Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 22nd–31st December 2018


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

Monday 31st December 2018

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Anchorwood to Fremington Pill 12.45-14.45.

3 Goosander(Redheads) off Anchorwood Bank. 37 Dark-bellied Brent off Fremington Quay flying upriver on falling tide. 6 Shelduck and 3 Little Egret near Fremington Rock. 25 Wigeon off Chivenor plus a flock of c1000 Golden Plover on Chivenor Ridge with a large number of Lapwing.

Fremington Pill had a very large number of Redshank plus 2 Little Egret; 14 Teal; c35 Mallard and 1 Greenshank.

Posted December 31st, 2018 at 7:55 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Duck SCAUP -- Instow

About 1120 : Between Instow Yacht Club and Westleigh junction: a single duck Scaup very close to mud bank wading against the inflowing tide. Swimming a few yards beyond it were 18 Widgeon (evenly matched ducks and drakes).  Two Shelduck on the mud bank close by.  The Scaup kept aloof from the ducks nearby.  Also the usual waders.

Posted December 31st, 2018 at 7:42 pm by Abraham Cutajar in Bird News

Central Park, Plymouth

A solitary Waxwing feeding on cotoneaster opposite the cafe by the Pitch and Putt.

Posted December 31st, 2018 at 2:38 pm by Roger Higman in Bird News

Amendment to earlier posting

My post on Wednesday 26th December 2018 need to be amended. In it I reported a Firecrest and Barn Owl in my garden. It was only now that I have read the post that I have realised that I should have said it was a ‘Tawny’ owl. It is part of the BTO study that asked you to report Tawny owls.

Posted December 31st, 2018 at 12:04 pm by John O'Connell-Davidson in Bird News

Slapton Ley

c300 Black-headed Gulls, Mediterranean Gull and 6 Goldeneyes (3M) Ireland Bay first light. Ring-necked Duck and Otter at Torcross. Off Torcross 2 Red-throated Divers, 30+ rRazorbills and 2 Harbour Porpoises.

Posted December 31st, 2018 at 10:53 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Along The Tarka Trail

Went for a walk along the Ashford side of the river yesterday afternoon. Loads of waders along the water's edge. Mostly Redshank, Black Tailed Godwits and Oystercatchers with the odd Curlew here and there. Even though only 30 feet or so away, seemed oblivious to our presence. Best sight was a flock of upto 400 Lapwing put up by an over flying Peregrine which then flew inland over West Pilton.

Posted December 31st, 2018 at 10:31 am by Robert Morgan in Bird News

Sunday 30th December 2018

Bowling Green Marsh

Brilliant number of Black-tailed Godwits at the marsh today, as well as the continued presence of wisps of Snipe. I counted 31 Snipe in one flock today at the back right of the marsh. Another bird seen in relatively large numbers was c. 80 Bar-tailed Godwits  which dropped in at high tide. 

Posted December 30th, 2018 at 5:56 pm by Alex Mackintosh in Bird News

Crossbill at Bellever still, 29th Dec 2018

Crossbill's, large flock eating seeds from the cones above the pay and display station at Bellever car park (Dartmoor) along with Tree Creeper. Very misty due to the low cloud cover, pair of Dipper feeding in river.

DipperMistle Thrush
Dipper                                      Mistle Thrush

Posted December 30th, 2018 at 5:50 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Starling Murmuration

Approx. 300 Starlings at Heathfield, coming in small flocks, from 4:10pm and after performing, all dropped down into conifers by 4:30pm

Posted December 30th, 2018 at 5:49 pm by Jeanne Silvestri in Bird News

Decoy Lake

Great Northern Diver still on Decoy Lake, Newton Abbot 3-4 pm plus 6 Male & 3 female Tufted Ducks and a Song Thrush singing. 

Posted December 30th, 2018 at 5:45 pm by Jeanne Silvestri in Bird News

Charleton Marsh / Bay

This afternoon on the falling tide 108 Canada Geese, 42 Brent Geese, 670 Wigeons, 25 Teals, 13 Pintails, Great Northern Diver, 12 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Greenshanks and a couple of Water Rails calling. In the sewage works a couple of Chiffchaffs and a Grey Wagtail.

Posted December 30th, 2018 at 4:53 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Green Sandpiper, Ruff, 30 Snipe & 29 Pintails amongst the usual flocks of waders & ducks.

