Devon Bird Sightings from 15th–21st August 2017

Dawlish Warren

Please take extra care when visiting Dawlish Warren. We have been informed that due to the recent bad weather there has been significant erosion from Groyne 10 eastwards. This means that access along the site, to and from Warren Point (and the bird hide) will be via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! Signs have been put up to alert people to the hazards, but people need to be aware that access routes that they have become used to may not be available and they need to exercise extreme caution,  with the possibility of being cut off by the tide, and people are strongly urged not to try climbing the sand cliffs. Further information is available on the Teignbridge District Council website.

Posted November 9th at 11:08 am by Mike Daniels in General Birding

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

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

Monday 21st August 2017

White Stork

The Kingsbridge bird photographed today looks to have the same moult pattern as the individual photographed over Mullacott Cross, N Devon last Tuesday.

Posted August 21st, 2017 at 11:10 pm by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Eddystone

A couple more pics from kayak trip today

Balearic Shearwater Balearic Shearwater Common Dolphin
Balearic Shearwater                   Balearic Shearwater                      Common Dolphin

Posted August 21st, 2017 at 10:06 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Eddystone

pics from kayak trip today

Sooty Shearwater PuffinCommon Dolphin
Sooty Shearwater                                  juvenile Puffin                                Common Dolphin

Posted August 21st, 2017 at 10:02 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Huish Marsh early evening

Wood sand 1 juv, black-tailed godwit 9 (1 adult), dunlin - 95 (mostly juvs), ringed plover 23, cattle egret 1, little egret 4.

Posted August 21st, 2017 at 9:13 pm by Richard Archer in General Birding

Horsey Island

The Great White Egret (approx.400 to 500 metres away) was busy jabbing at fish (probably Grey Mullet) on the flood late aft.


Posted August 21st, 2017 at 8:55 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Eddystone

Kayak trip Plymouth Sound to Eddystone 0900-1715

1 Sooty Shearwater

8 Balearic Shearwaters

13 Storm Petrel

1 Puffin

!6 (1+15) Common Dolphin

4 (2+2) Harbour porpoise

photos to follow

Posted August 21st, 2017 at 8:38 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exmouth

Hoopoe eventually found this afternoon, after 45 minutes search, in small field immediately opposite Maer Farm - visible from road gate.  Even showed its crest a couple of times for me.  A lifer - and even better than the field-guide illustrations - glorious!  

Posted August 21st, 2017 at 8:24 pm by Colin Randall in General Birding

Crow point

After a call from John Bronze (thanks John!)I tootled off down the Toll road late afternoon, - lots of Gulls after flying ants - and there were quite a few Gulls on the mud by the flood. Just as I started looking through they all went up and  - away! Bird of Prey I thought. Couldn't find one until scanning the mobile flock of 60+ Dunlin I found a feeding Peregrine. Then I saw Rob further down the toll road so went down to join him - it was an Osprey that put up all the Gulls! I missed it completely. However 2 Spoonbills and the Great White Egret were in place and unspooked by these avian predators.

Posted August 21st, 2017 at 6:48 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Exeter

A day with my son, visiting play parks & the beach. However still saw Swift over the garden and Hobby over Alphington, probably feeding on flying ants with all the gulls. 

Posted August 21st, 2017 at 6:46 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Yet another Perigrine poisoned in the SW!


