Devon Bird Sightings from February 2019

2019 Descriptions still outstanding

Many thanks to all observers that submitted their records for 2019. However there are still a number of records that require descriptions before they can appear in the Bird Report.

If you were fortunate enough to find (or see) any of these birds below please could you submit a description to the County Recorder recorder@devonbirds.org Many thanks, stay safe.

Alpine Swift, Dawlish 11 Jun  Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Caspian Gull, Thurlestone, 08 Feb Purple Heron, Slapton Ley 07 May
Caspian Gull, Topsham 02 Aug Sabine's Gull, Thurlestone 14 Aug
Cory's Shearwater, Berry Head 19 Jul Serin (2), Harrowbeer 19 Apr
Glossy Ibis, Otter Est 11-13 Mar Tree Sparrow (2), Berry Head 20 Mar

 

Posted May 2nd at 3:27 pm by Kevin Rylands in General Birding

Coronavirus update - Daily exercise and Bird Hides

Please be aware that in line with Government guidelines on non-essential travel and social distancing, the Devon Birds hides at Beesands, Fernworthy and Roadford, in addition to hides elsewhere in the County including Bowling Green Marsh, Dawlish Warren and Seaton Wetlands are closed until further notice. Whilst some people may be fortunate enough to be within walking/cycling distance of these sites, others should not be making special journeys to visit these areas at this time. Thank you for your co-operation and stay safe.

Please follow NHS guidelines:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/staying-at-home-to-avoid-getting-coronavirus/staying-at-home-and-away-from-other-people/

Posted April 16th at 12:04 pm by Mike Daniels in General Birding

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Thursday 28th February 2019

Braunton

A very active and fresh-plumaged Chiffchaff in and around my garden today.

Sparrowhawk in the reserve.

Posted February 28th, 2019 at 10:18 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

A total of 36 species seen between 09.30 and 14.30. Some stunning ducks with lots of Pintail,Shoveler, Teal and Wigeon in fine breeding plumage. Also showing well around a dozen Snipe and many Black Tailed Godwit. Highlights of the session were a Ruff and surprisingly around 10 Sand Martin. 

John Lloyd and Bob Barrow

Posted February 28th, 2019 at 5:57 pm by John Lloyd in General Birding

Sand martins over rivet Taw.

At 3 PM today around a dozen Sand Martins over the river Taw at Bishops Tawton despite the poor weather conditions.

Posted February 28th, 2019 at 4:12 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in General Birding

Sand Martins at Bowling Green Marsh

About a dozen sand martins over BGM reserve from about noon to 3pm today. And its still only February !

Posted February 28th, 2019 at 3:29 pm by Paul Norris in General Birding

Upper Erme Valley 26 February

At noon and at 1400ft above the upper Erme Valley, we watched a flock of returning winter migrants (c100 Golden Plover) migrate north at low level in the teeth of a stiff wind from the ENE.

Shortly after, a group of summer migrants (5 Lesser Back-backed Gulls)  followed up the valley.  Surprisingly they adopted a thermal technique not well suited to the conditions.  The first LBGs had arrived back at the breeding site in Clifton last week with further birds by the 27th.

Posted February 28th, 2019 at 10:13 am by Michael Woodman Smith in General Birding

Wednesday 27th February 2019

Pink-footed Goose Roadford

Pink-footed Goose still at Roadford Reservoir.  Late this Wednesday afternoon at the far end of the lake north of the viaduct on the grassy mudflats seen sleeping among a  flock of Canada Geese before moving out of sight.

Posted February 27th, 2019 at 9:32 pm by Nicholas Armstrong in General Birding

Heron landing

Just as the sun was going down got this image of a Heron landing

Heron landing
Heron landing

Posted February 27th, 2019 at 9:07 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Little Egret

Seen at Fremington Pill late afternoon as the sun went down - Little Egret  Male and female Teal, 4/6 Wigeon, Mallard, a curlew, some Red Shank and BH gulls. Heron just off Fremington quay.

Little EgretHeron landing
Little Egret                                 Heron landing



Posted February 27th, 2019 at 9:04 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Stover

An early evening visit to Stover CP ~ five Mandarin duck, five Cormorant, Heron, three Snipe flew into the reed beds, a single female Goosander, two Mistle Thrush, an almost constant trickle of Redwing coming into roost and two Water Rail around the hide.
 
 

Posted February 27th, 2019 at 8:47 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Swaling on Roborough Down 27/02/19

Not content with turning vast areas of Roborough Down into a wild life desert last winter, they have swaled further areas in and around Clearbrook which looks as though it has removed the area where the Green Woodpeckers have been seen and further areas of habitat for the Stonechats etc. Where will be next.

Posted February 27th, 2019 at 7:19 pm by Michael Spencer in General Birding

Aylesbeare Common

Birds showing well on this sunny and calm morning.

Dartford WarblerStonechat
Dartford Warbler                             Stonechat

Posted February 27th, 2019 at 5:29 pm by Colin Scott in General Birding

Tiverton Garden Watch

1pr Blue Tit, 1pr Coal Tit, 2pr Great Tit, 6 Longtailed Tit, 2m 1f Bullfinch,2pr Chaffinch, 18 Goldfinch, 1pr Greenfinch, 2m 1f Siskin, 3 Robin, 1 Wren, 3 Dunnock, 1pr Blackbird, 2 Woodpigeon, 1 pr Common Buzzard soaring over the estate.

Posted February 27th, 2019 at 5:15 pm by Martyn Webb in General Birding

Taw, Home Farm

2 f Scaup

Posted February 27th, 2019 at 5:03 pm by Gordon Westley in General Birding

brixham breakwater

at the end of the breakwater on the old platform at 11.30 there were 11 purple sandpipers and two turnstones , and elsewhere at elbury cove the red neck grebe with a GND.

Posted February 27th, 2019 at 5:01 pm by roger jewell & mike gibson in General Birding

Swailing on Roborough Down

In 2018 a vast area of Roborough Down was swailed and we lost an important area for 3 Breeding pairs of Dartford Warbles and Redpolls.

 Yesterday the 26-02-19 I went to Roborough Down saw the Dartford Warbler in the only place now which it has made it's home, there are 2 warblers out in this spot now, and might even breed there, given the freedom. Towards Clearbrook, where the Redpolls nested last year, was still ok, I went today 27-02-19 and all of this area around Clearbrook has now been swailed, (within and afternoon) and ANOTHER important nesting site for Redpolls has been lost. I am increasingly concerned that no one is interested in this area where the Dartford Warbler is located. I have been (last year) in touch with a Richard Knott of the Dartmoor National Park Authority who assured me that something might be able to get something done, he also said that you Devon Birds were informed, but since then I have not heard from him, I will contact him again to get in touch with the Maristow Estate, but I'm not holding my breath, I might go to the local Papers on this subject.

Regards

Greg Bradbury

Posted February 27th, 2019 at 3:42 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

Perfect conditions and on cue a Vagrant Emperor flying around Soar Mill Cove this morning. Seems there have been a few on the UK south coast. Also Comma, 5 Peacock, 5 Red Admiral & 4 Small Tortoiseshell.

Birdwise, first migrant Chiffchaff at farm and 6 probable migrant Buzzards over Southdown Farm, excluding the resident pair. Five soared up and out of site together and one flew high west later.

Posted February 27th, 2019 at 3:11 pm by Rob Macklin in Other Wildlife

Tuesday 26th February 2019

Cromwell's Cutting, Crediton.

Along the footpath between Pitt Farm at Cromwell's Cutting and Moorlake (SX 81397 99940): still seeing large flock of noisy redwing and fieldfare around the copse. Long tailed tits flitting among gorse on hillside. Calling jays heard. Frogspawn discovered in the pond. Enjoyed the increasing birdsong at sunset.

Posted February 26th, 2019 at 8:34 pm by Andrew Head in General Birding

Baggy Point

am - 12 Common Scoter still at Baggy Pt + I Painted Lady Butterfly.


Posted February 26th, 2019 at 6:18 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Velator

Walked around Sherpa this afternoon - nothing much of note except a group of Swans in the central field, one of which was sporting a yellow darvic ring on it's right leg and a BTO type metal ring on the left leg. I tried to sneak a bit closer to read the black letters /numbers but they were quickly on the move and then flew off. I'm not aware of anyone ringing Swans in the locality so presume this to be from elsewhere. - will try to get closer with a telescope sometime soon.

Posted February 26th, 2019 at 4:45 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Ford Park Cemetery. 26th Feb. 2019

Visit from 1115 - 1245. Great and Blue Tits on feeders, Corvids, M & F Pheasant. (Male trying his luck but Female not intrested.) Male Black Redstart showing very well near the Chapels. Signs of insect life showing mainly Bees.

Posted February 26th, 2019 at 4:21 pm by Michael Spencer in General Birding

Matford Marsh, Powderham Marsh and Exminster Marsh

Pair of Common Sandpiper on Matford Marsh but nothing else of note. Powderham Marsh had about 100 Dunlin as well as the usual birds - one Pintail. Peregrine Falcon on the pylon at Exminster Marsh. The Marsh Harrier was causing havoc up and down the marsh - always distant (best view I got was of it on the ground viewed from the top of the stile that leads to Turf). Snow Goose also on the marsh. Tame Muscovy ducks back out at Turf. Golden Plover flock between Turf and CTCRM. Black Swan at Topsham Quay and Red Breasted Merganser (fem) off Topsham Side Lock.

