General Birding

Missing Devon rarity records 2018

Unfortunately no descriptions have been submitted for the following records of ‘A’ species reported in 2018. This means, as things stand, they will not make the official record as part of the 2018 Devon Bird Report. It would be a great shame to lose these records.

If anyone saw these birds (you don’t have to be the finder) please can you submit a description and/or photos asap to Kev Rylands: Recorder@devonbirds.org Thank you.

Chough Northam 17-18 July  

Corn Bunting Beer Head 25 August

Cory’s Shearwater (2) Ilfracombe 28 July

Cory’s Shearwater Thurlestone 26 August

Glossy Ibis Exe Estuary 21-27 October

Golden Oriole Blaxton Meadow 18 April

Great Shearwater (2) Berry Head 20 September

Great White Egret (2) Bridge Marsh, Axe Estuary 13 January

Great White Egret Black Hole Marsh, Axe Estuary 22 August

Great White Egret Exminster Marshes 30 March

Great White Egret Exmouth 06 May

Great White Egret Stover 01 October

Honey-buzzard Dartmoor 21-22 May

Little Bunting Slapton 21 October

Montagu’s Harrier Dartmoor 19 Aug

Pectoral Sandpiper Upper Tamar Lake 13 August

Ring-necked Duck Lee Moor 14 October

Rose-coloured Starling Beesands 27-28 August

Serin South Hallsands 24 April

Tree Sparrow Haldon 20 May

Posted September 24th at 8:44 am by Pete Aley in General Birding

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, 2018 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

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

Saturday 21st April 2018

Exmoor

Passage raptors at one coastal location (mainly as thermals really got going around luchtime, following a spell of thick cloud mid-morning) included at least 11 Red Kites drifting E, a ring-tail Hen Harrier and a Hobby. Two further Red Kites elsewhere along the coast during the late afternoon were presumably part of the same movement. A walk through some of the oakwoods revealed encouraging numbers of singing Wood Warblers and Pied Flycatcher pairs on territory, but Redstarts were very thin on the ground by comparison. Hirundines were also notably scarce all day, with few breeding territories appearing to be reoccupied as yet and only sparse passage otherwise in spite of seemingly ideal conditions.

Posted April 21st, 2018 at 9:59 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Velator/ Sherpa Marsh

The slightly more presentable Marsh Harrier was again around the Marsh early this afternoon. There were 3 Black-tailed Godwits in the centre field of the Marsh - not seen them here before. Only saw one Reed Warbler around the Marsh. One Swallow.

Posted April 21st, 2018 at 9:10 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Combe Martin

Cuckoo heard calling  this afternoon and again this evening  in Combe Martin..

Posted April 21st, 2018 at 8:42 pm by Margaret Phillips in General Birding

Yarner Wood & Trendlebere Down

After abandoning the South Devon birds walk around Berry Head due to the heavy rain I decided to take my chances at Yarner Wood in the early afternoon, where it was a warm and sunny day, and I wasn't to be disappointed.

Observed a pair of fighting female Pied Flycatchers whilst all the while a male a male followed and kept a close eye on proceedings, closer to the car park I watched a male Redstart for about 5 minutes, in the same area there was both a Marsh Tit & a Coal Tit plus a male Blackcap. Also seen: 3 Willow Warblers, Linnet, Buzzard, Mistle Thrush, Mandarin Duck, Stonechat. Also heard a drumming Woodpecker, Tawny Owl and several Chiffchaffs.

Posted April 21st, 2018 at 7:48 pm by Stephen Huggins in General Birding

Home Farm,Fremington.

Two Red Kites over the quay,3Whimbrel,1godwit,2cettis,Whitethroat sedge and willow warbler,chiffchaff,2jays,goldfinch,linnets,larks,lovely photos of all so very pleasing day.

Posted April 21st, 2018 at 6:17 pm by john elvin in General Birding

Yarner Wood

Six Pied Flycatchers, male Redstart, Garden Warbler, Tree Pipit, 6 Siskins & 2 Bullfinches.

Posted April 21st, 2018 at 6:04 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Shipley Bridge, South Brent ~ Cuckoo

Lunch time visit to the moorland above Shipley Bridge car park and around the SWWA filtration plant.

Raven, 4+ Willow Warbler, Wren, 4 Swallow, Pied Wagtail, male Yellow Hammer, Coal Tit, my first Cuckoo of the year, initially heard calling from towards Hickley Plain it then flew over me and off towards Black Tor where it was heard calling a bit later. Near the car park a Green Woodpecker calling. 