At Darts Farm, 4 Reed Buntings & just 5 Brent Geese.

Posted December 30th, 2018 at 3:38 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Ring-necked Duck still on ley at Torcross. Also redhead Goosander Stokeley Bay. 7 Goldeneyes including 5 displaying males halfway down Lower Ley. 2 Red-throated Divers off the Memorial Car Park. Brilliant visibility but no scoters seen.

Posted December 30th, 2018 at 11:53 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Saturday 29th December 2018

Around the Exe

RSPB Bowling Green Marsh ~ Water levels very high, large numbers of Black Tailed Godwit on the marsh with more birds arriving on a regular basis, at least four coloured ringed birds observed but the shear density of birds made reading the colour combinations challenging.

More Lapwings than I have previously seen on site with a steady flow of new birds arriving, some 50 Dunlin, numerous Redshank, five Greylag Geese, ducks included Pintail, Tufted, Shoveller, Wigeon and Teal, several large skeins of Brent geese passing over. On leaving two Magpie's locked in a serious fight on the road.


At Darts Farm a large flock of Brent Geese flew in but local shooting soon cleared the area of water fowl, several Reed Bunting near the fishing ponds.

Exminster marsh a first year Peregrine seen perched on a fence, four Barnacle geese with a flock of Canada's, and a flock of 350 plus Golden Plover.

Posted December 29th, 2018 at 8:09 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Matford and Bowling Green

Surprise find was a Yellow-browed Warbler flitting around the willows just in front of the viewing platform at Matford Marsh. 2 Chiffchaff, 20+ Shoveler and 10+ Snipe the other species of note.

The usual suspects were found at Bowling Green, but 30+ Grey Plover, 50+ Knot, and 40+ Barwits off the viewing platform was good to see.

Posted December 29th, 2018 at 6:07 pm by Alex Mackintosh in Bird News

Powderham sawmills

A wintering Yellow-browed Warbler for its 13th day at least at Powderham Sawmills. Best viewed from the concrete square in front of Poppy's Flower Studio. Mobile and elusive but favouring sallows in middle of marsh.

Posted December 29th, 2018 at 5:18 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Charleton Marsh / Bay

Marsh fairly quiet this afternoon, still 1 Tufted Duck. Out in the bay on the falling tide 3 Great Northern Divers and a surprise Whimbrel. Nice flock of c700 Golden Plovers flying around.

Posted December 29th, 2018 at 3:22 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

A dawn count this morning saw 36 Goosander 14m 22f

Posted December 29th, 2018 at 2:56 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Friday 28th December 2018

Tristis Tor, Harford, Dartmoor

Ringtail hen harrier this afternoon flew towards Dendles. Golden plover heard but not seen.

Posted December 28th, 2018 at 7:40 pm by Richard Archer in Bird News

Torbay and beyond..

A good search for scoters around the bay and north to Shaldon produced:

Goodrington: no scoters, but 1 Red-throated and 2 Great Northern Divers. 

Torquay, Daddyhole Plain: 6 Common Scoter and over 100 Common Dolphin spread over a wide area of sea.

Hope's Nose: 20 Common Scoter flew south

Babbacombe: 3 Red-throated Divers and 2 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Harbour Porpoise

Maidencombe: 7 Common Scoter

Shaldon/Teignmouth: 5 Eider and 6 Common Scoter

Posted December 28th, 2018 at 6:57 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Crowpoint to fisherman's Hut

A nice walk along the shoreline as the tide was going out saw many different waders, but managed to get a couple of shots with the camera of some raptors,  one a buzzard,  but not sure of the other. Eds- yes a Buzzard

Buzzard ?   Buzzard
Buzzard ?        Buzzard

Posted December 28th, 2018 at 6:09 pm by Philip worth in Bird News

Tipton St John

Excellent views of a Yellow-browed Warbler in trees on the bank of the River Otter by the football pitch in the playing fields, called once when chased by a goldcrest. Other birds at Tipton St John included a male Merlin and a Chiffchaff, and a male Black Redstart was on the seafront in Sidmouth.

Posted December 28th, 2018 at 5:37 pm by Mike Crosby in Bird News

Middle Soar to Southdown Farm

Good view of a Short-eared Owl this morning plus new site record counts of 101 Cirl Bunting & 160 Yellowhammer. 1310 Skylark highest count in recent years. Also: 49 Meadow Pipit, 31 Song Thrush, Snipe, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 23 Magpie, 59 House Sparrow, 45 Linnet & 7 Reed Bunting.