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Officers are investigating an incident after being contacted by staff at Glendinning Quarry in Ashburton, on Tuesday 15 August, following reports of an injured Peregrine falcon.
The falcon had been located on the floor of the quarry which is home to a breeding pair of Peregrine falcons.
Devon and Cornwall Police Wildlife Crime Officer, PC Josh Marshall, sought that the juvenile Peregrine falcon was given the immediate care it required. However, the bird died the next day.
PC Marshall said: “The initial inspection and condition of the bird strongly suggests that this bird had been poisoned. The bird has now been placed into the Wildlife Investigation scheme administered by Natural England where it will be forensically examined to establish the cause of death and a police investigation has now begun into the incident.
“Members of the public are warned that poisons commonly used to commit a crime like this are incredibly toxic to humans and pets. Should any person locate any dead or injured birds they are strongly advised not to touch them or let pets come into contact with them.
“Ingestion of these poisons can lead to death. It is incredibly concerning that individuals are using these types of chemicals within public areas that not only kill our wildlife but could also place members of the public, children and their animals into harm’s way.
“The area of Ashburton and neighbouring Buckfastleigh is unfortunately a hot spot for poisoning of these birds of prey. Previous incidents at the site are as follows;
2011 – 1 poisoned Peregrine falcon at White Cleaves (Buckfastleigh) Quarry – substance used - Aldicarb and Carbofuran.
2005 – Poisoned bait (racing pigeon) Glendinnings Quarry– substance used Aldicarb. A live bird with clipped wings. Adults missing presumed dead, chicks rescued. Police fitted telemetry device to see if pigeon would relocate but this failed. In Legal Eagle 47, page 5 - https://www.rspb.org.uk/Images/legaleagle47_tcm9-132970.pdf
2005 – 1 poisoned peregrine and 1 poisoned bait (pigeon) – substance used - Aldicarb, peregrine found on dead pigeon which had wings clipped.
2003 – Two men with a pigeon on a length of string appearing to try and lure peregrines from the top of White Cleaves (Buckfastleigh) Quarry. Police visited site but men had gone.
2000 – 1 poisoned Peregrine, substance used Aldicarb at Glendinnings quarry
2000 – 1 shot Sparrowhawk near Buckfastleigh (it lived).
1992 – 2 dead peregrines at White Cleaves (Buckfastleigh), with pigeon flesh in crop – tested positive for Malathion.
“As can been seen from this data, the use of illegal banned poisons are evident and put the public at significant risk. In the 2005 incident, a number of children could have been harmed or potentially worse when the poisoned bait (a racing pigeon) was located wondering around near to a childminders address.
“Significantly racing pigeons have been used as the bait for a number incidents both here and nationally and the answer to solving and preventing these poisonings could lie somewhere within a rogue minority of the racing pigeon community.
“Peregrine falcons do not differentiate between prey items such as wild pigeons and racing pigeons, this obviously causes conflict with some prize racing pigeons being taken by these birds of prey.
“Generally the method used will be to smear the bait with a vasaline type substance containing the poison onto either a live or dead bird. When the Peregrine plucks and eats the bait item the poison is then ingested and kills the bird. The bird dies then endures an excruciating few hours whilst waiting to die.
“South West Peregrines, a volunteer group who monitor these birds and others within the South West, have described the incident as ‘abhorrent’.
“We are urging members of the local community to come forward with any information they may have that can assist in bringing these offenders to justice."
Information is handled in the strictest of confidence and can be passed directly to PC Marshall at Joshua.marshall2@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk or by email 101@dc.police.uk or calling 101 quoting log number 0223 180817.
Information can be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers via 0800 555111 or the charity’s website at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
Tony Whitehead speaking for RSPB in the South West said: "Peregrines are magnificent and much-loved birds, whose comeback over the past twenty years is a conservation success. However, once again, it appears the peregrines at this site have been deliberately targeted and, it is suspected, poisoned.
“Should this prove to be the case, this is outrageous and the criminals must be brought to justice. We are also concerned that, should this again prove to be a poisoning, someone is wantonly placing toxic chemicals in the countryside which can be a danger to both humans and pets.
“Someone in the local community must have information about who's doing this and we urge people to come forward and contact the police. A £1,000 reward has been offered by the RSPB for information that directly leads to the prosecution of the offender.”

Posted August 21st, 2017 at 5:49 pm by Simon Thurgood in General Birding

South Efford Marsh

14:20-15:50

134 Canada Geese, at least 1 Whimbrel ( prob flock of Curlew /Whimbrel near sluice with the sun behind them ), 8 Ringed Plovers, 3 Dunlins, 2 Green Sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers and a Kingfisher. Finally joined the 21st century https://twitter.com/CharletonBirder

Posted August 21st, 2017 at 5:05 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Charleton (Kingsbridge) - White Stork

One White Stork circling over stubble fields to the east of Geese Quarries and north of Frogmore Creek at 15:05 for about 10 minutes (SX760420), thought to have drifted off east. Heavily in moult in left wing.

