Devon Bird Sightings from 8th–14th April 2017

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Posted April 1st at 3:13 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

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

Friday 14th April 2017

Prawle & Start Point

Prawle: Highlight was 2 Whimbrel; also Sparrowhawk, Sand Martin, 5 Swallow, 5 Wheatear, Whitethroat & 2 Willow Warbler. Butterflies inc.30 Speckled Wood & 13 Holly Blue.

Start: 7 Wheatear, 26 Shag & 10 Grey Seals!

Posted April 14th at 10:55 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Hobby Sighting

At about 4pm I was walking from Cudlipptown towards Wapsworthy when I saw a Hobby fly past towards Wapsworthy.

Posted April 14th at 7:05 pm by Robin Stanbridge in General Birding

Teigngrace

11.30-14.45

Along the banks of the Teign:

75+ Sand Martins (difficult to count due to distribution along the river), male and female Mandarins, 2 Mute Swans, 10+ Swallows, 3 Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs, 4 Goldfinches,  2 Mute Swans flying over, Little Egret, Sparrowhawk and 4 Buzzards.  Calling Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Linnets and GSW. 

Posted April 14th at 7:02 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Redpolls & Willow Warblers at Roborough Down

Plenty of Redpolls, male & Female showing on Roborough Down, as well as Willow Warblers, and the usual birds, Linnets, Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, & Stonechats, many types of Tits

 

Posted April 14th at 6:58 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Yarner Wood

Went to Berry Head first thing and around 8am located the Grasshopper Warbler reeling, and visible, in the hedge running between the meadow and the field with picnic tables. Unfortunately there was alot of disturbance by dog walkers and we lost it soon after.  On to Yarner Wood and we located 2 male Pied Flycatchers, the male and female Redstart up on the top track and the very vocal Tree Pipit on the heath. More dog disturbance, but it is Easter Holidays in a public place.

Male Redstart Tree Pipit Linnet

Posted April 14th at 2:54 pm by Steph Murphy in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Plymbridge

On the Plym Estuary, 2 Common Sandpipers (also present yesterday), 3 Swallows, a pair of Mandarin Ducks and - on the pool - just 11 Redshanks. Plymbridge hosted a Peregrine at the watch point and Marsh Tit. 

Posted April 14th at 2:43 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Plymbridge / Cann woods

This morning:-

3 singing Blackcaps, 10+ Chiffchaffs,  5 Willow warblers, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (f) 1 Green Woodpecker (f), 2 Marsh tits, 1 Mandarin (m), and 1 Goosander (m) on the river chasing fish.

Posted April 14th at 2:25 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Taw Estuary

Cyled along the Tarka trail between Chivenor & Barnstaple during the high tide period am.

2 Whimbrel heard calling & seen flying on the Taw Estuary + 2 Common Sandpipers. Several migrants in the scrub inc Chiffchaff, Blackcap,& a few Willow Warbler (mainly at Wrafton Pond)

Posted April 14th at 12:10 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Rillage Point to Watermouth

First morning of appreciable visible migration after something of a lull during the last fortnight. All heading W: Sand Martin 17, Swallow 43, House Martin 7, alba wagtail 6, Meadow Pipit 36, Linnet 145, Goldfinch 92. Migrants in the scrub: Chiffchaff 8, Willow Warbler 1, Blackcap 6 and a singing Lesser Whitethroat.

Posted April 14th at 10:45 am by Tim Jones in General Birding

Ring ouzel - Dartmoor

First Ring Ouzel of the year feeding in the area of burnt gorse before flying off over Saddle Tor. Also present wheatear,  linnet, stonechat,  skylark,  Meadow Pipit. Quick shop off in Yarner on way home gave Redstart,  pied flycatcher and tree pipit 

Rin ouzel Ring Ouzel Wheatear
Ring ouzel                         Ring Ouzel                                Wheatear

Posted April 14th at 10:14 am by Paul Treen in General Birding

Lee Abbey

Cuckoo calling on the Lee Abbey estate, Lynton, this morning - 09:00hrs 14.04.2017

Posted April 14th at 9:57 am by Lee Abbey in General Birding

Thursday 13th April 2017

Emswortry

My first visit to Emsworthy. Unfortunately no Redstart or Wheatear for me - though I didn't get round the whole reserve. I had several singing Chiffchaff, nesting Great Tit, a pair of Raven (I hope), several Meadow Pipits and the first Treecreeper I have seen since I moved to Devon last July, so it can't be bad.  I heard Cuckoo all afternoon but never saw one.