Posted December 28th, 2018 at 3:20 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Plym Estuary

Another great gathering of feeding and roosting birds on Blaxton Meadow, during this morning's high tide including: 4 Snipe showing well on the ground, Kingfisher, Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, 6 Greenshanks, 8 Wigeon & 35 Curlews. On the estuary, 8+ Goosanders (3 drakes), 3 Little Grebes & 26 Turnstones. Also Grey Wagtail and a flock of 27 Siskins. 

Posted December 28th, 2018 at 3:07 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Charleton Marsh / Bay

07:35-09:50, high tide.

2 Barnacle Geese ( flew off west on their own @08:34 ), 69 Canada Geese, 22 Wigeons, 56 Teals, 2 Tufted Ducks, a showy Water Rail below the hide and a couple others calling, Fieldfare, Grey Wagtail and 15 Meadow Pipits. In the bay 3 Little Grebes and 3 Red-breasted Mergansers.

Water level steadily dropping, reached the hide normal route but the water went over my wellies, not my smartest move of 2018.

Posted December 28th, 2018 at 11:03 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Thursday 27th December 2018

Dartmoor, Hamel Down

Good views this afternoon (3.30ish) in glorious winter sunshine of short eared owl hunting over Hamel Down. Hawking north/south/north until flying away toward Grimspound.

Posted December 27th, 2018 at 8:08 pm by Steve Manning in Bird News

Taw estuary Fremington Quay/Chivenor Ariel display

<1,600 Golden Plover joined by <600 Lapwing to provide a wonderful ariel display over the Taw Estuary today between Fremington Quay and Chivenor. 

Posted December 27th, 2018 at 8:04 pm by Phil & Sue Naylor in Bird News


Scanning the bay this evening from Three Beaches Headland on a flat sea I picked up a group of 12 scoter approx 2-2.5 miles away toward Thatcher's Rock, Torquay around the mussel farm buoys. Watching them for 20 mins on full 60x zoom one wing flapped with it's head up, so I suspect the Surf Scoter has relocated (hopefully temporarily). There should be closer view points from Torquay but suspect the flock will still be very distant - will check tomorrow.

Also counted this evening, 3 common Scoter off Three Beaches Headland, Goodrington, 2 Great Northern Divers, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Red-necked Grebes, 2 Black-necked Grebes, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull in Gull roost. 

Posted December 27th, 2018 at 6:38 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Ilfracombe Harbour

Photo of 2 of 4 Purple Sandpipers seen at Ilfracombe this morning..

Posted December 27th, 2018 at 6:34 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Jack Snipe, 2 Snipe, Green Woodpecker, 6 Little Grebes, Kingfisher, 2 Shags, c35 Meadow Pipits & (my best ever count here of) 8 Roe Deer.

Yesterday also: 12 Wigeon, 9 Goosanders (2 drakes), c7 Ring-necked Parakeets, Sparrowhawk & 4 Mandarin Ducks. 

Today in Efford Marsh: 5+ Chiffchaffs.

Posted December 27th, 2018 at 5:17 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News



At the back of the first Car Park, the Yellow Browed Warbler showed briefly at both 11.00 and 13.45.  At 11.00 it was joined by a Firecrest.  A Chiffchaff and a female Blackcap were also close by.  Bullfinches, Goldfinches and Cirl Buntings also nearby.  A couple of Song Thrushes singing too.   

On the sea: 4 Common Scoters, 2 Great Northern Divers, 3 Black Necked Grebes, Red Necked Grebe, Red Throated Diver.  A couple of Guillemots and Razorbills too.   

Posted December 27th, 2018 at 5:03 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Newton Abbot

Great Northern Diver still on Decoy Lake this morning.

