Devon Bird Sightings from 1st–7th November 2018

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Posted August 25th at 9:58 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News

Changes to Devon Bird Sightings

This page was initially set up to give a concise news summary of birds of interest seen in Devon. Anyone noting interesting species, passage and counts could post the details to inform other birders what was going on around the county. Photos could also be added for interest and to enliven the posts. It was accepted that because other wildlife was of interest, this would also appear especially when included in a birding post.

However, in the last year, more posts have been appearing purely on subjects other than birds. Whilst of interest to some observers, this is detracting from the aim of the pages, i.e. principally bird sightings.

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Photos are often appearing as a gallery, or even acting as a personal photo blog, rather than of county-wide sightings of interest. Devon Birds has a Gallery which members and other birders are welcome to submit their often stunning photos to, for others to see. Many of these photos need not then appear on this page. From now on, only two photos per post will be accepted to help keep posts more concise.

Devon Birds very much welcomes posts that already meet these criteria and those that will continue to do so. It would also be great to widen the input from keen birders who currently don’t contribute, including some old friends who have dropped out. Hopefully the changes will encourage wider participation, so if you look at the site but don’t post, please consider doing so.

Our aim is to provide a concise daily news summary of bird sightings around Devon, and these changes should fulfil this goal.

Below is a summary of the changes:

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Posted August 21st at 3:53 pm in Bird News

2019 Descriptions - last call

The deadline for the 2019 Bird Report is rapidly approaching. If you found (or saw) any of these birds please could you submit a description to recorder@devonbirds.org to ensure your records are published. Many thanks. 

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

 

Posted May 2nd at 3:27 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in Bird News

Wednesday 7th November 2018

Pottington - Taw Estuary

Late Post :- 4 of the 7 Goosanders seen yesterday at low tide.


Posted November 7th, 2018 at 5:10 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Ilfracombe Rocks

Purple Sandpipers x4. 3 Red Throated Divers flying down the channel. 60 Oystercatchers, 2 with Coloured leg rings and a small influx of 11 Great Black Backed Gulls. 


Posted November 7th, 2018 at 5:06 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Woodcombe Valley

Yellow-browed Warbler at the bottom of Woodcombe Valley ( just west of Lannacombe ) this morning.

Posted November 7th, 2018 at 5:04 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Berry Head

To add to Mike’s post, additions to seawatch (up to 12.15): 7 Great Northern Divers, Diver sp,  2 Bonxies & a Harbour Porpoise.

Posted November 7th, 2018 at 4:54 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Broadsands & Shoalstone, Torbay

A summer plumage Great Northern Diver off Shoalstone Pool at lunch time and another GN Diver off mouth of Brixham Harbour, RT Diver and BN Grebe at Broadsands with 9 Common Scoter further out. 

Posted November 7th, 2018 at 4:40 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Exmouth

Second-winter Caspian Gull off Mudbank @ 1540.

Posted November 7th, 2018 at 4:30 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Ring-necked Duck still at Torcross. 10 Common Scoter offshore.

Posted November 7th, 2018 at 2:24 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatch 07.10-09.10Hrs: 3 Pomarine Skuas (all juvs), 1 Manx Shearwater, 861 Kittiwakes, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Mediterranean Gulls.  

Posted November 7th, 2018 at 10:23 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Female Brambling

Seen on 28/10/18 on Birdfeeders at Knoightshayes National Trust ,Tiverton.


Posted November 7th, 2018 at 10:10 am by Stuthridge in Bird News

Male Brambling

Male brambling seen at Bird Feeders at Knightshayes National Trust ,Tiverton on 5/11/18


Posted November 7th, 2018 at 10:06 am by Stuthridge in Bird News

Tuesday 6th November 2018

Bowling Green Marsh & Goosemoor

Female type Marsh Harrier this lunchtime, mobbed by crows and then a Buzzard so it headed off in the Exminster direction.

Ruff again at Goosemoor.

Posted November 6th, 2018 at 8:39 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Blaxton Meadow

On the meadow at this evenings high tide were the following;

Oystercatcher 9, Curlew 37, Dunlin 30. Redshank c102, Greenshank 6, Black T Godwit 7, Wigeon 1(f), Common Gull 2 & Whimbrel 1!

Posted November 6th, 2018 at 8:21 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

4 Red Kites

4 red kites spotted together this morning at 07:05 flying north, approximately 1km from the Aller Cross roundabout in the Brayford direction.