Eds: wear and tear matches perfectly the Ilfracombe bird on 15th August.

Posted August 21st, 2017 at 4:13 pm by Barrie Whitehall in General Birding

North Devon - Sherpa Marsh

One Great White Egret feeding in Sharpa Marsh lagoon close to toll road footpath. 13:00 -14:00 still present when I left.

Posted August 21st, 2017 at 3:45 pm by john bronze in General Birding

Hobby ~ South Brent

The Hobby coming in for food first thing yesterday morning

 

Posted August 21st, 2017 at 9:01 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Sunday 20th August 2017

Lyme Bay boat trip from Brixham

A few pics of the tubenoses on today's trip.

Manx shearwater Storm petrel and fulmar Storm petrel feeding
Manx shearwater                            Storm petrel and fulmar               Storm petrel feeding

Posted August 20th, 2017 at 11:17 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Lyme Bay boat trip from Brixham

One juvenile Arctic Tern today among the common terns, hanging around the early part of our chumming stop.

Arctic tern, juvenile   Arctic tern, juvenile Common tern, juvenile
Arctic tern, juvenile                           Arctic tern, juvenile                      Common tern, juvenile

Posted August 20th, 2017 at 10:15 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 16:15 till 18:50

highlight was a juvenile Ruff , 140+ dunlin, 1 green sandpiper, 2 ringed plover, 12+ whimbrel, 1 spotted redshank, 25+ greenshank, good numbers of redshank , black tailed godwits and curlew ,  1 bar tailed godwit, 4 Mediterranean gulls( 1 adult, 1 2nd summer, 1 1st summer and 1 juvenile) 12+ gadwall, 1 little grebe, 20+ lapwing.

Posted August 20th, 2017 at 9:12 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Lyme Bay boat trip

Skuas from today's trip and more identification/aging puzzles. The first bird to approach the boat was a Pomarine Skua, followed 2 minutes later by an Arctic Skua which circled the boat at very close range. A third bird later on was seen and photographed only very distantly, a pale phase bird, probably arctic. Interesting that there are so many immature skuas out there both last week and this.

Pomarine skua, 2nd summer   Arctic skua, 1st or 2nd summer  Arctic skua, 1st or 2nd summer
Pomarine skua, 2nd summer           Arctic skua, 1st or 2nd summer           Arctic skua, 1st or 2nd summer

Posted August 20th, 2017 at 8:49 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Hoopoe Exmouth

https://youtu.be/BgWzV2LhDJs

Hoopoe
Hoopoe

Posted August 20th, 2017 at 7:37 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Despite the rain

Took myself off to Crow point,  where again I got my tide timing wrongish but nevertheless saw some. Egrets, young herons,2 wheatears,  2 kingfisher.number of smaller tide line birds that I have yet to be sure of plover, sparrowhawk chasing with out success swallows,  and house Martins. Curlew and a couple of whimbrel, little grebes Moor hens and multitude of gulls. When driving towards Wrafton area a flock of 14 black coloured geese were heading towards Crow point.

Sparrow hawk.
Sparrow hawk.

Posted August 20th, 2017 at 6:00 pm by Philip worth in General Birding

Berry Head - 06:30 - 11:00

A promising start (c. 07:00 - 07:30) with 5 - 6 Arctic Skuas & a Long-tailed Skua (noticeably smaller with markedly paler grey inner and sharply contrasting dark outer on upper wings) chasing Kittiwake's around the mouth of Torbay. After that nothing except, 5 Manx Shearwater; 2 Balearic Shearwater. This left the Common Dolphins to brighten the rest of the morning, being split into 4 smaller groups, 1 of which passed close to the head, just beyond the pink buoys.