At least five Buzzards soaring over the area.

  

Posted April 21st, 2018 at 5:24 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Kennford

Red Kite over the A38 yesterday at 13:30.

Posted April 21st, 2018 at 6:50 am by Will Salmon in General Birding

Friday 20th April 2018

Bench Tor/Whites Wood

Lovely late afternoon session in perfect conditions: 1m Cuckoo +1h, 2m and 1f Pied Flycatchers (males chasing each other), 1m Redstart, 2 Tree Pipits, 3+ Redpolls, lots of Willow Warblers singing etc.

Posted April 20th, 2018 at 9:41 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Moretonhampstead

A pair of Swallows have arrived home this evening. Showing every sign that this is their patch.

Posted April 20th, 2018 at 7:29 pm by Mary Irving in General Birding

Challacombe

Late post, Stoat, also at Challacombe

Posted April 20th, 2018 at 7:15 pm by Mave Goddard in General Birding

Challacombe

Good bird watching day. Swallow's,  Redstart (m),  Marsh Tit,  Willow Warbler,  Chiffchaff,  Wheatear,  Whinchat.

Posted April 20th, 2018 at 7:13 pm by Mave Goddard in General Birding

Thornhill head, N.Devon Romance!

Regularly visiting cock pheasant mated with hen under our feeders this morning. 

Posted April 20th, 2018 at 7:02 pm by Mark West in General Birding

Velator

Ringing in the reserve today was disappointing in quantity, but some quality. First sedge Warblers (3) more Blackcaps (4) Willow Warblers (4) and a Chiffchaff. The sea fret and fog seemed to curtail much activity.

When, briefly the sun came out, a few Hirundines over included Sand Martin, House Martin and Swallow, but the biggest surprise was a SWIFT.

There were Reed Warblers singing in and near the reserve.

Butterflies were good: several Speckled Wood and Peacock, a few each of Green-veined White, and Small White, Small Tortoiseshell, and a few Orange-tips along with a couple of Commas. 

About a dozen Godwits visited the scrape.

Posted April 20th, 2018 at 5:34 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Clearbrook today

Red Kite going w at 13.45.

Posted April 20th, 2018 at 4:09 pm by Chris Buckland in General Birding

White-fronted Goose at Exminster Marshes

Great views of the White-fronted Goose at Exminster Marshes today, viewed from the canal car park. I would assume that it is a Greater White-fronted Goose? I would appreciate it if someone could confirm this for me! Thanks!

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White-fronted Goose

 

Posted April 20th, 2018 at 3:43 pm by Samuel Gray in General Birding

Cuckoo - Peter Tavy

Cuckoo calling from trees behind my garden just now in Peter Tavy 

Posted April 20th, 2018 at 12:48 pm by Andy Brown in General Birding

Dartmoor

An early morning visit to Dartmoor this morning visiting Cadover, Clearbook, Headland Warren ~ Challacombe.

Cadover ~ Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Dunnock, Song Thrush, nesting pair of Canada Geese, 5 Sand Martin, Swallow, and a Green Woodpecker.

Clearbrook ~ 5+ Yellow Hammer, Meadow Pipit, 2 Linnet, Skylark, 3 Stonechat, Wren, 3 Song Thrush, Coal tit and a singing Willow Warbler.

Headland Warren ~ Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Buzzard and 3 Wheatear (2M/1F).

Challacombe ~ Swallow, Pied Wagtail, 4 Redpoll, BTO ringed Blue Tit and Chaffinch, 3 Reed Bunting (2M/1F) 2 Redstart (M&F) 2 Stock Dove, 2 Raven and 2+ Willow Warbler.

Skylark, Meadow Pipit, and Buzzard well established in most areas.

  

  

Posted April 20th, 2018 at 12:03 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Golden Dagger and Waddeton

Cuckoo at Waddeton side of Galmpton Creek  last night and Whinchat and  Cuckoo at N . end of Soussons yesterday

Posted April 20th, 2018 at 10:48 am by tim Clyburn in General Birding

Thursday 19th April 2018

Berry Head

Curlew seen flying past headland mid morning calling as it went.  A Whitethroat  in the shrub below the hide and a pair of Bullfinches also seen.

Posted April 19th, 2018 at 10:06 pm by carole wren in General Birding

Velator

Very few Warblers in the reserve this morning, especially when the sun went in, maybe 3 Chiffchaffs and 2 Blackcaps. No Willow Warblers. First Orangetip of the year.