PeregrineSnow GooseMuscovy Duck
Peregrine                 Snow Goose                          Muscovy Duck

Posted February 26th, 2019 at 4:02 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Velator Quay

One Sand Martin seen this morning at 10.15am.

Posted February 26th, 2019 at 11:46 am by Alan Denzey in General Birding

Wembury Point

25/2/19 am Wheatear on scrub to west of beach. 5 pairs Stonechat , 2 male Cirl Buntings 

Posted February 26th, 2019 at 10:36 am by Martin Buckle in General Birding

Black-tailed Godwit

Black-tailed Godwit near the Old railway bridge in Rock Park.

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit

Posted February 26th, 2019 at 12:58 am by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Rock Park Barnstaple

Magpie and other birds.

MagpieTwo Red ShankGoosander
Magpie                   Two Red Shank                               Goosander

Posted February 26th, 2019 at 12:35 am by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Monday 25th February 2019

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Eight Snipe showing well, 244 Dunlins, 5 Wigeon (1 drake), Common Sandpiper & 6 Greenshanks on Blaxton Meadow. Also around - 5 redhead Goosanders, Grey Wagtail, 3 Mandarin Ducks (2 drakes), Peregrine, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, & 6 Roe Deer. 

Posted February 25th, 2019 at 9:36 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Penhill Marsh/Isley Marsh and Taw.

9 Cattle Egret were on Penhill Marsh along with 150+ Brent Geese and 40 or so Dunlin at around 10.a.m. Good numbers of Redshank,Oystercatcher and Shellduck on the Taw and the large flock of Golden Plover/Lapwing was active around and above the Taw/Torridge estuary and good to see regular numbers of Common Gull throughout the day too.

Posted February 25th, 2019 at 9:33 pm by Ken Ebsworthy in General Birding

25-02-19 Saltram - Blaxton Meadow

A snap shot of 100+ Dunlin on Blaxton Meadow today, in total there were 200+ along with 6 Greenshanks and many more types of waders and gulls, a single female Goosander on the Meadow

Dunlin in flight
Dunlin in flight

Posted February 25th, 2019 at 2:24 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Ilfracombe and about !

This week I've seen the first pairs of Lesser BB Gulls back on their roofs. At Woolacombe beach today 100s of Common Gulls. On the coastal high ground above c450 Golden Plovers were flocking up, looking like they were about to make a break north out over the Channel. Similarly some Ravens were gaining a great height and headed off due west straight out over the sea, I kept them in my scopes for a while, maybe 6Km before they disappeared into the haze. 

Ravens heading west
Ravens heading west

Posted February 25th, 2019 at 12:11 am by Martin Thorne in General Birding

Sunday 24th February 2019

Gull ID

Is the gull at the rear of the flock a common gull? Seen at Instow on Sunday morning.

Common gull?
Common gull?

Eds: Yes, All common Gulls the right hand bird is a first winter 

Posted February 24th, 2019 at 10:30 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Swallow sighting

4.50pm 24/2/19 just spotted a lone swallow sitting over my garden in Malborough Devon

Posted February 24th, 2019 at 5:04 pm by Patsy Dunton in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

Warm and sunny at the lake today:

1 Water Rail near the hide, mobile flock of 12+ Snipe, Blue, Great, Marsh ans Willow Tits. 2 Nuthatches, 2 Goldcrests, 1 male Goldeneye, 1 Green Sandpiper over, good numbers of Chaffinches, Tufted Ducks and Wigeon as well as the usual Mallard and Teal.

Harvey Kendall & Barry Bryne.

Posted February 24th, 2019 at 3:31 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Yarner

A good morning at Yarner wood after several visits eventually caught up with the mixed flock of Siskin and  Redpoll, several butterfly species about mostly Yellow Brimstone.

two Raven overhead one without a tail.

Posted February 24th, 2019 at 3:21 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis still at Glennon Valley today wandering around on the wet football field with the crows. Not really concerned about people or dogs walking past it.

Posted February 24th, 2019 at 2:56 pm by Kay and Gary Deare in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

At least one Swallow hawking over the Marshes late morning 

Posted February 24th, 2019 at 2:12 pm by Simon Thurgood in General Birding

Velator

Spring?

Well, a half eggshell from either a Collared Dove or Stock Dove which has just hatched seems spring-like, and the completed nest of a pair of Long-tailed Tits also shows a liking for this warm weather.

Two Goldcrests actively feeding around the reserve, and a Kingfisher flew to a tree stump right in front of me! But quickly departed when he saw me.

A Teal was unusual, and both Kestrel and Buzzard (2) were causing consternation amongst the local Corvids.

Posted February 24th, 2019 at 1:44 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Exton - BGM

Arrived Exton approx 7.30am Glossy Ibis dropped in at about 8.30 and flew off towards BGM at about 8.45 no further sighting. Very foggy on BGM until about 11am then cleared - of note about a dozen Golden Plover and 2 Common Gull, at least 4 Common Snipe.

Foggy Glossy Ibis ExtonGolden Pl;over BGM
Foggy Glossy Ibis Exton                   Golden Plover BGM

Posted February 24th, 2019 at 12:21 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Venn Ottery Common- East Devon

Not a lot about but this singing Yellow Hammer was a joy in the sun.

Posted February 24th, 2019 at 11:50 am by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Slapton 23/02/2019

Some great views of cettis warbler, Chiffchaff and goldcrest on a beautiful sunny day at Slapton

Cetti's WarblerChiffchaffGoldcrest
Cetti's Warbler              Chiffchaff                                            Goldcrest

Posted February 24th, 2019 at 6:57 am by Richie Moore in General Birding

Saturday 23rd February 2019

River Exe Tiverton to Bickleigh

3 male and 1 female Goosander seen mid morning.

Posted February 23rd, 2019 at 10:24 pm by Roger Browning in General Birding

Pine ladybird

Sorry Martin, it looks like it has orange legs so is a Harliquin 

Posted February 23rd, 2019 at 10:10 pm by Simon Thurgood in Other Wildlife

Meldon reservoir.

0900-1210:-

3 Dipper, 2 Marsh tit, 2 Fieldfare, 3 Raven, 2 Buzzard overhead (1 adult, 1 juvenile) 

Posted February 23rd, 2019 at 8:41 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Clennon Playing Fields

This has just been brought to my attention - a Glossy Ibis on Clennon Valley Playing Fields at 11.30 today for about 10 minutes- it looks different from the Exe bird seen again today at Exton http://gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.com/2019/02/glossy-ibis.html  as it is neater and more streaky around the face.

Glossy Ibis Clennon Valley 23 Feb 2019Picture by Mat Cole

Posted February 23rd, 2019 at 8:19 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

North Devon coast

At Rillage Point and Widmouth Hill at first light and then at Trentishoe this afternoon, signs of passage all around, with noticeable movements of Meadow Pipits (e.g. flock of 40+ in coastal pasture at Trentishoe), together with small numbers of Pied Wagtails, Chaffinches, Linnets and Siskins, plus Black-headed, Common and Lesser Black-backed Gulls passing offshore. Most noticeable was an influx of Stonechats, with 20 in a short stretch of the coast path E of Trentishoe Down, in an area where there were none a few weeks ago. Everything is about two to three weeks earlier than normal. At Trentishoe at 16.45 heard a rushing of air through wings and looked up to see a flock of c.40 migrating Black-headed Gulls that had presumably used the tail winds to take a cross-country route over Devon and Exmoor before ''whiffling' down from c.500m to sea level in just a few seconds, then continuing N towards Wales, low over the Channel. An amazing sight and sound.

Posted February 23rd, 2019 at 7:15 pm by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Pine Ladybird

Pine Ladybird (I think) in Exeter today.

Posted February 23rd, 2019 at 6:46 pm by Martin Rooney in Other Wildlife

Exmouth

Swallow (and possibly 2 more) flew low north over Cedar Close (seen from my back garden) late this afternoon. 

Posted February 23rd, 2019 at 6:42 pm by Terry Smith in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Ring-necked Duck at Torcross off the Tank Car Park, Black-necked Grebe north of Stokeley Hide. Also 6 Pochards and 5 Goldeneyes. On the sea Great Northern Diver, 4 Red-throated Divers, Red-necked Grebe and 33 Common Scoters.

Posted February 23rd, 2019 at 5:38 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

23-02-19 Ford Park Cemetery Black Redstart

The male Black Redstart still showing well this morning at FPC in the usual place East of the Chapels

Black Redstart

Black Redstart

Posted February 23rd, 2019 at 11:24 am by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

South Huish - Maintenance work

The National Trust is repairing the outfall pipe that drains the South Huish wetland into Bigbury Bay.  The work will be carried out over the weekend 23/24 February.  The pipe repairs will be carried out a low tide. To facilitate the work, Devon Birds has agreed that the full flow through the outfall can be diverted into the wetlands for a short period (during low tide).  The wetlands may therefore be wetter than usual but no more so than after heavy rain.