Posted November 6th, 2018 at 4:37 pm by Sam Aston in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A drake Pochard (scarce here) at the lower end of the estuary at low tide, Jack Snipe, Common Sandpiper, 7 Little Grebes, 2 Stonechats, 2 Greens & a Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, Bullfinch, Wigeon & 2 Ring-necked Parakeets.

Posted November 6th, 2018 at 2:31 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Dawn sightings this morning.
1m Goosander (eclipse), 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Gadwall, 6 Tufted Duck, 9 Shoveler, c60 Wigeon, 12 Fieldfare, c30 Mallard, 1 Mute Swan, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Willow Tit, 1 Nuthatch.

Posted November 6th, 2018 at 1:09 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Monday 5th November 2018

Lannacombe Valley.

This morning  c.20 Goldcrests, a welcome increase in numbers after the scarcity of the last fortnight. 8 ringed of which 5 had the plumage characteristics of 'continental'birds.Also present 1 Firecrest, 2 Blackcaps and 1 Chiffchaff.

Posted November 5th, 2018 at 6:45 pm by Alan K Searle in Bird News

Bursdon Moor

Bursdon Moor 5pm Monday - 3 Hen Harriers (one male, two ring tails) mobbing a barn owl that just wouldn't give up patrolling the territory. Brilliant! (Thanks to Rod Mudge for directions).

Posted November 5th, 2018 at 6:15 pm by Tim Williams in Bird News

Arlington

Great White Egret roosting high up in one of the fir trees near Arlington lake this afternoon at 3:30 pm.

Posted November 5th, 2018 at 5:54 pm by Margaret- Phillips in Bird News

Sparrowhawk v Starling

Took this in my Barnstaple garden this afternoon - I was amazed that the Starling somehow got free after it had been in the hawks clutches for several minutes.


Posted November 5th, 2018 at 5:54 pm by Roy Churchill in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Greenshank 6, Black-tailed Godwit 7, Curlew 51, Dunlin 20, Redshank 152, Common Sandpiper, Shag, Grey Wagtail, Treecreeper (my first here for over a year), Stonechat 2 & Ring-necked Parakeet.

Posted November 5th, 2018 at 5:28 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery 05-11-18 Black Redstart

A male Black Redstart @ Ford Park Cemetery showing very well by the two chapels

Black Redstart Black Redstart
Black Redstart                                                Black Redstart

Posted November 5th, 2018 at 4:17 pm by greg bradbury in Bird News

Broadsands

The Red-necked Grebe was again tucked into Elberry Cove, a Black-necked Grebe was in Broadsands bay also 1 Great Crested Grebe and a Common Scoter there. 10 or more Common Scoter out in Torbay and a single juv Pomarine Skua harassing the kittiwakes. 

Posted November 5th, 2018 at 4:05 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

East Soar

Quiet apart from Ring Ouzel & Firecrest in Starehole. Also 3 Snipe & 27 Yellowhammer.

Posted November 5th, 2018 at 12:41 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

N Devon Link Road

One, possibly two, Red Kite over the link road at the concrete bridge over valley NE of Filleigh. 10.45 on 4th Nov.

Posted November 5th, 2018 at 11:54 am by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

Visible migration this morning dominated by Chaffinches, with 1,007 looged by 09.30, in flocks of up to 70, all heading E into the wind. Also 3 Skylarks, 6 alba wagtails, 20 Meadow Pipits, 4 Siskins, 7 Goldfinches, 1 Linnet. One Crossbill yesterday (4th).

Posted November 5th, 2018 at 11:08 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Bursdon Moor

Mid-afternoon yesterday (Sunday 4th)

  1 male Hen Harrier, 2 Kestrels, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker over, 2 Stonechats.

Harvey Kendall & Barry Bryne.

Posted November 5th, 2018 at 9:27 am by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Sunday 4th November 2018

South Huish marsh

Sat in the car for an hour and watched South Huish marsh. Good views of Meadow pipits and pied wagtails. A kestrel landed on the fence post quite close. 4 snipe and 1 Mediterranean gull on the marsh.

Meadow Pipit Pied Wagtail Kestrel
Meadow Pipit                                      Pied Wagtail                        Kestrel

Posted November 4th, 2018 at 10:26 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret Braunton Marsh  at 14.30 today;Flying short distances  and landing between groups of cows in fields just after the toll house.

Posted November 4th, 2018 at 7:59 pm by Fiona Moffatt in Bird News

Hoopoe 1/11/18

My sister sent me a photo and a couple of videos of a hoopoe, present on the moor just above Wotter near Shaugh Prior.  

