Devon Bird Sightings from 8th–14th September 2017

Footpath Closure Otter Estuary

Note the footpath is currently closed between Lime Kiln Car Park and White Bridge due to repair work. Currently this is preventing access to the bird hide on the east side of the estuary and viewing platforms.
It is likely to be for 3 weeks.

It seems excessive blocking access for the entire 500M stretch of path when the repairs are only for 50M at the very southern end. I have contacted DCC in the hope they will arrange out and back access to the hide from White Bridge.

Posted September 15th at 11:17 am by Chris Townend in General Birding

Breeding birds

Please think very carefully before posting any information on scarce or rare breeding species both here and elsewhere online.

A list of ‘at risk’ species in the county can be found here. Many of these receive full legal protection under Schedule 1 and/or are rare in the county and may be vulnerable to persecution/disturbance. It is an offence to intentionally disturb any of the Schedule 1 species during the breeding season without a valid licence. This also applies to anyone taking photographs of these species at or near the nest or whilst feeding dependant young.

Some species may be found breeding at numerous locations however please keep information on these species limited to well-known sites (e.g. Labrador Bay for Cirl Bunting, Aylesbeare Common for Dartford Warbler). Others may be found as obvious migrants and as such can also be posted eg coastal Ring Ouzel and passage waders, or raptors eg Little Ringed PloverRed Kite or Marsh Harrier.

If you have any doubts and think there is a chance there may be breeding, either because of the habitat or behaviour of the bird(s) then do not post, but please submit your records to the County Recorder and the RSPB.

Please be aware that egg collecting and other forms of persecution remain very real hazards for some of Devon’s birds.

Posted April 10th at 4:50 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

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

Sightings Page Changes

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

Please be careful not to post under the wrong subject. If you do, you can still easily go back to edit and change the subject yourself so it appears on the right page.

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

For help with ID email photos to id@devonbirds.org.

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

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

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