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Missing Devon rarity records 2018

Unfortunately no descriptions have been submitted for the following records of ‘A’ species reported in 2018. This means, as things stand, they will not make the official record as part of the 2018 Devon Bird Report. It would be a great shame to lose these records.

If anyone saw these birds (you don’t have to be the finder) please can you submit a description and/or photos asap to Kev Rylands: Recorder@devonbirds.org Thank you.

Chough Northam 17-18 July  

Corn Bunting Beer Head 25 August

Cory’s Shearwater (2) Ilfracombe 28 July

Cory’s Shearwater Thurlestone 26 August

Glossy Ibis Exe Estuary 21-27 October

Golden Oriole Blaxton Meadow 18 April

Great Shearwater (2) Berry Head 20 September

Great White Egret (2) Bridge Marsh, Axe Estuary 13 January

Great White Egret Black Hole Marsh, Axe Estuary 22 August

Great White Egret Exminster Marshes 30 March

Great White Egret Exmouth 06 May

Great White Egret Stover 01 October

Honey-buzzard Dartmoor 21-22 May

Little Bunting Slapton 21 October

Montagu’s Harrier Dartmoor 19 Aug

Pectoral Sandpiper Upper Tamar Lake 13 August

Ring-necked Duck Lee Moor 14 October

Rose-coloured Starling Beesands 27-28 August

Serin South Hallsands 24 April

Tree Sparrow Haldon 20 May

Posted September 24th at 8:44 am 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

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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 October 2017

Topsham

One Hawfinch flew over my garden in Topsham at 07:20 today, heading west across the river Exe.

Posted October 31st, 2017 at 3:19 pm by Martin Elcoate in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East. Prawle.

At Moorwell Pond this morning, 20+ Goldcrests ( 12 ringed ) 5 Chiffchaffs ( 3 ringed ) 1 Firecrest and 2 Blackcaps. 4 Swallows hawking insects over the pond. Several Speckled  Woods' and plenty of Red Admirals..

Common Chiffchaff.
Common Chiffchaff.

Posted October 31st, 2017 at 1:09 pm by Alan K Searle. in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Staddon Heights

Modest vis mig early morning - c225 Jackdaws, c600 Wood Pigeons, 20 Stock Doves, Brambling, 4 Siskins, and 70 Starlings over. Also 7 Goldcrests around.

Posted October 31st, 2017 at 11:29 am by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands

No Sign on a perfectly flat sea of the Surf Scoter but some other good returning wintering seabirds: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 10 Eider, 13 Common Scoter, 6 Great Crested Grebes and 1 full summer plumaged Great Northern Diver.

2-3 Firecrest right up at the back of the marsh by the road.

Posted October 31st, 2017 at 11:11 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Brent ~ Wood pigeon migration

Between 7 and 8am this morning over 6000 Wood pigeons heading generally west towards Plymouth and out towards the South Hams coast line, the largest of the flocks counted at 600 and 700 birds, at times the wing beat of the passing flocks could be heard clearly.

 

Posted October 31st, 2017 at 8:41 am by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 30th October 2017

Soar

A big movement of Wood Pigeons with c43k (mainly east), the vast majority between 07.00 - 09.30. Other vis mig included 2 Hawfinches, 24 Chaffinches, c70 Goldfinches & 95 Stock Doves all east, plus a late House Martin, 32 Fieldfares, Brambling, 6+ Siskins and 19 Golden Plovers.

Also - still 2 Firecrests, 10 Goldcrests, Chiffchaff, 4 Bullfinches, 4 Redwings, Grey Wagtail and 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers.

Posted October 30th, 2017 at 6:06 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East Soar

Late morning on 28 October a Siberian Chiffchaff in tall bushes just to the west of the stone barn below East Soar farm and about 100m north of the dipping pond. 




Posted October 30th, 2017 at 5:23 pm by Michael Woodman Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East Soar

To add to earlier post: 9 Brent Geese NW over airfield - very unusual here!

Posted October 30th, 2017 at 3:05 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lannacombe Valley.

At least 12 Firecrests;probably several more in the thick cover. ( 8 caught and  ringed ) and 15+ Goldcrests ( 6 caught and ringed )  Otherwise very quiet.

