Devon Bird Sightings from May 2017

2019 Descriptions still outstanding

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

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

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

 

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

Coronavirus update - Daily exercise and Bird Hides

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

Please follow NHS guidelines:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/staying-at-home-to-avoid-getting-coronavirus/staying-at-home-and-away-from-other-people/

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

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Wednesday 31st May 2017

Honey buzzard

Soar mill hotel

Posted May 31st, 2017 at 11:11 pm by Emma Illingworth in General Birding

Red Kite

Red Kite sighted yesterday morning at 7.45am from the A30 at Tedburn St Mary.

Posted May 31st, 2017 at 4:40 pm by Caroline Davies in General Birding

Tuesday 30th May 2017

Yarner Wood

Quick visit this morning produced 3 Redstarts (2m-1f), 1 Spotted Flycatcher , 1 Pied Flycatcher & 3 Wood Warbler. Attached very distant & poor photo of one WW with leg rings. Also Bank Vole near the car park feeders

Wood Warbler with leg ringsSpotted FlycatcherBank Vole
     Wood Warbler with leg rings                        Spotted Flycatcher                                         Bank Vole

Posted May 30th, 2017 at 10:22 pm by Paul Treen in General Birding

Wood White

Wood Whites showing well at Meeth Quarry today

Posted May 30th, 2017 at 7:35 pm by Simon Thurgood in Other Wildlife

Soar and South Huish

A Cattle Egret stiil on South Huish marsh this afternoon; also Sparrowhawk. Earlier, at Soar, little on the bird front but Dark Green and Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries, Small Coppers and a Green Hairstreak.

Posted May 30th, 2017 at 3:37 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Brayford - North Devon

Two Red Kite flying up valley heading North - just to add to the Kiteathon

Posted May 30th, 2017 at 12:55 pm by John Bronze in General Birding

Nightjars on Haldon

A walk at dusk on Monday evening around Harcombe on Haldon produced six Nightjars, including three churring males, plus a pair displaying and defending a territory from an intruding bird. Also a couple of Tawny Owls and a very late flying Raven.

Posted May 30th, 2017 at 12:31 am by Martin Overy in General Birding

Monday 29th May 2017

Hummingbird Hawk Moth

Well,  I was excited to see this on Richmond Walk in Devonport, Plymouth this morning Sunday 29th

Posted May 29th, 2017 at 8:32 pm by Glenn Carter in Other Wildlife

Red Kite Paignton

Rob was sitting in garden on Red Kite watch and was rewarded with one at 16.15pm right over our garden in Maidenway Road with it drifting North. So, at last, we have seen one this year!

Yay, Red Kite

Posted May 29th, 2017 at 5:18 pm by Steph Murphy in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 28th May 2017

Emsworthy mire

Common Redstart and 3 Red kites

Posted May 28th, 2017 at 9:06 pm by John Deakins in General Birding

Red Kite and Sedge warble

As promissed earlier here are the images of the Red Kite over Dawlish warren heading towards exmouth and the Sedge Warbler on the path between Powderham church and the Turf locks inn. Also a White throat displaying well on Dawlish this afternoon.

Red Kite over Dawlish Warren  Sedge Warbler Powderham to turf locks inn path  Whitethroat Dawlish warren
Red Kite over Dawlish Warren   Sedge Warbler Powderham to turf locks inn path

Whitethroat Dawlish warren

Posted May 28th, 2017 at 7:44 pm by John Wilkes in General Birding

Red kites over Dawlish Warren

This afternoon at approx 13:15 hrs. I spotted and positively identified at least two red kites heading towards Exmouth over the golf course on Dawlish Warren. I managed to get a couple of photographs which I will publish later. 

Also around the Exe on the footpath between Powderham church and the Turf pub were numerous Sedge Warblers displaying well and being very vocal. One allowed me to get some really close photographs without being bothered by the presence of myself or walkers on the path, image to follow soon

Posted May 28th, 2017 at 5:10 pm by John Wilkes in General Birding

Redstarts @ Emsworthy Mire

Several pairs of Redstarts showing well, Cuckoo head close by and the Blue Bells showing nice colours
Yarner Woods:- Several Pied Flycatchers and about 6 Wood Warblers, pics not brilliant light was bad, at the upper hide, several of the normal birds, Tits, ect. Female GS Woodpecker nearby and a lovely shot of a Coal Tit Chick.

Posted May 28th, 2017 at 4:28 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Waye Farm, Yealmpton

Single Red Kite drifting low over the A379 at 1.35pm

Posted May 28th, 2017 at 4:26 pm by Peter Edwards in General Birding

Mamhead

Single Red Kite heading toward Starcross being mobbed by a

Carrion crow  about 12.30

Posted May 28th, 2017 at 4:08 pm by Neil Graham in General Birding

Emsworthy and Yarner

Usual suspects at Yarner. Pied Flycatchers ,Redstarts,Yellow hammer on the moor,Linnets,Redpolls,Meadow Pippet,Willow Warbler

Emsworthy produced a couple pairs of Redstarts nesting in a wall,distant Cuckoo,Meadow Pippet

 

 

Posted May 28th, 2017 at 3:49 pm by Allison Wines in General Birding

Red Kite - Cosdon Beacon

One sighted just SW from summit 11.30 hrs 26/5. Apparently searching at low level (<2m) as if about to land but sweeping continuously across moor. Flew towards me (on horseback) within 5 m and no apparent fear.

Posted May 28th, 2017 at 3:35 pm by Dave & Dawn Hatton in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bennets Cross to Soussons

Plenty of stonechats, whinchats, meadow pipets. 2 pied flycatcher 6 cuckoos, 2 flying over, 2 reed buntings, 5 chiffchaff, brief view of Great Grey Shrike but busier than usual and a couple with a dog drove it away. Green woodpecker in Soussons Plantation.

Posted May 28th, 2017 at 3:31 pm by Ian Muir in General Birding

Exmouth

Two Red Kites drifted over the seafront at 1323hrs, circled a few times then headed off NE at 1332hrs.

Posted May 28th, 2017 at 2:42 pm by Terry Smith in General Birding

Red Kite - River Exe

1 Red Kite flew fairly low east over the River Exe at 11.15 from Powderham to Lympstone viewed from the viewing platform at Bowling Green - also a Hobby north of Powderham Church.

Posted May 28th, 2017 at 12:35 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Saturday 27th May 2017

Lundy

A Red-rumped Swallow was seen in Millcombe today by Chris Townend; see here for further details.

Posted May 27th, 2017 at 10:33 pm by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling green Marsh and Labrador Bay

Bowling Green Marsh on the high tide one first summer Mediterranean gull, a small and mobile flock of Black Tailed Godwits, around the hedgerows Cetti’s warbler, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Wren, numerous Swifts over the marsh and three Buzzards.

Labrador Bends A379 one Red Kite, a Peregrine, Cirl Bunting and several singing Sky larks.

Back home at South Brent a Jay in the garden, three Raven over head, a pair of Swallows nest building and two Mallard over at last light.

Posted May 27th, 2017 at 10:00 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

parakeet

30 plus ringneck parakeet to roost central park

Posted May 27th, 2017 at 9:40 pm by barry in General Birding

Red Kite mid-devon

Around 12.30 today Red Kite being harassed by crow near Old Well garden centre (J27 M5) while heading north east. Possibly others at great height.

Posted May 27th, 2017 at 7:04 pm by Wilson Forster in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Whitethroat, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Roe Deer (doe). 

Posted May 27th, 2017 at 6:59 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 07:30 till 11:40

from the hide 25+ bar tailed godwits, 2 1st summer Mediterranean gulls 

From the viewing platform 6 Red kites all heading north / north east the first was picked up opposite the viewing platform low over trees, the second was over Lympstone village, the last four were picked up as they crossed the exe from starcross towards Lympstone , also 1 kestrel, 1 peregrine, 2 sparrowhawk, and 10+ buzzards, 1 whimbrel.

There were large numbers of swift all around the estuary impossible to count as could be seen from ground level to very high this was the most I've seen this spring around the estuary.

Posted May 27th, 2017 at 2:22 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatch 0615-0815hrs (just in case!): 5 Puffin, 164 Manx Shearwaters, 61 Common Scoter, 2 Gadwall, 1 Mediterranean Gull (2cy), 1 Great Northern Diver, 57 Kittiwake, 93 Gannet and 4 Harbour Porpoise.

As I was leaving a Red Kite drifted high >N heading toward Hope's Nose  

Posted May 27th, 2017 at 9:36 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Friday 26th May 2017

Orcombe Point

I apologise in advance for the fact that your not supposed to put a story on here but I feel it will be worth it.

Had a half hour sea watch between 4:40 and 5:10 which turned out to be very productive indeed. Having not seen much apart from 2 Manx Shearwater, 3 Sandwich Terns, 2 Gannets and the usual Gulls. I was about to leave.

On what I had decided was going to be my last sweep of the bay I caught up with 3 Manx Shearwater going west and reasonably far out. Watched them for a few seconds when they passed a very large bird heading east. My initial thought was GBB Gull so I kept watching the Manxies. After a few more seconds my brain kicked in to gear and said "there's something different about that bird" I quickly got back on to it and was able to track it until it went past, towards sandy bay. I was 95% confident on what I had just seen but didn't call it at the time as I felt I needed to double check a few ID points on what I was seeing.

I was then in a rush to get home for father duties but did however manage to alert Matt Knot to my thoughts (thanks Matt for trying to get a few people out). I have now had time to scrutinised Collins and the internet etc and can confidently say it was a BLACK-BROWED ALBATROSS 

Again, sorry I havent put this out sooner as I wanted to be certain as it's a very big call to make. Keep your eyes peeled folks. It may still be in Lyme Bay somewhere.

Matt will agree with the fact that birding Orcombe Point can be tough going but it does pay off from time to time. It's been a rather good Spring there this year. Annoyingly for Matt, he was leaving as I was arriving. We had both had the same thoughts "let's watch the sea". I truly hope it shows up again for other to enjoy.

Posted May 26th, 2017 at 9:39 pm by Spencer Dicks in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

26-05-17 Around Soussons & Golden Dagger Mine

Two Red Starts at the felled area, feeding it's young, near the Goldendagger Mine and towards the Warren House Inn, plenty of Whinchats, the odd Reed Bunting and a single male Crossbill drinking.

CrossbillRedstartWhinchat

 

 

Posted May 26th, 2017 at 8:51 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Yelverton

c2.30pm Three Red Kites glided by with crows as escorts. Disappeared towards Meavy and Dousland.

Mike Beales

Posted May 26th, 2017 at 6:01 pm in General Birding

Venford Reservoir

Two Red Kite in addition to the 'resident' Cuckoo, Whinchat, Reed Bunting, Redpoll, Yellowhammer etc. Overhead at 09:30.

Posted May 26th, 2017 at 5:36 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Dartmoor

Started off at Trendlebeare Down this morning after meeting up with Paul Treen. Immediately heard a Cuckoo calling a little distance from the Car Park. We went off to look for our target bird of Garden Warbler and were rewarded fairly quickly, with one singing in the birch trees off the path. There were also the usual offerings of Whitethroat, Linnet and Yellowhammer. Following the track down into the valley from Trendlebeare we could again hear the Cuckoo calling, but only got a brief view of it being mobbed by a pair of Meadow Pipits. In the bottom of the valley we counted at least 8 Green Hairstreaks, 6+ Pearl Bordered Frits, 8+ Small Heath and on following the track up towards the road we again found another Cuckoo, plus 3 Buzzards engaging with each other. 

Buzzard Beautiful Green Hairstreak Garden Warbler

On to Soussons Plantation for more Cuckoos, where we located 4 different birds, plus a lovely male whinchat. No sign of the Shrike for us, but other birders had seen it today. Walking back up the track to the car park a small juvenile adder crossed in front of us. Too quick for photo unfortunately. A great, but tiring day, in the sun, and it is always nice to meet up with fellow birders.

Posted May 26th, 2017 at 4:47 pm by Steph Murphy in General Birding

North Devon

Always good to see a Green Hairstreak, this one sheltering from a fresh SE. 28.2C in the sun at 15.00 in our garden! By 18.00 it will probably be over 30C.


