Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 22nd–30th April 2017

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Posted August 21st at 3:53 pm in Bird News

2019 Descriptions - last call

The deadline for the 2019 Bird Report is rapidly approaching. If you found (or saw) any of these birds please could you submit a description to recorder@devonbirds.org to ensure your records are published. Many thanks. 

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

 

Posted May 2nd at 3:27 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in Bird News

Friday 28th April 2017

Vitifer valley to Soussons

Great Grey shrike visible most of the morning on hawthorns on the Warren House side of the valley. Cuckoos calling frequently but only one seen. At least six Whinchats seen but all were males. A female Crossbill gave good views near the ruins at the Soussons end of the valley. Stonechats feeding young now - one nest found. Green Woodpeckers seen and heard frequently - at least three separate birds. Many Willow Warblers and some Chiffchaffs active.

Posted April 28th, 2017 at 7:51 pm by Rob Hubble & Stella Tracey in Bird News

Start Point and Slapton Beach, 28 April 2017

Start Point:  at least 6 Male Wheatear, 1 Common Whitethroat. Lots of Linnet, Meadow Pipits and Stonechat - 2  familes of Stonechat with fledglings. 

Slapton Beach: 4 Whimbrel, 5 Ringed Plover.

Whimbrel
Whimbrel

Posted April 28th, 2017 at 6:47 pm by Bob Telford in Bird News

Yarner Wood

A lot of activity early morning including: Wood Warbler singing, 11 Pied Flycatchers, 2 Redstarts singing, 6+ Lesser Redpolls, 12+ Siskins, 2 Marsh Tits, 3 Tree Pipits, 2 Hobbies, and 4 drake Mandarin Ducks.

Posted April 28th, 2017 at 2:58 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Bursdon Moor.

Clear but cold for late April on Bursdon quite early this morning..

! Cuckoo calling continuously for 15 minutes, 1 Wheatear,, pair of Bullfinches, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, 2 Blackcaps,, several Meadow Pipits and Skylarks and a few Pheasants..  

Surprised not to find Whitethroat in their usual spot and unusual not to see any raptors...

A pair of Song Thrushes at nearby Meddon.

Harvey Kendall.

Posted April 28th, 2017 at 11:52 am by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Barn Owl

Barn owl flying through trees near the petrol station at South Brent at 0645 this morning, worryingly close to the A38 though

Posted April 28th, 2017 at 7:28 am by Ian Stone in Bird News

Thursday 27th April 2017

Redstarts showing well at yarner

A late run out to hunt for Cuckoo's at Emsworthy gave very little to report despite having one in my sights on Sunday.  Due to blustery conditions we went onto Yarner entering from Trendelbere. En route several Meadow Pipits were observed along with Chaffinches, Stonechats and the usual woodland species expected. The highlight was the Redstarts showing well and a pair of males fighting over territory. As we were leaving we spotted Tree Pipit and heard 

Redstart male Yarner Cuckoo Emsworthy
Redstart male Yarner                                             Cuckoo Emsworthy

Posted April 27th, 2017 at 8:57 pm by John Wilkes in Bird News

Fledged robin

My first fledgling of the year in garden (Honiton) just now. Blackbird, sparrow, dunnock and starling all continuing to collect food. 

Posted April 27th, 2017 at 9:40 am by Andy Rook in Bird News

haytor area/yarner woods

yesterday pm:  cuckoo heard at yarner but disappointing nothing "good" seen there. 2 stonechat, 2 wheatear, skylarks, meadow pipit on moor. 

Posted April 27th, 2017 at 9:27 am by graham folkerd in Bird News

Wednesday 26th April 2017

Topsham

Watched from 16:50 till 19:50

from the goatwalk to start 101+ whimbrel flew from exminster marsh to the estuary plus 9+ more on the estuary, 560+ dunlin , 1 avocet

from the viewing platform bowling green marsh 3 swift over, 20+ ringed plover , 15+ knot, 30+ grey plover, 1 willow warbler , 1 chiffchaff, 2 reed warbler, 1 mistle thrush, 17+ greenshank, 10+ whimbrel

from the hide bowling green marsh , 3 cattle egret flew over heading towards powderham, 3 ruff still, 3 Mediterranean gulls( 2 1st winter, 1 1st summer) , 2 common sandpiper, 6+ dunlin, 44+ bar tailed godwits, 2 oystercatchers, 200+ sand martins, 15+ swallows

from goosemoor, 36+ greenshank, 2 common sandpipers, 16+ little egrets, 60+ black tailed godwits.