Posted August 20th, 2017 at 5:46 pm by Dave Holloway in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Taw Estuary

Good views from the Tarka trail of this bird fishing on the Taw Estuary this am.


Posted August 20th, 2017 at 2:55 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Lyme Bay boat trip

This mornings boat trip out into Lyme Bay from Brixham started well with 2 Grey Seals by Brixham Marina, 1 Purple Sandpiper by the Breakwater old jetty, 3 Rock Pipits, all this before we had left the harbour. Before Berry Head a group of 4/5 Common Dolphin. Traveling out into Lyme Bay 3 more groups of Common Dolphin seen, the last group was very large. Once we reached our chumming area the following birds sighted 10+ Manx Shearwater, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 3 Storm Petrel, 2 Artic Skua and 1 Pomarine Skua, 20+ Kittiwake, 12+ Guillemot, 2 Razorbill, 10 Common Tern, 8 Fulmar, Gannets and the usual assortment of Gulls. Sea was not as rough as thought so an enjoyable trip.

Posted August 20th, 2017 at 2:10 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Exmouth

The Hoopoe still present by Maer Farm, in field by plastic bales and showing well- flew over the road briefly but soon returned. Nearby, the juvenile White-Winged Black Tern still on and around Cockle Sands viewable from the Imperial Recreation Ground.

Posted August 20th, 2017 at 10:27 am by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Start Point / Slapton Ley

Fairly quiet around Start Farm, Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Chiffchaffs and 3 Whitethroats. Also Sand Martin and 2 Swifts. Called in to Slapton Ley and good numbers of hirundines at Torcross ie c 100 Swallows, c 200 House Martins and c 400 Sand Martins, also a Swift. 15 Sandwich Terns on the beach. Common Scoter off the Memorial Car Park and a Yellow Wagtail overhead.

Posted August 20th, 2017 at 10:06 am by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Saturday 19th August 2017

Exeter

8 Swifts over garden this evening with 20+ House Martin. 

Posted August 19th, 2017 at 9:04 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:30 till 19:20

Just after 16:45 found a nice moulting adult Curlew sandpiper in among 110+ dunlin( mostly juveniles) it showed on and off over the next couple of hours , the adult spotted redshank showed well at times , 5 ringed plover, 2 green sandpipers excellent numbers of juvenile Black tailed godwits, 1 bar tailed godwits, 8+ whimbrel 

earlier on goosemoor 20+ greenshanks

Posted August 19th, 2017 at 9:00 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Skern

On the incoming tide at Skern there were 9 Mediterranean Gulls (5 adults and 4 juveniles) One of the juveniles was ringed on the left leg below the 'knee'. No colour bands so was unable to get any more details! Also 1 juvenile Little Tern fishing in the bay.

Later there were 30 Little Egret roosting on the marsh below Torridge Bridge.

Posted August 19th, 2017 at 6:29 pm by Martin Unwin in General Birding

Plym Estuary

Two sinensis (ad + imm) amongst the 8 Cormorants, my first Ringed Plover of the autumn (juv), 11 Turnstones (some in nice breeding plumage), Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, 30 Curlews, 10 Grey Herons, 11+ Little Egrets, 10 Oystercatchers, 82 Redshanks, 2 Greenshanks, Pergerine, Swift and Wheatear.

Turnstone
Turnstone

Posted August 19th, 2017 at 6:19 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Exmouth

Hoopoe seen at Orcombe Point / Foxholes area at 10:20 this morning. I was viewing from the second gate on the right hand side just north east of Maer Farm. It had been seen from this location late yesterday afternoon distantly in the furthest field (in front of the houses). As I was scanning that field a flock of Starling came up over the hedge of the next field (that has hay bags in it and also a gate to view in to the field) and I noticed a larger bird in amongst them. Got the bins on it and it was the Hoopoe. I tracked it heading towards Orcombe Point where it then veered back towards the houses at Foxholes. If only I had picked the other gate to look from!!

