Devon Bird Sightings from 22nd–31st January 2017

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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

Tuesday 31st January 2017

Bowling Green Marsh, 09:45 - 12:15

Highlights included 550+ Avocet, 65+ Pintail, 90+ BarTailed Godwit, a few Snipe and unusually a Little Grebe. Lots of Wigeon, Teal, Black Tailed Godwit, Redshank, Shoveler. A few Song Thrushes singing enthusiastically down the lane and a Mistle Thrush over.

Posted January 31st at 3:20 pm by Simon Bates in General Birding

Instow harbour

Overjoyed to see the female/1st W Black Redstart back at Instow Harbour favouring the landward end of ferry pier (11.30am) given I have an awful cold and was just posting a parcel.

Posted January 31st at 12:08 pm by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Siskin

After quite a long gap, maybe two months with no calls heard and no feeding, first siskin back on sunflower seeds this morning. I notice they haven't had much mention lately.

Posted January 31st at 9:58 am by Art Symons in General Birding

Monday 30th January 2017

West charleton Marsh

Good showing of Bittern over the reed beds at 11.30am also good sightings of Water Rail by the feeder.

Other birds 2 Pintail in with 50+ Widgeon , 1 Reed Bunting on the marsh. On the estuary 4 Brent Goose, 2 Grey plover and Whimbrel 

Posted January 30th at 6:31 pm by Roger Backway in General Birding

Teigngrace cattle egrets

Three birds still ranging around. In solar field late afternoon

Posted January 30th at 4:45 pm by Ken Dainton in General Birding

waxwings

10 - 15 waxwings at teigngrace junction on A38 directly opposite BCT at 11:00 this morning. 

Posted January 30th at 3:28 pm by trystan bryant in General Birding

Little Bunting Trinity Hill

Despite the grim weather, nice close views of the Little Bunting early this afternoon. It called numerous times whilst perched up which made locating it in the fog far easier!

Best tactic is to just stand and wait where I've marked a red cross on the map below. The Buntings perch up in the bushes here, before flying into the long grass to feed. Please stick to paths, but as I've said just stand still and wait, there's no real need to go walking about at all.

Little Bunting  Little Bunting
Little Bunting


Little Bunting

Little Bunting Map
Little Bunting Map

Posted January 30th at 1:43 pm by Steve Waite in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wrafton

4 Spoonbills on the scrape this morning.

 

Posted January 30th at 1:36 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Broadsands

Back up to 5 Velvet Scoter now more toward Goodrington, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 2 Black-necked Grebes,134 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Shelduck. Still no Divers!

Posted January 30th at 11:27 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 29th January 2017

Ilfracombe Pier

Herring Gull with metal leg ring. Ringed in Glouster 2007 by SEGG

Posted January 29th at 10:47 pm by Martin Thorne in General Birding

Stover Country Park

Dropped in briefly to Stover this afternoon during heavy rain - just 2 Goosanders - male and female. 

Posted January 29th at 9:08 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Just to add to Perry's earlier post, I got there when the rain was at its heaviest, so not great.  The highlight for me was a single group of 24 Little Grebes, the most I've seen anywhere.  The weather didn't seem to dampen the spirits of a pair of Great Crested Grebes that were practicing their courtship display in the rain. Couldn't see the Black-necked Grebe but a Common Seal showed close inshore.

Posted January 29th at 6:47 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Selected counts from this morning before the rain got too heavy ( meaning lots probably missed ) included 11 Wigeons, 164 Gadwalls, 12 Teals, 6 Shovelers, 176 Tufted Ducks, 16 Pochards, 7 Goldeneyes, 7 Great Crested Grebes and 311 Coots. Offshore a Black-necked Grebe off Torcross and around 100 Gannets feeding close to the Memorial Car Park ( as close to shore as I have ever seen a group this big feed ).

Posted January 29th at 2:32 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

RSPB, Labrador Bay

Offshore this morning were c50 Common Scoter split into 2 or 3 flocks with 2 Long-tailed Ducks tagging along. c20 Cirls and 4 Bullfinches were noteworthy.