Posted May 26th, 2017 at 3:07 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Lower Tamar Lake

Sunny, bright and warm at the lake this morning, with a brisk SE wind.

3 Willow  Warblers singing, 3 + Blackcaps singing ,2+ Swallows,  several Chaffinches, 4 Blackbirds, 3 Wrens, 4 Chiffchaffs, 3 Rooks, 1 Magpie, 1 Herring Gull over,  2 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Moorhen, 1 adult Robin feeding a juvenile, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Collared Dove, Blue and Great Tits and 1 Coal Tit .using the feeders.

Harvey Kendall..

Posted May 26th, 2017 at 12:48 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Bowling green marsh Thursday 25th

Late post for yesterday

20+ red kite viewed from the hide at bowling green marsh from 16:50 till 17:05 they were over towards exton village, also 1 1st summer Mediterranean gull

from the viewing platform 50+ bar tailed godwits, 2 knot, 2 grey plover, 5 whimbrel.

earlier just before 16:00 2 red kite over Exeter bus station being chased by the local gulls.

Posted May 26th, 2017 at 6:22 am by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Thursday 25th May 2017

Nightjars

3 this evening at undisclosed site.Earlier at the skern 30+dunlin,4 sanderling and 3 black headed gulls which are generally scarce this time of year in our area

Posted May 25th, 2017 at 11:15 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Red Kite - Braunton Burrows

25/05 One flew over towards Appledore 12:30 and later it or another over Croyde mid afternoon

Posted May 25th, 2017 at 10:34 pm by Richard Coomber in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Red Kite - Torrington

24/05 One flying over RHS Rosemoor

Posted May 25th, 2017 at 10:31 pm by Richard Coomber in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Gaya trust,Lower Yelland farm.

On pond from main hide a fine male Garganey.   7 Little Egrets also present at this evenings high tide.    Lesser Whitethroat singing along Tarka trail between Instow and Yelland.

Posted May 25th, 2017 at 10:02 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in General Birding

Brief time on a hot day

Apart from the enclosed photos of a solitary gadwall? great crested grebe and juvenile pied wagtail, I also recorded the song and flight of a reed warbler singing from atop the reeds. A pity the windows of the hide don't open like the hides at Seaton Marsh. Could have obtained much better photos. There was also a lone gannet diving just off the beach. A very profitable time on a hot day

   Brief time on a hot day
Eds: yes it is a Gadwall (left)- Reminder to photographers, if you are going to post photos please name the birds under the photo not everyone looking at the website knows what the birds are! Here juv Pied Wagtail and Great Crested Grebe

Posted May 25th, 2017 at 9:59 pm by Philip Fairclough in General Birding

More Red Kites over South Brent

A second duo of Red Kite turned up over South Brent today and were in good view from the house from 15.30hrs until around 19.30hrs this evening. One being a much paler bird with a less well developed tail.

Also seen was the third of three Sparrow Hawks seen around the village today, a Jay, Raven and three great Black Back Gulls, two juveniles and one adult.

Posted May 25th, 2017 at 9:01 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Red Kite

Very pale red kite over Holne Moor 13:30 today

Posted May 25th, 2017 at 6:40 pm by Denis Doy in General Birding

Soar and South Huish

Very quiet at Soar this morning (just Jay and 2 Mistle Thrushes) but a Cattle Egret still present on South Huish Marsh this afternoon.

On the way home, I joined the Kite party, with 3 Red Kites heading north-east over Ermington.

Posted May 25th, 2017 at 6:18 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

red kite

Solitary Red Kite over Soussons Down at 1430

Posted May 25th, 2017 at 5:32 pm by bob barrow in General Birding

Morte Point

Red Kite over Morte Point this morning 0700,flew towards Woolacombe 0710. Lesser Whitethroat still near the Cemetery all morning.

 

Posted May 25th, 2017 at 4:17 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Red Kites - South Brent

Approx 15.20hrs this afternoon two Red Kites seen from home at South Brent, very low and battling against the strong winds.

Two Sparrow hawks seen around the village earlier in the day and last night enjoyed listening to at least four calling Tawny owls around the garden.

Posted May 25th, 2017 at 3:35 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Red kites Dartmoor

Single red kite feeding over Shelstone Tor at 9.35, a single mobbed by a crow near Lints Tor at 12.15 and then 2 seen hunting over Corn Ridge at 13.35. Could all be same birds.

Posted May 25th, 2017 at 3:14 pm by Fiona Freshney in General Birding

Red Kite Plymouth

Red Kite over Mannamead Plymouth 13:40 mobbed by herring gulls before flying off NW. 

Posted May 25th, 2017 at 2:56 pm by John O'Connell-Davidson in General Birding

Southdown Farm,Bolberry

Red-veined Darter over winter wheat field!

Posted May 25th, 2017 at 12:42 pm by Rob Macklin in Other Wildlife

Exmouth

Mudbank - 43 Red Kites west across the river up until 1030 (including the aforementioned flock of 13). Pretty sure I missed a load and fairly certain they'll still be going over.

Posted May 25th, 2017 at 12:21 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Red Kite Plymouth

1055 hrs. While eating a pastie in the garden, my attention was drawn to a mobbing Carrion Crow above.it was mobbing a Red Kite above me in Laira. It drifted off towards Efford.

Posted May 25th, 2017 at 11:02 am by Philip Phillips in General Birding

Holsworthy

Red Kite over at 0830

Posted May 25th, 2017 at 8:54 am by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Red Kites

7.00am Mamhead....4 Red Kites flying west towards River Teign...

Group of 3 and 1 alittle behind....

Posted May 25th, 2017 at 7:57 am by Neil Graham in General Birding

Exmouth

Mudbank - single flock of 13 Red Kites low and fast west across the river at 0650.

Posted May 25th, 2017 at 7:09 am by Matt Knott in General Birding

Wednesday 24th May 2017

Skern

6 sanderling,6 ringed plover and 4 dunlin on offer tonight.male peregrine made a couple of unsuccessful stoops.18:45

Posted May 24th, 2017 at 9:26 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Red Kite

Around 6 this evening Red Kite over Stoodleigh with probably a second at greater height.

Posted May 24th, 2017 at 9:09 pm by Wilson Forster in General Birding

Arlington

3 Spotted Flycatchers,Gs woodpecker,treecreeper,nuthatch,goldcrest.Butterflies,speckled brown,veined white,painted lady,orange tip,and also 2 broad bodied chasers and,large red damselfly,didn't have time to get to the outer woodlands to look at pied flycatchers,redstarts etc but nice to see spotted flycatcher settling in.

Posted May 24th, 2017 at 7:55 pm by John Elvin in General Birding

Bursdon Moor

Seen by Rod Mudge mid afternoon - a Harris Hawk wearing jesses perched in tree tops in Summerwell Plantation adjacent to Bursdon Moor - being mobbed by Ravens.

Clearly an escape which is probably being sought..

Posted May 24th, 2017 at 5:38 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Tuesday 23rd May 2017

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Pretty quiet today, but managed a Grey Wagtail, 3 Little Egrets, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Bullfinch and a Roe Deer (doe).

Posted May 23rd, 2017 at 7:59 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Mouse and vole

Rob's photos actually show a vole (most likely bank vole) visiting at ground level, then a wood mouse at the feeder. The vole has much smaller ears and eyes (also short tail, though not visible here).

Posted May 23rd, 2017 at 7:36 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Soussons & Golden Dagger Mine

Great Grey Shrike still present in open scrub N of Golden Dagger Mine and NE corner of Soussons Plantation today.

Posted May 23rd, 2017 at 6:47 pm by Dave Holloway in General Birding

Cuckoos

Saw a definite 5, possible 6 cuckoos on molland common at midday yesterday (May 22nd). All within a few hundred yards of each other just off the Ridgeway cross crossroads.

Posted May 23rd, 2017 at 11:52 am by Sam Aston in General Birding

Wood Mouse

A different visitor to the bird feeder this morning.  Photographed through the study window at Budleigh Salterton, EX9.  It has been seen before,  see photo of earlier date: but climbing onto the feeder is a new trick.

 

 

Posted May 23rd, 2017 at 8:56 am by Rob Jerrard in Other Wildlife

Monday 22nd May 2017

Yarner Woods

A few more taken at Yarner Wood

 

 

Posted May 22nd, 2017 at 10:51 pm by Allison Wines in General Birding

Yarner Woods

A good day up at Yarner Sunday 21st May

 

 

Posted May 22nd, 2017 at 10:48 pm by Allison Wines in General Birding

Yarner Wood and Trendlebere Down

A morning visit to Yarner Wood and Trendlebere Down  yesterday (Sun 21st) gave Redstart, Pied Flycatcher, Yellow Hammer, Willow Warbler, Linnet, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, two pairs of Bullfinch, Green Woodpecker, Raven, Cuckoo and a Warbler species that ML identified for me as a Garden Warbler, I had initially thought that it was a female Whitethroat,the bird was very prominent and singing loudly within a given area.

A further visit this morning with Keith Male gave three Garden Warblers one showing very well, a single Redpoll, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Redstart, Pied Flycatcher, Linnet, Meadow and Tree Pipit, Bullfinch and calling Cuckoo.

Over at Challacombe farm, two Stock Dove, two very mobile Cuckoo’s flying up and down the length of the valley, Meadow Pipit, male Redstart, pair of Whinchat, three plus Wheatear, Linnet, Stonechat, Song and Mistle Thrush, numerous Swallow and House Martin, two Swift, possible Spotted Flycatcher but only a brief in flight view, Buzzard, Pied Wagtail and Willow Warbler.

Posted May 22nd, 2017 at 9:49 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Yarner Woods

Cuckoo heard calling again today,Plenty of Redstarts about. A few have taken up residence in the nest boxes provided.Pied Flycatchers in abundance,Great Spotted Woodpecker,Willow Warbler,1 Wood Warbler and a par of singing Whiethroat in the second car park at Trendlebere

Posted May 22nd, 2017 at 9:05 pm by Allison Wines in General Birding

fernworthy reservoir

3Tree pipips,redstart,garden warblers,willow warblers,blackcap,mistle thrush,tree creeper,great crested grebe,meadow pipits,swallows building nests in fishing hut,heard no cuckoos,but after constant calling at Vitifer all day yesterday 2 cuckoos met up and mission accomplished then silence!!

Posted May 22nd, 2017 at 6:54 pm by John Elvin in General Birding

East Devon Field Meeting

Travelled from Barnstaple this morning to meet up with East Devon group for an excellent days birding at Ham Wall. Species irrelevant to this blog but thanks to all for their friendliness.

Posted May 22nd, 2017 at 6:53 pm by alan craddock in General Birding

Sunday 21st May 2017

Juvenile Starlings at Exwick

We have a small colony of Starlings living nearby and they seem all to have fledged at the same time - I counted 36 on the feeders this afternoon!

Posted May 21st, 2017 at 10:11 pm by Martin Overy in General Birding

Haldon Forest Butterflies

After a disappointing two days of dipping Golden Orioles and the Woodchat Shrike I felt like I needed some therapy. That came in the form of a walk in Haldon Forest with BC Devon Branch.

Small Pearl Bordered Fritilary Mating Pearl Bordered Fritilary plus intruding male Small Pearl Bordered Fritilary

There was an abundance of Pearl Bordered Fritilary, but not so many SPB Fritilaries. It was great to see a mating pair being buzzed by a hopeful male, who was completely ignored. Other species of note were Brimstone, Dingy and Grizzled Skipper, Speckled Yellow moths, Green Veined White and a Painted Lady. It was well worth the visit.

Green Veined White Pearl Bordered Dingy Skipper

Posted May 21st, 2017 at 5:57 pm by Steph Murphy in Other Wildlife

Bennett's Cross to Challacombe Farm

We had a very good walk from Bennett's Cross to Challacombe Farm, and back again via Headland Warren, today with the Exeter RSPB group. We had good views of the Great Grey Shrike, which this morning was in the valley before we reached Sousson's plantation. Some members of the group also had brief views of a Hobby and later, four Crossbills. At Challacombe Farm, the Swallows and House Martins were busy both feeding and collecting mud from the pond.  There were also at least a couple of Spotted Flycatchers, Redstart, Nuthatch and a Treecreeper carrying material to its nest.  We saw several Whinchats in both valleys, but only one Wheatear (near Headland Warren).

