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Your 2019 sightings

Happy New Year

Many thanks to all observers that have already submitted their records for 2019, both through Birdtrack and Devon Birds. This is much appreciated.

For other records please could observers submit their sightings by 31st January.

Guidelines and links to recording forms can be found here https://www.devonbirds.org/birdwatching/recording/guide_to_record_submission

Please send your records to Karen Sims data.manager@devonbirds.org and any descriptions to Kevin Rylands recorder@devonbirds.org

Best wishes and good birding for 2020

Posted January 10th at 10:53 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

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We welcome contributions from Devon Birds members and the general public. Please follow the guidelines on this page if you have something you would like to post on the blog, remembering to use the relevant subject.

  

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Posted January 8th at 9:12 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Continued erosion at Dawlish Warren means visitors are reminded to take extra care when visiting. Access along the site, to and from the bird hide and Warren Point, is via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! Further information is available on the Teignbridge District Council website:
 
 
 

Posted November 9th, 2018 at 11:08 am by Mike Daniels in General Birding

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Wednesday 21st September 2016

Lesser grey shrike, Plymouth

The lesser grey shrike was present mid afternoon beside the coast path from Mount Batten to Jennycliff, just south of the curved block of flats; keeping to the clifftop scrub on the seaward side of the path.

Lesser grey shrike
Lesser grey shrike

Posted September 21st, 2016 at 8:17 pm by Chris Proctor in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Kingsbridge Est

A juvenile Osprey on the Kingsbridge estuary. Seen twice over West Charleton Marsh and later up Frogmore Creek where it caught a fish and fed. Five other raptor species seen. Water Rail calling in the marsh, 3 Whimbrel and Common Sandpiper on the estuary.

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Posted September 21st, 2016 at 5:01 pm by Mark Darlaston in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Kingsbridge Estuary & East Soar

Juv.Osprey eating a fish at the west end of Frogmore Creek early afternoon. Also : Sparrowhawk and 15+ Med Gulls on Lincombe Shore.

Earlier at Soar: 4 Ringed Plover, Great Spotted Woodpecker south, 58 Swallow, 100 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 12 Alba Wagtails, 2 Wheatear, Whinchat, 7 Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, Blackcap, 500 Linnet & 17 Cirl Bunting.

Posted September 21st, 2016 at 4:54 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lundy

There were fly-over Red-throated & Richard's Pipits within four hours of each other on Lundy this morning. Further details here.

Posted September 21st, 2016 at 4:36 pm by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 20th September 2016

med gulls

92 down w.ho! today.Didnt get all the ages as they were in and out with tide/flying but majority were adults.13:00-13:30.

Posted September 20th, 2016 at 9:12 pm by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Eddystone

Kayak trip Plymouth sound to Eddystone:

9 Balearic Shearwaters (5 plus 4 singletons)

2 Storm Petrel

2 Great skua

plus 7 Harbour Porpoise (3+3+1)

Bonxie
Bonxie

Posted September 20th, 2016 at 7:19 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Fremington Pill 15:00 - 16:00

Glossy Ibis and Lesser Yellowlegs still in the pill. Attached record shot of Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs

Posted September 20th, 2016 at 6:21 pm by Roy Churchill in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lesser Grey Shrike

Showing well today on coast path to Jennycliff.

 

Posted September 20th, 2016 at 4:28 pm by Chris Buckland in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 19th September 2016

Start Point

06:15-11:15. Beautiful still morning, some thin cloud cover.

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Yellow Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, Wheatear, 9 Chiffchaff, Goldcrest and Spotted Flycatcher. Around 08:30 good numbers of hirundines arrived rapidly from the north flying above the ridge and adjacent fields. I estimated around 3000 with a fairly even Swallow/ House Martin mix.( no big deal here where awesome numbers can go through on some autumn days ) At 09:30 I was walking east from Mattiscombe towards the ridge when I noticed in the distance lots of hirundines flying around the lighthouse. I went down there and hundreds of House Martins ( no Swallows ) were flying around and landing on the light. It was an awesome sight. I reckon they were gathering to go and sensed something in the weather not right for them. At 10:30 a Peregrine flew through and they dispersed inland and did not return. I have uploaded a short clip on to you tube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NPlITkb8vY  privilege to be in the right place , right time to witness bird migration in action like this.