Posted January 29th at 12:12 pm by david cawthraw in General Birding

Wrafton

One Spoonbill roosting by the Tarka Trail at Wrafton this morning at 10, gone by 11.

Posted January 29th at 11:31 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

Waxwings still at Heathfield trading estate, opposite BCT on the dual carriageway SAT 12.00

7 birds seen at 12.00 next to the junction to Teigngrace

Posted January 29th at 10:03 am by Roger jewell & mike Gibson in General Birding

Saturday 28th January 2017

Waxwings on A38

10 waxwings opposite the BCT factory on the A38.

Posted January 28th at 8:06 pm by Samuel Gary in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exminster Marshes

Large numbers of Wigeon this afternoon including the American Wigeon. Teal, Shoveller, Mallard and at least 4 Pintail. 26 Cormorants together on side of ditch. Lapwing, black-tailed Godwit, Snipe & a few Golden plover. Colour ringed Blackwit - green to LH/White over yellow RH.

Colour ringed Blackwit  Snipe  American Wigeon
Colour ringed Blackwit                                  Snipe                                      American Wigeon

Posted January 28th at 7:55 pm by Paul Treen in General Birding

Little Bunting Trinity Hill

There has been a roost of 60-80 Reed Buntings on this site for a few weeks now. Tonight finally found a Little Bunting with them. No reason to think it is new in, as numbers of Reeds have been steady...its just the birds are extremely hard to see well.

Park in the northern of the 2 carparks (the open area), and walk 10 yards out of the car park to the SE.The birds usually roost in the grass area just to the east of the path which runs due east from the car park (so right infront of you...really close) but if you walk this or stand there they will flush. There is a path that runs to the South from the car park that allows excellent scope views of all the bushes where the birds perch.

The roost is sensitive. The birds show well from 3-4pm without flushing, they move around and perch in bushes but if flushed they move across the road or area and out of sight. We have spent about 10-12 hours on this roost and only seen this bird for 2-3 mins so it is not for the impatient. 

It is not coming to seed, it can't be seen on the ground but can only be seen if it chooses to perch up.If you flush the flock, they fly away- they don't  perch. Its a great E Devon record so wouldn't want to suppress this bird but would plead to anyone trying to see it, you may have to give it a few trips and be very quiet and patient.

This roost is significant in number and roosting birds shouldn't be repeatedly flushed - esp not on a mid-winter evening.  It is also the best chance of attracting in a Pine Bunt or something so please don't disturb them.....

Posted January 28th at 7:17 pm by James McCarthy in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Kingsbridge Estuary

West Charleton Marsh / Bay ; 15:00-16:30, high tide.

Highlight was the Bittern which flew across the reeds at 16:00. Elsewhere 2 Pintails on the marsh, out in the bay 6 Bar-tailed godwits and 2 Turnstones in the small Curlew roost towards Wareham Point. Still a Grey Wagtail in the sewage works with 11 Chiffchaffs including one probable Siberian. A Moorhen feeding on the circular filter bed was a new one for me.

Posted January 28th at 5:33 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Heathfield ~ Stover ~ Darts Farm ~ Topsham Rec ~ Buckfastleigh WTW

An early morning visit to the A38 at Heathfield, gave three Waxwings which unfortunately departed towards the housing estate within moments of my arrival.

A walk round the lake at Stover was far more productive with at least eleven Goosander, four Pochard, ten plus Tufted duck, two Heron, Green and Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Marsh Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Song Thrush, Kingfisher, three Mandarin duck 1M & 2F and a Mistle Thrush.

 

Darts farm gave a good number of winter thrushes with forty plus birds feeding on the arable crop fields along with Redwing and Wood pigeon, two Lapwing, small number of Wigeon, Raven, two Meadow Pipit, a Grey Wagtail, Heron and a small flock of Linnet.

At Topsham Rec four Goldeneye duck, two Avocet, three Long Tailed Tits, small numbers of Redshank, Curlew and the Long Tailed duck.