Hoopoe. Wotter 1/11/18. Image resized 4/11/18
Hoopoe. Wotter 1/11/18. Image resized 4/11/18

Posted November 4th, 2018 at 7:29 pm by Christopher Vincent in Bird News

Brixham

A White-billed Diver was just of the sea water swimming pool at Shaolstone, Brixham this afternoon - probably a 2nd winter bird rather than a poorly marked 1st w. Video clip here:  https://youtu.be/pV-OXUoGMrA 

White-billed Diver 2w Brixham 04 Nov 2018 ML White-billed Diver 2w Brixham 04 Nov 2018 ML

Posted November 4th, 2018 at 3:36 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thanks

Many thanks Harvey. Sounds a bit like a needle in a haystack job!

Only about a dozen Godwits on the smaller scrape visible from the reserve this morning. Probably driven there by the 117 Canada Geese monopolising the larger scrape.

3 Gadwall in the reserve, they are very welcome - they actually eat duck-weed!

Lots of Finches mobbing the hovering and then perched Kestrel. Later it was chased off another perch by one of the 'anting' ? Black-headed Gulls making a really peculiar call.

Posted November 4th, 2018 at 2:12 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Answering Jon's query on the Lapland Bunting.

Stoke, near Hartland.

Answering Jon Turner's query concerning the Lapland Bunting in the Hartland area.   It was seen and watched yesterday (Saturday) morning at Stoke near Hartland by Ian Kendall, also 330+ Chaffinches migrating at Hartland Point and 1 Brambling..

Posted November 4th, 2018 at 10:49 am by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Bittern seen briefly in flight first thing just north of Slapton Bridge. Ring-necked Duck and Scaup still present at Torcross until 09:30 when they flew south, probably to Ireland Bay. Reasonable nos. of Gannets and Kittiwakes south. 8 common Scoter settled on the sea off the Memorial Car Park.

Posted November 4th, 2018 at 10:31 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Query

A Lapland Bunting was shown on the RBA map yesterday out near Hartland, but no report on here. Any clues anyone?

Posted November 4th, 2018 at 9:49 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Saturday 3rd November 2018

Purple Sandpiper ~ Torquay

Five Purple sandpiper on the seaward side of Haldon Pier, Torquay harbour this morning.

 

Posted November 3rd, 2018 at 9:32 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Berry Head seawatch

Seawatching from 08:00-15:30. Slow but quality rather than quantity. Little Auk (@14:38), Black-throated Diver (headed into Tor Bay), Sooty Shearwater (@13:39), 3 Manx Shearwaters, Pomarine Skua (juv), 5 Great Skuas, Mediterranean Gull (ad) and 15 Common Scoter (either N or into Tor Bay).

Also very good showing of marine animals with 6+ White-beaked Dolphins (breaching at times), 3+ Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (breaching), 5+ Harbour Porpoise. 

Posted November 3rd, 2018 at 6:17 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Velator

I think I counted 25 Black-tailed Godwits out on the scrape from the reserve this morning, But I may have overstated that slightly!

5 Gadwall in the reserve and one of the ringed Treecreepers showed really well. A Kestrel was being given a hard time by the resident Crows.

Posted November 3rd, 2018 at 5:53 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On Blaxton: 22 Dunlins, 5 Greenshanks, 7 Black-tailed Godwits, 35 Curlews, 8 Oystercatchers & Kingfisher. Also Jack Snipe, Snipe & Goldcrest.

Posted November 3rd, 2018 at 4:49 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

1010 - 1400:

Approaching high tide:- 350+ Oystercatcher, 200+ Dunlin, 223 Brent geese, 96 Great BB gull, 20 Turnstone, 8 Grey plover, 6 Ringed plover, 1 Sanderling, lots of Teal and Wigeon. A Peregrine sent everything up at 1330. 

Posted November 3rd, 2018 at 4:23 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Rather cool and blustery at the lake today.

1 Merlin, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Little Grebes, 1 female Pintail, 1 Brambling, 100+ Fieldfares, 1 Willow Tit, Long tailed, Blue and Great Tits, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Tree Creeper, Wigeon, Teal, good numbers of Mallard and Canada Geese, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Harvey & Ian Kendall. 

Posted November 3rd, 2018 at 3:33 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford Strand 1130.

17 Black-tailed Godwit; 1 Dunlin; 20 Redshank; 1 Kingfisher; 21 Sanderling and just 4 Golden Plover in large flock of Lapwing.

Bradiford Reserve:- c250 Canada Geese plus the Barnacle/Ross hybrid; Teal; Mallard; Moorhen and 1 male Stonechat.

Yesterday at Ashford Strand were c100 Wigeon and 7 Pintail.

