Devon Bird Sightings from 15th–21st October 2017

2019 Descriptions still outstanding

Many thanks to all observers that submitted their records for 2019. However there are still a number of records that require descriptions before they can appear in the Bird Report.

If you were fortunate enough to find (or see) any of these birds below please could you submit a description to the County Recorder Many thanks, stay safe.

Alpine Swift, Dawlish 11 Jun  Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Caspian Gull, Thurlestone, 08 Feb Purple Heron, Slapton Ley 07 May
Caspian Gull, Topsham 02 Aug Sabine's Gull, Thurlestone 14 Aug
Cory's Shearwater, Berry Head 19 Jul Serin (2), Harrowbeer 19 Apr
Glossy Ibis, Otter Est 11-13 Mar Tree Sparrow (2), Berry Head 20 Mar


Posted May 2nd at 3:27 pm by Kevin Rylands in General Birding

Coronavirus update - Daily exercise and Bird Hides

Please be aware that in line with Government guidelines on non-essential travel and social distancing, the Devon Birds hides at Beesands, Fernworthy and Roadford, in addition to hides elsewhere in the County including Bowling Green Marsh, Dawlish Warren and Seaton Wetlands are closed until further notice. Whilst some people may be fortunate enough to be within walking/cycling distance of these sites, others should not be making special journeys to visit these areas at this time. Thank you for your co-operation and stay safe.

Please follow NHS guidelines:

Posted April 16th at 12:04 pm by Mike Daniels in General Birding

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Saturday 21st October 2017

Dawlish warren

Watched from 08:15 till 13:35

hard work on a seawatch from the life guard hut on the sea wall  was rewarded with a Leach's Petrel south just after 10:30  earlier 2 Arctic Skuas close in heading south, a Long tailed duck flew in around 11:20 along exmouth sea front , 3 Great northern divers, 1 Red throated diver was in close to the beach , 1 great crested grebe , 1 2nd winter Mediterranean gull briefly settled off the sea wall , another Arctic Skua went south about 13:10, steady passage of Gannets south all morning , 15 swallow south, 35+ common scoter around the bay , 3 wigeon south

Posted October 21st, 2017 at 9:33 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Start Point / South Huish

A seawatch  from Start Point was very quiet this morning just single Manx and Balearic Shearwater. The bays at Hallsands, Beesands and Slapton Sands checked but nothing found. Went to South Huish this afternoon and meet Nick Townsend who put me onto a Grey Phalarope he had just found. Nothing seen in Thurlestone Bay ( would be easy to miss things in the big seas though ). similarly a look at the sea from Hope Cove and South and North Sands in Salcombe also drew a blank.

Posted October 21st, 2017 at 6:05 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


Other than a Grey Seal, very little off Mount Batten today, but in Radford Park (much of which was surprisingly sheltered) a Firecrest, 3 Goldcrests and 3 Little Grebes.

Posted October 21st, 2017 at 5:53 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

In The Bight on the dropping tide good numbers of honking brent geese as they flew off down river on the dropping tide with 2 grey plover, 2 ringed plover, a few turnstone and a bar tailed godwit amongst the roosting curlew and oystercatcher. A 1st winter Mediterranean gull and 2 adult LBB Gulls amongst the gull roost also until a large peregrine flew over putting everything up.

Missed all the sea bird action offshore but 2 common scoter, a red throated diver and a grey seal close in to shore with flocks of 12 and 5 common scoter flying south, also plenty of gannets.

From Dawlish railway platform more gannets and a very nice Arctic skua close in flying south and closely following a group of 5 kittiwakes (2 juvs.)

Posted October 21st, 2017 at 5:46 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

S. Hallsands.

5 FIRECRESTS ( 2 caught and  ringed - despite the gale - in a semi sheltered location ). Also present 6 Goldcrests ( 2 caught and ringed ) and 3 Chiffchaffs.

