caen Tuesday morning.

1 Osprey hunting over Horsey Island , crossed the Taw & flew towards Yelland with it's catch.                                                                                            2 Marsh Harriers having a territorial dispute , came from the Chivenor side , crossed the Caen & flew towards the burrows.   

Posted August 23rd, 2016 at 11:15 am by David Paterson in General Birding

Monday 22nd August 2016

Hobby

Hobby tonight over Horsey Island, watched as it caught a small bird then plucked and ate in flight. Disappeared over the river Taw towards Fremington. 

Posted August 22nd, 2016 at 10:46 pm by Charles & Amanda Braddick in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling green marsh & topsham

Watched from 17:45 till 20:45

from the hide at Bowling green marsh, a good evening with 8+ green sandpipers my highest count on the marsh which included a group of 5 which dropped in from goosemoor , 2+ wood sandpipers and 6+ common sandpipers, from about 20:00 large numbers of swallows started to build up over the marsh with a count of at least 600+  a great sight as many appeared to juveniles , 116+ mallards , 40+ teal, and good numbers of chiffchaffs around the marsh. 

from the goatwalk several good sized groups of dunlin with 400+ in total included at least 3 curlew sandpipers , 20+ ringed plover and good numbers of black tailed godwits with good numbers of juvenile among them.

from the viewing platform on bowling green marsh , 2 spotted redshanks amongst good numbers of redshank.

Posted August 22nd, 2016 at 10:42 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

North Devon Birding Weekend

A superb weekend with my two birding buddies Steve & Gary from the Midlands, highlights 1 Pomarine Skua, 6 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Dipper, 1 Osprey, 6 Black Tern, 3 Sandwich Tern, 2 Little Stint, 6 Bk T. Godwit & a total list of 111 species! Here are a few very poor & distant record shots from what we have now called an "Extreme Birding weekend"

Pomarine Skua 1
Pomarine Skua 1

Pomarine Skua 2
Pomarine Skua 2

Curlew Sandpiper with Dunlin
Curlew Sandpiper with Dunlin

Posted August 22nd, 2016 at 9:18 pm by Steve McAusland in General Birding

Cadewell Park, Torquay

15.45

4 Swifts heading south.  Build up of Swallows and House Martins during the late afternoon too.  Sparrowhawk in flight towards the hospital earlier. 

Posted August 22nd, 2016 at 8:37 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Avon Estuary & South Efford Marsh - Little Stint & Curlew Sandpiper

0900 - 1200hrs quiet on South Efford Marsh, although I disturbed a small white rumped wader on arrival ( Curlew Sandpiper?). 3 Greenshank and 2 Common Sandpiper only confirmed waders of note. Probably too much water on the Marsh.A Juv Med gull seen by myself and another birder. 3 swoops over the marsh from a Peregrine. After lunch 1300 - 1600 hrs I went lower down the Avon estuary, where I was joined by Rodney Bone. Yesterday we had counted 23 Ringed Plover on a mud/sandbank as part of Rodney's regular Webs count. Today at distance we confirmed a count of 40 R/Plover, the highest total recorded by Rodney for a good few years. We also thought initially we had 19 dunlin, albeit at distance some appeared very clean white bellied. We went further down and could then make out clearly that 2 were indeed Little Stint. Rodney left to pick up Eric Wotten. Whilst he was away I identified a curlew sandpiper, in the scope together with a dunlin, little stint and ringed plover for comparison. On Eric's arrival we moved closer, even wading across to the other bank and confirmed a final count of 40 Ringed Plover, 3 Little Stint, 2 Curlew Sandpiper and now only 14 Dunlin.

Posted August 22nd, 2016 at 5:58 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Start Point

Seawatch from 09:30-12:00 ( all south )

1069 Manx Shearwater ( 500+ first 30 minutes, slowed down after, also no Balearics ), 11 Common Scoter, 4 Arctic / Common Tern, 1 Common Tern. Quiet at the farm, just Great Spotted Woodpecker and 2 Willow Warblers.

Posted August 22nd, 2016 at 2:01 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Caen River Curlew Sandpipers

An update on my previous post - there are actually a group of six Curlew Sandpipers with a small group of Dunlin on the river bank.

Posted August 22nd, 2016 at 1:51 pm by Rob Barnes in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East Soar

Finch numbers building up and estimated at 360 Linnet & 90 Goldfinch. Also Yellow Wagtail.

Posted August 22nd, 2016 at 1:51 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Caen River

Two Curlew Sandpiper on the river opposite the Horsey Island flood now.

Posted August 22nd, 2016 at 1:15 pm by Rob Barnes in General Birding

Wrafton

2 Wood Sandpipers on the scrape still this morning.

Posted August 22nd, 2016 at 1:14 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Pomarine Skua at Northam Burrows

After unfortunately having our trip across to Lundy cancelled due to Saturday's gales, Gary Hobbs, Steve McAusland and myself made the best of the day despite the wild winds and, at times, torrential rain. Our last location for the day was Northam Burrows, close to our digs, where a scan revealed the usual line-up of suspects. However, a large bird was resting in the far distance, its black head and back immediately gaining our attentions and lifting the spirits. Initially identified as an Arctic Skua, the incoming tide gradually forced the bird closer and closer when, with the help of local birders who had raced to the scene, it was identified as an adult pale morph Pomarine Skua. Fantastic to see such an elusive bird at close quarters which allowed me to get some half-decent photographs despite the grey skies, gale force winds and heavy showers. As they say, every cloud has a silver lining! Steve Nikols

Posted August 22nd, 2016 at 11:04 am by Steve Nikols in General Birding

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