General Birding

Taw & Torridge Field Meeting - Sunday 23rd June 2019

Please be advised that the Taw & Torridge Field Meeting on Sunday 23rd June has had to change venue. The woodland is off limits at Hartland Forest so the meeting will now take place at SS373193, Landcross to Powlers Piece road. Clear fell area before Powlers Piece. Look out for Roger Doble and Dave Paul who will park up and look out for members. Meet at 9.30pm. Further information can be obtained from Norman Briden 01271371072 

Posted June 13th at 11:26 am by Mike Daniels in General Birding

Breeding Birds

Please think very carefully before posting any information on scarce or rare breeding species both here and elsewhere online.

A list of ‘at risk’ species in the county can be found here. Many of these receive full legal protection under Schedule 1 and/or are rare in the county and may be vulnerable to persecution/disturbance. It is an offence to intentionally disturb any of the Schedule 1 species during the breeding season without a valid licence. This also applies to anyone taking photographs of these species at or near the nest or whilst feeding dependant young. 

You should also apply these principles to vulnerable species without the wider legal protection. 

Although some species may be found breeding at numerous locations, please keep information about them limited to well-known sites (e.g. Labrador Bay for Cirl Bunting and Aylesbeare Common for Dartford Warbler). Others may be found as obvious migrants and as such can also be posted eg coastal Ring Ouzel and passage waders, or raptors eg Little Ringed PloverRed Kite or Marsh Harrier.

If you have any doubts and think there is a chance there may be breeding, either because of the habitat or behaviour of the bird(s) then do not post, but please submit your records to the County Recorder and, as appropriate, the RSPB

Please be aware that egg collecting and other forms of disturbance and persecution remain very real hazards for some of Devon’s birds. Unfortuately this can involve people wanting to photograph or obtain close views of the  birds, as well as eg egg collectors. 

Every year editors on this site have to remove or edit posts which breach the code outlined here. Please play your part in making this unnecessary. 

Thank you.

Posted March 20th at 3:43 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Please take extra care when visiting Dawlish Warren. We have been informed that due to the recent bad weather there has been significant erosion from Groyne 10 eastwards. This means that access along the site, to and from Warren Point (and the bird hide) will be via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! Signs have been put up to alert people to the hazards, but people need to be aware that access routes that they have become used to may not be available and they need to exercise extreme caution,  with the possibility of being cut off by the tide, and people are strongly urged not to try climbing the sand cliffs. Further information is available on the Teignbridge District Council website.

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

Membership

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

Sightings Page Changes

Acting on comments to Devon Birds some changes have been made to this page. To the right of this header post you'll see there are now several subjects for you to choose to read and post on. Just click your chosen subject and use as previously.

Please be careful not to post under the wrong subject. If you do, you can still easily go back to edit and change the subject yourself so it appears on the right page.

Please try and keep posts short, particularly in the Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts page. Photographs are still very welcome.  

For help with ID email photos to id@devonbirds.org.

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, 2017 at 3:20 pm by Simon Bates in General Birding

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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 at 3:28 pm by trystan bryant in General Birding

Wrafton

4 Spoonbills on the scrape this morning.

 

Posted January 30th, 2017 at 1:36 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Sunday 29th January 2017

Ilfracombe Pier

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

Posted January 29th, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 at 10:03 am by Roger jewell & mike Gibson in General Birding

Saturday 28th January 2017

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, 2017 at 7:55 pm by Paul Treen in General Birding

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, 2017 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, 2017 at 4:43 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 at 7:09 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

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, 2017 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, 2017 at 4:35 pm by Duncan Leitch in General Birding

Garden

Had nice Black Redstart this morning in back garden Plymouth.

Posted January 26th, 2017 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, 2017 at 10:30 am by Trevor Leaman in General Birding

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, 2017 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, 2017 at 9:20 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 at 4:29 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

A39 near milky way entrance, (Clovelly)

Red kite seen drifting west.

Posted January 24th, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 at 12:21 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

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, 2017 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, 2017 at 8:43 pm by TanzeyKing in General Birding

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, 2017 at 5:50 pm by Bob Barrow in General Birding

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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 at 2:47 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

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, 2017 at 1:30 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 at 5:59 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Barnstaple

55 cormorants flew up river at 4.15.

Posted January 22nd, 2017 at 5:56 pm by Richard yeats in General Birding

parakeet

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

Posted January 22nd, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 at 3:40 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Southdown Farm

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

Posted January 22nd, 2017 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, 2017 at 9:35 am by Matthew Willcocks in General Birding

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