Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from November 2019

2020 Records request

If you saw any of the records below please submit a description to the County Recorder Recorder@DevonBirds.org to ensure they make the official record. Many thanks.

·         Bee-eater 03-Aug Wistlandpound Res

·         Caspian Gull 15-Apr Fremington Pill

·         Caspian Gull 14- Sep Powderham

·         Crane [3] 22-Mar Milton Abbot

·         Crane [2] 24-Jun nr Ottery

·         Glossy Ibis 20-Jun South Efford Marsh

·         Glossy Ibis  02-Nov Seaton Marshes

·         Golden Oriole 07-Apr Fremington Pill

·         Golden Oriole 28-May Weston Mill

·         Golden Oriole [2] 23-Jun Bolt Head

·         Greenland WF Goose 20-Dec Roadford

·         Green-winged Teal Nov/Dec Exe Estuary

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·         Grey Partridge 13-May Bishops Tawton

·         Grey Partridge 12-Nov Exminster Marshes

·         Honey-buzzard 16-Jul Shoalstone

·         Leach's Petrel 25- Aug Otterton Ledge

·         Leach's Petrel 30- Sep Labrador Bay

·         Leach's Petrel 31-Oct Sidmouth

·         Long-tailed Skua 04-Jul Dawlish Warren

·         Montagu's Harrier 17-May West Dart River

·         Ring-necked Duck Jan/Feb Meeth

·         Spotted Crake 09-Apr East Down

·         Stone-curlew [2] 22-Sep South Huish

·         Tree Sparrow 12-Mar Instow

Posted June 18th at 11:40 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News

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Posted April 16th at 11:17 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News

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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. Please note that Wood Warbler should now also be treated as on the list. All species included need to be protected - many 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.

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

Posts which breach these guidelines are likely to be not admitted / removed althogether, rather than edited.  

 

Posted March 15th at 11:56 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

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Saturday 30th November 2019

Berryhead Seawatch

Berryhead    8.30-14.30

Pom Skua  juv

Bonxie

Mannx Shearwater

GN Diver 8  , RT Diver 8

Med Gull 6

Com Scoter 14

RB Merganser

Fulmar c150+

Kittiwake and Auks also in good numbers

Com Dolphin 25 with a huge number of Gannets following them

Harbour Porpoise 5 and a Grey Seal 

Posted November 30th, 2019 at 7:01 pm by Dave Dawe in Bird News

Teignmouth

2 Female Black Redstarts in garden 11am today...

Posted November 30th, 2019 at 5:20 pm by Neil Graham in Bird News

Velator reserve

Tristis-type Chiffchaff again this morning. Every time I point a camera at it, it flies up to the tree-tops!

Posted November 30th, 2019 at 4:21 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Water Rail, Jack Snipe, 4 Snipe, Great Northern Diver, 3 Goosanders (drake + 2 redheads), 8 Wigeon, 4 Mandarin Ducks, Great Crested Grebe, 5 Little Grebes, 22 Fieldfares, 6 Redwings, 6 Greenshanks, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers & 5 Roe Deer. 

Posted November 30th, 2019 at 1:51 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the lake,

5 Ring-necked Duck (2m 3f), 9 Tufted Duck, 4 Goosander 2m 2f, 3 Willow Tit.

 

 

Posted November 30th, 2019 at 1:05 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Hill Close, Plympton

Black Redstart (fem/1w) briefly.

Posted November 30th, 2019 at 11:18 am by Jason Smart in Bird News

Friday 29th November 2019

Red Kite

Got this unexpected shot of a Red Kite over fields near South Molton. There were two of them flying around the area.

Red Kite
Red Kite

Posted November 29th, 2019 at 8:06 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Powderham Marsh below Turf Hotel

A first thing look for Bluethroat, resulted in no sighting. However a fly over Great White Egret at 0855 was some compensation, along with 16 Pintail, 320+ Avocets on the river, 600+ Golden Plover in flight, 3 Cirl Bunting and numerous other birds. 

Posted November 29th, 2019 at 6:43 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Mansands

The Blue-winged teal showed briefly at 1pm (for less than 45 seconds from camera clock timings!) at the bottom end of the marsh, viewed from the beach. Also present, 9 mallard, 3 tufted duck, teal (heard but not seen), moorhen, coot, kestrel, buzzard.

Blue-winged teal
Blue-winged teal

Posted November 29th, 2019 at 5:32 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Molland Common

Andy Lansdell and I spent a couple of hours up at high altitude this morning searching for a Great Grey Shrike reported to me by a friend earlier this week. Sadly we couldn't find it but a female Merlin was a bonus.

Lots of Fieldfares up there too. No Short-eared Owls either.

Red Kite on the way home north of South Molton.

Posted November 29th, 2019 at 5:23 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Soar

Female Merlin tackling a Skylark in the air, great battle but Skylark fairly easily out manoeuvring the falcon which did not give up until I lost them.

Mistle Thrush singing at Harleston near Slapton yesterday.

Posted November 29th, 2019 at 4:24 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Black Redstart-East Charleton

One female Black Redstart at Home Farm, East Charleton at 13:45

Posted November 29th, 2019 at 1:49 pm by Barrie Whitehall in Bird News

Thursday 28th November 2019

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning early at the lake,

1 Green Sandpiper, 9 Goosander 4m 5F, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 2 Cormorant, 1m Gadwall, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Wren.

Posted November 28th, 2019 at 7:44 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Barnstaple - Isley Marsh

A walk down the railway this morning produced 9 Goosanders on the sandbanks just West of the bypass, the Ibis and a Spotted Redshank in Fremington Creek, and 4 Spoonbills and c2000 very vocal and flighty Golden Plovers (with several hundred Lapwings accompanying) at Isley. Others of note were Yellowhammer (not a regular here for me), Kestrel, Redwing, Fieldfare, and probably 10 Water Rails calling from the ditches. Stonechat was a surprising omission, but still c75 spp. in total.  

Posted November 28th, 2019 at 7:19 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Bursdon Moor

Male Hen Harrier arrived at about 4.15 this afternoon. Flew on up over the hill.

Posted November 28th, 2019 at 6:48 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Brixham Breakwater

1 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Purple Sandpipers and 3 G.N.Divers from end of breakwater this morning.

Posted November 28th, 2019 at 6:34 pm by Paul Nunn in Bird News

28-11-19 Ernesettle Creek

Female Kingfisher showing very well, Greenshank and Teal, others seen little egrets, Redshanks, on the Tamar side 3 Great-crested grebes, about a dozen Avocets, Shell Ducks, & Curlews

Kingfisher (F) Greenshank Teal
Kingfisher (F)                      Greenshank                                              Teal

Posted November 28th, 2019 at 3:36 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Marine Parade, Preston, Paignton.

Pleasantly surprised to see a Colour Ringed Common Gull fly in late yesterday afternoon. I have just completed the sighting report, but the bird is already confirmed as having been ringed in Southern Norway.


Posted November 28th, 2019 at 11:22 am by Steven O'Donoghue in Bird News

Broadsands

Broadsands: this morning 11 Great Northern Divers, 4 Red-throated Divers (including one with the classic Black-throated Diver flank patch), 1 Velvet Scoter, 6 Common Scoter, 3 Great Crested Grebes. 7 Cirl Buntings on seed in 2nd car park with 1 Reed Bunting at 0830am  

Posted November 28th, 2019 at 10:38 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 27th November 2019

Exe Estuary cruise

This afternoon's Stuart Lines cruise was perhaps most notable for an amazing succession of rainbows! That aside, there was an imm drake Eider off Exmouth and a female Common Scoter off Powderham Corner, the usual Slavonian Grebe at Cockwood, c10 Great Crested Grebes, maybe 150 Pintail around Lympstone, c110 Knot, a few dozen Bar-tailed Godwits, maybe 800 Golden Plover and hundreds of Lapwings roosting near Turf, 2-300 Avocets, 2 Greenshanks, c10 each of Ringed Plover and Sanderling and a sw Mediterranean Gull on Bull Hill sandbank. Only c100 Black-tailed Godwits - presumably most were on Exminster Marshes floods, as they were on Sunday. A Peregrine had a go at a Stock Dove over Warren Point and a Grey Seal appeared off the marina after we had returned to Exmouth.

Posted November 27th, 2019 at 10:24 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Teignmouth Weds pm

Single Great Northern Diver off the yacht club..

Single Great Crested Grebe at Holcombe..

Approx 25 Common Scoters off Sprey Point.

Posted November 27th, 2019 at 5:58 pm by Patrick Case in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Lots of Wigeon, Teal and Shoveler with Snipe showing well. Highlight though were two SCAUP; one swimming about and the other tucked up with the Tufties. 

Posted November 27th, 2019 at 3:39 pm by Matt Collis in Bird News

Wrafton/Velator

3 Scaup, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Gadwall and a pair of Teal (I don't see these here very often) on Wrafton Pond this morning.

In the reserve, a Fieldfare calling from the tree-tops. First record this year.

Song Thrush singing around my garden early on.

Posted November 27th, 2019 at 1:39 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Torbay

A check around the beaches in Torbay today found:

Broadsands; 1 Velvet Scoter, 6 Common Scoter, 6 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Mediterranean Gull & 5 Cirl Bunting - No sign of the R-n Grebe today.

Preston: 1 Ad Med Gull, 8 Common Scoter, 1 Great Northern Diver & 1 Red-throated Diver.

Posted November 27th, 2019 at 12:40 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Tuesday 26th November 2019

Blue-winged Teal - Man Sands

The Blue-winged Teal, along with the rest of the Teal flock, spent most of the day hidden in the reeds, but did show briefly (only long enough for a poor distant shot).  It did flap its wings a couple of times but couldn't capture the moment.  Also there three Tufted Duck, a Water Rail in flight and at least one Black Redstart.