Posted February 23rd, 2019 at 7:49 am by Nick Townsend in General Birding

Friday 22nd February 2019

Baggy Point

Still 12 Common Scoter off the point early afternoon (one drake).

Posted February 22nd, 2019 at 4:53 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

22-02-19 Yarner Wood

The Lesser Redpolls showing well at times in the tree tops along with Siskins, light very poor for photos but included a couple for records

Lesser Redpoll 
Lesser Redpoll

Posted February 22nd, 2019 at 2:07 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Thursday 21st February 2019

Berrynarbor

4 Red Kite circling over Croyde for 15 mins this morning , were seen by Andy Cotton and a further 3 were seen on the Devon and Somerset border near Long Holcombe Cross, Exmoor, this afternoon.

Posted February 21st, 2019 at 7:42 pm by Margaret- Phillips in General Birding

Plym Estuary

Eight Mandarin Ducks (5 drakes), 8 Goosanders (2 drakes), 3 Little Grebes, 4 Greenshanks, Common Sandpiper, 3 Wigeon & Grey Wagtail.

Posted February 21st, 2019 at 6:47 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

RHS Rosemoor

A rather lovely walk around in the sunshine enjoying the burgeoning flowers, saw both Red Admiral and Brimstone.

Posted February 21st, 2019 at 4:31 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Lower Tamar lake

This morning at the lake.
18 Tufted Duck, 1f Ring-necked Duck, 4 Marsh Tit, 2 Willow Tit (one showing Leucistic on the tail) 9 Wigeon, 4f Goosander, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Green Sandpiper.

Posted February 21st, 2019 at 2:57 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Bursdon Moor

Early this morning 1f Hen Harrier 

Posted February 21st, 2019 at 2:57 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Dartford Warbler

A single Dartford warbler showing well today, seemed to be enjoying the sunshine

Dartford Warbler

Dartford Warbler

Posted February 21st, 2019 at 2:53 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

21-02-19 Peregrine Falcon on Roborough Down

Roborough Down today saw a single Peregrine Falcon, managed to take a few shots, but gone in seconds

Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon

Posted February 21st, 2019 at 2:51 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Broadsands

The 2 Red-necked Grebes were together in Elberry Cove  for the  first half of morning (initially separate but came together c. 08:30) but had drifted further away, when I returned for a second visit at midday.

3 Common Scoter (m) flew S c.09:20.

At least 3 Gt N Divers (1 in Broadsands Bay c.08:00; 2 near the mussel beds around same time; with 1 in Elberry Cove, later c. midday on my return).

At least 7 Cirl (3m, 4f); 5 Reed (1m, 4f) Buntings; 6 Yellowhammer (2m, 4f) seen down on the seed at any one time, late morning + several Greenfinches & Chaffinches.

Grey Seal at Broadsands briefly c. 11:45.

Posted February 21st, 2019 at 1:54 pm by Dave Holloway in General Birding

Roadford Pinkfoot

I think a Pinkfoot Goose just south of the viaduct/bridge by the hide. But long range for my optics.

Posted February 21st, 2019 at 12:24 pm by Peter Howard in General Birding

Torbay

Preston: 6 Black-necked Grebes, 1 Great Crested Grebe.

Goodrington: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 6 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Black-throated Diver.

Broadsands: 2 Red-necked Grebes, 1 Great Northern Diver

Posted February 21st, 2019 at 10:55 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 20th February 2019

Exe Estuary

Highlights from this afternoon's Stuart Line cruise: the ‘resident’ Slavonian Grebe was off Cockwood as usual; 3 immature drake Eiders off Starcross; 5 Greenshanks, mostly off Powderham; about 20 Great Crested Grebes and maybe 30 Red-breasted Mergansers scattered up the estuary; over 200 Pintail again around the mouth of the Clyst; large numbers of waders around Turf-Topsham, especially Black-tailed Godwits (1000?), Lapwings (1000?), Golden Plover (500?), Dunlin and Avocets with smaller numbers of Bar-tailed Godwits, Knot and Grey Plover. 2 or 3 Grey Seals included one hauled out on a pontoon off Dawlish Warren.

Posted February 20th, 2019 at 9:59 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Roborough Down 20/02/19

Today was one of those days when I should have stayed in bed.  Got onto the Downs about 1030 and it started with 5 or 6 Meadow Pipits which were always 50 yds ahead of me. Then I met up with a Bullfinch (m) which stayed hidden from the camera in the thickest part of a tree. Then moved onto to the Green Woodpecker site near Clearbrook only to see it fly over and head into the moors. At three o'clock I gave up and caught the bus home.

Posted February 20th, 2019 at 7:44 pm by Michael Spencer in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

A quick early morning visit to the hide was rewarded with a Great White Egret. It flew from the far left of the Marsh (hide side) over the railway line towards Darts Farm at around 7:30am. For further details visit dixiesbirding.blogspot.com

Posted February 20th, 2019 at 6:27 pm by Spencer Dicks in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Plym Estuary & Saltram

The female Red-crested Pochard is back; also Jack Snipe, 2 Snipe, 3 redhead Goosanders, Shag, 11 Mandarin Ducks (6 drakes), 2 Common Sandpipers, 5 Wigeon (1 drake), 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Green Woodpeckers (heard) & 6 Roe Deer. 

Posted February 20th, 2019 at 5:57 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Isley marsh. & Fremington pil

At low tide yesterday no spoonbills seen, but we did see 1500 plus golden plover,. At fremington the glossy ibis was showing well with a spoonbill on the left hand side of the quay, (not ringed)

Posted February 20th, 2019 at 10:42 am by roger jewell & mikegibson in General Birding

Broadsands

The 2 Red-necked Grebes were back at Broadsands this morning one in Elberry Cove the other in Broadsands Bay. Also 15 Cirl Bunting 9 Reed Bunting and 6 Yellowhammer on seed in 2nd car park.

Posted February 20th, 2019 at 10:09 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 19th February 2019

North Devon

Pair of Swans in the reserve at Velator this morning, and a Water Rail calling.

At the Skern this afternoon, Very high numbers of Common Gulls, 2 Lesser Black-backs, 3 Knot, c150 Dunlin, 30/40 Redshank. at least 4 Mediterranean Gulls.

Stopped briefly at Fremington Pill on the way home where at least 34 Egrets in the roost of which at least 3 were Cattle Egrets, plus the Glossy Ibis.

Posted February 19th, 2019 at 7:38 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Fremington Pill & Penhill Marsh

The Glossy Ibis was busy foraging in the tidal channel at Fremington Pill this morning.

The 10 Cattle Egrets were on Penhill Marsh again.


Posted February 19th, 2019 at 6:38 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

East Devon

Talk about being in the right place at the right time, witnessed two Male Dartford Warblers trying to attract a Female. Unfortunately couldn't get all three in focus.

Dartford Warbler
Dartford Warbler

Posted February 19th, 2019 at 5:51 pm by simon Thurgood in General Birding

River Taw, Home Farm Marsh, Fremington

2f Scaup reported yesterday still present on the river at 4.30pm.  1 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Grey Plover 

Posted February 19th, 2019 at 5:31 pm by Paul Bearman in General Birding

Harleston by Slapton

60 Fieldfare on the move over the garden with several Redwing.

Small Tortoiseshell in garden.

Posted February 19th, 2019 at 4:49 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Otter Valley-Estuary

A very pleasant morning fieldtrip for 23 members of DB (East Devon Branch).  We divided into two groups under our new policy to split the group where members exceed 15 and walked in opposite directions around the circular paths of the lower estuary led by myself and Tim Channon.   

A combined total of 49 species was counted with equal numbers (but some different species) being seen by the two groups.  The scrapes were generally lacking in bird species and numbers with a few Teal and a single Shoveler.  Of interest were 3 Water Rail in ditches along the road, 4 Snipe in the field near Whitebridge and good views of a Firecrest 100 yards down the west path from the cottages.  2 Gt spotted Woodpecker were seen drumming and courtship behaviour was noted for Stock Dove, Robin, Blue Tit and 5 Shelduck.  A Magpie was seen carrying nesting material.

Posted February 19th, 2019 at 4:40 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Bunting Bonanza - Broadsands

Some belated picks from a visit to the "Emberiza Hide" at Broadsands, 12.2.19.

   

1                                                                    2                                                                 3

 

4                                                                   5                                                                  6

  1. Reed Bunting [f]
  2. Reed Bunting [m]
  3. Yellowhammer [m] (Cirl Bunting [m] in background)
  4. Cirl Bunting [f]
  5. & 6. Cirl Bunting [m]

Posted February 19th, 2019 at 4:15 pm by Dave Holloway in General Birding

Exmouth

13.15

Male Black Redstart showing well on roofs and balconies of Windward Court and Leeward Court, Shelly Beach. 

Later, 70+ twittering and wheezing finches in trees around the car park at Ideford Common. Predominantly Siskins, but also Chaffinches, Goldfinches and a few Redpoll. 

Lone Greenshank at Passage House. 