The Buckfastleigh WTW gave a Chiffchaff and one Siberian type Chiffchaff feeding on clouds of midges as were seven Pied Wagtail and two Wren, two Goldcrest and seven Long Tailed Tit worked along the boundary tree/hedge line.

 

Posted January 28th at 4:43 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

waxwings still about

waxwings are still here have been in the tree at top of Clifford Drive Heathfield today and yesterday feeding on rowan bush further down

Posted January 28th at 2:44 pm by nicola moyle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Torbay

A Red-necked Grebe was feeding in Elberry Cove this morning but eventually moved out into Torbay. Also 2 Velvet Scoter, 2 Common Scoter, 125 Great Crested Grebe (MRAB - I counted 104 earlier), still no Divers - perhaps some after tomorrows rain and wind... 

Clennon Lakes: 1 Firecrest (still has the tick on its right eyelid), 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 10 Teal.

Firecrest Clennon Lakes 28 Jan 2017 ML RNG field Sketches ML

Posted January 28th at 2:25 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sharkham Point

The Scoter flock had broken up in three flocks totalling 215. Eventually I did pick up the imm drake Surf Scoter about 1mile south. It eventually flapped its dark wings wings with a stiff neck confirming it was the bird. Much better views could have been had from Crabrock Point Man Sands! 

Posted January 28th at 2:19 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

A361 / Filleigh / S Molton

Red Kite seen circling at around 10.50 from A361 bridge over river Bray north of Filleigh.

Posted January 28th at 1:53 pm by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wembury

On a sunny morning:  7 Stonechat, 2 Linnet, 4 Chiffchaff, 6 Cirl bunting (4m 2f) 2 Linnet, Meadow pipits and Rock pipits chasing flies on the shore, 3 Little egret in the rock pools.

Posted January 28th at 1:12 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Topsham Rec

A LTD in close with 4 goldeneye at 9.30 this morning. YBW still present

Posted January 28th at 11:51 am by Robert Williams in General Birding

Cornworthy

Yellow-browed warbler still present at sewage works. 5 weeks now

Posted January 28th at 10:59 am by Henry Trollope in General Birding

Buckfastleigh

8 Mandarin Ducks (5m) and 3 Dippers (chasing and singing), River Mardle, Millenium Park, late afternoon.

Posted January 28th at 9:06 am by Andy Smith in General Birding

Staverton Bridge

7 Goosander (4m) loafing in the river, mid-pm yesterday.

Posted January 28th at 9:00 am by Andy Smith in General Birding

Friday 27th January 2017

Waxwings etc.

Visited Heathfield from 10am this morning – no sign of Waxwing (12/13) until 2.45 - still there 3.30pm roosting in trees on opposite carriageway to BCT main building occasionally coming down to feed in the central reservation. Also a nice Redwing and Goldcrest there. At Stover no sign of the Goosander (at 1pm ish) but G.S. Woodpecker, Coal and Willow Tit on feeders, Mandarin pair on the lake and a pair of Pochard were the highlights.

Video of Waxwing – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX7OG_Ra3Pc

Video of Redwing - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qIp1veC8Fk

Waxwing Redwing Goldcrest
Waxwing                                      Redwing                                                         Goldcrest

Eds. Willow Tit very rare in S Devon and much more likely to be Marsh Tit; identification on plumage and structure is tricky, best done on call.

Posted January 27th at 8:33 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Black Red Start (Male) Ford Park Cemetery

A male Black Red Start showing well at Ford Park Cemetery

 

 

Posted January 27th at 4:41 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Velator harbour

Redshank and a Common Sandpiper in the harbour this morning.

Posted January 27th at 2:57 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Stover CP

A brief visit this morning 3 Goosander (2 male, 1 female), a pair of Mandarin Duck, Kingfisher. Siskin, Nuthatch, a pair of Bullfinch and Great Spotted Woodpecker all coming down to the feeder.

