Devon Bird Sightings from 22nd–30th November 2017

Footpath Closure Otter Estuary

Note the footpath is currently closed between Lime Kiln Car Park and White Bridge due to repair work. Currently this is preventing access to the bird hide on the east side of the estuary and viewing platforms.
It is likely to be for 3 weeks.

It seems excessive blocking access for the entire 500M stretch of path when the repairs are only for 50M at the very southern end. I have contacted DCC in the hope they will arrange out and back access to the hide from White Bridge.

Posted September 15th at 11:17 am by Chris Townend 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.

Some species may be found breeding at numerous locations however please keep information on these species limited to well-known sites (e.g. Labrador Bay for Cirl Bunting, 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 the RSPB.

Please be aware that egg collecting and other forms of persecution remain very real hazards for some of Devon’s birds.

Posted April 10th at 4:50 pm by Mike Langman 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.

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Posted June 30th, 2016 at 9:24 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Thursday 30th November 2017

Woodbury Castle

Had a lunchtime visit but explored the area west of the Castle (opposite side of the road) and down in the valley (on one of the rather muddy tracks) I was treated to a massive finch feeding session. Rough estimate was 150 Chaffinch and 60 Brambling. Possibly had a fleeting view of a Hawfinch but it was too quick to get a definite ID and with all the other Finches I couldn’t single out a call.

Posted November 30th, 2017 at 11:08 pm by Spencer Dicks in General Birding

Dartmoor

A very good day on Dartmoor, doing a field trip reconnaisance for the Exeter RSPB local group with Cilla Ingram. We must have seen literally hundreds of Fieldfare during the day.  One pair of fields near Runnage Farm, Postbridge was covered with both Fieldfares and Redwings.  Another highlight was a fair number of Brambling under some beech trees near the entrance track to Soussons Farm. Moving on to Bellever forest, we had excellent views of about a dozen Crossbills feeding near the top of a fir tree.  There were more Fieldfares at Dunnabridge pound, and a flock of 42 Golden Plover. Dartmeet gave us good sightings of Treecreeper, Nuthatch and Marsh Tit, with Grey Wagtail on the river - the latter also seen in several other places during the day. 

Posted November 30th, 2017 at 8:10 pm by Richard Swinbank in General Birding

South Milton Ley - Cattle Egret

1 Cattle Egret, together with 3 Little Egret, associating closely with cattle in field immediately to the left of the main ditch at the top end of South Milton Ley. Viewed from the path leading down by the STW.

Posted November 30th, 2017 at 4:58 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Harleston & Soar

Mistle Thrush singing in Harleston hamlet this morning.

Now some good news!! 2017 breeding figures for Bolt Head to Bolt Tail inc.record number of breeding territories for Cirl Bunting (46), Yellowhammer (52), Stonechat (55), Skylark (219) & Whitethroat (191). Amazing what a warm spring can do for residents & trans-saharan migrants alike!

Posted November 30th, 2017 at 4:47 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Torbay

At Broadsands: 2 Great Northern Divers, 1 Red-throated Diver, 4 Great Crested Grebes and a pale-bellied Brent Goose on the beach (rare in Torbay!). 8 Cirl Buntings on seed in 2nd car park, 1 firecrest and 3 Chiffchaff in the marsh.

Clennon Lakes: at least 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs with 9-10 Chiffchaffs mostly around the 2nd lake lower causeway, 2 Firecrest, 1 Blackcap and at least 8 Goldcrests the unlikely highlight however were a pair of Stonechats on the fence to the velo park only the 3rd record of any Stonechats at Clennon Valley!.

Siberian Chiffchaff ClnVly 301117 ML 2 Siberian Chiffchaff ClnVly 301117 ML Pale-bellied Brent Goose Broadsands 30 Nov 2017 ML

Siberian Chiffchaff                               Siberian Chiffchaff                                 Pale-bellied Brent Goose

Posted November 30th, 2017 at 1:15 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Plympton

Two firecrest in the garden again this morning. One goldcrest and a male blackcap also visited along with usual tits and finches. 

