Devon Bird Sightings from 1st–7th March 2018

Footpath Closure Otter Estuary

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

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

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

Breeding birds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sightings Page Changes

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

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

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

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

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

Monday 5th March 2018

Plym Estuary


Over 200 Dunlins, 55 Redshanks & 3 Greenshanks on Blaxton . Also winter max of 68 Shelduck (mainly on Blaxton), 7 Mandarin Ducks, Common Sandpiper & 3 Goosanders (1 drake).

Efford Marsh - 2 Teal & Grey Wagtail.

Posted March 5th at 8:40 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Beesands Ley

1RED NECKED GREBE 1LITTLE GREBE 1SCAUP 1RING-NECKED DUCK  AND 11 POCHARD

Posted March 5th at 8:05 pm by Terry Goddard in General Birding

Lapping movement

60 lapwing moved east over South Molton at 0930.

Posted March 5th at 5:48 pm by Art Symons in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

The Black-necked Grebe was still on the canal this lunchtime, between the lock and the motorway bridge. Also 6 Red-breasted Mergansers.

Posted March 5th at 4:05 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

South Huish Marsh

Male Garganey hidden away in rushes with Teal. Spoonbill feeding at back of marsh. Also male Pochard, Grey Plover, 5 Ringed Plover, Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 130 Lapwing & 100 Redwing.

Back at the garden feeders in Harleston, now 3 male Bramblings!

Posted March 5th at 2:34 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Filham-Ivybridge

Water rail in reed bed this morning

Posted March 5th at 12:41 pm by Ian Stone in General Birding

Torbay

Broadsands: 1 Black-throated Diver, 4 Great Northern Divers, 1 Black-necked Grebe and 11 Grreat Crested Grebes.

Brixham: 11 Great Northern Divers, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 1 ad Meditterranean Gull from 'Asta Zenica' car park

Posted March 5th at 12:31 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 4th March 2018

Heathfield Starling Roost

Visited Heathfield again tonight (4th March) not knowing whether it was still in operation or not.  It was, although there was heavy rain and very overcast skies.  On arrival at 17.00 there were clearly already birds in the roost (the first arrivals on 26th Feb were at 17.20 and we are now nearly a week on).

Flocks then came in and entered the roost immediately - there was no murmuration.  This made estimating very much easier than dealing with birds constantly joining a murmuration as had previously been the case.  An estimated 2,335 entered the roost until apparently all flew out for some reason (Sparrowhawk?) and headed towards Bovey Tracey.  My quick estimate was 1,500+ although I hadn't totalled up my estimates at this point and goes to show how easy it is to underestimate.  There must have been at least 2,500 allowing for birds already in the roost.

By this time, it had stopped raining and estimating incoming flocks continued.  it seemed clear that all the arrivals were new flocks based on their speed of arrival or because they were coming in from a height having presumably come from quite a distance (up to 20Km).  At no time did it seem that the 2,335 above returned but I can't be sure of that.  Estimating arriving flocks continued until about 17.55, by which time it was raining again.  At this juncture, several very large flocks arrived from the Haytor direction - two of an estimated 3,500 and two of 8-10,000.  The last birds were in by 18.15.

The overall estimate was 35,000-38,000, a large increase on my previous estimates and almost double those of 24th Feb.  Clearly some birds had moved on by then and others had moved into the area as a result of the severe weather conditions during the last week.  Estimates can be subjective but what is important is monitoring the fluctuations as birds move on and others arrive in the area with each cold spell.  Birds came into the roost from all directions although by far the majority came from the Haytor and Ashburton directions.  Some birds also used the four conifers closer to the main road through the estate as well as those usually used further back.  I understand that the roost was checked as birds left one morning a few weeks ago and most headed towards Dartmoor although undoubtedly some will have splayed out into the surrounding countryside to feed.

Posted March 4th at 8:50 pm by Dennis Elphick in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Plym Estuary

Still 26 Lapwings and 9 Golden Plovers about but no Fieldfares and only 6 Redwings, outnumbered by (12) Song Thrushes. Also Woodcock, Jack Snipe, 5 Snipe, 6+ Stonechats, 2 Green Woodpeckers and 2 Grey Wagtails. 

Posted March 4th at 8:07 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Beesands

1 Ring-necked duck, 1 Scaup, 10 Pochard and 9 Mediterranean gulls.

Posted March 4th at 7:44 pm by Terry Goddard in General Birding

Shaldon

A remarkable 18 Mediterranean Gulls (including 14 adults), 380 Common Gulls and 67 Lesser Black-backed Gulls amongst a mass of gulls off Ness Cove Beach late morning.

Posted March 4th at 7:24 pm by Will Salmon in General Birding

South Efford Marsh

Mid-pm: 2 male Garganey ( thanks Mike and Pete for the news), 1 Ruff, 85 Lapwing, 1 Kingfisher etc.

Posted March 4th at 7:03 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Upper and Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake, two thirds iced,5 Goosander 1m 4f, 2f Goldeneye, 9 Tufted Duck, 1 Song Thrush, 1m Gadwall, 12 Coot, both sets of feeders looking well with Willow/Marsh/Great/Blue/Coal Tit, 1 Nuthatch.

