Devon Bird Sightings from September 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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Saturday 30th September 2017

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 07:30 till 15:25

A quick look from the hide to start showed good numbers of teal with 450+ and 80+ pintail.

from the viewing platform the first hour had 4 yellow wagtail, 150+ meadow pipit, 35+ skylark heading south west , also 400+ dunlin, 1 male stonechat, 12+ goldcrests, 50+ goldfinch, 10+ greenfinch, 3 chiffchaff, 2 jay.

After a quick stop in topsham back to the viewing platform produced my first juv ruff of the day among 220+ redshank, 25+ grey plover and 30+ little egrets, 1 peregrine, 2 bar tailed godwits.

from the hide 12:30 till 14:20, produced 12+ juv ruff , good numbers of black tailed godwits, and wigeon , 1 sparrowhawk.

then a quick look from viewing platform 14;25 till 15:05 , nothing new untill 14:44 as I was just about to leave when flying towards us a BITTERN appeared it flew across the field behind the viewing platform and headed towards exminster marsh giving us great views a rare sight on the marsh.

a look in goosemoor produced 42 greenshanks and 4 little egrets.

 

Posted September 30th, 2017 at 5:40 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Wrafton

126 (give or take a few) Black-tailed Godwits mid afternoon, plus 1 Ruff and one Little Stint.

Posted September 30th, 2017 at 5:07 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Wryneck

Wryneck in garden Saltash Passage this afternoon

Posted September 30th, 2017 at 4:45 pm by stephen gooding in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Yesterday 29 th September at Prawle

Merlin,Firecrest ( top of Pig's Nose ), male Whinchat ( vinifers cross ), Song Thrush x2,, Goldcrests x4,Wheatear x3, Blackcaps x12, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Little Egrets x5, 20 x Alba Wagtails incl. 8 whites. 9 Swallows, only 6 Chiffchaffs, 16 Robins. No YBW.

At Beesands 2 Chiffies, 2 Goldcrests, 55 Swans, 64 Gadwall and a pair of Common Hawkers patrolling in front of the hide.

Posted September 30th, 2017 at 8:54 am by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Friday 29th September 2017

Slapton Sands 29 September

An afternoon at Slapton Sands - approx 40 Gannets moved through, occasionally feeding in the bay off the main car park. A raft of 28 Common Scoter - i believe, 1 juvenile Wheatear, flock of approx 20 Linnet, 4 Shag fishing in the bay and I was almost taken completely by surprise by a juvenile Hobby.

Juvenile Wheatear
Juvenile Wheatear

Juvenile Hobby
Juvenile Hobby

Gannet
Gannet

Posted September 29th, 2017 at 11:22 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

South Huish Marsh

2 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Little Stint, 3 Bar Tailed Godwit, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Wheatear and 1 Cattle Egret the highlights at South Huish Marsh this afternoon! At South Efford Marsh late morning 10 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Greenshank, 14 Curlew and one Black-Tailed Godwit + over 300 very noisy Canada Geese!!

Curlew Sandpiper + Little Stint at South Huish Marsh -29.9.17
Curlew Sandpiper + Little Stint at South Huish Marsh -29.9.17

Bar-tailed Godwit at South Huish Marsh -29.9.17
Bar-tailed Godwit at South Huish Marsh -29.9.17

Cattle Egret at South Huish Marsh - 29.9.17
Cattle Egret at South Huish Marsh - 29.9.17

Posted September 29th, 2017 at 7:56 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Taw Estuary - Braunton Inn

A flock of Knot searching for food close to the Tarka trail late aft/early evening.


Posted September 29th, 2017 at 7:42 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Wrafton Scrape to Horsey Island afternoon walk

Further to JT's post 2 Little stint with 3 Ruff and 1 Knot with the 143 Blackwit.s on the scrape, plus a Chiloe Wigeon on the pond. On Horsey good numbers of green and redshank plus another Little Stint, a ruff, and bar-tailed godwit amongst the Blacktailed.Best of all a single curlew sandpiper in the Dunlin flock. Alao 14 little grebe.

Posted September 29th, 2017 at 5:50 pm by Andrew Lansdell in General Birding

Turf

A couple of Ruff at the Turf on Thursday evening. 

Posted September 29th, 2017 at 5:00 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Taw estuary

From kayak, near Yelland Jetty.

Male Long-tailed Duck.

Three Eider nearby


Posted September 29th, 2017 at 4:25 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wrafton scrape

Despite the shooters yesterday, there were over 100 Black-tailed Godwits on the scrape this morning, along with 2/3 Ruff, 1 Little Stint and a Greenshank.

Kingfisher fishing in the reserve.

Posted September 29th, 2017 at 1:20 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Skern - Friday morning

A surprisingly fruitful mid-tide count along the Skern at mid-tide today: all the usual waders (including a good count of 279 Oystercatcher)and passerines, with a few Swallows, House Martins and several parties of alba wagtails and Mipits  moving SW throughout my count period. Amongst the waders feeding were ca.60 Dunlin, 14 Knot, 10 Turnstone, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Little Stint and 6 Snipe on the Salicornia bed.  The highlight of the count was a very nice juvenile Little Ringed Plover keeping very much to itself  on the fringe of the feeding birds.  Usual 60+ Curlew, with 3 Bar-tailed Godwit in the corner by the stream.  A single Wheatear was moving along the bank-edge. The dunes and the inland area were particularly busy today with dog-walkers, joggers and golfers!

Posted September 29th, 2017 at 12:48 pm by Tony Mercer in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 28th September 2017

Seaton Wetlands

 Spoonbill at Black Hole Marsh

Spoonbill
Spoonbill

Grey Heron
Grey Heron

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Posted September 28th, 2017 at 11:13 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Woodbury Garden

Woodbury

Lovely visitor to our garden in Woodbury
Lovely visitor to our garden in Woodbury

Posted September 28th, 2017 at 10:25 pm by Roger Brooks in General Birding

Wrafton Scrape

While returning home late aft along the Tarka trail on my bicycle I noticed there were 8 Ruff + 2 Little Stints on the scrape . Only 3 minutes observing them but just enough time to digiscope 3 pics before they flew off over the trail & Wrafton Pond.


Posted September 28th, 2017 at 6:55 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Anchor wood bank - 12:00 - 13:00

Very quite on the Anchor wood side of the estuary with just 10 Blackwits, 2 Barwits, 2 curlew, 4 Dunlin and a solitary Little Egret. No doubt there would have been a lot more stuff on the Pottington side

Little Egret standing tall
Little Egret standing tall

Posted September 28th, 2017 at 5:08 pm by Roy churchill in General Birding

BGM and Goosemoor

Goosemoor has become the place for close viewing of Greenshank

Greenshank - Goosemoor
Greenshank - Goosemoor

greenshank - Goosemoor
greenshank - Goosemoor

Canada Geese - BGM
Canada Geese - BGM

Posted September 28th, 2017 at 3:40 pm by Colin Scott in General Birding

Wrafton

Out on the scrape all morning were a least 130 Black-tailed Godwits, and one Ruff. However, at about 2p.m. as the jolly hunters then beat right across the scrape from the Tarka Trail towards Sherpa Marsh, to shoot Ducks (I hope) all the birds departed and a few shots rang out. I was leaving by this stage and didn't witness this carnage.

I had been in the reserve since 0630 seeing if there were a few birds to ring. Not many but one each of Blackbird, Song Thrush, Long-tailed Tit, Dunnock, Great Tit, Blackcap, Bullfinch and Kingfisher (10th this year) Also 2 each of Robin, Cetti's Warbler and Chaffinch, and the obligatory 3 Blue Tits.

Posted September 28th, 2017 at 3:25 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Wednesday 27th September 2017

Seaton Wetlands

A wet afternoon at Seaton Wetlands gave 3 Little Stint, 1 of which looked rather dishevelled and discoloured and was only seen late in the day. 9 Ruff, 1 Greenshank, 1 Dunlin (with 2 Little Stint most of the day, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Snipe, 1 Water Rail, 1 Little Egret, numerous Black Tailed Godwit, Redshank and Teal.

Little Stint
Little Stint

Little Stint
Little Stint

Little Stint
Little Stint

Posted September 27th, 2017 at 10:22 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Buzzards

Observed minimum 14 buzzards (possibly up to 16) 'hanging in the breeze' in a line above Wrangaton Golf Course / on the southern edge of Ugborough Beacon hill SX667 586. Occasional stooping, but couldn't see what they were hunting / catching. Noticed lots of large hairy caterpillars on the move across the moor. Is it unusual to see so many buzzards hunting together, and can anyone suggest what they were hunting? Do they eat caterpillars?

Posted September 27th, 2017 at 1:14 pm by Nic Butler in General Birding

Tuesday 26th September 2017

Horsey Island

Over the last few evenings, female Marsh Harrier, Buzzards, Kestrels, Peregrine, Barn Owl and Little Owl. Barwits, Blackwits, Dunlin, G W Egret, Little Egrets, Curlew, Oystercatchers, Greenshank, Redshank, Kingfisher, Knot, Little Grebe, Ringed Plover, Grey Plover and all the regulars. Three Roe Deer in the fields opposite the White House, first time I have seen them in this area. 

Posted September 26th, 2017 at 7:02 pm by R Barnes in General Birding

Velator Quay

10am, good views of a female Marsh Harrier over the reed bed next to the reserve.....no camera....!

Posted September 26th, 2017 at 11:10 am by Alan Denzey in General Birding

Monday 25th September 2017

Blackhole Marsh Seaton

On an early evening visit to the Island Hide caught up with the Grey Phalarope with a supporting cast of 3 Little Stint, a Spotted Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, a Ruff, a Water Rail and a smattering of Dunlin, Godwits etc.  Spotted a Snipe in the binoculars, only to see it had disappeared when I stood up to 'scope it.  Only then did I spot a Sparrowhawk all but submerged under water.  After a couple of minutes it made it to an island with the Snipe. It rested a while before flying off with the prey but clearly struggling with the dead weight of it.  About 100 Pied Wagtails and 25+ Swallows and a fly by Barn Owl before dusk.

Posted September 25th, 2017 at 11:05 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Preston Marine Parade

Early evening, spotted numerous Black Headed & Herring Gulls, a Little Egret, Turnstones, Oystercatchers, Carrion Crow and a Grey Wagtail.

Posted September 25th, 2017 at 9:15 pm by Stephen Huggins in General Birding

Passage House - Newton Abbot

There were 16 Greenshanks, 18 Little Egrets and 6 Little Grebes on the Teign at Passage House this morning. There 2 Cetti's Warblers singing at Jetty Marsh and another two along the River Teign by the cycleway bridge. About a dozen Chiffchaffs seen during the morning.

Posted September 25th, 2017 at 4:56 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

A hunting Sparrow hawk over Bowling Green Marsh just before the hide tide cleared the marsh and kept the returning birds on the alert, the Dunlin in the images did escape at one point actually diving in to the water.

Shortly after the Sparrow hawk had left a Buzzard came in over the marsh and landed on the ground to the right of the hide and effectively cleared all the gathered waders..

Notable build up of Wigeon, Redshank, Black Tailed Godwit and Curlew since last weeks visit.

Posted September 25th, 2017 at 4:37 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Wrafton

On the scrape this morning: 160+ Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Ruff and 15 Knot.

In the reserve, 6 Blackcaps, Cetti's Warbler and the first calling Water Rail of the year. Red Admiral, Large White and several Speckled Wood.

Posted September 25th, 2017 at 2:35 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Southdown Farm through Soar Mill Valley

Five raptor species included the first Merlin of the autumn plus Peregrine and two female Sparrowhawks. Also: 13 Stock Dove, 57 Skylark, 10 Swallow, 210 Meadow Pipit, Tree Pipit, 38 Robin, 18 Wheatear, 2 Whinchat, Garden Warbler, 19 Blackcap, Willow Warbler, 49 Chiffchaff, 70 Linnet & 2 Bullfinch.

Posted September 25th, 2017 at 12:48 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 24th September 2017

BGM

White Cheeked Pintail briefly on BGM - left about 5.30.

Posted September 24th, 2017 at 8:57 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Canada Goose oddities

The Canada Goose flock at Goosemoor this afternoon held two odd ones: one with extensive white on the head and neck and the other essentially a very small version of the normal Canadas (both on the image below). Forgot to mention earlier that a Mediterranean Gull flew in at Bowling Green and the White-cheeked Pintail was reported there.