This evening went for a walk down to Sherpa and saw 8 Sand Martins and then as I passed by the reserve on the way back, a female Wheatear.

Posted April 19th, 2018 at 9:30 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Occombe, Preston, Paignton

A quick walk around half the reserve this morning in glorious sunshine before heading into work: 2 Pied Wagtails, House Sparrow, 4 Goldfinches, a calling Blackcap followed by a Chiffchaff, 4 Jays, a Buzzard being mobbed by a Carrion Crow. Plenty of calling Great Tits, Wrens & Blackbirds.

 

In response to Jonathan's request I agree about locations, so more than happy to provide more information.

Posted April 19th, 2018 at 8:40 pm by Stephen Huggins in General Birding

RSPB Isley Marsh

(09:30)

Now singing males of Sedge Warbler and Whitethroat have joined the morning chorus. A Snipe flushed on the high tide. Wren carrying a feather (therefore probably female, lining a lucky male's nest!). Plenty of Linnet and Skylark. Swallows have been around but none this morning.

Posted April 19th, 2018 at 3:09 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Wembury

A walk along the coastal path and the Point produced the following: Whimbrel 15, Little Egret 15, Oystercatcher 41, Whitethroat 5,  Manx Shearwater 5 passed the Mewstone close in. 

Posted April 19th, 2018 at 1:12 pm by Martin Phillips in General Birding

Venn Ottery Common, East Devon

Red Kite over at height being chased by Herring Gull at 10.50am. Last seen heading east towards East Hill, Ottery St Mary. 

Whilst here could I put in a plea....please would observers state location of sightings more clearly.. they may be familiar with their patch but I am sure many others won't know where it is.... North Devon, South Devon etc. would be helpful.

Also, to night's the night.... support Devon BIrds and come to the AGM/talk at Exeter Court Hotel.  Its always a good meeting. 

Posted April 19th, 2018 at 12:23 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Two Sandwich Terns on the estuary first thing and my first (2) Willow Warblers of the year here. Also 2 Green Woodpeckers and the female Red-crested Pochard.

As I returned home I heard a Yellow-browed Warbler calling in the grounds of Mount Gould Hospital where it then showed exceptionally well in and around a large pine tree by the fence next to the children's facility. Easily visible from the road.

Posted April 19th, 2018 at 11:47 am by Pete Aley in General Birding

Swift - Exminster village

Single swift and 2 house martins over the house, in Exminster, this morning. 

Posted April 19th, 2018 at 10:53 am by John Waldon in General Birding

Scarce/ Rare Breeding Birds...

Several posts have appeared (and now deleted)  in recent days giving details of scarce breeding birds in Devon, please take some responsibility before you post .

Take note of the header post on this page, if you are still unsure read this..

 https://www.devonbirds.org/news/bird_news/rare_breeding_species 

Thank you

Posted April 19th, 2018 at 8:42 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Wednesday 18th April 2018

Exmouth Ring-necked Parakeet

Wed 18 April 9am: Single bird seen flying over Cyprus Road being chased by crow accompanied by much screeching 

Posted April 18th, 2018 at 10:14 pm by Sandy Moreton in General Birding

Yarner etc

Several territorial and singing Pied  Flycatchers, one with an accompanying female.  At least 2 Tree Pipits out on the Heath. No-one was owning up to having seen a Redstart though.

We went on to Exminster, and after much searching found the White-fronted Goose from the canal path. A Whimbrel  flew over as we were at the Lions Rest, hotly pursued by a Peregrine!.

No sign of any Cattle Egrets at Powderham.

Posted April 18th, 2018 at 9:30 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Golden Oriole Male, Blaxton Meadow 18th April

Male Golden Oriole seen by Peter Temple and one other birder late this morning. Perched in tree above wooden seat then flew to top of trees above the hide on other side on Blaxton Meadow lagoon.They were unable to pick it up again. 

Eds: An exceptional record; there are no more than two previous records for Plymouth, both close to the boundary, and it's quite early for Devon as a whole. Would the observers please ensure they submit a description to the county recorder so that the record is not lost. Thanks. 

Posted April 18th, 2018 at 9:23 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Moretonhampstead

Feeding in the garden this morning, 7 Bramblings, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 10 Greenfinches and 3 Siskin

Posted April 18th, 2018 at 9:19 pm by Mary Irving in General Birding

Berry Head

A good mix of birds seen during an early morning visit to Berry Head, first nice tick was a Whitethroat and the last a female Wheatear, still a decent passage of Manx Shearwater's, two Red Throated Divers, numerous Gannets, a couple of Swallows in off of the sea, lots of Fulmar, a singe Common Scoter, plenty of Linnet, Dunnock and Goldfinch.