It's. Yr. male
It's. Yr. male

Posted October 30th, 2017 at 2:20 pm by Alan K Searle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East Soar

A morning on the heights watching vis mig from 0730 to 1200: 21,500 Woodpigeons moving east, 272 Stock Doves moving east, 2 Dunlin in with woodpigeons, Snipe, 350 Skylark on/around airfield, 15 Fieldfare, Redwing, 40 Meadow Pipit, 200 Starling & 40 Jackdaw north.

Non-avian: 31 Red Admirals

Posted October 30th, 2017 at 2:04 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Woodbury Castle, East Devon. Spotted Crake (Deceased)

I don't know whether anyone will want to read this but...

I had spent an hour (in company of Stan Davies) looking at the Chaffinch flocks for Brambling but without success. Returning to the car park to the west of the castle I heard Bullfinch and then found 1 Brambling, 3 Stonechat and a few others. 

A woman walking a Cocker Spaniel approached me having walked up the hill from Woodbury Wood (an area I don't know). The dog was carrying a dead bird which attracted my attention and the woman said she was not sure if her dog (Molly) had caught it or whether it was already dead. The bird was about the size of a Moorhen or smaller, brown with barring on what was left of the feathers.  The legs were of a water bird, long yellowish- green as were the large feet.  I only got a quick look at the head before the dog chewed and swallowed it and ran off with the remains!  The bill was an orange- red, short and Crake like. 

Having returned home and looked at the books Spotted Crake is the only bird that matches the remains.  Sorry no photo or further evidence.

Posted October 30th, 2017 at 1:39 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 29th October 2017

Colyford Common

Glossy Ibis and Great White Egret within a few metres of each other on the common this afternoon.

Posted October 29th, 2017 at 6:59 pm by David McKeown in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exmouth

A Barnacle Goose off Mudbank this morning - 0930 onwards. Also at least 9 Pale-bellied Brent Goose. Orcombe Pt - drake Pochard on the sea before flying towards river mouth. Also 9 Eider and 17 Common Scoter. On the point just 1 Firecrest and 2 Brambling of note. Some rubbish photos and more details on www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk later.

Posted October 29th, 2017 at 10:25 am by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 28th October 2017

Start Point

Vis mig highlights this morning included a massive Woodpigeon movement, 94000 going south-south west. Between 08:00-09:00, 55000 went through, almost 1000 per minute. Other counts included 66 Starlings, 22 Siskins, 8 Bramblings, 21 Bullfinches and a Reed Bunting. Elsewhere Merlin, Golden Plover, 12 Redwings, 5 Fieldfares, Blackcap and 2 Firecrests..     More details here http://charletonbirding.blogspot.co.uk/ 

 

Posted October 28th, 2017 at 6:01 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands ~ Firecrests

Broadsands beach this morning gave four Lesser Black Backed Gulls and fifteen Greater Black Backs but very little else, on to Berry Head where a host of birders were in situe but the venue apart from the Guillemot colony was not as busy as most would have hoped.

Brixham town gave a solitary Swallow sat on overhead lines, the harbour car park gave a large floc of Long Tailed Tits and a Seal eating a flat fish.

  

Another visit to Broadsands (the left hand closed car park) gave numerous Wrens. Nine plus Long Tailed Tits, several Goldcrest, at least three Firecrest, three small birds dropped briefly into the Alders near the far corner and were almost certainly Redpoll but a hunting Sparrow hawk scattered everything and they did not show again.

Back at South Brent flocks of Wood pigeons in all directions looking as if dropping to feed, nothing like the numbers being reported along the coast but enough to be not worthy.

Starlings, Redwing and Mistle Thrush no doubt attracting a hunting Sparrow Hawk.

Comment from a friend at Aish (South Brent) who had a Ring Necked Parakeet in her garden at the beginning of the month looks as if the Parakeet has been taken by a female Sparrow hawk.

  

Posted October 28th, 2017 at 1:58 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Yesterday 27th October Prawle Point

Apologies for late posting, viz mig with Pat (from 8.10am: with me frorm 8..40 till 10.40am) in overcast, NE slight breeze, cool conditions.