Upper Lake,

2 Willow Tit. 7 Cormorant,1m  1f Goosander, 42 Canada Geese, 32 Black-headed Gull, 5 Lapwing, c60 Starling with 1 Redwing, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Snipe, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Lesser Black-back  Gull.

Posted March 4th at 6:52 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Red Kite

Red Kite flying over fields between Modbury and California cross about 10:am

Posted March 4th at 6:21 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

Darts Farm, Topsham.

A nice Water Rail showing well in front of hide and flooded fields held plenty of birds including 5 Pintail, 9 Shoveler, 6 Snipe, 1 Golden Plover. 2 Greenshank, 1 Bar-wit, 94 Lapwing, 1 Ruff, 1 Green Sandpiper and a Kingfisher among others. (Thanks to Clive W for sharing the experience).  Having not been here for a few weeks I was surprised to find that the fishing lakes have been enclosed by a high fence presumably to keep animal predators out. 

Posted March 4th at 6:21 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

around the exe

Once the early morning showers had eased started at the Exeter st David’s end of the flood relief channel, 1 dipper , lots of redwings and fieldfares, 1 sparrowhawk put up 12 meadow pipits, then as I got to the mill on the exe a group of 10 lapwing flew over and with them were 3 golden plover, both new birds on patch.

walking along the river between the quay and countess wear produced more fieldfares and redwings.

along the canal between the swing bridge and the motorway bridge , 12+ siskins, 2 Cetti’s warblers 600+ fieldfares and 400+ redwings.

then between the motorway bridge and the ferry landing on the canal at Exminster marshes, 2 red breasted mergansers, a coot and with them a small grebe asleep sure it was black necked grebe eventually it woke up and showed down to a few meters confining it was a black necked grebe only my second on the marsh , 1 ruff was with masses of lapwing near the motorway bridge.

on the walk home a woodcock flew across the flood relief channel between trews weir and salmon pool to end a good days birding 

Posted March 4th at 6:00 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Black Necked grebe

Bumped into Keith Birchall on the Exeter Ship Canal this afternoon and he was on a Black Necked Grebe - close views - associating with a Coot approximately 500m north of the Topsham ferry crossing.

https://youtu.be/lgXlCd8a_CE

Black-necked Grebe Black-necked Grebe
Black-necked Grebe                                     Black-necked Grebe

Posted March 4th at 5:05 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Harleston

Male Brambling at garden feeding station - first ever! Also Nuthatch & Jay. 100+ Redwing in surrounding trees, several Fieldfares over. Long-tailed Tits still alive!

Posted March 4th at 5:00 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

South Brent ~ Redwings

Just had a count of no less than 108 Redwing in the field next to my house at South Brent, three Song Thrush have been about the garden all day along with twice the usual number of Blackbirds, the morning gave a fly past Fieldfare, two Nuthatch, three Dunnock, female Bullfinch, a fly past from a female Sparrow hawk, the regular female Reed Bunting showed up as well being the first sighting since the snow fell.

Posted March 4th at 4:45 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Firecrest - Exeter

A very approachable Firecrest about 13.30 today in bushes at the car park at the end of Clapperbrook Lane

Posted March 4th at 4:18 pm by stephen gardiner in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Around Braunton

Great Fields: large flocks of fieldfares, redwings, starlings, lapwing and golden plover. Also linnets, mipits and skylarks.

Horsey Island: 1 spoonbill, grey plover, large flocks of dunlin containing 2 knot and 5 sanderling, redshank, curlew and shelduck.

Sherpa Marsh: shoveler, teal, wigeon and a flock of Canada geese with the Tundra Bean Goose.

Wrafton pond: pochard, gadwall, tufted duck and wigeon on the pond. On the scrape there was a greenshank and a large mixed flock of curlew and lapwing.

Posted March 4th at 4:12 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in General Birding

Snow Geese in Powderham Castle grounds

Snow Geese viewed from Powderham Castle, just across from the Castle's Farm shop car park. 4th Mar 2018

  

Posted March 4th at 3:55 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Torcross

3 Black-necked Grebes near the hide, at least 15 Mediterranean Gulls and a second calander year Glaucous Gull

Posted March 4th at 3:52 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Instow

Torridge estuary at Instow:

2 flypast Avocets

Posted March 4th at 3:38 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exwick Cemetery Exeter

Three Hawfinch feeding in leaf litter with 15 Redwing towards top of Cemetery on grass/woodland edge of under Cherries. Two Sparrowhawks too, Male & Female type. 

Posted March 4th at 2:29 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

South Efford Marsh

A pair of Garganey feeding on flooded field at the back of the Marsh , also Sandwich Tern , 2 Spoonbill , 2 Ruff 

Posted March 4th at 1:14 pm by Mike passman in General Birding

04-03-18 Ford Park Cemetery Black Redstarts Male & Female

Male & Female Black Redstarts are back in Ford Park Cemetery today 04-03-18 Female showing very well and not afraid of people close by, the male showed once and I managed a few photo's and then disappeared.

  

Posted March 4th at 1:06 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Walkhamton Valley

Large flock of lapwing going west 11.20.