  

Posted April 18th, 2018 at 9:14 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

South Hams

Very few migrants today.

Soar - Whitethroat 2, Chiffchaff 6, Willow Warbler, Blackcap 2, Swallow 3, White Wagtail 2.

South Milton Ley - Reed Bunting & Great Spotted Woodpecker.

South Efford Marsh - Greenshank & Teal 3.

Posted April 18th, 2018 at 5:42 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

18-04-18 Roborough Down Yellowhammers

Again Roborough Down, Male Yellowhammers showing very well this am

  

Posted April 18th, 2018 at 5:07 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

18-04-18 Roborough Down Redpoles

This am plenty of male & female Redpolls on Roborough Down near Clearbrook, also plenty of Yellowhammers, male & female, Linnets, Meadow Pipits, & Skylarks

  

Posted April 18th, 2018 at 5:06 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Kingford Fen, Lana and Dunsdon, near Pancrasweek

Fine, bright and warm at last,.so some early birding.

2 Willow Warblers and 3 Chiffchaffs at Kingford Fen.  Much calling and activity from the rookery at Kingford Mill with at least seven nests so far

7+ Swallows flying around and into the farm buildings at Lana.

2 Willow Warblers, 1 Treecreeper calling but not seen, 1 Blackcap and some calling from the heronry..at Dunsdon NR.

Harvey Kendall..   

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Posted April 18th, 2018 at 12:00 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Common Sandpiper Grand western Canal

Common Sandpiper near Sampford Peverell (just east of village) 8.15am 18 April, coasting low over the water and the resting up in reeds at edge until disturbed by my passing then up again, low and slow. Seen on 3 recent dates, also same time last spring, it's taken a while to work out what it was but some low res shots (apologies for quality) this morning confirmed it. Only around fora while last year so presumably in passage

Posted April 18th, 2018 at 9:23 am by Martin Hughes-Jones in General Birding

Grasshopper Warbler Exeter

Grasshopper Warbler initially heard singing then after a search spotted on Streatham Campus University of Exeter 

Posted April 18th, 2018 at 9:20 am by Ian Stone in General Birding

Portworthy

23 Black-tailed Godwit on the main lake this morning. Most in full summer plumage. Viewed from main road. 

Posted April 18th, 2018 at 7:31 am by Chris E in General Birding

Tuesday 17th April 2018

Dawlish warren

Watched from 15:15 till 18:20 from the lifeguard hut on the sea wall visibility very poor at times 

The highlight were 3 groups of whimbrels the first group of 19 dropped onto the beach before flying of north west and included 1 bar tailed godwit , the second group was much bigger with 70+ and included 2 bar tailed godwits and again headed of north west the third group of 20 included 3 bar tailed godwits) also seen were 170+ Manx Shearwater all heading south, 11+ common tern, 1 great northern diver, 1 red throated diver, 3 gadwall, 3 common scoter, 2 eider, 12+ great crested grebes, 2 swallows, 13 pale bellied Brent geese , 25+ sandwich terns , 5+ fulmars, 1 Great skua.

Posted April 17th, 2018 at 9:31 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

home farm fremington

black swan on the estuary, cettis, chiffchaff, willow warbler, sedge warbler,thanks to the ghia trust for nice new steps,dog walkers still fail to keep of this little sanctuary.

Posted April 17th, 2018 at 6:15 pm by john elvin in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram 16/4/18

Male Wheatear, 4 Curlews, 1st w/s Mediterranean Gull, Greenshank & 2 Mistle Thrushes.

Posted April 17th, 2018 at 5:54 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Wrafton etc

About 90 Godwits on the scrape this morning. 1 Swallow over Wrafton Pond. Walked down to Sherpa Marsh and found lots of Sand Martins, good numbers of Swallows, 1 House Martin, 1 White Wagtail, 6 Teal, and several Reed/Sedge Warblers chuntering away in the reed-beds. Sadly, no sign of the Hoopoe.

Posted April 17th, 2018 at 1:44 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Yarner Wood

Yarner Wood with Keith Male this morning until the rain and fog stopped play, Siskin, Tree Pipit, Pied Flycatcher,  Yellow Hammer, pair of Nuthatch, Long Tail, Coal, Blue, Great and Marsh Tits.
 