Posted November 26th, 2019 at 9:50 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Hen Harrier - Bellever, Dartmoor

15.15hrs today, Kate and I were treated to the sight of a lovely male Hen Harrier flying slowly down the East Dart from the Postbridge direction, across Bellever Bridge, continuing on downstream.

Posted November 26th, 2019 at 6:01 pm by Dave Pakes in Bird News

Whitleigh plymouth

3 ringneck parakeet

Posted November 26th, 2019 at 5:41 pm by barry insull in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Visit on this afternoon's rising tide. Brent Goose (dark-bellied), 2 Great Crested Grebes, Jack Snipe, Teal, 4 Wigeon, 15 Snipe, 6 Greenshanks, 51 Curlews, 2 Shags, 33 Turnstones, Green Woodpecker, Chiffchaff & 6 Roe Deer.

Posted November 26th, 2019 at 5:17 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Velator reserve

At least 2 Water Rails (one seen) about the reserve this morning and a (or the same) Siberian Chiffchaff .

Posted November 26th, 2019 at 5:09 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Whitleigh Garden

Female Sparrowhawk.

Posted November 26th, 2019 at 5:06 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

The Long-billed Dowitcher was on the 'island' this morning. Also a Scaup.

Posted November 26th, 2019 at 2:37 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Purple Sandpiper on Maer Rocks Exmouth

My first visit to Maer Rocks over low tide this autumn to see if our normal Purple Sandpipers have arrived, and sure enough 7 were feeding out on the edge where sea meets rocks. With them was a lone Knot which was a nice surprise as normally these birds are in good numbers out on the estuaries at some distance away. Also 5 Turnstones were present. Caution should you venture out to see them the seaweed and rocks are extremely slippery.

Purple Sandpiper Knot Knot
Purple Sandpiper                                       Knot                                                 Knot

Posted November 26th, 2019 at 2:16 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Monday 25th November 2019

Starcross - Dawlish Warren

At least 10 cattle Egret in a field 2-3 hundred yards along the Dawlish Road from the Cockwood turn off. Only field along there with cattle. Slav Grebe diving by the wreck off Cockwood Steps. Not much else to report. In failing light at the Warren about 100 Grey Plover, 15 or so Knot and about 15 Dunlin lots of mainly Dark Bellied Brents and large flock of Oystercatchers on Finger point. Leucistic Oyk on the Starcross Golf Course. Nothing off the sea wall.

Cattle Egret Grey Plover and Knot Leucistic Oystercatcher
Cattle Egret                Grey Plover and Knot                       Leucistic Oystercatcher

Posted November 25th, 2019 at 8:44 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Upper & Lower Tamar Lakes

Four Ring-necked Duck, three males and a female in the NW arm of the  Upper Lake. Visiting both counties and the only aythyas present. On the Cornish side two Greylag, a Water Rail and a couple of Marsh Tit. The Lower Lake held 14 Goosander, a Gadwall and a Tufted Duck with at least eight Willow Tit present. 

Posted November 25th, 2019 at 8:02 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the lake

1 Green Sandpiper on the weir. 10 Goosander 3m 7f, 2 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 2 Song Thrush, 6 Tufted Duck, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Wren.

Posted November 25th, 2019 at 7:19 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Harford ~ Woodcock

An injured Woodcock brought into me today having been picked up at Harford, Ivybridge, the bird has a large healed callus on the shoulder of one wing and several flight feathers missing, possibly consistent with being the victim of a bird of prey strike, the bird is unable to fly but seems remarkable able and healthy despite the injury.

Around my South Brent garden, Tawny Owl calling overnight, Long tailed Tits being the first birds on the garden feeders this morning, two Stock Dove, a Green Woodpecker, several flights of Redwing passing over, Wren, Greenfinch, Pied Wagtail, several Blackbirds, Nuthatch, Coal, Great and Blue Tit all before 8am.

Posted November 25th, 2019 at 4:21 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Whitleigh Garden

16 Long Tailed Tits, 1 m and 1f Blackcap,1 Robin,1 Dunnock,3 m Blackbirds.

Posted November 25th, 2019 at 4:09 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Taw/Torridge Estuary.

At low tide this morning a Red-throated Diver off the cricket ground at Instow. Many Brent Geese and Wigeon spread widely across the estuary, mainly on the northern shore. 

Posted November 25th, 2019 at 2:36 pm by Roger Doble in Bird News

Mansands

The Blue-winged teal showed well this morning (video link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-utLJZ-30w&feature=youtu.be  )  on the lower marsh with 3 Tufted Duck, Mallards and Teal. On the beach were 3 Black Redstarts. On the sea to the south there were 54 Common Scoter (but no Velvet today). along the lane back toward the car park: 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Firecrest and 3 Goldcrest

Blue-winged Teal Mansands 25 Nov 2019 ML Blue-winged Teal Mansands 25 November 2019 ML

Posted November 25th, 2019 at 1:42 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sunday 24th November 2019

Noss Mayo Carriage Drive

In Centry Wood, above Stoke caravan park, a Firecrest, a Goldcrest and Chiffchaff.  Further along the path the usual Stonechats, Robins and Wrens, a pair of Ravens, two Kestrels and three Buzzards.

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 11:04 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Stuartline Cruise 24th November

A dry cruise.! Following a very wet Saturday there was plenty of floodwater in the estuary which had an impact on the number of birds on show around the Topsham area of the Estuary. There were none of the large numbers of Black Tailed Godwits that normally frequent this area of the Estuary. It was suggested they were all on the surrounding flooded farmland feeding on Worms and other invertebrates succumbed to the saturated ground, other wise the visitors were delighted with seeing a Peregrine on lookout on Holy Trinity Church Spire in Exmouth a Kingfisher near the Marina and the two Grey Seals one on the pontoon and the other on a Trawler off inner Dawlish Warren. Good numbers of Dark Bellied Brent Geese with several juveniles on show across the estuary. 100+ Widgeon in front of Dawlish Warren Hide took off and flew over the boat, with distant views of the Slavonian Grebe near the wreck off Cockwood. A few Great Crested Grebe, good numbers of Pintail and Shelduck showing off Lympstone. Greenshank were at their normal haunt near the flooded River Kenn confluence. Between Turf Lock,  Topsham and Exton one female Goldeneye a few Ringed Plover good numbers of Dunlin 300+ of Lapwing 300+ of Golden Plover and as ever the stars of the show 300+ Avocets thrilled the visitors. 

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 8:52 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Starcross to Dawlish Warren

Amongst the usual hordes of wildfowl and waders, this afternoon's WeBS count produced Slavonian and 2 Great Crested Grebes and 398 Brent Geese, of which 15.5% were juvs (so they've have a reasonable breeding season). In very dull conditions after a shower, Snipe were feeding and preening out on the open mud by the saltmarsh at Dawlish Warren - a total of 53 seen. I've never seen them feeding out in the open on the estuary mud like this before; it was rather bizarre to seen them feeding alongside Turnstones, Redshanks, Dunlin and Oystercatchers! I wonder if they feed on the open mud like this at night? Oh for a hide at the back of the golf course and a night vision camera! A Cirl Bunting singing on the edge of the golf course was a surprise, given the awful weather.

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 8:25 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Avon Dam

25 roosting Goosanders including 6 males this morning was highest count so far for Avon Dam this winter - and possibly for Dartmoor, though there were 24 at Tottiford Res on 13 Nov. Before departure around 0730, a pair discreetly moved away from the main group, briefly displayed then mated. Have not seen mating earlier than January before, and wonder how unusual it is for mating to occur at this time of year in birds in general -  apart from doves and pigeons.

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 8:00 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News

Widworthy

Garden today

Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 7:53 pm by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News

Slapton Ley

A brief late afternoon visit. Drake Ring-necked Duck and 2 Scaup with the Tufted Ducks etc at the Torcross end of the Ley; 1 Great Northern Diver off the memorial carpark and a Firecrest from the boardwalk at the back of Ireland Bay.

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 7:31 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Plym Estuary

An excellent count of 32 Snipe on Blaxton Meadow (more evidence of the benefits of restricted access; before this we didn't get any Snipe here!) Also: Kingfisher, Red-breasted Merganser (redhead), 2 Shags, 5 Little Grebes, 6 Greenshanks, 51 Curlews, 2 Wigeons & a Polish-ringed adult Mediterranean Gull ("PHAU").

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 6:58 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Slapton & Start point

A few Goldcrests flitting about, Good views of the Black necked grebe and 2 water rails in front of the Stokeley hide. A Merlin at Start point and a great northern Diver on the sea.

Black-necked Grebe Water Rail Merlin
Black-necked Grebe                      Water Rail                                              Merlin

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 6:42 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh and Haldon

The Long-tailed Duck showed very well in front of the hide this afternoon at BGM.  2 Firecrests around the nearby Monmouth Street Overbridge.

Earlier at Haldon, a group of 16 Crossbills and many Redwings.  The feeders at the main car park were heaving with varying numbers of Chaffinches, Siskins, Goldfinches, Greenfinches, Yellowhammers and the regular Tit species.   

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 5:23 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Baggy Point

Another walk out to Baggy Pt this morning.

The single Velvet Scoter still present but keeping a distance from the 2 flocks of Common Scoter, one flock consisting of 73 individuals & the other much further out of 24, so a slight increase since my last count of 92.

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 5:09 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Whitleigh Garden

Female Blackcap,2 Goldcrests,1 Song Thrush,3 f Blackbirds,1 Robin,1Wren,20+ House Sparrows small flock of Starlings 8 Long tailed Tits,1 Blue Tit.

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 5:08 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Velator reserve

Ringing today, highlights were;

5 Chiffchaff (all nominate)

3 Goldcrest

1 Meadow Pipit

1 Cetti's Warbler

1 Song Thrush

28 Greenfinch

2 Goldfinch

Among 56 birds ringed.

Little Egret on the scrape, 2 Pied Wagtails displaying to each other on wires just outside the entrance.