Posted December 27th, 2018 at 4:44 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

27-12-18 Radford Lake and Saltram

At Saltram Blue & Green Parakeets showing very well, one looking into a possible nest site, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, several Curlews, Dunlin, Redshank, 2 Mergansers, 6 Goosanders 4 female 2 male. At Radford lake, Kingfisher showing very well, Little Grebes 10, 1 Heron up a pine tree, nothing more to note

Blue Parakeet - Saltram Kingfiaher - Radford Lake
Blue Parakeet - Saltram (Eds - blue morph of Ring-necked Parakeet)   Kingfiaher - Radford Lake

Posted December 27th, 2018 at 3:41 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Ring-necked Duck commuting between Torcross and Ireland Bay. Also male Goldeneye and redhead Goosander in Ireland Bay. Offshore Great Northern Diver south and 2 Red-throated Dive just off the Memorial Car  Park. 3 Common Scoter close in, 4 very distant. Noticeable passage of auks south early morning ( c500 plus per hour ). Of the identified resting auks in the bay  ( c25 ) all Razorbills except one Guillemot. Around at Beesands a Black-throated Diver off the village. The ley is dead just 5 Mallards, 2 Tufted Ducks and 2 Coots. The culvert is blocked, the water the highest since the hide was built ( 1996 ), so maybe it's messed with the water quality.

Posted December 27th, 2018 at 3:10 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Brixham breakwater

2 rock pipits, 8 purple sandpipers, 3 turnstone, 3 guillemots and 3 GN Divers


Posted December 27th, 2018 at 2:14 pm by Ian Muir in Bird News


3 Red-necked Grebes from Broadsands this morning all looking like adults also, 2 Black-necked Grebes, 8 Great Crested Grebes,. 2 Great Northern Divers, 2 Red-throated Divers (one with a BTD like flank patch) and 2 Common Scoter (no sign of the surf Scoter this am so keep your eyes on other scoter flocks in S Devon), 30+ Common Dolphin toward Brixham.

Posted December 27th, 2018 at 9:47 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 26th December 2018

Firecrest and Barn Owl

Single Firecrest feed on a berberis and then on large camellia bushes in a garden in Plymouth. Barn Owl heard calling in large beach trees in the Mannamead area on a regular basis between 18:30 and 23:30.

Posted December 26th, 2018 at 10:47 pm by John O'Connell-Davidson in Bird News

East lyn, to lynton

Walking from the top to lynton with all the wrong lenses we saw a goosander just below the tea rooms, a very patient heron on the far bank that didn't seem phased by all the walkers, and about 300 yards up the stream from the harbour a cormorant diving the rapids and eventually exiting to stand on a boulder.

Posted December 26th, 2018 at 7:49 pm by Philip worth in Bird News

Melbury n.devon

At my feeding station today at least 2 willow tit, easily 30 but probably more coal tits along with 6 blue 4 great and 3 long tails.2 great spotted woodpecker 2 nuthatch,sparrowhawk and singing song thrush.

Posted December 26th, 2018 at 7:29 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Three beaches, Torbay, 1pm

1st W surf scoter with 5 imm/fem type common scoters, straight off 3 beaches headland. 

Posted December 26th, 2018 at 5:48 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Fremington Pill

11am today - both greater scaup and glossy ibis at Fremington Pill

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Posted December 26th, 2018 at 3:49 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Ring-necked Duck still on Slapton Ley at Torcross out from the Start Bay Inn.

Posted December 26th, 2018 at 3:26 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery, Boxing Day

Apart from the crows, magpies and pigeons very little else apart from Blue Titsand Great Tits on the Feeders. Near the Tipping Area were about 20 Tong-tailed Tits, a Wren and a Robin. Also pair of squirrels messing about in the trees and a large Tabby Cat.

Posted December 26th, 2018 at 2:45 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News


1 Red-throated Diver, 4 Great Northern Divers off Breakwater beach and 1 Great Northern Diver on the inside of the Breakwater this morning. On the wave defense Brixham Marina 8 Grey Seals resting.

Posted December 26th, 2018 at 2:35 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Blaxton Meadow/ Plym Estuary

Early morning visit on a falling tide on the meadow 38 Curlew, 70 Dunlin,8 Greenshank 85 redshank 6 Widgeon 21 Shelduck and 6 Snipe , in the trees  behind meadow a single Great Spotted Woodpecker and 6 Green Parakeets.

On the estuary Goosander (2m 5F) Red Breasted Merganser (2m 3F) 6 Little Grebe and large flocks of wader which included Dunlin Turnstone Redshank Greenshank. A single pair of Gadwall and all the usual Heron Little Egret Mallards Cormorants.