Canada Goose oddities
Canada Goose oddities

Posted September 24th, 2017 at 7:09 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

South Huish Marsh

2:15-4:45PM Passage of migrants this afternoon including 2no Yellow Wagtail, 1no Curlew Sandpiper(juv) & 1 no Little Stint as well as 2no Wheatear, 20 Swallow, 30+ Meadow Pipit. Usual Snipe, Dunlin and Ringed Plover (overhead) as well as teal and 2no Buzzards.

Little Stint
Little Stint

Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper

Posted September 24th, 2017 at 7:02 pm by Graham Devine in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lyme Bay boat trip from Brixham

This grey seal was out in the tide race a few hundred metres off Berry Head, out with the porpoises - not where we usually expect to see them.

Grey seal
Grey seal

Posted September 24th, 2017 at 7:01 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

Lyme Bay boat trip from Brixham

4 arctic skuas confirmed from photos, with a scruffy dark phase adult in addition to those shown here.

Intermediate phase Arctic Skua, 2nd yr.
Intermediate phase Arctic Skua, 2nd yr.

Pale phase Arctic Skua, 3rd yr.
Pale phase Arctic Skua, 3rd yr.

Pale/intermediate phase Arctic Skua, adult.
Pale/intermediate phase Arctic Skua, adult.

Posted September 24th, 2017 at 6:51 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Despite no reports since last Wednesday, this morning the 2 “Red-rumped Swallows” were again seen from the Goosemoor viewpoint from mid-morning onwards. However, photos apparently show a pale undertail, which indicates that the birds are hybrids, presumably Barn Swallow x House Martin. Except in the best light, it was hard to see the true colour of the vent. The birds were clearly an odd shape though, showing much that would be visible in a real Red-rumped Swallow. Struggling initially in poor light and with brief periods when the birds were visible, I was sure I could see enough to suggest that they were Red-rumped – a salutary lesson indeed!

While watching the swallows in weak sunlight in mid-afternoon, first a juvenile Marsh Harrier created chaos over the marsh and then a Great White Egret flew in from the NW, apparently overflying BGM and continuing towards the estuary.

During the morning high tide, there were 2 Curlew Sandpipers and 1 Little Stint with the roosting waders (which also included Whimbrel and Bar-tailed Godwits), plus good numbers of Pintail and Wigeon. Two Grey Wagtails fed right in front of the hide. Five Snipe flew over Goosemoor, where there were 28 Greenshanks, plus a Ruff later in the afternoon.

Posted September 24th, 2017 at 5:47 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Lyme Bay Boat Trip

Before the boat left: goldfinch, great tit, wood pigeon, blackbird, rock pipit, turnstone and house sparrow (after boat trip).

On the boat trip we saw: balearic shearwater, manx shearwater, cormorants/shags, black-headed gulls, kittiwakes, a guillemot, gannets and the chum bought in great and arctic skuas and lots of great black-backed gulls.

Posted September 24th, 2017 at 3:03 pm by Samuel Gray in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lyme Bay Boat Trip

Boat trip into Lyme Bay from Brixham proved to be a bit lumpy. Escorted out from Berry Head by a Grey Seal and 2 Harbour Porpoise.Some Common Dolphin seen in the distance as we traveled out.  Not many birds about as we traveled out to about 6 miles. Once chummed birds appeared. 2 Great Skua, 3 Artic Skua, 7 Manx Shearwater,1 Balearic Shearwater, Many Great Black -Backed Gull, Kittiwake, Fulmar and Gannets.

Next Sunday is the last of the Lyme Bay trips for this year but will start the Torbay winter trips soon.

 

Posted September 24th, 2017 at 2:44 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Chambercombe

Receiving daily visits to feeders from Sparrowhawk - running out of Sparrows but saving on seed!


Posted September 24th, 2017 at 2:34 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Berry Head

Sea watch Sunday between 06.45 and 09.00 produced an Iceland Gull (probably 2nd winter) at 07.20. 1 Dark-phase Pomarine Skua, 25 Balearic with only 1 Manx Shearwater. One of the Balearics narrowly avoided being taken by juvenile Peregrine ! 64 Kittiwake with only 4 being juveniles and 1 Sandwich Tern.

Posted September 24th, 2017 at 11:39 am by Clive Mason in General Birding

Ringed GBBG, Axe Estuary

The GBBG's ring - originally dark green, now faded to turquoise - read V21. This French bird was ringed in 'Low Normandy', not Chausey as originally informed.

Posted September 24th, 2017 at 10:25 am by Margaret Mackintosh in General Birding

Portworthy

This morning (viewed from the road)...

One dipper on the stream and over the deep pond. Ten wigeon, 80 teal, 77 Canada geese, 7 coot, 2 grey wagtail, 1 white wagtail, 2 great spotted woodpecker, 2 marsh tit, 2 jay, 2 chiffchaff, 1 mistle thrush, 4+ goldcrest and dozens of meadow pipits.

Posted September 24th, 2017 at 9:26 am by Chris E in General Birding

Saturday 23rd September 2017

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 07:00 till 10:15

A good morning with 2 juvenile little stints including the ringed Norway individual , 2 juvenile curlew sandpiper among 60+ dunlin, 1 juvenile ruff, 850+ black tailed godwits, 6 bar tailed godwits, 1 whimbrel, 2 knot, 71+ pintail, 140+ wigeon, 1 gadwall , 30+ shoveler, 110+ teal, 3 little grebe , 1 juvenile peregrine , 1 sparrowhawk took a juvenile dunlin, good number of redshank and curlew, 2 water rail, 3 Cetti's warblers, 8+ chiffchaff , 12+ goldcrests, 1 blackcap, 3 grey heron .

Posted September 23rd, 2017 at 8:22 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Wembury and the Plym

A couple of hours spare this afternoon enabled a quick walk at Wembury and the Plym. Nothing out of the ordinary (having missed the Wrynecks) but was able to spend time taking some nice pictures of two Ringed Plovers (Wembury) and a small group of Turnstones (Plym Estuary)

Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover

Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover

Turnstone
Turnstone

Posted September 23rd, 2017 at 7:16 pm by Duncan Leitch in General Birding

Wrafton

Black-tailed Godwits aplenty again this morning. About 100 before a bunch of them flew off, as did the group (10 or so) of Knot before I could get the telescope on them.

Posted September 23rd, 2017 at 1:38 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Friday 22nd September 2017

Skern

Low tide at the Skern rarely turns up many waders, but the saltings remained very wet after very high tides, and this afternoon was an exception. 40+ Ringed Plovers were spread thinly over the area with a few Dunlin. Also present was 1 adult Curlew Sandpiper, and 2 Littl Stint. 

Posted September 22nd, 2017 at 8:19 pm by Roger Doble in General Birding

Osprey Lopwell

Yesterday I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, two Osprey came flying upriver towards Lopwell Dam.  Dived for cover and managed to get a few distant shots which I have cropped.  




Posted September 22nd, 2017 at 7:44 pm by Shane Willson in General Birding

Around Topsham

Bar-tailed Godwits Black-tailed Godwit Greenfinch with lunch

Early morning viewing from BGM hide slightly difficult due to bright sunlight and mist, but still enjoyable. Hide was very busy. All the usual birdlife, including a Curlew Sandpiper and a Snipe. On the path down to the viewing platform plenty of Goldfinch and Greenfinch, of interest from the platform 3 Sandwich Terns, 7 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper. 1 Peregrine overhead. Walking back through Topsham I spotted two Bar-tailed Godwits feeding with a Black-tailed Godwit. Also the Black Swan present close to the Goatwalk, giving the Mute Swans grief. Still plenty of Red Admirals and Southern Hawkers bombing around.

Posted September 22nd, 2017 at 6:49 pm by Steph Murphy in General Birding

JVR193

This is the ring number of a juvenile Chiffchaff that was ringed at Hartland Point in June the morning after we caught some Storm Petrels. It has now turned up at South Milton Ley on 16th September 82 days after ringing, 95kms almost due south.

Posted September 22nd, 2017 at 5:14 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

East Soar

Very quiet this morning: 5 Ringed Plover, 10 Swallow, 80 Meadow Pipit, 16 White Wagtail, Wheatear, 21 Robin, 2 Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 100 Linnet & Bullfinch. Bring on the easterlies!!

Posted September 22nd, 2017 at 4:11 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Wrafton

On the scrape, down to two Black-tailed Godwits this morning, and still 3 Ruff.

Posted September 22nd, 2017 at 3:49 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Missing ringed gull photo

I hope the photo isn't missing this time - ringed GBBG on Axe Estuary on Wednesday 21st. Ringed on Chausey island, France.

Ringed GBBG
Ringed GBBG

Posted September 22nd, 2017 at 10:42 am by Margaret Mackintosh in General Birding

White Cheeked Pintail

A white Cheeked Pintail on Youngs Park lake, Paignton I presume its  escaped from somewhere 20/09/17

White Cheeked Pintail
White Cheeked Pintail

Posted September 22nd, 2017 at 10:33 am by Tony in General Birding

brent

20 brent geese off the imperial grounds exmouth this morning  and one gray seal.l.

Posted September 22nd, 2017 at 10:24 am by eric in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 21st September 2017

South Milton Reserve - ditch widening

Natural England has approved and will part fund creation of a stretch of open water in the upper reaches of the reserve.  This will be achieved by widening the ditch on the south side of the reserve, upstream of the public footpath by the treatment plant.  The open water will be about 100m long, 4m wide and up to 1.5m deep (too deep for reeds to grow).  The work is weather dependent but should be completed within two weeks.

Posted September 21st, 2017 at 10:48 pm by Nick Townsend in General Birding

Seaton Wetlands

Grey Phalarope apparently has been there since yesterday. Also kingfisher, snipe, ringed plover, common and green sandpiper, curlew  sandpiper, and a family of little grebe on Borrow Pit. Nice to be kept in the kow!

Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope

Posted September 21st, 2017 at 9:45 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 17:50 till 19:20

the juvenile Black tern showed well at times but also spent time on the estuary , 3 little stints included the Norway ringed bird again and could of been 4 but couldn't see all birds at same time, 2 juvenile Curlew sandpipers, 2 green sandpipers and 2 ruffs ( a new very dark individual as well as the recent juv male) , 1 summer plumage Knot was another new bird, 100+ dunlin, 6+ bar tailed godwits among 800+ black tailed godwits, 15+ greenshanks, 56+ pintail, 32+ lapwing, an increase in wigeon numbers but no count done, 3 little grebes.

Posted September 21st, 2017 at 9:33 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Occombe

Fairly quiet this afternoon, but saw a Green Woodpecker, Buzzard, 6 Goldfinches, Bullfinch, several Greenfinches, Robins, Great Tits, Blue Tits and 8 - 10 Swallows.

Posted September 21st, 2017 at 6:34 pm by Stephen Huggins in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatch 06.45-10.15

Highlight was a juv Sabine's Gull which lingered for 25 minutes, most of the time sitting on the sea with a flock of Kittiwakes. Also: Sooty Shearwater, 5 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Pomarine Skuas, 17 Arctic Skuas, 19 Bonxies, 2 Skua sp, 14 Sandwich Terns, 2 Common Terns, 9 "Commic" Terns, 325 Kittiwakes, 9 Common Scoters, 2 Storm Petrel sp and 5+ Harbour Porpoises.

A Wheatear on the rocks.

Posted September 21st, 2017 at 6:23 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Ringed great black-backed gull

Ringed GBBG on Axe Estuary on Wednesday 20th. Apparently ringed on Chausey island, Bay of Biscay.

Ring reads V21...
Ring reads V21...

Posted September 21st, 2017 at 6:19 pm by Margaret Mackintosh in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

A very productive and enjoyable day at BGM where we recorded 40 different species. The highlights of the day were Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Ruff and Black Tern. Also pleased to see raptors in action with hunting by Sparrowhawk, Peregrine and Buzzard.

John Lloyd and Bob Barrow 

Posted September 21st, 2017 at 6:17 pm by John Lloyd in General Birding

Anchor Wood Bank, Barnstaple 15:00 - 16:30

1x Ruff, 40 x Godwit (Mixed), 6 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 2x Ringed Plover, lots of Dunlin and the usual scattering of Curlew and Oystercatcher.