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 4:49 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Very late Swallow

Single swallow hunting for insects over Camperdown, Exmouth c 1345hrs today

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 4:37 pm by Cliff Parrott in Bird News

Turf to Countesswear 1200-1315

In the estuary were 150+ Avocets, 600+ Golden Plovers, and double figures of Grey and Ringed Plovers, no Godwits, but a few Rooks. It is noticeable that over the last couple of years these have started to follow Carrion Crows in becoming estuary birds (easily 500 of the latter most days). A response to, or a cause of, reduced wader numbers, or unrelated?

On Exminster Marsh were a female Marsh Harrier, a Peregrine, and the "missing" Godwits, plus an awful lot of Wigeon and others. Probably eight Water Rails in the ditch alongside the cycle path.

At Matford, a lone Cattle Egret was in the field South of the by-pass, and a Green Sandpiper in the Alphinbrook flood channel.

Seventy plus spp. in total.

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 4:34 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Sharkham Point & Torbay

After seeing 4 probable Velvet Scoters with Common Scoter at distance from Berry Head on Saturday, I went back this morning with the scope looking from Sharkham Point, just south of Brixham. Indeed there were 4 Velvet Scoter and 11 Common Scoter. Also to the south of the headland were another 65+ Common Svoter and at least one more Velvet Scoter. In scrub at the top of the point were 3 Firecrest and 1 Chiffchaff.

I popped in at Boradsands on my return to find the regular Velvet Scoter, 4 Common Scoter, 4 Great Northern and 1 Red-throated Diver & 5 Great Crested Grebes. 7 Cirl Buntings on seed in the second car park and also 2 Firecrest in bushes beside the car park.

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 4:32 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Starling murmuration

Just finished watching a small murmuration over Christow with between 150 and 200 birds by the end. Not big numbers I know, but unusual for Christow. 

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 4:22 pm by Fiona Freshney in Bird News

24/11/2019 Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth

Despite the dreary weather and rain Green Ring-necked Parakeets and Jays showing well with a couple of Redwings and Gold Finches.

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 3:25 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News

Middle Soar to Southdown Farm.

Nothing unusual but some good numbers:  400 Woodpigeon, 12 Stock Dove, 900 Skylark, 24 Canada Geese, Grey Wagtail, 100 Jackdaw, 240 Carrion Crow, 200 Starling, 48 Goldfinch, 2 Snipe, 48 Goldfinch, 36 Yellowhammer, 20 Cirl Bunting & 6 Reed Bunting.

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 3:20 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Teignmouth

Great Northern Diver between pier and Ness headland, Herring Gull feeding frenzy at the mouth of the estuary Teignmouth side hundreds of starfish washed up on shoreline gulls attempting some successfully to swallow whole.

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 2:24 pm by Gary Bolton in Bird News

Tamar estuary / Ernesettle

This morning before the rain:-

60 Avocet, 55 Wigeon, 16 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 86 Snipe on Ernesettle creek.

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 1:54 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

Geese Quarries - Charleton Marsh, 08:00-11:00, low tide.

8 Great Crested Grebes, 47 Brent Geese, 29 Pintails, 7 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Water Rails, 24 Lapwings, Black-tailed Godwit, Rock Pipit and 2 Firecrests.

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 12:12 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Chillington S.T.W.

Saturday 23rd. ( late post ) A SIBERIAN Chiffchaff with the apparent characteristics of 'tristis' type plumage, but not caught for absolute confirmation. Allso 8 nominate Chiffchaffs,6 Firecrests, 5 Goldcrests ,including a 'continental' bird and 2 Grey Wagtails


Posted November 24th, 2019 at 11:24 am by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Saturday 23rd November 2019

Saturday 23rd Nov - Brixham Harbour

3 Imm Shags fishing in very low water by the Golden Hind at lunch time today and 20 very busyTurnstones searching for food on the harbour wall.

Posted November 23rd, 2019 at 10:13 pm by David Ropet in Bird News

Further to Perry's post

The male Ring necked duck was on the ley off Torcross carpark with a good number of tufted duck.......no sign of the scaup though. 

Posted November 23rd, 2019 at 8:13 pm by Nik ward in Bird News

plymouth railway station

around 100 ringneck parakeet to roost .right on time as usual 430 pm

Posted November 23rd, 2019 at 6:21 pm by barry insull in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

The 5 Scaup on the pond this aft in the mizzle.


Posted November 23rd, 2019 at 5:43 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

South Huish marsh and Slapton ley

At South Huish marsh, 2 Pale bellied Brent geese, 10 ringed plover and 10 snipe. Roger spotted a swallow flying over the marsh and Mike Passman pointed out a water pipit. I saw 4 Black-tailed godwits and at least 4 Med gulls. At Slapton several goldcrests and heard several water rail but none seen. Good views of the Black necked grebe and a distant Scaup and 3 goldeneye.

Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover

Mute Swans
Mute Swans

Pale-bellied Brent Goose
Pale-bellied Brent Goose

Posted November 23rd, 2019 at 5:40 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Slapton Ley / Start Bay

Could not find the Ring-necked Duck today but conditions poor at times. Male Scaup still present also 15 Pochards and 3 Goldeneyes. Offshore just one Common Scoter and single Great Northern and Black -throated Diver ( later off Strete Gate ). Good numbers off gulls in area many feeding on Starfish eg c 2500 Herring and c250 Common Gulls.

Posted November 23rd, 2019 at 5:27 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Plym Estuary/Blaxton Meadow

Seen on this afternoons high tide were the following .

GND 1, Great Crested Grebe 1, Little Grebe 6, Wigeon 2, Oystercatcher 8, Curlew 26, Greenshank 6, Redshank c130, Dunlin c158, Snipe 15, Kingfisher 1, Goosander 6 & Common Gull 3.

Posted November 23rd, 2019 at 4:05 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

23-11-19 Sefton Ave, Lipson, Black Redstarts

Male Black Redstart still showing well on the rooftops, female still around but not showing as much as the male.



Posted November 23rd, 2019 at 2:23 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Friday 22nd November 2019

Plymouth Branch field trip to South Efford Marsh

A group of 13 braved the weather to visit the reserve spending four hours there. In that time we saw around 40 species. Highlights were several Kingfishers showing well, Greenshank, Snipe, Common Sandpiper and, on the river behind the reserve hide, Little Grebe. A full species list will appear in Society News section. 

John Lloyd

Posted November 22nd, 2019 at 6:23 pm by John Lloyd in Bird News

N.Hallsands.

4 Firecrests this morning. 3 caught  ( 2 ringed both 1st. Yr. f's and 1 a retrap from Oct.. ). Another unringed bird present. Very few other migrants , just 2 Goldcrests.


Posted November 22nd, 2019 at 5:17 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Velator

After the walk out to Baggy, I headed down to the reserve, still not raining. A few small birds included a Chiffchaff or two, and closer inspection revealed at least 5, one of which was a very pale greyish individual, which must have been a Tristis type. No yellowy or greeny tones at all. I ringed one a few weeks ago, and checked this one for a ring - none seen so this is the second one this month. A Goldcrest was also with the Tit flock. Lots of Greenfinch today - yesterday was mainly Goldfinch.

As I left, in the river both Kingfisher and Dipper present.

Posted November 22nd, 2019 at 2:18 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Baggy Point

Took a while but eventually (at about 10a.m.) the Velvet Scoter flew in close to the point and as Rob said it was alone and not associating with the other Scoters, it dived then surfaced and shook it's wings revealing the all important white speculum. About 69 Common Scoters also present. 2 Rock Pipits, 1 Stonechat and a pair of Ravens.

Posted November 22nd, 2019 at 11:03 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Thursday 21st November 2019

Lower Tamar Lake

Good evening,

8 Goosander 4m (2 eclipse) 4f, 1 Water Rail, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Willow Tit, 5 Marsh Tit, 1m Gadwall, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Long-tailed Tit.

Posted November 21st, 2019 at 7:37 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

plymouth railway station

over 100 ringneck parakeet at roost tonight at 430 flying in from central park direction

Posted November 21st, 2019 at 5:35 pm by barry insull in Bird News

Berrynarbor

Another Firecrest in the garden today.

Posted November 21st, 2019 at 4:57 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Velator

Spring in the air! A Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming this morning. Bit early as autumn hasn't officially finished yet.

Unusual yesterday to have a visit from 2 Ravens.

Posted November 21st, 2019 at 3:55 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Broadsands

The Velvet Scoter was again off the mussel farm buoys, nearby 5 Common Scoter looking toward Torquay and closer to shore 7 Great Northern and 1 Red-throated Diver.

Posted November 21st, 2019 at 3:44 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Baggy Point

Returned to Baggy Point again early this morning to check a single bird that flew in  in failing light as we were leaving

It kept a  distance from the main flock & managed to obtain just a few poor quality photos of it in strong SE winds before leaving. While going through the Scoter photos late last night decided I needed to check out this bird again this morning to confirm identification.

The Common Scoter flock this am were approx.1000 metres away & it took me nearly 2 hours to obtain this record shot!

Pleased to report that it was what I thought it was - Velvet Scoter.


Posted November 21st, 2019 at 2:03 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

N. Hallsands.

A SIBERIAN Chiffchaff caught this morning ( ' tristis' plumage type ). Also present 1 Firecrest ( ringed, a 1st. Yr. f.) ,and 3 Goldcrests. Overhead 2 Redwings.