Raven (hopefully) Treecreeper Great Tit
Raven (hopefully) Eds: Carrion Crow                               Treecreeper                                               Great Tit

Posted April 13th at 9:59 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Emsworthy

Plenty to see at Emsworthy today with Redstart, Stock Doves, 4 Wheatears and my first Cuckoo of the year 

Redstart Wheatear
Redstart                                     Wheatear

Posted April 13th at 6:37 pm by Simon Thurgood in General Birding

Thurlestone today

2 Cattle Egrets,1 M Garganey, 1 Iceland gull, Swallows over,4 Blackcaps,2 Willow Warblers, chiffys,5 Jays, 3 Turnstones,2 Little Egrets,1 Grey Heron,6 Gannets,1 f N Wheatear,1 m Shoverler,21 Teal,2 Shellducks,LBB and GBB and Herring gulls,4 Oystercatchers.

Posted April 13th at 5:34 pm by chris buckland in General Birding

South Huish & Efford Marsh

First thing at South Huish, no sign of the male garganey but it turned up later. 2 cattle egrets in with the Highland cattle and the Iceland gull finding lots of worms in the sheep field. 1 female/imm wheatear, 20+ teal, 1 male shoveler and a swallow.

South Efford Marsh very quiet. At least 1 whimbrel with curlew but they all went up before I got to the hide so could have been more. 2 swallows and a 2 chiffchaffs in full voice.

Posted April 13th at 4:41 pm by Richard Archer in General Birding

Wembury

Interesting article in Devon Birds which arrived in the post yesterday about waders at Wembury confirming my observations over the years of fewer waders and more disturbance along the beach - today was a case in point with 2 dunlin on the beach at high tide before being flushed by dog walkers and flying off east and 6 whimbrel on the rocks being constantly flushed by dog walkers before finally settling further out on the rocks as the tide receeded.

My first songflighting whitethroat of the year was a nice find at Wembury Point. Also seen were 2 swallows over, 6 shelduck, singing chiffchaffs and blackcaps, a red admiral and a nice male white wagtail.

Whimbrel  Shelduck
Whimbrel                              Shelduck

Posted April 13th at 4:35 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

South Huish Marsh

Cracking morning with excellent views of immature Iceland Gull plus imm.Med Gull. Drake Garganey showed well as did 2 Cattle Egrets. Also 20 Teal & male Shoveler.

Posted April 13th at 3:27 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Withypool/Tarr Steps

2 Pied Flys in song. Also female Ring Ouzel at Withypool village.

Posted April 13th at 11:03 am by Simon Woolley in General Birding

Wednesday 12th April 2017

Bowling green marsh

A now rare visit to bowling green marsh was rewarded with the immature / female marsh harrier ( looked very much like the one which has been around exminster marsh this winter) between 17:30 and 18:30 hunting over the marsh before flying of over goosemoor.

the rest of the evening saw an impressive build up of Sand martins with a conservative estimate of 3000+ the sky and marsh was alive and finally just after 19:30 a group of 12+ swallow dropped in , 3 common sandpiper , 52+ knot , 70+ Dunlin , 130+ redshank, 80+ black tailed godwits , 3 whimbrel, 2 gadwall, 8+ tufted duck, 30+ teal, 35+ shoveler, 18+ shelduck, 15+ wigeon, 2 Cetti's warbler, 5 chiffchaff, 2 blackcap, 1 kingfisher, 2 nuthatch, 7+ little egret, 4+ buzzard.

Posted April 12th at 9:14 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Meldon Woods

this morning, in the woods, piedfly catchers, willow warblers, chiffchaff, great spotted woodpeckers, treecreeper , blackcap plus all the usual birds.

Posted April 12th at 6:20 pm by roger jewell in General Birding

Mansands

10.30-14.00

40+ Common Scoters initially in two separate flocks off the beach.  Both groups were mobile and were constantly being moved on by passing pleasure craft and became distant.  2 Guillemots flying south, Oystercatcher, Sandwich Tern, 2 Fulmars, 3 Gannets, Shag, Cormorant. 5 GBBGs.   