 

Posted September 19th, 2016 at 8:39 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Taw

Lesser Yellowlegs and Glossy Ibis still present at Fremington Pill plus dozens of Redshank and several Greenshank. At Isley Marsh RSPB, 20 Teal, 2 Kingfisher, plus a Spoonbill (unringed) offsite on the open low river. Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest and 2 Nuthatch following the tit-flocks. 2 Jay and a Great Spotted Woodpecker busy in autumn mode.

Posted September 19th, 2016 at 8:34 pm by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Higher Soar via Southdown Farm to West & East Soar

Highlight was female Merlin, first of the autumn. Also: 9 Ringed Plover, 730 Herring Gull, 48 Skylark, 45 Swallow, 21 White Wagtail, 55 Meadow Pipit, 21 Wheatear, 7 Whinchat, 10 Yellowhammer & 13 Cirl Bunting.

Posted September 19th, 2016 at 6:08 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lesser Grey Shrike

Showing well below Jennycliff car park the afternoon

Posted September 19th, 2016 at 5:25 pm by Chris Buckland in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Mount Batten

Morning walk from Mount Batten to Jenny Cliff on the coastal path, Spotted this Great Grey Shrike. 

Eds: even better its actually a LESSER GREY SHRIKE (see black forehead and forecrown).

Posted September 19th, 2016 at 2:43 pm by Duncan Leitch in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wryneck Bird

Seen a wryneck near Coombe Martin, North Devon.

Posted September 19th, 2016 at 7:06 am by Gillian in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 18th September 2016

South Efford Marsh

Pectoral Sandpiper still present early afternoon, not easy though, distant views from hide looking at last bit of water towards the reserve entrance. Easier to see were 3 Ruff and a couple Green Sandpipers. Also Snipe, Common Sandpiper and Kingfisher present.

Posted September 18th, 2016 at 5:51 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

W>HO!.

At least 78 med gulls on rocks by the old lido.Say this because scared by dog walker before finishing counting fw's.41 ads,17sw,20fw.10:15.

Posted September 18th, 2016 at 11:51 am by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 17th September 2016

Soar

Generally quiet but a spread of, mainly small numbers of, common migrants. Whinchat 10+, Spotted Flycatcher 2, Whitethroat 5, Blackcap 8+, Tree Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Chiffchaff 25, Wheatear 7, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Sparrowhawk.  

Posted September 17th, 2016 at 9:05 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Kingsbridge Estuary

1 FW Black Tern hawking around the Salt Stone mid-pm.

Posted September 17th, 2016 at 7:29 pm by Andy Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

skern

20 med gulls,9ads,4sw,7 juv.2 juv kittiwakes were a scarce occurence usually only storm driven or oiled.70 barwits tried to land on arapidly advancing tide.Good count for the area.

Posted September 17th, 2016 at 7:19 pm by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Fremington, River Caen and Horsey Island

Got the Lesser Yellowlegs and Glossy Ibis at really close range at Fremington and then on to R Caen for Whinchat,  Horsey island gave a Little Ringed Plover, a few Knot, Common Sand, Greenshank, Black tailed Godwit and a juvenile Bar Tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Wheatear, Buzzard plus all the regulars. There are three ducks seemingly with the Chiloe Wigeon on the Horsey Island flood, they are the same size as the Chiloe, perhaps bigger, similar body plumage but different shaped head and head plumage. can someone else have a look as I can't work out what they are? They may be Juv Chiloe?

Posted September 17th, 2016 at 3:49 pm by Rob Barnes in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Femington Pill 11:00 - 12:00

Lesser Yellowlegs, Glossy Ibis,  single greenshank and 4x Knot

Posted September 17th, 2016 at 1:10 pm by Roy Churchill in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Fremington Pill.

