Devon Bird Sightings from 1st–7th February 2018

Dawlish Warren

Please take extra care when visiting Dawlish Warren. We have been informed that due to the recent bad weather there has been significant erosion from Groyne 10 eastwards. This means that access along the site, to and from Warren Point (and the bird hide) will be via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! Signs have been put up to alert people to the hazards, but people need to be aware that access routes that they have become used to may not be available and they need to exercise extreme caution,  with the possibility of being cut off by the tide, and people are strongly urged not to try climbing the sand cliffs. Further information is available on the Teignbridge District Council website.

Posted November 9th at 11:08 am by Mike Daniels 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

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

Wednesday 7th February 2018

Stover Lake, afternoon

The lake edges were frozen in places. Fewer goosander than yesterday but still at least 13 brownheads and 2 drakes with close views of courtship behaviour. 3 flew off during the afternoon. Also 1 pochard and 1 tufted duck (both drakes). 1 water rail heard by near boardwalk on south side.

Posted February 7th at 9:49 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Berry Head

Late afternoon watch off the top of the headland produced the usual juv/fw Iceland Gull and a new (pristine winged) ad Glaucous Gull that followed a trawler into to Brixham. Also 25+ Common Dolphin and 10 + Harbour Porpoise. Looking toward Mansands a flock of some 80 Common Scoter feeding out in the bay.

Posted February 7th at 8:03 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Red Kite and Short-eared Owl

Red Kite above the A399 at SS664369.  Short-eared Owl flitting between Somerset and Devon near Kinsford Gate, Exmoor at SS751359.

Posted February 7th at 7:28 pm by Kim Beaver & Rosie Arnold in General Birding

Velator

Lots (maybe 100) of Redwings in the reserve this afternoon. At 3.30p.m the tatty female Marsh Harrier was drifting about over Sherpa Marsh.

Posted February 7th at 6:18 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Beesands and Slapton

Beesands Ley - Male Ring necked Duck showing well with tufted ducks, also 2m1f Pochard, 3m2f Gadwall. 1 Cettis warbler in reeds, 1 firecrest in hedgerow along footpath over to Slapton Ley.

Slapton Ley - 2 black necked grebe together near Torcross (very red eyes in strong sunlight), 4+m and 3+f goldeneye, 2 water rail at the duck feeding platform and 1 at the bridge

Posted February 7th at 4:56 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Pizwell Farm, nr. Postbridge

6 Crossbill near farm. 5 Snipe also nearby. Later a flock of about 60 Golden Plover were seen over the moor above Dousland.

Posted February 7th at 4:08 pm by Rob Hubble and Stella Tracey in General Birding

Tuesday 6th February 2018

Stover Lake

About 20-25 goosander including 4 drakes (we didn't attempt a count with birds scattered all over the place). Also pair pochard, tufted ducks, 2 heron, kingfisher. Usual tits and nuthatch at feeding station, plus a few siskin hanging around in tree tops.

Posted February 6th at 9:32 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Hackney Marshes, Kingsteignton

Excitement this afternoon when half a dozen snow flakes fell on the marshes. Highlights were large numbers of goldfinches, and a water rail taking a very leisurely stroll across an open are of mud by the railway bridge.

Posted February 6th at 9:18 pm by Richard Harley in General Birding

Berrynarbor

I was very pleased to see a Firecrest again in the garden today having not seen one here since early January.

Posted February 6th at 8:25 pm by Margaret Phillips in General Birding

Back garden, East Ogwell

The cold weather brought many birds to the feeder. Pairs of Blackcaps, Bullfinches, Blackbirds and Robins and a very brazen goldcrest. Highlight was a male Hawfinch feeding on Hornbeam seeds off the ground for over 15 mins.

Posted February 6th at 7:27 pm by John Simons in General Birding

Reed Bunting ~ South Brent

Female Reed Bunting in the garden this afternoon, first one I have seen here this winter, showing up just after 1pm and then seen several times from 4pm, then a Sparrow hawk hunting through the garden cleared all the feeding birds.

Posted February 6th at 5:42 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Beesands - Ring-necked duck

Quieter in the cold today at Beesands than Perry's report yesterday. However the Ring- necked Duck was still showing well and looking settled. Also 2 Pochard, fewer Tufted (count of 42), 2 Coot, no Gadwall seen, but a short visit from a pair of Teal.