Posted May 21st, 2017 at 5:45 pm by Richard Swinbank in General Birding

Grass Snake Stover Country Park 21-05-17

A wonderful sighting of a Grass Snake at Stover today, even posed for one of the picture. A Great-spotted Woodpecker (Female) feeding a single male chick

 

 

Posted May 21st, 2017 at 5:23 pm by Greg Bradbury in Other Wildlife

Saturday 20th May 2017

central park parrots

15 pluss ringneck parakeets central park

Posted May 20th, 2017 at 8:52 pm by barry in General Birding

Bennett's Cross to Challacombe Farm

16.45

Further to the earlier post, the Great Grey Shrike showing well on the clearfell close to Golden Dagger Mine on the edge of Soussons.  Although mobile, the bird was perching prominently and showing well.

Also between Bennett's Cross and Challacombe Farm (and in spite of the cold, windy and showery weather):

Meadow Pipit, Tree Pipit, Stonechat, Whinchat, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Raven, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Spotted Flycatcher, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Redpoll, Mistle Thrush, Goldcrest, Redstart.  2 Garden Warbler calling. Cuckoo calling in the distance towards Warren House.

Posted May 20th, 2017 at 7:53 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Cuckoo Ball, Dartmoor

No sign of the woodchat shrike this morning in less than ideal conditions - cold, breezy and misty although it did brighten up over the morning.

However some stunning scenery, prehistoric ruins, the pleasant company of fellow birders and a good range of Moor birds - wheatears, yellowhammers, linnets, skylarks, stonechats, meadow pipits, 2 kestrel, 2 raven, 3 swift, swallows, house martins, a male reed bunting and a cuckoo with willow warbler, blackcap, chiffchaff and great spotted woodpecker heard - gave a very enjoyable morning.

 

Posted May 20th, 2017 at 7:19 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

great grey Shrike

Still near Challacombe farm. Also 3 cuckoos, whinchat, green woodpecker, jay and spotted flycatcher

Posted May 20th, 2017 at 5:58 pm by Jeff Hacon in General Birding

Friday 19th May 2017

Bellever

Bellever Plantation, evening: 2 Cuckoos, 2m and 1f Nightjar, 2 Green Woodpeckers and 1 Tawny Owl.

Posted May 19th, 2017 at 10:51 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Hobbies

2 today at 13:00 over umberleigh north devon briefly heading n seen from private garden chittlehamholt

Posted May 19th, 2017 at 10:03 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Woodchat Shrike

Woodchat Shrike still showing well at Cuckoo Ball it has moved location it is nearer the entrance to the moor from the lane by the old factory building in the gorse bushes.

Plenty of Yellowhammers Linnets Wheatears Skylarks and Cuckoos.

Woodchat Shrike Woodchat Shrike Yellowhammer
Woodchat Shrike                        Woodchat Shrike                                         Yellowhammer

Posted May 19th, 2017 at 9:49 pm by Roger Backway in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

fremington quay and home farm marsh.

Whitethroat 12, sedge warbler 5, cettis,reed warbler andreed bunting,both in pairs,common sandpiper, larks,bullfinch,chiffchaff, willow warbler,numerous swifts swallows and martins,.Butterflies,small copper,small blue and I believe a four spot broad chaser dark brown and the first large chaser we have seen, appologies to the Gaia trust warden if I got this wrong.

Posted May 19th, 2017 at 5:50 pm by john elvin in General Birding

Soar and South Huish

A male Serin this morning (08.30) feeding for several minutes near East Soar Farm before disappearing. Then seen again briefly half an hour later flying and perched, but not since. Also a Turtle Dove in the area all morning, and nearby, Spotted Flycatcher, Sparrowhawk and Sedge Warbler.

Later at South Huish: White Wagtail, Sand Martin, Whimbrel and 6 adult Dunlins. 

Posted May 19th, 2017 at 5:47 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Morte Point

2 Juvenile Ravens with adult pair this morning.  1 Lesser Whitethroat calling near the Cemetery and 1 Whimbrel on the Point.

Eds: all three of these are juveniles - dull body with glossy wings and small pale gape.

Posted May 19th, 2017 at 2:22 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

East Soar

Turtle Dove flew into Ash Tree above the farm allowing excellent views before speeding off along the hedge- patch tick! Also male Sparrowhawk, singing Reed Warbler.

Roe Deer male, female Broad-bodied Chaser, 2 Green Hairstreak, 3 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary.

Posted May 19th, 2017 at 12:25 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Thursday 18th May 2017

Woodchat Shrike

The female Woodchat Shrike still this morning at Cuckoo Ball on the east side of Western Beacon,  on the moor at the top of the valley, 200 yards west of the burial chamber. Also 2 Cuckoo. Closest access from the Bittaford to Ivybridge road, turn right by old machinery farm and park at the end of the lane by the gate to the moor.

Posted May 18th, 2017 at 11:23 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Preston Seafront

A brief walk along Marine Parade this morning, before start of a working day, produced: 2 Oystercatchers, plenty of Herring Gulls, Shag, Goldfinches, Starlings, House Sparrows, my 1st sight of House Martins of the year - 4, Wren and star of the day was a female Mallard with 8 ducklings.

Posted May 18th, 2017 at 9:49 pm by Stephen Huggins in General Birding

Arlington

First this year Hummingbird Hawk Moth on Rhododendrons next to shop.

Posted May 18th, 2017 at 8:32 pm by John Elvin in General Birding

Berrynarbor

Great-spotted woodpecker taking nectar from the red hot poker in the garden this afternoon.


Posted May 18th, 2017 at 8:07 pm by Margaret Phillips in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Little on the water bird front this morning, but a pair of Nuthatches feeding 2 young, 2 Whitethroats and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Posted May 18th, 2017 at 7:42 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dartmoor Challacombe Down

On a walk today from Headland Warren around Challacombe Down thro' Golden Dagger Tin Mine. Whinchats 8(m), 2(f), Spotted Flycatchers 3, Common Redstarts 3, Garden Warblers (h), Lesser Redpolls, Cuckoos 3, Bullfinch. Best of all Great Grey Shrike still around position SX 682 805. Plus many of the commoner species.

Posted May 18th, 2017 at 7:41 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Arlington to the Loxhore Gate.

1Pied flycatcher 2pairs spotted flycatcher 4 Gs woodpecker,siskin ,bullfinch,black cap,kingfisher,chiffchaff,swallows,martins and 4 swift,willow warbler and good numbers of woodland birds especially blackbirds and thrush. Cover all really thick so spotting gets harder,lovely day though.

Posted May 18th, 2017 at 6:55 pm by John Elvin in General Birding

Clearbrook today

One pair of Cuckoo seen flying low over the golf course,numbers of Willow Warblers,1 f Redstart,4 Greenfinches,2 Garden Warblers,8 Pairs of Stonechates,3 Meadow Pipits,1 Skylark,1 m Kestrel,2 Common Buzzards,8 Linnets,1 m Redpoll,1m Yellowhammer,Corvoids,3 Swallows,the odd Chiffchaff calling.

Posted May 18th, 2017 at 5:04 pm by chris buckland in General Birding

Mortehoe

3 Lesser Whitethroat near Cemetery this morning


Posted May 18th, 2017 at 3:11 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Woodchat Shrike - Cuckoo Ball, Bittaford

(Late Post for yesterday) After the rain and thick mist cleared late yesterday evening I went up to Cuckoo Ball, Bittaford to see if Mike Daniel's Woodchat shrike was still there. Passing a posing yellowhammer in gorse on the side of Western Beacon the Shrike's past location came into view and on a dead tree about 600m distant I saw what could have been the profile of a shrike. Subsequent examination of distant photos shows that it was indeed the shrike. It had moved on as I got closer and started to walk up Cuckoo Ball towards the burial chamber. Plenty of meadow pipits, skylarks and two wheatear present. I was joined by Patrick Hawkins, who had walked up through the field containing the trees on which the shrike normally perches without seeing or moving it. However on my way down I again saw the shrike firstly on a barbed wire fence and then on the same dead tree where I had seen it earlier. It gave Patrick and I a quick good, distant view, before moving off as we approached. A cuckoo was seen and heard nearby on the slopes of Western Beacon.

Distant Woodchat Shrike - Cuckoo Ball - 17/5/17 Yellowhammer - Cuckoo Ball - 17/5/17 Skylark - Cuckoo Ball - 17/5/17
 Woodchat Shrike                                       Yellowhammer                                                  Skylark 

Posted May 18th, 2017 at 8:37 am by David Pakes in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Swifts over Newton Abbot

25+ swifts buzzing around over the St Leonards Road area of Newton Abbot this morning.

Posted May 18th, 2017 at 12:02 am by Kevin Johns in General Birding

Wednesday 17th May 2017

Lundy on Tuesday 16th

A male Golden Oriole was reported in Millcombe yesterday afternoon. Click here for further info.

Please note that the "possible Bonelli's Warbler species" seen during the Devon Birds day-trip on Sunday has now been identified, from a series of very good photos, as a Garden Warbler.

Posted May 17th, 2017 at 2:34 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Swifts

Good numbers of Swifts over house North Plymouth first of the year from here,

Posted May 17th, 2017 at 2:24 pm by chris buckland in General Birding

Plym Estuary

On the pool at high tide, 5 Little Egrets and 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (2 ads and a 3rd-s) but little else apart from plenty of rain! 

Posted May 17th, 2017 at 1:28 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Yesterday 16 May Prawle Point

Seawatch from 6.40 until 11.20am in SSW 4-5, overcast,some mist and showers, perfect conditions yet no skuas!

Totals seen : 2 Balearic Shearwaters, Storm Petrels, 1027 Manx Shearwaters ( with feeding parties of 100 plus groups seen as leaving) , 9 Puffins, 5 Great Northern Divers and 104 Kittiwakes all west. Oddities being a female Mallard that came in off the sea and a Swift tracking westwards.

Of interest still 4 Cattle Egrets at Chivelstone Cross.

Posted May 17th, 2017 at 12:20 pm by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 16th May 2017

Berrynarbor

Photo of juvenile long-tailed tits.


Posted May 16th, 2017 at 10:40 pm by Margaret Phillips in General Birding

Berrynarbor

Apologies for the terrible photo taken in the rain this evening but 9 or 10 juvenile long -tailed tits being fed by the adults in the garden.. A spotted flycatcher still  present also.

Posted May 16th, 2017 at 8:13 pm by Margaret Phillips in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatch between 0600-0900: 3 Pomarine Skuas (2x ads and a 3cy), 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Storm Petrel, 30 Puffin, 293 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Sandwich Terns, 4 'commic' Tern, 14 Common Scoter.

Posted May 16th, 2017 at 1:40 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Hobby quartering the Northern slopes at dusk last night

Posted May 16th, 2017 at 11:12 am by Timothy Clyburn in General Birding

Monday 15th May 2017

Berrynarbor

Two spotted flycatchers here in the garden late this afternoon and early evening.

Posted May 15th, 2017 at 7:36 pm by Margaret Phillips in General Birding

Eastern Subalpine Warbler-Dawlish Warren NNR

Sorry for late post from yesterday evening's male Eastern Subalpine Warbler seen around the trees from the back path between main pond and golf course at Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve but not seen today.

Also 4K video where it can be heard singing and best watched in the higher resolution.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4516qM1RWg

Eastern Subalpine WarblerEastern Subalpine WarblerEastern Subalpine Warbler
Eastern Subalpine Warbler

Posted May 15th, 2017 at 7:02 pm by David Boult in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Seawatching with MD 0600-1445hrs final totals: 2 Sooty Shearwaters south at 1020 & 1405hrs (good for May!), 3 Balearic Shearwaters, 1854 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Arctic Skuas, 2 Bonxies, 5 Great Northern Divers >s  & 2 > north, 37 Puffins, 20 Common Scoter, 1 Common Gull, 100+ Kittiwakes, 13 Black-headed Gulls, 13 Sandwich Terns, 1 Whimbrel,  10+ Common Dolphins, & 3 Harbour Porpoise. 

link to some close views of some of the Common Dolphins moving South: https://youtu.be/PxjjwbGZ5Ec 

Posted May 15th, 2017 at 11:57 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lundy Island

A few more pictures from the Lundy Trip

Guillemot Grey Seal  Fulmar
Guillemot                                    Grey Seal                                                              Fulmar

Posted May 15th, 2017 at 11:27 am by Duncan Leitch in General Birding

Lundy Island

A great day at the fantastically organised Lundy trip yesterday. Very lucky with the beauitful weather. Lots of birds to see, even if a little bit distant to get some really good photos. As expected lots of Guillemot, Puffin, Razorbill, Fulmer, Kittiwake, Manx Shearwater, Pipits, Wheatear. Glimpse sightings of a possible Bonelli's Warbler and Red Rumped Swallow. Also a couple of Spotted Flycatcher. Plenty of Grey/Atlantic Seals and Sika Deer.

