Devon Bird Sightings from 15th–21st November 2018

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Wednesday 21st November 2018

N.Hallsands.

Migrants this morning were 12 Goldcrests ( 5 ringed ),4 Chiffchaffs ( 2 ringed ),and a m.Blackcap. Also present a Woodcock ( ar regular winter visitor at this site and an unusually high number of Blackbirds (20+)) Nearby 2 Black Redstarts (f/./imm.) around the cottages behind the beach.

Posted November 21st, 2018 at 6:57 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Merlin seen twice flying low and fast over pasture, poss female/1st Winter?

Posted November 21st, 2018 at 6:52 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

R.Caen

Another photo (digiscoped) of the Little Stint foraging with the Dunlin on R.Caen.


Posted November 21st, 2018 at 5:59 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Goosanders are back - 3 drakes & 2 redheads; also Wigeon, 4 Snipe, Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, 7 Greenshanks, 4 Black-tailed Godwits, 143+ Redshanks, 35 Curlews, Shag, 7 Little Egrets, 11 Grey Herons, 21 Shelducks, Grey Wagtail & 6 Ring-necked Parakeets. 

Posted November 21st, 2018 at 5:03 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

R.Caen + Horsey Island

Quick look at the R.Caen & Horsey Island pm.

1 Little Stint in winter plumage with the Dunlin on R.Caen.

1 Avocet on Horsey.

Posted November 21st, 2018 at 4:44 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Middle Soar to Southdown Farm

Best this morning was my first Woodcock for the site, at Middle Soar. Also: influx of 42 Song Thrush & 37 Blackbird, 5 Redwing, Snipe, 80 Stock Dove,  Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1330 Skylark, 27 Meadow Pipit, 2 Blackcap, 100 Linnet, 53 Yellowhammer & 2 Reed Bunting.

Posted November 21st, 2018 at 3:03 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Tuesday 20th November 2018

Burrator

This morning, Goosander (f), Little Egrets 2, Grey Heron 4, Teal 17,  Bramblings 5 in amongst flock of Chaffinces, Blackbirds, Fieldfares, Redwings, Mistle & Song thrushes, Gr Spotted Woodpecker, Kestrel.

Posted November 20th, 2018 at 8:43 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Quick visit and walk to Ireland Bay, strong SE wind but bay sheltered and birds close to shore. 2 Goldeneye, Black Necked Grebe, 6 GC Grebe,

12 Gadwall, 15 Tufted ducks, numerous Coots.

Posted November 20th, 2018 at 7:31 pm by Jeremy Spooner in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning very early at the lake:
1 Brambling, 1 Willow Tit on the feeders, 4m 1 eclipse 3f Goosander.

Posted November 20th, 2018 at 7:14 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Woodbury castle

About 150 chaffinch and about 15 brambling mixed in midday.

Posted November 20th, 2018 at 3:15 pm by roger jewell & mike gibson in Bird News

Summerwell Forest - -Huddisford Platation.

A Great Grey Shrike this morning at Huddisford Cross, part of Summerwell Forest, near Hartland.   Grid ref: SS315206.

The bird was showing well but quite mobile giving reasonably close views..

Also 2  Kestrels, 1 Buzzard and 3 Ravens..

Harvey Kendall & Barry Bryne.

Posted November 20th, 2018 at 1:46 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Starcross

Red kite going north at midday. 

Posted November 20th, 2018 at 12:12 pm by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

Monday 19th November 2018

Exminister Marsh

A short afternoon visit to splash in muddy puddles, at a 3 year olds request, also yielded a single Cattle Egret and 4 Barnacle Geese. Otherwise 45 Golden Plover, 120+ Lapwing, 30 Fieldfare & 30 Redwing. 

Lots of Redwing over house in Exeter,180 today, 220 yesterday.

Posted November 19th, 2018 at 8:41 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Plymouth

To Plymouth this morning try and catch up with the Black Redstart at Ford Park Cemetery, it was rather elusive but did show on our second visit, five Meadow Pipits and a Jay showing well.

A cat caught and killed a Magpie in the cemetery and within moments it was being mobbed and screamed at by no less that sixty Carrion Crows and a dozen or more Magpie's.

Redwings and Mistle Thrush moving around in reasonable numbers.