Posted November 30th, 2017 at 12:46 pm by Chris E in General Birding

Wednesday 29th November 2017

Bench Tor and Venford Reservoir

Late afternoon/dusk: 3 Woodcock and 10 Goosander.

Posted November 29th, 2017 at 9:09 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Ernesettle Creek

A sunny albeit a tad chilly walk along Ernesettle Creek an hour after high tide - 2:30pm. 6 swans, 2 shelducks, 8 greenshanks, numerous redshanks, 10 blackwits, 1 snipe, 30 Canada geese and a number of mallards. 

Posted November 29th, 2017 at 9:08 pm by Val Grehan in General Birding

Haldon Forest Ridge

Had half a day visit along the Haldon ridge today with Rupert Ormrod. Hoped to see an odd Hawfinch but  car spaces were hard to come by however the Brambling flocks were well worth seeing (but very skittish) 150+ feeding in mixed flocks under Beech trees from Belvedere to Ideford Common. Nice to see and worth noting a 40+ Reed Bunting flock on Ideford Common to end the day.

Female Brambling - one of many across the ridge Marsh Tit at the Belvedere one of 40+ Reed Bunting at Ideford Common
Female Brambling                             Marsh Tit at the Belvedere            Reed Bunting at Ideford Common

Posted November 29th, 2017 at 8:17 pm by Derek Carter in General Birding

Stover

A quick walk around Stover Lake this morning, 7 Goosander (3 Male and 4 Female,) 1 solitary Female Tuffted Duck, 2 Muscovy and a Great Crested Grebe.

Goosander          Goosander
Goosander                                                       Goosander

Posted November 29th, 2017 at 2:29 pm by Duncan Leitch in General Birding

Clennon Lakes & Broadsands

2 Siberian Chiffchaffs between lakes 1 & 2 today also 9 collybita Chiffchaffs around the site and at least 1 Firecrest & 7 Goldcrest.

A visit to Broadsands this morning produced 17 Cirl Buntings on seed in the 2nd car park and at least 3 Firecrest with 3 chiffchaff and 4 Goldcrest in the marsh area between the car parks.

Posted November 29th, 2017 at 1:05 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 28th November 2017

Fieldfare and Buzzard , Week, Dartington, 28 Nov 2017

Approx 50 Fieldfare in the orchard next door but no Redwing spotted. A Common Buzzard over the garden .

Fieldfare Fieldfare Common Buzzard
Fieldfare                                   Fieldfare                         Common Buzzard

Posted November 28th, 2017 at 11:06 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Interesting Herring Gull behaviour at RD&E today

YouTube link https://youtu.be/eQEAVrSPlwM

An interesting diversion at my appointment today. Tap dancing for worms.

Posted November 28th, 2017 at 8:14 pm by Ian Muir in General Birding

Start Point 27 November

Yesterday midday at Start Point, between about 1200 and 1300hrs, a large passage  of c150 Lesser-Black-backed Gulls, showing characteristics of   blackish winged Larus fuscus intermedius or Larus fuscus (Baltic Gull).  Of these only about 10% were juveniles. Gulls flew mainly in gaggles of 20 -30 birds low over the top of the point in a short patch of clear weather.  Total of 130 adult birds physically counted.

Posted November 28th, 2017 at 7:36 pm by Michael Woodman-Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Clennon Valley, Paignton, 11am-3pm

2 firecrests, goldcrests, bullfinch (F) and a siberian chiffchaff down by the golf driving range around midday. 7 snipe, 5 teal and 2 dabchick on the lower pond, 2 gadwall on the middle pond, and a little egret on the top pond. 5+ collybita chiffchaffs around the ponds, also water rail heard.

Firecrest Firecrest Four of the Snipe
Firecrest                                       Firecrest                                          Four of the Snipe

Posted November 28th, 2017 at 5:39 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Clennon Valley

Just as an addendum to Mike L's earlier post: 4 Firecrest (2 in the same area as Yellow-browed Warbler; 1 behind the driving range; 1 W end of lakes with the Siberian Chiffchaff).