(On the office bird watch list Redstart recorded)
 
On the moor the only thing we saw due to the fog was was a very soggy Sky Lark.
 
Around the feeders back at home in South Brent Siskin and Bullfinch.
 
  
 

Posted April 17th, 2018 at 12:12 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Stover Park

Spent an enjoyable half hour yesterday watching treecreeper(s) nest building in a bat box.

Saw them doing similar previously at Challacombe Farm.

    

Posted April 17th, 2018 at 8:57 am by Lloyd Gray in General Birding

Monday 16th April 2018

Exmouth And Exminster

Orcombe Point, Exmouth 

On an early morning. A Little Gull flew past east from the coastal path and 2 White Wagtail in the dung field. 

Exminster Marsh

A quick visit after work. The White-fronted Goose was on show from the railway path. A Yellow Wagtail calling in flight but not located and a Willow Warbler calling from the powderham side of the tracks.

If interested more details http://dixiesbirding.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1

Posted April 16th, 2018 at 9:09 pm by Spencer Dicks in General Birding

Thornhill Head, N.Devon

Further to my post a couple of days ago, the vocal Willow Tit (presume same one) still visiting feeders  Seems to favour sunflower seeds. Has now been joined by occasional second bird. 

Posted April 16th, 2018 at 6:38 pm by Mark West in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

This lunchtime at Exminster Marshes, the White-fronted Goose was reasonably close in from Staion Road. Also 1 Reed Warbler by the RSPB car park, 1 Sedge Warbler by the middle car park, 11 Whimbrel flew over and 1 House Martin.

Posted April 16th, 2018 at 3:52 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Warren House/Challacombe/Headland Warren

Circular walk this morning yielded 36 species of which best were: Cuckoo (1), Chiffchaff (3), Green Woodpecker (2), Marsh Tit (1), Treecreeper (1), Tree Pipit (1 singing from top of Willow), Willow Warbler (10).

Posted April 16th, 2018 at 3:21 pm by Rob Hubble and Stella Tracey in General Birding

Hoopoe

I had planned a morning ringing in the reserve this morning before the Hoopoe livened up yesterday evening by flying into the reserve - honest!

Doing my net rounds early on I saw Dave Paull and Alex Gladwin over near the gateway and when they were leaving later I went out for a chat - they had seen it near the SW corner of the reserve again. Later on I saw Roger and Lyn Doble, so went tot he gate and as I walked out the Hoopoe flew from the track right in front of me towards them and into the reserve, just near where I have some nets. They both accompanied me  back into the reserve, and I went off round the nets again: no luck!

When I eventually left at about 12.30, I went towards the gateway and there it still was. Took some photos and left. Here is one of the pics.

Hoopoe Velator today.
Hoopoe Velator today.

Posted April 16th, 2018 at 2:00 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

RSPB Isley Marsh

Dog-walk at 6:45 - 7:15am. Teal and Wigeon still around. Multiple singing males of Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, Skylark, Meadow Pipit... Also female Linnet nest-building. No Hirundines since a small flock of Sand Martin a few evenings back.

Posted April 16th, 2018 at 1:42 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Berry Head - Monday

6 A.M cycle ride out to the head, a single Wheatear right on the end, by the coastguard lookout station

Posted April 16th, 2018 at 8:46 am by Trevor Leaman in General Birding

Sunday 15th April 2018

Stover Lake

A couple of brambling above us, a coot on 7 eggs, a male mute swan attacked a white duck sitting on it's eggs, plucked loads of feathers out and chased her off. We saw 1 pair of tufted ducks and a drake scalp which I'd never seen before. 

Posted April 15th, 2018 at 10:36 pm by Andy Quest in General Birding

Budleigh Salterton heron

Whoops! Should have said a Night Heron - sorry!  But can now attach the photo I was shown this morning.


Posted April 15th, 2018 at 8:50 pm by Colin Randall in General Birding

Teignmouth seafront

A casual look at the sea with bins picked up groups of Manx Shearwaters passing south. Watched for 45 mins , estimated 350-400 birds, likely many more beyond bins range, stopped moving by 7pm. Also 12 Sandwich terns and a GND on the sea.

Yesterday at Torcorss - Drake Scaup on the Ley and a few House Martins.

Posted April 15th, 2018 at 7:59 pm by David Cope in General Birding

Occombe

Fairly quiet this afternoon between the showers, managed to see a record 6 male Pheasants (plus one female), a Jay, Long-tailed Tit, Mallard, Song Thrush. In addition I heard 2 Blackcaps, a Chiffchaff, and a Green Woodpecker.

