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

Thursday 31st January 2019

Bickington Brambling

Female Brambling among the Chaffinches in the garden today. Also present was the lonely, “Jonnie No-mates” Fieldfare who has been eating windfall apples here most days for the last couple of weeks.

Posted January 31st at 2:10 pm by Doug Howes in General Birding

Sightings

Spoonbill and Wigeon spotted off Fremington Quay.

Goosander spotted at Venford Reservoir.

Spoonbill and Wigeon
Spoonbill and Wigeon

Goosander
Goosander

Spoonbill
Spoonbill

Posted January 31st at 12:19 am by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Wednesday 30th January 2019

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Jack Snipe, 10 Goosanders (2 drakes), 2 Red-breasted Mergansers (redheads), 2 pairs of Mandarin Ducks, 2 Little Grebes, c15 Redwings, Bullfinch & 4 Roe Deer (including 1 buck).

Posted January 30th at 9:39 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Exe estuary

A walk from Countesswear to Starcross produced:

- on the canal bank, a rare, prolonged, clear view of a Water Rail, preening and chuckling to itself, plus multiple singing Cetti's Warblers as soon as the sun came out;

- from Topsham lock, a Goldeneye on the river;

- on Exminster Marsh, the 4 Barnacles with 12+ Greylags near the main pond, plus the usual uncounted ducks and Lapwings;

- in the estuary, a G N Diver, 10+ G-C Grebes, 20+ R-B Mergansers, 300+ Golden Plover, 200+ Pintail and 200+ Shelduck;

- finally, at Starcross, a welcome hot pasty, not the best, but good enough. A very satisfying day,

Posted January 30th at 9:25 pm by James Camden in General Birding

Penhill Point, Fremington

5 Goosanders, 6 Ringed plovers, 120 Golden Plovers, Wigeon and 100+ Brent Greese

Posted January 30th at 6:52 pm by Paul Bearman in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Yellow-browed Warbler at Ireland Bay hide this morning, it was still just above the hide in the afternoon. 8 Pochard in view from the Stokely Bay hide and a Goldeneye on the Ley.

Yellow-browed Warbler
Yellow-browed Warbler

Pochard 1 of 8
Pochard 1 of 8

Goldeneye
Goldeneye

Posted January 30th at 6:21 pm by Bill Coulson in General Birding

South Brent to the Exe

A remarkable day for weather variations, freezing conditions with snow, rain and mist followed by clear skies and sunshine.

Buckfastleigh WTW ~ Two Grey Wagtail, Wren, Robin, forty plus Black Headed Gull and two juvenile Herring Gull.

Around the feed station at the Haldon visitor centre the reported female Brambling seen three times but only showing very briefly as was a male Yellow Hammer (first one I have seen at the feed station) lots of Siskin and Coal Tit.

Exminster Marsh the reported four Barnacle Geese in full flight circling the marsh they dropped in towards the RSPB car park end of the marsh.

RSPB Bowling Green Marsh not overly busy possibly due to the very high levels of water, but duck species included Tufted, Pintail, Shoveler, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard and a single Pochard. Two Greenshank, Peregrine overhead, Buzzard, plenty of Lapwing, Dunlin, Snipe, seven Greylag Geese, Curlew, Redshank and Black Tailed Godwit.

The reported Yellow Browed Warbler periodically feeding across from the hide its bad eye now almost completely closed, a flock of feeding Wren came down the hedges either side of the road.

Darts Farm surprisingly busy (possibly due to the water levels) Kingfisher, a huge flock of Brent Geese, a single Ruff in with the flock of Black Tailed Godwit (two coloured ringed birds noted) lots of Lapwing, good numbers of Fieldfare, Snipe, Dunlin, Wigeon and Redshank.

Back home at South Brent a female Reed Bunting and Pied Wagtails visiting the garden feed station, twenty plus House Sparrow and a Sparrow hawk chasing a flock of small birds.