Posted March 4th at 12:31 pm by Mave Goddard in General Birding

Partial albino Blackcap,

This female visited the garden during the recent cold snap in Dawlish, Kingsdown

Posted March 4th at 12:11 pm by Paul Barker in General Birding

AFTER THE SNOW HAD GONE!

Not a bad morning despite the rain. No sign of the Med gulls though a fellow birder spotted the Iceland bird. One black necked grebe and two great crested off the beach. On the grass between the huts the bar tailed godwit was showing well. Behind the huts several cirl buntings too. Worth getting wet for.!

Posted March 4th at 10:47 am by Philip L. Fairclough in General Birding

Exe Estuary 3rd March

Yesterday afternoon saw the last Stuart Line birdwatching cruise of the season. There was still the unusual sight of Lapwings and Golden Plovers feeding on the sandy shore of Warren Point (and on Exmouth rugby field), otherwise the tides and rain had rendered the intertidal areas free of snow. There was no sign of the Great Northern Diver, but the Slavonian Grebe was again midway between Cockwood and Exmouth and a dozen or more Great Crested Grebes were scattered up the estuary. Best bird was a female Scaup with Mergansers near Turf. Six Goldeneye were near Topsham and again a large flock of Pintail (150-ish) around the mouth of the Clyst. 275 Avocets were well scattered between Powderham and Topsham.

Back home in Chudleigh, Fieldfares peaked at 75 in the garden (previous best total in 2010 was two!). Compared with the deluge of garden birds in the December 2010 hard weather, we had only one Song Thrush this time (cf. 8 in 2010), 6 Starlings (cf. 30), 7 Goldfinches (cf. 12) and no Greenfinches.

Posted March 4th at 10:34 am by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Dousland

Lapwing 50+ flying east  at 10.05,  lovely treat to see on a gloomy morning.

Posted March 4th at 10:16 am by Mave Goddard in General Birding

Mansands

Pleasant surprise were 4 brambling on the reed bed yesterday. The Cettis has survived the onslaught. Not too much of note else on the lagoon

Posted March 4th at 10:07 am by Tim Clyburn in General Birding

Saturday 3rd March 2018

Plym Estuary


A big clear out of yesterday’s goodies overnight and winter norm restored with rain all morning. But still 170 Redwings,  15 Fieldfares fem ale Pintail and 9 Lapwings.

Posted March 3rd at 8:37 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

1st winter male Black Redstart

3rd March 2018 Ford Park Cemertery

 

Posted March 3rd at 7:30 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Ilfracombe, Red-breasted Merganser.

This afternoon a stunning drake Red-breasted Merganser, fishing in Tunnels swimming pool. Also a 1st winter Glaucous Gull flew up Channel.
Noticeable passage of LBB Gulls.

Posted March 3rd at 7:13 pm by Martin Thorne in General Birding

Sherpa / Wrafton scrape

2 Spoonbill on the scrape early am including one colour ringed which was ringed in the Netherlands as a nestling on 10 June 2007 & has earned the name of 'Ye Old Faithfull' because it has overwintered on the Taw Estuary every year since 2007.


Posted March 3rd at 5:44 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Garden Bird Watch

Have enjoyed the influx of birds into my garden high on the hill above Exmouth in Brixington Area with woodland island behind us.   Many Fieldfare and Redwing in particular systematically sorting through leaves under our long conifer hedges.   Usual long tailed tits, gold crest, blackcaps, robin, blue, great and coal tits at feeding station with hedgesparrows.  Song thrush also feeding with many blackbirds and a wren.  Quick siting of a Woodcock which landed in next door's garden.  

Posted March 3rd at 4:08 pm by John Wokersien in General Birding

Stay at home Birding Update

The snow's all gone in Colebrook today, but we were still visited by at least six fieldfare this morning. In the garden, new visitors included a male Blackcap, a Wren and amazingly a Meadow Pipit.  Not a rare bird but the first ever seen in the garden in over thirty years. 

Posted March 3rd at 1:40 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Wrafton

Pretty sure the Tundra Bean Goose was out in the field between the reserve and RMB Chivenor this morning - associating with about a dozen Canada Geese. On and around the scrape were several Lapwing, 2/3 Dunlin, Teal, Shoveler, MEadow Pipit, Snipe and many Redwings.

Wrafton pond still partly frozen hosted Gadwall, Wigeon  Pochard, and singles of Common and LBB Gull.

5 Teal in the reserve, and for the first time this spring 2 Canada Geese.

Posted March 3rd at 1:37 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

South Brent

After a day almost devoid of birds around the garden feeders yesterday, today got back to a degree of normality with a very active Nuthatch, pair of Bullfinch, good numbers of Goldfinch, several Starlings including a BTO ringed bird, male GSWP, male Siskin, Jay and a fly past from a female Sparrow hawk.

And at long last the Fieldfares discovered the garden.

Posted March 3rd at 1:34 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Stay at home Birding Update

The snow's all gone in Colebrook today, but we were still visited by at least six fieldfare this morning. In the garden, new visitors included a male Blackcap, a Wren and amazingly a Meadow Pipit.  Not a rare bird but the first ever seen in the garden in over thirty years. 