Posted February 6th at 5:21 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Cranbrook Countryside Park

A team of nine undertook the second of four surveys of the Countryside park this morning and listed a total of 41 species over the two hour count. (The survey has been commissioned by the East Devon Countryside Team and two further surveys will be held in April and June).  Thank you to those taking part.

An overwintering Chiffchaff was found and the most interesting find was a Green Sandpiper found in the same place (a muddy ditch), as during the first survey on 21 November last year.  Totals of some species were:  Redwings (40), Fieldfare (35), Song Thrush (10) and Bullfinch (10).  Others of note were Raven, Kestrel, 2 Treecreeper and 4 Stonechat. Small numbers of Mallard and Moorhen were found on the lakes having colonised them since the new town was first constructed. On the negative side, some species previously found on or by the lakes (Grey Heron, Little Grebe and Cormorant) seem to have moved away since building encroached on these areas. 

Posted February 6th at 4:53 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Southdown Farm, Bolberry.

Highlight was a flock of 45 Cirl Bunting. Also: 300 Skylark, 90 Linnet, 3 Red-legged Partridge, Snipe & 9 Song Thrush.

Non-avian: 11 Roe Deer inc.3 males - site record!

Posted February 6th at 4:22 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Dartington Hall School & River

An impressive flock of 400+ Chaffinches contained 5+ Bramblings.Plenty of Buntings in the area too, including c40 Reeds, c60 Yellowhammers & c15 Cirls. Also 9 Woodlarks, Skylark, 2 Dippers, 2 Teal and 2 Little Grebes. 

Earlier, Ringed Plover and Common Sandpiper with 17 Turnstones and also a Snipe on Blagdon's Meadow, Plym Estuary. 

Posted February 6th at 3:43 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Topsham

Single Hawfinch in the cemetery at midday today and 4 Goldeneye at the Rec. Yesterday the Marsh harrier was seen at the Rec at 9am and a female a Brambling was at St Margaret's Church at midday.

Posted February 6th at 3:42 pm by Martin Elcoate in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tundra Bean Goose Braunton Marshes 5th February 2018

Tundra Bean Goose still around at 16.00 hrs. Also sighting of a Marsh Harrier


Posted February 6th at 1:39 pm by Richard Yeats in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Dawlish Warren 5th February

Ad,w. Mediterranean Gull on water near Langstone Rock at high tide. Also Red-throated Diver in Dawlish Bay.

Posted February 6th at 10:47 am by Ray Jones in General Birding

Monday 5th February 2018

Firecrest Dawlish Warren Car Park

Good views at lunchtime of one Firecrest and a second heard in the brambles behind the parking meter on the station side of the first car park area in the Warren car park

Firecrest Dawlish Warren
Firecrest Dawlish Warren

Posted February 5th at 9:24 pm by Jo King in General Birding

Plymouth

Winter peaks of 52 Shelduck & 10 Little Egrets on Plym Estuary. Also 4 Goosanders, 8 Wigeon, pair of Red-breasted Mergansers, 8 Grey Herons, 4 Little Grebes, 129 Redshanks, c100 Dunlins, 6 Oystercatchers, 3 Greenshanks & 29 Turnstones. Later a look around Budshead & Woodland Woods produced 10 Redwings, 4 Nuthatches and on Ernesettle Creek, 3 Snipe, 2 Greenshanks & 29 Teal.

Posted February 5th at 6:50 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Gret Wagtail, Exmouth

Grey wagtail in back yard of terraced house, central Exmouth this afternoon. (Photo through double glazing)

Posted February 5th at 5:24 pm by Margaret Mackintosh in General Birding

Black Redstart and Cattle Egret.

A good birding day, initially down to the Plymouth water front either side of the old Lido pool, six Turnstone, two Rock Pipit and eventually the reported female Black Redstart appeared.

An afternoon trip out with Keith Male to Aveton Gifford, South Huish and the DBWPS reserve at South Milton marsh.

Aveton Gifford ~ All the usual species including Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, Redshank, Oyster Catcher and Little Egret.

South Huish ~ Two Cattle Egret, five plus Snipe, the hybrid American Wigeon in with the Wigeon flock, Black Tailed Godwit, Lapwing, Oyster Catcher, Buzzard, two Raven, two Heron, Little Egret, numerous Pied Wagtail and two Rock Pipit.