 

Posted February 19th, 2019 at 1:51 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Broadsands

2 Black-necked Grebes & 1 Slavonian Grebe (with one of the Black-necked). 8 Reed Bunting and 13 Cirl Buntings on seed in 2nd car park also 1 singing Chiffchaff.

Posted February 19th, 2019 at 10:05 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Monday 18th February 2019

Exe Estuary

Highlights from today's Stuart Line cruise: Great Northern Diver off Exmouth seafront, Slavonian Grebe off Cockwood, 3 immature drake Eiders on Bull Hill, at least 22 Sanderlings scattered along the sandbank fringes and at least 6 Greenshanks, mostly off Powderham. Five Goldeneye (2 drakes) towards Lympstone, c12 Great Crested Grebes and c30 Red-breasted Mergansers scattered up the estuary; again 200+ Pintail, mostly around the mouth of the Clyst. Many waders again around Turf-Topsham, especially Black-tailed Godwits (1000+?), Lapwings (1500+), Golden Plover (700), Dunlin and Avocets, with smaller numbers of Bar-tailed Godwits and Knot (c50).

Posted February 18th, 2019 at 10:14 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Velator

Finally getting mobile enough to get back to the reserve today, 3 1/2 weeks after hip replacement. My son and daughter were in the reserve yesterday and reported a pair of Swans present on the pond - not seen any for 3 years. Today, a pair of Little Grebes (male trilling) and a smart pair of Mallard. A few Finches and Tits (including a Coal Tit) and a Treecreeper. Reed Bunting and a couple of Redwings flew over, and a Little Egret was with a  few Teal out on the scrape. 2 Kingfishers in the river.

Posted February 18th, 2019 at 9:14 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Skern

Spotted Redshank again this evening.Also 19 med gulls,15 adults 6 of which were full bp,3 2w and 1 in fs plumage.3 knot 3 grey plover 1 barwit 148 wigeon 255 oystercatcher 3 curlew 100 dunlin 6 common gull 300 bhg  19 Redshank. 17:00-17:30.

Posted February 18th, 2019 at 8:34 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Plymouth

A Lesser Whitethroat seen briefly three times in my garden (Mount Gould) today. Presumably the bird I saw nearby on 3rd Jan.

A brief look at Blaxton Meadow tonight produced 2 Snipe, 165 Redshanks, 6 Greenshanks, Common Sandpiper & 56 Curlews. Also around Plym Estuary: 10 Little Egrets, 5 Goosanders (1 drake), 11 Wigeon (5 drakes), 25+ Turnstones & Chiffchaff. 

Posted February 18th, 2019 at 6:41 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis at Fremington Pill and Cormorant on Ilfracombe Pier.

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Glossy Ibis                                     Cormorant Eds - This is a Shag

Posted February 18th, 2019 at 6:28 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis at Fremington Pill today at low tide.

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Posted February 18th, 2019 at 6:21 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Broadsands & Berry Head

2 Black-necked Grebes in Broadsands bay this morning (I didn't check if the Red-necked Grebes were over at Elberry Cove today).

Berry Head: yesterdays fw Glaucous Gull from Broadsands was lingering on the sea with Herring Gulls lunch time today - straight out from the top of the headland. 

Posted February 18th, 2019 at 5:02 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Soar Mill Valley

Firecrest in scrub just below Lower Soar.

Posted February 18th, 2019 at 4:21 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

River Taw. Home Farm

2 f Greater Scaup / 3 SpoonbillJune

Posted February 18th, 2019 at 1:34 pm by Gordon Westley in General Birding

Sunday 17th February 2019

Bowling Green Marsh

Glossy Ibis dropped on to far 'island' around 4pm, similar reports from Saturday 16th. Also female Ruff, 10+ Snipe and a few more Avocets than of late, owing to lower water levels 

Posted February 17th, 2019 at 10:39 pm by Tim Smith in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A max this winter of 296 Dunlins (all on Blaxton Meadow) and my first Mediterranean Gulls of the year here - 2 adults and a 2nd winter. Also: 6 Goosanders (2 drakes), 11 Wigeon (5 drakes), 2 Common Sandpipers, 18 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 6 Greenshanks, Stock Dove, Sparrowhawk & 3 Roe Deer. 

Posted February 17th, 2019 at 6:32 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Putsborough Sands

The Leucistic plumaged Rock Pipit is still present around the Putsborough Sands Café & Shop looking in good condition feeding on scraps left by customers. For a short time it was joined by another Rock Pipit but there was a size difference between the two!


Posted February 17th, 2019 at 6:19 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Skern

Spotted Redshank with a group of 11 Redshank on the Skern over high tide at 4.15. A flock of c400 Black-headed Gulls we’re tidying up before going to roost, with 8 Mediterranean Gulls and 30 Common Gulls

Posted February 17th, 2019 at 5:24 pm by Roger Doble in General Birding

Exe Estuary cruise

On today's Stuart Line cruise, the ‘resident’ Slavonian Grebe was off Cockwood and 3 immature drake Eiders were on or near Bull Hill. Several Goldeneye (1 drake) were seen distantly towards Lympstone and 4 Greenshanks around Powderham. Around 20 Great Crested Grebes and maybe 30 Red-breasted Mergansers were scattered up the estuary, with some 200 Pintail around the mouth of the Clyst. The mudbanks around Turf-Topsham had spectacular numbers of waders, with large flocks of Black-tailed Godwits (1000?), Lapwings (1300+) and Golden Plover (700), with smaller numbers of Avocets, Bar-tailed Godwits (100?) and Knot (50?), plus a large flock of Brent Geese. Gulls included 10+ Lesser Black-backed and 380 Common Gulls. A female Goldeneye passed us as we returned towards Turf.

Posted February 17th, 2019 at 4:55 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Torbay Boat Trip

Some pics from the Torbay Boat Trip

Red-necked Grebe   Purple Sandpiper
Red-necked Grebe                            Purple Sandpiper

Posted February 17th, 2019 at 3:49 pm by simon Thurgood in General Birding

Torbay

On the sea off of Marine parade, Paignton, a Great Northern Diver and a fly past from an Eider duck that then landed on the sea off of Paignton Green. Around the rocks Oyster Catcher and Turnstone.

Broadsands ~ Cirl Buntings showing well in the back car park, along with female Reed Bunting, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Dunnock and a growing number of House Sparrow.

Posted February 17th, 2019 at 3:47 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Torbay Boat Trip.

Last boat trip this winter from Brixham around Torbay was in dull and wet conditions. South Westerly winds which kept us well into the Bay. 10 Grey Seals in Brixham Harbour, the sea was too rough to go around Berry Head. A list of birds seen from the trip. 8 Mute Swans Brixham Harbour, 3 Purple Sandpiper, 12+ Turnstone, 35+ Fulmar, Common Gull, Kittiwake, 2 Heron, 1 Little Egret, Gannets, Great Black-backed Gulls, Cormorants, Shag and 3 Peregrine on our journey.

Posted February 17th, 2019 at 2:47 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Hembury Woods

1 Woodcock, Hembury Woods, early am.

Posted February 17th, 2019 at 12:38 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Broadsands ~ Glaucous Gull

Approx 11.45hrs this morning a first winter Glaucous gull off of Broadsands, flew off towards Brixham. It was a bit distant so only record images.

Posted February 17th, 2019 at 12:30 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 16th February 2019

Rock Pipit

Rock pipit seen on Croyde beach.

Rock pipit
Rock pipit

Posted February 16th, 2019 at 11:50 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Topsham Birdwatching and Naturalist Society

Thank you so much for the publicity you recently gave to the TBNS meeting when the speaker was Dominic Couzens !  We had a very successful time with over 100 in the Hall. I really am most grateful , Thank you so much .

The Devon Birds Blog is terrific , both informative and educational !

Roger Brooks 

Posted February 16th, 2019 at 8:26 pm by Roger Brooks in General Birding

Fremington Pill

Glossy Ibis feeding well near the top of the tidal reach today at about 15:50 in Fremington Pill. 

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Posted February 16th, 2019 at 7:47 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Cirl Buntings Prawle Pt

10-12 Cirl Buntings in field to west of Prawle Pt on ground near troughs.

Posted February 16th, 2019 at 7:42 pm by R Mogridge in General Birding

Dartford warblers

At an undisclosed location yesterday we were excited to observe at least two Dartford warblers. The images are taken at a range of about 75 to 100 metres using the 83x zoom of a Nikon Coolpix P900 meaning there was absolutely no disturbance. We watched for about 15 minutes. They were a delight to watch! Guidance WAS sought from Devon Birds about posting the images and the go ahead was given provided no location was disclosed. 

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Dartford Warbler against blue sky                          Dartford Warbler on gorse

Posted February 16th, 2019 at 7:40 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

River Taw at Fremington Pill outfall

Seen today on rising tide at about 15:30 at the Fremington Pill outfall was this Scaup Tufted hybrid keeping company with five Widgeon. Just down from the pill outfall were two pairs of Goosander. 

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Two male and two female Goosander                      Scaup Tufted duck hybrid

Eds: Phil this looks to be a female (Greater) Scaup - certainly doesn't appear to be a hybrid.