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit

Ruff
Ruff

Bar-tailed Godwit (I think)
Bar-tailed Godwit (I think) Eds - yes, Bar-tailed

Posted September 21st, 2017 at 6:11 pm by Roy Churchill in General Birding

Wrafton

Only saw 7 Black-tailed Godwits this morning, but 3 Ruff (1 male and 2 females) present on the scrape.

Posted September 21st, 2017 at 5:46 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Turf

2 Black tern late on Wednesday evening. 

Posted September 21st, 2017 at 4:53 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

The Black Tern was still present this lunchtime. Also 2 Little Stints.

Posted September 21st, 2017 at 2:23 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Wednesday 20th September 2017

Crossbil at Soussons Plantation, 20th Sept 2017

Twelve Crossbill at Soussons Plantation, Some stayed on lookout while the rest came down to drink at a pool in the muddy track.




Posted September 20th, 2017 at 8:28 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Wrafton/Velator

Only a few Godwits on the scrape this morning (9?) plus a Ruff. In the reserve, a Kingfisher and a brief visit from a juvenile Grey Heron. As soon as it saw me it was off!

However, I had some recovery details from the BTO today concerning Reed Warblers. The first was one I ringed on 7th May this year, which turned up in a mist net at Kilpaison Marsh, Rhoscrowther Pembrokeshire on 29th May , so 22 days after ringing, just a quick hop over the Bristol Channel. The second Reed Warbler was also re-trapped there, on 18th June this year, this one was ringed in the reserve (as an adult) on 23rd May 2015. That's 757 days after ringing. The recovery site is 88kms from Braunton.

Posted September 20th, 2017 at 8:17 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Bolwing Green Marsh/Goosemoor

Two juvenile Red-rumped Swallows watched from the Goosemoor viewpoint for about 10 minutes up to 1.00pm, but not seen since. They were feeding with a Sand Martin over the railway end of Bowling Green Marsh. Checked from the hide for about hour an hour afterwards and later back at Goosemoor, but only small numbers of Barn Swallow, Sand Martins and House Martins seen.

Black Tern still feeding over BGM when I left at 3.00pm. Several Water Rails heard and 2 Greenshank and 2 Snipe seen at Goosemoor.

Posted September 20th, 2017 at 4:29 pm by Dave Smallsire in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Plym Estuary & Saltram

My first Little Grebes of the autumn here (2 ads). 134 Redshanks with single Dunlin and Greenshank, 26 Curlews, Common Sandpipier, Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtails, drake Mandarin Duck, female Red-crested Pochard, 10 Little Egrets and 3 Goldcrests.

Posted September 20th, 2017 at 12:57 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Tuesday 19th September 2017

Horsey & Braunton Marshes

Great White Egret showing well on Horsey late aft + photo of one of the 3 Cattle Egrets on Braunton Marshes (the other 2 keeping a very low profile & not visible until all 3 flew out over the R.Caen after 18.00.



Posted September 19th, 2017 at 10:02 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tamar Complex Maristow Quay

1030:

Osprey

3 Greenshank

4 Little Grebe

4 Common Sandpiper

Posted September 19th, 2017 at 7:50 pm by Charlie Imms in General Birding

Hillsford Bridge near Lynton

Round up in the woodlands,black cap male and female,chiffchaff,4Goldcrest,3 young Jays and a good selection of all the locals looking as though they have increased in number and summered really well also 2Nuthatches, and on the top common a beautiful young Whinchat.Touch of Autumn.

Posted September 19th, 2017 at 7:27 pm by John Elvin in General Birding

Anchor wood bank 14:00 - 16:30

Still no sign of the Grey Phalarope but lots of Godwit still around..

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit

Posted September 19th, 2017 at 6:38 pm by roy churchill in General Birding

YOU NEVER KNOW WHO YOU'LL MEET!

Yet another interesting and surprising day at Seaton hides. At the Island, one ringed plover, one sanderling, one spotted redshank and one strange duck which I think was a teal but the real bonus was the common snipe, my first for almost forty years. This may be my last time here so will miss the variety of bird life. Watch this space!



NEVER A DULL MOMENT AT SEATON
NEVER A DULL MOMENT AT SEATON

Posted September 19th, 2017 at 6:09 pm by PHILIP L. FAIRCLOUGH in General Birding

Morte Point

Grasshopper Warbler 0855 this morning. Reeling very close to Coastal Path but unable to locate it in dense heather.

Posted September 19th, 2017 at 5:08 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Portworthy

This afternoon: 45 Teal, 4 wigeon, 1 green sandpiper, 1f shoveler, 1 chiffchaff, 2 jay, 50+ meadow pipits, 1 LBB Gull

Posted September 19th, 2017 at 5:06 pm by Chris E in General Birding

Horsey/Toll Road

There are now 3 Cattle Egrets by the Toll road just south of Braunton. With cattle about 1/2 mile from the Toll House on the right hand side of the road. Further on at Horsey island lake, several Little Egrets, one Great White Egret, 23 Dunlin, a few each of Redshank, Greenshank, Curlew, Black and Bar-tailed Godwits, one winter plumage Knot, and a Little Stint. Little Owl out on the usual barn

 

 

Posted September 19th, 2017 at 4:08 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Anchor bank, Barnstaple.

No sign of Grey Phalarope today, the 250 odd Dunlin flock held 2 Curlew sandpipers , 2 Little Stint and a single Sanderling.   Still good numbers of Black and Bar tailed Godwits present.

Posted September 19th, 2017 at 1:24 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 18th September 2017

Grey Phalarope

Great day out today, started with Grey Phalarope and Ruff at Budleigh Salterton and a Bar-headed Goose with the Canada geese at the end of the beach. Other highlights here were 3 kingfisher and Cetti's warbler. On to Bowling Green Marsh, and with much needed help from the experts there,

found both the Curlew sandpiper and the Little Stints.Thanks to all.

Posted September 18th, 2017 at 10:12 pm by Kay and Gary Deare in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bishop's Tawton

Two probable Cattle Egret sighted from train 18:05 in field below Bishop's Tawton in line with the quarry.

Posted September 18th, 2017 at 8:39 pm by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

BGM

As well as the Psycho LLB Gull there were two Little Stint and two Curlew Sandpiper, two Avocet, a Ruff and a Snipe on the marsh this evening along with the other usual waders and Ducks..

Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper

Little Stint
Little Stint

Little Stint
Little Stint

Posted September 18th, 2017 at 8:01 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Baggy Point Croyde.

Chiffchaff,Goldcrest,12 Wheatear,Swallows,linnets,goldfinch,in large numbers.31 Red Admiral.Regular Gannet passage.

Posted September 18th, 2017 at 8:00 pm by John elvin in General Birding

Lesser Black-Backed Gull eats Dunlin

https://youtu.be/FegzYNGdOjA

Posted September 18th, 2017 at 7:26 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

River Caen, Horsey Island and Wrafton Scrape

A cracking evening with a Med Gull among the BH Gulls on the River Caen, Little Owl showing well, Great White Egret fishing further down on the flood with two Little Stint among the Dunlin (missed the Curlew Sand form Rob's earlier post) also Greenshank, Redshank, Oystercatcher, Curlew, Herons, Ringed Plover, Grey Plover, Buzzard and Sparrowhawk. Lots of Blackwits on the scrape with a group of Knot, Shoveler, Teal, 2 Ruff and a Snipe. Kingfisher on the stream.

Posted September 18th, 2017 at 7:21 pm by R Barnes in General Birding

Maristow/Lopwell

Good numbers of species on the River Tavy at Maristow and Lopwell on a falling tide this morning. Of particular note at 3 Kingfishers, a solitary Greenshank, numerous Common Sandpipers6 Little Grebes, 4 LIttle Egrets but no sign of the Ospreys.

Kingfisher (female)
Kingfisher (female)

Greenshank
Greenshank

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Posted September 18th, 2017 at 6:45 pm by Andy Brown in General Birding

Soar and South Efford Marsh

Little vis mig except c45 Swallows going south at first light (100+ around in total). A Grasshopper Warbler in Starehole, Tree Pipit, 14 Ringed Plovers grounded and a Golden Plover over, 25 Blackcaps, 28 Chiffchaffs, 3 Whitethroats, 10 Goldcrests, 4 Wheatears, 300+ Meadow Pipits, Bullfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Sparrowhawk.

At South Efford Marsh, 2 Cattle Egrets, Kingfisher, 4 Greenshanks, 5 Dunlins, 3+ White wagtails, 1 each of Bar and Blacl-tailed Godwits, Common Sandpiper and Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Posted September 18th, 2017 at 6:24 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Horsey Island

A good look at Horsey Island during the incoming tide before most of the waders were moved on by rising water levels (Spring tide 17.45 - 9.0m)

No sign of the Great White Egret but after close inspection of the waders & waterfowl - 1 Little Stint & 1 Curlew Sandpiper amongst 56 Dunlin,3 Grey Plover, 9 Ringed Plover, 5 Barwits, 6 Blackwits & a number of mobile Greenshank covering a wide area!

Waterfowl - 2 Pintail, 1 Wigeon & 1 Shoveler  & more sleeping duck behind the rushes a good distance away so difficult to be certain of ID.



Posted September 18th, 2017 at 6:14 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wrafton/Velator

There were still over 100 Black-tailed Godwits on the scrape this morning and during the day - two Knot there at one point. Ringing in the reserve is showing signs of the move towards winter with good numbers of Tits ringed: 6 Blue, 4 Great and 4 Long-tailed. 3 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps (one a male weighed in at 24.5 Grams - so ready to go!) a Cetti's Warbler, only one Finch - a Bullfinch. Also 2 Great-spotted Woodpeckers, but sadly, no sign of either of the 2 .Jays seen yesterday.

Posted September 18th, 2017 at 5:52 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Stantyway Farm, Otterton.

13 members of DB attended this mornings fieldtrip around the fields west of Ladram Bay, guided by Doug Cullen who knows the patch well and explained plans for this organic farm owned by Clinton Devon Estate.

Numbers of Canada Geese were leaving the fields as we progressed and these included the conspicuous white goose which was later seen again on the Otter Estuary (and have seen previously at Blackhill Quarry).  Numbers of Swallow and House Martin were constantly moving west with a group of c30 Linnet also present.  3 Cirl Bunting were located in the cliff hedgerow and 2 Kestrel present at a distance, plus a Buzzard or two.

The remainder of the group moved on to the Otter Estuary when the Grey Phalarope was present together with a Ruff on the scrape.  However the former bird was lost from sight around 1315 hrs after it took off with a small number of Teal.

Posted September 18th, 2017 at 4:44 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Grey Phalarope, still at Budleigh Salterton

Grey Phalarope still at Budleigh Salterton but further out than previously reported, a good photo only possible to something better than a 300.  Also sometimes hidden behind reeds.




Posted September 18th, 2017 at 4:28 pm by Rob Jerrard in General Birding

Middle Soar/Southdown Farm/Soar Mill Valley

0740 - 1240 highlights: 13 Ringed Plover, 700 Herring Gull, 46 Skylark, 170 Swallow, 50 House Martin, 380 Meadow Pipit, 32 White Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, 51 Robin (probably all residents), 9 Wheatear, 2 Whitethroat, 16 Blackcap, 31 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest & 80 Linnet.

Non avian: 302 Red Admiral, 5 Painted Lady, 3 Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Comma, 23 Large White, 40 Small White.

Posted September 18th, 2017 at 2:23 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Isley Marsh RSPB

At sunrise this morning my first sighting this autumn of the ringed Spoonbill [green/yellow flag/green, blue/metal/lime] (now 10 years old). On its own feeding at the mouth of the creek. Also a singing Cetti's Warbler nearer the Tarka Trail. 

Posted September 18th, 2017 at 10:13 am by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exminster marshes - 18/09/17

10 Yellow wagtail feeding and showing well from Turf path

Posted September 18th, 2017 at 9:46 am by Nick Patel in General Birding

Hurundines at Torcross

At 7.10 yesterday evening walking round the end of the Ley  c2000 Swallows over towards Beesands 10 minutes later less than half came back guess the rest went to Widecombe Ley.