Posted October 21st, 2017 at 2:49 pm by Alan K Searle. in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

A bit of variety on the seawatch this morning but nothing exceptional: 2 Great Skuas, 7 Arctic Skuas, 1 European Storm-petrel (as usual BH misses the leach's), 3 Fulmar, 1 Manx & 1 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Sandwich Tern, 4 Common Scoter, 1 Merlin, several groups of Swallows coming in over the sea and 5 Siskin

Posted October 21st, 2017 at 12:56 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South of Zulu Bank + Horsey

Late post - 7 to 800 Golden Plover early yesterday morn just north of Northam Burrows seen from near Airy Point.

21 Ruff on Horsey Island, none on Sherpa / Wrafton scrape. 

Posted October 21st, 2017 at 12:13 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


A quick walk around the reserve this morning. Only one tree down. Over on the scrape about 100 Black-tailed Godwits still. I know there is at least one fewer as I have the wings and one leg of one I found in the reserve.

Posted October 21st, 2017 at 10:51 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

Friday 20th October 2017

East Soar.

Photograph of the Yellow-browed Warbler (from Michael Brooking) seen earlier in the week - a very bedraggled individual, it was initially considered to show characteristics of Hume's Warbler. 

Yellow-browed Warbler East Soar 17 Oct 2017

Posted October 20th, 2017 at 5:12 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


Red-crested Pochard (f) on main dam with many Teal and Widgeon. 3 Little Grebe on No.3 Dam.

Posted October 20th, 2017 at 4:33 pm by Rob Hubble in General Birding

Whitleigh woods

Short walk through the woods this morning 20+ Goldcrest,8 Coal Tits ,6 Great Tits, ,2 Blue Tits,3 Nuthatches,2 Jays,1 Buzzard,1 Bullfinch.

Posted October 20th, 2017 at 2:51 pm by Chris Buckland in General Birding


Another cracker today, a Hawfinch flew onto a tree beside the hide this morning, then flew into the willows below. Also seen a Firecrest and 2 of the 3 Cetti's Warblers that are around the marsh. 

Posted October 20th, 2017 at 2:50 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

1 Curlew Sandpiper and 2 or maybe 3 Ruff this lunchtime.

Hundreds of Wigeon dropped in from the estuary. Amongst all the ducks again was the White-cheeked Pintail - it has a metal ring on its right leg and a slight limp!

The ringed Mute Swans (yellow DTA and DZJ) that have been around for a few weeks were originally ringed at Abbotsbury, Dorset.

Posted October 20th, 2017 at 2:24 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Prawle Point (Reserve )

20+ Firecrests in and around the Reserve this morning. 3 caught and ringed, but again too windy for effective netting. Also the birds were keeping fairly well hidden in the ivy covering on the trees. Also on site 8 Goldcrests ( 3 caught and ringed ) 3 Chiffchaffs and1 Blackcap. Plenty of Speckled Woods and 1 Small Copper.

1st. Yr. male Goldcrest.    1st. Yr. male Firecrest.
1st. Yr. male Goldcrest.                                                    1st. Yr. male Firecrest.

Posted October 20th, 2017 at 1:53 pm by Alan K Searle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Start Point

Fairly quiet this morning. 2 Firecrests and 2 Goldcrests down at the light. Around the farm an additional 7 Firecrest, Goldcrest, Grey Wagtail, 2 Song Thrushes, 2 Redwings, 4 Chiffchaffs and a Lesser Redpoll.

Posted October 20th, 2017 at 1:13 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

EAST Devon Fieldtrip cancelled tomorrow

Due to the forecast of bad weather due to Storm Brian, the fieldtrip to Exminster Marshes tomorrow (Sat 21 Oct) has been cancelled. Maybe a day to get your bird reports up to date and send them to Devon Birds!

Please note that East Devon Branch is taking bookings for Christmas lunch to be held at Escot Park on Mon 11 Dec.  It is essential to book before end of November.  Please see Programme for this and other events.


Posted October 20th, 2017 at 12:52 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Thursday 19th October 2017

Plym Estuary

On the pool in the rain this afternoon: Curlew 33, Oystercatcher 5, Redshank 70+ and Greenshank 4.

Posted October 19th, 2017 at 7:52 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the lake,
2 Cormorants, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Tufted Duck, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 31 Coot, 10 Moorhen, c110 Canada Geese, c120 Black Headed Gull, 3 Coal Tit, 3 Robin, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Chaffinch, 2 House Sparrow, 1 Willow Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, c30 Mallard.