Posted August 19th, 2017 at 5:57 pm by Spencer Dicks in General Birding

Avon Estuary - Black Swans

4 Black Swans amongst the many mute swans, on the Avon Estuary, viewable from the tidal road, this morning until 12.30hrs when disturbed by paddle boarders. First seen at this location by Mike Passman and Rodney Bone yesterday morning. Have not been seen here many times before. The birds are not bearing rings and have the characteristic smaller size and red bill of the species, however when they flew off they showed a degree of white in the wings. Their origin is unknown, but to me, do not look like the same birds present on Slapton Ley last year. 2 ringed plover ,1 dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper and a few curlew also present.

4 Black Swan -Avon Estuary - 19.8.2017 Black Swan taking off showing white in wing - Avon-19.8.2017 Common Sandpiper - Avon Estuary
4 Black Swan -Avon Estuary - 19.8.2017   Black Swan taking off showing white in wing - Avon-19.8.2017

Common Sandpiper - Avon Estuary

Ed. White primaries and outer secondaries is normal for Black Swan.

Posted August 19th, 2017 at 2:48 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Juv (Black?) Redstart in Teignmouth Garden

Seems obviously a Redstart, but is it a Black Redstart?

Juv (Black?) Redstart in Teignmouth Garden
Juv (Black?) Redstart in Teignmouth Garden

Ed. it's a Redstart (juv > 1W male); orange-red on breast not shown by Black Redsart.

Posted August 19th, 2017 at 12:37 pm by Alan Ford in General Birding

Maer Lane, Exmouth

Hoopoe at 7.30am in small scrubby field, south side, near bottom  of Maer Lane, Exmouth


Posted August 19th, 2017 at 12:14 pm by Dave McKeown in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Kingsbridge Estuary

Charleton Marsh / Bay ( 07:20-08:40, falling tide )

15 Black-tailed Godwits, 77 Dunlins, 76 Ringed Plovers, Common Sandpiper, 3 Mediterranean Gulls ( one adult with darvic rings, too far off to read ).

 

Posted August 19th, 2017 at 9:29 am by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Friday 18th August 2017

Bowling Green Marsh and Goosemoor

Today we went to Bowling Green Marsh. The hide was the area of main interest for us today so we stayed there for quite a long time. Here is a list of the species that we saw there today: green sandpiper, canada goose, lapwing, black-headed gull, wood pigeon, black-tailed godwit, magpie, buzzard, pied wagtail, little egret, jackdaw, mallard, grey heron, goldfinch, great black-backed gull, redshank, starling, cormorant, wheatear, swallow and dunlin. Before we went to Goosemoor we had a quick look from the viewing platform. The tide appeared to be coming in so there was not much birdlife to be seen, in fact all there was to be seen was a large group of curlew and a few black-tailed godwits mixed in with them on the opposite side!

Walking from the viewing platform to Goosemoor a subspecies of the canada goose was pointed out to us in the marsh.

 

Posted August 18th, 2017 at 8:29 pm by Samuel Gray in General Birding

Tiger on the Window!

A more unusual view this time.

Jersey TigerJersey Tiger

Jersey Tiger

Posted August 18th, 2017 at 6:26 pm by Dave Holloway in Other Wildlife

BBG v Cormorant

Watched a BBG pinch a fish (Bass?) from a Cormorant yesterday at Yelland. The struggle went on for several minutes before the Gull made off with the catch. Is this common behavior? .  Poor pics as I was a long way away.

 

Posted August 18th, 2017 at 5:34 pm by Roy Churchill in General Birding

R.Caen

15.30 - 1 Osprey flew over the R.Caen in a force 7 to 8 westerly gale,mid aft, caught a fish, flew high with the catch heading several miles east over Chivenor until lost from view.

Posted August 18th, 2017 at 4:54 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

HOBBY (Saga) South Brent

THE HOBBY IS BACK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am over the moon to continue the Saga of the young Hobby I hand reared and released on the 2nd September 2014.

She has been back each year since arriving back in September, this year I had hoped to see her back in the spring as a fully mature breeding bird but that did not happen and in truth I thought that she had fallen to natures circle of life and that was that.

