Devon Bird Sightings from 1st–7th November 2019

Missing Devon rarity records 2018 UPDATE

We have had a good response to the request for missing descriptions for a number of ‘A’ species reported in 2018. Thank you to those who have made the effort to provide these.

However some descriptions remain outstanding meaning, 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 but the report deadline is pressing.

If you saw any of 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.

 
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 White Egret Exminster Marshes 30 March
 
Great White Egret Exmouth 06 May
 
Honey-buzzard Dartmoor 21-22 May
 
Pectoral Sandpiper Upper Tamar Lake 13 August
 
Rose-coloured Starling Beesands 27-28 August
 
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.

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

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

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 at 7:03 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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 at 5:13 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

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 at 11:38 am by Nick Potter in General Birding

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 at 11:24 am by Paul Albrechtsen in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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 at 7:57 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Downend

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


Posted November 6th at 5:37 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Start Point.

Firecrest photo for earlier post.


Posted November 6th at 5:18 pm by Alan K.Searle. in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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 at 5:15 pm by Alan K.Searle. in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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 at 5:14 pm by James Camden in General Birding

Haldon Forest

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

Posted November 6th at 1:28 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Haldon Pier, Torquay

A single Purple Sandpiper back at Haldon Pier this morning.


Posted November 6th at 11:23 am by Steven O'Donoghue in General Birding

Crossbills Haldon

Distant view just west of car park last Sunday



Posted November 6th at 9:12 am by Geoff Mitchell in General Birding

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 at 8:30 am by Michael Woodman Smith in General Birding

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 at 7:24 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

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 at 9:33 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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 at 9:24 pm by Dave Pakes in General Birding

Woodbury Common

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

Posted November 5th at 7:08 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding

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 at 6:16 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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 at 5:52 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

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 at 5:45 pm by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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 at 1:22 pm by alan craddock in General Birding

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 at 1:19 pm by Will Salmon in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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 at 9:26 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

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 at 10:04 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

Scaup number 2.


Posted November 4th at 6:18 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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 at 5:21 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Teign Estuary

Kayak trip round Teign estuary this am:

Drake Common Scoter and Spoonbill

Common Scoter  Spoonbill
Common Scoter                                                  Spoonbill

Posted November 4th at 3:53 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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 at 3:52 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

Single Goldeneye this morning.


Posted November 4th at 2:12 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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 at 2:01 pm by Matt C in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

Now 2 Scaup on the pond & the single Goldeneye.


Posted November 4th at 1:10 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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 at 11:50 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 3rd November 2019

Teigngrace

Three Green Sandpipers on the floods this afternoon.

Posted November 3rd at 8:28 pm by Will Salmon in General Birding

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 at 5:29 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

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 at 5:23 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Hope's Nose

14.25-15.10

Male Black Redstart showing well in the quarry.

Posted November 3rd at 4:16 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

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 at 4:09 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

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 at 3:37 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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 at 3:12 pm by Sam Stephens in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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 at 1:05 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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 at 12:41 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

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 at 12:21 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in General Birding

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 at 11:28 am by Steven O'Donoghue in General Birding

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 at 8:20 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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 at 8:15 pm by Peter & Carole Leigh in General Birding

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 at 5:17 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

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

Posted November 2nd at 11:48 am by Tim Smith in General Birding

Friday 1st November 2019

Blackcap in Exeter

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

Posted November 1st at 5:52 pm by Martin Overy in General Birding

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 at 5:06 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

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 at 3:10 pm by roger jewell & mike gibson in General Birding

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 at 2:13 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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 at 1:49 pm by Fiona Freshney in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

1 Scaup still on pond


Posted November 1st at 9:13 am by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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