Devon Bird Sightings from 22nd–31st 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

Sightings Page Changes

Acting on comments to Devon Birds some changes have been made to this page. To the right of this header post you'll see there are now several subjects for you to choose to read and post on. Just click your chosen subject and use as previously.

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Please try and keep posts short, particularly in the Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts page. Photographs are still very welcome.  

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

Friday 1st September 2017

Brixham

Thursday 09:30

Wheatear on the roof of the main building of Brixham College. 

Posted September 1st, 2017 at 12:02 am by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Thursday 31st August 2017

Velator

A Swift again this evening. Time for it to head south surely.....

Posted August 31st, 2017 at 9:18 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Arlington court

An evening walk around Arlington court woods tonight rewarded us with 4 tawny owls, one as close as 20ft not sure who was more surprised us or the owl. Plenty of Robins, baby wood pigeon plenty of wrens and blackbirds. Heron took off from roost above lake with mallards and teal on the lake.

Posted August 31st, 2017 at 9:09 pm by Philip worth in General Birding

Glossy Ibis Fremington

One of the seven on show today.

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Posted August 31st, 2017 at 8:57 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Snapes Point and Starehole Bay

At about 10am, 2 No juvenile Spotted Redshank feeding close to footpath, approx 1km north of Snapes Point.

At stone bridge over stream at Starehole Bay, 1 No Yellow-browed Warbler. Approx 6 Yellow Wagtails at East Soar Farm feeding with Donkeys!  Numerous Pied and White Wagtails here and on grass runway of airfield.

Posted August 31st, 2017 at 8:48 pm by Michael Woodman-Smith in General Birding

Blackcap

Back on September 23rd 2014, I ringed a juvenile male Blackcap. News today that it was controlled (Recaptured by a ringer) on 23rd January 2017 at the Estacion Medioambientale San Roque in Southern Spain. That's 860 days after ringing and 1659 kms almost due south.

I haven't seen it back here in the interim but it looks like a seasoned traveller!

Oddly, we have a house about 25 miles from San Roque in a village called Jimena de la Frontera.

Posted August 31st, 2017 at 5:07 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Black Hole Marsh Seaton

This Water Rail put on a good show today for some 20 minutes (otherwise quiet).  @BobLonghorn2

 

Posted August 31st, 2017 at 5:06 pm by Bob Longhorn in General Birding

Southdown Farm to Middle Soar

Migrants included Sand Martin, Tree Pipit, 21 Yellow Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 13 White Wagtail, Whinchat, 7 Wheatear, 18 Whitethroat, 11 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler & 13 Chiffchaff.

Also: 500 Herring Gull, 25 Stonechat, 70 Carrion Crow, 340 Linnet & 4 Bullfinch.

Posted August 31st, 2017 at 12:52 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Velator/Wrafton

8 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Greenshank on the scrape this morning.

In the reserve dozens of small birds - mostly in a big Tit flock - Blue Tits, Great Tits, Long-tailed Tits, Bullfinches, Chaffinches, Goldfinches, Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps. 2 little Egrets over.

There is a huge flock of Canada Geese at Sherpa Marsh in the evenings - most of which seem to move over onto the Great Field Area late evening, On Monday night they were all spooked and flew off towards the estuary. I estimated 400+.

Posted August 31st, 2017 at 12:24 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Fremington Pill

All(?!) seven Glossy Ibis feeding downstream of the sewage outflow at 11.30

Posted August 31st, 2017 at 11:44 am by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Occombe

Out early before work and rewarded with: 3 Great Tits, 7 Blue Tits, 5 Robins, 5 Stock Doves, 3 Bullfinches, 3 Dunnocks, 2 Buzzards (juvenile & adult), Pheasant, 4 Wrens, 2 Jays, 2 Swallows, 4 Chiffchaffs, a small flock of Greenfinches & a Green Woodpecker. 

On an earlier visit to Occombe I viewed a flock of at least 30 Greenfinches at the lower end, gathering around the tops of several mature trees. It was quite a sight. I did post at the time but for some reason never updated to the site.