Posted December 26th, 2018 at 1:58 pm by Roger Backway in Bird News

West Charleton Marsh / Bay

Beautiful still day. 2 Barnacle Geese with 60 Canada's on the marsh. Tufted Duck still present but only around 20 Teals and no Wigeon. Out in the bay ( high tide ) 50 Brent Geese, 4 Great Crested Grebes, Little Grebe and the wintering Great Northern Diver off Wareham Point.

The water level on the marsh has fallen but the hide is still only accessable by going along the wall on the estuary side and in.

Posted December 26th, 2018 at 11:13 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Still holidaying in Paignton!

A beautiful sunrise more than made up for a dearth of birds today. The eiders were still present off Marine Parade, Though further out than last week still very active in their fishing, this time without the attentions of the gulls. Broadsands. The GND and scoters, barely visible in the murk yesterday were noticeable by their absence today as were all the other birds. The only real sign of life was a solitary seal making its way around the headland. 

Posted December 26th, 2018 at 10:16 am by Philip L. fairclough in Bird News

Tuesday 25th December 2018

Christmas Canal Walk

Merry Christmas. My usual Christmas walk along the canal - Powederham Castle - nothing special - Stonechat at Topsham Side Lock, Cirl Bunting near cycle bridge. 7 Muscovy Duck a new attraction at Turf lock. As well as all the usual waders etc. 2 Black Swan at Topsham Quay.

Grey Heron with an Eel was fun - video -

Stonechat Topsham Side LockGreat Spotted Woodpecker - ExminsterCirl Bunting
Stonechat Topsham Side Lock        Great Spotted Woodpecker - Exminster          Cirl Bunting

Posted December 25th, 2018 at 5:26 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News


Calling near the garden early this morning; Tawny Owl, and a Green Woodpecker. Also a drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker.

The reserve very quiet this afternoon. Another pile of feathers means one fewer male Blackbird.

Posted December 25th, 2018 at 4:38 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Merry Christmas from South Brent

Heavy mist/fog for the early part of the morning the tiniest hint of sunshine and heavy overcast thereafter over South Brent but around the garden feeders much brighter with Siskin, GSWP, Nuthatch, Pied Wagtail, Long Tailed Tit, male Bullfinch and overnight Tawny owls calling.

Posted December 25th, 2018 at 1:29 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Seaton Wetlands - Firecrest

Fantastic close views of Firecrest by entrance to Black Hole Marsh - raised area to right of gate.

Posted December 25th, 2018 at 1:26 pm by Dave Bittern in Bird News

Nr Hemerdon

In garden this morning: Siskin 3 (1m,2f), Blackcap 1 (m) and Chiffchaff 1

Posted December 25th, 2018 at 12:06 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Harleston by Slapton

First singing Song Thrush of the new season in murky but very mild conditions. 30 Fieldfare over garden.

Posted December 25th, 2018 at 11:59 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Song Thrush -- Bideford -- 0845

singing heartily behind my house for the past 15 minutes wishing mankind a Merry Christmas.  Thank you dear Thrush and all the Best.

Posted December 25th, 2018 at 8:55 am by Abraham Cutajar in Bird News

Monday 24th December 2018

Little Gull

Juvenile Little Gull just offshore at Teignmouth pier at 1030hrs this morning. 

Posted December 24th, 2018 at 8:14 pm by Roy Adams in Bird News


Two chiffchaffs feeding along the edge of the hedgerow by the path leading from the lane opposite Dawlish Sands today.

Posted December 24th, 2018 at 6:28 pm by Mark Brandon in Bird News

Tamar estuary / Ernesettle.

1015 - 1300:-

19 Avocet, 6 Wigeon, 3 Mediterranean gull (ad winter) 2 Great crested grebe, 1 Little grebe, 1 Green woodpecker.

Ernesettle creek: 22 Teal, 21 Snipe, 1 Greenshank.

Posted December 24th, 2018 at 2:48 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

RT and BT divers off Torcross

Single red-throated and 2x black-throated divers off Torcross end of Slapton yesterday (Sunday) midday, plus single male goosander flying south from the Ley.

Posted December 24th, 2018 at 12:15 pm by Pete Exley in Bird News

Sunday 23rd December 2018


An Otter seen briefly in Efford Marsh (my first in Plymouth) & also Firecrest & c12 Chiffchaffs there.