Posted November 3rd, 2018 at 3:23 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Broadsands

A Red-necked Grebe was tucked into Elberry Cove this afternoon (video clip here: https://youtu.be/EeEcdTMQp90  ), also in Torbay 7 Common Scoter, 2 ad w Mediterranean Gulls and a Black Redstart on rocks between Broadsands Beach and Elberry Cove.

Red-necked Grebe Broadsands 3 November 2018 ML Red-necked Grebe Broadsands 3 November 2018 ML

Distantly digiscoped Red-necked Grebe

 

Posted November 3rd, 2018 at 3:20 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Ring-necked Duck still present but now at Torcross.

Posted November 3rd, 2018 at 8:59 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Wembury (November 1st)

At about 15.00, a Short-Eared Owl over the sea, being mobbed by Carrion Crows. After they broke off it flew towards Noss Mayo.

Posted November 3rd, 2018 at 12:06 am by Joe Higman in Bird News

Friday 2nd November 2018

Woodbury Common

As per Chris’s post. Ringtail Hen Harrier sighted at close range on 2 occasions from late afternoon to dusk. More details http://dixiesbirding.blogspot.com

Posted November 2nd, 2018 at 9:32 pm in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton and Woodbury Common

An early morning on the cliffs above Budleigh Salterton today produced some quiet visible migration with the highlight being Brambling and several hundred Woodpigeon. However, biggest surprise was a Cattle Egret that was sat on the top of a tree on the cliff before heading inland.

This afternoon a ringtail Hen Harrier hunting around Woodbury Common and a Merlin too.

Posted November 2nd, 2018 at 7:39 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Tamar Lakes

Lower Tamar Lake sightings from dawn.

5f Goosander (very skittish), 21 Fieldfare, 4 Willow Tit, 1 Barnacle Goose amongst  200+ Canada Geese, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Redwing, 2 Bullfinch, 9 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Cormorant, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 2f Tufted Duck, also plenty of Coal Tit on the feeders.

Upper Lake.
4 Grey Heron, 1 Treecreeper, 3 Cormorant, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Wren, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Snipe, 2 Raven, 1 Song Thrush, c100 Starling, 1 Fieldfare,1 Redwing, 7 Mallard.

Posted November 2nd, 2018 at 7:31 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Soar

A superb sunny, mild & calm day. 

Three or 4 Firecrests, Ring Ouzel (Starehole), 2 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps, 4 Goldcrests, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a good total of c55 Yellowhammers.

Overhead, 65+ Stock Doves (also c50 grounded), c750 Wood Pigeons, Redpoll (presumed Lesser), Brambling & 3 Siskins.  

Posted November 2nd, 2018 at 6:58 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Saltram Blaxton Meadow 02-11-18

Shoveler Duck showing well by the hide also 6 Black-tailed Godwits, around the marsh, Dunlin, Red shanks, a single Greenshank, Curlew & whimbrel, Oystercatchers and Little Egrets

Shoveler Duck Black-tailed Godwits
Shoveler Duck                            Black-tailed Godwit

Posted November 2nd, 2018 at 6:57 pm by greg bradbury in Bird News

Slapton Bridge

c.15,000 Starlings over the reeds at dusk plus Bittern in the north ley seen from bridge. Grey Heron caught an enormous rudd right under the bridge! Offshore 3 Great Northern Divers & 10+ Common Scoters.

Posted November 2nd, 2018 at 6:26 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Velator

Ringing in the reserve again this morning. Another 55 birds ringed, once again majoring in Finches - 18 Green, 9 Gold, 3 Bull and 5 Chaffinch, and Tits - 9 Blue and 3 Great. Best was a Grey Wagtail, which conveniently hopped up from the side of the pond into a net as I approached. Retraps included 2 Goldcrests and 3 Treecreepers.

Out on the scrape the Godwit flock increased to 15, but only present early, before the Shooters arrived (grrr) Later a Redshank appeared and later still a Lapwing. There were also a few Curlew nearby. As I was packing up, the shooters reappeared for another session over Sherpa Marsh. (double grrrr!).

Posted November 2nd, 2018 at 5:20 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

The first chance to visit my local patch since mid-Sep saw some modest late-autumn movement in the hour or two from dawn, with 134 Chaffinches heading WNW (towards Pembs and then Ireland?), plus many more heard calling from high up, beyond range of vision, 2 Bramblings, 30 Goldfinches, 2 Redpolls, 2 Siskins, 1 Greenfinch, 8 alba wagtails and 2 Skylarks. In the scrub, minima of 28 Robins (a high count for this site), 14 Song Thrushes, 18 Blackbirds and a female Blackcap.