Posted August 31st, 2017 at 9:26 am by Stephen Huggins in General Birding

Exminster Marshes RSPB - 29-08-17

4 Yellow wag on Southern fields (from viewing screens), 6 Stonechat (4 juv), Marsh harrier again, 2 Hobby and Tree pipit over

Posted August 31st, 2017 at 8:32 am by Nick Patel in General Birding

Wednesday 30th August 2017

Velator

Another attempt at the Swallows tonight - caught one again! However the Swift was around too.

Posted August 30th, 2017 at 9:56 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Osprey - River Axe

Osprey flying up river at 17:21 this evening, seen from Seaton Marshes (cropped images)

Osprey at Seaton   Osprey at Seaton
Osprey at Seaton                      Osprey at Seaton

Eds: It's actually a pale Common Buzzard - a regularly mistaken species for all sorts of other birds of prey see this article by Mike Langman and Mark Darlaston..  https://www.devonbirds.org/birdwatching/articles/common_buzzard 

Posted August 30th, 2017 at 9:21 pm by John Stagg in General Birding

Seaton Wetlands

Seaton Wetlands full of birds today-Green and Common Sandpipers, Greenshanks, Redshanks, Godwits, Curlew, Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Snipe, Oystercatchers, Lapwings, Yellow Wagtails and many electric blue flashes of the Kingfishers. Gulls of all ages, Little Egrets, Grey Herons, Little Grebes, Coots and Moorhens just to name a few!

Also death visited in the shape of a Peregrine Falcon which swooped down and took a Common Sandpiper, the other birds moved but it just froze at that was curtains!

Greenshank Green Sandpiper
Greenshank                    Green Sandpiper

Posted August 30th, 2017 at 8:36 pm by Simon Thurgood in General Birding

Fremington

On the 'permissive footpath' between The Green, Fremington and the Tarka Trail, at least three Spotted Flycatcher in the dead tree at northeast corner of last field before gate onto trail. 17:00. Hawking for insects and allowed wonderful scope views.

Posted August 30th, 2017 at 6:34 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Common Scoter (1st-s drake) present on lower estuary; also Whinchat, Wheatear, 2 Green Woodpeckers, Kingfisher, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, 25 Curlews, 8 Oystercatchers, 11 Grey Herons and 13 Little Egrets.

Posted August 30th, 2017 at 4:46 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Wrafton

7 Black-tailed Godwits, a Greenshank and a Snipe on the scrape by the Tarka Trail at lunchtime today.

Posted August 30th, 2017 at 1:05 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Exmouth

Osprey drifting downriver, viewed from Mudbank, @ 1220. Also there - first returning Pintail, 3 Wigeon, 5 Knot and 2 Yellow Wagtail. Further details and this morning's Orcombe sightings on www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk later.

Posted August 30th, 2017 at 12:57 pm by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands

Yesterday evening the gull roost contained: 5 juvenile Mediterranean Gulls, 1 moulting juvenile Yellow-legged Gull.

   Yellow-leggedGull BRDSNDS 290817ML

        Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull - right                                              Juvenile Yellow-legged Gul - flying   

Posted August 30th, 2017 at 11:25 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Tuesday 29th August 2017

Velator ringing

Photo re previous post....

Posted August 29th, 2017 at 10:10 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Velator ringing

Out again this evening trying to tape lure Swallows. Only caught one. But also caught this beauty: juvenile female Sparrowhawk. When I turned on the tapes, the first bird to respond was a Swift! Bit late for up here.

Posted August 29th, 2017 at 10:00 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Soar

4 Whinchats, c20 Yellow Wagtails, 3 Tree Pipits, Redstart, 6 White Wagtails, Grey Wagtail, c15 Pied Wagtails, 28 Chiffchaffs, 7 Willow Warblers, 5 Blackcaps, Wheatear, 2 Bullfinches, 2 Sparrowhawks and a buck Roe Deer.

Later a Whimbrel by the tidal road at Averton Gifford.

Posted August 29th, 2017 at 5:58 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Yellow wagtails ~ South Brent

The following report yesterday from Peter Reay ~ 14 Yellow Wagtails this morning on wires running between Whinfield and Underhill and they were then on that manicured lawn and fence above Hilldene, South Brent.

I checked early this morning and saw six Yellow Wagtails above Hilldene and on the garden of that property on the "manicured lawn".