Posted January 27th at 12:00 pm by Ray Hamilton in General Birding

Thursday 26th January 2017

Waxwing and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

26th Jan 2017
13 Waxwings A38 by Heathfield tile factory at 9 o'clock . Yarner one Lesser Spotted Woodpecker in trees by car park at 1 o'clock.
Barry Rankine

Posted January 26th at 10:41 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Garden, Week, Dartington

Female Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers in the garden at the same time this afternoon

Female Great Spotted Woodpecker    Female Green Woodpecker
Female Great Spotted Woodpecker                                                           Female Green Woodpecker

Posted January 26th at 7:09 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Sharkham Point & Broadsands

The scoter flock (about 400 now!) was quite dispersed today with groups all over the place but then located the 1w drake Surf Scoter in St Mary's Bay just north of Sharkham Point - good views in relatively close with sun behind me. Also 1 Red-throated Diver in the bay.

Broadsands this morning: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Eider, 23 Great Crested Grebes. 20+ Cirl Buntings on seed in 2nd car park.

Posted January 26th at 6:07 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Ley

A morning walk around Slapton Ley resulted in seeing, 4 Male and female Goldeneyes, a few dozen Gadwell, Wigeon, Tuffed Ducks, Black Necked Grebe, Mute Swans and a WaterRail infront of the beach side hide.

Posted January 26th at 5:27 pm by Duncan Leitch in General Birding

Hope Cove

Female Black Redstart today at 13:30pm on Hope Cove Beach wall.

Posted January 26th at 4:35 pm by Duncan Leitch in General Birding

Garden

Had nice Black Redstart this morning in back garden Plymouth.

Posted January 26th at 2:22 pm by Chris Buckland in General Birding

Totnes Red Legged Partridges

Wednesday morning, on the school run, at Longcombe, heading for Totnes, 4 x R.L. Partridges in field on the left. Nearly flattened one last week which ran out in the road, at the same spot. Also Wednesday morning at Broadsands, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Firecrest Song Thrush,and  Bull finches 

Posted January 26th at 10:30 am by Trevor Leaman in General Birding

BEAFORD

Red Admiral seen sunning itself on beech hedge.

Posted January 26th at 9:02 am by Tony Brooking in Other Wildlife

Wednesday 25th January 2017

Darts Farm 25 January 2017

4 Buzzards soaring over, 9 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Meadow Pipit and a flock of approx 20 Linnet feeeding in the stubble, 2 Chiffchaff feeding in the Reed Mace by the hide, pair of Greenfinch on the feeders and a pair of Stonechat by the gate after leaving the hide area.

ChiffchaffRedwingCommon Buzzard

Eds: The Chiffchaff looks like it is probably a Siberian - any more photos? 

Posted January 25th at 9:33 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

West Charleton Marsh - 25.1.2017

11.35 - 15.15 hrs. A  distant unidentified harrier flew away towards Frogmore as I approached the marsh. Probably a marsh harrier  from dark colouration. An unusual sad sight was a sickly guillemot on the estuary in front of the hide. On a brighter note an attack on the feeder area from a sparrow hawk did not result in a kill. The day gave 44 species with the highlights being an eventual good show from a water rail (sorry to 2 other birders who had waited patiently but left before it showed), a posing redwing and 2 cirl buntings. Waders included redshank, greenshank, curlew, dunlin and grey plover.  Ducks were shelduck, mallard, teal, wigeon and a few pintail. Plenty of chiffchaff at the STW with a couple of goldcrest nearby.

Water Rail - West Charleton - 25.1.17Redwing - West Charleton - 25.1.17
                                       Water Rail                                                                             Redwing

Posted January 25th at 9:20 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Isley Marsh, Taw

At least nine Spoonbill roosting at Isley marsh this evening.

Posted January 25th at 6:31 pm by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exe Estuary cruise

A fabulous Stuart Lines cruise today, with beautiful light and lots of goodies.

3 Slavonian (the usual 2 off Cockwood-Starcross plus a new bird off Powderham), 1 Little and 13 Great Crested Grebes, c20 Shags, 1 Barnacle Goose with Canadas and Brents at Turf, 200 Pintail at the mouth of the Clyst, c130 Teal (Turf-Topsham) 4 Goldeneye (2 pairs), 50+ Red-breasted Mergansers with 2 Goosanders (a pair near Turf). The latter was only my second estuary sighting in 30 years.