Highlight, a strong passage of 30,000 Woodpigeons mainly SE including a minimum of ; 52 Stock Doves; 9 Siskins (I settled in sallows), 15 Song Thrushes,2 Redwing, 1700 Starlings, 6 Reed Buntings, 1 Lapwing, 2 Brambling, 5 Bullfinches in flight (later 4 seen feeding in PIg's Nose valley),Goldcrests (in flight and at least 20 in area), Goldfinches, Linnets,Greenfinches, Meadow Pipits,Skylarks,105 Jackdaws, 3 Kestrels, Sparrowhawk. Also parties of  LongTailed Tits (min 23 in area), I Firecrest in car park. 8 Blackcaps in area, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.  Also I Clouded Yellow, Red Admirals, Peacock and Speckled Wood butterflies in flight as the sun broke through the cloud.

So no rarity ( I still need YBW for Prawle this year-unlike Pat) but plenty of birds on the move.

 

Posted October 28th, 2017 at 12:19 pm by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Southdown Farm, Bolberry

Another large movement of Woodpigeons with 10770 east/south-east between 0815 & 1040hrs. Also on the move Short-eared Owl, 5 Golden Plover, 8 Lapwing, 56 Stock Dove, 700 Skylark, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 390 Starling, 144 Jackdaw, 36 Goldfinch & 10 Siskin.

Re.J.Ruscoe post many flocks of Woodpigeons seem to head out to sea and are soon lost to sight but I have seen some come back inshore!

Posted October 28th, 2017 at 11:54 am by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exmouth

A Great White Egret north upriver @ 1045. On Orcombe this morning c35k Woodpigeon west/north-west by 10am - biggest movement pre 9am. Yesterday - Short-eared Owl on Orcombe Point, late pm. Also 7 Egyptian Goose and a fw Yellow-legged Gull off Mudbank. More details on www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk.

Posted October 28th, 2017 at 11:00 am by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 27th October 2017

Glossy Ibis Exminster Marshes

Exminster Marshes - at 11.16am Glossy Ibis on newly dug scrapes to South of Station Road between Middle Car Park and Main Car Park. Moved about a bit mostly due to presence of Marsh Harrier and Peregrine, but watched it for over an hour.   

Posted October 27th, 2017 at 7:33 pm by Jo King in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Home Farm

Home Farm Marsh and estuary .whooper swan with ten Mute swans off Chivoner .Hundred plus Greenfinch along hedgerow and feeding on sunflowers.Twelve hundred Golden Plover over towards Chivoner.Photo of Whooper  swan hopefully arriving soon.Forty species seen .

Posted October 27th, 2017 at 5:39 pm by Geoff Taylor in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East Soar

Lots of movement this morning highlighted by 16,770 Woodpigeons east/southeast between 0815 & 1205 hrs! Also on the move: 6 Golden Plover, 38 Stock Dove, 600 Skylark, 40 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 49 Blackbird, 13 Song Thrush, 5 Redwing, 11 Long-tailed Tit moving north, 145 Jackdaw, 140 Starling, 60 Chaffinch, 40 Goldfinch & 7 Reed Bunting. Five species of raptor inc.male Sparrowhawk, Peregrine & Merlin. In the scrub 3 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 6 Firecrest & 15 Goldcrest. 

Posted October 27th, 2017 at 2:25 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Start Point.

To add to Perry's post.Around the farm, c.20 Goldcrests ( 12 ringed,including 3 'continental' ), only 1 Firecrest (ringed ), 4Chiffchaffs ( 2ringed), 3 Blackcaps ( 2 ringed )

Posted October 27th, 2017 at 2:07 pm by Alan K Searle. in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Brent

The Wood pigeon autumn migration kicked up a gear this morning despite another start to the day with low cloud and overcast conditions at South Brent, a count of in excess of 3,200 birds headed west, the largest flocks containing 300 plus birds, flocks could be seen high over head moving west and well out towards the coast.

Redwing numbers up with flocks of 90 plus and 50 plus birds moving around the area.

The Garden Firecrest's were a bit more elusive today but three seen up until early afternoon. Also around the house Wren, Mistle Thrush, Raven, Buzzard, soaring female Sparrow Hawk, numerous Jays and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

The mature Yews and pine trees in South Brent church yard are attracting good numbers of winter Thrush sp and small numbers of Goldcrest.