Posted January 30th at 5:49 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Haldon

The feeders and surrounding trees and bushes alive with birds, I could hear them from the car park when I got out of the car, at least 3 Brambling with Siskin, Chaffinch, Great, Blue and Coal Tits, Nuthatch, Great-spotted Woodpecker, Dunnock, Robin and Blackbird. go to my blog for more http://www.simonthurgoodimages.co.uk/blog.asp

Brambling
Brambling

Posted January 30th at 5:36 pm by simon Thurgood in General Birding

Yellow-browed Warbler, Bovey Tracey

Yellow-browed Warbler spent a couple of minutes flitting between flower pots-cherry tree in our back garden at Bovey at 14.05. Amazing what the snow can bring in............................ 

Posted January 30th at 2:59 pm by John Walton in General Birding

Tuesday 29th January 2019

Paignton Garden

Fortuitous, interesting photo of 2 Great Tits (a little blurred, taken through a window) in my garden in Paignton. Clearly seen is the difference between the brightly coloured mature bird (left) and the duller, washed out looking 1st winter bird (right).

No big deal to some of you I know, just found it a bit of a novelty shot.

                                               

Posted January 29th at 6:32 pm by Dave Holloway in General Birding

Gasworks park, Preston, Torbay

Leucistic blackbrid seen 2.15pm, mostly white with a few black feathers. Quite shy, might be a winter visitor.

Posted January 29th at 3:49 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A very wet visit produced: 2 Jack Snipe, Snipe, 3 Goosander (2 drakes) fishing by the sluice on Blaxton Meadow, 190+ Dunlin (on Blaxton Meadow), Common Sandpiper, 4 Greenshanks, 4 Little Grebes, 7 Wigeon (3 drakes), Shag & Green Woodpecker.

Posted January 29th at 3:04 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Goosander

Around 12 Goosander and two or three Great Creasted Grebe seen on Venford Reservoir on Dartmoor.  Also heard a male Tawny Owl in the trees beside the reservoir.

Posted January 29th at 10:09 am by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Monday 28th January 2019

Bramling

Female Bramling today on the feeders at Haldon forest with the siskin  and chaffinch, at Exminster there were 4 Barnacle Geese among the Canada geese, and a Peragrin falcon sitting on the pylon above them.At Rockwood there were Turnstones, Meganser,Slovonian grebe,and a Golden eye. Not bad for a day out doing errands.

Posted January 28th at 11:21 pm by Kay and Gary Deare in General Birding

Staverton Bridge

Dipper

2 x Little Grebe just downstream from bridge

Posted January 28th at 9:47 pm by Angela Truman in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the Lower Lake.

1f Scaup, 1f Ring Necked-Duck, 9 Goosander 2m 7f, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Willow Tit, 3 Marsh Tit, 2 Reed Bunting 1m 1f, 1 Nuthatch,

Posted January 28th at 7:49 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Exe Area

Cockwood: Slavonian Grebe, 3 Eider, 2 Goldeneye, 8 Red-breasted Merganser & Great Northern Diver.

Dawlish Warren: Velvet Scoter close inshore; 15+ Great Crested Grebes.

Powderham/Exminster: Snow Goose, Egyptian Goose, Barnacle Goose, c.1000 Brent Geese.

Haldon: 11 Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, Sparrowhawk, Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Posted January 28th at 5:37 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Exe estuary.

1st to Powderham Marsh - nothing of note there except  large flock of Lapwing. Then to Turf Lock where  there were 200-300 Golden Plover on the mud on the rising tide. Flew up at on point - magnificent sight. Also an unexpected Egyptian Goose (approx 10am) on the rivers edge by Turf - it flew off after a few minutes heading for Powderham/Exminster Marsh.

Next to Cockwood steps where there were the 3 Eider, about 70 Dunlin and 20 Ringed Plover and 1 Turnstone (by Cockwood harbour) a few Red Breasted Merganser and, eventually, the Slav Grebe. Also a Great Crested Grebe nearby. 