Waders included c75 Golden Plover, 60+ Knot, c20 Sanderlings, 100+ Bar-tailed Godwits and 3 Greenshank, plus the usual large numbers of Avocets, Dunlin, Curlews, Black-tailed Godwits and Redshanks.

An adult Mediterranean Gull was near Topsham and the Bonaparte's Gull was feeding with other gulls off Cockwood. Two seals were hauled out on Powderham Sandbank: one was a Harbour (Common) Seal, the other a young Grey Seal.

Drake Goosander Red-breasted Mergansers Avocet
Drake Goosander                      Red-breasted Mergansers                                 Avocet

Posted January 25th at 6:04 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

South Hams

At home in South  Brent nine plus Redwings feeding in the garden, one Wren a female Bullfinch and a transient Buzzard that looks as if it is struggling with the present cold weather.

Aveton Giffod tidal road, one Greenshank, small number of Curlew, five plus Redshank, only the one Black Tailed Godwit, one Lesser Black Back Gull and a juvenile Great Black Back Gull in with the roosting Herring and Black Headed Gulls, one Little Grebe, three Common Sandpiper, three Teal, Meadow Pipit and a possible Water Pipit.

Thurlestone the Desert Wheatear still showing well on Leasfoot beach, three Turnstone on the rocks and fifty plus Rooks feeding in the fields opposite the golf club car park.

 

South Milton Beach five plus Rock Pipit, a single Turnstone keeping company with seven Ringed Plover, three Stonechat, Pied wagtail, female Black Redstart showing really well a male appeared very briefly but each time it showed it was driven off by Robins. A solitary Canadian Goose on the rocks.

A Heron flying in off of the sea and one Oyster Catcher.

South Huish Marsh a male Kestrel flew low across the car park and took up station in the field behind the café for the duration of my visit, five plus Meadow Pipits, Water Pipit, 26+ Lapwing and a similar number of Wigeon, two Black Tailed Godwit, four Snipe, Pied Wagtails, two Oyster Catcher, three plus Stonechat, one Little Egret, two Moorhen and two mute Swan.

At Huxton Cross unable to pin down where the finch flock was feeding, large numbers of Chaffinch and a mix of a dozen or so Cirl Bunting and Yellow Hammer, one Wren and a Dunnock.

Posted January 25th at 4:36 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

The group of 14 Barnacle Geese were close to the viewing platform by the lagoon this lunchtime. Also Golden Plover and Reed Bunting.

Posted January 25th at 2:11 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Croyde beach

After walking out to Baggy this morning, I walked over to inspect the Gull roost in the middle of the beach. Mostly Black-headed and Herring Gulls but just a few Common, Great Black-backed and 2 smart Mediterranean Gulls.

Posted January 25th at 12:08 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Tuesday 24th January 2017

Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth

A smart male Black Redstart feeding in the freshly strimmed grass at the top (nearest Mutley Plain) end at 1300.

Posted January 24th at 6:50 pm by Howard Ackford in General Birding

Fremington

Glossy Ibis spotted in the creek  as I drove down to the quay.Also Goosanders Feeding west of the quay,and just of the quay later when I came back.all the usual waders there including a Greenshank nr. the bridge.

  

Posted January 24th at 5:36 pm by Chris Marshall in General Birding

Taw estuary

Following Roy C's report of the Glossy Ibis yesterday, I hopped on my bike to cycle round there this afternoon. Greenshank (as is often the case) at Heanton corner. Met Sue Bruce at Ashford - she said the Goosander had just flown downstream! All along from Ashford to Barnstaple good (100's) numbers of Dunlin. There must also be a movement of Common Gulls - flocks of 60+ and 30+ on the various sandbars. A few Sanderling and Grey Plover. As I headed west after crossing the bridge I started scanning all the fields under Anchor Wood, and then looked over to the estuary and saw 5 of the Spoonbills fly east and pitch in not far from the bridge.