South Milton Marsh ~ More Chiffchaff than I have ever seen previously in one place including three Tristis type two of which had been ringed, Firecrest, Goldcrest, male Reed Bunting, lots of Pied Wagtail, one Grey Wagtail and two ringed Dunnock, several Goldfinch, two Buzzard and a Little Egret overhead and on leaving a Water Rail calling.

Back home at South Brent Green Woodpecker calling, Song and Long Tailed Tit.

Posted February 5th at 5:17 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Starcross

1Red kite going north at 4:30

Posted February 5th at 4:52 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Beesands Ley

The Ring-necked Duck was back on Beesands Ley this morning. Also there 74 Tufted Ducks, 2 Pochards, 4 Gadwalls, 3 Goldeneyes ( 1 male ) and 3 Little Grebes. Around at Slapton Ley a sleepy female Common Scoter in Ireland Bay.

Posted February 5th at 2:15 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Ley 25th Jan

Pics missing from yesterdays post

  

Posted February 5th at 9:51 am by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Sunday 4th February 2018

Slapton Ley 4th Feb

Ring-necked Duck in Irland Bay area, huge Dog Otter swam down channel and under bridge into Lower Ley. Six Cattle Egret at Thurlstone, with the horses behind the NT Marsh

Posted February 4th at 8:59 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Plymouth waterfront

Female Black Redstart at Tinside Lido.  Kingfisher on rocks below Citadel.  2 Linnets on industrial waste ground at Cattedown. 

Posted February 4th at 8:30 pm by Jane Penton in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh and Goosemoor

From the hide: pintail, mute swan, tufted duck, avocet, canada geese, buzzard, curlew, shoveler, coot, redshank, shelduck, black-headed gull, starling, wood pigeon, ruff, pied wagtail, sparrowhawk, little egret, corvids, gadwall, teal, magpie, wigeon, wigeon hybrid and pochard.

Viewing platform and the road: greenfinch, chaffinch, dunnock, robin, blackbird, avocet, little egret, shelduck and possible greenshank (distant).

Goosemoor: common gull, black-headed gull, greenshank, curlew, wigeon, teal and possible redshank.

Redshank Redshank Common Gull

Redshank                                         Redshank                                Common Gull

Posted February 4th at 8:29 pm by Samuel Gray in General Birding

Plymouth Sound

2 Sandwich Terns in Batten Bay, Mountbatten, this afternoon.

Posted February 4th at 7:50 pm by John Bishop in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

At the top end of the lake in the swamp 2 Willow Tit, 1 Woodcock, 1 Treecreeper. On the way home at the Clovelly roundabout on the A39 a Hen Harrier (ringtail).

Posted February 4th at 6:43 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Tundra Bean Goose

First photo showing rather short, deep - based bill of Tundra Bean Goose.

Second photo showing orange patch extending around underside of lower mandible.

 

Posted February 4th at 6:13 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tundra Bean Goose

Real treat to see this Goose so close, seen both races before in Norfolk but always some distance, came within 80-100 metres with the Mute Swans, normally most things (animal and humans) go the opposite direction when I arrive! Smart looking bird! More pics on my blog http://www.simonthurgoodimages.co.uk/blog.asp

Tundra Bean Goose with the Mute Swans
Tundra Bean Goose with the Mute Swans

Posted February 4th at 5:28 pm by Simon Thurgood in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh & Stover CP

Bowling Green Marsh ~ On arrival first thing this morning good numbers of Waders in the air over the marsh, on looking out from the hide saw a female Marsh Harrier over the marsh scattering the smaller wading species. The Harrier came across the marsh twice and was visible over a stubble field towards Lympstone for some time.

Record image female Marsh Harrier BGM

No sooner had the Harrier moved off when an immature Peregrine came in flushing the gathered Redshank and had several serious attempts at taking one.

That basically left pretty much just the duck species and Curlew on the marsh, the ducks included Pochard, Tufted, Gadwall and Pintail.

On leaving a female Brambling on the feeders.

Stover Country park ~ Not less than 25 Goosander on the lake (only three of them male) drake Pochard and three Tufted duck and three Heron. Around the feed station Marsh Tit, female Bullfinch and in the background canopy a large flock of very vocal Siskin.

Posted February 4th at 4:33 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Plym Estuary

At least 6 Goosanders (1 drake), 8+ Wigeon, Common Sandpiper, 4 Little Grebes and 24 Common Gulls this afternoon.