Posted February 16th, 2019 at 7:28 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands

The two Red-necked Grebes were again over toward Elberry Cove this afternoon also 1 Great Northern Diver. 4 Mediterranean Gulls (3 ads & 1 sw) in the evening Gull roost also 148 Common Gulls and 13 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

Posted February 16th, 2019 at 6:39 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

West Down, Ilfracombe

Incredibly, a Swallow flew up our valley and perched in the top of a tree, this morning. The earliest I have ever experienced.

Posted February 16th, 2019 at 12:25 pm by Chris Dee in General Birding

Beesands / Slapton Leys

Male Scaup on Beesands Ley, Ring-necked Duck still on Slapton Ley at Torcross this morning.

Posted February 16th, 2019 at 10:36 am by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 15th February 2019

Plym Estuary

Glorious sunshine for today’s Blaxton event where volunteers & a National Trust Ranger showed 67 visitors birds on the Meadow including Kingfisher, 2 Stock Doves & a Common Sandpiper. The usual Curlew and Oystercatcher flocks were present, but the bulk of waders (including over 200 Dunlins) did not leave the wall on the far side of the estuary. Thanks to everyone involved. Earlier, also 7 Goosanders (1 drake)  on the estuary.

Posted February 15th, 2019 at 5:53 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Mansands

Beautiful spring like day here, a singing Songthrush, a Buzzard displaying over the marsh, this Grey Wagtail was having a good wash and saw this one of 14 Snipes flying around the marsh. There were also 3 singing Cetti's Warblers and 6 Chiffchaffs around the marsh.

  

Posted February 15th, 2019 at 4:58 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in General Birding

Aylesbeare Common

Dartford Warbler

Dartford Warbler
Dartford Warbler

Posted February 15th, 2019 at 4:37 pm by Colin Scott in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

6 Willow Tits at three different locations around the lake.

Posted February 15th, 2019 at 3:48 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

15-02-19 Ford Park Cemetery

The male Black Redstart Still showing well on the East side of the Chapels, nothing much else around, except the usual small birds, and a Goldcrest showing fairly well 

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                Black Redstart                                                             Goldcrest

Posted February 15th, 2019 at 3:20 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh this morning

A lot of Brent Geese activity, lots and lots overflying. Also a Red Kite over 11:30ish.

Posted February 15th, 2019 at 2:22 pm by Simon Bates in General Birding

Thursday 14th February 2019

14-02-19 Haldon Brambling

This morning at Haldon, the Female Brambling showed twice between 10 & 11am, plenty of Siskins male & female along with chaffinches, Song thrush, Blackbirds, Sparrows and all the usual Tits

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          Female Brambling                                            Siskin

Posted February 14th, 2019 at 6:56 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Penhill Marsh

pm - Cycled over to the south side of the Taw Estuary for a change to see Maurice's Cattle Egrets & was not disappointed. I cannot match Roy's excellent flight shot through my telescope but here are a few shots of the birds foraging.

  

Posted February 14th, 2019 at 6:36 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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one male Brambling, two male Siskins & one female Siskin feeding along with twelve Chaffinches on lawn this morning

Posted February 14th, 2019 at 6:01 pm by Mary Irving in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Golden Plover flock (and others) off Turf Lock today. Not much of note on the marsh . Huge numbers of Lapwing.

Golden plover video.

https://youtu.be/W_wvgNx4HOo

Posted February 14th, 2019 at 4:45 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Tarka trail Anchorwoods - Penhill marsh

13:00 - 14:00. still 10 Cattle egret among the sheep flock also 5 Little Egret on the marsh nearest to Barnstaple. On the river off Anchorwoods 1x Greenshank

Cattle Egret   Greenshank
Cattle Egret                           Greenshank

Posted February 14th, 2019 at 2:49 pm by Roy Churchill in General Birding

Wednesday 13th February 2019

Ilfracombe

Today a Red Kite was drifting about over the town way up high. Recently checked out the high farmland around for the Golden Plovers, none about but saw several Brown Hares. 

Brown Hare
Brown Hare

Posted February 13th, 2019 at 7:26 pm by Martin Thorne in Other Wildlife

Bowling Green Marsh

Great day out with lots of birds at Bowling Green Marsh & on the Exe Estuary. Could not resist counting the 176 Pintail present on the Marsh at high tide! My first Comma Butterfly for 2019.

  

Posted February 13th, 2019 at 7:11 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Jack Snipe, 2 Snipe, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers (1 drake), 12 Goosanders (3 drakes), 7 Little Grebes, Shag, 250 Dunlins, 6 Greenshanks, 55 Curlews, 6 Wigeon (2 drakes), Kingfisher, c30 Turnstones, Common Sandpiper, 11 Mandarin Ducks (6 drakes), Stonechat, 2 Stock Doves, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 4 Nuthatches & my first kestrel of 2019 here.

Posted February 13th, 2019 at 6:57 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

PLYMOUTH. ford park cemetery

the long staying male black redstart is still showing well behind the chapels, excellent plumage,  lets hope he finds a mate soon

Posted February 13th, 2019 at 4:41 pm by roger jewell in General Birding

Yarner & Haldon

Yarner Wood ~ very little to be seen in the way of bird life other than the usual woodland tit species, no sign or reports from other birders of the recent Redpoll flock, only high light were two Goldcrest in with a small flock of Long Tailed Tits.

During the visit two Red Admiral butterflies seen on the wing.

Haldon visitor centre ~ Lots of Coal Tits around the feed station along with small numbers of Siskin, a few Chaffinch and eventually a female Brambling showed, two GSWP, one Greenfinch, a Song Thrush, a fly over from a solitary Crossbill.

Coal Tit

Posted February 13th, 2019 at 4:22 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Roborough Down/Clearbrook 13th Feb 2019

A dry day with heavy cloud and sunny spells (which were in short supply), as were the birds. Noted a pair of Greenfinch, some Stonechats  &  Meadow Pipits, a Chaffinch & a Robin. Near Clearbrook was a Green Woodpecker who saw me coming and hid in an Ivy covered tree, and on the way back to Tavistock Road for the bus back home noted a Kestrel and a pair of Rabbits chasing each other around like silly beggars. Spring must be in the air.

Posted February 13th, 2019 at 3:52 pm by Michael Spencer in General Birding

Penhill Marsh, R.Taw, Barnstaple. 11.00-13.00

At 11.15 there were just 3 Cattle Egret on the marsh in amongst the grazing sheep but by 12.30 they had increased to 10.

9 Little Egret in the field below Anchor Wood and 3 more on the marsh. c156 Dark-bellied Brent geese grazing on the marsh

3 Little Egret in the tree roost at the top end of Fremington Pill plus 3 Greenshank and c100 Redshank in the Pill.

Posted February 13th, 2019 at 1:18 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Tuesday 12th February 2019

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the Lake
9 Goosander 3m 6f, 3 Mute Swan, 3 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Little Egret, 1m Reed Bunting, 1 Nuthatch, 3 Long-tailed Tit,1m Pintail, 1 Ring-necked Duck (Harvey Kendall)

Posted February 12th, 2019 at 7:50 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Northbrook, - Matford marshes

Usual birds along the Northbrook but nice to see the Mallard pair return for another breeding season. Also further down towards Salmon Pool, a pair of Siskin, lots of Redwing and a couple of Song Thrush, GSW and appropriately for today a goal tending Common Buzzard. Matford Marsh had the usual species but a Water Rail and Bullfinch along the back path were the highlights.

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Siskin                                                         Mallard                                      Goaltending Buzzard.

Posted February 12th, 2019 at 5:10 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Tiverton Garden Watch

5 Blue tit, 1 Coal tit, 1pr Great tit, 6 Longtailed tit, 1 pr Bullfinch, 4m 3f Chaffinch, 22 Goldfinch, 1f Greenfinch, 9m 2f Siskin, 3 Robin, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 1pr House Sparrow, 2m 1f Blackbird, 1 Song thrush, 2 Woodpigen & 3 Male Lesser Redpoll. 

Posted February 12th, 2019 at 4:15 pm by M C Webb in General Birding

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford sewage works and Penhill Marsh 1200-1300

Goosander 7 (3M,4F); Grey Plover 2; Sanderling 6; Golden Plover, just 6 among large flock of Lapwing mid-river. Black-headed Gull with yellow ring, black A/Ns 2H93 on left tarsus.

Penhill Marsh - Cattle Egret 7 among sheep in corner of the marsh nearest where Tarka Trail enters old railway cutting. Dark-bellied Brent Goose c220; Wigeon 12; Little Egret 1.

Posted February 12th, 2019 at 2:03 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Baggy Point

11 Common Scoters still at Baggy Point this morning.

Posted February 12th, 2019 at 1:41 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands

The two Red-necked Grebes were again together in Elberry Cove, also 3 Great Northern Divers, 1 Red-throated Diver but the highlight was a high flying Barnacle Goose which came in over the bay and continued to head NW.

Lots of Buntings on the seed at Broadsands including 8 Reedbuntings.

 

Posted February 12th, 2019 at 10:40 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 11th February 2019

Grey Heron

This Heron was rather surprised to spot me in Stokeley Hide (Slapton Ley) last Monday lunchtime.  He flew a short circuit and returned to the same reed bed.