Low tide on the Plym Estuary produced: a 2nd-w Mediterranean Gull, 6 Goosanders (2 drakes), 13 Wigeon, 18 Common Gulls (all ads), 2 Shags, 3 Little Grebes and Ring-necked Parakeet(s) heard.

Posted December 23rd, 2018 at 9:40 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Exe Estuary

1st visit for a long time and walked from Powderham church, and had a great close-up of a pair of Cirl Buntings just over the footbridge. About 6 - 7 Pied Wagtails at various places walking to the Turf, numerous House Sparrows and a Rock Pipit. Down by the Turf a Red Breasted Meganser. Plenty of wader activity including: Avocets, Sanderlings, Grey Plovers, Golden Plovers, Lapwing, Oystercatchers and Curlews.

Posted December 23rd, 2018 at 9:39 pm in Bird News

Otter Estuary, East Devon


2 Pale bellied Brent Geese near the scrape with Canada Geese, while 6 Dark bellied Brents were on the cricket pitch.  A Water Rail crossed the creek opposite the hide. 

Pale bellied found by Doug Cullen.  (The path to the west bank hide is open from Whitebridge) although it appears closed.  NO access from Lime Kiln car park still.

Posted December 23rd, 2018 at 6:40 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Crossbills around Tottibridge Reservoir

A small flock of around six previously well hidden  Crossbills flew calling out of pines on edge of reservoir, after being spooked by a sparrowhawk. soaring overhead.

Posted December 23rd, 2018 at 5:49 pm by Mark Brandon in Bird News

Fremington Quay

Despite very mucky weather we decided to walk from Fremington Quay towards Home Farm Marsh via the path just north of Saltpill duck pond and were rewarded with distant views of 2 spoonbills on the far bank, but on our return one had come over to our side of the river.


Posted December 23rd, 2018 at 5:31 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News


In the reserve this morning, 2 Chiffchaffs, one with a ring on, the second also now has a ring on. This brings the total number of Chiffs ringed there this year to 50. Cetti's Warbler called once and loads of Finches, Redwings and Starlings around.

Wigeon out on the scrape.

Posted December 23rd, 2018 at 3:05 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

West Charleton Marsh

Never seen the marsh as flooded before, topped up after some heavy overnight rain. Present were 20 Wigeons, 115 Teals, 2 Pintails, 2 Gadwalls, 20 Mallards, 2 Tufted Ducks, 2 Redshanks, c300 Black-headed Gulls, adult Mediterranean Gull, 10 Common Gulls, Kingfisher and a Chiffchaff calling by the hide.

Posted December 23rd, 2018 at 12:24 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Exmoor seo with tag?

This seo near Simonsbath, yesterday. Are the straps around the neck a transmitter or suggestive of a previous captive life?

Short-eared Owl Short-eared Owl Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl

Eds: not sure what to make of protrusion - it's in a very odd place if it's a transmitter!  


Posted December 23rd, 2018 at 9:13 am by Tim Williams in Bird News

Saturday 22nd December 2018

R.Taw, Barnstaple. 1430

The numbers of Dark-bellied Brent Geese have more than doubled in the last 2 days with 354 counted just off Penhill Marsh.

45 Black-tailed Godwits around the area of Bradiford Water outfall.

Posted December 22nd, 2018 at 7:39 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Velator etc.

Chiffchaff seen in the reserve this morning and a Water Rail heard. Best was a smart 1st year Male Blackcap in the garden this afternoon. Still getting lots of Tits on the feeders including the ringed Marsh Tit. 2 Song Thrushes singing in and around the garden and a flyover Jay.

Posted December 22nd, 2018 at 6:39 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

fremington quay.

8 cattle egrets in field behind café.Chiffchaff and bullfinch on tarka trail.

Cattle Egret Chiffchaff. Bullfinch.
Cattle Egret                            Chiffchaff.                                  Bullfinch.

Posted December 22nd, 2018 at 6:16 pm by john elvin in Bird News


1 Great Northern Diver in the mouth of the Teign, halfway between Shaldon and Teignmouth.

Posted December 22nd, 2018 at 5:28 pm by Roger Duggleby in Bird News


Broadsands late this afternoon: 1 Red-necked Grebe (adult), 2 Black-necked Grebes, 2 Great Northern Divers. in this evening Gull Roost; 1 Mediterranean Gull, 87 Common Gull $50+ Black-headed Gulls. Looking toward Goodrington; Surf Scoter and 4 Common Scoter, 31 Great Crested Grebes.  