Posted February 4th at 3:55 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Large numbers of Lapwing, Brent Geese, Wigeon & Black-tailed Godwit. Also viewed Pied Wagtails, a family of 4 Bullfinches (1m, 3f), Cormorants, Mute Swans, 4 Long-tailed Tits, Starlings, Greenfinch, Pheasant, Grey Heron and a small flock of Goldfinches.

Posted February 4th at 3:47 pm by Stephen Huggins in General Birding

Black Redstart

spotted today on my bird feeder in Torquay

Posted February 4th at 3:12 pm by Steve Pitts in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Hawfinch exwick cemetry

A very productive hour this morning at exwick cemetry on arrival just after 08:00 soon picked up 1 Female Brambling with a small group of chaffinch then as I walked up the right hand side of the cemetry 1 Hawfinch showed well but soon there were another 4 as I watched more came into view until 18 were on show then as I watched another 10 flew over so 28+ Hawfinch my best count so.

Posted February 4th at 2:33 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Morwellham

Kite sp high over River Tamar at Morwellham 0930

Posted February 4th at 12:19 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton

The drake Ring Necked Duck relocated at Slapton in Ireland Bay at 930am this morning, firstly viewed from the toilet block and then much closer and more sheltered from the viewing platform at the back of Ireland Bay - also c45 Gadwall, 10 Little Grebe , 2 Pochard and the highlight an Otter in the channel either side of the bridge at 1040am. Earlier a redhead Goosander and 1 Gadwall at Beesands.

Posted February 4th at 11:04 am by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Ground feeding Blackcap

Male Blackcap feeding on sultanas in my garden

 

Posted February 4th at 10:20 am by Peter Castle in General Birding

Saturday 3rd February 2018

Firecrest in Braunton

Very active & obviously feeding this Firecrest surprised me by flying directly in front of me across the path! Images not brilliant but clearly show the white supercilium and fiery orange crest. Reluctant to say exactly where but on the Tarka Train near Braunton in low bushes. 

Profile record shot of firecrest in Braunton Front view, record shot, of firecrest in Braunton Further record shot of firecrest in Braunton
Profile record shot of firecrest in Braunton

 

Posted February 3rd at 7:07 pm by Phil Naylor in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bean Goose

Nipped out between Rugby matches to check out the Goose. Before I got there I had to stop at Marstage Farm to look at a Harrier that crossed the road in front of me. By the time I got out of the car it was nearly over the reserve, but good enough views to make out a dark adult female Marsh Harrier with very tatty primary flight feathers.

Rob was keeping watch over the Goose, which was in a field with several Mute Swans. About 400 yards past the round linhay. Tundra Bean indeed.

In the reserve yesterday (latish in the afternoon) a large flock of 50+ Starlings, which don't often visit, preferring the telegraph wires and surrounding fields. This lunchtime 50 plus Redwings there.

Posted February 3rd at 6:35 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Beesands ley

As previous posts the Ring Necked duck and the Scaup found by Dave Pakes both on the ley with the Tufted ducks during the early afternoon, also a drake Gadwall.

Sparrow hawk seen on the way into the village, perched on a branch over hanging the road.

Posted February 3rd at 4:47 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Occombe

Quiet afternoon, only highlight being 4 Jays.

Posted February 3rd at 4:29 pm by Stephen Huggins in General Birding

Cattle Egret

12 cattle Egrets seen with scope around cattle in field between Bere Ferris and Weir Quay.

Posted February 3rd at 3:23 pm by Amanda Pugh in General Birding

Braunton Marshes

The Bean Goose is a Tundra Bean Goose which is approx.20% smaller than the Taiga Bean goose & the yellow/orange patch on the bill is much smaller covering less than half of the bill.

Posted February 3rd at 3:16 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Beesands Ley lunchtime

Drake ring-necked duck and drake scaup still present.

Posted February 3rd at 2:55 pm by Richard Archer in General Birding

South Efford Marsh

Spoonbill still on South Efford Marsh at 12.25hrs. A more unusual sighting was of a Great Crested Grebe on the estuary below the tidal road. They are not often seen here!