  

 

Posted October 27th, 2017 at 2:03 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Start Point

Lots of calling pre dawn Song Thrushes and Redwings and during the morning saw 47 and 108 respectively.Healthy overhead movement of birds but directions random in the fresh northerly. Highlights on the move were 3500-4000 Woodpigeons, 2 Swallows, 26 Starlings, 15 Bullfinches, 12 Bramblings, 40 Siskins and 4 Reed Buntings. Elsewhere Merlin, Golden Plover, Great Spotted Woodpecker and 2 Firecrests at the light.

Posted October 27th, 2017 at 1:05 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Some good overhead migration today:350 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 5 Brambling, 103 Chaffinch, 12 Bullfinch, 33 Greenfinch, 40 Linnet, 80 Goldfinch, 6 Siskin, 1 Redpoll, 1 Reed Bunting, 3 Song Thrush, 27 Skylark, 26 Meadow Pipit, 33 'alba' Wagtails.

Around the headland 1 very vocal Yellow-browed Warbler ( video link here https://youtu.be/mcChiYjp1eU ) on north side of the main meadow, 1 Ring Ouzel on slope below the cafe lots of Blackbird including several black billed 1st winter birds, 6 Stonechat, 1 Firecrest, 9 Goldcrest, 3 Blackcap & 4 Chiffchaff.

Ring Ouzel Berry Hd 27 Oct 2017 ML    blackbirds Berry Hd 27 Oct 2017 ML

Ring Ouzel                                                        Blackbirds

YBW Berry Hd 27 Oct 2017 ML  YBW Berry Hd 27 Oct 2017 ML

Yellow-browed Warbler with a very pale grey centre crown stripe (not uncommon)

Come along and learn more about migration, identification and a full breakfast.. https://www.countryside-trust.org.uk/events/details/441/autumn-migration-watch 

 

Posted October 27th, 2017 at 11:51 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 26th October 2017

Start Point

Spent a pleasant hour or so down by the lighthouse - an abundance of birds in the tamarisk trees and surrounding scrub including 3 Blackcaps (2m/1f), at least 5 Chiffchaffs, 3 Goldcrests and 2 Firecrests, at least 3 song thrushes and several stonechats.  The highlight was a Yellow-browed Warbler showing really well - but strangely virtually silent.  Great to see. 

   

Posted October 26th, 2017 at 8:09 pm by Alistair King in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exmouth and Woodbury Fort

At least 3 Hawfinch feeding on Beech masts in Woodbury Fort late this afternoon. Also c10+ Brambling and good numbers of Chaffinch.

The Black Brant still present off Mudbank and a late Whinchat, 2 Brambling and the Ring-necked Parakeet on Orcombe Point this morning.

Photos and more detais on www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk

Posted October 26th, 2017 at 5:26 pm by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands

Found this 1st winter Surf Scoter about 1/2 km off the seawall at Broadsands - being a 1st w it's not the bird from Mansands last year!

Surf Scoter 1st Winter Broadsands 26 Oct 2017 ML

Posted October 26th, 2017 at 5:25 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Some good overhead migration today: 2 Hawfinch, 8 Redpoll, 16 Siskin, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Yellowhammer, 200+ Redwing, 19 Starling, 7 Skylark, 4 Swallow, 15 Meadow Pipit, 13 Bullfinch, 70 Goldfinch, 8 Linnet, 2 Greenfinch, 15 Song Thrush, 62 Chaffinch, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 8 'alba' Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail.

Around the head 6 Chiffchaff 22 Goldcrest and 4 Firecrest.

Posted October 26th, 2017 at 5:23 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East. Prawle.

At Moorwell  pond during this morning's ringing session, 25+ Goldcrests ( 13 ringed) 5 FIRECRESTS ( 2 ringed ), 4 Chiffchaffs ( 2 ringed ) and 3 Blackcaps ( 1 ringed ). Also present at least 25 Blackbirds, presumably a mix of passage and local birds, attracted to the site because of the abundant berry crop.

Posted October 26th, 2017 at 5:17 pm by Alan K Searle. in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Teignmouth

Kayak trip Teignmouth to Torbay.