In the Back of the 1st car park the Yellow-browed Warbler called regularly this evening but didn't show.                             

  Red-necked Grebe ad Brdsnds 22 12 18 ML Red-necked Grebe ad Brdsnds 22 12 18 ML Red-necked Grebe ad Brdsnds 22 12 18 ML

                                                                           Red-necked Grebe diving


Posted December 22nd, 2018 at 5:22 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Torbay coastal

Torquay beach, Livermead end ~ SX907633 ~  150 plus Black Headed Gull, one ringed with a yellow tag ring but disturbance from dogs running loose on the beach prevented the ring details being obtained, Heron, Little Egret, Pied and Grey Wagtails, Rock Pipit, six Mute Swan, three dark bellied Brent Geese.

Grey Wagtail 

Marine Parade, Paignton, distant views of a possible Red Throated Diver towards Goodrington, one Great Crested Grebe well out on the sea

Paignton Pier the reported three Eider duck just off the pier Torquay side and one Razorbill.

Young’s Park boating lake twenty two Tufted duck, several Mallard on lake and on the sea, from the sea wall the reported Surf Scoter with four Common Scoter and a Great Crested Grebe in the distance towards Brixham harbour.

Elberry Cove ~ Black Necked Grebe and two Great Northern Diver.

Back to Marine Parade where the three Eider Duck were preening on the exposed rocks, one adult Mediterranean Gull with the twenty plus Blacked Headed Gull and twenty Eight Turnstone.


Yesterday (21st Dec) Tiercel Peregrine low and fast over the A38 at the western end of Ivybridge, at Lee Mill a female Sparrow Hawk over the A38 and at the end of the day a female Peregrine came over home and had a too close for comfort look at the contents of my pigeon lofts!!

Posted December 22nd, 2018 at 5:06 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh this morning

Low tide didn't help, then a Peregrine put up all the waders that were there - they left for the estuary! Hundreds of Wigeon and Black Tailed Godwits, lots of Redshank, Teal, Shoveler. Eight Pintail and a lone Ruff.

Posted December 22nd, 2018 at 4:33 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Plymouth Cattewater

Two Great Northern Divers in Cattewater near Yacht Haven Marina Saturday 1530.

Posted December 22nd, 2018 at 4:32 pm by Ashley and Cynthia Crawford in Bird News

Little gull at Teignmouth

One Little Gull west of the pier at Teignmouth this morning, virtually on  the shoreline at times.

Posted December 22nd, 2018 at 3:27 pm by Mark Brandon in Bird News

N. Hallsands.

5 Chiffchaffs, 4 Goldcrests, 1 Firecrest and 2 Blackcaps this morning.

Ad. F. Firecrest.
Ad. F. Firecrest.

Posted December 22nd, 2018 at 1:52 pm by Alan K. Searle in Bird News

West Charleton Marsh / Bay

Seen the marsh well flooded before but I don't think more than it is now. Male Tufted Duck swimming where the marsh should be ! 250 plus Black -headed Gulls, first calendar year Mediterranean Gull and 10 Common Gulls also on the marsh. Hundreds of Teals and Wigeons out on the mudflats, Great Northern Diver around the saltstone. Just starting to have a good luck at everything when a shooting party arrived, couple on the wall either side of the hide, at least one on the marsh and turned this wonderful reserve into a little bit of Malta. Everything scattered and disturbed. I hope the couple who were having an innocent walk on the marsh manage to find their dog which turned tail and ran away in fright when the shooting started, last saw them looking in the village. What is really galling is I spoke to one of the participants last winter and he did not know which were shelduck and definatly was not sure of the wigeon and teal. They invariably claim to love the countryside but in 10 minutes caused more disturbance and negativity to it than any over zealous photographer, noisy family or thoughtless dog walker could do if they tried.

Posted December 22nd, 2018 at 1:06 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Sutterton Lane Dawlish Warren

2 Firecrests approx 200 metres from the Dawlish Warren entrance to Sutterton Lane  which joins Sutterton and the Warren. Also 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker and good numbers of various Titsl. 

Posted December 22nd, 2018 at 9:49 am by Roy Adams in Bird News

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