Posted November 28th, 2017 at 5:00 pm by Dave Holloway in General Birding

Velator

Highlight in the reserve today was a Chiffchaff - the first since 3rd November. All four Moorhens present.  However it seems the juvenile Little Grebe has finally departed, perhaps the Sticklebacks hibernate? The large Godwit flock - 160ish, was joined by both Redshank and Greenshank on the scrape today.

Posted November 28th, 2017 at 4:59 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Bideford Old Bridge

Life is full of surprises!  I was driving back into Bideford from East-the Water at just after 15:40 this afternoon and became stuck in traffic (roadworks traffic lights) almost in the middle of the queue stopped there on the bridge.  There was a small group of Herring and BH Gulls squabbling along the seaward-side parapet and generally being "hassled" by a Glaucous Gull in(almost certainly) third-winter plumage, obviously I couldn't use binocs/camera).  A Devon first for me.

Posted November 28th, 2017 at 4:27 pm by Tony Mercer in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Woodbury Castle and East Devon

The large flock of Chaffinch and Brambling present this morning and preferring the inside of the west side of the iron age fort.  Several hundred in total (maybe even 400) and a good proportion are Brambling.  The new steps up to the enclosure are now open and the birds are best viewed from the top.  Difficult to count numbers as the birds are constantly moving from ground to trees.

I also tried Colaton Raleigh Common as far as the grenade range but little about worth noting other than a few Dartfords, Pipits and Stonechat with a Green Woodpecker heard.

Back home a Sparrow Hawk settled on my feeders... luckily no birds there at the time!

Posted November 28th, 2017 at 3:46 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Cockwood

Went to Cockwood for a change this lunchtime, From the steps, the resident Slavonian Grebe was fairly close in as well as a few Red-breasted Merganser.

I was amazed to see a Great Northern Diver in Cockwood Harbour though. It was just a few metres from the road at times (sadly no camera). After a few minutes at about 2 o'clock it swam out of the harbour back in to the river. Also in the harbour 1 Greenshank, Turnstones, Redshanks, Oystercatchers, a Curlew and a Black-tailed Godwit.

Posted November 28th, 2017 at 2:53 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Dawlish - 28th Nov 17

Walk from Dawlish down to the warren and back this AM... 

15 great crested grebe (on sea), male kestrel, 27 turnstone, 31 grey plover, 2 kittiwake, 5 gannet, 16 shag, ad bonapartes flew west, 5 red throated diver (close in bay), 2 razorbill, 250+ dark bellied brents, 17 pale bellied brents, 12 rock pipit, 3 (common) chiffchaff, 16 linnet

Posted November 28th, 2017 at 2:42 pm by Nick Patel in General Birding

Middle Soar to Southdown Farm

Highlight was a Firecrest in Soar Mill Valley. Also: 31 Golden Plover, 5 Snipe, 380 Skylark, 38 Meadow Pipit, Mistle Thrush, Bullfinch & 70 Linnet.

Posted November 28th, 2017 at 2:32 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Clennon Valley

Yellow-browed Warbler still present this morning at Clennon Valley along the stream about 150m below the bottom lake. also around the lakes 1 Siberian Chiffchaff around the top lake, 12 'collybita' Chiffchaffs, 2 Firecrest, 8 Goldcrest, 2 Snipe, 9 Teal 2 Gadwall, 9 Tufted Ducks, little Egret, 3 Water Rail and 3 Little Grebes.  

siberian Chiffchaff Clennon Lakes 28 November 2017 ML

Siberian Chiffchaff

Posted November 28th, 2017 at 10:17 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 27th November 2017

Velator

Still plenty of Tits and Finches in the reserve today despite the buffeting wind. A Treecreeper was also making it's way around. Out on the scrape still a big flock of Godwits joined today by a Redshank, which I'm sure I heard either yesterday or the day before. Stonechat nearby too. Everything is now drenched and waterlogged....

Posted November 27th, 2017 at 7:29 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Hope's Nose afternoon

1 razorbill off the end, gannets and a kittiwake off shore; also 3 oystercatchers on the rocks at the south tip. At the end of the afternoon 9 common scoters and a great northern diver were in the bay to the north. The seawatch point has now been cleared of rubbish and is fit for use again.