Siberian Chiffchaff
Siberian Chiffchaff

Posted November 21st, 2019 at 1:09 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

21-11-19 Sefton Ave, Lipson, Black Redstarts

Male & Female Black Redstarts on the rooftops at Sefton Ave, Plymouth at 9am light poor and raining, but a record shot

Black Redstart (M)    Black Redstart (F)
Black Redstart (M)                                             Black Redstart (F)

Posted November 21st, 2019 at 9:05 am by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Wednesday 20th November 2019

Slapton Ley

Ring necked duck, Scaup and Pochard all showing from the tank at 4.30 this afternoon

Posted November 20th, 2019 at 8:57 pm by Jeff Hacon in Bird News

Berryhead Seawatch

Berryhead  7.50-14.00

Pomarine skua 2 juvs ,   skua sp 1

Grey Phalarope

Little Gull , Med Gull 10,  Com Gull c80

GN Diver 4,  RT Diver 3 ,  Diver sp 1

Fulmar  c150

Com Scoter 11

Auks 2922   70%  Guillemots

Cetaceans  

Bottlenose Dolphin 3 in very close 

Common Dolphin 3,  Harbour Porpoise 4

Posted November 20th, 2019 at 8:16 pm by Dave Dawe in Bird News

Broadsands & Brixham

1 Velvet Scoter this morning, along with a handful of Common Scoters. 1 Red-throated Diver and 2+ Great Northern Divers.

Later on, 7 Purple Sandpipers at the end of Brixham Breakwater.

Posted November 20th, 2019 at 7:07 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Baggy Point

Now 92 Common Scoters at Baggy Point this aft. The photo does not show the total number.


Posted November 20th, 2019 at 6:52 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

20-11-19 Ernesettle Creek

The female Kingfisher showing very well throughout the day, other species seen, 50+ Godwits beyond the iron bridge towards the estuary, Teal, Redshank, Common Sandpipers, Little Egrets

  Kingfisher (F)  

Kingfisher (F)

Posted November 20th, 2019 at 5:02 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Danes Wood, Nr Poltimore, Exeter

A quiet walk today following the excitement of Ham Wall with 9 DB members yesterday.

Danes Wood produced a mixed Tit flock which included several Long Tails, Blue and Great Tits, a Marsh Tit, Goldcrest and Treecreeper.  Also present several Nuthatch and 2 Gt Spotted Woodpeckers.  No Redwings seen or heard but 3 Fieldfare in the orchard opposite entrance to NT Killerton House. 

Posted November 20th, 2019 at 4:25 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Tuesday 19th November 2019

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning on the lake.

20 Goosander 7m 13f, c200 Canada Geese, c150 Black-headed Gull, 14 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Kingfisher, 5 Cormorant, 5 Wigeon, 1m Gadwall, 7 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 1m Tufted Duck, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 5 Long-tailed Tit,1 Redwing, 7 Teal

Posted November 19th, 2019 at 7:32 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Plym Estuary/Blaxton Meadow

A couple of hours after high tide were the following.

Goldeneye (m) just off Laira junction, 5 Goosander, 3 Wigeon, 43 Curlew, 163 Redshank, 155 Dunlin, 3 Greenshank, 8 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 27 Common Gull & 3 Little Grebe.

Posted November 19th, 2019 at 4:54 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

BGM

LB Dowitcher, and Long Tailed Duck showing well. Also a brief, distant Otter. 4 Firecrests up by the Railway bridge at the top of Monmouth Hill.

Long Tailed Duck video - 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_PUw7Pcmwc

Posted November 19th, 2019 at 2:33 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Start Pt. / N. Hallsands / Stokenham.

So few were migrants this morning, that I would not have reported them ; but so stunning was the sunrise at Start Pt. ,t I decided to share the photo . At Start 1 Redwing and 3 Song Thrushes in the sycamores ,several Blackbirds alarm calling and 3 Goldcrests in the bushes.  At N. Hallsands 1Chiffchaff, 1Blackcap and 2 Goldcrests. At Stokenham a BlackRedstart ( f./ imm. ) on the roof of the pink cottage behind the church

Just after sunrise.  Start Pt.
Just after sunrise. Start Pt.

1st. Yr. f.
1st. Yr. f.

Posted November 19th, 2019 at 2:22 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Broadsands

The drake 2nd winter Surf Scoter was again off Broadsands early afternoon with 6 common Scoter & a Goldeneye (rarer in the last decade than Surf Scoter in Torbay!). I didn't check from the headland but there were 2 Great Northern Divers, 2 Red-throated Divers and 2 Great Crested Grebes.all visible from the sea wall by the cafe in the car park.

Posted November 19th, 2019 at 2:04 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Turf Hotel

Possible juv bluethroat on wall 500m south of Turf Hotel. Appreciate any comments for clarification. Also cattle egret.

Eds: looks spot on for a Bluethroat!

Posted November 19th, 2019 at 1:09 pm by Nick Workman in Bird News

Monday 18th November 2019

South Milton Ley

10+Water Rail, at the STW 20+ Chiffchaff, 3FireCrest. south Huish 2Pale-B Brent Geese.

Posted November 18th, 2019 at 9:28 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Downend > Baggy Point

am - No Scoters at Downend.  On the walk out to Baggy Pt 1 Great Northern Diver swimming out into Croyde Bay. Now 59 Common Scoters (1 male + 58 females) seen from Baggy Point.

 

Posted November 18th, 2019 at 9:26 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Velator

Another reasonable ringing haul today - 47 ringed, mainly 23 Greenfinch, good to see at last this winter. 2  Cetti's Warblers, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing.

Also seen in the reserve, but not ringed: 4 Stonechat - apart from 1 ringed early this year this is the first record. (so how come 4?!!)  A Jay - very rarely seen here. 2 Chiffchaff and a brief view of a Merlin.

Posted November 18th, 2019 at 7:59 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

exmouth ringneck parakeet

took a trip over to exmouth to try and find the parakeets.not very productive just 1 on douglas avenue

Posted November 18th, 2019 at 7:15 pm by barry insull in Bird News

18-11-19 Kingfisher

At Ernesettle this afternoon female Kingfisher showing very well, stayed around the area for over 1 hour

Female Kingfisher

Female Kingfisher

Posted November 18th, 2019 at 5:59 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Widworthy

Two birds of prey visiting the garden

Buzzard  Sparrowhawk
Buzzard                            Sparrowhawk

Posted November 18th, 2019 at 4:48 pm by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News

Middle Soar to Southdown Farm.

Some good numbers this morning with 1800 woodpigeons moving east, 29 stock doves, 680 herring gulls, 800 skylarks, 130 starlings & 160 carrion crows. Also: 11 long-tailed tits moving through, 12 meadow pipits, redwing, 65 house sparrows, 17 blackbirds, 26 cirl buntings, 2 snipe, lapwing, 16 yellowhammers, 12 song thrushes & 40 linnets.

Non-avian: 4 red admirals.

Posted November 18th, 2019 at 4:03 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

The Long-billed Dowitcher showed well for a while this morning. Also, the Long-tailed Duck and female Goldeneye. Earlier, a brief view of a Firecrest by the railway bridge at the top of the lane.

Posted November 18th, 2019 at 1:09 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Brisworthy Plantation, north of Cadover Bridge, Dartmoor

Single Brambling with flock of almost 40 Chaffinch this morning. Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker and usual finches and tits in the wood. Also single Crossbill over. 

Posted November 18th, 2019 at 1:08 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Bray Common N.Devon

Male Hen Harrier on Exmoor this morning .

Posted November 18th, 2019 at 12:06 pm by David Paterson in Bird News

Sunday 17th November 2019

Wrafton Pond, Taw Estuary

On my WeBS sector today, found that the female Goldeneye and two Scaup are still on Wrafton Pond, except the number of Scaup had (remarkably) risen to four, feeding at first light alongside a Pochard. Also four Gadwall and a Shoveler (both quite scarce at this site). On the estuary itself, a Great Northern Diver and a Slavonian Grebe (the latter presumably the same individual as I saw in the same area on my Oct count) off Chivenor foreshore and four Spoonbills on Chivenor Ridge.

Posted November 17th, 2019 at 10:16 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Re dunnock

I first thought dunnock,  but what threw me was how much further around the brown and black feathers came around the abdomen and eye stripes compared to dunnocks in the garden. 

Thanks. 

Posted November 17th, 2019 at 7:14 pm by Philip worth in Bird News

Exmouth parakeets

7 in one group today!!

Posted November 17th, 2019 at 6:51 pm by john deakins in Bird News

Broadsands

A drake Surf Scoter (probably 2nd winter) was with up to 16 Common Scoter off the headland at Broadsands today, also 1 Red-throated Diver and 2 Great Crested Grebes.

Surf Scoter Drake Broadsands 17 Nov 2019

Posted November 17th, 2019 at 6:22 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Challacombe Moor.

Managed to get out over Challacombe Moor/ kingsford hill late this afternoon to see small flocks of golden plover, starlings, long-tailed tits, kestral and a very obliging snowbunting who did a nice 360 turn.

Snow Bunting left  Snow Bunting right  Snow Bunting front.
Snow Bunting left                      Snow Bunting right               Snow Bunting front.

Posted November 17th, 2019 at 5:57 pm by Philip worth in Bird News

Ore Stone

Ore stone, Hope's Nose

1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Knot

Purple Sandpiper  Knot
Purple Sandpiper                          Knot

Posted November 17th, 2019 at 5:19 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Saunton Sands

During a WeBS count this morning on Saunton Sands managed to get a couple of photos (from behind a sand dune) of a single Merlin which was feeding on a prey item on the strandline.

   

Posted November 17th, 2019 at 3:07 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

EAST Devon Branch- Notice

Correction to Fieldtrip Programme.  In case members missed my previous notice-  please note that the fieldtrip to Ham Wall, Somerset will take place on TUESDAY 19 November and NOT as given in the Programme on this website, which suggested it would be the 18th.  Sorry for the error. 

Could I also point out that in the event of a fieldtrip being cancelled due to bad weather, a notice is usually place on this website 24 hours in advance and an email sent to members in East Devon (where we have their email address).  A regular question asked by new members is- do I have to book to attend a fieldtrip?  The answer is no, not if attending an East Devon fieldtrip, please just turn up on the day.  Thank you for this space.  

Posted November 17th, 2019 at 2:10 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Saturday 16th November 2019

Holdstone down

A morning walk around Holdstone down today armed with a repaired lens, saw a pair of sandpiper,  snipe plenty of wrens, blackbirds and Robin lastly a single female reed bunting.