Posted April 15th, 2018 at 7:27 pm by Stephen Huggins in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Three Whimbrels on Blaxton Pool - my 100th species for the patch this year (I only saw 101 species in 2017, so it's set to be a good year). Also surprisingly, a Jack Snipe still about, Grey Wagtail, Ringed Plover, Mandarin Duck (drake), 4 Curlews, Common Sandpiper, 24 Shelducks, 30 Turnstones, 7 Stock Doves and an adult Shag.

Posted April 15th, 2018 at 7:09 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Velator

Just got back from an afternoon working in the reserve - mostly the excitement of raking duckweed out of the pond.... Good to have the accompaniment of a few singing Blackcaps, Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs.

About five o'clock I packed up and headed down for a walk round Sherpa Marsh. As | approached the gate to the first field a bird took off in front of me and flew towards the reserve, A cracking HOOPOE! I immediately called the troops, and as the rain arrived, Sue Bruce and Rob and Paula arrived. I saw it again just before they got there, flying south along the east side of the reserve, and it flew into the large macrocarpus tree, where it and we waited for the rain to stop. When it did I went back into the reserve and as I approached said tree, it flew out back to where I had first seen it, and right in front of the three spectators. I went back out and joined them and got some pictures, which I will post shortly.

Posted April 15th, 2018 at 6:55 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Chudleigh

A female Brambling for a brief while at a sunflower feeder in my garden this afternoon. Yesterday, my second record of a Lesser Redpoll at the feeders, a single bird this time.

Posted April 15th, 2018 at 6:09 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Prawle Reserve - Essential Tree Work

The storms at the end of March brought down some trees along the boundary of the Reserve next to the access road.  A tree surgeon has inspected the damaged trees as well as the other trees along the boundary.  He has been engaged to make safe all the trees along the boundary wall.  The work will start on 16 April and take up to three days.

Apologies for the inconvenience .  If you have any queries, please call Nick Townsend on 07989717383

Posted April 15th, 2018 at 5:49 pm by Nick Townsend in General Birding

Exminster Marsh

White-fronted Goose still on the marsh near the turf as viewed from station road. 

more details if interested https://dixiesbirding.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1

Posted April 15th, 2018 at 4:33 pm by Spencer Dicks in General Birding

Powderham Park.

The 2 Egyptian Geese still present this afternoon by the River Kenn. Also c.60 Swallows, 10 Sand Martins and a lone House Martin. Best viewed from the path below the farm shop car park.

Posted April 15th, 2018 at 4:28 pm by Terry Smith in General Birding

Tiverton gardenwatch

2 Blue Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 2m Great Tit, 1 Longtailed Tit, 5 Bullfinch (2m 3f) 5 Chaffinch (3m 2f) 10 Goldfinch, 1m Greenfinch, 4 Siskin (2m 2f) 1m House sparrow, (1st here in 35yrs). 1 Robin, 2f Dunnock, 2Wpgn, 2Blackbird (1m with deep red beak, 1f) 1 Crow & 1m Blackcap

Posted April 15th, 2018 at 4:27 pm by Martyn C Webb in General Birding

Budleigh Salterton

I was shown a photograph this morning, dated 4 April, of a Squacco Heron which landed in their garden. It stayed for about 20 minutes before she inadvertently frightened it off. No doubt about the ID - just wish I'd been here when she saw it!

Eds: please ensure the photo is sent on to the County Recorder and to the National Records committee BBRC otherwise the record will be lost   https://www.devonbirds.org/birdwatching/recording/downloadable_forms 

Posted April 15th, 2018 at 2:20 pm by Colin Randall in General Birding

Goldeneye Trews Weir Exeter

Female goldeneye reported by Mike Booth was again at Trews Weir around midday today.  Initially just downstream of the weir but later moved to the top of the adjacent floor relief works. Also two common sandpiper nearby.

Posted April 15th, 2018 at 2:03 pm by Mike Sampson in General Birding

South Brent signs of migration

 Harwell Lane / Forder Lane area of South Brent this morning, saw four Song Thrush, three Blackcap (2M & 1F) Four Chiffchaff, Two Willow Warbler, pair of Bullfinch, two Wren and a Kestrel over head.

  

Posted April 15th, 2018 at 1:29 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Black tailed Godwits

Jon - When the Black tailed Godwits are not on Sharpa scrape they fly over to Horsey Island.

Posted April 15th, 2018 at 11:47 am by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

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