Posted November 2nd, 2018 at 4:51 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Darlington Tawny

Male hooting 13:00 today,top of gardens.

Posted November 2nd, 2018 at 2:46 pm by Denis Doy in Bird News

Middle Soar to Southdown Farm

Best was male Ring Ouzel in Soar Mill Valley. Also 260 Stock Dove moving east, small influx of 18 Song Thrush, Lapwing, Blackcap & 2 Bulfinch.

Posted November 2nd, 2018 at 2:20 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Teignmouth Seafront

Two Eider North of the pier this morning.

Posted November 2nd, 2018 at 12:17 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Sidmouth sea front

Red-throated Diver feeding close to the shore opposite the R Sid

Posted November 2nd, 2018 at 11:59 am by Ian Pearson in Bird News

Occombe, Preston

Heavy frost around Occombe this morning, winter is arriving as witnessed with at least 9 Robins and 6 Blackbirds. A flock of at least 22 Blue Tits were around a cattle feeder in one of the higher fields. 2 Buzzards, 2 GSW's, Pheasant, 2 Coal Tits, Nuthatch, Bullfinch, 5 Wrens, 4 Great Tits. As well as large numbers of Wood Pigeons and Magpies.

Posted November 2nd, 2018 at 9:40 am in Bird News

Bursdon Moor

Nigel Bastin - please send your records for the Moor into the Data Manager for entry in the records for 2018. The record sheets are on website along with the mail address.

Posted November 2nd, 2018 at 8:30 am by John & Karen Towers & Sims in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Late post from yesterday quiet day at Slapton until late afternoon when sightings of Bittern , Firecrest, Waterail , Yellow browed Warbler all seen by bridge and on the sea 8 common Scoter and 3 Great Northern Divers 

Posted November 2nd, 2018 at 8:13 am by Roger Backway in Bird News

Woodbury Common 1st Nov

Short-eared Owl flying briefly at 3.15 south of the firing range

Posted November 2nd, 2018 at 7:30 am by Ian Pearson in Bird News

Thursday 1st November 2018

Bursdon moor

Please let me know if you would updates from Bursdon moor as I monitor  most days for Sterling university  (BTO), during the winter since moving back down to Bude.

Eds - anyone can send in sightings to be published on these web pages, so your updates would be very welcome..

Posted November 1st, 2018 at 11:23 pm by Nigel Bastin in Bird News

Exmoor

Wave after wave of thousands of Starlings passing over Challacombe, Exmoor this morning. Too many to estimate total numbers.  6 Redwing at Moles Chamber.. A further huge flock of several thousands of starlings gathering and feeding in an old stubble field of pheasant farm above Heasley Mill before going to roost and 4-5 Short -eared Owls near Kinsford Gate.

Posted November 1st, 2018 at 8:07 pm by Margaret- Phillips in Bird News

Taw Estuary

25 Pintail on the Ridge late aft + 6 Goosander on the Strand.

 

Posted November 1st, 2018 at 6:13 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

south huish & slapton

at south huish the pectoral sandpiper was showing well,  also a merlin was sat on the post near the carpark,  then moving on to slapton and looking out to sea we had 3 great northern divers and 8 common scoters, but no sign of the blackneck grebe on the ley.

Posted November 1st, 2018 at 5:57 pm by roger jewell & mike gibson in Bird News

Dawlish town

A Velvet Scoter this afternoon off Dawlish town just beyond the northern most breakwater, viewable from grass area opposite East Cliff Road.

Posted November 1st, 2018 at 5:46 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

East Prawle

At Moorwell Pond this morning ,a small arrival of Chiffchaffs (10+) and 2 ''Continental '' Goldcrests. Also on site 20+ Blackbirds. 8 Song Thrushes, 2 Blackcaps and 1 Grey Wagtall . Chiffchaff numbers have been poor this autumn; Goldcrests even more so. With ''Continental' birds now arriving on the East Coast,hopefully more will make their way westward.

1st.Yr.M. ''Continental'' Goldcrest.  
1st.Yr.M. ''Continental'' Goldcrest.

Posted November 1st, 2018 at 3:39 pm by Alan K Searle in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning,
2 Redwing, 1 Kingfisher, at the car park feeders 2 Willow Tit, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Goldfinch. At the hide, 2 Marsh Tit, 1 Willow Tit.

Posted November 1st, 2018 at 2:08 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Torbay

Scant rewards for checking the bay at the moment.. 6 Common Scoter, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Red-throated Diver & 1 Brent Goose.

Posted November 1st, 2018 at 9:45 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

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