Male Ring-necked Duck and Black-necked Grebe both visible but much too far away to photograph unfortunately.  Nothing on the sea.

Posted February 11th, 2019 at 8:44 pm by Michael Woodman Smith in General Birding

Braunton-Crow-Saunton

Lots of skylarks singing today. Still c1000 + Lapwing / Golden Plover flocks around, c 20 shelducks at Horsey. 

Posted February 11th, 2019 at 8:00 pm by Beth Woollam in General Birding

Cookworthy forest crossbills

8+ Crossbills at Cookworthy Forest, 11th Feb

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Common Crossbill m                     Common Crossbill juv                        Common Crossbill f

Posted February 11th, 2019 at 7:50 pm by Tim Williams in General Birding

Frogmore Creek, Kingsbridge

Spoonbill Over Frogmore Creek This Morning.

Posted February 11th, 2019 at 7:22 pm by patrick hawkins in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East Cornworthy

Saw a Red Admiral enjoying the sun today near East Cornworthy. also a Barn Owl at Beenleigh ( between Diptford and Harbertonford ).

Posted February 11th, 2019 at 7:04 pm by Perry Sanders in Other Wildlife

Haldon forest park

3 brambling (1m, 2f) coming in to the feeding station between 11.15 and 2.15 today, among the chaffinches.

Posted February 11th, 2019 at 6:12 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A dozen Goosanders (4 drakes), 3 Red-breasted Mergansers (1 drake), 33 Turnstones, Shag, 7 Greenshanks, 9 Wigeon (4 drakes), 3 Snipe (showing on the ground at Blaxton), 2 Kingfishers (1 showing well by Blaxton's sluice), Common Sandpiper, sinensis Cormorant (adult), 10 Mandarin Ducks (6 drakes), Grey Wagtail, 2 Stock Doves & Green Woodpecker. 

Posted February 11th, 2019 at 6:06 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Soar Mill Valley/Southdown Farm & Bolt Tail

Firecrest in Bolt Tail woods & 50 Wigeon on the sea. At the farm 155 Yellowhammer, 3 Red-legged Partridge, Chiffchaff & 40 Linnet. Across area 28 Song Thrush - a mixture of migrants & a few singing males.

Posted February 11th, 2019 at 4:33 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Black Redstart - Exmouth

The male Black Redstart still early afternoon behind Shelley Beach, Exmouth on the roof tops of Leeward Court and Windward Court.

Posted February 11th, 2019 at 3:30 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Haldon forest and Yarner wood 10/02/2019

Lots of birds around the feeders at Haldon. Siskin, chaffinches, a couple of lovely song thrushes and several Great spotted woodpeckers drumming. 3 female brambling and Rob Murphy spotted a male which I missed. Went on to Yarner where there must have been at least 40 Lesser redpoll feeding on the ground. Light was poor, so not good for photos.

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Brambling                                  Lesser Redpoll                                  Lesser Redpoll

Posted February 11th, 2019 at 6:33 am by Richie Moore in General Birding

Saturday 9th February 2019

Slapton Ley, Kingsbridge estuary

Some great views of Goldeneye on Slapton Ley at Slapton end of the ley, also Black-necked grebe at Torcross end. On the sea lots of common Scoter I think there could have been as many as 70 in 3 different groups. A couple of fulmar passed and several Gannets quite close in. Also brief views of a porpoise. A Spoonbill in the Kingsbridge estuary viewed from the pumping station.

Goldeneye Spoonbill Common Scoter
Goldeneye                             Spoonbill                                 Common Scoter

Posted February 9th, 2019 at 8:24 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

Slapton Ley / Start Bay

On the ley Ring-necked Duck ( area around middle of Lower Ley ), Scaup ( male near Stokeley Hide ), 6 Pochards, 4 Goldeneyes, Black-necked Grebe ( Torcross ) and 3 Mediterrean Gulls. On the sea 57 Common Scoters, 2 Brent Geese ( dark-bellied, briefly joined the Scoter flock ), Red-throated Diver and Red-necked Grebe.

Posted February 9th, 2019 at 5:38 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Between Instow and the Torridge Bridge

Two Spoonbill feeding on both sides of the Torridge below the Torridge Bridge. Neither bird was colour ringed.

Posted February 9th, 2019 at 5:07 pm by Martin Unwin in General Birding

Broadsands

On the sea: 2 Red-necked Grebes, 2 Black-necked Grebes, 21 Great Crested Grebes and 5 Great Northern Divers.

At the cirl Bunting feeding area in 2nd car park: 19 Cirl, 1 Reed Buntings and 6 Yellowhammers.

Posted February 9th, 2019 at 1:14 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Friday 8th February 2019

"Male Ruff "Bowling Green Marsh

Late post but as it is still there a photo of the male Ruff at B G Marsh took on the 31st Jan

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Ruff                                                  Male Ruff

Posted February 8th, 2019 at 10:51 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Collaton St Mary

A message from school teachers that a Bittern was enclosed in the  playing field. Luckily the children had not been allowed on the field during the day because of the conditions.

The RSPCA were called. The bird captured and released in a more suitable neighbouring field.

Posted February 8th, 2019 at 5:42 pm by David Leigh in General Birding

Kingsbridge Estuary.

Spoonbill feeding unconcernedly in driving rain off the embankment this morning.

Posted February 8th, 2019 at 11:45 am by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton

Yesterday at Slapton Ley got these photos of ducks and Geese.  There were a large number of: Herring gulls; a couple of G.B.B gulls; two or three great crested grebes; Coots; Moorhen and a Mute Swan.

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Tufted Ducks

 

Posted February 8th, 2019 at 3:34 am by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Thursday 7th February 2019

Bowling Green Marsh

A single Ruff was with Black-tailed Godwits in the field next to the viewing platform this lunchtime.

Posted February 7th, 2019 at 11:19 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Fremington Pill

One Spoonbill feeding off Fremington Quay and at least six Cattle Egret roosting in trees at the top of Fremington Pill.

Posted February 7th, 2019 at 6:16 pm by Martin Unwin and Irene Hahn in General Birding

Haldon Brambling

Finally managed to find a Brambling (a first for me) at Haldon Forest, amongst the Chaffinches under the feeders at the cabin. Never seen so many Coal Tits and Siskins on the feeders at one time. Lots of Great Spotted Woodpeckers around the Gruffalo and plenty of Tree Creepers.

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Brambling                                  Brambling                                      Treecreeper

Posted February 7th, 2019 at 9:56 am by Duncan Leitch in General Birding

CANCELLATION of fieldtrip tomorrow

Sorry folks but due to weather forecast for tomorrow Friday 8 Feb, it is necessary to cancel the East Devon Branch fieldtrip to Countess Weir/ Matford Ponds planned for the morning.  Heavy rain and high winds are forecast.  The next fieldtrip is planned for the Otter Estuary on 19 February so we hope to see you then.

Posted February 7th, 2019 at 9:12 am by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Wednesday 6th February 2019

SWCP-Mortehoe-Saunton

Saw a lovely abundance of coastal and farmland birds today, more noticeable was a Firecrest ! Exciting .

Posted February 6th, 2019 at 9:00 pm by Beth Woollam in General Birding

Lifton

On a newly ploughed field. A flock of 50 plus lapwing. My first inland lapwing for many years. Also in excess of 200 golden plover.

Posted February 6th, 2019 at 7:59 pm by Barry albrighton in General Birding

Spoonbill

Fine weather today, just out walking along the Kingsbridge Estuary, 3 Green Shank in Bowcombe Creek, then round the corner near the where the slipway is just below the Warren Road, Embankment Road junction, at about 13.00hrs feeding at low tide in the main channel was a Spoonbill. Also Wigeon, Teal, Shelduck, Redshank, Curlew, and Oyster Catcher. We returned about 14.00 hours and it was still there. We went onto Torcross, on the shingle bank at the southern end of The Ley, where the BH Gulls like to rest, in amongst them was a Mediterranean Gull, very close view.

Posted February 6th, 2019 at 5:42 pm by Nick Cotter in General Birding

Exmouth

Black Redstart around Shelly Beach also Shag and Eider off off of same. Not much else to report.

Eider
Eider

Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Posted February 6th, 2019 at 5:36 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

River Plym

Marsh Mills to Plym Bridge - 3 Grey Wagtail, Siskins, 11 Mandarin Ducks (5 males), 1-2 Kingfishers, 1 Common Sandpiper,1 Dipper (from bridge over River Plym at Marsh Mills),

Marsh Mills to Saltram Park - 3 Greenshank, 6 Little Grebe, 60+Dunlin, 7 Wigeon (3 males), 8 Goosander (3 males), 2 ad WP Mediterranean Gulls amongst H,BH,C,GBB and LBB Gulls, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Red Breasted Mergansers (1 male), 3 Ring Necked Parakeets (1 blue), 1 Jay, 3 Skylark, 1 Sparrowhawk.

Also Snowdrops in flower and a Birder ignoring the No Entry signs at Blaxton Meadow - the wigeon were out on the estuary while he was stood on the path but returned to the meadow when he left. 