Manx Shearwater  Puffins   Kittiwake
Manx Shearwater                                         Puffins                                               Kittiwake

Posted May 15th, 2017 at 11:25 am by Duncan Leitch in General Birding

Sunday 14th May 2017

Cann Nightjars

Had my first sighting of Nightjar (and heard first churring) this evening, with 2 males & 2 females seen and 3 others heard, on my 7th attempt since 23rd April. 

Posted May 14th, 2017 at 11:13 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Occombe

Maybe it was the rain on Saturday followed by the glorious sunshine this morning but the bluebells were fantastic here today. Also enjoying the sunshine were a vixen and cub. Birds of note included: a pair of Mute Swans flying over, and a pair of Mallards, Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, a Long Tailed Tit and Coal Tit were clearly busy collecting insects to take back to their nests, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, 2 Swallows, 3 House Sparrows, Pheasant, 3 Chiffchaff , Bullfinch and a Blackcap.

Posted May 14th, 2017 at 9:51 pm by Stephen Huggins in General Birding

Meldon Reservoir and West Okement River Valley

10.00-16.00

4 Cuckoos (3 males and a grey morph female), 5 Wheatear (4 males and a female), 4 Grey Wagtails, Pied Wagtail, Kestrel, 2 Ravens, Mistle Thrush, 4 Stonechats, Blackbird, Skylark, 10+ Meadow Pipits.  Linnets, Willow Warblers and Redstarts calling.

Detour home via Dawlish Warren for the E Subalpine Warbler.  Arrived at 5.00pm.  At 5.50pm after much skulking, singing and alarm calling from cover, the bird became mobile and more showy.  Eventually flew out into the open for a couple of minutes and sung its heart out for the three remaining birders. 

Posted May 14th, 2017 at 8:45 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Hairy Hawkers

While at Exminster Marshes this afternoon saw several Hairy Hawkers, my first Dragons of the year!

Hairy Hawker
Hairy Hawker

Posted May 14th, 2017 at 7:37 pm by Simon Thurgood in Other Wildlife

Cuckoo Ball - Bittaford

Just for Chris M, as he mentions the bird, a pic I took yesterday of a bright yellowhammer, one of 3 I saw in the Cuckoo Ball area. Also a linnet and meadow pipit. I also saw a wheatear, several skylark, a jay and 2 buzzard, together with an all too brief sight of the reported woodchat shrike on barbed wire, near where Chris  looks to have taken his photo. Sadly it flew off as I approached and I could not relocate it. This area is fairly close to me, but I have not visited before. I gained access by taking the first lane on the right after leaving Bittaford towards Ivybridge. There is limited parking at the top of the lane giving direct access to the Moor. Cuckoo Ball is behind the old Moorhaven Hospital. Tom M, who I met there yesterday before I saw the shrike, had walked in from another access site at Wrangaton Golf Club. Hope that helps any other birders visiting for the first time.

Yellowhammer - Cuckoo Ball - 13/5/2017Linnet - Cuckoo Ball - 13/5/2017Meadow Pipit -Cuckoo Ball - 13/5/2017
           Yellowhammer                                           Linnet                          Meadow Pipit -Cuckoo Ball - 13/5/2017

Posted May 14th, 2017 at 7:17 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Eastern Subalpine Warbler at Dawlish Warren

Caught up with the EASTERN SUBALPINE WARBLER around 10.30, where a number of birders had already gathered, thanks to Mark Bailey and his running commentary on the birds movements. It was calling and moving from Hawthorn to Apple Tree on the back track between the main pond and the golf course. Tricky bird to get a decent shot of as it was best to keep some distance from it. The general public at large were being frantically waved at to go the other way. Anyway, a very exciting tick for my list. Well done to Ivan for initially spotting it.

  

Posted May 14th, 2017 at 3:23 pm by Steph Murphy in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Woodchat Shrike

At 08:00 the female Woodchat Shrike ranging widely over Cuckoo Ball nr Bittaford.  Her position occasionally given away by harrying Meadow Pipit.  Also there a calling Cuckoo, Wheatear and a super Yellowhammer.

I've attached a shaky photo with another of the tree it was sitting in taken from the same  spot showing that you don't have to disturb birds just to get a snap.

 

Posted May 14th, 2017 at 11:57 am by Chris Marcol in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Cuckoo Ball, Ivybridge

Woodchat Shrike at Cuckoo Ball again this morning. Mobile but showing well to 9.30 am at least. Mainly frequenting fence line and gorse clumps around ancient burial chamber towards the top of the hill. Happily catching beetles and attracting the agitated attentions of local Meadow Pipits and Skylarks. Good views of Cuckoo here too. 

Posted May 14th, 2017 at 11:56 am by Andy Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Dawlish Warren

A singing male EASTERN SUBALPINE WARBLER found by IL, present on and off, favouring 2 hawthorn bushes on back path behind main pond, showing every hour or so, ( seen upto 7.35, 8.25-8.50, 9.45-10.05 and again 11.25) seen song flighting as well . it's also been seen at edge of main pond , the entrance bushes near visitor centre and on the golf course

 

Posted May 14th, 2017 at 11:37 am by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Saturday 13th May 2017

Otterton Sewage works

An evening sea watch produced 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua and circa 50 Manx Shearwater. A group of 15 Common Scoter made up the supporting cast. 

Posted May 13th, 2017 at 10:02 pm by Spencer Dicks in General Birding

Lundy on Saturday

James McCarthy tweeted with news of 25+ Spotted Flycatchers (one of the highest spring counts of recent years), as well as 3 Whitethroats and single Blackcap and Garden Warbler, on the island today.

Posted May 13th, 2017 at 6:24 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Malmsmead near Lynton.

On the Devon side of the valley,1pied flycatcher,1spotted flycatcher,6male redstart,2female redstart 5 swift,swallows,martins,cuckoo,treecreeper,nuthatch,blackcaps,willow warblers,chiffchaffs,grey wagtail,dippers and goldcrest.lovely day but had to spend time and patience to see these birds,it was quite windy and often overcast.

Posted May 13th, 2017 at 6:13 pm by john elvin in General Birding

Woodchat Shrike

Late post - Woodchat Shrike at Cuckoo Ball near Ivybridge since Thursday

Posted May 13th, 2017 at 5:43 pm by Mike Daniels in General Birding

Hobby - Peter Tavy

Hobby flew over Peter Tavy this morning being chased by 4 House Martins and managed to grab a shot of him before he disappeared into a line of trees.

Hobby
Hobby

Posted May 13th, 2017 at 5:20 pm by Andy Brown in General Birding

Montagu's Harrier, Charleton Parish (Kingsbridge)

1 female Montagu's Harrier south through Charleton Parish at 14:35 hours today (Saturday), either flew down Frogmore Creek or continued on south towards South Pool, local cereal fields along Frogmore Creek checked but no further sightings.

Posted May 13th, 2017 at 4:14 pm by Barrie Whitehall in General Birding

Prawle Point Seawatch

Watched from about 7:30 to 10:00am, met Mark Darlaston at the point.  As Mark set up his scope a Balearic Shearwater, which I couldn't find at all, just happened into his line of sight. About 08:00 two Pomarine Skuas headed west, later these or another two headed back east.  One was a pale phase, and the other that I took to be a dark phase bird was a much rarer intermediate type. 100+ Manx Shearwater, one Great Nothern Diver and an unidentified Red/Black Throated Diver, mostly west. Lots of Gannet and Kittiwake and auks were constant.  The oddest was a juv/female Marsh Harrier that come over the point and headed due south low over the sea 'til it was lost to sight.

Near the car park was my first Spotted Flycatcher of the year.

On the way home passed by South Huish in hope of a Yellow Wagtail, but was rewarded with a single Avocet on the back scrape!

Posted May 13th, 2017 at 3:15 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

West Soar

Bonxie flying east offshore mid-morning - patch tick! Also Fulmar & 34 Gannet. Spotted Flycatcher in Soar Mill Valley. Also: 2 Green Hairstreak.

Later at home in Harleston: Hummingbird Hawk-moth nectaring on Red Valerian.

Posted May 13th, 2017 at 2:48 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head: 09:00 - 10:00

Further to Andy Smith's post, stayed a further hour: 4 Little Tern > N (09:10); c.20 Common Dolphin; 4 Small Blue; 3 Common Blue; 1 Holly Blue; 1 Wall; 1 Green-veined White.

Posted May 13th, 2017 at 1:55 pm by Dave Holloway in General Birding

Berry Head

Sea watching, 7 to 9 am with Dave Holloway: 1 pale ad. Pomarine Skua (at 7.45), 1 Black Tern (8.45), 1 summer-plumaged Great Northern Diver (flew into Tor Bay), an intermittent trickle of Manx Shearwaters and Kittiwakes, a few Porpoises close in and a Tree Pipit in off the sea.

Posted May 13th, 2017 at 12:50 pm by Andy Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Braunton Marshes

7 Swifts over the marshes by the Toll House earlier this morning.

Posted May 13th, 2017 at 12:01 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Lundy

Great to read Jo King's post below. Additional info. on this week's sightings can be found at http://lundybirds.blogspot.co.uk/ Forecast looking pretty good and the East Side combes should be nicely sheltered from the SW wind. Will post an update here later on if there is any further Lundy news from today. Hope everyone has a great time tomorrow.

Posted May 13th, 2017 at 11:30 am by Tim Jones in General Birding

Lundy 3 day stay

Just back from 3 day stay at Lundy and as Devon Birds are visiting tomorrow thought it might be useful to post some of my sightings. Many were similar to Jon Turner's post on 1 May, particularly the sea birds, but with a few different encounters:-

Female Ringed Ouzel above lower Bluebell carpeted East coast path. Feeding in the steep felled area where Rhododendrums were cleared & burned - about 1/2-3/4 hr walk from Gvt House & before Quarry. Lots of Sika Deer feeding on these slopes. 

4 Ringed Plover flew in and landed on Eastern rugged area between 1/4 & 1/2way wall (apparently scarce on Lundy per log book)

Dozens of Seals basking in sun, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Spotted Flycatchers on rocks and hillside around Northern Light House. In Jenny's Cove, Razorbills, Guillemots, Fulmars, Puffins and Kittiwakes. Most are quite distant.

We stayed at Government House and found the garden and area down to Millcombe to be a good site with several Whitethroat, Spotted Flycatchers, Willow Warblers, Linnets, Chiffchaff, Blackcaps and House Sparrows using nest boxes. Soay Sheep also feeding around here (never heard or saw the Grasshopper Warbler)

Spotted Flycatchers around Castle area.

Skylarks basking in sun along the footpaths at lunch time so good close ups. Meadow Pipits displaying. Linnets singing

Variety of Wheatear scattered all over.

Have fun!

Posted May 13th, 2017 at 9:01 am by Jo King in General Birding

Swifts Brixham

At 2.30 yesterday afternoon 30 + Swifts over Brixham Marina, calling , great to hear. 07.45 this morning another group of  20 + Swifts over my house in Brixham .  A report yesterday afternoon of a Yellow Hammer near southern fort Berry Head, not seen them for many years on BH.

Posted May 13th, 2017 at 8:38 am by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Friday 12th May 2017

Prawle Point and South Huish

Seawatch from 7am till 11am. Forecast SSW and showers but weather remained SW,misty at times but no showers !

Adult Pomarine Skua,pale phase,at 9.55 east ( later,presumed same,west at 11.05). Arctic Skua dark phase east at 10.45 and a Bonxie west at 8.20am. 2 Great Northern Divers in summer plumage west at 10.40. Also 34 Common Scoters east and 196 Manx Shearwaters west ( includes group of 90+ birds) And a pod of min.12 Common Dolphins surfacing and leaping acrobatically. At the edge of the reserve my first Spotted Flycatcher at Prawle and a female Wheatear.