A short while ago I was sorting some of my birds when I looked up and there she was sat on a post 10 yards away watching me, not a care in the world.

She flew down to a post in the middle of the field but soon came in for some food, incredible feeling to have her back once again.

Posted August 18th, 2017 at 3:02 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Exmouth

The Hoopoe is still present on Foxholes. It's in a private garden and adjoining private field. The hawthorns bordering the back garden and the adjoining field can be viewed, albeit distantly, from Gore Lane but please park sensibly and don't obstruct any gateways. The gateway just right of the track that leads down to the Bristol Schools camp is the best viewing position. Also the juvenile White-winged Black Tern was off the Imperial @0740.

Posted August 18th, 2017 at 11:52 am by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 17th August 2017

White Stork

My son Clive told me a co-worker of his(postman) had a white stork flying over Higher Clovelly near Hartland and landed in a field near Seckington farm Tuesday

Posted August 17th, 2017 at 9:57 pm by David & Gillian Churchill in General Birding

Exmouth - Hoopoe

A Hoopoe photographed on Foxholes, Orcombe Point by Marie Wilson this morning. Not seen since.

Posted August 17th, 2017 at 8:17 pm by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Kingsbridge Estuary

2 Hobby, huge female Peregrine, 6+ Med Gulls but no sign of Osprey.

Posted August 17th, 2017 at 5:10 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Exminster marshes

2 Yellow wagtail, Exminster marshes nature reserve, 17/08/17

Posted August 17th, 2017 at 4:31 pm by Nick Patel in General Birding

Fremington Pill

128 Redshank 1 glossy Ibis 1 Greenshank 2 common sandpipers 2 Curlew and 2 Kingfishers plus a Single Turnstone on the beach.Marsh Harrier over Home Farm Marsh

Posted August 17th, 2017 at 4:01 pm by Geoff Taylor in General Birding

Exmouth

The juvenile White-winged Black Tern was feeding with 2 juvenile Black Terns off the seafront @ 0650 this morning. Viewed from the clock tower.

Posted August 17th, 2017 at 8:50 am by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 16th August 2017

Incidental Birding

Tesco car park, Newton Abbot, lunchtime, Raven over high. Teign Street, Teignmouth, early afternoon, two immature Peregrines flying low in close proximity. Our Teignmouth garden, mid afternoon 11+ House Martin, 5 Swallow (all juveniles), one Swift up high, most of these flying due South.

Posted August 16th, 2017 at 9:18 pm by Simon Bates in General Birding

Isley Marsh/Home Farm Marsh/Horsey Island

A 50+ Flock of Goldfinch and 55 Canada geese where at Home farm Marsh and just after 12:00 the Osprey was seen from the flower bank hunting the Taw off of Chivenor...A Marsh Harrier appeared over Isley Marsh  in the afternoon and whilst watching 4 Eider drifting past the fisherman's huts from yelland power station site the Osprey was relocated on the shore just up from the huts feeding on a catch..

Posted August 16th, 2017 at 5:37 pm by Ken Ebsworthy in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A juv Yellow-legged Gull at the bottom end of the estuary before flying up river, female Red-crested Pochard, ad Mediterranean Gull, 16 Mandarin Ducks, 2 Kingfishers, Swift, 27 Curlews, 10 Oystercatchers, 3 Common Sandpipers, 12 Little Egrets and Tawny Owl heard.

Posted August 16th, 2017 at 5:24 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Starcross

Starcross old harbour wall - c210 Turnstones having their summer moult;   several still showing good summer plumage

Posted August 16th, 2017 at 3:49 pm by Rupert Ormerod in General Birding

Goosanders - R. Otter Estuary - 15th Aug

Pleasant walk up the estuary - good veiws of a group of 6 Goosanders diving for small fish just below the road bridge

Goosanders Goosanders Goosanders
Goosanders

Posted August 16th, 2017 at 3:17 pm by Chris Bollen in General Birding

Tuesday 15th August 2017

Prewley Moor

A nice surprise this morning at the entrance to Prewley Moor (WSW of Okehampton): a Willow Tit heard and seen by the old railway cycleway. I've seen them here before, when visiting to survey dragonflies. Surprised to see a few Southern Damselflies still flying!