4 Arctic Skuas. Juv and 2 pale adults off Teignmouth. 1 dark adult off Hope's Nose

22 Common Scoter

1 Eider duck (female) off Teignmouth

plus 2 Harbour porpoise

Posted October 26th, 2017 at 5:05 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Soar

Best bird was a Yellow-browed Warbler this afternoon in the willows at West Soar. Otherwise - Ring Ouzel, Brambling, Siskin 19+, Firecrest 7, Goldcrest 32, Redwing 5+, Redpoll (presumed Lesser) 2, Song Thrush 5, Blackcap 3, Chiffchaff 4, plus c1,200 Wood Pigeons & c60 Jackdaws over.

Posted October 26th, 2017 at 5:02 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 25th October 2017

Start Point.

Fairly quiet around the farm this morning. At least 6 FIRECRESTS in the sycamores ( only 1 caught and ringed ) Also on site 8+ Goldcrests, ( 3 ringed ) ,3 Blackcaps ( 1 ringed ) Small flocks of Goldfinches, west overhead. Also woodpigeons west (but not counted ).

It's.yr. fem.
It's.yr. fem.

Posted October 25th, 2017 at 6:56 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

A Yellow-browed Warbler was calling and showing occasionally in the lane up from the Berry Head Hotel at about this morning, the other good warbler was a really crisp looking Siberian Chiffchaff with collybita Chiffchaffs just east of the navigation beacon. Also around site 6 Firecrests, 16 Goldcrests, 3 Blackcap & 8 Chiffchaff.

YBW BryHd 251017 ML  Siberian Chiffchaff Berry Hd 25 Oct 17 ML

                            Yellow-browed Warbler                                                   Siberian Chiffchaff                                                    

Posted October 25th, 2017 at 2:17 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East Soar

Now the murk has cleared the first meaningful Woodpigeon movement of the autumn with 4450 moving SW in 2.5 hours this morning plus 7 Stock Doves. Also: Great Spotted Woodpecker west over the airfield, 6 Swallow and 100 each of Skylark & Meadow Pipit.

Non-avian: 11 Red Admiral.

Posted October 25th, 2017 at 1:56 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Brent ~ Wood pigeon migration and Firecrest's...

Birding at home in South Brent between 07.30am and 9am this morning started with a Raven overhead, a flock of 6 plus Long Tailed Tits, Mistle Thrush and Redwings.

At 8am the first of four flocks of Wood pigeons all headed west and progressively higher 67, 71, 79 and 50 plus birds counted.

While looking for yesterdays Firecrest's steady movement of small numbers of Redwing's coming to feed on Holly berries, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay and a hunting Sparrow hawk.

On the point of giving up I heard "crest's" calling and after a while two Firecrest's appeared while watching them four "crests" flew into an oak canopy, one identified as a Goldcrest and another two Firecrest's but difficult to see in the still dense oak canopy.

 

Posted October 25th, 2017 at 10:01 am by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 24th October 2017

Prawle Point ( Reserve ). / S. Hallsands.

Prawle Pt. this morning. At least 7 FIRECRESTS around the Reserve and car park. Also 4 Goldcrests and 2 Chiffchaffs.  At S. Hallsands, 8 FIRECRESTS ( 3 caught and ringed ). Also on site 4 Goldcrests and 5 Chiffchaffs..

Posted October 24th, 2017 at 5:42 pm by Alan KSearle. in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exmouth

The adult Black Brant present on the dropping tide this afternoon. Viewed from c500 yards north of Mudbank, along the cycle path. Also off there 1 Cattle Egret, 3+ Pale-bellied Brent Goose, c8/900+ Dark-bellied Brent Goose, c1500+ Wigeon and 7 Red-breasted Merganser. More details and photos on www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk.

Posted October 24th, 2017 at 5:14 pm by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

More South Brent Firecrests

Just on 3pm this afternoon I saw from the kitchen window a small bird flit into a wild rose bush it took some time to get a clear view of it but sure enough it was another Firecrest only a very brief clear view and no time to grab the camera.

So despite the rain and general murk I took a walk around the garden this time with the camera but failed to re locate the bird.

But checking another area about 50 yards away I heard a bird calling and sure enough I got that teasing tantalising glimpse of a Firecrest in deep cover.

After what seemed ages it began to show quite well before flitting off at the speed that leaves you struggling to keep up with them and then it appeared in a totally different location that didn't make sense but within a few moments there were two areas of movement and sure enough two Firecrest's in dense hawthorn and bramble both showing at the same time on occasion.