Reed Bunting  Female reed bunting
Reed Bunting         Female reed bunting

Eds: its actually a Dunnock - note the rather fine spiky bill

Posted November 16th, 2019 at 11:10 pm by Philip worth in Bird News

Fremington Pill

On a walk along Fremington Pill down to Fremington Quay there was one female Kingfisher perched on the railings above the sluice gate. The Spotted Redshank was feeding in the channel and there were 72 Common Redshank scattered throughout the Pill. The Glossy Ibis was there with a Little Egret that appeared to be shadowing it! Looking out from Fremington Quay there were huge numbers of Lapwing. A conservative estimate would be 650 birds. I counted at least 500 but then something spooked them and they took off.

Posted November 16th, 2019 at 10:24 pm by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Slapton

On my way to Slapton just past Gara bridge a woodcock flew up from the side of the road and glanced the top of my windscreen. I stopped and had a good look around but couldn't find it so hopefully it was OK. At Slapton good views of a Black necked grebe, distant Scaup and ring billed duck. Near the quarry 2 firecrest and lots of goldcrests. Heard a few cettis warblers and got good views of one and lots of water rails calling. From the bridge got 2 glimpses of an otter, it only surfaced briefly so was unable to get a photo.

Black-necked Grebe Goldcrest Firecrest
Black-necked Grebe                      Goldcrest                                       Firecrest

Posted November 16th, 2019 at 8:14 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Common scoter Baggy Point

Having moved from the point with just one probable 1st winter male Common Scoter seen we had to return quickly as a flight of 18 ducks flew in from the east. When we got the bins & camera on them we confirmed they were all Common Scoter & probably all juv or females. Range was probably 800 to 900 metres so photo is grainy but a record shot at least.

17 of the flock of 18 Common Scoter
17 of the flock of 18 Common Scoter

Posted November 16th, 2019 at 7:35 pm by Phil & Sue Naylor in Bird News

Exmouth parakeets

Juveniles being fed in Exmouth tescos this evening

Posted November 16th, 2019 at 7:08 pm by John Deakins in Bird News

Exmouth parakeets

5 parakeets in Tescos car park in Exmouth today. One feeding a juvenile

Posted November 16th, 2019 at 6:57 pm by John Deakins in Bird News

Mansands

Mid-pm. Blue-winged Teal still present and showing well briefly but pretty elusive.

Posted November 16th, 2019 at 6:41 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

plymouth railway station

around 70 ringneck parakeet

Posted November 16th, 2019 at 6:38 pm by barry insull in Bird News

Venford Reservoir and Whites Wood

Early am. 12 Goosander roosting on the reservoir at dawn, a Woodcock in the woods and 5 Crossbills overhead.

Posted November 16th, 2019 at 6:29 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Highlight today was the return of presumably the same Ring-necked Duck present last winter, ( last year it returned on 28th October ). It was in Stokeley Bay. Also present 2 Scaups ( male and fcy male ), Black-necked Grebe ( right of Stokeley hide ), 12 Pochards, 110 Tufted Ducks, 3 Goldeneyes, 11 Gadwalls and a Teal. Offshore quiet, single Great Northern Diver and Grey Seal.

Posted November 16th, 2019 at 5:50 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Woodbury Common

Male Stonechat



Posted November 16th, 2019 at 5:39 pm by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A few additions to Alan's post: 13 Redwings, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 8 Snipe, Teal, 4 Little Grebes, Chiffchaff & 4 Roe Deer.

Posted November 16th, 2019 at 5:17 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Hen Harrier

Ringtail Hen Harrier in off sea being harassed by gulls yesterday  at 1pm from house on Oakland park, Dawlish,overlooking sea off Lea Mount, then lost to view around headland moving towards Teignmouth.

Also Firecrest last week at Lea Mount

Posted November 16th, 2019 at 4:20 pm by paul barker in Bird News

N Hallsands.

Very few migrants this morning . 4 Firecrests. 3 caught, all 1st. Yr. f's ,one of which was a retrapped bird from the 27 th. Oct. ( Between 1 and 4 regularily overwinter at this site ) Also present 3 Goldcrests and 1 Chiffchaff. No apparent overhead movement.

1st. Yr. f.
1st. Yr. f.

Posted November 16th, 2019 at 1:04 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Plym estuary / Saltram

This morning's high tide roost:

168 Redshank, 6 Greenshank, 98 Dunlin, 52 Curlew, 32 Turnstone, 23 Shelduck, 7 Little Egret, 4 Wigeon, 3 Snipe, 3 Little Grebe, 3 Black tailed Godwit, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Goosander (m), 1 Kingfisher, 1 Ring necked Parakeet, 1 Firecrest.

Posted November 16th, 2019 at 12:40 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Friday 15th November 2019

Mansands and Brixham Harbour

Blue Winged Teal, Black Redstart (f), Gadwall and Kestrel at Mansands. 6 Purple Sandpiper on the old fuel jetty at Brixham Breakwater. Also 17 seals (the most I've seen there).

Posted November 15th, 2019 at 8:05 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Horsey Island

Golden Plover on the new Devon Wildlife Trust  intertidal Nature Reserve, Braunton, N.Devon.


Posted November 15th, 2019 at 6:32 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Widworthy

In garden at home


Posted November 15th, 2019 at 5:09 pm by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News

Soar

Rather quiet this morning bird-wise, with 6 Redwings, 4 Goldcrests, Snipe, 20 Stock Doves & a Great Spotted Woodpecker. Mammals provided a bit more interest: Hare, Weasel, Roe Deer & 4 Sika Deer.

Later Hallsands produced: Firecrest, Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Chiffchaffs & a Blackcap.

Posted November 15th, 2019 at 3:36 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Melbury forest

8 Crossbill feeding on spruce late morning in trees opposite pull-in to the forest.

Posted November 15th, 2019 at 2:59 pm by Roger Doble in Bird News

Goosander counts

The first of the winter's synchronised Goosander roost counts will take place around dawn tomorrow (16th). All Dartmoor reservoirs, Portworthy, Dartington, Stover, Tamar Lakes, Clovelly and Meeth should be covered, but if anyone is prepared to visit other sites around 07:00 to 07:30  to check for Goosanders either tomorrow or over next few days, I'd be happy to receive results, including negative.. Of particular interest are Plym and Taw estuaries where birds reported recently. But do they roost there or fly in from elsewhere? Peter Reay, preay6960@gmail.com.

Posted November 15th, 2019 at 2:01 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News

FPC 15-11-19

Plenty of Redwing around showing very well, still no sign of the Black Redstart

Redwing
Redwing


Posted November 15th, 2019 at 1:25 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Thursday 14th November 2019

Swallow at Turf Lock, Exminster

A solitary very late Swallow searching for insects in the lock at Turf this afternoon  - where the temperature didn't get above 4 degrees. Good luck little bird, I'm guessing you're going to need it !

Posted November 14th, 2019 at 5:52 pm by Paul Norris in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

Back on the patch after 10 days in Portugal but very quiet; best were 320 woodpigeon moving through, 12 stock dove, 4 bullfinch, 4 alba wagtail, 2 reed bunting, 20 cirl bunting & 10 greenfinch.

Posted November 14th, 2019 at 4:46 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Woodbury castle

At least 6 brambling with a large number of chaffinches feeding on beech mast about 12.30.

Posted November 14th, 2019 at 2:20 pm by roger jewell &mike Gibson in Bird News

Portworthy

Female red crested Pochard showing well at 10am.

Posted November 14th, 2019 at 2:13 pm by roger jewell & mike gibson in Bird News

Broadsands

3 Velvet Scoter this morning with at least 25 Common Scoter, the Velvet Scoter flew off toward Preston but were not located later. Also 2 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Great Northern Divers and 1 Red-throated Diver.

2 Firecrest in scrub just before the headland and 1 Chiffchaff in the marsh area with 3 Goldcrests.

Posted November 14th, 2019 at 11:38 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Gale

We live in an exposed spot in Newton Ferrers.  On 1st November there was a severe gale with winds up to 80 mph recorded.  Previous to this we had up to 10 goldfinches, 6-8 blue tits, 4 coal tits, 2great tits, 4dunnocks, 2robins and a number of other occasionals, visiting our feeders regularly. For 3days we saw no birds at all.  Now we are seeing 2 goldfinches, 2 blue tits, 2 coal tits, 1 great tit, 2 dunnocks, 1 robin.   
Has anyone else experienced such a loss?  

Posted November 14th, 2019 at 7:59 am by Duncan & Angela Macpherson in Bird News

Wednesday 13th November 2019

Exe Estuary cruise

This afternoon's Stuart Lines cruise yielded impressive flocks of wildfowl off Dawlish Warren and Exmouth-Lympstone, mostly Brent Geese and Wigeon, but off Lympstone including 11 Pale-bellied Brents, 2 Black Swans and some 230 Pintail. Best was perhaps the female Common Scoter off Powderham. The Slavonian Grebe again had a Little Grebe companion off Cockwood, and a female Goldeneye was nearby. Equally impressive were the waders feeding around Turf-Topsham (as on Saturday), with some 300 Avocets, several hundred Lapwings and well over 500 Golden Plover roosting near Turf; Black-tailed Godwits could well have been into four figures. I had five sightings of seals, two seen well being Grey Seals (one on a pontoon off Dawlish Warren).

Posted November 13th, 2019 at 10:03 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford sewage works. 1230-1345

Apart from the usual there were 5 dark-bellied Brent geese off Penhill Marsh and 15 Goosander (10M & 5 redheads) in the channel off Pottington Ind.est plus just 1 Grey Plover.

Posted November 13th, 2019 at 5:18 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Velator

After a few days away, took a quick tour of the reserve this afternoon. Nothing in the feeders, so not much to see. Male Blackcap, Song Thrush and a few Redwings, plus a Water Rail.