Posted April 26th, 2017 at 10:04 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Wembury Bay

Similar sightings to those in Roger's post, but also 3 Bar-tailed Godwits (2 in nice summer plumage), 2 Sanderlings, 4 Ringed Plovers, 3 Dunlins and 15 Whimbrels,

Later 2 adult Dunlins at Blagdons Meadow (Plym Estuary) ,

Posted April 26th, 2017 at 9:17 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Skern

Evening visit at high tide. About 300 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover 1 Oystercatcher

At least 18 Whimbrel present. As the tide started to drop this male Ruff appeared - same one Malcolm had a few days ago?
At least 18 Whimbrel present.  As the tide started to drop this male Ruff appeared - same one Malcolm had a few days ago?

Posted April 26th, 2017 at 8:54 pm by JON TURNER in Bird News

Taw estuary

Ringed Plover and Dunlin....picture now attached, hopefully....!


Posted April 26th, 2017 at 8:42 pm by Alan Denzey in Bird News

Totnes Weir

Common Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail & Pied Wagtail on a dry Totnes Weir Face this afternoon. Mallard with 5 duckling above the weir. Also a close encounter with a Cormorant.

Cormorant - Totnes Weir - 26/4/17
Cormorant - Totnes Weir - 26/4/17

Posted April 26th, 2017 at 8:35 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Shallowford, Exmoor

Male cuckoo calling and seen in the vicinity of the farm today from 12:00 - 15:00pm.

Posted April 26th, 2017 at 7:47 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Taw estuary, near the White House

Ringed Plover and Dunlin

Posted April 26th, 2017 at 7:45 pm by Alan Denzey in Bird News

Wembury Point

A good few hours birding this morning produced

29 species of birds the best being

6 Whitethroat 1 Yellowhammer

11 Whimbrel 3 Grey Plover 2 Black Tailed Godwit

7 Common Sandpiper.

Very few hirundines 2 Swallow 1 House Martin

Plus all the usual birds

Posted April 26th, 2017 at 3:20 pm by Roger Backway in Bird News

Morte Point

0620-1040. 3 Whimbrel, 6 Whitethroat, 5 Fulmar, 1 Gannet,  3 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 5 House Martin, several Swallow plus 23 other species. No sign of the Shrew - so cold it probably stayed in bed!

Posted April 26th, 2017 at 2:17 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

Shipley ~ South Brent ~ Cuckoo

Shipley Bridge towards the Avon Dam near South Brent this morning Whitethroat 2, Bullfinch 5, Goldcrest 5, Swallow 20 plus, Blackcap 9 all males, Willow Warbler 5, my first actual sighting of a Cuckoo (seen twice and beginning to call later in the morning) Wren 7, Song Thrush, Goldfinch 2, Chiffchaff 4, Mistle Thrush 4+ (one carrying food) Buzzard 2, female Kestrel being driven off by a Mistle Thrush, Greater Black Back Gull 2, Raven, Skylark 2, Pied Wagtail 3, Linnet 8, a flock of 40 plus Meadow Pipits arrived together near the pump house flying in from the direction of South Brent.

Posted April 26th, 2017 at 1:20 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Torbay

2 passage Cuckoos were noted yesterday one at Berry Head about lunch time (per Ranger) and one in Primley Woods, Paignton during the morning (per D Ellacott). 

Posted April 26th, 2017 at 10:19 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

man sands / coast path

yesterday pm:  small copper b/fly on southdown hill coast path. 2 oystercatcher on mansands beach.  swallows, sand martins, reed warblers, gadwall around ley. .

Posted April 26th, 2017 at 9:43 am by graham folkerd in Bird News

Tuesday 25th April 2017

skern

Little tern and seven whimbrel at 18:45.Nearly ran over a male crossbill yesterday evening after work at north bovey.didnt have time to stop due to seeing it late.Not seen in rear mirror so hopefully ok.Had to make paint shop so was in a hurry.