Posted September 18th, 2017 at 8:15 am by Steve Wadsworth in General Birding

Sunday 17th September 2017

Bowling green marsh

watched from 15:15 till 18:45

A great afternoon started with a spotted flycatcher along the path upto the viewing platform then suddenly noticed a few hundred swallow and house Martin moving over the viewing platform and for next 20 minutes a massive movement occurred birds were moving west on a front from darts farm right down to Lympstone one count of a small section was 500+ birds in a minute a conservative estimate for the movement was 30000+ a spectacular sight split was 50:50 among them a few sand Martin.

2 little stints possibly 3 were on mud and was a sign of things to come also 17+ grey plover and 20+ ringed plover

moved upto the hide for the high tide 2 juvenile little stints showed straight away including 1 ringed individual red ring over metal ring on left leg and a yellow ring on right leg with black lettering ( hoping some photos will give us the code) believe this to be a Norway ringing group. Soon picked up another juvenile little stint the 3 now showing well, a sanderling and knot dropped in among 300+ dunlin , 5  juvenile curlew sandpipers, 4 avocet, 6+ bar tailed godwits, 300+ redshank, 3 whimbrel, 600+ black tailed godwits.

Then another juvenile little stint appeared on the left end of the island with the other 3 still showing then I was certain I had another little stint come in with small group of dunlin but couldn't confirm until a sparrowhawk came in 3 little stint flew out the sparrowhawk was chasing another little stint which escaped and then the 1 on the island flew out so final count was 

5 Little stints my best count for a few years on the marsh all nice smart juveniles a fantastic afternoon 

 

 

 

Posted September 17th, 2017 at 10:45 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Anchor Wood Bank Barnstaple

14.45 - 16.00 Grey Phalarope still present - also a single knot on its own, a single Curlew Sandpiper with Dunlin, Bar-tailed and Black-tailed Godwits, a Kingfisher on the mud by the waters edge.

Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope

Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper

Bar-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit

Posted September 17th, 2017 at 10:18 pm by Martin Bond in General Birding

Lower tamar lake

2 spotted flycatchers 3 gold crests 10 long tailed tits 17:00

Posted September 17th, 2017 at 9:58 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Teign Estuary

Two Avocets at Flow Point this evening

Posted September 17th, 2017 at 9:45 pm by Will Salmon in General Birding

Sousson's Plantation, Vitifer

21 crossbills and a redstart in trees around the clear cut area at the top of the plantation, early afternoon. Siskins were calling further down the hill but remained out of sight in the treetops. Other birds included buzzard, raven, great spotted woodpecker, goldcrest, bullfinch, great tit, wren, chiffchaff, robin, blackbird, and swallows and a few house martins overhead.

Posted September 17th, 2017 at 9:29 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Torbay and Bowling Green Marsh

Broadsands beach, Paignton this morning three Mediterranean Gulls one with a green plastic leg ring but unable to make out the details.

 

Berry Head gave a distant passing Shearwater which I am satisfied was a Sooty Shearwater but I could be wrong.

To BGM to catch the late afternoon high tide, lots of waders predominantly Black Tailed Godwit and Dunlin but in with them were Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Avocet, Sanderling and Ringed Plover.

Duck spices included Pintail, Gadwall, Shoveler, Mallard, Teal and Wigeon.

Three Little Grebe one still very much in summer plumage.

(A Knot can be seen in each of the wader images)

Posted September 17th, 2017 at 9:09 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Crow point to river caen mouth

A lovely walk today from the white house to the fisherman's Hut provided many egrets, herons, 3 curlew, pair of kingfisher chasing one another,  oystercatchers several small flocks of Canada geese travelling up the estuary on the Instow side, 

Severel little grebes in the reserve bit behind the white house and a wheatear. There seemed to be a lack of shoreline wading birds than usual.

Wheatear
Wheatear

Chifchaff.?
Chifchaff.? Eds - yes Chiffchaff.

Posted September 17th, 2017 at 7:52 pm by Philip worth in General Birding

Kingsbridge Estuary

An Osprey seen over Ilton Castle Plantation this afternoon

Posted September 17th, 2017 at 5:17 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Warleigh point

Adult drake Common Scoter 100+ Curlew,15 Little Egrets,25 Greenshank,2 Grey Heron.

Posted September 17th, 2017 at 5:06 pm by Chris Buckland in General Birding

Horsey Island and Anchorwood over the weekend

Saturday afternoon gave my first Cattle Egret at Horsey Island (fields opposite) Great White Egret and two Little Owls unusually out in the sun plus all the regulars. Today over at Anchorwood and was shown the Grey Phalarope at close range by fellow birders, also a mixed flock of Barwit, Blackwit, Knot, Dunlin, Sanderling and all the regulars plus a single Litlle Stint (sorry Matt!) and Ruff.

Posted September 17th, 2017 at 3:47 pm by R Barnes in General Birding

Barnstaple Anchor woods bank 13:00 - 14:00

The Phalarope still showing well at low water feeding right up to within 10 metres of the Tarka trail at times. Also a scattering of Godwits still present.

Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit

Posted September 17th, 2017 at 2:59 pm by Roy Churchill in General Birding

Sherpa scrape + Anchorwood Bank

Cycled along the Tarka trail to Anchorwood bank early am to see the Grey Phalarope which was showing well along with a mix of Black & Bar tailed Godwits & 3 Pintail. Stopped on the way to look through the waders at Sherpa scrape & counted 182 Black tailed Godwits, 2 Ruff & 8 Knot.

As far as I remember the first time I have seen Knot at this location.



Posted September 17th, 2017 at 2:06 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Wrafton/Velator

The scrape is jumping with about 140 Black-tailed Godwits. In amongst them were 2 Ruff (1m, 1f) and about 10 Knot. Never seen Knot on here before, so disappointing to have no telescope with me.

Malcolm Shakespeare was also present later, and Rob also looked - they may add to the mix!

Kingfisher and 2 Jays in the reserve.

Posted September 17th, 2017 at 1:11 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Portworthy and Cadover

Portworthy this morn (viewed from the road): Wigeon, 4, Tufted Duck, 4, 
Teal, 38, Shelduck, 1, Canada Goose, 1, Little Grebe, 1, Meadow pipits
Linnets, Ravens, 2.

Cadover: Chiffchaff 12+, Sparrowhawk 1m, White wagtail 1 (in with pieds in field near farm), Swallows 150+ (heading south in small flocks), Ravens 8, Grey Wagtail 6 (4 over), Red Admiral. 

Posted September 17th, 2017 at 10:28 am by Chris E in General Birding

Saturday 16th September 2017

Visit to Dawlish Warren by Plymouth Branch 14/9/2017

 Eighteen enthusiasts gathered on a bright and blustery day. While walking along the sand dunes common scotter, and later a red throated diver were seen out to sea with diving gannet, cormorant and shag. A rising tide encouraged a large number of oystercatchers to gather close to the hide mixing with two knot. High lights included thirty ringed plover scattered in the basin resting with dunlin with an active little stint among them. Low numbers of common and sandwich terns called as they flew off to find drier resting places. A pleasant day was spent with the need of the hide to shelter from the showers.Thirty nine species were identified 

Posted September 16th, 2017 at 11:32 pm by Liz Harris in General Birding

Mountbatten Plymouth

Few hours sea watch produced 6 Sandwich Tern 4 Med Gull 6 Turnstone 1 kingfisher 2 Juv Common Tern

Mediterranean Gull
Mediterranean Gull

Turnstone
Turnstone

Posted September 16th, 2017 at 11:03 pm by Roger Backway in General Birding

Topsham

Watched from 12:15 till 17:15

A good afternoon  around bowling green marsh a juvenile Whitethroat along path to the viewing platform was a nice among 2 willow warblers also a song thrush female blackcap and a 12+ chiffchaff , 1 osprey was active over the estuary , 17+ grey plover and 6+ sandwich terns.

goosemoor produced 20+ greenshank and a juvenile Ruff

from the hide , 5 curlew sandpipers, a very nice juvenile Little stint showed briefly , 1 juvenile Garganey , 26+ pintail, 85+ teal, 90+ wigeon, 3 little grebe, 8 little egrets, 22+ ringed plover, 300+ dunlin, 1 whimbrel, 5+ bar tailed godwits, 650+ black tailed godwits, , 200+ redshanks, 1 kingfisher, 5 buzzards.

Posted September 16th, 2017 at 7:39 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Nr New Bridge, Barnstaple

On the river today there were about 80 bar-tailed godwits, loads of black-tailed godwits, oystercatchers and curlews, 200+ dunlin, 8 sanderling, 1 curlew sandpiper and the grey phalarope which floated from the bridge all the way to penhiil marshes.

Posted September 16th, 2017 at 7:32 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in General Birding

Plymouth

Two juv Common Terns still hanging around Mount Batten and the Cattewater. Also in the area, 3 ad Mediterranean Gulls and 10 Oystercatchers.

Blaxton Poool held 29 Curlews and 2 Mediterranean Gulls - ad and 2nd-w. 

Posted September 16th, 2017 at 6:47 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Anchor woods bank Barnstaple

Grey Phalarope still there after the tide was receding this evening. Lots of Blackwits still around as well as a couple of Barwits.

Eds - the top one is a Bar-tailed Godwit. It has no white wing bars and you can just make out the tail bars. A fantastic flight shot! 

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit

Posted September 16th, 2017 at 6:37 pm by Roy Churchill in General Birding

Budleigh Salterton

The Grey Phalarope that has been here for around 3 days now. On scrape just up the path past Budleiigh Cricket Club. A great visitor for Budleigh! It was also nice to meet Stan Davies there, who was one of the orginal inventors of the scrape at Bowling Green Marsh. Also whilst viewing the Grey Phalarope, around 400 Canada Geese flew in, in formation, to the River Otter. 

Grey Phalarope  

 

Posted September 16th, 2017 at 5:28 pm by Steph Murphy in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Osprey ~ Powderham

Little Grebe on BGM this morning

From the BGM viewing platform two Kingfishers, 5 plus Willow Warbler (along the path to the platform) one male Blackcap and one Goldcrest

From the Goat Walk a Little Stint with the Dunlin and Ringed Plovers.

Towards Powderham an Osprey seen perched on the top of a tree some 400 yards plus the west side of the river almost as soon as it was seen it flew across towards the river.

Posted September 16th, 2017 at 4:38 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Efford Marsh

1 Curlew Sandpiper again with the mid-pm high tide.

Posted September 16th, 2017 at 4:35 pm by Andy Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Soar Mill Cove and Southdown Farm

Early/mid-am: 1 Grasshopper Warbler (showing well for a while on the top of a bramble patch), c25 Blackcaps, c40 Chiffchaffs, 2 Whitethroats, 4 Wheatears, c20 Stonechatss, 5 Tree Pipits and a Yellow Wagtail. 

Posted September 16th, 2017 at 4:32 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Velator

Quick look around the reserve today - good numbers of Finches waiting for me to start feeding them! 2 Chiffchaffs present along with a fishing Kingfisher.

Out on the scrape about 100 Black-tailed Godwits.

Posted September 16th, 2017 at 4:12 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Start Point

Early Great Northern Diver flew south over the car park this morning

Posted September 16th, 2017 at 3:52 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Brixham - Shoalstone

Finally found a Mediterranean Gull (my first ever!) around the rocks near Shoalstone Pool this morning. Beautiful bird!  Noticed it had a green leg ring (and a metal one on the other leg) - best photo attached - I can't make out the letters - could be R1N4 ? Could be RING?!  Anyone got any ideas? Thanks. 




Posted September 16th, 2017 at 3:36 pm by Alistair King in General Birding

6 ringneck parakeet manadon woods

bius

Posted September 16th, 2017 at 1:38 pm by barry in General Birding

Wembury Point

2 Hobby together flying over heading west and a spotted flycatcher in the pine trees at Wembury Point were eclipsed by a wryneck feeding in the fields below the pine trees although mobile and elusive (thanks to another Birder I met giving me the heads up on the wryneck and spotted flycatcher) - a few record shots attached. Chiffchaff, whitethroat, swallow and house martin also noted.

WryneckWryneck

 

Posted September 16th, 2017 at 1:16 pm by Stuart Green in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 15th September 2017

Dawlish Warren Little Stint

Little Stint today with Dunlin and Ringed Plover, also a Wheatear and two Spitfires.