Willow Tit Southern Damselfly
Willow Tit                                   Southern Damselfly

Posted August 15th, 2017 at 8:31 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Yarner Wood

To start with we went to the pond hide and saw: blue, great and coal tits, a nuthatch, 2 or more chaffinches, a great spotted woodpecker calling, 2 or more siskins, a robin, a grey wagtail and 1 or 2 buzzards calling. After the pond hide we moved on to the heath but there wasn't much about. This is what there was: a possible tree pipit, 2 buzzards and stonechats. Walking back down through the woods to the car park we heard 2 great spotted woodpeckers and I had a definite view of one and a possible view of the other, both were fleeting glimpses.

Posted August 15th, 2017 at 6:46 pm by Samuel Gray in General Birding

Re: Melodious Warbler

Nice one  Dave. In answer to your question I found one at Dawlish Warren on this day 15th August 1980 !. Also seen by the warden at the time. They have become scarcer in recent years and sightings out-number Icterines, mid- August to mid-September the best time. Good to get one before Portland.

Posted August 15th, 2017 at 6:12 pm by David Cope in General Birding

Mullacott Cross Ilfracombe...Crane

Here is the Crane picture referred to earlier

 

Crane
Crane

Ed. not a Crane, this is a White Stork

Posted August 15th, 2017 at 5:50 pm by Alan Denzey in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Soar and South Efford Marsh

Not a great deal of evidence of migration at Soar but 3 Wheatears, 15+ Swifts (a number of which appeared to be heading out to sea), 6+ Willow Warblers and 100+ Swallows. Also Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, 10+ Whitethroats and a flock of c200 Linnets.

South Efford Marsh produced 5+ Common Sandpipers, 3 each of Ringed Plovers and Greenshanks and a Curlew. 

Posted August 15th, 2017 at 5:32 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Melodious Warbler

Found this morning at 9.30 on the far path at Bowling Green Marsh ' it showrd again to around half a dozen birders and it responded to a call ' the 1st Exe Estuary record I think ??

Posted August 15th, 2017 at 5:12 pm by Dave Stone in General Birding

Wembury, 15th August

Very Autumnal feel today on a walk along the coast path from Wembury beach to Wembury Point and back.

Highlight was a juvenile yellow legged gull amongst the herring, black headed and great black gulls feeding on the seaweed mass by the sewage pipe.

1 redshank, 1 dunlin, 1 whimbrel and 1 common sandpiper also feeding on the seaweed mass with 15 eclipse male and 2 female mallard. 

On the rocks below the Point at high tide 6 curlew, 48 oystercatcher, 7 little egret and another 2 whimbrel.

2 swifts, swallows and house martins over, chiffchaffs, blackcaps and whitethroats in the bushes and 2 juvenile wheatears in the horse fields.

Posted August 15th, 2017 at 3:55 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Mullacott Cross, ILfracombe, Crane

2pm today, Tuesday....have just seen and photographed a Crane circling above the West Down turning. Will post picture as soon as possible.

Posted August 15th, 2017 at 2:36 pm by Alan Denzey in General Birding

Frogmore Creek - Osprey

1 Osprey on Frogmore Creek, 08:10, just upstream from Geese Quarries opposite "The Secret Garden" for those in the know, sitting on a channel marker post at SX758416. At 08:30 took off to hunt rising tide, passed over Ham Point and into Fleet Head Bay, known by others as Northpool Bay. Seen to dive but lost behind the point and not seen again. Lack of telescope and angle of sun made searching the head of the bay difficult. Virtually 52 years to the day of my first ever on the R. Yealm upstream of Steer Point in 1965!

Posted August 15th, 2017 at 10:56 am by Barrie Whitehall in General Birding

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