At Dawlish warren , Velvet Scoter off the seawall Skylark on the point but little else on the falling tide.

Short Egyptian Goose video - 

https://youtu.be/lzWjKBjhomc

Egyptian Goose
Egyptian Goose

Posted January 28th at 5:15 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Path from Whitebridge to Budleigh

Footpath is now open to Budleigh Car Park.  2 Water Pipits with the Meadow Pipits on the scrapes

Posted January 28th at 11:25 am by Doug Cullen in General Birding

Budleigh Salterton Sunday 27th Mid day.

Excellent close views of mixed flock of ringed plover and dunlin feeding on falling tide behind pebble ridge, Incredible wind in estuary mouth  of the river.

Posted January 28th at 8:53 am by Patrick Case in General Birding

Sunday 27th January 2019

Cockwood

 Common Gull 

Stood on the steps at Cockwood on a very windy afternoon. Located the Slav Grebe ,for a year tick, bobbing about in the chop by the wrecked boat. Plenty of feeding waders along the shoreline, plus a number of Common Gull and Mergansers. Around 100-150 Brent Geese on the wing over the Estuary, presumably having lifted off from the Golf Course. Wind chill made it impossible to last longer than 30 minutes standing on the steps. We beat a hasty retreat.

Posted January 27th at 6:55 pm by Steph Murphy in General Birding

Taw-Torridge estuary: Black-necked Grebe

Black-necked Grebe initially very close inshore at Broadsands, between Crow Pt and the White House at 1000 this morning. Last seen swimming down towards Yelland/Isley Marsh... Terrible record shot attached.


Posted January 27th at 5:59 pm by Richard Berridge in General Birding

Taw Estuary - Tarka Trail

1 Spoonbill (not ringed) foraging in the tidal channel at low tide at the bend of the river near Heanton Court early aft.


Posted January 27th at 5:51 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A visit on this afternoon's low tide. Three Jack Snipe, 3 Snipe, Stock Dove, 9 Wigeon (3 drakes), 2 redhead Goosanders, 2 Little Grebes 31 Common Gulls (1st-w + 30 ads) & 13 adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls. 

Posted January 27th at 5:33 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

27/01/19 Slapton

Bright and Breezy morning at Slapton. A little grebe from the bridge, Ring necked duck and a Pochard in Ireland bay. Spent some time in the quarry watching chiffchaffs feeding and a nice Goldcrest but didn't see any firecrests today. A flock of Long tailed tits passed through and several Redwing where high in the trees. On the way there saw a distant Dipper at Gara Bridge

Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff

Goldcrest
Goldcrest

Long-tailed Tit
Long-tailed Tit

Posted January 27th at 4:56 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

Torquay Harbour

15.45

7 Purple Sandpipers at Haldon Pier. 3 Rock Pipits and a couple of Pied Wagtails also braving the elements. 

Posted January 27th at 4:43 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Saturday 26th January 2019

Bowling Green Marsh

Yellow Browed warbler showing well early this morning, in the lane just outside the hide. Also, c100 Lapwing, 15 Tufted duck,  6 Gadwall, 1 Ruff, 1 Sparrowhawk and a swooping Peregrine put all the waders up.

Posted January 26th at 5:23 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Darts Farm

No Water Pipits this early pm, however 6 Meadow Pipits, 70 Wigeon, 42 Teal, 8 Curlew, 110+ Fieldfare, 50+ Chaffinch, 35+ Linnet, a Reed Bunting & Sparrowhawk. 

Posted January 26th at 3:02 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

West Charleton Marsh

70 Wigeons, 25 Teals, 2 female Pintails and a sinensis Cormorant.

Posted January 26th at 11:24 am by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Friday 25th January 2019

Broadsands (...and My Paignton Garden, 25.1.19)

The Y-b Warbler showing really well, for prolonged periods, several times during the day, in the usual spot. It went higher and further right than I've seen it do before, going to the top of the second Alder. Also, 2 Chiffchaffs but no sign of any Firecrests.