Little StintLittle Stint (showing "braces")

Wheatear


  Little Stint                          Little Stint (showing "braces")                             Wheatear

Posted September 15th, 2017 at 11:17 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

AND STILL MORE VISITORS AT SEATON

A photo I forgot yesterday which I think is a green sandpiper on Colyford Common plus an unknown which I'm sure someone will ID. Today a grey wagtail on the river at Colyton and a ruff on the Island Hide. Cetti's warblers heard at both the Discovery Hut and Borrow Pit. I wonder what the next week will bring?

Eds - Greenshank left & middle, and Green Sandpiper right

Posted September 15th, 2017 at 9:43 pm by PHILIP L. FAIRCLOUGH in General Birding

Osprey Maristow Quay

Osprey spotted yesterday on three occasions, 1013, 1153, 1224.


Posted September 15th, 2017 at 8:50 pm by Shane Willson in General Birding

Anchor Wood west of the new bridge

Grey Phalarope Pics whilst with Jon Turner

Grey PhalaropeGrey Phalarope

Grey Phalarope


Grey Phalarope

Posted September 15th, 2017 at 8:43 pm by Martin Bond in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Efford Marsh, Aveton Gifford

Met Perry on his way from the hide. My totals are slightly different than his, as I spent a lot longer time there through the tide. Sightings included  3 Bar-Tailed Godwits, with one Black-Tailed. 8 Greenshanks, 2 Redshanks, only one Common Sandpiper for me, Cattle Egret, 9 Dunlin , 3 Ringed Plover, 1 Grey Wagtail and several Pied, 35 Teal and Rod Bone counted 240+ Canada Geese. Just before 5pm I found a Curlew Sandpiper in with the Dunlin. Rang Eric W, who made his way to the hide. However before he arrived an Osprey flew across the lower end of the Marsh scattering every bird in sight! The Curlew Sand had been in my scope sight until then, but could not relocate it when Eric arrived. He did find one bird I had missed, a yellow wagtail with the cattle on the marsh. 

Posted September 15th, 2017 at 7:24 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Grey Phalarope

Still present at 6.10 this evening. 3 Pintail on the sandbank with the waders. Should say this is at Anchorwood bank west of the railway station, Barnstaple.

Posted September 15th, 2017 at 7:07 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Otter Estuary (Budleigh Salterton)

Stunning Grey Phalarope showing well on the pool in the second field north of the Cricket club. 

Posted September 15th, 2017 at 7:06 pm by Spencer Dicks in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Plymouth

Still quite a few Terns around this afternoon with 3 Commons and 2 Arctics showing well from the Hoe and a mixed flock of 16 in the mouth of the Cattewater including at least 4 Commons and 6 Arctics. Also 6 Sandwich Terns, 4 Mediterranean Gulls and 2 Grey Wagtails.

Posted September 15th, 2017 at 6:54 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Horsey Island and Taw Estuary

Friday 15th.  Good views of Great White Egret on the estuary and one Cattle Egret in field adjacent Toll Road with cattle. Numerous little egrets, herons and a flock of Brent Geese on sandbank.  No sign of osprey or marsh harrier whilst we were there.

Posted September 15th, 2017 at 6:22 pm by Patrick Case in General Birding

Anchorwoods Bank Barnstaple 16:30

Grey Phalarope still present.

Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope

Posted September 15th, 2017 at 6:03 pm by Roy Churchill in General Birding

South Efford Marsh etc

Went to South Efford this morning, waders in the area included 6 Greenshanks, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits and 9 Common Sandpipers. Also saw a Cattle Egret, 18 Teals, a young Peregrine ( harassing the Common Sands ),  Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail and a few White Wagtails. Good nos of hirundines including a single Sand Martin. Next looked in on the Kingsbridge Estuary from Embankment Road as the tide was coming in. Present here were107 Dunlins, 76 Redshanks, 8 Ringed Plovers, 7 Bar-tailed Godwits and 3 Mediterranean Gulls. Then onto Beesands ley for the September WeBS count which was the best for a while with 82 Gadwalls, 23 Tufted Ducks and 86 Coots. All very nervous so probably an Otter around. A kingfisher gave a stunning view right in front of the hide fishing from an airbourne hovering start. Round at Slapton and some explanation why wildfowl numbers are up at Beesands. Water is a pea green colour, worst algal bloom I have noticed here before. Out in the bay 14 scattered Common Scoter. Rounded off the birding by going back around to North Hallsands beach. Out of nowhere a few hundred hirundines went by and included a couple Sand Martins.

Posted September 15th, 2017 at 5:18 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Anchor Wood Bank

Walked a little way up the Tarka trail late morning. No sign of the Grey Phalarope. Most of the Godwits seemed to be Bar-tailed today. On a sandbank was a good sized flock of Dunlin, with a few Sanderling, 3 Knot, and a few Curlew. Nearer the new bridge, a Common Sandpiper.

 

Also present out on the sandbank was a Black-headed gull with a metal ring on it's right leg and a yellow ring on it's left - all I could make out was the first letter (black) was probably N. It stood in the water so I couldn't get any other details, then it was quite mobile.....

Lowell recently sent me a text saying the Phalarope is back.....

Posted September 15th, 2017 at 1:40 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

East Soar

Reasonable vis mig this morming: 3 Golden Plover, 3 Ringed Plover, 9 Stock Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker - moving west, 60 Swallow, 150 House Martin mainly west, 410 Meadow Pipit - west, 38 White Wagtail, 4 Pied Wagtail, 4 Wheatear, 7 Blackcap, 45 Chiffchaff, 11 Long-tailed Tit & 150 Linnet.

Posted September 15th, 2017 at 12:18 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Hartland point

0700-0900 wind NNW 4-5

2 Bonxie, 36 Manx Shearwater, 24 Common Scoter, 85 Kittiwake

plus 2or 3 Harbour Porpoise

Posted September 15th, 2017 at 11:42 am by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 14th September 2017

Bowling Green Marsh

To complement the other Bowling Green postings from today, a few pictures of some of the 4 Curlew Sandpipers there this afternoon Thanks to the guys who helped locate them.

Curlew sandpiper

Curlew SandpiperCurlew Sandpiper


Curlew Sandpiper

Posted September 14th, 2017 at 11:48 pm by Bob Telford in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tawny owl's ~ South Brent

Tawny owls at South Brent this evening just after 8pm, three calling and two in view at the same time at one point, Fox calling towards the village..

Two Sparrow Hawk sightings from home this afternoon, Raven and Buzzard overhead.

 

Posted September 14th, 2017 at 9:17 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

birds from East Devon

Apologies for the late report but thought it worth posting this. Yesterday, 13.9.17  at the Discovery Hut, Seaton, greenshank, common sandpiper, reed buntings galore, dunlin and sand martins. On Colyford Common scrape two unidentified birds which I have submitted for positive ID, common sandpiper and greenshank. Today 14.9.17  two wheatear on Seaton beack


I've been coming here on holiday for the past eleven or twelve years and every year throws up something different and exciting. Whoever said bird watching was boring has never tried it.

Posted September 14th, 2017 at 8:22 pm by PHILIP L. FAIRCLOUGH in General Birding

Mount Batten, Plymouth

Mobile terns this evening off Mount Batten Pier ranging from Jennycliff Bay and The Cattewater to Devils Point - 7+ Arctic terns, 10+common terns and 20+Sandwich terns but probably many more. Also 1 gannet and 2 ad winter and 2 first winter Mediterranean gulls.

1 Juv Arctic tern resting on the Pier down to a few feet - gorgeous looking bird.

Posted September 14th, 2017 at 7:23 pm by Stuart Green in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Grey Phalarope - Barnstaple 16:00

Still plenty of Blackwits at Anchorwoods bank but the highlight was a Grey Phalarope. First one I have ever seen at this site.

Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope

Posted September 14th, 2017 at 5:44 pm by Roy Churchill in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh and Goosemoor

Green Sandpiper this morning at BGM and the Ruff with Greenshanks on Goosemoor

Green SandpiperRuff and Greenshank

Greenshank


Green Sandpiper                              Ruff and Greenshank                            Greenshank

Posted September 14th, 2017 at 3:56 pm by Colin Scott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Horsey Island Lagoon

Good views of a Great White Egret this morning. 

Great White Egret
Great White Egret

Posted September 14th, 2017 at 3:33 pm by Alan Denzey in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh & Goosemoor

3 Curlew Sandpipers from the hide this lunchtime. A few Ringed Plovers flew in with a flock of Dunlin but didn't land.

At Goosemoor, 2 Common Sandpipers.

Posted September 14th, 2017 at 3:16 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Hartland point

0700-1100 Wind NW6

2 Sooty Shearwater, 7 Balearic Shearwater, 220 Manx Shearwater, 3 Arctic Skua (2 pale, 1 int), 1 Bonxie, 50 kittiwake, 9 Common Scoter, 1 juv Sabine's Gull, 1 Grey Phalarope, 3 Sandwich terns, 2 Common Terns plus 5 Harbour Porpoise.

Posted September 14th, 2017 at 12:50 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Frogmore Creek - Osprey

One Osprey in the Wall Park, Halwill Wood area at the mouth of Frogmore Creek around 09:00 Thursday morning. Might have alighted in Wall Park or gone out onto the main estuary at about 09:15.

Distant record shotOsprey - Halwill Wood in background


Distant record shot                             Halwill Wood in background

Posted September 14th, 2017 at 11:10 am by Barrie Whitehall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Hobby ~ South Brent

This mornings visit

  

Posted September 14th, 2017 at 9:20 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Wednesday 13th September 2017

Sabine's Gull Photos -Plymouth

Not sure why photos did not attach to previous post

  

Posted September 13th, 2017 at 9:47 pm by Ian Teague in General Birding

Horsey Island Osprey

The Osprey was seen again this morning, fishing during a heavy shower. I see there is a query regarding the ring number, I would be happy to forward the blown-up picture to anyone who wants it....message me at .....denzey1@outlook.com and I'll forward the reply I got from Tim Mackrill....thanks..!

Posted September 13th, 2017 at 8:01 pm by Alan Denzey in General Birding

Sabine's Gull Plymouth

As a follow up to Pete's post. Here are a couple of record shots of the Sabine's Gull on the Plym

Posted September 13th, 2017 at 7:11 pm by Ian Teague in General Birding

Plymouth

A Juv Sabine's Gull on and near the pontoon opposite the Green House on the Plym Estuary before flying off high South at 12.10. Also on the Plym: Turnstone 20+, Curlew 26, Oystercatcher 9, Common Sandpiper 2 or 3, Shag 2, Little Egret 12, Grey Heron 12.

In the Sound today 9 Arctic Terns, flock of c35 Commic Terns at distance, Black Tern , c20 Sandwich Terns and 3 Mediterranean Gulls.

Vic Tucker asked me to report he had 15 Arctic and 23 Common Terns in the Sound.

Posted September 13th, 2017 at 5:48 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Re Alan Denzey's post Osprey Horsey Island yesterday

Roy Dennis identified the bird as Scottish juvenile LH6. I cannot find this number on this website : http://ukospreys.uk/darvic-blue3chr.htm. Is it possible it is LH0, with the zero being mistaken for a 6 from afar?

Posted September 13th, 2017 at 5:15 pm by Liz Carrivick in General Birding

Grey Phalarope ~ Aveton Gifford

Thanks to a call from Dave PAKES a goodly number of birders were able to view the Grey Phalarope that Dave found on the marsh, apparently it is a first fore the marsh.

Unfortunately due to the bright light record shots only. 

Others species noted were Greenshank, Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Black Tailed Godwit, Kingfisher, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Heron, Buzzard and Teal.

 

Posted September 13th, 2017 at 4:59 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh

Good views of at least four Curlew Sandpipers and a Whimbrel with the Curlew

Curlew Sandpiper and Redshank Whimbrel and Curlew Curlew and Black-tailed Godwit
Curlew Sandpiper and Redshank       Whimbrel and Curlew              Curlew and Black-tailed Godwit           

 

Posted September 13th, 2017 at 4:43 pm by Colin Scott in General Birding

Goosemoor

A single Ruff was with a small group of Greenshank & Redshank at Goosemoor this lunchtime.

Posted September 13th, 2017 at 2:20 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Tuesday 12th September 2017

Osprey

Quick detective work from Roy as usual! If that is correct it should be possible to identify the nest it was from it's gender and when it fledged.