Posted October 19th, 2017 at 7:09 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

WRYNECK Bolberry 19th Oct 2017

Wryneck working the top field at Bolberry. The coast path runs along from the car park towards Soar Mill Cove and as you enter the field by the gate it was along the top fence line running parallel with the coast path. On the tops of the posts and at the base of the wire fencing digging at ant hills. Still there at 1300hrs today


Posted October 19th, 2017 at 4:59 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Scabbacombe Head

Cloudy and quite foggy this morning. Over 200 G.B.B..Gulls on Scabbacombe beach. A flock of 45+ Goldfinches flying around and 30+ Meadow Pipits. Highlight was the Yellow-browed Warbler in the small woods on the northern side of the Head, also a couple of Firecrest nearby. Lots of Pied Wagtails in the ploughed fields and 2 Wheatears.

Posted October 19th, 2017 at 3:30 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

1 Curlew Sandpiper and 4 Ruff from the hide this lunchtime.

Posted October 19th, 2017 at 2:23 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Southdown Farm to East Soar.

Much quieter than recent days with just 4 Firecrest, 6 Goldcrest, 2 Ring Ouzel, 44 Blackbird, 2 Sparrowhawk, 8 Chiffchaff, 4 Siskin, 47 Goldfinch & Redpoll heard overhead.

Posted October 19th, 2017 at 2:09 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Some great October migrant weather light SE. wind, overcast and a bit of mizzle in the air: 2 Yellow-browed Warblers along middle path up from the Berry Head Hotel, 1 late Willow Warbler in the quarry, 10 Firecrest around the head, 42 Goldcrest, 13 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap and 1 Wheatear. Overhead nothing spectacular but 1 Merlin, 6 Siskin, 1 Redpoll, 2 Swallows - surprisingly no Redwing

    Willow Warbler Bry Hd 19 Oct 2017 ML  Yellow-Browed WarblerWarbler Bry Hd 19 Oct 2017 ML

Late Willow Warbler                                                                   Yellow-browed Warbler

Posted October 19th, 2017 at 12:17 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Sidmouth, late news

Late yesterday afternoon, 14 Portuguese man o' war jellyfish stranded along the west end of Sidmouth seafront and just round the headland on Jacobs Ladder beach. According to a local these were washed up a couple of days ago. Also 4 rock pipit and 8 turnstones (on the sea front breakwaters).

Portuguese man o' war jellyfish
Portuguese man o' war jellyfish

Posted October 19th, 2017 at 11:31 am by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

Wednesday 18th October 2017

Sherpa / Wrafton scrape + Horsey

Called in at the scrape on my way to Horsey & 2 Ruff present.

A further 18 Ruff on Horsey Island so we now have at least 20 Ruff on the Taw & Torridge Estuary.

Also of note 130 + Golden Plover resting on Horsey.

Posted October 18th, 2017 at 7:19 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Southdown Farm to East Soar plus Prawle Point

RM & R.Thomas: Hawfinch over willows at East Soar, Firecrests at 34, 17 Goldcrest, Snipe, 2 Golden Plover, thrush influx with 4 Ring Ouzel, 72 Blackbird, 23 Song Thrush & 7 Redwing, 3 Grey Wagtail, Robin 41 at Soar Mill Valley, Wheatear, Blackcap 8, Chiffchaff 9, Coal Tit (migrant) & 15 Yellowhammer.

Late pm at Prawle Point: 36 Firecrest in/around car park & reserve, 9 Goldcrest, 8 Chiffchaff.

Later at Harleston, Black Redstart on roof of car port.

Posted October 18th, 2017 at 7:08 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Southdown Farm (Soar)

Lunchtime visit - amongst the Firecrests and Blackcaps 2 Lesser Whitethroats popped up, one halfway down the valley, the other near the lower gate. The second bird was a good candidate for a Siberian/Eastern race - features included pale sandy tertials and the extent and pattern of white on the spread tail looked good! Also Ring Ouzel, Water Rail and 2 Bullfinches. The Yellow-browed Warbler was reported still present near the East Soar Car Park.