Posted March 3rd at 1:09 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Clennon Valley, Paignton

A walk out over the fields to the lakes produced: 1 Woodcock, 2 Snipe, 17 Skylark, 43 Fieldfare, 70+ Redwing, 1 Reed Bunting  4 Meadow Pipits and still around 20 Golden Plover on the Velo park grass. 

Posted March 3rd at 11:19 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Unusual visitors to my garden

Had one redwing yesterday in my garden in Modbury which the fieldfares seemed to bully, also surprised to see a reed bunting a first for my garden

 

Posted March 3rd at 10:57 am by Richie Moore in General Birding

Shiphay, Torquay

09.00-10.45

Constant stream of Redwings and Fieldfares stopping off and passing over, generally moving towards the grounds of Torbay Hospital. 

Good numbers of winter thrushes at Cadewell Park, probing the turf and leaf litter exposed by the retreating snow.  Birds coming and going, sometimes being moved on by dog walkers. 

At 09.15 a Woodcock over Higher Cadewell Lane.  It was headed in the direction of Kitson Park, before returning after five minutes and then flying off towards the south.   

Posted March 3rd at 10:54 am by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Winter visitors

Lots of Fieldfares in the garden yesterday in Modbury, really stroppy fighting over the apples and pears I'd put out for them.

Posted March 3rd at 10:54 am by Richie Moore in General Birding

Kingsteignton

Woodcock and two Bramblings at Hackney Marshes this morning.

Posted March 3rd at 10:20 am by Will Salmon in General Birding

Teignmouth Yesterday

Flock of Redwing at Sprey Point, single Golden Plover and 3 Linnet on the Den.

Posted March 3rd at 10:07 am by Ruth Dearing in General Birding

Busy table at Ashridge Farm, Sandford

Amazing afternoon yesterday 2nd. Up to 12 Brambling. Not in the picture is Fieldfair and Redwing

Posted March 3rd at 10:05 am by Richard Burston in General Birding

Broadsands

Watching the Gulls with Andy Plumb this morning was productive with 12 Mediterranean Gulls 11 adults and 1 fw plus a very showy juv/fw Iceland Gull different from the dark bodied and billed bird two days ago and not the Brixham/Berry Head bird from Jan/Feb (see comparison shots below). There have been at least 3 different juv/fw birds in Torbay so far this winter. video clip link here: https://youtu.be/KodL5vtULFw 

Iceland Gull juv/fw Broadsands 3 March 2018 ML  Iceland Gull Brixham 15 Feb 2018 ML

   Iceland Gull juv/fw Broadsands 3 March                         compare Iceland Gull juv/fw Brixham 15 Feb                                       

 

Posted March 3rd at 9:34 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Winter Birds in Paignton

Like most of you, restricted to garden birding for obvious reasons. However, proved extremely fruitful, producing 3 firsts for the garden:

  • Several Redwings & a Fieldfare - first time recorded in the garden
  • A Goldcrest - first time recorded on a feeder

Was also visited by an old friend the Blackcap.

Handy Hint No1: Of all the times to run out of seed, it had to be now! Improvised by putting peanuts in the food processor and filling the feeders with that.

                      Redwing                                          Fieldfare                       Blackcap (definitely overwintering)

 

Posted March 3rd at 12:01 am by Dave Holloway in General Birding

Friday 2nd March 2018

Tiverton

Back garden, Canal Hill.  8.50am 30+ Lapwing overhead ; east to west.  Garden visitors through day included 9 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 5 Brambling.  Also, on two occasions 1 Buzzard in back garden shrub watching ground feeding birds.  

Pavement, Canal Hill.  2.45pm  1 Meadow Pipit feeding along stone wall on pavement of main road.  

Field stream / drain, Newtes Hill.Snipe.  

Ditch along lane between Brithem Bottom / Ash Thomas.  3 Snipe.

Meadow Pipit - Canal Hill, Tiverton - 02.03.2018
Meadow Pipit - Canal Hill, Tiverton - 02.03.2018

Posted March 2nd at 11:16 pm by James Morrison in General Birding

Teignmouth Garden

Quite few species on the feeders today, finches, tits. Best were female Blackcap and a lovely male Brambling. Regularly a pair of Blackcap and two pairs of Bullfinch. Also c20 Fieldfares just down the road. Yesterday 9 Golden Plover over.

Posted March 2nd at 10:50 pm by Simon Bates in General Birding

Starcross

Again many redwing and fieldfare among the usual garden birds,plus a female reed bunting, the first for the garden, but the highlight was a brambling.

Posted March 2nd at 9:23 pm by Janet Gray in General Birding

Snowy East Ogwell

The cold weather brought fieldfares and redwings into the garden and a hawfinch, which has visited the bird table every day over the last week. A walk into Newton Abbot saw a mixed flock of over 30 fieldfares and redwings feeding on the berries near Asda.

Posted March 2nd at 9:14 pm by John Simons in General Birding

Exeter

A walk into work at the Devon hotel this morning saw lots of fieldfares and redwings around marsh Barton, at work a lapwing looking for food in front of the reception was followed by 3 snipe behind the hotel , and yet more redwings and fieldfares , the best was still to come on the walk home first a woodcock flew up from the stream at the side of the Volkswagen showroom and flew over my head heading towards Matford park and ride, more lapwing flew over heading towards Exeter, then just before the Skoda showroom another woodcock flew up in front of me then headed towards Matford marsh. 