Posted February 3rd at 2:19 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Braunton Marshes

1 Bean Goose showing well on Braunton Marshes this am.

  

Posted February 3rd at 1:03 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Shiphay, Torquay

12.20

A male and female Blackcap have been visiting the fat ball feeder in my back garden all morning.  Both birds appear to be in excellent condition and are alternating visits and using a dense laurel hedge as cover.  

Posted February 3rd at 12:26 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Exe Estuary Stuart Line Cruises

Exe Estuary boat trips on Tuesday/Wednesday of last week gave good numbers of wading birds including 1100 Golden Plover and 1400 Lapwing. Also 5 Goldeneye on the river and 2 Great Northern Divers.

Posted February 3rd at 12:01 pm by Ian Waite in General Birding

Torbay

Counts from the various Beaches:

Preston: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Great Norther Divers, 5 Great Crested Grebes.

Goodrington: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Common Scoter, 3 Great Northern Divers. Also 40+ Common Dolphin feeding 500m out.

Broadsands (Choppy sea): 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Great Crested Grebe. Also 8-9 Cirl Buntings and 2 Reed Bunting on seed in 2nd car park. 

Posted February 3rd at 11:28 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Isley Marsh RSPB and Skern. 2nd Feb.

Late post

2nd Feb.   2 Spoonbills showing well at Isley Marsh and 1 Greenshank.

450+ Golden Plover at the Skern - one  taken by a Peregrine.   5 Grey Plovers.

Harvey Kendall & Barry Bryne.

Posted February 3rd at 10:18 am by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Exmoor

Those familiar with the Somerset birding forum will have seen reports of multiple sightings of Short-eared Owl and Hen Harrier in the Kinsford Gate area. I visited the area late afternoon yesterday, with weather cold cloudy calm and dry, and had 4 SEOs and 2 ringtails, although more were seen by other observers. The Devon/Somerset border does in fact run through Kinsford Gate SS740366, and whilst most of the activity was on the Somerset side of the border, some was also on the Devon side.

Posted February 3rd at 9:29 am by Roger Doble in General Birding

Reply to Dave Holloway re Blackcaps ground feeding

I get Blackcaps in my garden , Plymouth , every year.  This year I have seen at one time 3 female and 2 male but at another time 3male and 2 female , so a good turn out.  They all feed from Sultanas that I put out onto the lawn for the Blackbirds , and have done every year that they have been coming.  This year I have also seen them on the table picking at bits and pieces.

Posted February 3rd at 9:12 am by Peter Castle in General Birding

Friday 2nd February 2018

Lower Tamar Lake

23 Goosander 10m  13f, 1 Little Egret, 3 Wigeon, 3 Grey Heron, 9 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 12 Snipe, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Willow Tit, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Kingfisher.

Posted February 2nd at 7:21 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Ground Feeding Blackcaps?!

Hardly groundbreaking (pardon the pun) science I know but, continuing from my earlier post, 20.1.18, which included a pic of a Blackcap on one of my fat feeders: I now have 2 m & 1 f (same as last year) in my garden in Paignton.

All 3 have now taken to feeding on the ground. Managed some hasty record shots of one of the m this pm. Not seen or heard this before, has anyone else?

 

Posted February 2nd at 7:03 pm by Dave Holloway in General Birding

Topsham

Further to Jonathan's post earlier.  I took photos of a large flock wheeling for considerable time over Topsham and the Sludge Reed Beds this morning and by enlarging the photo and making it into a grid then using the clicker, I counted >1800 Black Tailed Godwits - may or may not be the same flock but looks similar and other posts on Twitter mention a Red Kite and the Marsh Harrier in this area today

Black Tailed Godwits Flock no >1800 Black Tailed Godwits Flock no >1800 Black Tailed Godwits Flock
Black Tailed Godwits Flock no >1800               Black Tailed Godwits Flock

Posted February 2nd at 6:56 pm by Jo King in General Birding

Topsham

Large flock of waders believed to be Golden Plover putting on a display over the waterfront of Topsham and viewed at a distance from Exminster Marshes this morning.  Numbers counted from photo are 1,362 give or take a few.

While I am here, may I mention that the EAST Devon Branch AGM to be held on TUES 20 Feb is now to be held at The Otter Inn, Colaton Raleigh and not the Blue Ball Inn, Sidford as advertised.  The speaker is Mike Langman.

All welcome and please come and support us.

Posted February 2nd at 6:00 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

South Efford Marsh

Spoonbill on marsh late afternoon.