Posted February 6th, 2019 at 4:49 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Where have Devons wintering Brambling gone.

On my visit back to Devon over the Xmas period i noticed that Brambling appeared to be in smaller numbers than usual.On my return to Hungary and central Europe numbers appeared to above average and this was confirmed with the discovery of a winter roost in Slovenia containing an incredible 5 million birds ( yes that is correct  5 million !).Hopefully some will visit Devon on their way North in March.

Posted February 6th, 2019 at 3:40 pm by Roy Adams in General Birding

Middle Soar to Southdown Farm

Last bunting count of the first winter period turned up a splendid Corn Bunting plus a record count of 92 Cirl Bunting. Also 67 Yellowhammer & 7 Reed Bunting. Early migration with 3 Stock Dove flying north fast, 84 Woodpigeon (most migrants) and 5 Long-tailed Tits moving along a hedgeline in open fields. Also: Sparrowhawk, Snipe & 19 Blackbird.

Posted February 6th, 2019 at 3:24 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

06-02-19 Ford Park Cemetery

The male Black Redstart is still showing well at FPC, at the usual place East of the Chapels, but still no sign of the Female Black Redstarts



Posted February 6th, 2019 at 3:09 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Tuesday 5th February 2019

Ilfracombe Park Duck pond

Shoveler duck, think she's been hiding away for months now. 

Shoveler Duck
Shoveler Duck


Posted February 5th, 2019 at 7:21 pm by Martin Thorne in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Jack Snipe, Snipe, 7 Goosanders (2 drakes), 2 Red-breasted Mergansers (redheads), 6 Little Grebes, 22 Common Gulls (1 1s-w), 6 Wigeon (3 drakes), Common Sandpiper, 8 Redwings, Great Spotted & Green Woodpeckers, c65 Meadow Pipits, Stonechat & 9+ Roe Deer.

Posted February 5th, 2019 at 2:38 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Monday 4th February 2019

Axminster area Black-throated Thrush

Received a phone call this afternoon from a woman who lives near Axminster, who saw 2 male Black-throated Thrushes in her garden on Saturday morning, 2nd Feb.  They were feeding on berries on a tree. She says she is no expert, but was absolutely clear that these birds each had a snow-white belly with black throat and head (she saw them from below at first).  She knew they were in the thrush family, roughly the size of fieldfares.  She had consulted her own books with no success, but then talked to her (non-local) daughter who was able to ID them.  Sadly they were unable to photo them. They have not been seen since, so presumably they could be anywhere in the area.  

Posted February 4th, 2019 at 5:09 pm by Colin Randall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exminster Marsh

The Marsh Harrier still this afternoon between Station Road and the lagoon causing havoc to everything on the marsh - seemed to head off towards Powderham Marsh - also a Peregrine on the pylon

Posted February 4th, 2019 at 4:55 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Dawlish Warren to Countesswear

From the seafront, 30+ G-c Grebe, 10+Common Scoter, and several distant feeding Gannets, but without a 'scope, the sea was too rough for me to pick up anything else.

In Powderham Park, the herons were busy courting, squabbling and building.

In the estuary from Powderham Corner to Turf and beyond were the usual R-b Mergansers, Avocets, godwits (both), Lapwings and Golden, Grey and Ringed Plovers, plus my first Knot (4) of the year.

On the marshes, the Snow Goose was S of Turf and W of the railway, so only visible from Powderham footbridge, the 4 Barnacles were close to Swan's Nest Road, 10 Greylags were near the main pond, and a Peregrine was disturbing the Lapwings, ducks and Starlings.

On the river from Topsham Lock, 2 Goldeneye were feeding.

Finally, at Countesswear, from the sewage works access road, a Water Rail was feeding out on the exposed mud at least five yards from cover, with a Common Sandpiper nearby, and a Treecreeper singing from the canal-side Oaks.

Overall, more than 80 spp., including 15 each of waders and Anseriformes.

Posted February 4th, 2019 at 4:54 pm by James Camden in General Birding

Salcombe/Bolt Head

54 Shags on the sea and on rocks north of the Bar - good count for here.

Posted February 4th, 2019 at 4:39 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Estover , Plymouth

Siskins on the table and feeders in my garden this afternoon.



Posted February 4th, 2019 at 2:26 pm by Peter Castle in General Birding

Exminster Marsh Sunday 3rd

Excellent visit to the marsh at midday. Alive with vast numbers of wigeon, lapwings and all the usual.  Highlights were four snipe showing well near Lions Rest, several redwings and fieldfares, four barnacle geese flew in from estuary, kingfisher very active at Turf and on the way back superb views of the marsh harrier causing mayhem to the flocks of waders and geese.  

Posted February 4th, 2019 at 9:01 am by Patrick Case in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Cattle Egret (1) in the field by the Turf Hotel in amongst the cattle at dusk 

Posted February 4th, 2019 at 7:45 am by Matt Collis in General Birding

Broadsands #3 - Mixed Company

Even more pics from 2nd - 3rd Feb (if you've not had enough!).

 

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  4                                                              5                                                                  6                  

  1. 2 Cirl Buntings (top left & bottom right) with Chaffinches
  2. 2 Reed Buntings (back & left) & 2 Cirl Buntings (front & right)
  3. 2 Yellowhammers (left), Chaffinch (top right) & Greenfinch (bottom right)
  4. Reed Bunting (left) & Cirl Bunting (right)
  5. Dunnock (left) & Cirl Bunting (right)
  6. Yellowhammer (left) Cirl Bunting (right)

Posted February 4th, 2019 at 1:09 am by Dave Holloway in General Birding

Broadsands Buntings #2 - Cirl Buntings

More pics from 2nd - 3rd Feb.

                

         

Posted February 4th, 2019 at 12:19 am by Dave Holloway in General Birding

Broadsands Buntings #1 - Yellowhammers & Reed Buntings

Some pics from 2nd - 3rd Feb.

             

             

Posted February 4th, 2019 at 12:10 am by Dave Holloway in General Birding

Hembury Fort, Awliscombe

At least two bramblings (both female) with 25+ chaffinch feeding on beech masts, 3.45pm.

Posted February 4th, 2019 at 12:01 am by James Morrison in General Birding

Sunday 3rd February 2019

A361 east of South Molton

Just before 5pm on the way back from a Stuart Line birdwatching trip on the Exe, I was delighted to see 2 red kites over the A361. Then another, and another and several more, finally totalling 9 of them. They were heading towards the coach, so roughly east.

Posted February 3rd, 2019 at 8:07 pm by Ann Kingston in General Birding

Haldon and Exminster Marshes

10.45

At Haldon Forest Park, 2 female Bramblings visiting the area around the feeders, despite the disturbance on a busy morning.  Also there were 20+ Chaffinch, GSW, 10+ Siskin, Yellowhammer, Pied Wagtail, 2 Song Thrush, Mixed Tit flock and a Nuthatch.

Later at Exminster Marshes: Large numbers of a variety waders and waterfowl.  Highlights were Water Rail and 2 Ruff. Also, 5 Fieldfare and 15+ Redwings.  Sparrowhawk close to Lion's Rest.

At Cockwood Steps, Slav Grebe and 4 R B Mergansers.  50+ Brent Geese on Starcross Golf Course.

On the way back, good numbers of woodland birds visiting the feeding station at Ideford Common Car Park. 

 

Posted February 3rd, 2019 at 5:12 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Plymouth Coastal

A walk from the Barbican to the Hoe, six Turnstone, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Great Tit, numerous House Sparrows and feral pigeons many of which were pairing up.

  

Back home at South Brent male Blackcap and a female Reed Bunting around the feed station, twenty one Redwing and a male Bullfinch in the field hedge.

Posted February 3rd, 2019 at 4:26 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Torbay Boat Trip

Guillemots crammed on the ledges by Berry Head, between here and rafts of birds around the bay 700+ birds, http://www.simonthurgoodimages.co.uk/blog.asp

Guillemot
Guillemot

Posted February 3rd, 2019 at 4:03 pm by simon Thurgood in General Birding

Torbay Boat Trip

Some quality birds around the bay today!

Black-necked Grebe
Black-necked Grebe

Red-necked Grebe
Red-necked Grebe

Posted February 3rd, 2019 at 3:56 pm by simon Thurgood in General Birding

Torbay Boat Trip

The Dolphins put on quite  a show today, brilliant trip!

Common Dolphin
Common Dolphin

Posted February 3rd, 2019 at 3:54 pm by simon Thurgood in Other Wildlife

Sunday Morning boat trip Torbay.

Beautiful morning for a boat trip from Brixham into Torbay. What a trip!!  100+ Common Dolphin, 22 Grey Seals, 1 Harbour Porpoise, 2 Razorbill, 700+ Guillemots on the colony cliffs Berry Head, 30 Fulmar, 1 Common Gull, 1 Kittiwake, Gannets, 2 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 15+ Great Crested Grebe and 2 Great Northern Diver. 1 Scoter from a distance and 5 birds flying away from us, possible ID Scoter. A very good trip with many Dolphin around the boat.