Arrived at South Huish at 12.45 and rain soon started. No reports of yesterday's Purple Heron but I did see the male Garganey, a female Yellow Wagtail, the Avocet, the Cattle Egret ,4 Dunlin and a White Wagtail.Also 20+ House Martins,15+Swallows and 2 Sand Martins.

 

Posted May 12th, 2017 at 6:54 pm by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Soussons Plantation-Golden Dagger

9 members of DB attended the morning fieldtrip starting at Ephraim's Pinch on the SE corner and covering the eastern side returning via Soussons Farm.  Due to several members not being able to locate the rendezvous we were initially split into two groups until we joined up later and the two subsequently found different bird species.  Crossbills and Redstart were found by one group and Tree Pipits, Stock Dove and Garden Warblers by the second.  Several of the latter warblers were heard and seen and were plentiful in the woodlands plus Willow Warbler.  Green Woodpecker and Gt Spotted Woodpecker present.  Cuckoo only heard very briefly and at a distance.  Stonechat, Reed Bunting and Whinchat located on the open moorland.

Later four of us dropped into Challacombe Farm on the way home and quickly located 3-4 Spotted Flycatcher, a pair of Redstart, Pied Flycatcher (heard) and on the open moor, Wheatear.  A good morning in spite of occasional mist and drizzle. 

Posted May 12th, 2017 at 5:51 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Bovisand

Seawatching from Penlee, Cornwall, watched one of the Pomarine Skuas seen, fly cross border towards Bovisand Bay. An adult pale phase with "spoons".

Posted May 12th, 2017 at 4:25 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Serin in Shaugh?

During lunch at home today in Shaugh Prior we were amazed to see what appears to be a male Serin on our front patio. It pecked at chickweed for about 5 minutes, went up into a birch and we haven't seen it since!

Posted May 12th, 2017 at 1:44 pm by Rob Hubble & Stella Tracey in General Birding

Berry Head: 06:00 - 09:30

2 Pomarine Skuas (both light phase, 1 ad, 1 2nd yr?, no"spoon",  c.08:45); 1 Gt Skua (chasing a Gannet, a Gt B-b Gull, then a Herring Gull, c. 07:00 -07:30); at least 31 Manx Shearwater; 10 Common Scoter (flew S and landed off head, c. 09:15, then flew back N, c.09:30).

Posted May 12th, 2017 at 12:33 pm by Dave Holloway in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 11th May 2017

Okehampton

Several Swifts seen this evening flying around over Okehampton. Earlier this afternoon between Okehampton and Meldon, I also saw a Red Kite circling close to a Buzzzard.

Posted May 11th, 2017 at 8:15 pm by Mike Jones in General Birding

Skern/Northam Burrows 8th May

Sorry this a late post.  Beautiful late afternoon/early evening with large flocks of Dunlin and ringed plover. Mixed in with them were some Knot, 11 whimbrel and dogs. I asked the couple with the four dogs if they would mind stopping their dogs chasing the birds to no avail whilst the owners of the other dog just stared with pride. 



Posted May 11th, 2017 at 7:02 pm by Richard Yeats in General Birding

Braunton Burrows

Cycled from Braunton on a circular route this morning along the Toll Road & American Road to Saunton village.

From the south end of Braunton Burrows to the north end the air was alive with the sound of bird song. Perfect weather conditions with no wind, warm & humid with a few spits & spots of rain from time to time  A great place at this time of year to practise your bird song skills.

The numbers of species counted this morning is only a proportion of the numbers present on the Burrows at the present time, recorded within a distance of 100 metres or so from the road or paths.

28 Common Whitethroat, sadly only 3 Lesser Whitethroat, lower numbers than last year, still 2 on the Tarka trail between Braunton & Barnstaple a few days ago. 33 Willow Wablers, 23 Blackcap, 22 Chiffchaff & a few Sedge Warbler.

Sadly, no Cuckoo heard this morning.

Posted May 11th, 2017 at 2:53 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatch totals 0600-0830hrs: 1 ad Long-tailed Skua, 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Bonxie, 1 Puffin, 1Great Northern Diver, 11 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Sandwich Tern plus 20+ C Dolphin, 2 H Porpoise.

Also 2 Spotted Flycatchers

video of Pomarine Skua: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-fq7tEjqO8&feature=youtu.be 

poor footage of the Long-tailed Skua: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YAlTwEz4lU 

Posted May 11th, 2017 at 11:06 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 10th May 2017

South Huish

Bob Burridge found an Avocet and Yellow Wagtail at the back of the scrapes this morning.  The Avocet and another Yellow Wagtail were present at 6pm as well as 3 Whimbrel, 4 Ringed Plover and a Dunlin.

Posted May 10th, 2017 at 10:35 pm by Nick Townsend in General Birding

Exminster Marshes 12:30 - 14:30

A saunter along the path to the Turf produced Sedge and Reed Warblers singing, some Common Whitethroats and a Lesser, see Nick Potters post. Good views of a male Kestrel and quite a few Lapwings, also four individual Hobbies, but then two in the same area highish above Lions's Rest Estate. Also one Whimbrel from the middle "car parking area", towards the canal.

Posted May 10th, 2017 at 10:18 pm by Simon Bates in General Birding

skern

Around 100 ringed plover,3 whimbrel 3 grey plover,turnstone.Saved a swallow from a window strike at work today on dartmoor.After half hour resting in a box i took outside and it flew of strongly hopefully joining its friends busily sorting nest sites on the farm.

Posted May 10th, 2017 at 9:58 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:30 till 19:40

Started at the hide 2 male ruff showing well , 1 1st summer Mediterranean gull, 90+ black tailed godwit, 10 tufted duck, 3 gadwall, 10+ wigeon, good numbers of swift, house Martin and swallow moving through with a few sand martins.

With the tide coming in decided to go down to the viewing platform just as I got to the gate on the right of the lane just after 17:00 a group of swallow flew over had the briefest view of a possible Red Rumped swallow the bird had a pale rump but the light was bright and the view too short and despite looking had no more views so one which got away.

from the viewing platform as I got there Dave Boult had a possible stint just before I got there but we couldn't find it again so carried on looking through the waders as the tide came up. About 300+ dunlin, included 15+ sanderling, 4 ringed plover, 3+ knot, 60+ bar tailed godwits, 30+ grey plover, another male ruff, then got on a small wader just after 18:00 after checking the bird between us and with the birds getting more flighty it was clear it was a Little stint a good bird in the spring on the estuary good find by Dave.

A quick look back at the hide produced 2 more 1st summer Mediterranean gulls among 200+ black headed gulls, 25+ oystercatchers dropped in a good number for the marsh.

A good evenings birding 

Posted May 10th, 2017 at 9:28 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Horsey Island

Two visits (morning and early evening) today. Far too much water by the time I got there this morning, but still a few waders hiding on the far side. This evening's list: 50+ Dunlin 34 Ringed Plover, 15 Grey Plover, 2 sum plum Knot, 1 Whimbrel, 4 Oystercatchers, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, and a summer plumage Turnstone, which was also seen last night after I left by Sue Bruce.

I was told there area 6 cygnets from the pair out along the Marsh road.

Event of the evening was seeing part (25) of the local flock of sheep stranded on the last tiny patch of grass on the saltmarsh just beyond the toll house. The tide was still rising, and eventually they took the plunge and all  made it to the embankment.

Posted May 10th, 2017 at 8:16 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Castle Drogo.

Male pied flycatcher,chiffchaff,willow warbler,blackcap,tree creeper,nuthatch,Butterflies,Comma,peacock,green veined white,clouded yellow.

Posted May 10th, 2017 at 7:14 pm by John Elvin in General Birding

Morte Point

2 Lesser Whitethroat calling in shrubbery by the iron gates near the cemetery at 0600. Still there on return at 1045. also 2 Whimbrel on the Point.

  

Posted May 10th, 2017 at 2:28 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Along the railway line path this lunchtime a Lesser Whitethroat singing frequently but showing infrequently, moving either side of the railway line. I eventually got good views of it before a passing train flushed it from its perch.

Posted May 10th, 2017 at 2:06 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Tuesday 9th May 2017

Yarner Wood and Trendlebere Down

A morning visit to a very cold Yarner Wood and Trendlebere Down with Keith Male, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Raven, numerous Goldcrest some of which were very vocal, Redstart 3, Wood Warbler 3 one collecting nesting material, Pied Flycatcher 9, one male having a normal metal BTO type ring and a gold coloured ring on the other leg, staff checking the nest boxes advised that at least one box contained dead chicks. Wren, pair of displaying Blackcap, Raven, Song and Mistle Thrush, Mandarin and Mallard duck.

On Trendlebere down Linnet 4+, at least three families of Stonechat, Tree Pipit 3, a Cuckoo flew over the top of us and flew into the top of Yarner wood some time later a second bird heard calling out on the moors, Yellowhammer 5+ and Willow Warbler 3+.

Sparrowhawk flew over the A38 at Ashburton.

Posted May 9th, 2017 at 9:46 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton waders

Seen on Saturday between Strete Gate and Memorial car park. Summer plummage Grey plover and a mixed flock of sanderling and ringed plover. Also present was a winter plumaged small wader with distinct decurved bill, either a dunlin with a more than average curve or curlew sandpiper, hoping someone else also saw it and can enlighten me. 

Posted May 9th, 2017 at 9:10 pm by Henry Trollope in General Birding

Plym Estuary

3 Whimbrels on the high tide tonight.

Posted May 9th, 2017 at 8:43 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Buckland Common yesterday

A few photos from Buckland Common (E. Dartmoor) yesterday afternoon.

Green hairstreak  Emperor moth, male Redpoll
Green hairstreak                      Emperor moth, male                                 Redpoll

Posted May 9th, 2017 at 8:29 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

South Huish - Cattle Egrets

Eleven Cattle Egrets sighted at South Huish.  Initially in the field beyond the scrapes and later in a field with the cattle to the right of the scrapes.

Posted May 9th, 2017 at 7:18 pm by Nick Townsend in General Birding

Horsey island

On the rising tide this afternoon: 50 Dunlin, 24 Ringed Plover, one each of Curlew, Whimbrel, Redshank and Sanderling and 2 Knot (one sum plum).,

Posted May 9th, 2017 at 6:25 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Fingle Woods,Dartmoor

2 Garden Warbler - one singing. Now up to 13 Pied Fly Territories & 4 Redstarts. Female Goosander on river. No Wood Warblers here yet!

100+ Early Purple Orchids.

Posted May 9th, 2017 at 4:35 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Mortehoe

Buck Roe Deer. Stopped on the road near Mortehoe village this morning to let it pass but it chose the hedge side.

Well don't just sit there, come and open the gate!
Well don't just sit there, come and open the gate!

Posted May 9th, 2017 at 3:41 pm by Derek Stacey in Other Wildlife

Dunsdon Nature Reserve

Heard a cuckoo calling at Dunsdon Nature Reserve, well away from hotspots for the cuckoo.

Posted May 9th, 2017 at 3:15 pm by Paul Rendell in General Birding

Berry Head

Off the headland: 4 Great Northern Divers, 3 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Common Scoter & 3 Harbour Porpoise

overhead: moving >E 39 Swift, 16 House Martin, 1 Sand Martin, 22 Swallow. 

 

Posted May 9th, 2017 at 11:44 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Broadsands - Elberry cove

2 whimbrel on rocks between elberry and broadsands this morning.

 

Posted May 9th, 2017 at 11:35 am by graham folkerd in General Birding

yarner wood / soussons - Yesterday

yarner: pied flys, grey wagtail, whitethroat, cuckoo heard, willow warb, chiffchaff, kestrel,buzzard.

soussons: stonechats, meadow pips, treepip, female and male whinchat ( what a beaut!), cuckoos 2/3 heard and 1 seen, willow warb, skylayrk,

Posted May 9th, 2017 at 9:16 am by graham folkerd in General Birding

Red Kite

Sorry for late post. On Sunday it was great to see a Red Kite circling over the Ten Tor teams as they came to the finish from Cosdon/Belsone

Posted May 9th, 2017 at 3:00 am by Richard Burston in General Birding

Monday 8th May 2017

Nightjars at last!