Posted November 27th, 2017 at 6:20 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Woodbury Castle / Colaton Raleigh Common and Exmouth

Woodbury Castle produced a few Brambling. Not in the numbers Matt saw but it was late in the day. Almost dusk to dark visit to the common. Went to the last car park as if driving to half way house from Exmouth. Went hoping for Woodcock as they can be seen flying over the car park area but none around. However I was pleasantly surprised to see a Female Hen Harrier quartering the area just below the car park. Cracking views and the first one I have seen on the commons for quite a few years. Also 3 Tawny Owls (2 seen and another calling) near my house on Byron Way when I got home.

Posted November 27th, 2017 at 6:12 pm by Spencer Dicks in General Birding

Sunday 26th November 2017

Topsham Rec

Six Cattle egrets flew up river at 16:45. Earlier 24 Red-breasted mergansers on the Exe down river from Riversmeet was my highest count this winter.

Posted November 26th, 2017 at 11:13 pm by Martin Elcoate in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Haldon Forest

No hawfiches found but great views of 12 crossbills in main car park. 

Posted November 26th, 2017 at 10:49 pm by Tim Frayling in General Birding

Exmouth-Lympstone

From the cycle track this morning, a Firecrest and Red Kite, with at least 2 Bramblings in a flock of Greenfinches and Chaffinches in sunflowers just south of Lympstone. Earlier, a pair of Peregrines hunting unsuccessfully at Mudbank Lane.

Posted November 26th, 2017 at 9:36 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Large Brambling Flock

An estimated 200+ Brambling in Woodbury Fort this afternoon, with similar numbers of Chaffinch. Very difficult to get a proper count so could be considerably more than this. Nearby the Long-tailed Duck still off Mudbank, Eider off Maer Rocks and 2 Great Northern Diver plus Slavonian Grebe off Shelly Beach.

Posted November 26th, 2017 at 3:57 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

American Wigeon at Matford Marsh

The American Wigeon is still around the main pool area in amongst the Wigeon.

Posted November 26th, 2017 at 1:29 pm by Samuel Gray in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Hawfinches Longdown

89 counted lflying up the valley at Perridge forest this morning between 0715 and 0800.Numbers are still consideted to be approximately 150 .This will be my final count before returning to  Hungary. Hope to be back in January 2018 

Posted November 26th, 2017 at 10:48 am by Roy Adams Hungarian Bird Tours in General Birding

Occombe

Plenty of activity this morning: House Sparrow, 5 Robins, Green Woodpecker (as usual in the orchard), 3 Bullfinches, 5 Jays, 11 Long-tailed Tits, 14 Blue Tits, 8 Blackbirds, 9 Great Tits, Buzzard, 5 Redwing, 5 Goldcrest, 3 Wrens, Treecreeper, Chaffinch & a Dunnock. And a Roebuck.

Posted November 26th, 2017 at 10:30 am by Stephen Huggins in General Birding

Saturday 25th November 2017

Dartmoor hen harrier

A ringtail drifting north easterly over Rattlebrook on the north moor this morning about noon.

Posted November 25th, 2017 at 9:53 pm by Simon M Bates in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Veletor

Good to see a Red-breasted Merganser female in Knowl Water, the stream that runs into the River Caen this morning. Watched it diving just upstream from the weir. 

Posted November 25th, 2017 at 8:14 pm by Kelvin Irwin in General Birding

Topsham Rec

Three Cattle egrets flew up river at dusk.

Posted November 25th, 2017 at 8:12 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Holdstone down

A 9 o clock start around today not very much really,  3 snipe in different places that scared the living daylights out of me as they took off nearly under foot. A very yellowish / green warbler darted out from the gorse before I could focus on it and 3 stonechat male andc2 female.. 