Posted April 25th, 2017 at 10:53 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Yarner Woods 29.05.2016

Spent a few hours at Yarner Woods yesterday and today.Plenty of Redstarts arriving now.Counted 6 males and 2 females on the top path.Also 12 Pied Flycatchers

Posted April 25th, 2017 at 10:32 pm by Allison Wines in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Walked along the railway path this lunchtime. Highlights were 1 Hobby perched by the back of the lagoon and a female / immature Marsh Harrier - presumably the overwintering bird.

Posted April 25th, 2017 at 2:28 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Meldon Woods

taking a short walk through the bluebells in the woods this morning, there were chiffchaff, willow warbler, blackcap and pied flycatcher, after the viaduct there was a cuckoo calling near the pond and a black red start near the old quarry.

Posted April 25th, 2017 at 2:12 pm by roger jewell in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Two pairs of Mistle Thrushes feeding young, Green Woodpecker, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Wheaters, and Whitethroat.

Wheatear 23.4.17
Wheatear 23.4.17

Posted April 25th, 2017 at 12:08 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Monday 24th April 2017

Dockwell, South Brent

A visit to Dockwell near South Brent today, checked out three nest box's that I placed in some woodland last year, one has a sitting Blue Tit, one half full of dried moss and one just the remnants of a nest from last year.

Bird species included Mistle Thrush, Wren 2, Pied Wagtail, Linnets 20 plus, Yellow Hammer 3, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler 2, Goldfinch 4, Buzzard and my first Whitethroat of the season.

A Roe deer on the edge of Brent hill

Back at home a single Long Tailed Tit, Nuthatch, Song Thrush pair still feeding young and a strange incident of a Carrion Crow attacking and pinning down a Jackdaw, the commotion drew in numerous very raucous Corvids that swooped and circled over the event, the Carrion Crow was clearly intent on killing the Jackdaw when a Magpie came in and actually struck the Crow, as a result the Jackdaw was able to escape not aware if anyone else has witnessed this type of behaviour.

Posted April 24th, 2017 at 10:45 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Occombe Sunday Morning

Late submission for Sunday morning. 2 House Sparrows, 4 Dunnock, 2 Swallows, 3 Greenfinch, Chaffinch, 2 Mallard, 6 Blackcap, Song Thrush, 7 Chiffchaff, 9 Wren, 2 Pheasant, 5 Stock Dove, 5 Robins, 2 Bullfinch, 8 Blackbirds, 2 Willow Warblers, 5 Great Tit, 6 Blue Tit, Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch, plus a Roebuck.

Posted April 24th, 2017 at 7:46 pm by Stephen Huggins in Bird News

Slapton

Mid afternoon, 4 Sandwich tern off middle car park, and at Torcross 2 Swift, 30 House Martin, 50 Swallow and 10 Sand martin.

Posted April 24th, 2017 at 6:30 pm by Nik Ward in Bird News

Plymouth area

A walk this morning from Mount Gould to Staddon Heights and back to Mount Batten, produced singing Sedge Warbler and Wheatear (cycle track by Tothill Park / lower Plym Estuary) and a Grasshopper Warbler at Staddon Heights. Also 2 Whitethroats. 

Posted April 24th, 2017 at 5:36 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Broadsands

Somewhat surprised to see a Bar Tailed Godwit on the beach last evening

Posted April 24th, 2017 at 5:03 pm by tim Clyburn in Bird News

Down Tor

Cuckoo heard on Down Tor several times this afternoon.

Posted April 24th, 2017 at 4:19 pm by Mave Goddard in Bird News

Berry Head

A few migrants on the headland today: 4 Willow Warblers, 4 Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff and 24+ Wheatears moving rapidly through from 9am-10.30am. 1 Great Northern Diver >S over the headland and another flew into Torbay. 2 Shelduck on the pool in the inner quarry was a bit of a surprise. 

Posted April 24th, 2017 at 3:26 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Grasshopper Warbler

Just seen, 1.45pm, a Grasshopper warbler singing away at High down, Lydford, Dartmoor.

Posted April 24th, 2017 at 2:22 pm by Robin Stanbridge in Bird News

Burrator area.

Walked around the north end of Burrator this morning and noted 3 male Redstarts, 2 Cuckoo, 4 Wheater and an Osprey flying north from the reservoir.

