Devon Bird Sightings from 22nd–29th 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

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

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 at 8:44 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

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 at 8:02 pm by Kevin Rylands in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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 at 7:19 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

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 at 4:21 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Whitleigh Garden

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

Posted November 25th at 4:09 pm by Chris Buckland in General Birding

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 at 2:36 pm by Roger Doble in General Birding

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 at 1:42 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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 at 11:04 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in General Birding

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 at 8:52 pm by Derek Carter in General Birding

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 at 8:25 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

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 at 8:00 pm by Peter Reay in General Birding

Widworthy

Garden today

Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker

Posted November 24th at 7:53 pm by Geoff Mitchell in General Birding

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 at 7:31 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

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 at 6:58 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

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 at 6:42 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

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 at 5:23 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

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 at 5:09 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

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 at 5:08 pm by Chris Buckland in General Birding

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 at 4:49 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Very late Swallow

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

Posted November 24th at 4:37 pm by Cliff Parrott in General Birding

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 at 4:34 pm by James Camden in General Birding

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 at 4:32 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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 at 4:22 pm by Fiona Freshney in General Birding

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 at 3:25 pm by Michael Spencer in General Birding

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 at 3:20 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

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 at 2:24 pm by Gary Bolton in General Birding

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 at 1:54 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

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 at 12:12 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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 at 11:24 am by Alan K. Searle. in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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 at 10:13 pm by David Ropet in General Birding

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 at 8:13 pm by Nik ward in General Birding

plymouth railway station

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

Posted November 23rd at 6:21 pm by barry insull in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

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


Posted November 23rd at 5:43 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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 at 5:40 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

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 at 5:27 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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 at 4:05 pm by Martin Phillips in General Birding

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 at 2:23 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

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 at 6:23 pm by John Lloyd in General Birding

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 at 5:17 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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 at 2:18 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

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 at 11:03 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

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