On our fifth evening visit to Cann Wood, Plympton since the last week of April, tonight we were rewarded by a single 'gooik!' call from an unseen nightjar.  We were also barked at by an invisible Roe buck who thought we were too close for comfort.

Posted May 8th, 2017 at 11:00 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in General Birding

Buckland Common, east Dartmoor

Birds on the common this afternoon included 1 redpoll, linnets, 2 pairs stonechat, abundant meadow pipit, 2 yellowhammer, willow wablers, several whitethroat, cuckoo heard, buzzards over. Other wildlife included 3+ emperor moth, 1 green hairstreak, 1 small fritillary sp., 1 fox, 1 roebuck. Back around the pine trees at the carpark around 6pm, songflighting redpolls, courting willow warblers & cuckoo (male and female).

Posted May 8th, 2017 at 10:40 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

skern

350/400 dunlin,9 sanderling,3 knot 1 barwit,9 grey plover

Posted May 8th, 2017 at 10:06 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Soar and South Huish

Soar - Swift, Spotted Flycatcher, Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warblers, Great Spotted Woodpecker, good views of Fox and c10 Bottlenose Dolphins off Bolberry

One Cattle Egret still on South Huish Marsh and also, Sand Martin, Ringed Plover and 3 Dunlins.

Fox Fox
Fox

Posted May 8th, 2017 at 8:34 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Horsey Island, Braunton Marsh

Not nearly as many birds this evening. Perhaps as many as 40-50 Dunlin,8-10 Ringed Plover, 18 Whimbrel, 15 Grey Plover, 2 White Wagtails, and best was a Knot approaching summer plumage.

Posted May 8th, 2017 at 8:25 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Red kite over Hunters Inn

Spotted this red kite above Hunters Inn this afternoon. Further down in the valley a wood warbler was singing close to the road.

Red kiteWood Warbler
                                           Red kite                                                                   Wood Warbler

Posted May 8th, 2017 at 6:28 pm by R Gowen in General Birding

Corndon Tor, Dartmoor - 2 Cuckoo

Two ( seen in the air at the same time) mobile calling male cuckoo on Corndon Tor at 1610hrs today.

Posted May 8th, 2017 at 5:56 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Roborough Down 08/05/2017

At least 2 if not 3 very vocal Cuckoo's on the Down around lunctime, Heard but not seen. Apart from the Robins, Pied Wagtail, Stonechats, Blackbirds, Corvids, Linnets and Dunnocks. 

Others: Brimstone (m & F) on the wing with small whites, red admiral & peacocks. Spotted Orchid plants beginning to appear.

Posted May 8th, 2017 at 5:19 pm by Michael Spencer in General Birding

Morte Point

0605 -1030. 33 species including 1 Reed Bunting (my 101 species this location), 1 Turnstone, 15 Manx Shearwater, 5 Fulmar, 2 Gannet, 7 Whitethroat, 50+ House Martin, good number of Swallows, 1 Sparrowhawk. GBbGs outnumbered Herring Gulls.

Reed BuntingReed Bunting
Reed Bunting

Posted May 8th, 2017 at 2:20 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Sunday 7th May 2017

Prawle Area

Black Redstart and 3 male Wheatears in set aside field near Gammon Head, otherwise a Whitethroat (36 singing males on territory) and Swallow day , with 115 Swallows either in off the sea or coasting eastwards. Butterfly species included 2 Small Pearl- bordered fritillaries, 4 Green Hairstreak, 2 Common Blues ( including one female) and a Small Copper. More warmth and sunshine would have produced more.

Posted May 7th, 2017 at 10:54 pm by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Visible Swallow migration

Excellent day on the North Devon/Cornwall border, with swallows moving up the coast into Devon at a rate of between 600 and 800 per hour, at least 1500 counted, plus 6 House Martins(!) at Marsland DWT reserve. Also 4 Whitethroat in full song

Posted May 7th, 2017 at 10:49 pm by Jonathan Nicholl in General Birding

Welcombe

200+ swallows this evening heading north along cliffs  and adjacent fields in a 15 minute period 19:15

Posted May 7th, 2017 at 10:10 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Yarner Woods

Watched all day, though most action in the morning.

My Highlight was 2 showy Tree Pipits on the moor. Also here were 5+ displaying Lesser Redpoll, 2m Yellowhammer, 1 Whitethroat, 4+ Willow Warbler and 2 HO Cuckoo. In the woods 1m Wood Warbler was singing all morning and also noted were 8+ Redstart, 13+ Pied Flycatchers, 3 Mistle Thrush, 4 Goldcrest and 2 Blackcap. The car park ponds and feeders held 4 drk Mandarins, 1 Marsh Tit, 3 Nuthatch, a pr of Grey Wagtail. 1 Tawny Owl was calling at c4pm and 3 Swift flew over.

Reuben Veal

Tree Pipit digiscoped Singing Tree Pipit digiscoped
Tree Pipit digiscoped                                                 Singing Tree Pipit digiscoped

Posted May 7th, 2017 at 9:41 pm by Reuben Veal in General Birding

Burrator Reservoir

A walk to the north of the reservoir produced: singing Wood Warbler, 2 singing Redstarts,  singing Tree Pipit, 2+ Cuckoos, Grasshopper Warbler reeling, 2 pairs of Wheatears and 7 Siskins. 

Posted May 7th, 2017 at 8:39 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

I knew there was something else - 3 cygnets on the pond this afternoon. Not many compared to previous years.

Posted May 7th, 2017 at 8:03 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Emsworthy DWT

13.50-16.30

1 (probably 2) Cuckoos, 3 Redstarts, Meadow Pipit, 2 Tree Pipits, 20+ Swallows, 2 Goldfinches, Linnet, male and female Stonechats, Kestrel and Raven.  Willow Warbler calling.

Posted May 7th, 2017 at 7:56 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Braunton area

Ringing in the reserve at Velator this morning was rewarded with 3 Reed Warblers and the first juveniles of Blackbird, Robin and Song Thrush. I also ringed two adult breeding female Blackbirds. This is interesting as I'm sure I've also retrapped several of the resident female Blackbirds. If they all succeed, we'll be knee deep in them!

This afternoon I returned to Horsey Island as the tide rose, about 70 Dunlin and 12 Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank, 4 noisy Oystercatchers, 20 Grey Plover (showing a wide range of plumages from full winter to full sum. No sign of Curlew Sandpiper, but two Ruff appeared.

Still two Grey-lag Geese by Sherpa Marsh.

Posted May 7th, 2017 at 7:14 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Dartmoor

A calling Cuckoo just below Sittaford Tor near Two Bridges and another heard below Ger Tor near Lanehead.

Posted May 7th, 2017 at 5:59 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in General Birding

Exminster marsh

While on the A38 heading up to Exminster marsh this morning saw a Peregrine being mobbed by Corvids.

Exminster marsh towards Turf ~ Great Black Backed Gull (Larus marinus) 1, Sedge Warbler 7, Chiffchaff  3, Swift 2, Cetti’s warbler 2,  8 Black Tailed Godwit one in full “orange” summer plumage, Skylark 2, Willow Warbler 4, Reed Bunting 2 (pair displaying) Wigeon 5, Tufted duck 1, Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 1, Whimbrel 5+ flew onto across the marsh heading out to the estuary, Sand Martin 1, mix of Swallow and House Martins .

Later in the afternoon a low flying Red Kite seen in the Teign valley near Trusham.

Posted May 7th, 2017 at 5:35 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

East Soar

2 Swift, 12 House Martin, Sand Martin, 4 Wheatear and a continuous stream of Swallows in off the sea.

Posted May 7th, 2017 at 3:48 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Tarka trail - Braunton to Barnstaple

1 immature Common Gull still on the Taw Estuary + a handful of Grey Plover & 3 Bar-tailed Godwits some in sum plum. A few BH Gulls still present . Plus brood of Mallards

  

Posted May 7th, 2017 at 3:08 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Red kite

Red kite flew past viewing platform at bowling green marsh at 13:00 headed up the River clyst

Posted May 7th, 2017 at 1:11 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Saturday 6th May 2017

Yarner Woods

A stroll around Yarner Woods and Trendlebere produced the usual suspects. On the heath Several Yellowhammers,Stonechat,Meadow Pippet,Willow Warbler.

Wood Warbler still showing well on path above the stream at Yarner,also 5 Male Redstart and 3 Female,plenty of Pied Flycatchers nest building.

Posted May 6th, 2017 at 9:45 pm by Allison Wines in General Birding

Sherpa Marsh

Forgot to add that here were 2 Grey-lag Geese with 5 Canada Geese over by the marsh - seen from the Toll House.

Posted May 6th, 2017 at 8:53 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Bowling green marsh and goatwalk topsham

Watched from 10:30 till 17:00

started at the hide at bowling green marsh the 3 male ruffs showed well with 50+ black tailed godwits, 10+ tufted duck? 3 gadwall, 15+ wigeon , 5+ house Martin , 20+ swift among sand martins and swallows , 4 Cetti's warblers, 12+ reed warblers. 

From the goatwalk , 360+ dunlin , 2 sanderling, 13 knot, 23 ringed plover, 37+ grey plover, 8+ whimbrel, lots of swifts moving over exminster marsh

from the viewing platform at bowling green marsh another 8+ grey plover. 59+ bar tailed godwits, the Spoonbill  was very active today feeding most of  the time, just after 15:20 picked up a distant Osprey down river of Lympstone it caught 1 fish but lost it as it took off it then flew up river towards turf we saw it dive again but was lost to view ( other birders at the goatwalk saw it take a large fish and it headed up behind turf), 30+ swift through in small groups, 7+ buzzard through heading north up the river clyst , 15+ great crested grebe 

Another quick look from the hide produced a 1st summer Mediterranean gull.

 

Posted May 6th, 2017 at 8:47 pm by Keith Birchall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exeter

To join the general trend, this afternoon I had a Hobby over my house. Where might that be, you might ask. Exeter, is the answer, on the western side up from St Thomas, turn right by the toilets....... by the way it has gone. 12 Swifts too. 

Posted May 6th, 2017 at 8:35 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Exeter Center, Saturday 6 May

Wile taking my first ever look at the Exeter Peregrines from Bartholomew Street, a Sparrowhawk landed in the tree above my head.

Sparrowhawk  Peregrine
 Sparrowhawk                                                                                 Peregrine

Posted May 6th, 2017 at 8:01 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Hillsford Bridge near Lynton

Wood warbler back first sighting this year,four more sights for us to look at.2male 2 female redstart,1pied flycatcher,3 goldcrest,Gs woodpecker black cap and good amounts of locals again in fine voice although bitterly cold wind.

Posted May 6th, 2017 at 6:35 pm by John Elvin in General Birding

Braunton Marsh

This afternoon I cycled out across the Marsh road, down the American Road and home along the Toll road. 3 Blackcaps, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, 2 Whitethroats, 8 Sedge Warblers, 1 Swift, Good numbers of Swallows and near Velator Harbour 20 plus Sand Martins. 1 Common Sandpiper on the Caen. Highlight was the new flood on Horsey Island. About 200 summer plumage Dunlin, 75 or so Ringed Plover, a dozen Whimbrel, 20 Grey Plover (some in cracking summer plumage). Best was a summer plumage Curlew Sandpiper. Possible Little Stint.

Posted May 6th, 2017 at 6:24 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

13 Swifts, 20+ Swallows going north (ish), Wheatear, c12 House Martins around the house, 5 drake Mandarin Ducks and a gathering of 14 Mute Swans on the narrow river.

Posted May 6th, 2017 at 5:56 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Berry Head

A couple of visits to the head today started with a dawn chorus walk lots of song, best birds were a Sedge Warbler steady passage of Swifts again - 60 plus and a summer plumaged Great Northern Diver over the top of the headland.

this afternoon the wind dropped and the sun tried to break through at sea 23 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Common Scoter a small pod of about 10-12 Common Dolphin and 2 Harbour Porpoise.