Posted March 2nd at 7:08 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Plym Estuary

Walked right around the estuary this afternoon and made some great counts of freeze-driven birds. A total of 440 Lapwings, the majority on Blagdon’s but 98 too on Blaxton. 475 Fieldfares again the majority on  Blagdon’s but 140 in Saltram fields. Also on Blaxton: 5 Avocets, female Pintail, 9 Teal, 5 Shovelers & Reed Bunting. Other totals - 155 Redwings, 8 Snipe, 48 Golden Plovers, 50+ Meadow Pipits and (at Blagdon’s) Grey Plover.

Also on Tothill playing field: 9 Golden Plovers, 35 Fieldfares & 35 Lapwings.

A fantastic afternoon on the patch!

Posted March 2nd at 6:59 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Braunton Great Field

About 30 Fieldfare at Braunton Marsh end of the Great Field this afternoon. 

Posted March 2nd at 6:58 pm by Kelvin Irwin in General Birding

Garden Birds

Lots in garden today as well as usual Jays, Magpie,Blackbirds,Wood pigeons Blue, Great. Coal and at least 12 Longtailed our Blackcap male regular Blacap was joined by 2 Females and a Redwing that hung around all day was joined by another just before dusk and there was a movement of 7 flocks of 12 to 15 thrush sized birds along Parkway towards Cornwall at dusk.

Posted March 2nd at 6:51 pm by Bill & Jill Beck in General Birding

Sidbury

A large influx of wintering birds to the village and surrounding farmland 50+ lapwing and 6 snipe in feilds neighbouring the river Sid near the primary school, 4 fly overs of woodcock over the village and a flock of brambling in my garden.

Posted March 2nd at 6:25 pm by Jude Dinham-Price in General Birding

North Plympton

One meadow pipit and one male blackcap in the garden this afternoon. Usual species present as well. 

Posted March 2nd at 6:10 pm by Chris E in General Birding

Plymouth Hoe

Plenty of evidence of hard weather movements on the Hoe this afternoon, with Redwings everywhere (at least 500 seen) Fieldfares (40), Lapwing (40), Golden Plover (6), Skylark (5), a Cirl Bunting above the ‘Welcome to Plymouth’ bank, a Yellowhammer on the rocks at Rusty Anchor and a Stonechat in West Hoe Park.  The area around the Citadel and West Hoe Park both seemed especially busy.  On the grass in West Hoe Park alone, 10 Lapwings, 3 Golden Plover, 100 Redwings and 10 Meadow Pipits.

Posted March 2nd at 5:31 pm by John Bishop in General Birding

Berrynarbor

At least 6 Fieldfare in the garden today. Many Redwing in the ivy on the Alder at the bottom of the garden and a brief sighting of a Firecrest.         4 Blackcaps.

  

Posted March 2nd at 5:14 pm by Margaret Phillips in General Birding

Ludwell Valley Park

Flocks of lapwings, mixed thrushes and golden plover in the park and surroundings today, plus 2 woodcock on the edge of the business park. Our garden on the edge of the park had a surprise visit from a meadow pipit this afternoon too! :)

Posted March 2nd at 5:10 pm by Helen Whitall in General Birding

Stay at Home Birding

In again for most of the day. In the back garden in Colebrook was visited again by a Goldcrest along with along with a Song Thrush and the usual garden crowd, including 2 or even 3 Nuthatches (but sadly not 'pasty-face', the one with almost no eye-stripes that was regular since November).  On the 'green' at the front of the house there has been a flock of 20+ Fieldfare & 2 Redwing for three hours at least.  In amongst them tough was one healthy looking Lapwing, not seen here since the last snow in 1985!  Janet saw a Lapwing over the house yesterday afternoon.

 

Posted March 2nd at 5:09 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

River Exe - Exton Station

In the field adjacent to the cycle track boardwalk next to Exton Station there were lots of Lapwing. Good numbers of Redwing, Fieldfare, Dunlin, Redshank, Starling and Meadow Pipits. At least 2 Snipe and 2 Golden Plover. 1 Cirl Bunting and a Reed Bunting.

Posted March 2nd at 4:40 pm by Richard Jordan in General Birding

Staddiscombe

Winter weather brings in 30 Redwing & 2 Fieldfare first ever sighting in garden 

Fieldfare   Redwing
Fieldfare                              Redwing

Posted March 2nd at 4:07 pm by Roger Backway in General Birding

Tiverton gardenwatch

3 brambling, 12 Chaffinch, 7 Bullfinch, 19 Goldfinch, 1 Greenfinch, 7 Siskin, 3 Blue Tit, 2 each of Great, Coal & Longtailed Tits, 3 Robin, 2 Dunnock, 1 Wren, 1 Song Thrush, 5 Blackbirds, 1 Crow, 1 Woodpigeon, 1 GSP, (male) 8 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, plus 3 unidentifiable Thrushes. we started with 1 then 2 Redwings from Wednesday to the 8 today, they are not moving away from the garden trees even when i approach the window.  