At the seed: only 2 Cirl Buntings; 1 Reed Bunting but it was mid afternoon (+ 2 Cirl Buntings singing at other locations around the bay).

On the sea: 5 Gt N Divers; 1 R-n Grebe.

Below are some pics taken in my garden in Paignton yesterday: some better ones of the Blackcap (1 & 2) and a welcome splash of colour, the extremely skittish, and conseqently hard to photograph, male Great Spotted Woodpecker (3 & 4).

 

1                                                                                      2

 

3                                                                                      4

Posted January 25th at 6:14 pm by Dave Holloway in General Birding

South Brent and Torbay Coastal

Overnight from home at South Brent, both Little owl and Tawny owl calling, male Siskin on the garden feeders late afternoon.

Marine Parade, Paignton ~ Great Crested Grebe, Red Necked Grebe, 3 Common Scoter, single Mute swan, very distant feeding Gannets and a single Dolphin. Along the sea wall the usual gathering of Turnstone.

Goodrington ~ Great Crested Grebe, Black Necked Grebe, Great Northern Diver and well out to sea a large flock of feeding Gannet sharing whatever they were feeding on with several Dolphin.

Broadsands ~ Male Cirl Bunting singing from top of a bush directly opposite the main car park entrance, Great Northern Diver 2, Great Crested Grebe, several Fulmar, Shag, numerous Cormorants all around the bay and one Seal.

An afternoon visit to Shipley Bridge / Avon dam, almost a non starter for birding, Carrion Crows, Magpie, two Buzzard a few Robins and very little else, on leaving 40 plus Starling near yannad farm and two Mistle Thrush at Gingerford Cross.

Posted January 25th at 4:39 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh and Teignmouth Seafront

BGM, am, 40 species in all including 50+ Bar Tailed Godwit and 30+ Snipe. On leaving the Yellow Browed Warbler, showed well, although appeared to have a semi-closed right eye when I looked at my rubbish record shots. Teignmouth Seafront after lunch, five Eider still there on the Ness rocks (2 male). Quite a number of Gannets in a very small area very active diving over a mile  and a half out, watching this I noticed a dolphin breaching directly underneath them, bait ball going on? Close to shore a colour ringed Oystercatcher, white writing on a green ring either "1574" or "T574" on left leg and a metal ring on right. Thought this may be of interest. 

Posted January 25th at 4:34 pm by Simon Bates in General Birding

Exeter Higher Cemetery

Apres Dentist visit to Higher Cemetery - of note - 3 Great-spotted Woodpecker (Green Woodpecker heard but not seen), Jay, Nuthatch, Goldcrest, Greenfinch and Redwing. A pair of Wood Pigeon mating perhaps shows Spring is not far away.

Woodpecker drumming video - https://youtu.be/I_j5aton_jA

Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker

Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker

Posted January 25th at 4:18 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford sewage works. 1425-1540

Bar-tailed Godwit 2; Black-tailed Godwit 57; Shelduck 56; Canada Goose c265 plus the Ross/Barnacle hybrid; Dark-bellied Brent Goose c320; Golden Plover c2500; Lapwing at least 3000; Grey Plover 3; Sanderling 5; Pintail 1M; Wigeon 23 and Goosander 1F.

Posted January 25th at 4:13 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Plymouth, Sutton Harbour - YBW

Yellow-browed Warbler moving between small trees in carparks of University's Graduate School of Management and the Miller and Carter Steakhouse, 09:45. (Bonus during otherwise routine WeBS count.)

Posted January 25th at 10:43 am by John Bishop in General Birding

Thursday 24th January 2019

Darts Farm

3 Water Pipits at Darts Farm today at lunch time, along with a very showy Water Rail, 98 Wigeon, 30+ Teal, 45 Curlew, 80 BT Godwits, 40 Chaffinch & 5 Reed Bunting.