Posted April 24th, 2017 at 1:47 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Arlington / Ashford

Pied Flycatcher in the woods at a fast-cooling Arlington this morning.

Stopped at Ashford on the way home and just about saw the hide-and-seek Lesser Whitethroat exactly where Rob said it was - thanks! Several Whimbrel out on the sand banks too.

Posted April 24th, 2017 at 1:39 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Prawle Sightings this weekend

Apologies for late posting.On Friday evening  Pat M saw a Red Kite; on Saturday 22nd April Pat M saw 3 Grasshopper Warblers, a male Redstart,a Sedge Warbler, 40+ Willow Warblers and 75+Wheatears and a possible Pomarine Skua.

Sunday 23rd (when I visited) seawatching with Pat M (7.20 till 9am) produced  2 Arctic Skuas , 3 Sandwich Terns east and 13 Manx Shearwaters west. A smattering of common migrants included my first 5 Whitethroats, 11+ Wheatears, 2 Willow Warblers, 20+ Swallows, 1 Sand Martin. Always interesting what a difference a day makes at this time of the year ! 

Posted April 24th, 2017 at 10:51 am by Tony Marchese in Bird News

Cuckoo

Heard my first cuckoo while walking on Mardon Down (Dartmoor).

Posted April 24th, 2017 at 7:20 am by Samuel Gray in Bird News

Sunday 23rd April 2017

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:00 till 19:20

From the viewing platform 175+ pale bellied brent geese flew up estuary before settling of riversmeet house with 2 dark bellied brent geese in with them 850+ dunlin, 34+ grey plover, 25+ whimbrel, 15+ knot, 16+ greenshanks, 50+ bar tailed godwits

from the hide, 3 ruff still, 2 Mediterranean gulls both 1st winter, 6 common gulls , 20+ black headed gulls, 8+ ringed plover over going high north

Around the marsh, 1 swift through my first of the year, 3 house Martin, 60+ sand Martin, 20+ swallows, 2 buzzards, 1 sparrowhawk, 5 Cetti's warblers, 6+ blackcap, 8+ chiffchaff, 6+ song thrush and 2 mistle thrush, 12+ reed warblers, 5+ sedge warblers

Also in evidence was continued movement of dunlin heading high north over the marsh at least 5 groups seen involving 250+ birds 

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 11:47 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Lesser Whitethroat - Tarka trail

Cycled from Braunton to Barnstaple along the trail again this morning.

On the outgoing journey 1 Lesser Whitethroat was vocalising many times from the Hawthorn & bramble bushes & flying from one bush to the next from Ashford Strand towards Ashford Sewage treatment works where it fell silent in a bush with several other species including a Sedge Warbler, Chiffchaff & Chaffinch. I continued to Barnstaple & during the return journey heard the bird again several times between the sewage works & Ashford. The bird can be heard warbling inside or at the back of a Hawthorn or bramble bush but I was not able to obtain a photo.

A useful tip - be as quiet as possible when you hear it because it will stop singing if you talk!

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 9:59 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Nocturnal recording update

A quick update even if not very exciting from my night recording sessions in Plymouth. 17/4 Tree Pipit over 07:20, 18/4 group of Whimbrel 22:58, 20/4 Common Sand 03:21, group of Dunlin 03:04, 21/4 single Dunlin 01:20. Tawny owl a few evenings as well as some night singing Robins and the occasional burst of random night song from Wood Pigeon, Great Tit and a few unidentified noises. Lots of drunk people, snoring, squeaky brakes etc too!

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 9:32 pm in Bird News

Skern Bay, Northam

Plenty of birds at Skern. Large flock of Dunlin/ringed plover,10 whimbrel, three bar tailed godwits in summer plumage. 

Bar-tailed Godwit Ringed Plover whimbrel
Bar-tailed Godwit                       Ringed Plover                                     whimbrel

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 9:26 pm by RICHARD YEATS in Bird News

Berrynarbor Cuckoo

Heard for the first time this year this morning and again this afternoon.