Also of interest was the big mechanical cutter dealing with all the vegetation on the embankment from the bridge right down to opposite Marstage Farm. Looked like the same vehicle that was dealing with the hedge near the big black barn. So, I went along to ask. Yes he said they've been asked to keep it clear so that the Environment Agency can get at the embankment if it needs repairs. Good news I thought.

I also asked if the balloons from last week were anything to do with the project and he said 'No' so I apologise if I have inadvertently misled anyone.

Posted November 13th, 2019 at 4:27 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Instow Beach - low tide

35 Brent Geese and three pairs of Wigeon

Posted November 13th, 2019 at 4:13 pm by Steve Wheale in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh this morning

Quite a few Goldcrests down the lane to the hide. Of note were a female Goldeneye and the first winter Long Billed Dowitcher on the end of the central peninsula, better views than last time.Forty species in all.

Posted November 13th, 2019 at 3:12 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Lee Moor 13-11-19 - Red Crested Pochard

Red Crested Pochard still at the first mica dam just outside Lee Moor


Posted November 13th, 2019 at 1:48 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Melbury forest n.devon

At least 5 Crossbills.2 seen feeding & 3 flyovers.Larger flock over but unable to gain numbers because of tree cover.Also 2 Brambling,m&f with 30 chaffinches.There have been over 100 recently at my. feeding station.10siskin&50 goldfinch seen.

Posted November 13th, 2019 at 1:36 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Plymouth Estuary/Saltram

Seen on this morning's high tide.

40 Curlew, 2 Blk T Godwit, 100+ Dunlin, 132 Redshank, 17 Snipe, 28 Turnstone, 7 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Goosander (f) and 38 Fieldfare.

Posted November 13th, 2019 at 1:29 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Tuesday 12th November 2019

Cattle Egrets...Fremington Pill.

4pm...... Three cattle egrets in high tide roost near top of Pill. Joined by Glossy Ibis and the little egrets later on. Good views of Spotted Redshank feeding quite close to road. 

Posted November 12th, 2019 at 11:10 pm by Sue Ambler in Bird News

Torbay

Paignton: 1 Black-necked Grebe plus 1 Great Crested Grebe.

Broadsands: 1 Great Northern Diver, 13 Common Scoter, 2 Great Crested Grebes

Posted November 12th, 2019 at 10:08 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton and Woodbury Common

Two Ring-necked Parakeets flying over the Green today were the first I have seen in Budleigh town.

Posted November 12th, 2019 at 8:48 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

16.00 > The single Goldeneye & the 2 Scaup still on Wrafton Pond.

Single Kestrel searching for prey between the Pond & Velator Reserve.



Posted November 12th, 2019 at 5:29 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Grand Western Canal

Water Rail this morning

Water Rail
Water Rail

Posted November 12th, 2019 at 4:55 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Ernesettle , river Tamar.

I saw this today , swimming with a 6 Mallard. Any idea what it may be?

Eds: Its a feral Mallard perhaps crossed with some other duck

Posted November 12th, 2019 at 4:10 pm by Peter Castle in Bird News

Lee Moor

The Female Red Crested Pochard on the first mica pond on the left leaving Lee Moor on B3417

Posted November 12th, 2019 at 4:07 pm by Tony Hooper in Bird News

12-11-19 Ford Park Cemetery

Plenty of Redwings at FCP this morning, this one was very compliant and seemed to like it's photo taken 

Redwing
Redwing


Posted November 12th, 2019 at 1:46 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Teign Estuary- Leucistic Oystercatcher

This bird was on the foreshore, close to the bridge ,this morning.


Posted November 12th, 2019 at 12:06 pm by Steven O'Donoghue in Bird News

Monday 11th November 2019

Scaup, Goldeneye & Juv Wigeon Wrafton pond

Thanks to Jon Turner & Rob Jutsum who posted these wildfowl earlier we found all three present today along with <50 BHG's , <20 Mallard, 6 male & 4 female Gadwall seen. 2 X little grebe, <12 coot, <8 moorhen. Heard but not seen, 2 X Cettis. 

Scaup (Thanks Mike Langman)
Scaup (Thanks Mike Langman)

Female Goldeneye
Female Goldeneye

Wigeon juvenile
Wigeon juvenile

Posted November 11th, 2019 at 6:26 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

N and S Hallsands. 10/11/2019 and 11/11/2019

Yesterday at N Hallsands in a biting North Easterly wind ,only a few migrants in the willows.5Goldcrests ( 2 ringed ) 1Firecrest (ringed /1st. Yr. f. ) ,5 Chiffchaffs ( 2 ringed ). In the marsh a squealing WaterRail was the first of this winter. 1Woodcock  ( flushed ),again a regular winter visitor here.

This morning at S. Hallsands 4 Goldcrests ( 2 ringed, both ' Continental ' birds, ) 2 Firecrests ( ringed ) a 1st. Yr. m and 1st. Yr. f. 1 Chiffchaff and overhead several flocks of Wood Pigeons moving West.

1st. Yr. male.
1st. Yr. male.

' continental ' Goldcrest 1st. Yr. female
' continental ' Goldcrest 1st. Yr. female

Posted November 11th, 2019 at 4:01 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Spotted Redshank Fremington Pill

Sorry for late posting, no excuse, Spotted Redshank showing well yesterday feeding in the Pill opposite the outfall from the wildlife area on the army camp side. Glossy Ibis also present. 


Posted November 11th, 2019 at 12:59 pm by Phil & Sue Naylor in Bird News

Between Instow and the Torridge Bridge

Four Spoonbill feeding on both sides of the Torridge between 8.45 and 9.15. All flew down towards Zeta Berth on the eastern bank. None appeared to be ringed.

Posted November 11th, 2019 at 9:18 am by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Sunday 10th November 2019

Plym Estuary

On Blaxton Meadow late afternoon: Kingfisher, 13 Oystercatchers, 29 Curlews, 3 Greenshanks, 119 Redshanks, 85 Dunlin & 21 Shelducks.

Posted November 10th, 2019 at 5:47 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Exeter Hawfinches (probably)

A flock of 8-10 large-finch-sized birds flew across the river as I was walking home at around 1430, but disappeared into the trees around Larkbeare House before I could get the bins on them. The flight call matches some of those from Belgium and elsewhere on xeno-canto, so I am pretty sure.

Will look for them in the morning; probably best to watch from the West bank, or maybe Colleton Hill.

Posted November 10th, 2019 at 4:37 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Torquay Harbour

15.15

9 Purple Sandpipers and 8 Turnstones at Haldon Pier. 

Posted November 10th, 2019 at 3:39 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Occombe, Paignton

For the second time in the last couple of weeks a solitary Redwing, where are all the others? Good sightings of a pair of Buzzards, a small flock of about 20 Goldfinch. Green Woodpecker and a Jay in the orchard. Around the feeders in front of the hide were numerous Great Tits, several Blue Tits, plus Blackbird, Robin, Dunnock and a Nuthatch.

Posted November 10th, 2019 at 12:55 pm by Stephen Huggins in Bird News

central park plymouth

Around 70 ringneck parakeet 

Posted November 10th, 2019 at 9:10 am by barry insull in Bird News

Saturday 9th November 2019

Exe Estuary cruise

The first Stuart Lines birdwatching cruise of the winter went well after a very wet start. Highlight was a Red-throated Diver feeding close to Exmouth marina. Slavonian and Little Grebes off Cockwood; maybe a dozen Great Crested Grebes; plenty of Shags, hundreds of Brent Geese and Wigeon, maybe 200 Shelduck, three-figure flock of Pintail and 2 Black Swans at Lympstone, less than 20 Red-breasted Mergansers in total, approx. 300 Avocets, c10 each of Ringed Plover and Greenshank, several hundred each of Golden Plover, Dunlin and Black-tailed Godwit, small numbers of Grey Plover, Knot, Sanderling and Turnstone; 3 separate Kingfishers at Topsham, Turf and Exmouth.

Posted November 9th, 2019 at 9:37 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning on the lake.

9 Goosander 4m 5f, 9 Willow Tit, 4 Marsh Tit, 1 Little Egret, 12 Tufted Duck, 15 Fieldfare, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Long-tailed Tit

Posted November 9th, 2019 at 7:24 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Whitleigh plymouth

5 ringneck parakeet 

Posted November 9th, 2019 at 4:33 pm by barry insull in Bird News

Slapton Ley ( 08:15-15:00 )

Bird of the day an Avocet in Ireland Bay ( not many records here ). Male Scaup and Black-necked Grebe still present middle of Lower Ley. Also 83 Tufted Ducks, 3 Pochards and 5 Little Grebes. Offshore 2 Great Northern Divers and at least 8 Common Scoters. One Red Admiral the only butterfly. No Gadwall and for the first time in a while no Mediterranean Gull.

Posted November 9th, 2019 at 4:06 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Mansands

13.15-14.45

Blue-winged Teal showed well on the main pool for at least an hour. Viewed from main track 50m inland from the cottages and the lime kiln. Several Snipe present. Two female Black Redstarts and a Chiffchaff on a barbed wire fence near the cottages. 

Posted November 9th, 2019 at 2:53 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Friday 8th November 2019

Woodbury Common

Two Short-eared Owls hunting at dusk below Warren Car Park this evening.

Posted November 8th, 2019 at 8:04 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Crossbills

25+ crossbills at Burrator, in pines along Drakes Leat , very close views.

Posted November 8th, 2019 at 7:43 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Downend, Baggy Point, R.Caen, Wrafton Pond

No Scoters at Downend or Baggy point early am but 9 Gannet flying north & a few Porpoise swimming south at Downend. At about 16.00, 1 Juv Great Crested Grebe on R.Caen. Single Goldeneye & 2 Scaup still on the Pond at Wrafton.



Posted November 8th, 2019 at 6:32 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Velator ringing

Very productive:

Highlights were:

1 female Cetti's Warbler

1 Goldcrest

1 Firecrest

1 Kingfisher (no 17 this year)

4 Bullfinch

7 Goldfinch

6 Chiffchaff

5 Blackcap

8 Blackbird

5 Redwing

17 Long-tailed Tit

Some sort of delayed migration after all the bad weather?