6 Mallards, one pair with 9 ducklings.  Constant stream of Swallows overhead plus 2 House Martins.  4 Stonechats, 2 Yellowhammers, 2 Skylarks, 10+ Linnets, male and female Pheasant, 4 Goldfinches, 2 Bullfinches next to the hide, 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Kestrels, 6 Buzzards, Numerous Carrion Crows, Rooks, Jackdaws, Magpies, Wrens, Dunnocks and Robins. 1 Raven which was continually mobbed by other corvids.  2 vocal but skulking Reed Warblers.  Male and female Tufted Ducks, 4 Canada Geese, 2 Shelducks and a Grey Heron. 

Calling Song Thrush close to the hide and a Willow Warbler calling from bushes high up on the southern hillside.    

Posted April 12th at 5:24 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Despite the tide being low, we had a very good session at the RSPB Bowling Green Marsh hide this afternoon. The highlight was an Osprey which flew quite low over the reserve before it headed up the river Clyst. We also had sightings of a Peregrine (twice - it was first spotted by one of our younger visitors), a Sparrowhawk and finally a female Marsh Harrier. A pair of Buzzards also put in several appearances. Aside from the raptors, a couple of Common Sandpipers showed very well. There were still quite a few Teal and Shoveler with some Pintail, Mallard and Tufted Duck and a couple of Wigeon.

Posted April 12th at 5:15 pm by Richard Swinbank in General Birding

Tuesday 11th April 2017

Plym Estuary & Saltram

This evening, 4 Wheatears, Swallow, and 3 Mandarin Ducks,

This morning, Yellow-browed Warbler seen in my garden (Mount Gould) again briefly.

Posted April 11th at 9:02 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Hope's Nose, Torquay

13.30-15.00

6 Common Scoters in flight heading south towards the main part of Torbay at 14.20.  At 14.25 a lone Sandwich Tern flying towards Hope Cove.  8 Guillemots on the ledges of the Orestone.  Male and female Wheatear, 10+ Gannets, 2 Kestrels, Fulmar.  1 Swallow higher up close to the road, another out over the sea between the Leadstone and the Orestone heading north.  2 Blackcaps, 4 Oystercatchers.  Calling Rock Pipit and Pheasant.  . 

Posted April 11th at 5:41 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

South Huish

After a morning at Berry Head, I was tempted to go and look for the gulls at South Huish. After some scanning of the marsh, I was rewarded with a Cattle Egret and a drake Garganey, but no unusual gulls. However, after a walk to Thurlestone and back, the stunningly white Iceland Gull had appeared, though I didn't spot the Glaucous Gull.

Posted April 11th at 5:23 pm by Richard Swinbank in General Birding

Orcombe Point

An Osprey flew in/off over the extreme westerly end of Sandy Bay caravan park at Gore Lane at 1505hrs gaining height and drifting off over Salterton Road, Exmouth near the big Tesco store. Other migrants were very sparse but included a single male Wheatear on Gore Lane dungheap and 5 Swallows.

Posted April 11th at 5:11 pm by Terry Smith in General Birding

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

Finally an arrival of Wheatears with 16 noted. Also White Wagtail & stacks of butterflies inc.8 Holly Blues.

Posted April 11th at 4:56 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Woolacombe beach

1 Sandwich Tern fishing 

Posted April 11th at 3:11 pm by Andy Downing in General Birding

Becka Brook, Dartmoor

Plenty to see this morning in the valley: 1 Cuckoo, 2 Redstarts, 1 Tree Pipit, 3 L. Redpolls and 1 male Pied Fly in the wood searching out a nest site.

Cuckoo Redstart
Cuckoo                                                                         Redstart

Posted April 11th at 3:05 pm by david cawthraw in General Birding

Trendlebere ~ Yarner ~ Dartmoor

Earlyish morning visit to Trendlebere Down with Keith this morning gave Swallow, Yellow Hammer, Linnet, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Dunnock, Goldfinch, GSWP and Siskin.

 

In Yarner wood itself lots of Woodpecker activity, male Redstart and Pied Flycatcher, Wren, Raven, Mistle Thrush and Goldcrest.