Posted September 12th, 2017 at 8:01 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Horsey Island Osprey

Further to my enquiry to Roy Dennis, it seems that the ring number is LH6...

Posted September 12th, 2017 at 6:21 pm by Alan Denzey in General Birding

Horsey Island Osprey

Further to my earlier post, Roy Dennis has initially confirmed that it seems to be a Scottish bird, hatched this year....I'll update if he can work out the ring ID.......

Posted September 12th, 2017 at 5:46 pm by Alan Denzey in General Birding

Anchorwood bank Barnstaple 14.30 -15.30

Lots of waders feeding in the mudflats on a receding tide Including:
70+ Blackwits, 2x Ruff, 6x Pintail and 40 odd Dunlin.

Black-tailed Godwit Ruff Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit                                        Ruff                                               Black-tailed Godwit

 

Posted September 12th, 2017 at 5:43 pm by Roy Churchill in General Birding

Horsey Island Osprey

Driving back across the Braunton Marsh, I stopped to see if any Cattle Egrets had appeared, and I'm pretty sure I saw an Osprey flying fast east towards the Caen river mouth over the Horsey Island area. Looking carefully at Alan's great picture (below) it clearly has a blue ring on. I think this designates it as a Scottish bird. Alan, can you blow up any pictures to see if you can read the ring number?

Posted September 12th, 2017 at 4:46 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Taw Estuary Osprey

An osprey on a post in Horsey Island early afternoon then again later on a sand bank adjacent to Chivenor Camp.

Posted September 12th, 2017 at 4:29 pm by alan craddock in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Fairly busy at the Dawlish Warren hide for the high tide today.

On entering the reserve steady passage of House Martins with a few Swallows, several mixed flocks of Goldfinch and Linnet.

Approaching the hide a mixed flock of Dunlin and Ringed Plover later joined by a few Sanderling.

From the hide a single Black Tern that came in and left without landing, Common and an Arctic Tern in with the more numerous Sandwich Terns.

A single Wheatear, then a reasonably low flying Spitfire came down the river and over the hide which moved a good number of the birds about. 

Posted September 12th, 2017 at 3:53 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Horsey Island Osprey

Osprey fishing in the Horsey Island lagoon this morning. 

Osprey
Osprey

Posted September 12th, 2017 at 3:27 pm by Alan Denzey in General Birding

Velator

Walked to the reserve this morning, still recovering from hernia operation, so not allowed to drive or use bike! Today 85+ Black-tailed Godwits on the scrape (only 39 yesterday) a Mediterranean Gull amongst the Black-headed Gull flock. Still Swallows, Sand Martins and mostly House Martins feeding in the lee of the reserve.

Posted September 12th, 2017 at 12:42 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Fremington Pill

Fremington Pill this morning ; 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers , 1 Glossy Ibis , 1 Spotted Redshank , 2 Greenshanks , 2 Dunlin

Posted September 12th, 2017 at 10:57 am by David Paterson in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake (late post)

11/09.   At least 60 House Martins and c. 12 Swallows feeding over the lake this morning - no sign of the Black Tern.

Harvey Kendall

Posted September 12th, 2017 at 9:35 am by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

ALL ALONE AT TOWER HIDE

Went to the hide to see the spotted redshank but found instead this lonesome sanderling. What a beautiful little bird. Also a kingfisher sat within twenty feet, allowing me to film it.

  YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU'LL FIND

YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU'LL FIND

Posted September 12th, 2017 at 8:06 am by PHILIP L. FAIRCLOUGH in General Birding

Monday 11th September 2017

Turf

Cattle egret flew past towards the marshes 5.30ish. 

Posted September 11th, 2017 at 8:56 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Spotted Flycatcher

1st seen last Thursday but didn't post as I wasn't 100% sure, but the Spotted Flycatchers were still present this afternoon at Occombe. At least 2 if not 3. And this is the 1st time I've seen this bird here. Also, a small flock of c20 Goldfinches, several Jays, both Chiffchaff & Willow Warbler, Goldcrest, Buzzard, and numerous House Martins.

Posted September 11th, 2017 at 7:24 pm by Stephen Huggins in General Birding

River Exe- Ospreys

From Bowling Green Marsh Viewing Platform - An Osprey flew out of Powderham Park below the sailing club at c2pm and watched for 20 minutes circling the river distantly in the Powderham / Starcross area- it was joined by a second Osprey mid river - one of them watched across the river before starting to fish off the Imperial Ground , Exmouth. Later at least one of them returned to Powderham . 

On the dropping tide 2 Curlew Sandpipers and a Kingfisher both showed well.

Posted September 11th, 2017 at 4:09 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Sabine's Gull

I did send this report in this morning but it seems to have got lost in the high winds! A juvenile Sabine's Gull flew along the line of the pebble ridge at Westward Ho! this morning at about 9.15. I could not relocate it at Westward Ho! looking out from the Lifeguard lookout at the end of the promenade.

At Skern there were 13 Knot, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1Kittiwake, 2 Black Tern and a juvenile Gannet with a length of orange nylon cord around its legs. I managed to rescue a Manx Shearwater which was exhausted on the beach. It is now with the North Devon Animal Ambulance service via the vets in Bideford!

Posted September 11th, 2017 at 3:46 pm by Martin Unwin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Westward Ho!

Martin Unwin sent me a message that he had seen a juvenile Sabine's Gull along the pebble ridge. It was lost to view and he is still on site looking for it.

Posted September 11th, 2017 at 1:08 pm by Jon Turner in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh

Certainly one Curlew Sandpiper in with 480 Dunlin, 200+ Redshank, 20+ Greenshank, 239 Curlew, 470+ Blackwit, 1 Barwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 138 Teal, 48 Wigeon& 10 Shoveler.

Posted September 11th, 2017 at 12:26 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Hope's Nose, yesterday 10th.

Seawatch 11.30-4.30, watching binocular range only. Very, very quiet with a slow passage of gannets (difficult to count with many birds circling and going back north), a few fulmars and one or two kittiwakes behaving likewise. 2 common scoter, 1 knot, 2 razorbill and 1 great skua all south, and 1 balearic shearwater briefly seen under a flock of gulls. 

Posted September 11th, 2017 at 12:11 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Westward Ho!

Juvenile Sabine's Gull flew along the pebble ridge from Sandymere towards Westward Ho! at about 9.30 this morning. I couldn't relocate the bird from the promenade at Westward Ho! and then had to rescue an exhausted Manx Shearwater!

later at Skern on the ebb tide there were 2 juvenile Black Tern, 13 Knot, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit and one juvenile Gannet with orange nylon cord around its feet!

Posted September 11th, 2017 at 11:41 am by Martin Unwin in General Birding

Osprey

Osprey over sea seen from near Teignmouth pier 11:25 Sunday 10/09/17

Posted September 11th, 2017 at 12:07 am by Richard Trueman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 10th September 2017

Black Terns, Dawlish Warren 10th Sept 2017

Three Black Terns flying around in front of hide, also landing on posts in front of hide 

 

Posted September 10th, 2017 at 9:21 pm by Barry Rankine in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Little Stint, Dawlish Warren 10th Sept 2017

Little Stint in with the other small waders on  beach right of wooden boarding as you go down bank to hide

 

Posted September 10th, 2017 at 9:17 pm by Barry Rankine in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Grey Phalarope, Dawlish Warren 10th Sept 2017

Grey Phalarope showed well by the hide

 

Posted September 10th, 2017 at 9:12 pm by Barry Rankine in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wareham Point, Kingsbridge Estuary

1 Osprey late afternoon and 5+ Mediterranean Gulls in with a large flock of Black-headed.

Posted September 10th, 2017 at 8:50 pm by Andy Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

MASS EXODUS FROM BLACK HOPLE MARSH, SEATON

Having, for many years seen on film, and read about, the migration habits of swallows and martins, today i was privilege to finally watch the real thing. an event made more special by the inclusion of several sand martins (photos enclosed) which allowed me to get within fifteen feet taking photos. They were using the wooden boardwalk of the hide as their staging post. 

THE EARLY BIRD GETS THE PHOTOS

Posted September 10th, 2017 at 8:38 pm by PHILIP L. FAIRCLOUGH in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

One Black Tern over the lake this morning.

Posted September 10th, 2017 at 6:03 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Hope Cove

80+ Gannets midday in the bay at Outer Hope.

Posted September 10th, 2017 at 5:44 pm by Roger White in General Birding

Exmouth

A Grey Phalarope briefly by the lifeboat station @09.45,  3 Black Terns, 15 Sandwich Terns, Common Tern, 5 Common Scoters, 2 Green and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Posted September 10th, 2017 at 5:12 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

dawlish - 10/09/17

bonapartes gull showing well by groyne 7 at 9.50 and then much closer in on dawlish beach not far from train station 10.50 then flew towards teignmouth... also dark arctic skua by and yellow legged gull by station...

Posted September 10th, 2017 at 2:37 pm by nick patel in General Birding

Grey Phalarope

Grey Phalarope Dawlish Warren 10.09.17

video -  https://youtu.be/bh891KdBcGQ

Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope

Posted September 10th, 2017 at 2:19 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Exe Powderham to Turf

This stretch of the Exe WeBS count was almost birdless today. Highlights were 10 little egrets feeding in a group and 2 common sandpipers. The sea wall was more productive with 2 wheatear, 1 reed bunting and small flocks of linnet, greenfinch and goldfinch. Overhead a steady stream of house martins south. On the marshes - 3+ blackcap, c20 chiffchaff and one reed warbler

Yesterday (Saturday) osprey over marshes towards motorway at 13.00.

Posted September 10th, 2017 at 2:00 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

South Efford Marsh ~ Aveton Gifford

 A visit to South Efford Marsh, Aveton Gifford gave a Cattle Egret ( the first one I have seen here) six Greenshank along with a single Redshank.

Four Yellow Wagtails feeding alongside Pied Wagtails amongst the cattle on the hillside opposite the hide.

Six Dunlin flew up the length of the marsh.

 

Posted September 10th, 2017 at 1:56 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh

curlew sandpipers in frount of the hide. Also at the hide redshank, curlew, shoveler, mallard, black-backed godwit, magpie, cormorant, little egret, dunlin, moorhen, greenshank, coot, grey heron, shelduck, canada geese, little grebe, house martin, lesser black-backed gull and swallows.

At the platform: sandwich terns, gulls, cormorants, flyover canada geese, blue tit, cetti's warbler and some black terns but to far away for me to see!

Posted September 10th, 2017 at 12:20 pm by Samuel Gray in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 9th September 2017

Otter Valley / Blackhill Quarry

A few good birds up the valley along the western path towards near to the aqueduct with a family group (?) of 3 Spotted Flycatcher, numbers of Chiffchaff, a Gt spotted Woodpecker and 2 Bullfinch in the same area.

Moving on to Blackhill Quarry on the commons the lake produced a Cackling Goose (at rear of picture) together with c100 Canada Geese and a Little Grebe and Mallard. Green Woodpecker seen and heard several times here previously.

 

Posted September 9th, 2017 at 7:04 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Osprey at Seaton and River Exe

After getting up at silly o'clock we arrived at Tower Hide, Seaton Wetlands in anticipation of seeing the Osprey. After a couple of hours it showed briefly, around 9.30am, only to be seen off by 4 buzzards. It resurfaced again a couple of hours later, around 11.18am, and spent a good five minutes right in front of the hide scouting for fish. The rain was pouring and it was overcast, so photos are grainy. It then exited right, gained height and was reported heading in an Exeter direction. 

We travelled on to the Powderham area, where we located another Osprey, between Starcross and Exmouth. I watched it make two dives and came up successful on the second. A huge flock of gulls persued it relentlessly and it flew towards Powderham to consume its dinner. I did manage a series of photos, but it was so distant it could only be a 'record shot'. I am wondering whether this one could be the Osprey that left Seaton that morning.

Osprey at Seaton  Distant Osprey on River Exe

Posted September 9th, 2017 at 7:00 pm by Steph Murphy in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

River tavy

Two Osprey below 17 arches bridge today.


Posted September 9th, 2017 at 6:56 pm by chris buckland in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

A great morning at the Warren, all the usual stuff with Osprey, Artic, Black and Sandwich Terns with the Little Stint with the other small waders.