Posted November 8th, 2019 at 5:31 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Haldon and Teign Estuary

A few Crossbills feeding at the main car park on Haldon. At Passage House on the Teign Estuary 2 Kingfishers and 3 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpipers amongst the Redshanks. Usual gulls, nice to see two Little Grebes towards the opposite bank.


Posted November 8th, 2019 at 5:30 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Ernesettle

Seen at lunch time before the tide came in 46 Snipe & 1 Firecrest in the tree’s near the rail bridge.

Posted November 8th, 2019 at 2:43 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Soar

Ring Ouzel, 2 Firecrests, 2 Lapwings, 6 Fieldfares, Redwing, Grey Wagtail, 12 Song Thrushes & (mainly going east) 2,400 Wood Pigeons & 25 Stock Doves. A Tawny Owl flew over the A379 by the Holberton junction.

Posted November 8th, 2019 at 1:18 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Cancellation of fieldtrip (SAT 9 Nov) and change to later Programme.

Please note that the EAST Devon Branch fieldtrip planned for Blackhole Marsh, Seaton tomorrow (SAT 9 NOV) has been cancelled due to a forecast of adverse weather conditions with heavy rain predicted for the morning.

Also, the next fieldtrip is scheduled for TUESDAY 19 November to Ham Wall, Somerset and not the 18th as given in the Programme. 

AND... please note that the fieldtrip on Thurs 12 DEC (a visit to Woodbury Castle), will NOT include an indoor meeting as advertised on the Programme.  Sorry folks

 

Posted November 8th, 2019 at 11:22 am by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Start Point 5 November

Morning met conditions: wind NNW force 5.  Estimated minimum morning passage  c 300 Guillemots SE flying at c1m above waves in ground effect with tail wind component.  

Also 1 No Purple Sandpiper

 

Posted November 8th, 2019 at 10:58 am by Michael Woodman Smith in Bird News

Thursday 7th November 2019

Prawle.

At Prawle point ( Reserve ) 2 Firecrests, 3 Goldcrests and 2  Chiffchaffs, this morning. Overhead several small flocks of Wood Pigeons. Small groups of Chaffinches and small flocks of Starlings, all moving West. At Moorwell Pond just 2 Goldcrests, 1 Firecrest and 1 Redwing with more small flocks of Starlings overhead moving West.

Posted November 7th, 2019 at 7:03 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Haldon to BGM

Haldon Forest, two Crossbill, good movement of Wood pigeon overhead, two GSWP, Siskin, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Redwing, Pied Wagtail.

Around Exminster marsh four Greylag Geese in with the Canada geese, Heron and several Little Egret, good numbers of Starling and a build up of Lapwing.

RSPB BGM ~ Ten Greylag Geese flew in on the high tide, lots of Redshank with good numbers of Dunlin, six Pintail duck, Shoveller, Teal, Wigeon, Little Grebe the Long Billed Dowitcher eventually showed well, all be at the back of the marsh, several Snipe.

 

Posted November 7th, 2019 at 5:13 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Stover Lake

This morning at Stover, 4 Goosanders (2 male, 2 female type), 1 male Pochard, 32 Coot, 23 Tufted Duck, 4 Mandarin, 1 Kingfisher

Posted November 7th, 2019 at 11:38 am by Nick Potter in Bird News

Mansands

Blue-winged Teal this morning feeding on the main marsh.

Please keep to the main paths do not enter the fields and under no circumstances use the path that is being constructed at the moment - it is not open to the public yet and is dangerous. The Blue-winged Teal is best viewed from the main track leading to the beach and the public footpath leading from the beach up to South Down Farm.


Posted November 7th, 2019 at 11:24 am by Paul Albrechtsen in Bird News

Wednesday 6th November 2019

Velator

After a flog around West Cornwall chasing Pipits yesterday, a slight break in the weather this morning allowed a short ringing session. Mostly Tits this time including 7 Long-tailed Tits, also a Goldcrest, 2 Blackbirds, 2 Goldfinch and a juvenile male Sparrowhawk. 2 Water Rails seen.

Nothing on the scrape - large thresher type machine cutting hedges by the large barn. Also evidence of progress with the project for wind generated energy: two tethered balloons (rather than kites) down near the estuary.

Posted November 6th, 2019 at 7:57 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Downend

am:- 44 female Common Scoters at Downend this morning but further out to sea.


Posted November 6th, 2019 at 5:37 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Start Point.

Firecrest photo for earlier post.


Posted November 6th, 2019 at 5:18 pm by Alan K.Searle. in Bird News

Start Point.

Around the farm at this morning's  ringing session. At first light 12 Chaffinches and 7 Blackbirds in the tops of the sycamores , with several more Blackbirds alarm calling in the bushes ( more than the local birds ). Also present 13 Goldcrests ( 7 caught and ringed ) ,5 Firecrests ( 2 caught and ringed, both 1st. Yr. m's )and 3  unringed birds together actively feeding and hovering beneath the sweet chestnut leaves. Also 3 Chiffchaffs and 1 male Blackcap. Overhead a Raven and a few small flocks of Wood Pigeons moving SW.

Posted November 6th, 2019 at 5:15 pm by Alan K.Searle. in Bird News

Countesswear - Starcross; Dawlish Warren - Dawlish

Along the canal and in the adjacent ditches, at least seven each of squealing Water Rails and singing Cetti's Warblers;

On Exminster Marsh, a female Sparrowhawk spooking the ducks;

In the estuary, at least 150 Avocet, at least 600 Golden Plover, good numbers of commoner waders, and several each of Great Crested Grebe and Red-breasted Merganser;

Between Turf and the cycle bridge, a Cirl Bunting singing from a thorn bush;

From the cycle bridge, at least twenty of the Pintail which have "gone missing" from BGM;

From the sea wall, a Red-throated Diver (my first of the year) and twenty-five Common Scoter.

Didn't check the flooded field at Starcross, so missed the Cattle Egrets, but still over eighty spp. for the day.

Posted November 6th, 2019 at 5:14 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Haldon Forest

Views of 3 mobile Hawfinches this morning. Also 1 male Brambling and a small group of Crossbills,

Posted November 6th, 2019 at 1:28 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Haldon Pier, Torquay

A single Purple Sandpiper back at Haldon Pier this morning.


Posted November 6th, 2019 at 11:23 am by Steven O'Donoghue in Bird News

Crossbills Haldon

Distant view just west of car park last Sunday



Posted November 6th, 2019 at 9:12 am by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News

Raptors at Charlton Marsh

On Monday 4 November, a female Sparrow Hawk traversed the marsh in front of the hide then flew tight along the  wooded bank on the east of the marsh.

Shortly after, a juvenile male Peregrine hovered briefly over the marsh.  He was joined by an adult female as he headed for the foreshore, possibly teaching him the pair hunting technique used by local birds.

Female Sparrowhawk
Female Sparrowhawk

Juvenile Male Peregrine Falcon
Juvenile Male Peregrine Falcon

Posted November 6th, 2019 at 8:30 am by Michael Woodman Smith in Bird News

South Brent

Tawny owl calling at home just on first light.

Redwings in good numbers moving as soon as it was light enough to see, two small flocks of Fieldfare over, the Redwings again dropping into Holly trees to feed on berries.

The Wood pigeon migration again under way with up to 500 birds passing by in flocks of up to 50 birds mostly headed west and out towards the A38 valley by sunrise at 07.13hrs.

A further watch up to 08.20hrs gave a total of 2000 plus Wood pigeons, 3 Stock Dove, a flock of 100 plus Jackdaw, two flocks of Fieldfares one of 50 plus and a flock of 22 with Redwings beyond counting.

Fieldfares

Wood pigeon migration

Posted November 6th, 2019 at 7:24 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Tuesday 5th November 2019

South Hams

At Soar this morning: 2 Ring Ouzels, 2 Black Redstarts, Firecrest, 2 Fieldfares, 16 Redwings, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Reed Bunting, Redpoll sp (presumed Lesser), 150 Jackdaws & overhead, 2,800 Wood Pigeons going in no particular direction (only a handful of Stock Doves with them). Also 3 Roe Deer.

In the afternoon, at Slapton Ley, a Wryneck watched for a few minurtes 500m south of Memorial Car Park, beside the road, before disappearing. Also Black-necked Grebe, 4 Pochards, Chiifchaff & 3 Swallows.  

Posted November 5th, 2019 at 9:33 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Hawfinch - Haldon

3 hrs of observation this afternoon at the usual location at Haldon, including a walk through the woods, eventually at 3.30pm gave up a brief view and record photo of one Hawfinch. The presence of a Sparrow Hawk on the pylon wire may account for the few birds, other than pigeons, present! Never saw any Crossbill!

Posted November 5th, 2019 at 9:24 pm by Dave Pakes in Bird News

Woodbury Common

Male Hen Harrier and Merlin again late this afternoon hunting around Grenade Range.

Posted November 5th, 2019 at 7:08 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Downend

5 female Common Scoter at Downend this morning on my way to Croyde. None at Baggy point & on the way home checked at Downend again & they had gone.

Someone I know mentioned that in the recent severe gales & heavy surf the mussels had been torn from the rocks so if there is no food for them at Downend they will search elsewhere.


Posted November 5th, 2019 at 6:16 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Exe estuary

From Cockwood steps at high tide - a real mix of summer and winter 3 red-breasted mergansers, one little grebe, one great crested grebe and the Slavonian greb, also two sandwich terns.

At Bowling Green the long-billed dowitcher showed well if distant, early afternoon.

Yesterday a great northern diver off Exmouth in the Duck Pond.

Posted November 5th, 2019 at 5:52 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Exmouth

Richard's Pipit late this afternoon on Orcombe Point. In large grass field at top of Gore Lane with Skylark flock.