At the concrete shelter overlooking Clampits, no sign of the Ibis. So I persevered on to Fremington Creek, and off the bridge were 2 Goosander. In the Creek, a Greenshank, 100 (?) Black-tailed Godwits and the usual gangs of Redshank. Again no Ibis. Brent Geese were evident out in the Estuary, but as the tide had by now come in on my return they had presumably decamped to the Skern.

The Spoonbills had also gone on my return. but the Canada Goose flock at Bradiford had moved closer and the Barnacle Goose was much more easily picked out. 3 more Goosander at Ashford.

When I got home Sue phoned to say she has seen a Firecrest in her garden.

Posted January 24th at 4:34 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

East Soar-Soar Mill Valley-Southdown Farm

Best was male Black Redstart in the Cove; first inkling of movement with 20 Meadow Pipits above cove. Also: Snipe, 210 Skylark, 50 Linnet, 20 Cirl Bunting & 15 Yellowhammer. Ravens gathering nesting material & pair of Shags at nest site. 2 Roe Deer.

Posted January 24th at 4:34 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Exeter Quay

While on lunch-break clocked 2 Kingfisher near the suspension bridge/Historic Quay. Also a Black-headed Gull with a metal ring from the Latvian scheme which has returned a number of winters.

Posted January 24th at 4:29 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

A39 near milky way entrance, (Clovelly)

Red kite seen drifting west.

Posted January 24th at 4:21 pm by Richard yeats in General Birding

Home Farm Marsh, Fremington

1 male and 6 female Shoveler Ducks and a Male Bullfinch. Also Goosander, a Winchat, 100+ Chaffinches, and female Kestrel.

Eds. Whinchats are strictly summer visitors, so presumably a Stonechat.

Posted January 24th at 1:47 pm by Sam Aston in General Birding

Broadsands

2 Black-necked and 50 Great Crested Grebes off shore this morning also 2 Wigeon and 100+ Auks mostly Razorbills that I could see. What has happened to all the Divers this winter, not one in Torbay today that I could see and perfect conditions for scanning.

23 Cirl & 3 Reed Bunting on seed this morning in the 2nd car park.

Posted January 24th at 12:21 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

waxwings

was very excited to see waxwings from my kitchen window in tree at the back of my garden in Heathfield in the path that runs up from the shop, have flown off at the moment but will try and get pic to post!

Posted January 24th at 11:24 am by nicola moyle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Heathfield ~ Waxwings

Ten Waxwings flew into the trees alongside the A38 opposite the tile factory at Heathfield at 9.03am this morning and were still present and feeding on the central reservation when I left at 10am.

A small number of Redwings also feeding in the same area.

 

Posted January 24th at 10:27 am by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Waxwings Heathfield

Waxwings in beach tree at BCT entrance this morning c0820

Posted January 24th at 9:24 am by Steve Ayres in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 23rd January 2017

Brixham Breakwater, 23 January 2017.

Returned today to catch the Purple Sandpiper. 7 roosting on the disused jetty and all departed as the tide turned. 2 were relocated feeding on the seaward side of the breakwater. 1 Guillemot close in and 1 Rock Pipit. Also an oystercatcher which appeared to be shoeing signs of Leucism.

Purple Sandpiper Rock Pipit Oystercatcher with signs of Leucism?
Purple Sandpiper                                         Rock Pipit                             Oystercatcher with signs of Leucism?

Posted January 23rd at 9:15 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Red Admiral Halton FP

I also saw a Red Admiral in Halton Forest Park this morning in the frosty wood.

Posted January 23rd at 8:43 pm by TanzeyKing in General Birding

Red Admiral

Surprised to see a Red Admiral just outside Poundsgate this afternoon in the little layby where the road starts descending down to New Bridge.

Posted January 23rd at 6:20 pm by Perry Sanders in Other Wildlife

Heathfield-Waxwings

I was lucky enough to arrive at Heathfield this morning just as the Waxwings alighted on the central reservation of the A38 to feed on the hawthorn berries

  

Posted January 23rd at 5:50 pm by Bob Barrow in General Birding

Heathfield ~ Waxwings

Initially a frustrating and inconclusive search for the Heathfield Waxwings, apparently they had been feeding on the berries on the A38 central reservation between 8am and 10.30am before flying off.