Posted January 24th at 5:31 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

The Yellow-Browed Warbler showed brilliantly on top of a bare tree just outside the hide entrance this afternoon, but unfortunately flew up the lane as I alerted others inside the hide, so only glimpses thereafter.  Otherwise, not much of note - at least 20 Snipe, several Stock Dove, perhaps 6 Pintail, but no Pochard, nor any other waders except a solitary Curlew.  But  it was low tide, and whatever is wrong with the sluices causing major flooding on the marsh.

Posted January 24th at 4:44 pm by Colin RANDALL in General Birding

South Huish Marsh

Water Pipit on beach with numerous Rock Pipits. Also: 3 Turnstone & 10 Ringed Plover.

Posted January 24th at 3:38 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Powderham Church - Turf

19 members of DB attended the East Devon Branch fieldtrip coinciding with a high tide.  A total of 52 species was listed for the morning with a good number of birds present in the fields.  The all white 'Snow Goose' was present with Canada Geese and 5 Greylags and created much discussion as to its identity. Other birds of interest were large number of Pintail and a Great Northern Diver towards the Marine Camp and good views of Mergansers and an Avocet in the creek at Turf. Oystercatchers and a single Grey Plover held their place on the seawall until we approached. A large flock of Golden Plover were seen towards Topsham together with flocks of Avocet moving up the estuary as the tide retreated. Thanks to Geoff Green for leading.

Posted January 24th at 3:06 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Wednesday 23rd January 2019

Broadsands - Goodrington

A visit today from 1100 to 1300 produced 1f. Eider, 2 GN Diver, several Guillemot, 3 Cirl Bunting, and prolonged views of the Yellow-Browed Warbler, my best yet.

Posted January 23rd at 11:26 pm by James Camden in General Birding

Plymouth

Efford Marsh: Dipper, 9 Teal, Kingfisher & Grey Wagtail.

Plym Bridge Woods: 2 Goosanders (drake & redhead), Kingfisher, 14 Mandarin Ducks, 4+ Siskins & Marsh Tit.

Posted January 23rd at 6:20 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Portworthy ~ Red Crested Pochard

As per Mark Baileys recent Tweet on Devon Birds the female Red Crested Pochard showing well at Portworthy, Lee Moor, also seen 19 plus Coot, 5 plus Moorhen, two Mute swan, two female Tufted duck, three Mallard, two Little Grebe and a Kingfisher.

 

Posted January 23rd at 6:08 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Taw Estuary - Pottington

65 Black tailed Godwits (not able to get all of them in one photo) &1 Bar tailed Godwit foraging. 1 Kingfisher & 1 Greenshank also present.



Posted January 23rd at 5:34 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Dartington

Queens Marsh, Dartington: Heron feeding and chasing off an egret, KIngfisher perching on fence

Staverton bridge: female goosander

Totnes leat just beyond the weir: another kingfisher

Posted January 23rd at 4:30 pm by Philip and Hazel Strange in General Birding

23-01-19 Black Redstart at Lipson, Plymouth

To my surprise a male Black Redstart on my rooftop at Sefton Ave Lipson in Plymouth, hung around for a short time and close pictures were taken


Black Redstart
Black Redstart


Posted January 23rd at 1:45 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Tuesday 22nd January 2019

Exe Estuary cruise

This afternoon the 3 immature drake Eiders were off Cockwood again, as was one of the Great Northern Divers, a second being off Powderham Corner. Several hundred Brent Geese flew off Starcross Golf Course onto the estuary and later several hundred more in the fields near Turf. There was a total 20-25 Great Crested Grebes, including 14 in one of the channels running back towards Lympstone, 3 Goldeneye (1 drake) in another channel and again over 300 Pintail near the Clyst mouth. Similar waders to previous days all over the mudbanks in the north, with around 4-500 Avocets, 500 Golden Plovers, 1000 Lapwings, 1000 Black-tailed and 100 Bar-tailed Godwits, 50 Knot and hundreds of Dunlin, Curlew and Redshank.