Black Terns with Sandwich Tern in the middle. Artic and Sandwich Tern Little Stint with Dunlin and Ringed Plover
Black Terns with Sandwich Tern in the middle.   Artic and Sandwich Tern   Little Stint with Dunlin and Ringed Plover

Posted September 9th, 2017 at 5:22 pm by Simon Thurgood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Last Swift?

This pm had a Swift over the house in Exeter. 

Posted September 9th, 2017 at 5:09 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Soar Mill and South Efford Marsh

At Soar Mill Cove and Southdown Farm this morning, of note: 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 25 Blackcaps, 15 Whitethroats, 1 Wheatear and 2 Sparrowhawks.

At South Efford Marsh, early pm: 9 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Green Sandpiper, 5 Greenshank, 1 Cattle Egret, c8 Yellow Wagtails, 2 White Wagtails and 1 Hobby.

Posted September 9th, 2017 at 3:38 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

South Brent

First thing this morning the Hobby came in for food and was given a serious mobbing by Jackdaws an Carrion Crows that made every effort to force in down to the ground but despite the odds it out flew them and collected its food.

While this was going on Green Woodpecker calling near by, two Ravens overhead and light passage of Swallows.

And shortly after the Hobby had left a low flying Peregrine passed over flying towards the village.

 

Posted September 9th, 2017 at 3:38 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Wembury Point

Wryneck seen at same point as reported on 06-06-2017 in small bare elder bushes near to pines, 08:15.  Bird seen nearby 35 minutes later from track leading down to lido beach, low in gorse.

Wryneck 09-09-2017
Wryneck 09-09-2017

Posted September 9th, 2017 at 1:06 pm by John Bishop in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Start Point

06:30-10:00, mod NW.

Ringed Plover, 10 Tree Pipits, 6 Yellow Wagtails, 4 Wheatears, 3 Whitethroats, 16 Blackcaps, 18 Chiffchaffs and a Spotted Flycatcher.

Posted September 9th, 2017 at 12:01 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Wembury Point

Wryneck seen at same point as reported on 06-06-2017 in small bare elder bushes near to pines, 08:15.  Bird seen nearby 35 minutes later from track leading down to lido beach, low in gorse.

Wryneck 09-09-2017
Wryneck 09-09-2017

Posted September 9th, 2017 at 11:18 am by John Bishop in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 8th September 2017

River Exe

1 curlew sandpiper, 1 ruff and 1 green sandpiper at Bowling Green Marsh this morning along with the usual waders on the high tide. A female marsh harrier also showing well hunting over the back of the marsh.

From the River Clyst viewing platform on the dropping tide presumably the same curlew sandpiper and 2 kingfisher.

Slavonian grebe off Cockwood (from the train).

At Dawlish Warren 2 black terns on the sand banks offshore with Sandwich terns

Posted September 8th, 2017 at 6:57 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Juvenile Green woodpecker

Just had juvenile green woodpecker on my front lawn again. After ants as usual, came very close to the front porch.

      

Posted September 8th, 2017 at 6:23 pm by Rob Jerrard in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatch 06.40-13.40: Sooty Shearwater, Balearic Shearwater 19, Manx Shearwater 6, Pomarine Skua, Artctic Skua 25, Bonxie 10, Skua sp 15, Common Scoter 18, Storm Petrel sp, "Commic" Tern, Sandwich Tern, Yellow-legged Gull juv, Mediterranean Gull juv, c200 Kittiwakes, Harbour Porpoise 3+, Common Dolphin c12 and 2 Grey Wagtails around the rocks.

Posted September 8th, 2017 at 4:10 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Osprey Maristow Quay

Osprey.  Maristow Quay.  Came flying down river from Lopwell Dam and headed towards Warleigh.


Posted September 8th, 2017 at 1:57 pm by Shane Willson in General Birding

Bonaparte's Gull Dawlish Warren

Adult winter Boneparte's on beach at Groyne 1 this morning. 1st winter Med gull also present.

Posted September 8th, 2017 at 1:19 pm by steve in General Birding

House Martin's & other bits

This morning over the house in Exeter was 80+ House Martin's. A good number but eclipsed by 1500+ over Powderham Estate. Another 200+ over Shaldon. 

Yesterday 6 Greenshank & 2 Common Sands at Passage House Inn on the Teign. 

And Wednesday 5 Green Sandpiper at Matford Pond. 

Posted September 8th, 2017 at 11:32 am by Steve Cox in General Birding

Thursday 7th September 2017

Exmouth

Orcombe Point 4:00 - 4:30pm 

2 Arctic Skua and perhaps c15 Kittiwake.

Docks 4:45 - 5:20pm

There was Massive feeding frenzy of Gulls. Great Bull Hill gave 4 Black Tern, around 12 Common Tern and c45 Sandwich Tern.

Posted September 7th, 2017 at 11:17 pm by Spencer Dicks in General Birding

Swift

1 over Aish near Stoke Gabriel at 09.43.Didnt appear to be in any kind of hurry maybe very late breeder.

Posted September 7th, 2017 at 10:25 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

3 Black Tern seen today,from the hide,at approx. 11.30. They were a good way out, but through scope could see their colour and small size alongside the Sandwich Terns'

Posted September 7th, 2017 at 8:17 pm by Kay and Gary Deare in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Occombe Farm, Torbay

This afternoon a steady stream of wood pigeons flying east, including a flock of 50-60.

Posted September 7th, 2017 at 5:23 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Exminster marshes - 07/09/2017

2 Yellow wagtail on southern fields, 2 juvenile Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, Peregrine and green sandpiper through, 4 Little grebe

Posted September 7th, 2017 at 4:19 pm by Nick Patel in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

1 Curlew Sandpiper close in from the viewing platform this lunchtime. It flew further out at around 1.40 though.

Posted September 7th, 2017 at 2:32 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Programme Change (EAST Devon)

Please note that the (EAST Devon Branch) fieldtrip planned for TOMORROW FRI 8 Sept to Powderham Church, has been CANCELLED due to the weather forecast.  Constant rain in the morning together with wind and the exposed nature of the venue causes us to take this decision.  Maybe members may like to try sea-watching at their local coast as an alternative!

We hope to see you at a later date.  Many thanks. 

Jonathan and Geoff.

Posted September 7th, 2017 at 9:33 am by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

South Brent

From the garden at South Brent (6th Sept) two Green Woodpecker, 25 plus Goldfinch flock, Buzzard, Hobby and this evening at least five Tawny owls calling including two that were photographed.

 

 

Posted September 7th, 2017 at 12:40 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Wednesday 6th September 2017

Isley Marsh/Home Farm Marsh/Yelland Power Station.

Isley Marsh had a single Whimbrel this morning and Home Farm Marsh pond had 12 Teal 5 Black Tailed Godwit and several Mallard and Canada Geese. Just after 12:00 an Osprey was on the foreshore beside Chivenor Camp feeding on a fish viewed from the flowery bank at Home Farm Marsh. The 7 Eider were on the foreshore by the fisherman's huts at Horsey Island viewed from Yelland Power Station costal path.

Posted September 6th, 2017 at 6:26 pm by Ken Ebsworthy in General Birding

Soar Area

Quail flushed underfoot in winter wheat stubble at Southdown Farm this morning. Also: Sparrowhawk, 700 Herring Gull, 41 Swallow, 19 Meadow Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Wheatear & 190 Linnet.

Non-avian: 2 Painted Lady.

Posted September 6th, 2017 at 1:55 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wembury Point

Wrynecks: two in view at the same time at 08:30, just SW of the pines inland from the Point. (Near the open gate on the tarmac track leading down to the patch of hard-standing and slipway, 50.3164, -4.1051).

Wryneck 06-09-2017
Wryneck 06-09-2017

Posted September 6th, 2017 at 10:54 am by John Bishop in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Hobby ~ South Brent

Hobby, South Brent this morning...

 

Posted September 6th, 2017 at 9:08 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Isley Marsh/Yelland

Wryneck flushed from ground on south west coast path at approximately SS484327 at 07:15. Managed about a second of full lens binocular view before it dropped down into cover between path and higher grassland area. It is a popular dog walking route (as I was doing) but it by no means left the site. 

Nearest parking on access road to old Yelland power station. Access the spot from Tarka Trail either via the path up east perimeter of power station, or through gate at south west corner of RSPB Isley Marsh.

Posted September 6th, 2017 at 8:00 am by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 5th September 2017

White Cheeked Pintail Bowling Green Marsh 05.09.17

White Cheeked Pintail Bowling Green Marsh presumed escapee

Video -  https://youtu.be/2NaVH5pDBiA

White Cheeked Pintail
White Cheeked Pintail

Posted September 5th, 2017 at 8:40 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatch 06.35-15.15: adult Sabine's Gull (@0700), 35 Artctic Skuas, 4 Pomarine Skuas, c15 Bonxies, (also quite a few skuas very distant often in difficult light hence 21 Skua sps), 53 Balearic Shearwaters, 3 Sooty Shearwaters, c150 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Black Terns, 8 Common Terns, 7 "Commic" Terns, juv Little Gull, 1st-s Mediterranean Gull, c300 Kittiwakes, Harbour Porpoise, 2 Common Dolphins and Grey wagtail over. 

Posted September 5th, 2017 at 6:09 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wryneck Dawlish Warren

Wryneck flitting between bramble patches along dune ridge and grassland below. Roughly between Groynes 5 and 6.

Access update.

Access to  the Hide and Warren Point is now open, though fencing for dune restoration has not yet been finalised, please keep to marked routes.

Steve

Posted September 5th, 2017 at 4:40 pm by Steve Ayres in General Birding

Totnes

A Wryneck was seen in Totnes yesterday by Daniel Kent - identified by description and not a great photo but the dark line can be seen down the back of the bird!

Wryneck Totnes

Posted September 5th, 2017 at 8:51 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 4th September 2017

Swallows at Velator

Popped down this evening and caught 46! That's more like it - only 4 adults in that total.

Posted September 4th, 2017 at 10:33 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Hembury Woods

Late post for Sunday evening: a flock of 29 Mistle Thrushes homing in on some Rowan trees plus a mixed flock of c10 Redpolls and c40 Siskins.

Posted September 4th, 2017 at 8:29 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

South Efford Marsh

Mid-am; falling tide but lots of water on the marsh after the recent rain. Of note: 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpipers, 6+ Common Sandpipers, 3 Greenshank, 9 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 8+ Yellow Wagtails, 1 Wheatear and 5 Sand Martins.

Posted September 4th, 2017 at 8:24 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Plymouth

Searched the waterfront from Laira Bridge to West Hoe this morning: 19 Sandwich Terns, 3 Gannets and an adult Mediterranean Gull in the Sound; Willow Warbler and Whitethroast by the Cattewater.

This afternoon the Plym Estuary & Saltram produced a juv Ruff, first in with 138 Redshanks on the wall, then on Blaxton pool amongst 9 adult Dunlins. Also: 1st-s Mediterranean Gull, 27 Curlews, 3 Greenshanks, 3 Ringed Plovers, 11 Turnstones, 6 Oystercatchers, 14 Little Egrets, sinensis Cormorant, Wheatear, 4 Chiffchaffs and Whinchat. 

Posted September 4th, 2017 at 7:27 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Velator

Wandered around the reserve this morning and whilst trying to get views of a Kingfisher which I saw splash in to the pond, it then flew around and was chased by a female Sparrowhawk! 2 circuits of the pond before she gave up and went off to chase some Woodpigeons instead.

Elsewhere in the reserve a large Tit flock contained Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler and Blackcap.

Posted September 4th, 2017 at 6:44 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Exmouth

Lunchtime visit (12:30 - 1:30) to Mudbank produced the normal species but was pleased to find an Osprey feeding on a sandbank towards Powderham direction. Several crows were trying to steal its catch but it was having none of it.

Posted September 4th, 2017 at 4:27 pm by Spencer Dicks in General Birding

Hobby ~ South Brent

For those following the saga of "my" returning Hobby she came back as previous posts on the 18th August and then came in for food each day until the 25th August and then did not show again until the 2nd September since then she has been coming in each day on a regular basis, the images show her dropping in just before 3.30pm this afternoon.

 

 

 

Posted September 4th, 2017 at 4:24 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

East Soar

Early fog which rolled back in again meant a poor day with just 14 White Wagtail, 6 Pied Wagtail, 8 Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, Willow Warbler, 390 Herring Gull, Med Gull, 50 House Sparrow, 70 Goldfinch  & 85 Linnet.