A check of the Heathfield WTW gave the best part of 40 Pied Wagtails, one Grey Wagtail, two Chiffchaff, Wren and Dunnock.

At around 12.30 the Waxwings were located in roadside trees at the entrance to the Gilpin site which adjoins the WTW, on arrival found eight Waxwings in the canopy of an Oak tree feeding almost in a frenzy on clouds of small black insects, they remained focused on the same tree canopy for over an hour and in that time three plus Goldcrests, six plus Chiffchaff (one possible Siberian) Meadow Pipits and a small number of Long Tailed Tits worked their way through the trees feeding on the insects.

 

The bright (but very welcome sunshine) made photography very challenging as the birds were generally against the sun lit sky but looking at my images full adult birds were well represented in this flock of eight birds, while the nine I saw at Sainsbury’s in Exeter recently were predominately young birds.

Several Buzzards seen sitting on lamp posts/telegraph poles soaking up the sun.

 

Posted January 23rd at 5:09 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Ilfracombe/Rillage Point

Ilfracombe - 3 Purple Sandpiper 6 Rock pipit

Rillage Point - 2 Red-Throated Diver, 1Black-Throated Diver 1 Chiffchaff (Colybita)

Posted January 23rd at 4:49 pm by John Bronze in General Birding

Ernesettle Creek

50 Snipe  4 Greenshanks,Redshanks,3 Shellducks, Teal,1 Common Sandpiper,the odd Curlew.Also had Snipe on the football pitch 5 in number.

Posted January 23rd at 3:28 pm by Chris Buckland in General Birding

Upper Tamar Lake

Sightings for this morning,

10 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 18 Snipe, 4 Grey Heron, 200+ Canada Geese, 5 Goosander 2m 3f, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Wren, 9 Fieldfare, 1 Mistle Thush.

Posted January 23rd at 2:47 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Glossy Ibis - clampits marsh

13:30 Glossy Ibis working the flooded man made trenches at Clampits near Bickington (presumably the long staying Fremington Pill bird). Viewed from the Tarka Trail.

Posted January 23rd at 2:44 pm by Roy Churchill in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Newton Abbot

2 Siberian Chiffchaffs, 2 collybita Chiffchaffs and a Goldcrest in the line of trees bordering the Cricketfield Carpark by Albany Vets.

Posted January 23rd at 2:22 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South huish Marsh

A Cattle Egret feeding in slurry field at the back of South Huish Marsh. Also 2 Black Redstart by the flats .

Desert Wheatear still on Leasfoot Beach

Posted January 23rd at 1:30 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Sharkham Point & Broadsands

The 1st w drake Surf Scoter was still present just south of the headland soon after 8.30am this morning but almost as soon as I located it in the flock of 300+ Common Scoter, a small fishing boat disturbed the flock - they all flew back to Crabrock Point Man Sands - far too far to pick out even a full blown male!

Broadsands: 3 Black-necked Grebes, 48 Creat Crested Grebes on the sea.  21 Cirl Buntings and 1 Reed Bunting on seed in the back of the 2nd car park.

Posted January 23rd at 12:53 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

A friend and son this morning put me on to a Cattle Egret in the 'meadow', where the cattle are pastured in summer. Asking around I've not found any previous records for Berry Head, so possible new site record. Bird very flighty due to many dogs but still present 10.45.


Posted January 23rd at 12:10 pm by John Lusher in General Birding

Sunday 22nd January 2017

Berry Head

4 Gannets circling but no diving, 2 Harbour Porpoises, 2 Fulmar, large numbers of Guillemot flying backwards and forwards to and from the colony. Very busy with people enjoying the sunshine but marred by a youth flying a drone - his parents were totally unaware that there are any rules/guidelines covering the use of drones and did not stop its flights.

Gannet  2 Harbour Porpoises Fulmar
Gannet                                                    2 Harbour Porpoises                                Fulmar

Posted January 22nd at 9:21 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Brixham Breakwater 22 January 2017

3 Purple Sandpiper and 2 Turnstone roosting on the disused jetty. 2 Harbour Porpoises and 1 Razorbill fishing relatively close in. 