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 8:58 pm by Kim Beaver in Bird News

Hartland Quay

Richards Pipit in area above lowest car park 2.30pm today

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 8:51 pm by Rob Cleversley in Bird News

Yarner Wood

13.45 - 17.00

On the heath: a pair of Stonechat, Red-legged Partridge (first for me here), 3 Linnets, Raven, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaffs and a Redpoll.  Mallard flying over.  Calling Tree Pipit. 

In the Wood: 4 male Mandarins, 2 Marsh Tits, 4 Siskins, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Coal Tits and LT Tits.  2 Song Thrushes, 3 males and 1 female Pied Flycatcher, 2 male Redstarts, 2 Treecreepers, all three woodpecker species.  Two calling Wood Warblers and a calling Mistle Thrush.   

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 8:26 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Exeter

Three Swifts over house in Exeter this evening. 

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 7:44 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Yarner Wood

An early morning visit to Yarner Woods gave no less than thirteen Pied Flycatchers, two Wood Warblers together high in the Oak canopy, female Redstart, mating pair of Woodpeckers not something I ever expected to see, Siskin, Song Thrush and Great Spotted Woodpeckers.

Emsworthy Mire gave male Redstart, two male Wheatear, Meadow Pipits and three soaring Buzzards.

On Dartmoor, Swallow, Skylark, Meadow Pipit and several Linnets.

Back at home, Swallow, Nuthatch, Song Thrush and recently fledged Blackbird

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 7:22 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Taw estuary

Despite the dog-walker traffic, the low tide and the baking sun, at least a dozen Whimbrel really wanted to feed on the dry sand way up the beach near Instow cricket club. In the dunes and fields 3 male Whitethroat in song-flight, several Blackcap and a Sedge Warbler singing, plus plenty of singing Linnet and Swallow.

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 7:20 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Burrator (Sat 22nd)

Common Redstart male, half a dozen Wheatear on territory, Grey Wagtail pair feeding young in the nest (half grown) and fly-through by a Peregrine were highlights, but no Cuckoos on site all afternoon. Noticed the wind was northerly and cold so probably explains a lot.

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 7:16 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Burrator / Combshead tor

0810 - 1115:-

3 singing male Redstarts, singing Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs, 2 Great spotted Woodpeckers (m+f), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Cuckoo together with one calling, at the aptly named Cuckoo rock.

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 7:13 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Sixteen Wheatears (a good count for the site) and my first Whitethroat of the year here. Also 1 or 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Common Sandpipers and 2 drake Mandarin Ducks.

Yesterday: 3 adult Dunlins and a Whimbrel.

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 7:01 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Wembury Beach Walk

Continued

Grey Plover  Sanderling  Curlew Sandpiper?
Grey Plover          Sanderling      Curlew Sandpiper? Eds: Yes!

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 5:38 pm by Duncan Leitch in Bird News

Wembury Beach Walk

Spotted the same cast of small waders as an earlier post. Lots of Oystercatchers, Curlews, Egrets and a Whimbrel (i think).

Cast of Waders Dunlin
Cast of Waders Eds: including the Curlew Sandpiper on right                                               Dunlin

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 5:33 pm by Duncan Leitch in Bird News

Tarka Trail

Good afternoon for a cycle to find something....

Wrafton scrape had Common Sandpiper but no LRP (of which more later) on to Barnstaple and on the way heard at least 10 Blackcaps, 1 Willow Warbler and a few Chiffs. Good numbers of Shelduck on the river and a number of Black-headed Gulls too, including a few adults.

Decided to push on to the small muddy area opposite Bishop's Tawton, hoping for a wader or a Green Woodpecker. Well the wader turned out to be a Greenshank and not the hoped for Wood Sandpiper. Closer inspection revealed 2 Little Ringed Plovers! Same as this morning's at Wrafton or a different pair?

On the way back along the Tarka Trail the tide was rising and I saw at least 9 Whimbrel, and 2 Common Sandpiper. Also saw 1 Andy Lansdell. Like him I didn't see any Lesser Whitethroats, although I may have heard one.

Finally I walked around Sherpa Marsh. Swallows and Sand Martins in numbers.

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 5:16 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Dartmeet

Cuckoo (at last) calling downstream from Dartmeet.  Also four Pied Flycatchers and at least one Redstart singing in the woods beneath Combestone Tor.