Over to Pounds House and eventually found around twelve Ring Necked Parakeets including a ringed blue morph, biggest surprise was a Woodcock flying out from the direction of Central park.

Back at South Brent, a friend in Brakefield reporting the first Blackcap of the winter in his garden where they usually over winter.

Posted November 19th, 2018 at 4:18 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning on the Lake were:
9 Goosander 5m one eclipse, 4f, 1m Goldeneye, 4 Gadwell, 15 Shoveler, 6 Great Crested Grebe, c50 Wigeon, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant, c80 Lapwing, 6 Tufted Duck, c200 Canada Geese, c40 Coot, 1 Mute Swan.

Posted November 19th, 2018 at 3:59 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Ham Woods, Plymouth 18/11/18

Firecrest present in my neighbour's garden this afternoon on the edge of Ham Woods. Foraging in brambles with a mixed the flock for about 5 minutes before flying into the woods. 

Posted November 19th, 2018 at 7:51 am by Chris Vincent in Bird News

Sunday 18th November 2018

Shiphay, Torquay

16.30-16.40

At least 45 Pied Wagtails overhead heading east, in the direction of Torbay Hospital. 

Earlier this morning, several small groups of Redwings and some Fieldfares generally heading north in the strong wind. 

Posted November 18th, 2018 at 5:29 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Plymouth

Plym Estuary: Mediterranen Gull ad, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 105 Dunlins, 4 Greenshanks, 9 Oystercatchers, 53 Curlews, 74 Redshanks, 6+ Little Egrets, 10 Grey Herons & a Ring-necked Parakeet. Good numbers of waders now on Blaxton Meadow, many feeding well too, benefitting from the reduced disturbance thanks to access restrictions.

Efford Marsh: Kingfisher, 3 Chiffchaffs & 4 Goldcrests.

Posted November 18th, 2018 at 4:24 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Saturday 17th November 2018

Exminster Marshes

4 Barnacle Geese, 6 Cattle Egret, Marsh Harrier and Peregrine Falcon

Cattle Egret Barnacle Geese
      Cattle Egret                                                                       Barnacle Geese

Posted November 17th, 2018 at 4:02 pm by Colin Scott in Bird News

Lundy

The Great Skua that was marauding the Landing Bay all week. 


Posted November 17th, 2018 at 2:45 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Lundy

Great Spotted Woodpecker on Lundy Island of all places! 


Posted November 17th, 2018 at 2:42 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Yarner and Haldon Forrest

Male Brambling on the feeders at the pond hide at Yarner this morning, good numbers of both Marsh and Coal Tit with a smaller number of Blue & Great Tit, handful of Chaffinch, Nuthatch and a Robin.

 

The upper hide was far busier with continuous feeding by Marsh, Coal, Blue & Great Tit, female Bullfinch, brief view of a passing Chiffchaff, several Nuthatch and in the surrounding Holly trees a small number of feeding Redwing.

Haldon Forrest, not overly busy with bird life around the feed station, mostly Coal Tit and the odd Nuthatch, a walk round gave Song Thrush, at least twelve Greenfinch, GSWP two Goldcrest and a hunting immature male Sparrowhawk.

Posted November 17th, 2018 at 2:39 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

17-11-18 Black Redstart Ford Park Cemetery

The Male Black Redstart is still showing well at Ford Park Cemetery on the Eastern side of the chapels

Black Redstart

Black Redstart

Posted November 17th, 2018 at 2:11 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Middle Soar to Southdown Farm

Morning highlights were Merlin and Skylark in aerial combat - outcome unknown, and significant influx of 46 Song Thrush in Soar Mill Valley. Also: 2 Golden Plover, 9 Lapwing flying east, 3 Snipe, Fieldfare, 160 Starling & 2 Reed Bunting.

Posted November 17th, 2018 at 12:26 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

100 ringneck parakeet ford park cemetery inc 6 blue

BIUS

Posted November 17th, 2018 at 9:46 am by barry in Bird News

Friday 16th November 2018

Torcross.

A nice Feathered Thorn at the outside light this evening.

Feathered Thorn moth
Feathered Thorn moth

Posted November 16th, 2018 at 8:12 pm by Alan K. Searle in Other Wildlife

Combe Martin Redstart

Tim Jones' Rillage Point Redstart (juv) was briefly beside the river on Combe Martin beach at 09.30, assumed at first to be a Black red.