Harbour Porpoise   Turnstone 
Harbour Porpoise                                                                     Turnstone

Posted January 22nd at 9:08 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Exe Estuary & Dawlish Warren

My WeBS count totals included the 2 Slavonian Grebes off Cockwood, adult Mediterranean Gull and 4 Jack Snipe in the saltmarsh (my attempts to get a flight photo were not very successful!). 458 Teal was a relatively good total (there seen to be more feeding on the estuary this winter than usual). On the Reserve, the Yellow-browed Warbler was near the main pond.

Jack Snipe - honest!   Yellow-browed Warbler
Jack Snipe - honest!                             Yellow-browed Warbler

Posted January 22nd at 8:15 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Labrador Bay

1 firecrest in gorse and hawthorn on the coast path, 8+ cirls including couple of bright males, raven over and distant auks on the sea.

Posted January 22nd at 6:59 pm by Adam Davison in General Birding

Burrator reservoir

On the reservoir:  2 Mandarin (1m 1f) 6 Cormorant, (one with a breeding patch) 1 Little Grebe, 1 Muscovy duck.

Around the reservoir:  6 Buzzard circling overhead, 3 Raven, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Greater spotted woodpecker, 1 Green woodpecker, 2 Marsh tits.

Posted January 22nd at 5:59 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Barnstaple

55 cormorants flew up river at 4.15.

Posted January 22nd at 5:56 pm by Richard yeats in General Birding

Heathfield

9 of the 10 Waxwings present this morning on W side of A38 dual carriageway. They flew down to the disused railway line and were feeding on berries low down in bushes along the N side of the railway line outside of the Gilpin industrial unit. Then perching up in trees on the south side of the railway line - safer than dicing with death in the middle of the dual carriageway!

Waxwing Heathfield 22 01 17 ML 

Posted January 22nd at 5:43 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

parakeet

around 15 ringneck parakeet in central park and 1 pair nesting in tree caverty

Posted January 22nd at 5:09 pm by barry in General Birding

Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth. 22/01/17

1 x Black Redstart (m), 1 x Ring-necked Parakeet, 4 x Pheasant (f); 2 x Blackcap; 2 x Redwing plus usual Corvids.

Posted January 22nd at 4:47 pm by Michael Spencer in General Birding

Redwings

Three Redwings in the garden today at Budleigh Salterton, photos taken through conservatory windows.

  

Posted January 22nd at 4:39 pm by Rob Jerrard in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Walking to the WeBS count I saw bullfinch, chiffchaff and goldcrest alongside the railway and 14 Barnacle geese within a flock of Canada geese. On the estuary to the south of Greenland Bank there were 257 pintail. No other surprises and on the return the male scaup was on the lagoon (thanks James) and 2 adult spoonbills dropped in to the pool close to the canal just before 2.00 pm but flew off soon after (thanks James again).

Posted January 22nd at 3:40 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Topsham

Yelllow-browed warbler & 1st winter Med gull at the Rec this morning.

Posted January 22nd at 1:11 pm by Martin Elcoate in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Topsham Rec.

The Yellow-browed Warbler showing nicely in the trees around the zip slide. Also one Mediterranean Gull with some Black-headed Gulls on a mud bank, walking up the estuary there was a group of Reed Buntings flitting about the reads.

Posted January 22nd at 12:46 pm by Samuel Gray in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Southdown Farm

Nice male Hen Harrier hunting over stubble ground at Southdown, Marlborough 9.30am.

Posted January 22nd at 10:07 am by Colin Mills in General Birding

Egret with no marigold gloves

Had an Egret here in Harford with the cattle, but no marigold gloves on, does that mean it was not a Little Egret?

Egret standing

Egret feet in flight                                         Egret standing                                                     Egret's feet in flight

Eds: just muddy feet rather than anything rarer or new to Britain - structure of bird and plumes, all perfect for Little Egret at this time of year.

Posted January 22nd at 9:35 am by Matthew Willcocks in General Birding

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