In the quarry a Reed Warbler broke into song and a minimum of 9 Small Blue Butterflies and my first Common Blue Butterfly of the year.                                       

Small Blue Butterfly Berry Head 060517 ML Commonl Blue Butterfly Berry Head 060517 ML

                                         Small Blue                                                          Common Blue

Posted May 6th, 2017 at 5:41 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

swifts

10 over the house today ,bideford.One of the best sight and sounds of summer.

Posted May 6th, 2017 at 4:17 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Red Kite

Seen yesterday afternoon, around 2.30pm, from Trendlebere, above Yarner: 1 Red Kite, 1 Swift, 1 male Yellowhammer singing, small party of very mobile Lesser Redpoll, and 1 Whitethroat seen and more heard.

Earlier in morning in Yarner, very good views of: Pair of Pied Flycatcher with the female taking nesting marerial into box, pair of Redstart and a lovely singing Wood Warbler, despite blustery, cool conditions. A pair of Bullfinches on the feeders outside the hide up the hill, also a liitle flock of Siskin. 4 male Mandarin on pond next to car park.

Posted May 6th, 2017 at 10:29 am by Ruth Wiseman in General Birding

A moan

Cannot see the point of posting sightings such as 'Swifts over my house....' when there is no indication of where 'my house' actually is!.

And it is difficult to take seriously the postings that include birds that don't actually exist in any bird books that I possess such as Greater Black Backed Gulls, Canadian Geese, Shoveller, Greater Spotted Woodpecker.

Harvey Kendall.

Eds: Good point about location. Would contributors please give location (a general description is fine if you don't want to identify your exact home address). With regard to names, whislt it's helpful to quote the precise name if you can, we understand that not everyone is aware of all birds' exact names. We welcome postings from a variety of contributors of differing abilities. We generally would not correct slip ups in names where the species is clear even if technically not quoted correctly. 

If contributors are making points, please try and do so in a contructive tone and remember we all make mistakes; so if correcting something, please do so in way you would be happy to be on the receiving end of. 

Posted May 6th, 2017 at 10:03 am by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Roadford lake

Greenshank and Common Sandpiper

Posted May 6th, 2017 at 8:43 am by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Swifts

My Swifts have returned - four of them racing around the house this morning, will update when they start to breed.

Posted May 6th, 2017 at 8:34 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

Friday 5th May 2017

Prawle Seawatch

Seawatch from 7.20 to 1pm in NE going ENE 5-6 going 7 with PM : Hobby  in off the sea at 11.20am; 70+ Swifts gong east ,some in off; 2 Great Northern Divers in summer plumage west;15 Manx Shearwaters east;14 Bar-Tailed Godwits, 7 Grey Plover and 3 unidentified waders east;23 Common Scoter east;6 Swallows and 6 House Martins;a Chiffchaff and a Whitethroat newly arrived in off and a Wheatear flying east. Also 4 Dolphins ( probably Bottle- Nosed and a Harbour Porpoise.

Posted May 5th, 2017 at 11:26 pm by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Topsham

Further to Keith's post the imm Spoonbill was on the estuary as viewed from the Bowling Green Marsh viewing platform at midday.

Posted May 5th, 2017 at 11:07 pm by Martin Elcoate in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

A38 Plympton

Driving into Plymouth this evening a Hobby over Plympton side of A38. 

Posted May 5th, 2017 at 10:09 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Topsham

Watched from 16:00 till 1845

from the viewing  platform at bowling green marsh 3 ruff, 29 grey plover , 57+ bar tailed godwits , 80+ black tailed godwits, 7 knot, 7+ dunlin, 3 ringed plover, 18+ oystercatcher, 8+ common gull among 100+ black headed gulls, 2 blackcap , 2 reed warbler, 1 Cetti's warbler ,  30+ swift, 1 hobby.

from the goatwalk , 450+ dunlin, 7 ringed plover , 12 sanderling , 12+ whimbrel, also 9 whimbrel flew up estuary and continued high over Topsham , hobby over motorway bridge lots of swift over exminster marsh

walked back via the viewing platform and hide at bowling green marsh , 55+ swift over marsh, 3 groups of whimbrel flew over and headed up the river clyst ( 17, 9, 12)

Posted May 5th, 2017 at 9:23 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

A38 Drumbridges,

At 16.31 saw a Red Kite flying over A38 from Stover towards Bovey Tracey at the Drumbridges junction.  Sorry no photo - was driving at the time!

Posted May 5th, 2017 at 8:58 pm by Helen Harding in General Birding

Swifts over Totnes

Sorry this is late but there were six swifts over Totnes yesterday ~1800, first of the year.

Posted May 5th, 2017 at 8:55 pm by Philip Strange in General Birding

Arlington from very early am

Pied flycatchers,siskin,redstart,chiffchaff,willow warblers,goldcrest,swift,swallows,coal tit marsh Tit,Gs woodpecker,sparrowhawk,mistle thrush,jay,blackcap,longtailed tit ,nuthatch and treecreeper. Beautiful chorus if not quite dawn!!very nice to see bird boxes repaired and new.A good number of all species made for a very enjoyable morning.

Posted May 5th, 2017 at 3:29 pm by John Elvin in General Birding

Wembury

2 swifts in off the sea this morning battling against the wind. Also singing sedge warbler in valley to beach, singing willow warbler in roadside garden in village with another seen at Wembury Point, chiffchaffs, blackcaps and whitethroats.

Along the beach 4 whimbrel, a partial sp grey plover, a partial sp dunlin, 4 bar tailed godwit (2 in partial sp), 30+oystercatchers, 1 little egret, 2 shelduck, 8 mallard (6 males).Offshore gannets and fulmars.

Posted May 5th, 2017 at 2:57 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Velator

In a very windy reserve this morning 2 each of singing Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs, Reed and Cetti's Warblers. Odd that yesterday, for the first time since I ringed one a couple of years ago, a Little Egret landed atop a tree in the reserve. Odder then that it, or another should fly in and land by the pond a few yards from where I was watching this morning. Flew off as I was reaching for the camera. 2 Swifts over.

This is the male Canada Goose pretending he's not there - as if I can't see him with his head down!
This is the male Canada Goose pretending he's not there - as if I can't see him with his head down!

Posted May 5th, 2017 at 2:17 pm by jon turner in General Birding

Swifts

Six swifts over the house at South Brent just before 10.00hrs this morning.

Posted May 5th, 2017 at 10:56 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

swifts

between 0650 and 0750 this morning had 30 plus swifts over my house

Posted May 5th, 2017 at 8:09 am by Tom Jurd in General Birding

Thursday 4th May 2017

Swifts ~ South Brent

Late afternoon two Swifts seen over home at South Brent and another sighting in the evening.

Posted May 4th, 2017 at 10:44 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

RWY Plymouth

Single swift over Royal William Yard, Plymouth this morning first for 2017.

Posted May 4th, 2017 at 9:28 pm by Graham Devine in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Exminster Marshes

swallow, robin, goldfinch, blackbird, wood pigeon, sedge warbler, chiffchaff, wren, mute swan, canada goose, mallards (including a female with 8 duckling), chaffinch, great and blue tit, whimbrel, crow/rook, coot, reed warbler, shelduck, kestrel and lapwing.

 

Posted May 4th, 2017 at 8:05 pm by Samuel Gray in General Birding

Berry Head

Very Quiet at sea but a steady stream of Swifts W-E; and a Hobby passed the quarry path, towards Brixham (c. 11:35); at least 7 singing Whitethroat; also at least 3 Sm Blues in quarry area.

Small Blue
Small Blue

Posted May 4th, 2017 at 7:10 pm by David Holloway in General Birding

Topsham & swifts

A quick look around bowling green marsh from 15:00 till 17:00

the spoonbill showed well no rings and a sub adult bird didn't see the 2 birds on Tuesday so couldn't say if new bird or not. Also on show 3 male ruff , 6 knot, 120+ dunlin, 1 ringed plover, 7 grey plover , 12+ whimbrel, 6 little egret, 8 greenshank, 5 redshank, 1 mistle thrush, 30+ swallow, 15+ sand Martin 80+ swift, 10+ tufted duck, 15+ wigeon, 2 reed warbler, just before I left a hobby flew over the marsh.

exeter city centre whilst waiting for bus home 25+ swift and at home in redhills another group  of 50+ moving north 

Posted May 4th, 2017 at 6:35 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

1 Spoonbill from the viewing platform this lunchtime. Also 1 Mediterranean Gull. Among the waders was a very smart summer plumaged Grey Plover.

Posted May 4th, 2017 at 2:19 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Barnstaple Swifts

2 swifts this morning ,  over Bicton Street , Barnstaple  , 

Posted May 4th, 2017 at 1:45 pm by David Paterson in General Birding

Berry Head

A visit to Berry Head produced little in the way of grounded migrants  - but did produce a passage of swifts overhead all heading East a total of 266 in 1 hour. bit of video here: https://youtu.be/g81RN72n39Q 

Posted May 4th, 2017 at 1:23 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Swifts Exeter

6 Swifts flying and screaming around University of Exeter at 1230

Posted May 4th, 2017 at 12:58 pm by Ian Stone in General Birding

Otter - White Bridge

10am - Lesser Whitethroat still immediately north of White Bridge, very mobile in the first 200-300m and mainly in the hawthorn

Posted May 4th, 2017 at 11:53 am by Rupert Ormerod in General Birding

Swift on migration

Saw our first swift this morning, over the garden in Teignmouth. Same date as last year!

Posted May 4th, 2017 at 7:32 am by Nick D'Agorne in General Birding

Wednesday 3rd May 2017

Exminster Marsh.

Sorry, late post for Tuesday 2nd May 0530 to 0600. 2 x Spoonbill feeding in distant shallow water as viewed from canal path by car park. Also drake Garganey on pond adjacent to road to canal car park.  

Posted May 3rd, 2017 at 8:31 pm by Mike Booth in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Huish - Curlew Sandpiper

The Curlew Sandpiper seen yesterday reappeared briefly this evening at about 5:45pm at the back of the back scrape.

The water level will be lowered slightly next week to dry out the marsh behind the scrapes so the grass can grow and the cattle have something to eat over the summer.

Posted May 3rd, 2017 at 7:33 pm by Nick Townsend in General Birding

Tawny Owlet at Paignton Zoo, 3 May 2017

At Piagnton Zoo this afternoon, I witnessed a pair of Crows mobbing a branched Tawny Owlet in a tree close to the Tiger enclosure. I contacted reception to see if they could send someone to rescue the owlet before it was forced into the Tiger enclosure. Unfortunately the Owlet was forced into the enclosure before help arrived but the keepers were able to call in the tigers and rescue the Owlet. The adult Tigers were disinterested but the cub attempted to play with the owlet much like any cat does with a bird and it was interested to see the Owlet rear, spread its wings and hiss, somewhat bemusing the cub. The Owlet was on its feet when rescued and looked OK but was taken straight off to the Zoo vet for a checkup.

Posted May 3rd, 2017 at 5:44 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Grenofen Woods and Downs

4 garden warblers today (3 singing males with a female in attendance with 1 of them), good to see and hear after a blank here last year.

Also 2 or 3 singing and mobile male redstarts with a female also seen, 3 tree pipits( 2 songflighting males with a female in attendance with 1 of them), a cuckoo heard cuckooing just twice, a tawny owl heard despite the sunshine, 3 marsh tit, a male yellowhammer, willow warblers, a pair of stonechat and a green woodpecker heard yaffling.

2 grey wagtails along the river feeding 2 fledglings.

7 brimstone on the wing and an oil beetle also noted.

Posted May 3rd, 2017 at 5:22 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Glaucous Gull at Slapton

Sitting on Slapton Ley at about 2:30 this afternoon with Great Black-backed then flew off to field behind Ley

Glaucous Gull
Glaucous Gull

Posted May 3rd, 2017 at 5:14 pm by Tom Stevenson in General Birding

Arlington.

Redstart male,4pied flycatchers male 2 female,goldcrest,2siskins,spotted flycatcher 1male gs woodpecker,very tuneful woodland and all birds busy.

Posted May 3rd, 2017 at 5:03 pm by john elvin in General Birding

Lackey Moth Caterpillers

Found at Wembury along the cost-line


Posted May 3rd, 2017 at 4:46 pm by Greg Bradbury in Other Wildlife

West Charleton Marsh

3 Reed Warblers singing and a pair of Teals present. Surprised a Tree Pipit went over, maybe my first spring record here.