Posted February 2nd at 5:41 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh

Peregrine Falcon causing disturbances this morning 

Peregrine Avocet
Peregrine                                                                                Avocet

Black-Tailed Godwit
Black-Tailed Godwit

Posted February 2nd at 5:22 pm by ColinScott in General Birding

Beesands - Scaup

Was admiring the Ring-necked Duck at Beesands with Terry Goddard late morning, when I picked up a drake Scaup in with the Tufted Ducks. A new arrival this year at this location. 

Scaup - Beesands Ley - 02/02/2018
Scaup - Beesands Ley - 02/02/2018

Posted February 2nd at 4:59 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Topsham

2 Hawfinches & 1 Brambling in the cemetery this afternoon. 2 Goldeneye & 1 2nd winter Med gull at the Rec in the morning.

Posted February 2nd at 4:38 pm by Martin Elcoate in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Water Pipit at Wembury

Despite the constant disturbance along the beach by dog walkers I eventually found a water pipit feeding on the seaweed masses east of the sewage pipe with rock pipits and meadow pipits ( I saw it briefly on the 13th January too). Mobile and flighty and active but I did manage to get a few record shots.

Also feeding along the beach were 3+chiffchaffs, 2 grey wagtails, a goldcrest, pied wagtails, chaffinch, dunnock and stonechats.

On the rocks a curlew and a pair of mallard with oystercatchers, a raven flew over from The Mewstone calling, gannets were distantly offshore and at least 2 song thrushes were busily singing

Water Pipit - zoomed and cropped Water Pipit
Water Pipit - zoomed and cropped                                    Water Pipit

Posted February 2nd at 3:01 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Rv Plym and Mountbatten

River Plym opposite Saltram on a low tide gave two female Goosander, Little Egret, Shell duck, plenty of Redshank and a good mix of Gulls.

Mountbatten gave a fly over Kingfisher, two Great Northern Diver and an adult Mediterranean Gull that remained on the wing through the visit.

 

Posted February 2nd at 2:28 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Exe Estuary Cruise, 1 February

The Bonaparte’s Gull was on Exmouth beach: a good start! Also close to Exmouth, but inside the estuary was a Great Northern Diver with the first of 23 Great Crested Grebes (the most I’ve ever seen here). There were 3 Greenshanks at Powderham and well over 100 Pintail feeding around the mouth of the Clyst. There were impressive numbers of Avocets, Lapwings, Dunlin and Black-tailed Godwits towards Topsham, where there was a drake Goldeneye on the river.

Posted February 2nd at 11:40 am by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Thursday 1st February 2018

Martin's Spoonbill

I'd say the colour ringed Spoonbill is almost certain to be the long returning Dutch bird

Green-yellowflag-green

Blue-metal-lime

I last saw it early January at Isley. It's now 10.5 years old.

Posted February 1st at 10:21 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Wrafton pond/Velator

Still several Gadwall, Wigeon and Shoveler on Wrafton Pond.

The scrape - viewed from the Tarka Trail - was devoid of birds. In the reserve I was very surprised to see a Coot! Not seen one in the reserve for about a year. Things continued to improve when a Kingfisher appeared, then a Little Grebe. Also present a dozen Redwings a Reed Bunting and 2 Chiffchaffs.

Viewed from the reserve, 2 Teal on the scrape with several Meadow Pipits nearby. 

Posted February 1st at 7:10 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Uphams plantation near Yettington

An hours visit after work produced 2 Brambling in amongst the small Chaffinch flock and a calling flyover Crossbill. More details http://dixiesbirding.blogspot.co.uk

Posted February 1st at 7:07 pm by Spencer Dicks in General Birding

Ludwell Valley Park, Exeter

A single Hawfinch today plus one Brambling in a large flock of Chaffinches. All in field behind old tennis courts.

Posted February 1st at 6:59 pm by Martin Elcoate in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Spoonbill

This was a colour ringed bird (left above knee: green/yellow/green, right above knee: white/blue). It was feeding below the Torridge Bridge and then moved off downstream towards Appledore as the tide advanced. From here it flew further downstream and disappeared from view.

Posted February 1st at 5:13 pm by Martin Unwin in General Birding

Preston

The Red-necked Grebe was again off Preston Seafront this morning also 3 Great Northern Divers, 1 Black-necked Grebe and 5 Great Crested Grebes.

Posted February 1st at 10:00 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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