Posted November 25th, 2017 at 5:00 pm by Philip worth in General Birding

Dartmoor - Brambling

Very cold on the Moor this morning, but brambling showing in most of the chaffinch flocks when located feeding on beech mast! In total I must have seen at least 30 amongst several hundred chaffinch. One particular site at SX677772 gave good views of several. Difficult to photograph as they were very mobile and well camouflaged as they searched amongst the leaves. A good variety of thrush species with song, mistle, redwing and fieldfare evident. Pizwell Bridge produced all 4! 

Posted November 25th, 2017 at 4:00 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Clennon Lakes

The Yellow-browed Warbler again present behind the golf diving range calling well this morning.

Video clip here: https://youtu.be/EWQ82iEYGZU 

Yellow-browed Warbler Clennon Valley Nov 2017 ML

 

Posted November 25th, 2017 at 10:27 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Plympton

Two firecrest in the garden this morning. 

Posted November 25th, 2017 at 9:14 am by Chris E in General Birding

Friday 24th November 2017

Topsham Rec

4 Cattle egret flew up river and over the M5 at 16:45. No sign of any Marsh harriers at dusk.

Posted November 24th, 2017 at 10:40 pm by Martin Elcoate in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Matford Pools

The drake American Wigeon was still present this afternoon up until 1510hrs at least. But it wasn't on the main pool as it has the past 3 days, the bird having moved to the northerly reedy pool edge and ditch where it spent most of its time during last winter's visit. A Fox was spooking the wildfowl on the main pool, so it probably decided it was safer in its old haunt!

Posted November 24th, 2017 at 8:08 pm by Terry Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berrynarbor

Two firecrest in the garden again this morning.

Posted November 24th, 2017 at 7:29 pm by Margaret Phillips in General Birding

Upper and Lower Tamar Lake

Upper Lake.
1 Willow Tit, 4 Grey Heron, 5 Cormorants, 2 Pied Wagtail, 93 Canada Geese, 5 Snipe, 1 Song Thrush, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Wren.

Lower Lake.
11 Goosander,7m 4f, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Tufted Duck, 43 Coot, 18 Moorhen, 21 Mallard, c50 Black-headed Gull 2 Long-tailed Tits, 1 Willow and 1 Marsh Tit.

Posted November 24th, 2017 at 5:41 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Stover Country Park.

21 members of DB (East Devon Branch) attended this mornings walk around the lake and south towards the meadows behind Stover School.  The absence of water birds on the lake was very noticeable with only 1 Gt- crested Grebe, 2 Tufted Duck, 4 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 2 Coot present. 3 Snipe were on the water fringes and a Kingfisher seen briefly.  The lack of birds may indicate that birds are not moving west because of the mild winter to date.

The bird feeders provided close up views of Marsh Tit, Bullfinch, Nuthatch etc that are found here routinely.  

The meadows were notable for 3 Mistle Thrush, 1 Stonechat, 20+ Redwing, 4 Meadow Pipit, 10+ Siskin, 1 Gt Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush and others.  A total of 41 species was counted for the morning.

Posted November 24th, 2017 at 5:37 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Horsey Island

15 Ruff still on Horsey this aft (13 in photo) .Also 172 Black tailed Godwits & 200 Dunlin.

An attempt is being made to repair the breach in the sea wall between R.Caen & Horsey by the landowner this aft at low tide. High tide around 21.00.

We shall see over the following days & weeks whether this has been successful.

  

Posted November 24th, 2017 at 5:27 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

24-11-17 Dartmoor

Both Male & Female Dartford Warbler showing well, mainly the female. Not many other birds were sighted, Goldfinches, Goldcrests

  Male & Female Dartford Warblers

Male & Female Dartford Warblers

Posted November 24th, 2017 at 5:05 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

24-11-17 Ford Park Cemetery

Male & Female Black Redstarts were showing very well

  

Posted November 24th, 2017 at 4:57 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Ford Park Cemetery 24/11/2017

Black Redstart (m & f), Redwings, Meadow Pipits along with usual suspects

Posted November 24th, 2017 at 4:13 pm by Michael Spencer in General Birding

Suspect Snow Geese again

Sorry about yesterdays photos the wrong set was sent in error, here is a cropped set which I hope shows more detail. Any comments would be appreciated as I am undecided.