Posted May 3rd, 2017 at 4:24 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Challacombe

Walking around the farm we saw, 2 Redstart (m), Nut hatch, Marsh Tit, Bull Finch 1 (m) 1 (f), Willow Warblers, Mistle Thrush. It was very cold there.

Posted May 3rd, 2017 at 3:24 pm by Mave Goddard in General Birding

Morte Point

Lackey Moth Larvae on blackthorn bush.


Posted May 3rd, 2017 at 2:19 pm by Derek Stacey in Other Wildlife

Morte Point

0650 this morning - 1 Grasshopper Warbler

Posted May 3rd, 2017 at 2:16 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Haldon Forest Survey

Another trip up to Haldon Forrest  for five DBWPS members who make up one of the survey teams.

Goldcrest, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Yellow Hammer, Treecreeper, Song & Mistle Thrush, Nuthatch, Linnet, Chiffchaff and Buzzard seen in the woodland area.

The Heath land gave the days highlights, initially Stonechat with and feeding young, Green woodpecker followed by Tree Pipit and a pair of very confiding Crossbills.

Numerous other regular species recorded.

Posted May 3rd, 2017 at 1:28 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Barnstaple

Walked from the Tarka Tennis Centre up to Bishop's Tawton and back this morning. Reed Warblers singing in all 3 small reed-beds (two by the river, one at the pond. One Blackcap singing, another seen. One Whitethroat and one Lesser Whitethroat (between the Rock Park Footbridge and the by-pass bridge). A Kestrel preceded me along the walk, hovering intermittently. At the pond (opposite Bishop's Tawton) 3 Shelduck, 1 Little Egret, 1 Pied Wagtail and a pair of Grey Wagtail. Sadly, no Waders this morning. On the way back a Mistle Thrush flew north across the river.

Posted May 3rd, 2017 at 12:07 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Tuesday 2nd May 2017

Hembury Woods

2 Garden Warblers singing and lots of Pearl-bordered Fritillaries, late afternoon.

Posted May 2nd, 2017 at 10:59 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Osprey over Yelland

The Osprey was circling high up with a lot of gulls over the old ashbeds at Isley marsh around midday today. Attached just  a record shot as it was very high up.

Osprey
Osprey

Posted May 2nd, 2017 at 10:02 pm by Roy Churchill in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Huish - Culew Sandpiper

Curlew Sandpiper coming into summer plumage seen around scrape nearest the car park at 6:30pm

Posted May 2nd, 2017 at 9:51 pm by Nick Townsend in General Birding

fremington quay and home farm marsh.

osprey over isley marsh, then over home farm by the hide and finally heading over taw to horsey island got some shots but it was flying high away from gulls.Also cettis,reed warbler,sedge warblers,gs woodpecker,whitethroats,little egret,willow warblers and chiffchaff.butterflies, small blue ,red admiral,orange tip and small white.

Posted May 2nd, 2017 at 6:57 pm by john elvin in General Birding

Knapp Copse LNR

Surveying at Knapp Copse this am gave 24 species including pair of Marsh Tits and a Grasshopper Warbler. 

Posted May 2nd, 2017 at 6:53 pm by Andy Rook in General Birding

Pew Tor

Cuckoo heared around Pew Tor and Vixen Tor in the morning, then seen near Pew Tor Cottage 1.30pm.

Posted May 2nd, 2017 at 6:31 pm by Mave Goddard in General Birding

Soar, South Huish Marsh & South Milton Ley

Soar was very quiet this morning: Wheatear, 3 Sedge Warblers, 4 Shelducks (going south west), 3 Blackcaps and 25 Whitethroats.

At South Huish Marsh later, 5 Cattle Egrets, Lapwing, 3 Whimbrels, 3 Sedge Warblers and Reed Bunting. South Milton Ley produced 4 Reed Warblers and 2 Jays.

Posted May 2nd, 2017 at 5:53 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Taw Estuary

Re my previous post....I returned with my camera this time, and had the pleasure of watching the Osprey for some time.....


Posted May 2nd, 2017 at 5:33 pm by Alan Denzey in General Birding

Exe Estuary

Up to Bowling Green Marsh and Exminster marsh with Keith Male for the midday high tide.

 

On BGM a Ruff and Greenshank in with the Godwit flock and a Spoonbill showing well, duck species inc some 10 Tufted, pair of Gadwall, Shoveller and Mallard with ducklings. Chiffchaff in the lane side hedge. Four Buzzard soaring high over the area

, On Exminster marsh 15 plus Reed Warblers very vocal but extremely elusive, Reed Buntings, a Garden Warbler, seven Whimbrel and at least two Lapwing on leaving a distant Hobby and a hovering Kestrel.

Posted May 2nd, 2017 at 5:27 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Glaucous Gull Slapton

At 13.35, a large group (300+) of mixed large Gulls flew over the Ley towards the sea. In amongst them was a 1S Glaucous Gull and I briefly saw what may have been a second white-winged Gull.

Posted May 2nd, 2017 at 5:22 pm by Richard Billington in General Birding

River Clyst

2 Spoonbills seen from viewing platform at 10.25am on mud. Soon flew off together NW. 3 Ruff still on BGM with good variety of waders & duck.

Posted May 2nd, 2017 at 4:24 pm by David Leigh in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

A Spoonbill from the hide this lunchtime. Also 1 Garden Warbler singing by the hide.

On arrival at the platform, an Osprey having made a recent catch was heading past Riversmeet Turf but when I got to the Goatwalk there was no sign of it.

Posted May 2nd, 2017 at 2:41 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Elberry cove

1 whimbrel flew around elberry cove, calling, from and back to broadsands direction around 10.45 this morning.

Posted May 2nd, 2017 at 2:37 pm by graham folkerd in General Birding

Exminster Marsh

4 Hobby from 12.20-12.40 only - 1 near middle car park and 3 over the lagoon- also LRP , Common Sand and 40 Whimbrel near the end car park .  Whitethroat and 2 House Martins along railway path. 

Posted May 2nd, 2017 at 1:53 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Taw Estuary

Osprey over Horsey Island, fabulous view, no camera....!!!!

Posted May 2nd, 2017 at 12:31 pm by Alan Denzey in General Birding

Osprey - Taw Estuary

Having been given a heads up by Andy Leat yesterday I went to Horsey Island this morning. I soon saw my first Merlin but had to wait 2 hours before the Osprey showed up. It came and went for the next half hour frequently hovering but not making a catch. It finally disappeared NW towards Baggy.

Posted May 2nd, 2017 at 12:02 pm by alan craddock in General Birding

Monday 1st May 2017

Lundy

As I can't make the Devon Birds trip, I sneaked over for a preview today.

Good numbers of Manx Shearwaters on the outward journey, and in with one large raft were a few Common Terns and several Black Terns. Also the usual Guillemots, Razorbills, Kittiwakes and the odd Gannet.

In Millcombe, 4 Blackcaps, Whitethroat, 2/3 Chiffchaffs, Goldcrest, and at the top of the valley Redpoll and Willow Warbler.

Walked out along 1/4 wall - two Sika Deer. Huge numbers of nesting Guillemots and Razorbills along with encouraging numbers of Puffins in Jenny's Cove. Plus Fulmars.

At Pondsbury 3 Teal two broods of Mallard, Sedge Warbler, Swift, House Martin. Then bird of the day: a Short-eared Owl which flew round and pitched in south of the pond.

After seeing a fine male Redstart along the east part of 1/4 wall, not much along the east side, but back in Millcombe with a little help from Tim and Tim, I saw Grasshopper Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, and a rather distant view of the Red-necked Grebe. Buzzard and Kestrel seen along with 2 Peregrine. 

Posted May 1st, 2017 at 10:17 pm by Jon Turner in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Redstart pics - Smeardon Down

Pics as promised of the male and female Redstarts on Smeardon Down, Peter Tavy this evening.

Redstart (male) Redstart (female)
Redstart (male)                                        Redstart (female)

Posted May 1st, 2017 at 10:16 pm by Andy Brown in General Birding

Osprey Braunton Marsh

Lovely view of an Osprey feeding on a fence post on Crow Point Toll Road this afternoon. Bit late to see one? 

Posted May 1st, 2017 at 7:30 pm by Andy Leat in General Birding

Turf

Great Skua heading north, very high.1o'clock.


Posted May 1st, 2017 at 7:20 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Redstarts and Cuckoo - Smeardon Down

A lovely pair of Redstarts showing well at close quarters (pics to follow) and a Cuckoo calling and later flying by at distance on Smeardon Down, Peter Tavy this evening

Posted May 1st, 2017 at 7:09 pm by Andy Brown in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sandyway exmoor

Went for a drive out over the moors,  not expecting to see much due to the rain,  but the weather gave way to sunshine and it was a raptor fest. 6 kestrels in 2 different locations 1 kestral catching a sloworm ? Or similar feeding on the wing.1 peregrine, many buzzards individually but most impressive 5 buzzards on reedy upland Moor, all hovering and occasionally plummeting. Meadow pipits, skylarks and a few bullfinch. Goosander and 2 chicks,but technically they were just inside Somerset. 

Kestral feeding
Kestrel feeding

Posted May 1st, 2017 at 6:27 pm by Philip Worth in General Birding

Topsham

Watched from 08:45 till 14:50

started at the hide at bowling green marsh as earlier post also 2 sedge warbler, 5 reed warbler, 4 Cetti's warbler, 10+ little egret over 

goosemoor had 13 knot, 40+ bar tailed godwits, 30+ greenshank. 3 whimbrel

from the viewing platform 12+ sandwich terns, 50+ whimbrel up river seemed to head north, 1 mistle thrush , 3 blackcap , 2 reed warbler, 1 Cetti's warbler , 2 kingfisher, 4 great crested grebe, constant passage of swallows heading west .

headed back into Topsham and about 12:35 had 2 hobby headed over the strand by the Dutch house headed of east decided to look from the quay to check for any more hobby moving over exminster quickly picked up 2 heading from powderham to exminster marsh over the next 2 hours had another 9+ all picked up over powderham heading north onto the marsh with 8 in the air just before I left so final total was at least 13+ birds in the 2 hours I watched . Also  notable movement of swift high over the marsh all heading north with at least 50+ birds and lots of swallows moving through , 1 common sandpiper and 10 more whimbrel headed north.

 

Posted May 1st, 2017 at 5:58 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Skern

Loads of Ringed Plover, Dunlin and Oystercatcher on the high tide with about 8+ Whimbrel, 2 Red Knot and a Little Stint. On the Burrows there were Sedge Warblers, Common Whitethroat, Linnets, Wheatear and skylark.

Posted May 1st, 2017 at 2:56 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in General Birding

Berrynarbor

Male cuckoo calling from above Haggington Hill for most of the morning.

Posted May 1st, 2017 at 1:15 pm by Margaret Phillips in General Birding

Bowling Green & Goosemoor

A drake Garganey was at Bowling Green Marsh early in the morning, flying off towards the estuary. Other ducks included surprisingly good numbers of Teal and Wigeon (15+), plus Shoveler (7), Pintail (drake), Gadwall (pair plus a drake) and Tufted (8). An Avocet and a couple of Whimbrel came in at high tide, as did 2 Ruff, Dunlin (200?), Ringed Plover (1), both godwits and some Knot briefly, before decanting to Goosemoor. A Swift went through and about a hundred mixed hirundines fed over in front of the hide.

At Goosemoor, 28 Greenshanks and a mixed bunch of Knot and both godwits fed for a while until the water level rose and the mud disappeared. Some splendid Knots and Bar-tails in breeding plumage, despite the dismal light!

Bar-tailed Godwit and Knots at Goosemoor Bar-tails in varying plumages! Garganey at BGM
Bar-tailed Godwit and Knots at Goosemoor   Bar-tails in varying plumages!                         Garganey at BGM

Posted May 1st, 2017 at 1:11 pm by Dave Smallshire in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Goodrington

A 2cy summer drake Eider was off the stream outflow this morning also 1 Great Crested Grebe, 11 Sandwich Tern and 4 Sand Martin >N

Eider drake 1st sum Goodrington 1st May 2017 ML1st sum drake Eider

Posted May 1st, 2017 at 12:14 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

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