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 5:01 pm by Richard Hibbert in Bird News

Dockwell - South Brent

Cuckoo first heard at this location on 18th, gave good views today whilst calling well late morning. Also present Wheatear (x4), Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Linnet and a lone Tree Pipit.

Cuckoo - Dockwell,South Brent - 23.4.17
Cuckoo - Dockwell,South Brent - 23.4.17

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 4:44 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Curlew Sandpiper, Wembury Point

Curlew Sandpiper on shore east of the slipway and outfall pipe at Wembury Point early this morning, with supporting small-wader cast of three Grey Plover, Sanderling, two Ringed Plover and a Dunlin.

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 2:11 pm by John Bishop in Bird News

Kingford Fen, Lana and Lower Tamar Lake area.

A great early morning walk in quiet, sunny conditions.

6 Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs 3, Blackcaps 3, Dunnocks 4, Treecreepers 2,  Very active rookery at Kingford Fen with at least ten nests so far, 2 Buzzards, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Goldcrest and fair numbers of Swallows and Martins plus all the usual species.

No activity at all at the heronry at Dunsdon

Several Orange Tip, Large and Small White butterflies

. Harvey Kendall.

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 1:16 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Stoke Beach

Red Kite  flying up the coastline towards Mothercombe being mobbed by corvids

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 11:44 am by Roger Backway in Bird News

Wrafton

Took a group around the reserve this morning and we were rewarded with Common Sandpiper and 2 Little Ringed Plovers out on the scrape. Displaying Sedge Warbler just outside the reserve, and a Tawny Owl seen in the pine trees.

Posted April 23rd, 2017 at 10:56 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Saturday 22nd April 2017

Avon Dam

1m Whinchat and 1m Pied Flycatcher in the valley below Avon Dam this evening.

Posted April 22nd, 2017 at 9:59 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh

Swift again this evening with good numbers of Swallow and Sand Martin.

Posted April 22nd, 2017 at 9:31 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Hope's Nose

12.00-14.00

80+ Guillemots on the ledges of the Orestone, Whitethroat, Common Sandpiper, female Wheatear, male and female Stonechats, Fulmar, 3 Swallows in off the sea, 2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps, 4 Mallards, Kestrel, 25+ Shags, 2 Oystercatchers, Rock Pipit, Goldfinch, pair of Bullfinches.  Calling Willow Warbler and Pheasant.

Posted April 22nd, 2017 at 9:04 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Pied Flycatcher - Yarner

Early morning walk around Yarner on Thursday morning - Male Redstart, Siskins, Gs & Green Woodpeckers and 3 male Pied Flycatchers. One with rings on both legs - Left silver & Right gold/yellow. 

Pied flycatcher
Pied flycatcher

Posted April 22nd, 2017 at 8:45 pm by Paul Treen in Bird News

Shaldon

A Grasshopper Warbler reeled from the hedge bordering the golf course this morning, with 5 Wheatear, 2 Willow Warbler and 10 Blackcap around the area, and a Yellow Wagtail over.

Posted April 22nd, 2017 at 8:08 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Bird News

Turf

Short eared Owl this afternoon. 

Posted April 22nd, 2017 at 7:53 pm by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

Around topsham

Watched from 08:00 till 16:00

A good days birding except for the continued levels of disturbance around the estuary and bowling green marsh.

Best bird was a cuckoo by the viewing platform at bowling green marsh at 09:25 first picked up calling from riversmeet house grounds before showing well by the viewing platform it was chased by a couple of carrion crows and then spooked by a buzzard landing next to it it seemed to fly through and up the river clyst, a rare bird on the marsh these days and my first in 7 years of watching the site.

1200+ dunlin and 100+ ringed plover was a good count from the viewing platform , from the goatwalk 1 hobby flew high over exminster and 3 ruff were in with the black tailed godwits, 2 Avocet, there was movement of waders heading north with several groups of dunlin going high over topsham more unusual was a group of 35 ringed plover that flew up from Dawlish warren they were high and continued high over topsham.

Around bowling green a good fall of warblers with 15+ sedge warblers , 16+ reed warblers, 2 Whitethroat , 6+ new blackcaps, 5 house Martin , 15 tufted duck, 4 gadwall, 18+ wigeon, 2 reed bunting, 1 wheatear, 1 white wagtail, 1 common sandpiper.

on the rising tide from viewing platform . 62+ bar tailed godwits, 40+grey plover, 20+ knot, 20+ greenshank.