Posted October 18th, 2017 at 6:55 pm by David Cope in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Prawle Point. ( Reserve )

18 FIRECRESTS,this morning ,in and around the reserve and car park. 6 caught and ringed, but far too windy for efficient mist netting. Not much else on site, 6 Goldcrests ( 3 caught and ringed ) 2 Blackcaps and 7 Robins.

1st. Yr. male,taken in better light than yesterday's photo's
1st. Yr. male,taken in better light than yesterday's photo's

Posted October 18th, 2017 at 5:35 pm by Alan K Searle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Cadover Bridge-Trowlesworthy Warren area Dartmoor 18-10-2017

Walk past Trowlesworthy Warren house up along the Plym River, produced Snow Buntings 2 ( m,s at around 12:30) grid ref SX 566 651, Ring Ouzles 5(1m + 4f), same area, Ravens 25(in one group), Mistle Thrush 2, Blackbirds,Skylarks 2, Meadow Pipits 10, Stonechats, Goldcrests 3, Kestrel, Buzzards 2, Starlings 50, Green woodpecker, Golden Plover 300(over Gutter Tor area).

Posted October 18th, 2017 at 5:12 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in General Birding


A Hawfinch around East Soar willows first thing before flying south, 33+ Firecrests, 25 Goldcrests, 3 Ring Ouzels, Whinchat, 12 Chiffchaffs, c80 Golden Plovers, 9 Song Thushes, 2 Redwings and a Redpoll over (presumed Lesser).

Posted October 18th, 2017 at 3:56 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 17th October 2017

Slapton tonight

Short Eared Owl took off from beach between memorial and Strete Gate and flew off over the higher ley as we were driving past

Posted October 17th, 2017 at 9:59 pm by Timothy Clyburn in General Birding

Lundy Island.

20+ Guilemotts on outward trip from Ilfracombe.   Two Hawfinch in Millcombe, good views of f.    M.flew across valley into Sycamores.   50+ Siskin, 25Swallows flying south.    Blackcap and several Goldcrests.    Sparrowhawk, f.over Millcombe.     Return journey,   Great N. Diver still in landing bay,  22 Common Scoter in single flock,  45+ Guillemots, single Kittiwake and 3Harbour porpoise.     

Posted October 17th, 2017 at 8:44 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in General Birding


Having farmland right behind the garden here in the Wembworthy area we are blessed with good numbers of Goldfinches year round , but today we were invaded by a record count of 64 on the feeders at the same time. A sight to behold .

Posted October 17th, 2017 at 8:13 pm by Mike Luckson in General Birding

East Soar

Another great day on the patch with Richard & Sarah Thomas: highlight was leaf warbler showing the characteristics of Hume's Warbler but still being considered.Otherwise still stacks of Firecrests with 43 counted (inc.11 in Soar Mill Valley), Merlin, Sparrowhawk, Water Rail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 8 Chiffchaff, Brambling, many Siskin & Redpoll overhead on call and to cap it all a Corn Bunting by the car park seen by Richard early am, great bird for here but he is used to them in Cambridge!!

Tomorrow promises NE overnight followed by SE in the morning!!

Posted October 17th, 2017 at 7:08 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Shipley Bridge to the Avon Dam

This morning I led a Field trip for five members of the mid Devon branch of the DBWPS from Shipley Bridge to the Avon Dam and back, a total of 35 species observed and identified the best return I have ever had for that area.

Several high lights the best for me was my first ever parish Firecrest which showed remarkably well at close quarters just up from the old pump house.


(All images taken & supplied by Tom Wallace)

A flock of 17 Golden Plover passed the Plymouth side of the Dam while we were watching three female Goosander.

A Merlin just as we left the top of the dam possibly put up the Golden Plover we then observed as we came back down several sightings in numbers up to 200 birds.

Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Yellow Hammer, Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers, Kestrel, Dipper, numerous Goldcrest more than I have seen up there previously.

All in all a very enjoyable and worthwhile visit.