  

Eds: Indeed Snow Geese but presumed escapes they were at Maer Lakes from at least August!    http://www.cbwps.org.uk/cbwpsword/2017/08/22/ 

Posted November 24th, 2017 at 4:06 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Firecrest in Plymouth

A male in the trees around Stoke Surgery on Devonport Road, Stoke again today. Has been around for two weeks.

Posted November 24th, 2017 at 2:14 pm by Howard Ackford in General Birding

Torbay

Preston: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Great Northern Divers.

Goodrington: 6 Great Northern Divers, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Common Scoter and probably the Black-throated Diver further out but an odd haze on the sea today prevented positive id.

Broadsands: 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe & 4 Brent Geese. Also 1 Firecrest, 2 Chiffchaffs, 5 Goldcrest in the marsh and 7 Cirl Buntings on seed in the 2nd car park.

Clennon Lakes/Valley: the Yellow-browed Warbler was again behind the golf driving range in willows over the stream and I assume the same bird 250m away at the back gate to the YMCA in Buddleia, also around lakes 1 Siberian Chiffchaff on lower lake, 7 Chiffchaff, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Firecrest and 8 Goldcrest  

Yellow-browed Warbler Clennon Valley 24 Nov 2017 ML  Siberian Chiffchaff 24 Nov 2017 ML

  Yellow-Browed Warbler                                                    Siberian Chiffchaff   

Posted November 24th, 2017 at 11:37 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Hawfinches Longdown

Count of Hawfinches this morning between 07.30 and 0830 reached a minumum of 109 birds.Many were missed as they were in mixed flocks of Brambling ,Redpoll l,Bullfinch.Siskin  and Redwing. 

Posted November 24th, 2017 at 9:30 am by Roy Adams Hungarian Bird Tours in General Birding

Thursday 23rd November 2017

Clennon Valley

Yellow-browed Warbler was present in willows over the stream - down stream from the lakes where the stream backs onto the golf driving range. Also there were at least 2 Firecrest, 7 Goldcrest, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff (calling too) and 3 'collybita' Chiffchaffs.

Posted November 23rd, 2017 at 6:08 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Suspect Snow Geese

Here are some photos of the suspect Snow Geese seen on Lower Tamar  Lake  31/10/2017, these where shot a Maer Lake toady but they are the same geese, they seem have the correct plumage showing the black primaries. Are they Snow Geese? Sorry about the photos it was very windy and a long range.

Posted November 23rd, 2017 at 5:17 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Haldon Foirest & Stover Country Park

At Haldon Forest the Hawfinches showing ok, but at the back of the trees, so the only shots I could get were in-between the branches. At Stover, the usual suspects, with one exception, by the feeders a Treecreeper showed itself very well.

  

Posted November 23rd, 2017 at 5:15 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Green Woodpeckers Higher Cemetery Exeter

One male, one female today, late evening.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRpi86xzyU8

Green Woodpecker Female     Green Woodpecker Male
Green Woodpecker Female                                      Green Woodpecker Male

Posted November 23rd, 2017 at 5:02 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Fremington Pill

15.45 female Goosander swimming in stream with 6 mallard, close to Pill Cottage. 

Posted November 23rd, 2017 at 4:47 pm by Paul Bearman in General Birding

Hawfich ST thomas Church yard Cowick Street

At least 2 Hawfinch flew in with a small flock of Greenfinch into the high tree tops perching briefly before disappearing into the trees at 8:15am. also 16 redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush plus all the usual suspects.

Posted November 23rd, 2017 at 3:47 pm by Nik Ward in General Birding

Drake American Wigeon @ RSPB-Matford Marsh

Great views today of the 2/W drake American Wigeon which was showing well in the mid-day sun on the main pond near the roundabout with the other 3 Dave's DS+DH+DL. Also 3+ Snipe.

2/W drake American Wigeon 2/W drake American Wigeon 2/W drake American Wigeon
2/W drake American Wigeon            2/W drake American Wigeon                2/W drake American Wigeon

Posted November 23rd, 2017 at 2:37 pm by David Boult in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Bowling Green Marsh

From the hide this lunchtime, 1 Ruff, 1 Kingfisher, female Pochard, 9+ Gadwall and 20 Greylag Geese.