Posted March 2nd at 4:07 pm by M C Webb in General Birding

Exmouth

5 Woodlark on Exmouth Beach @ 1420 at least. Also many Golden Plover and Lapwing, sadly on their last legs. Also around Exmouth today - 3 Woodcock and masses of thrushes. Ten Purple Sandpiper on Maer Rocks. See www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk for photos.

Posted March 2nd at 3:15 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Avocets in the snow

Some images of Avocets in the blizzard at Topsham yesterday - note the apparent 'legless' one!

Avocet in blizzard Avocets in blizzard Avocets in blizzard

Posted March 2nd at 3:01 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Exmouth and Chudleigh

After being forced to spend the night in Exmouth (all roads to Chudleigh blocked by snow and/or abandoned cars!), I saw loads of Fieldfares and fewer Redwings all over the place around Exmouth, with many in gardens. Travelling gingerly back home, I saw Lapwing and a Snipe alongside the M5 and then got home in Chudleigh to more masses of Fieldfares and Redwings, including in my garden (where earlier there was our second ever Yellowhammer). Pieces of apple and dried mealworms are proving very attractive, though one particular Fieldfare has control of the biggest piece and dominates all-comers!

Fieldfare in ice-glazed Chudleigh garden The 'apple-master'! Fieldfare on ice-glaze

Fieldfares in Chudleigh garden, including the 'apple-master' and one on ice-glazed bush

Posted March 2nd at 2:52 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

More Fieldfare , Estover , Plymouth

Since I posted the photos of the Fieldfare I've had a flock of 10 come in followed by a solitary Redwing and a Lapwing has flown over.

Posted March 2nd at 2:46 pm by Peter Castle in General Birding

Braunton

We had a pair of Reed Buntings feeding on the floor under the seed feeders on Thursday - and a lovely male bullfinch. we feed sunflower hearts and a premium mix for the huge numbers of goldfinches that visit every day. our house is near the tesco roundabout, at velator.

Posted March 2nd at 2:35 pm by Karen Serle in General Birding

Cold weather Movement - Kingsteignton - Stover Park

A four hour walk this morning 0830 -1230. Constant movement of birds moving South West particularly Fieldfare / Redwing - Flocks varying in number but in excess of 10,000 estimated. Continuous movement of Lapwings in flocks of up to 30 - individuals seen in road tracks, feeding under cattle and a few resting / drinking on the ice on Stover Lake. Lapwings were seen in most fields in the Teigngrace Stover Area. Fieldfare and Redwings also also seen resting on ice on Stover Lake  Several flocks of Snipe overhead heading SW. One flock of about 30 Grey Plover over Stover School. Over100 Robins on the Stover Lake path in groups of up to 12. At Teigngrace  2 lapwings, 20 meadow pipits, 15 redwings, robins starlings and blackbirds feeding underneath the feet of the cattle at a feeding trough. 1 yellow hammer in a ditch near the Stover Canal. Two robins were seen feeding on a fresh carcus of a woodcock in ice on the Tegngrace Road. 

Posted March 2nd at 2:32 pm by JDA in General Birding

Fire crest in Totnes garden

Just seen a male fire crest in the oleander shrub about a foot away from our dining room window. Not quick enough to photograph it, unfortunately.

Posted March 2nd at 2:04 pm by Valerie Davies in General Birding

Velator

Arrived this morning to clear a small reed-bed that has become infested with Brambles. In the field as I arrived a good sized flock of Curlew, some Lapwing and at least one Fieldfare. As the ground is frozen, I can get my car there with without getting it covered in mud. We had virtually no snow last night, just very cold strong winds. The remains of the Redshank had gone and some footprints looked like badger, but as I walked into the centre of the reserve the footprints I could see were of a Fox. Lo and behold a bit further around and I could see it! I eventually tracked it to the are where I have a few feeders, and had spread some seed on the ground yesterday - it seemed to be eating that! It soon disappeared when it saw me. 10 Teal flew from the open water on the pond. Cut the reeds/brambles and soon had a good blaze going. There were lots of Snipe just outside the reserve, and flocks of both Lapwing and Fieldfare went over.

Posted March 2nd at 1:59 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Totnes garden

Watching fieldfare, redwings, bramblings and even a tired looking skylark on the lawn this afternoon in Totnes. Jackdaws have moved in now - so everything has scattered! Also saw a couple of pipits hopping along the Plymouth Road this morning - meadow pipits I think. 

Posted March 2nd at 1:55 pm by Jon Flynn in General Birding

Estover , Plymouth

Fieldfare in garden 3 come in and managed to get shots of 2 of them.

  

Posted March 2nd at 1:25 pm by Peter Castle in General Birding

Garden birds in the snow

Some very hungry garden birds allowing for some snowy photographs yesterday. First brambling and redwing for the garden too. Totnes

    

Posted March 2nd at 1:11 pm by Jason Parry in General Birding

Clennon to Broadsands

Some evidence of cold weather movement along the coast with 21 Golden Plover on Clennon playing fields, two Snipe and a Water Rail. 40+ Redwing and 12 Fieldfare between there and Broadsands.