Later in the morning visited again and counted nine birds at one time, most appear to be juveniles.

Green Woodpecker calling, two Stock doves and Raven overhead.

 

 

Posted August 29th, 2017 at 4:57 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Portworthy

This morn: Green sandpiper, 1, knot, 1, little grebe, 3, teal, 32, coot, 8, raven, 3, green woodpecker, 2, great spotted woodpecker, 1 and 6 Canada geese. 

Posted August 29th, 2017 at 3:40 pm by Chris E in General Birding

Spotted flycatcher

Juvenile plumage spotted flycatcher in private land in a village up the Teign Valley.

Posted August 29th, 2017 at 3:13 pm by Samuel Gray in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East Soar

Migrants included 100 House Martin, 14 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Whinchat, Wheatear, Sedge Warbler, 19 Whitethroat, Blackcap, 3 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff & 2 Spotted Flycatcher.

Also: 48 Shag in Starehole Bay, 220 Herring Gull, 29 Stonechat, 100 Goldfinch & 110 Linnet.

On way home c.1000 Herring Gull & 150+ Lesser Black-backed Gull following the plough at Harleston.

Posted August 29th, 2017 at 2:28 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Otter Estuary

Bar-headed Goose in with the Otter Estuary Canada Geese flock last couple of mornings. 

Posted August 29th, 2017 at 10:09 am by Dave McKeown in General Birding

Shaldon

A Redwing on Bundle Head yesterday morning was somewhat unexpected. Also a Spotted Flycatcher and 5 Tree Pipits.

Posted August 29th, 2017 at 8:04 am by Will Salmon in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 28th August 2017

Wembury Point

The highlights were a good number of Stonechats and Whitethroats in the bushes above the point - didn't count, but probably around 12 and 8 respectively. Also a Chiffchaff there and a Yellow Wagtail on the grass. Buzzard and Sparrowhawk over. 5 Little Egrets on the rocks, plus two Curlew and the usual sprinkling of Oystercatchers. I was surprised to see a Jersey tiger moth around the little clump of reeds at the back of the beach.

Whitethroat   Yellow Wagtail Stonechat
Whitethroat                                  Yellow Wagtail                                       Stonechat

Posted August 28th, 2017 at 9:52 pm by Jason Smart in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh and Goosemoor

Bowling Green Marsh: little egret, shoveler, grey heron, whimbrel, curlew, starling, black-tailed godwit, black-headed gull, herring gull, redshank, mute swan, mallard, swallow, cormorant, moorhen, barnacle goose, canada goose, pied wagtail, goldfinch, lapwing, house martin and wood pigeon.

Viewing Platform: oystercatcher, black-headed gull, sandwich tern, curlew and either golden or grey plover (very distant views).

Goosemoor: black-headed gull, herring gull, dunlin, redshank, shelduck and moorhen.

Posted August 28th, 2017 at 8:38 pm by Samuel Gray in General Birding

Shiphay, Torquay

19.20

Swift over Cadewell Park.  Earlier in the day, at least 2 Chiffchaffs on the park with one in nearly full song around 15.00.

Hummingbird Hawk Moth visiting buddleia in our back garden today and yesterday.  Red Admirals, Painted Lady,  Small Whites and Small Tortoiseshells too. 

Posted August 28th, 2017 at 7:38 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Blackhill Quarry, Woodbury.

Birding can be so stressful... thanks to a dog walker! 

I had just started counting (from outside the perimeter fence) c300 Canada Geese, 2 Grey Lags and a white goose, when a female dog walker climbed through a padlocked gate clearly marked 'keep out' and encouraged her dog to fetch a stick from the lake covered in birds!  I protested angrily and was told that other dogs exercise in the water and that she was not disturbing the birds!.  She didn't appear to understand that these were wild birds or the meaning of barbed wire and locked gates. I despair!

The birds had flown in from the Otter valley and were settling happily when I arrived.  No signs of the Little Grebes that have bred here.

 

 

Posted August 28th, 2017 at 5:29 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

South Efford Marsh

Mid/late am. High tide. 5 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpipers, 9 Common Sandpipers, 1 Whimbrel, 32 Curlew, 8 Dunlin, 13 Little Egrets, 12 Teal, 2 Kingfishers, 1 Yellow Wagtail h, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Common Lizard. etc.