Posted November 22nd, 2017 at 9:19 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Re:American Wigeon @ Matford Marsh 21/11/2017

These are images that never got uploaded from previous post.

Both images showing the same crown patch on both birds confirming returning bird from last winter.

1/W drake American Wigeon @ BGM 04/01/2017 2/W drake American Wigeon @ Matford  21/11/2017
1/W drake American Wigeon @ BGM 04/01/2017       2/W drake American Wigeon @ Matford 21/11/2017

Posted November 22nd, 2017 at 8:26 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Matford

Drake American Wigeon still present on pool today. 

Posted November 22nd, 2017 at 8:07 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Re:American Wigeon @ Matford Marsh 21/11/2017

Further to Matt's observation post from yesterday's adult drake American Wigeon seen at Matford Marsh. They do look to be the same bird that moved between Matford, Exminster and BG Marshes from last winter returning and clearly shows signs of same crown patch he mentions and shown in the attached images extracted from the videos. Thanks and well spotted Matt.

Posted November 22nd, 2017 at 7:29 pm by David Boult in General Birding

TIVERTON

First Brambling of the winter in garden today amongst a dozen Chaffinches, plus a partial albinism Blackbird. Not the best of pics taken through window!

Posted November 22nd, 2017 at 4:15 pm by A COLLINGE in General Birding

South Efford Marsh, Aveton Gifford - Spoonbill

With Rodney Bone at South Huish Marsh this morning pleased to finally catch up with the reported Spoonbill,( poor distant photos). Thanks to Eric Wotten for the heads up, following his sighting the previous day, when I was enjoying the hawfinch at Haldon - what a bill they have, some contrast from the spoHonbill! Only the 2nd record for Rod, who does the "webs" count for the area, since his first sighting several decades ago. Also present a cattle egret, with 10 little egret, a kingfisher,1 water pipit, 1 black tailed godwit, a few curlew, just 1 greenshank, 3 redshank and several teal, widgeon and mallard.

Spoonbill - South Efford Marsh - 22.11.17  Hawfinch - Haldon - 21.11.17
Spoonbill - South Efford Marsh - 22.11.17                        Hawfinch - Haldon - 21.11.17

Posted November 22nd, 2017 at 4:09 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Velator

Morning cutting up trees, and trying to count mobile smallish Finch flocks. Good numbers of Gold and Chaffinch, fewer Greenfinch.  A small number of Redwings. Pick of the bunch were a Reed Bunting, and a Siskin. No repeat of the Kingfisher from yesterday.

Out on the scrape, 175 Godwits, Little Egret, Pied Wagtail (uncommon at this time of year) and the Green Sandpiper also reappeared.

Posted November 22nd, 2017 at 3:30 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatching from Berry Head 07.30-11.00hrs: 15 Sooty Shearwaters  (video Clip: https://youtu.be/UZBWVR1dfxo ), 1 Manx Shearwater, 3 Puffin, 543 Auks, 423 Kittiwake, 7 Great Skuas,1 Yellow-legged Gull (3rd Winter) 2 Great Northern Diver, 2 Common Scoter & 5 + Harbour Porpoise.

Yellow-legged Gull Berry Head 22 Nov 2017 ML Yellow-legged Gull Berry Head 22 Nov 2017 ML

Yellow-legged Gull - 3rd winter

Posted November 22nd, 2017 at 2:00 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Haldon Hawfinches

Photos relating to my text of yesterday showing hawfinches at Haldon Hill.

 

Posted November 22nd, 2017 at 12:00 pm by Bob Barrow in General Birding

Hawfinches Shute East Devon

10 Hawfinches this morning.One group of 3 flying west over Church and a further 7 feeding on yew/field maple in ancient orchard approx 200 metres on lane above the village Church.

Posted November 22nd, 2017 at 10:59 am by Roy Adams Hungarian Bird Tours in General Birding

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