Posted September 4th, 2017 at 4:14 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Fremington Pill

08.00 this morning ; 1 Glossy Ibis , 1 Greenshank , 2 Dunlin , 1 Spotted Redshank .

  

Posted September 4th, 2017 at 9:44 am by David paterson in General Birding

Sunday 3rd September 2017

Teignmouth update

Seawatching totals until 14:00: 2 Storm Petrels, 5 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Pomarine Skuas, 9 Arctic Skuas, 1 Great Skua, 7 skua sp (including two possible Long-tailed), 138 Common Scoters, 100 Kittiwakes, 20 Sandwich Terns and 2 Common Terns.

Posted September 3rd, 2017 at 9:43 pm by Will Salmon in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Late post for Saturday. Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, Kestrel, Buzzard & Marsh Harrier, approx 400 Starlings and 100/150 Goldfinches. Numerous Swallows and House Martins, including at least one Swallows nest with chicks!

Posted September 3rd, 2017 at 9:08 pm by Stephen Huggins in General Birding

Berry Head update

Seawatching 0620-1800: 1 ad Sabine's Gull @06:45, juv Little Gull, Sooty Shearwater,38 Balearic Shearwaters, 22 Manx Shearwaters, Long-tailed Skua (pale juv) @13:55, 10 Pomarine Skuas, 69 Arctic Skuas, 15 Bonxie, Yellow-legged Gull 1w, 13 Black Terns (incl. one flock of 12), 80 Common Terns, 10 Arctic Terns, 7 Sandwich Terns, 435 Kittiwakes (just 15 juvs), 50 Common Scoter S & 9 N, 13 Bar-tailed Godwits & Whimbrel. Also 12+ European Storm-petrels, but... @15:10 a frustrating short view of a slightly larger petrel (seen by 3 of us before heavy rain obscured the view with European Storm-petel close by it) showed grey covert bar, jizz better fitted Wilson's but will have to go down as Storm-petrel sp (again!). There was also a good movement of Fulmars (no count) but included one 'double light'. Also light passage of Swallows over the sea and a Wheatear landed on the point. 2 Harbour Porpoise were the only cetaceans seen.

Posted September 3rd, 2017 at 7:34 pm by Mark Darlaston in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Seawatching 0630-0930hrs: 1 ad Sabine's Gull, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 15 Balearic Shearwaters, 9 Manx Shearwater, 3 Pomarine, 8 Arctic and 1 Great Skua, 10 Common, 1 Arctic and 1 Black Tern, 255 Kittiwake (but only 2 juveniles!) 14 Common Scoter >S & 9>N.

1 Firecrest in woods just S of Berry Head Hotel.

Posted September 3rd, 2017 at 3:36 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Late Post - Eye-Popping Sparrowhawk!

Whilst dog-walking with my father Saturday afternoon, spotted a fully leucistic Sparrowhawk (mainly creamy-white with vague wing bars) circling low over St.Thomas, Exeter. Very unhappy crow eventually drove this stunning bird towards city centre and out of sight.. Sorry, no camera on either of us so gutted not to have a shot of this.. but WOW.

Posted September 3rd, 2017 at 12:46 pm by Gary Reeves in General Birding

Teignmouth

Seawatching 06:40 - 09:10: Storm Petrel, 4 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Pomarine Skuas, 2 Arctic Skuas, 4 unidentified skuas (including possible Long-tailed), 51 Common Scoters, 86 Kittiwakes. Laurie Allnatt is still there so totals to be updated later.

Posted September 3rd, 2017 at 9:52 am by Will Salmon in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Great White Egret Horsey Island

Great White Egret seen at Horsey this weekend. Not a great photo, but it was a long way off.


Posted September 3rd, 2017 at 8:19 am by Andy Leat in General Birding

Saturday 2nd September 2017

Female Marsh Harrier at East Soar

Peter Hannaford called the Marsh Harrier as it soared high over the ploughed field next to the car park at East Soar, putting up all the gulls in the field.
 Barry Rankine 2nd September 2017

      

Posted September 2nd, 2017 at 9:51 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Velator

A few birds ringed in the reserve today. Of note 3 more Blackcaps, a Goldcrest, a Chiffchaff and four more Bullfinches. Best of the day was a juvenile Spotted Flycatcher, not ringed one here before, and only 2 records seen in the reserve.

This evening persevered with the Swallows and ringed 8. The Swift was also present over the Marsh.

Posted September 2nd, 2017 at 9:31 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Great white Egret Horsey Mere

Cracking day at Horsey Island today. Great White Egret, Dunlin, Sparrow Hawk. Glossy Ibis and a highlight, a Peregrine in amongst a flock of Teal


Posted September 2nd, 2017 at 8:25 pm by Andy Leat in General Birding

South Huish Marsh & South Efford Marsh

Morning spent at a people busy South Huish Marsh, where results were much as reported by Andy Smith. Afternoon at a quieter South Efford Marsh, where I only recorded 5 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank, 7 Common Sandpiper, 8 Little Egret and 142 Canada Geese + 1 White Goose and one hybrid. Highlight though was the striking sight of a few Wasp Spiders.

Female Wasp Spider - South Efford Marsh - 2.9.2017
Female Wasp Spider - South Efford Marsh - 2.9.2017

Posted September 2nd, 2017 at 6:18 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Fremington Pill

Only one Glossy Ibis today while I was there, plenty of waders though with Redshank, Greenshank, Ruff, Dunlin, Curlew, Oystercatcher, Common Sandpiper. Also Peregrine, Little Egrets, Grey Heron, Swallows and Goldfinches showing well.

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Curlew
Curlew

Posted September 2nd, 2017 at 6:15 pm by Simon Thurgood in General Birding

South Huish Marsh

am, of note: 5 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Wheatears, 1 Whinchat, 11 Black-tailed Godwits, 5 Dunlin and 1 Cattle Egret.

Posted September 2nd, 2017 at 2:52 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

East Soar

A relatively quiet morning and migrants inc.Sand Martin, 125 Swallow, 4 Tree Pipit, 9 Yellow Wagtail, 37 White Wagtail, 7 Pied Wagtail, Whinchat & 19 Wheatear.

Also: Male Sparrowhawk, 330 Herring Gull, 43 Carrion Crow Plus offshore 19 Gannet & 16 Kittiwake east.

Non-avian: 2 Roebuck Plus female; Painted Lady.

Posted September 2nd, 2017 at 2:42 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

the last swift?

i hadnt seen the adult swifts coming and going from our house near okehampton since monday eveningand assumed that the youngsters had all fledged on tuesday but today i was standing in the right place to watch a swiftlet leave its nest,always sad to see them go

Posted September 2nd, 2017 at 12:37 am by laurence smith in General Birding

Friday 1st September 2017

Otter Estuary

The presumed "Ridgway's" Cackling Goose and the same bird seen at Exminster in June and subsequently on the north end of the Exe was in with the 450+ Canada Geese in fields above the Otter Estuary today complete with green leg ring! It was later on the Otter estuary. Also Bar-headed Goose still and 2 Greylag Geese.
More Goose pics on blog: http://creamteabirding.blogspot.co.uk/

WIld birds(!) included: 10+ Wheater, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 White Wagtail

Cackling Goose by Chris Townend

Posted September 1st, 2017 at 9:27 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding

Re European Hornet

With regard to Rob Jerrard's earlier post: yes this does appear to be a European Hornet - a rather beautiful looking insect (certainly no more evil looking than bees or any other insect!). Not sure if you were joking about leaving quickly Rob,  but I have never felt threatened by the presence of Hornets, even when observing them at a nest, finding them far more approachable than other wasp species. [NB Avoid confusion with the larger, darker, invasive and more agressive Asian Hornet. ]

Posted September 1st, 2017 at 8:55 pm by Dave Holloway in Other Wildlife

South Huish - Drain Maintenance

Work will begin on 4 September on the final stage of clearing parts of the cross-drains on the far side of the scrapes from the South Milton Sands car park.  In addition, Devon Birds will be clearing on behalf of the National Trust, one bank of the main drain flowing towards the car park.  The work will take about two weeks and does not require the scrapes to be drained.  Disturbance will be kept to a minimum.

Posted September 1st, 2017 at 6:53 pm by Nick Townsend in General Birding

seaton marshes

a walk around Seaton marshes,  44 birds seen altogether, the main birds were wheatear, ruff, common and green sandpipers, ringed plover, snipe, and then we went to the hide after the sewage works, in the field to your right walking down to the hide we saw 30 plus yellow wagtails in with the cattle feeding next to the path .on the estuary itself there was not many birds at all. 

Posted September 1st, 2017 at 6:18 pm by roger jewell & mike gibson in General Birding

Soar and South Efford Marsh

Quite a few Wagtails today with 41+ Yellows (including a flock of 38 amongst cows) and 45+ Albas including c30 Whites and c10 Pieds. Also: 5 Spotted Flycatchers, 1 or 2 Whinchats, 3 Tree Pipits, 2 Garden Warblers, c10 Whitethroats, 9 Willow Warblers, 20+ Chiffchaffs, c25 Blackcaps, 10 Wheatears, Sparrowhawk, 4 Stock Doves, 4 Sand Martins and a Reed Warbler.

South Efford Marsh held 6 Greenshanks, 8 Common Sandpipers, 4 Teal, c25 Alba Wagtails including 8+ Whites, Wheatear and Green Woodpecker. 

Posted September 1st, 2017 at 6:12 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Hornet

Whilst at a honey farm photographing butterflies I came upon this evil looking thing which as far as I can ascertain is a European Hornet (The sooner we leave the better).  Any experts on hornets who can confirm?

  Hornet eating bee, having biten its head off.

Hornet eating bee, having biten its head off.

Ed. - yes, it's a Hornet Vespa crabro

Posted September 1st, 2017 at 5:20 pm by Rob Jerrard in Other Wildlife

Late Posting Prawle and South Huish Thursday 31st August

Apologies for late posting.

Yesterday in Prawle area : Firecrest in the reserve; Spotted Flycatcher; 12 Chiffchaffs (some grey, some yellowy green) 9 Wheatears, 2 White Wagtails , 6 Whitethroats, 4 Blackcaps. And 2 Bullfinches which I only ever see here in autumn ! Steady passage of Swallows, House Martins and the odd Sand Martin. Also Silver Y Moths. 

At South Huish from 1.45pm one Cattle Egret and 2 Little Egrets. 4 Yellow Wagtails including a splendid ochre- yellow male and at least 2 White Wagtails. Wader-wise, a Green Sandpiper, adult Ringed Plover and 3 Dunlin.

 

Posted September 1st, 2017 at 4:09 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Fremington Pill

At the Pill with  Malcolm Shakespeare 10:30-11:30.  6x Glossy Ibis, 2x Greenshank, 1 Ruff and 1 Common Sandpiper. Saw one of the Ibis trying to swallow a small flounder it had caught, it struggled to get it down for 10 minutes or so - still not sure that it managed it.

Glossy Ibis Ruff and Redshank Ibis with flounder
Glossy Ibis                                                       Ruff and Redshank                           Ibis with flounder

Posted September 1st, 2017 at 2:10 pm by Roy Churchill in General Birding

Seaton Kingfisher

The Kingfishers & water rail were showing well again this morning at Seaton Wetlands

     

Posted September 1st, 2017 at 12:00 pm by Bob Longhorn in General Birding

orcomb exmouth

visited orcomb point 0930-1030 1st sep 30+wheatears 6 yellow wags 1 female blackcap 1whitethroat 1 spotted flycatcher 1kestrel 1sparrowhawk 1 green woodpecker 12+ swallows plus usual species

Posted September 1st, 2017 at 11:53 am by tom jurd in General Birding

Nocturnal recording

I've been trying my hand at nocturnal recording in Lipson (Plymouth). It is not Cape May but the last couple of weeks have been interesting. Tree Pipit has been regular and I have some evidence of birds travelling in groups (12 calls, single, double and triple calls in less than 30s for instance on 27/8). Likewise for Yellow Wagtail, 21 calls over a similar period suggests a group. Other species have included waders (Oystercatcher quite regular and a Green Sand on 25/8), Grey Heron and a few Robins.

Posted September 1st, 2017 at 11:35 am by Richard Billington in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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