Broadsands: 14 Reed Bunting on seed in 2nd car park with at least 20 Cirl Buntings but I didn't stop long after dropping the seed. lots of gulls in the flooded green area of Broadsands and on the beach 600+ Common Gull, 6 Mediterranean Gulls one fw the rest adults. There are 4 Med Gulls in the photo below!

4 Mediterranean Gull in flooded Broadsands car park 2 March 2018 ML 

Posted March 2nd at 12:55 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Black Redstart - Barnstaple.

12.15 2/3 Black Redstart foraging on the ground in my front garden in Braunton Rd, Barnstaple. Also 1 pair of Bullfinches feeding on sunflower feeder and 1 pair of Reed Buntings feeding on fatball feeder in back garden.

Posted March 2nd at 12:44 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

TIVERTON BRAMBLINGS

Bramblings increased to six today amongst mixed flock of Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Chaffinch and Bullfinch numbering 50 - 60. Also joined by two Fieldfares and a Mistle Thrush.

Posted March 2nd at 12:26 pm by A.Colllinge in General Birding

Peverell, Plymouth

30 Lapwing & 6 Redwing over heading SW, 1 Snipe flying over. A dazzling Firecrest feeding well in our flowering Camellia. Male Blackcap, 2 Redwing and a Fieldfare all feeding on apples in the garden..

Posted March 2nd at 12:16 pm by R Hurrell in General Birding

Flock of redwings

We have a flock of beautiful redwings currently appear to be feeding well on the berries on our cotoneaster tree. A magpie just swooped down and scared some away to nearby gardens. Most are still happy to stay hidden in our tree! One daring redwing even came down onto our snow covered pond, maybe searching water. Tried to attach photos but I’m sorry it didn’t work.

Posted March 2nd at 11:54 am by Chris Gray in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Blaxton Meadow

A brief walk to the meadow this morning while the wife went to Sainsbury’s. Best of the bunch were 1 Avocet, 2 Pintail, 3 Shoveler, 13 Teal, c120 Lapwing, 27 Redwing, 10 Fieldfare, 2 Skylark, 6 Meadow Pipit. Also good numbers of Shelduck, Redshank & Curlew. Not back for an hours birding on meadow.

Posted March 2nd at 11:14 am by Martin Phillips in General Birding

Brambling - South Brent

My first ever brambling at my home in South Brent this morning. Feeding in the snow with 40+ chaffinch + other birds on seed I had put out. Yesterday a female blackcap there.

Brambling - South Brent - 2.3.2018
Brambling - South Brent - 2.3.2018

Posted March 2nd at 11:08 am by David Pakes in General Birding

Hexworthy

Three Lapwing going over W this morning - first record here.  Also a Firecrest a few days ago.  Woodcock and Snipe turning up in unusual places, and tame Redwings really struggling with the cold.

Posted March 2nd at 11:08 am by Richard Hibbert in General Birding

Fieldfare feeding in the garden

A solitary fieldfare tucking in to feed on the lawn despite initial  opposition from resident blackbirds - but now fighting back!  A first for  the garden here on the Yelverton/Horrabridge border

Posted March 2nd at 10:46 am by Mary Harper in General Birding

Snow sighting

Approx 25 Black tailed Godwits feeding along edge of flood relief bank just off Jettymarsh roundabout Newton Abbot at 9.30am this morning 

Posted March 2nd at 10:43 am by Jon Martin in General Birding

Kingsteignton Fieldfares

Approximately fifty fieldfares feeding in a fir tree off Tarrs Avenue.

Posted March 2nd at 10:02 am by Patrick Case in General Birding

Thursday 1st March 2018

Starcross

We've had a male and female blackcap coming regularly to the garden birdfeeders and today was no exception. What was unusual was a mixed  flock of 20 or so redwing and fieldfare feasting on the berries and anything else they could find. This is the first time in 4 years I have seen even one. The extreme weather overcame their narural reluctance. 

Posted March 1st at 9:30 pm by Janet Gray in General Birding

Exe Estuary cruise

Not many people turned up for this afternoon's cruise, which is a shame because the weather provided some interesting observations. Lapwings were everywhere, including 250 with dozens of Golden Plovers sheltering in the dunes at Dawlish Warren. Lots of Lapwings seemed to be arriving from the east. Great Northern Diver and 10+ G Crested Grebes were expected. Large numbers of geese had abandoned the fields and sat out on the snow-covered mud; the 2 Snow Geese and 2 Greylags were with them. Waders either sat dejectedly on the snow or fed along the waterline. Avocets feeding in slush was a novelty, and in flight they often kept both legs retracted - very sensible!

Small passerines were also on the move: Fieldfare, Redwing, Meadow Pipits. A Pied Wagtail even joined the boat in mid-estuary, running around under our feet. 

Posted March 1st at 7:40 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Sidmouth beach

Around 50 Lapwing and 8 Golden Plover on the beach this morning among scores of Dunlin. Later A Snipe flying low along the beach into the blizzard at Budleigh Salterton

Posted March 1st at 7:23 pm by Dave McKeown in General Birding

Berrynarbor

Extremely cold here and snowing almost continually most of the day. Birds struggling to find food. At least three Blackcap, Goldcrest and all the usuals but including Fieldfare and Redwing in the garden. 50/60 Redwing/Fieldfare going to roost up the valley this evening in the blizzard conditions.