Posted October 17th, 2017 at 5:09 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Start Point

At least 20 Firecrests around the farm at this mornings ringing session (9 caught and ringed). Presumably,either lingerers from the incredible influx reported by Perry S. on Sunday at Start, and Mike L. and others at Soar; or fresh birds from further East in Dorset,where 150+ (68 ringed) were recorded at Portland. The birds were incredibly active,feeding (many hovering ) on the undersides of sycamore leaves,and ignoring the willows. They did not react well to playback,so I suspect there first interest was food. I am speculating that this influx was part of a South Westerly movement on the French side of the Channel, and that these birds were drifted over to S.W. England by the southerly wind which occurred during Saturday night (classic drift migration ).

1st. Yr.male firecrest 1st.Yr. fem.
1st. Yr.male firecrest                                                                       1st.Yr. fem.

Posted October 17th, 2017 at 3:41 pm by Alan K. Searle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Most of the Firecrests seem to have moved on today with 6 still present around the coastguard station and in quarry, also 7 Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackcap, 2 Coal Tit and 12+ Blackbird. Overhead: 6 Redwing, 7 Song Thrush, 2 Reed Bunting, 16 Siskin, 24 alba wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 10 House Sparrow (in a single flock), 4 Bullfinch, 19 Chaffinch, 2 Skylark, 16 Meadow Pipit, 25 Goldfinch, 14 Linnet and 4 Greenfinch.


Yesterdays (Monday) seawatching at Berry Head yesterday from Dave Dawe: Berryhead,1 Sooty Shearwater,10 Balearic,15 Bonxie,9 Arctic Skua,1 RT Diver,4 Med Gull.14 Com Scoter and C35 House Martin. There were also a couple of Puffins

My totals from the headland were: 1 Black Redstart, 1 Wheatear, 14 Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest, 5 Chiffchaff.  

Posted October 17th, 2017 at 2:30 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh 16 October.

Fabulous display by one of the 2 Marsh Harrier seen this afternoon. Also a Peregrine through which landed briefly- pretty sure it was unringed. Also two Ruff, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Little Stint and 1 Dunlin. 

Curlew and Curlew Sandpiper Marsh Harrier Peregrine
Curlew and Curlew Sandpiper                               Marsh Harrier                                       Peregrine

Posted October 17th, 2017 at 1:18 am by Bob Telford in General Birding

Monday 16th October 2017

Wembury Bay

5 Firecrests, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits and Whimbrel.

Posted October 16th, 2017 at 7:35 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Marsh harrier and Peregrine Falcon BGM

Marsh Harrier video -

Peregrine video -

Marsh Harrier Peregrine
Marsh Harrier                                              Peregrine

Posted October 16th, 2017 at 7:03 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Start Point

Seawatch 07:20-14:30 with Richard Thomas. Surprisingly sheltered down by the lighthouse, few birds going through and conditions very clear. Highlights included 3 Balearic Shearwaters, 3 Great Skuas, 3 Pomarine Skuas, Arctic Skua, 2 unidentified Skua ( Pomarine / Arctic ), 2 Common Scoter and 2 Mediterranean Gulls. Merlin frequently seen around the headland, Black Redstart, 4 Firecrests and a couple Chiffchaffs in the tamarisks. 4 Swallows seen in the afternoon. Richard picked up the bird of the day, a superb Leach's Petrel heading south close in at 09:33.

Posted October 16th, 2017 at 4:59 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 15th October 2017


About 25 Firecrests around the lower car park near the Coastguards Prawle at 6 pm this evening

Posted October 15th, 2017 at 9:30 pm by John Walters in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

30 Curlews and 50 Redshanks on the pool with a Greenshank and 7 Oystercatchers. Also Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Ring-necked Parakeet, 12 Little Egrets, 6+ Goldcrests and 2 Roe Deer.

Earlier in Lipson, 2 Firecrests.

Posted October 15th, 2017 at 8:13 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding


An amazing 60 Firecrests today (49 at East Soar & 11 in & around Lower Soar), 2 Lapland Buntings over, female Merlin, 12 Godcrests, 7 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, Wheatear, 15 Siskin, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (migrants) 200 Skylark, and 5 Bulfinches. Searched for Dusky Warbler in pm but no sign. Back at Harleston Goshawk over garden heading for Slapton - must be genuine migrant!