Posted August 28th, 2017 at 1:17 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A brief look this morning produced 2 Whinchats, 2 Common Sandpipers, 16 Little Egrets, juv Shelduck, 23 Curlews and 7 Oystercatchers.

Posted August 28th, 2017 at 12:12 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Bolberry Down / Soar Mill Cove

3 Tree Pipit, 3 Grey Wagtails, 10 Yellow Wagtails, Redstart, 11 Whitethroats, 12 Blackcaps, 11 Chiffchaffs and 2 Spotted Flycatchers

Posted August 28th, 2017 at 10:46 am by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Fremington Pill .

This morning - 5 Glossy Ibis , 2 Dunlin , 6 Greenshanks , 4 Common sandpipers , 1 Spotted Redshank.

  

Posted August 28th, 2017 at 9:57 am by David Paterson in General Birding

Sunday 27th August 2017

Cattle Egret

Possibly the Budleigh bird flew south down the Exe estuary past Powderham at 6.45 p.m. this evening.

Posted August 27th, 2017 at 10:57 pm by Douglas Stannard in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Budleigh Salterton and Ladram Bay

A surprise flyover Cattle Egret this morning heading west over Budleigh Golf Course at around 07.50hrs and a flock of 30+ Yellow Wagtail feeding in cattle field immediately west of Ladram Bay Caravan Park. Thanks to Doug C for the Yellow Wags - Been present last couple of days. More on http://creamteabirding.blogspot.co.uk

Posted August 27th, 2017 at 10:00 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding

Start Point Kingfisher

In addition to birds seen by Perry Sanders today at Start Point, I had an unexpected sighting of a  kingfisher whilst on Start Point Beach, 1300 today

Posted August 27th, 2017 at 9:44 pm by Cliff Parrott in General Birding

Lyme Bay boat trip from Brixham

Some photos of the Pomarine Skua and one of the two Great Skuas this morning. An odd trip, there were nearly as many skuas as gulls at the chum slick!

Pomarine skua, 2nd summer Pomarine skua, 2nd summer Great skua
Pomarine skua, 2nd summer             Pomarine skua, 2nd summer                                      Great skua

Posted August 27th, 2017 at 8:47 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Lyme Bay boat trip from Brixham

Additional to the species already noted by Nigel, close inspection of photos shows that the first 3 shearwaters we encountered (2 at 09.31, 1 at 09.33) were all Balearic Shearwater. Very hard to distinguish by eye when they are crossing the bow at some distance, and in the sun's glare! Shearwaters further out appear to have all been Manx. The first (distant) skua was definitely an Arctic skua - a dark phase bird. Terrible record shots below - decent photos of the closer birds will follow.

Balearic shearwater Arctic skua
Balearic shearwater                     Arctic skua

Posted August 27th, 2017 at 8:06 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

East Soar

A family mid-morning jaunt turned up: Golden Plover, Sand Martin, 130 House Martin, Tree Pipit, 65 Yellow Wagtail, 20 Wheatear, Garden Warbler, 8 Whitethroat, 5 Willow Warbler & 7 Spotted Flycatcher.

Non-avian: Clouded Yellow, 4 Painted Lady.

Posted August 27th, 2017 at 7:57 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Fremington Pill

Spotted redshank and Glossy Ibis still at the Pill plus Kingfisher .Peregrine and five buzzards overhead

Posted August 27th, 2017 at 4:31 pm by Geoff Taylor in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lyme Bay Boat Trip

A calm sea this morning from Brixham with our first group of Common Dolphins before we reached Berry Head, the second followed very quickly just beyond BH. In all we had 5 groups of Common Dolphin during the trip. A few Manx Shearwater as we move out to about 6 miles. Once again a very successful trip with Skua. 1 Pomarine Skua, 2 Great Skua and 1Skua sp and I hope Chris Procter can shed more light on this one when he has studied his pictures. 1 Storm Petrel, Fulmar, small groups of Guillemot all sitting on the water and the usual assortment of gulls.

Posted August 27th, 2017 at 1:53 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Okehampton

Swallowtail butterfly in private garden. 