Note from Tim Jones: Hi Jonathan, I think your sighting was too close to mine time-wise to be the same bird (my last sighting was around 09.20 to 09.25, but I don't think it moved very far). The habitat on the beach also sounds better for Black Redstart, as you suggest.

Posted November 16th, 2018 at 5:06 pm by Jonathan Nicholl in Bird News

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Anchorwood Bank to Penhill Marsh 1330-1430.

G.B.B.Gull 18; L.B.B.Gull 21; Black-tailed Godwit 2; Redshank c230; Shelduck 18; Little Grebe 2; Rock Pipit 1; Golden Plover c700 in single flock on sandbank just off Penhill Marsh and 1 male Gadwall in eclipse plumage with 12 Mallard.

Posted November 16th, 2018 at 4:20 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Higher Cemetery Exeter

Brief afternoon visit in poor light gave - 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Jay, 50+ Redwing, a handful of Fieldfare, Greenfinch, small Chaffinch flock, small Long Tailed Tit flock and on Sweetbrier lane a Sparrowhawk..

Green WoodpeckerJayMistle Thrush
Green Woodpecker                                    Jay                                             Mistle Thrush

Posted November 16th, 2018 at 4:14 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Black Redstart ~ Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth

The reported male Black Redstart showed well (once it turned up) at Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth late this morning, feeding in the area above the chapels. Possibly a second bird tucked in the holly both birds could be heard calling but the second bird other than moving between tree cover stayed out of view.

Several Redwing, Song Thrush and numerous Blackbirds feeding on holly berries.

Shame that some of the visiting birders/photographers have no respect for graves and headstones, if the behaviour I saw today continues I would not be surprised if the cemetery authorities said that bird watchers are no longer to be welcomed on site.

  

Posted November 16th, 2018 at 3:16 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

Once again a complete contrast between S & N coasts of Devon, with no visible Redwing or Fieldfare migration up here on the N coast and precious little movement at all this morning... Totals were 35 Meadow Pipits, 6 Siskins, 25 Goldfinches, 7 Linnets and only 24 Chaffinches. The scrub yielded a Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrests, 16 Blackbirds, 6 Song Thrushes, 3 Stonechats and the highlight by some way an exceptionally late female or first-winter Common Redstart.

Posted November 16th, 2018 at 2:52 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Return of the Willows

I live at Yelverton, Devon PL20 6BN.  Two Willow Tits have returned to my garden following an absence of at least 20 years.  Submitted for information.

Posted November 16th, 2018 at 1:27 pm by Dave Peake in Bird News

Berry Head

Mostly impressive overhead migration today 0710-0910hrs: 5000+ Redwing, 950 Fieldfare, 11 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 345 Chaffinch, 8 Brambling, 2 Reed Bunting, 19 Siskin, 4 Bullfinches, 80 Goldfinches, 25 Stock Doves (in one flock), 65 Meadow Pipits, 7 pied Wagtails, 30 Starlings, 2 Skylark & 1 Snipe.

Around the headland: 7 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest and 3 Chiffchaff

Posted November 16th, 2018 at 12:51 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thrush sp and Wood pigeon migration over South Brent 15th & 16th November

15th November ~ Lots of Redwing movement over Hillside, South Brent during the earlier part of the day over 1500 birds counted largest flock of some 500 plus birds, most flocks ranging from 50 to 70 birds.

Two sightings of soaring female Sparrowhawks no doubt attracted by the Redwing numbers.

Notable movement of Wood pigeons as well with about 200 birds seen early in the morning.

Pied Wagtails trickling over for most of the day in one's and two's.

GSWP, Nuthatch and male Greenfinch on the feeders and a Wren around the garden today.

16th November ~ Thrush migration noted from 8am to 9.30am, very overcast misty conditions, 1300 plus Redwing largest flock being of some 400 birds, the odd Mistle Thrush noted and several flocks of Fieldfares amounting to about 150 birds, all Thrush flocks headed north while several smaller flocks of Starling appeared to be feeding locally and moving in the opposite direction.

Small flocks of migrating Wood pigeon continue to pass over and two flocks of what I believe to have been Chaffinch the light being to poor to see any plumage detail. 