     

Posted March 1st at 6:06 pm by Margaret Phillips in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Wembury Bay

On Plym Est, 82 Lapwings - 69 on Blaxton Pool with 6 Teal, 5 Shovelers and a Skylark. The pool proving invaluable habitat again. Also in area, Woodcock, Firecrest, 5 Snipe, Jack Snipe, Great Crested Grebe, 6 Little Grebes, Peregrine, 4 Goosanders & a Golden Plover over the Greenhouse.

Earlier, on Wembury beach, 50+ Golden Plovers, c35 Lapwings, Grey Plover, Water Pipit, 6 Teal & 14 Wigeon.

Posted March 1st at 5:03 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Velator reserve

Took the opportunity to finish off the bonfire work this morning - great way to keep warm in the icy blasts! Almost the first bird in the reserve was the bottom half (including the legs) of a Redshank. That's the third or fourth Wader this winter, and the second Redshank.

More Finches about today as I filled the feeders yesterday, and a few Reed Buntings too. There are two areas of unfrozen water on the pond, and not long before leaving 4 Teal arrived - an unusual visitor. Lots of cold-looking Lapwing just outside the reserve.

Along the Tarka Trail by Braunton Car Park a Collared Dove was busy collecting nesting material! Good luck to them!

Posted March 1st at 4:29 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Plymouth Hoe

1 lapwing, 7 golden plover, 11 fieldfare, 2 redwing, 1 song thrush and 5 meadow pipit on a very cold, snowy, windy (and brief) walk around Plymouth Hoe this afternoon.

Posted March 1st at 4:25 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Princetown, Lapwing and Skylark.

At about 1000 this morning we had 73 Lapwing flying over our field in Princetown flying NE - SW at. about 100 feet. This was a couple of hours before the main blizzard arrived.

Also 2 Skylark looking for seed on the clear track leading to South Hessary Tor

Posted March 1st at 4:03 pm by Gary Easton in General Birding

Hembury Woods

Late am/early pm in the snow: 1 Merlin along the edge of the woods (the first I've seen here), 2 pairs of Mandarins on the river and a flock of 150+ Redwings rooting around in the leaf litter.

Posted March 1st at 3:49 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Newton Abbot

2195 Lapwing and 525 Golden Plover SW over Newton Abbot between 9:30 and 12:00.

Posted March 1st at 2:15 pm by Laurie Allnatt in General Birding

Backyard Birds in Colebrook, Plympton

Storm Emma has kept me indoors today, but it hasn't been a total washout, for as well as all my regular garden visitors, there was a Goldcrest and a female Firecrest and about twenty Redwing in my Colebrook garden around the middle of the day. (These are the first Redwing in the garden since before Christmas).

Posted March 1st at 1:26 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Common snipe

A really unusual record of 13 Common Snipe flying over gardens in Exeter Road Kingsteignton around 11am - no doubt as a result of this cold weather

Posted March 1st at 12:59 pm by JDA in General Birding

Tiverton

Four Brambling bossing the feeders amongst 30 - 40 mixed finches!

Posted March 1st at 12:48 pm by A.C0llinge in General Birding

North Plympton

One lapwing over the garden late morning. 

In the garden, one goldcrest, one male blackcap and usual finches, starlings and house sparrows.

Posted March 1st at 12:48 pm by Chris E in General Birding

Beast from the east

Wrafton Pond partly frozen, Sherpa / Wrafton scrape & garden pond completely frozen. Not sure whether the frogs spawn will survive the icy blast, will have to wait & see.

         

Posted March 1st at 12:11 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Broadsands

A juv/fw Iceland Gull was on the rocks with Herring Gulls this morning. on seed in the 2nd car park 45 Cirl Buntings and 8 Reed Buntings. video link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=kguLVyYYVQk  

    Cirl Bunting Broadsands 1 March 2018 ML   

                        Cirl Bunting Male                                                              Iceland Gull and Herring Gulls     

  

Posted March 1st at 12:00 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Garden Birds in Exwick

The cold weather so far has produced a minor influx into the garden; the Blackbirds and Blackcaps are busy eating the remaining crab apples. Eight Lapwings flying over the house heading up the Exe valley at 9:30 was unusual!

Posted March 1st at 11:28 am by Martin Overy in General Birding

Braunton Garden

First Firecrest in the garden and coming to the feeders today, A male Siskin yesterday too. Lots of regulars too.

Posted March 1st at 10:16 am by R Barnes in General Birding

Lapwings Kingsteignton

Approx a hundred lapwings overhead in Exeter road Kingsteignton

Posted March 1st at 9:48 am by Graeme Davey in General Birding

South Milton Reserve Reed Cut - Cancelled

It will come as no surprise that the reed cut planned for South Milton Reserve on Saturday is cancelled.  Thank you to all who had volunteered to help. Hopefully we will have better luck with the weather next winter.

Nick Townsend

Posted March 1st at 9:46 am by Nick Townsend in General Birding

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