Posted August 27th, 2017 at 1:46 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Seaton Wetlands

Greenshank at Seaton this morning  @BobLonghorn2

 

Posted August 27th, 2017 at 12:36 pm by Bob Longhorn in General Birding

North Devon - Bratton Fleming

Two Swift flying high and heading West.

Posted August 27th, 2017 at 12:30 pm by john bronze in General Birding

Seaton Wetlands

The Kingfishers were "doing their thing" at Seaton this morning  @BobLonghorn2

Posted August 27th, 2017 at 12:28 pm by Bob Longhorn in General Birding

Start Point

06:15-11:00. Beautiful, sunny morning.

Swift, 150+ Swallows, 4 Sand Martins, 10 Tree Pipits, 2 Grey Wagtails, 23 Yellow Wagtails, 6 White Wagtails, 5 Wheatears, 20 Blackcaps, Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Whitethroats, 23 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers and 2 Spotted Flycatchers.

Posted August 27th, 2017 at 12:06 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Saturday 26th August 2017

Plym estuary / Saltram (26-08-17)

Common Scoter(m) Laira Bridge end at 11:50, Common Sandpiper, King fisher (near Sainsbury's), Swallows, Housemartins.

Posted August 26th, 2017 at 6:02 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Curlew Sandpiper ad, Wood Sandpiper, Whimbrel 2, Greenshank 7, Bar-tailed Godwit 2, Common Sandpiper, Sand Martin 2, Reed Warbler 3, Sedge Warbler, Tree Pipit.

Goatwalk: Arctic Tern Juv, Sandwich Tern 2.

Posted August 26th, 2017 at 2:48 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Whitleigh Garden

Three Willow Warblers.

Posted August 26th, 2017 at 10:52 am by chris buckland in General Birding

Exe Estuary 25th Aug

Slavonian Grebe still off Cockwood Steps & 4/5 Green Sandpiper at Matford Pond yesterday. 

Posted August 26th, 2017 at 8:33 am by Steve Cox in General Birding

Friday 25th August 2017

Mansand 25-08-17

Several Spotted Flycatchers opposite the hide at Mansand.

 

Posted August 25th, 2017 at 7:19 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

South Molton ... corrected post

Brimstone butterfly this morning possibly feeding on Bergenia. Also large hornet-like covertly, possibly Volucella zonaria. Anyone able to confirm this, or suggest alternative. Sending photo separately

Posted August 25th, 2017 at 6:04 pm by Art Symons in General Birding

Taw Estuary - Tarka trail

64 Grey Herons on the Taw Estuary at lunchtime today between Ashford & Pottington - viewed from the Tarka trail.

Peaceful & quiet until 2 women walked their dogs across the sand bank at low tide. One of the dogs went bananas & targeted the Grey Herons resting on the sand bank & in the tidal channels.

The time is long overdue for the introduction of dog free zones & dog control measures on SSSI's.

  

Posted August 25th, 2017 at 6:03 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Fremington Quay and Yelland 24/8/2017 15.00 hrs

Two Glossy Ibis present on the pill. Numerous redshanks with a single spotted redshank and three greenshank..

At Yelland there were three spoonbills present, two Kingfishers using the jetty and the previously mentioned Eiders by the fishermans huts. 

Eider     Greenshank
Eider                                                        Greenshank

Posted August 25th, 2017 at 2:29 pm by Richard Yeats in General Birding

East Soar

Good numbers of migrants this morning but a little different to Perry's post: Swift, 4 Sand Martin, 250 Swallow, 240 House Martin, Tree Pipit, 16 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Whinchat, 9 Wheatear, Grasshopper Warbler, 29 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler & 6 Spotted Flycatcher. Also: 310 Herring Gull & 100 Linnet.

Non avian: 4 Small pearl-bordered Fritillary, one of which was taken by a Spotted Fly!

Posted August 25th, 2017 at 2:13 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Soar

Clear with L-M NE wind

06:40-11:30, ,Warren/East Soar

Greenshank ( flyover Warren ), Great Spotted Woodpecker, 25 Tree Pipits, 16 Yellow Wagtails, Wheatear, Sedge Warbler, 6 Whitethroats, 5 Blackcaps, 20 Chiffchaffs, 4 Willow Warblers and 4 Spotted Flycatchers.