Coming back home over the moors above Ashburton gave plenty of Skylark, Meadow Pipits, Stonechat, a female Kestrel, Linnets, Willow Warbler and Greenfinch.

14.15hrs Peregrine non adult plumage incredibly high over the house with an avian prey item which it was happily plucking.

Posted April 11th at 2:41 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Now, I know that escaped birds are contentious for some, but I love all birdlife, so I was 'pheasantly' surprised when the female Reeves Pheasant that Mike found sauntered across the quarry road at Berry Head. She perched in a tree long enough for some photos and then sauntered back up the road. There were also a total of 5 Wheatear in and around the quarry and the fort, plus a lovely Wall Brown butterfly. Glad to see the cowslips and common dog violets starting the flower in the quarry.

  

Posted April 11th at 2:34 pm by Steph Murphy in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

1 Sedge Warbler singing from the vegetation around the pond early am.

Posted April 11th at 11:14 am by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Soar Milll Cove

Whitethroats in at Soar Mill Cove. First Green hairstreak of the year.

Posted April 11th at 10:00 am by charles tyler in General Birding

Monday 10th April 2017

Soar and South Huish

At South Huish marsh this afternoon - juvenile Iceland and Glaucous Gulls, drake Garganey, White Wagtail, Wheatear, 6 Swallows and drake Shoveler.

Earlier at Soar just 5 Swallows and butterflys included 2 Small Coppers.

Posted April 10th at 8:27 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

(Not) Photographing Schedule 1 Species

I spent a few hours birding around a well-known East Devon common yesterday (Sunday 9th). Shortly after arriving, I came across a couple of birders with telephoto lenses on tripods in what was clearly prime DW breeding habitat. The obvious conclusion to draw is that they were trying to photograph that particular species.

At the risk of sounding repetitive - and not really wanting to play the part of wildlife enforcer -  DW is a Schedule 1 species, one which it is an offence to 'intentionally or recklessly disturb' without a licence. Apologies, I'm sure most of you already know this - photographers and non-photographers alike.

So, a plea to the minority of photographers: please refresh your knowledge regarding UK bird protection legislation prior to your next outing. Sermon over :-)

Posted April 10th at 7:59 pm by Phil Bentley in General Birding

Northam Burrows 7.00pm

Two pairs of wheatear on the foreshore at Skern.

Wheatear Wheatear Wheatear
Wheatear

Posted April 10th at 7:56 pm by richard yeats in General Birding

Pied Flycatcher ~ Yarner

Male Pied Flycatcher seen at Yarner this afternoon.

Posted April 10th at 5:16 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Pied Fly

In song, East Lyn Valley nr Watersmeet

Posted April 10th at 5:08 pm by Simon Woolley in General Birding

Weston Cliffs (East Devon).

12 members of DB attended the fieldtrip from Weston village taking in the woodland and fields above the cliffs.  

27 species were counted for the morning with many Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Song Thrush in song.  A Swallow was quickly found together with nesting Blue Tits.  A fine male Bullfinch was present and a Green Woodpecker heard in the valley. 2-3 Buzzards were overhead plus Raven. A single Willow Warbler was heard at a distance and 3 Yellow Hammer and a Skylark found on the walk back though the lanes. 

Posted April 10th at 2:56 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Sunday 9th April 2017

Exminster Marshes

Short-eared owl hunting over Marshes S of M5 from 19:55.

Posted April 9th at 10:42 pm by Martin Elcoate in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Pied flycatcher

1st sighting of a pied fly this year above South Zeal, beautiful male calling.

Posted April 9th at 10:21 pm by Jasper Michie in General Birding

Wrafton scrape

The  3 Spoonbills were on the scrape again this am & later on Horsey Island.


Posted April 9th at 9:30 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Plymouth

A Hobby this morning over Lipson (also Willow Warbler and Sparrowhawk) and this afternoon Yellow-browed Warbler heard calling in neighbouring gardens to mine in Mount Gould.

Posted April 9th at 8:50 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Soussons

Plenty of Redpolls around Soussons today including this stunning male. Good numbers of Willow Warbler, Meadow Pipit and Chiffchaff with Wheatear and Swallows putting in a supporting role.