Both Lesser Yellowlegs & Glossy Ibis showing extremely well this morning 09.30.

Posted September 17th, 2016 at 10:32 am by Dave Paterson in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Westward Ho!

Having lunch behind pier house restuarant.Had my optics with me so could go looking after work a flock of med gulls appeared,38 in total.14 ads,24 fw.13;10-13:35.Went appledore after work and had another 20 making their way out of the estuary from the torridge side,13 ads,1sw,6fw.Different birds?.Decent count none the less.Also osprey flying up the taw from crow pt.15;30-17:00.From yesterday.

Posted September 17th, 2016 at 9:36 am by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 16th September 2016

Bowling green marsh and goosemoor

Watched from 16:00 till 19:15

started at the hide counting the ducks with 605+ teal , 37+ pintail, 59+ wigeon, 142+ mallard, I was just passing time waiting for the waders to come in when just after 17:30 3 greenshank dropped in a another smaller bird flew in  as well on the far side from the hide just got my scope on the waded as it flew out towards goosemoore I only had a second maybe 2 on the bird but my gut reaction was juv LESSER YELLOWLEGS, a quick run to goosemoor but no sign of the bird just lots of greenshank and 3 smart juv ruff so I thought I would pop back to the hide at bowling green marsh and hope it would come back to confirm my id . On the walk back to the hide an osprey flew over heading over topsham.

Back at the hide and just as I put my scope up the bird came in far side behind the redshank and yes a juv LESSER YELLOWLEGS wow it flew to the left of the marsh showing a bit better the fine black bill long yellow legs such a dainty bird it then flew to goosemmor  again another run and some quick phone calls saw me back looking for the bird this time it was there and it showed very well giving good views to those who made it down ( photos to follow) it eventually flew to Bowling green marsh calling loudly as it flew over I headed home but had a call to say it had been relocated on bowling green marsh from the hide before it got dark. 

A fantastic 3 hours around the marsh 

Posted September 16th, 2016 at 8:50 pm by Keith Birchall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Fremington Quay

A local twitch. Glossy Ibis and Lesser Yellowlegs in the same creek. Several dozen Redshanks, Black Headed Gulls, pair of Kingfisher, Curlew, Common Sandpiper and a lone Greenshank made up the numbers. 

Down at Isley Marsh a single Spoonbill with plenty of Curlew and Little Egret.

Posted September 16th, 2016 at 8:27 pm by Karen Sims & John Towers in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Hartland Point Seawatch

0700-1100 Wind NW fresh

21 Great Skua

14 Arctic Skua (4pale, 9dark, 1 prob juv)

1 Pomarine skua (adult)

9 Balearic shearwater

26 Manx

40 Common Scoter

26 Kittiwake

plus 2 Harbour Porpoise

Posted September 16th, 2016 at 12:31 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Fremington Pill (Friday 07:00-09:15)

Good morning on the Pill, with the Lesser Yellowlegs with 108 Common Redshank, 3 Common sandpiper and a few Curlew. Glossy ibis roosting with the Little egrets, and 2 Med gulls with the BHG flock.

Posted September 16th, 2016 at 10:59 am by Andrew Lansdell in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berrynarbor

Yesterday, a Great White Egret present at the Lower Tamar Lake was seen flying at 14:15 pm by four members of the Taw and Torridge branch of Devon Birds.

Posted September 16th, 2016 at 8:32 am by Margaret Phillips in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 15th September 2016

North Devon Lesser Yellowlegs

Fremington Pill , this morning.

Posted September 15th, 2016 at 9:02 pm by Dave Paterson in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

North Devon Lesser yellowlegs

Fremington Pill this morning . Photos to follow.

Posted September 15th, 2016 at 7:37 pm by Dave Paterson in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Home Farm Marsh, Fremington

4 Whinchat around the site, can be scoped from Tarka Trail. Also Kestrel, 4 Stock Dove, 4 Stonechat, Buzzard, Med gull adult overhead.

Posted September 15th, 2016 at 10:43 am by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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