Posted August 25th, 2017 at 1:31 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Plym estuary / Saltram

0830-1100  High tide:

127 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 2 Common sandpiper, 26 Curlew, 16 Little egret, 1 juvenile Shelduck. 2 juvenile Bullfinch, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Great spotted woodpecker around the estate. Swallows and House martins fledging, 2 Swift overhead.

Posted August 25th, 2017 at 12:43 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

BGM Yellow Wags

At least 7 through the marsh this morning (7am) 5 while still foggy and two more 9am ish. Curlew Sandpiper and Green Sandpiper also present.

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Posted August 25th, 2017 at 11:20 am by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Uffculme

Sparrowhawk Cullompton

This obliging juvenile Sparrowhawk visited Peter Woods Garden nr Cullompton

Posted August 25th, 2017 at 8:39 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Thursday 24th August 2017

Cattle Egret at Bowling Green Marsh.

An afternoon at Bowling Green Marsh, highlight was the Cattle Egtret, which spent a long time hidden by a snoozing Canada.

Cattle Egrer  Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

Posted August 24th, 2017 at 9:48 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Horsey Island

7 Eider including 4 in eclipse plumage where laid up on the foreshore on the point by the fisherman's  huts at Horsey around 2pm today.

Posted August 24th, 2017 at 8:40 pm by Ken Ebsworthy in General Birding

Swift

My latest ever Swift since I have been in Plymouth a few minutes ago over Freedom Fields. I am getting the idea that they are tardy this year everywhere.

Posted August 24th, 2017 at 5:56 pm by Richard Billington in General Birding

Berry Head

A few migrants around the headland this morning: 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Wheatear, 9 Willow Warblers, 7 Chiffchaffs, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Greenshank around pools in inner quarry (my first at Bhead!), 1 Kingfisher. At sea 4 Balearic Shearwaters and 3 pods of Common Dolphin with a combined count of around 60 - no sign of any Harbour Porpoise today.

Posted August 24th, 2017 at 3:29 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

White Stork Bowling Green Marsh

White Stork approached over trees to South of Bowling Green Marsh at 10am, circled twice then headed North over hide. Put all birds up


Posted August 24th, 2017 at 3:20 pm by Jo King in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh

To add to Nick Potter's post... There was a White Stork flying over Bowling Green Marsh before I reached to the hide at about 10 am this morning.  It circled around, and I am not sure where it went next.  But around 1pm from the viewing platform there was also a Curlew Sandpiper, a Grey Plover still in summer plumage and a Kingfisher. Missed the Cattle Egret, though.

Posted August 24th, 2017 at 3:13 pm by Richard Swinbank in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

On arrival at the hide this lunchtime, a Cattle Egret was on the 'island' towards the back of the marsh. Still there when I left at around 2.20. Otherwise fairly quiet over a low tide.

Posted August 24th, 2017 at 2:59 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Fremington Pill

1 Dunlin , 2 Glossy Ibis & 1 Spotted Redshank in the pill this afternoon..

Posted August 24th, 2017 at 2:51 pm by David Paterson in General Birding

Start Point

06:00-11:30. Some cloud cover, light WNW.

Hobby, Green Sandpiper ( flyover ), 6 Tree Pipits, 2 Grey Wagtails, 12 Yellow Wagtails, 11 Sand Martins, 70 Swallows, Whinchat, 8 Wheatears, Grasshopper Warbler ( in bracken on the way down to the light ), 7 Whitethroats, 4 Blackcaps and a Sedge Warbler. Little Grebes look to have bred on a private pond for the third year in a row.

Posted August 24th, 2017 at 12:51 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Wednesday 23rd August 2017

White Stork Dawlish Warren

White Stork over Dawlish Warren this afternoon heading east.

Photo in email to birdnews address

Steve

Posted August 23rd, 2017 at 4:14 pm by steve ayres in General Birding

Tarka trail , Bideford to Barnstaple.

Little egret, 51 between Bideford and Fremington pill. Spoonbill, 3 adults roosting on Isley marsh, Glossy Ibis one feeding,Fremington pill.  Spotted redshank, Tew-it call heard on Isley. Med.gull , 4 ads. Off Bideford quay. Kingfisher, Fremington quay.  Plus Blackcap,Whitethroats, Long tailed tit flock and Grey wagtail.