Posted January 22nd at 10:03 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Yellowhammer or Cirl

Dear DBWPS,

Can you please ID this bird for me, at first I thought it was a female Cirl but I now think it was a Female Yellowhammer. This was seen in the back car park at Broadsands on the 5th Jan 2019

Posted January 22nd at 6:04 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

South Hams

 

Above Aveton Gifford a flock of 50/60 Fieldfare, to the north of the A379 road bridge at Aveton Gifford a Barn owl and two Kestrel, not a great deal from the tidal road but a Little Egret, Greenshank, Redshank and a single Black tailed Godwit on leaving a Sparrowhawk.

Around Southdown farm numerous Yellow Hammer and Skylark in larger numbers than I have seen previously, also Meadow Pipit, Cirl Bunting, Sparrowhawk, large flock of Woodpigeon, Snipe, Raven, Stonechat, Pied Wagtail.

South Huish marsh, several Snipe, Lapwing, Black Swan, on one hillside a single Brent Goose in with a flock of Canada Geese. On the beach Rock and Meadow pipit, female Kestrel and first winter Mediterranean gull.

Back home at South Brent the garden feed station was very busy until the activity attracted an adult female Sparrowhawk, before its arrival female Reed Bunting, Nuthatch, GSWP, Wren, Pied wagtail, numerous Goldfinch and Chaffinch

 

Posted January 22nd at 4:52 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Holden

The feeders at Holden were full of birds today including some very smart looking Siskin

Siskin
Siskin

Posted January 22nd at 4:26 pm by simon Thurgood in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Unexpected, was a single Lapwing (on Blagdon's Meadow), a species rarely seen here outside freezing conditions. Also 3 Jack Snipe, 2 Firecrests (Dell Walk), 2 Common Sandpipers, 26+ Siskins (this flock has been lingering near the sewerage works for several weeks), Goosander (redhead), Shag, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Mandarin Ducks (pair), 7 Wigeon (3 drakes), 2 Grey Wagtails, Black-tailed Godwit & 7 Roe Deer.

Posted January 22nd at 4:22 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

South Efford Marsh area

Most stuff on the estuary as marsh almost completely flooded so no Water Pipits. Did get 33 Blackwits, 7 Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 4 Little Grebe, Kingfisher, 4 Redwing & 3 Bullfinch.

Posted January 22nd at 3:53 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh & Darts Farm

Yellow-browed Warbler showing well at Bowling Green this morning. Also 900+ Blackwit, 25 Barwit, 200 Dunlin, 100 Avocet, 38 Lapwing, 35+ Snipe, 500+ Golden Plover overhead, 230 Wigeon, 180 Teal, 54 Shoveler, 9 Gadwall, 9 Tufted, 7 Pintail & a Water Rail. 

4 Water Pipit, 103 Wigeon, 70 Fieldfare, 40 Linnet, 30 Chaffinch & 3 Reed Bunting at Darts Farm this morning too. 

Posted January 22nd at 3:19 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

Sightings this morning,
16 Goosander 7m 9f, 15 Tufted Duck, 1f Scaup, 1 Ring-necked Duck, 1m Gadwall, 3 Cormorants, 3 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Long-tailed tit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Posted January 22nd at 3:15 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Broadsands

30+ Cirl Buntings on seed in 2nd car park this morning, also 3 Reed Bunting and a pair of Yellowhammers (a male noted a couple of days ago) only the 3rd time Yellowhammer I have recorded at Broadsands station in over 24 years of regular almost daily winter visits and the first time for more than one. 8.30 -9am is the very best time to see numbers of buntings at the car park feeding station,to guarantee close views  bring some budgie seed, a great seed mix, perfect for the buntings and finches. 

Please do not drop cheap 'wild bird mixes'  it contains a lot of whole wheat and often maize to bulk the mix up, attracting rats, crows, pheasants and lots of pigeons - which put the buntings off coming to feed. 

Posted January 22nd at 1:15 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

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