Posted February 3rd, 2019 at 2:51 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Woodbury Castle, East DEvon

A couple of Brambling still present with c50 Chaffinch flock.  Other birds included Treecreeper, c20 Redwing, Nuthatch  and a Stock Dove calling.  I have scattered bird seed in various places within the castle so hopefully they may settle to feed beyond the weekend when it is less disturbed. 

Posted February 3rd, 2019 at 12:59 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Elbury Farm Survey- Postponed

Those of us who were planning to meet tomorrow- Monday, please be aware that the survey has been put back until Wednesday due to forecast of bad weather.  Thanks.

Posted February 3rd, 2019 at 12:50 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Saturday 2nd February 2019

Haldon and the Exe

Haldon visitor centre ~ still several inches of snow lying around the feed station, lots of Coal and Great Tit, two Nuthatch, at least five GSWP at one point five Robin tolerating each other below a feeder, ten plus Siskin, two Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch numbers well down compared to a recent visit, one Raven, the only real high light were a count of some 180 Lapwing overhead flying west.

  

Topsham on the river behind the Bridge Inn two Black Swan.

Darts farm not as busy as earlier in the week but a mixed flock of Chaffinch, Linnet and Goldfinch feeding on the arable crop field, Redwing and Fieldfare passing overhead. From the viewing platform at least five Water Pipit, a large flock of Brent geese and fifty plus Curlew.

Bowling Green Marsh on the low tide, female Pochard, Gadwall, plenty of Shoveller and a good number of Redshank.

Looking over the Exe from the Goat walk, a flock of 100 plus Bar Tailed Godwit, 200 plus Avocet, at 500 Dunlin and three Red Breasted Merganser.

The Slavonian Grebe gave good views from Star Cross train station and two Eider duck, numerous Oyster Catcher, Redshank and eight Turnstone were off of Cockwood harbour.

Two Fallow Deer seen feeding in a field alongside the A38 at Chudleigh.

Posted February 2nd, 2019 at 11:12 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Ilfracombe and about !

At Woolacombe, 4 Red-throated Divers were feeding just beyond the surf. Golden Plovers on the farmland above over Spreycombe Down attracted a Merlin and their numbers were getting well up over 2000 along with 100s of Lapwing.  Back in Combe as It got dark the Haggington beach / Rillage Point Gull roost was in full swing c 2500 Herring 25 Common 12 Great BB and one Glaucous Gull, looked like a different bird to the one I saw during the week way off the Pier. 

Glaucous Gull
Glaucous Gull

Glaucous 'just about' top left of center
Glaucous 'just about' top left of center

Posted February 2nd, 2019 at 9:36 pm by Martin Thorne in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford Strand. 1340-1515.

Black-tailed Godwit 45; Dark-bellied Brent Goose 42; Dunlin c250; Turnstone 5; Grey Plover 9; Sanderling 3; Wigeon 34; Goosander 4 (3F,1M); Golden Plover c100. Plenty of Redshank and Curlew but Lapwing numbers had dropped quite considerably. Teal c60; Moorhen 10 and a single Common Snipe on Bradiford Reserve.

Posted February 2nd, 2019 at 8:45 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Middle Soar to Southdown Farm

Good counts but no discernible influx, apart trom thrushes:  120 Golden Plover, 2 Lapwing, Snipe, 1070 Skylark, 30 Meadow Pipit, 44 Blackbird, 24 Song Thrush, 55 Linnet, 2 Bullfinch, 75 Yellowkhammer.

Posted February 2nd, 2019 at 7:44 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Slapton

Beautiful day at Slapton with some great views of goldcrests and a firecrest, also several chiffchaffs. Quite a few common scoter on the sea difficult to count but there must have been at least 50. A nice flock of golden plover flew over West Charleton marsh

Firecrest
Firecrest

Goldcrest
Goldcrest

Common Scoter
Common Scoter

Posted February 2nd, 2019 at 7:02 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

Exe Estuary cruise

A beautiful sunny afternoon, taking the edge off a chilly northerly breeze. A Great Northern Diver was again off Exmouth sea front, as was the ‘resident’ Slavonian Grebe and a Little Grebe off Cockwood. An immature drake Eider was out on Bull Hill and 2 others were out on another sandbank off Starcross. 5 Goldeneye (2 drakes) were in a channel towards Lympstone. At least 16 Great Crested Grebes and maybe 30 Red-breasted Mergansers were scattered up the estuary, and about 230 Pintail were again around the mouth of the Clyst. Large flocks of Black-tailed Godwits were just visible in the fields near Turf. Only small numbers of them were on the mud today at Topsham, where at least 450 Avocets were mostly busy feeding. A flock of Bar-tailed Godwits resting on the mud there contained a couple of dozen Knot.

Eider imm drake Sanderlings Red-breasted Merganser

Eider (immature drake)                     Sanderlings                                 Red-breasted Merganser

Posted February 2nd, 2019 at 7:02 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Broadsands

At least 20 Cirl Buntings & 3 Reed Buntings at the feeding station first thing this am but also 3 Yellowhammers (2m, 1f). Hopefully some photos to follow...

Posted February 2nd, 2019 at 5:57 pm by Dave Holloway in General Birding

Golden plover near South Milton beach

Really enjoyed watching 6 golden plover in glorious sunshine feeding on short turf (recently muck spread) just behind the Beach Hut cafe at South Milton beach

Posted February 2nd, 2019 at 5:39 pm by Tim & Aishlyn Youngs in General Birding

Doublewaters

Goosander on the River Walkham this afternoon



Posted February 2nd, 2019 at 3:17 pm by Peter Castle in General Birding

Doublewaters.

Dipper on the River Walkham this afternoon



Posted February 2nd, 2019 at 3:16 pm by Peter Castle in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Ring-necked Duck, Scaup, 6 Goldeneyes, 7 Pochards, 2 Wigeons and a Black-necked Grebe on the ley north of the Stokeley Hide. Offshore in Start Bay at least 3 Red-throated Divers, Black-necked Grebe and 53 Common Scoters. Also a Harbour Porpoise. Flock of 22 Lapwings flying north just offshore presumably reorienting after the snowy snap. Only evidence of cold weather related bird movement down here last couple days.

Posted February 2nd, 2019 at 1:39 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Baggy Point

Still 11 Common Scoters & 2 Red throated Divers at Baggy this morning.


Posted February 2nd, 2019 at 12:54 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 1st February 2019

South Milton Reserve - Reed Cut, 3 February

The South Milton Reserve reed cut on Sunday 3 February will go ahead as planned.  The reedbed is in similar condition to when we cut it at the end of January and forecast looks ok but chilly.  We will meet at the sewage works at 9:30am on Sunday.  We will be extending the cut we made last time below the boardwalk.

If you have any queries, please call me on 01548 560243 or 07989717383.

Nick Townsend

Posted February 1st, 2019 at 7:47 pm by Nick Townsend in General Birding

Darts Farm

Ruff and Water Rail at Darts Farm

Posted February 1st, 2019 at 6:54 pm by Derek Carter in General Birding

Two's a Couple? - Paignton Garden

I know I'm not the only one to get Woodpeckers on my feeders, but it was a great garden first to get both a male and a female Great Spotted Woodpecker within an hour or so of each other.

            

            

 

 

Posted February 1st, 2019 at 5:56 pm by Dave Holloway in General Birding

Haldon Brambling

Usual birds around the feeders in beautiful conditions. Brambling the highlight. Terrible pic! Gruffalo looked cold and definitely Brass Mokeys!

Brambling
Brambling

Gruffalo
Gruffalo


Posted February 1st, 2019 at 5:48 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Exe Estuary cruise

It was a cold journey up the estuary this morning! A Great Northern Diver was off Exmouth sea front, where several flocks of Redwings and Fieldfares passed over from the east. Off Cockwood, the ‘resident’ Slavonian Grebe, 2 immature drake Eiders and the first of maybe 20 Great Crested Grebes. 2 Greenshanks were feeding at the Kenn outlet and at least 200 Pintail were around the mouth of the Clyst. About 30 Knot were asleep, rather than busily feeding as would be usual for them. In contrast to the previous batch of cruises, only a few Lapwings and about 100 Golden Plover were on the mudbanks around Turf-Topsham. About 130 Bar-tails were off the Goat Walk at Topsham and a small group of Greylag Geese were on the mud.

Posted February 1st, 2019 at 5:06 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Ring-necked Duck and 2 male Scaup on the ley north of Stokeley Hide this morning. Also an Otter in front of the hide. No evidence of any cold weather movement here.

Posted February 1st, 2019 at 4:51 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Woodcock, Stonechat, Jack Snipe, 2 Snipe, 7 Goosanders (3 drakes), 6 Little Grebes, Shag, 7 Wigeon (3 drakes). Kingfisher, Black-tailed Godwit, 52 Curlews, c15 Redwings, 5 Mistle Thrushes, 32 Turnstones & 3 Roe Deer (1 buck). 

Posted February 1st, 2019 at 4:45 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Redwings in garden

Just spotted a large (50?) flock of redwings feeding on our snowy lawn. Presumably migration birds? Excited - never seen before. We are in Seaton, Devon.

Posted February 1st, 2019 at 2:33 pm by celia Iommi in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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