Posted November 5th, 2019 at 5:45 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Yelland, n. devon - scaup

3 juv(?) scaup diving off the old Yelland power station outflow adjacent to the roost this morning at 11:30.

Posted November 5th, 2019 at 1:22 pm by alan craddock in Bird News

Teign Estuary

Spoonbill still present early morning at the western end. May be visible from the Passage House car park around high tide.

Posted November 5th, 2019 at 1:19 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

South Brent ~ Wood pigeon migration

Between 07.10hrs and 08.30hrs this morning over South Brent westward movement of Wood pigeons mostly small flocks of 40 plus birds but one flock of 400 plus birds, not as many as reported elsewhere but some 1500 birds counted in that time.

Eight Stock Dove, good numbers of Redwing, smaller numbers of Fieldfare with one flock of 25 birds, a flock of some 30 plus Chaffinch dropped it to a boundary field hedge.

Very close up views of a Tawny owl that was being given a hard time by a pair of very raucous Jays.

 

Posted November 5th, 2019 at 9:26 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Monday 4th November 2019

Budleigh Salterton

Three Firecrest around the town today. One along the Otter, just south of White Bridge, another on South Farm Road and the third bird along the West Cliffs.

Firecrest, Budleigh Salterton by Chris Townend

Posted November 4th, 2019 at 10:04 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

Scaup number 2.


Posted November 4th, 2019 at 6:18 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Male Scaup, 75 Tufted Ducks, 5 Pochards ( around the middle of the Lower Ley ). Offshore 5 grey geese flew south @ 10:00 and I could not id them ( hopefully someone else may pick them up elsewhere ), 2 late Sandwich Terns off the Memorial Car Park and a flock of 9 Common Scoters.

Posted November 4th, 2019 at 5:21 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Teign Estuary

Kayak trip round Teign estuary this am:

Drake Common Scoter and Spoonbill

Common Scoter  Spoonbill
Common Scoter                                                  Spoonbill

Posted November 4th, 2019 at 3:53 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Exeter Higher Cemetery

Quick visit to see if any Redwing had returned and wasn't disappointed. About 6-8 mainly around/feeding on Yew Tree berries especially the large Yew in the north-west corner of the cemetery..Also Jay, Green Woodpecker, Greenfinch, a brief glimpse of a Goldcrest pair and all the usual tits etc. 

Green Woodpecker    Greenfinch    Green Sandpiper (Northbrook, viewed from Rifford Road)
  Green Woodpecker            Greenfinch            Green Sandpiper (Northbrook, viewed from Rifford Road)

Posted November 4th, 2019 at 3:52 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

Single Goldeneye this morning.


Posted November 4th, 2019 at 2:12 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Wembury

1 Male Firecrest in the ivy on the side of the road, by the ford lane entrance to the bridal path. 

Posted November 4th, 2019 at 2:01 pm by Matt C in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

Now 2 Scaup on the pond & the single Goldeneye.


Posted November 4th, 2019 at 1:10 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Broadsands

A couple of pictures of yesterdays 'Greenland' leucorhoa Northern wheatear, note the very buffy and cinnamon tones to the underbody, neck and lores and very long wing projection with the  primaries very nearly reaching the tail tip.

Greenland Wheatear Broadsands 3 Nov 2019 ML Greenland Wheatear Broadsands 3 Nov 2019 ML Greenland Wheatear Broadsands 3 Nov 2019 ML

Posted November 4th, 2019 at 11:50 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sunday 3rd November 2019

Teigngrace

Three Green Sandpipers on the floods this afternoon.

Posted November 3rd, 2019 at 8:28 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Torbay and South Brent

A funny old days birding ~ Up at first light movement of Redwings coming into feed in the Holly trees around the house field, Heron overhead.
 
On the way to Broadsands another Heron seen at Dartington.
 
Broadsands coastal was a big round zero, calm sea but nothing of any interest to be seen, in the back car park briefest views of a foraging Firecrest, one Goldcrest, Bullfinch, Jay and a large flock of high flying Wood pigeons headed west down the coast.
 
Around Brixham harbour and the Shoalstone again nothing of any note seen.
 
Youngs Park several Tufted duck, one Heron, Jay, Wrens and another flock of westward bound high flying Wood pigeons.
 
Back home at South Brent, Redwings feeding on Holly berries up until dusk and while watching them a tiercel Peregrine came in over at low level checking out my pigeon lofts (or at least checking out the contents !!)

Posted November 3rd, 2019 at 5:29 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Velator

The reserve was positively bursting with birds late this morning (well, compared to yesterday - 3 species recorded)!

Good numbers of Tits, Finches and Redwings, and the first Reed Bunting for several months. Sparrowhawk over again. Little Egret out on the scrape.

A Speckled Wood (last butterfly this year?) and a Migrant Hawker were on the wing along with several Bumble Bees.

Oddly with all the mud in the water yesterday, there was a Dipper in the river by the bridge.

Jay and Nuthatch in my garden early on.

 

Posted November 3rd, 2019 at 5:23 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Hope's Nose

14.25-15.10

Male Black Redstart showing well in the quarry.

Posted November 3rd, 2019 at 4:16 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Plym Estuary

Snipe, Kingfisher & 6 Greenshank on Blaxton Meadow this morning. Four Mandarin Ducks & a redhead Red-breasted Merganser on the estuary.

Posted November 3rd, 2019 at 4:09 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

08.30 - At last after 6 days of dense cloud & frequent drizzle,rain & wind the sun was shining & it was dry!

The single remaining Goldeneye was diving for food for the duration popping up for just a second or two.

The female Scaup appears happy alongside the male Tufted Duck which has caused a few identification headaches in low light for some of the birders who thought it may be a female Tufted Duck but the size & shape of the bill, the absence of a tuft, diving behaviour & being larger & broader across the beam than the male Tufted Duck was diagnostic.


Posted November 3rd, 2019 at 3:37 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Snow Bunting Morte Point

Surprised to find this beautiful Snow Bunting on Southern edge of Morte Point this afternoon. Typically very bold and not fussed by walkers near the footpath! 

Posted November 3rd, 2019 at 3:12 pm by Sam Stephens in Bird News

N.Hallsands.

20+ Goldcrests ( 11 ringed /9 " continental" ), 7 Chiffchaffs (4 ringed ) and a late Willow Warbler ( ringed / nominate trochilus ). At the beach a Black Redstart. f./ imm. and 5 Robins around the beach cottages. Overhead small flocks of wood Pigeons moving S/SW,( not counted ) .

Posted November 3rd, 2019 at 1:05 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

03-11-19 Redwings and Mistle Thrush at FPC

Redwings and Mistle Thrushes back in Ford Park Cemetery, but no sign yet of the Black Redstart

Redwing
Redwing

Mistle Thrush
Mistle Thrush

Posted November 3rd, 2019 at 12:41 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Isley Marsh.

Now 4 Spoonbill on Isley roosting on this mornings high tide .      Around 200 Teal and 12 Black tailed Godwit on adjacent Gaya trust pond.    Just 5 Med gulls on river Torridge.

Posted November 3rd, 2019 at 12:21 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Kingswear

Prompted by Peter Reay's report on 31/10/19 of inland sightings of Black Redstarts I had an early morning look at some of their favourite roofs, above the Lower Ferry, in Kingswear today.I quickly came across 3 together on a roof catching the early morning sun.



Posted November 3rd, 2019 at 11:28 am by Steven O'Donoghue in Bird News

Broadsands

A late Northern Wheatear 'Greenland' type leucorhoa on beach just north of the main beach, 1 Firecrest , 3 Common Scoter, 4 Teal 1 Great Crested Grebe and several hundred Wood Pigeons heading south.

Posted November 3rd, 2019 at 8:20 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Saturday 2nd November 2019

Merlin - Dawlish Warren

Female Merlin chasing pipits over Dawlish Warren Beach at 4.45 this afternoon. Then flew off very low over the sea towards Dawlish.

Posted November 2nd, 2019 at 8:15 pm by Peter & Carole Leigh in Bird News

Plymouth

Two Eiders, a Great Northern Diver & a Grey Seal in the Sound, a Pheasant on the Hoe, a Common Sandpiper in the Cattewater & on the lower Plym Estuary, 33 Turnstones & 3 Little Grebes.

Posted November 2nd, 2019 at 5:17 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Long-billed Dowitcher and a few snipe around, plus the usual

Posted November 2nd, 2019 at 11:48 am by Tim Smith in Bird News

Friday 1st November 2019

Blackcap in Exeter

First Blackcap of the winter (male) at garden feeders this morning.

Posted November 1st, 2019 at 5:52 pm by Martin Overy in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

By the time I go to Wrafton Pond, it was coming on dusk, needless to say the Scaup wasn't showing, but a pair of Tufted Duck, and a pair of Gadwall were, along with a lone female Goldeneye and a notable increase in Coot numbers.

Posted November 1st, 2019 at 5:06 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Berryhead

Three black redstarts in the quarry near the wire fence, also a woodcock flushed out from the quarry and flew around twice then out over the headland.

Posted November 1st, 2019 at 3:10 pm by roger jewell & mike gibson in Bird News

Prawle Point. ( Reserve ).

15 Goldcrests ( 7 caught and ringed ) , of which 6 were""continental" birds,2 Firecrests ( 1 ringed ), 1. Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap and 2 Cirl Buntings above the car park. A few more Robins than the local birds,but less than a week ago. A quick look at Moorwell Pond, from the road on the way back showed 6 Goldcrests and 1 Chiffchaff.


Posted November 1st, 2019 at 2:13 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Goosander and Fieldfare Hennock Reservoirs

There are now 24 Goosander on Tottiford Reservoir, including 3 males. Nearby about 30 Fieldfare flew in from the south east preceded by 7 Mistle thrush. First Fieldfare I’ve seen this season. 

Posted November 1st, 2019 at 1:49 pm by Fiona Freshney in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

1 Scaup still on pond


Posted November 1st, 2019 at 9:13 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

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