Posted October 15th, 2017 at 7:02 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Otter Estuary and Slapton

Otter Estuary this morning brief views of a Yellow-browed Warbler in hedge before the pines on the north side (Phil Bentley). Onto Slapton in the afternoon where good flight views of the Bittern over the higher ley, 3 Firecrests at Strete Gate, 20+ Chiff-Chaff, 10+ Goldcrests and a Wheatear on the beach.

Posted October 15th, 2017 at 6:43 pm by David Cope in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bolberry to Overbecks

An amazing influx of Firecrest as noted elsewhere between the above sites I recorded 43 and did not cover areas around Southdown Farm that also looked promising, oddly relatively few Goldcrest with only 11 noted. also noted were 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 23 Stonechat. Overhead 1 Merlin, 5 Siskin, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 40+ Swallow and plenty of Skylark and Meadow Pipit.

Posted October 15th, 2017 at 6:21 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Start Point

Vis mig from 07:15-09:00 produced 2 Skylarks, 64 Meadow Pipits, 71 alba Wagtails, 43 Swallows, 2 House Martins, 1 Starling, 32 Chaffinches, 35 Siskins, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 690 Linnets and 650 Goldfinches. After that it was the day of the Firecrests with at least 20 in the lighthouse tamarisks. Birds elsewhere brought the total to at least 33. Also today Merlin during the vis mig watch and in addition to those seen on that watch a further 28 Swallows and 12 Siskins. Other migrants included 2 Great Spottted Woodpeckers, Grey Wagtail, Black Redstart ( lighthouse ), 10 Song Thrushes, 10 Blackcaps, 22 Chiffchaffs and 9 Goldcrests.

Posted October 15th, 2017 at 4:51 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East Soar

An exciting morning! Brief views of a vocal Dusky Warbler in the low scrub just below the crags at the top of Starehole Valley (by the path sometimes known as the "Goat Track"). Present for just a few minutes at c8.45am then lost and unfortunately not re-located. Loosely part of a wave of Firecrests, Goldcrests and Chiffchaffs that were making their way up the valley. Astonishing numbers of Firecrests with a minimum of 15 during the morning and probably in excess of 20 altogether. Otherwise, 3 late Swallows, 2 Wheatears, a few Chiffchaffs, Goldcrests and Blackcaps and several Siskins.

Posted October 15th, 2017 at 3:59 pm by Andy Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Golden Plover - Cuckoo Ball, Dartmoor

Approx 1300hrs today a flock of 300+ Golden Plover seen from Cuckoo Ball, Wrangaton flying north from Western Beacon towards Butterdon Hill. Also in area, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 2 Buzzard and a few Meadow Pipits.

Posted October 15th, 2017 at 3:13 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

East Soar

Latest news this morning: Either Radde's or Dusky Warbler below the willows at 0900. Andy Smith & Richard Thomas (top birder from Cambridge). on site at the moment, I can't get there!! Also at least 10 Firecrests & 2 Lapland  Buntings overhead. Sounds like an an amazing overnight influx!!

Posted October 15th, 2017 at 10:05 am by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Seaton Wetlands

From ~14:00 to ~18:00, 14/10/17. From the Tower Hide, 1 Kingfisher flew past within seconds of entering the hide. 100+ gulls on the river, including at least 2 GBBG, 1 Cormorant fishing, several Oystercatcher and Black-tailed Godwits, and small numbers of distant Widgeon. To the south, 1 cattle egret in amongst the cattle with 1 little egret. On the marsh, 20+ each of Shelduck, Redshank, Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper and several Black-tailed Godwits. 3 Little Grebes and several Teal.

From the Island Hide, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 1 Ruff, 1 Water Rail, 2 Coot, 1 Kestrel. Cetti's heard, not seen. From the Discovery Hut hide, 2 Water Rail.

From the Colyford Common hide, 100s of Canada Geese, Water Rail calling (not seen). Several meadow Pipits. As the light was starting to fade numbers of Starlings on the common were gradually increasing to 60+ (making us hopeful of some pre-roost displays) but were interrupted by a Peregrine.

On way to marsh, 5+ Swallows seen heading towards the coast by Seaton Jurassic centre.

Posted October 15th, 2017 at 9:50 am by Benjamin Drummond in General Birding

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