Posted April 22nd, 2017 at 5:44 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Prawle Point (Reserve)

An Ad.m. Firecrest ringed at this site on 12/10/16 has been recovered on02/04/17 at Beverwijk, Noord-Holland, Netherlands. (Unfortunately taken by a cat). Of 13609 Firecrests ringed in Great Britain (until 31st.Dec 2015) only 8 have been recovered abroad, 3 previously from the Netherlands.      This individual would have wintered either in S W Britain or further south on the Continent and was returning to breed in Europe when it was recovered.

Posted April 22nd, 2017 at 5:17 pm by Alan K Searle in Bird News

Holdstone down exmoor

Haven't been able to get up here for a few weeks, but was rewarded with several small flocks of very busy linnets gathering material, stonechat male and female, chaffinches, meadow pipits, skylarks numerous buzzards. I sat  for ages watching a willow warbler? Scour a gorse bush for food. 

Willow warbler Buzzard below
Willow warbler                                                           Buzzard 

Posted April 22nd, 2017 at 3:44 pm by Philip Worth in Bird News

Croyde,Baggy Point.

whitethroats several pairs wheatear,linnets,skylarks,stonechat,willow warbler and chiff chaff.

Posted April 22nd, 2017 at 2:29 pm by John Elvin in Bird News

Tarka trail - Braunton to Barnstaple

A quick look at Wrafton Pond on the way down the trail & a pair of adult Little Grebes with 3 juv's already.

Further down the trail a very mobile Brimstone Butterfly & once it had really warmed up it did not settle.

Having cycled down the trail from Braunton to Barnstaple at least 10 times during the last fortnight I was at last rewarded with 2 new arrivals for the trail which fell in & announced their presence with much excitement in the usual fashion - Lesser Whitethroat.

On the fringes of the Taw Estuary at Ashford with the tide out were 21 Whimbrel.

1  Goosander at Pottington

  

Posted April 22nd, 2017 at 2:20 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Clennon Valley

Grasshopper Warbler reeling in top corner (NW) of Clennon Valley playing fields.

Video clip of bird here: https://youtu.be/yYk65SAihrg 

Posted April 22nd, 2017 at 2:02 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wierd Magpie Plymouth

Had a bit of a shock driving by Beaumont Road church this morning when a partially albino/partially leucistic Magpie flew in front of me. Seemed almost completely white except the wing where the black was replaced with very pale brown. Bizarre bird - I'll go back later and try and get a picture.

Eds - this bird has been around in this area, for several years on and off. Good to hear it's still surviving.

Posted April 22nd, 2017 at 1:01 pm in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

18 Wheatear around Soar Mill Cove, Sedge Warbler & Willow Warbler singing plus male Sparrowhawk over Bolberry car park.

Posted April 22nd, 2017 at 12:34 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Hexworthy to Dartmeet

Six singing males apiece for Tree Pipit and Redstart (first records of year for latter); single Pied Fly at Dartmeet.  Also Yellowhammer, Mandarin, Goosander, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers.  No Garden Warblers or Cuckoos yet.  Slightly concerned about the latter.  Willow Warblers singing all over area in good numbers.

Posted April 22nd, 2017 at 12:31 pm by Richard Hibbert in Bird News

Berry Head.

A walk along the coast path this morning was worth it. 2 Adders, 3 whitethroat singing, chiffchaff and then I reached BH. Before I reached the first fort by car park a further two whitethroat, 2 male and 1 female bullfinch, 4 shags on nests in the gully and 1 showing off the eggs in a change over. In between the two forts on the grassy slope 10 + Wheatear, gave up counting as they started to flit about, many Goldfinch. At the end of the headland a further 4 Wheatear. Many swallows passing through. An enjoyable morning.

Posted April 22nd, 2017 at 12:18 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Willow warbler - Higher Street Brixham

Had a singing willow warbler drop into our garden on Higher Street for 10 minutes this morning - beautiful way to start the day and a first for the garden.  

Posted April 22nd, 2017 at 8:51 am by Ali King in Bird News

Start Point

A Red Kite flew north at 06:30, little else.

Posted April 22nd, 2017 at 8:09 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

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