Lesser Redpoll
Lesser Redpoll

Posted April 9th at 8:32 pm by Simon Thurgood in General Birding

Sherpa Marsh

An evening stroll to the ponds was rewarded with about 50 Sand Martins hawking over the water and fields, but no Swallows. The Sand Martins weren't the only brown-and-white birds though - there were 6 Common Sandpipers which weren't there this morning. Forgot to mention that the first brood of 10 Mallard ducklings were in reeds at Sherpa this morning.

 

Posted April 9th at 8:25 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Around Arlington.

Siskin,blackcaps,GS Woodpecker chiffchaff,willow warblers,goldcrest and very busy local population preparing for nesting.

Posted April 9th at 7:42 pm by John elvin in General Birding

Kingston to Erme Estuary and the coast path

Garganey ( f., Okenbury Ponds ), Little Grebe, 4 Swallow, Wheatear, 20+ Blackcap, 20+ Chiffchaff, Grass Snake (swimming across one of the ponds)

Posted April 9th at 7:21 pm by Chris E in General Birding

Yarner Wood

As other posts from today a very good birding morning the Heathland was alive with birds despite the early thick fog, Yellow Hammer and Willow Warbler well represented.

Very distant Cuckoo heard calling very briefly.

All three Woodpecker species, Stonechat, three Mandarin, Treecreeper, Pheasant, Stonechat, Song Thrush, Goldfinch and Linnet.

On Dartmoor this afternoon from Princetown down to Holne, Swallow, three Sand Martin, Skylark  and Meadow Pipit in good numbers, Green Woodpecker, Linnet and Willow Warbler.

 

Posted April 9th at 7:15 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Yarner Wood and Exminster Marshes

12.00 -14.30

At Yarner a Tree Pipit completing repeated song flights on the adjacent heath.  Male and female Mandarins in front of the Pond Hide with 2 Siskins on the feeders.  4+ male Pied Flycatchers close to the main track.  Two sparring male Redstarts on the edge of the wood next to the SWW enclosure.  Also, Sparrowhawk, Raven, LTT, Mistle Thrush, 2 Roe Deer and many Brimstones on the wing joined by the odd Peacock.   

15.30 - 16.30

At Exminster Marshes a Little Grebe, Sedge Warbler, 40+ Teal, 5 Shoveler, 4 Shelduck and a Curlew. 

Posted April 9th at 5:35 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Yarner Wood and Heath

An early start at Yarner in the fog is not easy for bird spotting. As it cleared we were bathed in strong sunlight and birds and butterflies emerged. Heard a Tawny Owl calling in the woods, along with Goldcrest and Willow Warblers. Along the top track the male Redstart was flitting about but didn't stay long. At the feeders there were three male and one female Siskin. Also plenty of scrapping amongst the Mandarin Ducks. On the heath were numerous Yellowhammer and Willow Warblers, a Tree Pipit was performing well and a fly-by from a Mistle Thrush was exciting. A small flock of Linnet mixed in with Redpoll in the birch trees proved too much for my lens! . There was a low flying Sparrowhawk looking splendid in the sunshine. Plenty of Brimstone, Orange Tip and Speckled Wood butterflies on the wing. An enjoyable visit.

.Female Linnet Yellowhammer

Posted April 9th at 5:04 pm by Steph Murphy in General Birding

Harbour Porpoise (I think) @ Brixham Breakwater

Sorry forgot to reduce the pic, Harbour Porpoise, brixham Breakwater.


Posted April 9th at 5:01 pm by Greg Bradbury in Other Wildlife

Guillemots & Fulmars

A couple of Guillemots nesting away from the main flock, another caught just about to land. Fulmars - Male & Female on a nest very visible

   

Posted April 9th at 4:58 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Harbour Porpoise (I think) @ Brixham Breakwater

What I think is a Harbour Porpoise, the only shot I got of two as they swam by close to the Breakwater @ Brixham approx. 11.30am, The seal also made an appearance.

Posted April 9th at 4:51 pm by Greg Bradbury in Other Wildlife

Thurlestone beach fist light

Five Whimbrel

Posted April 9th at 4:34 pm by chris buckland in General Birding

South Efford marsh

Pied Wagtails, 1 Common Sandpiper 2 Little Egrets,1 m Blackcap 2 Chiffys,2 Meadow Pipits,3 Common Lizards,2 Swallows,2 Mallards.