Posted August 23rd, 2017 at 1:57 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in General Birding

Upper tidal reaches of Torridge

1 Wood Sandpiper

3 Green sandpipers

18 Common Sandpipers

1 Greenshank

1 Otter

Otter
Otter

Posted August 23rd, 2017 at 11:35 am by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Horsey Island

The Great White Egret was searching for food again on the flood late yesterday aft in a fresh SE wind.


Posted August 23rd, 2017 at 8:48 am by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exminister Marsh - Tuesday 22nd Aug

Female, I suspect 2nd cy Marsh Harrier on Marshes this afternoon. In wing moult. 50+ Swallows with 2-3 Sand Martin's. Suspect birds moving south. 100+ Goldfinch & Kingfisher the best of the rest.

Also 5 Migrant & 2 Southern Hawkers along railway line FP.

Posted August 23rd, 2017 at 7:27 am by Steve Cox in General Birding

Tuesday 22nd August 2017

swifts

we still have swifts nesting under the eaves of our house near okehampton today,never had them this late in august before

Posted August 22nd, 2017 at 11:20 pm by laurence smith in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 17:30 till 19:50

Continued increase in wader numbers this evening with an excellent count of 534+ redshank , 2  Spotted redshank , 1 adult moulting curlew sandpiper for its  4th day , a new in knot and 263+ dunlin nearly all juveniles , 480+ black tailed godwits, 12+ whimbrel, 1 green sandpiper, 2 ringed plover, 1 bar tailed godwit, 1 juvenile ruff , 200+ curlew, 1 male sparrowhawk a steady passage of swallows south , 6+ little egrets, 12+ gadwall, 50+ mallard, 40+ teal, 12+ wigeon, 3 tufted duck.

 

Posted August 22nd, 2017 at 10:05 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

West Alvington

Just been out looking for a ' Crane type bird ' a farming friend was kind enough to get a message to me about near West Alvington in fields at SX725433. Gone when I looked but spoke to him and it has to be a White Stork, no doubt yesterdays Charleton bird seen by Barrie.

Posted August 22nd, 2017 at 8:42 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Exmouth

No sign of the hoopoe at Maer Farm this morning but compensation this afternoon with distant views of the juvenile white winged black tern with Sandwich terns and common terns roosting on the sand banks in the Exe estuary as viewed from Exmouth marina. Despite its smaller size it was quite feisty and regularly jostled with any Sandwich tern that came too close to it before it flew upriver on the incoming tide.

Posted August 22nd, 2017 at 7:52 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Soar

Modest signs of migration today with 2 Spotted Flycatchers, Whinchat, 4 Wheatears, 11 Chiffchaffs, 4 Willow Warblers, 50+ Swallows and a Blackcap. Also 4 Whitethrosts, Sparrowhawk and a pair of Roe Deer.

Posted August 22nd, 2017 at 5:44 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Exminster Marshes - 22/08/17

3 Yellow wagtail on the marshes today. Also fem Marsh harrier.

Posted August 22nd, 2017 at 5:21 pm by Nick Patel in General Birding

Berry Head

A few migrants around the headland this morning: 1 Redstart, 8 Willow Warblers, 7 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 30+ Swallows >NE. a very brief seawatch produced,4 Common Tern,  2 Arctic Skuas and a Great Skua.  

Posted August 22nd, 2017 at 4:21 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Horsey Island, G W Egret

Walking late morning NE  from the White House (SS470330) along the bank between the estuary and the flood I saw a great white egret in the flooded area of Horsey Island along with 2 spoonbills and several little egrets. Watched it for 5 minutes then it disappeared while my back was turned. Also, on a sand bank between the fisherman's huts and Isley Marsh 3 large duck too distant to ID but very dark with a horizontal white stripe along the flank. Eclipse Eider? Did anyone else see them?

Posted August 22nd, 2017 at 2:49 pm by alan craddock in General Birding

Fremington Pill

One Glossy Ibis at the top of the creek near the reedbed at 10.00.

Posted August 22nd, 2017 at 11:34 am by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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