Other birds of note were a Green Woodpecker, two GSWP, four Bullfinch and fifteen Pied Wagtail.

 
 
 

Posted November 16th, 2018 at 10:34 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Thursday 15th November 2018

N.Hallsands.

,A small influx of Chiffchaffs (8),and Goldcrests (9). 3 Goldcrests ringed,all'Continental' birds. Also a flock of 50+ Redwings and a flock of 20+ Fieldfare alighted in the tops of the tallest White Willows, before flying off westward.

1st.Yr.m. 'Continental' Goldcrest.
1st.Yr.m. 'Continental' Goldcrest.

Posted November 15th, 2018 at 4:53 pm by Alan K. Searle in Bird News

Dawlish Warren - Exeter

A multi-stop day which produced around 80 species. Of note were:

From the sea wall - 4 Kittewakes in a mixed gull/Gannet feeding flock of 400+, and 1 R-T Diver.

From Starcross - 2 R-B Merganser (at last) and the Slavonian Grebe.

In Powderham Park - 1 Green Sandpiper and a mixed Redwing/Fieldfare flock.

From Turf - several thousand mixed waders, including 300+ Golden Plover.

On Exminster Marshes - just the Cattle Egret in the fields near the canal. Diggers were dredging some of the ditches, so very disturbed. More Redwings/Fieldfares feeding in the hedges.

At Matford ponds - several Gadwall, which I don't always see here, and 4 feeding Snipe.

Finally, at King James Weir - Dipper, Water Rail, another Green Sandpiper and more Redwings/Fieldfares, heading West. 

Posted November 15th, 2018 at 4:48 pm by James Camden in Bird News

15/11/18 - Bicton Park

Visit to Bicton Park today - very dull & misty but loads of winter thrushes - Fieldfare, Redwing & Mistle Thrushes - flying about.


Posted November 15th, 2018 at 4:44 pm by Chris Bollen in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery

This Black Redstart showed for a short time this morning, always at a distance on the eastern side of the chapels.

Posted November 15th, 2018 at 2:56 pm by patrick hawkins in Bird News

Baggy Point

1 Great Northern Diver flying south close in to Baggy point this am.

Also 5 female Common Scoters present.


Posted November 15th, 2018 at 2:01 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Berry Head

Fantastic overhead migration was noted between 07.30-09.30 with: at least 8400 Redwing, 150 Fieldfare, 1 Mistle Trush, 8 Song Thrush, 230 Chaffinch, 16 Brambling, 29 Siskin, 300+ Wood Pigeon, 3 Skylark, 30 Goldfinch, 3 Linnet, 22 Meadow Pipits and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Around the woods and top of the headland: 1 Pallas's Warbler, 4 Firecrest, 18 Goldcrest, 2 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff.

   Redwing Berry Head 15 Nov 2018 ML  Firecrest Berry Head 15 Nov 2018 ML

                              Some of the Redwings                                           Firecrest

                  Pallas's Warbler Berry Head 15 Nov 2018 ML     Pallas's Warbler Berry Head 15 Nov 2018 ML

Pallas's Warbler

 

Posted November 15th, 2018 at 1:51 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

A Great White Egret (a patch tick!) flew E along the clifftops at 08.30. Visible migration did not include the large numbers of thrushes being seen on the south coast, but was instead dominated by Starlings, with some 934 counted before 09.00. Also 134 Chaffinches, a Fieldfare, a Mistle Thrush, 4 alba wagtails, 9 Meadow Pipits, 14 Goldfinches and 5 Linnets. One Red-throated Diver W. In the scrub, single Chiffchaff and Goldcrest, plus 4 Stonechat. It will be interesting to learn if the Chivenor Great White Egret seen at 07.45 this morning stuck around, or if it could be the same individual that I saw 45 minutes later – though even a direct line between the two locations is c 15km.

Posted November 15th, 2018 at 11:27 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Rattery

Mixed flock of 4/500 redwing/fieldfare feeding on holly and travelling south above Rattery this morning (a sign of cold weather to come?) Female black redstart yesterday.

Posted November 15th, 2018 at 9:56 am by Ian Samuel in Bird News

Great White Egret Chivenor

First field past Bovis on the left towards Braunton at 7:45 this morning

Posted November 15th, 2018 at 9:30 am by Robert Cudmore in Bird News

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