Posted April 9th at 4:24 pm by chris buckland in General Birding

Thurlestone today

I male Gargany,1 Cattle Egret,1 Shoverler,1 Black tailed Godwit, 1 f Wheatear, 2 Chifys, 2 Rock Pipits, 2 Pied Wagtails,20 Black headed gulls, 2 GBB gulls,1 Grey Heron,2 Little Egrets, out to sea 5 Common Scoter,1 GN Diver,25 Guillemot,5 Sandwich Terns,Gannets,2 Shellducks,7 Mallards,3 Manx Shearwaters 1 Shag, 5 Cormerants,3 Kittiwake, 1 Ternstone,3 Oystercatchers.

Posted April 9th at 4:20 pm by chris buckland in General Birding

Honiton Cattle Egret

One Cattle Egret on private pond near Weston village, Honiton. Terrible photo from mobile phone through telescope taken from within my house.

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

Posted April 9th at 2:50 pm by Ryan Knight in General Birding

Sherpa Marsh

No sign of any Wagtails nor yet the Garganey this morning. As Kelvin notes, the 3 Spoonbills still present at 10 a.m. but gone by 12.

Posted April 9th at 12:38 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Lee Abbey, Lynton

First House Martin back at the Abbey this morning

Posted April 9th at 9:40 am by Lee Abbey in General Birding

Wrafton

Spoonbill on the scrape 7am this morning. 

Posted April 9th at 7:25 am by Kelvin Irwin in General Birding

Saturday 8th April 2017

Velator

Quiet in the reserve today, only a couple each of Chiffs and Blackcaps singing. Took a walk around Sherpa Marsh late evening, and saw a rather fine Water Pipit but was otherwise resigned to the normal 4 Little Egrets, a bunch of Teal and a couple of drake Tufted Ducks, when another pair of small ducks headed in my direction - glad I looked as they turned out to be a pair of Garganey! They dropped into the area around the main pond (opposite the Toll House).

Continuing round a flock of Wagtails flew off towards Chivenor - probably White Wagtails about 15/20 of them. finally three smaller Wagtails were possibly Yellow Wagtails, flying away in poor light......

 

Posted April 8th at 8:59 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

A38 Haldon Hill

At 1455 on Exeter side of Haldon Hill saw a Red Kite

Posted April 8th at 5:40 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Dunsdon NR, near Pancrasweek

 2 Willow Warblers, pair of Buzzards. 3 Chiffchaffs, 1 Marsh Tit,   activity in the heronry, 2 Robins, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Great Tits, 1 Blue Tit..

7 Orange Tip and i Brimstone butterflies,,

Harvey Kendall

Posted April 8th at 3:34 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Red kite Holdstone down

A midday walk around Holdstone down today first provided a red kite s soon as I got in the car park,  several buzzards and meadow pipits, half a dozen linnets, chaffinches and seagulls.

Red kite
Red kite

Posted April 8th at 3:18 pm by Philip worth in General Birding

Morte Point

Male Redstart 1030 this morning 

Posted April 8th at 2:52 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

East Soar

Humpback Whale breached way off  Bolt Head at 11:10hrs. First sightings of Wall Brown & Small Copper. Birdwise: 13 Gannets offshore, 31 Swallows in off the sea & migrant Grey Wagtail at the farm.

Posted April 8th at 2:50 pm by Rob Macklin in Other Wildlife

woodland spring migrants

Flashing red tailed redstarts, creaking gate pied flycatchers and trilling tree pipits all in White Wood, Dartmoor, this morning.

Red kite over my house ( nr Ahburton)

Posted April 8th at 2:04 pm by Charles Tyler in General Birding

Red Kite over Braunton Rd, Barnstaple.

13:18 Red Kite drifting east over Braunton Road and Pottington area of Barnstaple.

Posted April 8th at 1:54 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Berry Head; 06:00 - 10:00

Very quiet at the head with only 3 Puffins passed the head + a handful of Common Dolphins further out in the fog; only 1 Willow Warbler in the Quarry; only 1 Blackcap heard; 1 Swallow but plenty of Chiffchaff - inc. one trying it's hardest to almost sound like an Iberian (thanks for clearing that one up Mike).

Posted April 8th at 12:45 pm by David Holloway in General Birding

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