While this was going on another four Redwings flew in.

  

Posted October 24th, 2017 at 4:40 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

REDWINGS ~ South Brent

REDWING's ~ single Redwing put up from a field hedge at home at South Brent this morning then around midday a flock of 17 dropped out of the fog and circled around followed a few minutes later by another 9.

A bit earlier 3 Goldcrests in with a small mixed Tit flock working down the roadside hedge.

Several Pied Wagtails overhead.

And a Jay in the garden this morning.

Posted October 24th, 2017 at 1:10 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 23rd October 2017

Common / Siberian Stonechat, Start Point

Thanks for getting the news out Richard and Andrew. Great find. Bird showed well late afternoon and still perching on top of the bracken at 17:45. I would be surprised if it is not there tomorrow. For anyone thinking of going it was showing on both sides of the lighthouse road about halfway between the car park gate and the wooden shed.  Nice male Ring Ouzel briefly dropped in and Lesser Redpoll over.

Stonechat sp Start Pt 23 Oct 2017 AD  Stonechat sp Start Pt 23 Oct 2017 AD

Stonechat sp Start Pt 23 Oct 2017 AD  Stonechat sp Start Pt 23 Oct 2017 AD

EDIT ( Perry Sanders 21:30 ) These excellent photos were taken by Alan Doidge. Unfortunatly the bird shows great similarities to recent birds seen at Dungeness ( Kent ) and Richmond Park ( London ). These were originally thought to be of the eastern races but proven through DNA to be only , albeit very unusual Common Stonechats. The light was shocking today so in that respect these photos are superb and different light might make the bird appear different tomorrow ( if still there ). Whatever it is ( my view now has to be Common unless someone can prove otherwise ) it is worth seeing and a very interesting bird .

The Dungeness Stonechat DNA'd to be Common Stonechat http://www.surfbirds.com/community-blogs/Belvide84/2017/01/08/belvide-8-1-17-stejnegers-stonechat-dungeness/ 

Siberian Stonechat https://birdingfrontiers.wordpress.com/2012/10/17/siberian-stonechat-age-and-race/ 

Posted October 23rd, 2017 at 6:38 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Firecrest ~ South Brent

Every one has a "bogey" bird that they have never seen and up until a couple of years ago one of mine was the Firecrest but thanks to posts on Devon Birds I eventually caught up with one at Broadsands and have seen the odd one since.

Last Friday having lived in South Brent for over 30 years I saw my first ever South Brent Firecrest by the old pump house at Shipley and today I managed to find one in my garden, not the greatest of images but given the weather more than happy with a record shot of this stunning little bird.

 

Posted October 23rd, 2017 at 3:47 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Start pm

Rotten weather but sheltered on east side. Siberian stonechat on bracken slope down to lighthouse 2.30. 

Posted October 23rd, 2017 at 2:30 pm by Richard Archer & Andrew Dodd in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thurlestone

A Leach's Petrel flew southeast through the bay this morning at 08:50. 9 Black-tailed Godwits and 4 Mediterranean Gulls on South Huish Marsh.

Posted October 23rd, 2017 at 12:45 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 22nd October 2017

Sherpa / Wrafton scrape + Horsey

John, further to your post on Saturday 21 Oct, it is a young female, very fast & has a moustache! Another casualty between 16.00 & 16.15 this aft.(see photo).

22 Ruff on Horsey today. Could only fit 13 in the photo through the scope!



Posted October 22nd, 2017 at 7:07 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exmouth

The adult Black Brant present off Mudbank this evening. It has been getting off there daily since the 17th with the large Brent Flock. First movement of Woodpigeon on Orcombe this morning with c1500+ north between about 0915 and 1000. Also Merlin and Brambling over. See www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk for more details.

Posted October 22nd, 2017 at 6:33 pm by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Hartland Point Skuafest

0800-1200 Wind NW6 decreasing

68 Bonxie

11 Arctic skua (7 pale, 2 int, 2 dark)

6 Pomarine Skua (all adult, including two with full spoons passing very close)

1 Unidentified skua

1 Manx Shearwater

45 Common Scoter

2 Great Northern Diver

1 Spoonbill

Posted October 22nd, 2017 at 1:44 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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